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

  DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, MAY 1, 198?.

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

68 BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN MARCH ........................ 1

SCIENCE ADVISER AWARDED HONORARY FELLOWSHIP ................ 2

SEAWALL FOR RECLAMATIQi PROJECT ............................ 2

TWO TENNIS COURTS FOR TUEN MUN RESIDENTS.................  . 3

SUBMARINE OUTFALL TO BE LAID IN KWUN TONG .................. 3

TENDERS SOUGHT FOR PLEASURE BOAT SERVICE ................... 4

MONG KOK STATION OPENING DELAYED ........................... 4

TRAM-ONLY LANES ON HENNESSY ROAD ........................... 5

NEW TERMINUS FOR MaXICAB RuUTE 20 .......................... 5

FIRING PRACTICE

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68 BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN MARCH *****

SIXTY-EIGHT NEW BUILDING PLANS WERE APPROVED BY THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IN MARCH THIS YEAR, COMPARED WITH 74 IN MARCH LAST YEAR.

OF THESE NEW PLANS, 28 WERE FOR NEW BUILDINGS ON HONG KONG ISLAND, 12 FOR KOWLOON AND 28 FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THEY INCLUDE A SCHOOL EXTENSION AT TIN KWONG ROAD, THREE SCHOOLS AT PRICE ROAD, JARDINE’S LOOKOUT AND SHA TIN NEW TOWN, A PASSENGER JETTY AT PO LO TSUI, LAMMA ISLAND AND A CHAPEL AT CHING CHEUNG ROAD.

THE DECLARED COST OF ALL NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED DURING THE MONTH WAS 5829.58 MILLION, COMPARED WITH 3656.16 MILLION IN THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR.

THEIR TOTAL USABLE FLOOR AREA AMOUNTED TO 305 046.4 SQUARE METRES, COMPRISING 155 993.2 SQUARE METRES OF NON-DOMESTIC AND 149 053.2 SQUARE METRES OF DOMESTIC FLOOR SPACE.

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE ALSO GAVE CONSENT FOR WORK TO START ON 66 PROJECTS, INCLUDING TWO PEDESTRIAN BRIDGES IN TSIM SHA TSUI EAST AND AT CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN, A CARPARK AT STUBBS ROAD, A SWIMMING POOL AT WONG MA KOK ROAD, A CHURCH AT SHUNG HIM TONG, FANLING AND A SQUASH COURT AND CARPARK AT HONG LOK YUEN, TAI PO.

ALTOGETHER, 58 NEWLY-COMPLETED BUILDINGS WERE CERTIFIED FOR OCCUPATION IN MARCH, INCLUDING THE HONG KONG GIRL GUIDES ASSOCIATION HEADQUARTERS BUILDING AT THE JUNCTION OF GASCOIGNE ROAD AND WYLIE ROAD, THE SEA CADET TRAINING CENTRE AT TSAM CHUK WAN, SAI KUNG, A YOUTH CENTRE AT THE JUNCTION OF KWAI SHING CIRCUIT AND KWAI HOP STREET, KWAI CHUNG AND A KINDERGARTEN AND NURSERY AT JAT MIN CHUEN HOUSING ESTATE, SHA TIN.

THE OFFICE ALSO AGREED TO THE DEMOLITION OF 61 BUILDINGS.

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SCIENCE ADVISER AWARDED HONORARY FELLOWSHIP ft * *

THE SCIENCE ADVISER TO THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT, DR J.C. WRIGHT, HAS BEEN AWARDED AN HONORARY FELLOWSHIP BY THE ASIAN PRODUCTIVITY ORGANISATION (APO).

THE AWARD WAS MADE IN RECOGNITION OF DR WRIGHT’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE CAUSE OF ASIAN PRODUCTIVITY DURING HIS TENURE OF OFFICE AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY CENTRE FROM JUNE 1976 TO DECEMBER 1981.

THE APO IS A NON-PROFIT WAKING INTER-GOVERNMENTAL REGIONAL ORGANISATION, ESTABLISHED IN 1961 TO PROMOTE PRODUCTIVITY IN ASIA THROUGH THE CO-OPERATION OF MEMBER COUNTRIES WHICH NOW NUMBER 15. HONG KONG HAS BEEN A FULL MEMBER SINCE 1963.

THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY CENTRE IS THE IMPLEMENTATION ORGANISATION ON BEHALF OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT ON ALL APO MATTERS.

DR J.C. WRIGHT IS THE THIRD PERSON IN HONG KONG HONOURED BY APO.

IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE CAUSE OF ASIAN PRODUCTIVITY, THE APO AWARDED A GOLD MEDAL TO SIR S.Y. CHUNG AND A POSTHUMOUS AWARD OF AN HONORARY FELLOWSHIP TO THE LATE MRS SUSAN YUEN.

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THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT WILL BUILD A 210-METRE LONG SEAWALL TO ENABLE RECLAMATION TO PROCEED IN ALDRICH BAY, SHAU KEI WAN.

WHEN THE WHOLE PROJECT IS COMPLETED, ABOUT ONE HECTARE OF RECLAIMED LAND WILL BE PROVIDED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SHAU KEI WAN SEWAGE SCREENING PLANT AND A NEW FISH MARKET.

TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SEAWALL.

WORK WILL START IN JUNE AND IS EXPECTED TO TAKE ABOUT 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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TWO TENNIS COURTS FOR TUEN MUN RESIDENTS

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TUEN MUN RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN PROVIDED WITH TWO TEMPORARY TENNIS COURTS IN THEIR DISTRICT.

LOCATED NEAR THE TAI HING ESTATE, THE TENNIS COURTS ARE NOW UNDER THE MANAGEMENT OF THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THEY ARE OPEN FREE OF CHARGE FOR PUBLIC USE FROM 8 AM TO 5 PM EVERY DAY, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NTSD SAID.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR ADVANCE BOOKING MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE TUEN MUN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE, TUEN MUN TANG SHIU KIN SPORTS GROUND OFFICE AND THE ATTENDANT'S ROOM OF THE TENNIS COURTS.

COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS MUST BE FORWARDED BY POST AT__ LEAST ONE WEEK IN ADVANCE TO THE TUEN MUN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE AT ’TOP COURT’, FIRST FLOOR, TAK CHING COURT, TUEN MUN.

ALLOCATION OF THE COURTS WILL BE ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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SUBMARINE OUTFALL TO BE LAID IN KWUN TONG * * * *

TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED BY THE CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT FOR THE LAYING OF A SUBMARINE OUTFALL IN KWUN TONG.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE OUTFALL, WHICH CONSISTS OF TWIN PIPELINES OF 7 100 MM DIAMETER, WOULD BE LAID IN THE SEABED OFF WING YIP STREET IN A SOUTH WESTERLY DIRECTION FOR A DISTANCE OF ABOUT 1 400 METRES OUT INTO VICTORIA HARBOUR.

HE SAID THAT THE PROJECT, WHICH FORMS PART OF AN OVERALL SEWAGE DISPOSAL SCHEME FOR NGAU TAU KOK, SAU MAU PING AND KWUN TONG, WOULD TAKE ABOUT 36 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

ON COMPLETION, SEWAGE FROM THESE AREAS WILL BE DISCHARGED THROUGH THE SUBMARINE OUTFALL INTO DEEPER WATER WHICH WILL ACHIEVE BETTER DILUTION AND DISPERSION, THEREBY IMPROVING THE GENERAL QUALITY OF WATER OF EASTERN VICTORIA HARBOUR.

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TENDERS SOUGHT FOR PLEASURE BOAT SERVICE * * * * *

TENDERS ARE NOW BEING INVITED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOR THE PROVISION OF BEACH PLEASURE BOATS FOR HIRE TO THE PUBLIC AT CASTLE PEAK BEACH IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

IN ADDITION TO THE PLEASURE BOATS, BARBECUE PITS AND BENCHES ARE ALSO PROVIDED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT THE BEACH, WHICH ATTRACTED SOME 120 000 PEOPLE LAST YEAR.

TENDER FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE NTSD HEADQUARTERS ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF AUSTIN CENTRE, 19-23 AUSTIN AVENUE, TSIH SHA TSUI.

COMPLETED TENDER FORMS MUST BE PLACED IN THE TENDER BOX AT THE THIRD FLOOR OF NTSD HEADQUARTERS BEFORE FRIDAY, MAY 7.

FURTHER PARTICULARS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE RECREATION AND AMENITIES SECTION OF NTSD, ON TELEPHONE 3-678715.

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NOTE TO EDITORS*

MONG KOK STATION OPENING DELAYED * * *

THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY ANNOUNCED TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT DUE TO SOME MINOR TECHNICAL PROBLEMS CONNECTED WITH ENGINEERING WORKS, THE NEW MONG KOK STATION WILL NOW BE OPENED TO THE PUBLIC ON TUESDAY (MAY 4), INSTEAD Or MONDAY (MAY 3).

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TRAM-ONLY LANES WILL BE INTRODUCED ON HENNESSY ROAD IN WAN CHAI FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (MAY 4).

THEY WILL BE LOCATED ON THE EASTBOUND AND THE WESTBOUND TRAM TRACKS BETWEEN STEWART ROAD AND PERCIVAL STREET.

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NEW TERMINUS FOR MAXICAB ROUTE 20 X X X X

FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (MAY 3), THE TERMINUS OF ROUTE 20 AT SAI WAN HO STREET WILL BE MOVED TO BETWEEN TAI CHEONG STREET AND TAI FOO STREET.

THE

MAX I CAB SECTION

THE MAX I CABS WILL THEN TRAVEL TO CHAI WAN STREET INSTEAD OF TAI FOO STREET.

VIA TAI CHEONG

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FIRING PRACTICE ANN

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE RANGE ON THREE DAYS NEXT WEEK.

HA TSUEN/CASTLE PEAK

THE PRACTICE TIMES ARE 9 AM TO 4.30 PM ON WEDNESDAY (MAY 5), 9 AM TO 4 PM ON THURSDAY (MAY 6) AND 8 AM TO 4.30 PM ON FRIDAY

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WARNED NOT TO ENTER THE PRACTICE AREA DURING THESE TIMES.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, MAY 2, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

BIG RUSH EXPECTED AT POST OFFICES ..................... 1

BALLET PERFORMANCE IN SHEU1IG SHUT .................... 1

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN WAN CHAI AND CAUSEWAY BAY. 2

MASSIVE CLEAN-UP OF TSING YI LAGOON ................... 3

REPORT ON 1981 POPULATION CENSUS ...................... 4

CLEARWAYS IN WAN CHAI ................................. 4

PART-TIME LECTURERS FOR EVENING CLASSES WANTED ........ 5

STUDY ROOMS FOR TAI PO STUDENTS ....................... 6

SUNDAY, MAY 2, 1982

BIG RUSH EXPECTED AT POST OFFICES

A SPECIAL STAMP ISSUE WITH THE THEME +HONG KONG FAUNA+ WILL BE PUT ON SALE ON TUESDAY, MAY 4 AND ALL POST OFFICES ARE EXPECTED TO BE CONGESTED ON THIS DAY, THE POSTMASTER GENERAL ANNOUNCED TODAY (SUNDAY).

TO ASSIST PEOPLE WISHING TO TRANSACT NORMAL POSTAL BUSINESS, SPECIAL COUNTERS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING OFFICESi

POST OFFICE ON HONG KONG ISLAND

GENERAL POST OFFICE BEACONSFIELD HOUSE CAUSEWAY BAY HENNESSY ROAD MORRISON HILL NORTH POINT QUEEN’S ROAD SHEUNG WAN

POST OFFICE IN KOWLOON AND NEW TERRITORIES

KOWLOON CENTRAL CHEUNG SHA WAN GILLIES AVENUE KOWLOON CITY KWUN TONG MONG KOK SHAM SHU I PO TSIM SHA TSUI TSUEN WAN

MANY MORE STAFF WILL BE PUT ON DUTY, BUT THERE WILL BE LONG QUEUES OF PEOPLE BUYING STAMPS, AND THE PUBLIC SHOULD SHOW THEIR USUAL TOLERANCE AND, IF POSSIBLE, TRANSACT NORMAL POSTAL BUSINESS THE DAY PRECEDING OR FOLLOWING THE DATE OF THE SPECIAL STAMP ISSUE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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BALLET PERFORMANCE IN SHEUNG SHU I M fe si

THE HONG KONG ACADEMY BALLET COMPANY WILL PERFORM FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE NORTH DISTRICT TOWN HALL, SHEUNG SHU I ON MAY 16 (SUNDAY) AT 2.30 PM.

THE PERFORMANCE WILL BE JOINTLY PRESENTED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES CULTURAL PRESENTATIONS OFFICE OF THE CULTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE NORTH DISTRICT ARTS ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE NORTH.

THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE +SCOTTISH DANCES+, +UMI-NO-GENSO+, +PAS DE DEUX ’THE NUTCRACKER’+, +PAS DE QUATRE+ AND +NAPOLI+.

ADMISSION IS FREE AND TICKETS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE NORTH, SHEUNG SHU I PUBLIC ENQUIRY CENTRE AND FANLING SUB-OFFICE.

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NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN WAN CHAI AND CAUSEWAY BAY

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NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN WAN CHAI AND CAUSEWAY BAY FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (MAY 4) FOR THE CONSTRUCTION CF THE MTR CAUSEWAY BAY STATION.

UNDER THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS, THE SOUTHBOUND LANES OF PERCIVAL STREET BETWEEN LOCKHART ROAD AND HENNESSY ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC, WHILE THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

TONNOCHY ROAD BETWEEN GLOUCESTER ROAD AND HENNESSY ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

STEWART ROAD BETWEEN GLOUCESTER ROAD AND LOCKHART ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

AT THE SAME TIME, VEHICLES TRAVELLING ALONG HENNESSY ROAD WESTBOUND WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO MAKE RIGHT TURNS INTO THE NORTHBOUND LANES OF PERCIVAL STREET AND MARSH ROAD.

THE EXISTING TAXI STAND ON STEWART ROAD WILL BE RELOCATED BETWEEN LOCKHART ROAD AND JAFFE ROAD.

IN ADDITION, THE PARKING SPACES IN THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS WILL BE CANCELLED t

* STEWART ROAD BETWEEN JAFFE ROAD AND LOCKHART ROAD;

* LOCKHART ROAD BETWEEN STEWART ROAD AND MARSH ROAD;

* TONNOCHY ROAD BETWEEN LOCKHART ROAD AND HENNESSY ROAD J

* MARSH ROAD BETWEEN LOCKHART ROAD AND HENNESSY ROAD;

* STEWART ROAD BETWEEN JAFFE ROAD AND GLOUCESTER ROAD;

* LOCKHART ROAD NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH PERCIVAL STREET J AND

* TONNOCHY ROAD BETWEEN JAFFE ROAD AND LOCKHART ROAD.

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MASSIVE CLEAN-UP OF TSI NG Yl LAGOON * * * *

A MASSIVE TWO-WEEK LONG CLEAN-UP OPERATION IS UNDERWAY ON TSI NG Yl LAGOON WITH THE AIM OF PROVIDING A HEALTHIER AND MORE PLEASANT ENVIRONMENT FOR SOME 3 400 PEOPLE WHO LIVE ON STILT-SUPPORTED WOODEN HUTS IN THE AREA.

BUT THE SUCCESS OF THE OPERATION, WHICH BEGAN ON TUESDAY, WILL ULTIMATELY DEPEND ON THE PEOPLE THEMSELVES WHO HAVE BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR INDISCRIMINATELY DUMPING THE HUGE AMOUNTS OF DOMESTIC GARBAGE, BULKY ITEMS, WOODEN PLANKS, AND EMPTY CANS AND BOTTLES INTO THE WATER BENEATH THEIR HUTS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

AS A RESULT OF THIS DUMPING, THE HUGE MASS OF RUBBISH AND FILTH HAS BEEN EMITTING TERRIBLE ODOURS, AND SOME OF THE AREAS OF STAGNANT WATER HAVE BEEN BREEDING GROUNDS FOR MOSQUITOES.

DESPITE THE HEAVY RAINS DURING THE LAST FEW DAYS, SOME 30 WORKERS OF THE KWAI CHUNG URBAN SERVICES OFFICE HAVE ALREADY REMOVED ABOUT 50 TONNES OF REFUSE FROM THE LAGOON.

♦MORE THAN 100 TONNES OF RUBBISH REMAIN TO BE CLEARED,♦ SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

A HARBOUR SWEEPER AND THREE SAMPANS OF THE MARINE DEPARTMENT WERE BEING USED TO HELP REMOVE THE RUBBISH, BUT THE WORK HAS BEEN HAMPERED BY THE DIFFICULTY OF GETTING INTO SOME AREAS BLOCKED BY THE STILT-SUPPORTS OF THE WOODEN HUTS.

MEASURES ARE BEING TAKEN TO ENCOURAGE THE RESIDENTS TO BREAK AWAY FROM THEIR LITTER-DUMPING HABIT, AND THREE TEMPORARY REFUSECOLLECTION POINTS HAVE BEEN SET UP AT DIFFERENT LOCATIONS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PEOPLE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE PEOPLE HAVE ALSO BEEN TOLD TO KEEP DUSTBINS IN THEIR HOMES AND TIDY UP THEIR LIVING SPACE, AND TO HELP MAINTAIN A CLEANER ENVIRONMENT AFTER THE CLEAN-UP OPERATION.

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REPORT ON 1981 POPULATION CENSUS * * *

A REPORT ON THE BASIC RESULTS OF THE 1981 POPULATION CENSUS WAS PUBLISHED TODAY (SUNDAY).

THE REPORT, ENTITLED +HONG KONG 1981 CENSUS - BASIC TABLES*, CONSISTS OF 26 CROSS-TABULATIONS COVERING A WIDE RANGE OF SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS OF THE POPULATION.

♦THE ’BASIC TABLES’ IS THE FIRST PUBLISHED CENSUS REPORT WHICH IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE SOME COMPREHENSIVE AND USEFUL INFORMATION ON THE POPULATION. DETAILED ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION OF THE CENSUS RESULTS ARE NOT ATTEMPTED IN THIS REPORT. THIS WILL BE PRESENTED IN THE MAIN REPORT OF THE CENSUS TO BE PUBLISHED LATER THIS YEAR/ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE CENSUS WAS CONDUCTED IN MARCH 1981 TO OBTAIN DETAILED INFORMATION ON THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE POPULATION.

INFORMATION COVERED BY THE ’BASIC TABLES’ INCLUDES SUCH ITEMS AS AGE AND SEX, PLACE OF BIRTH AND PLACE OF ORIGIN, MARRIAGE, FERTILITY, EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT, SCHOOLING, FIELD OF EDUCATION, ECONOMIC ACTIVITY STATUS, OCCUPATION, INDUSTRY, HOURS OF WORK, INCOME, AND VARIOUS HOUSEHOLD AND HOUSING CHARACTERISTICS.

THE REPORT IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT CONNAUGHT PLACE AT $6 A COPY.

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CLEARWAYS IN WAN CHAI * * *

CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS WILL BE IMPOSED ON A NUMBER OF ROADS IN WAN CHAI FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (MAY 4).

A SECTION OF THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY ON HENNESSY ROAD BETWEEN TIN LOK LANE AND JOHNSTON ROAD AND A SECTION OF THE WESTBOUND KERBSIDE LANE ON GLOUCESTER ROAD 10 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH STEWART ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED AS URBAN CLEARWAYS.

ALL MOTOR VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES, WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY.

AT THE SAME TIME, SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY ALONG HENNESSY ROAD FROM LEE GARDEN ROAD TO JARDINE’S BAZAAR AND FROM TIN LOK LANE TO STEWART ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED AS PLB CLEARWAYS FROM 7 AM TO 12 MIDNIGHT DAILY, WHERE ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS.

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SUNDAY, MAY 2, 1982

PART-TIME LECTURERS FOR EVENING CLASSES WANTED

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APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING INVITED FOR PART-TIME TEACHING POSTS IN SOME COURSES ADMINISTERED BY THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR.

THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION ADMINISTERS 10 CATEGORIES OF COURSES INCLUDING THE EVENING SCHOOL OF HIGHER CHINESE STUDIES AND 16 ADULT EDUCATION AND RECREATION CENTRES. THESE COURSES ARE LOCATED IN VARIOUS PARTS OF HONG KONG, KOWLOON, THE NEW TERRITORIES AND SOME OUTLYING ISLANDS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID i +APPLICANTS FOR POSTS IN ALL FORMAL COURSES SHOULD BE QUALIFIED TEACHERS WITH A GENUINE INTEREST IN PART-TIME TEACHING IN THE EVENING. EXPERIENCE IN TEACHING YOUNG ADULTS WILL BE AN ADVANTAGE.+

♦APPLICANTS FOR POSTS AS HOBBY INSTRUCTORS IN THE ADULT EDUCATION AND RECREATION CENTRES SHOULD HAVE SPECIALISED SKILLS IN THE HOBBY OR SUBJECT CONCERNED. EXPERIENCE IN ORGANISING RECREATION ACTIVITIES AND INTEREST GROUPS FOR ADULTS WILL BE AN ADVANTAGE,* HE ADDED.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, AT MA TAU KOK ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 1 MA TAU KOK ROAD, 4TH FLOOR, KOWLOON. ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE AT 3-7130811.

TEACHERS IN GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS AND OFFICERS EMPLOYED IN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ARE REMINDED THAT THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION WILL SEEK ON THEIR BEHALF THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION’S PERMISSION FOR THEM TO DO ’OUTSIDE WORK’, THOUGH EACH INDIVIDUAL TEACHER OR OFFICER CONCERNED MUST OBTAIN THE PRIOR CONSENT OF HIS IMMEDIATE SUPERIOR.

TEACHERS IN AIDED SCHOOLS SHOULD FIRST OBTAIN THE APPROVAL OF THE SUPERVISOR OF THEIR SCHOOL BEFORE THEY ARE APPOINTED TO THESE EVENING POSTS.

ALL COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD REACH THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION ON OR BEFORE MAY 21. SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE CALLED FOR INTERVIEW WITHIN EIGHT WEEKS.

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STUDY ROOMS FOR TAI PO STUDENTS

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TEN STUDY ROOMS WITH A TOTAL SEATING CAPACITY OF 425 HAVE BEEN OPENED IN TAI PO FOR LOCAL STUDENTS, THROUGH THE EFFORTS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD.

CONVENIENTLY LOCATED IN VARIOUS INSTITUTIONS AT THE TOWN CENTRE, VILLAGES, TAI YUEN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE AND YUE KOK TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA, THE STUDY ROOMS WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL THE SCHOOL SUMMER HOLIDAYS IN JULY.

THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR NICKY LO, SAID» +IT HAS LONG BEEN THE CONCERN OF DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS TO PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH A QUIET ENVIRONMENT FOR THEIR STUDIES.

+THIS WAS FOLLOWED UP BY NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND SEVERAL SCHOOLS, INSTITUTIONS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, LEADING TO THE OPENING OF THE 10 CENTRES FOR A TRIAL PERIOD OF FOUR MONTHS.

+IT IS HOPED THAT THIS SERVICE CAN BE FURTHER EXTENDED. WE ARE NOW APPROACHING THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TO ARRANGE FOR SIMILAR CENTRES IN SOME OF THE PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS.+

A TIME-TABLE LISTING THE LOCATION, OPENING HOURS, AND TELEPHONE NUMBER OF EACH STUDY ROOM HAS BEEN DISTRIBUTED TO STUDENTS THROUGH LOCAL SCHOOLS AND INSTITUTIONS.

MOST STUDY ROOMS ARE OPEN IN THE AFTERNOON WHILE SEVEN OTHERS ALSO OPEN IN THE MORNING OR EVENING.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, MAY 3, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SIR MURRAY LEAVING ON SATURDAY ......................... 1

WATER FIGURES .......................................... 1

IMPORTANCE OF PARTNERSHIP STRESSED ...................

WARNING ABOUT BRINGING IN ENDANGERED ANIMALS ........... 3

DEALING WITH PUBLIC COMPLAINTS ......................... 4

SURVEY OF TRANSPORT AND RELATED SERVICES UNDERLAY ...... 5

FINANCIAL AID FOR YOUNG SPORTSMEN ...................... 6

CLEAN HONG KONG DISPLAY AT YUEN LONG ................... 7

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KOWLOON TONG ............... 7

DISTRICT BOARD BRIEFING ................................ 8

PARTIAL CLOSURE OF HUNG HOM CAR PARK

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SIR MURRAY LEAVING ON SATURDAY

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HE THE GOVERNOR AND LADY MACLEHOSE WILL BE LEAVING

HONG KONG ON SATURDAY EVENING, MAY 8, AND WILL BE FLYING DIRECT TO LONDON.

THE DOCTORS ATTENDING THE GOVERNOR CONSIDER THAT

SIR MURRAY HAS RECOVERED SUFFICIENTLY TO ENABLE HIM TO TRAVEL BUT IT WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR HIS DEPARTURE TO BE A CEREMONIAL ONE.

ON DOCTORS ORDERS THE NUMBERS OF THOSE INVITED TO SAY FAREWELL AT EDINBURGH PLACE AND QUEEN’S PIER HAVE BEEN LIMITED TO MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS AND THEIR WIVES IN ADDITION TO A FEW OTHER PROMINENT MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY.

A NUMBER OF OTHER GUESTS WHO HAD BEEN INVITED TO EDINBURGH PLACE UNDER THE ORIGINAL DEPARTURE ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE ASKED TO GO TO GOVERNMENT HOUSE ON FRIDAY EVENING, MAY 7, TO SEE THE GOVERNOR AND LADY MACLEHOSE.

THE GOVERNOR AND LADY MACLEHOSE WILL BOARD +THE LADY MAURINE+ AT QUEEN’S PIER TO TRAVEL ACROSS THE HARBOUR TO KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER. THEY WILL DRIVE TO HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FOR DEPARTURE ON FLIGHT BA 20.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

DETAILS OF PRESS ARRANGEMENTS TO COVER THE GOVERNOR’S DEPARTURE WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER.

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WATER FIGURES * * *

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 37.5 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 216.689 MILLION CUBIC METRES, EQUIVALENT TO 172 DAYS’ CONSUMPTION.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 221.790 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 38.4 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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IMPORTANCE OF PARTNERSHIP STRESSED ******

THE IMPORTANCE OF PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES IN THE PROVISION OF SOCIAL AND WELFARE SERVICES WAS STRESSED BY THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, TODAY (MONDAY).

DESCRIBING HONG KONG AS A PLACE OF GREAT CHANGE, HE SAID* ♦WE NEED THE RIGHT INFRASTRUCTURE AT ALL LEVELS AT THE RIGHT TIME AND IN ALL SITUATIONS TO BE ABLE TO RESPOND TO THE CHALLENGES OF THIS CHANGING WORLD.+

MR AKERS-JONES WAS SPEAKING AT THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER OF THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE.

HE SAID THE COUNCIL AND THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, PROFESSIONAL MEN AND WOMEN PROVIDED THE GENERAL INFRASTRUCTURE OF SOCIAL AND WELFARE SERVICES WHILE THE GOVERNMENT, THROUGH THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, PROVIDED FINANCIAL AND OTHER SUPPORT.

♦THIS YOU MIGHT SAY IS OUR HONG KONG PHILOSOPHY, AN ESSENTIAL PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE PRIVATE AND THE PUBLIC SECTORi THE GOVERNMENT PROVIDING BASIC POLICY GUIDELINES AND FINANCE AND ENSURING THAT SUPPORT FACILITIES ARE AVAILABLE, LEAVING THE PRIVATE SECTOR, THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, TO DO AS MUCH OF THE WORK OF PROVIDING THE ACTUAL SERVICES AS POSSIBLE.

♦PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN PEOPLE LEADS TO AN UNFOLDING OF FRIENDSHIP AND LOVEi PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN DISSIMILAR ORGANISATIONS LEADS TO GROWTH, PROGRESS, ADAPTATION AND EVOLUTION BORN OF THE CREATIVE TENSION BETWEEN THE PARTNERS.

♦THUS IN THIS PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN GOVERNMENT AND THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE AND THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, WE ACHIEVE OUR BEST RESULTS FOR THE PEOPLE.

♦CREATIVE TENSION, HOWEVER, MUST NOT BE CONFUSED WITH FRICTION AND DISAGREEMENT, WHICH IN HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS LEADS TO SEPARATION AND DIVORCE. THIS WE MUST AVOID,+ HE SAID.

MR AKERS-JONES ALSO THANKED THE COUNCIL FOR ITS VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION TO THE LIFE OF THE COMMUNITY DURING THE PAST 35 YEARS.

♦I LOOK FORWARD TO THE FUTURE OF THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN GOVERNMENT AND THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES TO CONTINUE TO DEVELOP AND GROW FOR THE COMMON GOOD,+ HE ADDED.

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WARNING ABOUT BRINGING IN ENDANGERED ANIMALS * X * *

HEAVY FINES HAVE BEEN IMPOSED ON 11 PEOPLE FOR ILLEGALLY IMPORTING ENDANGERED SPECIES OF ANIMALS INTO HONG KONG.

IN SEPARATE COURT CASES OVER THE PAST TWO WEEKS, NINE MEN AND TWO WOMEN WERE FINED A TOTAL OF $18 950 FOR BRINGING IN LIVE BUZZARDS, LIVE AND DEAD OWLS, A DEAD PANGOLIN AND COOKED PANGOLIN MEAT AND FUR SKINS OF LEOPARD CATS.

ONE OF THE DEFENDANTS WAS FINED $2 000 FOR BRINGING IN TWO FUR SKINS OF LEOPARD CATS AND ONE DEAD PANGOLIN.

, THEY WERE PROSECUTED UNDER THE ANIMALS AND PLANTS (PROTECTION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES) ORDINANCE WHICH IS THE LOCAL LEGISLATION GIVING EFFECT TO THE CONVENTION ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN ENDANGERED SPECIES OF WILD FAUNA AND FLORA (CITES).

THE LAW PROVIDES FOR A MAXIMUM FINE OF $5 000 ON CONVICTION FOR A FIRST OFFENCE, AND UP TO $10 000 AND SIX MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT FOR SECOND AND SUBSEQUENT OFFENCES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT HAS AGAIN WARNED THAT RESIDENTS RETURNING TO HONG KONG AFTER VISITS ABROAD SHOULD NOT BRING BACK SOUVENIRS OF LIVE OR PRESERVED ANIMALS AND PLANTS LISTED UNDER THE ANIMALS AND PLANTS (PROTECTION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES) ORDINANCE.

DURING THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR 182 PEOPLE WERE CONVICTED AND FINED $52 000 FOR IMPORTING ENDANGERED SPECIES OF ANIMALS AND PLANTS INTO HONG KONG.

HE SAID RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN FOUND IN POSSESSION OF LIVE ANIMALS SUCH AS OWLS, PANGOLINS AND EAGLES AS WELL AS STUFFED SEA TURTLES AND ANIMAL SKINS.

SOME RARE PLANTS, INCLUDING WILD ORCHIDS AND WILD AMERICAN GINSENG ARE ALSO PROTECTED SPECIES.

PARTS OF SOME ANIMALS ARE ALSO PROTECTED UNDER THE LAW.

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DEALING WITH PUBLIC COMPLAINTS * * *

THE COMPLAINTS OFFICER OF THE LANDS AND WORKS BRANCH, W MICHAEL BYRNE, DEALT WITH 537 COMPLAINTS DURING THE FIRST QUARTER OF THIS YEAR, COMPARED WITH 621 IN THE LAST QUARTER OF 1981.

NEARLY HALF OF THE COMPLAINTS — 227 OR 44 PER CENT — WERE ABOUT ROADS AND DRAINAGE.

OTHER COMPLAINTS CONCERNED, AMONG OTHER THINGS, ILLEGAL STRUCTURES, WATER SUPPLIES AND NOISE FROM CONSTRUCTION SITES.

MOST OF THE COMPLAINTS, 74 PER CENT, WERE RECEIVED ON THE TWO COMPLAINTS HOTLINES: 5-244744 (ENGLISH) AND 5-221616 (CHINESE). ANOTHER 24 PER CENT CAME FROM RADIO PROGRAMMES WHILE THE REMAINING TWO PER CENT WERE WRITTEN COMPLAINTS.

MR BYRNE, WHO HAS BEEN ON THE JOB FOR ALMOST A YEAR, SAID THAT QUITE OFTEN IT WAS NECESSARY TO VISIT THE SITE TO UNDERSTAND THE NATURE OF THE PROBLEM.

♦DEPENDING ON THE LOCATION OF THE SITE AND THE NATURE OF THE PROBLEM, A SITE VISIT CAN TAKE AN HOUR .... OR HALF A DAY,+ HE SAID.

MR BYRNE, WHO WAS WITH THE FORMER PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, SAID THAT THE PWD CEASED TO EXIST FROM APRIL 1 FOLLOWING ITS RE-ORGANISATION.

AS PART OF THE PROGRAMME TO RE-ORGANISE THE TRANSPORT RESPONSIBILITIES WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT, HE SAID, FIVE DIVISIONS OF THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT BRANCH OF THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE WERE TRANSFERRED TO THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ON APRIL 1.

THEY ARE THE TRAFFIC ENGINEERING (HONG KONG) DIVISION, TRAFFIC ENGINEERING (MAINLAND) DIVISION, TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT SURVEY DIVISION, TRAFFIC CONTROL AND SURVEILLANCE DIVISION AND ROAD SAFETY DIVISION.

THIS MEANS THAT COMPLAINTS AND ENQUIRIES ABOUT TRAFFIC ENGINEERING MATTERS ARE NOW HANDLED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT.

