Daily Information Bulletin - 1980s - 1982 - JUL - ENG

  DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JULY 1, 1982

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ISSUE OP NEW 10 CENT COINS .................................... 1

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES IN KWUN TONG AND SRAU KEI WAN......... 2

SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS UNDER AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT 3

APPLY NOW FOR TEACHER TRAINING COURSE ......................... 4

RESULTS OF LATEST NT TAXI TENDERS ............................. 5

HIGH LEVEL ECONOMIC AND TRADE DELEGATION FROM JAPAN............ 6

NEW PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICES COUNTER FOR TSUEN WAN.............. 6

THURSDAY, JULY 1, 1982

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ISSUE OF NEW 10 CENT COINS * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT WILL BEGIN TO ISSUE THE NEW 10 CENT COIN TO BANKS TOMORROW (FRIDAY), WHEN THE COIN WILL BECOME LEGAL TENDER FOR ANY AMOUNT NOT EXCEEDING 2 DOLLARS.

THE INTRODUCTION OF THIS NEW COIN, WHICH IS SLIGHTLY SMALLER THAN THE EXISTING 10 CENT COIN, WAS PROPOSED IN THE 1974 REPORT OF THE COINAGE REVIEW COMMITTEE. THE LEGAL TENDER DATE OF JULY 2 WAS SET BY THE GOVERNOR IN A PROCLAMATION GAZETTED ON APRIL 23.

THE REVERSE OF THE NEW 10 CENT COIN WILL PROMINENTLY DISPLAY THE ARABIC NUMERAL +10+ IN THE CENTRE. THE OBVERSE WILL CARRY THE SAME PORTRAIT OF THE QUEEN AS ON ALL THE COINS INTRODUCED IN RECENT YEARS ($5, $2, SI, 50 CENT AND 20 CENT).

THE NEW ROUND COIN WILL STILL BE IN NICKEL BRASS (79 PER CENT COPPER, 20 PER CENT ZINC, 1 PER CENT NICKEL) BUT WILL HAVE A °LAIN INSTEAD OF A MILLED EDGE. IT WILL HAVE A DIAMETER OF 17.50 MM, A THICKNESS OF 1.15 MM AT THE EDGE AND WILL WEIGH 1.85 GRAMS (COMPARED WITH THE PRESENT COIN’S 20.57 MM, 1.85 MM AND 4.54 GRAMS RESPECTIVELY).

THE OLD 10 CENT COINS WILL BE WITHDRAWN AS THEY PASS THROUGH THE BANKS. THERE ARE PRESENTLY 516 MILLION 10 CENT COINS IN CIRCULATION BUT IT IS THOUGHT THAT A LARGE PROPORTION HAVE BEEN LOST.

THE DATE AFTER WHICH THE EXISTING COINS WILL NO LONGER BE LEGAL TENDER HAS NOT YET BEEN FIXED. THIS WILL BE DONE WHEN THERE ARE SUFFICIENT NEW 10 CENT COINS IN CIRCULATION TO MEET PUBLIC DEMAND FOR THIS CURRENCY UNIT AND WHEN IT APPEARS THAT THE NUMBER OF OLD COINS ACTUALLY IN CIRCULATION IS NO LONGER SIGNIFICANT IN CASH TRANSACTIONS.

GOOD NOTICE OF THE DATE WHEN THE OLD COIN WILL CEASE TO BE LEGAL TENDER WILL BE GIVEN, SO THAT THE PUBLIC WILL HAVE AMPLE OPPORTUNITY TO RETURN COINS TO THE BANKS.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN RECALLED THAT THE COINAGE REVIEW COMMITTEE MADE THE FOLLOWING RECOMMENDATIONS IN 1974:-

(A) THE INTRODUCTION OF TWO NEW COINS: A 20 CENT COIN AND A 2 DOLLAR COIN;

(B) A CHANGE IN THE SIZE, WEIGHT AND METAL CONTENT OF THE 50 CENT COIN :

(C) THE INTRODUCTION OF A 5 DOLLAR COIN TO REPLACE THE

5 DOLLAR NOTE; AND

(D) A REDUCTION IN THE SIZE AND WEIGHT OF THE DOLLAR COIN.

/THE COMMITTEE ..

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THE COMMITTEE ALSO SUGGESTED THAT WHEN THE LARGE DOLLAR J CEASED TO CIRCULATE, THE NUMBER OF SHAPED COINS SHOULD BE REDUCED BY ROUNDING THE SCALLOPED 2 DOLLAR COIN, AND THAT THE SIZP OF THE I . CENT COIN SHOULD BE REDUCED WHEN THE 5 CENT COIN PLAYED A LES. SIGNIFICANT PART IN THE CURRENCY SYSTEM.

WITH THE EXCEPT ON THAT THE 10 SIDED 5 DOLLAR COIN RATHER THAN THE SCALLOPED 2 DOLLAR COIN WAS ROUNDED, BECAUSE OF THE LATTER’S GREATER POPULARITY AND BECAUSE THE 5 DOLLAR COIN HAD BEEN ATTACKED BY COUNTERFEITERS, ALL THE RECOMMENDATIONS AND SUGGESTION^ OF THE COMMITTEE WILL HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF THE NEW 10 CENT COIN.

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES IN KWUN TONG AND SHAU KEI WAN *****

THREE SECTIONS OF WAI YIP STREET IN KWUN TONG WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR THREE CONSECUTIVE MORNINGS BETWEEN 1 AM AND 5 AM FROM SATURDAY (JULY 3) FOR THE INSTALLATION OF ROAD SIGNS.

THEY ARE:

* THE EASTBOUND SECTION BETWEEN KWUN TONG ROAD AND THE ACCESS RAMP TO TELFORD GARDENS.

* THE SECTION BETWEEN SIU YIP STREET AND THE UNNAMED ROAD LEADING FROM KOWLOON BAY AREA.

* THE WESTBOUND SECTION BETWEEN LAI YIP STREET AND THE UNNAMED ROAD LEADING FROM KOWLOON BAY AREA.

IN CONNECTION WITH THE ROAD CLOSURE, THE FOLLOWING TURNING MOVEMENTS WILL BE BANNED:

* LEFT TURN FROM SIU YIP STREET INTO WAI YIP STREET EASTBOUND.

* LEFT TURN FROM THE UNNAMED ROAD LEADING FROM KOWLOON BAY AREA INTO WAI YIP STREET.

* LEFT TURN FROM SHUN YIP STREET INTO WAI YIP STREET WESTBOUND.

THE FOLLOWING TRAFFIC DIVERSIONS WILL ALSO BE IMPLEMENTED:

* EASTBOUND TRAFFIC FROM CHOI HUNG HEADING TOWARDS KWUN TONG WILL BE DIVERTED VIA KWUN TONG ROAD.

* EASTBOUND TRAFFIC FROM KOWLOON CITY AND CHOI HUNG HEADING TOWARDS TELFORD GARDENS WILL BE DIVERTED VIA KWUN TONG ROAD, HONG TAK ROAD AND TAI YIP STREET.

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* TRAFFIC FROM AIRPORT TUNNEL HEADING TOWARDS TELFORD GARDENS WILL BE DIVERTED TO USE WAI 'IP STREET EASTBOUND AND TAI YIP STREET.

* WESTBOUND TRAFFIC ON WAI YIP STREET HEADING TOWARDS KOWLOON CITY AND MONG KOK WILL BE DIVERTED VIA LAI YIP STREET AND KWUN TONG ROAD.

* WESTBOUND TRAFFIC FROM KWUN TONG HEADING TOWARDS TO KWA WAN AND HUNG HOM WILL BE DIVERTED VIA LAI YIP STREET, KWUN TONG ROAD AND PRINCE EDWARD ROAD INSTEAD OF USING THE AIRPORT TUNNEL.

* WESTBOUND TRAFFIC ON WAI YIP STREET HEADING TOWARDS KOWLOON BAY FACTORY ESTATE WILL BE DIVERTED VIA LAI YIP STREET, HOI BUN ROAD AND SHUN YIP STREET.

FOR SHAU KEI WAN, SAI WAN HO STREET BETWEEN SHING ON STREET AND HOI NING STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 8 AM AND 9 PM ON SATURDAY (JULY 3) FOR ROAD WORKS.

HOLY CROSS PATH BETWEEN SHAU KEI WAN ROAD AND SAI WAN HO STREET WILL ALSO BE CLOSED DURING THE SAME PERIOD FOR THE SAME REASON.

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SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS UNDER AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT ******

STUDENTS APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID UNDER TWO SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS ADMINISTERED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT ARE REMINDED THAT APPLICATIONS CLOSE ON FRIDAY NEXT WEEK (JULY 9).

MORE THAN $370 000 WILL BE AVAILABLE THIS YEAR FOR SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS OR INTEREST-FREE LOANS FROM THE TWO FUNDS -- THE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS SCHOLARSHIP FUND AND THE MARINE FISH SCHOLARSHIP FUND.

THE AWARDS ARE TENABLE AT A UNIVERSITY IN HONG KONG, THE POLYTECHNIC, A TECHNICAL INSTITUTE OR AT AN ACCEPTABLE OVERSEAS ACADEMIC, TECHNOLOGICAL OR POST-GRADUATE INSTITUTE.

SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WILL BE EXPECTED TO MAKE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO EITHER AGRICULTURE AND AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT MARKETING INDUSTRIES OR FISHERIES AND FISH MARKETING INDUSTRIES IN HONG KONG ON COMPLETION OF THEIR COURSE.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE OBTAINABLE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF THE TWO SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS AT THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT ON THE 12TH FLOOR OF CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES AT 393 CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON.

ABOUT $500 000 HAS BEEN PAID OUT TO STUDENTS SINCE THE FUNDS WERE ESTABLISHED IN 1978.

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THURSDAY, JUL7 1, 1982

APPLY NOW FOR TEACHER TRAINING COURSE

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THE three colleges of education are now inviting applications 70 THEIR --.REE-YEAR AND TWO-YEAR TEACHER TRAINING COURSES WHICH a'Ll COMMENCE THIS SEPTEMBER.

ALL THREE COLLEGES ARE OFFERING A THREE-YEAR COURSE IN ENGLISH, WHILE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION IS ALSO OFFERING A THREE-YEAR COURSE IN CHINESE, AND NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION IS OFFERING A TWO-YEAR COURSE IN ENGLISH.

♦ THE OBJECTIVES OF THESE INITIAL COURSES OF TEACHER EDUCATION ARE TO TRAIN STUDENTS TO BECOME QUALIFIED TEACHERS TO TEACH GENERAL SUBJECTS AT THE PRIMARY SCHOOL LEVEL AND TO TEACH THREE ELECTIVE SUBJECTS TO FORM 3 LEVEL,* AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE TWO FULL-TIME THREE-YEAR COURSES WILL COMPRISE A CORE CURRICULUM OF A COMPULSORY PROGRAMME OF STUDIES, TWO SUBJECTS ELECTED ON A MAJOR ELECTIVE BASIS AND ONE SUBJECT ON A MINOR ELECTIVE BASIS.

APPLICANTS FOR THE ENGLISH COURSE SHOULD HAVE COMPLETED THEIR SECONDARY EDUCATION AT AN ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOL AND THOSE FOR THE CHINESE COURSE SHOULD HAVE COMPLETED THEIR SECONDARY EDUCATION AT A CHINESE MIDDLE SCHOOL. THEY SHOULD HAVE REACHED 17 YEARS OF AGE BY SEPTEMBER 30, 1982.

THEY SHOULD HAVE TAKEN AT LEAST SIX DIFFERENT SUBJECTS AT THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION (HKCEE) LEVEL. GRADES OBTAINED SHOULD BE AT LEAST GRADE C IN TWO SUBJECTS, PLUS AT LEAST GRADE D IN ONE OTHER SUBJECT AND AT LEAST GRADE E IN ANOTHER THREE SUBJECTS.

♦CHINESE LANGUAGE AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE MUST BE INCLUDED AMONG THE SIX SUBJECTS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE COURSE STRUCTURE OF THE FULL-TIME TWO-YEAR COURSE IN ENGLISH IS BASICALLY THE SAME AS THAT FOR THE THREE-YEAR COURSE.

+THE ENTRY REQUIREMENT FOR A MAJOR ELECTIVE SUBJECT IS NORMALLY A PASS IN THAT SUBJECT AT ADVANCED LEVEL,* THE SPOKESMAN NOTED.

APPLICANTS FOR THE TWO-YEAR COURSE SHOULD HAVE COMPLETED TWO YEARS OF EDUCATION BEYOND FORM 5 IN AN ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOL, AND SHOULD HAVE REACHED THE AGE OF 18 BY SEPTEMBER 30, 1982.

THEY SHOULD HAVE TAKEN AT LEAST SIX DIFFERENT SUBJECTS IN PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS, AND HAVE ATTAINED GRADE E OR ABOVE AT ADVANCED LEVEL IN AT LEAST TWO SUBJECTS, PLUS AT LEAST GRADE D IN ONE OTHER SUBJECT AT HKCEE LEVEL AND AT LEAST GRADE E IN ANOTHER THREE SUBJECTS AT HKCEE LEVEL.

CHINESE LANGUAGE AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE MUST BE INCLUDED AMONG THE SIX SUBJECTS.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT EACH APPLICANT SHOULD APPLY FOR ONLY ONE COURSE AND SUBMIT ONLY ONE APPLICATION. +ANY APPLICANT /.-tO HAS SUBNITTED MORE THAN ONE APPLICATION a ILL NOT BE CONSIDERED,* HE SAID.

/TUITION FESS .....

THURSDAY, JULY 1, 1982

TUITION PEES FOR THE COURSES IS S8OO PER ANNUM.

•jTUDENTS CAN APPLY FOR AN INTEREST-FREE LOAN OF UP TO $2 4OQ ANNUM, FE-AYABLE MONTHLY OVER A PERIOD OF FOUR YEARS AFTER U\ •’LETION O’ ‘HE COURSE- AND ALSO A MAINTENANCE GRANT OF UP TO S2 300 PER aNNUM,+ ’HE SPOKESMAN SAID.

UPON SATISFACTORY COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, COLLEGE GRADUATES ARE ELIGIBLE TO HAVE THEIR NAMES ENTERED INTO THE OFFICIAL REGISTER GF TEACHERS, BUT NEITHER THE GOVERNMENT NOR THE COLLEGES CAN GUARANTEE EMPLOYMENT FOR THEM, HE SAID.

HOWEVER, HE ADDED THAT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE EDUCATION ORDINANCE, A REGISTERED TEACHER HAS PRIORITY OF EMPLOYMENT OVER APPLICANTS WITHOUT PROFESSIONAL TRAINING.

SELECTION OF STUDENTS TO THE COLLEGES IS ADMINISTERED BY THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION JOINT SELECTION BOARD.

FOR STUDENT APPLICANTS, THE PRINCIPALS OF THEIR SCHOOLS ARE REQUESTED TO OBTAIN THE REQUISITE NUMBER OF APPLICATION FORMS OF EACH TYPE OF COURSES AND RETURN THEM TO NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AT 21 SASSOON ROAD, POK FU LAM, HONG KONG.

APPLICANTS WHO HAVE ALREADY LEFT SCHOOL CAN OBTAIN THE FORMS AND INFORMATION SHEETS FROM THE THREE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS AT LEE GARDENS, THIRD FLOOR, nYSAN AVENUE, HONG KONG, AND THE KOWLOON SUB-OFFICE AT 405 NATHAN ROAD.

THESE APPLICANTS MUST PRESENT THE COMPLETED FORMS IN PERSON AT NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION.

ALL COMPLETED FORMS MUST REACH THE COLLEGE BY 1 PM ON AUGUST 20.

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RESULTS OF LATEST NT TAXI TENDERS

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RESULTS OF THE LATEST NEW TERRITORIES TAXI LICENCE TENDERING EXERCISE WILL BE GAZETTED TOMORROW (JULY 2), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID.

ALTHOUGH 150 NEW TERRITORIES TAXI LICENCES WERE PUT UP, A TOTAL OF 839 TENDERS SEEKING 996 LICENCES HAD BEEN RECEIVED WHEN THE OFFER CLOSED ON JUNE 4, 1982.

SUCCESSFUL BIDS RANGED FROM A HIGH OF $72 000 TO A LOw OF $65 100, GIVING AN AVERAGE PREMIUM OF S66 732.91.

THIS REPRESENTED AN INCREASE OF 39.62 PER CENT OVER THE PREVIOUS EXERCISE.

DETAILS OF SUCCESSFUL TENDERERS AND THE AMOUNTS OFFERED, WILL BE PUBLISHED ' N THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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IGH LEVEL ECONOMIC AND TRADE DELEGATION FROM JAPAN

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HONG KONG * ILL PRESS ITS CASE FOR THE REMOVAL OF DISCRIMINATION AGA I NS7 -IVE CATEGORIES OF PRODUCTS FROM HONG KONG THE JAPANESE GENERALISED SCHEME OF PREFERENCES WHEN A HIGH u.'.'EL JAPANESE DELEGATION IS IN HONG KONG FROM JULY 17 TO 20, .a ID A TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN. THE FIVE CATEGORIES OF PRODUCTS ARE TRAVEL GOODS, ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS, GLASS BEADS, IMITATION JEWELLERY AND TOYS.

THE RULING LIBERAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF JAPAN IS SENDING A HIGH LEVEL DELEGATION TO THE ASEAN COUNTRIES AND HONG KONG TO EXCHANGE VIEWS ON ECONOMIC AND TRADE MATTERS.

THE DELEGATION WILL BE LED BY MR MASUMI ESAKI, CHAIRMAN OF THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE FOR INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC MEASURES OF THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY. HE WILL BE TRAVELLING AS THE SPECIAL ENVOY OF MR ZENKO SUZUKI, THE JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER, IN THE PRIME MINISTER’S CAPACITY AS PRESIDENT OF THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY. HE WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THE DIET AND ADVISERS.

DURING HIS STAY IN HONG KONG, MR ESAKI WILL BE MEETING THE GOVERNOR AND OTHER SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS. HE IS ALSO SCHEDULED TO MEET THE HONG KONG/JAPAN BUSINESS COOPERATION COMMITTEE, SET UP IN 1979 TO PROMOTE TRADE, INVESTMENT AND ECONOMIC COOPERATION BETWEEN HONG KONG AND JAPAN.

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NEW PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICES COUNTER FOR TSUEN WAN * * * *

A NEW PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICES COUNTER HAS BEEN SET UP IN THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD OFFICE IN FOU WAH CENTRE.

THIS BRINGS TO 10 THE NUMBER OF PES COUNTERS IN THE DISTRICT -SIX IN KwA I CHUNG, THREE IN TSUEN WAN AND ONE ON TSING Yl.

SINCE THE COUNTER WAS OPENED IN LATE MAY, STAFF HAS HANDLED MORE THAN 500 ENQUIRIES AND DISTRIBUTED 300 FORMS AND PUBLICITY PAMPHLETS.

DESCRIBING THE RESPONSE AS +GOOD+, A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID THEY WOULD CONSIDER EXTENDING THE SERVICE TO INCLUDE TAKING STATUTORY DECLARATIONS AND PROCESSING CASES THAT REQUIRE FOLLOW—UP ACTION.

AT THE OTHER NINE PES COUNTERS, FACILITIES PROVIDED INCLUDE REFERRAL OF RENTAL MATTERS TO THE RENT OFFICERS FROM THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT, PROCESSING OF APPLICATIONS FOR FREE LEGAL ADVICE, STATUTORY DECLARATIONS, ADVICE AND GUIDANCE ON GOVERNMENT SERVICES AND POLICIES, AND DISTRIBUTION OF FORMS AND PAMPHLETS.

DURING THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, STAFF AT THESE COUNTERS HANDLED MORE THAN 185 000 ENQUIRIES AND DISTRIBUTED E38 000 FORMS AND PAMPHLETS.

THREE OF THE COUNTERS REMAIN OPEN DURING LUNCH TIME WHILE THE WORKING HOURS FOR the OTHERS ARE FROM 8.45 AM TO 5.15 PM ON WEEKDAYS AND FROM 9 A ’ TO NOON ON SATURDAYS.

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PREPARATION FOR DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS ................. 1

STREET CLOSURES FOR MTR ISLAND LINE CONSTRUCTION ......... 2

HONG XONG- SffTT7.ERT.AND TEXTILE AGREEMENT RENEWED ...... 3

LAW TO TIGHTEN ON TICKET SCALPING......................... 4

EK CONTRIBUTION TO SOUTH ATLANTIC FUND ................... 4

CNTA STAFF CHANGES ....................................... 5

FOUR LOTS OF CROWN LAND OFFERED FOR SALE.................. 6

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF KO SHAN ROAD....................... 6

RECLAMATION PLAN IN NORTH TSING YI ....................... 7

THREE MAXICAE ROUTES TO BE IMPROVED ...................... 7

GURKHA ENGINESIS PRAISED ................................. 8

NEW COURT BUILDING IN KWON TONG

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FRIDAY, JULY 2, 1982

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PREPARATION FOR DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS * * * *

PREPARATIONS FOR HOLDING THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS IN THE URBAN AREAS THIS SEPTEMBER ARE CONTINUING AND MORE INFORMATION S EXPECTED TO BE ANNOUNCED IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.

MEANWHILE, PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY IS THE URBAN AREAS DISTRICT BOARD CONSTITUENCIES (NUMBER OF ELECTED MEMBERS) ORDER 1982 WHICH DECLARES THAT ALL THE 76 DISTRICT BOARD CONSTITUENCIES IN THE 10 CITY DISTRICTS IN HONG KONG AND KOWLOON ARE TO RETURN ONE ELECTED MEMBER EACH.

THE NUMBER OF CONSTITUENCIES, THEIR DISTRIBUTION AMONG THE DISTRICTS AND THE DISTRICT AND CONSTITUENCY BOUNDARIES WERE ANNOUNCED IN AUGUST LAST YEAR, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦THIS MEANS THAT, AFTER THE ELECTIONS HAVE BEEN HELD IN SEPTEMBER, THERE WILL BE 76 ELECTED MEMBERS TO SERVE ON THE DISTRICT BOARDS IN THE URBAN AREAS,+ HE SAID.

THE NUMBER OF ELECTED MEMBERS ON EACH DISTRICT BOARD WILL BE: CENTRAL AND WESTERN 5, EASTERN 10, SOUTHERN 6, WANCHAI 5, KOWLOON CITY 8, KWUN TONG 12, MONG KOK 5, SHAM SHU I PO 9, WONG TAI SIN 12, AND YAU MA TEI 4.

ALSO PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY IS THE URBAN COUNCIL CONSTITUENCIES (NUMBER OF ELECTED MEMBERS) ORDER 1982. THIS DECLARES THAT EACH OF THE 15 URBAN CONSTITUENCIES IS TO RETURN ONE ELECTED URBAN COUNCILLOR AT THE ELECTIONS TO BE HELD IN MARCH NEXT YEAR.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT MORE THAN 710 000 PEOPLE IN THE URBAN AREAS WHO HAVE REGISTERED AS ELECTORS WILL BE ABLE TO VOTE AT THE COMING URBAN AREAS DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS, AS WELL AS THE URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS IN MARCH.

FRIDAY, JULY 2, 1982

STREET CLOSURES FOR MTR ISLAND LINE CONSTRUCTION

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A NUMBER OF STREET CLOSURES AND ALTERATIONS WILL BE INTRODUCED TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MTR ISLAND LINE.

A NOTICE TO THIS EFFECT WAS GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY). THE DATES TO EFFECT THESE CHANGES WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER. WHERE NECESSARY, ALTERNATIVE ROUTINGS FOR BOTH VEHICULAR AND PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC WILL BE PROVIDED AND TRAFFIC SIGNS PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTOR I STS.

THE STREET ALTERATIONS AND CLOSURES ARE AS FOLLOWS :

SHEUNG WAN STATION OVERRUN :

NEW MARKET STREET - A SECTION BETWEEN ON TAI STREET AND

A POINT NINE METRES EAST OF THE JUNCTION WITH TUNG LOI LANE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC TEMPORARILY.

CHAI WAN STATION AND ADJACENT VIADUCTS s

WAN TSUI LANE - FROM A POINT 25 METRES NORTH OF NORTHERN

KERBLINE OF WAN TSUI ROAD TO THE NORTHERN END OF THE LANE, THE CARRIAGEWAY WILL BE REDUCED TO FOUR METRES WIDE TEMPORARILY. FOOTPATHS WILL BE MAINTAINED ON EACH SIDE OF THE ROAD.

CHAI WAN ROAD - BETWEEN POINTS 30 METRES AND 140 METRES

wEST OF WESTERN KERBLINE OF WAN TSUI ROAD, BOTH THE EASTBOUND AND THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAYS WILL BE REDUCED TO 6.5 METRES WIDE TEMPORARILY. FOOTPATHS WILL BE MAINTAINED ON EACH SIDE OF THE ROAD.

CHAI WAN ROAD - COLUMNS TO SUPPORT AN MTR VIADUCT AND A

FOOTBRIDGE WILL BE BUILT ON THE MEDIAN STRIP OF THE ROAD BETWEEN POINTS 66 METRES AND 93 METRES WEST OF WESTERN KERBLINE OF WAN TSUI ROAD.

CHAI wAN PUBLIC LIGHT BUS TERMINUS - THE TERMINUS BETWEEN CHAI

WAN ROAD AND KUT SHING STREET WILL BE CLOSED PERMANENTLY.

NING FOO STREET - THE CARRIAGEWAY AND FOOTPATH BETWEEN LEE

CHUNG STREET AND A POINT 320 METRES FROM THE EASTERN KERBLINE OF LEE CHUNG STREET ALONG THE ALIGNMENT OF NING FOO STREET AND THE ADJOINING UN-NAMED ROAD «ILL BE CLuSED FROM TIME TO TIME.

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LEE CHUNG STREET - THE CARRIAGEWAY BETWEEN POINT 30 METRES NORTH AND 96 METRES SOUTH OF SOUTHERN KERBLINE OF NING FOO STREET WILL BE REDUCED TO EIGHT METRES WIDE. THE STREET WILL ALSO BE CLOSED FROM TIME TO TIME.

KUT SHING STREET - A SECTION OF THE STREET WEST OF LEE CHUNG STREET WILL BE CLOSED FROM TIME TO TIME.

COPIES OF THE NOTICE TOGETHER WITH PLANS (NOS. MT/G/237 AND i’T/G/209) INDICATING THE AREAS TO BE AFFECTED ARE AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION BETWEEN 9.30 AM AND 4.30 PM ON ANY DAY OTHER THAN SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS AT CDO (CENTRAL AND WESTERN), ITS ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE IN CGO, CDO (EASTERN) AND ITS CHAI WAN SUB-OFFICE AS WELL AS THE CROwN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE ON 5/F, MURRAY BUILDING.

CLAIMS FOR COMPENSATION MUST BE MADE IN WRITING AND REACH THE OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT (I) WITHIN ONE YEAR FROM THE DATE OF A PERMANENT CLOSURE OR FROM THE DATE OF COMPLETION OF A PERMANENT ALTERATION OR (II) WITHIN ONE YEAR "PCM THE RE-OPENING OR REINSTATEMENT OF A TEMPORARY CLOSURE OR ALTERATION.

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HONG KONG-SWITZERLAND TEXTILE AGREEMENT RENEWED * * * *

THE HONG KONG-SWITZERLAND TEXTILE AGREEMENT HAS BEEN RENEWED FOR A FURTHER YEAR, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE NEW AGREEMENT, WHICH IS FOR THE PERIOD JULY 1, 1982 TO JUNE 30, 1983, PROVIDES FOR AN EXPORT AUTHORISATION ARRANGEMENT COVERING SEVEN GARMENT CATEGORIES, AS WELL AS AN ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENT WHEREBY HONG KONG UNDERTAKES TO SUPPLY CERTAIN EXPORT LICENSING STATISTICS TO THE SWISS AUTHORITIES. IT IS A STRAIGHT-FORWARD EXTENSION OF THE PREVIOUS AGREEMENT WHICH EXPIRED ON JUNE 30, 1982.

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FRIDAY, JULY 2, 1982

LAW TO TIGHTEN ON TICKET SCALPING * * *

r.;_ . .VERNMENT IS SEEKING TO TIGHTEN THE LAW TO PREVENT .ICKET SC- "ING IN PUBLIC PLACES BY PERSONS TOUTING TICKETS FOR <ONG KONGA-JCAU FERR IES, HYDROFOILS AND JETFOILS AND OTHER PUBLIC TRANSPORT.

A SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE PLACES OF PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT ORDINANCE ALREADY PROHIBITS SCALPING OF TICKETS FOR PUBLIC JNTERTAINMENT.

TRAVEL TICKET TOUTS MAY BE PROSECUTED UNDER THE SUMMARY OFFENCES ORDINANCE, BUT THE EXISTING LAW REQUIRES THAT THEIR ACTIVITIES MUST BE +TO THE ANNOYANCE OF OR IN A MANNER LIKELY TO ANNOY ANY OTHER PERSON*.

+FROM EXPERIENCE, IT IS COMPARATIVELY RARE FOR SPECIFIC COMPLAINTS TO BE MADE TO THE POLICE BECAUSE IN MANY CASES THE PERSON DIRECTLY IMPORTUNED IS WILLING OR EAGER TO BUY THE TICKET OFFERED,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

UNDER THE SUMMARY OFFENCES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 PUBLISHED TODAY, IT WILL BE AN OFFENCE FOR ANY PERSON TO SELL A TRAVEL TICKET IN A PUBLIC PLACE AT A PRICE EXCEEDING THE AUTHORISED PRICE.

FIRST OFFENDERS MAY BE FINED UP TO $1 QOO. A SECOND OR SUBSEQUENT OFFENCE IS PUNISHABLE BY A FINE OF UP TO 82 OOO AND IMPRISONMENT FOR UP TO SIX MONTHS.

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HK CONTRIBUTION TO SOUTH ATLANTIC FUND

HONG KONG WILL CONTRIBUTE 2 000 000 POUNDS STERLING TO THE SOUTH ATLANTIC FUND, IT WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE CONTRIBUTION WAS PROPOSED BY THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS, AND HAS BEEN UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED BY FINANCE COMMITTEE. IT IS INTENDED TO SERVE THE LONG-TERM NEEDS OF THE FUND FOR THE BENEFIT OF SERVICEMEN AND CIVILIANS ENGAGED IN OPERATIONS IN THE FALKLANDS AND SOUTH ATLANTIC, INCLUDING HONG KONG CHINESE PERSONNEL, AND THEIR DEPENDANTS.

THOSE IN HONG KONG WHO WISH TO CONTRIBUTE PERSONALLY TO THE FUND ARE ASKED TO SEND THEIR DONATIONS TO THE COMMANDER BRITISH

FORCES.

FRIDAY, JULY 2, 1982

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CNTA STAFF CHANGES

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THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION TODAY (FRIDAY) ANNOUNCED THE FOLLOWING SENIOR STAFF CHANGES IN THE ADMINISTRATION.

MISS ELAINE CHUNG HAS BEEN APPOINTED DISTRICT OFFICER, TSUEN WAN, SUCCEEDING MR LUI HAU-TUEN FROM MONDAY (JULY 5).

BEFORE BEING TRANSFERRED FROM THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE, MR LUI WILL ACT AS THE TOWN MANAGER DURING THE ABSENCE OF MR HAMISH MACLEOD WHO WILL BEGIN A SIX-WEEK LEAVE FROM JULY 9.

SINCE JOINING THE CIVIL SERVICE AS AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

IN JULY 1969, MISS CHUNG HAS SERVED IN THE ECONOMIC SERVICES AND HOUSING BRANCHES IN THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, THE FORMER HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT, HOUSING DEPARTMENT AND RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG.

MISS CHUNG WAS THE FIRST ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER SENT BY GOVERNMENT TO ATTEND A FOUR-MONTH COURSE AT THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY IN JANUARY LAST YEAR.

SHE IS CURRENTLY WORKING AS THE PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY (DEVELOPMENT) WITH THE CNTA HEADQUARTERS.

IN YUEN LONG, MR JAMES WILSON HAS TAKEN OVER AS THE DISTRICT OFFICER FROM JUNE 21 VICE MR K.K. FUNG, WHO WILL BE PROCEEDING ON STUDY LEAVE.

MR WILSON JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE IN SEPTEMBER 1973 AND HAS SERVED IN THE FORMER NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, ECONOMIC SERVICES BRANCH, KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY AND NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

MR STUART HARBINSON WILL TAKE OVER AS THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICER, REPLACING MR PETER JOHNSON WHO WILL GO ON OVERSEAS LEAVE -ROM JULY 9.

MR HARBINSON WAS FIRST APPOINTED IN JUNE 1978 AND HAS SERVED IN THE SECURITY BRANCH OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT AND THE FORMER NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION.

HIS LAST POSTING WAS PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY (LANDS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS) WITH THE CNTA HEADQUARTERS.

MR TONY COOPER, CURRENTLY CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, WAN CHAI, WILL SUCCEED MR TONY CLARK AS CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER, CENTRAL AND WESTERN/WAN CHAI, FROM JULY 6. MR CLARK WILL BE PROCEEDING ON LEAVE PRIOR TO TRANSFER.

SINCE JOINING GOVERNMENT SERVICE IN JULY 1966, MR COOPER HAS 'WORKED IN THE POLICE FORCE, SOCIAL SERVICES BRANCH, THE FORMER ENVIRONMENT BRANCH AND THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION.

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FOUR LOTS OF CROWN LAND OFFERED FOR SALE *****

FOUR LOTS OF CROWN LAND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE OFFERED FOR SALE BY AUCTION BY THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IN THE FURAMA HOTEL’S JADE BALLROOM AT 2.30 PM ON JULY 28.

TWO OF THE SITES ARE FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL USES. THE LARGER ONE IN PING SHAN, YUEN LONG MEASURES 1 171 SQUARE METRES AND THE OTHER IN WAI TSAI PEAK, PENG CHAU, COVERS 345 SQUARE METRES.

ANOTHER SITE IN YUEN LONG INDUSTRIAL AREA, MEASURING 3778 SQUARE METRES, IS FOR INDUSTRIAL-GODOWN PURPOSES.

THE REMAINING SITE AT THE JUNCTION OF TAI LIN PAI ROAD AND WING YIP STREET IN KWAI CHUNG HAS AN AREA OF 1 670 SQUARE METRES AND IS FOR NON-INDUSTRI AL PURPOSES OTHER THAN RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT.

FULL PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE MAY BE OBTAINED FROMi-

* LANDS DEPARTMENT, 5TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG:

* PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (WEST WING), GROUND FLOOR, HONG KONG:

* DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE (KOWLOON WEST), KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, 10TH FLOOR, KOWLOON: OR

* DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES OF SHA TIN, TUEN MUN, YUEN LONG, TSUEN WAN, TAI PO, NORTH, SAI KUNG AND ISLANDS.

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF KO SHAN ROAD * * * *

KO SHAN ROAD IN TO KWA WAN NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH SAN LAU STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT FIVE DAYS FROM 10 AM ON SUNDAY (JULY 4) FOR CABLE WORKS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, SAN LAU STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE WAY EASTBOUND, AND SHANSI STREET ONE WAY WESTBOUND.

ACCESS TO SHANSI STREET FROM KO SHAN ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA SAN LAU STREET AND CHATHAM ROAD NORTH.

FRIDAY, JULY 2, 1982

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RECLAMATION PLAN IN NORTH TSING Yl * * * *

The GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO RECLAIM ABOUT 19 HECTARES OF LAND AT THE EXISTING TYPHOON SHELTER IN NORTH TSING Yl.

THE RECLAIMED LAND WILL BE USED FOR PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE AND OTHER ASSOCIATED FACILITIES.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREA OF FORESHORE AND SEABED INVOLVED IS DESCRIBED IN A NOTICE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL OR ANY CLAIM OF PRIVATE RIGHT SHOULD BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF LANDS WITHIN TWO MONTHS.

THE NOTICE, IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE, WITH ITS RELATED PLAN CAN BE SEEN ON NOTICE BOARDS POSTED NEAR THE SITE.

THE PLAN SHOWING THE AREAS OF FORESHORE AND SEABED INVOLVED MAY ALSO BE SEEN AT THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, 5TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING. GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG OR THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE, 2ND FLOOR, FOU WAH CENTRE, CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN, NEW TERRITORIES.

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THREE MAX I CAB ROUTES TO BE IMPROVED * * *

TWO MAXICAB ROUTES ON NEXT WEEK TO IMPROVE THEIR

FROM SUNDAY (JULY 4), 0 PUI LUNG WILL EXTEND ITS

FROM MONDAY (JULY 5), STAR FERRY) WILL START ITS MORNING.

HONG KONG ISLAND WILL BE RESCHEDULED SERVICES.

MAXICAB ROUTE 19 BETWEEN SAI WAN HO AND SERVICE UNTIL 12 MIDNIGHT.

MAXICAB ROUTE 7 (MT. NICHOLSON TO

SERVICE ABOUT 30 MINUTES EARLIER EVERY

THE FIRST TRIP FROM MOUNT NICHOLSON WILL BEGIN AT 7.20 AM AND AT 7.40 AM FROM STAR FERRY.

MEANWHILE, NEW TERRITORIES MAXICAB ROUTE 5 (CHOI HUNG TO CLEAR WATER BAY/TAI AU MUN) SCHEDULED TO OPERATE FROM JULY 1 HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

FRIDAY, JULY 2, 1982

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GURKHA ENGINEERS PRAISED

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THE QUEEN’S OWN GURKHA ENGINEERS WERE THANKED FOR HELPING TO PUT UP A TEMPORARY FENCE AT THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S TAI LAM CENTRE FOR WOMEN DURING THE FLOODING ON MAY 29.

AT THE HEIGHT OF THE RAINSTORM THAT MORNING, SECURITY OF THE CENTRE WAS AFFECTED AS TORRENTS OF WATER SWEPT AWAY A SECTION OF THE CENTRE’S OUTER WALL AND INNER FENCE.

A TEAM FROM THE QUEEN’S OWN GURKHA ENGINEERS WAS DESPATCHED TO HELP, AND A TEMPORARY FENCE WAS PUT UP THE SAME DAY.

AT A CEREMONY HELD AT THE CENTRE LAST (THURSDAY) NIGHT, THE COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR THOMAS GARNER, PRESENTED A PLAQUE TO MAJOR A.S. TUGGEY OF THE QUEEN’S OWN GURKHA ENGINEERS IN APPRECIATION OF THEIR ASSISTANCE.

MAJOR TUGGEY AND HIS TEAM WERE ALSO INVITED TO A BARBECUE DINNER AT THE CENTRE ATTENDED BY SENIOR OFFICERS AND STAFF MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT.

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NEW COURT BUILDING IN KWUN TONG * * * *

THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT WILL BUILD A NEW KIITue '™”Tm.JUNCTI0K 0F CHA K“° LING R0,D

ACCOMMODATION™ ING *'LL PR0VIDE SEVEN COURTROOMS AND ANCILLARY

CONSTRUCTION ON THE PROJECT, TENDERS FOR WHICH ARE BEING INVITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE DEPARTMENT WILL START IN AUGUST AND IS EXPECTED TO TAKE 21 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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SATURDAY, JULY 3» 1982

CONTENTS RAGE NO.

LOANS TO HONG KONG FISHERMEN INCREASED ........................ 1

DCA ATTENDS INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION MEETINGS ............. 2

CORRECTIONAL SERVICES OFFICERS COMPLETE SOCIAL WORK TRAINING 2

TUEN MON DB MEMBERS TO MEET THE PUBLIC ........................ 3

RECREATION GROUND IN KOWLOON TONG.............................. 3

HORSEBACK RIDING GETS POPULAR.................................. 4

LEARNER DRIVER PROHIBITION IN TO KWA WAN ...................... 4

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN SHA TIN ............................. 5

LEFT TURN BAN IN CHEUNG SHA WAN

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-OAN;. TO HONG KONG FISHERMEN INCREASED

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“aRH- o AND FISHERMEN RECEIVED $23.5 MILLION LAST YEAR .-•RCf. LOAN rJNDS ADMINISTERED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT.

AND THE $11 MILLION LOANED TO FISHERMEN WAS AN INCREASE OF 240 PER CENT COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS YEAR. FARMERS BORROWED $12.5 MILLION FROM THE FUNDS.

THE FIGURES WERE RELEASED TODAY BY THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, MR JOHN RIDDELL-SWAN AT A DINNER MARKING THE 60TH INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATIVE DAY.

♦TO STRENGTHEN THE FISHING INDUSTRY AND TO GIVE INCREASED OPPORTUNITIES TO DESERVING STUDENTS, A TOTAL OF $125 000 WAS AWARDED THIS YEAR AS GRANTS OR LOANS FROM THE MARINE FISH SCHOLARSHIP FUND TO 10 STUDENTS STUDYING AT LOCAL OR OVERSEAS UNIVERSITIES.

♦THE OPPORTUNITY IS ALSO GIVEN TO ELIGIBLE STUDENTS TO FURTHER THEIR EDUCATION ESPECIALLY IN THE FIELD OF AGRICULTURE AND A TOTAL OF $135 000 WAS AWARDED FROM THE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS TO SIX STUDENTS STUDYING AT LOCAL OR OVERSEAS UNIVERSITIES,+ HE SAID.

MR RIDDELL-SWAN SAID THAT TO ENABLE LOCAL FISHERMEN TO GAIN ADDITIONAL INSIGHT INTO MODERN DEVELOPMENTS, THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION LAST YEAR SPONSORED NINE FISHERMEN’S CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY MEMBERS ON A VERY SUCCESSFUL ONE-WEEK STUDY TOUR TO SINGAPORE WHICH INCLUDED A VISIT TO THE FIRST ASIAN FISHERIES EXHIBITION.

♦FOR THE FARMING INDUSTRY, THE PAST YEAR WAS ONE OF MIXED BLESSINGS BUT WAS, IN GENERAL, SATISFACTORY ESPECIALLY FOR LIVESTOCK FARMERS. BOTH THE FEDERATION OF VEGETABLE MARKETING CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES AND THE FEDERATION OF PIG RAISING CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES CONTINUED TO PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN HELPING FARMERS WITH BULK PURCHASING AND OTHER SCHEMES AND THE INDIVIDUAL SOCIETIES WITHIN THE FEDERATIONS PROVIDED VALUABLE SERVICES ESPECIALLY IN THE FIELDS OF CREDIT AND MARKETING,♦ SAID MR RIDDELL-SWAN.

SATURDAY, JULY 3, 1982

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DCA ATTENDS INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION MEETINGS * * * *

MR E.D. KEEP, DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION, WILL ATTEND TWO OVERSEAS MEETINGS FOR AVIATION CHIEFS TO BE HELD LATER THIS MONTH.

THESE ARE THE AIRPORT OPERATORS COUNCIL INTERNATIONAL (AOCI) BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING TO BE HELD IN DENVER, COLORADO, U.S.A. ON JULV 9 AND THE INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION ORGANISATION (ICAO) 18TH INFORMAL MEETING OF DIRECTORS GENERAL OF CIVIL AVIATION.

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC IN SINGAPORE FROM JULY 29 TO AUGUST 3.

THE AOCI MEETING IS A REGULAR ONE FOR ITS BOARD MEMBERS. M? KEEP WAS ELECTED TO THE BOARD IN OCTOBER, 1981.

THE ICAO MEETING IS HELD ANNUALLY TO PROVIDE A FORUM FOR AN INFORMAL EXCHANGE OF VIEWS AND EXPERIENCE AMONG AVIATION CHIEFS IN THE ASIA AND PACIFIC REGION IN THE MANAGEMENT, OPERATION, REGULATION AND CONTROL OF CIVIL AVIATION ACTIVITY.

MR KEEP WILL PRESENT FOUR PAPERS AT THE MEETING FOR INFORMATION AND DISCUSSION. THEY ARE +RUNWAY RESURFACING, GROOVING AND INSTALLATION OF CENTRELINE LIGHTING IN HONG KONG*, +MAINTENANCE SUPERVISION*, +CORRECT STOWAGE OF CABIN BAGGAGE IN PASSENGER TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT*, AND +MAINTAINING AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL PROFICIENCY IN HONG KONG*.

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CORRECTIONAL SERVICES OFFICERS COMPLETE SOCIAL WORK TRAINING

* * *

TWENTY ASSISTANT OFFICERS OF THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WHO HAD COMPLETED AN EXTENSION TRAINING COURSE ON SOCIAL WORK WERE TODAY (SATURDAY) AWARDED CERTIFICATES BY SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR T.A. HANDLEY.

THE TWO-MONTH COURSE, ORGANISED BY THE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK OF THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC ON A PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE BASIS, WAS DESIGNED TO HELP OFFICERS ON AFTER-CARE DUTIES TO GAIN THEORETICAL KNOWLEDGE OF SOCIAL WORK TECHNIQUES, HUMAN GROWTH AND BEHAVIOUR, AND PROBLEMS RELEVANT TO THEIR WORK.

SPEAKING AT THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY, MR HANDLEY SAID THE COURSE OFFERED AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE OFFICERS TO SUM UP THEIR FIELD EXPERIENCE AND ENABLED THEM TO PURSUE MORE IN-DEPTH STUDIES IN SOCIAL WORK METHODS AND TECHNIQUES.

HE STRESSED THAT AFTER-CARE WAS A VERY IMPORTANT ASPECT CF THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES WORK AND THAT LEARNING SUCH WORK WAS AN ONGOING EXPERIENCE.

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TUEN MUN DB MEMBERS TO MEET THE PUBLIC * * *

7.~ MUN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL START MEETING THE PUBLIC •ROM MONDAY (JULY 5) TO DISCUSS DISTRICT AFFAIRS AND MATTERS AFFECTING THE WELFARE 0? THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.

IT ILL BE Th THIRD NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT BOARD TO INTRODUCE EET-THE-PUBLIC SERVICES, THE FIRST TWO BEING TSUEN WAN AND SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARDS WHICH HAVE PROVIDED SIMILAR SERVICES SINCE FEBRUARY.

IN TUEN MUN, THE 13 UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WILL BE ON ROSTER DUTY .VERY MONDAY AND THURSDAY EVENINGS FROM 7.30 PM TO 9.30 PM.

MEETING SESSIONS WILL BE HELD AT THE COMMUNITY AFFAIR BRANCH OFFICES AT TAI HING AND ON TING ESTATES.

IN EACH SESSION, TWO MEMBERS WILL BE ON DUTY WITH SUPPORTING STAFF FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

APPOINTMENTS CAN BE MADE IN PERSON OR BY TELEPHONE DURING OFFICE HOURS WITH THE TWO COMMUNITY AFFAIR BRANCH OFFICES OR THE DISTRICT BOARD OFFICE WHICH HAS JUST MOVED TO ITS NEW PREMISES ON THE 9TH FLOOR OF FOO YIK COMMERCIAL BUILDING, SAN ON STREET.

THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS ARE: DISTRICT BOARD OFFICE 0-843801;

TAI HING BRANCH OFFICE 0-824064; AND ON TING BRANCH OFFICE 0-839686.

A DISTRICT BOARD SPOKESMAN SAID THE SERVICES, INTRODUCED FOR A TRIAL PERIOD OF FOUR MONTHS, WERE AIMED AT CREATING ADDITIONAL COMMUNICATION CHANNELS BETWEEN LOCAL RESIDENTS AND DB MEMBERS.

♦THIS WILL HELP MEMBERS UNDERSTAND DISTRICT PROBLEMS MORE FULLY AND ENABLE THE PUBLIC TO KNOW MORE ABOUT DISTRICT ADM INISTRATI ON,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE ADDED THAT ANY SUGGESTION OR COMPLAINT WOULD BE RECORDED AND PUT TO APPROPRIATE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS FOR ACTION.

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RECREATION GROUND IN KOWLOON TONG * * * *

A

OF KAM

GR0UND W1LL BE CONSTRUCTED SOON AT THE JUNCTION SHING ROAD AND JUNCTION ROAD IN KOWLOON TONG.

IC 0F THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

IS INVITING TENDtRS FOR THIS PROJECT.

THE RECREATION GROUND, OCCUPYING HAVE A BASKETBALL-CUM-VOLLEYBALL COURT TIMBER ARBOURS AND A STOREROOM.

1 700 SQUARE METRES, WILL , PAVILIONS, PLANTINGS,

START IN AUGUST AND WILL BE COMPLETED IN

SATURDAY, JULY 3, 1982

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HORSEBACK RIDING GETS POPULAR

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'•‘0RSE3ACK RIDING IN HONG KONG IS NO LONGER A HOBBY FOR THE RICH ONLY.

THANKS TO THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE OF THE ECREATiON AND CUL;URE DEPARTMENT, RESIDENTS OF ANY SOCIAL BACKGROUND MAY NOW ENJOY A RIDE ON HORSEBACK.

DIVIDED INTO TWO GROUPS, 72 PEOPLE AGED 15 TO 45 ARE TAKEN rO TWO RIDING SCHOOLS EVERY WEEKEND BY THE RSS, ONE GROUP 0 THE TEA GARDEN ON LANTAU ON SATURDAYS AND THE OTHER TO FHE JOCKEY CLUB’S POKFULAM RIDING SCHOOL ON SUNDAYS.

DURING THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR, THE RSS ORGANISED 115 ♦RIDING FUN DAYS* FOR 4 555 PEOPLE FROM ALL DISTRICTS.

♦APPLICATIONS FAR OUTNUMBER THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PERSONS WE CAN ACCOMMODATE IN EACH OUT I NG,+ MR LAU KWOK-KWONG, THE RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICER IN CHARGE OF OUTDOOR PURSUITS, SAID.

♦IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO EXPAND THIS EVENT BECAUSE OF THE LIMITED FACILITIES AVAILABLE.

♦AT $15 PER HEAD, THE FEE IS VERY REASONABLE AND COVERS TRANSPORT AND SPENDING AT LEAST TWO HOURS AT EITHER SCHOOL,♦ HE SAID.

PARTICIPANTS ARE GIVEN BASIC INSTRUCTIONS ON MOUNTING, DISMOUNTING AND HORSE CONTROLLING. THEY ARE ALSO TAUGHT SIT-UPS AND OTHER SKILLS ON HORSEBACK.

DETAILS OF RIDING EVENTS ARE GIVEN IN THE MONTHLY PROGRAMMES PUBLISHED BY THE RSS AND ARE AVAILABLE AT THE 19 DISTRICT OFFICES OF THE SERVICE.

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LEARNER DRIVER PROHIBITION IN TO KWA WAN * * *

LEARNER DRIVERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO DRIVF on WFCTDAiixirb

T0 ™ R0“

SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO INDICATE THE NEW ARRANGEMENT.

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TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN SHA TIN * * * *

™E R0AD LEAD,NS FROM FO TAN ROAD TO TAI PO ROAD BE CL0SED 0N MONDAY (JULY 5) BETWEEN 9.30 AM

AND 4.30 PM FOR ROAD WORKS.

„£UR’NG THE CL0SURE» VEHICLES FROM THE FO TAN AREA HEADING -2L^L00N W,LL HAVE T0 USE YUEN Wo R0AD» SHA TIN RURAL ’.OMMimE ROAD AND TAI PO ROAD, OR, ALTERNATIVELY, TAI CHUNG KIU ■OAD AND LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD.

SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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LEFT TURN BAN IN CHEUNG SHA WAN * * * *

_irii WESTBOUND VEHICLES ON CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD WILL BE BANNED FROM TURNING LEFT INTO CHEUNG LAI STREET FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JULY 5) FOR CONSTRUCTION WORKS. '

THIS WILL LAST UNTIL MONDAY (JULY 19).

HAVE T0 USE K0M TSUN STREET AND CHEUNG SHUN STREET TO REACH CHEUNG LAI STREET.

toM? R0UTE 2f WILL BE DIVERTED FROM CHEUNG LAI STREET TO KOM TSUN STREET, LAI CHI KOK ROAD AND CHEUNG MAU STREET.

SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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SUNDAY, JULY 4, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NEW OFFICE TO HELP DISABLED JOB-SEEKERS ........................ 1

NEW MARKET PROPOSED TO SOLVE HAWKING PROBLEM IN STAUNTON STREET ......................................................... 1

LEGAL ADVICE CENTRE HANDLES 195 CASES .......................... 2

TOWN SQUARE IK TUEN MUN......................................... 2

TAI PO MARKET FISH STALL FOR AUCTION

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SUNDAY, JULY 4, 1982

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NE* OFFICE TO HELP DISABLED JOB-SEEKERS * * * *

Ht ScutCTlVE PLACEMENT SERVICE (SPS) OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT MAJ SET i" A BRANCH OFFICE IN KOWLOON TO ASSIST PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED PEOPLE LIVING IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES IN FINDING EMPLOYMENT.

THE NEW OFFICE, SITUATED AT SHOP SPACES 13-30, AMOY PLAZA, (MONDAY^ GR°UND FL0CR» 77 NSAU TAU K0K R0AD» W,LL 0PEN TOMORROW

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THAT IT WAS HOPED THAT THE BRANCH OFFICE WOULD ENCOURAGE MORE DISABLED PEOPLE LIVING IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES TO MAKE USE OF THE FREE SERVICES OFFERED BY THE SPS.

PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED JOB-SEEKERS REQUIRING THE KOWLOON OFFICE'S SERVICES SHOULD FIRST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT ON TELEPHONE 3-7554835.

VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS WISHING TO REFER THEIR CLIENTS LIVING IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES TO THE SPS FOR ASSISTANCE SHOULD ALSO SEND THEIR REFERRAL FORMS TO THE KOWLOON OFFICE.

DISABLED JOB-SEEKERS LIVING ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND OUTLYING ISLANDS WILL CONTINUE TO BE SERVED BY THE SPS’S HONG KONG OFFICE AT NEW RODNEY BLOCK, 99 QUEENSWAY, GROUND FLOOR.

THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF THE OFFICE ARE 5-280049 AND 5-282523 (EXT. 50).

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NEW MARKET PROPOSED TO SOLVE HAWKING PROBLEM IN STAUNTON STREET X * *

MORE STRINGENT ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS WILL BE TAKEN AGAINST ILLEGAL EXTENSION OF HAWKER STALLS AND ILLEGAL MOBILE HAWKERS IN STAUNTON STREET IN CENTRAL DISTRICT, IF THE HAWKING PROBLEM PERSISTS AFTER CLEARANCES IN THE AREA, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (CENTRAL AND WESTERN) SAID TODAY.

HE SAID THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD AT A MEETING HELD RECENTLY EXPRESSED CONCERN OVER THE HAWKING ACTIVITIES IN STAUNTON STREET WHERE SERIOUS ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS AND TRAFFIC OBSTRUCTION OCCURRED, AND AS A RESULT CLEARANCES OF ILLEGAL EXTENSION OF HAWKER STALLS AND REGULAR CHECKS ON ILLEGAL HAWKING WERE CARRIED OUT IN THE AREA.

THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL KEEP WATCH 0 THE SITUATION AND IF IT IS FOUND NOT SATISFACTORY, MORE SEVERE ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS WILL BE TAKEN.

AS A .ONG-TERM SOLUTION TO THE HAWKING PROBLEM, IT HAS BEEN PROPOSED TC CONSTRUCT A NEW MARKET IN THE DISTRICT TO FES ITE THE HAWKERS IN STAUNTON STREET AND ITS VICINITY.

THE PROPOSAL ~S CONSTRUCT THE MARKET IS NOW UNSER CONSIDERATION, AND DETAILS WILL S_ REALISED LATER.

SUNDAY, JULY 4, 19S2

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LEGAL ADVICE CENTRE HANDLES 195 CASES

MATRIMONIAL MATTERS TOPPED THE LIST OF CASES HANDLED BY THE FREE LEGAL ADVICE SERVICE CENTRE IN SHA TIN SINCE IT OPENED IN MARCH LAST YEAR.

DURING ITS 15-MONTH OF OPERATION, THE CENTRE HANDLED A TOTAL OF 195 CASES, OF WHICH 44, OR 22.56 PER CENT, WERE ON MATRIMONIAL MATTERS.

LANDLORD AND TENANT MATTERS RANKED SECOND WITH 33 CASES, OR 16.92 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL FIGURE.

OTHER TYPES OF CASES HANDLED INCLUDED ESTATE ADMINISTRATION, MONEY AND OTHER COMMERCIAL MATTERS, COMPENSATION AND DAMAGES, CRIMINAL CASES, ADOPTION, IMMIGRATION, REGISTRATION OF PERSONS, BUILDING MANAGEMENT AND MISCELLANEOUS CASES.

THE CENTRE, LOCATED AT THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE’S LEK YUEN SUB-OFFICE AT SAU CHUEN HOUSE, IS MANNED BY A DUTY LAWYER EVERY MONDAY STARTING FROM 6 PM.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC SEEKING LEGAL ADVICE SHOULD FIRST APPROACH THE DISTRICT OFFICE OR PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE LAWYER WHO CAN ADVISE THE PUBLIC ON MEASURES THEY CAN TAKE, BUT CANNOT REPRESENT THEM IN COURT.

THE SHA TIN FREE LEGAL ADVICE SERVICE IS AMONG SIX CENTRES OPERATED BY THE LAW SOCIETY. THE OTHERS ARE AT TSUEN WAN, MONG KOK, WONG TAI SIN, WAN CHAI, AND EASTERN DISTRICT.

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TOWN SQUARE IN TUEN MUN X X X

A TOWN SQUARE WILL SHORTLY BE BUILT IN TUEN MUN NEW TOWN TO MEET THE NEED OF THE GROWING POPULATION THERE.

THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT.

THE TOWN SQUARE ON HEUNG SZE WUI STREET WILL HAVE TWO FOUNTAINS, A PAVILION AND PERGOLAS.

WORK ON THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO START IN MID-AUGUST AND WILL TAKE 7 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

SUNDAY, JULY 4, 1982

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TAI PO MARKET FISH STALL FOR AUCTION * * * *

FISH TRADERS ARE BEING INVITED TO TENDER FOR A STALL AT THE TAI PO KUK TENG MARKET IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AT A PUBLIC AUCTION ON THURSDAY (JULY 8).

THE AUCTION, DUE TO START AT 10 AM,WILL BE HELD AT THE TAI PO URBAN SERVICES OFFICE ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF MEI TAK BUILDING, KWONG FUK ROAD, TAI PO.

THE UPSET MONTHLY RENTAL IS $100, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY THE RENTAL QUARTERLY AND MAY START BUSINESS ON AUGUST 1.

BIDDERS, WHO MUST BE AGED 21 OR ABOVE, ARE REQUESTED TO BRING ALONG THEIR IDENTITY CARDS AND FIVE PHOTOGRAPHS.

FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE HAWKERS AND MARKETS SECTION OF THE TAI PO URBAN SERVICES OFFICE AT 06577111, EXT. 158.

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MONDAY, JULY 5, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PUBLIC WARNED AGAINST SMOKING IN PETROL STATIONS ........... 1

INSPECTORS OF APPRENTICES' POWERS OF ENTRY........... 2

MANPOWER SURVEY OF THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY ................ 3

MORE LAND RECLAMATION IN SAI KUNG .......................... 3

+SAFETY EXTRAVAGANZA+ IN WONG CHUK HANG..................... **

WATER FIGURES ..............................................

PRIZE PRESENTATION FOR ANTI-DRUG SCHOOL PROJECTS ........... 5

WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD MEETING ............................ 5

6} BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN MAY

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MONDAY, JULY 5, 1982

1

PUBLIC WARNED AGAINST SMOKING IN PETROL STATIONS

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THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT TODAY WARNED THE PUBLIC, ESPECIALLY MOTORISTS, NOT TO SMOKE IN THE VICINITY OF PETROL STATIONS.,

♦IT IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TO SMOKE IN SUCH AREAS AS CONTACT WITH THE HIGHLY INFLAMMABLE VAPOUR MAY LEAD TO EXPLOSION AND FIRE,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID.

♦ONE CARELESS ACT MAY RESULT IN DISASTER,* HE WARNED.

HE ADVISED MOTORISTS TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY THEMSELVES, AND THEIR PASSENGERS, EXTINGUISH THEIR CIGARETTES BEFORE ENTERING FILLING STATIONS.

♦IT IS AN OFFENCE FOR PEOPLE TO SMOKE WITHIN THE VICINITY OF PETROL FILLING STATIONS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+THERE HAVE BEEN CASES REPORTED TO FIRE SERVICES THAT STAFF OF FILLING STATIONS WERE SEEN SMOKING WHILST WORKING AND HANDLING HIGHLY INFLAMMABLE MATERIALS,* HE SAID.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE SPOKESMAN TOLD OPERATORS AND EMPLOYEES OF PETROL STATIONS TO OBSERVE STRICTLY ALL THE SAFETY RULES.

A LETTER SIGNED BY THE DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES HAS RECENTLY BEEN SENT TO ALL OPERATORS AND LICENCEES OF PETROL STATIONS URGING THEM TO ENSURE STRICT COMPLIANCE WITH ALL LICENSING CONDITIONS, PARTICULARLY THE PROHIBITION OF SMOKING.

♦A BREACH OF LICENSING CONDITIONS IS AN OFFENCE UNDER THE DANGEROUS GOODS ORDINANCE AND IS PUNISHABLE BY A FINE OF $1 DOO AND ONE MONTH’S IMPRISONMENT, AND COULD RESULT IN THE CANCELLATION OF THE OPERATOR’S LICENCE,* HE ADDED.

♦OFFICERS OF THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL KEEP A CLOSE WATCH ON PETROL STATIONS AND WILL TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION WHEN AN OFFENCE IS COMMITTED AGAINST THE DANGEROUS GOODS ORDINANCE,* HE WARNED.

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INSPECTORS OF APPRENTICES’ POWERS OF ENTRY

* * *

THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE APPRENTICESHIP ORDINANCE (CAP. 47) AND REGULATIONS HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED FROM THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TO THE NEWLY ESTABLISHED TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING DEPARTMENT WITH EFFECT FROM APRIL 1, 1982.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW DEPARTMENT REMINDED EMPLOYERS THAT UNDER SECTION 35(A) OF THE APPRENTICESHIP ORDINANCE, AN INSPECTOR CF APPRENTICES OF THE TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING DEPARTMENT IS EMPOWERED TO ENTER, INSPECT AND EXAMINE, BY DAY OR NIGHT, ANY PREMISES OR PLACE IN WHICH HE KNOWS, OR HAS REASONABLE CAUSE TO BELIEVE, THAT AN APPRENTICE OR A YOUNG PERSON IS EMPLOYED.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO URGED EMPLOYERS TO CO-OPERATE WHEN INSPECTORS OF APPRENTICES VISITED THEIR ESTABLISHMENTS FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE APPRENTICESHIP ORDINANCE.

♦AN INSPECTOR OF APPRENTICES CARRIES WITH HIM A WARRANT AND A GOVERNMENT IDENTITY CARD. HE WILL NEED TO PRODUCE THEM UPON HIS ENTRY TO ANY PREMISES FOR INSPECTION/ HE SAID.

♦ANY PERSON WHO OBSTRUCTS AN INSPECTOR OF APPRENTICES PERFORMING OR EXERCISING ANY FUNCTION, DUTY OR POWER UNDER THE APPRENTICESHIP ORDINANCE MAY BE PROSECUTED. ON CONVICTION, HE IS LIABLE TO A FINE OF $5 OOO AND TO IMPRISONMENT FOR SIX MONTHS, HE ADDED.

EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE ANY ENQUIRIES MAY CONTACT ANY OF THE BRANCH OFFICES OF THE APPRENTICESHIP SECTION AT THE FOLLOWING ADDRESSES : —

HENNESSY CENTRE, EAST WING, 6TH FLOOR, 500 HENNESSY ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY, TEL: 5-7956211;

PARIS THEATRE BUILDING, 7 KING FUK STREET, SAN PO KONG, TEL: 3-234722;

SALISBURY ROAD, OPPOSITE TO SHERATON HOTEL, TSIM SHA TSUI, TEL: 3-667463;

31 SHING FONG STREET, 5TH FLOOR, KWAI CHUNG, TEL: 0-297039; AND

YEN HAU MANSION, 3RD FLOOR, 100 TING FU STREET, KWUN TONG, TEL: 3-7561093.

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MANPOWER SURVEY OF THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY * * *

A MAJOR MANPOWER SURVEY OF HONG KONG’S ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY IS BEING CARRIED OUT FROM TODAY (MONDAY) TILL JULY 17 TO COLLECT INFORMATION ON TRAINING REQUIREMENTS.

THE SURVEY WILL BE CONDUCTED BY THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING DEPARTMENT AND THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD, DR ANDREW CHUANG, SAID,

♦this survey is needed in view of the rapid growth of the INDUSTRY AND THE MANY CHANGES SINCE THE ONE CONDUCTED TWO YEARS AGO

+THE INFORMATION COLLECTED WILL BE HANDLED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND WILL BE PUBLISHED ONLY IN THE FORM OF STATISTICAL SUMMARIES WITHOUT REFERENCE TO ANY INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENT.

+AS THE INFORMATION TO BE COLLECTED FROM THIS SURVEY IS IMPORTANT FOR FORMULATING MEANINGFUL TRAINING PLANS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE INDUSTRY, CO-OPERATION OF THOSE ESTABLISHMENTS COVERED IN THE SURVEY IS SINCERELY SOL(CITED.+

QUESTIONNAIRES AND EXPLANATORY LETTERS IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE WERE SENT TWO WEEKS AGO (JUNE 21) TO THE ESTABLISHMENTS SELECTED BY STRATIFIED RANDOM SAMPLING.

THE SURVEY INTERVIEWING OFFICERS OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL VISIT THE ESTABLISHMENTS TO HELP WITH THE QUESTIONNAIRE.

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MORE LAND RECLAMATION IN SAI KUNG

* * * *

THE goveRNMENT INTENDS TO RECLAIM ANOTHER 5.8 HECTARES OF DEVELOPMENT^ SEABED ,N SAI KUNG AS PART OF THE TUI MIN HOI

THE RECLAIMED LAND IS EARMARKED FOR VILLAGE-TYPE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AND FOR GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTION AND COMMUNITY USES.

E*TENT OF THE AREA OF FORESHORE AND SEABED INVOLVED IS DESCRIBED IN A NOTICE PUBLISHED IN LAST WEEK’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

THE NOTICE, IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE, WITH ITS RELATED PLAN CAN BE SEEN ON NOTICE BOARDS POSTED NEAR THE SITE.

ANY PERS0NS HAVING ANY OBJECTIONS OR ANY CLAIMS FOR SSmtuoSAT,0N SH0uld ITE TO THE DIRECTOR OF LANDS WITHIN TWO MONTHS.

.ToE PEAN SHOWING THE AREA OF FORESHORE AND SEABED INVOLVED SSim? BLSneN AT THE LANDS deparTMENT, 5TH FLOOR, MURRAY DD'ED ING’ GARDEN ROAD OR THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE, FIRST KO0|0nfiMSAN P° K°NG GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 692 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD,

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♦SAFETY EXTRAVAGANZA* IN WONG CHUK HANG

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♦SAFETY EXTRAVAGANZA+, AN

EE RE-STAGED IN WONG CHUK HANG

INDUSTRIAL SAFETY EXHIBITION, WILL FROM JULY 8 TO 14.

T-

XHIBITICN, INCLUDING

„,TlirilA ..... ' -------- A MULTI-SCREEN SOUND-ON-SLIDE SHOW

FEATURING VARIOUS ASPECTS OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY, IS JOINTLY ORGANISED £ ™E EAB°UR DEPARTMENT AND THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD FOR WORKERS, RESIDtNTo AND STUDENTS OF THE DISTRICT.

THE AIM OF THE EXHIBITION IS TO AROUSE AMONG EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEtS THEIR AWARENESS TOWARDS INDUSTRIAL SAFETY.

THE SAME EXHIBITION WAS HELD AT THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC IN FEBRUARY THIS YEAR AND ATTRACTED MORE THAN 30 009 VISITORS.

LAB0UR DEPARTMENT PLANS TO RE-STAGE THE EXHIBITION IN VARIOUS INDUSTRIAL DISTRICTS INCLUDING TSUEN WAN WONG TAI SIN TUEN MUN AND KWUN TONG LATER THIS YEAR.

OPENING CEREMONY AT WONG CHUK HANG WILL BE OFFICIATED BY ** ?AV|D LIN» ACT,NG DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR; MR C K KWONG, CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER, CDO (SOUTHERN); AND MR KAN MANLEE, CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, AT THE CHAN PAK SHA SCHOOL, 1 SHUM WAN ROAD, ON JULY 8, AT 3 PM.

NOTE TO EDITORS;

COVER^“pEMNgIerIkONY™ ‘ R£R°RTER JN’/0R PH0T°G»‘PI*R TO

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WATER FIGURES

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STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 61.3 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 353.927 MILLION CUBIC METRES, EQUIVALENT TO 237 DAYS’ CONSUMPTION.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 214.595 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 37.1 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

MONDAY, JULY 5, 1982

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-SIZE PRESENTATION FOR ANTI-DRUG * * *

SCHOOL PROJECTS

Ci EMONY a'ILL BE HELD AT 3 PM THIS WEDNESDAY (JULY 7) AT THE CARITAS COMMUNITY HALL, CAINE ROAD, TO GIVE OUT PRIZES TO JNNERS 0" THE ANT I-NARCOTICS CHINESE ESSAY WRITING AND POSTER DESIGN COMPETITIONS.

THE HONG KONG-WIDE COMPETITIONS WERE JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS AND THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUE SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

ATTRACTING MORE THAN 4 OOO ENTRIES, THE COMPETITIONS WERE AIMED AT AROUSING THE AWARENESS OF BOTH PRIMARY AND SECONDARY STUDENTS OF THE DANGERS OF DRUG ABUSE AS WELL AS GETTING INVOLVED IN DRUG CRIME.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE MRS LOUISE MOK, ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS)? MR KARL STUMPF, CHAIRMAN OF THE PREVENTIVE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY SUB-COMMITTEE OF ACAN; AND MR PETER LEE, COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS.

THE WINNING ENTRIES OF THE COMPETITIONS WILL BE DISPLAYED AT AN EXHIBITION TO BE HELD BEFORE THE CEREMONY.

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WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD MEETING * * *

THE WAN ON WEDNESDAY

THE

CHAI DISTRICT BOARD WILL HOLD ITS FOURTH MEETING waki rut , AT 2 PM AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF

WAN CHAI CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE.

MATTERS TO BE DISCUSSED WILL INCLUDE TOWN PLANNING AND VICE ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE DISTRICT, AND THE BUDGET AND LOGO FOR THE BOARD.

THE CHIEF TOWN PLANNER (HONG KONG), MR H.K. CHAN, WILL BRIEF THE MEMBERS ON TOWN PLANNING.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE INFORMED OF THE LATEST PUBLIC WORKS, COMMUNITY BUILDING, TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT, AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE FOURTH MEETING OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD AT 2 PM ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 7). MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD ARRIVE AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE *AN CHA! CITY 3|ICT COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE AT TUNG wAH MANSION, EIGHTH FLOOR, 201 HENNESSY ROAD BEFORE 1.^5 pp.

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63 BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN MAY * * * *

A T TAL Oc 63 NEW BUILDING PLANS WAS APPROVED BY THE BUILDINGS 3RD INAKE OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IN MAY THIS YEAR, COMPARED WITH 74 IN MAY LAST YEAR.

OF THESE NEw PLANS, 26 WERE FOR NEW BUILDINGS ON

HONG KONG ISLAND, 11 FOR KOWLOON AND 26 FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THEY INCLUDE A HOUSING ESTATE BY THE HONG KONG

HOUSING SOCIETY AT THE JUNCTION OF MA TAU WEI ROAD AND FAT KwONG STREET, TWO SCHOOLS AT SAI KUNG AND TAI PO, A HOTEL AT DISCOVERY BAY, LANTAU, A SWIMMING POOL AT BEAS RIVER, SHEUNG SHU I AND A COMMUNITY SPORTS CENTRE AT MA TSO LUNG, YUEN LONG.

THE DECLARED COST OF ALL NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED DURING THE MONTH WAS S7O4.89 MILLION, COMPARED WITH $199.3 MILLION IN THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR.

THEIR TOTAL USABLE FLOOR AREA AMOUNTED TO 231 937.5 SQUARE METRES, COMPRISING 179 356.2 SQUARE METRES OF NON-DOMESTIC AND 52 581.3 SQUARE METRES OF DOMESTIC FLOOR SPACE.

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE ALSO GAVE CONSENT

FOR WORK TO START ON 37 PROJECTS, INCLUDING TWO SCHOOLS AT TUNG LO WAN ROAD AND SAM HUI, TUEN MUN, A PASSENGER JETTY AT PO LO TSUI, LAMMA ISLAND AND A SQUASH HOUSE AND CLUB HOUSE AT TAI SHANG WAI, YUEN LONG.

ALTOGETHER, 43 NEWLY-COMPLETED BUILDINGS WERE CERTIFIED FOR OCCUPATION IN MAY, INCLUDING TWO HOTELS AT SA PO ROAD AND TSIM SHA TSUI EAST, A SCHOOL AT SYCAMORE STREET AND A HOSPITAL EXTENSION AT SHA TIN PASS ROAD.

THE OFFICE ALSO AGREED TO THE DEMOLITION OF 75 BUILDINGS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, JULY 6, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE MO.

COMPULSORY USB OF CAR SEAT BELTS PLANNED ....................... 1

FERTILITY RATE IN HONG KONG DECLINED SHARPLY.................... 2

EXTENSION OF SHUEN WAN CONTROLLED TIP .......................... 2

COMPUTER STUDIES INTRODUCED IN 30 SCHOOLS ...................... 3

'YEAS' HELPS YOUTH WITH JOB HUNTING ............................ 5

CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT RECRUITS AO'S ................. 7

WATER ACCOUNT EKi^JIRIES AVERAGE 22 000 A MONTH ................ 8

RECREATIONAL aND CULTURAL FACILITIES FOR SOUTHERN DISTRICT RESIDENTS ...................................................... 9

DEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED ....................................... 9

WATER CUT IN MID-LEVELS

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TUESDAY, JULY 6, 1982

1

COMPULSORY USE OF CAR SEAT BELTS PLANNED * * * *

LEGISLATION WILL BE DRAFTED TO MAKE THE WEARING OF SEAT BELTS IN PRIVATE CARS COMPULSORY.

THIS FOLLOWS APPROVAL IN PRINCIPLE BY THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL TODAY OF THE GOVERNMENT'S INTENTION TO INTRODUCE THE NECESSARY LEGISLATION NEXT YEAR.

THE PROPOSAL HAS BEEN ENDORSED BY THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND THE STANDING CONFERENCE ON ROAD SAFETY AND HAS THE STRONG SUPPORT OF THE HONG KONG AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION AND THE INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED MOTORISTS.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID EXPERIENCE IN OTHER COUNTRIES SHOWED THAT FRONT SEAT OCCUPANTS WEARING SEAT BELTS WERE MUCH LESS LIKELY TO BE KILLED OR SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ACCIDENTS.

A STUDY CONDUCTED BY THE ROAD SAFETY DIVISION OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT INDICATED THAT IN HONG KONG A REDUCTION COULD BE EXPECTED IN THE SEVERITY OF SOME 60 PER CENT OF ACCIDENTS INVOLVING FRONT SEAT PASSENGERS.

UNDER EXISTING LEGISLATION, PRIVATE CARS MANUFACTURED AFTER JUNE 30, 1964 AND REGISTERED AFTER AUGUST 1, 1976 ARE REQUIRED TO BE FITTED WITH SAFETY BELTS TO THE FRONT SEATS.

♦HOWEVER, THE STUDY SHOWED THAT ONLY ABOUT FOUR TO SEVEN PER CENT OF PRIVATE MOTORISTS IN HONG KONG WEAR SEAT BELTS WHILE DRIVING,+ THE SPOKESMAN NOTED.

HE ADDED THAT WHILE HONG KONG’S TRAFFIC SITUATION MIGHT BE THOUGHT TO BE DIFFERENT, CARS OFTEN TRAVELLED AT HIGH SPEEDS, SUCH AS WHEN ON HIGHWAYS, AND EVEN AT LOW SPEEDS A HEAD-ON COLLISION COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURIES.

IT IS PROPOSED THAT THE COMPULSORY WEARING OF SEAT BELTS IN THE FRONT SEATS OF PRIVATE CARS SHOULD APPLY TO VEHICLES ALREADY REQUIRED TO BE FITTED WITH THEM UNDER CURRENT LEGISLATION.

♦ABOUT 70 PER CENT OF THE PRIVATE CARS REGISTERED TO DATE f€ET THIS REQUIREMENT AND THE PROPORTION WITHOUT SEAT BELTS WILL BE EVEN LOWER BY THE TIME THE NEW LEGISLATION IS IMPLEMENTED,+ THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

PUBLIC AND COMMERCIAL VEHICLES ARE NOT REQUIRED AT THE MOMENT TO BE FITTED WITH SEAT BELTS. +HOWEVER, THE POSSIBILITY OF EXTENDING THE LEGISLATION TO COVER PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES AND TAXIS AT A LATER DATE WILL BE KEPT UNDER REVIEW,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE BILL TO CIRCUMSTANCES OF

BE DRAFTED WILL TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE SPECIAL CHILDREN AND PEOPLE WITH MEDICAL CONDITIONS.

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FERTILITY RATE IN HONG KONG DECLINED SHARPLY * * *

RESULTS OF A STUDY OF THE PAST AND FUTURE TRENDS OF FERTILITY IN HCNG KONG wERE RELEASED TODAY (TUESDAY) IN A SPECIAL REVIEW ARTICLE CONTAINED IN THE APRIL 1982 ISSUE OF THE HONG KONG MONTHLY DIGEST OF STATISTICS. THIS ARTICLE PRESENTS THE TREND OF FERTILITY FROM 1971 TO THE PRESENT TIME AND PROJECTS IT OVER THE NEXT 20 YEARS.

FERTILITY IN HONG KONG STARTED TO DECLINE AROUND 1963. THE DECLINE BECAME MORE SIGNIFICANT IN THE 1970’S. OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS FERTILITY RATES HAVE DECLINED SHARPLY AT EVERY AGE, BUT PARTICULARLY FOR AGES 35 AND OVER.

SUCH CONTINUED AND SUSTAINED DECLINE IN FERTILITY WAS CLEARLY A RESULT OF THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CHANGES THAT HONG KONG HAD UNDERGONE DURING THE PAST TWO DECADES. THESE CHANGES HELPED TO DEVELOP THE GROWTH OF INDIVIDUAL ASPIRATIONS AND TO CREATE NEW PRESSURES ON REPRODUCTIVE BEHAVIOUR. COUPLES GENERALLY TOOK A MORE POSITIVE ATTITUDE TOWARDS LIMITING FAMILY SIZE.

WITH PROSPECTS OF A BETTER ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIAL SITUATION IN HONG KONG, IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE FERTILITY DECLINE WILL CONTINUE IN THE FUTURE. OVER THE NEXT TWO DECADES IT IS PREDICTED THAT THE FERTILITY RATE WILL DECREASE FURTHER AT EVERY AGE BUT THAT THE RATE OF DECREASE WILL BECOME SLOWER.

THE APRIL 1982 ISSUE OF THE HONG KONG MONTHLY DIGEST OF STATISTICS IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN THE HONG KONG PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT CONNAUGHT PLACE.

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EXTENSION OF SHUEN WAN CONTROLLED TIP * * *

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO RECLAIM ABOUT 32 HECTARES OF SEABED IN ORDER TO EXTEND THE EXISTING SHUEN WAN CONTROLLED TIP IN TAI PO.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREA OF FORESHORE AND SEABED INVOLVED IS DESCRIBED IN A NOTICE IN LAST WEEK’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

A NOTICE, IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE, WITH ITS RELATED PLAN CAN BE SEEN ON NOTICE BOARDS POSTED NEAR THE SITE.

OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL OR ANY CLAIM OF PRIVATE RIGHT SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE DIRECTOR OF LANDS WITHIN TWO MONTHS.

THE PLAN SHOWING THE AREA INVOLVED MAY BE SEEN AT THE LANDS DEPARTMENT SURVEY DIVISION, MURRAY BUILDING 5/F., GARDEN ROAD OR THE DISTRICT OFFICE, TAI PO, TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, TING KOK ROAD, TAI PO, NEW TERRITORIES OR THE LANDS OFFICE ON THE 10TH FLOOR, KOwLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

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TUESDAY, JULY'S, 1982

COMPUTER STUDIES INTRODUCED IN 30 SCHOOLS * * *

THIRTY SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR WILL INTRODUCE COMPUTER STUDIES INTO THEIR CURRICULUM ON A TRIAL BASIS THIS SEPTEMBER.

THE SUBJECT WILL BE INTRODUCED AT FORM 4 LEVEL AMD WILL BE EXTENDED TO FORM 5 NEXT YEAR.

BY MAY 1934, IT WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THAT THE INTRODUCTION OF COMPUTER STUDIES WAS IN LINE WITH A RECOMMENDATION OF THE 1978 WHITE PAPER ON SENIOR SECONDARY AND TERTIARY EDUCATION WHICH ADVOCATED A BROADENING OF THE CURRICULUM TO MEET THE NEEDS OF STUDENTS WITH A WIDE RANGE OF ABILITIES.

IT WAS HOPED THAT THE NEW SUBJECT WOULD ENABLE STUDENTS TO UNDERSTAND THE FUNCTIONS, USES AND LIMITATIONS OF COMPUTERS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IT SHOULD ALSO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE STUDY OF MODERN METHODS OF INFORMATION PROCESSING, ENCOURAGE AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE IMPLICATION OF COMPUTERS IN THE MODERN WORLD AND PREPARE STUDENTS FOR FURTHER STUDIES IN COMPUTER SCIENCE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE PILOT SCHEME, DESIGNED TO TEST THE PRACTICABILITY OF THE COMPUTER STUDIES TEACHING SYLLABUS APPROVED LAST YEAR BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE, WOULD BE FULLY REVIEWED IN 1984.

♦SUBJECT TO THE PROGRESS OF THE SCHEME AND THE AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS, PLANS ARE IN HAND TO EXTEND COMPUTER STUDIES TO A WIDER RANGE OF SCHOOLS WITH EFFECT FROM SEPTEMBER 1984.♦ HE NOTED.

HE ADDED THAT THE MAIN CRITERIA FOR SELECTING THE SCHOOLS FOR THE PILOT SCHEME WERE THEIR ENTHUSIASM, INTEREST AND SUPPORT FOR THE COMPUTER STUDIES COURSE DURING THE DEVELOPMENT PERIOD.

IN ADDITION, A NUMBER OF LEADING SPONSORING BODIES WHO REQUESTED A TRY-OUT OF THE SUBJECT IN ONE OF THEIR SCHOOLS HAD BEEN INCLUDED IN THE SCHEME, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE SCHOOLS TAKING PART IN THE PILOT SCHEME ARE «

(1) ABERDEEN TECHNICAL SCHOOL.

(2) BISHOP HALL JUBILEE SCHOOL.

(3) BUDDHIST SUM HEUNG LAM MEM COL.

(4) C.C.C. MONG MAN WAI COLLEGE.

/(5) CHINESE

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(5) CHINESE Y.M.C.A. SECONDARY SCHOOL,

(t CHOI HUNG ESTATE CATHOLIC SEC SCHOOL,

(7) DIOCESAN GIRLS' SCHOOL.

(8) DON BOSCO TECHNICAL SCHOOL,

(9) HO TUNG TECHNICAL SCHOOL FOR GIRLS.

(10) GERTRUDE SIMON LUTHERAN COLLEGE,

(11) HOI PING CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SECONDARY SCHOOL.

(12) KING’S COLLEGE,

(13) KWUN TONG GOVT SEC TECH SCH .

(14) LA SALLE COLLEGE,

(15) LAM WOO MEMORIAL SECONDARY SCHOOL.

(16) METHODIST COLLEGE.

(17) MUNSANG COLLEGE,

(18) NG YUK SECONDARY SCHOOL,

(19) PO LEUNG KUK CENTENARY COLLEGE,

(20) QUEEN’S COLLEGE,

(21) S.T.F.A. SEAWARD WOO COLLEGE,

(22) SHEUNG KWAI CHUNG GOVT SEC TECH SCH,

(23) ST JOSEPH’S COLLEGE,

(24) ST PAUL’S SECONDARY SCHOOL,

(25) SUNG TSUN MIDDLE SCHOOL,

(26) T.W.G.H. CHANG MING THIEN COLLEGE,

(27) TANG KING PO SCHOOL,

(28) TSUNG TSIN ENGLISH COLLEGE,

(29) WAH YAN COLLEGE (KOWLOON), AND

(30) Y.W.C.A. HIDE TJD YOENG COLLEGE.

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’YEAS’ HELPS YOUTH WITH JOB HUNTING *****

X'3- •NTING EVEN FOR AN EXPERIENCED WORKER IS NOT EASY. FOR A SCi --LEAVER IT CAN BE A DAUNTING EXPERIENCE, UNLESS HE HAS EXPERT GUIDANCE.

SUCH GUIDANCE IS AVAILABLE FROM THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE (YEAS) OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WHICH PROVIDES PRACTICALLY ALL THE NECESSARY INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE JUST SHORT OF ACTUAL JOB PLACEMENT.

ESTABLISHED IN 1968, THE YEAS HAS BEEN ENGAGED IN MANY ACTIVITIES TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE CHOOSE CAREERS BEST SUITED TO THEIR TALENTS, INTERESTS AND ABILITIES.

IT HAS THREE CAREERS INFORMATION CENTRES, EACH OF THEM EQUIPPED WITH A REFERENCE LIBRARY OF PUBLICATIONS AND PRESS CUTTINGS ON EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES, AUDIOVISUAL FACILITIES AND TRAINED STAFF TO ASSIST YOUNG PEOPLE. AND THERE ARE PLANS TO EXPAND MANY OF ITS SERVICES.

IN COORDINATION WITH CAREERS TEACHERS, REGULAR GROUP VISITS ARE ARRANGED FOR FORM III STUDENTS TO THE CENTRES. SUCH VISITS INCLUDE A BRIEFING SESSION, A TOUR OF THE CENTRE DISPLAYS AND A SLIDE SHOW ON CAREER CHOICES AND THEIR REQUIREMENTS.

EACH OF THE CENTRES ATTRACTS MORE THAN 10 000 YOUNG PEOPLE EVERY YEAR.

ABOUT 25 000 STUDENTS WHO WERE UNABLE TO ATTEND THE CENTRES PERSONALLY OBTAINED ADVICE FROM THE CENTRES BY WRITING TO GPO BOX 10161 IN 1980-81.

MR YUEN CHUN—KAU, LABOUR OFFICER WHO HEADS ONE OF THE YEAS CENTRES, SAID, *YEAS DOES NOT PROVIDE A PASSIVE SERVICE AND WAIT FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE TO COME IN FOR HELP*.

*IT REACHES OUT TO THEM THROUGH CAREERS TALKS WHICH YEAS STAFF REGULARLY GIVE TO FORM IV AND FORM V STUDENTS AT SCHOOLS AND OTHER FUNCTIONS JOINTLY ORGANISED WITH GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS OR OTHER ORGANISATIONS.*

HE ESTIMATED THAT CAREERS TALKS ON +CHOOSING YOUR CAREER* AND +LOOKING FOR A JOB* WERE GIVEN TO SOME 40 000 FORM FIVE STUDENTS EACH YEAR.

+CHOOSING YOUR CAREER* COVERS A RANGE OF TOPICS FROM EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES TO SELF-UNDERSTANDING AND JOB ANALYSIS, WHILE +LOOKING FOR A JOB* CONCENTRATES ON THE PREPARATORY ASPECTS OF LOOKING FOR JOB VACANCIES, APPLYING FOR A JOB AND SIGNING AN EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT.

+THESE TALKS ARE DESIGNED TO GUIDE YOUNG PEOPLE TO A SYSTEMATIC DECISION ON THE CHOICE OF CAREERS BY GIVING THEM A REAL PICTURE OF JOB REQUIREMENTS,* MR YUEN SAID.

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TUESDAY, JULY 6, 1982

TK FIRST CAREERS EXHIBITION WAS HELD IN 1972 WITH THE PARTIC ■TOI OF PRIVATE BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY AND GOVERNMENT DEPAR"-’TS. IT /AS ALSO THE FIRST COORDINATED PROJECT TO SHOW YOt • PEOPLE THE WIDE RANGE OF CAREERS IN HONG KONG THROUGH °ROFESS: NALLY DESIGNED EXHIBITS PROVIDED BY POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS THEMSELVES. IN RECENT YEARS, EACH OF THE 1O-DAY EXH IBU IONS ATTESTED MORE THAN 100 000 VISITORS.

THE 11TH CAREERS EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD FROM NOVEMBER 20 TO NOVEMBER 29 THIS YEAR AT THE CITY HALL EXHIBITION HALL.

+ YEAS ALSO HAS A VIGOROUS PROGRAMME OF REACHING OUT TO SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS THROUGH THEIR CAREERS TEACHERS,+ W? YUEN SAID, +ONE MEANS OF DOING IT IS BY LENDING THEM OUR AUDIO-VISUAL RESOURCES, INCLUDING SOME 100 VIDEO-CASSETTE TAPE RECORDINGS.

+ALL OF THESE ARE AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING AT OUR CENTRES BUT MORE THAN 300 SECONDARY SCHOOLS HAVE MADE USE OF OUR LOAN SERVICE IN 1981.+

EACH YEAR YEAS ALSO ORGANISES SIX REGIONAL CAREERS CONVENTIONS WITH THE ACTIVE INVOLVEMENT OF THE STUDENTS THEMSELVES, AND LAST YEAR THESE ATTRACTED SOME 10 000 STUDENTS FROM 62 SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

EACH CONVENTION INCLUDES CAREERS ACTIVITIES, SUCH AS SPECIALIST TALKS, FILM SHOWS, AND A MINI-EXHIBITION MOUNTED BY THE STUDENTS THEMSELVES AFTER THEY HAVE COLLECTED FIRST-HAND INFORMATION FROM VARIOUS SOURCES.

+THIS DIRECT CONTACT BETWEEN THE STUDENTS AND THEIR PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS GIVES THEM A MORE REALISTIC IDEA OF WHAT WORKING LIFE IS REALLY LIKE,+ MR YUEN SAID.

THIS YEAR, OVER 26 000 STUDENTS FROM 139 SECONDARY SCHOOLS ATTENDED THE SIX CAREERS CONVENTIONS, COMPARED WITH ONLY 10 000 STUDENTS FROM 62 SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN 1981 - AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN TWO AND A HALF TIMES.

SINCE 1979 YEAS HAS ORGANISED AN ANNUAL TWO-DAY TRAINING SEMINAR FOR CAREERS TEACHERS. EACH SEMINAR TRAINS 60 CAREERS TEACHERS IN THE TECHNIQUES OF COUNSELLING AND KEEPS THEM ABREAST OF THE DEVELOPMENTS IN THE JOB MARKET. THE FOURTH SEMINAR, WHICH WILL CONCENTRATE ON HOW TO INCORPORATE CAREERS ELEMENTS INTO THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM, IS SCHEDULED TO BE HELD FROM JULY 21 TO JULY 22 AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

MR YUEN ALSO DISCLOSED THAT YEAS PLANS TO OPEN THREE MORE CAREERS INFORMATION CENTRES SOON, LOCATED IN THE EAST REGION OF THE NEW TERRITORIES, THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF HONG KONG ISLAND AND IN KOWLOON WEST.

THE EXISTING CENTRES ARE LOCATED AT 500 HENNESSY ROAD, SIXTH FLOOR, (5-7956212, 5-7956051); 1 MA TAU KOK ROAD, THIRD FLOOR, (3-7122702, 3-7124061) AND FAR EAST BANK BUILDING, 135 CASTLE PEAK ROAR, THIRD FLOOR, TSUEN WAN (0-466664, 0-466400).

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CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT RECRUITS AO’S *****

THE C.ERECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL SET UP A MOBILE RECRUITME . CENTRE AT THE CHAI WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO REC-WIT YOUNG MEN AS ASSISTANT OFFICERS.

THE’CENTRE WILL BE OPEN FROM 4 PM TO 10 PM DAILY UNTIL FRIDAY (JULY 9).

CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ANSWER ENQUIRIES AND HANDLE APPLICATIONS ON THE SPOT.

THE DEPARTMENT’S CORRECTIONAL WORK WILL BE INTRODUCED TO THE PUBLIC IN THE FORM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC DISPLAYS. THESE WILL INCLUDE STAFF DUTIES, WELFARE, PROMOTION PROSPECTS, TRAINING AND PRISON INDUSTRIES. THEY WILL BE ON SHOW AT VARIOUS COMMUNITY CENTRES THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY FOR SEVEN CONSECUTIVE WEEKS BETWEEN JULY 7 AND AUGUST 27.

THOSE WHO WISH TO APPLY IN PERSON SHOULD BRING ALONG THEIR IDENTITY CARD, BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS TOGETHER WITH PHOTOSTATS OF THESE DOCUMENTS.

APPLICANTS SHOULD HAVE A GOOD PHYSIQUE, PREFERABLY UNDER 35, AND HAVE A SECONDARY EDUCATION.

THE STARTING SALARY OF AN $2 550 TO 82 820, DEPENDING ON

ASSISTANT OFFICER RANGES FROM THE QUALIFICATION.

OTHER VENUES IN WHICH THE RECRUITMENT DRIVE WILL BE MOUNTED ARE: WESTERN DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE, THIRD STREET, SAI YING PUN (JULY 14 - 16); TAI HANG TUNG COMMUNITY CENTRE, TONG YAM STREET, TAI HANG TUNG (JULY 21 - 23)'• KWUN TONG COMMUNITY CENTRE, TSUI PING ROAD, KWUN TONG (JULY 28 - 30) ; NGAU TAU KOK ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE, ON TAK ROAD, NGAU TAU KOK (AUGUST 4-6); LEK YUEN COMMUNITY HALL, SHA TIN (AUGUST 11 - 13)? PRINCESS ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY CENTRE, TAI HO ROAD, TSUEN WAN (AUGUST 18 - 20); AND WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE, TSING TAK STREET, WONG TAI SIN (AUGUST 25 - 27).

IN ADDITION, APPLICANTS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT’S RECRUITMENT OFFICE ON 5-8916559 FOR AN APPOINTMENT, THE VARIOUS DISTRICT OFFICES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES; OR ANY OF THE LOCAL EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE CENTRES OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF APPLICANTS, THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS ALSO SET UP RECRUITMENT CENTRES AT TAI LAM CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, LAI CHI KOK RECEPTION CENTRE IN KOWLOON AND THE STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE AT STANLEY.

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TUESDAY, JULY 6, 1982

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■ •.-TE- ACCOUNT ENQUIRIES AVERAGE 22 OOO A MONTH *****

THZ rER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT HANDLES AN AVERAGE OF 22 000 w. ;R ACCOUNT ENQUIRIES EACH MONTH.

ADDRESSING A -UNCH MEETING OF THE LIONS CLUB OF BEACON HILL TODAY (TUESDAY), THE BUSINESS MANAGER OF THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT, MR TOM MCDONOUGH SAID THAT 6 000 OF THESE WERE BY TELEPHONE, 6 000 BY LETTERS AND THE REMAINING 10 000 AT THE ENQUIRY CENTRE.

THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT HAS SET UP THREE ENQUIRY CENTRES. THEY ARE LOCATED AT LEIGHTON CENTRE, CAUSEWAY BAY; ARGYLE STREET, MONG KOK; AND TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES WHERE CONSUMERS MAY COME AND DISCUSS ANY PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH THEIR WATER BILLS.

IN ADDITION, THE DEPARTMENT HAS SEVEN DIRECT TELEPHONE ENQUIRY LINES (5-7900222).

MR MCDONOUGH SAID THAT IT WAS PROPOSED TO SET UP MORE ENQUIRY CENTRES OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS IN SHA TIN, YUEN LONG, FANLING, TSUEN WAN, TUEN MUN, KOWLOON BAY, SAI KUNG, WESTERN DISTRICT, SHAU KEI WAN, STANLEY AND ABERDEEN.

MR MCDONOUGH ALSO TOUCHED ON WATER DEPOSITS WHICH HE SAID WERE NOT TRANSFERABLE.

♦IT IS WHOLLY INCORRECT THEREFORE FOR AN OUT-GOING TENANT TO ATTEMPT TO ’SELL’ HIS DEPOSIT TO AN IN-COMING TENANT SINCE LEGALLY THE DEPOSIT REMAINS PERMANENTLY DUE TO BE REPAID TO THE INDIVIDUAL WHO PAID IN THE FIRST INSTANCE.+ HE SAID.

♦NEW TENANTS OR OWNERS SHOULD THEREFORE SEEK APPROVAL FROM THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT TO BECOME THE REGISTERED CONSUMER AND PAY THEIR OWN DEPOSIT WHICH WILL BE REFUNDED TO THEM AT A LATER DATE WHEN THEIR ACCOUNT IS CLOSED.+

MR MCDONOUGH SAID: +1 EMPHASIZE THEREFORE MOST STRONGLY THAT WHEN ANY REGISTERED CONSUMER MOVES FROM HIS LOCATION, HE MUST INFORM THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, AND IDEALLY IN ADVANCE.+

ON THE GROWTH OF THE CONSUMER ACCOUNTS, HE SAID, THERE WERE^A TOTAL OF 1 075 OOQ ACCOUNTS AT THE END OF LAST (JUNE)

♦WITH THE INCREASE IN SEPARATE METERING AS OPPOSED TO .MANY HOUSEHOLDS BEING ON COMMON METERS AND THE GROWTH OF THE NEW TOWNS, THE NUMBER OF CONSUMER ACCOUNTS IS GROWING AT A RATE OF APPROXIMATELY 100 000 PER ANNUM,+ HE SAID.

TUESDAY, JULY 6, 1982

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RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL FACILITIES FOR SOUTHERN DISTRICT RESIDENTS

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RESIDENTS LIVING ON THE SOUTHERN PART OF HONG KONG ISLAND WILL BE ABLE TO Ma.'xE FULL USE OF LOCAL RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL FACILITIES THROUGH VARIOUS ACTIVITIES TO BE CENTRALLY ORGANISED BY THE NEWLY FORMED SOUTHERN DISTRICT ARTS AND CULTURE ASSOCIATION.

THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS. MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID THIS TODAY (TUESDAY) AT THE ASSOCIATION’S INAUGURATION CEREMONY HELD IN A SCHOOL AT WONG CHUK HANG.

HE SAID THE FORMATION OF THE ASSOCIATION WOULD PROMOTE THE INTERESTS IN THESE ACTIVITIES AMONG THE LOCAL PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY THE YOUNG.

+THIS, IN TURN, WILL RESULT IN IMPROVEMENTS TO BOTH THE QUALITY AND QUANTITY OF SUCH ACTIVITIES.

♦THE ASSOCIATION’S ESTABLISHMENT ALSO COINCIDES WITH THE DEVELOPMENT IN OTHER SPORTS, RECREATIONAL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES — THUS BRINGING ABOUT A FULLER LIFE, A MORE HARMONIOUS HUMAN RELATIONSHIP, AND A MORE UNITED COMMUNITY.♦

MR AKERS-JONES ADDED THAT HE WAS PLEASED TO LEARN THAT THE ASSOCIATION'S EFFORTS IN PROMOTING CULTURAL ACTIVITIES HAD ALREADY WON THE SUPPORT FROM THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD AND VETERANS IN THE CULTURAL FIELD.

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DEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED * * * *

THE GOVERNOR, AFTER TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE ADVICE OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, HAS DECIDED THAT THE DEATH SENTENCE, PASSED ON SIU CHI-KAI ON JANUARY 14, 1981, SHOULD BE COMMUTED TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT.

SIU WAS FOUND GUILTY OF THE MURDER OF CHAN WUN-HING AT YUEN LONG IN AUGUST 1979.

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WATER CUT IN MID-LEVELS

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN THE MID-LEVELS WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM ON FRIDAY (JULY 9) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR A LEAKAGE TEST.

THE HOUSES TO EE AFFECTED WILL BE 5-49 AND 2-62 ROBINSON ROAD, 15-31 SHELLEY ROAD, 18-102 CAINE ROAD, 3-11 AND 18-22 CASTLE ROAD, CASTLE LANE, 1-13 SEYMOUR ROAD INCLUDING ST JOSEPH’S TERPACE MOSQUE JUNCTION, MOSQUE STREET, PRINCE’S TERRACE, YING FAI TERRACE .EUNG FAI TERRACE AND WOODLANDS TERRACE.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, JULY 7, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

MONEY SUPPLY AND FINANCIAL STATISTICS FOR MAY 1982 ............. 1

ANTI-DRUGS SCHOOL PROJECTS SUPPORTED ........................... 4

TAI HOM ¥/0R VILLAGERS GET ELECTRICITY SUPPLY................... 5

WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY BUILDING PROJECT ........................ 6

MONG KOK DB TO REVIEW TRAFFIC PROBLEMS IN TAI KOK TSUI ......... 7

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KWUN TONG AND SHEUNG WAN ............... 7

WEDNESDAY, JULY 7, 1982

MONEY SUPPLY AND FINANCIAL STATISTICS FOR MAY 1982 * * * *

THE ’ONEY SUPPLY ON ALL DEFINITIONS INCREASED IN MAY BY LESS THAN IN APRIL, AND LOANS AND ADVANCES FOR USE IN HONG KONG RECORDED THEIR SMALLEST MONTHLY INCREASE SINCE OCTOBER 1981, ACCORDING TO THE MONEY SUPPLY AND FINANCIAL STATISTICS FOR MAY 1982 PUBLISHED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY THE SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS.

THE STATISTICS CONTINUED TO BE AFFECTED BY THE SPECIAL FACTORS MENTIONED IN THE LAST TWO MONTHS, ALTHOUGH PROBABLY TO A LESSER EXTENT.

THE ACCOMPANYING TABLE (WHICH IS BEING TRANSMITTED BY FACSIMILE NETWORK AND ALSO BOXED SEPARATELY) SETS OUT THE DETAILED FIGURES FOR MAY 1982, AND FOR EARLIER MONTHS, FROM THE STATISTICS COLLECTED UNDER THE MONETARY STATISTICS ORDINANCE.

HONG KONG DOLLAR MONEY SUPPLY

THE HK$ MONEY SUPPLY, ON THE NARROWEST DEFINITION, Ml, FELL BY 1.6 PER CENT IN MAY, AFTER RISING BY THREE PER CENT IN APRIL, THE FALL LARGELY REFLECTING A REDUCTION IN CURRENCY IN CIRCULATION. REFLECTING A CONTINUING SHIFT OF DEPOSITS FROM DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES TO BANKS, HK$ M2 GREW BY 0.7 PER CENT IN MAY WHILE HKS M3 FELL BY 1.3 PER CENT, FOLLOWING INCREASES OF 2.4 PER CENT AND 0.3 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN THE PREVIOUS MONTH.

IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS HK$ Ml HAS RISEN BY 0.3 PER CENT AND rM M2 BY 7.1 PER CENT, WHILE HK$ M3 HAS FALLEN BY TWO PER CENT. OVER A 12-MONTH PERIOD HK$ Ml HAS FALLEN BY 1.1 PER CENT, BUT HK$ M2 AND HKS M3 HAVE INCREASED BY 16.5 PER CENT AND 5.9 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

TOTAL (ALL CURRENCIES) MONEY SUPPLY

TOTAL Ml SHOWED LITTLE CHANGE IN MAY AFTER A RISE OF 2.4

PER CENT IN APRIL. TOTAL M2 GREW BY 5.9 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH AN INCREASE OF 8.2 PER CENT IN APRIL, AND TOTAL M3 ROSE BY 3.2 PER CENT, AGAINST AN INCREASE OF 5.2 PER CENT IN THE PREVIOUS MONTH.

IN THE THREE MONTHS TO THE END OF MAY, Ml ROSE BY 1.3 PER CENT, M2 BY 27.4 PER CENT AND M3 BY 13.5 PER CENT. OVER A 12-MONTH PERIOD THESE THREE AGGREGATES ROSE BY 2.6 PER CENT, 48.9 PER CENT AND 30.3 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

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LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG

LCANo r BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES FOR USE IN HONG KONG -OSE IN MAY BY 1.8 PER CENT, AGAINST AN INCREASE OF 3.4 PER GENT IN APS IL. IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS TOTAL LOANS FOR USE IN NG KCNG E PANDED BY 8.5 PER CENT, AND OVER THE PAST 12 MONTHS BY 39.1 PER CENT.

WITHIN THE TOTAL, LOANS BY BANKS GREW IN MAY BY 2.1 PER CENT, AND THOSE BY DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES BY 0.8 PER CENT, FOLLOWING INCREASES OF 3.5 PER CENT AND 3.2 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN ThE PREVIOUS MONTH.

FOREIGN CURRENCY ASSETS AND LIABILITIES

THERE WERE INCREASES IN MAY OF $17.3 BN., TO $442.6 BN., IN THE SPOT FOREIGN CURRENCY LIABILITIES OF THE MONETARY SECTOR AND CF $13.5 BN., TO $435.3 BN., IN THE SPOT FOREIGN CURRENCY ASSETS. THUS, THE SECTOR AS A WHOLE HAD NET SPOT FOREIGN CURRENCY LIABILITIES AT THE END OF MAY OF $7.3 BN.: WITHIN THIS, BANKS HAD NET SPOT ASSETS OF $0.1 BN., WHILE DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES HAD NET SPOT LIABILITIES OF $7.4 BN.

BALANCE SHEET RATIOS

THE AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO (AS DEFINED IN S. 18 OF THE BANKING ORDINANCE) FOR ALL BANKS IN HONG KONG ROSE IN MAY TC 49.5 PER CENT FROM 48.5 PER CENT IN APRIL. THE RATIO OF THEIR LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG TO THEIR DEPOSITS FELL AGAIN, TO 86.8 PER CENT AT THE END OF MAY FROM 90.9 PER CENT AT THE END CF APRIL, PARTLY REFLECTING THE CONTINUING RAPID EXPANSION OF DEPOSITS WITH BANKS DURING THE MONTH.

