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

  DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NEW STAMP ISSUE TO FEATURE DISABLED ATHLETES ............ 1

ZONING PLAN AMENDED ..................................... 2

REVIEW OF RENT INCREASE CERTIFICATES .................... 3

HOWARD YOUNG APPOINTED MEMBER OF TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE ,,,,.......................................... **

MP SEES NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT .......................... **

USE SEAT BELT - TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ...................  5

CLOTHING INDUSTRY MANPOWER SURVEY REPORT CM SALE ........ 5

TWO SITES IN CHAI WAN AWARDED FOR DEVELOPMENT ........... 6

POST OFFICE TO ISSUE NEW AEROGRAMME ..................... 6

ROAD TO BE WIDENED ....................................   7

BASIC COURSES IN INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNIQUES ............... 7

SWIMMING PERFORMANCE AT LA SALLE COLLEGE SWIMMING POOL. 8

CMB MORNING ROUTE J FROM QUEEN MARY HOSPITAL ............ 8

WATER CUT IN PEAK AREA

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1, 1982

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NEW STAMP ISSUE TO FEATURE DISABLED ATHLETES * * * *

TH,RD FAR EAST AND SOUTH PACIFIC GAMES FOR THE DISABLED rnuDPDACTt?eS I9®2) W,LL BE THE THEME FOR A SPECIAL ISSUE OF FOUR POSTAGE STAMPS TO BE PUT ON SALE ON OCTOBER 20.

™E STAMP DESIGNS DEPICT DISABLED SPORTSMEN PLAYING WHEELCHAIRS (30 CENTS), DISABLED ATHLETES IN A WHEELCHAIR RACE (Si), WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL (11.30) AND ARCHERY ($5), THE POSTMASTER GENERAL ANNOUNCED.

At THIS ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS THE SPORTING ACTIVITIES OF THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED, POSTMASTERS HAVE BEEN ASKED TO ASSIST ANY HANDICAPPED PERSON WISHING TO PURCHASE STAMPS ON THE FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. THIS IS IN ADDITION TO THE SPECIAL COUNTER FOR THE DISABLED AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE.

THE NEW STAMPS WILL BE ON DISPLAY ON THE FIRST FLOOR PUBLIC COUNTER OF THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, CONNAUGHT PLACE FROM OCTOBER 15, BETWEEN 9.30 AM AND 4.30 PM.

OFFICIAL FIRST DAY COVERS WILL BE PLACED ON SALE AT ALL POST OFFICES ON OCTOBER 7 AT 50 CENTS EACH. EACH COVER WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN INSERT CARD CONTAINING INFORMATION ON FESPIC GAMES 1982 AND BRIEF PHILATELIC INFORMATION.

SUFFICIENT FIRST DAY COVERS HAVE BEEN PRINTED TO MEET ANTICIPATED PUBLIC DEMAND AND THERE WILL BE NO RESTRICTION ON THE NUMBER SOLD TO EACH PERSON.

ADVANCE ORDERS FOR SERVICING OF FIRST DAY COVERS WILL BE ACCEPTED UP TO 5 PM ON OCTOBER 15 AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, CONNAUGHT PLACE 5 KOWLOON CENTRAL POST OFFICE, NATHAN ROAD! AND TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE, PEKING ROAD.

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

THE CHARGE WILL BE $8.60 PER COVER WHICH INCLUDES THE COST OF THE STAMPS ($7.60) TOGETHER WITH A SERVICE FEE OF $1.

THE COVERS MUST BE FULLY ADDRESSED BY THE APPLICANTS, AND NO LESS THAN 10 COVERS WILL BE ACCEPTED WITH EACH ORDER.

THE ORDER FORMS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, KOWLOON CENTRAL POST OFFICE AND TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE ON OCTOBER 7.

ANY PERSON ORDERING SERVICED COVERS ADDRESSED TO A LOCAL DESTINATION MAY COLLECT THEM ON OCTOBER 21 FROM THE POST OFFICE WHERE THE ORDER WAS PLACED.

COVERS ADDRESSED OVERSEAS WILL BE SENT FORWARD BY AIRMAIL

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SERVICE WILL BE PROVIDED ON OCTOBER 20 AT ALL POST OFFICES WHEREBY UNREGISTERED FIRST DAY COVERS BEARING A LOCAL ADDRESS WILL J* ACCEPTED OVER THE COUNTER, IMPRESSED WITH THE NORMAL POST OFFICE DATESTAMP AND HANDED BACK TO THE PERSON.

,_u, P0ST OFFICE WILL BE OPENED IN THE FESPIC VILLAGE

nCET0F WALES HOSPITAL, SHA TIN WAI ROAD, SHA TIN) FROM xTSLEL2n TO NOVEMBER 10 INCLUSIVE. THE FOLLOWING SERVICES WILL SIAMPS AND REGISTRATION, PARCEL ACCEPTANCE AND MAIL COLLECTION. PHILATELIC ITEMS, INCLUDING FESPIC COVERS, WILL ALSO BE ON SALE.

_ A ?2VEL FEATURE OF INTEREST TO PHILATELISTS IS THAT ALL MAIL POSTED AT THE VILLAGE POST OFFICE WILL BE SPECIALLY HANDSTAMPED, AND A HAND BACK SERVICE WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR LOCALLY ADDRESSED UNREGISTERED MAIL.

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME A TEMPORARY POST OFFICE HAS BEEN OPENED IN HONG KONG SINCE 1974. THE OPENING HOURS OF THE VILLAGE POST OFFICE WILL BE 9.45 AM - 12.15 PM AND 1.45 PM - 4.15 PM ON MONDAYS TO FRIDAYS AND 9.45 AM - 12.15 PM ON SATURDAYS.

ZONING PLAN AMENDED * * *

THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD TODAY (FRIDAY) ANNOUNCED TWO AMENDMENTS TO THE DRAFT WANG TAU HOM AND TUNG TAU OUTLINE ZONING PLAN.

ONE OF THE AMENDMENTS INVOLVES THE REZONING OF THE GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTION AND COMMUNITY SITE TO THE NORTH OF LUNG CHEUNG ROAD FOR RESIDENTIAL (GROUP A) PURPOSE.

THIS SITE IS INTENDED FOR PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION OR MIDDLE INCOME HOUSING SCHEME. PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT INDICATES THAT THE SITE CAN PRODUCE ABOUT 2 000 FLATS FOR 9 000 PERSONS.

THE SECOND AMENDMENT INVOLVES SLIGHT ADJUSTMENT OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY ALIGNMENT BETWEEN THE WONG TAI SIN AND LOK FU STATIONS AS SHOWN IN THE DRAFT OUTLINE ZONING PLAN.

PROPOSALS WERE ALSO MADE TO REVISE THE SCHEDULE OF NOTES OF THE PLAN.

THE AMENDED PLAN MAY BE INSPECTED AT THE TOWN PLANNING DIVISION, 17TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD 5 THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICE, WEST WING ENTRANCE AND THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE, SAN PO KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICE BUILDING, 4TH AND 5TH FLOOR, KING FUK STREET, SAN PO KONG, KOWLOON.

ANY PERSON AFFECTED BY THE AMENDMENT TO THE PLAN MAY SUBMIT HIS OBJECTIONS IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY, TOWN PLANNING BOARD, C/0 LANDS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

COPIES OF THE DRAFT PLAN ARE AVAILABLE AT THE SURVEY DIVISION, LANDS DEPARTMENT, 5TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG AT $10 EACH UNCOLOURED AND $60 EACH COLOURED.

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REVIEW OF RENT INCREASE CERTIFICATES * * *

THE TASK OF REVIEWING CERTIFICATES OF INCREASE IN RENT RELATING TO POST-WAR DOMESTIC PREMISES ISSUED UNDER PART II OF THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) ORDINANCE IS TO BE UNDERTAKEN BY THE COMMISSIONER OF RATING AND VALUATION WITH APPEALS BEING DEALT WITH BY THE LANDS TRIBUNAL.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THIS WAS A FURTHER MOVE TOWARDS IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY LAST YEAR’S COMMITTEE OF REVIEW, LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) ORDINANCE. THESE FUNCTIONS, HITHERTO UNDERTAKEN BY THE RENT TRIBUNAL AND THE DISTRICT COURT, WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO THE COMMISSIONER AND THE LANDS TRIBUNAL, RESPECTIVELY, FROM TODAY.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT APPLICATIONS FOR REVIEW IN RESPECT OF RENT INCREASE CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER TODAY SHOULD BE MADE ON A NEWLY SPECIFIED FORM (FORM TR18) AND SUBMITTED IN DUPLICATE TO THE COMMISSIONER. NO FEE IS PAYABLE FOR THE REVIEW.

HOWEVER, FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED PRIOR TO OCTOBER 1, THE FORMER REVIEW PROCEEDINGS ARE STILL APPLICABLE AND APPLICATIONS FOR REVIEW SHOULD BE MADE ON FORM TR1OA TOGETHER WITH THE REVIEWING FEE OF $50.

THE SPECIFIED FORMS ARE AVAILABLE, FREE OF CHARGE, AT THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT, HENNESSY CENTRE, 500 HENNESSY ROAD, 17TH FLOOR, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG 5 AND ALSO AT ANY DISTRICT OFFICE/TOWN MANAGEMENT OFFICE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

ANY PERSON WHO HAS QUERIES ON THE NEW PROCEDURES OR WHO HAS DIFFICULTY IN OBTAINING APPLICATION FORMS SHOULD CONTACT THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT AT TELEPHONEi 5-7957858.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1, 1982

HOWARD YOUNG APPOINTED MEMBER OF TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

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MR HOWARD YOUNG HOW-WAH HAS BEEN APPOINTED TO THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR THE PERIOD OCTOBER 7, 1982 TO MARCH 31, 1984. THE APPOINTMENT WAS MADE BY THE GOVERNOR AND IS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY.

THE APPOINTMENT OF MR GERALD FORSGATE AS CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, ALSO PUBLISHED TODAY, WAS ANNOUNCED IN JULY THIS YEAR.

MR YOUNG, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF SWIRE TRAVEL LTD., HAS BEEN AN APPOINTED MEMBER OF THE URBAN COUNCIL SINCE 1978. HE IS CLOSELY INVOLVED IN THE WORK OF THE COUNCIL AND IS CURRENTLY CHAIRMAN OF ITS CLEAN HONG KONG COMMITTEE.

HE SERVES ON A NUMBER OF COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANISATIONS IN THE AREA OF SOCIAL WELFARE AND RECREATION AND SPORTS AND IS THE CADET COMMANDANT OF THE CIVIL AID SERVICES AS WELL AS A NEMBER OF THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT BOARD.

IN 1978 HE RECEIVED A TEN OUTSTANDING YOUNG PERSONS AWARD AND IS AT PRESENT CHAIRMAN OF THE OUTSTANDING YOUNG PERSONS ASSOCIATION.

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MP SEES NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT * * *

MR DAVID TRIPPIER, MP, AND MRS TRIPPIER, TODAY (FRIDAY) TOOK A GOOD LOOK AT SHA TIN NEW TOWN.

THEY WERE FIRST GIVEN A BRIEFING ON THE BACKGROUND CF THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT BY THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR IAN MACPHERSON.

THEY WERE THEN TAKEN TO THE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME SUI WO COURT OVERLOOKING SHA TIN AND WERE BRIEFED ON THE NEW TOWN’S DEVELOPMENT BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR DONALD TSANG, AND THE PROJECT MANAGER, MR KEITH AUSTIN.

LATER ON, MRS TRIPPIER ALSO TOURED LEK YUEN AND WO CHE ESTATES AND VISITED A HOSTEL FOR THE ELDERLY.

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USE SEAT BELT - TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT * * * *

IN A FURTHER EFFORT TO ENCOURAGE THE USE OF SAFETY BELTS, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL BE DISTRIBUTING STICKERS WITH THIS MESSAGE SHORTLY.

INITIALLY, CAR OWNERS WHOSE VEHICLES WERE MANUFACTURED AFTER AUGUST 1, 1976 WILL BE GIVEN +USE SEAT BELT+ STICKERS WHEN THEY RENEW THEIR LICENCES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE COMPULSORY WEARING OF SAFETY BELTS IS EXPECTED TO BECOME LAW SOMETIME NEXT YEAR.

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CLOTHING INDUSTRY MANPOWER SURVEY REPORT ON SALE

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THE REPORT ON THE SIXTH MANPOWER SURVEY OF THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY IS NOW ON SALE AT $13 AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE, HONG KONG. IT IS PUBLISHED IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE.

THE REPORT WAS PREPARED BY THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE FORMER HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL, NOW REPLACED BY THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL.

THE REPORT PROVIDES DETAILED STATISTICAL INFORMATION ON THE EMPLOYMENT STRUCTURE OF THE INDUSTRY, I.E. THE NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES IN EACH PRINCIPAL JOB AND A FORECAST OF THE TRAINING NEEDS OF THE INDUSTRY. IT ALSO CONTAINS RECOMMENDATIONS ON MEASURES THAT SHOULD BE TAKEN TO MEET THE FORECAST MANPOWER DEMAND AND ON TRAINING ROUTES FOR TECHNOLOGISTS, TECHNICIANS, CRAFTSMEN AND OPERATIVES.

THE SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED IN SEPTEMBER 1981 BY THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1, 1982

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TWO SITES IN CHAI WAN AWARDED FOR DEVELOPMENT * * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) AWARDED TWO TENDERS FOR TWO SITES IN CHAI WAN UNDER THE PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION SCHEME ARRANGEMENTS.

THE TENDERS WERE AWARDED TO BILLION TOWN CO. LTD., A WHOLLY-OWNED SUBSIDIARY OF NEW WORLD DEVELOPMENT CO. LTD. WHICH BID A TOTAL OF $303 300 000 FOR THE SITES.

THE GOVERNMENT LAND AGENT, MR T.J. MILLS, SAID THAT THE TWO SITES, ONE LOCATED TO THE NORTH OF THE JUNCTION OF HONG MAN STREET AND LEE CHUNG STREET AND THE OTHER AT THE JUNCTION OF CHAI WAN ROAD AND LOK MAN ROAD, MEASURE ABOUT 22 440 SQUARE METRES AND 10 400 SQUARE METRES RESPECTIVELY.

HE SAID THAT THE DEVELOPER PROPOSED TO PRODUCE ALTOGETHER 3 030 FLATS HAVING A TOTAL GROSS FLOOR AREA OF JUST OVER 195 000 SQUARE METRES.

♦COMMERCIAL FACILITIES SUCH AS RESTAURANTS, RETAIL SHOPS AND A SUPERMARKET, COMPRISING A TOTAL OF ABOUT 3 410 SQUARE METRES, WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED TOGETHER WITH A KINDERGARTEN FOR EACH SITE,* HE ADDED.

THE DEVELOPMENT OF THESE TWO SITES IS PROGRAMMED FOR COMPLETION IN ABOUT THREE YEARS.

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POST OFFICE TO ISSUE NEW AEROGRAMME

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THE POST OFFICE WILL ISSUE AN A4 SIZE AEROGRAMME IN MARCH NEXT YEAR TO REPLACE THE PRESENT ONE INTRODUCED IN 1971, THE POSTMASTER GENERAL ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE PRICE WILL REMAIN AT $1 AND THE DATE OF SALE WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER.

SUBJECT TO CERTAIN CONDITIONS, THE POSTMASTER GENERAL WILL APPROVE THE SALE Oc PRIVATELY PRINTED A4 SIZE AEROGRAMMES.

PRINTERS WISHING TO MANUFACTURE THESE AEROGRAMMES SHOULD APPLY TO THE POST OFFICE FOR APPROVAL, HE SAID.

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ROAD TO BE WIDENED * * *

THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT PLANS TO WIDEN A SECTION OF TSI NG WUN ROAD BETWEEN PUI TO ROAD AND LUNG MUN ROAD TO PROVIDE A DUAL TWO-LANE CARRIAGEWAY.

I«LSSHEME F0RMS PART CF THE CONTINUING PROGRAMME FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

ROADS

THE PROJECT ALSO INCLUDES THE CONSTRUCTION IN TSING SHAN TSUEN AND KAU HUI.

OF FOUR NEW

DETAILS OF THE PROPOSAL ARE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE AND A NOTICE, SEEN ON THE NOTICE BOARDS POSTED WORKS.

PUBLISHED IN A NOTICE IN TODAY’S IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE, CAN BE NEAR THE SITE OF THE PROPOSED

A COPY OF THE PLAN ON THE PROPOSED UNDERTAKINGS SHOWING THE AREAS AND THE EXISTING ROADS OR FOOTWAYS TO BE AFFECTED CAN BE SEEN AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE ENQUIRY SUB-OFF I CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING MAIN ENTRANCE, THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT LAND OFFICE AND THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE, TUEN MUN BUILDING, CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TUEN MUN, NEW TERRITORIES.

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ANY PERSON OBJECTING TO THE PROPOSAL MUST SEND HIS OBJECTION IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS WITHIN TWO MONTHS.

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BASIC COURSES IN INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNIQUES

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THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE WILL ORGANISE FOUR BLOCK-RELEASE BASIC COURSES IN INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNIQUES FOR TRADE INSTRUCTORS AND WORKSHOP SUPERVISORS FROM NEXT MONTH.

APPLICANTS SHOULD BE TRADE OR WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS AND FULLY SKILLED IN THEIR TRADE, BUT EXPERIENCED WORKERS WHO WILL BE TAKING UP INSTRUCTION DUTIES MAY ALSO APPLY.

A FEE OF $100 WILL BE CHARGED FOR EACH COURSE, WHICH WILL COVER THE METHODS OF INSTRUCTION BASED ON THE DUTY OF EDUCATION THEORY AND EDUCATION PSYCHOLOGY.

APPLICATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE AT 373 QUEEN'S ROAD EAST, HONG KONG AND SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE COLLEGE NOT i_ATER THAN OCTOBER 16.

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SWIMMING PERFORMANCE AT LA SALLE COLLEGE SWIMMING POOL *****

THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE (RSS) OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE HONG KONG LIFE GUARD CLUB AND THE HONG KONG AMATEUR SWIMMING ASSOCIATION, WILL PRESENT A SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING PERFORMANCE DURING THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL AT THE SWIMMING POOL OF LA SALLE COLLEGE ON SATURDAY EVENING.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT OVER 500 SPECTATORS WILL ATTEND.

BESIDES BALLET MOVEMENTS PERFORMED IN THE POOL, THE SHOW WILL ALSO FEATURE TWO CHINESE DANCES CALLED ’DOLL DANCE’ AND ’THE FESTIVAL’.

PARTICIPATING TEAMS WILL INCLUDE THE SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING TEAMS OF ABERDEEN ADULT EDUCATION CENTRE, THE SWORD FISH SWIMMING CLUB, THE HONG KONG LIFE GUARD CLUB AS WELL AS TRAINEE TEAMS OF RSS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE EVENT WHICH WILL START AT 7.30 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE SWIMMING POOL OF LA SALLE COLLEGE.

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CMB MORNING ROUTE 3 FROM QUEEN MARY HOSPITAL

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FROM MONDAY (OCTOBER 4), CMB ROUTE 3 WILL OPERATE FOUR SPECIAL MORNING TRIPS - FROM QUEEN MARY HOSPITAL TO CENTRAL.

THE DEPARTURE TIME WILL BE AT 6.40 AM, 7.30 AM, 8 AM AND 8.30 AM FROM MONDAYS TO FRIDAYS.

THE SPECIAL SERVICES WILL BE CLOSELY MONITORED AND ADJUSTMENTS MAY BE MADE TO SUIT DEMAND.

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WATER CUT IN PEAK AREA

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN THE PEAK AREA WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 4) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR A LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY WATFORD ROAD, MANSFIELD ROAD, GUILDFORD ROAD, LLOYD PATH, 1-3 BARKER ROAD, 21-50 MAGAZINE GAP ROAD, 40-56 PEAK ROAD, COOMBE ROAD, 1-20 MIDDLE GAP ROAD AND MOUNT CAMERON ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR CELEBRATES FESTIVAL WITH TAI PO PEOPLE ............... 1

MAJOR SCHEME TO IMPROVE BUS TRAVEL IN CENTRAL ................. 1

SCHEME TO IMPROVE ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE........................ 2

ED INFORMATION UNIT MOVES OFFICE .............................. 3

YUEN LONG DISTRICT LAND REGISTRY .............................. 3

LAND SALE FOR OCTOBER.......................................... 3

PROPOSED LEASE OF NEW KOWLOON PERMANENT PIER................... 4

FRESH WATER PUMPING STATION FOR QUARRY BAY .................... 5

HUNG MING LANTERNS ARE FIRE HAZARDS ........................... 5

FIRING PRACTICE IN HA TSUEN-CaSTLE PEAK RANGE ................. 6

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF BUS TERMINUS ............................. 6

TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF WATER SUPPLY TO TAI 0 ................. 6

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1982

GOVERNOR CELEBRATES FESTIVAL WITH TAI PO PEOPLE X * * X

TAI PO RESIDENTS CELEBRATING THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL AT A CARNIVAL TONIGHT HAD TWO SURPRISE VISITORS - THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE AND LADY YOUDE.

THEY ARRIVED AT THE TAI PO PLAYGROUND ON HEUNG SZE WU I STREET AT 8.30 PM AND WERE MET BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR NICKY LO.

TOGETHER WITH THOUSANDS OF LOCAL RESIDENTS, SIR EDWARD AND LADY YOUDE ENJOYED THE FESTIVE PROGRAMME WHICH FEATURED A VARIETY SHOW WITH SINGING AND MAGIC PERFORMANCES, A PUPPET SHOW AND GAMES STALLS.

THE TWO-AND-A-HALF-HOUR CARNIVAL ALSO INCLUDED A LANTERN RIDDLE CONTEST AND A DISPLAY OF COLOURFUL LANTERNS WHICH WERE THE WINNING AND OUTSTANDING ENTRIES OF A RECENT DESIGN COMPETITION.

THE GOVERNOR MINGLED WITH THE PEOPLE AND SPOKE TO A NUMBER OF THEM. HE ALSO WATCHED CHILDREN PLAYING AT THE GAMES STALLS.

THE CARNIVAL WAS ORGANISED BY THE TAI PO SOCIETIES FRATERNAL ASSOCIATION AND SPONSORED BY THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD.

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MAJOR SCHEME TO IMPROVE BUS TRAVEL IN CENTRAL

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IN A REMINDER TODAY, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY SCHEME IN CENTRAL ON HONG KONG ISLAND WILL BE IMPLEMENTED OVER A THREE-DAY PERIOD EARLY NEXT WEEK.

A SENIOR TRANSPORT OFFICER, MR ALDOUS CHUNG, SAID THE MAIN AIM OF THE SCHEME IS TO SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCE TRAVELLING TIME FOR BUSES BY MAXIMISING THE USE OF THE BUS-ONLY LANE ON DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL.

+ONCE THE SCHEME IS FULLY IMPLEMENTED, 20 BUS ROUTES WILL BE ABLE TO TRAVEL ALONG THIS RESERVE,* HE EXPLAINED.

THE PLAN WILL ALSO INVOLVE RE-ROUTING OF TRAFFIC AND IMPROVING ROAD JUNCTIONS.

THE FIRST STAGE OF THE SCHEME WILL BE IMPLEMENTED ON OCTOBER 6 (WEDNESDAY) AND THE SECOND STAGE ON OCTOBER 8.

DETAILS OF THE SCHEME WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 4).

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SCHEME TO IMPROVE ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE

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SHA TIN RESIDENTS ARE BEING INVITED TO MAKE WRITTEN COMPLAINTS ON ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE TO HELP THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT TAKE PROMPT REMEDIAL ACTION.

ALTHOUGH THE CURRENT CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN HAS BROUGHT ABOUT SOME IMPROVEMENT TO THE GENERAL ENVIRONMENT, THE SHA TIN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE OF THE NTSD IS STILL TRYING TO INCREASE CONTACT WITH LOCAL RESIDENTS THROUGH THE WRITTEN COMPLAINTS SCHEME.

THE SCHEME IS AIMED AT IMPROVING THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE SHA TIN PEOPLE ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF KEEPING THEIR LIVING SURROUNDINGS CLEAN, SAID THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER OF SHA TIN, MR WONG KOON-CHUNG.

+WE ARE GOING TO SEND COPIES OF COMPLAINTS FORMS TO THE RESIDENTS AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO SHOULDER THEIR COMMUNAL RESPONSIBILITY TO HELP MAKE SHA TIN A CLEANER AND BETTER PLACE TO LIVE IN,-*- HE CONTINUED.

IT IS HOPED THAT THE EFFORT WOULD GET PEOPLE TO REPORT LITTER PROBLEMS THAT WARRANT IMMEDIATE ACTION, MR WONG SAID.

THOUSANDS OF THE COMPLAINTS FORMS ENTITLED ’DOORS ARE OPEN TO ANY COMPLAINT — KEEP THE SHA TIN ENVIRONMENT CLEAN’ ARE NOW ON THEIR WAY TO 99 MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, 45 VILLAGE REPRESENTATIVE OFFICES, 30 PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND 11 SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT, HE ADDED.

PEOPLE HAVING ANY COMPLAINT ABOUT POOR SANITATION, LITTERING, DRIPPING FROM CHOKED WASTE WATER PIPES AND NOISE NUISANCE FROM AIR CONDITIONER ARE URGED TO JOT DOWN BRIEF DETAILS ON THE FORMS AND RETURN THEM TO THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICE OF SHA TIN AT THE LOWER FLOOR OF LEK YUEN COMMUNITY HALL, LEK YUEN ESTATE.

TO ENLIST ASSISTANCE OF COMMUNITY LEADERS, MR WONG YESTERDAY CALLED ON THE OFFICE OF THE KWAI WO HOUSE MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE AT LEK YUEN ESTATE AND HANDED OVER SEVERAL HUNDRED COPIES OF THE COMPLAINTS FORMS TO ITS CHAIRMAN, MR CHEUNG SAI-SO, FOR DI STR I BUT I ON.

HE URGED THE MAC MEMBERS TO PLAY THEIR VITAL ROLES AND TO BRING HOME THE MESSAGE TO THEIR FELLOW RESIDENTS TO IMPROVE THEIR SENSE OF BELONGING AND PRIDE IN THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT.

PEOPLE WHO WISH TO MAKE COMPLAINTS BY TELEPHONE, CAN EITHER CONTACT THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICE OF SHA TIN AT 0-621051 OR THE NEW TERRITORIES LITTER COMPLAINTS HOT-LINE AT 0-445555.

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ED INFORMATION UNIT MOVES OFFICE * * * *

^FORMATION and public relations section of the education DEPARTMENT LOCATED IN ROOM 3040, LEE GARDENS, CAUSEWAY BAY, WILL MOVE TO ROOM 302 ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE SAME BUILDING ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 4).

FROM MONDAY, THE SECTION’S NEW TELEPHONE NUMBERS WILL BE 5-8392274-6 AND 5-8392501.

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YUEN LONG DISTRICT LAND REGISTRY * * * *

THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT WILL BE ASSUMING RESPONSIBILITY FOR LAND REGISTRATION IN YUEN LONG WITH EFFECT FROM MONDAY, OCTOBER 4.

THE ADDRESS OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT LAND REGISTRY IS FUNG CHEUNG BUILDING, 1ST FLOOR, YUEN LONG TOWN LOT NO.308, FUNG CHEUNG ROAD, YUEN LONG, NEW TERRITORIES. (TEL. 0-750341).

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LAND SALE FOR OCTOBER * * * *

THREE LOTS OF CROWN LAND AND A FLAT WILL BE PUT UP FOR SALE BY THE LANDS DEPARTMENT AT AN AUCTION ON OCTOBER 27.

THE AUCTION WILL BE HELD AT 2.30 PM IN THE SHOUSON THEATRE OF HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE.

THE FIRST SITE OF ABOUT 3 120 SQUARE METRES IN KOWLOON BAY RECLAMATION IS INTENDED FOR INDUSTRY AND GODOWN PURPOSES.

ANOTHER LOT OF ABOUT 3 000 SQUARE METRES IN YUEN LONG INDUSTRIAL AREA IS FOR GODOWN USE ONLY.

THE LAST SITE OF ABOUT 871 SQUARE METRES IN SHA TIN NEW TOWN IS FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES.

THE FLAT TO BE SOLD IS ON THE 6TH FLOOR OF 45 PORTLAND STREET.

IT HAS AN AREA OF ABOUT 53.5 SQUARE METRES.

APPOINTMENT FOR INSPECTION OF THE PROPERTY MAY BE MADE BY DIALLING TELEPHONE NO. 5-26702184.

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MEANWHILE, THE DEPARTMENT IS ALSO OFFERING A SITE IN RAZOR HILL, SAI KUNG FOR SALE BY TENDER.

THE SITE, MEASURING ABOUT 6 050 SQUARE METRES, IS FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES.

THE DEADLINE FOR THE APPLICATIONS OF TENDERS IS NOON, OCTOBER 29.

FULL PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE OF THE SITES AND FLAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM:

* LANDS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING, 5/F., GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG;

* DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE (KOWLOON WEST), KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405, NATHAN ROAD, 10/F., KOWLOON; AND

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

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PROPOSED LEASE OF NEW KOWLOON PERMANENT PIER *****

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO GRANT BY PRIVATE TREATY A 10-YEAR LEASE OF THE NEW KOWLOON PERMANENT PIER NO. 8 OFF PO LUN STREET NEAR ME I FOO SUN CHUEN TO THE KOWLOON MOTOR BUS COMPANY.

UNDER THE LEASE THE COMPANY WILL BE PERMITTED TO USE THE EXISTING PIER STRUCTURE ONLY FOR THE LOADING AND UNLOADING OF GOODS AND MATERIALS CONNECTED WITH THE NORMAL BUSINESS OF THE COMPANY.

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

ALL OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL SHOULD REACH THE DIRECTOR OF LANDS WITHIN A PERIOD OF TWO MONTHS.

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

THE PLAN SHOWING THE AREA MAY ALSO BE SEEN AT THE LANDS DEPARTMENT SURVEY DIVISION, 5TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG AND AT THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT OFFICE, HANG SHUN BUILDING, 37-39 TONKIN STREET, SHAM SHU I PO, KOWLOON.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1982

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FRESH WATER PUMPING STATION FOR QUARRY BAY

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A FRESH WATER PUMPING STATION IS TO BE BUILT SHORTLY AT THE JUNCTION OF QUARRY BAY STREET AND MOUNT PARKER ROAD IN QUARRY BAY.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT, WHICH FORMS PART OF A WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT SCHEME TO IMPROVE THE FRESH WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM IN SHAU KEI WAN AND CHAI WAN AREAS, ARE BEING INVITED.

WORK ON THE NEW PUMPING STATION WILL START IN NOVEMBER AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN DECEMBER NEXT YEAR.

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HUNG MING LANTERNS ARE FIRE HAZARDS

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THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION TODAY (SATURDAY) REMINDED THE PUBLIC NOT TO RELEASE ANY HUNG MING LANTERN TO PREVENT FIRES, SPECIALLY IN THE COUNTRYSIDE.

A SPOKESMAN SAID A LARGE NUMBER OF SERIOUS HILL FIRES RESULTED FROM HUNG MING LANTERNS — BALLOONS TRADITIONALLY RELEASED DURING THE PERIOD BETWEEN THE MID-AUTUMN AND CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVALS.

+THE LAUNCHING OF SUCH LANTERNS IN ANY PART OF THE TERRITORY IS AN OFFENCE, LIABLE TO A FINE OF $5 OOO AND IMPRISONMENT FOR ONE YEAR,* HE SAID.

HE ALSO APPEALED FOR CO-OPERATION FROM VISITORS TO THE COUNTRYSIDE TO TAKE SPECIAL CARE TO PREVENT FIRES DURING THE CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVAL WHICH FALLS ON OCTOBER 25 THIS YEAR.

+WITH THE APPROACHING OF THE MUCH DRIER WEATHER, THE COUNTRYSIDE IS MOST AT RISK AND SPECIAL ATTENTION SHOULD BE PAID WHEN BURNING JOSS-STICKS OR OTHER WORSHIPPING PAPERS,* HE SAID.

MEANWHILE, THE CNTA HAS WRITTEN TO THE CHAIRMAN AND VICE-CHAIRMEN OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK, ASKING THEM TO CONVEY THE FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGE TO THE CHAIRMEN OF ALL 27 RURAL COMMITTEES AND VILLAGE REPRESENTATIVES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1982

FIRING PRACTICE IN HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE *****

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE FROM MONDAY (OCTOBER 4) TO SATURDAY (OCTOBER 9).

THE DATES AND TIMES OF THE PRACTICE ARE AS FOLLOWS

DATE

TIME

OCTOBER 4 (MONDAY)

8 AM TO 5 PM

OCTOBER 5 (TUESDAY) 8 AM TO 5 PM

OCTOBER 6 (WEDNESDAY) 8 AM TO 11 PM

OCTOBER 7 (THURSDAY) 8 AM TO 11 PM

OCTOBER 8 (FRIDAY) 8 AM TO 4.30 PM

OCTOBER 9 (SATURDAY) 8 AM TO 11 PM

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

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF BUS TERMINUS * * * *

THE BUS TERMINUS OUTSIDE KCR’S HUNG HOM STATION WILL BE CLOSED FOR FOUR MONTHS FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 4) FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A TAXI STAND AND A PEDESTRIAN CROSSING.

DURING THE CLOSURE, KMB ROUTES 5B AND 12A WILL TERMINATE AT HUNG HOM FERRY PIER BUS TERMINUS WHILE ROUTE 7A WILL END AT THE BUS STOP ON ON WAN ROAD WEST OF HUNG HOM STATION.

TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF WATER SUPPLY TO TA I 0 * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO ALL PREMISES IN TAI 0 TOWN ON LANTAU ISLAND INCLUDING THE JOCKEY CLUB CLINIC, TAI 0 POLICE STATION AND TAI 0 FIRE STATION WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR SEVEN HOURS, FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM ON TUESDAY (OCTOBER 5).

THE TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF WATER SUPPLY IS TO FACILITATE A WATER MAINS CONNECTION IN THE AREA.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

REGIONALISATION OF TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ..................... -j

DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY TO OPEN STUTTGART OFFICE................ 2

LEARNING TRADES IN PRISON ................................... 3

FIRST EVER AIR SUPPORT STRUCTURE FOR SWIMMING POOL........... 5

NEW CHIEF FIRE OFFICER....................................... 6

CORRECTIONAL SERVICES RECRUITING OFFICERS ................... 7

NEW OPENING HOURS FOR MEDIA PRODUCTION SERVICES UNIT ........ 8

YUNG SHUE WAN’ PIER EXTENSION ............................... 9

RECLAMATION PROPOSED AT JUNK BAY ............................ 9

TRAM-ONLY LANE IN CAUSEWAY BAY .............................. 10

WATER CUT IN KOWLOON TONG ................................... 10

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1982

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REGIONALISATION OF TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL BE RESTRUCTURED ON OCTOBER 18 WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THREE REGIONAL OFFICES TO COVER HONG KONG AND THE OUTLYING ISLANDS, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, A SPOKESMAN SAID TWO NEW ASSISTANT COMMISSIONERS HAVE BEEN APPOINTED TO HEAD THE KOWLOON AND NEW TERRITORIES REGIONS.

THEY ARE MR PANG HAU-CHUNG AND MR R.G. SCURF I ELD - BOTH OF WHOM HAVE VERY EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE IN THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT FIELD.

MR PANG WHO WILL HEAD THE KOWLOON AREA, JOINED GOVERNMENT IN AUGUST 1962 AND HAS WORKED IN THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT, THE DEVELOPMENT DIVISION OF THE CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE, THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT SURVEY DIVISION OF THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE, THE TRAFFIC ENGINEERING DIVISION OF THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE AND PRIOR TO HIS NEW ASSIGNMENT, WAS CHIEF ENGINEER IN THE HONG KONG DIVISION OF THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE.

MR PANG TOOK UP HIS NEW POST ON SEPTEMBER 16.

MR SCURF IELD WHO WILL TAKE CHARGE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES REGION HAS HAD CONSIDERABLE EXPERIENCE IN THE TRANSPORT FIELD HAVING WORKED AS A CONSULTANT IN A NUMBER OF ENGINEERING FIRMS. IN APRIL 1980, HE JOINED WILBUR SMITH AND ASSOCIATES AS A SENIOR TRANSPORT PLANNER. IN MARCH THIS YEAR, HE WAS SECONDED TO THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TO ASSIST WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF FEEDER BUS SERVICES TO THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY. HE JOINED THE DEPARTMENT ON OCTOBER 1.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE SETTING UP OF REGIONAL OFFICES WILL ENABLE THE DEPARTMENT TO RESPOND MORE QUICKLY AND EFFECTIVELY TO THE NEEDS OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION.

♦AFTER ALL,* HE POINTED OUT, +EACH REGION HAS ITS OWN TRANSPORT AND TRAFFIC CHARACTERISTICS.+

THE REGIONAL ASSISTANT COMMISSIONERS WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT AND PUBLIC TRANSPORT OPERATIONS IN THEIR DISTRICTS. THEY WILL ALSO HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO DEAL WITH DAY-TO-DAY PROBLEMS DIRECT, THUS ENSURING A MORE SPEEDY RESPONSE TO REGIONAL NEEDS AND PROBLEMS.

EARLIER IN APRIL, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WAS CONSIDERABLY STRENGTHENED WHEN THE TRAFFIC ENGINEERING DIVISION OF THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE CAME UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT.

THIS COUPLED WITH THE REGIONALISATION PROGRAMME WILL BRING TOGETHER INTO THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT RESPONSIBILITIES FOR ALL ASPECTS OF TRAFFIC ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT.

/♦THIS .......

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+THIS CLOSER CONTROL,* THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED,* WILL HELP TO STREAMLINE PROCEDURES AND SHORTEN LINES OF COMMUNICATION.*

EACH REGION, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, WILL ALSO HAVE A TELEPHONE ENQUIRY CENTRE FOR THE PUBLIC TO DIRECT THEIR QUERIES AND PROBLEMS AND AMPLE PUBLICITY WILL BE GIVEN PRIOR TO THEIR INTRODUCTION.

THOSE WISHING TO LODGE COMPLAINTS SHOULD CONTINUE TO CALL H-776866.

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DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY TO OPEN STUTTGART OFFICE *****

THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR PETER TSAO, HAS LEFT FOR EUROPE TO OPEN THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT’S INDUSTRIAL PROMOTION OFFICE IN STUTTGART, THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY.

THE OFFICE, TO BE INAUGURATED ON WEDNESDAY'(OCTOBER 6), IS HONG KONG’S THIRD OVERSEAS INDUSTRIAL PROMOTION OFFICE AFTER TOKYO AND LONDON.

THE MINISTERIAL DIRECTOR OF THE MINISTRY OF ECONOMIES IN BADEN WUERTTEMBERG, MR PETER KISTNER, AND THE COMMERCIAL CONSUL OF THE BRITISH CONSULATE IN STUTTGART, MR J.C. RADCLIFFE, WILL JOIN MR TSAO FOR THE OPENING CEREMONY, WHICH WLL BE ATTENDED BY SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, SENIOR EXECUTIVES OF MAJOR FIRMS AND BANKS, AND SENIOR OFFICIALS FROM TRADE AND INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATIONS.

THE FOLLOWING DAY, MR TSAO TOGETHER WITH DR VICTOR FUNG, A PROMINENT HONG KONG INDUSTRIALIST AND MEMBER OF THE INDUSTRY ADVISORY BOARD, AND MR VIC MILLER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATES CORPORATION, WILL ADDRESS A SEMINAR ORGANISED BY THE STUTTGART CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

THEY WILL THEN LEAVE FOR COLOGNE WHERE THEY WILL SPEAK AT A SEMINAR SPONSORED BY THE GERMAN FEDERATION OF INDUSTRIES ON OCTOBER 8 BEFORE FLYING TO STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, TO TAKE PART IN A TWO-DAY HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL PROMOTION SEMINAR AND DISCUSSIONS WITH INDIVIDUAL COMPANIES AND BANKS (OCTOBER 11-12) ORGANISED BY THE SWEDISH TRADE COUNCIL AND MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY.

AT THE SEMINAR, MR TSAO WILL SPEAK ON THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT’S POLICY ON INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR INVESTMENTS IN HONG KONG.

DR FUNG WILL TALK ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCE OF INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT IN HONG KONG, AND ITS VALUE AS A TARGET FOR TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND A BASE FOR REGIONAL MARKETING.

MR MILLER WILL GIVE DETAILS OF THE PROVISION OF INDUSTRIAL LAND FACILITIES AND INFRASTRUCTURE IN HONG KONG.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1982

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LEARNING TRADES IN PRISON * * * *

THE VALUE OF SERVICES AND GOODS PRODUCED THROUGH THE USE OF PRISON LABOUR REACHED A RECORD HIGH OF $47.49 MILLION LAST YEAR.

AFTER DEDUCTION OF COSTS OF PRODUCTION MATERIALS, WAGES AND DEPRECIATION, THE SERVICES BROUGHT ABOUT SAVINGS OF $26.2 MILLION IN TAX PAYERS’ MONEY.

MUCH OF THE CREDIT FOR CONVERTING PRISONERS INTO PRODUCTIVE WORKERS AND DILIGENT TRAINEES IS DUE TO AN ACTIVE PROGRAMME OF INVOLVING THEM IN PURPOSEFUL WORK.

MR TERRY COLLINSON, GENERAL MANAGER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES INDUSTRIES (CSI), SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT EVERY PRISONER IS REQUIRED TO WORK, OR IS GIVEN SPECIAL TRAINING, UNLESS HE IS FOUND TO BE MEDICALLY UNFIT. BUT EVERY EFFORT IS MADE TO ASSIGN WORK COMPATIBLE WITH HIS SKILL, PHYSICAL FITNESS AND INTEREST.

EDUCATIONAL AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMMES IN LIEU OF WORK ARE MADE AVAILABLE TO YOUNG OFFENDERS AND TO CERTAIN ADULTS WHOSE NEEDS ARE JUDGED TO BE BEST MET IN THIS WAY.

THE TRAINING GREATLY ENHANCES A PRISONER’S EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY UPON HIS DISCHARGE, ACCORDING TO MR COLLINSON.

AMONG THE MORE SUCCESSFUL COURSES ARE RADIO AND TV SERVICING, PRINTING, VEHICLE REPAIRING, HAIRDRESSING, BOOK-BINDING, CARPENTRY AND GARMENT-MAKING.

STANDARDS FOR SOME OF THESE COURSES ARE COMPARABLE TO THOSE IN CONVENTIONAL TRAINING COLLEGES. IN FACT, FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS A NUMBER OF YOUNG PRISONERS HAVE BEEN AWARDED +DI ST INCTIONS+ AND +CREDITS+ IN THE FIRST YEAR EXAMINATION OF A BRITISH PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTE.

AT THE END OF 1981, APPROXIMATELY 80 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL PENAL POPULATION OF 6 950 WERE PURPOSEFULLY EMPLOYED AND THE BALANCE COMPRISED THOSE ON INDUCTION AND THOSE WHO WERE SICK OR ON REMAND.

THE COMMERCIAL VALUE OF $47.49 MILLION OF THEIR GOODS AND SERVICES LAST YEAR COMPARED WITH $18 MILLION IN 1978 WHEN CSI STARTED AN EXPANSION PROGRAMME TO ENCOURAGE A MORE COMMERCIALLY ORIENTATED APPROACH TO THEIR WORK.

VIRTUALLY ALL OF THE GOODS AND SERVICES PRODUCED ARE TAKEN UP BY GOVERNMENT AND GOVERNMENT-SUBVENTED ORGANISATIONS.

THE OPENING OF THE NEW MULTI-STOREY PIK UK LAUNDRY LAST YEAR HAS ENABLED CSI TO HANDLE A LARGE VOLUME OF WORK REQUIRED BY SEVERAL GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS. THE LAUNDRY OPERATES ON A SINGLE SHIFT AT PRESENT BUT WILL START A SECOND SHIFT LATER THIS YEAR TO PROVIDE SERVICES FOR THE PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL AT SHA TIN WHEN IT OPENS.

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LAUNDRY SERVICES ARE NOW THE LEADING ACTIVITY IN TERMS OF DOLLAR VALUE, WHICH EXCEEDED $18 MILLION LAST YEAR.

THE GARMENT-MAKING SECTION PRODUCES A LARGE VOLUME OF UNIFORMS FOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS OTHER THAN THE POLICE, WITH THE MARKET VALUE OF THE GOODS ESTIMATED AT MORE THAN $8 MILLION LAST YEAR.

ABOUT 35 PER CENT OF THE PRISONERS ARE ENGAGED IN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES, 16.8 PER CENT IN DOMESTIC WORK WITHIN THE INSTITUTIONS OF THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, 9.1 PER CENT IN BUILDING WORK, 6.5 PER CENT IN VOCATIONAL TRAINING, 2.6 PER CENT IN FARMING AND GARDENING, 1.8 PER CENT IN SERVICES TO OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND SUBVENTED BODIES, AND ANOTHER 8.2 PER CENT IN DOMESTIC WORK OUTSIDE THE SERVICES.

EVERY PRISONER IS ENTITLED TO A BASIC PAY RATE WHETHER ABLE TO WORK OR NOT. TO THIS RATE IS ADDED GRADE PAY ACCORDING TO THE JOB DONE. GRADE PAY IS DIVIDED INTO THE APPRENTICE AND SKILLED CATEGORIES. AN APPRENTICE IS PAID AT HALF THE RATE OF A SKILLED WORKER, BUT CAN GRADUATE TO THE SKILLED RATE AFTER PASSING A TRADE TEST. WEEKLY PAYMENTS RANGE FROM A MINIMUM OF $2.36 TO A MAXIMUM CF $19.90, INCLUDING AN INCENTIVE PAYMENT OF ONE DOLLAR. PRISONERS ARE REQUIRED TO SAVE 25 PER CENT OF THEIR EARNINGS FOR THEIR EVENTUAL RELEASE AND MAY SPEND THE BALANCE ON APPROVED CANTEEN ITEMS SUCH AS CIGARETTES, CONFECTIONERY AND SOFT DRINKS.

HOWEVER, MR COLLINSON SAID, THE PAYMENTS TO YOUNG OFFENDERS IN TRAINING CENTRES AND TO DETAINEES IN THE DETENTION CENTRE ARE INTENDED TO REFLECT THEIR PROGRESS IN THE CORRECTIONAL PROGRAMME RATHER THAN THEIR SKILL OR PERFORMANCE.

♦THE MAIN CONCERN IS NOT SO MUCH TO FIT A PRISONER TO A SPECIFIC TRADE AND EXPLOIT HIM ECONOMICALLY BUT TO INCULCATE IN HIM THE HABIT OF PURPOSEFUL WORK.

♦IN ESSENCE, THIS MEANS THAT HE MUST WAKE UP AT A SET TIME EVERY MORNING. AFTER A WASH AND BREAKFAST, HE IS TAKEN TO A PLACE CF WORK TO ABSORB ITS DISCIPLINE AND DEMANDS AND REALISE HIS INTER-PERSONAL DEPENDENCE ON OTHER MEMBERS IN THE WORKING GROUP TO ACHIEVE RESULTS,+ MR COLLINSON EXPLAINED.

UNDER PRISON RULES, WORK HOURS ARE NOT TO BE LESS THAN SIX NOR MORE THAN TEN DAILY, INCLUSIVE OF MEAL BREAKS. AND WORK IS NOT NORMALLY DONE ON STATUTORY HOLIDAYS, EXCEPT FOR PIK UK LAUNDRY WHICH WORKS THROUGHOUT PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, INCLUDING CHINESE NEW YEAR, TO MEET HOSPITAL NEEDS. FURTHERMORE, PRISONERS MAY NOT BE COMPELLED TO WORK ON CERTAIN DAYS MARKED FOR THE OBSERVANCE CF THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS. FOR EXAMPLE, MOSLEM PRISONERS ARE ALLOWED TO OBSERVE THE FAST OF RAMADAN.

PRISONERS SERVING SHORT SENTENCES, AS A GENERAL RULE, ARE ASSIGNED DOMESTIC WORK SINCE THEY CANNOT BE EXPECTED TO LEARN SKILLED TRADES WITHIN THE LIMITED TIME, MR COLLINSON EXPLAINED.

MR COLLINSON SAID THAT +WELL-MANAGED AND PRODUCTIVE PRISON WORKSHOPS USUALLY LEAD TO A MORE CONTENTED AND COOPERATIVE ATTITUDE ON THE PART OF THE PRISONERS*.

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FIRST EVER AIR SUPPORT STRUCTURE FOR SWIMMING POOL * * * *

HONG KONG’S FIRST EVER AIR SUPPORT STRUCTURE FOR WINTER SWIMMERS WILL BE INSTALLED OVER THE MAIN POOL OF THE FANLING SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (SUNDAY).

THE MAIN POOL WILL BE CLOSED FROM TOMORROW (MONDAY) FOR THE INSTALLATION OF THE STRUCTURE BUT THE SECONDARY AND OTHER POOLS AT THE COMPLEX WILL REMAIN OPEN, HE SAID.

HEATED WATER WILL ALSO BE SUPPLIED TO THE SECONDARY POOL DURING THE WINTER MONTHS.

THE AIR SUPPORT STRUCTURE, IN THE FORM OF A PORTABLE CANOPY, WILL SHELTER THE HEATED POOL FROM THE COLD WEATHER IN WINTER.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE COLD AMBIENT AIR IN WINTER REDUCED CONSIDERABLY THE WATER TEMPERATURE OF THE HEATED MAIN POOL WITH THE RESULT THAT ATTENDANCE FROM JANUARY TO MARCH WAS LESS THAN 10 pER CENT OF THAT DURING THE PEAK PERIOD FROM JUNE TO AUGUST.

THE $2.1 MILLION AIR SUPPORT STRUCTURE WOULD SOLVE THE PROBLEM, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

AN ELECTRIC HEATER-INFLATION SYSTEM FEEDING WARM AIR INTO THE ENCLOSED POOL WILL FURTHER HELP MAINTAIN THE WATER TEMPERATURE.

THE DOUBLE-LAYER FABRIC STRUCTURE REINFORCED WITH A CABLE HARNESS SYSTEM WILL ALSO HAVE GOOD ACOUSTIC EFFECT.

IT WILL HAVE REVOLVING DOORS, AS WELL AS A GLARE-FREE LIGHTING SYSTEM.

TO SAFEGUARD AGAINST DEFLATION OF THE STRUCTURE IN CASE OF POWER FAILURE, AN EMERGENCY GENERATOR AND A FUEL TANK WILL BE INSTALLED.

IF THIS PILOT PROJECT PROVES TO BE SUCCESSFUL, IT MIGHT BE INTRODUCED FOR OTHER OPEN AIR SPORTS FACILITIES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

INSTALLATION OF THE STRUCTURE IS EXPECTED TO TAKE THREE MONTHS AND THE MAIN POOL SHOULD BE RE-OPENED EARLY NEXT YEAR.

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NEW CHIEF FIRE OFFICER * * * *

MR LAM LOK-BUN HAS BEEN PROMOTED TO CHIEF FIRE OFFICER. FIRST LOCAL OFFICER TO ATTAIN THIS RANK.

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AT THE SAME TIME, MR WOO KWAN-KUEN HAS BEEN PROMOTED TO DEPUTY CHIEF FIRE OFFICER.

THE PROMOTIONS OF THE TWO OFFICERS, BOTH OF WHOM ARE STATIONED AT THE KOWLOON FIRE COMMAND, WERE ANNOUNCED TODAY BY THE DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES, MR F.M. WATSON.

MR LAM JOINED THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN 1954 AS A SUB-OFFICER, PROGRESSING THROUGH THE RANKS OF STATION OFFICER, ASSISTANT DIVISIONAL OFFICER, DIVISIONAL OFFICER AND DEPUTY CHIEF FIRE OFFICER.

HE WAS ALSO THE FIRST COMMANDANT OF THE FIRE TRAINING SCHOOL SET UP AT PAT HEUNG IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, IN 1968.

MR LAM WAS AWARDED THE COLONIAL POLICE MEDAL FOR GALLANTRY FOR HIS ROLE AT THE DISASTROUS FIRE ON THE JUMBO FLOATING RESTAURANT IN ABERDEEN IN 1971.

BEFORE JOINING THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN 1958 AS A SUB-OFFICER, MR WOO SERVED WITH THE THEN COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT AND SUBSEQUENTLY WITH THE RESETTLEMENT DEPARTMENT.

HE WAS PROMOTED TO ASSISTANT DIVISIONAL OFFICER IN 1968, TO DIVISIONAL OFFICER IN 1970 AND TO SENIOR DIVISIONAL OFFICER IN 1979.

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1982

CORRECTIONAL SERVICES RECRUITING OFFICERS ******

THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL LAUNCH A RECRUITMENT DRIVE TO ENCOURAGE EDUCATED AND MATURE YOUNG MEN TO JOIN THE DEPARTMENT AS ASSISTANT OFFICERS, A CSD SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

FROM TOMORROW (MONDAY), A MOBILE RECRUITMENT CENTRE STAFFED BY CSD OFFICERS TO ANSWER QUERIES AND HANDLE APPLICATIONS WILL OPERATE IN ROTATION AT DISTRICT OFFICES THROUGHOUT HONG KONG AND KOWLOON DURING OFFICE HOURS ON WEEKDAYS.

THE MOBILE CENTRE WILL BE STATIONED AT :

* NGAU TAU KOK SUB-OFFICE, KWUN TONG (UNITS 117-120, BLOCK 2, UPPER NGAU TAU KOK ESTATE) FROM OCTOBER 4 TO 9.

* SAU MAU PING SUB-OFFICE, KWUN TONG (UNITS 6 AND 7, BLOCK 28, SAU MAU PING ESTATE) FROM OCTOBER 11 TO 16.

* TUNG TAU SUB-OFFICE, WONG TAI SIN (BLOCK 9, TUNG TAU ESTATE) FROM OCTOBER 18 TO 23.

* SHAM SHU I PO MAIN OFFICE (299-303 LAI CHI KOK ROAD) FROM OCTOBER 26 TO 30. z

* WAN CHAI MAIN OFFICE (TUNG WAH MANSION, 201 HENNESSY ROAD) FROM NOVEMBER 1 TO 6.

* EASTERN MAIN OFFICE (884-886 KING’S ROAD) FROM NOVEMBER 8 TO 13.

* SOUTHERN MAIN OFFICE (22 ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD) FROM NOVEMBER 15 TO 20.

* YAU TONG SUB-OFFICE, KWUN TONG (UNITS 1 AND 2, BLOCK 24, YAU TONG ESTATE) FROM NOVEMBER 22 TO 27.

+ANYONE INTERESTED IN A SECURE AND MEANINGFUL CAREER WITH THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES MAY CALL AT THE CENTRE OR TELEPHONE THE DEPARTMENT’S RECRUITING OFFICE ON 5-8916559 FOR AN APPO INTMENT,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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

APPLICANTS, PREFERABLY UNDER 35, SHOULD HAVE A GOOD PHYSIQUE AND A SECONDARY EDUCATION STANDARD. STARTING SALARIES FOR ASSISTANT OFFICERS RANGE FROM $2 550 TO $2 820, DEPENDING ON QUAL IFICATIONS.

MEANWHILE, THE DEPARTMENT IS ALSO RECRUITING MEN AND WOMEN UNDER 40 YEARS OF AGE AS ASSISTANT OFFICERS IN ITS REFUGEE UNIT. SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR SUPERVISING REFUGEES IN A CLOSED REFUGEE CENTRE.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1982

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NEW OPENING HOURS FOR MEDIA PRODUCTION SERVICES UNIT

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THE MEDIA PRODUCTION SERVICES UNIT OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL BE EXTENDING ITS OPENING HOURS FROM TOMORROW (MONDAY) FOR THE BENEFIT OF TEACHERS USING ITS FACILITIES TO PRODUCE TEACHING AIDS.

THE NEW OPENING HOURS WILL BE FROM 9 AM TO 4.30 PM THROUGHOUT THE WEEK, INCLUDING SUNDAYS BUT NOT PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

TEACHERS CAN MAKE FULL USE OF THE FACILITIES PROVIDED IN THE UNIT TO PRODUCE THEIR OWN TEACHING KITS AND AIDS, A SPOKESMAN POR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE FACILITIES INCLUDE A PHOTOGRAPHIC SERVICE FOR MAKING SLIDES FROM BOOKS AND SKETCHES, POLAROID PHOTOS FROM SLIDES, NEGATIVES TO BLACK AND WHITE SLIDES AND SLIDE DUPLICATION. THERE IS ALSO A REPROGRAPHIC SERVICE FOR TRANSPARENCY MAKING, ELECTRONIC STENCIL CUTTING AND PHOTOCOPYING.

PICTURES CAN ALSO BE PRESERVED AT THE UNIT BY LAMINATION OR DRY MOUNTING. OTHER SERVICES INCLUDE GRAPHIC, SCREEN PRINTING, POLYSTYRENE FOAM AND PLASTIC MODEL MAKING, HIGH SPEED CASSETTE TAPE COPYING AND BOOK BINDING.

THE UNIT IS LOCATED AT 182 CANTON ROAD, FIRST FLOOR, TSIM SHA TSUI, KOWLOON.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE BY TELEPHONING THE VISUAL EDUCATION SECTION ON 5-778311 EXT. 135 OR 5-8392359, OR THE MEDIA PRODUCTION SERVICES UNIT AT 3-660881.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1982

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YUNG SHUE WAN PIER EXTENSION * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT IS PLANNING TO CONSTRUCT AN EXTENSION TO THE EXISTING PUBLIC PIER AT YUNG SHUE WAN WITHIN THE LIMITS OF AN AREA OF ABOUT 0.44 HECTARES OF FORESHORE AND SEA BED, IT WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY (SUNDAY).

THE EXTENSION IS TO PROVIDE TWO BERTHS FOR PASSENGER FERRIES TOGETHER WITH A COVERED WAITING AREA, TICKET OFFICES AND OTHER RELATED SERVICES.

THE WALKWAY OF THE EXISTING PIER WILL ALSO BE WIDENED.

WHILE THE PIER EXTENSION WILL BE USED EXCLUSIVELY FOR FERRY SERVICES, THE WIDENED WALKWAY AND THE EXISTING PUBLIC PIER WILL CONTINUE TO BE AVAILABLE TO OTHER USERS.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREA OF FORESHORE AND SEA BED INVOLVED IS DESCRIBED IN A NOTIFICATION IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE. PEOPLE WHO HAVE OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL OR ANY CLAIMS OF PRIVATE RIGHT SHOULD SUBMIT THEM IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF LANDS WITHIN IWO MONTHS.

THE NOTICE (IN CHINESE AND ENGLISH) 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, OR KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 10TH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON, OR THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE, SINCERE BUILDING, 16TH FLOOR, 173 DES VOEUX ROAD, CENTRAL.

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RECLAMATION PROPOSED AT JUNK BAY * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO RECLAIM ABOUT 54 HECTARES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED IN JUNK BAY TO PROVIDE SITES FOR TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREA INVOLVED IS DESCRIBED IN A NOTICE IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

ANY OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL SHOULD BE SENT TO THE DIRECTOR OF LANDS WITHIN TWO MONTHS.

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

THE PLAN SHOWING THE AREAS INVOLVED MAY ALSO BE SEEN AT THE LANDS DEPARTMENT SURVEY DIVISION, 5TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE, SAI KUNG, 1ST FLOOR, SAN PO KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 692 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD, SAN PO KONG, KOWLOON.

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1982

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TRAM-ONLY LANE IN CAUSEWAY BAY * * *

THE TRAFFIC LANE ON THE EASTBOUND TRAM TRACK OF YEE WO STREET IN CAUSEWAY BAY BETWEEN EAST POINT ROAD AND PATERSON STREET WILL BE RESERVED FOR TRAMS ONLY STARTING FROM IQ AM ON TUESDAY (OCTOBER 5), A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED TODAY (SUNDAY).

THERE WILL BE SIGNS AND CARRIAGEWAY MARKINGS TO INDICATE THE SECTION, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

WATER CUT IN KOWLOON TONG * * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN KOWLOON TONG WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR NINE HOURS FROM 9 PM ON WEDNESDAY (OCTOBER 6) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR WATER MAINS CONNECTION.

THE AREA TO BE AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY CORNWALL STREET, WATERLOO ROAD, RUTLAND QUADRANT AND THE KOWLOON CANTON RAILWAY AS WELL AS 1-17 EDE ROAD.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR TO REVIEW AFFAIRS OF HONG KONG...................... 1

SIR BRYAN TO MEET THE PRESS.................................. 1

MONTHLY SURVEY OF JUNE RETAIL SALES ......................... 2

CENTRAL DISTRICT PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY SCHEME ........... 5

DISCUSSION ON CRIMES IN EAST KWAI CHUNG...................... 8

TOWN PLANNER TO ATTEND PARIS SYMPOSIUM....................... 8

WATER FIGURES ............................................... 9

TRAINING COURSE FOR MUSIC TEACHERS .......................... 9

SWIMMING GALA FOR ISLANDS DISTRICT .......................... 10

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF TAI PO ROAD FLYOVER..................... 10

WATER CUT IN SHAU KEI WAN ................................... 11

MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1982

1

GOVERNOR TO REVIEW AFFAIRS OF HONG KONG * * * ft

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, WILL REVIEW THE AFFAIRS OF HONG KONG ON WEDNESDAY (OCTOBER 6) WHEN HE OPENS THE NEW LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SESSION FOR 1982/83.

THE PROCEEDINGS WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL CHAMBER AND WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE ON RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG’S RADIO 1 CHINESE SERVICE AND RADIO 3 ENGLISH SERVICE.

COMMERCIAL RADIO AND THE TWO TELEVISION STATIONS WILL PRESENT HIGHLIGHTS OF THE GOVERNOR’S REVIEW IN THEIR REGULAR NEWS PROGRAMMES.

TAKING HER SEAT IN COUNCIL FOR THE FIRST TIME WILL BE NEWLY-APPOINTED UNOFFICIAL MEMBER DR HENRIETTA IP.

FOLLOWING THE GOVERNOR’S ADDRESS, COUNCIL WILL ADJOURN UNTIL OCTOBER 13 WHEN THE FIRST REGULAR MEETING WILL BE HELD.

THE COUNCIL WILL RESUME ON OCTOBER 27 WHEN THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE WILL MOVE A MOTION TO THANK THE GOVERNOR FOR HIS ADDRESS. A NUMBER OF UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WILL SPEAK ON THE MOTION THAT DAY AND THE FOLLOWING DAY IF NECESSARY

OFFICIAL MEMBERS ARE EXPECTED TO REPLY TO THE POINTS RAISED BY THEIR UNOFFICIAL COLLEAGUES ON NOVEMBER 10 AND THE FOLLOWING DAY IF NECESSARY.

THE SPEECHES BY THE UNOFFICIALS AND THE OFFICIALS WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE ON RTHK RADIO 1 CHINESE SERVICE AND RADIO 3 ENGLISH SERVICE.

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SIR BRYAN TO MEET THE PRESS ft ft ft ft

SIR PAUL BRYAN, CHAIRMAN OF THE ALL-PARTY ANGLO-HONG KONG PARLIAMENTARY GROUP, WILL GIVE A PRESS CONFERENCE AT 3 PM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE GIS THEATRE, 5TH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CONFERENCE.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1982

2

MONTHLY SURVEY OF JUNE RETAIL SALES * * * *

THE VALUE OF RETAIL SALES FOR THE RETAIL SECTOR IN JUNE THIS YEAR WAS ESTIMATED TO BE $4 075 MILLION, ACCORDING TO PROVISIONAL SURVEY RESULTS PROVIDED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY.

THE OVERALL RETAIL SALES VALUE INDEX FOR JUNE 1982 STOOD AT 120 AND THE RETAIL SALES VOLUME INDEX AT 100, EACH BEING ONE POINT OR ONE PER CENT LOWER THAN MAY 1982. COMPARED WITH JUNE 1981, THE OVERALL RETAIL SALES VALUE INDEX WENT UP BY FIVE POINTS OR FOUR PER CENT BUT THE VOLUME INDEX FELL FOUR POINTS OR FOUR PER CENT, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE RETAIL SALES VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES FOR MOST MAJOR TRADE GROUPS AND SELECTED TRADES REMAINED RELATIVELY STABLE COMPARED WITH THOSE IN MAY 1982.

WHILE RETAIL SALES OF CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS DECREASED BY FIVE PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS AND SIX PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS, THOSE OF DEPARTMENT STORES DECLINED BY SIX PER CENT IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS.

RETAIL SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES INCREASED BY TWO PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS BUT REMAINED UNCHANGED IN VOLUME TERMS.

COMPARED WITH JUNE 1981, THE RETAIL SALES OF SUPERMARKETS INCREASED BY 24 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS AND 15 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS, THOSE OF FUELS BY 22 PER CENT AND 13 PER CENT AND DEPARTMENT STORES BY 10 PER CENT AND TWO PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE RETAIL SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES WENT DOWN BY 38 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS AND 49 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS, PROBABLY AS A RESULT OF THE INCREASES IN THE DUTY ON LIGHT OILS, IN THE FIRST REGISTRATION TAX AND IN THE ANNUAL LICENCE FEE FOR PRIVATE VEHICLES IN MAY THIS YEAR.

THE RETAIL SALES VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES OF CONSUMER DURABLES ALSO DECREASED SIGNIFICANTLY BY 10 PER CENT AND 15 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

TABLES ONE AND TWO, ATTACHED, PRESENT THE REVISED FIGURES FOR MAY AND PROVISIONAL FIGURES FOR JUNE 1982 OF TOTAL RETAIL SALES. AND THE RETAIL SALES VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES BY SELECTED TRADES AND MAJOR TRADE GROUPS, WITH THE AVERAGE MONTHLY RETAIL SALES IN 1980 TAKEN AS 100. COMPARISONS OF THE JUNE RESULTS WITH THOSE OF THE PRECEDING MONTH AND OF THE CORRESPONDING MONTH IN 1981 ARE ALSO GIVEN.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1982

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Table 1 : Value indexes of retail sales for

May and June 1982________

(Monthly average of 1980 > 100)

Item May 1982 June 1982 June 1982 compared with May 1982 June compar June 1902 ed rd. th 19*01

(Revised figures) (Provisional figures) Points % Points 79

Total (HK> retail sales million) 4 108 4 075

Retail sales value indexes:

(i) for all retail trades 121 120 - 1 - 1 * 5 + k

(11) by major trade groups

Foodstuffs, alcoaolic drinks and tobacco 126 127 * 1 * 1 *10 + 9

Fuels 15o 153 -3 - 2 ♦28 *22

Clothing, footwear and allied products 123 127 -6 - 5 ♦15 +13

Consumer goods 118 115 -3 - 3 ♦ 5 * 5

Consumer durables 109 111 ♦ 2 * 2 -12 -10

(iii) by selected trades

Motor vehicles 65 64 * 1 *2 -39 -38

Department stores 108 101 -7 -6 * 9 *10

Supermarkets 166 I 168 *2 * 1 *33 *24

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Table 2 : Volume indexes of retail sales for  May and June 1?82______________________

(Monthly average of 1980 « 100)

Item May 1982 June 1982 June 1982 compared with May 1982 June 1932 compared with June 1981

(Revised figures (Provisional figures) Points % Points %

RetaiJ sales volume indexes: »

(i) for all retail trades 101 100 - 1 - 1 - 4 - 4

(ii) by major trade groups

Foodstuffs, alcoholic drinks and tobacco 99 98 - 1 - 1 - 5 - 3

Fuels 122 119 - 3 - 2 >14 *13

Clothing, footwear and allied products 105 99 - 6 - 6 same same

Consumer goods 102 100 - 2 - 2 - 1 - 1

Consumer durables 94 96 ♦ 2 ♦ 2 -17 -15

iii) by selected trades

Motor vehicles 47 4? same same -46 -49

Department stores 93 87 - 6 - 6 ♦ 2 ♦ 2

Supermarkets 131 133 * 2 ♦ 2 *17 +15

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1982

CENTRAL DISTRICT PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY SCHEME ******

MOST CENTRAL-BOUND BUSES USING QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL BETWEEN QUEENSWAY AND REDDER STREET WILL BE DIVERTED VIA THE BUS-ONLY LANE ON DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL AS FROM FRIDAY (OCTOBER 8).

THE SEPARATION OF MOST OF THE BUSES FROM OTHER VEHICLES ALONG THIS BUSY ROAD IS EXPECTED TO RESULT IN SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT TO TRAFFIC FLOW.

SENIOR TRANSPORT OFFICER, MR ALDOUS CHUNG SAID TODAY (MONDAY) THAT ONCE THE CENTRAL DISTRICT PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY SCHEME IS IMPLEMENTED OVER A THREE-WAY PERIOD FROM WEDNESDAY, 22 ROUTES — AN ADDITIONAL 11 — WILL BE ABLE TO USE THE DES VOEUX ROAD BUS LANE.

THIS WILL ENABLE A GREATER USE OF THE BUS-ONLY LANE IN DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL AND ONLY A SMALL NUMBER OF BUSES WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE TO USE QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL.

THIS WILL NOT ONLY REDUCE TRAFFIC VOLUME BUT WILL ALSO SIGNIFICANTLY LESSEN KERBSIDE ACTIVITIES ALONG THIS ROAD SECTION, MR CHUNG SAID.

HE ALSO EMPHASISED THAT THE NEW TRAFFIC MEASURES WOULD BRING ABOUT REDUCTION IN BUS JOURNEY TIME, PARTICULARLY DURING THE MORNING PEAK HOURS.

CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS, RE-ROUTING OF TRAFFIC AND JUNCTION IMPROVEMENTS WILL ALSO BE AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE PLAN.

STAGE I OF THE SCHEME WILL BE IMPLEMENTED FROM 7 AM ON WEDNESDAY (OCTOBER 6) AS FOLLOWS:

DOUGLAS STREET WILL BE RESERVED FOR FRANCHISED BUSES ONLY BETWEEN 7 AM AND 11 PM DAILY, BUT THE EXISTING BUS-ONLY LANE ON POTTINGER STREET BETWEEN CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AND DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL WILL BE CANCELLED.

POTTINGER STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED AS AN URBAN CLEARWAY, WHERE VEHICLES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM EVERY DAY.

DOUGLAS STREET AND THE SECTION OF POTTINGER STREET BETWEEN QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL AND DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND TO ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

CMB ROUTE 20 WILL BE DIVERTED VIA DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL INSTEAD OF QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL ON WESTBOUND JOURNEYS.

ON JOURNEYS TO THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT, CMB ROUTE 3A, 4, 7, 37 AND 71A wILL USE POTTINGER STREET INSTEAD OF JUBILEE STREET.

THE TERMINUS OF CMB ROUTE 22 WILL BE RELOCATED FROM POTTINGER STREET TO DOUGLAS STREET.

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MONDAY, OCTCB2R 4, 198

STAGE 2 OF THE CENTRAL DISTRICT PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY SCHEME WILL BE INTRODUCED FROM 7 AM ON FRIDAY (OCTOBER 8).

THE WESTBOUND SECTION OF CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL BETWEEN ICE HOUSE STREET AND PEDDER STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED AS AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY.

JUBILEE STREET wILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND TO ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

QUEEN VICTORIA STREET BETWEEN QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL AND DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND

TO ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

ONLY FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO TURN RIGHT FROM DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL WESTBOUND AND ALSO TO TURN LEFT FROM THE EASTBOUND SECTION INTO QUEEN VICTORIA STREET.

THE RIGHT TURN FROM QUEEN VICTORIA STREET INTO CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL WILL ALSO BE BANNED.

THE TERMINUS OF CMB ROUTE 20 WILL BE RELOCATED FROM POTTINGER STREET TO QUEEN VICTORIA STREET BETWEEN QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL AND DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL AND THE BUSES WILL OPERATE VIA JUBILEE STREET ON EASTBOUND JOURNEYS.

CMB ROUTES 5 AND 10B TRAVELLING WESTBOUND ALONG QUEENSWAY WILL TURN INTO DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL AND REJOIN QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL VIA QUEEN VICTORIA STREET.

CENTRAL-BOUND CMB ROUTES 3, 6, 11, 12, 12A, 15, 25, 61 AND 75 WILL TRAVEL VIA DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL INSTEAD OF QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL.

CMB ROUTES 10, 21 AND CROSS HARBOUR ROUTES 101, 104 AND 105 TRAVELLING WESTBOUND ALONG DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL WILL TURN INTO QUEEN VICTORIA STREET INSTEAD OF JUBILEE STREET.

CMB ROUTE 71 ON JOURNEYS TO WONG CHUK HANG ESTATE WILL BE DIVERTED VIA GILMAN STREET, DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL AND QUEEN VICTORIA STREET INSTEAD OF JUBILEt STREET.

CMB ROUTE 80 TRAVELLING EASTWARD ALONG DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL WILL REACH CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL VIA JUBILEE STREET INSTEAD CF QUEEN VICTORIA STREET.

CROSS HARBOUR ROUTES 111 AND 113 TRAVELLING WESTBOUND WILL TURN INTO CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL VIA QUEEN VICTORIA STREET INSTEAD OF RUMSEY STREET.

7 MONDAY, OCTOBiiR 4, 1982

CENTRAL DISTRICT PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY SCHEME

CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL

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DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL ifH.fi*

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1932

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DISCUSSION ON CRIMES IN EAST KWAI CHUNG * * *

THE DISTRICT COMMISSIONER OF TSUEN WAN, MR HAMISH MACLEOD, EXPRESSED HIS CONCERN TODAY (MONDAY) OVER CRIME PROBLEMS IN EAST KWAI CHUNG WHEN HE ATTENDED THE BI-MONTHLY AREA COMMITTEE MEETING.

HE CALLED FOR BETTER INTEGRATION OF TSUEN WAN’S 10 AREA COMMITTEES INTO THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SYSTEM SO THAT MATTERS RELATING TO THE ORDINARY CITIZENS COULD BE EFFECTIVELY REFLECTED TO THE DISTRICT BOARD.

THROUGH THE AREA COMMITTEES, WHOSE MEMBERSHIP COMPRISES OFFICIALS AND UNOFFICIALS, MR MACLEOD HOPED TO COLLECT THE VIEWS AND CONCERNS AT THE LOCAL LEVEL AND, IF NECESSARY, CHANNEL THEM TO THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT FOR ACTION.

♦AREA COMMITTEES ARE ALREADY QUITE EFFECTIVE IN DEALING WITH PARTICULAR LOCAL PROBLEMS — FOR EXAMPLE, THE NEED TO REMOVE A CERTAIN ROOFTOP STRUCTURE WHICH IS A FIRE HAZARD --BUT WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO GENERALISE FROM SUCH CASES WHERE THEY ARE SYMPTOMS OF SOME MORE GENERAL PROBLEM, AND TO DISCUSS THIS IN THE DISTRICT BOARD,+ HE SAID.

ATTENDING THE MEETING FOR THE FIRST TIME, MR MACLEOD SAID THAT IN GENERAL TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG HAD QUITE A GOOD RECORD WITH LOWER CRIME RATES THAN AVERAGE.

HOWEVER, HE ADDED THERE SEEMED TO BE PARTICULAR AREAS WHERE A MORE SERIOUS PROBLEM EXISTED, AND WHERE THE STATISTICS MIGHT NOT TELL THE WHOLE STORY.

+1 AM ANXIOUS TO HEAR RESIDENTS’ VIEWS AND SEE HOW MATTERS CAN BE IMPROVED,* HE SAID.

AT TODAY’S MEETING, COMMITTEE MEMBERS DISCUSSED THE AREA’S CRIME SITUATION WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS.

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TOWN PLANNER TO ATTEND PARIS SYMPOSIUM

* * * *

THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT TOWN PLANNER, MR CHAU CHAM-SON, CF THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, WILL LEAVE FOR PARIS TONIGHT TO ATTEND A SYMPOSIUM ON TOWN PLANNING AND URBAN ENGINEERING AT THE INVITATION OF THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT.

THE 10-DAY FRANCO-ASIAN SYMPOSIUM ON TOWN PLANNING AND URBAN ENGINEERING IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION INSTITUTE AND THE COOPERATION AND PLANNING AGENCY.

IT WILL START ON WEDNESDAY AND END ON OCTOBER 15.

THE AIM IS TO ENABLE PARTICIPANTS TO EXCHANGE VIEWS ON THE ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCIAL ORGANISATION OF LARGE TOWNS AS WELL AS ON TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF TOWN PLANNING.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1982

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WATER FIGURES » ' ' ;‘-

* * *

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 83.0 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 479.216 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

Pi.ni^TM^nJ<lMLLAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 258.981 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 44.8 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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TRAINING COURSE FOR MUSIC TEACHERS X X X

.,nC!RE THAN 300 PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL MUSIC TEACHERS

£ A SEVEN-WEEK TRAINING COURSE ORGANISED BY THE

MUSIC SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ADVISORY INSPECTORATE.

THE COURSE, CONDUCTED AT THE ST. ANDREW’S CHURCH HALL IN NATHAN ROAD, HAS ADOPTED THE KODALY APPROACH, WHICH IS A SYSTEMATIC PROGRAMME OF MUSIC TRAINING BASED ON A CHILD’S INNATE ABILITY FOR LISTENING AND IMITATION.

ZOLTAN KODALY WAS A HUNGARIAN COMPOSER AND MUSIC EDUCATOR BORN 100 YEARS AGO.

KODALY SOCIETIES HAVE BEEN FORMED IN 12 COUNTRIES, INCLUDING BRITAIN, U.S.A., CANADA, AUSTRALIA, JAPAN, FRANCE, WEST GERMANY, ITALY, FINLAND, BELGIUM AND MEXICO.

IN 1980 HONG KONG’S MUSIC TEACHERS WERE INTRODUCED TO THE KODALY CONCEPT BY MISS CECILIA VAJDA, A FORMER PUPIL OF KODALY AND LECTURER IN THE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION AT THE LISZT CONSERVATORY CF MUSIC, BUDAPEST.

MISS VAJDA, WHO IS NOW PRESIDENT OF THE BRITISH KODALY SOCIETY, HAS RETURNED TO HONG KONG TO CONDUCT THE CURRENT COURSE AND TO OBSERVE THE PROGRESS MADE IN SCHOOLS WHICH HAVE ADOPTED THE KODALY APPROACH TO MUSIC TEACHING.

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SWIMMING GALA FOR ISLANDS DISTRICT

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SWIMMING ENTHUSIASTS LIVING IN ISLANDS DISTRICT ARE BEING INVITED TO TAKE PART IN ITS ANNUAL SWIMMING GALA TO BE HELD ON OCTOBER 17 (SUNDAY).

ABOUT 350 PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE PART IN 62 RACES, WHICH WILL INCLUDE BREAST-STROKE, BACK-STROKE, BUTTERFLY, FREE STYLE AND RELAYS.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE, THE COMPETITION IS OPEN TO ALL PEOPLE LIVING IN THE DISTRICT, WHICH INCLUDES CHEUNG CHAU, LAMMA, LANTAU AND PENG CHAU.

ENTRY FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE, THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE, RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICES, LOCAL SCHOOLS AND SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS, AND SHOULD BE RETURNED BY OCTOBER 9.

TROPHIES AND MEDALS WILL BE PRESENTED TO WINNERS WHO WILL REPRESENT ISLANDS DISTRICT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES INTER-DISTRICT SWIMMING GALA ON NOVEMBER 7.

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR NEW TERRITORIES, DR RICHARD BUTLER, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF TAI PO ROAD FLYOVER * * * *

PQT THIS WEDNESDAY (OCTOBER 6), THE FLYOVER NEAR SO UK

ESTATc. LEADING FROM TAI PO ROAD ONTO CHING CHEUNG ROAD WILL BE

CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 10 PM AND 5.30 AM DAILY FOR ABOUT

10 DAYS FOR REPAIR WORKS. abuu <

__ TURING THE CL0SURE» EASTBOUND VEHICLES TRAVELLING ALONG TAI ?°AD *IEL BE DIVERTED VIA LUNG CHEUNG ROAD EASTBOUND, NAM CHEONG

morEL'H2nTI?B2UND’ C0RNWALL STREET ROUNDABOUT, NAM CHEONG STREET NORTHBOUND AND LUNG CHEUNG ROAD WESTBOUND TO REJOIN CHING CHEUNG ROAD.

R0UTE 48 TRAVELLING TOWARDS TSUEN WAN WILL BE DIVERTED VIA YEN CHOW STREET, CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD AND KWAI CHUNG ROAD.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1982

11

WATER CUT IN SHAU KEI WAN

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN THE SHAU KEI WAN DISTRICT WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM ON THURSDAY (OCTOBER 7) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR A LEAKAGE TEST.

THE INTERRUPTION WILL AFFECT THE AREA BOUNDED BY TAI CHEONG STREET, SHAU KEI WAN ROAD, THE SEA FRONT AND TAI ON STREET, AND THE AREA BOUNDED BY SHING ON STREET, TAI SHEK STREET, HOLY CROSS PATH AND THE SECTION OF SHAU KEI WAN ROAD BETWEEN SHING ON STREET AND HOLY CROSS PATH.

HOLY CROSS PATH VILLAGE, SHING ON VILLAGE, WANG HANG TUNG VILLAGE, FA YUEN VILLAGE AND 0 PUI LUNG VILLAGE WILL ALSO BE AFFECTED.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NEV/ TAXI FARES...............................................  1

COMMUNITY SUPPORT URGED FOR THE ELDERLY ...................... 2

PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE FOR JULY 1982 . J

FS CONTINUES FACTORY VISITS ................................. 6

SECOND POLYTECHNIC TO BE IN KOWLOON TONG WEST ................. 6

FULL SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT FOR SHA TIN NEW TOWN .............. 7

REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR VOTING AT ELECTIONS ................. 8

MORE VOLUNTARY PATROLS TO PREVENT FIRE......................... 9

FISHERMEN’S CHILDREN PRAISED ................................. 10

TRAINING COURSES FOR KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS ................... 11

NEW SHA TIN PEDESTRIAN SUBWAY OPENS .......................... 11

DEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED....................................... 12

CHEUNG CHAU WATER MAINS WORK.................................. 12

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SKEUNG SHUT AND SHA TIN .............. 12

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF EAST KOWLOON WAY

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 1982

1

NEW TAXI FARES * * *

THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL HAS APPROVED INCREASES IN TAXI FARES OF 12.5 PER CENT FOR URBAN TAXIS AND 25 PER CENT FOR NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS.

THESE INCREASES, WHICH ARE SUBSTANTIALLY LOWER THAN THOSE PROPOSED BY THE TAXI ASSOCIATIONS, WERE RECOMMENDED BY THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

IT IS INTENDED THAT THE NEW FARE STRUCTURE SHOULD BE INTRODUCED ON OCTOBER 31.

AT THE SAME TIME PROVISION WILL BE MADE FOR A REDUCTION IN FARES FOR TRIPS THROUGH THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL AND THE LION ROCK TUNNEL.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID SEVERAL TAXI ASSOCIATIONS HAD APPLIED FOR HIGHER FARES TO MEET AN INCREASE IN OPERATING COSTS SINCE FARES WERE LAST RAISED TWO YEARS AGO.

IN ORDER TO ASSESS THE APPLICATIONS, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT CONDUCTED A REVIEW OF THE FINANCIAL OPERATIONS OF THE TAXI TRADE. THE LEVEL OF FARES PROPOSED BY THE OPERATORS WAS FOUND NOT TO BE JUSTIFIED AND MORE MODEST INCREASES HAVE BEEN APPROVED WITH A VIEW TO RESTORING THE FINANCIAL POSITION OF TAXI OPERATIONS TO THAT OF EARLY 1981.

FOR URBAN TAXIS THE NEW FARES WILL BE $4.50 FOR THE FIRST 2 KILOMETRES (AT PRESENT $4.00), 90 CENTS FOR EVERY 0.4 KILOMETRE THEREAFTER (AT PRESENT 50 CENTS FOR EVERY 0.25 KILOMETRE THEREAFTER) AND 90 CENTS FOR EVERY 3 MINUTES OF WAITING TIME (AT PRESENT 50 CENTS FOR EVERY 2 MINUTES OF WAITING TIME).

FOR NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS THE NEW FARES WILL BE $3.00 FOR THE FIRST 2 KILOMETRES (AT PRESENT $2.40), 30 CENTS FOR EVERY 0.2 KILOMETRE THEREAFTER (AT PRESENT 30 CENTS FOR EVERY 0.25 KILOMETRE) AND 30 CENTS FOR EVERY 1.5 MINUTES OF WAITING TIME (AT PRESENT 30 CENTS FOR EVERY 2 MINUTES OF WAITING TIME).

THE EXISTING CHARGE OF 50 CENTS FOR EACH PIECE OF HEAVY LUGGAGE CARRIED WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED.

UNDER EXISTING REGULATIONS, TAXI DRIVERS MAY CHARGE TWICE THE APPROPRIATE TOLL FOR TRIPS THROUGH A TOLL TUNNEL, TO COVER THE EXTRA EXPENSE OF RETURNING TO THEIR BASE WITHOUT A FARE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID REPRESENTATIVES OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD HAD ASKED THE GOVERNMENT TO CONSIDER WHETHER THIS ARRANGEMENT SHOULD CONTINUE TO APPLY IN RESPECT OF THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL, AS TAXI DRIVERS APPEARED TO BE ABLE TO PICK UP ANOTHER FARE AT EITHER END OF THE TUNNEL. AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE TAXI ASSOCIATIONS, THE GOVERNMENT DECIDED TO TERMINATE THE DOUBLE TOLL ARRANGEMENT FOR THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL.

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THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL ALSO DECIDED TODAY TO EXTEND THE ABOLITION OF THE DOUBLE TOLL TO THE LION ROCK TUNNEL.

WHILE TAXI METERS ARE BEING RECALIBRATED TO REGISTER THE NEW FARES, CONVERSION TABLES ISSUED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL BE BROUGHT INTO USE. DETAILS OF THESE ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON.

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COMMUNITY SUPPORT URGED FOR THE ELDERLY * * * *

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR SELWYN ALLEYNE, CALLED TODAY (TUESDAY) FOR COMMUNITY SUPPORT TO HELP ELDERLY PEOPLE.

ADDRESSING A LUNCH MEETING OF THE LIONS CLUB OF BEACON HILL. HE SAID THAT WHILE HONG KONG AS A SOCIETY SHOULD LOOK TO THE FAMILY FIRST, THE GOVERNMENT AND THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE MUST ALSO RECOGNISE THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES.

♦THIS IS WHY THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY ON THE ELDERLY. AS EXPRESSED IN THE 1979 WHITE PAPER ’SOCIAL WELFARE INTO THE 198O’S’. HAS FOCUSED ON THE CONCEPT OF ’CARE IN THE COMMUNITY’,* HE SAID.

MR ALLEYNE POINTED OUT THAT THE EXISTING CASH BENEFITS AND DIRECT SERVICES PROVIDED BY GOVERNMENT OR SUBVENTED VOLUNTARY AGENCIES WERE TO ENSURE THAT OLD PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES COULD CONTINUE TO LIVE TOGETHER WITHOUT THE STRAINS OF FINANCIAL DEPENDENCE, ILL HEALTH OR MENTAL DECLINE PROVING TOO MUCH FOR THEM TO COPE WITH.

HE STRESSED THAT IF FAMILY SUPPORT WAS NOT AVAILABLE OR WAS INADEQUATE TO MEET THE NEEDS OF OLD PEOPLE, RESIDENTIAL CARE MUST BE PROVIDED AS A LAST RESORT.

TURNING TO HOUSING WHICH IS CONSIDERED THE MOST PRESSING PROBLEM FOR MANY OLD PEOPLE, MR ALLEYNE SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD MADE PARTICULAR EFFORTS TO GIVE PRIORITY TO OLD PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL HOUSING NEEDS.

THESE INCLUDED COMPASSIONATE REHOUSING QUOTA, ACCOMMODATION FOR GROUPS OF ELDERLY PEOPLE AND HOSTELS IN ALL PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES.

IT IS PLANNED THAT THE NUMBER OF OLD PEOPLE’S HOMES AND CARE-AND-ATTENTION HOMES FOR THOSE WHO NEED PERSONAL CARE AND ASSISTANCE WILL BE EXPANDED CONSIDERABLY OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, MR ALLEYNE SAID.

THE PROPORTION OF HONG KONG’S TOTAL POPULATION OVER THE AGE CF 60 IS INCREASING AS A RESULT OF IMPROVED STANDARDS OF LIVING, NUTRITION AND HEALTH CARE, HE SAID.

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BUT HE ADDED THAT HONG KONG COULD NOT IGNORE THE CHALLENGES PRESENTED BY THIS TREND.

IN MARCH 1981, PEOPLE AGED 60 OR OVER ACCOUNTED FOR 10 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL POPULATION. THE PERCENTAGE IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE TO NEARLY 12 PER CENT OVER THE NEXT DECADE AND TO ABOUT 13 PER CENT BY THE EARLY 199O’S.

MR ALLEYNE CONCEDED THAT +HONG KONG IS NOT THE EASIEST PLACE IN THE WORLD TO DEVELOP WELFARE SERVICES FOR ANY GROUP IN THE COMMUNITY AND THE ELDERLY FACE PARTICULAR PROBLEMS IN THE CROWDED, FAST-MOVING AND OFTEN IMPERSONAL LIVING CONDITIONS OF THIS CITY*.

♦WHAT IS IMPORTANT AND WHAT I SINCERELY BELIEVE THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND THE GOVERNMENT, AS A WHOLE, ARE ENDEAVOURING TO DO IS TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEMS AND TO FORMULATE SOLUTIONS,+ HE ADDED.

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PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE FOR JULY 1982

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PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE BY SEVEN PER CENT AND THOSE OF IMPORTS BY FOUR PER CENT IN JULY 1982, AS COMPARED WITH JULY 1981, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

AS A RESULT, THE TERMS OF TRADE INDEX (EXPRESSED AS A RATIO OF THE DOMESTIC EXPORT PRICE INDEX TO THE IMPORT PRICE INDEX) ROSE BY THREE PER CENT.

THE VOLUMES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND IMPORTS DROPPED BY TWO PER CENT AND THREE PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

PRICES OF RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 11 PER CENT WITH THE VOLUME DOWN BY FOUR PER CENT, SO THAT FOR TOTAL EXPORTS, PRICES WERE UP BY EIGHT PER CENT AND A DECREASE BY THREE PER CENT WAS RECORDED FOR THE VOLUME.

FOR THE 12—MONTH PERIOD TO JULY 1982 AS COMPARED WITH THE 12 MONTHS TO JULY 1981, THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS, IMPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY NINE PER CENT, 10 PER CENT AND 11 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS EXPANDED BY THREE PER CENT AND THAT OF RE-EXPORTS BY SIX PER CENT, GIVING A FOUR PER CENT INCREASE IN THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS AS AGAINST AN INSIGNIFICANT 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.

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THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY COMMODITY GROUP ARE SHOWN BELOWi-

PERCENTAGE CHANGES COMPARING JULY 1982 WITH JULY 1981

EXPORT EXPORT EXPORT

VALUE UNIT VALUE VOLUME

CLOTHING (EXCEPT FUR) ♦ 9 + 12 - 3

TEXTILE FABRICS -13 + 5 -17

TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND -15 - 9 - 6

RELATED ARTICLES -11 ♦ 9 -19

ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS -16 - 8 - 9

FOOTWEAR - 2 +19 -18

METAL MANUFACTURES - 3 + 9 -11

f-ETAL ORES AND SCRAP -31 -12 -22

WATCHES AND CLOCKS - 5 -16 *12

ALL COMMODITIES + 4 + 7 - 2

THE DOMESTIC EXPORT PRICES > OF SOME COMMODITY GROUPS INCREASED,

FROM FIVE PER CENT FOR TEXTILE FABRICS TO 19 PER CENT FOR FOOTWEAR.

ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES IN THE DOMESTIC EXPORT PRICES WERE RECORDED FOR ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS (-8 PER CENT), TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD (-9 PER CENT), METAL ORES AND SCRAP (-12 PER CENT), AS WELL AS WATCHES AND CLOCKS (-16 PER CENT).

DECREASES IN THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS WERE RECORDED FOR MOST COMMODITY GROUPS, INCLUDING TEXTILE FABRICS (-17 PER CENT), FOOTWEAR (-18 PER CENT), TEXTILE MADE-UPS (-19 PER CENT) AND METAL ORES AND SCRAP (-22 PER CENT). ON THE OTHER HAND, CONSIDERABLE GROWTH IN THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS WAS REGISTERED FOR WATCHES AND CLOCKS (+12 PER CENT).

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY ARE SHOWN BELOWt-

FOODSTUFFS CONSUMER GOODS

FUELS

RAW MATERIALS AND

SEMI-MANUFACTURES

CAPITAL GOODS ALL COMMODITIES

PERCENTAGE CHANGES COMPARING JULY 1982 WITH JULY 1981

IMPORT VALUE IMPORT UNIT VALUE IMPORT VOLUME

+21 * 6 + 14

+ 4 + 4 1 NSIGNIF 1 CANT

-30 - 8 -24

- 5 ♦ 2 - 7

♦20 ♦13 + 7

* 1 + 4 - 3

WITH THE EXCEPTION OF FUELS, THE PRICES OF WHICH DROPPED BY EIGHT PER CENT, THE PRICES OF IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY INCREASED MODERATELY, RANGING FROM TWO PER CENT FOR RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES TO 13 PER CENT FOR CAPITAL GOODS.

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MOST OF THE MAJOR IMPORTED FOODSTUFFS INCREASED IN VOLUME TERMS, THE MORE SIGNIFICANT ONES BEING SOYA BEAN OIL, PEANUT OIL AND LARD, MEAT AND MEAT PREPARATIONS AS WELL AS FISH AND FISH PREPARATIONS. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF FRUIT DROPPED.

IN THE CONSUMER GOODS CATEGORY, SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE REGISTERED FOR TOBACCO MANUFACTURES, PASSENGER MOTOR CARS, FOOTWEAR AND CLOTHING. THE IMPORT VOLUMES OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, RADIOS, TELEVISION SETS, GRAMOPHONES, RECORDS, TAPE RECORDERS AND AMPLIFIERS AS WELL AS TEXTILE MADE-UPS DECLINED CONSIDERABLY.

IMPORTS OF FUELS DROPPED BY 24 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS.

THE IMPORT VOLUME OF MOST RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES DECLINED, AMONG WHICH DYEING, TANNING AND COLOURING MATERIALS? WOOD, LUMBER AND CORK? MAN-MADE FIBRES? WOOL AND OTHER ANIMAL HAIR AS WELL AS YARN OF MAN-MADE FIBRES DROPPED SUBSTANTIALLY. THE IMPORT VOLUMES OF RAW COTTON AND PLASTIC MOULDING MATERIALS ROSE CONSIDERABLY.

MOST OF THE MAJOR IMPORTED CAPITAL GOODS DECLINED IN VOLUME TERMS, THE MORE SIGNIFICANT ONES BEING TEXTILE MACHINERY AND ELECTRICAL MACHINERY. SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE IMPORT VOLUMES OF TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT AND OFFICE MACHINES.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY ARE SHOWN BELOW:-

PERCENTAGE CHANGES COMPARING JULY 1982 WITH JULY 1981

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

FOODSTUFFS +32 + 18 + 12

CONSUMER GOODS ♦ 2 + 10 - 8

FUELS RAW MATERIALS AND +55 + 4 +48

SEMI-MANUFACTURES INSIGNIFICANT +10 - 8

CAPITAL GOODS +25 + 12 + 11

ALL COMMODITIES + 6 ♦ 11 - 4

THE CHANGES IN RE-EXPORT VOLUME VARIED, RANGING FROM AN EIGHT PER CENT DECREASE FOR CONSUMER GOODS AND RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES TO A 48 PER CENT INCREASE FOR FUELS.

FURTHER DETAILS ARE CONTAINED IN THE JULY 1982 ISSUE OF THE ♦HONG KONG TRADE INDEX NUMBERS*, WHICH WILL SOON BE ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT HK$2 PER COPY.

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THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR JOHN BREMRIDGE, ACCOMPANIED BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR PAUL WONG, CONTINUED HIS REGULAR VISITS TO FACTORIES TODAY (TUESDAY).

MR BREMRIDGE FIRST VISITED ELECTRONIC DEVICES LTD AT KWAI CHEONG ROAD, WHERE HE WAS MET BY THE MANAGING DIRECTOR, hF TOMMY ZAU.

ESTABLISHED IN 1969, ELECTRONIC DEVICES LTD IS A JOINT VENTURE FORMED BY HK AND NETHERLANDS INTERESTS. ITS PRODUCTS, INCLUDING TRANSISTORS, DIODES, LED DISPLAY AND INTEGRATED CIRCUITS ARE SOLD TO EEC MARKETS.

MR BREMRIDGE ALSO VISITED REGATEX MANUFACTURES LTD AT LAM TIN STREET, KWAI CHUNG, AND WAS CONDUCTED ON A TOUR OF THE FACTORY BY THE MANAGING DIRECTOR, MR DAVID CHU.

THE FACTORY IS A LOCALLY OWNED LIMITED COMPANY, SET UP IN 1972. IT PRODUCES RAINCOATS, JACKETS, CARCOATS, SLACKS, SKIRTS, LADIES’ DRESSES AND SUITS FOR EXPORT TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY AND THE UNITED STATES.

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SECOND POLYTECHNIC TO BE IN KOWLOON TONG WEST * * * *

HONG KONG’S SECOND POLYTECHNIC, DESIGNED INITIALLY FOR 8 OOO FULL TIME AND EQUIVALENT PART-TIME STUDENTS AND CAPABLE OF EXPANSION TO 13 500 FULL TIME AND EQUIVALENT PART-TIME STUDENTS, IS TO BE LOCATED IN TAT CHEE AVENUE IN KOWLOON TONG WEST.

THE LOCATION WAS CHOSEN AFTER CAREFUL STUDY OF ALL SUITABLE SITES BY A SPECIAL WORKING PARTY SET UP BY THE GOVERNMENT, AND WAS ENDORSED BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL TODAY. THE COUNCIL’S DECISION HAS BEEN CONVEYED TO THE WORKING PARTY.

IN REACHING THIS DECISION, THE COUNCIL TOOK INTO CONSIDERATION THE EASY ACCESSIBILITY OF THIS SITE, ITS SIZE AND ITS EARLY AVAILABILITY.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE SITE CHOSEN WAS WITHIN THE MAIN URBAN AREA AND WAS ONLY SOME 200 METRES FROM THE MTR/KCR INTERCHANGE STATION AT KOWLOON TONG.

+FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF STUDENTS WHO WILL COME FROM ALL OVER THE TERRITORY, IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT THE POLYTECHNIC SHOULD BE IN A CENTRAL LOCATION, AND BE CLOSE TO A FAST, HIGH CAPACITY, PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM,+ HE SAID.

THE SITE, AT PRESENT ZONED FOR MEDIUM-DENSITY RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT, OCCUPIES AN AREA OF 12.2 HECTARES AND IS SLIGHTLY LARGER THAN THE FORMAL, ESTIMATED REQUIREMENT, MAKING UP FOR THE HILLY TERRAIN.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT CONSTRUCTION WORK ON AT LEAST PART OF THE SITE WILL START IN 1986 AFTER COMPLETION OF THE PRELIMINARY SITE CLEARANCE AND FORMATION WORK. IN THIS WAY, THE SECOND POLYTECHNIC SHOULD BE ABLE TO CONDUCT CLASSES ON ITS OWN PERMANENT SITE BY SEPTEMBER 1988, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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FULL SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT FOR SHA TIN NEW TOWN *****

CONSTRUCTION WILL START SHORTLY ON THE SECOND STAGE OF THE SHA TIN SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT ON THE RECLAMATION JUST NORTH OF THE NEW RACECOURSE TO PROVIDE FULL SEWAGE TREATMENT FACILITIES TO SHA TIN NEW TOWN.

A S2O5-MILLION CONTRACT FOR THE CIVIL ENGINEERING AND BUILDING WORKS FOR THE PROJECT WAS AWARDED TODAY BY THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

IT WAS FORMALLY SIGNED THIS AFTERNOON BY MR JOHN DON, DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT, AND MR TAI TUNG NGOK OF CHUI HING CONSTRUCTION CO., LTD.

THE CONTRACT INVOLVES, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE CONSTRUCTION CF SEWAGE AND SLUDGE TREATMENT UNITS, PUMPING STATIONS, ACCOMMODATION BLOCKS, THE LAYING OF ALL PIPELINES ON PILED FOUNDATIONS, TOGETHER WITH ASSOCIATED ROADS AND OTHER APPURTENANCES.

MR DON SAID THAT THE PLANT, DESIGNED TO THE HIGHEST INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS, REPRESENTED PART OF THE ONGOING COMMITMENT TO POLLUTION CONTROL MEASURES FOR DISCHARGES INTO TOLO HARBOUR AND WAS COMPLEMENTED BY WORK BEING UNDERTAKEN AS PART OF THE TOLO HARBOUR WATER QUALITY STUDY.

STAGE ONE OF THE PLANT, WHICH HAS BEEN COMPLETED RECENTLY AND WILL BE COMMISSIONED LATER THIS YEAR, WILL BE CAPABLE OF SERVING ABOUT 240 000 PEOPLE IN THE NEW TOWN.

♦ADDITIONAL TREATMENT FACILITIES TO BE PROVIDED IN STAGE TWO WILL BE ABLE TO COPE WITH A FURTHER INCREASE IN POPULATION OF ABOUT 265 000, BRINGING THE TOTAL SERVICE CAPACITY OF THE TREATMENT PLANT TO 505 000,+ MR DON SAID.

♦THE ADDITIONAL WORKS, WHEN COMPLETED IN ABOUT 2-1/2 YEARS, WHLL SERVE THE GROWING POPULATION IN SHA TIN AND THE EARLY DEVELOPMENT IN MA ON SHAN.+

HE SAID THAT PLANS WERE AT HAND TO EXPAND THE PLANT FURTHER.

A FINAL STAGE OF THE PLANT, THE DESIGN WORK ON WHICH IS EXPECTED TO COMMENCE NEXT YEAR, WILL ENABLE THE PLANT TO SERVE THE COMPLETE DEVELOPMENTS AT SHA TIN NEW TOWN, INCLUDING MA ON SHAN.

MR DON SAID THAT A FEATURE OF THE PLANT WAS ITS ABILITY PARTLY TO SELF-PERPETUATE ITS OWN OPERATING POWER.

♦METHANE GAS, A BY-PRODUCT OF THE SLUDGE TREATMENT PROCESS, IS BEING USED TO GENERATE POWER FOR RUNNING THE PLANT, THEREBY SAVING SOME 30 TO 40 PER CENT OF THE POWER COSTS,* HE SAID.

♦ALSO, THE TREATED EFFLUENT FROM THE PLANT *ILL BE USED FOR IRRIGATION OF LANDSCAPED AREAS IN THE NEW TOwN AND A PROPOSAL FOR THE USE OF THE EFFLUENT FOR FLUSHING WATER PURPOSES IS NOW UNDER STUDY.♦

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REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR VOTING AT ELECTIONS *****

MANY PEOPLE WHO TURNED UP TO VOTE AT THE RECENT URBAN AREAS DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS HAD TO BE TURNED AWAY BECAUSE THEY HAD NOT REGISTERED AS ELECTORS, THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL OFFICE DISCLOSED TODAY (TUESDAY).

UNDER THE ELECTORAL PROVISIONS ORDINANCE, NO PERSON MAY VOTE AT AN ELECTION UNLESS HE IS REGISTERED AS AN ELECTOR IN THE FINAL REGISTER OF ELECTORS IN FORCE ON POLL DAY.

THE REGISTRATION OFFICER, MR C.W. WONG, REMINDED VOTERS THAT THE NEXT URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS UNDER THE NEW ELECTORAL SYSTEM WILL BE HELD IN MARCH 1983 AND THERE IS STILL TIME FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT YET REGISTERED, TO APPLY FOR REGISTRATION.

HOWEVER, THEY WILL HAVE TO APPLY BY MONDAY (OCTOBER 11). WHEN THE CURRENT REGISTRATION WHICH STARTED ON AUGUST 31, ENDS.

ANY PERSON IN POSSESSION OF A HONG KONG IDENTITY CARD, IS AGED 21 YEARS OR ABOVE AND WHO HAS LIVED IN HONG KONG FOR SEVEN OR MORE YEARS, IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR REGISTRATION.

+THE APPLICATION PROCEDURE IS VERY SIMPLE AND EASY.+ MR WONG SAID. ONE CAN PICK UP AN APPLICATION FORM (IN CHINESE OR ENGLISH) AT ANY DISTRICT OFFICE, POST OFFICE OR ANY DI STR ICT/HEALTH OFFICE OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, AND RETURN IT BY POST AFTER COMPLETION TO THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL OFFICE ON OR BEFORE MONDAY. NO POSTAGE IS REQUIRED.

MR WONG POINTED OUT THAT THERE WAS NO NEED FOR REGISTERED ELECTORS LIVING IN THE URBAN AREAS TO RE-APPLY FOR REGISTRATION AS VOTERS FOR THE COMING URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS BECAUSE THEY ARE ENTITLED TO VOTE AT BOTH THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS.

IN CASE OF DOUBT IN ANY REGISTRATION MATTER, ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE TO THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL OFFICE, TELEPHONE NUMBERS 5-270369 AND 5-270380.

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MORE VOLUNTARY PATROLS TO PREVENT FIRE * * * * *

PUBLIC-SPIRITED VOLUNTEERS FROM SQUATTER AREAS AND VILLAGES HAVE TURNED OUT IN FORCE TO GUARD THEIR COMMUNITIES AGAINST FIRES BY FORMING AN ADDITIONAL 48 FIRE-WATCH PATROLS THIS YEAR.

THIS IS THE LARGEST NUMBER FORMED IN A YEAR SINCE THE INCEPTION OF THE FIRE WATCH SCHEME IN FEBRUARY 1979, BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER TO 164.

THESE NEW TEAMS WILL BE INAUGURATED BY MR R. HOLMES, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES, AT A CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT THE SHEUNG WAN DIVISIONAL FIRE STATION ON FRIDAY (OCTOBER 8).

OF THE 48 TEAMS, 29 ARE IN URBAN AREAS AND 19 IN THE NEW TERR ITORIES.

THEY WILL BE TRAINED BY THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT ON FIRE PRECAUTION AND DETECTION MEASURES AS WELL AS ON FIRE FIGHTING, AND WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED WITH BASIC FIRE FIGHTING EQUIPMENT.

THE SCHEME, IMPLEMENTED BY THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES. IS TO ENCOURAGE PARTICIPATION BY VILLAGERS AND RESIDENTS OF SQUATTER AREAS IN FIRE PREVENTION.

AT THE CEREMONY, THE NEW TEAMS WILL BE PRESENTED WITH SOUVENIRS BY MR HOLMES’ MR TONY MILLER, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF HOUSING? MR KEITH KWOK AND MR W.K. LAM, BOTH PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARIES OF CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION? AND MR ARTHUR HACKER, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SERVICES.

MR HOLMES WILL ALSO PRESENT PENNANTS TO LAST YEAR’S SIX OUTSTANDING FIRE WATCH TEAMS.

THE PRESENTATION WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A FIRE FIGHTING DEMONSTRATION JOINTLY PRESENTED BY THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE DIAMOND HILL FIRE WATCH TEAM.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY TO BE h£LD AT THE SHEUNG WAN DIVISIONAL FIRE STATION, SHEUNG WAN RECLAMATION, HONG KONG AT 2.30 PM ON FRIDAY (OCTOBER 8). A SKETCH MAP SHOWING THE LOCATION OF THE STATION IS BEING TRANSMITTED OVER THE FACSIMILE NETWORK.

G.I.S. OFFICERS WILL ASSIST MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES.

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1982

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FISHERMEN’S CHILDREN PRAISED

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CHILDREN IN FISHERMEN’S SCHOOLS COMPLETED THEIR STUDIES WITH SATISFACTORY RESULTS BY DOUBLING THEIR EFFORTS TO OVERCOME THEIR DIFFICULTIES, MR CHAN KAM-CHUEN, UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

MR CHAN WAS SPEAKING AT THE JOINT GRADUATION CEREMONY OF THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION’S SECONDARY AND PRIMARY SCHOOLS.

MOST OF THE STUDENTS HAVE TO ASSIST THEIR PARENTS WITH THEIR FISHING OPERATIONS, THUS REDUCING THE TIME SPENT ON SCHOOLWORK. AND MANY LIVE IN A SUB-STANDARD ENVIRONMENT, STUDYING ON REMOTE OFF-SHORE ISLANDS WHERE ELECTRICITY IS VERY PRECIOUS, HE SAID.

DESPITE THE +UNFAVOURABLE ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS+, THE CHILDREN DID NOT +SLACKEN THEIR WILLINGNESS TO LEARN,+ MR CHAN SAID.

HE ALSO COMMENDED THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT AND THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION FOR THEIR FORESIGHT AND DETERMINATION TO IMPROVE THE EDUCATION STANDARD OF FISHERMEN’S CHILDREN.

SINCE THE FIRST EIGHT FISHERMEN’S SCHOOLS WERE ESTABLISHED IN 1947 AND 1948 THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS INCREASED FROM 770 TO ALMOST 4 000. AND THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION IS NOW OPERATING 13 PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND A TECHNICAL SECONDARY SCHOOL IN VARIOUS FISHING AREAS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

+0N TOP OF THEIR PRESENT ACHIEVEMENTS, THE STUDENTS AND OFFICERS IN CHARGE OF FISHERMEN’S SCHOOLS ARE CONTINUOUSLY STRIVING FOR THE FURTHER EXPANSION AND IMPROVEMENT OF THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS.

+PROGRAMMES ON INCREASING THE NUMBER OF CLASSES ARE WELL UNDERWAY IN SAI KUNG, AP LEI CHAU AND SHA TAU KOK.

+ELECTRICITY WILL SOON BE SUPPLIED TO SCHOOLS ON REMOTE OFF-SHORE ISLANDS LIKE KAU SAI AND SAI LAU KONG,+ MR CHAN SAID.

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TRAINING COURSES FOR KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS * * *

THE KINDERGARTEN SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ADVISORY INSPECTORATE WILL ORGANISE TWO IN-SERVICE COURSES FOR TEACHERS IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER.

THE COURSES WILL CATER FOR PRACTISING PERMITTED AND REGISTERED KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS, INCLUDING HEAD-TEACHERS, WHO ARE CURRENTLY TEACHING IN ENGLISH KINDERGARTENS OR IN KINDERGARTENS WITH AN ENGLISH SECTION.

EACH COURSE WILL CONSIST OF 12 HALF-DAY SESSIONS AND WILL BE CONDUCTED BY AN OVERSEAS EXPERT IN KINDERGARTEN EDUCATION, MRS BETTY LOWE, WHO IS A FORMER SENIOR LECTURER OF PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION IN WEST LONDON INSTITUTE OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND HAD BEEN WORKING IN THE CHILD DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF LONDON.

THE MAIN AIMS OF THE COURSES, WHICH WILL START ON OCTOBER 18 AND NOVEMBER 4 RESPECTIVELY, ARE TO PROMOTE AN AWARENESS OF THE LATEST TRENDS IN KINDERGARTEN EDUCATION AND TO ENABLE TEACHERS TO EXCHANGE VIEWS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE.

TEACHERS WHO COMPLETE THE COURSE WILL BE AWARDED CERTIFICATES.

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NEW SHA TIN PEDESTRIAN SUBWAY OPENS

* * * *

THE LATEST OF A SERIES OF PEDESTRIAN SUBWAYS ACROSS BUSY HIGHWAYS IN SHA TIN WAS OPENED TODAY FOR PEOPLE TRAVELLING BETWEEN THE TAI WAI INDUSTRIAL AREA AND MEI LAM PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE URGED RESIDENTS TO MAKE GOOD USE OF THE NEW WALKWAY, THE 26TH BUILT IN THE NEW TOWN, TO AVOID THE HEAVY TRAFFIC ON TAI PO ROAD NEAR THE SHING MUN RIVER CHANNEL.

HE SAID 20 MORE SIMILAR SUBWAYS WERE NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN VARIOUS CONVENIENT LOCATIONS TO ENSURE THE ADEQUATE PROVISION OF SAFE CROSSINGS.

BUILT BY THE SHA TIN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE AT A COST OF $2.1 MILLION, THE 50-METRE-LONG NEW SUBWAY IS DESIGNED FOR PEDESTRIANS AS WELL AS BICYCLISTS, WITH STAIRCASES AND ACCESS RAMPS AT BOTH ENDS.

ITS WALLS ARE FINISHED WITH MOSAIC TILES ARRANGED IN A SPECIAL PATTERN TO COMPLEMENT THE CONTINUOUS CENTRAL LIGHTING.

OFFICIATING AT THE SUBwAY’S OPENING CEREMONY TODAY WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SHA TIN RURAL COMMITTEE, MR WAI HON-LEUNG, AND THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR DONALD TSANG.

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DEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED * * *

THE GOVERNOR, AFTER TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE ADVICE CF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, HAS DECIDED THAT THE DEATH SENTENCE PASSED ON HO SIU-CHEUNG ON JULY 24, 1981, SHOULD BE COMMUTED TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT.

HO WAS FOUND GUILTY OF THE MURDER OF TWO WOMEN, HO SIU-TUEN AND LEUNG KIM, IN A HOLLYWOOD ROAD FLAT ON SEPTEMBER 18, 1980.

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CHEUNG CHAU WATER MAINS WORK * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN CHEUNG CHAU WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM ON FRIDAY (OCTOBER 8) FOR WATER MAINS CONNECTION.

THE ARRANGEMENT WILL AFFECT PREMISES ON TAI SUN STREET, HING LUNG STREET, TAI SUN PRAYA, CHEUNG CHAU FIRE STATION, THE PRAYA AND THE MARKET.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SHEUNG SHU I AND SHA TIN *****

IN SHEUNG SHU I, SAN FUNG AVENUE BETWEEN TAI PO ROAD AND THE KCR’S SHEUNG SHUI STATION WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 2 PM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) FOR WORK ON KCR ELECTRIFICATION.

DURING THE CLOSURE, TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA A NEW ROAD STRETCHING FROM TAI PO ROAD NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH FAN KAM ROAD TO SHEK WU HUI.

IN SHA TIN, SOUTHBOUND VEHICLES ALONG TAI PO ROAD WILL EE BANNED FROM TURNING RIGHT INTO SHING CHUEN ROAD FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (OCTOBER 7).

HOWEVER, THEY MAY USE A NEW ACCESS ROAD LINKING TAI PO ROAD SOUTHBOUND NEAR SHING CHUEN ROAD VILLAGE.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF EAST KOWLOON WAY * * * *

IN HUNG HOM, A SOUTHBOUND LANE ON EAST KOWLOON WAY BETWEEN SAN SHAN INTERCHANGE AND WUHU INTERCHANGE WILL BE CLOSED FOR 17 DAYS FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (OCTOBER 7) FOR ROAD WORK.

HOWEVER, NORMAL TRAFFIC WILL BE MAINTAINED ON THE ADJACENT LANE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

. . ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-23319t ’

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 1982

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CONTENTS

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING: • ’ ■ ■ ' . - . - •. •

GOVT REMAINS COMMITTED TO HONG KONG'S

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FUTURE DEVELOPMENT . 1

+A RESPONSIVE AND CARING GOVERNMEIT+ ............................. 2

FOLLOW-UP TALKS ON FUTURE STARTED ................................ 3

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HONG KONG'S EXPORTS POISED TO CAPITALISE ON WORLD ECONOMIC RECOVERY .............................................   't

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MEASURES FOR MORE.EFFICIENT MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC FINANCE . 5

N-POWER-PLANT.PROJECT KEPT UNDER REVIEW .......................... 6

LEGCO STANDING. ORDERS TO BE REVIEWED ............................ 8

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CONCEPT OF LAND. DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION TO BE STUDIED .... 9

STUDIES ON DEVEDOH-S’IT OPTIONS EXPECTED TO BE READY WITHIN A YEAR.........................................................   11

PRIVATE HOUSING FLATS FOR ELDERLY..............................   12

2.2 MILLION LIVE IN PUBLIC HOUSING .............................. 13

THE PROBLEM OF SQUATTERS .'................'................ 15

MAJOR EXPANSION FOR HOSPITAL FACILITIES ......................... 15

/BIG GROWTH ....

BIG GROWTH IN TERTIARY EDUCATION PLANNED..................... 17

260 OOO GET WELFARE CASH .................................... 18

WORKING GROUP TO STUDY SEVERANCE PAY......................... 19

POLICE AND THE COMMUNITY .................................... 20

POLICE CORRUPTION ALLEGATIONS SHOW 15% DROP ................. 21

NEW ID CARDS TO BE ISSUED IN MAY ............................ 22

•CROSS HARBOUR BRIDGE LIKELY' ............................... 25

CIVIL SERVICE GROWTH SET AT FOUR TO FIVE PER CENT ........... 25

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NATIONALITY ACT AND STUDENT FEES IN UK ...................... 26

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ..................................   26

ARTS AND RECREATION ......................................... 27

UNOFFICIAL THANKED FOR SERVICE............................... 28

INVITATION TO GERMAN INDUSTRIALISTS ........................... 29

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AIRPORT TUNNEL COMES INTO FULL USE ON FRIDAY .................. 29

LABOUR DEPARTMENT OPENS NEW BRANCH OFFICE ..................... 50

THREE LOTS OF CROWN LAND SOLD ................................. 50

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SHAM SHUI PO .......................... 51

PEAK TRAM SERVICES CURTaLED ON THURSDAY ....................... 51

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 1982

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GOVT REMAINS COMMITTED TO HONG KONG’S FUTURE DEVELOPMENT *****

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDw'ARD YOUDE, TODAY MADE IT CLEAR THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY AND FIRM INTENTION IS TO CONTINUE TO INVEST VIGOROUSLY IN THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG AND ITS PEOPLE.

AND NO-ONE SHOULD DOUBT THAT, HE SAID IN WINDING UP HIS ANNUAL REVIEW AT THE OPENING OF THE NEW LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SESS ION.

SIR EDWARD SAID HE DID NOT INTEND TO SPECULATE ON THE MARKETSO?INTRECENTCDAYSIONS ™E F0RE ,GN EXCHANGE AND STOCK

CAUSATIVE FACTORS AT WORK, BOTH INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC, ARE MANY AND COMPLEX.

+BUT WE HAVE A RESILIENT ECONOMY WHICH ADJUSTS EFFICIENTLY. SOUND GOVERNMENT AND A GROWTH RATE WHICH IS STILL POSITIVE.+ HE SAID.

THE GOVERNOR POINTED OUT THAT OUR POLICIES AND PROGRAMMES REMAIN IMAGINATIVE, AMBITIOUS AND FORWARD LOOKING, AND CITED A RANGE OF AREAS OF CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT.

* NEW TOWNS AND HOUSING ESTATES WILL CONTINUE TO RISE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

* THE AGED AND THE DISADVANTAGED WILL BE CARED FOR WITH A GROWING SENSE OF COMPASSION.

* MODERN HOSPITALS AND CLINICS WILL SERVE THE NEED OF THE SICK.

* OUR EXPANDING EDUCATION SYSTEM AT ALL LEVELS WILL EDUCATE MORE OF OUR YOUTH IN THE SKILLS OF THE MODERN WORLD.

* OUR DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORT NETWORKS

AND FACILITIES WILL BE FURTHER DEVELOPED.

* MAJOR PUBLIC WORKS WILL IMPROVE AND ENLARGE THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF THIS TERRITORY.

+IN PURSUING THESE POLICIES AND PROGRAMMES, AND IN SETTING OUR PRIORITIES, WE SHALL BE PRUDENT IN OUR PUBLIC EXPENDITURE FOR WE MUST NOT LIVE BEYOND OUR MEANS,+ HE SAID.

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) *a responsive and caring government*

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, OPENED THE NEW SESSION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY BY REAFFIRMING THE GOVERNMENT’S AIMS TO BE RESPONSIVE TO THE PUBLIC WILL AND TO BE CONCERNED WITH THE WELFARE OF THE PEOPLE.

SETTING THE THEME OF HIS FIRST ANNUAL REVIEW, SIR EDWARD SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVES REMAIN UNCHANGED, ♦EVEN IF WE ARE HAVING TO PURSUE THEM, AT LEAST FOR THE PRESENT, IN A MUCH MORE DIFFICULT ECONOMIC CLIMATE.*

IN ITS AIM TO BE RESPONSIVE TO THE PUBLIC WILL, THE GOVERNMENT ATTACHES GREAT IMPORTANCE TO THOSE PUBLIC BODIES WHICH GIVE EXPRESSION TO THAT WILL, HE SAID.

+IT AIMS TO LEAVE THE INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL AND FINANCIAL SECTORS FREE AND UNFETTERED TO COMPETE IN DOMESTIC AND WORLD MARKETS, REGULATING ONLY WHERE THE ORDERLY CONDUCT OF BUSINESS, FAIR TREATMENT OF THE WORK FORCE AND THE GOOD NAME OF HONG KONG SO REQUIRE.*

MORE POSITIVELY, HE ADDED, IT AIMS TO PROVIDE THE INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH MODERN TECHNIQUES AND GOOD INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS CAN FLOURISH AND INITIATIVE AND HARD WORK BRING THEIR REWARDS.

+ONLY THUS CAN OUR ECONOMY ADJUST CONTINUOUSLY TO CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES,* HE SAID.

STRESSING THAT THE GOVERNMENT ALSO AIMED TO BE CONCERNED WITH THE WELFARE OF THE PEOPLE, THE GOVERNOR SAID +IT SEEKS TO PROVIDE WITHIN THE RESOURCES ON WHICH WE CAN REASONABLY CALL, SERVICES SUCH AS HOUSING, SOCIAL WELFARE, HEALTH, EDUCATION AND RECREATION SO ESSENTIAL TO THE WELL-BEING OF INDIVIDUALS’ AND ALL THIS IN A SOCIETY IN WHICH THE RIGHTS OF THE INDIVIDUAL ARE RESPECTED AND LAW AND ORDER CAN PREVAIL.*

TO THESE ENDS, SIR EDWARD SAID, THE GOVERNMENT PLANS TO USE AS EFFICIENTLY AS POSSIBLE THE MANPOWER AND MONEY WHICH ARE ENTRUSTED TO IT.

SIR EDWARD ALSO EXPRESSED A DEEP SENSE OF RESPECT AND ADMIRATION FOR THE CONTRIBUTION TO THE WELL-BEING OF HONG KONG MADE BY LORD MACLEHOSE AND ALL THOSE WHO HAD WORKED WITH HIM.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 1982

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MEETINGS ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG HAVE BEGUN IN PEKING TO FOLLOW UP PRIME MINISTER MARGARET THATCHER’S VISIT, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE ANNOUNCED AT THE OPENING OF THE NEW LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SESSION TODAY.

THE CONTENT OF THE TALKS MUST NECESSARILY REMAIN CONFIDENTIAL, HE SAID, BUT THE AIM WILL BE TO COMPLETE THEM AS SOON AS POSS IBLE.

THE GOVERNOR SAID HE COULD NOT MAKE ANY USEFUL FORECAST AS TO WHEN THAT WOULD BE.

+THERE ARE COMPLEX ISSUES TO BE DISCUSSED, AND THERE ARE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES WHICH MUST BE RECONCILED.

+SO STEADY NERVES WILL BE NEEDED IN THE MONTHS AHEAD,+ HE O A I v •

SIR EDWARD SAID HE SHARED MRS THATCHER’S BELIEF THAT.

GIVEN THE COMMON OBJECTIVE, THE DIFFERENCES COULD BE RECONCILED AND AN AGREEMENT REACHED WHICH WILL BE ACCEPTABLE TO CHINA AND BRITAIN AND WHICH WILL BE WELCOMED BY THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.

AS FAR AS THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT WAS CONCERNED, IN THE LIGHT OF THE STATEMENT OF COMMON OBJECTIVE FROM THE BRITISH AND CHINESE GOVERNMENTS AND THE COMMITMENT TO HONG KONG OF THE UK GOVERNMENT, +WE SHALL GO FORWARD WITH CONFIDENCE TO PURSUE OUR POLICIES AND PROGRAMMES TO THEIR CONCLUSION AND TO PROJECT THEM INTO THE FUTURE,♦ THE GOVERNOR SAID.

SIR EDWARD POINTED OUT THAT THE PRIME MINISTER HAD GIVEN A CLEAR ASSURANCE THAT IN CONDUCTING THE TALKS SHE WOULD SPEAK NOT ONLY FOR BRITAIN BUT FOR HONG KONG.

THE UK GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT TO HONG KONG HAD NEVER BEEN IN DOUBT, HE SAID, BUT THE PRIME MINISTER’S FORTHRIGHT REAFFIRMATION OF IT COULD NOT HAVE BEEN MORE TIMELY.

+NOR IS THERE ANY DOUBT THAT IN THE SEARCH FOR A SOLUTION HMG WILL TAKE THE VIEWS AND WISHES OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG FULLY INTO ACCOUNT.+

AN IMPORTANT STAGE IN THE PROCESS OF CONSULTATION, WHICH HAD ALREADY BEGUN WAS THE VISIT TO LONDON BY THE GROUP OF UMELCO MEMBERS WHO HAD ACCOMPANIED HIM THERE LAST MONTH.

+THE PROCESS WILL BE A CONTINUOUS ONE AND CAREFUL CONSIDERATION WILL NOw BE GIVEN TO HOW THIS CONSULTATIVE PROCESS CAN BEST BE PURSUED,+ SIR EDWARD SAID.

THE GOVERNOR ALSO EXPRESSED HIS APPRECIATION OF THE GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE OF HONG KONG FOR MRS THATCHER’S CONCERN AND UNDERSTANDING, AND FOR HER REAFFIRMATION OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT’S RESPONSIBILITY AND COMMITMENT TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.

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HONG KONG’S EXPORTS POISED TO CAPITALISE ON WORLD ECONOMIC RECOVERY

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THE STABLE AND +VERY COMPETITIVE* PRICES OF HONG KONG’S DOMESTIC EXPORTS WILL ENABLE THIS SECTOR TO CAPITALISE QUICKLY ON ANY ECONOMIC RECOVERY IN HONG KONG’S MAJOR MARKETS, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TODAY.

TO THE EXTENT THAT A CONCENSUS CAN BE DETECTED, IT IS THAT THINGS ARE LIKELY TO BE BETTER IN 1983 THAN IN 1982,+ HE REMARKED.

HOPEFULLY, IMPROVED GROWTH IN SEVERAL ECONOMIES, SUCH AS THE UNITED STATES AND GERMANY, MIGHT BRING ABOUT SOME RECOVERY IN WORLD TRADE, SIR EDWARD SAID, ADDING THAT HONG KONG’S DOMESTIC EXPORTS SECTOR WITH ITS COMPETITIVE PRICES WOULD BE ABLE TO BENEFIT QUICKLY FROM THIS DEVELOPMENT.

REVIEWING HONG KONG’S ECONOMY FOR THIS YEAR, SIR EDWARD NOTED THAT THE GROWTH IN ITS GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT IS NOW EXPECTED TO BE IN THE ORDER OF ONLY FOUR PER CENT.

THE MAIN CAUSE OF THIS SLOWDOWN, HE SAID, WAS THAT DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR WERE, IN REAL TERM, THREE PER CENT LESS THAN IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1981.

+ALTHOUGH SOME RECOVERY IS EXPECTED IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR, DOMESTIC EXPORTS SEEM LIKELY TO BE DOWN BY TWO PER CENT FOR THE YEAR AS A WHOLE.

+IN TERMS OF EXPERIENCE IN RECENT YEARS SUCH AN OUTCOME IS DISAPPOINT ING,+ HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT NEVERTHELESS, CONTINUING GROWTH EVEN AT A REDUCED RATE HAD MEANT THAT HONG KONG APPEARED TO BE AVOIDING SERIOUS UNEMPLOYMENT.

THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN MARCH WAS ONLY 3.5 PER CENT, SIGNIFICANTLY LESS THAN THE 4.1 PER CENT RECORDED A YEAR EARLIER, WHILE WAGES AND SALARIES HAD INCREASED ALL ROUND IN REAL TERMS, PARTLY DUE TO A SLOWER INFLATION RATE, SIR EDWARD NOTED.

INFLATION IS NOW RUNNING AT ABOUT 11 PER CENT PER ANNUM IN TERMS OF CONSUMER PRICES, AFTER REMAINING AT AROUND 15 PER CENT FOR TWO YEARS.

+WHILE THE TERTIARY SERVICES SECTORS OF OUR ECONOMY HAVE DEVELOPED RAPIDLY OUR MANUFACTURING SECTOR, STILL THE BACKBONE OF OUR ECONOMY AND THE MAIN EMPLOYER, HAS ALSO GROWN, ALBEIT AT A SLOWER RATE,* HE POINTED OUT.

/Hong kong's .......

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HONG KONG’S ENTREPRENEURS AND INDUSTRIALISTS WERE EXPERIENCING DIFFICULT TIMES, HE ACKNOWLEDGED, BUT NOTED THAT IT WAS NOT THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY TO INTERVENE DIRECTLY AND INTERFERE WITH MARKET FORCES.

BUT .SIR EDWARD ADDED THAT THE GOVERNMENT +SEEKS TO PROVIDE THE INFRASTRUCTURE, THE TRAINING OF SKILLED MANPOWER AND THE ENVIRONMENT WITHIN WHICH GROWTH WITH STABILITY CAN BE ACHIEVED.*

ON THE CURRENT NEGOTIATIONS FOR A NEW TEXTILE AGREEMENT WITH THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY, HE SAID, +YOU MAY BE ASSURED THAT WE HAVE BEEN RESOLUTE IN DEFENDING HONG KONG’S INTEREST AND IN BRINGING HOME. BOTH TO THE COMMUNITY AND TO HMG, THE IMPORTANCE OF THESE NEGOTIATIONS TO US.+

MEASURES FOR MORE EFFICIENT MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC FINANCE K IHK *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE TODAY OUTLINED A NUMBER OF LEGISLATIVE MEASURES FOR MORE EFFICIENT MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC FINANCE AND THE PROMOTION OF HONG KONG AS A MAJOR FINANCIAL CENTRE.

ON PUBLIC FINANCE, SIR EDWARD SAID A PUBLIC FINANCE BILL WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THIS YEAR TO PROVIDE A STATUTORY BACKING TO OUR SYSTEM OF FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION WHICH WILL ENABLE FINANCIAL AUTHORITIES TO BE MORE CLEARLY DEFINED.

SIR EDWARD HAD EXPRESSED CONCERN OVER THE PROPORTIONATELY GREATER SHARE WHICH THE PUBLIC SECTOR WILL COMMAND OF THE ECONOMY’S RESOURCE BECAUSE OF THE DOWNWARD REVISION OF THE FORECAST GROWTH RATE OF THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT AND BECAUSE OF INCREASED PUBLIC EXPENDITURE.

IN SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES IT IS DOUBLY IMPORTANT THAT PUBLIC FUNDS SHOULD BE SPENT IN THE MOST EFFICIENT MANNER,♦ HE SAID.

IN THE RECENT YEARS, HE ADDED, SEVERAL IMPORTANT STEPS HAVE BEEN TAKEN TOWARDS IMPROVING EFFICIENCY AUDIT, INCLUDING THE DESIGN OF A COMPUTER-BASED FINANCIAL INFORMATION SYSTEM WHICH IS WELL ADVANCED AND WILL, FROM NEXT YEAR. PROVIDE THE DATA NECESSARY TO ESTABLISH THE TRUE COST OF SERVICES, THEREBY ASSISTING MANAGEMENT DECISIONS AND PROVIDING A FACILITY' FOR KEEPING FEES AND CHARGES UP-TO-DATE.