HOWEVER, MR BYRNE SAID, HE WOULD CONTINUE TO DEAL WITH COMPLAINTS ABOUT MATTERS CONCERNING THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT AND THE NEW LANDS DEPARTMENT.

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SURVEY OF TRANSPORT AND RELATED SERVICES UNDERWAY M * * * * *

FOLLOWING A SIMPLIFIED ECONOMIC SURVEY OF TRANSPORT ESTABLISHMENTS CONDUCTED LAST YEAR, THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT IS NOW CONDUCTING A BENCHMARK ECONOMIC SURVEY OF TRANSPORT ESTABLISHMENTS TO COLLECT DATA RELATING TO THE YEAR 1981.

THE SURVEY OF TRANSPORT AND RELATED SERVICES FOR 1981 COVERS LAND, SEA AND AIR TRANSPORT SERVICES, SUCH AS PUBLIC BUSES, TRAMWAYS, TAXIS, PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES, TRUCKS, FERRIES, CONTAINER HAULAGE, SHIPPING COMPANIES, AIRLINES AND SERVICES INCIDENTAL TO TRANSPORT, SUCH AS CAR PARKS, TRAVEL AGENTS AND CARGO FORWARDING AGENTS.

QUESTIONNAIRES ARE BEING SENT TO ABOUT 9 000 ESTABLISHMENTS FROM A TOTAL OF 35 000 ESTABLISHMENTS IN THESE SERVICES. ESTABLISHMENTS ENGAGING 10 OR MORE PERSONS ARE FULLY COVERED IN THE SURVEY WHILE THOSE WITH LESS THAN 10 PERSONS HAVE BEEN RANDOMLY SELECTED.

DATA TO BE COLLECTED IN THE SURVEY INCLUDE THE TYPE OF OWNERSHIP, EMPLOYMENT, LABOUR COSTS, BUSINESS EXPENDITURE, BUSINESS TURNOVER, CAPITAL EXPENDITURE AND CAPITAL STOCK.

SUCH ECONOMIC DATA WILL PROVIDE THE BASIC INFORMATION ON THE STRUCTURE AND PERFORMANCE OF THE TRANSPORT SECTOR AND WILL BE NEEDED FOR ASSESSMENT OF THE SECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION TO HONG KONG’S GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT.

SURVEY RESULTS WILL BE PUBLISHED, WHICH WILL BE USEFUL TO THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR FOR FORMULATION OF DECISIONS AND POLICIES.

RESPONSE TO THE SURVEY IS A LEGAL REQUIREMENT.

A CENSUS AND STATISTICS ORDER AUTHORISING THE CONDUCT OF

THE SURVEY WAS MADE BY THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL UNDER SECTION 11 OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS ORDINANCE AND ISSUED AS LEGAL NOTICE NO. 70 IN THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT GAZETTE ON MARCH 5.

SELECTED ESTABLISHMENTS ARE REQUIRED TO RETURN QUESTIONNAIRES BY JULY 31.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS APPEALS TO MANAGEMENTS WHO HAVE RECEIVED THE QUESTIONNAIRES TO COMPLETE AND RETURN THEM PROMPTLY, AND TO CO-OPERATE WITH SURVEY STAFF.

WITHIN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, CENSUS AND SURVEY OFFICERS WITH GOVERNMENT IDENTITY CARDS WILL VISIT THE ESTABLISHMENTS CONCERNED TO ASSIST THEM IN COMPLETING QUESTIONNAIRES, IF ECESSARY.

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FINANCIAL AID FOR YOUNG SPORTSMEN * * * *

STUDENTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE WISHING TO OBTAIN FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IN PRACTISING FOR AND PARTICIPATING IN SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL EVENTS ARE INVITED TO APPLY FOR GRANT FROM THE FREDDY ZIMMERN SPORTS FOUNDATION.

APPLICATIONS FOR GRANTS WILL BE ACCEPTED UP TO JUNE 1 THIS YEAR, AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

+IT IS THE INTENTION OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF THE FOUNDATION TO INITIALLY CONSIDER APPLICATIONS FROM SCHOOL CHILDREN, BUT OTHER APPLICATIONS WILL ALSO BE CONSIDERED AFTERWARDS,* HE SAID.

THE FOUNDATION AIMS TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO STUDENTS WHO REQUIRE FEES TO TAKE PART IN SPORT OR RECREATIONAL EVENTS, TO PURCHASE ITEMS OF SPORTING APPAREL OR EQUIPMENT BEYOND THEIR MEANS, TO TAKE PART IN LOCAL COACHING COURSES, TO PURCHASE BOOKS OR EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS, OR TO APPLY FOR GRANTS OR BURSARIES TO TAKE PART IN OVERSEAS COACHING OR TRAINING COURSES OR SPORTING EVENTS.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE FORWARDED VIA THE APPLICANT’S SCHOOL OR A SUPPORTING AGENCY, AND APPLICATIONS DIRECTLY FROM AN INDIVIDUAL WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

FOR FURTHER ENQUIRIES SCHOOLS SHOULD CONTACT MRS K. HUANG OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S PHYSICAL EDUCATION SECTION ON 3-884111 EXT. 283, THE HONG KONG SCHOOLS SPORTS ASSOCIATION ON 3-302381, OR THE NEW TERRITORIES SCHOOLS SPORTS ASSOCIATION ON 3-300667.

APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROMt-

(A) THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

(B) THE HONG KONG SCHOOLS SPORTS ASSOCIATION, ROOM 1114, PARK IN COMMERCIAL BUILDING, 11/F., 56 DUNDAS STREET, MONG KOK, KOWLOON.

(C) THE NEW TERRITORIES SCHOOLS SPORTS ASSOCIATION, OXFORD COMMERCIAL BUILDING, 9/F., 494-6 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

(D) THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE, WING ON CENTRE, 11/F., Ill CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

(E) THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT,

CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (*EST WING), 3/F, HONG KONG.

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MONDAY, MAY 3, 1982

CLEAN HONG KONG DISPLAY AT YUEN LONG * * * *

AN EXHIBITION TO ILLUSTRATE THE WORK OF THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE CLEAN HONG KONG DRIVE WILL BE MOUNTED AT YUEN LONG TOWN HALL BETWEEN FRIDAY AND NEXT MONDAY (MAY 7 AND 10).

THIS IS THE SECOND ROUND OF THE EXHIBITION TO BE HELD FOLLOWING THE SUCCESS OF THE FIRST ONE AT TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL LAST MONTH AND IS AIMED AT GETTING THE MESSAGE OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN ACROSS TO PEOPLE OF ALL WALKS OF LIFE.

RESPONSE TO THE TSUEN WAN DISPLAY WAS ENCOURAGING AND MORE THAN 5 000 VISITORS WERE RECORDED DURING THE FOUR-DAY EVENT, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

AT THE FORTHCOMING EXHIBITION WHICH WILL BE HELD AT THE MAIN HALL OF THE YUEN LONG TOWN HALL FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM DAILY UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE MANAGEMENT OF TOWN HALL, YUEN LONG RESIDENTS WILL SEE THE WORK OF THE CURRENT CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN IN THE NEW TERRITORIES THROUGH AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIALS.

THE WORK INCLUDES THE CLEANING UP OF THE FORMER HEAVILY-POLLUTED KAM TIN RIVER AT YUEN LONG AND OTHER OPERATIONS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

VISITORS AT THE DISPLAY WILL HAVE A BRIEF UNDERSTANDING OF THE EFFORTS MADE TO CLEAR VARIOUS LITTER-RIDDEN BLACKSPOTS IN THE NEW TOWNS, RURAL AREAS, BEACHES AND HEAVILY POLLUTED RIVER COURSES.

ALSO ON DISPLAY WILL BE THE PRIZE-WINNING ENTRIES OF THE RURAL CLEANSING FACILITIES DESIGN COMPETITION IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN WHICH INCLUDED MODELS AND SKETCHES OF LITTER BINS, VILLAGE-TYPE PUBLIC TOILETS AND REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS.

ATTRACTIVE AND BRIGHTLY COLOURED MURAL PAINTINGS ILLUSTRATING THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN BY A GROUP CF SAI KU! G STUDENTS WILL ALSO BE DISPLAYED.

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NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KOWLOON TONG X * * *

THE NORTHERN CARRIAGEWAY OF SUFFOLK ROAD WILL DE DESIGNATED AS AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 10 AM ON THU .-DAY (M U 6).

THIS WILL ALSO APPLY TO T E SECTION CF WATE-NORFOLK ROAD AND SUFFOLK ROAD.

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ALL MOTC? VEHICLES, EXCEPT "RANCHISED BUSES. 'LL 1ST E ALLOWED TD S’OP WIT-IN THESE TCT.ONS FOR P oENGtS G ODS.

AT T'-E SAME T'ME, THE SECTION OF KENT R 5CLT SOMeR *T

ROAD WILL BE CLCS D TO ALL “ IS AND PUB IC LI T EPT

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NOTE TO EDITORSi

DISTRICT BOARD BRIEFING * * * *

A PRESS BRIEFING WILL BE HELD BY THE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE CF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD ON WEDNESDAY (MAY 5) AT 11 AM AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE MONG KOK CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, 157 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD.

THE BRIEFING WILL BE CONDUCTED BY MR CHAN HONG-KEE, SENIOR EXECUTIVE OFFICER, MONG KOK AND MRS LILIAN WONG, SENIOR EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD, AND WILL DEAL WITH MATTERS CONSIDERED AT THE COMMITTEE’S SECOND PRIVATE MEETING ON TUESDAY (MAY 4).

THE MATTERS WILL INCLUDE THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENT SCHEME IN SOY STREET AND PORTLAND STREET, AND THE USE OF THE TONG MEI ROAD TEMPORARY MARKET.

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE PRESS BRIEFING.

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PARTIAL CLOSURE *

OF HUNG HOM CAR PARK * * >

„A30UT 150 PARKING SPACES IN THE HUNG HOM MULTI-STOREY 9AR PACLOSED FROM 9 AM TO 2 rM ON THURSDAY

™E CEREM0NIES MARKING THE ELECTRIFICATION vr l nt KUK •

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i/awi first stage of electrified SERVICES B’TWFE* KOWLOON AND SHA TIN WILL BEGIN THAT D^Y.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

Tuesday, may 4, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

16 HOURS OF WATER FROM TOMORROW.............................. 1

KCR KOWLOON TONG STATION OPENING ............................ 1

KCR TO INTRODUCE AUTOMATIC REVENUE COLLECTION SYSTEM......... 3

750 000 REGISTER AS URBAN VOTERS ............................ 3

GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY CONTINUES........................... 4

NINE QUESTIONS AT LEGCO ..................................... 5

SHA TIN BUS NETWORK TO BE REORGANISED ....................... 5

SOMETHING NEW ON FA YUEN STREET ............................. 7

TRUE LICET CELEBRATES 110 YEARS OF ACHIEVEMENT............... 8

PRIMARY PUPILS CAN ENTER INTERNATIONAL ART SHOW.............. 8

TUEN MUN TO HOLD TREE PLANTING DAY........................... 9

AIR TALKS Hi LONDON ......................................... 9

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR KOWLOON TONG.................... 10

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF GASCOIGNE FLYOVER....................... 10

PLB PROHIBITED ZONE Hi SHA TIN .............................. 11

BUS LANE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED .............................. 11

TUESDAY, MAY 4, 1982

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16 HOURS OF WATER FROM TOMORROW

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WATER RESTRICTIONS WILL BE EASED FROM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) WHEN HONG KONG WILL REVERT TO STAGE ONE RESTRICTIONS WITH A DAILY SUPPLY OF 16 HOURS - FROM 6 AM TO 10 PM - THE DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES, MR TOM TOMLINSON, ANNOUNCED TODAY.

THE RELAXATION HAS BEEN MADE POSSIBLE BY THE MEASURES WHICH WERE TAKEN DURING THE WINTER MONTHS — THE IMPOSITION OF WATER RESTRICTIONS, THE OPERATION OF THE DESALTER AND THE INCREASED SUPPLY FROM CHINA — AND WHICH HAVE BEEN ENHANCED BY THE RECENT RAIN, HE EXPLAINED.

THE DECISION WAS REACHED AFTER TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE PRESENT RESERVOIR STORAGE LEVEL, THE FAVOURABLE RAINFALL FORECAST AND THE CONTINUING WATER SUPPLY FROM CHINA.

IN VIEW OF THE HIGH OPERATIONAL COST, IT HAS BEEN DECIDED TO DISCONTINUE THE USE OF THE DESALTER AS EARLY AS PRACTICABLE.

MR TOMLINSON EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT BY ABOUT THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH THE DESALTER WOULD BE PUT INTO A STANDBY STATE.

THE POSSIBILITY OF A COMPLETE LIFTING OF RESTRICTIONS, WOULD DEPEND ON ADEQUATE STORAGE LEVELS BEING ACHIEVED,♦ HE SAID.

HE WOULD REPORT TO THE GOVERNMENT ON THE WATER SITUATION AT THE END OF JUNE.

IF HEAVY RAIN DEVELOPS AND THE STORAGE POSITION SUBSTANTIALLY IMPROVES, AN EARLIER DECISION WILL BE SOUGHT TO LIFT THE RESTRICTIONS.

ON THE CONTRARY, THERE MAY BE A NEED TO REACTIVATE THE DESALTER IN ORDER TO PREVENT A REDUCTION IN THE LEVEL OF SUPPLY,♦ HE SAID.

MR TOMLINSON THANKED THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG FOR THEIR CO-OPERATION IN ACHIEVING THE TARGET SAVING OF ABOUT 20 PER CENT AND EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT THEY WOULD CONTINUE TO EXERCISE ECONOMY IN THE USE OF WATER.

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KCR KOWLOON TONG STATION OPENING * * *

THE KOWLOON TONG STATION OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY, WHICH IS AN INTERCHANGE STATION LINKING WITH THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY, WILL BE OPENED TO THE PUBLIC ON THURSDAY (MAY 6).

PRESS REPRESENTATIVES HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE VARIOUS FACILITIES AT THE NEW STATION TODAY WHEN THEY WERE CONDUCTED ON A TOUR OF THE INTERCHANGE COMPLEX.

A KCR SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE ADVANTAGES OF AN INTERCHANGE STATION WERE FORESEEN AT AN EARLY STAGE IN THE PLANNING OF THE KCR MODERNISATION AND ELECTRIFICATION.

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♦SINCE KOWLOON TONG STATION HAS BEEN LOCATED AT THE POINT WHERE "ME KCR PASSES DIRECTLY OVER MTR, CONSTRUCTION HAS BEEN PHASED SO THAT THE STATION OPENING COINCIDES WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF THE NEW ELECTRIC TRAIN SERVICE BETWEEN KOWLOON AND SHA TIN,* HE SAID.

TO FACILITATE INTERCHANGE WITH THE MTR, THE NEW STATION CONCOURSE HAS BEEN CONSTRUCTED UNDERGROUND SO THAT PASSENGERS CAN CONVENIENTLY MOVE BETWEEN THE KCR AND MTR AT THE SAME LEVEL.

PASSENGERS FROM MTR, HAVING BOUGHT THEIR TICKETS, CAN MOVE BETWEEN THE CONCOURSE AND THE KCR PLATFORMS, USING THE THREE ESCALATORS AND ONE STAIRCASE PROVIDED FOR EACH PLATFORM.

PASSENGERS WISHING TO ENTER OR LEAVE THE STATION DIRECTLY CAN USE THE TWO ESCALATORS AND STAIRCASE PROVIDED AT THE PLAZA ENTRY AREA AT THE JUNCTION OF KENT ROAD AND SUFFOLK ROAD, WHICH WILL BE LANDSCAPED.

DISABLED PASSENGERS ARE PROVIDED WITH LIFTS BETWEEN THE CONCOURSE AND THE PLATFORMS AS WELL AS AT THE PLAZA ENTRY AREA.

THE STATION COMPRISES TWO NEW PLATFORMS, EACH MEASURING 300 METRES LONG WITH CANOPIES FOR WEATHER PROTECTION ALONG HALF THEIR LENGTH. THE UNDERGROUND CONCOURSE IS ABOUT 2 700 SQUARE METRES IN AREA AND SOME EIGHT METRES BELOW GROUND LEVEL. ACOUSTIC INSULATION HAS BEEN PROVIDED TO REDUCE THE SOUND OF TRAINS IN THE CONCOURSE BECAUSE THE KCR TRACKS LIE DIRECTLY OVERHEAD.

THE CONCOURSE IS FULLY AIR-CONDITIONED AND CONTAINS THE TICKET OFFICE, AUTOMATIC TICKET-VENDING MACHINES AS WELL AS AUTOMATIC TICKET BARRIERS. MANUALLY OPERATED GATES ARE PROVIDED TO ALLOW THE PASSAGE OF DISABLED PASSENGERS AND FOR THOSE CARRYING HEAVY LUGGAGE.

ALSO SITUATED IN THE CONCOURSE ARE OFFICERS FOR THE KCR OPERATING STAFF, A POLICE REPORTING CENTRE AND A NEWSPAPER KIOSK. PUBLIC LAVATORIES ARE PROVIDED IN THE CONCOURSE FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF PASSENGERS.

PUBLIC TELEPHONES AND A POST BOX ARE ALSO INSTALLED.

THE KCR SPOKESMAN SAID IT IS EXPECTED THAT SOME 80 000 PASSENGERS WILL USE THE STATION EACH DAY BY THE END OF 1982, RISING TO OVER 160 000 PER DAY IN 1991. + PROVISION IS MADE IN

THE STATION DESIGN TO INCORPORATE MORE TICKET BARRIERS AND VENDING MACHINES AS PASSENGER DEMAND RISES,* HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE INITIAL TRAIN SERVICE WILL BE ONE ELECTRIC TRAIN EVERY TEN MINUTES THROUGHOUT THE DAY TO SHA TIN AND TO KOWLOON STATION AT HUNG HOM. +TRAVEL TIMES WILL BE SIX MINUTES TO KOWLOON STATION AND FIVE MINUTES TO THE NEW SHA TIN STATION,* HE SAID.

CONSTRUCTION OF THE INTERCHANGE STARTED IN MAY 1980 AND THE WORK HAS BEEN DESIGNED BY TRANSMARK, THE KCR CONSULTANTS.

THE MODERNISATION AND ELECTRIFICATION OF KCR OF WHICH KOWLOON TONG STATION IS A PART, HAS BEEN CARRIED OUT BY THE RAILWAY DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

TUESDAY, MAY 4, 1902

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KCR TO INTRODUCE AUTOMATIC REVENUE COLLECTION SYSTEM *****

THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT ITS AUTOMATIC REVENUE COLLECTION TICKETING SYSTEM WOULD BE PUT TO USE FROM THURSDAY (MAY 6).

A KCR SPOKESMAN SAID MONTHLY SEASON TICKETS FOR MAY 1982 MAY ALSO BE PURCHASED ON THAT DAY THROUGH THE AUTOMATIC REVENUE COLLECTION SYSTEM AT ALL TICKET OFFICES.

ALL TYPES OF TICKETS COULD ALSO BE BOUGHT AT THE TICKET OFFICE OF EACH STATION FOR USE ON THE DAY OF ISSUE, HE SAID.

HOWEVER, HE URGED PASSENGERS TO USE THE VENDING MACHINES FOR ORDINARY SINGLE OR RETURN ADULT TICKETS TO SAVE TIME.

PASSENGERS WERE ALSO WARNED NOT TO DAMAGE THE TICKETS BECAUSE BY SO DOING, THEY WOULD NOT ONLY BE CAUSING INCONVENIENCE TO THEMSELVES, BUT WOULD ALSO BE LIABLE TO A FINE OF $1 000.

RAILWAY STAFF WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST THE PUBLIC IN THE USE OF THE VENDING MACHINES.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO REMINDED PASSENGERS THAT NEW FARES WOULD COME INTO FORCE ON THURSDAY (MAY 6).

THE NEW FARE TABLE, ANNOUNCED IN MARCH, WOULD BE DISPLAYED AT ALL STATIONS.

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750 000 REGISTER AS URBAN VOTERS *****

ABOUT 750 000 PEOPLE HAVE REGISTERED AS VOTERS FOR THE URBAN AREA DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS IN SEPTEMBER, THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, bfl DIVID AKERS-JONES, ANNOUNCED TODAY.

THIS REPRESENTS 37.5 PER CENT OF THE TWO MILLION PEOPLE ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER, HE SAID.

+1 AM NATURALLY VERY PLEASED WITH THE HIGH RATE OF REGISTRATION. THIS SHOWS THAT THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, WHETHER THEY LIVE IN THE URBAN AREAS OR IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, ARE SHOWING INCREASING INTEREST IN THE GOOD MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR DISTRICT, AND ARE PREPARED TO PLAY THEIR PART IN DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION,* W AKERS-JONES ADDED.

THE ACTING REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR ALBERT LAM, ATTRIBUTED THE HIGH REGISTERED FIGURE TO THE INCREASING PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANT WORK OF DISTRICT BOARDS, AND THE SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE GIVEN TO THE REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN BY VOLUNTEERS AND GROUPS, SUCH AS ELECTION AMBASSADORS, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, AREA COMMITTEES, SCHOOLS AND MANY OTHER LOCAL ORGANISATIONS.

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HE SAID THE EXTENSIVE AND SUSTAINED PUBLICITY GIVEN TO DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION BY THE MEDIA HAD ALSO HELPED TREMENDOUSLY. +WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL FOR ALL THEIR HELP.*

FURTHERMORE, HE SAID THE HARD WORK OF STAFF OF CITY DISTRICT OFFICES, INCLUDING HUNDREDS OF TEMPORARY COMMUNITY OFFICERS, HAD ALSO GREATLY CONTRIBUTED TO THE SUCCESS OF THE JUST CONCLUDED REGISTRATION EXERCISE WHICH BEGAN ON MARCH 19.

MR LAM ADDED THAT THOSE ELIGIBLE VOTERS WHO HAVE NOT YET REGISTERED COULD STILL DO SO, DURING THE ID-DAY PERIOD BEGINNING JUNE 18, BY APPLYING IN PERSON AT THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL OFFICE ON THE 18TH FLOOR OF NEW MERCURY HOUSE, WAN CHAI.

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GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY CONTINUES

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL BE CONTINUING WITH THE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY THIS MONTH.

STARTED IN AUGUST 1981, THE SURVEY IS CARRIED OUT ON A CONTINUOUS MONTH-TO-MONTH BASIS BY THE PERMANENT FIELD STAFF OF THE DEPARTMENT TO COLLECT CURRENT INFORMATION ON THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE POPULATION.

A RANDOM SAMPLE OF ABOUT 5 DOD HOUSEHOLDS HAS BEEN SELECTED THROUGHOUT ALL DISTRICTS IN HONG KONG FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE MAY 1982 SURVEY.

SOME OF THESE HOUSEHOLDS WERE INCLUDED IN THE FEBRUARY 1982 SURVEY AND wILL BE INTERVIEWED FOR THE SECOND TIME IN ORDER TO MEASURE MORE ACCURATELY THE CHANGES THAT HAVE OCCURRED SINCE THE LAST SURVEY.

AN OFFICIAL LETTER, IN BOTH CHINESE AND ENGLISH, HAS BEEN SENT TO THE HOUSEHOLDS TO EXPLAIN THE PURPOSE OF THE SURVEY AND TO SEEK THEIR COOPERATION. ASSISTANT CENSUS AND SURVEY OFFICERS OF THE DEPARTMENT, WHO WILL IDENTIFY THEMSELVES WITH DEPARTMENTAL IDENTITY CARDS, wILL THEN VISIT THE HOUSEHOLDS DURING THE MONTH.

QUESTIONS TO BE ASKED IN THE SURVEY INCLUDE: AGE, SEX AND EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT OF INDIVIDUALS- ACTIVITY STATUS, OCCUPATION INDUSTRY, EARNINGS, AND HOURS OF WORK OF THOSE WORKING- TENURE, RENT AND INCOME OF HOUSEHOLDS.

OTHER QUESTIONS ON THE USE OF MEDICAL SERVICES, SMOKING AND RESPIRATORY DISEASES- PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT, DEMAND FOR ChILDCARE CENTRE AND NURSERY PLACES, AND TIME SPENT BY STUDENTS ON DOING HOMEWORK AND REVISING LESSONS WILL ALSC BE INCLUDED IN THE SURVEY.

ALL INFORMATION COLLECTED IN THE SURVEY wILL EE TREATED AS STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL AND WILL NOT BE REVEALED TO ANY PERSON OR ORGANISATION OUTSIDE THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

TUESDAY, MAY 4, 1982

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NINE QUESTIONS AT LEGCO * * * *

NINE QUESTIONS WILL BE ASKED BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WHEN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETS TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

QUESTIONS CONCERNING PROGRESS BEING MADE TO CENTRALISE TRANSPORT RESPONSIBILITIES, AND ABOUT FURTHER STUDIES ON THE LEI YUE MUN BRIDGE WILL BE ASKED BY THE HON T.S. LO.

OTHER QUESTIONS DEAL WITH LANDED PROPERTY SUCCESSION APPLICATIONS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, THE PRESERVATION OF BUILDING^ AND MONUMCNTS OF HISTORICAL OR CULTURAL VALUE, DENTAL SERVICE^ FOR THE OUT-LYING AREAS, POLICY CONCERNING ON-STREET AND OFF-STREET PARKING, EDUCATION SERVICES AT CHILD-CARE CENTRES AND KINDtRGARTENS, AND BRIEFING OF THE MEDIA ON MAJOR GOVERNMENT ISSUES.

FOUR BILLS WILL BE READ A FIRST AND A SECOND TIME, WITH DEBATE TO BE ADJOURNED. THEY ARE: HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS (AMENDMENT) BILL, FERRY SERVICES BILL, PENSIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL AND EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL.

THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES (AMENDMENT) BILL WILL BE READ A THIRD TIME.

AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER’S BILL, THE PORTUGUESE COMMUNITY SCHOOLo INCORPORATION (AMENDMENT) BILL, WILL ALSO BE REAu A THIRD TIME.

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SHA TIN BUS NETWORK TO BE REORGANISED

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THE BUS NETWORK IN SHA TIN WILL BE REORGANISED FROM FRIDAY (MAY 7) TO COPE WITH THE OPENING OF THE ELECTRIFIED INNER SUBURBAN TRAIN SERVICE BETWEEN HUNG HOM AND SHA TIN ON THURSDAY (MAY 6).

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (TUESDAY). A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE NEW BUS NETWORK WOULD PROVIDE PEOPLE LIVING IN THE SHA TIN AREA WITH MUCH BETTER BUS SERVICES.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE REORGANISATION WAS A RESULT OF LENGTHY DISCUSSIONS WITH THE DISTRICT BOARD AND DISTRICT OFFICE.

UNDER THE NEW BUS NETWORK, ROUTES NO. 84 (SHA TIN MARKET TO SUI WO COURT) AND NO. 88 (SHA TIN MARKET TO SIU LEK YUEN) WILL BE COMBINED INTO NO. 84K OPERATING BETWEEN SUI WO COURT AND SIU LEK YUEN VIA SHA TIN MARKET. THE FARE FOR A SINGLE JOURNEY WILL BE 70 CENTS.

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ROUTES NO. 88A (SHA TIN MARKET TO HIN TIN) AND NO. 88B (TAI WAI TO HO TUNG LAU) WILL EE INTEGRATED TO FORM ONE SERVICE, NO. 88K OPERATING BETWEEN HIN TIN TO HO TUNG LAU VIA SHA TIN MARKET. THE FARE WILL BE 70 CENTS FOR A SINGLE TRIP.

♦THESE TWO NEW INTERNAL ROUTES WILL LINK UP ALL THE BIG HOUSING ESTATES IN SHA TIN WITH THE KCR STATION,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

FOR THOSE COMMUTERS WISHING TO TAKE BUS DIRECT TO THE URBAN AREA, A NEW BUS SERVICE NO. 80 WILL ALSO BE INTRODUCED TRAVELLING BETWEEN MEI LAM AND KWUN TONG FERRY VIA SHA KOK ESTATE WITH A FARE OF $1.50 FOR A SINGLE TRIP.

TO IMPROVE BUS SERVICES IN THE SHA TIN AREA, SEVERAL BUS ROUTES WILL BE REARRANGED.

ROUTE NO. 86 WILL BE EXTENDED FROM WO CHE TO TERMINATE AT SIU LEK YUEN AND FROM CHEUNG SHA WAN TO MEI FOO AT THE OTHER END.

ROUTE NO. 87 WILL BE DIVERTED FROM LEK YUEN ESTATE TO TERMINATE AT SHA KOK TO PROVIDE A TERMINATING SERVICE FOR RESIDENTS IN THE SHA KOK ESTATE.

ROUTE NO. 71 WILL BE EXTENDED FROM SHA TIN MARKET TO TERMINATE AT WO CHE.

IN ADDITION, THE FREQUENCY OF ROUTES NO. 81M, 85 AND 87 WILL BE INCREASED.

A NEW FEEDER BUS SERVICE NO. 69K IS TO BE INTRODUCED ON JUNE 6 LINKING SHEUNG SHU I AND FO TAN INDUSTRIAL AREA VIA SHA TIN KCR STATION.

MEANWHILE, KOWLOON MAXICAB NO. 12 BETWEEN PAK TIN AND TAI TUNG SUN CHUEN WILL BE DIVERTED TO OPERATE VIA THE NEW MONG KOK KCR STATION TO COINCIDE WITH THE NEW ELECTRIC TRAINS.

KCR PASSENGERS TO AND FROM THE STATION CAN BOARD OR ALIGHT FROM MAX I CABS AT A STOP NEAR THE CHIU CHOW SECONDARY SCHOOL AT SAI YEE STREET.

THE MAXICABS ON JOURNEYS TO PAK TIN WILL BE DIVERTED VIA ARGYLE STREET, LUEN WAN STREET, MONG KOK RAILWAY STATION, BUTE STREET, SAI YEE STREET, PRINCE EDWARD ROAD AND TO REJOIN THE EXISTING ROUTE INSTEAD OF KADOORIE AVENUE.

THE ROUTING ON JOURNEYS TO TAI TUNG SUN CHUEN WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED.

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TUESDAY, MAY 4, 1982

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SOMETHING NEW ON FA YUEN STREET

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THE PAVEMENTS ARE DRY, THE ROAD SURFACE IS CLEAR, AND THE GUTTERS ARE LITTER-PREE -- FA YUEN STREET IS NOW A CLEAN STREET.

LOOKING AT THIS MONG KOK BYWAY, WHICH IS A BUSY HAWKERS’ MARKET, ONE FINDS IT HARD TO BELIEVE THAT FIVE MONTHS AGO IT wAS CONSIDERED A LITTER BLACK SPOT.

AT THAT TIME, THE STREET WAS A PRIME TARGET IN THE BLOCK-TO-BLOCK URBAN CLEANSING STRATEGY OF THE FIRST PHASE OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN. ACCORDINGLY, URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT CLEAN-UP SQUADS MOVED IN TO DO THEIR JOB.

WHEN THEY MOVED OUT, THEY LEFT FA YUEN STREET CLEANER THAN IT HAD EVER BEEN BEFORE, BUT THE FACT THAT THE STREET IS CLEAN TO THIS DAY IS A CREDIT TO THE EFFORTS OF TWO MEN.

MR LO WING SELLS VEGETABLES AND MR NG KWOK CHEUNG SELLS HOUSEHOLD ACCESSORIES. IN JANUARY, THEY INITIATED A SELF-FINANCED REFUSE COLLECTION SERVICE FOR THE 200 HAWKERS ON THE STREET.

AT THE MIDDLE AND THE END OF EACH WORKING DAY CONTRACTED RUBBISH COLLECTORS COME TO THE MARKET AND EMPTY THE RED PLASTIC LITTER BINS WITH WHICH EVERY STALL HAS BEEN EQUIPPED.

THIS IS THE FIRST SUCH SERVICE IN KOWLOON — THERE ARE TWO ON HONG KONG ISLAND -- AND IT WAS INSPIRED BY THE CLEAN-UP THAT TOOK PLACE DURING THE CAMPAIGN’S FIRST PHASE.

THE STRUCTURE WAS ALREADY THERE IN THE FORM OF TWO MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES WHICH HAVE BEEN IN EXISTENCE SINCE 1974 AND EMBRACE ALL THE HAWKERS ON FA YUEN STREET.

AS CHAIRMEN OF THE TWO COMMITTEES, MR LO AND MR NG SUCCESSFULLY SOLD THE IDEA TO THE MEMBERS BY EMPHASISING, +CLEAN STALLS WILL ATTRACT MORE CUSTOMERS AND INCREASE BUSINESS.*

+ AND THE SERVICE COSTS ONLY $12 A MONTH FOR EACH MEMBER,* NF LO ADDED.

THE MOVE WAS ALSO WELCOMED BY THE USD, FOUR TONNES OF RUBBISH IN MONG KOK NIGHTLY.

WHICH COLLECTS ABOUT

A USD SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE STANDARD PRACTICE OF HAWKERS EVERYWHERE WAS TO DUMP RUBBISH AT THE END OF THE STREET, TO BE PICKED UP EVERY NIGHT BY DEPARTMENT REFUSE COLLECTORS.

+EUT THE HAWKERS OF FA YUEN STREET HAVE RELIEVED US OF THIS BURDEN THERE,* HE SAID, +AND I HOPE OTHER HAWKER MARKETS FOLLOW THEIR EXAMPLE.*

IN THIS REGARD, HE WAS PLEASED TO NOTE THAT PLANS *ERE ON HAND TO SET UP A SIMILAR SERVICE AMONG THE HAWKERS ON YAU MA TEI’S RECLAMATION STREET.