THE AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO (AS DEFINED IN S.24A OF THE DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ORDINANCE) FOR ALL DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ROSE TO 51.4 PER CENT IN MAY FROM 49.4 PER CENT IN APRIL. THE RATIO OF THEIR LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG TO THEIR DEPOSITS ROSE FURTHER TO 85.2 PER CENT AT THE END OF MAY FROM 80.7 PER CENT AT THE END OF APRIL, LARGELY REFLECTING THE CONTINUED DECLINE IN DEPOSITS WITH THEM.

NUMBER OF REPORTING INSTITUTIONS

THE NUMBER OF REPORTING BANKS INCREASED IN MAY BY ONE TO 123. THE NUMBER OF LICENSED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES REMAINED UNCHANGED AT SEVEN WHILE THE NUMBER OF REGISTERED DE°OSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ROSE BY ONE TO 352.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 7, 1982

Money Supply Monetary Statistics - New Series : End of ' May, T>82 HK$ Mn Hay, 1‘>81

May 1982 Figures for Earlier Months L# change) Febru ry 1 *°-2

Ml - Total 25,570 25,563 ( - ) 2*5,239 (+1.3%) ■ ’■ J' ’* (. .6i)

HK$ 23.675; 2<*,O58 (-1.6%) 23,606 (♦0.3%) 23,932 (-1.1%)

M2 - Total 152,591 I1* '4,103 (4-5.9%) 119,7'*7 (+27.'»%) IC.’,'* 7'4 (^^.9)

HK$ 103,727 103,00'4 (4-0.7%) 96,85*4 ( + 7.1%) 89,O'*? (♦ v' • 5/ )

M3 - Total 205,509 199,156 (43.2%) 1' 1,027 ( + 13.5%) 157,690 (+<■;. 3%)

HK$ 1‘*3,737 1'♦5,676 (-1-3%) 1'*6,715 (-2.0%) 135,700 (+5.9 ■

Banks 1 Balance Sheets Deposits 139,‘*'♦7 130, M9 (+6.9%) 10'", 627 (+30.8%) 92,291 (+51.1%)

Negotiable certificates of deposit outstanding 7,1'*'* 7,231 (-1.2%) 5,258 (+35-9%) 2,72<* (+162.3%)

Loans and advances :

For use in Hong Kong 121,007 118,500 (+2.1%) 109,959 (+10.0%) 88,535 (+36.7%)

For use outside Hong Kong 32,681 32, '*16 (+0.8%) 32,782 (-0.3%) 31,511 (♦3.^)

Domes t ic loan/Deposit Ratio 86.8% 90.9% 103.1% 95.9%

Average Liquidity Ratio <♦9.5% '♦8.5% 5'♦•5% '♦9.'*%

Deposit-taking Companies’ Balance Sheets

Deposits 51,870 5'*,3?9 (-'♦.%) 60,386 (-1<+.1%) 5<*,823 (-5.'-1*-)

Merci / Ie certificates of deposit out.* J.:'jpg 1,36'. 1,088 (+25.<*%) 1,'»63 (-6.8%) 716 (♦90.5...)

Loar '•'-id ivances :

For Hong Kong Mi ,189 '43,8'4'4 (+ .8%) '♦2,330 (•>*♦.W 30,219 (+'*6. i)

For 1 <' outside Hong Kong <♦6,501 M\456 (4< .1 .) <♦6,275 (+0.5%) 3;*,768 (*'.?•'

Dor. i.v J/'an/Deposit Ratio 85.2% 80.7% 70.1% 55.1%

Liquidi ty Ratio 51.'- '*').<♦% <♦8.1% /»5.'1 '

WEDNESDAY, JULY 7, 1982 '

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ANTI-DRUGS SCHOOL PROJECTS SUPPORTED

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THE .5SISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS) AS LOUISE MOK TODAY (WEDNESDAY) URGED STUDENTS TO MAKE GOOD USE Or THEIR -EISURE TIME BY TAKING UP HEALTHY HOBBIES AND NEVER T EXPERIMENT WITH DRUGS OR GET INVOLVED WITH DRUG CRIME.

SHE WAS SPEAKING AT A PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY OF THE RECENT HONG KONG-WIDE ANT I-NARCOTICS CHINESE ESSAY-WRITING AND =OSTER DESIGN COMPETITIONS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS.

MRS MOK SAID SHE NOTED THAT THE ENTRANTS SHOWED A GREAT DEAL CF AWARENESS AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE DRUG PROBLEM AND SHE WAS PARTICULARLY IMPRESSED BY THEIR IN-DEPTH RESEARCH INTO THE SUBJECT AS WELL AS THE CREATIVENESS SHOWN IN SOME OF THE ENTRIES.

HOWEVER, SHE ADDED THAT SHE WAS AWARE OF THE INCREASING NUMBER OF YOUNG PEOPLE BEING INVOLVED IN DRUG ADDICTION AND DRUG CRIME LAST YEAR.

IT WAS WITH THIS IN MIND THAT THE COMPETITIONS WERE ORGANISED AND IT WAS HOPED THAT THROUGH THESE EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS STUDENTS COULD LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DANGERS OF DRUG ABUSE AND NEVER GET INVOLVED IN DRUG CRIME, SHE SAID.

♦THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB SECTION OF EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS WILL JOINTLY ORGANISE MORE SIMILAR EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS TO SPREAD THE ANTI-NARCOTICS MESSAGES TO YOUTHS. +

ALSO PRESENT AT TODAY’S CEREMONY WERE MR KARL STUMPF, CHAIRMAN OF THE PREVENTIVE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY SUB-COMMITTEE CF ACAN, AND MR PETER LEE, COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS.

THE CEREMONY TOOK PLACE AT THE CARITAS COMMUNITY HALL, CAINE ROAD, HONG KONG. THE FIRST THREE WINNERS OF THE COMPETITIONS wERE AWARDED PRIZES VALUED AT $500, $300 AND 3200.

THE WINNING ENTRIES OF THE COMPETITIONS WERE DISPLAYED AT AN EXHIBITION HELD BEFORE THE CEREMONY. THERE WERE ALSO S I NG I N^> AND DANCE PERFORMANCES BY STUDENTS AFTER THE CEREMONY.

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'Al -0M WOR VILLAGERS GET ELECTRICITY SUPPLY

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, u. TAI HOM WOR VILLAGE ARE RECEIVING, FOR THE FIRST

“Mt, -LECTP'.CITY SUPPLY AFTER A SWITCH-ON CEREMONY THIS (WEDNESDAY AFTER! DON.

THE ELECTRIFICATION SCHEME WHICH BENEFITS 1 400 FAMILIES IS THE LARGEST CARRIED OUT FOR THE DISTRICT THANKS TO THE JOINT EFFORTS CF THE WONG "Al SIN CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE CHINA LIGHT AND ’OwER COMPANY.

THE SCHEME FORMS PART OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS FOR SQUATTERS IN THE AREA.

THE WONG TAI SIN CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS STELLA FAN AND THE CHINA LIGHT AND POWER COMPANY'S CONSUMERS SERVICES MANAGER, W? D. CLEGG, BOTH OFFICIATED AT THE CEREMONY.

DURING THE OCCASION, THE TAI HOM WOR VILLAGE RESIDENTS COMMITTEE WHICH HELPED COORDINATE APPLICATION PROCEDURES ON BEHALF OR THE RESIDENTS FOR INDIVIDUAL SUPPLY PRESENTED SOUVENIRS TO THE HONOURABLE GUESTS AND THANKED THEM FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS MAKING THE SCHEME A SUCCESS.

TAI HOM WOR VILLAGE ALTHOUGH THE FIRST VILLAGE IN THE DIAMOND HILL AREA DESIGNATED FOR THE ELECTRIFICATION RECEIVED ELECTRICITY SUPPLY AFTER OTHER VILLAGES IN THE WONG TAI SIN AREA DUE TO A BIG FIRE WHICH BROKE OUT IN FEBRUARY LAST YEAR.

APART FROM THE ELECTRIFICATION SCHEME THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD IS TAKING EVERY POSSIBLE EFFORT TO IMPROVE THE LIVING ENVIRONMENTS FOR SQUATTERS IN THE DISTRICT. THESE INCLUDED THE PROVISION OF FUNDS FOR ADDITIONAL FIRE FIGHTING EQUIPMENTS AS WELL AS FOR THE REPAIR OF FOOTPATHS IN THE VILLAGES.

SINCE THE IMPOSITION OF WATER RESTRICTIONS LAST YEAR, FIVE ADDITIONAL STANDPIPES WERE INSTALLED THROUGH THE COORDINATION OF THE CDO (WTS) BRINGING TO 10 THE TOTAL NUMBER OF STANDPIPES NOW AVAILABLE AT THE VILLAGE.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 7, 1982'

WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY BUILDING PROJECT

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THE WONG TA SIN DISTRICT BOARD WILL FINANCE A COMMUNITY BUIlDHG PROJECT TO ACTIVELY INVOLVE LOCAL MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES IN DISTRICT ACTIVITIES WITH A VIEW TO PROMOTING THEIR IMAGE AND TO POSTERING BETTER COMMUNITY SPIRIT. THE PROJECT WILL ALSO PROVIDE A GOOD RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITY FOR LOCAL CHILDREN.

THE PROJECT, ENTITLED ’OUR WEST SUB-DISTRICT’, WILL BE ORGANISED ON SUNDAY (JULY 11) BY THE AREA COMMITTEES AND YMCA SOCIAL CENTRES OF TUNG TAU, LOK FU AND WANG TAU HOM, AND CO-ORDINATED BY THE WONG TAI SIN CITY DISTRICT OFFICE. THE ORGANISERS WILL MAKE USE OF THE MORSE PARK HARD-SURFACED PITCHES NO 1-3 TO ORGANISE A ’MAC TELEGAMES MATCH’ AND A ’CHILDREN CARNIVAL’. IT IS EXPECTED THAT OVER 3 000 LOCAL RESIDENTS WILL BE INVOLVED.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE PROJECT WILL BE HELD AT

2 PM ON SUNDAY (JULY 11). IT WILL BE OFFICIATED BY

NR l.R. STRACHAN, THE CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER (WONG TAI SIN), MR K.H. CHING, DISTRICT COMMANDER (WONG TAI SIN) OF ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE, MR C.M. HO, THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (WONG TAI SIN), THE RECREATION AND SPORTS OFFICER (WONG TAI SIN) AND THE THREE AREA COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN AND MICHAEL CHENG OF YMCA.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHIC, CROSSWORD PUZZLE AND COLOURING COMPETITION.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER TO COVER THE EVENT.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 7, 1982

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MONG KOK DB TO REVIEW TRAFFIC PROBLEMS IN TAI KOK TSUI * * * *

TRAFFIC PROBLEMS IN TAI KOK TSUI AND THE EXTENSION OF PARKING METER OPERATION ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS IN MONG KOK WILL BE AMONG TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED AT THE FOURTH MEETING OF THE MO ,G KOK DISTRICT BOARD TO BE HELD ON FRIDAY (JULY 9) AT 4 PM.

DURING THE MEETING THE BOARD WILL CONSIDER THE NEW MEASURES TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW IN TAI KOK TSUI AND THE FEASIBILITY OF THE NEW PARKING METER OPERATION.

BOARD MEMBERS WILL BE INFORMED OF THE INITIAL FINDINGS OF THE STUDY ON THE PROPOSED SAI YEE STREET MARKET BUILDING PROJECT.

PROGRESS REPORTS OF THE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE AND THE COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE OF THE BOARD WILL ALSO BE DISCUSSED.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE FOURTH MEETING OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD ON FRIDAY (JULY 9) AT 4 PM. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD ARRIVE AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE YAU MA TEI CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AT 490-492 NATHAN ROAD BEFORE 3.50 PM.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KWUN TONG AND SHEUNG WAN * * * *

TWO SECTIONS ON KING YIP STREET IN KWUN TONG WILL BE DESIGNATED AS URBAN CLEARWAYS FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 9) wHEN VEHICLES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS BETWEEN 7 AM AND 7 PM DAILY.

THE TWO SECTIONS ARE THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE FROM WAI YIP STREET TO A POINT 10 METRES SOUTH OF HUNG TO ROAD, AND FROM SHING YIP STREET TO A POINT 10 METRES NORTH OF HUNG TO ROAD.

AT THE SAME TIME, QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL BETWEEN LOK KU ROAD AND MORRISON STREET IN SHEUNG WAN WILL ALSO BE DESIGNATED AS AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY.

THE EASTERN COACH STAND IN FRONT OF THE MACAU FERRY TERMINAL WILL BE CLOSED TO PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JULY 8, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LDC CO-ORDINATION IS VITAL TO HONG KONG....................... 1

VOCATIONAL TRAINING - KEY TO OUR CONTINUED ECONOMIC GROWTH .. 3

REVISION OP FEES UNDER IMPORT AND EXPORT (FEES) REGULATIONS, IMPORT AND EXPORT ORDINANCE (CHAPTER 60) ........................ 7

SUBVENTED HOSPITALS .......................................... 11

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION TAKES UP ADDITIONAL DUTIES ............. 12

PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE FOR APRIL 1982 . 13

COMMUNITY BUILDING IMPORTANT TO NEW TOWNS .................... 16

RAPID EMPLOYMENT GROWTH IN FINANCE, REAL ESTATE Al® BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR OF ECONOMY ................................... 17

SUMMER PROGRAMME FOR YUEN LONG YOUIHS ........................ 23

FIRST SAFETY SHOW ON H.K. ISLAND OPENS ....................... 24

EVENING COURSE FOR PART-TIME TECHNICAL LECTURERS ............. 25

RESULTS OF LATEST URBAN TAXI TENDERS ......................... 25

CHILDREN'S CHOIR FOR TUEN MUN ................................ 26

TRAFFIC ARRANGE!,ENTS IN KWUN TONG ........................... 26

RHKAAF PILOT ACHIEVES 2 OOO FLYING HOURS ...................... 27

KWUN TONG CHILDREN'S CHORUS

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LDC CO-ORDINATION IS VITAL TO HONG KONG * * * M

THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, MR LAWRENCE MILLS TODAY (THURSDAY) STRESSED THAT HONG KONG’S PARTICIPATION IN THE CO-ORDINATION OF COMMERCIAL POLICY ISSUES AMONG DEVELOPING COUNTRIES (LDCS) VAS AN IMPORTANT ASPECT OF ITS EXTERNAL COMMERCIAL RELATIONS.

♦IF HONG KONG HAD CHOSEN TO STAY OUT OF THE LDC GROUP, IT WOULD ALMOST CERTAINLY BE AMONGST THE FIRST TO BE PICKED FOR INTENSIFICATION OF RESTRICTIONS BY THE DEVELOPED COUNTRIES -IT IS ALWAYS EXPEDIENT TO ATTACK THE DEFENCELESS AND THOSE WITHOUT ANY POLITICAL MUSCLE,+ SAID MR MILLS WHEN ADDRESSING THE ROTARY CLUB OF KOWLOON.

OUTLYING THE INCREASING IMPORTANCE OF LDC CO-ORDINATION, AS EVIDENCED IN THE NEGOTIATIONS OF THE PROTOCOL EXTENDING THE MFA AT THE END OF LAST YEAR, HE SAID: +WITHOUT LDC CO-ORDINATION, THE DEVELOPED COUNTRIES WOULD BE BETTER ABLE TO PLAY OFF THE LDCS ONE AGAINST ANOTHER, ENDING PROBABLY WITH EVERY LDC LOSING OUT, AS HAPPENED IN THE EEC TEXTILE NEGOTIATIONS IN 1977.

♦THE LESSON OF 1977 LED HONG KONG AND A FEW OTHER KEY LDCS TO TAKE THE INITIATIVE IN LATE 1979 TO ORGANISE LDC CO-ORDINATION FOR THE 1981 MULTIFIBRE ARRANGEMENT NEGOTIATIONS ON A FIRMER AND MORE REGULAR BASIS. THIS INITIATIVE LED TO A SERIES OF FORMAL CO-ORDINATION MEETINGS HELD RESPECTIVELY IN BOGOTA, JAKARTA, HONG KONG AND NEW DELHI IN LATE 1980 AND 1981. ANOTHER MEETING IS EXPECTED TO BE HELD IN BANGKOK IN AUGUST,+ HE SAID.

♦CO-ORDINATION AMONG DEVELOPING COUNTRIES ALSO TAKES PLACE IN RESPECT OF OTHER TRADE ISSUES,+ MR MILLS SAID, +DURING THE TOKYO ROUND OF THE MULTILATERAL TRADE NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN 1973 AND 1979, FOR INSTANCE, THERE WAS CONTINUOUS DISCUSSION AMONG THE LDCS ON THEIR POSITIONS IN THE NEGOTIATIONS.+

♦ANOTHER EXERCISE, CONTINUING IN THE GATT, IS THE DISCUSSION ON THE USE OF SAFEGUARD MEASURES WHEN IMPORTS ARE SAID TO BE CAUSING SERIOUS PROBLEMS IN THE MARKETS OF IMPORTING COUNTRIES. THE LDCS NOW TAKE THE COMMON POSITION THAT SUCH MEASURES SHOULD NOT BE APPLIED SELECTIVELY. THIS COMMON POSITION HAS BEEN ARRIVED AT AS A RESULT OF CLOSE CO-ORDINATION.

♦PRESENTLY, WHAT FEATURES PROMINENTLY IN THE SCENE OF LDC CO-ORDINATION OUTSIDE THE FIELD OF TEXTILES IS THE PREPARATION FOR THE MINISTERIAL MEETING TO BE CONVENED LATER THIS YEAR UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE GATT AT WHICH MAJOR TRADE ISSUES WILL BE CONSIDERED,♦ DISCLOSED MR MILLS.

GIVING AN ACCOUNT OF THE DIFFICULTIES HONG KONG ENCOUNTERED BEFORE BEING ACCEPTED INTO THE LDC GROUP DURING THE 1973 MFA NEGOTIATIONS, HE SAID: +OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LDCS HAD BEEN ENHANCED BY OUR PROMINENCE IN THE TEXTILES FIELD. IN 1974, THE TEXTILES SURVEILLANCE BODY WAS SET UP TO SUPERVISE THE OPERATION OF THE MULTIFIBRE ARRANGEMENT. BECAUSE HONG KONG IS A MAJOR EXPORTER - AND IMPORTER - OF TEXTILES, IT WAS ALLOCATED ONE OF THE EIGHT SEATS ON THE TSB, SHARED WITH KOREA ON A YEARLY ROTATIONAL BASIS.

/THE PRESENCE.......

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THE PRESENCE OF A HONG KONG REPRESENTATIVE IN THE TSB OCCUPYING ONE OF THE DEVELOPING COUNTRY SEATS, HIS ACTIVITIES IN GENEVA IN ■-E TEXTILES FIELD, AND HONG KONG’S EXPERIENCE OF TEXTILES ■ EGOTiATlb’.'S, WERE NO DOUBT IMPORTANT FACTORS IN HONG KONG’S INCREASING ACCEPTANCE BY OTHER LDCS AS A MEMBER OF THE GROUP, HE SAID.

TURNING TO HONG KONG’S INVOLVEMENT IN LDC CO-ORDINATION ON NON-TEXTI LES TRADE ISSUES, MR MILLS EXPLAINED THAT MUCH OF THE LDC CO-ORDINATION WORK IN THIS SPHERE WAS EITHER INITIATED OR GIVEN TECHNICAL SUPPORT BY THE SECRETARIAT OF THE UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT (UNCTAD).

THE UNCTAD OPERATED ON A GROUP BASIS, AND THE LDCS IN THE UNCTAD "ORMED THEMSELVES INTO A POLITICAL GROUP KNOWN AS THE GROUP OF 77 - WHICH NOW HAS OVER 100 MEMBERS. SINCE ITS MEMBERSHIP IS OPEN ONLY TO INDEPENDENT STATES, HONG KONG OBVIOUSLY CANNOT BECOME A MEMBER, HE NOTED.

+HOWEVER, AS AN ASSOCIATE MEMBER OF ANOTHER UN ORGAN, THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMISSION ON ASIA AND THE PACIFIC (ESCAP), HONG KONG GOT THE COMMISSION TO ORGANISE, IN THE MARGINS OF UNCTAD MEETINGS, MEETINGS FOR LDCS WHO ARE MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION.

+BY GRADUALLY WORKING ITS WAY IN, HONG KONG MANAGED TO GET ITSELF INVITED IN 1976 INTO INFORMAL MEETINGS OF THE GROUP OF 77 TO DISCUSS POSITIONS ON THE MULTILATERAL TRADE NEGOTIATIONS WHICH WERE THEN TAKING PLACE IN THE GATT. EVENTUALLY, THERE WAS ESTABLISHED IN THE GATT AN INFORMAL GROUP OF DEVELOPING COUNTRIES, IN WHICH HONG KONG WAS INCLUDED AS A MEMBER,* MR MILLS SAID.

♦HONG KONG’S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LDCS IS NOW WELL ESTABLISHED. WE ARE SO WELL ACCEPTED BY THE LDCS NOWADAYS THAT THE HEAD OF OUR GENEVA OFFICE WAS RECENTLY ELECTED CHAIRMAN OF ONE OF THE COMMITTEES IN THE GATT AS A RESULT OF AN EFFORT BY SOME OTHER LDCS TO PROMOTE HIM AS AN LDC CANDIDATE.

♦THIS CORDIAL RELATIONSHIP HAS BEEN ACHIEVED WITH GREAT EFFORT AND PATIENCE, BUT ALSO WITH SINCERITY. WE HAVE DEMONSTRATED WE ARE NOT THE UNITED KINGDOM’S TROJAN HORSE,* HE STATED.

+1 THINK THAT HONG KONG HAS A FUND OF EXPERIENCE, NOT ALL OF IT HAPPY, IN TRADE ISSUES, PARTICULARLY IN THE FIELD OF TEXTILES. WE ARE ABLE TO SHARE * I TH OUR LDC FRIENDS OUR KNOWLEDGE AND OUR EXPERIENCE. WE ARE KNOWN FOR EXERCISING A MODERATING INFLUENCE AMONG FELLOW LDCS AND THEREBY EXPEDITING THE FINDING OF SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS,* HE CONCLUDED.

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VOCATIONAL TRAINING - KEY TO OUR CONTINUED ECONOMIC GROWTH

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-IE NUMBER OF PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE (PTDR) STUDENTS IN HONE ONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTES HAS INCREASED BY 15 TIMES OVER THE LAST iC GEARS, AN ACHIEVEMENT WHICH POINTS TO THE CONTINUOUS EFFORT BEING MADE TO TRAIN SKILLED MANPOWER NEEDED FOR INDUSTRIAL AND ECO’-'MiC GROWTH.

THE SETTING UP OF THE FIRST TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, WHICH PROVIDED TECHNICAL COURSES FOR SOME 8 800 STUDENTS IN 1970-71, MARKED THE BEGINNING OF A CO-ORDINATED APPROACH AND LARGE-SCALE EXPANSION OF VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL EDUCATION TRAINING FACILITIES SUPPORTED BY THE GOVERNMENT.

BEFORE THAT, TECHNICAL COURSES ON A MUCH SMALLER SCALE WERE AVAILABLE AT ONE TECHNICAL COLLEGE WHICH WAS SUPERSEDED IN 1972 BY THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC.

ARISING FROM RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE FORMER INDUSTRIAL TRAINING ADVISORY COMMITTEE, AND MORE RECENTLY OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL, TECHNICAL EDUCATION FACILITIES HAVE NOW EXPANDED TO FIVE INSTITUTES FROM WHICH 6 600 STUDENTS GRADUATED IN THE 1980/81 ACADEMIC SESSION.

THE INSTITUTES GENERALLY CONFINE THEMSELVES TO CRAFT AND LOWER TECHNICIAN COURSES WHILE THE POLYTECHNIC, THOUGH CONTINUING TO OFFER COURSES AT LOWER TECHNICIAN LEVELS, WILL REDUCE ITS EFFORT \T THESE LEVELS.

THE POLYTECHNIC IS, MEANWHILE, EXPANDING ITS WORK AT THE HIGHER DIPLOMA AND DEGREE LEVELS. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE 1978 WHITE PAPER ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF SENIOR SECONDARY AND TERTIARY EDUCATION, IT IS IN THE PROCESS OF TRANSFERRING SOME 4 500 PLACES TO THE

TECHNICAL INSTITUTES.

THIS YEAR’S TECHNICAL INSTITUTE STUDENT ENROLMENT INCLUDED ABOUT 10 420 PTDR STUDENTS, AGAINST THE 600 STUDENTS OF TEN YEARS EARLIER.

THE EMPHASIS ON THE EXPANSION OF PTDR COURSES, EVEN OCCASIONALLY AT THE SACRIFICE OF SOME FULL-TIME PLACES, IS THE OUTCOME OF THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY TO PROVIDE TECHNICAL EDUCATION ON THE MOST EFFECTIVE BASIS, THAT IS, TO APPRENTICES WHO ARE RECEIVING COMPLEMENTARY PRACTICAL TRAINING IN INDUSTRY IN THE SAME FIELD AND AT THE SAME TIME.

THIS COMBINATION WOULD RESULT IN TECHNICAL MANPOWER WHICH IS NOT ONLY COMPETENT IN PRACTICAL SKILLS BUT ALSO WELL-VERSED IN RELATED THEORY — THE SORT OF MANPOWER INDUSTRY WILL NEED TO CONTINUE TO UPGRADE ITSELF.

EACH OF THE FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES CAN ACCOMMODATE ABOUT 1 500 FULL-TIME STUDENTS OR THE EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF FULL-TIME, PTDR A"' -7ENING STUDENTS. THE COURSES ARE OFFERED AT CRAFT LEVEL ►O’ POST ~0M III STUDENTS AND AT TECHNICIAN LEVEL FOR POST FORM V TIDE NTS.

-<-■ 1 81-2 ACADEMIC YEAR, THE 17 450 CRAFT STUDENTS COMPRiT 0 ULL-TIME, 8 053 PTDF. AND 8 180 EVENING STUDENTS.

OF THE ■ 0 TEE 5CIAN ETUDE ”5, 2 310 WERE ON FULL-TIME,

2 370 C -"EE - ■ 8 5 3 ON EVENING COURSES.

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THE ANNUAL TUITION FEES PAID BY FULL-TIME TECHNICIAN AND CRAFT STUDENTS WERE >800 AND $150 RESPECTIVELY ALTHOUGH THEIR PEAL OPERATIONAL COSTS WERE ESTIMATED AT $12 000 PER TECHNICIAN PLACE A D '10 000 PER CRAFT PLACE EACH YEAR.

‘ -E IVE INSTITUTES, WITH FIVE DEPARTMENTS EACH, COVER A TOTAL OF 12 DISCIPLINES.

DISCIPLINES SUCH AS ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING WHICH ARE FOUND IN MOT INDUSTRIES AND FOR WHICH THERE IS A HEAVY DEMAND FOR KILLED MANPOWER ARE OFFERED IN MOST OF THE INSTITUTES. SPECIALISED SUBJECTS SUCH AS PRINTING, MARINE AND FABRICATION, AND OPTICAL TECHNOLOGY ARE AVAILABLE AT ONLY ONE INSTITUTE.

THE THREE MOST POPULAR DEPARTMENTS IN THE 1981-82 ACADEMIC YEAR, ACCORDING TO THE PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL STUDENT ENROLMENT, WERE MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (25 PER CENT), ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING (18 PER CENT) AND COMMERCIAL STUDIES (17 PER CENT).

THE OTHER NINE DEPARTMENTS ARE CLOTHING, CONSTRUCTION, DESIGN, HOTEL-KEEPING AND TOURISM STUDIES, INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY, MARINE AND FABRICATION, PRINTING, TEXTILE AND GENERAL STUDIES.

THE INSTITUTES MAINTAIN CLOSE LINKS WITH THE INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL AND SERVICE SECTORS OF THE BUSINESS WORLD, AS WELL AS WITH VARIOUS TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL BODIES IN AND OUTSIDE CF THE GOVERNMENT, TO ENSURE THAT COURSES ARE RUN TO MEET THE CURRENT AND FORESEEABLE REQUIREMENTS.

MOST FULL-TIME TECHNICIAN PROGRAMMES ARE FOR TWO YEARS. AND NORMALLY EXTEND OVER A STUDY PERIOD OF 36 WEEKS A YEAR. PART-TIME TECHNICIAN COURSES SPREAD OVER FOUR YEARS FOR DAY RELEASE STUDENTS AND OVER FIVE TO SIX YEARS FOR EVENING STUDENTS.

A FULL-TIME BASIC CRAFT PROGRAMME LASTS FOR ONE YEAR. PART-TIME CRAFT COURSES, DESIGNED FOR APPRENTICES, LAST FOR THREE YEARS.

LAST YEAR, THERE WERE ABOUT 16 800 QUALIFIED APPLICANTS FOR FULL-TIME TECHNICIAN LEVEL COURSES AND 15 600 FOR CRAFT LEVEL COURSES.

ON AVERAGE, THE QUALIFIED APPLICANT-TO-PLACE RATIO WAS 10 TO 1 FOR TECHNICIAN LEVEL COURSES AND 12.6 TO 1 FOR CRAFT LEVEL COURSES. THE OVERALL RATIO FOR EVENING COURSES WAS 4 TO 1.

MR M.C. MORGAN, THE DIRECTOR OF THE NEWLY-ESTABLISHED TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING DEPARTMENT (TEITD), CAUTIONED HOWEVER THAT +THIS APPARENT WIDE APPLICANT-TO-PLACE RATIO MUST BE VIEWED IN THE LIGHT OF MANY WHO APPLIED SIMULTANEOUSLY TO ALL THE INSTITUTES, THE POLYTECHNIC, TRAINING CENTRES AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS JUST TO ENSURE THEY HAVE SOMETHING TO FALL BACK ON IN CASE THEIR FIRST-CHOICE APPLICATION WAS NOT ACCEPTED*.

P- ADDED, *WE ARE CONSCIOUS CF THE CAPITAL INVESTMENT IN THESE FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AND WE ARE EXPLORING WAYS TO MAXIMISE " IE i- T L ISAT ION.

♦IT IS POSSIBLE THAT WE MAY BE ABLE TO MAKE USE CF SOME OF THE “AC?L I S D' RING THE NORMAL SCHOOL VACATION PERIOD BY Af<RA □ ! , EK .SI.LE, FOR KINTENANCE OF PLANT AND EQUIPMENT

TO BE DE E j.E’N HT TrE EVENING*.

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MORE SIGNIFICANTLY, THE SIXTH TECHNICAL INSTITUTE AT TUEN MUH ■«!!... START OPERATION IN SEPTEMBER 1985, WHILE TWO JJ/ITIONAL -ND B iGER TECHNICAL INSTITUTES, EACH WITH AN ESTIMATED '•‘AC'Y ' TO 'ULL-TIME EQUIVALENT PLACES, WILL BE

■ Ht.' 'T.f-:. EXPANSION OF EXISTING INSTITUTES IS ALSO

-LANNEN. WR MORGAN SAID.

BUT THE MOST AMBITIOUS PROGRAMME TO BUILD NEW VOCATIONAL

I 2- FACILITIES ILL BE REALISED IN 1984 WHEN NINE NEW INDUSTRIAL CENTRES WILL BE OPENED.

THE PROGRAMME INVOLVES THE BUILDING OF A S6O-MILLI0N, 5 703 SQUARE METRE COMPLEX IN KOWLOON BAY AND ANOTHER S7O-MILLION, 6 700 SQUARE METRE COMPLEX IN KWAI CHUNG TO HOUSE THE CENTRES.

THESE CENTRES, WHICH WILL BE OPERATED BY THE RELEVANT TRAINING BOARDS OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL, WILL INCLUDEx-

* AUTOMOBILE REPAIRS AND SERVICING INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRE

* ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRE

* HOTEL TRAINING CENTRE

* MACHINE SHOP AND METAL WORKING INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRE

* PLASTICS INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRE

X PRINTING INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRE

* TEXTILE INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRE

* ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRE

* WELDING TRAINING CENTRE

THE READY ACCEPTANCE BY THE INDUSTRY OF GRADUATES FROM THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES IS DUE IN PART TO THE STRONG EMPHASIS ON PRACTICAL TRAINING.

EVEN TECHNICIAN PROGRAMMES CONSIST ROUGHLY OF 35 PER CENT RELEVANT WORK PRACTICE, 15 PER CENT COMMUNICATION STUDIES AND 50 PER CENT RELATED THEORETICAL STUDIES.

FULL-TIME CRAFT PROGRAMMES ARE MADE UP OF 50 PER CENT PRACTICE, WITH THE REMAINING TIME DEVOTED TO GENERAL EDUCATION AND RELATED TECHNICAL SUBJECTS.

FOR PART-TIME CRAFT COURSES, THE PROPORTION OF PRACTICAL WORK IS REDUCED AS THE STUDENTS ARE GAINING PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE AT WORK.

THE RELEVANCE OF THE TRAINING STUDENTS RECEIVED AT THE TECHNICA' INSTITUTES IS CLEAF-Y SHOWN BY THE LATEST EMPLOYMENT SURVEY -ELEASED Tr.E TECHNICAL EDUCATION DIVISION OF TEITD I - A"._ -.13 . , JUST AS TEITD BECAME A NEW GOVERNMENT

DEPARTMENT .

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T'-E SURVEY SHOWED THAT OF THE 1 720 FULL-TIME STUDENTS WHO -- DL”' ' 1980-81, 76.4 PER CENT OF THEM WERE EMPLOYED WITHIN

'■ OF THEIR GRADUATION, 17.2 PER CENT WERE ACCEPTED

' STUD'* AND ONLY 6.4 PER CENT WERE STILL LOOKING FOR JOBS.

URTHER 'EVEALED THAT 41 PER CENT OF THE SOURCES OF IUFO • ION FOR 'PLOYMENT CAME FROM EITHER TECHNICAL INSTITUTE CIRCUi RS OR TEA.HERS.

THE STARTING MONTHLY SALARY OF GRADUATES IN TECHNICIAN

AND CRAFT COURSES BETWEEN 1976 AND 1981 WAS SHOWN TO HAVE INCREASED 78 PER CENT AND 97 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

THE FIVE INSTITUTES WERE BUILT BY THE GOVERNMENT AT AN AVERAGE COST (AT 1978 PRICES) OF $28 MILLION, EXCLUDING LAND VALUE.

THEIR MAIN PURPOSE IS TO PROVIDE CRAFT AND TECHNICIAN EDUCATION TO COMPLEMENT THE TRAINING PROVIDED EITHER ON - OR OFF-THE-JOB BY THE INDUSTRY.

TO ENCOURAGE THIS PATTERN OF TRAINING AND EDUCATION, A SYSTEM OF REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIP LINKED WITH PART-TIME DAYRELEASE COURSES IN THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AND THE POLYTECHNIC WAS INTRODUCED BY THE GOVERNMENT IN 1970 WITH THE SETTING UP CF THE APPRENTICESHIP DIVISION IN THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT. THIS DIVISION IS NOW PART OF THE NEW TEITD.

IN 1976, THE APPRENTICESHIP ORDINANCE WAS INTRODUCED FURTHER STRENGTHEN THIS SYSTEM.

TO

APPRENTICES RECEIVED PLANNED ON-THE-JOB TRAINING AT THEIR PLACE OF WORK AND ATTEND RELEVANT PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE COURSES IN A TECHNICAL INSTITUTE OR THE POLYTECHNIC. STUDENTS ATTEND A DAY CLASS ON FULL PAY AND THE TWO EVENING CLASSES IN THEIR OWN TIME EACH WEEK.

UNDER THIS ORDINANCE, YOUNG PEOPLE AGED BETWEEN 14 AND 18 AND EMPLOYED IN DESIGNATED TRADES MUST BE RELEASED TO ATTEND A PTDR COURSE AT AN I. vSTITUTE IF A SUITABLE COURSE IS AVAILABLE.

THERE ARE NOW 38 DESIGNATED TRADES, RANGING FROM BRICKLAYING AND CARPENTRY TO DIE MAKING AND PRINTING. INSPECTORS OF APPRENTICES REGULARLY VISIT FACTORIES AND VARIOUS PLACES OF WORK TO PROMOTE APPRENTICESHIP SCHEMES AND TO SEE THAT BOTH PARTIES TO AN APPRENTICESHIP CONTRACT LIVE UP TO THEIR RESPECTIVE OBLIGATIONS.

THE APPRENTICESHIP ORDINANCE HAS BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN BRINGING ABOUT AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF APPRENTICES IN PROPERLY ORGANISED SCHEMES FROM A FEW HUNDRED IN 1975 TO OVER 10 000 IN 1981, MR MORGAN SAID.

QUALIFIED YOUNG PEOPLE INTERESTED IN BEING TRAINED THROUGH AN '-°RENTICESHIP SCHEME SHOULD CONTACT THE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING DIVISION OF TEITD AT 12TH FLOOR, ASIAN HOUSE, 1 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG (5-272304).

A FULL LIST OF THE DESIGNATED TRADES IS ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE DIVISION HEADQUARTERS.

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■’"I FEES UNDER IMPORT AND EXPORT £2. ) REFLATIONS, IMPORT AND EXPORT ORDINANCE (CHAPTER 60)

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t CE SERVICES OPERATED BY GOVERNMENT UNDER THE 'EXTILl Ea-CRT CONTROL SYSTEM AND THE CERTIFICATION SYSTEM

LL B -E.ISED LNDEF THE IMPORT AND EXPORT (FEES) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS.

A BOUNCING THIS TODAY (THURSDAY) A SPOKESMAN FOR TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT SAID THE REVISION WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TOMORROW.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID WITH EFFECT FROM AUGUST 1, THE APPLICATION FEE FOR A TEXTILE EXPORT LICENCE SUBJECT TO QUOTA RESTRAINT WILL BE INCREASED FROM $15 TO $30. THE COST OF A NON-QUOTA TEXTILE LICENCE WILL BE REDUCED FROM $15 TO $10.

A FEE OF $30 WILL BE PAYABLE FOR EACH APPLICATION FOR +SWING+ CF QUOTAS (I.E. THE SURRENDER OF QUOTAS IN ONE CATEGORY IN RETURN FOR THE RIGHT TO EXPORT AN EQUIVALENT QUANTITY IN ANOTHER CATEGORY), AND TRANSFER OF QUOTAS FROM ONE COMPANY TO ANOTHER. A FEE OF $100 WILL ALSO BE PAYABLE ON APPLICATION FOR FREE QUOTA EXPORT AUTHORISATIONS.

FROM NOVEMBER 1, A NEW ANNUAL FEE WILL BE CHARGED FOR THE REGISTRATION OF QUOTA HOLDERS AND COMPANIES PARTICIPATING IN QUOTA TRANSFER OR FREE QUOTA SCHEMES.

SAID THE SPOKESMAN! +THE EXISTING SCALE OF FEES HAD BEEN UNCHANGED SINCE ITS INTRODUCTION IN 1975.+

♦THE COST OF OPERATING THE TEXTILES EXPORT CONTROL SYSTEM HAS RISEN SINCE THEN FROM $8 MILLION TO OVER $49 MILLION, DUE TO A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS MADE, INCREASES IN STAFF TO PROCESS THEM, INFLATION, AND COMPUTERISATION TO PROVIDE A MORE EFFICIENT SERVICE.

+ THE CHANGES IN FEES ARE ESTIMATED TO RECOVER ABOUT TWO-THIRDS OF THE OPERATING COST OF THE SERVICE, COMPARED TO THE ONE-THIRD RECOVERED AT PRESENT. IT HAS BEEN DECIDED, HOWEVER, NOT TO SEEK TO RECOVER THE FULL COSTS TO AVOID CREATING AN EXCESSIVE BURDEN TO THE TRADE,+ HE ADDED.

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_ TKt EXISTING FEE OF S3O PER APPLICATION FOR

— Cc.t. - C T.-.S OF ORIGIN WILL BE REVISED TO 335. ALSO

■UJUSTl'E.;S ILL E HADE ON CERTAIN OTHER FEES PAYABLE FOR THE

• — - CiRTIFIC 'ES -HERE SOME PROOF OR VERIFICATION OF

S RELATED TO IMPORT OR EXPORT IS REQUIRED; OR FOR COPIES AL RECORDS ON STATISTICAL DATA DERIVED FROM TRADE DECLARATIONS.

OTHER INCREASES ARE:

THE ISSUE OF A LANDING CERTIFICATE FROM 315 TO 370;

THE ISSUE OF A CERTIFICATE OF BREAKAGES OR FOR SHORTAGE CARGO DAMAGE OR SHORT IN BOND FROM 315 TO $30;

THE ISSUE OF CERTIFICATE OF ACCURACY OF ANY COPY OF OR EXTRACT FROM OFFICIAL RECORDS FROM 310 TO $25;

THE ISSUE OF ANY COPY OF STATISTICAL DATA, DERIVED FROM IMPORT AND EXPORT DECLARATIONS FROM $15 TO AN AMOUNT CALCULATED IN RELATION TO ACTUAL WORK DONE IN PROVIDING THE SERVICE;

FOR ANY SIGNATURE GIVEN OR DOCUMENT ISSUED IN CONNECTION WITH THE IMPORT OR EXPORT OF A.Y ARTICLE OR WITH THE COMMERCIAL PURPOSES OF ANY PERSON, FIRM OR COMPANY FROM $15 TO $30.

DETAILS OF THE PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS IN CONNECTION WITH THE CHANGE OF VARIOUS FEES WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN NOTICES TO EXPORTERS AND CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN CIRCULARS TO BE ISSUED SHORTLY.

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Revision of Fees under Import and Export (FeecXAmendment) Regulation© 19f2

3 * Schedule Nc. Subject Existing Charges Revised Charges

Application for issue of inport licence No fee No fee

1(b) Application fcr issue of export license otherwise than in respect of textiles No fee No fee !

In respect of textiles -

application for issue of export licence (Form 4 TIC 353) 315 510

application for issue of export licence (Form 5 TIC 353A) 315 ’

- •, c. \ i i i) application for swing and transfer of quotas (Forms TIC 395। TIC 396, TIC 397 and TIC 398) No fee • 50

■ic)(iv) application for free quota export authorisations (Form TIC 355 (FQ)) No fee 3100

2 Issue cf import or export licence in respect of prohibited, restricted or controlled articles No fee No fee

t ✓ Annual fee for registration of companies for textile controls purposes (Form TIC 473)♦ such fee being payable on the date of first registration and thereafter on 1 November in each year No fee S200

4 Application for the issue of a certificate of Hong Kong origin, Commonwealth preference certificate, certificate of processing (Form TIC 185)i generalised preference certificate (Form TIC 185B) or of any other certificate mentioned in item 5 S30 855

5 Issue of certificate of Hong Kong origin, Commonwealth preference certificate (Form TIC .16), certificate of processing (Form TIC 283), generalized preference certificate (Form A), any other form of certificate of origin or any certificate relating to the origin of c-oeds No fee No fee

6 losue of ?. landing certificate 'Fo:*m TIC *15

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1C -

Subject

Issue of a certificate of breakages or for shortage of cargo damaged or short in bond

Issue of a certificate of accuracy of any copy of, or extract from, official records, except where an appropriate fee is prescribed in any other enactment

Issue of any copy of official records of statistical data derived or extracted from import and export declarations, such fee being calculated at per sheet or part tnereof

issue of any statistical data, other than copies of official records, derived from import and export declarations, such fee being calculated according to the actual work done including all over-heads charges

existing Chargee -evised Charges

815 $30

no 825

$10 $10

$15 Fee as calculated

Any signature given or document issued, other than those ■ documents

specified in this schedule, in connexion with the import or export of any article or with the commercial purposes of any person, firm or company

530

11

SUBVENTED HOSPITALS * * *

Th’ '.T! '.3 DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES,

HAS GIVEN A CATEGORICAL ASSURANCE THAT THE SYSTEM OF MEDICAL ENT IO IS NOT INTENDED TO CREATE TWO STANDARDS OF HO3°ITAL SERVICES.

COMMENTING ON RECENT CRITICISM AGAINST THE SUBVENTION SYSTEM, HE SAID, +LET ME SAY PUBLICLY HERE ONCE AND FOR ALL THAT IT HAS EVER BEEN AND WILL NOT BE OUR INTENTION TO HAVE TWO STANDARDS

CF HOS°ITALS.+

♦IF SOME OF THE INSTITUTIONS LABOUR UNDER SUCH FALSE MISAPPREHENSION, THEY ARE MISUNDERSTANDING THE SITUATION,♦ DR LAM SAID, ADDRESSING THE LIONS CLUB OF HONG KONG HARBOUR THIS (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON.

HE WENT ON TO EXPLAIN THAT THERE ARE THREE TYPES OF HOSPITALS OPERATING IN HONG KONG - PRIVATE HOSPITALS, GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS AND SUBVENTED HOSPITALS.

HE SAID THERE WERE TWO METHODS OF SUBVENTION - DISCRETIONARY GRANT AND DEFICIENCY GRANT.

MOST HOSPITALS ARE SUBVENTED ON A DEFICIENCY GRANT BASIS, WHICH MEANS THAT THEY ARE GIVEN OVER 90 PER CENT SUBVENTION FOR THEIR RECURRENT EXPENSES WHILE IN THEIR CAPITAL COMMITMENT THE ASSISTANCE FROM THE PUBLIC PURSE DEPENDS ON THE AMOUNT RAISED BY THE ORGANISATION.

IT IS BECAUSE OF THIS ARRANGEMENT THAT HAS GIVEN RISE TO THE MISCONCEPTION REFERRED TO AS THE ♦SEE-SAW PHENOMENON+, DR LAM SAID.

THE PATIO OF CONTRIBUTION FROM THE PUBLIC PURSE WOULD DEPEND ON HOW MUCH OR HOW WELL THAT PROJECT FITS INTO THE OVERALL GOVERNMENT MEDICAL PROGRAMME, HE ADDED.

DR LAM SAID GOVERNMENT’S POLICY IS TO ENCOURAGE PARTICIPATION IN THE OVERALL MASTER PLAN AND NOT TO SUPPORT THE PROLIFERATION CF ISOLATED SCHEMES WHICH AT BEST ARE TRANSIENT PROJECTS AND AT WORSE CONTRIVED PLOTS HATCHED BY INDIVIDUALS.

♦THESE REGULATIONS ARE BUILT INTO THE SYSTEM TO SAFEGUARD AND PREVENT WASTE AND UNNECESSARY SPENDING OF PUBLIC FUNDS,+ HE ADDED.

HE SAID THAT THE SYSTEM STIPULATES THAT IF A SUBVENTED ORGANISATION PLANNED TO PROVIDE A SERVICE, IT SHOULD NOT COST MORE THAN WHAT THE GOVERNMENT COULD PROVIDE.

UNFORTUNATELY, SAID DR LAM, THIS POLICY HAS BEEN MISCONSTRUED AND MISINTERPRETED 70 MEAN THAT CONDITIONS OF SERVICE OFFERED TO THE SUBVENTED HOSPITALS CANNOT BE BETTER THAN THE GOVERNMENT’S.

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THURSDAY, JULY 8, 1982

♦WHAT WE ARE SAYING TO THE SUBVENTED ORGANISATIONS IS THAT OUR RESPO-'S IB IL I “Y IS TO SEE THAT PUBLIC FUNDS ARE WELL SPENT THAT -iE -UBLIC OF HONG KONG IS PROVIDED WITH THE SERVICE --AT ~-= -A' -. -AID FOR WITH THEIR OWN HARD EARNED MONEY,*

lr. .AM SA .

T'-<? JNG TO CRITICISMS THAT THE STAFF OF SUBVENTED HOSPITALS .ARE GETTING A RAW DEAL AND THAT THEY SHOULD BE GIVEN THE SAME nECOGM-T Jr. AND FRINGE BENEFITS AS THEIR GOVERNMENT COUNTERPARTS, DF. LAM SAID THERE ARE ADVANTAGES THE STAFF OF THESE HOSPITALS ENJOY WHICH THEIR GOVERNMENT COLLEAGUES DO NOT.

DR LAM SAID STAFF IN SUBVENTED HOSPITALS CAN BE EMPLOYED OR CHOSEN rOR THEIR EXPERTISE IN A PARTICULAR JOB, WHEREAS THEIR COUNTERPARTS IN GOVERNMENT ARE SUBJECT TO TRANSFERS AND CIVIL SERVICE REGULATIONS.

AS ^OR THE PROFESSIONAL STAFF, ESPECIALLY DOCTORS, DR LAM SAID THEY HAVE THE OPTION OF CHOOSING THEIR OWN HOSPITAL TO WORK IN AND ARE NOT SUBJECTED TO TRANSFERS TO SOME OUTLANDISH POSTS WHICH DOCTORS IN THE CIVIL SERVICE FACE AT ALL PERIODS OF THEIR EMPLOYMENT.

♦THEIR TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE MAY NOT BE THE SAME AS THEIR GOVERNMENT COUNTERPART, BUT THEY ARE AS NEAR AS CAN BE EQUATED, TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THAT SOME OF THE SO-CALLED FRINGE BENEFITS THAT DOCTORS WORKING IN THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT GET, ARE AVAILABLE TO THEM NOT AS DOCTORS BUT AS SERVANTS OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT,* SAID DR LAM.

+UNLESS THESE ORGANISATIONS CHOSE, OF THEIR OWN FREE WILL, TO COME UNDER THE UMBRELLA OF THE CIVIL SERVICE AND BE SUBJECT TO ALL THE RIGID REGULATIONS AND SOME OF THE BAFFLING BUREAUCRACY OF THE ESTABLISHMENT, I CANNOT SEE A WAY OUT OF THIS IMPASSE,* HE ADDED.

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DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION TAKES UP ADDITIONAL DUTIES

*****

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR COLVYN HAYE, WILL TAKE ON THE ADDITIONAL DUTIES OF THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION FROM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) UNTIL SEPTEMBER 3, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

DURING THIS PERIOD, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION, MR KENNETH TOPLEY WILL EE ON LEAVE.

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3RICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE FOR APRIL 1982 * * * * *

THE P I'.' OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE BY NINE PER CENT AND THO',. - - :-,Y EIGHT PER CENT IN APRIL 1982 AS COMPARED

W|i> APR:'... '81, ACCCE j!NG TO STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY

I THURSDAY) - TnE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

AS A RESULT, THE TERMS OF TRADE INDEX (EXPRESSED AS A ■■TIC y- THE DOMESTIC EXPORT PRICE INDEX TO THE IMPORT PRICE HDE . ROSE Bv ONE PER CENT. THE VOLUME OF EXPORTS INCREASED T'wO 3ER CENT WHILE THE VOLUME OF IMPORTS DROPPED MARGINALLY. THE PRICES OF RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 12 PER CENT, WITH THE -,1^'E DOWD BY -OUR PER CENT, SO THAT FOR TOTAL EXPORTS, PRICES WERE UP BY 13 PER CENT AND INSIGNIFICANT CHANGE WAS RECORDED FOR THE VOLUME.

FOR THE TWELVE-MONTH PERIOD TO APRIL 1982 AS COMPARED wITH THE TWELVE MONTHS TO APRIL 1981, THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC -/PORTS AND RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY 10 PER CENT AND THOSE OF IMPORTS BY 12 PER CENT. THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS EXPANDED BY .IX PER CELT AND THAT OF RE-EXPORTS BY 14 PER CENT, GIVING A LINE PER CENT INCREASE IN THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS AS AoA INST A FIVE °ER CENT INCREASE IN THE VOLUME OF IMPORTS.

PRICES ARE BASED ON 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.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY COMMODITY GROUP ARE SHOWN BELOW (IN PERCENTAGES)t-

CHANGES COMPARING APRIL 1982 WITH APRIL 1981

EXPORT VALUE EXPORT UNIT VALUE EXPORT VOLUME

CLOTHING (EXCEPT FUR) +16 *13 * 2

TEXTILE FABRICS + 5 + 4 + 2

TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD - 5 - 1 - 4

TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES + 2 +20 -15

ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS -23 - 9 -15

FOOTWEAR - 4 *12 -14

’•ETAL f ,'.Ni.'FACTUPES + b *13 - 6

METAL ORES A’< ' SC - 6 -17 +13

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CHANGES 14 - COMPARING APRIL 1982 WITH APRIL 1981

EXPORT VALUE EXPORT UNIT VALUE EXPORT VOLUME

BATCHES AND CLOCKS -10 -19 ♦ 11

ALL COMMODITIES + 12 + 9 + 2

THE EXPORT PRICES OF MOST COMMODITY GROUPS INCREASED, FROM FOUR PER CENT FOR TEXTILE FABRICS TO 20 PER CENT FOR TEXTILE MADE-UPS. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE EXPORT PRICES OF TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD, ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS, METAL ORES AND SCRAP, AS WELL AS wATCHES AND CLOCKS, DECLINED BY ONE PER CENT, NINE PER CENT, 17 PER CENT AND 19 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

CONSIDERABLE GROWTH IN THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS WAS REGISTERED FOR METAL ORES AND SCRAP (+13 PER CENT) AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS (+11 PER CENT). ON THE OTHER HAND, SIGNIFICANT DECREASES IN THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS WERE RECORDED FOR FOOTWEAR (-14 PER CENT), ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS (-15 PER CENT) AND TEXTILE MADE-UPS (-15 PER CENT).

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY ARE SHOWN BELOW (IN PERCENTAGES)i-

CHANGES COMPARING APRIL 1982 WITH APRIL 1981

IMPORT VALUE

FOODSTUFFS + 16

CONSUMER GOODS ♦ 8

FUELS + 15

RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES + 3

CAPITAL GOODS +12

ALL COMMODITIES ♦ 8

IMPORT UNIT VALUE

+ 8

♦ 5

- 4

+ 9

+ 18

+ 8

IMPORT

VOLUME

+ 7

+ 2

♦20

- 5

- 5

I NS I GN IF I CANT

WITH THE EXCEPTION OF FUELS, THE PRICES OF WHICH DROPPED BY FOUR PER CENT, THE PRICES OF IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY INCREASED MODERATELY, RANGING FROM FIVE PER CENT FOR CONSUMER GOODS TO 18 =>ER CENT FOR CAPITAL GOODS.

MOST OF THE MAJOR IMPORTED FOODSTUFFS ROSE IN VOLUME TERMS, THE MORE SIGNIFICANT ONES BEING SUGAR, MEAT AND MEAT PREPARATIONS AS WELL 'HEAT AND FLOUR. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE IMPORT VOLUME CF TEA AND COFFEE, FRUIT AS WELL AS RICE DECLINED.

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IN THE CONSUMER GOODS CATEGORY, SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE REGISTERED FOR FOOTWEAR AND CLOTHING. THE IMPORT VOLUME OF HOUSEHOLD TYPE ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES, ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, TOBA.CO MANUFACTURES AS WELL AS PASSENGER MOTOR CARS FELL CONSIDERABLY.

IMPORTS OF FUELS ROSE BY 20 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS.

THE IMPORT VOLUME OF MOST RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES DECLINED, AMONG WHICH CRUDE ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE MATERIALS, MAN-MADE FIBRES AS WELL AS WOOL AND OTHER ANIMAL HAIR DROPPED SUBSTANTIALLY. THE IMPORT VOLUME OF CHEMICAL ELEMENTS AND COMPOUNDS, FABRICS OF WOOL AND MIXTURES AND IRON AND STEEL ROSE CONSIDERABLY.

MOST OF THE MAJOR IMPORTED CAPITAL GOODS DECLINED IN VOLUME TERMS, THE MORE SIGNIFICANT ONES BEING SCIENTIFIC, MEDICAL, OPTICAL, MEASURING AND CONTROLLING INSTRUMENTS AND APPARATUS AND ELECTRICAL MACHINERY AS WELL. SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE WAS RECORDED IN THE IMPORT VOLUME OF OFFICE MACHINES.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY ARE SHOWN BELOW (IN PERCENTAGES)i-

CHANGES COMPARING APRIL 1982 WITH APRIL 1981

RE-EXPORT VALUE RE-EXPORT UNIT VALUE RE-EXPORT VOLUME

FOODSTUFFS - 2 +21 -19

CONSUMER GOODS + 7 + 8 - 1

FUELS -22 + 7 -27

RAW MATERIALS, AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES * 5 +14 - 9

CAPITAL GOODS + 31 +20’ + 10

ALL COMMODITIES + 8 ♦ 12 - 4

THE CHANGES IN RE PER CENT DECREASE FOR -EXPORT VOLUME FUELS TO A 10 VARIED RANGING FROM PER CENT INCREASE FOR A 27 CAPITAL

GOODS.

FURTHER DETAILS ARE CONTAINED IN THE APRIL 1982 ISSUE OF THE +HONG KONG TRADE INDEX NUMBERS*, AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT HK >2 PER COPY.

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COMMUNITY BUILDING IMPORTANT TO NEW TOWNS * * * *

T-: CREATION OF COMMUNITIES, OR COMMUNITY BUILDING, IS AN .MPOF A ASPECT IN THE FORMATION OF NEW TOWNS APART FROM THEIR PHYSICA- DEVELOPMENT PLANS, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR NEW itRRITORIES, MR 'AN MACPHERSON, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

IN A LUNCHEON SPEECH TO THE Y’S MEN’S CLUB OF HONG KONG, Ht SAtD LARGE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE WERE MOVING STEADILY INTO THE NEW TOWNS WHERE SUCH BASIC NECESSITIES AS HOUSING, EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND TRANSPORT WERE BEING PROVIDED.

N0TED THAT ,T WAS N0T 0NLY THE PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT AND the INFRASTRUCTURE OF THE NEW TOWNS WHICH HAD TO BE TACKLED.

ii.rc JHE CR£ATION OF COMMUNITIES IN WHICH THESE

^7ldren0*Rh’°sa?dOPLE ARE content T0 L,VE AND BR,NG UP THE,R

♦THIS IS COMMUNITY BUILDING IN ITS BEST SENSE AND IT REQUIRES A ^ss’ve and ded>cated EFFORT BY ALL CONCERNED, MATCHING ?he EFFORT PUT INTO THE PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT OF THESE NEW CITIES.*

MR MACPHERSON CONTINUED THAT ONE OF THE TASKS OF THE ADMINISTRATION WAS TO TRY AND FIND OUT WHAT THE NEEDS AND DEMANDS OF THE PEOPLE LIVING IN THESE NEW COMMUNITIES WERE, WHAT THEY rtLT IN A STRANGE ENVIRONMENT AND HOW THEY COULD BE HELPED.

+TO THIS END THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION TRIES TO VISIT EVERY NEW FAMILY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTER ARRIVAL,* HE SAID.

tAT THE SAME T,ME WE TRY TO ENCOURAGE THE CREATION OF SOME SORT OF COMMUNITY FEELING BY THE SETTING UP OF MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, YIN NGA I SOCIETIES FOR THE WIVES, AND SIMILAR CLUBS IN ORDER TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER SO THAT THEY DO NOT FEEL TOO ISOLATED.*

BUT HE CAUTIONED THAT THIS BUSINESS OF COMMUNITY BUILDING HAD TO BE APPROACHED WITH CARE.

IS NOT REALLY DONE THIS WAY WITHDRAWN.

IS MUCH TO BE

IF IT IS

INPUT IS

MUCH USE TO IMPOSE IT ARTIFICIALLY FOR IT WILL FALL APART AS SOON AS THE OFFICIAL

v 111T„ „ - PREFERRED IF THE COMMUNITY FEELING GROWS RURALLY WITH THE ADMINISTRATION DOING NO MORE THAN PRIMING THE PUMP AND PROVIDING SOME SORT OF FRAMEWORK.

+OTHER THINGS WHICH HELP IN THE CREATION OF COMMUNITIES ARE CULiURAL, SPORTING AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES ORGANISED SUPPORT OF LOCALLY BASED ORGANISATIONS AND GROUPS WITH ®ACKING 0F THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AND THE DISTRICT BOARDS WHICH NOW ARE PLAYING A MAJOR ROLE IN TERMS BOTH OF TIME AND tFFORT AND MONEY IN THE COMMUNITY BUILDING EFFORT,+ HE ADDED.

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RAPID EMPLOYMENT GROWTH IN FINANCE, SERVICES SECTOR OF #*****##*

REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS ECONOMY *

LOYMENT IN THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR OF THE HONG KONG ECONOMY CONTINUED TO GROW RAPIDLY, REACHING A TOTAL OF 157 700 IN MARCH THIS YEAR, OR 17.6 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN MARCH 1981.

EMPLOYMENT IN THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR ALSO GREW AGAINST THE MARCH 1981 FIGURE ALTHOUGH AT A LESSER PACE OF 6.9 PER CENT, REACHING A TOTAL OF 490 200 IN MARCH THIS YEAR.

THESE ARE SOME OF THE EMPLOYMENT FIGURES PUBLISHED TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, COVERING MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY FOR THE MONTH.

ON THE OTHER HAND, EMPLOYMENT IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR DECREASED BY 0.3 PER CENT AND IN BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES BY 4.2 PER CENT.

THE STATISTICS WERE DERIVED FROM THE SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL CONDUCTED EVERY QUARTER BY THE DEPARTMENT COVERING THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, AND THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR.

A SEPARATE EMPLOYMENT SURVEY COVERS THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES.

THE OVERALL FIGURES TOGETHER WITH A COMPARISON WITH THE CORRESPONDING FIGURES FOR MARCH 1981 AND DECEMBER 1981 ARE AS FOLLOWSt-

PERSONS ENGAGED (EMPLOYMENT) IN

PERCENTAGE CHANGE

SECTOR OF THE ECONOMY MAR. 81 DEC. 81 MAR. 82 MAR. 82 ON MAR. 81 MAR. 82 ON

DEC. . 81

MANUFACTURING 889 100 905 900 886 100' 0.3 2.2

BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION (MANUAL 'WORKERS ON SITES ONLY) 90 300 88 900 86 500 4.2 2.7

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 458 700 483 800 490 200 + 6.9 1.3

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FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES

134 000 154 800 157 700

+17.6 + 1.9

COMPARED WITH THE DECEMBER 1981 FIGURES, THE EMPLOYMENT FIGURES FOR MARCH 1982 IN THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR AND THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR SHOWED INCREASES OF 1.3 PER CENT AND 1.9 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES OF 2.2 PER CENT AND 2.7 PER CENT WERE REGISTERED IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR AND BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES RESPECTIVELY.

TOGETHER WITH THE EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS, THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ALSO PUBLISHED VACANCY STATISTICS FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, AND THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR IN MARCH 1982. THESE WERE COMPILED FROM THE NUMBER OF JOB VACANCIES REPORTED BY ESTABLISHMENTS COVERED BY THE SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL IN THESE SECTORS.

THE OVERALL FIGURES TOGETHER WITH A COMPARISON WITH THE CORRESPONDING FIGURES FOR MARCH 1981 AND DECEMBER 1981 ARE AS FOLLOWS i-

NUMBER OF REPORTED

VACANCIES IN

PERCENTAGE CHANGE

SECTOR OF

THE ECONOMY MAR. 81 DEC. 81 MAR. 82

MAR. 82 ON MAR. 82 ON

MAR. 81 DEC. 81

MANUFACTURING 55 200 44 100 44 100 - 20.2 - 0.04

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 6 400 6 500 7 200 + 12.2 + 9.4

FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 2 500 2 300 3 100 + 24.0 +35.2

COMPARISON OF SAME TIME IN 1981 THE FIGURES FOR SHOWED INCREASES MARCH OF 12. 1982 WITH THOSE 2 PER CENT AND FOR THE 24 PER CENT

IN THE NUMBER OF REPORTED VACANCIES IN THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, AND THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR RESPECTIVELY.

FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, THE NUMBER OF REPORTED VACANCIES DECREASED BY 20.2 PER CENT RELATIVE TO THE SAME TIME IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

/comparison of .......

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COMPARISON OF THE FIGURES FOR MARCH 1982 WITH THOSE FOR

--CE’-’1931 SHOWED INCREASES OF 9.4 PER CENT AND 35.2 PER CENT HUH ■•£? OF REPORTED VACANCIES IN THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, ' EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR,

-Nu THE INANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES -'TIP RESPECTIVELY. HOWEVER, THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF REPORTED 7ACA'.; IES IN THE -INANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR WAS RELATIVELY SMALL IN ABSOLUTE TERMS. OVER

-E SAM PERIOD, THE CHANGE IN THE NUMBER OF REPORTED VACANCIES IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR WAS INSIGNIFICANT.

ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL ARE STATISTICS ON MONTHLY PAYROLL OUTLAYS IN THE ■MANUFACTURING SECTOR, THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, AND THE FINANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR.

QUARTERLY TOTALS FOR EACH OF THESE SECTORS ARE SHOWN IN THE FOLLOWING TABLE :

TOTAL QUARTERLY PAYROLL IN PERCENTAGE CHANGE

SECTOR OF THE ECONOMY 1ST QTR. 1981 1ST QTR. 1982 1ST. QTR. 1982 ON

1ST QTR. 1981

HK$ MN HK$ MN

MANUFACTURING 4 705 5 531 + 17.6

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 2 847 3 525 + 23.8

FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 1 282 1 861 + 45.2

RELATIVE TO THE INCREASED IN EACH OF SAME QUARTER A YEAR AGO, THE ABOVE SECTORS RANGING PAYROLL OUTLAYS FROM 17.6 PER CENT

TO 45.2 PER CENT. THE INCREASE WAS PARTICULARLY RAPID IN THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR WHICH REGISTERED AN INCREASE OF 45.2 PER CENT. SUCH A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE WAS DUE IN PART TO A RAPID INCREASE IN EMPLOYMENT.

TO ADJUST FOR VARIATIONS IN TOTAL PAYROLL OUTLAYS ARISING FROM CHANGES IN THE LEVEL OF EMPLOYMENT, A NOMINAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED IS OBTAINED. TO FURTHER ALLOW FOR DIFFERENCES IN PURCHASING PC»ER, THE NOMINAL INDEX IS ADJUSTED BY THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) TO GIVE THE REAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED. VALUES OF THESE TWO INDICES ARE GIVEN I'• THE TABLES BELOW :

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SECTOR 0c '’’HE ECO’- :my

NOMINAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED (JUNE 1980 - 100^

PERCENTAGE CHANGE

MAR. 82 ON

MAR. 81 MAR. 82 MAR. 81

manufacturing 115.3 135.6 + 17.6

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 116.5 136.2 16.9

FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 111.9 132.8 4- 18.7

SECTOR OF REAL INDEX OF

THE ECONOMY PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED ( JUNE 1980 - 100) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

MAR. 81 MAR. 82 MAR. 82 ON MAR. 81

MANUFACTURING 102. 9 108.5 + 5.4

WHOLESALE AND

RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT AND RESTAURANTS AND

HOTELS 103.9

FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND

BUSINESS SERVICES 99.8

109.0

106.2

+ 4.9

+ 6.4

COMPARED WITH MARCH 1981, INCREASES OF PER CENT AND 18.7 PER CENT WERE REGISTERED INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED IN THE

17.6 PER CENT, 16.9 IN THE NOMINAL MANUFACTURING SECTOR;

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR;AND THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR RESPECT IVELY.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE REAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED SHOWED INCREASES OF 5.4 PER CENT, 4.9 PER CENT AND 6.4 °ER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR; THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR; AND THE - INANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR.

EMPLOYMENT FIGURES FOR SELECTED INDIVIDUAL INDUSTRIES WITHIN THE FOUR SECTORS ARE GIVEN IN THE FOLLOWING TABLES.

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FURTHER DETAILS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE EMPLOYMENT AND EV.IMTG ’-"ISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEP'RTMf

DETAILS OF EMPLOYMENT IN SELECTED INDUSTRIES

1. MANUFACTURING SECTOR

EMPLOYMENT IN PERCENTAGE CHANGE

INDUSTRY GROUP MAR . 81 DEC. 81 MAR. 82 MAR. 82 ON MAR. 81 MAR. 82 ON DEC. 81

WEARING APPAREL (EXCLUDING KNITWEAR FROM YARN) 257 003 259 700 260 703 + 1.5 + 0.4

TEXTILES (INCLUDING KNITWEAR FROM YARN) 125 500 122 600 117 703 - 6.2 - 4.0

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPLIANCES AND SUPPLIES, INCLUDING ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS 117 300 124 800 116 400 - 0.8 - 6.8

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 84 400 89 100 87 100 + 3.2 - 2.3

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS 82 100 82 400 80 600 - 1.9 - 2.3

1 1. BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SECTOR

(MANUAL WORKERS ON SITES ONLY)

EMPLOYMENT IN PERCENTAGE CHANGE

CONTRACTING PARTY MAR.81 DEC. 81 MAR. 82 MAR. 82 ON MAR. 81 MAR. 82 ON DEC. 81

PUBLIC *ORKS DEPARTMENT 16 800 20 300 22 030 (+31.0) (+ 8.4)

HOUS 1 NG DEPARTS; T 18 300 16 530 15 500 (-15.3) (- 6.1)

MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPC,;- :-T ’ C * 2 803 2 p30 2 430 (-14.3) (+23.0)

PRIVATE ECT. 52 :-?o 53 003 46 600 (-13.9) (- 6.8)

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* CONSTRUCTION SITES UNDER THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION REFER TO M.T.R. CONTRACTS FOR WHICH ORF. WAS IN PROGRESS DURING THE REFERENCE PERIOD

III. WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT,

AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR

INDUSTRY GROUP EMPLOYMENT IN PERCENTAGE CHANGE

MAR. 81 DEC. 81 MAR. 82 MAR. 82 ON MAR. 81 MAR. 82 ON DEC. 81

WHOLESALE TRADE 51 500 53 300 54 300 + 5.4 ♦ 1.7

RETAIL TRADE IMPORT/EXPORT 152 100 156 500 152 600 * 0.3 - 2.5

BUSINESS RESTAURANTS, CAFES AND 116 200 124 300 130 100 + 12.0 + 4.9

BARS HOTELS AND BOARDING 120 000 128 600 131 900 + 9.9 * 2.5

HOUSES 18 900 21 400 21 400 IV. FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL + 12.9 ESTATE AND + 0.1

BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR

INDUSTRY GROUP EMPLOYMENT IN PERCENTAGE CHANGE MAR. 82 MAR. 82 ON ON MAR. 81 DEC. 81

MAR. 81 DEC. 81 MAR. 82

MONETARY INSTITUTIONS INCLUDING BANKS 44 200 49 403 49 500 + 12.0 + 0.2

REAL ESTATE COMPANIES 20 400 23 100 24 900 + 21.9 * 7.7

OTHER FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS 21 600 26 200 25 800 + 19.4 - 1.4

ACCOUNTING AND AUDITING FIRMS 5 400 5 700 5 800 * 8.3 * 2.0

ENGINEERING, ARCHITECTURAL AND TECHNICAL SERVICES 8 500 10 300 10 700 ♦ 25.5 + 3.8

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SUMMER PROGRAMME COR YUEN LONG YOUTHS * * * *

■ sNUAL SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME THROUG PARTICIPATION, young people to COMMUNITY SERVITE, BUILD UP A SENSE OF HOP 11. NS BY TAK NG UP NEW HOBBIES.

SERVES TO ENCOURAGE, DEVELOP INTEREST IN TEAM SPIRIT, AND BROADEN

~'y IK YUE'' LONG THERE IS A CONTINUAL DEMAND FOR LEISURE PLRSL'. AND HENCE THE NEED TO ORGANISE SUCH ACTIVITIES AT ALL

TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE DEVELOP HEALTHY BODIES AND HEALTHY MlNDS.

SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, IAN MACPHERSON, SAID THIS TODAY (THURSDAY) AT THE OPENING CEReMONY OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME HELD AT THE LUT SAU HALL.

THIS YEAR THE PROGRAMME IS, FOR THE FIRST TIME, CO-ORDINATED BY THE ADMINISTRATION.

BEING

+THE ACTIVITIES PLANNED CATER FOR A WIDE RANGE OF TALENTS AND PROVIDE INTERESTING AND ENJOYABLE PURSUITS FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF YUEN LONG DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAY,* HE SAID.

♦YUEN LONG HAS A STRONG TRADITION OF ACTIVE INVOLVEMENT IN ORGANISING COMMUNITY BUILDING PROJECTS. THIS IS EVIDENT FROM THE MAiY CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES ORGANISED AND PARTICIPATED IN BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND VARIOUS DISTRICT ASSOCIATIONS ALL THE YEAR ROUND.+

HE SAID TO SUSTAIN EFFORTS IN THIS FIELD THROUGHOUT THE YEAR WAS IM°ORTANT IN THE TOWN WHERE OVER 50 PER CENT OF THE POPULATION WERE UNDER THE AGE OF 24.

+1 AM THEREFORE VERY ENCOURAGED TO SEE SO MANY LEADING KEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY AND YOUNG VOLUNTEERS GIVING GENEROUSLY OF THEIR TIME AND EFFORT TO HELP MAKE THIS PROGRAMME A SUCCESS.+

AN EXTENSIVE PROGRAMME WITH MORE THAN 130 ITEMS HAS BEEN PREPARED BY THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT YOUTH RECREATION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, WITH FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG jOCKEY CLUB.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WERE THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JA*ES WILSON, AND THE CHAIRMAN OP THE CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR TANG TAK-KAU.

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THURSDAY, JULY 8, 1982

FIRST SAFETY SHOW ON H.K. ISLAND OPENS * * * *

“ "IRST A SERIES OF +SAFETY EXTRAVAGANZAS* ORGANISED ? " -ABOUR ~ PARTMENT FOR THE 1982/83 INDUSTRIAL SAFETY 3AM- OPENEI CHAN PAK SHA SCHOOL, WONG CHUK HANG, THIS (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON.

this unique sound-on-slide presentation on industrial SAFE”', COMBINING BOTH ENTERTAINMENT AND EDUCATION, WAS STAGED -OR THE FIRST TIME AT THE KESWICK HALL OF HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC IN FEBRUARY THIS YEAR, ATTRACTING MORE THAN 30 000 VISITORS.

IT IS NOW BEING RE-STAGED AT WONG CHUK HANG WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE SOUTHERN CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD AND THE SCHOOL AUTHORITIES.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, THE ACTING DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR DAVID LIN, SAID THAT THE AUDIO-VISUAL PRESENTATION *OULD Also BE RE-STAGED IN KWUN TONG, WONG TAI SIN, TSUEN WAN AND TUEN MUN LATER IN THE YEAR.

HE TOLD THE GUESTS AT THE OPENING: +1 HOPE THIS COLOURFUL PRESENTATION WILL NOT ONLY PROVIDE YOU WITH ENTERTAINMENT AND BETTER UNDERSTANDING BUT ALSO WITH A MESSAGE FOR YOU TO CONVEY TO YOUR FRIENDS, COLLEAGUES AND STAFF SO THAT THEY WILL ALSO COME AND JOIN IN THE MOVEMENT FOR MAKING SAFETY A WAY OF LIFE.*

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE OPENING, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE TO RE-STAGE +SAFETY EXTRAVAGANZA*, MR KAN MAN-LEE, POINTED OUT THAT WONG CHUK HANG HAD BECOME A MAJOR INDUSTRIAL AREA ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

THE RAPID INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT THERE, WHILE BRINGING ABOUT INCREASING PROSPERITY, HAD ALSO CAUSED MANY PROBLEMS, INCLUDING INDUSTRIAL SAFETY.

+ IT IS HOPED THAT THIS EXHIBITION CAN SHARPEN THE AWARENESS OF SAFETY AT WORK ON THE PART OF BOTH WORKERS AND EMPLOYERS, SO THAT THEY WILL TAKE ACTIVE STEPS TOWARD THE PREVENTION AND REDUCTION OF INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS,* HE NOTED.

THE SHOW IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FROM 10 AM TO 9 PM DAILY EXCEPT ON THE LAST DAY ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 14) WHEN IT WILL CLOSE AT 6 PM.

THURSDAY, JULY 8, 1982

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EVENING COURSE FOR PART-TIME TECHNICAL LECTURERS *****

- HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE WILL OFFER A ONE-v. EVENP-'l BOURSE FOR PART-TIME LECTURERS COMMENCING IN •3°’ <:ER "OR PRACTISING OR INTENDING PART-TIME TEACHERS.

"HE COURSE IS DESIGNED TO TRAIN EVENING PART-TIME TEACHERS ENGAGED IN FURTHER EDUCATION OR THOSE WISHING TO TAKE UP EVENING PART-TIME TEACHING IN HONG KONG.

CONTENTS OF THE COURSE WILL INCLUDE A STUDY OF PRINCIPLES AND METHODS OF TEACHING. IN ADDITION TO THEORETICAL STUDIES, EMPHASIS WILL ALSO BE PLACED ON PRACTICAL TEACHING.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND CLASSES TWO EVENINGS PER WEEK FOR 30 WEEKS. THE TUITION FEES IS $175.

APPLICANTS SHOULD HAVE APPROPRIATE TECHNICAL OR ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS AND GOOD COMMAND OF WRITTEN AND SPOKEN ENGLISH.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE AT 373 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, HONG KONG. COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE COLLEGE ON OR BEFORE JULY 16, 1982.

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RESULTS OF LATEST *

URBAN TAXI TENDERS * * *

RESULTS OF THE LATEST URBAN TAXI LICENCE TENDERS WILL BE GAZETTED TOMORROW (FRIDAY), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

ALTHOUGH 300 URBAN TAXI LICENCES WERE PUT UP 694 TENDERS SEEKING 742 LICENCES HAD BEEN CLOSED ON JUNE 4, 1982.

A TOTAL OF

RECEIVED WHEN THE OFFER

SUCCESSFUL BIDS RANGED FROM $191 880 TO $178 123. GIVING AN AVERAGE PREMIUM OF $183 023.95.

THIS REPRESENTED AN INCREASE OF 1.89 PER CENT OVER THE PREVIOUS TENDERING.

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CHILDREN’S CHOIR FOR TUEN MUN * * *

NEED FOR SPECIAL EFFORTS TO PROVIDE CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL, SPORT .o AND OTHER FORMS OF ANCILLARY FACILITIES AND SERVICES IN TUEN MUN WAS EMPHASISED TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEw TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR IAN MACPHERSON.

SPEAKING AT THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF THE TUEN MUN CHILDREN’S CHOIR FIRST TERM BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, HE SAID THIS NEED STEMMED FROM A RATHER UNUSUAL PHENOMENON IN THE NEW TOWN WHERE OVER 35 PER CENT OF ITS POPULATION WAS BELOW THE AGE OF 14.

♦IT IS HERE THAT THE VALUABLE SUPPORT AND COOPERATION OF ALL LOCAL RESIDENTS IS NEEDED IF WE ARE TO ACHIEVE A BALANCED ENVIRONMENT,♦ HE SAID.

♦I AM PLEASED TO SEE THAT COMMUNITY LEADERS OF TUEN MUN ARE TODAY VERY ACTIVE AND RESPONSIVE TO COMMUNITY NEEDS AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE TUEN MUN CHILDREN’S CHOIR IS A FINE EXAMPLE OF SUCH PUBLIC-SPIRITEDNESS.+

HE NOTED THAT A CHILDREN’S CHOIR NOT ONLY PROVIDED A HEALTHY HOBBY FOR CHILDREN, STIMULATING THEIR INTEREST IN MUSIC, IT WAS ALSO A FORM OF POPULAR COMMUNITY ENTERTAINMENT.

♦IN THIS RESPECT, I AM DELIGHTED TO KNOW THAT THE TUEN MUN CHILDREN’S CHOIR HAS ORGANISED A NUMBER OF COMMUNITY PROJECTS, SUCH AS VISITING THE HOME FOR THE AGED, WHICH ARE ALL VERY WELL RECEIVED.+

MR MACPHERSON HOPED THAT THIS TREND WOULD CONTINUE AND THE SCOPE AND ACTIVITIES OF THE CHOIR COULD BE EXPANDED FURTHER TO INVOLVE AS MANY TUEN MUN CHILDREN AS POSSIBLE.

♦LET’S BRING MUSIC TO ALL PEOPLE OF TUEN MUN,+ HE ADDED.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KWUN TONG

kwun M 5l-?ou?eS'^E^AYSIeR|^oM? M"a5%J 'n,D4V

hinc YIP STREET BETWEEN HUNG TO ROAD AND

HING YIP STREET WILu BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND, HE ADDED.

THURSDAY, JULY 8, 1982

RHKAAF PILOT ACHIEVES 2 000 FLYING HOURS * * * *

.IEUTENANT DICKY YIP HAS BECOME THE THIRD PILOT WHO HAS SIEVED 130 HOURS FLYING WITH THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY pi FORCE, .OMETIMES UNDER DAUNTING CIRCUMSTANCES.

+THAT TOTAL WOULD NOT BE SIGNIFICANT IN A CIVIL AIRLINE, BUT c0= A PART-TIME VOLUNTEER ROTARY WING PILOT, IT REPRESENTS A

/ ;DERFUL EFFORT OVER THE LAST 15 YEARS,* WING COMMANDER OF THE

•wKAAF, R.G. PENLINGTON, SAID THIS (THURSDAY) EVENING. HE WAS - BAKING AT A CEREMONY HELD AT THE VOLUNTEER OFFICERS MESS,

.EACONSFIELD HOUSE, TO CONGRATULATE FLT. LT. YIP ON HIS FEAT.

FLT. LT. YIP’S 2 000 HOURS WERE MOSTLY IN HELICOPTER FLYING. THE OTHER TWO PILOTS WHO HAD ACHIEVED THE SAME TOTAL WERE WING COMMANDER RON SMITH AND SQUADRON LEADER DANNY CHEUNG.

MR PENLINGTON NOTED THAT OVER THE LAST 15 YEARS, MR YIP HAD CARRIED OUT MORE THAN 100 CASUALTY EVACUATIONS, ALMOST ALL OF THEM AT LIGHT AND OFTEN IN DIFFICULT AND HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS.

+T0 BE A VOLUNTEER MEMBER OF THE FLYING SQUADRON OF THE RHKAAF REQUIRES A LOT OF LEISURE TIME WHICH COULD OTHERWISE BE SPENT WITH HIS FAMILY.

♦IT ALSO, ON OCCASIONS, MEANS THAT THE EMPLOYER’S TIME IS ALSO REQUIRED,* HE EXPLAINED.

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KWUN TONG CHILDREN’S CHORUS X K X

THE KWUN TONG CHILDREN’S CHORUS WILL EMBARK ON AN E,^T-DAY rnwcpPT TmiR IN THE PHILIPPINES FROM JULY 15 TO JULY 22, 19o2. tour IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE KWUN TONG CHILDREN’S CHORUS, tSp ROTARY CLUB OF STA MESA (PHILIPPINES) AND THE ROTARY CLUB OF KWUN TONG AND SUPPORTED BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD.

THE CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER (KWUN TONG), CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (KWUN TONG), MR PETER PANG THE TOUR TO GIVE IT MORAL SUPPORT.

MR DAVID TSUI AND WILL ALSO JOIN

NOTE TO EDITORS:

BE HELD BY THE KWUN TONG CHILDREN’S 6/F OF THE HONG KONG HOTEL ON

A PRESS CONFERENCE WILL CHORUS IN THE JADE-uOTUS ROOM

FR IDAY (JULY 9) AT 5 PM.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CONFERENCE.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES

BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

FRIDAY, JULY 9, 1982

CONTENTS PaGE NO.

ANTI-SMOKING BILL PUBLISHED ............................... 1

LANDS TRIBUNAL ORDINANCE TO BE AMENDED .................... 4

APRIL RETAIL SALES VALUE................................... 5

MARINE FISH CULTURE ZONES GAZETTED ........................ 8

BETTER CONTROL OF CARGO HANDLING AREAS ................... 10

TWO SITES FOR SALE FOR MIDDLE INCOME HOUSING.............. 11

URBAN COUNCIL (EXTRAORDINARY ELECTIONS) BILL 1982 ........ 11

DEGREE COURSES FOR THE POLYTECHNIC ....................... 12

MORE PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS TO BE BUILT ................... 13

ADDITIONAL RECREATIONAL FACILITIES AT OCEAN PARK ......... 14

SCHOOL UPHOLDS TRADITION AND MEETS TODAY'S NEEDS ......... 14

CHINESE RIVER TRADE CERTIFICATE HOLDER ALLOWED EMPLOYMENT ON BRITISH SHIPS ON RIVER TRADE VOYAGES ..................... 15

SHAM SHUI PO DB MEMBERS TOUR SHA TIN ..................... 15

WONG TAI SIN SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME ...................... 16

FRESH WATER MAINS FOR SHEK WU HUI NEW TOWN................ 16

FRIDAY, JULY 9, 1982

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ANTI-SMOKING BILL PUBLISHED M * * *

DETAILS OF THE GOVERNMENT’S NEWEST PACKAGE OF PROPOSALS TO FURTHER REDUCE THE INCIDENCE OF CIGARETTE SMOKING IN HONG KONG IS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE SMOKING (PUBLIC HEALTH) BILL 1982 PROVIDES FOR RESTRICTIONS ON SMOKING IN PUBLIC AREAS. REQUIREMENTS FOR HEALTH WARNINGS AND TAR GROUP RATINGS IN CIGARETTE PACKAGING AND ADVERTISING AND FOR THE INTRODUCTION OF PENALTIES.

THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, MR GEOFFREY BARNES, SAID THE PACKAGE, TOGETHER WITH OTHER NON-LEGISLATIVE MEASURES ADOPTED BY THE GOVERNMENT, WAS AIMED AT PROTECTING THE HEALTH OF BOTH SMOKERS AND NON-SMOKERS.

THE BILL SEEKS TO PROHIBIT SMOKINGi

* IN NOT LESS THAN 50 PER CENT OF EACH CLASS OF SEATING IN CINEMAS, CONCERT HALLS AND THEATRES;

M IN NOT LESS THAN 50 PER CENT OF EACH CLASS OF SEATING ON FERRIES OPERATING IN HONG KONG;

* IN PUBLIC LIFTS;

* IN ALL SINGLE DECKER ROAD PUBLIC TRANSPORT, EXCEPT TAXIS AND HIRED VEHICLES;

* ON THE LOWER DECK OF DOUBLE DECKER BUSES AND

TRAMS; AND

* IN NOT LESS THAN 50 PER CENT OF EACH CLASS OF SEATS IN THE CARRIAGES OF ANY TRAIN.

THE MANAGEMENT OR AUTHORISED STAFF OF THESE FACILITIES WOULD BE EMPOWERED TO ASK FOR THE NAME, ADDRESS AND PROOF OF IDENTITY OF AN OFFENDER WHO REFUSES TO STOP SMOKING IN A NO-SMOKING AREA. THE OFFENDER WOULD NOT BE ENTITLED TO A REFUND OF ANY ADMISSION CHARGE OR FARE PAID IF HE IS REQUIRED TO LEAVE.

ANY PERSON WHO SMOKES IN A NO-SMOKING AREA WOULD BE LIABLE TO A FINE OF UP TO $1 000. FAILURE TO PROVIDE CORRECT PERSONAL PARTICULARS WHEN REQUIRED WOULD CARRY A FINE OF $3 000.

A MANAGER WHO FAILS TO SET ASIDE A NO-SMOKING AREA IN DESIGNATED PLACES OR TO DISPLAY THE APPROPRIATE SIGNS WOULD BE LIABLE TO A FINE OF $5 000.

THE BILL MAKES IT MANDATORY FOR ALL CIGARETTE PACKETS AND RETAIL CONTAINERS ON SALE IN HONG KONG TO CARRY A GOVERNMENT HEALTH WARNING IN CHINESE AND ENGLISH AS WELL AS THE APPROPRIATE TAR GROUP DESIGNATION.

MR BARNES SAID A SMOKING MACHINE ORDERED BY THE GOVERNMENT HAD JUST ARRIVED. THE AMOUNT OF TAR AND NICOTINE IN EACH BRAND PRODUCT OF CIGARETTE WOULD BE DETERMINED BY THE GOVERNMENT CHEMIST, AND THE TEST RESULTS WOULD BE PUBLISHED TWICE A YEAR IN THE CONSUMER COUNCIL MAGAZINE +CHOICE* AND IN THE PRESS. THE FIRST RESULTS WERE EXPECTED TO APPEAR IN MARCH NEXT YEAR.

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ANY PERSON WHO SELLS OR IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SALE OF CIGARETTES IN PACKAGING WHICH DOES NOT BEAR THE CORRECT HEALTH WARNING AND TAR GROUP RATING WOULD BE LIABLE TO A FINE OF $5 OOO.

UNDER THE BILL IT WILL ALSO BE MANDATORY FOR CIGARETTE ADVERTISEMENTS, WITH CERTAIN EXCEPTIONS, TO CARRY THE HEALTH WARNING AND TAR GROUP RATING.

IN THE CASE OF PUBLICATIONS, THIS REQUIREMENTS WOULD APPLY TO LOCAL NEWSPAPERS OR ANY PRINTED DOCUMENT PUBLISHED OR DISTRIBUTED IN HONG KONG. EXEMPTED WOULD BE LOCAL NEWSPAPERS AND PERIODICALS WHOSE CIRCULATION IS MAINLY OUTSIDE HONG KONG OR THOSE PUBLISHED FOR COMPANIES ENGAGED IN THE TOBACCO TRADE.

MOST OTHER TYPES OF CIGARETTE ADVERTISEMENTS, BOTH INDOOR AND OUTDOOR WOULD BE REQUIRED TO CARRY THE HEALTH WARNING ONLY. THEY INCLUDE FOR EXAMPLE TELEVISION, RADIO AND CINEMA ADVERTISEMENTS, POSTERS, NEON SIGNS AND LIGHTED BOXES OR PANELS AND CIGARETTE ADVERTISEMENTS ON HOARDINGS, BUILDINGS AND PUBLIC TRANSPORT VEHICLES AND STATIONS OR ON THE WALLS OF LIFTS, ESCALATORS AND PEDESTRIAN SUBWAYS.

SPECIFIED CATEGORIES OF EXEMPTIONS WOULD BE PERMITTED WHERE IT WOULD CLEARLY BE UNREASONABLE OR IMPRACTICABLE TO INSIST ON THE DISPLAY OF A HEALTH WARNING, MR BARNES SAID. THESE INCLUDED THE PREMISES AND VEHICLES OF WHOLESALERS AND MANUFACTURERS OF CIGARETTES OR CIGARETTE TOBACCO AND THE PREMISES OF RETAILERS. ALSO EXEMPTED WOULD BE A RANGE OF SMALL ITEMS COMMONLY USED AS PROMOTIONAL AND MERCHANDISING MATERIALS SUCH AS PENS, KEY CHAINS, ASH TRAYS, UMBRELLAS AND CLOTHING, PROVIDED THAT ONLY THE TOBACCO COMPANY’S NAME, LOGO OR BRAND NAME WAS USED. SUCH CASES WOULD NOT BE REGARDED AS CONSTITUTING A CIGARETTE ADVERTISEMENT, NOR WOULD THE USE OF JUST A TRADE OR BRAND NAME IN THE SPONSORING OF AN EVENT.

ANYONE RESPONSIBLE FOR A CIGARETTE ADVERTISEMENT WHICH DOES NOT CARRY THE REQUIRED HEALTH WARNING WOULD BE LIABLE TO A FINE CF $5 000 AND TO A FURTHER PENALTY OF $500 FOR EACH DAY DURING WHICH THE OFFENCE CONTINUES.

THE BILL ENABLES THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, BY ORDER IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE, TO PRESCRIBE THE FORM AND WORDING CF HEALTH WARNINGS, NO-SMOKING NOTICES AND TAR GROUP DESIGNATIONS.

MR BARNES SAID THE INITIAL HEALTH WARNING WOULD BEi *HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HEALTH WARNINGi CIGARETTE SMOKING IS HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH.* HE ADDED THAT THE IMPACT OF THE WARNING WOULD BE REVIEWED PERIODICALLY AND THE WORDING CHANGED AS NECESSARY.

THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY AND OTHERS INVOLVED WOULD BE GIVEN TIME TO COMPLY WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THE NEW LEGISLATION AND IT IS ENVISAGED THAT THE FOLLOWING TIMETABLE, TO BE IMPLEMENTED BY NOTICE IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE, WOULD APPLYt-

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(A) HEALTH WARNINGS AND TAR GROUP DESIGNATIONS!-

- ON CIGARETTE PACKETS AND CONTAINERS 12 MONTHS

- ON CIGARETTE ADVERTISEMENTS IN NEWSPAPERS AND PERIODICALS, ETC. 3 MONTHS

(B) HEALTH WARNINGS ONLY ON CIGARETTE ADVERTISEMENTSi-

- NEON SIGNS 9 MONTHS

- MTR POSTERS AND TRANSPARENCIES 6 MONTHS

- LIGHTED BOXES AND PANELS AND HOARDINGS 6 MONTHS

- KCR CARRIAGE PANELS AND FERRY RAMP ADVERTISING 3 MONTHS

- ALL OTHER ADVERTISEMENTS (INCLUDING TELEVISION, CINEMA, RADIO, PAINTED WALL SIGNS, PILLAR AND SHOP SIGNS) 6 MONTHS

MR BARNES ADDED THAT THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS IN RESPECT OF PUBLIC LIFTS AND PUBLIC TRANSPORT WOULD BE SIX MONTHS AND FOR CINEMAS, THEATRES AND CONCERT HALLS UP TO 12 MONTHS AS ANNUAL LICENCES ARE RENEWED. THE REQUIREMENTS WOULD BE IMPOSED IMMEDIATELY IN RESPECT OF ALL NEW APPLICATIONS FOR LICENCES. THE BILL PROVIDES THE STATUTORY BACKING FOR LICENSING PROCEDURES WHICH HAD ALREADY BEEN INTRODUCED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL AND DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES.

COMMENTING ON OTHER ANTI-SMOKING INITIATIVES BY THE GOVERNMENT, MR BARNES SAID ADMINISTRATIVE MEASURES HAD ALREADY BEEN TAKEN TO PROHIBIT SMOKING IN PREMISES WITHIN THE JURISDICTION CF THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH AND THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION AND IN PUBLIC AREAS OF ALL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS. IN ADDITION, THE DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES HAD WRITTEN TO THE LICENCEES OF FOOD PREMISES ASKING FOR THEIR CO-OPERATION IN ESTABLISHING NO-SMOKING AREAS IN THEIR PREMISES ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS AND ADVISING THEM TO DISPLAY NO-SMOKING SIGNS IN FOOD PREPARATION AREAS SUCH AS KITCHENS, WHERE SMOKING WAS ALREADY PROHIBITED BY LAW.

ON THE PROMOTION OF PUBLIC HEALTH EDUCATION, MR BARNES SAID THE GOVERNMENT PLANNED TO STEP UP ITS PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN WITH THE FOLLOWING AIMS:

- TO PREVENT NON-SMOKERS AND ESPECIALLY YOUNG PEOPLE FROM STARTING TO SMOKE;

- TO PERSUADE SMOKERS TO STOP SMOKING;

- TO PUBLICISE THE GOVERNMENT HEALTH WARNING;

- TO CONTINUE TO PRESS HOME THE MESSAGE FOR SMOKERS TO *BE CONSIDERATE TO NON-SMOKERS*; AND

- TO ENCOURAGE OPERATORS OF PUBLIC FACILITIES TO SUPPORT SMOKING RESTRICTIONS ON THEIR PREMISES.

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THESE AIMS WILL BE ACHIEVED MAINLY THROUGH THE USE OF POSTERS, STICKERS AND ADVERTISEMENTS ON TELEVISION AND IN CINEMAS. MR BARNES ADDED THAT ADDITIONAL ANTI-SMOKING TEACHING KITS HAD BEEN PREPARED FOR DISTRIBUTION TO SCHOOLS AND THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONTINUE TO PROMOTE ANTl-SMOKI NG ACTIV IT IES SUCH AS WORKSHOPS, HEALTH WEEKS, TALKS AND EXHIBITIONS.

AS ALREADY ANNOUNCED RECENTLY BY THE TELEVISION AUTHORITY, THE CODE OF PRACTICE RELATING TO TOBACCO ADVERTISING ON TELEVISION WAS UNDER REVIEW AND TIGHTER CONTROLS ON THE CONTENT OF SUCH ADVERTISEMENTS WERE EXPECTED TO BE INTRODUCED EARLY NEXT YEAR. THE AUTHORITY IS ALSO CONSIDERING AN EXTENSION OF THE HOURS DURING WHICH CIGARETTE ADVERTISING ON TELEVISION IS BANNED AT PRESENT.

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LANDS TRIBUNAL ORDINANCE TO BE AMENDED * * * * *

TODAY’S (FRIDAY) ISSUE OF THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE CONTAINS A BILL TO AMEND THE LANDS TRIBUNAL ORDINANCE.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THIS BILL WAS A FURTHER MOVE TOWARDS IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATION BY LAST YEAR’S COMMITTEE OF REVIEW THAT THE LANDS TRIBUNAL SHOULD BECOME THE JUDICIAL BODY FOR PROCEEDINGS UNDER THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) ORDINANCE.

THE TRIBUNAL HAS ALREADY ASSUMED JURISDICTION IN RESPECT OF PRE-WAR PREMISES SUBJECT TO PART I OF THE ORDINANCE, AND BOTH PRE- AND POST-WAR DOMESTIC PREMISES EXCLUDED FROM PARTS I AND II WHICH ARE SUBJECT TO PART IV OF THE ORDINANCE. THE BILL PUBLISHED TODAY WILL, IF ENACTED, ENABLE THE LANDS TRIBUNAL TO DEAL MORE EFFECTIVELY WITH ITS ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES UNDER THE ORDINANCE. THE MAIN PROVISIONS ARE FOR THE APPOINTMENT CF A SUPREME COURT JUDGE AS PRESIDENT OF THE TRIBUNAL, AND FOR THE PRESIDENT TO GIVE DIRECTIONS AIMED AT ACHIEVING AS GREAT A DEGREE OF INFORMALITY AS POSSIBLE IN PROCEEDINGS BEFORE THE TRIBUNAL.

SUBJECT TO ENACTMENT OF THE BILL IT IS INTENDED THAT THE TRIBUNAL SHALL ASSUME JURISDICTION UNDER PART II OF THE LANDLORD AND TENANT ORDINANCE LATER THIS YEAR.

PART II CONTROLS RENTS AND SECURITY OF TENURE OF PROTECTED POST-WAR DOMESTIC PREMISES, AND POSSESSION CASES UNDER THIS PART, WHICH ARE AT PRESENT DEALT WITH IN THE DISTRICT COURT, WILL THUS FORM THE BULK OF THE TRIBUNAL’S LANDLORD AND TENANT WORK.

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APRIL RETAIL SALES VALUE

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THE VALUE OF RETAIL SALES FOR THE RETAIL SECTOR IN APRIL 1982 WAS ESTIMATED TO BE S3 797 MILLION, ACCORDING TO THE PROVISIONAL SURVEY RESULTS PROVIDED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

AT 112, THE OVERALL RETAIL SALES VALUE INDEX FOR APRIL 1982 SHOWED AN INCREASE OF FOUR POINTS OR FOUR PER CENT AS COMPARED WITH APRIL 1981 AND A DECREASE OF 10 POINTS OR EIGHT PER CENT AS COMPARED WITH MARCH 1982.

THE OVERALL RETAIL SALES VOLUME INDEX FOR APRIL 1982 STOOD AT 95, BEING FOUR POINTS OR FOUR PER CENT LOWER THAN THAT FOR APRIL 1981 AND NINE POINTS OR NINE PER CENT LOWER THAN THAT FOR MARCH 1982.

COMPARED WITH MARCH 1982, THE RETAIL SALES VALUE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO IN APRIL 1982 REMAINED THE SAME, BUT THE INDEXES FOR THE OTHER MAJOR TRADE GROUPS AND SELECTED TRADES DECLINED. THE RETAIL SALES VOLUME INDEXES FOR

FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO, AND SUPERMARKETS IN APRIL 1982 STOOD AT THE SAME LEVELS AS IN MARCH 1982. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION IN THE RETAIL SALES VOLUME INDEXES WAS FOUND IN MOTOR VEHICLES (DOWN BY 18 POINTS OR 19 PER CENT), FOLLOWED BY CONSUMER DURABLES (BY 15 POINTS OR 13 PER CENT), CONSUMER GOODS (BY 12 POINTS OR 11 PER CENT) AND CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS (BY 10 POINTS OR 10 PER CENT).

COMPARED WITH APRIL 1981, THE RETAIL SALES OF FUELS, SUPERMARKETS AND CONSUMER GOODS INCREASED IN VOLUME TERMS BY 19 PER CENT, FOUR PER CENT AND TWO PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. WHILE THE RETAIL SALES VOLUME INDEX FOR DEPARTMENT STORES REMAINED UNCHANGED, THOSE FOR FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO DECREASED SIGNIFICANTLY BY 17 POINTS OR 17 PER CENT, FOLLOWED BY CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS BY 16 POINTS OR 15 PER CENT, AND MOTOR VEHICLES BY 11 POINTS OR 13 PER CENT.

TABLES 1 AND 2 PRESENT THE REVISED AND PROVISIONAL FIGURES OF TOTAL RETAIL SALES AND THE RETAIL SALES VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES BY SELECTED TRADES AND MAJOR TRADE GROUPS IN MARCH AND APRIL 1982, WITH THE AVERAGE MONTHLY RETAIL SALES IN 1900 TAKEN AS 100. A COMPARISON OF THE APRIL RESULTS WITH THOSE OF THE PRECEDING MONTH AND OF THE CORRESPONDING MONTH IN 1981 IS ALSO bHOwNe

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compared March with 1982

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trades (II) by major trade groups  gon Foodstuffs, #§ ® Tk alcoholic drinks 122 V ■ ■ < 112 - •> • ' > - 10 - 8 * 4

and tobacco 106 106 ffi |Rjsamef§lRbame - 7 - 6

Fuels <JCW s Clothing, footwear x and allied 146 1<*3 - 3 - 2 + 23 * 19

products u 120 111 - 9 - 8 w 2 - 2

OR Consumer goods 12U 111 - 13 - 10 ♦ 9 9

Jiff ffl ® Consumer durables 1=3 Tj. nn (III) by selected trades Maw 129 t * 112 - 17 - 13 + 1 - 3 ♦ 1 - 8

Motor vehicles 110 90 - 20 - 18

Department stores 102 97 - 5 - 5 ♦ 6 4 7

Supermarkets 1*7 146 - 1 - 1 ♦ 20 ♦ 16

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Table 2 : Volume indexes of retail sales for  M.arch and April 1982_ ( -____________________________________?IIIi )

(Monthly average of 1980 « 100)

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FRIDAY, JULY 9, 1982

8

MARINE FISH CULTURE ZONES GAZETTED

* * * *

TWENTY-FOUR AREAS IN HONG KONG WATERS WERE DESIGNATED AS FISH CULTURE ZONES IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

THEY WERE DESIGNATED UNDER THE MARINE FISH CULTURE ORDINANCE, WHICH IS DESIGNED TO REGULATE AND PROTECT THE MARINE FISH CULTURE (MARICULTURE) INDUSTRY.

THE DESIGNATED ZONES ARE AT SHA TAU KOK, AP CHAU, KAT 0, 0 PUI TONG, SAI LAU KONG, WONG WAN, TAP MUN, KAU LAU WAN, SHAM WAN, LO FU WAT, YUNG SHUE AU, LEUNG SHUEN WAN, TAI TAU CHAU, TIU CHAM WAN, KAI LUNG WAN, KAU SAI, MA NAM WAT, PO TOI 0, TIN HA WAN, PO TOI, SOK KWU WAN, LO TIK WAN, TAI A CHAU AND MA WAN.

UNDER THE ORDINANCE, NO PERSON WILL BE PERMITTED TO CULTURE MARINE FISH OUTSIDE THE ZONES. AND IN THE ZONES FISH WILL BE CULTURED ONLY UNDER LICENCE ISSUED BY THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES. THE ORDINANCE ALSO PROVIDES FOR PENALTIES RANGING FROM $5 000 TO $20 000 FOR ANYONE WHO CAUSES POLLUTION TO FISH ZONES, INTERFERES WITH FISH OR RAFTS IN A ZONE OR FOR THE UNAUTHORISED ENTRY INTO ZONES BY VESSELS EXCEPT IN EMERGENCIES.

DURING APRIL AND MAY THIS YEAR, THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF MARICULTURE OPERATIONS TO ASCERTAIN THE CURRENT SIZE AND LOCATIONS OF FISH RAFTS. ANY NEW OPERATIONS CR EXTENSIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR LICENSING UNTIL THE SURVEYED OPERATIONS HAVE BEEN DEALT WITH.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT SAID THERE WERE SUFFICIENT SITES WITHIN' THE 24 GAZETTED ZONES TO ACCOMMODATE ALL EXISTING FISH FARMERS WHO WISH TO CONTINUE THEIR OPERATIONS.

FISH FARMERS COVERED IN THE SURVEY WILL HAVE A GRACE PERIOD OF NINE MONTHS TO OBTAIN A LICENCE AND MOVE THEIR RAFTS INTO AN ALLOCATED ZONE. THE ALLOCATION TO ZONES WILL BE MADE BY BALLOT IN AN ORDER OF PRIORITY. FISH FARMERS SHOULD NOT MOVE INTO THE DESIGNATED ZONES UNTIL THEY HAVE BEEN DIRECTED TO DO SO BY THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES. THE SURVEYED FISH FARMERS WILL ALSO BE ELIGIBLE FOR EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCES TO ASSIST THEM TO RELOCATE THEIR RAFTS OR TO WIND-UP THEIR OPERATIONS. NEW OPERATIONS OR EXTENSIONS WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR ANY ALLOWANCE.

DETAILED PLANS OF THE ZONES ARE AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION AT THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, ITS FISHERIES OFFICES AND DISTRICT OFFICES AND CITY DISTRICT OFFICES.