SIR EDWARD SAID REVENUE COLLECTIONS SO FAR THIS YEAR HAVE NOT REACHED EXPECTATIONS, DUE LARGELY TO SHORTFALLS IN THE YIELDS FROM LAND SALES. AND EARNINGS AND PROFITS TAX. TOTAL EXPENDITURE IS HIGHER THAN ESTIMATED DUE PARTLY TO THE PURCHASE OF MORE LAND THAN EXPECTED AND OTHER UNAVOIDABLE CAPITAL EXPENDITURE BUT MAINLY TO THE ANNUAL ADJUSTMENT TO CIVIL SERVICE PAY.

/♦IT NOW

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IT NOW SEEMS UNLIKELY THAT THIS YEAR THE BUDGETTED SURPLUS OF $2.3 BILLION WILL BE ACHIEVED, AND PRESENT INDICATIONS ARE THAT THIS YEAR’S ACCOUNTS WILL ONLY BREAK EVEN.*

ON TERTIARY SERVICES, SIR EDWARD SAID THE INSURANCE COMPANIES BILL, PREPARED AFTER LENGTHY CONSULTATIONS WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE INDUSTRY AND PRESENTED TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN MAY THIS YEAR, WILL HOPEFULLY BE ENACTED WITHIN THIS SESSION.

HE SAID THE OBJECT OF THE BILL ARE TWOFOLDi TO PROVIDE MORE PROTECTION TO POLICYHOLDERS AND TO IMPROVE HONG KONG’S STANDING AS AN INSURANCE AND REINSURANCE CENTRE WITHOUT STIFLING COMPETITION IN THE MARKET. COMMENTS ON THE BILL HAVE BEEN RECEIVED FROM THE INDUSTRY AND RELATED ORGANISATIONS AND THEY ARE NOW BEING EXAMINED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, HE ADDED.

THE COMPANIES BILLS, AIMED TO MODERNISE OUR COMPANY LAW AND FIRST PUBLISHED IN 1980 FOR PUBLIC INFORMATION AND COMMENT, IS BEING REDRAFTED IN THE LIGHT OF REPRESENTATIONS RECEIVED AND CONSULTATIONS WITH UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS AND WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THIS SESSION.

SIR EDWARD SAID HONG KONG HAS EMERGED AS AN IMPORTANT INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE AND THAT BOTH THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND THE GOVERNMENT ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO PROVIDE THE FRAMEWORK IN WHICH THAT CENTRE CAN FLOURISH.

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N-POWER PLANT PROJECT KEPT UNDER REVIEW

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE SAID THERE WAS NO REASON TO BELIEVE THAT THE GOVERNMENTS INVOLVED IN THE NUCLEAR POWER PLANT PROJECT IN GUANGDONG WOULD BE OTHER THAN RESPONSIBLE IN THEIR ATTITUDE TO THE SAFETY OF THE PLANT BOTH IN CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION.

IN HIS OPENING ADDRESS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY, SIR EDWARD ASSURED MEMBERS THAT, IN SO FAR AS THE PLANT WAS LIKELY TO AFFECT HONG KONG, THE MATTER WOULD BE KEPT UNDER +CLOSE AND CAREFUL REVIEW*.

+SHOULD THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES DECIDE TO BUILD THE PLANT NEAR HONG KONG WE SHOULD HAVE AN INTEREST IN IT, NOT ONLY AS A SOURCE OF POWER, BUT IN ITS SAFETY,* HE SAID.

SIR EDWARD SAID DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN CHINA AND OTHER GOVERNMENTS AND COMPANIES WITH AN INTEREST IN THE PLANT WERE STILL CONTINUING.

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vl5X iSDAY, CCTOPEa . :

THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT, HE SAID, AGREED IN PRINCIPLE TO HONG KONG TAKING POWER FROM CHINA PROVIDED THAT THE COST WAS NO GREATER THAN IT WOULD BE IF WE PROVIDED THE NECESSARY FOSSIL FUEL BASED GENERATING PLANT IN HONG KONG.

SIR EDWARD ALSO SPOKE ABOUT OUR TRADE AND OTHER LINKS WITH CHINA.

IN TERMS OF TRADE, CHINA HAD MOVED UP FROM BEING THE SECOND LARGEST SOURCE OF HONG KONG’S IMPORTS TO BEING THE LARGEST, OVERTAKING JAPAN BY A SMALL MARGIN, AND HAD BECOME THE FOURTH LARGEST MARKET FOR OUR DOMESTIC EXPORTS.

♦CHINA HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE LARGEST SOURCE OF RE-EXPORTS THROUGH HONG KONG, NOW IT IS THE LARGEST MARKET FOR SUCH RE-EXPORTS, HE SAID.

OUTSIDE THE TRADE FIELD, SIR EDWARD SAID, HONG KONG ECONOMIC RELATIONSHIP WITH CHINA EXTENDS OVER A WIDE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES.

♦YOU ARE ALL AWARE OF THE AGREEMENTS WE HAVE REACHED WITH THE GUANGDONG AUTHORITIES FOR AN INCREASED LONG-TERM SUPPLY OF WATER TO HONG KONG WHICH IS PERHAPS THE BEST KNOWN EXAMPLE OF COOPERATION BETWEEN HONG KONG AND GUANGDONG.

♦THESE AGREEMENTS HAVE REQUIRED MAJOR WORKS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BORDER, WITH CHINA-BASED CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES WINNING SIGNIFICANT PUBLIC WORKS CONTRACTS IN HONG KONG.+

SIR EDWARD SAID HE HAD SEEN AT FIRST HAND SOME OF THE INVESTMENTS IN THE SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE IN SHENZHEN AND ALSO IN GUANGZHOU- ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN WAS THE STEADILY GROWING INVESTMENT BY CHINA-BASED COMPANIES IN HONG KONG.

♦IN PARTICULAR, I WELCOME THE PARTICIPATION OF THE CHINA RESOURCES COMPANY IN THE TIN SHU I WAI DEVELOPMENT AND THE DECISION CF THE BANK OF CHINA TO MAKE A MAJOR INVESTMENT IN BUILDING A NEW HEAD OFFICE IN CENTRAL.

♦THIS STRENGTHENING OF OUR ECONOMIC TIES WITH CHINA HAS BEEN MATCHED BY A RAPID EXPANSION IN THE NETWORK OF AIR AND SEA LINKS WITH CHINESE CITIES.

♦THE AGREEMENT SIGNED WITH THE SHENZHEN AUTHORITIES IN APRIL SHOULD LEAD TO A PARALLEL IMPROVEMENT IN COMMUNICATIONS ACROSS THE LAND BORDER,♦ SIR EDWARD SAID.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 1982

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LEGCO STANDING ORDERS TO BE REVIEWED *****

A WORKING PARTY WILL BE SET UP TO REVIEW THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL’S STANDING ORDERS, CONVENTIONS AND PRACTICES. THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, ANNOUNCED TODAY.

HE SAID SOME OF THE AIMS WERE TO ACHIEVE A MORE STRUCTURED PUBLIC DEBATE OF LEGISLATION AND AN EASIER EXCHANGE OF QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS WHICH WOULD RESULT IN A TRUER REFLECTION OF THE COUNCIL’S ESSENTIALLY REPRESENTATIVE ROLE.

♦THE INVOLVEMENT OF UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS IN ALL ASPECTS OF THE ADMINISTRATION OF HONG KONG WOULD, I SUSPECT, COME AS A SURPRISE TO AN OVERSEAS OBSERVER; AND I DOUBT THAT IT IS WHOLLY COMPREHENDED BY OUR OWN PEOPLE,♦ THE GOVERNOR SAID.

HE NOTED THAT 75 BILLS WERE PASSED DURING THE LAST SESSION CF THE COUNCIL. NINETEEN OF THOSE BILLS WERE AMENDED AT THE COMMITTEE STAGE, wITH A TOTAL OF 73 CLAUSES BEING CHANGED, SOME CF THEM SUBSTANTIALLY.

♦IT WAS THE WISE ADVICE OF UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS, REFLECTING PUBLIC CONCERNS, WHICH LED TO THESE CHANGES,+ SIR EDWARD POINTED OUT.

HE SAID THAT UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WERE THEIR OWN MASTERS, WITH A RIGHT TO BE HEARD ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG ON ANY ISSUES, INTERNAL OR EXTERNAL, WHICH IN THEIR JUDGMENT TOUCHED UPON THE WELL-BEING OF THE COMMUNITY.

♦THEY ARE OUR WATCH-DOGS OVER THE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESS, WITH A RIGHT TO CALL ATTENTION TO ANY FORM OF MALADMINISTRATION OR PUBLIC GRIEVANCE. THE PUBLIC CALLED THEIR ATTENTION TO OVER 3OOO SUCH COMPLAINTS DURING THE TERM OF THE LAST SESSION.

♦THEY ARE OUR MONITORS ON THE PANELS WHICH REVIEW PROGRESS IN MAJOR POLICY AREAS, WHICH MET 44 TIMES DURING THE LAST SESSION, AND THEY ARE OUR CONSCIENCE IN THE MEETINGS OF THE ICAC COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE AND THE UMELCO POLICE GROUP.

♦CLEARLY, HONG KONG SHOULD BE GRATEFUL FOR THE WORK OF ITS UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS,+ HE SAID.

THE GOVERNOR SAID HONG KONG SHOULD ALSO BE GRATEFUL FOR THE WORK OF ALL THOSE PUBLIC SPIRITED MEN AND WOMEN WHO GAVE THEIR TIME TO SERVE ON OTHER COUNCILS, ADVISORY BOARDS AND THE HOST OF OTHER BODIES WHICH PLAYED SUCH A VITAL ROLE IN THE CONSULTATIVE PROCESS IN HONG KONG.

HE ADDED THAT HE ATTACHED GREAT IMPORTANCE TO THE ADVICE THEY OFFERED AND THAT IT wAS IMPORTANT THAT THE OBJECTIVES AND COMPOSITION OF THESE BODIES WERE KEPT IN TUNE WITH PRESENT DAY CIRCUMSTANCES.

THE GOVERNOR SAID HE HAS ASKED FOR THE NEXT REGULAR REVIEW OF THE TERMS OF REFERENCE AND MEMBERSHIP OF ALL ADVISORY BOARDS AND COMMITTEES, OF aHI CH THERE ARE NOw SOME 320, TO BE CARRIED OUT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

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ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, SIR EDWARD SAID THE MATTERS WITH WHICH DISTRICT BOARDS DEALT WITH HAD A DIRECT BEARING ON THE DAILY LIVES OF THE PEOPLE AND THAT IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT THEIR VOICES SHOULD BE HEARD.

+WE MUST ENSURE THAT THE VIEWS THEY EXPRESS ARE GIVEN DUE WEIGHT WHEN DECISIONS ARE BEING TAKEN. THIS THE GOVERNMENT WILL DO,* HE SAID.

THE 18 DISTRICT BOARDS THIS YEAR HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED NEARLY *30 MILLION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS.

+WITH THESE FUNDS, THE BOARDS CAN MAKE THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT, AND ORGANISE CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL, SPORTING AND COMMUNITY-INVOLVEMENT ACTIVITIES IN WHICH PEOPLE OF ALL AGES AND WALKS OF LIFE CAN TAKE PART,+ HE SAID.

THE GOVERNOR SAID NEXT MARCH WILL SEE THE COMPLETION OF THE REFORMS INTRODUCED EY THE WHITE PAPER ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION WHEN THE NEW URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS WILL BE HELD.

THE ELECTORATE, HE SAID, WILL BE MORE THAN 20 TIMES THE SIZE CF LAST YEAR’S ELECTORATE AND FOR THE FIRST TIME : A . COUNCIL MEMBERS WILL BE ELECTED ON A CONSTITUENCY BASIS.

+ THE COUNCIL WILL BE INCREASED IN SIZE FROM THE PRESENT 24 MEMBERS TO 30s FIFTEEN APPOINTED AND FIFTEEN ELECTED MEMBERS. ALL URBAN COUNCILLORS WILL SIT ON DISTRICT BOARDS, ELE TIED MEMBERS SITTING ON THE BOARDS FOR THOSE DISTRICT WHICH INCLUDE THEIR CONSTITUENCIES,* SIR EDWARD SAID.

HE NOTED THAT RELATIONS BETWEEN THE URBAN COUNCIL AND DISTRICT BOARDS WERE ALREADY CLOSE, BUT WITH THE ADVENT OF CONSTITUENCY BASED ELECTED MEMBERS HE WAS SURE THAT CO-OPERATION WILL BECOME CLOSER.

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CONCEPT OF LAND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION TO BE STUDIED *****

THE GOVERNMENT EXPECTS TO EMPLOY CONSULTANTS TOWARDS THE END OF THIS YEAR TO STUDY THE CONCEPT OF A LAND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND TO MAKE KNOWN THEIR FINDINGS BY THE MIDDLE OF NEXT YEAR, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THIS FOLLOWED A RECOMMENDATION BY A WORKING GROUP UNDER MISS LYDIA DUNN’S SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON LAND SUPPLY IN JULY, THE GOVERNOR POINTED OUT.

+A CONTINUING PROGRAMME OF LAND PRODUCTION IS VITAL TO OUR PLANS FOR THE PROVISION OF HOUSING, EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND BASIC COMMUNITY FACILITIES,* SIR EDWARD SAID.

+THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY IS THAT FORMED AND SERVICED LAND SHOULD BE READILY AVAILABLE TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR, INCLUDING INDUSTRY,* HE SAID.

/ABOUT 994 .......

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ABOUT 994 HECTARES OF NET LAND AREA WILL BECOME AVAILABLE IN THIS FINANCIAL YEAR, 500 IN THE URBAN AREA AND 494 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES. IN 1983-84, 593 HECTARES IS EXPECTED TO BECOME AVAILABLE, AND IN 1984-85, 596 HECTARES, HE POINTED OUT.

THE GOVERNOR SAID THAT HIGH INTEREST RATES HAD RECENTLY CAUSED DEVELOPERS TO BE MORE CAREFUL ABOUT ACQUIRING LAND.

♦THIS MAKES IT EVEN MORE IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE LAND OF THE RIGHT SORT AVAILABLE FOR DISPOSAL TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR. THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON LAND SUPPLY HAS THE TASK OF MONITORING THIS SITUATION.

+wHILE KEEPING A CLOSE WATCH ON THE SHORT-TERM NEEDS OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO TAKE A LONG TERM VIEW OF THE OVERALL NEEDS OF THE ECONOMY AND THE COMMUNITY IN GENERAL,* THE GOVERNOR SAID.

REFERRING TO PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION IN LAND PRODUCTION, SIR EDWARD SAID THE WORKING GROUP RECOMMENDED THAT THREE MAJOR AREAS (TOTALLING 30 HECTARES) IN THE URBAN AREAS, AND SITES IN THE NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT AREAS AMOUNTING TO OVER 100 HECTARES (EXCLUDING THE KwAI CHUNG CONTAINER PORT) WERE SUITABLE FOR DISPOSAL TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND THAT THIS SHOULD BE DONE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

THE WORKING GROUP ALSO STUDIED THE POTENTIAL FOR LARGE SCALE COMPREHENSIVE DEVELOPMENT BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR, AND IDENTIFIED JUNK BAY NEW TOWN AS SUITABLE FOR THE CREATION OF A LARGE PACKAGE FOR COMPREHENSIVE DEVELOPMENT BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN THE CONTEXT OF THE PLANNING OF THE NEW TOWN THERE.

+FURTHER POSSIBILITIES FOR THIS SORT OF PRIVATE SECTOR INVOLVEMENT IN LAND FORMATION AND ENGINEERING WORK EXIST, BUT CANNOT BE PURSUED UNTIL MAJOR STRATEGIC PLANNING STUDIES ARE COMPLETED IN 1983,+ HE SAID.

THE GOVERNOR SAID THAT THE LAND EXCHANGE ENTITLEMENT SYSTEM INTRODUCED IN I960 HAD RUN INTO DIFFICULTIES, IN PART BECAUSE MORE OF THE DEVELOPMENT LAND PRODUCED HAD BEEN TAKEN UP TO MEET THE NEEDS OF GREATLY EXPANDED HOUSING AND RELATED PROGRAMMES.

THE OUTSTANDING LETTER B COMMITMENT, HE SAID, IS NOW SOME AO MILLION SQUARE FEET ON AN AGRICULTURAL LAND BASIS.

+IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES, THE GOVERNMENT HAS REACHED THE CONCLUSION THAT LAND EXCHANGE ENTITLEMENTS SHOULD CEASE TO BE ISSUED WITH EFFECT FROM THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE DATE.

+THE IMPLICATIONS OF THIS ARE BEING DISCUSSED WITH THE HEUNG YEE KUK,+ SIR EDWARD SAID.

IN ADDITION, THE GOVERNMENT IS CAREFULLY CONSIDERING WAYS CF REDUCING THE OUTSTANDING LETTER B COMMITMENT WITHIN A MUCH SHORTER PERIOD THAN WOULD BE POSSIBLE UNDER THE CURRENT PRACTICE OF OFFERING ABOUT 45 PER CENT OF SITES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES FOR DISPOSAL OF LETTER B TENDER.

/SIR iDWARD .......

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SIR EDWARD SAID ALSO THAT RECENT STUDIES INDICATED THAT THE POTENTIAL FOR URBAN DEVELOPMENT +IS ENORMOUS*, AND SOME 388 HECTARES WERE IDENTIFIED IN THE MAIN URBAN AREA.

THE GOVERNOR POINTED OUT, HOWEVER THAT THIS HAD TO BE VIEWED + IN THE CONTEXT OF LONGER TERM STRATEGIC OPTIONS.+ NEVERTHELESS, IT SHOULD BE POSSIBLE TO ACHIEVE SOME IMPROVEMENTS IN LIMITED AREAS THROUGH REDEVELOPMENT AND THE LANDS DEPARTMENT WAS LOOKING INTO THE MATTER.

DISCUSSING RURAL IMPROVEMENT, THE GOVERNOR POINTED OUT THAT +THERE ARE LARGE AREAS OF THE NEw TERRITORIES THAT CAN BE CALLED NEITHER URBAN NOR RURAL IN NATURE.*

THE DETERIORATING AND UNPLANNED NATURE OF THE ENVIRONMENT IN THESE AREAS WAS A CAUSE OF CONCERN, AND WAS ANOTHER PROBLEM BEING CONSIDERED BY BOTH THE LANDS DEPARTMENT AND THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON LAND SUPPLY.

♦THE CONSULTANTS WHO WILL BE INVESTIGATING THE CONCEPT OF A DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION WILL ALSO BE ASKED TO CONSIDER THE USE OF SMALL CORPORATIONS IN IMPLEMENTING LIMITED RURAL STYLE DEVELOPMENT IN THESE AREAS,* SIR EDWARD SAID.

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STUDIES ON DEVELOPMENT OPTIONS EXPECTED TO BE READY WITHIN A YEAR *****

REGIONAL AND SUB-REGIONAL STUDIES ARE NOW IN HAND TO IDENTIFY DEVELOPMENT OPTIONS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

+WE AIM TO COMPLETE THESE STUDIES AND THE FORMULATION OF A LONG TERM DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY WITHIN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS,* HE SAID.

SIR EDWARD EXPLAINED THAT THE CHOICE OF A PARTICULAR STRATEGY INVOLVED RECONCILING THE DEMANDS OF HOUSING, INDUSTRY, DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORT, ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS AND THE AVAILABILITY OF RESOURCES.

♦LIKEWISE, THE QUESTION OF REPLACING KAI TAK WITH A NEW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IS THE SUBJECT OF DETAILED AND ON-GOING CONSIDERATION WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT, RELATED AS IT IS TO THE STUDIES PRESENTLY IN HAND,* HE ADDED.

SIR EDWARD NOTED THAT THE TOTAL VALUE OF OUTSTANDING COMMITMENTS ON CAPITAL WORKS PROJECTS, EXCLUDING PUBLIC HOUSING AND THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY, HAD INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS -- $14.2 BILLION AT THE BEGINNING OF 1980-81, $21.6 BILLION AT THE BEGINNING OF 1981-82, AND $26 BILLION AT THE START OF 1982-83.

♦FOR ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL REASONS, I DO NOT THINK ANY FURTHER INCREASE CAN BE CONTEMPLATED FOR THE TIME BEING,* SIR EDwARD STATED.

/BUT EE........

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BUT HE SAID THERE SHOULD BE ROOM FOR STARTS TO BE MADE ON ABOUT $5 BILLION WORTH OF NEW PROJECTS IN 1983-84.

ANNUAL EXPENDITURE ON CAPITAL WORKS AND ON PUBLIC HOUSING PROJECTS HAS INCREASED FROM $6.8 BILLION IN 1980-81, TO $11 BILLION IN 1981-82 AND TO $13.6 BILLION IN 1982-83.

+AGAIN, THIS RATE OF INCREASE CLEARLY CANNOT BE SUSTAINED, PARTICULARLY AS REVENUE FROM LAND SALES, WHICH HAS BEEN CONTRIBUTING EXCEPTIONALLY TO THE FINANCING OF THE CAPITAL ACCOUNT, IS UNLIKELY TO CONTINUE AT THE HIGH LEVELS OF RECENT YEARS.

♦THE INTENTION, THEREFORE, IS TO MAINTAIN EXPENDITURE IN 1983-84 AT ABOUT THE LEVEL OF THE CURRENT YEAR,+ SIR EDWARD SAID.

BUT HE ADDED THAT THIS SHOULD ENABLE WORK TO PROCEED AS PLANNED ON ALL PROJECTS AND PROGRAMMES, INCLUDING HOUSING AND NEW TOWN PROGRAMMES IN TSUEN WAN-KWAI CHUNG, TUEN MUN, YUEN LONG, SHA TIN, TAI PO AND FANLING.

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PRIVATE HOUSING FLATS FOR ELDERLY

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THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO PURCHASE FLATS IN PRIVATE HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS TO SUPPLEMENT THE ACCOMMODATION NEEDS OF THE GROUP OF ELDERLY PEOPLE WHO ARE IN GOOD PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE SAID TODAY.

SIR EDWARD SAID THIS WILL BE A TRIAL SCHEME WHICH, IN THE FIRST INSTANCE, WILL PROVIDE SOME 700 PLACES, ACCOMMODATED IN FLATS SUITABLE FOR FOUR TO SIX ELDERLY PERSONS LIVING TOGETHER IN A FAMILY ENVIRONMENT.

+SUBJECT TO THE AGREEMENT OF HONOURABLE MEMBERS, THE SCHEME WILL BE FINANCED FROM THE SURPLUSES OBTAINED FROM THE SALES OF GOLD COINS WHICH ARE NOW HELD IN THE SPECIAL COIN SUSPENSE ACCOUNT AND, IF SUCCESSFUL, AND SUBJECT TO THE AVAILABILITY OF FURTHER FUNDS, THE SCHEME COULD BE EXPANDED BY THE ACQUISITION OF FURTHER PROPERTIES,+ HE SAID.

SIR EDWARD SAID STEPS ARE NOW BEING TAKEN TO IDENTIFY SUITABLE PROPERTIES FOR ACQUISITION FOR THE TRIAL SCHEME AND THE METHOD CF ALLOCATION OF PLACES IN THE FLATS IS BEING WORKED OUT AND WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN DUE COURSE.

HE ALSO SAID THAT THERE WILL BE INCREASED PROVISION OF HOSTEL PLACES.

FOR INSTANCE THE SPECIAL ANNUAL QUOTA FOR ELDERLY PERSONS APPLYING IN GROUPS FOR PUBLIC HOUSING HAS BEEN INCREASED FROM 300 TO 400 FLATS- AND THE HOUSING AUTHORITY IS ABOUT TO INTRODUCE A PRIORITY ALLOCATION SCHEME FOR PUBLIC HOUSING APPLICANTS WITH PARENTS OR GRANDPARENTS LIVING WITH THEM, WHICH WILL REDUCE THE TIME SUCH APPLICANTS REMAIN ON THE WAITING LIST BY UP TO ONE YEAR HE SAID.

SIR EDWARD SPOKE OF THE TRADITIONAL AND COMMENDABLE RESPECT FOR THE OLD IN THE COMMUNITY AND SAID THEY +DESERVE A DIGNIFIED OLD AGE.+

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2.2 MILLION LIVE IN PUBLIC HOUSING

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MORE THAN 2.2 MILLION PEOPLE, OR 42 PER CENT OF THE POPULATION, NOW LIVE IN PUBLIC HOUSING, THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WAS TOLD THIS (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE NEW SESSION, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID THIS PERCENTAGE WILL GROW AS THE PUBLIC SECTOR BUILDING PROGRAMMES PROCEED.

+IN 1981-82 PUBLIC HOUSING PRODUCTION, INCLUDING THE HOUSING SOCIETY’S CONTRIBUTION, WAS NEARLY 40 □□□ FLATS, ALL IN MODERN ESTATES WITH GOOD AMENITIES,* HE SAID.

THE REDEVELOPMENT OF OLD ESTATES, HE CONTINUED, WOULD ENSURE IMPROVED STANDARDS FOR EARLIER PUBLIC HOUSING TENANTS.

+THE INDICATIONS ARE THAT THIS HIGH LEVEL OF PRODUCTION CAN BE SUSTAINED, AND EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO MAINTAIN THE MOMENTUM FOR MANY YEARS TO COME,+ SIR EDWARD SAID.

THE HONG KONG HOUSING SOCIETY, WHICH CONTRIBUTED SOME 3 700 FLATS TOWARDS LAST YEAR’S TOTAL PUBLIC HOUSING PRODUCTION, WILL CONTINUE TO PLAY A VALUABLE ROLE, COMPLEMENTARY TO THAT OF THE HOUS ING AUTHOR ITY.

THE SOCIETY IS NOW DIRECTING ITS ENERGIES TOWARDS THE URBAN IMPROVEMENT SCHEME AND THE PROVISION OF SMALL ESTATES IN RURAL AREAS, SIR EDWARD SAID.

HE SAID THAT MORE THAN 34 000 FLATS AND HOUSES WERE COMPLETED LAST YEAR BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

+ NOT SURPRISINGLY, PERHAPS, PRODUCTION AT THIS LEVEL, COUPLED WITH HIGH INTEREST RATES AND PROPERTY VALUES INFLATED BY SPECULATIVE ACTIVITIES IN RECENT YEARS, LED TO AN ABNORMALLY HIGH NUMBER OF UNSOLD PROPERTIES,* HE SAID.

BUT, HE ADDED, THE LEVELLING OFF OF SALE PRICES AND A LOWERING OF MORTGAGE INTEREST RATES HAD PUT MORE OF THIS LARGE STOCK OF ACCOMMODATION WITHIN THE REACH OF THOSE SEEKING HOUSING.

ON THE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME, SIR EDWARD NOTED THAT THE POLICY OF EXCLUDING LAND VALUE FROM THE SELLING PRICE OF THESE FLATS HAD PROVED VERY POPULAR --- OVER 70 000 APPLICATIONS WERE RECEIVED FOR

THE FIRST 6 600 FLATS OFFERED FOR SALE ON THESE TERMS ----- AND THE

PROGRAMME WILL BE CONTINUED ON THIS BASIS.

/+THE PRIVATE .......

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♦THE PRIVATE SECTOR TOO HAS AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY IN THE PROMOTION OF HOME OWNERSHIP. SO MORE SITES WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION SCHEME AND THE MIDDLE INCOME HOUSING PROGRAMME,* HE SAID.

THESE GOVERNMENT SPONSORED HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEMES SHOULD, BY 1985-86, BE PRODUCING SOME 12 500 FLATS ANNUALLY FOR PURCHASE BY BETTER OFF PUBLIC HOUSING TENANTS, TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO VACATE THEIR HEAVILY SUBSIDISED RENTAL FLATS, AND BY THOSE LIVING IN RENTED PRIVATE FLATS WHO COULD NOT OTHERWISE ASPIRE TO OWN A HOUSE OF THEIR OWN.

SIR EDWARD SAID THAT IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, THE LATEST FIGURES AVAILABLE SHOW THAT THREE-QUARTERS OF NEW FLATS OCCUPIED LAST YEAR WERE OCCUPIED BY THEIR OWNERS, BRINGING THE PROPORTION OF OWNER-OCCUPATION TO ABOUT 50 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL.

+THIS MOVEMENT TOWARDS HOME OWNERSHIP IS ONE WHICH THE GOVERNMENT WILL ENCOURAGE,* HE SAID.

SIR EDWARD WAS CONFIDENT THAT, BY THE END OF THIS DECADE, THE HOUSING PROBLEM WILL HAVE BEEN GREATLY REDUCED.

+BUT OUR HOUSING STANDARDS HAVE IN THE PAST HAD TO BE MODEST AND THERE WILL ALWAYS BE A NEED FOR QUALITATIVE IMPROVEMENTS TO BRING OLDER HOUSING UP-TO-DATE. THERE WILL BE NO PAUSE IN OUR EFFORTS TO MAKE HONG KONG A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE IN,* SIR EDWARD SA ID.

ON RENTAL HOUSING, SIR EDWARD SAID THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE CONSIDERING, WELL BEFORE THE EXPIRY IN DECEMBER NEXT YEAR OF THE EXISTING LEGISLATION CONTROLLING RENT INCREASES FOR POST-WAR PREMISES, THE FUTURE FORM OF THESE CONTROLS.

HE REVEALED THAT APPROPRIATE LEGISLATION WILL BE INTRODUCED IN THE NEW LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SESSION.

HE SAID A SIGNIFICANT ADVANCE IN THE PRIVATE RENTAL FIELD OVER THE PAST YEAR WAS THE INTRODUCTION, UNDER THE AEGIS OF THE LANDS TRIBUNAL, OF A SYSTEM PROVIDING REASONABLE SECURITY OF TENURE OF PREMISES NOT SUBJECT TO RENT CONTROL, PROVIDED THEY WERE PREPARED TO PAY THE FAIR MARKET RENT.

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THE PROBLEM OF SQUATTERS * * * *

ALTHOUGH NEARLY 1.3 MILLION SQUATTERS HAVE BEEN REHOUSED SINCE THE 1950’S, LATEST ESTIMATES STILL PUT THE SQUATTER POPULATION AT OVER HALF A MILLION, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

♦MANY WILL BE REHOUSED THROUGH DEVELOPMENT CLEARANCES OVER THE NEXT FEw YEARS- BUT MOST LARGE SQUATTER CONCENTRATIONS ARE LIKELY TO REMAIN FOR QUITE SOME TIME, AND SOMETHING MUST BE DONE TO IMPROVE LIVING CONDITIONS IN THEM,+ SIR EDWARD SAID AT THE OPENING SESSION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

HE SAID THAT AS A FIRST STEP, A PROGRAMME HAS BEEN STARTED TO REDUCE THE DANGER FROM FIRE AND LANDSLIP BY IMPROVING ACCESS AND WATER SUPPLY FOR FIRE FIGHTING, CREATING FIRE BREAKS AND UNDERTAKING ESSENTIAL SLOPE STABILITY WORKS.

HE ALSO SAID WORK IS ALREADY WELL ADVANCED IN A NUMBER OF DENSELY POPULATED AREAS AND THE PROGRAMME WILL BE PROGRESSIVELY EXTENDED TO OTHER VULNERABLE AREAS. THE NEXT STEP WOULD BE TO PROVIDE BASIC SERVICES SUCH AS WATER, ELECTRICITY AND DRAINAGE IN AREAS NOT DUE FOR CLEARANCE IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

SIR EDWARD ADDED: +WE MUST, AT THE SAME TIME, ENDEAVOUR TO CONTAIN THE PROBLEM BY PREVENTING THE PROLIFERATION OF NEW SQUATTING. TO THIS END, THE HIGHER DEGREE OF CONTROL NOW BEING EXERCISED, TOGETHER WITH THE RECENTLY ENACTED LEGISLATION WHICH PROVIDES HEAVIER PENALTIES FOR RACKETEERING SHOULD HELP TO DETER NEW HUT BUILDING.+

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MAJOR EXPANSION FOR HOSPITAL FACILITIES * * * *

OVER THE NEXT 18 MONTHS, THE TOTAL NUMBER OF HOSPITAL BEDS wILL BE INCREASED BY 2 110, OR 10 PER CENT OVERALL 1 840 OF WHICH WILL BE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, THE GOVERNOR SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TODAY.

u..._ FURTHER AHEAD, SIR EDWARD SAID THAT HONG KONG SHOULD

HAVE SOME 29 200 HOSPITAL BEDS BY 1987, MOST OF WHICH WOULD AGAIN EE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES OR THE NEW DEVELOPMENT AREA OF EAST KOWLOON.

TO RELIEVE FURTHER THE PRESSURE ON ACUTE HOSPITAL BEDS. IT WAS PROPOSED THAT ABOUT 1 400 ADDITIONAL INFIRMARY BEDS BE PROVIDED BY THE END OF THE DECADE, SIR EDWARD SAID.

+CONTINUED PRESSURE IS BEING PUT ON OUR MEDICAL FACILITIES AS A RESULT OF INCREASED POPULATION AND RISING EXPECTATIONS.

+THAT HONG KONG HAS BEEN ABLE TO MAINTAIN AN IMPRESSIVE HEALTH RECORD IS A REFLECTION OF THE EFFORT AND DEDICATION OF ALL CONCERNED,+ HE SAID.

SIR EDwARD ALSO REFERRED TO HONG KONG’S IMPROVED SANITATION, IMMUNISATION PROGRAMMES, EPIDEMIOLOGICAL SURVEILLANCE AND PRIMARY HEALTH CARE, ALL CF wHICH HAD MADE IT POSSIBLE TO CONTAIN MAJOR COMMUNICABLE DISEASES.

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HE CITED THE TUBERCULOSIS NOTIFICATION RATE WHICH DECLINED FURTHER FROM 160 PER 100 000 POPULATION IN 1980 TO 150 IN 1981, WITH THE DEATH RATE FROM THIS DISEASE FALLINS FROM 10.9 TO 9.4 PER 100 000 POPULATION OVER THE SAME PERIOD.

HONG KONG’S INFANT MORTALITY RATE AT 8.7 PER THOUSAND LIVE BIRTHS AND MATERNAL MORTALITY RATE AT 0.08 PER THOUSAND TOTAL BIRTHS FOR 1981 WERE DESCRIBED BY SIR EDWARD AS +THE LOWEST IN THE *ORLD+.

BUT HE NOTED THAT a I TH THE AGEING OF HONG KONG’S POPULATION. COUPLED WITH IMPROVEMENTS IN SOCIO-ECONOMIC CONDITIONS, THERE HAD BEEN A CHANGE IN THE PATTERN OF DISEASES.

*THE LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH ARE NOW CANCER AND HEART DISEASES. THERE IS ALSO AN INCREASING TREND IN THE NUMBER OF PSYCHIATRIC CASES ASSOCIATED WITH THE STRESS OF URBAN LIFE,* HE SAID.

ANOTHER SIGNIFICANT CHANGE, HE ADDED, WAS IN THE SHIFT OF POPULATION TO THE NEW TERRITORIES WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW TOWNS THERE.

THE GOVERNMENT’S PLANS FOR MEETING THESE CHANGES, HE POINTED OUT, WERE EXEMPLIFIED IN THE COMPLETION OF THE KWAI CHUNG HOSPITAL WHICH PROVIDES 1 340 BEDS FOR THE MENTALLY ILL AND THE KWOK TAK-SENG CARDIO-THORAC IC CENTRE AT GRANTHAM HOSPITAL WHICH NOW PROVIDES FOR THE TREATMENT OF CARD10-VASCULAR DISEASES.

IN ADDITION, THE 300-BED EXTENSION TO THE WONG TAI SIN INFIRMARY PROVIDES RELIEF FOR THE CHRONICALLY ILL WHO CANNOT BE DISCHARGED FROM INSTITUTIONAL CARE.

ON OUT-PATIENT CARE, SIR EDWARD REPORTED THAT FIVE NEW CLINICS WOULD BE COMPLETED IN THE NEXT 18 MONTHS, WHILE A FURTHER 18 CLINICS OR POLYCLINICS WERE BEING PLANNED FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS TO PROVIDE A TOTAL OF 539 CLINIC CONSULTING ROOMS BY 1987, COMPARED WITH 287 TODAY.

IN ADDITION, DAY HOSPITAL PLACES ARE PROVIDED FOR PSYCHIATRIC AND GERIATRIC PATIENTS AS PART OF THEIR REHABILITATION PROGRAMME.

SIR EDWARD SAID THAT AN ADDITIONAL 285 PSYCHIATRIC AND 220 GERIATRIC DAY HOSPITAL PLACES WOULD BE AVAILABLE BY 1987, COMPARED WITH THE EXISTING PROVISION OF 200 AND 75 RESPECTIVELY.

+THESE EXPANSION PROJECTS REQUIRE ADDITIONAL TRAINED MANPOWER AND THE GOVERNMENT HAS ASKED THE UPGC TO INVITE THE TWO UNIVERSITIES TO PLAN FOR INCREASED INTAKES INTO THE TWO MEDICAL SCHOOLSi FROM 100 TO 140 AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY AND FROM 150 TO 225 AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG,* SIR EDWARD SAID.

HE ALSO DISCLOSED THAT THREE NURSES’ TRAINING SCHOOLS WOULD BE OPENED AT PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL, PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL AND THE BAPTIST HOSPITAL IN THE NEXT 18 MONTHS TO INCREASE THE TOTAL TRAINING CAPACITY FOR NURSES FROM THE PRESENT 1 680 PER YEAR TO 1 880.

A FURTHER 960 PLACES WOULD BE AVAILABLE BY 1987 WHEN NEW NURSES’ TRAINING SCHOOLS OR EXTENSION PROJECTS WERE COMPLETED, SIR EDWARD SAID.

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BIG GROWTH IN TERTIARY EDUCATION PLANNED * * * *

PROPOSALS FOR GROWTH IN TERTIARY EDUCATION WILL RAISE THE NUMBER OF FIRST-YEAR DEGREE PLACES TO COVER SIX PER CENT OF THE RELEVANT AGE GROUP BY THE END OF THIS DECADE AND EIGHT PER CENT BY THE M ID-1990’S, AGAINST ABOUT TWO PER CENT TODAY, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

SIR EDWARD SAID THE PRESENT ANNUAL GROWTH RATE OF FOUR PER CENT IN THE STUDENT POPULATION IN THE TWO UNIVERSITIES WOULD CONTINUE UNTIL 1988, BUT SPECIFIC REQUESTS BY THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE MET OVER AND ABOVE THIS FIGURE.

+THUS, THE TARGETS FOR THE 1985-88 TRIENNIUM ARE 8 OOO FOR HONG KONG UNIVERSITY, AND 7 000 FOR THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

DEGREE PROGRAMMES ARE PLANNED FOR THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, WHICH WILL BE EXPANDED, ON ITS PRESENT SITE, TO ITS FULL CAPACITY OF 13 500 FULL-TIME EQUIVALENT STUDENTS.

IN ADDITION, IT IS ENVISAGED THAT THE SECOND POLYTECHNIC, FROM ITS INCEPTION, WILL RECRUIT A PROPORTION OF ITS STUDENTS ONTO DEGREE COURSES,+ SIR EDWARD SAID.

EVENTUALLY, THE TWO POLYTECHNICS COULD HAVE 27 000 FULL-TIME EQUIVALENT PLACES, UP TO 30 PER CENT BEING FOR DEGREE COURSES.

UNDER THE AEGIS OF THE UPGC, THE BAPTIST COLLEGE WOULD IN DUE COURSE OFFER A MIX OF DEGREE AND NON-DEGREE COURSES, HE SAID.

THE FURTHER GROWTH POTENTIAL OF THE TWO UNIVERSITIES AND THE POSSIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING A THIRD UNIVERSITY OR ANOTHER MAJOR TERTIARY INSTITUTION WAS ALSO BEING STUDIED.

AND THE UPGC, HE SAID, WOULD ALSO BE ASKED TO CONSIDER THE ROLE WHICH A PROPERLY CONSTITUTED OPEN UNIVERSITY MIGHT PLAY IN HONG KONG.

SIR EDWARD ALSO NOTED THAT MUCH HAD BEEN ACHIEVED OVER THE LAST DECADE IN PROVIDING MORE PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION, AND IN RAISING THE STANDARD OF TEACHING.

IMPROVEMENTS HAD BEEN MADE IN STAFFING RATIOS TO PERMIT MORE REMEDIAL TEACHING AND THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF A WIDER RANGE OF EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND THE CURRICULUM HAD BEEN BROADENED, WITH NEW SUBJECTS AND MORE EMPHASIS ON PRACTICAL AND TECHNICAL SUBJECTS, HE ADDED.

SIR EDWARD SAID THAT THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL ESTABLISHED EARLY THIS YEAR WAS PLANNING TO DOUBLE THE CAPACITY OF THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES BEFORE THE END OF THE DECADE BY EXTENDING EXISTING TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AND BUILDING NEW ONES.

IN ADDITION, TWO NEW INDUSTRIAL TRAINING COMPLEXES ARE PLANNED FOR COMPLETION IN 1985. THESE a ILL HAVE AN ANNUAL CAPACITY OF NEARLY 9 000 TRAINEES AT CRAFT AND OPERATIVE LEVEL,+ HE SAID.

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LAST YEAR ABOUT 260 000 PEOPLE RECEIVED CASH BENEFITS UNDER THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE SCHEME AND THE LEVEL OF PAYMENT OF THESE BENEFITS HAS BEEN +PROGRESSIVELY REVISED UPWARDS,♦ THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THE 1979 WHITE PAPER — SOCIAL WELFARE INTO THE 1980’S -- SET OUT THE AIMS FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT AND PROVIDED THAT HONG KONG’S SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM SHOULD ENSURE THAT THOSE LEAST ABLE TO HELP THEMSELVES SHOULD BE LOOKED AFTER, SIR EDWARD NOTED.

THE GOVERNMENT, HE ADDED, IS ALSO CONSCIOUS OF AND UNDERSTANDS THE CONCERN EXPRESSED ABOUT THE DESIRABILITY OF FURTHER IMPROVING THE SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM.

+THE ISSUES ARE LARGE ONES, AND THE FINANCIAL RESOURCES WHICH WOULD BE REQUIRED TO SUPPORT THE MORE AMBITIOUS SCHEMES ARE HUGE.

♦WE MUST BEWARE OF ACCEPTING RECURRENT COMMITMENTS ON PUBLIC SECTOR FUNDS WHICH WE COULD NOT SUSTAIN,+ HE STATED.

HE ADDED THAT NEVERTHELESS, THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD STUDY THE ISSUES WITH GREAT CARE AND WOULD CONTINUE TO DO WHAT IT COULD TO AMELIORATE THE LOT OF THOSE IN NEED.

SIR EDWARD ALSO SPOKE ON THE NEW SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING SUBVENTIONS TO VOLUNTARY SOCIAL WELFARE ORGANISATIONS ANNOUNCED LAST YEAR.

THE SYSTEM WAS FORMULATED LARGELY ON THE BASIS OF PUBLIC COMMENTS ON THE REPORT PREPARED BY THE WORKING PARTY ON PROVISION CF SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES AND SUBVENTION ADMINISTRATION AS WELL AS ON THE ADVICE OF VARIOUS ADVISORY COMMITTEES.

♦THE CHANGES PROPOSED HAVE ATTRACTED SOME CONCERN FROM THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR AND IT MUST BE ACCEPTED THAT THE NEW SYSTEM WILL NEED SOME FINE TUNING BEFORE IT BECOMES TRULY EFFECTIVE,* HE SAID.

DISCUSSING THE SHORTAGE OF TRAINED SOCIAL WELFARE WORKERS, HE SAID, THE TWO UNIVERSITIES HAD BEEN INVITED TO EXPAND THEIR SOCIAL WORK INTAKE IN THE NEXT TRIENNIUM STARTING IN 1984-85.

♦THE POLYTECHNIC WILL ALSO COMMENCE ITS SOCIAL WORK DEGREE COURSE FROM 1983-84,+ HE SAID.

THE GOVERNMENT HE SAID, +INTENDS TO MAINTAIN STEADY PROGRESS+ IN THE PROVISION OF MEDICAL AND SOCIAL REHABILITATION SERVICES AND OF SPECIAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR THE DISABLED.

♦BY 1986, EACH REGIONAL HOSPITAL WILL HAVE ATTACHED TO IT ONE MEDICAL REHABILITATION CENTRE PROVIDING SPECIALIST IN-PATIENT TREATMENT.

/+BY THE

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+BY The end of the decade, the number of residential and day CARE PLACES WILL HAVE TRIPLED AND QUADRUPLED RESPECTIVELY.

+PRE-SCHOOL TRAINING AND SPECIAL EDUCATION AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING PLACES WILL ALSO HAVE BEEN INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY AND WE SHOULD BE WITHIN SIGHT OF ATTAINING ALL OUR TARGETS BY THE EARLY 199O’S,+ HE SAID.

ON THE PROVISION OF SERVICES FOR MENTALLY ILL PEOPLE, SIR EDWARD SAID THE GOVERNMENT WOULD GIVE URGENT ATTENTION TO THE FINDINGS EXPECTED SHORTLY FROM A SPECIAL WORKING PARTY.

THE PARTY HAS BEEN SET UP TO REVIEW THE HANDLING OF MENTALLY DISTURBED PERSONS WITH A DISPOSITION TO VIOLENCE, WITH SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON THE ADEQUACY OF THE VARIOUS AFTER-CARE SERVICES FOR THE INTEGRATION OF DISCHARGED MENTAL PATIENTS INTO THE COMMUNITY

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AN AD-HOC WORKING GROUP WILL BE SET UP TO LOOK INTO THE MATTER OF SEVERANCE PAY FOR WORKERS, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID TODAY.

THE WORKING GROUP WILL BE CHAIRED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, AND COMPRISE OFFICIALS AS WELL AS EMPLOYERS’ AND EMPLOYEES’ REPRESENTATIVES.

IT WOULD EXAMINE THE MATTER IN DEPTH AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS, HE SAID.

+THEY WILL TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE REASONABLE CLAIMS OF THE WORKERS INVOLVED TO RECEIVE PROMPT PAYMENT OF WAGES DUE, ANY

WIDER CONSEQUENCES FOR THE ECONOMY AS A WHOLE AND THE EXPERIENCE

CF OTHER COUNTRIES IN THIS FIELD,+ SIR EDWARD SAID.

THE GOVERNOR SAID THE COUNCIL WOULD SOON BE CONSIDERING NEW

LABOUR LEGISLATION, INCLUDING THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION (AMENDMENT) BILL, WHICH COVERS THE INTRODUCTION OF COMPULSORY INSURANCE, THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A MORE EFFECTIVE MACHINERY FOR ASSESSING COMPENSATION, AND MEASURES TO EXPEDITE SETTLEMENT OF COMPENSATION CLAIMS.

AMENDMENTS TO THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS ORDINANCE TO MAKE PROVISIONS FOR THE ENFORCING AUTHORITY TO CARRY OUT ENQUIRIES INTO SERIOUS ACCIDENTS AND TO SIMPLIFY THE REGISTRATION PROCEDURE FOR FACTORIES, WOULD ALSO BE PUT TO THE COUNCIL.

FURTHER AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS TO IMRPOVE SAFETY MEASURES FOR WORKERS WORKING AT HEIGHTS WILL ALSO BE MADE SHORTLY, SIR EDWARD ADDED.

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POLICE AND THE COMMUNITY * * *

ONLY THE CRIMINALS BENEFIT IF THE COMMUNITY AND THE POLICE DO NOT SHOW CONFIDENCE IN EACH OTHER, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THIS (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON.

SIR EDWARD POINTED OUT THAT HONG KONG IS NOW SERVED BY A HIGHLY COMPETENT AND PROFESSIONAL POLICE FORCE WHICH GOES ABOUT ITS DUTIES WITH LOYALTY, ENTHUSIASM AND FAIRNESS AND THAT IT IS RIGHT TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THOSE QUALITIES.

HE SAID THAT REGARDLESS OF THE FORCE’S EXPANSION AND QUALITY. THE SUCCESS OF POLICE EFFORTS IN COMBATTING CRIME REMAINS HEAVILY DEPENDENT ON THE SELF-HELP AND CO-OPERATION OF MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

+ 1 AM PLEASED TO NOTE THE STEADILY-IMPROV I NG RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE POLICE AND THE PUBLIC TO WHICH THE DISTRICT BOARDS ARE MAKING A USEFUL CONTRIBUTION,* HE SAID.

SIR EDWARD SAID THE INCIDENCE OF ROBBERY, IN ITS VARIOUS FORMS, IS A USEFUL INDICATION OF THE STATE OF CRIME GENERALLY AND, FROM AN AVERAGE OF 40 REPORTS A DAY IN 1974, ROBBERIES FELL TO 20 A DAY IN EARLY 1979 AND SINCE THEN IT HAS FLUCTUATED AT BETWEEN 20 AND 30 REPORTS A DAY.

+S0 FAR THIS YEAR, THE DAILY AVERAGE HAS BEEN 24,+ HE ADDED.

BUT A DISTURBING FEATURE ON THE CRIME SCENE WAS THE GREATER USE OF FIREARMS.

+IT WAS, THEREFORE, MOST ENCOURAGING TO LEARN IN JULY OF THE SUCCESSFUL POLICE OPERATION WHICH IDENTIFIED AND NEUTRALISED THE +BIG CIRCLE* GANG OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, WHO HAD BEEN INVOLVED IN SOME FIVE MAJOR ROBBERIES, IN WHICH FIREARMS HAD BEEN USED,* HE NOTED.

SINCE THE ARRESTS, IN WHICH A CONSIDERABLE QUANTITY OF FIREARMS WAS SEIZED, THIS BRUTAL FORM OF ROBBERY HAS DECLINED, SIR EDWARD SAID.

REGRETTABLY, SIR EDWARD SAID BURGLARY IS ON THE INCREASE --IN MID-1979, BURGLARIES WERE BEING REPORTED AT A RATE OF 17 A DAY, BUT DURING 1981 AND SO FAR THIS YEAR THE FIGURE HAS RISEN TO 29-

+IN OVER A QUARTER OF THE CASES REPORTED, THERE WAS NO FORCIBLE ENTRY, INDICATING THAT MANY BURGLARIES ARE CRIMES OF OPPORTUNITY. THIS UNDERLINES THE NEED FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO HELP THEMSELVES AND THE POLICE BY SAFE-GUARDING THEIR PREMISES,* HE SAID.

SIR EDWARD ALSO SAID IT IS A RELIEF THAT THE ALARMING INCREASE IN JUVENILE CRIME OF THE LAST THREE YEARS APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN HALTED AND MAY HAVE BEEN REVERSED.

+THIS TREND IS ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE EFFORTS OF PARENTS, SCHOOLS AND THE GOVERNMENT. IT WILL NEED RENEWED EFFORTS TO ENSURE THAT THE DOWNWARD TREND CONTINUES,* HE SAID.

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IT IS JUSTIFIABLE, HE SAID, FOR CRITICISM TO BE LEVELLED AT ANY POLICE FORCE WHERE MEMBERS FAIL IN THE DISCHARGE OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES AND NEITHER THE POLICE NOR THE GOVERNMENT WOULD WISH TO CONTEST THAT RIGHT OF CRITICISM.

+ BUT THE PUBLIC SHOULD KEEP IN MIND THE WIDER PICTURE. SINCE I ARRIVED I HAVE BEEN IMPRESSED BY THE WAY IN WHICH THE FORCE GOES ABOUT ITS WIDELY RANGING DUTIES IN THIS BUSY, CROWDED PLACE,* SIR EDWARD SAID.

ON THE MATTER OF NARCOTICS, THE GOVERNOR SAID THAT AS A RESULT OF TWO CONSECUTIVE BUMPER OPIUM CROPS IN THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE, THERE WAS NOW A MORE ABUNDANT SUPPLY OF DRUGS.

ALTHOUGH THE POLICE AND CUSTOMS HAD SEIZED MORE DRUGS IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1982 THAN IN THE WHOLE OF 1981, PRICES OF DRUGS AT STREET LEVEL WERE LOWER THAN THEY HAD BEEN FOR SIX YEARS. IN CONSEQUENCE, THE DECLINING TRENDS IN DRUG ADDICTION SINCE 1974 WERE REVERSED LAST YEAR.

HOWEVER IT WAS CONSOLING TO KNOW THAT 12 500, OR NEARLY ONE-THIRD, OF THE 40 000 ADDICTS ON RECORD WERE RECEIVING VARIOUS FORMS OF TREATMENT OR AFTERCARE EVERY DAY, AND THE NUMBER OF NEWLY REPORTED ADDICTS BETWEEN THE AGE OF 15 AND 24 HAD DROPPED FROM 722 IN THE LATTER HALF OF 1981 TO 591 IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR.

POLICE CORRUPTION ALLEGATIONS SHOW 13% DROP * % * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YCUDE, WAS ENCOURAGED TO SEE A DROP OF 13 PER CENT IN THE NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS ALLEGING CORRUPTION AGAINST THE POLICE DURING THE FIRST EIGHT MONTHS OF THIS YEAR.

ADDRESSING THE NEw SESSION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, SIR EDWARD POINTED OUT THAT CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE ICAC AND THE POLICE IN MANY ASPECTS OF OPERATIONS HAS BEEN EXTENDED AND THEIR JOINT EFFORT IN THE FIELD OF PREVENTION THROUGH THE POLICE CORRUPTION PREVENTION GROUP HAS MADE A GOOD START.

HE SAID THAT THERE HAS BEEN AN INCREASE IN COMPLAINTS ABOUT CORRUPTION IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR BUT THE FIGURES MAY INDICATE A GREATER READINESS TO REPORT CORRUPTION IN THIS AREA.

ON CRITICISM AGAINST ICAC FOR THE TIME TAKEN IN INVESTIGATION, HE EXPLAINED THAT, BY THEIR VERY NATURE, CORRUPTION INVESTIGATION WERE COMPLEX AND OFTEN LONG DRAWN-CUT.

+EVERY EFFORT IS MADE BY THE COMMISSION TO REDUCE DELAYS BECAUSE THESE, APART FROM OTHER CONSIDERATIONS, CAN wELL UNDERMINE THE CHANCES OF A SUCCESSFUL PROSECUTION,* HE ADDED.

AS FOP THE LOWERS OF THE ICAC, SIR EDWARD SAID THAT IN GENERAL THEY WERE STILL ESSENTIAL IN THE SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES OF HONG KONG.

+THE ROLE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IN DECIDING IN ALL PROSECUTIONS AND THE MONITORING FUNCTIONS OF BOTH THE OPERATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE AND THE COMPLAINTS AGAINST ThE ICAC COMMITTEE UNDER UMELCO PROVIDE SOUND SAFEGUARDS AGAINST ABUSE,* HE STRESSED.

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NEW ID CARDS TO BE ISSUED IN MAY

* * * *

THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT IS TO BEGIN ISSUING MORE SECURE REPLACEMENT IDENTITY CARDS FROM MAY NEXT YEAR — ADDING AN IMPORTANT NEW DETERRENT TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.

AND THIS WILL NOT BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN AMNESTY, THE GOVERNOR SIR EDWARD YOUDE EMPHASISED TODAY.

THE GOVERNOR TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THAT PRIORITY OF ISSUE WOULD BE GIVEN TO MALES BETwEEN THE AGES OF 18 AND 35, BECAUSE IT IS IN THIS GROUP THAT THOSE WHO HAVE SUCCEEDED IN ENTERING ILLEGALLY ARE MOST LIKELY TO BE FOUND.

+ IN FUTURE, IT WILL BE MUCH MORE DIFFICULT TO FORGE IDENTITY CARDS AND THOSE ALREADY HERE WHO ARE TRYING TO AVOID DETECTION BY USING THEM WILL BE DISCOVERED AND REPATRIATED,* HE WARNED.

SIR EDwARD SAID THAT THIS IMPORTANT OPERATION WOULD CAUSE INCONVENIENCE TO THE EXTENT OF TWO SHORT ATTENDANCES AT A CENTRE, +BUT THE PERSONAL COST IS WORTH PAYING TO PRODUCE A MUCH MORE EFFECTIVE DOCUMENT AND RECORD IN THE INTERESTS OF THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE.*

THE GOVERNOR NOTED THAT WHILE THE AVERAGE DAILY NUMBER OF ARRESTS ON ENTRY WAS NOW AROUND 30, COMPARED WITH 250 PRIOR TO THE ENDING OF THE ’REACH-BASE’ POLICY IN 1980, THE URGE TO ENTER HONG KONG SEEMED TO BE AS POWERFUL AS EVER.

+WE MUST, THEREFORE, MAINTAIN THE HIGH LEVEL OF OPERATIONS BY THE SECURITY FORCES AND THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT, AND WE ARE PRESSING ON WITH IMPROVEMENTS TO PHYSICAL BARRIERS AND COMMUNICATIONS.*

THESE, HE ADDED, WILL BE COMPLETED IN MID-1983.

REFERRING TO THE GARRISON, THE GOVERNOR SAID THE FORCES WERE STILL VERY MUCH COMMITTED ON OUR BORDERS WHERE CONSTANT VIGILANCE IS REQUIRED.

THE GOVERNOR ALSO EXPRESSED CONCERN OVER THE NUMBERS OF LEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM CHINA WHO ARRIVED AT A RATE OF 55 000 A YEAR, REPRESENTING AN ADDITIONAL ONE PER CENT EXPANSION IN OUR POPULATION.

+WE RECOGNISE THE PRESSURE ON THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES FROM THE VERY LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WITH GOOD REASONS FOR COMING TO HONG KONG,* HE SAID.

+WE HOPE NEVERTHELESS IT WILL SOON BE POSSIBLE TO MAKE SOME REDUCTION IN THE NUMBERS WHO ENTER AND REMAIN HERE, AND WE ARE IN CLOSE TOUCH WITH THEM ON THIS ISSUE.*

ON THE PROBLEM OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES, SIR EDWARD SAID THAT WHILE HONG KONG COULD BE PROUD OF ITS RECORD IN PROVIDING FIRST ASYLUM FOR REFUGEES, IT COULD NOT ABSORB MORE AND MORE PEOPLE WITHOUT DETRIMENT TO THE WELFARE OF OUR OWN CITIZENS.

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IT wAS FOR THIS REASON THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD DECIDED TO PLACE NEW ARRIVALS IN CLOSED CAMPS. +OUR INTENTION IS TO DETER THOSE VIETNAMESE wHO PERSIST IN SEEKING ILLEGAL ENTRY TO HONG KONG.+

THE GOVERNOR NOTED THAT HONG KONG NOW HAD 3 OOO MORE REFUGEES THAN SIX MONTHS AGO, AND HE PRAISED THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES FOR THE wAY THEY HAD RESPONDED IN MANAGING THE NEw CAMPS.

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'CROSS HARBOUR BRIDGE LIKELY’ * * * *

THE NEXT MAJOR ROAD NETWORK PROJECT TO BE DECIDED ON IS THE SECOND FIXED CROSSING OF THE HARBOUR AND, SUBJECT TO CERTAIN TECHNICAL CONSTRAINTS CONNECTED WITH THE AIRPORT, THIS IS LIKELY TO BE A BRIDGE AT LEI YUE MUN, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SIR EDWARD POINTED OUT THAT MORE EMPHASIS WAS BEING PLACED ON MEASURES TO IMPROVE THE ROAD NETWORK — TO EXPAND AND IMPROVE PUBLIC TRANSPORT, PARTICULARLY RAIL SERVICES, AND TO ENSURE THE MORE ECONOMICAL AND EFFICIENT USE OF THE ROAD NETWORK.

THE SIZE OF THE TRANSPORT PROGRAMME, HE SAID, REFLECTED THE NEED TO MEET THE DEMAND FOR NEARLY EIGHT MILLION PASSENGER TRIPS DAILY ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND TO PROVIDE FOR OVER 340 000 VEHICLES TO MOVE AROUND HONG KONG’S ROAD NETWORK.

SIR EDWARD SAID IMPROVEMENTS SO FAR THIS YEAR HAVE INCLUDED THE PARTIAL OPENING OF THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL AND THE AIRPORT TUNNEL.

♦EARLY IN 1983 THE TUEN MUN HIGHWAY WILL BE FULLY OPERATIONAL WITH DUAL THREE-LANE OPERATION,+ HE SAID.

SIR EDWARD ALSO SAID WORK WAS CONTINUING ON THE MAJOR TRUNK ROUTES, THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR, THE SHA TIN-TAI PO COASTAL ROAD AND THE REMAINING STRETCHES OF THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD.

♦THE STRATEGIC ROAD NETWORK WILL CONTINUE TO BE A MAJOR INVESTMENT COMMITMENT AS NEW PROJECTS, SUCH AS THE LINK BETWEEN TSUEN wAN AND SHA TIN, COMMENCE,+ HE ADDED.

ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT, HE SAID THE GROwTH IN CAPACITY IN 1982 HAD BEEN PERHAPS THE GREATEST SO FAR ACHIEVED.

THE MODERNISED AND ELECTRIFIED KCR OPENED ITS INNER SUBURBAN SERVICE FROM HUNG HOM TO SHA TIN IN MAY, HE SAID, AND THE OUTER SUBURBAN SERVICE TO LO wU a ILL BE COMMISSIONED IN LATE 1983.

SIR EDWARD SAID FACILITIES AT THE NEW LO WU STATION, NOW BEING BUILT, WILL BE UPGRADED TO PROVIDE A BETTER SERVICE TO THE INCREASING NUMBER OF PEOPLE CROSSING THE BORDER.

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♦DISCUSSIONS ARE IN PROGRESS WITH GUANGDONG AUTHORITIES ON HOW NEW FACILITIES ON EACH SIDE CAN BEST BE MATCHED. TO MAKE THE NEW RAILWAY MORE RESPONSIVE TO COMMERCIAL DEMANDS, WORK IS IN HAND TO ESTABLISH A KCR CORPORATION* HE SAID.

THE MTR ISLAND LINE NOW BEING BUILT AND PROJECTED TO OPEN IN 1985 AND TO BE IN FULL OPERATION THE NEXT YEAR WILL RELIEVE THE SERIOUS CONGESTION ALONG THE KING’S ROAD CORRIDOR, HE SAID.

♦FEASIBILITY STUDIES ARE BEING UNDERTAKEN IN RESPECT OF THE EXTENSION OF THE MODIFIED INITIAL SYSTEM TO JUNK BAY AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE EAST KOWLOON LINE,+ HE ADDED.

SIR EDWARD SAID A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF THE OPERATIONS OF THE TWO MAJOR BUS COMPANIES HAD JUST BEEN CONCLUDED AND AS A RESULT A FIVE-YEAR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME WOULD BE AGREED WITH THE COMPANIES, AND REVIEWED ANNUALLY.

♦THE COST OF IMPLEMENTING SUCH PROGRAMMES WILL EE REALISTICALLY ASSESSED, WHICH WILL ENABLE A PROPER BALANCE TO BE FOUND BETWEEN A STEADY IMPROVEMENT IN SERVICE, AND ACCEPTABLE FARE LEVELS,+ HE SAID.

SIR EDWARD POINTED OUT THAT THE CAPACITY OF THE MAJOR BUS COMPANIES HAS CONTINUED TO EXPAND -- IN THE LAST THREE YEARS THEIR COMBINED FLEET OF DOUBLE DECKER BUSES HAS RISEN FROM 2 600 TO 3 300 AND THEIR COMBINED CARRYING CAPACITY FROM 260 000 PASSENGERS TO 360 000.

ON THE USE OF THE ROAD SYSTEM, SIR EDWARD SAID PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY SCHEMES AND TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT IN VARIOUS FORMS WERE HELPING TO FACILITATE THE FLOW OF TRAFFIC ON THE VERY CROWDED ROADS.

EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE GOVERNMENT CONCLUDED THAT INCREASINGLY SERIOUS CONGESTION HAD TO BE TACKLED BY FISCAL MEASURES TO RESTRAIN THE RATE OF GROWTH OF PRIVATE VEHICLE NUMBERS, HE SAID.

♦THE NEW POLICY PROVIDES FOR A GROWTH RATE OF NOT MORE THAN FIVE PER CENT PER ANNUM, A TARGET EXPECTED TO BE ACHIEVED THIS YEAR. FOR 1982-83, THIS MEANS NOT MORE THAN 1 000 NEW PRIVATE VEHICLE REGISTRATIONS EVERY MONTH, BUT IT IS UNCERTAIN WHETHER THIS TARGET WILL BE MAINTAINED IN LATER YEARS,+ HE SAID.

SIR EDWARD ADDED: +THE GOVERNMENT HAS THUS FACED THE REALITY THAT UNRESTRICTED GROWTH IS INTOLERABLE, ECONOMICALLY AND SOCIALLY. I HAVE JUST REFERRED TO PUBLIC TRANSPORT PASSENGER TRIPS AS APPROACHING EIGHT MILLION EVERY DAY. THIS IS 12 TIMES THE NUMBER OF PASSENGER TRIPS MADE BY PRIVATE CARS WHICH COMPRISE TWO-THIRDS CF OUR TOTAL VEHICLES ON THE ROADS.+

HE ALSO SAID A CONSULTANCY STUDY WAS TO BE CARRIED OUT ON THE ECONOMICS OF THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY SO THAT THE GOVERNMENT MIGHT CONSIDER WHETHER RESTRICTIONS WERE ALSO JUSTIFIED ON GOODS VEHICLES.

♦DECISIONS ON THIS DIFFICULT AND COMPLEX PROBLEM SHOULD BE REACHED BY THE END OF 1983,+ SIR EDwARD SAID.

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CIVIL SERVICE GROWTH SET AT FOUR TO FIVE PER CENT *****

A CEILING OF NO MORE THAN FOUR PER CENT TO FIVE PER CENT HAS BEEN SET, AS AN OVERALL GUIDELINE, ON THE GROWTH OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE FOR THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR, AS AGAINST THE UPPER LIMIT OF 10 PER CENT ALLOwED FOR IN THE PRINTED ESTIMATES, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE SAID TODAY.

SIR EDWARD SAID AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THAT ALTHOUGH HE BELIEVED THE HONG KONG CIVIL SERVICE TO BE ASSIDUOUS AND WELL MOTIVATED, HE WAS AWARE OF THE CONCERN AMONG MEMBERS THAT IT HAD EXPANDED TOO RAPIDLY.

THE TOTAL ESTABLISHMENT HAD GROWN FROM 98 000 POSTS IN 1972 TO NEARLY 170 000 POSTS IN APRIL THIS YEAR.

♦SINCE THESE FIGURES ENCOMPASS THE STAFF OF THE POLICE FORCE, THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT, THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE VARIOUS ’WORKS DEPARTMENT AND THE MEDICAL AND NURSING SERVICES, THIS EXPANSION OF THE CIVIL SERVICE IS HARDLY SURPRISING IN VIEW OF THE GROwTH IN VOLUME AND SCOPE OF THE GOVERNMENT’S ACTIVITIES IN THESE AREAS.

♦ AS THE GOVERNMENT’S SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY ARE IMPROVED, SOME GROwTH IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE WILL STILL BE REQUIRED. BUT THE RATE OF GROWTH MUST NOW BE SLOWED DOWN,+ SIR EDWARD SAID.

♦TO HELP ACHIEVE THIS, TIGHTER CONTROLS HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED ON THE CREATION OF NEW POSTS. THE GOVERNMENT ALSO INTENDS TO PLACE A RENEWED EMPHASIS ON THE VALUE-FOR-MONEY CRITERION- TC MOVE AWAY FROM THE HABIT OF AUTOMATICALLY REFILLING POSTS WHENEVER THEY BECOME VACANT THROUGH RETIREMENT OR OTHER REASONS- AND TO KEEP UNDER CRITICAL REVIEW THE SIZE AND COMPOSITION OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE AS A WHOLE.+

SIR EDWARD SAID THAT SEVERAL MAJOR CHANGES HAD BEEN MADE DURING THE PAST YEAR OR SO TO THE ORGANISATION OF GOVERNMENT’S INTERNAL ADMINISTRATION.

AND FURTHER ADMENDMENTS TO CENTRAL GOVERNMENT ORGANISATION, THE NETWORK OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THEM TO MEET CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES ARE BEING EXAMINED.

♦THE OUTCOME wILL PROBABLY BE CHANGES IN THE SCHEDULES OF SOME °0L ICY BRANCH SECRETARIES IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE MORE EFFECTIVE AND APPROPRIATE GROUPINGS OF POLICY PROGRAMMES AND A BETTER BALANCE OF RESPONS IB IL IT IES.+ HE SAID.

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NATIONALITY ACT AND STUDENT FEES IN UK * * * * *

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WILL BE ASKED DURING THIS SESSION TO CONSIDER AMENDMENTS TO HONG KONG’S IMMIGRATION AND OTHER LEGISLATION +AS A CONSEQUENCE OF THE COMING INTO FORCE OF THE BRITISH NATIONALITY ACT ON JANUARY 1 NEXT YEAR,+ THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID TODAY.

AN IMPORTANT RELATED QUESTION WHICH NEEDED TO BE RESOLVED WAS THE NATIONALITY DESCRIPTION TO BE USED IN PASSPORTS, HE SAID.

♦THE GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO URGE ON HMG THE IMPORTANCE WE ALL ATTACH TO A SATISFACTORY RESOLUTION OF THIS ISSUE,+ THE GOVERNOR SAID.

SIR EDWARD SAID ALSO THAT THE GOVERNMENT HOPED TO REACH AGREEMENT WITH BRITAIN FOR JOINT FUNDING OF THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HOME AND OVERSEAS STUDENT FEES, ON THE BASIS OF THE PROPOSALS CONTAINED IN THE REPORT OF THE OVERSEAS STUDENT TRUST.

IF ARRANGEMENTS COULD BE AGREED, HONG KONG STUDENTS IN BRITAIN WOULD, SUBJECT TO A MEANS TEST, PAY THE SAME FEES AS HOME STUDENTS, HE SAID.

♦WE SHALL BE STUDYING THE POSSIBILITY OF A CO-ORDINATED SCHEME OF SCHOLARSHIPS TO UNIVERSITIES AND COMPARABLE INSTITUTIONS ABROAD, IN ORDER TO HELP MEET CURRENT AND EXPECTED SHORTAGES OF MANPOWER IN PARTICULAR AREAS,+ HE SAID.

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A CLEAN HONG KONG CANNOT BE ACHIEVED WITHOUT THE CONTINUED SUPPORT OF THE PUBLIC AT LARGE, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

im * ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, SIR EDWARD SAID THAT

URBAN COMMUNITY RELYING HEAVILY ON MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY, ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION IS BOUND TO CAUSE PROBLEMS UNLESS lDc»c?yE,?NMENT AND THE COMMUNITY MAKE A DETERMINED EFFORT TO ° rRtVtNT IT.

ue e.THE GOVERNMENT’S PART, ACTION STARTS WITH LEGISLATION,*

HE SA ID.

SIR EDWARD SAID THE PROVISIONS OF THE AIR POLLUTION CONTROL BILL ARE BEING EXAMINED BY THE UMELCO GENERAL SERVICES WORKING GROUP AND, WHEN THE BILL IS PASSED, IT WILL JOIN THE EXISTING WASTE DISPOSAL AND WATER POLLUTION ORDINANCES AND WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A COMPREHENSIVE NOISE CONTROL BILL, THUS PROVIDING A LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR POLLUTION CONTROL.

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TCLO HARBOUR, HE SAID, wAS DECLARED THE FIRST WATER CONTROL ZONE, UNDER THE WATER POLLUTION CONTROL ORDINANCE, IN FEBRUARY AND WATER QUALITY OBJECTIVES FOR THE ZONE WERE GAZETTED IN JUNE.

♦THE NEXT STEP IS THE MAKING OF DETAILED REGULATIONS WHICH ARE NECESSARY FOR CONTROL AND THEN FINALLY COMES ENFORCEMENT,+ HE ADDED.

SIR EDWARD ALSO SAID REGULATIONS UNDER THE WASTE DISPOSAL ORDINANCE TO CONTROL AGRICULTURAL WASTE, TOXIC, DIFFICULT AND HAZARDOUS WASTES ARE ALSO BEING DRAWN UP.

THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN, LAUNCHED ON OCTOBER 25, 1981, wILL CONTINUE UNTIL THE END OF DECEMBER. A PROGRAMME OF PLANTING TREES, SHRUBS AND PLANTS HAS ALSO BEEN STARTED AND WILL CONTINUE UNTIL 1983.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE MARINE DEPARTMENT HAS INTENSIFIED ITS HARBOUR CLEANSING ACTIVITIES, AND IMPROVED ITS EQUIPMENT BY THE PURCHASE OF FOUR MORE SPECIALLY DESIGNED VESSELS TO PICK UP FLOATING REFUSE.

♦NONE OF THIS WILL SUCCEED IN THE LONG RUN WITHOUT THE CONTINUED SUPPORT OF THE PUBLIC AT LARGE. A CLEAN HONG KONG IS UP TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG,+ SIR EDWARD SAID.

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WHEN THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE IS FORMALLY OPENED LATER

THIS MONTH, HONG KONG WILL HAVE FIRST-CLASS FACILITIES FOR TRAINING SPORTSMEN AND A BASE FROM WHICH TO MEET INCREASED COMMUNITY INTEREST IN SPORT, THE GOVERNOR SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THE GOVERNOR SAID THE ARTS AND RECREATION CONTRIBUTE TO A BALANCED LIFE FOR A COMMUNITY THAT IS ENJOYING GREATER LEISURE TODAY THAN IT ENJOYED EVEN A FEW YEARS AGO.

♦THE COMMUNITY IS GRATEFUL TO THE URBAN COUNCIL, THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT, THE COUNCIL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT AND MANY SUBVENTED AND PRIVATE BODIES FOR THEIR EFFORTS IN THIS FIELD,♦ HE SAID.

SIR EDWARD SAID ALSO THAT THGOUGH THE ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS wAS +LITTLE MORE THAN A VISION* LAST YEAR, A SITE HAD SINCE BEEN FOUND, PLANS DRAWN UP AND WORK STARTED ON THE MAJOR PROJECT.

♦THE ROLE PLAYED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB IN THESE TWO ENDEAVOURS IS TO BE COMMENDED,+ THE GOVERNOR SAID.

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UNOFFICIAL THANKED FOR SERVICE * * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE TODAY PAID TRIBUTE TO THE HON DAVID NEwBIGGING WHO RETIRED FROM THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON WHICH HE SERVED FOR FOUR YEARS SINCE 1978.

SPEAKING AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TODAY, THE FIRST SINCE MR NEwBIGGING’S RETIREMENT, SIR EDWARD SAID MR NEWBIGGING HAD A DISTINGUISHED RECORD OF PUBLIC SERVICE.

+1 AM PARTICULARLY GRATEFUL TO HIM FOR HIS PARTICIPATION IN THE WORK OF THIS COUNCIL DURING HIS YEARS AS AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, AND FOR THE WAY IN WHICH HE HAS ENRICHED OUR PROCEEDINGS WITH HIS EXPERIENCE AND WISDOM.

+1 AM FORTUNATE IN BEING ABLE TO CONTINUE TO COUNT ON THE ADVICE OR MR NEwBIGG ING IN THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL.+

SIR EDwARD ALSO WELCOMED DR THE HON HENRIETTA IP AS MEMBER CF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

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I NV I TAT ION TO GERMAN INDUSTRIALISTS

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HONG KONG IS SETTING OUT ON A CONSISTENT AND SYSTEMATIC BASIS TO ENCOURAGE WESTERN EUROPEAN INDUSTRIALISTS TO INVEST IN HONG KONG.

, THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR PETER TSAO, SAID THIS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN OPENING THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT’S INDUSTRIAL PROMOTION OFFICE IN STUTTGART, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY.

THE CEREMONY WAS ATTENDED BY SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, LEADING INDUSTRIALISTS, BANKERS AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM MAJOR TRADE AND INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATIONS. MR TSAO TOLD THE GATHERING THAT ONE OF THE FIRST TASKS OF THE STUTTGART OFFICE WOULD BE TO IDENTITY POTENTIAL INVESTORS, PARTICULARLY THOSE WHO CAN INTRODUCE NEW PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY OR NEW PRODUCTS AND SOPHISTICATED MANAGEMENT TO HONG KONG.

♦WE ARE NOT SEEKING THE TRANSFER OF JOBS TO HONG KONG, BUT THE TRANSFER OF PRODUCTION PROCESSES WHICH MIGHT BE MORE PROFITABLY UNDERTAKEN IN HONG KONG,* MR TSAO SAID.

HE ADDED THAT MANY OVERSEAS COMPANIES HAD FOUND THAT THEY WERE ABLE TO MAINTAIN A MORE COMPETITIVE POSITION IN WORLD MARKETS BY COMPLEMENTING THEIR HOME PRODUCTION WITH COMPONENTS OR FINISHED PRODUCTS MANUFACTURED IN HONG KONG.

HE SAID ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY NEEDED A RECEPTIVE ATMOSPHERE, SUPPORT FACILITIES, A HEALTHY COMMERCIAL CLIMATE AND A GOOD, RELIABLE, INTELLIGENT AND EDUCATED WORKFORCE TO SUCCEED.

♦I BELIEVE THESE ARE THINGS THAT HONG KONG HAS TO OFFER,* HE STRESSED.

THE STUTTGART OFFICE, HONG KONG’S THIRD OVERSEAS INDUSTRIAL PROMOTION OFFICE AFTER TOKYO AND LONDON, IS HEADED BY PRINCIPAL CONSULTANT, MR JOHN WHITE.

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AIRPORT TUNNEL COMES INTO FULL USE ON FRIDAY

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THE AIRPORT TUNNEL WILL EE CLOSED FOR FIVE HOURS FROM MIDNIGHT ON THURSDAY (OCTOBER 7) FOR PREPARATORY WORK TO OPEN BOTH TUBES TO TRAFFIC, A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE TUNNEL /.ILL RE-OPEN AT 5 AM THE FOLLOWING MORNING (OCTOBER 8) *HEN BOTH TUBES «IlL BEGIN OPERATING ON A 24-HOUP EA S I S.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 1982

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LABOUR DEPARTMENT OPENS NEW BRANCH OFFICE * * * *

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION UNIT WILL OPEN ANOTHER BRANCH OFFICE ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 11) IN TSUEN WAN.

A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT THE NEW OFFICE - SITUATED ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF EAST ASIA COMMERCIAL CENTRE, TEXACO ROAD, TSUEN WAN - WILL HANDLE AND PROCESS INJURY CASES ARISING OUT OF AND IN THE COURSE OF EMPLOYMENT AT KW'AI CHUNG AND TSI NG Yl ISLAND.

IT WILL ALSO OFFER ADVICE TO EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES OF THEIR RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION ORDINANCE.

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THREE LOTS OF CROWN LAND SOLD * * *

THREE LOTS OF CROWN LAND WERE SOLD AT AN AUCTION CONDUCTED BY THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IN THE HILTON HOTEL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE FIRST LOT, MEASURING ABOUT 1 369 SQUARE METRES IN YUEN LONG INDUSTRIAL AREA, IS ^OR INDUSTRIAL AND GODOWN PURPOSES.

IT wAS SOLD TO BONCHIEF LIMITED FOR $1.98 MILLION, OR SI 446.31 PER SQUARE METRE.

THE SECOND LOT, WHICH IS FOR INDUSTRIAL, GODOWN AND OFFENSIVE TRADE PURPOSES, COVERS AN AREA OF ABOUT 690 SQUARE METRES IN KWAI CHUNG, AND WAS SOLD TO PAKLEE DEVELOPMENT LIMITED FOR $1.76 MILLION, OR 32 550.72 PER SQUARE METRE.

THE LAST LOT OF ABOUT 873.2 SQUARE METRES IN MUI WO ON LANTAU ISLAND IS FOR NON-1NDUSTRI AL (EXCLUDING GODOWN) PURPOSES.

IT wAS SOLD TO HON FAI INVESTMENT LIMITED FOR S3.65 MILLION, OR $4 180.02 PER SQUARE METRE.

ONE LOT IN YUEN LONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, MEASURING ABOUT 3 347 SQUARE METRES AND EARMARKED FOR INDUSTRIAL AND GODOWN PURPOSES, wAS WITHDRAWN BECAUSE THERE wAS NO BIDDER.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 1982

- 51 -TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SHAM SHU I PO * * * *

FROM 13 AM THIS FRIDAY (OCTOBER 8), FUK WING STREET IN SHAM SHU I PO BETwEEN CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND CHEUNG wAH STREET aILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY EASTBOUND TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

AT THE SAME TIME, CHEUNG wAH STREET BETWEEN FUK WING STREET AND FUK wA STREET wILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-wAY SOUTHBOUND.

THE EXISTING PLB STAND AT FUK WING STREET NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH CHEUNG wAH STREET WILL EE EXTENDED FOR ABOUT 20 METRES TO ACCOMMODATE MORE PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES.

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PEAK TRAM SERVICES CURTAILED ON THURSDAY * * *

ON THURSDAY (OCTOBER 7) EVENING, PEAK TRAM SERVICES WILL BE CURTAILED FOR MAINTENANCE WORKS. THE LAST TRAMS WILL LEAVE BOTH TERMINI AT 10 PM.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

FINANCIAL SECRETARY URGES GREATER USE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ..................................................   1

HONG KONG IS RECEPTIVE TO GERMAN TECHNOLOGY................... 2

CHIEF SECRETARY VISITS OBSERVATORY HEADQUARTERS ............... 3

TWO NEW DIRECTORATE POSTS CREATED ...........................   4

SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY....................................... 5

EBROIMENT IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTES SHORT COURSES ............... 6

SAI KUNG D.B. MEETING IN NEW OFFICE . ......................... 6

PROVISIONAL RESULTS OF THE 1980 CENSUS OF INSURANCE SERVICES 7

REMINDER TO RATEPAYERS .....................................   10

SHORT TERM TENANCIES INVITED FOR N T. LAND ................... 11

ELECTRIC TRAIN SERVICE FOR RACESOEIS ......................... 11

RESULTS OF LATEST TAXI TENDERS ............................... 12

'CLEAN FOR CHARITY' DRIVE TO BE La INCHED..................... 12

ORIENTATION WEEK FOR NEWCOMERS TO TUEN MUN ................... 1?

TABLE TENNIS TRAINING CAMP.................................... 13

APPLICATIONS FOR NEW MAXICAB ROUTES .......................... 14

COMMON JURORS LIST ........................................... 14

MOVING OFFICE ................................................ 15

NEW OFFICE FOR LANDS REGISTRY

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FINANCIAL SECRETARY URGES GREATER USE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY *****

HONG KONG’S ECONOMIC PROSPERITY MAY WELL DEPEND ON ITS APPROACH TO THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MARKET AND SPECIAL ATTENTION SHOULD BE GIVEN TO THIS TECHNOLOGY AS A DIVERSIFICATION ubutCT I Vt.

THIS WAS STATED TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARV IS A SP£ECH T0 THE SEMINAR 0N INFORMATION ’ ,?JNILY SPONSORED BY THE HONG KONG COMPUTING INDUSTRY FEDERATION AND THE HONG KONG MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION.

*DGE STRESSED THAT HONG KONG NEEDED TO INCREASE ITS COMPET TIVE EDGE IN THE WORLD MARKETS AND ONE KEY TO THIS OBJECTIVE WAS THE GREATER USE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY.

+WE NEED THUS TO MAKE MORE PRODUCTIVE OUR ADMINISTRATIVE ^K|l?GUTtuT}ES^LHESEsI?5S’ MANUFACTUR 1NG INDUSTRIES AND

HE ADDED THAT NEVERTHELESS, HONG KONG HAD THE BENEFIT OF CONSIDERABLE EXPERIENCE IN EFFICIENT TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND COMPUTERS, AT LEAST FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES. "IGA"UN:> ANU

*C0MBINE THIS WITH ™E RAPID GROWTH OF OUR ELECTRONICS 'HDUCTRY, AND IT STRONGLY SUGGESTS THAT WE SHOULD GIVE T0 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AS A SPECIFIC DIVERSIFICATION OBJECTIVE,* MR BREMRIDGE REMARKED.

nc A WHILE ACHIEVING THIS OBJECTIVE WOULD PRIMARILY

BE A TASK FOR INDUSTRY ITSELF, THE GOVERNMENT WAS PREPARED TO ACT AS A CATALYST.

* IN F ACT, ThE LAST YEAR WE HAVE THROUGH TmF (mdiiqtpiai DEVELOPMENT BOARD, APPROVED RESEARCH ANfi DEVELOPMENT ^ROJ^C?^AL IN ELECTRONICS TOPICS TO THE TUNE OF ABOUT HK$6 MILLION, WHILE OTHERS ARE UNDER CONSIDERATION BY OUR ADVISORY COMMITTEES,* HE POINTED OUT.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1982

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HONG KONG IS RECEPTIVE TO GERMAN TECHNOLOGY

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THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR PETER TSAO, CALLED ON GERMAN INVESTORS'^ODAY (THURSDAY) TO CONSIDER HONG KONG AS THEIR OVERSEAS BASE FOR ESTABLISHING WHOLLY-OWNED SUBSIDIARIES OR JOINT VENTURES.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT A SEMINAR ORGANISED BY THE STUTTGART CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY.

♦ AS GERMAN INDUSTRIES ARE MOVING INTO MORE AND MORE SOPHISTICATED AND TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED AREAS, YOU MAY WELL WISH TO CONSIDER CARRYING OUT SOME OF YOUR MANUFACTURING PROCESSES IN OFFSHORE BASES IN ORDER TO CUT DOWN COSTS,* HE SAID.

MR TSAO TOLD HIS GERMAN AUDIENCE THAT HONG KONG HAS DEVELOPED AN INDUSTRIAL BASE READY AND ABLE TO ABSORB AND SUPPORT HIGH-TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRIES, AND HAS ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST COST-EFFECTIVE AND PRODUCTIVE WORKFORCES.

AMONG THE MOST PROMISING LINES, HE CITED ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS INDUSTRIES, RANGING FROM THE MANUFACTURING OF TELECOMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT AND MINI-COMPUTERS TO AUTOMATION AND ROBOT CONTROLS.

+WE ALSO HAVE A NEED FOR SUPPORTING INDUSTRIES, SUCH AS FERROUS AND NON-FERROUS FOUNDRIES, PRECISION MACHINERY MANUFACTURE AND METALWORK, AND THERE ARE GOOD PROSPECTS FOR FURNITURE AND BUILDING SUPPLIES, PHARMACEUTICALS AND SPECIALTY CHEMICALS, FOOD PROCESSING AND PACKAGING,* HE SAID.

MR TSAO SAID HE WAS ASTONISHED BY THE RELATIVELY SMALL SCALE OF GERMAN INVESTMENT IN HONG KONG, VALUED AT ONLY DM 16 MILLION, OR LESS THAN ONE PER CENT OF THE TOTAL OVERSEAS INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT IN HONG KONG.

AND THE BULK OF THIS INVESTMENT IS CONCENTRATED IN THE TEXTILES AND GARMENT INDUSTRIES WITH LOW INVESTMENT PER EMPLOYEE.

DR VICTOR FUNG, A PROMINENT INDUSTRIALIST IN HONG KONG AND A MEMBER OF THE INDUSTRY ADVISORY BOARD ALSO SPOKE AT THE SEMINAR.

HE SUGGESTED THAT GERMAN BUSINESSMEN CONSIDER HONG KONG AS A MANUFACTURING SOURCE FOR COMPONENTS AND SUB-ASSEMBLIES.

HE ALSO MENTIONED THE VAST POTENTIAL OF HONG KONG AS A GATEWAY INTO CHINA.

ANOTHER HONG KONG SPEAKER AT THE STUTTGART SEMINAR WAS THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATES CORPORATION, bR VIC MILLER, WHO GAVE DETAILS ON HONG KONG’S INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE PROVISION OF INDUSTRIAL LAND FACILITIES.

MR TSAO, MR MILLER AND DR FUNG WILL LEAVE FOR COLOGUE TO SPEAK AT ANOTHER INDUSTRIAL PROMOTION SEMINAR TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1982

CHIEF SECRETARY VISITS OBSERVATORY HEADQUARTERS *****

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, SPENT THIS (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON TOURING THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY HEADQUARTERS IN NATHAN ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI.

SIR PHILIP WAS MET ON ARRIVAL BY THE DIRECTOR, MR JOHN E. PEACOCK, WHO INTRODUCED THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, RESEARCH AND ADMINISTRATION, MR PATRICK SHAM, AND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, OPERATIONS AND METEOROLOGICAL SERVICES, MR PETER LI TO HIM.

AFTER AN INTRODUCTORY BRIEFING, SIR PHILIP WAS TAKEN ON A GUIDED TOUR OF THE OBSERVATORY’S HEADQUARTERS.

SIR PHILIP FIRST WENT TO THE METEOROLOGICAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS CENTRE, AND THE SATELLITE AND RADAR RECEPTION ROOM LOCATED ON THE SAME FLOOR. HERE SIR PHILIP WAS BRIEFED ON THE ROLE THE OBSERVATORY PLAYS IN THE EXCHANGE OF WEATHER DATA OVER THE INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATION CIRCUITS AND WAS SHOWN THE VARIOUS FACILITIES AVAILABLE FOR THE RECEPTION AND DESPATCH OF WEATHER INFORMATION. THE RECEPTION OF WEATHER SATELLITE PICTURES AND THEIR APPLICATION TO WEATHER FORECASTING WERE ALSO EXPLAINED TO SIR PHILIP.

IN THE CENTRAL FORECASTING OFFICE, SIR PHILIP SAW FORECASTERS AND SCIENTIFIC ASSISTANTS AT WORK AND WAS GIVEN AN ACCOUNT OF HOW LOCAL METEOROLOGICAL INFORMATION AND WEATHER DATA FROM OTHER CENTRES WERE COLLATED FOR USE IN WEATHER FORECASTING.

SIR PHILIP NEXT VISITED THE OBSERVATORY’S COMPUTER DIVISION WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACQUISITION, ANALYSIS, PROCESSING AND ARCHIVAL OF METEOROLOGICAL INFORMATION FOR WEATHER FORECASTING AND RESEARCH.

FROM THERE, HE WENT TO THE RESEARCH AND RECORDS DIVISION, AND THEN THE AIR POLLUTION METEOROLOGY RESEARCH UNIT.

HE ALSO TOURED THE PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY UNIT, AND THE SEISMOLOGY, ASTRONOMY, GEOMAGNETISM AND TIME SERVICE SECTION.

AT THE PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY UNIT, SIR PHILIP WAS TOLD HOW MATHEMATICAL MODELS ARE USED TO PREDICT TIDES AND STORM SURGE LEVELS FOR WARNING PURPOSES AND ENGINEERING APPLICATIONS SUCH AS MAJOR RECLAMATION PROJECTS.

AT THE SPECIAL PROJECTS DIVISION, SIR PHILIP HEARD HOW INFORMATION IS COLLECTED, AND ANALYSED, IN CONNECTION WITH FEASIBILITY STUDIES FOR THE PROPOSED NEW AIRPORT AT CHEK LAP KOK.

FINALLY, SIR PHILIP WAS SHOWN ROUND THE METEOROLOGICAL INSTRUMENTS SECTION AND THE OBSERVATORY’S TRAINING UNIT WHERE SEVEN SCIENTIFIC ASSISTANTS WERE BEING GIVEN TECHNICAL TRAINING.

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TWO NEW DIRECTORATE POSTS CREATED

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THE CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH PAY AND STRUCTURE DIVISION TOGETHER WITH STAFF FROM THE OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR SECURITIES AND COMMODITIES TRADING HAVE CONDUCTED AN OVERALL REVIEW INTO THE ORGANISATION AND WORK OF THE OFFICE.

AS A RESULT OF THE REVIEW, STAFFING NEEDS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AND A SUITABLE ESTABLISHMENT HAS BEEN CONSIDERED BY BOTH THE FINANCE AND THE DEPARTMENTAL ESTABLISHMENT COMMITTEES, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER SAID TODAY.

TWO NEW DIRECTORATE POSTS HAVE BEEN CREATED. THEY AREt

ONE POST OF DEPUTY COMMISSIONER, AND

ONE POST OF ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER (IN ADDITION TO

THE EXISTING ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER POST).

MR DEREK MURPHY HAS BEEN PROMOTED TO ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER AND WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT WILL ACT AS DEPUTY COMMISSIONER.

ffiS ESTELLA TANG HAS BEEN PROMOTED TO THE SUBSTANTIVE RANK OF ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER.

THE DISTRIBUTION OF WORK WITHIN THE OFFICE FROM NOW ON WILL BE AS FOLLOWS

(A) DEPUTY COMMISSIONER (ACTING) - DEREK MURPHY

APART FROM DEPUTISING FOR THE COMMISSIONER AS HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT, HE WILL BE DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR CORPORATE FINANCE POLICY AND

DOCUMENTATION, AND THE SERVICES TO THE OFFICE THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S

(B) ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER

PROVISION OF LEGAL IN CONJUNCTION WITH CHAMBERS.

(COMMODITIES) - ALLEN MILLS

HE WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE POLICY AND ENFORCEMENT OF THE COMMODITIES TRADING ORDINANCE AND ALL MATTERS RELATING THERETO, TOGETHER WITH ADMINISTRATION OF THE CODE ON A

UNIT TRUSTS AND MUTUAL FUNDS. Lt

(C) ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER (SECURITIES) - ESTELLA TANG

SHE WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE POLICY AND ENFORCEMENT OF THE SECURITIES ORDINANCE AND ALL MATTERS RELATING THERETO, THE STOCK EXCHANGES UNIFICATION ORDINANCE, THE PROTECTION OF INVESTORS ORDINANCE, AND OFFICE ADMINISTRATION.

ONCE THE PRESENT PROMOTION AND RECRUITMENT EXERCISES WHICH ARE UNDERWAY HAVE BEEN COMPLETED, IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE REORGANISED STRUCTURE (INVOLVING AN ADDITIONAL FOUR NEW SENIOR SECURITIES OFFICER AND NINE NEW SECURITIES OFFICER POSTS) WILL BE FULLY IMPLEMENTED BY EARLY 1983.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7,

1982

SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY

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THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY TOWARDS THE ELDERLY IS TO PROVIDE THEM WITH VARIOUS SERVICES TO ENABLE THEM TO CONTINUE LIVING WITHIN THE COMMUNITY.

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR SELWYN ALLEYNE, SAID THIS TODAY (THURSDAY) WHEN HE OPENED THE YAN CHAI HOSPITAL’S YAU 01 HOSTEL FOR THE ELDERLY IN TUEN MUN.

MR ALLEYNE STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF THE FAMILY’S ROLE IN PROVIDING CARE FOR THE ELDERLY.

BUT HE ADDED THAT IF THIS SUPPORT WAS INADEQUATE, THE GOVERNMENT WOULD PROVIDE ASSISTANCE.

HE NOTED THAT THE PROGRAMME TO PROVIDE HOSTEL ACCOMMODATION IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES HAD MADE A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO SOLVING THE PROBLEMS OF OLD PEOPLE UNABLE TO LIVE ON THEIR OWN.

THERE ARE ABOUT 2 100 HOSTEL PLACES IN WHICH OLD PEOPLE LIVE IN GROUPS WITHIN A NORMAL HOUSING ENVIRONMENT ♦SO THAT THEY DO NOT FEEL SOCIALLY ISOLATED OR SEPARATED FROM COMMUNITY LIFE AS A WHOLE,-HE SAID.

THE GOVERNMENT WAS ALSO PLANNING TO PURCHASE UP TO 150 RESIDENTIAL FLATS BY EARLY 1983 TO HOUSE SOME 700 OLD PEOPLE WHO ARE STILL ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES.

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ENROLMENT IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTES SHORT COURSES *****

HONG KONG’S FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES, NOW OPERATED UNDER THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL, WILL RUN A NUMBER OF PART-TIME EVENING SHORT COURSES FOR PEOPLE WORKING IN LOCAL COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (THURSDAY), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING DEPARTMENT SAID THE COURSES, WHICH ARE FOR THE 1982-83 ACADEMIC YEAR, WILL START IN NOVEMBER. THE SHORT COURSES COVER A WIDE RANGE OF SUBJECTS AND INCLUDE COMMERCIAL STUDIES, CONSTRUCTION, ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, MARINE AND FABRICATION, TEXTILE AND CLOTHING AND GENERAL STUDIES.

FURTHER DETAILS ON THE SHORT COURSES OFFERED SUCH AS ENTRY REQUIREMENTS, PLACE OF ATTENDANCE, COMMENCING DATES ETC. ARE POSTED ON THE NOTICE BOARDS OF THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW OBTAINABLE IN PERSON FROM ANY OF THE FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES. THEY ARE THE MORRISON HILL, KWAI CHUNG, KWUN TONG, HAKI NG WONG AND LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES. THE CLOSING DATE OF APPLICATION IS MONDAY, OCTOBER 18.

APPLICANTS SHOULD HAVE FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT IN THE TRADES RELEVANT TO THE COURSES APPLIED FOR AND THEY SHOULD BE RECOMK&KDED BY THEIR EMPLOYERS.

SAI KUNG D.B. MEETING IN NEW OFFICE

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SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD WILL HOLD ITS FOURTH MEETING AT THE BOARD’S NEW OFFICE ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF AMOY PLAZA, Ti NGAU TAU KOK ROAD AT 10 AM TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

AT THE MEETING BOARD MEMBERS WILL CONSIDER AN APPLICATION FOR FUNDS FOR FOUR MEI FA (BEAUTIFICATION) PROJECTS IN THE NEXT FINANCIAL YEAR AND DISCUSS THE ROUND-UP PHASE OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN. THE MEETING WILL BE CHAIRED BY THE ACTING DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS RITA LAU.

BOARD MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS ACCESS AND TRANSPORT PROBLEMS FOR THE DISABLED AND REVIEW THE BOARD’S LATEST FINANCIAL POSITION.

PROGRESS REPORTS ON CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, SOCIAL SERVICES, TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT, AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS WILL ALSO BE REVIEWED.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1982

PROVISIONAL RESULTS OF THE 1980 CENSUS OF INSURANCE SERVICES

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PROVISIONAL RESULTS OF THE FIRST BENCHMARK ECONOMIC CENSUS ON THE INSURANCE SECTOR CONDUCTED IN 1981 FOR THE REFERENCE YEAR 1980 WERE RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE CENSUS COVERED ALL INSURERS (ASSURERS) AND REINSURERS, INSURANCE AGENTS AND BROKERS, AND OTHER INSURANCE SERVICES, EXCEPT OVERSEAS INSURANCE COMPANIES WITHOUT BRANCH OR REPRESENTATIVE OFFICES IN HONG KONG BUT OPERATING THROUGH AGENTS, AND SELF-EMPLOYED INSURANCE AGENTS NOT REGISTERED WITH THE BUSINESS REGISTRATION OFFICE.

TABLE 1 (WHICH IS ATTACHED TOGETHER WITH TABLE 2) SUMMARISES THE PROVISIONAL STATISTICS FOR THE 540 REPORTING INSURANCE ESTABLISHMENTS CLASSIFIED INTO THREE GROUPS, NAMELY, GENERAL INSURERS, LIFE INSURERS/ASSURERS, AND INSURANCE AGENTS, BROKERS AND OTHER INSURANCE SERVICES (INCLUDING ACTUARIES, LOSS ADJUSTORS/ASSESSORS, LI AISON/REPRESENTATIVE OFFICES OF OVERSEAS INSURERS, AND ESTABLISHMENTS ACTING AS MANAGEMENT COMPANIES FOP INSURERS).

. THE CENSUS RESULTS INDICATED THAT 540 INSURANCE ESTABLISHMENTS WERE IN OPERATION DURING THE WHOLE OR PART OF 1980 WITH A WORKFORCE OF 7 016 PERSONS AND GENERATING Si 467 MILLION OF GROSS OUTPUT*

$242

M,kL ,0N WERE SPENT 0N COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES AND MILLION ON OPERATING EXPENSES.

O1_T, ™E TOTAL NET PREMIUMS RECEIVED BY INSURERS (WHICH EQUAL GROSS camm AND INSURANCE COMMISSIONS RECEIVED LESS

M?LLION °NS AND BR0KERAGES PA,D> WERE ESTIMATED TO BE $1 709 n a WERE PA,D AS NET CLAIMS» WHICH WERE GROSS

CLAIMS LESS RECOVERIES FROM SALVAGE, SUBROGATION AND REINSURERS.

INSURANCE FUNDS AND RESERVES PUT UP BY INSURERS FOR UNEARNED PREMIUMS AND OUTSTANDING CLAIMS TOTALLED S3 371 MILLION.

lldCll ™E v^uL2f investment GENERATED OR ADMINISTERED BY RESIDENT INSURERS WAS ESTIMATED TO BE S3 836 MILLION.

ur, n cao ,T^beroJ2^K-^AT THE END 0F 1980' 0THER THAN THOSE FIXED ASSETS ^.VEB™ENT PURPOSES, WAS ESTIMATED TO BE S107 MILLION, acTooaoo DEPRECIATED OVER THE YEAR, AND S47 MILLION INJECTED

^.O^OSS ADDITIONS TO FIXED ASSETS WHICH WERE ACQUISITION OF FIXED ASSETS LESS PROCEEDS FROM RE-SALES OF FIXED ASSETS.

aaaa..'^URANCE agenTS, BROKERS AND OTHER INSURANCE SERVICES 70 PER CENT 0F THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ESTABLISHMENTS ^BcwLPE!L£ENT 0F THE T0TAL WORKFORCE IN THE INSURANCE SECTOR. HOWEVER, THEIR GROSS OUTPUT, AT 21 PER CENT OF THE SECTOR’S

MUCH L0WER THAN THAT OF GENERAL INSURERS, AT 91 PER CENT Cr THE TOTAL.

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LIFE INSURERS HAD A NEGATIVE GROSS OUTPUT, SUGGESTING LOSSES IN UNDERWRITING BUSINESS. BUT THESE LOSSES FROM INSURANCE OPERATIONS, IN MOST CASES, COULD BE MADE UP BY EARNINGS FROM INVESTMENT PORTFOLIOS.

THE LIFE INSURERS’ PORTFOLIO INVESTMENT TOTALLED ABOUT $2 OOO MILLION AT THE END OF THE REPORTING YEAR, WHILE THAT OF GENERAL INSURERS TOTALLED ABOUT SI 800 MILLION AND ALTHOUGH THEY HAD A MUCH LOWER PREMIUM INCOME AND CLAIMS THAN GENERAL INSURERS, THE LIFE INSURERS MAINTAINED A POOL OF FUNDS AND RESERVES THAT WERE ALMOST TWICE AS MUCH AS THOSE KEPT BY GENERAL INSURERS.

TABLE 2 PRESENTS IN GREATER DETAIL THE TOTAL PREMIUMS RECEIVED AND CLAIMS INCURRED BY THE 161 GENERAL AND LIFE INSURERS IN 1980 DISTINGUISHED INTO 7 CATEGORIES.

IN GENERAL INSURANCE BUSINESS, $3 077 MILLION OF TOTAL GROSS PREMIUMS WERE RECEIVED IN RESPECT OF DIRECT UNDERWRITING AND INWARD REINSURANCE BUSINESS. OF THIS, 54 PER CENT HAD BEEN CEDED OUT TO OTHER INSURERS, LEAVING A TOTAL OF GROSS RETAINED PREMIUMS OF Si 403 MILLION.

AFTER SUBTRACTING COMMISSIONS AND BROKERAGES PAID AND ADDING REINSURANCE COMMISSIONS RECEIVED, TOTAL NET PREMIUMS RECEIVED BY GENERAL INSURERS AMOUNTED TO $1 042 MILLION. OF THIS, FIRE INSURANCE AND MARINE INSURANCE (INCLUDING MARINE HULL AND MARINE CARGO) ACCOUNTED FOR THE LARGEST SHARES, EACH AT 28 PER CENT, FOLLOWED BY ACCIDENT INSURANCE (21 PER CENT), MOTOR VEHICLE INSURANCE (18 PER CENT) AND OTHER MISCELLANEOUS INSURANCE (6 PER CENT).

IN LIFE INSURANCE BUSINESS, ONLY 9 PER CENT OF THE $734 MILLION OF TOTAL GROSS PREMIUMS HAD BEEN CEDED OUT, WITH TOTAL GROSS RETAINED PREMIUMS AND TOTAL NET PREMIUMS AMOUNTING TO $669 MILLION AND $667 MILLION RESPECTIVELY.

GROUP LIFE INSURANCE TOOK UP OVER TWO-THIRDS OF THE LIFE INSURANCE PREMIUMS WHILE THE REST WENT TO INDIVIDUAL LIFE INSURANCE.

THE TOTAL GROSS CLAIMS IN RESPECT OF DIRECT UNDERWRITING AND REINSURANCE BUSINESS TOTALLED $1 508 MILLION IN GENERAL INSURANCE BUSINESS AND $188 MILLION IN LIFE INSURANCE BUSINESS, WITH NET CLAIMS OF $639 MILLION AND $168 MILLION RESPECTIVELY. AMONG THE VARIOUS CLASSES OF INSURANCE BUSINESS, MARINE INSURANCE INCURRED THE LARGEST NET CLAIMS OF $190 MILLION, REPRESENTING 30 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL NET CLAIMS IN GENERAL INSURANCE BUSINESS.

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT IS NOW PREPARING A REPORT WHICH WILL DESCRIBE IN DETAIL THE RESULTS OF THE CENSUS AND THE METHODOLOGY EMPLOYED.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE 1980 CENSUS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE SERVICES STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (TEL. NO. 3-7216374).

THURSDAY, OCTO: 7, 1982

I' '• H ♦: 1 i rovi: i < >n » 1 L'j t i. tics for p ; ori ■ »• tn > IJ • hi:.< nt., in ll । • • h i ■ < ■ a ace sector analysed by group

Group Number of establ inhfli.*nts Number of pernona engaged Nusbur ot eaployeen C'vnpen-nntion of employees Ope ra t i ng Not prem i ums Net claims Funds and reserves Grona output Investment Gross addition* to fixed assets Depreciation of fixed assets Capital stock

S Mn » Mn I Hn S Mn 1 Hn 1 Mn 1 Mn 1 Mn 1 Mn I Mn

General insurers 159 2 2 969 116.8 119.8 1 04?,1 659.2 1 216.2 1 555.0 1 844.7 50.5 6.2 60.8

Life insurers 26 1 6o4 1 6o4 89.8 27-'< 667.2 168.1 2 154.5 -167.8 1 991.1 2.7 2.2 14.3

Insurance agents, brokers and other insurance services 579 2 84? 2 628 122.2 99.2 N.A. N.A. N.A. 501.4 N.A. 15.3 5.6 52.5

Total 5‘«O 7 016 6 797 526.9 242.4 1 709.4 807.5 5 570.7 1 466.7 5 859.8 46.5 14.0 107.3

■■ I ■ —

Table 2 Premium: received and chim.-. incurred by insurers analysed I>y class of insurance business

 (1 Million)

3. General Insurance Business Life in.uraoo< Balnea. Marine Fire Motor vehicle Accident Others Suh-tntal Individual Group Sub-total

i'r em luma

Gross premiums

Direct 5‘*3.2 684.6 519.3 571.2 i4o.5 2 218.3 51O 5 ?28 0 2 6

Inward reinsurance 101-* 171.3 26.4 1017.8 4.7 0.4 5.1 1022.9

Gross retained premiums >19.* I.J4.0 ate.7 ?81.t 82.8 , K».5 ,6,.!, 668.9 a 07,.'.

Net preaiwas 287.9 294.0 182.4 215.7 62.0 1 Q42.1 163.6 505.6 ^7.2 1 709.4

Claims

Gross claims

Direct M°-° W-’ ’”•« ”>•’ *4.5 «*6.* 87.0 99.8 ,86.8 , 053.?

Inward reinsurance 260.1 283.7 66.8 96.9 661.9 1.3 0.2 1.5 663.6

Net claims 189.9 182.2 ,27.6 „6., 23.6 639.? 69.0 99.1 168.1 807.3

Figures may not add up to the totals du«* to rounding. - - o ---------------

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1982

REMINDER TO RATEPAYERS * * * *

RATEPAYERS ARE REMINDED THAT RATES FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER OP 1982 MUST BE PAID BY NOON ON OCTOBER 30.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TREASURY SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT LATE PAYMENTS MAY BE SUBJECT TO A FIVE PER CENT SURCHARGE AND A FURTHER SURCHARGE OF 10 PER CENT ON ACCOUNTS STILL OUTSTANDING SIX MONTHS AFTER THE DUE DATE.

HE SAID RATEPAYERS SHOULD HAVE BY NOW RECEIVED DEMAND NOTES. THOSE WHO HAVE NOT YET RECEIVED DEMAND NOTES SHOULD APPLY FOR A COPY AT THE RATES SECTION OF THE TREASURY, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (WEST WING), NINTH FLOOR, ICE HOUSE STREET, HONG KONG.

+WHETHER OR NOT THE DEMAND NOTE IS RECEIVED, IT DOES NOT ALTER THE REQUIREMENT THAT THE RATES SHOULD BE PAID BEFORE THE DUE DATE,* HE POINTED OUT.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT RATES WERE PAYABLE ON VACANT PREMISES BUT WERE REFUNDABLE UNDER CONDITIONS SPECIFIED IN THE RATING ORDINANCE.

HOWEVER, THERE WOULD BE NO REFUNDS IN THE CASE OF A VACANT TENEMENT LAST USED OR INTENDED TO BE USED WHOLLY OR PRIMARILY FOR DOMESTIC PURPOSES OR FOR THE PARKING OF VEHICLES, UNLESS IT IS VACANT BY REASON OF AN ORDER OF THE GOVERNMENT.

TO AVOID QUEUEING, RATEPAYERS ARE URGED TO PAY BY CHEQUE OR MONEY ORDER SENT BY POST OR BY EARLY PERSONAL ATTENDANCE AT ANY OF THE OFFICES LISTED ON THE BACK OF THE DEMAND NOTE.

RATEPAYERS WHO HAVE ALREADY SUBMITTED THEIR AUTOPAY FORMS SHOULD READ THEIR DEMAND NOTES CAREFULLY TO SEE IF THEY CONTAIN THE WORDING +PAYMENT BY AUTOPAY AS AUTHORISED*. THE ABSENCE OF SUCH WORDING MEANS THEIR FORMS HAVE NOT YET BEEN PROCESSED, IN WHICH CASE THEY SHOULD CONTINUE TO PAY THEIR RATES IN THE NORMAL WAY, I.E. IN PERSON OR BY CHEQUE OR MONEY ORDER.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 198;

SHORT TERM TENANCIES INVITED FOR N.T. LAND * * *

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SHORT-TERM TENANCIES OF FOUR PIECES OF CROWN LAND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE LARGEST SITE, ABOUT 8 880 SQUARE METRES, IS SITUATED IN THE TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

IT IS INTENDED FOR LOADING AND UNLOADING STORAGE AND DISTRIBUTION OF AGGREGATE AND CEMENT, INCLUDING THE BATCHING AND DISTRIBUTION OF CONCRETE.

HOWEVER, THIS SPECIFICALLY EXCLUDES THE MANUFACTURE OF CONCRETE AND CEMENT BLOCKS OR SIMILAR PRODUCTS AND STONE CRUSHING.

THIS TENANCY WILL BE INITIALLY FOR ONE YEAR AND THEREAFTER, QUARTERLY.

THE OTHER THREE LOTS ARE ALL AT TING KOK ROAD IN TAI PO.

THESE SITES MEASURE ABOUT 1 064, 914 AND 903 SQUARE

>€TRES, AND ARE FOR CAR-SPRAYING AND SPRAY-PAINTING PURPOSES.

INITIALLY, THESE TENANCIES WILL BE FOR THE PERIOD UP TO JUNE 30, 1983 AND THEREAFTER MONTHLY.

THE DEADLINE FOR THE APPLLICATIONS OF TENDERS IS AT NOON ON OCTOBER 22.

TENDER PORMS, NOTICES, AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM AND TENDER PLANS INSPECTED AT THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, TUEN MUN, FOR THE TUEN MUN SITE AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, TAI PO, FOR THE TAI PO SITES.

ELECTRIC TRAIN SERVICE FOR RACEGOERS * * * *

ELECTRIC TRAINS WILL BE OPERATING ON A SPECIAL SERVICE TO THE SHA TIN RACE COURSE ON SATURDAY (OCTOBER 9), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY SAID TODAY.

HE SAID THAT THE TRAINS WILL LEAVE KOWLOON STATION FROM 12.02 PM TO 2.12 PM, AND WILL LEAVE THE RACE COURSE STATION FROM 5.04 PM TO 6.34 PM, AT 10-MINUTE INTERVALS.

PASSENGERS ARE ADVISED TO BUY ADVANCE RETURN TICKETS WHICH ARE NOW ON SALE AT ALL BOOKING OFFICES OF KCR STATIONS.

SINGLE TICKETS FROM THE RACE COURSE TO KOWLOON STATION WILL ALSO BE ON SALE EACH RACE DAY AT THE BETTING BOOTH OF THE SHA TIN RACE COURSE AT SI.50 EACH.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1932

RESULTS OF LATEST TAXI TENDERS * * *

SAULTS OF THE LATEST TENDERS FOR TAXI LICENCES WILL BE oAZETTtv ,OMORROW FRIDAY), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT

aet ALTHOUGH 300 URBAN TAXI LICENCES WERE PUT UP, A TOTAL OF 225 L,CENCES HAD BEEN RECEIVED WHEN THE OFFER

(JN otr « trIB&n J.

THE HIGHEST BID ACCEPTED WAS 5221 000 AND THE LOWEST $203 000.

THIS REPRESENTED AN AVERAGE PREMIUM OF $206 550 36 AN

15 JSM S mER * "W ™ ™

tewers ™RiKfs™' licences M up’ 466

u.m SUCCESSFUL BIDS RANGED FROM $106 50"’ TO $97 OQQ GIVING an

AVERAGE PREMIUM OF $98 979.97 AN INCREASE OF 2ft

THE AVERAGE PREMIUM FOR THE PREVIOUS TENDERS^ 3 R CENT °VER

♦CLEAN FOR CHARITY* DRIVE TO BE LAUNCHED * * *

PEOPLE FROM SCHOOLS, CLUBS, BUSINESSES AND OTHER COMMUNITY SECTORS ARE EXPECTED ONCE AGAIN TO WORK TOGETHER TOWARD A COMMON GOAL — MAKING HONG KONG CLEANER AND RAISING FUNDS FOR CHARITY AT THE SAME TIME.

THIS WAS SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE ORGANISERS OF THE THIRD ♦CLEAN FOR CHARITY+ DRIVE TO BE LAUNCHED ON NOVEMBER 20.

A TOTAL OF 3 200 PEOPLE TOOK PART IN THE PREVIOUS CAMPAIGN FROM NOVEMBER 1981 TO APRIL, HELPING IN CLEANING UP BEACHES, PARKS, HOUSING ESTATES AND REFUSE-RIDDEN SPOTS ON REMOTE ISLANDS, COLLECTING AT THE SAME TIME >526 000 FOR THE COMMUNITY CHEST,. COMPARED WITH THE $223 000 RAISED DURING THE FIRST DRIVE.

THE PREVIOUS DRIVE COINCIDED WITH THE REVITALISED CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1982

ORIENTATION WEEK FOR NEWCOMERS TO TUEN MUN

******

A WEEK-LONG ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME HAS BEEN ORGANISED TO FAMILIARISE SOME 70 000 PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS IN TUEN MUN WITH THE VARIOUS FACILITIES AND SERVICES BEING PROVIDED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

THE +0N TING AND YAU 01 ESTATES ORIENTATION WEEK+, BEGINNING ON SUNDAY (OCTOBER 17), IS ALSO TO WELCOME NEW RESIDENTS IN THE TWIN ESTATES, THE ADJACENT HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME SI'J ON COURT, AND THE NEARBY SECOND AND THIRD VILLAGES OF THE TUEN MUN TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA.

A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT THE IDEA WAS TO OFFER A SERIES OF ENTERTAINING AND INFORMATIVE PROGRAMMES THAT WOULD HELP BUILD UP A COHESIVE COMMUNITY.

THE ORIENTATION WEEK IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, VARIOUS VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE A PICTORIAL EXHIBITION, SLIDE SHOWS ABOUT THE NEW TOWN, SOCCER GAMES, TALENT QUEST, ESSAY CONTESTS, DRAWING COMPETITIONS, RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, VARIETY SHOWS, CHINESE OPERA, MODEL CAR DEMONSTRATIONS AND OTHER ENTERTAINMENTS.

taele tennis training camp

* * * *

A TRAINING CAMP FOR TAELE TcNNIS ENTHUSIASTS «ILL BE HELD AT SAI KUNG OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE FROM NOVEMBER 6 TO 7.

THE CAMP IS BEING ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT IN CONJUNCTION wTtH The HONG KONG TABLE TENNIS ASSOCIATION.

ACTIVITIES AT THE 24-HOUR CAMP «ILL INCLUDE DEMONSTRATIONS CF THE SPORT, - FILM SHOW, SPORT GAMES AND GROUP FUNCTIONS.

THE CAMP, WITH A CAPACITY FOR ISO 'EOPLE, IS OPEN TO SKILFUL PLAYERS AGED 15 OP ABOVE.

PARTICIPANTS .-.ILL BE CHARGED S28 -.AC- FOR ACCOMMODATION, FOOD AND TRANSPORT.

AP=_IC-'IC FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE HEADQUARTERS Or _ THE RECREATION' mHD 5PC'-7 SERVICE AND I" la blSTRIC" l-FICES, mND ShC-UlD Be - UFNE_ e *’ -«TO;z.- IB.

FURTHER £<-Ul IE- .-C.LO BE DIRECT-. TO 5—58 5'1 C = 5*755333.

fHURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1982

APPLICATIONS FOR NEW MAXICAB ROUTES * * * *

A TOTAL OF 109 APPLICATIONS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED FOR OPERATING 25 NEW MAXICAB ROUTES IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES. A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

HE DESCRIBES THE RESPONSE AS BEING + VERY ENCOURAGING* POINTING OUT THAT ONLY 71 APPLICATIONS WERE RECEIVED LAST YEAR.

DUE LARGELY TO THE POPULAR ITY AND SUCCESS OF THE EXISTING MAXICAB SERVICES, MORE PLB OPERATORS ARE SEEKING TO OPERATE FIXED ROUTES, HE ADDED.

MOST OF THE NEW ROUTES WILL BE FEEDER SERVICES TO MTR AND KCR STATIONS.

THE ROUTES WITH MOST APPLICATIONS ARE t CHOI WAN-PING SHEK. KOWLOON CITY-TSIM SHA TSUI EAST, MONG KOK KCR STATION-SAN PO KONG. BEACON HILL-BROADCAST DRIVE, ARGYLE MTR STAT ION-LOK MAN SUN CHUEN, ARGYLE MTR STAT ION-KOWLOON CITY, SHEK WAI KOK-KWAI SHING, TSUEN WAN MTR STAT ION-TSI NG LUNG TAU, AND TSUEN WAN MTR STATION-TSUEN WAN CENTRE.

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COMMON JURORS LIST

* * * *

S!MTlt£

!ohI bmneJI; Inno5hcedt?oS.?f the supreme court- mr nicholas

THIS LIST WILL REMAIN POSTED FOR 14 DAYS.

T DURING THIS PERIOD ANY PERSON MAY APPLY BY NOTICE IN WRITING I- ISTRAR REQUIRING HIS NAME OR THE NAME OF SOME OTHER PERSON

BE POSTED OR REMOVED UPON CAUSE DULY ASSIGNED IN THE NOTICE.

M.u- R!®,STRAR 3HALL ,N H1S DISCRETION, POST OR REMOVE SUCH NAM- ACCORDINGLY AND SHALL IF NECESSARY ALTER THE LIST.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1982

MOVING OFFICE * * *

THE AD-VALOREM CHARGES COLLECTION OFFICE (HONG KONG) OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG SUB-OFFICE OF THE TRADE DEPARTMENT WILL MOVE FROM FIRE BRIGADE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, TO THE FIRST FLOOR OF ASIAN HOUSE, 1 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI, FROM NEXT MONDAY (OCTOBER 11).

AFTER THE REMOVAL, THE +CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT, AD-VALOREM CHARGES COLLECTION OFFICE (HONG KONG)+ WILL CHANGE ITS NAME TO +CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT, COLLECTION OFFICE (HONG KONG)+.

OFFICE HOURS WILL REMAIN AT 9 AM TO 4.30 PM, FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY, AND AT 9 AM TO NOON ON SATURDAY.

THE NEW TELEPHONE NUMBERS ARE 5-286377, 5-286487 AND 5-286802.

THE HONG KONG SUB-OFFICE OF THE TRADE DEPARTMENT WILL OPERATE AS USUAL FROM 9 AM TO 12.30 PM AND FROM 1.30 PM TO 5 PM, ON MONDAY TO FRIDAY. OFFICE HOURS ON SATURDAY WILL BE FROM 9 AM TO NOON.

THE NEW TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF THE SUB-OFFICE ARE 5-286348 AND 5-286003.

NEW OFFICE FOR LANDS REGISTRY * * *

THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT LANDS REGISTRY HAS MOVED TO NEW PREMISES IN THE SUB-OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF FUNG CHEUNG BUILDING, A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED TODAY.

HOWEVER, HE SAID THE FOLLOWING MATTERS WOULD CONTINUE TO BE DEALT WITH BY THE VALUATION AND TSO/TONG REGISTRY IN THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE BUILDING* APPLICATION FOR SUCCESSION TO PROPERTY, ASSIGNMENT OF +TSO+ OR +TONG+ LANDS, THE APPOINTMENT OF MANAGERS FOR +TSO+ OR +TONG+ LANDS AND THE APPOINTMENT OF TRUSTEES FOR MINORS.

A FAMILIARISATION VISIT TO THE NEW LANDS REGISTRY PREMISES WOULD BE ARRANGED FOR LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS. RURAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN WOULD ALSO BE BRIEFED ON THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS, HE ADDED.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

MONEY SUPPLY AND FINANCIAL STATISTICS FOR AUGUST ............ 1

DUKE AND DUCHESS OF KENT TO VISIT HONG KONG.................. 4

STIFFER PENALTIES FOR ILLEGAL HAWKING IF NT.................. 5

RIGHT PEOPLE NEEDED TO ADVISE GOVEjMMEMr- ................... 6

aVIaTION CHIEF OFF FOR TALKS................................. 7

JUSTICE OF APPEAL APPOINTED............r..................... 7

ROLE FOR ELDERLY IN VOLUNTARY WORK .. ,o..................... 8

MORE VOLUNTEERS JOIN IN FIGHT AGAINST FIRE................... 9

DISTRICT OFFICE TO SOLVE KWAI CHUNG ROBLEMS ................. 10

COURSES ON PRODUCTION OF EDUCATIONA . MEDIA ................. 11

MODERN FACILITIES FOR KCR WORKSHOPS ......................... 11

CAS RECRUITS PASSING-OUT PARADE........o..................... 12

CONTRACT FOR NEW SALT WATER PUMPINC STATION ................. 12

KWAI CHUNG TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ,o .......................... 13

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF VTHU VEHICULAR SUBWAY................... 13

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1982

1

MONEY SUPPLY AND FINANCIAL STATISTICS FOR AUGUST *****

THE MONEY SUPPLY ON ALL DEFINITIONS INCREASED IN AUGUST BY MORE THAN IT DID IN JULY, ACCORDING TO MONEY SUPPLY AND FINANCIAL STATISTICS FOR AUGUST PUBLISHED TODAY.

THERE WAS A FURTHER SHIFT OF DEPOSITS FROM DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES TO BANKS, CAUSING M2 TO GROW FASTER THAN M3. THE GROWTH RATE OF THE FOREIGN CURRENCY COMPONENT OF M3 CONTINUED 10 EXCEED THAT OF ITS HONG KONG DOLLAR COMPONENT, BUT TO A LESSER EXTENT THAN IN PRECEDING MONTHS, SUGGESTING THAT ADJUSTMENTS RESULTING FROM THE EXEMPTION OF FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS FROM INTEREST TAX, WHICH TOOK EFFECT ON FEBRUARY 25, MAY HAVE BEEN NEARING COMPLETION.

THE ATTACHED TABLE SETS OUT THE FIGURES FOR AUGUST 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, ROSE BY 1.6 PER CENT IN AUGUST, AFTER FALLING BY 1.2 PER CENT IN JULY. PARTLY REFLECTING THE CONTINUING SHIFT OF DEPOSITS FROM DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES TO BANKS, HK$ M2 INCREASED BY 6.8 PER CENT IN AUGUST WHILE HK$ M3 WAS UP BY ONLY THREE PER CENT, COMPARED WITH, RESPECTIVELY, AN INCREASE OF 1.3 PER CENT AND NO CHANGE IN THE PREVIOUS MONTH.

IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS HK$ Ml ROSE BY 1.8 PER CENT, H<$ M2 BY 10.5 PER CENT AND HK$ M3 BY TWO PER CENT. OVER THE TWELVE MONTHS TO AUGUST, THE RESPECTIVE GROWTH RATES WERE 5.2 PER CENT, 26.9 PER CENT AND 5.3 PER CENT.

TOTAL (ALL CURRENCIES) MONEY SUPPLY

TOTAL Ml ROSE BY TWO PER CENT IN AUGUST AFTER FALLING BY 0.2 PER CENT IN JULY. TOTAL M2 GREW BY 6.4 PER CENT, AFTER RISING BY 5.1 PER CENT IN JULY, AND TOTAL M3 ROSE BY 4.1 PER CENT, AFTER AN INCREASE OF 3.9 PER CENT IN THE PREVIOUS MONTH.

IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS Ml INCREASED BY 3.5 PER CENT, M2 BY 20.3 PER CENT AND M3 BY 11.9 PER CENT. OVER THE TWELVE-MONTH PERIOD THESE THREE AGGREGATES GREW BY 10.4 PER CENT, 72.3 PER CENT AND 38 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

:OA1, OCTOBER t. 19&2

LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG

LOANS AND ADVANCES OUTSTANDING BY BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES FOR USE IN HONG KONG ROSE IN AUGUST BY 2.1 PER CENT, AFTER AN INCREASE OF 1.3 PER CENT IN JULY. OVER THREE MONTHS THE INCREASE WAS 5.8 PER CENT, AND OVER TWELVE MONTHS 36.4 PER CENT.

WITHIN THE TOTAL, LOANS BY BANKS ROSE IN AUGUST BY 2.9 PER CENT AND THOSE BY DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES FELL BY 0.2 PER CENT, FOLLOWING INCREASES OF 0.6 PER CENT AND 3.3 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN THE PREVIOUS MONTH.

FOREIGN CURRENCY ASSETS AND LIABILITIES

THERE WERE INCREASES IN AUGUST OF $19.5 BN., TO $505.2 BN., IN THE SPOT FOREIGN CURRENCY LIABILITIES OF THE MONETARY SECTOR AND OF $21.2 BN., TO $492 BN., IN THE SPOT FOREIGN CURRENCY ASSETS. THUS, THE SECTOR AS A WHOLE HAD NET FOREIGN CURRENCY LIABILITIES AT THE END OF AUGUST OF $13.1 BN., COMPARED TO $14.8 BN. AT THE END OF JULY. WITHIN THE AUGUST FIGURE, BANKS HAD NET LIABILITIES OF $5 BN., AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES HAD NET LIABILITIES OF $8.1 BN.

BALANCE SHEET RATIOS

THE AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO (AS DEFINED IN S. 18 OF THE BANKING ORDINANCE) FOR ALL BANKS IN HONG KONG ROSE SLIGHTLY IN AUGUST, TO 48.1 PER CENT FROM 47.9 PER CENT IN JULY. THE RATIO OF THEIR LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG TO THEIR DEPOSITS FELL AGAIN, TO 75.6 PER CENT AT THE END OF AUGUST FROM 78.6 PER CENT AT THE END OF JULY, REFLECTING IN PARTICULAR THE CONTINUED BRISK 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 FELL TO 52.8 PER CENT IN AUGUST FROM 54.2 PER CENT IN JULY. THE RATIO OF THEIR LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG TO THEIR DEPOSITS ROSE FURTHER TO 103.2 PER CENT AT THE END OF AUGUST FROM 99.1 PER CENT AT THE END OF JULY, AS THEIR DEPOSITS DECL I NED.

NUMBER OF REPORTING INSTITUTIONS

THE NUMBER OF REPORTING BANKS IN AUGUST REMAINED UNCHANGED AT 124. THE NUMBER OF LICENSED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES INCREASED BY 1 TO 16 AND THE NUMBER OF REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES PELL BY 1 TO 34L.

/3........

Money Supply August 1f/82

Ml - Total HK$ 2f>, 460 24,095

M2 - Total 185, 597

HK$ 114,611

M3 Total 229,908

HK$ 146,597

Banks* Balance Sheets

Deposi ts 169,701

Negotiable certificates of deposit outs band i ng 7,827

Loans and advances :

For use in Hong Kong 128,292

For use outside Hong Kong 55, 3*5

Domestic loan/Deposit Ratio 75.6%

Average Liquidity Ratio 48.1%

.fejQSit--taking. Companies* Balance Sheets

Deposits 45,125

Negotiable certificates of deposit outs band Ing

Loans and advances :

For use in Hong Kong

For use outside Hong Kong 54,522

Domestic Jcan/Deposit Ratio 105-26

Average Liquidity Ratio 5?.8%

3 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 198,2

sties - ]<cy Series : End of August, 1982

Figures for Earlier Months ___(% change)

July 1982 Hay 1982

25,9H (>2.0%) 25,570 (>3-5%)

23,710 (>1.6%) 23,675 (>1.8%)

172,628 (>6.4%) 152,591 (>20.3%)

107,293 (>6.8%) 103,727 (>10.5%)

220,943 (>4.1%) 205,509 (>11.9%)

142,351 (>3.0%) 14 5,737 (>2.0/3

158,634 (>7-056)

159,447 (>2I.7%)

7,812 (>0.2%)

7,144 (>9.6%)

HK$ Mn

August, 1981

>3,973 (>10.4%)

22,910 (>5.2%)

106,571 (>72.3%)

90,338 (>26.9%)

166,556 (>38.0%)

139,156 (.5.3%)

95,759 (>77.2%)

3,338 (>134.5%)

124,695 (>2.9%) 35,014 (>0.9%) 78.6% 47.9% 121,007 (>6.0%) 32,681 (>8.1%) 86.8% 49.5% 92,7?>0 (>38.3%) 35,685 (>4.9%) 96.9% 50.1%

47,086 (-4.2%) 51,870 (-13.0%) 59,426 (-24.1%)

1,646 (-1.9%) 1,364 (>18.5%) 980 (>64.7%)

(> -

46,644 (-0.2%)

49,546 (>9.6%) 99-1%

54.26

44,189

46,501

85.2%

51.4%

(>5.4%)

(>16.8%)

35,387 (>51-66)

38,385 (>41. )

59.5%

44.6%

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?aIDA?, OCTOBER , 198?

DUKE AND DUCHESS OF KENT TO VISIT HONG KONG * * * * *

THEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF KENT WILL VISIT HONG KONG LATER THIS MONTH.

THE DUKE IS DUE TO ARRIVE FROM AUCKLAND ON OCTOBER 24 AND WILL BE JOINED THE FOLLOWING DAY BY THE DUCHESS WHO WILL BE ARRIVING FROM LONDON.

DURING THEIR STAY HERE, THEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES WILL ATTEND A NUMBER OF OFFICIAL FUNCTIONS.

AMONG THE HIGHLIGHTS WILL BE THE OPENING BY THE DUKE OF THE FAR EAST AND SOUTH PACIFIC GAMES FOR THE DISABLED AT THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE IN SHA TIN WHERE HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS wILL ALSO UNVEIL A SMALL PYRAMID TO MARK THE INAUGURATION OF THE CENTRE.

SOME 770 PARTICIPANTS FROM 24 COUNTRIES IN THE REGION ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE PART IN THE GAMES.