TUESDAY, MAY 4, 1982

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TRUE LIGHT CELEBRATES 110 YEARS OF ACHIEVEMENT *****

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR COLVYN HAYE, TODAY (TUESDAY) PAID TRIBUTE TO DR HO CHUNG-CHUNG AND DR MA YEE-YING, PIONEERS OF THE EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT OF THE TRUE LIGHT SCHOOLS.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE 110TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF TRUE LIGHT.

♦SHORTLY AFTER I ARRIVED IN HONG KONG IN 1953 I HAD THE GREAT PRIVILEGE AND PLEASURE OF MEETING THESE SPLENDID INDIVIDUALS WHO SO TYPIFIED THE SPIRIT OF TRUE LIGHT,+ MR HAYE SAID, *AND THROUGH THEM I CAME TO KNOW THE SCHOOLS IN WHICH PERSONAL EXCELLENCE WAS AS MUCH THE IDEAL AS ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS,* HE ADDED.

THE DISTINCTIVE BLUE SCHOOL UNIFORM, MR HAYE SAID, WAS INSTANTLY RECOGNISABLE IN HONG KONG AS AN OUTWARD AND VISIBLE SIGN OF PERMANENT VALUES WHICH HAD ROOTS IN THE PAST.

♦TRUE LIGHT SCHOOLS CAME TO THE FAR EAST 110 YEARS AGO IN CANTON,♦ MR HAYE SAID, *AND THEY CAME TO HONG KONG IN THE MID-30S, SINCE WHEN THEY HAVE GROWN TO FOUR VALUABLE INSTITUTIONS WHICH CATER TO OVER 6 000 STUDENTS,♦ HE ADDED.

THE HISTORY OF THE SCHOOL SHOWS THAT THE INSPIRATION OF CHRISTIANITY HAS PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE IN THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION PROVIDED, AND ESPECIALLY IN THE IDEAL OF LOVE AND SELF-SACRIFICE IN SERVING SOCIETY.

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PRIMARY PUPILS CAN ENTER INTERNATIONAL ART SHOW * * * *

SCHOOL CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGES OF SIX AND 12 CAN TAKE PART W0RLD SCH00L CHILDREN’S ART EXHIBITION TO BE HELD AT THE KOREAN CHILDREN’S CENTRE IN SEOUL IN OCTOBER THIS YEAR.

a.mc GRGANISED BY THE YOOK YOUNG FOUNDATION, KOREA, THE EXHIBITION AIMS TO PROMOTE MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING, TO STRENGTHEN FRIENDSHIP AND TO ENCOURAGE ART EDUCATION THROUGH THE EXCHANGE OF CHILDREN’S ARK

DRAWING, PAINTING, PRINTMAKING, COLLEGE OR ANY OTHER 0F J'WO-DIMENSIONAL WORK CAN BE SUBMITTED. THE MAXIMUM SIZE CF THE WORK IS LIMITED TO 59 CM BY 42 CM. 4

clto iccDALS AND CERTIFICATES OF MERIT WILL BE AWARDED TO OUTSTANDING tNIn Ilbi

rrr FNTRIES SHOULD BE SUBMITTED THROUGH HEADS OF SCHOOLS ON OR BEFORE JUNE 5 TO THE INSPECTOR (ART), EDUCATION DEPARTMENT CULTURAL CRAFTS CENTRE, 4 PAK FUK ROAD, NORTH POINT? HONG KONG

TUESDAY, MAY 4, 1982

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TUEN MUN TO HOLD TREE PLANTING DAY

X X X X

ON THURSDAY (MAY 6) A GROUP OF NEWLY-ELECTED MEMBERS OF TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD AND STUDENTS WILL PLANT A NUMBER OF TREES TO MARK THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT TREE PLANTING DAY.

THEY «ILL PLANT EVERGREEN ALEURITES MOLUCCANA AT THE PAVEMENT ALONG TUEN MUN TANG SHIU KIN SPORTS GROUND TO PROVIDE GREENERY TO THE BARREN LANDSCAPE OF THE RAPIDLY DEVELOPING NEW TOWN.

THE DISTR ICT-WIDE TREE PLANTING DAY, ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, IS PART OF THE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROJECT COINCIDING WITH THE MEI FA - BEAUTIFICATION -PHASE OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN.

IT IS AIMED AT AROUSING PUBLIC INTEREST IN TREES, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NTSD SAID.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (NORTH REGION) OF THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR BOWEN LEUNG, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY.

ALSO TAKING PART WILL BE THE CHAIRMAN OF HEUNG YEE KUK, LAU WONG-FAT, THE CHAIRMAN OF TUEN MUN CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, MR NG CHEUK-TAI, AND THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER OF TUEN MUN, MR YUE KAI-CHIU.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CEREMONIES MARKING TUEN MUN DISTRICT TREE PLANTING DAY, AT THE PAVEMENT ALONG TUEN MUN TANG SHIU KIN SPORTS GROUND ON THURSDAY (MAY 6) AT 2 PM.

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AIR TALKS IN LONDON XXX

MR NORMAN LATHAM, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION (AIR SERVICES), IS REPRESENTING THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AT THE UNITED KINGDOM-THAI AIR SERVICES NEGOTIATIONS WHICH WILL BEGIN IN LONDON TODAY AND CONTINUE FOR TWO TO THREE DAYS.

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NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR KOWLOON TONG * * *

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN KOWLOON TONG FROM IQ AM ON THURSDAY (MAY 6) FOR THE OPENING OF THE NEW KOWLOON TONG RAILWAY STATION.

UNDER THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS, THE STAND FOR NEW TERRITORIES MAXICAB NO. 61 AT KENT ROAD WILL BE CANCELLED AND RESITED AT SUFFOLK ROAD.

THE TAXI STAND AT SUFFOLK ROAD WILL BE CANCELLED AND RESITED AT SOMERSET ROAD.

IN ADDITION, THE CAR PARKING SPACES ALONG THE SOUTHERN SIDE CF SUFFOLK ROAD AND THE NORTHERN SIDE OF SOMERSET ROAD SECTION BETWEEN KENT ROAD AND DEVON ROAD WILL BE CANCELLED.

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF GASCOIGNE FLYOVER M M

THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY ON GASCOIGNE ROAD FLYOVER WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 1 AM AND 5 AM ON FRIDAY (MAY 7) FOR ROAD WORKS.

NORMAL TRAFFIC WILL BE MAINTAINED ON GROUND LEVEL ROADS.

TUESDAY, MAY 4, 1982

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PL3 PROHIBITED ZONE IN SHA TIN * M »

FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (MAY 6), ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES (EXCEPT MAXICABS) TRAVELLING EASTBOUND ON TAI PO ROAD WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM USING THE SLIP ROAD THAT LINKS WITH SHA TIN RURAL COMMITTEE ROAD.

THERE WILL BE SIGNS AND CARRIAGEWAY MARKINGS TO SHOW THE EXTENT OF THE ZONE.

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BUS LANE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED K X K

THE SECTION OF THE EASTBOUND BUS LANE ON KING’S ROAD BETWEEN TSING FUNG STREET AND JAVA ROAD WILL BE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED FROM 7 AM ON THURSDAY (MAY 6) FOR ABOUT FOUR WEEKS TO ALLOW ROAD WORKS TO BE CARRIED OUT.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE' COUNCIL MEETING:

MOTOR VEHICLE RESTRAINTS ........................,.......

POSSIBLE CURBS ON CAR OWNERSHIP AND USAGE .................. 5

PRIVATE CARS : TARGET IS FOR 5 PER CENT GROWTH ONLY ........ 7

MOTOR VEHICLE RESTRAINT PROPOSALS NOT AIMED aT RAISING REVENUE, SAYS FS .......................................... 11

PENSIONS INCREASED BY 12 PER CENT ......................... 12

COORDINATION OF TRANSPORT POLICY .......................... 12

FRANCHISED FERRY SERVICES ................................. 14

PARKING POLICY OUTLINED ................................... 15

LANDED PROPERTY ........................................... 15

BRIEFING POLICY .................................,......... 1g

MORE HOLIDAYS FOR EMPLOYEES PROPOSED ...................... 16

MEDICAL EXAMINATION FOR COMPRESSED AIR WORKERS ............ 17

LYEMUN BRIDGE STUDY EXPECTED END OF YEAR .................. 18

GOOD COORDINATION IN PRE-PRDiARY EDUCATION AND SERVICES 19

MTR LOAN GUARANTEE APPROVED ............................... 20

PRESERVING OUR MONUMENTS .................................. 20

FOUR OFFICERS DEPLOYED .................................... 21

SIX MORE DENTAL CLINICS FOR N.T............................ 21

THREE ORDERS GAZETTED ......................................... 22

GOVERNOR'S DEPARTURE - PRESS ARRANGEMENTS ..................... 24

KCR TO EXTEND ELECTRIFIED SERVICE TO SHA TIN RACECOURSE .... 24

MESSAGE FROM UK ON KCR ELECTRIFIED SERVICE .................... 25

CLAIMS OF VILLAGERS EXHAUSTIVELY RE-EXAMINED................... 26

CALL FOR GOVERNMENT-COMMUNITY CO-OPERATION .................... 27

COMMISSIONER OF INDUSTRY VISITS FACTORIES ..................... 28

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THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON ALAN SCOTT, TODAY UNVEILED A PACKAGE OF PROPOSALS AIMED AT STOPPING GROWING CONGESTION ON THE ROADS OF HONG KONG.

AS A FIRST STEP, IT IS PROPOSED TO RESTRAIN THE GROWTH RATE OF PRIVATE MOTOR VEHICLES BY INCREASING FIRST REGISTRATION TAX, ANNUAL LICENCE FEES AND THE DUTY ON LIGHT OILS.

NO CHANGES ARE PROPOSED, IN RESPECT OF GOODS VEHICLES, PUBLIC AND PRIVATE BUSES, PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LIGHT BUSES (INCLUDING MAXICABS), AND TAXIS. HOWEVER, THE POSITION REGARDING THESE FORMS OF TRANSPORT WILL BE CAREFULLY MONITORED.

IN PRESENTING THE PROPOSALS TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, M? SCOTT MADE IT CLEAR THAT THE MEASURES WERE BEING PUT FORWARD IN THE INTERESTS OF THE VAST MAJORITY, HAVING REGARD TO THE PHYSICAL, GEOGRAPHIC AND RESOURCE CONSTRAINTS, AND TO THE CLAIMS OF OTHER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES.

OVER 80 PER CENT OF THE POPULATION DO NOT OWN PRIVATE VEHICLES, HE NOTED. THE MEASURES WERE DESIGNED TO FACILITATE AND IMPROVE THE OPERATION OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT ON THE ROADS.

+N0 GOVERNMENT LIKES TO ACT ADVERSELY TO AFFECT EVEN A SMALL MINORITY OF ITS CITIZENS,* HE SAID, +BUT IN THIS CASE IT BELIEVES THE CASE PROVEN THAT THE INTERESTS OF THE MAJORITY REQUIRE RESTRAINT ON GROWTH IN PRIVATE MOTOR VEHICLES.*

THE FACT WAS THAT TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ON THE ROADS HAD CONTINUED TO DETERIORATE, WITH CONGESTION OCCURRING MORE FREQUENTLY IN MORE LOCATIONS, DESPITE THE GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS TO BUILD MORE ROADS, INCREASE THE CAPACITY OF EXISTING ONES BY WAY OF ROAD IMPROVEMENT SCHEMES AND TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT MEASURES, AND TO BRING INTO OPERATION OFF-ROAD PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEMS SUCH AS THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY AND THE MODERNISED KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY.

♦WE FACE THE POSSIBILITY OF DETERIORATION TO THE POINT OF IMMOBILITY IN MANY LOCATIONS OVER CONSIDERABLE PARTS OF THE DAY,* HE SAID.

♦THIS COULD HAVE SERIOUS EFFECTS ON THE ECONOMY, ON LAW AND ORDER, AND ON LIFE AND PROPERTY.*

THE GOVERNMENT HAD CONSIDERED VARIOUS MEANS TO IMPROVE THE SITUATION, BUT HAD COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT SOME FORM OF RESTRAINT OF THE GROWTH RATE IN VEHICLES WAS THE ONLY SENSIBLE AND PRACTICABLE ALTERNATIVE.

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FIRST REGISTRATION TAX

UNDER THE PROPOSALS BEFORE COUNCIL, THE TAX ON FIRST REGISTRATION OF PRIVATE CARS AND MOTOR CYCLES — LAST REVISED

IN 1979 — IS TO BE DOUBLED ON EACH VALUE BAND AS FOLLOWS i

EXISTING PROPOSED

PRIVATE CARS

X UNDER $20 000 IN VALUE 35% 70%

M $20 000 - $30 000 40% 80%

* OVER $30 000 45% 90%

MOTOR CYCLES/MOTOR TRICYCLES 35% 70%

IT IS ESTIMATED THAT THESE INCREASES WOULD ADD BETWEEN

16 AND 19 PER CENT TO THE MARKET PRICES, ASSUMING THE FULL INCREASE IS PASSED ON BY DEALERS.

ANNUAL LICENCE FEES

ANNUAL LICENCE FEES, LAST REVISED IN 1979, ARE SET TO GO UP BY BROADLY THREE TIMES, AS FOLLOWSi

EXISTING PROPOSED

FOR PRIVATE CARS OF WHICH THE CYLINDER CAPACITY OF THE ENG I NE»

% DOES NOT EXCEED 1 000 CC $ 400 $1 800

% DOES NOT EXCEED 1 500 CC s 600 $1 800

% DOES NOT EXCEED 2 500 CC $ 900 $2 700

% DOES NOT EXCEED 3 500 CC $1 200 $3 600

% DOES NOT EXCEED 4 500 CC $1 500 $4 500

% EXCEEDS 4 ■ 500 CC » $1 800 $5 400

MOTORCYCLE (INCL. SCOOTERS i ETC) $ 200 $ 600

THE FOUR-MONTH FEES WOULD REMAIN PRO RATA.

MR SCOTT SAID INCREASES OF THIS MAGNITUDE ARE CONSIDERED THE MINIMUM NECESSARY TO HAVE A SIGNIFICANT EFFECT ON THE RATE OF GROWTH IN NEW REGISTRATIONS, AND ON EXISTING CAR OWNERS’ INDIVIDUAL DECISIONS ON CONTINUING OWNERSHIP.

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♦LICENCE FEES CAN OF COURSE BE EASILY FURTHER ADJUSTED, DEPENDING ON THE EFFECT OF THESE INCREASES,* HE ADDED.

IT WAS THOUGHT APPROPRIATE TO COMBINE THE EXISTING TWO CATEGORIES BELOW 1 OOO CC AND FROM 1 000 CC TO 1 500 CC, BECAUSE A SHIFT IN OWNERSHIP FROM THE HIGHER CYLINDER CAPACITY CATEGORY TO THE LOWER WOULD LESSEN THE IMPACT OF THE PROPOSALS. (AT THE END OF MARCH THERE WERE 15 363 MOTOR VEHICLES BELOW 1 000 CC AND 88 233 WITH CYLINDER CAPACITIES BETWEEN 1 000 AND 1 500).

EXPLAINING THE BASIS OF THE INCREASES, MR SCOTT RECALLED THAT THE PASSENGER TRANSPORT STUDY IN 1966 HAD RECOMMENDED THAT ANNUAL LICENCE FEES SHOULD BE INCREASED TO AN AVERAGE OF $2 000 PER ANNUM BY THE EARLY 1970S IF VEHICLE GROWTH WAS NOT TO GET OUT OF HAND. IN FACT, THE AVERAGE LICENCE FEE, EVEN BY 1973, WAS ONLY $232.

IN 1976, THE COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORT STUDY RECOMMENDED THAT BY 1991, THE AVERAGE LICENCE FEE SHOULD BE $2 632 AT 1974 PRICES.

TAKING A LINEAR INCREASE AND ALLOWING FOR INFLATION, SAID M? SCOTT, THE INTERPOLATED FIGURE AT THE END OF 1981 WOULD BE APPROXIMATELY $2 850 AT CURRENT PRICES. THE AVERAGE IN FACT ON MARCH 31, 1982 WAS $695.

MR SCOTT SAID THE COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORT STUDY WAS CARRIED OUT DURING THE PERIOD OF RECESSION AND IT WORKED ON AN UNDERESTIMATION OF THE GROWTH IN GDP FROM 1976 ONWARDS. THE STUDY’S FIGURES OF REQUIRED LEVELS OF ANNUAL LICENCE FEE ARE THEREFORE ALSO UNDER-ESTIMATED, HE ADDED.

♦FURTHER, WE HAVE SO TO SPEAK LOST GROUND BY NOT INCREASING LICENCE FEES OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS TO THE LEVELS RECOMMENDED IN THE COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORT STUDY.+

THE PROPOSALS, HE SAID, WOULD PRODUCE AN AVERAGE FEE OF ABOUT $2 100.

DUTY ON LIGHT OILS

THE THIRD PROPOSAL CALLS FOR AN INCREASE OF 70 CENTS PER LITRE IN THE DUTY ON LIGHT OILS, NAMELY MOTOR AND AVIATION SPIRIT. LAST REVISED IN 1976, THE PROPOSED INCREASE WOULD SIMPLY BRING UP THE DUTY TO THE LEVEL OF INCIDENCE OF 1976.

MR SCOTT CAUTIONED, HOWEVER, THAT QUITE APART FROM FISCAL REASONS, CONSIDERATION COULD BE GIVEN TO FURTHER INCREASES ON SUBSEQUENT OCCASIONS FOR TRANSPORT POLICY REASONS.

HE SAID IT WAS NOT PROPOSED TO INCREASE THE DUTY ON DIESEL OIL USED BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT — BUSES, PLBS AND TAXIS — BECAUSE OF THE EFFECT, ALTHOUGH RELATIVELY SMALL, IT WOULD HAVE ON THE COST OF OPERATION.

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HOWEVER, IN THE CASE OF DIESEL-ENGINED PRIVATE CARS, USING DIESEL OIL, IT WAS PROPOSED TO ADD A FURTHER $1 OOO PER ANNUM TO THE ANNUAL LICENCE FEES. THIS WAS TO INJECT A SIMILAR EFFECT TO DIESEL RUN PRIVATE CARS AS THE INCREASE IN DUTY ON LIGHT OILS WOULD HAVE ON PETROL-DRIVEN CARS. THERE ARE ABOUT 4 500 DIESEL-ENGINED VEHICLES REGISTERED AT PRESENT.

MR SCOTT EXPLAINED THAT THE AMOUNT OF $1 000 WAS BASED ON THE ASSUMPTION THAT A PRIVATE MOTORIST AVERAGED 8 000 MILES A YEAR, CONSUMING 320 GALLONS OR 1 453 LITRES PER ANNUM ON THE BASIS OF 25 MILES PER GALLON.

THE PROPOSED INCREASE IN DUTY ON LIGHT OILS WILL ALSO AFFECT A SMALL NUMBER OF LIGHT AIRCRAFT AND BOAT OWNERS AND USERS, ADDING APPROXIMATELY 25 PER CENT TO THEIR FUEL BILLS.

+AS THEY ARE NOT THE TARGET OF THESE MEASURES. THIS IS INDEED REGRETTABLE,* SAID MR SCOTT, *BUT THE PRACTICAL DIFFICULTIES OF DIFFERENTIAL DUTY ARRANGEMENTS UNHAPPILY RULE OUT SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS BEING MADE FOR THESE TWO CATEGORIES.

+ IT IS SCANT CONSOLATION TO THEM, BUT AT LEAST THE INCREASE ONLY RESTORES THE LEVEL OF INCIDENCE OF DUTY,* HE ADDED.

MR SCOTT SAID TAXIS ARE A NECESSARY AND USEFUL ADJUNCT TO PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND WERE THEREFORE LEFT OUT OF THE PROPOSALS, TOGETHER WITH GOODS VEHICLES, PUBLIC AND PRIVATE BUSES AND PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES.

+BUT THERE CAN BE NO ASSUMPTION THAT TAXIS WILL ALWAYS BE TREATED AS FAVOURABLY AS AT PRESENT,* HE SAID, ADDING THAT THE POSITION WOULD BE CLOSELY MONITORED.

AND VERY QUICK ACTION WOULD BE TAKEN IF THERE WAS ANY EVIDENCE OF A MOVE TOWARDS PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR PRIVATE CARS, HE WARNED.

AS FOR CONTRACT HIRE CARS, THESE WERE PRIVATE CARS OPERATING WITH A LICENCE TO CARRY PASSENGERS AND THE PROPOSED NEW MEASURES WOULD APPLY TO THEM.

MR SCOTT SAID THE PROPOSED MEASURES MAY NOT BE THE ULTIMATE SOLUTION.

+IT IS PROPOSED TO TRY THEM, TO ASSESS THEIR EFFECTS, AND IF NECESSARY ACCENTUATE THEM OR BRING IN ADDITIONAL MEASURES TO ACHIEVE THE OBJECTIVE OF GETTING THE GROWTH RATE OF PRIVATE VEHICLES BACK TO FIVE PER CENT PER ANNUM, WHICH WE REGARD AS MANAGEABLE.*

THE POSITION, TWELVE MONTHS.

HE ADDED, COULD BE USEFULLY REVIEWED WITHIN

♦THE EFFICIENT FLOW OF PEOPLE AND GOODS IS SO VITAL TO THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL HEALTH OF HONG KONG THAT IT MUST BE UNDERSTOOD THAT GOVERNMENT MEANS BUSINESS AND INTENDS TO ACHIEVE ITS OBJECTIVE,* HE STRESSED.

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POSSIBLE CURBS ON CAR OWNERSHIP AND USAGE

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THE GOVERNMENT CONSIDERED DIRECT RESTRAINTS ON CAR OWNERSHIP AND ON USAGE BUT DECIDED AGAINST THEM FOR THE TIME BEING.

THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON ALAN SCOTT, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THAT ON SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC GROUNDS, IT WAS CONSIDERED UNDESIRABLE TO DENY ASPIRATIONS OF OWNERSHIP COMPLETELY.

INSTEAD, THE GOVERNMENT CONSIDERED THAT OTHER MEASURES — CONTAINED IN THE PACKAGE OF PROPOSALS PRESENTED TO THE COUNCIL THIS AFTERNOON — SHOULD BE TESTED BEFORE DIRECT RESTRAINT ON OWNERSHIP IS RESORTED TO.

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MR SCOTT SAID THE MOST DIRECT AND EFFECTIVE RESTRAINT ON OWNERSHIP WAS A LIMITATION ON THE NUMBER OF VEHICLES.

SUCH A LIMIT COULD BE SET AS THE PRESENT NUMBER OF REGISTERED VEHICLES PLUS A DETERMINED ANNUAL GROWTH RATE, TO BE REVIEWED PERIODICALLY IN THE LIGHT OF ROAD CAPACITY AND LEVEL OF USAGE OF VEHICLES.

♦THIS MEASURE IS SIMPLY DEFINED, QUICKLY AND EASILY INTRODUCED, AND EFFECTIVE IN OPERATION- IT CAN BE ACCURATELY EVALUATED AND FLEXIBLY HANDLED,+ HE SAID.

IT WOULD NOT AFFECT EXISTING CAR OWNERS, ONLY THE RELATIVELY SMALL NUMBER OF INTENDING CAR OWNERS COMING FORWARD EACH YEAR. NOR WOULD IT PRODUCE ADDITIONAL REVENUE. BUT IT WOULD REDUCE THE RATE OF GROWTH OF REVENUE AND WOULD NOT THEREFORE INVOLVE CONFUSING ARGUMENTS ABOUT RESTRAINT MEASURES BEING IMPOSED IN ORDER TO RAISE REVENUE.

HOWEVER, SUCH A MEASURE, MR SCOTT SAID, WOULD PRESENT GREAT DIFFICULTIES AS TO THE METHOD OF ALLOCATION OF SUCH ADDITIONAL VEHICLES AS WOULD BE PERMITTED EACH YEAR.

THERE WERE VARIATIONS ON THE THEME, SUCH AS ALLOWING ONE CAR ONLY PER HOUSEHOLD, OR NOT ALLOWING OWNERSHIP OF A VEHICLE UNLESS PARKING SPACE IS PROVIDED.

* ALTHOUGH LIMITATION ON NUMBERS IS NOT PROPOSED AT PRESENT, WE CANNOT RULE IT OUT FOR THE FUTURE- IT MAY BE NECESSARY IF THE MEASURES NOW PROPOSED PROVE INSUFFICIENT,* HE SAID.

MR SCOTT NOTED THAT ONLY 17 PER CENT OF HOUSEHOLDS IN HONG KONG OWN OR HAVE THE USE OF A CAR — A VERY LOW PROPORTION COMPARED WITH DEVELOPED COUNTRIES.

CONTINUING PROSPERITY IN HONG KONG WILL INCREASE DEMAND, HE SAID, AS WILL THE ABILITY TO TRAVEL BY BETTER ROADS SPREADING OUT THROUGH HONG KONG.

COMPARISONS WITH OTHER COUNTRIES WERE NOT REALLY HELPFUL BECAUSE THEIR POPULATIONS WERE MORE WIDELY SPREAD, BUT FIGURES SUCH AS 60 PER CENT IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND 95 PER CENT IN THE USA +ARE UNTHINKABLE FOR HONG KONG+, HE SAID.

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AN INCREASE EVEN TO 25 PER CENT IN HONG KONG FROM THE PRESENT 17 PER CENT, COULD BE COPED WITH ONLY OVER A VERY LONG PERIOD IN THE LIGHT OF OUR GEOGRAPHICAL LAYOUT AND THE FINITE CAPACITY FOR IMPROVEMENT IN THE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE.*

ON RESTRAINT ON USAGE, MR SCOTT SAID THE AIM OF SUCH RESTRAINTS WAS TO DETER USAGE AT PEAK PERIODS AND IN LOCATIONS CF CONGESTION.

IN HONG KONG, THIS PRESENTS UNUSUALLY DIFFICULT FEATURES.

VARIOUS MEASURES HAD BEEN TRIED WITH VARYING DEGREES OF SUCCESS IN OTHER COUNTRIES INCLUDING, FOR EXAMPLE, ODD AND EVEN DAY USAGE, WHICH ALLOWS A VEHICLE ONLY ON EVERY OTHER DAY TO GO INTO DESIGNATED AREAS- OR ALLOWING THE CAR OWNER TO NOMINATE ONE OR MORE DAYS A WEEK FOR NON-USAGE, DESIGNATED BY A STICKER ON THE WINDSCREEN.

* WE CONSIDER BOTH THESE MEASURES TOO LIABLE TO FRAUD AND EVASION IN HONG KONG AND THEY WOULD REQUIRE A CONSIDERABLE ENFORCEMENT COMMITMENT,* SAID MR SCOTT.

+THERE IS ALSO THE POINT THAT NOT ONLY WOULD EXISTING OWNERS OF TWO OR MORE MOTOR CARS AVOID THE EFFECTS OF SUCH MEASURES, BUT IT MIGHT ACTUALLY ENCOURAGE THE PURCHASE OF MORE VEHICLES.*

MR SCOTT NOTED THAT MANY PEOPLE, DISPOSED TO ACCEPT THE CASE FOR RESTRICTIONS ON USAGE IN CONGESTED AREAS, ARGUED THAT USAGE SHOULD NOT BE RESTRAINED ON OPEN ROADS OR AT NON-PEAK TIMES.

THE GOVERNMENT HAD ALSO STUDIED AREA LICENSING SCHEMES AND ROAD PRICING SYSTEMS — INCLUDING CHARGING FOR THE USE CF ROADS BY MEANS OF ELECTRONIC SENSORS FITTED TO VEHICLES AND ACTIVATED BY DEVICES IN THE ROAD. MR SCOTT DESCRIBED THIS AS AN ATTRACTIVE IDEA BUT NOT YET DEVELOPED ENOUGH TO TAKE WHAT WOULD BE A CONSIDERABLE ECONOMIC AND ENFORCEMENT PLUNGE.

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT COULD NOT RECOMMEND ANY OF THESE FOR TWO MAIN REASONS — THEY ARE UNENFORCEABLE IN PRACTICE BECAUSE IN HONG KONG ONE CANNOT SATISFACTORILY DEFINE LIMITED CONGESTED AREAS OR PROVIDE ENTRY AND EXIT POINTS OR ALTERNATIVE ROUTES, TO SAY NOTHING OF THE AMOUNT OF FRINGE URBAN PARKING WHICH WOULD BE REQUIRED.

♦THE FACT IS THAT TOO MANY ROADS OVER TOO WIDE AN AREA ARE CONGESTED.*

ANOTHER TYPE OF RESTRAINT CONSIDERED AND DISCARDED WAS PEAK HOUR LICENSING, WHEREBY AN EXTRA LICENCE FEE IS IMPOSED ON VEHICLES WHICH OPERATE DURING STATED PEAK HOURS.

WHILE HE SAW THIS AS AN EVEN-HANDED APPROACH TO THE PROBLEM, FOR GEOGRAPHIC REASONS AND BECAUSE CONGESTION WAS SO WIDESPREAD, THE GOVERNMENT CONCLUDED THAT IT WOULD HAVE TO APPLY TERRITORY-WIDE.

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♦ANY MORE SPECIFIC APPROACH COULD NOT BE EQUITABLE ENFORCED,* HE SAID. *THE ENFORCEMENT CAPACITY REQUIRED TERRITORY-WIDE COULD NOT BE MET, AND THIS WOULD INVITc.

> WIDESPREAD DISREGARD OF THE SCHEME, AN UNACCEPTABLE POSSIBILITY IN TERMS OF RESPECT FOR THE LAW.*

ADMINISTRATIVELY, HE ADDED, IT WOULD PLACE AN EXCESSIVE STRAIN ON THE FIXED PENALTY SYSTEM WHICH IS ALREADY OVEREXTENDED, AND THE CAPACITY OF THE COURTS WOULD BE SEVERELY STRAINED BY DEFENDED CASES.

♦THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR EVASION BY FORGING CORRUPTION ARE THE FINAL SIGNIFICANT OBJECTION,* HE SAID, ADDING THAT THE ATTEMPT TO ENFORCE SUCH A SYSTEM EFFECTIVELY WOULD ITSELF AFFECT TRAFFIC FLOW, BY THE STOPPAGE OF VEHICLES FOR VERIFICATION OF LICENCES.

♦IT WAS THEREFORE CONCLUDED THAT THE FIRST MEASURES TO RESTRAIN THE RATE OF GROWTH OF PRIVATE MOTOR VEHICLES SHOULD BE TO INCREASE THE COST OF ACQUIRING, KEEPING AND USING THEM.

♦THIS DOES NOT DENY THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE INDIVIDUAL TO HAVE A CAR OR MOTORCYCLE, BUT IT LEAVES HIM TO MAKE HIS PERSONAL BUDGETARY DEC IS ION.+

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THE GOVERNMENT AIMS TO REDUCE THE GROWTH RATE OF PRIVATE CARS IN HONG KONG TO FIVE PER CENT PER ANNUM, IN A BID TO STEM GROWING CONGESTION IN THE INTEREST OF THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE.

THIS RATE, THOUGH STILL SERIOUS, WOULD BE MANAGEABLE, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON ALAN SCOTT, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

♦THE EFFICIENT FLOW OF PEOPLE AND GOODS IS SO VITAL TO THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL HEALTH OF HONG KONG THAT IT MUST BE UNDERSTOOD THAT GOVERNMENT MEANS BUSINESS AND INTENDS TO ACHIEVE ITS OBJECTIVE HE STRESSED.

THE FIVE PER CENT TARGET GROWTH, HE ADDED, COULD BE USEFULLY REVIEWED WITHIN 12 MONTHS.

ALTHOUGH THE GOVERNMENT CONTINUED TO APPLY AND PRESS FORWARD WITH THE ROAD BUILDING PROGRAMME AND VARIOUS MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL MEASURES, +THEY CANNOT BY THEMSELVES PREVENT FURTHER DETERIORATION IN CONDITIONS IF THE CURRENT RATE OF GROWTH OF VEHICLES CONTINUES,* HE SAID.

ALREADY HONG KONG HAD THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF REGISTERED VEHICLES PER KILOMETRE OF TRAFFICABLE ROAD SPACE IN THE WORLD — 282 VEHICLES PER KILOMETRE AT THE END OF 1981.

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AND THERE WAS NO INDICATION OF ANY EASING IN THE HIGH GROWTH RATE OF VEHICLES.

INDEED, IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS PRIVATE CARS HAD GROWN AT THE RATE OF OVER 13 PER CENT PER ANNUM.

IF THIS TREND CONTINUED UNRESTRAINED, THERE WOULD BE WELL OVER 300 000 CARS ON THE ROADS BY 1987. BY 1991, THIS COULD REACH 400 000 OR EVEN MORE.

♦THESE FIGURES ARE, SIMPLY, FRIGHTENING, AND THE EFFORTS OF CERTAIN PEOPLE TO REDUCE THEIR PRESENT OR FUTURE SIGNIFICANCE CAN ONLY BE DESCRIBED AS SPITTING IN THE WIND,+ HE SAID.

MR SCOTT SAID THE 1976 COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORT STUDY HAD PROJECTED THAT HONG KONG COULD COPE WITH A RESTRAINED GROWTH RATE IN PRIVATE CARS OF FIVE PER CENT PER ANNUM.

THIS WOULD HAVE PRODUCED BY THE BEGINNING OF 1982 SOME 169 000 CARS. IN FACT, BY THE END OF MARCH THERE WERE 217 000 REGISTERED CARS — NEARLY 50 000 MORE THAN THE LEVEL CONSIDERED AS ACCEPTABLE IN 1973 EQUIVALENT CONGESTION TERMS. IN ADDITION, THERE WERE 28 000 MOTORCYCLES.