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FRIDAY, JULY 9, 1982

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BETTER CONTROL OF CARGO HANDLING AREAS OHM

PLANS TO IMPROVE CARGO HANDLING OPERATIONS IN HONG KONG WILL BE PUT TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL NEXT WEDNESDAY (JULY 14).

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT FOLLOWING A REVIEW OF THE OPERATIONS AT PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREAS AND PUBLIC WATERFRONTS, IT WAS FOUND THAT WHILE CONTROL MEASURES INTRODUCED IN 1974 HAD BROUGHT A DEGREE OF ORDER TO A PREVIOUSLY CHAOTIC SITUATION, CERTAIN PROBLEMS REMAINED.

GOODS DELIVERED TO THE WATERFRONT ARE OFTEN LEFT UNATTENDED IF THE VESSEL OR VEHICLE ENGAGED TO CARRY THE GOODS IS NOT ALREADY THERE TO RECEIVE THEM, AND THE INCREASING VOLUME OF SUCH GOODS IS BEGINNING TO HAMPER CARGO HANDLING ACTIVITIES.

THE PORT CONTROL (CARGO WORKING AREAS) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 SEEKS TO EMPOWER THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE TO SEIZE IN SITU ANY GOODS WHICH HE IS SATISFIED HAVE BEEN LEFT UNATTENDED IN A PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREA OR PUBLIC WATERFRONT. THE GOODS WOULD BE SUBJECT TO CLAIM BY THE OWNER ON PAYMENT OF CERTAIN FEES AND HANDLING CHARGES WITHIN 14 DAYS, AFTER WHICH THE GOODS MAY BE SOLD OR OTHERWISE DISPOSED OF.

ANY PERSON WHO INTERFERES WITH OR REMOVES ANY CARGO OR CARGO CONTAINER SEIZED WOULD BE LIABLE TO A FINE OF $20 000 AND TO IMPRISONMENT FOR ONE YEAR.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID WHERE THERE WAS A NEED TO DEPOSIT CARGO AT A PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREA OR PUBLIC WATERFRONT FOR A CERTAIN PERIOD OF TIME, THE OWNER COULD APPLY TO THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE FOR A PERMIT AT THE PRESCRIBED FEE.

THE BILL PROVIDES THE POWER FOR THE DIRECTOR OR A SUPERVISOR TO OBTAIN THE NAME AND ADDRESS OF DRIVERS AND PERSONS IN CHARGE CF VESSELS INVOLVED IN A SUSPECTED OFFENCE UNDER THE ORDINANCE OR REGULATIONS. FAILURE TO PROVIDE THIS INFORMATION WOULD RENDER A PERSON LIABLE TO A FINE OF *5 000. IT IS ALSO PROPOSED THAT THE EXISTING PENALTY FOR AN OFFENCE UNDER THE REGULATIONS SHOULD BE RAISED FROM A FINE OF $5 000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR SIX MONTHS TO A FINE OF S20 000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR ONE YEAR.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID A VARIETY OF OTHER PROBLEMS IDENTIFIED IN THE REVIEW, SUCH AS THE UNSATISFACTORY UTILISATION OF BERTHS, WOULD BE DEALT WITH BY PROPOSED NEW REGULATIONS WHICH WOULD BE INTRODUCED AFTER THE BILL HAS BEEN APPROVED.

ONE OF THESE REGULATIONS WILL EMPOWER THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE TO SET ASIDE SPECIAL AREAS WITHIN A PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREA OR PUBLIC WATERFRONT AND TO SPECIFY THE TYPE OF HANDLING MACHINERY AND MODE OF OPERATION FOR THE HANDLING OF CEMENT AND LIME AND OTHER OBNOXIOUS CARGO.

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11 -

TWO SITES FOR SALE FOR MIDDLE INCOME HOUSING *****

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS OFFERING FOR SALE BY TENDER TWO SITES IN CHAI WAN FOR DEVELOPMENT OF MIDDLE INCOME HOUSING UNDER THE PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION SCHEME.

THE LARGER SITE, LOCATED TO THE NORTH OF THE JUNCTION OF HONG MAN STREET AND LEE CHUNG STREET, COVERS AN AREA OF ABOUT 2.244 HECTARES.

UNDER THE DEVELOPMENT CONDITIONS, THE DEVELOPER IS REQUIRED TO BUILD NOT LESS THAN 2 1OO FLATS WITH SIZES RANGING IN COVERED AREA FROM 45 SQUARE METRES TO 75 SQUARE METRES, AND MAY ALSO PROVIDE UP TO 2 910 SQUARE METRES OF COMMERCIAL ACCOMMODATION.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE THE PROVISION OF A FOUR-CLASSROOM KINDERGARTEN AND LANDSCAPED OPEN SPACE AND CHILDREN’S PLAY AREAS CF ABOUT 7 400 SQUARE METRES.

THE SECOND SITE, SITUATED AT THE JUNCTION OF CHAI WAN ROAD AND LOK MAN STREET, HAS AN AREA OF ABOUT 10 400 SQUARE METRES.

UNDER THE DEVELOPMENT CONDITIONS OF THIS SITE, THE SUCCESSFUL TENDERER IS REQUIRED TO BUILD AT LEAST 496 FLATS. THE SIZE OF WHICH WILL RANGE FROM 50 SQUARE METRES TO 80 SQUARE METRES.

HE MAY ALSO BUILD NOT MORE THAN 500 SQUARE METRES OF COMMERCIAL SPACE AND HAS TO PROVIDE A CHILDREN’S PLAY AREA INCORPORATED INTO A LANDSCAPED OPEN SPACE AREA OF ABOUT 1 340 SQUARE METRES.

CLOSING DATE FOR TENDERS FOR BOTH SITES WILL BE NOON ON AUGUST 27.

TENDER FORMS, TOGETHER WITH NOTICES AND CONDITIONS OF SALE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, 5TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG, AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES CF SHA TIN, TAI PO NORTH, YUEN LONG, TUEN MUN, TSUEN WAN, SAI KUNG AND ISLANDS.

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URBAN COUNCIL (EXTRAORDINARY ELECTIONS) BILL 1982 * * * *

A PROPOSAL TO DISPENSE WITH THE NEED TO HOLD ANY EXTRAORDINARY ELECTIONS TO THE URBAN COUNCIL FOR THE REMAINDER OF THIS YEAR IS CONTAINED IN AN URBAN COUNCIL (EXTRAORDINARY ELECTIONS) BILL 1982 PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE PROPOSAL IS MADE TO AVOID CONFUSING SUCH ELECTIONS WITH THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS IN SEPTEMBER WHICH ARE BASED ON A DIFFERENT ELECTORAL SYSTEM.

IF THE BILL IS PASSED, THE VACANCY IN THE COUNCIL ARISING FROM THE DEATH OF MR AMBROSE CHOI KWOK-CHING WILL NOT BE FILLED UNTIL NEXT MARCH WHEN THE URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS BASED ON CONSTITUENCIES AND A BROAD FRANCHISE WILL BE HELD.

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FRIDAY, JULY 9, 1982

12

DEGREE COURSES FOR THE POLYTECHNIC

*****

THE GOVERNMENT HAS APPROVED THE INTRODUCTION OF DEGREE COURSES AT THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC.

INITIALLY DEGREE COURSES IN A TOTAL OF FOUR SUBJECTS WILL BE OFFERED BY THE POLYTECHNIC WITH EFFECT FROM SEPTEMBER 1983.

THEY ARE:-

A) BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK DEGREE 5

B) BACHELOR OF ARTS (HONOURS) DEGREE IN COMPUTING STUDIES;

C) BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) DEGREE OR BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN APPLIED SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS; AND

D) BACHELOR OF ENGINEERING (HONOURS) DEGREE IN ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE DEGREE COURSES AROSE FROM THE 1978 WHITE PAPER ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF SENIOR SECONDARY AND TERTIARY EDUCATION WHICH STATED THAT THE POLYTECHNIC WOULD BE INVITED TO ADVISE WHETHER A LIMITED DEGREE PROGRAMME WOULD BE A DESIRABLE DEVELOPMENT AND, IF SO, TO PREPARE PROPOSALS. THE WHITE PAPER ALSO STATED THAT THE PROPOSALS WOULD BE CONSIDERED BY THE UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNIC GRANTS COMMITTEE BEFORE FINAL DECISIONS WERE TAKEN BY THE GOVERNMENT.

THE UPGC SUBSEQUENTLY ASKED THE POLYTECHNIC TO PREPARE DETAILED PROPOSALS AND UPON THEIR RECEIPT, APPOINTED THE COUNCIL FOR NATIONAL ACADEMIC AWARDS TO MAKE AN ASSESSMENT.

THE CNAA MADE ITS ASSESSMENT VISITS TO HONG KONG LAST NOVEMBER AND AFTER CONDUCTING AN INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW, SUBMITTED ITS REPORT TO THE UPGC IN FEBRUARY.

THE GOVERNMENT HAS ACCEPTED THE CNAA’S ADVICE, SUPPORTED BY THE UPGC, THAT THE POLYTECHNIC CAN MEET THE STIPULATED REQUIREMENTS FOR THE FOUR COURSES. THEIR INTRODUCTION HAS BEEN AGREED ON THE UNDERSTANDING THAT THIS APPROVAL WILL LAPSE AUTOMATICALLY AFTER SIX YEARS UNLESS THE COURSES ARE REVALIDATED, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE NORMAL PRACTICE OF THE CNAA, WHO WILL CARRY OUT THE EXERCISE.

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FRIDAY, JULY 9, 1982

13

MORE PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS TO BE BUILT * * * *

THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION, MR KENNETH TOPLEY, DISCLOSED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS BUILDING 12 ADDITIONAL PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS AT A COST OF $200 MILLION AS A RESULT OF THEIR SUCCESS.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE FOURTH ANNUAL SPEECH DAY OF THE CHINESE MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOL.

♦THESE NEW PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS ARE LOCATED MAINLY IN THE NEW TOWNS AND WILL BE OPENED IN THE 1984/85 ACADEMIC YEAR, WHEN THEY WILL DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF FORM 1 PREVOCATIONAL PLACES,♦ TOPLEY SAID.

HE SAID THE POPULARITY OF PREVOCATIONAL EDUCATION HAD BEEN PROVEN BY THE FACT THAT OVER 10 000 PRIMARY 6 PUPILS EACH YEAR COMPETE FOR LESS THAN 3 000 FORM 1 PLACES IN THE 13 EXISTING SCHOOLS.

♦PREVOCATIONAL EDUCATION IS A FORM OF SECONDARY EDUCATION WHICH PROVIDES PUPILS WITH A SOLID BASIS OF GENERAL KNOWLEDGE AND AN INTRODUCTION TO BROADLY-BASED TECHNICAL SKILLS.

♦THE AMOUNT OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION IN THE CURRICULUM IS MORE THAN THAT FOUND IN GRAMMAR OR TECHNICAL SCHOOLS AND IS GEARED TO THE NEEDS AND DEVELOPMENT OF LOCAL INDUSTRY,+ HE EXPLAINED.

MR TOPLEY TOLD THE GRADUATING STUDENTS THAT THEIR EDUCATION HAD PROVIDED THEM WITH A FIRM FOUNDATION FOR THE FUTURE AND REMINDED THEM THAT THEIR EDUCATION WOULD NEVER REALLY END.

♦WHETHER YOU ARE PURSUING SPECIALISED VOCATIONAL TRAINING OR CONTINUING YOUR STUDIES IN FORM 4 IN YOUR OWN, OR ANOTHER SCHOOL, YOU WILL ALWAYS GO ON LEARNING,* HE SAID.

HE PAID TRIBUTE TO THE CHINESE MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION FOR ITS SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY. IN 1956, THE ASSOCIATION CONTRIBUTED $1 MILLION TOWARDS THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL COLLEGE, NOW KNOWN AS THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, AND SINCE 1964 IT HAS BEEN OFFERING SCHOLARSHIPS TO PUPILS IN BOTH TECHNICAL AND PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS.

THE ASSOCIATION HAS ALSO AGREED TO SPONSOR ANOTHER PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOL IN TUEN MUN, SCHEDULED TO OPEN IN SEPTEMBER 1984.

FRIDAY, JULY 9, 1982

14

ADDITIONAL RECREATIONAL FACILITIES AT OCEAN PARK

* * M

THE GOVERNMENT HAS APPROVED PROPOSALS OF OCEAN PARK LIMITED TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR THE COMMUNITY.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE AIM WAS TO HELP THE PARK TO REMAIN FINANCIALLY VIABLE WHILE GREATLY EXPANDING AND IMPROVING THE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES.

IN ORDER TO MAKE THIS POSSIBLE, HE SAID, THE EXISTING CONDITIONS OF GRANT HAD NOW BEEN MODIFIED TO PERMIT SOME COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT WITHIN THE PARK AND THE GOVERNMENT HAD ALSO APPROVED A PRIVATE TREATY GRANT OF AN EXTENSION TO THE EXISTING OCEAN PARK SITE AT NIL PREMIUM.

HOWEVER, HE STRESSED THAT ALTHOUGH THESE FACILITIES INCLUDED AMUSEMENTS AND SHOWS IT WAS NOT THE INTENTION TO TURN THE AREA INTO A FULL-SCALE AMUSEMENT PARK BUT TO KEEP IT ESSENTIALLY A PUBLIC AMENITY.

THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB HAS AGREED TO PROVIDE FUNDS FOR THE WHOLE PROJECT INCLUDING THE BUILDING ON THE EXTENSION AREA OF A SECOND ENTRANCE TO THE PARK WITH ACCESS ROAD AND A CRAFT VILLAGE OF ABOUT 40 SHOPS WHICH OCEAN PARK WILL LET BY COMPETITIVE TENDER.

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SCHOOL UPHOLDS TRADITION AND MEETS TODAY’S NEEDS * * * *

SACRED HEART CANOSSIAN COLLEGE MAY HAVE MOVED TO NEW AND MODERN PREMISES BUT STUDENTS WILL CONTINUE TO BE TAUGHT TO RESPECT TRADITIONAL VALUES, MR COLVYN HAYE, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE SCHOOL’S NEW PREMISES IN POKFULAM AND ANNUAL SPEECH DAY, MR HAYE SAID STUDENTS WERE TAUGHT TO RESPECT THEIR FAMILIES, THEIR TEACHERS, THEIR SCHOOL AND SOCIETY.

♦TRADITION IS HARD EARNED AND THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR EXPERIENCE. THERE IS MUCH TO LEARN FROM THE HISTORY OF THIS SCHOOL AND FROM THE EXAMPLE OF THOSE WHO ESTABLISHED IT,+ HE SAID.

SACRED HEART CANOSSIAN COLLEGE WAS FOUNDED IN I860 WITH ONLY 40 GIRLS. THE SCHOOL NOW HAS OVER 1 300 STUDENTS.

♦THE SCHOOL IS OVER 100 YEARS OLD, AND THIS IS VERY SPECIAL BECAUSE WE ARE A COMPARATIVELY YOUNG SOCIETY AND 100 YEARS COVER THE BEST PART OF OUR HISTORY.

♦ IT HAS GROWN WITH HONG KONG AND HAS PROVED THAT IT CAN ADAPT TO ADVANCES AND TO CHANGE, AND HAS UPDATED ITS TEACHING METHODS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF A CHANGING SOCIETY AND THE DEMANDS OF STUDENTS,* MR HAYE SAID.

NEW SCHOOLS LOOK TO OLDER SCHOOLS FOR INSPIRATION AND GUIDANCE, AND IN THIS RESPECT SACRED HEART CANOSSIAN COLLEGE IS A SHINING EXAMPLE FOR ANY NEW SCHOOLS NOW AND IN FUTURE, HE ADDED.

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CHINESE RIVER TRADE CERTIFICATE HOLDER ALLOWED EMPLOYMENT ON BRITISH SHIPS ON RIVER TRADE VOYAGES

* * * *

CHINESE RESIDENTS WHO HOLD RIVER TRADE CERTIFICATES QUALIFYING THEM AS MASTER, CHIEF OFFICER OR CHIEF ENGINEER WILL NOT BE DEBARRED FROM OBTAINING EMPLOYMENT ON BRITISH SHIPS ON RIVER TRADE VOYAGES.

AN AMENDMENT IS PROPOSED TO THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (ALIENS EMPLOYMENT) ORDINANCE TO EXCLUDE CHINESE RESIDENT SEAMEN FROM A PROHIBITION AGAINST EMPLOYMENT OF ALIENS ON BRITISH SHIPS OF OVER 60 NET REGISTERED TONNAGE.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT CHINESE RESIDENTS CAN AT PRESENT SIT FOR EXAMINATIONS IN HONG KONG LEADING TO THE RIVER TRADE CERTIFICATES.

LIFTING OF THE EMPLOYMENT PROHIBITION WILL ENABLE OWNERS OF SHIPS IN THE RIVER TRADE TO HAVE A WIDER CHOICE OF QUALIFIED PERSONS FOR SENIOR POSTS ON THEIR SHIPS AND ENABLE CHINESE RESIDENT SEAMEN TO IMPROVE THEIR CAREER PROSPECTS.

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SHAM SHU I PO DB MEMBERS TOUR SHA TIN * * * *

FOURTEEN MEMBERS OF THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD PAID A HALF-DAY VISIT TO SHA TIN TODAY (FRIDAY) TO SEE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DENSELY POPULATED URBAN DISTRICT AND A FAST DEVELOPING NEW TOWN.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICER, DR PATRICK HASE, AND ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR AUGUSTINE CHENG, THE MEMBERS FIRST WENT TO A VANTAGE POINT FOR A PANORAMIC VIEW AND A BRIEFING ON THE GENERAL DEVELOPMENT OF SHA TIN NEW TOWN WHICH IS DESIGNED TO ACCOMMODATE 870 000 PEOPLE IN 1990.

THE PARTY THEN PROCEEDED TO TSOK POK HANG VILLAGE AND FUI YUI HA VILLAGE WHERE THE VILLAGERS HAVE BEEN REHOUSED TO MAKE WAY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE POK HANG PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE.

AT TSANG TAI UK, THE BEST PRESERVED WALLED VILLAGE IN HONG KONG, THE DB MEMBERS TALKED TO SOME INDIGENOUS RESIDENTS OF SHA TIN AND WERE VERY INTERESTED IN THE HISTORY OF THE VILLAGE.

THE GROUP LATER VISITED DIFFERENT KINDS OF PUBLIC HOUSING IN THE DISTRICT, NAMELY THE YUEN CHAU KOK TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA, THE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME SHUI WO COURT AND WO CHE PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE.

DR HASE TOLD THE VISITORS THAT THE GOVERNMENT PLANNED TO ACCOMMODATE 60 PER CENT OF THE SHA TIN POPULATION IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES BY THE END OF THE DECADE.

THE PARTY ALSO TOURED THE FO TAN INDUSTRIAL AREA AND THE +TZE TONG* IN TAI WAI.

FRIDAY, JULY 9, 1982

16

WONG TAI SIN SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME

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TO MARK THE BEGINNING OF THE WONG TAI SIN SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES THIS YEAR, AN OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT THE OPEN AIR THEATRE IN MORSE PARK AT 5 PM ON SUNDAY (JULY 11).

THE WONG TAI SIN CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER, MR IAN STRACHAN AND THE EAST KOWLOON REGIONAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER, MR FUNG KA-CHING WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

A VARIETY SHOW INCLUDING SINGING, FOLK DANCE, BALLET AND RTV PROGRAMMES WILL FOLLOW.

THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT YOUTH RECREATION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, WHICH PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN IMPLEMENTING ALL THE YOUTH PROGRAMMES IN THE DISTRICT, HAS ORGANISED A SERIES OF YOUTH PROGRAMMES THIS SUMMER.

AND TO ENHANCE THE ACTIVITIES AND PROMOTE PUBLICITY IN THE DISTRICT, THE COMMITTEE HAS SET UP FOUR SUB-COMMITTEES ONE IN EACH OF THE FOUR SUB-DISTRICTS, NAMELY THE EAST, SOUTH, WEST AND NORTH SUB-DISTRICTS.

EACH SUB-DISTRICT WILL ORGANISE ITS OWN ACTIVITIES IN SUPPORT OF THE EVENT. THEY WILL COMPRISE CHILDREN DRAWING COMPETITION, SLIDE SHOWS, VOLUNTEER TRAINING CAMP, PHOTOTAKING COMPETITION, FOLK DANCE, FAMILY PICNIC AND CHILDREN GAMES DAY.

THERE ARE ALSO VARIOUS SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMES ORGANISED BY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, SCHOOLS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES IN THE DISTRICT.

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FRESH WATER MAINS FOR SHEK WU HUI NEW TOWN *****

THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE LAYING OF ABOUT 750 METRES OF FRESH WATER MAINS RANGING FROM 150 MM TO 800 MM IN DIAMETER AT WO HOP SHEK INTERCHANGE IN THE FANLING/SHEK WU HUI NEW TOWN.

THE PROJECT IS AIMED AT INCREASING THE CAPACITY OF THE EXISTING WATER SUPPLY TO KWUN TUNG AND THE NEW TOWN.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO COMMENCE IN AUGUST AND WILL TAKE ABOUT SIX MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, JULY 10, 1982

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SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME FOR 95 000 LAUNCHED................ 1

FUNFAIR FOR 7 000 STUDENTS................................ 1

TECHNICAL TEACHER TRAINING FOR FORM V LEAVERS ............ 2

CERTIFICATES FOR 30 IN INSTITUTE'S FIRST CHILD CARE COURSE .. 2

JINGLE TO REMIND PICNICKERS OF COUNTRY-PARK CODE ......... 3

VOLUNTEERS OFFER GREAT HELP TO PROBATIONERS .............. 4

ROAD CLOSURE IN LUNG HOM AND THEN MUN .................... 4

MAJOR ROAD PROJECT FOR FANLING............................ 5

NORTH POINT TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ...................  • • • 5

SEA TIN COOKED FOOD STALLS AND MARKET STALLS FOR AUCTION .... 6

DIRECT-DIALING-IN FACILITIES FOR PROSECUTIONS DIVISION ... 6

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN SEA TIN ........................ 6

FIRING PRACTICE IN HA TSUEN-CaSTLE PEAK RANGE ............ 7

WATER CUTS IN MID-LEVELS AND FANLING ..................... 7

SATURDAY, JULY 10, 1982

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SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME FOR 95 000 LAUNCHED * * *

THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME IN FIVE DISTRICTS WAS LAUNCHED TODAY, OFFERING SOME 850 ITEMS OF OUTDOOR AND INDOOR ACTIVITIES FOR ABOUT 95 000 PARTICIPANTS.

SEPARATE CEREMONIES WERE HELD IN SHA TIN, TAI PO, TUEN MUN, ISLANDS DISTRICT AND THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT ON HONG KONG ISLAND TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE TWO-MONTH PROGRAMME.

THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR THAT THE ANNUAL EVENT IS BEING CO-ORDINATED BY THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, WITH EACH OF THE CNTA’S 18 DISTRICTS ORGANISING ITS OWN PROGRAMME.

COINCIDING WITH THE SUMMER SCHOOL HOLIDAYS. THE PROGRAMME CONSISTS OF A WIDE RANGE OF ATHLETIC AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING TRAINING COURSES, SPORTS COMPETITIONS, CAMPING, SEMINARS AND VISITS.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY IN SHA TIN TODAY, THE DISTRICT OFFICER, DR PATRICK HASE, STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING SUFFICIENT LOCAL RECREATIONAL FACILITIES AS THE PROPORTION OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE POPULATION WAS FAIRLY HIGH.

THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICER, MR RICKY FUNG, SAIDi +THE MEANINGFUL ACTIVITIES WILL HELP THE YOUNG PEOPLE TO KNOW THE COMMUNITY BETTER, ENCOURAGE THEM TO SERVE THEIR NEIGHBOURS, AND CULTIVATE A SENSE OF BELONGING.*

THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFIC, MR NICKY LO, THANKED THE DISTRICT YOUTH RECREATION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE AND LOCAL LEADERS WHO HAD CONTRIBUTED THEIR TIME, MONEY AND EFFORT TO THE PROGRAMME.

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FUNFAIR FOR 7 000 STUDENTS * * *

A FUNFAIR AIMED AT ENCOURAGING STUDENTS TO PUT THEIR LEISURE TIME TO GOOD USE WILL BE HELD AT THE TONG MEI ROAD GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOL TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

THE FAIR IS EXPECTED TO ATTRACT MORE THAN 7 000 STUDENTS STUDYING IN WESTERN KOWLOON AND WILL FEATURE GAME STALLS, A DEMONSTRATION OF ART AND CRAFT HANDIWORK, AND AN EXHIBITION OF WINNING ENTRIES OF A DRAWING AND BOOK MARK DESIGN COMPETITION HELD IN THE DISTRICT RECENTLY.

OFFICERS FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL BE ON HAND TO GIVE ADVICE TO PARENTS WHO HAVE PROBLEMS IN TEACHING THEIR CHILDREN.

THE FUNFAIR IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE STUDENTS GUIDANCE SECTION (KOWLOON WEST) OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, FRIENDS OF SCOUTING ORGANISATION, POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICE (SHAM SHIU PO), HONG KONG CHRISTIAN SERVICE, MONG KOK KAIFONG ASSOCIATION, CHAN HING SOCIAL SERVICE CENTRE, URBAN COUNCIL LIBRARY AND BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ CLUBS ASSOCIATION.

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SATURDAY, JULY 10, 1982

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TECHNICAL TEACHER TRAINING FOR FORM V LEAVERS

* * * *

THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE IS OFFERING A THREE-YEAR FULL-TIME COURSE FROM SEPTEMBER FOR YOUNG PEOPLE INTENDING TO TAKE UP TEACHING AS THEIR CAREER.

THE COURSE IS DESIGNED TO TRAIN FORM V SCHOOL-LEAVERS TO BECOME TEACHERS IN +DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY* OR COMMERCIAL SUBJECTS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

THE CURRICULUM INCLUDES THEORY OF EDUCATION, EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, TEACHING METHODOLOGY, TEACHING PRACTICE. AND FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF SUBJECT MATTER RELATED TO +DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY* OR COMMERCIAL STUDIES.

TO GRADUATE, STUDENTS ARE REQUESTED TO PASS ALL COURSE WORK, INCLUDING EXAMINATIONS AND TEACHING PRACTICE IN SCHOOLS.

FINANCIAL AID MAY BE OBTAINED FOR PRE-SERVICE TRAINING.

APPLICATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE AT 373 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG.

COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE COLLEGE ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 17.

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CERTIFICATES FOR 30 IN INSTITUTE’S FIRST CHILD CARE COURSE * * * *

THIRTY GRADUATES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL STUDIES AT THE LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE WILL RECEIVE THEIR CERTIFICATES IN CHILD CARE ON MONDAY (JULY 12), AFTER COMPLETION OF A TWO-YEAR COURSE.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY, WHICH WILL BE HELD AT 3 PM, WILL BE THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ANSON CHAN, WHO WILL ADDRESS THE GATHERING, AND THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION, MR J.R. DEVEREUX.

THE CHILD CARE COURSE WAS INTRODUCED IN NOVEMBER, 1980 AS THE FIRST PRE-SERVICE, FULL-TIME TRAINING COURSE IN CANTONESE FOR CHILD CARE WORKERS, WITH MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENT AT FORM I I I LEVEL AND AGE 16.

<UIR IFCTS OFFERED BY THE COURSE INCLUDE CHILD PSYCHOLOGY, HEALTH CARE AND FIRST AID, INTRODUCTION TO PRE-SCHOOL EDUCAT 10 AND FIELDWORK PLACEMENT IN CHILD CARE CENTRES.

GRADUATES OF THE CHILD CARE COURSE ARE RECOGNISED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND CAN BE REGISTERED AS CHILD CARE WORKERS IN NURSERIES, CRECHES AND PLAYGROUPS.

SATURDAY, JULY 10, 1982

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JINGLE TO REMIND PICNICKERS OF COUNTRY-PARK CODE

* * * *

PICNICKERS ON THEIR WAY TO COUNTRY PARKS DURING WEEKENDS WILL BE REMINDED OF THE COUNTRY CODES BY A CATCHY JINGLE ENTITLED ♦I AM A NATURE LOVER*.

FROM TODAY (SATURDAY), THE JINGLE RECORDED BY ALLAN TAM TO PUBLICISE COUNTRY PARKS, WILL BE BROADCAST REGULARLY DURING WEEKENDS IN HUNDREDS OF HIRED COACHES AND VARIOUS OUTLYING ISLANDS FERRY PIERS.

THE SONG WILL BE REINFORCED BY A VERSE, SPELLING OUT THE RULES THAT SHOULD BE OBSERVED IN COUNTRY PARKS.

THE RULES AREi

M DO NOT DESTROY COUNTRY PARKS BY FIRE OR VANDALISM!

* DO NOT SPOIL THEM WITH LITTER AND DIRT;

M DO NOT POLLUTE WATER CATCHMENT AREAS, WATER COURSES AND RESERVOIRS;

* DO NOT DESTROY VEGETATION AND WILDLIFE;

M DO NOT DAMAGE CROPS, RESPECT FARMERS’ PROPERTY; AND

M RESPECT THE COUNTRYSIDE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COUNTRY PARKS BOARD SAID, *THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE APPROACH LOCAL TRANSPORT COMPANIES FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE IN SPREADING THE MESSAGE, AND WE BELIEVE THIS WILL BE AN EXTREMELY EFFECTIVE CHANNEL TO REACH OUR TARGET GROUP - THE

PICNICKERS.*

FIVE TRAVEL-TRANSPORT COMPANIES HAVE ALREADY AGREED TO BROADCAST THE JINGLE AND THE VERSE IN THEIR 250 COACHES.

THESE COMPANIES ARE THE CARR IAN GROUP, RELIABLE COACH SERVICE LTD., TRINITY HIRE-A-CAR LTD., MAN YEE TRANSPORT AND BUS COMPANY, AND THE ZION TRANSPORTATION COMPANY LTD.

THE YAUMATI FERRY CO. LTD. HAS ALSO RESPONDED FAVOURABLY TO THE PROPOSAL.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID, *WE ARE GRATEFUL TO THESE COMPANIES FOR THEIR READY SUPPORT. THEIR COMMUNITY SPIRIT WILL DEFINITELY GO A LONG WAY IN PROMOTING COUNTRY PARKS CONSERVATION.*

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5AIURDAY, JULY 1U, 1982

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VOLUNTEERS OFFER GREAT HELP TO PROBATIONERS

* * *

FRIENDSHIP, SYMPATHY, ENCOURAGEMENT AND SUPPORT OFFERED BY VOLUNTEERS TO YOUNG OFFENDERS DURING THEIR PROBATION PERIOD WOULD HELP THEM STRENGTHEN THEIR DETERMINATION TO GET BACK ON THE RIGHT TRACK.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE (OPERATIONS), MRS EVELYN DOE, SAID THIS TODAY (SATURDAY) AT THE OPENING OF AN ORIENTATION COURSE FOR 80 NEW VOLUNTEERS WHO HAD JOINED THE DEPARTMENT’S VOLUNTEER SCHEME FOR PROBATIONERS.

MRS DOE EXPLAINED, +THE PURPOSE OF THE SCHEME IS TO HELP PROBATIONERS THROUGH FRIENDSHIP FOSTERED BETWEEN THEM AND PUBLIC-SPIRITED PEOPLE.*

THROUGH INTENSIVE CONTACTS, VOLUNTEERS COULD GUIDE AND ENCOURAGE PROBATIONERS. THUS BUILDING UP THEIR FAITH TO REINTEGRATE INTO SOCIETY, SHE ADDED.

SHE NOTED THAT SINCE THE VOLUNTEER SCHEME WAS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED IN 1976, IT HAD RECEIVED STRONG SUPPORT FROM THE COMMUNITY, AND HAD ATTRACTED 80 NEW VOLUNTEERS SO FAR THIS YEAR.

+T0 ENSURE THAT PROBATIONERS RECEIVE EFFECTIVE HELP, THE DEPARTMENT IS TAKING GREAT CARE IN SELECTING VOLUNTEERS.

+THE STANDARDS REQUIRED OF VOLUNTEERS WITH REGARD TO AGE, ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE IN LIFE HAVE BEEN RISING OVER THE YEARS.

+FROM OUR EXPERIENCE, WE SEE THAT VOLUNTEERS HAVE CONTRIBUTED A LOT AND HAVE ACHIEVED REMARKABLE SUCCESS IN PROBATION WORK,* SHE SAID.

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ROAD CLOSURE IN HUNG HOM AND TUEN MUN

* * *

THE WUHU VEHICULAR SUBWAY LEADING FROM THE NORTHBOUND SECTION OF CHATHAM ROAD NORTH TO GILLIES AVENUE SOUTHBOUND IN HUNG HOM WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 1 AM TO 5 AM ON MONDAY (JULY 12) FOR MAINTENANCE WORK ON THE VENTILATION SYSTEM.

THE SAME ARRANGEMENT WILL BE REPEATED ON THURSDAY (JULY 15).

DURING THE CLOSURE, TRAFFIC FROM YAU MA TEI AND TSIM SHA TSUI HEADING FOR THE HUNG HOM AREA WILL BE DIVERTED VIA CHATHAM ROAD NORTH, HONG CHONG ROAD, SHUN FUNG STREET, CHEONG WAN ROAD AND GILLIES AVENUE.

IN TUEN MUN, A SECTION OF TIN HAU ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH TSING WUN ROAD AND LUNG MUN ROAD TO A POINT 40 METRES EAST OF THE JUNCTION WILL BE PERMANENTLY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM MONDAY (JULY 12) IN CONNECTION WITH AN INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT SCHEME IN THE AREA.

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SATURDAY, JULY 19, 198:

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MAJOR ROAD PROJECT FOR FANLING ft ft ft

THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT WILL SOON START WORK ON A MAJOR ROAD PROJECT - FANLING BYPASS - AS PART CF ITS CONTINUING PROGRAMME FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF TAI PO-FANLING NEW TOWN.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT ARE BEING INVITED BY THE TAI PO AND FANLING NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE DEPARTMENT.

THE PROJECT, FORMING PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROUTE, INVOLVES THE CONSTRUCTION OF A DUAL THREE-KILOMETRE, THREE-LANE TRUNK ROAD FROM WO HOP SHEK TO THE WEST OF THE ROAD JUNCTION OF FAN KAM ROAD AND SAN FUNG AVENUE.

THE PROJECT WILL ALSO INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF CYCLING TRACKS, FOOTPATHS AND ROAD-SIDE AMENITY AREAS, PEDESTRIAN SUBWAYS AND FOOTBRIDGES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT SAID THAT WORK ON THE PROJECT WOULD START IN OCTOBER AND WOULD BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF 1984.

♦TOGETHER WITH THE OTHER SECTIONS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROUTE IN THE EAST, INCLUDING THE TAI PO/SHA TIN COASTAL TRUNK ROAD AND THE TAI PO BYPASS, FANLING BYPASS WILL BECOME A PRINCIPAL ROAD LINK BETWEEN THE NORTHEASTERN PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES AND THE KOWLOON URBAN AREAS,♦ HE SAID.

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NORTH POINT TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ft ft ft

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN NORTH POINT FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JULY 12) FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY’S NORTH POINT STATION.

SHU KUK STREET BETWEEN KING’S ROAD AND TSAT TSZ MUI ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

TO TRAVEL TO KING’S ROAD, WESTBOUND VEHICLES ON TSAT TSZ MUI ROAD WILL HAVE TO USE TIN CHIU STREET OR KAM HONG STREET, WHICH WILL THEN BE CHANGED TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC.

THE SECTION OF TSAT TSZ MUI ROAD BETWEEN SHU KUK STREET AND KAM HONG STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED TWO WAYS.

TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW IN THE AFFECTED AREA, SEVERAL ROAD SECTIONS NEARBY WILL ALSO BE DESIGNATED AS URBAN CLEARWAYS FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY.

THESE SECTIONS AREi

ft THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY ON TIN CHIU STREET BETWEEN JAVA ROAD AND KING’S ROAD»

ft TIN CHIU STREET BETWEEN KING’S ROAD AND TSAT TSZ MUI ROAD; AND

ft TSAT TSZ MUI ROAD NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH TIN CHIU STREET.

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SATURDAY, JULY 10, 1982

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SHA TIN COOKED FOOD STALLS AND MARKET STALLS FOR AUCTION

* * * *

SIX STALLS AT FO TAN EAST AND FO TAN WEST COOKED FOOD MARKET IN SHA TIN AND FIVE STALLS AT SHA TIN MARKET WILL BE PUT UP FOR AUCTION ON MONDAY (JULY 12).

THE AUCTION STARTING AT 10 AM WILL BE HELD AT THE LEK YUEN COMMUNITY HALL AT LEK YUEN ESTATE, SHA TIN, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE UPSET MONTHLY RENTAL FOR A STALL AT FO TAN EAST IS $3 200 WHILE THAT FOR THE OTHER FIVE STALLS AT FO TAN WEST IS $3 800 EACH.

OF THE STALLS AT SHA TIN MARKET, TWO ARE FOR THE SELLING OF FISH WHILE THE REMAINING THREE ARE DESIGNATED FOR WET GOODS. THE UPSET MONTHLY RENTALS ARE $2 000 AND $750 EACH RESPECTIVELY.

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS, WHO ARE REQUIRED TO PAY RENTALS QUARTERLY, CAN START BUSINESS ON AUGUST 1 ON A THREE-YEAR CONTRACT, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ONLY PERSONS AGED 21 OR ABOVE MAY BID AT THE AUCTION. THEY MUST BRING ALONG THEIR IDENTITY CARDS AND FIVE PHOTOGRAPHS.

FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE HAWKERS AND MARKETS SECTION OF SHA TIN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE AT 0-623467.

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DIRECT-DIALING-IN FACILITIES FOR PROSECUTIONS DIVISION

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THE PROSECUTIONS DIVISION OF THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT IN THE UNITED CENTRE WILL BE USING A NEW TELEPHONE SYSTEM WITH DIRECT-DIALING-IN FACILITIES, AS FROM MONDAY (JULY 12).

THE NEW NUMBER FOR GENERAL ENQUIRIES WILL BE 5-8236211, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN SHA TIN XJX

THE SLIP ROAD LEADING FROM FO TAN ROAD TO TAI PO ROAD SDUTHROiiwn BE CE°SE? °N M0NIIA¥ (JULY 12> BETUEEN ’-30 AH run KUAU WUKKb.

DURING THE CLOSURE, VEHICLES FROM THE FO TAN AREA HEADING FOR KOWLOON WILL HAVE TO USE YUEN WO ROAD, SHA TIN RURAL COMMITTEE ROAD AND TAI PO ROAD. AN ALTERNATIVE ROUTE WILL BE VIA TAI CHUNG KIN ROAD AND LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD. N

SATURDAY, JULY 10, 1982

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FIRING PRACTICE IN HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE * * * *

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE HA TSUEN/CASTLE PEAK RANGE FROM MONDAY (JULY 12) TO SATURDAY (JULY 17).

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

THE PRACTICE SCHEDULE ISi-

DATE

MONDAY (JULY 12)

TUESDAY (JULY 13)

WEDNESDAY (JULY 14)

THURSDAY (JULY 15)

FRIDAY (JULY 16)

SATURDAY (JULY 17)

TIME

9 AM - 6.30 PM

8.30 AM - 6.30 PM

8.30 AM - 6.30 PM

8.30 AM - 6.30 PM

8.30 AM - 4.30 PM

8.30 AM - 5.00 PM

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WATER CUTS

IN MID-LEVELS AND FANLING * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES AT MID-LEVELS WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM ON TUESDAY (JULY 13) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR A LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY 51-115 AND 62-84A ROBINSON ROAD, SEYMORE ROAD, 2A-39A AND 10 CASTLE ROAD, 132-144 CAINE ROAD, CASTLE STEPS AND SEYMORE TERRACE.

FRESH AND SALT WATER SUPPLIES TO SEVERAL AREAS IN FANLING, THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR TEN HOURS FROM 9 PM ON TUESDAY (JULY 13) TO 7 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR REPAIR WORK.

THE AFFECTED AREAS ARE SHA TAU KOK ROAD FROM FANLING ROUNDABOUT TO SHA TAU KOK MARKET, INCLUDING LUEN WO MARKET, FU TEI PAI, KWAN TEI, PING CHE AND TAN CHUK HANG; AND PING CHE ROAD FROM SHA TAU KOK ROAD TO TA KWU LING.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, JULY 11, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

COMMUNITY CAN BENEFIT FROM RETIRED PEOPLE ................ 1

NEED TO INRICH SPIRITUAL LIFE STRESSED .................   2

SPRINKLER INSTALLATIONS - AUTOMATIC FRONTLINE DEFENCE AGAINST FIRES...........................................   3

FATAL ACCIDENTS INVOLVING PRESSURE F JIPMENT ............. 6

BIG INCREASE IN RECREATIONAL ACT? “ .IES PROVIDED BY RCD .... 7

DREDGING OPERATION ON KAM TIN RIVER.....................   8

GOVERNMENT OFFICES FOR SAI KUNG ........................   8

SUBMARINE PIPELINES TO SUPPLY MORE WATER FOR HONG KONG ISLAND 9

NEW PARKING METERS IN WAN CHAI ........................... 9

MORAL EDUCATION CARTOON COMPETITION ..................... 10

WATER CUT IN SHAM SHUT PO

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SUNDAY, JULY 11, 1982

COMMUNITY CAN BENEFIT FROM RETIRED PEOPLE * * * *

THE COMMUNITY CAN BENEFIT FROM THE KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE OF PEOPLE ENTERING RETIREMENT, THE MAJORITY OF WHOM ARE STILL PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY VIGOROUS, READY TO RESHAPE THEIR LIVES AND RESPOND TO OPPORTUNIT IES OPEN TO THEM, THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, MR ERIC HO, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF A RETIREMENT PORTFOLIO EXHIBITION AT THE NEW wORLD CENTRE THIS AFTERNOON, MR HO SAID THE POTENTIALS OF RETIRED PEOPLE IN VOLUNTEER WORK- IN PARTICULAR, VISITING AND HELPING NEIGHBOURS AND FRIENDS, RELIEVING LONELINESS AND ISOLATION AND THEREBY FOSTERING MUTUAL COMPANIONSHIP - REMAINED TO BE FULLY TAPPED.

♦BUT ANY PREPARATION FOR RETIREMENT WILL NOT BE COMPLETE CR EFFECTIVE WITHOUT A ’CARING COMMUNITY’. HOWEVER MUCH THE GOVERNMENT AND THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR CAN DO TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE AND A RANGE OF SOClA. SERVICES, IT IS THE PEOPLE WHOM A RETIRED PERSON COMES INTO CONTACT wlTH IN HIS EVERYDAY LIFE - HIS FAMILY, NEIGHBOURS OR EVEN A CASUAL ACQUAINTANCE - AND THEIR UNDERSTANDING AND APPRECIATION OF HIM ThAT *i_L SUSTAIN HIS SENSE OF SATISFACTION AND FULFILLMENT ANC HENCE HIS LINK WITH THE COMMUNITY,* MR HO SAID.

HE NOTED THAT THE EXHIBITION MARKED THE BEGINNING OF A SERIES CF ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG JAYCEETTES TO TAKE A CRITICAL LOOK AT HOW THE COMMUNITY SHOULD RESPOND AND ASSIST TOWARDS THE AGEING PROCESS.

♦I AM CONFIDENT THAT ARISING FROM THIS EXHIBITION AND OTHER FORTHCOMING ACTIVITIES, THE ISSUE WILL BE DISCUSSED IN ITS RIGHT PERSPECTIVE AND THAT THERE WILL BE USEFUL AND PRACTICAL EXCHANGES ON RELATED MATTERS SUCH AS MAINTAINING HEALTH, FITNESS AND MOBILITY,* HE SAID.

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SUNDAY, JULY 11, 1982

NEED TO ENRICH SP.R iT'JAL LIFE STRESSED

WWW*

THE GOVERNMENT S FULLY AwARE OF ’HE IMPORTANCE OF °ROMCTING ARTS AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN SHA TIN NE* TOWN WHERE THE POPULATION iS RAPIDLY INCREASING, TnE DISTRICT OFFICE*, DR PATRICK HASE, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY DF THE SHA TIN ARTS ASSOCIATION HELD AT KIANGSU-CHEKI ANU COLLEGE, HE EMPHASISED THE NEED TO ENRICH THE SPIRITUAL LIFE OF LOCAL RESIDENTS.

♦THE SHA TIN ARTS ASSOCIATION PuAYS A LEADING ROlE TO PROMOTE INTERESTS IN ARTS AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES AMONG PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT. wE AIM TO MAKE SHA TIN, NOT ONLY A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE IN, BUT ALSO WHERE A HEALTHY STATE OF MIND IS BRED,* HE SAID.

AT TODAY’S CEREMONY, MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE WERE INAUGURATED FOR A ONE-YEAR TERM OF OFFICE.

THE ASSOCIATION WAS FOUNDED IN FEBRUARY 1980 AND HAS BEEN PROVIDING SUCH POPULAR FACILITIES AS A READING ROOM AND A MOBILE LIBRARY.

OVER THE YEARS, THE ASSOCIATION HAS BEEN VERY ACTIVE AND HAS ORGANISED MANY EVENTS, INCLUDING LAST DECEMBER’S SHA TIN ARTS FORTNIGHT WHICH HAS NOW BECOME AN ANNUAL AFFAIR BECAUSE OF ITS POPULAR ITY.

DR HASE ESPECIALLY EXPRESSED HIS APPRECIATION OF THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE ShA TIN DISTRICT BOARD CHILDREN’S CHOIR AND Tn£ SHA TIN CANTONESE OPERA TRAINING GROUP, BOTH ORGANISED BY THE ASSOCIATION.

THE ASSOCIATION, WHOSE ACTIVITIES ARE MOSTLY Fjmoeq EY THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD, WILL SOON ORGANISE TRAINING COURSES IN CHINESE PAINTING AND CHINESE MUSICAu INSTRUMENTS.

’HOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN ARTS AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES ARE WELCOME TO JOIN ThE SHA TIN ARTS ASSOCIATION AS A MEMBER, A’ ONLY SID. FURTHER INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED BY TELEPHONING 0617111 EXT. 235.

SUNDAY, JULY 11, 1982

SPRINKLER INSTALLATIONS - AUTOMATIC FRONTLINE DEFENCE AGAINST FIRES

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THE LITTLE NOZZLES OF AN AUTOMATIC FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEM HANGING FROM THE CEILING MAY BE CONSIDERED AN EYESORE BY SOME PEOPLE, BUT - IF FIRE CONSCIOUS PROPRIETORS VALUE THEIR POSStSSIONS - THEY MUST NOT BE RENDERED INEFFECTIVE BY INTERNAL DECORATIONS.

FOR THE LITTLE NOZZLES, EACm *ITH A TINY GLASS BULB OR A SOLDERED AND FUSIBLE DEVICE BUILT IN, ARE THE VERY FRONTLINE OF DEFENCE AGAINST FIRE.

LAST YEAR, 5b FIRES WERE TACKLED AND CONFINED IN THEIR INCIPIENT STAGES BY THE OPERATION OF THE AUTOMATIC SPRINKLER INSTALLATION. IN MOST CASES, THE FIRE WAS SUPPRESSED BY THE ACTION OF ONLY ONE OR TWO SPRINKLER HEADS.

THESE REMARKS CAME FROM AN EXPERT WHOSE JOB IS TO GIVE ADVICE ON ANTI-FIRE INSTALLATIONS - MR RICHARD LO, THE DIVISIONAL OFFICER IN CHARGE OF FIRE SERVICE INSTALLATIONS, FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

+THE EFFICACY OF THE SYSTEM HAS BEEN PROVEN TIME AND AGAIN, AND I AM NOT AWARE OF ANY BUILDING WITH A PROPERLY INSTALLED, MAINTAINED AND OPERATING SPRINKLER SYSTEM WHICH HAS EVER BEEN COMPLETELY BURNED OUT,* HE SAID.

GIVING ADVICE ON THE USE OF THE AUTOMATIC FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEM TO PROTECT PROPERTY AGAINST FIRE, MR LO SAID THAT ALTHOUGH IT HAS BEEN MADE MANDATORY FOR VARIOUS TYPES OF NON-DOMESTIC BUILDINGS SINCE 1964, MANY PROPRIETORS STILL DO NOT FULLY UNDERSTAND THE WORKINGS OF SUCH A SYSTEM.

AS A RESULT WE HAVE PROBLEMS WITH PEOPLE WHO, THINKING THAT THEY ARE IN NO DANGER SINCE THEY HAVE ALREADY COMPLIED WITH THE LETTER OF LAW, PUT UP A DECORATIVE FALSE CEILING AFTER WE HAVE INSPECTED THEIR PREMISES.*

THE FALSE CEILING NOT ONLY OBSTRUCTS THE SPRINKLER HEADS, IT ALSO RENDERS THE TEMPERATURE SENSING AND SELF-ACTIVATING DEVICE INEFFECTIVE. THE CEILING COULD SHIELD OUT HEAT FROM A FIRE RIGHT BELOw THE SPRINKLERS UNTIL IT HAS BURNT THROUGH THE FALSE CEILING,* MR LO POINTED OUT.

WE HAVE DISCOVERED INSTANCES WHERE STRUCTURAL CHANGES, SUCH AS VENTILATION DUCTINGS, CABLE-TRAYS, INTERIOR DESIGN OBJECTS AND OVERHANGING MACHINERY PARTS WERE ADDED ON AFTER OUR INITIAL INSPECTION TO CERTIFY A BUILDING WORTHY FOR OCCUPANCY,* HE ADDED.

♦HOWEVER, A METHOD TO OVERCOME SUCH SITUATIONS IS THE PROVISION CF AN ADDITIONAL LAYER OF SPRINKLER HEADS UNDERNEATH THE FALSE CEILING IP THE DEPTH OF SUCH FALSE CEILING IS OVER 0.8 M OR THE ADDITIONAL PROVISION OF SPRINKLER HEADS DIRECTLY BELOw SUCH OBSTRUCTIONS,* HE REMAKRED.

SUNDAY, JULY 11, 1?82

AN AUTOMATIC FIRE SPRINKLER INSTALLATION COMPRISES A SYSTEM CF PIPES ERECTED AT OR NEAR THE CEILING. AT INTERVALS IN THE 3IPEwORK AT VARYING DISTANCES ARE SPRINKLER HEADS SEALING DROP-PIPE OUTLETS WHICH EMBODY A DEVICE wHEREBY A RISE IN TEMPERATURE TO A PREDETERMINED LIMIT, USUALLY AT 68 DEGREES CELSIUS, CAUSES THE SPRINKLER TO OPERATE AND WATER TO BE DISCHARGED IN THE FORM OF FINE SPRAY OVER AN AREA DIRECTLY BELOW IT.

♦CONSEQUENTLY, ANYTHING WHICH OBSTRUCTS THE SPRINKLER HEADS WILL EITHER PREVENT OR DELAY THE SYSTEM FROM BEING ACTIVATED BY THE HEAT OF THE FIRE OR OBSTRUCT THE DISCHARGE OF WATER SPRAY,+ l*R LO EXPLAINED.

♦ONE OF THE MOST COMMON MALPRACTICES IS THE ERECTION OF A NEW bEZZANINE FLOOR WITHIN THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE BUILDING WITHOUT THE PROVISION OF A NEW LAYER OF SPRINKLERS UNDERNEATH THE FLOORING CF SUCH NEW STRUCTURE TO DETECT AND PROTECT FIRE RISKS BELOW IT,+ HE ADDED.

TO AVOID COSTLY MODIFICATIONS, MR LO ADVISED THAT THE NEW PROJECTS DIVISION OF THE FIRE PROTECTION BUREAU (5-281122) SHOULD BE CONSULTED IF THERE IS ANY DOUBT AS TO THE EFFECT ANY BUILDING ALTERATIONS MAY HAVE ON EXISTING SPRINKLER INSTALLATIONS.

AN EFFECTIVE SPRINKLER SYSTEM IS USUALLY +COST-EFFECTIVE+ BECAUSE SOME INSURERS PROVIDE SUBSTANTIAL REBATES ON THE PREMIUMS ASSOCIATED WITH THEIR FIRE INSURANCE POLICIES.

ONE INSURER SAID THAT THE REBATES, WHEN CALCULATED OVER A PERIOD OF YEARS, COULD IN FACT COVER THE ORIGINAL COST OF THE INSTALLATION.

SPRINKLER INSTALLATIONS WERE FIRST INTRODUCED INTO HONG KONG IN 1934 TO PROTECT STAGE AREAS IN THEATRES. BUT THEY WERE NOT IN GENERAL USE UNTIL THE 1960’S WHEN CONDITIONS AND HEIGHTS OF BUILDINGS FORCED MAJOR CHANGES UPON BOTH DEVELOPERS AND THE FIRE SERVICES.

FROM 1964, UNDER THE FIRST ISSUE OF THE CODE OF PRACTICE (MINIMUM FIRE SERVICE INSTALLATIONS AND EQUIPMENT), ALL BOWLING ALLEYS, GODOWNS, COMPARTMENTS (INCLUDING DEPARTMENT STORES) EXCEEDING 7 OOO CUBIC METRES, NON-DOMESTIC FLOORS OF COMPOSITE BUILDINGS EXCEEDING 15 STOREYS IN HEIGHT WERE NORMALLY REQUIRED TO INSTALL AUTOMATIC FIRE SPRINKLERS.

IN MARCH 1973, ALL INDUSTRIAL TYPE BUILDINGS OF MORE THAN TWO STOREYS AND ALL COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS AND COMMERCIAL PORTIONS OF COMPOSITE BUILDINGS OF ABOVE 30 M IN HEIGHT OR MORE THAN 10 STOREYS WERE ALSO REQUIRED TO PROVIDE AUTOMATIC SPRINKLERS.

FROM MAY 1, 1976, AUTOMATIC SPRINKLER INSTALLATIONS HAD TO BE EXTENDED TO COVER ALL INTERNAL STAIRCASES AND COMMON AREAS FORMING PART OF REQUIRED EXIT ROUTES IN RESPECT OF INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS. SUCH MODIFIED REQUIREMENTS HAVE PROVED THEIR VALUE IN THAT MANY INDUSTRIAL FIRES LOCATED AT COMMON AREAS AND INTERNAL STAIRCASES WERE SUPPRESSED OR EXTINGUISHED BY THE ACTION OF ONE OR TWO SPRINKLER HEADS.

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UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE, CODE OF PRACTICE (MINIMUM FIRE SERVICE INSTALLATIONS AND EQUIPMENT), SPRINKLER INSTALLATIONS MUST BE PROVIDED, WITH TwO SEPARATE AND ADEQUATE SOURCES OF WATER SUPPLY ALWAYS AVAILABLE. AMONG THE ACCEPTABLE SOURCES OF WATER SUPPLY ARE: TOWN’S MAIN, ELEVATED TANKS, PRESSURE TANKS, PUMPS, ELEVATED PRIVATE RESERVOIRS AND APPROVED SALT WATER MAINS.

AN ELEVATED PRIVATE RESERVOIR MUST HAVE A CAPACITY OF ABOUT 1 OOO 000 LITRES (1 000 CUBIC METRES) IF PROPOSED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR TOWN’S MAIN, BUT RESERVOIRS OF SOMEWHAT LESS CAPACITY MAY BE APPROVED IF CONDITIONS ARE EXCEPTIONALLY FAVOURABLE.

THE CODE OF PRACTICE, HOWEVER, IS INTENDED ONLY AS A GENERAL GUIDE AND NOT TO LAY DOWN HARD AND FAST RULES, AS SPECIAL FACTORS CF CIRCUMSTANCES MAY ARISE IN PARTICULAR CASES WHICH NECESSITATE THE PROVISION OF FIRE SERVICE INSTALLATIONS OR EQUIPMENT NOT INDICATED IN THE CODE.

MR LO SAID: + IT IS IMPORTANT THAT BUSINESS PROPRIETORS, FACTORY OPERATORS AND MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE CODE, AS IGNORANCE OF THE LAW IS NO EXCUSE FOR NON-COMPLIANCE. BY KNOWING WHAT IS REQUIRED, THEY WOULD ALSO KNOW WHETHER THEIR SPRINKLER SYSTEMS INSTALLED BY REGISTERED FIRE SERVICE INSTALLATION CONTRACTORS ARE UP TO THE ACCEPTABLE STANDARD AND WHETHER ANY STRUCTURAL MODIFICATIONS THEY ARE CONTEMPLATING MAY AFFECT THEIR SPRINKLER INSTALLATIONS.+

THERE ARE AT PRESENT 137 REGISTERED CLASS 2 FIRE SERVICE INSTALLATION CONTRACTORS (PERSONS WHO ARE AUTHORISED BY THE DIRECTOR CF FIRE SERVICES TO INSTALL, MAINTAIN, REPAIR AND INSPECT ANY FIRE SERVICE INSTALLATION OR EQUIPMENT (OTHER THAN PORTABLE EQUIPMENT) WHICH CONTAINSr-

(A) PIPES AND FITTINGS DESIGNED OR ADAPTED TO CARRY WATER OR SOME OTHER FIRE EXTINGUISHING MEDIUM- OR

(B) ANY TYPE OF ELECTRICAL APPARATUS OTHER THAN THOSE SPECIFIED IN CLASS 1.

IN 1947, THERE WERE ONLY TWO SUCH CONTRACTORS.

ASIDE FROM CARRYING OUT NEW INSTALLATIONS, THESE CONTRACTORS PROVIDE THE MANDATORY ANNUAL MAINTENANCE, UPON WHICH THEY ARE REQUIRED TO ISSUE A CERTIFICATE OF MAINTENANCE UNDER THE FIRE SERVICE (INSTALLATIONS AND EQUIPMENT) REGULATIONS, CAP. 95, LAWS OF HONG KONG.

MR LO ADVISED THAT ANY DOUBTS WITH REGARD TO THE QUALITY OF SERVICE BY ANY OF THE CONTRACTORS SHOULD BE IMMEDIATELY CONVEYED TO THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

TO TIGHTEN THE LAWS GOVERNING THE STANDARDS OF SUCH SERVICE, FINES FOR SIGNING A FALSE OR MISLEADING CERTIFICATE AND OTHER OFFENCES RELATING TO SALE, INSTALLATION, MAINTENANCE AND UPKEEP OF ANY FIRE SERVICE INSTALLATIONS AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT HAVE BEEN MORE THAN DOUBLED SINCE JUNE LAST YEAR FROM $2 000 TO S5 000.

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AS FROM MAY 19, MAXIMUM PENALTIES FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF A FIRE HAZARD ABATEMENT NOTICE WERE INCREASED FROM AN INITIAL FINE OF $2 OOO PLUS 540 DAILY TO $25 000 AND S2 500 DAILY THEREAFTER.

AT THE SAME TIME, FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF A FIRE HAZARD ABATEMENT ORDER MAY ATTRACT A FINE OF UP TO $50 000 AND $5 000 DAILY, UP FROM $4 000 AND $100 PREVIOUSLY.

MR LO SAID THIS +GET-TOUGH* POLICY OF INCREASING FINES MORE THAN TEN-FOLD IS NECESSARY BECAUSE SOME FLAGRANT VIOLATORS -PARTICULARLY THOSE BIG FACTORY OPERATORS WHO ARE CRAMPED FOR SPACE - CONSIDERED THE PREVIOUS LEVEL OF FINES AS PART OF THEIR OPERATIONAL OVERHEADS.

HE SAID FIRE SAFETY REGULATIONS HERE ARE MORE STRINGENT THAN IN MANY OTHER COUNTRIES, BECAUSE HONG KONG PROBABLY HAS MORE HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS PER SQUARE MILE IN AN AREA OF OUR SIZE THAN ANY COMPARABLE CITY IN THE WORLD.

ONE EXAMPLE IS THE REQUIREMENT OF SMOKE DETECTORS IN ADDITION TO SPRINKLER INSTALLATIONS IN HOTELS, HOSPITALS AND HOSTELS FOR THE ELDERLY - A STIPULATION NOT FOUND IN MOST OTHER COUNTRIES.

MR LO EXPLAINED THAT THIS REQUIREMENT IS TO COMPENSATE FOR THE +SLEEPING RISKS* TO OCCUPANTS WHO ARE EITHER HANDICAPPED, BED RIDDEN OR USUALLY NOT FAMILIAR WITH THEIR IMMEDIATE SURROUNDINGS AS TO THE BEST ESCAPE ROUTE IN THE EVENT OF FIRE, OR BECAUSE OF THE HIGH TURNOVER RATE OF OCCUPANCY OR THAT THE OCCUPANTS WOULD REQUIRE ASSISTANCE FOR A SPEEDY EVACUATION.

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FATAL ACCIDENTS INVOLVING PRESSURE EQUIPMENT * * *

THE LABOUR

DEPARTMENT HAS WARNED ALL OWNERS OF PRESSURE

EQUIPMENT, CONTRACTORS AND WORKERS ENGAGED AT CONSTRUCTION SITES AND FACTORIES AGAINST USING COMPRESSED AIR FOR THE TRANSFER OF DIEbEL FUEL OIL FROM OIL DRUMS.

THE PRINCIPAL SURVEYOR OF THE PRESSURE EQUIPMENT UNIT OF DERARTMENT, MR B.S. MAKHIJA, ISSUED THIS -ARNING (SUNDAY) FOLLOWING THE RECENT DEATHS OF TWO PEOPLE wlTHIN THE

SHORT SPAN OF A FEW MONTHS AS A RESULT OF OIL DRUM EXPLOSION.

™AL?^ALL0N 0,L DRUMS were 3EING ADAPTED FOR TRANSFERRING LIQUID FUEL IN THEM BY COMPRESSED AIR.

SA,D- *THIS PRACTICE IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND

' IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL THAT THE MISUSE OF COMPRESSED AIR

IN THIS MANNER BE STOPPED IMMEDIATELY.*

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BIG INCREASE IN RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES PROVIDED BY RCD

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THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT PROVIDED MORE THAN 7 700 RECREATIONAL AND SPORTING ACTIVITIES FOR OVER 600 000 PEOPLE OF VARIOUS AGES AND PHYSICAL ABILITIES IN THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR.

THIS REPRESENTS AN INCREASE IN ACTIVITIES OF 66 PER CENT OVER THE PRECEDING YEAR’S TOTAL OF ABOUT 4 670.

♦OUR STATISTICS SHOW THAT THESE EVENTS ARE INCREASING EVERY YEAR WITH CORRESPONDING RISES IN THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

AS AN EXAMPLE, THE MONTHLY AVERAGE OF PROGRAMMES ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE (RSS) IN THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR WAS 650, WHILE FOR THE PREVIOUS YEAR THE AVERAGE WAS 390.

THE RSS WAS ESTABLISHED IN LATE 1974, AND AT THE END OF THE 1975-76 FINANCIAL YEAR OUR ACTIVITIES NUMBERED A MERE 735 WITH PARTICIPANTS AT 134 996.

WHEN THIS IS COMPARED WITH LAST YEAR’S FIGURE, ONE CAN SEE CLEARLY THE EXTENT OF INCREASE IN OUR ACTIVITIES,+ HE SAID.

THE RSS ACTIVITIES, GROUPED INTO SEVEN CATEGORIES, ARE ATHLETICS AND AQUATIC SPORTS, TEAM GAMES, INDIVIDUAL GAMES, OUTDOOR PURSUITS, DANCE AND FITNESS, RECREATION SCHEME FOR SPECIAL GROUP AND OTHER PROJECTS.

TWO CATEGORIES WHICH ATTRACT WIDE PARTICIPATION ARE OUTDOOR PURSUITS, AND DANCE AND FITNESS.

FOR OUTDOOR PURSUITS, COVERING ACTIVITIES RANGING FROM HIKING IN WOODED AREAS TO SAILING, SOME 193 500 PEOPLE TOOK PART IN 4 000 EVENTS IN THE YEAR 1981-82, WHILE THE FIGURES FOR THE PREVIOUS YEAR WERE ABOUT 139 750 AND 1 850 RESPECTIVELY.

DANCE AND FITNESS EVENTS ARE DIVERSIFIED. THEY INCLUDE COURSES IN BALLROOM AND DISCO DANCING; TAI-CHI AND KUNG-FU TEACHINGS; AND INSTRUCTIONS ON YOGA, GYMNASTICS AND TRAMPOLINI NG.

ABOUT 1 400 SUCH KEEP-FIT COURSES WERE ORGANISED IN THE LAST FISCAL YEAR, A RISE OF 73 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH 805 IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID FACTORY WORKERS AND OFFICE EMPLOYEES MAKE UP 80 PER CENT OF THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT.

OTHERS, SUCH AS TODDLERS, THE ELDERLY AND THE HANDICAPPED ARE ALSO NOT FORGOTTEN, HE SAID.

♦WE DO HAVE PROGRAMMES SPECIALLY ARRANGED FOR THE ELDERLY, AND FOR THE HANDICAPPED, WE ORGANISED 101 EVENTS FOR ABOUT 6 700 PARTICIPANTS IN THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR.+ HE ADDED.

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DREDGING OPERATION ON KAM TIN RIVER

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DREDGING WORK ON KAM TIN RIVER IN YUEN LONG WITH THE USE OF A MODERN DREDGER WILL BE EXTENDED TO OTHER RIVERS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ONCE IT IS PROVED TO BE SUCCESSFUL.

THE EXPERIMENTAL OPERATION LAUNCHED EARLIER THIS MONTH (JULY) INVOLVED A BRAND-NEW DREDGER KNOWN AS THE WATERWITCH, WHICH WAS ESPECIALLY SUITED FOR USE IN SHALLOW RIVERS AND STREAMS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

FUNCTIONING LIKE A TRACTOR, THE WATERWITCH BELONGING TO THE MARINE DEPARTMENT HAD DREDGED UP 1OO TONNES OF SOLID WASTE, VEGETATION AND WATER-BORNE REFUSE FROM THE RIVER OVER THE PAST WEEK THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

DUR,NG AN EARLIER OPERATION CARRIED OUT FROM LATE LAST YEAR, NTSD WORKERS HAD SPENT MORE THAN 4 000 MAN-WORKING-DAYS, CLEARING AWAY 650 TONNES OF REFUSE ALONG 15 KILOMETRES OF THE RIVER COURSE.

HIGHWAY (NEW TERRITORIES) DIVISION HAD ALSO COMMISSIONED CONTRACTORS TO DREDGE THE RIVER AT FIVE HEAVILY POLLUTED SITES WHICH INCLUDED PAT HEUNG OFF FAN KAM ROAD AND THE UPPER SECTION CF HUNG MO BRIDGE, REMOVING ‘ ------ “ '

POLLUTANTS.

A TOTAL OF 6 500 CUBIC METRES OF

THE CURRENT WATERWITCH OPERATION FOCUSING ON THE LOWER STRETCHES OF HUNG MO BRIDGE HAD HELPED EASE THE RIVER FLOW, ACCORDING TO THE SPOKESMAN.

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GOVERNMENT OFFICES FOR SAI KUNG * * *

THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A GOVERNMENT BUILDING IN MAN NIN STREET NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH PO TUNG ROAD IN SAI KUNG.

THE PROJECT INVOLVES THE BUILDING OF AN EIGHT-STOREY OFFICE BLOCK ON A SITE OF ABOUT 2 250 SQUARE METRES.

WHEN COMPLETED, THE BUILDING WILL PROVIDE ADDITIONAL OFFICE ACCOMMODATION OF ABOUT 10 300 SQUARE METRES FOR VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WHICH HAVE REGIONAL OR FIELD OFFICES IN SAI KUNG TOWN.

WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL START TO TAKE ABOUT 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

IN SEPTEMBER AND IS EXPECTED

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SUBMARINE PIPELINES TO SUPPLY MORE WATER FOR HONG KONG ISLAND * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO LAY TWIN SUBMARINE PIPELINES CF 1 OOO MM IN DIAMETER BETWEEN TSIM SHA TSUI AND WAN CHAI RECLAMATION WITHIN AN AREA OF ABOUT 11.4 HECTARES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED.

THE PIPELINES, EACH MEASURING ABOUT 1.33 KILOMETRES, WILL BE BURIED AT LEAST 2.5 M BELOW THE SEABED.

THEY WILL FORM PART OF A PROJECT TO TRANSFER ADDITIONAL FRESH WATER FROM KOWLOON TO SUPPLEMENT SUPPLIES ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

THE AREA INVOLVED IS DESCRIBED IN A NOTICE IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

ANY OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL SHOULD BE SUBMITTED IN SITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF LANDS WITHIN TWO MONTHS.

THE NOTICE, IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE, WITH ITS RELATED PLAN CAN BE SEEN ON NOTICE BOARDS NEAR THE SITE.

THE PLAN MAY ALSO BE SEEN AT THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, 5TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG ? THE YAU MA TEI CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, GROUND FLOOR, 490-492 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON 5 AND THE WAN CHAI CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, GROUND FLOOR, TUNG WAH MANSION, 201 HENNESSY ROAD, HONG KONG.

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A*. ,,.!#££ PARKING METERS WILL BE INSTALLED IN WAN CHAI FROM 8 AM ON TUESDAY (JULY 13).

THE NEW METERED SPACES WILL BE ON THE KERBSIDE LANES OF WING FUNG STREET, KENNEDY STREET, HING WAN STREET AND KUT ON STREET.

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MORAL EDUCATION CARTOON COMPETITION

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A CARTOON COMPETITION AIMED AT BOOSTING MORAL EDUCATION AMONG STUDENTS WILL BE HELD IN THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S CULTURAL CRAFTS CENTRE, THE PROFESSIONAL TEACHERS’ UNION AND WAH KIU YAT PO, THE COMPETITION WILL BE DIVIDED INTO PRIMARY, JUNIOR SECONDARY AND SENIOR SECONDARY DIVISIONS TO CATER FOR STUDENTS OF DIFFERENT AGE GROUPS.

AN ENTRY IN COLOUR OR MONOCHROME CAN BE A SINGLE PICTURE OR A SERIES OF CARTOONS, AND IT MUST INTERPRET THE TITLE GIVEN, REFLECT A GOOD SENSE OF HUMOUR AND CARRY A MORAL MESSAGE.

THE TITLES FOR THE PRIMARY, JUNIOR SECONDARY AND SENIOR SECONDARY DIVISIONS ARE +WELL DONE+, +A HUMOROUS EVENT DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAY+, AND +KINDNESS+, RESPECTIVELY.

TWENTY WINNING ENTRIES WILL BE SELECTED FOR EACH DIVISION, AND THE INDIVIDUAL AWARD WILL BE A CERTIFICATE OF MERIT PLUS A BOOK TOKEN OF $50.

ENTRIES SHOULD REACH THE PROFESSIONAL TEACHERS’ UNION AT 46-48 MAN KING BUILDING, 2/F, FERRY POINT, KOWLOON, ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 19.

RESULTS OF THE COMPETITION WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN WAH KIU YAT PO.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE TO THE PROFESSIONAL TEACHERS* UNION (3-884343 OR 3-886383) OR THE INSPECTOR (ART) OF THE CULTURAL CRAFTS CENTRE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT (5-621006 OR 5-621967).

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WATER CUT IN SHAM SHU I PO

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN SHAM SHU I PO WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 11.30 PM ON TUESDAY (JULY 13) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR A LEAKAGE TEST.

PREMISES IN THE AREA BOUNDED BY CHEUNG FAT STREET, PO ON ROAD AND SO UK ESTATE WILL BE AFFECTED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, JULY 12, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

FARE REVISION FOR MAXICAB SERVICES ....................   1

POLICY ON CHILD CARE SERVICES EXPLAINED ................. 1

UNAFEI DIRECTOR VISITS CORRECTIONAL SERVICES INSTITUTION ... J

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT ON HONG KONG ISLAND ................. 3

SUMMER PROGRAMME FOR 240 000 YOUTHS LAUNCHED...........   4

SPORTS TRAINING COURSES FOR AUGUST ...................... 5

WATER FIGURES ........................................... 5

IMPROVEMENTS FOR KCR WORKSHOP ........................... 6

EXTENSION FOR NORTH POINT FERRY PIER .................... 6

WATER CUT IN NORTH POINT ...............................  6

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FARE REVISION FOR MAXICAB SERVICES

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THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, FOLLOWING THE ADVICE GIVEN BY THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE, HAS APPROVED A 50 PER CENT INCREASE IN MAXIMUM FARES FOR MAXICAB ROUTES.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT MAX I CAB OPERATORS WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO ADJUST THEIR FARES AUTOMATICALLY.

+HOWEVER, THEY MAY NOW MAKE APPLICATIONS TO THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT FOR FARE INCREASES FOR THE SERVICES THEY OPERATE WITHIN THE NEW MAXIMUM LIMITS,* HE CONTINUED.

♦ONCE THEIR APPLICATIONS ARE APPROVED, ADVANCE NOTICE WILL BE GIVEN TO ADVISE PASSENGERS ON THE NEW FARES,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

LETTERS ADVISING OF THE NEW MAXIMUM FARES WILL BE SENT OFF TO INDIVIDUAL OPERATORS SHORTLY.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE APPROVAL OF INCREASED MAXIMUM FARES WAS GIVEN AFTER A DETAILED SURVEY INTO THE OPERATING ECONOMICS AND SERVICES.

AND THE REVISION, HE SAID, WAS LARGELY ATTRIBUTABLE TO INCREASES IN FUEL COSTS, DRIVER WAGES, MAINTENANCE AND ADMINISTRATION EXPENSES WHICH OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS HAD LARGELY REDUCED THE REVENUE OF THE OPERATORS.

THE FARE SCALE FOR MAXICAB SERVICES WAS LAST REVISED IN MID-1980 FOLLOWING A SURVEY ON THE MAXICAB TRADE IN 1979.

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POLICY ON CHILD CARE SERVICES EXPLAINED

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ADMISSION TO DAY CARE CENTRES FOR CHILDREN IN FUTURE WILL NO LONGER BE RESTRICTED TO THOSE FROM LOW-INCOME FAMILIES ALTHOUGH PRIORITY SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE GIVEN TO THOSE WITH THE GREATEST NEED, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, ffiS ANSON CHAN, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE FIRST GRADUATION CEREMONY OF STUDENTS FROM THE CHILD CARE CERTIFICATE COURSE AT THE LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, SHE SAIDi +THIS IS AN AREA WHERE BOTH THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR CAN PLAY USEFUL COMPLEMENTARY ROLES.*

THE GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE TO ENCOURAGE THE GROWTH OF NON-PROFIT-MAKING CHILD CARE CENTRES BY WAY OF ASSISTANCE IN SECURING ACCOMMODATION, CAPITAL FITTING-OUT COSTS AND REIMBURSEMENT OF RENTS AND RATES.

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MRS CHAN SAID THAT UNDER THE NEW FEE ASSISTANCE SCHEME WHICH WOULD COME INTO OPERATION IN SEPTEMBER, PARENTS WHO COULD NOT AFFORD TO PAY THE FULL COST AND WHO HAD A SOCIAL NEED TO PLACE THEIR CHILDREN IN DAY CARE WOULD RECEIVE ASSISTANCE.

THE SCHEME OPERATES ON A SLIDING SCALE PRINCIPLE WHICH ENSURES THAT THOSE WITH THE LOWEST INCOME RECEIVE THE HIGHEST AMOUNT OF GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE.

NONETHELESS, MIDDLE INCOME FAMILIES WILL ALSO QUALIFY FOR SOME ASSISTANCE WITH CHILD CARE CENTRE FEES.

+THIS,* SHE SAID, + IS A SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT ON PAST POLICY UNDER WHICH SUCH FAMILIES WOULD NOT EVEN HAVE QUALIFIED FOR A PLACE IN A SUBVENTED CHILD CARE CENTRE.*

MRS CHAN SAID THAT ACCORDING TO THE REPORT OF THE 1981 CENSUS STUDY, NEARLY 40 PER CENT OF MOTHERS WITH PRE-SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN GO OUT TO WORK - +A HIGH PROPORTION COMPARED WITH MANY OTHER COUNTRIES.*

THIS WAS PARTLY DUE TO ECONOMIC FACTORS BUT ALSO REFLECTED THE INCREASING SOCIAL TREND OF WOMEN ASSUMING A MORE ACTIVE ROLE IN BUSINESSES, INDUSTRIES AND THE PROFESSIONS.

+THIS TREND APPEARS TO BE IRREVERSIBLE AND SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED PROVIDING IT IS NOT TO THE DETRIMENT OF THE CARE AND wELL-BEING OF YOUNG CHILDREN IN THE FAMILY,* MRS CHAN SAID.

THAT IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY THE GOVERNMENT HAS STATED IN THE 1981 WHITE PAPER ON PRIMARY EDUCATION AND PRE-PRIMARY SERVICES ITS INTENTION TO EXPAND THE PROVISION OF CHILD CARE CENTRE PLACES TO MEET THE INCREASING DEMAND.

THE WHITE PAPER LAYS DOWN GUIDELINES FOR THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF CHILD CARE SERVICES AND KINDERGARTEN EDUCATION TO MEET THE NEEDS OF VERY YOUNG CHILDREN AT VARIOUS STAGES OF THEIR PRE-SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT.

+FOR VERY YOUNG CHILDREN OF 2 AND 3, AN INFORMAL APPROACH EMPHASISING CARE AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIALISATION AND CREATIVE PLAY ACTIVITIES IS REQUIRED, WHEREAS FOR OLDER CHILDREN OF 4 OR 5 MORE ORGANISED PROGRAMMES WITH AN EDUCATIONAL CONTENT CAN BE INTRODUCED,* MRS CHAN SAID.

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UNAFEI DIRECTOR VISITS CORRECTIONAL SERVICES INSTITUTION

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THE DIRECTOR OF UNITED NATIONS ASIA AND FAR EAST INSTITUTE FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRIME AND THE TREATMENT OF OFFENDERS (UNAFEI), HIROSHI ISHIKAWA, TODAY VISITED THE MAXIMUM SECURITY STANLEY PRISON AND WAS IMPRESSED WITH THE PROGRAMMES PROVIDED FOR PRISONERS.

MR ISHIKAWA, WHO ARRIVED IN HONG KONG FROM TOKYO ON A ONE-DAY OFFICIAL VISIT, WILL LEAVE FOR THAILAND TOMORROW.

DURING THE VISIT, HE WAS SHOWN ROUND THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF DORMITORIES AND PRISON INDUSTRIES AND WAS BRIEFED BY MR I.K. BHAGAT, SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT IN CHARGE OF THE PRISON.

EARLIER, MR ISHIKAWA VISITED THE STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE TO SEE RECRUITS UNDERGOING TRAINING.

LATER IN THE DAY, HE TOURED ROUND THE TAI TAM GAP CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION WHERE HE WAS SHOWN THE PROGRAMMES AVAILABLE TO YOUNG FEMALE OFFENDERS.

IN THE EVENING, HE ALSO MET MEMBERS OF THE UNAFEI ALUMNI AND OFFICERS OF THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT A FORMAL FUNCTION HELD AT THE OFFICERS’ CLUB IN STANLEY.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT ON HONG KONG ISLAND * * *

WESTBOUND TRAFFIC ALONG SHAU KEI WAN ROAD WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING RIGHT INTO TAI ON STREET FROM 10 AM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MTR SAI WAN HO STATION.

VEHICLES HEADING TOWARDS TAI ON STREET WILL BE DIVERTED VIA SHING ON STREET, SAI WAN HO STREET, TAI FOO STREET AND SHAU KEI WAN ROAD EASTBOUND.

MEANWHILE THE GLOUCESTER ROAD FLYOVER LEADING FROM NORTH POINT TO THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 1 AM AND 6 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 14) FOR CABLE WORKS.

THIS ARRANGEMENT WILL BE REPEATED ON THURSDAY (JULY 15).

DURING THE CLOSURE, TRAFFIC HEADING TOWARDS THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL FROM NORTH POINT WILL BE DIVERTED VIA GLOUCESTER ROAD (WESTBOUND), O’BRIAN ROAD, LOCKHART ROAD, FLEMING ROAD AND GLOUCESTER ROAD (EASTBOUND).

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SUMMER PROGRAMME FOR 240 000 YOUTHS LAUNCHED * * * *

LION DANCES, MILITARY BAND AND ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES HIGHLIGHTED TODAY’S OPENING OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME HELD AT THE LOCAL TOWN HALL.

AND FOR THE COMING MONTHS MORE THAN 170 ITEMS OF VARIOUS ACTIVITIES FEATURING PICNICS, CARNIVALS, CAMPING, EXHIBITIONS AND TOURNAMENTS HAVE BEEN LINED UP FOR THE DISTRICT’S 240 000 YOUNG PEOPLE.

TUTORIAL COURSES ON TYPING, SCREEN PRINTING, PHOTOGRAPHY, GUITAR PLAYING AND HANDICRAFTS WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO PICK UP SOME NEW HOBBIES DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS.

BEING CO-ORDINATED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE FOR THE FIRST TIME, THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WILL BE PARTLY FINANCED BY THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD WITH $50 000.

THE REMAINING $130 000 WILL BE MET BY LOCAL DONATIONS AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB.

SPEAKING AT TODAY’S OPENING CEREMONY, THE ACTING TOWN MANAGER, MR LUI HAU-TUEN, SAID THE ANNUAL SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME SERVED TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO KNOW THEIR COMMUNITY BETTER.

+THIS YEAR WE EMPHASISE ON VOLUNTARY WORK BY THE YOUNG PEOPLE. BY GENEROUSLY GIVING UP THEIR LEISURE-TIME TO HELP OTHERS THEY CAN ALSO HELP DEVELOP THEIR OWN POTENTIAL.*

MR LUI ADDED THAT HE WAS PLEASED TO SEE THAT SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES WOULD BE STAGED IN SOME REMOTE AREAS OF TSUEN WAN WHERE THERE WAS A LACK OF RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

OF THE 175 ITEMS OF ACTIVITIES BEING PLANNED, 10 WILL BE HELD AT THE RURAL VILLAGES, 15 ON TSI NG Yl, 47 IN TSUEN WAN AND 103 IN KWAI CHUNG.

DETAILS OF THIS YEAR’S PROGRAMME CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE, THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICES COUNTERS, COMMUNITY HALLS AND YOUTH CENTRES IN THE DISTRICT.

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SPORTS TRAINING COURSES FOR AUGUST * * * *

THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE (RSS) OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT WILL ORGANISE IN CONJUNCTION WITH A NUMBER OF SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS A SERIES OF SPORTS TRAINING COURSES AND SPORTS EVENTS IN AUGUST.

THE JUNIOR BASKETBALL TRAINING COURSES, CO-ORGANISED WITH THE HONG KONG AMATEUR BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION, ARE OPEN TO BOYS AND GIRLS AGED BETWEEN 15 TO 18.

COURSES wILL TAKE PLACE IN 12 DIFFERENT DISTRICTS IN HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

AFTER TRAINING, A MATCH WILL BE HELD FOR THE VARIOUS DISTRICT TEAMS TO COMPETE WITH ONE ANOTHER TO ENABLE THESE BEGINNERS TO HAVE A CHANCE TO ACQUIRE EXPERIENCE IN REAL MATCHES.

ANOTHER SERIES OF MATCHES IS THE SUMMER SOFTBALL LEAGUE IN WHICH THE HONG KONG SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION IS INVOLVED.

THERE wILL BE TWO DIVISIONS FOR MEN AND WOMEN AGED 25 OR BELOW.

MATCHES WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND SATURDAYS.

THE CHAMPIONS AND THE THREE RUNNERS-UP FOR EACH DIVISION WILL BE AWARDED TROPHIES AND MEDALS.

THE INTERMEDIATE VOLLEYBALL REFEREES COURSE, CO-ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG AND KOWLOON VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION, WILL ALSO BE HELD ON WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS.

THOSE WHO HAVE PREVIOUSLY PASSED THE VOLLEYBALL REFEREES TRAINING COURSE AND THOSE REGISTERED CLASS TWO AND CLASS THREE REFEREES COULD JOIN THE COURSE.

DETAILS AND APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE COLLECTED FROM THE RSS HEADQUARTERS AND THE SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS.

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WATER FIGURES * * *

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 64.7 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 373.507 MILLION CUBIC METRES, EQUIVALENT TO 249 DAYS’ CONSUMPTION.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 220.816 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 38.2 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

MONDAY, JULY 12, 1982 '

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IMPROVEMENTS FOR KCR WORKSHOP

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IMPROVEMENTS WILL BE MADE SHORTLY TO THE EXISTING KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY WORKSHOPS AT HO TUNG LAU, SHA TIN, TO PROVIDE MODERN AND UPDATED FACILITIES FOR THE NEW ELECTRIC TRAINS.

TENDERS FOR THE MODIFICATIONS AND EXTENSIONS OF THE WORKSHOPS ARE BEING INVITED BY THE RAILWAY DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

THE WORK WILL INCLUDE THE PROVISION OF THE NEW REPAIR FACILITIES AND THE INSTALLATION OF OVERHAUL TRACTION EQUIPMENT ON THE NEW ELECTRIC TRAINS.

WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL START IN OCTOBER AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN JULY NEXT YEAR.

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EXTENSION FOR NORTH POINT FERRY PIER * * *

WORK ON THE EXTENSION AND MODIFICATION OF THE EXISTING EASTERN PASSENGER FERRY PIER AT NORTH POINT WILL START SHORTLY.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT ARE BEING INVITED BY THE CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

WHEN COMPLETED, THE +NEW+ PIER WILL PROVIDE TWO ADDITIONAL BERTHS FOR PASSENGER FERRY SERVICES IN THE AREA.

WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL START IN OCTOBER AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF 1984.

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WATER CUT IN NORTH POINT

X X X

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN NORTH POINT WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM ON THURSDAY (JULY 15) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR A LEAKAGE TEST.

THE PREMISES AFFECTED WILL BE THOSE ON JAVA ROAD BETWEEN ITS JUNCTIONS WITH HEALTHY STREET EAST AND KING’S ROAD, HOUSE NOS 865 TO 971 KING’S ROAD, TONG CHONG STREET, HOI WAN STREET, HOI TAI STREET, HOI KWONG STREET AND F INNIE STREET.

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TUESDAY, JULY 13, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

RESIDENTIAL COACH SERVICES .................................... 1

MORE EMPHASIS ON ART AND CRAFT IN PRIMARY SCHOOL .............. 2

F.S. VISITS FACTORIES ......................................... 2

QUESTIONS TO BE ASKED ABOUT 'INCIDENTS INVOLVING REPORTERS' . 3

FRESH WATER CUT IN SHA TIN .................................. 3

TUEN MUN SITE GRANTED FOR DEVELOPMENT ......................... 4

GOVERNMENT PUBLICATION EXHIBITIONS ............................ 5

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN HO MAN TIN .................. 5

AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS ................................ 6

MORE PARKING METERS IN ’JAN CHAI .............................. 6

CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT'S MOBILE RECRUITMENT DISPLAY 7

TUESDAY, JULY 13, 1982

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RESIDENTIAL COACH SERVICES * * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TODAY (JULY 13) GRANTED 11 LICENCES FOR RUNNING A NEW TYPE OF RESIDENTIAL COACH SERVICE.

ISSUING THE LICENCES THIS MORNING, THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR PETER LEEDS SAID THE OPERATORS CAN NOW START ORGANISING THEIR SERVICES AND COMMENCE OPERATION ANYTIME.

ALL THE 11 ROUTES WILL BE SERVING THE RESIDENTIAL AREAS IN TUEN MUN, TSUEN WAN, YUEN LONG, SHA TIN AND TAI PO IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THEY WILL OPERATE ONLY DURING PEAK HOURS WITH FARES RANGING FROM $1.5 TO $13.

THE OPERATORS SHOULD FOLLOW CONDITIONS LISTED IN THE SCHEDULE OF SERVICE, ONE OF WHICH BEING THAT EVERY PASSENGER MUST EITHER BE PICKED UP, OR SET DOWN AT THE TERMINUS LOCATED IN THE RESIDENTIAL AREA.

♦THE OPERATION OF CLOSELY MON I TORED,♦ MR

THESE RESIDENTIAL COACH SERVICES WOULD BE LEEDS SAID.

♦THE TWO-YEAR LICENCES WOULD BE SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION IF THE OPERATORS FAIL TO PROVIDE SERVICES IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LICENCE CONDITIONS.♦

AS THE COACHES WILL SERVE AREAS WITHOUT ADEQUATE ACCESS TO PUBLIC TRANSPORT, THEY WOULD ACTUALLY SUPPLEMENT RATHER THAN COMPETE WITH THE FRANCHISED BUS SERVICES.

ALTOGETHER 27 ROUTES WERE APPROVED WHEN APPLICATION WAS FIRST INVITED IN FEBRUARY THIS YEAR. THE OTHER 16 LICENCES WILL BE READY SHORTLY BEFORE THE NEXT INVITATION IN SEPTEMBER.

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MORE EMPHASIS ON ART AND CRAFT IN PRIMARY SCHOOL * * * *

MANY PRIMARY SCHOOLS ARE OFFERING IMPROVED PROGRAMMES IN ART AND CRAFT AS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE CURRICULUM AND THROUGH EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES TO DEVELOP STUDENTS’ PERSONAL AESTHETIC SENSITIVITY AND AWARENESS OF CULTURAL HERITAGE, 14? COLVYN HAYE, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE CREATIVE ART AND CRAFT EXHIBITION ORGANISED BY THE SHENG KUNG HUI PRIMARY SCHOOLS COUNCIL IN THE CITY HALL IN WHICH THE WORK OF STUDENTS FROM 34 PRIMARY SCHOOLS ARE DISPLAYED.

+THE APPEAL OF CHILDREN’S ART IS UNIVERSAL, IN THAT THERE IS AN IMMEDIATE RESPONSE TO THE JOYOUS USE OF COLOURS, AND TO THE FRESHNESS AND UNPRETENTIOUS APPROACH WITH WHICH CHILDREN EXPRESS THEIR FEELINGS AND EXPERIENCES OF THEIR WORLD.

+A CHILD’S IMAGINATION KNOWS NO BOUNDS AND HIS ARTISTIC VISION IS OFTEN A SOURCE OF AMAZEMENT, RECALLING MEMORIES OF ONE’S OWN YEARS OF INNOCENCE,* MR HAYE SAID.

HE THANKED ALL THE CHILDREN AND TEACHERS AND THE SHENG KUNG HUI PRIMARY SCHOOLS COUNCIL FOR THEIR HARD WORK IN MOUNTING THIS EXHIBITION.

+THE EXHIBITION WE SEE TODAY IS ADEQUATE PROOF OF THE TEAMWORK AND LEVEL OF COOPERATION WHICH EXIST IN OUR PRIMARY SCHOOLS*, THE DIRECTOR SAID.

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F.S. VISITS FACTORIES X X X X

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR JOHN BREMRIDGE, TODAY (TUESDAY) VISITED AN OPTICAL FACTORY AND A TOY FACTORY IN NORTH POINT.

MR BREMRIDGE, ACCOMPANIED BY THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF INDUSTRY, MR PAUL WONG, ARRIVED AT W. HAKING INDUSTRIES LTD. AT KING’S ROAD, WHERE HE WAS MET BY THE MANAGING DIRECTOR, MISS PAULINE CHAN! AND THE ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER, MR HERBERT WONG.

ESTABLISHED IN 1957, W. HAKING INDUSTRIES LTD. IS A LOCALLY-OWNED LIMITED COMPANY, ITS PRODUCTS - CAMERAS, BINOCULARS AND OPTICAL INSTRUMENTS - ARE EXPORTED TO THE US, UK, CONTINENTAL EUROPE, SOUTH AMERICA, SOUTH AFRICA AND JAPAN.

MR BREMRIDGE ALSO VISITED KADER INDUSTRIAL CO. LTD. AT TANNER ROAD, AND WAS CONDUCTED ON A TOUR OF THE FACTORY BY THE MANAGING DIRECTOR, MR KENNETH TING AND THE SALES MANAGER, M? M.K. CHAN.

THE COMPANY, SET UP IN 1948 BY LOCALLY-OWNED INTEREST, PRODUCES MECHANICAL PLASTIC TOYS, BATTERY OPERATED TOYS, RACE CAR/TRAIN SETS, COLLS AND DOLL DRESSES. IT EXPORTS ABOUT 70 PERCENT CF THE GOODS TO THE US, WHILST THE REMAINDER ARE SOLD TO THE UK, CONTINENTAL EUROPE, JAPAN AND OTHER COUNTRIES.

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QUESTIONS TO BE ASKED ABOUT ’INCIDENTS INVOLVING REPORTERS’ * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT mILL BE ASKED AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO MAKE A STATEMENT ON THE TmREE mECcNT INCIDENTS INVOLVING REPORTERS COVERING THE INVESTIGATION T COMMERCIAL CRIMES.

THE QUESTION TO BE PUT BY THE HONOURABLE LYDIA DUNN, UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, WILL BE AMONG SEVEN QUESTIONS TO BE RAISED AT THE MEET I NG.

OTHER QUESTIONS WILL DEAL WITH THE NUMBER OF PROSECUTIONS UNDER THE OBJECTIONABLE PUBLICATIONS ORDINANCE, NOISE POLLUTION, TAX RELIEF FOR RETIREMENT BENEFITS, KING’S ROAD TRAFFIC, SUMMER HOLIDAYS FOR TEACHERS, AND THE OPENING DATE OF THE SECOND ABERDEEN TUNNEL TUBE.

SIXTEEN BILLS WILL BE INTRODUCED AND READ A SECOND TIME, atITH DEBATE TO BE ADJOURNED, INCLUDING THE SMOKING (PUBLIC HEALTH) BILL 1982.

ONE BILL, THE URBAN COUNCIL (EXTRAORDINARY ELECTION) BILL 1982, mILL BE PRESENTED AND WILL GO THROUGH THE FULL LEGISLATIVE PROCESS IN ONE SESSION. THE BILL PROPOSES TO DISPENSE WITH THE NEED TO HOLD ANY EXTRAORDINARY ELECTION TO THE URBAN COUNCIL FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE YEAR, TO AVOID CONFUSION WITH THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS.

DEBATE WILL

innr> BE RESUMED ON FOUR BILLS PRIOR TO LEGISLATIVE

APPROVAL: SUPREME COURT (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, EVIDENCE (AMENDMENT) di DRUGS (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1982.

DANGEROUS

BILL 1982, CROWN LAND

BILL 1982 AND THE

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FRESH WATER CUT IN SHA TIN * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN SHA TIN WILL EE CUT OFF FOR NINE HOURS FROM 9 PM ON THURSDAY (JULY 15) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

PREMISES AFFECTED WILL BE THOSE AT JAT MIN ESTATE, SHA KOK ESTATE, YUEN CHOW KOK ESTATE, CITY ONE SHA TIN, WONG UK, SIU LIK YUEN, YUEN CHOW KOK TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA AND NGAU PEI SHA.

TUESDAY, JULY 13, 1982'

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TUEN MUN SITE GRANTED FOR DEVELOPMENT

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THE LANDS DEPARTMENT HAS GRANTED A THREE-HECTARE SITE IN TUEN MUN TO SUNG YIK COMPANY LTD. FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SELF-CONTAINED COMPREHENSIVE INDUSTRIAL ESTATE.

THE DEVELOPMENT SCHEME IS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN HONG KONG.

THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICER, TUEN MUN, MR RON CROSS, SAID HE WAS ENCOURAGED BY THE INTEREST SHOWN BY DEVELOPERS.

+THE SITE WAS PUT OUT TO CASH TENDER EARLIER THIS YEAR

AND THE INTEREST SHOWN IN THE DEVELOPMENT SCHEME FULLY DEMONSTRATED THE CONFIDENCE IN THE LONG TERM FUTURE OF THE RAPIDLY GROWING TUEN MUN NEw T0wN,+ HE SAID.

+SIMILAR SCHEMES MIGHT BE CONSIDERED ELSEWHERE IN HONG KONG IN THE FUTURE.+

MR CROSS SAID THAT AFTER CONSIDERING THE TENDERS AND MASTER PLANS RECEIVED, THE SUBMISSION BY SUNG YIK COMPANY LTD., A SUBSIDIARY OF NAN FUNG DEVELOPMENT LTD., WAS ACCEPTED BECAUSE IT DISPLAYED AN EXCELLENT UNDERSTANDING OF THE PHILOSOPHY UNDERLYING THE CONCEPT OF A COMMUNAL INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AND TENDERED THE HIGHEST PREMIUM.

THE DEVELOPMENT CONDITIONS CALL FOR THE PROVISION OF 150 000 SQUARE METRES OF INDUSTRIAL FLOOR SPACE AND A CENTRAL SERVICES BUILDING FOR PARKING AND ANCILLARY USES SUCH AS A BANK, RESTAURANT, OFFICES, CLINIC, CHILD CARE CENTRE AND POLICE REPORTING CENTRE. SOME RECREATIONAL FACILITIES WILL HAVE TO BE PROVIDED FOR FACTORY WORKERS.

UNDER THE LEASE CONDITIONS, THE DEVELOPER IS ALSO REQUIRED TO ENSURE THAT THE ESTATE BUILDINGS AND COMMON AREAS ARE PROPERLY MAINTAINED.

REFERRING TO THE MASTER PLANS SUBMITTED BY SUNG YIK CO. LTD., CROSS SAID, THEY PROVIDED FOR FOUR 19-STOREY FACTORY BUILDINGS SERVED BY A SIX-STOREY CENTRAL SERVICES BUILDING WITH A TWO-STOREY URBAN PLAZA LINKED TO A FIVE-STOREY CAR PARK.

♦THE FIRST OF THE FACTORY BUILDINGS TOGETHER WITH THE CENTRAL SERVICES BUILDING WILL BE COMPLETED BY 1987 AND THE OVERALL DEVELOPMENT IN 1989,+ HE ADDED.

TUESDAY, JULY 13, 1982

GOVERNMENT PUBLICATION EXHIBITIONS

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A WIDE RANGE OF GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS WILL BE ON DISPLAY AT SEVEN PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE MINI BOOK-EXHIBITIONS, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES AND THE NEW TERRITORIES DIVISION OF THE CULTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, USD, AIM TO DRAW THE ATTENTION OF THE PUBLIC TO THE RANGE AND DIVERSITY OF GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS. THE FIRST OF THESE EXHIBITIONS STARTED TODAY AT THE KWAI CHUNG PUBLIC LIBRARY.

TITLES DISPLAYED INCLUDE PUBLICATIONS ON EDUCATION, FLORA AND FAUNA, NATURAL SCIENCES, HOUSING, INDUSTRY, TRADE AND EVEN THE WEATHER.

THE DATES AND LOCATIONS OF THE DISPLAYS ARE AS FOLLOWS«

JULY 13-21

JULY 14-28

JULY 25 - AUGUST 4

AUGUST 2-15

AUGUST 8-18

AUGUST 19-31

AUGUST 22-31

KWAI CHUNG PUBLIC LIBRARY SHEUNG SHUI PUBLIC LIBRARY TSUEN WAN PUBLIC LIBRARY TAI PO PUBLIC LIBRARY TUEN MUN PUBLIC LIBRARY SHA TIN PUBLIC LIBRARY YUEN LONG PUBLIC LIBRARY

ALL THE PUBLICATIONS DISPLAYED ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, G/F., G.P.O. BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN HO MAN TIN * * *

TO FACILITATE REPAIRS TO TRAFFIC SIGNS IN THE HO MAN TIN DISTRICT, TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN THE AREA FROM 2 AM TO 5 AM ON THURSDAY (JULY 15).

CHI MAN STREET AND THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD BETWEEN CHUNG MAN STREET AND CHI MAN STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

VEHICLES ON CHUNG MAN STREET WILL BE BANNED FROM TURNING LEFT INTO PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD.

TRAFFIC ON CHUNG HAU STREET HEADING FOR TSIM SHA TSUI WILL BE DIVERTED VIA FAT KWONG STREET.

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AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD ANOTHER AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR REGISTRATION NUMBERS ON SATURDAY (JULY 17) AT 10 AM IN THE COMMITTEE ROOM OF QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM, WAN CHAI.

A TOTAL OF 35 SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR BIDDING. THEY ARE i-

cv 1687 CU 6268 AL 6692 AC 6888 AK 88

cv 1628 CV 2628 CV 165 CW 90 CV 105

cv 136 CV 418 BZ 300 AA 116 CV 1011

cv 3228 AA 89 CU 8332 CV 8328 CF 5

993 BL 9328 BD 48 HK 1331 CV 1981

AB 8770 CV 186 CV 2688 CF 8888 CU 8838

CV 233 7086 CV 268 CV 3666 CU 7986

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS MUST PAY IN CASH OR BY CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE BIDDING.

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

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

THE COMING AUCTION WILL BE THE 77TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973.

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MORE PARKING METERS IN WAN CHAI

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A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THE PARKING SPACES ALONG BURROWS STREET, MALLORY STREET AND STAR STREET IN WAN CHAI WILL BE METERED FROM 8 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 14).

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CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S MOBILE RECRUITMENT DISPLAY * * * *

THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S MOBILE RECRUITMENT DISPLAY HELD IN CHAI WAN LAST WEEK ATTRACTED HUNDREDS OF VISITORS.

,nBu THE DISPLAY COMPRISED MAINLY OF PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE DEPARTMENT’S

MANY OF THE VISITORS MADE ENQUIRIES AND SOME HANDED IN THEIR APPLICATION FORMS ON THE SPOT.

THE MOBILE DISPLAY WILL MOVE TO THE WESTERN DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE IN THIRD STREET, SAI YING PUN, TOMORROW (JULY 14) AND WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL FRIDAY (JULY 16). THE OPENING HOURS WILL BE FROM 4 PM TO 10 PM DAILY.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO VISIT THE DISPLAY.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 14, 1982

CONTBITS PAGE NO,

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING:

POLICE LOOKING INTO 'INCIDENTS' .................... 1

EDUCATION. (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 ................... 2

MOVE TO STOP DRUG SMUGGLING ON SHEPS ............... 4

BILL REDEFINES AGE STRUCTURE FOR CHILD CARE CENTRES. 5

SEPTEMBER OPENING FOR SECOND ABERDEEN TUBE ......... 6

SAME PRIVILEGES SOUGHT FOR CUBE .................... 7

SOLICITORS MAY NOW SIT AS SUPREME COURT JUDGES ..... 8

STEP TO CLARIFY QUALIFICATION OF ARTICLED CLERKS............. 9

HEAVY TOLL FROM LUNG CANCER ................................ 10

NOISE COMPLAINTS HANDLED BY POLICE.......................... 11

FIVE BILLS PASSED AT LEGCO ................................. 11

WESTBOUND TRAFFIC ON KING'S ROAD TO BENEFIT DURING NEXT STAGE ....................................................   12

BILL TO REMOVE DOUBT ABOUT TV LICENCES ..................... 12

NO CHANGE IN RETIREMENT SCHEME POLICY ...................... 13

REGISTRATION LIMIT ON TAXIS EXTENDED ....................... 13

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ACTION TAKEN AGAINST OBJECTIONABLE PUBLICATIONS ............ 14

BILL TO FACILITATE LEVY ASSESSMENT ......................... 14

UC BY-ELECTION DEFERRED .................................... 15

STEP TAKEN TO STOP TRAVEL TICKET TOUTING.................... 15

MOVE TO LIMIT CIVIL LIABILITY OF LICENSED PILOTS  ..........  16 -...

GUARANTEE FOR MTR LOAN...................................... 16

90 HOLIDAYS A YEAR FOR THESE TEACHERS ...................... 17

A FORM ONE PLACE FOR ALL....................................... 18

STUDENT EDITORS ATTEND .FIGHT YOUTH CRIME SEMINAR ............. 19

CI CALLS ON YOUNG PEOPLE TO JOIN HONG KONG INDUSTRY............ 21

SHA TIN AREA COMMITTEES FUNCTIONING TOLL....................... 22

18 LAND EXECUTIVES COMPLETE LAND ADMINISTRATION COURSE...... 23

YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD 4TH MEETING.......................... 24

ANNUAL CAMP FOR FISHERMEN'S CHILDREN .......................... 24

URBAN CLEARWAY IN NORTH POINT ................................. 25

BLOOD DONATION BY LANDS AND WORKS DEPARTMENTS STAFF............ 25

WEDNESDAY, JULY 14, 1982

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POLICE LOOKING INTO ’INCIDENTS’ * * *

POLICE ARE NOW INVESTIGATING THE INCIDENTS INVOLVING REPORTERS WHICH OCCURRED IN LOCKHART ROAD, WAN CHAI ON JULY 2, 3 AND 4, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR J.R. HEYWOOD, SAID TODAY.

SPEAKING IN REPLY TO A QUESTION ABOUT THE INCIDENTS BY THE HON LYDIA DUNN AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR HEYWOOD SAID A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION WOULD TAKE SOME TIME, +BECAUSE OF THE LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE INVOLVED AND THE ALLEGATIONS AND COUNTER ALLEGATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE.*

IN ADDITION, THE COMPLAINTS AND INTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS WING IS CARRYING OUT AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO THE POLICE HANDLING OF THE INCIDENT.

+UNTIL ALL THESE INVESTIGATIONS AND ENQUIRIES ARE CONCLUDED, AND IT HAS BEEN DECIDED WHETHER OR NOT ANY CRIMINAL CHARGES ARE APPROPRIATE, IT WOULD NOT BE PROPER TO GIVE ANY FURTHER INFORMATION,* HE SAID.

MR HEYWOOD SAID THE INCIDENTS AROSE FOLLOWING A RAID ON PREMISES IN LOCKHART ROAD BY THE POLICE COMMERCIAL CRIME BUREAU, WHICH ATTRACTED A LARGE NUMBER OF MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES.