THE DUCHESS WILL UNVEIL A PLAQUE TO MARK THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE $425 MILLION PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL AT SHA TIN.

THE HOSPITAL, WHICH HAS SOME 1 400 BEDS, WILL PROVIDE A FULL RANGE OF SOPHISTICATED MEDICAL TREATMENT FACILITIES, INCLUDING CASUALTY SERVICES, TO THE PUBLIC. IT WILL ALSO SERVE AS A TEACHING HOSPITAL FOR THE MEDICAL FACULTY OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

THE DUKE WILL ALSO VISIT CASTLE PEAK ’A’ POWER STATION, OPENED RECENTLY BY THE PRIME MINISTER, MEET LOCAL BUSINESSMEN, UMELCO MEMBERS, VIEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE NEW TOWNS, VISIT HOUSING ESTATES, SEE INDUSTRIAL ESTATES AND A FACTORY, VISIT HUNG HOM STATION WHERE HE WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE RAILWAY’S ELECTRIFICATION PROGRAMME, AND VISIT THE 1ST SCOTS GUARDS OF WHICH REGIMENT HE IS COLONEL.

THE DUCHESS WILL ACCOMPANY THE DUKE ON SOME OF THESE FUNCTIONS BUT WILL ALSO UNDERTAKE A NUMBER OF ENGAGEMENTS ON HER OWN.

THESE WILL INCLUDE THE LAYING OF THE FOUNDATION STONE OF THE ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS AT WAN CHAI, A VISIT TO THE DUCHESS OF KENT ORTHOPAEDIC HOSPITAL AND CONVALESCENT HOME AT SANDY BAY, WHICH IS NAMED AFTER HER, AND A VISIT TO AMBERS OF THE WOMEN’S ROYAL ARMY CORPS AND THE ARMY CATERING CORPS.

THEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES ARE DUE TO RETURN TO LONDON ON NOVEMBER 1.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

DETAILS OF PRESS ARRANGEMENTS FOR COVERING THE VISIT wILL BE ANNOUNCED IN DUE COURSE.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1982

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STIFFER PENALTIES FOR ILLEGAL HAWKING IN NT * * * *

UNLICENSED HAWKERS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WERE ADVISED TODAY THAT THE COURTS WOULD ORDER MANDATORY FORFEITURE OF SEIZED COMMODITIES AND EQUIPMENT FOR THE OFFENCE OF HAWKING WITHOUT A LICENCE, UNDER NEW REGULATIONS COMING INTO EFFECT TODAY.

IN ADDITION, AN OFFENDER WOULD BE LIABLE TO A FINE OF $500 AND IMPRISONMENT OF ONE MONTH ON FIRST CONVICTION, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE PENALTY ON SUBSEQUENT CONVICTION COULD BE A FINE OF $2 000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR SIX MONTHS, AND A FURTHER FINE OF $25 A DAY FOR A CONTINUING OFFENCE.

THE STIFFER PENALTIES ARE PROVIDED UNDER THE HAWKER (NEW TERRITORIES) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES ORDINANCE GAZETTED TODAY.

THE NEW REGULATIONS PROVIDE FOR THE MANDATORY FORFEITURE OF GOODS FOR THE FOLLOWING OFFENCES:

* ALLOWING A PERSON OTHER THAN THE LICENSEE TO USE A FIXED PITCH OR HAWKER STALL FOR CARRYING OUT BUSINESS;

* EXTENDING A FIXED PITCH OR HAWKER STALL ILLEGALLY;

* PLACING GOODS OR EQUIPMENT OUTSIDE THE BOUNDARIES OF A FIXED PITCH OR HAWKER STALL; AND

M HAWKING IN A HAWKER RESTRICTED AREA.

UNDER THE NEW REGULATIONS, A HAWKER LICENCE HOLDER IS PROHIBITED FROM SUBLETTING OR ILLEGALLY TRANSFERRING HIS LICENCE.

A HAWKER GUILTY OF THIS OFFENCE WILL FORFEIT HIS LICENCE AND THE ILLEGAL OPERATOR WILL BE PROSECUTED, HE SAID.

LICENSED HAWKERS ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE A REFUSE BIN AND TO KEEP THEIR STALLS OR PITCHES CLEAN.

THE MAIN PURPOSE OF AMENDING THE REGULATIONS FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES IS TO ACHIEVE GREATER CONFORMITY WITH THE HAWKER BY-LAWS WHICH HAVE EFFECT IN THE URBAN AREAS,* SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

HAWKER LICENCE HOLDERS WERE ALSO ADVISED THAT THEY SHOULD USE THEIR STALLS FOR HAWKING ONLY.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1982

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RIGHT PEOPLE NEEDED TO ADVISE GOVERNMENT * * * *

THE IMPORTANCE OF GETTING THE RIGHT PEOPLE AS A KEY TO THE SUCCESS IN DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION WAS STRESSED TODAY BY THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR ALBERT LAM.

IN HIS ADDRESS TO THE SPEECH DAY OF THE KWUN TONG VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE, HE SAID THE TYPE OF GOVERNMENT IN HONG KONG HAD OFTEN BEEN DESCRIBED AS +GOVERNMENT BY CONSULTATION+ SINCE THERE WERE OVER 300 STATUTORY AND NON-STATUTORY BOARDS AND ADVISORY COMMITTEES, INVOLVING ABOUT 2 800 UNOFFICIALS IN THE CONSULTATIVE NETWORK.

IN DISTRICTS LIKE KWUN TONG, MR LAM SAID, SEVERAL HUNDRED PEOPLE WERE DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AND IT WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO GET THE RIGHT PEOPLE SO THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD FLOURISH.

LAST MONTH’S URBAN DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS HAD PRODUCED 76 NEW ELECTED MEMBERS WHO WOULD SERVE THE 10 URBAN DISTRICTS IN THE COMING TWO AND A HALF YEARS.

+THE SAME NUMBER OF UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WILL BE APPOINTED.

THESE TOGETHER WITH THE OFFICIAL MEMBERS AND URBAN COUNCIL DELEGATES WILL MAKE UP THE COMPOSITION OF THE URBAN DISTRICT BOARDS,* MR LAM SA ID.

IN HIS VIEW, A GOOD DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER REQUIRES SEVERAL QUALIFICATIONS.

FIRSTLY, HE HAS TO BE ACTIVE IN ATTENDING BOARD MEETINGS, READING UP BACKGROUND PAPERS AND ACTIVELY PARTICIPATING IN THE DELIBERATIONS OF ISSUES.

SECONDLY, HE HAS TO KEEP IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH THE PEOPLE LIVING OR WORKING IN THE DISTRICT IN ORDER TO FIND OUT WHAT THEY WANT AND WHAT THEY DON’T WANT.

THIRDLY, HE SHOULD HAVE A GOOD UNDERSTANDING OF GOVERNMENT POLICIES, INCLUDING THE RATIONALE BEHIND CURRENT POLICIES ON MATTERS LIKE HOUSING, TRANSPORT, EDUCATION, DEVELOPMENT AND TOWN PLANNING. THIS INVOLVES A LOT OF SERIOUS STUDYING AND DISCUSSIONS WITH OTHER MEMBERS AND VARIOUS DEPARTMENTAL REPRESENTATIVES.

LASTLY, HE SHOULD ALSO BE ABLE TO WORK WITH OTHER MEMBERS AS A TEAM IN THE VARIOUS COMMITTEES HE SERVES.

+0N MY PART, I SHALL MAKE SURE THAT BOARD MEMBERS ARE SUPPORTED BY EFFICIENT DISTRICT SECRETARIATS. I ALSO INTEND TO ORGANISE MORE BRIEFINGS AND SEMINARS IN ORDER TO EQUIP MEMBERS, PARTICULARLY THE NEW ONES, FOR THEIR IMPORTANT TASK,* MR LAM ADDED.

MRS GRAHAM BARNES, WIFE OF THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, PRESENTED CERTIFICATES TO STUDENTS WHO HAD COMPLETED THEIR COURSES IN THE COMMERCIAL, TECHNICAL, TAILORING, HOTEL AND CATERING SERVICES, AND PHOTOGRAPHY DEPARTMENTS OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1982

AVIATION CHIEF OFF FOR TALKS * * *

THE DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION, MR B.D. KEEP, LEFT TODAY FOR THE UNITED STATES TO ATTEND TWO INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES FOR AVIATION CHIEFS AND TO VISIT THE TECHNICAL CENTRE OF THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION.

MR KEEP WILL ATTEND THE 35TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE AIRPORT OPERATORS COUNCIL INTERNATIONAL OPENING IN PHILADELPHI ON SUNDAY.

THE FIVE-DAY CONFERENCE WILL DEAL WITH A WIDE-RANGE OF AVIATION MATTERS, INCLUDING AIRPORT PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT, OPERATIONS, ECONOMICS AND MARKETING.

AFTER THE MEETING, MR KEEP WILL PROCEED TO ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY FOR THE 27TH ANNUAL AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE OPENING ON OCTOBER 17.

HE WILL END HIS TRIP WITH A TOUR OF THE TECHNICAL CENTRE CF THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION, TO SEE ITS AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL PROJECTS.

THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR, MR J.T. THORPE, WILL BE ACTING AS DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION.

JUSTICE OF APPEAL APPOINTED X X X

MR JUSTICE FUAD, JUDGE OF THE HIGH COURT, WILL TAKE UP HIS APPOINTMENT AS JUSTICE OF APPEAL ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 11).

APPROVAL HAS BEEN GIVEN BY THE QUEEN FOR HIM TO FILL THE VACANCY WHICH AROSE UPON THE RETIREMENT OF MR JUSTICE ZIMMERN.

MR JUSTICE FUAD WAS BORN IN CYPRUS IN 1926. HE WAS EDUCATED AT MARLBOROUGH COLLEGE AND AT ST. JOHN’S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE AND WAS CALLED TO THE ENGLISH BAR IN 1952.

IN 1953 HE WAS APPOINTED MAGISTRATE IN CYPRUS WHERE HE SERVED UNTIL 1°56 wHEN HE BECAME A MAGISTRATE IN UGANDA AND WHERE HE WAS SUBSEQUENTLY APPOINTED AS JUDGE OF THE HIGH COURT IN 1963.

IN 1972 HE BECAME DIRECTOR OF THE LEGAL DIVISION OF THE COMMONWEALTH SECRETARIAT WHERE HE REMAINED UNTIL HIS APPOINTMENT AS JUDGE OF THE H iGH COURT IN HONG KONG IN 1980.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1982

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ROLE FOR ELDERLY IN VOLUNTARY WORK * * * *

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR SELWYN ALLEYNE, TODAY (FRIDAY) STRESSED THE NEED TO PROMOTE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE IN VOLUNTARY SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY.

ADDRESSING A GATHERING OF SCOUTS OFFICIALS THIS EVENING, ALLEYNE SAID WHAT OLD PEOPLE LACKED IN PHYSICAL VIGOUR COULD BE MORE THAN COMPENSATED FOR BY THE EXPERIENCE AND UNDERSTANDING CF LIFE WHICH THEY COULD BRING TO VOLUNTARY WORK.

THEY COULD ALSO DEVOTE MORE TIME AND CONSIDERATION TO THE NEEDS OF LESS FORTUNATE PEOPLE, HE SAID.

HE NOTED THAT A RAPID CHANGE TO SMALLER AND NUCLEAR FAMILY GROUPS HERE HAD GIVEN RISE TO MORE ELDERLY PEOPLE LIVING *A LONELY, DEPRIVED AND APPARENTLY PURPOSELESS EXISTENCE*.

HE SAID A PROGRAMME PLAN ON SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY, DRAWN UP IN 1977, PROVIDED OLD PEOPLE WITH A WIDE RANGE OF SERVICES, INCLUDING CASH BENEFITS, HOUSING ASSISTANCE, MEDICAL CARE, COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND RESIDENTIAL SERVICES.

ITS MAIN AIM WAS TO HELP OLD PEOPLE RETAIN THEIR INTEREST AND ENTHUSIASM FOR LIFE AND PLAY A ROLE IN THE COMMUNITY, HE SAID.

+A KEY ROLE IN THIS EFFORT IS PLAYED BY SOCIAL CENTRES FOR THE ELDERLY WHICH ARE RUN BY VOLUNTARY SOCIAL WELFARE AGENCIES AND WHICH PROVIDE OLD PEOPLE WITH A PLACE TO MEET INFORMALLY, MAKE SOCIAL CONTACTS AND PARTICIPATE IN A VARIETY OF ORGANISED RECREATION ACTIVITIES,* HE ADDED.

HE STRESSED THAT OLD PEOPLE SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO MAINTAIN SOCIAL CONTACTS, TO LEARN AND TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FAMILY KINSHIP SYSTEM AND COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS.

*THIS IS WHERE THE INCREASING INVOLVEMENT OF OLD PEOPLE IN VOLUNTARY SERVICE IS OF SUCH IMPORTANCE,* HE SAID.

REFERRING TO THE WORLD ASSEMBLY ON AGEING WHICH HE ATTENDED IN JULY THIS YEAR, MR ALLEYNE SAID HE WAS ESPECIALLY TOUCHED BY ONE PARTICULAR THEME WHICH READS: *THE RICHNESS OF YEARS - OF EXPERIENCE, LOVE AND PAIN - ARE LOCKED INSIDE EVERY OLD PERSON AND AS MORE PEOPLE SURVIVE TO OLD AGE SO THE WORLD GROWS RICHER. TO TOUCH THE OLD IS TO UNLOCK THE ACCUMULATED WEALTH OF YEARS.*

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1982

MORE VOLUNTEERS JOIN IN FIGHT AGAINST FIRE

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FORTY-EIGHT MORE TEAMS OF VOLUNTEERS FROM SQUATTER AREAS AND NEW TERRITORIES VILLAGES HAVE TODAY (FRIDAY) JOINED IN THE ON-GOING FIGHT AGAINST FIRE.

THIS BROUGHT TO 164 THE TOTAL NUMBER OF VOLUNTARY FIRE PATROLS FORMED UNDER THE FIRE WATCH SCHEME IMPLEMENTED BY THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES.

THE NEW TEAMS wERE INAUGURATED BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES, MR R. HOLMES, AT A CEREMONY HELD AT THE SHEUNG WAN DIVISIONAL FIRE STATION THIS AFTERNOON.

SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, MR HOLMES STRESSED THE NEED FOR THIS PARTICULAR FORM OF COMMUNITY SUPPORT IN PREVENTING FIRE.

HE POINTED OUT THAT IT WOULD BE IMPRACTICABLE TO SET UP PERMANENT FIRE CREWS TRAINED TO PROFESSIONAL STATUS IN THE MORE THAN 400 SQUATTER AREAS THAT HOUSE ONE-TENTH OF HONG KONG'S POPULATION.

+1 AM SURE EVERYBODY HERE TODAY HAS OBSERVED AND PERHAPS EXPERIENCED PERSONAL LOSS THROUGH FIRE AND INDEED THE VERY FORMATION OF THESE FIRE WATCH TEAMS IS TO REDUCE THESE LOSSES,* HE SAID.

MR HOLMES NOTED THAT THE CONCEPT OF FIRE WATCH TEAMS HAD BEEN ENDORSED BY ALMOST ALL SQUATTER AREA RESIDENTS.

SINCE THE SCHEME WAS LAUNCHED IN 1979, 69 SUCH TEAMS HAVE BEEN FORMED IN THE SQUATTER AREAS OF HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, AND 47 IN THE NEw TERRITORIES VILLAGES. THE 48 NEW PATROLS FORMED THIS YEAR MAKE UP THE LARGEST GROUP SO FAR.

MR HOLMES FELT THAT THE BASIC TRAINING FOR FIRE WATCH TEAM AMBERS PROVIDED BY THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT WAS ADEQUATE ♦TO REDUCE FIRE DAMAGE AND PREVENT THE SPREAD OF FIRE UNTIL THE PROFESSIONALS ARRIVE*.

HOWEVER, HE REITERATED THE IMPORTANCE OF NOTIFYING THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN CASE OF FIRE.

MR HOLMES SAID IT WAS NECESSARY TO MAKE SURE ALWAYS THAT AT LEAST ONE PERSON CALLED THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, AS ON MANY OCCASIONS PEOPLE THOUGHT THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAD BEEN INFORMED, AND THE PROFESSIONALS WERE THEN BLAMED UNNECESSARILY FOR ARRIVING LATE.

AT THE CEREMONY, THE NEW TEAMS WERE PRESENTED WITH SOUVENIRS BY MR HOLMES; AND BY MR TONY MILLER, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF HOUSING? NR KEITH KWOK AND MR W.K. LAM, BOTH PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARIES CF CITY AND NEw TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION? AND MR ARTHUR HACKER, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SERVICES.

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MR HOLMES ALSO PRESENTED COMMENDATION PENNANTS TO SIX OUTSTANDING FIRE WATCH TEAMS FOR THEIR GOOD WORK IN COMBATING FIRES LAST YEAR.

THE CEREMONY WAS ATTENDED BY MORE THAN 4-00 REPRESENTATIVES OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, DISTRICT BOARDS AND THE EXISTING AS WELL AS THE NEW FIRE WATCH TEAMS.

DISTRICT OFFICE TO SOLVE KWAI CHUNG PROBLEMS * * * *

PROBLEMS RELATING TO TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT, CRIME.

INADEQUATE COMMUNITY FACILITIES AND SERVICES IN KWAI CHUNG ARE SOME OF THE ISSUES THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE IS TRYING TO SOLVE, THE DISTRICT COMMISSIONER, MR HAMISH MACLEOD. SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

+WE ARE ALSO CONSIDERING AN INITIATIVE IN THE AREA OF REDUCING FIRE HAZARDS,+ SAID MR MACLEOD AT THE ANNUAL GENERAL FETING OF THE LADY MACLEHOSE CENTRE IN KWAI CHUNG.

ON THE PHYSICAL IMPROVEMENT OF THE AREA AROUND THE CENTRE. ȣ CITED THE FOLLOWING:

* THE WIDENING OF CHEUNG WING ROAD (TO BE COMPLETED BY NEXT FEBRUARY);

* NEw FOOTBRIDGES TO BE READY BY OCTOBER 1983;

* A NEW SECONDARY SCHOOL IN LEK MUK SHUE (TO BE READY BY 1983/84);

* THE SHEK YAM ROAD MARKET AND A LIBRARY (TO BE READY BY 1983/84); AND

* THE CONSTRUCTION NOW UNDERWAY OF AN INDOOR GAMES HALL AND A SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX ABOVE SHEK YAM ESTATE.

ON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, MR MACLEOD SAID THERE ARE SIX OFFICES IN KWAI CHUNG, ONE FOR EACH OF THE DISTRICT BOARD CONSTITUENCIES.

THEIR FUNCTIONS ARE TO ENCOURAGE THE FORMATION OF LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, SUCH AS MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS, AND TO KEEP IN CLOSE TOUCH WITH THEM.

+IT IS IN WAYS SUCH AS THIS THAT GOVERNMENT DOES GENUINELY TRY TO AVOID BEING TOO REMOTE,* HE SAID.

HE SA ID THROUGH SUCH SET-UPS AS AREA COMMITTEES, DISTRICT OFFICE STAFF GATHER VIEWS OF THE PEOPLE ON A RANGE OF ISSUES AND CONVEY THEM TO THE GOVERNMENT.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1982

COURSES ON PRODUCTION OF EDUCATIONAL MEDIA * * * * *

THE VISUAL EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ^^Ya,NSPECT0RAT£ WILL ORGANISE A SERIES OF IDENTICAL HALF-DAY A?nRncrcS=eIHi%PR0DUCTI0N 0P VOCATIONAL MEDIA BETWEEN NOVEMBER 1 AND DECEMBER 17.

IH- COURSES .'ILL BE CONDUCTED MAINLY IN CANTONESE AND HELD AT THE MEDIA PRODUCTION SERVICES UNIT AT 182 CANTON ROAD, 1/F.

Alin, ARE AIMED AT ACQUAINTING TEACHERS WITH THE USE OF tu°‘oZa'hatLPR0?UCTI0N EQUIPMENT AND THE VARIOUS TECHNIQUES IN THc PRODUCTION OF EDUCATIONAL MEDIA.

2R0KcSMAN r°R THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THAT EACH SCHOOL VULD NOMINATE ONE TEACHER TO THE COURSE, BUT TEACHERS WHO HAl» ATTENDED SIMILAR COURSES HELD BEFORE SHOULD NOT APPLY

INTERESTED HEADS OF SCHOOLS SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR NOMINATIONS >0 HE SENIOR INSPECTOR (VISUAL EDUCATION), VISUAL EDUCATION SECTION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT 3/F, LEE GARDENS, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUStWAY BAY BEFORE OCTOBER 15. NOMINATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED’ BASIS.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE AT THE MEDIA PRODUCTION SERVICES UNIT «T 3-o6Q831 OR THE VISUAL EDUCATION SECTION AT 5-8392359.

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MODERN FACILITIES FOR KCR WORKSHOPS

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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 FACILITIES FOR THE NEW ELECTRIC TRAINS.

A 315.7 MILLION CONTRACT FOR THE MODIFICATIONS AND EXTENSIONS CF THE WORKSHOPS WAS AWARDED TODAY (FRIDAY) TO HENRY BOOT INTERNATIONAL LIMITED BY THE RAILWAY DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

IT WAS SIGNED THIS MORNING BY MR LEUNG MIN-SUN, GOVERNMENT RAILWAY ENGINEER OF ThE DEPARTMENT, AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE COMPANY.

THE CONTRACT INCLUDES THE PROVISION OF THE NEw REPAIR FACILITIES AND THE INSTALLATION OF OVERHAUL TRACTION EQUIPMENT ON THE NEW ELECTRIC TRAINS.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY JULY NEXT YEAR.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1982

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CAS RECRUITS PASSING-OUT PARADE

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OVER 240 CIVIL AID SERVICES RECRUITS AND CADETS FROM 14 UNITS WILL TAKE PART IN A PASSING-OUT PARADE TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY POLICE FORCE l-EADQUARTERS, HARBOUR ROAD, HONG KONG AT 7.30 PM.

THE RECRUITS RECENTLY COMPLETED A BASIC TRAINING COURSE WHICH INCLUDED FOOT DRILL, FIRST AID, RESCUE, FOREST-FIRE -IGHTING, COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT, TYPHOON DUTIES AND OTHER USEFUL SKILLS.

THEY WILL BE POSTED TO VARIOUS CAS UNITS IN HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEw TERRITORIES TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY.

THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR LEWIS DAVIES, WILL INSPECT AND ADDRESS THE PARADE, AND PRESENT SPECIAL CERTIFICATES TO THE BEST RECRUITS.

MR DAVIES WILL ALSO PRESENT CIVIL DEFENCE LONG SERVICE CLASPS TO A NUMBER OF OTHER CAS MEMBERS.

THE CAS BAND WILL PROVIDE MUSIC AT THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE 26TH CAS PASSING-OUT PARADE TO BE HELD TOMORROW (SATURDAY) STARTING AT 7.30 PM, AT THE RHKAPF HEADQUARTERS, HARBOUR ROAD, HONG KONG.

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THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT AWARDED A $1 MILLION CONTRACT TODAY (FRIDAY) TO NGO KEE CONSTRUCTION CO. LTD. FOR THE CONSTRUCTION CF A NEW SALT WATER PUMPING STATION ON THE RECENTLY RECLAIMED LAND IN QUARRY BAY.

THE CONTRACT WAS SIGNED THIS MORNING BY MR LEE GUN-CHEUNG, CHIEF ENGINEER (CONSTRUCTION) OF THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT, AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE COMPANY.

MR LEE SAID THAT THE PROJECT WAS PART OF A SCHEME TO IMPROVE THE EXISTING SALT WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM IN NORTH POINT AND TO EXTEND SALT WATER SUPPLY TO QUARRY BAY FOR FLUSHING PURPOSES.

HE SAID WORK ON THE PROJECT WOULD TAKE ABOUT 11 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1982

KWAI CHUNG TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS * * *

THE PEAK HOUR CLEARWAY RESTRICTION ON WO YI HOP ROAD NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH LEI MUK ROAD IN KWAI CHUNG WILL BE EXTENDED TO 24 HOURS DAILY FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 11).

THIS WILL ALSO APPLY TO THE URBAN CLEARWAY ON LEI MUK ROAD NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH WO Yl HOP ROAD.

LEARNER DRIVERS WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING KWAI LUEN ROAD FROM 10 AM TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF WUHU VEHICULAR SUBWAY * * *

THE WUHU VEHICULAR SUBWAY IN HUNG HOM BETWEEN THE NORTHBOUND SECTION OF CHATHAM ROAD NORTH AND GILLIES AVENUE SOUTHBOUND WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 1 AM TO 5 AM FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE DAYS STARTING ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 11).

THIS IS TO ALLOW FOR MAINTENANCE WORKS ON THE VENTILATION SYSTEM.

DURING THE CLOSURE, TRAFFIC FROM YAU MA TEI AND TSIM SHA TSUI HEADING FOR HUNG HOM WILL BE DIVERTED VIA CHATHAM ROAD NORTH, HONG CHONG ROAD, CHEONG WAN ROAD AND GILLIES AVENUE.

AN ALTERNATIVE ROUTE WILL BE VIA MA TAU WAI ROAD AND WUHU

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES

BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT TO THE ELDERLY STRESSED.......... 1

COMMJNITY INVOLVEMENT IMPORTANT IN SOCIAL SERVICES ...... 1

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CAS PRAISED FOR RESCUE WORK DURING RAIN STORMS .......... 2

JAMAICAN TRADE MISSION VISITS TSUIH '.JAN ............... 3

BIG CLEAN-UP OF RIVER INDUS ............................. 3

MARINE DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS MOVING TO FAIRMONT HOUSE . 4

NEW TEMETABLE FOR DIESEL-HAULED PASSENGER TRAINS ........ 5

URBAN CLEARWAYS IN HUNG HOM AND TO .SIA WAN ............. 5

PROPOSED CLOSURE OF CHING TAK STREET .................... 6

TENDERS CALLED FOR DRAINAGE WORKS IN SHA TIN NEW TOWN.... 6

YOUTH SOCCER DEVELOPMENT SCHEME.......................... 7

SEMINAR ON MORAL EDUCATION .............................. 8

SWUMING Gala FOR SHA TIN DISTRICT ....................... 9

CHILDREN'S CHOIRS ENTERTAIN PACKED AUDIENCE.............. 10

NEW SITTING-OUT AREA FOR WONG TAI SIN ................... 10

BAND FESTIVAL ........................................... 11

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9, 1982

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GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT TO THE ELDERLY STRESSED * * *

THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, MR ERIC HO, REITERATED TODAY (SATURDAY) THE GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT TO CARING FOR THE ELDERLY.

SPEAKING AT THE CHARITY BALL OF THE HONG KONG SOCIETY FOR THE AGED, MR HO SAID THE STRONG SUPPORT FOR THIS CHARITY FUNCTION REFLECTED +THE FEELING OF THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY IN CARING FOR THE AGED+.

NOTING THAT THE HONG KONG COMMUNITY HAS A TRADITION OF HONOUR AND RESPECT FOR THE ELDERLY, HE SAID, +OUR SENIOR CITIZENS OF TODAY HAVE DEVOTED THEIR WORKING LIVES TO BUILDING THIS CITY OF OURS AND THE PROSPERITY THE COMMUNITY NOW ENJOYS.+

+FOR THE GOVERNMENT’S PART ITS COMMITMENT TO THE ELDERLY WAS

REINFORCED BY THE STATEMENTS IN THE GOVERNOR’S SPEECH IN THE

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON WEDNESDAY — ESPECIALLY THE INNOVATION OF

THE GOLD COIN HOMES — IF I MAY PUT IT THAT WAY,+ MR HO SAID.

IN HIS SPEECH, THE GOVERNOR REVEALED A TRIAL SCHEME OF HOUSING THE ELDERLY IN PRIVATE FLATS TO MEET THE ACCOMMODATION NEEDS OF THOSE WHO ARE IN GOOD PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH.

SUBJECT TO THE AGREEMENT OF MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, THE SCHEME WILL BE FINANCED FROM THE SURPLUSES OBTAINED FROM THE SALES OF GOLD COINS WHICH ARE NOW HELD IN THE SPECIAL COIN SUSPENSE ACCOUNT.

THE HONG KONG SOCIETY FOR THE AGED HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED SPECIFICALLY TO ASSIST AND CARE FOR THE ELDERLY.

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COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IMPORTANT IN SOCIAL SERVICES * * * *

SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES IN HONG KONG COULD REMAIN +RESPONSIVE AND VIABLE+ ONLY THROUGH COMMUNITY INPUT OR PARTICIPATION, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR SELWYN ALLEYNE SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF A TWO-WEEK EXHIBITION ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG FEDERATION OF SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS AT THE CITY HALL, MR ALLEYNE SAID THE EXTENT OF COMMUNITY INPUT, BOTH IN TIME AND EFFORT, WAS IMMEASURABLE.

HE SAID ONE OF THE BASIC AIMS OF SOCIAL WORK WAS TO RELEASE THE POTENTIAL OF THE INDIVIDUAL AND TO ENHANCE HIS SOCIAL FUNCTIONING.

♦THE APPROACH IS SURELY TO ENCOURAGE THE INDIVIDUAL TO CONTRIBUTE AS A MEMBER OF THE SOCIETY - TO RECOGNISE AND TO FULFIL HIS OBLIGATIONS - MAKING THE PROVISION OF WELFARE SERVICE A TWO-WAY PROCESS,+ HE SAID.

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HE STRESSED THAT THE ROLE PLAYED BY THE SOCIAL WORKER IN THESE ASPECTS WAS OF VITAL IMPORTANCE.

+ HE IS AN INFLUENTIAL FACTOR AND MOVING FORCE IN SHAPING THE MOOD AND IN STIMULATING DEVELOPMENT BASED ON A CORE OF SOCIAL wCRK VALUES AND ETHICS,* HE ADDED.

HE NOTED THAT THE EXHIBITION AIMED TO DEMONSTRATE THE SCOPE AND RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN WELFARE SERVICES, THE PEOPLE WHO DELIVERED THE SERVICES AND THOSE WHO USED THEM, SO AS TO FOSTER UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE AVERAGE MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL WORKERS.

♦THESE GOALS ARE REALISTIC AND MUCH NEEDED AT THIS TIME WHEN OUR VARIED SERVICES ARE DEVELOPING WITH A MULTITUDE OF APPROACHES AND METHODS TO MEET DIVERGENT NEEDS,* HE SAID.

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CAS PRAISED FOR RESCUE WORK DURING RAIN STORMS

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THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR LEWIS DAVIES THIS (SATURDAY) EVENING COMMENDED THE CIVIL AID SERVICES FOR THE ROLE THEY PLAYED DURING THE HEAVY RAIN STORMS IN MAY, JUNE AND AUGUST THIS YEAR.

ADDRESSING SOME 240 CAS RECRUITS AND CADETS DURING THEIR PASSING-OUT PARADE AT THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY POLICE FORCE HEADQUARTERS IN HARBOUR ROAD MR DAVIES RECALLED: +WHILST YOU HAVE BEEN UNDER TRAINING YOU WILL HAVE SEEN AND BEEN PROUD OF THE WAY IN WHICH THE CAS ASSEMBLED SO QUICKLY DURING THE PARTICULARLY HEAVY RAIN STORMS IN MAY AND JUNE AND LATER IN AUGUST.*

+THEY WERE LITERALLY EVERYWHERE EVACUATING PEOPLE FROM DANGEROUS AREAS, LOOKING AFTER HOMELESS PEOPLE IN TEMPORARY SHELTERS, CARRYING OUT HEAVY RESCUE DUTIES AND DIGGING DAY AND NIGHT TO RECOVER TRAPPED PERSONS,* HE SAID.

DESCRIBING THE CAS AS A FIRST CLASS EMERGENCY SERVICE, H? DAVIES SAID IT WAS WELL DISCIPLINED, PROPERLY TRAINED AND CAPABLE OF HELPING THE REGULAR EMERGENCY SERVICES IN TIMES OF DISTRESS.

HE NOTED THAT THE CAS HAD BEEN REORGANISED TO MAKE A TACTICAL FORCE OF 450 VOLUNTEERS AVAILABLE TO RESPOND TO EMERGENCY WITHIN ONE HOUR 0- CALL OUT AND COMMENTED THAT THIS WAS A GOOD INSURANCE AND WOULD GIVE CONFIDENCE TO EVERYONE.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9, 1982

JAMAICAN TRADE MISSION VISITS TSUEN WAN

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THE RAPID PACE OF DEVELOPMENT IN TSUEN WAN HAS GREATLY IMPRESSED A TRADE DELEGATION FROM JAMAICA *HO VISITED THE NEW TOWN TODAY (SATURDAY).

THE 1O-MAN JAMAICAN INVESTMENT PROMOTION MISSION, LED BY THE MINISTER OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE, MR DOUGLAS VAS, *AS FIRST GIVEN A BRIEFING BY THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FQR NE*. TERRITORIES, DR RICHARD BUTLER, BEFORE GOING TO TSUEN WAN.

THEY WERE MET BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS ELAINE CHUNG, WHO BRIEFED THEM ON BOARD THE MARINE LAUNCH ’CLEMENTI’ DURING AN HOUR-LONG TOUR ALONG THE WATERFRONT OF TSUEN WAN FOR A CLOSE LOOK OF THE DEVELOPING NEW TOWN, ThE KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER °OPT, THE TSING Yl DOCKYARDS AND OIL INSTALLATIONS AND THE TSUEN WAN RECLAMATION.

MISS CHUNG EMPHASISED THAT TSUEN WAN HAD BEEN PLAYING AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG'S INDUSTRY AND MODERN COMMUNICATIONS.

SHE ALSO BRIEFED THE MISSION ON TSUEN WAN’S TEXTILE INDUSTRY, THE KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER PORT, PLANS FOR HOUSING AND COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE DISTRICT, IMPROVEMENT TO TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS AND PROPOSALS FOR MORE OPEN SPACE AND COMMUNITY FAC IL ITIES.

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BIG CLEAN-UP OF RIVER INDUS X * *

NORTH DISTRICT COMMUNITY LEADERS WERE TODAY (SATURDAY) IMPRESSED BY THE PAINSTAKING EFFORTS OF THE FIELD STAFF OF THE NEw TERRITORIES SERVICES IN THEIR FOUR-MONTH LONG CLEAN-UP OF THE HEAVILY POLLUTED RIVER INDUS RUNNING THROUGH FANLING AND SHEUNG SHU I.

THE LEADERS, COMPRISING NORTH DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS, TOURED A SECTION OF THE 24-KILOMETRE RIVER COURSE AT THE TING PING SHAN AND FU TEI AU AND SAW HOW 53 CLEANSING WORKERS ON TWO FIBREGLASS DINGHIES CUT AwAY UNDERGRO .THS AND CLEARED AWAY SOLID WASTE ALONG THE WATER COURSE.

THEY ALSO INSPECTED A BOOM NET STRETCHED ACROSS THE ARCH OF A HIGHWAY BRIDGE TO TRAP FLOATING DEEP IS AND FOUND IT TO BE QUITE EFFICIENT IN COLLECTING THE GARBAGE.

A TOTAL OF 450 TONNES OF DEBRIS AND VEGETATION HAVE SO FAR BEEN REMOVED DURING THE Fl ST THREE MONTHS OF THE CLEARANCE STARTING IN JULY THIS YEAR.

oATl'iQAY, CCTCB£R *9^2

NOTING THAT Tlit MAMMOTH CLEAN-UP WAS THE FOURTH ONE SINCE ■>□77, THE CHAIRMAN OF NORTH DISTRICT CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, MR LIU CHING-LEUNG, SAID PIG AND POULTRY FARMERS AND VILLAGERS SHOULD NOW BREAK AWAY FROM THE HABIT OF THINKING THAT IT WAS THE GOVERNMENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP THE RIVER CLEAN AND START THINKING ABOUT THEIR OWN RESPONSIBILITY TO THE COMMUNITY.

MR LIU URGED FELLOW VILLAGERS TO TAKE PRIDE IN THEIR ENVIRONMENT AND TO HELP KEEP THEIR SURROUNDINGS CLEAN AND HYGIENIC.

HE ADVISED THEM TO MAKE FULL USE OF THE FARM WASTE COLLECTION SERVICE AND REFUSr COLLECTION POINTS TO DISPOSE OF ALL WASTE AND HOUSEHOLD REFUSE IN A PROPER WAY.

MR LIU SAID A CLEAN-VILLAGE COMPETITION, AN EDUCATION CAMP FOR STUDENTS AND A VARIETY SHOW IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN WOULD BE HELD IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

ALSO TAKING PART IN TODAY’S TOUR WERE THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (NORTH REGION) OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR BOWEN LEUNG, THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICER, MR STURAT HARB INSON, THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER OF NORTH DISTRICT, MR LAW WAI-MING, AND THE DEPUTY URBAN SERVICES OFFICER OF NORTH DISTRICT, MR CHAN SAK-NAM.

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MARINE DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS MOVING TO FAIRMONT HOUSE

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THE MARINE DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS AT 102 CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, WILL MOVE TO TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATION AT FAIRMONT HOUSE (4TH TO PTH FLOORS), NO. 8 COTTON TREE DRIVE, HONG KONG ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 11).

THE SITE OF THE OLD MARINE BUILDING IN WHICH THE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN OPERATING SINCE 1906 WILL BE DEMOLISHED AND REDEVELOPED BY THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION.

THE NEW TELEPHONE NUMBER WILL BE 5-211521.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9, 1982

NEW TIMETABLE FOR DIESEL-HAULED PASSENGER TRAINS

* * *

THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY WILL INTRODUCE A NEW TIMETABLE FOR THE DIESEL-HAULED PASSENGER TRAINS ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 11) IN ORDER TO TIE IN WITH THE COMMISSIONING OF THE NEW SIGNALLING SYSTEM IN FANL ING.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE KCR SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT THERE ARE AT PRESENT 33 TRAINS -- 16 NORTHBOUND AND 17 SOUTHBOUND --RUNNING DAILY BETWEEN KOWLOON AND LOWU, INCLUDING ONE DOwN TRAIN FROM TAI PO MARKET.

WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE REVISED TIMETABLE, THE NUMBER OF TRAINS IN OPERATION WILL BE INCREASED TO 35 — 17 NORTHBOUND AND 18 SOUTHBOUND -- NECESSITATING THE ORIGINAL TIME SCHEDULE BEING SLIGHTLY ALTERED.

COPIES OF THE NEW TIMETABLE ARE DISPLAYED AT ALL STATIONS FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC.

TIME SCHEDULES FOR THE ELECTRIC TRAINS AND EXPRESS THROUGH TRAINS BETWEEN KO*LOON AND GUANGZHOU WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED.

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URBAN CLEARWAYS IN HUNG HOM AND TO KWA WAN

X * * *

CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS WILL BE IMPOSED ON A NUMBER OF ROAD SECTIONS IN HUNG HOM AND TO KWA WAN IN KOWLOON TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW IN THE TWO AREAS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY.

THE CLEARWAYS RESTRICTIONS WHICH a ILL TAKE EFFECT FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 11) WILL BE IMPOSED ON LOK SHAN ROAD, CHI KIANG STREET, MOK CHEONG STREET, AND SHEUNG HEUNG ROAD NEAR THEIR JUNCTIONS w ITH MA TAU *AI ROAD; PAK KUNG STREET NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH CHATHAM. ROAD NORTH; AND HA HEUNG ROAD NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH CHI KIANG STREET. WITHIN THESE ROAD SECTIONS, VEHICLES OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES a ILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY.

AT THE SAME TIME, WHAMPOA STREET NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH BAKER STREET, THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF SHING TAK STREET NEAR MA TAU KOK ROAD? AND ANOTHER SECTION NEAR FU NING STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED AS URBAN CLEARWAYS -ROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY.

THE CLEARWAY RESTRICTION Cl THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF FU NING STREET BETWEEN MA TAU CHUNG ROAD A'.D SHING TAK STREET *ILL BE RESCINDED.

ATURDAY, OCTOBER 9, -9E2

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PROPOSED CLOSURE Or CHING TAK STREET * * X *

~-E GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO CLOSE A SECTION OF CHI*TAK STREET "TWEEN SLOCK 11 AND 12 OF LOWER .VONG TAI SIN ESTATE C FACILITATE ~“;P RECONSTRUCTION OF THE OLD BLOCKS AS PART OF THE HOUSING yiTHO'-ITY’S REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME OF MARK I AND II ESTATES.

E OF MARK I AND

;£ PART 0? THE REDEVELOPMENT C . STRUCTED SOUTH OF THE EXISTING

SCHEME, A NEW ROAD WILL 3E BLOCK 12.

A NOTICE ANNOUNCING THE PROPOSED CLOSURE WAS PUBLISHED IN -< GOVERNMENT GAZETTE YESTERDAY (FRIDAY).

A PLAN SHOWING THE AFFECTED SECTION OF THE ROAD CAN 3E SEEN A" T'-E CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CE-~RAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, .VEST .'ING ’AIN ENTRANCE; THE wONG FAI -■--~ICT OFFICE, SAN PO KONG GOVERNMENT O-FICES BUILDING, KING - STREET, SAN ‘PO KONG «AD THE KOWLOON EAST DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOC ..

ANY PERSON OBJECTING TO THE PROPOSAL

•RI’ING TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND

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TENDERS CALLED FOR DRAINAGE WORKS IN - * * *

MUST SE’-T HIS OBJECTION WORKS "Hl TWO MONTHS.

SHA TIN NEW TOWN

THE SUA TIN NEW TO' X DEVELOPMENT OFFICE CF THE NEW TERR TORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR SITE FORMATION AND DRAINAGE WORKS NEAR HIN TIN IN SHA TIN NEW TO ■.

THE PROJECT FORMS PART OF THE CONTINUING PROGRAMME FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF SHA TIN NEW TO..N.

UNDER THE CONTRACT, ABOUT SEVEN HECTARES OF LAND WILL BE FORMED FOR PUBLIC HOUSING TO PROVIDE ACCOMMODATION FOR ABOUT 21 000 PEOPLE.

•<DRK ON THE CCNT-ACT ’LL BEGIN IN JANUARY NEXT YE" AND TAKE ABOUT 16 ‘-C-NTHS TO COMPLETE.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9, 1982

YOUTH SOCCER DEVELOPMENT SCHEME * * *

A MAJOR PROJECT TO DEVELOP AND TRAIN YOUNG SOCCER PLAYERS HAS ATTRACTED ABOUT 2 OOO APPLICATIONS.

THE FIVE-MONTH PROJECT, KNOWN AS THE HONG KONG YOUTH FOOTBALL DEVELOPMENT SCHEME 1982-83, IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT, THE HONG KONG FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION, THE URBAN COUNCIL, THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE.

*AS ONLY 1 280 PLAYERS COULD BE ACCEPTED, SELECTIONS WERE MADE LAST WEEK THROUGH A SERIES OF SKILL TESTS, AND TRAINING HAS STARTED FOR THOSE PICKED,* SAID THE RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICER IN CHARGE OF TEAM GAMES, MR THOMSON CHAN, WHO RECENTLY REFERRED AT THE WORLD CUP TOURNAMENT IN SPAIN.

UNDER THE SCHEME, THERE ARE 16 TEAM MANAGERS, EACH RESPONSIBLE FOR 80 PLAYERS.

THE PLAYERS wILL RECEIVE FIVE WEEKS OF ELEMENTARY TRAINING, TO BE FOLLOWED BY SIX WEEKS OF INTERMEDIATE TRAINING AND BY PRACTICE MATCHES.

+AFTER THE BASIC TRAINING, THE 16 GROUPS WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE DISTRICT LEAGUE MATCHES.

+THE WINNING TEAM AND OTHER PLAYERS SHOWING POTENTIAL WILL THEN BE SELECTED FOR FURTHER TRAINING AT THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE,* MR CHAN SAID.

THESE BEST PLAYERS WOULD HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY OF BEING CHOSEN TO REPRESENT HONG KONG IN INTERNATIONAL YOUTH MATCHES, HE ADDED.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9, 1982

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SEMINAR OK MORAL EDUCATION * * * * *

THREE HALF-DAY SEMINARS ON THE TEACHING OF EDUCATION FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS WILL BE THIS MONTH AND IN NOVEMBER.

ETHICAL/MORAl

HEO LATER

THE EVENTS ARE ORGANISED BY THE RELIGIOUS/ETHI CAL EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ADVISORY INSPECTORATE.

FOR TEACHERS TEACHING ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND IN ’•E NEW TERRITORIES, THE SEMINARS WILL BE HELD ON OCTOBER 30 AND NOVEMBER 20 RESPECTIVELY AT THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE TEACHING CENTRE IN PAK FUK ROAD, NORTH POINT.

FOR TEACHERS WORKING IN KOWLOON THE SEMINAR WILL BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 6 AT HO MAN TIN GOVERNMENT MIDDLE SCHOOL, PERTH STREET.

THE AIM OF THE SEMINAR IS TO ACQUAINT TEACHERS WITH SUGGESTED APDROACHES TO MORAL EDUCATION AND STUDENT COUNSELLING, AND THE USE OF RELATED AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIALS. PARTICIPANTS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXCHANGE VIEWS AND EXPERIENCE WITH PANEL SPEAKERS AND AMONG THEMSELVES DURING THE SEMINARS, WHICH WILL BE CONDUCTED IN CANTONESE.

HEADS OF SCHOOLS WISHING TO NOMINATE TEACHERS TO ATTEND THE SEMINARS SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR NOMINATIONS TO THE SENIOR INSPECTOR, RELIGIOUS/ETHI CAL EDUCATION SECTION, ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, LEE GARDENS, 5/F, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY.

DUE TO THE LIMITED SEATING CAPACITY, HEADS OF SCHOOLS ARE REQUESTED TO NOMINATE NOT MORE THAN TWO TEACHERS TO ATTEND THE SEMINAR. IN CASE OF OVER-SUBSCRIPTION, ACCEPTANCE WILL. BE TREATED ON A ’FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED’ BASIS.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9,

1982

SWIMMING GALA FOR SHA TIN DISTRICT M H

A FRIENDLY MATCH BETWEEN LOCAL RESIDENTS AND GOVERNMENT ■OFFICIALS RAISED THE CURTAIN ON THE SECOND SHA TIN DISTRICT SHIMMING GALA TODAY (SATURDAY) AT THE JOCKEY CLUB SWIMMING POOL.

TWO SPECIALLY-DESIGNED WATER SPORT GAMES WERE PLAYED BY REPRESENTATIVE "EAMS OF THE DISTRICT’S FOUR AREA COMMITTEES, - NEW TERRITORIES SCHOOL SPORTS ASSOCIATION (SHA TIN), THE POLICE, "v- RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE, THE LOCAL AMBULANCE DEPOT AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE, TO ENTERTAIN THE AUDIENCE BEFORE THE EVENT WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED AT 1.30 PM.

THE ANNUAL SWIMMING GALA IS ONE OF MANY SPORTS COMPETITIONS ORGANISED BY THE SHA TIN SPORTS ASSOCIATION TO PROMOTE STRONGER IDENTIFICATION AMONG RESIDENTS WITH THEIR DISTRICT. THE WINNERS IN TODAY’S EVENTS WILL REPRESENT THE DISTRICT IN THE INTER-DISTRICT swimming gala on November i.

THE SPORTS ASSOCIATION’S CONTRIBUTION TO SHA TIN IS HIGHLY APPRECIATED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR DONALD TSANG.

♦SPORT PLAYS AN IMPORTANT PART IN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT.

SHA TIN WILL NOT BE A SUCCESSFUL NEW TOWN UNLESS ITS PEOPLE ARE ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT THEIR OWN COMMUNITY,* HE SAID.

+WE MUST PAY SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO THE SPORTS ASSOCIATION FOR ORGANISING SUCH A VARIETY OF EVENTS TO ENCOURAGE TEAM SPIR I T AMONG LOCAL PEOPLE.*

ACCORDING TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SHA TIN SPORTS ASSOCIATION, NR LAU HON-KIT, DISTRICT MATCHES ON SOCCER, BASKETBALL, TABLE TENNIS, BADMINTON AS WELL AS TRACK AND FIELD EVENTS ARE SCHEDULED FOR 1982/83.

THE SECOND SHA TIN DISTRICT SWIMMING GALA TODAY ATTRACTED ABOUT 300 COMPETITORS, WHOSE AGES RANGED FROM 10 TO 50, IN 60 RACES INCLUDING BREAST-STROKE, BACK-STROKE, BUTTERFLY, FREE-STYlE AND RELAYS.

SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE AND THE SHA TIN RURAL COMMITTEE, THE COMPETITION WAS OPEN TO ALL PEOPLE LIVING IN THE DISTRICT.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY TODAV WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SHA TIN RURAL COMMITTEE, YR WAI HCN-LEU'.', THE VICE-CHAIRMAN CF THE SHA TIN SPORTS ASSOCIATION, MR NG CHA'.'-LAM AND THE RECREATION AND S°ORT OFFICER, R TAM PAK-. NG.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9, 1^82

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CHILDREN’S CHOIRS ENTERTAIN PACKED AUDIENCE * * *

CHILDREN’S CHOIRS FROM FIVE NEW TOWNS GOT TOGETHER FOP THE "IRST TIME TODAY IN A CONCERT FOR A PACKED AUDIENCE OF 2 030 AT THE NORTH DISTRICT TOWN HALL IN SHEUNG SHU I.

TOTALLING MORE THAN 350, THE YOUNG SINGERS ENTERTAINED THE AUDIENCE wITH CHINESE AND ENGLISH CHILDREN FOLK SONGS, DANCING AND INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCES DURING A TWO-HOUR SHOW JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE NORTH DISTRICT ARTS ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION, THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE CULTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

MOST OF THE CHOIR MEMBERS, AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 14, HAVE PREVIOUSLY GIVEN WELL-RECEIVED PERFORMANCES IN THEIR OWN DISTRICTS -- SHA TIN, TAI PO, NORTH, YUEN LONG AND TSUEN WAN.

SOME OF THE CHOIRS WERE FORMED AS EARLY AS 1978 AND ARE FINANCIALLY SUPPORTED BY THEIR RESPECTIVE DISTRICT BOARDS.

MR LEUNG KWOK-WAI, A SCHOOL HEADMASTER WHO IS ALSO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE MUSIC SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE NORTH DISTRICT ARTS ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION, INITIATED THE IDEA OF THE JOINT CONCERT AND SPENT CONSIDERABLE TIME IN BRINGING THE CHOIRS TOGETHER.

♦THE SHOW PROVIDED YET ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY FOR THE CHOIR MEMBERS TO PERFORM IN PUBLIC, THUS ENABLING THEM TO EXCHANGE EXPERIENCES AND TO FURTHER IMPROVE THEIR SKILLS IN SINGING,* MR LEUNG SAID.

♦MORE IMPORTANT, WE HOPE TODAY’S EVENT WILL SERVE AS AN EXAMPLE AND ENCOURAGEMENT FOR SIMILAR FUNCTIONS FOR THE PROMOTION OF CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES,* HE ADDED.

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR NEW TERRITORIES, DR RICHARD BUTLER, THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICER, MR STUART HARBINSON, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF CULTURAL SERVICES, MR GORDON JONES, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF NORTH DISTRICT ARTS ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION, LIU CHING-LEUNG, OFFICIATED AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE

CONCERT.

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NEW SITTING-OUT AREA FOR WONG TAI SIN

A A. f.

A NEW $123 000 SITTING-OUT AREA HAS JUST BEEN ADDED TO THE DENSELY-POPULATED WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT.

THIS WAS THE LARGEST ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT CARRIED OUT BY THE JONG TAI SI >, DISTRICT BOARD SO FAR.

INSTALLED WITH CONCRETE BENCHES AND FLOWER-BEDS, THE OPEN AREA WAS CONVERTED FROM A SITE AT THE JUNCTION 0- TUNG TAU TSUEN ROAD AND TUNG CHI ,G ROAD AFTER THE CLEA-ANCE OF SOME 33 ILLEGAL STRUCTURES THERE.

saTtoday, octosol 5,

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SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY TODAY, THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, MR A.G. EASON, ENCOURAGED THE NEW DISTRICT BOARD TO CONTINUE WITH ITS EFFORTS TO IMPROVE THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT AND MAKE WONG TAI SIN A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE IN.

+ONE OF THE FUNCTIONS OF A DISTRICT BOARD IS TO PROVIDE MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS IN EACH DISTRICT TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS,* HE SAID.

+FOR THIS REASON, DISTRICT BOARDS HAVE BEEN PROVIDED WITH FUNDS SO THAT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS CAN BE UNDERTAKEN SPEEDILY, THEREBY DEMONSTRATING THAT GOVERNMENT IS RESPONSIVE TO PROVIDING BETTER FACILITIES AND SERVICES FOR PEOPLE WHO LIVE AND WORK IN EACH DISTRICT.*

WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD HAS 16 OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS IN HAND, WITH A TOTAL COST OF MORE THAN $500 000.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WERE A NEWLY ELECTED DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER, MR CHUNG SHE-YEN, THE DEVELOPMENT MANAGER OF KOWLOON, MR PAU MAN-KWONG, AND THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFF ICER, MR IAN STRACHAN.

OTHER DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS ELECTED LAST MONTH AND MEMBERS OF THE TUNG TAU AREA COMMITTEE AND LOCAL MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES ATTENDED THE CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORS

BAND FESTIVAL * X *

THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD THE FIFTH HONG KONG YOUTH BAND FESTIVAL -ROM NOVEMBER 7-14, 1932.

DETAILS OF THE EVENT ILL BE ANNOUNCED AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD AT 3 PM ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 11) AT THE GIS THEATRE, 5/F., BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, CENTRAL.

ATTENDING THE PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE THE COMMISSIONER FOR RECRE-.TIO: A'.D CULTl-E, M? BA.-.; IE <• IGG: THE ACTING MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR, MR MIKE LUKE. A\D THE ASSISTANT MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR (PROFESSIONAL), MR THOMAS WANG.

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

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

JUNE EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND. PAYROLL STATISTICS.............. 1

YUEN LONG D.B. MEMBERS TO MEET THE PUBLIC ...................... 8

SAFETY COURSE FOR GAS FITTERS AND MECHANICS .................... 8

NTSD ANTI-LITTER FOREMEN COMMENDED ............................. 9

APPOINTMENT OF HIGH COURT JUDGE ............................... 10

LABOUR DEPARTMENT OPENS BRANCH OFFICE IN TSUEN WAN ............ 10

WATER CUTS IN SAI YING PUN AND KWAI CHUNG ..................... 11

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SHAM SHUT PO........................... 11

POLLUTION AND ECOSYSTEM COURSE FOR GEOGRAPHY TEACHERS ......... 12

BIDOD PRESSURE MEASUREMENT SEMINAR............................. 12

NEW RECREATION GROUND AT SAU NGA ROAD.......................... 1J

NEW FOOTBRIDGE FOR CAUSEWAY BAY................................ 1j

ROAD CLOSURE IN SHAU KEI WAN .................................. 14

FOOTBRIDGES FOR AU TAU ........................................ 14

TUEN MUN TENNIS COURTS BOOKINGS ............................... 15

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1982

JUNE EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL STATISTICS ******

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY PUBLISHED EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS FOR MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY IN JUNE 1982. THESE 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 BY MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS, TOGETHER WITH A COMPARISON WITH THE CORRESPONDING FIGURES FOR JUNE 1981 AND MARCH 1982, ARE AS FOLLOWS t

PERSONS ENGAGED (EMPLOYMENT) IN

PERCENTAGE CHANGE

SECTOR OF THE ECONOMY JUNE 81 MAR. 82 JUNE : 82 JUNE 82 ON JUNE 81 JUNE 82 ON MAR. 82

MANUFACTURING 942 800 886 100 903 000 - 4.2 ♦ 1.9

BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION (MANUAL WORKERS ON SITES ONLY) 86 80D 86 500 84 300 - 2.8 - 2.5

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 455 800 490 200 498 700 ♦ 9.4 + 1.7

FINANCE, 141 700 157 700 164 100 ♦ 15.8 + 4.1

INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES

/A COMPARISON .......

CUNDAY. OCTOBER 10, 1982

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A COMPARISON OF THE FIGURES FOR JUNE 1982 WITH THOSE FOR JUNE 1981 SHOWS INCREASES IN EMPLOYMENT IN THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, AND THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR. EMPLOYMENT IN THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR CONTINUED TO GROW RAPIDLY. AT 164 100, EMPLOYMENT IN THIS SECTOR WAS 15.8 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN JUNE 1981. EMPLOYMENT IN THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR AT 498 700, WAS 9.4 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN JUNE 1981. ON THE OTHER HAND, EMPLOYMENT IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR AND ON BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES DECREASED BY 4.2 PER CENT AND 2.8 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

COMPARING THE EMPLOYMENT FIGURES FOR JUNE 1982 WITH THOSE FOR MARCH 1982, 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 SHOWED INCREASES OF 1.9 PER CENT, 1.7 PER CENT AND 4.1 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. ON THE OTHER HAND, A DECREASE OF 2.5 PER CENT IN EMPLOYMENT ON BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES WAS REGISTERED.

TOGETHER WITH THE EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS, THE SURVEY ALSO PROVIDED 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 JUNE 1982. THE OVERALL FIGURES BY MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS, TOGETHER WITH A COMPARISON WITH THE CORRESPONDING FIGURES FOR JUNE 1981 AND MARCH 1982, ARE AS FOLLOWS :

NUMBER OF REPORTED PERCENTAGE CHANGE

VACANCIES IN

SECTOR OF THE ECONOMY JUNE : 81 MAR. 82 JUNE 82 JUNE 82 ON JUNE 81 JUNE 82 ON MAR. 82

MANUFACTURING 42 000 44 100 26 900 - 35.8 - 38.8

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 5 000 7 200 5 200 ♦ 4.0 - 26.8

FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 2 100 3 100 1 900 - 12.7 /COMPARING THE . - 39.0

COMPARING THE FIGURES FOR JUNE 1982 WITH THOSE FOR THE SAME PERIOD IN 1981, THE NUMBER OF REPORTED VACANCIES IN THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR INCREASED BY 4 PER CENT. HOWEVER, DECREASES OF 35.8 PER CENT AND 12.7 PER CENT IN THE NUMBER CF REPORTED VACANCIES WERE REGISTERED IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR AND THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR RESPECTIVELY.

COMPARING THE FIGURES FOR JUNE 1982 WITH THOSE FOR MARCH 1982, THE NUMBER OF REPORTED VACANCIES DECREASED IN ALL OF THE ABOVE SECTORS. THE DECREASES IN 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 WERE 38.8 PER CENT, 26.8 PER CENT AND 39.0 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE SURVEY 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 2ND QTR. 1981 2ND QTR. 1982 2ND QTR. 1982 ON 2ND QTR. 1981

HK$ MN HK$ MN

MANUFACTURING 4 654 5 091 + 9.4

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 2 438 3 056 + 25.4

FINANCE, 1 241 1 694 + 36.5

INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES

RELATIVE TO THE SAME QUARTER A YEAR AGO, PAYROLL OUTLAYS IN THE ABOVE THREE SECTORS INCREASED BY 9.4 PER CENT, 25.4 PER CENT AND 36.5 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. THE INCREASE IN THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR, AT 36.5 PER CENT, WAS PARTICULARLY RAPID. SUCH A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE WAS IN PART DUE 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 THE EFFECTS OF PRICE CHANGES. THE NOMINAL INDEX IS DEFLATED BY THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) TO GIVE THE REAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED. VALUES OF THESE TWO INDICES ARE GIVEN IN THE TABLES BELOW:

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

PERCENTAGE CHANGE

SECTOR OF THE ECONOMY

MANUFACTURING

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS

FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES

JUNE 82 ON

JUNE 81 JUNE 82 JUNE 81

119.1 134.8 ♦ 13.2

119.1 140.5 ♦ 18.0

117.2 139.1 * 18-7

SECTOR OF THE ECONOMY REAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED (JUNE 1980 - 100) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

JUNE 81 JUNE 82 JUNE 82 ON JUNE 81

MANUFACTURING 102.9 104.8 + 1.8

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 102.9 109.3 + 6.2

FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 101.3 108.2 + 6.8

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COMPARED WITH JUNE 1981, INCREASES OF 13.2 PER CENT, 18 PER CENT AND 18.7 PER CENT WERE REGISTERED IN THE NOMINAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED IN 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 RESPECTIVELY. OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE REAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED SHOWED INCREASES OF 1.8 PER CENT, 6.2 PER CENT AND 6.8 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN 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.

EMPLOYMENT FIGURES FOR SELECTED INDIVIDUAL INDUSTRIES WITHIN THE FOUR SECTORS ARE GIVEN IN THE TABLES ATTACHED. FURTHER DETAILS ARE OBTAINABLE FROM THE FOLLOWING OFFICERS CF THE EMPLOYMENT AND EARNINGS STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

MR AU HOO-KIT

MR NG KUNG-TAK

MR CHOI FUN-TAI

5-434185

5-455661

5-455668

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Details of employment in selected industries

I. Manufacturing sector

Industry group Wearing apparel (excluding knitwear from yarn) Employment in Percentage change

Jun. 82 on Jun. 81 - 5.8 Jun. 82 on Mar. 82 ♦ 0o1

Jun. 81 Mar. 82 277 000 260 700 Jun. 82

260 900

Textiles (including knitwear from yarn) 124 600 117 700 117 600 - 5.7 - 0.1

Electrical machinery, appliances and supplies, including electronic products 131 800 116 400 124 500 - 5.7 6.8

Plastic nroducts 94 300 87 100 94 300 - 0.1 + 8.2

Fabricated metal products 85 000 80 600 81 100 - 4.5 + 0.7

II. Building and Construction sector (manual workers on sites only)

Contracting party Employment in Percentage change

Jun. 82 on Jun. 81 Jun. 82 on Mar. 82

Jun. 81 Mar. 82 Jun. 82

Housing Department 16 500 15 500 14 500 -12.1 - 6.5

Other Government Departments 17 000 22 000 19 700 *15.9 -10.5

Mass Transit Railway Corporation •• 1 900 2 400 3 000 *57.9 +25.0

Private sector 51 500 46 600 47 100 - 8.5 + 1.1

Including Building Development Department, Engineering Development Department, New Territories Development Department and Water Supplies Department

Construction sites under the Mass Transit Railway Corporation refer to M.T.R. contracts for which work was in progress during the reference period

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10, 19^2

III. Wholesale and detail, Import and Export,

and Restaurants and Hotels sector

1 Employment in Percentage change

Jun. 82 Jun. 82

on on

Industry group Jun. 81 Mar. 82 Jun< , 82 Jun. 81 Mar. 82

Wholesale trade 51 200 54 300 55 800 + 9.0 +2.8

Retail trade 149 600 152 600 159 200 ♦ 6.4 +4.3

Import/Export business 115 200 130 100 130 400 +13.2 +0.2

Restaurants, cafes and bars 119 800 131 900 131 700 + 9.9 -0.1

Hotels and boarding houses 20 000 21 400 21 600 + 8.1 +1.0

IV. Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and

Business Services sector

Employment in Percentage change

Jun. 82 Jun. 82 on on

Industry group Jun. 81 Mar. 82 Jun. 82 Jun. 81 Mar. 82

Monetary institutions including banks 45 300 49 500 51 000 +12.8 + 3.1

Real estate companies 22 100 24 900 25 500 +15.3 + 2.4

Other financial institutions 23 200 25 800 26 500 +14.6 + 2.8

Accounting and auditing firms 5 400 5 800 6 700 +25.0 +16.0

Engineering, architectural and technical services 9 500 10 700 11 700 +22.6 + 9.0

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YUEN LONG D.B. MEMBERS TO MEET THE PUBLIC * * * *

YUEN LONG RESIDENTS WITH GOOD SUGGESTIONS TO IMPROVE THE DISTRICT’S ENVIRONMENT AND LIVING CONDITIONS CAN NOW CHANNEL THEIR VIEWS THROUGH MEETINGS WITH UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD.

THE BOARD’S +MEET THE PUBLIC* SCHEME, STARTING ON OCTOBER 18, WILL BE HELD BETWEEN 7 PM AND 8 PM EVERY MONDAY AT THE MEMBERS’ ROOM NEXT TO THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY COUNTER OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WILL BE ON DUTY TO LISTEN TO COMPLAINTS, SUGGESTIONS AND OFFER COUNSELLING ADVICE. IF AND WHEN APPROPRIATE, THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WILL TAKE UP THE MATTERS WITH CONCERNED GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS THROUGH THE DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT.

YUEN LONG IS THE SEVENTH DISTRICT BOARD TO INTRODUCE THE SCHEME.

A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC COULD HEET THE BOARD MEMBERS ON A WIDE RANGE OF SUBJECTS, SUCH AS THE PROVISION OF PUBLIC FACILITIES OR SERVICES, THE STANDARD OF GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION IN THE DISTRICT AND THE WORK OF THE DISTRICT BOARD.

APPOINTMENTS FOR MEETINGS WITH THE UNOFFICIAL BOARD MEMBERS CAN BE MADE IN PERSON AT ROOM 419 OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE, OR WITH THE DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT BY TELEPHONING 0-792261 EXTENSION 146, DURING NORMAL OFFICE HOURS.

+THOSE WITHOUT PRIOR APPOINTMENTS WILL BE ENTERTAINED, IF TIME PERMITS, ON A FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVED BASIS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+RESIDENTS OF YUEN LONG ARE ENCOURAGED TO MAKE USE OF THIS OPPORTUNITY TO MEET THEIR DB MEMBERS. PUBLIC SUPPORT IS ESSENTIAL FOR THE PRIMARY AIM OF THE SCHEME WHICH IS TO ESTABLISH CLOSER CONTACT BETWEEN THE DISTRICT BOARD AND ITS ELECTORATE.*

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^.SAFETY COURSE FOR GAS FITTERS AND MECHANICS * * * *

THE FIRST BATCH OF GAS FITTERS AND MECHANICS TO TAKE UP THE NEWLY INTRODUCED INTENSIVE COURSE IN LPG SAFETY HAS BEGUN RECEIVING INSTRUCTIONS.

THE COURSE IS ORGANISED BY THE GOVERNMENT AS ONE OF THE MEASURES TO IMPROVE GAS SAFETY IN HONG KONG AND IS SPONSORED BY THE GAS INDUSTRY WHICH DONATED EQUIPMENT FOR WORKSHOP PRACTICE.

THERE ARE TEN CLASSES, EACH 0" 20 STUDENTS WHO HAVE ALREADY HAD WORKING EXPERIENCE IN THE FIELD. THE TRAINING COURSE IS DESIGNED TO UPDATE AND IMPROVE THEIR STANDARD OF INSTALLING AND SERVICING LPG APPLIANCE?.

/THROUGH <+Q.....

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10, 198?

9

THROUGH 40 HOURS OF INSTRUCTION, COMPRISING LECTURES AND PRACTICAL WORK, COURSE MEMBERS ARE ABLE TO BRUSH UP THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF LPG PROPERTIES AND THE SAFE HANDLING, INSTALLATION, OPERATION AND SERVICING OF GAS APPLIANCES.

THEY ARE ALSO TAUGHT THE METHODS OF DETECTING AND CORRECTING UNSAFE INSTALLATIONS AND ARE EXPECTED TO ADVISE CUSTOMERS IN THE USE OF GAS APPLIANCES AFTER THEY HAVE INSTALLED THEM.

THOSE WHO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THE COURSE AND PASS VERBAL, MULTIPLE CHOICE AND PRACTICAL TESTS WILL BE AWARDED CERTIFICATES.

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NTSD ANTI-LITTER FOREMEN COMMENDED * * * *

AN ANTI-LITTER FOREMAN OF THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT WHO SUSTAINED FACE AND EYE INJURIES BY CORROSIVE SUBSTANCE THROWN AT HIM BY A LITTERBUG WHOM HE PROSECUTED WILL BE COMMENDED FOR HIS DEVOTION TO DUTY.

THE FOREMAN, MR LEUNG FAT-LUNG, ATTACHED TO THE PEST CONTROL UNIT OF SHA TIN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE, WILL BE AMONG 30 NTSD OFFICERS TO RECEIVE COMMENDATION AT A CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT THE KWAI CHUNG SPORTSGROUND ON TUESDAY (OCTOBER 12).

THE RETIRING DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR JIMMY SWEETMAN, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF NEW TERRITORIES ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN, MR CHARLES YEUNG, AND THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN CO-ORDINATOR, MR MARTIN LEWIS, WILL JOINTLY OFFICIATE AT THE FUNCTION.

MORE THAN 700 OFFICERS OF THE NTSD, WHO TOOK UP ENFORCEMENT ACTION TO HELP MAKE THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN A SUCCESS, HAD PROSECUTED SOME 14 000 LITTERBUGS DURING THE 12-MONTH DRIVE WHICH STARTED LAST OCTOBER.

RECALLING THE INCIDENT, MR LEUNG SAID HE ISSUED A SUMMONS TO A 57-YEAR-OLD MAN SPITTING OUTSIDE A RESTAURANT AT TAI WAI, SHA TIN, ON THE MORNING OF JUNE 7.

THE MAN WENT TO MR LEUNG’S OFFICE IN THE SAME AFTERNOON AND ASKED HIM TO ’FIX UP THE MATTER’. MR LEUNG REFUSED AND THE MAN TOOK OUT A PACKET CONTAINING SODIUM HYDROXIDE AND SODIUM CARBONATE

AND THREW IT AT LEUNG.

THE ATTACKER, WHO WAS SUBSEQUENTLY SUBDUED BY MR LEUNG’S COLLEAGUES, WAS SENTENCED TO 18 MONTHS IMPRISONMENT BY A KOWLOON DISTRICT COURT JUDGE.

ANOTHER ANT I-LITTER FOREMAN ATTACHED TO YUEN LONG URBAN SERVICES OFFICE, MR KWAN CHIU-TONG, ALSO EARNED A COMMENDATION FOR HIS EFFORT IN ISSUING MORE THAN 460 SUMMONS TO LITTERBUGS SINCE THE CURRENT CLEAN-UP DRIVE LAUNCHED LAST OCTOBER.

AMONG THE LITTERBUGS WHO WAS BROUGHT TO COURT BY MR KWAN WAS A YUEN LONG PIG FARMER WHO *AS ORDERED TO PAY A FINE OF $2 000 — THE HIGHEST IMPOSED BY AN ANTI-LITTER COURT -- FOR DISCHARGING FARM WASTE INTO THE KAM TIN RIVER IN MAY. ANOTHER WOMAN OFFENDER WAS ALSO FINED SI 530 FOR AN OFFENCE OF A SIMILAR NATURE LAST MONTH. /A FOREMAN ......................................................

SUNDAY, OCTOBi? 10, 1?82

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A FOREMAN OF TSUEN WAN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE, HO LAM-HEI, WHO BROUGHT MORE THAN 480 LITTERBUGS TO COURT — A RECORD FOR AN INDIVIDUAL OFFICER IN THE NEW TERRITORIES -- WILL ALSO BE COMMENDED FOR HIS GOOD WORK. IN SEPTEMBER ALONE, MR HO ISSUED SOME 200 SUMMONSES TO TSUEN WAN LITTERBUGS.

WOMAN FOREMAN GRACE TAM OF YUEN LONG URBAN SERVICES OFFICE WILL ALSO BE AWARDED A CERTIFICATE FOR BOOKING MORE THAN 100 LITTERBUGS DURING THE COURSE OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN.

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APPOINTMENT OF HIGH COURT JUDGE

*****

MR CHARLES BARRIE KNIGHT MANTELL, Q.C., WILL TAKE UP HIS APPOINTMENT AS A JUDGE OF THE HIGH COURT IN HONG KONG ON OCTOBER 24, 1982.

MR MANTELL WAS BORN IN ENGLAND IN 1937 AND EDUCATED AT MANCHESTER GRAMMAR SCHOOL AND THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER. HE wAS CALLED TO THE BAR OF GRAY’S INN IN I960.

HE PRACTISED ON THE NORTHERN CIRCUIT OF ENGLAND. IN 1978 HE BECAME A RECORDER OF THE CROWN COURT AND TOOK SILK IN 1979.

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LABOUR DEPARTMENT OPENS BRANCH OFFICE IN TSUEN WAN

*****

A SECOND TSUEN WAN BRANCH OFFICE OF THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION UNIT OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WILL OPEN ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF EAST ASIA COMMERCIAL CENTRE IN TEXACO ROAD, TSUEN WAN, TOMORROW (MONDAY).

THE NEW OFFICE WILL HANDLE AND PROCESS INJURY CASES ARISING OUT OF AND IN THE COURSE OF EMPLOYMENT AT KWAI CHUNG AND ON TSI NG Yl ISLAND, IN ADDITION TO ADVISING EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES OF THEIR RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION ORDINANCE.

THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS FOR PUBLIC ENQUIRIES ARE 0-4980022 AND 0-4981001.

THE EXISTING TSUEN WAN OFFICE AT CHEUNG YIU BUILDING, 1ST FLOOR, 167-173, CASTLE PEAK ROAD, CONTINUES TO OFFER SIMILAR SERVICES FOR INJURY CASES OCCURRING IN TSUEN WAN, TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG.

MEANWHILE, THE SHAM SHU I PO OFFICE OF THE LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE WILL MOVE TO NEW PREMISES AT 234 TAI PO ROAD, GROUND FLOOR, SHAM SHU I PO TOMORROW (MONDAY).

THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS FOR °UBLIC ENQUIRIES ARE 3-7793690, 3-7770189, 3-7770296 AND 3-7770336.

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11

WATER CUTS IN SAI YING PUN AND KWAI CHUNG *****

CRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN SAI YING PUN WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM ON TUESDAY (OCTOBER 12) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR A LEAKAGE TEST.

THE PREMISES AFFECTED WILL BE THOSE IN THE AREA BOUNDED BY HILL ROAD, YU ON TERRACE, SOUTH LANE, YAT FU LANE, QUEEN’S ROAD WEST AND THE SECTION OF DES VOEUX ROAD WEST BETWEEN QUEEN’S ROAD WEST AND HILL ROAD.

IN KWAI CHUNG, FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN KWAI CHUNG ESTATE WILL ALSO BE TURNED OFF FOR FIVE HOURS FROM 1 AM TO 6 AM ON WEDNESDAY (OCTOBER 13).

THE PREMISES AFFECTED WILL BE BLOCK NOS 27 TO 42 ON TAI WO HAU ROAD.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SHAM SHU I PO

* * * *

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN SHAM SHU I PO FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (OCTOBER 12) TO IMPROVE THE TRAFFIC FLOW IN THE AREA.

CAMP STREET BETWEEN FUK WING STREET AND UN CHAU STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE WAY NORTHBOUND.

FUK WING STREET BETWEEN CAMP STREET AND KIU KIANG STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE WAY EASTBOUND.

AT THE SAME TIME, EASTBOUND VEHICLES ALONG CASTLE PEAK ROAD WILL BE BANNED FROM TURNING LEFT INTO CAMP STREET NORTHBOUND, WHILE THOSE TRAVELLING NORTHWARDS ALONG CAMP STREET WILL BE BANNED FROM TURNING RIGHT INTO CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

/12 •

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POLLUTION AND ECOSYSTEM COURSE FOR GEOGRAPHY TEACHERS *****

A FIELD STUDY COURSE ON POLLUTION AND ECOSYSTEM WILL BE HELD BY THE FIELD STUDY CENTRE AND THE GEOGRAPHY SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ADVISORY INSPECTORATE LATER THIS MONTH FOR TEACHERS TEACHING THE HONG KONG HIGHER LEVEL EXAMINATION GEOGRAPHY.

IT WILL BE HELD ON OCTOBER 23 FROM 9 AM TO 4.30 PM AT THE FIELD STUDIES CENTRE, SAI KUNG OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE. THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS WILL BE 40.

THE AIM OF THE COURSE IS TO FAMILIARISE TEACHERS WITH FIELD TECHNIQUES RELATED TO STUDIES OF POLLUTION AND ECOSYSTEM AS STIPULATED IN THE 1983 HIGHER LEVEL EXAMINATION GEOGRAPHY SYLLABUS.

IT WILL BE CONDUCTED BY DR K.C. LAM OF THE DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY, THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG AND DR K.C. CHAU OF THE CLEAR WATER BAY COUNTRY CLUB COURSE. THE COURSE WILL BE CONDUCTED MAINLY IN CANTONESE.

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BLOOD PRESSURE MEASUREMENT SEMINAR

* * * *

A BLOOD PRESSURE MEASUREMENT SEMINAR ORGANISED BY EASTERN DISTRICT FEDERATION OF MULTI-STOREY BUILDING ORGANISATIONS WILL BE HELD AT THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE AT 8 PM ON TUESDAY (OCTOBER 12).

A DOCTOR WILL GIVE A TALK ON THE SUBJECT AND THERE WILL BE A DEMONSTRATION ON BLOOD PRESSURE MEASUREMENT.

MR SHUM CHOI-SANG, CHAIRMAN OF THE FEDERATION} MRS JEANNIE CHOW, MR CHOW PUI-CHUN, MR LI KWONG-LAM AND MR CHOI WING-ON WHO ARE VICE-CHAIRMEN OF THE FEDERATION, TOGETHER WITH OTHER OFFICE-BEARERS, WILL ATTEND THE SEMINAR.

IT IS ESTIMATED THAT THERE WILL BE MORE THAN 50 PARTICIPANTS FROM MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS IN EASTERN DISTRICT WILL ATTEND THE SEMINAR.

A BLOOD PRESSURE MEASUREMENT DRIVE WILL BE SPONSORED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFF ICE AND BLOOD PRESSURE MEASUREMENT TEAMS WILL BE FORMED IN MID-OCTOBER TO PROVIDE FREE BLOOD PRESSURE MEASUREMENT SERVICE TO RESIDENTS OF MULTI-STOREY BUILDING ORGANISATIONS DURING EVENING HOURS.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1982

NEW RECREATION GROUND AT SAU NGA ROAD * * * *

A NEW RECREATION GROUND WILL SOON BE CONSTRUCTED AT SAU NGA ROAD IN SAU MAU PING.

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

THE GROUND, OCCUPYING AN AREA OF ABOUT 2.5 HECTARES, IS LOCATED BETWEEN UNITED CHRISTIAN HOSPITAL AND SAU MAU PING ESTATE. FACILITIES TO BE PROVIDED INCLUDE MINI-SOCCER PITCHES, BASKETBALL-CUM-VOLLEY BALL COURTS, SPECTATOR STANDS, CHANGING AND TOILET FACILITIES, STOREROOMS AND A REFRESHMENT KIOSK.

THERE WILL ALSO BE GARDEN BENCHES WITH ARBOURS IN THE CHILDREN’S PLAY AREA.

IN ADDITION, SPECIAL SPORTS GROUND AND TOILET FACILITIES FOR THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED HAVE BEEN INCORPORATED IK THE DESIGN OF THE RECREATION GROUND.

CONSTRUCTION WORKS WILL COMMENCE IN NOVEMBER AND ARE EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN 14 MONTHS’ TIME.

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NEW FOOTBRIDGE FOR CAUSEWAY BAY

* * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO CONSTRUCT A FOOTBRIDGE AT THE JUNCTION OF YEE WO STREET, PENNINGTON STREET AND SUGAR STREET TO PROVIDE A SAFE CROSSING FOR PEDESTRIANS IN THE AREA.

THE PROJECT WILL ALSO INVOLVE THE MODIFICATION OF PARTS OF THE ALIGNMENTS AND WIDTHS OF YEE WO STREET, PENNINGTON STREET, SUGAR STREET AND THEIR JUNCTIONS TO IMPROVE THE TRAFFIC CIRCULATION.

A NOTICE ANNOUNCING THE PROPOSED WORKS WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE ON FRIDAY.

A PLAN SHOWING THE PROPOSED WORKS CAN BE SEEN AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING MAIN ENTRANCE- THE DISTRICT LAND OFFICE (HONG KONG NORTH), MURRAY BUILDING, 3RD FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD AND THE wAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE, 201 HENNESSY ROAD, HONG KONG.

ANY PERSON OBJECTING TO THE PROPOSAL MUST SEND HIS OBJECTION IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS WITHIN T*0 MONTHS.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1982

ROAD CLOSURE IN SHAU KEI WAN * * * *

THE SLIP ROAD FROM CHAI WAN ROAD TO THE EASTBOUND SECTION CF SHAU KEI WAN ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (OCTOBER 12) FOR THE LAYING OF NEW TRAM TRACKS.

THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE WILL LAST FOR ABOUT FOUR WEEKS.

DURING THE PERIOD OF CLOSURE, TRAFFIC FROM CHAI WAN ROAD HEADING FOR SHAU KEI WAN ROAD EASTBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED VIA SHAU KEI WAN ROAD WESTBOUND, NAM ON LANE, NAM ON STREET AND ALDRICH STREET.

C - -

FOOTBRIDGES FOR AU TAU

KOK*

TRAFFIC IN THE AU TAU AREA MAY BE DISRUPTED ON FOUR CONSECUTIVE NIGHTS STARTING FROM TOMORROW (MONDAY) WHEN BEAMS FOR THREE FOOTBRIDGES TO BE BUILT IN THE DISTRICT ARE MOVED INTO POSITION.

THESE FOOTBRIDGES, TO BE SITUATED AT WONG UK TSUEN NEAR THE 26 MILESTONE ON CASTLE PEAK ROAD, AT POK 01 HOSPITAL AND AT TUNG SHING LEI, WILL REPLACE EXISTING ZEBRA CROSSINGS AT THESE LOCATIONS.

STARTING FROM 10 PM TOMORROW (MONDAY) THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE CF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT WILL BEGIN MOVING THESE BEAMS FROM AU TAU TO THE THREE SITES AND LIFT THEM INTO POSITION USING TWO 50-T0NNE CRANES.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT WORK ON THE FIRST BRIDGE AT WONG UK TSUEN WOULD BE COMPLETED BY 5 AM ON TUESDAY. BEAMS FOR THE OTHER TWO BRIDGES AT TUNG SHING LEI AND POK 01 HOSPITAL WILL BE MOVED AND ERECTED THE FOLLOWING THREE NIGHTS FOR THE SAME DURATION OF TIME.

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC LIGHTS WILL BE INSTALLED TO CONTROL TRAFFIC WHICH WILL BE RESTRICTED TO A ONE-LANE TWO-WAY ARRANGEMENT. WHILE THE BEAMS ARE SWUNG INTO POSITION BY THE CRANES TRAFFIC WILL BE STOPPED FOR 10 TO 15 MINUTES. THIS WILL BE AT 1 AM.

MOTORISTS WHO WISH TO AVOID THIS DELAY ARE ADVISED TO USE ROUTE TWISK OR TO TRAVEL VIA TAI PO.

THE FOOTBRIDGES ARE CONSTRUCTED IN REINFORCED CONCRETE WITH PRECAST, PRESTRESSED BEAMS EACH 24 METRES LONG AND WILL SPAN THE NEW DUAL CARRIAGEWAY NOW AT AN ADVANCED STAGE OF CONSTRUCTION.

♦SIX WEEKS AFTER ERECTING THE BEAMS AT TUNG SHING LEI IT IS HOPED THAT THE FOOTBRIDGE WILL BE OPENED DURING RUSH HOURS TO SPEED UP THE FLOW OF TRAFFIC BY HAVING SCHOOL CHILDREN USE THE PARTLY COMPLETED BRIDGE INSTEAD OF USING THE ZEBRA CROSSING,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE SAID.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1982

- 15 -TUEN MUN TENNIS COURTS BOOKINGS * * * *

THE TUEN MUN TEMPORARY TENNIS COURTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR BOOKING UP TO TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE, A NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED TODAY (SUNDAY).

THE ARRANGEMENT IS BEING MADE TO MEET GROWING DEMANDS FOR SUCH SPORT FACILITIES, HE SAID.

+ALLOCATION OF THE TWO COURTS NEAR TAI HING ESTATE WILL BE ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

+BLOCK BOOKING FROM SCHOOLS AND OTHER ORGANISATIONS ARE ALSO ACCEPTED UP TO THREE MONTHS IN ADVANCE,* THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

MEANWHILE, THE OPENING HOURS OF THE COURTS ARE ALSO CHANGED TO BETWEEN 9 AM AND 6 PM DAILY, WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR ADVANCE BOOKING ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE TUEN MUN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE, THE TUEN MUN TANG SHIU KIN SPORTSGROUND AND THE ATTENDANT’S ROOM AT THE TENNIS COURTS.

COMPLETED FORMS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE TUEN MUN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE AT ’TOP COURT’, FIRST FLOOR, TAK CHING COURT, TUEN MUN.

FURTHER DETAILS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE RECREATION AND AMENITIES SECTION OF THE TUEN MUN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE, TELEPHONE 0820800 EXT 411.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, OCTOBER 11, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL TRADE FOR JANUARY - AUGUST 1982 ......... 1

SWEDES URGED TO INVEST IN HONG KONG........................... 6

PRIMARY SCHOOLS INVITED TO REGISTER FOR ALLOCATION OF JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES ...................................... 7

SHENZHEN GROUP ARRIVES FOR MEETING............................ 8

THE 5TH HONG KONG YOUTH BAND FESTIVAL ........................ 8

RATEPAYERS URGED TO RETURN FORMS ............................. 10

YOUNG TALENT INVITED FOR POSTER DESI® CONTEST ................ 10

WATER CUT .................................................... 11

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF EDINBURGH PLACE......................... 12

WATER FIGURES ................................................ 12

MONDAY, OCTOBER 11, 1982

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HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL TRADE FOR JANUARY - AUGUST 1982 *****

TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE FOR JANUARY TO AUGUST 1982, VALUED AT $174 444 MILLION, SHOWED AN INCREASE OF FIVE PER CENT AS COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1981, ACCORDING TO FIGURES RELEASED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE BY SIX PER CENT TO $53 227 MILLION, IMPORTS BY FOUR PER CENT TO $92 619 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS BY EIGHT PER CENT TO $28 598 MILLION.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS TOGETHER SHOWED AN OF SEVEN PER CENT.

INCREASE

THE CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE 10 MAJOR OVERSEAS MARKETS WERE AS FOLLOWSs-

JAN.-AUG. 1982 ($ MN) JAN.-AUG. 1981 ($ MN) INCREASE/ DECREASE ($ MN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

USA 19 857 18 153 ♦ 1 704 + 9

FR OF GERMANY 4 523 4 552 - 29 - 1

UK 4 488 4 761 - 273 - 6

CHINA 2 434 1 643 + 791 +48

JAPAN 2 009 1 785 + 224 + 13

AUSTRALIA 1 841 1 611 + 230 +14

CANADA 1 642 1 479 * 163 +11

SINGAPORE 1 241 1 100 + 141 + 13

NETHERLANDS 1 078 1 008 + 70 + 7

FRANCE 967 921 + 46 + 5

DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE US ROSE BY NINE PER CENT. SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS (BY $928 MILLION OR 71 PER CENT), CLOTHING (BY $727 MILLION OR 11 PER CENT) AND ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $88 MILLION OR FOUR PER CENT). DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN TEXTILES (BY $89 MILLION OR 19 PER CENT) AND OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $574 MILLION OR 37 PER CENT).

MOST COMMODITIES EXPORTED TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY DECLINED IN VALUE, INCLUDING WATCHES AND CLOCKS (DECLINED BY $31 MILLION OR 10 PER CENT), AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (DECLINED BY $77 MILLION OR 21 PER CENT). DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES INCREASED STEADILY (BY $29 MILLION OR 16 PER CENT).

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DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE UNITED KINGDOM OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES INCREASED BY $22 MILLION OR EIGHT PER CENT BUT THOSE OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT DECLINED BY $113 MILLION OR 30 PER CENT.

SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE REGISTERED IN THE DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO CHINA OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $243 MILLION OR 104 PER CENT) AS WELL AS TEXTILES (BY $212 MILLION OR 58 PER CENT) AND IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF CLOTHING TO AUSTRALIA (BY $36 MILLION OR 10 PER CENT).

AN ANALYSIS OF CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS ARE PRESENTED BELOWs-

JAN.-AUG. 1982 ($ MN) JAN.-AUG. 1981 ($ MN) INCREASE/ DECREASE PERCENTAGE CHANGE

($ MN)

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 18 750 17 735 + 1 016 + 6

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS) 10 179 8 164 +2 015 +25

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 4 791 5 034 244 - 5

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (MAINLY TRANSISTORS AND DIODES AND HOUSEHOLD TYPE APPLIANCES) 3 988 3 681 4- 307 + 8

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 3 685 3 439 4- 245 + 7

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 3 210 3 313 1Q3 - 3

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THE CHANGES IN IMPORTS FROM THE 10 MAJOR SOURCES ARE SUMMARISED AS FOLLOWSt —

JAN .-AUG. 1982 ($ MN) JAN.-AUG. 1981 (3 MN) INCREASE/ DECREASE ($ MN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

CHINA 20 835 18 286 ♦2 549 + 14

JAPAN 20 462 20 873 - 411 - 2

USA 10 098 9 586 + 512 + 5

TA I WAN 6 804 7 033 - 229 - 3

SINGAPORE 6 795 6 880 - 85 - 1

UK 4 488 4 005 ♦ 483 + 12

REPUBLIC OF KOREA (SOUTH KOREA) 2 932 3 635 - 703 -19

FR OF GERMANY 2 223 2 213 + 10 1 NSIGNIFICANT

SWITZERLAND 1 722 1 910 - 187 -19

AUSTRAL 1 A 1 530 1 246 + 284 +23

LOCAL DEMAND FOR GOODS IMPORTED FROM CHINA , REMAINED STRONG.

INCREASES WERE RECORDED MAINLY IN CLOTHING (BY $797 MILLION OR 37 PER CENT), IRON AND STEEL (BY $296 MILLION OR 102 PER CENT), f»EAT AND MEAT PREPARATIONS (BY $257 MILLION OR 50 PER CENT) AND TEXTILES (BY $189 MILLION OR FIVE PER CENT).

AS FOR IMPORTS FROM JAPAN, INCREASES WERE NOTED FOR TEXTILE FABRICS (BY $181 MILLION OR EIGHT PER CENT) AS WELL AS MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES, SPORTING GOODS AND MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AND THE ACCESSORIES) (BY $152 MILLION OR 17 PER CENT). DECREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $352 MILLION OR 17 PER CENT), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $272 MILLION OR 14 PER CENT), TEXTILE YARN (BY $205 MILLION OR 32 PER CENT) AND ROAD VEHICLES (BY $191 MILLION OR NINE PER CENT).

INCREASES IN IMPORTS FROM THE US WERE MOSTLY OF TOBACCO AND TOBACCO MANUFACTURES (BY $154 MILLION OR 38 PER CENT) AS WELL AS ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $143 MILLION OR 15 PER CENT). ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED IN IMPORTS OF OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $215 MILLION OR 20 PER CENT), ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS, AND CELLULOSE ESTERS AND ETHERS (BY $95 MILLION OR 18 PER CENT) AND TEXTILE FIBRES AND THEIR WASTES (BY $35 MILLION OR EIGHT PER CENT-) .

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INCREASES IN VALUE WERE REGISTERED IN IMPORTS OF WATCHES AND CLOCKS FROM SINGAPORE (BY $33 MILLION OR 13 PER CENT) AND ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES FROM TAIWAN (BY $279 MILLION OR 35 PER CENT). IMPORTS OF TEXTILES FROM TAIWAN DECLINED (BY $418 MILLION OR 15 PER CENT).

THE FOLLOWING TABLE ILLUSTRATES THE MORE IMPORTANT CHANGES IN IMPORTS BY COMMODITY SECTIONs-

INCREASE/

JAN.-AUG. 1982 JAN.-AUG. 1981 DECREASE PERCENTAGE ($ MN) ($ MN) ($ MN) CHANGE

MANUFACTURED GOODS CLASSIFIED CHIEFLY BY MATERIAL (MAINLY TEXTILE PRODUCTS, DIAMONDS,

IRON AND STEEL, AND PAPER) 26 194 26 043 151 ♦ 1

MACHINERY AND TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT 21 097 21 045 52 INSIGNIFICANT

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY WATCHES AND CLOCKS, ARTICLES OF APPAREL) 15 621 14 606 015 + 7

FOOD AND LIVE ANIMALS CHIEFLY FOR FOOD 10 206 8 646 ♦1 560 + 18

MINERAL FUELS, LUBRICANTS AND RELATED MATERIALS- 7 381 7 275 + 106 ♦ 1

CHEMICALS AND RELATED PRODUCTS 6 226 5 798 428 ♦ 7

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SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH WAS RECORDED IN RE-EXPORTS TO THE US (BY $671 MILLION OR 22 PER CENT), SAUDI ARABIA (BY $261 MILLION OR 93 PER CENT), INDONESIA (BY $214 MILLION OR EIGHT PER CENT), REPUBLIC OF KOREA (BY $179 MILLION OR 20 PER CENT), SINGAPORE (BY $178 MILLION OR NINE PER CENT), PHILIPPINES (BY 3161 MILLION OR 20 PER CENT), TAIWAN (BY 8145 MILLION OR NINE PER CENT) AND CHINA (BY 3142 MILLION OR THREE PER CENT). ON THE OTHER HAND, DECLINES WERE REGISTERED IN RE-EXPORTS TO ISRAEL (BY $83 MILLION OR 28 PER CENT) AND UK (BY 8251 MILLION OR 39 PER CENT).

MOST COMMODITIES RE-EXPORTED THROUGH HONG KONG EXHIBITED STRONG GROWTH, THE MORE SIGNIFICANT ONES BEING CLOTHING (BY $556 MILLION OR 41 PER CENT), MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AND ACCESSORIES AND JEWELLERY) (BY 3317 MILLION OR 27 PER CENT), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $272 MILLION OR 14 PER CENT) AND NON-FERROUS METALS (BY 3189 MILLION OR 58 PER CENT). DECREASES WERE REGISTERED IN THE RE-EXPORTS OF METALLIFEROUS ORES AND METAL SCRAP (BY $277 MILLION OR 55 PER CENT), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDl^3 REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY 3186 MILLION OR 15 PER CENT) AND TEXTILE FIBRES (OTHER THAN WOOL TOPS) AND THEIR WASTES (BY 3143 MILLION OR 31 PER CENT).

THE AUGUST 1982 ISSUE OF THE +HONG KONG TRADE STATISTICS -SUMMARY* WILL SOON EE AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT HK35 PER COPY.

A MORE COMPREHENSIVE REPORT, +HONG KONG EXTERNAL TRADE*, WITH A DETAILED ANALYSIS OF IMPORTS, EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS IN AUGUST, WILL EE AVAILABLE IN EARLY NOVEMBER AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT HK313 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES CONCERNING SUBSCRIPTIONS TO THESE REPORTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES AT BASKERVILLE HOUSE, HONG KONG (TEL. NO. i 5-214375).

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* SWEDES URGED TO INVEST IN HONG KONG * * * fc

THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR PETER TSAO, TODAY (MONDAY) URGED SWEDISH BUSINESSMEN TO EXPLORE HONG KONG’S POTENTIAL AS AN OFFSHORE EASE FOR INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT.

ADDRESSING A SEMINAR ORGANISED BY THE SWEDISH TRADE COUNCIL IN STOCKHOLM, MR TSAO NOTED THAT DESPITE THE CONSIDERABLE EFFORTS IN INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT PROMOTION BY HONG KONG’S OWN AGENCIES AND THE SWEDISH TRADES COUNCIL OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS, SWEDISH INVESTMENT IN HONG KONG WAS NEGLIGIBLE.

THE MAJOR PROBLEM, WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED, IS THAT SWEDEN IS A LONG WAY FROM HONG KONG. FURTHERMORE, IT APPEARS THAT EVEN WHEN A SWEDISH COMPANY HAS VENTURED INTO THE FAR EAST, IT HAS MORE OFTEN THAN NOT STOPPED AT S INGAPORE,+ MR TSAO REMARKED.

AT PRESENT, SWEDEN’S INVOLVEMENT IN HONG BEEN LIMITED TO ONLY ESTABLISHING A NUMBER OF AND PURCHASING OFFICES, WITH RESPONSIBILITIES CONDUCTING BUSINESSES IN THE FAR EAST.

AMONG THE 24 COMPANIES THUS INVOLVED CAN SWEDEN’S MAJOR INDUSTRIAL GROUPS.

KONG’S ECONOMY HAS TRADING COMPANIES FOR DEVELOPING AND

BE FOUND MOST OF

HE OBSERVED THAT SWEDISH OVERSEAS INVESTMENT, ALTHOUGH SUBSTANTIAL, HAD BEEN MAINLY RESTRICTED TO HEAVY INDUSTRY.

HOWEVER, WE ALSO SEE THAT SWEDEN POSSESSES A WEALTH OF SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZE COMPANIES MAKING SUPERBLY DESIGNED, TECHNICALLY ADVANCED PRODUCTS WHICH WOULD BE EMINENTLY SUITABLE FOR ECONOMIC PRODUCTION IN HONG KONG, AND THIS IS WHERE I BELIEVE OPPORTUNITIES MAY BE FOUND,+ HE NOTED.

MR TSAO BELIEVED THAT SWEDEN AND HONG KONG SHOULD, AND COULD, DEVELOP EFFECTIVE INDUSTRIAL CO-OPERATION BY HELPING EACH OTHER TO EXPAND THEIR ECONOMIES AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH THE GENERATION OF A TWO-WAY FLOW OF PRODUCTS AND SERVICES.

AT THE SAME TIME, HE ADDED, HONG KONG COULD PROVIDE VITAL TRADING FACILITIES FOR SWEDEN WITH THE FAR EAST AND CHINA.

WE HAVE COMMON AIMS WHICH CAN ONLY BE ADEQUATELY REALISED BY CLOSE CO-OPERATION AND A PROPER UNDERSTANDING OF EACH OTHER’S POTENTIAL.

WE HOPE THE INDUSTRIAL PROMOTION OFFICE WE HAVE ESTABLISHED IN LONDON WILL PROVIDE A BRIDGE AND A LINK WITH HONG KONG FOR THOSE SWEDISH COMPANIES WISHING TO INVESTIGATE THE POTENTIAL FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR BUSINESS IN THE FAR EAST,+ MR TSAO SAID.

HE IS IN STOCKHOLM TO CONDUCT A TWO-DAY SEMINAR AND DISCUSSIONS WITH INDIVIDUAL COMPANIES AFTER OPENING A HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL PROMOTION OFFICE IN STUTTGART, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, ON OCTOBER 6.

HE HAD GIVEN TALKS AT TwO INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT SEMINARS IN STUTTGART AND COLOGNE BEFORE GOING TO SWEDEN.

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PRIMARY SCHOOLS INVITED TO REGISTER

FOR ALLOCATION OF JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES

*****

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAS AGAIN INVITED ALL PRIMARY SCHOOLS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ALLOCATION OF JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES SYSTEM IN 1984 FOR THEIR CURRENT PRIMARY 5 PUPILS.

THE DEPARTMENT HAS ISSUED CIRCULARS TO ALL SCHOOLS REMINDING THEM OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO INFORM PARENTS IF THEY CHOSE NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SCHEME.

THE CLOSING DATE OF APPLICATION FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS WILL BE OCTOBER 25. THIS SCHEME WAS INTRODUCED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1976 TO REPLACE THE SECONDARY SCHOOL ENTRANCE EXAMINATION IN 1978.

AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT PRIMARY 6 LEAVERS OF A PARTICIPATING PRIMARY SCHOOL WOULD BE PROVIDED WITH A THREE-YEAR FREE SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACE, AND WOULD HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF CHOOSING THEIR SECONDARY SCHOOL BUT NOT SO FOR NON-PARTICIPANTS.

♦SCHOOLS NOT TAKING PART IN THE SCHEME SHOULD INFORM PARENTS CF THE CONSEQUENCE,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

EXPLAINING THE SCHEME, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT A PRIMARY 6 PUPIL’S CHANCES OF BEING ALLOCATED A SECONDARY SCHOOL OF HIS CHOICE DEPEND ON THE SCHOOL’S INTERNAL ASSESSMENT AT THE END OF HIS PRIMARY 5 YEAR AND AT THE END OF THE FIRST AND TOWARDS THE END OF THE SECOND TERM OF HIS PRIMARY 6 YEARS ON ALL SUBJECTS, EXCEPT PHYSICAL EDUCATION IN ALL SCHOOLS AND BIBLICAL KNOWLEDGE IN SOME SCHOOLS.

TO ENSURE FAIRNESS, PUPILS OF ALL PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS HAVE TO SIT FOR THE DEPARTMENT’S ACADEMIC APTITUDE TEST, RESULTS OF WHICH WILL BE USED TO SCALE AND CONVERT INTERNAL ASSESSMENT INTO AN OVERALL ORDER OF MERIT.

♦ THE ACADEMIC APTITUDE TEST IS NECESSARY AS DIFFERENT SCHOOLS MAY HAVE DIFFERENT CURRICULUM AND THE STANDARD OF MARKING OR ASSESSMENT MAY VARY,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

UNDER THE SCHEME THE WHOLE OF HONG KONG IS DIVIDED INTO 25 ♦SCHOOL NETS+ BASED ON THE LOCATION OF PRIMARY SCHOOLS.

IN EACH NET IS A COMPARABLE MIX OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES IN TECHNICAL SCHOOLS, GOVERNMENT SECONDARY GRAMMAR SCHOOLS, AIDED SECONDARY GRAMMAR SCHOOLS, PRIVATE NON-PROFIT-MAKING SECONDARY GRAMMAR SCHOOLS, AND PRIVATE INDEPENDENT SECONDARY GRAMMAR SCHOOLS. PRE-VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS, HOWEVER, ARE NOT LIMITED TO PARTICULAR NETS.

EACH PRIMARY 6 PUPIL HAS A CHOICE OF UP TO 30 SECONDARY SCHOOLS WITHIN HIS NET.

ALL THE PUPILS LISTED IN THE ORDER OF MERIT ARE THEN GROUPED INTO FIVE BANDS AND FED INTO A COMPUTER FOR ALLOCATION CF A PLACE IN A SECONDARY SCHOOL BASED ON PARENTAL CHOICE.

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SHENZHEN GROUP ARRIVES FOR MEETING

* * * *

A DELEGATION LED BY MR ZHEN XIPEI, SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE SHENZHEN MUNICIPALITY, ARRIVED IN HONG KONG TODAY (MONDAY) FOR A MEETING TO REVIEW PROGRESS IN THE JOINT EXPERT WORKING GROUPS SET UP UNDER THE AGREEMENT SIGNED BY HONG KONG AND SHENZHEN ON APRIL 30. THE MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE ON WEDNESDAY (OCTOBER 13).

THE HONG KONG TEAM WILL BE LED BY THE POLITICAL ADVISER, MR R.J.T. MCLAREN.

A PROGRAMME OF VISITS RELEVANT TO THE WORK OF THE WORKING GROUPS IS ALSO BEING ARRANGED.

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THE 5TH HONG KONG YOUTH BAND FESTIVAL * * * *

THE 5TH HONG KONG YOUTH BAND FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD FROM NOVEMBER 7 TO 14 THIS YEAR.

THE THEME OF THIS YEAR’S BAND FESTIVAL, ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT, IS ON CONSORT PLAYING.

SIX MUSICIANS FROM AUSTRALIA HAVE BEEN INVITED TO TAKE PART IN THE FESTIVAL.

ONE OF THEM, SIMONE DE HAAN, WHO TEACHES TROMBONE IN THE CANBERRA SCHOOL OF MUSIC, AUSTRALIA, TOOK PART IN THE 1982 HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC CAMP HELD IN JULY THIS YEAR. HE WILL BE THE PRINCIPAL CONDUCTOR. THE FIVE OTHER WIND SOLOISTS ARE VERNON HILL (FLUTE), LAURENCE FRANKEL (OBOE), DONALD WESTLAKE (CLARINET), RICHARD MCINTYRE (BASSOON) AND HECTOR MCDONALD, FROM THE CANBERRA SCHOOL OF MUSIC, WILL BE GUEST INSTRUCTORS AND PERFORMERS.

RESPONSE TO INVITATIONS TO THIS YEAR’S BAND FESTIVAL HAS BEEN VERY ENCOURAGING AS 29 SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY BANDS WILL BE PARTICIPATING, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE FESTIVAL WILL START OFF WITH AN OPENING CONCERT AT A MINI-SOCCER PITCH IN KOWLOON PARK ON NOVEMBER 7, AT 2 PM.

THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONIC BAND, THE HONG KONG CHILDREN’S MARCHING BAND AND A LOCAL GUEST BAND WILL PERFORM.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MISS MARIA TAM, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

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THE SECOND MAJOR EVENT OF THE FESTIVAL IS THE FESTIVAL CONCERT TO BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 9 AT 8 PM AT TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL. THIS WILL BE A DEMONSTRATION CONCERT BY THE FIVE WIND SOLOISTS OF THE CANBERRA SCHOOL OF MUSIC.

OUTSTANDING PLAYERS FROM THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONIC BAND WILL ALSO PERFORM.

THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE BAND FESTIVAL WILL BE THE BAND DAY TO BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 14 AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM. A MARCHING BAND DISPLAY AND A SYMPHONIC BAND PERFORMANCE WILL BE HELD AT 13 AM AND 2 PM RESPECTIVELY, DURING WHICH THE PERFORMING TEAMS wILL BE AWARDED GOLD, SILVER AND BRONZE MEDALS ACCORDING TO THEIR STANDARD OF PERFORMANCE.

THE LEN TRACY JAZZ BAND DEMONSTRATION PERFORMANCE ON

HAS BEEN INVITED TO GIVE A JAZZ MUSIC IN THE MORNING.

THE FESTIVAL’S GALA CONCERT WHICH WILL BE OFFICIATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, WILL BE HELD AT 8 PM.

APART FROM PERFORMANCES BY THE TWO GOLD MEDAL WINNERS OF THE MARCHING BAND DISPLAY AND SYMPHONIC BAND PERFORMANCE, A COMBINED YOUTH BAND OF MORE THAN 600 YOUNG PLAYERS FROM OVER 14 SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY BANDS, AND SIX MUSIC OFFICE’S BANDS WILL GIVE A JOINT PERFORMANCE OF BOTH CLASSICAL AND POPULAR BAND MUSIC.

DURING THE FESTIVAL PERIOD, SIMONE DE HAAN AND THE FIVE WIND SOLOISTS FROM THE CANBERRA SCHOOL OF MUSIC WILL CONDUCT MASTER CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS ON FLUTE, HORN, BASSOON, CLARINET, OBOE, TROMBONE, WOODWIND ENSEMBLE AND BRASS ENSEMBLE AT THE MUSIC OFFICE HEAD OFFICE AT HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE, NINTH FLOOR, AND THE MONG KOK MUSIC CENTRE AT CAMBRIDGE COURT, WATERLOO ROAD, KOWLOON.

TICKETS AT 55 EACH FOR THE FESTIVAL CONCERT ON NOVEMBER 9 AND THE FESTIVAL GALA PERFORMANCE ON NOVEMBER 14 WILL BE AVAILABLE ON OCTOBER 15 AND ADMISSION TO ALL OTHER ACTIVITIES IS FREE. FURTHER ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE BY TELEPHONING 5-296221.

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RATEPAYERS URGED TO RETURN FORMS X M * *

RATEPAYERS WERE URGED TODAY (MONDAY) BY THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT TO COMPLETE AND RETURN THE FORMS REQUIRING THEM TO FURNISH INFORMATION ON RENTS AND OTHER PARTICULARS OF THEIR PREMISES.

IN AUGUST-SEPTEMBER, THE DEPARTMENT SENT RATEPAYERS FORMS R.1A WHICH SHOULD BE COMPLETED WITHIN 21 DAYS OF THE ISSUE DATE, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

A LARGE NUMBER OF RATEPAYERS HAVE ALREADY COMPLETED AND RETURNED THE FORMS, HE NOTED, AND HE CALLED ON THE OTHERS TO DO SO AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

+ANY PERSON WHO FAILS TO FILL IN THE FORM OR WHO KNOWINGLY GIVES FALSE INFORMATION IS GUILTY OF AN OFFENCE UNDER THE RATING ORDINANCE AND IS LIABLE TO A FINE,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+REMINDERS WILL BE ISSUED BUT RATEPAYERS SHOULD NOT WAIT FOR THEM BEFORE COMPLETING THE FORMS,+ HE ADDED.

THOSE WHO NEED ASSISTANCE IN COMPLETING THE FORMS MAY CALL AT THE DEPARTMENT ON THE 17TH FLOOR OF HENNESSY CENTRE, 500 HENNESSY ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY OR TELEPHONE 5-7957888.

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YOUNG TALENT INVITED FOR POSTER DESIGN CONTEST * * * *

CREATIVE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN AN ANTI-SMOKING POSTER DESIGN AND SLOGAN CONTEST ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

THE CONTEST IS PART OF THE CAMPAIGN BEING HELD IN THE NEW TERRITORIES REGION TO WARN YOUNG PEOPLE ABOUT THE DANGERS OF SMOKING.

OTHER ACTIVITIES WILL INCLUDE EDUCATION WORKSHOPS, EXHIBITIONS, AND SEMINARS SPECIALLY ARRANGED FOR LOWER FORM STUDENTS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT YOUNG PEOPLE WERE CHOSEN AS THE TARGET GROUP FOR THE CAMPAIGN AS A RESULT OF SURVEYS WHICH SHOWED THAT MOST HABITUAL SMOKERS HAD THEIR FIRST PUFF DURING THEIR ADOLESCENCE.

+IT IS HOPED THAT THROUGH THESE ACTIVITIES YOUNG PEOPLE WILL GET TO KNOW THAT TOBACCO SMOKING IS NOT ONLY HARMFUL TO THEIR HEALTH, BUT WILL ALSO TARNISH THEIR IMAGE AND IS AN ANTI-SOCIAL HABIT.+ HE ADDED.

PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO DESIGN A POSTER WITH A CATCHY SLOGAN TO MAP OUT EITHER THE HARMS OF SMOKING, OR WITH HINTS ON RESISTING THE TEMPTATION TO SMOKE, OR DESCRIBING WAYS TO KICK THE HABIT.

/TEZY L1AY.......

MONDAY, OCTOBER 11, 1?82

THEY MAY SUBMIT ANY NUMBER OF ENTRIES ON PAPER NOT EXCEEDING 42 CM X 60 CM IN SIZE AND FILL IN THEIR PERSONAL DATA SUCH AS NAME, AGE, SEX, ADDRESS, TELEPHONE NUMBER, SCHOOL AND CLASS ATTENDED ON A SEPARATE SHEET.

CONTESTANTS BETWEEN 15 AND 18 WILL BE GROUPED INTO THE SENIOR SECTION, WHILE THOSE BETWEEN 10 AND 14 INTO THE JUNIOR ONE.

APART FROM THE FIRST THREE PRIZES, THERE WILL BE 15 CONSOLATION PRIZES FOR EACH SECTION.

ENTRIES MUST REACH THE SHA TIN HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT, LEK YUEN HEALTH CENTRE, 3RD FLOOR, LEK YUEN ESTATE, SHA TIN, BEFORE OCTOBER 30, 1982. FOR FURTHER ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CALL 0-633211 EXT. 213.

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WATER CUT * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN THE WESTERN DISTRICT WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM ON THURSDAY (OCTOBER 14) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR A LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST, WESTERN STREET, DES VOEUX ROAD WEST AND WHITTY STREET ENDING AT THE TRAM TERMINUS.

THE POLICE STATION AT 280 DES VOEUX ROAD WEST AND YIP CHEONG BUILDING AT 443-453 QUEEN’S ROAD WEST WILL ALSO BE AFFECTED.

MEANWHILE, FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO THE PO CHONG WAN AREA IN WONG CHUK HANG, ABERDEEN, WILL ALSO BE SUSPENDED FROM 10 PM ON THURSDAY UNTIL 6 AM THE NEXT MORNING FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

ON THE SAME DAY (THURSDAY) SALT WATER SUPPLY TO THE WHOLE OF CHAI WAN WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 9.30 AM TO 3.30 PM TO FACILITATE WORK ON THE SUPPLY SYSTEM OF THE CHAI WAN SALT WATER SERVICE RESERVOIR.

IN KOWLOON, SALT WATER SUPPLY TO PREMISES IN SEVERAL AREAS WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR EIGHT HOURS FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM ON WEDNESDAY (OCTOBER 13'1 TO FACILITATE WATER MAINS CONNECTION.

THESE AREAS ARE KWUN TONG, NGAU TAU KOK, NGAU CHI WAN AND CHOI HUNG, INCLUDING PING SHEK ESTATE.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 11, 1982

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF EDINBURGH PLACE

* X *

EDINBURGH PLACE IN CENTRAL OUTSIDE QUEEN’S PIER WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 11 AM AND 6.30 PM THIS THURSDAY (OCTOBER 14) FOR THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE ASIAN ARTS FESTIVAL.

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WATER FIGURES * * *

e-ro«„ST2RAGE IN H0NG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY} AT 82-9 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 478.854 MILLION CUBIC*

I ’ C I r\ Q O e

TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 274 342 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 47.5 PER CENT OF CAPACITY^

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

7J2SDAY, OCTOBER 12, 1982

contents

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PRINCESS ALEXANDRA ARRIVES THURSDAY ON PHIVATi VTSIi

ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD MEETING ......................

GO-AHEAP FOR EXPRESS BUS SERVICES IN KOWLOON.........

FIVE QUESTIONS FOR LEGCO TOMORROW ...................

POPULAR DEMAND BRINGS BACK HEART HEALTH jiKHIBITION . HUSBAND AND WIFE EDUCATION TEAM RETIRE...............

URBAN CLEARWAY IN SAI YING PUN .....................

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF EAST KOWLOON WAY ..............

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12,

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PRINCESS ALEXANDRA ARRIVES THURSDAY ON PRIVATE VISIT * * * *

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS ALEXANDRA AND THE H^OURABLE ANGUS OGILVY WILL BREAK THEIR JOURNEY TO THAILAND AT HONu KONu ON OCTOBER 14.

THEY WILL STAY PRIVATELY AT FANLING LODGE AS GUESTS OF THE GOVERNOR AND LADY YOUDE.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

THE PRINCESS AND MR OGILVY ARE DUE TO ARRIVE ON BA 03 E.T.A. 1030 HOURS ON OCTOBER 14.

PHOTOGRAPHIC FACILITIES WILL BE ARRANGED TO COVER THE ARRIVAL.

PRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CAMERAMEN WISHING TO MAKE USE OF THESE FACILITIES ARE REQUESTED TO ASSEMBLE IN THE AIRPORT PRESS ROOM ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE PASSENGER TERMINAL BUILDING AT LEAST ONE HOUR BEFORE THE ARRIVAL TIME.

GIS OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST THEM.

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ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD MEETiNG

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A TALK ON LICENSING OF AMUSEMENT GAMES CENTRES WILL BE GIVEN BY AN OFFICER OF THE TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING AUTHORITY AT THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD’S FOURTH MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

THE BOARD WILL DISCUSS ITS STANDING ORDERS AND REVIEW FACILITIES FOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS.

IT WILL ALSO EXAMINE GUIDELINES ON VETTING APPLICATIONS FOR DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS, AS WELL AS THE RECENT ALLOCATION CF SUCH FUNDS.

THE BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR RICKY FUNG, WILL ISSUE DB IDENTITY CARDS TO THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 1982

GO-AHEAD FOR EXPRESS BUS SERVICES IN KOWLOON * * * *

THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HAS APPROVED AN EXPRESS FARE SCALE FOR THE KOWLOON MOTOR BUS COMPANY TO INTRODUCE A NETWORK OF EXPRESS SUS SERVICES IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES AS A FASTER ALTERNATIVE TO REGULAR BUS SERVICES.

CHINA MOTOR BUS COMPANY HAS BEEN OPERATING EXPRESS SERVICES SINCE 1974 ALONG THE ISLAND CORRIDOR, AND RECENTLY THROUGH ABERDEEN TUNNEL.

’’HE FIRST TWO EXPRESS ROUTES TO BE INTRODUCED IN KOWLOON NEXT MONTH WILL LINK YAU TONG (KO CHIU ROAD) AND LAM TIN TO TSIM SHA TSUI.

THE NEW ROUTES WILL BE OPERATED VIA EAST KOWLOON WAY AND THE AIRPORT TUNNEL, AND JOURNEY TIME IS EXPECTED TO BE ABOUT 3D PER CENT LESS THAN BY REGULAR BUS.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY (TUESDAY) EMPHASISED THAT THERE WOULD BE NO REDUCTION OF CAPACITY ON PARALLEL BUS ROUTES UNTIL SUFFICIENT PASSENGERS HAVE CHANGED TO THE NEW SERVICES.

FARES FOR THE NEW SERVICES WILL BE 41.20, UP TO 25 PER CENT HIGHER THAN FOR REGULAR BUSES TO REFLECT THE REDUCED PASSENGER TURNOVER ALONG THE ROUTES.

THE RECOMMENDATION TO EXTEND EXPRESS SERVICES TO KOWLOON WAS MADE DY THE ROUTE DEVELOPMENT SUB-GROU3 IN A REVIEW CF BUS 0PERA1IONS EARLIER THIS YEAR AND wAS ENDORSED BV THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

THE COMMITTEE’S ADVICE, WHICH HAS BEEN FOLLOWED, WAS THAT THE EXPRESS ROUTES SHOULD BE INTRODUCED AS AN ALTERNATIVE STANDARD SERVICE WITH NO DETRIMENT TO OTHER STANDARD SCHEDULED BUS SERVICES.

FIVE QUESTIONS FOR LEGCO TOMORROW * * * *

GOVERNMENT WILL BE ASKED BY AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, NR STEPHEN CHEONG, ABOUT PROGRESS BEING MADE ON PLANS FOR AN EXHIBITION CENTRE, WHEN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETS AGAIN TOMORROW.

THE QUESTION WILL BE AMONG FIVE QUESTIONS TO BE RAISED BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS.

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MISS LYDIA DUNN WILL ASX A QUESTION ABOUT THE REGULATIONS DEALING WITH THE CARRYING, USE AND SAFE-KEEPING OF GUNS BY CFF-DUTY POLICE OFFICERS, WHILE MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG WILL ASK ABOUT THE STATUTORY FIRE-SAFETY STANDARDS FOR HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS.

TwO OTHER QUESTIONS WILL CONCERN THE PROVISION OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH FACILITIES IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT, AND ACTION BEING TAKEN TO DEAL WITH REFUSE IN THE HARBOUR AND COASTAL WATERS OF HONG KONG, AND HOW THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS IS SHARED BY DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS.

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POPULAR DEMAND BRINGS BACK HEART HEALTH EXHIBITION

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AN EXHIBITION AIMED AT MAKING THE PUBLIC AWARE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF A HEALTHY HEART WILL BE STAGED BY POPULAR DEMAND AT THE NEW WORLD CENTRE, TSIM SHA TSUI FOR FIVE DAYS FROM SATURDAY (OCTOBER 16).

IT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG CARDIOLOGICAL SOCIETY.

A SIMILAR EXHIBITION HELD AT THE CITY HALL EARLIER THIS MONTH WAS EXTREMELY WELL RECEIVED AND ATTRACTED AN AVERAGE OF ID 000 VISITORS EACH DAY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT ALTHOUGH THE DISEASE IS PREVENTABLE, IT KILLED MORE THAN 7 000 PEOPLE LAST YEAR, AND THIS WAS MORE THAN 28 PER CENT OF ALL DEATHS IN HONG KONG.

THE EXHIBITION STRESSES THE IMPORTANCE OF EARLY DETECTION.

VISITORS WILL SEE DISPLAYS EXPLAINING IN SKETCHES AND SIMPLE CAPTIONS THE CAUSES, TREATMENT AND PREVENTIVE MEASURES OF THE DISEASE.

FILM AND SLIDE SHOWS WILL BE PUT ON, AND THREE LEAFLETS, ONE ON CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES, ONE ON BLOOD PRESSURE, AND ONE ON A GAME OF ’SNAKES AND LADDERS’ WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO VISITORS.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN BETWEEN 9 AM TO 6 PM EVERY DAY FROM SATURDAY TO WEDNESDAY (OCTOBER 20) AT THE GROUND FLOOR LOBBY OF THE NEW WORLD CENTRE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD AT 11 AM ON SATURDAY (OCTOBER 16) AT THE GROUND FLOOR LOBBY, NEW WORLD CENTRE BY DR RAYMOND W.Y. WU, EXECUTIVE BOARD DIRECTOR Op HONG KONG HEART FOUNDATION AND DP LAWRENCE LAI, REGIONAL DIRECTOR (KOWLOON) OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 1^82

HUSBAND AND WIFE EDUCATION TEAM RETIRE * * *

A HUSBAND-AND-WIFE TEAM WHO HAVE SERVED WITH THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT FOR A COMBINED TOTAL OF 59 YEARS WILL RETIRE AT THE END OF THIS MONTH.

MR JOHN GILLARD, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, AND NFS JEAN GILLARD, PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR, WERE HONOURED AT A RECEPTION HELD IN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS THIS (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON, AND PRESENTED WITH A CHINESE CARPET BY THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR COLVYN HAYE.

MR GILLARD JOINED THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT IN 1952 AS AN EDUCATION OFFICER. HE WAS PROMOTED TO SENIOR EDUCATION OFFICER IN 1969, TO PRINCIPAL EDUCATION OFFICER IN 1979 AND TO HIS PRESENT POST IN 1980.

HIS 30 YEARS’ SERVICE WITH THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAS INCLUDED TEACHING, LECTURING, INSPECTING SCHOOLS, AND SUPERVISING THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION, SPECIAL EDUCATION AND SCHOOLS SERVICES AT THE HEADQUARTERS.

MRS GILLARD STARTED HER CAREER WITH THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AS AN EDUCATION OFFICER IN 1953. SHE BECAME SENIOR INSPECTOR IN 1972 AND WAS PROMOTED TO HER PRESENT RANK iN 1976. SHE PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF PRACTICAL AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM.

THE COUPLE SPOKE OF THE DEVOTION OF CHINESE PARENTS TO THEIR CHILDREN, THE SACRIFICES THEY ARE PREPARED TO MAKE FOR THEM, AS WELL AS THE MANNER IN WHICH CHINESE CHILDREN RECIPROCATE BY WORKING HARD AT SCHOOL.

♦OUR HONG KONG STUDENTS ARE KNOWN AND RESPECTED WHEREVER THEY GO, AND WE ARE PROUD TO HAVE CONTRIBUTED SOMETHING TO THEIR REPUTATION,♦ THEY SAID.

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URBAN CLEARWAY IN SAI YING PUN * * *

THE WESTBOUND SECTION OF DES VOEUX ROAD WEST NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH CENTRE STREET IN SAI YING PUN WILL. BE DESIGNATED AS A 24-HOUR URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (OCTOBER 15) TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY.

ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE BANNED FROM STOPPING FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE SECTION.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE TRAFFIC LANE ON THAT SECTION OF THE WESTBOUND TRAM TRACK WILL DE RESERVED FOR TRAMS ONLY.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 1982

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF EAST KOWLOON WAY * * *

A NORTHBOUND LANE ON EAST KOWLOON WAY BETWEEN SAN SHAN INTERCHANGE AND WUHU INTERCHANGE IN HUNG HOM WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (OCTOBER 15) FOR ABOUT 16 DAYS FOR ROAD WORKS.

HOWEVER, NORMAL TRAFFIC WILL BE MAINTAINED ON THE ADJACENT

LANE.

WATER CUT IN SHA TIN * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN AREAS IN SHA TIN *Ilu BE TURNED OFF FOR EIGHT HOURS FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM ON THURSDAY (OCTOBER 14) TC FACILITATE wATER MAIN REPAIR «ORK.

THE AREAS AFFECTED -ILL BE TO SHEK, CHAP *A I <0-\, NGaU -El SHA, SIU LEK YUEN INCLUDING THE HANG SENG SCHOOL OF CCMMErCx YUEN CHAU KCK TEMPORARY HOUSING AND WONG NAI TAL.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

WEDOSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

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BETTER PROTECTION FOR INJURED EMPLOYEES PROPOSED............. 1

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA CLARIFIED .............................. 4

PHONE CHARGES TO BE INCREASED ............................... 5

FIXED PEIALTY FOR- PARKING TO BE DOUBLED...................   6

TRAINED MANPOWER NEEDED FOR INDUSTRIES ...................... 7

PRINCE PHILIP DJNTAL HOSPITAL ............................... 8

MEDICAL FACILITIES PLANNED ON REGIONAL BASIS ................ 8

FIRE SAFETY STANDARDS FOR HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS .............. 10

USE OF FIREARMS-BY POLICE .................................. 11

BILL TO INTRODUCE TAXIS ON LANTAU........................... 12

POWER TO ISSUE RECEIPTS .................................... 13

PUBLIC SHOULD SHARE RESPONSIBILITY FOR REFUSE CONTROL .... 13

MOVE TO CONTROL METALLIC CONTAMB'ATICK IN FOOD ............. 15

BILL TO PROTECT ILLEGITIMATE CHILDREN ...................... 15

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EXHIBITION CENTRE PROJECT ................................. 16

PROTECTION OF MUSEUM EXHIBITS ............................. 17

JURISDICTION IN MATRIMONIAL MATTERS ....................... 17

MTR LOAN GUARANTEE......................................... 18

ONE BILL PASSED ........................................... 18

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HONG KOKG-SHfflZW WORKING GROUP HOLDS DISCUSSION ........... ' V)

GOVERNIOJT- DETERMINED TO COMBAT POLLUTION ................    1?

CIVIL SERVANTS EXPECTED- TO- CARE FOR INTEREST OF PUBLIC ..... 21

OUTSTANDING YOUTH LEADERS WARDED.............................  21

SECRETARY- FOR SECURITY (DESIGNATE) VISITS CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS.................................................. 22

ROAD SAFETY DRIVE IN SAI KUNG................................. 23

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN IOTN TONG................... 23

URBAN CLEARWAY IN CENTRAL .................................... 24

GOOD NEWS FOR BIRD FANCIERS .................................. 24

GRAPHIC GUIDE TO HONG KONG 1?81 CENSUS ....................... 25

TENDERS SOUGHT FOR SHORT-TERM TENANCY ........................ 25

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1982

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BETTER PROTECTION FOR INJURED EMPLOYEES PROPOSED *****

AN AMENDMENT BILL, WHICH SEEKS TO PROVIDE COMPULSORY INSURANCE AND OTHER BENEFITS FOR EMPLOYEES INJURED AT WORK, WAS INTRODUCED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THIS (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, THE HON J.N. HENDERSON.

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, MR HENDERSON SAID THAT THE MULTIFARIOUS AMENDMENTS INTRODUCED BY THE BILL WOULD PROVIDE MUCH BETTER PROTECTION TO INJURED EMPLOYEES.

THE BILL’S MAIN OBJECTS WERE TO PROVIDE IMPROVED PROTECTION FOR EMPLOYEES? IMPROVE PROCEDURES FOR THE RECOVERY OF COMPENSATION? INTRODUCE PROVISIONS TO ENSURE THAT AN EMPLOYER FULFILS HIS OBLIGATIONS? INTRODUCE REVISED PROVISIONS FOR COMPULSORY INSURANCE OF EMPLOYEES? AND CLARIFY VARIOUS UNCERTAINTIES OR AMBIGUITIES IN THE ORDINANCE.

REFERRING TO COMPULSORY INSURANCE, MR HENDERSON POINTED OUT THAT IT WOULD ELIMINATE HARDSHIPS EXPERIENCED BY CERTAIN INJURED EMPLOYEES WHO COULD NOT GET COMPENSATION DUE TO THE EMPLOYERS’ INABILITY OR UNWILLINGNESS TO PAY.

IT WOULD ALSO DISSUADE EMPLOYERS FROM EXPLOITING THE IGNORANCE OF INJURED EMPLOYEES BY ENTERING INTO PRIVATE AGREEMENTS WITH THEM ON TERMS TO THEIR DISADVANTAGE.

HE SAID THAT WITH THE SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN COMPENSATION LEVELS IN 1980, THE NEED FOR COMPULSORY INSURANCE WAS MORE EVIDENT, PARTICULARLY WITH THE MULTIPLICITY OF EMPLOYERS WITH VERY SMALL NUMBER OF WORKERS.

MR HENDERSON SAID THAT EVERY EMPLOYER WAS REQUIRED TO TAKE OUT AN INSURANCE POLICY TO COVER HIS FULL AMOUNT OF LIABILITY UNDER THE ORDINANCE AND INDEPENDENTLY OF THE ORDINANCE.

IN PLACE OF AN INSURANCE POLICY, AN EMPLOYER MAY OBTAIN A WRITTEN GUARANTEE FROM A LICENSED BANK TO COVER THE FULL AMOUNT OF LIABILITY HE IS REQUIRED TO BE INSURED.

HOWEVER, HE SAID THAT THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS HAD MADE SOME COMMENTS ON THIS PROPOSAL WHICH COULD POSSIBLY RESULT IN AN AMENDMENT AT THE COMMITTEE STAGE.

MR HENDERSON THEN WENT ON TO OUTLINE OTHER MAJOR AMENDMENTS INTRODUCED BY THE BILL.

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ONE OF THEM, HE SAID, PROVIDED A MORE REALISTIC AND EQUITABLE BASIS OF ASSESSMENT OF LOSS OF EARNING CAPACITY BY TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE EMPLOYEE, INCLUDING THE NATURE OF THE INJURY IN RELATION TO THE NATURE OF HIS FORMER EMPLOYMENT AND QUALIFICATIONS, PREVIOUS TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE.

TO ACHIEVE THIS OBJECTIVE, THE BILL PROVIDED FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NEW, TWO-TIER ASSESSMENT MACHINERY COMPRISING AN ORDINARY ASSESSMENT BOARD AND A SPECIAL ASSESSMENT BOARD.

ALL CLAIMS LIKELY TO INVOLVE PERMANENT INCAPACITY WOULD BE REFERRED IN THE FIRST INSTANCE TO THE ORDINARY ASSESSMENT BOARD, WHICH WOULD ASSESS THE PERCENTAGE OF LOSS OF EARNING CAPACITY.

WHERE SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES WERE INVOLVED, THE CLAIM WOULD BE REFERRED TO THE SPECIAL ASSESSMENT BOARD, WHICH WOULD ASSESS THE TRUE LOSS OF EARNING CAPACITY, TAKING INTO ACCOUNT BOTH THE MEDICAL FACTS AND OPINIONS, AND THE SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES WHICH HAVE A BEARING ON THE CLAIM.

THE BILL, MR HENDERSON CONTINUED, INTRODUCED A NUMBER CF MEASURES TO IMPROVE THE PROCEDURE OF PROCESSING CLAIMS OF COMPENSATION.

ONE SUCH MEASURE WAS TO EMPOWER THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR TO DETERMINE, BY ISSUING CERTIFICATES OF COMPENSATION, CLAIMS IN RESPECT OF MINOR INJURIES INVOLVING ONLY TEMPORARY INCAPACITY NOT EXCEEDING 14 DAYS.

+ABOUT 81.5 PER CENT OF THE CASES DEALT WITH BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IN 1981 DID NOT RESULT IN ANY PERMANENT INCAPACITY AND 71.3 PER CENT OF SUCH CASES INVOLVED TEMPORARY INCAPACITY OF LESS THAN 14 DAYS. IT IS OBVIOUS THAT CONSIDERABLE TIME CAN BE SAVED BY ADOPTING THE NEW PROCEDURE,* HE NOTED.

ANOTHER MEASURE INTRODUCED BY THE BILL TO EXPEDITE THE PROCESSING OF EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION CASES WAS TO REQUIRE EMPLOYERS TO TAKE ALL NECESSARY AND REASONABLE STEPS TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH THE INJURED EMPLOYEE WITHIN 21 DAYS AFTER A +RELEVANT DATE*.