THIS ENORMOUS GROWTH RATE, SAID MR SCOTT, WAS MAINLY DUE TO THE ECONOMIC GROWTH OF HONG KONG, A LEVEL OF GROWTH WHICH NO ONE WOULD HAVE PREDICTED IN THE POST-1973 RECESSION PERIOD, WHEN THE CONSULTANTS WERE WORKING.

IN BROAD TERMS, THE NUMBER OF VEHICLES HAD GROWN AT AN ANNUAL RATE OF 8.4 PER CENT FROM 1971 TO 1981, WHILE ROAD CAPACITY OVERALL HAD INCREASED BY NOT MORE THAN THREE PER CENT PER ANNUM.

IN THAT PERIOD, TOTAL REGISTERED VEHICLES INCREASED FROM 125 000 TO 330 000, WITH PRIVATE CARS RISING FROM 80 000 TO OVER 211 000.

A FREQUENT CRITICISM, MR SCOTT NOTED, WAS THAT AN INADEQUATE ROAD DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR TROUBLES.

♦EVEN IF THE INCREASE IN TRAFFICABLE ROADS HAD BEEN TWICE THAT ACHIEVED,♦ HE SAID, ♦THE GROWTH RATE OF VEHICLES WOULD STILL BE WELL ABOVE THE LEVEL REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN CONGESTION AT 1973 LEVELS.+

BROADLY SPEAKING. IF THE NUMBER OF PRIVATE CARS WERE TO REACH 400 000 IT WOULD BE NECESSARY TO DUPLICATE MUCH OF THE EXISTING URBAN AREA MAJOR ROAD NETWORK.

♦THIS WOULD REQUIRE THE DOUBLE DECKING OF MILES AND MILES CF EXISTING ROADWAY, AND THE WHOLESALE DEMOLITION OF PRIVATE PROPERTY,♦ HE SAID. THE GOVERNMENT DID NOT SEE THIS AS A REALISTIC PROPOSITION.

MR SCOTT EMPHASISED THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S SUBSTANTIAL PROGRAMME OF ROAD BUILDING WOULD CONTINUE.

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SEVERAL LARGE PROJECTS WOULD BE COMPLETED DURING THE NEXT FEW YEARS, INCLUDING THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR, THE SHA TIN/ TAI PO COASTAL ROAD, THE ADDITIONAL CARRIAGEWAY OF TUEN MUN ROAD, THE TUEN MUN BY-PASS, AND THE AIRPORT TUNNEL ROAD.

EVEN IF CONSIDERABLE ADDITIONAL FUNDS COULD BE INJECTED, THE PROGRAMME COULD NOT BE SPEEDED UP SIGNIFICANTLY, GIVEN NECESSARY LEAD TIMES, TECHNICAL RESOURCES AND OTHER DEMANDS ON THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, HE SAID.

A LONG LIST OF OTHER MAJOR AND MUCH NEEDED PROJECTS, INCLUDING A SECOND FIXED HARBOUR CROSSING, WAS IN THE PLANNING STAGE OR APPROACHING THAT POINT, BUT THE HIGH COST AND TECHNICAL COMPLEXITY MEANT THEY MUST BE LOOKED AT VERY CAREFULLY AGAINST OTHER FINANCIAL AND RESOURCE PRIORITIES.

MR SCOTT SAID THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ADDING TO THE DENSE ROAD NETWORK IN THE URBAN AREA WERE OBVIOUSLY LIMITED. ♦THE ROAD CAPACITY SIMPLY CANNOT BE INCREASED TO MEET UNRESTRAINED GROWTH IN VEHICLES.♦

HE NOTED THAT EXPENDITURE ON ROAD BUILDING AT CURRENT PRICES HAD INCREASED AT THE RATE OF 24 PER CENT PER ANNUM DURING THE PAST DECADE. THIS DID NOT INCLUDE CONSIDERABLE SPENDING ON ROAD CONSTRUCTION IN THE NEW TOWNS.

♦IN SPITE OF THESE EFFORTS, THE LENGTH OF TRAFFICABLE ROADS INCREASED BY AN AVERAGE OF SOME TWO PER CENT PER ANNUM ONLY OVER THAT PERIOD.*

MR SCOTT SAID PUBLIC TRANSPORT JOURNEY SPEEDS HAD DROPPED IN RECENT YEARS AS A RESULT OF CONGESTION. IN RESPECT OF ONE OF THE TWO BUS COMPANIES. IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT TO KEEP UP THE 1979 LEVEL OF SERVICE TO 1981 REQUIRED 86 ADDITIONAL BUSES. IN THE CASE OF THE HONG KONG TRAMWAYS, THE SAME SIZE OF FLEET IN 1981 WAS ABLE TO COVER 38 PER CENT LESS MILEAGE THAN IN 1971.

♦NOT ONLY IS THIS INEFFICIENT IN TERMS OF SERVICE, IT IS INEFFICIENT ECONOMICALLY. IT MEANS HIGHER FARES TO PAY FOR MAINTAINING THE SAME LEVEL OF SERVICE, OR WORSE, DECREASING LEVEL OF SERVICE,♦ HE SAID.

AT PRESENT, THERE WERE 56 MAJOR INTERSECTIONS IN URBAN KOWLOON AND HONG KONG AT WHICH CONGESTION IS A REGULAR PEAK PERIOD FEATURE. THIS WAS PROJECTED TO RISE TO 132 IN FIVE YEARS IF THE CURRENT VEHICLE GROWTH RATE CONTINUED.

AND IN ONE WEEK IN THE MIDDLE OF MARCH, HE NOTED, THE NUMBER CF REPORTED CONGESTION IN URBAN HONG KONG AND KOWLOON AVERAGE 46 PER DAY.

WORSENING CONGESTION, HE SAID, COULD HAVE SERIOUS EFFECTS ON THE ECONOMY, ON LAW AND ORDER, AND ON LIFE AND PROPERTY.

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FOR EXAMPLE, THE ECONOMY WOULD BE HIT IF GOODS VEHICLES — WHICH PLAY A CRUCIAL ECONOMIC ROLE — WERE UNABLE TO MOVE EFFICIENTLY, AND THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES WOULD BE AS OBSTRUCTED IN MOVING TO DEAL WITH PROBLEMS AS THE FRUSTRATED POPULATION ITSELF.

ALREADY, DELAYS TO FIRE APPLIANCES BECAUSE OF CONGESTION WERE AT A SERIOUS LEVEL, WITH JUST OVER 10 PER CENT OF THE CALLS IN HONG KONG AND KOWLOON IN THE FIRST QUARTER THIS YEAR SUFFERING HOLDUPS. DELAYS TO AMBULANCES OCCURRED AT AN EVEN HIGHER FREQUENCY.

MR SCOTT WENT ON TO OUTLINE PRESENT MEASURES BEING TAKEN TO REDUCE CONGESTION. THESE COVERED TRAFFIC CONTROL AND MANAGEMENT, THE DEVELOPMENT OF OFF-ROAD PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEMS. THE DEVELOPMENT OF ON-ROAD PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEMS, AND PARKING FACILITIES AND CONTROLS.

ON PARKING FACILITIES AND CONTROLS, MR SCOTT EMPHASISED THAT AS MUCH PARKING SPACE AS POSSIBLE SHOULD BE PROVIDED, WITHOUT GENERATING MORE TRAFFIC THAN THE LOCAL ROAD NETWORK CAN CARRY WITHOUT WORSENING CONGESTION.

+THERE IS NO QUESTION OF USING THIS PROVISION, OR RATHER THE DELIBERATE LACK OF PROVISION, OF CAR PARKING AS A RESTRAINT ON CAR USAGE IN BUSY AREAS.

♦A PROGRAMME OF CAR PARKING DEVELOPMENT AND POLICY IS ABOUT TO BE PUT TO THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL, AND I CAN ASSURE MEMBERS THAT I TAKE THIS ASPECT OF TRANSPORT POLICY PARTICULARLY SERIOUSLY,* HE SAID.

REFERRING TO TRAFFIC CONTROL AND MANAGEMENT MEASURES, HE SAID FINANCIAL APPROVAL WAS BEING SOUGHT TO EXTEND THE SOPHISTICATED AREA TRAFFIC CONTROL SCHEME IN WEST KOWLOON TO EAST KOWLOON AND ALSO TO INTRODUCE IT ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

THE SCHEME, WHICH SYNCHRONISES TRAFFIC SIGNALS BY COMPUTER, HAD REDUCED JOURNEY TIMES AND INCREASED VEHICLE SPEEDS IN WEST KOWLOON BY AS MUCH AS ONE-THIRD.

HOWEVER, AREA TRAFFIC CONTROL COULD ONLY IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW, SAID MR SCOTT. + IT CANNOT OPERATE IF CONGESTION IS ALREADY SO SEVERE THAT TRAFFIC CANNOT BE SHIFTED AROUND WITHIN THE ROAD SYSTEM CONCERNED.*

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT MEASURES, INCLUDING THE MONITORED PHASING OF TRAFFIC SIGNALS AT KEY JUNCTIONS, PROHIBITION OF RIGHT-HAND TURNS, ONE-WAY TRAFFIC, URBAN CLEARWAYS, AND PROHIBITION OF STOPPING DURING PEAK HOURS, WERE ALREADY EXTENSIVELY USED AND WOULD BE EXTENDED WHEREVER POSSIBLE, HE ADDED.

FIFTY-TWO LOCATIONS WERE IDENTIFIED IN 1981 FOR PRIORITY SCHEMES, WHICH FAVOUR PUBLIC TRANSPORT OVER PRIVATE VEHICLES, AND THESE WERE BEING EXAMINED, SAID MR SCOTT.

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MOTOR VEHICLE RESTRAINT PROPOSALS NOT AIMED AT RAISING REVENUE, SAYS FS

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THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON JOHN BREMRIDGE, SAID TODAY GOVERNMENT ACTION TO THE OBVIOUS PROBLEM OF GROWING ROAD CONGESTION REQUIRED EXCEPTIONAL USE OF ALL PRACTICABLE MEANS AS A MATTER OF COMMONSENSE.

+THE MEANS INVOLVE FISCAL MEASURES DESIGNED REVENUE BUT RATHER TO ACT AS RESTRAINTS DIRECTED USAGE,♦ HE SAID.

NOT TO RAISE AT VEHICLE

MR BREMRIDGE WAS ADDRESSING THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AFTER THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON ALAN SCOTT, HAD EXPLAINED THE REASONS THE GOVERNMENT MUST NOW TAKE STEPS TO STEM THE GROWTH OF CONGESTION IN THE INTERESTS OF THE COMMUNITY.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAID THAT FOR MANY YEARS IT HAD BEEN GOVERNMENT POLICY THAT TAXES SHOULD IN THE MAIN BE RAISED FOR FISCAL PURPOSES.

THIS POLICY, HE SAID, MUST NATURALLY HAVE REGARD NOT ONLY TO THE CONCEPT OF ANNUALITY IN BUDGETS BUT ALSO TO THE NEED TO MAKE SAVINGS IN GOOD TIMES SO AS TO BE PROTECTED WHEN BAD TIMES ARISE. THIS IS WELL UNDERSTOOD BY EVERY PRUDENT BUSINESSMAN AND HEAD OF FAMILY.

♦THERE ARE, OF COURSE, MACRO-ECONOMIC CONSIDERATIONS AS WELL WHICH PARTICULARLY REFLECT THE IMPERATIVES OF SENSIBLE ANTI-INFLATIONARY MEASURES AND POLICIES,* HE SAID.

REFERRING TO THE PUBLIC REVENUE PROTECTION ORDERS WITH REGARD TO FIRST REGISTRATION TAX, ANNUAL LICENCE FEES, AND THE DUTY ON LIGHT OILS WHICH CAME INTO EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT ON TUESDAY (MAY 4), MR BREMRIDGE SAID THE ADDITIONAL RECURRENT REVENUE IN 1982/83 WAS ESTIMATED TO BE ABOUT 51 BILLION. HOWEVER, IT COULD BE LESS DEPENDING ON THE EXTENT TO WHICH THESE MEASURES WERE EFFECTIVE. THE CALCULATION WAS QUITE EMPIRICAL, HE SAID.

THIS UNEXPECTED WINDFALL, MR BREMRIDGE SAID, WOULD BE TREATED WITH PRUDENCE.

♦WHILE HYPOTHECATION OF REVENUE IS OUT OF THE QUESTION, IT WILL OBVIOUSLY NOT WEAKEN THE GOVERNMENT’S DETERMINATION TO PRESS ON WITH ITS VERY SUBSTANTIAL TRANSPORT PROGRAMMES INVOLVING MAJOR EXPENDITURE FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE,+ HE ADDED.

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PENSIONS INCREASED BY 12 PER CENT * X *

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY APPROVED A 12 PER CENT INCREASE IN ALL PENSIONS IN PAYMENT ON APRIL 1, 1982. THE TOTAL COST OF THIS INCREASE IS ESTIMATED AT $40.2 MILLION FOR A FULL YEAR.

IN MOVING A MOTION FOR THE ADJUSTMENT, THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE, THE HON MARTIN ROWLANDS, SAID IT IS THE GOVERNMENT’S DECLARED POLICY TO MAINTAIN THE ORIGINAL PURCHASING POWER OF CIVIL SERVICE PENSIONS AND THIS IS ACHIEVED BY PERIODIC PENSION ADJUSTMENTS TO REFLECT CHANGES IN THE COST OF LIVING.

MR ROWLANDS SAID THAT DURING THE CURRENT REVIEW PERIOD, WHICH COVERS A NINE-MONTH PERIOD FROM JULY 1, 1981 TO MARCH 31, 1982, THE MOVING ANNUAL AVERAGE OF THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) ROSE BY 26.1 POINTS OR 11.4 PER CENT.

HE SAID THE USUAL PRACTICE WOULD BE TO ROUND THIS DOWN AND ADJUST PENSIONS BY 11 PER CENT. HOWEVER, SINCE 1976, WHEN THE PRESENT ARRANGEMENTS FOR ADJUSTING PENSIONS AGAINST MOVEMENTS IN CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) WERE INTRODUCED, THE PERCENTAGE INCREASES HAVE BEEN ROUNDED DOWN IN FIVE YEARS OUT OF SIX.

♦THIS HAS RESULTED OVER THE YEARS IN A NET ARITHMETIC ROUNDING DOWN OF 0.59 PER CENT. IT IS THEREFORE CONSIDERED REASONABLE TO ROUND UP THIS YEAR’S ADJUSTMENT FROM 11.4 PER CENT TO 12 PER CENT,* HE SAID.

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THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON ALAN SCOTT TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY HE WAS GIVING CLOSE PERSONAL ATTENTION TO THE IMPORTANT MATTER OF ENSURING THAT TRANSPORT POLICY VIEWS AND NEEDS WERE EFFECTIVELY CO-ORDINATED INTO GOVERNMENT PLANNING AND PROGRAMMES AS THEY WERE DEVELOPED AND IMPLEMENTED AT ALL LEVELS.

MR SCOTT WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON T.S. LO, WHO ASKED WHAT PROGRESS HAD BEEN MADE TO CENTRALISE TRANSPORT RESPONSIBILITIES.

HE SAID IN SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR, THE FIRST STEP IN THE REORGANISATION OF THE FORMER ENVIRONMENT BRANCH WAS TAKEN, FOLLOWING THE DECISION TO SEPARATE TRANSPORT POLICY AND STRATEGIC TRANSPORT PLANNING RESPONSIBILITIES FROM THOSE IN RESPECT OF LAND AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. AND TO CENTRA-ISE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES IN THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT.

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THE HEW TRANSPORT BRANCH CAME INTO BEING ON SEPTEMBER 1, 1981, WITH ADDITIONAL STAFF, INCLUDING A TRANSPORT PLANNING UNIT WHICH PROVIDES THE TRANSPORT PLANNING INPUT TO THE OVERALL PLANNING

CF LAND DEVELOPMENT AND LAND USE.

THE AUGMENTED TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT CAME INTO BEING ON APRIL 1, 1982, WHEN MOST OF THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT BRANCH CF THE FORMER PWD HIGHWAYS OFFICE TRANSFERRED TO THE ESTABLISHMENT CF TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT. THIS INCLUDED THE TRAFFIC ENGINEERING DIVISION, THE TRAFFIC CONTROL AND SURVEILLANCE DIVISION, THE ROAD SAFETY DIVISION AND THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT SURVEY DIVISION.

♦THE THIRD STEP TO COMPLETE THE PICTURE IS THE ESTABLISHMENT CF THREE REGIONAL TRANSPORT OFFICES, EACH HEADED BY AN ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER RESPONSIBLE FOR TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT AND PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES IN THE RESPECTIVE REGIONS OF HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES. EACH ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER WILL BE SUPPORTED BY PROFESSIONAL STAFF IN THE TRANSPORT AND ENGINEER GRADES,+ MR SCOTT SAID.

HE SAID RECRUITMENT OF TWO ADDITIONAL ASSISTANT COMMISSIONERS IS IN PROGRESS AND THEY ARE EXPECTED TO BE IN POST EARLY NEXT MONTH WHILE THE STAFF LEVEL BELOW THAT, INVOLVING THE POSSIBLE CREATION OF A NEW RANK OF PRINCIPAL TRANSPORT OFFICER, WILL BE DETERMINED LATER IN THE LIGHT OF EXPERIENCE WITHIN THE NEXT TWELVE MONTHS.

MR SCOTT SAID A FURTHER ASPECT OF THE REORGANISATION IS BEING PURSUED WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE WHICH IS THE LOCATION OF A SENIOR POLICE OFFICER IN THE AUGMENTED TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TO FACILITATE CO-ORDINATION WITH THE TRAFFIC HEADQUARTERS OF THE POLICE.

♦A NEW POST OF CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT OF POLICE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED IN THE POLICE FORCE UNDER THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR (TRAFFIC) TO LIAISE WITH THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT AND TO ADVISE THE DEPARTMENT AND MY BRANCH ON BOTH TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT AND ENFORCEMENT,+ HE ADDED.

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FRANCHISED FERRY SERVICES * * X *

ALTHOUGH A FRANCHISED FERRY COMPANY MIGHT BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE AN INDIVIDUAL UNPROFITABLE SERVICE, THIS WOULD BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT IN ASSESSING THE OVERALL PERFORMANCE AND PROFITABILITY CF THE COMPANY IN DETERMINING THE LEVELS OF FARE TO BE CHARGED AND THE PATTERN OF SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON ALAN SCOTT, IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE FERRY SERVICES BILL 1982 IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

MR SCOTT SAID CONCERN HAD BEEN EXPRESSED BY THE FERRY COMPANIES ABOUT THE POWERS CONFERRED UPON GOVERNMENT BY THE PROVISIONS IN THE BILL, AND ABOUT THE MORE DETAILED STIPULATIONS COVERING SIMILAR AREAS OF GOVERNMENT CONTROL IN THE FRANCHISES.

♦THEIR ANXIETY, AS I UNDERSTAND IT, IS THAT THE FERRY COMPANIES MAY BE REQUIRED TO OPERATE UNPROFITABLE SERVICES AGAINST PRUDENT COMMERCIAL PRINCIPLES, AND THEREBY SUFFER FINANCIAL LOSS,+ HE SAID.

MR SCOTT POINTED OUT THAT THE SERVICES WHICH ARE THE SUBJECT CF THESE PROVISIONS ARE PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES AND IT IS NECESSARY IN THE INTERESTS OF THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE ABLE TO EXERT A DEGREE OF CONTROL OVER THE PROVISION OF SERVICES.

♦ALTHOUGH CIRCUMSTANCES MAY ARISE IN WHICH IT WOULD BE NECESSARY TO DIRECT A FRANCHISED FERRY COMPANY TO PROVIDE A SERVICE WHICH AS AN INDIVIDUAL SERVICE MIGHT BE UNPROFITABLE, GOVERNMENT IS BOUND TO TAKE SUCH FACTORS INTO ACCOUNT WHEN ASSESSING THE OVERALL PERFORMANCE AND PROFITABILITY OF THE FRANCHISED OPERATORS IN THE CONTEXT OF DETERMINING THE LEVELS CF FARES TO BE CHARGED AND THE OVERALL PATTERN OF SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED,+ HE SAID.

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PARKING POLICY OUTLINED * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT DOES HAVE A COMPREHENSIVE POLICY FOR ON- AND CFF-STREET PARKING FOR MOTOR VEHICLES, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON ALAN SCOTT SAID TODAY.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON ANDREW SO IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR SCOTT SAID THE POLICY AIMS TO SUPPORT THE WIDER STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES OF IMPROVING PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND MAKING MORE ECONOMIC USE OF THE ROAD SYSTEM.

HE SAID THE MAIN ELEMENTS OF THE POLICY INCLUDE THE DEVELOPMENT OF MULTI-STOREY CAR PARKS TO HELP REDUCE THE EXISTING SHORTFALL OF PARKING SPACES, THE USE OF LAND FOR TEMPORARY CAR AND LORRY PARKS, THE SETTING OF PARKING STANDARDS FOR RESIDENTIAL AND OTHER DEVELOPMENTS, THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF PARK AND RIDE FACILITIES, THE EXPANSION OF PARKING METER COVERAGE TO ENSURE A BETTER TURNOVER IN ON-STREET SPACES, AND TAKING ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST ILLEGAL PARKING.

♦PARKING POLICY HAS BEEN UNDER REVIEW FOR SOME TIME NOW AND, AFTER THE ADVICE OF THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE HAS BEEN OBTAINED, A SUBMISSION WILL BE MADE TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, I EXPECT WITHIN THE NEXT TWO MONTHS,+ MR SCOTT SAID.

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LANDED PROPERTY * X *

THE ASCERTAINMENT OF SUCCESSORS FOR LANDED PROPERTY REMAINS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, THE ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON GERALD NAZARETH, SAID TODAY.

HOWEVER, WITH EFFECT FROM ARPIL 1, 1982, THE NEW LANDS DEPARTMENT HAS TAKEN OVER DISTRICT LAND REGISTRIES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, EXCEPT TSUEN WAN, FOR THE REGISTRATION OF SUCCESSORS.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON CHARLES YEUNG, MR NAZARETH SAID THE LANDS DEPARTMENT WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SE DISTRICT LAND REGISTRIES UNTIL THE REGISTRAR GENERAL IS ABLE TO TAKE THEM OVER.

THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT LAND REGISTRY, HE SAID, IS ALREADY OPERATED BY THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT.

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BRIEFING POLICY * * *

MAJOR GOVERNMENT ISSUES ARE EXPLAINED AS FULLY AS POSSIBLE BY WRITTEN MATERIAL, VERBAL PRESENTATIONS AND AT PRESS CONFERENCES, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON DENIS BRAY, SAID TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE REV. THE HON JOYCE BENNETT, W BRAY SAID ALL THE WRITTEN MATERIAL IS PRODUCED IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE. THE PRESS CONFERENCES ARE HELD IN A ROOM WHERE SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION IN ENGLISH AND CANTONESE ARE AVAILABLE.

♦ALL THE WRITTEN MATERIAL IS DISTRIBUTED TO ALL LOCAL NEWS NED IA AND TO NEWS AGENCIES AND IS AVAILABLE TO ANY OVERSEAS CORRESPONDENTS,* HE SAID.

♦ALL PRESS CONFERENCES ARE OPEN TO ALL NEWS MEDIA IRRESPECTIVE CF THEIR LANGUAGE OF PUBLICATION.

♦IN SHORT WE TRY TO BE AS EVENHANDED AND AS COMPREHENSIVE AS POSSIBLE IN THE DISTRIBUTION OF MATERIAL RELATING TO ALL MAJOR GOVERNMENT ISSUES,* MR BRAY SAID.

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MORE HOLIDAYS FOR EMPLOYEES PROPOSED

S

AN AMENDMENT BILL WHICH PROVIDES FOR AN ADDITIONAL FLOATING HOLIDAY, WAS TABLED AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) FOR THE FIRST AND SECOND READING.

MOVING THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, DR THE HON J.W. HAYES, SAID IT WAS INTENDED THAT THE BILL, IF APPROVED BY THE COUNCIL, WOULD COME INTO EFFECT ON JANUARY 1 NEXT YEAR.

SPEAKING OF THE BACKGROUND TO THE PROPOSAL, DR HAYES RECALLED THAT IN JUNE LAST YEAR PUBLIC OPINION WAS SOUGHT BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT REGARDING THE DISPARITY BETWEEN GENERAL HOLIDAYS AND STATUTORY HOLIDAYS.

SUBSEQUENTLY, IT WAS PROPOSED AS A FIRST STEP TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF STATUTORY HOLIDAYS TO 11 A YEAR FROM 1983.

DR HAYES POINTED OUT THAT THE BILL WAS AIMED AT BRINGING THE PROPOSAL INTO OPERATION.

IT ALSO PROPOSES THAT WHERE A STATUTORY HOLIDAY, AN ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY OR A SUBSTITUTED HOLIDAY FALLS ON A REST DAY, ALL EMPLOYEES WILL BE GRANTED A HOLIDAY ON THE NEXT DAY THEREAFTER.

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REFERRING TO THE FLOATING HOLIDAYS, DR HAYES SAID THE BILL FURTHER PROPOSES THAT WHERE AN EMPLOYER DOES NOT FIX ONE OR BOTH OF THE HOLIDAYS, THEN SUCH DAY OR DAYS WILL, AT THE REQUEST CF AN EMPLOYEE, BE ADDED TO HIS PAID ANNUAL LEAVE.

WHERE FLOATING HOLIDAYS ARE NOT FIXED BY THE EMPLOYER AND THE EMPLOYEE DOES NOT REQUEST THAT THEY BE ADDED TO THE PAID ANNUAL LEAVE, THE EMPLOYEE WILL BE GRANTED HOLIDAYS ON THE MONDAY IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE SECOND SATURDAY IN JUNE AND ON THE LAST MONDAY IN AUGUST.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

UNDER THE EXISTING EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE EMPLOYEES ARE ENTITLED TO 10 STATUTORY HOLIDAYS WITH PAY IN A YEAR.

IF, FOR ANY REASON, AN EMPLOYEE IS REQUIRED TO WORK ON A STATUTORY HOLIDAY, HIS EMPLOYER MAY GIVE HIM AN ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY WITHIN 60 DAYS BEFORE OR AFTER A STATUTORY HOLIDAY WITH 48 HOURS’ NOTICE.

HOWEVER, IF THE EMPLOYER AND EMPLOYEE AGREE, ANY DAY WITHIN 30 DAYS OF A STATUTORY OR ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY MAY BE TAKEN BY THE EMPLOYEE AS A SUBSTITUTED HOLIDAY.

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MEDICAL EXAMINATION FOR COMPRESSED AIR WORKERS

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UNDER AMENDED REGULATIONS APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY), WORKERS ENGAGED IN COMPRESSED AIR WORK WILL RECEIVE RADIOLOGICAL EXAMINATION FOR DETECTION OF BONE NECROSIS ANNUALLY, INSTEAD OF EVERY SIX MONTHS.

IN TABLING THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (WORK IN COMPRESSED AIR)(AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1982, THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR. DR THE HON J.W. HAYES, EXPLAINED THE REASONS FOR THE CHANGE IN THE FREQUENCY OF EXAMINATIONS.

HE POINTED OUT THAT A REVIEW OF HEALTH EXPERIENCE IN HONG KONG SINCE WORK IN COMPRESSED AIR STARTED IN 1977, AND A SIMILAR REVIEW IN BRITAIN, HAD CONFIRMED A VERY LOW INCIDENCE OF BONE hECROSIS.

♦BEARING IN MIND THAT THE DIAGNOSTIC AND PREVENTIVE POTENTIAL OF RADIOLOGICAL EXAMINATION MUST BE BALANCED AGAINST POSSIBLE IONISING RADIATION HAZARD TO THE INDIVIDUAL, IT IS NOW CONSIDERED THAT ANNUAL RATHER THAN SIX-MONTHLY EXAMINATIONS ARE MORE APPROPRIATE FOR THE DETECTION OF BONE NECROSIS. THIS WILL HALVE IONISING RADIATION EXPOSURE WITHOUT FORFEITING ANY APPRECIABLE DISEASE PREVENTIVE POTENTIAL,* HE NOTED.

DR HAYES ADDED THAT HE UNDERSTOOD A SIMILAR CHANGE WOULD BE RECOMMENDED FOR THE UK CODE OF PRACTICE FOR WORK IN COMPRESSED AIR.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 5,

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LYEMUN BRIDGE STUDY EXPECTED END OF YEAR * * * *

THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, MR DAVID MCDONALD, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY THAT DETAILED STUDIES CF THE LYEMUN BRIDGE WERE ORDERED IN FEBRUARY THIS YEAR AND wERE SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION BY THE END OF THE YEAR.

MR MCDONALD, REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON T.S. LO, SAID THAT A PRELIMINARY STUDY OF A BRIDGE CROSSING LYEMUN WAS COMMISSIONED IN 1974 IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORT STUDY.

HE SAID, *THE STUDY CONCLUDED IN 1975 THAT IT WOULD BE FEASIBLE TO CONSTRUCT SUCH A CROSSING ALTHOUGH IT WAS RECOGNISED THAT SEVERE LIMITATIONS WOULD BE IMPOSED ON THE BRIDGE DESIGN BY AVIATION AND MARINE REQUIREMENTS.*

*BUT IN THE CLIMATE OF THE ECONOMIC SITUATION IN THE MID 1970’S, WITH THE COMPETITION BETWEEN PROJECTS FOR LIMITED RESOURCES AND THE RELATIVELY LIGHT TRAFFIC VOLUMES USING THE CROSS-HARBOUR TUNNEL, THE BRIDGE PROJECT WAS NOT ACCORDED SUFFICIENT PRIORITY TO ALLOW IT TO PROCEED FURTHER AT THAT TIME.*

HOWEVER, MR MCDONALD ADDED, IN THE LATE 1979’S TUNNEL TRAFFIC VOLUMES INCREASED DRAMATICALLY AND IN JANUARY 1980 A STUDY OF ALL LONG AND SHORT-TERM OPTIONS TO DEAL WITH CROSS-HARBOUR TRAFFIC DEMAND WAS COMMISSIONED.

+0F THE LONG-TERM OPTIONS SELECTED BY THE CONSULTANTS DURING THE COURSE OF THIS TWO-YEAR STUDY THE LYEMUN BRIDGE WAS GIVEN AS FIRST PREFERENCE,* HE SAID.

+THE STUDY IDENTIFIED THAT THE EFFECT ON THE KAI TAK INSTRUMENT LANDING SYSTEM WAS A MAJOR UNRESOLVED QUESTION REQUIRING MORE DETAILED INVESTIGATION. THE DETAILED STUDIES WERE THEN ORDERED.*

+IF THE RESULTS PROVE FAVOURABLE, DETAILED DESIGN CAN THEN BE STARTED WITH A VIEW TO COMPLETION OF THE STRUCTURE BY THE END CF 1986 WHEN THE APPROACH ROADS ON THE ISLAND AND MAINLAND ARE PROGRAMMED FOR COMPLETION.*

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 1982

GOOD COORDINATION IN PRE-PRIMARY * * * * *

EDUCATION AND SERVICES *

there is already a high degree of coordination among the VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED WITH PRE-PRIMARY EDUCATION AND SERVICES, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, THE HON COLVYN HAYE, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

MR HAYE WAS REPLYING TO THE REV THE HON JOYCE BENNETT WHO ASKED HOW THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BETTER COORDINATE THE EDUCATION SERVICES PROVIDED BY CHILD-CARE CENTRES AND KINDERGARTENS ESPECIALLY IN VIEW OF THE REVISED ARRANGEMENTS TO BE IN EFFECT THIS SEPTEMBER.

MR HAYE SAID A STANDING COMMITTEE CHAIRED BY A SENIOR OFFICIAL OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT HAD BEEN ESTABLISHED IN JULY 1981 FOLLOWING THE PUBLICATION OF THE WHITE PAPER ON PRIMARY EDUCATION AND PRE-PRIMARY SERVICES. THIS COMMITTEE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR COORDINATING THE WORK OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IN THE CARE AND EDUCATION OF CHILDREN IN CHILD CARE CENTRES AND KINDERGARTENS.

♦THE COMMITTEE WILL CONTINUE TO MEET AS LONG AS IT IS REQUIRED TO IMPLEMENT THE PROPOSALS OF THE 1981 WHITE PAPER,* HE NOTED.

AS TO THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE COMING SEPTEMBER, MR HAYE SAID THE STANDING COMMITTEE HAD BEEN DEVOTING SPECIFIC ATTENTION TO THE PHASING IN OF THE AGE OF ENTRY FOR KINDERGARTENS, ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE SO-CALLED BABY CLASSES, FEE ASSISTANCE, RENT REIMBURSEMENT, THE TRAINING OF STAFF AND THE BASIC EQUIPMENT FOR KINDERGARTENS.

A NUMBER OF INFORMATION CIRCULARS HAD ALREADY BEEN ISSUED TO SPECIFY THE GENERAL REQUIREMENTS COVERED BY THE WHITE PAPER, and there would be more, he added.

HE ALSO SAID THAT THERE HAD BEEN FORMAL AND INFORMAL MEETINGS WITH The operators OF CHILD care centres and kindergartens and they should soon be in no doubt as to what WAS REQUIRED OF THEM BY THIS SEPTEMBER AND IN THE INTERIM PERIOD BETWEE’. then and September 1985, when the requirements of the white paper WERE EXPECTED TO BE ENFORCED.