IN THE COURSE OF POLICE ENQUIRIES SOME 50-60 PERSONS, WHO WERE FOUND NOT TO BE CONNECTED WITH THE INVESTIGATION, WERE ALLOWED TO LEAVE THE PREMISES. AS THEY WERE LEAVING THE BUILDING AN ALTERCATION OCCURRED BETWEEN THEM AND A NUMBER OF REPORTERS. ORDER WAS RESTORED BUT 10 PERSONS LATER RECEIVED TREATMENT FOR MINOR INJURIES AT HOSPITAL, HE SAID.

THE SECOND INCIDENT OCCURRED ON THE EVENING OF JULY 3, WHEN ANOTHER ALTERCATION TOOK PLACE AT THE SAME LOCATION. AS A RESULT, FIVE PERSONS LATER RECEIVED TREATMENT FOR MINOR INJURIES AT HOSPITAL.

+THIS INCIDENT HAD A SEQUEL LATER THE SAME EVENING;

WHILST ENQUIRIES WERE BEING CONDUCTED AT THE WAN CHAI POLICE STATION A NUMBER OF PERSONS HAD TO BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE STATION,* HE SAID.

A THIRD INCIDENT OCCURRED IN THE AFTERNOON OF JULY 4, WHEN A LARGE GROUP OF REPORTERS WENT TO THE WAN CHAI POLICE STATION AND ASKED FOR POLICE PROTECTION TO BE PROVIDED WHEN THEY RETURNED TO THE SCENE OF THE PREVIOUS INCIDENTS.

AFTER DISCUSSIONS WITH THE POLICE THE REPORTERS WENT TO THE SCENE IN SMALL GROUPS AND TOOK PHOTOGRAPHS. A POLICE PRESENCE WAS PROVIDED AND IT WAS MADE CLEAR THAT THIS WAS TO ENSURE THAT THERE WOULD BE NO FURTHER BREACHES OF THE PEACE, HE SAID.

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EDUCATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 * * *

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, THE HON COLVYN HAYE, TODAY MOVED THE SECOND READING OF THE EDUCATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1962 *HICH PROPOSES TO GIVE EFFECT TO IMPORTANT FEATURES OF THE WHITE PAPER ON PRIMARY EDUCATION AND PRE-PRIMARY SERVICES AND CONTRIBUTE TO THE MORE EFFICIENT MANAGEMENT OF SCHOOLS.

MR HAYE SAID AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THAT UNDER THE WHITE PAPER PROPOSALS, ENTRY TO PRIMARY SCHOOLS wOULD AS AT PRESENT EE COMPULSORY FROM THE START OF THE SCHOOL YEAR FOLLOWING THE CHILD’S REACHING THE AGE OF SIX, BUT WOULD BE PERMITTED FROM FIVE YEARS EIGHT MONTHS.

+THE CHANGE OF AGE OF ENTRY TO PRIMARY SCHOOL WILL BE INTRODUCED ADMINISTRATIVELY WITH EFFECT FROM SEPTEMBER 1, 1983,+ HE SAID.

HOWEVER, MR HAYE ADDED THAT THE AGE OF ENTRY TO SCHOOLS OPERATED BY THE ENGLISH SCHOOLS FOUNDATION WOULD CONTINUE TO BE FIVE YEARS.

♦THIS IS IN CONFORMITY WITH THE UNITED KINGDOM SYSTEM, IN WHICH PRIMARY EDUCATION IS FOR CHILDREN AGE FIVE TO ll-PLUS,* HE EXPLAINED.

TO KEEP IN LINE WITH THE REDUCTION OF THE AGE OF ENTRY TO PRIMARY SCHOOL TO FIVE YEARS EIGHT MONTHS, MR HAYE SAID, THE BILL PROPOSES TO REDUCE THE LOWER AGE LIMIT OF FOUR YEARS IN THE DEFINITION OF KINDERGARTEN EDUCATION IN THE EDUCATION ORDINANCE TO THREE YEARS EIGHT MONTHS.

THIS IS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE WHITE PAPER WHICH STATES THAT PRE-PRIMARY SERVICES COULD MOST EFFECTIVELY BE DIVIDED AT THE AGE CORRESPONDING TO TWO YEARS BEFORE ENTRY TO PRIMARY SCHOOL, WITH CHILDREN BELOW THAT AGE ATTENDING CHILD CARE CENTRES AND THOSt ABOVE THAT AGE ATTENDING KINDERGARTENS REGISTERED UNDER A SUITABLY AMENDED EDUCATION ORDINANCE, MR HAYE NOTED.

MR HAYE STRESSED THAT THE KEY TO THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR IMPLEMENTING THE PROPOSALS SET OUT IN THE 1981 WHITE PAPER WAS CONSULTATION, PUBLICITY AND FLEXIBILITY.

+ALTHOUGH MY COLLEAGUE THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE AND I MYSELF HAVE BEEN AT PAINS TO STRESS THE FLEXIBILITY OF THESE ARRANGEMENTS, THERE IS STILL SOME UNEASE ON TrtE" PART OF KINDERGARTEN OPERATORS. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO REASSURE THEM,* i*R HAYE SAID.

HE SAID THE CHANGE IN THE DEFINITION OF THE LOWER AGE LIMIT FOR KINDERGARTEN EDUCATION FROM FOUR YEARS TO THREE YEARS EIGHT MONTHS WOULD EE BROUGHT INTO OPERATION IN SEPTEMBER 1985.

/Mk ha ye said

WEDNESDAY, JULY 14, 1982

MR HAYE SAID ALTHOUGH HE HAD ADVISED KINDERGARTEN OPERATORS THAT THIS NEW LOWER AGE REQUIREMENT SHOULD BE INTRODUCED GRADUALLY BETWEEN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR AND 1985, HE WOULD LIKE TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT THE DECISION ON HOw TO INTRODUCE THIS NEW AGE CRITERION WAS UP TO THE OPERATORS THEMSELVES.

COMMENTING THAT SOME KINDERGARTEN OPERATORS HAD EXPRESSED UNEASE OVER THE REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS wHICH THEY WOULD BE EXPECTED TO MEET FROM 1985 ONWARDS IN RESPECT OF BABY CLASSES, RR HAYE NOTED: +IN KEEPING WITH THE SPIRIT OF CONSULTATION AND FLEXIBILITY, TO WHICH I HAVE ALREADY REFERRED, I PROPOSE IN THE NEAR FUTURE THAT THERE SHOULD BE A SERIES OF MEETINGS WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF KINDERGARTEN OPERATORS, WITH A VIEW TO RESOLVING OUTSTANDING DIFFICULTIES AND FINALISING MUTUALLY ACCEPTABLE ARRANGEMENTS FOR BABY CLASSES, OR NURSERY CLASSES AS I SHOULD PREFER TO CALL THEM.+

MR HAYE SAID THE SECOND AMENDMENT ARISING FROM THE WHITE PAPER REFLECTED THE IMPORTANCE THAT WAS TO BE ATTACHED TO HAVING PROPERLY QUALIFIED PERSONS AS PRINCIPALS OF KINDERGARTENS.

THE WHITE PAPER STATES THAT IT IS CONSIDERED ESSENTIAL THAT THE PRINCIPAL OF A KINDERGARTEN SHOULD ATTEND A TWO-YEAR KINDERGARTEN TEACHER TRAINING COURSE, UNLESS HE OR SHE POSSESSES A QUALIFICATION, FOLLOWING A COURSE OF STUDY CONTAINING A KINDERGARTEN TRAINING ELEMENT.

A SECTION OF THE EDUCATION ORDINANCE, WHICH ENABLES THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION TO REFUSE TO APPROVE A TEACHER AS THE PRINCIPAL OF A SCHOOL, WAS AMENDED BY THE BILL TO ENABLE HIM TO REFUSE APPROVAL, WHERE IN THE CASE OF A KINDERGARTEN, HE WAS NOT SATISFIED THAT THE TEACHER WAS APPROPRIATELY QUALIFIED TO BE THE PRINCIPAL.

ANOTHER SECTION OF THE ORDINANCE, wHICH ALLOWS THE DIRECTOR TO WITHDRAW HIS APPROVAL, WAS SIMILARLY AMENDED BY THE BILL, HE ADDED.

THE DIRECTOR ALSO SAID THAT OTHER WHITE PAPER PROPOSALS CONCERNING KINDERGARTENS HAD ALREADY BEEN GIVEN EFFECT TO, BY AMENDMENTS TO EDUCATION REGULATIONS WHICH WERE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE ON JUNE 24.

THESE INCLUDE NEW PROVISIONS REGARDING SPACE REQUIREMENTS hND CLASS SIZE, TOGETHER WITH SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR FULL-DAY KINDERGARTENS. +IT IS THE INTENTION THAT THESE NEW REQUIREMENTS WILL COME INTO OPERATION IN SEPTEMBER 1986,+ MR HAYE SAID.

MR HAYE SAID THE BILL FURTHER PROPOSED TO REQUIRE THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE OF A SCHOOL TO RECOMMEND AN ACTING SUPERVISOR FOR THE APPROVAL OF THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION WHEN THE SUPERVISOR wAS ABSENT FROM HONG KONG OR WAS ILL FOR A PERIOD OF NOT LESS THAN 28 DAYS.

ANOTHER PROPOSAL SET OUT IN THE BILL PROVIDES FOR THE APPOINTMENT BY THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION OF A SCHOOL MANAGER, WHENEVER A SCHOOL HAS, FOR ANY REASON, NO MANAGER, MR HAYE SAID

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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MOVE TO STOP DRUG SMUGGLING ON SHIPS * * * *

AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, THE HON MARIA TAM, WARNED TODAY ('WEDNESDAY) THAT THERE W ILL BE AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF NEW AND LAPSED DRUG ADDICTS IF ACTION IS NOT TAKEN IMMEDIATELY AGAINST THE SMUGGLING OF DANGEROUS DRUGS INTO HONG KONG.

SHE WAS SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE DANGEROUS DRUGS (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL DURING ITS RESUMED DEBATE IN THc LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THE BILL SEEKS TO DETER TRAFFICKERS IN DANGEROUS DRUGS FROM USING SHIPS TO CARRY OUT THEIR NEFARIOUS TRADE AND TO IMPOSE FINANCIAL PENALTIES ON THE OWNER OF THE SHIP WHICH IS FOUND TO HAVE CARRIED EXCESSIVE QUANTITIES OF DRUGS ON TWO OCCASIONS WITHIN A PERIOD OF 18 MONTHS.

CITING STATISTICS, MISS TAM POINTED OUT THAT THERE WAS A STEADY DECLINE IN THE NUMBER OF NEw DRUG ADDICTS BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 1976 AND DECEMBER 1979.

BUT THE NUMBER INCREASED FROM 38 730 TO OVER 42 003 IN 1981 AS A RESULT OF A GOOD HARVEST OF POPPIES IN THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE AND AN INCREASED AMOUNT OF HEROIN BEING SMUGGLED INTO HONG KONG.

THE DROP IN TrtE WHOLESALE PRICE OF NO.3 HEROIN BY 60 PER CENT LAST YEAR ALSO CAUSED MANY OF THOSE ON METHADONt TREATMENT TO TAKE HEROIN AGAIN, SHE SAID.

MISS TAM SUGGESTED THAT THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO ri IT AT DRUG TRAFFICKING wAS BY DETECTION AND SEIZURE BOTH AT THE POINT CF ENTRY TO HONG KONG AND DURING ITS MANUFACTURE HERE.

♦THE FIND, OR QUANTITY SEIZED, AT THIS STAGE IS USUALLY LARGE AND IT IS PREVENTED FROM REACHING THE HANDS OF THE ADDICTi IN THE REAR LANES, RED LIGHT DISTRICTS AND HOUSING ESTATES OF THE URBAN AREA, AND THE OLD ABANDONED VILLAGE HUTS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

♦THIS IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE PREVENTION IS FAR BETTER THAN CURE AND WHILE IT IS NOW EASY TO MEDICALLY CURE A MAN OF DRUG ADDICTION, WE CAN NEVER BE CERTAIN OF HIS SUCCESSFUL REHABILITATION.

♦MANY OF THEM GO THROUGH CYCLES OF METHADONE TREATMENTS AND PERIODS OF PROBATION AND SUPERVISION BY SOCIAL WORKERS, ONLY TO LAPSE INTO TAKING HEROIN WHENEVER THEY CAN AFFORD IT AND OBTAIN IT IN THE STREETS,* SHE SAID.

EARLIER, THE HON PETER C. WONG, CONVENOR OF THE LEGISLATION SCRUTINY GROUP WHICH STUDIED THE BILL, SAID HIS GROUP AGREED THAT THE PROBLEMS OF DRUG TRAFFICKING IN HONG KONG MERITED FIRM AND SWIFT ACTION INVOLVING A DEGREE OF RETROSPECTIVE EFFECT.

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BUT THEY WERE SOMEWHAT CONCEkNED TrAT CwNERS OF SHIPS, wHICH HAD BEEN FOUND CARRYING DRUGS IN THE 13 MONTHS PRIOR TO THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE BILL, MIGHT NOT KNOW THAT THEIR VESSELS HAD BEEN SO INVOLVED AND MIGHT THEREFORE NOT EE AwARc THAT THEY WERE PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE TO THE PAYMENT OF A SUBSTANTIAL PENALTY.

HOWEVER, MR WONG ADDED, THE GOVERNMENT HAD AGREED THAT UPON THE ENACTMENT OF THE BILL, STEPS wOULD BE TAKEN TO INFORM aLL SUCH OWNERS THAT DRUGS HAD BEEN FOUND ON THEIR SHIPS DUR I Nt Trie. PERIOD IN QUESTION AND THAT THIS CONSTITUTED THE FIRST OFFENCE IN TERMS OF THE NEW MEASURES.

IN REPLY, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON J.R. HEYwOOD, SAID, +IT IS CERTAINLY MOST REASONABLE THAT ANY SHIP OWNER WHO IS RENDERED VULNERABLE TO PROCEEDINGS UNDER THIS BILL BY VIRTUE OF A FIRST SEIZURE OF AN EXCESSIVE QUANTITY OF DANGEROUS DRUGS SHOULD BE MADE AwARE OF THIS FACT.+

THE GOVERNMENT WOULD ISSUE WRITTEN WARNINGS TO SHIP OWNERS OF ALL SUCH SEIZURES WHICH HAVE OCCURRED IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS AND WOULD CONTINUE TO ISSUE THEM IN RESPECT OF ALL SUCH SEIZURES IN THE FUTURE.

HE ADDED THAT IT WAS INTENDED NOT TO BRING THE BILL INTO OPERATION UNTIL SIX MONTHS AFTER ITS ENACTMENT.

+THUS, ALL OWNERS OF SHIPS FOUND TO BE CARRYING EXCESSIVE QUANTITIES OF DANGEROUS DRUGS EIGHTEEN MONTHS BEFORE THE OPERATION OF THIS NEW LEGISLATION WILL HAVE RECEIVED WRITTEN WARNING,+ HE SAID.

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BILL REDEFINES AGE STRUCTURE FOR CHILD CARE CENTRES *****

THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THE CHILD CARE CENTRES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 IS TO REDEFINE THE AGE STRUCTURE OF CHILDREN ATTENDING SUCH CENTRES AND TO CONTROL THE FEES CHARGED, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, THE HON ANSON CHAN, EXPLAINED AT TODAY’S LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING.

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, MRS CHAN NOTED THAT THE 1981 WHITE PAPER ON PRIMARY EDUCATION AND PRE-PRIMARY SERVICES RECOMMENDED THAT, IN FUTURE, CHILD CARE CENTRES SHOULD CATER MAINLY FOR CHILDREN FROM TWO TO THREE YEARS OLD WHILE CHILDREN BETWEEN FOUR AND FIVE WOULD BE PROVIDED FOR IN KINDERGARTENS REGISTERED UNDER THE EDUCATION ORDINANCE.

+THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND THESE RECOMMENDATIONS IS THAT VERY YOUNG CHILDREN OF TWO OR THREE REQUIRE A MORE CARE-ORIENTED APPROACH OFFERED BY CHILD CARE CENTRES WHEREAS OLDER CHILDREN OF FOUR OR FIVE ARE BETTER ABLE TO PROFIT FROM A MORE STRUCTURED APPROACH TO EDUCATION,+ MRS CHAN SAID.

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THE BILL PROVIDES POWERS TO ENACT REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE CLASSES OR TYPES OF CHILD CARE CENTRES AND THE AGE LIMITS OF CHILDREN TO BE ADMITTED.

BUT MRS CHAN STRESSED THAT SUCH REGULATIONS WOULD NOT BE ENACTED +UNTIL THE GOVERNMENT IS SATISFIED THAT ADEQUATE PROVISION IS AVAILABLE IN FULL-DAY KINDERGARTENS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF FOUR-AND-FIVE-YEAR OLD CHILDREN WHO REQUIRE FULL-DAY CARE AND SUPERVISION.*

+ACCORDINGLY, CHILD CARE CENTRES WILL CONTINUE, FOR THE TIME BEING, TO ADMIT CHILDREN UP TO THE AGE OF FIVE YEARS EIGHT MONTHS WHEN THEY WILL ENTER PRIMARY SCHOOL,* SHE ADDED.

ON CONTROL OF FEES, WHICH THE BILL INVESTS IN THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS CHAN EXPLAINED THAT ITS PURPOSE wAS TO ENSURE REASONABLE CHARGES AS CHILD CARE CENTRES CATERED MOSTLY TO LOW-INCOME FAMILIES.

THE BILL ALSO STATES THAT CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF SIX WHO ARE MEMBERS OF FAMILIES ORDINARILY RESIDENT IN PREMISES ARE TO BE COUNTED FOR THE PURPOSES OF DETERMINING WHETHER THE PREMISES ARE A CHILD CARE CENTRE AS DEFINED BY THE ORDINANCE.

THE BILL AUTHORISES THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE OR AN INSPECTOR OR MEDICAL OFFICER TO ENTER AND INSPECT ANY CHILD CARE CENTRES OR ANY PREMISES SUSPECTED TO BE A CHILD CARE CENTRE.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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SEPTEMBER OPENING FOR SECOND ABERDEEN TUBE * * * *

THE SECOND TUBE OF THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL IS SCHEDULED TO BE OPENED IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, MR N.K. CHAN, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON SELINA CHOW, HE SAID THAT THE TUBE WOULD BE OPENED TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC CONCURRENT wI TH THE CLOSURE OF THE FIRST TUBE TO PERMIT FURTHER WORK RELATED TO THE ELECTRONIC CONTROL AND SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM TO BE CARRIED OUT IN THE LATTER.

♦ONCE THESE FURTHER WORKS ARE COMPLETED IN DECEMBER THIS YEAR AS PRESENTLY SCHEDULED, BOTH TUBES WILL BE OPENED TO TRAFFIC WITH ONE-*.AY OPERATION IN EACH TUBE,* HE SAID.

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SAME PRIVILEGES SOUGHT FOR CUHK

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THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICE-, DR S.F. LAM, HAS PROPOSED SEVERAL AMENDMENTS TO THE MEDICAL REGISTRATION ORDINANCE WHICH WILL ENABLE THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY CF HONG KONG TO ENJOY THE SAME PRIVILEGES AS THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY.

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE MEDICAL REGISTRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING THIS AFTERNOON, DR LAM SAID THAT THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS WERE NECESSARY AS A RESULT OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A MEDICAL SCHOOL AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

UNDER THE PROVISION OF THE BILL, MEMBERSHIP OF THE HONG KONG MEDICAL COUNCIL WILL BE EXPANDED TO INCLUDE A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY.

IN ADDITION, THE BILL WILL ENABLE THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY TO ISSUE CERTIFICATES OF EXPERIENCE FOR THE PURPOSE OF MEDICAL REGISTRATION.

AT THE SAME TIME, SAID DR LAM, IT WILL ALLOW DOCTORS WORKING FULL-TIME IN THE MEDICAL FACULTY OF THE UNIVERSITY TO EE DEEMED REGISTERED AND WILL ALSO EXEMPT ITS STAFF FROM THE REQUIREMENT TO PAY REGISTRATION FEES.

UNDER THE AMENDMENT BILL, RECOGNITION IS MADE OF THE ROLE CF SUBVENTED HOSPITALS AS PART OF THE PUBLIC SECTOR, AND DOCTORS EMPLOYED IN THESE INSTITUTIONS WILL ACCORDINGLY BE GRANTED EXEMPTION FROM THE REQUIREMENT TO PAY REGISTRATION FEES IN THE SAME WAY AS THEIR COUNTERPARTS IN GOVERNMENT SERVICE.

DR LAM SAID THE DEPARTMENT WOULD CONSULT FURTHER WITH THE MEDICAL COUNCIL ON THE QUESTION OF DISCRETION TO RECOGNISE CERTAIN FOREIGN MEDICAL QUALIFICATIONS.

FOLLOWING THIS CONSULTATION, HE SAID, IT IS PROPOSED TO INTRODUCE SUITABLE LEGISLATION IN THE NEXT SESSION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

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SOLICITORS IN CROwN SERVICE WITH TEN YEARS’ RELEVANT EXPERIENCE WILL NOW BE ELIGIBLE FOR APPOINTMENT AS SUPREME COURT JUDGES.

A BILL TO THIS EFFECT wAS PASSED INTO LAw BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THE HON PETER C. WONG, CONVENOR OF THE LEGISLATION SCRUTINY GROUP OF UNOFFICIALS, SAID DURING THE DEBATE ON THE SUPREME COURT (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL, THAT IT WAS +A DEPARTURE FROM THE LONG STANDING PRACTICE THAT ONLY BARRISTERS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR SUCH APPOINTMENT+.

HE SAID REPRESENTATIONS HAD BEEN RECEIVED FROM THE LAW SOCIETY OF HONG KONG WHICH CONTENDED, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT THE BILL WOULD IN EFFECT CREATE A CLASS OF SOLICITORS WHO BECAUSE THEY HAD BEEN EMPLOYED BY THE CROWN, BUT NOT NECESSARILY AS ADVOCATES, WERE ELIGIBLE FOR APPOINTMENT WHILE THE REST OF THE SOLICITORS WERE NOT.

THE BAR COMMITTEE, ON THE OTHER HAND, CONCEDED THAT THE MAIN PROVISION OF THE BILL WAS A MEASURE WHICH WOULD BETTER SERVE THE PUBLIC INTEREST AND HENCE AGREED TO THIS MINOR CONCESSION.

WHILE SYMPATHETIC TO THE REPRESENTATIONS FROM THE LAW SOCIETY, NR WONG SAID HIS GROUP FELT THAT ON BALANCE IT WOULD BE UNWISE TO RECOMMEND THAT THE CONCESSION BE EXTENDED TO SOLICITORS GENERALLY.

+ IDEALLY, AN APPOINTMENT SHOULD GO TO THE PERSON BEST SUITED FOR THE JOB, BUT THE APPOINTMENTS UNDER DISCUSSION HAVE TO BE CONSIDERED IN THE LIGHT OF THE TRADITIONAL DIVISION OF WORK BETWEEN THE TWO BRANCHES OF THE PROFESSION.

♦ THE SYSTEM HAS WORKED WELL AND IT WOULD NOT BE IN THE INTEREST GF THE PROFESSION OR OF THE PUBLIC TO ROCK THE BOAT.*

MR WONG NOTED THAT JUDGES COULD JOIN CROwN

SOLICITORS ASPIRING TO THE SUPREME COURT SERVICE OR TAKE STEPS TO BECOME BARRISTERS.

+THE AVENUES TO THE FULFILMENT OF THEIR ASPIRATIONS REMAIN OPEN.+ HE ADDED.

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STEP TO CLARIFY QUALIFICATION OF ARTICLED CLERKS * * * *

A BILL WHICH wILL ALSO REDEFINE THE EXPRESSION +ARTICLES+, IN THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE, TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT IT IS NOT NECESSARY FOR AN ARTICLED CLERK TO BE APPRENTICED TO A SOLICITOR ADMITTED AS SUCH IN HONG KONG, wAS INTRODUCED AND READ A SECOND TIME AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TODAY.

SPEAKING ON THE LEGAL PRACTITIONERS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, THE ACTING LAW DRAFTSMAN, THE HON J.J. O’GRADY EXPLAINED THAT UNDER SECTION 4 OF THE LEGAL PRACTITIONERS ORDINANCE, A PERSON CAN BECOME QUALIFIED FOR ADMISSION AS A SOLICITOR BY SERVING UNDER ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP IN HONG KONG WITH A PRACTISING SOL ICI TOR.

SERVICE UNDER ARTICLES IN HONG KONG IS GOVERNED BY THE ARTICLED CLERKS RULES MADE BY THE COUNCIL OF THE LAW SOCIETY UNDER THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE.

RULE 6(3) OF THE RULES SAYS THAT A PERSON WISHING TO BECOME A SOLICITOR MAY SERVE UNDER ARTICLES WITH A PERSON EMPLOYED IN THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT, THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT OR THE LEGAL AID DEPARTMENT, IF THAT PERSON IS A SOLICITOR OR IS A PERSON QUALIFIED FOR ADMISSION AS A SOLICITOR IN HONG KONG.

THE OBJECT OF THE RULE, MR O’GRADY SAID, IS CLEARLY TO ENABLE ARTICLED CLERKS TO SERVE THEIR APPRENTICESHIPS WITH LAWYERS EMPLOYED IN THE RELEVANT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WHO, THOUGH THEY ARE NOT ACTUALLY ADMITTED AS SOLICITORS IN HONG KONG, HAVE ALL THE NECESSARY QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSION.

+HOWEVER, THE QUESTION HAS RECENTLY BEEN RAISED WHETHER THE RULE IS VALID, PRINCIPALLY ON THE GROUND THAT, WHILE THE COUNCIL OF THE LAW SOCIETY IS EMPOWERED TO REGULATE ARTICLED CLERKS, BOTH AS RESPECTS ARTICLES AND EXAMINATIONS, THE ORDINANCE WOULD APPEAR TO REQUIRE THAT ARTICLES MUST ALWAYS BE SERVED WITH A PRACTISING SOLICITOR, AND NOT MERELY WITH SOMEONE WHO IS A PERSON QUALIFIED FOR ADMISSION AS A SOLICITOR.

♦THIS VIEW OF THE LAW, IF IT IS CORRECT, CLEARLY HOLDS THE GRAVEST IMPLICATIONS FOR THOSE IMMEDIATELY AFFECTED,+ MR O’GRADY SAID.

FOR THAT REASON IT IS PROPOSED IN THE BILL TO REMOVE ANY QUESTION OF DOUBT AS TO THE VALIDITY OF THE PRESENT ARRANGEMENTS AND TO ENSURE THAT THOSE WHOSE QUALIFICATIONS MIGHT OTHERWISE BE IN DOUBT WILL HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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HEAVY TOLL FROM LUNG CANCER * * * *

LUNG CANCER HAS TAKEN A HEAVY TOLL IN HONG KONG OVER THE

LAST 12 YEARS, WITH THE NUMBER OF VICTIMS RISING BY 132 PER CENT FROM 786 IN 1970 TO 1 826 LAST YEAR , THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAl SERVICES, THE HON ERIC HO DISCLOSED TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

+EVEN ALLOWING FOR OUR INCREASE IN POPULATION, LUNG CANCER DEATHS PER 100 000 POPULATION ROSE FROM 19.9 IN 1970 TO 35.4 IN 1981, AN INCREASE OF 78 PER CENT,* MR HO WARNED IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE SMOKING (PUBLIC HEALTH) BILL 1982 AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

HE SAID WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION STUDIES SHOWED THAT IN COMMUNITIES WHERE SMOKING WAS WIDESPREAD, THE HABIT WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR 90 PER CENT OF LUNG CANCER DEATHS, 75 PER CENT OF BRONCHITIS DEATHS, AND 25 PER CENT OF ISCHAEMIC HEART DEATHS.

+IN ACTUARIAL TERMS, THE RISK OF A SMOKER DYING BEFORE THE AGE OF 65 IS ONE AND A HALF TIMES TO TWICE AS GREAT AS FOR A NON-SMOKER.

+ALL THESE FACTORS POINT TO SMOKING AS THE MAJOR PREVENTABLE CAUSE OF MORTALITY AND ILL HEALTH,* HE SAID.

ON THE RISKS OF +PASSIVE SMOKING*, MR HO NOTED THAT MEDICAL STUDIES HAD INDICATED THAT SMALL BABIES HAD A HIGHER RISK OF PNEUMONIA AND BRONCHITIS WHEN THEIR PARENTS WERE SMOKERS.

THE STUDIES ALSO SHOWED THAT MANY PEOPLE WITH ASTHMA, ALLERGIES OR CHEST COMPLAINTS SUFFERED ACUTE DISCOMFORT FROM PIPE, CIGAR OR CIGARETTE SMOKE.

THE MAJORITY OF NON-SMOKERS IN HONG KONG — ABOUT FOUR-FIFTHS CF ITS POPULATION — FOUND SMOKE-LADEN ATMOSPHERE UNPLEASANT, l*R HO POINTED OUT.

A PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY IN HONG KONG COMMISSIONED BY THE GOVERNMENT IN 1981 INDICATED THAT MORE THAN HALF OF THOSE wHO EXPRESSED A VIEW FELT THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD ACT TO PROTECT NON-SMOKERS’ INTERESTS.

+IN ADDITION, THERE WAS GENERAL SUPPORT FOR HEALTH WARNINGS ON CIGARETTE PACKETS AND ADVERTISEMENTS, FOR THE BANNING OF SMOKING IN ENCLOSED PUBLIC PLACES AND FOR FURTHER CONTROLS ON CIGARETTE ADVERTISING ON TELEVISION,* MR HO SAID.

+THE BILL BEFORE COUNCIL IS A PACKAGE OF THESE MEASURES WHICH I BELIEVE WILL PROVE EFFECTIVE,* HE SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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NOISE COMPLAINTS HANDLED BY POLICE XXX

RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE INVESTIGATION OF COMPLAINTS OF EXCESSIVE NOISE RESTS PRIMARILY WITH THE POLICE, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON DAVID AKERS-JONES SAID TODAY.

REPLYING TO QUESTIONS FROM THE HON ANDREW SO ABOUT NOISE POLLUTION, MR AKERS-JONES SAID THAT THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT WILL ALSO RESPOND TO COMPLAINTS ABOUT CONSTRUCTION NOISE, AND THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL RESPOND TO COMPLAINTS ABOUT AIR CONDITIONING NOISE.

FOR THE MOST PART, HE SAID, CONTROL OVER EXCESSIVE NOISE IS EFFECTED UNDER THE SUMMARY OFFENCES ORDINANCE. THIS PROVIDES THAT IT IS AN OFFENCE TO MAKE, OR TO CAUSE OR PERMIT TO BE MADE, ANY NOISE BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 11 PM AND 6 AM WHICH IS CALCULATED TO DISTURB OR ANNOY. IT ALSO PROHIBITS THE USE BETWEEN 7 PM AND 7 AM AS WELL AS ON PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, OF ANY POWERED MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT EXCEPT IN ACCORDANCE WITH A PERMIT WHICH MAY BE ISSUED BY THE DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT.

THE ORDINANCE FURTHER SPECIFICALLY PROHIBITS ANY PILING WORK BEING UNDERTAKEN BETWEEN 7 PM AND 7 AM AND ON PUBLIC HOLIDAYS UNLESS SPECIAL EXEMPTION HAS BEEN GRANTED BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL.

IN ADDITION, THERE ARE ALSO SPECIAL CONTROLS ON NOISE FROM VENTILATION SYSTEM SUCH AS THOSE ARISING FROM AIR CONDITIONING PLANT AND EQUIPMENT.

NOISE WITHIN INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS, THIS IS CONTROLLED BY THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS ORDINANCE ADMINISTERED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR.

IN DECEMBER THIS YEAR, IT WILL BE A MANDATORY REQUIREMENT FOR EMPLOYERS TO PROVIDE, AND FOR WORKERS TO WEAR, MUFFLERS WHEN NOISE LEVELS WITHIN A WORKPLACE EXCEED LEVELS LAID DOWN IN PUBLISHED GUIDELINES.

HE ADDED THAT A MORE COMPREHENSIVE NOISE CONTROL BILL HAS BEEN PROPOSED, BUT THIS WILL TAKE UNTIL ABOUT 1984 TO PREPARE.

FIVE BILLS PASSED AT LEGCO XXX

FIVE BILLS WERE PASSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THEY ARE: THE SUPREME COURT (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL 1982, THE URBAN COUNCIL (EXTRAORDINARY ELECTION) BILL 1982, THE CROWN LAND (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, THE EVIDENCE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 AND THE DANGEROUS DRUGS (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL 1982.

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aESTBOUND TRAFFIC ON KING’S ROAD TO BENEFIT DURING NEXT STAGE

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WESTBOUND TRAFFIC WILL BENEFIT WHEN THE NEXT STAGE OF THE NEW KING’S ROAD TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME IS COMPLETED, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON ALAN SCOTT, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE NEXT STAGE WILL INVOLVE THE RELOCATION OF TRAM TRACKS BETWEEN WING HING STREET AND JAVA ROAD, AND wILL PROVIDE MUCH NEEDED EXTRA ROAD SPACE FOR WESTBOUND TRAFFIC, MR SCOTT SAID.

WORK ON THIS WILL BEGIN IN AUGUST AND SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF THE YEAR.

MR SCOTT POINTED OUT THAT THE FLOW OF EASTBOUND TRAFFIC, PARTICULARLY BUSES, HAS BEEN IMPROVED SIGNIFICANTLY DURING THE FIRST STAGE OF THE SCHEME WHICH CAME INTO OPERATION ON JULY 2.

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON F.K. HU IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON WHETHER THERE HAD BEEN ANY IMPROVEMENT IN WESTBOUND TRAFFIC FLOW ON KING’S ROAD UNDER THE SCHEME.

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BILL TO REMOVE DOUBT ABOUT TV LICENCES * * X

THE TELECOMMUNICATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, INTENDED TO REMOVE DOUBTS RELATING TO THE VALIDITY OF CERTAIN LICENCES GRANTED BY THE TELECOMMUNICATION AUTHORITY, wAS READ A SECOND TIME AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON D.G. JEAFFRESON.

EXPLAINING THE BILL, MR JEAFFRESON NOTED THAT IN 1973, THE TELECOMMUNICATION REGULATIONS WERE AMENDED WITH THE INTENTION OF EMPOWERING THE AUTHORITY TO GRANT BROADCAST RELAY STATION AND CLOSED CIRCUIT TELEVISION LICENCES.

HOWEVER. THE FIRST SCHEDULE TO THE TELECOMMUNICATION REGULATIONS (DEALING WITH LICENCES) WAS NOT AMENDED TO INCLUDE THESE LICENCES, THEREBY RAISING DOUBTS AS TO THE LEGAL EFFECTIVENESS OF THE AMENDMENTS, HE SAID.

+T0 REMOVE ANY DOUBTS, THE TELECOMMUNICATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 VALIDATES ANY SUCH LICENCES THAT THE AUTHORITY HAS GRANTED.

+THE OMISSION OF THESE TWO CLASSES OF LICENCES FROM THE FIRST SCHEDULE HAS BEEN RECTIFIED BY THE TELECOMMUNICATION (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1982,+ MR JEAFFRESON SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL wAS ADJOURNED.

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NO CHANGE IN RETIREMENT SCHEME POLICY * * * *

SELF-ADMINISTERED NON-FUNDED RETIREMENT SCHEMES IN WHICH FUNDS ARE HELD BY EMPLOYERS IN THEIR OWN BUSINESS MIGHT NOT PROVIDE ADEQUATE PROTECTION FOR WORKERS, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON JOHN BREMR IDGE SAID TODAY.

THE WORKERS COULD HAVE NO ASSURANCE THAT THEY WOULD RECEIVE FULL RETIREMENT BENEFITS WHERE, FOR EXAMPLE, THE EMPLOYER’S BUSINESS ENCOUNTERED FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES OR WAS LIQUIDATED, HE SAID, REPLYING TO QUESTIONS BY THE HON ANDREW SO IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

♦THE STAND TAKEN BY THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE IN REFUSING APPROVAL OF SELF-ADMINISTERED RETIREMENT SCHEMES, WHERE FUNDS ARE INVESTED BY EMPLOYERS IN THEIR OWN BUSINESS, WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED,+ HE SAID.

THE COMMISSIONER’S STATUTORY RESPONSIBILITY TO SAFEGUARD THE INTERESTS OF WORKERS WITHIN THE TERMS OF THE INLAND REVENUE (RETIREMENT SCHEME) RULES OUTWEIGHS EMPLOYERS’ WISHES TO MAINTAIN INTERNAL CASH FLOWS, HOWEVER REASONABLE PR IMA FACIE, MR BREMRIDGE SAID.

MR BREMRIDGE STRESSED THAT THE RULES GOVERNING THE APPROVAL OF RETIREMENT SCHEMES ENSURED THAT THEY WERE PROPERLY CONSTITUTED IN THE INTERESTS OF THE EMPLOYERS AND ENCOURAGED THE ESTABLISHMENT OF SUCH SCHEMES BY GRANTING TAX ADVANTAGES TO EMPLOYEES, AND INCIDENTALLY TO EMPLOYERS.

+1 AM SATISFIED THAT THE PRESENT ARRANGEMENTS ARE APPROPRIATE AND DO NOT REQUIRE REVISION,* HE SAID.

THE NUMBER OF TAX RELIEF APPLICATIONS FOR RETIREMENT BENEFITS RECEIVED IN 1978-79, 1979-80 AND 1980-81 WERE 377, 319 AND 323 AND APPROVAL WAS GIVEN TO 360, 305 AND 304 APPLICATIONS RESPECTIVELY SAID.

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REGISTRATION LIMIT ON TAXIS EXTENDED * * *

THE PERIOD LIMITING THE NUMBER OF MOTOR VEHICLES WHICH MAY BE REGISTERED AS URBAN OR NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JANUARY 31, 1983.

MOVING THE MOTION AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON ALAN SCOTT, SAID THIS WOULD PERMIT URBAN TAXI LICENCES TO CONTINUE TO BE ISSUED AT THE RATE OF 100 PER MONTH AND NEW TERRITORIES TAXI LICENCES AT THE RATE OF 50 PER MONTH.

THE CURRENT SPECIFIED MAXIMUM NUMBER IS 12 900 FOR URBAN TAXIS AND 3 000 FOR NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS.

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ACTION TAKEN AGAINST OBJECTIONABLE PUBLICATIONS

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THE GOVERNMENT DID NOT CONSIDER THAT THERE WAS ANY DEFICIENCY IN THE POWERS AT ITS DISPOSAL UNDER THE OBJECTIONABLE PUBLICATIONS ORDINANCE, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON JOHN GRIFFITHS, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN ANSWER TO QUESTIONS BY THE HON WONG LAM, MR GRIFFITHS SAID THAT NORMALLY BOTH A PUBLISHER AND AN EDITOR, WERE PROSECUTED, AND OCCASIONALLY A PRINTER TOO.

HE SAIDi + IN 1975 THERE WERE SIX PROSECUTIONS, ALL SUCCESSFUL. IN 1976 NO PROSECUTIONS. IN 1977, FIVE - ALL SUCCESSFUL. IN 1978 FOUR, ALL SUCCESSFUL. IN 1979, 57, OF WHICH 55 WERE SUCCESSFUL.

IN 1980 THERE WERE 60 OF WHICH 58 WERE SUCCESSFUL.

+IN 1981 THERE WERE 104 OF WHICH 99 WERE SUCCESSFUL AND THREE ARE STILL PENDING. IN 1982 THERE HAVE BEEN 60 TO DATE.

♦THE MAXIMUM PENALTY HAS NEVER BEEN IMPOSED.*

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BILL TO FACILITATE LEVY ASSESSMENT * * *

THE MAIN OBJECT OF THE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING (CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY)(AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 IS TO FACILITATE THE ASSESSMENT CF TRAINING LEVIES ON THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION, THE HON C.H. HAYE, SAID AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY ASSESSES LEVIES ON THE BASIS OF NOTIFICATIONS GIVEN BY CONTRACTORS AND AUTHORISED PERSONS ABOUT THE VALUE OF THE CONSTRUCTION WORKS CONCERNED, NR HAYE SAID IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL.

™L£!.CATI0NS ARE GIVEN IN F0RMS prescribed by the EXECUTIVE COUNCIL.

♦AS THESE FORMS NEED AMENDMENTS FROM TIME TO TIME TO REFLECT CIRCUMSTANCES, THE AUTHORITY HAS SUGGESTED THAT THE POWER TO SPECIFY THE FORMS SHOULD BE TRANSFERRED TO THE AUTHORITY.

TubL^c?n'^TE THE NEED T0 TR0UELE THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL EVERY TIME THE NEED TO AMEND THE FORMS AR ISES,+ MR HAYE EXPLAINED.

DEBATE ON THE MOTION WAS ADJOURNED.

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UC BY-ELECTION DEFERRED * * *

A BILL PROVIDING THAT NO EXTRAORDINARY BY-ELECTION NEED EE HELD TILL JANUARY 1, NEXT YEAR TO FILL A VACANCY FOR AN ELECTED MEMBER IN THE URBAN COUNCIL WAS APPROVED IN ONE SESSION AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THE BILL WAS INTRODUCED FOLLOWING THE RECENT DEATH OF M? AMBROSE CHOI, ELECTED MEMBER OF THE URBAN COUNCIL.

THE HON DAVID AKERS-JONES, SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, EXPLAINED THAT UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS (PROCEDURE) REGULATIONS, IT IS MANDATORY THAT AN ELECTION BE HELD ON OR AFTER AUGUST 12 TO FILL THE VACANCY. BUT THE URBAN COUNCIL HAD REQUESTED THE GOVERNMENT NOT TO HOLD A BY-ELECTION, TO AVOID CONFUSING THE PUBLIC, AS DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS ARE TO BE HELD IN SEPTEMBER.

IT WAS ESSENTIAL THAT THE AMENDING LEGISLATION BE ENACTED ON OR BEFORE JULY 16, AND HE HAD THEREFORE PROPOSED THAT ALL THREE READINGS BE TAKEN AT THE SESSION, HE SAID.

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STEP TAKEN TO STOP TRAVEL TICKET TOUTING X X X X

A BILL SEEKING TO MAKE IT AN OFFENCE FOR ANY PERSON TO SELL A TRAVEL TICKET OR VOUCHER IN A PUBLIC PLACE AT A PRICE EXCEEDING THE AUTHORISED PRICE, WAS INTRODUCED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON J.R. HEYWOOD.

IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE SUMMARY OFFENCES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, MR HEYWOOD EXPLAINED THAT UNDER EXISTING LEGISLATION, THE POLICE CAN ONLY TAKE ACTION AGAINST THOSE TICKET TOUTS WHOSE ACTIVITIES ARE +TO THE ANNOYANCE OF OR IN A MANNER LIKELY TO ANNOY ANY OTHER PERSON*.

+IN THE PAST, IT HAS BEEN COMPARATIVELY RARE FOR SUCH COMPLAINTS TO BE MADE TO THE POLICE BECAUSE IN MOST CASES THE PERSON DIRECTLY IMPORTUNED WAS PERFORCE WILLING, OR EAGER, TO BUY THE TICKET OFFERED,* HE SAID.

HOWEVER, STATISTICS ON RECENT PROSECUTIONS INDICATE THAT THE PROBLEM IS GROWING, MAINLY IN THE ORGANISED SCALPING OF TICKETS FOR HONG KONG/MACAU FERRIES, HYDROFOILS AND JETFOILS USUALLY NEAR THE MACAU FERRY WHARF.

MR HEYWOOD SAID THAT THE PLACES OF PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT ORDINANCE ALREADY PROHIBITS SCALPING OF TICKETS FOR PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT.

SIMILAR PROVISION, THEREFORE, SHOULD BE MADE .IN THE SUMMARY OFFENCES ORDINANCE TO PREVENT THE RESALE OF TRAVEL TICKETS FOR ALL MODES OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT AT A PROFIT IN PUBLIC PLACES.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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MOVE TO LIMIT CIVIL LIABILITY OF LICENSED PILOTo * * *

A BILL SEEKING TO LIMIT THE CIVIL LIABILITY OF A LICENSEE PILOT FOR NEGLECT OR LACK OF SKILL IN NAVIGATION TO THE SU- OF .1 OOO AND THE AMOUNT OF THE PILOTAGE DUES, wAS READ A SEC'l TIME IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON D.G. JEAFFRESON.

IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE PILOTAGE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, MR JEAFFRESON SAID THAT IN RECENT YEARS, THE HIGH LIABILITY OF A PILOT IN CASE OF AN ACCIDENT HAD AROUSED CONCERN AMONG LOCAL PILOTS.

+THIS MAY HAMPER THE HONG KONG PILOTS ASSOCIATION’S EFFORTS TO TRAIN UP SUFFICIENT PILOTS TO MAKE COMPULSORY PILOTAGE PRACTICABLE,* HE SAID.

BY LIMITING PILOTS’ LIABILITY, ONE OBSTACLE TO THE INTRODUCTION OF COMPULSORY PILOTAGE IN HONG KONG IN THE NEAR FUTURE WOULD BE REMOVED, HE SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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GUARANTEE FOR MTR LOAN

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THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) APPROVED A GOVERNMENT GUARANTEE TO THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION TO COVER THE REPAYMENT OF A 8576-MILLION LOAN.

THE SUM BORROWED UNDER THIS GUARANTEE WILL BE USED TO FINANCE THE ISLAND LINE CONTRACTS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SHEUNG WAN STATION, ITS EAST AND CENTRE CONCOURSES AND ITS OVERRUN TUNNEL, INCLUDING THE CROSSOVER.

THIS BRINGS THE GOVERNMENT’S TOTAL GUARANTEE COMMITMENT IN RESPECT OF THE OUTSTANDING LOANS AVAILABLE TO THE MTR CORPORATION TO $8 613 MILLION.

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90 HOLIDAYS A YEAR FOR THESE TEACHERS * * * *

THERE IS NO SPECIFIC NUMBER OF HOLIDAYS TO WHICH TEACHERS IN GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SCHOOLS ARE LEGALLY ENTITLED DURING THE SCHOOL SUMMER VACATION PERIOD, THE HON COLVYN HAYE, DIRECTOR CF EDUCATION, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

♦TEACHERS IN THESE SCHOOLS NORMALLY ENJOY 90 HOLIDAYS A YEAR, 40-50 OF WHICH ARE IN THE SUMMER. DURING HOLIDAY PERIODo TEACHERS MAY BE REQUIRED BY THEIR HEADS OF SCHOOLS TO CARRY OUT ADMINISTRATIVE OR EXTRA-CURRICULAR DUTIES, BUT THESE ARE USUALLY KEPT TO A MINIMUM,+ HE SAID.

MR HAYE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON CHARLES YEUNG ON THE NUMBER OF DAYS WHICH TEACHERS IN GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SCHOOLS ARE LEGALLY ENTITLED TO TAKE AS HOLIDAYS DURING THE SUMMER VACATION.

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A FORM ONE PLACE FOR ALL * * *

ALL 83 828 PUPILS PARTICIPATING IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES ALLOCATION SYSTEM HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED FORM I OR MIDDLE I PLACES IN GOVERNMENT, AIDED OR PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS, AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY ('WEDNESDAY).

+ALL PLACES ALLOCATED ARE THREE-YEAR PLACES FOR WHICH NO TUITION FEES WILL BE CHARGED,* HE ADDED.

RESULTS OF ALLOCATION WILL BE RELEASED TO ALL PARTICIPATING PRIMARY SCHOOLS ON FRIDAY (JULY 16). WHEN INQUIRING ABOUT THEIR RESULTS OF ALLOCATION,PUP ILS SHOULD FOLLOW THE ARRANGEMENTS SET DOWN BY THEIR RESPECTIVE PRIMARY SCHOOLS. THEY SHOULD ALSO TAKE ALONG WITH THEM THEIR PRIMARY 6 IDENTIFICATION FORMS SO THAT THEIR INDIVIDUAL ALLOCATION SLIPS MAY BE ATTACHED TO THE FORMS.

+ALL PUPILS SHOULD REPORT DURING THE FIRST REGISTRATION PERIOD TO THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO WHICH THEY HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE DATES AND TIMES SPECIFIED,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+THIS INFORMATION HAS BEEN SUPPLIED TO ALL PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS,* HE ADDED.

WHEN REPORTING TO THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS FOR INTERVIEW AND REGISTRATION, PUPILS MUST BRING THE FOLLOWING :-

(A) PRIMARY 6 IDENTIFICATION FORMS, TO WHICH THEIR INDIVIDUAL ALLOCATION SLIPS HAVE BEEN STAPLED OR GLUED,

(B) THE ADMISSION SLIPS,

(C) BIRTH CERTIFICATES OR OTHER DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE OF THEIR BIRTH,

(D) HONG KONG IDENTITY CARDS, IF ANY,

(E) LATEST SCHOOL REPORTS_1F ANY, AND

(F) TWO RECENT PASSPORT-SIZE PHOTOGRAPHS.

+PUPILS WHO FAIL TO REPORT TO THEIR SECONDARY SCHOOLS ALLOCATED DURING THE FIRST REGISTRATION PERIOD WHICH FALLS ON JULY 22 AND 23, 1982 ARE DEEMED TO HAVE CHOSEN NOT TO TAKE UP THE PLACES ALLOCATED,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THEREFORE, THOSE PUPILS OR THEIR PARENTS WHO HAVE GENUINE DIFFICULTY IN REPORTING TO THEIR ALLOCATED SECONDARY SCHOOLS DURING THE FIRST REGISTRATION PERIOD ARE URGED TO CONTACT THE SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES ALLOCATION SECTION BEFORE JULY 21 SO THAT OTHER ARRANGEMENTS MAY BE MADE.

/+THE SECOND

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+ THE SECOND REGISTRATION PERIOD (JULY 29 AND 30) IS MAINLY FOR PUPILS WHO HAVE TO SEEK TRANSFER DUE TO HAVING MOVED HOUSE RECENTLY,* THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

+THEY OR THEIR PARENTS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT COUNCIL SECRETARY OR HIS ASSISTANT, OR THE DISTRICT EDUCATION OFFICER CF THE NET/AREA TO WHICH THEY HAVE RECENTLY MOVED HOUSE.

+THE SECRETARY OR HIS ASSISTANT, UPON BEING SATISFIED WITH THE GENUINE NATURE OF THE CASE, MAY THEN GRANT APPROVAL FOR TRANSFER AND ASSIST THEM IN SECURING PLACES IN THE NETS CONCERNED,* HE ADDED.

ALTERNATIVELY, THE PUPILS OR THEIR PARENTS MAY CONTACT A SECONDARY SCHOOL OF THEIR CHOICE IN THE NET THEY HAVE MOVED TO, AND THE PRINCIPAL OF THE SCHOOL SHOULD THEN SEEK APPROVAL FROM THE DISTRICT COUNCIL SECRETARY OF HIS NET ON BEHALF OF THE PUPILS BEFORE ADMITTING THEM.

+IN CASE A TYPHOON SHOULD AFFECT HONG KONG DURING THE REGISTRATION PERIODS, HEADS OF SCHOOLS AND PARENTS ARE ADVISED TO WATCH OUT FOR ANNOUNCEMENTS IN THE MEDIA FOR ANY NECESSARY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ANY ENQUIRIES CONCERNING THE ALLOCATION RESULTS SHOULD BE REFERRED TO THE SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES ALLOCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT TELEPHONE NUMBER 5-8912200.

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STUDENT EDITORS ATTEND FIGHT YOUTH CRIME SEMINAR

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MORE THAN 60 EDITORS OF SCHOOL NEWSPAPERS AND YOUTH LEADERS FROM 10 YOUTH ORGANISATIONS IN HONG KONG ATTENDED A FIGHT YOUTH CRIME SEMINAR HELD TODAY (WEDNESDAY) AT THE SEA RANCH CLUB, LANTAU.

THE ONE-DAY SEMINAR, ORGANISED BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES IN SUPPORT OF THE FIGHT YOUTH CRIME CAMPAIGN 1982/63, IS THE FIRST OF A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES AIMED AT ENCOURAGING YOUNG PEOPLE TO ENGAGE IN HEALTHY ACTIVITIES.

*wE HAVE MADE STUDENT EDITORS OUR TARGET AT THE SEMINAR BECAUSE AFTER TALKING TO THE YOUTH LEADERS, THEY CAN GO BACK AND wRITE mBOUT THESE YOUTH CLUBS IN THEIR RESPECTIVE SCHOOL PAPERS OR MAGAZINES, THEREBY SPREADING THE MESSAGE AMONG THEIR FELLOW STUDENTS,* SAID l*P GEORGE YUEN, CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER OF GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES.

AN ESSAY COMPETITION ON THE SUBJECT WILL BE ORGANISED FOR THEM, AND WINNERS WILL BE AWARDED BOOK/STATI ONERY COUPONS RANGING IN VALUE FROM $200 TO 8500.

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+ IT IS HOPED THAT MORE YOUNG PEOPLE WILL KNOW ABOUT THE FUNCTIONS OF THE CLUBS AND MAKE GOOD USE OF THEIR LEISURE TIME BY JOINING THEIR ACTIVITIES,* SAID MR YUEN.

+WE HOPE THAT THROUGH THEIR PART ICI PAT I ON IN MEANINGFUL GROUP ACTIVITIES, THEY CAN ON THE ONE HAND DEVELOP THEIR TALENTS AND AVOID GETTING INVOLVED IN CRIME, AND ON THE OTHER, MAKE VALUABLE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE SOCIETY,* HE ADDED.

MR YUEN SAID THE 1981/82 FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN WHICH WAS AIMED AT ENLISTING COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR THE FIGHT AGAINST JUVENILE AND YOUTH CRIME HAD ACHIEVED ITS INITIAL SUCCESS.

+SINCE JULY 1981, JUST THREE MONTHS AFTER LAUNCHING THE FIGHT YOUTH CRIME CAMPAIGN, THE MONTHLY FIGURES FOR JUVENILES PROSECUTED HAVE BEEN ON THE DECLINE.

+THE TOTAL NUMBER OF JUVENILES PROSECUTED IN THE SECOND HALF OF 1981 wAS 1 755 AS COMPARED WITH 2023 FOR THE SAME PERIOD IN 1980, REPRESENTING A DECREASE OF 13 PER CENT. THE TOTAL NUMBER OF JUVENILES PROSECUTED IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR WAS 1 754, REPRESENTING A DROP OF 27 PER CENT AS COMPARED WITH THE 2 415 PROSECUTIONS IN THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD LAST YEAR.*

+THIS IS A VERY ENCOURAGING TREND INDEED, BUT wE SHOULD BY NO MEANS RELAX OUR EFFORTS. BY ORGANISING TODAY’S SEMINAR, WE HOPE TO GET ONE STEP CLOSER TO ACHIEVING OUR GOAL,* MR YUEN SAID.

PARTICIPANTS IN THE SEMINAR WERE BRIEFED ON THE OBJECTIVES, SET-UP AND ACTIVITIES OF THE 10 YOUTH CLUBS THROUGH TALKS, GROUP DISCUSSIONS AS WELL AS DISPLAY OF AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIALS.

THE CLUBS THAT WERE REPRESENTED AT THE SEMINAR INCLUDED THE HONG KONG RED CROSS YOUTH, ROAD SAFETY PATROL, CIVIL AID SERVICES CADET CORPS, HONG KONG GIRL GUIDES ASSOCIATION, COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB, HONG KONG ST JOHN AMBULANCE CADET, HONG KONG SEA CADET CORPS, THE SCOUT ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG, HONG KONG AIR CADET CORPS AND JUNIOR POLICE CALL.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE SEMINAR WERE MR ALBERT AU AND MISS CANDY CHEA, POPULAR DISC JOCKEYS OF RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG, WHO * ILL BE HOSTING A SERIES OF RADIO PROGRAMMES TO INTRODUCE THE YOUTH ORGANISATIONS OF HONG KONG. THE PROGRAMMES WILL BE BROADCAST ON RTHK RADIO TWO EVERY THURSDAY AT 5 PM FROM AUGUST 5 TO OCTOBER 7, 1982.

♦FEATURE ARTICLES WILL BE ISSUED DURING THE SAME PERIOD TO SUPPLEMENT THE RADIO PROGRAMMES,* ADDED MR YUEN.

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Cl CALLS ON YOUNG PEOPLE TO JOIN HONG KONG INDUSTRY *****

THE COMMISSIONER OF INDUSTRY, MR PETER TSAO, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) CALLED ON ASPIRING YOUNG PEOPLE TO JOIN HONG KONG INDUSTRY, WHICH OFFERS THEM GREAT CAREER OPPORTUNITIES.

ADDRESSING THE SPEECH DAY OF THE COTTON SPINNERS ASSOCIATION PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOL, MR TSAO TOLD THE GRADUATES THAT AN INDUSTRIAL CAREER OFFERED THEM GREAT CHALLENGE ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE WHO WERE HARDWORKING AND WILLING TO LEARN.

+THE EVER CHANGING TECHNOLOGY, FASHION AND CONSUMER PREFERENCES PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR CREATIVE THINKING. NEW IDEAS FOR IMPROVEMENTS AND INNOVATIONS ARE OFTEN EXTREMELY REWARDING,* HE ADDED.

MORE YOUNGSTERS AND THEIR PARENTS HAVE COME TO REALISE THAT FACTORY LIFE IS NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE. WORKING CONDITIONS IN FACTORIES HAVE IMPROVED CONSIDERABLY OVER THE YEARS AND IN MANY INSTANCES THEY ARE COMPARABLE TO, IF NOT SUPERIOR THAN, THOSE IN THE OFFICES.

+MANY GARMENT, ELECTRONIC AND WATCH FACTORIES, TO QUOTE A FEW EXAMPLES, ARE CLEAN AND AIR-CONDITIONED. MODERN MACHINES ARE WIDELY USED TO REPLACE THE OLD ONES, NOT ONLY FOR IMPROVING EFFICIENCY BUT ALSO FOR PROVIDING A SAFER AND CLEANER WORKING ENVIRONMENT.*

MR TSAO CITED THE FINDINGS OF THE SIXTH MANPOWER SURVEY OF THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY, CONDUCTED LAST OCTOBER, TO ILLUSTRATE THAT IT WAS NO LONGER TRUE THAT WHITE COLLAR JOBS OFFERED BETTER TERMS THAN BLUE COLLAR JOBS.

ACCORDING TO THE SURVEY, AT THE CRAFTSMAN LEVEL THE AVERAGE MONTHLY SALARY FOR A TEXTILE MECHANIC WAS $1 656, AN ELECTRICIAN SI 624, AND A BLEACHER/DYER $1 857, AT THE TECHNICIAN LEVEL, SALARY FOR A PRODUCT ION-1N-CHARGE WAS S3 470 AND AM ELECTRICAL TECHNICIAN $3 137, AND THE SALARY FOR AN ENGINEER OR A FACTORY MANAGER WAS OVER $4 000.

+IN THE TRADING SECTOR, I UNDERSTAND THAT THE AVERAGE SALARY FOR A JUNIOR CLERK IS $1 400 AND THAT FOR A GENERAL CLERK IS $2 100. THIS TREND WILL CONTINUE AS OUR INDUSTRIES MOVE STEADILY UP MARKET,* HE SAID.

WHILE HE IS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG’S INDUSTRY, MR TSAO SAID THAT INDUSTRY NEEDED TO UPGRADE ITSELF AND DIVERSIFY INTO NEW INDUSTRIES ON A CONTINUOUS BASIS.

♦IN THIS RESPECT, MORE AND MORE WELL-TRAINED AND HIGHLY SKILLED MANPOWER AT ALL LEVELS WILL BE REQUIRED TO MASTER THE NEW TECHNOLOGY, NEW PROCESSES AND NEW MACHINERY THAT WILL BE BROUGHT IN, OR DEVELOPED. THIS IS WHERE YOU HAVE A VITAL ROLE TO PLAY. HONG KONG NEEDS YOUNG PEOPLE LIKE YOU TO KEEP OUR INDUSTRY GOING,* HE CONCLUDED.

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SHA TIN AREA COMMITTEES FUNCTIONING WELL *****

AN IDEAL AREA COMMITTEE IS AN EFFECTIVE BODY TO ENCOURAGE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN LOCAL AFFAIRS AND SERVES AS A LINK BETWEEN THE PUBLIC AND THE GOVERNMENT.

IN SHA TIN, SUCH COMMITTEES FUNCTION WELL IN REFLECTING THE VIEWS AND NEEDS OF LOCAL PEOPLE TO THE DISTRICT BOARD AND TO THE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED.

SPEAKING AT THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF FOUR AREA COMMITTEES IN SHA TIN TODAY (WEDNESDAY), THE DISTRICT OFFICER, DR PATRICK HASE, EXPRESSED HIS APPRECIATION OF THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THIS GOVERNMENT ♦CONSULTATIVE MACHINERY.*

AS AN EXAMPLE, HE SAID IN 1980 TRANSPORT FACILITIES IN THE DISTRICT WAS FAR FROM ADEQUATE.

♦HOWEVER, THROUGH THE CONTINUOUS EFFORTS OF THE AREA COMMITTEES ALMOST EVERY PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE IN SHA TIN NOW HAS ITS OWN BUS ROUTES,* HE SAID.

DR HASE CONTINUED THAT AREA COMMITTEES ALSO PLAYED A VITAL ROLE IN MOUNTING COMMUNITY CAMPAIGNS, SPORTS, CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

*A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY LOCAL AREA COMMITTEES LAST YEAR SUCH AS THE CHINESE NEW YEAR FUN FAIR, THE PAINTING EXHIBITION AND THE DRAMA COMPETITION WERE ALL GREAT SUCCESSES,* HE SAID.

+AS A RESULT, THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD WILL ALLOCATE $200 000 TO THE FOUR AREA COMMITTEES FOR COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES IN THE COMING YEAR.*

THREE AREA COMMITTEES WERE FORMED AT THE NEW TOWN IN JUNE LAST YEAR, INITIALLY ONE EACH FOR FO TAN, SHA TIN TOWN CENTRE AND SIU LEK YUEN. BUT DUE TO THE RAPID GROWTH IN POPULATION, SIU LEK YUEN WAS LATER SUB-DIVIDED INTO TWO, NAMELY SIU LEK YUEN AND TIN SUM VALLEY, MAKING A TOTAL OF FOUR COMMITTEES.

AT TODAY’S CEREMONY, THE CHAIRMEN AND OTHER MEMBERS RECEIVED THEIR LETTERS OF APPOINTMENT TO START A ONE-YEAR TERM OF OFFICE.

THE FOUR CHAIRMEN - MRS CHAN LO YIN-PING, MR CHEUNG CHI-YUEN. MR CHOY KAN-PUI AND MR WONG PO-MING ARE ALSO UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD.

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18 LAND EXECUTIVES COMPLETE LAND ADMINISTRATION COURSE * * * *

THE DIRECTOR OF LANDS, MR JOHN TODD, TODAY PRESENTED CERTIFICATES TO 18 SUCCESSFUL LAND EXECUTIVES OF THE LANDS DEPARTMENT WHO HAVE COMPLETED THE CERTIFICATE COURSE IN LAND ADMINISTRATION.

THE TWO-YEAR COURSE, WHICH WAS FORMERLY ORGANISED BY THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, IS NOW RUN BY THE RECENTLY FORMED LANDS DEPARTMENT AND THE POLYTECHNIC.

THE PART-TIME, DAY RELEASE COURSE PROVIDES FORMALISED TRAINING IN LAND ADMINISTRATION FOR NEWLY-RECRUITED LAND EXECUTIVES, WHO FORMERLY SERVED IN THE CNTA BUT HAVE SINCE BEEN TRANSFERRED TO THE LANDS DEPARTMENT.

♦WITH INCREASING DEVELOPMENT IN HONG KONG LAND ADMINISTRATION, WHICH HAS LONG PLAYED AN IMPORTANT PART IN THE GOVERNMENT, HAS BECOME MORE COMPLICATED AND INCREASINGLY REQUIRED WELL-TRAINED PERSONS TO HANDLE THE TASK,* MR TODD TOLD THE GATHERING AT THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY.

SUBJECTS COVERED IN THE COURSE, HELD ONE DAY A WEEK AT THE POLYTECHNIC, INCLUDE PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE OF LOCAL SERVICES? LAND SURVEYING AND MAP INTERPRETATION? VALUATION OF LAND AND BUILDINGS; LAW RELATING TO LAND ADMINISTRATION; BUILDING CONSTRUCTION; LAND USE AND DEVELOPMENT; ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT AND ECONOMICS.

+MOST OF THE SUBJECTS ARE OF A SIMILAR STANDARD TO THE PART I EXAMINATION OF THE ROYAL INSTITUTION OF CHARTERED SURVEYORS AND SOME OF THIS YEAR’S CANDIDATES HAVE PASSED THE EXAMINATION WITH EXCELLENT RESULTS,* MR TODD SAID.

♦EXAMINATION RESULTS HAVE OFTEN BEEN EXCELLENT AND REFLECTED THE EXTREMELY HARD WORK WHICH OFFICERS HAVE PUT INTO THEIR EXAMINATION WHILE AT THE SAME TIME CONTINUING TO PLAY THEIR FULL PART IN THE NORMAL WORK OF THEIR OFFICE,* HE ADDED.

A TOTAL OF 128 LAND EXECUTIVES HAVE COMPLETED THE COURSE SINCE IT STARTED IN 1974 AND ANOTHER 29 ARE STILL ATTENDING IT.

ARRANGEMENTS ARE BEING MADE FOR TWO FIRST YEAR CLASSES AND ONE SECOND YEAR CLASS IN THE 1982/83 ACADEMIC YEAR.

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YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD 4TH MEETING * * *

BOARD MEMBERS’ VIEWS ON THE GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSAL TO INTRODUCE A FILM CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM WITH A STATUTORY AGE RESTRICTION FOR VIEWING ADULT FILMS WILL BE SOUGHT AT THE FOURTH YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD AT 3.30 PM ON FRIDAY (JULY 16).

OTHER TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED AT THE MEETING WILL INCLUDE TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENT MEASURES, IMPROVEMENT TO STREET LIGHTING AND THE BEAUTIFICATION OF A RETAINING WALL AT KOWLOON PARK DRIVE NEAR THE MIDDLE ROAD JUNCTION.

DURING THE MEETING BOARD MEMBERS WILL BE INFORMED OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL AND IMPROVEMENT ARRANGEMENTS MOUNTED AT THE SECTION OF PAK HOI STREET BETWEEN CANTON ROAD AND FERRY STREET.

BOARD MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE BRIEFED ON THE WORK OF THE STANDING CONFERENCE ON ROAD SAFETY BY THE ACTING DEPUTY DIRECTOR/TRAFFIC OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE, MR M. BROWN.

FURTHERMORE, THE BOARD MEMBERS WILL LOOK INTO THE URBAN RENEWAL PROBLEMS IN HONG KONG AND DISCUSS THE PROGRESS REPORTS CF THE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE AND THE COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE CF THE BOARD.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE FOURTH MEETING OF THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD. IT WILL BE HELD IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE YAU MA TEI CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AT 490-492 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON ON FRIDAY (JULY 16) AT 3.30 PM.

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ANNUAL CAMP FOR FISHERMEN’S CHILDREN

X X 3£ *

SOME 800 FISHERMEN’S CHILDREN ARE HAVING FOUR DAYS OF SUMMER FUN AT AN ANNUAL CAMP ORGANISED BY THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION (F.M.O.) FOR ITS 15 SCHOOLS.

THE CAMP, AT THE CHINESE YOUNG MEN’S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION WU KWAI SHA YOUTH VILLAGE, STARTED ON MONDAY.

THE CAMP IS DESIGNED TO GIVE THE CHILDREN AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE NEW FRIENDS AND DEVELOP THEIR SENSE OF COMMUNITY LIVING.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE ARCHERY, ROLLER SKATING, SWIMMING, SINGING, FOLK DANCING AND BALL GAMES.

THE CAMP IS BEING FINANCIALLY SUBVENTED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND THE F.M.O.

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URBAN CLEARWAY IN NORTH POINT * * * *

THE SECTION OF TSAT TSZ MUI ROAD BETWEEN HEALTHY STREET EAST AND HEALTHY STREET CENTRAL IN NORTH POINT WILL BECOME AN URBAN CLEARWAY BETWEEN 7 AM AND 10 AM DAILY STARTING FROM FRIDAY (JULY 16), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

VEHICLES WILL, HENCEFORTH, BE PROHIBITED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THIS SECTION OF ROAD.

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BLOOD DONATION BY LANDS AND WORKS DEPARTMENTS STAFF ******

STAFF OF THE LANDS AND WORKS BRANCH AND LANDS AND WORKS GROUP OF DEPARTMENTS IN MURRAY BUILDING TODAY DONATED 215 UNITS OF BLOOD TO THE HONG KONG RED CROSS.

THE DONATION WAS THE SECOND FOLLOWING THE DEFEDERALISATION OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT AND THE THIRD BY STAFF IN MURRAY BUILDING SO FAR THIS YEAR.

IT BROUGHT TO 416 THE TOTAL NUMBER OF UNITS DONATED BY STAFF IN MURRAY BUILDING SO FAR THIS YEAR.

LAST YEAR, THEY DONATED A TOTAL OF 444 UNITS ON FOUR OCCASIONS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JULY 15, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE HO.

FEE REVISION IN VEHICLE EXAMINATION AND CERTAIN LICENCES .... 1

EXHIBITION CENTRE CONSULTANCY AGREEMENT SIGNED ........... 2

HONG KONG'S EXTERNAL TRADE FOR JANUARY-MAY 1982 .......... 3

MTR CHIEF LEAVING ........................................ 7

HANOI ROAD AREA REDEVELOPMENT ............................ 8

WAGE INDEXES FOR MANUFACTURING WORKERS.................... 10

SPORTS TRAINING CAMP ..................................... 12

EXHIBITION ON CHINESE SUPPLEMENTARY READING ............. 13

COMPUTER CONTROLLED LATHE ................................ 13

MANUAL ON TRADE TEST GUIDELINES FOR CRAFT JOBS IN PLASTICS INDUSTRY ................................................ 14

TRAM SERVICES CURTAILED ON SATURDAY ..................... 14

HONG KONG JURY LIST ..................................... 14

URBAN CLEARWAYS IN HUNG HOM.............................. 15

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FEE REVISION IN VEHICLE EXAMINATION AND CERTAIN LICENCES * * * *

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL HAD APPROVED INCREASES IN VARIOUS LICENCES AND EXAMINATION FEES. THEY WILL BE GAZETTED TOMORROW (JULY 16) AND COME INTO EFFECT IMMEDIATELY.

FEES FOR VEHICLE EXAMINATION, WHICH WERE SET IN 1978, HAVE NOW BEEN RAISED, HE SAID, TO REFLECT THE INCREASED ADMINISTRATIVE COST OF PROVIDING THIS SERVICE. THE FEE FOR A PRIVATE CAR EXAMINATION HAS BEEN RAISED FROM $60 TO $120, FOR A LIGHT GOODS VEHICLE FROM $60 TO 1150, AND FOR A HEAVY GOODS VEHICLE FROM $110 TO 3220. FEES FOR EXAMINING PLBS AND OTHER BUSES HAVE ALSO BEEN INCREASED. THE COMPLETE LIST OF NEW CHARGES IS AS FOLLOWS:

TYPES OF VEHICLES OLD FEE NEW FEE

$ $

PRIVATE CAR, TAXI, TRAILER 60 120

GOODS VEHICLE UNDER 45 CWT 60 150

GOODS VEHICLE OVER 45 CWT 110 220

PUBLIC/PRIVATE LIGHT BUS 60 150

SINGLE-DECKER BUS 110 190

DOUBLE-DECKER BUS 110 220

FEES FOR TRADE LICENCES HAVE BEEN INCREASED FROM $250 TO $500.

FOR VEHICLE OWNERS PURCHASING LUCKY NUMBERS, THE COST OF TRANSFERRING THE NUMBER FROM ONE VEHICLE TO ANOTHER WILL NOW COST $500 INSTEAD OF THE PREVIOUS $300.

DRIVING INSTRUCTORS’ LICENCES WHICH WERE FIXED AT $200 SINCE 1961 HAVE BEEN INCREASED TO $500 PER ANNUM. ABOUT 2 000 PRACTISING INSTRUCTORS WILL BE AFFECTED. HOWEVER, THE INCREASE IS ONLY EQUIVALENT TO AN EXTRA $6 PER WEEK, SO FEES CHARGED FOR LESSONS SHOULD NOT BE AFFECTED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE INTENTION WAS TO SET FEES AT A MORE REALISTIC LEVEL SINCE, IN MOST CASES, THE RATES WERE LAST REVISED MORE THAN 20 YEARS AGO.

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THE NEW FEES FOR THE FOLLOWING L’CENCES AND PERMITS WILL BE

IMPLEMENTED TOMORROWS OLD FEE NEW FEE

PERMIT/LICENCE LAST REVISED

$ $ .

A TRADE LICENCE 1961 250 500

B PERMIT FOR MOVEMENT OF CONSTRUCTION SITE VEHICLE 1961 10 100

AIRPORT PERMIT 1961 10 100

TRAFFIC PERMIT 1961 10 100

LONG/WIDE LOAD PERMIT 1961 5 25

c REGISTRATION FEE 1961 10 20

D TRANSFER OF REGISTRATION NUMBER 1974 300 500

E DUPLICATE REGISTRATION 1974 15 50

BOOK DUPLICATE TRAILER LICENCE 1961 2 10

DUPLICATE VEHICLE 1974 15 50

LICENCE DUPLICATE TRADE LICENCE 1974 15 50

F INSTRUCTOR’S LICENCE 1961 200 500(ANNUAL)

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EXHIBITION CENTRE CONSULTANCY AGREEMENT SIGNED * * * *

THE COMMISSIONER OF INDUSTRY, MR PETER TSAO TODAY (THURSDAY) SIGNED AN AGREEMENT WITH AN INTERNATIONAL CONSORTIUM TO CARRY OUT THE STAGE II CONSULTANCY FOR THE PROPOSED HONG KONG EXHIBITION CENTRE AT A COST OF $3.6 MILLION.

THE CONSULTANCY GROUP COMPRISES TWO CANADIAN COMPANIES -ARCOP THOM ARCHITECTS AND PLANNERS AND CONCORDIA MANAGEMENT CO. LTD. - AND TWO F.R. GERMAN COMPANIES - IGEDO AND WILKE.

A TEAM OF FIVE CONSULTANTS HAVE ALREADY STARTED WORK IN HONG KONG ON DRAWING UP A DETAILED BRIEF AND SPECIFICATIONS FOR A MULTISTOREY DEVELOPMENT WITH EMPHASIS ON AN EXHIBITION CENTRE, BUT WITH ANCILLARY FACILITIES AND MAXIMUM APPROPRIATE FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS ON THE *AN CHAI SITE! TO PROVIDE ESTIMATES OF CAPITAL AND OPERATING COSTS TO BE INCURRED, AS WELL AS REVENUE OBTAINABLE; AND TO RECOMMEND THE MANAGEMENT AND MARKETING SYSTEMS FOR THE EXHIBITION CENTRE.

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HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL TRADE FOR JANUARY-MAY 1982 ******

einc I2IAm.^8CHANDISE TRADE F0R JANUARY TO MAY 1982, $105 883 MILLION, INCREASED BY SEVEN PER CENT COMPARED WITH THE Tnn?vS<2ND^NG PFRI0D IN 1981, ACCORDING TO FIGURES RELEASED iODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

VALUED AT

lu °°MEST,C ExpORTS ROSE BY SEVEN PER CENT TO $30 885 MILLION £™TuT? 357 028 MILLI0N AND RE-EXPORTS BY ’

EXP0RTS A"D RE-EX|,0’TS

THE CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE TEN MARKETS WERE AS FOLLOWS :-

MAJOR OVERSEAS

JAN.-MAY 1982 (HK$ MN) JAN.-MAY 1981 (HKS MN) INCREASE/ DECREASE (HK$ MN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

U.S.A. 11 251 9 976 +1 275 +13

U.K. 2 671 2 754 - 83 - 3

F.R. OF GERMANY 2 458 2 632 - 174 - 7

CHINA 1 519 944 * 575 +61

JAPAN 1 128 1 020 + 108 +11

AUSTRALIA 1 079 864 + 215 +25

CANADA 887 786 + 101 +13

SINGAPORE 740 663 + 77 ♦12

NETHERLANDS 635 598 37 + 6

FRANCE 592 579 + 13 + 2

DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE U.S. INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN PLASTI

ROSE BY 13 PER , ... _____C TOYS AND DOLLS _________,

OR 110 PER CENT), CLOTHING (BY $394 MILLION OR 11 PER CENT), AND ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $242 MILLION OR 22 °ER CENT). DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN TEXTILES (BY $31 MILLION OR 12 PER CENT) AND OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $362 MILLION OR 37 PER CENT).

NT. SUBSTANTIAL

BY $603 MILLION

INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE UNITED KINGDOM OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $13 MILLION OR NINE PER CENT). DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF WATCHES AND CLOCKS, HOWEVER, DECLINED BY $48 MILLION OR 33 PER CENT.

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W1 ,M0ST COMMODITIES EXPORTED TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY VALUE» INCLUDING WATCHES AND CLOCKS (DECLINED BY 321 \!EL;2N 0R 11 CENT), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (DECLINED BY $49 MILLION 2* 22 PER CENT) AND CLOTHING (DECLINED BY $113 MILLION OR SEVEN PER CENT). DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES INCREASED STEADILY (BY $10 MILLION OR NINE PER CENT).

_ SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE REGISTERED IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS ■dcao |NA OF TELECOMMUNtCAUONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING A. PARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $217 MILLION OR 161 PER CENT) AS WELL AS TEXTILES ($132 MILLION OR 68 PER CENT) AND IN THE DOMES'IC EXPORTS OF TEXTILES TO AUSTRALIA (BY $39 MILLION OR 20

PER CENT).

AN ANALYSIS OF CHANGES DIVISION IS PRESENTED BELOW

IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS

BY MAJOR COMMODITY

JAN.-MAY 1982 (HK$ MN) JAN.-MAY 1981 (HK$ MN) INCREASE/ DECREASE (HK$ MN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 10 450 9 943 + 507 + 5

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS) 5 578 4 304 +1 274 +30

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 2 884 3 053 - 169 - 6

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (MAINLY TRANSISTORS AND DIODES AND HOUSEHOLD TYPE APPLIANCES) 2 469 2 061 + 408 +20

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 2 232 1 962 + 270 + 14

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 2 016 1 952 + 63 + 3

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THE CHANGES IN IMPORTS FROM SUMMARISED AS FOLLOWS s-

THE TEN MAJOR SOURCES ARE

JAN.-MAY 1982 (HK$ MN) JAN.-MAY 1981 (HK$ MN) INCREASE/ DECREASE (HKS MN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

CHINA 12 632 10 790 +1 842 +17

JAPAN 12 538 12 859 - 321 - 2

U.S.A. 6 031 5 751 + 280 + 5

TAIWAN 4 320 4 383 - 63 - 1

SINGAPORE 4 229 3 987 + 242 + 6

U.K. 2 771 2 457 + 314 +13

REPUBLIC OF KOREA (SOUTH KOREA) 1 940 2 247 - 308 -14

F.R. OF GERMANY 1 372 1 376 4 INSIGN 1-FICANT

SWITZERLAND 1 100 1 229 - 129 -10

AUSTRALIA 957 755 + 202 +27

LOCAL DEMAND FOR IMPORTED GOODS FROM CHINA REMAINED STRONG. INCREASES WERE RECORDED MAINLY IN CLOTHING (BY $441 MILLION OR 33 PER CENT), TEXTILES (BY $268 MILLION OR 13 PER CENT), IRON AND STEEL (BY $212 MILLION OR 137 PER CENT), AS WELL AS MEAT AND MEAT PREPARATIONS (BY $145 MILLION OR 45 PER CENT).

AS FOR IMPORTS FROM JAPAN, INCREASES WERE NOTED FOR TEXTILE FABRICS (BY $196 MILLION OR 15 PER CENT) AS WELL AS GENERAL INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT, AND MACHINE PARTS (BY $81 MILLION OR 14 PER CENT). DECREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR TEXTILES YARN (BY 5169 MILLION OR 37 PER CENT), ROAD VEHICLES (BY $198 MILLION OR 14 PER CENT), WATCHES AND CLOCKS (3Y $222 MILLION OR 17 PER CENT), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $240 MILLION OR 19 PER CENT).

INCREASES IN IMPORTS FROM THE U.S. WERE LARGELY OF ELECTRICAL ’ACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY 3146 MILLION OR 28 PER CENT), AS WELL AS GENERAL INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT (BY $72 MILLION OR 30 PER CENT). ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED IN IMPORTS OF ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS (BY 3102 MILLION OR 27 PER CENT) AND OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (3Y $113 MILLION OR 18 PER CENT).

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CONSIDERABLE INCREASES WERE REGISTERED IN IMPORTS OF PETROLEUM AND RELATED PRODUCTS FROM SINGAPORE (BY 8138 MILLION OR FIVE PER CENT), AND OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES CROM TAIWAN (BY 8173 MILLION OR 38 PER CENT). IMPORTS OF TEXTILES "ROM TAIWAN DECLINED (BY 8157 MILLION OR NINE PER CENT).

THE FOLLOWING TABLE ILLUSTRATES THE MORE IMPORTANT CHANGES IN IMPORTS BY COMMODITY SECTION

JAN.-MAY 1982 (HK$ MN) JAN.-MAY 1981 (HK$ MN) INCREASE/ DECREASE (HK$ MN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

MANUFACTURED GOODS CLASSIFIED CHIEFLY BY MATERIAL (MAINLY TEXTILE PRODUCTS, DIAMONDS, IRON AND STEEL, AND PAPER) 16 598 15 940 + 658 * 4

MACHINERY AND TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT 12 736 12 560 176 + 1

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY WATCHES AND CLOCKS, ARTICLES OF APPAREL) 9 460 8 906 554 + 6

FOOD AND LIVE ANIMALS CHIEFLY FOR FOOD 6 050 5 226 + 824 +16

MINERAL FUELS, LUBRICANTS AND RELATED MATERIALS 4 572 4 314 4- 258 ♦ 6

CHEMICALS AND RELATED PRODUCTS 3 874 3 565 + 309 + 9

SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH WAS RECORDED IN RE-EXPORTS TO U.S.A.

(BY 3307 MILLION OR 17 PER CENT), CHINA (BY $244 MILLION OR EIGHT PER CENT) INDONESIA (BY $201 MILLION OR 13 PER CENT), REPUBLIC OF KOREA (BY 3146 MILLION OR 27 PER CENT), SAUDI ARABIA (BY $124 MILLION OR 65 PER CENT), PHILIPPINES (BY $117 MILLION OR 24 PER CENT), MACAU (BY $104 MILLION OR 20 PER CENT), AND SINGAPORE (BY $91 MILLION OR SEVEN PER CENT).

ON THE OTHER HAND, DECLINES WERE REGISTERED IN RE-EXPORTS TO FRANCE (BY $59 MILLION OR 33 PER CENT) AND U.K. (BY $237 MILLION OR 49 PER CENT).

/MOST COMMODITIES .......

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MOST COMMODITIES RE-EXPORTED THROUGH HONG KONG EXHIBITED STRONG GROWTH, THE MORE SIGNIFICANT ONES BEING CLOTHING (BY $275 MILLION OR 36 PER CENT), TEXTILES (BY $234 MILLION OR NINE PER CENT), AND ELECTRICAL MACHINERY APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $209 MILLION OR 19 PER CENT). DECREASES WERE REGISTERED IN THE RE-EXPORTS OF PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES AND OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $92 MILLION OR SEVEN PER CENT), AND METALLIFEROUS ORES AND METAL SCRAP (BY $260 MILLION OR 62 PER CENT).

THE MAY 1982 ISSUE OF THE +HONG KONG TRADE STATISTICS -SUMMARY*, WILL SOON BE AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT HK$5 A COPY.

A MORE COMPREHENSIVE REPORT, +HONG KONG EXTERNAL TRADE*, WITH A DETAILED ANALYSIS OF IMPORTS, EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS IN MAY, WILL BE PUBLISHED IN EARLY AUGUST AND WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, AT HKS10 A COPY.

ENQUIRIES CONCERNING SUBSCRIPTIONS TO THESE REPORTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE .INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT BASKERVILLE HOUSE, HONG KONG (TEL. NO. : 5-214375).

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MTR CHIEF LEAVING * * *

MR NORMAN THOMPSON, THE EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION SINCE ITS FORMATION, HAS INFORMED THE GOVERNOR THAT HE INTENDS TO RETURN TO THE UNITED KINGDOM AT THE xND OF hIS CURRENT CONTRACT, WHICH wILL EXPIRE IN MARCH 1983. AND THEREFORE HE HAS DECLINED «ITH REGRET THE GOVERNMENT’S INVITATION TO ACCEPT A FURTHER CONTRACT.

ON BEHALF OF THE GOVERNOR, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, SAID TODAY THAT HE AND HIS COLLEAGUES WERE VERY SORRY TO LEARN THAT MR THOMPSON HAD DECIDED NOT TO STAY GN FOR A FURTHER PERIOD.

HE SAID MR THOMPSON HAD MADE A MOST IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION TO PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN HONG KONG THROUGH HIS LEADERSHIP AND CONTROL IN THE TREMENDOUS TASK OF CONSTRUCTING AND BRINGING INTO OPERATION THE MTR.

+ MR THOMPSON wILL BE ABLE TO LOOK BACK ON HIS WORK IN HONG KONG wITH JUSTIFIABLE SATISFACTION AND PRIDE,* HE SAID.

SIR PHILID SAID THE PROCEDURE TO FIND A SUITABLE SUCCESSOR FOR MR THOMPSON IN THIS VERY IMP3RTA\T PUBLIC APPOINTMENT WOULD BEGIN SOON.

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HANOI ROAD AREA REDEVELOPMENT K )€ )€

THE GOVERNMENT IS PREPARED TO CONSIDER GRANTING NEW LEASES TO SIX CORPORATIONS REPRESENTING ALL THE FORMER GROUND FLOOR OWNERS AND 34 -ORMER UPPER FLOOR OWNERS OF LEASE EXPIRED PROPERTIES WITHIN THE COMPREHENSIVE REDEVELOPMENT AREA IN HANOI ROAD. TSIM SHA TSUI.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (THURSDAY), A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT BEFORE TRIS wAS DONE, THOSE FORMER OWNERS WHO WERE NOT PARTY TO THE SUCCESSFUL APPLICATIONS FOR THE GRANT OF NEW LEASES WOULD BE GIVEN A FINAL OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE PART.

+THEY WOULD BE GIVEN TWO MONTHS TO INDICATE WHETHER THEY WISH TO PARTICIPATE,* HE SAID. +AFTER THE TWO-MONTH PERIOD.

■NO FURTHER ACCOUNT WILL BE TAKEN OF THEIR NON-PARTICIPATION.*

THE SPOKESMAN RECALLED THAT ALL REGISTERED OWNERS OF INDIVIDUAL PROPERTIES * I TH IN THE COMPREHENSIVE REDEVELOPMENT APEA IN HANOI ROAD wERE INFORMED OF THE GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSALS FOR THE AREA IN NOVEMBER 1978.

DETAILS OF THE PROPOSALS wERE CONTAINED IN A DOCUMENT, COPIES OF Which WERE GIVEN TO THEM EXPLAINING THE OUTLINE TERMS OF GRANT OF CROWN LEASES FOR THE AREA.

THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVE OF THE GOVERNMENT, HE ADDED, HAD BEEN TO TRY AND ENSURE COMPREHENSIVE REDEVELOPMENT OF THE AREA SO THAT THE ENVIRONMENT AND LAYOUT OF THIS PART OF TSIM SHA TSUI COULD BE IMPROVED. IT WAS ALSO GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION TO GIVE THE FORMER OWNERS EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE REDEVELOPMENT SCHEME.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IN JANUARY 1979, PROVISIONAL BASIC TERMS OF REGRAi.T wERE SENT TO ALL REGISTERED OWNERS OF PROPERTIES TO DRAw THEIR ATTENTION TO wHAT THE PREMIA AND DEVELOPMENT CONDITIONS wERE LIKELY TO BE.

ACCEPTANCE OF THE PROVISIONAL BASIC TERMS OFFER WAS RECEIVED PROM MORE THAN 75 PER CENT OF THE FORMER OWNERS OF cACH OF THE SIX NEW SITES, IN RATEABLE VALUE TERMS, IN DECEMBER lq79.

IN SEPTEMBER 1983, A MASTER DEVELOPMENT PLAN wAS SUBMITTED TO THE TOwN PLANNING BOARD BY THE FORMER OwNERS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE PLAN, APPROVED BY THE BOARD IK FEBRUARY 1981, HAD THE SUPPORT OF ABOUT 98.5 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL FORMER OwNERS CALCULATED ON THE BASIS OF RATEABLE VALUE, aHICH wAS CONSIDERABLY MORE THAN THE 75 PER CENT RETIREMENT STIPULATED UNDER THE OUTLINE TERMS OF GRANT.

/+UNDER THE

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‘UNDER THE OUTLINE TERMS, THE FORMER OWNERS SHOULD HAVE FORMED THEMSELVES AT THAT STAGE INTO A CORPORATION OR CORPORATIONS FOR THE PURPOSE OF APPLYING FORMALLY TC GOVERNMENT FOR THE GRANT OF THE NEw SITES,+ HE SAID.

‘HOWEVER, STARTING FROM EARLY 1980, THERE WAS DISAGREEMENT BETWEEN THE FOMRER GROUND PLOOR OWNERS AND FORMER UPPER FLOOR owners over the apportionment and allocation of shares in the C0RP0RATION(S) TO BE FORMED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE OUTLINE TERMS OF GRANT.+

THE FORMER GROUND FLOOR OWNERS AND SOME UPPER FLOOR OWNERS WANTED THE SHARES DIVIDED CN THE BASIS OF THE RATEABLE VALUE OF THE OLD LOTS, wHILE THE MAJORITY OF FORMER UPPER FLOOR OWNERS APGUED THAT THE ALLOTMENT OF SHARES SHOULD BE ON THE BASIS OF THEIR FORMER UNDIVIDED SHARE OWNERSHIP OF THE OLD LOTS.

SINCE THEN, 11 CORPORATIONS FORMED BY THE TWO GROUPS HAVE SEPARATELY APPLIED FOR THE GRANT OF NEW LEASES.

THE SIX CORPORATIONS FORMED BY ALL THE FORMER GROUND FLOOR Owners and 34 former upper floor owners, represent 67.39 PER CENT OF THE UNDIVIDED SHARES IN THE OLD LOTS AND 8h.56 PER CENT BASED ON THE RATEABLE VALUE OF THE OLD LOTS.

THE FIVE CORPORATIONS FORMED BY A MAJORITY OF FORMER UPPER FLOOR OWNERS REPRESENT 31.86 PER CENT OF THE UNDIVIDED SHARES IN THE OLD LOTS AND 15.37 PER CENT BASED ON RATEABLE VALUE.

DESPITE REPEATED ATTEMPTS THE GOVERNMENT HAS FAIlED TO BRING THE TWO GROUPS TOGETHER.

EXPLAINING THE GOVERNMENT DECISION, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE SIX CORPORATIONS INVITED TO APPLY FOR GRANTS COMPRISING ALL THE FORMER GROUND FLOOR OWNERS AND 34 FORMER UPPER FLOOR OWNERS, HAD COMPLIED wITH THE OUTLINE TERMS OF GRANT OF CROwN LEASES PARTICULARLY AS REGARDS THE REQUIREMENT OF OBTAINING THE PARTICIPATION OF NOT LESS THAN 75 PER CENT OF ALL THE FORMER OwNERS, ON RATEABLE VALUE.

+IN FACT, THEY HAVE ACHIEVED A HIGH LEVEL OF PARTICIPATION, BOTH ON RATEABLE VALUE TERM AND ON AN UNDIVIDED SHARE BASIS,+ HE ADDED. ‘IN ADDITION, THE FORMER GROUND FLOOR OwNERS ARE NOT ISOLATED IN THEIR CAUSE AS THEY hAVE THE SUPPORT GF 34 FORMER UPPER FLOOR OwNERS'. +

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wAGt INDEXES FOR MANUFACTURING WORKERS * * * *

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (THURSDAY) PUbLISntD wAGE INDEXES FOR MANUFACTURING WORKERS IN MARCH 1982 uERIVcD FROM HALF-YEARLY wAGE SURVEYS CONDUCTED BY THE DEPARTMENT

-S THE SURVEYS ARE MOT BASED ON A SCIENTIFICALLY SELECTED SAMPLl, THE RESULTS CAN ONLY BE CONSIDERED AS ROUGHLY INDICATIVE CF HO* WAGES HAVE BEEN CHANGING.

.-JAK *N(? AVERAGE wAGES DURING THE PERIOD JULY 1973 TO JUNE 197A NOMINAL AVERAGE DAILY wAGES (EXCLUDING

FRINGi BENEFIT^) FOR MANUFACTURING WORKERS IN MARCH 1982 wA3 262

COMPARED WITH MARCH 1981, THERE WAS AN OR 17 PER CENT.

INCREASE OF 38 POINTS

a! ao“?s“r%)3TpHErEc™BER ”81’ THERE “As AN INCfiEASE 0F

INCLUDING FRINGE BENEFITS, THE INDEX IN REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 38 POINTS OR 16.

MARCH 1982 wAS 269,

MARCH 1981 AND 23 POINTS OR EIGHT PER CENTTlVER^EPTEMBER^Sl.

THE wAGE INDEXES FOR THE LARGER MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES 0E EMPLOYMENT SHOW THE FOLLOWING CHANGES FOR MARCH 1982 COMPARcD WITH MARCH 1981 AND SEPTEMBER 1981:

NOMINAL INDEX

EXCLUDING FRINGE BENEFITS

% CHANGE

INDUSTRY MAR 81 SEPT 81 MAR 82 MARCH 82 OVER

SEPT 81 MAR 81

•ANUFACTURING FEXT1 LES 224 231 242 247 262 272 + 8.3 + 10.1 + 17.0 + 17.7

ELECTPICAL APPLIANCES 217 226 244 + 8.0 + 12.4

ELECTRONICS 251 258 292 +13.2 + 16.3

GARMENTS 208 231 245 + 6.1 + 17.8

GLOVES HANDBAGS 178 206 188 220 213 237 +13.3 + 7.7 +19.7 + 15.0

-ASTIC PRODUCTS 254 279 297 + 6.5 + 16 °

OTHER THAN -LOwERS AND TOYS

dLaSTIC toys 219 228 252 + 13.5 + 15.1

3C 1 NT 1 NG 261 298 317 + 6.4 ♦21.5

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TnuaoUAY, JULY 4 5, 1982

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NOMINAL INDEX

INCLUDING FRINGE BENEFITS

% CHANGE MARCH 82 OVER

INDUSTRY MAR 81 SEPT 81 MAR 82 SEPT 31 MAR 81

MANUFACTURING 231 249 269 + 8.0 + 16.5

TEXTILES 233 248 270 ♦ 8.9 +15.9

ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES 229 238 258 + 8.4 + 12.7

ELECTRONICS 263 272 338 + 13.2 + 17.1

GARMENTS 221 244 260 + 6.6 + 17.6

GLOVES 188 197 225 + 14.2 +19.7

HANDBAGS 220 236 253 + 7.2 ♦ 15.3

PLASTIC PRODUCTS OTHER THAN FLOWERS AND TOYS 249 272 291 + 7.3 + 16.9

PLASTIC TOYS 216 223 247 + 13.8 + 14.4

PR 1 NT 1 NG 271 337 323 + 5.2 + 19.2

THE INDEX OF NOMINAL AVERAGE DAILY WAGES MEASURES CHANGES IN THE AMOUNT OF MONEY EARNED AS WAGES BY WORKERS IN LARGE ESTABLISHMENTS IN 25 MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES. THE INDEX OF NOMINAL AVERAGE DAILY WAGES INCLUDING FRINGE BENEFITS MEASURES CHANGES IN WAGES AS WELL AS IN SUCH FRINGE BENEFITS AS CASH BONUSES AND ALLOWANCES, FREE OR SUBSIDISED FOOD AND PAID HOLIDAYS.

THE DEPARTMENT ALSO PUBLISHED INDEXES OF REAL (THAT IS, AFTER DISCOUNTING THE EFFECT OF INFLATION) AVERAGE DAILY WAGES (wITH AND WITHOUT FRINGE BENEFITS) FOR MANUFACTURING WORKERS.

THE INDEXES OF REAL AVERAGE DAILY WAGES MEASURE CHANGES IN THE PURCHASING PO«ER OF wAGES RECEIVED AND ARE OBTAINED EY DEFLATING THEIR RESPECTIVE NOMINAL COUNTERPARTS EY THE CONSUMER PR ICE INDEX (A).

EXCLUDING FRINGE BENEFITS, THE INDEX OF REAL AVERAGE DAILY WAGES FOR MANUFACTURING WORKERS IN MARCH 1982 WAS 135, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF THREE POINTS OR 2.3 PER CENT OVER MARCH 1081.

INCLUDING FRINGE BENEFITS, THE INDEX REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF TWO POINTS OR ■ARCH 1981.

IN MARCH 1982 WAS 138, 1.5 PER CENT OVER

THE SAME INCREASES wERE RECORDED FOR BOTH INDEXES WHEN COMPARED 61 TH SEPTEMBER 1981.

DETAILS OF aAGE MOVEMENTS IN THE INDIVIDUAL INDUSTRIES a I TH IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR INCLUDED IN THE ^APCH 1Q82 SURVEY ARE OBTAINABLE FROM THE WAGES aND LABOUR COST STATISTICS oECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT IS CONDUCTING A NEW WAGE SURVEY TO REPLACE THE EXISTING ONE. THE NEW WAGE SURVEY REPRESENTS A CONSIDERABLE IMPROVEMENT OVER THE EXISTING SURVEY.

IN GENERAL, THE COVERAGE OF THE NEW SURVEY HAS EXPANDED, SCIENTIFIC SAMPLING IS USED IN SELECTING THE SAMPLE WHICH HAS ALSO EEEN ENLARGED, AND THE NEW SURVEY WILL BE CONDUCTED AT QUARTERLY INTERVALS INSTEAD OF BIANNUALLY.

RESULTS OF THE FIRST TWO ROUNDS OF THE NEW WAGE SURVEY WILL BE AVAILABLE IN OCTOBER 1982.

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SPORTS TRAINING CAMP

* * *

THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SILVER JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE IS ORGANISING A SUMMER YOUTH SPORTS TRAINING CAMP TO TAKE PLACE LATER THIS MONTH.

A NUMBER OF SPORTS EODIES ARE ALSO TAKING PART BY PROVIDING COACHES FOR THE CAMP WHICH IS SPLIT INTO TWO SECTIONS. THEY ARE THE HONG KONG AMATEUR ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION, THE HONG KONG AMATEUR FENCING ASSOCIATION, THE HONG KONG AMATEUR SWIMMING ASSOCIATION, THE HONG KONG BADMINTON ASSOCIATION, THE HONG KONG FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION, THE HONG KONG TABLE TENNIS ASSOCIATION, THE HONG KONG TENNIS ASSOCIATION.

THE FIRST CAMP CONSISTS OF SOCCER, BADMINTON, TENNIS AND SWIMMING, AND STARTS ON JULY 20.

THE SECOND ONE, BEGINNING ON JULY 31, WILL INVOLVE BADMINTON, TABLE TENNIS, ATHLETIC AND FENCING.

ENROLMENT FOR THE CAMP HAVE STARTED AND VACANCIES ARE LIMITED TO 100 YOUTHS OF BOTH SEXES IN EACH CAMP. BEGINNERS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.

ALL THE TRAINING WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE ULTRA-MODERN SILVER JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE IN SHA TIN.

THE FEE FOR THE FIVE-DAY CAMP IS $100, WHICH INCLUDES TUITION, ACCOMMODATION, MEALS AND TRANSPORTATION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE, THE OPERATIONAL WING OF THE DEPARTMENT, SAID THAT APPLICATIONS ARE STILL BEING RECEIVED.

♦APPLICANTS SHOULD POSSESS BASIC SKILLS OF THE SPORTS THEY CHOOSE, AND WILL BE REQUIRED TO UNDERGO A SELECTION PANEL BEFORE BEING ACCEPTED,+ HE SAID.

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THURSDAY, JULY 15, 1982

EXHIBITION ON CHINESE SUPPLEMENTARY READING X X X X

A THREE-DAY JOINT EXHIBITION ON STUDENTS’ WORK AND MATERIALS USED IN CHINESE SUPPLEMENTARY READING IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS wli_L BE -ELD AT THE TIN KWONG ROAD GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL STARTING FROM TOMORROW (FRIDAY). TEACHERS AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.

♦THE EVENT WHICH IS ORGANISED BY THE CHINESE SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ADVISORY INSPECTORATE AIMS TO DISPLAY THE RELEVENT TEACH ING/REFERENCE MATERIALS COVERING METHODOLOGY ADOPTED IN o IV ING GUIDANCE TO PUPILS ON SUPPLEMENTARY READING IN CHINESE AT THE PRIMARY LEVEL,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ CLUBS ASSOCIATION, NRS CHAN wONG SHU I, wILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE EXHIBITION TO BE HELD AT 10 AM TOMORROW.

THE EXHIBITION WILL FEATURE THE WORKS OF STUDENTS OF 13 PRIMARY SCHOOLS WHICH TOOK PART IN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S SUPPLEMENTARY READING SCHEME IN CHINESE.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FROM 10.30 AM TO 4.30 PM TOMORROW AND FROM 9 AM TO 4.30 PM ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY.

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COMPUTER CONTROLLED LATHE * * *

THREE OUTSTANDING CRAFT STUDENTS, NOW ATTENDING THE TELEVISION MECHANICS COURSE AT THE DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, HAVE SUCCEEDED IN DESIGNING AND CONSTRUCTING A COMPUTER CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A LATHE.

THE TRIO HAD EMBARKED ON THE LOw-COST AUTOMATION SYSTEM PROJECT LAST NOVEMBER AS AN ENTRY IN THE JOINT-TECHNICAL INSTITUTE ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING CRAFT COMPETITION (1981/82).

THE SYSTEM CONSISTS OF A MICROPROCESSOR CONTROLLING A STEPPING MOTOR, wHICH IN TURN CONTROLS THE OPERATION OF A LATHE ACCORDING TO THE SET PROGRAMME. IT IS A LOw-COST AUTOMATION PROCESS THROUGH wHICH AN EXPERIENCED LATHE OPERATOR IS DISPENSED WITH IN OPERATING A LATHE.

THE COMPUTER CONTROLLED LATHE WAS DISPLAYED AND DEMONSTRATED IN A WORKSHOP DURING THE MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE’S OPEN DAY ON MARCH 5, THIS YEAR. THE SYSTEM WAS AGAIN DISPLAYED ON THE OCCASION OF THE CHEN HSONG SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATION AND CRAFT SKILLS COMPETITION PRIZE GIVING CEREMONY, 1981/82 GN APRIL 23

VISITORS FROM THE LOCAL INDUSTRY wERE HIGHLY IMPRESSED wITH THIS SYSTEM ON BOTH OCCASION'S.

THURSDAY, JULY 15, 1982

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MANUAL ON TRADE TEST GUIDELINES FOR CRAFT JOBS IN PLASTICS INDUSTRY

* * * *

A MANUAL ON TRADE TEST GUIDELINES FOR PRINCIPAL CRAFT JOBS IN THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY HAS JUST BEEN PUBLISHED.

THIS MANUAL WAS PREPARED BY THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE FORMER HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL. THE MANUAL WAS DESIGNED TO ASSIST EMPLOYERS IN ASCERTAINING OBJECTIVELY THE SKILL STANDARDS OF CANDIDATES FOR A JOE. SIX CRAFT JOBS THAT ARE COMMONLY FOUND IN THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY HAVE BEEN INCLUDED. EXAMPLES ARE ALSO INCLUDED TO ASSIST EMPLOYERS IN SELECTING SUITABLE TEST EXERCISES.

THE MANUAL, IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE, IS NOW ON SALE AT

-6 A COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE.

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TRAM SERVICES CURTAILED ON SATURDAY X IX X

TRAM SERVICES WILL THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NORTH POINT.

BE CURTAILED THIS SATURDAY (JULY 17) FOR HONG KONG ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR IN

Dl/THLLAST TRAM WILL LEAVE HAPPY va>-LEY FOR SHAU KEI WAN AT 13 PM; FROM SHAU KEI WAN TO THE TRAM DEPOT AT 10.35 PM; FROM ?o\Tes?eKrTkeTt aTScS ?SN AT ’-50 PM AND FR0M SBAU KEI

HONG KONG JURY LIST

XXX

THE ACTING REGISTRAR OF THE SUPREME COURT, MR -FRANCIS WILLIAM BLACKWELL, ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT A FURTHER LIST OF COMMON JURORS a ILL BE POSTED ON THE NOTICE BOARD OF THE SUPREME COURT BUILDING ON JULY 20.

THE LIST a ILL REMAIN POSTED FOR 14 DAYS DURING WHICH PERIOD ANY PERSON MAY APPLY BY NOTICE IN WRITING TO THE REGISTRAR REQUIRING FHAT HIS NAME OR THE NAME OF SOME OTHER PERSON BE POSTED OR REMOVED UPON CAUSE DULY ASSIGNED IN SUCH NOTICE. THE REGISTRAR SHALL IN nls DISCRETION, POST OR REMOVE SUCH NAME ACCORDINGLY AND SHALL, IF NECESSARY, ALTER THE LIST.

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UREAN CLEARWAYS IN HUNG HOM * * * *

VA. NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF CHATHAM ROAD NORTH BETWEEN K’A^G HSI STREET *,LL BE DESIGNATED AS AN LReAN CLEARwAY FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (JULY 17).

FROM aL?c^2B,'TED FR0M STOPPING ALONG THIS SECTION

rKOM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY.