THE +RELEVANT DATE* IS DEFINED UNDER THE BILL, DEPENDING ON THE NATURE OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES.

OTHER MEASURES WERE DESIGNED AS DETERRENTS FOR DELAYS IN PAYMENT OF COMPENSATION.

THESE INCLUDE STEPPING UP OF SURCHARGES FOR DELAY OF PAYMENT BEYOND THREE MONTHS AFTER THE EXPIRY OF THE PAYMENT PERIOD- EMPOWERING THE COURT TO CHARGE INTEREST ON THE WHOLE OR ANY PART OF THE COMPENSATION RECOVERED BY THE INJURED EMPLOYEE- AND MAKING THE FAILURE OF THE EMPLOYER TO PAY PERIODICAL PAYMENTS WITHIN SEVEN DAYS AFTER THE DUE DATE A PROSECUTABLE OFFENCE.

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THE BILL HAS ALSO INTRODUCED A NUMBER OF MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS FOR THE PURPOSES OF IMPROVEMENT, UP-DATING OR CLARIFICATION.

SOME OF THE MORE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES OR ADDITIONS MENTIONED BY MR HENDERSON ARE AS FOLLOWSi

* ACCIDENTS IN WHICH AN EMPLOYEE IS INJURED WHILE TRAVELLING TO OR FROM HIS PLACE OF WORK BY TRANSPORT PROVIDED BY OR ARRANGED BY HIS EMPLOYER WILL BE DEEMED TO BE +ARISING OUT OF AND IN THE COURSE OF EMPLOYMENT*, THEREBY ENABLING THE INJURED EMPLOYEE TO CLAIM COMPENSATION.

* THE BILL REMOVES THE EXISTING TWO-YEAR LIMIT IN RESPECT OF MEDICAL EXPENSES PAYABLE BY EMPLOYERS.

M THE BILL IMPROVES THE EXISTING SECTION WHICH PLACES A RESPONSIBILITY ON THE +PRINCIPAL+ IN RESPECT OF HIS +CONTRACTOR+.

X THE BILL REQUIRES AN EMPLOYER TO GIVE THE NECESSARY ABSENCE OF LEAVE WITH PAY TO AN EMPLOYEE FOR ATTENDING MEDICAL EXAMINATION OR ASSESSMENT OR VISITING THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IN CONNECTION WITH AN AGREEMENT ON COMPENSATION.

MR HENDERSON SAID HE INTENDED TO BRING THE PROVISIONS IN THE BILL INTO OPERATION BY TWO STAGES IN ORDER TO ALLOW BOTH EMPLOYERS AND INSURANCE COMPANIES SUFFICIENT TIME TO MAKE THE NECESSARY ARRANGEMENT TO COMPLY WITH THE PROVISIONS.

IT WAS PROPOSED THAT ALL THE PROVISIONS, EXCEPT THOSE CONCERNING COMPULSORY INSURANCE, SHOULD BE BROUGHT INTO FORCE SIX MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE AMENDING ORDINANCE IN THE GAZETTE.

THE PROVISIONS ON COMPULSORY INSURANCE SHOULD BE BROUGHT INTO FORCE ANOTHER SIX MONTHS LATER.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA CLARIFIED * * * *

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY APPROVED AN AMENDMENT TO THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR THE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASSISTANCE SCHEME WHICH CLARIFIES THE ELIGIBILITY OF NON-WAGE EARNERS FOR ASSISTANCE.

IN PROPOSING THE AMENDMENT, THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, THE HON E.P. HO SAID THAT ONE CRITERION FOR ELIGIBILITY FOR ASSISTANCE WAS AT LEAST THREE DAYS’ LOSS OF EARNINGS OR EARNING CAPACITY AS CERTIFIED BY A REGISTERED MEDICAL PRACTITIONER.

MR HO SAID THAT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AIM OF THE SCHEME, WHICH IS TO PROVIDE SOME IMMEDIATE FINANCIAL HELP TO VICTIMS OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS, OR THEIR DEPENDANTS, IN THE CASES OF INJURIES OR FATAL ACCIDENTS, NON-WAGE EARNERS, INCLUDING ELDERLY AND YOUNG VICTIMS HAD BEEN PROVIDED WITH APPROPRIATE ASSISTANCE ON PRODUCTION OF A DOCTOR’S CERTIFICATE PROVIDING FOR A NUMBER OF REST DAYS OR SICK LEAVE IN EXCESS OF THREE DAYS.

+LEGAL ADVICE NOW INDICATES THAT THREE DAYS’ LOSS OF EARNINGS OR EARNING CAPACITY IS NOT THE SAME AS THREE DAYS OF REST OR HOSPITALISATION.

+WHILST LOSS OF EARNING CAPACITY DOES NOT PRESUPPOSE THAT AN ELIGIBLE VICTIM MUST EE IN GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT, HE MUST HAVE A CAPACITY TO WORK WHICH HE IS CAPABLE OF LOSING.*

ACCORDINGLY, MR HO SAID, PERSONS WHO, THROUGH OLD AGE, YOUTH, OR MENTAL OR PHYSICAL DISABILITY, WERE INCAPABLE OF WORKING COULD NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS ASSISTANCE WHEN THEY WERE HURT IN AN ACCIDENT.

+OF COURSE, THIS IS CONTRARY TO BOTH THE INTENTION AND PURPOSE OF THE TAVA SCHEME AND OTHER RELIEF SCHEMES SUCH AS THE CRIMINAL AND LAW ENFORCEMENT INJURIES COMPENSATION SCHEME AND THE EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND,* HE SAID.

THE AMENDMENT, MR HO SAID, WOULD, WITHOUT PREJUDICE TO THE GENERALITY OF THE REQUIREMENT OF THREE DAYS’ LOSS OF EARNINGS OR EARNING CAPACITY, DEEM A PERSON TO HAVE SUFFERED THREE DAYS’ LOSS CF EARNINGS OR EARNING CAPACITY IF HE WAS ON SICK LEAVE OR IN HOSPITAL FOR THREE DAYS, WHETHER HE WAS A WAGE EARNER OR NOT.

MR HO SAID THIS WOULD ENSURE THAT ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS WITH NO EARNING CAPACITY WERE NOT LEFT OUT FROM ASSISTANCE.

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PHONE CHARGES TO BE INCREASED * * * *

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY PASSED A RESOLUTION ALLOWING THE HONG KONG TELEPHONE COMPANY TO INCREASE CHARGES WITH EFFECT FROM JANUARY 1, 1983.

IN MOVING THE MOTION FOR APPROVAL, THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON P. JACOBS SAID THE INCREASES FOR LINE RENTALS AND INSTALLATION, AS WELL AS MAINTENANCE AND MISCELLANEOUS CHARGES, WERE PROPOSED BY THE COMPANY IN AN APPLICATION SUBMITTED IN JULY, ON THE GROUND THAT INCREASES IN THE COMPANY’S COSTS WOULD MAKE HIGHER CHARGES UNAVOIDABLE.

MR JACOBS SAID THE MAJOR ITEMS IN THE RESOLUTION COMPRISED INCREASED RENTALS FOR RESIDENTIAL LINES, BUSINESS LINES (INCLUDING SPECIAL FACILITIES FOR BUSINESS LINES) AND LEASED CIRCUITS, WITH AN AVERAGE INCREASE OF 16 PER CENT.

OTHER INCREASES RELATED TO INDIVIDUAL MAINTENANCE CHARGES FOR DIFFERENT CLASSES OF PRIVATE AUTOMATIC BRANCH EXCHANGES AND VARIOUS INSTALLATION AND REMOVAL CHARGES TO ENABLE THE COMPANY TO RECOVER THE COSTS OF PROVIDING THE SERVICES.

RENTAL FOR PRIVATE PAY-PHONES WAS ALSO INCREASED TO COVER THE COST OF ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT THAT HAD TO BE PROVIDED IN THE TELEPHONE SYSTEM TO CATER FOR USERS OF THESE PAY-PHONES, MR JACOBS SAID.

THE CHARGES FOR THE USE OF A PUBLIC PAY-PHONE WAS INCREASED FROM 50 CENTS TO $1 A CALL. MR JACOBS SAID THE INCREASE WAS THE FIRST SINCE 1975.

♦THE ESTIMATED ADDITIONAL REVENUE ACCRUING FROM THESE INCREASES SHOULD OBVIATE THE NEED FOR FURTHER INCREASES DURING 1983,+

JACOBS SAID.

♦BUT I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DID NOT FOREWARN THIS COUNCIL THAT RISING COSTS WILL MOST PROBABLY NECESSITATE FURTHER INCREASES IN TARIFFS EARLY IN 1984,+ HE ADDED.

MR JACOBS SAID THAT LINE RENTAL CHARGES WERE LAST INCREASED BY RESOLUTION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WITH EFFECT FROM SEPTEMBER 1, 1981 WHEREAS INSTALLATION, MAINTENANCE AND CERTAIN MISCELLANEOUS CHARGES WERE INCREASED AS FROM JANUARY THIS YEAR.

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FIXED PENALTY FOR PARKING TO BE DOUBLED * * * *

A MOTION PROVIDING FOR AN INCREASE OF THE FIXED PENALTY FOR PARKING OFFENCES FROM $70 TO $140 WAS APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN MOVING THE MOTION UNDER THE FIXED PENALTY (TRAFFIC CONTRAVENTIONS) ORDINANCE (CHAPTER 237), THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON MICHAEL SUEN POINTED OUT THAT THE INCREASE WAS ORDERED BY THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL TO RESTORE THE DETERRENT EFFECT OF THE PENALTY WHICH HAS BEEN ERODED BY THE GENERAL INCREASE OF PRICES AND INCOMES SINCE THE LAST ONE IN 1979.

THE RESOLUTION WILL COME INTO EFFECT ON A DAY TO BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR BY NOTICE IN THE GAZETTE.

TO ALLOW FOR TIME TO ORDER AND PRINT NEW FIXED PENALTY TICKETS, THIS IS EXPECTED TO BE APRIL NEXT YEAR, MR SUEN SAID.

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION, THE HON ANDREW SO SAID THERE WOULD STILL BE ILLEGAL PARKINGS EVEN IF THE FINE WAS TO BE INCREASED ANNUALLY.

THIS IS BECAUSE THERE ARE FAR TOO FEW LEGAL PARKING SPACES IN HONG KONG AND MOTORISTS ARE VERY OFTEN COMPELLED TO PARK THEIR CARS ILLEGALLY, HE SAID.

HE URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO DISCOURAGE THE INCREASE OF PRIVATE CARS AND LORRIES, AND TO BUILD MORE ROADS AND CAR PARKS.

EXPEDITIOUS ACTION SHOULD ALSO BE TAKEN TO PROVIDE SUITABLE SITES FOR CAR-REPAIRING WORKSHOPS AND TO DISPOSE OF ABANDONED MOTOR VEHICLES, MR SO ADDED.

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THE HIGHER PRODUCTIVITY AND BETTER QUALITY OF HONG KONG’S CLOTHING INDUSTRY STILL RELY ON THE KEY FACTOR OF AN ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF WELL-TRAINED MANPOWER.

This was pointed out by the hon francis y.h. tien, chairman of THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY AT TODAY’S (WEDNESDAY) LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING.

♦THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY CONTINUES TO BE THE LARGEST MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG, AND BECAUSE THE INDUSTRY IS FASHION-ORIENTED, RAPID CHANGES IN STYLE AND FABRIC CONSTRUCTION ARE THE PRIME REQUIREMENTS.

♦LARGE SCALE APPLICATION OF FULLY-AUTOMATIC MACHINES IS THEREFORE DIFFICULT,+ MR TIEN SAID, IN TABLING THE SIXTH ANNUAL REPORT OF THE AUTHORITY, COVERING 1981.

MR TIEN POINTED OUT THAT THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRE IN KWAI CHUNG STARTED A TRAINING COURSE FOR FUR SEWING OPERATORS IN MAY, 1982 TO SUPPORT FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS IN THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY.

THE DEMAND FOR SKILLED WORKFORCE STILL FAR EXCEEDS THE CAPACITY OF THIS CENTRE AND CONSTRUCTION OF A SECOND CENTRE WILL START SOON ON A PREMIUM-FREE SITE AT KOWLOON BAY GRANTED BY THE GOVERNMENT, MR TIEN SAID AND THANKED THE GOVERNMENT FOR ITS CONTINUING SUPPORT.

MR TIEN ALSO PRESENTED ITS SIXTH ANNUAL REPORT, COVERING 1981, ON BEHALF OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY.

♦IN ORDER TO MEET THE DEMAND FOR TRAINED MANPOWER IN THE INDUSTRY AND CONTINUE TO UPGRADE THE SKILLS OF THE INDUSTRY’S WORKFORCE, THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY HAS INCREASED ITS TRAINING CAPACITY BY SETTING UP A SECOND TRAINING CENTRE IN KWAI CHUNG ON LAND ALSO GRANTED BY THE GOVERNMENT,+ M? TIEN SAID.

THIS CENTRE HAS JUST BEEN OPENED THIS MONTH.

IN THE YEAR UNDER REVIEW, THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY MAINTAINED A HIGH LEVEL OF ACTIVITIES, PARTICULARLY IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR, MR TIEN SAID.

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PRINCE PHILIP DENTAL HOSPITAL * M * *

THE PRINCE PHILIP DENTAL HOSPITAL WILL PROVIDE A BADLY-NEEDED RELIEF OF THE PRESENT SHORTAGE OF DENTISTS IN HONG KONG WHEN THE FIRST GROUP OF SOME 70 STUDENTS GRADUATE FROM THE HOSPITAL IN EARLY 1985.

THEREAFTER, AROUND THE SAME NUMBER OF GRADUATES WILL JOIN THE DENTAL PROFESSION EACH YEAR.

THIS WAS DISCLOSED TODAY BY THE HON LYDIA DUNN WHEN TABLING THE PRINCE PHILIP DENTAL HOSPITAL ANNUAL REPORT FOR 1981-82.

WAS

MISS DUNN SAID THAT DURING THE YEAR UNDER REVIEW THE HOSPITAL IN AN EARLY STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT.

+APART FROM BUDGETARY MATTERS, THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS DEVOTED HJCH OF ITS ATTENTION DEVELOPING APPROPRIATE ADMINISTRATIVE AND MANAGEMENT ARRANGEMENTS FOR AN INSTITUTION WHICH IS WHOLLY DEVOTED TO THE SUPPORT OF UNIVERSITY TEACHING,+ SHE SAID.

AS A TEACHING INSTITUTION, SHE NOTED, THE HOSPITAL HAS BEEN ADMITTING AN AVERAGE OF 250 PATIENTS A WEEK SINCE IT WAS OPENED TO THE PUBLIC ON OCTOBER 7 LAST YEAR.

HOWEVER, SHE POINTED OUT, ONLY PATIENTS WHOSE DENTAL PROBLEMS ARE CONSIDERED SUITABLE FOR TEACHING PURPOSES AND PATIENTS REQUIRING EMERGENCY AND SIMPLE TREATMENT ARE ACCEPTED.

MISS DUNN, WHO IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOSPITAL’S BOARD OF GOVERNORS, SAID THE HOSPITAL, IN CO-OPERATION WITH THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, ALSO PROVIDES TRAINING COURSES FOR PARADENTAL WORKERS.

THIRTEEN EXTENDED DUTY DENTAL ASSISTANTS, 33 DENTAL SURGERY ASSISTANTS, 14 DENTAL HYGIENISTS AND 56 DENTAL TECHNICIANS HAVE SO FAR QUALIFIED, SHE SAID.

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MEDICAL FACILITIES PLANNED ON REGIONAL BASIS * * * *

MEDICAL AND HEALTH FACILITIES ARE PLANNED AND PROVIDED FOR ON A REGIONAL RATHER THAN ON AN ELECTORAL DISTRICT BASIS IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THE MAXIMUM USE OF LIMITED RESOURCES.

THIS WAS STATED TODAY BY THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR THE HON K.L. THONG, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI, ABOUT MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES PROVIDED IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF HONG KONG ISLAND.

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DR THONG SAID THAT RESOURCES IN BOTH FINANCE AND TRAINED MANPOWER WERE +NOT UNLIMITED*.

♦PRIORITIES IN REGARD TO THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT OF bEDICAL PROJECTS ARE SUBJECT TO KEEN COMPETITION NOT ONLY FROM OTHER AREAS OF GOVERNMENTAL ACTIVITIES BUT ALSO AMONG THE PROJECTS WITHIN THE MEDICAL PLAN ITSELF,* HE SAID.

THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT ADOPTED A REGIONALISATION SCHEME FOR MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES FROM 1977 UNDER WHICH A WIDE RANGE OF BOTH CURATIVE AND PREVENTIVE SERVICES WERE PROVIDED FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE REGION AS A WHOLE.

UNDER THE SCHEME, THERE ARE FOUR HOSPITAL REGIONS, OF WHICH HONG KONG ISLAND AS A WHOLE IS ONE.

UNDER THE REGIONALISATION SCHEME, THE EASTERN PART OF HONG KONG ISLAND IS SERVED BY FOUR GOVERNMENT AND SUBVENTED HOSPITALS AND SEVEN OUT-PATIENT CLINICS AND POLYCLINICS.

DR THONG SAID, HOWEVER, THAT DUE TO POPULATION SHIFTS AND GROWTHS, COUPLED WITH TRAFFIC AND OTHER PROBLEMS OVER THE LAST DECADE, THERE APPEARED TO BE SOME NEED FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF bEDICAL FACILITIES FOR THE EASTERN PART OF HONG KONG.

THERE ARE PLANS FOR THE EXPANSION OF THE TANG SHIU KIN HOSPITAL AND THE RUTTONJEE SANATORIUM AS WELL AS THE BUILDING OF TWO CLINICS, ONE POLYCLINIC AND THREE MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRES.

FACILITIES AT THE EXISTING QUEEN MARY HOSPITAL WILL ALSO BE GREATLY EXPANDED AND UPDATED IN A MAJOR EXTENSION PROJECT, HE SAID.

ALL THESE PROJECTS THE MID-1980S.

ARE SCHEDULED TO BE IN OPERATION JUST AFTER

IN ADDITION, A NEW HOSPITAL IS BEING PLANNED AND SCHEDULED TO BE BUILT IN CHAI WAN AT THE END OF THE DECADE.

MEANWHILE, DR THONG SAID, PLANS ARE ALREADY IN HAND TO ESTABLISH ADDITIONAL TREATMENT FACILITIES AT THE CHAI WAN CLINIC FOR TAKING CARE OF EMERGENCY CASES AS AN INTERIM MEASURE.

+IN VIEW OF BOTH THE EXISTING FACILITIES AND THE SCHEDULED IMPROVEMENTS, THE OVERALL FACILITIES FOR THE EASTERN PART OF HONG KONG, WHICH COMPRISE A WIDE RANGE OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, ARE CONSIDERED TO EE SATISFACTORY,* HE ADDED.

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FIRE SAFETY STANDARDS FOR HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS *****

IN MANY HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS WHICH HAD PROPER MANAGEMENT, THE STATUTORY FIRE SAFETY STANDARDS WERE BEING ADEQUATELY ENFORCEt). HOWEVER, FOR BUILDINGS WHERE SUCH MANAGEMENT DID NOT EXIST, PARTICULARLY THOSE WITH MULTI-OWNERSHIP, THE POSITION WAS LESS SATISFACTORY.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON LEWIS DAVIES IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON CHEUNG YAN-LUNG IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

MR DAVIES SAID THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT EXAMINED PLANS FOR ALL NEW BUILDINGS TO ENSURE THAT APPROPRIATE FIRE SERVICES INSTALLATIONS AND EQUIPMENT WERE INCLUDED. ON COMPLETION, EACH BUILDING WAS INSPECTED TO ENSURE THAT THESE REQUIREMENTS HAD BEEN MET, HE SAID.

+AT THIS STAGE FIRE SAFETY STANDARDS ARE SATISFACTORY. HOWEVER, DIFFICULTIES ARISE FOLLOWING THE OCCUPATION OF A BUILDING WHERE MANAGEMENT IS EITHER NOT PROVIDED, OR WHERE IT IS INEFFECTIVE.+

MR DAVIES SAID THE LAW REQUIRED THE OWNER OF ANY PREMISES IN WHICH FIRE SERVICE EQUIPMENT WAS INSTALLED TO KEEP SUCH EQUIPMENT IN EFFICIENT WORKING ORDER AND THE DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR ENFORCING THIS REQUIREMENT.

♦BUT THIS IS DIFFICULT IN MULTl-OWNERSHIP BUILDINGS, WHERE MANY INDIVIDUAL OWNERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ONE FIRE SERVICE INSTALLATION IN THE BUILDING.+

THIS PROBLEM, HE SAID ’DID NOT ARISE WHERE BUILDINGS HAD OWNERS’ INCORPORATIONS OR WHERE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANIES WERE ENGAGED.

♦IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES THE MAINTENANCE OF SATISFACTORY STANDARDS OF FIRE SAFETY CAN ONLY BE ACHIEVED WITH THE COOPERATION CF THOSE OCCUPYING THE BUILDING,+ MR DAVIES SAID.

TO THIS END, THE FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE HAD BEEN WORKING WITH THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TO INCREASE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF FIRE SAFETY STANDARDS AND THEIR ENFORCEMENT.

AT THE SAME TIME THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT WOULD CONTINUE THEIR INSPECTIONS AND WOULD RESPOND TO ANY COMPLAINTS REGARDING FIRE HAZARDS OR OTHER BREACHES OF THE REGULATIONS.

♦SO FAR A SATISFACTORY SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEMS POSED BY SOME MULTI-OWNERSHIP BUILDINGS, INCLUDING THE DIFFICULTIES SOMETIMES EXPERIENCED IN FORMING A MANAGEMENT ORGANISATION AND THE ESTABLISHMENT AND OPERATION OF AN ADEQUATE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, HAS NOT BEEN FOUND,+ HE SAID.

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USE OF FIREARMS BY POLICE * * *

THE RULES GOVERNING THE USE OF FIREARMS BY POLICE OFFICERS ARE THE SAME WHETHER THE OFFICERS CONCERNED ARE ON OR OFF DUTY, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON LEWIS DAVIES SAID TODAY.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON LYDIA DUNN IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR DAVIES SAID A POLICE OFFICER MAY USE A FIREARM TO PROTECT HIMSELF OR ANY OTHER PERSON FROM DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY, OR TO ARREST ANY PERSON WHOM HE HAS REASON TO BELIEVE HAS COMMITTED A SERIOUS AND VIOLENT CRIME.

♦WHENEVER IT IS OFFICIALLY KNOWN THAT A POLICE REVOLVER HAS BEEN EITHER DRAWN FROM ITS HOLSTER OR FIRED DURING THE COURSE OF AN INCIDENT, A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION FOLLOWS.

+IF THERE IS EVIDENCE TO SHOW INSUFFICIENT JUSTIFICATION FOR SUCH ACTION, DISCIPLINARY OR CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS MAY BE INSTITUTED AGAINST THE OFFICER CONCERNED.*

MR DAVIES SAID THE REGULATIONS CONCERNING CARRIAGE AND SAFEGUARDING OF ARMS BY AN OFF DUTY POLICE OFFICER ARE »

(A) HE MAY CARRY HIS REVOLVER PROVIDED HIS INTENDED ACTIVITIES ARE COMPATIABLE WITH ITS SECURITY;

(B) IF HIS INTENDED ACTIVITIES ARE INCOMPATIBLE WITH ITS SECURITY HE MUST DEPOSIT THE REVOLVER IN THE ARMOURY OF A POLICE STATION; AND

(C) IF HE IS AT HOME HE MUST UNLOAD THE REVOLVER AND LOCK IT AND THE AMMUNITION IN A SECURE PLACE AND TAKE ADEQUATE PRECAUTIONS TO SECURE THE KEY USED.

EARLIER, MR DAVIES POINTED OUT THAT ONLY POLICE OFFICERS WHO WERE PERMITTED TO CARRY ARMS WHEN OFF DUTY WERE ISSUED WITH REVOLVERS ON PERSONAL CHARGE.

HE SAID UNDER CURRENT POLICY SUCH ISSUES WERE MADE TO JUNIOR OFFICERS WHO BY THE NATURE OF THEIR DUTIES WERE MOST LIKELY TO BE CALLED UPON TO PERFORM DUTY AT SHORT NOTICE, AND BE REQUIRED TO DEAL WITH DANGEROUS SITUATIONS WHETHER ON OR OFF DUTY.

♦ IN PRACTICE ISSUES ARE RESTRICTED TO JUNIOR OFFICERS IN THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION DEPARTMENT AND TO SOME IN SPECIAL BRANCH (EXCEPT THOSE PERMANENTLY ENGAGED ON INDOOR DUTIES).

♦IN SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES OTHER OFFICERS MAY ALSO BE ISSUED WITH PERSONAL ARMS WITH THE APPROVAL OF A DIRECTORATE OFFICER,* MR DAVIES SAID.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1982

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BILL TO INTRODUCE TAXIS ON LANTAU X X * X

THE ROAD TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, IF ENACTED, WOULD PROVIDE NEEDED TAXI SERVICES ON LANTAU AND IMPROVE THE OPERATING EFFICIENCY OF TRANSPORT TRIBUNALS, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON MICHAEL SUEN, SAID IN MOVING THE BILL THROUGH A SECOND READING AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TODAY.

AT PRESENT THE ONLY LEGAL PASSENGER CAR SERVICE ON LANTAU IS PROVIDED BY 14 PRIVATE CONTRACT CARS AND THE PROPOSED TAXI SERVICE IS REQUIRED TO MEET THE GROWING DEMANDS OF BOTH LOCAL RESIDENTS AND TOURISTS, MR SUEN EXPLAINED.

UNDER THE AMENDMENT REGULATIONS, HE POINTED OUT, THESE NEW TAXIS WOULD OPERATE ON LANTAU ONLY, WITH A DISTINGUISHING LIVERY SPECIFIED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT.

HE SAID THAT THE RIGHT TO REGISTER THESE TAXIS WOULD BE BY OPEN TENDER AND THE SCALE OF FARES WOULD BE THE SAME AS FOR NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS.

+TIME WILL BE REQUIRED TO ASSESS ACCURATELY HOW MANY TAXIS WILL EVENTUALLY BE NEEDED ON LANTAU ISLAND ESPECIALLY AS DEMANDS WILL FLUCTUATE BETWEEN WEEKDAYS AND WEEKENDS.

+SO IT IS INTENDED THAT THE NUMBER SHOULD INITIALLY BE LIMITED TO 20 AND BE REVIEWED AFTER SIX MONTHS,* MR SUEN SAID.

THE OPPORTUNITY WAS TAKEN TO ABOLISH THE REQUIREMENT THAT APPLICANTS FOR NEW TERRITORIES TAXI LICENCES MUST HAVE HELD A DRIVING LICENCE FOR AT LEAST THREE YEARS AS THIS REQUIREMENT NO LONGER SERVES ANY USEFUL PURPOSE, MR SUEN POINTED OUT.

THE TERMS OF THE EXISTING LEGISLATION REQUIRE A TRANSPORT TRIBUNAL TO CONSIDER ONLY THE REPRESENTATIONS OF THE APPLICANT AND NOT THOSE OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT.

HOWEVER, IN PRACTICE, THE COMMISSIONER IS REPRESENTED BY A DEPARTMENTAL OFFICER TO STATE HIS CASE IN A TRIBUNAL, WHICH MAKES ITS DECISION ON ALL THE EVIDENCE PRESENTED.

BY PROVIDING FOR THE COMMISSIONER TO BE REPRESENTED BEFORE THE TRIBUNAL, THE BILL SEEKS TO FORMALISE THE CURRENT PRACTICE OF A TRIBUNAL HEARING BOTH SIDES OF THE ISSUE, MR SUEN EXPLAINED.

THE BILL ALSO PROVIDES FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF A MEMBER FROM A PANEL OF LEGAL ADVISERS APPOINTED BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO A TRANSPORT TRIBUNAL.

♦THIS WILL SERVE TO ENSURE THAT THE COMPLEX LEGISLATION WITHIN THE TRIBUNAL’S JURISDICTION IS PROPERLY INTERPRETED AND APPLIED,* MR SUEN SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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POWER TO ISSUE RECEIPTS * * * *

THE OBJECTIVE OF THE TRUSTEE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 IS TO CONFIRM THE POWER OF A SOLE PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE ADMINISTERING THE ESTATE OF A DECEASED PERSON TO ISSUE RECEIPTS FOR LAND SALES, THE LAW DRAFTSMAN, THE HON G.P. NAZARETH, SAID AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TODAY.

UNDER THE COMMON LAW, SUCH A REPRESENTATIVE CAN ISSUE THIS TYPE OF RECEIPTS AND THIS WAS THE ACCEPTED POSITION IN HONG KONG UNTIL 1971, HE EXPLAINED, IN READING THE BILL A SECOND TIME.

IN THAT YEAR THE PROBATE AND ADMINISTRATION ORDINANCE WAS ENACTED AND ONE OF ITS PROVISIONS GAVE RISE TO +CONSIDERABLE DOUBT+ AS TO WHETHER THE REPRESENTATIVE CAN STILL GIVE SUCH RECEIPTS TODAY, MR NAZARETH SAID.

♦THERE IS, OF COURSE, NO GENERAL REASON WHY HE SHOULD NOT DO SO, AND THE OBJECT OF THIS BILL IS TO REMOVE THE DOUBTS AND CONFIRM THE POWER OF SOLE PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES TO ISSUE RECEIPTS FOR THE SALE OF LAND,+ HE STATED.

QUESTIONS HAD BEEN RAISED, HE SAID, AS TO WHETHER THE OBJECTIVE MIGHT ENDANGER THE INHERITANCE OF MINOR CHILDREN IN THE HANDS OF +ILL-ADVISED OR IMPROVIDENT WIDOWED MOTHERS WHO ARE SOLE ADMINISTRATORS*.

BUT HE POINTED OUT THAT SECTION 25 OF THE PROBATE AND ADMINISTRATION ORDINANCE SHOULD BE AN ADEQUATE SAFEGUARD AGAINST SUCH A DANGER.

♦IF IT IS THOUGHT THAT ANY FURTHER SAFEGUARD IS DESIRABLE, PROMPT CONSIDERATION WILL BE GIVEN TO IT,+ MR NAZARETH STRESSED.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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PUBLIC SHOULD SHARE RESPONSIBILITY FOR REFUSE CONTROL M M K

SOME 5 OOO TONNES OF REFUSE HAS BEEN PICKED UP FROM HONG KONG WATERS SO FAR THIS YEAR BY SPECIALISED VESSELS OF THE MARINE DEPARTMENT WHICH EXPECTS TO SPEND $6.2 MILLION ON THE OPERATION FOR THE YEAR, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON DENIS BRAY, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THE DEPARTMENT, HE SAID, HAS AN EXPANSION PLAN WHICH SHOULD DOUBLE THE FLEET OF SPECIALLY DESIGNED VESSELS FOR THE PURPOSE BY 1986-87.

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♦SINCE COMPREHENSIVE REFUSE COLLECTION SERVICES ARE PROVIDED ON LAND THE STRICT ANSWER TO THE QUESTION IS THAT THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR CONTROLLING FLOATING REFUSE DOES NOT LIE WITH ANY GOVERNMNENT DEPARTMENT AT ALL BUT WITH THE PEOPLE WHO DUMP IT IN THE FIRST PLACE,+ HE STRESSED.

MR BRAY WAS REPLYING TO THE HON ANDREW SO WHO ASKED WHAT ACTION THE GOVERNMENT IS TAKING TO CONTROL FLOATING REFUSE AND HOW THE RESPONSIBILITY IN THIS MATTER IS BEING SHARED AMONG GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

MR BRAY OUTLINED SIX PROGRAMMES TO PREVENT REFUSE FROM GETTING INTO THE SEA i

* DISCHARGES FROM SEWERS ARE SCREENED OF SOLIDS BY THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

* OPEN NULLAHS ARE THE SUBJECT OF SPECIAL EFFORTS BY THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

* SQUATTER AREA REFUSE CLEARANCE HAS RECENTLY BEEN STEPPED UP BY THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

* THE PORT WORKS DIVISION ON THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT DOES ITS BEST TO STOP TIMBER AND OTHER REFUSE FROM FLOATING OFF FROM RECLAMATIONS.

* A FREE BOAT-TO-BOAT REFUSE COLLECTION SERVICE IS OPERATED IN FIVE TYPHOON SHELTERS BY THE MARINE DEPARTMENT.

* A FREE REFUSE COLLECTION SERVICE IS PROVIDED TO ALL SHIPS IN THE HARBOUR BY THE MARINE DEPARTMENT.

MR BRAY SAID THAT WHILE ALL THESE OPERATIONS MADE SUBSTANTIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO REDUCING THE AMOUNT OF REFUSE GETTING INTO THE SEA, THE AMOUNT OF FLOATING REFUSE AROUND THE HARBOUR SHOWED THEY WERE NOT COMPLETELY SUCCESSFUL.

BUT HE ADDED, +WE HAVE DONE ALL THE OBVIOUS THINGS BUT TO GO FURTHER IS LIKELY TO COST A GOOD DEAL.+

MR BRAY DISCLOSED THAT THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY IS PLANNING TO DO MORE SERIOUS RESEARCH TO FIND OUT WHERE FLOATING REFUSE COMES FROM, THE ROUTES IT FOLLOWS IN VARIOUS COMBINATIONS CF WIND AND TIDE AND WHERE IT FINISHES UP.

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MOVE TO CONTROL METALLIC CONTAMINATION IN FOOD

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REGULATIONS WILL SHORTLY BE INTRODUCED TO CONTROL METALLIC CONTAMINATION AND HARMFUL SUBSTANCES IN FOOD FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION, THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, THE HON ERIC HO, SAID AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) BILL 1982, MR HO SAID: THE BILL, IF ENACTED, WOULD ENABLE REGULATIONS TO BE MADE TO AUTHORISE THE DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES TO AMEND THE MAXIMUM PERMITTED CONCENTRATIONS OF SUBSTANCES IN FOOD BY NOTICE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE.

+AS THE MAXIMUM PERMITTED LEVEL OF SUCH SUBSTANCES MAY NEED TO BE REVISED FROM TIME TO TIME IN THE LIGHT OF LOCAL AND OVERSEAS SCIENTIFIC FINDINGS, IT IS DESIRABLE THAT SOME MECHANISM SHOULD EXIST FOR THEIR SPEEDY UPDATING WITHOUT CONSTANT REFERENCE TO THE GOVERNOR-1N-COUNCIL,+ HE SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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BILL TO PROTECT ILLEGITIMATE CHILDREN

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THE WELFARE OF A CHILD, EVEN IF ILLEGITIMATE, IS PARAMOUNT UNDER THE GUARDIANSHIP OF MINORS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982.

THIS WAS STRESSED BY THE LAW DRAFTSMAN, THE HON G.P. NAZARETH, DURING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

MR NAZARETH EXPLAINED THAT THE GUARDIAN OF MINORS ORDINANCE PROVIDES THAT IN COURT PROCEEDINGS ON THE CUSTODY OF MINORS AND OTHER RELATED MATTERS, THE WELFARE OF THE MINOR SHOULD BE THE ■♦FIRST AND PARAMOUNT* CONSIDERATION.

IT ALSO PROVIDES THAT IN THESE MATTERS, THE MOTHER AND FATHER HAVE EQUAL RIGHTS WHICH CAN BE EXERCISED SEPARATELY.

BUT HE POINTED OUT THAT NEITHER OF THESE PROVISIONS UNDER THE EXISTING ORDINANCE APPLY TO ILLEGITIMATE CHILDREN.

*THE DISPLACEMENT OF THE PROVISION FOR EQUAL RIGHTS BETWEEN PARENTS IS INTENTIONAL AND IT ENABLES THE COMMON LAW PRIORITY ACCORDED TO THE CLAIM OF THE MOTHER OF AN ILLEGITIMATE CHILD, TO TAKE EFFECT.

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+ IN DISPLACING AT THE SAME TIME THE OTHER PROVISION MAKING THE WELFARE OF A MINOR THE PARAMOUNT CONSIDERATION, THE ORDINANCE INADVERTENTLY WENT TOO FAR,* HE SAID.

THE OBJECT OF THE BILL, HE STRESSED, IS TO MAKE CLEAR THAT THE WELFARE OF CHILDREN, EVEN IF THEY ARE ILLEGITIMATE, SHOULD BE PARAMOUNT.

THE BILL ALSO PROVIDES THAT DUE CONSIDERATION SHOULD BE GIVEN TO THE WISHES OF THE MINOR WHERE PRACTICABLE AND TO ANY MATERIAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE, INCLUDING REPORTS BY THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR NAZARETH SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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EXHIBITION CENTRE PROJECT X * * *

THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, THE HON BILL DORWARD, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY THAT THE SECOND STAGE OF THE CONSULTANCY FOR THE EXHIBITION CENTRE PROJECT WAS AWARDED IN JULY TO A CANADIAN/GERMAN CONSORTIUM WHICH HAD FORMED A LOCAL COMPANY FOR THE PURPOSE.

+THEIR TERMS OF REFERENCE CALL FOR A DETAILED BRIEF AND SPECIFICATIONS FOR A MULTI-STOREY DEVELOPMENT TO INCLUDE AN EXHIBITION CENTRE OF ABOUT 20 □□□ SQUARE METRES, WITH ANCILLARY FACILITIES, AND TO ESTIMATE THE CAPITAL AND RECURRENT COSTS INVOLVED AND THE REVENUE WHICH COULD BE GENERATED,* HE SAID, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON STEPHEN CHEONG.

THE CONSULTANCY IS BEING OVERSEEN BY A NON-STATUTORY BOARD UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF MR MICHAEL SANDBERG AND COMPRISING PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR REPRESENTATIVES. REGULAR MEETINGS ARE BEING HELD BETWEEN THE BOARD AND THE CONSULTANTS, WHOSE FINAL REPORT IS DUE IN JANUARY 1983.

+0N RECEIPT OF THE BOARD’S ASSESSMENT OF THAT REPORT AND ITS RECOMMENDATIONS AS TO HOW TO PROCEED, PROPOSALS WILL BE PUT TO EXECUTIVE COUNCIL,* MR DORWARD ADDED.

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PROTECTION OF MUSEUM EXHIBITS

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THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES (AMENDMENT) (NO.2) BILL 1082 WHICH PROVIDES THE AUTHORITY WITH THE WIDER POWERS NECESSARY FOR THE EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL OF MUSEUMS AND FOR THE BETTER PROTECTION OF THE EXHIBITS WAS READ A SECOND TIME IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON D.C. BRAY SAID THE BILL EMPOWERS THE AUTHORITY TO REQUIRE A PERSON CAUSING DAMAGE TO THE STRUCTURE OF A MUSEUM OR TO AN EXHIBIT TO REPAY THE COSTS OF REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT, AND TO PAY A SURCHARGE EQUAL TO 20 PER CENT OF THOSE COSTS.

HE SAID THE BILL WAS NEEDED TO IMPROVE THE MANAGEMENT OF THE THREE EXISTING MUSEUMS IN HONG KONG - THE MUSEUM OF ART, THE MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND THE SPACE MUSEUM.

IT WILL ALSO PROVIDE MANAGEMENT WITH ADEQUATE AUTHORITY FOR SEVERAL NEW MUSEUMS AS THEY ARE COMPLETED.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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JURISDICTION IN MATRIMONIAL MATTERS

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THE MATRIMONIAL CAUSES (FEES) (AMENDMENT) RULES 1982, MADE BY THE CHIEF JUSTICE TO REFLECT THE CHANGE IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) ORDINANCE, WERE TODAY APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THE LAW DRAFTSMAN, THE HON G.P. NAZARETH SAID THE CHANGE IN THE PRINCIPAL RULES, PASSED BY THE COUNCIL IN DECEMBER, HAD PROVIDED FOR THE TRANSFER OF JURISDICTION IN MATRIMONIAL MATTERS FROM THE SUPREME COURT TO THE DISTRICT COURTS.

AS A RESULT, SOME OF THE FUNCTIONS FOR WHICH FEES WERE PRESCRIBED WOULD BE DISCHARGED BY THE DISTRICT COURT AND NOT THE REGISTRAR OF THE SUPREME COURT, HE SAID.

MR NAZARETH SAID THE AMENDMENTS CONSISTED ESSENTIALLY OF DELETING REFERENCE TO THE REGISTRAR AND THE ACTUAL FEES WOULD REMAIN UNCHANGED.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1982

MTR LOAN GUARANTEE * * *

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) APPROVED A GOVERNMENT GUARANTEE TO THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION TO COVER THE REPAYMENT OF A #965 MILLION LOAN.

THE SUM BORROWED UNDER THIS GUARANTEE WILL BE USED TO FINANCE THE ISLAND LINE CONTRACTS FOR THE SUPPLY, INSTALLATION AND COMMISSIONING OF DUAL MODE LOCOMOTIVES, ADDITIONAL ROLLING STOCK, AN ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL SYSTEM, CHILLERS, STATION AND TUNNEL ANCILIARIES AND DEPOT SERVICES.

THIS BRINGS THE GOVERNMENT’S TOTAL GUARANTEE COMMITMENT IN RESPECT OF THE OUTSTANDING LOANS AVAILABLE TO THE MTR CORPORATION TO $10 638 MILLION.

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ONE BILL PASSED MX X

THE STOCK EXCHANGE UNIFICATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 WAS PASSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE FOLLOWING SIX BILLS WERE INTRODUCED AND READ A SECOND TIME AND DEBATE ON THEM WAS ADJOURNEDi THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1982, THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) BILL 1982, THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, THE GUARDIANSHIP OF MINORS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, THE TRUSTEE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 AND THE ROAD TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982.

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HONG KONG-SHENZHEN WORKING GROUP HOLDS DISCUSSION

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THIS MORNING, THE SHENZHEN DELEGATION AND THE HONG KONG TEAM HAD A COMPREHENSIVE DISCUSSION OF THE PROGRESS MADE IN THE FOUR WORKING GROUPS SET UP UNDER THE AGREEMENT SIGNED ON APRIL 30, 1982.

BOTH SIDES AGREED THAT GOOD PROGRESS HAD BEEN MADE AND EXPRESSED SATISFACTION AT THE CLOSE COOPERATION AND GOOD WORKING RELATIONSHIPS IN THE WORKING GROUPS.

THE VARIOUS PROJECTS UNDER DISCUSSION ARE LIKELY TO BE IMPLEMENTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TIMESCALE SET OUT IN THE AGREEMENT. SOME ADDITIONAL SUB-GROUPS HAVE BEEN FORMED TO EXAMINE SPECIFIC TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF THE PROPOSALS. IT WAS AGREED THAT THE COORDINATION OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF LO WU AND SHENZHEN STATIONS REQUIRED A SPECIAL WORKING GROUP: THIS GROUP WILL MEET FOR THE FIRST TIME IN EARLY NOVEMBER.

IT WAS ALSO AGREED TO HAVE A FURTHER MEETING TO REVIEW PROGRESS IN SIX MONTHS’ TIME.

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GOVERNMENT DETERMINED TO COMBAT POLLUTION * * *

THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR DENIS BRAY, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) ASSURED A GROUP OF POLLUTION CONTROL EXPERTS OF THE GOVERNMENT’S DETERMINATION TO COMBAT POLLUTION AND TO MAKE HONG KONG A PLEASANT PLACE TO LIVE IN.

MR BRAY WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF A SEMINAR ON ■•LEGISLATION ON LIQUID AND SOLID WASTE POLLUTION CONTROL IN HONG KONG+.

MR BRAY SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS SPENDING ABOUT $3.6 BILLION ON CAPITAL INVESTMENT ON WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANT AND $500 MILLION EACH YEAR ON THE COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL CF WASTES.

HE POINTED OUT THAT HAVING RECOGNISED THE NEED FOR CONTROLLING POLLUTION, THE GOVERNMENT COMMISSIONED CONSULTANTS IN DECEMBER 1974 TO CARRY OUT AN OVERALL REVIEW OF THE LEGAL AND ORGANISATIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PROTECTION OF HONG KONG’S ENVIRONMENT. THE CONSULTANTS SUBMITTED A FINAL REPORT IN JULY 1977.

SINCE 1977, THE GOVERNMENT HAS PROCEEDED ON SETTING UP THE LEGAL AND ORGANISATIONAL FRAMEWORK WITHIN WHICH THE FUTURE PROTECTION OF HONG KONG’S ENVIRONMENT CAN BE DEALT WITH ON AN EFFECTIVE BASIS.

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MR BRAY SAID TWO NEW ORDINANCES - THE WASTE DISPOSAL ORDINANCE IN FEBRUARY 1980 AND THE WATER POLLUTION CONTROL ORDINANCE IN JULY I960 - HAD SO FAR BEEN INTRODUCED.

♦REGULATIONS REQUIRED FOR THE ENFORCEMENT OF THESE ORDINANCES ARE NOW UNDER ACTIVE PREPARATION. CONSULTANTS HAVE ALSO BEEN COMMISSIONED TO STUDY VARIOUS PROBLEMS INVOLVED IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ORDINANCES, SUCH AS THE CONTROL OF ANIMAL WASTE DISPOSAL IN THE TOLO AREA,+ MR BRAY SAID.

IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION LEGISLATION, HE SAID A KEY CONSIDERATION WHICH HAD ALWAYS BEEN BORNE IN MIND HAD BEEN THE NEED TO AVOID PLACING A SIGNIFICANT ADDITIONAL BURDEN ON EXISTING INDUSTRY.

♦INSTEAD OF IMPOSING BLANKET CONTROLS OVER THE WHOLE OF HONG KONG BY HAVING A SINGLE SET OF EMISSION LIMITS, DIFFERENT EMISSION LIMITS WILL BE DRAWN UP FOR DIFFERENT GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS. THIS PROVIDES FOR AN ESSENTIAL ELEMENT OF FLEXIBILITY IN THE CONTROL SYSTEM,+ HE SAID.

MR BRAY STRESSED THE NEED FOR CONSULTATION WITH INDUSTRY TO MAKE SURE THAT ANY PROPOSED CONTROL MEASURES WERE PRACTICABLE AND ACCEPTABLE TO INDUSTRY IN TERMS OF COSTS AND PROCEDURES.

TO ENSURE THAT THE INDUSTRY HAS A STRONG VOICE IN THE FORMULATION OF CONTROL MEASURES, MR BRAY SAID A GENERAL REQUIREMENT HAD BEEN INCLUDED IN THE NEW LEGISLATION TO THE EFFECT THAT THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE (EPCOM) MUST BE CONSULTED ON ANY PROPOSED REGULATIONS TO BE MADE UNDER THE LEGISLATION.

THE THREE MAJOR INDUSTRIAL ORGANISATIONS - THE HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, THE CHINESE MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION AND THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES - ARE REPRESENTED ON EPCOM.

MR ERAY PRAISED THE INDUSTRY FOR CO-OPERATING WITH THE GOVERNMENT IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF CONTROL MEASURES AND NOTED THAT THERE HAD ALSO BEEN GROWING PUBLIC AWARENESS OF POLLUTION IN RECENT YEARS.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1982

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CIVIL SERVANTS EXPECTED TO CARE FOR INTEREST OF PUBLIC * * *

THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, MR ERIC HO, TODAY ADVISED THOSE JOB-SEEKERS WHO ARE ONLY INTERESTED IN PERSONAL ADVANCEMENT NOT TO THINK OF JOINING THE CIVIL SERVICE.

♦WE EXPECT OUR CIVIL SERVANTS TO CARE FOR THE COMMUNITY THEY SERVE, TO BE DEVOTED TO THE PROMOTION OF THE INTERESTS AND WELFARE OF HONG KONG AND ITS PEOPLE,* HE SAID.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THIS YEAR’S CIVIL SERVICE CAREERS EXHIBITION AT THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY, MR HO SAID ALL JOBS FOR GRADUATES IN THE CIVIL SERVICE PROVIDED CHALLENGE IN THEIR DIFFERENT WAYS AND OFFERED THE SATISFACTION OF SERVING OUR COMMUNITY IN HONG KONG.

THERE IS A VARIETY OF JOB OPPORTUNITIES, RANGING FROM THE GENERALIST STREAMS OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE AND EXECUTIVE GRADE, TO SPECIALIST FIELDS SUCH AS ARCHITECTURE, EDUCATION, ENGINEERING, LAW, MEDICINE AND SOCIAL WELFARE.

+EACH FIELD OFFERS A CHALLENGING AND SATISFYING CAREER WITH GOOD PROSPECTS OF ADVANCEMENT TO THE MOST SENIOR RANKS IN THE CIVIL SERVICE,* MR HO SAID.

HE RECALLED THAT THE UNIVERSITY’S APPOINTMENTS SERVICE, WHICH ORGANISED THE EXHIBITION WITH THE CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, WAS UNHEARD OF IN HIS UNDERGRADUATE DAYS IN THE UNIVERSITY.

WITH ITS ESTABLISHMENT IN 1963, OPPORTUNITIES HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO NOTICE, AND ANXIETIES AND FRUSTRATIONS HAVE BEEN REDUCED TO A MINIMUM. POSITIVE AND EFFECTIVE STEPS ARE NOW TAKEN TO PROVIDE OUR UNDERGRADUATES WITH CAREERS COUNSELLING, MR HO SAID.

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OUTSTANDING YOUTH LEADERS REWARDED * * * *

SIX OUTSTANDING YOUTH LEADERS HAVE BEEN PRESENTED WITH OUTWARD BOUND SCHOLARSHIPS BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR BARRIE WIGGHAM.

THEY ARE MISS WONG MAN-YI, A TEACHER- MR IP WING-CHING, A LABORATORY TECHNICIAN- MF LEE TSZ-MING, A STUDENT- MR NG KAM-FU, A LABOUR INSPECTOR- MR LA I YEE-CHEONG, A TEACHER, AND LAW CHIU-NAM, A WELFARE wORKER.

AT A PRESENTATION CEREMON* YESTERDAY, MR WIGGHAM PRAISED THE YOUTHS FOR THEIR DEDICATED SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY DURING THE 1981 SUMMER YOUTh PROGRAMME.

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ALSO PRESENT AT THE CEREMONY WERE THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE OUTWARD BOUND TRUST OF HONG KONG, MR J. TUCKER AND ("EMBERS OF THE CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR YOUTH RECREATION.

THE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE DONATED ANNUALLY BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND PRESENTED IN RECOGNITION OF VOLUNTARY WORK BY YOUNG PEOPLE DURING THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

EACH OUTWARD BOUND SCHOLARSHIP IS MADE UP OF FEES FOR A STANDARD COURSE OFFERED AT THE OUTWARD BOUND SCHOOL, KEDICAL EXAMINATION FEES AND POCKET MONEY FOR MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES, AMOUNTING TO ABOUT $4 OOO.

THE STANDARD COURSES ARE 18-DAY COURSES FOR THE 16 TO 26-YEAR-OLD AGE GROUP, AND ARE DESIGNED TO FOSTER THE QUALITIES OF CO-OPERATION, INITIATIVE AND SELF-AWARENESS THROUGH THE MEDIUM OF A SUSTAINED CHALLENGE.

THEY WILL BE CONDUCTED IN THE OUTWARD BOUND SHIP ’JI FUNG’.

TRAINEES WILL UNDERGO RIGOROUS TRAINING ON BOARD THE SHIP. THERE WILL BE SCALING, RIGGING AND LONG NIGHT WATCHES ALOFT OR AT THE END OF A DIPPING BOWSPRIT. LIFE ABOARD THE VESSEL WILL CALL FOR COMMUNITY LIVING, TOLERANCE, LOYALTY AND DEDICATION.

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SECRETARY FOR SECURITY (DESIGNATE) VISITS CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS

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THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY (DESIGNATE), MR DAVID JEAFFRESON, VISITED THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE AND STANLEY PRISON TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE WAS ACCOMPANIED ON THE VISIT BY THE ACTING COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR CHAN WA-SHEK, AND WAS BRIEFED BY SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT JOHN ASHWORTH, PRINCIPAL OF THE STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE, AND SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT WONG WAH-CHIU, IN CHARGE Of STANLEY PRISON ON THE WORK OF THEIR INSTITUTIONS.

MR JEAFFRESON’S VISIT IS THE FIRST OF A SERIES HE IS MAKING TO FAMILIARISE HIMSELF WITH THE VARIOUS TYPES OF INSTITUTIONS AND CORRECTIONAL PROGRAMMES ADMINISTERED BY THE DEPARTMENT.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1982

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ROAD SAFETY DRIVE IN SAI KUNG W * *

TWO MODEL PRIVATE CAR DRIVERS AND 10 MODEL PEDESTRIANS WILL BE CHOSEN IN SAI KUNG ON FRIDAY (OCTOBER 15) IN A CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE ROAD SAFETY IN THE DISTRICT.

SPONSORED BY THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD, THE CAMPAIGN WILL INCLUDE OTHER ACTIVITIES SUCH AS TALKS ON ROAD SAFETY FOR STUDENTS CF FOUR PRIMARY SCHOOLS ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY (OCTOBER 18 AND 19) AND AN ORGANISED VISIT FOR SOME 120 STUDENTS TO THE ROAD SAFETY CITY AT SAU MAU PING ON OCTOBER 27.

THE BUS COMPANY, LOCAL MAXICAB AND TAXI ASSOCIATIONS HAVE ALSO BEEN INVITED TO SUBMIT NOMINATIONS FOR MODEL DRIVERS IN THEIR RESPECTIVE TRADES.

ENTRY FORMS FOR A CROSSWORD PUZZLE COMPETITION IN CONNECTION WITH THE CAMPAIGN ARE NO* AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICE. ENTRIES MUST BE RETURNED BEFORE NOVEMBER 9.

IN ADDITION, POSTERS AND SOME 5 000 POCKET DIARIES WITH ROAD SAFETY SLOGAN AND MESSAGES ARE BEING DISTRIBUTED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KWUN TONG

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN KWUN TONG FROM 1 AM TO 5 AM ON FRIDAY (OCTOBER 15) FOR ROAD WORKS.

UNDER THE ARRANGEMENTS, THE AIRPORT TUNNEL’S EASTBOUND TUBE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF WAI YIP STREET BETWEEN SIU YIP STREET AND LAI YIP STREET, AND THE WESTBOUND SECTION NEAR LAI YIP STREET WILL ALSO BE CLOSED.

AT THE SAME TIME, VEHICLES TRAVELLING ALONG SIU YIP STREET AND SHUN YIP STREET WILL BE BANNED FROM TURNING LEFT INTO WAI YIP STREET.

DUPING THE CLOSURE, TRAFFIC FROM TO KWA WAN HEADING FOR KWUN TONG WILL BE DIVERTED VIA SUNG WONG TOI ROAD, PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST AND Ka.N TONG ROAD.

TRAFFIC ALONG WAl YIP STREET HEADING FOR KOWLOON CITY WILL BE DIVERTED VIa LA I YIP STREET, KWUN TONG ROAD AND PRINCE ED*ARD ROAD EAST, Wnlt-. THOSE HEADING FOR KOWLOON BAY FACTORY ESTATE -ILL BE DIVERTED VIA ' . 3 STREET, HOI BUN ROAD AND SHUN YIP STREET.

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urban clearway in central

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CLEARWAY RESTRICTION WILL BE INTRODUCED ON QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL BETWEEN POTTINGER STREET AND A POINT 10 METRES WEST CF JUBILEE STREET FROM 7 AM THIS FRIDAY (OCTOBER 15) IN A FURTHER MOVE TO EASE CONGESTION IN THAT AREA.

WITHIN THE CLEARWAY SECTION, VEHICLES OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE BANNED FROM STOPPING FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS FRCM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY.

THIS ARRANGEMENT IS TO SUPPLEMENT THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY SCHEME WHICH WAS INTRODUCED IN CENTRAL ON OCTOBER 6, AND WHICH HAS REDUCED THE AVERAGE JOURNEY TIME FOR CENTRALBOUND BUSES BY FIVE MINUTES.

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GOOD NEWS FOR BIRD FANCIERS * * * *

AN ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO HONG KONG BIRDS -- ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL BOOKS PUBLISHED BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES -- 13 NOW BACK ON SALE AFTER BEING REPRINTED IN RESPONSE TO HEAVY PUBLIC DEMAND.

THE BOOK HAS BECOME A STANDARD SOURCE OF REFERENCE ON THE RICH VARIETY OF LOCAL BIRDS, OF WHICH THERE ARE SOME 400 SPECIES.

WRITTEN BY CLIVE VINEY, AN OFFICIAL OF THE HONG KONG BIRD-WATCHING SOCIETY, THE BOOK CONTAINS 48 PAGES OF FULL-COLOUR BIRD ILLUSTRATIONS BY KAREN PHILLIPPS, A HONG KONG ARTIST WHO SPECIALISES IN NATURAL HISTORY.

PUBLISHED UNDER THE TITLE +A COLOUR GUIDE TO HONG KONG BIRDS+, THE BOOK IS ON SALE FOR $26 AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL, HONG KONG, AND LEADING BOOKSHOPS.

♦WE ARE VERY PLEASED TO BE ABLE TO PUT THE BOOK BACK ON SALE,* SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PUBLISHING SUB-DIVISION OF THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES.

♦THE DEMAND FOR IT HAS BEEN VERY ENCOURAGING AND DEMONSTRATES THE GROWING INTEREST THAT PEOPLE ARE TAKING IN NATURAL FEATURES OF THE ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH THEY LIVE.+

A COMPANION VOLUME, +A COLOUR GUIDE TO HONG KONG ANIMALS*, IS ALSO ON SALE. THIS AGAIN FEATURES ORIGINAL PAINTINGS BY MISS PHILLIPPS.

BCT* BOOKS AR- PR NTED BY THE GOVERNMENT PRINTER

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1982

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GRAPHIC GUIDE TO HONG KONG 1981 CENSUS

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A REPORT SHOWING THE 1981 POPULATION CENSUS RESULTS IN THE FORM OF STATISTICAL CHARTS HAS JUST BEEN PUBLISHED.

ENTITLED +HONG KONG 1981 CENSUS - GRAPHIC GUIDE+, THE REPORT IS A BILINGUAL PUBLICATION AND CONSISTS OF 33 CHARTS COVERING SUCH TOPICS AS POPULATION GROWTH, AGE AND SEX, PLACE OF BIRTH AND PLACE OF ORIGIN, MARRIAGE AND FERTILITY, EDUCATION, ECONOMIC ACTIVITY STATUS, OCCUPATION, INCOME AND VARIOUS HOUSEHOLD AND HOUSING CHARACTERISTICS.

THE ’GRAPHIC GUIDE’ IS AIMED AT THE GENERAL READER AND SHOWS IN BROAD TERMS THE SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS OF THE POPULATION.

SPECIALLY-DESIGNED STATISTICAL GRAPHS AND CHARTS ARE EMPLOYED TO HIGHLIGHT THE SIGNIFICANT FINDINGS OF THE CENSUS.

DETAILED ANALYSIS OF THE RESULTS IS NOT ATTEMPTED IN THE REPORT, BUT WILL BE PRESENTED IN THE MAIN REPORT OF THE CENSUS TO BE PUBLISHED IN A FEW MONTHS’ TIME, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE REPORT IS ON SALE IN THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT CONNAUGHT PLACE AT S6.5O PER COPY.

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TENDERS SOUGHT FOR SHORT-TERM TENANCY

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THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR A SHORT-TERM TENANCY FOR A SITE IN SHA TIN NEW TOWN.

THE SITE, COVERING AN AREA OF ABOUT 9 000 SQUARE METRES NEAR THE FUTURE TAI WAI RAILWAY STATION, IS TO BE USED AS A PUBLIC CAR PARK.

THE TENANCY IS INITIALLY FOR TWO YEARS, RENEWABLE QUARTERLY THEREAFTER.

TENDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER 12 PM ON OCTOBER 29.

TENDER FORMS, NOTICES, AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, AND THE TENDER PLAN INSPECTED AT, THE SHA TIN DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, 2 TUNG LO WAN HILL ROAD, SHA TIN.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 44. 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

OUTCOME OF HEI WAH BUILDING INCIDENTS ENQUIRY................... 1

WATER STORAGE FAVOURABLE, SIR PHILIP IS TOLD ................... 2

PRINCESS ALEXANDRA ARRIVES .................................. ' 3

78 .349 PARTICIPATE in new primary one ADMISSION system...... 4

STR PHILIP COMMENDS LIFE GUARD CLUB .......-.....-........... * ■ 9

PURT.TC. TRANSPORT PRIORITY MEASURES IN HUNG HOM AND TO KWA WAN _ 5-DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES RETIRES.................... 7

FIRST VILLAGE REMOVAL IN TUEN MUN .............................. 7

WORK TO START ON RAILWAY DIVERSION ..........................

ROAD CLOSURE IN TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG........................ 9

WATER CUT IN NT

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1982

OUTCOME OF HEI WAH BUILDING INCIDENTS ENQUIRY * * * * *

ON THE EVENING OF JULY 2, THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE COMMERCIAL CRIME BUREAU EXECUTED A SEARCH WARRANT IN CONNECTION WITH AN ALLEGED FRAUD INVESTIGATION. A DISTURBANCE OCCURRED WHEN ABOUT 90 EMPLOYEES OF A NEIGHBOURING COMPANY, WHO WERE NOT INVOLVED IN THE POLICE INVESTIGATION, LEFT THE HEI WAH BUILDING, LOCKHART ROAD, WANCHAI, OUTSIDE WHICH ABOUT 50 REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MEDIA WERE GATHERED. A SECOND INCIDENT ON A SMALLER SCALE, AGAIN INVOLVING EMPLOYEES OF THIS COMPANY AND REPORTERS, OCCURRED ON THE FOLLOWING EVENING.

THE INCIDENT ON JULY 2 RESULTED IN SEVEN PRIVATE CITIZENS, INCLUDING A MEDIA REPRESENTATIVE, BEING CHARGED WITH FIGHTING IN A PUBLIC PLACE. TWO PERSONS WERE CHARGED WITH ASSAULT UPON A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE MEDIA IN RESPECT OF THE INCIDENT ON JULY 3. IN THE FIRST CASE, SIX PERSONS WERE FOUND BY THE COURT TO HAVE NO CASE TO ANSWER AND THE SEVENTH WAS ACQUITTED. THE SECOND CASE RESULTED IN BOTH THE DEFENDANTS BEING CONVICTED. ONE WAS FINED $600, THE OTHER $400, AND BOTH WERE ORDERED TO PAY $250 COMPENSATION TO THE VICTIM.

AS A RESULT OF ALLEGATIONS WHICH APPEARED IN THE PRESS AND ON TELEVISION, THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE DIRECTED THE FORCE COMPLAINTS AND INTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS BRANCH TO UNDERTAKE AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE POLICE HANDLING OF THE INCIDENTS, AND ADDITIONALLY INTO SUGGESTIONS THAT SERVING POLICE OFFICERS WERE INVOLVED IN THE COMPANY BEING INVESTIGATED.

THE ENQUIRY HAS CONCLUDED THAT THERE WERE DEFICIENCIES IN PLANNING THE OPERATION, AND IN THE EXECUTION OF THE WARRANT. RECOMMENDATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE INCLUDING PROPOSALS FOR A REVIEW CF PROCEDURES RELATING TO THE MOUNTING OF SUCH OPERATIONS. IN PARTICULAR, THERE IS A NEED FOR CLOSER LIAISON BETWEEN SPECIALIST UNITS AND LOCAL FORMATIONS.

WITH REGARD TO ALLEGATIONS OF A LACK OF POLICE PROTECTION FOR hEDIA REPRESENTATIVES, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE POLICE WOULD ALWAYS ENDEAVOUR TO PREVENT BREACHES OF THE PEACE AND ENSURE THE SAFETY OF ANY PERSON OR GROUP OF PERSONS. IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE, THE PRESENCE OF A LARGE GROUP OF THE MEDIA ATTEMPTING TO INTERVIEW A LARGE NUMBER OF PERSONS WHO WERE NOT CONNECTED WITH THE INVESTIGATION AND WHO DID NOT WISH TO BE INTERVIEWED RESULTED IN DISORDER.

THE INCIDENT ON JULY 3 INVOLVED THE MISTAKEN ARREST AND HANDCUFFING OF A REPORTER. THOROUGH INVESTIGATION HAS, HOWEVER, CONCLUDED THAT THE POLICE OFFICER CONCERNED ACTED IN GOOD FAITH AND REASONABLY, UPON THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE TO HIM AT THE TIME.

THE ENQUIRY INTO THE INCIDENTS AND THE FOLLOW-UP INVESTIGATIONS ON BOTH EVENINGS INDICATE THAT THERE WERE SHORTCOMINGS IN THE POLICE HANDLING CF THEM AND IN THE LEVEL OF SUPERVISION EXERCISED. ACTION IS BEING TAKEN CN THESE MATTERS BY THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE.

/FINALLY,

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FINALLY, WITH REGARD TO THE WIDESPREAD SUGGESTIONS OF INVOLVEMENT 3Y SERVING POLICE OFFICERS IN THE COMPANY UNDER INVESTIGATION, THE POLICE ENQUIRY DID NOT FIND ANY EVIDENCE OF SUCH ACTIVITY. NOR WAS ANY EVIDENCE FORTHCOMING FOLLOWING REQUESTS BY POLICE IN THE PRESS AND TO THE PUBLIC GENERALLY FOR ANY INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS ASPECT.

THERE IS NO INDICATION THAT POLICE INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE INCIDENTS ON JULY 2 AND 3 WERE IN ANY WAY IMPROPERLY INFLUENCED.

THE REPORT PREPARED BY THE COMPLAINTS AND INTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS BRANCH HAS BEEN CONSIDERED BY THE UMELCO POLICE GROUP. AS A RESULT, RECOMMENDATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE TO, AND HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED BY, THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE.

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WATER STORAGE FAVOURABLE, SIR PHILIP IS TOLD

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THE CURRENT RESERVOIR STORAGE POSITION AND THE RECENT AGREEMENTS WITH THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES FOR ADDITIONAL WATER SHOULD EASE SOME OF THE WORRIES OF THE PUBLIC OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS.

THIS WAS THE MESSAGE THAT GREETED THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, THIS AFTERNOON WHEN HE VISITED THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS AT LEIGHTON CENTRE IN CAUSEWAY BAY.

SIR PHILIP, WHO WAS THERE TO SEE THE VARIOUS ACTIVITIES AND PLANS CONCERNING HONG KONG’S WATER SUPPLIES, WAS MET ON ARRIVAL BY THE DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES, MR TOM TOMLINSON, AND THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT WATER ENGINEER, MR WONG KWOK-LAI.

HE WAS TOLD THAT THE STORAGE POSITION WAS MOST FAVOURABLE FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR, STANDING AT 82.6 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 477.190 MILLION CUBIC METRES, COMPARED WITH 47.6 PER CENT OR 275.098 MILLION CUBIC METRES THIS TIME LAST YEAR.

SIR PHILIP WAS ALSO INFORMED THAT UNDER THE LATEST AGREEMENTS WITH THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES MORE WATER WOULD BE SUPPLIED BETWEEN THIS YEAR AND 1986.

SIR PHILIP WAS THEN BRIEFED ON THE LATEST POSITION REGARDING THE DEPARTMENT’S 12-YEAR SCHEME FOR THE RECEPTION AND DISTRIBUTION OF ADDITIONAL SUPPLY FROM CHINA AND THE VARIOUS NEW WORKS TO CATER FOR THE INCREASING DEMAND FOR WATER.

CONSUMPTION HAD TREBLED DURING THE PAST 16 YEARS, REACHING AN AVERAGE DAILY CONSUMPTION OF 1 580 000 CUBIC METRES, SIR PHILIP WAS TOLD.

/TEE INCREASE........

TEUBSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1982

THE INCREASE IN CONSUMPTION WAS ATTRIBUTED TO AN IMPROVEMENT IN HOUSING CONDITIONS, THE INCREASING USE OF WATER CONSUMING APPLIANCES IN THE HOME AND A GROWTH IN POPULATION.

SIR PHILIP THEN TOURED THE HEADQUARTERS’ CONSUMER ENQUIRY CENTRE AND SAW THE COMPREHENSIVE SERVICES AND FACILITIES OFFERED.

THIS COMPUTER-EQUIPPED CENTRE CAN ASSIST WITH, AMONG OTHER THINGS, ENQUIRIES AND COMPLAINTS ON HIGH CONSUMPTION, CHANGE OF CONSUMERSHIP, CHANGE IN MAILING ADDRESS AND REQUESTS FOR DUPLICATE WATER ACCOUNTS.

SIR PHILIP WAS TOLD THAT THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT

HANDLED AN AVERAGE OF 22 OOO ENQUIRIES MONTHLY AT THE HEADQUARTERS’ CENTRE AND TWO SIMILAR CENTRES IN ARGYLE STREET AND IN TAI PO.

HE ENDED THE VISIT WITH A TOUR OF THE NEW WORKS, DEVELOPMENT AND PLANNING, SUPPLY AND DISTRIBUTION AND MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL BRANCHES WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT.

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PRINCESS ALEXANDRA ARRIVES * * * *

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS ALEXANDRA AND THE HONOURABLE ANGUS OGILVY ARRIVED IN HONG KONG TODAY ON A PRIVATE VISIT.

THEY WERE MET AT THE AIRPORT BY THE GOVERNOR AND LADY YOUDE.

THE PRINCESS AND MR OGILVY ARE STAYING AT FANLING LODGE.

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78 949 PARTICIPATE IN NEW PRIMARY ONE ADMISSION SYSTEM * * * * *

A TOTAL OF 78 949 CHILDREN HAVE SO FAR APPLIED FOR A PRIMARY ONE PLACE IN GOVERNMENT AND AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOLS FOR THE 1983 ACADEMIC YEAR UNDER THE NEW PRIMARY ONE ADMISSION SYSTEM, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

OF THEM, THE PARENTS OF 77 495 CHILDREN HAD EXERCISED THEIR RIGHT OF CHOICE BY APPLYING DIRECT TO A PARTICULAR SCHOOL, WHILE THE PARENTS OF 1 454 CHILDREN HAD OPTED FOR CENTRAL ALLOCATION BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID ONLY 24 GOVERNMENT OR AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOLS HAD RECEIVED MORE THAN 400 APPLICATIONS, WITH ONLY ONE RECEIVING MORE THAN 1 000 APPLICATIONS.

HE NOTED THAT MANY OF THESE SCHOOLS NORMALLY RECEIVED MORE THAN 2 000 OR EVEN 3 000 APPLICATIONS EACH YEAR FOR THEIR PRIMARY ONE PLACES PREVIOUSLY.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS WILL NOW COMMENCE TO SELECT CHILDREN TO FILL THEIR PRIMARY ONE DISCRETIONARY PLACES BASED ON A POINTS SYSTEM. IN DOING SO, THEY MAY OR MAY NOT CONDUCT INTERVIEWS WITH THE APPLICANTS.

HE HOWEVER STRESSED THAT EVEN IF INTERVIEWS WERE HELD, THEY WILL RELATE TO A CHILD’S EVERYDAY EXPERIENCE ONLY AND NO TESTS OF ANY SORT MAY BE GIVEN.

+OFFICERS FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL BE PRESENT AT SUCH INTERVIEWS,* HE ADDED.

PRIMARY SCHOOLS WILL POST A NAME LIST OF THE CHILDREN SELECTED IN EARLY DECEMBER, 1982. +IF PARENTS ACCEPT SUCH OFFERS, IT WILL BE REGARDED AS BINDING ON BOTH THE SCHOOLS AND THE PARENTS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE SAID CHILDREN WHO HAD OPTED FOR CENTRAL ALLOCATION AND WHO HAVE NOT BEEN OFFERED A DISCRETIONARY PLACE WILL BE CENTRALLY ALLOCATED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

PARENTS SHOULD GO TO A SPECIFIED DI STR I BUTION/COLLECTION CENTRE IN MARCH 1983 TO COLLECT A ’CHOICE OF SCHOOLS’ FORM AND LIST ALL PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN THEIR DISTRICT IN ORDER OF PREFERENCE.

IF A PARENT HAS PREVIOUSLY APPLIED UNSUCCESSFULLY FOR A DISCRETIONARY PLACE AT A SCHOOL IN THE DISTRICT IN WHICH HE LIVES, HE IS STILL ELIGIBLE TO INCLUDE THAT SCHOOL IN HIS PREFERENCE LIST. THE CENTRAL ALLOCATION IN EACH DISTRICT WILL BE PERFORMED BY COMPUTER BASED SOLELY ON PARENTAL CHOICE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID RESULTS OF THE CENTRAL ALLOCATION WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN LATE JUNE NEXT YEAR AND PARENTS SHOULD COLLECT A SLIP FROM A DISTRICT DISTRI BUTION/COLLECTI ON CENTRE ON SPECIFIED DATES AND REGISTER THEIR CHILD WITH THE ASSIGNED SCHOOL AT THE TIME AND DATE INDICATED.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1982

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SIR PHILIP COMMENDS LIFE GUARD CLUB

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THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, PAID TRIBUTE TODAY (THURSDAY) TO THE HONG KONG LIFE GUARD CLUB FOR ITS SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY.

SIR PHILIP WAS SPEAKING AT THE CLUB’S +TASMANIAN NIGHT+, WHICH INCLUDED THE PRESENTATION OF LIFE SAVING AWARDS.

THE CLUB HAS TRAINED THOUSANDS OF LIFE GUARDS WHO, TOGETHER WITH GOVERNMENT LIFE GUARDS, HAVE PROVIDED AN INVALUABLE SERVICE AT PUBLIC BEACHES AND SWIMMING POOLS, HE POINTED OUT.

♦THEY HAVE SAVED MANY LIVES AND THE COMMUNITY IS INDEBTED TO THEM,+ SIR PHILIP SAID.

HE ALSO THANKED ALDERMAN PLAISTER, THE LORD MAYOR OF HOBART AND PRESIDENT OF THE TASMANIAN BRANCH OF THE ROYAL LIFE SAVING SOCIETY, FOR BEING INSTRUMENTAL IN PROMOTING AUSTRALIAN LIFE SAVING TECHNIQUES IN HONG KONG.

MAYOR PLAISTER IS CONCURRENTLY LIFE GOVERNOR OF THE HONG KONG BRANCH OF THE ROYAL LIFE SAVING SOCIETY AND THE HONG KONG LIFE GUARD CLUB.

♦THE CLUB ALSO ORGANISES MANY RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES AND TRAINING PROGRAMMES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE, INCLUDING HANDICAPPED AND DISABLED CHILDREN.

+NOR MUST I FORGET TO MENTION THE LADIES SECTION OF THE CLUB, WHICH RUNS FREE TRAINING COURSES FOR GIRLS AND WOMEN OF ALL AGES,+ SIR PHILIP SAID.

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PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY MEASURES IN HUNG HOM AND TO KWA WAN

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BUS JOURNEY TIME ALONG MA TAU WAI ROAD AND TO KWA WAN ROAD IS EXPECTED TO BE SHORTENED CONSIDERABLY WHEN NEW TRAFFIC MEASURES ARE INTRODUCED NEXT MONDAY (OCTOBER 18).

GENERAL TRAFFIC FLOW IN THE AREA WILL ALSO BE IMPROVED WITH THE DESIGNATION OF URBAN CLEARWAYS.

THIS WILL BE THE LAST PHASE OF A THREE-STAGE PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY SCHEME TO EASE TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN HUNG HOM AND TO KWA WAN.

/THE ?IxiST..........

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THE FIRST TWO PHASES IMPLEMENTED LAST MONTH TO IMPROVE THE TRAFFIC IN MA TAU CHUNG ROAD AND WUHU STREET HAVE BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE MAIN FEATURES OF THE ENTIRE SCHEME ARE THE PROVISION OF BUS ONLY LANES, INTRODUCTION OF CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS, IMPROVEMENT OF JUNCTION CAPACITIES AND BANNING OF TURNING MOVEMENTS.

MEANWHILE, THE FOLLOWING ARRANGEMENTS WILL BEGIN FROM ID AM ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 18):

BUS ONLY LANES (FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY)

* THE NORTHBOUND KERBSIDE LANE OF MA TAU WAI ROAD FROM SHEK TONG STREET TO TO KWA WAN ROAD;

* THE NORTHBOUND KERBSIDE LANE OF TO KWA WAN ROAD FROM MA TAU WAI ROAD TO SHEUNG HEUNG ROAD;

* THE SOUTHBOUND KERBSIDE LANE OF TO KWA WAN ROAD FROM SAN MA TAU STREET TO KWEI CHOW STREET; AND

* THE SOUTHBOUND KERBSIDE LANE OF TO KWA WAN ROAD FROM A POINT 120 METRES SOUTH OF KWEI CHOW STREET TO A POINT 100 METRES SOUTH OF LOK SHAN ROAD.

URBAN CLEARWAYS (FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY)

* MA TAU WAI ROAD BETWEEN HOK YUEN STREET AND TO KWA WAN ROAD ;

* TO KWA WAN ROAD BETWEEN MA TAU WAI ROAD AND CHI KIANG STREET;

* GILLIES AVENUE NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH MA TAU WAI ROAD;

* LOK SHAN ROAD BETWEEN TO KWA WAN ROAD AND CHEUNG NING STREET; AND

* THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF SAN MA TAU STREET NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH TO KWA WAN ROAD.

MOREOVER, SOUTHBOUND VEHICLES TRAVELLING ALONG MA TAU WAI ROAD WILL BE BANNED FROM TURNING RIGHT INTO PAK KUNG STREET, WHILE THOSE TRAVELLING ALONG TO KWA WAN ROAD WILL BE BANNED FROM TURNING LEFT INTO LOK SHAN ROAD.

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DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES RETIRES *****

THE DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR JIMMY SWEETMAN, IS RETIRING AFTER 22 YEARS OF SERVICE WITH THE GOVERNMENT.

TO MARK THE OCCASION, STAFF MEMBERS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT BADE FAREWELL TO MR AND MRS SWEETMAN AT A DINNER RECEPTION LAST NIGHT.

MR SWEETMAN WILL LEAVE THE DEPARTMENT ON SATURDAY (OCTOBER 16).

BEFORE JOINING THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT IN I960 AS AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER, MR SWEETMAN SERVED IN INDIA, BURMA AND SOUTHEAST ASIA WITH THE 9TH GURKHA RIFLES, INDIAN ARMY FROM 1942 TO 1946 AND WITH THE MALAYAN CIVIL SERVICE FROM 1950 TO 1958.

IN HONG KONG, HE FIRST SERVED IN THE THEN COLONIAL SECRETARIAT AS AN ASSISTANT SECRETARY AND WAS LATER POSTED TO THE THEN RESETTLEMENT DEPARTMENT BEFORE BEING PROMOTED TO ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR RESETTLEMENT IN MARCH 1966.

HE BECAME DISTRICT OFFICER OF YUEN LONG IN 1967 AND WAS APPOINTED ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS IN 1970, WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR OVERHAULING THE GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS IN DEALING WITH THE NARCOTIC DRUG PROBLEM.

HE ALSO SERVED AS CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER, KOWLOON, AND LATER IN THE SOCIAL SERVICES BRANCH, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION.

HE WAS APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES IN 1980.

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FIRST VILLAGE REMOVAL IN TUEN MUN *****

THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR IAN MACPHERSON, ASSURED TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT THE TRADITIONS AND RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS VILLAGERS WOULD BE CONSIDERED IN DEVELOPMENT PLANS OF ALL NEW TOWNS.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF SAN HUI, THE FIRST VILLAGE REMOVAL SCHEME IN TUEN MUN UNDER WHICH THE OLD VILLAGE WAS RELOCATED 500 METRES AWAY FROM ITS ORIGINAL SITE WHICH WILL FORM AN EXTENSION OF THE EXISTING TUEN MUN TOWN CENTRE.

THE RELOCATION OF SAN HUI INVOLVED ABOUT 300 INDIGENOUS VILLAGERS WHO HAVE NOW MOVED INTO 82 THREE-STOREY HOUSES, BUILT WITH FUNDS FROM GOVERNMENT, WITH PROPERLY PLANNED AND DESIGNED MODERN FACILITIES AND SUBSTANTIALLY IMPROVED ENVIRONMENT.

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MR MACPHERSON TOLD THE GATHERING THAT THE RELOCATION OF OLD ESTABLISHED VILLAGES LIKE SAN HUI WAS VERY OFTEN AN ESSENTIAL AND INTEGRAL PART IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF ALL NEW TOWNS.

+IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN, AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE, GOVERNMENT’S OBJECTIVE THAT VILLAGE REMOVAL BE ACHIEVED THROUGH NEGOTIATION WITH THOSE AFFECTED AND THAT ESTABLISHED COMMUNITIES BE PRESERVED AS FAR AS PRACTICABLE,+ HE SAID.

♦TOWARDS THIS END, YOU CAN REST ASSURED THAT THE DISTRICT OFFICERS, WHILE MAINTAINING THEIR IMPORTANT CO-ORDINATING ROLE, WILL CONTINUE TO PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO ENSURE THAT THE TRADITIONS AND RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS VILLAGERS BE DULY TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT DURING THE RAPID PROCESS OF TRANSFORMATION.

♦THE REMOVAL OF SAN HUI COULD HAVE NEVER BEEN COMPLETED SO SMOOTHLY WITHOUT THE CLOSE CO-OPERATION AND UNDERSTANDING OF ITS RESIDENTS TOGETHER WITH THE EXCELLENT SUPPORT AND LEADERSHIP OF THE PREVIOUS AND PRESENT CHAIRMAN OF THE TUEN MUN RURAL COMMITTEE AND NEW TERRITORIES HEUNG YEE KUK, MR CHAN YAT-SAN AND MR LAU WONG-FAT AND THE VILLAGE REPRESENTATIVE, MR WONG YUK-LUN.+

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WORK TO START ON RAILWAY DIVERSION

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WORK WILL START NEXT WEEK ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE TAI WAI RAILWAY DIVERSION AS PART OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY’S MODERNISATION AND ELECTRIFICATION PROGRAMME.

A $13.7 MILLION CONTRACT FOR THE WORK WAS AWARDED TODAY BY THE RAILWAY DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT TO TRULY CONSTRUCTION COMPANY.

THE CONTRACT WAS SIGNED BY MR LEUNG MIN-SUN, GOVERNMENT RAILWAY ENGINEER AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE COMPANY.

MR LEUNG 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 WOULD BE CONSTRUCTED TO DIVERT THE EXISTING RAILWAY TRAFFIC.

♦THIS DIVERSION WILL ALLOW THE SUBSEQUENT CONSTRUCTION CF THE NEW TAI WAI RAILWAY STATION TO PROCEED ON THE EXISTING ALIGNMENT,* HE SAID.

WORK ON THE CONTRACT IS EXPECTED TO TAKE NINE MONTHS.

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ROAD CLOSURE IN TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG * * *

THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF MA TAU PA ROAD BETWEEN YEUNG UK ROAD AND WANG LUNG STREET IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 8 PM TO 6 AM ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY (OCTOBER 18 AND 19) FOR THE INSTALLATION OF TRAFFIC LIGHTS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, VEHICLES ON YEUNG UK ROAD WILL HAVE TO USE WANG LUNG STREET TO REACH MA TAU PA ROAD.

IN KWAI CHUNG, KWAI YUE STREET BETWEEN KWAI HEI STREET AND KWAI TAI ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY FOR ROAD WORKS.

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WATER CUT IN NT * * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES AND VILLAGES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR NINE HOURS FROM 9 PM ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 18) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

THE PREMISES AND VILLAGES AFFECTED WILL BE THOSE ALONG:

* TAI PO ROAD BETWEEN KOWLOON HANG AND SHEUNG SHU I CROSS ROAD;

* THE SAN TIN SECTION OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD BETWEEN SHEUNG SHU I CROSS ROAD AND LOK MA CHAU;

* FAN KAM ROAD BETWEEN SHEUNG SHU I CROSS ROAD AND TSIU KENG TSUEN;

* JOCKEY CLUB ROAD BETWEEN FANLING ROUNDABOUT AND SAN FUNG AVENUE, INCLUDING SHEK WU HUI AND SHEUNG SHU I TSUEN;

* MAN KAM TO ROAD BETWEEN SAN FUNG AVENUE AND MAN KAM TO POLICE POST, INCLUDING LO WU RAILWAY STATION AND MUK WU PUMPING STATION;

* SHA TAU KOK ROAD BETWEEN FANLING ROUNDABOUT AND SHA TAU KOK MARKET, INCLUDING LUEN WO MARKET AND ON LOK TSUEN; AND

X PING CHE ROAD BETWEEN SHA TAU KOK ROAD AND TA KWU LING POLICE STATION IN FANLING.

MEANWHILE, FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN TAI PO WILL ALSO BE INTERRUPTED FOR NINE HOURS FROM 9 AM TO 6 PM ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 18) FOR WATER MAINS CONNECTION.

THE INTERRUPTION WILL AFFECT ALL PREMISES ON TAI PO ROAD BETWEEN TUNG CHEONG STREET AND TAI PO KAU LOOK-OUT, INCLUDING ISLAND HOUSE, MEI WOON SAN TSUEN, HA WONG Yl AU TSUEN, WAN TAU TONG TSUEN, TAI PO KAU TSUEN, TAI PO KAU LOOK-OUT, TAI PO KAU SAN WAI, TAI PO KAU RURAL ESTATE, THE TAI PO KAU RAILWAY STATION AND ST CHRISTOPHER’S HOME.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

WIDE RANGE OF SERVICES PROVIDED FOR ELDERLY.................... 1

PRIME THEN MUN SITE OFFERED.................................... 2

GREATER FLEXIBILITY IN TRIBUNAL PROCEEDINGS ................... 3

EMPLOYERS OF DISABLED THANKED.................................. 4

LEARNING FROM EACH OTHER : HAYE................................ 5

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVAL.................. 6

RECORD NUMBER OF NT LITTERBUGS BROUGHT TO COURT ............... 6

POST-GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP NOW AVAILABLE........................ 7

660 TO COMPETE IN CROSS TOLO HARBOUR SWIM...................... 8

CAS CADETS TO PUT ON SHOW ..................................... 8

SQUASH TRAINING COURSE......................................... 9

WATER CUT HI SHEUNG WAN ....................................... 9

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WIDE RANGE OF SERVICES PROVIDED FOR ELDERLY *****

THE NEED TO PROVIDE SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY WAS EMPHASISED TODAY (FRIDAY) BY THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR IAN MACPHERSON, WHEN HE OPENED THE 17TH NATIONAL CONVENTION OF THE HONG KONG JAYCEES.

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD FORMULATED POLICIES TO PROVIDE A WIDE RANGE OF SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY, INCLUDING HOUSING, MEDICAL, EMPLOYMENT, SOCIAL SECURITY, LEISURE AND WELFARE SERVICES.

+1 AM GLAD TO SAY THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT ALONE IN THIS TASK. VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND SERVICE ORGANISATIONS, LIKE YOURSELVES, HAVE ALSO PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN THE PROVISION OF SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY.

+BUT WHAT WE HAVE DONE ONLY REPRESENTS THE BEGINNING. THERE IS STILL A LONG WAY TO GO IF WE ARE TO CATER FOR EVERYBODY WHO NEEDS HELP.+

MR MACPHERSON PRAISED THE JAYCEES’ CHOICE OF THE ELDERLY AS THEIR TARGET OF SERVICE FOR 1982 AS A WISE ONE, +ONE WHICH IS EMINENTLY SUITABLE IN THE PRESENT STAGE OF HONG KONG’S DEVELOPMENT.+

+TW0 OR THREE DECADES AGO, THE PROVISION OF SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY WAS NOT SUCH A HIGH PRIORITY. THE CONCEPT OF THE EXTENDED FAMILY WAS STILL ALIVE AT THAT TIME AND ONE COULD STILL RELY ON THE TIME HONOURED BELIEF THAT ’CHILDREN ARE THE INSURANCE OF ONE’S OLD AGE’.

+SINCE THEN, THE CONCEPT OF VALUES, THE SOCIAL STRUCTURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT HAVE UNDERGONE DRASTIC CHANGES.+

THE SECRETARY POINTED OUT THAT APART FROM PEOPLE’S THINKING, CHANGES IN THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT ALSO HASTENED THE DEMISE OF THE EXTENDED FAMILY SYSTEM, AND IT WAS PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR MARRIED CHILDREN TO CONTINUE TO STAY TOGETHER IN THE FAMILY HOME.

+SO NOW WE HAVE SMALLER FAMILY UNITS WHICH NO LONGER EVOLVE AROUND THE PARENT FAMILY. THIS FACT, COUPLED WITH THE EROSION OF THE BELIEF THAT ’CHILDREN ARE THE INSURANCE OF ONE’S OLD AGE’ HAS RESULTED IN THE YOUNGER GENERATION LOOKING TO THEIR OWN FAMILY UNIT AS THE NUCLEUS OF THEIR EVERYDAY LIFE, AND TO A DISTANCING FROM THEIR OWN PARENTS.+

HE NOTED THAT IN HONG KONG TODAY THERE WERE ABOUT HALF A MILLION PEOPLE OVER THE AGE OF 60. SOME OF THEM PROBABLY QUITE WELL OFF IN THEIR OWN RIGHT AND OTHERS LOOKED AFTER BY THEIR CHILDREN WHO HAD THE CAPABILITY AND WILLINGNESS TO DO SO.

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♦BUT A MAJORITY OF THIS HALF A MILLION OF PEOPLE HAVE PROBLEMS OF ONE SORT OR ANOTHER,+ MR MACPHERSON SAID.

♦HENCE WE NOW HAVE PLANS TO PROVIDE HOMES AND RESIDENTIAL CENTRES FOR THE AGED, WORKSHOPS, DAY-CARE AND SOCIAL CENTRES AND FOR THOSE WHO NEED IT, VISITING AND HOME HELP SERVICES. AND THIS NEEDS THE CO-OPERATION OF THE GOVERNMENT, VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS AND IF I MAY SAY, EVERYBODY IN THE COMMUNITY.+

HE THANKED THE JAYCEES FOR WHAT THEY HAD DONE FOR THOSE WHO HAD CONTRIBUTED TOWARDS HONG KONG’S PROSPERITY DURING THEIR WORKING LIVES AND NOW DESERVED RESPECT AND ASSISTANCE TO ENABLE THEM TO ENJOY THEIR REMAINING YEARS IN RELATIVE EASE AND COMFORT.

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PRIME TUEN MUN SITE OFFERED *****

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT HAS INVITED CASH THEN MUN SITE WHICH WILL BE DEVELOPED INTO RESIDENTIAL COMPLEX IN THE COMPREHENSIVELY

TENDERS FOR A PRIME A MAJOR COMMERCIAL/ PLANNED TOWN CENTRE.

THE 2.44 HECTARE SITE IS AT THE FOCAL POINT OF THE FUTURE TOWN CENTRE AND IS THE LARGEST WITHIN THE AREA.

THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SITE WILL BE CONNECTED WITH OTHER TOWN CENTRE DEVELOPMENTS NOW AT VARIOUS STAGES OF CONSTRUCTION AT PODIUM LEVEL TO PROVIDE PEDESTRIANS WITH TRAFFIC-FREE ACCESS THROUGHOUT THE AREA.

THE OVERALL TOWN CENTRE SCHEME HAS BEEN PLANNED TO ENSURE THAT INDIVIDUAL SITES WILL BE DEVELOPED IN AESTHETIC HARMONY WITH EACH OTHER AND THAT ADEQUATE SHOPPING, RESTAURANT, RECREATIONAL, LANDSCAPING, PARKING AND OTHER FACILITIES ARE PROVIDED TO SERVE THE NEEDS OF THE FUTURE RESIDENTS OF THE TOWN ITSELF AND THE SURROUNDING AREAS.

THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT LANDS OFFICER, MR R.B.J. CROSS, SAID THAT THE COMMERCIAL COMPLEX WITHIN THE LOWER FIVE LEVELS WOULD INCLUDE SHOPS, A DEPARTMENT STORE, A MARKET AND A GARDEN RESTAURANT.

ABOVE THESE LEVELS, THREE CRUCIFORM STYLE RESIDENTIAL TOWER BLOCKS PROVIDING A MAXIMUM OF 1 398 FLAT UNITS WILL BE BUILT.

MR CROSS SAID THAT TO ASSIST CASH FLOW DURING THE CONSTRUCTION PERIOD, IT WAS SO DECIDED TO PERMIT THE SUCCESSFUL TENDERER TO SELL A PORTION OF THE DEVELOPMENT BEFORE THE COMPLETION OF THE DEVELOPMENT PROVIDED THE CRITERIA LAID DOWN IN THE CONDITIONS ARE MET.

♦IN ADDITION, A TOTAL OF BETWEEN 1 200 AND 1 650 CAR PARKING SPACES ARE TO BE PROVIDED, SOME OF WHICH WILL BE RESERVED FOR RESIDENTS WHILE MOST WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC PARKING PURPOSES.+

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+THE SCHEME WILL ALSO INCLUDE EXTENSIVE AREAS FOR LANDSCAPING AND ACTIVE RECREATIONAL AREAS,+ HE ADDED.

UNDER THE DEVELOPMENT CONDITIONS OF THE SITE, THE SUCCESSFUL TENDERER IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE DEVELOPMENT WITHIN A PERIOD CF 56 MONTHS AT A COST OF NOT LESS THAN $250 MILLION.

THE SITE ADJOINS THE PROPOSED TUEN MUN CIVIC AND CULTURE COMPLEX WHICH WILL INCLUDE A MULTI-PURPOSE AUDITORIUM SEATING 1 450 PEOPLE AND A HALL SUITABLE FOR LARGE-SCALE CULTURAL PERFORMANCES.

OTHER FACILITIES TO BE PROVIDED IN THE COMPLEX INCLUDE A MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK, A LIBRARY, A POST OFFICE AND A BUS STATION.

THE FUTURE TUEN MUN TOWN PARK WILL ALSO BE LOCATED CLOSE TO THE SITE, MR CROSS ADDED.

CLOSING DATE FOR ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERS IS 12 NOON ON NOVEMBER 26.

TENDER FORMS, NOTICES, AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, AND TENDER PLANS INSPECTED AT THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING 5/F., GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG; THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE (KOWLOON WEST), 405 NATHAN ROAD, 10/F., KOWLOON; AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES OF SHA TIN, TAI PO, NORTH, YUEN LONG, TUEN MUN, TSUEN WAN, SAI KUNG AND ISLANDS.

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GREATER FLEXIBILITY IN TRIBUNAL PROCEEDINGS *****

TWO BILLS ARE GAZETTED TODAY TO GIVE POWER TO THE REGISTRAR CF THE SUPREME COURT TO EXTEND THE PERIOD DURING WHICH A PARTY TO THE PROCEEDINGS IN THE LABOUR TRIBUNAL OR THE SMALL CLAIMS TRIBUNAL MAY APPEAL AGAINST ITS DECISION.

UNDER PROVISIONS IN THE LABOUR TRIBUNAL ORDINANCE AND THE SMALL CLAIMS TRIBUNAL ORDINANCE, AN APPLICATION FOR LEAVE TO APPEAL MUST BE LODGED WITHIN SEVEN DAYS AFTER THE DATE ON WHICH AN AWARD IS, OR THE REASONS FOR THE AWARD ARE, SERVED.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THERE WAS NO POWER IN ANY OF THE TWO ORDINANCES TO EXTEND THIS TIME LIMIT. SINCE NO BARRISTER OR SOLICITOR HAS A RIGHT CF AUDIENCE BEFORE THE LABOUR TRIBUNAL OR THE SMALL CLAIMS TRIBUNAL, THE RIGIDITY OF THE TIME LIMIT FOR LODGING AN APPEAL MAY IN SOME CIRCUMSTANCES OPERATE UNFAIRLY AGAINST A LAYMAN.

THE TWO BILLS, THE LABOUR TRIBUNAL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 AND THE SMALL CLAIMS TRIBUNAL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, SEEK TO AMEND THE ELEVANT PROVISIONS IN THE TWO ORDINANCES TO ALLOW A FURTHER ’E-IOD FOR LODGING AN ADOEAL AT THE DISCRETION OF THE REGISTRAR C- ’HE SUPREME CO.-.7 IF ThE APPLICANT IS ABLE TO SHOW GOOD CAUSE FOR THE DELAY.

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EMPLOYERS OF DISABLED THANKED

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MORE EMPLOYERS HAVE BECOME CONFIDENT OF THE WORKING ABILITY OF THE DISABLED AND ARE OPENING THEIR DOORS TO GIVE THEM OPPORTUNITIES TO PROVE THEMSELVES.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR J.N. HENDERSON, THIS (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON WHEN HE PRESENTED SOUVENIRS TO IQ EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE EMPLOYED DISABLED PEOPLE THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT’S SELECTIVE PLACEMENT SERVICE (SPS) AT A CEREMONY AT QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM.

OUT OF 885 DISABLED PEOPLE WHO CAME TO SEEK HELP, MR HENDERSON SAID, THE SPS ACHIEVED 434 PLACEMENTS IN THE INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL AND SERVICES SECTORS DURING THE PERIOD FROM SEPTEMBER 1981 TO LAST AUGUST. THIS FIGURE REPRESENTS CONSIDERABLE PROGRESS COMPARED WITH THE 344 PLACEMENTS OUT OF 1 033 REGISTRANTS MADE IN THE PRECEDING 12 MONTHS.

MR HENDERSON SAID: +THIS CEREMONY IS OUR SMALL TOKEN OF APPRECIATION TO THOSE ENLIGHTENED EMPLOYERS WHO ARE NOT ONLY CHANGING THEIR IDEAS ABOUT THE DISABLED BUT ARE ALSO ACTING UPON THEM WITH THE HELP OF THE SPS.+

HE SAID THAT THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WAS CONFIDENT ABOUT THE FUTURE OF INTEGRATING THE DISABLED INTO THE WORKING COMMUNITY.

THIS WAS BECAUSE MANY MORE EMPLOYERS WOULD GRADUALLY COME TO REALISE THE ECONOMIC POTENTIAL OF THE DISABLED AND WOULD BE PREPARED TO AFFORD THEM MANY MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO PROVE THEIR WORTH.

MR HENDERSON SAID THAT WHILE MANY EMPLOYERS AND SENIOR MANAGERS STILL HAD MISGIVINGS ABOUT EMPLOYING DISABLED PERSONS AND WERE HESITANT TO OFFER THEM JOBS, A CHANGE OF ATTITUDE WAS TAKING PLACE.

♦THIS SIMPLE, YET MEANINGFUL CEREMONY, IS OUR WAY OF TELLING ALL EMPLOYERS THAT DISABLED PEOPLE, GIVEN THE RIGHT JOBS, ARE LOYAL AND INDUSTRIOUS WORKERS AND OF CALLING THEM TO ACTION ON THEIR BEHALF,+ HE ADDED.

MR HENDERSON SAID RESISTANCE TO THE SPS’S EFFORTS WAS MAINLY DUE TO THE LACK OF OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE TO GAIN A REALISTIC AND THOROUGH UNDERSTANDING OF THE DISABLED.

HE EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT THROUGH THE WORK OF THE SPS AND PUBLICITY, THE RESISTANCE COULD BE REMOVED.

MR HENDERSON THEN OUTLINED MEASURES BEING TAKEN TO IMPROVE THE SPS’S SERVICES.

LAST JULY, A NEW OFFICE WAS.OPENED IN NGAU TAU KOK TO SERVE DISABLED PEOPLE LIVING IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES. AT THE SAME TIME, ITS HONG KOLG OFFICE WAS REPROVISIONED IN NEW PREMISES LAST AO-L'ST, PROVIDING SE=VICES TO ALL THOSE LIVING ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

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THE SPS ALSO EXPECTS TO HAVE A PURPOSE BUILT TAIL-LIFT VAN SHORTLY TO TRANSPORT PEOPLE IN WHEEL-CHAIRS FOR JOB INTERVIEWS.

ANOTHER MEASURE IS TO PURCHASE TWO WORK-SAMPLE KITS, WHICH ARE VALUABLE INSTRUMENTS IN HELPING SPS PLACEMENT OFFICERS TO ASSESS THE SKILL LEVEL CF JOB-SEEKERS AND TO PLACE THEM IN JOBS MATCHING THEIR ATTRIBUTES.

MR HENDERSON STRESSED THAT DESPITE THE PROGRESS BEING MADE, THE SPS FACES AN UPHILL BATTLE.

+WITH0UT THE CO-OPERATION AND UNDERSTANDING OF EMPLOYERS IN PARTICULAR AND THAT OF THE PUBLIC IN GENERAL, IT IS GOING TO EE A LOSING BATTLE. I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THE COMMUNITY, AND ESPECIALLY OUR LARGE BODY OF EMPLOYERS, WILL ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN,+ HE CONCLUDED.

MR HENDERSON THEN PRESENTED SOUVENIRS TO REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, UNI-ART PRECISION PRODUCTS LTD., CEGE CO. LTD., HONG KONG SECURITY LTD., SUMMIT METAL FINISHING LTD., REMEX INTERNATIONAL TIME LTD., TINDUX ELECTRONIC LTD., ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND THE AMERICAN CLUB.

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LEARNING FROM EACH OTHER : HAYE

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TEACHERS LEARN ALMOST AS MUCH FROM THEIR PUPILS AS PUPILS DO FROM TEACHERS, MR COLVYN HAYE, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) AT THE SPEECH DAY OF KGV SCHOOL.

WHEN HE FIRST CAME TO KGV SCHOOL 29 YEARS AGO, HE SAID, HE WAS NOT MUCH OLDER THAN SOME OF THE SENIOR BOYS AND GIRLS HE HAD TO TEACH; BUT HE HAD ALMOST AS MUCH TO LEARN AS HIS PUPILS.

+APART FROM THE OBVIOUS THINGS, WHAT WAS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT LESSON LEARNT? THE FUN OF LEARNING, I THINK, THE TEAMWORK BETWEEN PUPIL AND PUPIL, PUPIL AND TEACHER, CLASS AND TEACHER, THE CAMARADERIE OF EDUCATION IN A SCHOOL LIKE THIS.+ MR HAYE SAID.

+WHAT WAS SO NOTABLE ABOUT KGV IN THOSE DAYS,+ HE SAID, +WAS THE SHARED FUN OF LEARNING TOGETHER. STAFF AND PUPILS COMBINED TO HAVE A VERY HAPPY TIME, AND THIS INCLUDED THE ANTICS OF A NUMBER OF VERY ECCENTRIC HEADMASTERS.+

MR HAYE THEN WENT ON TO DESCRIBE SOME OF THE MORE HILARIOUS EPISODES WHICH HAD ENLIVENED HIS YEARS AT THE SCHOOL. +BUT THEN THESE ECCENTRICS HAD SOMETHING TO TEACH ME,+ MR HAYE SAID.

SCHOOL DAYS MIGHT NOT EE THE HAPPIEST DAYS OF SOME CHILDREN’S LIVES, HE ADDED, BUT THEY WERE CERTAINLY AMONG THE HAPPIEST HE HAD SPENT I'! HONG KONG.

+KGV '/AS A HAPPY MULTI-NATIONAL FAMILY, WHERE WE LEARNT TO COUNT OUR BLESS IN'S AS MUCH AS OUR PR I ZES,+ THE DIRECTOR SAID.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 1982

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVAL

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SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVAL WILL BE INTRODUCED IN THE NEW TERRITORIES FROM SUNDAY (OCTOBER 17).

WO HOP SHEK ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 4 AM AND 8 PM ON SUNDAY (OCTOBER 17) AND ON OCTOBER 23, 24, 25, 30 AND 31.

TAI PO ROAD FROM SHA TIN RACE COURSE TO FANLING ROUNDABOUT WILL BE CLOSED TO GOODS VEHICLES OVER 2-1/4 TONS BETWEEN 6 AM AND 6 PM ON SUNDAY (OCTOBER 17) AND ON OCTOBER 24, 25 AND 31.

THE ACCESS ROADS TO TSUEN WAN CEMETERY WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC ON OCTOBER 24 AND 25.

A SPECIAL KMB ROUTE 73R WILL BE OPERATED BETWEEN SHEUNG SHU I AND MAN KAM TO (SAN UK LING) EVERY 15 MINUTES AT A FARE OF 70 CENTS ON OCTOBER 24 AND 25.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN ADVISED MOTORISTS HEADING FOR THE NORTHERN PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES TO USE ROUTE TWISK AND FAN KAM ROAD OR CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND TUEN MUN HIGHWAY AS HEAVY CONGESTION IS EXPECTED ON TAI PO ROAD DURING THE CHUNG YEUNG HOLIDAYS.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO ADVISED COMMUTERS TO USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES AS PARKING SPACES IN MOST OF THE CEMETERY AREAS ARE EXTREMELY LIMITED.

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RECORD NUMBER OF NT LITTERBUGS BROUGHT TO COURT

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A TOTAL OF 358 LITTERBUGS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WERE BROUGHT TO COURT THIS WEEK, THE HIGHEST WEEKLY RECORD SINCE THE CURRENT CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN WAS LAUNCHED IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR.

THEY WERE FINED A TOTAL OF $42 420 AT ANTI-LITTER COURTS IN TSUEN WAN AND FANLING, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

HIGHER FINES HAVE ALSO BEEN LEVIED BY THE COURTS, AS PART OF A CONTINUING CAMPAIGN AGAINST LITTERBUGS. THE HIGHEST FINE FOR THE WEEK WAS $280.

APART FROM EDUCATIONAL AND PUBLICITY CAMPAIGNS, PROSECUTION CF OFFENDERS IS NECESSARY TO DRIVE HOME THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN MESSAGE.

LITTERBUGS ARE LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $5 000 AND SIX MONTHS’ I. -El' •’E..7. THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 1982

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POST-GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP NOW AVAILABLE *****

THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF ST GEORGE IS OFFERING A POST-GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP FOR SELECTED CANDIDATES TO FOLLOW A MASTER’S DEGREE COURSE IN ENGLISH, PREFERABLY IN SHAKESPEAREAN STUDIES, AT A UNIVERSITY IN ENGLAND.

the award, called the noel croucher English studies SCHOLARSHIP WILL BE TENABLE EITHER FOR ONE OR TWO YEARS DEPENDING ON THE LENGTH OF THE COURSE.

THE VALUE OF THE AWARD WILL BE $75 OOO PER YEAR, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO COVER TUITION FEES, AIR PASSAGES AND PART OF THE LIVING EXPENSES DURING TENURE OF THE SCHOLARSHIP.

THERE WILL ONLY BE ONE AWARD EACH YEAR, WHICH CAN BE EITHER A NEW AWARD CR A RENEWAL.

APPLICANTS SHOULD BE HONG KONG CITIZENS NORMALLY HAVING RESIDED IN HONG KONG FOR AT LEAST FIVE YEARS, GRADUATES OF EITHER THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG OR THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY CF HONG KONG, AND ELIGIBLE FOR ADMISSION TO THE INTENDED COURSE OF STUDY.

THEY SHOULD BE BETWEEN 22 AND 35 YEARS OF AGE AND PROFICIENT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG AND THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

COMPLETED FORMS TOGETHER WITH REQUIRED DOCUMENTS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION AT ROOM 1522, LEIGHTON CENTRE, 77 LEIGHTON ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 33, 1982.

SHORTLISTED CANDIDATES WILL BE INVITED FOR INTERVIEW IN HONG KONG IN NOVEMBER, 1982.

AN OFFER OF AN AWARD IS SUBJECT TO THE SELECTED CANDIDATE OBTAINING A PLACE IN A UNIVERSITY IN ENGLAND.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 1982

660 TO COMPETE IN CROSS TOLO HARBOUR SWIM * * * *

HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE — MEN AND WOMEN, OLD AND YOUNG, LOCALS AND EXPATRIATES — WILL BE DASHING INTO WATER AT THE SAME TIME IN THE ANNUAL CROSS TOLO HARBOUR SWIM ON SUNDAY (OCTOBER 17).

THEY WILL BE TAKING PART IN THE 2 400-METRE RACE FROM SHA LAN BEACH TO TAI MEI TUK ACTIVITIES CENTRE.

THE OLDEST CONTESTANT AMONG THE 660 SWIMMERS WILL BE A 73-YEAR-OLD MAN, AND THE YOUNGEST A BOY AND A GIRL, BOTH AGED 12.

THE EVENT IS ORGANISED BY THE TAI PO SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR NICKY LO, WILL FIRE THE STARTING GUN AT 10.30 AM, AND THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR IAN MACPHERSON, WILL PRESENT PRIZES TO WINNERS.

ABOUT 350 PEOPLE TOOK PART IN THE SWIM LAST YEAR WHEN MR CHEUNG WAN-CHI AND MISS LAI WAI BECAME CHAMPIONS OF THE REN’S AND THE WOMEN’S SECTIONS.

CAS CADETS TO PUT ON SHOW * * * *

MEMBERS OF THE CIVIL AID SERVICES CADET CORPS WILL BE SHOWING OFF THEIR PERFORMING TALENTS IN THE CAS CADET CORPS VARIETY SHOW TO EE HELD AT THE HONG KONG CARITAS COMMUNITY HALL, 2 CAINE ROAD, HONG KONG, ON SUNDAY (OCTOBER 17), STARTING AT 2 PM.

ORGANISED AND PERFORMED BY THE CADETS THEMSELVES, THE FOUR-HOUR LONG PROGRAMME IS INTENDED MAINLY TO BE A SOCIAL OCCASION FOR THE CADETS TO ENTERTAIN THEIR PARENTS, GUARDIANS AND FRIENDS.

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Fr. IL f, OCTOBER 15, 1982

SQUASH TRAINING COURSE

A TRAINING COURSE FOR MEN WHO WANT TO IMPROVE THEIR SKILL IN SQUASH IS EE ING ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE ?" THE RECREATION ANZ CULTURE DEPARTMENT IN CONJUNCTION WI..H .HE HONG KONG SQUASH RACQUETS ASSOCIATION.

c S" l*"LL Bc HtLD EVERY SATURDAY AFTERNOON FROM NOVEm£<cK <i5 TO JANUARY 15 AT THE ISLAND SQUASH RACQUETS CLUB C' .-Z-RETT ROAD, HONG KONG.

THE FEE IS $15 FOR 16 LESSONS. APPLICATION FORMS MAY 3E Od.A!.N-D FROM THE RSS HEADQUARTERS OR ANY OF ITS 19 DISTRICT OFF IC•

SHOULD THE CLASSES BE OVER-SUBSCRIBED, PARTICIPANTS WILL BE DECIDED BY DRAWING LOT.

COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS SHOULD REACH THE RSS HEADQUAR ERS, 11/"., WING ON CENTRE, 111 CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL BEFORE NOVEMBER 5.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS PLEASE CALL 5-458511 OR 5-236968.

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WATER CUT IN SHEUNG WAN * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN SHEUNG WAN WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 18) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR A LEAKAGE TEST.

THE PREMISES AFFECTED ARE IN THE AREA BOUNDED BY QUEEN’S ROAD WEST, NEW STREET, PO YAN STREET, RUTTER STREET, IN MAY LANE, Pc ri I NG FONS, LADDER STREET AND HOLLYWOOD ROAD.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

APPOINTMENTS TO URBAN DISTRICT BOARDS .......................... 1

BETTER TRAFFIC FLOW PLAN FOR SHAM SHUI PO ...................... 2

NEW MUSIC CENTRE IN MONG KOK ................................... 5

CALL FOR FIGHT AGAINST HEART DISEASES .......................... 6

MORAL TRAINING THROUGH GAMES ................................    7

POLYTECHNIC STUDENT WINS DUSTBIN DESIGN PRIZE .................. 7

INSIGNIA PRESENTATION ON MONDAY ................................ 8

CLOSURE OF OFFICE ............................................   9

NEW EXTENSION FOR SHA TAU KOK SECONDARY SCHOOL ................ 10

PARTIAL ROAD CLOSURE IN SHAU KEI WAN .......................... 10

WATER SUPPLY CHECK ............................................ 10

FIRING PRACTICE

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1982

1

APPOINTMENTS TO URBAN DISTRICT BOARDS *****

ANOTHER IMPORTANT STAGE IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY WITH THE APPOINTMENT OF 76 UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS TO 10 DISTRICT BOARDS IN HONG KONG AND KOWLOON.

THE NEWLY-APPOINTED MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR PLACES WITH MEMBERS ELECTED LAST MONTH, ALONG WITH URBAN COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES AND THE KEY GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS WHO ALSO SIT ON THE BOARDS.

THE APPOINTMENTS ARE EFFECTIVE FROM OCTOBER 1, 1982, TO MARCH 31, 1985.

LIKE THEIR ELECTED COUNTERPARTS, THE 76 APPOINTEES ANNOUNCED TODAY REPRESENT A WIDE CROSS SECTION OF THE COMMUNITY.

THEIR AVERAGE AGE IS THE SAME AS THAT OF THEIR ELECTED COUNTERPARTS -- 44.

THEY ARE ALSO SIMILAR IN BACKGROUND TO THE ELECTED MEMBERS WITH JUST OVER 26 PER CENT COMING FROM THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY, 15 PER CENT FROM THE EDUCATIONAL SECTOR AND 14 PER CENT FROM INDUSTRY.

ADDITIONALLY, THERE ARE 10 SOCIAL WORKERS, FOUR DOCTORS, THREE SOLICITORS, TWO ENGINEERS AND AN ESTATE SURVEYOR AS WELL AS THREE FACTORY WORKERS, THREE HOUSEWIVES, TWO OFFICE WORKERS, TWO STUDENT COUNSELLORS, A CARPENTER, A HAWKER AND A RETIRED MAN.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION SAID TODAY THE APPOINTMENTS WERE MADE WITH THE AIM OF PRODUCING BALANCED AND EFFECTIVE BOARDS WHICH WOULD COMMAND THE CONFIDENCE OF THE COMMUNITIES THEY SERVED.

OF THE NEW APPOINTEES, 49 WERE EXISTING BOARD MEMBERS WHILE THE NEW FACES HAD BEEN DRAWN FROM A DIVERSE RANGE OF BACKGROUNDS AND OCCUPATIONS, INCLUDING THOSE WITH EXPERIENCE IN COMMUNITY AND CIVIC AFFAIRS.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED: +THE DISTRICT BOARDS ARE NOW FIRMLY ESTABLISHED AND THE GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO ACTING ON THEIR ADVICE WHEREVER POSSIBLE.*

AT THE SAME TIME, THE SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED THAT THE FINAL VACANCY ON THE NEW TERRITORIES BOARDS HAD BEEN FILLED WITH THE APPOINTMENT OF MR JONATHAN GRAY TO THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD.

HIS APPOINTMENT WILL TAKE EFFECT FROM NOVEMBER 1, 1982 UNTIL MARCH 31, 1985.

MR GRAY HAS BEEN IN HONG KONG FOR 30 YEARS AND HAS LIVED ON LAMMA ISLAND SINCE 1975.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1982

2

BETTER TRAFFIC FLOW PLAN FOR SHAM SHU I PO *****


TO FURTHER IMPROVE TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT WILL IMPOSE CLEARWAY

FLOW IN SHAM SHU I PO, THE TRANSPORT (0CT0BERS19)ET AND S0ME ^IGHB0U^NGRSTREETS FROMG1QAAMLONPTUESDAYD'

. ™ISIS THE LAST PHASE OF A PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY SCHEME DESIGNED TO REDUCE JOURNEY TIME ALONG CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND UN CHAU STREET BY CURTAILING KERBSIDE ACTIVITIES AND IMPROVING JUNCTION CAPAC IT IES.

oiPEDESTRIAN SAFETY WILL ALSO BE ENHANCED WITH THE INSTALLATION CF SIGNAL LIGHTS.

ARRANGEMENTS WHICH INCLUDE THE BANNING OF TURNING MOVEMENTS AND CANCELLATION OF PARKING SPACES HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED EARLIER THIS MONTH.

THE FOLLOWING TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY.

URBAN CLEARWAY (7 AM - 10 AM AND 4 PM - 7 PM DAILY)

* CASTLE PEAK ROAD BETWEEN KIU KIANG STREET AND A POINT 60 METRES WEST OF TAI NAN WEST STREET;

* UN CHAU STREET BETWEEN SHEK KIP MEI STREET AND HING WAH STREET;

* CAMP STREET BETWEEN SHUN NING ROAD AND UN CHAU

street;

* THE SOUTHBOUND SECTION OF CAMP STREET BETWEEN SHUN NING ROAD AND PO ON ROAD;

* THE NORTHBOUND SECTION OF CAMP STREET NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH SHUN NING ROAD;

* PRATAS STREET BETWEEN CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND UN CHAU STREET;

* TONKIN STREET BETWEEN SHUN NING ROAD AND FUK WING street;

* FAT TSEUNG STREET BETWEEN CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND UN CHAU STREET;

* THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF CHEUNG FAT STREET BETWEEN CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND UN CHAU STREET;

* HING WAH STREET BETWEEN UN CHAU STREET AND A POINT 25 METRES NORTH OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD;

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* THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF TSAP FAI STREET NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH CASTLE PEAK ROAD’ AND

* THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF YU CHAU WEST STREET NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

PUBLIC LIGHT BUS CLEARWAYS (7 AM - 12 MIDNIGHT DAILY)

* THE NORTHBOUND SECTION OF NAM CHEONG STREET BETWEEN UN CHAU STREET AND FUK WING STREET 5

* THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF FUK WING STREET NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH NAM CHEONG STREET; AND

* FUK WA STREET BETWEEN KIU KIANG STREET AND CAMP STREET.

HOWEVER, FOUR ADDITIONAL PUBLIC LIGHT BUS STANDS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN PO ON ROAD.

THE NORTHBOUND SECTION OF HING WAH STREET NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH SHUN NING ROAD WILL ALSO BE DESIGNATED AS A PUBLIC LIGHT BUS CLEARWAY, BUT THE OPERATING HOURS WILL BE FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM EVERY DAY.

ALSO DURING PEAK PERIODS, GOODS VEHICLES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR GOODS OR PASSENGERS ALONG CASTLE PEAK ROAD FROM TUNG CHAU WEST STREET TO A POINT 80 METRES EAST OF YEE KUK WEST STREET.

HOWEVER, VEHICLES TRAVELLING ALONG CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND UN CHAU STREET MAY STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS AT WING HONG STREET, PO ON ROAD AND FUK WING STREET.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

A SCHEMATIC SKETCH SHOWING THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY NEASURES IN SHAM SHU I PO IS ATTACHED.

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PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY MEASURES FOR CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND UN CHAU STREET — STAGE I

NEW PLB CLEARWAY

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1982

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NEW MUSIC CENTRE IN MONG KOK *****

A NEW MUSIC CENTRE WAS OPENED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT IN MONG KOK TODAY TO FURTHER PROMOTE MUSIC ACTIVITIES IN WEST KOWLOON.

TOGETHER WITH THE YAU MA TEI MUSIC CENTRE, THE NEW MONG KOK CENTRE WILL SERVE RESIDENTS OF THE WEST KOWLOON DISTRICT IN PLACE OF THE FORMER WEST KOWLOON MUSIC CENTRE.

IT WAS JOINTLY OPENED BY URBAN COUNCILLOR, MR EDMUND CHOW AND THE COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR BARRIE WIGGHAM.

IN HIS ADDRESS, MR WIGGHAM SAID THAT DEMANDS FOR INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC TRAINING AND MUSIC ACTIVITIES IN HONG KONG HAD INCREASED TREMENDOUSLY.

♦I HOPE THAT THIS NEW MUSIC CENTRE WILL BE ABLE TO PROVIDE RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT WITH A CONVENIENT VENUE FOR INSTRUMENTAL TRAIN ING,+ HE SAID.

MR CHOW SAID HE WAS VERY PLEASED TO SEE THE NEW MUSIC CENTRE OPENED FOR THE TWO MOST DENSELY POPULATED DISTRICTS IN HONG KONG.

HE SAID THAT THE CENTRE WOULD PROVIDE RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES THAT WERE HEALTHY TO BOTH MIND AND BODY AND THIS WOULD HELP THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE COMMUNITY.

THE CENTRE WILL PROVIDE MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN MONG KOK AND SHAM SHU I PO TO RECEIVE MUSIC TRAINING.

IT WILL BE USED AS A TRAINING VENUE FOR RUNNING INSTRUMENTAL, AURAL AND THEORY TRAINING CLASSES AS WELL AS ORCHESTRAL REHEARSALS.

IN ADDITION, THE CENTRE WILL CONDUCT HI-FI CONCERTS, MASTER CLASSES, WORKSHOPS AND +MUSIC FOR THE MILLION* CONCERTS TO PROMOTE GENERAL INTEREST IN MUSIC AMONG LOCAL RESIDENTS.

THE TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR THE MONG KOK MUSIC CENTRE IS >7149255.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1982

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CALL FOR FIGHT AGAINST HEART DISEASES

*****

THE EXECUTIVE BOARD DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG HEART FOUNDATION, DR RAYMOND W.Y. WU, CALLED TODAY FOR GREATER EFFORTS IN COMBATING THE INCREASING INCIDENCE OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES IN HONG KONG.

AN AVERAGE SOME 20 PEOPLE DIE OF HEART DISEASES AND STROKES EACH DAY IN HONG KONG, HE SAID IN A SPEECH AT THE OPENING OF AN EXHIBITION ON HEART HEALTH AT THE NEW WORLD CENTRE.

THE EXHIBITION IS ONE OF MANY HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAMMES ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE HONG KONG CARDIOLOGICAL SOCIETY AND THE FOUNDATION.

DR WU EXPLAINED THAT THE UNDERLYING CAUSE OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES IS ATHEROSCLEROSIS, THE HARDENING AND THICKENING, CLOGGING AND NARROWING OF VITAL ARTERIES CARRYING NOURISHING BLOOD TO THE MUSCLE TISSUE OF THE HEART, AND TO THE CELLS OF THE BRAIN.

ATHEROSCLEROSIS, HE SAID, IS RELATED TO A COMBINATION OF FACTORS, SUCH AS HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, HIGH BLOOD CHOLESTEROL LEVEL, SMOKING, OVERWEIGHT, LACK OF EXERCISE, TENSION AND STRESS AND HEREDITY.

+IF A PERSON IS BESET BY ANY ONE OF THESE FACTORS, THE RISK OF A HEART ATTACK IS RAISED TWO TO SIX TIMES ABOVE THE PERSON FREE FROM SUCH A BURDEN, AND WITH A COMBINATION OF THESE FACTORS, THE RISK IS FAR GREATER,+ HE SAID.

HOWEVER, SOMETHING COULD BE DONE IN MOST OF THESE FACTORS, AND ONE COULD PLAN TO ENJOY A HEALTHIER AND LONGER LIFE.

HE URGED THE PUBLIC TO LEARN FROM HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAMMES TO ESTABLISH HEALTHIER BEHAVIOUR AND WAYS TO PREVENT THE DISEASE.

IN A WELCOMING ADDRESS, THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR (KOWLOON) OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, DR LAWRENCE LAI SAID THAT THE EXHIBITION WAS THE FIRST DISTRICT EXHIBITION ON IMPORTANT HEALTH SUBJECTS.

WITH THE ADVENT OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT HAD REACHED A NEW PINNACLE, HE SAID.

♦IT IS HOPED THAT THROUGH THIS COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT THE HEART HEALTH MESSAGE CONVEYED IN THIS EXHIBITION CAN BE PROPAGATED FAR AND WIDE SO THAT WE CAN ALL ENJOY A HEALTHIER HEART RIGHT FROM THE START,+ HE SAID.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FROM TODAY TO WEDNESDAY BETWEEN 9 AM TO 6 PM DAILY.

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MORAL TRAINING THROUGH GAMES * * *

SOME 2 OOO PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT WERE REMINDED OF THE IMPORTANCE OF MORAL EDUCATION AT A CARNIVAL HELD AT THE HO LAP COLLEGE THIS (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON.

ORGANISED BY THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB, AND JOINTLY SPONSORED BY THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD AND THE SIK SIK YUEN, THE CARNIVAL WAS AN ATTEMPT TO CREATE INTEREST IN THIS SUBJECT THROUGH FUN AND GAMES.

♦THE PURPOSE OF THE CARNIVAL IS TO HELP OUR STUDENTS TO DEVELOP VIRTUES LIKE HONESTY, COURTESY, CONSIDERATION AND RESPECT FOR OTHERS THROUGH GAMES AND EXHIBITION MATERIALS,* SAID A CYC SPOKESMAN.

A TOTAL OF 16 GAMES STALLS AND 30 EXHIBITION BOARDS WERE SET UP BY CYC MEMBERS AND PARTICIPATING ORGANISATIONS. WINNING ENTRIES OF A MORAL EDUCATION POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION WERE ALSO ON DISPLAY.

THE CARNIVAL WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED AT 1.30 PM BY MRS LOUISE MOK, DEPUTY CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS’ MISS STELLA FAN, ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER (EAST), WONG TAI SIN AND MR LEE YUEN BING, DIRECTOR OF THE SIK SIK YUEN.

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POLYTECHNIC STUDENT WINS DUSTBIN DESIGN PRIZE

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A 22-YEAR-OLD STUDENT WON A $1 000 CASH PRIZE FOR HIS ENTRY IN A DWELLING BOAT DUSTBIN DESIGN COMPETITION HELD RECENTLY TO COINCIDE WITH THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN.

THE WINNER, MR ALAN CHIU KA-LUN, IS A FOURTH YEAR STUDENT CF THE SWIRE SCHOOL OF DESIGN OF THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC.

HE RECEIVED A CHEQUE TODAY (SATURDAY) FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN CLEANSING FACILITIES ACTION GROUP, MR CARLOS CHEUNG, AT A PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY HELD IN THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS.

THE CONTEST, WHICH FORMED PART OF A RURAL CLEANSING FACILITIES DESIGN COMPETITION, WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE ACTION GROUP AND THE NTSD.

+AS THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN PROVIDING A BOAT-TO-BOAT REFUSE COLLECTION SERVICE IN THE TUEN MUN TYPHOON SHELTER, THE COMPETITION WAS AIMED AT DESIGNING A NEW DUSTBIN WHICH MOST SUITS THE SPECIAL NEEDS OF BOAT PEOPLE,* MR CHEUNG SAID.

+THE AUTHORITY WILL CONSIDER PUTTING THE DESIGN TO USE,* HE ADDED.

THE DESIGN IS FOR A PLASTIC DUSTBIN, WHICH CAN BE FASTENED TO THE WALL OF A BOAT BY A METAL HOOK, AND WHICH HAS A SPECIAL RUBBER COVER TO MAKE THE EMPTYING OF RUBBISH EASY AND HELP KEEP OFF THE SMELL. THE DUSTBIN WILL ALSO HAVE A DEVICE TO KEEP IT AFLOAT IN CASE IT FALLS INTO THE SEA.

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INSIGNIA PRESENTATION ON MONDAY * * * *

SEVENTY-FIVE PEOPLE DECORATED BY THE QUEEN FOR SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC WILL RECEIVE THEIR INSIGNIA FROM THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, AT A PRESENTATION CEREMONY TO BE HELD IN GOVERNMENT HOUSE AT 6 PM ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 18).

THE INSIGNIA TO BE PRESENTED INCLUDE TWO CBE’S, THREE OBE’S, TWO ISO’S AND SEVEN MBE’S.

HEADING THE LIST OF RECIPIENTS ARE THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE, MR VICTOR A. LADD, AND THE FORMER JUSTICE OF APPEAL, MR ARCHIBALD ZIMMERN, BOTH OF WHOM WILL RECEIVE THE CBE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

A LIST OF THE RECIPIENTS AT THE INSIGNIA PRESENTATION WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM THE GIS PRESS ROOM AT 4 PM ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 18).

ONLY PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CAMERAMEN WITH SPECIAL PASSES WILL BE ADMITTED TO GOVERNMENT HOUSE. THEY SHOULD MEET GIS OFFICERS IN THE GUARD ROOM NOT LATER THAN 5.30 PM.

NEWSPAPERS WITHOUT SUCH PASSES WILL BE ABLE TO OBTAIN PHOTOGRAPHS BY MAKING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE SUPPLY OF PRINTS WITH ASIA PHOTO SUPPLY LTD., HANG CHONG BUILDING, HONG KONG, TEL 5-242558.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1982

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CLOSURE OF OFFICE * * * *

THE TSIM SHA TSUI RE-ENTRY PERMIT OFFICE OF THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT AT EMPIRE CENTRE. 2ND FLOOR. 68 MODY ROAD, KOWLOON WILL BE CLOSED FROM MONDAY (OCTOBER 18), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISH TO APPLY FOR RE-ENTRY PERMITS SHOULD APPROACH ANY OF THE FOLLOWING BRANCH OFFICES IN KOWLOON :

(I) KOWLOON CITY OFFICE

HANG CHIEN COURT, GROUND FLOOR, 7-9 WAI KING STREET, WYLER GARDEN.

(II) KWUN TONG OFFICE

AMOY PLAZA, 2ND FLOOR, 77 NGAU TAU KOK ROAD.

(Ill) MONG KOK OFFICE

2O1A-2O5 FA YUEN STREET, MONG KOK.

( IV) SHAM SHU I PO OFFICE

SOUTH OCEAN BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, 286-300 CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD, SHAM SHU I PO.

FURTHER INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED BY CALLING TEL NO. 3-7333111.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1982

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NEW EXTENSION FOR SHA TAU KOK SECONDARY SCHOOL

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THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT WILL START WORK SOON ON AN EXTENSION FOR THE SHA TAU KOK GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT ARE BEING INVITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

THE PROJECT CONSISTS OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN EXTENSION BLOCK PROVIDING 10 CLASSROOMS, FIVE SPECIAL ROOMS, ONE COVERED PLAYGROUND-CUM-HALL, TWO STAFF ROOMS AND TOILET FACILITIES FOR BOTH STAFF AND STUDENTS.

UPON COMPLETION OF THE PROJECT, THE SHA TAU KOK GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL WILL HAVE A TOTAL OF 20 CLASSROOMS, NINE SPECIAL ROOMS, TWO COVERED PLAYGROUNDS AND THREE STAFF ROOMS.

WORK WILL START IN DECEMBER THIS YEAR AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN SEPTEMBER NEXT YEAR.

PARTIAL ROAD CLOSURE IN SHAU KEI WAN *****

92! LANE 0N THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF CHAI WAN ROAD NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH NGOI MAN STREET IN SHAU KEI WAN WILL BE 9 AH °N TUESD4y (OCTOBER 19) FOR*THE “ LAYING OF WATER PIPES.

Tiir ™E ARRANGEMENT WILL LAST FOR ABOUT A MONTH, DURING WHICH THE ADJACENT WESTBOUND BUS ONLY LANE WILL BE OPEN TO ALL VEH ICLES.

WATER SUPPLY CHECK

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FIRING PRACTICE * * *

n.11.rFIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE FROM WEDNESDAY (OCTOBER 20) TO FRIDAY (OCTOBER 22).

RED fSERARSE0;l^ENGPUBLIC ARE WARNED N0T T0 ENTER THE AREA WHEN

THE PRACTICE SCHEDULE IS FROM 9 AM TO FROM 8 AM TO 5 PM ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY.