THE ESSENCE OF THESE ARRANGEMENTS HAS BEEN AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE CONSULTATION, PUBLICITY AND FLEXIBILITY,* HE SAID.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 1982

MTR LOAN GUARANTEE APPROVED * * *

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY APPROVED A GOVERNMENT GUARANTEE TO COVER REPAYMENT OF A $66 MILLION LOAN INCURRED 3Y THE MASS TRANS IT RAILWAY CORPORATION.

THE SUM BORROWED UNDER THIS GUARANTEE WILL BE USED TO cI NANCE THE ISLAND LINE CONTRACTS FOR THE SUPDLY, MANUFACTURE AND INSTALLATION OF TRAINBORNE AND TRACKSIDE EQUIPMENT AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF TUNNELS BETWEEN SHAU KI WAN AND CHAI WAN DEPOT.

THIS BRINGS THE GOVERNMENT’S TOTAL GUARANTEE COMMITMENT IN RESPECT OF OUTSTANDING LOANS AVAILABLE TO THE MTRC TO $7 318 MILLION.

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PRESERVING OUR MONUMENTS

FIFTEEN MONUMENTS - INCLUDING ANCIENT ROCK CARVINGS, INSCRIPTIONS, FORTS, TEMPLES, VILLAGES AND HISTORIC BUILDINGS -HAVE BEEN GAZETTED SINCE THE ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS ORDINANCE CAME INTO EFFECT IN 1976, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON DENIS BRAY SAID TODAY.

IN ADDITION, ABOUT 400 RELATIVELY MINOR ITEMS OF HISTORIC VALUE SUCH AS MILESTONES ARE PROTECTED ADMINISTRATIVELY, NR BRAY SAID.

IN HIS REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON ANDREW SO, MR BRAY SAID THE WORK ON PRESERVATION OF MONUMENTS, CARRIED OUT BY THE ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS OFFICE IN THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, HAS RECENTLY RECEIVED A BOOST BY THE CREATION THIS YEAR OF A BLOCK VOTE OF $1 MILLION FOR THE RESTORATION AND ANOTHER VOTE OF $250 000 FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF MONUMENTS.

♦THE ORDINANCE ITSELF HAS RECENTLY BEEN COMPREHENSIVELY REVIEWED, RESULTING IN THE NUMBER OF PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO IMPROVE THE PROCEDURE OF LEGAL PROTECTION,* HE SAID.

MR BRAY SAID HE HOPED AN AMENDMENT COULD BE PRESENTED TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SHORTLY.

AS REGARDS PUBLICITY, HE SAID EVERY TIME SOMETHING OF HISTORIC VALUE IS DISCOVERED, GAZETTED, OR RESTORED, THERE IS USUALLY CONSIDERABLE PUBLICITY, BOTH IN NEWSPAPERS AND TELEVISION.

AN INFORMATIVE ANNUAL REPORT IS PUT OUT BY THE ANTIQUITIES ADVISORY BOARD AND IS AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC FREE OF CHARGE. THE CURRENT ONE IS NOW UNDER PREPARATION.

ALSO UNDER PREPARATION IS A BROCHURE BY THE ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS OFFICE ON WHAT IS BEING DONE TO PRESERVE MONUMENTS, HOW IT IS BEING DONE, AND THE MAIN ITEMS UNDER PROTECTION.

THE BROCHURE SHOULD BE AVAILABLE BY THE END OF THIS YEAR

WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 1982

FOUR OFFICERS DEPLOYED

X ’ r.

eOUR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS ARE AT PRESENT DEPLOYED IN THE LANDS OFFICES OF TUEN MUN, TSUEN WAN, SAI KUNG AND ISLANDS DISTRICT, THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, DAVID MCDONALD, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON CHARLES YEUNG.

HE SAID THAT IT WAS INTENDED THAT IN JULY ANOTHER FOUR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS WOULD BE POSTED TO SERVE THE YUEN LONG, TAI PO, SHA TIN AND NORTH DISTRICTS.

MR MCDONALD SAID, +THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS WORK DIRECTLY TO THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICERS IN A STAFF CAPACITY AND PROVIDE LIAISON BETWEEN THE LANDS OFFICE, THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE DEPARTMENTS WORKING IN THE DISTRICT, THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.+

IN ADDITION, HE SAID, THEY HAD SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITY WITHIN THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE FOR THE CO-ORDINATION CF CLEARANCE, VILLAGE REMOVALS, THE APPLICATION OF THE SMALL HOUSE POLICY AND VILLAGE IMPROVEMENT SCHEMES.

SIX MORE DENTAL CLINICS FOR N.T. * * *

SIX MORE GOVERNMENT DENTAL CLINICS ARE TO BE BUILT IN VARIOUS PARTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES BY 1986, THE DIRECTOR OF f€DICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR K.L. THONG, SAID TODAY.

TRFATM?N-EFn2EArB«£r^JeCrIN-iCS THE RURAL AREA PROVIDING TREATMENT FOR ACUTE CASES TO THE PUBLIC, HE SAID QUESTION BY MR CHARLES YEUNG, AT THE LEGISLATIVE FETING TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A COUNCIL

THESE CLINICS ARE SITUATED IN THE NEW TOWNS OUTLYING ISLANDS, SAID DR THONG.

IN ADDITION, SPECIALIST DENTAL TREATMENT IS THE PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL.

AND ON THE

PROVIDED IN

* IT IS INTENDED THAT SUCH TREATMENT WILL BE INCORPORATED IN THE PLANS FOR THREE MAJOR HOSPITALS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION BY THE END OF THE DEC ADE, ♦ SAID DR THONG.

HE ADDED THAT THREE SCHOOL DENTAL CLINICS wILL BEGIN OPERATION IN THE NEW TERRITORIES TO PROVIDE PREVENTIVE DENTAi SERVICE FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN BY 1987.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 1982

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THREE ORDERS GAZETTED * * * *

AN EXTRAORDINARY ISSUE OF THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE PUBLISHED CARLY ’HIS MORNING YAY 5) CONTAINS THREE PUBLIC REVENUE PROTECTION ORDERS SIGNED YESTERDAY BY THE DEPUTY TO THE GOVERNOR WHICH INCREASE THE FIRST REGISTRATION TAX AND THE ANNUAL LICENCE FEES FOR PRIVATE MOTOR VEHICLES AND MOTOR-CYCLES, AND ALSO ADD 70 CENTS PER LITRE TO THE DUTY ON LIGHT OILS (THAT IS, MOTOR AND AVIATION SPIRITS).

THE ORDERS BECAME EFFECTIVE FROM MIDNIGHT (MAY 4). THEREFORE THE NEW RATES OF rIRST REGISTRATION TAX AND OF NEW AND RENEWAL ANNUAL LICENCE FEES FOR PRIVATE MOTOR VEHICLES AND MOTOR-CYCLES WILL APPLY WHEN THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S LICENSING OFFICES OPEN FOR BUSINESS THIS MORNING (MAY 5).

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID IT WOULD BE A MATTER FOR THE OIL COMPANIES TO DECIDE HOW TO DEAL WITH THE INCREASE IN DUTY ON PETROL, WHETHER TO PASS IT ON TO CUSTOMERS AT ONCE OR AFTER SUPPLIES AT STATIONS ON WHICH THE OLD RATE OF DUTY HAD BEEN PAID HAD RUN OUT.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE MEASURES DID NOT APPLY TO PUBLIC AND PRIVATE OMNIBUSES, PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LIGHT BUSES, TAXIS OR GOODS VEHICLES.

THE OLD AND NEW RATES OF FIRST REGISTRATION TAX, WHICH IS A PERCENTAGE OF THE COST INSURANCE FREIGHT (THAT IS, LANDED) VALUE, ARE AS FOLLOWS-.

EXISTING PROPOSED

PRIVATE CARS

A) UNDER $23 003 IN VALUE 35% 70%

B) $20 000 - $30 000 40% 80%

C) OVER $30 000 45% 00%

MOTOR-CYCLES/TR(CYCLES 35% 70%

the revised annual licence fees are AS FOLLOWSi

PROPOSED

EXISTING

FOR PRIVATE CARS OF WHICH THE CYu INDER CAPACITY OF THE ENGINEi

A) DOES NOT EXCEED 1 000 CC $400 $1 800

B) DOES NOT EXCEED 1 500 CC $600 $1 800

C) DOES NOT EXCEED 2 500 CC $900 $2 700

D) DOES NOT EXCEED 3 500 CC $1 200 $3 600

E) DOES NOT EXCEED 4 500 CC $1 500 $4 500

F) EXCEEDS 4 500 CC $1 800 $5 400

MOTOR-CYCLES (INCL. SCOOTERS ETC) $200 $600

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE NECESSITY TO RESTRAIN THE RATE OF GROWTH OF PRIVATE MOTOR VEHICLES HAD BEEN FORESHADOWED IN THE 1979 WHITE PAPER ON INTERNAL TRANSPORT POLICY AND THE GOVERNMENT HAD DECIDED THAT THE TIME HAD COME NOW TO ACT.

THE EXTRAORDINARY ISSUE OF THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE ALSO CONTAINS THREE BILLS WHICH PROVIDE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROPOSALS BY LEGISLATION.

THE BILLS WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THIS AFTERNOON (MAY 5) WHEN THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT WILL GIVE A FULL STATEMENT ON THE REASONS AND NECESSITY FOR INTRODUCING THESE MEASURES. THE DEBATE WILL THEN BE ADJOURNED IN THE USUAL WAY FOR MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO CONSIDER THE PROPOSALS. THE DEBATE IS EXPECTED TO BE RESUMED IN TWO WEEKS TIME.

IN THE MEANTIME, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, THE PUBLIC REVENUE PROTECTION ORDERS GAVE THE INCREASES FULL LEGAL EFFECT.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 1952

NOTE TO EDITORS:

GOVERNOR’S DEPARTURE - PRESS ARRANGEMENTS * * * *

DETAILS OF PRESS ARRANGEMENTS FOR MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER Tr'i DEPARTURE FROM HONG KONG ON MAY S OF HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, AND LADY MACLEHOSE ARE CONTAINED IN COPIES OF A SUPPLEMENT TO THE DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN WHICH WILL BE DISTRIBUTED IN THE GIS PRESS BOXES THIS EVENING.

BASED ON NOMINATIONS RECEIVED UNDER PREVIOUS ARRANGEMENTS BRESS BADGES FOR ADMISSION FO POSITIONS ’’A’’ AND ”B” AT QUEEN’S PIER AND THE CITY HALL ELEVATED WALK RESPECTIVELY ARE NOW READY FOR COLLECTION FROM THE PRESS ROOM, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. SIXTH FLOOR.

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KCR TO EXTEND ELECTRIFIED SERVICE TO SHA TIN RACECOURSE

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THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY WILL RUN ELECTRIC TRAINS TO THE RACECOURSE STATION ON THE TWO REMAINING RACE DAYS TO BE HELD AT SHA TIN RACECOURSE ON SUNDAY (MAY 9), AND THE FOLLOWING SATURDAY (MAY 15).

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE KCR SAID THAT ON THESE TWO RACING DAYS, ELECTRIC TRAINS WILL LEAVE KOWLOON STATION BETWEEN 12.02 PM AND 2.02 PM AT 10-MINUTE INTERVALS. AFTER THE RACES, ELECTRIC TRAINS WILL TAKE PEOPLE BACK TO KOWLOON STATION FROM 4.44 PM UNTIL 6.34 PM, ALSO AT 10-MINUTE INTERVALS.

THE JOURNEY FROM KOWLOON TO SHA TIN RACECOURSE TAKES ONLY 17 MINUTES.

PEOPLE GOING TO THE SHA TIN RACECOURSE FROM NORTH OF SHA TIN WILL HAVE TO CHANGE TRAIN AT THE SHA TIN STATION, wHEREAS PEOPLE FROM THE URBAN AREA CAN TAKE THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY AND CHANGE TRAIN AT THE KOWLOON TONG STATION.

HOWEVER, KCR TICKETS WILL NOT BE SOLD AT THE OFF-COURSE BETTING CENTRES OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB.

THERE WILL BE NO SINGLE TICKET TO THE RACECOURSE AND RETURN TICKETS WILL BE SOLD 7 DAYS IN ADVANCE AT THE STATIONS, EXCEPT FOR MAY 9, WHERE THERE WILL ONLY BE 3 DAYS’ ADVANCE SALES.

SINGLE TICKETS FROM RACECOURSE STATION TO KOWLOON STATION WILL BE SOLD AT THE BETTING POOL OF THE SHA TIN RACECOURSE ON RACE DAYS AT SI.50 EACH.

THERE WILL ALSO BE NO FIRST CLASS TICKET AND CHILD TICKET TO THE RACECOURSE STATION.

•ARES fof return tickets to the racecourse station are as FOLlOWS:

ADULT/ORD iNARY HKi

KOWLOON 3.00

MONG KOK 3.00

'OWLOON ’ONG 3.00

SHA TiN 1.00

UNIVERSITY 1.00

TAI PO 1.00

FANL ING 2.00

SHEUNG SHU 1 2.00

LO WU 3.00

MESSAGE FROM UK ON KCR ELECTRIFIED SERVICE

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LORD BELSTEAD, MINISTER OF STATE AT THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE, HAS SENT A TELEGRAM OF CONGRATULATIONS TO THE DEPUTY TO THE GOVERNOR, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, IN CONNECTION WITH THE OPENING OF THE ELECTRIFIED KCR SERVICE.

THE MESSAGE READSi

♦ON THE OCCASION OF THE OPENING OF THE FIRST SECTION OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY TO BE FULLY ELECTRIFIED AND DOUBLE TRACKED, MAY I ASK YOU TO CONVEY MY CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THOSE INVOLVED IN THE PLANNING, ADMINISTRATION AND EXECUTION OF THIS PROJECT. THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY IS AN IMPORTANT LINK BETWEEN CHINA AND HONG KONG, AND THE EFFICIENCY WITH wHICH THE MODERNISATION WORK HAS BEEN DONE AND THE RAILWAY KEPT RUNNING DURING THE WORK HAS BEEN MOST IMPRESS I VE.+

WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 1982

CLAIMS OF VILLAGERS EXHAUSTIVELY RE-EXAMINED * * * *

'HE GOVERNMENT HAS EXHAUSTIVELY RE-EXAMINED THE CLAIMS OF ”=Q FAMI.'ES ;T KU YEUNG VILLAGE AT YUEN LONG WHO WISHED TO BE GIVEN NEW SITES AND SPECIAL COMPENSATION, BUT HAS CONFIRMED THAT ALu WERE OCC'JPV1NG ’EMPORARY DOMESTIC STRUCTURES ON CROWN LAND LICENCES AND SO DO NOT HAVE ANY ENTITLEMENTS APART FROM RE-HOUSING.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT MOST OF THESE AND OTHER KIK YEUNG VILLAGE FAMILIES WOULD GO TO THE RECENTL* BUILT SHU I PIN WAI ESTATE, WHICH IS CLOSE TO THE VILLAGE, WHILE OTHERS WITH LESSER RE-HOUSING ENTITLEMENTS WOULD BE GIVEN UNITS IN TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS, MAINLY IN YUEN LONG DISTRICT.

THE SITUATION WAS FULLY EXPLAINED TODAY TO VILLAGE REPRESENTATIVES AND ABOUT 50 VILLAGERS BY THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR K.K. FUNG, WHO TOLD THE VILLAGERS THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO GO AHEAD WITH THE KIK YEUNG CLEARANCE ON JUNE 10.

THE CLEARED SITE WILL BE USED FOR A PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE FOR 21 000 PEOPLE.

THE CLEARANCE WAS POSTPONED LAST MONTH TO ENABLE THE VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS INVOLVED TO LOOK INTO THE VILLAGERS’ CLAIMS FOR RESITES AND SPECIAL COMPENSATION.

MR FUNG URGED THE 39 FAMILIES, WHO HAVE SO FAR REFUSED TO BE SCREENED BY THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT TO ESTABLISH THEIR RE-HOUSING ENTITLEMENTS, TO COME FORWARD FOR EARLY REGISTRATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT.

THE CLEARANCE INVOLVES ALTOGETHER 343 STRUCTURES OCCUPIED BY 243 FAMILIES COMPRISING 1 070 PEOPLE.

RE-HOUSING ARRANGEMENTS HAVE ALREADY BEEN MADE FOR 868 PEOPLE FROM 204 FAMILIES, MOST OF WHOM WILL GO TO SHU I PIN WAI ESTATE.

MR FUNG SAID THAT A SPECIAL COMMITTEE REPRESENTING THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT HAD BEEN SET UP TO LOOK INTO INDIVIDUAL HARDSHIP CASES.

FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF THE REMAINING 39 FAMILIES, THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT HAS ARRANGED A TEAM OF OFFICERS TO WORK FROM THE DISTRICT OF"ICE TO DEAL WITH LATE REGISTRATION MATTERS AND LATER ANOTHER TEAM TO CONDUCT PRE-LETTING INTERVIEWS.

IN ADDITION, THE DEPARTMENT WILL ASSIST THE VILLAGERS TO MOVE TO THEIR

ALSO PROVIDE TRANSPORT TO NEW HOMES.

ALSO ON HAND TO ANSWER QUESTIONS IN TODAY’S MEETING CONVENED BY THE DISTR IC’ OFFICE WERE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF HOUSING (CLEARANCE), MF GREGORY CHAN, AND THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT LANDS OFFICER, MR THOMAS HO.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 1982

CAtu FOR GOVERNMENT-COMMUNITY CO-OPERATION *****

CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND LOCAL ORGANISATIONS ON TSI NG ' ■ NEEDS ’ BE STRENGTHENED FOR THE SMOOTH IMPLEMENTATION . THE ISLAND’S DEVELOPMENT PLANS, THE DISTRICT OFFICER, ~ HNG-PONG, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN ■ SPEECH TO THE TSING Yl TRADE ASSOCIATION AT ITS THIRD SWEARING-!'. SEREMONY, MR TAM POINTED OUT THAT TSING Yl’S POPULATION WOULD GROW BY FOUR TIMES TO 203 >000 WITHIN 10 YEARS.

♦MANY PROBLEMS AND CHALLENGES ARE LIKELY TO ARISE FROM SUCH A DRAS’iT POPULATION GROWTH AND DURING THE PROCESS OF A NEW TOWN’S DEVELOPMENTS,* HE SAID.

AS AN EXAMPLE, MR TAM CITED THE TWO MAJOR CLEARANCES AT TSING Yl OlD TOWN AND MOON TSAI TONG WHICH WILL BE CARRIED OUT IN DUE COURSE.

AT TSING Yl OLD TOWN, THE CLEARANCE WOULD COVER AN EXTENSIVE AREA AND INVOLVE LARGE SUMS OF COMPENSATION.

♦FOR THIS REASON, VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS HAVE BEEN MAKING VERY CAREFUL STUDIES AND DECISIONS ARE EXPECTED SHORTLY,* HE SAID.

♦IT IS A PITY THAT WE CANNOT RETAIN THE OLD TOWN WHICH USED TO BE A CENTRE FOR COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES.

♦BUT GOVERNMENT WILL TRY ITS BEST TO ENSURE THAT THE CLEARANCE WILL NOT POSE TOO MUCH HARDSHIP ON THE PEOPLE INVOLVED.*

ON THE MOON TSAI TONG CLEARANCE, MR TAM SAID HE SYMPATHISED WITH THE GROUP OF SHIPYARD OPERATORS WHO, OPERATING ON SHORT TERM TENANCIES, WOULD NOT BE OFFERED ANY COMPENSATION OR RESITE.

BUT HE ASSURED THAT HE WOULD LOOK INTO ANY POSSIBLE MEASURES TO HELP EASE THE SITUATION.

♦THESE ARE BUT SOME OF THE CHALLENGES WE CAN EXPECT IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS, THE GOVERNMENT AND THE COMMUNITY *UST THEREFORE WORK HAND IN HAND TO ENSURE THAT DEVELOPMENTS COULD BE CARRIED OUT SMOOTHLY,* HE ADDED.

THE CHAIRMAN, MR WONG TAK-YAN, AND THE TWO VICE-CHAIRMEN, *4? TANG LEUNG AND MR LAI CHI-MOU, HAVE BEEN RE-ELECTED FOR A TERM OF TwO YEARS.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 1982

COMMISSIONER OF INDUSTRY VISITS FACTORIES * > * *

THE COMMISSIONER OF INDUSTRY, MR PETER TSAO TODAY (WEDNESDAY) TOURED TWO FACTORIES ON TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE AS PART OF HIS PROGRAMME OF REGULAR VISITS TO LOCAL INDUSTRY.

ACCOMPANIED BY MR B. TYLER, HEAD OF THE CALIBRATION LABORATORY, MR ’SAO VISITED M.C. PACKAGING (HONG KONG) LTD., WHERE >£ WAS MET BY THE COMPANY’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MR LIM SOON-CHONG AND OTHER SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE MANAGEMENT.

ESTABLISHED IN MAY 1978 WITH SINGAPORE INTEREST, THE PLANT IS ONE OF TWO FACTORIES IN HONG KONG MANUFACTURING TWO-PIECE ALUMINIUM CANS FOR AERATED DRINKS. THE COMPANY ALSO PRODUCES CANS AND CONTAINERS MADE OF PRINTED TIN PLATE AND ALUMINIUM FOR OIL, GAS AND TALCUM POWDER.

OTHER PRODUCTS INCLUDE ’LAST IC BOTTLES FOR OIL, SHAMPOO AND LIQUID DETERGEN’, CAPS AND SEALS, CROWNS, EASY OPEN ENDS, PAPER DRUMS AND CANISTERS.

THE FACTORY, EMPLOYING 365 STAFF, SELLS MOST OF ITS PRODUCTS TO BREWERS AND SOFT DRINK MANUFACTURERS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA AND THE MIDDLE EAST.

MR TSAO ALSO VISITED RCL-SEM(CONDUCTORS LIMITED, WHERE HE WAS WELCOMED BY THE MANAGING DIRECTOR, MR S.C. TSUI.

THE FACTORY, INCORPORATED IN 1979, IS ONE OF THE THREE COMPANIES GRANTED SITES ON TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE TO MANUFACTURE SILICON WAFER CHIPS FOR INTEGRATED CIRCUITS IN ITS ENVIRONMENT-CONTROLLED PLANT WHICH IS VIBRATION AND DUST FREE, AND FITTED WITH AN INDEPENDENT WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM. TO PROVIDE DE-IONISED AND DE-MINERALISED WATER.

AT PRESENT, MOST OF THE FACTORY’S PRODUCTION IS CONSUMED LOCALLY, BUT THE COMPANY IS PLANNING TO EXPAND ITS MARKETS TO EUROPE, NORTH AMERICA AND SOUTH EAST ASIA.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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THURSDAY, MAY 6, 1982

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FIRST STAGE OF ELECTRIFIED RAILWAY STARTS ....................... 1

DEPARTURE OF HE THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE .............. 3

SOLID PLATFORM BUILT IN 1970'S FUR HONG KONG .................... 4

PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE FOR FEBRUARY 6

1981 SURVEY OF BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE SECTORS 9

«53M PAID OUT TO TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ...................... 10

LEISURE ACTIVITIES IN GREATER DEMAND .........................   11

REFRESHER COURSE FOR TEACHERS OF ENGLISH IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS 12

PUBLIC INVITED TO TAKE PART IN TREE PLANTING SCHEME ............ 13

NEW PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREA AT KWAI CHUNG .................... 13

TREE-PLANTING DAY AT TUEN MUN .................................. 14

SWD FIELD UNIT MOVES OFFICE .................................... 14

TSUEN WAN DB MEMBERS. TO MEET PUBLIC ........................... 15

URBaN CLEARWAY ON WATERLOO ROAD ................................ 15

RURAL COMMITTEE ACTS IN RESPONSIBLE WAY IN CLEARANCES .......... 16

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SHAU KEI WAN ................. 16

HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONIC BAND CONCERT ......................... 17

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FIRST STAGE OF ELECTRIFIED RAILWAY STARTS » H H M

THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY SPED INTO A NEW ERA TODAY WITH THE OPENING OF ITS STAGE I ELECTRIFIED INNER SUBURBAN SERVICE BETWEEN KOWLOON AND SHA TIN.

THE DEPUTY TO THE GOVERNOR, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE UNVEILED PLAQUES AT KOWLOON STATION IN HUNG HOM AND AT THE NEW SHA TIN STATION TO COMMEMORATE THE OCCASION.

SIR PHILIP SAID HE HAD FOLLOWED THE PROGRESS OF THIS VERY LARGE PROJECT WITH +KEEN INTEREST+ AND PAID TRIBUTE TO THE RAILWAY STAFF.

♦TO BUILD A COMPLETELY NEW RAILWAY ON THE EXISTING ALIGNMENT WHILE MAINTAINING EXISTING SERVICES IS A CONSIDERABLE ACHIEVEMENT,* HE SAID.

♦THE STAFF OF THE RAILWAY HAVE DONE EXTREMELY WELL UNDER SUCH DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES! AND I AM SURE THEY WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH MANIFEST ENTHUSIASM AND SKILL AS THE RAILWAY UNDERGOES THE TRANSFORMATION FROM A GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT TO A STATUTORY CORPORATION AT THE END OF THIS YEAR.*

SIR PHILIP SAID THAT THE SAFE AND SPEEDY TRANSPORT OF LARGE NUMBERS OF PASSENGERS IS THE MAIN AIM OF THE MODERNISATION PROGRAMME, AND ON COMPLETION, THE NEW RAILWAY WILL BE CAPABLE OF CARRYING A MAXIMUM OF 500 000 PASSENGERS A DAY — 10 TIMES THE CAPACITY OF THE EXISTING RAILWAY.

HE SAID THAT, HISTORICALLY, THE KCR WAS CONCEIVED TO PROMOTE TRADE WITH CHINA AND TO LINK HONG KONG INTO CHINA’S RAILWAY SYSTEM.

♦IT HAS PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG’S TRADE WITH CHINA AND CHINA’S TRADE WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD,+ HE ADDED.

♦IT IS OUR HOPE THAT THE INTERNATIONAL ROLE OF THE RAILWAY SHOULD CONTINUE TO DEVELOP AND TO PROVIDE PASSENGER AND FREIGHT FACILITIES IN KEEPING WITH THE EXPANSION OF HONG KONG’S VITAL ECONOMIC LINKS WITH CHINA.

♦IN THIS CONNECTION, I SHOULD RECORD HERE HOW MUCH THE GOVERNMENT VALUES THE EXCELLENT WORKING RELATIONSHIP WHICH HAS BEEN BUILT UP BETWEEN THE RAILWAY AUTHORITIES OF CHINA AND HONG KONG. LONG MAY THIS CONTINUE,+ SIR PHILIP SAID.

THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, MR A.J. SCOTT, ALSO PAID WARM TRIBUTE TO ALL INVOLVED IN THE PLANNING AND CONSTRUCTION, AND THE OPERATION OF THIS EXCITING PROJECT.

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♦PERHAPS ONLY IN HONG KONG WOULD A GOVERNMENT HAVE EMBARKED UPON A CONTINUOUS BUILDING SITE OF 34 KILOMETRES LONG, KEEPING A RAILWAY GOING ON IT MEANWHILE, AND COMPLETING IT ON TIME,* HE SAID.

NOTING THAT IT WAS A VERY SIGNIFICANT DAY FOR ALL INVOLVED IN THE NEW RAILWAY, MR SCOTT SAIDi *NOT ONLY IS IT IN ITSELF A VERY LARGE PROJECT BUT IT ALSO FORMS PART OF THE OVERALL TRANSPORT DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY OF HONG KONG.+

♦THE CHARM OF THE LARGELY RURAL RAILWAY WHICH SERVED THE NEW TERRITORIES SO WELL MUST NOW GIVE PLACE TO A MODERN, SOPHISTICATED, HIGH-SPEED SUBURBAN RAILWAY, THE BACKBONE OF TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES AND CHINA.

♦TODAY SEES THE OPENING OF THE FIRST PART OF THE PROJECT. THE REMAINDER BETWEEN SHA TIN AND LO WU WILL BE COMPLETED AROUND THE MIDDLE OF NEXT YEAR,+ MR SCOTT SAID.

SIR PHILIP AND A PARTY OF GUESTS AND THE PRESS THEN BOARDED A NEW ELECTRIC TRAIN FOR SHA TIN.

THE TRAIN DROVE THROUGH A RIBBON WHEN LEAVING KOWLOON STATION AND BROKE THROUGH ANOTHER RIBBON ON ENTERING THE SHA TIN STATION PLATFORM, WHERE SIR PHILIP UNVEILED ANOTHER PLAQUE IN THE PRESENCE CF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS.

SIR PHILIP DESCRIBED THE 12-MINUTE JOURNEY FROM HUNG HOM TO SHA TIN AS +FAULTLESS, SPEEDY AND COMFORTABLE*.

♦IT IS AN AUSPICIOUS BEGINNING FOR THIS NEW RAILWAY WHICH IS SUCH A WORTHY AND TECHNICALLY ADVANCED SUCCESSOR TO THE OLD KCR WHICH HAS EARNED SUCH A PLACE IN THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL HISTORY CF HONG KONG AND SOUTH CH I NA,♦ HE SAID.

LATER, THE PARTY RETURNED BY THE TRAIN TO KOWLOON AND ATTENDED A RECEPTION AT KOWLOON STATION, WHERE A COLLECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHS ON THE PROGRESS OF THE MODERNISATION AND ELECTRIFICATION PROGRAMME WAS DISPLAYED.

THE GUESTS ALSO SAW A SMALL DISPLAY OF VARIOUS KCR PUBLICITY MATERIALS, INCLUDING A CHART SHOWING THE PROGRESS OF THE MODERNISATION AND ELECTRIFICATION PROGRAMME ALONG THE ENTIRE RAILWAY FROM HUNG HOM TO LO WU.

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DEPARTURE OF HE THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE *****

u.ri <-ulLEX?ELLENCY THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, AND LADY MACLEHOSE WILL LEAVE HONG KONG BY AIR ON THE EVENING OF MAY 8 ON J'SR A'RWAYS FLIGHT BA20. THE GOVERNOR WILL LEAVE GOVERNMENT HOUSE BY CAR AT 7.25 PM AND PROCEED TO EDINBURGH PLACE VIA GARDEN ROAD - DES VOEUX ROAD - PEDDER STREET AND CONNAUGHT ROAD.

THERE W,LL BE N0 GUARD 0F HONOUR BUT THE BAND OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE WILL BE PRESENT AT EDINBURGH PLACE AND WILL PLAY SIX BARS OF THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AS THE GOVERNOR ARRIVES.

THE GOVERNOR AND LADY MACLEHOSE WILL SAY FAREWELL TO MEMBERS CF THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS AND A FEW OTHER DISTINGUISHED MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY AND WILL THEN EMBARK ON ♦THE LADY MAURINE+ AT 8.05 PM. ACCOMPANYING THEM WILL BE THE CHIEF JJSTICE, SIR DENYS ROBERTS, THE DEPUTY TO THE GOVERNOR, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE AND LADY HADDON-CAVE, THE COMMANDER BRITISH FORCES. MAJOR-GENERAL CHAPPLE AND MRS CHAPPLE, SIR SZE-YUEN CHUNG, MR AND WS R.H. LOBO AND LADY KAN, SIR ALBERT AND LADY RODRIGUES AND SIR SIDNEY AND LADY GORDON ALL OF WHOM WILL BE BIDDING FAREWELL TO THE GOVERNOR AND LADY MACLEHOSE AT THE AIRPORT.

ON ARRIVAL AT KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER THE PARTY WILL PROCEED BY CAR TO HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. THE GOVERNOR AND LADY MACLEHOSE WILL TRAVEL ALONG SALISBURY ROAD, NEW SALISBURY ROAD, THE RAMP LEADING TO CHATHAM ROAD (EASTBOUND), THE ELEVATED ROAD TO SUNG WONG TOI ROAD, OLYMPIC AVENUE TO THE AIRPORT WHERE THEY WILL ARRIVE AT ABOUT 8.30 PM.

NOTE TO ED I TORS«

A SKETCH MAP OF THE ROUTE TO THE AIRPORT WILL BE ATTACHED TO A SUPPLEMENT OF THE DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN WHICH WILL BE DISTRIBUTED SEPARATELY IN THE G.I.S. PRESS BOXES THIS (THURSDAY)

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SPURRED BY DETERMINED LEADERSHIP, MEN WITH A VISION IN BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LIFE, AND A WILL AND ENERGY TO ACHIEVE, HONG KONG EMBARKED ON SYSTEMATIC DEVELOPMENT PLANS IN ALMOST EVERY SPHERE OF HUMAN ACTIVITY IN THE 70’S.

THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID THIS TODAY (THURSDAY) IN A SPEECH ENTITLED *A BASIS FOR CONFIDENCE+ TO THE ROTARY CLUB OF KOWLOON.

HE ADDED THAT IT WAS THIS SPIRIT WHICH CREATED INDUSTRIAL AND ECONOMIC EXPANSION AND THIS IN TURN GENERATED THE FINANCIAL RESOURCES FOR A PLANNED IMPROVEMENT OF GOVERNMENT PROGRAMMES AND PERFORMANCE.

HE WAS REVIEWING SOME OF THE EVENTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE PAST 10 OR 12 YEARS — RANGING FROM EDUCATION, HOUSING TO DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AND TRANSPORT LINKS TO CHINA — *AS A REMINDER OF THE SOLID PLATFORM WE HAVE BUILT IN THE 1970’S FOR THE WORK THAT IS NOW BEFORE US.*

MR AKERS-JONES SAID IT WAS DIFFICULT TO REMEMBER THAT IN 1971 HONG KONG AND KOWLOON WERE STILL PHYSICALLY SEPARATED AND FERRIES SERVED AS THE ONLY LINK WITH THE ISLAND.