THE ARRANGEMENT ALSO APPLIES TO SAN LAU STREET EAST OF ITS CHATHAM ROAD NORTH AND THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY Cf CHATHAM ROAD NORTH BETWEEN SHEK TONG STREET AND WUHU STREET.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, JULY 16, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

OVERALL REVISION OF TRAFFIC LEGISLATION ..................... 1

ANALYSIS OF DOMESTIC EXPORT STATISTICS FOR MERCHANDISE, RECLASSIFIED BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1982 ........................................................ 3

PROPOSED SITES FOR HELICOPTER LANDING FACILITIES ............ 6

NEW BRIDGE FOR YUEN LONG .................................... 7

WONG NAI CHUNG RESERVOIR PARK ............................... 8

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SAN PO KONG Al© WAN CHAI ............ 8

FLUTE PLAYER WINS FIRST LADY MACLEHOSE PRIZE FOR MUSIC ...... 9

MINI-SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP .................................... 1°

FRESH WATER CUT IN PEAK AREA ................................ 1°

FRIDAY, JULY 16, 1982

1

OVERALL REVISION OF TRAFFIC LEGISLATION M * * *

HONG KONG’S ROAD TRAFFIC LEGISLATION WILL BE REVISED COMPLETELY AND THE FIRST STEP IN THIS EXERCISE WAS TAKEN TODAY WITH THE PUBLICATION IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF A BILL WHICH SEEKS TO PUT THE PROPOSED CHANGES INTO EFFECT.

THE PRESENT ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE WAS ENACTED IN 1957 AND A SERIES OF SUBSIDIARY REGULATIONS WERE MADE BETWEEN 1957 AND 1964. THIS LEGISLATION WAS BASED LARGELY ON PRACTICE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AT THAT TIME, BUT SINCE 1957 THERE HAVE BEEN MANY CHANGES IN WAYS OF DEALING WITH MOTORING OFFENCES, IN METHODS OF TRAFFIC CONTROL, SAFETY MEASURES AND IN THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF MOTOR VEHICLES.

THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, MR ALAN SCOTT, SAID THE STRUCTURE OF THE PRESENT ROAD TRAFFIC LEGISLATION HAD BECOME INCREASINGLY ILL-ADAPTED TO CURRENT ROAD TRAFFIC CONDITIONS AND IT HAD BECOME INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT TO DEAL ADEQUATELY WITH CHANGING CONDITIONS BY ADDING MORE AND MORE AMENDMENTS TO THE ORDINANCE AND REGULATIONS.

+IT BECAME EVIDENT THAT HONG KONG SHOULD FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF SOME OTHER COUNTRIES AND SHOULD OVERHAUL AND UPDATE THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE AND REGULATIONS,* HE SAID.

A WIDE RANGE OF OPINION FROM ORGANISATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS WITH AN INTEREST IN TRANSPORT MATTERS WAS COLLECTED BY A WORKING PARTY AND ROAD TRAFFIC LEGISLATION IN OTHER COUNTRIES AND VARIOUS INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS WERE EXAMINED CAREFULLY.

THE WORKING PARTY FOUND THAT A MAJOR DEFECT IN THE EXISTING LEGISLATION WAS THAT RELATED SUBJECTS WERE SCATTERED AMONG 13 SETS OF REGULATIONS AND, APART FROM SPECIFIC CHANGES IN CONTENT, THE REGULATIONS NEEDED TO BE REARRANGED IN ORDER THAT RELATED SUBJECTS COULD BE GROUPED TOGETHER AND FOLLOW A LOGICAL SEQUENCE. THE WORKING PARTY RECOMMENDED THAT THE NEW ROAD TRAFFIC LEGISLATION SHOULD COMPRISE AN ORDINANCE AND SEVEN SETS OF REGULATIONS COVERING THE REGISTRATION AND LICENSING OF VEHICLES, THE CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF VEHICLES, SAFETY EQUIPMENT, DRIVING LICENCES, TRAFFIC CONTROL, PARKING AND PUBLIC SERVICE VEHICLES.

♦ ALTHOUGH THE STRUCTURE O'” THE LEGISLATION HAS BEEN ALTERED AND SIMPLIFIED, CHANGES IN THE ACTUAL CONTENT HAVE BEEN MADE ONLY WHERE THERE IS GOOD REASON. THEREFORE MUCH OF WHAT IS IN THE BILL IS BASICALLY UNALTERED FROM THE PRESENT LEGISLATION,* MR SCOTT NOTED.

THE CLASSIFICATION OF MOTOR VEHICLES IS TO BE ALTERED IN ONE IMPORTANT RESPECT: GOODS VEHICLES WILL BE DIVIDED INTO THREE CATEGORIES - LIGHT, MEDIUM AND HEAVY (LESS THAN 5.5 TONNES, 5.5 TONNES AND ABOVE BUT LESS THAN 24 TONNES, AND 24 TONNES AND ABOVE, RESPECTIVELY).

♦THE CHANGE WILL ENABLFi CLOSER CONTROL OF THE MOVEMENTS OF VEHICLES AND IMPROVE SAFETY,* MR SCOTT EXPLAINED.

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+ IT HAS BECOME CLEAR THAT IT IS DESIRABLE TO HAVE DRIVING TESTS AND LICENCES SPECIFICALLY FOR DIFFERENT SIZES OF GOODS VEHICLES RATHER THAN ALLOWING A DRIVER WHO HAS BEEN TESTED ON A RELATIVELY SMALL VEHICLE TO TAKE OUT THE LARGEST OF GOODS VEHICLES.*

GOODS VEHICLES WILL BE CLASSIFIED BY THEIR GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT, INSTEAD OF THE UNLADEN WEIGHT AS AT PRESENT, AND THIS WILL BE OF ADVANTAGE IN DEALING WITH OVERLOADED VEHICLES BECAUSE IN WEIGHING THE VEHICLE WITH ITS LOAD, THERE WILL BE IMMEDIATE EVIDENCE AS TO WHETHER AN OFFENCE HAS BEEN COMMITTED.

THE BILL ALSO CONTAINS PROVISIONS FOR AN IMPROVED METHOD OF LICENSING THE OPERATIONS OF PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES AND BUSES WHICH ARE NOT SUBJECT TO CONTROLS UNDER THE PUBLIC OMNIBUS SERVICES ORDINANCE.

AT PRESENT THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT CAN IMPOSE SPECIFIC OPERATING CONDITIONS BY WAY OF A LETTER ISSUED TOGETHER WITH AN OPERATOR’S ORDINARY VEHICLE LICENCE, BUT THIS IS A CLUMSY SYSTEM TO ADMINISTER, PARTICULARLY WHEN APPLIED TO A FLEET OF VEHICLES.

IT IS PROPOSED THAT OPERATORS OF NON-FRANCHISED PUBLIC BUS SERVICES, MAXICAB SERVICES, PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES OR PRIVATE BUSES SHOULD HAVE, IN ADDITION TO THE VEHICLE LICENCE, A PASSENGER SERVICE LICENCE WHICH WOULD HAVE ALL THE LICENSING CONDITIONS IN ONE DOCUMENT. SUCH LICENCES ARE A COMMON FEATURE OF SIMILAR TRANSPORT LEGISLATION OVERSEAS.

SOME IMPORTANT CHANGES ARE BEING MADE WITH REGARD TO TRAFFIC OFFENCES.

IN 1977 THE ENGLISH CRIMINAL LAW ACT ABOLISHED THE OFFENCE OF +DANGEROUS DRIVING AND CAUSING DEATH THEREBY* AND SUBSTITUTED THE OFFENCES OF +CAUSING DEATH BY RECKLESS DRIVING* AND +RECKLESS DRIVING*. IT IS CONSIDERED THAT HONG KONG SHOULD FOLLOW THIS EXAMPLE, AND THIS IS REFLECTED IN THE BILL.

THE PRESENT LEGISLATION ON SPEED LIMITS WHEREBY THE LIMITS ARE DETERMINED BY THE DISPOSITION OF STREET LIGHTS WILL BE REPLACED BY A MORE STRAIGHTFORWARD PROVISION IMPOSING A GENERAL SPEED LIMIT OF 50 KILOMETRES PER HOUR FOR THE TERRITORY, EXCEPT ON ROADS SIGNPOSTED TO INDICATE A HIGHER LIMIT OR IN SOME CASES A LOWER ONE.

THE BILL ALSO CONTAINS A NUMBER OF MINOR BUT DESIRABLE CHANGES. FOR EXAMPLE, THE AGE AT WHICH A CHILD MAY RIDE A BICYCLE WITHOUT ADULT SUPERVISION IS INCREASED FROM EIGHT TO 11 YEARS. THE COURTS MAY REQUIRE A PERSON CONVICTED OF CERTAIN DRIVING OFFENCES TO SUBMIT HIMSELF TO A DRIVING TEST. AND CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE TO SPEED UP THE PROCESS FOR THE REMOVAL AND DISPOSAL OF ABANDONED VEHICLES. THE REGULATIONS TO BE MADE UNDER THIS ORDINANCE WILL CONTAIN MORE DETAILED IMPROVEMENTS TO THE EXISTING LEGISLATION.

MR SCOTT SAID IT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE TO IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS BILL OR THE REGULATIONS IMMEDIATELY.

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+MUCH WORK WILL BE REQUIRED IN PREPARING FOR THE CHANGE. NEW LICENSING PROCEDURES FOR GOODS VEHICLES AND PASSENGER SERVICE VEHICLES, NEW DRIVING TESTS FOR GOODS VEHICLE DRIVERS, THE MANUFACTURE OF NEW ROAD SIGNS, REVISION OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENTS FOR OFFENCES DEALT WITH BY FIXED PENALTY TICKETS, A NEW EDITION OF THE HIGHWAY CODE AND THE PREPARATION OF EXPLANATORY LEAFLETS ARE AMONG THE TASKS THAT WILL HAVE TO BE CARRIED OUT.+

IT IS ESTIMATED THAT AFTER THIS BILL IS ENACTED AND THE REGULATIONS ARE MADE, ABOUT 18 MONTHS WILL BE NECESSARY BEFORE THEY CAN BE BROUGHT INTO OPERATION.

MR SCOTT SAID THE BILL COULD BE DESCRIBED AS THE CAPSTONE OF A SUBSTANTIAL LEGISLATIVE PYRAMID WITH THE MAIN SUPPORTING STRUCTURE BEING THE SEVEN SETS OF SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION.

+THE PUBLICATION OF THE BILL MARKS THE COMPLETION OF A LONG AND COMPLEX TASK DONE WITH GREAT CARE AND THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR DRAFTING THE LEGISLATION HAVE ACHIEVED THEIR AIM OF PROVIDING A WELL ORGANISED AND MORE EASILY UNDERSTOOD LEGISLATIVE STRUCTURE FOR ROAD TRAFFIC,+ HE SAID.

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ANALYSIS OF DOMESTIC EXPORT STATISTICS FOR MERCHANDISE, RECLASSIFIED BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1982 ********

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) RELEASED DOMESTIC EXPORT STATISTICS ANALYSED BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1982.

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

SINCE ITS SCOPE IS CONFINED TO MERCHANDISE TRADE, TRANSACTIONS IN GOLD AND SPECIE ARE NOT INCLUDED.

THE CLASSIFICATION OF COMMODITY EXPORT ITEMS BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN IS STRUCTURED UPON THE UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL STANDARD INDUSTRIAL CLASSIFICATION OF ALL ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES ( ISIC), AS DISTINCT FROM THE UNITED NATIONS STANDARD INTERNATIONAL TRADE CLASSIFICATION (SITC) WHICH IS ADOPTED IN THE REGULAR TRADE STATISTICS REPORTS.

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WHEN INTERPRETING THESE RE-CLASSIFIED FIGURES, IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT AN EXPORTED COMMODITY REQUIRING SEVERAL INTERMEDIATE PROCESSING STAGES IS WHOLLY ALLOCATED TO THE INDUSTRY IN WHICH IT IS FINALLY PRODUCED, BUT THAT INDUSTRY WILL NOT NORMALLY BE THE SOLE CONTRIBUTOR TO ITS OVERALL EXPORT VALUE. FURTHERMORE, THE CLASSIFICATION OF AN EXPORTED COMMODITY TO A PARTICULAR INDUSTRY DOES NOT IMPLY THAT THE ENTIRE AMOUNT OF THE COMMODITY IS ACTUALLY PRODUCED BY ESTABLISHMENTS OF THAT INDUSTRY, SINCE SOME MAY BE SECONDARY PRODCUTS PRODUCED BY ESTABLISHMENTS CLASSIFIED ELSEWHERE.

IN TERMS OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS, THE SIX MOST IMPORTANT INDUSTRY GROUPS WERE WEARING APPAREL, ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES AND ELECTRONICS, TEXTILES, PROFESSIONAL AND OPTICAL EQUIPMENT, PLASTIC PRODUCTS AND METAL PRODUCTS , WHICH TOGETHER ACCOUNTED FOR 86 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL VALUE OF MERCHANDISE DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1982.

THE LARGEST INCREASES BY ABSOLUTE VALUE OVER THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1981 OCCURRED IN ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES AND ELECTRONICS ($579 MILLION), PLASTIC PRODUCTS ($236 MILLION), WEARING APPAREL ($137 MILLION), AND TEXTILES ($136 MILLION).

IN PERCENTAGE TERMS, THE HIGHEST INCREASES WERE i BEVERAGES (124 PER CENT), FOOTWEAR (25 PER CENT), NON-ELECTRICAL MACHINERY (22 PER CENT), PAPER PRODUCTS AND PRINTED MATERIALS (21 PER CENT), AND PLASTIC PRODUCTS (20 PER CENT).

ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY $56 MILLION AND $16 MILLION WERE RECORDED FOR METAL PRODUCTS AND NON-METALLIC MINERAL PRODUCTS RESPECTIVELY.

IN PERCENTAGE TERMS, THE MORE SIGNIFICANT DECREASES WERE i PETROLEUM AND COAL PRODUCTS (-41 PER CENT), NON-METALLIC MINERAL PRODUCTS (-26 PER CENT), ELECTRICITY (-19 PER CENT), AND TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT (-17 PER CENT).

FURTHER DETAILS OF DOMESTIC EXPORT STATISTICS FOR MERCHANDISE RECLASSIFIED BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (AT 3-7221914).

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FRIDAY, JULY 1b, 1%2

Value of domestic exports for aercnandise, reclassified by industrial origin for the 1st quarter of 1981 and of 1982

(HKS'OOO)

Merchandise dooestic exports

Industrial origin of the commodities exported 1st qtr. 1981 1st qtr. 1982 % change

Agricultural, Forestry and fishing Agricultural, livestock and poultry production Ocean ana coastal fishing Mining and Quarrying Manufacturing Food Beverages Tobacco Textiles (including knitting) Wearing apparel, except footwear and knitwear Leather and leather products Footwear Wood and cork products, furniture and fixtures Paper and paper products, printing and publishing Cheaicals and chemical products Products of petroleum and coal Rubber products Plastic products Non-aetallic aineral products Basic aetals and fabricated ■etal products Machinery, except electrical Electrical machinery and appliances (incl* electronics) Transport equipment Professional and optical equipment Other manufacturing industries Electricity Miscellaneous it^me (e.g. small postal packages, developed photographic plates and film, antioues, and works of art) 13 521 37 655 286 • 187 053 3 050 38 2 812 079 4 204 88j 107 669 83 536 125 520 211 005 165 385 178 19 987 1 177 984 64 200 1 021 737 162 213 3 110 730 O 073 1 693 935 6“1 4o3 35 492 106 252 13 092 38 618 312 206 526 6 846 38 578 2 948 468 4 342 200 106 131 104 665 119 689 255 386 196 597 105 20 296 1 414 146 47 712 966 1 38 198 451 3 689 968 33 3*0 1 7IO 1*0° 867 328 28 754 120 20S - 3 3 9 10 124 1 5 3 - 1 25 - 5 21 19 -41 2 20 -26 - 5 22 19 -17 3 35 -19 13

Total 16 064 Ojfi 17 503 965 9

Individual entries of a column nay not add up exactly to the corresponding total due to roundinc.

FRIDAY, JULY 16, 1982

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PROPOSED SITES FOR HELICOPTER LANDING FACILITIES *****

THREE SITES HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT OF LANDING FACILITIES FOR HELICOPTERS.

SUBJECT TO FINAL INVESTIGATIONS, THE ROOF OF HUNG HOM CAR PARK COULD BE DEVELOPED AS A HELIPORT FOR INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS AND THE WAN CHAI RECLAMATION COULD BE USED AS THE SITE FOR A HELIPAD FOR DOMESTIC SERVICES.

THE DISTRICT BOARDS OF KOWLOON CITY AND WAN CHAI WILL BE CONSULTED AT THEIR NEXT MEETINGS ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS OF HELICOPTER SERVICES OPERATING FROM THESE SITES.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID A NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS AND COMPANIES HAD APPROACHED THE GOVERNMENT ABOUT THE LACK OF CIVIL HELICOPTER FACILITIES FOR BOTH DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS.

+THERE IS EXPRESSED INTEREST IN SCHEDULED SERVICES TO MACAU AND AN INDICATION OF POTENTIAL FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF SERVICES TO CHINA,+ HE SAID.

FOLLOWING STUDIES OF VARIOUS POTENTIAL SITES IT APPEARS THAT THE ROOF OF HUNG HOM CAR PARK MAY BE SUITABLE FOR A HELIPORT FROM OPERATIONAL, SAFETY, ENVIRONMENTAL AND COMMERCIAL POINTS OF VIEW.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT MACAU HELICOPTER AIRWAYS LIMITED, A COMPANY REGISTERED IN MACAU, PROPOSED TO DEVELOP THE CAR PARK ROOF AS A HELIPORT AT THEIR OWN EXPENSE FOR SERVICES BETWEEN HONG KONG AND MACAU.

THE COMPANY HAS NOW BEEN REQUESTED TO SUBMIT TO THE GOVERNMENT A COMPREHENSIVE PROPOSAL DETAILING THEIR PROPOSED STRUCTURAL ALTERATIONS TO THE CAR PARK, TO INCLUDE FIRE PROTECTION AND OTHER SAFETY SYSTEMS, AND OPERATIONAL PROCEDURES FOR STUDY BY VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS.

+AS THE FACILITY WOULD EE OPERATED AS A LICENSED HELIPORT, IT WOULD BE OPEN TO OTHER POTENTIAL USERS AT A FEE TO BE DETERMINED BY THE GOVERNMENT,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

COMMENTING ON THE POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT OF NON-SCHEDULED DOMESTIC HELICOPTER SERVICES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID A CENTRALLY LOCATED HELIPAD WAS AN ESSENTIAL PREREQUISITE FOR SERVICES BETWEEN THE URBAN AREA AND THE NEW TERRITORIES, FOR PURPOSES SUCH AS THE TRANSPORT OF COMPANY PERSONNEL AND EQUIPMENT TO WORK SITES, NEWS REPORTING BY THE PRESS AND BROADCAST MEDIA AND FOR AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY FOR SURVEYS, FI LM-MAK IN ' AND OTHER SIMILAR PURPOSES.

HE ADDED THAT A CENTRALLY LOCATED HELIPAD WAS ALSO NEEDED BY THE SECURITY FORCES TO REPLACE THE - 'COURT ROAD HELIPAD WHICH WAS CLOSED !:.- 1979.

FRIDAY, JULY 16, -;<2

+RECENT STUDIES HAVE REAFFIRMED THE ADVANTAGES CP THE WAN CHAI RECLAMATION AS A LOCATION FOR A HELI PAD,+ THE SPOKESMAN DISCLOSED.

A SITE .*H I CH MAY POSSIBLY BE SUITABLE AND COULD BE MADE AVAILABLE IN THE NEAR FUTURE IS SITUATED IN FRONT OF THE AREA DESIGNATED FOR THE ACADEMY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS BUT NOISE WOULD RULE OUT ITS USE ONCE THE ACADEMY WAS OPENED AT ThE E..D OF 1965.

+SO A PERMANENT SITE JUST WEST OF THE WAN CHAI PASSENGER FERRY TERMINAL WOULD HAVE TO BE DEVELOPED AS A PERMANENT HELIPAD,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID. +THE IDEA IS THAT IT WOULD BE INCORPORATED IN A NEW PIER STRUCTURE.*

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NEW BRIDGE FOR YUEN LONG * * *

THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT BRANCH OF THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW BRIDGE AND ASSOCIATED ROADWORKS IN YUEN LONG NEW TOWN.

THIS IS PART OF THE CONTINUING PROGRAMME CARRIED OUT BY THE DEPARTMENT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NE* TOWN.

THE NEW BRIDGE, SITUATED NEAR THE EASTERN ROUNDABOUT OF THE NEW TOWN, WILL FORM AN IMPORTANT SECTION OF A NEW ROAD UNDER CONSTRUCTION ON THE NORTHERN SIDE OF YUEN LONG, CONNECTING THE INDUSTRIAL ESTATE AND THE NEWLY FORMED INDUSTRIAL AREA wITH THE DUAL CARRIAGEWAY BETWEEN YUEN LONG AND AU TAU.

ALSO INCLUDED IN THE CONTRACT WILL BE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A COVER TO THE EXISTING FOOTBRIDGE ACROSS THE NULLAH AT TAI KUI ROAD.

WILL START 1N OCTOBER AND IS EXPECTED TO TAKE ABOUT 12 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

FRIDAY, JULY 16, 1982

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WONG NAI CHUNG RESERVOIR PARK * * *

THE WONG NAI CHUNG RESERVOIR WILL SOON BE TURNED INTO A PUBLIC RECREATION AREA FOR BOATING AND CANOEING.

THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT.

THE CONTRACT INVOLVES THE CONSTRUCTION OF A BOATING COMPLEX TO THE NORTHERN SIDE OF THE RESERVOIR.

IT WILL INCLUDE A BOAT PAVILION WITH LOOK-OUT AREA, SNACK AREA AND TOILET FACILITIES, A CANOE SHED AND A CATAMARAN SHED.

IN ADDITION, A SITTING-OUT AREA WITH A WOODEN ARBOUR WILL BE BUILT TO THE NORTH-WEST OF THE RESERVOIR.

CONSTRUCTION WORK WILL START IN AUGUST AND IS EXPECTED TO TAKE ABOUT 14 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SAN PO KONG AND WAN CHAI XJEX

TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW IN SAN PO KONG, THE FOLLOWING TURNING MOVEMENTS wILL BE BANNED FROM 10 AM ON SUNDAY (JULY 18):

* THE RIGHT TURN FROM CHOI HUNG ROAD EASTBOUND INTO TSEUK LUK STREET SOUTHBOUND;

* THE RIGHT TURN FROM CHOI HUNG ROAD WESTBOUND INTO TAI SHING STREET NORTHBOUND:

* THE RIGHT TURN FROM TAI YAU STREET NORTHBOUND INTO CHOI HUNG ROAD EASTBOUND; AND

* THE LEFT TURN FROM TSEUK LUK STREET NORTHBOUND INTO CHOI HUNG ROAD WESTBOUND.

HOWEVER, THE RIGHT TURN BAK FROM CHOI HUNG ROAD EASTBOUND INTO TAI YAU STREET SOUTHBOUND wILL BE LIFTED.

MEANWHILE, ON HONG KONG ISLAND THE NORTHBOUND SECTION OF KENNEDY ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WI TH WAN CHAI GAP ROAD TC A POINT 55 METRES FURTHER NORTH WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT SIX WEEKS PQR ROAD WORKS. THE CLOSURE »ILL ALSO START FROM 13 AM ON SUNDAY.

DURING THE CLOSURE, ONE LANE TWO WAY TRAFFIC WILl BE mAINTAINEL ON THE ADjACcK' _ANE.

FRIDAY, JULY 16,

1982

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FLUTE PLAYER WINS FIRST LADY MACLEHOSE PRIZE FOR MUSIC * * * *

A TWENTY-YEAR-OLD FLAUTIST, CHAN KWOK-CHIU, CURRENTLY STUDYING AT THE HONG KONG CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC, HAS WON THE FIRST ANNUAL LADY MACLEHOSE PRIZE. X

THE PRIZE, IN THE FORM OF A TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP, l's NAMED IN HONOUR OF THE WIFE OF THE FORMER GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG, AND WILL BE AWARDED TO THE MOST OUTSTANDING SECOND ' YEAR MUSICIAN ATTENDING THE CONSERVATORY.

THE FUND FOR THE PRIZE THIS YEAR AMOUNTS TO $15 OOO AND WILL BE ADMINISTERED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT.

THE PRIZE WILL ENABLE THE SELECTED STUDENT TO TRAVEL ABROAD DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS TO ATTEND SUMMER SCHOOLS AND MUSIC FESTIVALS IN EUROPE OR NORTH AMERICA.

THIS YEAR’S WINNER WILL LEAVE QN SATURDAY (JULY 17) FOR A SIX-WEEK STAY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.

CHAN KWOK-CHIU, WHO COMES FROM A FARMING FAMILY IN TAI PO, BEGAN FLUTE LESSONS WHILST AT THE TAI KWONG MIDDLE SCHOOL.

HE WAS A PRIZE WINNER AT THE HONG KONG SCHOOLS MUSIC FESTIVAL AND AFTER LEAVING SCHOOL GAVE UP MUSIC TEMPORARILY.

ENCOURAGED BY HIS TEACHER, TIMOTHY WILSON, KWOK-CHIU

APPLIED FOR AND WAS AWARDED A JOCKEY CLUB MUSIC FUND SCHOLARSHIP TO ATTEND THE HONG KONG CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC TWO YEARS AGO.

KWOK-CHIU, WHO VISITED AUSTRALIA LAST YEAR AS A MEMBER OF THE JING YING CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, IS VERY EXCITED AT THE PROSPECT OF SPENDING PART OF HIS SUMMER VACATION IN THE UNITED KINGDOM. HE WILL ATTEND THE INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL AT CANTERBURY, KENT, FOR THREE WEEKS, AND THE CANFORD SUMMER SCHOOL, IN DORSET, FOR A FURTHER TWO WEEKS. ONE WEEK OF HIS TRIP WILL BE DEVOTED TO ATTENDING CONCERTS AND FESTIVALS.

KWOK-CHIU, WHO HOPES TO PERFORM PROFESSIONALLY WHEN HE GRADUATES FROM THE CONSERVATORY IK A YEAR’S TIME, PLAYS THE ER-HU AND CHINESE FLUTE IN ADDITION TO STUDYING THE FLUTE.

FRIDAY, JULY 16, 1982

MINI-SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP * * *

THE SECOND ALL HONG KONG MINI-SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR THREE AGE-CROUP TEAMS WILL KICK-OFF TOMORROW AFTERNOON.

ThE FIRST MATCH WILL BE PLAYED AT THE SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND IN WAN ChAi FOLLOWING A BRIEF OPENING CEREMONY CONDUCTED BY CHIEF RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICER, MR DAVID MAK; THE VICE-PRESIDENT "-E HONG -.ONG MINIATURE fqoTBALl ASSOCIATION, MR YUEN BOr AND .HE VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE KOWLOON MINIATURE FOOTBAl^ ASSOCIATION, MR HORACE HO.

THE EVENT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT, THE HONG KONG MINIATURE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION AND THE KOWLOON MINIATURE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION.

THERE WILL BE A TOTAL OF 228 MATCHES PLAYED BETWEEN JULY 17 AND SEPTEMBER 11 IN A NUMBER OF PITCHES IN KOWLOON AND ON nONG KONG ISLAND. ALTOGETHER 72 TEAMS WILL BE PLAYING IN THE GAMES.

ON HONG KONG, THE MATCHES WILL BE HELD IN VICTORIA PARK AND SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND, AND IN FA HUI, MACPHERSON, ARGYLE STREET AND KWAI CHUNG PLAYGROUNDS IN KOWLOON.

THE THREE AGE-CATEGORIES ARE; 15 YEARS AND BELOW, BETWEEN 16 AND 17; AND BETWEEN 18 AND 19.

MATCHES ARE TO BE PLAYED IN THE EVENING ON TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND SATURDAYS: AND ALSO IN THE AFTERNOON OF SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS.

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FRESH WATER CUT IN PEAK AREA * K *.

FRESH aATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN ThE =>EAK AREA aJLL BE TURNED OFF "OP SEVEN HOURS 11 PM ON MONDAY y 1°} TO 6 AM ON TUESDAY (JULY 23) FOC A LEAKAGE TEST.

The ’REMISES AFFECTED a ILL BE NOS. 1OO AND 112-116, PEAK ROAD, TrtOSE ALONG nOMESTEAD HOAD, MOUNT KELLETT RCaD C-f-. IG> IROAD, PLUN*ETT’S -DAD, Dl-F- ’ATH, GTjGh hiLi_ . pollock's 3ATn, plantation road and sevchn road.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, JULY 17, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

JAPANESE MESSION VISIT HONG KONG ............................... 1

FAMILY HEALTH SERVICE CENTRE ON TSING YI ....................... 1

HONG KONG GIRL CAME FIRST IN LONDON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY EXAMINATION ........................................... 2

SUMMER YOUTH MUSIC CAMP ........................................ 2

BETTER CARE FOR THE ELDERLY .................................... 3

ENROLMENT OF STUDENTS FOR TECHNICAL INSTITUTES ................. 3

•♦■SWINGING SUMMER+ FAMILY QUIZ ................................ 4

AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS ................................. 5

TSUEN WAN MARKET STALLS FOR AUCTION ............................ 6

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ON HK ISLAND .............................. 6

FRESH WATER CUT IN EAST KOWLOON ................................ 7

FIRING PRACTICE ................................................ 7

SATURDAY, JULY 17, 1982

1

JAPANESE MISSION VISIT HONG KONG * * * *

A HIGH LEVEL JAPANESE DELEGATION, HEADED BY MR MASUMI ESAKI, CHAIRMAN OF THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE FOR INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC MEASURES OF THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY, ARRIVED IN HONG KONG TODAY (SATURDAY) FOR A THREE-DAY OFFICIAL VISIT.

THEY WERE GREETED ON ARRIVAL BY SIR Y.K. KAN, CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG-JAPAN BUSINESS COOPERATION COMMITTEE, MR LAWRENCE MILLS, DIRECTOR OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, MR GEORGE BLANEY, ACTING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL-AND MR CHUSEI YAMADA, JAPANESE CONSUL GENERAL.

THE DELEGATION FROM THE RULING LIBERAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS VISITING THE ASEAN COUNTRIES AND HONG KONG TO EXCHANGE VIEWS ON ECONOMIC AND TRADE MATTERS.

MR ESAKI AND MEMBERS OF THE MISSION WILL PAY A COURTESY CALL ON THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, ON MONDAY MORNING BEFORE HOLDING AN OFFICIAL MEETING WITH THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR JOHN BREMRIDGE.

IN THE AFTERNOON, THE DELEGATION WILL MEET MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG/JAPAN BUSINESS COOPERATION COMMITTEE AT A MEETING TO BE CHAIRED BY SIR Y.K. KAN.

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FAMILY HEALTH SERVICE CENTRE ON TSING Yl * * * *

THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT WILL OPEN ITS 42ND FAMILY HEALTH SERVICE CENTRE ON MONDAY (JULY 19) ON TSING Yl ISLAND TO PROVIDE BETTER MATERNAL AND CHILD CARE FOR THE ISLANDERS.

THE CENTRE, ATTACHED TO THE GOVERNMENT GENERAL OUT-PATIENT CLINIC, WILL OCCUPY THE THIRD FLOOR OF A COMMERCIAL COMPLEX IN CHEUNG HONG ESTATE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT EXPLAINED THAT IN VIEW OF THE INCREASING DEMAND FOR HEALTH SERVICES IN THE REGION, THE GOVERNMENT PLANS TO SET UP A MEDICAL AND HEALTH INSTITUTION IN THE PROXIMITY OF THE ESTATE.

♦IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE POPULATION ON THE ISLAND WILL REACH 200 000 AT THE END OF THE DECADE WHEN THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT IS COMPLETED AROUND THE CHEUNG HONG ESTATE,* HE SAID.

THE FAMILY HEALTH SERVICE CENTRE WILL OPERATE FIVE-AND-A-HALF DAYS A WEEK. IT WILL PROVIDE AN EXTENSIVE RANGE OF MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH SERVICES SUCH AS ANTE-NATAL AND POST-NATAL CHECK-UPS, IMMUNISATION FOR CHILDREN, AS WELL AS FAMILY PLANNING SESSIONS.

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HONG KONG GIRL CAME FIRST IN LONDON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY EXAMINATION * * * *

A 20-YEAR-0LD GIRL STUDENT OF THE KWAI CHUNG TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, MISS FUNG LAI-YIN, HAS GAINED FIRST PLACE N THE LONDON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HIGHER ACCOUNTING EXAMINATION, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING

DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY.

THE EXAMINATION TOOK PLACE IN HONG KONG LAST SUMMER.

MISS FUNG HAS BEEN AWARDED A MEDALLION IN RECOGNITION OF HER OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY THE LONDON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

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SUMMER YOUTH MUSIC CAMP

X X X

THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT’S YOUTH MUSIC CAMP IS TO BE LAUNCHED ON JULY 25 (SUNDAY) BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE.

THE TWO-WEEK CAMP WILL BE HELD AT ST STEPHEN’S COLLEGE. STANLEY. WHERE SOME 300 YOUNG MUSIC ENTHUSIASTS INCLUDING A&OUT 30 OVERSEAS STUDENTS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF BOTH WESTERN AND CHINESE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.

APART FROM IMPROVING THEIR SKILLS, THE CAMPERS WILL ALSO BE ABLE TO EXCHANGE IDEAS AND PLAY TOGETHER IN A NUMBER OF JOINT CONCERTS.

ELEVEN WELL-KNOWN MUSICIANS, FIVE FROM CHINA AND THE OTHERS FROM EUROPE, AUSTRALIA AND THE U.S.A. WILL PARTICIPATE IN STUDY SESSIONS, WORKSHOPS AND TRAINING. SOME WILL ALSO CONDUCT A NUMBER OF JOINT CONCERTS.

THESE WELL-KNOWN MUSICIANS WILL BE ARRIVING IN HONG KONG NEXT WEEK, WITH THE CHINESE GROUP ARRIVING FROM TIANJIN IN THE AFTERNOON OF JULY 23. WELL-KNOWN CONDUCTOR AND MUSICAL DIRECTOR OF QUEENSLAND THEATRE ORCHESTRA, MR GEORG TINTNER, IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE ON JULY 22.

NOTE TO EDI TORSt

DURING THE CAMP, THE INFORMATION UNIT OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT WILL ASSIST REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PRESS AND TV/RADIO TO COVER THE MUSIC CAMP AND ARRANGE INTERVIEWS UPON REQUEST.

FOR FURTHER ENQUIRIES PLEASE TELEPHONE THE. UNIT BY DIALING 5-951365 OR 5-951372.

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BETTER CARE FOR THE ELDERLY

* * *

A NUMBER OF ELDERLY PEOPLE WILL POSE AS MODELS FOR A PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION TO BE HELD IN KWUN TONG TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON TO PROMOTE BETTER CARE FOR SENIOR CITIZENS.

THE COMPETITION, ORGANISED BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT ELDERLY SERVICE CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, IS OPEN TO RESIDENTS OF THE DISTRICT. THERE WILL BE CASH PRIZES FOR THE WINNERS.

THE CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE CONSISTS OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES WORKING IN THE FIELD OF SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY IN THE DISTRICT.

THE EVENT FORMS PART OF THE DISTRICT PROGRAMME AIMED MAINLY AT AROUSING PUBLIC CONCERN FOR THE ELDERLY, SUCH AS THEIR RIGHTS, VIRTUES AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE COMMUNITY AS WELL AS TO IMPROVE SERVICES.

OTHER ACTIVITIES INCLUDE A SLOGAN COMPETITION, AN EXHIBITION AND A VARIETY SHOW TO BE HELD IN THE COMING MONTHS.

THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER, MR LOK MAN-PAN, TWO ELDERLY REPRESENTATIVES AND A TELEVISION ARTISTE WILL JOINTLY OFFICIATE AT TOMORROW’S OPENING CEREMONY.

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ENROLMENT OF STUDENTS FOR TECHNICAL INSTITUTES * * * X

THE MORRISON HILL, KWAI CHUNG, KWUN TONG, HAKING WONG AND LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES WILL INVITE APPLICATIONS FOR ADMISSION TO FULL-TIME, BLOCK-RELEASE AND PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE COURSES ON JULY 26, 1982, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (SATURDAY).

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

THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS AUGUST 18, 1982.

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♦SWINGING SUMMER* FAMILY QUIZ

* * *

TELEVISION VIEWERS OF THE ^SWINGING SUMMER* PROGRAMME WILL HAVE A CHANCE OF WINNING FOUR DOUBLE JOURNEY AIR TICKETS FROM HONG KONG TO LONDON IF THEY PARTICIPATE IN THE FAMILY QUIZ INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAMME.

THE QUIZ WILL BE HELD IN THE FIRST SIX EPISODES OF THE TV SERIES TO BE SCREENED ON TVB’S JADE NETWORK AT 12 NOON ON CONSECUTIVE SUNDAYS STARTING TOMORROW (JULY 18).

ANNOUNCING THIS AT A PREVIEW OF THE OPENING EPISODE OF THE TV PROGRAMME TODAY (SATURDAY), GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER, MR GEORGE YUEN, SAID +THE AIM OF THE QUIZ IS TWO-FOLDt TO AROUSE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE CURRENT REVITALISED CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN AND TO PROMOTE THE SUMMER ACTIVITIES WHICH VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES HAVE LINED UP FOR OUR YOUNGSTERS.*

THE TV SERIES IS JOINTLY PRESENTED BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES AND RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG, WHILE THE QUIZ IS HELD WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE BRITISH AIRWAYS.

THE COMPANY HAS PROVIDED FOUR RETURN AIR TICKETS TO LONDON IN SUPPORT OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN AND THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

EXPLAINING THE RULES FOR THE QUIZ AT TODAY’S PREVIE*, MISS WINNIE CHIN, COMPERE OF THE TV PROGRAMME, SAID TV VIEWERS WOULD ONLY HAVE TO WRITE DOWN THE ANSWERS TO SIX SETS OF QUESTIONS AT THE BACK OF AN ENVELOPE AND POST IT TO THE +SWINGING SUMMER* TV PROGRAMME, RTHK, BROADCAST DRIVE.

+TWO PRIZE WINNERS WILL BE DRAWN DURING THE SEVENTH EPISODE TO BE HELD AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM ON AUGUST 23.

+THE PRIZE PRESENTATION WILL BE HELD AT THE GRAND FINALE OF THE TV PROGRAMME AT TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL ON SEPTEMBER 2,+ MISS CHIN ADDED.

THIS FIRST EPISODE, WHICH IS CO-ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE, WILL BE PACKED WITH ENTERTAINMENT.

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AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS

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THIRTY-ONE SPECIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE SOLD BY AUCTION THIS MORNING (SATURDAY) FOR A TOTAL OF $183 400 WHICH -ILL GO INTO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND FOR CHARITY PURPOSES. FOUR OTHER REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE WITHDRAWN.

THE AUCTION HELD AT THE COMMITTEE ROOM OF QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM, WAN CHAI SAW THE REGISTRATION NUMBER 993 FETCH THE HIGHEST PRICE OF $48 OOO.

ANOTHER NUMBER AK88 WAS SOLD AT THE SECOND HIGHEST PRICE CF $22 000 WHILE THE LOWEST PRICE WAS $1 000 FOR AL6692, CV165, CV2688, CV1011, CV1981, CU7986, BL9328.

THE FOLLOW 1 NG OTHER SPECIAL PRICES: REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE SOLD AT THE

CV1687 1 $ 100 CV1628 $ 3 800 CV136 3 $ 200

CV3228 5 000 CV233 3 500 CU6268 2 400

CV418 1 500 AA89 15 000 CV186 2 300

7086 1 300 BZ300 11 000 CU8332 1 500

CV268 3 000 AC6888 5 200 CW90 6 000

AA116 5 100 CV8328 4 000 CF8888 11 000

CV3666 2 100 CF5 8 000 CU8838 7 500

CV2628 2 900

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY IN CASH OR BY CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE BIDDING.

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

TODAY’S SALE, THE 77TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973, BROUGHT THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR CHARITY REALISED SO FAR TO $25 752 832.

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TSUEN WAN MARKET STALLS FOR AUCTION

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THIRTY-SIX MINI STALLS AT THE TSUEN WAN MARKET WILL BE PUT UP FOR PUBLIC AUCTION ON TUESDAY (JULY 20).

THE AUCTION WHICH STARTS AT 10 AM WILL BE HELD AT THE CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF TSUEN WAN MARKET.

OF THE 36 STALLS TO BE AUCTIONED, 21 ARE FOR THE SALE OF VEGETABLES, SIX FOR FLOWERS, FOUR FOR GROCERY, FOUR FOR HABERDASHERY AND ONE FOR FRUIT. THE UPSET MONTHLY RENTAL FOR ALL THE STALLS IS 1350 EACH.

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS CAN START THEIR BUSINESS ON AUGUST 1 FOR A CONTRACT PERIOD OF THREE YEARS. THEY WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY THEIR RENTAL ON A QUARTERLY BASIS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID ONLY PERSONS AGED 21 OR ABOVE ARE ALLOWED TO TAKE PART IN THE AUCTION AND POTENTIAL BIDDERS ARE REQUESTED TO BRING ALONG THEIR IDENTITY CARDS AND FIVE PHOTOGRAPHS TO THE AUCTION VENUE.

FURTHER DETAILS ON THE AUCTION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE HAWKERS AND MARKETS SECTION OF TSUEN WAN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE ON TELEPHONE 0-444281 EXT. 361.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ON HK ISLAND X X X

PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER SASSOON ROAD BETWEEN POK FU LAM ROAD AND VICTORIA ROAD FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JULY 19).

THE EXTENT OF THE PROHIBITED ZONE WILL BE INDICATED BY SIGNS.

MEANWHILE, IN WONG CHUK HANG, THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE ON SHUM WAN PIER DRIVE NORTHEAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH SHUM WAN ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED AS A 24-HOUR URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JULY 20). HOWEVER, VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS IN THE TURN-AROUND AREA AT THE END OF SHUM WAN PIER DRIVE.

SATURDAY, JULY 17, 1982

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FRESH WATER CUT IN EAST KOWLOON

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN AREAS IN EAST KOWLOON WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR EIGHT HOURS FROM 10 PM ON MONDAY (JULY 19) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY TO FACILITATE WATER MAINS CONNECTION.

THE AREAS AFFECTED WILL INCLUDE FU SHAN ESTATE, THE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME ESTATE AT HAMMER HILL, TAI HOM VILLAGE, DIAMOND HILL M.T.R. STATION, KA WAH TERRACE, PING TING ROAD AND SHEUNG YUEN LENG.

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FIRING PRACTICE * * *

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE RANGE FROM JULY 19 (MONDAY) TO

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WHEN RED FLAGS ARE FLYING.

THE PRACTICE TIMES ARE «-

PLACE AT THE HA TSUEN/CASTLE PEAK JULY 24 (SATURDAY).

WARNED NOT TO ENTER THE AREA

DATE

MONDAY (JULY 19) TUESDAY (JULY 20) WEDNESDAY (JULY 21) THURSDAY (JULY 22) FRIDAY (JULY 23) SATURDAY (JULY 24)

TIME

9 AM - 11 PM

8 AM - 6 PM

8 AM - 6 PM

8 AM - 6 PM

8 AM - 4.30 PM

8.30 AM - 5 PM

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, JULY 18, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

last sha tin db meeting for dr ease.............................. 1

RESTAURANT OPERATORS WARNED OF FIRE HAZARDS ..................... 1

FOOTBALL DEVELOPMENT SCHEME FOR CUTT,DREW ....................... 2

NO NEED TO BUY REFLECTIVE LICENCE PLATES YET •• TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ...................................................... 2

DESI® COMPETITION FOR DISTRICT LOGO ............................. 3

WATER SUPPLY CUTS IN KOWLOON .................................... 3

TRAFFIC ARRANGEr.Ll<TS IN TSUHJ WAN AND DIAMOND HILL............. 3

SUNDAY, JULY 18, 1982

1

LAST SHA TIN DB MEETING FOR DR HASE *****

THE SECOND MEETING OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD TO BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 21) WILL BE THE LAST ONE TO BE CHAIRED BY DR PATRICK HASE, THE DISTRICT OFFICER.

HE WILL TAKE UP A NEW POST YET TO BE DECIDED AFTER HIS LEAVE WHICH BEGINS LATER THIS MONTH WHEN HE WILL BE SUCCEEDED BY MR DONALD TSANG.

AT WEDNESDAY'S DISTRICT BOARD MEETING, MR HSU SHAU-WOO FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL BRIEF MEMBERS ON THE ALLOCATION OF JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES.

AN ENTERTAINMENT STANDARDS CONTROL OFFICER FROM THE TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING AUTHORITY WILL EXPLAIN, AND INVITE COMMENTS ON, A PROPOSED FILM CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM CONCERNING A STATUTORY AGE RESTRICTION FOR VIEWING OF ADULT FILMS.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO GIVE THEIR VIEWS ON THE SETTING UP OF MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE OFFICES IN THE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME SUI WO COURT AND THE HOUSING SOCIETY JAT MIN CHUEN.

IN ADDITION, THE +MEETING THE PUBLIC* SESSION BY DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS, WHICH BEGAN IN MARCH THIS YEAR, WILL BE REVIEWED.

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RESTAURANT OPERATORS WARNED OF FIRE HAZARDS * * * *

THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS DISCOURAGING RESTAURANT OPERATORS FROM LETTING THEIR EMPLOYEES SLEEP IN RESTAURANT PREMISES AFTER CLOSING TIME.

A SPOKESMAN OF THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THERE HAD BEEN CASES WHERE EMPLOYEES SLEEPING IN RESTAURANTS DID NOT KNOW THE LOCATIONS OF SAFETY EXITS DURING EMERGENCIES, THUS ENDANGERING THEIR LIVES.

♦IT HAS BEEN NOTED BY THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT THAT EXITS IN MANY RESTAURANTS ARE LOCKED AND CHAINED, MAKING ESCAPE DIFFICULT IN CASE OF FIRE OR OTHER EMERGENCIES,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE WARNED THAT IT IS AGAINST FIRE SAFETY REGULATIONS TO LOCK OR CHAIN EMERGENCY EXITS, AND ADVISED THAT IF EMPLOYEES MUST SLEEP IN RESTAURANTS AFTER WORK, THEY SHOULD BE PROVIDED WITH SLEEPING SPACE NEAR AN EXIT AND BE INFORMED OF ITS LOCATION.

OFFICERS FROM THE FIRE PROTECTION BUREAU ARE AVAILABLE TO ADVISE RESTAURANT OPERATORS ON NECESSARY SAFETY MEASURES.

THE HONG KONG REGIONAL OFFICE OF THE BUREAU IS LOCATED AT THE SHEUNG WAN FIRE STATION, THE KOWLOON OFFICE ON THE 5TH FLOOR OF SAN PO KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, AND THE NEW TERRITORIES REGIONAL OFFICE IN THE SHA TIN FIRE STATION.

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FOOTBALL DEVELOPMENT SCHEME FOR CHILDREN * * * *

YOUNGSTERS ARE INVITED TO JOIN A GOAL-SCORING FOOTBALL TRAINING SCHEME IN THE NEW TERRITORIES DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS.

THE ’HOW TO SCORE A GOAL’ COURSE OF THE HONG KONG 1982 CHILDREN FOOTBALL DEVELOPMENT SCHEME IS AIMED AT DEVELOPING CHILDREN’S POTENTIAL IN THE SPORT, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NTSD.

THE SCHEME, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION, THE URBAN COUNCIL, HONG KONG BOY’S AND GIRL’S CLUBS ASSOCIATION, SILVER JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE AND THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, WILL BE HELD BETWEEN MONDAY (JULY 19) AND AUGUST 25.

THE EIGHT-SESSION COURSE IS DIVIDED INTO A PRIMARY SECTION FOR CHILDREN UNDER 12 AND A SECONDARY SECTION FOR THOSE FROM 12 TO 15.

OUTSTANDING PERFORMERS WILL RECEIVE FURTHER TRAINING FOR DISTRICT-WIDE FOOTBALL MATCHES.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE OBTAINABLE AT ALL DISTRICT URBAN SERVICES OFFICES, PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS, SPORTSGROUNDS AND INDOOR GAMES HALLS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

YOUNGSTERS IN SAI KUNG, SHA TIN, TSUEN WAN, KWAI CHUNG AND THE OUTLYING ISLANDS SHOULD FORWARD THEIR APPLICATIONS TO THE RECREATION PROMOTION UNIT (SOUTH REGION) OF THE NTSD ON THE 1OTH FLOOR OF FOURSEAS BUILDING, 208 NATHAN ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI.

THOSE LIVING IN SHEUNG SHU I, FANLING, YUEN LONG, TUEN MUN AND TAI PO SHOULD SEND THEIR APPLICATIONS TO THE RECREATION PROMOTION UNIT (NORTH REGION) OF THE NTSD ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF NO. 1 GARAGE, TAI YUEN ESTATE, TING KOK ROAD, TAI PO.

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NO NEED TO BUY REFLECTIVE LICENCE PLATES YET - TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT MM*

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAS CALLED ON MOTORISTS TO WAIT FOR AN OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT BEFORE PURCHASING REFLECTIVE LICENCE PLATES.

+CONTRARY TO CLAIMS BY SOME SALESMEN, SUCH PLATES ARE NOT YET COMPULSORY,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

+IT IS INTENDED THAT ONLY NEW VEHICLES WILL BE AFFECTED INITIALLY, AND A TRANSITIONAL PERIOD FOR THE CHANGE WILL BE ALLOWED FOR OTHER VEHICLES,* HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN DISCLOSED THAT YELLOW WAS LIKELY TO BE THE REQUIRED COLOUR FOR THE NEW REAR PLATES AND WHITE FOR THE FRONT PLATES.

HE CAUTIONED THAT AS MOST REFLECTIVE PLATES ON SALE WERE WHITE, THEY MIGHT BE LEGALLY UNACCEPTABLE.

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DESIGN COMPETITION FOR DISTRICT LOGO * * * *

THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD IS HOLDING A DESIGN COMPETITION TO SELECT A LOGO FOR THE BOARD AS PART OF ITS EFFORT TO ENCOURAGE GREATER PARTICIPATION IN THE AFFAIRS OF THE DISTRICT.

THE COMPETITION, CARRYING AN S85O-WORTH PRIZE FOR THE CHAMPION, IS OPEN TO RESIDENTS OF THE DISTRICT ONLY.

DESIGNS SHOULD BE MADE ON A WHITE DRAWING PAPER, MEASURING 37.5 CM BY 30 CM, AND CAN BE EITHER IN BLACK AND WHITE OR IN TWO COLOURS.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS AUGUST 15 AND RESULTS OF THE COMPETITION WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN NEWSPAPERS IN SEPTEMBER.

ENTRY FORMS AND FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (CENTRAL AND WESTERN) ON 222 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL, OR FROM ITS SUB-OFFICES AT CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, AND AT 82-84 BELCHER’S STREET, GROUND FLOOR, HONG KONG.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE BY TELEPHONING 5-450868.

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WATER SUPPLY CUTS IN KOWLOON

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN NGaU TAU KOK WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 9 PM ON TUESDAY (JULY 20) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

AFFECTED WILL BE KAI YIP ESTATE, THE KAI TAK REFUGEE CAMP, KAI TAK MANSION AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE OFFICERS’ QUARTERS.

MEANWHILE, SALT WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN KOWLOON WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 8 AM TO 4 PM ON THURSDAY (JULY 22) FOR ROUTINE CLEANSING WORK.

THE BROADCAST DRIVE AREA, LUNG CHEUNG COURT AND PREMISES ALONG THE NORTHERN SECTION OF CORNWALL STREET TO BEACON HILL ROAD WILL BE AFFECTED.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TSUEN WAN AND DIAMOND HILL

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FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JULY 20), NORTHBOUND VEHICLES ON SHEK WAI KOK ROAD IN TSUEN WAN HEADING FOR CHEUNG PEI SHAN ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA CHEUNG PEI SHAN INTERCHANGE.

IN DIAMOND HILL, THE WESTERN HALF OF SOCIAL AVENUE IN HA YUEN LENG WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 9 AM AND 1 PM ON TUESDAY (JULY 20) FOR CLEARANCE WORK.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, JULY 19, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

JSEA ALLOCATION RESULTS TO BE RELEASED TOMORROW MORE Than 65 PER CENT GfiP AIDED FORM IV PLACES .......................... 1

BETTER EDUCATION HELPS DISPEL MENTAL ILLNESS STIGMA ......... 3

THE SECOND HONG KONG YOUNG MUSIC-MAKERS' TALENT QUEST ....... 5

MONTHLY SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL AND ORDERS-ON-HAND FOR MAY 1982 .................................................... 6

'FOCUS ON ENGLISH' WEEK .................................... 8

water figures ............................................... 8

GOOD PROGRESS-MADE IN IMPLEMENTING FEE SCHEME................ 9

FRESH WATER CUT IN MED-LEVELS .............................. 9

EXHIBITION ON MORAL EDUCATION ............................... 10

URBAN CLEARWAY IN WAN CHAI .................................. 10

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JSEA ALLOCATION RESULTS TO BE RELEASED TOMORROW MORE THAN 65 PER CENT GET AIDED FORM IV PLACES ******

A TOTAL OF 52 091 PUPILS PARTICIPATING IN THE JSEA SYSTEM THIS YEAR HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED FORM IV PLACES IN SCHOOLS IN THE AIDED SECTOR, AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

82 757 PUPILS ENTERED FOR THE SYSTEM BUT DURING THE YEAR 2 217 HAVE OPTED OUT AND ANOTHER 1 053 HAVE ACCEPTED PLACES ON FULL-TIME CRAFT COURSE IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTES. OF THE REMAINING 79 487 PARTICIPATING PUPILS, 52 091 OR 65.5 PER CENT HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED SUBSIDISED FORM IV PLACES.

+IN ADDITION, UP TO ABOUT 2 500 PUPILS MAY BE OFFERED PLACES WHICH SCHOOL PRINCIPALS MAY ALLOCATE AT THEIR DISCRETION,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF SUBSIDISED FORM IV PLACES PROVIDED IN CHINESE MIDDLE AND ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOLS IS ABOUT 55 000 THIS YEAR.

+WE ARE PLEASED TO NOTE THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF PARENTS HAVE CHOSEN THEIR OWN FEEDER SCHOOL AS FIRST CHOICE. THIS HAS REDUCED THE NUMBER OF INTER-SCHOOL TRANSFERS TO A MINIMUM. IN FACT 41 511 PUPILS (79.69 PER CENT OF THE PLACES ALLOCATED) HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED BACK TO THEIR OWN SCHOOLS.

THE RESULTS OF ALLOCATION WILL BE RELEASED TO ALL PARTICIPATING SECONDARY SCHOOLS FOR COLLECTION BY PUPILS TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

REGISTRATION OF FEEDER PUPILS (l.E. PUPILS ALLOCATED PLACES IN THEIR OWN SCHOOLS) WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE SAME DATE THE ALLOCATION RESULTS ARE RELEASED. FOR THIS PURPOSE PUPILS ARE REMINDED THAT THEY SHOULD LEAVE THEIR REGISTRATION FORMS WITH THE SCHOOL OFFICE.

PUPILS WHO HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED TO OTHER SCHOOLS SHOULD REPORT FOR REGISTRATION ON THURSDAY (JULY 22). WHEN REPORTING FOR REGISTRATION, THESE PUPILS SHOULD BRING THE FOLLOWING :

(A) PUPIL IDENTIFICATION FORM, OR IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENT PREPARED BY THE SCHOOL AND ENDORSED BY THE JSEA SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT;

(B) REGISTRATION FORM ;

(C) INDIVIDUAL RESULT SLIP;

(D) PUPIL’S HONG KONG IDENTITY CARD;

(E) A NOTE SHOWING HIS CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESS, AND THE NAME, ADDRESS, AND TELEPHONE NUMBER OF HIS PARENTS/ GUARDIANS ;

(F) TWO RECENT PASSPORT-SIZE PHOTOGRAPHS WHICH MAY BE REQUIRED BY THE SCHOOL.

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-UP ILS WHO HAVE ACCEPTED A PLACE OFFERED BY A TECHNICAL INSTITUTE should report for registration on AUGUST 3.

IF A PUPIL IS UNABLE TO COLLECT HIS ALLOCATION RESULT OR GO -OR REGISTRATION ON JULY 22, HE SHOULD AUTHORISE, IN WRITING, A REPRESENTATIVE TO COLLECT THE RESULT OR REPORT TO THE SCHOOL FOP REGISTRATION ON HIS BEHALF. THE LETTER OF AUTHORISATION MUST HAVE BEEN ENDORSED BY THE ORIGINAL SCHOOL. IT SHOULD BE PRODUCED AT THE TIME OF COLLECTION OR REGISTRATION BY THE APPOINTED REPRESENTATIVE.

IN REGISTERING WITH A SCHOOL, A PUPIL MUST SURRENDER HIS REGISTRATION FORM TO THE SCHOOL. IN THE EVENT OF A SUBSEQUENT TRANSFER, THE PUPIL MUST RETRIEVE HIS REGISTRATION FORM FROM THE ORIGINAL SCHOOL WHICH WILL THEN CANCEL HIS REGISTRATION IN THAT SCHOOL.

+SCHOOLS MAY NOT ADMIT ANY PUPIL WITHOUT HIS REGISTRATION FORM,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

PUPILS WHO HAVE MOVED TO ANOTHER DISTRICT AND WISH TO TRANSFER TO A SCHOOL NEARER HIS NEW RESIDENCE AFTER ALLOCATION MUST COMPLETE AN APPLICATION FORM WHICH IS AVAILABLE FROM THE SCHOOL IN WHICH HE COMPLETED HIS FORM III.

THE COMPLETED FORM MUST BE RETURNED TO THE SCHOOL FOR ONWARD TRANSMISSION TO THE ED WHICH WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY FORM NOT ROUTED THROUGH PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS.

APPLICATION FOR TRANSFER WILL CLOSE ON THURSDAY (JULY 22) AND ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUPPORTED BY DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE IDENTIFYING THE PUPIL’S PARENTS AS TENANTS.

-••REQUESTS FOR TRANSFER MADE AFTER JULY 22 OR NOT SUBSTANTIATED BY SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE WILL NOT BE ENTERTAINED,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

SHOULD TYPHOON SIGNAL NO. 8 OR ABOVE BE HOISTED ON JULY 22, PUPILS SHOULD WATCH OUT FOR SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS OR MAKE ENQUIRIES WITH THE SCHOOL TO WHICH THEY ARE ALLOCATED FOR ANOTHER DATE OF REGISTRATION.

PUPILS WHO ARE NOT ALLOCATED A SUBSIDISED FORM IV PLACE WILL BE PROVIDED WITH AN INFORMATION SHEET BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT VIA THEIR SCHOOL OUTLINING THE ALTERNATIVE OPPORTUNITIES OPEN TO THEM. THE SHEET CONTAINS ADDRESSES AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS FROM WHICH PUPILS MAY OBTAIN FURTHER INFORMATION.

ALL ENQUIRIES CONCERNING ALLOCATION RESULTS SHOULD BE REFERRED TO THE JUNIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION ASSESSMENT SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT TELEPHONE NUMBER 5-8919099.

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BETTER EDUCATION HELPS DISPEL MENTAL ILLNESS STIGMA *****

-ANY OF OUR MENTAL ILLNESSES ARE CAUSED OR AGGRAVATED BY SOCIAL PROBLEMS BUT PEOPLE ARE NOW MORE FORTHCOMING IN SEEKING PROFESSIONAL HELP TO OVERCOME THEM, A CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SAID.

MISS HE I DY NG, COORDINATOR OF THE DEPARTMENT’S CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY UNIT (CPU), SAID BETTER EDUCATION AMONG THE YOUNGER GENERATION IS HELPING TO DISPEL THE STIGMA FORMERLY ASSOCIATED WITH MENTAL ILLNESS.

♦NO DOUBT THIS IS DUE TO THEIR REALISATION THAT MOST PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS CAN BE ALLEVIATED IF NOT ENTIRELY CURED. AND THE EARLIER THE PSYCHOLOGICAL SYMPTOMS ARE DETECTED AND COUNSELLING AND TREATMENT INITIATED, THE GREATER THE CHANCE FOR THc PATIENT’S FULL RECOVERY,* MISS NG SAID.

WITH A STAFF OF ONLY THREE PSYCHOLOGISTS AND TWO SUPPORT PERSONNEL, THE CPU HANDLED ABOUT 1 400 CASES/SESSIONS LAST YEAR -479 IN INTELLECTUAL ASSESSMENT, 172 IN DIAGNOSTIC ASSESSMENT AND 753 IN TREATMENT.

WHILE CAUTIONING THAT THESE CASES CANNOT BE TAKEN AS REPRESENTATIVE OF THE EXTENT AND NATURE OF MENTAL ILLNESS IN HONG KONG, MISS NG SAID INDICATIONS ARE THAT THE MOST COMMON MENTAL PROBLEMS DEALT WITH IN THE UNIT ARE DEPRESSION, PERSONALITY DISORDER, BEHAVIOURAL MALADJUSTMENTS AND ANXIETY.

+DEPRESSIONS ARE CAUSED BY ALL KINDS OF FAMILY PRESSURE AND FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE, THERE IS THE ADDED PRESSURE OF EXAMINATIONS AT SCHOOL. PERSONALITY PROBLEMS USUALLY MANIFEST THEMSELVES AMONG THE YOUNG IN WITHDRAWAL OR AGGRESSIVENESS. BUT FOR BOTH YOUNG AND OLD, WHEN THEY FIND THEMSELVES UNABLE TO COPE, THEY BECOME OVERWROUGHT WITH ANXIETY,* SHE EXPLAINED.

FROM A SMALL OFFICE ESTABLISHED IN 1970 TO PROVIDE ASSESSMENT SERVICES FOR MENTALLY RETARDED CHILDREN, THE CPU HAS EXPANDED TO THREE CENTRES TO HELP PEOPLE OF ALL AGES SUFFERING FROM ALL KINDS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL AND BEHAVIOURAL PROBLEMS, MENTAL DISORDERS AND EMOTIONAL DISTRESS.

SERVICES RENDERED BY THE CPU NOW INCLUDE ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT, AND CONSULTATION TO COURTS AND SOCIAL WORKERS IN MATTERS CONCERNING CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY AND MENTAL HEALTH.

TWO TYPES OF ASSESSMENTS ARE MADE BY CPU PSYCHOLOGISTS -DIAGNOSTIC AND INTELLECTUAL.

CLIENTS ARE INTERVIEWED PERSONALLY BY CPU PSYCHOLOGISTS OR GIVEN TESTS TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF THEIR PROBLEMS, THEIR LEVEL OF INTELLECTUAL FACULTY AND DEGREE OF MENTAL RETARDATION WHERE APPROPRIATE.

A TREATMENT PROGRAMME IS THEN PRESCRIBED FOR THEM WHICH MAY INVOLVE SUPERVISED GROUP DISCUSSION, COUNSELLING AND PLAY SESSIONS TO GIVE THEM A PROPER PERSPECTIVE OF THEIR PROBLEMS AND MAKE THE NECESSARY ADJUSTMENTS IN THEIR LIVES.

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+PATIENTS MAY ALSO PARTICIPATE IN BEHAVIOURAL MODIFICATION PROGRAMMES WHERE REINFORCEMENTS AND PUNISHMENTS ARE ACTIVELY EMPLOYED TO CORRECT THEIR MALADJUSTED BEHAVIOURS,* MISS NG ADDED.

WHERE NECESSARY, THEY MAY ALSO BE REFERRED TO ANY OF THE PSYCHIATRIC CENTRES AND HOSPITALS RUN BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT FOR IN-PATIENT TREATMENT OR OUT-PATIENT PSYCHIATRIC SERV ICE.

PATIENTS UNDER 13 YEARS OF AGE AND SUSPECTED OF SUFFERING FROM MULTIPLE HANDICAP ARE REFERRED TO THE ARRAN STREET CHILD ASSESSMENT CLINIC RUN BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT FOR A WORE COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT AND NECESSARY FOLLOW-UP SERVICES.

APART FROM SEEING THEIR PATIENTS IN THEIR OFFICES, CPU PSYCHOLOGISTS PAY REGULAR VISITS TO BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ HOMES, CHILD CARE CENTRES AND NURSERIES RUN BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

THIS IS WHERE SOME OF THE CASES OF ABANDONED, NEGLECTED AND ABUSED CHILDREN ARE FOUND, WITH THEIR PSYCHOLOGICAL AND EMOTIONAL SCARS THAT ARE IN MOST URGENT NEED OF EARLY INTERVENTION.

A STUDY IN 1981 ON THE DEMAND FOR CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELLING JOINTLY UNDERTAKEN BY THE SWD AND THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE SHOWED THAT ABOUT 10 000 PERSONS NEED PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELLING EACH YEAR IN HONG KONG.

THIS GAP BETWEEN THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO NEEDED HELP AND THOSE WHO ACTUALLY SOUGHT HELP MAY PARTLY BE DUE TO THE CUSTOMARY CHINESE AVERSION TO +HAVE ONE’S HEAD EXAMINED*, OR AN HONEST IGNORANCE OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SYMPTOMS.

♦THESE SYMPTOMS CAN BE AN IRRATIONAL FEAR, DIFFICULTY IN LEARNING, A TENDENCY TO LOSE ONE’S TEMPER AT THE SLIGHTEST PROVOCATION AND EMOTIONAL INSTABILITY,* SHE SAID.

SHE ALSO SAID IT IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO ASSESS THE FULL RECOVERY RATE OF MENTAL PATIENTS AS THERE IS ALWAYS A POSSIBILITY FOR RELAPSE. BUT HALF OF THE TREATMENT CASES HANDLED BY HER UNIT LAST YEAR WERE TERMINATED BY AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE PSYCHOLOGIST AND THE PATIENT, ON THE GROUND THAT THE PATIENT NEEDED NO FURTHER HELP AT THE TIME OF TERMINATION.

+OUR AIM IS TO ENHANCE OUR PATIENTS’ COPING ABILITY AND PERSONAL GROWTH AND RE-INTEGRATE THEM INTO THE SOCIETY,* MISS NG ADDED.

THE IMPORTANCE OF MENTAL HEALTH, HOWEVER, IS NO RECENT DISCOVERY. MARCUS TULLIUS CICERO, THE ROMAN STATESMAN AND SCHOLAR, OBSERVED SOME 2 000 YEARS AGO: +THE DISEASES OF THE MIND ARE MORE DESTRUCTIVE THAN THOSE OF THE BODY.*

THE NEED FOR MORE PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELLING SERVICES IS RECOGNISED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND A FOURTH CPU CENTRE WILL BE OPENED IN YAU MA TEI LATER THIS YEAR, ADDING TO THE EXISTING THREE IN SAN PO KONG, TSUEN wAN AND CAUSEWAY BAY.

THE NORMAL PROCEDURE IN APPLYING FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELLING IS TO APPROACH THE NEAREST DISTRICT FAMILY SERVICE CENTRE OF THE SwD WHOSE COUNSELLORS ARE TRAINED TO DETERMINE THE NEED FOR REFERRAL AND MAKE THE NECESSARY APPOINTMENTS.

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THE SECOND HONG KONG YOUNG MUSIC-MAKERS’ TALENT QUEST * * * *

THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT wILL CO-ORGANISE WITH RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG AND THE COMPOSERS’ AND AUTHORS’ SOCIETY OF HONG KONG (CASH) THE SECOND HONG KONG YOUNG MUSIC-MAKERS’ TALENT QUEST FOLLOWING LAST YEAR’S ENCOURAGING SUCCESS.

THE OBJECTIVES OF THE TALENT QUEST AREi-

* TO AROUSE INTEREST IN AND RAISE THE STANDARD OF COMPOSING SERIOUS MUSIC AND SINGING AMONG LOCAL AMATEUR MUSICIANS;

* TO ENCOURAGE THE APPRECIATION OF SERIOUS MUSIC AMONG LOCAL AUDIENCE; AND

* TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG COMPOSERS TO HAVE THEIR WORKS PERFORMED IN PUBLIC.

THE TALENT QUEST WILL FEATURE MUSIC COMPOSITION AND VOCAL PERFORMANCE.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID LOCAL AMATEUR COMPOSERS AND SINGERS, WHO ARE AGED UNDER 30 AND 25 RESPECTIVELY BY JANUARY 1983. ARE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE.

APPLICATIONS FOR THE SECOND HONG KONG YOUNG MUSIC MAKERS’ TALENT QUEST SHOULD REACH THE MUSIC OFFICE, HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE, 9TH FLOOR, 2 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG ON OR BEFORE NOVEMBER 13, 1982, HE SAID.

THERE WILL BE TWO SECTIONS IN THE COMPOSITION CATEGORY, ONE FOR WESTERN INSTRUMENTS AND THE OTHER FOR CHINESE INSTRUMENTS. PARTICIPANTS MAY SUBMIT UP TO TWO WORKS FOR EACH SECTION.

PROMISING WORKS WILL BE SELECTED FOR A WORKSHOP PERFORMANCE AT THE SEMI-FINALS IN DECEMBER 1982. A MINIMUM OF THREE PIECES FROM EACH SECTION WOULD BE FURTHER SELECTED FOR PUBLIC PERFORMANCE BY PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS PROVIDED BY THE ORGANISERS AT THE FINAL CONCERT IN JANUARY 1983.

IN THE VOCAL PERFORMANCE CATEGORY, EVERY PARTICIPANT WILL BE REQUIRED TO SING ONE SOLO ITEM FROM EACH OF THE FOLLOWING GROUPINGS: OPERA, ORATORIO, LIEDER AND ART SONG WRITTEN BY HONG KONG COMPOSERS. THE TOTAL DURATION OF VOCAL PERFORMANCE BY EACH PARTICIPANT SHOULD NOT EXCEED 30 MINUTES.

PRIZES OF $3 000, $1 500 AND $500 WILL BE AWARDED TO THE FIRST THREE MOST OUTSTANDING PARTICIPANTS OF EACH SECTION.

IN ADDITION, THE MOST OUTSTANDING VOCAL PERFORMER MAY BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CARDIFF INTERNATIONAL SINGING COMPETITION TO BE HELD IN THE UNITED KINGDOM IN JULY 1983 WHILE THE MOST OUTSTANDING COMPOSER OF EACH SECTION MAY HAVE THEIR SELECTED WORKS PUBLISHED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE COMPOSERS’ AND AUTHORS’ SOCIETY OF HONG KONG.

APPLICATION FORMS LISTING OUT ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND REGULATIONS OF THE TALENT QUEST ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL MUSIC CENTRES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE, CITY DISTRICT OFFICES, NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT OFFICES AND THE COMPOSERS’ AND AUTHORS’ SOCIETY OF HONG KONG AT HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE, 12TH FLOOR, HONG KONG.

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MONTHLY SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL AND ORDERS-ON-HAND FOR MAY 1982 ******

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (MONDAY) RELEASED STATISTICS FROM THE MONTHLY SURVEY FOR MAY 1982, WHICH WAS CONDUCTED ON A PANEL OF THE 200 LARGEST MANUFACTURING COMPANIES (CHOSEN BY REFERENCE TO THEIR EMPLOYMENT SIZE IN SEPTEMBER 1079) AS WELL AS OF THE 43 LARGEST COMPANIES IN THE CONSTRUCTION AND SELECTED SERVICES SECTORS.

AS THE SAMPLE WAS NOT DRAWN ON A RANDOM BASIS, THE RESULTS ON MAGNITUDE OF CHANGE MIGHT NOT REFLECT THE EXPERIENCE OF THE ECONOMY AS A WHOLE, BUT SHOULD GIVE USEFUL INDICATIONS OF THE DIRECTION OF CHANGE FOR A QUICK ASSESSMENT OF DEVELOPMENTS IN THE ECONOMY IN THE SHORT TERM.

ACCORDING TO THE MANUFACTURERS SURVEYED, EMPLOYMENT INCREASED IN THE FOOD AND DRINKS INDUSTRY IN MAY 1982 AS COMPARED WITH THE PRECEDING MONTH ON ACCOUNT OF A HIGHER SEASONAL DEMAND FOR SOFT DRINKS AND BEER. EMPLOYMENT DECLINED IN THE FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRY DUE TO THE CLOSURE OF A FACTORY SURVEYED TOWARDS THE END OF THE MONTH.

PER CAPITA EARNINGS ROSE GENERALLY IN THE MANUFACTURING AND CONSTRUCTION SECTOR.

WITHIN MANUFACTURING, PER CAPITA EARNINGS ROSE IN THE TEXTILES INDUSTRY ON ACCOUNT OF SALARY ADJUSTMENTS, AND THE AWARD OF BONUSES AND BACK PAY IN A FEW FACTORIES SURVEYED. PER CAPITA EARNINGS ALSO ROSE IN THE FOOD AND DRINKS INDUSTRY BECAUSE MORE COMMISSION WAS PAID TO EMPLOYEES IN SEVERAL SOFT DRINKS FACTORIES IN A PERIOD OF BETTER BUSINESS.

IN THE CASE OF FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS, THE INCREASE IN PER CAPITA EARNINGS WAS BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE AWARD OF SEVERANCE PAY TO EMPLOYEES UPON THE CLOSURE OF A FACTORY SURVEYED.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE DECREASE IN PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY WAS DUE TO THE EMPLOYMENT OF STUDENTS AS SUMMER WORKERS THIS MONTH WITH LOWER RATES OF PAY, AND THE AWARD OF SEVERANCE PAY BY ONE FACTORY IN THE PRECEDING MONTH.

PER CAPITA EARNINGS DROPPED IN THE SERVICES SECTOR, NOTABLY IN HOTELS FOLLOWING THE PAYMENT OF BONUSES BY A FEW COMPANIES SURVEYED IN THE PRECEDING MONTH.

ACCORDING TO THE RESULTS OF THE SURVEY, THERE WERE SLIGHTLY MORE ORDERS-ON-HAND (IN TERMS OF MONTHS) FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR AS A WHOLE. ORDERS-ON-HAND ROSE SLIGHTLY IN THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY.

THE PERCENTAGE CHANGES IN EMPLOYMENT, PER CAPITA EARNINGS AND ORDERS-ON-HAND FOR THE LAST THREE MONTHS ARE SHOWN IN THE ACCOMPANYING TABLE.

THE SURVEY REPORT FOR MAY 1982 IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE, AT $1.5 PER COPY. ENQUIRIES ON THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE MADE TO THE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (AT 3-7221914).

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A. Employment and earnirxs

Persons engaged by

I ndus try/Servi ce tne companies surveyed Per capita earnings Per capita earnings for May 1982 (HKS)

Mar. 1982 (% change April 1982 over the May 1982 preceding month) May 1982

Mar. 1^82 April • 1982

Manu f ac turi ng -2 -1 -1 4 2 _2 2151

Food and drinks 1 5 6 5 4 2947

Wearing apparel, -2 -1 4 1 2 1852

except footwear

Textiles, except -2 -1 -1 10 1 7 2168

wearing apparel

Plastic products 2 2 1 12 3 -5 1851

Fabricated metal 1 -8 7 -3 8 1944

produc ts

Electrical and -4 -3 1 -1 3 -1 2013

electronic products

Others -2 -2 -1 4 * 2927

Construetion Services • • 1 • • • 6 2 1 2 -2 3718

Banks 1 1 5 2 1 3432

Hotels -1 -2 11 -7 239*

Public utilities 1 1 2 5 -1 3557

Others 1 6 -6 5677

B. Orders-on-hand in manufacturing

(% change over the Orders-on-hand

Industry preceding month) (in terms of

Mar. 1982 April 1982 May 1982 months) for May 1982

Wearing apparel, except footwear -2 2 4.5

Textiles, except wearing apparel 2.4

Plastic products 5 -7 3.9

Fabricated metal products -6 •3 2.9

Electrical and electronic products 2 5.0

Others -6 3.3

All above industries -2 2 4.1

• Changes of less than 0.5^

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'FOCUS ON ENGLISH’ WEEK

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A 'FOCUS ON ENGLISH’ WEEK AIMED AT DEMONSTRATING THE NEW WAYS AND MEANS IN THE TEACHING OF ENGLISH IS NOW OPEN TO TEACHERS AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC UNTIL FRIDAY AT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING CENTRE AT 9A BONHAM ROAD, HONG KONG.

OPENED TODAY BY THE ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS), MRS LOUISE MOK, ’FOCUS ON ENGLISH’ IS ORGANISED BY THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING CENTRE AND THE ENGLISH SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ADVISORY INSPECTORATE.

THROUGHOUT THIS WEEK THERE WILL BE DAILY SHOWINGS OF TWO ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING FILMS, NAMELY ’THREE CLASSROOMS’ AND 'COMMUNICATE.”. BOTH FILMS WERE RECENTLY PRODUCED BY THE EDUCATION DtPARTMENT TO DEMONSTRATE THE COMMUNICATIVE APPROACH AND SOME OF THE TEACHING TECHNIQUES RECOMMENDED IN THE REVISED ENGLISH SYLLABUSES FOR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY LEVEL.

THE FILMS WILL BE SHOWN DAILY AT 9.30 AM, 11 AM AND 2.30 PM. THERE WILL BE TIME FOR DISCUSSION AND QUESTIONS AFTER THE SHOWING OF THE FILMS.

TEACHERS WILL ALSO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY OF TRYING OUT A WIDE RANGE OF LISTENING COMPREHENSION MATERIAL AVAILABLE FROM THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING CENTRE.

A ROOM IN THE CENTRE HAS ALSO BEEN FITTED WITH THE WIRE-FREE INDUCTION LOOP SYSTEM AND TEACHERS WILL BE ABLE TO FAMILIARISE THEMSELVES WITH THIS VERY USEFUL AUDIO AID.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A DISPLAY OF SOME OF THE WORK ACHIEVED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR BY THE FIVE SCHOOLS WHICH PARTICIPATED IN THE LOOP TRYOUT SCHEME.

INSPECTORS FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL BE AT THE CENTRE THROUGHOUT THE WEEK TO ANSWER QUESTIONS RELATED TO ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING WHILE PUBLISHERS HAVE ALSO BEEN INVITED TO MOUNT A DISPLAY OF COMMERCIALLY PRODUCED MATERIALS.

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WATER FIGURES * * *

CTr™Sl?Rr?EJLn°^0NG,S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) PER CENT 0F CAPACITY OR 375.028 MILLION CUBIC

METRES, EQUIVALENT TO 248 DAYS’ CONSUMPTION.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 222 930 MILLION

CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 33.6 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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GOOD PROGRESS MADE IN IMPLEMENTING FEE SCHEME * * * *

SMOOTH PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE IN IMPLEMENTING THE FEE ASSISTANCE SCHEME FOR PRE-PRIMARY SERVICES, WHICH COMES INTO EFFECT IN SEPTEMBER, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ANSON CHAN, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SHE WAS SPEAKING AT THE RENAMING CEREMONY OF THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS’ CHAN HAN DAY NURSERY IN SAU MAU PING.

SHE SAID THE AIM OF THE SCHEME, WHICH WAS ONE OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE WHITE PAPER ON PRIMARY EDUCATION AND PREPRIMARY SERVICES, wAS TO MAKE CHILD CARE SERVICES AVAILABLE TO MORE FAMILIES.

+LOW-INCOME FAMILIES WILL RECEIVE GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE IN MEETING FEES FOR CHILD CARE PLACES,+ SHE SAID.

MRS CHAN NOTED THAT IN HONG KONG, THE DEMAND FOR CHILD CARE SERVICES WAS STRONG BECAUSE FOR MANY FAMILIES, CHILDREN COULD NOT EE ADEQUATELY CARED FOR AT HOME. +THERE ARE VARIOUS FACTORS INVOLVED,+ SHE SAID. +THE HOME MAY BE TOO CROWDED, OR BOTH PARENTS HAVE TO GO OUT TO WORK.+

THE WHITE PAPER IS AIMED AT FURTHER IMPROVING PRE-PRIMARY SERVICES, WITH EMPHASIS ON CARE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN.

THE INTENTION IS TO ENABLE CHILDREN TO ACHIEVE BALANCED DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR PHYSICAL AND SOCIAL CAPABILITIES IN AN ENVIRONMENT OF CREATIVE PLAY ACTIVITIES AND LEARNING.

MRS CHAN SAID THAT SINCE THE ENACTMENT OF THE CHILD CARE CENTRES ORDINANCE, THE STANDARDS OF CHILD CARE CENTRES HAD GRADUALLY BEEN RAISED. +CHILD CARE SERVICES HAVE ACHIEVED THE DESIRED RESULTS WITH THE CLOSE COOPERATION BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THOSE ORGANISATIONS PROVIDING SUCH SERVICES,+ SHE ADDED.

MRS CHAN PAID TRIBUTE TO THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS FOR ITS WORK IN THE FIELD OF CHILD WELFARE.

TUNG WAH OPERATES SEVEN CHILD CARE CENTRES THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY, PROVIDING MORE THAN 7OO CHILD CARE PLACES.

SHE NOTED THAT TUNG WAH WAS NOW PLANNING TO SET UP THREE NEW CHILD CARE CENTRES IN THE NEW TOWNS OF TAI PO, FANLING AND TUEN MUN OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS. THE NEW CENTRES wILL BRING AN ADDITIONAL 400 CHILD CARE PLACES.

♦THIS NO DOUBT IS GOOD NEWS FOR THOSE MOVING INTO THE NEW TOWNS,+ MRS CHAN SAID.

FRESH WATER CUT IN MID-LEVELS * * * H

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN THE MID-LEVELS WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVEN HOJRS FROM 11 PM ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 21) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR A LEAKAGE TEST.

THE PREMISES AFFECTED WILL BE NOS. 15-19 GARDEN ROAD, 44 KENNEDY ROAD, 22 ALBANY ROAD AND THOSE IN MACDONNELL ROAD AND BOwEN ROAD.

MONDAY, JULY 19, 1982

EXHIBITION ON MORAL EDUCATION * * *

A THREE-DAY EXHIBITION ON MORAL EDUCATION WILL BE HELD AT QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL AT SAI YEE STREET, KOWLOON, STARTING FROM TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THE EXHIBITION HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY THE RELIGIOUS/ETHICAL EDUCATION UNIT OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ADVISORY INSPECTORATE IN CO-OPERATION WITH 12 GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SECONDARY SCHOOLS, AND THE COMMUNITY RELATIONS DEPARTMENT OF THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION.

IT IS AIMED AT FAMILIARISING TEACHERS WITH AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIALS FOR MORAL EDUCATION AND THE TEACHING OF ETHICS OR RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FROM 1 PM TO 4.30 PM TOMORROW AND FROM 9.30 AM TO 4.30 PM ON WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE EXHIBITION ON MORAL EDUCATION AT QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL AT SAI YEE STREET, KOWLOON.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC BETWEEN 1 PM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AND 4.30 PM ON THURSDAY.

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URBAN CLEARWAY IN WAN CHAI * * *

WAN CHAI ROAD BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH TIN LOK LANE AND A POINT ABOUT 50 METRES WEST OF THE JUNCTION WILL BE DESIGNATED AS AN URBAN CLEARWAY STARTING FROM FRIDAY (JULY 23) AFTERNOON AND THEREAFTER FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY.

DURING THESE PERIODS, VEHICLES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM STOPPING FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE SECTION.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, JUDY 20, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON LAND SUPPLY REPORT ........................ 1

AGRICULTURE IN HONG KONG - A STRATEGIC FOOD RESERVE............. 4

GOVERNOR LEAVES FOR CONSULTATIONS IN LONDON .................... 5

HONG KONG HIT BY ITS FIRST TORNADO IN JUNE...................... 6

PARLIAMENTARY UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE FOR TRADE VISITS HONG KONG............................................................ 8

SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY APPOINTED .................... *i

HAYE STRESSES IMPORTANCE OF PRACTICAL STUDIES ................. 10

APPEAL FOR DISTRICT BOARD ELECTION CANDIDATES ................. 11

STREET MANAGEMENT FOR CENTRAL AND WESTERN URBAN RENEWAL PILOT SCHEME AREA ................................................... 12

SEMINAR FOR CAREERS TEACHERS .................................. 13

PUBLICATION OF TERTIARY PLANNING UNIT TABULATIONS ............. 13

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TSIM SiiA TSUI .............. 14

TUESDAY, JULY 20, 1982

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SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON LAND SUPPLY REPORT *****

IN ITS REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR FOR 1981, WHICH IS PUBLISHED TODAY, THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON LAND SUPPLY STATED THAT NOTABLE PROGRESS IS EXPECTED TO BE MADE OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS IN PRODUCING LAND TO SATISFY HONG KONG’S SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC NEEDS.

THE COMMITTEE, UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE HON LYDIA DUNN, HAS RECOMMENDED TARGETS FOR THE PRODUCTION AND SALE OF LAND AND HAS ASSESSED THE ADEQUACY OF GOVERNMENT PROJECTS IN RELATION TO THESE TARGETS.

AN IMPORTANT ADDITION TO THIS YEAR’S REPORT, WHICH IS ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT *16, IS THE INCLUSION OF THE REPORT OF THE WORKING GROUP ON PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION IN LAND PRODUCTION, ALSO CHAIRED BY MISS DUNN.

AS IN LAST YEAR’S REPORT, THE COMMITTEE HAS CONCENTRATED ON THE PROVISION OF LAND FOR HOUSING AND MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. POLICY OBJECTIVES HAVE BEEN TRANSLATED INTO REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW LAND, AND THESE HAVE BEEN COMPARED WITH CURRENT LAND PRODUCTION FORECASTS TO ASSESS HOW WELL LAND SUPPLY WILL MATCH THE LAND REQUIREMENTS ARISING FROM POLICY OBJECTIVES.

THE COMMITTEE’S MAIN CONCLUSIONS AREt-

* FORECAST LAND SUPPLY SHOULD BE SUFFICIENT TO SUSTAIN PRODUCTION OF PUBLIC RENTAL HOUSING AT 30 000 FLATS A YEAR UP TO 1985/86 AND 5 000 FLATS A YEAR FOR HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEMES. NEWLY APPROVED HIGHER DENSITY STANDARDS FOR PUBLIC RENTAL HOUSING SHOULD ASSIST IN ACHIEVING GREATER COST-EFFECTIVENESS PER CAPITA IN LAND PRODUCTION WITHOUT DETRIMENT TO LIVING STANDARDS.

* FORECAST LAND SUPPLY SHOULD BE SUFFICIENT TO SUSTAIN PRODUCTION AT 7 500 FLATS A YEAR FROM 1984/85 FOR PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION SCHEMES AND MIDDLE INCOME HOUSING SCHEMES.

* CURRENT HIGH DENSITY PRIVATE HOUSING PROJECTS SHOULD PRODUCE AN AVERAGE OF 27 000 FLATS A YEAR UP TO 1983/84. BEYOND THIS, NEW LAND PRODUCTION COULD SUSTAIN PRODUCTION OF 21 000 FLATS A YEAR, IN ADDITION TO FLATS PRODUCED THROUGH REDEVELOPMENT.

* FORECAST LAND SUPPLY FOR MEDIUM AND LOW DENSITY HOUSING IS CONSIDERED TO BE ADEQUATE, BUT THE RELEASE OF HIGH CLASS HOUSING SITES FOR SALE WILL CONTINUE TO BE MONITORED TO ENSURE THAT NO SLIPPAGE OCCURS.

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* FORECAST LAND SUPPLY FOR INDUSTRIAL USE SHOULD CONTINUE TO EXCEED THAT NECESSARY SIMPLY TO SATISFY TERRITORIAL EMPLOYMENT NEEDS, GIVEN CURRENT SPACE REQUIREMENTS. THE COMMITTEE CONSIDERS THAT, AS INDUSTRY DIVERSIFIES, IT IS LIKELY TO BECOME MORE SPACE-INTENSIVE AND THEREFORE RECOMMENDS THAT SALES OF INDUSTRIAL LAND SHOULD CONTINUE AT CURRENT LEVELS. NEVERTHELESS THE COMMITTEE RECOGNISES THE NEED TO BE FLEXIBLE ABOUT POSSIBLE ALTERNATIVE USES FOR INDUSTRIAL LAND AND IT WILL BE GIVING DETAILED CONSIDERATION TO THE IMPLICATIONS OF A POSSIBLE OVER-SUPPLY OF INDUSTRIAL LAND AND TO THE QUESTION OF WHETHER THE POLICIES ESTABLISHED BY THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON DIVERSIFICATION REMAIN VALID IN PRESENT MARKET CONDITIONS.

* THE COMMITTEE CONCLUDES THAT THE SUPPLY OF LAND FOR GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTIONAL AND COMMUNITY USES IS ADEQUATE IN NEW TOWN AREAS. SATISFACTORY PROVISION IN THE OLDER URBAN AREAS WILL DEPEND UPON PROGRESS MADE BY THE URBAN AREA DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATION.

* THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS THAT ADDITIONAL SITES FOR OFFICES BE EARMARKED IN NEW TOWN AREAS AT KEY TRANSPORT INTERCHANGES AND PERHAPS IN SELECTED MAJOR INDUSTRIAL ZONES.

IN ADDITION TO ITS WORK IN SETTING TARGETS, FORECASTING SUPPLY AND MONITORING PERFORMANCES IN LAND SUPPLY, THE COMMITTEE HAS ALSO STUDIED SUCH RELATED TOPICS AS»-

* THE RATIONALISATION OF TEMPORARY USE OF LAND. WORK IS IN HAND TO ESTABLISH A ROLLING PROGRAMME WHICH WILL ENSURE THE RELEASE OF SALEABLE SITES QUICKLY AND THE CONCENTRATION OF TEMPORARY USES IN AREAS WHERE MAJOR DEVELOPMENT PLANS WOULD NOT BE COMPROMISED. THE LANDS DEPARTMENT WILL BE GIVING THIS MATTER A HIGH PRIORITY IN THE COMING MONTHS.

THE CO-ORDINATION OF SQUATTER CLEARANCE WITH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES IN THE MAIN URBAN AREAS.

* THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN INTEGRATED, AND EVENTUALLY COMPUTERISED LAND USE DATA SYSTEM. IN VIEW OF THE POTENTIAL OPERATIONAL BENEFITS OF SUCH A SYSTEM THE CONTINUING WORK ON THIS SUBJECT IS TO BE GIVEN A HIGH PRIORITY.

* THE ROLE OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN LAND PRODUCTION. THE COMMITTEE PLACED GREAT EMPHASIS ON THIS SUBJECT DURING THE YEAR, AND SET UP A WORKING GROUP TO CONSIDER IT IN DETAIL. ITS MAIN CONCLUSIONS AREi-

* THE EXTENT OF PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION IN LAND PRODUCTION SHOULD BE DETERMINED ON THE BASIS OF A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT CRITERIA, INCLUDING THE NEED FOR ANY AREAS IDENTIFIED AS SUITABLE FOR DISPOSAL TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO BE SELF-CONTAINED, RELATIVELY FREE OF ACQUISITION AND CLEARANCE PROBLEMS AND COMPATIBLE WITH GOVERNMENT’S STRATEGIC PLANNING.

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* A NUMBER OF SITES ON HONG KONG ISLAND, IN KOWLOON AND IN EXISTING NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT AREAS, WHICH THE WORKING GROUP IDENTIFIED AS BEING SUITABLE FOR DISPOSAL TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR SHOULD BE SOLD AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

* PROVISIONS FOR THE IDENTIFICATION OF SITES SUITABLE FOR COMPREHENSIVE ENGINEERING AND BUILDING DEVELOPMENT BY PRIVATE DEVELOPERS SHOULD BE INCLUDED, AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME, IN THE PLANNING BRIEF FOR ANY NEW AREA IN WHICH IT IS DECIDED TO UNDERTAKE LARGE-SCALE URBAN DEVELOPMENT.

* THE CONCEPT OF A DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION SHOULD BE STUDIED IN GREATER DETAIL BY CONSULTANTS, WHO SHOULD CONSIDER APPLICATION OF THE CONCEPT TO CONSOLIDATION OF LANDHOLDINGS AS WELL AS TO LAND PRODUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT.

BESIDES ITS BASIC TASKS OF SETTING LAND PRODUCTION TARGETS AND MONITORING PERFORMANCE, THE COMMITTEE INTENDS TO GIVE DETAILED THOUGHT OVER THE NEXT YEAR TO A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT SUBJECTS, INCLUDINGi-

* LOOKING AT THE PROBLEMS OF URBAN RE-DEVELOPMENT AND SUGGESTING WAYS IN WHICH THESE MIGHT BE OVERCOME. IN ADDITION, THE LANDS DEPARTMENT WILL BE SETTING UP A CONSULTANCY TO STUDY THE CONCEPT OF A DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND THE POSSIBLE USE OF SUCH A CONCEPT TO CARRY OUT URBAN RENEWAL.

X LOOKING IN PARTICULAR AT THE EXISTING POLICY ON PROVISION OF INDUSTRIAL LAND.

* CONCENTRATING ON MEANS OF IMPROVING LAND USE MANAGEMENT, INCLUDING THE DEVELOPMENT OF A ROLLING PROGRAMME TO RATIONALISE TEMPORARY USES OF LAND AND FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF A LAND INVENTORY SYSTEM.

X REVIEWING THE CONCEPT OF ^BALANCED DEVELOPMENT* OF INDIVIDUAL NEW TOWN AREAS IN THE LIGHT OF SHIFTS OF POPULATION TO THE NEW TERRITORIES, AN INCREASINGLY MOBILE WORKFORCE AND THE LIKELIHOOD OF INDUSTRIAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES CONTINUING TO BE CONCENTRATED IN THE MAIN URBAN AREAS.

* REVIEWING THE LAND REQUIREMENTS FOR MAJOR COMMERCIAL AND GOVERNMENT OFFICE DEVELOPMENT.

A GOVERNMENT NOTICE ANNOUNCING THE RE-APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE FOR THE PERIOD JUNE 1, 1982 TO MAY 31, 1983 APPEARED IN THE GAZETTE ON JULY 2, 1982. IN ADDITION TO THE CHAIRMAN, THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE ARE MR W.M. SULKE, MR GEOFFREY YEH, MR R.C.Y. POON, MR R.J. OSBORN AND THE HON W.C.L. BROWN.

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AGRICULTURE IN HONG KONG - A STRATEGIC FOOD RESERVE

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AGRICULTURE IN HONG KONG ACTS AS A STRATEGIC FOOD RESERVE AND IT SHOULD CONTINUE TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY BY CAREFUL AND RATIONAL PLANNING.

THIS ASSERTION WAS GIVEN TODAY (TUESDAY) BY THE ACTING DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, DR LAWRENCE LEE AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF HONG KONG.

LAST YEAR LOCAL AGRICULTURE, WHICH PRODUCES FRESH VEGETABLES, FRESH WATER FISH, LIVE POULTRY AND PIGS, CONTRIBUTED ABOUT 30 PER CENT OF THE VALUE ($4 839 MILLION) OF ALL FRESH AGRICULTURAL FOODSTUFFS CONSUMED, DR LEE SAID.

♦IN QUANTITY TERMS, LOCAL FARMERS PROVIDED 38 PER CENT OF THE FRESH VEGETABLES, 14 PER CENT OF FRESH WATER FISH, 55 PER CENT OF LIVE POULTRY AND 21 PER CENT OF LIVE PIGS.

♦THESE ARE GENERALLY OF HIGHER QUALITY THAN THE IMPORTED STUFFS AS REFLECTED IN THE GENERAL HIGHER PRICES FETCHED IN THE MARKETS,♦ HE SAID.

THE OFFICIAL POLICY IN HONG KONG TOWARDS AGRICULTURE, DR LEE SAID, IS DIRECTED TO PROVIDING SUPPORTS WHICH ARE NECESSARY FOR ACHIEVING GREATER PRODUCTIVITY AND STABILITY OF PRODUCTION- THE MAINTENANCE OF ORDERLY MARKETING AND THE PROVISION OF ADEQUATE AGRICULTURAL CREDIT FACILITIES.

AGRICULTURE ACTS AS A STRATEGIC RESERVE IN HONG KONG, ESPECIALLY WHEN SUPPLIES FROM OTHER SOURCES, INCLUDING CHINA ARE INTERRUPTED FOR ONE REASON OR ANOTHER, DR LEE SAID. HE CITED NATURAL DISASTERS SUCH AS EARTHQUAKE, DROUGHT AND FLOODING AS EXAMPLES FOR THE INTERRUPTION.

LOCAL SUPPLIES OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCE ALSO SER** VERY IMPORTANT PRICING FUNCTIONS IN A FREE MARKET ECONOMIC SYSTEM, DR LEE ADDED.

HE SA IDi ♦IMPORTED SUPPLIES OF FRESH FOODSTUFFS ARE SUBJECT TO LARGE VARIATIONS IN PRICES AND IT IS HERE THAT LOCAL SUPPLIES PLAY AN IMPORTANT PART AS A PRICE STABILISER, MINIMISING THE UNDESIRABLE EFFECT OF PRICE VARIATIONS.

♦LOCAL AGRICULTURE, BECAUSE OF ITS INHERENT COMPETITIVE NATURE, HELPS TO DETERMINE FAIR MARKET PRICES OF FRESH FOODSTUFFS. IN ITS ABSENCE, IT IS HIGHLY PROBABLE THAT THE PRICES OF FRESH FOODSTUFFS WOULD BE HIGHER THAN THEY ARE.+

HE ADDED THAT THE AVAILABILITY OF LOCAL SUPPLIES OF AGRICULTURAL FRESH FOODSTUFFS HELPS TO REDUCE THE BALANCE OF PAYMENT DEFICIT BY AT LEAST 10 PER CENT. IT ALSO PROVIDES EMPLOYMENT.

AND ACTIVE AGRICULTURE WAS ALSO THE BEST WAY TO EFFICIENT RURAL LAND MANAGEMENT FROM A TOWN PLANNING POINT OF VIEW, ER LEE SAID.

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♦THE CONSERVATION OF NATURAL ARABLE LAND BY CAREFUL AND ACTIVE CULTIVATION ALSO PRODUCES A RURAL LANDSCAPE WHICH WOULD CONTRIBUTE SIGNIFICANTLY TO THE SCENIC BEAUTY OF A BALANCED ENVIRONMENT WHICH IS HIGHLY DESIRABLE FOR A GEOGRAPHICALLY CONFINED PLACE LIKE HONG KONG.+

THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT CONTINUES ITS EFFORTS IN SEEKING TECHNICAL IMPROVEMENT TO THE INDUSTRY AND BY IMPLEMENTING AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES WHICH ARE DESIGNED TO RAISE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY BY ENCOURAGING FARMERS TO ADOPT MODERN INPUTS AND FARMING TECHNIQUES.

ONE PROBLEM BESETTING THE INDUSTRY, HOWEVER, LIES IN THE CONTINUOUS DECLINE IN ACREAGE OF AGRICULTURAL LAND, WHICH DROPPED FROM A PEAK OF 13 720 HECTARES IN 1962 TO 9 850 LAST YEAR, DR LEE SAID.

ANOTHER PROBLEM RELATES TO ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION, WITH CONCERN EXPRESSED OVER THE LIVESTOCK FARMERS DUMPING OR WASHING DOWN ANIMAL WASTE INTO WATER STREAMS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

♦WHILE SUCH PRACTICES WERE ENDURED IN THE PAST, IT IS HARDLY TOLERABLE NOWADAYS BY A MORE EDUCATED AND AFFLUENT POPULATION WHICH RANKS ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AS A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE.*

THESE PROBLEMS HIGHLIGHT THE NEED FOR SYSTEMATIC AND STRATEGIC AGRICULTURAL LAND USE PLANNING WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO THE CONSERVATION OF PRIME VEGETABLE LAND BY ENCOURAGING THE RE-OPENING OF ABANDONED LAND AS WELL AS RATIONALISING LIVESTOCK FARMING BY EXERCISING SUITABLE CONTROL AND BY DEVISING APPROPRIATE WASTE TREATMENT AND COLLECTION METHODS.

♦ALL THESE FORM ONE OF THE MAJOR PARTS OF THE STUDIES CONDUCTED BY THE CONSULTANT GROUP COMMISSIONED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO SEARCH FOR A PREFERRED STRATEGY FOR ORDERLY GROWTH OF THE NEW TERRITORIES TO ITS OPTIMUM DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL,* DR LEE SAID.

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GOVERNOR LEAVES FOR CONSULTATIONS IN LONDON

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE WILL BE LEAVING HONG KONG ON A VISIT TQ LONDON ON THURSDAY NIGHT FOR CONSULTATIONS ON THE VISIT TO HONG KONG BY THE PRIME MINISTER IN SEPTEMBER, AND ON OTHER CURRENT ISSUES.

HE IS EXPECTED TO BE AWAY FOR JUST OVER A WEEK.

DURING SIR EDWARD’S ABSENCE, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE WILL BE THE ACTING GOVERNOR.

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HONG KONG HIT BY ITS FIRST TORNADO IN JUNE

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THE MOST UNUSUAL WEATHER EVENT LAST MONTH WAS THE TORNADO ON JUNE 2, THE FIRST EVER TO HAVE STRUCK HONG KONG SINCE WEATHER RECORDS BEGAN IN 1884, ACCORDING TO THE MONTHLY WEATHER SUMMARY RELEASED BY THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY TODAY (TUESDAY).

JUNE WAS DRIER AND SLIGHTLY COOLER THAN USUAL. THE MONTH’S TOTAL RAINFALL OF 205.9 MM WAS ABOUT HALF THE NORMAL FIGURE. ACCUMULATED RAINFALL FOR THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THE YEAR AMOUNTED TO 1 353 MM, WHICH WAS 36 PER CENT ABOVE NORMAL.

THE MONTH WAS ALSO CLOUDIER AND LESS SUNNY THAN USUAL.

THREE TROPICAL CYCLONES — TYPHOON RUBY AND TROPICAL STORMS SKIP AND TESS -- DEVELOPED OVER THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC AND THE SOUTH CHINA SEA DURING THE MONTH.

RUBY ORIGINATED NEAR THE CAROLINE ISLANDS ON JUNE 21 AND BECAME EXTRATROPICAL EAST OF JAPAN ON JUNE 27.

SKIP FORMED EAST OF THE RYUKYUS ON JUNE 29 AND MOVED AWAY INTO THE PACIF IC.

TESS FORMED OVER THE SOUTH CHINA SEA ON JUNE 27. IT RECURVED NEAR HAINAN TO MOVE EAST-NORTHEAST ROUGHLY PARALLEL TO THE SOUTH CHINA COAST AND CAUSED TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING SIGNALS TO BE HOISTED IN HONG KONG FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR.

IN HONG KONG, THE WEATHER WAS CLOUDY WITH SOME SHOWERS ON JUNE 1. SQUALLY THUNDERSTORMS OCCURRED ON JUNE 2 AND MAXIMUM GUSTS OF 52 KNOTS WERE REPORTED AT TSIM BE I TSUI.

A TORNADO SWEPT ACROSS THE NORTHWESTERN PARTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES BETWEEN ABOUT 10.30 AM AND 11 AM ON JUNE 2, KILLING TWO MEN AND INJURING FIVE OTHERS.

FROM THE TRAIL OF DESTRUCTION AND DESCRIPTIONS BY EYE-wITNESSES, IT APPEARED THAT THE TORNADO CROSSED PAK NAI, LG UK TSUEN, WANG CHAU, HUNG MO KIU AND DISSIPATED NEAR TAI KONG PO.

IN LO UK TSUEN, EIGHT HOUSES WERE DAMAGED WITH THE ROOFS CF FOUR BEING CARRIED AWAY, AND TREES WERE UPROOTED OR BROKEN, CAUSING INJURIES TO TWO PEOPLE.

AT A CONSTRUCTION SITE IN WANG CHAU, SEVERAL PEOPLE IN A WOODEN HUT wERE HURLED INTO THE AIR AND THROWN BACK TO THE GROUND. A 56-YEAR-OLD CARPENTER WAS KILLED AND TWO PEOPLE WERE INJURED.

IN HUNG MO KIU, RESIDENTS REPORTED SWIRLING WOODEN PLANKS, TwIGS AND DEBRIS. A WOODEN HUT NEAR A FISH POND WAS THROWN INTO THE AIR AND COMPLETELY SHATTERED. A 49-YEAR-OLD MAN wAS KILLED, BUT HIS WIFE AND 9-MONTH OLD BABY GIRL wERE SAVED. ONE CF THE THREE YOUTHS FISHING AT THE TIME WAS i-bLJURED.

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*!NDS TURNED EASTERLY ON JUNE 3 AND THE WEATHER REMAINED CLOUDY. A MINOR LANDSLI0 OCCURRED IN KWAI CHUNG BUT THERE -ERE NO CASUALTIES.

THE wEATHER BECAME FINE ON JUNE 4 AND 5. THE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH Op 22.3 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS RECORDED ON JUNE 4.

A TROUGH OF LOw PRESSURE LYING CLOSE TO THE SOUTH OF nONG nONG CAUSED THUNDERSTORMS ON JUNE 8 AND 9, FOLLOWING SOME SCATTERED SHOWERS ON JUNE 6 AND 7.

THE WEATHER IMPROVED ON JUNE 10 WITH SUNNY INTERVALS.

BETWEEN JUNE 11 AND 21 THE SOUTHWEST MONSOON PREVAILED OVER THE SOUTH CHINA SEA AND THE WEATHER IN HONG KONG WAS SUNNY AND HOT EVERY DAY WITH A FEW SHOWERS.

ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS OCCURRED ON JUNE 16 AND 18 WITH A FEW MORE IN THE MORNING OF JUNE 21. TEMPERATURES ROSE TO A MAXIMUM CF 31.7 DEGREES CELSIUS ON JUNE 21, THE HIGHEST OF THE MONTH.

SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS WERE BROUGHT BY A TROUGH OF LOw PRESSURE PASSING SOUTH ACROSS HONG KONG ON JUNE 22 AND 23.