5 PM ON WEDNESDAY AND

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

TU3J LUN PREPARES FOR MASSIVE POPULATION GROWTH ................ 1

STUDENTS URGED TO APPLY EARLY FOR STUDY IN UK................... 2

TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT REGIONALISED .............................. 4

SAFER PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS ..................................... 4

DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS FOR THEN MUN .............................. 5

TWO N.T. SITES FOR SALE ........................................ 6

PRINCESS LEAVES ................................................ 6

REMINDER ON STATUTORY HOLIDAY................................... 7

CORRECTIONAL SERVICES MOBILE RECRUITMENT CENTRE ................ 8

ACAN SINGING COMPETITION ....................................... 8

NEW TERRITORIES LIFE SAVING QPSJ COMPETITION ................... 9

ISLANDS DISTRICT SWIMMING GALA ................................. 10

MORE METERED PARKING SPACES ................................... 10

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17, 1932

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TUEN MUN PREPARES FOR MASSIVE POPULATION GROWTH * * * * * *

THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BILLY LAM, TODAY (SUNDAY) OUTLINED SOME OF THE MEASURES THAT HAVE BEEN ADOPTED TO COPE WITH A POPULATION EXPLOSION IN THE NEW TOWN WHICH WILL SEE TO OOO NEW RESIDENTS MOVING IN ANNUALLY OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS.

he was s ....n;c at the opening ceremony of one of the most IMPORTANT EVENTS WHICH HAS BEEN ARRANGED TO HELP THE NEWCOMERS -THE +0N TING AND YAU Ol ORIENTATION WEEK+ WHICH WILL CONTINUE UNTIL NEXT SUNDAY (OCTOBER 24).

THE ORIENTATION WEEK, SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND 50 GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, AIMS AT PROVIDING A SERIES OF FAMILIARISATION, CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS PROGRAMMES FOR RESIDENTS WHO HAVE RECENTLY MQVED INTO THE TOWN'S MAJOR PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES, PRIVATE FLATS AND TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS.

MR LAM OUTLINED THE MEASURES ALREADY BEING INTRODUCED, INCLUDING:

* AN UP-TO-DATE CHECK LIST OF BASIC FACILITIES, SUCH AS SCHOOLS, KINDERGARTENS, BUS SERVICE, SHOPS, BANKS, POST BOX, POLICE NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRES, ETC. MUST BE PROVIDED BEFORE THE FIRST BATCH OF TENANTS MOVE INTO A NEW ESTATE.

* SPECIAL BRIEFING SESSIONS BY STAFF OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE, AND IN THE CASE OF PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE, JOINTLY WITH HOUSING DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS, ON MATTERS RELATED TO THE DAY-TO-DAY LIFE OF THE NEW TOWN SUCH AS SCHOOLING OPPORTUNITIES, JOB VACANCIES, TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS ETC.

* A COMPREHENSIVE RESIDENTS’ HANDBOOK PUBLISHED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD GIVING FULL INFORMATION ON FACILITIES AVAILABLE IN THE DISTRICT, SUCH AS CLINICS, SPORTS GROUNDS, BUS ROUTES AS WELL AS PLACES WHERE PEOPLE CAN ENJOY DURING LEISURE HOURS SUCH AS BEACHES AND LOCAL SCENIC SPOTS.

* SPECIAL INFORMATION AND ADVICE CENTRES AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE, COMMUNITY AFFAIRS BRANCH OFFICE, AND HOUSING DEPARTMENT ADVISORY CENTRES.

* A VARIETY OF RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS PROGRAMMES AIMED AT DEVELOPING A SENSE OF PARTICIPATION AMONG RESIDENTS.

* FORMATION OF MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND OTHER RESIDENTS’ GROUPS, IN PARTICULAR YIN NGA I SOCIETIES FOR WOMEN WHICH PROVIDE BETTER COMMUNICATION AND UNDERSTANDING AMONG LOCAL WOMEN.

M PROMOTION OF LOCAL EMPLOYMENT AND SPECIAL PUBLICITY ON LOCAL JOB VACANCIES TO HELP AND ENCOURAGE NEWCOMERS TO TAKE UP JOBS LOCALLY.

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♦CONCERTED EFFORTS FROM ALL CONCERNED, ESPECIALLY FROM EXISTING ORGANISATIONS AND RESIDENTS, MUST BE MADE AT TOP SPEED TO INTEGRATE NEW RESIDENTS INTO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY TO ALLAY WHATEVER FEARS AND WORRIES PEOPLE GENERALLY HAVE WHEN MOVING INTO A NEW TOWN. THE AIM IS TO BUILD UP A SENSE OF BELONGING AND TOGETHERNESS AMONGST ALL RESIDENTS.

+IN THIS REGARD, THE EFFORTS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD AND LOCAL AGENCIES ARE INSTRUMENTAL IN THE FORGING AND TRANSFORMATION PROCESS,+ HE SAID.

TUEN MUN NOW HAS 190 000 PEOPLE, TWO-THIRDS OF WHOM MOVED INTO THE TOWN IN THE LAST THREE YEARS. OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS THE POPULATION WILL INCREASE AT A RATE OF 70 000 PEOPLE A YEAR, REACHING A TOTAL OF 350 000 BY 1985. •

ALSO ATTENDING THE OPENING CEREMONY WERE MR LAU WONG-FAT, CHAIRMAN OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK AND TUEN MUN RURAL COMMITTEE;

WONG HOK-YEE, CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE OF THE ORIENTATION WEEK; UNOFFICIAL DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS; MR MOK YIU-KWONG, CHIEF HOUSING MANAGER AND MR JIM HURST, DIVISIONAL SUPERINTENDENT.

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

STUDENTS WISHING TO ENTER COLLEGES AND POLYTECHNICS IN THF SH0ULD N0TE THAT APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM NOVEMBER 1 THIS YEAR FOR ADMISSION IN SEPTEMBER OR OCTOBER 19o3.

F0R THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID: +APPLICATIONS CAN MADE THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT AND ALL RELEVANT DOCUMENTS SHOULD REACH THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION BEFORE JUNE 30, 1983.+

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

FURTHERM0RE» THE SPOKESMAN SAID, APPLICANTS ON +SANDWICH+ COURSES OFFERED BY POLYTECHNICS SHOULD ENSURE THAT THEY HAVE THE PRACTICAL TRAINING PART OF THE COURSE ARRANGED BEFORE LEAVING HONG KONG.

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

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

STUDENTS WHO WISH TO JOIN PUBLIC OR INDEPENDENT (PRIVATE) SCHOOLS IN BRITAIN SHOULD APPLY EARLY, PREFERABLY ONE YEAR IN ADVANCE.

APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE MADE BY PARENTS OR GUARDIANS DIRECTLY TO THE SCHOOLS. THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE STUDENT ADVISOR OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICE IN LONDON DO NOT UNDERTAKE TO PLACE BOYS AND GIRLS IN THESE SCHOOLS.

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

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

U.C.C.A. FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION FROM EARLY SEPTEMBER EACH YEAR. APPLICANTS SHOULD COMPLETE AND RETURN FORMS TO THE U.C.C.A.

ON EXPENSES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID: +STUDENTS PROCEEDING TO THE UNITED KINGDOM TO STUDY SHOULD HAVE SUFFICIENT FUNDS TO MEET ALL EXPENSES BECAUSE IT IS NOT POSSIBLE FOR STUDENTS TO WORK THEIR WAY THROUGH COLLEGE.*

THE COST OF LIVING IN THE UNITED KINGDOM IS HIGH, AND THE ANNUAL EXPENSES FOR A STUDENT MAY RANGE FROM 5 950 POUNDS TO 9 850 POUNDS STERLING, DEPENDING ON THE COURSE OF STUDY, HE ADDED.

STUDENTS PURSUING EITHER A FULL-TIME FIRST DEGREE OR HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA COURSE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO HONG KONG STUDENTS ADMINISTERED BY THE UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNICS GRANTS COMMITTEE.

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

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

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17, 1982

TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT REGIONALISED XXX

REGIONAL AUTONOMY ON TRANSPORT AND TRAFFIC MATTERS COVERING HONG KONG AND THE OUTLYING ISLANDS, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE EFFECTED ON MONDAY, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

THIS WILL ENABLE THE DEPARTMENT TO RESPOND MORE QUICKLY AND EFFECTIVELY TO THE NEEDS OF THE DISTRICT BOARDS AS EACH AREA HAS ITS OWN TRANSPORT AND TRAFFIC CHARACTERISTICS.

ASSISTANT TRANSPORT COMMISSIONER, MR RICHARD MEAKIN WILL HEAD THE HONG KONG REGION AND HIS KOWLOON AND NEW TERRITORIES COUNTERPARTS WILL BE MR PANG HAU-CHUNG AND MR R.G. SCURFIELD, BOTH RECENT APPOINTMENTS BUT WITH EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE IN THE FIELD OF TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT EACH REGION HAS SET UP A TELEPHONE ENQUIRY CENTRE FOR THE PUBLIC TO DIRECT THEIR QUERIES AND PROBLEMS. THE NUMBER FOR HONG KONG REGION IS 5-756541 AND THAT FOR BOTH KOWLOON AND NEW TERRITORIES REGIONS IS 3-309944.

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SAFER PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL BE EXPERIMENTING WITH TWO NEW AND MORE DISTINCTIVE TYPES OF PEDESTRIAN MARKINGS ON ROAD CROSSINGS -- TO DETERMINE WHICH IS THE MORE EFFECTIVE FOR POSSIBLE FUTURE USE.

THE FIRST CONSISTING OF YELLOW STRIPES, WILL BE INTRODUCED IN CENTRAL AND THE OTHER, CONSISTING OF WHITE BOXES, IN WAN CHAI ON MONDAY, AT CROSSINGS IN FRONT OF YELLOW BOX JUNCTIONS AT QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL/ICE HOUSE STREET AND HENNESSY ROAD/TONNOCHY ROAD.

THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THE TRIAL SCHEME IS TO ESTABLISH A MORE EFFECTIVE METHOD OF MARKING PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS AT SIGNAL CONTROLLED JUNCTIONS TO DISCOURAGE MOTORISTS FROM ENTERING OR STOPPING INSIDE THE AREA WHILE WAITING FOR THE EXIT ROAD IN FRONT OF THE YELLOW CRISS-CROSS BOXES TO CLEAR.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S ROAD SAFETY DIVISION SAID MOTORISTS OFTEN BLOCKED THESE PEDESTRIAN-WAYS BY EDGING UP TO THE YELLOW BOX JUNCTIONS ONCE THE GREEN LIGHT IS IN THEIR FAVOUR ALTHOUGH THE EXIT IS NOT CLEAR.

THIS INVARIABLY RESULTS IN PEDESTRIANS HAVING TO WEAVE THROUGH ELOCKED CROSSINGS, WHICH IS EXTREMELY HAZARDOUS.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17, 1962

+BY PAINTING THESE AREAS WITH TWO DIFFERENT TYPES OF BRIGHT MARKINGS - YELLOW STRIPES IN CENTRAL AND WHITE BOXES IN WAN CHAI -WE HOPE MOTORISTS WILL SHOW MORE CONSIDERATION BY STOPPING IN FRONT OF THE CROSSING PATHS UNTIL THE YELLOW BOX JUNCTION IS FULLY CLEAR,+ HE STRESSED.

+WE ARE OPTIMISTIC THAT WITH THE CO-OPERATION OF MOTORISTS, THIS SCHEME WILL PROVE SUCCESSFUL IN HONG KONG, THEREBY ALLOWING US TO INTRODUCE THEM ON A TERRITORY-WIDE BASIS,* HE SAID.

SIMILAR MEASURES WILL BE INTRODUCED AT THE JUNCTIONS OF NATHAN ROAD/AUSTIN ROAD AND CANTON ROAD/PEKING ROAD DURING THE CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVAL ON OCTOBER 25.

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DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS FOR TUEN MUN X X X X X

THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT PLANS TO CONSTRUCT NEW ROADS WITH A TOTAL LENGTH OF 1.2 KM AND TWO CAR PARKS PROVIDING ABOUT 20 PARKING SPACES ALONGSIDE TWO NEW ROADS ON THE RECENTLY RECLAIMED LAND IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

THE DEPARTMENT ALSO PLANS TO BUILD A CONCRETE FOOTBRIDGE OVER THE TUEN MUN NULLAH LINKING YAU 01 ESTATE AND KAU HUI.

THESE SCHEMES FORM PART OF A CONTINUING DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

NOTICES ON THE PROPOSED PROJECTS WERE PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

PLANS SHOWING THE PROJECTS CAN BE SEEN AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE’S ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING MAIN ENTRANCE; AND THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT LAND OFFICE AND THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE, TUEN MUN BUILDING, CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TUEN MUN, NEW TERRITORIES.

ANY PERSON OBJECTING TO THE PROPOSALS MUST SEND HIS OBJECTION IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS WITHIN TWO MONTHS.

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17, 1982

TWO N.T. SITES FOR SALE * * M

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS OFFERING TWO SITES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES FOR SALE BY TENDER.

THE LARGER SITE, SITUATED NEAR SHEK PAI TAU ROAD IN TUEN MUN NEW TOWN, COVERS AN AREA OF ABOUT 10 370 SQUARE METRES.

IT IS INTENDED FOR INDUSTRIAL AND/OR GODOWN PURPOSES.

THE OTHER LOT OF ABOUT 9 839 SQUARE METRES AT SAI CHING STREET IN YUEN LONG NEW TOWN IS FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL (EXCLUDING CINEMA AND GODOWN) USE.

THE TENDER DEADLINES ARE 12 NOON ON DECEMBER 10, 1982 FOR THE YUEN LONG SITE AND 12 NOON ON DECEMBER 17, 1982 FOR THE TUEN MUN SITE.

TENDER FORMS, NOTICES AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, AND TENDER PLANS INSPECTED AT, THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING, 5/F., GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG? THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, KOWLOON WEST, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, 10/F., KOWLOON; AND DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES OF SHA TIN, TAI PO, NORTH, YUEN LONG, TSUEN WAN, TUEN MUN, SAI KUNG, AND ISLANDS.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

PRINCESS LEAVES * * *

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS ALEXANDRA AND THE HONOURABLE ANGUS OGILVY WILL LEAVE HONG KONG FOR BANGKOK BY FLIGHT CX 703 E.T.D. 4.25 PM TOMORROW (MONDAY).

A PHOTOGRAPHIC FACILITY WILL BE ARRANGED FOR PRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CAMERAMEN TO COVER THEIR DEPARTURE.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WISHING TO MAKE USE OF THIS FACILITY ARE REQUESTED TO ASSEMBLE IN THE AIRPORT PRESS ROOM ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE PASSENGER TERMINAL BUILDING BY 3.15 PM.

GIS OFFICERS WILL ASSIST THEM.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17, 1982

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REMINDER ON STATUTORY HOLIDAY * * * *

A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY (SUNDAY) REMINDED EMPLOYERS THAT THE CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVAL WHICH FALLS ON OCTOBER 25, IS ONE OF THE 10 STATUTORY HOLIDAYS APPOINTED UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE.

ALL MANUAL EMPLOYEES, INCLUDING DOMESTIC SERVANTS, IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR EARNINGS, AND ALL NON-MANUAL EMPLOYEES EARNING NOT MORE THAN $7 500 A MONTH, ARE ENTITLED TO THE HOLIDAY, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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

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

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

IF THE ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY IS TO BE GRANTED BEFORE THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY, THE EMPLOYER MUST NOTIFY THE EMPLOYEE 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY. IN THE CASE WHERE AN ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY IS TO BE GIVEN AFTER THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY, THE EMPLOYEE MUST BE NOTIFIED OF THE ARRANGEMENT AT LEAST 48 HOURS BEFORE THE HOLIDAY.

IF BOTH EMPLOYER AND EMPLOYEE AGREE, ANY DAY WITHIN 3D DAYS OF A STATUTORY HOLIDAY OR ALTERATIVE HOLIDAY MAY BE TAKEN BY THE EMPLOYEE AS A SUBSTITUTE HOLIDAY.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT STATUTORY HOLIDAYS MAY BE MADE TO THE NEAREST BRANCH OFFICE OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE. THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS AREx FOR KOWLOON EAST 3-205638;

KOWLOON WEST 3-201652; KOWLOON SOUTH 3-319454; KWUN TONG 3-898520; TSUEN WAN 0-422096; TUEN MUN 0-818443; HONG KONG ISLAND (WEST) 5-268671 AND HONG KONG ISLAND (EAST) 5-282523.

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CORRECTIONAL SERVICES MOBILE RECRUITMENT CENTRE * * *

THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S MOBILE RECRUITMENT CENTRE WILL MOVE TO TUNG TAU DISTRICT SUB-OFFICE AT BLOCK 9,' TUNG TAU ESTATE, WONG TAI SIN TOMORROW (MONDAY) FOR ONE WEEK.

THE DEPARTMENT IS CURRENTLY RECRUITING YOUNG MEN TO FILL POSTS OF ASSISTANT OFFICERS. APPLICANTS SHOULD BE OF GOOD PHYSIQUE, PREFERABLY UNDER 35, AND HAVE A SECONDARY EDUCATION STANDARD. THE STARTING SALARY RANGES FROM $2 550 TO 32 820 DEPENDING ON QUALIFICATIONS.

♦THOSE WHO WISH TO APPLY IN PERSON SHOULD BRING ALONG THEIR IDENTITY CARDS, BIRTH CERTIFICATES AND ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS TOGETHER WITH COPIES OF THOSE DOCUMENTS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦ THEY MAY ALSO .TELEPHONE THE DEPARTMENT’S RECRUITMENT OFFICE ON 5-8916559 FOR AN APPOINTMENT,* HE ADDED.

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ACAN SINGING COMPETITION XXX

THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS (ACAN) AND COMMERCIAL RADIO I ARE JOINTLY ORGANISING AN +ANTI-NARCOTICS SINGING COMPETITION* TO BE HELD IN NOVEMBER.

THE COMPETITION WILL AIM AT PUBLICISING THE ANTl-NARCOTICS I^SSAGES AND PROMOTING HEALTHY ACTIVITIES AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE PARilCULARLY THOSE BETWEEN 15 AND 24 YEARS OF AGE.

IT IS SPONSORED BY TOM LEE PIANO CO.

o.nT1 *T-,WILL BE 0PEN T0 ALL AMATEUR SINGERS OR GROUPS. BUT uXWK S 15 VEARS 0F AGE- ENTRIEG "iLL BE

PRELIMINARY SELECTION AND AUDITION OF ENTRANTS WILL BE HELD AND THE FINAL ”'ILL BE 0N fece^ES 5" TnconmeScul nnUIU OIUUIUw»

AMV nM-RJHL^U?,TI0N’ PARTICIPANTS WILL EE REQUIRED TO SING

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WELL-KNOWN SINGERS, REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE COMPETITION.

SONG WRITERS, DISC JOCKEYS AND MUSIC OFFICE WILL BE JUDGES OF THE

THE FIRST THREE WINNERS Wl AT $5 003, >3 030 AND 32 003 RE PIANO CO.

LL BE AWARDED GIFT COUPONS VALUED SPECTIVELY, ALL DONATED BY TOM LEE

□UNjJa- > GJ

THE PRIZE PRESENTATION WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE +ACAN WINNERS’ CONCERT* IN TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL ON JANUARY 28, NEXT YEAR. ADMISSION WILL BE FREE.

APPLICATION FORMS, RULES OF THE COMPETITION AND THE SCORES CF THE TWO ACAN PUBLICITY SONGS WILL BE AVAILABLE TOMORROW (MONDAY) FROM COMMERCIAL RADIO, TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL BOX OFFICE, GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE IN GPO BUILDING, AND ALL BRANCH OFFICES OF MUSIC OFFICE AND TOM LEE PIANO CO.

APPLICATION FORMS MUST BE RETURNED BY NOVEMBER 6 TO THE NARCOTICS DIVISION, UNITED CENTRE, 31ST FLOOR, 95 QUEENSWAY, HONG KONG. FURTHER DETAILS OF THE COMPETITION MAY BE OBTAINED BY TELEPHONING 5-295145.

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NEW TERRITORIES LIFE SAVING OPEN COMPETITION * * * * *

ENTRIES ARE NOW BEING INVITED FOR THE 1982 NEW TERRITORIES LIFE SAVING OPEN COMPETITION TO BE HELD IN NOVEMBER.

ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG LIFE GUARD CLUB, THE CONTEST IS AIMED AT PROMOTING PUBLIC AWARENESS OF SAFETY IN SWIMMING, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NTSD SAID.

THE EVENT IS DIVIDED INTO MEN’S AND WOMEN’S SECTIONS, AND WILL BE HELD AT KWAI SHING PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL, KWAI CHUNG, ON NOVEMBER 6 (SATURDAY) FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM.

THERE WILL BE SEVEN EVENTS FOR MEN, INCLUDING A 50-METRE CHIN (EXTENDED) TOW RACE, A 50-METRE CROSS CHEST (HIP) TOW RACE, A 50-METRE TORPEDO TOW RACE AND A 2 X 50 METRES TIRED SWIMMER RACE.

IN THE WOMEN’S SECTION, THERE WILL BE A 50-METRE CHIN (EXTENDED) TOW RACE AND A 50-METRE CROSS CHEST (HIP) TOW RACE.

PARTICIPANTS MUST BE OVER 18 YEARS OF AGE AND MUST POSSESS A BRONZE MEDALLION. THEY SHOULD ALSO BE RECOMMENDED BY ACCREDITED SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS OR LIFE SAVING CLUBS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

EACH PARTICIPANT MAY COMPETE IN ONLY TWO INDIVIDUAL RACES AND ONE RELAY EVENT, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

APPLICATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM DISTRICT URBAN SERVICES OFFICES OF THE NTSD AND PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS AND SPORTSGROUNDS THROUGHOUT THE NEW TERRITORIES.

CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS TUESDAY (OCTOBER 26).

COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO EITHER THE RECREATION PROMOTION UNIT (SOUTH REGION) OF THE NTSD AT 8TH FLOOR OF FOURSEAS BUILDING, 208-212 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON OR THE RECREATION PROMOTION UNIT (NORTH REGION) THE NTSD AT THE GROUND FLOOR OF GARAGE NO. 1, TAI YUEN ESTATE, TAI PO.

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ISLANDS DISTRICT SWIMMING GALA * * * *

MORE THAN 200 SWIMMERS TOOK PART IN THE 7TH ISLANDS DISTRICT SWIMMING GALA HELD AT KENNEDY TOWN SWIMMING POOL TODAY (SUNDAY).

THE EVENT WAS SPONSORED BY THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD, AND JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, EIGHT ISLANDS RURAL COMMITTEES, AND THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE.

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR NEW TERRITORIES, DR RICHARD BUTLER PRESENTED TROPHIES AND MEDALS TO WINNERS OF THE 62 RACES.

HE SAID THE GALA AIMED AT PROMOTING SWIMMING IN THE ISLANDS DISTRICT AND PROVIDING A HEALTHY RECREATIONAL EVENT FOR PEOPLE.

YOUNG

+IN PARTICULAR, IT PROVIDES A GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO COMPETE IN A DETERMINED BUT FRIENDLY WAY,+ HE SAID.

THE GALA WAS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF WHAT COULD BE ACHIEVED BY CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.

+l HOPE THE SAME SPIRIT OF CO-OPERATION WILL CONTINUE IN NEXT YEAR’S GALA AND IN MANY OTHER ACTIVITIES,+ HE ADDED.

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MORE METERED PARKING SPACES * * *

PARKING METERS WILL BE I THE HONG KONG CRICKET CLUB IN 8 AM ON TUESDAY (OCTOBER 19).

NSTALLED AT THE WONG NAI CHUNG

CAR PARK OUTSIDE GAP ROAD FROM

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES

BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HONG KONG IS SIGNIFICANT MARKET IN OWN RIGHT - BREMRIDGE .... 1

VISIT BY THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF KENT ................... 2

PRESENTATION OF INSIGNIA ................................ 2

GOVERNOR TO ATTEND SOUTHERN DB MEETING................... 6

OPERATION OF EXCHANGE FUND CLARIFIED .................... 6

MONTHLY SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL AND ORDERS-ON-HAND FOR AUGUST 1982 ................................................ 9

STATISTICS ON STORAGE AND COMMUNICATIONS SECTORS........ 12

NEW DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES ................ 15

PRINCESS ALEXANDRA LEAVES ON VISIT TO THAILAND .......... 15

CENTRAL AND MID-LEVELS TRANSPORT STUDY .................. 1$

WATER CUT IN TUEN MUN ................................... 1$

APPEAL FOR STUDENTS' SUPPORT OF CHILDREN'S WARD ......... 17

HOLIDAY MAIL DELIVERY.................................... 17

PUBLIC INVITED TO DB MEETING ............................ 18

POST OFFICE NO. 87 ...................................... 18

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

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HONG KONG IS SIGNIFICANT MARKET IN OWN RIGHT - BREMRIDGE * * * *

APART FROM RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES REQUIRED FOR HONG KONG’S INDUSTRIES, CONSUMER GOODS CONSTITUTE ITS LARGEST ITEM OF IMPORTS, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR JOHN BREMRIDGE, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE HONG KONG TRADE FAIR, NR BREMRIDGE POINTED OUT THAT CONSUMER GOODS HAD CONSISTENTLY ACCOUNTED FOR A QUARTER OF HONG KONG’S TOTAL ANNUAL IMPORTS IN VALUE DURING THE PAST FIVE YEARS, RISING BY AN AVERAGE OF 34 PER CENT A YEAR FROM $11.4 BILLION IN 1977 TO $37 BILLION IN 1981.

HE STRESSED THAT HONG KONG’S SIGNIFICANCE AS A MARKET IN ITS CWN RIGHT AND A SHOP-WINDOW FOR THIS PART OF THE WORLD HAD +NOT RECEIVED AS MUCH ATTENTION AS IT SHOULD HAVE DESERVED*.

HONG KONG’S RAPID ECONOMIC GROWTH OVER THE PAST DECADE HAD GREATLY ENHANCED ITS PURCHASING POWER AND CONSUMER DEMAND WHILE ITS FREE TRADE POLICY AND FREE PORT STATUS HAD MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR OVERSEAS SUPPLIERS TO TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF THE GROWTH OF THIS MARKET, MR BREMRIDGE SAID.

+BY VIRTUE OF HONG KONG’S STRATEGIC POSITION IN THE ASIAN PACIFIC REGION, THE EXCELLENT INFRASTRUCTURAL FACILITIES, AND THE CLOSE LINKS BETWEEN OUR BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND ITS COUNTERPARTS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD AND PARTICULARLY IN ASIA, HONG KONG IS AN IMPORTANT SHOP-WINDOW FOR BOTH SELLERS AND BUYERS.

+ HONG KONG IS ALSO BEST PLACED TO SERVICE CHINA’S NEEDS ARISING FROM ITS MODERNISATION PROGRAMME AND THERE ARE MANY EXAMPLES OF ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION BETWEEN CHINA AND HONG KONG,* W BREMRIDGE SAID.

HE ALSO CITED SUPPORT PROVIDED BY BANKS AND INSURANCE COMPANIES AND THE ABSENCE OF EXCHANGE CONTROL WHICH MADE HONG KONG +AN IDEAL PLACE FOR CONCLUDING BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS*.

+THE PRESENCE OF THE LARGE NUMBER OF OVERSEAS EXHIBITORS AT THIS FAIR BEARS TESTIMONY TO WHAT I HAVE JUST SAID,* HE ADDED.

ON THE EXPORT SIDE, MR BREMRIDGE SAID THAT WHILE THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY REMAINED THE LARGEST MANUFACTURING LINE, ACCOUNTING FOR OVER A THIRD OF HONG KONG’S EXPORTS, OTHER INDUSTRIES HAD EXPANDED OR EMERGED IN THE PAST DECADE.

+THESE INCLUDE TOYS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS, RADIOS, ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS AND HOUSEHOLD ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES, FOR SOME OF WHICH HONG KONG IS AMONG THE LARGEST PRODUCERS IN THE WORLD IN QUANTITY AS WELL AS IN VALUE TERMS.

+THE WIDE VARIETY OF PRODUCTS FROM HONG KONG ON DISPLAY AT THIS FAIR IS A CLEAR REFLECTION OF WHAT HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES HAVE TO OFFER,* MR BREMRIDGE STATED.

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PRESENTATION OF INSIGNIA

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SEVENTY-FIVE PEOPLE DECORATED BY THE QUEEN FOR SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY RECEIVED THEIR INSIGNIA FROM THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, AT A PRESENTATION CEREMONY IN GOVERNMENT HOUSE THIS EVENING (MONDAY).

THE FOLLOWING IS THE LIST OF INSIGNIA RECIPIENTS:

CBE (COMMANDER OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE)

MR VICTOR ALFRED LADD

MR ARCHIBALD ZIMMERN

OBE (OFFICER ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE)

MRS GRACE HO

MR RICHARD EDGAR QUINE

OBE (OFFICER ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE) (HONORARY)

THE HONOURABLE ALLEN LEE PENG-FEI

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ISO (IMPERIAL SERVICE ORDER)

MR TIMOTHY ALBERT CHOW

MR FRED JACKSON

MBE (MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE)

MR GILBERT LOUIE YUM-TAO

MR FREDERICK THOMAS TEAGUE

MR WU CHUN-KAN

MR YAN KOW

DR HENRY YU TAT-CHING

MBE (MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE) (HONORARY)

MR HUNG WAI-MAN

MR JOSEPH KUO KA-FAI

BEM (BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL)

MISS JOANNA CHIU MEE-YEE

MR MARCUS ANTHONY RIBEIRO D’ALMEIDA

MR DOO CHEE-CHING

MR KWOK KAM-YIU

MR LEE SHEK-YU

MR LEUNG KAI-CHUNG

MR MA TUNG-SHEUNG

MR SIN LUN

MR SIU TUNG-SANG

MR TSANG PAK-YUE

MR WONG KA-KEUNG

MR WONG LAM

MR WONG SHU I-TING

MR YU PO-SUM

MR YUEN CH I-POON

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BEM (BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL) (MILITARY DIVISION)

SERGEANT WONG CHUN-HUNG

CAPTAIN CHARLES DUNN

SERGEANT TSU HUNG-BUN

FLIGHT SERGEANT LAM CHI-CHUNG

CORPORAL LAU SIU-KIT

SERGEANT JARNABAHADUR RAI

CORPORAL YEUNG KAM-CHEONG

QFSM (QUEEN’S FIRE SERVICE MEDAL)

MR HAROLD LEONARD ELSWORTH

CPM (COLONIAL POLICE MEDAL)

MR VINCENT FRANCIS DEREK CHAPMAN

MR CHENG HUNG

MR R ICHARD ER IC DARK IN

MR WILLIAM DUNCANSON

MR FUNG CHI-HUEN

MR DAVID JOHN GALLOWAY

MR LAU YIU-TO

MR LEUNG KWAN

MR RICHARD CHARLES LIDSTER

MR LUI TING-YIU

MR MIAO KI-PIN

MR NG YIU-MO

MR GEORGE FRANCIS PHILBIN

MR SUN KAM-WING kMR CHUNG KWOK-LEUNG

MR TSANG FUK-SHAU

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BADGE OF HONOUR

MR CHAN CHUNG-HANG

MR CHAN WAY

MR CARLOS CHEUNG HON-KAU

MR CHUNG POON

MR CHUNG SHE-YEN

MR HO CHEUK-HUNG

MR DAVID HSU TA I“WE I

MR VINCENT KO HON-CHIU

MR LEE HO I-LI NG

MR LEE KWONG-LAM

MR LEE KWONG-YUEN

MR LO WAI-MAN

MADAM MOK SAU-HING

MR SIN CHUCK-FUN

MR TAI MAN-BUN

MR TANG TAK-KAU

MR TH IAN KA-PING

MR WONG CHING

MR WONG FOOK-LING

MR WONG KING

MR YEUNG KWOK-YIU

MR PAUL YOUNG TZE-KONG.

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GOVERNOR TO ATTEND SOUTHERN DB MEETING * * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, WILL ATTEND THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY) — THE FIRST URBAN DB MEETING SINCE LAST MONTH’S ELECTION OF URBAN BOARD MEMBERS.

HE WILL ARRIVE AT 2.50 PM FOR THE MEETING AT THE CHAN PAK SHA SCHOOL, AT NO. 1 SHUM WAN ROAD, WONG CHUK HANG.

SIR EDWARD WILL ADDRESS THE BOARD MEMBERS, AND WILL THEN HOLD A GENERAL DISCUSSION WITH THE ELECTED AND RECENTLY-APPOINTED UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS.

AFTER SPENDING ABOUT 20 MINUTES AT THE MEETING, THE GOVERNOR WILL TOUR THE NEARBY AP LEI CHAU ESTATE AND BOATYARDS AT PO CHONG WAN.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD AT THE CHAN PAK SHA SCHOOL AT NO. 1 SHUM WAN ROAD, WONG CHUK HANG, AND THE SUBSEQUENT TOUR OF THE PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE AND BOATYARDS.

THREE GOVERNMENT VANS WILL LEAVE THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES CARPARK AT 1.45 PM FOR THE SCHOOL AND THE TOUR. HOWEVER, DUE TO SPACE LIMITATION ON THE ROOF OF A BLOCK AT THE ESTATE AND AT THE BOATYARDS, AS WELL AS FOR SAFETY REASONS, COVERAGE OF THE TWO LOCATIONS WILL BE RESTRICTED TO PHOTOGRAPHERS ONLY.

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OPERATION OF EXCHANGE FUND CLARIFIED

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THE SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS, MR DOUGLAS BLYE, TODAY (MONDAY) DREW ATTENTION TO MISUNDERSTANDINGS IN MEDIA REPORTS ABOUT THE OPERATION OF THE EXCHANGE FUND WHICH PERSIST EVEN AMONG THOSE WHO SHOULD KNOW BETTER.

HONG KONG’S RESERVES ARE USED ONLY FOR THE BENEFIT OF HONG KONG AND IT IS DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND WHY SOME ELEMENTS OF THE MEDIA PERSIST IN MISLEADING THEIR AUDIENCES ON THIS QUESTION, HE SAID.

SPEAKING TO THE ROTARY CLUB OF TSIM SHA TSUI EAST AT THEIR LUNCHEON MEETING TODAY, MR BLYE SAID HE HAD SPOKEN PUBLICLY ON THE SUBJECT IN NOVEMBER LAST YEAR WHEN HE REFUTED CERTAIN PREVALENT MISCONCEPTIONS, INCLUDING THOSE RELATING TO THE EXTENT TO WHICH THE FUND WAS INVESTED IN STERLING AND THE ASSOCIATED REASONS.

/+THE SUGGESTION .......

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♦THE SUGGESTION HAS AGAIN BEEN MADE THAT THE BENEFIT OF INVESTMENT BY THE EXCHANGE FUND IN STERLING IS OVERWHELMINGLY ONE WAY, IN BRITAIN’S FAVOUR. THE POINT I WISH TO MAKE IS SIMPLY THAT THE RELATIVELY SMALL AMOUNT OF STERLING WHICH IS HELD BY THE EXCHANGE FUND IS HELD ENTIRELY AT OUR OWN VOLITION - AS ARE THE OTHER CURRENCIES IN WHICH THE FUND INVESTS - AND THAT THE BENEFIT, IF IT IS INSISTED THAT ONE CAN BE IDENTIFIED, IS THE MUTUAL ONE THAT EXISTS WHEN A BORROWER AND A LENDER DO A DEAL, ONE ENJOYING AN INTEREST YIELD BY AGREEING TO PART WITH FUNDS FOR A CERTAIN PERIOD, WHILE THE OTHER ENJOYS, FOR A PRICE, THE USE OF THE FUNDS FOR THAT PERIOD.

+PERHAPS IT IS NOT UNDERSTOOD THAT WE SEEK OUT THE BEST AVAILABLE RATES OF RETURN ON ALL THE EXCHANGE FUND’S INVESTMENTS, AND THAT NATURALLY WE HOLD A WIDE SPREAD OF CURRENCIES. THIS IS WHAT ANY PRUDENT MANAGER WOULD DO,* HE SAID.

TO SET THE ISSUE IN PERSPECTIVE, HE RECALLED THAT IN HIS PREVIOUS TALK, HE HAS SAID STERLING ACCOUNTED FOR ONLY ABOUT 10 PER CENT OF THE FUND’S FOREIGN CURRENCY PORTFOLIO. + INCI DENTALLY, THE PROPORTION HELD IN STERLING IS SMALLER TODAY,* HE SAID.

IN HIS SPEECH TO THE ROTARY CLUB TODAY, MR BLYE JUSTIFIED THE FUNCTIONS OF THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE FOUND IT DIFFICULT TO RECONCILE THE SPIRIT OF FREE ENTERPRISE AND MARKET FORCES WHICH CHARACTERISES HONG KONG WITH A CONTINUING CARTEL ARRANGEMENT AMONGST BANKS.

HE EXPLAINED THAT BECAUSE OF THE INSTITUTIONAL STRUCTURE OF THE HONG KONG FINANCIAL SYSTEM AND PRUDENT GOVERNMENT BUDGETARY POLICIES, THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT HAVE AT ITS DISPOSAL SUCH A RANGE OF MONETARY INSTRUMENTS AS SOME OTHER GOVERNMENTS DO.

BY OBLIGING HKAB TO CONSULT ON INTEREST RATES ON DEPOSITS, THE GOVERNMENT CAN INFLUENCE THOSE DEPOSIT RATES WHICH ARE FIXED BY THE ASSOCIATION, HE SAID.

AS THE BANKS’ DEPOSIT RATES UNDERPIN ALL OTHER INTEREST RATES, THE EXTENT OF THE INFLUENCE EXERTED BY THE GOVERNMENT IS WIDER THAN IT MAY SEEM AT FIRST SIGHT, HE ADDED.

+HKAB DEPOSIT RATES ARE AN IMPORTANT DETERMINANT, ALTHOUGH BY NO MEANS THE ONLY ONE, OF HK$ INTEREST RATES IN GENERAL,* HE EXPLAINED.

ALTHOUGH AN INCREASING AMOUNT OF BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED, EVEN BY THE BANKS THEMSELVES, AT MARKET RATES, THESE RATES ARE TO SOME EXTENT INFLUENCED BY HKAB RATES, BECAUSE IF THE BANKS’ COMPETITORS ARE SEEKING DEPOSITS, THEN THEY MUST OFFER RATES WHICH ARE AT LEAST AS HIGH AS HKAB RATES, HE SAID.

HKAB INTEREST RATE RULES, AND THE OTHER RULES SUCH AS THOSE ON AGREED CHARGES, 1LS0 HELP TO GUARD AGAINST SOME OF THE MORE EXTREME FORMS OF CUT-THROAT COMPETITION WHICH MIGHT OTHERWISE DEVELOP.

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THIS SAFEGUARD IS NECESSARY BECAUSE THE CONSUMER + IS RARELY IN A POSITION TO ASSESS THE CREDENTIALS OF THE DEPOSIT-TAKING INSTITUTIONS AND PARTS WITH HIS MONEY ON TRUST.+ IT ALSO PROTECTS THE SMALLER BANKS AND THERE ARE TWO REASONS WHY ONE SHOULD WANT TO DO THIS:

♦THE FIRST IS THAT, WITHOUT SOME MEASURE OF PROTECTION FOR SMALLER BANKS, THE BANKING SECTOR IN HONG KONG, WHICH IS ALREADY HIGHLY CONCENTRATED, WITH ONE PREDOMINANT BANK, MIGHT WELL BECOME STILL MORE CONCENTRATED. THIS WOULD TEND IN THE LONG RUN ACTUALLY TO DIMINISH COMPETITION.+

♦THE SECOND REASON FOR PROTECTING SMALLER BANKS IS THE DESIRE TO PRESERVE AN INDIGENOUS ELEMENT IN THE BANKING INDUSTRY, AND MANY OF THE SMALLER BANKS HAPPEN TO BE THE LOCAL ONES. IN THIS RESPECT, THE GOVERNMENT’S STANCE IS SIMILAR TO THAT OF GOVERNMENTS ACROSS THE WORLD,+ MR BLYE SAID.

MR BLYE POINTED OUT THAT WHILE HE HAD TRIED TO EXPLAIN SOME OF THE LOGIC BEHIND HKAB RULES, THEIR STRUCTURE WAS NOT IMMUTABLE.

I WOULD EXPECT THESE RULES TO EVOLVE OVER TIME, BUT WITHOUT SUDDEN SWEEPING CHANGES. THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT READY TO SURRENDER THE INFLUENCE THAT IT CAN EXERT ON INTEREST RATES THROUGH THE INTEREST RATE RULES. HKAB HAS, HOWEVER, RECENTLY SET UP A SUB-COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER ON A CONTINUING BASIS POSSIBLE ADJUSTMENTS TO ITS GENERAL RULES, AND SOME CHANGES CAN BE EXPECTED TO EMERGE IN DUE COURSE,+ HE SAID.

IN HIS TALK, MR BLYE ALSO FORECAST THAT BANKS MIGHT MOVE TOWARDS CHARGING MORE DIRECTLY AT THE POINTS WHERE COSTS ARISE AND THUS GIVE THEMSELVES GREATER SCOPE TO PAY AND CHARGE COMPETITIVE INTEREST RATES.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THERE HAS BEEN A SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION IN CURRENT ACCOUNTS AS A PROPORTION OF BANKING RESOURCES, WHILE ON THE OTHER HAND THERE ARE NOW VERY LARGE NUMBERS OF SAVINGS ACCOUNT HOLDERS WHO MAINTAIN RELATIVELY SMALL BALANCES, YET FULLY UTILISE THE SERVICE.

THUS, BANKS HAVE NOT ONLY FACED A RELATIVE LOSS OF THE INTEREST-FREE MONEY ON CURRENT ACCOUNTS, BUT HAVE ALSO BEEN FACING AN INCREASING VOLUME OF TRANSACTIONS ON SAVINGS ACCOUNTS, ON WHICH THEY HAVE NEVERTHELESS CONTINUED TO PAY QUITE ATTRACTIVE INTEREST RATES.

THE RISING COSTS OF PREMISES, EQUIPMENT AND STAFF, WHICH HAVE BEEN NEEDED TO PROVIDE, ON AN INCREASING SCALE, THESE AND OTHER FREE OR SUBSIDISED SERVICES, HAVE MORE THAN OFFSET THE CONSIDERABLE PRODUCTIVITY GAINS WHICH HAVE BEEN ACHIEVED, SO THAT BANKS HAVE BEEN DRIVEN TO WIDEN THE GAP BETWEEN THEIR STANDARD BORROWING AND LENDING RATES,+ HE SAID.

THIS WIDENING IS ILLUSTRATED BY THE FACT THAT FOR MOST OF THE 197OS, BEST LENDING RATE WAS TYPICALLY ABOUT FOUR PER CENT, SOME TIMES LESS, ABOVE THE RATE PAID ON SAVINGS ACCOUNTS’ TODAY THE GAP IS SIX PER CENT.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 1982

MONTHLY SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, FOR AUGUST * * *

PAYROLL AND ORDERS-ON-HAND 1982 *

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (MONDAY) RELEASED STATISTICS FROM THE MONTHLY SURVEY FOR AUGUST 1982, WHICH WAS CONDUCTED ON A PANEL OF THE 200 LARGEST MANUFACTURING COMPANIES (CHOSEN BY REFERENCE TO THEIR EMPLOYMENT SIZE IN SEPTEMBER 1979) 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 A USEFUL INDICATION OF THE DIRECTION CF CHANGE FOR A QUICK ASSESSMENT OF DEVELOPMENTS IN THE ECONOMY IN THE SHORT TERM.

FOR ALL MANUFACTURERS SURVEYED TAKEN TOGETHER, EMPLOYMENT DECLINED IN AUGUST 1982 AS COMPARED WITH THE PRECEDING MONTH. EMPLOYMENT DROPPED NOTABLY IN THE PLASTICS, TEXTILES, AND ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES.

THE DECREASE IN EMPLOYMENT IN THE TEXTILES INDUSTRY WAS CAUSED BY THE SUSPENSION OF OPERATION IN SEVERAL BRANCH FACTORIES.

IN THE CASE OF THE PLASTICS, AND ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES, THE DECREASE WAS DUE TO THE RESIGNATION OF STUDENT WORKERS TOWARDS THE END OF THE SUMMER VACATION.

PER CAPITA EARNINGS ROSE IN THE FOOD AND DRINKS INDUSTRY ON ACCOUNT OF SALARY REVISION AND THE PAYMENT OF COMMISSIONS IN TWO CF THE FACTORIES SURVEYED, WHEREAS THE INCREASE IN PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN THE FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRY WAS DUE TO THE award of severance pay to workers laid off in a factory surveyed.

PER CAPITA EARNINGS ALSO INCREASED IN BANKS FOLLOWING THE AWARD OF BACK PAY TO THE STAFF OF A BANK SURVEYED. ON THE OTHER HAND, PER CAPITA EARNINGS DECREASED IN PUBLIC UTILITIES SINCE BONUSES WERE PAID BY SEVERAL COMPANIES IN THE PRECEDING MONTH.

THE OVERALL ORDERS-ON-HAND (IN TERMS OF MONTHS) REPORTED BY THE MANUFACTURERS SURVEYED REMAINED RELATIVELY STABLE IN AUGUST 1982 AS COMPARED WITH THE PRECEDING MONTH. HOWEVER, DROPS IN ORDERS WERE RECORDED FOR THE FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS, TEXTILES, PLASTICS, AND ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES.

THE PERCENTAGE CHANGES IN EMPLOYMENT, PER CAPITA EARNINGS AND ORDERS-ON-HAND FOR THE LAST THREE MONTHS ARE SHOWN IN THE FOLLOWING TABLE.

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THE SURVEY REPORT FOR AUGUST 1982 IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE, AT $1.50 COPY. ENQUIRIES ON THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE MADE TO THE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (AT 3-7221914).

A. EMPLOYMENT AND EARNINGS

PERSONS ENGAGED BY

THE COMPANIES SURVEYED PER CAPITA EARNINGS

PER CAPITA

INDUSTRY/SERV1CE (% CHANGE JUNE JULY 1982 1982 OVER THE AUG 1982 PRECEDING MONTH) JUNE JULY AUG 1982 1982 1982 EARNINGS FOR AUG 1982 (HKS)

MANUFACTURING 1 1 -4 -1 1 1 2 170

FOOD AND DRINKS 2 1 1 1 2 3 3 147

WEAR ING APPAREL, EXCEPT FOOTWEAR * * -1 1 2 * 1 893

TEXTILES, EXCEPT WEARING APPAREL * 1 -6 -7 1 1 2 067

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 3 4 -8 -1 2 * 1 852

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS 1 -4 -2 -6 3 3 1 938

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS 4 X -6 -1 -1 2 2 022

OTHERS * 1 -2 -1 3 * 2 988

CONSTRUCTION 2 2 * * -1 1 3 379

SERVICES 1 1 1 * 8 -2 3 947

BANKS 2 1 * X 1 7 3 675

HOTELS * 1 -1 1 -2 2 2 421

PUBLIC UTILITIES 1 1 1 -1 16 -6 3 837

OTHERS 1 1 1 * 5 -2 5 831

CRDEBS-ON-HAT?

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B. ORDERS-ON-HAND IN MANUFACTURING

INDUSTRY

WEARING APPAREL, EXCEPT FOOTWEAR

TEXTILES, EXCEPT WEARING APPAREL

PLASTIC PRODUCTS

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS

OTHERS

ALL ABOVE INDUSTRIES

* CHANGES WITHIN + 0.5%

(% CHANGE OVER THE PRECEDING MONTH) ORDERS-ON-HAND (IN TERMS OF MONTHS) FOR AUGUST 1982

JUNE 1982 JULY 1982 AUG 1982

% -2 % 4.4

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% 3 % 3.4

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STATISTICS ON STORAGE AND COMMUNICATIONS SECTORS * * * *

PROVISIONAL RESULTS OF THE 1981-82 BENCHMARK ECONOMIC CENSUS ON THE STORAGE AND COMMUNICATIONS SECTORS FOR THE REFERENCE YEAR 1980 WERE RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE RESULTS ARE PART OF A BENCHMARK ECONOMIC CENSUS CONDUCTED IN 1981-82 COVERING ALSO THE FINANCING, INSURANCE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTORS FOR THE REFERENCE YEAR 1980.

RESULTS OF THE SURVEY ON THE INSURANCE SECTOR WERE RELEASED ON OCTOBER 7, AND RESULTS OF THE FINANCING AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTORS WILL BE RELEASED IN DUE COURSE.

THE CENSUS COVERED ALL WAREHOUSES AND ESTABLISHMENTS OFFERING INDEPENDENT STORAGE SERVICES FOR HIRE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC, AND ESTABLISHMENTS PROVIDING COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC, INCLUDING COMMUNICATIONS BY POST, WIRE, OR RADIO.

HOWEVER, PRIVATE WAREHOUSES, COLD STORAGE SERVICES FOR FUR COATS OFFERED BY FUR COMPANIES TO CUSTOMERS, SAFE DEPOSIT VAULTS OPERATED BY BANKS, AND RADIO AND TELEVISION BROADCASTING WERE EXCLUDED FROM THIS CENSUS.

THE CENSUS RESULTS INDICATED THAT THERE WERE 183 ESTABLISHMENTS ENGAGED IN STORAGE SERVICES DURING THE WHOLE OR PART OF 1980, WITH A WORKFORCE OF 4 064 PERSONS.

THESE ESTABLISHMENTS GENERATED A TOTAL INCOME OF $665 MILLION, WITH $117 MILLION SPENT ON COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES AND $350 MILLION ON OPERATING EXPENSES.

OPERATING EXPENSES INCLUDED RENT AND RATES ON LAND AND BUILDINGS, INTEREST PAYMENTS, EXPENSES ON REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE, PURCHASES OF GOODS, SUPPLIES, FUELS, WATER AND ELECTRICITY, AND PAYMENTS FOR OTHER SERVICES.

CAPITAL STOCK AT THE END OF 1980 WAS ESTIMATED TO BE $820 MILLION, WITH $36 MILLION AS DEPRECIATION OVER THE YEAR, AND $78 MILLION AS GROSS ADDITIONS TO FIXED ASSETS WHICH WERE ACQUISITIONS OF FIXED ASSETS LESS PROCEEDS FROM RE-SALES OF FIXED ASSETS.

TABLE 1, ATTACHED, TOGETHER WITH TABLE 2, PRESENTS THE PROVISIONAL STATISTICS FOR THE 183 STORAGE ESTABLISHMENTS CLASSIFIED INTO THREE GROUPS, NAMELY GENERAL CARGO WAREHOUSES COLD STORAGE, AND MULTI-PURPOSE WAREHOUSES AND OTHER MISCELLANEOUS STORAGE FACILITIES.

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GENERAL CARGO WAREHOUSES MADE UP 63 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ESTABLISHMENTS BUT ACCOUNTED FOR ONLY 38 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL WORKFORCE IN THE STORAGE SECTOR.

THEY ACCOUNTED FOR 49 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL INCOME AND RECEIPTS, FOLLOWED BY MULTI-PURPOSE WAREHOUSES (40 PER CENT) AND COLD STORAGE (11 PER CENT). HOWEVER, EMPLOYMENT IN THE MULTI-PURPOSE WAREHOUSES WAS THE HIGHEST, ACCOUNTING FOR ABOUT 45 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL, WITH COMPENSATION PER EMPLOYEE AT $30 000 PER ANNUM. EMPLOYMENT IN THE COLD STORAGE ONLY ACCOUNTED FOR 18 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL WITH COMPENSATION PER EMPLOYEE AT $25 000 PER ANNUM.

THERE WERE 50 ESTABLISHMENTS ENGAGED IN COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES DURING THE WHOLE OR PART OF 1980, EMPLOYING 16 010 PERSONS.

TOTAL INCOME AND RECEIPTS GENERATED BY THIS SECTOR WERE $2 814 MILLION, WITH $643 MILLION SPENT ON COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES AND $641 MILLION ON OPERATING EXPENSES.

CAPITAL STOCK AT THE END OF THE YEAR WAS ESTIMATED TO BE $3 222 MILLION, WITH $258 MILLION AS DEPRECIATION AND $855 MILLION AS GROSS ADDITIONS TO FIXED ASSETS OVER THE YEAR.

TABLE 2 SUMMARISES THE PROVISIONAL RESULTS ON THE 50 COMMUNICATIONS ESTABLISHMENTS CLASSIFIED INTO TWO GROUPS, NAMELY RADIO PAGING SERVICES, AND TELEPHONE, TELEGRAPH, COURIER AND OTHER COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES.

OF THE 50 ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE COMMUNICATIONS SECTOR, 33 ESTABLISHMENTS WERE ENGAGED IN TELEPHONE, TELEGRAPH, COURIER AND OTHER COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES WHICH ACCOUNTED FOR 88 PER CENT OF THE SECTOR’S TOTAL EMPLOYMENT, 96 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL INCOME AND RECEIPTS, AND 99 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL CAPITAL STOCK.

THE REST OF THE 17 ESTABLISHMENTS WERE ENGAGED IN RADIO PAGING SERVICES, EMPLOYING 1 964 PERSONS AND GENERATING A TOTAL INCOME OF $111 MILLION IN 1980.

THEY SPENT $38 MILLION ON COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES, AND $62 MILLION ON OTHER EXPENSES OF WHICH 74 PER CENT WERE ON PURCHASES, NOTABLY PURCHASES OF RADIO PAGERS FOR SALE.

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT IS NOW PREPARING A REPORT ON THE 1980 CENSUS, DESCRIBING IN DETAIL THE RESULTS AND THE METHODOLOGY EMPLOYED.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE SERVICES STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (TEL. NO. 3-661070).

MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 1982

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Table 1 provisional stat i;.tic»- for reporting establishment? >n the i-torage Rector analysed by group

Description Number of etitabl ishaents Number of persons engaged Number of employees Compensation of employees Rental and interest payments Repair, maintenance and contract work Purchases of goods, supplies, fuels, water and electricity Other operating expenses In cook Gross additions to fixed assets Depreciation of fixed assets Capital stock

and receipts

1 Mn J Hn I Mn t Mn 1 Mn 1 Mn 1 Mn 1 Mn 1 Mn

General cargo warehouses 115 1 >26 1 508 65.0 107.5 26.5 5.5 62.0 526.6 • 55.6 11.7 278.9

Cold storage 26 72? 720 17.9 16.1 2.0 16.2 6.6 72.1 26.9 7.8 92.5

Multi-purpose warehouses and warehouses, n.e.c. 6? 1 818 1 805 56.0 78.6 22.1 10.5 22.5 268.8 -2.2 16.6 649.0

Total 1«5 6 066 u 051 116.9 200.0 50.6 50.2 68.9 665.6 78.1 55.9 820.6

Table 2 Provisional statipticB for reporting establishmente in the cotnnunications sector analysed by group

Description Number of establishments Number of persons engaged Number of employees Compensation of employees Rental and interest payments Repair, maintenance and Purchases of goods, supplies, fuels, water and electricity Other operating expenses Changes in stocks Income and receipts Gross additions to fixed assets Depreciation of fixed assets Capital stock

work

S Mn 1 Ma 1 Mn 1 Mn S Mn S Mn t Mn 5 Mn 1 Mu I Kn

Radio paging services 17 1 966 1 962 57.5 6.6 1.7 55.8 7.8 1.9 111.6 19.2 6.5 57.7

Telephone, telegraph, courier and other comsunicetions services 55 16 066 16 051 605.8 100.6 286.5 117.6 77.1 6.1 2 702.8 855.5 251.6 5 185.8

Total 50 16 010 15 995 665.5 106.9 286.0 ’65.2 86.9 6.0 2 816.2 856.5 257.9 5 221.5

Note : Figures may not add up to th* totals due to rounding.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 1982

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NEW DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES * * K *

THE FORMER DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR JOHN HEYWOOD, TODAY SUCCEEDED MR JIMMY SWEETMAN AS DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES.

MR HEYWOOD, WHO JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE IN NOVEMBER 1951, HAS BEEN WITH SEVERAL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, INCLUDING THE TREASURY, AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, THE THEN NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND URBAN COUNCIL.

HE WAS APPOINTED SECRETARY OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN AUGUST 1968 AND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR IN MAY 1972.

MR HEYWOOD BECAME ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER, STAFF GRADE C IN 1973 AND WAS SECONDED TO THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION IN 1974.

HE SERVED BRIEFLY AS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (ADMINISTRATION) OF THE THEN TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOM DEPARTMENT IN 1977 AND AS DEPUTY DIRECTOR (OPERATION) IN THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT FROM JANUARY 1978 TO JANUARY 1981 WHEN HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO THE SECURITY BRANCH AS DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR SECURITY.

IN ADDITION, MR HEYWOOD WAS THE COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS) FROM OCTOBER 1973 TO APRIL 1976, THE ONLY VOLUNTEER TO HAVE COMMANDED THE REGIMENT SINCE 1949. HE WAS AWARDED THE EFFICIENCY DECORATION IN 1966 AND THE OBE (MILITARY) IN JANUARY 1976.

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PRINCESS ALEXANDRA LEAVES ON VISIT TO THAILAND * * * *

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS ALEXANDRA AND THE HONOURABLE ANGUS OGILVY LEFT HONG KONG BY AIR THIS AFTERNOON FOR THAILAND.

THEY WERE SEEN OFF AT THE AIRPORT BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE AND LADY YOUDE.

AT THE AIRPORT TO BID THEM FAREWELL WERE THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE; THE ACTING COMMANDER BRITISH FORCES, BRIGADIER R.J. HODGES AND MRS HODGES;'THE ACTING CONSUL-GENERAL OF THAILAND, MR VICHAI VANNASIN AND MRS VANNASIN, AND MR P.T. MOOR, ACTING COMMISSIONER OF POLICE AND MRS MOOR.

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS AND MR OGILVY HAD SPENT FOUR DAYS IN HONG KONG, STAYING PRIVATELY AT FANLING LODGE AS GUESTS OF THE GOVERNOR AND LADY YOUDE.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 1982

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CENTRAL AND MID-LEVELS TRANSPORT STUDY

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THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT HAS RECENTLY COMMISSIONED CONSULTANTS TO INVESTIGATE WAYS OF IMPROVING TRANSPORT WITHIN AND BETWEEN CENTRAL AND MID-LEVELS.

THE 12-MONTH STUDY, TO BE CARRIED OUT BY PETER Y.S. PUN AND ASSOCIATES, IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED AT THE END OF NEXT YEAR. HOWEVER, AN INITIAL REPORT WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR THE GOVERNMENT’S CONSIDERATION IN ABOUT EIGHT MONTHS’ TIME.

♦IN ORDER TO BETTER UNDERSTAND VEHICULAR AND PEDESTRIAN MOVEMENT PATTERNS, IT IS NECESSARY TO CARRY OUT A SERIES OF INTERVIEW SURVEYS OF BOTH MOTORISTS AND PEDESTRIANS IN AND ADJACENT TO THE CENTRAL AND MID-LEVELS AREAS,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

♦THESE SURVEYS WILL TAKE PLACE OVER THE NEXT SEVEN OR EIGHT WEEKS. STARTING TOMORROW (TUESDAY), A SAMPLE OF MOTORISTS WILL EE STOPPED AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS AND ASKED A FEW VERY SIMPLE QUESTIONS, SUCH AS THE ADDRESSES AT EACH END OF THE TRIP.+

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE NAME OF THE BLOCK WOULD BE SUFFICIENT AND NO NAMES OR PERSONAL DETAILS WOULD BE ASKED AND ALL INFORMATION WOULD BE TREATED ON A TOTALLY CONFIDENTIAL BASIS.

ALL SITES WILL BE CLEARLY DEFINED, A POLICEMAN WILL BE PRESENT AND INTERVIEWERS WILL BE IDENTIFIED AND HAVE AVAILABLE PROOF OF IDENTITY.

IT WILL ALSO BE NECESSARY TO INTERVIEW SOME PEDESTRIANS IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND PEDESTRIAN MOVEMENTS WITHIN CENTRAL AND BETWEEN MID-LEVELS AND CENTRAL.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IT WAS ABSOLUTELY VITAL TO COLLECT THIS INFORMATION ON VEHICLE AND PEDESTRIAN MOVEMENTS TO CATER FOR THE TRAVEL DEMANDS OF TODAY AND THE FUTURE AND HE URGED THE PUBLIC TO CO-OPERATE.

WATER CUT IN TUEN MUN X X X

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN TUEN MUN WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR EIGHT HOURS FROM 10 AM TO 6 PM ON WEDNESDAY (OCTOBER 20) FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE ON CASTLE PEAK ROAD BETWEEN 18-1/2 MILESTONE AND TAI LAM CHUNG ROAD, INCLUDING GORDON HARD, SIU LAM, SIU SO TUEN, TAI LAM CHUNG VILLAGE, TAI LAM CHUNG AND TAI LAM CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 1982

- 17 -APPEAL FOR STUDENTS’ SUPPORT OF CHILDREN’S WARD ******

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR COLVYN HAYE, IN A GENERAL CIRCULAR HAS CALLED ON SCHOOL CHILDREN TO SUPPORT THE +SCHOOL CHILDREN’S WARD* WITH ANNUAL CONTRIBUTIONS.

THIS WARD OF 10 COTS IN THE RUTTONJEE SANATORIUM IS THE ONLY ONE OF ITS KIND IN HONG KONG AND THE DONATIONS RECEIVED FROM SCHOOLS ENABLE THE CHILDREN ACCOMMODATED THERE TO RECEIVE MEDICAL CARE AND ATTENTION WHICH MIGHT OTHERWISE NOT BE AVAILABLE TO THEM.

+LAST YEAR, SCHOOLS CONTRIBUTED A SUM OF ABOUT $434 000. A SPLENDID ACHIEVEMENT AND A CREDIT TO ALL CONCERNED,+ NF HAYE SAID.

HE EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT SCHOOLS WOULD CONTINUE TO MAINTAIN THIS WARD BY INDIVIDUAL AND COLLECTIVE EFFORTS.

+ INDIV IDUAL CONTRIBUTIONS SHOULD AGAIN BE LIMITED TO 30 CENTS AND MUST BE ENTIRELY VOLUNTARY, BUT SCHOOLS MAY CONSIDER VARIOUS OTHER WAYS AND MEANS OF RAISING MONEY TO SUPPORT THIS PRAISEWORTHY CAUSE,+ THE DIRECTOR SAID.

SCHOOL CONTRIBUTIONS SHOULD BE SENT, PREFERABLY BY CROSSED CHEQUES PAYABLE TO THE HONG KONG TUBERCULOSIS, CHEST AND HEART DISEASES ASSOCIATION, TO THE DEPUTY SECRETARY (GENERAL) OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, LEE GARDENS, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG FOR DELIVERY TO THE ASSOCIATION, WITH +ANTI-T.B.+ MARKED ON THE ENVELOPES.

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HOLIDAY MAIL DELIVERY

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THERE WILL BE ONE MAIL DELIVERY FOR THE PUBLIC HOLIDAY ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 25), THE POSTMASTER GENERAL ANNOUNCED TODAY (MONDAY).

ON THIS DAY, 35 POST OFFICES WILL BE OPEN FROM 9 AM TO 12 NOON. THEY WILL INCLUDE THE GENERAL POST OFFICE ON HONG KONG ISLAND, KOWLOON CENTRAL, TSIM SHA TSUI, TSUEN WAN AND TAI PO POST OFFICES.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 1982

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Public invited to db meeting

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THE NEW KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD INVITES MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO ATTEND ITS FIRST MEETING AT 2.15 PM ON THURSDAY (OCTOBER 21).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BOARD SAID TODAY THAT 10 SEATS WOULD BE RESERVED FOR THE PUBLIC IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE AT MORNING JOY BUILDING, 141-143 KAU PUI LUNG ROAD, KOWLOON.

THOSE WISHING TO ATTEND SHOULD APPLY BY TELEPHONE TO THE SECRETARY OF THE BOARD ON 3-7110171 BEFORE WEDNESDAY.

SEATS WOULD BE ALLOCATED ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

THE DISTRICT BOARD CONSISTS OF EIGHT UNOFFICIALS ELECTED LAST MONTH, EIGHT APPOINTED MEMBERS, TWO URBAN COUNCILLORS AND GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES FROM VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS.

ITEMS TO BE DISCUSSED AT THE MEETING WILL INCLUDE THE BOARD’S TERMS OF REFERENCE, STANDING ORDERS, A REPORT ON THE WORK OF THE FIRST KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD, FORMATION OF SUB-COMMITTEES AND ALLOCATION OF DB FUNDS.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

POST OFFICE NO. 87

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A NEW POST OFFICE LOCATED IN SHOPS NO. 5 AND 6, FIRST LEVEL, LAI HUEN HOUSE, LAI KOK ESTATE, CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD, SHAM SHUI PO. KOWLOON, WILL BE OPENED TO THE PUBLIC AT NOON, ON THURSDAY (OCTOBER 21). THIS WILL BRING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF POST OFFICE IN HONG KONG TO 87.

THERE WILL BE AN OPENING CEREMONY AT 11 AM THE SAME DAY.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CHEUNG SHA WAN AREA COMMITTEE, NR WONG PING-HON, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY TOGETHER WITH THE POSTMASTER GENERAL, MR A.C. HEATHCOTE, AND THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, SHAM SHUI PO, MR M.J. WHITE.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 1982

- 19 -WATER FIGURES * * *

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 82.2 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 474.684 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 275.530 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 47.7 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

DISTRICT BOARDS WILL BE CONSULTED ON MAJOR ISSUES, GOVERNOR SAYS ........................................................ 1

JULY SURVEY OF RETAIL SALES ................................. 3

NEW SAFETY REGULATIONS EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 1 ................ 6

STAMP RUSH EXPECTED ......................................... 7

HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAMME FOR ELDERLY ...................... 7

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD ................. 8

EFFORT TO IMPROVE ACCESS FOR DISABLED ....................... 9

MARINE DEPARTMENT HOLIDAY HOURS ............................. 9

OUTSTANDING DISABLED STUDENTS RECEIVE SCHOLARSHIPS .......... 10

JAPANESE VISIT STANLEY PRISON ............................... 10

WATER CUTS IN SHA TIN

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1982

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DISTRICT BOARDS WILL BE CONSULTED ON MAJOR ISSUES, GOVERNOR SAYS * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE TO CONSULT DISTRICT BOARDS ON MAJOR ISSUES AFFECTING THE WELL-BEING OF RESIDENTS, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID TODAY.

SIR EDWARD WAS SPEAKING DURING A VISIT THIS AFTERNOON TO THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD — THE FIRST BOARD MEETING SINCE THE URBAN DISTRICT ELECTIONS LAST MONTH.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE DISTRICT BOARDS HAD IN THE PAST BEEN CONSULTED ON SUCH TERRITORY-WIDE ISSUES AS THE JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES ALLOCATION SYSTEM, THE LAW ON HOLIDAYS FOR WORKERS, HELICOPTER LANDING SITES, THE FILM CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM AND LEGISLATION ON WEIGHTS AND MEASURES.

♦THEY WILL CONTINUE TO BE SO CONSULTED IN FUTURE,* SIR EDWARD SAID.

GIVING AN EXAMPLE OF THIS CONSULTATION PROCESS, THE GOVERNOR SAID THE TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING AUTHORITY PROPOSED SETTING UP A NUMBER OF DISTRICT-BASED TELEVISION HOME-VIEWING GROUPS AND ADVISORY PANELS TO ASSIST THE GOVERNMENT IN GAUGING PUBLIC ATTITUDES TOWARDS TELEVISION PROGRAMMES AND ADVERTISING STANDARDS.

HE WAS GLAD TO SEE IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT THAT, IN LINE WITH HIS LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SPEECH, THE GOVERNMENT HAD GIVEN DUE WEIGHT TO THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT WHEN DECISIONS WERE TAKEN.

+THE BOARD’S ADVICE HAS BEEN ACCEPTED, AND HAS BEEN OR IS BEING IMPLEMENTED AS REGARDS PASSENGER SHELTERS, THE DROPPING OF THE RETURN TOLL CHARGE FOR TAXIS USING THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL, THE PROVISION OF SHELTERS AT BUS STOPS AND THE IMPROVEMENT OF COMMUNITY FACILITIES IN THE TYPHOON SHELTER.

♦SOMETIMES THERE WILL BE GOOD REASONS WHY THE GOVERNMENT CANNOT MEET THE BOARD’S VIEWS. IN SUCH CASES THE REASONS MUST BE EXPLAINED TO THE BOARDS.

+l UNDERSTAND, FOR EXAMPLE, THAT YOU HAVE BEEN MADE AWARE OF THE REASONS WHY THE GOVERNMENT CANNOT RESPOND QUICKLY TO YOUR REQUEST TO PROVIDE MORE SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES IN THE DISTRICT ITSELF (THOUGH THERE IS NO LACK OF SPACES IN THE ADJOINING CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICTS),* THE GOVERNOR SAID.

APART FROM ADVISING GOVERNMENT ON LOCAL PROBLEMS, DISTRICT BOARDS WERE ALSO EXPECTED TO REFLECT PUBLIC OPTION ON MAJOR ISSUES AFFECTING THE WELL-BEING OF RESIDENTS, SIR EDWARD SAID.

/THE GOVERNOR .......

TU3SDAY, CCTC3SR 19, 1982

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THE GOVERNOR CONGRATULATED THE MEMBERS ON THE SUCCESS OF THE RECENT DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS, POINTING OUT THAT IN THE 10 URBAN DISTRICTS NEARLY 250 000 PEOPLE CAST THEIR VOTES.

THIS REFLECTED GROWING INTEREST IN THE COMMUNITY DISTRICT MOVEMENT, HE SAID.

HE CALLED ON ALL BOARD MEMBERS +T0 MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO LIAISE CLOSELY WITH THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITIES, TO FIND OUT WHAT THEY WANT AND TO REFLECT THEIR FEELINGS, ASPIRATIONS AND NEEDS, FAITHFULLY AND FORCEFULLY+.

HE NOTED THAT THIS YEAR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD HAD DEVISED WAYS OF IMPROVING CONTACT BETWEEN MEMBERS AND THE PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT, INCLUDING +MEET THE PUBLIC* SESSIONS, CONSTITUENCY-BASED VISITS, SEMINARS AND SPECIALISED GROUPS, AND A SUGGESTION POST SCHEME.

THESE CONTACTS LED TO BOARD MEMBERS PUTTING FORWARD VIEWS ON A NUMBER OF ISSUES, INCLUDING THE NEED FOR ADDITIONAL SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES, PASSENGER SHELTERS AT BUS STOPS -- ISSUES WHICH DIRECTLY AFFECT THE DAILY LIVES OF THE RESIDENTS.

SIR EDWARD SPENT ABOUT 20 MINUTES DISCUSSING DISTRICT MATTERS WITH THE BOARD MEMBERS BEFORE LEAVING TO VISIT SEVERAL PARTS OF THE DISTRICT, INCLUDING THE AP LEI CHAU HOUSING ESTATE FROM WHERE HE TOOK A BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF DEVELOPMENTS IN ABERDEEN.

THE GOVERNOR THEN WENT ON TO INSPECT FACILITIES AT TWO BOATYARDS AT PO CHONG WAN.

THE GOVERNOR WAS ACCOMPANIED DURING THE VISIT BY THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION (HONG KONG AND KOWLOON), MR GRAHAM BARNES.

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JULY SURVEY OF RETAIL SALES * * * *

THE VALUE OF RETAIL SALES FOR THE RETAIL TRADE SECTOR IN JULY 1982 WAS ESTIMATED TO BE $4 141 MILLION, ACCORDING TO THE PROVISIONAL SURVEY RESULTS PREPARED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

AT 122, THE OVERALL RETAIL SALES VALUE INDEX FOR JULY 1982 INCREASED BY 2 POINTS OR 2 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH JUNE 1982 AND BY 3 POINTS OR 3 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH JULY 1981. THE OVERALL RETAIL SALES VOLUME INDEX FOR JULY 1982 WAS 101, BEING 1 POINT OR 1 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THAT FOR JUNE 1982 AND 5 POINTS OR 5 PER CENT LOWER THAN THAT FOR JULY 1981.

COMPARED WITH JUNE 1982, THE RETAIL SALES VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES FOR MOST MAJOR TRADE GROUPS AND SELECTED TRADES REMAINED RELATIVELY STABLE. WHILE RETAIL SALES OF DEPARTMENT STORES AND SUPERMARKETS BOTH INCREASED BY 5 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS, THOSE OF CONSUMER DURABLES ROSE BY 4 PER CENT. THE CORRESPONDING INCREASES IN THESE TRADES IN VOLUME TERMS (NAMELY, DEPARTMENT STORES, SUPERMARKETS AND CONSUMER DURABLES) WERE 6 PER CENT, 2 PER CENT AND 4 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. RETAIL SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES, ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASED BY 3 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS AND 4 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS AND THOSE OF FUELS DECREASED BY 2 PER CENT IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS.

COMPARED WITH JULY 1981, THE RETAIL SALES OF FUELS AND SUPERMARKETS BOTH INCREASED BY 20 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS AND 11 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS AND THOSE OF CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS INCREASED BY 18 PER CENT AND 5 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE RETAIL SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES REGISTERED A SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION OF 35 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS AND 48 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS. THE VOLUME OF RETAIL SALES OF CONSUMER DURABLES AND CONSUMER GOODS ALSO DECREASED BY 10 PER CENT AND 7 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

TABLES 1 AND 2 (ATTACHED) PRESENT THE REVISED FIGURES FOR JUNE AND THE PROVISIONAL FIGURES FOR JULY 1982 ON THE TOTAL RETAIL SALES, AND ON THE RETAIL SALES VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES BY SELECTED TRADES AND MAJOR TRADE GROUPS. THE AVERAGE MONTHLY RETAIL SALES IN 1980 ARE TAKEN AS 100. COMPARISONS OF THE JULY RESULTS WITH THOSE OF THE PRECEDING MONTH AND OF THE CORRESPONDING MONTH IN 1981 ARE ALSO GIVEN. ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADE STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, TEL. NO. 3-7216024.

TUESDAY, OOTOB^t 1>, 19U

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Table 1 : Value indexes of retail sales for _____________June and July 1?82

(y.ont .ly average of • ) • ICC)

Item June 1982 July 1982 July 1982 coo pa red with June 1982 July 19o2 compared .ri th July 1981

(Revised figures) (Provisional figures) Points % Points

Total retail sales (HK| aillion) 4 089 4 141

Retail sales value indexes :

(I) for all retail trades 120 122 • ♦ 2 2 ♦ 5 ♦ 3

(II) by aajor trade groups

Foodstuffs, alcoholic drinks and tobacco 127 150 ♦ 5 2 ♦ 9 * 7

Fuels 150 1*7 - 3 - 2 * 25 + 20

Clothing, footwear and allied products 127 127 same same ♦ 19 * 18

Consumer goods 116 117 ♦ 1 1 same same

Consumer durables 111 115 ♦ 4 4 - 6 - 5

(III)by selected trades

Motor vehicles 64 62 - 2 - 5 - 34 - 35

Department stores 101 106 ♦ 5 5 ♦ 10 + 10

Supermarkets 168 177 ♦ 9 5 ♦ JO * 20

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1982

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Table 2 : Volume indexes of retail sales for

June and July 1982

(Monthly average of 1980 ■ 100)

Item June (Revised figures) July 1962 (Provisional figures) July 1982 compared with June 1982 July 1932 compared Jith July 1981

Points % Points %

Betail sales volume indexes :

(I) for all retail trades 100 101 ♦ 1 ♦ 1 - 5 - 5

(II) by major trade groups

Foodstuffs, alcoholic drinks and tobacco 98 99 ♦ 1 ♦ 1 - 1 - 1

Fuels 116 114 - 2 - 2 ♦ 11 4- 11

Clothing, footwear and allied products 99 100 ♦ 1 ♦ 1 * 5 * 5

Consumer goods 101 101 same same - 8 - 7

Consumer durables 96 100 ♦ 4 ♦ 4 - 11 - 10

(Ill)by selected trades

Motor vehicles 47 45 - 2 - 4 - 41 - 48

Department stores 87 92 ♦ 5 ♦ 6 * 2 + 2

Supermarkets 133 136 ♦ 3 ♦ 2 ♦ 13 + 11

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NEW SAFETY REGULATIONS EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 1 ******

TWO SETS OF REGULATIONS DESIGNED TO PROTECT WORKERS’ HEARING AND TO ENSURE THE SAFE USE OF ELECTRICITY IN INDUSTRY WILL COME INTO FORCE ON DECEMBER 1 THIS YEAR.

THIS WAS DISCLOSED BY ACTING ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR YIU YAN-NANG, WHEN HE OUTLINED THE RECENT DEVELOPMENT IN THE PROMOTION OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AT THE LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF HONG KONG NORTHWEST TODAY (TUESDAY).

ONE SET OF THE REGULATIONS, HE SAID, REQUIRES PROPRIETORS CF INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS TO PROVIDE EAR PROTECTORS TO WORKERS EXPOSED TO EXCESSIVE NOISE, AND TO MAINTAIN THEIR PLANTS PROPERLY SO AS TO REDUCE NOISE. IT ALSO REQUIRES WORKERS TO WEAR PROTECTORS PROVIDED FOR THEM.

A CODE OF PRACTICE FOR THE PROTECTION OF HEARING IN INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS HAS ALSO BEEN PRODUCED TO COMPLEMENT THE REGULATIONS, AND WILL SERVE AS A TECHNICAL GUIDE TO INDUSTRY FOR HEARING PROTECTION AND NOISE CONTROL IN THE WORKPLACE.

THE OTHER SET OF REGULATIONS PROVIDES FOR THE SAFE USE OF ELECTRICITY IN INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS, AND THE MAIN PROVISIONS INCLUDE PROPER CONSTRUCTION, INSTALLATION, AND PROTECTION OF SWITCHES, SWITCHBOARDS, CONDUCTORS, ELECTRICAL MOTORS AND ELECTRICAL APPARATUS.

COPIES OF GUIDES TO THE REGULATIONS ARE AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE AT ALL OFFICES OF THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE.

TO COMPLEMENT THE ENACTMENT OF SAFETY REGULATIONS, MR YIU POINTED OUT, THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAD LAUNCHED A PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY.

THE CAMPAIGN ACTIVITIES HAD BECOME MORE COMPREHENSIVE, IMAGINATIVE AND SOPHISTICATED IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, INVOLVING VERY EXTENSIVE PARTICIPATION BY EMPLOYERS, WORKERS, THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND THE MASS MEDIA, HE SAID.

ONE OF THE SUCCESSFUL ACTIVITIES WAS THE +SAFETY EXTRAVAGANZA* WHICH IS BEING RE-STAGED IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF HONG KONG FOLLOWING ITS SUCCESSFUL DEBUT AT HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC EARLY THIS YEAR.

ANOTHER POPULAR ITEM WAS THE SECOND SAFETY AT WORK TELEVISION PROGRAMME WHICH WILL BE SCREENED ON HK-TVB NEXT MONTH.

THE PROGRAMME, CONSISTING OF 13 EPISODES, WILL DRAW PARTICIPATION BY 27 TEAMS OF WORKERS FROM THE MANUFACTURING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRIES, AND WILL INVOLVE HOME VIEWERS THROUGH A QUIZ COMPETITION.

FOR THE FIRST TIME ON FRIDAY (OCTOBER 22), HK-TVB’S +ENJOY YOURSELF TONIGHT* PROGRAMME WILL BE DEDICATED ENTIRELY TO PROMOTING INDUSTRIAL SAFETY.

MR YIU SAID THAT UNTIL PEOPLE VOLUNTARILY ADOPTED SAFETY MEASURES, SAFETY REGULATIC 3 REMAINED THE MOST IMPORTANT INSTRUMENT IN BRINGING ABOUT A SAFE WORKING ENVIRONMENT.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1982

STAMP RUSH EXPECTED * * * *

A SPECIAL STAMP ISSUE WITH THE THEME ’3RD FAR EAST AND SOUTH PACIFIC GAMES FOR THE DISABLED (FESPIC GAMES 1982)’ WILL BE PUT ON SALE ON WEDNESDAY (OCTOBER 20), THE POSTMASTER GENERAL ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY).

AS A BIG RUSH IS EXPECTED, SPECIAL COUNTERS WILL BE SET ASIDE FOR PEOPLE WISHING TO TRANSACT NORMAL POSTAL BUSINESS AT THE FOLLOWING POST OFFICES:

ON HONG KONG ISLAND

GENERAL POST OFFICE; BEACONSFIELD HOUSE; CAUSEWAY BAY; HENNESSY ROAD; MORRISON HILL; NORTH POINT; QUEEN'S ROAD AND SHEUNG WAN.

IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES

KOWLOON CENTRAL; CHEUNG SHA WAN; GILLIES AVENUE; KOWLOON

CITYj KWUN TONG; MONG KOK; SHAM SHU I PO; TSIM SHA TSUI AND TSUEN WAN.

MANY MORE STAFF WILL BE PUT ON DUTY, BUT AS LONG QUEUES

CF PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE URGED BY

THE SPOKESMAN TO SHOW TOLERANCE AND, IF POSSIBLE, TO TRANSACT

THEIR NORMAL POSTAL BUSINESS ON THE NEXT DAY, THE SPOKESMAN

SAID.

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HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAMME FOR ELDERLY

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A HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAMME FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE — AGED 60 AND ABOVE — WILL BE HELD FROM NOVEMBER 8 TO 11 AS A PART OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT FESTIVAL.

THE PROGRAMME CONSISTS OF AN EXHIBITION ON DISEASE PREVENTION AND A SLIDE SHOW, TOGETHER WITH THE PROVISION OF FREE PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS INCLUDING MEASUREMENT OF BLOOD PRESSURE, BLOOD AND URINE TESTS AND WEIGHT CHECKS.

WHERE NECESSARY, COUNSELLING AND REFERRAL FOR FREE DETAILED EXAMINATION WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE SAID.

IT WILL BE HELD AT THE WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE IN LOWER WONG TAI SIN FROM 10 AM TO 12.30 PM AND 2 PM TO 4.30 PM EACH DAY.

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RESIDENTS AGED 60 OR ABOVE IN UPPER WONG TAI SIN, LOWER WONG TAI SIN, FUNG WONG VILLAGE AND SAN PO KONG ARE WELCOME TO JOIN THIS PROGRAMME.

APPLICATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES OF THE ABOVE AREAS OR THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE IN SAN PO KONG.

THE PROGRAMME IS SPONSORED BY THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD AND THE AREA COMMITTEES OF THE WONG TAI SIN SOUTH SUB-DISTRICT AND JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY HEALTH PROMOTION ASSOCIATION. THE YWCA WILL ALSO ASSIST IN THE PROGRAMME.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE PROGRAMME MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE AT 3-222261, EXTENSION 371.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAMME FOR THE ELDERLY WHICH WILL BE HELD AT THE WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE IN LOWER WONG TAI SIN FROM NOVEMBER 8 TO 11, FROM 10 AM TO 12.30 PM AND 2 PM TO 4.30 PM EACH DAY.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD

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CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD BETWEEN HIRAM’S HIGHWAY AND HANG HAU ROAD WILL BE REDUCED TO ONE LANE FOR TWO-WAY TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (OCTOBER 21) FOR ROAD WORKS, A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY).

THIS ARRANGEMENT WILL LAST FOR ABOUT A YEAR, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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EFFORT TO IMPROVE ACCESS FOR DISABLED * * * *

AN EXHIBITION SHOWING EFFORTS MADE TO IMPROVE ACCESS FOR THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED PEOPLE IN SHA TIN WILL OPEN TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO AROUSE THE COMMUNITY’S CONCERN FOR THE WELFARE CF THIS GROUP.

TO COINCIDE WITH THE 3RD FAR EAST AND SOUTH PACIFIC GAMES (FESPIC) TO BE HELD LATER THIS MONTH, THE WEEK-LONG EXHIBITION IS BEING STAGED IN THE LOBBY OF THE SHA TIN KCR STATION AND WILL BE REPEATED FOR 11 MORE DAYS IN THE WO CHE COMMERCIAL COMPLEX FROM OCTOBER 28.

ORGANISED BY THE SHA TIN DISTRICT ACCESS COMMITTEE, THE EXHIBITION WILL FEATURE DISPLAYS OF PHOTOGRAPHS, POSTER DESIGNS AND INFORMATION ON FESPIC. ADMISSION IS FREE.

THE ACCESS COMMITTEE, CHAIRED BY MR MAK MING-CHEONG, WAS FORMED LAST YEAR MAINLY TO IMPROVE ACCESS FOR THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED TO PUBLIC PLACES IN THE DISTRICT, AS A FIRST STEP TO INTEGRATE THE HANDICAPPED WITH THE COMMUNITY.

+THERE ARE MORE THAN 160 PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED PEOPLE IN SHA TIN. THEY NEED LOVE AND CARE. IN THE PAST SIX MONTHS, INTENSIVE RE-CONSTRUCTION WORK HAS BEEN CARRIED OUT SO THAT MOST OF THE PUBLIC PLACES ARE NOW EASILY ACCESSIBLE,* MR MAK SAID.

HE ALSO URGED THE PUBLIC TO FORWARD SUGGESTIONS ON IMPROVEMENTS TO THE ACCESS PROBLEM TO THE COMMITTEE, BY WRITING TO THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD, SAU CHUEN HOUSE, LEK YUEN ESTATE, SHA TIN.

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MARINE DEPARTMENT HOLIDAY HOURS X * * *

THE MARINE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT ITS PORT COMMUNICATION CENTRE, MACAU FERRY TERMINAL AND TSUEN WAN PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREA WILL REMAIN OPEN ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 25), WHICH IS A PUBLIC HOLIDAY.

THE PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREAS IN WAN CHAI, YAU MA TEI, KWUN TONG, WESTERN DISTRICT AND RAMBLER CHANNEL WILL EE OPEN FROM 7 AM TO 11 PM WHILE THE VICTORIA MARINE OFFICE WILL BE OPEN FROM 9 AM TO 11 AM.

ALL OTHER OFFICES OF THE DEPARTMENT WILL BE CLOSED ON THAT DAY.

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OUTSTANDING DISABLED STUDENTS RECEIVE SCHOLARSHIPS * * * *

TEN OUTSTANDING DISABLED STUDENTS WERE TODAY (TUESDAY) PRESENTED WITH THE SHELL/ISLAND JAYCEES SCHOLARSHIP FOR THEIR ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE AND CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY.

SPEAKING AT THE PRIZE-PRESENTATION CEREMONY HELD AT SHELL HOUSE, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR COLVYN HAYE, SAID THE AWARD RECIPIENTS HAD SERVED THE PUBLIC PARTICULARLY WELL, +AND PERHAPS BETTER THAN MOST BECAUSE THEIR HANDICAPS HAVE GIVEN THEM SPECIAL INSIGHT INTO THE NEEDS OF THE LESS FORTUNATE*.

+l FIND IT SIGNIFICANT THAT MANY OF OUR HANDICAPPED STUDENTS HAVE GONE OUT OF THEIR WAY TO HELP THE AGED,* HE SAID.

THE DIRECTOR ALSO PRAISED THE RETIRING MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE SHELL OIL COMPANY, HONG KONG, MR SAM OSMOND, WHO WAS SO DEEPLY IMPRESSED BY THE FUN AND JOY OF THE DISABLED AND ABLE-BODIED IN THE +TALENTS UNLIMITED* GAMES CONTEST IN THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF DISABLED PERSONS THAT HE DECIDED TO DOUBLE THE AMOUNT OF THE SCHOLARSHIP DONATION FROM HIS COMPANY FROM $50 000 TO $100 000.

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JAPANESE VISIT STANLEY PRISON * * * *

THE JAPANESE PROSECUTOR GENERAL, MR Y. YASUHARA, AND THE DIRECTOR OF THE JAPANESE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE, MR AKIO HARADA, TODAY (TUESDAY) VISITED STANLEY PRISON TO SEE THE FACILITIES PROVIDED THERE.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE ACTING COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR CHAN WA-SHEK, THEY TOURED THE PRISON’S CELLS AND ITS HOSPITAL AND ALSO SAW PRISONERS AT WORK IN THEIR WORKSHOPS, WHERE SILK-SCREENING, SHOE-MAKING, PRINTING AND BOOK-BINDING, AND TELEVISION AND RADIO REPAIRS ARE CARRIED OUT.

ALSO VISITING HONG KONG IS DR H. YAMAMOTO, WHO HEADS THE ANTI-NARCOTICS DIVISION IN HIS COUNTRY. DR YAMAMOTO VISITED HEI LING CHAU DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTRE TODAY TO LOOK OVER THE COMPULSORY PLACEMENT PROGRAMME FOR DRUG ADDICTS ADMINISTERED BY THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

HE WAS ACCOMPANIED ON THE VISIT BY THE ACTING DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR GARTH HYDES.

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WATER CUTS IN SHA TIN * * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN AREAS IN SHA TIN WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR EIGHT HOURS FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM ON FRIDAY (OCTOBER 22) FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

THE DISTRICT AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY THE NORTH ENTRANCE OF LION ROCK TUNNEL AND THE SOUTHERN PART OF SHING MUN RIVER, AS WELL AS SAN TIN WAI ESTATE, SHA TIN TAU TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA, JAT MIN CHUEN, YUE SHING COURT, SHA KOK ESTATE, FUI YIU HA, SHA TIN WAI, TO SHEK, CHAP WAI KON AND NGAU PEI SHA.

ALSO AFFECTED WILL BE SIU LEK YUEN, BELAIR GARDEN, CITY ONE, YUEN CHAU KOK, WONG UK, LUK SHEA, SAM YIK APIARY, YUEN CHAU KOK TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA, SHA TIN *AI TEMPORARY INDUSTRIAL AREA, AND SHA TIN TEACHING HOSPITAL.

ON THE SAME DAY, FRESH WATER SUPPLY WILL ALSO BE TURNED OFF AT SHA TIN TAU TSUEN AND TSANG TAI UK FOR TEN HOURS FROM o AM TO 7 PM, FOR SIMILAR WORK.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SUPPLEMENT

ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR TO THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1982

Mr Chairman, Mr Baines, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am very pleased to be here this afternoon to open this meeting of the Southern District Board. It is the Yirst meeting of a District Board in the urban areas where Elected Members have joined Appointed Members, Urban Councillors and Government officials on the Board.

The Southern District, on whose management you have been elected or appointed to advise has its own distinctive features. It contains one of the oldest village settlements in Hong Kong. It is the biggest supplier of fresh fish in Hong Kong : and it has some of the most popular beaches in the Territory. It has a fast developing housing sector. Each of the main towns and settlements, Pok Fu Lam, Aberdeen, the Bays, Stanley and Shek 0 is unique in its own way, and each will require a different approach.

But first let me congratulate you and all those concerned on the success of the recent District Board elections. In the ten urban districts, nearly a quarter-of-a million people cast their votes for District Board representatives of their choice. I am very pleased with this result. It owes much to the hard work of the candidates : and reflects growing interest in the community in District Management.

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

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As I said in my speech t^ the Legislative Council on 6th October, the natters with which District Boards deal have a direct Baaring on the daily lives of the people in the district and it is important that their voice should be heard. This in turn makes it necessary for all Board Members to make every effort to liaise closely with their local communities, to find out what they want and to reflect their feelings, aspirations and needs, faithfully and forcefully.

I understand that this year the Southern District Board has devised a number of ways of improving contact between members and the people in the district. These include members’ ’’meet the public” sessions, constituency-based visits, seminars with specialised groups, and a Suggestion by Post scheme. These contacts have led to Board Members putting forward their views on such issues as the need for additional secondary school places, passenger'shelters at bus stops, safe passage for pedestrians across the Aberdeen Main Road, community facilities for the waterborne residents of the Typhoon Shelter, and the wish for taxis not to charge the return toll fare for the Aberdeen Tunnel - all of them issues which directly affect the daily lives of the residents of the District.

In my Legislative Council speech, I said that the Government would give due weight to views expressed by people in the district when decisions are being taken. I am glad to seb that this is happening in the Southern District. The Board's advice has been accepted, and has been or is being implemented as regards passenger shelters, the dropping of the return toll charge for taxis using the Aberdeen Tunnel, the provision of shelters at bus stops and the improvement of community facilities in the typhoon shelter. Sometimes there will be good reasons why the Government cannot meet the Board's views. In such cases the reasons

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must be explained to the Boards. I understand, for example, that you have been, made aware of the reasons why the Government cannot respond quickly to your request to provide more secondary school places in the district itself (though there is no lack of spaces in the adjoining Central and Western Districts).

Apart from advising Government on local problems, District Beards are also expected to reflect public opinion on major issues affecting the well-being of residents. District Boards have in the past been consulted on such territory-wide issues as the Junior Secondary School Places Allocation System, the law on holidays for workers, helicopter landing sites, the film classification system and legislation on Weights and Measures. They will continue to be so consulted in future. As an example of this, you may be interested to hear that the Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority proposes to set up a number of district-based television home viewing groups and Advisory Panels to assist the Government in gauging public attitudes towards television programmes and advertising standards.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to meet you today. After the meeting, I will have the opportunity to visit several parts of your district, including Aberdeen, Ap Lei Chau and Po Chong Wan, and I look forward to seeing for myself the rapid development which has taken place during the last few years. Before I leave, I would like to hear what you think people in the Southern District want and how you think you can assist them. It will be valuable to me to hear your views at first hand : and I hope you will be forthright in expressing them.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

OTHERS ALSO BENEFIT FROM HK BUSINESS — SIR PHILIP ............. 1

DEVELOPMENTS IN ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY STRESSED.................. 2

TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT'S VITAL ROLE IN REGULATING TRAFFIC ....... 4

SPECIAL TRAINS FOR CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVAL ....................... 5

WARNING ABOUT COUNTRYSIDE FIRES ............................... 6

MARINA AND RESIDENTIAL SITE FOR THEN MUN NEW TOW............... 7

DIRECTOR OF TRADE LEAVES FOR TEXTILE TALKS .................... 8

GOOD RESPONSE TO INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION ........... 8

NORTH DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TOMORROW ......................... 9

FENCING COURSES FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS ................ 10

ROAD CLOSURE IN CENTRAL ON SATURDAYS

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OTHERS ALSO BENEFIT FROM HK BUSINESS — SIR PHILIP * * * * *

THE MULTITUDE OF INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL AND FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS GENERATED IN HONG KONG HAS ENABLED PEOPLE IN NEIGHBOURING AND REMOTE PLACES TO LIVE BETTER AND MORE SATISFYING LIVES, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

ADDRESSING THE FIRST GRADUATION CEREMONY OF THE HANG SENG SCHOOL OF COMMERCE IN SHA TIN, SIR PHILIP STATED THAT GIVEN THE REALITY OF COMMERCE, PEOPLE IN HONG KONG SHOULD NOT BE +UNDULY CONCERNED* WHEN ACCUSED OF BEING MATERIALISTIC.

HE ADDED, +WE ARE NOT, IN ANY CASE, LACKING IN CHARITY FOR WE CARE FOR THE DISADVANTAGED.

+0F COURSE, WE SHOULD LISTEN TO CRITICISM, BUT WE HAVE WORKED HARD TO BECOME WHAT WE ARE WHICH IS MORE THAN CAN BE SAID, PERHAPS, OF SOME COMMENTATORS ON OUR AFFAIRS.*

SIR PHILIP LISTED INTELLECTUAL, PHYSICAL, MORAL AND SOCIAL QUALITIES AS BEING ESSENTIAL FOR BUSINESSMEN.

BRAINS ARE THE BUSINESSMEN’S PRIME RESOURCE, WITH CAREFUL THOUGHT BEING THE CHIEF INGREDIENT NECESSARY FOR THE RESOLUTION OF COMMERCIAL ISSUES, HE SAID.

ON THE PHYSICAL QUALITY, SIR PHILIP SAID BUSINESSMEN MUST BE FIT TO GRAPPLE WITH THE ISSUES OF EACH DAY AND NIGHT AS MARKETS NEVER CLOSE, AND THEY CAN NOT AFFORD TO BE TIRED AND AILING.

MORALLY, THEY MUST BE +0F THAT STERN STUFF WHICH DOES NOT FLINCH AT EACH SETBACK.

+THEY SHOULD AIM TO WORK WITHIN THE SPIRIT AND THE LETTER OF THE LAW AND WITHIN THE MORAL ORDER,* SIR PHILIP SAID.

HE SAID IT WAS A VALID CLAIM THAT HONG KONG’S GREATEST ASSET IS ITS PEOPLE.

+THE SINGLE-MINDED DETERMINATION OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WHEREVER THEY HAVE COME FROM, AND WHENEVER, HAS MADE THIS CITY WHAT IT IS TODAY.

+THEIR DETERMINATION OVER THE YEARS HAS BEEN EXEMPLIFIED IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYSi IN THEIR ASSIDUITY AND DEXTERITY, IN THEIR BELIEF IN THE CONCEPTS OF INDIVIDUAL OWNERSHIP AND OF REWARD FOR HUMAN EFFORT, IN RISK TAKING, AND IN THEIR CONVICTION THAT IN EDUCATION LIES THE KEY TO FULFILMENT,* SIR PHILIP STATED.

HE ADDED THAT MATCHING THIS CONVICTION HAD BEEN THE GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS STEADILY TO EXPAND AVAILABLE EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES AND OPPORTUNITIES AND TO ENCOURAGE THE PROVISION OF SIMILAR FACILITIES BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

HE RECALLED THAT EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES WERE GREATLY EXPANDED IN THE 1970S.

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IN 1971, THE GOVERNMENT SPENT ONLY $600 MILLION ON ALL FORMS OF EDUCATION, COMPARED WITH $5 BILLION THIS YEAR, HE POINTED OUT.

THE INTRODUCTION OF FREE PRIMARY EDUCATION IN THE PREVIOUS DECADE LED TO PROGRESSIVE BUILD-UP OF SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES, HE SAID.

THE NUMBER OF PUBLIC SECTOR PLACES IN FORMS IV AND V MORE THAN DOUBLED BETWEEN 1978 AND 1981 AND, WITH THE COMPLETION OF THE PRESENT SECONDARY SCHOOL BUILDING PROGRAMME IN 1985, THE TARGET OF 57 000 PUBLIC SECTOR PLACES IN THESE FORMS WILL HAVE BEEN MET, HE ADDED.

AT THE SIXTH FORM LEVEL, THE TARGET OF PLACES FOR UP TO ONE-THIRD OF STUDENTS ENTERING FORM IV CLASSES IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR HAD ALREADY BEEN ACHIEVED, HE POINTED OUT.

+T0 CATER FOR THE WIDER RANGE OF APTITUDES WHICH ARE EMERGING AS A RESULT OF THE EXPANSION OF SECONDARY EDUCATION, AND TO DO THIS AS FAR AS POSSIBLE BY PROVIDING A DIVERSITY OF OPPORTUNITIES IN A RANGE OF INSTITUTIONS, THE GOVERNMENT HAS PLACED GREAT EMPHASIS ON DEVELOPMENT OF TECHNICAL AND COMMERCIAL EDUCATION,+ SIR PHILIP CONTINUED.

THERE SHOULD BE FIRST YEAR DEGREE PLACES FOR SIX PER CENT OF THE RELEVANT AGE GROUP BY THE END OF THIS DECADE, RISING TO EIGHT PER CENT IN THE MID-1990S, COMPARED WITH TWO PER CENT TODAY, HE POINTED OUT.

+THESE ARE SIGNIFICANT ADVANCES AND PROOF OF THE GOVERNMENT’S DETERMINATION TO INVEST IN THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG,+ SIR PHILIP STRESSED.

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RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN HONG KONG’S ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY WOULD ENABLE THE MANUFACTURERS AND EXPORTERS TO SUPPLY TO A CONTINUOUSLY CHANGING MARKET, THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR PETER TSAO, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

OPENING THE 1982 HONG KONG ELECTRONICS FAIR AT THE MIRAMAR HOTEL, MR TSAO ALSO NOTED THE +OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE* OF THE INDUSTRY LAST YEAR, WHEN SOME $15 000 MILLION WORTH OF ELECTRONICS GOODS WERE EXPORTED, MAKING UP 19 PER CENT OF TOTAL DOMESTIC EXPORTS.

HE WAS PARTICULARLY ENCOURAGED BY THE EXPORT GROWTH OF CERTAIN COMPARATIVELY NEW PRODUCTS, HE SAID, POINTING OUT THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY WAS THE SECOND LARGEST INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG.

+WHILE PORTABLE RADIOS AND RECORDERS, ELECTRONIC WATCHES AND COMPUTER COMPONENTS STILL FORM THE BACKBONE OF THE INDUSTRY, THERE HAS BEEN A REMARKABLE INCREASE IN EXPORTS OF TELEVISION SETS, TV GAMES AND TELECOMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT.

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♦THE ADVENT OF MICRO-PROCESSOR TECHNOLOGY HAS GREATLY ENHANCED THE ABILITY OF THE CONVENTIONAL TELEPHONE INSTRUMENT TO PERFORM THE MANY ASPECTS OF COMMUNICATION. I AM PLEASED TO NOTE THAT OUR MANUFACTURERS HAVE BEEN QUICK OFF THE MARK TO DEVELOP THE MARKET FOR TELEPHONE INSTRUMENTS,* HE SAID.

THERE WERE THREE OTHER DEVELOPMENTS IN THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY, OF WHICH HONG KONG COULD BE PROUD, HE SAID.

FIRSTLY, THE INDUSTRY HAD UPGRADED ITS PRODUCTION FROM MANUFACTURING COMPONENTS FOR COMPUTERS TO THE MAKING OF COMPLETE COMPUTERS.

SECONDLY, SOME MANUFACTURERS HAD ADVANCED FROM THE STAGE OF ASSEMBLING IMPORTED SYSTEMS TO THAT OF DESIGNING THEIR OWN COMPUTER HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE SYSTEMS.

THIRDLY, HONG KONG HAS THREE FACTORIES MAKING WAFER CHIPS, WHICH WILL ENSURE THAT HONG KONG’S EXPANDING ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY WILL NOT LACK ESSENTIAL COMPONENTS.

HE ASSURED THE MANUFACTURERS THAT THE GOVERNMENT SPARED NO EFFORTS IN SUPPLEMENTING THEIR EFFORTS BY PROVIDING MANPOWER TRAINING AND TECHNICAL BACK-UP AND INDUSTRIAL SUPPORT FACILITIES.

FOR EXAMPLE, THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC PLANNED TO START A DEGREE COURSE IN ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING IN SEPTEMBER 1983, WHILE TWO NEW ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRES WOULD START COURSES IN SEPTEMBER 1984, HE SAID.

+THE CENTRES WILL TRAIN A TOTAL OF 290 CRAFTSMEN AND

2 300 OPERATIVES FOR THE INDUSTRY EVERY YEAR. TOGETHER WITH THE EXISTING FACILITIES IN THE UNIVERSITIES, POLYTECHNIC AND OTHER INSTITUTES AS WELL AS OVERSEAS GRADUATES RETURNING TO HONG KONG, THE INDUSTRY SHOULD HAVE A STABLE SUPPLY OF WELL-TRAINED MANPOWER AT ALL LEVELS.

+THE INTRODUCTION OF ’COMPUTING’ AS A SUBJECT FOR FORM IV STUDENTS AND ABOVE WILL NOT ONLY BRING HONG KONG’S STUDENTS UP TO THE STANDARDS OBTAINING IN THE MOST ADVANCED COUNTRY, IT WILL ALSO PRODUCE, FOR HONG KONG, AN ESSENTIAL HUMAN RESOURCE TO SUPPORT FUTURE EXPANSION IN THE COMPUTER INDUSTRY,* MR TSAO ADDED.

ON TECHNICAL BACK-UP AND INDUSTRIAL SUPPORT FACILITIES, THE GOVERNMENT HAS PROVIDED FUNDS FOR A TECHNO-ECONOMIC STUDY ON THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY AS WELL AS SEVERAL MICRO-ELECTRONICS RELATED PROJECTS. SOME OF THESE PROJECTS ARE ALREADY IN PROGRESS. THE FINDINGS WILL NOT ONLY IDENTIFY THE STATE OF THE ART OF THE INDUSTRY BUT ALSO INDICATE THE IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED TO FURTHER DEVELOP THE INDUSTRY.

+WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF ESTABLISHING A CALIBRATION LABORATORY AT A COST OF SOME 312 MILLION, A FACILITY WHICH WE ARE SURE WILL BE OF USE TO, AND WHICH WILL MEET THE DEMANDS OF THE INDUSTRY,* MR TSAO CONCLUDED.

THE FAIR IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG EXPORTERS’ ASSOCIATION AND THE HONG KONG ELECTRONICS ASSOCIATION.

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TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S VITAL ROLE IN REGULATING TRAFFIC *******

THE FUNCTION OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT RELATING TO THE REGULATION OF ROAD TRAFFIC HAS BECOME INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT IN RECENT YEARS.

THIS IS BECAUSE THE GROWTH IN VEHICLE TRAFFIC MOVEMENT HAS FILLED, AND IN SOME CASES HAS OVERFILLED THE CAPACITY OF THE ROAD SYSTEM, THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR PETER LEEDS TOLD A ROTARY LUNCHEON THIS AFTERNOON.

+OUR JOB IS ESSENTIALLY TO MAKE BEST USE OF WHAT IS THERE AND IT COULD BE REGARDED AS A FORM OF RATIONING SYSTEM,* HE SAID.

IN THIS CONTEXT, HE POINTED OUT, THE VEHICLE LICENSING STRUCTURE WAS NOW QUITE UNASHAMEDLY A FISCAL RATIONING SYSTEM AS WERE MOST OF THE TRAFFIC CONTROL MEASURES.

+IN ITS SIMPLEST FORM, WHERE THE CAPACITY OF A ROAD JUNCTION CANNOT COPE WITH THE TRAFFIC FLOW THEN MOVEMENT, IN TERMS OF THE TIME AND SPACE THAT IS AVAILABLE, HAS TO BE RATIONED OUT BY A SYSTEM OF TRAFFIC LIGHTS.

♦WHERE A ROAD’S CAPACITY CANNOT COPE WITH BOTH VEHICULAR TRAFFIC AND PEDESTRIANS, AGAIN TIME AND SPACE HAS TO BE ALLOCATED-USI NG METHODS THAT VARY FROM THE SIMPLEST FORM, A ZEBRA CROSSING PROGRESSING TO A LIGHT-CONTROLLED CROSSING WORKING ALL THE WAY UP TO COMPLETE SEGREGATION BY HAVING SEPARATE OVERHEAD OR UNDERGROUND PEDESTRIAN WALKWAYS.

+WHERE LOCALISED SYSTEMS ARE INSUFFICIENT, THEN IT IS NECESSARY TO HAVE A MUCH LARGER RATIONING SCHEME BY WAY OF AREA TRAFFIC CONTROL WHERE A WHOLE SYSTEM OF LINKED TRAFFIC LIGHT SIGNALS IS LINKED TO A COMPUTER PROGRAMMED TO CONTROL TRAFFIC FLOWS IN A WHOLE AREA SUCH AS WE ALREADY HAVE IN WEST KOWLOON AND WILL HAVE EVENTUALLY OVER THE WHOLE URBAN AREA.

+PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY SCHEMES CAN ALSO BE REGARDED AS A SYSTEM OF RATIONING WHEREBY ROAD CAPACITY IS ALLOCATED TO ACHIEVE THE BEST MOVEMENT OF PASSENGERS RATHER THAN VEHICLES. RATIONING SCHEMES ARE NEVER POPULAR BUT THEY HAVE TO BE TOLERATED AS A PROTECTION AGAINST CHAOS,* HE SAID.

ON THE RECENT REGIONALISATION OF THE DEPARTMENT TO COVER HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR LEEDS SAID THAT THE FIRST PHASE OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT RE-ORGANISATION, WHICH CAME INTO EFFECT ON APRIL 1, HAD BROUGHT ALL THE RIGHT COMPONENT PARTS INTO ONE DEPARTMENT, BUT DID NOT IMMEDIATELY ACHIEVE THE DEGREE OF INTEGRATION LOOKED FOR AND DID NOT MEET THE NEEDS OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION ADEQUATELY.

THE NEXT STAGE (EFFECTED LAST MONDAY) CHANGED THE INTERNAL STRUCTURE OF TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TO MEET THESE TWO NEEDS.

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MR LEEDS MADE PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO THE WORK OF THE TRAFFIC ENGINEERS WHO ARE NOW IN THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT AND THE WAY IN WHICH THE WORK HAS ACHIEVED IMPROVEMENTS IN TRAFFIC FLOW.

HE SAID: +IN THE CONGESTED CONDITIONS IN HONG KONG, WITH A LARGE NUMBER OF INTERSECTIONS AND MANY CONFLICTING FLOWS OF TRAFFIC, OVERALL MOVEMENT, COMPARED TO MANY OTHER CITIES, IS REMARKABLY GOOD, AND CONSIDERING THE SHORTAGES OF STAFF, THE ENGINEERS AND TECHNICAL OFFICERS IN THE TRAFFIC ENGINEERING DIVISIONS HAVE PROVIDED US WITH A VERY PROFESSIONAL SERVICE.+

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SPECIAL TRAINS FOR CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVAL *****

SPECIAL TRAINS WILL BE PUT IN SERVICE BETWEEN KOWLOON AND WO HOP SHEK TO COPE WITH THE HEAVY PASSENGER TFIC EXPECTED DURING THE CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVAL PERIOD, A KOWLuuN CANTON RAILWAY SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

EXTRA TRAINS WILL BE ADDED ON SUNDAY AND MONDAY (OCTOBER 24 AND 25) AND AGAIN ON SUNDAY (OCTOBER 31), HE SAID.

ON THOSE DAYS, EIGHT SPECIAL TRAINS WILL LEAVE KOWLOON STATION FROM 7.15 AM AND 10 TRAINS WILL LEAVE WO HOP SHEK FROM 8.30 AM DAILY AT ABOUT HOURLY INTERVALS.

THESE SPECIAL TRAINS, AS WELL AS OTHER ORDINARY DIESEL PASSENGER TRAINS OPERATING BETWEEN KOWLOON AND LO WU, WILL NOT STOP AT MONG KOK STATION BEFORE 2 PM. PASSENGERS ARE THEREFORE ADVISED TO GO TO KOWLOON STATION AT HUNG HOM DURING THIS PERIOD, HE SAID.

MEANWHILE, THREE NORTHBOUND AND FIVE SOUTHBOUND ADDITIONAL PASSENGER TRAINS WILL ALSO BE OPERATED DAILY BETWEEN KOWLOON AND LO WU ON TWO SATURDAYS (OCTOBER 23 AND 30), BEFORE AND AFTER THE CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVAL.

THESE EXTRA TRAINS ARE INTENDED TO EASE THE CONGESTION OF PASSENGERS GOING TO AND RETURNING FROM THE NEW TERRITORIES, AND WILL STOP AT ALL STATIONS EXCEPT KOWLOON TONG, AND TERMINATE AT SHEUNG SHU I.

SPECIAL CROWD CONTROL ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE MADE AT KOWLOON STATION WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE POLICE, DURING THE FESTIVAL PER IOD.

THE SPOKESMAN ADVISED PASSENGERS GOING TO ALL NEW TERRITORIES STATIONS, INCLUDING WO HOP SHEK AND SANDY RIDGE TO QUEUE OUTSIDE THE PROMENADE AND TO ENTER THE STATION CONCOURSE BY THE WESTERN ENTRANCE.

PASSENGERS TAKING THE ELECTRIC TRAINS AND DIRECT THROUGH TRAINS SHOULD USE THE EASTERN ENTRANCE OF THE STATION (NEAR THE BOOKING OFFICE), AND NEED NOT JOIN THE QUEUE FOR ENTRY INTO THE CONCOURSE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 1982

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WARNING ABOUT COUNTRYSIDE FIRES * * * *

VISITORS TO THE COUNTRYSIDE WERE TOLD TODAY (WEDNESDAY) TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS TO PREVENT HILL FIRES WHICH COULD CAUSE EXTENSIVE DESTRUCTION OF VEGETATION, DAMAGE TO LANDSCAPE AND LOSS OF NATURAL HABITAT FOR BIRDS AND ANIMALS.

COUNTRYSIDE USERS CAUSED MORE THAN 1 000 FIRES LAST YEAR, RESULTING IN A LOSS OF OVER 70 000 TREES, SAID THE ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (CONSERVATION AND COUNTRY PARKS) OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, MR K.C. IU.

SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE IN THE TAI LAM COUNTRY PARK TO LAUNCH THE 1982-83 COUNTRYSIDE FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN, MR IU SAID OVER THE YEARS, THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, HAD DEVELOPED AN EFFICIENT FIRE FIGHTING SYSTEM TO MINIMISE FIRE DAMAGE IN THE COUNTRYSIDE.

+HOWEVER, EVEN AN EFFECTIVE DETECTION AND REPORTING SYSTEM, TRAINED FIRE FIGHTERS, MODERN FIRE FIGHTING METHODS AND EQUIPMENT COULD BE RENDERED INEFFECTIVE IF PEOPLE DID NOT OBSERVE A FEW SIMPLE PRECAUTIONS,+ HE ADDED.

MR IU WARNED THAT LEGAL ACTIONS MIGHT BE TAKEN AGAINST THOSE WHO CAUSED HILL FIRES.

A MAXIMUM FINE OF |5 000 AND ONE YEAR’S IMPRISONMENT COULD BE IMPOSED FOR ILLEGAL LIGHTING OF FIRES IN THE COUNTRYSIDE.

HE REMINDED GRAVE WORSHIPPERS TO TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS DURING THE CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVAL.

+BURNING JOSS STICKS ARE KNOWN TO HAVE CAUSED HILL FIRES THAT BURNED FOR DAYS, ENTAILING ROUND-THE-CLOCK FIRE FIGHTING.

+ALL WE ASK IS A LITTLE CARE, A LITTLE THOUGHT AND A LITTLE RESPONSIBILITY,* HE SAID.

AFTER THE PRESS CONFERENCE, CONTROLLED FIRE FIGHTING DEMONSTRATIONS WERE STAGED FOR THE MEDIA.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 1982

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MARINA AND RESIDENTIAL SITE FOR TUEN MUN NEW TOWN ******

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING CASH TENDERS FOR A 40-HECTARE SITE AT SO KWUN WAT IN TUEN MUN NEW TOWN TO BE DEVELOPED AS A MAJOR MARINA AND HIGH-CLASS RESIDENTIAL AREA.

WHEN DEVELOPED THE PROJECT WILL PROVIDE A FULL RANGE OF MARINA FACILITIES TO SERVE THE GROWING POPULATION OF TUEN MUN NEW TOWN AND BOATING ENTHUSIASTS LIVING IN THE URBAN AREA.

SITUATED ON SCENIC SO KWUN WAT BAY ALONG THE EASTERN SHORELINE CF TUEN MUN NEW TOWN AND CLOSE TO PEARL ISLAND AND NEW CAFETERIA BEACH THE AREA WILL BECOME A LOW-DENSITY, HIGH-CLASS RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT.

MOORING AND BERTHING FACILITIES WILL BE PROVIDED FOR AT LEAST 300 PLEASURE CRAFT IN THE MARINA.

THERE WILL ALSO BE FUELLING FACILITIES, BOAT STACKING AREAS, BOAT-REPAIR WORKSHOPS AS WELL AS A CLUBHOUSE.

NEXT TO THIS CLUBHOUSE WILL BE A COMMERCIAL COMPLEX WHICH WILL INCLUDE RETAIL SHOPS, A SUPERMARKET AND RESTAURANTS. CAR-PARKING FACILITIES TO SERVE RESIDENTS, VISITORS AND USERS OF THE MARINA WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED.

THE DEVELOPER WILL BE REQUIRED TO CONSTRUCT A MINIMUM OF 1 550 RESIDENTIAL FLATS WITH A TOTAL GROSS FLOOR AREA OF 200 000 SQUARE METRES ON AREAS TO BE RECLAIMED.

THE DEVELOPER WILL ALSO BE REQUIRED TO CONSTRUCT TO GOVERNMENT STANDARDS A BREAK-WATER ON THE SEAWARD SIDE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A BEACH WHICH WILL BE LINKED TO THE NEARBY NEW CAFETERIA BEACH. THIS BEACH WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC, AS PART OF A SCHEME TO PROVIDE BETTER RECREATIONAL FACILITIES IN THE AREA.

BORROW AREAS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED IN THE SO KWUN WAT VALLEY TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE FILL MATERIAL, SO AS TO HELP THE DEVELOPER IN RECLAIMING AREAS PROPOSED FOR RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT.

TO ENSURE THAT THE PROJECT IS DEVELOPED SATISFACTORILY, TENDERERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT A MASTER PLAN OF THEIR SCHEME, A DETAILED PROGRAMME OF WORKS AND PLANS SHOWING DETAILS OF THE TENDERERS’ PROPOSALS FOR GENERAL LANDSCAPING AND AREAS FOR RECREATIONAL PURPOSES.

THE ENTIRE PROJECT SHOULD BE COMPLETED WITHIN SIX YEARS AT A MINIMUM COST OF $340 MILLION, EXCLUDING RECLAMATION WORKS.

IN VIEW OF THE SCALE OF THE PROJECT, AND TO ASSIST WITH CASH FLOW DURING CONSTRUCTION, THE DEVELOPER MAY SELL SOME OF THE COMPLETED PORTIONS OF THE SCHEME PROVIDED CERTAIN CONDITIONS ARE ADHERED TO.

/THE CLOSING .......

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 1982

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THE CLOSING DATE FOR THE SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS DECEMBER 31, AND TENDER FORMS AND SALE CONDITIONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, 5TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE (KOWLOON WEST), 405 NATHAN ROAD, 10TH FLOOR, KOWLOON-AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES OF SHA TIN, TAI PO, NORTH, YUEN LONG TUEN MUN, TSUEN WAN, SAI KUNG AND ISLANDS.

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DIRECTOR OF TRADE LEAVES FOR TEXTILE TALKS * * * *

MR LAWRENCE MILLS, DIRECTOR OF TRADE, LEFT FOR LONDON LAST (TUESDAY) NIGHT FOR TALKS WITH BRITISH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ON THE HONG KONG/EEC TEXTILE NEGOTIATIONS.

MR MILLS IS ACCOMPANIED BY MR MICHAEL WU, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF TRADE.

THE EEC COUNCIL OF MINISTERS IS SCHEDULED NEXT WEEK TO CONSIDER THE POSITION REACHED IN THE LAST ROUND OF NEGOTIATIONS WHICH WERE ADJOURNED AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT THEY WILL DECIDE ON A DATE FOR RESUMPTION OF THE TALKS.

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GOOD RESPONSE TO INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION *****

INITIAL RESPONSE TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S INSTITUTE CF LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION ( ILE) HAS BEEN MOST ENCOURAGING AND THE IMMEDIATE OBJECTIVE IS TO EXPAND ITS CAPACITY, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (ILE), MR ANDREW FOK, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE LIONS CLUB OF BAY VIEW, MR FOK SAID MORE THAN 1 500 TEACHERS HAD APPLIED FOR THE 100 PLACES IN THE FIRST TWO COURSES ORGANISED BY THE INSTITUTE.

THE INSTITUTE, LOCATED IN THE PARK-IN COMMERCIAL BUILDING IN MONG KOK, HAS BEEN CONDUCTING TRAINING COURSES FOR LANGUAGE TEACHERS SINCE SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR.

THE 16-WEEK COURSES MAKE USE OF THE INSTITUTE’S LANGUAGE LABORATORY AND OTHER AUDIO-VISUAL FACILITIES.

MR FOK DISCLOSED THAT THE ILE’S IMMEDIATE GOALS WERE TO TRAIN LANGUAGE TEACHERS FROM PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND TO EXPAND ITS PREMISES IN ORDER TO RECRUIT MORE LECTURERS.

THE INSTITUTE WOULD THEN CONDUCT REFRESHER COURSES FOR LANGUAGE TEACHERS FROM SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND TEACHERS OF OTHER SUBJECTS, CONDUCT RESEARCH IN METHODOLOGY IN LANGUAGE TEACHING AND LEARNING, AND STEP UP LIAISON WITH LOCAL AND OVERSEAS LANGUAGE INSTITUTES.

/WHEN FULLY

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 1982

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™EN FULLY DEVELOPED, THE INSTITUTE WILL BE STAFFED BY MORE TEACH^RSLPERUYEAR AND WILL PR0VIDE TRAINING COURSES FOR 1 000

THE ILE IS PART OF THE GOVERNMENT’S MASSIVE PLAN TO IMPROVE THE STANDARD OF LANGUAGE IN SCHOOLS AND IN THE COMMUNITY.

THE PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES THE SETTING UP OF A CHINESE LANGUAGE FOUNDATION, THE PROVISION OF MORE TEACHERS FOR CHINESE AND ENGLISH IN SCHOOLS, CURRICULUM REFORM, A WIREFREE INDUCTION LOOP SYSTEM IN GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SECONDARY AND PRIMARY SCHOOLS, AND MAJOR RESEARCH PROJECTS.

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NORTH DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TOMORROW *****

MEMBERS OF NORTH DISTRICT BOARD WILL BE BRIEFED AT A bEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY) ON THE AU TAU TO FAN KAM ROAD PROJECT WHICH IS PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD IMPROVEMENTS.

AT THE MEETING TO BE CHAIRED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR STUART HARB INSON, BOARD MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS A PAPER BY THE TAI PO AND FANLING DEVELOPMENT OFFICE ON WORK TO PREVENT FLOODINGS IN THE DISTRICT.

THEY WILL ALSO EXAMINE REPORTS FROM THE BOARD’S COMMITTEES AND DISCUSS THE DRAFT DISTRICT BOARD STANDING ORDERS.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE BOARD’S LATEST FINANCIAL POSITION, CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN, INTERVIEW FACILITIES FOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS AND ACCESS AND TRANSPORT REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DISABLED.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD bEETING TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE AT TING KOK ROAD, TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 2ND FLOOR.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 1982

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FENCING COURSES FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS *****

THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE SILVER JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE WILL JOINTLY ORGANISE A SERIES OF FENCING COURSES FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS BETWEEN THE END OF THIS MONTH AND APRIL NEXT YEAR.

THE COURSES, WHICH ARE FREE, WILL BE CONDUCTED AT THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS CHENG MING THIEN COLLEGE IN NAM CHEONG STREET, SHAM SHUI PO AND ST PAUL’S COLLEGE IN BONHAM ROAD.

EACH SCHOOL MAY NOMINATE A MAXIMUM OF FOUR STUDENTS TO ATTEND THE COURSES. FOILS AND MASKS WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE ORGANISERS.

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ROAD CLOSURE IN CENTRAL ON SATURDAYS * * * *

THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF PIER ROAD IN CENTRAL, BETWEEN GILMAN STREET AND JUBILEE STREET FERRY PIER WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 1 PM TO 6 PM EVERY SATURDAY, FROM OCTOBER 23, IN CONNECTION WITH THE MARSHALLING OF FERRY PASSENGERS, A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

DURING THE CLOSURE, NORTHBOUND VEHICLES FROM GILMAN STREET SHOULD TURN LEFT INTO PIER ROAD WEST OF GILMAN STREET TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED 8V GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL 5-233191

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

FOREIGN INVESTORS ARE CONFIDENT ABOUT HONG KONG ............... 1

PIECE GOODS AND TAILORING TO GO METRIC ........................ 2

CHECK ON ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ................................. 3

YUEN LONG SITES OFFERED FOR SHORT-TERM TENANCY ................ 4

EDUCATION SHOULD GIVE MORALITY PRIDE OF PLACE - HAYE........ 4

SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TOMORROW .................. 5

DONATION WILL HELP IMPROVE WELFARE FACILITIES ................. 5

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN NORTH POINT ................. 6

TRAFFIC BACK TO NORMAL TOMORROW................................ 7

TRAFFIC RE-ROUTING IN SAI WAN HO .............................. 7

BACKLAITE OBSTRUCTIONS CLEARED................................. 8

GOODS VEHICLES PARKING METERS IN SAI YING PUN ................. 8

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1982

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FOREIGN INVESTORS ARE CONFIDENT ABOUT HONG KONG *****

THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR PETER TSAO, WHO RETURNED RECENTLY FROM A TWO-WEEK TRIP TO EUROPE, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT HE HAD LITTLE DIFFICULTY IN CONVINCING POTENTIAL INVESTORS THAT HONG KONG WOULD CONTINUE TO BE A VIABLE VENUE FOR INVESTMENT, PARTICULARLY AS A PLACE FOR JOINT VENTURES WITH LOCAL PARTNERS.

♦OF COURSE ONE WORRYING ASPECT FOR ALL POTENTIAL INVESTORS WAS THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG. I WOULD, HOWEVER, SAY THAT PEOPLE WITH WHOM I HAD CONTACT WERE EXTREMELY WELL INFORMED ABOUT AFFAIRS IN HONG KONG; AND THEY SHOWED A DEGREE OF CONFIDENCE IN THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG WHICH WAS NOT QUITE MATCHED BY THE PERFORMANCE OF OUR OWN STOCK MARKET,* MR TSAO TOLD THE LIONS CLUB OF KOWLOON EAST TODAY (THURSDAY).

DESCRIBING THE INTEREST SHOWN BY THE EUROPEAN BUSINESSMEN WHOM HE CONTACTED AS +OVERWHELMING+, HE SAID: +MOST EUROPEAN ENTERPRISES TEND TO FOLLOW A FAIRLY CONSERVATIVE POLICY, AND ARE THEREFORE CONTENT TO MAKE WHAT WE WOULD REGARD AS MARGINAL PROFITS OF FOUR TO FIVE PER CENT ON CAPITAL INVESTMENT.

+THEY LOOK AT HONG KONG WITH GREAT ADMIRATION, NOT ONLY FOR THE POSITION WE NOW OCCUPY IN WORLD FINANCE AND TRADE, BUT ALSO FOR THE SPEED WITH WHICH WE ARE ABLE TO RECOUP CAPITAL AND TURN PROFITS, IN SHARP CONTRAST TO THEIR OWN SITUATION IN EUROPE.*

MR TSAO WAS IN EUROPE FARLIER THIS MONTH TO OPEN THE GOVERNMENT’S OVERSEAS INDUSTRIAL PROMOTION OFFICE IN STUTTGART AND TO CONDUCT SEVERAL SEMINARS IN STUTTGART, COLOGNE AND STOCKHOLM.

HE SAID HE GAINED THE IMPRESSION THAT THERE WAS A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF INTEREST ON THE PART OF EUROPEAN BUSINESSMEN IN HONG KONG AS A POSSIBLE VENUE FOR INVESTMENT.

+AMONG OUR INVESTORS IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, SOME 45 PER CENT COME FROM THE UNITED STATES, 35 PER CENT FROM JAPAN, 10 PER CENT FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THAT, OF COURSE, LEAVES LITTLE TO BE ACCOUNTED FOR BY INVESTORS FROM EUROPE.

+1 VERY MUCH HOPE THAT THE INTEREST THE EUROPEANS SHOWED DURING MY VISIT, AND THE MESSAGES THAT WE CARRIED ACROSS TO THEM, WILL RESULT IN THE EUROPEANS HAVING A MUCH LARGER SHARE OF INVESTMENTS IN HONG KONG IN THE FUTURE,* HE SAID.

MR TSAO POINTED OUT THAT THE DEPARTMENT’S PROMOTION CONSULTANCY DIVISION EVEN IN ITS ALMOST EMBRYONIC STATE HAD ALREADY ATTRACTED SEVEN INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS TO HONG KONG IN THE LAST 18 MONTHS.

EACH OF THEM GAVE HONG KONG TOTALLY NEW KNOWLEDGE OR IMPROVED ITS EXISTING TECHNOLOGY.

CURRENTLY THE DEPARTMENT IS DEALING WITH 780 ACTIVE ENQUIRIES, 28 OF WHICH ARE REGARDED AS PROJECTS LIKELY TO RESULT IN ACTUAL INVESTMENT.

THURSDAY, OCTOBiK 21, 1?E2

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MR TSAO CALLED ON HONG KONG BUSINESSMEN TO CAREFULLY RE-EXAMINE HONG KONG AS A PLACE FOR INVESTMENT OR RE-INVESTMENT.

+IN TIMES OF ECONOMIC RECESSION, EVERYTHING TENDS TO BE SOMEWHAT CHEAPER. INVESTORS TEND TO START LOOKING AT FUTURE INVESTMENT.

♦HONG KONG IS NOW INDEED AN ATTRACTIVE PLACE TO INVEST IN. OUR WAGES AND INDUSTRIAL LAND PRICES ARE IN FACT LOWER THAN OUR MAIN COMPETITOR IN THIS FIELD (SINGAPORE). SO IN FACT ARE OUR UNIT COSTS,+ HE STATED.

PIECE GOODS AND TAILORING TO GO METRIC * * * *

THE METRICATION COMMITTEE ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT FABRICS WILL BE SOLD IN METRES AS FROM NOVEMBER 1, FOLLOWING THE METRICATION OF PIECE GOODS AND TAILORING TRADES.

THESE TWO TRADES FOLLOW CLOSELY THE TAXI, OIL, GAS AND PLASTIC INDUSTRIES IN THE PROCESS OF ADOPTING METRIC UNITS.

+BUT IN ORDER TO GIVE WHOLESALERS, RETAILERS AND CONSUMERS AMPLE TIME TO ADJUST THEMSELVES TO THE NEW SYSTEM, THE IMPERIAL UNITS (YARDS) WILL BE CONCURRENTLY USED IN THE ENSUING SIX MONTHS OR SO,* A METRICATION COMMITTEE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦WE HOPE THAT THIS MOVE WILL PREPARE THE PEOPLE AFFECTED FOR A COMPLETE CHANGEOVER BY MID-1983,* HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE CHANGEOVER TO METRIC BY THE PIECE GOODS AND TAILORING TRADES HAS BEEN MADE POSSIBLE BY THE PRODUCTION OF NECESSARY TOOLS.

METRE STICKS FOR MEASURING PIECE GOODS AND HALF-METRE TAILORING RULERS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE EIGHT ASSOCIATIONS CF THE TWO TRADES.

HE THANKED THE ASSOCIATIONS AND THE PEOPLE IN THE TWO TRADES FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND CO-OPERATION IN ACCELERATING THE +GO METRIC* PROCESS.

HE ADDED THAT SINCE ALL PIECE GOODS IMPORTS WERE ALREADY IN METRIC UNITS, PRICINGS AND CALCULATIONS FOR THE TWO TRADES WILL BE MUCH EASIER IF THE SAME UNITS ARE USED.

AS AN EFFECTIVE REMINDER TO THE TRADES, AWARENESS POSTERS AND CONVERSION CARDS HAVE BEEN PRODUCED BY THE METRICATION COMMITTEE, AND WILL BE DISTRIBUTED FREE TO RELEVANT SHOPS.

CONSUMERS TOO, WERE URGED TO MAKE A SPECIAL EFFORT IN PROMOTING THIS +EASY TO LEARN* AND +EASY TO USE* SYSTEM.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1982

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CHECK ON ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT * * *

MEMBERS OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE (EPCOM) TOOK TIME OFF THIS WEEK TO SEE THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF THE CASTLE PEAK POWER STATION DEVELOPMENT AT TAP SHEK KOK.

IN AUGUST THIS YEAR, CONSULTANTS COMMISSIONED BY THE POWER COMPANY PRESENTED TO EPCOM A LANDSCAPE VISUAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT REPORT ON THE ’B’ STATION, CONSTRUCTION OF WHICH IS SHORTLY TO COMMENCE FOLLOWING COMPLETION OF THE ’A’ STATION.

THE VISIT TO THE SITE WAS UNDERTAKEN AS A FOLLOW-UP TO THE PRESENTATION, TO SEE WHETHER THE LANDSCAPE PLANS OUTLINED IN THE PAPER WERE CAPABLE OF TRANSLATION INTO FACT AND TO OBSERVE THE WORK ALREADY COMPLETED ON THE SITE.

THE PLANTS, NOW BEING BUILT ON A SITE CUT FROM THE COASTAL HILLS AND SET IN A RURAL ENVIRONMENT, COULD HAVE BEEN AN EYE-SORE TO THOSE WHO LIVE NEARBY AND PASS BY AT SEA. IN ADDITION, THE EMISSIONS FROM SUCH COAL FIRED STATIONS, UNLESS PROPERLY CONTROLLED, COULD HAVE HARMFUL EFFECTS UPON THE ENVIRONMENT.

THE EFFECTIVENESS OF ARRANGEMENTS MADE TO CONTROL THESE POTENTIAL POLLUTING EMISSIONS, SUCH AS SMOKE, COAL DUST AND PULVERISED FUEL ASH (PFA), THE RESIDUE LEFT AFTER COAL IS BURNED IN THE BOILERS, WERE CLOSELY EXAMINED BY EPCOM MEMBERS.