THE NEW TERRITORIES, EXCEPT TSUEN WAN, WAS STILL PRE-DOM INANTLY RURAL, RATHER ISOLATED AND INTROSPECTIVE AND WITH THEIR OWN LIFE STYLE.

+SOMEHOW, WITH THE OPENING OF THE TUNNEL, THE HEART OF HONG KONG’S ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS LIFE WAS JOINED MORE SECURELY TO ITS LIVELY BODY IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES. WE WERE ONE PLACE AT LAST.’,* HE SAID.

HE RECALLED THAT IT WAS ONLY IN 1971 THAT FREE EDUCATION FOR BOYS AND GIRLS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG WAS INTRODUCED.

+NOW WE HAVE THREE YEARS OF SECONDARY EDUCATION FOR ALL, AND A 55 PER CENT PULL-THROUGH TO A COMPLETE SECONDARY EDUCATION.*

TURNING TO HOUSING, MR AKERS-JONES SAID THAT IN 1970 THE HOUSING AUTHORITY PLAYED A RELATIVELY SMALL PART IN PROVIDING FOR THE HOUSING NEEDS.

+NOW WE HAVE A PUBLIC HOUSING PROGRAMME SO LARGE THAT AT ANY ONE TIME YOU CAN SAY THAT PUBLIC HOUSING FOR HALF A MILLION PEOPLE IS IN THE COURSE OF CONSTRUCTION.*

TOGETHER WITH EFFORTS BY PRIVATE DEVELOPERS TO BUILD FOR ANOTHER 300 000 PEOPLE, NEW HOUSING FOR ABOUT 800 000 WAS UNDER CONSTRUCTION AT VARIOUS STAGES THROUGHOUT HONG KONG.

ON SOCIAL WELFARE, THE SECRETARY SAID THAT IT WAS ONLY

IN 1970 THAT THE DRY RATION AND COOKED MEALS OF THE FIFTIES AND SIXTIES WERE REPLACED BY CASH PAYMENTS OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, AND THIS LED TO THE FIRST COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR SOCIAL WELFARE INTRODUCED IN 1973.

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♦IT PROVIDES A COMPREHENSIVE RANGE OF HELP AND ADVICE TO ALL THOSE IN NEED, AND IT CEMENTS TOGETHER THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SECTOR IN PROVIDING THIS HELP.+

SINCE 1971, THE CROSS-HARBOUR TUNNEL, THE SECOND LION ROCK TUNNEL, THE TUEN MUN HIGHWAY, THE ELECTRIFICATION OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY, AND THE INITIAL SYSTEM OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY AND ITS EXTENSION TO TSUEN WAN HAD BEEN ACHIEVED, HE SAID.

THE CONTAINER TERMINAL, WHICH WAS NOTHING BUT WATER IN 1971, WAS NOW THE THIRD LARGEST IN THE WORLD.

AT SHA TIN, AS PART OF THE NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT, THE SEA WAS FILLED IN AND THE SECOND RACE-COURSE BUILT.

♦AMONG THE HILLS AND ISLANDS OF SAI KUNG THE HIGH ISLAND RESERVOIR WAS CONSTRUCTED AND, OF COURSE, WE STARTED BUILDING SIX NEW TOWNS ALL AT THE SAME TIME TO BREAK THE BACK OF THE HOUSING PROBLEM,+ HE SAID.

THE 1970’S ALSO SAW A +CONCERTED ATTACK+ ON THE PROBLEMS OF CRIME, POLLUTION, CLEANLINESS AND THE ENVIRONMENT, AND THE CITY HAD BEEN TRANSFORMED BY THESE ACTIVITIES.

♦THE SEPARATE FAMILIES LIVING IN OUR DENSELY POPULATED MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS HAVE BEEN JOINED TOGETHER TO SHARE IN THE RESPONSIBILITY OF MANAGING THIS CROWDED METROPOLIS BY THE FORMATION OF MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, AREA COMMITTEES, DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEES, AND CLEAN HONG KONG COMMITTEES,♦ SAID Ml AKERS-JONES.

♦AND, FINALLY, BUILDING ON THIS PLATFORM OF COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION WHICH IS, IN SOME SENSE, A CULMINATION OF THESE EFFORTS IN COMMUNITY BUILDING, HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED.

♦ELECTIONS HAVE ALREADY TAKEN PLACE FOR DISTRICT BOARDS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, AND OVER 750 000 PEOPLE HAVE COME FORWARD TO REGISTER FOR THE ELECTIONS TO BE HELD LATER THIS YEAR IN HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, AND TO EXPRESS THEIR WILLINGNESS TO TAKE PART IN THE ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT OF THIS GREAT CITY.+

AND DURING THE SEVENTIES THERE WAS A RENAISSANCE IN THE ARTISTIC AND CULTURAL LIFE OF THE PEOPLE.

♦THE ARTS CENTRE, THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL, THE MUSEUMS CF ART AND HISTORY, THE SPACE MUSEUM, THE BIRTH OF OUR ORCHESTRAS, THE ACADEMY OF BALLET, OUR ANNUAL FESTIVALS, THE CONSERVATORY CF MUSIC, THE COUNTRY PARKS: ALL THESE AND MANY MORE, PROVIDE THE EVIDENCE OF GREAT CHANGE IN THE LIFE OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.

TRAINS, PLANES, AND FERRIES BEGAN TRAVELLING FROM HONG KONG TO MANY PARTS OF CHINA +ENDING OUR ISOLATION, STARTING A NEW ERA OF COOPERATION AND INVESTMENT,* HE SAID.

♦WE HAVE BUILT A GREAT CITY IN THE NINETEEN SEVENTIES -- AND WE CAN BE PROUD OF OUR ACHIEVEMENTS. IT IS THIS SINGLE FACT, WHICH ENLIVENS THE MIND, WHICH GIVES US A CORPORATE LIFE AND STRENGTH, AND WHICH GIVES US THE CONFIDENCE TO GO ON BUILDING FOR OUR PEOPLE AND THE FUTURE,+ HE SAID.

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PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE FOR FEBRUARY ft * * * * *

PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE BY 10 PER CENT AND THOSE OF IMPORTS BY 12 PER CENT IN FEBRUARY 1982, AS COMPARED WITH FEBRUARY 1981, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

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

THE VOLUME OF IMPORTS ROSE BY 10 PER CENT AND THAT OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY EIGHT PER CENT. THE PRICES OF RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 14 PER CENT, WITH VOLUME UP BY 10 PER CENT, SO THAT FOR TOTAL EXPORTS, PRICES ROSE BY 11 PER CENT AND VOLUME BY NINE PER CENT.

FOR THE TWELVE-MONTH PERIOD TO FEBRUARY 1982 AS COMPARED WITH THE TWELVE MONTHS TO FEBRUARY 1981, THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE BY NINE PER CENT, THOSE OF IMPORTS BY 12 PER CENT AND THOSE OF RE-EXPORTS BY NINE PER CENT. THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS EXPANDED BY SEVEN PER CENT AND THAT OF RE-EXPORTS BY 20 PER CENT, GIVING AN 11 PER CENT INCREASE IN THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS AS AGAINST AN EIGHT PER CENT INCREASE IN THE VOLUME OF IMPORTS.

PRICES ARE BASED ON UNIT VALUES WHICH DO NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT CHANGES IN THE COMPOSITION OR QUALITY OF GOODS TRADED. CHANGES IN THE VOLUME OF TRADE ARE DERIVED FROM CHANGES IN TRADE VALUES, AFTER DISCOUNTING THE EFFECT OF PRICE CHANGES.

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

CHANGES COMPARING FEBRUARY 1982 WITH FEBRUARY 1981 (ALL FIGURES IN PERCENTAGES)

EXPORT VALUE EXPORT UNIT VALUE EXPORT VOLUME

CLOTHING (EXCEPT FUR) + 7 ♦ 11 - 4

TEXTILE FABRICS ♦ 17 + 8 ♦ 8

TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD + 20 ♦ 1 + 19

TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES ♦ 7 ♦ 29 - 17

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ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS 17 INSIGNIFICANT - 16

FOOTWEAR 29 ♦ 6 + 21

METAL MANUFACTURES 9 ♦ 9 INSIGNIFICANT

METAL ORES AND SCRAP 7 - 14 + 25

WATCHES AND CLOCKS 5 - 15 + 24

ALL COMMODITIES 4 19 ♦ 10 ♦ 8

THE EXPORT PRICES

AMC oco /.cut c«o tc6tI 9F M0ST COMMODITY GROUPS INCREASED, FROM CENT F0R TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD TO 29 PER CENT FOR TEXTILE

M^E-UPS. THE 0THER HAND’ THE EXpORT PRICES OF METAL ORES AND SCRAP, AS WELL AS WATCHES AND CLOCKS, DECLINED BY 14 PER CENT AND 15 PER CENT, RESPECTIVELY.

CONSIDERABLE GROWTH IN THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS WERE REGISTERED FOR METAL ORES AND SCRAP (+25 PER CENT), WATCHES AND CLOCKS (+24 PER CENT) AND FOOTWEAR (+21 PER CENT). ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES IN THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS WERE RECORDED FOR ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS (-16 PER CENT) AND TEXTILE MADE-UPS (-17 PER CENT).

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY ARE SHOWN BELOW 1-

CHANGES COMPARING FEBRUARY 1982 WITH FEBRUARY 1981 (ALL FIGURES IN PERCENTAGES)

IMPORT VALUE IMPORT UNIT VALUE IMPORT VOLUME

FOODSTUFFS ♦ 27 + 12 ♦ 13

CONSUMER GOODS ♦ 10 ♦ 7 ♦ 3

FUELS ♦110 * 3 +104

RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES ♦ 22 + 14 ♦ 7

CAPITAL GOODS + 21 + 23 - 2

ALL COMMODITIES + 23 + 12 ♦ 10

WITH THE EXCEPTION OF CAPITAL GOODS, THE PRICES OF WH'CH JUMPED BY 23 PER CENT, THE PRICES OF IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY INCREASED MODERATELY, RANGING FR M THREE PER CENT FOR FUELS TO 14 PER CENT FOR RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MA' UFACTURES.

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MOST OF THE MAJOR IMPORTED FOODSTUFFS ROSE IN VOLUME TERMS, THE MORE SIGNIFICANT ONES BEING SOYA BEAN OIL, PEANUT OIL AND LARD, hEAT AND MEAT PREPARATIONS AND FRUIT. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF WHEAT AND FLOUR, TEA AND COFFEE AND SUGAR DECLINED.

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

IMPORTS OF FUELS ROSE BY 104 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS.

THE IMPORT VOLUME OF MOST RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES INCREASED, AMONG WHICH BASE METALS AND WOVEN COTTON FABRICS ROSE SUBSTANTIALLY. THE IMPORT VOLUME OF CRUDE ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE MATERIALS AND MAN-MADE FABRICS DECLINED.

AS FOR CAPITAL GOODS, MAJOR INCREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE RECORDED FOR TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT AND OFFICE MACHINES, WHEREAS SUBSTANTIAL DECREASES WERE REGISTERED IN THE IMPORT VOLUME OF INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY AS WELL AS SCIENTIFIC, MEDICAL OPTICAL, MEASURING AND CONTROLLING INSTRUMENTS AND APPARATUS.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY ARE SHOWN BELOW 1-

CHANGES COMPARING FEBRUARY 1982 WITH FEBRUARY 1981 (ALL FIGURES IN PERCENTAGES)

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

FOODSTUFFS ♦ 35 ♦ 16 * 16

CONSUMER GOODS + 15 + 10 * 4

FUELS *764 + 16 ♦647

RAW MATERIALS AND ♦ 30 * 14 + 14

SEMI-MANUFACTURES

CAPITAL GOODS + 23 * 25 - 2

ALL COMMODITIES ♦ 25 + 14 * 10

THE CHANGES IN RE-EXPORT VOLUME VARIED AMONG THE FIVE END-USE CATEGORIES, RANGING FROM A TWO PER CENT DECREASE FOR CAPITAL GOODS TO A 647 PER CENT INCREASE FOR FUELS.

FURTHER DETAILS ARE CONTAINED IN THE FEBRUARY 1982 ISSUE OF THE +HONG KONG TRADE INDEX NUMBERS*, WILL SOON BE AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT HKS2 PER COPY.

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT IS NOW CONDUCTING A SURVEY OF BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE SECTORS FOR THE YEAR 1981.

IT IS AN ABRIDGEMENT OF THE FIRST ECONOMIC CENSUS CONDUCTED FOR THESE SECTORS FOR 1979, AND IS PART OF A CONTINUOUS PROGRAMME TO COLLECT STATISTICS ON THE STRUCTURE AND PERFORMANCE REGARDING SUCH ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES.

ACTIVITIES COVERED IN THE 1981 SURVEY ARE i-

(A) BUILDING AND CIVIL ENGINEERING CONSTRUCTION;

(B) REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT;

(C) ARCHITECTURAL, SURVEYING AND PROJECT ENGINEERING FIRMS; AND

(D) REAL ESTATE LEASING, BROKERAGE AND MANAGEMENT SERVICES.

IT IS INTENDED TO COVER ABOUT 4 2OO ESTABLISHMENTS KNOWN TO THE DEPARTMENT TO BE ENGAGED IN THESE ACTIVITIES. THIS CONSTITUTES FULL COVERAGE OF THE PROMINENT CONCERNS AND A RANDOM SAMPLE OF THE SMALLER ESTABLISHMENTS.

THE PURPOSE OF THIS ENQUIRY IS TO COLLECT BASIC STATISTICS FOR ASCERTAINING THE CONTRIBUTION OF CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE ACTIVITIES TO HONG KONG'S GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT, FOR STUDYING THE COST STRUCTURE, OPERATING CHARACTERISTICS AND OUTPUT LEVELS OF ESTABLISHMENTS BY TRADE, AND FOR ANALYSING CONSTRUCTION SITES AND PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS.

THESE STATISTICS ARE REQUIRED BY BOTH THE GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE ENTERPRISE IN THE FORMULATION OF THEIR DECISIONS.

FOUR VERSIONS OF THE SURVEY QUESTIONNAIRES WILL BE USED s FORM A FOR BUILDING AND CIVIL ENGINEERING CONTRACTORS, FORM B FOR REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS, FORM C FOR PROFESSIONAL REAL ESTATE SERVICES, AND FORM D FOR OTHER SUPPORTING ACTIVITIES. IN ADDITION, TWO PROJECT RETURNS WILL BE USED 70 OBTAIN DATA ON INDIVIDUAL CONSTRUCTION SITES AND PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS.

INFORMATION SOUGHT INCLUDES I TYPE Oc OWNERSHIP; NUMBER OF DIRECT EMPLOYEES; LABOUR COSTS; CONSUMPTION OF MATERIALS, SUPPLIES AND FITTINGS FOR CONSTRUCTION; SUB-CONTRACT WORK ; OPERATING EXPENSES; VALUE OP CONSTRUCTION WORK PERFORMED ; VALUE CF PROPERTY UNDER DEVELOPMENT AND ITS ASSOCIATE? PROJECT OUTLAYS (INCLUDING LAND VALUE); OTHER FORMS OF BUSINESS RECEIPTS; AND CAPITAL EXPENDITURE.

THE SURVEY IS BEING CONDUCTED UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS (ANNUAL SURVEY OF BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE SECTORS) ORDER 1982, WHICH W. . MaDE BY THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL UNDER THE CENSUS AND ITaT TIC ORDINANCE (CHAPTER 316 OP THE LA»S OP -<ONG KONG) AND ISSUED aS LEGAL NOTICE NO. 67 IN THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT GAZE” OF MARCH 5, 1982.

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SURVEY QUESTIONNAIRES ARE BEING SENT BY RECORDED DELIVERY TO THE ESTABLISHMENTS CONCERNED. MANAGEMENTS ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AND RETURN THEM TO THE DEPARTMENT PROMPTLY. UPON REQUEST, CENSUS OFFICERS MAY VISIT ESTABLISHMENTS AND ASSIST IN COMPLETING THE QUESTIONNAIRE.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS APPEALED TO MANAGEMENTS TO RETURN THE COMPLETED QUESTIONNAIRES PROMPTLY AND TO CO-OPERATE WITH CENSUS OFFICERS IN THE COURSE OF ENUMERATION. HE EMPHASISED THAT INFORMATION RELATING TO INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENTS WILL BE TREATED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND WILL ONLY BE USED IN AN AGGREGATE FORM FOR STATISTICAL PURPOSES.

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$53M PAID OUT TO TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS * * * *

NEARLY 153 MILLION HAS BEEN PAID OUT TO TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS OR THEIR DEPENDANTS BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT UNDER THE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASSISTANCE (TAVA) SCHEME SINCE ITS IMPLEMENTATION THREE YEARS AGO.

ANOTHER 3542 COO IN AUTHORISED PAYMENTS IS NOW AWAITING COLLECTION.

UP TO THE END OF MARCH, PAYMENT HAD BEEN AUTHORISED FOR 12 734 APPLICATIONS OUT OF A TOTAL OF 14 965 RECEIVED, SAID THE HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT’S TAVA SECTION, MR SIU KING-CHIU.

+AT PRESENT, 414 APPLICATIONS ARE BEING PROCESSED AND THE A°PLICANTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO RECEIVE PAYMENTS SHORTLY,* HE SAID.

HE SAID 1 070 PAYMENTS HAD BEEN MADE TO CASES INVOLVING DEATH AND 18 042 PAYMENTS TO CASES INVOLVING INJURIES.

♦PAYMENTS FOR FATAL CASES AMOUNTED TO NEARLY 39.4 MILLION, WHILE INJURY PAYMENTS TOTALLED $43.6 MILLION, OF WHICH 311.9 MILLION WAS PAID AS FURTHER GRANTS TO THOSE WHO SUBSEQUENTLY REQUIRED EXTENDED SICK LEAVE,+ HE SAID.

♦THE HIGHEST PAYMENT SO FAR WAS $32 903 IN ONE FATAL CASE,* HE ADDED.

THE TAVA SCHEME, WHICH IS NON-MEANS-TESTED, PROVIDES QUICK CASH RELIEF FOR TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS OR THEIR DEPENDANTS REGARDLESS OF WHO WAS AT FAULT IN CAUSING THE ACCIDENT BUT IT MUST HAVE BEEN REPORTED TO THE POLICE.

PEOPLE INVOLVED CAN APPLY WITHIN SIX MONTHS OF THE ACCIDENT AT THE SWD’S TAV A SECTION I< THE WORLD TRADE CENTRE, 14TH FLOOR, 280 GLOUCESTER ROC. ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE CaLLINS 5-77!‘*21 AND 5-7903650.

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LEISURE ACTIVITIES IN GREATER DEMAND

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THE OLD CHINESE SAYING OF +PLAY IS NOT BENEFICIAL AND DILIGENCE IS VIRTUOUS* NO LONGER PREVAILS, AS MANY IN HONG KONG TODAY REGARD RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES AS VALUABLE.

THIS WAS SAID TODAY IN BRITAIN BY THE HEAD OF THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE, PRINCIPAL RECREATION AND SPORT OFF ICER, MR DAVID CHIU.

MR CHIU, WHO IS REPRESENTING THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT AT THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SPORT AND PEOPLE AT THE WEMBLY CONFERENCE CENTRE, SPOKE ON ♦MATCHING FACILITIES TO DEMAND*.

HE SAID THAT IN A RECENT SURVEY JOINTLY CONDUCTED BY THE RSS AND THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG ON LEISURE PATTERNS OF ECONOMICALLY ACTIVE PEOPLE, IT WAS FOUND THAT 76 PER CENT OF THE 2 500 RESPONDENTS REGARDED RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES AS VALUABLE.

♦IT REFLECTS THAT THE WORKING PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, INCLUSIVE OF EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES, HAVE DEVELOPED POSITIVE VIEWS ON THE COMPENSATORY EFFECTS OF LEISURE ACTIVITIES ON WORK AND PRODUCTIVITY,* HE SAID.

♦THIS CHANGE OF ATTITUDE HAS RESULTED IN THE EVER-INCREASING GROWTH OF GOVERNMENTAL CONCERN FOR MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEISURE PURSUITS.*

MR CHIU OUTLINED VARIOUS GOVERNMENT PLANS TO PROVIDE FACILITIES FOR RECREATION ON BOTH LAND AND SEA.

IN LAND-SHORT HONG KONG, MR CHIU EMPHASISED, THE DEPARTMENT HAD TO MAKE USE OF ANY SUITABLE OPEN SPACE FOR RECREATION, SUCH AS ROOF-TOPS, SPACES UNDER FLYOVERS AND EMPTY GODOWNS.

ANOTHER POSSIBILITY BEING LOOKED INTO BY THE GOVERNMENT IS UTILISATION OF THE SEA WHICH, ACCORDING TO MR CHIU +PROVIDES A VAST EXPANSE OF PLAYING SURFACE STILL VIRTUALLY UNTAPPED.+

♦GOVERNMENT IS THEREFORE EXAMINING THE POSSIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING ’BOAT PARKS’ IN SUITABLE LOCATIONS WHERE THE PUBLIC CAN HIRE OUT BOATS OR RENT STORAGE SPACE TO KEEP THEIR BOATS,* HE SAID.

♦IT IS HOPED THAT CLUBS CAN BE STARTED AROUND THESE BOAT PARKS SO THAT THE OWNERS CAN START FORMAL OR INFORMAL RACING IN TIME,* HE ADDED.

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HE ALSO INDICATED THAT PRIVATE DEVELOPERS WERE APPROACHING THE GOVERNMENT WITH OFFERS TO PROVIDE RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS FACILITIES, AND THAT A NUMBER OF SCHEMES PROPOSED WERE BEING CONSIDERED.

+JOINT VENTURE IS AN AREA WHERE THERE EXISTS GREAT POTENTIAL FOR PROVIDING MORE AND BETTER FACILITIES BY GOVERNMENT JOINING HANDS WITH THE PRIVATE SECTORS,* MR CHIU SAID.

ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS TO PROMOTE SPORTS CITED BY MR CHIU WAS THE COLLABORATION WITH THE JOCKEY CLUB IN COMMISSIONING THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE.

♦THE AIM OF THE CENTRE IS TO RAISE THE GENERAL STANDARD CF SPORTS IN HONG KONG AS WELL AS GIVING OPPORTUNITIES

FOR THE MORE TALENTED TO REACH THEIR FULLEST POTENTIAL,* HE SAID.

MR CHIU SAID: +BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE URBAN COUNCIL AND OTHER PUBLIC AND PRIVATE BODIES, THE AIM IS TO REACH THE REASONABLE EXPECTATIONS OF THE PEOPLE’S RECREATIONAL NEEDS.*

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REFRESHER COURSE FOR TEACHERS OF ENGLISH IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS ******

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAS COMMISSIONED THE BRITISH COUNCIL TO RUN A REFRESHER COURSE FOR TEACHERS OF ENGLISH IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS. THE COURSE WILL BE OF 42 HOURS DURATION AND WILL CATER FOR 200 TEACHERS.

THE MAIN AIMS OF THE COURSE ARE TO IMPROVE TEACHERS’ FLUENCY AND CONFIDENCE IN USING SPOKEN ENGLISH AND TO INTRODUCE TO THEM A RANGE OF COMMUNICATIVE TEACHING TECHNIQUES, INCLUDING THE TEACHING CF LISTENING COMPREHENSION.

THE COURSE WILL BE HELD FROM JULY 26 TO AUGUST 23 ON MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS FROM 8.45 AM TO 12.15 PM OR FROM 1.45 PM TO 5.15 PM FOR TEACHERS WHO WOULD PREFER TO ATTEND IN THE AFTERNOONS. THERE WILL BE PLACES FOR 100 TEACHERS IN THE MORNING AND ANOTHER 100 TEACHERS IN THE AFTERNOON.

HEADS OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN REQUESTED THEIR TEACHERS TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS COURSE, WHICH ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS, BEFORE MAY 28.

TO NOMINATE WILL BE TREATED

ENQUIRIES CONCERNING THE COURSE CAN BE MALE ON 5-774001

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PUBLIC INVITED TO TAKE PART IN TREE PLANTING SCHEME * * * *

PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO PLANT ’N THIS YEAR’S COMMUNITY TREE PLANTING SCHEME ORGANISED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT.

SUNDAY <may 9) TREE SEEDLINGS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PLANTING BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC INSIDE SIX COUNTRY PARKS IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF HONG KONG.

VISITORS WISHING TO PLANT TREES AT THESE PARKS WILL BE '^UED WITH SEEDLINGS BY STAFF OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT AT THE SUMMIT OF ROUTE TWISK BY THE TAI LAM COUNTRY PARK; IN THE SOUTH LANTAU COUNTRY PARK NEAR THE NAM SHAN CAMPSITE ON LANTAU ISLAND; IN THE PAT SIN LENG COUNTRY PARK NEAR BRIDE’S POOL; IN THE CLEAR WATER BAY COUNTRY PARK NEAR THE TAI AU MUN PUBLIC CARPARK; IN THE WEST SAI KUNG COUNTRY PARK NEAR THE PUBLIC CARPARK AT PAK TAM CHUNG, AND AT THE QUARRY BAY COUNTRY PARK MANAGEMENT CENTRE ON HONG KONG ISLAND. THESE SEEDLINGS CAN BE COLLECTED FROM 9 AM UNTIL 3 PM ON SUNDAY.

THt DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, MR JOHN RIDDELL-SWAN WILL INTRODUCE THE SCHEME AT TWISK COUNTRY PARK MANAGEMENT CENTRE IN THE TAI LAM COUNTRY PARK TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

PARTICIPANTS WILL INCLUDE MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND THE COUNTRY PARKS BOARD, COMMUNITY LEADERS, REPRESENTATIVES OF SCHOOLS THAT HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE DEPARTMENT’S COUNTRYSIDE CONSERVATION PROJECTS, ORGANISED HIKING GROUPS, SERVICE CLUBS AND OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WHO WILL PLANT SOME 300 TREES AT TAI LAM COUNTRY PARK.

APART FR0M PLANTING 400 000 TREES EACH YEAR IN THE COUNTRY PARKS, THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT ALSO SUPPLIES TREES TO VARIOUS SCHOOLS AND WELFARE ORGANISATIONS FOR PLANTING N THEIR ON AREAS. SOME 3 600 TREES WERE GIVEN TO THESE ORGANISATIONS AND SCHOOLS EITHER FREE OF CHARGE OR AT A REDUCED PRICE LAST YEAR.

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NEW PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREA AT KWAI CHUNG K M M #

DIRcCiCR OF MARINE MR P.E.J. DAVY. AND THE PRfSIDFNT nF THE NEW TERRITORIES GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE VR^DEACON CHIU SHUN CAS°° ‘T" NG

inUN STREET, K-AI CHUNG, AT 10.30 AM ON FRIDAY (MAY 7).

THC PUBLIC C< ’"0 ’’ORKING FOR CARGO HANDL I. C ACTIVITIES THE AREA WILL BE DOUBLED - , PART OF TH. TYPHOON H _TE .' '

AREA PROVIDES VALUABLE SEAFRONTAGE t!l TSUEN WA’ AND KWAI CHUNG.

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TREE-PLANTING DAY AT TUEN MUN

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ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD TODAY (THURSDAY) PLANTED SOME 30 EVERGREEN TREES AT THE PAVEMENT ALONGSIDE THE TUEN MUN TANG SHIU KIN SPORTS GROUND AS PART OF THE +MEI FA+ PHASE OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN.

THE DISTRICT-WIDE TREE-PLANTING DAY, ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, WAS AIMED AT ENLISTING PUBLIC SUPPORT IN MAKING THE ENVIRONMENT GREENER AND MORE ATTRACTIVE.

ALSO TAKING PART IN THE PLANTING OF THE +ALEURITES MOLUCCANA+. WERE 40 STUDENTS FROM TWO LOCAL SCHOOLS.

OFFICIATING AT THE TREE-PLANTING CEREMONY, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (NORTH REGION) OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR BOWEN LEUNG, SPOKE OF THE URGENT NEED TO PLANT MORE TREES TO BEAUTIFY THE ENVIRONMENT.

MR LEUNG SAID HIS DEPARTMENT HAD DEVOTED MUCH EFFORT TO PLANTING TREES AT SUITABLE LOCATIONS DURING THE RECENT YEARS WITH THE AIM TO TURN TUEN MUN INTO A PLEASANT PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO WORK AND TO LIVE IN.

♦HOWEVER, A LOT OF TIME AND EFFORT WERE WASTED IN THE PAST BECAUSE SOME CF THE TREES PLANTED WERE VANDALISED,+ HE SAID.

MR LEUNG SAID VANDALISM HAD DELAYED TREE PLANTING IN OTHER DISTRICTS BECAUSE OF THE LIMITED AMOUNT OF SEEDLINGS AVAILABLE EACH YEAR.

HE URGED THOSE PRESENT TO ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO TAKE CARE OF THE TREES, AND TO SPREAD THE WORD AGAINST VANDALISM.

MR LEUNG ALSO SAID THE NTSD WOULD BE PLANTING ABOUT 600 TREES AND SHRUBS AND 2 000 CREEPING PLANTS LATER THIS YEAR AT VARIOUS GARDENS, PLAYGROUNDS, AMENITY PLOTS AND ROADSIDES THROUGHOUT THE NEW TCWN.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF HEUNG YEE KUK, MR LAU WONG-FAT, THE CHAIRMAN OF TUEN MUN CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, MR NG CHEUK-TAI, AND THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER OF TUEN MUN, MR YUE KAI-CHIU, MR LEUNG LATER ALSO PLANTED A YOUNG TREE.

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SWD FIELD UNIT MOVES OFFICE XXX

_ _ SOC!-_ *• ELr ARt - ED Ac TME NT’S LAI CHI KOK SOC I AL SECUR IT Y FIcLD UNIT HAS MOVED TO LAI HO HOUSE, 1ST LEVEu LAl KOY ESiATE, CHEUN S WAN ?OAD, SHAM SHU I PO, AS • Rj' TODAY (THURSDAY)

NUMBERS OF THE OFFICE HAVE NO” BEEN CHANGED AND ENQUIRIES CAN B MADE BY CALLING 3-70861;.

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TSUEN WAN DB MEMBERS TO MEET PUBLIC * * *

THE 10 ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD WILL JOIN THE 16 APPOINTED UNOFFICIALS IN THEIR +MEETING THE PUBLIC* SESSION TO BE RESUMED FROM TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE 26 MEMBERS WILL TAKE TURNS TO SEE RESIDENTS ON TUESDAYS FROM 9 AM TO 12 NOON AND ON FRIDAYS FROM 2 PM TO 5 PM.

TWO MEMBERS WILL BE ON DUTY EACH DAY AT THE BOARD’S OFFICE ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF FOU WAH CENTRE AT 210 CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

PEOPLE WISHING TO MEET THE MEMBERS SHOULD FIRST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE BOARD’S SECRETARIAT AT TELEPHONE 0-445509.

THE SCHEME WAS FIRST .INTRODUCED IN EARLY FEBRUARY TO RECEIVE SUGGESTIONS AND COMPLAINTS TO BE RECORDED AND FORWARDED TO CONCERNED GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS FOR CONSIDERATION.

THIRTY-NINE CASES WERE HANDLED BEFORE THE SESSION WAS SUSPENDED IN LATE MARCH WHEN THE TERM OF OFFICE OF THE FORMER BOARD MEMBERS EXPIRED.

TWELVE OF THE CASES CONCERNED CLEARANCES, SEVEN INVOLVED HOUSING AND THE OTHERS RELATED TO ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION, TENANCY, TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT MATTERS.

DESCRIBING THE RESPONSE AS GOOD, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DISTRICT BOARD SAID 17 OF THE CASES HAD ALREADY BEEN SETTLED WHILE THE OTHERS WERE BEING DEALT WITH.

TSUEN WAN IS THE FIRST OF THE EIGHT NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT BOARDS TO START THIS SCHEME, FOLLOWED BY SHA TIN IN MARCH.

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URBAN CLEARWAY ON WATERLOO ROAD * * *

THE SECTION OF WATERLOO ROAD BETWEEN SUFFOLK ROAD AND BAPTIST COLLEGE P KOwLOON TONG WILL BE DESIGNATED AS AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (MAY 7).

NO VEHICLE, EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES, WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE SECTION.

THERE WILL BE SIGNS AND CARRIAGEWAY MARKINGS TO INDICATE THE EXTENT 0* THE CLEA^wAY.

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RURAL COMMITTEE ACTS IN RESPONSIBLE WAY IN CLEARANCES * * * *

RURAL LEADERS IN TSUEN WAN WERE TODAY (THURSDAY) PRAISED FOR TAKING A RESPONSIBLE ATTITUDE TOWARDS +EXTENSIVE AND DIFFICULT* CLEARANCES FOR THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY AND OTHER DEVELOPMENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

OFFICIATING AT THE INAUGURATION OF THE 21ST TERM EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE TSUEN WAN RURAL COMMITTEE, THE TOWN MANAGER. MR HAMISH MACLEOD SAID THAT IN MANY OF THE CLEARANCES, THE RURAL COMMITTEE HAD ACTED +IN A RESPONSIBLE WAY IN ENSURING THAT THE thoseNinvolvedY+VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS WAS FAIR AND reasonable TO

HE SAID THE CONTINUING IMPORTANCE OF THE COMMITTEE WAS BEING RECOGNISED BY THE FACT THAT ITS CHAIRMAN WAS AUTOMATICALLY A MEMBER OF THE DISTRICT BOARD.