THE WEATHER REMAINED CLOUDY ON JUNE 24. WINDS STRENGTHENED FROM THE EAST FOR A BRIEF PERIOD DURING THE NIGHT OF JUNE 25 BUT MODERATED LATER.

THE WEATHER wAS FINE AND HOT FROM JUNE 26 TO 28. EASTERLY WINDS STRENGTHENED AGAIN IN THE EVENING OF JUNE 27 AND MODERATED THE FOLLOWING MORNING.

HOWEVER, EASTERLY WINDS BECAME STRONG IN THE EVENING OF JUNE 28 AS TROPICAL STORM TESS DEVELOPED OVER THE SOUTH CHINA SEA. WINDS REMAINED STRONG ON JUNE 29 AND 30 WHILE TESS CAME CLOSER TO HONG KONG. MAXIMUM GUSTS OF 48 KNOTS AND 53 KNOTS WERE RECORDED AT WAGLAN ISLAND AND TATE’S CAIRN RESPECTIVELY. TESS ALSO BROUGHT FREQUENT SHOWERS AND PERIODS OF RAIN ON JUNE 29 AND 33.

DURING THE MONTH THREE PLANES WERE DIVERTED FROM HONG KONG DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER.

ON JUNE 2 THUNDERSTORM AND HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS WERE IN EFFECT. ON JUNE 8-10 AND 21-23 THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS WERE ISSUED.

NO FIRE DANGER WARNINGS WERE ISSUED DURING THE MONTH.

THE STRONG MONSOON SIGNAL WAS HOISTED ON JUNE 2 AND WAS LOWERED THE SAME AFTERNOON. IT wAS ALSO HOISTED ON JUNE 25 AND 27, BUT WAS LOWERED THE FOLLOWING MORNING RESPECTIVELY.

FOR TROPICAL STORM TESS, WARNING SIGNAL NO. 1 WAS HOISTED AT NOON ON JUNE 28 BUT IT wAS REPLACED BY SIGNAL NO. 3 BETWEEN 7.13 PM THE SAME DAY AND 6.13 AM ON JULY 1. IT REVERTED TO SIGNAL NO. 1, WHICH wAS LOWERED AT 6.40 PM THE SAME DAY.

TUESDAY, JULY 20, 1962

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THE MONTH’S FIGURES AND DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL WERE:

SUNSHINE .131.1 HOURS ST 28.1 HOURS BELOW NORMAL

RA INFALL 235.9 MM SI 225.9 MM BELOw NORMAL

CLOUDINESS 81 PER CENT ar 6 PER CENT MORE THAN NORMAL

RELATIVE HUMIDITY 81 PER CENT 3 PER CENT LOWER THAN NORMAL

MEAN MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE 29.2 DEGREES CELSIUS 3 1.2 DEGREES CELSIUS BELOW NORMAL

MEAN TEMPERATURE 27.2 DEGREES CELSIUS 3.5 DEGREE CELSIUS BELOW NORMAL

MEAN MINIMUM TEMPERATURE 25.5 DEGREES CELSIUS «X 0.1 DEGREE CELSIUS BELOW NORMAL

MEAN DEW POINT 23.4 DEGREES CELSIUS ST 1.1 DEGREES CELSIUS BELOW NORMAL

TOTAL EVAPORATION 144.6 MM s: 8.2 MM BELOw NORMAL

THE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 31.7 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS RECORDED ON JUNE 21 AND THE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 22.3 DEGREES CELSIUS wAS RECORDED ON JUNE 4.

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PARLIAMENTARY UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE FOR TRADE VISITS HONG KONG * * * * *

THE PARLIAMENTARY UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE AT THE UK DEPARTMENT CF TRADE, MR IAIN SPROAT, ARRIVED IN HONG KONG THIS (TUESDAY) EVENING FOR A FOUR-DAY VISIT.

MR SPROAT HAS SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITIES FOR SHIPPING AND CIVIL AVIATION MATTERS.

THIS IS MR SPROAT’S FIRST VISIT TO HONG KONG. DURING HIS STAY, HE WILL BE MEETING THE GOVERNOR AND OTHER GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS.

HE WILL ALSO VISIT VARIOUS PORT AND AIRPORT INSTALLATIONS, INCLUDING THE SITE POR THE PROPOSED NEW AIRPORT, AND SEEING REPRESENTATIVES OF CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS AND LEADING HONG KONG SHIPPING COMPANIES.

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SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY APPOINTED * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY THE APPOINTMENT OF MR W. DORWARD TO THE RANK OF SECRETARY, GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT.

MR DORWARD WILL HEAD A NEW BRANCH IN THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT WITH POLICY RESPONSIBILITY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY MATTERS. THE NEW BRANCH WILL COME INTO OPERATION ON AUGUST 1.

MR DORWARD, 52, IS AT PRESENT THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS.

HE WAS APPOINTED AS AN EXECUTIVE OFFICER IN JANUARY 195*. « JOINED THE TRADE OFFICER GRADE IN APRIL 1957 AND ROSE TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF DIRECTOR OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS IN OCTOBER 1979. FROM JULY 1974 TO JANUARY 1976, WHILE SERVING AS DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, MR DORWARD WAS POSTED TO THE GENEVA OFFICE AS AN ALTERNATE AND LATER A FULL MEMBER OF THE GATT TEXTILES SURVEILLANCE BODY.

THE GOVERNMENT ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT, WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE TRADE AND INDUSTRY BRANCH ON AUGUST 1, THE EXISTING TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT WILL BE DEFEDERALISED INTO THREE SEPARATE AND INDEPENDENT DEPARTMENTS: TRADE; INDUSTRY; AND CUSTOMS AND EXCISE.

MR L.W.R. MILLS, CURRENTLY COMMISSIONER OF TRADE, AND MR P.K.Y. TSAO, CURRENTLY COMMISSIONER OF INDUSTRY, WILL CONTINUE TO HEAD THE TRADE AND THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENTS. THEIR TITLES WILL BE CHANGED TO DIRECTOR OF TRADE AND DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY RESPECTIVELY. BOTH MR MILLS AND MR TSAO HAVE TRANSFERRED TO THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE AT THE RANK OF STAFF GRADE Bl.

MR D.A. JORDAN, CURRENTLY COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND CONTROLS, WILL BECOME COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE.

MR DORWARD IS AT PRESENT ON HOME LEAVE AND WILL TAKE UP HIS NEW POST AT THE BEGINNING OF SEPTEMBER. DURING HIS ABSENCE, MR P.K.Y. TSAO WILL ACT AS SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY WHEN THE POST COMES INTO BEING.

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TUESDAY, JULY 20, 1982

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HAYE STRESSES IMPORTANCE OF PRACTICAL STUDIES * * * *

EDUCATIONALISTS HAVE IN THE PAST FEW YEARS RECOGNISED THE TREMENDOUS POTENTIALITIES OF PRACTICAL STUDIES IN HELPING TO DEVELOP THE CREATIVE AND INTELLECTUAL ABILITIES OF YOUNG PEOPLE, THE DIRECTO1 CF EDUCATION, MR COLVYN HAYE, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY OF THE FIRST YOUNG HONG KONG DESIGNER OF THE YEAR AWARD COMPETITION 1982 AT LA SALLE COLLEGE, MR HAYE SAID THE DAYS WHEN SCHOOLS WERE JUST CONCERNED WITH MANIPULATIVE SKILLS DEVELOPED THROUGH STANDARD, BORING EXERCISES WERE GONE.

HE SAID PRACTICAL EDUCATION HAD DEVELOPED CONSIDERABLY OVER THE PAST DECADE, AND THE TITLE ’DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY’ DESCRIBED MORE ADEQUATELY THAN WOODWORK OR METALWORK THE WIDE SPECTRUM OF ACTIVITIES UNDERTAKEN IN SCHOOL WORKSHOPS.

HE SAID: *THE PRINCIPAL AIM OF WOODWORK AND METALWORK WAS THE PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF BOYS, MAINLY THROUGH THE ACQUISITION OF SKILLS.

♦DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY EXTEND THIS TO PROVIDE A FULLER EXPERIENCE IN WHICH COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT FEATURES MORE STRONGLY. THE CENTRAL AIM IS TO GIVE BOTH GIRLS AND BOYS CONFIDENCE IN IDENTIFYING, EXAMINING AND FINALLY SOLVING PROBLEMS INVOLVING THE USE OF MATERIALS.*

MR HAYE SAID DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY, THROUGH THE FULL SEQUENCE OF DESIGNING AND MAKING, NOW MADE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO GENERAL EDUCATION, ESPECIALLY IN TERMS OF TRANSFERABLE SKILLS AND POSITIVE PERSONAL ATTITUDES.

♦ALL PUPILS SHOULD ACQUIRE A GENERAL PRACTICAL COMPETENCE, AND A SOUND APPROACH TO THE RESOLVING OF PRACTICAL PROBLEMS,♦ HE SAID.

MR HAYE BELIEVED ALL INDUSTRIALISTS WOULD AGREE THAT MOTIVATION, KEENNESS TO LEARN AND ABILITY TO PROGRESS STEADILY WERE EXPECTED OF ALL ENTRANTS TO INDUSTRY, AND EMPLOYERS WOULD SEEK YOUNGSTERS WHO COULD WORK EITHER INDEPENDENTLY OR IN A TEAM.

HE SAID: *THERE CAN BE NO DOUBT THAT HONG KONG NEEDS CREATIVE, IMAGINATIVE YOUNG PEOPLE, AND I BELIEVE THAT DESIGN-BASED STUDIES WILL HELP TO PRODUCE THE FLEXIBLE, ADAPTABLE PEOPLE OUR INDUSTRIES WILL REQUIRE IN THE FUTURE.*

AN EXHIBITION OF WINNING ENTRIES AND ENTRIES WHICH RECEIVED COMMENDATION DURING THE COMPETITION, WHICH WAS ORGANISED BY THE INDUSTRIAL DESIGN COUNCIL AND THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES, WILL BE HELD AT LA SALLE COLLEGE FROM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO JULY 23.

TEACHERS AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO SEE THE EXHIBITION, WHICH WILL BE OPEN DAILY BETWEEN 10 AM TO NOON AND 2 PM TO 4 PM.

TV3SDAY, JULY 20, 1982

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APPEAL FOR DISTRICT BOARD ELECTION CANDIDATES

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POTENTIAL CANDIDATES WITH THE WELFARE OF LOCAL PEOPLE AT HEART ARE URGED TO STAND FOR THE URBAN DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS ON SEPTEMBER 23.

THE APPEAL WAS MADE TODAY BY THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR DAVID TSUI, WHO POINTED OUT THAT NOMINATIONS FOR CANDIDATES WOULD BEGIN IN ABOUT TWO WEEKS FROM AUGUST 6 TO 31.

♦WE ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE WHO ARE GENUINELY CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR DISTRICT, AND CAPABLE OF OFFERING CONSTRUCTIVE SUGGESTIONS ON DISTRICT PROBLEMS,♦ HE SAID.

♦THE ESSENCE OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION IS PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AND WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE AS MANY CIVIC-MINDED PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE TO COME FORWARD TO STAND AS CANDIDATES.

♦THERE WILL BE 76 VACANCIES, ONE SEAT FOR EACH OF THE 76 CONSTITUENCIES IN THE 10 CITY DISTRICTS.

♦GENERALLY, A PERSON IS QUALIFIED FOR NOMINATION AS A CANDIDATE IF HE OR SHE IS A REGISTERED ELECTOR WITH 10 OR MORE YEARS OF RESIDENCE IN HONG KONG.*

MR TSUI ALSO OUTLINED THE NOMINATION PROCEDURES AND OTHER ELECTION DETAILS.

A CANDIDATE MUST BE NOMINATED BY 10 REGISTERED ELECTORS, INCLUDING A PROPOSER AND A SECONDER, IN THE CONSTITUENCY FOR WHICH HE SEEKS ELECTION, AND A DEPOSIT OF $1 000 IS REQUIRED.

AFTER DELIVERING HIS NOMINATION PAPERS TO THE RETURNING OFFICER, THE CANDIDATE SHOULD CALL AT THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL OFFICE BETWEEN AUGUST 6 AND SEPTEMBER 1 TO COMPLETE CERTAIN FORMALITIES.

HE WILL BE GIVEN A COPY OF THE RELEVANT PART OF THE FINAL REGISTER OF ELECTORS RELATED TO THE CONSTITUENCY FOR WHICH HE SEEKS ELECTION, AND COPIES OF RELEVANT LEGISLATIONS CONCERNING DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS.

MR TSUI ADVISED CANDIDATES TO READ CAREFULLY THE CORRUPT AND ILLEGAL PRACTICES ORDINANCE BEFORE UNDERTAKING CAMPAIGNING ACTIVITIES.

♦CANDIDATES CAN PROMOTE THEMSELVES THROUGH TELEVISION, RADIO, PAMPHLETS, POSTERS AND GATHERINGS. HOWEVER, TOTAL EXPENSES INCURRED CANNOT EXCEED S10 000,♦ HE SAID.

♦A CANDIDATE, IF HE SO WISHES, CAN EMPLOY ONE PERSON TO ACT AS HIS ELECTION AGENT. BUT THE FEE PAYABLE TO THE AGENT CANNOT EXCEED $3 300 WHICH WILL NOT BE COUNTED AS PART OF THE CAMPAIGN EXPENSES.

♦CANDIDATES MAY ALSO ORGANISE PUBLIC MEETINGS FOR ELECTION CAMPAIGNING PURPOSES, SUBJECT TO GIVING ADVANCE NOTICE TO THE POLICE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THE PUBLIC ORDER (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1980.

TUESDAY, JULY 20, 1982

♦THE CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS WHO WILL SERVE AS RETURNING OFFICERS WILL BE ABLE TO OFFER ADVICE ON LOCAL FACILITIES WHICH CANDIDATES CAN USE FOR PUBLIC MEETINGS AFTER GIVING NOTICE TO THE POLICE AS A MATTER OF ROUTINE.

♦VENUES FOR HOLDING SUCH MEETINGS WILL INCLUDE GOVERNMENT SCHOOL HALLS, SOCIAL WELFARE BUILDINGS, PLAYGROUNDS IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES AND CERTAIN FACILITIES OF THE URBAN SERVICES AND l€W TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENTS,♦ HE SAID.

MR TSUI CONTINUED THAT EACH CANDIDATE COULD SEND ONE POSTAGE-FREE LETTER, NOT EXCEEDING 50 GRAMS, OF ELECTION COMMUNICATION TO EVERY ELECTOR IN HIS CONSTITUENCY.

THE GOVERNMENT WOULD ALSO PREPARE PRINTED LEAFLETS TO INTRODUCE CANDIDATES TO ELECTORS.

♦A CANDIDATE MAY OF COURSE PREPARE HIS OWN POSTER TO PROMOTE HIS ELECTION, BUT SUCH POSTERS MUST NOT BE DISPLAYED IN PLACES WHERE THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED,♦ HE SAID.

MR TSUI ADDED THAT AS SOON AS NOMINATIONS CLOSED ON AUGUST 31 CANDIDATES WOULD BE BRIEFED ON FURTHER DETAILS OF ELECTORAL PROCEDURES.

MORE THAN 700 000 VOTERS HAVE REGISTERED FOR THE COMING ELECTIONS, REPRESENTING 35 PER CENT OF THE TWO MILLION ELIGIBLE ELECTORS.

ON ELECTION DAY, A TOTAL OF 174 POLLING STATIONS WILL OPEN BETWEEN 7 AM AND 11 PM FOR ELECTORS TO CAST “THEIR VOTES.

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STREET MANAGEMENT FOR CENTRAL AND WESTERN URBAN RENEWAL PILOT SCHEME AREA * I X M

THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD HAS EARMARKED AN AREA IN THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT FOR A TRIAL SCHEME FOR STREET MANAGEMENT.

THE AREA IS THE URBAN RENEWAL PILOT SCHEME AREA BOUNDED BY QUEEN’S ROAD WEST AND QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL IN THE NORTH, HOLLYWOOD ROAD IN THE SOUTH, SHING WONG STREET IN THE EAST AND QUEEN’S ROAD WEST IN THE WEST.

A WORKING GROUP COMPRISING REPRESENTATIVES FROM VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS HAS BEEN SET UP TO WORK OUT THE DETAILS CF NECESSARY CLEARANCE OPERATIONS.

ALREADY PART OF THE REQUIRED OPERATIONS HAS STARTED TODAY (TUESDAY) AND SOME ILLEGAL HAWKER STALLS AND DEBRIS ALONG LOK KU ROAD, TUNG STREET, UPPER LASCAR ROW AND NEIGHBOURING SIDE LANES HAD BEEN REMOVED, AS PART OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT SCHEME.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT FURTHER CLEARANCE OPERATIONS WILL BE CARRIED OUT AT A LATER DATE.

THE WORKING GROUP WILL ALSO TACKLE OTHER PROBLEMS IN THE AREA, SUCH AS ILLEGAL SHOP EXTENSIONS, DISPLAY OF GOODS ON PAVEMENTS. ILLEGAL PARKING AND REFUSE DUMPING.

TUESDAY, JULY 20, 1982

SEMINAR FOR CAREERS TEACHERS

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SIXTY SECONDARY SCHOOL CAREERS TEACHERS WILL ATTEND A RESIDENTIAL SEMINAR ON CAREERS EDUCATION AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

THE TWO-DAY SEMINAR IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE (YEAS) OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF CAREERS MASTERS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE YEAS POINTED OUT TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT THE SEMINAR WAS AIMED AT PROVIDING TRAINING FOR THE PARTICIPANTS, IMPROVING COMMUNICATION AMONG THEMSELVES AND CREATING A BETTER UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THEM AND STAFF OF THE YEAS.

THE MAIN THEME OF THE SEMINAR IS INTEGRATION OF CAREERS EDUCATION INTO SCHOOL CURRICULUM.

FINDINGS OF THE SEMINAR WILL BE PRESENTED AT A MEETING TO BE HELD AT LA SALLE COLLEGE ON AUGUST 27, 1982.

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PUBLICATION OF TERTIARY PLANNING UNIT TABULATIONS * * * *

THREE REPORTS ON THE FINAL RESULTS OF THE 1981 POPULATION CENSUS ARE PUBLISHED TODAY (TUESDAY).

THESE REPORTS, ENTITLED ’HONG KONG 1981 CENSUS - TERTIARY PLANNING UNIT TABULATIONS’, DESCRIBE THE DETAILED CHARACTERISTICS CF THE POPULATION OF HONG KONG ISLAND, KOWLOON AND NEW KOWLOON, AND THE NEW TERRITORIES, RESPECTIVELY.

EACH OF THE REPORTS CONSISTS OF SETS OF TABLES SUMMARISING THE POPULATION DATA BY TERTIARY PLANNING UNITS. THE TABLES COVER SUCH TOPICS AS AGE AND SEX, EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT, MARITAL STATUS, ACTIVITY STATUS, OCCUPATION, INCOME, RENT, HOUSEHOLD SIZE, HOUSEHOLD COMPOSITION, TENURE, AND TYPE OF LIVING QUARTER. MAPS SHOWING THE BOUNDARIES OF THE TERTIARY PLANNING UNITS ARE ALSO ATTACHED.

♦THE ’TERTIARY PLANNING UNIT TABULATIONS’ REPORTS ARE THE FIRST SERIES OF CENSUS REPORTS DESIGNED TO SHOW THE DEMOGRAPHIC, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS OF THE POPULATION BY DETAILED GEOGRAPHICAL UNIT*, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT SAID.

♦DETAILED ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION OF THE 1981 CENSUS RESULTS ARE NOT ATTEMPTED IN THESE REPORTS. THIS WILL BE PRESENTED IN THE MAIN REPORT TO BE PUBLISHED LATER THIS YEAR,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE REPORTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT CONNAUGHT °LACE.

TUESDAY, JULY 20, 1982

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TSIM SHA TSUI *****

A NUMBER OF ROAD SECTIONS IN TSIM SHA TSUI WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 12.01 AM AND 6 AM FROM THURSDAY (JULY 22) UNTIL SATURDAY (JULY 24) FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF FOOTBRIDGES.

THEY ARE«

* SALISBURY ROAD BETWEEN MODY LANE AND CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH;

* MODY ROAD BETWEEN A POINT ABOUT 50 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH MODY LANE AND A POINT OUTSIDE SHANGRILA HOTEL; AND

* THE SLIP ROAD LEADING FROM CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH INTO SALISBURY ROAD EASTBOUND.

DURING THE CLOSURE, EASTBOUND TRAFFIC ON SALISBURY ROAD HEADING FOR THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL AND HUNG HOM AREAS WILL BE DIVERTED VIA CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH, WHILE THOSE HEADING FOR TSIM SHA TSUI EAST WILL BE DIVERTED VIA CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH, CAMERON ROAD, CARNARVON ROAD AND GRANVILLE ROAD.

TRAFFIC ON SALISBURY ROAD WESTBOUND HEADING FOR TSIM SHA TSUI SOUTH OR CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH WILL BE DIVERTED VIA MODY LANE, MODY ROAD, SCIENCE MUSEUM ROAD, GRANVILLE ROAD AND CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH.

TRAFFIC ON MODY LANE SOUTHBOUND HEADING FOR TSIM SHA TSUI SOUTH WILL BE DIVERTED VIA SALISBURY ROAD EASTBOUND, SCIENCE MUSEUM ROAD, GRANVILLE ROAD AND CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH.

ACCESS TO WING ON PLAZA, MIRROR TOWER AND SHANGRILA HOTEL WILL BE MAINTAINED VIA CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH AND MODY ROAD EASTBOUND AND THAT TO ROYAL GARDEN HOTEL AND THE METERED PUBLIC CAR PARK OUTSIDE THE HOTEL WILL BE VIA MODY ROAD WESTBOUND.

MOTORISTS ON CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH HEADING FOR THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL AREA ARE ADVISED TO USE GRANVILLE ROAD, SCIENCE MUSEUM ROAD AND HONG CHONG ROAD.

MEANWHILE, IN TSUEN WAN THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD BETWEEN TAI HO ROAD AND SHA TSUI ROAD WILL ALSO BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 1 AM TO 5 AM ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY (JULY 22 AND 23) FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FOOTBRIDGE.

DURING THE CLOSURE, WESTBOUND VEHICLES ON CASTLE PEAK ROAD WILL HAVE TO USE TAI HO ROAD AND SHA TSUI ROAD TO REJOIN CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

CONSULTANTS APPOINTED TO STUDY AGRICULTURAL WASTE PROBLEM ... 1

GOVERNOR SENDS MESSAGE OF CONGRATULATIONS TO LORD MACLEHOSE 2

JAPANESE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR HONG KONG STUDENTS .............. 2

CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR JUNE 1982 ...................... 3

SJ7CM TO BE SPENT ON HELPING NEEDY ........................ 6

MORE BUSES ON THE ROADS ................................... 8

APPRENTICESHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH .................... 9

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ON HK ISLAND ......................... 9

DIRECTOR OF TRADE DESIGNATE LEAVES FOR EUROPE ............ 10

TENDERS SOUGHT FOR SHORT-TERM TENANCY .................... 10

LABOUR LAW OFFENCES ...................................... 11

CENTRAL AND WESTERN DB MEETING ........................... 11

SALT WATER CUT ON HK ISLAND............................... 12

WATER CUT IN NGAU CHI WAN ................................ 12

WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 1982

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CONSULTANTS APPOINTED TO STUDY AGRICULTURAL WASTE PROBLEM

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CONSULTANTS HAVE BEEN APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO ADVISE ON THE DISPOSAL OF AGRICULTURAL WASTES.

A CONTRACT WAS SIGNED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY MR TERRY WILLSON, ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND DR ROBIN BIDWELL OF ERL ASIA LIMITED, THE FIRM OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS THAT WILL UNDERTAKE THE WORK WITH WATSON HAWKSLEY ASIA AND HALCROW FOX ASSOCIATES.

MR WILLSON SAID THAT THE UNCONTROLLED DISPOSAL OF PIG AND POULTRY WASTES WAS A MAJOR CAUSE OF POLLUTION OF STREAMS AND OF SOME COASTAL WATERS AND GAVE RISE TO SERIOUS ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

A NUMBER OF PILOT SCHEMES ON POSSIBLE METHODS FOR HANDLING AND DISPOSING OF THE WASTES WAS BEING UNDERTAKEN BY THE GOVERNMENT.

♦THE CONSULTANTS ARE BEING ASKED TO CARRY OUT A TECHNICAL AND ECONOMIC EVALUATION OF THE POSSIBLE CONTROL METHODS AND TO PREPARE A FULLY-COSTED WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN THAT WOULD IDENTIFY THE RESOURCES NEEDED TO TACKLE THE PROBLEM,+ MR WILLSON SAID.

♦ONE OF THE ASPECTS THAT THE CONSULTANTS WILL BE EXAMINING IS POSSIBLE USES TO WHICH THE WASTES MAY BE PUT ONCE THEY HAVE BEEN TREATED.♦

THERE HAS BEEN CONSIDERABLE INTEREST IN THE USE OF AGRICULTURAL WASTES AS A SOURCE OF ENERGY, SOIL COMPOST OR FISH FOOD,* DR BIDWELL SAID.

♦BUT IT IS ALWAYS IMPORTANT TO ENSURE THERE IS A LARGE ENOUGH MARKET FOR THE RECOVERED PRODUCT BEFORE EMBARKING ON A COSTLY INVESTMENT IN A PARTICULAR TYPE OF TREATMENT PLANT,+ HE ADDED.

THE STUDY TEAM WILL START WORK SHORTLY, AND IS EXPECTED TO HAVE THE REPORT READY BY THE END OF NOVEMBER.

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GOVERNOR SENDS MESSAGE OF CONGRATULATIONS TO LORD MACLEHOSE * ft * *

A MESSAGE OF CONGRATULATIONS HAS BEEN SENT BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, TO LORD MACLEHOSE, HONG KONG’S FORMER GOVERNOR, WHO TAKES HIS SEAT IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS TODAY.

THE MESSAGE READS i

♦MANY CONGRATULATIONS AND WARMEST GOOD WISHES FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE OF HONG KONG ON TAKING YOUR SEAT.*

LORD MACLEHOSE’S OFFICIAL TITLE ISt BARON MACLEHOSE OF BEOCH, OF MAYBOLE IN THE DISTRICT OF KYLE AND CARRICK, AND OF VICTORIA IN HONG KONG.

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JAPANESE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR HONG KONG STUDENTS * * * * ft *

STUDENTS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 18 AND 22 CAN NOW APPLY FOR TWO JAPANESE GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED UNDER THE MONBUSHO SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME TO HONG KONG STUDENTS.

THE SCHOLARSHIPS PROVIDE FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES IN SOCIAL SCIENCE AND HUMANITIES OR NATURAL SCIENCES AT A JAPANESE UNIVERSITY.

APPLICANTS NEED NOT HAVE ANY PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE OF JAPANESE BUT THEY MUST BE WILLING TO RECEIVE UNIVERSITY EDUCATION IN THE MEDIUM OF JAPANESE.

THEY SHOULD HAVE COMPLETED THE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS OF EITHER OF THE TWO UNIVERSITIES IN HONG KONG- OR PASSED IN TWO RELEVANT SUBJECTS AT THE ADVANCED LEVEL AND IN THREE RELEVANT SUBJECTS AT THE ORDINARY LEVEL- OR PASSED IN THREE RELEVANT SUBJECTS AT THE ADVANCED LEVEL AND IN ONE RELEVANT SUBJECT AT ORDINARY LEVEL IN THE GCE.

THE TO MARCH EXPENSES

AWARDS ARE NORMALLY TENABLE FOR FIVE YEARS FROM APRIL 1983 an^rptBrm'pa^*^ TUITI0N’ accommodation, LIVING ANU HtlUKN rAooAut.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE ENROLLED AT THE JAPANESE LANGUAGE SCHOOL ATTACHED TO THE TOKYO UNIVERSITY OF FOREIGN STUDIES AND WILL BE GIVEN A ONE-YEAR COURSE ON THE JAPANESE LANGUAGE AND OTHER NECESSARY SUBJECTS TO PREPARE THEM FOR THE FOUR-YEAR DEGREE COURSE.

APPLICATION FORMS AND FURTHER INFORMATION ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT ROOM 1522, LEIGHTON CENTRE, 77 LEIGHTON ROAD, HONG KONG.

COMPLETED FORMS AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE SAME OFFICE NOT LATER THAN AUGUST 20.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 1982

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CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR JUNE 1982 * * * * *

THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) AND CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (B) FOR JUNE 1982 WERE BOTH 130, EACH BEING 1 POINT OR 0.8 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN THE PRECEDING MONTH, THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT REPORTED TODAY.

COMPARED WITH JUNE LAST YEAR, BOTH C.P.I. (A) AND C.P.I. (B) INCREASED BY 13 POINTS OR 11.1 PER CENT.

DURING THE MONTH, FOOD PRICES, ESPECIALLY THOSE OF FRESH VEGETABLES, SALT-WATER FISH AND MEALS BOUGHT IN RESTAURANTS, TRANSPORT FEES AND CHARGES FOR SERVICES WERE HIGHER.

THE C.P.I. (A) AND C.P.I. (B) ARE BASED ON THE EXPENDITURE PATTERNS OF 50 PER CENT AND 30 PER CENT, RESPECTIVELY, OF URBAN HOUSEHOLDS IN HONG KONG, WHICH WERE DERIVED FROM THE 1979/80 HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY. AT THAT TIME, THE C.P.I. (A) REFERRED TO HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN $1 000 AND $3 499 A MONTH AND THE C.P.I. (B) TO HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN $3 500 AND $6 499 A MONTH.

THE INDEXES FOR JUNE 1982 IN RESPECT OF THE NINE COMMODITY/ SERVICE SECTIONS IN THE TWO CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES ARE GIVEN BELOW, TOGETHER WITH THOSE FOR MAY 1982 AND JUNE 1981.

(OCTOBER 1979 TO SEPTEMBER 1980 AVERAGE - 100)

C.P. 1 .-(A) C.P.1. (B)

SECTION JUNE 81 MAY 82 JUNE 82 JUNE 81 MAY 82 JUNE 82

FOODSTUFFS 119 133 135 119 133 135

HOUSING 112 124 124 113 124 124

FUEL AND LIGHT 136 133 133 137 134 134

ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO (FOR HOME CONSUMPTION) 111 124 124 111 123 123

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR 115 131 132 115 132 132

DURABLE GOODS 108 109 108 109 111 110

MISCELLANEOUS GOODS 109 121 121 109 118 117

TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES 129 139 140 126 138 141

SERVICES 116 133 134 116 132 133

ALL ITEMS 117 129 130 117 129 133

/THE INDEX FOR ........

WEDNESDAY, JULY 21,

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THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS INCREASED BY TWO POINTS IN BOTH C.P. I. (A) AND C.P. I. (B).

RISES WERE RECORDED IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH VEGETABLES AS THE SUPPLY OF LOCALLY-GROWN VEGETABLES HAD NOT RETURNED TO NORMAL DURING THE MONTH AFTER THE HEAVY RAINSTORMS IN MA* AND EARLY JUNE.

THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF SALT-WATER FISH ALSO WENT UP OWING TO REDUCED SUPPLY, ESPECIALLY DURING THE LAST WEEK OF JUNE WHEN MOST FISHING BOATS STAYED AT HOME TO CELEBRATE THE DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL.

INCREASES WERE ALSO RECORDED IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF PORK AND IN THE AVERAGE CHARGES FOR MEALS BOUGHT IN RESTAURANTS. THE EFFECT OF THE MOVEMENTS IN THE RETAIL PRICES OF OTHER FOOD ITEMS ON THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS WAS INSIGNIFICANT.

THE INDEX FOR TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES INCREASED BY ONE POINT IN C.P.I. (A) AND BY THREE POINTS IN C.P.I. (B) AS A RESULT OF HIGHER FEES CHARGED BY DRIVING INSTRUCTORS, HIGHER FARES CHARGED BY THE PEAK TRAM AND THE HONG KONG/MACAU FERRIES AND HYDROFOILS. ALSO RESPONSIBLE WERE THE INCREASES IN M.T.R. FARES, VEHICLE LICENCE FEES AND IN THE PRICES OF GASOLINE AND MOTOR VEHICLES INTRODUCED IN MAY, AS THEY BEGAN TO SHOW THE FULL IMPACT.

HIGHER CHARGES FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT AND HAIRDRESSING CAUSED THE INDEX FOR SERVICES TO INCREASE BY ONE POINT IN BOTH C.P. I. (A) AND C.P.I. (B).

PRICE MOVEMENTS IN OTHER SECTIONS WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

DETAILS OF THESE PRICE MOVEMENTS ARE GIVEN IN THE +CONSUMER PRICE INDEX REPORT+ FOR JUNE 1982, AVAILABLE AT $3 PER COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE, HONG KONG.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 1982

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$370M TO BE SPENT ON HELPING NEEDY * * * *

AN ESTIMATED $370 MILLION IS EXPECTED TO BE SPENT THIS YEAR ON THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE SCHEME, WHICH IS DESIGNED TO ENSURE THAT EVERY FAMILY IN HONG KONG LIVES ABOVE A PRESCRIBED LEVEL, THE ACTING DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR STEPHEN LAW, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE LIONS CLUB OF BAYVIEW AT THE MANDARIN HOTEL, MR LAW SAIDi +THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE SCHEME HAS NOW BEEN IMPLEMENTED FOR MORE THAN TEN YEARS. WE INTEND TO KEEP IT SIMPLE, AND THE AIM IS TO ENSURE A REASONABLE STANDARD OF LIVING FOR EVERYONE. IT IS OUR HOPE THAT THOSE ELIGIBLE WILL RECEIVE THE ASSISTANCE TO WHICH THEY ARE ENTITLED.*

HE SAID IT WOULD NOT BE APPROPRIATE TO REGARD, AS SOME PEOPLE DID, PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AS ♦RELIEF^. PUBLIC ASSISTANCE IS A RESPONSIBILITY OF SOCIETY TOWARDS THE INDIVIDUAL, AND A NEEDY PERSON HAS THE RIGHT TO SEEK ASSISTANCE.

APART FROM THE INCOME CRITERIA, AN APPLICANT MUST MEET THE LIMITS OF SAVINGS AND OTHER CAPITAL ASSETS UNDER THE SCHEME, MR LAW SAID. THE PRESENT LIMIT IS $5 700 FOR A SINGLE PERSON AND S3 800 FOR A MEMBER IN A FAMILY.

♦IN OTHER WORDS,♦ HE SAID, +A FOUR-MEMBER FAMILY IS STILL ELIGIBLE FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE IF IT HAS SAVINGS AMOUNTING TO LESS THAN $15 200 BUT EARNS A MEAGRE INCOME.*

MR LAW SAID THAT THE BASIC SCALE RATE OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE HAD BEEN REVISED EIGHT TIMES IN THE PAST 10 YEARS TO MEET THE RISE IN PRICES, AND IN JULY LAST YEAR, ITS REAL VALUE WAS IMPROVED BY 25 PER CENT.

APART FROM THE BASIC RATE OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, THERE ARE RENT AND OTHER SUPPLEMENTS.

UNDER THE SCHEME, A FOUR-MEMBER FAMILY WOULD RECEIVE ASSISTANCE AMOUNTING TO ABOUT $2 000 A MONTH, COMPRISING $1 255 IN BASIC ALLOWANCE, THE HIGHEST RENT ALLOWANCE OF $479, $95 IN LONG-TERM SUPPLEMENT AND $255 IN OLD AGE SUPPLEMENT.

MR LAW SAID THAT NOT EVERY FAMILY WOULD OF COURSE RECEIVE THE SAME LEVEL OF ASSISTANCE AS THIS WOULD DEPEND ON INCOME, ACTUAL RENT PAID AND OTHER FACTORS.

MR LAW SAID IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT TO DETERMINE WHETHER $2 000 WAS ENOUGH FOR A FOUR-MEMBER FAMILY, BUT ONE MIGHT MAKE A COMPARISON WITH THE EARNINGS OF AN AVERAGE WORKER.

RECENT STATISTICS INDICATE THAT THE AVERAGE MONTHLY WAGE OF AN INDUSTRIAL WORKER IS ABOUT $1 815.

♦JUDGING FROM THIS, THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE LEVEL SHOULD BE ABOUT RIGHT,♦ MR LAW SAID.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 1?“2

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WE ARE KEEPING A CLOSE WATCH ON THE LEVEL OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE TO SEE THAT IT ACHIEVES WHAT IT IS SUPPOSED TO DO,* HE ADDED.

MR LAW SAID THAT ABOUT 47 300 FAMILIES WERE NOW RECEIVING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND THAT IN THE PAST FOUR YEARS, THIS FIGURE HAD NOT SHOWN ANY GREAT FLUCTUATIONS.

♦EXPERIENCE TELLS US THAT GENERALLY SPEAKING, THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE CASELOAD DOES REFLECT THE STATE OF THE ECONOMY TO A CERTAIN EXTENT,♦ HE SAID. ♦WHEN THE ECONOMY PICKS UP, THE NUMBER OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE RECIPIENTS WILL FALL.*

MR LAW NOTED THE FOLLOWING CHANGES IN THE CHARACTERISTICS OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE RECIPIENTS COMPARED WITH FOUR YEARS AGO:

* ELDERLY - NUMBERS HAVE INCREASED FROM 63 PER CENT TO 74 PER CENT

* DISABLED - NUMBERS HAVE DROPPED FROM 20 PER CENT TO 13 PER CENT

* WIDOWS AND ORPHANS - NUMBERS HAVE DROPPED FROM 4.9 PER CENT TO 4.7 PER CENT

* UNEMPLOYED AND

LOW-INCOME PEOPLE - NUMBERS HAVE DROPPED FROM 10 PER CENT TO 3 PER CENT

* OTHERS - NUMBERS HAVE RISEN FROM 2 PER CENT TO 5 PER CENT.

THESE CHANGES INDICATE THAT THE MAIN BENEFICIARIES OF THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE SCHEME ARE THE ELDERLY SINGLE PERSONS AND THAT PEOPLE WITH EARNINGS ARE UNLIKELY TO DEPEND ON ASSISTANCE.

MR LAW WONDERED WHETHER PEOPLE WITH EARNINGS WERE REALLY LIVING ABOVE THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE LEVEL, OR WHETHER THEY WERE SIMPLY UNAWARE THAT THEY WERE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE ASSISTANCE TO BRING THEIR INCOME UP TO THE PRESCRIBED LEVEL.

FOR EXAMPLE,♦ HE SAID, +A FOUR-MEMBER FAMILY WITH A

MONTHLY INCOME OF ONLY $1 500 COULD QUALIFY FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE. I HOPE THESE FAMILIES WILL COME FORWARD TO APPLY.♦

MR LAW NOTED THAT ANOTHER CHANGE HAD BEEN THE FACT THAT SINGLE PEOPLE RECEIVING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE HAD INCREASED FROM 75 TO 79 PER CENT IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS. THEIR HOUSING CONDITION HAD ALSO UNDERGONE A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE«

* THOSE IN PUBLIC HOUSING HAVE DROPPED FROM 37.7 TO 34.9 PER CENT

* THOSE IN PRIVATE HOUSING HAVE REMAINED STABLE AT 28.7 PER CENT

* THOSE IN INSTITUTIONS HAVE RISEN FROM 5.4 TO 10 PER CENT

* THOSE LIVING IN SQUATTER HUTS AND OTHERS HAVE FALLEN FROM 27.3 TO 25.5 PER CENT

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THIS SHOWED THAT AS THE NUMBER LIVING IN PUBLIC HOUSING AND SQL-TTER AREAS DECREASED, THE NUMBER LIVING IN INSTITUTIONS CORRESPONDINGLY INCREASED.

REFERRING TO THE SOCIAL SECURITY APPEAL BOARD, MR LAW SAID THAT FROM 1978, WHEN THE BOARD WAS ESTABLISHED, AND UP TO 1982, 206 COMPLAINTS HAD BEEN HANDLED. OF THESE, 4-3 CASES WERE RESOLVED WITHOUT A HEARING WHILE IN THE OTHER 163 CASES, THE DECISIONS OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WERE UPHELD IN 83 CASES AND THOSE IN THE REMAINING 80 CASES WERE SUBSTITUTED BY THE BOARD’S RULINGS.

MOST OF THE COMPLAINTS INVOLVED PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, WITH CASES INVOLVING SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCE AND THE TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS VICTIMS ASSISTANCE SCHEME COMING SECOND AND THIRD.

-►THESE FIGURES SHOW THAT THE APPEAL BOARD IS SERVING ITS PURPOSE,+ MR LAW SAID.

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MORE BUSES ON THE ROADS * * * *

BUS SERVICES HAVE BEEN MUCH IMPROVED WITH MORE BUSES BEING PUT ON THE ROADS BY THE BUS COMPANIES.

DISCLOSING THIS TODAY (WEDNESDAY), THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR PETER LEEDS, SAID TWO SEPARATE SURVEYS ON KMB AND CMB SERVICES HAD RECENTLY BEEN CONDUCTED BY HIS DEPARTMENT.

♦THE SURVEY ON KMB SHOWED THAT THE SCHEDULED VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS ARE BEING MET,* MR LEEDS SAID.

♦AND AT THE TIME OF THE SURVEY, THE COMPANY WAS OPERATING 22 ADDITIONAL BUSES TO SUPPLEMENT THE OFFICIAL TIMETABLE REQUIREMENT OF 1 640 BUSES,♦ HE ADDED.

A SIMILAR SURVEY ON CMB SHOWED THAT THE COMPANY WAS OPERATING SOME 30 BUSES SHORT OF TIMETABLE REQUIREMENTS IN THE MORNING.

♦HOWEVER,+ MR LEEDS SAID, +BY THE EVENING OF THE SURVEY DAY, THE SITUATION HAD IMPROVED AND THE COMPANY WAS ABLE TO COMPLY WITH THE TIMETABLE REQUIREMENTS BY HAVING 705 BUSES IN OPERATION.+

COMPARING WITH THE RESULTS OF PREVIOUS SURVEYS CONDUCTED ON CMB WHEN MUCH LARGER SHORTFALLS HAD BEEN RECORDED, MR LEEDS SAID THAT CMB HAD MADE CONSIDERABLE PROGRESS IN INCREASING THE AVAILABILITY OF BUSES TO MEET THE SCHEDULED REQUIREMENTS.

HE EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT THE COMPANY WOULD CONTINUE TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE STANDARDS OF SERVICE.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 1982

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APPRENTICESHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH

* * * *

THE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING SECTION OF THE TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING DEPARTMENT NOW OPERATES AN APPRENTICE PLACEMENT SERVICE FOR QUALIFIED YOUTHS WISHING TO PURSUE INDUSTRIAL CAREERS.

BOTH CRAFT AND TECHNICIAN APPRENTICESHIPS ARE BEING OFFERED IN HONG KONG’S 10 MAJOR INDUSTRIES! AUTOMOBILE REPAIRS AND SERVICING, BUILDING AND CIVIL ENGINEERING, CLOTHING, ELECTRICAL, ELECTRONICS, MACHINE SHOP AND METAL WORKING, PLASTICS, PRINTING, SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP REPAIR, AND TEXTILES.

THE ENTRY REQUIREMENT IS COMPLETION OF FORM III FOR CRAFT APPRENTICESHIP WHILE FOR TECHNICIAN APPRENTICESHIP COMPLETION OF FORM V IS REQUIRED, WITH GRADE E OR ABOVE IN FOUR RELEVANT SUBJECTS IN THE CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

DURING THE APPRENTICESHIP, WHICH NORMALLY LASTS FOUR YEARS, APPRENTICES RECEIVE ON-THE-JOB TRAINING PROVIDED BY THEIR EMPLOYERS, AND AT THE SAME TIME ATTEND PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE TECHNICAL COURSES EITHER IN A TECHNICAL INSTITUTE OR AT THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC.

ON COMPLETION OF THEIR TRAINING, APPRENTICES WILL BE AWARDED CERTIFICATES BY THE DIRECTOR OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING, CERTIFYING THEIR COMPETENCY IN THE TRADE FOR WHICH THEY HAVE BEEN TRAINED.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE AT THE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING SECTION, TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING DEPARTMENT, 12TH FLOOR, ASIAN HOUSE, 1 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ON HK ISLAND

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THE EASTERN HALF OF POLLOCK’S PATH AT THE PEAK WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT FOR ABOUT A MONTH TO ALLOW ROAD WORKS TO BE CARRIED OUT.

FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 23) FORTRESS HILL ROAD IN NORTH POINT NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH CHUNG ON TERRACE WILL BE CLOSED TO SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC FOR ROAD WORKS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, SOUTHBOUND VEHICLES WILL BE DIVERTED VIA TIN HAU TEMPLE ROAD.

HOWEVER, FRANCHISED BUSES TRAVELLING ON FORTRESS HILL ROAD WILL NOT BE AFFECTED.

ALSO FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 23), DEEP WATER BAY ROAD BETWEEN NAM FUNG ROAD AND THE WONG NAI CHUNG GAP ROAD ROUNDABOUT WILL BE RE-OPENED TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF CABLE LAYING WORKS.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 1982

DIRECTOR OF TRADE DESIGNATE LEAVES FOR EUROPE

X * *

THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE DESIGNATE, MR LAWRENCE MILLS, WILL LEAVE HONG KONG ON FRIDAY (JULY 23), FOR A FURTHER SERIES OF TALKS IN EUROPE BEFORE PROCEEDING ON LEAVE.

+THE PURPOSE OF MY VISIT IS TO GET AN OVERALL VIEW OF THE SITUATION AS REGARDS SEVERAL MAJOR TRADE ISSUES OF IMPORTANCE TO HONG KONG JUST BEFORE THE SUMMER BREAK IN EUROPE,* MR MILLS SAID.

HE WILL VISIT GENEVA, BRUSSELS, PARIS AND LONDON.

IN GENEVA, HE WILL HOLD TALKS WITH THE COUNSELLOR (HONG KONG AFFAIRS), MR T.H. CHAU, AND REPRESENTATIVES OF DEVELOPING COUNTRIES ON MATTERS OF MUTUAL INTEREST.

IN BRUSSELS, HE WILL MEET EEC TEXTILE NEGOTIATORS FOR A CALLOVER ON OUTSTANDING ISSUES IN THE HONG KONG/EEC TEXTILE NEGOTIATIONS SCHEDULED TO RESUME IN SEPTEMBER.

IN PARIS, MR MILLS WILL HOLD TALKS WITH FRENCH OFFICIALS ON THE RESTRICTIONS APPLIED TO IMPORTS ON QUARTZ WATCHES AND SOME OTHER PRODUCTS BY THE FRENCH AUTHORITIES- AND IN LONDON, MR MILLS WILL BRIEF HONG KONG’S COMMISSIONER, SIR JACK CATER, ON THE CURRENT TRADE SITUATION AND HOLD INFORMAL TALKS WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UK DEPARTMENT OF TRADE.

MR MILLS WILL PROCEED FROM VACATION LEAVE DIRECTLY TO BRUSSELS FOR THE RESUMED TEXTILES NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE EEC.

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TENDERS SOUGHT FOR SHORT-TERM TENANCY

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THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR A TENANCY CF A PIECE OF CROWN LAND IN YUEN LONG NEW TOWN.

THE LOT, OF ABOUT 4 774 SQUARE METRES, IS SITUATED AT YUEN LONG INDUSTRIAL AREA.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LANDS DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE SITE COULD BE USED FOR EITHER A CONCRETE BATCHING PLANT, INCLUDING THE MANUFACTURING OF CONCRETE PRODUCTS AND STORAGE AGGREGATE, CF A CONTAINER FREIGHT STATION, INCLUDING THE OPEN STORAGE OF CONTAINERS.

THE TENANCY WILL BE FOR AN INITIAL PERIOD OF ONE YEAR AND, THEREAFTER, QUARTERLY.

THE DEADLINE FOR ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERS IS NOON ON AUGUST 6.

TENDER FORMS, WITH NOTICES AND CONDITIONS, MAY BE OBTAINED FRO*' THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, YUEN LONG.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 1982

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LABOUR LAW OFFENCES * * *

OF THE 820 PROSECUTIONS TAKEN OUT BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT LAST (JUNE) MONTH FOR BREACHES OF LABOUR LAWS, 786 RESULTED IN CONVICTION AND FINES IMPOSED BY THE COURTS TOTALLED $659 265.

MOST OF THE CASES CONCERNED BREACHES OF THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS ORDINANCE AND ITS VARIOUS SUBSIDIARY REGULATIONS, THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE AND THE WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS (INDUSTRY) REGULATIONS.

CASES CONCERNING VIOLATIONS OF SAFETY REGULATIONS TOTALLED 260. WITH $356 290 IN FINES. THESE INCLUDED 121 CASES (WITH $124 000 IN FINES) FOR BREACH OF THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (GUARDING AND OPERATION OF MACHINERY) REGULATIONS AND 79 CASES (WITH $157 700 IN FINES) FOR BREACH OF THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS.

CASES RELATING TO BREACHES OF THE WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS (INDUSTRY) REGULATIONS ACCOUNTED FOR 441 WITH $225 525 IN FINES.

OF THE OTHER PROSECUTIONS, 25 CASES WERE RELATED TO FAILURE TO KEEP RECORDS OF EMPLOYEES, LEADING TO $12 450 IN FINES.

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CENTRAL AND WESTERN DB MEETING

X X x x

1rrTILHET^NTRAL £ND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD WILL HOLD ITS FOURTH M^J'NG (THURSDAY) AT 4 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE

CENTRAL AND WESTERN CITY DISTRICT OFFICE.

AT THE MEETING, WHICH WILL BE CHAIRED BY THE CITY DISTRICT mcmucdc,0?ER F0R CENTRAL AND WESTERN, MR A.G. COOPER, BOARD MEMBERS WILL BE CONSULTED ON THEIR VIEWS ON THE OVERHEAD

MARKET COMPLEXES, WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO THE COMPLEX TO BE CONSTRUCTED ON THE WESTERN RECLAMATION.

CM I^c^oN^R4 MR H-K* CHAN WILL BR|EF THE MEETING

ON THE GENERAL CONCEPTS ON TOWN PLANNING.

cvoi A RERRE*ENTAT,VE 0F THE transport department will

IS BSARB ?EMBERS THE PRESENT POSITION REGARDING THE rGuSr>I*EeBUS”°NLY LANES ,N THE MID-LEVELS ON SUNDAYS AND ruDLIC HOLIDAYS.

Tuc mJcti«INTRAL AND WESTERN ANATOMY REPORT WILL BE TABLED AT I nt rltt I I NG.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 1982

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SALT WATER CUT ON HK ISLAND * * *

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN AREAS IN UPPER LEVEL, CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICTS WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR 11 HOURS FROM 9 AM TO 8 PM ON FRIDAY (JULY 23) TO FACILITATE ESSENTIAL WORK ON THE SUPPLY SYSTEM.

IN UPPER LEVEL, THE AFFECTED AREAS INCLUDE ROBINSON ROAD FROM CASTLE ROAD TO GARDEN ROAD, MACDONNELL ROAD, SEYMOUR ROAD, CASTLE ROAD, MOSQUE STREET, MOSQUE JUNCTION, CAINE ROAD, CONDUIT ROAD, KOTEWALL ROAD, LYTTELTON ROAD AND BONHAM ROAD.

IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN THE AFFECTED AREA IS BETWEEN ICE HOUSE STREET AND HILL ROAD, INCLUDING CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST, QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL, QUEEN’S ROAD WEST, HOLLYWOOD ROAD, FIRST STREET, SECOND STREET, THIRD STREET, HIGH STREET, WATER STREET, ABERDEEN STREET, PEEL STREET, WYNDHAM STREET, DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL AND DES VOEUX ROAD WEST.

WATER CUT IN NGAU CHI WAN

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN NGAU CHI WAN WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 10 PM ON FRIDAY (JULY 23) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

PREMISES AFFECTED WILL BE THOSE ALONG LEE ON ROAD AND SHUN CHI STREET, INCLUDING SHUN LEE ESTATE, SHUN ON ESTATE, SHUN TIN ESTATE, SHUN CHI COURT AND SHUN LEE TSUEN TEMPORARY RESITE AREA.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JULY 22, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

WATCHDOG BODY OVER UTILITIES WON'T WORK, JEAFFRESON SAYS ... 1

MORE PROTECTION FOR HISTORICAL BUILDINGS ................... 2

APPLICATION INVITED FOR AIRPORT HIRE CAR PERMITS ........... 5

PARTIAL ROAD CLOSURE IN HAPPY VALLEY ....................... 5

NEW IMPORTS AND EXPORTS CLASSIFICATION LIST ON SALE ........ 6

P. 0. BOX FOR LICENCE APPLICATIONS ......................... 6

DINGHY SAILING CAN BE FUN, BUT LEARN ALL ABOUT IT FIRST .... 7

TWu MGR2 SQUASH COURTS IN KWAI CHUNG ....................... 8

FRESH AND SALT WATER CUT ................................... 8

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN MONG KOK ........................... 9

CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS PASSING OUT PARADE

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THURSDAY, JULY 22, 1982

WATCHDOG BODY OVER UTILITIES WON’T WORK, JEAFFRESON SAYS * * * *

THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A WATCHDOG BODY OR STANDING COMMISSION TO OVERSEE THE OPERATIONS OF UTILITY COMPANIES IN HONG KONG WOULD NOT WORK, HOWEVER SYMPATHETIC THE GOVERNMENT MIGHT BE TOWARDS THE IDEA, THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC AFFAIRS, MR D.G. JEAFFRESON, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF HONG KONG SOUTH, ON +THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICIES ON PUBLIC UTILITIES*, JEAFFRESON SAID THAT THE PRESENCE OF A WATCHDOG COMMITTEE WOULD TAKE RESPONSIBILITY AWAY FROM THE COMPANIES THEMSELVES.

+ALSO, WE DOUBT WHETHER THE UTILITY COMPANIES WOULD BE AS FORTHCOMING WITH CONFIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL INFORMATION AS THEY ARE NOW IF THEY THOUGHT THIS INFORMATION WAS VIRTUALLY GOING TO BE MADE PUBLIC,* MR JEAFFRESON ADDED.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE GOVERNMENT +HAS VERY LITTLE, IF ANY, POSITIVE CONTROL AS FAR AS PUBLIC UTILITIES RUN BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR ARE CONCERNED*.

*THE GOVERNMENT CAN MONITOR WHAT IS GOING ON. IT HAS NEGATIVE POWER IN THE SENSE THAT IT CAN DISALLOW PLANS FOR THE FUTURE AND DISALLOW INCREASES IN CHARGES. BUT IN NO ACCEPTABLE MEANING OF THE TERM CAN IT RUN OR SUPERVISE THESE COMPANIES.

*IN CONSEQUENCE, THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR WHAT THESE COMPANIES DO, THE QUALITY OF SERVICE THEY PROVIDE AND THE LEVEL OF CHARGES THEY IMPOSE, MUST LIE BASICALLY WITH THE COMPANIES CONCERNED.

+THEY ARE AND MUST CONTINUE TO BE DIRECTLY ANSWERABLE TO THEIR CONSUMERS.

♦IF THE GOVERNMENT BECOMES DIRECTLY ANSWERABLE, THEN THE GOVERNMENT WILL ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY WITHOUT POWER- AND THE COMPANIES WILL BE LEFT WITH POWER WITHOUT RESPONSIBILITY.

*THE RESULTS WILL H? JEAFFRESON SAID.

NOT BE IN THE INTERESTS OF CONSUMERS,*

IN SOME PARTS OF THE WORLD, HE SAID, IT WOULD BE ARGUED THAT, BECAUSE THE PUBLIC UTILITIES ARE ESSENTIAL SERVICES INVARIABLY SUPPLIED IN MONOPOLY OR QUASI-MONOPOLY CONDITIONS, THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD RUN THEM.

*THIS IS NOT THE VIEW OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT. WE BELIEVE THAT THE SERVICES ARE LIKELY TO BE PROVIDED MOST EFFICIENTLY BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR,* HE SAID.

HIS PERSONAL VIEW WAS THAT IN THE CASE OF PUBLIC UTILITIES RUN BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR, IT WAS VERY MUCH UP TO THE DIRECTORS OF THE COMPANIES TO RECOGNISE THEY WERE OPERATING IN CIRCUMSTANCES WHICH DIFFERED FROM THOSE OF THE BOARDS OF COMPANIES FACING FULL COMPETITION IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

THURSDAY, JULY 22,

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FROM HIS EXPERIENCE, WITHOUT EXCEPTION THE BOARDS OF THE PRIVATELY RUN PUBLIC UTILITIES RECOGNISED THE NEED FOR THEIR DIRECTORS TO LOOK AFTER THE INTERESTS OF CONSUMERS IN ADDITION TO THE i R CLASSIC ROLE OF LOOKING AFTER THE INTERESTS OF SHAREHOLDERS.

BUT, AGAINST THE BACKGROUND OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THE UTILITY SERVICES INVOLVED AND THE INEVITABLE SUBSTANTIAL PUBLIC INTEREST IN THEM, THE GOVERNMENT HAS HAD TO OVERSEE TO SOME EXTENT VIRTUALLY ALL THE PRIVATELY RUN PUBLIC UTILITIES.

BUT PLEASE DO NOT FORGET THAT MANY OF THEM RAN SUCCESSFULLY FOR MANY DECADES WITHOUT ANY GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION AT ALL.

IN FACT IT IS OFTEN THE COMPLEXITY OF THE SERVICES THEY ARE NOW PROVIDING THAT FORCES THE GOVERNMENT TO BECOME INVOLVED. FOR EXAMPLE, INVESTMENT ON THE SCALE NOW BEING UNDERTAKEN BY THE TWO POWER COMPANIES MEANS THAT THE COMPANIES MUST OPERATE WITH A DEGREE CF CERTAINTY ABOUT CHARGES FOR THE FUTURE.

FOR THIS REASON THEY OPERATE ON THE BASIS OF 5-YEAR PLANS APPROVED BY THE GOVERNMENT,+ HE SAID.

MR JEAFFRESON SAID THAT WHEN THE GOVERNMENT DOES OVERSEE THE AFFAIRS OF THE PUBLIC UTILITY COMPANIES, ITS OBJECTIVES INCLUDED SEEING THAT CONSUMERS GOT FULL AND RELIABLE SERVICES, AND AT REASONABLE PRICES, AND SEEING THAT SHAREHOLDERS GOT A REASONABLE FINANCIAL RETURN ON THEIR INVESTMENT.

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MORE PROTECTION FOR HISTORICAL BUILDINGS * * *

HONG KONG’S PHENOMENAL GROWTH HAS NOT BEEN ATTAINED WITHOUT A PRICE, AS MANY OF OUR HISTORICAL BUILDINGS AND OTHER WELL-KNOWN LANDMARKS HAVE BEEN TORN DOWN TO MAKE WAY FOR SKYSCRAPERS AND OTHER USES.

BUT A NEW LAW WHICH CAME INTO EFFECT IN JUNE THIS YEAR, TOGETHER WITH THE ALLOCATION OF FUNDS BY THE GOVERNMENT, NOW MAKES IT POSSIBLE TO PRESERVE AND EVEN REBUILD SOME OF OUR BEST KNOWN BUILDINGS OF HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE.

THE ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1982 NOW PERMITS THE GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT, IMMEDIATELY, ♦PROPOSED MONUMENTS* AT THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE ANTIQUITIES ADVISORY BOARD.

IN THE PAST, STRUCTURES OF DISTINCT HISTORICAL INTEREST WERE OFTEN LOST TO DEVELOPERS BEFORE THEY COULD BE IDENTIFIED AND FORMALLY DECLARED AS MONUMENTS AND THEREBY BE LEGALLY PROTECTED.

NOW, HOWEVER, THE LAW PROVIDES AS MUCH PROTECTION FOR PROPOSED MONUMENTS AS FOR MONUMENTS, FOR A PERIOD OF ONE YEAR WHILE THE MATTER IS BEING CONSIDERED BY THE RELEVANT AUTHORITIES.

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UNDER THIS AMENDMENT, IT IS AN OFFENCE TO DAMAGE, DESTROY OR MAKE ANY ALTERATIONS TO A +PROPOSED MONUMENT* WITHOUT THE PERMISSION OF THE DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES WHO MAY, AFTER CONSULTING THE BOARD AND WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE GOVERNOR, DECLARE ANY PLACE, BUILDING, SITE OR STRUCTURE TO BE A MONUMENT BY REASON OF ITS HISTORICAL, ARCHAEOLOGICAL OR PALEONTOLOGICAL SIGN IF ICANCE.

THE MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR THIS OFFENCE HAS BEEN INCREASED FROM SIX MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT AND A FINE OF $5 OOO TO IMPRISONMENT FOR ONE YEAR AND A FINE OF $100 000.

UP TO THE PRESENT, THERE ARE 16 DECLARED MONUMENTS, INCLUDING THE DUDDELL STREET STEPS AND GAS LAMPS, SEVEN ROCK CARVINGS AND INSCRIPTIONS, THREE FORTS, TWO ANCIENT VILLAGES, ONE ANCESTRAL HALL, ONE TEMPLE, AND TAI PO’S DISTRICT OFFICE NORTH BUILDING.

ADDITIONALLY, THERE ARE AGREEMENTS IN PRINCIPLE TO DECLARE TWO MORE MONUMENTS, WHILE A DECISION WILL BE MADE ON ABOUT 20 OTHER PENDING ITEMS OF MAJOR IMPORTANCE, INCLUDING THE 138-YEAR-OLD MURRAY HOUSE.

THE GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT TO PRESERVING HONG KONG’S HERITAGE IS DEMONSTRATED, FOR INSTANCE, BY ITS DECISION TO RESTORE MURRAY HOUSE, WHICH SITS ON A PRIME COMMERCIAL SITE IN CENTRAL.

THE PLOT OF LAND AND THE ADJOINING CAR PARK ARE TO BE SOLD, BUT THE BUILDING WILL BE PRESERVED IN ALMOST ITS ORIGINAL ENTIRETY UNDER A $2 MILLION, SIX-MONTH LONG DISMANTLEMENT SCHEME TO START IN SEPTEMBER.

MR S.K. TSE, AN ARCHITECT OF THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT PLACED IN CHARGE OF SUPERVISING THE SCHEME, SAID IT WOULD INVOLVE THE STONE-BY-STONE DISMANTLING, CLEANING AND MARKING OF THE WHOLE EXTERNAL STONE FACADE, COLUMNS, LINTELS, TIMBER ROOF TRUSSES, ROOFING TILES AND OTHER ITEMS FOR TRANSPORTING TO SPECIAL STORAGE SHEDS AT SANDY BAY.

THE PIECES WOULD BE PUT TOGETHER AGAIN WHEN A SUITABLE SITE IS AVAILABLE, MOST LIKELY IN VICTORIA BARRACKS, ACCORDING TO MR TSE.

HE ESTIMATED IT WOULD COST $10 MILLION MORE TO REBUILD MURRAY HOUSE ON A NEW LOCATION.

♦REBUILDING OF MURRAY HOUSE WILL INVOLVE INSTALLING NEW INTERIOR FIXTURES, ROOF TILES, FLOORING AND OTHER BUILDING PARTS AS MOST OF THE ORIGINAL INTERIOR PIECES HAVE LONG GONE,+ TSE ADDED.

THE BUILDING IS WIDELY HELD TO BE A HAUNTED HOUSE AS A RESULT, IT IS SAID OF THE DEATHS THAT OCCURRED THERE DURING THE PACIFIC WAR. MR TSE SAID HE HAD ARRANGED +FOR THE PRIVATE CONTRACTOR ENGAGED TO DISMANTLE THE BUILDING TO UNDERTAKE BUDDHIST CEREMONIES TO APPEASE ANY GHOSTS THAT MIGHT BE THERE.+.

WHILE DISCLAIMING PERSONAL BELIEF IN GHOSTS, MR TSE SAID HE HAD HEARD REPORTS FROM STAFF OF THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT, THE LAST OCCUPANTS OF MURRAY HOUSE IN 1972-1981, OF TYPEWRITERS CLICKING WITHOUT ANYONE NEAR THEM, OF DOORS THAT WERE OPENED AND SLAMMED SHUT BY UNKNOWN FORCES, AND SIGHTINGS OF APPARITIONS.

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BUILT IN 1844 TO HOUSE BRITISH ARMY OFFICERS, MURRAY HOUSE

IS ONE OF THE FEW REMAINING EXAMPLES OF EARLY COLONIAL ARCHITECTURE. IT WAS NAMED AFTER GENERAL SIR GEORGE MURRAY, SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE COLONIES FROM 1828 TO 1830. BUT IT CANNOT REMAIN WHERE IT NOW STANDS FOR MUCH LONGER BECAUSE OF THE CONSTANT VIBRATION FROM NEARBY TRAFFIC AND THE DANGER OF THE BUILDING COLLAPSING FROM PILE DRIVING AT NEARBY CONSTRUCTION SITES, MR TSE ADDED.

ANOTHER SUBSTANTIAL GOVERNMENT COMMITMENT TO PRESERVE OUR HERITAGE IS THE ALLOCATION IN MARCH OF A $6.5-MILLI0N FUND TOWARD THE RESTORATION OF THE ORIGINAL SUPREME COURT BUILDING. WORK ON THAT IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BEFORE THE END OF THIS YEAR.

PROTECTION AND MAINTENANCE OF DECLARED MONUMENTS NOW COME UNDER THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT. BUT THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF THE ANTIQUITIES ADVISORY BOARD, DR SOLOMON BARD, SAID RESTORATION OF ANCIENT STRUCTURES REQUIRES ♦VERY SPECIALISED EXPERTISE*.

♦WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IS THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A 'SPECIAL RESTORATION AND MAINTENANCE UNIT’ WITHIN THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT. IT IS NOT FOR ME TO DECIDE THE SETTING UP OF SUCH A UNIT, BUT I AM GLAD TO SAY THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS NEGOTIATING FOR THE SERVICE OF AN EXPERT IN THIS FIELD FROM THE U.K.,+ DR BARD ADDED.

DR BARD, WHOSE INTEREST IN CONSERVATION DATES BACK MORE THAN 30 YEARS, ALSO TAKES PRIDE IN THE FACT THAT THROUGH THE EFFORTS OF THE BOARD, 42 ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES IN THE TERRITORY HAVE BEEN REGISTERED AS SPECIAL SITES OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL INTEREST (SSAI’S).

♦THIS IS AN ADMINISTRATIVE DEVICE FOR MARKING SITES ON LAYOUT PLANS TO ENSURE THAT NOTHING IS DONE TO HARM THE SITES WITHOUT PRIOR CONSULTATION^ EXPLAINED THE FORMER DIRECTOR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG HEALTH SERVICE.

IN ADDITION, THERE ARE SEVERAL COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUES MARKING THE FORMER SITES OF HISTORICAL INTEREST, INCLUDING THE REVOLUTIONARY HEADQUARTERS OF THE LATE DR SUN YAT SEN. ABOUT 400 RELATIVELY MINOR ITEMS ARE ALSO PROTECTED ADMINISTRATIVELY.

HE SAID THAT IN CONSIDERING POSSIBLE MONUMENTS, THE BOARD TOOK INTO ACCOUNT A NUMBER OF EXTRANEOUS MATTERS, SUCH AS THE STRUCTURAL STABILITY OF THE PREMISES, PROPOSED TOWN PLANNING AND ZONING OF THE SITE, CROWN OR PRIVATE LAND, AND LIABILITY TO PAY COMPENSATION TO THE PRIVATE OWNER.

♦BUT THE BOARD’S ADVICE WAS BASED CHIEFLY ON THE THREE PRINCIPAL CRITERIA LISTED UNDER SECTION 3 OF THE ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS ORDINANCE - THE HISTORICAL,, ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND PALEONTOLOGICAL IMPORTANCE OF THE SITE OR STRUCTURE IN QUESTION.♦

THE BOARD WORKS CLOSELY WITH THE ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS OFFICE AND THE MUSEUM OF HISTORY OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THURSDAY, JULY 22, 1982

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APPLICATION INVITED FOR AIRPORT HIRE CAR PERMITS * X X X

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL INVITE APPLICATIONS FOR 60 AIRPORT HIRE CAR PERMITS TOMORROW (FRIDAY), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY.

APPLICANTS SHOULD SUBMIT INFORMATION ON THEIR EXPERIENCE IN THE TRANSPORT FIELD, THE FINANCIAL AND MAINTENANCE ARRANGEMENTS FOR RUNNING THE SERVICE.

QUALIFIED APPLICANTS WOULD THEN BE ASKED TO SUBMIT THEIR TENDERS TO THE DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE HIRE CARS ARE EXPECTED TO BEGIN OPERATION ON OR AFTER JANUARY 1, 1983.

♦SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE GRANTED A THREE-YEAR CONTRACT TO PROVIDE HIRE CAR SERVICES IN ACCORDANCE WITH SPECIFIC TERMS AND CONDITIONS LISTED IN THE TENDER DOCUMENTS,♦ HE SAID.

PARKING AND TICKETING FACILITIES WILL BE PROVIDED IN THE AIRPORT FOR THE OPERATION OF THESE HIRE CARS.

HIRE CAR PERMITS WILL NOT BE TRANSFERABLE. THE ANNUAL FEE WILL BE SI 000 AND $350 FOR A PERIOD OF FOUR MONTHS.

THE VEHICLES WILL HAVE TO PASS AN EXAMINATION BEFORE THE PERMITS CAN BE RENEWED,♦ THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S PUBLIC VEHICLES SECTION, MEZZANINE FLOOR, MURRAY ROAD CAR PARK, HONG KONG, OR AT ITS KOWLOON OFFICE AT PARK-IN COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 56 DUNDAS STREET, MONG KOK.

COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED EITHER IN PERSON OR BY REGISTERED POST TO EITHER OF THESE OFFICES BY 5 PM ON AUGUST 6 (FRIDAY). LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE BY TELEPHONING 5-256527 OR 3-329294.

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PARTIAL ROAD CLOSURE IN HAPPY VALLEY

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SPORTS ROAD IN HAPPY VALLEY EAST OF THE HONG KONG FOOTBALL CLUB STADIUM WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 23) UNTIL 10 AM ON MONDAY (AUGUST 2) FOR ROAD WORKS

DURING THE CLOSURE, THE SECTION BETWEEN THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT HEADQUARTERS AND THE HONG KONG FOOTBALL CLUB STADIUM WILL BE RE-ROUTED TWO WAY.

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NEW IMPORTS AND EXPORTS CLASSIFICATION LIST ON SALE * * * *

THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS TODAY (THURSDAY) ANNOUNCED THAT THE NEW HONG KONG IMPORTS AND EXPORTS CLASSIFICATION LIST (REVISED EDITION JANUARY 1982) WILL BE PUT ON SALE TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE PUBLICATION, AT «16 A COPY, WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL.

THIS NEW EDITION INCORPORATES AMENDMENTS MADE TO THE 1978 EDITION IN 1979, 1980 AND 1981 AS WELL AS THE NEW AMENDMENTS GAZETTED ON DECEMBER 24, 1981 FOR 1982. IT ALSO CONTAINS AN EXPANDED ALPHABETICAL INDEX OF COMMODITIES TO FACILITATE REFERENCE BY IMPORTERS AND EXPORTERS.

THE HONG KONG IMPORTS AND EXPORTS CLASSIFICATION LIST IS MADE UP OF TWO PARTS, A COUNTRY LIST AND A COMMODITY LIST. THE COMMODITY LIST IS BASED ON THE UNITED NATIONS STANDARD INTERNATIONAL TRADE CLASSIFICATION, REVISION 2 (SITC, REV. 2) AND SETS OUT THE DESCRIPTIONS OF SOME 3 700 COMMODITY ITEMS. AS THE CUSTOMS CO-OPERATION COUNCIL NOMENCLATURE (CCCN) IS WIDELY USED IN INTERNATIONAL TRADE, PARTICULARLY AS THE BASIS FOR CUSTOMS TARIFFS, THE EQUIVALENT CCCN CODES ARE ALSO SHOWN FOR GENERAL REFERENCE.

UNDER THE IMPORT AND EXPORT (REGISTRATION) REGULATIONS, IMPORTERS AND EXPORTERS ARE REQUIRED TO LODGE WITH THE DIRECTOR CF TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS A COMPLETE AND ACCURATE DECLARATION CF ALL IMPORTS INTO AND EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS FROM HONG KONG.

THE APPROPRIATE CLASSIFICATIONS OF COUNTRIES AND COMMODITIES AND THE CORRESPONDING SITC CODE NUMBERS LISTED AGAINST THESE CLASSIFICATIONS ARE TO BE USED BY IMPORTERS AND EXPORTERS WHEN COMPLETING THE DECLARATION FORMS.

P. 0. BOX FOR LICENCE APPLICATIONS

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STARTING FROM TOMORROW (FRIDAY), ALL APPLICATIONS FOR LICENCES BY REGISTERED POST SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO P. 0. BOX 9511 KWUN TONG POST OFFICE, KOWLOON.

EXPLAINING, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID RENEWAL OF DRIVING LICENCES, INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMITS, TRANSFER OF VEHICLE OWNERSHIP, RENEWAL OF VEHICLE LICENCE, DUPLICATE REGISTRATION DOCUMENTS AND DUPLICATE VEHICLE LICENCES COULD THEN BE CENTRALISED AND PROCESSED IN THE KWUN TONG LICENSING OFFICE.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE BY CALLING THE OFFICE ON >354950.

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DINGHY SAILING CAN BE FUN, BUT LEARN ALL ABOUT IT FIRST * * * *

PEOPLE WHO WISH TO TAKE UP DINGHY SAILING ARE URGED FIRST TO TAKE A FORMAL TRAINING COURSE IN THE SPORT.

ACCORDING TO MR JOSEPH CHU, CHIEF COACH OF THE HONG KONG YACHTING ASSOCIATION, THERE ARE QUITE A FEW ESSENTIAL THINGS ABOUT THE SPORT WHICH SHOULD BE KNOWN BY THE BEGINNER AND WHICH ARE PROVIDED IN A SPECIAL SIX-DAY TRAINING COURSE OFFERED BY THE ASSOCIATION.

QUITE APART FROM THE HUMAN FACTOR, THERE IS ALSO THE WEATHER TO BE CONSIDERED, HE POINTS OUT.

FIRST OF ALL, HOWEVER, IT IS NECESSARY FOR THE PERSON TO BE ABLE TO SWIM AT LEAST 50 METRES IN LIGHT CLOTHES BEFORE BEING ACCEPTED FOR TRAINING BY A PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION.

AMONG THE OTHER SAFETY HINTS PROVIDED A BEGINNER ARE THE NEED ALWAYS TO WEAR 'LIFE JACKETS’, WHICH ARE DESIGNED IN SUCH A WAY AS TO KEEP A PERSON’S FACE ABOVE WATER AND ARE FITTED WITH BELTS SO AS TO ENABLE HIM TO BE EASILY PULLED OUT OF THE WATER.

THE PROPER CLOTHES, WHICH SHOULD KEEP THE PERSON WARM, AND PROPER SHOES TO PROTECT THE FEET ARE ALSO NECESSARY. AND THE DINGHY ITSELF SHOULD BE WELL CHECKED BEFORE SAILING, MAKING SURE THAT ALL ROPES ON BOARD ARE CORRECTLY TIED UP, THE ’STAYS’ ARE IN GOOD CONDITION AND THE 'BUNGS’ FOR DRAIN HOLES ARE IN PLACE, CHU ADVISES.

AS FOR THE WEATHER FACTOR, PEOPLE MAKING READY TO SAIL SHOULD LISTEN TO THE WEATHER FORECAST, PAYING SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE WINDS, RAPIDS, ETC, HE SAYS.

CARE SHOULD ALSO BE TAKEN TO LOOK OUT FOR CHANGES IN THE WIND DIRECTION, WHICH CAN CAUSE THE BOOM TO SWAY, RESULTING IN LOSS OF BALANCE BY HELMSMAN AND CREW, AND THE BOAT CAPSIZING.

♦HOWEVER, A FORMAL COURSE IN SAILING WILL HELP INSTRUCT THE PEOPLE ON HOW TO STEER THE BOAT CORRECTLY AND HOW TO DEAL WITH AN EMERGENCY SITUATION SUCH AS THIS,+ MR CHU SAYS.

ON RETURNING, A REPORT SHOULD BE MADE TO THE CENTRE, TO AVOID ANY UNNECESSARY SEARCHES BEING UNDERTAKEN. ABOVE ALL, PEOPLE SHOULD NOT GO SAILING AT NIGHT, OR IN FOGGY OR STORMY WEATHER. FURTHERMORE, SAILING WITH THE COMPANY OF OTHERS IS ALSO SAFER.

♦SAILING CAN BE GREAT FUN, IF YOU SAIL IN A CAREFUL WAY,+ NR CHU SAYS.

THURSDAY, JULY 22, 1982

TWO MORE SQUASH COURTS IN KWAI CHUNG * * *

TWO MORE SQUASH COURTS HAVE JUST BEEN OPENED FOR SQUASH ENTHUSIASTS IN KWAI CHUNG.

THE NEWLY COMPLETED COURTS, COSTING $660 000, WERE FINANCED MAINLY BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB.

THEY ARE LOCATED AT THE EXISTING ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB PUBLIC SQUASH COURTS COMPLEX ADJACENT TO THE KWAI SHING PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL.

SQUASH HAS BECOME A VERY POPULAR SPORT AMONG THE YOUNGSTERS IN THE DISTRICT AND THIS RESULTED IN THE TWO OLD COURTS BEING CONSTANTLY BOOKED.

WITH THE PROVISION OF THE TWO NEW COURTS, MORE PEOPLE CAN ENJOY THE SPORTS, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE OPENING HOURS OF THE NEW COURTS ARE FROM 7 AM TO 11 PM DAILY, IN LINE WITH ALL OTHER PUBLIC SQUASH COURTS THROUGHOUT THE NEW TERRITORIES.

BOOKINGS FOR THE NEW SQUASH COURTS CAN BE MADE ON-THE-SPOT IN PERSON UP TO SEVEN DAYS IN ADVANCE.

THE BOOKING HOURS ARE FROM 7 AM TO 12.15 PM, FROM 1.15 PM TO 6.15 PM AND FROM 7.15 PM TO 10.30 PM.

MEANWHILE, THE TWO EXISTING SQUASH COURTS HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS FOR ANNUAL RENOVATION WORK.

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FRESH AND SALT WATER CUT * X *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN AREAS IN HUNG HOM WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR EIGHT HOURS FROM 10 PM ON MONDAY (JULY 26) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY TO FACILITATE WATER MAINS CONNECTION.

THE AREAS AFFECTED WILL BE CHATHAM ROAD NORTH, GILLIES AVENUE, WINSLOW STREET, BULKELEY STREET, BAKER STREET, LO LUNG HANG STREET, WALKER ROAD, COOKE STREET, WA FUNG STREET AND MALACCA STREET.

ON HONG KONG ISLAND SALT WATER SUPPLY TO THE WHOLE OF NORTH POINT AND CAUSEWAY BAY WILL ALSO BE TURNED OFF FOR TWELVE HOURS ON MONDAY STARTING FROM 8 AM TO 8 PM. THE TEMPORARY STOPPAGE IS TO FACILITATE MAINS CONNECTION.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN MONG KOK M *. *

REw TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL 3E INTRODUCED IN PORTLAND STREE" FROM. 10 AM ON SATURDAY (JULY 24) TO IMPROVE CIRCULATION IN THE AREA.

A PUBLIC LIGHT BUS STAND WILL BE INSTALLED ALONG THE EASTERN SIDE OF PORTLAND STREET BETWEEN ARGYLE STREET AND NELSON STREET.

ANOTHER ONE WILL BE LOCATED ON THE SECTION BETWEEN SHANTUNG STREET AND SOY STREET.

PORTLAND STREET BETWEEN ARGYLE STREET AND SOY STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED AS A PLB CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 12 MIDNIGHT DAILY.

THE EXISTING PLB CLEARWAYS IN SOY STREET AND NELSON STREET WILL BE EXTENDED EASTWARD UPTO THEIR JUNCTIONS WITH PORTLAND STREET.

AT THE SAME TIME, PORTLAND STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH ARGYLE STREET AND A POINT 23 METRES FURTHER SOUTH WILL BE DESIGNATED AS AN 24 HOUR URBAN CLEARWAY.

CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS PASSING OUT PARADE * * * *

THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD A PASSING-OUT PARADE ON SATURDAY MORNING (JULY 24) AT THE PARADE GROUND OF ITS STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE IN STANLEY.

THE DEPARTMENT’S CIVIL SECRETARY, MR P.J. FINLAY, WILL TAKE THE SALUTE AND PRESENT SILVER WHISTLES TO THE TWO BEST RECRUITS.

ON PARADE WILL BE 19 OFFICERS AND 136 ASSISTANT OFFICERS WHO HAVE RECENTLY COMPLETED THEIR BASIC TRAINING.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE PASSING-OUT PARADE OF CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS WHICH WILL BE HELD AT THE DEPARTMENT’S STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE AT 47, TUNG TAU WAN ROAD, STANLEY AT 10 AM ON SATURDAY (JULY 24).

PRESS TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED. IT WILL LEAVE THE DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS AT GUARDIAN HOUSE, 32 01 KwAN ROAD, WAN CHAI AT 9 AM SHARP.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, JULY 23, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

POLLING STATIONS IN URBAN .AREAS FOR DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS 1

PUBLICATION OF THE STREET BLOCKAILLAGE CLUSTER TABULATIONS 2

NEW HELICOPTER LANDING PAD ON WAGLAN ISLAND............ 3

AUSTRALIANS ARRIVE FOR MUSIC CAMP ..................... 3

PUBLIC WARNED ABOUT BOGUS ADVERTISEMENT SALESMEN ...... 4

CULTURAL COMPLEX FOR SHA TIN NEW TOWN.................. 5

CHINESE MAESTROS ARRIVE FOR MUSIC CAMP ...............  5

LEASE OF FORESHORE AND SEABED AT PAK SHA WAN .......... 6

SHA TIN READY FOR FESPIC GAMES.......................   6

GEORG TINTNER IN HONG KONG

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FRIDAY, JULY 23, 1982

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POLLING STATIONS IN URBAN AREAS FOR DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS *****

POLLING STATIONS IN THE URBAN AREAS FOR THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS THIS SEPTEMBER WILL CLOSE ONE HOUR LATER IN THE EVENING FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF ELECTORS.

THE POLLING HOURS WILL BE FROM 7 AM TO 11 PM INSTEAD OF 10 PM.

TUEN MUN AND THERE WERE

BEFORE

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT AT THE NEW TERRITORIES ELECTIONS EARLIER THIS YEAR, MORE THAN 30 PER CENT OF THE ELECTORS IN THE URBANIZED DISTRICTS OF TSUEN WAN, SHA TIN CAST THEIR VOTES IN THE LAST THREE HOURS. ALSO QUEUES OUTSIDE SOME POLLING STATIONS SHORTLY ID PM.

♦EXTENDING THE HOURS TO 11 PM WILL GIVE MORE TIME TO ELECTORS, PARTICULARLY THOSE WHO FINISH WORK LATE IN THE DAY,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE ADDITIONAL POLLING HOUR IS PROVIDED UNDER AN URBAN AREAS DISTRICT BOARDS ELECTIONS (SPECIAL PROVISIONS) ORDER 1982 IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY). ALSO PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE ARE THE URBAN AREAS DISTRICT BOARDS (ESTABLISHMENT) NOTICE 1982, URBAN AREAS DISTRICT BOARDS (NUMBER OF APPOINTED AND ELECTED MEMBERS) ORDER 1982, AND THE URBAN AREAS DISTRICT BOARDS (TERMS OF OFFICE OF ELECTED MEMBERS) (SPECIAL PROVISIONS) ORDER 1982.

THE NOTICE AND THE THREE ORDERS WERE MADE IN PREPARATION FOR THE SEPTEMBER ELECTIONS. THE MAJOR PROVISIONS AREi

* ESTABLISHMENT OF DISTRICT BOARDS IN THE URBAN AREAS AS STATUTORY BODIES FROM OCTOBER 1, 1982.

* TERM OF OFFICE OF ELECTED MEMBERS TO BE 2-1/2 YEARS FROM OCTOBER 1, 1982, INSTEAD OF THE NORMAL 3 YEARS. THIS WILL ENSURE THAT THE TERMS OF OFFICE OF ALL ELECTED DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS, WHETHER THEY WERE ELECTED IN MARCH THIS YEAR OR TO BE ELECTED THIS SEPTEMBER, WILL EXPIRE AT THE SAME TIME FOR THE TERRITORY-WIDE GENERAL ELECTIONS IN MARCH 1985.

* COMPOSITION OF THE TEN DISTRICT BOARDS IN THE URBAN AREAS. THE TOTAL NUMBER OF MEMBERS ON THE BOARDS RANGE FROM 18 FOR YAU MA TEI TO 37 FOR KWUN TONG AS WELL AS WONG TAI SIN. IN ALL CASES THERE IS AN UNOFFICIAL MAJORITY AND THERE ARE EQUAL NUMBERS OF APPOINTED UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS AND ELECTED MEMBERS.

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* FIXING OF THE MAJOR ELECTORAL TIMETABLE. THE INTENTION IS TO BEGIN NOMINATIONS OF CANDIDATES ON A DATE BETWEEN AUGUST 5 AND AUGUST 14, CLOSE NOMINATIONS ON AUGUST 31, AND TO HOLD THE ELECTIONS IN LATE SEPTEMBER. THE ACTUAL DATES WHEN NOMINATIONS WILL BEGIN AND FOR HOLD11 NG-THE ELECTIONS WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY THE RETURNING OFFICERS.

ALSO PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY ARE THE APPOINTMENTS OF THE CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER AND THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICER OF EACH DISTRICT AS THE RETURNING OFFICER AND ASSISTANT RETURNING OFFICER FOR THEIR RESPECTIVE DISTRICT.

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PUBLICATION OF THE STREET BLOCK/VILLAGE CLUSTER TABULATIONS ******

SEVEN REPORTS ON THE FINAL RESULTS OF THE 1981 POPULATION CENSUS BY DETAILED GEOGRAPHICAL BREAKDOWN WERE PUBLISHED TODAY (FRIDAY).

THESE REPORTS, ENTITLED 'HONG KONG 1981 CENSUS - STREET BLOCK/ VILLAGE CLUSTER TABULATIONS', DESCRIBE THE BASIC CHARACTERISTICS OF THE POPULATION OF HONG KONG ISLAND EAST; HONG KONG ISLAND WEST; KOWLOON; NEW KOWLOON; TSUEN WAN, YUEN LONG AND TUEN MUN; TAI PO AND FANLING; AND SHA TIN, SAI KUNG AND ISLANDS, RESPECTIVELY.

EACH OF THE REPORTS CONSISTS OF SETS OF TABLES SUMMARISING THE POPULATION DATA BY SMALL GEOGRAPHICAL AREA; FIGURES FOR THE URBAN AREAS AND NEW TOWNS BY STREET BLOCKS. AND FIGURES FOR THE RURAL AREAS BY VILLAGE CLUSTERS. THE TABLES COVER SUCH TOPICS AS AGE AND SEX, HOUSEHOLD SIZE, DEGREE OF SHARING AND TYPE OF LIVING QUARTER WITH MAPS SHOWING THE BOUNDARIES OF THE STREET BLOCKS OR VILLAGE CLUSTERS ATTACHED.

♦THE STREET BLOCKS AND VILLAGE CLUSTERS ARE THE SMALLEST GEOGRAPHICAL UNITS ADOPTED FOR TABULATING THE BASIC DATA OF THE 1981 CENSUS+, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT SAID.

♦AS WITH OTHER PUBLISHED REPORTS OF THE 1981 CENSUS, DETAILED ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION OF THE CENSUS RESULTS ARE NOT ATTEMPTED IN THE ’STREET BLOCK/VILLAGE CLUSTER TABULATIONS'. THIS WILL BE PRESENTED IN THE MAIN REPORT TO BE PUBLISHED LATER THIS YEAR.+

THE REPORTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE ON SALE IN THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT CONNAUGHT PLACE.

FRIDAY, JULY 23, 1982

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NEW HELICOPTER LANDING PAD ON WAGLAN ISLAND

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THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT HAS RECENTLY COMPLETED THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW HELICOPTER LANDING PAD ON WAGLAN ISLAND.

IT REPLACES THE ONE LOCATED ADJACENT TO JHE JETTY WHICH IS CONSIDERED UNSAFE DUE TO SEVERE AIR TURBULENCE FREQUENTLY ENCOUNTERED IN THE VICINITY.

THE NEW LANDING PAD IS SITUATED CONSIDERABLY CLOSER TO MARINE DEPARTMENT INSTALLATIONS WHICH HOUSE MACHINERY, EQUIPMENT AND QUARTERS FOR STAFF ASSOCIATED WITH THE RUNNING OF WAGLAN LIGHTHOUSE.

A MARINE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE NEW LANDING PAD WILL ENHANCE PROMPT EVACUATION OF INJURED OR SERIOUSLY ILL LIGHTHOUSE STAFF AND WILL AFFORD A POSITION “HEREBY BACK-UP MAINTENANCE STAFF CAN BE LANDED ON THE ISLAND WHEN WEATHER CONDITIONS PRECLUDE THE USE OF MARINE TRANSPORT.

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NINE YOUNG MUSICIANS FROM THE QUEENSLAND CONSERVATOR I UM CF MUSIC IN AUSTRALIA WILL TAKE PART IN THE 1982 HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC CAMP ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT.

THEY WILL PARTICIPATE AS MEMBERS OF THE CAMP’S CHINESE ORCHESTRA PLAYING STRINGED INSTRUMENTS SUCH AS ER-HU, DI-ZI, SHENG AND YANG CHIN.

THE GROUP, LED BY DR DALE A. CRAIG, WAS MET ON ARRIVAL IN HONG KONG LAST NIGHT BY THE ACTING DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR CLIVE OXLEY.

THE QUEENSLAND CONSERVATOR I UM OF MUSIC IS A SPECIALIST MUSIC INSTITUTION DEDICATED TO THE PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE.

IT OFFERS TERTIARY EDUCATION IN VOCAL, INSTRUMENTAL, COMPOSITION AND MUSIC EDUCATION TO 300 FULL-TIME AND 400 PART-TIME STUDENTS.

THEY ARE AMONG THE 300 YOUNG MUSICIANS PARTICIPATING IN THIS YEAR’S MUSIC CAMP TO BE HELD AT ST STEPHEN’S COLLEGE, STANLEY. OTHER OVERSEAS PARTICIPANTS INCLUDE JAPANESE AND SOUTH KOREANS.

THE CAMP WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED ON SUNDAY (JULY 25) BY THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE.

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FRIDAY, JULY 23, 1982

PUBLIC WARNED ABOUT BOGUS ADVERTISEMENT SALESMEN ******

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WARNED BY THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO BEWARE OF PEOPLE SELLING ADVERTISEMENTS FOR MAGAZINES THEY CLAIM ARE PRODUCED BY THE DEPARTMENT.

THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS NOT AUTHORISED ANY FIRM CR AGENCY TO SOLICIT ADVERTISEMENTS FOR ANY PUBLICATION, A FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE SAID THAT THE DEPARTMENT HAD RECENTLY RECEIVED A NUMBER CF COMPLAINTS FROM THE PUBLIC THAT THEY HAD BEEN APPROACHED BY PERSONS REQUESTING MONEY FOR ADVERTISEMENT IN A FIRE SERVICES MAGAZINE.

♦THE APPROACHES WERE MADE MAINLY TO BUSINESS CONCERNS,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦ALL FIRE SERVICES PUBLICATIONS ARE PRINTED BY THE GOVERNMENT PRINTER, AND MOST RELATE TO FIRE PREVENTION AND FIRE SAFETY AND ARE DISTRIBUTED FREE TO THE PUBLIC.

♦THESE PUBLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE REGIONAL OFFICES CF THE FIRE PROTECTION BUREAU AND AT ALL FIRE STATIONS AND AMBULANCE DEPOTS.

♦THESE PUBLICATIONS DO NOT CARRY ADVERTISEMENTS, SO THAT QUESTION OF SOLICITING FOR ADVERTISEMENT DOES NOT AR ISE,♦ HE SAID.

HE ADVISED THE PUBLIC TO REPORT TO THE POLICE ANY APPROACH MADE TO THEM TO TAKE ANY ADVERTISEMENT.

ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC SEEKING ADVICE ON FIRE PREVENTION AND SAFETY REGULATIONS MAY CONTACT THE BUREAU IN PERSON, OR BY TELEPHONING 5-281122 AT ASIAN HOUSE, OR THE REGIONAL OFFICES IN HONG KONG (5-498298) ; KOWLOON (3-247307) AND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES (0-6047223), THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

FRIDAY, JULY 23, 1982

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CULTURAL COMPLEX FOR SHA TIN NEW TOWN ft ft ft ft ft

A CULTURAL COMPLEX AND A LIBRARY WILL SOON BE BUILT ADJACENT TO THE FUTURE TOWN PARK IN SHA TIN NEW TOWN.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT ARE NOW BEING INVITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE COMPLEX, TO BE BUILT ON A TWO-HECTARE SITE BETWEEN THE SHA TIN RAILWAY STATION AND THE SHING MUN RIVER, WOULD CONSIST OF A MULTIPURPOSE 1 450-SEAT AUDITORIUM SIMILAR IN DESIGN TO THE ONE IN THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL, A PUBLIC LIBRARY AND A RESTAURANT.

♦THERE WILL ALSO BE A MARRIAGE REGISTRY BENEATH THE RESTAURANT AND OUTDOOR TERRACES EXTENDING TO THE TOWN PARK,* « ADDED.

UPON COMPLETION, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, THE CULTURAL COMPLEX AND LIBRARY WILL FORM PART OF THE TOWN CENTRE DEVELOPMENT TO PROVIDE CULTURAL FACILITIES FOR THE PEOPLE LIVING IN THE NEW TOWN.

WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL START IN OCTOBER AND IS SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION IN EARLY 1985.

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, FIVE CHINESE MUSICIANS ARRIVED IN HONG KONG THIS AFTERNOON (FRIDAY) TO TAKE PART IN THIS YEAR’S YOUTH MUSIC CAMP ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT.

THEY ARE AMONG THE 11 TOP MUSICIANS OF INTERNATIONAL STANDING WHO HAVE BEEN INVITED TO GIVE CLASSES AND TAKE PART IN TRAINING SESSIONS IN THE TWO-WEEK CAMP TO BE HELD IN ST STEPHEN’S COLLEGE, CTAAH tv *

THE OTHER SIX ARE FROM THE UK, THE UNITED STATES AND AUSTRALIA.

THE CHINESE PARTY WHO ARRIVED TODAY ARE MR QIN PENG-ZHANG OF THE CENTRAL TRADITIONAL ORCHESTRA. MR QIN WILL BE THE CONDUCTOR OF THE CHINESE ORCHESTRA AT THE CAMP.

THE FOUR OTHERS WHO WILL GIVE LESSONS IN CHINESE INSTRUMENTS AND IN PERCUSSIONS AREi MR ZHANG HONG-REN OF THE CHINESE OPERA AND CHOREOGRAPHY THEATRE; MR WANG SHOU-YIN, MISS TAN PEI-LING AND MR HUO WEI — ALL FROM THE CENTRAL DANCING TROUPE.

THE 1982 SUMMER YOUTH MUSIC CAMP WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED ON SUNDAY (JULY 25) BY THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE.

FRIDAY, JULY 23, 1982

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LEASE OF FORESHORE AND SEABED AT PAK SHA WAN * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO GRANT A LEASE OF AN AREA OF FORESHORE AND SEABED OF ABOUT 0.22 HECTARES IN PAK SHA WAN, SAI KUNG WHICH WILL BE RECLAIMED TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL BOATING FACILITIES.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREA INVOLVED IS DESCRIBED IN A NOTICE IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE DIRECTOR OF LANDS WITHIN TWO MONTHS.

THE NOTICE, IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE AND ITS RELATED PLAN CAN BE SEEN ON NOTICE BOARDS NEAR THE SITE.

THE PLAN CAN ALSO BE SEEN AT THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, 5TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG AND AT THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE, SAN PO KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 1ST FLOOR, 692 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD, KOWLOON.

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SHA TIN READY FOR FESPIC GAMES

* * *

TWENTY-FOUR MEMBERS OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD VISITED THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE THIS (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON TO PREPARE FOR THE COMING FAR EAST AND SOUTH PACIFIC (FESPIC) GAMES FOR PHYSICALLY-HANDICAPPED ATHLETES IN OCTOBER.

THEY EXPRESSED KEEN INTEREST IN THE CENTRE’S VARIOUS MODERN FACILITIES FOR THE TRAINING OF SPORTSMEN.

A LARGE NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS FROM MANY LOCAL SCHOOLS AND ORGANISATIONS WILL OFFER ASSISTANCE TO THE 800 DISABLED ATHLETES DURING THE WEEK-LONG FESPIC GAMES, FOR WHICH THE DUKE OF KENT HAS BEEN INVITED TO OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AT THE NEW SPORTS CENTRE.

THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD HAS SPECIALLY SET UP AN ACCESS COMMITTEE TO ENSURE THAT BUILDINGS AND PLACES LIKELY TO BE VISITED BY THE FESPIC ATHLETES WILL BE ACCESSIBLE TO THEM.

FURTHERMORE, AN ACCESS EXHIBITION, A DINNER RECEPTION AND VARIOUS ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMES ARE BEING PLANNED TO WELCOME THE PARTICIPANTS.

IN VIEW OF THE SHORTAGE OF SPORTS FACILITIES IN THE DISTRICT BEFORE THE COMPLETION OF THREE SPORTS GROUNDS IN SHA TIN IN 1984, THE DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS HAD REQUESTED THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE OFFICIALS TO GIVE PRIORITY TO LOCAL ORGANISATIONS IN USING THE FACILITIES.

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FRIDAY, JULY 23, 1982

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GEORG TINTNER IN HONG KONG * * *

GEORG TINTNER, IS IN HONG KONG TO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA DEPARTMENT.

ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S BEST KNOWN CONDUCTORS. CONDUCT THE 1982 HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC CAMP AT THE INVITATION OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE

THEATRE ORCHESTRA.

-----DC LJ^S I CAL DIRECTOR OF THE QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA AND HAS>I?A^. °RCHESTRAS IN

VIENNA°BOYS* rin??A ' uc1eM^nSE0RG TINTNER WAS A MEMBER OF THE vitNNA .jOYS CHOIR. HE ENTERED THE VIENNA STATE academy at iq WHERE HE STUDIED COMPOSITION WITH JOSEF MARX. 3

IN 1954, HE WENT TO AUSTRALIA AND HAS SINCE WORKED witm

THEUNAno2F 0PERAS AND ORCHESTRAS WINNING WIDE ACCLAIM ACROSS

I I • i" M I I v* Hi *

CHINAIMEUROpI,AllnTTU?R1iI!^nE?4-J^ WELL-KNOWN MUSICIANS FROM EURO. E AND .HE UNITED STATES WILL PARTICIPATE in study SESSIONS, WORKSHOPS AND TRAINING DURING THE CAMP. D

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, JULY 24, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

forsgate NAMED NEW TaC chairman ............................... 1

LANE CLEARED UP FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENT ....................... 1

GREATER SENSE OF ACHIEVEMENT FOR CORRECTIONAL SERVICES STAFF 2

HORTICULTURE CLASS FOR THEN MUN YOUTHS ........................ 2

-►SWINGING SUMMER+ TV SHOW DRAWS BIG CROWD .................... 3

NEW AMBULANCE STATION FOR YUEN LONG ........................... 3

WATER CUT AT MED-LEVELS ....................................... 3

FIRING PRACTICE IN HA TSUEN - CASTLE PEAK RANGE................ 4

SATURDAY, JULY 24, 1982

1

FORSGATE NAMED NEW TAC CHAIRMAN * * *

« T IHE.®°YERN0R HAS APPOINTED MR GERALD FORSGATE TO SUCCEED CHAIRMAN OF THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

FROM OCTOBER, IT WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY.

tuc nr Lo HAS HAD 0VER EIGHT YEARS OF CLOSE ASSOCIATION WITH

•nt IAC.

IU ADD H MEMBER FROM 1967 TO 1973 AND REJOINED THE COMMITTEE IN Arn IL

phmm IEAR HE BECAME THE CHAIRMAN, AND HAS GUIDED THE

Unr IEARS’ DUR,NG WH,CH TIME PROGRESS HAS

MADE °J! IMPORTANT ISSUES, INCLUDING THE REORGANISATION OF RESPONSIBILITIES AND THE REVIEW OF THE OPERATIONS OF THE TWO MAJOR FRANCHISED BUS COMPANIES.

•rue "R E°RSGATE« AN URBAN COUNCILLOR SINCE 1965, IS A FELLOW OF THE CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF TRANSPORT.

HE HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF THE TAC SINCE APRIL 1980.

U«E SERVES ON A NUMBER OF OTHER PUBLIC BODIES, INCLUDING A™R,TY’ ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE, ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON TELEPHONE SERVICES AND THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE BOARD.

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LANE CLEARED UP FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENT * ft *

SIXTEEN LORRY-LOADS OF REFUSE AND DEBRIS HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE REAR LANE OF YUK MING STREET IN A CLEAN-UP OPERATION CONDUCTED BY THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (CENTRAL AND WESTERN) IN CO-OPERATION WITH THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT.

UNINHABITED STRUCTURES ALONG THE LANE HAD FALLEN INTO DISREPAIR, RESULTING IN THE ACCUMULATION OF LARGE QUANTITIES OF REFUSE.

THE BROKEN SURFACE WOULD BE REPAIRED AND CHOKED-UP UNDERGROUND DRAINS CLEARED, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (CENTRAL AND WESTERN) SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

THE LANE WOULD BE KEPT CLEAN PENDING ITS DEVELOPMENT ALONG WITH THE ADJACENT SITE INTO A PERMANENT OPEN SPACE FOR THE RESIDENTS, HE SAID.

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GREATER SENSE OF ACHIEVEMENT FOR CORRECTIONAL SERVICES STAFF

*****

MEMBERS OF THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL WORK WITH A GREATER SENSE OF ACHIEVEMENT IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT THE FULL RANGE CF THEIR DUTIES IS MORE WIDELY KNOWN AND ACCEPTED, THE DEPARTMENT’S CIVIL SECRETARY, MR P.J. FINLAY, SAID THIS MORNING (SATURDAY).

MR FINLAY WAS SPEAKING AT THE PASSING-OUT PARADE OF 19 OFFICERS AND 136 ASSISTANT OFFICERS WHO RECENTLY COMPLETED THEIR BASIC TRAINING AT THE STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE IN STANLEY.

♦IN THE PAST WHEN THE DEPARTMENT WAS NAMED ’PRISONS DEPARTMENT’, THE STAFF IN THE SERVICE WERE OFTEN GIVEN LESS THAN FAIR CREDIT FOR THE REHABILITATIVE AND CORRECTIONAL WORK WHICH THEY CARRIED OUT.+ HE SAID. *

HE EXPRESSED THE BELIEF THAT WITH THE CHANGE OF NAME WOULD COME A CHANGE IN THE PUBLIC IMAGE OF THE SERVICE.

HE COMMENDED THE DEPARTMENT’S STAFF FOR HAVING ALWAYS FULFILLED THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE PUBLIC BY ENSURING THE SAFE KEEPING CF THOSE SENTENCED TO IMPRISONMENT, DETENTION OR TREATMENT.

MR FINLAY PRESENTED SILVER WHISTLES TO THE TWO BEST ALL-ROUND RECRUITS, MR NESAR AHMED AND MR KWOK WING-KI, BOTH OF THEM ASSISTANT OFFICERS.

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HORTICULTURE CLASS FOR TUEN MUN YOUTHS * * * *

HORTICULTURE HAS BECOME A POPULAR SUMMER PROGRAMME FOR YOUTHS IN TUEN MUN, WITH 50 OF THEM NOW ATTENDING A SIX-WEEK COURSE ON THE TECHNIQUES OF POT AND GARDEN PLANTING.

THE HORTICULTURE CLASS, ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, IS AIMED AT PROMOTING YOUNG PEOPLE’S INTEREST IN PLANTING AND AT ENCOURAGING THEM TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN.

LECTURES WITH DEMONSTRATIONS ARE BEING HELD AT THE TAI HING OJNIOR POLICE CALL CLUBHOUSE AT TUEN MUN FROM 3 PM TO 5 PM EVERY SATURDAY UNTIL AUGUST 28, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NTSD SAID.

.„THE INSTRUCTORS INCLUDE HORTICULTURE EXPERTS FROM THE CHING CHUNG MONASTERY AT TUEN MUN AND THE NTSD.

„ -r„T*E C0URSE EVOLVES SITE VISITS TO THE CHING CHUNG MONASTERY OR TO ONE OF THE PLANT NURSERIES OPERATED BY THE NTSD.

l;111 SI THE END 0F THE COURSE, A COMPETITION IN POTTED PLANTS WILL BE HELD FOR THE PARTICIPANTS TO ASSESS THEIR PRACTICAL KNOWLEDGE OF HORTICULTURE.

SATURDAY, JULY 24, 1982

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♦swinging summer* tv show draws big crowd

* * * #

YOUNG PEOPLE WHO MISSED THE SECOND SHOW OF THE ♦SWINGING SUMMER* TV PROGRAMME HELD AT SHA TIN RACECOURSE LAST FRIDAY WIll 3E ABLE TO WATCH IT ON TVB’S JADE NETWORK AT 12 NOON TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

DESPITE HOT WEATHER, ABOUT 1 500 PEOPLE ATTENDED THE SHOW, WHICH WAS JOINTLY PRESENTED BY GIS AND RTHK, AND CO-ORGANISED BY THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION.