THE COMMITTEE EXPRESSED THEMSELVES GENERALLY SATISFIED WITH WHAT THEY SAW, ALTHOUGH THEY NOTED THAT FIRM ARRANGEMENTS HAD STILL TO BE MADE TO ASSURE THE DISPOSAL OF PFA FROM THE ’B’ STATION WHEN IT COMES ON STREAM IN SEVERAL YEARS’ TIME. THE COMPANY IS IN DISCUSSION WITH GOVERNMENT ON THESE ARRANGEMENTS.

IT WAS ALSO NOTED THAT THE COMPANY WOULD BE MONITORING THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT VERY CLOSELY IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN A CLOSE CONTROL ON THE EFFECTS OF THE DISCHARGE OF WATER USED IN THE STATIONS’ COOLING SYSTEM.

TURNING TO THE LANDSCAPING OF THE SITE, MEMBERS NOTED WITH APPROVAL THE EFFORTS BEING MADE BY THE COMPANY TO PRESERVE THE PUBLIC BEACH TO THE NORTHWEST OF THE SITE AND TO SCREEN IT EFFECTIVELY BY MEANS OF A HIGH EMBANKMENT PLANTED WITH SHRUBS AND PLANTS.

MEMBERS WERE CONCERNED THAT THIS AMENITY SHOULD BE PROPERLY MAINTAINED AND PRESERVED AFTER THE COMPANY’S RESTORATION AND PLANTING WORK HAD BEEN COMPLETED IN ORDER THAT THE PUBLIC SHOULD ENJOY THE FACILITIES, THE PROVISION OF WHICH HAD BEEN CAREFULLY PLANNED THROUGHOUT THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE POWER STATION SITE.

MEMBERS PARTICULARLY NOTED THE NEED FOR ADEQUATE PARKING FACILITIES TO BE PROVIDED AT THE BEACH AND FOR THE BEACH ITSELF TO BE SAFEGUARDED AGAINST ANY POSSIBLE COMPETING CLAIMS FOR LAND USE IN THIS DEVELOPING AREA.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1982

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YUEN LONG SITES OFFERED FOR SHORT-TERM TENANCY

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THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR SHORT-TERM TENANCIES OF TWO PIECES OF CROWN LAND IN YUEN LONG.

THE TWO SITES, BOTH OF ABOUT 755 SQUARE METRES, ARE SITUATED IN THE YUEN LONG INDUSTRIAL AREA, AND ARE EARMARKED FOR THE REPAIR AND/OR MAINTENANCE (INCLUDING PAINT-SPRAYING) OF MOTOR VEHICLES.

THE TENANCIES WILL BE FOR TWO YEARS INITIALLY AND FOR QUARTERLY PERIODS THEREAFTER.

CLOSING DATE FOR THE ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERS IS 12 NOON, NOVEMBER 5.

TENDER FORMS, NOTICES AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, AND TENDER PLANS INSPECTED AT, THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, YUEN LONG, OR THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BRANCH OFFICE ON CASTLt PEAK ROAD.

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EDUCATION SHOULD GIVE MORALITY PRIDE OF PLACE - HAYE

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PEOPLE ARE LIVING IN AN INTENSELY MATERIALISTIC AGE IN WHICH SELFISH PLEASURE IS FREQUENTLY HELD UP TO BE THE ONLY GOOD.

THIS WAS STATED TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, W COLVYN HAYE, IN OPENING THE HONG KONG TAOIST ASSOCIATION YUEN YUEN INSTITUTE NO. 1 SECONDARY SCHOOL IN KWAI CHUNG.

+WE ARE BOMBARDED BY CONSUMER ADVERTISING AND BY STATUS SYMBOLS SO THAT IT BECOMES EASY TO FORGET THAT MAN IS MORE THAN AN ANIMAL SEEKING THE GRATIFICATION OF PHYSICAL APPETITES.*

HOWEVER, THE DIRECTOR NOTED THAT MAN WAS A THINKING BEING CAPABLE OF REFLECTING ON THE TRUE VALUES, INCLUDING MORALITY.

MR HAYE SAID THE HONG KONG TAOIST ASSOCIATION HAD A LONG AND HONOURABLE HISTORY IN THE PROMOTION OF EDUCATION.

+INTEGRAL TO THE EDUCATIONAL IDEALS OF THE ASSOCIATION IS, CF COURSE, THE CONCEPT OF MORALITY,* HE ADDED.

HE WAS CONFIDENT THAT OTHER SCHOOLS WOULD FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE CF THE TAOIST ASSOCIATION IN GIVING MORALITY PRIDE OF PLACE IN THEIR EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1982

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SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TOMORROW * * *

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR GRAHAM BARNES, WILL ATTEND THE FIRST MEETING OF THE NEW SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT BOARD TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

MR BARNES WILL MAKE AN OPENING SPEECH, TO BE FOLLOWED BY A GENERAL DISCUSSION WITH THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS.

AT THE MEETING, MEMBERS WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY SCHEME FOR CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND UN CHAU STREET.

THE FEASIBILITY OF INTRODUCING THE +MEET THE PUBLIC SESSION* SCHEME AND THE NAMING OF BLOCKS IN PAK TIN AND SHEK KIP MEI PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES WILL BE DISCUSSED.

THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT BOARD COMPRISES NINE ELECTED MEMBERS, NINE APPOINTED MEMBERS, TWO URBAN COUNCILLORS AND NINE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AT 2 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT OFFICE AT 37-39 TONKIN STREET, 2ND FLOOR.

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DONATION WILL HELP IMPROVE WELFARE FACILITIES * * * *

THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT WILL BE IN A BETTER POSITION TO PROVIDE IMPROVED WELFARE FACILITIES FOR THE STAFF WITH A DONATION OF $500 000 FROM SIR SHIU-KIN TANG FOR THE STAFF WELFARE FUND.

THIS WAS STATED TODAY BY THE COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE, MR DOUGLAS JORDAN WHEN SIR SHIU-KIN PRESENTED A CHEQUE FOR THE AMOUNT, AT AN INFORMAL CEREMONY, ATTENDED BY SERVICE MEMBERS.

EXPRESSING HIS GRATITUDE ON BEHALF OF THE DEPARTMENT, MR JORDAN SAID THE GENEROUS DONATION WOULD BE VERY USEFUL IN FULFILLING VARIOUS WELFARE NEEDS WHICH HAD RECENTLY BEEN DIFFICULT TO MEET.

♦THE DONATION WILL ALSO ENABLE THE SERVICE TO COMPLETE ONE OR TWO NECESSARY PROJECTS, SUCH AS THE EXPANSION OF THE SENIOR OFFICERS’ MESS TO MEET THE DEMANDS OF THE CONTEMPORARY SERVICE AND THE MAINTENANCE OF OUR SWIMMING POOL UNTIL A NEW ONE CAN BE PROVIDED.*

THURSDAY, COTOBIS 21, 1J82

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MR JORDAN EXPLAINED THAT THE WELFARE FUND WAS ESTABLISHED BY ORDINANCE FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING CERTAIN BENEFITS FOR MEMBERS OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE. IT IS FUNDED BY SUCH SUMS AS THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL DEEMS APPROPRIATE, AND IT MAY, FROM TIME TO TIME RECEIVE DONATIONS.

+IT IS OF PARTICULAR SIGNIFICANCE THAT THE MONIES OF THE FUND ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE GOOD OF THE SERVICE AS A WHOLE. THEREFORE EVERY OFFICER MAY ENJOY ITS BENEFITS AND NOT ANY PARTICULAR INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP OF OFFICERS,* MR JORDAN SAID.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN NORTH POINT *****

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN NORTH POINT FROM 10 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO 10 AM ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 25) FOR REALIGNMENT OF THE TRAM TRACK.

UNDER THE ARRANGEMENTS, NORTH POINT ROAD BETWEEN KING’S ROAD AND CHUN YEUNG STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

THE EASTBOUND SECTION OF KING’S ROAD BETWEEN TIN CHONG STREET AND NORTH POINT ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO VEHICLES EXCEPT BUSES AND THOSE REQUIRING ACCESS.

TIN CHONG STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

THE WESTERN SECTION OF TONG SHU I ROAD BETWEEN CHUN YEUNG STREET AND JAVA ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

CHUN YEUNG STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY WESTBOUND.

TO ALLOW FOR WORK ON THE TRAM TRACK DURING THE FOUR-DAY PERIOD, THERE WILL BE SOME CHANGES IN TRAM SCHEDULES.

ON FRIDAY, THE LAST TRAMS WILL LEAVE: NORTH POINT FOR WHITTY STREET AT 9.57 PM, SHAU KEI WAN FOR WESTERN MARKET AT 9.35 PM, SHAU KEI WAN FOR HAPPY VALLEY AT 9.30 PM, SHAU KEI WAN FOR WHITTY STREET AT 9.25 PM, WESTERN MARKET FOR SHAU KEI WAN AT 8.45 PM, HAPPY VALLEY FOR SHAU KEI WAN AT 9 PM, WHITTY STREET FOR SHAU KEI WAN AT 8.30 PM AND WHITTY STREET FOR NORTH POINT AT 9.10 PM.

ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY (OCTOBER 23 AND 24), THE LAST TRAMS WILL LEAVE: SHAU KEI WAN FOR WESTERN MARKET AT 9.35 PM, SHAU KEI WAN FOR HAPPY VALLEY AT 9.30 PM, SHAU KEI WAN FOR WHITTY STREET AT 9.25 PM, WESTERN MARKET FOR SHAU KEI WAN AT 8.45 PM, HAPPY VALLEY FOR SHAU KEI *AN AT 9 PM AND WHITTY STREET FOR SHAU KEI WAN AT 8.30 PM.

ON SUNDAY AND MONDAY (OCTOBER 24 AND 25), THE MORNING TRAM SERVICES TO SHAU KEI WAN WILL START AFTER 10 AM, WHILE THE FIRST TRAM FROM SHAU KEI WAN WILL LEAVE AT ABOUT 10.30 AM.

TRAMS WILL NOT TRAVEL INTO THE NORTH POINT TERMINUS FROM 9.57 PM ON FRIDAY TO 10 AM Oh MONDAY.

Thursday, October 21, 1982

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TRAFFIC BACK TO NORMAL TOMORROW A • *

TRAFFIC ALONG FOUR ROADS IN WEST KOWLOON WILL BE BACK TO NORMAL FROM 10 AM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF WORKS ON THE MTR TSUEN WAN EXTENSION.

THEY ARE WING LUNG STREET AND FAT TSEUNG STREET IN CHEUNG SHA WAN, A SECTION OF CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD IN SHAM SHUI PO AND A SECTION OF NATHAN ROAD IN MONG KOK.

WING LUNG STREET WILL BE REOPENED TO VEHICULAR TRAFFIC TO AND FROM CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD. AT THE SAME TIME, THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF FOOTPATHS AND CARRIAGEWAY AT FAT TSEUNG STREET WILL BE LIFTED.

ALSO FROM TOMORROW, THE SECTION OF CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD BETWEEN WONG CHUK STREET AND BOUNDARY STREET AND THE SECTION OF NATHAN ROAD BETWEEN BOUNDARY STREET AND MONG KOK ROAD WILL BE REOPENED TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC. AT PRESENT, THESE TWO ROAD SECTIONS ARE ONLY OPENED TO EASTBOUND AND SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC RESPECTIVELY.

CLAIMS FOR COMPENSATION FOR LOSSES CAUSED BY THESE STREET ALTERATIONS OR CLOSURES SHOULD BE MADE IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT BEFORE OCTOBER 21, 1983.

TRAFFIC RE-ROUTING IN SAI WAN HO * X * *

TRAFFIC IN SHING ON STREET BETWEEN SHAU KEI WAN ROAD AND SAI *AN HO STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND FROM FRIDAY (OCTOBER 22) TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MTR SAI WAN HO STATION.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1982

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BACKLANE OBSTRUCTIONS CLEARED

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POTENTIAL FIRE HAZARDS AND OBSTRUCTIONS IN SOME BACKLANES IN KOWLOON CITY AND WONG TAI SIN WERE CLEARED TODAY FOLLOWING TWO SEPARATE OPERATIONS TO DEMOLISH ILLEGAL STRUCTURES THERE.

THE OPERATIONS, LAUNCHED BY THE DISTRICTS’ MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES AND SUPPORTED BY THEIR DISTRICT BOARDS, ARE PART OF A SERIES OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMMES TO CLEAR ILLEGAL OBSTRUCTIONS ON PAVEMENTS AND IN REAR LANES.

THE CLEARANCES REMOVED HAWKING STALLS, SHOP EXTENSIONS, GOODS AND ARTICLES BELONGING TO OR DISCARDED BY SHOPKEEPERS WHICH HAD PREVIOUSLY CAUSED SERIOUS OBSTRUCTION, RESULTING IN GRAVE HYGIENE PROBLEMS AND RISKS TO THE SAFETY OF RESIDENTS IN CASE OF FIRE.

THE BACKLANES CLEARED TODAY ARE SITUATED BEHIND 31-53 YIN HING STREET IN SAN PO KONG, AND 27B PAK TAI STREET IN TO KWA WAN.

CO-ORDINATED BY THE WONG TAI SIN AND KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICES, THE OPERATIONS INVOLVED THE HOUSING, LANDS, URBAN SERVICES AND FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENTS, THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE.

THE DISTRICT OFFICES WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE CLEARED AREAS TO PREVENT RECURRENCE.

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GOODS VEHICLES PARKING METERS IN SAI YING PUN

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SIXTY-SEVEN TWO-HOUR PARKING METERS FOR GOODS VEHICLES WILL SHORTLY BE INSTALLED ALONG CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST BETWEEN QUEEN STREET AND WHITTY STREET, A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

THESE METERS WILL COME INTO OPERATION FROM 8 AM ON TUESDAY (OCTOBER 26), HE SAID.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1982 CONTENTS PAGE NO.

INCREASING WILL TO TACKLE SAFETY PROBLEM .....................   1

PRIVATE SCHOOLS GIVEN MUCH ASSISTANCE : HAYE ..................  2

ELECTRICITY REGULATIONS COME INTO OPERATION SOON ............... 5

DBS HELP PLANNING AND EXECUTION OF IMPROVEMENTS................  4

CHIEF SECRETARY VISITS ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY ..... 5

FESTIVAL FOR ALL AGES IN WONG TAI SIN .......................... 5

WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING ............................ 6

CONSTRUCTION OF NGAU CHI WAN FRESH WATER SERVICE RESERVOIR . 7

AMENDMENT TO SHAU KEI WAN DRAFT OUTLINE ZONING PLAN ............ 7

Sale OF CROWN LANDS AT YUEN LONG AND LANTAU .................... 8

BASIC COURSES IN INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNIQUES ...................... 8

KOWLOON CITY FESTIVAL .......................................... 9

LEASE OF MA TAU KOK PIER ....................................... 9

FIRING PRACTICE FOR NOVEMBER .................................  10

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS DURING CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVAL............... 11

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1982

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INCREASING WILL TO TACKLE SAFETY PROBLEM

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IT IS VERY ENCOURAGING TO NOTE THAT PEOPLE IN MANAGEMENT ARE MORE AND MORE CONCERNED WITH THE SAFETY OF PERSONNEL IN THEIR EMPLOY, THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, DR J.W. HAYES, SAID THIS (FRIDAY) MORNING.

HE ADDED THAT THERE WAS ALSO AN INCREASING WILLINGNESS TO CREATE A POSITIVE ATTITUDE TOWARDS SAFETY AT WORK AMONG WORKERS AND SUPERVISORS ON CONSTRUCTION SITES.

DR HAYES WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF A SEMINAR ON +THE EFFECTIVENESS OF SAFETY OFFICERS IN REDUCING ACCIDENTS ON CONSTRUCTION SITES+ JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE BUILDING CONTRACTORS’ ASSOCIATION AND THE HONG KONG OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ASSOCIATION IN A TSIM SHA TSUI HOTEL.

HE RECOGNISED THAT WITH THE GROWTH OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY IN RECENT YEARS AND THE ADVENT OF VERY LARGE SCALE ENGINEERING PROJECTS, HAZARDS AT WORK INCREASED IN PROPORTION.

UNLESS ALL PARTIES INVOLVED POOL THEIR EXPERTISE, RESOURCES AND GOODWILL, THERE WOULD BE LITTLE HOPE OF ACHIEVING SAFER SYSTEMS AT WORK AND A CORRESPONDING REDUCTION IN THE NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS, HE STRESSED. AND THERE WAS A PARTICULAR NEED TO ENLIST THE SUPPORT OF YOUNG WORKERS, FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY.

ACCIDENTS WERE ALSO COSTLY, DR HAYES POINTED OUT. APART FROM PLANT AND EQUIPMENT DAMAGE, DISRUPTION TO PROCESS OF WORK, LOSS OF SKILLED AND IRREPLACEABLE WORKERS AND OTHER HIDDEN LOSSES, ABOUT 500 000 MAN-DAYS WERE LOST LAST YEAR DUE TO INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS.

+YOU WILL ALL AGREE THAT SUCH LOSSES COULD HAVE BEEN GREATLY REDUCED HAD WE SPENT MORE TIME AND EFFORT TO ORGANISE ACCIDENT PREVENTION PROGRAMMES IN OUR FACTORIES AND SITES, ENGAGED PEOPLE TRAINED IN INDUSTRIAL SAFETY WORK AND TRIED TO EDUCATE THE WORK FORCE,+ HE NOTED.

DR HAYES WAS CERTAIN THAT THE SEMINAR WOULD BRING USEFUL RESULTS.

HE TOLD THE PARTICIPANTS THAT THE SENSE OF WORKING TOGETHER WITH A COMMON PURPOSE, AND THE EXTRA KNOWLEDGE GAINED, WOULD GIVE ADDED INCENTIVE FOR THE SAFETY PROGRAMMES BEING CONDUCTED IN THEIR OWN ESTABLISHMENTS.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1982

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PRIVATE SCHOOLS GIVEN MUCH ASSISTANCE i HAYE * * * *

GOVERNMENT HAS GIVEN A GREAT DEAL OF ASSISTANCE TO PRIVATE SCHOOLS BUT THEY SOMETIMES FORGET TO GIVE THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT THE CREDIT FOR WHAT HAD BEEN DONE FOR THEM, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR COLVYN HAYE, DECLARED TODAY.

SPEAKING AT THE YUEN LONG PAK KAU ENGLISH SCHOOL SPEECH DAY, THE DIRECTOR DETAILED THE VARIOUS FORMS OF ASSISTANCE THE DEPARTMENT RENDERED TO PRIVATE SCHOOLS.

AT A DAY-TO-DAY WORKING LEVEL, MR HAYE SAID THERE WERE THE DISTRICT EDUCATION OFFICERS, AVAILABLE TO GIVE ADVICE ON VARIOUS ASPECTS OF ADMINISTRATION OR SERVICES.

ON A MORE SPECIALISED LEVEL, THERE WERE THE SUBJECT INSPECTORS FROM THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE WHO COULD BE CALLED UPON TO ASSIST AND ADVISE IN ALL THE SUBJECTS OF THE CURRICULUM.

PRIVATE SCHOOL TEACHERS HAVE ALSO ACCESS TO THE VARIOUS TEACHING CENTRES WHERE THEY COULD MEET PROFESSIONAL AND DEPARTMENTAL STAFF TO UPGRADE THEIR PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE.

THERE IS ALSO THE VISUAL EDUCATION SERVICE WHICH MAKES A WIDE VARIETY OF AUDIO-VISUAL AIDS AVAILABLE TO ALL SCHOOLS AND THE JCDIA PRODUCTION SERVICE UNIT, OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, TO HELP ALL TEACHERS LEARN TO MAKE AND USE SIMPLE AND COMPLEX TEACHING AIDS ID IMPROVE THEIR LESSONS.

OF ETV, MR HAYE REMINDED HIS AUDIENCE THAT PEOPLE SOMETIMES FORGET THAT MILLIONS OF DOLLARS HAVE BEEN SPENT, AND CONTINUE TO BE SPENT ON PROVIDING THIS IMPORTANT SERVICE TO PRIVATE AND OTHER SCHOOLS.

HE ADDED THAT WHEN THE SERVICE WAS INTRODUCED THE GOVERNMENT SUPPLIED TELEVISION RECEIVERS AND VIDEO RECORDERS FREE OF CHARGE FOR PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS WITH BOUGHT PLACES.

+THE SERVICE NOW COVERS PRIMARY AND JUNIOR SECONDARY CLASSES IN ENGLISH, CHINESE, SOCIAL STUDIES, MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE SUBJECTS THROUGHOUT MOST OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. ABOUT 650 000 CHILDREN IN OUR SCHOOLS SEE THESE PROGRAMMES.

♦THE SERVICE IS NOW BEING EXPANDED AND I AM HAPPY TO TELL YOU THAT IN THE NEXT YEAR THERE WILL BE A 50 PER CENT INCREASE IN PROGRAMMES THAT PAK KAU AND OTHER SCHOOLS HAVE FOUND OF PARTICULAR VALUE - ENGLISH, SOCIAL STUDIES AND SCIENCE SUBJECTS,* THE DIRECTOR SAID.

THIS YEAR, THE DEPARTMENT ALSO SUPPLIED PRIVATE SCHOOLS WITH BOUGHT PLACES AN INDUCTION WIRE-FREE LOOP SYSTEM TO ASSIST IN THE TEACHING OF ENGLISH AND OTHER SUBJECTS.

+OUR FIRST AIM IS, OF COURSE, TO IMPROVE ENGLISH, BUT THE LOOP SYSTEM CAN BE USED FOR CHINESE AND IMAGINATIVE TEACHERS CAN ALSO USE THE SYSTEM TO ENRICH OTHER SUBJECTS,* MR HAYE SAID.

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ANOTHER MAJOR SERVICE LISTED BY THE DIRECTOR WAS THE PROVISION CF STUDENT GUIDANCE OFFICERS FOR PRIVATE PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKERS FOR PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO ADVISE AND COUNSEL CHILDREN WHO MIGHT BE IN TROUBLE OR WHO, FOR ANY REASON, COULD NOT BE HANDLED BY THE SCHOOLS. THIS SERVICE NOW COVERS ALMOST 100 PER CENT OF ALL PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND ABOUT 80 PER CENT OF ALL SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

MR HAYE SAID HE APPRECIATED THAT PRIVATE SCHOOLS RELIED VERY HEAVILY ON THEIR FEE REVENUE TO PAY THEIR TEACHERS ADEQUATE SALARIES AND TO FINANCE IMPROVEMENTS.

♦EVERY YEAR WE HAVE A VERY CAREFUL EXERCISE IN APPROVING FEE INCREASES IN PRIVATE SCHOOLS AND EVERY PRIVATE SCHOOL APPLICATION RECEIVES INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION.

♦WE ARE PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN SEEING THAT IMPROVEMENTS IN PRIVATE SCHOOL TEACHERS’ SALARIES MATCH INFLATION AND THE PERCENTAGE INCREASE IN THE SALARIES OF TEACHERS IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR. IN ADDITION WE PROVIDE A MARGIN WHICH IS SYMPATHETICALLY FLEXIBLE TO GIVE TEACHERS IN PRIVATE SCHOOLS MORE SO THAT THEY WILL REMAIN TO SERVE IN THE SCHOOLS IN WHICH THEY ARE EMPLOYED.

♦IF WE ARE ASSURED THAT TEACHERS ARE INDEED GETTING INCREASES WHICH DO NOT PLACE TOO GREAT A STRAIN ON PARENTS, WE APPROVE FEE INCREASES.

♦OF COURSE THERE ARE OTHER FACTORS TO BE CONSIDERED, BUT I WISH TO EMPHASISE THAT WE BELIEVE THAT THE KEY TO IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION IN PRIVATE SCHOOLS MUST BE ADEQUATE SALARIES FOR THE TEACHERS OF THESE SCHOOLS, AND THAT WE DO REFLECT THIS WHEN WE APPROVE INCREASE OF FEES EACH YEAR,+ MR HAYE SAID.

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ELECTRICITY REGULATIONS COME INTO OPERATION SOON * * * *

A SET OF REGULATIONS ON THE SAFE USE OF ELECTRICITY IN INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS WILL COME INTO OPERATION ON DECEMBER 1, ACCORDING TO A NOTIFICATION IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (ELECTRICITY) REGULATIONS 1982 WERE APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL EARLY THIS YEAR, BUT WERE NOT BROUGHT INTO OPERATION IMMEDIATELY IN ORDER TO ALLOW PROPRIETORS TO MAKE THE NECESSARY ADJUSTMENTS TO COMPLY WITH THE REGULATIONS.

THE REGULATIONS, HE SAID, PRESCRIBE GENERAL REQUIREMENTS TO ENSURE SAFETY IN THE USE OF ELECTRICITY IN INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS, AND PLACE ON THE PROPRIETOR THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ENSURING THAT HIS ELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONS AND APPARATUS ARE IN SAFE WORKING ORDER.

THE REGULATIONS ALSO DEAL WITH, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE INSULATION AND THE SAFEGUARDING OF CONDUCTORS, THE CONSTRUCTION OF SWITCHES AND SWITCHBOARDS, SWITCH FUSES, CIRCUIT BREAKERS AND ISOLATING LINKS, MEANS OF ISOLATING VOLTAGE AND MEANS OF PREVENTING ELECTRICAL SHOCK AND FIRE.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1982

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ANYONE WHO CONTRAVENES THE REGULATIONS TO FINES RANGING FROM $20 000 TO $30 000.

IS LIABLE ON CONVICTION

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE DEPARTMENT HAD PRODUCED A GUIDE TO THE REGULATIONS, WHICH OUTLINES THE VARIOUS PROVISIONS IN SIMPLE TERMS AND WHICH IS AIMED AT IMPRESSING UPON EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES IN INDUSTRIES THE IMPORTANCE OF TAKING ADEQUATE SAFETY MEASURES TO GUARD AGAINST ELECTRICAL HAZARDS.

COPIES OF THE GUIDE - IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE - ARE AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE FROM DIVISIONAL OFFICES OF THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE ON HONG KONG ISLAND, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

ANYONE REQUIRING FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE REGULATIONS MAY CONTACT THE INSPECTORATE OR ANY DIVISIONAL OFFICE.

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CHIEF SECRETARY VISITS ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

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THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) VISITED THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY AND WAS BRIEFED ON THE WORK BEING DONE TO PROTECT HONG KONG’S ENVIRONMENT.

SIR PHILIP WAS TOLD OF THE GROWING INVOLVEMENT OF THE AGENCY IN THE TERRITORY’S PLANNING PROCESS. THIS PROVIDED THE NECESSARY OPPORTUNITY TO AVOID THE POTENTIAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS OF THE FUTURE BY ENSURING THAT POLLUTION CONTROL MEASURES ARE INCORPORATED IN MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS, RIGHT AT THE OUTSET.

GOOD PROGRESS HAS ALREADY BEEN MADE IN THIS DIRECTION AND POLLUTION CONTROL MEASURES HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED FOR MAJOR NEW DEVELOPMENTS SUCH AS THE INDUSTRIES ON THE TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, THE CHINA CEMENT COMPANY WORKS AT TAP SHEK KOK, THE CHEMICAL PLANTS ON TSI NG Yl ISLAND AND THE TWO COAL-FIRED POWER STATIONS.

WITHOUT THESE CONTROLS, THESE INSTALLATIONS COULD WELL HAVE CREATED ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS ON A SCALE AND OF A SEVERITY NOT YET EXPERIENCED IN HONG KONG.

SIR PHILIP WAS SHOWN ALSO THE MODERN INSTRUMENT LABORATORIES AND COMPUTING FACILITIES WHICH PROVIDE THE BACK-UP TO THE COMPREHENSIVE SURVEY AND POLLUTION MONITORING PROGRAMME NOW BEING IMPLEMENTED BY THE AGENCY.

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FESTIVAL FOR ALL AGES IN WONG TAI SIN

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THE WONG TAI SIN FESTIVAL 82’, A LARGE SCALE CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL EVENT ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT ARTS COUNCIL, WILL BE OPENED ON SUNDAY (OCTOBER 24) BY THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION. MR IAN MACPHERSON.

COSTING THE DISTRICT BOARD MORE THAN $400 000, THE MONTH-LONG ^STIVAL WILL FEATURE A WIDE RANGE OF ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMES, RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, OUTINGS AND EXHIBITIONS WHICH HAVE BEEN SPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR RESIDENTS OF DIFFERENT AGE GROUPS.

THESE WILL INCLUDE A NUMBER OF SPORTS EVENTS, MUSICAL PERFORMANCES, MAGIC SHOWS, FOLK DANCE, A YOUTH SEMINAR AND OTHER PROGRAMMES.

FOR THE AGED PEOPLE, THERE WILL BE A VARIETY OF EVENTS INCLUDING GAMES DAYS, HEALTH EXHIBITIONS, MEDICAL CHECKUPS, A VEGETARIAN LUNCH PICNIC. A SECOND HONEYMOON CAMP, A FAMILY REUNION CAMP, VARIETY St ■ JS AND A CARNIVAL.

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HIGHLIGHTING THE FESTIVAL WILL BE AN INDUSTRIAL SAFETY +EXTRAVAGANZA+ WHICH TAKES THE FORM OF AN AUDIO-VISUAL SHOW AND THE +INDUSTRIAL SAN PO KONG* MINIATURE EXHIBITION TO BE HELD AT THE WONG CHUNG MING SCHOOL IN LOK SIN ROAD.

AT 9 AM ON SUNDAY (OCTOBER 24), A +CHILDREN ART GALLERY* WILL BE HELD AT THE SITTING-OUT AREA AT CHUN YAN STREET, FEATURING A DRAWING AND PAINTING COMPETITION FOR YOUNGSTERS UP TO THE AGE OF 13. ENTRY FORMS FOR THE COMPETITION ARE OBTAINABLE FROM THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE.

THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE FESTIVAL BY MR MACPHERSON AT 7.30 PM AT THE LOK SIN TONG YU KAN HING MIDDLE SCHOOL.

IN SUPPORT OF THE FESTIVAL, THE URBAN COUNCIL HAS ARRANGED A NUMBER OF ITS ASIAN ARTS FESTIVAL PROGRAMMES TO BE HELD IN WONG TAI SIN’S MORSE PARK, INCLUDING CHINESE OPERAS, CHINESE FOLK DANCES AND PUPPET SHOWS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE WONG TAI SIN FESTIVAL 82’ BY THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR IAN MACPHERSON, AT 7.30 PM ON SUNDAY (OCTOBER 24) AT THE LOK SIN TONG YU KAN HING MIDDLE SCHOOL AT 3 FU YUE STREET, WANG TAU HOM.

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WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING * * * * *

THE PROGRESS OF THE RECENTLY EXTENDED LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE IN WONG TAI SIN WILL BE REVIEWED AT THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD’S FIRST MEETING ON TUESDAY (OCTOBER 26).

BOARD MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS ON THE SPECIAL ENGLISH COURSE FOR NEW ARRIVALS IN THE DISTRICT AND THE PROGRESS OF THE +MEET THE PUBLIC* SESSIONS.

OTHER ITEMS TO BE REVIEWED WILL INCLUDE THE BOARD’S STANDING ORDERS, TERMS OF REFERENCE OF THE BOARD AND ITS COMMITTEES, AND ESTIMATES OF EXPENDITURE.

THE BOARD CONSISTS OF 12 ELECTED MEMBERS, 12 APPOINTED UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS, TWO URBAN COUNCILLORS AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TO EE HELD AT 2.30 PM ON TUESDAY (OCTOBER 26) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE WONG TA I SIN DISTRICT OFFICE ON THE 4TH FLOOR, SAN PO KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, KING FUK STREET, SAN PO KONG.

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CONSTRUCTION OF NGAU CHI WAN FRESH WATER SERVICE RESERVOIR * * *

THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) AWARDED A $21M CONTRACT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NGAU CHI WAN FRESH WATER SERVICE RESERVOIR AND THE LAYING OF ASSOCIATED WATER MAINS.

THE CHIEF ENGINEER (CONSULTANTS MANAGEMENT) OF THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT. MR LIU YAN-BAN, SAID THAT WORK ON THE PROJECT WOULD START NEXT MONTH AND WOULD TAKE 17 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

♦THE SERVICE RESERVOIR WILL BE THE MAJOR COMPONENT OF THE NEW KOWLOON BAY RECLAMATION WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM DESIGNED TO MEET THE INCREASING DEMAND FOR FRESH WATER FROM RESIDENTIAL AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE AREA.

♦IT WILL HAVE A STORAGE CAPACITY OF 54 OOO CUBIC METRES AND WILL BE LOCATED ON A SITE NOW BEING FORMED ON HAMMER HILL OVERLOOKING THE CHOI WAN HOUSING ESTATE,♦ MR LIU SAID.

TWO STEEL WATER MAINS, EACH MEASURING 900 MM IN DIAMETER AND 300 METRES IN LENGTH WILL BE LAID TO CONNECT THE RESERVOIR TO THE SUPPLY NETWORK.

MR LIU, WHO SIGNED THE CONTRACT WITH THE HUNG MAU CONSTRUCTION CO. LTD., SAID THE NEW KOWLOON BAY RECLAMATION SUPPLY SYSTEM WOULD BE COMMISSIONED IN THE MIDDLE OF 1984.

OTHER COMPONENTS OF THE SYSTEM WOULD INCLUDE THE LAYING OF A TOTAL OF 8.6 KILOMETRES OF TRUNK AND DISTRIBUTION MAINS RANGING FROM 900 MM TO 300 MM IN DIAMETERS IN THE KOWLOON BAY AREA, HE SAID.

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AMENDMENT TO SHAU KEI WAN DRAFT OUTLINE ZONING PLAN * * * *

AN AMENDMENT TO THE DRAFT OUTLINE ZONING PLAN FOR SHAU KEI WAN WAS PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE BY THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD.

THE AMENDMENT IS TO EXCISE PART OF THE SAI WAN HO RECLAMATION AREA FROM THE SHAU KEI WAN OUTLINE ZONING PLAN BY ADJUSTING THE NORTH-WESTERN PLANNING BOUNDARY, BECAUSE THIS RECLAMATION AREA IS NOW INCLUDED IN THE QUARRY BAY OUTLINE ZONING PLAN.

THE AMENDED PLAN MAY BE INSPECTED AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE AT THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES WEST WING ENTRANCE; THE TOWN PLANNING DIVISION OF THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, 17TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD AND THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, 884-886 KING’S ROAD, GROUND AND 1ST FLOORS, HONG KONG.

ANY PERSON AFFECTED BY THE AMENDMENT MAY SUBMIT HIS OBJECTION IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY, TOWN PLANNING BOARD, C/0 LANDS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

COPIES OF THE DRAFT PLAN ARE AVAILABLE AT THE SURVEY DIVISION OF LANDS DEPARTMENT, 5TH POOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, AT $10 FOR AN UNCOLOURED COPY A?lD $60 FOP A COLOURED COPY.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1982

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SALE OF CROWN LANDS AT YUEN LONG AND LANTAU

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THREE PIECES OF CROWN LAND WILL BE OFFERED FOR SALE BY THE LANDS DEPARTMENT AT AN AUCTION TO BE HELD IN THE SHOUSON THEATRE CF HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE ON NOVEMBER 18 AT 2.30 PM.

TWO OF THE LOTS, IN THE YUEN LONG INDUSTRIAL AREA, ARE FOR INDUSTRIAL OR GODOWN PURPOSES. THE LARGER LOT MEASURES ABOUT 1 967 SQUARE METRES AND THE OTHER COVERS AN AREA OF ABOUT 1 798 SQUARE METRES.

THE THIRD SITE TO BE SOLD FOR NON-INDUSTRI AL (EXCLUDING GODOWN) PURPOSES IS SITUATED IN MUI WO ON LANTAU ISLAND AND COVERS AN AREA OF ABOUT 1 482 SQUARE METRES.

MEANWHILE, THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS ALSO INVITING TENDERS FOR AN 18 500 SQUARE-METRE SITE IN BRAEMAR HILL ON HONG KONG ISLAND. THE SITE IS TO BE USED FOR A HOSPITAL AND STAFF QUARTERS.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR THE ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERS FOR THIS SITE IS NOON ON DECEMBER 31, 1982.

TENDER FORMS, NOTICES AND CONDITIONS OF SALES OF THE ABOVE SITES MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, AND TENDER PLANS INSPECTED AT, THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING, 5/F., GARDEN ROAD; THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE (KOWLOON WEST), KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 10/F., 435 NATHAN ROAD AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES OF SHA TIN, TAI PO, NORTH, YUEN LONG, TSUEN WAN, TUEN MUN, SAI KUNG AND ISLANDS.

BASIC COURSES IN INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNIQUES

K X X K X

THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE WILL ORGANISE FOUR BLOCK-RELEASE BASIC COURSES IN INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNIQUES FOR TRADE INSTRUCTORS AND WORKSHOP SUPERVISORS NEXT MONTH.

APPLICANTS SHOULD BE A TRADE OR WORKSHOP INSTRUCTOR AND MUST BE FULLY SKILLED IN HIS TRADE. EXPERIENCED WORKERS WHO WILL TAKE UP INSTRUCTION DUTIES MAY ALSO APPLY FOR THE COURSES.

THE FEES FOR EACH COURSE, WHICH COMPRISES THE METHODS OF INSTRUCTION BASED ON THE DUTY OF EDUCATION THEORY AND EDUCATION PSYCHOLOGY, IS $100.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW OBTAINABLE FROM THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE AT 373 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, HONG KONG AND THEY SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE COLLEGE ON OR BEFORE NOVEMBER 6.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1982

.NOTE TO EDITORSi

KOWLOON CITY FESTIVAL

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DETAILS OF A MONTH-LONG KOWLOON CITY FESTIVAL WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY (OCTOBER 26) AT 11 AM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE AT 141-143 KAU PUI LUNG ROAD.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR LEE LAP-SUN- THE PRESIDENT CF THE FESTIVAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR LUI FOOK-HONG-AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR WONG SIK-KONG- WILL BE PRESENT.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CONFERENCE.

LEASE OF MA TAU KOK PIER * M * *

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO OFFER BY PRIVATE TREATY GRANT A ID-YEAR LEASE OF A PIER NEXT TO THE MA TAU KOK PIER OFF SAN MA TAU STREET IN MA TAU KOK, KOWLOON TO THE HONG KONG AND CHINA GAS COMPANY LIMITED.

THE COMPANY WILL BE PERMITTED TO USE THE EXISTING PIER STRUCTURE ONLY FOR THE LOADING AND UNLOADING OF GOODS AND MATERIALS CONNECTED WITH THE NORMAL BUSINESS OF THE COMPANY.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS DESCRIBED IN A NOTICE IN TODAY’S (FRIDAY) GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

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

ALL OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL SHOULD BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF LANDS WITHIN TWO MONTHS.

THE PLAN SHOWING THE AREA AFFECTED MAY ALSO BE SEEN AT THE SURVEY DIVISION OF THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, 5TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, AND AT THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, 1ST FLOOR, 141-143 KAU PUI LUNG ROAD, KOWLOON.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1982

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FIRING PRACTICE FOR NOVEMBER * * * *

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE FOR 11 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 PRACTICE ARE / \S FOLLOWSs-

DATE TIME

NOVEMBER 8 (MONDAY) 9 AM 5 PM

NOVEMBER 9 (TUESDAY) 8 AM 5 PM

NOVEMBER 10 (WEDNESDAY) 8 AM 5 PM

NOVEMBER 11 (THURSDAY) 8 AM 5 PM

NOVEMBER 12 (FRIDAY) 8 AM 4. 30 PM

NOVEMBER 13 (SATURDAY) 8 AM 5 PM

NOVEMBER 16 (TUESDAY) 9 AM 5 PM

NOVEMBER 17 (WEDNESDAY) 9 AM 4. 30 PM

NOVEMBER 23 (TUESDAY) 9 AM 5 PM

NOVEMBER 24 (WEDNESDAY) 9 AM 5 PM

NOVEMBER 25 (THURSDAY) 8 .30 AM 4. 30 PM

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1982

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS DURING CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVAL * * * *

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN KOWLOON AND HONG KONG IN CONNECTION WITH THE CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVAL.

IN KOWLOON, WING MING STREET IN SHAM SHU I PO WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM ON SUNDAY AND MONDAY (OCTOBER 24 AND 25).

AT THE SAME TIME, PARKING SPACES FOR GOODS VEHICLES ON KING LAM STREET, WING HONG STREET AND YU CHAU WEST STREET WILL BE SUSPENDED.

MOTORISTS HEADING FOR THE DIAMOND HILL CEMETERY ARE ADVISED TO USE LUNG CHEUNG ROAD AND PO KONG VILLAGE ROAD INSTEAD OF HAMMER HILL ROAD, WHERE HEAVY TRAFFIC IS EXPECTED.

ON HONG KONG ISLAND, THE FOLLOWING ROADS WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 25)»

M PEEL RISE FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH ABERDEEN RESERVOIR ROAD TO A POINT BEYOND THE WESTERN LIMIT OF ABERDEEN CEMETERY ;

* MT. AUSTIN ROAD AND CAPE COLLINSON ROAD EAST OF LIN SHING ROAD (EXCEPT VEHICLES REQUIRING ACCESS TO PREMISES IN THE AREA) ;

* THE SLIP ROAD TO ABERDEEN CHINESE CEMETERY FROM SHEK PAI WAN ROAD ;

* THE SLIP ROAD TO THE CAPE COLLINSON CREMATORIUM FROM CAPE COLLINSON ROAD; AND

* THE SLIP ROAD TO CHAI WAN CHINESE PERMANENT CEMETERY.

AT THE SAME TIME, CONSORT RISE IN POK FU LAM WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND FROM VICTORIA ROAD TO BISNEY ROAD.

CAPE COLLINSON ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY WESTBOUND FROM LIN SHING ROAD TO SHEK 0 ROAD.

LIN SHING ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND FROM WAN TSUI ROAD TO CAPE COLLINSON ROAD.

WAN TSUI ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY CLOCKWISE.

WAH HA STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND FROM LIN SHING ROAD TO CHAI WAN ROAD.

FROM 7 AM TO 9 PM ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 25), THE UPPER PEAK TRAM TERMINUS CAR PARK WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

DUKE OF KENT ARRIVES SUNDAY ..................................... 1

in-service course for instructors in special schools ............ 2

TELEVISION HOME VIEWING GROUPS SEMINAR .......................... 2

FLOAT TO PROMOTE METRICATION .................................... 3

'FIGHT CRIME' OPEN AIR YOUTH CONCERT ............................ 4

CONSERVANCY ASSOCIATION AND KAIFONG LEADERS VISIT INCINERATION

PLANT ........................................................... 5

GRAVE VISITORS URGED TO KEEP COUNTRYSIDE CLEAN .................. 5

RECLAMATION AT TAI LEI AND PENG CHAU ISLANDS .................... 6

JOGGING SCHEME POPULAR IN NEW TERRITORIES ....................... 6

WATER CUT IN WONG CHUK HANG, WAN CHAI AND HUNG HOM .............. 8

STALL OPERATORS THANK NTSD .....................................  8

EARLY PLANNING FOR NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS ........................ 9

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1982

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DUKE OF KENT ARRIVES SUNDAY * * * *

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUKE OF KENT ARRIVES FROM AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON FOR AN OFFICIAL VISIT.

HRH THE DUCHESS OF KENT WILL JOIN HIM HERE FROM LONDON, ARRIVING ON MONDAY.

THEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES WILL HAVE NO OFFICIAL ENGAGEMENTS ON SUNDAY AND MONDAY, BUT WILL ATTEND A SERIES OF PUBLIC FUNCTIONS DURING THE REST OF THE WEEK INCLUDING THE OPENING OF THE FAR EAST AND PACIFIC GAMES FOR THE DISABLED AND THE OPENING CF THE PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL.

ON TUESDAY MORNING, THE DUKE WILL MAKE A PRIVATE VISIT TO CASTLE PEAK ’A’ POWER STATION WHERE HE WILL LUNCH WITH THE CHAIRMAN CF CHINA LIGHT AND POWER COMPANY, LORD KADOORIE, AND THE COMPANY'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

THE DUKE WILL TRAVEL TO THE POWER STATION ON THE GOVERNOR’S LAUNCH +THE LADY MAURINE+. ALONG THE WAY HE WILL SEE SOME OF THE DEVELOPMENTS TAKING PLACE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

TRAVELLING WITH HIM WILL BE THE DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT, MR EDDIE SHORT, WHO WILL BRIEF HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS ON THE VARIOUS PROJECTS, INCLUDING PLANNED DEVELOPMENT ON LANTAU ISLAND AND THE PROPOSED NEW AIRPORT AT CHEK LAP KOK.

LATER IN THE DAY, THE DUKE WILL TRAVEL TO TUEN MUN WHERE HE WILL BE RECEIVED BY THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, MR DONALD LIAO WHO WILL ESCORT HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS ON A TOUR OF SIU ON COURT HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME, ON TING AND YAU 01 PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES.

ON TING AND YAU 01 ARE THE LARGEST SISTER-ESTATES IN TUEN MUN, HOUSING MORE THAN 57 000 RESIDENTS IN 14 206 FLATS.

THE TWO ESTATES SHARE A WIDE RANGE OF COMMERCIAL AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES WITH THE ADJACENT HOME OWNERSHIP ESTATE, SIU ON COURT, WHICH PROVIDES ACCOMMODATION FOR MORE THAN 5 000 RESIDENTS IN TEN 17-STOREY BLOCKS.

AN ADVISORY CENTRE HAS ALSO BEEN SET UP AT YAU 01 TO HELP RESIDENTS ADJUST TO THE NEW ENVIRONMENT OF THE NEW TOWN.

THE DUKE WILL ALSO TOUR THE COMMERCIAL COMPLEX SERVING THE ESTATES, VISIT THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS KINDERGARTEN AND CALL ON A FAMILY LIVING IN ONE OF THE FLATS.

HE WILL RETURN TO HONG KONG ISLAND BY HELICOPTER.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1982

2

IN-SERVICE COURSE FOR INSTRUCTORS IN SPECIAL SCHOOLS * * * *

INSTRUCTORS SERVING IN SPECIAL SCHOOLS ARE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN A TWO-YEAR IN-SERVICE TRAINING COURSE ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE WHICH WILL COMMENCE NEXT MONTH.

APPLICANTS SHOULD BE TRADE INSTRUCTORS OR WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS AND IF ACCEPTED, WILL BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THE COURSE ON FRIDAYS FROM 8.50 AM TO 4.20 PM.

THOSE ACCEPTED ON THE COURSE MUST CONTINUE TO TEACH IN SPECIAL SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE DURATION OF THE COURSE, WHICH WILL BE OPERATED ON A PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE BASIS AND CONDUCTED IN CHINESE.

THE COURSE WILL COMPRISE A COMMON CORE OF BASIC STUDIES WHICH WILL INCLUDE PRINCIPLES OF EDUCATION, PSYCHOLOGICAL AND MEDICAL ASPECTS OF HANDICAPPED CHILDREN, SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL PROVISION AND SERVICES FOR THE DISABLED, VOCATIONAL ASSESSMENT AND METHODS OF TEACHING SKILLS TO THE DISABLED.

TRAINEES WILL ALSO BE REQUIRED TO CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING ELECT IVESi INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNIQUES, GENERAL STUDIES AND COURSE MANAGEMENT.

ON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, TRAINEES WHO ARE QUALIFIED INSTRUCTORS WILL BE AWARDED THE CERTIFICATE FOR INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF OF THE DISABLED. THOSE WHO ARE NOT QUALIFIED INSTRUCTORS WILL BE PROVIDED WITH THE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE IN THE FORM OF A LETTER PENDING ISSUANCE OF FULL CERTIFICATES WHEN THEY ARE ACCORDED QUALIFIED INSTRUCTORS STATUS.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS AT LEE GARDENS, HYSAN AVENUE, ITS SUB-OFFICE AT KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, NATHAN ROAD AND THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE AT 373 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST.

COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED VIA SCHOOL HEADS TO THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 28.

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TELEVISION HOME VIEWING GROUPS SEMINAR K K K K

THREE TELEVISION HOME VIEWING GROUPS MET TODAY (SATURDAY) FOR THE FIRST TIME AT THE TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING AUTHORITY TO EXCHANGE VIEWS ON TELEVISION STANDARDS.

DURING THE SEMINAR, DEMONSTRATION TAPES ON BREACHES OF PROGRAMME STANDARDS AND PROBLEM COMMERCIALS WERE SHOWN TO THE TSUEN WAN. HONG KONG EASTERN AND MONG KOK DISTRICTS GROUP MEMBERS. IT WAS FOLLOWED BY A DISCUSSION BETWEEN TH MEMBERS AND TELEVISION AUTHORITY STAFF.

JUCH SEMINARS

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2J, 1982

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SUCH SEMINARS SERVE AS AN EFFECTIVE CHANNEL OF COMMUNICATION. AS THE FUNCTION OF THE TELEVISION HOME VIEWING GROUPS IS TO HELP THE TELEVISION ADVISORY BOARD KEEP IN TOUCH WITH PUBLIC ATTITUDES TOWARDS TELEVISION PROGRAMMES AND ADVERTISING STANDARDS, AN EFFECTIVE SYSTEM OF COMMUNICATION IS BOTH ESSENTIAL AND USEFUL.

THE TSUEN WAN, HONG KONG EASTERN AND MONG KOK TELEVISION HOME VIEWING GROUPS ARE THE FIRST THREE OF THE 12 DISTRICT TELEVISION HOME VIEWING GROUPS WHICH HAVE NOW BEEN SET UP IN DISTRICTS OF HONG KONG ISLAND, KOWLOON AND NEW TERRITORIES.

ANOTHER SIX, COVERING THE REMAINING SIX DISTRICTS, WILL BE ESTABLISHED BY DECEMBER 1982. WITH THE SUCCESS OF TODAY’S SEMINAR, TELEVISION AUTHORITY PLANS TO MAKE THE FUNCTION A REGULAR EXERCISE.

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FLOAT TO PROMOTE METRICATION ft ft ft ft

STREET VENDORS, HOUSEWIVES OR PASSERS-BY MAY HAVE A GOOD CHANCE OF WINNING ATTRACTIVE PRIZES AND SOUVENIRS AT SOME BUSY STREETS ON HONG KONG ISLAND TOMORROW (SUNDAY) IF THEY SHOW THEY CAN MASTER BASIC METRICATION KNOWLEDGE.

THE VEHICLE-TURNED COLOURFUL FLOAT, ON ITS SECOND PARADE TO SPREAD THE METRICATION MESSAGE, WILL TRAVEL AND STOP FOR SOME TIME AT DESIGNATED MARKET PLACES AND CROWDED AREAS OF HONG KONG. ITS SCHEDULED STOPS WILL BE»

10.15 - 10.35 AM WAN CHAI MARKET, QUEEN’S ROAD EAST

11.00 - 12.10 PM STATUE SQUARE, CENTRAL

12.30 - 12.45 PM TRAM TERMINUS, HAPPY VALLEY

2.15 - 2.35 PM PATERSON STREET, CAUSEWAY BAY

3.10 - 3.30 PM NORTH POINT FERRY PIER

THIS IS THE LATEST EFFORT OF THE METRICATION COMMITTEE TO PROMOTE METRICATION AT THE GRASS-ROOTS LEVEL.

ARTISTES OF RTHK WHO MANNED THE PARADE FLOAT, WILL TALK TO ONLOOKERS AND ASK THEM QUESTIONS ON METRICATION. THOSE WHO GIVE THE CORRECT ANSWERS WILL BE GIVEN SOUVENIRS RANGING FROM CASSETTE RECORDER, VACUUM CLEANER, ELECTRONIC CALCULATOR, BOX FAN, SPORT GOODS, TO COFFEE POT AND CONVERSION SLIDE RULES.

APART FROM EDUCATING THE PUBLIC, IT IS HOPED THAT STREET PROMOTION OF THIS KIND WILL PROVIDE PARTICIPANTS WITH A CHANCE TO SHARE THE FUN WHILE MAKING THEM WELL VERSED WITH THE DAILY USE OF THE METRIC SYSTEM.

RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG ARTISTES ON BOARD THE FLOAT WILL ALSO TRY TO TELL THE MAN IN TH STREET THAT AN ENTERTAINING TV PROGRAMME IS NOW ON.

ENTITLED ’LET’S GO METRIC AND JOI ,-i.Y PRESENTED BY RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG AND TH" M TRICA..C.T COMMITTEE, THE 13-EPISODE SERIES WILL BE SHOWN ON TVB JADE EVERY SATURDAY AT 5 PM.

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♦FIGHT CRIME* OPEN AIR YOUTH CONCERT ft ft ft ft

THE ANTI-CRIME MESSAGE WILL BE BROUGHT HOME TO YOUNG PEOPLE AT AN OPEN-AIR CONCERT TO BE HELD AT THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON.

JOINTLY PRESENTED BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES AND RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG, THE FIGHT CRIME YOUTH CONCERT IS THE GRAND FINALE OF A SERIES OF YOUTH ACTIVITIES ORGANISED THIS SUMMER IN SUPPORT OF THE FIGHT YOUTH CRIME CAMPAIGN 1982/83.

THESE ACTIVITIES INCLUDED SEMINARS, AN ESSAY WRITING COMPETITION AND A SERIES OF RADIO PROGRAMMES WHICH WERE DEVISED AND HOSTED BY THE 10 PARTICIPATING YOUTH ORGANISATIONS. EACH PROGRAMME INTRODUCED TO LISTENERS THE ACTIVITIES OF ONE CLUB. THE AIM WAS TO MOTIVATE YOUNGSTERS TO TAKE PART IN HEALTHY ACTIVITIES OFFERED BY THE VARIOUS YOUTH ORGANISATIONS IN HONG KONG, AND THUS AVOID COMMITTING CRIME.

DR HO KAM-FAI, MEMBER OF THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AND WILL PRESENT SOUVENIR PENNANTS TO THE 10 PART ICIPATING YOUTH ORGANISATIONS.

RTHK DJ’S AND SINGERS, INCLUDING ALBERT AU. KEN CHOI. CANDY CHEA, CARMAN WONG AND ERIC NG, WILL PERFORM IN THE CONCERT WHICH WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE ON RTHK RADIO TWO. POPULAR SINGER MICHAEL KWAN WILL APPEAR AS A SPECIAL GUEST TO SING A MEDLEY OF SEVERAL OF HIS WELL KNOWN SONGS. HE WILL ALSO PRESENT THE BEST RADIO PROGRAMME AWARD TO ONE OF THE 10 YOUTH ORGANISATIONS PARTICIPATED IN THE RADIO SERIES.

THE THREE WINNERS OF THE FIGHT YOUTH CRIME ESSAY COMPETITION WILL BE PRESENTED WITH BOOK TOKENS BY MR BRIAN HICKMAN, CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER OF THE GIS’S PROMOTIONS SUB-DIVISION.

THE CONCERT IS EXPECTED TO ATTRACT A LARGE AUDIENCE INCLUDING MEMBERS OF THE 10 YOUTH ORGANISATIONS AND OTHER YOUNG RESIDENTS OF HONG KONG.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1982

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CONSERVANCY ASSOCIATION AND VISIT INCINERATION * * *

KAIFONG LEADERS PLANT

THE CONSERVANCY ASSOCIATION AND

LEADERS T0DAY <saturday) VISITED THE KWAI CHUNG A N । •

TUEN MUN KAIFONG INCINERATION

OF

ELECTRICAL

DEI-EGATION WAS BRIEFED BY THE DIRECTOR OF cfDthICIincIneratorV,CES' MR graham 0SB0RNE» DURING THEIR TOUR

THE PLANT, COMMISSIONED IN 1978, IS THE FIRST IN HONG KONG TO BE FITTED WITH HIGH EFFICIENCY DEVICES KNOWN AS ELECTROSTATIC WASTEPn^PniIfT°RS AND 13 H0NG K0N6’S M0ST EFFICIENT MEANS OF waoic ulorUoAL,

»I^ETDEV!CES HELP REMOVE most of the dust from the flue is clean aId theCenvir6nmentRis°pr6tected.,ON FR0M THE CH,MMEY

w.tu ARn??.B2R!!L™;S THE VISITORS THAT THE KWAI CHUNG PLANT, tonnes of refuse a JIv? 1 200 T0""ES' “s HANDL"*S AB0UT

Jls ,T0RS SHOWED KEEN INTEREST IN THE PLANT AS THE SuE?«!^Ja^LPLANS T0 BU,LD another INCINERATOR IN WESTERN NeW territories.

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GRAVE VISITORS URGED TO KEEP COUNTRYSIDE CLEAN

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PEOPLE GOING TO CEMETERIES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES DURING THE CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVAL ARE URGED TO KEEP THE GRAVEYARD AND COUNTRYSIDE CLEAN AND TIDY.

THEY ARE ALSO ADVISED TO BURN JOSS-PAPER AND JOSS-STICKS IN METAL CONTAINERS TO PREVENT FIRE OUTBREAKS.

♦LITTERING COULD BRING A FINE OF 15 000 TO AN OFFENDER,* SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

HE WARNED THAT ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST LITTERBUGS WILL BE STEPPED UP DURING THE HOLIDAY PERIOD AND ADVISED THOSE VISITING CEMETERIES AND PRIVATE GRAVE SITES TO HELP KEEP THE COUNTRYSIDE CLEAN BY BRINGING ALONG PLASTIC BAGS TO KEEP THEIR LITTER AND MAKING USE OF REFUSE BINS OR REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS IN NEARBY AREAS.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1982

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RECLAMATION AT TAI LEI AND PENG CHAU ISLANDS *****

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO RECLAIM ABOUT 5.8 HECTARES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED AT TAI LEI AND PENG CHAU ISLANDS.

THE RECLAIMED LAND WILL BE USED FOR VILLAGE TYPE HOUSING, INDUSTRY AND COMMUNITY USE AS WELL AS THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT, ABATTOIR AND INCINERATOR.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREAS OF FORESHORE AND SEABED INVOLVED IS DESCRIBED IN NOTICES IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

ALL OBJECTIONS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF LANDS WITHIN TWO MONTHS.

THE NOTICES, IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE. WITH RELATED PLANS CAN BE SEEN ON NOTICE BOARDS NEAR THE SITES.

THE PLANS CAN ALSO BE SEEN AT THE SURVEY DIVISION OF THE LANDS DEPARTMENT ON THE 5TH FLOOR OF MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD; AT THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE (KOWLOON WEST) ON THE HTH FLOOR OF KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE (ISLANDS) ON THE 16TH FLOOR OF SINCERE BUILDING, 173 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL.

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JOGGING SCHEME POPULAR IN NEW TERRITORIES * * *

RUNNING TO KEEP FIT IS BECOMING VERY POPULAR WITH NEW TERRITORIES RESIDENTS WHO ARE SEEKING TO JOIN JOGGING CLASSES. aua ,S THE LATEST district TO JOIN THE JOGGING CRAZE

^?CSEYERAL HUNDRED PE0PLE OF VARIOUS AGES RANGING FROM 70 TO 10 i£y!.'/0,NED THE *RONNING AWARD SCHEME+, A PROJECT JOINTLY

THE ^CREATION AND SPORT SERVICE OF RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT, THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT THE SHA TIN SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD. ’

UNDER THE SCHEME, THE PARTICIPANTS MEET AT AN OPEN GROUND EVERY SUNDAY TO UNDERGO WARM-UP EXERCISES BEFORE STARTING THEIR JOGGING. EACH JOGGING SESSION LASTS FOR TWO HOURS.

0F SUCH A SCHEME WAS INITIATED BY THE JOGGERS RECREAT,0N AND SPORT OFFICER OF SHA TIN, MR YIP

OritK—oAlDa

/THE SCHEME

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1982

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THE SCHEME HAD BEEN WELL RECEIVED AS ABOUT 300 PEOPLE HAVE APPLIED FOR THE 180 VACANCIES, MR YIP SAID.

♦AS THE SPORT IS NOT COSTLY, WE HAVE ACCEPTED ALL THE APPLICANTS,* HE SAID.

THERE ARE ALTOGETHER SEVEN INSTRUCTORS COMPRISING SIX MEN AND ONE WOMAN.

THE AWARD SCHEME ALSO INCORPORATES A FITNESS TEST EVERY MONTH TO ASSESS THE PARTICIPANTS’ STANDARD.

THEY WILL BE AWARDED EITHER GOLD, SILVER OR BRONZE MEDALS ACCORDING TO THEIR ACHIEVEMENT.

+WE WILL ALSO IDENTIFY SOME TALENTED JOGGERS AND RECOMMEND THEM, IF POSSIBLE, FOR FURTHER TRAINING,* MR YIP REMARKED.

♦THEY WILL BE ENCOURAGED TO TAKE PART IN THE DISTRICT LONG-DISTANCE RUNNING COMPETITION HELD ANNUALLY IN APRIL,+ HE ADDED.

OTHER DISTRICTS WHICH HAVE ORGANISED SIMILAR SCHEMES ARE YUEN LONG, KWAI CHUNG AND TAI PO.

MEANWHILE IN TAI PO, THE RSS OFFICE THERE, THE NTSD AND THE TAI PO SPORTS ASSOCIATION ARE ALSO ORGANISING A RUNNING SCHEME FOR THE AREA’S RESIDENTS.

THOSE AGED BETWEEN 12 AND ABOVE AND IN GOOD PHYSICAL CONDITION ARE INVITED TO APPLY. ONLY 300 APPLICANTS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

THE SCHEME COMPRISES A TRAINING PERIOD FOLLOWED BY TESTS AND COMPETITIONS. MEDALS WILL BE PRESENTED.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT A NUMBER OF PLACES, INCLUDING THE RSS TAI PO OFFICE AND THE TAI PO SPORTS ASSOCIATION OFFICE ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING. ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE ON TELEPHONE 0-6577111 EXTENSION 140 OR 141.

APPLICATION CLOSES AT THE END OF THIS MONTH.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1982

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WATER CUT IN WONG

CHUK HANG, WAN CHAI AND HUNG HOM

HMM

J^SH.WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN WONG CHUK HANG AND WAN CHAI WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR SEVERAL HOURS FROM TUESDAY (OCTOBER 26) TO WEDNESDAY (OCTOBER 27) TO ENABLE WORK TO BE CARRIED OUT ON THE SUPPLY SYSTEM.

IN WONG CHUK HANG, THE SUSPENSION WILL LAST FROM 10 PM ON TUESDAY TO 8 AM ON WEDNESDAY.

oa. .4HLu£!.MI!!??FFECTED W,LL BE TH0SE IN NAM L0NS SHAN ROAD, POLICE SCHOOL ROAD, WONG CHUK HANG ESTATE, THE WONG CHUK HANG POLICE TRAINING SCHOOL AND THE NAM LONG SHAN PORTION OF OCEAN PARK.

to 6 IS ?SeN ZJ-J SUS',ENS,O"WILL BE10 PM °N TUESDA¥

a A11/JcT<-oR^lnESl/FoFCTED W,LL BE TH0SE ,N THE AREA BOUNDED BY GLOUCESTER ROAD, MARSH ROAD, HENNESSY ROAD AND STEWART ROAD.

MEANWHILE IN KOWLOON, FRESH WATER SUPPLY WILL ALSO BE SUSPENDED TO PREMISES IN THE AREA BOUNDED BY MA TAU WAI ROAD HOK YUEN STREET, KAI MING STREET AND THE SEAFRONT IN HUNG 2L£fR,0D SUSPENSION WILL BE 11 PM ON TUESDAY TO 6 AM WEDNESDAY.

HOM AND

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STALL OPERATORS THANK NTSD

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FIVE COOKED-FOOD STALL HOLDERS OF THE KAM TIN MARKET AND BAZAAR THANKED THE YUEN LONG STAFF OF THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT TODAY (SATURDAY) FOR THEIR PROMPT ACTION IN HELPING REBUILD THEIR STALLS DESTROYED BY FIRE RECENTLY.

DURING A CEREMONY HELD AT THE BAZAAR, MR LAW PO-KAM ON BEHALF OF THE STALL HOLDERS PRESENTED A BANNER TO THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER OF YUEN LONG, MR PONG KIN-HONG, AS A TOKEN OF APPRECIATION FOR THE EFFORTS OF MR PONG AND HIS STAFF.

ANOTHER BANNER WAS PRESENTED TO SENIOR HEALTH INSPECTOR KONG WAN-FEE WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF THE COOKED FOOD BAZAAR.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1982

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EARLY PLANNING FOR NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS * * * * *

ALTHOUGH THE LUNAR NEW YEAR IS STILL A FFW months au/av the activ?t?esTRICT board w,ll make AN EARLY start to plan celebration MU I I V I I 11 □ ,

AT ITS FOURTH MEETING DISCUSS PROPOSED PROGRAMMES ORGANISING COMMITTEE.

ON TUESDAY (OCTOBER 26), THE BOARD WILL , BUDGET AND STRUCTURE OF A FESTIVAL

AT THE MEETING TO BE CHAIRED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER mr nickv mMMT?Tc?cARD MEMBERS W,LL ALS0 EXAMINE REPORTS FROM VARIOUS^ Sprovement AwnEbnoJeE AND TRANSPORT, ENVIRONMENTAL

culturalEaffairs 0R s’ S0C AL SERVICES’ AND recreation,

SPORTS AND

A PAPER ON THE EXPERIMENTAL SCHEME IN VILLAGE CLEANSING WILL BE TABLED AND WHETHER THE SCHEME SHOULD BE CONTINUED.

OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT MEMBERS WILL BE ASKED

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

DUKE OP KENT ARRIVES ........................................... 1

UNUSUALLY WET SEPTEMBER......................................... 1

YOUNG PEOPLE URGED TO SUPPORT FIGHT AGAINST CRIME .............. 3

SCNTA OPENS WONG TAI SIN FESTIVAL '82 .......................... 5

WATER BILLING EXPLAINED ........................................ 6

NEW TAXI FARE CONVERSION TABLE.................................. 7

CREMATION GAINS WIDER ACCEPTANCE................................ 10

WEEKDAY CAMPS FOR STUDENTS ..................................... 11

TUEN MUN MUSIC AND DANCE FORTNIGHT ............................ 12

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1982

1

DUKE OF KENT ARRIVES * * *

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUKE OF KENT ARRIVED FROM AUCKLAND TODAY FOR A NINE-DAY OFFICIAL VISIT.

HE WAS GREETED AT THE AIRPORT BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE.

THE GOVERNOR THEN PRESENTED HIS AIDE-DE-CAMP, MR PAUL CROFT; THE CHIEF JUSTICE, SIR DENYS ROBERTS; THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE; THE COMMANDER BRITISH FORCES, MAJOR GENERAL DEREK BOORMAN; SIR SZE-YUEN CHUNG, SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL; MR ROGER LOBO, SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL; AND THE COMMISSIONER FOR NEW ZEALAND, MR FRANK MULLER.

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS WILL BE JOINED BY THE DUCHESS OF KENT WHO IS ARRIVING FROM LONDON TOMORROW (MONDAY).

THE DUKE WILL BEGIN A SERIES OF PUBLIC ENGAGEMENTS ON TUESDAY WHEN HE WILL VISIT TUEN MUN TO SEE SEVERAL HOUSING AUTHORITY ESTATES.

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UNUSUALLY WET SEPTEMBER XXX

THE TOTAL RAINFALL OF 466.8 MM IN SEPTEMBER WAS 46 PER CENT ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE MONTH, ACCORDING TO THE LATEST MONTHLY WEATHER REPORT RELEASED BY THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY TODAY (SUNDAY).

THIS FIGURE BROUGHT THE ACCUMULATED RAINFALL SINCE JANUARY TO 2 988 MM, THE SECOND HIGHEST ON RECORD FOR THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF ANY YEAR.

APART FROM SOME ISOLATED SHOWERS, THE WEATHER WAS MAINLY FINE ON SEPTEMBER 1 AND 2.

THUNDERSTORMS WERE RECORDED ON SEPTEMBER 3 BUT THE WEATHER WAS FINE AGAIN FOR THE NEXT TWO DAYS.

THE STRONG MONSOON SIGNAL WAS UP FOR A RECORD PERIOD OF 74 HOURS FROM SEPTEMBER 5 TO 8, WITH WINDS STRENGTHENING FROM THE EAST ON THE FIRST DAY AND REMAINING STRONG OFF-SHORE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 7.

THE WEATHER WAS GENERALLY CLOUDY WITH SOME SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS FROM SEPTEMBER 6 TILL THE MORNING OF SEPTEMBER 8. BUT IT IMPROVED AND REMAINED FINE APART FROM A FEW ISOLATED SHOWERS DURING THE NEXT FOUR DAYS.

THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 33.1 DEGREES CELSIUS RECORDED ON SEPTEMBER 10 AND 20.

/WINDS

SUNDAY, 0CTCB2R 24, 198a

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WINDS FRESHENED EARLY ON SEPTEMBER 12 WHILE STRONG EASTERLY WINDS AND OCCASIONAL SHOWERS PREVAILED FROM SEPTEMBER 13 TO 14 AS TYPHOON IRVING MOVED NORTHWEST FROM XISHA IN THE PARACELS TO THE NORTHEASTERN TIP OF HAINAN.

WINDS MODERATED ON SEPTEMBER 15 WHEN IRVING CROSSED THE LEI ZHOU PENINSULA BUT THE WEATHER REMAINED UNSETTLED.

NUMBER ONE SIGNAL WAS HOISTED FOR TYPHOON IRVING AT 4 PM ON SEPTEMBER 11 AND UPGRADED TO NUMBER THREE THE FOLLOWING DAY. IT REVERTED TO NUMBER ONE ON SEPTEMBER 14 AND WAS LOWERED ON SEPTEMBER 15.

HEAVY RAIN AND THUNDERSTORMS ON SEPTEMBER 16 AND 17 CAUSED FLOODING AND MINOR LANDSLIPS IN HONG KONG.

FLOODING WAS MOST SERIOUS IN DIAMOND HILL DISTRICT WHERE FOUR SQUATTER HUTS WERE DESTROYED AND A SECTION OF LUNG CHEUNG ROAD WAS TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC. TWO SQUATTER HUTS IN KWUN TONG COLLAPSED IN THE RAIN, BUT THERE WERE NO CASUALTIES.

APART FROM THUNDERY SHOWERS ON SEPTEMBER 21, 22 AND 25, THE WEATHER WAS FINE FROM SEPTEMBER 18 TO 28.

WITH THE ARRIVAL OF THE WINTER MONSOON ON SEPTEMBER 28, WINDS STRENGTHENED FROM THE EAST AND REMAINED STRONG OFF-SHORE UNTIL THE MORNING OF SEPTEMBER 29.

THE MONTH’S LOWEST TEMPERATURE OF 23 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS RECORDED ON SEPTEMBER 29.

THE WEATHER WAS CLOUDY WITH SOME THUNDERY SHOWERS FOR THE LAST TWO DAYS OF THE MONTH.

DURING SEPTEMBER, SIX TROPICAL CYCLONES FORMED OVER THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC AND THE SOUTH CHINA SEAi SEVERE TROPICAL STORM HOPE, TYPHOON IRVING, TYPHOON JUDY, TYPHOON KEN, TROPICAL STORM LOLA AND A TROPICAL DEPRESSION.

HOWEVER, ONLY TYPHOON IRVING CAUSED TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING SIGNALS TO BE HOISTED IN HONG KONG.

SEVERE TROPICAL STORM HOPE DEVELOPED AS A TROPICAL DEPRESSION OVER THE SOUTH CHINA SEA ON SEPTEMBER 4, MOVED STEADILY WESTWARDS AND HIT THE VIETNAM COAST AROUND MIDNIGHT ON SEPTEMBER 6.

TYPHOON IRVING FORMED OVER THE PACIFIC ABOUT 650 NAUTICAL MILES EAST OF MANILA ON SEPTEMBER 5, CAME WITHIN 400 NAUTICAL MILES OF HONG KONG ON SEPTEMBER 11 AND EVENTUALLY LANDED IN GUANGXI ON SEPTEMBER 15.

TYPHOON JUDY HIT EAST AND CENTRAL JAPAN ON SEPTEMBER 12, ABOUT SIX DAYS AFTER ITS FORMATION NEAR GUAM. TWENTY-FIVE PEOPLE WERE KILLED, NINE REPORTED MISSING AND 94 INJURED IN JAPAN.

TYPHOON KEN FORMED OVER THE PACIFIC ABOUT 690 NAUTICAL MILES EAST-NORTHEAST OF MANILA ON SEPTEMBER 16 AND MOVED ACROSS SOUTHWESTERN JAPAN ON SEPTEMBER 25, KILLING FIVE PEOPLE AND INJURING 12 OTHERS.

/TROPICAL STuR.........

SUNDAY, CCTOBSH ?4» 1?£2

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TROPICAL STORM LOLA FORMED OVER THE PACIFIC ABOUT 1 300 NAUTICAL MILES SOUTHEAST OF TOKYO AND BECAME EXTRA-TROPICAL ON SEPTEMBER 19.

A TROPICAL DEPRESSION DEVELOPED OVER THE PACIFIC ABOUT 330 NAUTICAL MILES NORTHWEST OF GUAM ON SEPTEMBER 21, MOVED NORTHWEST AT ABOUT 12 KNOTS AND DISSIPATED OVER THE OCEAN ON SEPTEMBER 22.

TWO AIRCRAFT WERE DIVERTED FROM HONG KONG DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER DURING THE MONTH.

THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS WERE ISSUED ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 25 AND 30, WHILE HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS WERE ISSUED ON SEPTEMBER 16 AND 25.

NO FIRE DANGER WARNINGS WERE ISSUED.

THE MONTH’S FIGURES AND DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL WERE*

SUNSHINE

RAINFALL

CLOUDINESS

RELATIVE HUMIDITY

MEAN MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE

FEAN TEMPERATURE

FEAN MINIMUM TEMPERATURE

FEAN DEW POINT

TOTAL EVAPORATION

187.4 HOURS, 1.1 HOURS BELOW NORMAL

466.8 MM* 146.4 MM ABOVE NORMAL

63% i 1% MORE THAN NORMAL

81% I 2% HIGHER THAN NORMAL

29.8 DEGREES CELSIUS* 0.7 DEGREES CELSIUS BELOW NORMAL

27.5 DEGREES CELSIUS* NORMAL

25.5 DEGREES CELSIUS: 0.3 DEGREES CELSIUS ABOVE NORMAL

23.8 DEGREES CELSIUS* 0.6 DEGREES CELSIUS ABOVE NORMAL

152.9 MM * 8.5 MM BELOW NORMAL

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YOUNG PEOPLE URGED TO SUPPORT FIGHT AGAINST CRIME * * * *

LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR AND SENIOR LECTURER OF SOCIAL WORK IN THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, DR HO KAM-FAI TODAY (SUNDAY) URGED THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF HONG KONG AND THEIR PARENTS TO JOIN HANDS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST YOUTH CRIME.

SPEAKING AS A MEMBER OF THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE FIGHT CRIME YOUTH CONCERT AT THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC THIS AFTERNOON, DR HO SAID, +1 WOULD LIKE T0 APPEAL TO THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF HONG KONG FOR THEIR CONTINUED SUPPORT OF THE FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN, BY INVOLVING IN HEALTHY AND MEANINGFUL ACTIVITIES AND BY SETTING A GOOD EXAMPLE TO THEIR FRIENDS.

I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SEE PARENTS GIVING THEIR CHILDREN A LITTLE MORE TIME AND ATTENTION, TO PREVENT THE LATTER FROM GOING ASTRAY.*

z'THS CONCiar.......

SUNDAY, OJTOB.fi 24, 19U.

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THE CONCERT WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES AND THE RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG AS THE GRAND FINALE OF A SERIES OF SUMMER ACTIVITIES ORGANISED IN SUPPORT OF THE FIGHT YOUTH CRIME CAMPAIGN 1982/83.

THESE ACTIVITIES INCLUDED A SEMINAR, AN ESSAY COMPETITION, FEATURE ARTICLES AND RADIO PROGRAMMES. THEY SHARED THE COMMON AIM CF ENCOURAGING YOUNG PEOPLE TO MAKE GOOD USE OF THEIR LEISURE BY ENGAGING IN HEALTHY PURSUITS.

SINCE THE FIGHT YOUTH CRIME CAMPAIGN WAS LAUNCHED LAST YEAR, THERE HAS BEEN A STEADY DOWNWARD TREND IN JUVENILE AND YOUTH CRIME STATISTICS.

DR HO SAIDi +THE TOTAL NUMBER OF JUVENILES PROSECUTED IN THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF THIS YEAR WAS 2 460, REPRESENTING A DROP OF 24 PER CENT AS COMPARED WITH THE 3 245 PROSECUTIONS IN THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD LAST YEAR.

+HOWEVER, THE SUCCESS OF THE CAMPAIGN DOES NOT SOLELY RELY ON THE GOVERNMENT AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES. IT REQUIRES DETERMINATION ON THE PART OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE THEMSELVES TO STAY AWAY FROM CRIME AS WELL AS THE EFFORT OF PARENTS AND TEACHERS TO PROVIDE YOUNG PEOPLE WITH PROPER GUIDANCE AND AN ENVIRONMENT CONDUCIVE TO HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT,+ HE ADDED.

THE 10 YOUTH ORGANISATIONS THAT HAD GIVEN THEIR ACTIVE SUPPORT TO THE RECENT ACTIVITIES WERE PRESENTED WITH SOUVENIRS TODAY BY DR HO IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR CONTRIBUTION.

THE ORGANISATIONS WERE THE HONG KONG RED CROSS YOUTH, THE ROAD SAFETY PATROL, THE CIVIL AID SERVICES CADET CORPS, THE HONG KONG GIRL GUIDES ASSOCIATION, THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB, THE HONG KONG ST. JOHN AMBULANCE CADET, THE HONG KONG SEA CADET CORPS, THE SCOUT ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG, THE HONG KONG AIR CADET CORPS, AND THE JUNIOR POLICE CALL.

PRIOR TO THE CONCERT, THE RESULTS OF THE FIGHT YOUTH CRIME ESSAY COMPETITION AND THE RADIO PROGRAMME COMPETITION WERE ANNOUNCED.

FOR THE ESSAY COMPETITION, THE FIRST THREE PRIZES WENT TO LAU TSUI-LIN OF THE BUDDHIST SIN TAK COLLEGE, NG KA-FAI OF THE LOK SIN TONG YU KAN HING SCHOOL AND LAI SAU-FONG OF THE P.H.C. WING KWONG COLLEGE. THEY RECEIVED BOOK TOKENS VALUED AT $500, $300 AND $200 RESPECTIVELY FROM MR BRIAN HICKMAN, CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER OF THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES.

THE WINNER OF THE RADIO PROGRAMME COMPETITION WENT TO THE HONG KONG ST. JOHN AMBULANCE CADET. THEY WERE PRESENTED WITH THE BEST RADIO PROGRAMME AWARD BY POPULAR SINGER MICHAEL KwAN, WHO APPEARED AS A SPECIAL GUEST STAR IN THE CONCERT.

THE CONCERT ALSO FEATURED RTHK DJS SUCH AS ALBERT AU, KEN CHOI, CANDY CHEA, CARMAN WONG AND ERIC NG.

THE CONCERT WAS ATTENDED BY SOME 2 500 YOUNG PEOPLE, MANY OF WHOM WERE MEMBERS OF YOUTH ORGANISATIONS.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1982

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SCNTA OPENS WONG TAI SIN FESTIVAL '82 *****

THE WONG TAI SIN FESTIVAL ’82 - A MONTH-LONG EVENT COMBINING A DISTRICT FESTIVAL AND THE FIRST WONG TAI SIN ARTS FESTIVAL - WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED TONIGHT (SUNDAY) BY THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR IAN MACPHERSON.

THE FESTIVAL HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE - MUSIC, DANCE, EXHIBITIONS, ENTERTAINMENT AND EDUCATION, SPECIAL EVENTS FOR THE ELDERLY, VOLUNTEER WORKERS AND INDUSTRIAL WORKERS AND A SEPARATE SPORTS FESTIVAL.

THE OPENING CEREMONY, WHICH TOOK PLACE AT THE LOK SIN TONG YU KAN HING MIDDLE SCHOOL IN WANG TAU HOM, WAS MARKED BY AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT LOCAL RESIDENTS CAN EXPECT TO SEE OVER THE NEXT FOUR WEEKS.

THERE WERE PERFORMANCES BY THE RECENTLY-FORMED WONG TAI SIN CHILDREN’S CHOIR AND THE WELL-KNOWN VOCALIST LOLA YOUNG AT THE SCHOOL HALL AND CHINESE DANCING AT THE MORSE PARK OPEN AIR THEATRE.

THE TWO FESTIVALS ARE SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD BUT l*R MACPHERSON SAID IN HIS OPENING SPEECH THAT +WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF THE DISTRICT ARTS COUNCIL, THE DISTRICT RECREATION AND SPORTS COUNCIL, THE URBAN COUNCIL AND OTHER LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, THEY COULD NOT HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED.+

THE PROGRAMME OF EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES HAS BEEN ORGANISED FOR ALL SECTORS OF THE WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY INCLUDING A WEEK-LONG INDUSTRIAL SAFETY EXHIBITION IN SAN PO KONG FOR THE DISTRICT’S 90 OOO-STRONG INDUSTRIAL WORKFORCE WHICH WILL BEGIN ON OCTOBER 27.

A FORUM WILL BE HELD FOR A THOUSAND YOUNG VOLUNTEER WORKERS TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCE IN COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT SO THAT THEY CAN FURTHER ENHANCE THEIR PARTICIPATION IN VOLUNTEER WORK.

TWELVE EVENTS HAVE BEEN ARRANGED ESPECIALLY FOR THE ELDERLY IN VARIOUS PARTS OF WONG TAI SIN.

A TOTAL OF 31 DIFFERENT ITEMS HAS BEEN INCLUDED IN THE ARTS FESTIVAL, THE RESULT OF THE DISTRICT BOARD’S DECISION TO ESTABLISH A DISTRICT ARTS COUNCIL, MR MACPHERSON NOTED.

♦THESE PROGRAMMES WILL BE SUITABLE FOR A WIDE SPECTRUM OF TASTES BY MAKING USE OF BOTH HIGHLY PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS AND PERFORMERS AND SOME EXCELLENT LOCAL TALENT,+ HE SAID.

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1982

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WATER BILLING EXPLAINED * * * *

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE REMINDED THAT WATER ACCOUNTS ARE ISSUED AND PAYABLE AT AN INTERVAL OF FOUR MONTHS.

THE BUSINESS MANAGER OF THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT, NR TOM MCDONOUGH, TODAY (SUNDAY) SAID WATER ACCOUNTS ARE ISSUED TO REGISTERED CONSUMERS THREE TIMES A YEAR ON A ’STAGGERED’ BASIS ACCORDING TO DIFFERENT DISTRICTS.

♦THIS MEANS THAT CONSUMERS IN ONE DISTRICT ARE ISSUED WATER ACCOUNTS IN THE MONTHS OF JANUARY, MAY AND SEPTEMBER WHILE CONSUMERS IN ANOTHER DISTRICT ARE BILLED IN THE MONTHS OF FEBRUARY, JUNE AND OCTOBER AND SO ON.

♦CONSUMERS SHOULD PAY THEIR WATER ACCOUNTS ON OR BEFORE THE DUE DATES SO AS TO AVOID SURCHARGES OR DISCONNECTION OF THEIR WATER SUPPLIES. THE PAYMENT DUE DATE IS SPECIFIED IN THE WATER ACCOUNT AND THIS IS NORMALLY ONE MONTH AFTER THE DATE OF ISSUE,* HE SAID.

MR MCDONOUGH ADVISED CONSUMERS TO CALL AT OR TELEPHONE THE WSD’S CONSUMER ENQUIRY CENTRES IF THEY DID NOT RECEIVE THEIR WATER ACCOUNTS AFTER A LAPSE OF FOUR MONTHS.

THE CONSUMER ENQUIRY CENTRES WILL ISSUE DUPLICATE WATER ACCOUNTS WHEN REQUESTED AND PAYMENTS CAN BE MADE AT THE CENTRES.

ENQUIRIES RELATING TO WATER ACCOUNTS MAY BE MADE AT ANY CF THE FOLLOWING CENTRES!

M WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS CONSUMER ENQUIRY CENTRE LEIGHTON CENTRE 11/F CAUSEWAY BAY HONG KONG

* KOWLOON CONSUMER ENQUIRY CENTRE

WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT MAINLAND DEPOT SAI YEE STREET MONG KOK KOWLOON

* TAI PO CONSUMER ENQUIRY CENTRE TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING 4/F TING KOK ROAD TAI PO MARKET

N.T.

OR ON TELEPHONE NUMBER

* 5-7900222 (SEVEN LINES)

SLTOAY, 0CT0B23 24, 198;

MR MCDONOUGH POINTED OUT THAT THE TWO MAIN REASONS FOR ’NON-DELIVERY’ OF WATER ACCOUNTS WERE FAILURE ON THE PART OF CONSUMERS TO CHANGE CONSUMERSHIP, OR TO PROVIDE NEW MAILING ADDRESSES.

A CONSUMER MOVING OUT OF OR INTO HIS PREMISES SHOULD NOTIFY THE WSD PROMPTLY TO CANCEL OR TO TAKE OVER CONSUMERSHIP, THUS ENABLING THE WSD BILLING RECORDS TO BE UPDATED.

MR MCDONOUGH SAID THAT SHOULD THE CONSUMER FAIL TO PAY HIS WATER ACCOUNT AFTER THE DUE DATE, THE WSD WOULD ISSUE A REMINDER BILL WITH A SURCHARGE OF FIVE PER CENT AND A NOTICE OF DISCONNECTION. SHOULD THE CONSUMER AGAIN FAIL TO PAY THE CHARGES OUTSTANDING, THE WSD WOULD DISCONNECT HIS WATER SUPPLY.

THE WSD WILL RECONNECT THE WATER SUPPLY ONLY AFTER ALL OUTSTANDING CHARGES, INCLUDING THE SURCHARGE, AND A RECONNECTION FEE HAVE BEEN PAID.

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NEW TAXI FARE CONVERSION TABLE X X X X

CONVERSION TABLES (ATTACHED) SHOWING THE EXISTING AND NEW TAXI FARES WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO TAXI OWNERS AT THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S LICENSING OFFICE AT 2 MURRAY ROAD, CENTRAL, AND ITS KOWLOON SUB-OFFICE AT PARK-IN COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 56 DUNDAS STREET, MONG KOK FROM TUESDAY (OCTOBER 26).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE NEW RATES WILL BE EFFECTIVE FROM SUNDAY (OCTOBER 31).

OWNERS OF URBAN AND NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS SHOULD PRODUCE THEIR VEHICLE REGISTRATION DOCUMENTS WHEN COLLECTING THE NEW CONVERSION TABLES, HE SAID.

OWNERS WHOSE VEHICLES ARE ON HIRE-PURCHASE FROM FINANCE COMPANIES OR BANKS SHOULD MAKE ARRANGEMENTS WITH THE FINANCE COMPANIES OR BANKS TO COLLECT THESE TABLES.

FINANCE COMPANIES, BANKS OR TAXI ASSOCIATIONS COLLECTING CONVERSION TABLES ON BEHALF OF THE OWNERS SHOULD PRODUCE ORIGINALS OR CERTIFIED COPIES OF VEHICLE REGISTRATION DOCUMENTS/EOOKS, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1982

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TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT Notice of Increased Fares (Effective from 31 st October 1982)

Fares for this Hong Kong & Kowloon Taxi have been increased in accordance with the table below. Until the meter is recalibrated, tested and sealed, the hirer should pay the new rates shown in the table.

Meter Rate New Rate Meter Rate New Rate

$ 4.00   $ 4.50 $14.00  — $15.80

4.50   5.10 14 50   16.30

5.00   5.60 15.00   16.90

5.50   6.20 15.50   17.40

6.00   6.80 16.00   18 00

6.50 — 7.30 16.50  18 60

7.00   7.90 17.00   19 10

7.50  8.40 17.50  19.70

8.00  9.00 18.00   20 30

8.50  9.60 18.50   20 80

9 00 10 10 1 9 00 91 40

9 50 - 1 0 70 1 9 50 91 QO

10.00   11.30 20.00  z. I . □ V   22 50

10.50   1180 20.50   23.10

11 00 1 2 40 21 00 92 AO

11.50   12.90 21.50  z. O Uu  24.20

12.00   13.50 22.00   24 80

12.50   14.10 22.50   25 30

13.00   14.60 23 00   25.90

13.50   15.20 23.50   26.40

Thereafter an additional 60C for every additional 50C recorded on the meter.

The additional fare of 50C for each article of baggage, animal or bird remains unchanged.

The surcharge for every hiring involving the payment of a Cross Harbour Tunnel toll charge or vehicular ferry charge is twice the appropriate toll or ferry charge.

Taxi Registration Number:

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1982

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TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT Notice of Increased Fares (Effective from 31 st October 1982)

Fares for this New Territories Taxi have been increased in accordance with the table below. Until the meter is recalibrated, tested and sealed, the hirer should pay the new rates shown in the table.

Meter Rate New Rate Meter Rate /Vew Rate

$ 2.40  $ 3.00 $ 8 40   $10.50

2.70   3.40 8.70   10.90

3.00   3.80 9 00   11.30

3.30  4.10 9 30   11.60

3 60   4.50 9.60   12.00

3.90   4.90 9.90   12.40

4.20   5.30 10.20 12.80

4.50   5.60 10.50  1310

4.80   6.00 10.80   13 50

5.10   6.40 11.10  13.90

5.40  680 11 40  14.30

5.70  7.10 11.70  14.60

6.CO  7.50 12.00  15 00

6.30 7.90 12 30   15 40

6.60   8.30 12.60  15.80

6.90   8.60 12.90   16 10

7.20   9.00 13.20   16 50

7.50   9.40 13.50   16.90

7.80   9.80 13.80   17.30

8.10   10.10 14.10   17.60

Thereafter an additional 40C for every additional 30C recorded on the meter.

The additional fare of 50C for each article of baggage, animal or bird remains unchanged

Taxi Registration Number: --------------------------------------------0 ----------

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1982-

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CREMATION GAINS WIDER ACCEPTANCE ******

THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES CREMATORIA AND COLUMBARIUM NICHES NEW TOWNS AND OUTLYING ISLANDS TO SUCH FACILITIES.

DEPARTMENT PLANS TO PROVIDE MORE AND GARDENS OF REMEMBRANCE IN COPE WITH THE GROWING DEMAND FOR

THE DEPARTMENT CREMATION IS

ACCORDING TO A SPOKESMAN FOR -------

GAINING PUBLIC ACCEPTANCE IN PREFERENCE TO BURIAL AND SIXTY PER CENT OF THOSE WHO HAVE DIED SO FAR THIS YEAR HAVE BEEN CREMATED COMPARED WITH 57 PER CENT LAST YEAR.

BODY CREMATION IS PRACTISED IN THE BUDDHIST FAITH, AND FOUR MONASTERIES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND ON LANTAU ISLAND ARE OPERATING LICENSED PRIVATE CREMATORIA TO CREMATE THEIR OWN

PRIESTS AFTER DEATH, HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT CREMATION IS ALSO ACCEPTABLE TO THE CHRISTIANS, AND THE ROMAN CATHOLICS.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT FURTHER IMPROVEMENT IN THE CREMATION FACILITIES WILL BE ACHIEVED WHEN CONSTRUCTION OF A NUMBER OF CREMATORIA AND COLUMBARIUM NICHES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND OUTLYING ISLANDS ARE COMPLETED, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

IN THE PIPELINE FOR CONSTRUCTION ARE SIX CREMATORIA TO BE LOCATED AT SHA TIN, TUEN MUN, SAI KUNG, WO HOP SHEK, CHEUNG CHAU AND LANTAU ISLAND.

FOR THE SHA TIN CREMATORIUM SITE FORMATION HAS ALREADY BEEN COMPLETED AND WORK ON THE FIRST STAGE OF THE PROJECT WILL START SOON.

LOCATED AT LOWER SHING MUN ROAD, THE 826 MILLION SHA TIN CREMATORIUM WILL HAVE SERVICE AND MEMORIAL HALLS, A GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE AND A COLUMBARIUM WITH 9 700 NICHES.

THE SAI KUNG CREMATORIUM WILL BE BUILT AT KEI PIK SHAN AND WILL HAVE 3 000 NICHES.

APART FROM THE CREMATORIA PLANNED FOR CHEUNG CHAU AND LANTAU THERE WILL ALSO BE A COLUMBARIUM AND GARDENS OF REMEMBRANCE PROVIDED AT PENG CHAU AND LAMMA ISLAND.

EACH COLUMBARIUM ON THE OUTLYING ISLANDS WILL HAVE 500 TO 1 000 NICHES AND A GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE.

AT PRESENT, THERE ARE ONLY TWO CREMATORIA IN THE NEW TERRITORIES. THESE ARE THE KWAI CHUNG CREMATORIUM AND COLUMBARIUM AND THE WO HOP SHEK CREMATORIUM IN FANLING.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1982

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WEEKDAY CAMPS FOR STUDENTS * * * *

PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE USE OF A NUMBER OF CAMP-SITES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ON WEEKDAYS BETWEEN NEXT MONTH AND JULY NEXT YEAR FOR OUTDOOR EDUCATION CAMPS.

+THE OBJECTIVES OF THESE CAMPS ARE TO PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH EXPERIENCE IN SOCIAL LIVING IN A NATURAL OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENT, WHERE SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO EXTEND CLASSROOM THEORY INTO FIELDWORK AND PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO INTEGRATE SCHOOL SUBJECTS UNDER CAMPING SITUATIONS,* AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

THESE CAMP-SITES WILL BE AVAILABLE ON WEEKDAYS BETWEEN NOVEMBER 15 THIS YEAR AND JULY 8, 1983 FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS AND BETWEEN NOVEMBER 8 THIS YEAR AND JULY 8, 1983 FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS.

CAMPS FOR PRIMARY STUDENTS WILL BE CONDUCTED FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY EACH WEEK WHILE SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS CAN JOIN THREE-DAY CAMPS RUNNING EITHER FROM MONDAY TO WEDNESDAY OR FROM WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY.

CHARGES FOR THE PRIMARY SCHOOL CAMPS WILL RANGE FROM $40 TO 190, AND THAT FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL CAMPS FROM $30 TO $48 DEPENDING ON THE CAMP-SITE CHOSEN.

BOTH PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL CAMPS WILL BE HELD AT GAUDETTE HOUSE, SILVERMINE BAY OUTDOOR RECREATION CAMP, Y.W.C.A. YOUTH CAMP, WU KWAI SHA YOUTH VILLAGE, MA WAN YOUTH CAMP AND PO LEUNG KUK PAK TAM CHUNG HOLIDAY CAMP.

PRIMARY SCHOOL CAMPS WILL ALSO BE CONDUCTED AT CHRISTIAN ALLIANCE SUEN DOUH CAMP AND HIGH ROCK CHRISTIAN CENTRE, WHILE SECONDARY SCHOOL CAMPS WILL ALSO BE CONDUCTED AT WONG YEE CHAU YOUTH CAMP.

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT NO STUDENTS WILL BE ALLOWED TO ATTEND ANY CAMP WITHOUT PRIOR WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THEIR PARENTS.

BUNKS, BLANKETS, BED SHEETS AND PILLOWS WILL BE PROVIDED AT EACH CAMP, HE SAID, BUT CAMPERS SHOULD BRING SUITABLE CLOTHING, PERSONAL HYGIENE KIT AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION GEAR.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND RESERVATIONS, SCHOOLS CAN CONTACT M? FRANCIS CHIU OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S PHYSICAL EDUCATION SECTION ON 3-884111 EXT. 280. THE ADDRESS OF THE SECTION IS KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 6/F, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

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TUEN MUN MUSIC AND DANCE FORTNIGHT * * * *

A MUSIC AND DANCE FORTNIGHT FOR TUEN MUN RESIDENTS WILL BE FELD IN THE NEW TOWN STARTING FROM SATURDAY (OCTOBER 30).

THE EVENT HAS BEEN JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE, THE RECREATION AND CULTURE, CULTURAL SERVICES AND SQCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENTS AND LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, WITH THE DISTRICT BOARD CONTRIBUTING MORE THAN $75 000 TOWARDS THE COST.

A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID THE TOWN’S RAPID POPULATION INCREASE HAD MEANT AN INCREASING DEMAND FOR RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES.

+THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE DISTRICT BOARD, AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY HAVE BEEN ORGANISING MANY SUCH ACTIVITIES FOR THE RESIDENTS,+ HE SAID.

♦BUT IT ALSO IS CONSIDERED NECESSARY TO HAVE SOME HIGH STANDARD CULTURAL ACTIVITIES TO PROMOTE PEOPLE’S INTEREST IN SUCH ACTIVITIES.

♦THIS WILL ENCOURAGE PEOPLE’S PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, THUS PROMOTING A SENSE OF BELONGING AND COMMUNITY COHESIVENESS AMONG RESIDENTS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THE MUSIC AND DANCE FORTNIGHT, WHICH WILL RUN UNTIL NOVEMBER 13 WAS ORGANISED AS A TESTING GROUND FOR FUTURE LARGER-SCALE CULTURAL ACTIVITIES.

THE PROGRAMME FOR THE FORTNIGHT INCLUDES DANCING, SINGING, ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCES AND CANTONESE OPERA.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONBAY, OCTOBER 25, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

DUCHESS OF KENT TO OPEN PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL................ 1

CONSUMER PRICE INCREASE SLOWING DOW............................. 2

CONSULTANCY ON TESTING LABORATORY SERVICES ..................... 4

BUSY YEAR FOR CAS .............................................. 5

SUPPORT CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIQJ : HAYE......................... 6

+SAFETY EXTRAVAGANZA+ ON THE MOVE AGAIN ........................ 6

LORRY OWNERS WARNED AGAINST BUMPING OF DEBRIS................... 7

PUBLIC DUMP AT MA ON SHAN ...................................... 8

CORRECTIONAL SERVICES RECRUITMENT CENTRE MOVES TO SHAM SHUI PO 8

COOKED FOOD BAZAAR AT TSUN YIP STREET

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DUCHESS OF KENT TO OPEN PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL * * * *

THE PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL IN SHA TIN, AN ULTRA-MODERN INSTITUTION OF INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS, WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED BY HER ROYAL HIGHNESS, THE DUCHESS OF KENT, ON NOVEMBER 1.

IT WILL BE THE FIRST FULLY AIR-CONDITIONED GOVERNMENT HOSPITAL IN HONG KONG, PROVIDING A WIDE RANGE OF MEDICAL SERVICES TO THE INCREASING POPULATION IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

INCORPORATED IN THE LARGE COMPLEX ARE A 1 448-BED HOSPITAL, A SPECIALIST CLINIC, STAFF QUARTERS AND A NURSE TRAINING SCHOOL.

THE COMPLEX WITH A TOTAL AREA OF 10.22 HECTARES WILL ALSO PROVIDE TEACHING FACILITIES FOR THE MEDICAL STUDENTS OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (MONDAY) THAT THE REGIONAL HOSPITAL WILL HAVE COMPREHENSIVE FACILITIES COVERING GENERAL MEDICINE, SURGERY, OBSTETRICS, GYNAECOLOGY, ORTHOPAEDICS, GERIATRICS AND PAEDIATRICS.

THERE WILL ALSO BE SPECIALIST UNITS FOR PSYCHIATRY, CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, PHYSICAL MEDICINE, INTENSIVE CARE, RENAL DIALYSIS, BURNS AND PAEDIATRIC SURGERY, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

SUPPORTING SERVICES FOR THE HOSPITAL INCLUDE CLINICAL PATHOLOGY, X-RAY, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, PHYSIOTHERAPY AND PROSTHETIC-ORTHOTIC SERVICES.

THE COMPLEX WILL HAVE 10 OPERATING THEATRES, THREE UNITS FOR DENTAL SURGERY AND 50 PLACES EACH FOR A PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL AND A GERIATRIC DAY HOSPITAL.

A SPECIALIST CLINIC NEXT DOOR WILL PROVIDE OUT-PATIENT SERVICES FOR THOSE DISCHARGED FROM THE HOSPITAL, AS WELL AS FOR REFERRAL CASES FROM GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE CLINICS.

THE HOSPITAL WILL ALSO BE EQUIPPED WITH A COMPUTERISED BODY SCANNER, ADVANCED X-RAY MACHINES AND REMOTE-CONTROLLED OPERATING TABLES.

THE NURSE TRAINING SCHOOL, THE FOURTH SUCH GOVERNMENT INSTITUTION, WILL HAVE THREE INTAKES OF 60 STUDENT NURSES EACH PER YEAR.

THE TOTAL COST OF THE HOSPITAL COMPLEX IS ESTIMATED AT ABOUT $776 MILLION.

THE PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL IS EXPECTED TO BECOME OPERATIONAL IN PHASES FROM THE SECOND HALF OF 1983.

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CONSUMER PRICE INCREASE SLOWING DOWN * * * #■

HE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (MONDAY) PUBLISHED THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR SEPTEMBER 1982. THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) AND CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (B) FOR SEPTEMBER 1982 WERE BOTH 132.

COMPARED WITH THE PRECEDING MONTH, C.P.I. (A) REMAINED UNCHANGED BUT C.P.I. (B) INCREASED BY ONE POINT OR 0.8 PER CENT.

WHEN COMPARED WITH THE SAME MONTH IN 1981, C.P.I. (A) INCREASED BY 11 POINTS OR 9.1 PER CENT AND C.P.I. (B) BY 12 POINTS CR 10 PER CENT. THIS REPRESENTS A SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT UPON THE INCREASE OF 15 PER CENT RECORDED IN 1981.

DURING THE MONTH, FOOD PRICES, ESPECIALLY CHARGES FOR MEALS IN RESTAURANTS, INCREASED. PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE RENTALS, JEWELLERY PRICES AND SCHOOL BUS FARES ALSO WENT UP.

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. 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 AT THAT TIME.

THE INDEXES FOR SEPTEMBER 1982 IN RESPECT OF THE NINE COMMODITY/SERVICE SECTIONS IN THE TWO CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES ARE GIVEN BELOW, TOGETHER WITH THOSE FOR AUGUST 1982 AND SEPTEMBER 1981.

(OCTOBER 1979 TO SEPTEMBER 1980 AVERAGE - 100)

SECTION SEPT.81 C.P.1.(A) C.P.1.(B) SEPT.82

AUG.82 SEPT.82 SEPT.81 AUG.82

FOODSTUFFS 125 137 138 125 137 138

HOUSING 116 126 127 116 126 127

FUEL AND LIGHT 138 134 134 138 135 134

ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO (FOR HOME 117 CONSUMPTION) 125 124 116 124 124

CLOTHING AND 114 129 130 113 129 130

FOOTWEAR

/■LJ- HAdLs* GvODS .......

MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1?82

DURABLE GOODS 108 108 108 109 110 110

MISCELLANEOUS GOODS 111 122 125 112 119 123

TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES 134 141 142 130 142 142

SERVICES 120 135 135 119 134 134

ALL ITEMS 121 132 132 120 131 132

THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS

INCREASED BY

„ „ , , x ---- ----------------- ONE POINT

C.P.I. (A) AND C.P.I. (B). THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES WENT UP AS A RESULT OF INCREASED DEMAND FOR CHICKEN I MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL. RISES WERE ALSO RECORDED IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF MOON CAKES AND FRESH VEGETABLES, AND IN THE AVERAGE CHARGES FOR MEALS IN RESTAURANTS. THE EFFECT OF THE MOVEMENTS IN THE RETAIL PRICES OF OTHER FOOD ITEMS ON THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS WAS INSIGNIFICANT.

OF FOR

BOTH LIVE THE

POULTRY

THE ONE-POINT INCREASE IN THE INDEX FOR HOUSING IN BOTH C.P.I. (A) AND C.P.I. (B) WAS ATTRIBUTABLE TO INCREASED RENTS IN SOME HOUSING AUTHORITY GROUP A ESTATES.

THE INDEX FOR EACH IN C.P. I. (A) OUTERCLOTHING.

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR INCREASED BY ONE POINT AND C.P.I. (B) AS A RESULT OF HIGHER PRICES OF

HIGHER PRICES

OF JEWELLERY CAUSED THE INDEX FOR MISCELLANEOUS GOODS TO INCREASE BY THREE POINTS IN C.P.I. (A) AND BY FOUR POINTS IN C.P. I. (B).

THE INDEX FOR TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES INCREASED BY ONE POINT IN C.P.I. (A) OWING TO HIGHER FARES FOR SCHOOL BUS.

PRICE MOVEMENTS IN THE OTHER SECTIONS WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

DETAILS OF THESE PRICE MOVEMENTS ARE GIVEN IN THE +CONSUMER PRICE INDEX REPORT* FOR SEPTEMBER 1982. BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE VERSIONS OF THIS REPORT ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT $3 PER COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING GROUND FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE, HONG KONG.

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CONSULTANCY ON TESTING LABORATORY SERVICES

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MR J. GILMOUR, REGISTRAR OF THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF TESTING AUTHORITIES (NATA), ARRIVED IN HONG KONG YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) FOR A SECOND VISIT TO CONTINUE CONSULTANCY WORK ON TESTING LABORATORY SERVICES AND ACCREDITATION OF TESTING LABORATORIES IN HONG KONG.

HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY MR A.J. RUSSELL, PROJECT MANAGER ASSIGNED BY NATA FOR THE CONSULTANCY.

MR J. GILMOUR FIRST CAME HERE IN MARCH 1982 AT THE INVITATION OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT TO CARRY OUT A PRELIMINARY STUDY OF THE PROJECT.

THE CONSULTANCY, ENDORSED BY THE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT BOARD, WAS COMMISSIONED BY THE GOVERNMENT FOLLOWING A RECOMMENDATION BY THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON DIVERSIFICATION TO BUILD AN IMPROVED AND MORE CLEARLY INDEPENDENT RANGE OF QUALITY CERTIFICATION SERVICES IN HONG KONG.

DURING THEIR STAY, THE CONSULTANTS WILL HOLD IN-DEPTH DISCUSSIONS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES TO GATHER INFORMATION.

THEY W,LL L00K INT0 THE VARIOUS OPTIONS FOR THE ACCREDITATION SYSTEM AND DISCUSS THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN AUTHORITY OF THE SYSTEM.

THE CONSULTANTS WILL ALSO EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITY OF RECRUITING FULL-TIME STAFF TO PROVIDE EXECUTIVE AND TECHNICAL SECRETARIAT SUPPORT TO THE SYSTEM; AND TO DEVELOP FURTHER PROPOSALS FOR THE CONSULTANCY.

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BUSY YEAR FOR CAS * * *

MEMBERS OF THE CIVIL AID SERVICES PERFORMED 657 COMMUNITY SERVICE AND OTHER RELATED OPERATIONS DURING THE YEAR ENDING MARCH 1982, ACCORDING TO THE LATEST CAS ANNUAL REPORT JUST PUBLISHED.

THE OPERATIONS INVOLVING 26 752 MAN-DAYS RANGED FROM CROWD CONTROL, COUNTRYSIDE FIRE PROTECTION, AND PROVIDING PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT, TO MOUNTAIN RESCUE WORK AND MANAGEMENT OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES.

CROWD CONTROL AND GENERAL ASSISTANCE FOR COMMUNITY FUNCTIONS TOOK UP 9 897 MAN-DAYS, A 37 FER CENT INCREASE OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR, INVOLVING 824 MEMBERS AND CADETS OF THE SERVICES.

CROWD CONTROL WAS PROVIDED ESPECIALLY AT RAILWAY STATIONS DURING THE CHINESE NEW YEAR AND OTHER MAJOR CHINESE FESTIVALS WHEN LARGE NUMBERS OF LOCAL RESIDENTS TRAVELLED BY TRAIN TO CHINA AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

LAST YEAR CAS VOLUNTEERS CONTINUED TO ASSIST THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN THE MANAGEMENT OF REFUGEES CENTRES AND THE REPATRIATION OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES, SPENDING A TOTAL OF 6 058 MAN-DAYS.

THE CAS WAS HEAVILY INVOLVED IN COUNTRYSIDE FIRE PROTECTION AND RURAL AREA CONTROL, DEPLOYING MORE THAN 7 700 VOLUNTEERS FOR THESE TASKS, THE REPORT SAID.

ON THE ENTERTAINMENT SIDE, IT PROVIDED PUBLIC PERFORMANCES OF BICYCLING AND MOTORCYCLING DEMONSTRATIONS, AND BAND MUSIC.

CAS MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAMS WERE ON STANDBY DUTY ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AND RESCUED OVER 100 PEOPLE ON 19 OCCASIONS, A 47 PER CENT INCREASE OVER THE NUMBER OF OPERATIONS DURING THE PRECEDING YEAR.

IT DEPLOYED 1 000 MEMBERS TO HELP THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT IN RABIES CONTROL.

DESPITE ITS HEAVY OPERATIONAL DUTIES, THE CAS PROVIDED 103 FULL-TIME COURSES ON A BROAD RANGE OF SUBJECTS FOR ITS ADULT MEMBERS, WHO ALSO ATTENDED ANT I-POLLUTI ON COURSES CONDUCTED BY THE MARINE DEPARTMENT.

FOR CADET CORPS THE CAS CONDUCTED 128 FULL- AND PART-TIME COURSES IN ADDITION TO TRAINING ORGANISED BY INDIVIDUAL CADET UN ITS.

OVERSEAS TRAINING WAS ALSO ORGANISED LAST YEAR FOR PERMANENT STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS TO PROMOTE OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY, THE REPORT SAID.

LIMITED COPIES OF THE ANNUAL REPORT ARE AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE AT THE CAS HEADQUARTERS, 130 CAROLINE HILL ROAD.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1982'

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SUPPORT CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN : HAYE

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ALL SCHOOLS AND STUDENTS ARE URGED TO FURTHER SUPPORT THE CURRENT +CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN*.

IN A GENERAL CIRCULAR TO SCHOOLS, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR COLVYN HAYE, STRESSED THAT GOOD HABITS WERE BEST CULTIVATED FROM THE EARLIEST AGE AND THAT HEADS OF SCHOOLS AND TEACHERS WERE AMONG THOSE WHO COULD DO A GREAT DEAL TO INCULCATE IN YOUNG PEOPLE A SENSE OF PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE APPEARANCE AND CONDITION OF THEIR CITY.

♦ALL SCHOOLS ARE THEREFORE URGED TO TAKE AN ACTIVE PART IN DRIVING HOME TO OUR YOUNG PEOPLE THE MESSAGE THAT ’CLEANLINESS IS A WAY OF LIFE’,* HE SAID.

A LIST IS ALSO ATTACHED TO THE CIRCULAR CONTAINING SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES WHICH CAN BE UNDERTAKEN BY PUPILS IN THE CLASSROOM, IN THE SCHOOL AND IN THE COMMUNITY TO HELP CLEAN OUR CITY.

THESE INCLUDE ORGANISING +CLEAN THE SCHOOL* AND +BEAUTIFY THE SCHOOL* EVENTS, ELECTING A PUPIL WHO IS MOST ACTIVE IN CLEAN HONG KONG ACTIVITIES AND GIVING HIM AN APPROPRIATE AWARD, AND TAKING PART IN COMMUNITY PROJECTS ON CLEAN HONG KONG ORGANISED BY DISTRICT OFFICES AND OTHER ORGANISATIONS.

IN THIS RESPECT, MR HAYE CALLED ON HEADS OF SCHOOLS TO GIVE THEIR FULLEST SUPPORT TO PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICES WHICH INVITE SCHOOL PARTICIPATION.

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♦SAFETY EXTRAVAGANZA* ON THE MOVE AGAIN

X X X X X

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S HALF-A-MILL ION-DOLLAR INDUSTRIAL SAFETY SLIDE SHOW, +SAFETY EXTRAVAGANZA*, WILL BE ON THE MOVE AGAIN THIS WEEK.

THIS MULTI-VISION, SOUND-ON-SLIDE SHOW, PROMOTING INDUSTRIAL SAFETY THROUGH ENTERTAINMENT, WILL BE RE-STAGED IN THE LOK SIN TONG WONG CHUNG MING SECONDARY SCHOOL FROM OCTOBER 27 TO NOVEMBER 2.

ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND CO-SPONSORED BY THE SAN PO KONG INDUSTRIAL AREA COMMITTEE OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD, THIS SHOW HAS SO FAR BEEN TAKEN TO WONG CHUK HANG AND'iouEN WAN SINCE ITS DEBUT IN THE HUNG HOM POLYTECHNIC EARLIER THIS YEAR.

MORE THAN 50 000 PEOPLE HAVE SO FAR SEEN THIS SHOW WHICH IS AIMED AT INCREASING AWARENESS ABOUT SAFETY AT WORK AMONG MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, IN PARTICULAR WORKERS AND EMPLOYERS.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1962

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THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE WONG TAI SIN +SAFETY EXTRAVAGANZA* WILL BE PERFORMED AT 3 PM ON WEDNESDAY (OCTOBER 27) BY THE ACTING ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR YIU YAN-NANG, MR STEPHEN LEUNG HOK-NIN, CHAIRMAN OF THE SAN PO KONG INDUSTRIAL AREA COMMITTEE AND MR KU SZE-CHUNG, CHAIRMAN OF THE KOWLOON LOK SIN TONG BENEVOLENT SOCIETY.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY WHICH WILL BE HELD IN THE LOK SIN TONG WONG CHUNG MING SECONDARY SCHOOL, LOK SIN ROAD, WONG TAI SIN AT 3 PM ON WEDNESDAY (OCTOBER 27).


LORRY OWNERS WARNED

AGAINST DUMPING OF DEBRIS K M M M M

REGISTERED OWNERS OF GOODS

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FOR INDISCRIMINATE DUMPING OF BUILDING DEBRIS BY THE DRIVERS A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT MADE THIS WARNING TODAY (MONDAY) AFTER THE DEPARTMENT SERVED SUMMONSES ON OWNERS OF 13 GOODS VEHICLES LAST WEEK FOR ALLOWING THEIR DRIVERS TO DISCARD BUILDING RUBBLE IN SHA TIN.

SHA TIN.

OWNERS WILL APPEAR IN WEEKS.

LITTER COURTS WITHIN THE NEXT SEVERAL

LAW ENFORCEMENT STAFF NOW HAVE WIDER POWERS TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST THE REGISTERED OWNER OF A LORRY FOR INDISCRIMINATE DUMPING BY ITS DRIVER, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE ADDED THAT UNDER THE NEW REGULATIONS, IT IS NO LONGER NECESSARY TO CATCH THE DRIVER IN THE ACT OF COMMITTING THE OFFENCE.

THE PUBLIC ARE URGED TO HELP STAMP OUT THIS MALPRACTICE BY REPORTING THE REGISTRATION NUMBER OF AN OFFENDING VEHICLE TO THE POLICE, THE LANDS DEPARTMENT OR THE NTSD.

A MAXIMUM FINE OF S5 000 AND SIX MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT MAY BE IMPOSED FOR THIS OFFENCE.

MEANWHILE, THE SPOKESMAN URGED CONTRACTORS AND LORRY DRIVERS TO MAKE USE OF PUBLIC DUMPS SPECIALLY SET ASIDE FOR THEM AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE NEW TERRITORIES.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1982

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PUBLIC DUMP AT MA ON SHAN n A A

THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (MONDAY) THAT A PUBLIC DUMP AT THE MA ON SHAN RECLAMATION WILL BE OPENED FROM OCTOBER 29.

ACCESS TO THE DUMPING AREA WILL BE FROM SHA TIN, AND THE EXACT ROUTING AND LOCATIONS OF THE DUMP SITES WILL BE INDICATED ON SKETCHES TO BE ISSUED TOGETHER WITH DUMPING LICENCES.

DUMPING LICENCES MAY BE OBTAINED FREE OF CHARGE ON APPLICATION TO THE SHA TIN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, 6 TUNG LO WAN HILL ROAD, SHA TIN.

LICENCES WOULD ONLY BE ISSUED FOR THE DUMPING OF APPROVED SOFT EARTH WHICH MAY CONTAIN UP TO 25 PER CENT ROCK AND LIMITED TO 250 MILLIMETRES IN SIZE AND EVENLY DISTRIBUTED THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE MASS OF THE MATERIAL.

APPLICANTS ARE REQUIRED TO SUPPLY INFORMATION ON VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBERS, POSTAL ADDRESS OF THE LICENSEE, AND THE ORIGIN, TYPE AND APPROXIMATE QUANTITY OF MATERIALS TO BE DUMPED.

DUMPING, WHICH MUST BE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE INSTRUCTION OF THE DUMP SUPERVISOR, CAN ONLY BE CARRIED OUT BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 8.30 AM AND 4.30 PM MONDAYS TO SATURDAYS. NO DUMPING WILL BE PERMITTED ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CANCEL DUMPING LICENCES AT ANY TIME OR TO CLOSE THE DUMP WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.

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CORRECTIONAL SERVICES RECRUITMENT CENTRE MOVES TO SHAM SHU I PO * * *

THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S MOBILE RECRUITMENT CENTRE WILL MOVE TO THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT OFFICE AT 37-39 TONKIN STREET TOMORROW (TUESDAY) FOR ONE WEEK.

ANYONE INTERESTED IN A CAREER WITH THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES IS WELCOME TO CALL AT THE CENTRE FOR MORE INFORMATION. AN OFFICER OF THE DEPARTMENT WILL BE ON HAND TO ANSWER QUERIES AND HANDLE APPLICATIONS. •

THOSE WHO WISH TO APPLY IN PERSON SHOULD BRING ALONG THEIR IDENTITY CARDS, BIRTH CERTIFICATES AND ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS TOGETHER WITH PHOTOSTAT COPIES OF THESE DOCUMENTS.

THE MOBILE RECRUITMENT CENTRE WILL BE MOVED TO THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE AT TUNG WAH MANSION, 201 HENNESSY ROAD FROM NOVEMBER 1 TO 6.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1982

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COOKED FOOD BAZAAR AT * * *

TSUN YIP STREET *

A TEMPORARY COOKED FOOD BAZAAR WILL SOON BE BUILT AT TSUN YIP STREET, KWUN TONG, TO REPLACE THE EXISTING COOKED FOOD BAZAAR THERE, WHICH WILL BE DEMOLISHED TO MAKE WAY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A TWO-STOREY COOKED FOOD MARKET.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT SAID THE NEW TEMPORARY BAZAAR WILL HAVE 16 STALLS.

TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE TEMPORARY BAZAAR ARE NOW BEING INVITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE DEPARTMENT.

IN TWO°MONTHSEXPECTED T° START IN DECEMBER 1982 AND BE COMPLETED

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

DUKE IMPRESSED WITH PUBLIC HOUSING  .........................  1

US AND HK OFFICIALS DISCUSS DRUGS AND REFUGEES ............... 2

TAC ENDORSES PROPOSALS ON ROAD SAFETY PEDMOTION .............. 3

DEBATE ON MOTION OF THANKS ................................... 4

TOY LIBRARY TO HELP CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL PROBLEMS............ 4

MORE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE GRADUATES INFUSED INTO INDUSTRY ... 5

CAREERS EXHIBITION TOR NEW COMERS ............................ 6

EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD HOLDS FIRST MEETING.................... 7

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN WAN CHAI AND SHAU KEI WAN ............  7

RE-OPENING GF CHING CHEUNG ROAD ............................   8

ONE-DAY COURSE ON CANCER FOR TEACHEIS......................... 8

FESPIC VILLAGE POST OFFICE..................................   9

FORE PARKING METERS IN TIN WAN .............................   9

MID-LEVELS WATER LEAKAGE TEST ..............................   9

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 1982

DUKE IMPRESSED WITH PUBLIC HOUSING *****

DURING HIS VISIT TO THE ON TING/YAU 01 ESTATES IN TUEN MUN THIS AFTERNOON, HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUKE OF KENT SAID HE WAS IMPRESSED WITH THE RAPID PUBLIC HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IN THE NEW TOWN WHERE ALREADY SOME 156 700 PEOPLE ARE LIVING IN SEVEN RENTAL, HOME OWNERSHIP AND PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION SCHEME ESTATES.

+1 AM PARTICULARLY DELIGHTED TO SEE THAT PEOPLE HAVE SETTLED DOWN HERE SO QUICKLY AND THAT A COMMUNITY SPIRIT HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED IN SUCH A SHORT TIME,+ THE DUKE SAID.

+THEIR WAY OF LIVING IN THIS NICE ENVIRONMENT IS IMPRESSIVE, CONSIDERING THE HIGH DENSITY OF THE ESTATES.

+IT IS A FAR CRY FROM WHAT I USED TO KNOW TO BE PUBLIC HOUSING IN HONG KONG.+

THE DUKE ALSO LEARNED FROM THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, MR DONALD LIAO, THAT THREE NEW RENTAL ESTATES AND TWO HOS ESTATES ARE IN VARIOUS STAGES OF CONSTRUCTION IN TUEN MUN, TO PROVIDE AN EXTRA 26 300 MODERN FLATS FOR 126 000 MORE PEOPLE BEFORE 1986.

THE ROYAL VISITOR WAS ACCOMPANIED ON THE TOUR OF ON TING/ YAU 01 ESTATES BY MR LIAO AND THE DIRECTOR OF HOUSING, MR BERNARD WILLIAMS.

THERE THE DUKE VISITED A FAMILY IN THE ADJOINING SIU ON COURT HOS ESTATE, AND THE COMMUNITY CENTRE WHERE HE WAS MET BY THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR S.E. ALLEYNE. HE THEN WATCHED SEVERAL ACTIVITIES TAKING PLACE, INCLUDING A BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE AND A FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION +GAMES DAY-*-.

HE LATER WALKED THROUGH THE COMMERCIAL CENTRE AND MARKET, LOOKING AT ITS SHOPPING AND OTHER FACILITIES, AND ALSO SAW YOUNG CHILDREN AT PLAY IN THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS’ KO TACK KUN KINDERGARTENS - ONE OF THE 10 KINDERGARTENS IN THE ESTATES.

THE DUKE COMPARED THE COMMERCIAL CENTRE TO A TOWN CENTRE WITH ITS WIDE RANGE OF FACILITIES FOR THE TENANTS.

A S720-MILLI0N PROJECT COMPLETED IN FEBRUARY THIS YEAR, ON TING/YAU 01 NOW ACCOMMODATES 89 500 PEOPLE IN 14 250 SELF-CONTAINED FLATS.

AT SIU ON COURT, THE DUKE VISITED THE FAMILY OF MR CHAN TAK-KWAI, AND HIS WIFE AND SON AT THEIR SECOND-FLOOR FLAT.

HE ASKED MR CHAN HOW LONG THE FAMILY HAD LIVED THERE AND HOW HE GOT TO WORK EVERY DAY.

/MR CHAN

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 1982

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MR CHAN SAID THE FAMILY MOVED FROM PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION INTO THE 55-SQUARE METRE FLAT THEY BOUGHT LAST YEAR AND THAT IT TOOK HIM ONLY 45 MINUTES TO GET TO HIS OFFICE IN CENTRAL — HALF AN HOUR’S FERRY RIDE AND ABOUT 15 MINUTES’ WALK.

+IT’S QUITE CONVENIENT,* HE REMARKED, ADDING THAT THE ENVIRONMENT OF THE FLAT WAS GOOD.

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US AND HK OFFICIALS DISCUSS DRUGS AND REFUGEES

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REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, LED BY THE US ATTORNEY GENERAL, MR WILLIAM FRENCH SMITH, WHO IS IN HONG KONG ON A THREE-DAY VISIT, MET TODAY WITH OFFICIALS OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT TO DISCUSS NARCOTICS AND VIETNAMESE REFUGEES.

THE DISCUSSIONS FOCUSED ON EACH GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS IN DEALING WITH THE PROBLEMS OF DRUG TRAFFICKING AND THE INFLUX CF BOAT PEOPLE FROM VIETNAM.

THERE WAS A USEFUL EXCHANGE OF VIEWS AND EACH GOVERNMENT TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO DRAW ATTENTION TO SPECIFIC AREAS OF CONCERN TO THEM.

THE US DELEGATION RAISED THE QUESTION OF TOUGHER MEASURES TO CURB THE TRAFFICKING OF ILLICIT DRUGS INTO THE UNITED STATES WHILE THE HONG KONG OFFICIALS EXPLAINED THE CONTINUING BURDEN CF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES ON HONG KONG AND EXPRESSED THE DESIRE FOR THE US RESETTLEMENT PROGRAMME TO CONTINUE, ESPECIALLY IN VIEW OF DECLINING RESETTLEMENT OPPORTUNITIES ELSEWHERE.

THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES AT THE MEETING, WHICH TOOK PLACE AT THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, INCLUDED THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR LEWIS DAVIES, THE SOLICITOR GENERAL, MR RAY ASTIN, THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, MR ROY HENRY, THE COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE, MR DOUGLAS JORDAN AND THE COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, MR PETER LEE.

THE US GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES ALSO INCLUDED THE US CONSUL GENERAL IN HONG KONG, MR BURTON LEVIN, THE ACTING ADMINISTRATOR OF THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY, MR FRANCIS M. MULLEN, JR AND THE COMMISSIONER OF THE IMMIGRATION AND NATURALISATION SERVICE, MR ALAN C. NELSON.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 1982

TAC ENDORSES PROPOSALS ON ROAD SAFETY PROMOTION * * * * *

MEMBERS OF THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE AT THEIR MEETING TODAY (OCTOBER 26) ENDORSED PROPOSALS TO STEP UP ROAD SAFETY PROMOTION MEASURES AND AGREED THAT THE PRESENT TOLL CHARGES FOR THE ABERDEEN AND LION ROCK TUNNELS SHOULD REMAIN UNCHANGED.

THE TAC IS CLOSELY INVOLVED WITH PROMOTION OF ROAD SAFETY IN HONG KONG. AMONG MEASURES CONSIDERED AND RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS HAVE BEEN THE COMPULSORY WEARING OF SEAT BELTS, THE USE OF REFLECTIVE NUMBER PLATES, AND A PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN CONCENTRATING ON PEDESTRIAN SAFETY IN THIS FINANCIAL YEAR.

THESE MEASURES ARE PART OF A STRATEGY DRAWN UP BY THE STANDING CONFERENCE ON ROAD SAFETY TO TACKLE THE ROAD ACCIDENTS WITH A BROAD, CO-ORDINATED EFFORT.

THE STRATEGY REQUIRES CONCERNED GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS TO ASSESS ROAD SAFETY ASPECTS IN THEIR SPHERES OF RESPONSIBILITY, AND ENCOURAGES ASSOCIATIONS, SUCH AS THE MOTORING ORGANISATIONS, TO MAKE THEIR CONTRIBUTION.

THE STANDING CONFERENCE ON ROAD SAFETY WAS SET UP IN 1973 TO CO-ORDINATE THE EFFORTS OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND INTERESTED ORGANISATIONS IN THE PROMOTION OF ROAD SAFETY. AT TODAY’S MEETING, THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE AGREED TO RECOMMEND THAT IT BE RECONSTITUTED AS THE ROAD SAFETY COUNCIL, WITH MEMBERSHIP TO INCLUDE THE ROAD SAFETY ASSOCIATION, THE AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION, THE INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED MOTORISTS AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE COMMANDER, BRITISH FORCES. THESE BODIES AT PRESENT SEND OBSERVERS TO THE STANDING CONFERENCE.

THE ROAD SAFETY COUNCIL WILL BE CHAIRED BY THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF POLICE AND DEPARTMENTAL REPRESENTATIVES WILL CONTINUE TO BE AT A SENIOR LEVEL TO REFLECT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SUBJECT. THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ROAD SAFETY DIVISION IN MAY LAST YEAR HAS PROVIDED PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE TO SUPPORT THE COUNCIL.

ON THE CHARGES FOR THE ABERDEEN AND LION ROCK TUNNEL TOLLS, TAC MEMBERS WERE ASKED TO EXAMINE THE POSITION, AS THE CHARGES WERE DUE FOR REVIEW BY THE END OF THIS YEAR.

ALTHOUGH THE TRAFFIC FLOW THROUGH ABERDEEN TUNNEL HAS BEEN BUILDING UP QUICKLY SINCE IT WAS OPENED TO SINGLE TUBE OPERATION (AND AT PEAK HOURS NOW REACHES 85 PER CENT OF CAPACITY), NO TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS ARE EXPECTED, AS TWIN-TUBE OPERATION WILL BEGIN IN A FEW MONTHS’ TIME. THE IMPROVEMENT IN TRAFFIC FLOW AT WONG NE I CHUNG GAP ROAD HAS BEEN EVIDENT.

UTILISATION OF THE LION ROCK TUNNEL HAS ALSO INCREASED BY 23 PER CENT TO 54 500 VEHICLES PER DAY SINCE THE LAST TIME THE TOLL CHARGES WERE REVIEWED IN JUNE 1981, BUT CAPACITY OF THE TWIN TUNNEL WILL BE SUFFICIENT FOR SEVERAL YEARS TO COME.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 1982

DEBATE ON MOTION OF THANKS * * *

A TWO-DAY DEBATE ON THE MOTION OF THANKS FOR THE GOVERNOR’S ADDRESS, TO BE MOVED BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, WILL BEGIN IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

TWENTY-SIX UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WILL SPEAK ON THE MOTION TOMORROW AND ON THURSDAY.

LEADING OFF THE DEBATE TOMORROW WILL BE THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, THE HON R.H. LOBO, FOLLOWED BY DR THE HON HARRY FANG, TOE HON T.S. LO, THE HON LYDIA DUNN, DR THE HON FRANCIS TIEN, TOE HON ALEX WU, THE REV THE HON JOYCE BENNETT, DR THE HON HENRY HU, THE REV THE HON P.T. MCGOVERN, THE HON PETER C. WONG, DR THE HON RAYSON HUANG, THE HON WONG PO-YAN, AND THE HON J.J. SWA I NE.

ON THURSDAY, 13 OTHER UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WILL SPEAK ON THE MOTION. THEY ARE THE HON WONG LAM, THE HON CHARLES YEUNG, DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI, THE HON ALLEN LEE PENG-FEI, THE HON ANDREW SO, TOE HON F.K. HU, THE HON W.C.L. BROWN, THE HON K.C. CHAN, THE HON STEPHEN CHEONG, THE HON CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, THE HON SELINA CHOW, TOE HON MARIA TAM AND DR THE HON HENRIETTA IP.

THE SPEECHES WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE ON RTHK’S CHINESE AND ENGLISH SERVICES RADIO 1 AND 3.

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TOY LIBRARY TO HELP CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL PROBLEMS

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THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS SETTING UP A TOY LIBRARY SERVICE AIMED AT ENHANCING THE MAXIMUM DEVELOPMENT OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIFIC PROBLEMS THROUGH THE USE OF THERAPEUTIC, EDUCATIONAL AND STIMULATING TOYS.

TO BE LOCATED AT THE ARRAN STREET CHILD ASSESSMENT CLINIC, TOE TOY LIBRARY WILL ALSO FOSTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE PLAY NEEDS CF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT.

IT IS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND RUN BY THE GOVERNMENT, AND HAS BEEN MADE POSSIBLE BY A DONATION OF $10 000 BY THE ROTARY CLUB OF KOWLOON FOR THE PURCHASE OF SPECIALLY-DESIGNED TOYS FOR THE LIBRARY SERVICE.

THE CONSULTANT PAEDIATRICIAN, DR LILIAN KO, SAID THE IDEA IS TO STIMULATE CHILDREN THROUGH PLAY AND TO GET PARENTS INVOLVED IN TOE GROWTH DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR CHILDREN.

♦THIS WILL NOT ONLY IMPROVE THE PARENT-CHILDREN RELATIONSHIP, BUT WILL ALSO HELP THE CHILDREN DEVELOP AND GROW IN AREAS WHERE THEY MAY BE LACK ING,+ SHE SAID.