ON THE QUESTION OF SECURITY RAISED BY THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS. MR MACLEOD SAID SOME PROGRESS WAS BEING MADE IN INCREASING THE POLICE PRESENCE BY THE SPREAD OF POLICE NEIGHBOURHOOD UNITS AND THE LIKE.

+HOWEVER, I AM CONCERNED THAT LACK OF CONTROL OVER SUCH MATTERS AS ILLEGAL PARKING — PARTICULARLY BY LORRIES — MAY PRODUCE A DISREGARD FOR THE LAW WHICH WILL SPILL OVER INTO OTHER AREAS.

+WE SHALL BE LOOKING AT THIS FURTHER IN THE COMING MONTHS BUT I DO WISH TO RECORD MY CONCERN AT THE CONTINUED ABSENCE CF A SOLUTION TO THE LORRY PARKING PROBLEM IN TSUEN WAN,* HE ADDED.

BOTH THE CHAIRMAN, MR CHAN LAU-FONG, AND THE TWO VICE-CHAIRMEN, MR FU YUEN-HUNG AND MR HO WING-KWONG, HAVE BEEN RE-ELECTED FOR A TERM OF THREE YEARS.

ALSO PRESENT AT TODAY’S CEREMONY WERE HEUNG YEE KUK CHAIRMAN, MR LAU WONG-FAT, AND TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR LUI HAU-TUEN.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SHAU KEI WAN

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FROM 10 AM ON SUNDAY (MAY 9), HOI LEE S’-SET AT ITS JUNCTION WITH SHAU KEI WAN '.AD WILL ZLOSEZ TO TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT TWO DAYS.

THIS IS TO FACILITATE TELEPHONE DUCT I

DURING THE CLOSURE, ACCESS TO HOI LEE Z’--T CAN BE MADE VIA SAI WAN -10 STREET.

SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONIC BAND CONCERT *****

THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONIC BAND, FORMED AND MANAGED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT, WILL GIVE A CONCERT AT 8 PM ON SUNDAY (MAY 9) AT THE SHOUSON THEATRE, HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE.

THE CONCERT WILL EE CONDUCTED BY FUNG WING-KIT, MICHAEL LAI AND PAK WING-HANG.

THE PROGRAMME, WHICH INCLUDES GABRIELI’S CANZONA A 12, OCTET FOR WIND INSTRUMENTS BY STRAVINSKY, DIES NATALIS BY HOWARD HANSON, 3 CHORALES BY BACH, CONCERTO FOR TROMBONE AND BAND BY RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, SONATINA FOR TIMPANI AND BAND BY TCHEREPNIN, MARCH TO THE SCAFFOLD FROM +SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE+ BY BERLIOZ AND AMERICAN WE BY HENRY FILLMORE, WILL GIVE THE AUDIENCE A PANORAMIC VIEW OF BAND MUSIC FROM THE 17TH CENTURY TO THE 2OTH CENTURY. A NUMBER OF THESE WORKS WILL BE PERFORMED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HONG KONG.

NOTEWORTHY PIECES INCLUDE RIMSKY-KORSAKOV’S ’CONCERTO FOR TROMBONE AND BAND’. THE CONCERTO, WITH THREE MOVEMENTS: ALLEGRO, ANDANTE AND FINALE, WAS COMPOSED WHILE RIMSKY-KORSAKOV WAS INSPECTOR OF THE CZAR’S NAVY BANDS.

CHEUNG KWOK-MING WILL BE THE SOLOIST OF THE CONCERTO. HE HAS PERFORMED REGULARLY WITH THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONIC BAND, THE CIVIL AID SERVICES BAND AND THE MUSIC OFFICE WIND ENSEMBLE. AT PRESENT, CHEUNG STUDIES AT THE HONG KONG CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC.

A SECOND INTERESTING WORK WILL BE +DIES NATALIS+, COMPOSED IN 1972 BY HOWARD HANSON, ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT FIGURES IN THE AMERICAN MUSIC WORLD. HE WAS THE DIRECTOR OF THE EASTMAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC FROM 1924 TO 1964. DIES NATALIS WAS CONSIDERED BY HANSON AS ONE OF HIS MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE BAND REPERTORY.

THIS WORK, BASED ON AN ANCIENT LUTHERAN CHRISTMAS CHORALETUNE, CONTAINS AN INTRODUCTION, CHORALE, FIVE VARIATIONS AND FINALE. IT WAS FIRST PERFORMED IN THE EASTMAN THEATRE ON APRIL 7, 1972 BY THE EASTMAN WIND ENSEMBLE UNDER THE DIRECTION OF DR DONALD HUMSBERGER FOR THE 5OTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SCHOOL.

CONCERT TICKETS AT 35 ARE AVAILABLE AT THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE BOX CFFICE AND MUSIC CENTRES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE AT

(1) 9/F., HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE-

(2) 2/F., YAN HAU MANSION AT 100 TING FU STREET, NSAU TAU KOK- AND

(3) 2/F., CHEONG YIU BUILDING, 167-173 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, 72 U £ S WAN.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, MAY 7, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE HO.

NEW INSURANCE LEGISLATION ................................... 1

TAI PO DRAGON BOAT RACE...................................... 2

GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE COK.UNICATION.......................... 3

PRIVATE SCHOOLS THANKED FOR SUPPORT ......................... 4

SCHOLARSHIPS POR TALENTED MUSICIANS AND DANCERS.............. 5

IMPORTANCE OF TREE-PLANTING STRESSED ........................ 6

YOUTH IS A FEELING NOT AN AGE ............................... 7

SECTION OF SCAVENGING LANE TO BE RESUMED .................... 8

SUMMER AQUATIC TRAINING COURSES OFFERED...................... 8

CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS COMPLETE P.E. INSTRUCTOR COURSE ....... 9

CONTRACT SIGNED FOR N&i TUEN MUN ROAD ....................... 9

BIG CLEAN UP IN SQUATTER AREAS .............................. 10

TEMPORARY CURTAILMENT OF TRAM SERVICES ...................... 10

NEW TEXTILE AGREEMENT WITH FINLAND .......................... 11

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS .................................... 11

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COMPREHENSIVE PROPOSALS RELATING TO THE STANDARDS OF THE INSURANCE BUSINESS IN HONG KONG WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AT ITS NEXT MEETING ON MAY 19.

THE PROVISIONS ARE CONTAINED IN THE INSURANCE COMPANIES BILL 1982 WHICH IS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

COMMENTING ON THE PROPOSALS THE REGISTRAR GENERAL.

K PIERS JACOBS, SAIDi *IF ENACTED THE BILL SHOULD ENHANCE THE STATUS OF HONG KONG AS A MAJOR INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE CENTRE AND AT THE SAME TIME GIVE GREATER PROTECTION TO POLICYHOLDERS.*

AT PRESENT ONLY LIFE, FIRE, MARINE AND MOTOR VEHICLE INSURANCE BUSINESS IS REGULATED IN HONG KONG- THE NEW BILL PROPOSES THAT REGULATION BE EXTENDED TO ALL CLASSES OF BUSINESS.

UNDER THE BILL ALL INSURERS WILL REQUIRE AUTHORISATION AND WILL HAVE TO DEMONSTRATE THAT THEY ARE WELL MANAGED AND FINANCIALLY SOUND.

THE MINIMUM CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED AT 15 MILLION, EXCEPT FOR COMPANIES WRITING BOTH LIFE AND GENERAL BUSINESS AND THOSE WRITING 'STATUTORY BUSINESS’ (STATUTORY BUSINESS KANS THOSE CLASSES OF INSURANCE WHERE THE LAW REQUIRES A PERSON TO EFFECT COVER, SUCH AS MOTOR VEHICLE (THIRD PARTY RISK) INSURANCE). FOR THESE COMPANIES THE MINIMUM CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS WILL BE INCREASED TO $10 MILLION.

IN ADDITION TO THE CAPITAL REQUIREMENT COMPANIES MUST MAINTAIN A SOLVENCY MARGIN, THAT IS THE AMOUNT BY WHICH A COMPANY’S ASSETS EXCEED ITS LIABILITIES. IN RESPECT OF THEIR LIFE INSURANCE BUSINESS, COMPANIES MUST POSSESS A SOLVENCY MARGIN OF AT LEAST $2 MILLION AT PRESENT. IT IS PROPOSED NOW THAT THIS FIXED MARGIN SHOULD BE RETAINED FOR LONG-TERM BUSINESS, BUT FOR GENERAL BUSINESS THE SOLVENCY MARGIN SHOULD VARY ACCORDING TO THE AMOUNT OF PREMIUM INCOME. SUBJECT TO A MINIMUM OF $2 MILLION AS AT PRESENT OR $4 MILLION IF STATUTORY BUSINESS IS WRITTEN. *FOR MANY COMPANIES,* MR JACOBS SAID, +THE FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS WILL BE MUCH MORE STRINGENT THAN AT PRESENT, BUT THEY WILL BE MORE IN LINE WITH INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS.*

INTRODUCED FOR THE FIRST TIME ARE PROPOSALS THAT ALL DIRECTORS, CONTROLLERS AND MAIN AGENTS SHOULD BE REGARDED AS FIT AND PROPER.

TO ENSURE THAT FINANCIAL STANDARDS ARE MAINTAINED INSURERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT MORE DETAILED ACCOUNTS THAN AT PRESENT. THE CONTENTS ARE LAID DOWN, BUT INSURERS WILL HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF FLEXIBILITY IN PRESENTATION.

,/WHHSE FINANCIAL.......

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WHERE FINANCIAL STANDARDS ARE NOT MET OR CONTROL PASSES INTO THE HANDS OF UNFIT PERSONS, THERE ARE EXTENSIVE POWERS WHICH WILL ENABLE THE INSURANCE AUTHORITY TO TAKE APPROPRIATE MEASURES TO PROTECT THE INTERESTS OF POLICYHOLDERS. IN EXTREME CASES AN INSURER’S PREMIUM INCOME CAN BE LIMITED. THE POWER TO WRITE NEW BUSINESS WITHDRAWN OR INDIVIDUALS CAN BE MADE PERSONALLY LIABLE FOR OFFENCES COMMITTED BY THEIR COMPANIES.

AN INSURANCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE WILL BE APPOINTED UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY OR HIS REPRESENTATIVE TO GIVE GENERAL INSURANCE ADVICE TO THE GOVERNMENT ON THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE ORDINANCE AND ON INSURANCE MATTERS GENERALLY.

MR JACOBS SAID HE ATTACHED GREAT IMPORTANCE TO THIS.

♦THE COMMITTEE,♦ HE SAID, +SHOULD ENSURE THAT SUPERVISION DEVELOPS IN A MANNER COMPATIBLE WITH THE INTERESTS OF THE POLICYHOLDERS, THE MARKET GENERALLY AND HONG KONG.+

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TAI PO DRAGON BOAT RACE M * * *

PEOPLE WISHING TO COMPETE IN THE ANNUAL TAI RACE NOW HAVE ONLY ONE MORE WEEK TO APPLY BEFORE

PO DRAGON BOAT THE DEADLINE ON

THE TRADITIONAL RACE, TO BE HELD ON JUNE 25, WILL TAKE PLACE AT SHUEN WAN HOI ALONG THE MAIN DAM OF PLOVER COVE RESERVOIR OVER A DISTANCE OF 1 000 METRES.

LIKE LAST YEAR, THE NUMBER OF COMPETING TEAMS WILL BE LIMITED TO 50. EACH TEAM WILL CONSIST OF 27 MEMBERS, COMPRISING 24 OARSMEN, A DRUMMER, A GONG BEATER AND THE COXSWAIN.

THERE WILL BE FIVE HEATS IN THE MORNING. THE WINNER AND ^??ERZUP TEAMS IN EACH HEAT W,LL COMPETE IN THE FINAL RACE IN THE AFTERNOON.

JPPU.£ATI0N F0RMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE TAI PO RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICE, AND SHOULD BE COMPLETED AND RETURNED BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE, TOGETHER WITH A DEPOSIT OF $500 AND AN ENTRY FEE OF $200.

^.J^NDED BY THE L0CAL D'STRICT BOARD, THE RACE IS BEING

SED BY A COMMITTEE COMPRISING REPRESENTATIVES OF THE TAI PO »?E»RiJETN?F^^STSEu5fLC0M,'ITT£E-SP0RTS *ss*'*™" other

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GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE COMMUNICATION

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1MOrt0$9***UN1 Cfl0N 0ETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PEOPLE IS MPORTANT PARTICULARLY IN HONG KONG WHERE THE PROCESS OF GOVERNMENT BAB‘CALLY BY CONSENSUS AND CONSULTATION, THE PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT ScCRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR MAYER NG SA?D TODAY.

U-S?E£5,N6 AT A MEETING OF THE LIONS CLUB OF HONG KONG CENTRAL, W NG SAID GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS WERE SOMETIMES ACCUSED OF IGNORIN& PUBLIC OPINION BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT THEY KNEW BETTER.

♦I WOULD NOT SAY THAT THERE IS NOT ANY SUCH PEOPLE IN AN ORGANISATION AS BIG AS THE GOVERNMENT. BUT ONLY FOOLS CAN AFFORD TO IGNORE PUBLIC OPINION WHEN AT LAST IT DOES EXPRESS ITSELF. IN MOST CASES. WHAT IS IGNORED THEREFORE IS PERHAPS AN OPINION PRESENTED IN PUBLIC WHICH IS OFTEN CONFUSED WITH PUBLIC OPINION. DELIBERATELY OR INADVERTENTLY BY SOME PEOPLE,* HE SAID.

MR NG LISTED 14 CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PUBLIC. THEY ARE «

* ADVISORY BOARDS AND COMMITTEES INCLUDING THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS;

* INFORMAL CONTACTS WITH INDIVIDUALS OR GROUPS THROUGH LOCAL DISTRICT OFFICES-!

* PETITIONS BY INDIVIDUALS OR ORGANISATIONS TO OFFICIALS OR THEIR OFFICES;

* PUBLIC STATEMENTS;

* COMMISSIONS OF ENQUIRY;

* UMELCO;

* DISTRICT BOARDS;

* DIRECT CONTACT WITH GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS;

* LETTERS TO THE EDITORS;

* RADIO PHONE-IN PROGRAMMES;

* PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAMMES ON TV AND RADIO;

* GREEN PAPERS ON PUBLIC POLICY;

* INTEREST GROUPS; AND

* SCIENTIFICALLY ORGANISED PUBLIC OPINION SURVEYS.

IN ADDITION TO THESE OPEN CHANNELS, SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ALSO MADE IT A POINT TO MEET PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE REGULARLY AND BETWEEN THEM AND OVER THE YEARS, THEY MUST HAVE SPOKEN TO TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN AN INFORMAL AND COMPLETELY FRANK ATMOSPHERE, MR NG SAID.

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PRIVATE SCHOOLS THANKED FOR SUPPORT ft ft ft ft

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR COLVYN HAYE, TODAY (FRIDAY) THANKED SUPERVISORS AND PRINCIPALS OF PRIVATE SCHOOLS FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF A GOVERNMENT STANDING COMMITTEE WHICH IS MONITORING DISCIPLINARY PROBLEMS IN SCHOOLS.

SPEAKING AT THE ANNUAL DINNER OF THE HONG KONG PRIVATE ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOLS ASSOCIATION, MR HAYE SAID HEADS OF PRIVATE SCHOOLS HAD BEEN VERY HELPFUL AND FRANK IN FURNISHING INFORMATION CONCERNING DISCIPLINARY PROBLEMS IN SCHOOLS.

THE DIRECTOR ASSURED PRIVATE SCHOOL OPERATORS THAT WHAT THEY HAD REPORTED TO THE COMMITTEE WOULD BE TREATED IN THE STRICTEST CONFIDENCE AND WOULD NOT BE USED AGAINST THE SCHOOLS CONCERNED.

♦WHAT WE NEED IS A COMPLETELY TRUTHFUL PICTURE OF WHAT IS GOING ON IN OUR SCHOOLS SO THAT WE CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE VERY REAL PROBLEMS FACED IN THE CLASSROOMS,+ HE SAID.

TO HELP THE GOVERNMENT TO MEET DISCIPLINARY TROUBLES, MR HAYE SUGGESTED PRIVATE SCHOOL HEADS PUT DETAILED QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE PROBLEM TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SO THAT THE ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS MIGHT BE INCORPORATED IN A HANDBOOK OF SUGGESTIONS FOR MORAL EDUCATION.

HE ALSO INVITED OTHER PARTIES CONCERNED, INCLUDING TEACHERS, PARENTS, PUPILS, UNIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS, TO WRITE TO HIM IN CONFIDENCE, DESCRIBING THEIR PROBLEMS AND ASKING QUESTIONS OR MAKING SUGGESTIONS AS TO WHAT MIGHT BE INCORPORATED IN THE PROPOSED HANDBOOK.

♦WE STILL BELIEVED THAT MORAL EDUCATION OUGHT TO PERMEATE THE ENTIRE SCHOOL CURRICULUM AND THAT IT SHOULD BE CAUGHT NOT TAUGHT.

♦BUT THIS IS NOT TO SAY THAT PRACTICAL ADVICE IS NOT NECESSARY, AND WITH THE HELP OF THE PRIVATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO DO SOMETH AREA.+ MR HAYE NOTED.

AND GUIDANCE SCHOOLS THE ING IN THIS

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SCHOLARSHIPS FOR TALENTED MUSICIANS AND DANCERS

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OPPORTUNITIES ARE NOW OPEN FOR YOUNG TALENTED MUSICIANS AND DANCERS TO APPLY FOR THE 1982/83 HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB MUSIC FUND o^HOLALSHIPS.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE ABLE TO ATTEND A THREE-YEAR FULL-TIME COURSE AT THE CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC OR THE HONG KONG ACADEMY OF BALLET.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MUSIC FUND POINTED OUT THAT THE SCHOLARSHIPS WILL COVER TUITION FEES, BOOK ALLOWANCE AND EXAMINATION FEES. A MONTHLY SUBSISTENCE ALLOWANCE OF $1 OOO MAY ALSO BE GRANTED ON INDIVIDUAL MERIT.

♦FOR EXCEPTIONALLY TALENTED CANDIDATES,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID, ••OVERSEAS SCHOLARSHIPS MAY BE CONSIDERED.♦

IN PREVIOUS YEARS. THE MUSIC FUND HAS ENABLED SCHOLARS TO ATTEND THE MENUHIN ACADEMY IN SWITZERLAND, THE NATIONAL CENTRE FOR ORCHESTRAL STUDIES IN LONDON, THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC, THE GUILDHALL SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND DRAMA AND THE ROYAL BALLET SCHOOL.

CANDIDATES APPLYING FOR ADVANCED ORCHESTRAL INSTRUMENTAL STUDIES SHOULD NOT BE OVER THE AGE OF 23 ON SEPTEMBER 1, 1982 AND SHOULD HAVE ACHIEVED A MERIT IN GRADE VIII OF THE ROYAL SCHOOLS OF MUSIC EXAMINATIONS OR EQUIVALENT. PREFERENCE WILL BE GIVEN TO THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY REACHED DIPLOMA STANDARD.

AS FOR DANCE/BALLET SCHOLARSHIPS, CANDIDATES SHOULD BE AT LEAST 15 YEARS OLD ON SEPTEMBER 1, 1982 AND HAVE PASSED OR ARE WORKING FOR THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF DANCING EXAMINATION.

ALL APPLICANTS SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST ONE YEAR’S RESIDENCE IN HONG KONG AND THEY WILL BE AUDITIONED/INTERVIEWED IN LATE MAY (FOR MUSIC) AND JUNE (FOR DANCE/BALLET). SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE UP THEIR SCHOLARSHIPS IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR.

APPLICATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB MUSIC FUND OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, 3/F., 11 ICE HOUSE STREET AND THE MUSIC OFFICE HEADQUARTERS, 9/F., HONG KONG ART CENTRE.

COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB MUSIC FUND OFFICE BY THE CANDIDATE PERSONALLY.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR ADVANCED ORCHESTRAL INSTRUMENTAL STUDIES IS MONDAY, MAY 17, 1982 AND FOR DANCE/BALLET IS MONDAY, JUNE 7, 1982.

FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE OBTAINED ON 5-951859.

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IMPORTANCE OF TREE-PLANTING STRESSED * * * * * *

THE HOPE THAT TREE-PLANTING BY THE PUBLIC WILL BECOME A REGULAR £^~UVEHT» AS WAS D0NE ,N THE 1970’S. WAS EXPRESSED TODAY BY THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, Ar JOHN RIDDELL-SWAN.

THE" C0"T,"UED "ESULARLY

.*11 ,S S0ME VEARS S,Nce THE LAST TREE planting day was held J* 'THINK THAT. NOW WHEN WE ARE ALL TRYING TO MAKE HONG KONG CLEANSR AND GREENER, IT IS MOST APPROPRIATE AND TIMELY THAT THE EVENT SHOULD BE REVIVED,♦ HE SAID.

~ ♦PLANTING OF TREES IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR HONG KONG IF WE ARE TO KEEP THE TERRITORY FRESH AND GREEN AND IF WE ARE TO MAKE AMENDS IN THE AREAS DISFIGURED BY DEVELOPMENT.*

IN

9)4 TREE SEEDLINGS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO MEMBERS CF THE PUBLIC FOR PLANTING IN SIX COUNTRY PARKS BETWEEN 9 AM AND 3 PM.

THE LOCATIONS ARE AT THE SUMMIT OF ROUTE TWISK BY THE TAI LAM COUNTRY PARK IN TSUEN WAN, THE CLEARWATER BAY COUNTRY PARK NEAR THE TAI AU MUN PUBLIC CARPARK, THE WEST SAI KUNG COUNTRY PARK NEAR THE PAK TAM CHUNG CARPARK THE PAT SIN LENG COUNTRY PARK NEAR BRIDE’S POOL. THE SOUTH LANTAU ISLAND COUNTRY PARK NEAR THE NAM SHAN kongSIsland^ ™E quarry bay C0UNTRy RARK management centre on hong Tue JJ£0,?!JAT,0N AND MAPS THE EXACT LOCATIONS will be found near THE SEEDLING DISTRIBUTION POINTS.

J? R'DDELL“SWAN EXPLAINED THAT IN HONG KONG MOST OF THE TREES HAD BEEN PLANTED AND MANY HAD THEIR ORIGINS THROUGH PLANTING PROGRAMME OR IN DEPARTMENTAL NURSERIES.

*PJ-SPITE A REGRETTABLY HIGH PROPORTION DAMAGED BY HILL FIRES, THERS ARE NOW PROBABLY MORE TREES IN THE COUNTRYSIDE OF HONG KONG THAN AT ANY TIME SINCE THE TURN OF THE CENTURY,* HE SAID.

rJX ,^!!^S0!LM0NE < THE DEPARTMENT HAD ALREADY PLANTED MORE THAN 250 000 TREES, MOSTLY IN COUNTRY PARKS.

IN ADDITION, LARGE NUMBERS OF SEEDLINGS WERE BEING PRODUCED IN THE DEPARTMENT’S NURSERIES TO HELP MEET THE NEEDS OF OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS, HE SAID.

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YOUTH IS A FEELING NOT AN AGE

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ABOUT 300 ELDERLY PEOPLE AT TAI 0 ARE TO BENEFIT FROM A FREE MEDICAL CHECK-UP SERVICE OFFERED BY SEVERAL VOLUNTEER DOCTORS AND MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS UNDER A +GERIATRIC HEALTH PROJECT* BEGINNING ON SUNDAY (MAY 9).

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE PENINSULA JAYCEES AND THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE, THE PROJECT AIMS AT IMPRESSING UPON THE OLD PEOPLE THAT +YOUTH IS A FEELING NOT AN AGE*.

FOUR DOCTORS AND TWO CHIROPRACTORS WHO ARE JAYCEE MEMBERS, AND SOME NURSES WILL CARRY OUT GENERAL MEDICAL SCREENING FOR THE OLD PEOPLE IN THE OFFICE OF THE TAI 0 RURAL COMMITTEE ON SUNDAY AND FOLLOWING WEEKENDS.

ADVICE WILL BE GIVEN TO THE ELDERLY AFTER THE MEDICAL CHECK-UP WHICH WILL INCLUDE EYE, DENTAL, BLOOD PRESSURE AND SPINAL EXAMINATION.

A TEAM OF SEVEN REGISTERED NURSES HAD CONDUCTED A SURVEY LAST MONTH AT TAI 0 TO COLLECT INFORMATION ON THE HEALTH CONDITION OF THE OLD PEOPLE THERE.

A GERIATRIC HEALTH EXHIBITION WILL ALSO BE HELD ON SUNDAY IN THE RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICE.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER HEALTH PROJECT BY THE ISLANDS AT 11 AM ON SUNDAY (MAY 9) AT

THE OPENING OF THE GERIATRIC DISTRICT OFFICER, MR RICKY FUNG THE TAI 0 RURAL COMMITTEE.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES MAY TAKE THE MARINE LAUNCH, CLEMENTI, WHICH WILL LEAVE THE MARINE DEPARTMENT PIER NEXT TO THE OUTLYING ISLAND FERRY PIER, ON CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, AT 9 AM FOR LANTAU.

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SECTION OF SCAVENGING LANE TO BE RESUMED ft ft ft ft

A PORTION OF AN EXISTING SCAVENGING LANE IMMEDIATELY TO THE WEST OF LI PO CHUN CHAMBERS IN CENTRAL, WILL BE REQUIRED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE DIAPHRAGM WALL OF THE SHEUNG WAN STATION CONCOURSE OF THE MTR ISLAND LINE.

A RAILWAY AREA PLAN SHOWING THE AREA IN WHICH LAND MAY BE RESUMED OR EASEMENTS CREATED FOR THIS PURPOSE AS WELL AS PROPERTIES WHICH MAY BE AFFECTED HAS NOW BEEN DEPOSITED WITH THE LAND OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT BY THE DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY (LAND RESUMPTION AND RELATED PROVISIONS) ORDINANCE.

THE PLAN SHOWS LAND ADDITIONAL TO THAT SHOWN ON RAILWAY AREA PLAN NO. 12, FOR THE SECTION OF THE ISLAND LINE BETWEEN SHEUNG WAN AND VICTORIA PARK, WHICH WAS GAZETTED ON MARCH 13, 1981.

COPIES OF THE PLAN MAY BE INSPECTED FREE OF CHARGE DURING OFFICE HOURS AT THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (CENTRAL AND WESTERN) ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, GROUND FLOOR, HONG KONG, AND THE LANDS DEPARTMENT OFFICES, MURRAY BUILDING (5TH FLOOR), GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG, OR AT ANY CITY DISTRICT OFFICE.

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SUMMER AQUATIC TRAINING COURSES OFFERED ft ft ft

THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT IS TO LAUNCH A SIX-MONTH SUMMER AQUATICS PROGRAMME BEGINNING FROM THE MIDDLE OF THIS MONTH.

THE PROGRAMME. ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE (RSS) IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE URBAN COUNCIL, OFFERS TRAINING COURSES IN AQUATIC EVENTS AT NOMINAL FEES.

THE COURSES AREt ELEMENTARY SNORKELLING, INTERMEDIATE AND ELEMENTARY SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING, SWIMMING CLINIC, LIFE SAVING (BRONZE MEDALLION), LIFE SAVING (AWARD OF MERIT), AND ELEMENTARY AND INTERMEDIATE DIVING.

THEY WILL BE HELD IN URBAN COUNCIL SWIMMING POOLS.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE FOLLOWING 10 RSS OFFICES: EASTERN (NORTH POINT), WAN CHAI, CENTRAL AND WESTERN AND SOUTHERN OFFICES ON HONG KONG ISLAND’ AND KWUN TONG, WONG TAI SIN, KOWLOON CITY, SHAM SHU I PO, MONG KOK AND YAU MA TEI OFFICES IN KOWLOON.

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CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS COMPLETE P.E. INSTRUCTOR COURSE ft ft ft

THIRTEEN CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS WHO RECENTLY COMPLETED A THREE-MONTH, IN-SERVICE PHYSICAL EDUCATION INSTRUCTOR TRAINING COURSE AND PASSED AN EXAMINATION WERE TODAY (FRIDAY) AWARDED WITH CERTIFICATES.

AT A CEREMONY HELD AT THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE IN STANLEY, CAPTAIN T. CARR, MASTER-AT-ARMS OF THE ARMY PHYSICAL TRAINING CORPS, PRESENTED THE CERTIFICATES TO THE OFFICERS.

THE RECIPIENTS, COMPRISING ONE OFFICER AND 12 ASSISTANT OFFICERS. HAD SPENT THE 12 WEEKS BETWEEN FEBRUARY 8 AND MAY 1 UNDERGOING RECREATIONAL MANAGEMENT TRAINING, INCLUDING A CONDENSED LEADERSHIP-TRAINING COURSE.

THE OFFICERS WILL BE POSTED TO VARIOUS PENAL INSTITUTIONS.

OVER 100 CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS HAVE COMPLETED SIMILAR TRAINING.

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CONTRACT SIGNED FOR NEW TUEN MUN ROAD ft ft ft

A $36.5 MILLION CONTRACT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW ROAD ACROSS THE NULLAH IN THE CENTRAL PART OF TUEN MUN NEW TOWN, WAS AWARDED TODAY (FRIDAY) BY THE TUEN MUN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT TO THE EXPRESS TRANSPORT AND BUILDING CONTRACTORS LTD.

THE ROAD, WHICH FORMS PART OF THE NEW TOWN ROAD NETWORK, WILL PROVIDE ACCESS TO ON TING, YAU 01 AND BUTTERFLY ESTATES AND CASTLE PEAK POWER STATION.

WORK ON THE CONTRACT INCLUDES THE CONSTRUCTION OF ABOUT ONE KILOMETRE OF TWO-WAY SINGLE CARRIAGEWAY ROAD TOGETHER WITH A 100-fETRE LONG THREE-SPAN BRIDGE ACROSS THE NULLAH, A PEDESTRIAN SUBWAY AT THE EASTERN END OF THE BRIDGE AND A COMBINED PEDESTRIAN AND CYCLIST SUBWAY AT THE OTHER END.

WORK WILL START LATER THIS MONTH AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF 1983.

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BIG CLEAN UP IN SQUATTER AREAS * * *

THE WORKING WEEK FROM MAY 3 TO MAY 7 SAW FRENZIED ACTIVITY ON THE SQUATTER CLEANSING FRONT.

TWENTY-r <vt SQUATTER SETTLEMENTS WERE CLEARED OF RUBBISH IN THE FIVE DAYS, AS A RESULT OF THE HARD WORK OF URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S CLEANSING SQUADS.

THE BIGGEST PUSH WAS IN THE SPRAWLING SQUATTER AREAS OF KWUN TONG AND WONG TAI SIN, EACH INVOLVING FIVE VILLAGES.

BUT THE SMALLER SQUATTER AREAS WERE NOT NEGLECTED EITHER! TWO VILLAGES IN SHAM SHU I PO AND TWO IN WESTERN WERE CLEANED.

IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT WHERE SQUATTER COMMUNITIES ARE SMALL AND WIDELY DISPERSED, SEVEN SETTLEMENTS WERE CLEANED WHILE IN EASTERN, FOUR VILLAGES WERE BLITZED.

THE SQUATTER CLEANSING PHASE OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN IS ENTERING ITS THIRD WEEK AND WHEN THIS PHASE ENDS, ALL OF HONG KONG’S SQUATTER SETTLEMENTS WILL HAVE BEEN CLEANED.

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TEMPORARY CURTAILMENT OF TRAM SERVICES * * M

TRAM SERVICES. EXCEPT THOSE BETWEEN SHAU KEI WAN AND HAPPY VALLEY, WILL BE CURTAILED THIS SATURDAY (MAY 8) FOR MTR CONSTRUCTION WORKS.

THE LAST DEPARTURES WILL BE ABOUT ONE HOUR EARLIER THAN USUAL, THAT ISi FROM SHAU KEI WAN TO WESTERN MARKET AT 10.48 PM; FROM NORTH POINT TO WHITTY STREET AT 10.42 PM; FROM NORTH POINT TO WESTERN MARKET AT 11.01 PM; FROM HAPPY VALLEY TO KENNEDY TOWN AT 10.41 PM; FROM HAPPY VALLEY TO WHITTY STREET AT 10.52 PMj FROM HAPPY VALLEY TO WESTERN MARKET AT 11.08 PM; FROM KENNEDY TOWN TO HAPPY VALLEY AT 11.16 PM; FROM WHITTY STREET TO NORTH POINT AT 11.19 PM; FROM WHITTY STREET TO HAPPY VALLEY AT 11.20 PM; AND FROM WESTERN MARKET TO SHAU KEI WAN, NORTH POINT AND HAPPY VALLEY ALL AT 11.28 PM.

STARTING FROM 10.48 PM SPECIAL TRAM SERVICES WILL BE OPERATED FROM SHAU KEI WAN TO TERMINATE AT THE CHINESE METHODIST CHURCH AT JOHNSTON ROAD.

FRIDAY, MAY 7, 1982

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NEW TEXTILE AGREEMENT WITH FINLAND * * *

THE TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT, FOLLOWING CONSULTATIONS HELD IN HONG KONG FROM MAY 3 TO 6, A NEW TEXTILE AGREEMENT WAS REACHED BETWEEN FINLAND AND HONG KONG TO TAKE EFFECT FROM AUGUST 1, UPON THE EXPIRY OF THE CURRENT AGREEMENT.

THE NEW AGREEMENT, VALID FOR TWO YEARS, COVERS THE SAME PRODUCTS AS IN THE CURRENT AGREEMENT. THE TERMS ARE ALSO BROADLY SIMILAR.