FURTHER SHOWS WILL BE HELD AT PAK TAM CHUNG, THE PUBLIC CARPARK AT THE JUNCTION OF ROUTE TWISK AND TAI MO SHAN ROAD, ST STEPHEN BOYS* COLLEGE AT STANLEY, HONG KONG SCOUT ASSOCIATION’S CAMP SITE AT TAI TAM, QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM AND TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL.

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NEW AMBULANCE STATION FOR YUEN LONG * * *

the architectural office OF the building development DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW AMBULANCE STATION IN YUEN LONG NEW TOWN.

T IHE STAT,0N WILL BE LOCATED ON SAU FOO STREET ADJACENT L?NG F,RE STAT,0N *ND WILL COMPRISE TWO SINGLE-STOREY SiS" STATION DRIu"?*R™'ES’ “ A*PLU“CE R00H “ITB rouR B‘,S » SEPTEMBER «»» IS EXPECTED TO BE completed

IR PlAKliH NcaI TtAK.

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WATER CUT AT MID-LEVELS X X K

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES AT MID-LEVELS WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM ON TUESDAY (JULY 27) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR A LEAKAGE TEST.

PREMISES ALONG HATTON ROAD, PO SHAN ROAD, AS WELL AS 39-57 AND 60-70 OF CONDUIT ROAD WILL BE AFFECTED.

SATURDAY, JULY 24, 1982

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FIRING PRACTICE IN HA TSUEN - CASTLE PEAK RANGE * * * * *

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE HA TSUEN/CASTLE PEAK RANGE FROM JULY 26 (MONDAY) TO JULY 31 (SATURDAY).

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHEN RED FLAGS ARE FLYING.

THE PRACTICE SCHEDULE DATE

MONDAY (JULY 26) TUESDAY (JULY 27) WEDNESDAY (JULY 28) THURSDAY (JULY 29) FRIDAY (JULY 30) SATURDAY (JULY 31)

ARE WARNED NOT TO ENTER THE AREA

ISi-

TIME

9 AM - 5 PM

8 AM - 5 PM

8 AM - 5 PM

8 AM - 5 PM

8 AM - 4.30 PM

8 AM - 5 PM

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

SUNDAY, JULY 25, 1?82

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

1982 HONG KONG YOUTH MJSIC CAMP OPENED ................ 1

PUBLIC ENQUIRIES SERVICES FOR REMOTE AREAS ............ 2

'FLOATING HOLIDAY' REMINDER TO EMPLOYERS .............. 3

NEW FLYOVER TO EASE KOWLOON TONG TRAFFIC .............. 4

SHA TIN SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT TO BE EXPANDED ......... 4

CENTRAL AND WESTERN SPORTS FESTIVAL ................... 5

MAJOR CLEAN-UP FOR RIVER INDUS LAUNCHED................ 5

CHINESE MUSIC PERFORMANCES IN TSUEN WAN ............... 6

SUNDAY, JULY 25, 1982

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1982 HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC CAMP OPENED

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THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT’S THIRD HONG KONG YOU’H MUSIC CAMP WAS LAUNCHED BY THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE THIS (SUNDAY) MORNING.

ABOUT 300 YOUNG MUSICIANS, INCLUDING SOME 20 OVERSEAS STUDENTS FROM AUSTRALIA, BRITAIN, THE UNITED STATES AND JAPAN ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE TWO-WEEK CAMP HELD AT ST STEPHEN’S COLLEGE, STANLEY.

THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, H?S ELIZABETH WONG, IN HER SPEECH SAID THE AIMS OF THE CAMP ARE TO PROVIDE INTENSIVE TRAINING FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS IN A SUMMER CAMP ATMOSPHERE AND TO FOSTER INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL EXCHANGE THROUGH MUSIC.

♦IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT HIGH STANDARDS WILL BE SET, WE ARE DELIGHTED TO WELCOME GUEST CONDUCTORS AND INSTRUCTORS FROM CHINA, AUSTRALIA, THE UNITED STATES AND THE UNITED KINGDOM WHO WILL BE WORKING TOGETHER WITH INSTRUCTORS FROM HONG KONG,+ SHE SAID.

♦I FEEL SURE THAT UNDER THEIR EXPERT GUIDANCE BOTH LEARNING AND INTEREST WILL BE STIMULATED.*

IN WELCOMING THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS, MRS WONG SAID SHE HOPED THAT THEY WOULD NOT ONLY CONTRIBUTE TO INTERNATIONAL RAPPORT BUT ENJOY THE WIDE RANGE OF MUSICAL ACTIVITIES THEY WOULD ENCOUNTER DURING THE CAMP.

ELEVEN WELL-KNOWN MUSICIANS, FIVE FROM CHINA AND THE OTHERS FROM EUROPE, AUSTRALIA AND THE UNITED STATES WILL PARTICIPATE IN STUDY SESSIONS, WORKSHOPS AND TRAINING. SOME WILL CONDUCT A NUMBER OF JOINT CONCERTS.

HEADING THE DISTINGUISHED VISITING MUSICIANS FROM OVERSEAS ARE GEORG TINTNER, MUSICAL DIRECTOR OF THE QUEENSLAND ORCHESTRA, WHO WILL CONDUCT THE CAMP’S SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA; SIMONE DE HAAN, LECTURER IN TROMBONE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA, WHO WILL PROVIDE BRASS COACHIN.G FOR THE STUDENTS AND JOHN DENMAN, DEPUTY PROFESSOR OF MUSIC AT ARIZONA UNIVERSITY WHO WILL TEACH WOODWIND TECHNIQUE.

STRING PLAYERS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO STUDY UNDER JOSEPH ARONOPF, PROFESSOR OF VIOLIN, AND LEONARD STEHN, BOTH FROM LONDON’S GUILDHALL SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND DRAMA.

IN ADDITION TO WESTERN MUSIC TRAINING, A FULL PROGRAMME OF CHINESE INSTRUMENTAL TRAINING WILL EE PROVIDED.

MR QIN PENG-ZHANG FROM THE CENTRAL TRADITIONAL ORCHESTRA WILL CONDUCT THE CHINESE ORCHESTRA.

ER-HU STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO STUDY UNDER MR ZHANG HONG-REN CF THE CHINESE OPERA AND CHOREOGRAPHY THEATRE,

MR WANG SHOU-YIN, MISS TA'! PEI-LINS AND MR TEACH PERCUSS IO.1.', PP/ A. DI-ZI RESPECTIVELY. CENTRAL DANCING TROUPE.

HUO WEI WILL

THEY ARE FROM THE

SUNDAY, JULY 25, 1982

CAMPFfi^wIi rR2AvJHAVD.NICAfiy5TMUS,c TRA,NING PROGRAMMES, THE YOUNG sfrwirin OPPORTUNITY TO ENJOY THE SPORTS AND

' qV m2im/Lc^NX?.BY THE NATION AND SPORT SERVICE, iin Fil MCeEn5cSW MM“’G' CAN0EING, TENNIS, CYCLING, A BOAT EXCURSION MviU r ILH CfcHUWO*

- ™£ SHLccNuII,nN.SF-rTrE TWO"WEEK MUSIC CAMP WILL BE A FINALE

^OERT, TO BE HELD AT THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL ON AUGUST 7. ^Cpf?iNVrR-niWi Y0UNG MUSICIANS AN OPPORTUNITY TO PERFORM

IN PUBLIC i-OLLOWING THEIR INTENSIVE TRAINING AT THE CAMP.

H._ IN 1980’ THE H0NG K0NG YOUTH MUSIC CAMP

n?SYn! Jc^mhc HAS CERTAINLY CAPTURED THE IMAGINATION

OF YOUNG MUSICIANS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG.

exi THIS VEAR’S CAMP WILL PROVIDE EVERY STUDENTS TO ACHIEVE BETTER STANDARDS OF THROUGH THE MANY OPPORTUNITIES AFFORDED TEACHERS AND MUSICIANS OF INTERNATIONAL

INCENTIVE FOR YOUNG MUSIC PERFORMANCE AND TECHNIQUE THEM TO STUDY UNDER STANDING.

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PUBLIC ENQUIRIES SERVICES FOR REMOTE AREAS X * H *

PUBLIC ENQUIRIES SERVICES WILL BE EXTENDED AS A PILOT SCHEME FROM NEXT MONTH TO SHAM TSENG AND MA WAN, TWO REMOTE AREAS IN TSUEN WAN WITH A POPULATION OF ABOUT 9 OOO.

THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE WILL SEND STAFF TO SHAM TSENG AND MA WAN TWO MORNINGS EACH WEEK TO HELP ANSWER ENQUIRIES AND COMPLAINTS FROM VILLAGERS AND TO ADMINISTER STATUTORY DECLARATIONS DURING THE NEXT THREE MONTHS.

THESE SERVICES WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE OFFICE OF THE SHAM TSENG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EVERY TUESDAY BETWEEN 9.30 AM AND 12.30 PM AND AT THE MA WAN RECREATION AND CULTURE CENTRE EVERY THURSDAY BETWEEN 10 AM AND 1 PM.

A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IF THE SCHEME PROVED POPULAR, IT WOULD BE EXTENDED TO OTHER REMOTE AREAS OF TSUEN WAN.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE DISTRICT OFFICE POSSIBILITY OF SETTING UP PUBLIC ENQUIRIES THE RURAL AREA, HE SAID.

AT PRESENT THERE ARE 10 SUCH COUNTERS CF THE DISTRICT - SIX IN KWAI CHUNG, THREE ON TS I NG YI.

WOULD LOOK INTO THE SERVICE COUNTERS IN

IN THE URBAN CENTRES IN TSUEN WAN AND ONE

MEANWHILE

OPEN TILL 10 PM

FROM THIS WEEK

-------------- .1 EVERY TUESDAY, UNCHANGED AT 8.45 AM - 5.15 PM

THE COUNTER

ON

TSI NG Yl WILL

9 AM - 12 NOON ON SATURDAYS

WHILE ITS SERVICE HOURS WILL ON THE OTHER WEEK DAYS D

STAY REMAIN

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SUNDAY, JULY 25, 1982

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’FLOATING HOLIDAY’ REMINDER TO EMPLOYERS * * * *

EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE NOT ALREADY DESIGNATED A DATE FOR THE ♦FLOATING HOLIDAY* AND GIVEN THEIR EMPLOYEES A DAY OFF ON JULY 1 (THE PIRST WEEK-DAY IN JULY), SHOULD GIVE THE STAFF THE DAY-OFF ON AUGUST 2 (THE FIRST MONDAY IN AUGUST), THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT STATED TODAY (SUNDAY).

UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE, THE FLOATING HOLIDAY - ONE OF THE 10 STATUTORY HOLIDAYS IN A YEAR - MUST BE DESIGNATED BY EMPLOYERS AND NOTIFIED TO EMPLOYEES BY A NOTICE PLACED IN A CONSPICUOUS PLACE BY THE END OF THE PRECEDING YEAR.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT UNDER THE ORDINANCE, ALL MANUAL EMPLOYEES, INCLUDING DOMESTIC SERVANTS, IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR EARNINGS, AND ALL NON-MANUAL EMPLOYEES EARNING NOT MORE THAN 57 500 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.

THE 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 A STATUTORY HOLIDAY, HE MUST BE GIVEN AN ALTERNATIVE DAY OFF WITHIN 60 DAYS BEFORE OR AFTER THAT DAY, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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.

WHERE THE ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY IS TO BE GIVEN AFTER A STATUTORY HOLIDAY, THE EMPLOYEE MUST BE NOTIFIED OF THE ARRANGEMENT AT LEAST 48 HOURS BEFORE THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY.

IF BOTH THE EMPLOYER AND THE EMPLOYEE AGREE, ANY DAY WITHIN 30 DAYS OF A STATUTORY HOLIDAY OR ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY MAY BE TAKEN BY THE EMPLOYEE AS A SUBSTITUTED HOLIDAY.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE.

ITS TELEPHONE NUMBERS AREt 3-205638 FOR KOWLOON EAST; 3-201652 FOR KOWLOON WEST; 3-319454 FOR KOWLOON SOUTH; 3-338520 FOR KWUN TONG; 0-422096 FOR TSUEN WAN; 0-818443 FOR TUEN MUN 5 5-268671 FOR HONG KONG ISLAND (WEST); AND 5-282523, EXT. 60, FOR HONG KONG ISLAND (EAST).

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SUNDAY, JULY 25, 1982

NEW FLYOVER TO EASE KOWLOON TONG TRAFFIC * * * *

A GRADE SEPARATED INTERSECTION WILL SHORTLY BE BUILT IN WATERLOO ROAD AT ITS JUNCTIONS WITH CORNWALL STREET AND JUNCTION ROAD TO EASE TRAFFIC CONGESTION iN THE AREA.

THE WORK WILL INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 630-METRE LONG DUAL TWO-LANE FLYOVER AND THE WIDENING OF WATERLOO ROAD ALONG THE STRETCH OF THE NEW FLYOVER.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT SAID THAT UPON COMPLETION, THROUGH TRAFFIC ALONG WATERLOO ROAD WOULD BE CARRIED OVER ITS JUNCTIONS WITH CORNWALL STREET AND JUNCTION ROAD ON THE FLYOVER WHILE TURNING MOVEMENTS AND LOCAL TRAFFIC WOULD BE CATERED FOR AT GROUND LEVEL.

♦THIS NEW ARRANGEMENT, TOGETHER WITH THE COMPUTERISED AREA TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEM WHICH WILL SHORTLY BE EXTENDED TO THIS AREA AND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A VARIETY OF TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEMES, WILL GREATLY IMPROVE TRAFFIC IN THE KOWLOON TONG AREA,* HE ADDED.

DURING THE CONSTRUCTION PERIOD, WATERLOO ROAD WILL MAINTAIN A MINIMUM OF TWO TRAFFIC LANES IN BOTH DIRECTIONS.

HOWEVER, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, IN ORDER TO EASE TRAFFIC CONDITIONS, THREE LANES WOULD BE MAINTAINED AS FAR AS POSSIBLE ALONG WATERLOO ROAD NEAR ITS JUNCTIONS WITH CORNWALL STREET AND JUNCTION ROAD.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT ARE BEING INVITED BY THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

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

SHA TIN SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT TO BE EXPANDED X X * X

THE SHA TIN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SUPPLY, ERECTION AND COMMISSION OF CENTRIFUGAL PUMPING EQUIPMENT FOR THE SECOND STAGE OF THE SHA TIN SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT COMPLETION OF THE SECOND STAGE CF THE PLANT WOULD PROVIDE ADDITIONAL TREATMENT FACILITIES FOR A POPULATION INCREASE CF ABOUT 270 COO, BRINGING THE TOTAL SERVICE CAPACITY OF THE TREATMENT PLANT TO 505 OOO.

♦THE PROJECT. DESIGNED TO THE HIGHEST INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS, °EPRESENTS PART C- A LCNG-TERM POLLUTION CONTDCL SCHEME FCR TOLO HARBOUR,+ HE SAID.

SUNDAY, JULY 25, 1962

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CENTRAL AND WESTERN SPORTS FESTIVAL * * * *

AN EIGHT-DAY SPORTS FESTIVAL FOR THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN CITY DISTRICT WAS OPENED TODAY BY THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MRS ELIZABETH WONG.

THE FESTIVAL IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN CITY DISTRICT BOARD, THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN RECREATION AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE (CENTRAL AND WESTERN OFFICE) OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT.

IN HER SPEECH, MRS WONG SAID THAT RECREATION AND SPORT ACTIVITIES WERE INDISPENSABLE TO A HEALTHY LIFE.

♦IT IS HOPED THAT THROUGH THIS FESTIVAL, BOTH RECREATION AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES WILL BE PROMOTED, AND PARTICIPATION IN THESE ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT WILL BE FOSTERED,+ SHE SAID.

OTHER OFFICIALS AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN RECREATION AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION, MR LEUNG SIK-WAH AND THE PRESIDENTS OF THE ASSOCIATION.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FESTIVAL WILL INCLUDE A SAILING TRAINING CAMP AT TAI MEI TUK WATER SPORT CENTRE, A FAMILY SWIM-IN, A CHILDREN’S CART RACE AND ALSO VARIOUS FUN DAYS FOR ALL.

A CLOSING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD ON THE AFTERNOON OF AUGUST 1 AT CHATER GARDEN, CENTRAL AND THE CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER, MR TONY COOPER WILL BE OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY.

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MAJOR CLEAN-UP FOR RIVER INDUS LAUNCHED * * * *

A MAJOR CLEAN-UP OPERATION IS BEING CARRIED OUT ALONG THE POLLUTED 24-KILOMETRE RIVER INDUS IN NORTH DISTRICT AS PART OF THE DISTRICT’S EFFORT TO IMPROVE ITS OVERALL ENVIRONMENT.

THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS MOBILISED 50 WORKERS AND SEVERAL VEHICLES FOR THE FOUR-MONTH OPERATION.

LARGE QUANTITIES OF POLLUTANTS HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE RIVER COURSE BETWEEN KOWLOON HANG AND TONG HANG, AND CLEANSING WORK IS IN PROGRESS ON THE NEXT SECTION BETWEEN ON LOK TSUEN AND MA SZE PO.

INDISCRIMINATE DUMPING OF WASTE AND DOMESTIC REFUSE INTO THE RIVER BY PIG AND POULTRY FARMERS AS WELL AS OTHER VILLAGERS HAS BEEN THE MAIN CAUSE Oc ITS POLLUTION, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE CURRENT CLEAN-UP OPERATION IS THE FOURTH ONE FOR RIVER INDUS SINCE 1977.

SUNDAY, JULY 25, 1982

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CHINESE MUSIC PERFORMANCES IN TSUEN WAN * * * *

THE CULTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT (NEW TERRITORIES) WILL PRESENT THREE CHINESE MUSIC PERFORMANCES IN TSUEN WAN FROM JULY 30 TO AUGUST 2.

A CHINESE FOLK SONGS RECITAL BY TSUI SIN-LING WILL BE GIVEN ON JULY 30 AT 7.30 PM AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL AUDITORIUM, WITH CHAN CHING-CHI AS GUEST TENOR AND CHU LAI-YUNG AS SANXIAN SOLOIST.

AT THE PIANO WILL BE YIU KWONG-FAI.

ON JULY 31, THE SPRING CHORUS WILL STAGE +AN EVENING OF CHINESE ART SONGS* AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL CULTURAL ACTIVITIES HALL AT 7.30 PM.

THE CHORUS IS MADE UP OF SOPRANOS NGAN TIM-YING AND MAK MEI-CHUN, AND BARITONE CHOU YUN-CHEN, WITH CHEUNG YING-WING AS CONDUCTOR.

AT THE PIANO WILL BE KOO LIN-PIK AND YEUNG SHIH-ON.

ON AUGUST 2, AN ERHU RECITAL WILL BE GIVEN IN THE SAME HALL, TSUEN WAN AT 7.30 PM BY LEE HIU-MAN.

LEE WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY CHAN SUM-LAM AT THE YANGQIN AND LEE MING-YING AT THE PIANO WHILE LAW WING-WAH AND CHAN CHUN-YAM WILL PLAY THE PIPA AND THE QUZHENG RESPECTIVELY AS GUEST SOLOISTS.

TICKETS AT $8 FOR THE PERFORMANCES ARE ON SALE AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL BOX OFFICE AND THE NEW TERRITORIES MOBILE LIBRARY.

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

MONDAY, JULY 26, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

GOLD AND SILVER EXCHANGE SOCIETY MEMBERS PRAISED ............ 1

DB ELECTION ORDINANCES TRANSLATED INTO CHINESE............... 2

TAI WAI RAILWAY DIVERSION ................................... 2

HOLIDAY POSTAL ARRANGEMENTS ................................. 3

CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD OPENED TO TRAFFIC ...................... J

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN THE MID-LEVELS............. J

WATER FIGURES ............................................... 4

FRESH WATER CUT IN MONG KOK ................................. 4

SALE OF LIGHT REFRESHMENT AT WO YI HOP ROAD AND KWAI CHUNG SPORTS GROUNDS .............................................. 4

RECRUITMENT OF MEMBERS FOR MONG KOK CHOIR.................... 5

MONDAY, JULY 26, 1982

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GOLD AND SILVER EXCHANGE SOCIETY MEMBERS PRAISED It M * * *

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR JOHN BREMRIDGE THIS (MONDAY) EVENING PRAISED MEMBERS OF THE CHINESE GOLD AND SILVER EXCHANGE SOCIETY FOR THEIR SELF-DISCIPLINE AND URGED THEM TO CONTINUE TO UPHOLD THIS +SOLID TRADITION ESPECIALLY IN THESE MORE DIFFICULT ECONOMIC TIMES.+

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE 72ND ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE SOCIETY AT THE FURAMA HOTEL.

THE FOLLOWING IS THE TEXT OF MR BREMRIDGE’S SPEECH»

+1 AM PLEASED TO HAVE BEEN ASKED TO OFFICIATE AT THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONY FOR THE 28TH TERM OF THE EXECUTIVE AND SUPERVISORY COMMITTEES. AS YOU KNOW, I HAVE LONG ADMIRED THE SELF-DISCIPLINE PRACTISED BY YOUR SOCIETY. FOR GENERATIONS YOUR MARKET HAS BEEN RESPECTED INTERNATIONALLY. I TRUST THAT IN THESE MORE DIFFICULT ECONOMIC TIMES YOUR MEMBERS WILL CONTINUE TO UPHOLD THIS SOLID TRADITION.

♦MR PRESIDENT, I NOTED PARTICULARLY YOUR EMPHASIS ON THE BUSINESS VIRTUES OF PRUDENCE AND HONESTY. THE PROMOTION OF HONG KONG AS AN INTERNATIONAL CENTRE IS OUR JOINT AIM.

♦GOVERNMENT CAN - AND WILL - PROVIDE THE BACKGROUND BASED ON FREE COMPETITION. BUT IT IS UP TO YOU, THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY, TO MAKE OUR MARKETS SUCCESSFUL - GOLD, COMMODITIES OR SECURITIES.

♦MARKETS ARE ACCEPTED, ATTRACT BUSINESS AND GROW BECAUSE OF THEIR GOOD NAME. HONG KONG HAS A REPUTATION FOR FAIR TRADING.

♦PRUDENCE AND HONESTY SEEMS TO ME A FITTING SLOGAN FOR THE PROMOTION OF OUR MARKETS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

♦I KNOW THAT YOUR NEW COMMITTEE MEMBERS WILL FULLY SUPPORT YOU IN THE NEXT YEAR OF OFFICE. AND I WISH YOU AND ALL MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY ANOTHER MOST SUCCESSFUL YEAR.*

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MONDAY, JULY 26, 1982

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DB ELECTION ORDINANCES TRANSLATED INTO CHINESE * * * * *

LEGISLATION CONCERNING DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS HAVE BEEN TRANSLATED INTO CHINESE FOR EASY REFERENCE BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

THESE ARE THE DISTRICT BOARD ORDINANCE 1981, THE ELECTORAL PROVISIONS ORDINANCE 1981, THE ELECTORAL PROVISIONS (PROCEDURE) REGULATIONS 1981 AND THE CORRUPT AND ILLEGAL PRACTICES ORDINANCE (CHAPTER 288).

COPIES OF THE ORDINANCES ARE ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL, AT $4 EACH.

ALL CANDIDATES STANDING FOR THE URBAN DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS ON SEPTEMBER 23 WILL BE GIVEN FREE COPIES OF THE ORDINANCES WHICH SET OUT THE ELECTORAL PROCEDURES, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

+EVERY CANDIDATE SHOULD READ THE ORDINANCES CAREFULLY BEFORE UNDERTAKING ANY CAMPAIGNING ACTIVITIES TO PROMOTE HIS ELECTION,+ HE SAID.

NOMINATIONS FOR CANDIDATES WILL BEGIN ON AUGUST 6 AND CLOSE ON AUGUST 31.

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TAI WAI RAILWAY DIVERSION

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WORK WILL START SOON ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE TAI WAI RAILWAY DIVERSION OF THE KOWLOON CANTON RAILWAY AS PART OF ITS MODERNISATION AND ELECTRIFICATION PROGRAMME.

TENDERS FOR THE ABOVE PROJECT ARE BEING INVITED BY THE RAILWAY DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

A SPOKESMAN OF THE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT UNDER THE CONTRACT A 400-METRE LONG EMBANKMENT PARALLEL TO THE EXISTING RAILWAY AND A TWO-SPAN RAILWAY BRIDGE OVER TSUEN NAM ROAD WILL BE CONSTRUCTED TO DIVERT THE EXISTING RAIL TRAFFIC.

♦THIS DIVERSION WILL ALLOW THE SUBSEQUENT CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW TAI WAI STATION TO PROCEED ON THE EXISTING ALIGNMENT,* HE SAID.

WORK WILL START IN OCTOBER AND IS EXPECTED TO TAKE NINE MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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HOLIDAY POSTAL ARRANGEMENTS * * *

THERE WILL BE ONE DELIVERY Or MAIL ON MONDAY (AUGUST 2) WHICH IS A GENERAL HOLIDAY, THE POSTMASTER GENERAL ANNOUNCED TODAY (MONDAY).

THIRTY-FIVE POST OFFICES INCLUDING THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, KOWLOON CENTRAL, TSIM SHA TSUI, TSUEN WAN AND TAI PO POST OFFICES WILL BE OPEN FOR BUSINESS FROM 9 AM TO 12 NOON ON THAT DAY.

TO 12 NOON ON THAT DAY.

ALL OTHER POST OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED.

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CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD OPENED TO TRAFFIC *****

THE NEWLY COMPLETED SECTION OF SAI KUNG-BOUND CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD NEAR ITS JUNCTIO. WITH ANDERSON ROAD WILL BE OPENED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) (JULY 27).

FOLLOWING THE OPENING, TWO LANES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR BOTH SAI KUNG-BOUND AND KOWLOON-BOUND TRAFFIC.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN THE MID-LEVELS

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WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT, CAINE ROAD FROM ARBUTHNOT ROAD TO OLD BAILEY STREET IN THE MID-LEVELS WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 12.30 AM AND 6 AM FOR ABOUT ONE WEEK FLR EMERGENCY ROAD WORKS.

ANOTHER SECTION FROM ABERDEEN STREET TO CASTLE ROAD WILL ALSO BE CLOSED FROM 12 NOON TO 7 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR ABOUT NINE DAYS FROM THURSDAY (JULY 29).

EASTBOUND VEHICLES ON BONHAM ROAD WILL THEN BE DIVERTED TO USE SEYMOUR ROAD AND CASTLE ROAD BEFORE JOINING CAINE ROAD.

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WATER FIGURES * * *

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) SsOOD AT 64.7 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 373.7 MILLION CUBIC NSTRES, EQUIVALENT TO 247 DAYS’ CONSUMPTION.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 234.6 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 40.6 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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FRESH WATER CUT IN MONG KOK K H K

FRESH WATER SUBPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN MONG KOK DISTRICT WILL BE CUT OFF FROM 10 PM ON FRIDAY (JULY 33) TO 6 AM THE ^SHANGHA^STREET10 FAC,LiTATE A FRESH WATER PIPE CONNECTION

THE AREAS AFFECTED WILL BE HOUSES NO. 698-730 SHANGHAI STREET, 1-33 LAI CHI KOK ROAD AND 37 BUTE STREET.

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SALE OF LIGHT REFRESHMENT AT WO Yl HOP ROAD AND KWAI CHUNG SPORTS GROUNDS

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TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED FOR THE SALE CF LIGHT REFRESHMENTS AJ T2cYL1H°TrR0AD SP0RTS GROUND AND KWAI CHUNG SPORTS GROUND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS FOR BOTH CONTRACTS CAM START THEIR BUSINESS ON OCTOBER 1 FOR A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS, HE ADDED.

TENDER FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE ’ TSD REGIONAL FEADQUARTERS (SOUTH REGION) ON THE 10TH FLOOR OF FOURQrAS BUILDING, 208-212 NATHAN ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI.

COMPLETED FORMS MUST BE PLACED IN THE TENDER BOX SITUATED Ai THt NTSD HEADQUARTERS On THE THIRD FLOOR CF AUSTIN CENTRE 19-23 AUSTIN AVENUE, 7 3 IM SHA TSUI, BEFORE AUGUST 20 (FRIDAyJ.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE WITH THE NTSD (SOUTH REGION) ON TELFP-’^E 2-7211837.

REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS

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RECRUITMENT Or ’’EMBERS FOR MCNG KOK CHOIR * * * * *

THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT IS NOW RECRUITING MEMBERS FOR ITS MONG KOK CHOIR WHICH HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED SINCE JULY 1979.

MR ROY CHENG AND MISS EVELYN CHIU ARE THE CONDUCTOR AND INSTRUCTOR OF THE CHOIR RESPECTIVELY.

THE CHOIR HAS GIVEN A NUMBER OF CONCERTS AND THE MOST RECENT ONE WAS HELD ON MARCH 27, 1982 AT THE CARITAS CENTRE, KOWLOON.

YOUNG SINGERS AGED BETWEEN 18 AND 25 RESIDING, STUDYING OR WORKING IN THE MONG KOK DISTRICT ARE WELCOME TO JOIN THE CHOIR.

APPLICANTS MAY BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND AN AUDITION. TRAINING TO BE PROVIDED IS ENTIRELY FREE.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL MUSIC CENTRES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE.

THE COMPLETED APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE MANAGER, MONG KOK CHOIR, C/O MUSIC OFFICE, HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE, 9/F., 2 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATION IS AUGUST 16, 1982.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE ON TELEPHONE 5-296229.

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TUESDAY, JULY 27, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

CHOI .ERA CASE TRACED TO CONTAMINATED EGGS ................... 1

HONG KONG INDUSTRY BENEFITS FRCM LOWER LAND PRICE............. 2

FS VISITS DYEING AND PRINTING FACTORY ........................ 3

RE-ROUTING OF TRAFFIC IN KWONG WA STREET ..................... 3

FACTS AND FIGURES THAT ARE MUCH SOUGHT AFTER ................. 4

BRITONS ARRIVE FOR COMMONWEALTH YOUTH EXCHANGE PROGRAMME .... 6

FINAL LEGCO MEETING BEFORE RECESS ............................ 7

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TSIM SHA TSUI EAST.......... 8

FINAL CONCERT BY 1982 HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC CAMP ............. 9

SEACaTS HOLD THE LINE AGAINST BEACH 'LAP-SAP' ................ 10

TUESDAY, JULY 27, 1982

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CHOLERA CASE TRACED TO CONTAMINATED EGGS

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INVESTIGATIONS BY HEALTH OFFICERS HAVE SHOWN THAT THE SOURCE OF INFECTION IN THE RECENT CASE OF CHOLERA IS LIKELY TO HAVE COME FROM CONTAMINATED HARD BOILED CHICKEN EGGS BROUGHT BACK FROM HAIFENG COUNTY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THAT ALTHOUGH IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO OBTAIN ANY OF THE CONTAMINATED EGGS FOR LABORATORY EXAMINATION, THERE WAS SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE TO SUGGEST THAT THE EGGS WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CURRENT OUTBREAK.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT APART FROM THE 20-YEAR-0LD CONSTRUCTION WORKER, MR LUI PING HON, WHO WAS CONFIRMED TO BE SUFFERING FROM CHOLERA, THREE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY, TOGETHER WITH HIS UNCLE WHO BROUGHT BACK THE HARD-BOILED EGGS FROM CHINA, ALL CAME DOWN WITH DIARRHOEA AFTER EATING THE EGGS.

NINE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE TWO FAMILIES WHO HAD NOT TAKEN THE EGGS WERE SYMPTOM-FREE.

♦THIS WOULD CLEARLY SUGGEST THAT THE EGGS ARE THE COMMON FACTOR IN CAUSING THE OUTBREAK,+ HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT CHOLERA VIBRIO HAD NOT BEEN FOUND IN THE STOOL EXAMINATION OF THE OTHER FOUR CASES POSSIBLY DUE TO THE FACT THAT STOOL SPECIMEN COULD ONLY BE OBTAINED FROM ALMOST A WEEK AFTER THE ONSET OF DIARRHOEA.

♦IN ANY CASE, THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THEY ALL HAVE EATEN THE EGGS WHICH HAVE BEEN CONTAMINATED, THUS CAUSING THE SYMPTOMS OF DIARRHOEA.+ HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IT WAS NOT NECESSARY TO DECLARE HONG KONG AS A CHOLERA INFECTED AREA AS THE SOURCE OF INFECTION IS INTRODUCED FROM OUTSIDE OF HONG KONG.

HOWEVER, HE ADVISED THE PUBLIC TO BE ON FULL ALERT TO OBSERVE ALL THE RULES OF PERSONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AGAINST THE DISEASE.

THERE IS NO CHANGE IN THE HEALTH REQUIREMENTS FOR TRAVELLERS INTO AND OUT OF HONG KONG.

MOST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD DO NOT REQUIRE THE PRODUCTION OF A CHOLERA VACCINATION CERTIFICATE BUT CERTAIN COUNTRIES RESERVE THE RIGHT TO IMPOSE THEM WHENEVER THEY DEEM NECESSARY.

PEOPLE INTENDING TO TRAVEL ABROAD ARE THEREFORE ADVISED TO CHECK WITH THE PORT HEALTH OFFICE OR AIRLINE COMPANIES ON THE REQUIREMENTS.

TUESDAY, JULY 27, 1982

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HONG KONG INDUSTRY BENEFITS FROM LOWER LAND PRICE

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THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, MR PETER TSAO TODAY (TUESDAY) SAID THAT PRICE OF INDUSTRIAL LAND HAD STABILISED TO SUCH A LEVEL THAT INDUSTRIALISTS MIGHT NOW FIND IT ATTRACTIVE TO INVEST.

♦POSITIVE EFFORTS TAKEN BY THE GOVERNMENT TO DEVELOP INDUSTRIAL LAND FOR SALE HAVE CHANGED THE LONG SUSTAINED SITUATION IN THE PAST WHERE LAND SUPPLY WAS GROSSLY INADEQUATE,+ SAID MR TSAO, ADDRESSING THE LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE FEDERATION OF INDUSTRIES IN TSUEN WAN.

QUOTING STATISTICS, HE SAID: +INDUSTRIAL LAND PRICE HAS DROPPED FROM AN AVERAGE OF $14 300 A SQUARE METRE DURING THE PEAK PERIOD IN 1981, TO $5 200 A SQUARE METRE IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1982.

♦THE SUPPLY OF FLATTED FACTORY SPACE ROSE FROM 977 000 SQUARE METRES IN 1980 TO 1 121 000 SQUARE METRES IN 1981, WHILST VACANT INDUSTRIAL PREMISES HAVE INCREASED FROM 476 100 SQUARE METRES IN 1980 TO 795 000 SQUARE METRES IN 1981.+

IN TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG, THE SUPPLY OF FACTORY SPACES AND VACANT INDUSTRIAL PREMISES STOOD AT 493 000 AND 359 000 SQUARE METRES RESPECTIVELY DURING 1981 - ALMOST HALF OF THE TOTAL AMOUNT IN HONG KONG. +UNDER THE PRESENT SITUATION POTENTIAL INVESTORS WOULD NOT FIND IT DIFFICULT TO ACQUIRE SUITABLE PREMISES,+ HE ADDED.

TURNING TO SALES PRICE OF INDUSTRIAL PREMISES, MR TSAO CITED THAT FACTORY SPACE IN KOWLOON BAY, FOR EXAMPLE, WAS SOLD AT $3 500 PER SQUARE METRE IN EARLY 1981 BUT DECLINED TO $667 IN MARCH 1982, AND IN TUEN MUN THE SALE PRICES DECREASED FROM $740 PER SQUARE METRE IN SEPTEMBER 1981 TO $209 IN MAY THIS YEAR.

+THE RISING RENTALS FOR FACTORY SPACE HAVE ALSO LEVELLED OFF SINCE THE LATTER HALF OF 1981 TO A REASONABLE SCALE. ON AVERAGE, MONTHLY RENTS FOR INDUSTRIAL PREMISES IN THE LATTER HALF OF 1980 WAS $25.70 A SQUARE METRE, WHILE IN 1981 AND THE EARLY 1982, THE AVERAGE RENT WAS $29.30 A SQUARE METRE.

+0F THE TOTAL SUPPLY OF FLATTED FACTORY SPACE IN 1981, ABOUT 67 PER CENT WAS LOCATED IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, WITH CONCENTRATION IN TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG. THIS TREND WOULD CONTINUE INTO 1982 AND 1983.

♦HONG KONG INDUSTRY WILL BENEFIT WHEN THE SUPPLY OF LAND IS GREATER THAN DEMAND, BECAUSE LOWER INDUSTRIAL LAND PRICES MEAN CHEAPER SALES PRICE AND RENTALS, WHICH IN TURN LOWER PRODUCTION COSTS. INDUSTRIALISTS AND ENTERPRENEURS, PLANNING TO EXPAND THEIR BUSINESS OR INVEST IN LOCAL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY, MAY FIND IT OPPORTUNE TO DO SO NOW,+ HE SUGGESTED.

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FS VISITS DYEING AND PRINTING FACTORY * * * * *

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR JOHN BREMRIDGE, TODAY (TUESDAY) VISITED THE ISLAND DYEING AND PRINTING CO LTD IN KWAI CHUNG AS PART OF HIS FAMILIARISATION PROGRAMME.

MR BREMRIDGE, ACCOMPANIED BY THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF INDUSTRY, MR PAUL WONG, WAS MET ON ARRIVAL BY THE DIRECTORS OF THE COM°4NY, MR H.C. YUNG, MR LINCOLN YUNG AND MR K. AR ICHI- THE GENERAL MANAGER, MR Y. HIRANO AND THE COMPANY SECRETARY, MR JOHN YUNG.

ISLAND DYEING AND PRINTING CO LTD, SET UP IN 1964 AS A JOINT VENTURE OF HONG KONG AND JAPAN INTERESTS, IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST FACTORIES IN THE INDUSTRY, EMPLOYING ABOUT 750 WORKERS.

THE FACTORY, WHICH HAS A FLOOR AREA OF 21 840 SQUARE METRES, IS ABLE TO DYE, BLEACH AND PRINT FURNISHING AND GARMENT FABRICS UP TO 2 730 KILOMETRES A MONTH.

ABOUT 85 PER CENT OF THE PRODUCTION IS FOR LOCAL SALE, WHILE THE REST IS FOR EXPORT TO THE UNITED KINGDOM, GERMANY, AUSTRALIA, THE UNITED STATES AND NEW ZEALAND.

AT PRESENT, THERE ARE 597 DYEING AND FINISHING FACTORIES, EMPLOYING OVER 17 000 WORKERS.

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RE-ROUTING OF TRAFFIC IN KWONG WA STREET * * * *

TO ,MPR0VE TRAFFIC FLOW AND PEDESTRIAN SAFETY, KWONG WA STREET IN MONG KOK WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE WAY NORTHBOUND FROM 10 AM THIS FRIDAY (JULY 30).

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FACTS AND FIGURES THAT ARE MUCH SOUGHT AFTER

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FACTS AND FIGURES PUT OUT REGULARLY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ARE OF GREAT VALUE FOR BOTH THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR OF THE COMMUNITY.

SUCH INFORMATION AS MARKET SIZE, CONSUMER SPENDING, LIFE STYLE CHANGES AND TRADING FIGURES ARE VERY MUCH SOUGHT AFTER BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR OF THE COMMUNITY.

AS FAR AS THE GOVERNMENT IS CONCERNED, EXPLAINED MR COLIN GREENFIELD, COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS, IT USES THE DATA IN FORMULATING AND MONITORING POLICY AND LONG-TERM PLANNING DECISIONS.

SPEAKING THE OTHER DAY OF THE WORK CARRIED OUT BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, MR GREENFIELD POINTED OUT THAT SOME PEOPLE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR OF BUSINESS ARE OFTEN SO ANXIOUS TO OBTAIN THE STATISTICAL INFORMATION THAT THEY GO TO THE DEPARTMENT TO LOOK UP THE DATA BEFORE IT IS RELEASED IN THE PRINTED FORM.

♦THERE IS, OF COURSE, A GAP BETWEEN THE TIME WHEN THE INFORMATION IS GATHERED AND COLLATED, AND THE TIME IT IS PRINTED, SO THIS EXPLAINS WHY PEOPLE WHO WANT THE INFORMATION IN A HURRY COME TO THE DEPARTMENT,+ HE SAID. TO COPE WITH THE NEEDS FOR TIMELY DATA, SUMMARY STATISTICS ARE SOMETIMES PUBLISHED AHEAD CF DETAILED STATISTICS.

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1967, COMBINING THE WORK OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICAL PLANNING OFFICE AND THE STATISTICAL UNIT OF THE FORMER COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT. IT NOW HAS 24 OTHER STATISTICAL SECTIONS SET UP IN VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND THE GOVERNMENT SECRETAR I AT.

IT HAS BEEN CONDUCTING LARGE-SCALE BENCHMARK CENSUSES EVERY FIVE YEARS ON EACH OF HONG KONG’S FIVE MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS, WITH SMALL-SCALE ANNUAL FOLLOW-UP SURVEYS TO UPDATE THE INFORMATION, MR GREENFIELD EXPLAINED.

THE FIVE ECONOMIC SECTORS ARE: MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY; WHOLESALE AND RETAIL; CONSTRUCTION; FINANCE, BUSINESS AND INSURANCE SERVICES; AND TRANSPORT.

THE DEPARTMENT HAS ALSO UNDERTAKEN POPULATION CENSUSES EVERY FIVE YEARS? THE LATEST ONE WAS CARRIED OUT IN MARCH 1981.

STATISTICAL DATA ARE DIVIDED INTO TWO MAIN CATEGORIES -ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL, AND ARE GATHERED MAINLY FROM SPECIALLY DESIGNED CENSUSES OR SAMPLE SURVEYS AND ALSO FROM ADMINISTRATIVE RECORDS OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

EXAMPLES OF ECONOMIC STATISTICS ARE THE NATIONAL ACCOUNTS, CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT AND THE CONSUMER PRICE INDICES, WHEREAS SOCIAL STATISTICS INCLUDE SUCH THINGS AS POPULATION, CRIME, BIRTHS, DEATHS AND MARRIAGES.

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IN THE SOCIAL FIELD, MR GREENFIELD SAID, THE LABOUR FORCE SURVEY, WHICH WAS STARTED IN 1975 AND CARRIED OUT ON A REGULAR BASIS, HAS NOW BEEN REPLACED BY A MORE COMPREHENSIVE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY.

MR GREENFIELD SAID THAT IT WAS TO BE EXPECTED THAT EMPHASIS IN THE FUTURE WILL BE PLACED MORE ON THE SMALLER-SCALE, ECONOMIC SURVEYS, RATHER THAN THE LARGE-SCALE BENCHMARK CENSUSES.

ECONOMIC INDICATORS, HE SAID, CAN BE QUICKLY COMPILED FROM THE RESULTS OF THESE SHORT-TERM SURVEYS, WHEREAS RESULTS OF BENCHMARK CENSUSES TAKE A LONG TIME TO COLLECT AND ANALYSE AND CANNOT BE RELEASED IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME FOR IMMEDIATE USE.

THIS EMPHASIS WILL BE FACILITATED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S INCREASING USE OF COMPUTERS IN MANY AREAS OF ITS WORK TO FURTHER (PGRADE THE OVERALL QUALITY OF ITS SERVICES AND TO REDUCE ERRORS TO THE MINIMUM, HE SAID.

THE DEPARTMENT HAS ALSO CONDUCTED MANY OTHER SAMPLE SURVEYS, INCLUDING THOSE DEALING WITH CRIME VICTIMISATION, TRANSPORT CHARACTERISTICS, CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT, TEXTILE PRODUCTION AND MANPOWER.

THE RESULTS OF SOME OF THESE SURVEYS ARE PUBLISHED FOR GENERAL PUBLIC INTEREST, AND DETAILED ANALYSES OF THE DATA ARE MADE FOR USE ONLY BY VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

THE MOST POPULAR OF THESE PUBLICATIONS IS THE HONG KONG MONTHLY DIGEST OF STATISTICS, WHICH CONTAINS A WIDE RANGE OF INFORMATION ON POPULATION, VITAL STATISTICS, HOUSING AND OTHER SOCIAL TOPICS, EMPLOYMENT, PRODUCTION, FOOD SUPPLIES, PRICES, TRANSPORT, BANKING AND OTHER RELATED ECONOMIC TOPICS.

ANOTHER OF THE MORE POPULAR PUBLICATIONS IS THE HONG KONG TRADE STATISTICS, WHICH CARRIES A DETAILED BREAK-DOWN OF TRADE FIGURES BY COMMODITY AND FURTHER BY COUNTRY. PARTICULARLY IN DEMAND HAS BEN THE DECEMBER ISSUE O’7 THIS PUBLICATION WITH ITS SEPARATE SUPPLEMENT PROVIDING FIGURES BY COUNTRY AND FURTHER BY COMMODITY. MR GREENFIELD POINTED OUT, HOWEVER, THAT THE MAIN AIM CF THE PUBLICATIONS IS TO PROVIDE A SERVICE FOR THE GOVERNMENT AND THE COMMUNITY IN GENERAL AND NOT TO MAKE MONEY.

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BRITONS ARRIVE FOR COMMONWEALTH YOUTH EXCHANGE PROGRAMME

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SIX YOUNG BRITONS PARTICIPATING IN THE COMMONWEALTH YOUTH EXCHANGE PROGRAMME ARRIVED IN HONG KONG TODAY (TUESDAY) TO BEGIN A THREE-WEEK VISIT HERE.

THE GROUP, FROM THE COUNTY OF SOUTH GLAMORGAN, WALES, COMPRISED MISS ELAINE JOHNS, MISS JENNIFER LENCZNER, MR BRIAN JOHNSON, BRIAN MURPHY, MR ANDREW KNILL AND MR PETER HIGGINS.

THEY WERE MET AT THE AIRPORT BY OFFICERS OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION - COORDINATOR OF THE PROGRAMME -AND WERE ESCORTED TO THEIR ACCOMMODATION AT THE CARITAS BIANCHI LODGE.

A CNTA SPOKESMAN SAID THE EVENT WAS ORGANISED BY THE COMMONWEALTH YOUTH EXCHANGE COUNCIL AS AN ON-GOING PROGRAMME TO ENABLE YOUNG PEOPLE IN COMMO!-WEALTH COUNTRIES TO MAKE EXCHANGE VISITS ON A RECIPROCAL AND BILATERAL BASIS.

+THE OBJECT IS TO ENABLE YOUNG PEOPLE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THEIR NEIGHBOURS IN THE COM CN.EALTH AND TO EXCHANGE IDEAS AND EXPERIENCES, THUS MAKING THE COMMONWEALTH CONCEPT A GREATER REALITY FOR THEM,+ HE SAID.

DURING THEIR STAY, THE VISITORS WILL CALL ON VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, SUCH AS THE URBAN SERVICES, RECREATION AND CULTURE, HOUSING, EDUCATION, MEDICAL AND HEALTH AND THE POLICE.

A TOUR TO SHA TIN NEW TOWN AND A CRUISE TO THE OUTLYING ISLANDS WILL BE ARRANGED FOR THEM. THEY WILL ALSO VISIT PLACES LIKE THE OCEAN PARK, SPACE MUSEUM, MUSIC CAMP, CHI MA WAN REFUGEE CAMP, SAI KUNG OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE, LADY MACLEHOSE HOLIDAY VILLAGE, CHONG HING WATER SPORTS CENTRE AND QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL.

SIX HONG KONG PAST PARTICIPANTS WILL ACCOMPANY THE VISITORS DURING THE TOURS. THEY ARE MR FRANCIS AU, MISS VIVIAN FONG. MR FRANK IP, MISS LO MAN-YI, MISS NG YIM-HO AND MR RAYMOND TSENG.

HONG KONG HAS SENT 18 YOUNG PEOPLE TO THE UNITED KINGDOM SINCE PARTICIPATION IN THE PROGRAMME IN 1977.

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FINAL LEGCO MEETING BEFORE RECESS * * * *

,XTEEN BILLS are expected to go through their committee STAGE AND THIRD READINGS AND BECOME LAW WHEN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL'S FINAL MEETING FOR THE 1981-82 SESSION IS HELD TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

THREE BILLS WILL BE INTRODUCED FOR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS, WITH DEBATE TO 3E ADJOURNED: STOCK EXCHANGES UNIFICATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, PEAK TRAMWAY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, AND ROAD TRAFFIC BILL 1982.

SESSIONAL PAPERS WILL INCLUDE THE REPORT OF THE UMELCO POLICE GROUP FOR 1981, WHICH WILL BE FOLLOWED AFTER QUESTION TIME, BY A STATEMENT BY THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, AND THE ANNUAL REPORT OF THE SCHOOL MEDICAL SERVICE BOARD.

EIGHT QUESTIONS WILL EE ASKED BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS ON SUCH MATTERS AS SAFETY MEASURES AGAINST ACCIDENTAL ELECTROCUTION THROUGH USE OF FAULTY WIRES OR EQUIPMENT, AND ACTION TAKEN ON THE USE OF TOXIC SALYSILIC ACID BY FOOD FACTORIES.

A QUESTION WILL ALSO BE ASKED ON THE BENEFITS AND SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO EX-FAR EAST PRISONERS OF WAR AND THEIR DEPENDANTS.

™ , $THER QuesTIONS WILL DEAL WITH SENIOR SECONDARY AND TERTIARY EDUCATION, THE PLACEMENT OF ELDERLY PERSONS IN INFIRMARIES AND HOMES, SUICIDES AMONG STUDENTS, MEASURES BEING TAKEN TO CONTROL THE GROWTH OF VICE ESTABLISHMENTS IN RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS, AND THE UNITED KINGDOM’S ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR HONG KONG PASSPORT HOLDERS.

FOLLOWING THE SUMMER RECESS, THE NEW LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SESSION FOR 1982-83 WILL BEGIN EARLY IN OCTOBER WITH AN ADDRESS BY THE GOVERNOR.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TSIM SHA TSUI EAST * * * * *

A 'UMEE' OF ROAD SECTIONS IN TSIM SHA TSUI WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 1 AM AND 6 AM FROM THURSDAY (JULY 29) UNTIL SATURDAY (JULY 31) FOR CONSTRUCTION OF FOOTBRIDGES.

THE SECTIONS INCLUDE:-

* SALISBURY ROAD BETWEEN MODY LANE AND SCIENCE MUSEUM ROAD-

* MODY ROAD BETWEEN A POINT ABOUT 50 METRES EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH MODY LANE AND OUTSIDE HOLIDAY INN HARBOUR VIEW- AND

* THE SLIP ROAD LEADING FROM CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH INTO SALISBURY ROAD EASTBOUND.

DURING THE CLOSURE, EASTBOUND TRAFFIC ON SALISBURY ROAD HEADING FOR THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL AND HUNG HOM AREAS WILL BE DIVERTED VIA CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH. TRAFFIC HEADING FOR TSIM SHA TSUI EAST NORTH CF MODY LANE WILL BE DIVERTED VIA CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH, CAMERON ROAD, CARNARVON ROAD AND GRANVILLE ROAD.

TRAFFIC ON SALISBURY ROAD WESTBOUND HEADING FOR THE TSIM SHA TSUI AREA WILL BE DIVERTED VIA HONG CHONG ROAD, HONG TAT PATH AND CHEONG WAN ROAD.

TRAFFIC ON MODY LANE SOUTHBOUND HEADING FOR THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL AND HUNG HOM AREAS WILL BE DIVERTED VIA SALISBURY ROAD WESTBOUND AND CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH.

ACCESS TO THE EMPIRE CENTRE CAR PARK AND REGAL MERIDIEN HOTEL WILL BE VIA MODY LANE NORTHBOUND OR MODY ROAD EASTBOUND, WHILE THOSE HEADING FOR THE HOLIDAY INN HARBOUR VIEW AND CARR IAN PUBLIC COACH PARK WILL BE VIA MODY ROAD WESTBOUND.

MOTORISTS ON CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH HEADING FOR THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL AREA ARE ADVISED TO USE GRANVILLE ROAD, SCIENCE MUSEUM ROAD AND HONG CHONG ROAD.

MEANWHILE, IN YUE KWONG ROAD IN ABERDEEN PARKING METERS WILL EE INSTALLED AND BECOME OPERATIVE FROM 8 AM ON THURSDAY (JULY 29).

TUESDAY, JULY 27, 1982

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FINAL CONCERT BY 1982 HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC CAMP ******

SOME 300 YOUNG MUSICIANS OF THE 1982 HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC CAMP WILL GIVE A FINAL CONCERT AT THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL, KOWLOON ON AUGUST 7.

THE PERFORMERS INCLUDE ABOUT 20 STUDENTS FROM AUSTRALIA, JAPAN, THE U.K. AND THE UNITED STATES.

THE CONCERT WILL FEATURE MUSICAL WORKS AND ARRANGEMENTS THEY HAVE LEARNT DURING THE TWO-WEEK CAMP AT ST. STEPHEN'S COLLEGE, STANLEY.

THE CAMP, WHICH WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED BY THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE ON JULY 25, WILL CLOSE ON AUGUST 8.

BESIDES LESSONS FROM LOCAL MUSIC INSTRUCTORS, THE CAMPERS ARE RECEIVING TRAINING FROM DISTINGUISHED GUEST MUSICIANS, INCLUDING GEORG TINTNER OF AUSTRALIA AND QIN PENG-ZHANG FROM CHINA.

THE FINAL CONCERT WILL COMPRISE TWO SESSIONS.

THE FIRST SESSION, STARTING AT 5 PM, WILL INCLUDE CHINESE MUSIC CONDUCTED BY QIN PENG-ZHANG AND SYMPHONIC BAND MUSIC.

THE SECOND SESSION, STARTING AT 8 PM, WILL INCLUDE ORCHESTRAL AND CHORAL MUSIC CONDUCTED BY GEORG TINTNER. SOLOISTS ELLA KIANG, PATRICIA ELLEN, STEPHEN LLEWELLYN AND NICHOLAS HAYES WILL DO EXCERPTS FROM BRUCKNER’S MASS NO. 3 IN F MINOR.

TICKETS AT $5 FOR EACH SESSION ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL AND THE FOLLOWING MUSIC CENTRES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE:

* HONG KONG MUSIC CENTRE, HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE, 9/F, 2 HARBOUR ROAD, HONG KONG;

* EAST KOWLOON MUSIC CENTRE, YAN HAU MANSION, 100 TING FU ST., 3/F, NGAU TAU KOK, KOWLOON;

* NEW TERRITORIES MUSIC CENTRE, CHEUNG YIU BUILDING, 1ST FLOOR, 167-173 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES MAY BE DIRECTED TO TELEPHONE 5-283257.

TUESDAY, JULY 27, 1982

SEACATS HOLD THE LINE AGAINST BEACH ’LAP-SAP’ * * * *

THE FRONTLINE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST OFF-SHORE BEACH LITTER IS BEING HELD BY CRAFT WHICH WERE ORIGINALLY INTENDED ONLY FOR RESCUE wORK.

whEN SHALLOW-DRAUGHT LIFE-SAVING SEACATS WERE INTRODUCED AT HONG KONG’S BEACHES FOUR YEARS AGO, IT WAS IMMEDIATELY DISCOVERED THAT ThEY wERE ALSO IDEAL VESSELS FOR COLLECTING CLOSE-TO-SHORE FLOATING REFUSE.

BECAUSE SEACATS ARE TWIN-HULLED LIKE CATAMARANS, THEIR CREWS RIDE OVER OPEN WATER, MAKING THE JOB OF COLLECTING FLOATING RUBBISH FAIRLY SIMPLE.

THE CREWS WERE THEREFORE ORDERED TO CLEAN UP THE WATER WHEN NOT ENGAGED IN LIFE-SAVING, AND, TODAY, THEIR CLEANING OPERATION TAKES UP MOST OF THEIR WORKING HOURS.

EACH VESSEL IS MANNED BY THREE QUALIFIED LIFE-GUARDS, EACH OF WHOM TAKES HIS TURN FISHING ’LAP-SAP’ (REFUSE) OUT OF THE WATER WITH A RAKE.

THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN’S DRIVE TO RID BEACHES OF RUBBISH IS KEEPING THE LIFE-GUARDS BUSY THIS SUMMER, PARTICULARLY WHEN HEAVY RAINS WASH LAND-BASED ’LAP-SAP’ INTO THE SEA.

BUT THE EIGHT CITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT SEACATS NOW OPERATING AT URBAN BEACHES ARE MANAGING TO HOLD THE LINE AGAINST RUBBISH.

TWO OF THE EIGHT CRAFT ARE DRIVEN BY 25-HORSEPOWER OUTBOARD MOTORS WHILE THE REST APE PADDLED.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING:

SIR PHILIP THANKS UNOFFICIALS EOR LEGCO WORK ............. 1

ANTI-SMOKING MEASURES SUPPORTED .......................... 1

PUBLICITY DRIVE PLANNED FOR CHANGES IN ROAD TRAFFIC LAW .. 3

MEDIA HAVE IMPORTANT PART TO PLAY : HAYE.................. 4

UPGRADING OF LANDS TRIBUNAL SUPPORTED..................... 6

REASSURANCE FOR KINDERGARTIN OPERATORS ................... 7

ACTION AGAINST ILLEGAL USE OF TOXIC PRESERVATIVES ........ 8

POWS ENTITLED TO PENSIONS ................................ 8

BIG GROWTH IN EDUCATION .................................. 10

MEASURES TO MEET SHORTFALLS OF PLACES FOR ELDERLY......... 11

GUARANTEE FOR MTR LOAN ................................... 12

POWER TO REMOVE VESSELS FROM PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREAS .. 12

UMELCO POLICE GROUP PRAISED FOR WORK ..................... 13

REQUIREMENT FOR ENTRY TO UK............................... 13

/NO GROWTH .......

NO GROWTH IN VICE ESTABLISHMENTS............................ 14

STOCK EXCHANGE ELECTION .................................... 14

SYMPATHY OVER FUSED PLUGS .................................. 15

PEAK TRAMWAY PERMIT FEE..................................... 15

MEDICAL REGISTRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 198-2 . i........ 16

UNIVERSITIES TO MEET MANPOWER NEEDS ............................ 17

MORE PUPILS JOIN SCHOOL MEDICAL SCHEME........................   18

YAUMATI FERRY FARE INCREASE APPROVED ........................... 19

TRADE AND INDUSTRY BRANCH FOR SECRETARIAT ...................... 20

THAI OFFICIALS STUDY HK DRUG PROGRAW.IE......................... 21

TWO LOTS OF CROWN LAND SOLD................................... 21

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 1982

SIR PHILIP THANKS UNOFFICIALS FOR LEGCO WORK * * * * *

£CT,NG GOVERNOR, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, THANKED UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS_OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL FOR THE MANY HOURS OF HARD WORK HA: HtY PUT INTO THE 1981-82 SESSION WHICH ENDED TODAY.

-YDoccccnPoJhl^S^,DTTHAT GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, HAD HAT AN0TH£ft IMPORTANT COMMITMENT HAD PREVENTED

HIM rROM PRESIDING AT TODAY’S MEETING OF THE COUNCIL.

AND PWDUCTWE?! SliTpHlLIP "IdE"037 IMPRESSIVE- CONSTRUCTIVE

,»LA!;?0 SP0K£ °F THE +MANY HOURS OF CLOSE SCRUTINY AND CONSIDERATION BY AD HOC GROUPS OF UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS UNDER THE Ato Io Ur UricLC0.+

HE WISHED THEM A +WELL DESERVED AND RESTFUL RECESS.+

AT TODAY’S MEETING, 16 BILLS WERE PASSED INTO LA AND Idjourned£RS WERE INTR0DUCED AND READ A SECOND TIME, WITH DEBATE

™E N£XT SESSION OF THE COUNCIL WILL START OCTOBER 6, WITH AN ADDRESS BY THE GOVERNOR.

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ANT I-SMOKING MEASURES SUPPORTED & # ik rt

A SUBSTANTIAL BODY Or MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE POINTED TO A LINK BETWEEN SMOKING AND LUNG CANCER, D- THE HON HO KAM-FAI, UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, SAID AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THIS, AND THE FACT THAT MOST 0- THE COMMUNITY SMOKING, MADE IT APPROPRIATE FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO RESTRICT SMOKING IN THE I TEREST OF PUBLIC HEALTH, SUPPORTING THE SMOKING (PUBLIC HEALTH) BILL, 1982.

WERE AGAINST TAKE ACTION TO DR HO SAID, IN

DR HO DESCRIBED THE LEGISLATION AS EE I IN THAT IT SEEKS TO PROTECT NC.-SMCHERS AND WITH CERTAIN PLACES TO SMOKE.*

NG +FAIRLY .ELL BALANCED STILL LEAVE SMOKERS

HE URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO ENGAGE IN MORE AGGRESS IV-EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY, ESPECIALLY DIRECTED AT THE YOUNG

LONG-TERM ER PEOPLE.

+ THE PURPOSE IS TO EDUCATE 7HE SMC'K AND TO DISCOURAGE YOUNG .-EC?_E ,-,.j ST D-HEALTH-DAMAG I'.G HABIT,- E Ba ID.

ERS TO BE MORE CONSIDERATE 7S FROM START I; G THIS

DR HO SAID TH T TRE CN RADIO, TELEVISION AND THAT ANY ADVERTISEMENT SUCCESSFUL C-. POPUL- P-“ EE PROHI3I_ZD.+

CODE OF ?- CTICE ON TOBACCO AD “RTISI 0

CHE”- SC EE S SHOULD DE T i L-."D ED +S0

-C~ ' T? - EJECT THE IM ~~ Z- .

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HE URGED ALSO THAT MORE PUBLIC FINANCIAL SUPPORT BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR SPORTS ACTIVITIES FOR THE YOUNG, TO OFFSET THE POSSIBLE +MISLEADING+ INFLUENCE OF TOBACCO-COMPANY SPONSORED SPORTING EVENTS.

ANOTHER

HER INTEREST * A DEEP SENSE

UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, THE HON SELINA CHOW, DECLARING AS A REFORMED SMOKER, SUPPORTED THE MOTION +WITH OF APOLOGY TO FR MCGOVERN AND ALL SMOKERS.-

STATING THAT SHE HAD TO SAY +JUST A FEW WORDS ON THE ’PCSP’ (PERSECUTION OF CIGARETTE SMOKERS PACKAGE)*, SHE NOTED THAT CIGARETTE SMOKING HAD NEVER BEEN BRANDED AS A SOCIALLY UNACCEPTABLE ACT, BUT WAS, ON THE CONTRARY, +VERY MUCH A STATUS SYMBOL,* AND THAT IMAGE WAS USED +TO ENTICE NEW CONVERTS.*

THINGS HAD CHANGED TODAY. +CLEAN AIR IS THE FASHION, THE PURSUIT OF HEALTH THE STATUS SYMBOL.* SHE SAID, ADDING THAT +NON-SMOKERS SHOULD REMEMBER THAT SMOKERS ARE JUST AS ENTITLED TO THE AIR AS THEY ARE.*

THERE WERE AN ESTIMATED 888 400 SMOKERS AND THIS WAS NOT A SMALL MINORITY, SHE SAID.

+THE SHEER NUMBER JUSTIFIES SOME CONSIDERATION IN THE DEGREE OF PERSECUTION TO BE EXECUTED,* SHE CONCLUDED.

TWO OTHER UNOFFICIALS SUPPORTED THE MOTION, AND SPOKE OF THE HAZARDS OF SMOKING.

THE HON WONG LAM, IN HIS SPEECH, ALSO CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE HELP IN HOSPITALS FOR PEOPLE WHO WISH TO RID THEMSELVES OF THE SMOKING HABIT.

THE HON CHAN KAM CHUEN, POINTING TO THE HEALTH AND FIRE DANGER, AS WELL AS THE HEAVY COST OF SMOKING TO SOME PEOPLE, CALLED FOR SUBSTANTIALLY HIGHER TAX ON TOBACCO. HE SAID ALSO THAT POLICE ACTION SHOULD EE TAKEN AGAINST PEOPLE VIOLATING THE PROVISIONS OF THE LEGISLATION, AND CALLED FOR GREATER PUBLICITY ON THE SUBJECT.

THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, THE HON E.P. HO, THANKED MEMBERS FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND SAID ENFORCEMENT WOULD CERTAINLY BE ASSISTED IF THERE WAS ACTIVE PUBLIC SUPPORT, AND IT WAS INTENDED THAT THIS WOULD BE ACHIEVED BY MORE POSITIVE PROMOTION OF PUBLIC HEALTH EDUCATION.

PARTICULAR ATTENTION ..OULD BE PAID TO THE YOUNGER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY.

THE PURPOSE GF THIS a AS :.0T TO PERSECUTE SMOKERS, BUT RATHER TO EDUCATE AND EVENTUALLY CONVERT THEM, HE SAID.

+THE CONTENT AND MAV-- OF CIG-RETTE ADVERTISING O' RADIO, TELEVISION AND ON CI: E’->. SC"E! S .-aS BEEN THE SUBJECT GF CLOSE EXAMINATION BY T’H£ COMMISSIO E? FOR TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING AND A TIGHTS’ COB- "" CTICE HAS BEE- PRODUCED. THIS .ILL BE BROUGHT INTO EFFEC- D JANUARY 1, LOSE.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 1982

- ENDORSE DR HO’S COMMENTS ON COMMERCIAL SPONSORSHIP AND THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CERTAINLY BE PLEASED TO SEE MORE FINANCIAL SUPPORT CROM OTHER SOURCES FOR SPORTS EVENTS,* HE SAID.

THE BILL WAS GIVEN FINAL APPROVAL, AFTER MR HO MOVED AN AMENDMENT TO ENABLE SAMPLES OF CIGARETTES TO BE WITHDRAWN FROM BOND FOR ANALYSIS BY THE GOVERNMENT CHEMIST.

+ l NEED ONLY ADD THAT THIS SAMPLING METHOD HAS THE AGREEMENT OF THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY, FOR WHOSE CO-OPERATION GENERALLY DURING THE PREPARATION OF THIS BILL, I AM MOST GRATEFUL,* MR HO SAID.

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PUBLICITY DRIVE PLANNED FOR CHANGES IN ROAD TRAFFIC LAw * * * *

THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON ALAN SCOTT, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT ESPECIAL CARE WOULD BE TAKEN TO PUBLICISE THE CHANGES IN ROAD TRAFFIC LEGISLATION SO THAT THE PUBLIC WOULD BE FULLY AWARE OF THEIR PART IN IMPROVING SAFETY AND BEHAVING SENSIBLY ON OUR ROADS.

SPEAKING AT THE SECOND READING OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC BILL 1982 IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR SCOTT ASSURED MEMBERS THAT THE BILL HAD BEEN PREPARED WITH GREAT CARE, AND CONGRATULATED THE WORKING PARTY AND THE LEGAL DRAFTSMEN FOR PRODUCING A +WELL ORDERED, UNDERSTANDABLE AND PRACTICAL FRAMEWORK FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF ROAD TRAFFIC IN HONG KONG+.

HE ESTIMATED THAT THE NEw MEASURES COULD BE BROUGHT INTO OPERATION 18 MONTH? AFTER ENACTMENT OF THE BILL.

THIS WOULD ALLOW MEMBERS Op THE PUBLIC, INVOLVED ORGANISATIONS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS TO PREPARE FULLY FOR THE CHANGES.

+PRACTICAL PROBLEMS WHICH COULD NOT BE FORESEEN DURING THE DRAFTING WILL NO DOUBT SURFACE IN THIS PERIOD, AND NECESSARY AMENDMENTS CAN BE MADE BEFORE IMPLEMENTATION,* HE SAID.

MR SCOTT ALSO SAID THAT INTRODUCTION OF +RECKLESS DRIVING* TO REPLACE +DANGEROUS DRIVING* DID NOT MEAN A SUBSTANTIAL CHANGE IN THE EXISTING STANDARDS OF CONDUCT REQUIRED OF A DRIVER AND IT WOULD NOT BE ANY EASIER TO PROVE AN OFFENCE.

*AS IN THE PAST,* HE SAID, +ONLY A MINORITY OF MOTORISTS ARE LIKELY TO BE AFFECTED.

+IN 1981, FOR INSTANCE, "HERE wERE 77 PROSECUTIONS FOR DANGEROUS DR IV IM CAUSING DEAT., FIVE FOR DANGEROUS DRIVING CAUSING GRIEVOUS BODILY INJURIES AND 1 672 FOP DANGEROUS DRIVING.

+THERE MUST BE STIFF PENALTIES FOR MOTORISTS WHO ENDANGER THE LIVES OF OTHER ROAD USERS; HENCE THE • .CREASED PENALTIES INCLUDED IN THE BILL.*

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MR SCOTT EXPRESSED HOPE THAT BY TACKLING RECKLESS DRIVING, WHICH REFERS TO THE MANNER OR ACT OF DRIVING IN PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCES, AND NOT WHETHER ANYONE WAS IN DANGER, INROADS COULD BE MADE INTO THE TRAGIC TOLL OF ACCIDENTS ON OUR ROADS. IN 1981, HE SAID, 478 PEOPLE DIED AND 23 602 PEOPLE WERE INJURED ON OUR ROADS.

MR SCOTT SAID RECKLESS DRIVERS WERE NOT BEING SINGLED OUT FOR ATTENTION. THE BILL ALSO PROVIDED THAT PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS WHO ACTED RECKLESSLY WERE SUBJECT TO FINES.

HE HAD GONE INTO THIS POINT AT SOME LENGTH BECAUSE IT HAD AROUSED FEARS AMONG PROFESSIONAL DRIVERS IN PARTICULAR THAT THE LAW wAS TO BE UNNECESSARILY STRENGTHENED TO THEIR DETRIMENT.

+1 DO NOT THINK THAT LAW-ABIDING, SENSIBLE DRIVERS HAVE ANYTHING TO FEAR AND HOPE THAT MEMBERS WILL AGREE THAT ANY DRIVER, PROFESSIONAL OR OTHERWISE, aHO DRIVES RECKLESSLY SHOULD BE CALLED TO ACCOUNT EEFORE A COURT,* HE SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

MEDIA HAVE IMPORTANT PART TO PLAY : HAYE * * * * *

THE MASS MEDIA HAVE AN IMPORTANT PART TO PLAY IN KEEPING STUDENT SUICIDE IN PERSPECTIVE, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, THE HON COLVYN HAYE, SAID AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

_nD e!rnvE^LY T0 A QUEST,0N BY THE HON LYDIA DUNN, MR HAYE SAID THAT FOR EVERY TRAGIC BREAKDOWN THERE WERE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF ^pp*» WEALTHY CHILDREN WHO HAVE LEARNT TO HANDLE STRESS IN THEIR HOMES, SCHOOLS AND IN OUR BUSTLING, BUSY WORLD.

TC*rucIeEIunAyE^D0NE TH,S W,TH THS HELP 0F MOVING PARENTS, CARING TEACHERS AND A CONCtRNED SOCIETY. BUT THEY HAVE DONE IT MOST OF ^L» I WOULD SUGGEST, BY COURAGE AND COMMON SENSE AS INDIVIDUALS,* HE SA 1D.

MR HAYE SAID THE GOVERN*?'7, AS A ADMINISTRATION, IS CONCERNED ,^OUT THE STUDENTS.

CARING AND COMPASSIONATE INCIDENCE OF SUICIDES mMONG

HE ADDED: +0NE STUDENT DETRACTING IN ANY WAY FROM ’ FEW STUDENT SUICIDES WE HA ■ E AN INCIDENCE IN THE SENSE ■

SUICIDE IS ONE TOO MANY, BUT WITHOUT < 7R-GEDY, I ?JLD SAY 7HAT THE VERY HAD RECENT YEARS DO NOT REPRESENT

■_ 1 D OR GROWTH.*

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HE SAID HE WAS TOLD BY A PRACTISING PSYCHIATRIST THAT THE TREND WAS FOR FEWER SUCH CASES IN HONG KONG.

COMMENTING ON THE MAJOR CAUSES OF THESE TRAGEDIES AS ASKED BY MISS DUNN, MR HAYE SAID IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT TO SAY WITH ANY CERTAINTY wHAT WERE THE MAJOR CAUSES. HE ADDED THAT THERE MIGHT BE A COMBINATION OF FACTORS, AMONG THEM A PREDISPOSITION OF CHARACTER, AND STRESS IN THE HOME, AT SCHOOL AND IN THE WAY OF LIFE IN HONG KONG.

HE SAID HE WAS TOLD BY HIS EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGISTS AND MEDICAL ADVISERS THAT PREDISPOSITION WAS THE KEY TO ANY STUDENT BREAKDOWN - OF WHICH SUICIDE WAS THE EXTREME AND SADLY IRRETRIEVABLE FORM.

♦HIGHLY SENSITIVE, IMAGINATIVE CHILDREN ARE PARTICULARLY PRONE TO PRESSURES, WHEREVER THEY COME FROM. AND IF THESE ARE COMPOUNDED BY AN UNHAPPY HOME, THEY WILL NOT BE HELPED BY THE MORE IMPERSONAL ENVIRONMENT OF SCHOOL.

+A CAREFUL ANALYSIS OF RECENT CASES HAS PROMPTED MY EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST TO REMARK THAT IN VERY, VERY FEW INSTANCES HAS ACADEMIC PRESSURE AT SCHOOL APPEARED TO BE THE PRECIPITATI NG CAUSE OF STUDENT SUICIDE. IN ALL CASES THERE HAVE BEEN CONTRIBUTING FACTORS, AND, IN SADLY TOO MANY, PRESSURES AT HOME,* MR HAYE NOTED.

HE SAID THIS WAS NOT TO SAY THAT STUDENT BREAKDOWNS COULD NOT BE CHECKED. +ALERT AND RESPONSIVE PARENTS AND TEACHERS CAN SEE TROUBLE COMING AND WITH LOVE AND COMMONSENSE OFTEN MEET AND TREAT TEENAGE PROBLEMS BEFORE THEY GET OUT OF HAND.

♦IF BEHAVIOURAL TROUBLE ESCALATES, THERE ARE THE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES OF COUNSELLING AND GUIDANCE TEACHERS, SOCIAL WORKERS, PSYCHOLOGISTS AND PSYCHIATRISTS AVAILABLE; BUT THE PROBLEM IS AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN DIAGNOSIS.

♦IF THE APPROACH OF TEENAGE BREAKDOWN IS HARD TO DIAGNOSE, ANTICIPATING A STUDENT SUICIDE IS OFTEN IMPOSSIBLE. A COMMON FACTOR IN THESE SAD CASES IS THE UTTER SURPRISE OF PARENTS, FAMILY, TEACHERS AND FRIENDS OF VICTIMS.*

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UPGRADING OF LANDS TRIBUNAL SUPPORTED

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IT WAS RIGHT THAT STEPS SHOULD BE TAKEN TO UPGRADE THE CONSTITUTION OF THE LANDS TRIBUNAL, AND THIS WAS ONE OF THE MAJOR AIMS OF THE LANDS TRIBUNAL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, THE HON J.J. SWAINE, SAID AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN SUPPORTING THE BILL, MR SWAINE EXPLAINED THAT A THREE-TIER SYSTEM WAS PROPOSED, WITH A PRESIDENT WHO WILL BE A SUPREME COURT JUDGE, PRESIDING OFFICERS WHO WILL BE DISTRICT JUDGES, AND MEMBERS WHO WILL BE EITHER LEGALLY QUALIFIED OR WITH RELEVANT EXPERIENCE, SUCH AS IN LAND VALUATION.

+THIS WILL SUPERSEDE THE PRESENT TWO-TIER SYSTEM OF PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS, IN WHICH THE PRESIDENT IS AT DISTRICT COURT LEVEL. APPOINTMENTS UNDER THE NEW SYSTEM WILL BE MADE BY THE GOVERNOR UPON THE ADVICE OF THE JUDICIAL SERVICE COMMISSION.

+THERE IS THUS NO CHANGE FROM THE PRESENT SYSTEM IN WHICH THE PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS ARE APPOINTED IN THE SAME WAY,+ HE SAID.

MR SWAINE REFERRED TO FEARS EXPRESSED THAT THE SCHEME OF APPOINTMENTS MIGHT BE CONSTRUED AS UNDERMINING THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE JUDICIARY, BUT SAID THE LEGISLATION SCRUTINY GROUP OF UNOFFICIALS HAD NOT BEEN PERSUADED BY THE ARGUMENT.

+W'E WOULD PREFER TO REGARD THE PROPOSALS IN THEIR CORRECT PERSPECTIVE, NAMELY AS AN EFFORT TO UPGRADE THE LANDS TRIBUNAL, WITHIN THE PRESENT SYSTEM,+ HE SAID.

THE UNOFFICIALS HAD ALSO RECEIVED VERY USEFUL COMMENTS ON THE MECHANICS OF THE BILL AND HAD ADOPTED TWO OF THE SUGGESTIONS, WITH THE CONCURRENCE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL. THESE WERE TO ENABLE PRESIDING OFFICERS, AS WELL AS THE PRESIDENT, TO DETERMINE POINTS OF LAW WHICH MIGHT BE REFERRED TO THEM BY A LAY MEMBER OF THE TRIBUNAL, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE TRIBUNAL MIGHT REVIEW ITS OWN DECISIONS, BOTH AS TO LAW AND FACT, HE SAID.

THE BILL WAS PASSED WITH AMENDMENTS.

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REASSURANCE FOR KINDERGARTEN OPERATORS * * * * *

THE HON COLVYN HAYE, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION TODAY (WEDNESDAY) REMINDED THE OPERATORS OF KINDERGARTEN SCHOOLS WITH BABY OR NURSERY CLASSES THAT THE INTENTION OF THE EDUCATION (AMENDMENT) BILL WAS NOT TO PUT THEM OUT OF BUSINESS, BUT TO IMPROVE THEIR STANDARDS OF OPERATION.

WINDING UP THE DEBATE ON THE EDUCATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING, MR HAYE SAID HE HAD EARLIER MET WITH THE INTERESTED PARTIES CONCERNED.

+1 WAS RELIEVED TO FIND THAT THERE WAS NO REAL QUARREL WITH THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE WHITE PAPER AND THE CONCEPT OF COMPLEMENTARY CHILD CARE AND EDUCATION.

+FEARS, SUCH AS THEY WERE, STEMMED FROM A MISUNDERSTANDING OF OFFICIAL INTENTION, AND APPREHENSIONS RELATED TO THE PRACTICAL ADMINISTRATION OF THE RESPECTIVE ORDINANCES,* HE SAID.

A START HAD BEEN MADE TO CLEAR UP THIS MISUNDERSTANDING, AND THE AUTHORITIES WERE LOOKING INTO THE PRACTICAL DIFFICULTIES RELATING TO REGISTRATION AND ADMINISTRATION.

+THE SUGGESTIONS MADE BY DR FANG AND HIS COLLEAGUES WILL CERTAINLY BE BORNE IN MIND AS TALKS WITH SCHOOL OPERATORS CONTINUE, AND I HOPE THAT WE WILL HAVE SOLVED MOST OF OUR PROBLEMS BY THE END OF THE YEAR,* HE SAID.

MR HAYE WAS SPEAKING AFTER THREE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS HAD EXPRESSED THEIR VIEWS ON THE BILL AND THE RELATED CHILD CARE CENTRES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982.

THE HON SELINA CHOW SAID THAT KINDERGARTEN OPERATORS WERE CONCERNED WITH THE BILLS AS THEY APPLIED TO THE BABY OR NURSERY CLASSES, WHICH EXISTED IN MOST KINDERGARTENS.

SHE NOTED THAT WITH THE PASSING OF THE EDUCATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, CHILDREN WHO ARE UNDER THREE YEARS EIGHT MONTHS WILL NOT BE ADMITTED INTO THESE CLASSES IN SEPTEMBER 1985 UNLESS THE CLASSES ARE RE-REGISTERED AS CHILD CARE CENTRES THAT MUST MEET, MORE STRINGENT REQUIRMENTS.

THE HON DR HARRY FANG AND THE HON MR CHAN KAM CHUEN URGED THAT AN ADVISORY BODY BE SET UP TO DEAL WITH PROBLEMS THAT MIGHT ARISE IN THE TRANSITION PERIOD. SPEAKING ON THE CHILD CARE CENTRES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, THE HON ANSON CHAN, SAID THAT THE INTENTION OF IMPROVING STANDARDS IN KINDERGARTENS WAS TO BRING SOME OF THEIR PROGRAMMES AND ACTIVITIES CLOSER TO THOSE IN CHILD CARE CENTRES.

I BELIEVE WE CAN TAKE SOME PRIDE IN THE QUALITY OF SERVICE AVAILABLE IN OUR CHILD CARE CENTRES AND I AM SURE THAT THE PUBLIC AND PARENTS READILY ACKNOWLEDGE THE POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION SUCH SERVICES MAKE TO THE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF OUR YOUNG CHILDREN,* SHE SAID.

•EDNESDAY, JULY 28, 1982

ACTION AGAINST ILLEGAL

USE OF TOXIC PRESERVATIVES * * F -

WHEN THE ILLEGAL USE OF TOXIC PRESERVATIVES, SUCH AS SALICYLIC ACID, IS DISCOVERED, THE DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES IS EMPOWERED BY THE LAW TO AUTHORISE OFFICERS TO MARK, SEAL AND SEIZE ANY FOOD UNFIT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION.

AND WHERE NECESSARY, ACTION IS ALSO TAKEN AGAINST SPECIFIC FOOD FACTORIES AND RETAIL OUTLETS, THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, THE HON E.P. HO, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN REPLY TO A QUESTION 3Y THE HON PETER C. WONG.

MR HO SAID THAT THE PRESERVATIVES IN FOOD REGULATIONS UNDER THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES ORDINANCE PRESCRIBE THE MAXIMUM CONCENTRATION OF SPECIFIC PRESERVATIVES PERMISSIBLE IN SOME FOOD ITEMS.

ANY PERSON WHO SELLS OR POSSESSES FCR SALE ANY FOOD CONTRARY TO THE PROVISIONS OF THESE REGULATIONS IS LIABLE TO A FINE OF 32 000 AND THREE MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT, HE WARNED.

♦THE USE OF PRESERVATIVES IK'FOOD IS AT PRESENT EFFECTIVELY CONTROLLED BY THE URBAN SERVICE' DEPARTMENT WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE GOVERNMENT LABORATORY, AND THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT THE SITUATION IS GETTING CUT "r HAND.+ MR HO ASSURED.

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POWS ENTITLED TO PENSIONS * * * *

ALL FORMER POWS (PRISONERS OF WAR), WHO WERE MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG VOLUNTEER DEFENCE CORPS OR THE HONG KONG NAVAL VOLUNTEER FORCE DISABLED IN ACTION OR CAPTIVITY, ARE ENTITLED TO PENSIONS UNDER THE VOLUNTEER AND NAVAL VOLUNTEER PENSIONS ORDINANCE AT RATES DETERMINED BY HER MAJES’Y IN COUNCIL AS THE NAVAL, MILITARY AND AIR FORCES ETC. (DISABLEMENT AND DEATH) SERVICE PENSIONS ORDERS. THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, THE HON E.P. HO SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN REPLY TO A QUESTIO' BY THE HON ANDREW SO IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR HO SAID ALL FORMER POwS WHO SERVED IN UNITS LISTED IN THE FIRST SCHEDULE TO THE HO’?. KONG WAR MEMORIAL FUND ORDINANCE AND ARE IN NEED, INCLUDING ~ C I '.U .TEER POWS, WHO DO NOT QUALIFY FOR DISABILITY PENSIONS, .--.E E_ SI’LE FOR ASSISTANCE FROM THE <A= MEMORIAL FUND.

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OTHER FORMER FAR EAST POWS WHO DID NOT SERVE IN ANY OF THE UNITS _ISTED IN THE FIRST SCHEDULE TO THE HONG KONG WAR MEMORIAL FUND ORDINANCE, BUT WHO ARE NOW IN NEED, MAY APPLY TO THE FAR EAST RELIEF FUND ADMINISTERED SEPARATELY BY THE WAR MEMORIAL FUND COMMITTEE.

FORMER POWS AND OTHER VICTIMS OF THE LAST WAR ALSO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL SERVICES AND BENEFITS IN RECENT YEARS FOLLOWING A GOVERNMENT REVIEW OF THEIR NEEDS, MR HO SAID.

THESE INCLUDE A FREE MEDICAL SCHEME ANNOUNCED IN JULY 1977 FOR CIVILIANS IMPRISONED AND TORTURED BY THE ENEMY AND FOR ALL FORMER HONG KONG POWS; A NON-MEANS-TESTED SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCE INTRODUCED BY THE WAR MEMORIAL FUND COMMITTEE IN DECEMBER 1983; THE AMENDMENT IN 1979 OF THE WAR MEMORIAL FUND ORDINANCE TO ENABLE POWS IN NEED TO QUALIFY FOR ASSISTANCE WITHOUT THEIR HAVING TO PROVE INCAPACITY ARISING OUT OF THE ENEMY ATTACK ON HONG KONG IN 1941 AND ITS AFTERMATH; AND THE GOVERNMENT’S UNDERWRITING OF THE WAR MEMORIAL FUND TO GUARANTEE THE DISCHARGE OF ITS COMMITMENTS TO ALL POTENTIAL BENEFICIARIES.

MR HO SAID 133 VOLUNTEER PENSIONS ARE IN PAYMENT TO 63 WIDOWS AND 70 DISABLED VOLUNTEERS (64 OF THEM ARE NOW LIVING OVERSEAS AND SIX ARE RESIDENTS IN HONG KONG). THERE ARE 167 FAMILIES (COMPRISING 223-PERSONS) WHO ARE BENEFICIARIES OF THE WAR MEMORIAL FUND, INCLUDING 84 FORMER POWS OF WHOM 37 ARE LIVING OVERSEAS AND 47 IN HONG KONG.

HE SAID THE GRANTS AND ALLOWANCES PAYABLE BY THE WAR MEMORIAL FUND ARE REVIEWED REGULARLY IN THE LIGHT OF CHANGES IN THE COST OF LIVING, AND ANY CASE OF HARDSHIP BROUGHT TO THE NOTICE OF THE WAR MEMORIAL FUND COMMITTEE WILL EE GIVEN THE MOST SYMPATHETIC CONSIDERATION.

ON THE QUESTION OF PENSIONS FOR THE EX-POWS AS OF RIGHT WHICH SOME OF THEM SEEM TO BE CLAIMING, MR HO SAID THE GOVERNMENT’S POSITION REMAINS AS STATED IN HIS REPLY TO THE HON LYDIA DUNN IN THE COUNCIL ON NOVEMBER 28, 1979s UNLESS HER MAJESTY IN COUNCIL INCLUDES PROVISION FOR SUCH POW PENSIONS IN THE NAVAL, MILITARY AND AIR FORCES ETC (DISABLEMENT AND DEATH) SERVICE PENSIONS ORDERS, THERE IS NO CASE FOR SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS TO BE MADE FOR THEM IN HONG KONG BEYOND THE MEASURES ALREADY DESCRIBED.

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BIG GROWTH IN EDUCATION * * * *

THERE HAS BEEN A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN THE PROVISION CF PUBLIC SECTOR PLACES IN FORMS IV AND V SINCE THE PUBLICATION CF THE WHITE PAPER ON SENIOR SECONDARY AND TERTIARY EDUCATION IN 1978, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION, THE HON COLVYN HAYE SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON S.L. CHEN IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR HAYE SAID THE NUMBER OF THESE PLACES IN SEPTEMBER 1981 HAD MORE THAN DOUBLED THOSE AVAILABLE IN 1978.

+THIS SEPTEMBER, 21 NEW SECONDARY SCHOOLS WILL COME INTO FULL OPERATION, RAISING SUBSIDISED FORM IV PLACES STILL FURTHER, AND IT IS EXPECTED THAT BY 1985, WITH THE COMPLETION OF THE SCHOOL BUILDING PROGRAMME, THE WHITE PAPER TARGET OF 57 000 SENIOR SECONDARY PLACES WILL HAVE BEEN MET,+ HE SAID.

AT THE SIXTH FORM LEVEL, HE ADDED, THE TARGET PLACES FOR UP TO ONE-THIRD OF STUDENTS ENTERING SUBSIDISED FORM IV PLACES TWO YEARS PREVIOUSLY HAD ALREADY BEEN ACHIEVED.

THE SCHOOL SYSTEM HAD ALSO BEEN SIMPLIFIED, AS ENVISAGED IN THE WHITE PAPER, BY CONVERTING SECONDARY MODERN SCHOOLS INTO SECONDARY TECHNICAL SCHOOLS. FIFTY-SEVEN NON-PROFIT MAKING SCHOOLS WITH CAPUT GRANT WILL ALSO BECOME FULLY AIDED THIS SEPTEMBER.

+MEASURES HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO ENCOURAGE SCHOOLS TO BROADEN THEIR CURRICULUM, WITH GREATER EMPHASIS ON PRACTICAL AND TECHNICAL SUBJECTS,* MR HAYE SAID.

ON TERTIARY EDUCATION, HE SAID THE COMMISSIONING OF A DENTAL SCHOOL AT THE UNIVERSITY CF HONG KONG AND A MEDICAL SCHOOL AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY HAD BEEN NOTABLE DEVELOPMENTS.

AT THE SAME TIME, HE ADDED, THE NUMBER OF UNIVERSITY STUDENTS HAS SEEN HEALTHY GROWTH.

DEVELOPMENTS IN THE POLYTECHNIC HAD ALSO REFLECTED ITS GROWING IMPORTANCE IN MEETING HONG KONG’S NEEDS FOR SKILLED AND TRAINED TECHNICIANS AND TECHNOLOGISTS.

SINCE THE WHITE PAPER, MR HAYE ADDED, THERE HAD ALSO BEEN A SERIES OF BUILDING PROGRAMMES TO EXPAND TECHNICAL EDUCATION, HIGHLIGHTED BY THE ESTABLISHMENT IN FEBRUARY THIS YEAR CF A VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL FOR CO-ORDINATING THE DEVELOPMENT CF A COMPREHENSIVE SYSTEM OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE.

♦THIS WILL, I AM SURE, RESULT IN A FURTHER STRENGTHENING CF OUR INDUSTRIAL BASE,+ MR HAYE SAID.

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MEASURES TO MEET SHORTFALLS OF PLACES FOR ELDERLY * * *

THE PROJECTED SHORTFALLS OF PLACES IN CARE AND ATTENTION

HOMES, AND INFIRMARIES ILL BE MET BY THE END OF 1984/85 AND

THE END OF THE 1P8OS RESPECTIVELY, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, THE HON ANSON CHAN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI, SHE SAID THERE WERE 3 448 ELDERLY PERSONS AWAITING ADMISSION TO CARE AND ATTENTION HOMES, AND 230 TO INFIRMARIES.

ON AVERAGE, THE FORMER HAVE BEEN ON THE WAITING LIST FOR TWO AND A HALF YEARS, AND THE LATTER FOR THREE MONTHS TO ONE YEAR, SHE SAID.

TO REDUCE THE SHORTFALL, +THERE IS AN ONGOING PROGRAMME TO SECURE SUITABLE SITES FOR PURPOSE-BUILT CARE AND ATTENTION HOMES, AND TO ENCOURAGE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES TO OPERATE SUCH FACILITIES WITH FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM GOVERNMENT,+ SHE SAID.

THERE WILL BE 125 NEW PLACES TOWARDS THE END OF 1982/83, AND 2 055 PLACES IN 14 ADDITIONAL HOMES IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS, SHE ADDED.

THE CURRENT SHORTFALL OF INFIRMARY BEDS IS PARTLY MET BY THE ADDITION OF 300 BEDS THIS YEAR WITH THE COMPLETION OF THE WONG TAI SIN INFIRMARY NEW EXTENSION, SHE SAID.

AS FOR THE ESTIMATED SHORTFALL OF 1 600 INFIRMARY BEDS BY THE END OF 1980S, MRS CHAN SAID THAT 2 050 ADDITIONAL BEDS ARE PLANNED FOR THE NEXT EIGHT YEARS.

ADMISSION TO CARE AND ATTENTION HOMES IS NORMALLY ON A FIRST-COME—FIRST-SERVED BASIS ON APPLICATION, HOWEVER, URGENT REFERRALS FROM THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT OR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT MAY BE GIVEN PRIORITY ADMISSION.

ADMISSION TO INFIRMARIES IS BASED ON THE CLINICAL AND SOCIAL CONDITIONS OF EACH PATIENT, WHO IS TO BE ADMITTED DIRECTLY FROM CLINICAL UNITS OF ACUTE REGIONAL HOSPITALS, SHE SAID.

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GUARANTEE FOR MTR LOAN * * *

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY APPROVED A GOVERNMENT GUARANTEE TO THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION TO COVER THE PAYMENT OF A Si 063 MILLION LOAN.

THE SUM BORROWED UNDER THIS GUARANTEE WILL BE USED TO FINANCE THE ISLAND LINE CONTRACTS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CHAI WAN DEPOT, THE CHAI WAN OVERHEAD STATION, THE PAK CHAI WAN STATION AND THE CAUSEWAY BAY WEST CONCOURSE; THE DESIGN, MANUFACTURE AND INSTALLATION OF THE SIGNALLING SYSTEM, THE ESCALATORS AND THE AUTOMATIC FARE COLLECTION EQUIPMENT; AND THE MAIN SITE FORMATION WORKS AT KORNHILL.

THIS BRINGS THE GOVERNMENT’S TOTAL GUARANTEE COMMITMENT IN RESPECT OF THE OUTSTANDING LOANS AVAILABLE TO THE MTR CORPORATION TO $9 673 MILLION.

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POWER TO REMOVE VESSELS FROM PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREAS

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THE GOVERNMENT HAD AGREED TO A PROPOSED AMENDMENT THAT THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE BE GIVEN POWER ALSO TO REMOVE ANY VESSEL WHICH MAY HAVE BEEN BERTHED FOR AN UNDUE PERIOD OF TIME IN PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREAS, DR THE HON FRANCIS TIEN, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE . COUNCIL TODAY.

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE PORT CONTROL (CARGO WORKING AREAS) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, MR TIEN EXPLAINED THAT THE SUGGESTION FOLLOWED VISITS BY THE UNOFFICIALS’ ECONOMIC SERVICES GROUP TO TWO CARGO WORKING AREAS TO STUDY PROBLEMS THERE.

+1 AM GLAD TO SAY THAT THE ADMINISTRATION HAS AGREED TO THE SUGGESTION,* MR TIEN SAID.

THE LEGISLATION AIMS AT FACILITATING CONTROL OVER CARGO HANDLING OPERATIONS AT PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREAS.

THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON D.G. JEAFFRESON, THANKED DR TIEN AND THE MEMBERS OF THE ECONOMIC SERVICES GROUP FOR THEIR CAREFUL CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL AND FOR CARRYING OUT THE ON-SITE INSPECTIONS OF THE PROBLEMS AT THE PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREAS.

APPROPRIATE CHANGES TO THE REGULATIONS WOULD BE PROPOSED TO THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL, HE SAID.

THE BILL WAS APPROVED, WITH AMENDMENTS.

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UMELCO POLICE GROUP PRAISED FOR WORK * * * *

♦HE REPORT OF THE UMELCO POLICE GROUP FOR 1981 WAS TABLED AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

COMMENTING ON THE REPORT THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON J.R. HEYWOOD, SAID THE REPORT PROVIDED A VERY CLEAR ACCOUNT Oc THE GROUP’S WORK FOR THE YEAR.

HE PAID TRIBUTE TO THE GROUP’S CHAIRMAN, THE HON T.S. LO AND HIS UNOFFICIAL COLLEAGUES FOR DEVOTING SO MUCH TIME TO THE IMPORTANT WORK OF ENSURING THAT THE POLICE FORCE DID NOT +FLINCH+ FROM POLICING ITSELF.

THC IMPORTANCE OF THE GROUP’S WORK COULD BEST BE SUMMED UP BY QUOTING A PARAGRAPH IN THE REPORT WHICH STATES* +EVERY COMPLAINT AGAINST THE POLICE MADE DIRECTLY OR^FERRED TO THE COMPLAINTS AGAINST THE POLICE OFFICE, lb REPORTED TO THE UMtLCO POLICE GROUP,* HE SAID.

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REQUIREMENT FOR ENTRY TO UK * * * *

THE ONLY REQUIREMENTS FOR A HONG KONG PASSPORT-HOLDER WISHING TO ENTER THE UK FOR GENUINE VISIT OR STUDY PURPOSES AR- THAi THERE ARE NO OBJECTIONS ON MEDICAL, CRIMINAL OR SECURITY GROUNDS AND THAT THE VISITOR HAS ADEQUATE FUNDS TO MAINTAIN HIMSELF DURING HIS VISIT THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON J.R. HEYWOOD TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON SELINA CHOW ON THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR HONG KONG PASSPORT-HOLDERS WHO WISH TO ENTER THE UNITED KINGDOM.

MR HEYWOOD STATED THAT FULL DETAILS OF THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS SPECIFIED BY THE UK GOVERNMENT FOR HONG KONG PASSPORT-HOLDERS wHO DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT OF ABODE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM ARE CONTAINED IN A COMPREHENSIVE STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN IMMIGRATION RULES LAID BEFORE PARLIAMENT ON FEBRUARY 20, 1980 UNDER SECTION 3(2) OF THE IMMIGRATION ACT 1971.

♦BRIEFLY, AND IN GENERAL, THOSE GOING TO WORK IN THE UK REQUIRE WORK PERMITS OR ENTRY CERTIFICATES DEPENDENT ON THE TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT,+ HE EXPLAINED.

♦DEPENDANTS OF THOSE WORKING IN THE UK, AND OTHERS GOING THERE FOR A LONG TERM PESIIEVE -EQUIRE ENTRY CERTIFICATES,* MR HEYWOOD SAID.

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NO GROWTH IN VICE ESTABLISHMENTS * * *

THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE THAT THE NUMBER OF VICE ESTABLISHMENTS IN RESIDENTIAL OR OTHER BUILDINGS HAD GROWN, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOP SECURITY, THE HON J.R. HEYWOOD, SAID AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TODAY.

MR HEYWOOD WAS REPLYING TO THE HON SELINA CHOW WHO ASKED WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WAS TAKING ACTION TO CONTROL THE GROWTH OF SUCH ESTABLISHMENTS IN RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS.

HE EXPLAINED THAT RECENTLY, THE PUBLIC HAD BECOME MORE AWARE OF THE EXISTENCE OF VICE ESTABLISHMENTS AND THE PRESS HAD GIVEN PROMINENT COVERAGE TO THE SUBJECT.

AS THESE ESTABLISHMENTS MIGHT BE LOCATED IN BUILDINGS OF ANY TYPE, CONTROL MEASURES WERE NOT CONFINED TO RESIDENTIAL PREMISES ONLY, MR HEYWOOD POINTED OUT.

HE SAID THAT EACH POLICE DISTRICT HAD SET UP ITS OWN VICE SQUAD TO CONDUCT REGULAR CHECKS AND TAKE PROSECUTION ACTION AGAINST BREACHES OF THE LAW.

THE CONTROL MEASURES ALSO INVOLVED THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE, AND THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, DEPENDING ON WHICH OF THE LAWS AND REGULATIONS WERE BEING VIOLATED, HE SAID.

STOCK EXCHANGE ELECTION

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A BILL SEEKING TO ALLOW THE CHAIRMAN AND VICE-CHAIRMEN OF THE STOCK EXCHANGE OF HONG KONG LTD (THE UNIFIED EXCHANGE) TO BE ELECTED BY SECRET BALLOT OF THE COMMITTEE, INSTEAD OF BY MEMBERS OF THE COMPANY, WAS INTRODUCED BY THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON D.G. JEAFFRESON, AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, MR JEAFFRESON EXPLAINED THAT THE ELECTION OF OFFICE BEARERS TO THE EXCHANGE IS GOVERNED BY ITS ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION, WHICH ARE IN PART, AND INCLUDING THE PROCEDURE FOR ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN, SUBJECT TO PROVISIONS IN THE STOCK EXCHANGES UNIFICATION ORDINANCE.

BOTH THE MEMBERS OF THE EXCHANGE COMPANY, AND THE SECURITIES COMMISSION APPROVED OF THE PROPOSAL, AND THE BILL BEFORE MEMBERS SOUGHT TO REPEAL THE RELEVANT SECTION OF THE ORDINANCE TO ALLOW FOR THE PROPOSED NEW ELECTION PROCEDURE.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 1982

SYMPATHY OVER FUSED PLUGS XXX

FUSED PLUGS ARE DESIGNED TO PROTECT ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES FROM THE CONSEQUENCES OF OVERLOADING OR OF SHORT CIRCUIT NG AND NOT TO PROVIDE PROTECTION AGAINST ELECTROCUTION.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON D.G. JEAFFRESON, TO QUESTION BY HON K.C. CHAN IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

♦IT IS TRUE THAT IN CERTAIN RATHER PRECISE AND LIMITED CIRCUMSTANCES A BLOWN FUSE IN WHAT WAS A CORRECTLY FUSED PLUG MIGHT HAVE SAVED SOMEONE FROM ELECTROCUTION. BUT AS I UNDERSTAND IT, THE CHANCES OF THIS HAPPENING ARE NOT VERY HIGH AND ARE NOT STRONG ENOUGH TO JUSTIFY MAKING THE USE OF FUSED PLUGS COMPULSORY. HE SAID.

AS FAR AS HE KNEW, FUSED PLUGS ARE USED EXTENSIVELY ONLY IN BRITAIN, AND NOWHERE WERE THEY COMPULSORY.

MR CHAN HAD ASKED WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONSIDER REQUIRING THE COMPULSORY USE OF FUSED PLUGS FOR ALL DOMESTIC AND INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES TO MINIMISE THE RISK OF ELECTROCUTION BY ACCIDENT OR THROUGH FAULTY WIRES OR EQUIPMENT.

+NEVERTHELESS, WE SYMPATHISE WITH MY HONOURABLE FRIEND’S INTEREST IN SAFETY AND WE WILL CERTAINLY BEAR HIS SUGGESTION IN MIND.+ HE SAID.

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PEAK TRAMWAY PERMIT FEE

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THE PEAK TRAMWAY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 WHICH SETS THE PERMIT FEE PAYABLE BY THE COMPANY FOR THE YEARS 1981 AND 1982 AT THE NOMINAL SUM OF £1 OOO WAS READ A SECOND TIME IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON ALAN SCOTT SAID THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL APPROVED AN INCREASE IN FARES ON THE PEAK TRAMWAY ON JUNE 4 THIS YEAR AND RECOMMENDED THAT THE BILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE COUNCIL.

HE SAID THE FARE SCALES APPROVED DEPENDED ON THE PERMIT FEE EE I NG SET AT A NOMINAL LEVEL IN ORDER TO ALLOW THE COMPANY TO MAKE A REASONABLE PROFIT WITHOUT RAISING FARES TO AN UNREASONABLY HIGH LEVEL.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 1982

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MtDICAL REGISTRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 * * * K

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UNIVERSITIES TO MEET MANPOWER NEEDS * * X

THE GROWTH RATE OF THE STUDENT POPULATION OF THE TWO UNIVERSITIES WILL BE RAISED TO MEET HONG KONG’S PROFESSIONAL MANPOWER NEEDS AND STUDENTS’ ASPIRATIONS.

AS DETERMINED BY THE GOVERNMENT IN 1980, THE PRESENT GROWTH RATE OF THE UNIVERSITIES FOR THE 1981-84 TRI ENN I UM IS FOUR PER CENT PER ANNUM COMPOUND. IT WAS DECIDED SUBSEQUENTLY TO EXTEND THIS GROWTH RATE TO 1984-85 TO ALLOW FOR THE COMPLETION OF THE GOVERNMENT’S DELIBERATIONS ON THE LONGER TERM DEVELOPMENT OF TERTIARY EDUCATION IN HONG KONG BEFORE DECIDING ON STUDENT TARGETS FOR THE NEXT TRI ENN I UM.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT AFTER CONSIDERING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COMMITTEE TO REVIEW POST-SECONDARY AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND THE ADVICE OF THE UNIVERSITIES AND POLYTECHNIC GRANTS COMMITTEE, THE GOVERNMENT HAD AGREED ON UNIVERSITY STUDENT NUMBER TARGETS FOR BOTH THE YEAR 1984-85 AND THE 1985-88 TRI ENN I UM.

+PAST EXPERIENCE HAS SHOWN THAT VERY HIGH AND FLUCTUATING RATES OF GROWTH OF ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS CAN BE DETRIMENTAL TO STANDARDS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

IT HAS BEEN DECIDED, THEREFORE, THAT STUDENT NUMBERS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE TO GROW AT FOUR PER CENT ANNUALLY BETWEEN 1984-88 BUT THAT SPECIFIC REQUESTS BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR MANPOWER TRAINING WOULD BE MET OVER AND ABOVE THE TARGETS BASED ON THE GROWTH RATE.

FOR THE YEAR 1984-85 THE BASIC FOUR PER CENT GROWTH WOULD RAISE THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PLACES TO 6 375 AT HONG KONG UNIVERSITY AND 5 700 AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG. GOVERNMENT REQUIREMENTS ARE EXPECTED TO BOOST THESE FIGURES TO 6 600 AND 5 900 RESPECTIVELY.

THE TARGETS FOR THE 1985-88 TRI ENN I UM ARE 7 170 FOR HKU AND 6 420 FOR CUHK. THE ACTUAL NUMBER OF PLACES WILL BE 8 000 AND 7 100 RESPECTIVELY AFTER ADDING ON THE GOVERNMENT’S REQUIREMENTS.

THE PROFESSIONALS WHICH THE UNIVERSITIES WILL BE ASKED TO PROVIDE MORE OF ARE TEACHERS, SOCIAL WORKERS, DOCTORS, LAWYERS AND SPEECH THERAPISTS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THIS ARRANGEMENT SHOULD MEET SPECIFIC MANPOWER NEEDS UP TO 1988 WITHOUT COMPROMISING THE TWO UNIVERSITIES’ OWN DEVELOPMENT.