FOR INSTANCE, CHILDREN WITH MUSCLE PROBLEMS MAY BE GIVEN TOYS THAT WILL HELP STIMULATE MUSCLE GROWTH, OR CHILDREN WITH CO-ORDINATION PROBLEMS WILL BE GIVEN PLAY MATERIALS TO IMPROVE CO-ORDINATION.

TVSSDAY, 0C70B£.i 26, 1982


+EACH TOY IS DESIGNED FOR A SPECIFIC PURPOSE AND CATEGORISED FOR DIFFERENT GROUPS ACCORDING TO THEIR NEEDS,* DR KO SAID.

CHILDREN REGISTERED WITH THE TOY LIBRARY SERVICE MAY BORROW TOYS FOR UP TO TWO WEEKS.

PARENTS WILL PLAY A MAJOR ROLE IN ENCOURAGING THE CHILDREN TO JOIN AND WILL BE GIVEN A ’HOMEWORK’ CHART TO RECORD THE STAGES CF THE CHILDREN’S DEVELOPMENT UNDER THE PROGRAMME.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

A PREVIEW OF THE TOY LIBRARY WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY (OCTOBER 28).

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PREVIEW STARTING AT 2.30 PM. THE TOY LIBRARY IS AT THE ARRAN STREET CHILD ASSESSMENT CLINIC, MONG KOK.

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MORE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE GRADUATES INFUSED INTO INDUSTRY-******

SOME 8 323 STUDENTS GRADUATED FROM THE FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES MANAGED BY THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL THIS YEAR, GIVING A BOOST TO HONG KONG’S INDUSTRY BY PROVIDING IT WITH TRAINED MANPOWER.

THE FIGURE REPRESENTS AN INCREASE OF 16.6 PER CENT OVER LAST YEAR’S FIGURE OF 7 140 STUDENTS WHO GRADUATED FROM THE INSTITUTES.

REVEALING THIS TODAY (TUESDAY), A COUNCIL SPOKESMAN SAID 1 979 OF THE GRADUATES ATTENDED FULL-TIME COURSES, 3 073 ATTENDED PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE COURSES WHILE THE REMAINING 3 271 ATTENDED CLASSES RUN IN THE EVENING.

THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT THE STUDENT RATIO BETWEEN TECHNICIAN AND CRAFT GRADUATES WAS 4 TO 6 OR 3 358 TECHNICIANS AND 4 965 CRAFT GRADUATES RESPECTIVELY.

THE FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES ARE MORRISON HILL, KWAI CHUNG, KWUN TONG, HAKING WONG AND LEE WAI LEE. TOGETHER THEY OFFER A RANGE OF 224 COURSES BELONGING TO 12 DIFFERENT DISCIPLINES.

THE DISCIPLINES COVER HOTEL-KEEPING AND TOURISM STUDIES, COMMERCIAL STUDIES, CONSTRUCTION, ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, GENERAL STUDIES, INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY, PRINTING, TEXTILE INDUSTRIES, MARINE AND FABRICATION, CLOTHING INDUSTRIES AND DESIGN, AND THEY CATER TO REQUIREMENTS WITHIN THE INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL AND SERVICE SECTORS.

ACCORDING TO THE SPOKESMAN, THE PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE AND EVENING GRADUATES NORMALLY ATTENDED COURSES RELEVANT TO THEIR FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT, THUS ENHANCING THEIR PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION AND PROMOTION PROSPECTS.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 1982

♦THE DIFFERENT MODES OF STUDY ARE, THEREFORE, DESIGNED TO SUIT THE VARYING NEEDS AND ASPIRATIONS OF THE STUDENTS,* HE EXPLAINED.

AN ANNUAL SURVEY IS CONDUCTED TO FIND OUT THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION OF THE FULL-TIME GRADUATES. FIGURES FROM RECENT YEARS INDICATED THAT THE MAJORITY OF THEM FOUND JOBS WITHIN A FEW WEEKS OF GRADUATION.

THE 1981 TRACER STUDY OF GRADUATES IN 1976 SHOWED THAT STUDENTS’ SALARIES HAD INCREASED FOUR TIMES WITHIN FIVE YEARS.

A SIMILAR SURVEY IS BEING CONDUCTED AND RESULTS WILL BE AVAILABLE EARLY NEXT YEAR.

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CAREERS EXHIBITION FOR NEW COMERS *****

A CAREERS INFORMATION EXHIBITION IN TUEN MUN WILL OPEN ON THURSDAY (OCTOBER 28) TO MAKE KNOWN TO LOCAL PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY NEW COMERS TO THE DISTRICT, THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR EMPLOYMENT IN THE NEW TOWN.

THE EXHIBITION, ORGANISED BY THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY COMMITTEE, WILL BE HELD ON THE WALKWAYS OF THE PODIUM OF THE YAU 01 ESTATE COMMERCIAL COMPLEX UNTIL NOVEMBER 3.

A DISTRICT BOARD SPOKESMAN POINTED TO A RECENT SURVEY WHICH SHOWED THAT A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF THE LOCAL RESIDENTS WORKED OUTSIDE TUEN MUN DISTRICT WHILE THE MAJORITY OF WORKERS IN LOCAL FACTORIES CAME FROM OTHER PLACES.

+THIS PHENOMENON IS NOT DESIRABLE IN A PLACE SUCH AS TUEN MUN WHICH HAS BEEN PLANNED TO GROW UP AS A SELF-CONTAINED NEW TOWN IN THE NORTHWEST NEW TERRITORIES,* HE SAID.

PARTICIPATING IN THE EXHIBITION ARE TWELVE LOCAL INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS, EACH PROVIDING DESCRIPTIONS OF THE TYPES OF JOBS AVAILABLE, SALARY AND WAGES, CAREER PROSPECTS, AND ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS. THE INFORMATION HAS BEEN SET OUT IN PHOTOGRAPHS, CHARTS AND DIAGRAMS.

AN OPENING CEREMONY, AT WHICH THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BILLY LAM, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TUEN MUN RURAL COMMITTEE, MR LAU WONG-FAT AND SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER, MR LEUNG LIT-CHEONG, WILL OFFICIATE, WILL BE HELD AT 12.30 PM ON THURSDAY AT THE VENUE.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE TUEN MUN CAREERS INFORMATION EXHIBITION AT 12.30 PM ON THURSDAY (OCTOBER 28) ON THE WALKWAYS ON THE PODIUM OF THE YAU 01 ESTATE COMMERCIAL COMPLEX.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 1982

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EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD HOLDS FIRST MEETING

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THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD INVITES MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO ATTEND ITS FIRST MEETING TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM ON THURSDAY (OCTOBER 28) IN THE HONG KONG FEDERATION OF YOUTH GROUP BRADBURY CENTRE AT 55 MODEL LANE, NORTH POINT.

TEN SEATS ARE BEING RESERVED AND WILL BE ALLOCATED TO THE PUBLIC ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS. THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED SHOULD CONTACT MRS SUSAN LAU BY TELEPHONING 5-630181 EXT. 32.

THE MEETING WILL DISCUSS THE BOARD’S TERMS OF REFERENCE, COMPOSITION AND MEMBERSHIP, STANDING ORDERS, PROGRESS REPORT AND USE OF FUNDS.

THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD CONSISTS OF 10 ELECTED MEMBERS, 10 APPOINTED MEMBERS, FOUR URBAN COUNCILLORS AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY (OCTOBER 28) AT 2.30 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE HONG KONG FEDERATION OF YOUTH GROUP BRADBURY CENTRE AT MODEL LANE, NORTH POINT.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN WAN CHAI AND SHAU KEI WAN

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FROM 6 AM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) THE WESTBOUND KERBSIDE LANE CF GLOUCESTER ROAD IN WAN CHAI FROM O’BRIEN ROAD TO ARSENAL STREET WILL BE RESERVED EXCLUSIVELY FOR FRANCHISED BUSES.

AND, THE EXISTING PEAK-HOUR URBAN CLEARWAY ON WAN CHAI ROAD NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH TIN LOK LANE WILL BE EXTENDED WESTWARD UP TO ITS JUNCTION WITH JOHNSTON ROAD FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (OCTOBER 29).

IN SHAU KEI WAN, VEHICLES ALONG ALDRICH STREET WILL BE TEMPORARILY BANNED FROM TURNING LEFT INTO SHAU KEI WAN ROAD EASTBOUND FROM THURSDAY (OCTOBER 28) FOR THE RENEWAL OF TRAM TRACKS. THIS ARRANGEMENT WILL LAST FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS.

AT THE SAME TIME VEHICLES ALONG NAM ON STREET HEADING FOR CHAI WAN ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA ALDRICH STREET, FACTORY STREET AND SHAU KEI WAN ROAD.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 1982

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RE-OPENING OF CHING CHEUNG ROAD * * * *

THE EASTBOUND SECTION OF CHING CHEUNG ROAD EAST OF THE BUTTERFLY VALLEY INTERCHANGE WILL BE RE-OPENED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

THE SECTION HAS BEEN CLOSED SINCE SEPTEMBER 1 FOLLOWING A MUDSLIP AND THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY WAS THEN RE-ROUTED TWO-WAY.

FOLLOWING THE RE-OPENING, KMB ROUTE 38 ON JOURNEYS TO KWUN TONG WILL RESUME ITS NORMAL ROUTING ON CASTLE PEAK ROAD, CHING CHEUNG ROAD AND LUNG CHEUNG ROAD.

MEANWHILE, A NEW BRIDGE OVER SHING MUN RIVER LINKING SHA TIN RURAL COMMITTEE ROAD AND SHA TIN WAI ROAD WILL ALSO BE OPENED FROM 10.30 AM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

AFTER ITS OPENING THE BRIDGE WILL, HOWEVER, BE DESIGNATED AS AN URBAN CLEARWAY BETWEEN 7 AM AND 12 MIDNIGHT DAILY STARTING FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (OCTOBER 29).

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ONE-DAY COURSE ON CANCER FOR TEACHERS * * * *

SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS ONE-DAY COURSE ON CANCER WHICH GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION,

ARE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN A WILL BE HELD ON DECEMBER 11 AT GASCOIGNE ROAD, KOWLOON.

THE COURSE, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG ANTI-CANCER SOCIETY, IS AIMED AT ACQUAINTING TEACHERS WITH CURRENT KNOWLEDGE OF CANCER, ITS CONTROL, AND THE IMPORTANCE OF CANCER EDUCATION.

A VISIT TO THE INSTITUTE OF QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL WILL BE THE COURSE.

RADIOLOGY

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AND ONCOLOGY IN THE ON ANOTHER DAY AFTER

A CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE WHO HAVE ATTENDED THE COURSE AND

WILL BE ISSUED TO PARTICIPANTS THE SUBSEQUENT VISIT.

TAKE PART ,N THE COURSE SHOULD SUBMIT

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ONLY 120 TEACHERS CAN BE THEREFORE BE ACCEPTED ON A

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 1982

FESPIC VILLAGE POST OFFICE

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A TEMPORARY POST OFFICE WILL BE OPENED IN THE FESPIC VILLAGE AT THE PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL AT SHA TIN WAI ROAD. SHA TIN, FROM OCTOBER 28 TO NOVEMBER 10 IN CONNECTION WITH THE THIRD FAR EAST AND SOUTH PACIFIC GAMES FOR THE DISABLED TO BE HELD IN HONG KONG LATER THIS MONTH.

DURING THE TWO-WEEK PERIOD THE TEMPORARY POST OFFICE WILL PROVIDE STAMPS AND REGISTRATION, PARCEL ACCEPTANCE AND MAIL COLLECTION SERVICES.

PHILATELIC ITEMS, INCLUDING FESPIC COVERS, WILL ALSO BE ON SALE, A POST OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ALL MAIL POSTED IN THE VILLAGE POST OFFICE WILL BE GIVEN A VILLAGE POST OFFICE POSTMARK AND A HANDBACK SERVICE WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR LOCALLY ADDRESSED UNREGISTERED ITEMS TENDERED DURING THE OPENING HOURS OF THE OFFICE, HE ADDED.

THE OPENING HOURS OF THE VILLAGE POST OFFICE WILL BE 9.45 AM - 12.15 PM AND 1.45 PM - 4.15 PM ON MONDAYS TO FRIDAYS AND 9.45 AM - 12.15 PM ON SATURDAYS.

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MORE PARKING METERS IN TIN WAN

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A TOTAL OF 43 PARKING METERS WILL BE INSTALLED IN TIN WAN AREA FROM 8 AM ON THURSDAY (OCTOBER 28).

THE METERED SPACES WILL BE ON THE KERBSIDE LANES OF TIN WAN HILL ROAD, TIN WAN CLOSE, TIN WAN STREET AND TIN WAN NEW STREET.

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MID-LEVELS WATER LEAKAGE TEST

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN THE MID-LEVELS AREA WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM ON FRIDAY (OCTOBER 29) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR A LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY CONDUIT ROAD, CASTLE ROAD, ROBINSON ROAD, OLD PEAK ROAD, AND HORNSEY ROAD.

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WATER FIGURES

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STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (TUESDAY) STOOD AT 81.8 PER CENT OF CAPACITY, OR 472.621 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 275.131 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 47.6 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2?, 1?82

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING:

PRESCRIPTION FOR THE FUTURE........................... 1

CALL FOR RESTRUCTURING OF HEALTH ADMINISTRATION....... 2

NEED FOR TECHNOLOGICAL INDUSTRIES..................... 4

MORE CONTROLS URGED IN +BOUGHT+ SCHOOL PLACES ........ 5

ABOLITION OF HK DOLLAR INTEREST TAX URGED............. 8

PUBLIC URGED +TO PUT ASIDE DOUBTS+ ................... 9

SEVERANCE PAY AND STATUTORY HOLIDAYS ................. 10

DUTY LAWYER SCHEME.................................... 12

CALL FOR MORE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT .................. 15

PLEA FOR AID TO MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY................ 17

POSITIVE THINKING ON FUTURE OF UK URGED............... 19

LEGCO DEBATE.......................................... 20

DUKE VISITS COLISEUM SITE............................... 21

ANOTHER BUSY DAY FOR DUKE AND DUCHESS................... 22

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER FOR URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS..... 24

SAFETY EXTRAVAGANT IN WONG TAI SIN...................... 25

YU0J LONG DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TOMORROW .............. 26

SHORT TERM TENANCY INVITED FOR KWAI CHUNG SITE.......... 26

CROWN LAi© SOLD BY AUCTION.............................. 27

CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS BEING INTRODUCED ................. 27

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KOWLOON............... 28

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 1982

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PRESCRIPTION FOR THE FUTURE * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT’S CONFIDENT REDEDICATION TO THE PROGRAMMES OF SOCIAL IMPROVEMENT AND TO THE ECONOMIC POLICIES WHICH HAVE GIVEN US OUR FUNDAMENTAL PROSPERITY IS THE *BEST PRESCRIPTION* TO THE CURRENT CONSULTATION ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG, THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, THE HON ROGER LOBO SAID TODAY.

OPENING THE DEBATE ON A MOTION OF THANKS FOR THE GOVERNOR’S ADDRESS, MR LOBO SAID THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG WOULD NOT BE WORTH MUCH AT ALL IF IT WERE NOT A PLACE WHICH HAS GIVEN A GREAT MANY PEOPLE THE CHANCE TO ENJOY ESSENTIAL HUMAN VALUES IN A STABLE BUT STIMULATING ENVIRONMENT.

THIS, HE STRESSED, IS WHAT THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WERE DETERMINED TO MAINTAIN AND IS WELL WORTH PRESERVING.

MR LOBO POINTED OUT THAT THE PRESENT SITUATION PUTS A HEAVY RESPONSIBILITY ON ALL OF THOSE WHO ARE IN A POSITION TO INFLUENCE PUBLIC OPINION - BE THEY TYCOONS, PUBLIC SERVANTS, LEGISLATORS, ACADEMICS OR THE MEDIA.

♦THIS IS NO TIME TO PUT OUR HEADS IN THE SAND BUT NEITHER IS IT A TIME TO OVER-DRAMATISE, TO SENSATIONALISE OR TO SPECULATE IDLY,* HE WARNED.

+IT IS A TIME TO TAKE STOCK OF WHAT wE ARE DOING AND TO STRIVE TO DO IT BETTER. WE MUST CARRY THE COMMUNITY WITH US AND THE INFORMATION GAP MUST NOT RE-OPEN.

+THIS ADMINISTRATION CARES FOR PEOPLE’’ IT IS THE BEDROCK ON WHICH HONG KONG’S FORTUNES ARE FOUNDED; AND IT IS THE CUSTODIAN OF OUR HOPES FOR THE FUTURE.

*WE SHOULD NOT HESITATE TO MAKE THIS CLEAR, AND I AM NOT CONVINCED THE GOVERNMENT IS FULLY AWARE OF THE NEED TO DO SO AND TO INVEST IN ITS OWN IMAGE.*

REFERRING TO THE PLANS AND POLICIES ON SOCIAL PROGRAMME AREAS, MR LOBO SAID THEY UNDERLINE THE GOVERNMENT’S CONTINUED CONCERN FOR THE WELFARE OF THE PEOPLE AND RESTATE THE ENDEAVOURS WHICH «ILL BE MADE TO MEET THE ASPIRATIONS OF THE PEOPLE.

HOWEVER, CRITICS AND OTHER FINGER POINTERS USUALLY FAIL TO APPRECIATE THE BASIC QUALITY THAT MAKES HONG KONG A MAGIC PLaCE, NAMELY +CONTINUITY+, HE SAID *CONTINUITY MADE POSSIBLE BY THE RULE CF LAW AND A WILLINGNESS TO UPDATE WITHIN SENSIBLE LIMITS TO MEET CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES, BUT ALWAYS WITHIN THE RULE OF LAW*.

IN RESPONSE TO THE GOVERNOR’S APPRECIATION FOR THE COUNCIL WORK DONE BEHIND THE SCENES BY THE UNOFFICIALS, MR LOBO SAID VERY LITTLE OF SUCH WORK IS ANY MORE SECRETIVE THAN ORDINARY BUSINESS SENSE WOULD DICTATE.

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IN FACT, HE POINTED OUT, THE UNOFFICIALS MEET THE PUBLIC AND RECEIVED REPRESENTATIONS IN THE UMELCO OFFICE, AND POLICIES DISCUSSED IN THEIR PRELIMINARY STAGES BEHIND THE SCENES HAVE NO SIGNIFICANCE NOR EFFECT UNTIL THEY ARE OPENLY PRESENTED.

* A GREAT DEAL OF PRODUCTIVE BUSINESS WOULD NOT BE HELPED IN ANY WAY BY TRANSFERRING IT INTO PUBLIC SESSION SIMPLY TO ACHIEVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE ROLE OF THE UNOFFICIALS, AND I SUSPECT THAT EVEN LONGER PUBLIC DEBATES WOULD NOT NECESSARILY INCREASE PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OR CONFIDENCE IN THE MACHINERY OF POLICY MAKING.*

HE THEREFORE WELCOMED THE GOVERNOR’S INITIATIVES TO INTRODUCE MEASURES TO INCREASE PUBLIC INTEREST AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORK CF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

ON THE REPRESENTATIVE ROLE OF THE UNOFFICIALS, MR LOBO REMARKED THAT WITH THE ENLARGEMENT OF THE COUNCIL IN RECENT YEARS, THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS HAVE IN PRACTICE SPOKEN, AND WILL CONTINUE TO SPEAK, FOR ALL CLASSES AND ALL INTERESTS IN THE COMMUNITY.

HE EXPRESSED CONFIDENCE THAT THE OBJECTIVES OF SETTING UP A 'WORKING PARTY ON THE PROCEDURES OF THE COUNCIL WOULD GIVE THE UNOFFICIALS +GREATER OPPORTUNITIES TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE ORDERLY ADVANCEMENT OF OUR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC INSTITUTIONS*.

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CALL FOR RESTRUCTURING OF HEALTH ADMINISTRATION * * * * *

DR THE HON HARRY FANG CALLED FOR A RESTRUCTURING OF THE UPPER ECHELON OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION +WHICH HAS REMAINED ESSENTIALLY UNCHANGED IN THE PAST DECADE*.

SPECIFICALLY, HE RECOMMENDED THE CREATION OF A SECRETARY FOR HEALTH POST, TO BE FILLED BY A MEDICALLY QUALIFIED PERSON, To OVERSEE THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES.

HOWEVER, HE WAS QUICK TO POINT OUT THAT HIS SUGGESTION DOES NOT IMPLY ANY CRITICISM OF THE INDIVIDUALS WHO AT PRESENT PERFORM THIS ROLE.

+BUT THE POINT I WISH TO MAKE IS THAT WE HAVE OUTGROWN THE PRESENT ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE AND THERE IS A PRESSING f'cED TO OUR MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES,* HE SAID.

+IT IS SIGNIFICANT THAT THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICE IS TODAY THE ONLY MAJOR PROGRAMME AREA WHICH DOES NOT HAVC ITS OWN POLICY CHIEF.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 198.

♦JUDGING FROM THE GROWING DEMAND ON THE HEALTH SERVICES AND THE SCALE OF DEVELOPMENT FORESHADOWED IN THE MEDICAL PROGRAMME FOR THE 80S, I AM CONVINCED THAT THE CREATION OF A SECRETARY FOR HEALTH IS WELL JUSTIFIED.+

DR FANG NOTED THAT THE MODEST INCREASES TO THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT’S ESTABLISHMENT HAVE BARELY COPED WITH THE DAY-TO-DAY PRESSURES OF MORE HOSPITALS, MORE CLINICS AND MORE SPECIALTIES.

THIS PREOCCUPATION INEVITABLY MEANS THAT A GREAT DEAL OF LONG TERM PLANNING AND POLICY FORMULATION MUST BE LEFT TO SOMEONE ELSE.

THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES IS CHARGED WITH THESE IMPORTANT TASKS BUT HE AND HIS STAFF ARE GENERALIST ADMINISTRATORS, HE REMARKED.

+l HAVE THE GREATEST RESPECT AND ADMIRATION FOR THEIR SKILLS AND INGENUITY, BUT THESE QUALITIES CANNOT COMPENSATE FOR A LACK OF PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND WIDE MEDICAL PERSPECTIVES.

I BELIEVE THESE TO BE ESSENTIAL PREREQUISITES, IF THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES IS TO HAVE ANY CHANCE OF MEETING THE CHALLENGES OF THE SOS AND THE 90S.

SPECIFICALLY, WE NEED TO SET THE RIGHT PRIORITIES IN OUR HEALTH PROGRAMME, RATIONALISE THE MANY COMPETING DEMANDS AND PRODUCE A COMPREHENSIVE BLUE PRINT FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT. +

WHILE APPRECIATING THAT MOST OF THE OBJECTIVES OF THE 1974 WHITE PAPER ON THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES IN HONG KONG HAVE BEEN ACHIEVED AND THAT THEY HAVE BEEN CONTINUOUSLY UPDATED BY THE MEDICAL DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF WHICH HE IS CHAIRMAN, DR FANG SAID HE HAS BECOME INCREASINGLY AWARE THAT THIS PROCESS OF UPDATING IS NOT THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY OF CHARTING OUR FUTURE COURSE.

HE THEREFORE SUGGESTED THAT ONCE THE DECISION TO SET UP A BRANCH AND TO APPOINT A SECRETARY HAS BEEN TAKEN, A REVIEW SHOULD BE CARRIED OUT TO LOOK AFRESH AT OUR HEALTH SERVICES AND TO PLAN FOR THE NEXT TEN YEARS.

THERE IS A WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE BOTH LOCAL AND OVERSEAS ON WHICH THEY MAY DRAW.

A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW WILL ENABLE US TO TAKE STOCK OF PAST ACHIEVEMENTS, TO DETERMINE PRIORITIES FOR THE FUTURE AND TO DERIVE THE MAXIMUM BENEFIT FROM THE LIMITED RESOURCES WE HAVE AT OUR DISPOSAL,♦ SAID DR FANG.

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NEED FOR TECHNOLOGICAL INDUSTRIES *****

HONG KONG LACKS A SUFFICIENTLY WIDE RANGE OF TECHNOLOGICAL INDUSTRIES NEEDED TO COMPETE IN THE HIGHLY TECHNOLOGICALLY-ORIENTATED MARKETS OF THE FUTURE, DR THE HON FRANCIS TIEN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

BUT HE WAS QUICK TO POINT OUT THAT HONG KONG IS NOT SHORT CF INVESTMENT CAPITAL OR OF MANAGERIAL TALENT.

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE GOVERNMENT’S RECENT EFFORTS TO ASSIST HONG KONG’S INDUSTRY TO DIVERSIFY INTO NEW AND MORE REWARDING FIELDS, DR TIEN NOTED THAT THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT HAS ESTABLISHED THREE INDUSTRIAL PROMOTION OFFICES IN TOKYO, LONDON AND STUTTGART WITHIN A COMPARATIVELY SHORT SPACE OF TIME.

AND A FOURTH ONE, IN SAN FRANCISCO, IS DUE TO OPEN AT THE END OF NEXT MONTH.

+THEREFORE THE PROMOTION OF INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENTS, WITH THE PRIMARY AIM OF ATTRACTING NEW TECHNOLOGIES INTO HONG KONG, IS SOMETHING TO WHICH I FEEL SURE THE INDUSTRIAL SECTOR OF HONG KONG WILL GIVE FULL SUPPORT,* HE ADDED.

DR TIEN SAID HE WAS ALSO GLAD TO SEE THE GOVERNMENT TAKING STEPS TO MAKE AVAILABLE THE SORT OF FACILITIES WHICH LOCAL INDUSTRIES NEED, PARTICULARLY IN THE AREAS OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, AND SCIENTIFIC SUPPORT.

HE CALLED ON THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT TO PROCEED WITH ALL SPEED IN ESTABLISHING THE STANDARDS AND CALIBRATION LABORATORY WHICH, HE POINTED OUT, WILL BE A POPULAR AND ESSENTIAL SERVICE TO THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY.

DR TIEN ALSO EXPRESSED HOPE THAT THE EXISTING POLICY ON INDUSTRY, DESIGNED WITH MINIMUM INTERFERENCE ON THE ONE HAND AND PROVISION FOR APPROPRIATE SUPPORT AND IMPETUS FOR HONG KONG TO ENTER INTO A NEW ERA OF ITS INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT ON THE OTHER, WILL CONTINUE.

HE FELT THAT HONG KONG WILL CONTINUE TO RELY ON TEXTILES AND GARMENTS AS THE MAINSTAY OF ITS MANUFACTURING SECTOR.

+BUT WITH THE EFFORTS BEING MADE BY INVESTORS, AND COMPLEMENTED BY THE MEASURES ADOPTED BY THE GOVERNMENT, I AM SURE THE PROGRAMME OF DIVERSIFICATION WILL ADVANCE WITH SPEED AND DETERMINATION,* HE SAID.

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MORE CONTROLS URGED IN +BOUGHT+ SCHOOL PLACES *****

THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD IMPOSE STRICTER CONTROLS ON PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS WITH +EOUGHT+ PLACES IN ORDER TO UPGRADE THEIR QUALITY, THE REV THE HON JOYCE M. BENNETT SUGGESTED TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN ADDITION, SHE SAID, PROVISION SHOULD BE MADE TO ENSURE THAT THE STAFFING RATIO AND REMEDIAL TEACHING REQUIREMENTS IN THESE SCHOOLS EE BROUGHT UP TO THE SAME STANDARD AS FOR OTHER GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SCHOOLS IN ThE PUBLIC SECTOR.

+IF THESE SCHOOLS ARE UNWILLING TO ACCEPT ADDITIONAL CONTROLS AND SUPERVISION, THEY SHOULD NO LONGER BE SENT ANY STUDENTS UNDER THE BOUGHT PLACES SCHEME.

+WE MUST ENSURE THAT ALL SCHOOLS IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR HAVE COMPARABLE STAFFING-RATIOS AMD FACILITIES, SO THAT NO FAMILY CAN COMPLAIN THAT THEY ARE UNFAIRLY TREATED IN THE LOTTERY PROVISION FOR THEIR CHILDREN’S EDUCATION,* SHE SAID.

MISS BENNETT SAID SHE WAS GLAD TO HEAR THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS MAKING A STUDY OF HOW TO IMPROVE +BOUGHT+ PLACES IN PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS AS SHE HAS BECOME +INCREASINGLY ALARMED* AT THE CONTINUED RELIANCE ON SUCH PLACES, ESPECIALLY IN AREAS SUCH AS KWUN TONG WHERE THERE ARE INSUFFICIENT GOVERNMENT AND AIDED PLACES.

AS A RESULT OF THE SYSTEM, SHE POINTED OUT, STUDENTS OF LOW ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT COMING FROM DEPRIVED AND SOCIALLY INADEQUATE BACKGROUNDS ARE BROUGHT TOGETHER INTO HALF-DAY SCHOOLS WHERE THE DISCIPLINE IS LAX AND TEACHING STANDARDS NOT OF THE HIGHEST.

STUDENTS OF BI-SESSIONAL SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN KWUN TONG ARE SEEN WANDERING THE STREETS AT ALMOST ANY TIME OF THE DAY, THUS BECOME READY PREYS TO GANGS AND TRIADS WHO ARE TRYING TO RECRUIT THEM.

MOREOVER, MISS BENNETT POINTED OUT, THE STUDENTS WHO ARE LEAST ABLE TO DO INDEPENDENT ACADEMIC WORK AND MOST ATTRACTED TO THE LEAST WORTHY LEISURE ACTIVITIES ARE AT PRESENT HERDED TOGETHER IN OVERCROWDED CLASSROOMS.

+WHEREAS GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SCHOOLS ARE EXPECTED TO HAVE 40 STUDENTS IN FORM I AND FORM IV, THESE PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS ARE SENT 45 STUDENTS TO EACH OF THEIR CLASSES.

+THE MANAGEMENT OF THESE SCHOOLS NEED THE MAXIMUM OF 45 IN EACH CLASS IN ORDER TO MAXIMISE THE FINANCIAL BENEFITS OF RECEIVING STUDENTS FROM THE CENTRAL ALLOCATION OF FORM I AND FORM IV STUDENTS.*

/BUT THE........

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BUT THE AUTHORITIES HAVE HESITATED TO REDUCE THE NUMBERS IN THESE SCHOOLS AS THEY FEAR THEIR MANAGERS WILL OBJECT TO THE LOWERING OF THEIR INCOME FROM FEES, SHE ADDED.

QUOTING STATISTICS, MISS BENNETT SAID 24.71 PER CENT, OR 22 OOO OUT OF THE 89 000 NEW FORM I STUDENTS WERE ALLOCATED TO 64 SUCH SCHOOLS WITH BOUGHT PLACES IN SEPTEMBER 1982.

SHE EMPHASISED THAT THE MAJORITY OF THE PARENTS OF THESE STUDENTS HAVE NO CHOICE IN PLACING THEIR CHILDREN IN OTHER SCHOOLS BECAUSE THEY CAN NEITHER AFFORD TO SEND THEM OVERSEAS NOR TO THE GOVERNMENT AND FULLY-AIDED SCHOOLS WHERE THERE ARE FEW VACANCIES.

+1 CONSIDER THIS ASPECT OF OUR SECONDARY EDUCATION TO BE SERIOUSLY IN NEED OF REMEDY, ESPECIALLY AS THE CHILDREN IN CERTAIN AREAS HAVE A MUCH HIGHER CHANCE OF GOING TO THESE SCHOOLS WHICH ARE LESS WELL PROVISIONED.

4.’.'

+STUDY THE NUMBERS OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS AVAILABLE TO THE PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS AND YOU WILL FIND THAT IN MANY PARTS OF KOWLOON, THE GREATER TSUEN WAN AREA AND THE YUEN LONG AREA, THERE IS A FAR GREATER CHANCE OF THE CHILD BEING ALLOCATED TO ONE OF THESE INFERIOR SCHOOLS,+ SHE SAID.

AS FOR THE TEACHER-STUDENT RATIO, MISS BENNETT SAID THAT IN THE SCHOOLS RUN BY ONE OF THE PRIVATE ORGANISATIONS, THE RATIO IS 1:35- IN SCHOOLS OF ANOTHER ORGANISATION, IT IS 1:42? BUT IN GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SCHOOLS IT IS JUST 1:25.

GOVERNMENT FUNDS ALLOCATED ON THE BASIS OF THE STANDARD COST OF EDUCATION PER CHILD PER ANNUM IN 1982-83 AMOUNTED TO $7 510 PER CHILD IN GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS, 35 914 IN AIDED SCHOOLS, AND $1 872 IN PRIVATE INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS WITH BOUGHT PLACES.

+1 QUESTION WHETHER THIS MONEY IS BEING WISELY SPENT,+ SHE SAID.

+ THE CHILDREN IN THOSE SCHOOLS ARE NOT BENEFITING FROM OUR EDUCATION REFORMS.

+HOW CAN THE GOVERNMENT ENFORCE ITS POLICY RELATING TO IMPROVEMENTS IN LANGUAGE TEACHING AND OTHER MATTERS IN THESE SCHOOLS?*

IF THE GOVERNMENT PLANS TO CONTINUE TO USE THESE SCHOOLS, MISS BENNETT WENT ON, MORE MONEY SHOULD BE PUT INTO THEM IN ORDER TO UPGRADE THEIR QUALITY.

AND IF MORE MONEY IS GIVEN TO THEM IN SUBSIDY, THE GOVERNMENT MUST MAKE MORE DEMANDS ON THEM AND KEEP STRICTER CONTROL.

+WE MIGHT CONSIDER DRAWING UP A PROFIT CONTROL SCHEME FOR THESE SCHOOLS ON A PAR WITH THE SCHEMES OF CONTROL FOR THE UTILITIES,* SHE SAID.

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TURNING TO CHANGES IN THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT ORGANISATION, MISS BENNETT CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO BRING ALL THE SPECIAL EDUCATION SCHOOLS AND SPECIAL CLASSES IN ORDINARY SCHOOLS ENTIRELY UNDER THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT,

AS A MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION SUE-COMMITTEE OF THE R.D.C.C., SHE RECENTLY LEARNT THAT POLICIES FOR SPECIAL SCHOOLS AND SPECIAL CLASSES vVERE NOT FORMULATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION BUT BY THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES.

AND SHE WAS HORRIFIED TO LEARN THAT GOVERNMENT STILL DOES NOT CONSIDER HANDICAPPED CHILDREN DESERVE EDUCATION SIMILAR IN CONTENT AND DEPTH TO OTHER CHILDREN.

MISS BENNETT DEPLORED THAT EDUCATION POLICY DEALING WITH SPECIAL SCHOOLS AND SPECIAL CLASSES IS CLASSIFIED AS A +SERVICE* AND THUS, PUT UNDER THE REHABILITATION SECTION OF THE SOCIAL SERVICES BRANCH.

SHE CITED TWO EXAMPLES TO ILLUSTRATE THE INEFFICIENCY RESULTING FROM THIS SEPARATION OF POLICIES REGARDING SPECIAL SCHOOLS FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE SLOWNESS IN THE BUILDING OF A SPEC I AL SCHOOL.

+HOW EASY IT IS FOR ACTION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF POLICY TO BE DELAYED BECAUSE TWO BRANCHES ARE INVOLVED,* SHE SAID.

+LET US ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE EXPERTISE OF THE EDUCATIONALISTS IS NECESSARY FOR THE PLANNING AND ORGANISATION OF SPECIAL CLASSES AND SPECIAL SCHOOLS FOR THE HANDICAPPED.

+THEN WE SHALL NOT HAVE ILL-CONCEIVED SCHEMES AND BADLY-PRESENTED PAPERS BASED ON UNSOUND EDUCATIONAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL PREMISES.*

MISS BENNETT FURTHER SUGGESTED THAT ALL THE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT BE PLACED UNDER THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

SHE NOTED THAT A SMALL GROUP OF UNOFFICIALS FORMED TO STUDY THE PRESENT SITUATION IN THE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS RUN BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HAD MET WITH THE HONG KONG ADVISER ON THESE INSTITUTIONS.

THE UNOFFICIALS, SHE POINTED OUT, WERE PARTICULARLY PLEASED WITH HIS RECOMMENDATION THAT YOUNGSTERS ON REMAND AND PROBATION SHOULD BE SEPARATED FROM THOSE IN THE INSTITUTIONS UNDER CARE AND PROTECTION ORDER.

♦WERE THEY SO SEPARATED, I BELIEVE WE COULD USE THE SKILL AND EXPERIENCE OF OUR NEWLY-APPOINTED EXPERT IN THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO DRAW UP PROGRAMMES FOR THESE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO AT AN EARLY AGE ARE ALREADY SHOWING SIGNS OF BECOMING FUTURE CRIMINALS AND RECIDIVISTS.

♦THIS WILL LEAVE THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TO CONCENTRATE ON YOUNG PEOPLE FOUND TO BE IN NEED OF CARE AND PROTECTION,* MISS BENNETT SAID.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 1982

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ABOLITION OF HK DOLLAR INTEREST TAX URGED

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THE GOVERNMENT WAS TODAY URGED TO ABOLISH THE INTEREST TAX ON THE DEPOSIT OF HONG KONG DOLLARS TO BOOST THE VALUE OF LOCAL CURRENCY.

DR THE HON HENRY HU SAID THIS WOULD ALSO INDIRECTLY LEND SUBSTANTIAL HELP TO LOCAL INDUSTRIES.

HE NOTED THAT DUE IN PART TO THE WORLD-WIDE RECESSION, THE GROWTH OF THE LOCAL MANUFACTURING SECTOR COULD NOT MATCH THAT OF THE TERTIARY SERVICES SECTOR WHICH HAD NEARLY DOUBLED IN THE LAST THREE YEARS TO BECOME A SIGNIFICANT ELEMENT OF HONG KONG’S ECONOMY.

BUT HE WAS CONFIDENT THAT AS THE WORLD GRADUALLY EMERGED FROM RECESSION, HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURERS WOULD BE THE FIRST TO BENEFIT BECAUSE OF THEIR SKILL AND ADAPTABILITY.

■•■HOWEVER,* DR HU POINTED OUT, +BOTH THE TERTIARY SERVICES, INCLUDING THE RE-EXPORT TRADE, AND THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES NEED A STABLE CURRENCY.

+A STABLE CURRENCY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN A STABLE SHARE MARKET.*

ON THE SUBJECT OF HOUSING, DR HU SAID IT SHOULD BE VIEWED AS A KIND OF SOCIAL SERVICE IN HONG KONG.

HE SAID MANY OF THE POORER PEOPLE HAD TO WAIT FOR SEVEN YEARS OR MORE TO GET A PUBLIC HOUSING UNIT BECAUSE OF THE LONG WAITING LIST AND +COMPLEX AND TIME-CONSUMING* ALLOCATION PROCEDURE.

BUT ON THE OTHER HAND, HE ADDED, THE GOVERNMENT ENCOURAGED THE BETTER-OFF PUBLIC HOUSING TENANTS WITH FAVOURABLE TERMS TO OWN A HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME FLAT.

+1 KNOW MANY ARGUMENTS HAVE BEEN ADVANCED BOTH FOR AND AGAINST A MEANS TEST FOR PUBLIC HOUSING BUT I BELIEVE THAT WITH THE AID OF MODERN TECHNIQUES AND IN PARTICULAR THE RECENT INTRODUCTION OF COMPUTERS AND DATA PROCESSORS THE VIABILITY OF SUCH TESTING COULD BE READILY RE-EXAMINED,* HE SAID.

+THERE IS NO HARM IN RE-EXAMINING AN ISSUE AT ANY TIME.*

DR HU ALSO CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO RE-EXAMINE ITS DECISION ON THE SALARY SCALE FOR SOCIAL WORKERS.

HE SAID THE LACK OF SOCIAL WORKERS GREATLY HAMPERED THE CARRYING OUT OF MANY SOCIAL SERVICES SCHEME AND PROJECTS.

♦THE LOWERING OF THE STARTING SALARY FOR SOCIAL WORKERS IS A FURTHER BLOW TO THE TRAINING AND RETAINING OF MUCH-NEEDED SOCIAL WORKERS IN HONG KONG,* DR HU SAID.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 1982

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PUBLIC URGED +TO PUT ASIDE DOUBTS*

* * M M *

THE HON LYDIA DUNN CALLED ON THE PUBLIC TO MAKE SURE THAT HONG KONG CONTINUES TO REMAIN A DESIRABLE, REWARDING AND CHALLENGING PLACE TO LIVE AND WORK IN.

+THAT IS TO SAY, WE MUST PUT ASIDE OUR DOUBTS AND FEARS ABOUT THE FUTURE AND CONCENTRATE ALL OUR ENERGIES ON ’THE COMMON ENTERPRISE’ / SHE SAID.

MISS DUNN TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THAT THIS WHOLE COMMUNITY IS ENGAGED IN, AND COMMITTED TO, THE SAME COMMON ENTERPRISE WHICH IS + TO SEE THIS CITY OF OURS SAFELY THROUGH THIS PRESENT PHASE IN ITS HISTORY*.

AS WE HAVE ENTERED THE 1980’S, THERE IS GROWING CONCERN ABOUT HONG KONG’S FUTURE.

THIS COULD HAVE A REALLY DAMAGING IMPACT ON THE FABRIC OF HONG KONG’S ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL LIFE, IF THE NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN LONDON AND PEKING ARE PROTRACTED, SHE WARNED.

+THE PASSAGE OF TIME WILL GENERATE FEARS AND UNCERTAINTIES HERE AND FRUSTRATIONS AND ACRIMONY ELSEWHERE, WHICH WILL NOT HELP IN THE SEARCH FOR A SATISFACTORY AND ACCEPTABLE SOLUTION.

+1 AM NOT ADVOCATING HASTE, BUT MEASURED PROGRESS.

+HONG KONG PEOPLE ACCEPT THAT THE ISSUES TO BE RESOLVED ARE COMPLEX AND THEY CAN BE RELIED UPON TO FOLLOW THE COURSE OF THE TALKS WHICH HAVE JUST BEGUN IN PEKING CALMLY, PROVIDED THEY FEEL CONFIDENT THAT THEIR INTERESTS AND WISHES ARE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT AND THAT BOTH THE BRITISH AND CHINESE GOVERNMENTS WISH TO SEEK AGREEMENT AND TO AVOID DISPUTE.*

IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES, SHE WELCOMED THE GOVERNOR’S ADDRESS WHICH SPELLED OUT THE GOVERNMENT’S CONFIDENCE OF THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG AND ITS CONTINUITY TO IMPLEMENT ITS PROGRAMMES VIGOROUSLY.

THERE MAY BE SOME PEOPLE WHO ARE INDIFFERENT ABOUT THE FUTURE AND THERE MAY BE SOME FAINT HEARTS AND SOME CYNICS.

BUT MISS DUNN BELIEVED THAT THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG - BE THEY IN THE PUBLIC OR THE PRIVATE SECTOR, IN INDUSTRY OR COMMERCE, OF SUBSTANTIAL OR MODEST MEANS, LONG TIME RESIDENTS OR FAIRLY RECENT ARRIVALS, CHINESE OR NON-CHINESE, OLD OR YOUNG, AND PEOPLE WHO LIVE AND WORK HERE AND HAVE THEIR BEING HERE - COLLECTIVELY INVOKE A SENSE OF PURPOSE IN TROUBLED TIMES.

+HOW ELSE CAN HONG KONG’S TRACK RECORD OF SURVIVAL, COUPLED WITH PROSPERITY AND STABILITY AND EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL, BE EXPLAINED?* SHE ASKED.

AISS DUNN ....

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MISS DUNN ALSO NOTED THAT DURING THE PAST 40 YEARS, HONG KONG HAS EXPERIENCED OCCUPATION BY AN INVADER AND DESTITUTION, THE BACKWASH OF REGIONAL TURBULENCE, SURGES IN THE SIZE OF POPULATION, NATURAL DISASTERS AND A WORLD TRADING AND MONETARY SYSTEM WHICH IS ESSENTIALLY UNSYMPATHETIC TO A SMALL AND EXPOSED ECONOMY SUCH AS HONG KONG’S.

+INDEED, AT NO TIME IN THE LIVING MEMORY OF 80 PER CENT OF OUR POPULATION HAS HONG KONG ENJOYED A TRANQUIL ECONOMIC SETTING OR A CERTAINTY ABOUT ITS POLITICAL FUTURE.

+YET, AS A WELL-KNOWN LOCAL JOURNALIST PUT IT RECENTLY WHEN DISCUSSING OUR PREDILECTION FOR RECURRING CRISIS: ’REALISM AND PRAGMATISM HAVE ALWAYS PREVAILED IN THE END’.

+l BELIEVE THEY WILL LIKEWISE ENSURE THAT WE DO SO AGAIN,* SHE SAID.

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SEVERANCE PAY AND STATUTORY HOLIDAYS * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT’S DELAY IN IMPROVING THE LEGISLATION ON SEVERANCE PAY AND STATUTORY HOLIDAYS CAME UNDER ATTACK BY THE REV HON PATRICK MCGOVERN TODAY.

ALTHOUGH HE WELCOMED THE DECISION TO SET UP A WORKING GROUP TO STUDY THE QUESTION OF SEVERANCE PAY, FR MCGOVERN NEVERTHELESS EXPRESSED MISGIVINGS THAT A WORKING GROUP COULD, CONSCIOUSLY OR UNCONSCIOUSLY, BECOME A CAUSE OF DELAY.

HE NOTED THAT THERE HAD ALREADY BEEN TOO LONG A DELAY IN FINDING REMEDIES FOR THE DEFECTS IN THE PRESENT LEGISLATION AND IN IMPROVING ITS IMPLEMENTATION.

THE LAST AMENDMENT TO THE LEGISLATION, HE SAID, WAS MADE IN 1977 AND IT WOULD SOON BE 1983.

SIX YEARS IS A LONG TIME TO WAIT FOR FURTHER IMPROVEMENT IK A MATTER WHICH AFFECTS THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE EVERY YEAR, PARTICULARLY WHEN THEY ARE UNEMPLOYED AND THEREFORE IN THE GREATEST NEED, HE ADDED.

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♦I THEREFORE ISSUE A PLEA THAT THE WORKING GROUP SHOULD WORK AS RAPIDLY AS POSSIBLE.

♦IT SHOULD BE POSSIBLE TO DO THIS BECAUSE SINCE SEVERANCE PAY WAS INTRODUCED IN 1974 MANY REPRESENTATIONS WERE MADE TO THE GOVERNMENT SUGGESTING IMPROVEMENTS IN THE LEG I SLAT ION.+

FR MCGOVERN WAS ALSO DISTURBED TO SEE THE UNDESIRABLE DISPARITY IN THE TREATMENT OF BLUE COLLAR WORKERS GETTING 10 PAID HOLIDAYS AND WHITE COLLAR WORKERS, EITHER BY LAW OR BY CUSTOM, GETTING 17 PAID PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

AND IT HAS TAKEN FROM 1976 TO 1982, AGAIN SIX YEARS, TO NARROW THE GAP BY ONE MEASLY DAY.

HE CONTENDED THAT AT THAT PACE, IT WOULD BE THE YEAR 2019 BEFORE EQUALITY IS REACHED, ADDING THAT IF HE WERE TO LIVE TO SEE THE DAY HE WOULD BE IN HIS 99TH YEAR.

AS FACTORIES AND OTHER BUSINESSES ARE WORKING SHORTER HOURS IN THE PRESENT RECESSION, FR MCGOVERN SUGGESTED THAT NOW IS THE TIME TO EASE THE BURDEN ON WORKERS BY CHANGING SOME OF THAT IDLE TIME TO HOLIDAY TIME.

+T0 ADD SAY TWO DAYS A YEAR FOR EACH OF THE NEXT THREE YEARS, OR THREE DAYS A YEAR FOR EACH OF THE NEXT TWO YEARS, WOULD I SUGGEST BE A MORE REASONABLE SPEED AT WHICH TO CLOSE THE SIX-DAY GAP THAN THE PRESENT PACE OF ONE DAY IN SIX YEARS,+ HE SAID.

+AND PLEASE, LET NO ONE HAVE THE TEMERITY TO SUGGEST CLOSING THE GAP BY REDUCING THE NUMBER OF DAYS FROM 17.

+AFTER ALL IT IS 11 YEARS SINCE WE CONSCIOUSLY SET OUT TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE.+

ANOTHER AREA OF DELAY WHICH FR MCGOVERN EXPRESSED CONCERN IS LEGISLATION TO PROTECT CONSUMERS.

HE NOTED THAT THE CONSUMER COUNCIL IS DOING A GOOD JOB AND DESERVES OUR SUPPORT.

HE THEREFORE CALLED FOR THE EARLY INTRODUCTION OF THE LEGISLATION TO CONTROL HIRE PURCHASE WHICH, HE BELIEVED, WAS AGREED IN PRINCIPLE TO BE NECESSARY WHEN THE CONSUMER COUNCIL ORDINANCE WAS PASSED IN 1977.

AT THE SAME TIME, FR MCGOVERN ADDED, THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD ALSO LOOK INTO THE LEGISLATION ON THE CONTROL OF TRAVEL AGENTS AND THE URGENTLY-NEEDED LEGISLATION ON PRODUCT SAFETY.

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DUTY LAWYER SCHEME * * *

A PLEA TO EXTEND THE DUTY LAWYER SCHEME TO THE FANLING AND KWUN TONG MAGISTRACIES WAS MADE BY THE HON PETER C. WONG AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE SAID THE FACT THAT THOSE CHARGED WITH SCHEDULED OFFENCES AT These two magistracies are not provided with free legal REPRESENTATION IS +REPUGNANT TO OUR SOCIAL CONSCIENCE*.

MR WONG POINTED OUT THAT THE DUTY LAWYER SCHEME, INTRODUCED IN 1979 FOR THOSE WHO CAN ILL AFFORD TO PAY LEGAL FEES, NOW COVERS NINE SCHEDULED OFFENCES IN SIX OF THE EIGHT MAGISTRACIES, NAMELY CAUSEWAY BAY, WESTERN, SAN PO KONG, NORTH KOWLOON, SOUTH KOWLOON AND TSUEN WAN MAGISTRACIES.

IN THE FIRST EIGHT MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, 6 913 DEFENDANTS WERE ACCORDED LEGAL REPRESENTATION WITH AN ACQUITTAL RATE OF 71 PER CENT IN NOT GUILTY PLEA CASES. THESE COMPARED WITH 3 036 DEFENDANTS GIVEN LEGAL REPRESENTATION WITH AN ACQUITTAL RATE OF 54 PER CENT IN THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF 1979, HE SAID.

THE AVERAGE COST PER DEFENDANT IN 1979 WAS $440 WHILE THAT FOR 1982 IS S407.

ALTOGETHER 180 BARRISTERS AND SOLICITORS ARE NOW UNDERTAKING THE TASK OF OFFERING REPRESENTATION IN THE SIX MAGISTRACIES, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 80 OVER THE 1979 FIGURE.

IN ADDITION, MR WONG WENT ON, OVER 20 VOLUNTARY LAWYERS PROVIDE FREE LEGAL ADVICE AT SIX EVENING CENTRES LOCATED IN THE VARIOUS CITY DISTRICT OFFICES.

ABOUT 100 APPLICANTS BENEFIT WEEKLY FROM THEIR EXPERT ADVICE ON A WIDE RANGE OF LEGAL PROBLEMS.

+1 AM ASSURED BY THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SCHEMES THAT SUFFICIENT MANPOWER IS AVAILABLE AND SUBJECT TO FUNDS BEING FORTHCOMING IT IS PLANNED TO HAVE A TERRITORY-WIDE DUTY LAWYER SCHEME BY 1983.+ SAID MR WONG.

♦WITH A MODEST INCREASE IN EXPENDITURE, GOVERNMENT WILL BE ABLE TO PROVIDE AN INDEPENDENT AND COMPREHENSIVE FREE LEGAL ASSISTANCE SERVICE FOR SERIOUS OFFENCES IN ALL THE EIGHT MAGISTRACIES IN THE TERRITORY.+

ON THE SUBJECT OF LANDLORD AND TENANT, MR WONG OPINED THAT IN THE PROVISION OF SECURITY OF TENURE TO TENANTS OF PREMISES NOT SUBJECT TO RENT CONTROL, +THE PENDULUM HAS SWUNG TOO FAR TO THE SIDE OF THE TENANTS*.

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HE URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO ACTIVELY CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING ISSUES WHICH HAVE REMAINED UNRESOLVED:

* SET SOME TIME LIMIT ON THE PERIOD FOR WHICH A TENANCY CAN BE RENEWED UNDER THE NEW PART IV OF THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) ORDINANCE;

* INTRODUCE SOME PROVISION IN THE NEW PART IV TO ENABLE PROPERTY OWNERS, PARTICULARLY SMALL INVESTORS, TO DISPOSE OF THEIR PROPERTY WITH VACANT POSSESSION;

* REVIEW THE POSITION OF THE CORPORATE LANDLORD WHO REQUIRES THE PREMISES FOR THE OCCUPATION OF ITS OWN EMPLOYEES ;

* IMPOSE SPECIFIC TIME LIMITS FOR DETERMINATION OF RENT AND

* PROVIDE SOME FORM OF APPEAL AGAINST DECISIONS OF THE LANDS TRIBUNAL GENERALLY.

TURNING TO HEALTH CARE FOR THE ELDERLY, MR WONG SAID IT IS AN AREA WHERE HIGH PRIORITY SHOULD BE GIVEN TO ITS IMPROVEMENT.

QUOTING STATISTICS, HE SAID THERE WERE 487 OOO PEOPLE AGED 60 CR OVER IN 1981 AND THE NUMBER IS EXPECTED TO REACH 634 000 BY 1987. HOWEVER, HE POINTED OUT, THERE WERE 375 PLACES AVAILABLE AT THE CARE-AND-ATTENTION HOMES AT THE END OF MARCH THIS YEAR WHILE THE NUMBER ON THE WAITING LIST FOR ADMISSION SHOWED A SHORT-FALL OF 704 PLACES.

+IN THE FACE OF CHANGING SOCIO-ECONOMIC FACTORS, MANY OF OUR SENIOR CITIZENS WILL BECOME INCREASINGLY VULNERABLE,* HE SAID.

+THERE IS THEREFORE A STRONG CASE TO REVISE UPWARDS TO A MORE REALISTIC LEVEL THE STANDARD OF FOUR PLACES PER 1 000 OLD PEOPLE IN RESPECT OF CARE-AND-ATTENTION HOMES.*

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MR WONG ALSO SUGGESTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONSIDER ISSUING OLD PEOPLE OVER 60 OR 65 WITH A SENIOR CITIZEN CARD WHICH ENTITLES THEM TO CONCESSIONARY RATES ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTS, AND ADMISSION TO CULTURAL OR RECREATIONAL EVENTS.

ON MEDICAL SERVICES, MR wONG CALLED FOR THE EARLY CONSTRUCTION CF A HOSPITAL SERVING THE EASTERN DISTRICT.

SHORTAGE OF MEDICAL FACILITIES COULD RESULT IN THE LOSS OF PRECIOUS LIFE, HE WARNED.

+IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONSTANTLY REVIEW THE PRIORITIES OF VARIOUS PROGRAMMES AND PROJECTS,* HE ADDED.

AS FOR SERVICES FOR THE MENTALLY ILL, MR WONG SAID HE WAS GLAD TO NOTE THAT THE REVIEW ON THE PROVISION OF SUCH SERVICES WILL BE COMPLETED SHORTLY AND THAT THE GOVERNMENT WILL GIVE URGENT ATTENTION TO ITS FINDINGS.

♦HOWEVER,+ HE ADDED, +APART FROM EXPANDING MEDICAL AND SOCIAL REHABILITATION SERVICES FOR SUCH PATIENTS, GOVERNMENT SHOULD URGENTLY CONSIDER THE MANPOWER NEEDS IN THIS AREA AND PROVIDE THE NECESSARY VOCATIONAL AND IN-SERVICE TRAINING FOR STAFFS AT ALL LEVELS.

HE ALSO CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO EXAMINE WHETHER THERE IS ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT IN THE EXISTING LEGISLATION REGARDING MENTAL HEALTH.

ON PUBLIC EXPENDITURE, MR WONG SAID HE AGREED WITH THE GOVERNOR THAT +WE SHALL BE PRUDENT IN OUR PUBLIC EXPENDITURE FOR WE MUST NOT LIVE BEYOND OUR MEANS*.

IN THE CONTEXT OF HONG KONG, HE POINTED OUT, IT WOULD BE UNWISE TO PURSUE A POLICY OF DEFICIT FINANCING.

+HOW THE VARIOUS PRIORITIES SHOULD BE SET IS A MATTER FOR THE GOVERNMENT.

♦BUT I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT UNDER YOUR EXCELLENCY’S ABLE ADMINISTRATION, GOVERNMENT WILL BE ABLE TO STRIKE THE RIGHT BALANCE IN THE SPENDING OF PUBLIC MONEY,* MR WONG SAID.

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CALL FOR MORE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT * * * X X *

THE NEED FOR GREATER INVOLVEMENT BY HONG KONG CITIZENRY, AND INVOLVEMENT BY A WIDER SPECTRUM OF THAT CITIZENRY, MUST NOW BE ACKNOWLEDGED AND GIVEN MOMENTUM, DR THE HON RAYSON HUANG TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

+WE HAVE TODAY A MUCH BETTER EDUCATED SOCIETY THAN WE HAD EVEN TEN YEARS AGO, A SOCIETY WHICH DESERVES TO BE INVOLVED MORE CLOSELY IN ITS OWN GOVERNMENT AND REPRESENTATION OF ITS WISHES AND NEEDS AS A COMMUNITY,* HE SAID.

IN A SPEECH AT THE POLICY DEBATE HIGHLIGHTING THE NEED TO EXPAND THE CONSULTATIVE PROCESS AT VARIOUS LEVELS, DR HUANG NOTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S INCREASING RESPONSIVENESS TO PUBLIC NEED AND PUBLIC OPINION IN RECENT YEARS HAS BEEN MATCHED BY AN INCREASING PUBLIC INTEREST AND PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS.

THIS INTEREST IS INVIGORATING AND VITAL TO OUR FUTURE WELL-BEING.

IT REFLECTS THE LEGITIMATE EXPECTATIONS OF AN INCREASINGLY WELL-EDUCATED COMMUNITY NOT ONLY TO VOICE ITS OPINIONS AND ITS NEEDS, HE SAID, BUT TO PARTICIPATE AND TO SHARE IN THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF GOVERNMENT.

HE NOTED THAT THERE HAS BEEN MUCH DISCUSSION LATELY ABOUT THE TYPE OF ADMINISTRATION BEST SUITED TO HONG KONG’S NEEDS IN THE FUTURE.

+THE SAFEST WAY OF ENSURING A WORKABLE AND EFFECTIVE FRAMEWORK IS TO TAKE STEPS NOW IN THE DIRECTION OF THE TYPE OF ADMINISTRATION WHICH WE KNOW WE WILL NEED AND TO NURTURE ITS HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT, SO THAT IT WILL TAKE ROOT AND BE RESPECTED,* HE SAID.

THE RECENT CREATION OF THE DISTRICT BOARDS HAS PROVIDED AN IMMENSE IMPETUS IN THIS DIRECTION, AND THE GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION TO RE-EXAMINE THE TERMS OF REFERENCE OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEES WILL PROVIDE ANOTHER.

+ l HOPE THAT IN THIS EXERCISE WE SHALL EXPAND THE SCOPE OF THE CONSULTATIVE PROCESS AND INDEED TRANSFORM IT,* HE ADDED.

♦WE SHOULD ENSURE REAL CONSULTATION AT THE VARIOUS LEVELS OF OUR SYSTEM AND IN EACH OF THE AREAS OF OUR ACTIVITIES SO AS TO ENGENDER THE FEELING OF A COMMON RESPONSIBILITY IN GOVERNMENT.+

TURNING TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, DR HUANG CONSIDERED THAT CERTAIN SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY ARE +DISPROPORTIONATELY+ REPRESENTED IN THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERSHIP DESPITE THE SLIGHT BROADENING OF THE SPECTRUM FROM WHICH UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS HAVE BEEN DRAWN OVER THE PAST YEARS.

AND IN CERTAIN MATTERS, HE SAID, THIS CAN HAVE THE EFFECT OF MISREPRESENTATION OF THE WISHES AND THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE.

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NOTING THE FAVOURABLE RESPONSE OF THE ELECTORATE IN BOTH NUMBERS AND ENTHUSIASM TO THE RECENTLY CREATED DISTRICT BOARDS, HE SUGGESTED THAT THESE DISTRICT BOARDS SHOULD BE LINKED IN AN INDIRECT BUT LOGICAL WAY WITH THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS.

+IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THE OPPORTUNITY NOW EXISTS FOR THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WHICH IS NOW BIPARTITE, WITH OFFICIAL MEMBERS AND APPOINTED NON-OFFICIAL MEMBERS, TO BECOME TRIPARTITE, AND IN PART INDIRECTLY ELECTED.

+IT IS THE GOVERNMENT’S DECLARED INTENTION FOR THE CHAIRMANSHIP CF THE 18 DISTRICT BOARDS TO BE OPEN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO ELECTED frEMBERS.

♦ IF THESE DISTRICT BOARDS WERE TO HAVE THEIR ELECTED CHAIRMEN JOIN THE RANKS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO FORM A THIRD TYPE OF COUNCIL MEMBERSHIP, THE CITIZENS OF HONG KONG WOULD HAVE A MUCH MORE DIRECT CHANNEL THAN HAS HITHERTO BEEN PROVIDED FOR THE EXPRESSION IN THE HIGHER COUNCILS OF HONG KONG OF GRASS-ROOT OPINION.

+THIS WILL, AS WELL, INVIGORATE THE DISTRICT BOARDS THEMSELVES IN PROVIDING THEM WITH A DIRECT LINK TO THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS,* HE SAID.

DR HUANG ALSO CALLED FOR A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW OF THE CONSULTATIVE PROCESS AT ALL THE INTERMEDIATE LEVELS.

HE FELT THE WORK OF THE EXISTING ADVISORY COMMITTEES IS ALL TOO OFTEN EMPTY OF MEANING AND APPARENTLY ISOLATED FROM THE DECISIONS THAT ARE SUBSEQUENTLY MADE.

CONSEQUENTLY, IN THIS IMPORTANT AREA OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT THE INITIAL ENTHUSIASM OF MEMBERS OFTEN TURNS TO SCEPTICISM.

*WE SHOULD PERHAPS EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITY OF MAKING THESE COMMITTEES SOMETHING MORE THAN ADVISORY.

+AT THE LEAST WE SHOULD BE GIVEN AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORKING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN APPOINTED COMMITTEES AND RELEVANT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS,* HE SAID.

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PLEA FOR AID TO MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY

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THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD DIVERGE FROM ITS TRADITIONAL NONINTERVENTION POLICY AND ADOPT A MORE ACTIVE AND POSITIVE STANCE TO ASSIST THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, THE HON WONG PO-YAN SAID TODAY.

+1 HASTEN TO SAY THAT I AM NEITHER SEEKING DIRECT INTERVENTION NOR MARKET FORCES INTERFERENCE FROM THE GOVERNMENT,* MR WONG TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AT THE RESUMED POLICY DEBATE.

+1 APPEAL FOR SOME FORM OF ACTION OR GESTURE FROM THE GOVERNMENT TO ACT AS CATALYST TO ASSIST INDUSTRIES TO OVERCOME THE TRIBULATIONS, TO RECUPERATE AND TO REVITALISE.*

ALTHOUGH IT IS COMMENDABLE FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE THE INFRASTRUCTURE, THE TRAINING OF SKILLED MANPOWER, AND THE ENVIRONMENT WITHIN WHICH GROWTH AND STABILITY IN MANUFACTURING ACTIVITIES COULD BE ACHIEVED, MR WONG THOUGHT THAT THE EFFECTS OF THESE MEASURES COULD NOT BE FELT IMMEDIATELY NOR SHORTLY ENOUGH.

+THE GRAVITY OF OUR PRESENT PREDICAMENT CLEARLY CALLS FOR ALTERNATIVE MEASURES URGENTLY,* HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT MANY FACTORIES ARE NOW STRUGGLING FOR SURVIVAL, WHICH NOT ONLY AFFECTS THE SO-CALLED +SUNSET INDUSTRIES* BUT ALSO THE VANGUARD INDUSTRIES.

GRANTED THAT SOME ESTABLISHMENTS MAY NOT BE ABLE TO KEEP PACE WITH TECHNOLOGY AND THUS MAY BE RENDERED ECONOMICALLY NOT VIABLE IN PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCE, AND GRANTED THAT A CERTAIN DEGREE OF RESTRUCTURING MAY BE DESIRABLE TOWARDS OUR CONSOLIDATION EFFORT, MR WONG SAID +WE CANNOT DISOWN THESE MARGINAL INDUSTRIALISTS AND INDUSTRIES THAT ARE NOW FACING DIFFICULTIES.*

♦THEY WOULD SURVIVE IN LESS VOLATILE SITUATIONS.

+MOREOVER, THEY REPRESENT WISDOM, SKILL, AND PRACTICALITY, AND IT WOULD BE CLEARLY WRONG TO APATHETICALLY STREAMLINE THEM OUT OF EXISTENCE.

♦INSTEAD, WE SHOULD BE EMBARKING ON SHORT TERM INITIATIVES URGENTLY TO CONSOLIDATE OUR EXISTING MANUFACTURING BASE AND TO BRACE OURSELVES FOR FUTURE CHALLENGES.+

HE NOTED THAT IT WAS NOT A TALK OF UTOPIA, BUT A CAREFUL AND REALISTIC CONSIDERATION.

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AND HE THOUGHT THAT IF WE PURSUED IN THIS DIRECTION, +WE WOULD NOT BE ABANDONING OUR POLICY OF FREE ECONOMY AND NONINTERVENTION I SM+.

+WE WOULD SIMPLY BE REACTING TO THE URGENT NEEDS OF OUR INDUSTRIES LIKE A RESPONSIBLE AND RESPECTABLE GOVERNMENT WOULD, FOLLOWING THE WISE EXAMPLES OF OTHERS, SO MANY OF WHICH HAD BEEN PROPOSED INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THIS COUNCIL BEFORE, AND FOR WHICH REASON I SHALL NOT REPEAT THEM HERE,* HE SAID.

TURNING TO THE PUBLIC FINANCES, MR WONG URGED THE GOVERNMENT NOT TO ADOPT A PIECE-MEAL APPROACH IN HIGHWAY DEVELOPMENT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

HE WAS REFERRING PARTICULARLY TO RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN RESPECT OF THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD.

+AN EFFICIENT ROAD NETWORK IS ESSENTIAL TO THE SUCCESSFUL DEVELOPMENT OF OUR NEW TOWNS IN THE AREA.

♦TO REDUCE THE SCALE OF DEVELOPMENT OR TO DELAY OUR PROGRAMME OF ROAD WORKS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL AFFECT THE LIVELIHOOD OF NEARLY ONE MILLION PEOPLE.

+THE SHEER NUMBER OF PEOPLE INVOLVED WOULD JUSTIFY THESE PROGRAMMES TO BE AWARDED HIGH PRIORITY,* HE SAID.

AS REGARDS THE PUBLIC SERVICE, MR WONG SAID HE WAS NOT CONVINCED THAT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE TRUE COST OF SERVICES BY A COMPUTER-BASED FINANCIAL INFORMATION SYSTEM TO ASSIST MANAGEMENT DECISION IS THE ANSWER TO ASSESS WHETHER PUBLIC FUNDS HAVE BEEN SPENT IN THE MOST EFFICIENT MANNER.

NOR DID HE BELIEVE THAT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE TRUE COST COULD BE A VALID MEASURING INSTRUMENT OF THE EFFICIENCY, PRODUCTIVITY AND COST-EFFECTIVENESS OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE.

HE WAS THEREFORE GLAD TO LEARN THAT FURTHER EFFORTS WOULD BE MADE TO ENHANCE THE QUALITY OF PERFORMANCE BY IMPROVED STAFF MANAGEMENT.

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POSITIVE THINKING ON FUTURE OF HK URGED * * * *

THERE OUGHT TO BE A GREAT FUTURE FOR HONG KONG AND PEOPLE HERE SHOULD THEREFORE START THINKING POSITIVELY AND CAST THEIR VOTE OF CONFIDENCE IN THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG IN A MATERIAL AND REALISTIC WAY, THE HON JOHN SWA I NE SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR SWA I NE TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THAT THE CONFIDENCE OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN DEMONSTRATED IN THE MOST PRACTICAL WAY BY THE MASSIVE CAPITAL INVESTMENTS WHICH HAVE BEEN MADE AND WHICH WILL CONTINUE TO BE MADE HERE, AS SET OUT IN THE GOVERNOR'S SPEECH.

♦THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WILL GET THE FUTURE THEY DESERVE: MAKE SURE IT IS ONE OF CONTINUING STABILITY AND PROSPERITY,* HE SAID.

REFERRING TO THE RECENT TALKS BETWEEN THE PRIME MINISTER AND THE CHINESE LEADERSHIP, MR SWAINE SAID THE IMMEDIATE OUTCOME OF THESE TALKS SHOULD HAVE BEEN WELCOMED WITH GUARDED OPTIMISM, HAVING REGARD TO THE JOINT STATEMENT DECLARING THE COMMON AIM OF THE TWO SIDES.

♦INSTEAD, THERE HAS BEEN A PERVASIVE SENSE OF GLOOM, WITH THE STOCK MARKET RUNNING ITS ERRATIC AND DOWNWARD COURSE.

♦THIS IS OF COURSE MOST UNFORTUNATE AND I CANNOT HELP BUT THINK THAT, HAD THERE BEEN LESS SENSATIONAL AND MORE RESPONSIBLE REPORTING, PUBLIC REACTION WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE POSITIVE.+

MR SWAINE SAID THE DANGER IS THAT PEOPLE HERE WILL WORRY THEMSELVES INTO A CRISIS.

HE ADDED THAT IT IS THE ESSENCE OF THE TALKS NOW UNDER WAY THAT CONFIDENTIALITY SHOULD BE PRESERVED, BUT THAT SHOULD NOT INHIBIT AN EXPRESSION OF SUPPORT FOR THE PRIME MINISTER IN THE BASIC ASSUMPTIONS WITH WHICH SHE BEGAN THE TALKS.

♦IT IS EASY TO SPEAK OF MAINTENANCE OF THE STATUS QUO BUT WHAT DOES THIS MEAN IN REAL TERMS IN ORDER THAT THE COMMON AIM OF STABILITY AND PROSPERITY BE MAINTAINED?* HE ASKED.

♦FIRST AND FOREMOST IN MY VIEW,+ HE WENT ON, +IS THE CONTINUATION OF BRITISH ADMINISTRATION. AS A CONCOMITANT, THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE AND THE RULE OF LAW AS WE KNOW IT MUST CONTINUE.+

MR SWAINE SAID CHANGE MUST COME BY EVOLUTIONARY PROCESS, NOT THROUGH HAVING IT THRUST UPON US.

♦NO DOUBT IN THE COURSE OF TIME CHANGES WILL COME ABOUT, BUT OUR BASIC INSTITUTIONS MUST REMAIN. WITHOUT THESE, I FEAR THAT THE COMMON AIM WILL NOT BE CAPABLE OF ATTAINMENT.*

/ON HONG .......

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ON HONG KONG PASSPORTS, A SUBJECT WHICH HE SAID HAS BEEN MUCH MISUNDERSTOOD, BOTH IN HONG KONG AND IN THE U.K., MR SWA I NE SAID THE BRITISH NATIONALITY ACT OF 1981 DOES NOT CHANGE THE NATIONAL STATUS OF HONG KONG PASSPORT HOLDERS IN THAT THEY OWE ALLEGIANCE TO THE QUEEN AND ARE ENTITLED AS A MATTER OF RECIPROCITY TO HER PROTECTION WHEN ABROAD.

+THIS IS WHERE THE PASSPORT COMES INTO ITS OWN. IT TELLS THE WORLD THAT THE TRAVELLER ENJOYS THE PROTECTION OF THE CROWN. HENCE IT IS RIGHT, LOGICALLY AND CLEARLY RIGHT, THAT THE PASSPORT SHOULD PROCLAIM THE NATIONAL STATUS OF THE HOLDER, NAMELY BRITISH.

+THESE VIEWS HAVE BEEN URGED UPON THE U.K. GOVERNMENT AND WE HAVE HAD THE ASSURANCE OF THE PRIME MINISTER WHEN IN HONG KONG THAT SHE WOULD LOOK INTO THIS QUESTION.

+THE TIME IS PARTICULARLY OPPORTUNE FOR SUCH REVIEW, AND I THINK HONG KONG WOULD BE DEEPLY AND UNDERSTANDABLY DISAPPOINTED IF THE U.K. GOVERNMENT WERE NOT TO AGREE WITH US,+ HE ADDED.

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LEGCO DEBATE

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THE HON T.S. LO AND THE HON ALEX WU ALSO SPOKE ON THE MOTION OF THANKS FOR THE GOVERNOR’S ADDRESS AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING THIS (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON.

COPIES OF THE FULL TEXT OF THEIR SPEECHES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION LATER TODAY FROM THE GIS PRESS BOXES ON THE FIFTH FLOOR OF BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

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DUKE VISITS COLISEUM SITE * * * *

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUKE OF KENT THIS MORNING VISITED THE HONG KONG COLISEUM NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION NEAR THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY TERMINUS AT HUNG HOM.

THE DUKE WAS IMPRESSED WITH THE SCALE OF THE STADIUM WHICH WILL BE ASIA’S LARGEST WHEN COMPLETED EARLY NEXT YEAR.

HE WAS MET ON ARRIVAL BY THE DIRECTOR OF BUILDING DEVELOPMENT, NR D.W.T. MOK ; THE CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL, MR HILTON CHEONG-LEEN ; THE DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES, MR B.D. WILSON AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL’S CAPITAL WORKS SELECT COMMITTEE, NR LAWRENCE FUNG.

AFTER VIEWING AN EXHIBITION OF PHOTOGRAPHS, MODELS AND DRAWINGS OF THE STADIUM AND A SHORT FILM SHOWING THE LOWERING OF THE STADIUM ROOF, THE DUKE TOURED THE 12 OOO-SEAT STADIUM.

HE WAS BRIEFED BY MR MOK ASSISTED BY THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT ARCHITECT, MR JOSEPH LEI; MR Y.Y. LAM, CHIEF STRUCTURAL ENGINEER, ON DESIGN AND STRUCTURAL MATTERS. ALSO PRESENT WAS MR S.D. CHIU OF TECHNIC CONSTRUCTION CO. LTD., MAIN CONTRACTOR.

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS SHOWED KEEN INTEREST IN THE UNUSUAL STRUCTURE AND DESIGN OF THE STADIUM, AND THE FACILITIES IT WILL PROVIDE.

HE WAS TOLD THAT THE STADIUM IS PART OF A COMPREHENSIVE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW HUNG HOM RAILWAY TERMINUS COMPLEX. BECAUSE CF THE CONSTRAINT OF THE NUMEROUS RAILWAY TRACKS THAT RAN BENEATH THE PODIUM FROM WHICH LEVEL THE STADIUM WAS BUILT, ONLY A LIMITED NUMBER OF SUPPORTS CAN BE PROVIDED BETWEEN THE RAILWAY TRACKS.

AS A RESULT OF THE CONSTRAINT, THE STADIUM TAKES ON A BOLD FORM OF AN INVERTED PYRAMID SPRINGING OUT FROM THE FEW SUPPORTS CARRIED DOWN THROUGH THE RAILWAY TRACKS LEVEL TO CAISSON FOUNDATIONS BELOW.

BEFORE ENDING HIS 50-MINUTE VISIT, URBAN COUNCIL AT A RECEPTION.

THE DUKE MET MEMBERS OF THE

LATER IN THE MORNING, THE DUKE MET THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION, MR MICHAEL SANDBERG, AND ITS OTHER EXECUTIVES IN THE HILTON HOTEL’S BALLROOM WHERE HE WAS BRIEFED ON THE BANK’S NEW HEADQUARTERS BUILDING UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN CENTRAL.

THE ARCHITECT, MR NORMAN FOSTER, EXPLAINED THE MAIN FEATURES CF THE BUILDING WHICH WILL BE 183 METRES HIGH WITH THREE STRUCTURAL BAYS OF 28, 35 AND 41 STOREYS EACH.

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THE BUILDING, WHICH WILL HAVE MORE THAN 71 500 SQUARE METRES CF USABLE OFFICE AND BANKING SPACE, IS EXPECTED TO BE READY FOR OCCUPATION BY MID-1985.

IT WAS POINTED OUT TO HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THAT ONE OF THE UNUSUAL TECHNICAL FEATURES OF THE CONSTRUCTION WILL BE THE MAJOR USE OF COMPONENTS ASSEMBLED OFF-SITE.

AFTER THE BRIEFING, THE DUKE VISITED THE BANK’S HEADQUARTERS SITE TO SEE WORK IN PROGRESS.

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ANOTHER BUSY DAY FOR DUKE AND DUCHESS * * * *

THEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF KENT WILL HAVE ANOTHER BUSY DAY TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

IN THE MORNING, THE DUCHESS WILL BE VISITING THE MARINERS’ CLUB, ACCOMPANIED BY LADY YOUDE. AFTERWARDS, HER ROYAL HIGHNESS WILL LAY THE FOUNDATION STONE FOR THE HONG KONG ACADEMY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS IN WAN CHAI.

THE ACADEMY, WHICH WILL OCCUPY A 23 000 SQUARE-METRE SITE ALONG THE WAN CHAI WATERFRONT, WILL BE THE FIRST CENTRE TO BE BUILT IN HONG KONG FOR THE SPECIFIC PURPOSE OF VOCATIONAL TRAINING IN THE PERFORMING ARTS.

THE DUKE AND DUCHESS WILL THEN ATTEND A LUNCHEON HOSTED BY THE HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AT WHICH THE DUKE WILL SPEAK.

LATER IN THE DAY, THEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES WILL VISIT OCEAN PARK WHERE THEY WILL VIEW THE FACILITIES AND WATCH HIGH DIVING AND DOLPHIN SHOWS.

IN THE EVENING, THE DUKE AND DUCHESS WILL DINE WITH UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS AT SWIRE HOUSE.

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NOTE TO EDITORS »

PRESS FACILITIES

VISIT TO MARINERS’ CLUB

ACCREDITED MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES COVERING THIS FUNCTION ARE REQUESTED TO ASSEMBLE OUTSIDE THE MARINERS’ CLUB IN MIDDLE ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI, AT 9.50 AM SHARP. GIS OFFICERS WILL ESCORT THEM TO THE PRESS POSITIONS.

HONG KONG ACADEMY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

THERE WILL BE A PRESS POSITION FOR ACCREDITED PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CAMERAMEN NEAR TO THE FOUNDATION STONE TO BE LAID BY THE DUCHESS. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES COVERING THIS EVENT ARE ADVISED TO MAKE THEIR OWN WAY TO THE SITE IN FENWICK PIER STREET. THEY SHOULD ARRIVE NO LATER THAN 10.45 AM.

VISIT TO OCEAN PARK

PRESS TRANSPORT FOR ACCREDITED MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WILL LEAVE CGO CARPARK FOR OCEAN PARK AT 2.15 PM SHARP.

DINNER WITH UMELCO

THERE WILL BE A PHOTOGRAPHIC FACILITY OUTSIDE SWIRE HOUSE IN PEDDER STREET TO COVER THE ARRIVAL OF THEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE ADVISED TO ASSEMBLE AT THE ENTRANCE OF SWIRE HOUSE AT 7.40 PM.

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LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER FOR URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS

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RESIDENTS IN THE URBAN AREAS WILL HAVE THEIR LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER FOR NEXT YEAR’S URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS.

THE ELECTIONS WILL BE CONDUCTED ON A CONSTITUENCY BASIS NEXT MARCH WHEN THE TERMS OF OFFICE OF ALL SERVING ELECTED MEMBERS ARE DUE TO EXPIRE.

+THOSE WHO WISH TO VOTE OR STAND AS A CANDIDATE AT THE ELECTIONS, BUT HAVE NOT YET BEEN REGISTERED AS AN ELECTOR BECAUSE, FOR EXAMPLE, THEY WERE ABSENT FROM HONG KONG, MAY NOW MAKE A LATE APPLICATION,+ SAID THE REGISTRATION OFFICER, MR C.W. WONG.

HE SAID THAT FROM FRIDAY (OCTOBER 29) TO DECEMBER 6, ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS CAN CALL AT THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL OFFICE, COMPLETE A REGISTRATION FORM AND LODGE IT IN PERSON WITH THE REGISTRATION OFFICER. THIS WILL NOT TAKE MORE THAN A?FEW MINUTES.

DURING THIS PERIOD, A COMPLETE PROVISIONAL REGISTER OF ELECTORS IN TEN URBAN AND EIGHT NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICTS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION AT THE FOLLOWING OFFICESs-

(A) REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL OFFICE,

18TH FLOOR, NEW MERCURY HOUSE,

22 FENWICK STREET, HONG KONG.

(B) CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HEADQUARTERS,

5TH FLOOR, HK HOUSING AUTHORITY HEADQUARTERS BUILDING,

101 PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD, KOWLOON.

(C) OFFICE OF THE REGIONAL SECRETARY (HK AND KOWLOON), CNTA,

9TH FLOOR, INTERNATIONAL BUILDING,

141 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

PARTS OF THE REGISTER WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR REFERENCE AT THE RESPECTIVE DISTRICT OFFICES.

MR WONG SAID ONE REASON FOR PUBLICISING THE REGISTER WAS TO ENABLE ANY OBJECTIONS TO BE RAISED AGAINST THOSE WHO ARE NOT ENTITLED TO BE REGISTERED OR WHO HAVE NOT BEEN REGISTERED IN THE CONSTITUENCY WHERE THEY LIVE.

OBJECTIONS SHOULD BE MADE ON A SPECIFIED FORM OBTAINABLE FROM THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL OFFICE AND LODGED IN PERSON WITH THE REGISTRATION OFFICER. THE OBJECTIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED BY THE REGISTRAR, SUPREME COURT IN HIS CAPACITY AS THE REVISING OFFICER.

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MR WONG ALSO ADVISED ELECTORS WHO HAVE CHANGED THEIR RESIDENTIAL ADDRESSES TO WRITE TO HIS OFFICE, QUOTING THEIR HONG KONG IDENTITY CARD NUMBERS, THEIR FULL NAMES AND THEIR NEW ADDRESSES

ALTERNATIVELY, THEY CAN COMPLETE A SPECIAL FORM FOR THIS PURPOSE, WHICH IS OBTAINABLE FROM ANY DISTRICT OFFICE OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION OR ANY POST OFFICE.

+THOSE WHO CAN REPORT THEIR CHANGE OF RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS BY DECEMBER 31 WILL BE ABLE TO SWITCH THE CONSTITUENCY IN WHICH THEY VOTE TO THE ONE IN WHICH THEY NOW LIVE,-*- HE SAID.

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SAFETY EXTRAVAGANZA IN WONG TAI SIN * * * *

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S S5OO 000 +SAFETY EXTRAVAGANZA-*, FIRST SHOWN IN THE HUNG HOM POLYTECHNIC EARLIER THIS YEAR, WAS BEING RE-STAGED IN THE INDUSTRIAL AREAS TO BRING THE MESSAGE ABOUT SAFETY TO WORKERS, AN ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR YIU YAN-NANG, SAID IN WONG TAI SIN THIS (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON.

MR YIU WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE WONG TAI SIN SAFETY EXTRAVAGANZA AT THE LOK SIN TONG WONG CHUNG MING SECONDARY SCHOOL.

SPONSORED BY THE SAN PO KONG INDUSTRIAL AREA COMMITTEE OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD, THE 12-MINUTE SOUND-ON-SLIDE SHOW, AND AN EXHIBITION OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY DISPLAY PANELS, WILL CLOSE ON THE EVENING OF NOVEMBER 2.

MR YIU URGED RESIDENTS AND WORKERS IN WONG TAI SIN TO VISIT THE SHOW, AND APPEALED TO EMPLOYERS TO ARRANGE FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES TO SEE THE SHOW.

HE SAID THAT THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAD GONE TO GREAT LENGTHS TO PROMOTE SAFETY AT WORK AND NOTED THAT IT WAS ENCOURAGING THAT EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES WERE BEGINNING TO BE MORE AWARE OF SAFETY PROBLEMS IN RECENT YEARS.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SAN PO KONG INDUSTRIAL AREA COMMITTEE, MR STEPHEN LEUNG SAID THAT THE SHOW HAD GREAT MEANING TO WONG TAI SIN WHERE THERE WERE ABOUT 3 600 INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS EMPLOYING ABOUT 90 000 WORKERS.

HE EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT THE SHOW WOULD INCREASE AWARENESS ABOUT SAFETY AT WORK AMONG MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, IN PARTICULAR, WORKERS AND EMPLOYERS, AND HELP THE DEVELOPMENT OF WONG TAI SIN.

MR KU SZE-CHUNG, CHAIRMAN OF THE KOWLOON LOK SIN TONG BENEVOLENT SOCIETY, LATER PERFORMED THE +SWITCHING-ON* CEREMONY TO OPEN THE SAFETY EXTRAVAGANZA.

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YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TOMORROW * * * *

THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AT 9.30 AM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE.

AT THE MEETING, THE COMMISSIONER OF THE INDEPENDENT COMM ISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION, MR PETER WILLIAMS, WILL TALK ABOUT RECENT DEVELOPMENT OF THE WORK OF THE ICAC. A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT WILL PRESENT A PAPER ON WATER SUPPLY IN YUEN LONG AND A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, MR GRAHAM LOW, WILL TALK ABOUT ROADS AND DRAINS AT TONG YAN SAN TSUEN.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HA TSUEN RURAL COMMITTEE, MR TANG CHE-CHEUNG, WILL RAISE THE MATTER OF BUS SHELTERS TO BE BUILT ALONG NEW ROADS OR HIGHWAYS UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

BOARD MEMBERS WILL ALSO CONSIDER PROGRESS REPORTS FROM THE VARIOUS COMMITTEES.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AT 9.30 AM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE. A 14-SEATER GOVERNMENT VAN WILL LEAVE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT 8 AM FOR YUEN LONG.

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SHORT TERM TENANCY INVITED FOR KWAI CHUNG SITE *****

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SHORT TERM TENANCY OF A PIECE OF CROWN LAND IN KWAI CHUNG.

THE SITE, COVERING AN AREA OF ABOUT 15 480 SQUARE METRES IN KWAI HEI STREET, IS TO BE USED FOR PARKING LICENSED CONTAINER TRACTORS AND TRAILERS ONLY.

THE TENANCY WILL BE FOR ONE YEAR INITIALLY AND THEREAFTER QUARTERLY.

TENDER FORMS, NOTICES AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, AND TENDER PLAN INSPECTED AT, THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, TSUEN WAN AT THE HONG KONG AND SHANGHAI BANK BUILDING, 1ST - 4TH FLOORS, 455-457 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

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- 27 -CROWN LAND SOLD BY AUCTION * * * *

TWO PIECES OF CROWN LAND WERE SOLD BY THE LANDS DEPARTMENT AT AN AUCTION HELD IN THE SHOUSON THEATRE OF THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE TODAY.

THE FIRST LOT, MEASURING ABOUT 3 120 SQUARE METRES IN KOWLOON BAY, IS FOR INDUSTRY AND GODOWN PURPOSES.

IT WAS SOLD TO SILEX INE LIMITED FOR $8 MILLION OR $2 564.1 PER SQUARE METRE.

THE SECOND SITE IN SHA TIN NEW TOWN MEASURES ABOUT 871 SQUARE METRES AND IS FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES.

IT WAS SOLD TO TIMMS INVESTMENT LIMITED FOR $1.6 MILLION OR $1 836.97 PER SQUARE METRE.

ANOTHER GODOWN SITE IN YUEN LONG AND A FLAT IN PORTLAND STREET. KOWLOON WERE WITHDRAWN AT THE AUCTION BECAUSE THERE WERE NO BIDDERS.

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CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS BEING INTRODUCED * * *

FROM FRIDAY (OCTOBER 29), CLEARWAY RESTRICTION WILL BE IMPOSED FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM ON HING FONG ROAD BETWEEN TAI WO HAU ROAD AND KWAI FOO ROAD IN KWAI CHUNG.

THE SAME RESTRICTION WILL APPLY TO WING FONG ROAD BETWEEN SHING FONG STREET AND HING FONG ROAD.

FROM FRIDAY (OCTOBER 29) JUBILEE STREET NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL AND ANOTHER SECTION OF THE STREET NEAR DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL WILL BE DESIGNATED AS URBAN CLEARWAYS BETWEEN 7 AM AND 7 PM DAILY.

FROM 10 AM THE SAME DAY, PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO USE FEI TSUI ROAD NEAR WAN TSUI ROAD IN CHAI WAN BUT THE SECTION WILL BE DESIGNATED AS A PLB CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 12 MIDNIGHT DAILY.

HOWEVER, PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL BE BANNED FROM ENTERING CHEUNG LEE STREET BETWEEN KUT SHING STREET AND THE ACCESS ROAD TO LEE CHUNG STREET.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KOWLOON * * * *

EARL STREET IN KOWLOON CITY WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE WAY NORTHBOUND FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (OCTOBER 28) FOR ROAD WORK.

AT THE SAME TIME, SAI YEE STREET IN MONG KOK BETWEEN PLAYING FIELD ROAD AND BOUNDARY STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFNIC FOR ABOUT SIX WEEKS FOR THE LAYING OF WATERMAINS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, NORTHBOUND VEHICLES ALONG SAI YEE STREET HEADING FOR BOUNDARY STREET WILL BE DIVERTED VIA PLAYING FIELD ROAD AND TUNG CHOI STREET.

KMB BUSES ON ROUTES 2C AND 104 TRAVELLING NORTHWARDS WILL BE DIVERTED VIA PRINCE EDWARD ROAD, TUNG CHOI STREET AND BOUNDARY STREET.

FROM 1 AM TO 5 AM ON FRIDAY (OCTOBER 29), PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD FLYOVER WILL BE CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE WORK AND TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA THE GROUND LEVEL ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 5^23319.1

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING? ' A MATTER. OF. CONFIDENCE................................... 1

■BE TACTFUL AND PATIENT, PUBLIC TOLD .................... 2

CALL FOR STUDY OF IMMIGRATION POLICY..................... 4

SOCIAL- SECURITY AS AN INVESTMENT ....................... 6

COMMENT- ON HOUSING PROBLEM...........................

GOVT ASKED- TO KEEP PUBLIC' ADVISED ABOUT TALKS... 8

PUBLIC URGED TO IGNORE RUMOURS .......................... 9

MANUFACTURERS SEE RECOVERY SIGNS ....................... 11

NT LAND07KERS RIGHTS SUPPORTED ......................... 13

ADMINISTRATION PRAISED ................................. 14

LEGCO SEATS SOUGHT FOR DB MEMBERS ...................... 16

PLEA FOR MORE FACILITIES FOR CHILDREN................... 17

DUKE CONFIDENT ABOUT HK - UK TRADE......................... 19

DUKE SEES LOCAL INDUSTRY AT WORK .......................... 20

DUCHESS LAYS FOUNDATION STONE FOR ARTS ACADEMY............. 22

/CONTAINER PROJECT......

CONTAINER PROJECT POINTS TO FAITH IN FUTURE: MACPHERSON ........ 23

CAMPAIGN TO ENCOURAGE TUEN MUN RESIDENTS TO WORK LOCALLY .... 23

DB TO DISCUSS NEW TRAFFIC MEASURES ............................. 24

BUSY AGENDA FOR THEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD......................... 25

ET.WOTTON OF EMPLOYEES' REPRESENTATIVES TO THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD..........................................................  25

CONTRACT FOR PO. LAM. ROAD CONSTRUCTION. AWARDED ............... 26

WALLA-WALLA FARE INCREASES ..................................... 26

PROMOTING MUSIC. AMONG YOUNG. PEOPLE............................ 2?

SEMINARS AND DEMONSTRATIONS ON PHYSICAL EDUCATION .............. 27

PARTTAT. CLOSURE OF PRINCE EDWARD ROAD FLYOVER.................. 28

TRAFFIC RE-ROUTING IN TO KWA WAN ............................... 28

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 1982

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A MATTER OF CONFIDENCE

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THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD REGARD BOOSTING THE CONFIDENCE OF HONG KONG PEOPLE AS ITS FIRST AND FOREMOST TASK, THE HON WONG LAM SAID.

HE TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY THAT CONFIDENCE OF THE PEOPLE WAS NEEDED IF HONG KONG WERE TO MAINTAIN ITS PROSPERITY.

+IT IS ONLY WITH CONFIDENCE THAT WE CAN INVEST AND SETTLE DOWN TO WORK.+ HE SAID.

MR WONG SAID IT WAS APPARENT THAT THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT SET GREAT STORE BY THE CONTINUING PROSPERITY OF HONG KONG AND ITS CONTINUING CONTRIBUTIONS TO CHINA.

+THESE ARE VERY IMPORTANT FACTORS,+ HE STRESSED.

+IF HONG KONG CONTINUES TO ENJOY PROSPERITY, ITS FUTURE WILL BE BRIGHT BE THERE A NEW AGREEMENT BETWEEN CHINA AND BRITAIN OR NOT.

+BUT, IF HONG KONG NO LONGER ENJOYED PROSPERITY, EVEN AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES WOULD BE NO GUARANTEE AGAINST CHANGES WITHIN THESE 15 YEARS.+

WHILE SUPPORTING THE GOVERNMENT POLICY +TO INVEST VIGOROUSLY IN THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG AND ITS PEOPLE,+ MR WONG POINTED OUT THAT SOME INVESTMENT COMMITMENTS WITH WHICH THE PUBLIC WERE GREATLY CONCERNED, HAD COME TO A STANDSTILL BECAUSE OF VARIOUS REASONS.

HE QUOTED THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW AIRPORT AND THE SECOND CROSSING OF THE HARBOUR AS EXAMPLES OF MAJOR DEVELOPMENT PLANS WHICH THE GOVERNMENT HAD TALKED ABOUT FOR MANY YEARS WITHOUT MAKING ANY SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS.

+1 BELIEVE THAT NOW IS THE TIME FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO ANNOUNCE THAT IT IS READY TO IMPLEMENT OR ADVANCE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF SUCH LONG-TERM PROJECTS.

+THESE PROJECTS, BEING IN VESTMENT COMM ITMENTS REQUIRING MORE TIME TO FULFILL, HAVE FAR-REACHING INFLUENCE AND WILL CERTAINLY HAVE A DIRECT BEARING ON THE STRENGTHENING OF PEOPLE'S CONFIDENCE AND THEIR DESIRE TO INVEST.+

HE SAID HE APPRECIATED THAT, UNDER THE PRESENT ECONOMIC CLIMATE, IT WAS QUITE IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO EMBARK ON DIFFERENT MAJOR PROJECTS AT THE SAME TIME.

+HOWEVER.+ MR WONG SUGGESTED, +THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD AT LEAST CONSIDER PROCEEDING WITH THE MOST SIGNIFICANT ONES, FOR EXAMPLE, THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW AIRPORT.+

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BE TACTFUL AND PATIENT, PUBLIC TOLD * * * * *

DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI URGED THE PUBLIC TO TAKE A +CAUTIOUS, TACTFUL AND PATIENT APPROACH* ON THE ISSUE OF HONG KONG’S FUTURE AND TO REFRAIN FROM COMPLICATING EFFORTS UNNECESSARILY.

HE SAID THE FACT THAT DIPLOMATIC TALKS HAD STARTED IN PEKING SO SOON AFTER THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER’S VISIT, HAD MANY SIGNIFICANT IMPLICATIONS.

AS HE SAW IT, THE MOST CRUCIAL IMPLICATION WAS THAT THE TWO GOVERNMENTS WISHED TO SETTLE THE ISSUE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, TO REDUCE THE PUBLIC’S ANXIETY TO THE MINIMUM.

■►GIVEN THAT A MUTUAL AIM HAS BEEN AGREED, THAT HER MAJESTY’S GOVERNMENT HAS REAFFIRMED ITS RESPONSIBILITY AND COMMITMENT TO HONG KONG, AND THAT THE VIEWS OF THE PUBLIC WILL BE TAKEN FULLY IN THE COURSE OF THE NEGOTIATIONS, I HAVE GOOD REASONS TO SUGGEST THAT THE PEOPLE IN HONG KONG SHOULD KEEP UP THEIR FAITH ABOUT THE FUTURE AND AVOID OVER REACTIONS IN THE MEANTIME,* DR HO SAID.

♦NERVOUSNESS AND PANIC ARE CONTAGIOUS; IDLE SPECULATIONS COULD ONLY BREED DISTORTIONS.

♦WE SHOULD NOT ALLOW ANY OF THEM TO UNDERMINE OUR OWN CONFIDENCE, AS WELL AS OTHER PEOPLE’S CONFIDENCE IN US.+

COMMUNITY BODIES AND GROUPS, PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS, AND CONCERNED INDIVIDUALS MAY BE COLLECTING PUBLIC VIEWS AND OPINIONS ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE NOW.

BUT DR HO SUGGESTED THAT THEY FIRST CONFINE THEIR ACTIONS TO A DETAILED ANALYSIS OF THE VIEWS THEY RECEIVE AND THEN HANDLE THEIR FINDINGS CAREFULLY.

♦ANY PREMATURE EXPRESSION OF VIEWS, UNDENIABLY WITH GOODWILL, IS LIKELY TO PUT HONG KONG INTO THE PROBLEMS I HAVE JUST MENTIONED,+ HE SAID.

DR HO ALSO SPOKE ON THE HOUSING PROBLEM FOR THE ELDERLY.

HE DESCRIBED THE PROPOSED EXPERIMENTAL SCHEME TO PROVIDE PRIVATE HOUSING ACCOMMODATION FOR SOME 700 ELDERLY PEOPLE AS AN ♦INNOVATIVE AND POSITIVE* MOVE TO ALLEVIATE THE PROBLEM.

TO MAKE A SUCCESS OF THE SCHEME, HE SUGGESTED!

* RULES, REGULATIONS AND OTHER RED TAPE IN MANAGING THE FLATS SHOULD BE KEPT TO A MINIMUM AND BE MADE PREDOMINANTLY WITH REGARD TO THE SAFETY OF THE RESIDENTS.

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* IN FITTING OUT THE FLATS, THE OCCUPANTS’ NEED FOR PRIVACY SHOULD BE GIVEN CONSIDERATION BECAUSE A CERTAIN DEGREE OF PRIVACY IN A GROUP OF UNRELATED ADULTS LIVING TOGETHER COULD FACILITATE A PERSON TO MAINTAIN HIS INDIVIDUALITY AND PERMIT HIM TO RETREAT IN TIMES OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS.

* THE RESIDENTS SELECTED TO LIVE IN THESE PRIVATE FLATS, THOUGH MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY HEALTHY, WILL NEED A WIDE RANGE OF COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES TO KEEP THEMSELVES IN THE COMMUNITY AND OUTSIDE INSTITUTIONAL CARE FOR A TIME AS LONG AS POSSIBLE. MULTI-SERVICE CENTRES, CONCEIVED AS AN ECONOMIC AND EFFICIENT APPROACH IN MOBILISING RESOURCES, SHOULD THEREFORE BE ESTABLISHED IN LOCATIONS WITH A HEAVY CONCENTRATION OF ELDERLY POPULATION.

* THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR BUILDING MAINTENANCE AND REGULAR INSPECTIONS, OTHERWISE THESE PRIVATE FLATS WILL SOON DETERIORATE INTO GHETTOS.

X IRRESPECTIVE AS TO WHETHER THE SCHEME IS TO BE MANAGED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT OR A SUBVENTED VOLUNTARY ORGANISATION, THE GOVERNMENT MUST TAKE UP THE OVERALL RESPONSIBILITY AND SATISFY ITSELF THAT THE SCHEME IS OPERATED EFFICIENTLY AND IN A COST-EFFECTIVE MANNER.

DR HO ALSO SUGGESTED THAT IN THE INITIAL PHASE, SOCIAL WORKERS SHOULD PAY REGULAR VISITS TO THE ELDERLY RESIDENTS WITH A VIEW TO HELPING THEM TO SETTLE DOWN, TO OVERCOME EARLY ADJUSTMENT DIFFICULTIES AND TO ESTABLISH GOOD RELATIONS AMONG FELLOWRESIDENTS.

IN ADDITION, HE SAID, SOCIAL WORKERS SHOULD ALSO PROVIDE SOCIAL CONTACT AND COUNSELLING TO THOSE RESIDENTS WHO ARE PRONE TO SUFFER FROM SOCIAL ISOLATION AND OTHER PERSONAL PROBLEMS, ASSESS THE ADEQUACY OF SUPPORT SERVICES AVAILABLE AND ARRANGE FOR SPECIALIST SERVICES FROM RELEVANT AGENCIES WHERE NECESSARY.

ON THE SHORTAGE OF TRAINED SOCIAL WORKERS, DR HO FELT THAT EXPANSION OF STUDENTS INTAKE AT THE TWO UNIVERSITIES ALONE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO BRING ABOUT THE DESIRED EFFECTS.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICE IS LOSING ITS MUCH NEEDED STAFF THROUGH INCREASING TRANSFERS OUTSIDE THE WELFARE FIELD, TOGETHER WITH A DECREASING INPUT FROM SOCIAL WORK GRADUATES WHO TAKE UP THE PROFESSION.

IT IS ALSO NOTED THAT IN RECENT YEARS QUITE A FEW SOCIAL WORK GRADUATES DID NOT TAKE UP SOCIAL WORK AFTER THEIR FORMAL TRAINING.

+THE MAJOR FACTORS ACCOUNTING FOR THIS ACUTE PROBLEM HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AS POOR PROMOTION AND CAREER PROSPECTS, UNFAVOURABLE SALARY STRUCTURE, LIMITED STAFF DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND UNPLEASANT JOB NATURE,+ SAID DR HO.

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FURTHERMORE, THE ADOPTION OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF REPORT NO. 8 OF THE STANDING COMMISSION ON CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE TO LOWER THE ENTRY POINT OF THE SOCIAL WORK ASSISTANT WILL ALSO DISCOURAGE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN FROM ACQUIRING SOCIAL WORK TRAINING, AND HAMPER THE GOVERNMENT’S ATTEMPTS TO EXPAND SOCIAL WORK STUDENT ENROLMENTS.

TO EFFECTIVELY ALLEVIATE THE SOCIAL WELFARE PERSONNEL SHORTAGE,* DR HO SAID, +COUNTER-MEASURES IN IMPROVING THE CONDITIONS OF WORK AND EMPLOYMENT MUST BE TAKEN ALONGSIDE THE EXPANSION OF SOCIAL WORK STUDENT INTAKE.

AS A FIRST AND IMMEDIATE STEP, I SUGGEST THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONSIDER REINSTATEMENT OF THE ENTRY SALARY POINT FOR SOCIAL WELFARE ASSISTANTS TO THE ORIGINAL POINT 17 OF THE MASTER PAY SCALE.+

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CALL FOR STUDY OF IMMIGRATION POLICY ******

THE HON ALLEN LEE CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO EXAMINE ITS EXISTING POLICY ON LEGAL IMMIGRATION FROM CHINA.

HE RECALLED THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD GREATLY REDUCED THE ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BY PUTTING A STOP TO THE +REACH-BASE+ POLICY IN 1980.

BUT THERE WERE STILL SOME 55 000 LEGAL IMMIGRANTS WHO ENTERED HONG KONG FROM CHINA LAST YEAR, HE SAID.

♦WHAT I DO NOT UNDERSTAND IS WHAT IS SO ’LEGAL’ ABOUT THESE PEOPLE WHO ONLY POSSESS AN EXIT PERMIT7+ MR LEE ASKED.

♦WHAT RIGHT DO THEY HAVE TO STAY IN HONG KONG?

IS IT THE POLICY OF OUR GOVERNMENT TO PERMIT A CHINESE NATIONAL TO STAY IN HONG KONG UPON ARRIVAL?

IF IT IS, THEN I BELIEVE WE NEED TO EXAMINE THIS POLICY,+ HE SAID.

MR LEE POINTED OUT THAT THIS UNPLANNED POPULATION GROWTH, WHICH HONG KONG COULD NOT AFFORD TO ALLOW, WERE ASSOCIATED WITH TOO MANY PROBLEMS, SUCH AS HOUSING, SQUATTERS, SOCIAL WELFARE, MEDICAL SERVICES, TRANSPORT, LAW AND ORDER, EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT.

ALTHOUGH HE BELIEVED A CORDIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH CHINA WAS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE, HE NEVERTHELESS CONSIDERED IT NOT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT IF HONG KONG’S PROGRAMMES WERE DISRUPTED BY IMMIGRATION.

I DO HOPE THAT AN EARLY SOLUTION COULD BE ARRIVED AT WITH THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES IN THE CONTROL OF THE NUMBER OF LEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM THE MAINLAND,+ HE SAID.

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DEALING WITH THE ECONOMY, MR LEE SAID HE WAS SURPRISED TO SEE THAT THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT WOULD GROW BY FOUR PER CENT DESPITE THE PROLONGED RECESSION EXPERIENCED BY THE WORLD’S MOST ADVANCED COUNTRIES.

BUT THE EXPORT PERFORMANCE IS LIKELY TO BE DOWN BY TWO PER CENT IN REAL TERMS THIS YEAR COMPARED WITH 1981.

EVEN THOUGH THERE WERE INDICATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES OF ECONOMIC RECOVERY, HE SAID, HONG KONG WOULD NOT EXPERIENCE IT FOR SOME TIME TO COME.

♦NORMALLY I AM OPTIMISTIC, AS WE ARE FORTUNATE THAT WE POSSESS ONE OF THE MOST EFFICIENT LABOUR FORCES IN THE WORLD AND WE CAN RESPOND TO THE DEMANDS QUICKLY.

♦HOWEVER, I MUST STRESS AGAIN THAT UNLESS WE SEE AN UPTURN IN THE ECONOMY OF OUR TRADING PARTNERS PARTICULARLY THE UNITED STATES, WE MUST TIGHTEN OUR BELTS,+ HE SAID.

MR LEE BELIEVED THAT OUR ECONOMIC SURVIVAL DEPENDS ON THE COHESIVENESS OF OUR SOCIETY.

♦THEREFORE I URGE THE GOVERNMENT AND THOSE INTERESTED PARTIES IN CONTEMPLATING THE INTRODUCTION OF AND IN SUGGESTING NEW LABOUR LEGISLATIONS SHOULD CONSIDER CAREFULLY THE VULNERABLE SITUATION THAT WE ARE IN, OTHERWISE, IT WOULD BE ’ADDING OIL TO THE FIRE’,+ HE SAID.

COMMENTING ON OVERSEAS INVESTMENT, MR LEE NOTED THAT NOT ONLY WOULD IT BRING CAPITAL INTO HONG KONG, BUT MORE IMPORTANT STILL, IT WOULD BRING IN MODERN MANAGEMENT AND TECHNOLOGY.

♦WE CAN CERTAINLY COMPLEMENT THE OVERSEAS INVESTMENT WITH OUR WORKING EFFICIENCY AND PRODUCTION OF QUALITY PRODUCTS AT A LOWER COST,* HE SAID.

♦THEREFORE IT IS MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL, AND WE SHOULD PURSUE AND EXPAND OUR ACTIVITIES IN INVESTMENT PROMOTION.+

BUT IN SELECTING STAFF FOR THE OVERSEAS INDUSTRIAL PROMOTION OFFICES, HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD PLACE IMPORTANCE ON QUALITY RATHER THAN QUANTITY AS THEY ARE REPRESENTING HONG KONG.

MR LEE ALSO ATTACHED GREAT IMPORTANCE TO INDUSTRIAL TRAINING.

♦TRAINING OF OUR PEOPLE IS AN INVESTMENT INTO OUR FUTURE,+ HE STRESSED.

♦ALL OTHER PROMOTIONAL EFFORTS ARE MEANINGLESS IF WE DO NOT HAVE A CORRESPONDING EXPANSION IN THE PROVISION OF TRAINING FOR OUR LABOUR FORCE.

♦WITHOUT AN EFFECTIVE AND SKILLED LABOUR, WE CANNOT MOVE UP THE MARKET AND NO ONE WILL BE CONVINCED THAT HONG KONG IS THE RIGHT PLACE FOR INVESTORS,♦ HE ADDED.

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SOCIAL SECURITY AS AN INVESTMENT

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A REASONABLE AND WELL-DEVISED SOCIAL SECURITY SCHEME SUITABLE TO LOCAL CONDITIONS IS THE BEST INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE, THE HON ANDREW SO SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

MR SO SAID THAT THE SOCIAL WELFARE AND SECURITY PROVISIONS AT PRESENT DO NOT PROVIDE REASONABLE COVERAGE IN THE CASE OF ILLNESS, UNEMPLOYMENT AND RETIREMENT.

FURTHERMORE, HE SAID, THE GOVERNMENT WHEN CONSIDERING THESE ISSUES, FREQUENTLY PUT TOO MUCH STRESS ON WHETHER THE FINANCIAL RESOURCES CAN AFFORD THEM AND WHETHER THEY HAVE WIDER IMPLICATIONS FOR THE ECONOMY AS A WHOLE.

CITING AN EXAMPLE, HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT LAST YEAR SCRAPPED A PROPOSED CENTRALLY-ADMINISTERED SICKNESS AND INJURIES INSURANCE SCHEME TO EMPLOYEES, WHICH HAD BEEN UNDER STUDY FOR QUITE SOME YEARS.

THE DECISION WAS TAKEN MAINLY ON THE GROUND OF FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION AND ON THE RESULTS OF A LIMITED OPINION SURVEY.

+1 VIEW THIS AS A BIG RETROGRADE STEP IN PROMOTING A WELL-DEVISED SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM,+ HE SAID.

+1 DO BELIEVE THAT SOCIAL WELFARE HAS AN ECONOMIC FUNCTION, AND ITS EXTENSIVE PROMOTION IS CONDUCIVE TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

+THE SOCIETY AND ITS ECONOMY ARE CLOSELY RELATED AND MUTUALLY DEPENDENT LIKE LIPS AND TEETH - IT IS TRUE THAT WITHOUT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SOCIAL WELFARE CANNOT BE EXPANDED, BUT IF THE WORKFORCE IS DENIED SOCIAL SECURITY THEIR WORKING SPIRIT WILL BE AFFECTED AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WILL THUS BE RESTRAINED.+

MR SO SAID THAT SOME PEOPLE MAY CONSIDER HONG KONG HAS PROMULGATED TOO MUCH LABOUR LEGISLATION IN RECENT YEARS AND, COUPLED WITH THE RECENT WEAKENING OF OUR ECONOMY, IT WOULD BE INADVISABLE TO INCREASE SOCIAL SECURITY AND OTHER WELFARE BENEFITS FOR OUR WORKERS.

BUT HE SAIDi +1 FEEL THAT THE EXPENDITURE ON SOCIAL WELFARE SHOULD NOT BE FORMULATED MERELY ON THE BASIS OF OUR CURRENT ECONOMIC CONDITIONS, BUT SHOULD TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION OUR LONG TERM ECONOMIC POTENTIAL.

+HONG KONG’S ECONOMY IS HIGHLY RESILIENT AND IS CONSTANTLY GROWING.

IT CAN AFFORD TO PROVIDE A BETTER SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM,* HE STATED.

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COMMENT ON HOUSING PROBLEM * * * *

HONG KONG’S HOUSING PROBLEM CAME IN FOR SPECIAL COMMENT TODAY FROM AN UNOFFICIAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR.

THE HON F.K. HU SAID THAT HOUSING +IS THE MOST SERIOUS SOCIAL PROBLEM WHICH MUST BE TACKLED ON DIFFERENT FRONTS+.

SPEAKING FIRST ON THE SQUATTER PROBLEM, HE SAID HE AGREED THAT EFFECTIVE ACTION SHOULD BE TAKEN TO IMPROVE THE LIVING CONDITIONS IN SUCH AREAS.

HOWEVER, HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT MUST AT THE SAME TIME ENDEAVOUR TO CONTAIN THE PROBLEM BY PREVENTING THE PROLIFERATION OF NEW SQUATTING, ADDING THAT A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF NEW SQUATTERS WERE IMMIGRANTS WHO CAME FROM CHINA IN RECENT YEARS.

+WHILE THERE COULD BE GOOD REASONS FOR THESE PEOPLE TO COME TO HONG KONG, THERE IS NO WAY TO ASCERTAIN THAT THEIR RELATIVES OR FRIENDS WOULD WELCOME OR LOOK AFTER THEM AFTER THEIR ARRIVAL.

WE MAY BE ABLE TO RELIEVE SOME OF OUR SOCIAL PROBLEMS, HOUSING AND LAW AND ORDER BEING OUR TWO MAIN CONCERNS, IF THERE WILL BE SOME REDUCTION IN THE NUMBERS WHO ENTER AND REMAIN HERE.

IT WILL BE HELPFUL TO THE ADMINISTRATION IF THESE IMMIGRANTS, BEFORE THEIR ARRIVAL, ARE REQUIRED TO PRODUCE EVIDENCE TO THE EFFECT THAT THEIR RELATIVES OR FRIENDS HERE WILL GUARANTEE THEIR GOOD CONDUCT AND SOLVE THEIR ACCOMMODATION PROBLEM ONCE THEY ENTER HONG KONG,+ HE SAID.

TURNING TO PUBLIC HOUSING, MR HU SAID HE THOUGHT THAT THE BETTER-OFF PUBLIC HOUSING TENANT SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO PURCHASE HIS OWN FLAT UNDER THE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME AND TO VACATE HIS HEAVILY SUBSIDISED RENTAL UNIT.

HE SUGGESTED THAT THE RENT FOR EACH PUBLIC HOUSING UNIT SHOULD BE SET AT A LEVEL AROUND 20 PER CENT OF THE TENANT’S IN COME INSTEAD OF THE EXISTING FIVE TO 10 PER CENT.

♦RENTAL INCOME SHOULD GENERATE A REASONABLE SURPLUS THAT MAY BE USED TO MEET PART OF THE COST OF IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS OF PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES AND TO SPEED UP THE REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES OF OLD, DILAPIDATED RESETTLEMENT ESTATES.

A SEPARATE RENTAL SUBSIDY SCHEME SHOULD BE INTRODUCED TO ASSIST NEEDY TENANTS TO MEET PART OR WHOLE OF THE RENTAL PAYMENT IF THEY PASS A MEANS TEST,+ HE SAID.

MR HU ALSO SPOKE IN SUPPORT OF THE GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSAL TO PURCHASE FLATS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO ACCOMMODATE ELDERLY PERSONS.

HE URGED THAT CONSIDERATION BE GIVEN TO ENLARGE SUCH WORTHWHILE SCHEMES WHICH WILL CERTAINLY +STIMULATE PRIVATE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AND ENCOURAGE ITS PARTICIPATION IN BUILDING CONSTRUCT 10N+.

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GOVT ASKED TO KEEP PUBLIC ADVISED ABOUT TALKS *****

URGING THE PUBLIC TO FOLLOW WHAT HE TERMED +A CULT OF COMMON SENSE+, THE HON W.C.L. BROWN TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD PROVIDE THE PUBLIC WITH FREQUENT AND MEANINGFUL REPORTS AS TO HOW TALKS BETWEEN THE AUTHORITIES IN PEKING AND LONDON ON HONG KONG’S FUTURE ARE PROGRESSING.

ONLY THEN WILL DANGEROUS SPECULATION BE AVOIDED, HE SAID.

MR BROWN SAID THAT THE INNOVATION OF THE DISTRICT BOARDS SHOULD BE SEEN AS ONLY THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS A GREATER INVOLVEMENT CF THE COMMUNITY IN THOSE DECISIONS AFFECTING THEIR DAILY LIVES.

HE BELIEVED THAT THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WERE CONCERNED THAT THEIR VIEWS WOULD BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT AND THAT THEY WOULD BE KEPT INFORMED WHILE TALKS WERE IN PROGRESS.

HOWEVER, HE POINTED OUT THAT NO INTELLIGENT PERSON SHOULD SERIOUSLY QUESTION THAT THE ACTUAL CONTENT OF THE TALKS MUST REMAIN CONFIDENTIAL, ADDING THAT THE PRIME MINISTER WAS RIGHT IN SAYING THAT NEGOTIATIONS OF THIS NATURE COULD NOT BE CONDUCTED VIA THE MEDIA.

♦ IT IS FOR THIS REASON THAT I PARTICULARLY WELCOMED THE STATEMENT IN YOUR ADDRESS THAT MEETINGS IN PEKING HAD BEGUN,+ HE SAID.

+THE PROMPT RELEASE OF THIS INFORMATION IS AS IMPORTANT AS THE FACT ITSELF, AND I TRUST THAT THIS WILL BE ONLY THE FIRST OF A SERIES OF STATEMENTS WE CAN EXPECT TO HEAR IN THIS CHAMBER ON THIS IMPORTANT SUBJECT.♦

DESCRIBING THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL CHAMBER AS +THE CORRECT AND PROPER PLACE* FOR DEVELOPMENTS REGARDING HONG KONG’S FUTURE TO BE REVEALED AND RECORDED IN THE PUBLIC RECORD, MR BROWN SAID HE CONSIDERED IT ALSO DESIRABLE THAT RESPONSIBLE DEBATE SHOULD TAKE PLACE IN THE CHAMBER TO COUNTER IRRESPONSIBLE COMMENT, RUMOUR AND GOSSIP OUTSIDE.

+THE CURRENT PROBLEMS IN OUR STOCK AND EXCHANGE MARKETS ARE BY NO MEANS DUE ONLY TO POLITICAL FACTORS BUT MUCH OF THE UNEASINESS IN OUR MARKETS - AND PROBABLY IN OUR HEARTS - COMES FROM SUCH CASUAL COMMENT EMANATING FROM PEKING, LONDON AND LOCAL SOURCES,* HE SAID.

♦THOSE WHO LISTEN TO THESE VERBAL COMMENTS SHOULD REMEMBER THE CHINESE SAYING, ’ORAL STATEMENTS VANISH LIKE BREEZES, BUT WRITTEN WORDS REMAIN LIKE HILLS AND STREAMS’.

♦SIR, THE WRITTEN WORDS ON THIS SUBJECT GIVE US EVERY REASON TO BELIEVE THAT OUR FUTURE IS NOT SO PRECARIOUS AS IT MAY AT SOMETIMES SEEM, AND I FEEL CONFIDENT THAT PROVIDED WE ALL FOLLOW THE CULT OF COMMON SENSE YOUR FUTURE REPORTS TO US WILL BEAR THIS OUT.+

EARLIER IN HIS SPEECH, MR BROWN CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE A POSITIVE LEAD TO LIMIT THE SA..ARY AND WAGE LEVELS OF THE PUBLIC SECTOR.

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♦LEAVING ASIDE ARGUMENTS AS TO WHETHER GOVERNMENT LEADS OR FOLLOWS THE PRIVATE SECTOR, AND SPECIFICALLY ACKNOWLEDGING THAT THE PUBLIC SECTOR IS NOT OVERPAID, THE FACT IS THAT IT IS WELL PAID -PARTICULARLY WHEN THE VALUE OF VARIOUS ALLOWANCES AND FRINGE BENEFITS IS TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT,* HE NOTED.

HE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THE CURRENT STATE OF OUR ECONOMY WOULD INHIBIT MOST OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR FROM GIVING ANY SIGNIFICANT SALARY OR WAGE INCREASES IN THE COMING YEAR DESPITE THE CONTINUING INCREASE IN THE COST OF LIVING.

AND THE STATE OF THE PUBLIC FINANCES MAKES IT CLEAR THAT GOVERNMENT IS IN A SIMILAR SITUATION, HE ADDED.

+WHILE IT IS PERHAPS WISHFUL THINKING TO EXPECT CIVIL SERVICE PAY TO BE FROZEN AT ITS EXISTING LEVEL, IN PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCES ANY INCREASE NEXT YEAR BEYOND A LOW SINGLE DIGIT PERCENTAGE WOULD BE DIFFICULT TO JUSTIFY AND TO AVOID EXPECTATIONS BEING BUILT UP IT WOULD BE WISE TO SAY SO NOW,* HE SAID. MR BROWN WENT ON TO POINT OUT THAT IT WAS IMPORTANT FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO BE MADE AWARE OF GOVERNMENT’S INTENTIONS PRIOR TO GIVING CONSIDERATION TO ANY ADJUSTMENTS TO THOSE SALARIES AND WAGES IT NORMALLY REVIEWED AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH CALENDAR YEAR.

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PUBLIC URGED TO IGNORE RUMOURS * * * *

THE HON CHAN KAM-CHUEN CALLED ON THE PUBLIC TO IGNORE ONE-SIDED CLAIMS AND RUMOURS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG.

HE SAID THE ONLY TRUE INFORMATION ON OUR FUTURE WILL BE THE OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS MADE FROM TIME TO TIME ARISING FROM THE OFFICIAL SINO-BRITISH TALKS.

MR CHAN TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY THAT HE HAS WATCHED WITH CONCERN THE COUNT-DOWN OF CONFIDENCE REFLECTED BY THE DECLINE OF THE SHARE INDICES AND THE STEEP DROP OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR.

HE POINTED OUT THAT TOO OFTEN, SENSATIONAL POINTS ARE HIGHLIGHTED TO THE DETRIMENT OF CONFIDENCE WHILE FAVOURABLE POINTS ARE NOT GIVEN THE SAME TREATMENT OR ARE EVEN IGNORED COMPLETELY.

+TRAVELLERS* TALES, WITHOUT IDENTIFIABLE SOURCES, WERE QUOTED AS IN THE DAYS WHEN THE BAMBOO CURTAIN WAS DRAWN.

♦THE AVERAGE MAN IN THE STREET IN HONG KONG MAY BE A GOOD MONEY-MAKER BUT IS NOT SO GOOD IN POLITICAL ANALYSIS, AND IT IS UP TO THE MEDIA AND THE INTELLI GENS IA TO PROVIDE AN IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS THEREBY RESTORING CONFIDENCE TO THE COMMUNITY.

+OTHERWISE OUR PEOPLE MAY WELL TALK THEMSELVES INTO A CRISIS,* HE WARNED.

HE STATED THAT HONG KONG PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE NO CAUSE FOR ALARM IF THEY TRY TO LOOK AT THE BRIGHTER SIDE OF THINGSi-

M ALL THREE PARTIES - CHINA, BRITAIN AND HONG KONG -HAVE A MUTUAL INTEREST IN KEEPING HONG KONG STABLE AND PROSPEROUS.

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* BOTH CHINA AND BRITAIN HAVE AGREED TO TALKS AND A JOINT COMMUNIQUE TO THIS EFFECT HAS BEEN ISSUED.

* THE STATEMENTS ON SOVEREIGNTY ARE JUST STATEMENTS OF THE OPENING POSITIONS AND IT IS QUITE COMMON FOR SIDES TO BE POLES APART BEFORE NEGOTIATIONS COMMENCE. NEVERTHELESS, SOVEREIGNTY CLAIMS HAVE BEEN MADE BY CHINA FOR YEARS, BUT BEING A PEACEFUL NATION, SHE SELDOM FORCES THE ISSUE.

* AS MATURE DIPLOMACY TAKES INTO CONSIDERATION THE PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCES AND INTERESTS OF THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE, WHY SHOULD BRITAIN, CHINA AND HONG KONG NOT BE FRIENDS AND COME TO A SENSIBLE SOLUTION WHEN BRITAIN WAS AMONG THE FIRST TO RECOGNISE CHINA AMONG WESTERN NATIONS, AND WHEN HONG KONG SUPPLIES UP TO 40 PER CENT OF CHINA’S FOREIGN EXCHANGE, AND TRANSFERS TECHNOLOGY, CAPITAL AND OTHER FACILITIES TO CHINA?

♦CONFIDENCE IN HONG KONG IS LIKE LIFE TO A BODY,+ SAID MR CHAN.

♦ONE CAN HAVE A CITY THAT LOOKS LIKE HONG KONG, BUT WITHOUT CONFIDENCE THERE BE NO LIFE, JUST FIVE MILLION MORE MOUTHS TO FEED.+

MR CHAN URGED EMPLOYERS TO KEEP THEIR WORKERS AS LONG AS POSSIBLE, EVEN WHEN IT MEANS SLIM OR NO PROFIT.

HE POINTED OUT THAT HONG KONG’S ECONOMY IS SENSITIVE TO THAT OF THE UNITED STATES WHICH REMAINS OUR MAJOR EXPORT MARKET.

IF OUR CLIENTS ARE WORRIED BY MASSIVE UNEMPLOYMENT, IT WOULD f€AN LESS ORDERS FOR OUR FACTORIES AND MORE CRACKED RICE BOWLS FOR OUR WORKERS,+ HE SAID.

AS FOR WORKERS, THEY SHOULD HOLD ON TO THEIR JOBS AND ASK ANYONE WHO SUGGESTS INDUSTRIAL ACTION WHERE THE NEXT JOB MAY BE FOUND IN THESE HARD TIMES.

MR CHAN SUGGESTED THAT TAI TAM BAY ON HONG KONG ISLAND SHOULD BE TURNED INTO A RESERVOIR FOR STORING WATER FROM CHINA OR FROM RAINFALL.

IT MAY NOT BE AN IDEAL LOCATION AT PRESENT, BUT WITH LARGE SCALE AFFORESTATION, DEVELOPMENT OF MORE WATER CATCHMENTS AND CONNECTIONS TO NEIGHBOURING RESERVOIRS TO CATCH THEIR OVERFLOW DURING TYPHOONS, IT MAY DO THE JOB.+

HE ALSO SUGGESTED THAT STONECUTTERS ISLAND SHOULD BE DEVELOPED INTO A SECOND CONTAINER TERMINAL TO COPE WITH THE HEAVY DEMAND.

AS WE ARE NOW THE THIRD LARGEST CONTAINER PORT IN THE WORLD BY VOLUME, WE SHALL NEED MORE CONTAINER TERMINAL FACILITIES WHEN THE WORLD RECESSION IS OVER,+ HE NOTED.

IF A ROAD LINK TO KOWLOON IS PROVIDED, A SECOND CONTAINER TERMINAL THERE WOULD BE NEARER TO URBAN AND INDUSTRIAL AREAS, ON LAND AND BY SEA, THAN THE KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER TERMINAL.

ONCE THIS IS DECIDED, I BELIEVE THE PRIVATE SECTOR WOULD BE ABLE TO SUPPLY THE SUPPORT FACILITIES QUICKLY,+ HE SAID.

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MANUFACTURERS SEE RECOVERY SIGNS

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THE CONSENSUS AMONG LOCAL MANUFACTURERS IS THAT THE WORST IS BEHIND US AND THAT THE SIGNS LOOK GOOD FOR A SPEEDY ECONOMIC RECOVERY, THE HON STEPHEN CHEONG TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (THURSDAY).

HE POINTED OUT THAT ECONOMISTS IN THE UNITED STATES APPEAR TO BE EXPECTING A POSITIVE GROWTH RATE FOR ITS ECONOMY IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF THIS YEAR WHILE THE LATEST LITERATURE SUGGESTS THAT THE US GOVERNMENT BELIEVES SOME EASING OF MONETARY RESTRAINT IS POSSIBLE WITHOUT REFUELLING INFLATION.

CITING STATISTICS, MR CHEONG SAID THAT TOTAL RETAIL SALES IN THE US LAST MONTH INCREASED BY ONE PER CENT, OR NEARLY USS1 BILLION IN MONEY TERMS, OVER THE PREVIOUS MONTH.

♦THIS IS ALL THE MORE SIGNIFICANT BECAUSE RETAIL SALES OF LIGHT CONSUMER GOODS - WHICH WE MANUFACTURE AND ARE SKILFUL IN MARKETING - MUST HAVE PICKED UP BY MORE THAN ONE PER CENT.

♦GIVEN, ALSO, THAT THE PROCESS OF DE-STOCKING OF THE TYPE CF GOODS WE SUPPLY TO THE US IS VIRTUALLY COMPLETED, DEMAND FOR OUR EXPORTS IN OUR MOST IMPORTANT MARKET IS BEGINNING TO STRENGTHEN.

♦EQUALLY ENCOURAGING SIGNS ARE DEVELOPING IN EUROPE - THE SECOND MOST IMPORTANT GROUP OF MARKETS FOR OUR MANUFACTURERS,+ HE STATED.

AS REGARDS HONG KONG, MR CHEONG NOTED THAT PRODUCTION CAPACITY IN TERMS OF PLANT AND EQUIPMENT HAS NOT BEEN SUBSTANTIALLY RUN DOWN.

IN OTHER WORDS, THE SIGNS LOOK GOOD FOR A SPEEDY RECOVERY IN THE MANUFACTURING AND EXPORT SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY, AND THERE IS EVERY INDICATION THAT THE MAJORITY OF MANUFACTURERS AND WORKERS ARE BEHAVING RESPONSIBLY AND SENSIBLY IN THE EXPECTATION OF BETTER THINGS TO COME.+

AGAINST THIS BACKGROUND, MR CHEONG URGED:

* DO NOT OVER-REACT TO ISOLATED BUT OVER-DRAMATISED INCIDENTS OF BUSINESS FAILURE BY IMMEDIATELY INTRODUCING A GOVERNMENT-FUNDED WAGES COMPENSATION FUND.

* THE ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES SHOULD NOT APPLY ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION LEGISLATION IN SUCH A WAY AS TO DISCOURAGE MANUFACTURERS FROM INVESTING IN NEW PLANT AND EQUIPMENT.

* MONITOR CLOSELY THE HEALTH OF HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY AND GUARD AGAINST ANY FURTHER SUBSTANTIAL EROSION OF ITS COMPETITIVE COST STRUCTURE.

* THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD TAKE SOME ACTION TO PREVENT PROPERTY PRICES FROM DRIFTING DOWN MUCH FURTHER, OTHERWISE IT WOULD HAVE THE DISASTROUS EFFECT OF UNDERMINING THE FOUNDATION OF HONG KONG’S FINANCIAL SECTOR.

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* THE PRIVATE SECTOR SHOULD CONTINUE THEIR RELENTLESS PURSUIT OF SUCCESS BY INVESTING WISELY AND VIGOROUSLY IN THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG.

TURNING TO THE PRIMARY ONE ADMISSION SYSTEM, MR CHEONG SAID PARENTAL CHOICE IS HARDLY LIKELY TO BE SATISFIED IN THE SO-CALLED ♦POPULAR PRIMARY SCHOOLS+ WHERE THE NUMBER OF APPLICANTS FOR PLACES FAR EXCEEDS THE NUMBER OF DISCRETIONARY PLACES AVAILABLE.

HE EXPRESSED DOUBT THAT THE SCHEME IS LIKELY TO MEET THE OBJECT OF MINIMISING PRESSURES UPON YOUNG CHILDREN.

♦WHILE I DO NOT DOUBT THAT THE ALLOCATION SYSTEM HAS BEEN WORKED OUT AFTER A GREAT DEAL OF CARE, I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT WOULD EFFECTIVELY RESOLVE THE PROBLEM,+ MR CHEONG ARGUED.

♦IN MY VIEW, THE PROBLEM CANNOT BE RESOLVED UNLESS PARENTS ARE GIVEN A REAL CHOICE AS TO THE TYPE OF EDUCATION THEY WANT TO GIVE THEIR CHILDREN.+

HE SUGGESTED THAT IT MIGHT BE POSSIBLE FOR SOME OF THE POPULAR SCHOOLS TO +GO PRIVATE+ IF THEY ELECT TO DO SO, OR BE ONLY MINIMALLY SUBSIDISED.

THESE SCHOOLS COULD THEN CHARGE A FEE TO MEET EITHER THE FULL COSTS OR A SUBSTANTIAL PROPORTION OF THE TOTAL COSTS.

♦THIS MUST HAVE THE EFFECT OF REDUCING THE EXCESS OF DEMAND OVER THE SUPPLY OF PLACES IN THESE SCHOOLS,+ MR CHEONG SAID.

♦ABOVE ALL, THIS WOULD OFFER TO THE PARENTS A CHOICE AS TO WHAT TYPE OF EDUCATION THEY WOULD PREFER FOR THEIR OWN CHILDREN.

♦AFTER ALL, IS IT RIGHT FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE AWAY THAT BASIC RIGHTS OF PARENTAL CHOICE7+ HE ASKED.

MR CHEONG ENVISAGED THAT THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION WOULD OBJECT TO THIS SUGGESTION.

HOWEVER, HE POINTED OUT THAT HE WAS MERELY REFLECTING THE CONCERN OF THOSE LOCALLY-DOMICILED PARENTS WHO, IF THEY WERE UNABLE TO SECURE ENTRY FOR THEIR CHILDREN INTO SCHOOLS THEY PREFER, WOULD FEEL THEY HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO SEND THEM ABROAD AT MUCH GREATER EXPENSE BOTH FINANCIALLY AND EMOTIONALLY.

I AM CONFIDENT THAT THEY ARE PREPARED TO MEET THE FULL COST OF THIS EDUCATION PROVIDED THE SCHOOLS THEY PREFER REMAIN TRULY FREE IN SELECTING THEIR PUPILS.

A GREATER NUMBER OF THESE PARENTS ARE AT A LOSS TO UNDERSTAND WHY THE GOVERNMENT INSISTS ON NON-INTERVENTION ISM IN THE ECONOMY, BUT CHOOSES TO BE HIGHLY INTERVENTI ON I ST IC IN EDUCATION.

I THINK THEY ARE ENTITLED TO SOME CLEAR ANSWERS,+ MR CHEONG STATED.

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NT LANDOWNERS RIGHTS SUPPORTED * * * *

THE HON BENTON CHEUNG CALLED FOR A +FAIR AND GENEROUS* ARRANGEMENT IN LAND RESUMPTION SO THAT NEW TERRITORIES LANDOWNERS WILL NOT BE DENIED THEIR SHARE OF PROSPERITY.

MR CHEUNG WAS SPEAKING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON THE PROPOSED ABOLITION OF THE LETTER B SYSTEM WHICH IS CURRENTLY UNDER DISCUSSION BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE HEUNG YEE KUK.

HE WARNED THAT AN UNSATISFACTORY SETTLEMENT OF THIS ISSUE COULD CREATE RESISTANCE AMONG INDIVIDUAL LANDOWNERS, AS WELL AS RESENTMENT AND ALIENATION TOWARDS THE AUTHORITIES.

HE RECALLED THAT IN THE 195O’S, ANCESTRAL LANDS WERE RESUMED AT AGRICULTURAL PRICES THROUGH THE CROWN LANDS RESUMPTION ORDINANCE AND THEN RESOLD FOR BUILDING DEVELOPMENT AT SUBSTANTIALLY HIGHER PR ICES.

DURING THE 1960’S, IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LAND EXCHANGE ENTITLEMENTS SYSTEM INTRODUCED A +MORE EQUITABLE PROCESS OF DEVELOPMENT*.

+BUT MAY I PUT IT TO THIS COUNCIL THAT THE LANDOWNERS WHO WERE THE ORIGINAL HOLDERS OF LETTERS B WERE ORDINARY PEOPLE WHO HAD THE GIFT OF A ROCKET TO THE MOON THRUST UPON THEM, ONLY TO FIND THEY LACKED THE EXPERTISE AND RESOURCES TO OPERATE IT WITHOUT TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE,* HE SAID.

MR CHEUNG URGED THE GOVERNMENT, IN DISCUSSING THE FUTURE OF LETTERS B, TO TAKE THE VIEWS OF THE PEOPLE FULLY INTO ACCOUNT, TO RECONCILE DIFFERENCES, AND TO FACE THE FUTURE WITH CONFIDENCE.

+ALL THAT REMAINS TO BE DECIDED IS THE MUTUALLY AGREED FORMULA BY WHICH THESE AIMS CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED,* HE ADDED.

MR CHEUNG ALSO TOUCHED ON THE RECENT PROPOSAL OF ENHANCED PREMIA TO BE CHARGED FOR LAND USE UNDER THE GUISE OF SHORT TERM WAIVERS.

+QUITE APART FROM THE LEGAL AND MORAL ARGUMENTS PUT FORWARD BY NT LANDOWNERS, THE POSSIBLE ECONOMIC EFFECTS OF THIS UNTIMELY PROPOSAL SHOULD BE GIVEN WEIGHTY CONSIDERATION,* HE ADDED.

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ADMINISTRATION PRAISED

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THE HON SELINA CHOW SAID TODAY THAT, IN SPITE OF

ALL THE SHORTCOMINGS IN OUR SYSTEM, HONG KONG HAS BEATEN NUMEROUS CODS TO BECOME ONE OF THE MOST PROSPEROUS AND EFFICIENT COMMUNITIES IN THE WORLD.

SPEAKING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, SHE NOTED THAT A COUPLE CF PROFESSIONALLY CONDUCTED SURVEYS RECENTLY REVEALED THAT THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE IN HONG KONG PREFER THE STATUS QUO.

+THIS I TAKE TO MEAN PREFERENCE FOR NO CHANGE IN THE ENTIRE OVERALL STRUCTURE OF OUR COMMUNITY,* SHE SAID.

♦ IT IS THIS STRUCTURE THAT HAS ENABLED US TO IMPROVE OUR STANDARD OF LIVING UNHAMPERED THROUGH A PROCESS OF SELF CRITICISM OVER A SOUND BASE OF SYSTEMATIC MANAGEMENT MADE POSSIBLE BY AN ATMOSPHERE OF SOCIAL STABILITY.

♦CREDIT IS DUE TO THE ADMINISTRATION UNDER WHICH THIS STRUCTURE HAS DEVELOPED AND FLOURISHED.

♦IS IT WISE TO CHANGE A PROVEN FORMULA OTHER THAN TO IMPROVE AND REFORM BY PROCESS OF EVOLUTION WHILE MAINTAINING THE BASE AND INFRASTRUCTURE THAT WE HAVE SO SUCCESSFULLY BUILT7+ SHE ASKED.

MRS CHOW NOTED THAT THE CHOICE MAY NOT REST TOTALLY WITH US, BUT SHE ADDEDi +LET US, THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, WHO HAVE VALUED AND RESPECTED THE FREEDOM OF CHOICE ABOVE ALL BE CLEAR IN OUR OWN MINDS WHAT WE REGARD AS THE BEST STATE FOR HONG KONG.*

ONE WAY TO ACHIEVE THE GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION TO INVEST VIGOROUSLY IN THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG AND ITS PEOPLE IS THROUGH EDUCATION.

AND THE AREA LONG OVERDUE FOR ATTENTION IS THE PRE-PRIMARY SECTION, SHE POINTED OUT.

♦IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT EVERY CHILD FROM FOUR TO SIX IS SUPPOSED TO ATTEND KINDERGARTEN, THERE IS AS YET NO COMPREHENSIVE PLAN ON THE PART OF THE GOVERNMENT TO UPGRADE AND REGULATE THE STANDARD OF EDUCATION OF YOUR CHILDREN,+ SHE SAID.

MRS CHOW NOTED THAT THE WHITE PAPER ON PRIMARY AND PRE-PRIMARY EDUCATION PROJECTS THE ENROLMENT IN KINDERGARTENS TO BE AT 180 000 IN 1984 AND THE NUMBER OF QUALIFIED KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS FOR THE SAME YEAR IS EXPECTED TO BE 590, WITH 680 QUALIFIED ASSISTANT KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS.

THIS RATIO IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE AND THE SITUATION DEMANDS URGENT EXAMINATION, SHE STRESSED.

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I THEREFORE WOULD LIKE TO REITERATE MY EARLIER CALL FOR A SPECIAL WORKING GROUP WITH UNOFFICIAL INPUT AND PARTICIPATION TO ASSESS THE ENTIRE AREA OF PRE-PRIMARY EDUCATION TO BE SET UP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.+

MRS CHOW ALSO CALLED FOR THE ABOLITION OF THE JUNIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION ASSESSMENT SYSTEM.

APART FROM THE GENERAL OBJECTIONS TO THE FREQUENCY OF PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS, SHE ARGUED, THERE IS ALSO THE UNDESIRABLE TIMING OF THIS PARTICULAR EXAMINATION.

IT IS TOTALLY UNNECESSARY TO SUBJECT ALL 15-YEAR-OLDS TO THE STRESS AND STRAIN OF THIS SCALING TEST WHEN THE RESULTS COULD BE ACHIEVED BY CHOICE ON THE PART OF THE SCHOOLS, THE PARENTS AND THE STUDENTS,♦ SHE SAID.

MRS CHOW SAID THE PRESSURE OF THE JSEA HAD CAUSED MANY TEACHERS TO DISPLACE WORTHWHILE EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES WITH DRILLING AND TO REDUCE EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES.

MANY TEACHERS ALSO QUERY THE CLAIM THAT JSEA IS THE MOST APPROPRIATE WAY TO STREAM THE STUDENTS AND ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE SERIOUS ADJUSTMENT AND INTEGRATION PROBLEMS THAT MANY FORM III STUDENTS HAVE TO FACE WHEN TRANSFERRED TO A NEW SCHOOL.

IN VIEW OF THE STRONG FEELINGS EXPRESSED, ... I WOULD

URGE AN IMMEDIATE REASSESSMENT OF THE SITUATION WHICH WOULD HOPEFULLY LEAD TO THE EARLY ABOLITION OF THE JSEA,+ SHE SAID.

INEVITABLY, THIS MUST LEAD TO THE STUDY OF WHETHER THE EXTENSION OF FREE EDUCATION TO INCLUDE FORMS IV AND V COULD BE HASTENED, ALTHOUGH THIS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED AS AN ISSUE QUITE SEPARATE AND INDEPENDENT OF THE JSEA.+

MRS CHOW ALSO SOUGHT TO HIGHLIGHT THE NEED FOR HIGHER EDUCATION.

QUOTING STATISTICS, SHE SAID THE NUMBER OF THOSE WHO LEFT SCHOOL AFTER FORMS V AND VI IN 1981 WAS APPROXIMATELY 72 OOO AND THAT OF MATRICULANTS WAS 12 836.

OF THOSE MATRICULANTS, ONLY 2 598 GAINED ADMISSION INTO THE TWO UNIVERSITIES IN HONG KONG.

THERE ARE ALSO A LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE UNDER THE AGE OF 30 WHO FINISHED FORM V AND WHO MIGHT WISH TO UNDERTAKE A UNIVERSITY COURSE, SHE REMARKED.

♦THE DEMAND FOR HIGHER EDUCATION IS THEREFORE QUITE TREMENDOUS.

♦THE FORMULA OF THE OPEN UNIVERSITY SO SUCCESSFULLY TRIED IN THE U.K. AND ELSEWHERE SHOULD BE WELL SUITED TO A PLACE LIKE HONG KONG AND SUCH A POSSIBILITY SHOULD BE EXPLORED IN EARNEST,+ MRS CHOW URGED.

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LEGCO SEATS SOUGHT FOR DB MEMBERS

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DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS SHOULD BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE ON ADVISORY BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, THE HON MARIA TAM SAID AT THE COUNCIL MEETING TODAY.

SHE SAID: +GIVEN TIME A BOND WILL DEVELOP BETWEEN THE DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND THEIR CONSTITUENTS AND IN PARTICULAR BETWEEN THE VOTERS AND THE ELECTED MEMBERS TO WHOM THE VOTERS MAY GIVE, AND FROM WHOM THEY MAY WITHDRAW, THE MANDATE OF REPRESENTATION.

♦FROM THE GRASS ROOTS, THESE LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES ARE ALSO THE SOURCE OF ACCURATE INFORMATION AND ADVICE TO THE GOVERNMENT, AND THE MORE OPENINGS THERE ARE FOR THEM IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, THE BETTER WE SHALL FIND THE QUALITY OF THE CANDIDATES,* MISS TAM SAID.

SHE EXPRESSED THE BELIEF THAT DISTRICT BOARDS IN THE

NEW TERRITORIES AND EAST KOWLOON COULD DO MUCH TO HELP ASSIMILATE NEW IMMIGRANTS LIVING IN THEIR DISTRICTS INTO THE HONG KONG COMMUNITY THROUGH VARIOUS RECREATIONAL, FESTIVE AND YOUTH ACTIVITIES.

THESE IMMIGRANTS SHOULD BE OFFERED +A SOCIAL LIFE* AWAY FROM THE HUTS AND BUNK BEDS IN TRANSIT CENTRES SO THAT THEY CAN CAST CFF THE SENSE OF ISOLATION AND MOVE TOWARDS ACCEPTING THE LOCAL COMMUNITY’S SENSE OF VALUES, SHE SAID.

DISCUSSING THE LOCAL ECONOMY, MISS TAM URGED THAT IN A TIME OF RECESSION HONG KONG MUST FIND A WAY TO NURTURE THE STRENGTH OF ITS INDUSTRY AND AVOID STEPPING INTO THE +VICIOUS CIRCLE* OF EXCESSIVE WELFARE HANDOUTS AND WAGE DEMAND SEEN IN SOME COUNTRIES.

MISS TAM POINTED OUT THAT HONG KONG RELIED VERY MUCH ON SMALLER MANUFACTURING ESTABLISHMENTS, WHICH SHE SAID EMPLOYED 67 PER CENT OF THE INDUSTRIAL LABOUR FORCE AND PRODUCED 72 PER CENT OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS.

+1 THINK THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT MUST HELP TO DEVELOP FURTHER OUR SMALLER AND STILL LABOUR-INTENSIVE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY,* SHE SAID.

THIS CAN BE ACHIEVED BY PROVIDING:

* INFORMATION ON LOCAL MARKET SITUATIONS, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE MARKET MOVES TOWARDS SATURATION POINT IN CERTAIN PRODUCTS!

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* INFORMATION ON OVERSEAS MARKET TRENDS OF ANY NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT IN NORTH AMERICA AND ELSEWHERE WHICH WOULD BE WITHIN OUR RESOURCES TO FOLLOW; AND

* INFORMATION ;AND LIAISON SERVICES FOR HONG KONG INVESTORS IN THE SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE.

MISS TAM STRESSED THAT IT WOULD BE A DEPLORABLE WASTE OF RESOURCES IF INVESTMENTS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR SHOULD FAIL FOR WANT OF PROPER MARKET AND TRADE INFORMATION WHICH IS WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT’S MEANS TO GIVE OR RESOURCES TO OBTAIN.

+ALSO IT IS FAR MORE CONSTRUCTIVE TO STRENGTHEN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY AND PRODUCE MORE JOBS THAN TO GIVE WELFARE BENEFITS TO UNEMPLOYED WORKERS.

+AND THEREFORE ’DIVERSIFICATION’ AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF COMPARATIVELY LABOUR-INTENSIVE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY MUST GO HAND-IN-HAND,+ SHE SAID.

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PLEA FOR MORE FACILITIES FOR CHILDREN * * * *

A CALL TO GET ON AND IMPROVE FACILITIES FOR OUR CHILDREN WAS MADE BY DR THE HON HENRIETTA IP TODAY.

IN HER MAIDEN SPEECH TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WHICH CENTRED MOSTLY ON CHILDREN — WHOM SHE CALLED +THE ADORABLE SECTOR OF OUR COMMUNITY* -- DR IP SAID WE MUST NOT TREAT THEM LIKE MINIATURE ADULTS LEST THEY GROW UP TO BE OVERSIZED CHILDREN.

IF WE SEE, AND WE SHOULD, THE IMPORTANCE OF NURTURING OUR YOUNG WITH CARE AND COMPASSION AND PROTECTING THEM FROM THE STRESS OF OUR EVERYDAY LIFE UNTIL THEY CAN FEND FOR THEMSELVES, WE MUST NOT ACCEPT FURTHER DELAYS OR EXCUSES FOR INACTION,* SHE WARNED.

+IN PLANNING FOR HONG KONG, CHILDREN MUST BE OUR PRIORITY. AFTER ALL, HONG KONG IS A CITY OF A MILLION CHILDREN.*

DR IP RAISED A NUMBER OF QUESTIONS ON THE RIGHTS OF CHILDREN.

THESE INCLUDED: LEGISLATION TO PROTECT CHILDREN AS FRONT SEAT PASSENGERS IN MOTOR VEHICLES, ACTION TO PREVENT ACCIDENTS TO CHILDREN INVOLVING CONCUSSION AND LACERATION OF THE HEAD, ADEQUACY CF STAFFING AND MEDICAL SUPPORT FOR RESIDENTIAL CENTRES, FOR SEVERE GRADE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN, PLACEMENTS FOR MENTALLY HANDICAPPED SCHOOL LEAVERS, THE NATURE OF THE EDUCATION AND THE STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO IN SCHOOLS FOR THE MENTALLY RETARDED, IMPROVEMENT TO OBSTETRICAL NEONATAL SERVICES, AND CHILD ABUSE AND CHILDREN’S HOSPITALS.

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DR IP ALSO NOTED THAT THE DEMANDS FOR BIGGER AND BETTER GOVERNMENT MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES WERE INCREASING.

AS SHE SAW IT, THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES HAD REACHED A CROSSROADS WHERE THERE WERE THREE REALISTIC ROUTESi

* TO REMAIN AS IT IS BY OFFERING THE BEST SERVICE IT COULD FROM A TIGHT BUDGET

* FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO RELINQUISH CERTAIN ASPECTS OF ITS SERVICE AND TO CONCENTRATE ITS RESOURCES ON SERVICES WHICH COULD BRING GREATEST SATISFACTION TO THE MOST NEEDED AND

* FOR THE FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES TO IMPROVEMENTS AND PROVISIONS OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES TO BE BORNE BY THE GOVERNMENT, THE EMPLOYERS AND THE EMPLOYEE, IN A REASONABLE PROPORTION THROUGH MEDICAL INSURANCE.

SHARING THE VIEWS OF DR HARRY FANG, SHE URGED THAT CONSIDERATION BE GIVEN TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A POLICY BRANCH FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, AND FOR THE SECRETARY POST SO CREATED TO BE FILLED BY A MEDICALLY QUALIFIED OFFICER.

DR IP ALSO TOUCHED ON THE SCHOOL MEDICAL SERVICE AND EXPRESSED HOPES THAT ACTION COULD BE TAKEN TO IMPROVE IT AND TO EXTEND IT TO ALL CHILDREN IN HONG KONG.

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DUKE CONFIDENT ABOUT HK - UK TRADE *****

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUKE OF KENT TODAY EXPRESSED TOTAL CONFIDENCE IN THE FUTURE OF TRADE BETWEEN BRITAIN AND HONG KONG.

ADDRESSING A LUNCHEON OF THE HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, THE DUKE SAID HONG KONG AND BRITAIN HAD MUCH TO OFFER ONE ANOTHER.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE LUNCHEON WERE THE DUCHESS, THE GOVERNOR AND LADY YOUDE.

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS NOTED THAT HONG KONG HAD OVER THE PAST 30 YEARS EARNED A REPUTATION FOR ITS BUOYANT ECONOMY WHICH HAD BEEN JUSTIFIED MANY TIMES OVER.

ONE ONLY HAD TO LOOK AROUND TO SEE WHAT HONG KONG’S TRADING FLAIR HAS CREATED TO FIND PROOF, IF ANY WERE NEEDED, THAT FREE TRADE IS A GENERATOR OF PROSPERITY ON A GRAND SCALE, HE SAID.

♦AND NOTWITHSTANDING THE TRENDS OF RECENT DAYS AND WEEKS, THIS REMARKABLE ECONOMIC RECORD SHOULD INSPIRE CONFIDENCE IN HONG KONG’S LASTING STRENGTH AND RESILIENCE,* HE ADDED.

THE DUKE NOTED THAT HONG KONG HAD RECENTLY OVERTAKEN JAPAN TO BECOME BRITAIN’S LARGEST FAR EASTERN MARKET. BUT EVEN SO, HE ADDED, BRITAIN AS THE SIXTH LARGEST SUPPLIER STILL ONLY HAS ABOUT FIVE PER CENT OF THE HONG KONG MARKET.

♦BUT OUR EXPORTERS ARE NOT GOING TO BE SATISFIED TO REMAIN IN THAT POSITION, AND IF OUR PERFORMANCE IN RECENT YEARS, ESPECIALLY ON THE PROJECT SIDE, IS ANYTHING TO JUDGE BY, WE SHOULD BE WELL PLACED TO MOVE UP THE LADDER,♦ HE SAID.

THE DUKE MENTIONED THE CASTLE PEAK A AND B POWER STATION ORDERS, BRITISH PARTICIPATION IN THE MASS TRANSIT AND KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAYS AND OTHER ORDERS LIKE THE STEEL WORK FOR THE NEW HONG KONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION BUILDING, AS +FIRST-CLASS EXAMPLES OF HOW UK INDUSTRY CAN DESIGN AND DELIVER THE BEST IN MODERN TECHNOLOGY.+

BRITAIN WOULD CONTINUE TO COMPETE FOR PROJECT BUSINESS WITH OTHER COUNTRIES ANXIOUS TO WIN THESE LARGE CONTRACTS, HE SAID.

♦WHEN WE HAVE WON SUCH CONTRACTS — AND WE HAVE WON MANY --WE HAVE DONE SO BECAUSE AFTER INTENSE COMPETITION AND CLOSE SCRUTINY THE TOTAL BRITISH PACKAGE WAS FOUND TO BE THE BEST VALUE,♦ HE EXPLAINED.

POINTING OUT ANOTHER AREA — OFFSHORE OIL DEVELOPMENT — WHERE BRITAIN HAS A UNIQUE CAPABILITY, THE DUKE SAID BRITISH COMPANIES WOULD BE CONCENTRATING THEIR MARKETING ON CHINA WHOSE OIL IT IS AND WHERE THE MAIN SUPPORT AND SUPPLY INDUSTRY WILL LIE.

♦BUT THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT BRITISH FIRMS WILL SEE HONG KONG COMPANIES AS VALUABLE PARTNERS IN CERTAIN AREAS OF EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLY,+ HE ADDED.

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ON EXPORT PROMOTION, HE SAID THAT THIS YEAR NO FEWER THAN 15 MISSIONS SUPPORTED BY THE BRITISH OVERSEAS TRADE BOARD (BOTB) WERE SCHEDULED TO COME TO HONG KONG AND, NEXT YEAR, A FURTHER 11 WERE ALREADY BEING PLANNED.

+IN 1981 A TOTAL OF 245 BRITISH FIRMS PARTICIPATED IN BOTB SUPPORTED MISSIONS TO HONG KONG AND THIS YEAR THAT NUMBER IS GETTING ON TO 300,+ HE SAID.

BUSINESS BETWEEN HONG KONG AND BRITAIN HAS CONTINUED TO BOOM, HE SAID. +WHEN I LAST SPOKE TO THIS CHAMBER IN 1978, OUR TWO-WAY TRADE AMOUNTED TO A TOTAL OF SOME 725 MILLION POUND STERLING — THAT WAS VISIBLE TRADE. BY NOW, THE FIGURE HAS MUCH MORE THAN DOUBLED.*

HE SAID THERE WAS NO DOUBT BRITAIN OFFERS A LARGE AND ATTRACTIVE MARKET FOR HONG KONG’S PRODUCTS — IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR BRITAIN IMPORTED GOODS WORTH 425 MILLION POUND STERLING OF WHICH ALMOST EXACTLY HALF WAS FOR TEXTILES AND GARMENTS.

*OUR IMPORTS OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND EQUIPMENT FROM YOU ROSE BY SOME 25 PER CENT BETWEEN 1978 AND 1981. OVER THE SAME THREE-YEAR PERIOD OUR IMPORTS OF WATCHES AND PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT DOUBLED — TO MORE THAN 45 MILLION POUND STERLING. OUR IMPORTS OF YOUR ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT AND APPLIANCES OVER THE SAME PERIOD ACTUALLY TRIPLED,* HE SAID.

ALL THESE EXAMPLES SHOWED CLEARLY HOW SUCCESSFUL HONG KONG IS DIVERSIFYING AND EXPANDING ITS TRADE, HE ADDED.

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THE DUKE OF KENT THIS MORNING GAINED AN INSIGHT INTO HONG KONG’S EFFORTS TO BROADEN ITS INDUSTRIAL BASE AND SAW AN EXAMPLE CF LOCAL HIGH-TECHNOLOGY AT WORK.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR PETER TSAO, HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS CALLED AT THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATES CORPORATION AT TAI PO WHERE HE WAS MET BY THE REGIONAL SECRETARY, NEW TERRITORIES, MR IAN MACPHERSON, AND MR VICTOR MILLER, THE CORPORATION’S CHIEF EXECUTIVE.

THE DUKE WAS BRIEFED ON THE MAJOR ACTIVITIES OF THE CORPORATION, SET UP IN 1977 ON THE CONCEPT OF OFFERING LAND SITES ON SPECIAL TERMS TO SELECTED INDUSTRIES TO ENCOURAGE INDUSTRIAL DIVERSIFICATION AND THE USE OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES.

HE WAS TOLD THAT THE CORPORATION HAD ALREADY DEVELOPED 46 HECTARES OF INDUSTRIAL SITES IN TAI PO, WITH AN ADDITIONAL 20 HECTARES TO BE COMPLETED BETWEEN 1983 AND 1985.

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HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS WAS INTERESTED TO LEARN THAT MORE THAN $1.3 BILLION HAD ALREADY BEEN INVESTED IN THE TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, ABOUT 70 PER CENT BY LOCAL INDUSTRIALISTS AND 30 PER CENT BY OVERSEAS FIRMS.

THIRTY-FIVE COMPANIES HAVE TAKEN UP SITES AT THE ESTATE, WITH 20 OF THEM ALREADY IN PRODUCTION. THESE COMPANIES, THE DUKE WAS TOLD, COVER A BROAD RANGE OF PRODUCTS AND EMPLOY MODERN, SOPHISTICATED TECHNOLOGIES.

MR MILLER INFORMED HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THAT FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF THE FIRST STANDARD FACTORY BLOCK IN TAI PO LAST YEAR, TWO ADDITIONAL BLOCKS WERE NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND SHOULD BE READY NEXT YEAR.

THESE STANDARDISED BLOCKS, EACH WITH A TOTAL FLOOR AREA CF 8 758 SQUARE METRES, HAVE BEEN DESIGNED TO SUPPORT HEAVY MACHINERY. EACH BLOCK HAS ITS OWN LOADING AND UNLOADING AREA, A UNIQUE FEATURE FOR FACTORY BUILDINGS IN HONG KONG.

THE DUKE WAS ALSO TOLD THAT THE ESTATE’S CENTRE BUILDING, A COMMERCIAL COMPLEX COMPLETED RECENTLY, WOULD BE IN OPERATION SHORTLY TO SERVE THE INDUSTRIAL COMMUNITY AT THE ESTATE.

FOLLOWING THE BRIEFING, THE DUKE VISITED RCL SEMICONDUCTORS LTD, A HIGH-TECHNOLOGY FACTORY AT THE ESTATE PRODUCING A WIDE RANGE OF INTEGRATED CIRCUITS AND OTHER RELATED COMPONENTS FOR THE LOCAL ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY.

DRESSED IN SPECIAL LINT-FREE OVERALLS AND PROTECTIVE SHOE COVERS, HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS WAS SHOWN AROUND THE FACTORY BY THE COMPANY’S CHAIRMAN, MR R.C. LEE.

HE VISITED THE FACTORY’S +WAFER-FABRICATION+ AREA WHERE HE SAW MICROCHIPS BEING FABRICATED AND TOURED THE COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN ROOM WHERE HE WAS SHOWN HOW CIRCUITS ARE DESIGNED.

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DUCHESS LAYS FOUNDATION STONE FOR ARTS ACADEMY

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HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUCHESS OF KENT TODAY (THURSDAY) LAID THE FOUNDATION STONE FOR THE HONG KONG ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS WHICH IS BEING BUILT ON A 23 OOO-SQUARE METRE SITE ADJACENT TO THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE IN HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI.

THE ACADEMY IS THE FIRST CENTRE TO BE BUILT IN HONG KONG FOR THE SPECIFIC PURPOSE OF VOCATIONAL TRAINING IN THE PERFORMING ARTS IT WILL BE OPERATIONAL DURING THE 1985 SCHOLASTIC YEAR AND WILL HOUSE FOUR MAJOR SCHOOLS: MUSIC. DANCE, ACTING AND TECHNICAL SERVICES, TOGETHER WITH THEATRES AND STUDIOS.

IN A SPEECH AT THE FOUNDATION STONE-LAYING CEREMONY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ACADEMY’S PROJECT BOARD. MR LI FOOK-WO SAID: *WE ARE MOST HONOURED BY YOUR ROYAL HIGHNESS’S PRESENCE TODAY, NOT LEAST BECAUSE WE KNOW YOUR PERSONAL INTEREST IN THE PERFORMING ARTS.*

MR LI SAID THE ACADEMY WOULD MAKE A VITAL CONTRIBUTION TO HONG KONG’S CULTURAL LIFE BY PROVIDING VOCATIONAL TRAINING IN THE PERFORMING ARTS — PRODUCING PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS AND TEACHERS IN MUSIC, DANCE AND DRAMA AND EXPERTS IN THE AREA OF TECHNICAL SERVICES.

+BY RAISING HONG KONG’S OWN PERFORMERS AND TEACHERS, THE ACADEMY WILL ENSURE AN ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF ARTISTIC TALENT AND COMPLEMENT THE PROGRAMME OF CULTURAL COMPLEXES BEING BUILT AROUND THE TERRITORY.*

HE ADDED THAT THE SPEED WITH WHICH THE PROJECT HAD BEEN REALISED REFLECTED THE RAPID DEVELOPMENT OF PERFORMING ARTS IN HONG KONG AND THE IMPORTANCE PLACED TODAY ON THE NEED TO NURTURE AND TRAIN YOUNG PERFORMERS OF TOMORROW.

MR LI SAID THE ACADEMY WOULD BE BUILT BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AS A PROJECT TO MARK ITS CENTENARY IN 1984 AND THE GOVERNMENT HAD AGREED TO MEET ITS RUNNING COSTS.

AFTER THE CEREMONY, HER ROYAL HIGHNESS, ACCOMPANIED BY THE GOVERNOR AND LADY YOUDE, AND MR LI, MET INFORMALLY SOME OF THE PEOPLE CONNECTED WITH THE PROJECT, INCLUDING MEMBERS OF THE PROJECT BOARD.

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CONTAINER PROJECT POINTS TO FAITH IN FUTURE* MACPHERSON *****

CONSTRUCTION OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST FREIGHT CONTAINER STATION AT KWAI CHUNG WAS AN INDICATION OF CONFIDENCE IN HONG KONG’S FUTURE, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR IAN MACPHERSON, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

HE SAID THIS WHEN OFFICIATING TODAY AT THE GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY OF THE Si.5 BILLION COMPLEX OF ASIA TERMINALS AT THE KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER TERMINAL.

+THE ACTUAL COMMENCEMENT OF WORK ON THIS HUGE COMPLEX, INVOLVING AS IT DOES A VERY SUBSTANTIAL FINANCIAL COMMITMENT, IS A CLEAR DEMONSTRATION OF CONFIDENCE IN THE CONTINUED LONG TERM STABILITY AND PROSPERITY OF HONG KONG AND ITS PEOPLE,+ tf? MACPHERSON SAID.

HE REMARKED THAT TODAY’S OCCASION MARKED ANOTHER STEP FORWARD IN THIS ^IMAGINATIVE AND EXCITING PROJECT*.

THE COMPLEX, WHEN COMPLETED, WOULD ENABLE MAXIMUM USE TO BE MADE OF PRECIOUS LAND RESOURCES IN THE CONTAINER PORT AREA, THUS ENABLING STORAGE TO BE INCREASED AND THROUGHPUT SPEEDED UP, HE ADDED.

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CAMPAIGN TO ENCOURAGE TUEN MUN RESIDENTS TO WORK LOCALLY ******

THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BILLY LAM, TODAY (THURSDAY) PRESIDED OVER THE OPENING OF A CAREER EXHIBITION TO ENCOURAGE MORE LOCAL WORKERS TO TAKE UP JOBS IN THE NEW TOWN.

THE AIM IS TO REVERSE THE CURRENT TREND WHERE MOST LOCAL RESIDENTS STILL WORK OUTSIDE THE DISTRICT WHILE THE MAJORITY CF LOCAL JOBS ARE BEING FILLED BY RESIDENTS FROM ELSEWHERE.

THE EXHIBITION, WHICH OUTLINES JOB PROSPECTS, SALARIES AND CAREERS OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE IN TUEN MUN, IS SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND LOCAL MANUFACTURERS.

MR LAM SAID THAT AN EARLIER SURVEY INDICATED THAT A SUBSTANTIAL PERCENTAGE OF THE WORKING POPULATION OF THE TOWN WAS STILL WORKING OUTSIDE THE DISTRICT WHILE THE MAJORITY OF WORKERS IN LOCAL FACTORIES CAME FROM OTHER PLACES.

+THIS HAS RESULTED IN EXTRA TRANSPORT AND TRAFFIC PROBLEMS, WITH RESIDENTS HAVING TO SPEND HOURS DAILY ON TIRING JOURNEYS TO THEIR PLACES OF WORK,* HE SAID.

+IT WILL ALSO ADVERSELY AFFECT THE LONG-TERM OBJECTIVE CF A SELF-CONTAINED TOWNSHIP IN THIS MORE DISTANT CORNER OF THE NORTH-WESTERN NEW TERRITORIES,* HE ADDED.

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MR LAM DESCRIBED THE EXHIBITION AS THE FIRST MAJOR ATTEMPT TO IMPROVE THE SITUATION BY INFORMING RESIDENTS OF AVAILABLE LOCAL JOB OPPORTUNITIES.

PARTICIPATING IN THE EXHIBITION ARE 12 LOCAL INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS, EACH PROVIDING INFORMATION ON JOBS AVAILABLE, SALARIES, CAREER PROSPECTS, AND REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS, USING PHOTOGRAPHS, CHARTS AND DIAGRAMS.

THE EXHIBITION IS BEING STAGED FOR SEVEN DAYS ON THE PODIUM CF THE YAU 01 ESTATE COMMERCIAL COMPLEX, AFTER WHICH IT WILL MOVE TO THE TUEN MUN RURAL COMMITTEE BUILDING, TAI HING ESTATE COMMUNITY HALL AND BUDDHIST WONG SEWAI MEMORIAL SCHOOL OF WU KING ESTATE FOR OTHER RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT. THE WHOLE EXHIBITION WILL LAST UNTIL NOVEMBER 15.

JOINING MR LAM AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WERE MR LAU WONG-FAT, CHAIRMAN OF THE TUEN MUN RURAL COMMITTEE, MR LEUNG LIT-CHEONG, SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER, AND UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD.

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DB TO DISCUSS NEW TRAFFIC MEASURES

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MEASURES TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC IN EAST TSIM SHA TSUI WILL BE CONSIDERED AT THE FIRST MEETING OF THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE MEETING IS TO BE HELD AT 3 PM IN THE ASSEMBLY HALL OF THE LUTHERAN MIDDLE SCHOOL. IT WILL BE PRECEDED BY A DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION EXHIBITION AT 2.30 PM.

THE BOARD WILL ALSO EXAMINE A PLAN TO BUILD A $13~MILLI0N FOOTBRIDGE AT THE JUNCTION OF CHATHAM AND GRANVILLE ROADS.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT REPORT WILL DRAW MEMBERS’ ATTENTION TO THE ACCESS REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DISABLED IN THE PLANNING OF DISTRICT FACILITIES.

OTHER ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION INCLUDE THE USE OF DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS, CLEARANCE OF SQUATTERS, INTRODUCTION OF +MEET THE PUBLIC+ SESSIONS, THE BOARD’S STANDING ORDERS, TERMS OF REFERENCE AND ESTABLISHMENT OF COMMITTEES.

THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD CONSISTS OF EIGHT OFFICIAL MEMBERS, EIGHT UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS AND TWO URBAN COUNCILLORS.

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BUSY AGENDA FOR TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD * * * *

THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS TOMORROW (FRIDAY) A WIDE RANGE OF PROPOSALS AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS FOR THE NEW TOWN.

THESE INCLUDE THE PROPOSED FARE INCREASE OF THE TUEN MUN TO CENTRAL HOVERFERRY SERVICE FROM $6 TO $7 AND A PLAN TO DEVELOP A 35-HECTARE RECLAIMED SITE IN CASTLE PEAK BAY INTO A RESIDENTIAL AND INDUSTRIAL AREA.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE BRIEFED ON MAJOR PROJECTS SCHEDULED TO COMMENCE BETWEEN FEBRUARY AND APRIL NEXT YEAR.

AMONG THEM ARE A FOOTBRIDGE ACROSS THE TUEN MUN NULLAH AND CASTLE PEAK ROAD, ROAD WIDENING PROJECTS , AND THE ADDITION OF THREE PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICES IN THE TOWN CENTRE.

MR R.C. SMALLSHAW AND MR D.G. WILLDAY OF THE STANDING CONFERENCE ON ROAD SAFETY AND MRS LEE LO YUK-SIM OF THE CONSUMER COUNCIL WILL ALSO ATTEND THE MEETING TO EXPLAIN THEIR WORK.

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ELECTION OF EMPLOYEES’ REPRESENTATIVES TO THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD * * * *

THE ANNUAL ELECTION OF EMPLOYEES’ REPRESENTATIVES TO THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD WILL TAKE PLACE BY SECRET BALLOT TOMORROW (FRIDAY) (OCTOBER 29) AT 10.30 AM AT THE SCHOOL HALL OF QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL, KOWLOON.

THE BOARD IS A NON-STATUTORY BODY WHICH ADVISES THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR ON MATTERS REFERRED TO IT BY HIM, INCLUDING LEGISLATION AND INTERNATIONAL LABOUR CONVENTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS. IT COMPRISES SIX EMPLOYERS’ REPRESENTATIVES AND SIX EMPLOYEES’ REPRESENTATIVES, WITH THE COMMISSIONER AS CHAIRMAN.

THREE OF THE EMPLOYEES’ REPRESENTATIVES ARE ELECTED BY REGISTERED EMPLOYEES’ UNIONS AND THE OTHER THREE ARE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT NINE CANDIDATES HAD BEEN NOMINATED FOR ELECTION AND THEIR NAMES HAD BEEN SENT TO ALL REGISTERED EMPLOYEES’ UNIONS FOR CONSIDERATION.

+A REGISTERED EMPLOYEES’ TRADE UNION WISHING TO VOTE SHOULD SEND A REPRESENTATIVE TO THE ELECTION. THE REPRESENTATIVE MUST BRING WITH HIM A LETTER OF AUTHORISATION FROM THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE CF HIS UNION AND A COPY OF THE CIRCULAR LETTER DATED OCTOBER 8, 1982 FROM THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT ON THE SUBJECT,* HE ADDED.

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CONTRACT FOR Pp LAM ROAD CONSTRUCTION AWARDED

THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT AWARDED A 329.6 MILLION CONTRACT TOpAY (THURSDAY) TO CHINA CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING CORPORATION FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SECTION OF THE NEW PO LAM ROAD TO PROVIDE ACCESS FROM KOWLOON TO JUNK BAY.

THE CONTRACT WAS SIGNED 'BY MR I.M. MILLER, CHIEF ENGINEER CF THE JUNK BAY DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE CORPORATION.

MR MILLER SAID THAT THIS WAS THE FIRST STEP IN A PROGRAMME FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW TOWN IN JUNK BAY UNDERTAKEN BY THE JUNK BAY DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

HE SAID THAT THE CONTRACT INCLUDED THE CONSTRUCTION OF ABOUT 1.2 KM OF SINGLE TWO-LANE CARRIAGEWAY FROM NEAR THE EASTERN END OF SAU MAU PING ROAD TO CONNECT WITH THE EXISTING ANDERSON ROAD NEAR MA YAU TONG.

♦CLIMBING LANES AND A FOOTPATH ON ONE SIDE WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED,+ HE ADDED.

WORK ON THE CONTRACT WILL START NEXT MONTH AND IS EXPECTED TO TAKE ABOUT 16 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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WALLA-WALLA FARE INCREASES * * * *

THE MAXIMUM HIRE CHARGES FOR WALLA-WALLAS WILL BE INCREASED FROM MONDAY (NOVEMBER 1).

THE INCREASES WILL BE 50 PER CENT FOR MOST OF THE HIRINGS ON TIME OR JOURNEY BASIS.

THE FARE FOR THE LATE NIGHT WALLA-WALLA SERVICE FROM KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER TO QUEEN’S PIER AND BLAKE PIER WILL ALSO BE INCREASED FROM S3 TO S4.5O.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT THE LAST INCREASE FOR WALLA-WALLA CHARGES WAS IN DECEMBER 1979.

HE ADDED THAT THE NEW RATES WERE INTRODUCED FOLLOWING LENGTHY DISCUSSIONS WITH THE HONG KONG AND KOWLOON MOTOR BOATS ASSOCIATION AND A DETAILED EXAMINATION OF THE FUTURE VIABILITY OF THE OPERATION CF WALLA-WALLA SERVICES AGAINST THE RISING OPERATION COSTS, PARTICULARLY FOR FUEL, WAGES, REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE.

DETAILS OF THE NEW CHARGES WILL BE DISPLAYED IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE IN EVERY LAUNCH AND AT THE WALLA-WALLA BOOKING OFFICES.

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PROMOTING MUSIC AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE * * *

THE SECOND YOUNG MUSIC-MAKERS’ TALENT QUEST TO PROMOTE INTEREST AND RAISE THE STANDARD OF MUSICAL COMPOSITION AND VOCAL PERFORMANCE AMONG HONG KONG YOUTHS WILL BE HELD FROM DECEMBER 1982 TO JANUARY 1983.

ORGANISED JOINTLY BY THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT, RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG AND THE COMPOSERS AND AUTHORS SOCIETY OF HONG KONG, THE TALENT QUEST IS OPEN TO ALL AMATEUR COMPOSERS AND SINGERS UNDER THE AGE OF 30 AND 25 RESPECTIVELY.

THE BEST COMPOSITIONS WILL BE PERFORMED BY THE HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA AND THE HONG KONG CHINESE ORCHESTRA, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MUSIC OFFICE SAID.

THE FINAL CONTEST WILL BE HELD ON JANUARY 22 NEXT YEAR AT TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL.

APPLICATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM ALL MUSIC CENTRES CF THE MUSIC OFFICE.

FOR ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CALL 5-282290, 5-283257.

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SEMINARS AND DEMONSTRATIONS ON PHYSICAL EDUCATION * * * * *

ALL TEACHERS OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THREE SEMINARS AND DEMONSTRATION LESSONS ORGANISED BY THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER.

♦ THE FIRST SEMINAR WILL INTRODUCE CURRICULUM PLANNING IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS WITH EMPHASIS ON THE TEACHING OF GAMES, WHILE THE OTHER TWO SEMINARS WILL FOCUS ON THE NEW SYLLABUSES ON PHYSICAL FITNESS AND CHINESE DANCE FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS,+ AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE THREE SEMINARS WILL BE CONDUCTED IN CANTONESE BY PHYSICAL EDUCATION INSPECTORS AND TEACHERS ON THREE CONSECUTIVE SATURDAY MORNINGS STARTING FROM NOVEMBER 20.

THE FIRST AND THIRD SEMINARS WILL BE HELD AT METHODIST COLLEGE, GASCOIGNE ROAD, KOWLOON, AND THE SECOND ONE AT QUEEN’S COLLEGE, CAUSEWAY ROAD, HONG KONG.

THOSE TEACHERS INTERESTED SHOULD SEND THEIR APPLICATIONS VIA THEIR SCHOOL HEADS TO THE PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR (PHYSICAL EDUCATION), EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 7TH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON NOT LATER THAN NOVEMBER 15.

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PARTIAL CLOSURE OF PRINCE EDWARD ROAD FLYOVER MH**

THE WESTBOUND TRAFFIC LANE ON PRINCE EDWARD ROAD FLYOVER LEADING FROM KOWLOON CITY INTERCHANGE TO PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WEST WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 9 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AND 7 AM ON SATURDAY FOR ROAD WORK.

HOWEVER, NORMAL TRAFFIC WILL BE MAINTAINED ON GROUND LEVEL ROADS.

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TRAFFIC RE-ROUTING IN TO KWA WAN

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MEI KING STREET BETWEEN KWEI CHOW STREET AND MEI KWONG STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE WAY SOUTHBOUND FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (OCTOBER 30) TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW IN THE AREA.

MEI KWONG STREET WILL ALSO BE RE-ROUTED ONE WAY FROM (*EI KING STREET TO KWE I CHOW STREET.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

WARM WELCOME FOR DUCHESS .................................... 1

LAW AGAINST DRUG SHIP COMBS INTO OPERATION NEXT JANUARY...... 2

NEW TAXI FARES .............................................. 3

PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR SEPTEMBER 1982 ................ 4

REMINDER TO SCHOOLS ON FUND-RAISING ACTIVITIES .............. 6

DRAFT TSIM SHA TSUI OUTLINE ZONING PLAN AMENDED ............. 7

WARM '.WELCOME FOR DISABLED ATHLETES ........................ 8

RE-INTRODUCTION OF BUS ONLY LANES IN MID-LEVELS ............. 9

TRUNK ROAD PROPOSED FOR NT .................................. 9

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES IN TSUEN WAN ........................ 10

PARTIAL CLOSURE OF FLYOVER .................................. 10

WATER CUT IN CENTRAL ........................................ 10

JUNE LABOUR FORCE FIGURES ................................... 11

IMPORTANCE OF TEXTILE INDUSTRY MANPOWER TRAINING STRESSED ... 12

LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS ELECTED ....................... 13

LABOUR LAW OFFENCES ......................................... 13

NT SERVICES DIRECTOR VISITS TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG........... 14

ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN SHSUNG WAN CLEARED .................... 15

HELPING THE SENIOR CITIZENS OF JONG TAI SIN ................. 15

FIGHT CRIME CHILDREN'S VARIETY SHOW.......................... 16

REMOTE CONTROL CAR RACE AT SHaM SHUI PO ..................... 16

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 1982

WARM WELCOME FOR DUCHESS * K M

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUCHESS OF KENT WAS GIVEN A WARM WELCOME BY CONVALESCING CHILDREN WHEN SHE VISITED THE DUCHESS CF KENT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AT SANDY BAY THIS MORNING.

ACCOMPANIED BY HER LADY IN WAITING, MRS PETER WILMOT-SITWELL, «R ROYAL HIGHNESS ARRIVED AT THE HOSPITAL, WHICH IS NAMED AFTER l€R, IN BRIGHT SUNNY WEATHER AND WAS GREETED BY THE HOSPITAL’S CHAIRMAN, MR BRIAN TISDALL, WHO PRESENTED EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ►EMBER MRS V. PETERSON, THE HOSPITAL’S MATRON, MRS P.Y. IU, THE HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATOR MRS I.L. GUNARATNAM, AND THE MEDICAL SUPERINTENDENT, DR LOUIS HSU.

BEFORE BEING TAKEN ON A TOUR OF THE VARIOUS FACILITIES IN THE HOSPITAL, THE DUCHESS WAS CONDUCTED TO THE BASKETBALL COURT WHERE SHE WAS GREETED BY SOME CHILDREN PERFORMING A DANCE OF WELCOME ON WHEEL-CHAIRS.

FROM THERE THE DUCHESS WENT TO THE RED CROSS SCHOOL, AND THEN TO THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY AND CHILD ASSESSMENT DEPARTMENT. SHE NEXT VISITED THE ORTHOPAEDIC APPLIANCE DEPARTMENT AND THEPHYSIOTHERAPY DEPARTMENT, AND SAW CHILDREN RECEIVING TREATMENT. ONE OF THE CHILDREN CAUGHT THE ATTENTION OF THE DUCHESS WHO WENT OVER AND CARRIED THE CHILD.

A YOUNG BOY DOING PHYSIOTHERAPY EXERCISE ON A MINI-TRAMPOLINE NEXT CAUGHT THE EYE OF THE DUCHESS, WHO WALKED OVER TO CHAT WITH HIM.

AT THE SWIMMING POOL NEXT DOOR, HER ROYAL HIGHNESS WATCHED MORE CHILDREN EXERCISING WITH THE AID OF FLOATS AND BENT OVER TO PLAY WITH ONE OF THEM.

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS SPENT MORE THAN AN HOUR WITH THE CHILDREN, AND THEN JOINED HOSPITAL STAFF AT LUNCH. THE DUCHESS CF KENT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, WHICH PROVIDES FREE TREATMENT, REHABILITATION AND SCHOOLING FOR DISABLED CHILDREN, IS ONE OF THE LARGEST OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD, AND THE ONLY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL IN HONG KONG.

IT HAS 200 BEDS, A LARGE OUT-PATIENT DEPARTMENT, A MODERN FULLY-EQUIPPED OPERATING THEATRE SUITE, A TWO-BEDDED INTENSIVE CARE UNIT WITH ELECTRONIC MONITORING DEVICES, FACILITIES FOR CARD I O-RESPIRATORY RESUSCITATION AND VENTILATORY SUPPORT, AND A PHARMACY.

IT WAS NAMED AFTER THE DUCHESS OF KENT IN FEBRUARY 1970 FOLLOWING A VISIT, WHEN HER ROYAL HIGHNESS WAS GREATLY IMPRESSED WITH THE SERVICES PROVIDED.

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LAW AGAINST DRUG SHIP COMES INTO OPERATION NEXT JANUARY ft ft ft ft

THE DANGEROUS DRUGS (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) ORDINANCE 1982, WHICH ENABLES THE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE MORE EFFECTIVE ACTION TO DETER TRAFFICKERS IN DANGEROUS DRUGS FROM USING OCEAN-GOING SHIPS TO CARRY ON THEIR NEFARIOUS TRADE, WILL COME INTO OPERATION ON JANUARY 15 NEXT YEAR.

THE EFFECTIVE OPERATION DATE OF THE ORDINANCE, WHICH WAS PASSED INTO LAW ON JULY 14, 1982, IS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

UNDER THE ORDINANCE, SANCTIONS OF A MAXIMUM FINE OF S5 MILLION COULD BE IMPOSED ON THE OWNERS OR MASTERS OF SHIPS IN WHICH EXCESSIVE QUANTITIES OF DANGEROUS DRUGS HAVE BEEN FOUND ON AT LEAST TWO OCCASIONS WITHIN 18 MONTHS, AND IF THE PENALTY IMPOSED BY THE COURT IS NOT PAID, THE SHIP MAY BE FORFEITED TO THE CROWN.

QUANTITIES*, AS DEFINED UNDER THE ORDINANCE

♦EXCESSIVE QUANTITIES*, AS DEFINED UNDER THE ORDINANCE, ARE 3 000 GRAMS OF OPIUM OR CANNABIS OR 500 GRAMS OF ANY OTHER

DANGEROUS DRUGS

BEFORE THE ENACTMENT OF THE NEW LEGISLATION ON JULY 14 THIS YEAR, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THAT THE LAW WOULD COME INTO OPERATION SIX MONTHS AFTER ITS ENACTMENT SO AS TO GIVE SHIP OWNERS AND MASTERS A GRACE PERIOD TO TAKE WHATEVER ACTION THEY DEEM NECESSARY.

TO HELP OWNERS AND SHIP OFFICERS ASSURE THAT THEIR SHIPS ARE NOT BEING USED AS VEHICLES FOR ILLICIT DRUG IMPORTATION, THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE, THE NARCOTICS DIVISION OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT AND THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES HAVE JOINTLY PRODUCED A GUIDE BOOK.

ENTITLED ^DETECTION OF DRUG SMUGGLING ON SHIPS*, THE GUIDE BOOK CONTAINS ADVICE AND INFORMATION ON THE TYPES OF DRUGS ABUSE IN HONG KONG, AND HOW DRUGS ARE CONCEALED ON BOARD SHIPS.

THE COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SAID IN HIS FOREWARD TO THE GUIDE BOOKi ^ALTHOUGH MUCH HAS BEEN ACHIEVED IN THE LAST TEN YEARS, THERE ARE STILL LARGE NUMBERS OF ADDICTS IN HONG KONG, AND WE HAVE A CONTINUING RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT THE TRAFFICKERS’ PLANS TO SUPPLY THEM ARE FRUSTRATED, AND THAT THE CRIMINALS CONCERNED ARE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE.*

♦AS THE SEA ROUTES PRESENT A READY MEANS OF INTRODUCING ILLICIT DRUGS INTO HONG KONG, I WOULD COMMEND THE CONTENTS OF THIS BOOKLET TO ALL OFFICERS ON ALL SHIPS COMING INTO THIS PORT,+ HE ADDED.

COPIES OF THE GUIDE BOOK HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED TO ALL SHIPPING COMPANIES AND OFFICERS OF OCEAN-GOING VESSELS CALLING HONG KONG.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 1982

NEW TAXI FARES * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT NEW TAXI FARES WILL COME INTO

TODAY REMINDED THE PUBLIC THAT THE EFFECT ON SUNDAY (OCTOBER 31).

THE NEW FARES, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 12.5 PER CENT FOR URBAN TAXI CHARGES AND 25 PER CENT FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS, WILL APPLY TO ALL JOURNEYS BEGINNING AFTER 12.01 AM THAT MORNING.

AT THE SAME TIME, WHEN MAKING TRIPS THROUGH THE LION ROCK AND ABERDEEN TUNNELS TAXI DRIVERS MAY NOW CHARGE THE PASSENGER THE APPROPRIATE TUNNEL TOLL ONLY ONCE AND NOT TWICE AS LAID DOWN PREVIOUSLY.

THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEW FARE SCALE WILL INVOLVE THE RECALIBRATION OR REPLACEMENT OF ALL EXISTING TAXI METERS AND THIS IS EXPECTED TO TAKE AT LEAST SIX MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

DURING THE INTERIM PERIOD, CONVERSION TABLES SHOWING THE APPROPRIATE FARES WILL BE DISPLAYED IN ALL TAXIS.

IN THE URBAN AREA, THE NEW FLAGFALL WILL BE $4.50 FOR THE FIRST TWO KILOMETRES (AT PRESENT $4), AND THE SUBSEQUENT RATE WILL BE 90 CENTS FOR EVERY 0.4 KILOMETRE, COMPARED WITH THE EXISTING FARE OF 50 CENTS FOR EVERY 0.25 KILOMETRE.

AS FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS, THE FLAGFALL FARE WILL BE INCREASED FROM $2.40 TO $3, FOR THE FIRST TWO KILOMETRES. SUBSEQUENT CHARGES WILL BE 30 CENTS FOR EVERY 0.2 KILOMETRE INSTEAD OF 0.25 KILOMETRE.

HOWEVER, THE ADDITIONAL FARES FOR BAGGAGES, ANIMALS AND BIRDS WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED.

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PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR SEPTEMBER 1982

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY PUBLISHED THE PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR HONG KONG’S VISIBLE TRADE IN SEPTEMBER 1982.

THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS FOR SEPTEMBER WAS $10 940 MILLION, MADE UP OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF $7 218 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS OF S3 722 MILLION.

WITH IMPORTS AT SU 826 MILLION, THE VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT FOR SEPTEMBER WAS S886 MILLION.

COMPARING THE THIRD QUARTER OF THIS YEAR WITH THE THIRD QUARTER OF LAST YEAR, THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS INCREASED BY $360 MILLION OR ONE PER CENT, COMPRISING INCREASES OF $133 MILLION CR ONE PER CENT FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND $227 MILLION OR TWO PER CENT FOR RE-EXPORTS.

THE VALUE OF IMPORTS ALSO INCREASED BY $489 MILLION OR ONE PER CENT.

GIVEN THAT THE GROWTH RATE OF THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS WAS COMPARABLE TO THAT OF IMPORTS ALTHOUGH BOTH HAVE BEEN SLOWING DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY, THE VISIBLE TRADE GAP AT SIX PER CENT IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF THIS YEAR WAS ROUGHLY THE SAME AS IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1981.

COMMENTING ON THE TRADE FIGURES, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT INFLUENCED BY THE WORLD RECESSION AND THE DELAY IN THE RECOVERY OF THE ECONOMIES OF HONG KONG’S MAIN EXPORT MARKETS, HONG KONG’S EXPORT PERFORMANCE REMAINED WEAK. THE GROWTH RATE OF ONE PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS RECORDED FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN THE THIRD QUARTER WAS LOWER THAN THE GROWTH RATE OF SIX PER CENT IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR. THERE WAS, AT THE SAME TIME, NO SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN THE IMPORT BILL.

PUTTING THE SEPTEMBER TRADE FIGURES INTO CONTEXT, THE GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID, THE VALUES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS IN THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF 1982 WERE FOUR PER CENT AND SEVEN PER CENT RESPECTIVELY HIGHER THAN IN THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD OF 1981.

THE GROWTH RATE OF THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS, AT FIVE PER CENT, WAS SLIGHTLY FASTER THAN THAT OF IMPORTS, AT FOUR PER CENT. IN CONSEQUENCE, THE VISIBLE TRADE GAP NARROWED SLIGHTLY TO 11 PER CENT COMPARED WITH 12 PER CENT IN THE SAME PERIOD OF 1981.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 1982

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PRESS RELEASE TRADE F1OCRES TOR SEPTDffiEl, 19&2

Th* Census and Statistics De parts ent merchandise trade figurea for Septeaberi-

has released the following provisional

KERCHAITDISE: Donestic Exports « 1 7,218 Billion

Re-exports 1 1 3,722 Billion

Total Exports l S10,9*0 million

Inporta 1 111.826 million

Trade balance 1 1 886 million (la deficit)

COMPARATIVE PIOURES

Lat^t ) ncnthe July-September 1982 July-September Increase or

S Mo. 1 Mn. i

Donastio Exports 22,618 22, *85 ♦ 153 ♦ 0.6

Re-exports 10,90* 10.677 ♦ 227 * 2.1

Total Exports 33,522 33,162 ♦ 360 ♦ 1.1

Inparts 35,727 »,2J« ♦ *89 ♦ !.*

Trade balance - 2,205 - 2,076 - 129

Septan ber September Increase or

Sana non th last year 1982 S Ka. -ffi- decrease rita.- y

Domestic Exports 7,218 7,659 - **1 - 5.8

(% of Total Exports) (66.00 (66.60

Re-exports 3,722 3.836 - 11* - 3.0

Total Exports 10,9*0 11.*95 - 555 - *.8

Inports 11,826 11,710 ♦ 116 ♦ 1.0

Trade balance - 886 - 215 - 671

Last month September 1982 August Increase or

1 Mn. t Ma. %

Denos tie Exports 7,218 7,7*2 >52* - 6.8

(% of Total Exports) (66.00 (68.230

Re- exports 3,722 3,613 ♦ 109 *3.0

Total Exports 10,9*0 11,355 - *15 - >.?

Inporta 11,826 11,585 ♦ 2*3 ♦ 2.1

Trade balanoe - 886 - 228 - 658

Jan.-September

Calendar year to-date 1982 1981 decrease

8 Ma. 1 Ma. I Ma.' ' i

Donsatic Exporta 60,**5 58,089 ♦ 2,356 ♦ *.l

(M of Total Exporta) (65.230 C65.&0

Re-exports 32,321 30,213 ♦ 2,108 ♦ 7.0

Total Exporta 92,766 88.302 ♦ *.*6* ♦ 5.1

Imports 10*,**5 100,859 ♦ 3,586 ♦ 3.6

Trade balance - 11,679 - 12,557 ♦ 878

October 1981 October 1980

to to lacreeee or

Last 12 nonths September 1982 Septeaber 1981 decrease

1 Ka. 8 Ma. i Ma. %

Donestic Exports 82,779 76,327 ♦ 6.1(52 ♦ «.5

Re-exports *3.8*7 39,156 ♦ *,691 ♦ 12.0

Total Exports 126,626 M5.MJ ♦ 11,1*3 ♦ 9.6

Imports 1*1.961 132,582 ♦ 9,379 ♦ 7.1

Trade balance - 15,335 -17,099 ♦ 1.76*

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 1982

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REMINDER TO SCHOOLS ON FUND-RAISING ACTIVITIES

M * * * X

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TODAY REMINDED SCHOOLS OF CERTAIN RULES AND REGULATIONS GOVERNING FUND-RAISING ACTIVITIES IN SCHOOLS.

IN A CIRCULAR TO SCHOOLS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE ONLY FUND-RAISING ACTIVITIES PERMITTED IN SCHOOLS ARE THE ANNUAL CAMPAIGNS OF THE HONG KONG TUBERCULOSIS AND THORACIC DISEASES ASSOCIATION AND THE COMMUNITY CHESTj AND COLLECTIONS ORGANISED FOR SPECIALLY APPROVED SCHOOL OR CHARITABLE PURPOSES.

CERTAIN PERMITS AND LICENCES WILL HAVE TO BE OBTAINED WHEN ORGANISING PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT SUCH AS CONCERTS, STAGE PLAYS, FILM SHOWS, STAGE PERFORMANCES, MUSIC, DRAMATIC OR THEATRICAL ENTERTAINMENT, BAZAAR OR OTHER ACTIVITIES IN CONNECTION WITH APPROVED FUND-RAISING CAMPAIGNS.

♦A PERMIT MUST BE OBTAINED FROM THE COMMISSIONER FOR TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING TO ADVERTISE, PRESENT OR CARRY ON SUCH PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT, AND A LICENCE FROM THE LICENCING AUTHORITY (URBAN COUNCIL FOR THE URBAN AREAS, AND THE DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES) MUST ALSO BE OBTAINED TO KEEP OR USE ANY PLACE OF PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT, + THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

IN ADDITION A COPY OF THE APPLICATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE.

SPECIAL PERMISSION FROM THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE IS ALSO REQUIRED IF THE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE SELLING OF LIQUOR, THE USE OF STARTING PISTOLS, OR SHOOTING STALLS WHICH USE AIR RIFLES.

IF SCHOOLS WISH TO PUBLICISE THE EVENT WITH BILLS OR POSTERS, THEY ARE ADVISED TO OBSERVE THE SECTION OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES ORDINANCE REGARDING THE DISPLAY OF BILLS OR POSTERS.

PERMISSION MUST BE OBTAINED FROM THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE BEFORE ANY WALKATHON CAN BE HELD. A PERMIT FROM THE COMMISSIONER FOR TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING IS ALSO REQUIRED IF THE EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

A STATEMENT OF RECEIPTS, EXPENSES AND DISPOSAL OF NET PROCEEDS SHALL BE SUBMITTED TO THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION FOR REFERENCE WITHIN TWO MONTHS AFTER THE ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN COMPLETED.

♦ALL FUND-RAISING ACTIVITIES MUST BE ON AN ENTIRELY FREE AND VOLUNTARY BASIS, AND IN COMMUNICATIONS TO PARENTS THERE MUST BE NO SUGGESTION THAT A STUDENT’S OR APPLICANT’S STANDING IS IN ANY WAY RELATED TO THE CONTRIBUTIONS THE PARENTS MIGHT MAKE, NOR SHOULD ANY PARTICULAR AMOUNT BE SUGGESTED,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 1982

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DRAFT TSIM SHA TSUI OUTLINE ZONING PLAN AMENDED *****

THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD TODAY (FRIDAY) ANNOUNCED FURTHER AMENDMENTS TO THE DRAFT TSIM SHA TSUI OUTLINE ZONING PLAN.

ONE OF THE MAIN AMENDMENTS INVOLVES THE MERGING OF THE TWO PLANNING AREAS COVERED BY DRAFT TSIM SHA TSUI OUTLINE ZONING PLAN ISSUED ON MAY 18, 1979 AND DRAFT TSIM SHA TSUI OUTLINE ZONING PLAN (PART) ISSUED ON JANUARY 27, 1978.

THIS MEANS THAT THE ENTIRE TSIM SHA TSUI AREA WILL NOW BE COVERED BY ONE SINGLE OUTLINE ZONING PLAN INSTEAD OF TWO.

ANOTHER AMENDMENT INVOLVES THE ZONING OF THE PROPOSED RECLAMATION TO THE NORTHWEST OF HARBOUR CITY DEVELOPMENT TOGETHER WITH THE ADJACENT PIERS FOR GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTION AND COMMUNITY USES.

THIS AREA WILL PROVIDE A POSSIBLE SITE FOR THE +CHINA PASSENGER FERRY TERMINAL.*

THE REST OF THE AMENDMENTS CONCERN THE DESIGNATION OF VARIOUS SITES FOR +OTHER SPECIFIED USES*, SUCH AS THE +CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL TOLL PLAZA AREA*, +PRIVATE SPORTS AND RECREATION CLUB* AND ADJUSTMENT OF ZONING BOUNDARIES.

PROPOSALS WERE ALSO MADE TO REVISE THE SCHEDULE OF NOTES CF THE PLAN.

THE AMENDED PLAN MAY BE INSPECTED AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING ENTRANCE I THE TOWN PLANNING DIVISION OF THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, 17TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, AND THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT OFFICE, TSIM SHA TSUI SUB-OFFICE, 40 CARNARVON ROAD, GROUND FLOOR, TSIM SHA TSUI.

OBJECTIONS TO THE AMENDMENTS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY, TOWN PLANNING BOARD, C/0 LANDS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

COPIES OF THE DRAFT PLAN ARE AVAILABLE AT THE SURVEY DIVISION OF THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, 5TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, AT 110 FOR AN UNCOLOURED COPY AND $60 PER COLOURED COPY.

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WARM WELCOME FOR DISABLED ATHLETES * * * *

RESIDENTS OF SHA TIN HAVE PREPARED A WARM WELCOME FOR THE 800 ATHLETES OF THE FAR EAST AND SOUTH PACIFIC GAMES FOR THE DISABLED (FESPIC) WHICH WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED BY THE DUKE OF KENT AT THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE ON SUNDAY (OCTOBER 31).

A 20—PAGE SHOPPING GUIDE, A CHINESE BANQUET OF 100 TABLES AND TWO NIGHTS OF ENTERTAINMENT HAVE BEEN ARRANGED TO GREET THE SPORTSMEN WHO WILL SPEND THE NEXT 10 DAYS IN SHA TIN.

ON THE EVE OF THE FESPIC’S OPENING TOMORROW (SATURDAY), ALL THE ATHLETES HAVE BEEN INVITED TO A CHINESE DINNER PARTY HOSTED BY THE SHA TIN COMMUNITY.

♦MORE THAN 100 TEACHERS FROM LOCAL SCHOOLS HAVE VOLUNTEERED TO ACT AS INTERPRETERS AT THE DINNER SO THAT NON-ENGLISH SPEAKING PEOPLE CAN MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE SPORTSMEN,♦ SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE.

THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE AND ASIA TELEVISION WILL PROVIDE THE ATHLETES WITH TWO NIGHTS OF ENTERTAINMENT SHOWS ON MONDAY (NOVEMBER 1) AND WEDNESDAY (NOVEMBER 3).

THE FIRST NIGHT’S PROGRAMME, TO BE HELD AT THE OPEN SPACE CF MEI LAM ESTATE, FEATURES KUNG FU DEMONSTRATIONS, LION AND UNICORN DANCES, TRADITIONAL CHINESE DANCES, AND SINGING.

ADMISSION IS FREE AND RESIDENTS OF MEI LAM ARE WELCOME TO JOIN IN.

ON WEDNESDAY, ATV WILL STAGE A TWO-HOUR SHOW AT THE SHA TIN CARITAS SOCIAL CENTRE, FEATURING ATV ARTISTES, INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL SINGERS, TOGETHER WITH THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD CHILDREN’S CHOIR. ADMISSION WILL BE BY INVITATION ONLY.

THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE IS ISSUING A BILINGUAL ♦WO CHE COMMERCIAL COMPLEX SHOPPING GUIDE* TO ASSIST ATHLETES IN THEIR SHOPPING.

THE SPOKESMAN URGED THE PEOPLE OF SHA TIN TO OFFER THE DISABLED SPORTSMEN A HELPING HAND.

AN ACCESS EXHIBITION IS BEING HELD AT THE WO CHE COMMERCIAL COMPLEX DURING THE EIGHT-DAY GAMES PERIOD.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 1982

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RE-INTRODUCT I ON OF BUS ONLY LANES IN MID-LEVELS *****

BUS ONLY LANES RESTRICTIONS IN THE MID-LEVELS WHICH HAVE BEEN LIFTED DURING SIX PUBLIC AND GENERAL HOLIDAYS EARLIER THIS MONTH ON A TRIAL BASIS WILL BE RE-IMPOSED THIS SUNDAY (OCTOBER 31)

THE BUS ONLY LANES ARE ON CAINE ROAD WESTBOUND; BONHAM ROAD WESTBOUND BETWEEN PARK ROAD AND CAINE ROAD; AND PARK ROAD EASTBOUND BETWEEN BONHAM ROAD AND LYTTELTON ROAD.

MOTORISTS ARE REMINDED NOT TO ENTER THE BUS LANES EVEN ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

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TRUNK ROAD PROPOSED FOR NT

*****

THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT PROPOSES TO CONSTRUCT A 12-KILOMETRE LONG DUAL THREE-LANE TRUNK ROAD FROM AU TAU TO FAN KAM ROAD AS PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROUTE PROJECT.

SERVICE ROADS LINKED TO THE TRUNK ROAD BY GRADE-SEPARATED INTERSECTIONS AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS WILL BE CONSTRUCTED TO CATER FOR LOCAL ACCESS TRAFFIC.

THE PROPOSAL ALSO INCLUDES THE CONSTRUCTION OF 17 FOOTBRIDGES AND UNDERPASSES FOR PEDESTRIANS TO CROSS THE TRUNK ROAD.

A NOTICE CONCERNING THE PROPOSAL WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

A PLAN SHOWING THE PROPOSED PROJECTS CAN BE SEEN AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING MAIN ENTRANCE; THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE (NORTH) AND THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE, OLD DISTRICT OFFICE BUILDING, TAI PO MARKET; AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE (YUEN LONG), THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE, AND THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BRANCH OFFICE, YUEN LONG, THE NEW TERRITORIES.

OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL MUST BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS WITHIN 60 DAYS.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 1982

10

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES IN TSUEN WAN

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SHEK WAI KOK VEHICULAR UNDERPASS IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 12.01 AM AND 6 AM ON SUNDAY (OCTOBER 31) FOR MAINTENANCE OF THE LIGHTING.

DURING THE CLOSURE, TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA CHEUNG PEI SHAN INTERCHANGE.

MEANWHILE, THE SOUTHBOUND SECTION OF KWU HANG ROAD BETWEEN SHA TSUI ROAD AND WANG WO TSAI STREET WILL ALSO BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 8 PM ON SUNDAY (OCTOBER 31) UNTIL 6 AM THE NEXT DAY FOR THE INSTALLATION OF TRAFFIC LIGHTS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA HAM TIN STREET.

PARTIAL CLOSURE OF FLYOVER

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THE WESTBOUND TRAFFIC LANE ON PRINCE EDWARD ROAD FLYOVER LEADING FROM KOWLOON CITY INTERCHANGE TO PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WEST WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR AN ADDITIONAL PERIOD FOR ROAD WORK.

THE PERIOD IS BETWEEN 9 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AND 7 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

HOWEVER, NORMAL TRAFFIC WILL BE MAINTAINED ON GROUND LEVEL ROADS.

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WATER CUT IN CENTRAL * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN THE CENTRAL DISTRICT WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM ON MONDAY (NOVEMBER 1) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR A LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY MURRAY ROAD, QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL, PEDDER STREET AND SEA FRONT, INCLUDING THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, CONNAUGHT CENTRE AND CITY HALL.

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JUNE LABOUR FORCE FIGURES

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THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR JUNE 1982 WAS 3.4 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH 3.5 PER CENT ESTIMATED IN MARCH 1982 AND 3.1 PER CENT ESTIMATED IN DECEMBER 1981, ALL THREE FIGURES USING THE DEFINITIONS OF THE LABOUR FORCE SURVEY.

THE INCREASE OF 0.3 PERCENTAGE POINT IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE BETWEEN DECEMBER 1981 AND JUNE 1982 WAS STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT, WHEREAS THE DECREASE OF 0.1 PERCENTAGE POINT IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE BETWEEN MARCH 1982 AND JUNE 1982 WAS NOT STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT.

THERE ARE, HOWEVER, INDICATIONS FROM THE MONTHLY GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY THAT THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HAS BEEN ON THE INCREASE SINCE JUNE.

IN COMMENTING UPON THESE FIGURES, THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS SAID THAT BECAUSE THE PROPORTION OF FIRSTTIME JOB-SEEKERS (PEOPLE WHO HAVE JUST LEFT SCHOOL) VARIES FROM MONTH TO MONTH, THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE SHOULD BE USED IN MAKING COMPARISONS WITH THE FIGURES FOR EARLIER PERIODS.

THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR JUNE 1982 WAS OBTAINED FROM A SAMPLE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT IN THE PERIOD MAY TO JULY 1982.

THE SURVEY ALSO PROVIDED INFORMATION ON EMPLOYMENT.

THE ESTIMATED NUMBER OF EMPLOYED PERSONS IN JUNE 1982 WAS 2 401 800, WHICH WAS NOT SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFERENT FROM THE MARCH 1982 FIGURE OF 2 399 800.

IN JUNE, OVER 90 PER CENT OF THE EMPLOYED POPULATION WORKED 35 HOURS OR MORE A WEEK.

AS AN INDICATOR OF UNDEREMPLOYMENT, THE PROPORTION OF EMPLOYED PERSONS WORKING LESS THAN 30 HOURS A WEEK WAS SEVEN PER CENT IN JUNE, COMPARED WITH 12 PER CENT IN MARCH 1982.

THE MARCH FIGURE WAS, HOWEVER, DISTORTED BY SEASONAL FACTORS SINCE THE SURVEY PERIOD, FEBRUARY TO APRIL, COVERED THE LONG HOLIDAYS OF THE CHINESE NEW YEAR AND EASTER.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS DREW ATTENTION TO THE SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT DEFINITIONS USED IN THE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY COMPARED WITH THOSE USED IN THE LABOUR FORCE SURVEY.

IN THE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY, PERSONS AGED 15 AND OVER WHO WERE NOT IN EMPLOYMENT BUT WERE AVAILABLE FOR WORK AND WERE SEEKING WORK IN THE SEVEN DAYS BEFORE ENUMERATION WERE CLASSIFIED AS UNEMPLOYED.

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THOSE CLASSIFIED AS +UNEMPLOYED+ ALSO INCLUDED PEOPLE WHO H£RE WAITING TO TAKE UP A NEW JOB; OR WHO HAD TEMPORARILY BEEN LAID OFF WORK WITHOUT PAY; OR WHO WERE AVAILABLE FOR WORK, BUT WERE NOT ACTUALLY LOOKING FOR WORK BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT THAT THERE WAS NONE TO BE HAD OR BECAUSE THEY WERE TEMPORARILY

ACCORDING TO THE DEFINITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT USED IN THE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY, THERE WERE 85 800 UNEMPLOYED PERSONS IN HONG KONG IN JUNE 1982, REPRESENTING 3.4 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL LABOUR FORCE. AFTER ADJUSTMENT FOR SEASONAL EFFECTS, THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WAS 3.3 PER CENT COMPARED WITH 3.4 PER CENT ON THE LABOUR FORCE SURVEY DEFINITION.

THE COMMISSIONER SAID THAT COPIES OF THE REPORT ON THE MAY TO JULY 1982 GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY MAY BE BOUGHT FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING.

HE ADDED THAT SIMILAR INFORMATION ON EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT WILL BE PUBLISHED AT REGULAR THREE-MONTHLY INTERVALS.

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IMPORTANCE OF TEXTILE INDUSTRY MANPOWER TRAINING STRESSED

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THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY WILL REMAIN A MAJOR LOCAL INDUSTRY VITAL TO HONG KONG’S ECONOMY BECAUSE IT PROVIDES RELIABLE AND NECESSARY SUPPORT TO THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY, IT IS STATED IN THE REPORT ON THE SIXTH MANPOWER SURVEY OF THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD.

THE REPORT POINTS OUT THAT MANPOWER TRAINING SHOULD NOT BE hEGLECTED DURING THE CURRENT ECONOMIC DOWNTURN BECAUSE OF THE LONG LEAD TIME NEEDED TO TRAIN COMPETENT TECHNOLOGISTS, TECHNICIANS AND CRAFTSMEN.

THE REPORT, ON SALE AT $31 A COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES CENTRE, CONTAINS FINDINGS OF A SURVEY CONDUCTED IN OCTOBER 1981, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AND THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

IT CONTAINS INFORMATION, IN CHINESE AND ENGLISH, ON THE EMPLOYMENT STRUCTURE OF THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY, THE NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES IN EACH PRINCIPAL JOB, A FORECAST OF THE TRAINING NEEDS CF THE INDUSTRY AND RECOMMENDS MEASURES TO COPE WITH THE NEEDS.

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LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS ELECTED

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THREE EMPLOYEES’ UNION MEMBERS WERE ELECTED TODAY (FRIDAY) AS EMPLOYEES’ REPRESENTATIVES TO BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR AS MEMBERS OF THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD FOR THE YEAR 1983.

THEY ARE MR POON CH I-CH I NG OF HONG KONG AND KOWLOON LITHOGRAPHIC WORKERS UNION, MR SZETO WAH OF HONG KONG PROFESSIONAL TEACHERS’ UNION AND MR WONG WAI-HUNG OF ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENT LAND AND ENGINEERING SURVEYING OFFICERS.

THE ELECTION - HELD BY SECRET BALLOT AT THE SCHOOL HALL OF QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL, KOWLOON - WAS SUPERVISED BY OFFICERS OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

THE BOARD IS A NON-STATUTORY BODY WHICH ADVISES THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR ON MATTERS REFERRED TO IT BY HIM, INCLUDING LEGISLATION AND INTERNATIONAL LABOUR CONVENTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS. IT COMPRISES SIX EMPLOYERS’ REPRESENTATIVES AND SIX EMPLOYEES’ REPRESENTATIVES, WITH THE COMMISSIONER AS CHAIRMAN.

THREE OF THE EMPLOYEES’ REPRESENTATIVES ARE ELECTED BY REGISTERED EMPLOYEES’ UNIONS AND THE OTHER THREE ARE DIRECTLY APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR.

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LABOUR LAW OFFENCES * * M

CONVICTIONS WERE RECORDED IN 852 PROSECUTIONS BROUGHT LAST MONTH BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT FOR BREACH OF LABOUR LAWS. AND FINES IMPOSED TOTALLED $928 000.

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 PRESONS (INDUSTRY) REGULATIONS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

CASES CONCERNING VIOLATIONS OF SAFETY REGULATIONS TOTALLED 323, WITH $624 850 IN FINES. THESE INCLUDED 156 CASES (WITH 1225 100 IN FINES) FOR BREACH OF THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (GUARDING AND OPERATION OF MACHINERY) REGULATIONS AND 72 CASES (WITH $259 600 IN FINES) FOR BREACH OF THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS.

CASES RELATING TO BREACHES OF THE WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS (INDUSTRY) REGULATIONS ACCOUNTED FOR 455 WITH $250 400 IN FINES.

OF THE OTHER PROSECUTIONS, 23 CASES WERE RELATED TO FAILURE TO KEEP RECORDS OF EMPLOYEES, LEADING TO $13 350 IN FINE.

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NT SERVICES DIRECTOR VISITS TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG

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THE NEWLY-APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, ffl JOHN HEYWOOD, TODAY CALLED AT TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG IN THE FIRST OF A SERIES OF VISITS TO ACQUAINT HIMSELF WITH THE SERVICES ADMINISTERED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (NORTH REGION) CF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR BOWEN LEUNG, AND SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT OF NORTH REGION OF THE NTSD, MR ARTHUR JOHNSON.

MR HEYWOOD WENT FIRST TO TUEN MUN, WHERE HE HAD A BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE TUEN MUN TOWN CENTRE ON THE ROOF OF A HIGH-RISE BUILDING.

HE WAS BRIEFED BY THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER, MR YUE KAI-CHIU, ON THE WORK IN PROVIDING FOR A FULL RANGE OF URBAN SERVICES FOR THE 190 000 RESIDENTS OF THIS RAPIDLY GROWING NEW TOWN, AND PLANS FOR NEW PROJECTS IN THE PIPELINE FOR THE FUTURE.

HE THEN TOURED THE DISTRICT AND VISITED THE TANG SHIU KIN SPORTS GROUND, THE NEW SAN HUI MARKET WHICH WILL BE OPENING SHORTLY, AND OTHER FACILITIES.

GOING ON TO YUEN LONG, MR HEYWOOD WAS BRIEFED BY THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER OF YUEN LONG, MR PONG KIN-HONG, ON VARIOUS SERVICES AND FACILITIES BEING PROVIDED BY THE NTSD FOR THE 120 000 PEOPLE LIVING IN THE DISTRICT.

AT YUEN LONG STADIUM, MR HEYWOOD SAW WORK NOW IN PROGRESS FOR THE PROVISION OF A NEW COVERED STAND WHICH WILL ACCOMMODATE 2 000 SPECTATORS, IN ADDITION TO THE EXISTING UNCOVERED 3 000 SEATS.

FROM THERE, MR HEYWOOD WENT TO THE YUEN LONG PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL AND VIEWED THE $31 MILLION PROJECT, WHERE WORK IS NEARLY COMPLETED.

FINALLY, MR HEYWOOD VISITED THE WORK SITE OF TAI KIU MARKET, WHICH WILL HOUSE MORE THAN 400 STALLS, A DISTRICT LIBRARY, TWO SQUASH COURTS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICES.

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ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN

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SHEUNG WAN CLEARED *

THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE TODAY CLEARED 10 ILLEGAL STRUCTURES AND SHOP EXTENSIONS IN THE HOLLYWOOD ROAD AREA IN SHEUNG WAN.

THE CLEARANCE, WHICH AIMS AT IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT, IS A CONTINUATION OF AN OPERATION CO-ORDINATED BY THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION WITH THE INVOLVEMENT OF OTHER RELEVANT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS LAUNCHED EARLY THIS YEAR.

THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD HAS ALSO RECOMMENDED TO TAKE STRICTER STREET MANAGEMENT ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS IN THE URBAN RENEWAL PILOT SCHEME AREA BOUNDED BY HOLLYWOOD ROAD, SHING WONG STREET AND QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL.

IN THIS CONNECTION, FURTHER CLEARANCE OPERATION WILL BE EXTENDED TO THE REMAINING PART OF THE AREA IN THE NEAR FUTURE, A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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HELPING THE SENIOR CITIZENS OF WONG TAI SIN * * X *

THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD IS SPONSORING A FIVE-MONTH PROGRAMME OF HEALTH EDUCATION FOR SENIOR CITIZENS LIVING IN THE DISTRICT’S SOUTHERN AND EASTERN SUB-DISTRICTS, STARTING TOMORROW.

THE PROGRAMME WILL PROVIDE MEDICAL CHECK-UPS, TALKS AND LECTURES BY SPECIALISTS, A HEALTH EDUCATION EXHIBITION AND SLIDE SHOWS ALONG WITH A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES AND OUTINGS TAILORED TO THE NEEDS OF THE OVER-65 IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY FROM NOW UNTIL MARCH NEXT YEAR.

THE EVENT HAS BEEN JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CHOI WAN SUB-OFFICE, CHOI WAN AREA COMMITTEE, CHOI HUNG AREA COMMITTEE AND NGAU TSUEN AREA COMMITTEE IN EASTERN SUB-DISTRICT.

ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS STELLA FAN, WITH THREE RECENTLY ELECTED DB MEMBERS MR LIU KOON-SHING, MR YUEN CHAU AND YEUNG CHIU-MING, WILL OFFICIATE AT TOMORROW’S OPENING

CEREMONY AT 1.3C PM AT CHING SHAN PRIMARY SCHOOL IN LUK LAU AVENUE, CHOI HUNG ESTATE.

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FIGHT CRIME CHILDREN’S VARIETY SHOW *****

A FIGHT CRIME CHILDREN’S VARIETY SHOW WILL BE HELD AT THE CHATER ROAD PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT ON SUNDAY (OCTOBER 31) AFTERNOON.

ORGANISED BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES, THE VARIETY SHOW AIMS TO SPREAD THE FIGHT-CRIME MESSAGE TO CHILDREN AND PARENTS THROUGH DIFFERENT FORMS OF ENTERTAINMENT.

CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL, MR HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, WHO IS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AT 2.30 PM.

POPULAR YOUNG ARTISTE LO KAR-MUN WILL APPEAR IN THE SHOW, AND LONG-TIME CHILDREN’S PROGRAMME HOST SUNNY WONG WILL LEAD HIS JUMPING BEANS CHOIR IN SONGS AND DANCE PERFORMANCES, AND ORGANISE GAMES FOR THE CHILDREN.

THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE PROGRAMME WILL BE A FIGHT CRIME MUSICAL DRAMA PERFORMED BY YOUNG ACTORS OF RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG’S TV SERIES ’AMAZING BUBBLES’.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS WILL INCLUDE PERFORMANCES BY THE ST. BONAVENTURE PRIMARY SCHOOL MARCHING BAND, AN ACROBATIC SHOW, AND FOLK DANCES BY A TEAM FROM THE HEALTH VILLAGE CHILDREN CENTRE OF THE BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ CLUBS ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG.

GIFTS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO CHILDREN AT THE END OF THE SHOW.

THE EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

REMOTE CONTROL CAR RACE AT SHAM SHU I PO * * * *

ABOUT 80 YOUNG REMOTE CONTROL CAR ENTHUSIASTS WILL BE TESTING THEIR RACING SKILLS IN A FULL-DAY EVENT LASTING FROM 9 AM TO 6 PM AT THE CHEUNG SHA WAN PLAYGROUND ON SUNDAY (OCTOBER 31).

EXPERTS FROM THE HONG KONG MODELLERS’ CLUB WILL BE SUPERVISING THE 10 SECTIONS AND FINALS OF THE EVENT, ORGANISED BY THE CHEUNG SHA WAN AREA COMMITTEE WITH SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT BOARD SPONSORSHIP.

THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR MARTIN J. WHITE; THE CHAIRMAN OF CHEUNG SHA WAN AREA COMMITTEE, MR WONG PING-HON; THE CHAIRMAN OF HONG KONG MODELLERS’ CLUB, MR JAMES WONG AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISATION COMMITTEE, MR LAM CHUNG WILL OFFICIATE AT THE PRIZE GIVING CEREMONY.

ADMISSION IS FREE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

KOWLOON CITY RESIDENTS SHOW SENSE OF IDENTITY.................. 1

APPLICATIONS FOR WELFARE PREMISES INVITED ..................... 2

MORE ROOM FOR QUICKER CHECKS AT LO TO.......................... 3

GUIDE FOR THE DISABLED ........................................ 4

BIG CLEAN UP BLITZ STARTING IN RURAL AREAS .................... 5

TUEN MUN MUSIC AND DANCE FORTNIGHT OPENS ...................... 6

STUDQJT TRAIN TRAVELLERS ...................................... 6

FANLING SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX TO BE CLOSED FOR maintenance .. 7

SECTION OF 7/EST KOWLOON CORRIDOR TO BE OPENED ................ 7

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30, 1982

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KOWLOON CITY RESIDENTS SHOW SENSE OF IDENTITY

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THERE IS A STRONG SENSE OF BELONGING AMONG RESIDENTS OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT, ACCORDING TO THE RESULTS OF A SURVEY RELEASED TODAY.

THE FINDINGS WERE REVEALED BY THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, ALSO CHAIRMAN OF THE WORKING GROUP OF THE SURVEY, MRS CLARIE LO, AT A PRESS CONFERENCE.

♦IT IS ENCOURAGING TO FIND OUT THAT OF THE 981 RESIDENTS INTERVIEWED, ABOUT 40 PER CENT INDICATED THAT THEY HAD A STRONG SENSE OF BELONGING AND ANOTHER 45 PER CENT SAID THEY FELT A DEGREE OF IDENTITY WITH THE DISTR ICT,+ MRS LO SAID.

THE 12-MONTH LONG SURVEY, LAUNCHED BY THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY’S PUBLIC AFFAIRS RESEARCH CENTRE, WAS INITIATED BY THE COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE OF THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD TO IDENTIFY THE NEEDS AND ASPIRATIONS OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT RESIDENTS.

THE COST OF THE WHOLE PROJECT WAS ESTIMATED TO BE $130 000 — $50 000 OF WHICH WAS FUNDED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE BALANCE COMPRISING CONSULTATION FEE, COMPUTER TIME, STAFF COST WAS BEING CONTRIBUTED BY THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY.

OF THE VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS INVOLVED IN COMMUNITY BUILDING IN THE DISTRICT, THE SCOPE OF SURVEY WAS RESTRICTED TO THE DISTRICT OFFICE, SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE.

A SENIOR STATISTICIAN OF THE HOME AFFAIRS BRANCH, MR K.K. AU, ALSO ASSISTED IN THE TECHNICAL ASPECT.

TWENTY FOUR STUDENTS OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY WERE INVOLVED IN THE INTERVIEWS CONDUCTED BETWEEN JUNE AND JULY THIS YEAR.

COMMENTING ON THE FINDINGS, MRS LO SAIDi +1 AM VERY PLEASED WITH THE HIGH NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS - 87.6 PER CENT - WHO ARE AWARE OF THE EXISTENCE OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD, EVEN THOUGH IT WAS ESTABLISHED LESS THAN A YEAR AGO.

♦ALTHOUGH MANY SEEM UNCLEAR ABOUT THE BOARD’S WORK, I AM SURE PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING WILL INCREASE AS THE BOARD’S ROLE TAKES ROOT IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.+

THE SURVEY ALSO SHOWED THAT MOST RESIDENTS HAD A GOOD IMPRESSION OF THE SERVICES AND STAFF ATTITUDES OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

♦HOWEVER, IMPROVEMENT IS STILL NEEDED TO ENCOURAGE GREATER PARTICIPATION OF RESIDENTS IN ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFF ICE,♦ MRS LO ADDED.

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ON FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION AND ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE LOCAL RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE AND SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT YOUTH CENTRES, THE RESPONDENTS SHOWED THAT THEY JOINED THE FUNCTIONS WITHOUT REALLY PAYING ATTENTION TO WHICH DEPARTMENT WAS INVOLVED IN THE ORGANISATION.

♦IN ORDER TO IMPROVE THIS SITUATION, THE DISTRICT BOARD AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED ARE PLANNING TO STRENGTHEN PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE,♦ MRS LO SAID.

ALSO PRESENT AT TODAY’S CONFERENCE WERE THE DISTRICT OFFICER, W LEE LAP-SUN 1 THE SURVEY’S PROJECT DIRECTOR, DR LIAO KUANG-SHENG; ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, MR JEREMIAH WONG KUI-HUNG; SENIOR RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICER, KOWLOON EAST, MR MARCUS LEE SZE-HUNG; AND DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER, MR LOK MAN-PAN.

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APPLICATIONS FOR WELFARE PREMISES INVITED * * * * *

SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES AND COMMUNITY CENTRES WILL RECEIVE A MAJOR BOOST AS A RESULT OF MORE THAN 6 000 SQUARE METRES OF PREMISES BEING RESERVED FOR WELFARE USE.

VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND OTHER BODIES ARE BEING INVITED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TO APPLY FOR THE PREMISES, WHICH WILL BE LOCATED IN NINE HOUSING ESTATES DUE FOR COMPLETION OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS.

ADDITIONAL PREMISES WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE IN THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S FUTURE LOK WAH ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE.

♦TO BE IN LINE WITH THE FIVE-YEAR PLAN ON SOCIAL WELFARE DEVELOPMENT AND TO ENABLE MORE REALISTIC PLANNING, ONLY THOSE PREMISES WHICH WILL BE COMPLETED BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1987 ARE INCLUDED IN THE LATEST LIST OF WELFARE PREMISES,-A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

THE LIST HAS ALREADY BEEN SENT TO VOLUNTARY AGENCIES FOR PLANNING AND EARLY APPLICATION.

THE PREMISES, RANGING IN AREA FROM 169 TO 1 869 SQUARE METRES, WILL BE USED FOR TWO SOCIAL CENTRES AND TWO HOSTELS FOR THE ELDERLY, FOUR HALF-WAY HOUSES FOR THE EX-MENTALLY ILL AND ONE DAY-WORK ACTIVITY CENTRE FOR MENTALLY HANDICAPPED PEOPLE.

OTHER SERVICES PLANNED INCLUDE THREE NURSERIES TO BE LOCATED AT THE CHEUNG CHING - CHEUNG HONG ESTATE ON TSI NG Yl ISLAND, THE CHUN SHEK ESTATE IN SHA TIN AND THE LOK WAH ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE AT THE EAST NGAU TAU KOK ESTATE.

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ONE OF THE LARGEST PREMISES RESERVED FOR WELFARE PURPOSES, WITH AN AREA OF 1 869 SQUARE METRES, IS EARMARKED FOR A HOSTEL FOR 160 ELDERLY PEOPLE AT THE FUTURE WONG KWONG SHAN ESTATE IN FANLING.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT APPLICATIONS FOR THE PREMISES SHOULD REACH THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AT WORLD TRADE CENTRE, 19TH FLOOR, 280 GLOUCESTER ROAD, BY NOVEMBER 27, 1982.

HE SAID THAT SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS FOR WELFARE PREMISES WOULD NOT BE AUTOMATICALLY ENTITLED TO SUBVENTIONS OR LOTTERIES FUND GRANTS.

♦SEPARATE APPLICATIONS FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE SHOULD BE MADE IN DUE COURSE AND EACH CASE WILL BE CONSIDERED ON ITS OWN MERITS,+ HE ADDED.

FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE PREMISES AND APPLICATION PROCEDURES MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DEPARTMENT’S PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT SECTION ON 5-7953754.

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MORE ROOM FOR QUICKER CHECKS AT LO WU

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THE EXISTING IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS PROCESSING HALL AT LO WU STATION WILL BE REPLACED BY TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATION AS FROM MONDAY (NOVEMBER 1).

THE TEMPORARY STRUCTURE WILL HOUSE OFFICES OF THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT, CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT AND THE POLICE. IT COMPRISES A SPACIOUS HALL WITH 36 COUNTERS FOR PROCESSING TRAVEL DOCUMENTS, COMPARED WITH 19 COUNTERS IN THE EXISTING HALL.

A KCR SPOKESMAN SAID THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF PROCESSING COUNTERS WOULD SPEED UP THE FLOW OF PASSENGERS CROSSING THE LO WU BORDER EVERY DAY.

IN ADDITION, THERE IS A LARGE HALL WITH BOOTHS FOR LUGGAGE CHECKS. VENTILATION AND TOILET FACILITIES ARE ALSO PROVIDED.

THE STEEL-BRICK-CONCRETE STRUCTURE, LOCATED SOME 10 METRES EAST OF THE EXISTING PROCESSING AND EXAMINATION HALL, WILL BE OPERATIONAL UNTIL MID-1984 WHEN THE NEW LO WU STATION COMPLEX IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED.

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GUIDE FOR THE DISABLED * * *

A GUIDE TO PLACES IN HONG KONG WHICH ARE ACCESSIBLE TO PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY THOSE IN WHEELCHAIRS. HAS BEEN PUBLISHED FOR BOTH LOCAL PEOPLE AND VISITORS.

THE EASY-TO-FOLLOW PAMPHLET LISTS THE PLACES AND BUILDINGS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG WHERE PHYSICALLY DISABLED PEOPLE WILL HAVE LITTLE OR NO TROUBLE GAINING ACCESS.

IT IS THE FIRST SUCH GUIDE ISSUED IN HONG KONG, AND IS ALREADY IN DEMAND FROM THE MANY DISABLED VISITORS ARRIVING FOR THE FESPIC GAMES WHICH WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED BY THE DUKE OF KENT TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

THE PAMPHLET HAS TAKEN MONTHS OF CAREFUL PREPARATION BY MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG ACCESS COMMITTEE, AN ARM OF THE GOVERNMENT-SPONSORED REHABILITATION DEVELOPMENT CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE HONG KONG TOURIST ASSOCIATION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COMMITTEE, DR RICHARD BUTLER, SAID THE GUIDE WOULD ENABLE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED VISITORS TO MAKE THE MOST OF THEIR STAY IN HONG KONG.

IT IS PRINTED IN THREE LANGUAGES - CHINESE, ENGLISH AND JAPANESE - AND IS BEING DISTRIBUTED THROUGH THE HKTA, AIRLINES, CONSULATES AND VARIOUS BODIES AND AGENCIES DEALING WITH THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED.

♦IT IS ALSO OF PARTICULAR INTEREST TO LOCAL DISABLED PEOPLE. SOME OF WHOM MAY NOT BE FULLY AWARE OF THE LARGE NUMBERS OF PLACES AND BUILDINGS WHICH ARE ACCESSIBLE TO THEM.

♦MANY HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, PRIVATE DEVELOPERS AND, OF COURSE, THE GOVERNMENT AND THE URBAN COUNCIL HAVE MADE SPECIAL EFFORTS TO PROVIDE ACCESS AND THIS IS THE MOST UP-TO-DATE SUMMARY THAT WE CAN PROVIDE,* DR BUTLER SAID.

AMONG THE PLACES ITEMISED, APART FROM HOTELS, RESTAURANTS ARE A CINEMA, CHURCHES, KAI TAK AND OTHER TRANSPORT FACILITIES SUCH AS THE KCR, RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS OUTLETS, CULTURAL FACILITIES SUCH AS THE CITY HALL AND TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL AND THE BIG SHOPPING AND COMMERCIAL AREAS OF OCEAN TERMINAL AND OCEAN CENTRE.

FOR OVERSEAS VISITORS, THE PAMPHLET ALSO PROVIDES INFORMATION ON WHERE SPECIALISED FACILITIES FOR THE DISABLED ARE AVAILABLE IN HONG KONG.

DR BUTLER SAID THAT THE COMMITTEE WAS MOST ANXIOUS TO HEAR FROM ANYONE WHO COULD ADD TO THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE GUIDE.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30, 1982

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+WE CARRIED OUT A GREAT DEAL OF RESEARCH BUT WE BELIEVE IT IS INEVITABLE THAT WE HAVE MISSED SOME ESTABLISHMENTS WHICH HAVE FACILITIES, AND WE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM THEM SO WE CAN KEEP THE GUIDE UP TO DATE.*

FURTHER INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED FROM MISS EILEEN LUK, SECRETARY OF THE HONG KONG ACCESS COMMITTEE, ON 5-95619.

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BIG CLEAN-UP BLITZ STARTING IN RURAL AREAS * * *

ANOTHER TWO-MONTH-LONG CLEAN-UP OPERATION WILL BE CARRIED OUT IN HUNDREDS OF VILLAGES AND RURAL AREAS THROUGHOUT THE NEW TERRITORIES AND OUTLYING ISLANDS TO COINCIDE WITH THE FINAL PHASE OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN.

FROM MONDAY (NOVEMBER 1), CLEANING TEAMS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL VISIT VARIOUS VILLAGES AND PICNIC SPOTS TO ASSIST ROUTINE STAFF IN LAUNCHING THE OPERATION, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID* TODAY.

DURING THE LAST 13 MONTHS OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN, NTSD WORKERS HAVE REMOVED 11 000 LORRY-LOADS OF DISCARDED ITEMS TOTALLING 33 000 TONNES AND CLEARED AWAY 9 000 TONNES OF GARBAGE AND BUILDING DEBRIS, IN ADDITION TO THE ANNUAL AVERAGE OF 290 000 TONNES OF REFUSE.

BUT THIS VAST IMPROVEMENT TO THE ENVIRONMENT WAS QUICKLY UNDONE BY LITTERING BY INCONSIDERATE VILLAGERS AND PICNICKERS.

AS A RESULT, A REGULAR CLEAN-UP OPERATION HAS TO BE CARRIED OUT, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE WARNED THAT A MAXIMUM FINE OF $5 000 AND SIX MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT COULD BE IMPOSED FOR LITTERING.

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TUEN MUN MUSIC AND DANCE FORTNIGHT OPENS

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A FORTNIGHT OF MUSIC AND DANCE - PART OF A PROGRAMME TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR LOCAL PEOPLE - WAS OPENED IN TUEN MUN TONIGHT (SATURDAY).

♦THE RAPID INCREASE IN THE NEW TOWN’S POPULATION EXERTS A GROWING DEMAND FOR A HIGH STANDARD OF APPRECIATION IN THE PERFORMING ARTS AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES, AND THIS IS ONE WAY OF PROVIDING IT,+ THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BILLY LAM SAID.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE FORTNIGHT AT ON TING YAU 01 COMMUNITY CENTRE, MR LAM ALSO SAID THE FORTNIGHT WAS A CONCERTED EFFORT BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT, AND OTHER LOCAL ORGANISATIONS TO MEET RESIDENTS NEEDS.

THERE WILL BE 15 MUSIC AND DANCE PROGRAMMES, AND A LUNCH-HOUR CONCERT PERFORMED BY THE QUEEN’S GURKHA ENGINEERS, ESPECIALLY FOR INDUSTRIAL WORKERS.

THE CHINESE ORCHESTRA AND LIM KEK-HAN CONCERT ORCHESTRA WILL GIVE THEIR FIRST PERFORMANCES IN TUEN MUN.

THE FORTNIGHT SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD WILL CONTINUE UNTIL NOVEMBER 13.

♦THESE PROGRAMMES PERFORMED BY HIGHLY PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS AND SOME EXCELLENT TALENT WILL BE A TESTING GROUND FOR FUTURE LARGE-SCALE CULTURAL ACTIVITIES,♦ MR LAM SAID.

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STUDENT TRAIN TRAVELLERS

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FROM MONDAY (NOVEMBER 1) STUDENTS WHO POSSESS VALID STUDENT TRAVEL CARDS CAN TRAVEL BY TRAIN BETWEEN KOWLOON AND SHA TIN AT HALF FARE, ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS AS WELL AS ON WEEKDAYS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY SAID TODAY THAT THE CONCESSION WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE INTRODUCTION OF THE ELECTRIC TRAIN SERVICE AND THE FREQUENCY OF THE SERVICE.

HOWEVER, THE CONCESSION WILL NOT COVER JOURNEYS IN AREAS NORTH OF SHA TIN, HE POINTED OUT.

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FANLING SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX TO BE CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE * M * *

ALL POOLS AT THE FANLING PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX WILL BE CLOSED FROM MONDAY (NOVEMBER 1) FOR ANNUAL MAINTENANCE.

HOWEVER, ONE OF THE HEATED POOLS AT THE COMPLEX MAY BE REOPENED IN DECEMBER ON COMPLETION OF REPAIR WORK, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

MEANWHILE, THE KWAI SHING SWIMMING POOL AND THE SHA TIN JOCKEY CLUB PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

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SECTION OF WEST KOWLOON CORRIDOR TO BE OPENED M M M M

THE NORTHBOUND SECTION OF FROM CHERRY STREET TO YEN CHOW FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (NOVEMBER

THE WEST KOWLOON CORRIDOR LEADING STREET WILL BE OPEN TO TRAFFIC 1).

THIS NEW ELEVATED ROAD WILL PROVIDE A MORE DIRECT ROUTE FROM TAI KOK TSUI TO SHAM SHU I PO.

HOWEVER, ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL BE BANNED FROM ENTERING TMI SECTION.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

FESPIC GALES OP® ............................................ 1

CARE OF ELDERLY ONE OF TOP PRIORITIES: SIR PHILIP............ 2

STATISTICS ON FINANCING SECTOR............................... 3

RESIDENTS URGED TO CONTACT DB MEMBERS ON DISTRICT MATTERS ... 6

FIRST MULTI-DISCIPLINARY VOCATIONAL ASSESSMENT SERVICE....... 7

INCREASING SAFETY IN THE HOME................................ 7

WALKATHON TO BE HELD ........................................ 8

AWARDS FOR SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS TEACHERS ................. 9

URBAN CLEARWAY IN YUEN LONG.................................. 9

FANLING SQUASH COURTS HEAVILY USED .......................... 10

TAPS OFF IN HUNG HOM......................................... 10

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31, 1982

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FESPIC GAMES OPEN ft * ft

THE 3RD FAR EAST AND SOUTH PACIFIC GAMES FOR THE DISABLED OPENED AT THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE IN SHA TIN IN A BLAZE OF COLOUR TODAY.

OPENING THE GAMES, HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUKE OF KENT SAID THE PRESENCE OF THE 800-PLUS COMPETITORS FROM ALL OVER THE FAR EAST AND SOUTH PACIFIC + IS A MOST VIVID PROOF OF THE UNCONQUERABLE POWER OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT.*

ATTENDING THE OPENING CEREMONY WERE THE DUCHESS, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE AND LADY YOUDE.

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT HONG KONG IS HOSTING THE GAMES WHICH AIM AT PROMOTING THE GENERAL INTEREST AND WELFARE OF DISABLED PEOPLE IN THE REGION IN SPORTS EVENTS.

THE GAMES, WHICH WILL CONTINUE UNTIL NOVEMBER 7, INCLUDE SUCH SPORTS AS AIR RIFLE, ARCHERY, ATHLETICS, FENCING, LAWN BOWLS, SWIMMING, TABLE TENNIS AND WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL.

AFTER WATCHING A DRAGON DANCE AND DISPLAY OF CHINESE DANCING, THEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES MET INFORMALLY WITH THE TEAM MANAGERS AND PARTICIPANTS.

EARLIER, THE DUKE UNVEILED A SMALL PYRAMID AT THE ENTRANCE CF THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE TO MARK THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE CENTRE.

THEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES WERE GREETED ON ARRIVAL BY SIR ALBERT RODRIGUES, CHAIRMAN OF THE JUBLIEE SPORTS CENTRE, DR Y. NAKAMURA, PRESIDENT OF THE FESPIC FEDERATION, AND DR HARRY FANG, CHAIRMAN OF THE FESPIC GAMES ORGANISING COMMITTEE.

FOLLOWING IS THE FULL TEXT OF THE DUKE’S SPEECH 1

♦SIR ALBERT RODRIGUES, DR FANG, YOUR EXCELLENCIES, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.

+ IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE THAT THE DUCHESS AND I ARE ABLE TO JOIN YOU HERE TODAY FOR THE OPENING OF THE 3RD FAR EAST AND SOUTH PACIFIC PARAPLEGIC GAMES FOR THE DISABLED. WE ARE AWARE OF THE TREMENDOUS VITALITY AND GROWTH OF INTERNATIONAL SPORTS MOVEMENTS FOR THE DISABLED WORLDWIDE AND IT IS MOST ENCOURAGING TO SEE THE WAY IN WHICH THESE REGIONAL GAMES HAVE GROWN SO DRAMATICALLY OVER THE YEARS — UNTIL TODAY WE HAVE MORE THAN 800 COMPETITORS FROM ALL OVER THE FAR EAST AND SOUTH PACIFIC. THEIR PRESENCE IS A MOST VIVID PROOF OF THE UNCONQUERABLE POWER CF THE HUMAN SPIRIT.

+1 CONGRATULATE ALL THOSE IN HONG KONG WHO HAVE WORKED SO HARD TO BRING THE GAMES HERE AND TO STAGE THEM AS THE FIRST EVENT TO BE HELD IN THIS FINE NEW JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE.

I NOW WISH ALL PARTICIPANTS EVERY SUCCESS AND THE BEST OF LUCK.

+1 NOW DECLARE OPEN THE 1982 FESPIC GAMES FOR THE DISABLED.*

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CARE OF ELDERLY ONE OF TOP PRIORITIES: SIR PHILIP

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THE CARE OF THE ELDERLY SHOULD BE ONE OF OUR PRESENT DAY PRIORITIES, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, SAID IN OPENING THE CARITAS BAZAAR TODAY.

SIR PHILIP SAID THAT BECAUSE OF HONG KONG’S RISING STANDARDS IN GENERAL, AND OF HEALTH CARE IN PARTICULAR, LIFE EXPECTANCY AT BIRTH IS NOW 72 YEARS FOR A MAN AND 78 YEARS FOR A WOMAN.

+AT PRESENT, TEN PER CENT OF OUR POPULATION OF 5.2 MILLION PEOPLE IS AGED 60 AND ABOVE? IN TEN YEARS TIME, THIS IS EXPECTED TO GROW TO NEARLY 13 PER CENT OF THE THEN PROJECTED POPULATION OF 5.9 MILLION PEOPLE,+ HE SAID.

THE FOLLOWING IS THE TEXT OF SIR PHILIP’S SPEECH:

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

MY WIFE AND I ARE DELIGHTED TO BE HERE TODAY AT THIS BAZAAR AND CONGRATULATE THE ORGANISERS FOR THEIR SELFLESS EFFORTS AND DEDICATION.

ON THIS OCCASION I WOULD LIKE TO SAY SOMETHING ABOUT THE CARE OF THE ELDERLY WHICH I BELIEVE SHOULD BE ONE OF OUR PRESENT DAY PRIORITIES. BECAUSE OF HONG KONG’S RISING STANDARDS IN GENERAL -AND OF HEALTH CARE IN PARTICULAR - LIFE EXPECTANCY AT BIRTH IS NOW 72 YEARS FOR A MAN AND 78 YEARS FOR A WOMAN. AT PRESENT, 10 PER CENT OF OUR POPULATION OF 5.2 MILLION PEOPLE IS AQED 60 AND ABOVE; IN 10 YEARS TIME, THIS IS EXPECTED TO GROW TO NEARLY 13 PER CENT OF THE THEN PROJECTED POPULATION OF 5.9 MILLION PEOPLE.

THE PHYSICAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SOCIAL PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH THE AGING PROCESS ARE COMPLEX AND REQUIRE A RANGE OF SUPPORTIVE SERVICES AND FACILITIES. IN HONG KONG WE HAVE DEVELOPED THESE SERVICES AND FACILITIES ON THE BASIS OF THE GUIDING PRINCIPLE OF +CARE IN THE COMMUNITY+, SO THAT THE ELDERLY MAY REMAIN IN THE COMMUNITY FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE. THUS SUCH SERVICES AS HOME HELP, MEALS SERVICE, COMMUNITY NURSING AND SOCIAL CENTRES AND, OF COURSE, OF IMPROVED CASH BENEFITS, ARE ALL DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE FAMILIES TO LOOK AFTER THEIR ELDERLY MEMBERS. THESE SERVICES ARE ALSO DESIGNED TO ENABLE THOSE OLD PEOPLE IN GOOD PHYSICAL AND NENTAL HEALTH TO LIVE INDEPENDENTLY WITHIN THE COMMUNITY FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE. BUT TO BE ABLE TO DO THIS THEY ALSO NEED ACCOMMODATION AND SO THERE ARE SPECIAL ALLOCATIONS OF FLATS IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE. THE DECISION TO PURCHASE FLATS IN PRIVATE HOUSING ESTATES TO PROVIDE ACCOMMODATION FOR 700 ELDERLY PERSONS, RECENTLY ANNOUNCED BY THE GOVERNOR, WAS ALSO TAKEN WITH THE PRINCIPLE OF +CARE IN THE COMMUNITY* IN MIND. I CAN THINK OF NO BETTER USE FOR PART OF THE FUNDS IN OUR GOLD COIN ACCOUNT AND I HOPE THAT THESE GOLD COIN HOMES WILL BRING MUCH PEACE AND HAPPINESS TO MANY PEOPLE AND THAT THE SCHEME CAN BE A CONTINUING ONE.

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FOR THOSE WHO CAN NO LONGER LIVE WITH THEIR FAMILIES OR ON THEIR OWN FOR HEALTH OR OTHER REASONS, RESIDENTIAL FACILITIES, SUCH AS HOSTELS IN PUBLIC HOUSING PREMISES, ARE PROVIDED. SPECIAL ATTENTION IS GIVEN TO ORGANISING VARIOUS CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL PROGRAMMES OR INTEREST GROUP ACTIVITIES TO ENSURE THAT THE RESIDENTS DO NOT FEEL SOCIALLY ISOLATED OR UNWANTED.

AT THE SAME TIME, PUBLIC EDUCATION ON THE AGING PROCESS IS BEING PROMOTED SO THAT GROWING OLD AND THE ASSOCIATED SENSE OF INCREASING DEPENDENCY, PHYSICALLY, EMOTIONALLY AND SOCIALLY, IS ACCEPTED BY ALL AS A NATURAL PROGRESSION. THE LEAST THE COMMUNITY CAN DO FOR OUR ELDERLY CITIZENS IS TO ACCORD THEM THE OPPORTUNITY AND THE MEANS TO ENJOY A DIGNIFIED OLD AGE.

CARITAS IS, OF COURSE, A TRADITIONAL PROVIDER OF SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY AND I AM SURE THAT IT WILL SPARE NO EFFORT IN CONTINUING WITH ITS WORK IN THIS VERY WORTHWHILE FIELD.

t.AND N0W’ W,TH0UT FURTHER ado, let me declare the bazaar open SO THAT WE MAY PROCEED TO ENRICH THE COFFERS OF CARITAS TO HELP IT FUND THE MANY VARIED SERVICES IT PROVIDES.

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STATISTICS ON FINANCING SECTOR * * * *

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY PUBLISHED THE PROVISIONAL RESULTS ON THE FINANCING SECTOR OF THE BENCHMARK ECONOMIC CENSUS CONDUCTED IN 1981 ON THE STORAGE, COMMUNICATIONS, FINANCING, INSURANCE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTORS FOR THE REFERENCE YEAR 1980. THE PROVISIONAL RESULTS ON THE STORAGE, COMMUNICATIONS AND INSURANCE SECTORS WERE RELEASED IN EARLY OCTOBER.

APART FROM BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES (WHICH WERE COVERED BY A SEPARATE SURVEY OF BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES), THERE WERE 1 847 FINANCIAL ESTABLISHMENTS IN OPERATION DURING THE WHOLE OR PART OF 1980, WITH A WORKFORCE OF 15 582 PERSONS. THESE ESTABLISHMENTS GENERATED $8 417 MILLION OF INCOME AND RECEIPTS.

TOTAL EXPENSES INCURRED BY THE FINANCING SECTOR WERE ESTIMATED TO BE 12 578 MILLION, OF WHICH 25 PER CENT WERE SPENT ON COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES, 49 PER CENT ON RENT AND RATES ON LAND AND BUILDINGS, RENTALS FOR EQUIPMENT AND MACHINERY AND INTEREST ON OPERATING LOANS, 26 PER CENT ON REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE, PURCHASES OF GOODS, SUPPLIES, FUELS, WATER, ELECTRICITY AND OTHER SERVICES. CAPITAL STOCK AT THE END OF 1980 WAS WORTH $506 MILLION, WITH $60 MILLION AS DEPRECIATION OVER THE YEAR, AND $133 MILLION AS GROSS ADDITIONS TO FIXED ASSETS WHICH WERE ACQUISITIONS OF FIXED ASSETS LESS PROCEEDS FROM RE-SALE OF FIXED ASSETS.

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A STATISTICAL TABLE (ATTACHED) PRESENTS THE PROVISIONAL RESULTS FOR THE 1 847 FINANCIAL ESTABLISHMENTS CLASSIFIED INTO SEVEN GROUPS, NAMELY, (I) PERSONAL LOANS, MORTGAGES, INSTALMENT CREDIT, FACTORING, AND BILL DISCOUNTING COMPANIES I (I I) PAWNSHOPS? (Ill) INVESTMENT AND HOLDING COMPANIES? (IV) STOCK AND SHARE BROKERS AND DEALERS ? (V) COMMODITY FUTURES AND GOLD BULLION BROKERS AND DEALERS ? (VI) MONEY CHANGERS AND FOREIGN EXCHANGE BROKERS AND DEALERS? (VI I) FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND OTHER MISCELLANEOUS FINANCIAL SERVICES.

IN TERMS OF THE NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED, +STOCK AND SHARE BROKERS AND DEALERS* WERE THE LARGEST GROUP, FOLLOWED BY +COMMODITY FUTURES AND GOLD BULLION BROKERS AND DEALERS*, AND +INVESTMENT AND HOLDING COMPANIES*.

THE FINANCING SECTOR, ON AVERAGE, INCURRED ABOUT $46 □□□ ON COMPENSATION PER EMPLOYEE PER ANNUM, WITH +INVESTMENT AND HOLDING COMPANIES* INCURRING THE HIGHEST AT $77 OOO AND +PAWNSHOPS+ THE LOWEST AT $27 000.

IN ADDITION, THE SECTOR INCURRED A TOTAL OF $1 931 MILLION ON OPERATING EXPENSES INCLUDING RENT AND RATES, INTEREST PAYMENTS, EXPENSES ON REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE, PURCHASES OF GOODS, SUPPLIES, FUELS, WATER, ELECTRICITY AND PAYMENTS FOR OTHER MISCELLANEOUS SERVICES. +STOCK AND SHARE BROKERS AND DEALERS* INCURRED THE HIGHEST OPERATING EXPENSES OF $611 MILLION, FOLLOWED BY +INVESTMENT AND HOLDING COMPANIES* OF $526 MILLION. A LARGE AMOUNT OF OPERATING EXPENSES WAS ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE CONSIDERABLE INTEREST PAYMENTS BY THESE FINANCIAL ESTABLISHMENTS.

INCOME AND RECEIPTS VARIED SIGNIFICANTLY AMONG THE SEVEN GROUPS CF FINANCIAL ESTABLISHMENTS. INCOME AND RECEIPTS FOR +INVESTMENT AND HOLDING COMPANIES*, WITH DIVIDENDS AS THEIR MAJOR INCOME, AMOUNTED TO $5 088 MILLION OR 60 PER CENT OF THE SECTOR’S TOTAL. THIS WAS FOLLOWED BY +STOCKS AND SHARES BROKERS AND DEALERS*, WITH $1 690 MILLION, NOTABLY BROKERAGE RECEIPTS, OR 20 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL. PAWNSHOPS HAD THE SMALLEST SHARE IN THE TOTAL RECEIPTS, WITH $84 MILLION OR ONLY ONE PER CENT OF THE TOTAL.

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT IS NOW IN THE PROCESS OF PREPARING A REPORT ON THE 1980 CENSUS. THE REPORT WILL DESCRIBE IN DETAIL THE RESULTS OF THE CENSUS AND THE METHODOLOGY EMPLOYED.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE 1980 CENSUS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE SERVICES STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (TEL. NO. 3-661070).

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provisional statistics for reporting eatabllanments in the financing sector analysed by group

Group Number of establishments Repair, maintenance and contract work Purchases of goods, suppl les, fuels, eater and electricity Other operating expenses Income and receipts Gross additions to fixed assets Depreciation of ! fixed assets Capita: stock

peraone engaged of employees of employees and interest payments

1 Mn 1 Mn 1 Mn t Mn 1 Mn 1 Mn I Mo ft Mn S Mn

Personal loans, mortgages, instalment credit, factoring, and bill discounting companies excluding banks and deposit-taking cospenlea 448 1 852 1 **69 48.0 449.9 0.6 3.1 36.1 731.6 34.0 18.1 144.2

Pawnshops 136 968 829 22.3 18.8 0.5 1.3 2.5 84.1 3.7 1.0 17.2

Investment and holding companies 311 2 332 2 298 177.9 385.4 3.4 8.7 128.0 5 087.9 9-3 19.5 174.5

Stock and share brokers and dealers 640 5 842 5 1*»7 ?17.O 310.0 2.1 11.6 2.86.8 1 689.7 61.9 9.7 101.2

Commodity futures and gold bullion broker® and dealers 165 2 699 Z 573 79.6 >7.7 0.6 5.7 79.'• 36*.5 10.3 3.9 23.5

Money changers and foreign exchange brokers and dealers 57 %4 528 36.5 22.1 0.3 0.9 31.0 140.4 3.0 1.6 10.8

Financial institutions and financial services, n.e.c. 90 1 325 1 301 71.1 41.9 1.6 7.5 53.4 I 3l8.4 11.2 6.3 34.3

Total 1 av 15 582 ik 1H5 €47.4 1 265.8 9.1 38.7 417.3 8 4i6.6 133.3 60.0 505.6

Note : Figures may not add up to the totals due to rounding.

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RESIDENTS URGED TO CONTACT DB MEMBERS ON DISTRICT MATTERS * * * *

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR GRAHAM BARNES, TODAY (SUNDAY) APPEALED TO LOCAL RESIDENTS TO GET INTO THE HABIT OF CONTACTING THEIR DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS TO MAKE THEIR VIEWS KNOWN ON LOCAL ISSUES.

HE WAS ADDRESSING SOME 3 OOO KOWLOON CITY RESIDENTS AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE DISTRICT FESTIVAL HELD AT THE KOWLOON TSAI PARK THIS AFTERNOON.

MR BARNES SAID: +FROM NOW ON, YOUR DISTRICT BOARD WILL HAVE THE SERVICE OF BOTH APPOINTED AND ELECTED MEMBERS.

♦THERE IS EVERY REASON TO BELIEVE THAT THEY WILL WORK TOGETHER IN A DOWN-TO-EARTH MANNER TO REFLECT THE NEEDS AND VIEWS OF LOCAL RESIDENTS.

♦MAKE IT A HABIT TO CONTACT YOUR DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS, BE THEY APPOINTED OR ELECTED, WHENEVER YOU WANT TO MAKE KNOWN YOUR OPINIONS ON DISTRICT MATTERS.

♦IF YOU FEEL THAT A LARGE-SCALE COMMUNITY ACTIVITY SUCH AS THE ONE BEING HELD HERE TODAY IS WORTH PROMOTING, YOU SHOULD TELL THEM SO THAT ACTIVITIES OF THIS KIND CAN BE ORGANISED IN FUTURE FOR THE ENJOYMENT OF RESIDENTS.+

THE MONTH-LONG FESTIVAL, BY FAR THE LARGEST DISTRICT-WIDE ACTIVITY ORGANISED IN KOWLOON CITY, WILL INCLUDE PARADES, SPORTS AND HORTICULTURE DEMONSTRATIONS, PHOTOGRAPHIC, DRAWING AND ESSAY COMPETITIONS, DRAGON DANCE, SINGING, DANCING AND BAND PERFORMANCES, VARIETY SHOWS, GAMES STALL, PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITIONS AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES.

IN ADDITION TO BRINGING ENTERTAINMENT AND ENJOYMENT TO THE RESIDENTS, IT AIMS TO CULTIVATE A SENSE OF BELONGING TO KOWLOON CITY, AS WELL AS AROUSE INTEREST IN LOCAL AFFAIRS AND SUPPORT FOR THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME.

♦TO ORGANISE SUCH A FUNCTION ON THIS SCALE REQUIRES THE WHOLEHEARTED CO-OPERATION AND FULL SUPPORT OF ALL CONCERNED,♦ BARNES SAID IN THANKING THE VARIOUS LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND THE DISTRICT BOARD FOR MAKING THE FESTIVAL A SUCCESS.

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FIRST MULTI-DISCIPLINARY VOCATIONAL ASSESSMENT SERVICE * * * *

HONG KONG'S FIRST MULTI-DISCIPLINARY VOCATIONAL ASSESSMENT SERVICE TO EVALUATE THE VOCATIONAL STRENGTHS AND POTENTIAL OF DISABLED PERSONS WILL BE INTRODUCED TOMORROW (MONDAY).

THIS SERVICE, WHICH FOLLOWS GOVERNMENT POLICY STATED IN THE WHITE PAPER ON REHABILITATION, IS EXPECTED TO HAVE A MAJOR IMPACT ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION.

TRAINING PROGRAMMES CAN BE TAILORED TO SUIT THE INDIVIDUAL NEEDS OF DISABLED PERSONS AND THEREBY HELP THEM TO ACHIEVE MORE MEANINGFUL GOALS IN LIFE ONCE EVALUATION HAS BEEN MADE.

THE MULTI-DISCIPLINARY APPROACH USED IN THIS SERVICE IS BASED ON THE ADVICE OF A CONSULTANT FROM THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION.

THE CONSULTANT HAS ALSO HELPED TO TRAIN A TEAM OF PROFESSIONAL OFFICERS, WHICH INCLUDES A REHABILITATION OFFICER, AN INDUSTRIAL PSYCHOLOGIST, A VOCATIONAL COUNSELLOR, WORK EVALUATORS, A PLACEMENT OFFICER AND A PHYSIOTHERAPIST.

A PART-TIME DOCTOR WILL ALSO BE ENGAGED.

THE SERVICE IS OFFERED AT THE WORLD REHABILITATION FUND DAY CENTRE UNDER THE TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING DEPARTMENT.

IT IS OPEN TO ALL DISABLED PERSONS OVER THE AGE OF 15. IT IS HOPED THAT INITIALLY ALL APPLICATIONS FOR THE SERVICE WILL BE MADE THROUGH REFERRALS.

FURTHER DETAILS AND APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE VOCATIONAL ASSESSMENT SECTION, WORLD REHABILITATION FUND DAY CENTRE, 487 KWUN TONG ROAD, KOWLOON, TEL. NO. 3-419221 OR 3-419525.

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MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WILL BE ALERTED TO VARIOUS POTENTIAL DANGERS IN THE HOME IN A SERIES OF RADIO PROGRAMMES AS FROM TOMORROW (MONDAY).

IN SUPPORT OF GOVERNMENT'S HOME SAFETY CAMPAIGN, RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG’S CHINESE PROGRAMME, +LADY’S PR IDE+, WILL DEVOTE 10 MINUTES OF EACH EPISODE TO BROADCASTING SAFETY MESSAGES.

THE PROGRAMME WILL BE BROADCAST AT 2 PM, MONDAYS TO FRIDAYS, ON RADIO 5 FOR SIX MONTHS.

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THE MESSAGES WILL TAKE THE FORM OF DRAMA, NEWSCLIPS AND INTERVIEWS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND EXPERTS FROM OTHER ORGANISATIONS SUCH AS THE CONSUMER COUNCIL AND HONG KONG ELECTRIC COMPANY.

THE PROGRAMME WILL FEATURE DIFFERENT DANGEROUS SITUATIONS IN THE HOME, THE +DOS+ AND +DON’TS+, HOW TO PREVENT ACCIDENTS AND WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF ACCIDENTS.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A JOINT QUIZ WITH LOCAL NEWSPAPERS IN WHICH PARTICIPANTS CAN WIN ATTRACTIVE PRIZES DONATED BY PH L PS HONG KONG LIMITED AND MCDONALD’S RESTAURANTS (HONG KONG) LIMITED.

MATERIAL USED IN THE PROGRAMME WILL BE BASED ON A BOOKLET ENTITLED +SAFETY STARTS AT HOME+, WHICH WILL BE AVAILABLE IN NOVEMBER.

THE BOOKLET IS PRODUCED BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES.

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WALKATHON TO BE HELD * * *

A WALKATHON TO FOSTER THE INTEGRATION OF THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED AND ABLE-BODIED WILL BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 14 (SUNDAY) FROM 10 AM TO 2 PM AT THE TAI TAM COUNTRY PARK.

THE NINTH PHAB WALKATHON, ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE (RSS) OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE HONG KONG PHAB ASSOCIATION, IS EXPECTED TO DRAW MORE THAN 600 PARTICIPANTS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR RSS SAID TODAY (SUNDAY), +THE AIM IS TO PROMOTE WALKING AS A FORM OF EXERCISE FOR ALL PEOPLE.

♦PARTICIPANTS WHO CAN COMPLETE THE VARIOUS DISTANCES WITHIN SPECIFIED TIMES WILL BE AWARDED TOKENS.*

THE EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL PEOPLE OVER 14 YEARS OF AGE AND APPLICATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE RSS HEADQUARTERS, ALL ITS 19 DISTRICT OFFICES AND ALL PHAB CENTRES.

TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED FOR THOSE TAKING PART AND THERE ARE 13 PICK-UP POINTS IN KOWLOON AND 11 ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 5-458511 OR 3-612323.

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AWARDS FOR SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS TEACHERS * * *

SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS TEACHERS IN PRIMARY, AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS OR TERTIARY EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS ARE INVITED TO VIE FOR THE AWARDS FOR SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS TEACHERS 1982/83 ORGANISED BY THE COMMONWEALTH ASSOCIATION OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS EDUCATORS (CASME).

THE AWARDS, WHICH HAVE A TOTAL VALUE OF 300 POUNDS STERLING, ARE INTENDED TO ENCOURAGE TEACHING OF THE SOCIAL ASPECTS OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS, WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO DEVELOPING COUNTRIES CF THE COMMONWEALTH.

THE SCOPE OF THE AWARDS IS INTERPRETED BROADLY, AND 'SOCIAL ASPECTS’ INCLUDES THE RELEVANCE OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS CURRICULA TO LOCAL NEEDS AND CONDITIONS AND TO THE IMPACT OF TECHNOLOGY, INDUSTRY AND AGRICULTURE ON THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.

THERE ARE NO SET TOPICS FOR THE COMPETITION. REPORTS OF WORK CARRIED OUT BY THE TEACHER SHOULD BE BASED ON PERSONAL EXPERIENCE AND SHOULD INCLUDE A SUBSTANTIAL ACCOUNT OF TEACHING AND/OR OTHER EDUCATIONAL WORK SUCH AS CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT OR PROGRAMS OF TEACHER TRAINING.

EACH ENTRY MUST BE THE ORIGINAL WORK OF THE ENTRANT AND MUST NOT HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED PREVIOUSLY.

EACH APPLICANT CAN ONLY SUBMIT ONE ENTRY, WHICH SHOULD NOT EXCEED 10 000 WORDS IN LENGTH.

TEACHERS WHO WISH TO ENTER THE COMPETITION MUST REGISTER WITH THE BRITISH COUNCIL BEFORE JANUARY 25, 1983 AND SUBMIT THEIR PAPERS BEFORE APRIL 25, 1983.

FOR FURTHER ENQUIRIES TEACHERS CAN CONTACT THE BRITISH COUNCIL, EASEY COMMERCIAL BUILDING, 255 HENNESSY ROAD, HONG KONG OR CALL 5-756501.

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URBAN CLEARWAY IN YUEN LONG * * * *

CASTLE PEAK ROAD IN YUEN LONG NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH FAIRVIEW PARK ACCESS ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED AS A 24-HOUR URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 2).

WITHIN THE SECTION, ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE BANNED FROM STOPPING FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS.

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FANLING SQUASH COURTS HEAVILY USED XXX

THE FANLING NEW TOWN SQUASH COURTS HAVE BEEN HEAVILY USED BY LOCAL RESIDENTS SINCE ITS OPENING 12 MONTHS AGO.

ADDRESSING A GATHERING AT THE PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY FOR THE NORTH DISTRICT NOVICE SQUASH COMPETITION AT THE SQUASH COURT COMPLEX TODAY (SUNDAY), THE SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT OF NORTH REGION CF THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR ARTHUR JOHNSON, SAID THE USAGE RATE OF THE COURTS WAS 98 PER CENT DURING THE EVENINGS, WEEKENDS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

+THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THE NTSD WANTS TO SEE IN ITS CONTINUOUS EFFORTS TO PROMOTE SPORTS AND RECREATION IN THE NEW TERRITORIES,* HE SAID.

+WHILE WE ARE GOING TO PROVIDE MORE AND MORE FACILITIES FOR HEALTHY ENJOYMENTS FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES YOUNGER GENERATION, WE HOPE TO RAISE THE GENERAL STANDARDS IN SPORTS,* MR JOHNSON ADDED.

THE FIVE-DAY LONG COMPETITION, WHICH ATTRACTED 48 MEN PLAYERS AND 18 WOMEN PLAYERS, WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE AND THE NTSD.

THE FINAL MATCHES WERE HELD TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE SQUASH COURTS COMPLEX.

ALSO TAKING PART IN THE CEREMONY WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF NORTH DISTRICT SPORTS CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR CHONG KAM-LING, AND THE RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICER OF NORTH, MR CHENG CHEUK-PING.

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