+IN THE LONGER TERM IT IS ENVISAGED THAT OTHER DEGREE AWARDING INSTITUTIONS BEING PLANNED OR ESTABLISHED WILL BE ABLE TO ABSORB THESE TRAINING NEEDS WITHIN THEIR NORMAL EXPANSION PROGRAMME, THEREBY REDUCING THE LOAD ON THE UNIVERSITIES,* HE ADDED.

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THE ADDITIONAL COST OF THE LARGER EXPANSION PROGRAMMES FOR THE TWO UNIVERSITIES IS ESTIMATED TO BE $330 MILLION FOR CAPITAL PROJECTS, INCLUDING STUDENT HOSTELS. RECURRENT EXPENDITURE IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE FROM $571 MILLION IN THE FINAL YEAR OF THE 1981-84 TRI ENN I UM TO $744 MILLION BY 1987-88.

COMMENTING ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION BEYOND 1988, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE GOVERNMENT AND THE UPGC WERE STUDYING THE FURTHER GROWTH POTENTIAL OF THE TWO UNIVERSITIES AND THE POSSIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING A THIRD UNIVERSITY OR ANOTHER MAJOR TERTIARY INSTITUTION.

+THE DELIBERATIONS WILL NEED TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE PHYSICAL CONSTRAINTS OF THE EXISTING CAMPUS OF HKU AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF DEGREE COURSES IN TWO POLYTECHNICS AND THE BAPTIST COLLEGE,+ HE ADDED.

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MORE PUPILS JOIN SCHOOL MEDICAL SCHEME * * * *

ONE IN EVERY THREE ELIGIBLE PUPILS BETWEEN PRIMARY ONE AND FORM THREE WAS COVERED BY THE SCHOOL MEDICAL SERVICE SCHEME IN THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR, A GROWTH OF 18 PER CENT OVER THE YEAR EEFORE.

THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN TAKING PART IN THE HEAVILY-SUBSIDISED SCHEME RUN BY THE SCHOOL MEDICAL SERVICE BOARD, A STATUTORY BODY, REACHED 244 864, IT IS STATED IN THE BOARD’S REPORT, TABLED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THERE WERE 852 SCHOOLS, REPRESENTING 70 PER CENT OF ALL ELIGIBLE SCHOOLS, AND 232 DOCTORS TAKING PART IN THE SCHOOL-BASED SCHEME WHICH IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE ECONOMICAL MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR CHILDREN AND IN WHICH PARTICIPATION IS VOLUNTARY.

DOCTORS TAKING PART IN THE SCHEME ARE ALL IN PRIVATE PRACTICE AND RECEIVE $55 A YEAR FOR EACH PUPIL, $5 BEING PAID BY THE CHILD AND $50 BY THE GOVERNMENT, WHICH ALSO PAYS THE ADMINISTRATION COSTS.

THE SCHEME WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1964 WHEN THE SCHOOL MEDICAL SERVICE BOARD WAS CONSTITUTED AS A STATUTORY BODY. IT REQUIRES DOCTORS, WHO APPLY TO JOIN, TO PROVIDE TREATMENT AND MEDICATION FREE OF CHARGE AT THEIR OFFICES DURING NORMAL CONSULTATION HOURS. HOWEVER, THE DOCTOR HAS THE DISCRETION TO ISSUE PRESCRIPTIONS TO BE FILLED AT A PHARMACY, WITH THE COST TO BE BORNE BY THE PATIENT. DURING THE YEAR, SOME 600 000 CONSULTATIONS AND PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS WERE CARRIED OUT.

THE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL PLAYS THE KEY ROLE IN THE SCHEME, THE REPORT STATES, AS HE IS ASKED TO MAKE KNOWN ITS EXISTENCE, CHOOSE A DOCTOR FOR HIS SCHOOL AND REQUEST AN INITIAL NUMBER OF PARTICIPATION CARDS, EACH OF WHICH WILL EEAR THE NAME OF THE DOCTOR CHOSEN.

FOR THE 1981-82 PERIOD, THE GOVERNMENT SUBVENTION FOR THE SERVICE AMOUNTED TO Sil 204 900, WHILE THE ADMINISTRATION FEE WAS $561 000, COMPARED WITH S5 682 000 AND S^-16 000 RESPECTIVELY IN THE YEAR BEFORE.

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YAUMATI FERRY FARE INCREASE APPROVED * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT HAS CONFIRMED THAT IT HAS APPROVED AN APPLICATION BY THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY TO INCREASE FARES ON CERTAIN ROUTES.

THE FARES INCREASE DOES NOT APPLY TO EIGHT PASSENGER SERVICES AND TO VEHICULAR FERRY SERVICES. THE PASSENGER SERVICES ARE« HONG KONG-TSUEN WAN, TSUEN WAN-TSING Yl, CENTRAL-TA I KOO SHING, TAIKOO SHING-KOWLOON CITY, NORTH POINT-TSUEN WAN, TUEN MUN-CENTRAL, CHAI WAN-CENTRAL, AND CHAI WAN-KWUN TONG.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE INCREASES, TO BE EFFECTIVE FROM NEXT MONTH, WILL GENERALLY BE FROM 20 TO 25 PER CENT.

FOR THE MOST PART, THE INCREASE FOR ADULTS ON CROSS HARBOUR PASSENGER FERRY SERVICES WILL BE BY 20 CENTS TO $1 AND BY ID CENTS TO 50 CENTS FOR CHILDREN.

FOR OUTLYING DISTRICT SERVICES, THE INCREASES FOR ADULTS WILL RANGE FROM 20 CENTS FOR THE LOWEST EXISTING FARE OF $1.30, TO $1.50 FOR THE HIGHEST EXISTING FARE OF $6.50.

HOVERFERRY FARES WILL NOT BE AFFECTED EXCEPT FOR OUTLYING DISTRICT SERVICES. AS IN THE CASE OF DELUXE CLASS FARES, THE INCREASE WILL BE BY $2 TO $8.

ON THE HONG KONG-PENG CHAU ROUTE, THE INCREASE ON WEEKDAYS FOR ADULTS WILL BE FROM $1.50 AT PRESENT TO $2 FROM AUGUST 1, AND TO $2.50 FROM FEBRUARY 1 NEXT YEAR.

MORE CONVENIENT DIRECT SAILINGS HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED ON THIS ROUTE SINCE JUNE AND THE NEW FARES ARE IN LINE WITH OTHER OUTLYING ISLAND SERVICES ON A JOURNEY DISTANCE BASIS.

HOWEVER, TAKING INTO ACCOUNT VIEWS EXPRESSED BY THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD, THE INCREASE FOR THIS SERVICE IS BEING INTRODUCED IN TWO STAGES, THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

IN APPROVING THIS INCREASE IN FARES, THE GOVERNMENT NOTED THAT THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY’S FARES HAVE BEEN HELD AT LOW LEVELS FOR MANY YEARS. IN THE LIGHT OF THE COSTS OF MAINTAINING A LARGE FLEET WHICH OPERATES A COMPREHENSIVE NETWORK OF FERRY SERVICES, THE COMPANY’S PROFITS HAVE BEEN, AND EVEN AFTER THIS INCREASE REMAIN, REASONABLE.

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TRADE AND INDUSTRY BRANCH FOR SECRETARIAT

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ARRANGEMENTS ARE BEING MADE TO SET UP A TRADE AND INDUSTRY BRANCH IN THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT AND TO DEFEDERALISE THE TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT ON AUGUST 1.

A RESOLUTION WAS PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY TO MAKE THE NECESSARY LEGISLATIVE CHANGES AND TO TRANSFER STATUTORY POWERS FROM THE DIRECTOR OF TICD TO THE HEADS OF THE DEFEDERALISED DEPARTMENTS AND THE NEW BRANCH.

APPOINTMENTS TO THESE POSTS WERE ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE WORK OF THE THREE SEPARATE AND INDEPENDENT DEPARTMENTS, OF TRADE, INDUSTRY, AND CUSTOMS AND EXCISE, WILL LARGELY MATCH THAT OF THE SUB-DEPARTMENTS PREVIOUSLY IN THE TICD.

THE TRADE AND INDUSTRY BRANCH WILL TAKE OVER FROM THE ECONOMIC SERVICES BRANCH POLICY RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT AND THE TRADE DEPARTMENT, AND FOR THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT’S DUTIES RELATING TO THE ENFORCEMENT OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE OBLIGATIONS.

HOWEVER, REVENUE PROTECTION AND ANT I-NARCOTICS FUNCTIONS OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT WILL CONTINUE TO COME UNDER THE FINANCE BRANCH AND THE SECURITY BRANCH, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

CONSUMER PROTECTION SUBJECTS WILL BE DIVIDED BETWEEN THE TRADE AND INDUSTRY BRANCH AND THE ECONOMIC SERVICES BRANCH, DEPENDING ON WHETHER THE SUBJECT CONTENT WAS MORE TRADE OR CONSUMER-ORIENTED.

RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE THREE HONG KONG OFFICES IN WASHINGTON, BRUSSELS AND GENEVA, HITHERTO OVERSEAS OFFICES OF THE TICD, WILL BE ASSUMED BY THE COUNCILS AND ADMINISTRATION BRANCH OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT.

THE INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT PROMOTION OFFICES IN STUTTGART, TOKYO AND SAN FRANCISCO WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THE INTENTION WAS TO ACCOMMODATE THE TRADE AND INDUSTRY BRANCH IN THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES; BUT BEFORE SUITABLE ACCOMMODATION COULD BE MADE AVAILABLE, IT WOULD OPERATE FROM EXISTING PREMISES IN OCEAN CENTRE IN TSIM SHA TSUI.

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Thai officials study hk drug programme

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0F 12 THAI government officials who are currently IN HONG KONG FOR A TRAINING PROGRAMME ON THE PREVENTION. TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION OF NARCOTIC ADDICTION VISITED THE HE LING CHAU DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTRE THIS (WEDNESDAY) MORNING.

THE GROUP, COMPRISING DOCTORS, PSYCHOLOGISTS AND SOCIAL WORKERS FROM THE BANGKOK METROPOLITAN ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, IS SPENDING TWO DAYS WITH THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO STUDY ITS COMPULSORY PLACEMENT PROGRAMME FOR CONVICTED DRUG ADDICTS.

ACCOMPANIED BY TSUNG PUI-KWAN, SUPERINTENDENT IN CHARGE OF THE CENTRE, THE VISITORS TOURED ITS DORMITORY, HOSPITAL, SEGREGATION UNIT, WORKSHOPS AND EDUCATIONAL CLASSES FOR THE INMATES*

they also studied a comprehensive treatment programme, SUPPORTED BY AN EXTENSIVE AFTER-CARE SERVICE.

eight of the thai officials will be visiting the tai lam CENTRE FOR WOMEN TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

THE OFFICER IN CHARGE OF THE INSTITUTION, SUPERINTENDENT PAULINE CHAN, WILL TAKE THEM ON A TOUR OF ITS FACILITIES.

THEY WILL ALSO STUDY THE INSTITUTION'S TREATMENT PROGRAMMES

AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES FOR THE FEMALE INMATES.

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TWO LOTS OF CROWN LAND SOLD

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nv L0TS 0F CR0WN LAND wERE SOLD AT AN AUCTION CONDUCTED

todayE(wednesday)RTMENT IN THE JADE BALLR00M 0F H0TEL KURAMA

THE FIRST LOT, MEASURING ABOUT 1 171 SQUARE METRES IN PING SHAN, YUEN LONG, IS FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES.

3649.08 PER Sot?Re°ME^IT C°HPANV LTD’ F0R ,76° 000 0R

THE OTHER SITE, ALSO FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL USE COVERS AN AREA OF ABOUT 345 SQUARE METRES IN WAI TSAI PEAK, PENG CHAU.

3724.64 PER SQUARE^METRE^ INV£STKENT C0- LTD- F0R

.cor °THER L0TS» IN KWAI CHUNG AND YUEN LONG RESPECTIVELY WERE WITHDRAWN BECAUSE THERE WAS NO BIDDERS.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS * * *

THE BUS ONLY STREET AND RUMSEY ON THURSDAY (JULY

LANE ON CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL BETWEEN CLEVERLY STREET WILL BE OPEN TO ALL VEHICLES FROM 10 AM 29) FOR THE REPAIR OF WATER MAINS.

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THE ARRANGEMENT WILL LAST FOR ABOUT SEVEN DAYS.

SHA K0K STREET NEAR SHA K0K ESTATE ACCESS ROAD

SHA TIN WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 1 AM AND 5 AM FRIDAY <JULY 29 AND 30) FOR THE CONSTRUCTION

A r UU I JdK i Dbt •

DURING THE CLOSURE, WILL BE DIVERTED VIA TAI STREET.

VEHICLES HEADING FOR SHA KOK ESTATE CHUNG KU I ROAD, SHA TIN WAI AND SHA KOK

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JULY 29, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR HOLDS TALKS IN LONDON .............................. 1

RETIREMENT OF AUDIT DIRECTOR................................. 1

AGREEMENT REACHED ON DEVELOPMENT OF TIN SHUI WAI ............ 2

PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR JUNE 1982 ..................... 6

SWISS MOVE TO REDUCE GSP DISCRIMINATIONS AGAINST HONG KONG .. 8

SHANGHAI STREET BUS ONLY LANE A GREAT SUCCESS................ 8

CHECKS CONTINUE FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS....................... 9

DRAGON BEACH RE-OPENS TO PUBLIC ............................. 9

TENDERS CALLED FOR SHORT-TERM TENANCIES ..................... 10

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN SHA TIN............................ 10

ELECTRIC TRAIN SERVICE EXTENDED FOR SHATIN RACECOURSE CONCERTS 11

THURSDAY, JULY 29, 1932

GOVERNOR HOLDS TALKS IN LONDON * * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, HAS BEEN ENGAGED THIS WEEK IN A SERIES OF CONSULTATIONS IN LONDON ON CURRENT HONG KONG ISSUES INCLUDING PREPARATIONS FOR THE PRIME MINISTER’S VISIT. DURING THESE CONSULTATIONS HE HAS SEEN THE PRIME MINISTER, VRS MARGARET THATCHER, THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS, MR FRANCIS PYM, AND THE MINISTER OF aTATc FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS, LORD BELSTEAD. HE WILL ARRIVE BACK IN HONG KONG ON MONDAY (AUGUST 2).

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RETIREMENT OF AUDIT DIRECTOR * * * *

THE DIRECTOR OF AUDIT, MR G.E. LYTH, WILL BE RETIRING FROM HIS PRESENT POST IN AUGUST THIS YEAR.

HE WILL BE SUCCEEDED BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF AUDIT, NR N.B. STALKER.

MR LYTH HAS SERVED IN THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT FOR 21 YEARS, HAVING COME TO HONG KONG IN 1961, AFTER SERVICE IN BOTH MALAYSIA AND KENYA.

PRIOR TO THAT, HE WORKED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM CIVIL SERVICE, AND SERVED AS A MAJOR IN THE MIDDLE EAST DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR.

MR LYTH WAS APPOINTED AN OFFICIAL JUSTICE OF THE PEACE IN 1969 AND AN OFFICER OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE IN 1977.

MR STALKER IS 53. HE JOINED THE COLONIAL AUDIT SERVICE IN 1951, AND SERVED IN A NUMBER OF AUDIT POSTS BEFORE BEING POSTED TO HONG KONG AS SENIOR AUDITOR IN 1968. HE WAS PROMOTED TO PRINCIPAL AUDITOR IN 1971, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF AUDIT IN 1979, AND TO HIS PRESENT POST IN 1980.

MR STALKER HAS ACTED AS DIRECTOR ON MANY OCCASIONS.

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AGREEMENT REACHED ON DEVELOPMENT OF TIN SHU I WAI * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT HAS ENTERED INTO A JOINT VENTURE WITH MIGHTYCITY COMPANV LIMITED TO DEVELOP TIN SHU I WAI IN YUEN LONG AND TC PROVIDE HOMES FOR 135 DOO PEOPLE.

THE AGREEMENT INVOLVES A NOVEL ARRANGEMENT WHICH WILL REQUIRE THE DEVELOPER TO PLOUGH BACK INTO THE LAND THE ENTIRE SUM THAT THE GOVERNMENT WILL PAY FOR ITS ACQUISITION, THEREBY LOCKING THE COMPANY INTO THE DEVELOPMENT.

THIS WAS ANNOUNCED BY THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND wORKS, '-R MCKY CHAN, AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY FOLLOWING THE SIGNING CF AN AGREEMENT TO THIS EFFECT.

MR CHAN SAID THAT UNDER THE AGREEMENT THE DEVELOPER WOULD SURRENDER ITS LAND, MEASURING ABOUT 488 HECTARES, IN THE NORTH-WESTERN PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES TO THE GOVERNMENT.

+OF THE 488 HECTARES, ABOUT 173 HECTARES WILL BE SET ASIDE AS A DEVELOPMENT ZONE FOR A POPULATION OF 135 000 PEOPLE SPLIT EQUALLY BETWEEN PRIVATE AND PUBLIC HOUSING. THE BALANCE OF 318 HECTARES WILL 3E FORMED BY THE DEVELOPER AND RETAINED BY THE GOVERNMENT AS A LAND BANK.+ HE SAID.

+*ITHIN THE 170 HECTARES, THE DEVELOPER WILL BE GRANTED ABOUT

40 HECTARES FOR BUILDING PRIVATE HOUSING, LEAVING ABOUT 130 HECTARES FOP COMPLEMENTARY PUBLIC DEVELOPMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT.+

APART FROM PROVIDING PRIVATE HOUSING TO ABOUT 67 500 PEOPLE, THE DEVELOPER WILL BE REQUIRED:

* TO FORM THE WHOLE SITE OF 488 HECTARES,

* TO PROVIDE TRUNK STORMWATER DRAINAGE IN THE AREA, AND

* TO PROVIDE ENGINEERING INFRASTRUCTURE

WITHIN THE DEVELOPMENT ZONE OF 170 HECTARES.

THESE WORKS WILL BE CARRIED OUT BY THE DEVELOPER UNDER CONTRACT TO THE GOVERNMENT.

WORKS TO BE UNDERTAKEN BY THE GOVERNMENT CONSIST OF:

* THE DEVELOPMENT OF PUBLIC HOUSING, IN THE

FORM OF RENTED HOUSING AND HOME-OWNERSHIP SCHEMES, FOR 67 500 PEOPLE AND

* THE PROVISION OF SCHOOLS, CLINICS, OPEN SPACE AND OTHER COMMUNITY SERVICES WITHIN THE DEVELOPMENT ZONE.

QN THE COST OF ACQUISITION OF THE LAND, THE 488 HECTARES TO BE SURRENDERED IS WORTH $2,258 BILLION CALCULATED ON THE BASIS CF STANDARD ZONAL RATES PAID BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR LAND RESUMED IN THE NEW TERR I TOR IES.

AFTER DEDUCTING FROM THIS AMOUNT $800 MILLION, THE DEVELOPMENT VALUE OF THE 40 HECTARES TO BE GRANTED BACK TO MIGHTYCITY FOR PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT, THE NET PAYMENT TO THE DEVELOPER IS $1,458 BILLION.

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CONTRARY TO GENERAL BELIEF THE 51.458 BILLION IS LESS THAN THE EXPENDITURE INCURRED ON THE LAND SO FAR BY THE DEVELOPER. THE REPORTED $600 MILLION AUCTION WAS THE RESULT OF A HIGH COURT ORDE” TO ESTABLISH AT THAT POINT IN TIME A VALUE WHICH COULD BE ■’laced on a small number of outstanding shares in the original company which Owned the land, such shares reflected untraceable SHAREHOLDERS AND REPRESENTED 14 OUT OF A TOTAL OF 770 SHARES IN THE ORIGINAL COMPANY. THE AUCTION SERVED THEREFORE THE PURPOSE OF SETTING A PRICE FOR THESE SMALL NUMBER OF OUTSTANDING SHARES.

+ THE COST OF THE LAND PURCHASED BY THE GOVERNMENT IS $46 PER SQUARE FOOT,* MR CHAN SAID. +THIS IS APPRECIABLY LESS THAN wHAT THE GOVERNMENT NORMALLY PAYS FOR RESUMING LAND FOR NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT, wHICH IS $71 PER SQUARE FOOT TODAY OR $103 PER SQUARE FOOT WHEN THE NEGOTIATIONS BEGAN LAST YEAR.*

ON THE °AYMENT OF $1,458 BILLION, MR CHAN SAID, IT WOULD BE MADE IN THE FORM OF A DEVELOPMENT ADVANCE.

THIS MEANS THAT THE DEVELOPER MUST SPEND NOT LESS THAN $1,458 BILLION TOWARDS ITS PART OF THE DEVELOPMENT WITHIN A BUILDING COVENANT PERIOD OF 12 YEARS.

+THE AGREEMENT CONTAINS SEVERAL PROVISIONS TO ENSURE THAT THE DEVELOPMENT IS CARRIED OUT AND THAT THE EXPENDITURE IS INCURRED,* l^_CHAN SAID. *IF THE DEVELOPER FAILS TO COMPLETE THE DEVELOPMENT, THE 43 HECTARES OF LAND AND THE $800 MILLION PREMIUM WILL BE SUBJECT TO FORFEITURE. IF THE DEVELOPER SPENDS LESS THAN $1,458 BILLION ON THE DEVELOPMENT THE BALANCE WILL HAVE TO BE PAID BACK TO THE GOVERNMENT.*

THE DEVELOPER WILL BE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT A MASTER LAYOUT PLAN FOR THE 40 HECTARES FOR APPROVAL BY THE DIRECTOR OF LANDS BEFORE THE COMMENCEMENT OF BUILDING WORKS. THE WORK WILL BE CARRIED OUT UNDER GOVERNMENT CONTROL AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S PLANNING REQUIREMENTS FOR THE WHOLE 170 HECTARES.

THE 12-YEAR PERIOD WILL BEGIN AFTER THE APPROVAL OF THE MASTER LAYOUT PLAN OR THE DEVELOPER BEING GIVEN POSSESSION OF THE 40 HECTARES, PROBABLY IN TWO TO THREE YEARS TIME.

REFERRING TO THE HISTORY OF THE LAND, MR CHAN POINTED OUT THAT IT WAS PRIVATELY HELD AND HAD BEEN CHANGING HANDS SINCE IT WAS SOLD BY GOVERNMENT IN 1916. *THERE IS NO QUESTION OF THE GOVERNMENT BUYING BACK THE LAND AT AN EXCESSIVE PRICE.*

IT IS ESTIMATED THAT THE GOVERNMENT WILL SPEND ABOUT $3.92 BILLION ON WORKS ASSOCIATED WITH THE DEVELOPMENT DURING THE NEXT 12 YEARS OR SO.

THE AMOUNT INCLUDES $1.62 BILLION ON SITE FORMATION, $960 MILLION ON INFRASTRUCTURE, INCLUDING ROADS, DRAINAGE, aASTE WATER AND SEWAGE TREATMENT SYSTEMS AND WATER SUPPLY IN THE DEVELOPMENT ZONE; $675 MILLION ON GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTION AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES SUCH AS SCHOOLS, CLINICS, OPEN SPACE AND OTHER COMMUNITY SERVICES? S670 MILLION ON EXTERNAL HIGHWAY LINKS, CLEARANCE AND RESUMPTION.

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MR CHAN SAID THAT MORE ACCURATE ESTIMATES OF THESE COSTS WOULD BE MADE WHEN DETAILED PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS wERE FORMULATED.

COMMENTING ON THE SUBJECT, MR CHAN SAID THAT IT WOULD MAKE AN ESSENTIAL CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS MEETING HOUSING NEEDS IN THE LATE 1980’S.

*AS LAND PRODUCTION FROM FIRST GENERATION NEW TOWNS WILL START TO RUN DOWN FROM 1987-88 ONWARDS, ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF SUPPLY w.ILL BE REQUIRED,* HE ADDED.

A MAJOR FEATURE OF THE AGREEMENT IS THAT THE LAND BANK FORMED WILL CREATE A STRATEGIC RESERVE WHICH WILL ENABLE THE GOVERNMENT TO RESPOND QUICKLY TO CHANGING POLICIES AND EXTERNAL FACTORS AFFECTING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

MR CHAN SAID THAT WHEN LAND FOR THE PRESENT HOUSING PROGRAMME RAN OUT IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE 1980’S THE TIN SHU I WAI SITE WOULD BE AVAILABLE AS MOST OF THE LAND FORMATION WORK THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN COMPLETED BY ABOUT 1987/88.

-■ALSO, THE GENERAL AREA OF TIN SHUI wAI HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED IN THE NORTH WEST NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT INVESTIGATION AS AN AREA WITH GOOD LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL,* HE SAID.

+IT wILL, THEREFORE, FORM A NUCLEUS FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENT IN THE 199O’S WHEN THE NEED FOR ADDITIONAL URBAN GROWTH IS ANTICIPATED.*

THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND MIGHTYCITY WAS REACHED AFTER PROTRACTED NEGOTIATIONS.

MR CHAN SAID THAT THE ORIGINAL PROPOSAL SUBMITTED IN JANUARY 1980 CALLED FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW TOWN OF ABOUT 535 000 PEOPLE.

UNDER THE PROPOSAL, THE PROJECT WAS TO BE CARRIED OUT IN THREE PHASES, WITH EACH PHASE HAVING A POPULATION OF 135 000, 190 000 AND 210 000 PEOPLE RESPECTIVELY.

THIS PROPOSAL COINCIDED WITH A STUDY WHICH WAS BEING CARRIED OUT BY GOVERNMENT-APPOINTED CONSULTANTS TO INVESTIGATE THE DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL OF THE NORTH WEST NEW TERRITORIES.

THE RESULTS OF THIS STUDY LATER CONFIRMED THE FEASIBILITY AND SUITABILITY OF DEVELOPING THIS AREA.

HOWEVER, MR CHAN SAID, THE MAGNITUDE OF THE DEVELOPER’S PROPOSAL WAS SUCH THAT A NEW TOWN OF OVER HALF A MILLION PEOPLE COULD NOT BE VIEWED IN ISOLATION FROM OTHER STRATEGIC ISSUES wHICn AFFECTED THE LONG TERM ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL BALANCE OF HONG KONG.

THEREFORE, IT WAS NECESSARY TO EVALUATE THE PROJECT IN RELATION TO THE DISPOSITION OF RESOURCES AMONG THE COMPETING NEEDS FOR NEw HIGHWAYS, LAND FOR INDUSTRY, MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE FOR EXPANDED SOCIAL SERVICES AND SO ON. MOREOVER, IT WAS NECESSARY TO CONSIDER THE PRESSURES SUCH REQUIREMENTS WOULD PLACE ON THE ECONOMY AND THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY.

/+THE CONCLUSION .......

THURSDAY, JULY 29, 1982

*THE CONCLUSION WAS THAT THE GOVERNMENT NEEDED TO RESERVE ITS POS ’ION IN CONSIDERING OTHER LONGER TERM DEVELOPMENT OPTIONS FOR THE AREA. A LONG-TERM COMMITMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT TO THE FULL DEVELOPMENT OF TIN SHU I wAI WOULD HAVE PREJUDICED THESE OPTIONS, IN ADDITION TO PLACING UNACCEPTABLE DEMANDS ON GOVERNMENT RESOURCES AND -AV I NG AN ADVERSE EFFECT ON OTHER MORE URGENT UNDERTAKINGS ElSEWHERE IN THE TERRITORY,* MR CHAN SAID.

+IT WAS FINALLY DECIDED THAT A LIMITED SCALE OF DEVELOPMENT, WHICH ILL dELP SATISFY MEDIUM TERM HOUSING NEEDS, SHOULD EE ACCEPTED.*

HE SAID, +AMONG THE ADVANTAGES ARISING OUT OF THIS DECISION ARE ’HAT INVOLVEMENT WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR NOT ONLY ALLOWS FOR THE LAND TO BE DEVELOPED QUICKLY BUT ALSO MEANS A REDUCTION IN THE DEMAND ON GOVERNMENT RESOURCES.

+THE PRESENT ARRANGEMENT IS ALSO IN KEEPING WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY OF DEVELOPING NEW TOWNS IN PACKAGES, WHICH IS MORE EASILY MANAGEABLE AND PRUDENT IN ECONOMIC TERMS.*

+TIN SHU I wA I COMPRISES A QUARTER OF ALL FLAT LAND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND IS ONE OF HONG KONG’S LARGEST REMAINING SOURCES OF LAND w ITH GOOD DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL. IT IS ALSO SPARSELY POPULATED AND IN SINGLE OWNERSHIP,* MR CHAN SAID. +TIN SHUI wAI, THEREFORE, OFFERS THE QUICKEST AND PROBABLY THE CHEAPEST OPPORTUNITY FOR LAND PRODUCTION THAT IS AVAILABLE CURRENTLY.*

MR CHAN SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS DETERMINED TO DEVELOP THE LAND BANK TO THE FULLEST ADVANTAGE AND THAT THE DETAILS AND TIMING WOULD EE DECIDED AFTER THE COMPLETION OF SEVERAL ENGINEERING STUDIES IN THE MIDDLE OF NEXT YEAR AND AN ASSESSMENT OF THE RESOURCES INVOLVED.

COMMENTING ON THE SEQUENCE OF EVENTS LEADING UP TO THE PRESENT AGREEMENT, MR CHAN SAID THAT FOLLOWING AN INITIAL EVALUATION OF THE ORIGINAL PROPOSAL IN MAY I960 IT WAS MADE QUITE CLEAR TO THE DEVELOPER THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS NOT COMMITTED AT THAT STAGE TO PERMIT THE DEVELOPMENT TO PROCEED BUT WOULD TAKE A VIEW ON THE MATTER AFTER CONSIDERING THE RESULTS OF THE FIRST TWO STAGES OF THE COMPANY’S OWN DEVELOPMENT STUDIES WHEN THEY wERE COMPLETED.

HE SAID THE IDEA OF PURCHASING THE LAND WAS PROPOSED BY THE GOVERNMENT IN JULY 1981 AT THE SAME TIME THAT IT wAS DECIDED THAT THE ORIGINAL PROPOSAL BY THE DEVELOPER SHOULD BE SCALED DOWN.

+THE PROPOSAL BY THE DEVELOPER OFFERED A GOOD OPPORTUNITY WHICH, FOR SEVERAL REASONS, THE GOVERNMENT CHOSE TO TAKE UP,* Mfi CHAN SAID. +BY ACQUIRING THE LAND THE GOVERNMENT wILL ASSUME FULL CONTROL OF THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF AN AREA ALREADY IDENTIFIED FOR ITS SUBSTANTIAL DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL. IN ADDITION, THE COST OF RESUMING THE LANE AT A LATER DATE WOULD PROBABLY BE HIGHER THAN THE PURCHASE PRICE TODAY.*

THURSDAY, JULY 29, 1982

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■’ROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR JUNE 1982

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (THURSDAY) 2-.. '-1-D THE PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR HONG KONG’S VISIBLE FRADE IN JUNE 1982.

THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS FOR JUNE WAS $10 404 MILLION. .YADc. UD OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF $6 953 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS OF 4,3 451 MILLION.

v ITH IMPORTS AT Sil 714 MILLION, THE VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT FOR JUNE WAS 51 310 MILLION.

THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS FOR THE FIRST HALF OF 1982 WAS -59 263 million, MADE UP OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF 537 838 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS OF .>21 422 MILLION. WITH IMPORTS AT 368 742 ■ILLION, RHE VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT FOR THE FIRST HALF OF 1982 WAS 59 482 MILLION.

COMPARED aITH THE FIRST HALF OF 1981, THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS INCREASED BY 34 120 MILLION OR 7 PER CENT COMPRISING INCREASES OF S2 234 MILLION OR 6 PER CENT FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND 31 886 MILLION OP 13 PER CENT FOR RE-EXPORTS.

THE VALUE OF IMPORTS INCREASED BY $3 122 MILLION OR 5 PER CENT.

AS THE GROWTH RATE OF THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS WAS FASTER THAN THAT OF IMPORTS, THE VISIBLE TRADE +GAP+ (THAT IS THE PROPORTION OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS NOT COVERED BY THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS) NARROWED TO 14 PER CENT IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR, COMPARED WITH 16 PER CENT IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1981.

COMMENTING ON THE FIGURES, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT EXPORTS IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR REFLECTED THE GENERALLY DEPRESSED ECONOMIC CONDITIONS IN HONG KONG’S MAIN MARKETS. ALTHOUGH THE GROwTH RATE OF THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AT 6 PER CENT WAS LOW BY HISTORICAL EXPERIENCE, HE POINTED OUT THAT HONG KONG’S PERFORMANCE STILL COMPARED FAVOURABLY WITH ITS MAIN REGIONAL COMPETITORS. HE ADDED THAT THE DOMESTIC EXPORT SECTOP APPEARED WELL POISED TO BENEFIT FROM THE RECOVERY FORECAST FOR THE ECONOMIES OF HONG KONG’S MAIN MARKETS LATER THIS YEAR.

CONCERNING THE SLOWING DOWN IN THE GROWTH RATE OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS FROM 26 PER CENT IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1981 TO 5 PER CENT IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IT WAS IN PART A REFLECTION OF THE CONTINUING DECLINE IN THE GROWTH RATE OF RE-EXPORTS IN VALUE TERMS FROM 48 PER CENT IN THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD OF LAST YEAR TO 10 PER CENT. ACCORDING TO THE DETAILED BREAKDOWN OF IMPORT STATISTICS BY END-USE CATEGORIES AVAILABLE UP TO MAY, RETAINED IMPORTS OF CAPITAL GOODS, RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES DID NOT SEEM TO HAVE PICKED UP YET.

WHILE THE GROWTH RATE OF RETAINED IMPORTS OF CAPITAL GOODS IN VALUE TERMS SLOWED DOWN FROM 23 PER CENT IN THE FIRST HALF OF LAST YEAR TO 3 PER CENT, THAT OF RAW-MATERIALS AND SEMIMANUFACTURES IN VALUE TERMS DECELERATED FROM 9 PER CENT IN THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD OF 1981 TO RECORD ZERO GROWTH IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR. FURTHER, AS CONSUMER DEMAND wAS NOT STRONG IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR, THE GROWTH RATE OF RETAINED IMPORTS OF CONSUMER GOODS IN VALUE TERMS ALSO DECREASED FROM 33 PER CENT IN THE FIRST HALF OF A YEAR AGO TO 2 =>ER CENT. THEY TOGETHER wERE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE NARROWING OF THE VISIBLE TRADE +GAP+.

THURSDAY, JULY 291 1932

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PRESS RELEASE

TRADE FIGURES FIR JUNE, 1982 t A & jt & K. k i. - w--* The Census ana Statistics Department naa released the following prowisional uidise trade figures for June*--% S» A v

MERCHANDISE; Domestic Exports ; i 6,953 million

Re-exports ^.°<x : J 3,451 million

Total Exports$"|f±ktft£« I IC,404 million Imports AC Ij /c ; $ 11,714 Billion

Trade balance^ : | 1,310 Billion (in deficit)

COMPARATIVE FIGURES £

a _ April - June Latest J son ths 14g fl 1982 '* fl 1 Z A April - June —  1281 nrfli* * 19,540 10,010 29,551 34.540 - 4,989 Increase or $c ~ Si A decrease ♦ 794 . 4.1 ♦ 785 7.8 * 1,579 5.3 ♦ 791 2.3 ♦ 788

Domestic Exports fa Re-exports f| t? Total Exports C # & Imports ). D H Trade balance » *n. 20,334 10,795 JI.129 35,330 - 4,201

Same son th last year j5| fl 4-^ June — ft, iiuf * 6.953 (66.8%) 3,451 10,404 11,714 - 1,310 June ‘nkA.—jt 1281 74 fl Increase or ij£ decrease

Domestic Exports/^ (% of Total Exports)J£> Re-exports C jj pc Total Exports 41 & Ct Imports A. u? 5iF »c Trade balance 1 Mn.afctSt 6,831 (67.7%) 3,266 10,097 11.441 - 1.344 $ Mr.^|^Jr% S '/! bt ♦ 123 1.8 * 185 * 5.7 ♦ 308 3.0 * 273 *2.4 ♦ 34

Last month Jr fl June '“’■fc A- 4 1982 % fl May -i>A=4 1982 It« Increase or decrease

Domestic Exports <% of Total Exports Re-exports <3 zq Total Exports A- rj- Imports A. V 1$ q« Trade balance £ g i Mn.i jttSt 6,953 (66.8%) 3,451 10,404 11,714 • 1,310 6,854 (64.6%) 3,760 10,614 11,340 - 726 8 **»'•* ♦ 99 *1.4 - 309 - 8.2 - 210 - 2.0 ♦ 373 3.3 - 584

Calendar year to-date January - June  1282 -fl? » ... 37,838 (63.9%) 21,411 59.260 68,742 - 9,482 January - June Increase  1281  ~~ fl £ T\ fl decreaf 3 1 MnHu 35,604 4 2,234 (64.6%) 19,536 1,886 55,140 4,119 65,620 3,122 - 10,480 998 °r ‘t £>£

Domestic Exports fa & O (% of Total Exports(fc!tia§< Re-exports at Total Exports U g £ Imports A- c g <» Trade balance $ J J ££ ie f% ♦ 6.3 * 9.7 * 7.5 ♦ 4.8

Last 12 months 1" fl July 1981 t n to June 1982 M *8 5 Mn.StUt 82,657 43.625 126,282 141,496 - 15.214 July 1980 -W|tB t0 Increase or June 1981 —#LA‘4r. H decrease

Domestic Exports fa Re-exports C ej Total Exports lh « # & Imports \V Trade balance 72,653 * 10,004 >13.8 >6,371 7|254 19.9 109,023 17.259 15.8 125,298 16,199 * 12.9 - 16,275 1.061

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2JRD JULY, 1982 CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

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THURSDAY, JULY 29, 1962

Sw ISS MOVE TO REDUCE GSP DISCRIMINATIONS AGAINST HONG KONG

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Switzerland has decided to phase out its discriminatory

ENT AGAINST TwO PRODUCTS FR0M HONG KONG UNDER ITS GENERALISED SCHEME OF PREFERENCES. THE PRODUCTS ARE UMBRELLAS AND SUNSHADES, AND ELECTRICAL BATTERIES. HONG KONG’S EXPORTS OF THE TWO PRODUCTS tc Switzerland .in 1981 were valued at hk$3 million.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, THE ACTING COMMISSIONER OF TRADE. YR JUSilN YUt SAID: +WE WELCOME THIS SMALL BUT POSITIVE MOV* I nOrt tH|s AUGURS wELL FOR THE FUTURE BECAUSE WE REMAIN - EXCLUDED

• k-F^;^E IN RESPECT OF ALL TEXTILES, CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR ' - ** ADDITION, THE PREFERENCE ACCORDED HONG KONG ON WATCHES

AND CLOCKS Io NOT OF THE SAME MAGNITUDE AS THAT ACCORDED OTHER E=N=FiciaRIES. ~hE DEPARTMENT wILL CONTINUE ITS EFFORTS TO SEEK lOMPLcTE REMOVAL OF THE RESIDUAL DISCRIMINATIONS AGAINST HONG KONG.+

HE PHASING OUT OF THE TEN-YEAR-OLD DISCRIMINATORY TREATMENT JMBkeLLAS AND SUNSHADES, AND ELECTRICAL BATTERIES IS IN TWO EQUAL oTAGES. UNTIo NO*, THE PREFERENTIAL RATES FOR HONG KONG FOR BOTH PRODUCTS wERE 70 PER CENT OF T-iE FULL TARIFF RATES, WHEREAS THE PPEFePeNTIAL RATES ^OR ALL OTHER BENEFICIARIES WERE 50 PER CENT.

AS FROM JULY 1 THIS YEAR, THE PREFERENTIAL RATES FOR THESE ITEM'S /.ILL BE 60 PER CENT OF THE rULL TARIFF. WITH EFFECT FROM JLL 1983, THE PREFERENTIAL RATES wILL BE 50 PER CENT OF THE FULL TARIFF AM? HONG KONG WILL ENJOY THE SAME PREFERENTIAL RATES AS OTHER BENEFIC I AR IES.

SHANGHAI STREET BUS ONLY LANE A GREAT SUCCESS X X X * *

THE BUS ONLY LANE IN SHANGHAI STREET HAS PROVED SO SUCCESSFUL THAT IT WILL BE CONTINUED INDEFINITELY, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

THE ADVANTAGE OF MAINTAINING THIS PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY SCHEME CAN BE GAUGED BY THE FACT THAT PRESENT FIGURES SHOw THAT MORE THAN 200 BUSES USE THE LANE EACH HOUR AT AN AVERAGE SPEED OF 15 KILOMETRES PER HOUR.

‘THIS MEANS A SUBSTANTIAL SAVING OF JOURNEY TIME FOR PASSENGERS+, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE SCHEME wAS IMPLEMENTED SIX YEARS AGO WHEN SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS HAD TO BE INTRODUCED ALONG SHANGHAI STREET TO ALLOW FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY.

WITH THE CONTINUATION OF THE BUS ONLY LANE. TRAFFIC MEASURES WILL BE RETAINED.-

THE ORIGINAL

THIS MEANS THAT 11 SIDE STREETS - ARRAN STREET, BUTE STREET, NELSON STREET, SOY STREET, HAMILTON STREET, PITT STREET, SHEK LUNG STREET, WAN MING LANE, HI LUNG LANE AND r.lNG SING LANE - wILL REMAIN CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC AT THEIR JUNCTIONS WITH THE WEST SIDE OF SHANGHAI STREET.

ACCESS TO THESE STREETS wILL STILL BE VIA RECLAMATION STREET. —-------------------------------------------- .

THURSDAY, JULY 29, 1982

CHECKS CONTINUE FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS * * * *

-ORTY-THREE PEOPLE SUSPECTED OF BEING HERE ILLEGALLY HAVE BEEN RtFERRtD TO THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT FOR INVESTIGATION AS ANTI-ILLEGAl. IMMIGRATION MEASURES CONTINUE.

IN ANOTHER JOINT OPERATION BY THE POLICE, LABOUR AND IMMIGRATION DEPARTMtNTS DURING THE PAST TwO DAYS, MORE THAN 90 000 PEOPLE WERE CHcCKED FOR IDENTIFICATION AND 9 586 ESTABLISHMENTS VISITED.

THE OPERATION WAS PART OF THE ONGOING TERRITORY-WIDE EFFORT AGAINS’ ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.

DURING THE TWO-DAY OPERATION, POLICE INCREASED THEIR IDENTIFICATION SPOT CHECKS IN PUBLIC PLACES AND ALSO CARRIED OUT SPECIAL OPERATIONS IN SUSPECTED AREAS AND LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY.

TEN PEOPLE wERE ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF FORGED IDENTITY CARDS. ANOTHER 355 PEOPLE WERE SUMMONSED FOR FAILING TO PRODUCE PROPER PROOF OF IDENTITY, AND A FURTHER 377 WERE WARNED IN RESPECT CF THIS OFFENCE, wHICH CARRIES A MAXIMUM FINE OF $1 000.

MEANWHILE, LABOUR INSPECTORS VISITED 9 586 ESTABLISHMENTS TO wEED OUT ANY ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WHO MAY EE WORKING, AND TO CHECK THAT EMPLOYERS FULFILLED THEIR LEGAL OBLIGATION OF KEEPING PROPER RECORDS OF THEIR EMPLOYEES.

LABOUR INSPECTORS FOUND 35 PEOPLE IN 30 ESTABLISHMENTS WITHOUT PROPER PROOF OF IDENTITY, AND REFERRED THEM TO THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT FOR FURTHER INVESTIGATION.

NINETY-SIX ESTABLISHMENTS WERE FOUND NOT TO BE KEEPING PROPER RECORDS OF EMPLOYEES.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN REITERATED THAT THERE WOULD BE NO LET UP IN EFFORTS AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. HE REMINDED EMPLOYERS THAT THEY COULD BE FINED UP TO S50 000 AND BE JAILED FOR UP TO A YEAR IF THEY WERE FOUND TO BE EMPLOYING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

EMPLOYERS ALSO RISKED A FINE OF 310 000 IF THEY FAILED TO KEEP UP-TO-DATE RECORDS OF EACH OF THEIR EMPLOYEES LISTING THE EMPLOYEE’S NAME, TYPE OF IDENTITY DOCUMENT AND THE NUMBER OF THE DOCUMENT.

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DRAGON BEACH RE-OPENS TO PUBLIC X * * *

DRAGON BEACH AT 13-1/2 MILESTONE, CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN wAN, IS NOW RE-OPENED TO THE PUBLIC FOR SWIMMING AND OTHER RECREATIONAL PURPOSES.

THE BEACH HAD BEEN CLOSED EARLY LAST MONTH DUE TO A LANDSLIP.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID REMEDIAL WORK AT THE BEACH HAS BEEN COMPLETED AND LIFE-SAVING AND FIRST AID SERVICES ARE NOW PROVIDED AT THE BEACH FROM 9 AM TO 6 PM DAILY.

THURSDAY, JULY 29, 1982

TENDERS CALLED FOR SHO°T-TERM TENANCIES * * *

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR SHORT-TERM TENA:\CicS CN FOUR PIECES OF LAND.

THREE OF THE SITES, SITUATED IN SHA TIN NE* TOWN, ARE FOR ••"Dr VEHICLE REPAIRING AND SERVICING. TWO OF THEM ARE OF ABOUT 780 SQUARE '••ET-ES EACH WHILE T-E THIRD MEASURES ABOUT 815 SQUARE METRES.

TENANCIES ON THESE SITES ARE FOR AN INITIAL PERIOD OF THREE YEARS AND ^OR QUARTERLY PERIODS THEREAFTER.

THE REMAINING SITE OF ABOUT 820 SQUARE METRES IS LOCATED IN NAI ’AK AIRPORT AND IS EARMARKED FOR THE OPEN STORAGE, N-INTENANCE AND REPAIR OF GOODS, VEHICLES AND EQUIPMENT USED CONJUNCTION WITH AN ACTIVITY UNDERTAKEN WITHIN THE AIRPORT WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE AIRPORT GENERAL MANAGER.

THE TENANCY FOR THIS SITE /.ILL BE FOR A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS.

THE DEADLINE FOR THE ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERS FOR ALL THE FOUR SITES IS 12 NOON, AUGUST 13.

TENDER FORMS, NOTICES AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM ThE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, SHA TIN FOR THE SHA TIN LOTS, AND FROM THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, KOWLOON EAST FOR THE KAI TAK LOT.

THE TENDER PLANS ARE AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION AT THE TWO 0-F ICES.

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TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN SHA TIN * * * *

SHA KOK STREET NEAR SHA KOK ESTATE ACCESS ROAD *ILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 1 AM AND 5 AM ON SATURDAY (JULY 31) FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FOOTBRIDGE.

DURING THE CLOSURE, VEHICLES HEADING FOR SHA KOK ESTATE WILL BE DIVERTED VIA TAI CHUNG KU I ROAD, SHA TIN wAI AND SHA KOK STREET.

THURSDAY, JULY 29, 1982

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ELECTRIC TRAIN SERVICE EXTENDED FOR SHATIN RACECOURSE CONCERTS * * * *

THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY WILL EXTEND ITS ELECTRIC TRAIN SERVICE TO THE RACECOURSE STATION FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHC WILL ATTEND CONCERTS TO BE HELD AT THE RACECOURSE ON SATURDAY (JULV 31) AND SUNDAY (AUGUST 1).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE KCR SAID ON THESE TWO DAYS, ELECTRIC TRAINS a ILL LEAVE THE KOWLOON STATION BETWEEN 6.32 PM AND 7.12 PM AND THE RACECOURSE STATION BETWEEN 9.3* PM AND 10.14 PM AT 13-MINUTE INTERVALS.

THE JOURNEY BETWEEN THE KOWLOON AND THE RACECOURSE STATION TAKES ONLY 17 MINUTES WITH THE ELECTRIC TRAINS.

PEOPLE GOING TO THE RACECOURSE FROM NORTH OF SHATIN SHOULD CHANGE TRAIN AT THE SHA TIN STATION BETWEEN 6.45 PM AND 7.25 PM, WHILE THOSE USING THE INTERCHANGE AT THE KOWLOON TONG STATION SHOULD TAKE THE SPECIAL TRAINS BETWEEN 6.38 PM AND 7.18 PM, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ADVANCE RETURN TICKETS WILL BE ON SALE FROM FRIDAY (JULY 30).

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, JULY 30, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

future use of buildings hi victoria barracks FINALISED.. 1

REFUGEE CHANGES MIND ABOUT REPATRIATION .................. 2

HK SETS UP TWO MORE OVERSEAS INDUSTRIAL PROMOTION OFFICES ... 3

CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY IN 1981 ............................ 4

WIDER POWERS FOR MUSEUM MANAGEMENT........................ 5

RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN GOVERNMENT AND VOLUNTARY SECTOR •BASICALLY SOUND' ....................................     6

CERTIFICATE OF ABSENCE OF MARRIAGE RECORD ................ 8

YOUTH SPORTS TRAINING CAMP IN FULL SWING ................. 9

ANTI-DRUGS DRIVE IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT ................... 10

DEATH REGISTRIES IN STANLEY, RENNIE'S MILL, KWAI CHUNG AND TSUEN WAN .............................................   11

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ON HONG KONG ISLAND ................ 11

FIRING PRACTICE.......................................... 12

MINI-BUS DRIVER SETS HONEST EXAMPLE...................... 13

COURSE FOR TECHNICAL TEACHERS ........................... 14

FRIDAY, JULY 30, 1982

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FUTURE USE OF BUILDINGS IN VICTORIA BARRACKS FINALISED * * ft *

THE GOVERNMENT HAS FINALISED DETAILS ON THE FUTURE USE OF BUILDINGS TO BE RETAINED WITHIN THE RECREATION AND LEISURE AREA IN VICTORIA BARRACKS.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THESE BUILDINGS AND THEIR PROPOSED USES ARE«

CASSELS BLOCK - THE BUILDING WILL BE CONVERTED TO PROVIDE HOSTEL ACCOMMODATION FOR OVERSEAS VISITORS INVOLVED IN RECREATION, SPORTS AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES ORGANISED DIRECTLY BY THE GOVERNMENT OR INDIRECTLY BY A SUBVENTED ORGANISATION.

WAVELL HOUSE - THE BUILDING WILL BE OFFERED TO THE HONG KONG ARTS FESTIVAL SOCIETY LIMITED FOR OFFICE ACCOMMODATION. THE SOCIETY HAS TO MOVE OUT OF ITS PRESENT PREMISES TO MAKE WAY FOR MTR DEVELOPMENT.

BIRDWOOD BLOCK - THE BUILDING WILL BE CONVERTED AND USED AS HEADQUARTERS FOR THE PROFESSIONAL CENTRE OF HONG KONG LIMITED, THE MEMBER ORGANISATIONS OF WHICH INCLUDE THE HONG KONG MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, THE INSTITUTE OF BANKERS (LONDON)(HONG KONG CENTRE), THE LAW SOCIETY OF HONG KONG, THE HONG KONG BRANCH OF THE ROYAL INSTITUTE OF CHARTERED SURVEYORS, THE HONG KONG INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS, THE ROYAL TOWN PLANNING INSTITUTE (HONG KONG BRANCH) AND THE HONG KONG INSTITUTION OF ENGINEERS.

SQUASH COURTS - THE SITE WILL BE USED FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF A LARGE SQUASH COURTS COMPLEX.

INFANT SCHOOL - THE SITE HAS BEEN SUGGESTED AS A SUITABLE LOCATION FOR THE RE-ERECTION OF MURRAY HOUSE. SINCE THE QUARRY BAY JUNIOR SCHOOL, WHICH NOW OCCUPIES THE INFANT SCHOOL BUILDING, WILL NOT BE MOVING TO ITS NEW PREMISES IN BRAEMAR HILL UNTIL THE MIDDLE OF 1985, IT IS PROPOSED THAT A DECISION ON THE RE-ERECTION OF MURRAY HOUSE, AND ON THE FUTURE OF THE INFANTS SCHOOL BUILDING SHOULD BE DEFERRED UNTIL FIRM PROPOSALS ON PERMANENT USES FOR A RE-ERECTED MURRAY HOUSE ARE AGREED.

THE GOVERNMENT HAS ALREADY AGREED TO THE USE OF FLAGSTAFF HOUSE AS A MUSEUM AND OF RAWLINSON HOUSE AS A MARRIAGE REGISTRY AND PARK ADMINISTRATION OFFICE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE URBAN COUNCIL HAD AGREED TO ACCEPT ALLOCATION OF THE RECREATION AND LEISURE AREA AND TO DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN IT AT ITS OWN EXPENSE, USING THE CONSULTANT’S REPORT AS A GUIDELINE.

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FRIDAY, JULY 30, 1982

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TO FACILITATE PLANNING AND THE URBAN COUNCIL’S IMPLEMENTATION CF THEIR SCHEME, IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE UNWANTED BUILDINGS SHOULD BE DEMOLISHED IN THREE PHASES.

PHASE ONE WILL BEGIN AT THE END OF THIS YEAR FOR BUILDINGS NOT BEING USED AT PRESENT AND THOSE BEING USED FOR GOVERNMENT OFFICES WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE EXTENSION OF THE HEADQUARTERS ER ITISH LAND FORCES.

PHASE TWO, WHICH WILL COMMENCE AT THE END OF NEXT YEAR OR BEGINNING OF 1984, INVOLVES BUILDINGS BEING USED AS TEMPORARY QUARTERS.

TWO BLOCKS OF BUILDINGS - KITCHENER BLOCK AND HQBLF EXTENSION - WILL BE INVOLVED IN PHASE THREE OF THE DEMOLITION PROGRAMME TO BE CARRIED OUT IN MID-1985. THE INFANT SCHOOL BUILDING WILL BE DEMOLISHED IF IT IS SUBSEQUENTLY DECIDED TO RE-ERECT MURRAY HOUSE ON THAT SITE WHILE THE HQBLF EXTENSION WILL BE DEMOLISHED AFTER THE COMMERCIAL CRIME BUREAU OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE, NOW HOUSED IN THE BUILDING, IS ACCOMMODATED ELSEWHERE IN 1984.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE CONVERSION AND DEMOLITION OF THE BUILDINGS IN QUESTION WERE ESTIMATED TO COST ABOUT $3.3 MILLION.

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REFUGEE CHANGES MIND ABOUT REPATRIATION

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A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECURITY BRANCH ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT IT WAS ADVISED BY THE UNHCR THAT THE 29-YEAR-OLD MALE REFUGEE AT CHI MA WAN WHO HAD EARLIER EXPRESSED AN INTEREST IN BEING REPATRIATED TO VIETNAM, HAD HAD A CHANGE OF HEART AND RETRACTED HIS REQUEST.

HE SAID THAT IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES THIS WAS CLEARLY A CASE WHICH COULD NOT BE PURSUED FURTHER.

DURING THE COURSE OF THE INVESTIGATIONS OF THIS REFUGEE’S REQUEST, THE UNHCR HAS KEPT IN CLOSE TOUCH WITH THE SECURITY BRANCH OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT.

BOTH THE UNHCR AND THE SECURITY BRANCH CONFIRMED THAT THE CASE OF ANY REFUGEE EXPRESSING AN INTEREST IN VOLUNTARY REPATRIATION WOULD BE URGENTLY AND SYMPATHETICALLY CONSIDERED.

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HK SETS UP TWO MORE OVERSEAS INDUSTRIAL PROMOTION OFFICES * * X * *

GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS IN THE SEARCH FOR HIGH TECHNOLOGY AND TO ATTRACT POTENTIAL FOREIGN INVESTORS, TWO MORE OVERSEAS INDUSTRIAL PROMOTION OFFICES - ONE IN STUTTGART, THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY AND ONE IN SAN FRANCISCO, USA - WILL BE OPERATIONAL NEXT MONTH, THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER oA INDUSTRY, MR PAUL WONG ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY).

ADDRESSING A SEMINAR CALLED, +OPPORTUNITIES FOR HONG KONG INDUSTRIALISTS*, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT, THE CHINESE MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION AND THE HONG KONG INDUSTRY ESTATE CORPORATION, MR WONG SAID THAT THE OVERSEAS OFFICES, STAFFED BY INDUSTRIAL PROMOTION SPECIALIST OFFICERS, WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR PUBLICISING THE ADVANTAGES HONG KONG HAD TO OFFER AS A MANUFACTURING CENTRE, AND TO IDENTIFY POTENTIAL INVESTORS AND TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO SET UP MANUFACTURING FACILITIES IN HONG KONG.

+AT THE SAME TIME, THEY ALSO ASSIST HONG KONG INDUSTRIALISTS IN SEEKING FOR TECHNOLOGY, IMPROVED PRODUCTION PROCESSES AND INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS, AND COMPANIES WHICH ARE INTERESTED IN ESTABLISHING JOINT VENTURES, SUBCONTRACTING OR LICENSING ARRANGEMENTS WITH LOCAL COMPANIES.*

CITING EXAMPLES OF HOW THE DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRY PLAYS THE MATCHMAKER’S ROLE IN BRINGING TOGETHER LOCAL AND OVERSEAS INVESTORS IN JOINT VENTURES, HE SAIDi +CO-OPERATION WITH FOREIGN COMPANIES WILL NOT ONLY BRING ABOUT THE TRANSFER OF HIGHER TECHOLOGY TO HONG KONG INDUSTRIES, IT ALSO HELPS IN THE EXPANSION OF MARKETS FOR OUR PRODUCTS.

♦ACCORDING TO THE RESULT OF A SURVEY WE CONDUCTED LAST YEAR, MOST OF THE LOCAL FACTORIES WITH FOREIGN INTEREST WERE EXPORT ORIENTED. ABOUT 66 PER CENT OF THEIR PRODUCTION WAS DIRECTLY EXPORTED* 31 PER CENT WERE EXPORTED TO USA, 13 PER CENT TO EUROPE, FOUR PER CENT TO JAPAN, WHILE OTHER COUNTRIES ACCOUNTED FOR THE REMAINING 18 PER CENT. THE TOTAL VALUE OF SALES INVOLVED WAS HK$11 480 MILLION.

+IT IS THEREFORE EVIDENT THAT JOINT VENTURES, SUBCONTRACTING AND LICENSING ARRANGEMENTS ALSO PROMOTE THE EXPANSION OF OVERSEAS MARKETS FOR OUR PRODUCTS,* HE EMPHASISED.

IN THE COMING YEAR THE DEPARTMENT WILL ORGANISE OUTGOING MISSIONS FOR INDUSTRIALISTS WHO WISH TO SEEK JOINT VENTURES, LICENSING OR SUBCONTRACTING ARRANGEMENTS, OR WISH TO UPGRADE THEIR PRODUCTION PROCESSES BY SEEKING NEW MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY.

+THIS TYPE OF MISSION SHOULD BE VERY USEFUL TO LOCAL INDUSTRIALISTS, AS THEY WILL BE ABLE TO OBTAIN FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE OF THE TECHNOLOGY OF THE INDUSTRIALISED COUNTRIES, AS WELL AS TO HAVE DIRECT DISCUSSIONS OR NEGOTIATIONS WITH POTENTIAL PARTNERS OR LICENSERS.*

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THE ONE-STOP UNIT OF THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT HAS NOW ON HAND ABOUT 130 PROJECTS IN WHICH OVERSEAS COMPANIES HAVE EXPRESSED INTEREST IN SETTING UP WHOLLY-OWNED MANUFACTURING LICENSING OR SUBCONTRACTING ARRANGEMENTS.

♦ALL THE INFORMATION ON THESE ’OPPORTUNITIES' ARE READILY AVAILABLE IN THE DEPARTMENT’S ’ONE-STOP’ UNIT, WHICH WILL ASSIST AND PROVIDE GUIDANCE TO BOTH LOCAL AND OVERSEAS INVESTORS ON HOW TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN HONG KONG,+ HE CONCLUDED.

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CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY IN 1981 X * * *

THE TOTAL VALUE OF ALL CONSTRUCTION IN 1981 AMOUNTED TO ABOUT bK$17 OOOMILLION, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, MR NICKY CHAN SAID WHEN ADDRESSING THE BUILDING CONTRACTORS’ ASSOCIATION AT ITS ANNUAL LU PAN FESTIVAL DINNER TONIGHT.

HE SAID THAT THE LEVEL OF CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY IN HONG KONG WAS CONTINUING TO GROW AT A REMARKABLE RATE.

+0N THE PUBLIC SECTOR, WORK HAS CONTINUED TO GROW UNABATED AND THE ANTICIPATED EXPENDITURE (EXCLUDING PUBLIC HOUSING AND LAND ACQUISITION) FOR THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR IS EXPECTED TO BE IN THE REGION OF $7 000 MILLION AND $1 250 MILLION FOR PUBLIC WORKS NON-RECURRENT AND RECURRENT ITEMS RESPECTIVELY.

♦IN ADDITION, THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT PLANS TO SPEND APPROXIMATELY HK$3 600 MILLION DURING 1982-83 AND THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY AUTHORITY ANTICIPATES THAT THE TOTAL VALUE OF CONTRACTS WHICH WILL BE AWARDED ON THE ISLAND LINE WILL AMOUNT TO APPROXIMATELY HK$6 500 MILLION,+ MR CHAN SAID.

REFERRING TO THE AMOUNT OF CONSTRUCTION WORK OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS, MR CHAN SAID IT COULD BE GAUGED BY THE VALUE OF CAPITAL PUBLIC WORKS PRESENTLY PROGRAMMED FOR THE YEARS 1983 TO 1985 AND ESTIMATED AT $22 500 MILLION, EXCLUDING SUCH PROJECTS AS TIN SHU I WAI, LEI YUE MUN BRIDGE AND THE POSSIBILITY OF A REPLACEMENT AIRPORT.

HOWEVER, MR CHAN POINTED OUT THAT THE REMARKABLE GROWTH IN CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY HAD NOT TAKEN PLACE WITHOUT ATTENDANT PROBLEMS.

THE FIRST OF THESE WAS THE SHORTAGE OF SKILLED WORKERS.

REFERRING TO THE TRAINING OF SKILLED WORKERS, MR CHAN CONGRATULATED THE BUILDING CONTRACTORS’ ASSOCIATION FOR THE HELP GIVEN TO THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY.

HE PREDICTED THAT WITH THE OPENING OF THE AUTHORITY’S SECOND TRAINING CENTRE IN THE COMING AUTUMN, THERE WOULD BE AN IMPROVEMENT IN THE SUPPLY OF NEWLY TRAINED CRAFTSMEN AND TECHNICIANS.

HE SAID: +TRAINING PROVIDES THE BEST ANSWER TO THE PRESENT SHORTAGE OF TECHNICAL MANPOWER. IN A SITUATION OF OVERALL SHORTAGE, PAYING HIGHER SALARIES BY ITSELF MAY MERELY RESULT IN HIGH STAFF TURNOVERS THUS ADVERSELY AFFECTING EFFICIENCY OF THE INDUSTRY.+

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MR CHAN SAID THAT THE SECOND AREA OF CONCERN WAS THE CONTINUING PROBLEM OF CONSTRUCTION SITE SAFETY.

HE SAID: +THE NUMBER OF SITE ACCIDENTS IN 1981 WAS APPROXIMATELY 18 000. THE NUMBER OF FATAL CASES WAS 92 - AN INCREASE OF 12 OVER THE FIGURE FOR 1980. THESE FIGURES REPRESENT APPROXIMATELY 39 PER CENT AND 65 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY OF ALL INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS.*

MR CHAN SAID THAT ALTHOUGH HE WAS AWARE OF THE GREAT EFFORTS WHICH HAD BEEN MADE, AND WERE CONTINUING TO BE MADE, BY THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS OCCURRING ON CONSTRUCTION SITE, (AND THE FACT THAT ACCIDENTS, BY VIRTUE OF THE NATURE OF THE WORK, WERE AN UNFORTUNATE HAZARD OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY) HE REGARDED THAT THE FIGURES HE HAD QUOTED WERE UNACCEPTABLE IN A MODERN AND DEVELOPED SOCIETY AND MUST BE REDUCED.

MR CHAN, THEREFORE, APPEALED TO THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TO UNDERTAKE EVEN GREATER VIGILANCE TO BRING ABOUT A BETTER UNDERSTANDING BY MANAGEMENT AS WELL AS THE CONSTRUCTION WORKFORCE, CF THE HIGH COST OF SITE ACCIDENTS IN TERMS OF LOSS OF PRODUCTIVITY AND THE HUMAN SUFFERING AND MISERY THEY BROUGHT.

WIDER POWERS FOR MUSEUM MANAGEMENT *****

THE GOVERNMENT IS SEEKING TO GIVE THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES WIDER POWERS TO IMPROVE THE MANAGEMENT OF MUSEUMS UNDER THEIR CONTROL.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE URBAN COUNCIL IS THE AUTHORITY FOR THE MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL OF MUSEUMS IN THE URBAN AREAS AND THE DIRECTOR IS THE AUTHORITY IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

UNDER THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES (AMENDMENT) (NO 2) BILL 1982 PUBLISHED TODAY (FRIDAY), THE AUTHORITY WILL BE ABLE TO ARRANGE WITH CONTRACTORS FOR THE PROVISION OF FACILITIES, SUCH AS FOOD SERVICES, IN THE MUSEUMS.

VISITORS WHO CAUSE NUISANCES WILL BE SUBJECT TO GREATER CONTROL AND THOSE WHO DAMAGE AN EXHIBIT MAY BE REQUIRED TO PAY THE COST OF REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT AND A SURCHARGE AMOUNTING TO 20 PER CENT OF THE COST.

THE AUTHORITY WILL ALSO BE ABLE TO CONTROL TRADING OR ADVERTISING IN MUSEUMS AND IMPOSE CHARGES ON THESE ACTIVITIES.

THE THREE EXISTING MUSEUMS ARE ALL MANAGED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL. THEY ARE THE MUSEUM OF ART LOCATED WITHIN THE CITY HALL, THE MUSEUM OF HISTORY IN STAR HOUSE AND ITS BRANCH MUSEUM AT LEI CHENG UK, AND THE SPACE MUSEUM IN TSIM SHA TSUI.

UNDER PLANNING ARE A PERMANENT MUSEUM OF ART, A MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND A MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, TO BE LOCATED IN TSIM SHA TSUI AND TO EE COMPLETED BY THE LATE 1980’S.

IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, THERE ARE PLANS FOR CONVERTING SAM TUNG UK VILLAGE IN TSUEM WAN INTO A FOLK MUSEUM.

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RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN GOVERNMENT AND VOLUNTARY SECTOR ’BASICALLY SOUND’ * * * *

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR MIGHT BE DESCRIBED AS +A MARRIAGE BETWEEN TWO STRONG-WILLED PARTNERS HOLDING BELIEFS AND CONVICTIONS WHICH MAY NOT ALWAYS COINCIDE,•*• THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ANSON CHAN, SAID THIS (FRIDAY) EVENING.

SPEAKING AT THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE AGENCY FOR VOLUNTEER SERVICE AT THE FURAMA HOTEL, MRS CHAN SAID SHE BELIEVED THAT THIS MARRIAGE WAS ^BASICALLY SOUND BECAUSE EACH NEEDS THE OTHER, WE SHARE A COMMON AIM OF RELIEVING HARDSHIP AND SUFFERING AND IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF LIFE, AND PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL, THERE IS A DETERMINATION TO WORK AT ITS SUCCESS.+

SHE SAID THAT IF ONE BELIEVED SOME OF THE MORE SENSATIONAL UTTERANCES THAT HIT THE NEWSPAPER HEADLINES, ONE WOULD THINK THAT THIS MARRIAGE HAD LONG SINCE GONE ON THE ROCKS. +BUT THE OPPOSITE IS TRUE,-*- SHE STRESSED.

♦A GREAT DEAL,-*- SHE SAID, +HAS BEEN ACHIEVED BY THOSE WHO WORK QUIETLY BEHIND THE SCENE AND THIS WILL CONTINUE. I HAVE GREAT FAITH IN THIS PARTICULAR MARRIAGE SURVIVING THE TEST OF TIME, ALTHOUGH IT HAS NOT PERHAPS QUITE COME OF AGE YET.+

REFERRING TO PUBLIC FUNDING, MRS CHAN SAID THAT THERE WAS NEVER ENOUGH TO GO ROUND BUT LIKE A PRUDENT FAMILY, THE GOVERNMENT MUST KEEP TO A BUDGET AND MUST HAVE SOME SAVINGS IN HAND FOR THE RAINY DAY.

♦THIS,-* SHE SAID, +MEANS MAKING SOME QUITE DIFFICULT AND PAINFUL CHOICES BETWEEN THE MULTIPLICITY OF COMMUNITY NEEDS, ALL OF WHICH MEAN A LOT TO THE RELEVANT TARGET GROUPS.*

COMMENTING ON THE CATEGORIDATION OF SERVICES UNDER THE NEW SUBVENTION SCHEME, MRS CHAN DESCRIBED AS +INVIDIOUS AND UNHELPFUL-*-COMPARISONS OF THE RELATIVE VALUE AND WORTH OF CATEGORY I AND I I SERVICES.

SERVICES PLACED IN CATEGORY II, SHE SAID, WERE JUST AS MUCH NEEDED AND VALUED BY THEIR RECIPIENTS AS THOSE IN CATEGORY I.

THE INITIAL CATEGORISATION OF SERVICES CAN CHANGE WITH THE PASSAGE OF TIME AS CAN THE PERCENTAGE OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT GIVEN TO SERVICES PLACED IN CATEGORY II.

MRS CHAN SAID THAT APART FROM DETERMINING A FUNDING PRIORITY, THE NEW SUBVENTION SCHEME WAS ALSO INTENDED TO INDICATE CLEARLY TO VOLUNTARY AGENCIES THE EXTENT OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR A PARTICULAR SERVICE SO THAT THEY COULD PLAN ACCORDINGLY.

+WE BELIEVE,* SHE SAID, +THAT TO RETAIN AND FOSTER THE VOLUNTARY SPIRIT, A DEGREE OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THE COMMUNITY SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED, AND JUDGING BY FUND-RAISING RESULTS THERE CERTAINLY SEEMS TO BE NO LACK OF PUBLIC SUPPORT IN THE WELFARE FIELD.*

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HOWEVER, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT MUST ALWAYS BE / RESPONSIVE TO INDIVIDUAL NEEDS, SHE SAID. SHE ASSURED AGENCIES THAT WERE EXPERIENCING GENUINE DIFFICULTIES IN MAINTAINING THEIR CATEGORY II SERVICES THAT THEIR APPLICATIONS FOR ADDITIONAL FUNDS WOULD BE +SYMPATHET ICALLY CONSIDERED.*

MRS CHAN SAID HOWEVER THAT MONEY WAS NOT ALWAYS THE REASON BEHIND AN AGENCY WITHDRAWING OR CURTAILING A PARTICULAR SERVICE.

♦THESE REASONS ARE OFTEN VERY VALID ONES AND I HOPE AGENCIES WILL NOT FIND IT NECESSARY TO HIDE BEHIND THE NEW SUBVENTION SYSTEM,* SHE ADDED.

MRS CHAN SAID THAT THE FINANCING OF CATEGORY II SERVICES MUST BE SEEN IN ITS PROPER PERSPECTIVE. MORE THAN 80 PER CENT OF ALL SUBVENTED SERVICES ARE IN FACT ATTRACTING 100 PER CENT GOVERNMENT SUPPORT.

FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE FOR CATEGORY II SERVICES IN 1982/83 EXCEEDS LAST YEAR’S PROVISION BY 43 PER CENT OR $14 MILLION. OVERALL THIS YEAR, THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE SPENDING $289 MILLION ON SUBVENTING SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES AS AGAINST $192 MILLION LAST YEAR — AN INCREASE OF OVER 50 PER CENT.

THERE IS THEREFORE AN INCREASING COMMITMENT IN THIS FIELD, WHICH I AM SURE WILL CONTINUE,+ MRS CHAN SAID.

SPEAKING ON COMMUNITY NEEDS, MRS CHAN SAID THAT IDENTIFYING THESE NEEDS WAS COMPARATIVELY EASY BUT THAT IT WAS MORE DIFFICULT TO AGREE ON SOLUTIONS AND ON THE ORDER OF IMPLEMENTATION.

AS SOCIETY PROGRESSES AND THE ECONOMY EXPANDS, THERE IS A NATURAL TENDENCY TO WANT THE GOVERNMENT TO DO MORE,* SHE SAID. ♦THIS IS ENTIRELY RIGHT - UP TO A POINT.*

BUT SHE ALSO STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF A CARING COMMUNITY IN HELP ING TO IDENTIFY AND TACKLE COMMUNITY NEEDS.

REFERRING TO THE SITUATION IN HONG KONG, MRS CHAN SAID THAT THE TERRITORY HAD PROSPERED +BECAUSE FREE ENTERPRISE THRIVES AND BECAUSE IN TIMES OF HARDSHIP, PEOPLE HAVE RALLIED ROUND TO HELP ONE ANOTHER, TO SHARE SCARCE JOB OPPORTUNITIES AND TO RELY ON THE HELP OF FAMILIES AND RELATIVES TO SEE THEM THROUGH A DIFFICULT PERIOD.*

WE WOULD DO WELL TO MAINTAIN AND NURTURE THIS SPIRIT OF SELF-RELIANCE,* SHE ADVISED.

IN ITS SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES, WHETHER IN TERMS OF CASH OR DIRECT SERVICES, THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY HAD BEEN AND WOULD CONTINUE TO BE +T0 HELP THOSE WHO ARE LEAST ABLE TO HELP THEMSELVES,* SHE SAID.

TURNING TO THE SUBJECT OF VOLUNTEERS, MRS CHAN SAID IT WAS ♦TOO MUCH OF A GENERAL I SAT 10N+ TO LABEL HONG' KONG AS AN UNCARING, MATERIALISTIC SOCIETY.

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SHE ASSERTED THAT +THERE IS A MORE HUMAN SIDE TO SOCIETY AND THIS IS REFLECTED IN THE GREAT NUMBERS OF WHO GIVE WILLINGLY OF THEIR TIME, EFFORT AND MONEY TO OTHERS.*

THE HONG KONG VOLUNTEERS SERVE

THE SERVICES THESE PEOPLE PROVIDED MIGHT NOT BE WIDELY PUBLICISED BUT THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS WERE POSITIVE AND WIDE-RANGING, SHE SAID. '

MANY INNOVATIVE AND IMAGINATIVE PROJECTS HAVE BEEN INITIATED AND DEVELOPED BY VOLUNTEERS AND HONG KONG HAS NO LACK OF SERVICE GROUPS WHO BOTH SPONSOR AND PARTICIPATE IN SOCIAL SERVICE PROJECTS.

MRS CHAN SAID THAT THE WEALTH OF HUMAN RESOURCES OFFERED BY VOLUNTEERS AND THEIR POTENTIAL FOR GOOD WERE UNDISPUTED.

♦OUR CONCERN IS HOW TO ENCOURAGE VOLUNTEERISM AND ENSURE THAT THE SERVICES PROVIDED ARE MEANINGFUL BOTH TO THE VOLUNTEERS AND TO THE PEOPLE THEY SEEK TO SERVE,+ SHE SAID.

♦EXPERIENCES INDICATE THAT THE VOLUNTEER SERVICE OPERATES BEST WITHIN AN UNSTRUCTURED FRAMEWORK, WITH AS MANY POINTS OF CONTACT AND SERVICE DELIVERY AS POSSIBLE,* MRS CHAN SAID.

♦THIS IS NOT TO SAY THAT VOLUNTEERS SHOULD NOT BE PROPERLY ORIENTED AND ASSISTED TO PARTICIPATE IN ACTIVITIES SUITED TO THEIR INDIVIDUAL TALENTS AND ABILITIES. INDEED THEY SHOULD FOR ONLY IN THIS WAY CAN THEY LEARN AND GROW AT THE SAME TIME.*

MRS CHAN PAID TRIBUTE TO THE AGENCY FOR VOLUNTEER SERVICE FOR PLAYING A ^VALUABLE PROMOTIONAL AND TRAINING ROLE.+ +l AM SURE THAT THE DIRECTION YOU HAVE TAKEN IS THE RIGHT ONE,* SHE SAID.

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CERTIFICATE OF ABSENCE OF MARRIAGE RECORD * * * *

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC CAN NOW APPLY FOR A +CERTIFICATE OF

k^nrIac?sd;oDai,‘ny marriage registrv’ an

♦THE CERTIFICATE IS ISSUED TO A PERSON WHO HAS NO MARRIAGE Record in hong kong. formerly, such certificate was only issued AT THE CITY HALL MARRIAGE REGISTRY,* THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

*T0 FACILITATE THE PUBLIC, THIS SERVICE IS NOW AVAILABLE AT ALL MARRIAGE REGISTRIES.

+AN APPLICANT IS ONLY REQUIRED TO PRODUCE A PHOTOCOPY OF HIS IDENTITY CARD ON APPLICAT ON,* HE SAID.

IT WILL TAKE 10 WORKING DAYS TO ISSUE A 'CERTIFICATE OF ABSENCE OF MARRIAGE RECORD' AND THE FEE IS S35, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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YOUTH SPORTS TRAINING CAMP IN FULL SWING * * * *

THE FIRST SUMMER YOUTH SPORTS TRAINING CAMP IS IN FULL SWING.

THIS MORNING, THE PRESIDENT OF THE AMATEUR SPORTS FEDERATION AND OLYMPIC COMMITTEE, MR A. DE 0. SALES, ACCOMPANIED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE BOARD, SIR ALBERT RODRIGUES-THE GENERAL MANAGER, JSC, MR DAVID GRIFFITHS AND THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER (RECREATION AND SPORT) OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT MR BRIAN COAK, VISITED THE CAMP TO SEE YOUNG BOYS AND GIRLS IN TRAINING.

THE CAMP WHICH STARTED ON MONDAY IS SPLIT INTO TWO SECTIONS AND WILL END EARLY NEXT MONTH.

IT IS ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG AMATEUR ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION, HONG KONG TENNIS ASSOCIATION, HONG KONG AMATEUR SWIMMING ASSOCIATION, HONG KONG BADMINTON ASSOCIATION, HONG KONG AMATEUR FENCING ASSOCIATION, HONG KONG TABLE TENNIS ASSOCIATION AND HONG KONG FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE RCD AND THE JSC.

ACTIVITIES IN THE FIRST CAMP CONSISTED OF SOCCER, BADMINTON, TENNIS AND SWIMMING, WHICH STARTED ON MONDAY AND ENDED TODAY.

THE SECOND CAMP STARTS TOMORROW AND ITS FIVE DAYS OF ACTIVITIES WILL INCLUDE BADMINTON, TABLE TENNIS AND FENCING.

ALL THE TRAINING IS BEING HELD AT THE ULTRA-MODERN SPORTS CENTRE IN SHA TIN, AND IN ADDITION TO THE SPORTS COACHING. ACCOMMODATION, MEALS AND TRANSPORTATION ARE PROVIDED.

MR SALES SAID THE CAMP SERVES TO BOOST THE SKILLS OF HONG KONG’S ASPIRING YOUNG SPORTSMEN AND SPORTSWOMEN.

♦THIS IS THE START, AND I HAVE EVERY CONFIDENCE THAT GIVEN TIME, HONG KONG WILL HAVE A GOOD NUMBER OF OUTSTANDING SPORTSMEN AND SPORTSWOMEN,* HE SAID.

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ANT I-DRUGS DRIVE IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT

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THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (SOUTHERN) AND LOCAL KAIFONG ORGANISATIONS, WILL LAUNCH A SERIES OF ANTI-DRUGS ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT THIS YEAR.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (FRIDAY), AN ACAN SPOKESMAN SAID THE AIM OF THESE ACTIVITIES WAS TO ALERT THE RESIDENTS AGAINST DRUG ABUSE AND TO CALL ON THEIR SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE IN ERADICATING THE PROBLEM.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE DISTRICT IS A FAST DEVELOPING COMMUNITY WITH A LARGE NUMBER OF YOUNG PEOPLE. TO HELP THESE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE TO THE TEMPTATION TO TRY DRUGS, HE SAID, WE SHOULD CHANNEL THEIR ENERGIES AND CURIOSITY TO RECREATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

THE FIRST OF THESE ACTIVITIES WILL BE A VARIETY SHOW TO BE HELD TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT 8 PM AT WAH HONG SQUARE, WAH FU ESTATE.

THE FUNCTION IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE ACAN, CDO (SOUTHERN). INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OF THE SOCIETY FOR THE AID AND REHABILITATION OF DRUG ABUSERS (SARDA) AND THE WAH FU ESTATE RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION.

THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE A BAND PERFORMANCE, A SHORT ANTI-DRUGS DRAMA, SINGING PERFORMANCE BY POPULAR ARTISTS. AND MAGIC AND ACROBATIC SHOWS.

OFFICIATING AT THE FUNCTION WILL BE MR PETER LEE, COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS) MR K.C. KWONG, CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER (SOUTHERN); NR GEORGE YUEN, CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER OF INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT; SISTER AQUINAS, CHAIRMAN OF SARDA; MR ALBERT LAM, CHAIRMAN OF SOUTHERN DISTRICT YOUTH RECREATION COMMITTEE; MR LAI SING, PRESIDENT OF WAH FU ESTATE RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION; AND MR LO KAM, CHAIRMAN OF BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OF SARDA.

ANOTHER ANTI-DRUGS VARIETY SHOW IS BEING ORGANISED BY THE ACAN, CDO (SOUTHERN), AND THE AREA COMMITTEE OF TIN WAN ESTATE AND SHEK PAI WAN ESTATE. THE FUNCTION WILL BE HELD ON AUGUST 11 (WEDNESDAY) AT NO. 3 PLAYGROUND IN TIN WAN ESTATE.

THE ACAN AND THE ICAC WONG CHUK HANG SUB-OFFICE WILL ALSO JOINTLY ORGANISE A SERIES OF EDUCATIONAL AS WELL AS RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN SHEK 0 NEXT MONTH. THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE EXHIBITIONS, FILM SHOWS, SEMINARS, HOME VISITS AND VARIETY SHOWS.

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DEATH REGISTRIES IN STANLEY, RENNIE’S MILL KWAI CHUNG AND TSUEN WAN

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wITH EFFECT FROM SUNDAY (AUGUST 1), THE POLICE STATIONS IN STANLEY, RENNIE’S MILL, TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG WILL NO LONGER BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE REGISTRATION OF DEATHS IN THESE AREAS.

AS FROM THAT DAY REGISTRATION OF DEATHS IN STANLEY WILL HAVE TO BE MADE AT THE ABERDEEN DEATHS REGISTRY AT ABERDEEN CENTRE, WHILE DEATHS WHICH OCCUR IN RENNIE’S MILL WILL BE REGISTERED AT THE KOWLOON DEATHS REGISTRY AT THE SAN PO KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING AND DEATHS IN KwAI CHUNG AND TSUEN WAN WILL BE REGISTERED AT THE TSUEN WAN DEATHS REGISTRY IN THE FAR EAST BANK BUILDING.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT SAID THAT UPON REGISTRATION THE INFORMANT IS REQUIRED TO PRODUCE A MEDICAL CERTIFICATE CERTIFYING THE CAUSE OF DEATH BY THE ATTENDING DOCTOR.

A DEATH CERTIFICATE WILL BE ISSUED IMMEDIATELY TO THE INFORMANT ON PAYMENT OF A S5 FEE, HE ADDED.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ON HONG KONG ISLAND * * * *

SUNDAY (AUGUST 1), ONLY VEHICLES FROM THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE — A SERVICE ROAD — ON GLOUCESTER ROAD WILL BE ALLOWED TO TURN LEFT INTO ARSENAL STREET.

WITH ADV,SED T0 ENTER THE LANE AT ITS JUNCTION

wiin u DrcitN KUADS

ON THE SAME DAY, ISLAND ROAD IN WONG CHUK HANG WILL BE REOPENED TO TWO WAY TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM.

ON MONDAY (AUGUST 2) SPORTS ROAD BETWEEN ROYAL HONG KONG h ac^NJaH^D9UARTERS AND H0NG K0NS FOOTBALL CLUB STADIUM WILL BE c FR0M 10 AM UNT,L 10 AM 0N THURSDAY (AUGUST 12) • UK ROAD WORKS*

_ DURING the CLOSURE, THE SECTION EAST OF HONG KONG FOOTBALL CLUB STADIUM WILL BE RE-ROUTED TWO-WAY.

ul4 THE H0NG K0NG FOOTBALL CLUB STADIUM WILL BE DIVERTED

VIA SPORTS ROAD AT ITS EASTERN JUNCTION WITH WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD.

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FIRING PRACTICE * * *

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE HA TSUEN AND CASTLE PEAK RANGE FOR 20 DAYS NEXT MONTH.

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

THE DATES AND TIMES OF THE FIRING PRACTICE ARE AS FOLLOWS

DATE TIME

AUGUST 3 (TUESDAY) 9 AM - 11 PM

AUGUST 4 (WEDNESDAY) 8 AM - 6.30 PM

AUGUST 5 (THURSDAY) 8 AM - 6.30 PM

AUGUST 6 (FRIDAY) 8 AM - 6.30 PM

AUGUST 9 (MONDAY) 9 AM - 6.30 PM

AUGUST 10 (TUESDAY) 9 AM - 6 PM

AUGUST 11 (WEDNESDAY) 8 AM - 11 PM

AUGUST 12 (THURSDAY) 8 AM - 6.30 PM

AUGUST 13 (FRIDAY) 8 AM - 6.30 PM

AUGUST 16 (MONDAY) 9 AM - 11 PM

AUGUST 17 (TUESDAY) 9 AM - 5 PM

AUGUST 18 (WEDNESDAY) 8 AM - 11 PM

AUGUST 19 (THURSDAY) 8 AM - 6 PM

AUGUST 20 (FRIDAY) 8 AM - 4.30 PM

AUGUST 23 (MONDAY) 9 AM - 11 PM

AUGUST 24 (TUESDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

AUGUST 25 (WEDNESDAY) 8 AM - 11 PM

AUGUST 26 (THURSDAY) 8 AM - 6.30 PM

AUGUST 27 (FRIDAY) 8 AM - 4.30 PM

AUGUST 31 (TUESDAY) 9 AM - 6.33 PM

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MINI-BUS DRIVER SETS MM*

HONEST EXAMPLE *

THE HONESTY NR WONG KAM-CHI,

OF A TSUEN WAN MINI-BUS DRIVER, 46-YEAR-OLD HAS JUST WON HIMSELF A +GOOD CITIZEN* AWARD.

IN ORDER TO TRACE THE OWNER OF A WOMAN HANDBAG FOUND IN HIS VAN, MR WONG SPENT TWO DAYS TRYING VARIOUS SOURCES, INCLUDING THE RECORDS OF A DENTIST.

AND AS A RECOGNITION OF HIS HONESTY AND CIVIC-MINDEDNESS, THE ACTING TSUEN WAN TOWN MANAGER, MR LUI HAU-TUEN, PRESENTED HIM A +GOOD CITIZEN* PLAQUE AT A BRIEF CEREMONY TODAY (FRIDAY).

MR WONG RECALLED THAT HE FOUND THE HANDBAG CONTAINING CASH AND VALUABLES WORTH MORE THAN $600 ABOUT A MONTH AGO.

THERE WAS NO ADDRESS OR TELEPHONE NUMBER IN THE BAG, EXCEPT AN IDENTITY CARD AND A DENTIST CARD.

AFTER SOME FRUITLESS EFFORTS TO LOCATE THE OWNER HE EVENTUALLY CALLED AT THE DENTIST’S OFFICE FOR ASSISTANCE.

AND THE OWNER TURNED OUT TO BE THE WIFE OF A STAFF OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE WHO OFFERED HIM A $100 REWARD.

BUT MR WONG REJECTED THE OFFER, SAYING IT WAS NOTHING MORE THAN JUST PERFORMING HIS DUTY AS A GOOD CITIZEN.

♦THE MONETARY LOSS MAY BE SMALL BUT THE INCONVENIENCE SO CAUSED IS CERTAINLY GREAT,♦ HE SAID.

ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS MR WONG HAD FOUND VALUABLES LEFT IN HIS MINI-BUS. BUT HE ALWAYS TRIED TO LOCATE THE OWNERS OR HANDED THE ARTICLES OVER TO THE POLICE.

AT TODAY’S CEREMONY, MR LUI PRAISED MR WONG FOR HIS HONESTY WHICH HAD SET A GOOD EXAMPLE TO OTHER PEOPLE.

♦HONESTY IS A VERY IMPORTANT FACTOR IN OUR EVERYDAY LIFE. MR WONG HAS OFTEN GONE THROUGH GREAT TROUBLES TO TRY TO FIND THE PROPERTY OWNERS BUT NEVER THOUGHT OF GETTING ANY REWARD IN RETURN,+ SAID MR LUI.

♦THIS SPIRIT AND ATTITUDE MUST BE APPLAUDED AND RESPECTED BY US ALL.+

ALSO ATTENDING THE CEREMONY WERE THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS ELAINE CHUNG, AND SOME MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD.

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COURSE FOR TECHNICAL TEACHERS * * * *

THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE IS INVITING APPLICATIONS FOR A ONE-YEAR FULL-TIME TRAINING COURSE WHICH WILL START IN SEPTEMBER.

INDUCEMENT GRANTS BETWEEN Si 650 AND S2 500 PER MONTH WILL BE GIVEN TO STUDENTS ATTENDING THE COURSE. THE AMOUNT OF SUCH GRANTS WILL DEPEND ON THE EXPERIENCE OF INDIVIDUAL COURSE MEMBERS.

APPLICANTS MUST POSSESS EITHER A HIGHER DIPLOMA, ORDINARY DIPLOMA, HIGHER CERTIFICATE OR EQUIVALENT QUALIFICATION AWARDED BY THE TECHNICAL COLLEGE, POLYTECHNIC, TECHNICAL INSTITUTES OR AN EQUIVALENT EDUCATION ESTABLISHMENT IN ONE OF THE FOLLOWING DISCIPLINES^ MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (PRODUCTION/AUTOMOBILE/ AIR-CONDITIONING AND REFRIGERATION), PRINTING INDUSTRY AND CIVIL ENG I NEERING/BUILDING STUDIES.

APPLICANTS HOLDING A HIGHER DIPLOMA SHOULD POSSESS AT LEAST FIVE YEARS RELATED, PRACTICAL POST-QUALIFICATION EXPERIENCE, AND SIX YEARS FOR AN ORDINARY DIPLOMA OR HIGHER CERTIFICATE HOLDER.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE AT 373 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, WAN CHAI AND THEY SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE COLLEGE ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 6.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, JULY 31, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MORE GOVERNMENT JOBS FOR THE DISABLED ........................ 1

NEW BRIDGES FOR TUEN MUN NEW TOWN ............................ 2

NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR NT FOOD BUSINESS LICENCES ............... 2

GIS PROMOTIONS OFFICE MOVING TO UNITED CENTRE ................. 3

NEW FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION PIERS AT CHEUNG SHA WAN .... 3

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FRESH WATER CUT IN WESTERN...................................... 3

NEW MAXICAB ROUTE NO. 2 ....................................

WATER CUT IN NT ............................................

RE-PAINTING OF HOARDINGS BY STUDENTS IN CENTRAL ................ 5

SAI KUNG BEACHES GET FACELIFT................................... 5

TERRITORY-WIDE FOLK SONG COMPETITION PROVES POPULAR

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SATURDAY, JULY 31, l?o2

MORE GOVERNMENT JOBS FOR THE DISABLED

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS INCREASED ITS RECRUITMENT OF DIABLED PERSONS.

IN THE FINANCIAL YEAR ENDED MARCH 31 THE GOVERNMENT ’■ RECRUITED 166 DISABLED PERSONS, COMPARED WITH 126 DURING THE PREVIOUS 12-MONTH PERIOD.

ON APRIL 1 THERE WERE a TOTAL OF 1 13a DISABLED persons EMPLOYED IN THE CIVIL SERVICE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH SAID IT WAS GOVERNMENT POLICY TO PLACE THE DISABLED IN APPROPRIATE JOBS WHEREVER POSSIBLE.

ornv, *9 SABLED PERS0NS APPLYING FOR APPOINTMENT IN THE CIVIL « ARE CONSIDERED ON EQUAL TERMS WITH OTHER APPLICANTS. if they are found suitable for employment, they are given an appr?p«iaJe DEGREE 0F preference for appointment over other ArrLI CANTS • +

Ar- . A D'SABLED PERS0N FOUND SUITABLE TO CARRY OUT The DUTIES GF A PART’CULAR POST WAS NORMALLY APPOINTED EVEN THOUGH HE MAY NOT BE ABLE, ON ACCOUNT OF HIS DISABILITY, TO PERFORM THE DUTIES OF EVERY POST IN THE SAME RANK, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

RE ADDED THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY IN PLACING THE DISABLED IN APPROPRIATE JOBS WHEREVER POSSIBLE WAS CONSISTENT THE SENEtfAL P0LICY T0 INTEGRATE the DISABLED INTO ThE COMMUNITY THROUGH THE PROCESS OF VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AND EVENTUAL GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT.

IN AN EFFORT TO RECRUIT MORE VISUALLY HANDICAPPED TELEPHONISTS, SWITCH-BOARDS LOCATED IN A NUMBER OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS HAVE BEEN MODIFIED FOR THE USE OF BLIND OPERATORS.

ALTERATIONS TO OFFICE PREMISES AND FITTINGS ARE MADE WHERE NECESSARY FOP THE CONVENIENCE OF DISABLED OFFICERS. SUCH SPECIAL EQUIPMENT AS OPTACON IS ALSO PROVIDED BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE USE OF DISABLED OFFICERS TO ENABLE THEM TO DO THEIR WORK.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT MORE DISABLED PERSONS WOULD BE EMPLOYED IN THE COMING YEAR AND THAT THE COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL SECTOR WOULD FOLLOW THE GOVERNMENT’S EXAMPLE IN THE EMPLOYMENT OF DISABLED PERSONS.

SATURDAY, JULY 31, 1982

NEW BRIDGES FOR TUEN MUN NEW TOWN * * * *

SIX BRIDGES FOR PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS WILL BE BUILT ACROSS LUNG MUN ROAD AND TWO NEw ROADS NEAR wU KING AND BUTTERFLY ESTATES IN TUEN MUN NEW TOWN TO IMPROVE ACCESSIBILITY OF THE TWO ESTATES.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT ARE BEING INVITED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

ON COMPLETION, THE BRIDGES WITH OVERHEAD STEEL COVERS WILL FORM PART OF THE GRADE SEPARATED PEDESTRIAN ACCESSES LINKING THE TwO ESTATES TO THEIR SURROUNDING AREAS, INCLUDING HUNG LAU PARK TO THE WEST, THE DISTRICT OPEN SPACE TO THE NORTH, AND THE SITE TO THE EAST FOR A NEW HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME.

CONSTRUCTION IS EXPECTED TO START IN OCTOBER AND WILL TAKE 16 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR NT FOOD BUSINESS LICENCES

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APPLICANTS FOR NEw TERRITORIES FOOD BUSINESS LICENCES SHOULD COMPLY WITH ALL FIRE SAFETY RULES IN ADDITION TO HEALTH REQUIREMENTS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT STATED TODAY (SATURDAY).

FROM TOMORROW (SUNDAY), THE DEPARTMENT WILL ONLY ISSUE SUCH LICENCES TO RESTAURANTS, FOOD FACTORIES, BAKERIES, AND CANTEENS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AFTER THEY HAVE MET ALL FIRE PRECAUTION REQUIREMENTS IMPOSED BY THE DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES.

THIS NEW LICENSING REQUIREMENT IS IN LINE WITH THE FOOD BUSINESS (NEW TERRITORIES)(AMENDMENT)(NO. 3) REGULATIONS 1982 OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES ORDINANCE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT PREVIOUSLY, THE NTSD WOULD PROCESS APPLICATIONS INDEPENDENTLY, LEAVING OTHER RELEVANT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS TO DEAL WITH THE IMPOSITION OF THEIR OWN REQUIREMENTS DIRECTLY WITH THE APPLICANTS.

HOWEVER, IT HAD BEEN FOUND THAT AFTER BEING GRANTED LICENCES BY THE NTSD, A NUMBER OF APPLICANTS TOOK A LONG TIME TO COMPLY WITH FIRE SAFETY RULES, THUS EXPOSING THEIR ESTABLISHMENTS TO FIRE HAZARDS.

SATURDAY, JULY 31, 1982

GIS PROMOTIONS OFFICE MOVING TO UNITED CENTRE

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Hl INFORMATION SERVICES PROMOTIONS SUB-DIVISION

rHc F,RE ?RIGADE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, ?FF,CES °N THE 13TH FL00R 0F UNITED CENTRE, QUEENSWAY, HUNG KONG.

'I *ILL 0PERATE FROM THE NEW OFFICE FROM TUESDAY. ITS NEW TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 5-275115.

AND ,SUnZD^i3ION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PLANNING

AN$ IMPLEMENTATION Or ALL GOVERNMENT CAMPAIGNS AND PROMOTIONAL rpJccoATinH A?nP2ISES F0UR SECTIONS: THE CAMPAIGNS SECTION, THE =UBLr^TY°uNITNDANnSTucAcfc3rHTZ°N’ THE CLEAN H0NG K0NG CAMPAIGN I DAN CPDuire T* AND THE GIS FILM LIBRARY WHICH RUNS A FREE FILM LUhh juKV

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NEW FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION PIERS AT CHEUNG SHA WAN XXX

TWO NEW PIERS WILL SOON BE BUILT FOR THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION IN CHEUNG SHA WAN RECLAMATION STAGE II.

TENDERS FOR THE WORK ARE BEING INVITED BY THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

nir *HEN COMPLETED, THEY WILL REPLACE THE TWO EXISTING MARKET PIERS, WHICH WILL BE DEMOLISHED IN EARLY 1984 TO MAKE WAY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE ------

WESTERN KOWLOON CORRIDOR.

WORK WILL START IN 12 MONTHS.

NOVEMBER AND IS EXPECTED TO TAKE ABOUT

FRESH WATER CUT IN WESTERN

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN THE WESTERN DISTRICT WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 3) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR A LEAKAGE TEST.

PREMISES IN THE AREA BOUNDED BY QUEEN’S ROAD WEST, WESTERN STREET, CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST AND EASTERN STREET wILL BE AFFECTED.

SATURDAY, JULY 31, 1982

NEW MAX I CAB ROUTE NO. 2 X X X

a NEW MAX I CAB-ROUTE NO. 2 - -ILL START RUNNING BETWEEN HUNG HOM AND NAM SHAN ESTATE TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

SETT- ' OUT 'ROM WHAMPOA ESTATE IN HUNG HOM, THE MAX I CAB WILL TRAVEL VIA TAK MAN STREET, WUHU STREET, MA TAU WAI ROAD, SAN LAU 2.’EE", \TH' ROAD, 'A .AU CLUNG ROAD, FU NING STREET, ARGYLE STREET, LOMOND ROAD, PRINCE EDWARD ROAD, EMBANKMENT ROAD, BOUNDARY STREET, TAI HANG TUNG ROAD AND LUNG CHU STREET.

RETURN ,R IPS wILL BE VIA LUNG CHU STREET, TAI HANG TUNG ROAD, BOUNDARY STREET, ARGYLE STREET, FU NING STREET, SHING TAK STREET, MA TAu CHUNG ROAD, MA TAU WAI ROAD, CHATHAM ROAD, PAK KUNG STREET, MA TAU waI ROaj, wUHU STREET, TAK MAN STREET, MAN TAI STREET, MAN SIU STREET AND TAK MAN STREET.

IT ■ILL OPERATE FROM 7 AM TO 10.32 PM ON WEEKDAYS, AND FROM 8 AM TO 10.20 PM ON SUNDAYS AND °UBLIC HOLIDAYS.

THE PEAK UOUR FREQUENCY IS 12 FROM SI TO H.50.

MINUTES AND FARES WILL RANGE

WATER CUT IN NT XXX

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN AREAS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR NINE HOURS FROM 9 PM ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 4) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR INSTALLATION OF A NEW ELECTRIC PUMP TO IMPROVE ..ATER SUPPLY IN TAI PO AND FANLING AREAS.

THE FOLLOWING AREAS WILL BE AFFECTED :

TAI PC, INCLUDING TAI PO TOWN, TAI PO INDUSTRIAL AREA, TING KOK ROAD AREAS AND TAI PO LOOK-OUT: SHEUNG SHU I, INCLUDING SHEUNG SHU I TOWN, SHEK Xu I HUI, KWU TUNG, SAN TIN AND LO WUl AND FANLING, INCLUDING FANLING TOWN, LUEN wO MARKET AND SHA TAU KOK.

SATURDAY, JULY 31, 1982

RE-PAINTING OF HOARDINGS BY STUDENTS IN CENTRAL * * * * *

HOARDINGS AROUND A CONSTRUCTION SITE IN CENTRAL WILL BE RE-PAINTED AND GIVEN A PLEASANT LOOK 3Y SOME 40 STUDENTS INCLUDING DEAF AND MUTE ONES AS A BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT ON SUNDAY (AUGUST 1).

ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD AND THE SHEUNG WAN (CENTRAL) AREA COMMITTEE, THE BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT IS AIMED AT AROUSING CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES’ AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF MAINTAINING HOARDINGS PROPERLY.

IT IS ALSO AIMED AT IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT OF THE AREA, AND FOSTERING STUDENTS’ PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES.

THE PROJECT FOLLOWS A RECENT SURVEY BY THE SHEUNG WAN (CENTRAL) AREA COMMITTEE ON THE CONDITIONS OF HOARDINGS IN THE AREA.

THE SURVEY SHOWED THAT HOARDINGS OF HALF OF THE CONSTRUCTION SITES WERE DILAPIDATED, THUS ENDANGERING PEDESTRIANS AND SPOILING THE ENVIRONMENT.

THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (CENTRAL AND WESTERN), MR EDDY CHAN, WILL OFFICIATE AT A RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY.

ALSO PRESENT WILL BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SHEUNG WAN (CENTRAL) AREA COMMITTEE, MR ALBERT H.C. LAM, AND OTHER MEMBERS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT TO BE HELD AT A CONSTRUCTION SITE FOR THE RANK AND FILE MARRIED QUARTERS AT THE JUNCTION OF OLD BAILEY STREET AND STAUNTON STREET IN CENTRAL ON SUNDAY (AUGUST 1) AT 2 PM.

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SAI KUNG BEACHES GET FACELIFT

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AN EXTENSIVE CLEAN-UP IS BEING LAUNCHED AT MORE THAN 30 BATHING BEACHES AT SAI KUNG INCLUDING THE MOST POPULAR CLEARWATER BAY BEACH AND THE REMOTED BEACHES INACCESSIBLE BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT.

A NUMBER OF RURAL LEADERS AND STUDENTS WILL TAKE PART IN THE OPERATIONS WHICH ARE ORGANISED TO COINCIDE WITH THE CURRENT CLEAN BEACH PHASE OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN.

AT AN OFFICIAL CEREMONY HELD AT CLEARWATER BAY (SECOND) BEACH TODAY (SATURDAY), THE URBAN DISTRICT OFFICER OF SAI KUNG, MR LAM CHUNG-HUEN, URGED THE BEACHGOERS NOT TO SPOIL THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF THE BEACHES AND SPARE THEMSELVES FROM A MAXIMUM FINE OF 55 000 FOR LITTERING OFFENCE.

/Taking past .......

SATURDAY, JULY •*,

TAK NG PART IN TODAY’S OPERATION WERE 53 GIRLS AND BOYS FROM ST FRANCIS CANOSSIAN COLLEGE AND ■•AH YAN COLLEGE OF KOWLOON, WHO PICKED UP AND COLLECTED A LARGE QUANTITY OF REFUSE AND EMPTY CANS LEFT BEHIND ON THE BEACH BY BEACHGOERS AND HOLIDAYMAKERS.

CLEANSING STAFF OF THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT PROVIDED A BACK—Up SERVICE IN REMOVING THE GARBAGE.

ALSO PRES-NT WERE THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER OF SAI KUNG, M?S RITA LAu, AND MEMBERS OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD INCLUDING MR LAU WAN-HEI AND MR WAN SHU-PUI.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

A PHOTOGRAPH SHOWING THE BEACH CLEAN-UP AT CLEARWATER BAY (SECOND) BEACH WILL BE SENT TO YOU BY FACSIMILE LATER TODAY.

TERRITORY-WIDE FOLK SONG COMPETITION PROVES POPULAR

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THE +SWINGING SUMMER* FOLK GROUP SINGING COMPETITION JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES AND RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG HAS RECEIVED VERY GOOD RESPONSE FROM YOUNG FOLK SONG LOVERS.

SINCE THE LAUNCHING OF THE SINGING COMPETITION LATE LAST MONTH, MORE THAN 5 OOO APPLICATION FORMS HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED. FOUR AUDITIONS FOR 1 500 APPLICATIONS HAVE BEEN HELD AND TwO MORE ARE BEING ARRANGED FOR ANOTHER 1 000 ENTRANTS.

THE COMPETITION IS ORGANISED AS A PART OF THIS YEAR’S ••■SWINGING SUMMER* TV PROGRAMME.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ORGANISERS SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT THE FACT THAT SO MANY APPLICATIONS HAD BEEN RECEIVED REFLECTED A KEEN INTEREST IN THE TV PROGRAMME AND THE SINGING COMPETITION.

TWO PRELIMINARIES HAD BEEN HELD AT THE FIRST AND SECOND EPISODES OF THE TV SERIES ON TWO PREVIOUS SUNDAYS. THE THIRD PRELIMINARY WILL BE HELD AT THE THIRD EPISODE TO BE SCREENED AT TVB-JADE TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT 12 NOON.

APART FROM THE SINGING COMPETITION, THE THIRD EPISODE WHICH IS CO-ORGANISED WITH THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL FEATURE AN HOUR-LONG ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME BY TV CELEBRITIES, WINNIE CHIN, *AN CHI-KEUNG, KENT CHOI, aIu^Y FUNG AND BOBBY CHAN.