DETAILS OF THE AGREEMENT AND THE CONTROL ARRANGEMENTS TO IMPLEMENT IT WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY THE DEPARTMENT AFTER RATIFICATION BY BOTH GOVERNMENTS.

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NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS * * *

THE SECTION OF DES VOEUX ROAD IN CENTRAL BETWEEN GILMAN STREET AND CLEVERLY STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED AS AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 10 AM ON SUNDAY (MAY 9).

ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES, WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THIS SECTION BETWEEN 7 AM AND 7 PM DAILY.

MEANWHILE, VEHICLES TRAVELLING WESTBOUND

ALONG POK FU LAM ROAD WILL BE FORBIDDEN TO TURN RIGHT INTO THE ACCESS ROAD OF BELCHER GARDENS FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (MAY 10) TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS.

IN KOWLOON, PARKING SPACES IN HO MAN TIN STREET BETWEEN WATERLOO ROAD AND HO MAN TIN HILL ROAD WILL BE METERED FROM 8 AM ON MONDAY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, MAY 8, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SIR MURRAY PRAISED FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS ................ 1

SIR PHILIP IS ACTING GOVERNOR .................................. 1

APPOINTMENT OF DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS AND CR0»7N SOLICITOR....................................................... 2

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TSUSN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG.......... 2

BAND SEMINARS IN MAY ........................................... 3

NEW TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME IN ABERDEEN ..................... 3

+SUPPORT FRONT-LINE PEOPLE IN YOUTH WORK+ CALL.................. 5

LECTURES AND DEMONSTRATIONS ON TREE PLANTING.................... 6

SWIMMING TOPS WATER SPORTS ACCIDENT RATE........................ 7

FIRING PRACTICE................................................. 8

TEMPORARY LIFTING OF BUS ONLY LANE IN NORTH POINT .............. 8

SATURDAY, MAY 8, 1982

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SIR MURRAY PRAISED FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS * * * *

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS, MR FRANCIS PYM, AND THE MINISTER OF STATE, LORD BELSTEAD, HAVE SENT CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES TO SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE ON HIS RETIREMENT AS GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG.

IN HIS MESSAGE, MR PYM SAIDi

♦ON YOUR RETIREMENT PLEASE ACCEPT MY WARMEST CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS AS GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG. THE TERRITORY HAS PROSPERED GREATLY IN THE LAST 10 YEARS. I KNOW HOW MUCH OF THIS IS DUE TO YOUR EFFORTS AND AM VERY GRATEFUL.

♦I WAS DELIGHTED TO HEAR THAT YOU ARE GETTING BETTER AND HOPE YOUR FULL RECOVERY WILL BE SPEEDY. MAY I WISH YOU AND YOUR WIFE EVERY HAPPINESS AND SUCCESS IN THE YEARS AHEAD.♦

LORD BELSTEAD, IN HIS MESSAGE, SAIDi

♦I KNOW THAT THE SECRETARY OF STATE IS SENDING YOU A MESSAGE. IF I MAY, I SHOULD LIKE TO ADD MY PERSONAL THANKS TO HIS FOR ALL THAT YOU HAVE DONE AS GOVERNOR. I KNOW WE ALL OWE A GREAT DEAL TO YOU AND YOUR WIFE. MY BEST WISHES TO YOU BOTH FOR THE FUTURE.+

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SIR PHILIP IS ACTING GOVERNOR * * *

SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE HAS ASSUMED THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AS ACTING GOVERNOR.

AT A CEREMONY IN THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL CHAMBER THIS (SATURDAY) PH,L,P» HOLDING THE BIBLE, READ THE OATH OF ALLEGIANCE, AND THE JUDICIAL OATH AS PRESCRIBED BY ARTICLE 111 CF THE LETTERS PATENT.

™E ?ATt!S WERE ADMINISTERED BY THE CHIEF JUSTICE, SIR DENYS ROBERTS, IN THE PRESENCE OF MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL.

■rue J.!!LPH,L2P THEN S,GNED THE THREE 0ATHS IN THE OATHS BOOK AND THE CHIEF JUSTICE COUNTER-SIGNED.

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APPOINTMENT OF DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS AND CROWN SOLICITOR

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THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS HAS APPROVED THE PROMOTION OF MR M. LUCAS, Q.C. AND MR J.F. MATHEWS TO LAW OFFICERS.

MR LUCAS WILL FILL THE POST OF DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS IN PLACE OF MR D.R. BOY, Q.C. WHO PROCEEDED ON PRE-RETIREMENT LEAVE RECENTLY.

MR LUCAS, WHO IS 46 YEARS OF AGE, JOINED THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT IN AUGUST 1964 AS A CROWN COUNSEL AFTER FIVE YEARS PRIVATE PRACTICE IN AUSTRALIA. THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER IN THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT MR LUCAS HAS SERVED IN THE PROSECUTIONS DIVISION OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S CHAMBERS. HE HAS ACTED AS DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS.

MR MATHEWS WILL FILL THE POST OF CROWN SOLICITOR IN PLACE OF MR F.T.M. JONES WHO LEFT THE SERVICE LAST MONTH ON COMPLETION OF AGREEMENT.

MR MATHEWS IS 40 YEARS OF AGE. FOLLOWING A PERIOD OF FIVE YEARS PRIVATE PRACTICE IN LONDON HE JOINED THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT IN FEBRUARY 1968 AS A CROWN COUNSEL. AFTER SPECIALISING IN LAW DRAFTING FOR MOST OF HIS CAREER IN THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT AND BEING PROMOTED TO DEPUTY PRINCIPAL CROWN COUNSEL IN APRIL 1977 HE TOOK UP THE DUTIES AS DEPUTY CROWN SOLICITOR IN FEBRUARY 1981. HE HAS ACTED AS CROWN SOLICITOR.

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NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG * * * *

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (MAY 10) IN CONNECTION WITH THE OPENING OF MTR TSUEN WAN EXTENSION.

THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF SAI LAU KOK ROAD NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH MEI WAN STREET WILL BE OPEN TO BUSES ONLY.

TO THE EAST OF THIS SECTION, THE LANE WILL BE A 24-HOUR URBAN CLEARWAY WHERE NO VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES, WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS.

THIS APPLIES TO THE ENTIRE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE AS WELL.

CLEARWAY RESTRICTION WILL ALSO BE IMPOSED ON THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF SAI LAU KOK ROAD NEAR CHUNG ON STREET BETWEEN 7 AM AND 7 PM DAILY.

IN ADDITION, PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER «l WAN STREET AND THE APPROACH ROADS FROM KWAI FOO ROAD, KWAI FUK ROAD AND HING FONG ROAD TO MTR STATIONS IN KWAI FONG AND KWAl HING.

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BAND SEMINARS IN MAY * ft ft ft

THE ANNUAL CONCERT OF THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONIC BAND TO BE HELD TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT THE HONG KONG ART CENTRE WILL SPARK OFF A SERIES OF SEMINARS AND MASTER CLASSES ESPECIALLY AIMED AT YOUNG BAND PLAYERS.

THE MASTER CLASSES, ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE, WILL FEATURE TWO HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC PRINCIPAL PLAYERS. DAVID GAUGER, PRINCIPAL TRUMPET, WILL GIVE A MASTER CLASS ON BRASS CHAMBER MUSIC ON TUESDAY (MAY 11), AND DAN SILVER, PRINCIPAL CLARINET, WILL CONDUCT A MASTER CLASS ON WOODWIND CHAMBER MUSIC ON MAY 17. QUINTETS FROM THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONIC BAND WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE MASTER CLASSES WHICH WILL INCLUDE COACHING OF QUINTETS, DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF INSTRUMENTAL AND SECTION PLAYING.

TWO FURTHER SEMINARS WILL BE GIVEN BY SAMSON CHEUNG, MANAGER OF THE YOUTH SYMPHONIC BAND AND YAU YUEN-HING, CONDUCTOR OF THE WEST KOWLOON YOUTH BAND OF THE MUSIC OFFICE. THEIR SEMINARS ON ♦BAND MANAGEMENT AND REPERTOIRE+ AND +BAND MUSIC APPRECI AT ION+ WILL BE GIVEN ON MAY 10 AND MAY 13 RESPECTIVELY.

ALL FOUR MASTER CLASSES AND SEMINARS WILL BE HELD AT 8 PM AT THE HONG KONG MUSIC CENTRE OF THE MUSIC OFFICE, HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE, 9TH FLOOR, ADMISSION IS FREE. ENQUIRIES ON THE SUBJECT CAN BE MADE BY TELEPHONING 5-283257.

NEW TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME IN ABERDEEN ft ft ft ft ft

NEW MEASURES TO IMPROVE THE TRAFFIC FLOW IN THE ABERDEEN AREA WILL BE INTRODUCED FROM 10 AM ON MAY 11 (TUESDAY).

THIS IS THE SECOND STAGE OF THE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME DESIGNED TO COPE WITH THE TRAFFIC SITUATION AFTER THE OPENING OF THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL.

♦AS A RESULT OF THESE MEASURES, IT IS HOPED THAT TRAFFIC CONDITIONS IN THE ABERDEEN TOWN CENTRE CAN BE FURTHER IMPROVED,♦ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (MAY 8).

VEHICLES TRAVELLING ON TUNG SING ROAD WILL ONLY BE ALLOWED TO TURN LEFT INTO ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD, WHILE THOSE FROM ABERDEEN RESERVOIR ROAD SHOULD GO STRAIGHT INTO LOK YEUNG STREET.

IN ADDITION, TRAFFIC ALONG THE UNNAMED ROAD OPPOSITE WU NAM ROAD WILL BE DIRECTED WESTBOUND INTO ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD ONLY.

/CH2KGTU HCaD .......

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CHENGTU ROAD NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD, WU NAM STREET BETWEEN CHENGTU ROAD AND TUNG SING ROAD, LOK YEUNG STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED AS URBAN CLEARWAYS FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY, WHEN ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS.

ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER CHENGTU ROAD AND LOK YEUNG STREET BETWEEN TUNG SING ROAD AND CHENGTU ROAD, BUT THE EXISTING PLB PROHIBITED ZONES IN LOK YEUNG STREET, TUNG SING ROAD AND SAI ON STREET WILL BE RESCINDED.

SECTIONS OF TUNG SING ROAD AND LOK YEUNG STREET NEAR ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED AS PLB CLEARWAYS FROM 7 AM TO 12 MIDNIGHT DAILY. WHEN ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS.

HOWEVER, THE EXISTING PLB CLEARWAYS AND CHENGTU ROAD WILL BE RESCINDED.

IN WU NAM STREET

THE TERMINUS FOR MAX I CAB ROUTE 27 WILL BE RELOCATED FROM SAI ON STREET TO OLD MAIN STREET ABERDEEN.

MEANWHILE, NEW BUS TERMINI WILL ALSO BE INTRODUCED IN THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONSi

X ROUTE 70 - SAI ON STREET BETWEEN CHENGTU ROAD AND TUNG SING ROAD.

X ROUTE 72 - TUNG SING ROAD BETWEEN LOK YEUNG STREET AND SAI ON STREET.

X ROUTE 77 - SAI ON STREET BETWEEN ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD AND TUNG SING ROAD.

AT THE SAME TIME, SEVERAL ROADS WILL BE RE-ROUTED AS FOLLOWSi

X CHENGTU ROAD ONE WAY SOUTHBOUND ;

X WU NAM STREET ONE WAY EASTBOUND;

X TUNG SING ROAD BETWEEN ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD AND SAI ON STREET ONE WAY NORTHBOUND;

X WU PAK STREET BETWEEN CHENGTU ROAD AND TUNG SING ROAD ONE WAY EASTBOUND ;

X TUNG SING ROAD BETWEEN WU PAK STREET AND WU NAM STREET ONE WAY SOUTHBOUND.

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♦SUPPORT FRONT-LINE PEOPLE IN YOUTH WORK* CALL * * * ft ft

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR SELWYN ALLEYNE, TODAY (SATURDAY) CALLED FOR ENCOURAGEMENT AND SUPPORT FOR +FRONT-LINE WORKERS* IN THE FIELD OF WORK WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE HONG KONG PLAYGROUND ASSOCIATION’S KAI TAK OUTREACH I NG TEAM BASE AND FU SHAN CHILDREN’S AND YOUTH CENTRE AT FU SHAN ESTATE IN WONG TAI SIN.

♦WE CAN DO THIS BY SHOWING THAT WE ARE SENSITIVE TO THE PROBLEMS THEY FACE, PARTICULARLY THE DIFFICULTIES CAUSED BY SHORTAGES OF TRAINED STAFF

AND THAT WE

ARE COMMITTED TO IMPROVEMENTS TO THE

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AND TO THE WAY IN WHICH SERVICES ARE DELIVERED,* HE SAID

THE DIRECTOR SAW CHILDREN’S AND YOUTH CENTRES AS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT BECAUSE THEY PROVIDED AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO MEET, DEVELOP MUTUAL INTERESTS AND WORK IN GROUPS IN AN ATMOSPHERE FREE FROM THE PRESSURE AND COMPETITIVENESS OF THE SCHOOL SETTING.

+THE COMMITMENT OF STAFF IN THESE CENTRES,* HE

SAID, *IS CRITICAL IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF ATTRACTIVE PROGRAMMES AND IN MAKING USE OF THESE OF PROGRAMMES TO DEVELOP IN YOUNG PEOPLE A SENSE OF INVOLVEMENT AND IDENTITY WITH THE COMMUNITY IN WHICH THEY LIVE.*

REFERRING TO OUTREACH I NG SOCIAL WORK, MR ALLEYNE SAID THE AIM OF THIS APPROACH WAS TO TRY AND REACH THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WERE NOT ATTRACTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MORE FORMAL AND ORGANISED TYPES OF ACTIVITY IN CHILDREN’S AND YOUTH CENTRES.

♦OUTREACH I NG SOCIAL WORKERS ARE EXPECTED TO GO INTO THE PARKS, PLAYGROUNDS, GAMES HALLS AND FAST-FOOD SHOPS WHICH ARE THE MODERN DAY HAUNTS OF THESE YOUNG PEOPLE,♦ HE SAID.

MANY OF THEM ARE AT RISK IN THE SENSE THAT THEY ARE BORED, AIMLESS, PERHAPS DISILLUSIONED WITH THEIR PRESENT LIFE STYLE AND FAMILY CIRCUMSTANCES AND ARE THEREFORE IN DANGER OF FALLING INTO BAD COMPANY AND POSSIBLY DELINQUENT BEHAVIOUR.

MR ALLEYNE SAID OUTREACH I NG SOCIAL WORKERS MUST HAVE SPECIAL QUALITIES TO WORK AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE WHO, IN MANY CASES, WERE SUSPICIOUS, UNCO-OPERATIVE AND NEGATIVE IN THEIR ATTITUDES TO THE WORKERS.

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♦FOR THIS REASON, THIS AREA OF SOCIAL WORK FACES PARTICULAR PROBLEMS IN THE RECRUITMENT OF TRAINED SOCIAL WORKERS,+ HE SAID.

HE WENT ONi +l BELIEVE THE WILLINGNESS OF SOCIAL WORKERS TO GO OUT TO SEEK AND WHERE POSSIBLE PREVENT SOCIAL PROBLEMS, WHICH AFFECT OUR YOUNG PEOPLE, IS CRITICAL IN UNDERLINING THE RELEVANCE OF SOCIAL WORK METHODS IN SERVICES TO CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE.

♦THE FAILURE OF AGENCIES TO RETAIN TRAINED WORKERS IN THE OUTREACH FIELD, HOWEVER, MAKES IT EXTREMELY DIFFICULT, ON THE ONE HAND, TO EVALUATE ITS IMPACT AND ON THE OTHER TO PLAN A LONG-TERM ROLE FOR THIS TYPE OF SERVICE IN HONG KONG.+

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LECTURES AND DEMONSTRATIONS ON TREE PLANTING * * * *

THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS STARTED A SERIES OF LECTURES AND DEMONSTRATIONS ON TREE PLANTING, CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF SHRUBS, CLIMBERS AND CREEPERS FOR SCHOOLS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

SINCE EARLY LAST MONTH, DISTRICT AMENITIES OFFICERS OF THE DEPARTMENT HAD VISITED A NUMBER OF SCHOOLS AND ARRANGED AMENITY PLOTS FOR THE CHILDREN TO PRACTISE TREE PLANTING.

A SPOKESMAN SAID THE LECTURES AND DEMONSTRATIONS WERE AIMED AT ENLISTING MORE YOUNGSTERS TO TAKE PART IN THE 'MAI FA’ PHASE - BEAUTIFICATION SCHEME - OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN.

EARLY LAST WEEK, 300 SHA TIN STUDENTS FROM SEVERAL SCHOOLS ATTENDED A LECTURE ON TREE PLANTING HELD AT PUI YING MIDDLE SCHOOL.

TODAY (SATURDAY) SOME 20 YOUNGSTERS, WHO WERE MEMBERS OF THE SHENG KUNG HUI SHA TIN SOCIAL SERVICES CENTRE, GATHERED AT AN OPEN SPACE AT TUNG LO WAN TSUEN FOR A PRACTICE COURSE ON TREE PLANTING AND DEMONSTRATED THEIR SKILL.

THE YOUNGSTERS PLANTED SEVERAL PELTOPHORUM PTEROCARPUM THERE. THE TREE, GENERALLY FOUND AT SHA TIN ROADSIDE, IS A MEDIUM-SIZED DECIDUOUS TREE THAT CAN REACH 7.5 METRES IN HEIGHT WITH A SPREADING CROWN AND GRACEFUL FEATHERY LEAVES.

THE DISTRICT AMENITIES OFFICER OF SHA TIN, MR CHAN HUNG-YING, WAS PRESENT AT THE TREE PLANTING ACTIVITY TO GIVE GUIDANCE TO THE YOUNGSTERS.

PAYING TRIBUTE TO THE YOUNGSTERS, MR CHAN EXPRESSED HIS HOPE THAT THEY WOULD BRING HOME THE MESSAGE OF PLANTING AND CARING OF TREES TO THEIR FRIENDS TO HELP IMPLEMENT THE BEAUTIFICATION SCHEME.

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SWIMMING TOPS WATER SPORTS ACCIDENT RATE *****

SWIMMING WAS STILL BY FAR THE TOP-MOST ACCIDENT-PRONE WATER SPORT IN 1981, ACCORDING TO THE LATEST REPORT ON ♦ACCIDENTS ARISING FROM OUTDOOR PURSUITS* COMPILED BY THE COMMITTEE ON SAFETY IN OUTDOOR PURSUITS.

STATISTICS BASED ON DATA PROVIDED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE AND THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT REVEALED THAT OF THE 1 365 REPORTED AQUATIC SPORTS ACCIDENTS CLAIMING 13 LIVES, 1 312 OR OVER 96 PER CENT WERE RELATED TO SWIMMING, RESULTING IN 11 PEOPLE DROWNED.

♦SWIMMING IS THE MOST POPULAR FORM OF WATER SPORT IN HONG KONG IN THE SUMMER BECAUSE UNLIKE OTHER AQUATIC ACTIVITIES, IT DOES NOT REQUIRE ANY EQUIPMENT OR TEAM MATES,♦ SAID MR CHAM SIU-LEUN, CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE SAFETY IN OUTDOOR PURSUITS.

♦BUT AS WE ALL KNOW, FAMILIARITY BREEDS CONTEMPT, AND MANY SWIMMERS NEGLECT THE IMPORTANCE OF OBSERVING THE BASIC SAFETY PRECAUTIONS.

♦IN MANY CASES, IF THE PARTICIPANTS HAD BEEN MORE CAREFUL, ACCIDENTS COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED,♦ MR CHAM ADDED.

COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS YEAR, THERE WAS AN OVERALL DROP OF 11 PER CENT IN WATER SPORTS ACCIDENT RATE IN 1981.

THE MOST DRASTIC DECREASE WAS FOUND IN ROWING ACCIDENTS. IT DROPPED FROM 93 IN 1980 TO ONLY FIVE IN 1981.

ACCIDENTS INVOLVING CANOEING ALSO DECREASED FROM 26 TO TWO AND THOSE INVOLVING SCUBA DIVING FROM TWO TO NIL.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE ACCIDENT FIGURES FOR PLEASURE BOATING NEARLY DOUBLED, RISING FROM 24 IN 1980 TO 46 IN 1981.

MR CHAM STRESSED THAT DESPITE THE OVERALL REDUCTION IN ACCIDENT RATE, PROMOTIONAL EFFORTS TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ON SAFETY RULES SHOULD NOT BE SLACKENED.

♦THE GOVERNMENT, VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS AND OTHER COMMUNITY BODIES WILL CONTINUE TO ORGANISE SAFETY DEMONSTRATIONS AND PLAY-IN SESSIONS THIS YEAR,+ HE SAID.

♦WHILE THE LACK OF PLAY SAFE AWARENESS IS THE MAIN CAUSE FOR ACCIDENTS, LEARNING AND PRACTISING THE SAFETY HINTS SUGGESTED BY EXPERTS ARE THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT THEM,* HE ADDED.

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FIRING PRACTICE * * *

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE HA TSUEN/CASTLE PEAK RANGE FROM WEDNESDAY (MAY 12) TO FRIDAY (MAY 14).

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

THE PRACTICE TIMES AREi

DATE TIME

WEDNESDAY (MAY 12) 9 AM - 11 PM

THURSDAY (MAY 13) 8.30 AM - 4.30 PM

FRIDAY (MAY 14) 8 AM - 4 PM

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TEMPORARY LIFTING OF BUS ONLY LANE IN NORTH POINT M * *

FROM »j PM ON MONDAY (MAY 10), THE WESTBOUND BUS LANE ON KING’S ROAID BETWEEN NORTH VIEW STREET AND FORTRESS HILL ROAD WILL BE OPEN TO ALL VEHICLES FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS.

THIS IS TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, MAY 9, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

DROP IN INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS ........................... 1

POWERS OF ENTRY AND INSPECTION OF INSPECTORS OF APPRENTICES 2

FEEDER MAXICAB ROUTES FOR MTR TSU® WAN EXTENSION........ J

NO CHANGE IN TSU® WAN BUS ROUTES ON MAY 10.............. 4

LIMITED NUMBER OF PRIVATE CARS ALLOWED INTO CHINA SHORTLY .. 5

NEW UNIVERSIT' STATION BUILDING ......................   5

HOME FOR THE AGED AT TAI 0 ........................      6

900 PEOPLE SAVED BY LIFE GUARDS LAST YE. R  ............ 7

PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT IN C®TRAL . ... ..     7

NTSD RECRUITS PART-TIME LIFEGUARDS ...................   8

NEW SALT WATER PUMP AT TSU® WAN BAY .................... 8

IN-SERVICE COURSE FOR TEACHERS OF TECHNICAL SUBJECTS.. 9

SUNDAY, MAY 9, 1982

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DROP IN INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS * * *

THERE WERE 17 857 INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LAST YEAR, REPRESENTING A DROP OF 460 AS COMPARED WITH 18 319 IN 1980.

LAST YEAR ALSO SAW A LOWER ACCIDENT RATE OF 236 ACCIDENTS PER 1 000 CONSTRUCTION WORKERS, COMPARED WITH 217 IN 1980.

THE DROP IN ACCIDENTS HAS BEEN A SOURCE OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY SAFETY SUB-COMMITTEE, WHICH WAS SET UP LATE IN 1980 TO PROMOTE INDUSTRY SAFETY.

MR CHAN TAT-KING, SUPERINTENDENT OF FACTORY INSPECTORS, LABOUR DEPARTMENT, AND CHAIRMAN OF THE SUB-COMMITTEE, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY)i ^THOUGH ONLY A SLIGHT DROP IN NUMBER, IT HAS GIVEN MUCH ENCOURAGEMENT TO MEMBERS OF THE SUB-COMM ITTEE.+

THE SUB-COMMITTEE, WHICH COMPRISES REPRESENTATIVES CF EMPLOYERS AND WORKERS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY AND THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE, ENABLES THE THREE PARTIES TO REGULARLY EXCHANGE VIEWS ON SAFETY PROBLEMS AND TO WORK OUT PRACTICABLE SAFETY MEASURES.

IN ITS FIRST YEAR OF OPERATION, THE SUB-COMMITTEE FINALISED A SET OF SAFETY PRECAUTIONS FOR OPERATING CONCRETE PUMPS, PUBLICISED ELECTRICAL SAFETY, PARTICIPATED IN SAFETY CAMPAIGNS AND ORGANISED A SAFETY SEMINAR FOR SUPERVISORS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY.

MR CHAN EMPHASISED THAT THE JOINT EFFORTS OF EMPLOYERS, WORKERS AND THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE HAD PROVED TO BE ESSENTIAL IN SECURING A SAFE WORKING ENVIRONMENT FOR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS.

NEVERTHELESS, THE SUB-COMMITTEE MEMBERS ARE AWARE THAT THERE STILL REMAIN CERTAIN AREAS AT CONSTRUCTION SITES WHICH REQUIRE THEIR CLOSE ATTENTION.

♦WE ARE DETERMINED TO CONTINUE OUR EFFORTS TO STRIVE FOR A SAFER WORKING ENVIRONMENT FOR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS,+ HE SAID.

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POWERS OF ENTRY AND INSPECTION OF INSPECTORS OF APPRENTICES ******

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

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

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

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

*ANY PERSON WHO OBSTRUCTS AN INSPECTOR OF APPRENTICES PERFORMING OR EXERCISING ANY FUNCTION, DUTY OR POWER UNDER THE APPRENTICESHIP ORDINANCE MAY BE PROSECUTED. ON CONVICTION, HE IS LIABLE TO A FI NE OF $5 OOO AND TO IMPRISONMENT FOR 6 MONTHS,* HE ADDED.

EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE ANY ENQUIRIES MAY CONTACT ANY OF THE BRANCH OFFICES OF THE APPRENTICESHIP SECTION AT THE FOLLOWING ADDRESSESt-

(1) HENNESSY CENTRE, EAST WING, 6/F, 500 HENNESSY

ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY TELi 5-7956211

(2) PARIS THEATRE BUILDING, 7 KING FUK STREET, SAN PO KONG TELi 3-234722

(3) SALISBURY ROAD, OPPOSITE TO SHERATON HOTEL, TSIM SHA TSUI TELi 3-667463

(4) 31 SHING FONG STREET, 5TH FLOOR, KWAI CHUNG

TELi 0-297039

(5) YEN HAU MANSION, 3RD FLOOR, 100 TING FU

STREET, KWUN TONG TELi 3-7561093

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FEEDER MAXICAB ROUTES FOR MTR TSUEN WAN EXTENSION ******

ADDITIONAL MAXICAB ROUTES WILL START OPERATING IN TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG ON MAY 16 TO MEET THE INCREASED TRAVEL DEMAND FOLLOWING THE FULL OPENING OF THE MTR TSUEN WAN EXTENSION.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, CHIEF TRANSPORT OFFICER/NEW TERRITORIES, MR DANIEL AU SAID NINE NEW MTR FEEDER MAXICAB ROUTES GENERATED FROM THE EXISTING MAXICAB SERVICES IN THE TSUEN WAN AREA WOULD BE INTRODUCED TO PROVIDE COMMUTERS WITH BETTER INTERCHANGE FACILITIES.

ALL THESE FEEDER ROUTES WILL BE SUFFIXED WITH ’M’ FOR EASY IDENTIFICATION,* MR AU SAID.

THE NEW FEEDER MAXICAB ROUTES ARE 1

* 81M TSUEN WAN MTR STATION TO LO WAI AT A FARE OF $1.

* 82M TSUEN WAN MTR STATION TO SHEK WAI KOK AT A FARE OF $1.

* 86M TAI WO HAU MTR STATION TO SHEK LEI ESTATE AT A FARE OF $1.

* 87M TSUEN WAN (CHUNG ON STREET) TO KWAI FONG MTR STATION AT A FARE OF $1. THIS ROUTE WILL ALSO SERVE THE CONTAINER PORT ROAD AREA.

* 88M KWAI FONG MTR STATION TO TSING Yl (HONGKONG UNITED DOCKYARD) AT A FARE OF S2.

* 89M KWAI HING MTR STATION TO TSUEN WAN (HO PUI STREET) AT A FARE OF SI.

* 46M WAH YUEN CHUEN VIA LAI KING MTR STATION TO LA I KING TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA AT A FARE OF $1.

* 9OM LAI WAN MTR STATION TO LAI KING TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA AT A FARE OF $1.

* 92M LAI WAN MTR STATION TO WAH YUEN CHUEN AT A FARE OF $1.

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NO CHANGE IN TSUEM.WAN BUS ROUTES ON MAY 10 *****

THERE WILL BE NO CHANGE IN BUS ROUTES WHEN THE FIRST PHASE OF THE MTR TSUEN WAN EXTENSION BETWEEN TSUEN WAN AND LAI KING STATIONS COMES INTO OPERATION ON MAY 10.

CHIEF TRANSPORT OFFICER/NEW TERRITORIES, MR DANIEL AU, SAID RESIDENTS IN TSUEN WAN, YUEN LONG AND TUEN MUN WISHING TO INTERCHANGE WITH MTR CAN USE THE EXISTING BUS SERVICES BETWEEN MAY 10 AN 15.

THE FIVE MTR STATIONS TO BE OPENED ON MAY 10 WILL BE TSUEN WAN, KWAI HING, KWAI FONG, TAI WO HAU AND LAI KING.

COMMUTERS WISHING TO GO TO TSI NG Yl, KWAI CHUNG AND KWAI SHING ESTATES CAN INTERCHANGE AT KWAI FONG OR KWAI HING MTR STATIONS WITH THE BUS SERVICES OR MAXICAB ROUTES ALONG HING FONG ROAD.

THOSE WISHING TO GO TO TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG CAN GET OFF AT TSUEN WAN STATION AND USE THE FOOTBRIDGE NEXT TO FOU WAH CENTRE OR THE PEDESTRIAN CROSSING TO TAKE THE BUS ROUTES AT CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

HE ADVISED MOTORISTS TO MAKE FULL USE OF KWAI FONG STATION FOR +KISS AND RIDE+ AS AMPLE SPACE FOR PICKING UP AND SETTING DOWN PASSENGERS WILL BE AVAILABLE.

A TEMPORARY OPEN-AIR CAR PARK NEAR TSUEN WAN STATION WITH ABOUT 150 PARKING SPACES WILL BE OPENED AT THE END OF THIS MONTH TO PROVIDE +PARK AND RIDE* FACILITIES.

COMMENTING ON THE BUS ROUTE CHANGE ON MAY 16, HE STRESSED THAT THIS IS TO PROVIDE COMMUTERS WITH WIDEST POSSIBLE CHOICE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT FACILITIES.

HE EMPHASISED THAT EACH HOUSING ESTATE IN TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG WILL HAVE AT LEAST ONE DIRECT BUS ROUTE TO URBAN KOWLOON AND A FEEDER ROUTE TO THE NEARBY MTR STATION.

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LIMITED NUMBER OF PRIVATE CARS ALLOWED INTO CHINA SHORTLY * * * * *

A LIMITED NUMBER OF PRIVATE CARS WILL BE ALLOWED TO CROSS THE BORDER AT MAN KAM TO INTO CHINA LATER THIS YEAR FOR STRICTLY BUSINESS PURPOSES.

THE INTENTION IS TO ASSIST HONG KONG BUSINESSMEN WITH SUBSTANTIAL COMMERCIAL INTERESTS IN THE SHENZHEN SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

INITIALLY THE ARRANGEMENT WILL BE ON A TRIAL BASIS, HE SAID.

BUSINESSMEN WITH SUBSTANTIAL INTERESTS IN THE SHENZHEN SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE WHO WISH TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS FACILITY MAY APPLY TO THE MAN KAM TO PERMIT OFFICE AT IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS NOT LATER THAN JUNE 1, 1982.

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NEW UNIVERSITY STATION BUILDING * * *

THE RAILWAY DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT WILL START WORK SOON ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW UNIVERSITY STATION BUILDING AS PART OF THE ELECTRIFICATION AND MODERNISATION OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY.

THIS WILL INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW SINGLE STOREY STATION BUILDING AND BARRACK QUARTERS FOR KCR STAFF.

ALSO INCLUDED WILL BE THE DEMOLITION OF THE OLD STATION BUILDINGS AFTER THE NEW ONE IS COMPLETED.

A SPOKESMAN OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT THE NEW UNIVERSITY STATION, WHEN COMPLETED, WOULD SERVE THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT IN MA LIU SHU I RECLAMATION AND MA ON SHAN AND THE ADJOINING CHINESE UNIVERSITY COMPLEX.

FOR

HE SAID THAT IT WOULD ALSO PROVIDE MODERN, UP-TO-DATE FACILITIES PASSENGERS TRAVELLING FROM THE UNIVERSITY STATION TO STATIONS

BETWEEN HUNG HOM AND ' * '

LO WU.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT ARE BEING INVITED.

WORK WILL START IN JUNE AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN FEBRUARY 1983.

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HOME FOR THE AGED AT TAI 0 * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT IS PUSHING AHEAD WITH PLANS FOR A HOME FOR THE AGED AT TAI 0, THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICER, MR RICKY FUNG, SAID TODAY.

TO BE BUILT BY A NON-PROFIT MAKING ORGANISATION, THE HOME IS INTENDED TO PROVIDE CARE FOR ABOUT 100 PEOPLE.

MR FUNG WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE GERIATRIC HEALTH PROJECT JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE PENINSULA JAYCEES, WITH ASSISTANCE FROM THE TAI 0 RURAL COMMITTEE AND SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

HE NOTED THAT THE ELDERLY TENDED TO FEEL LONELY AND NEGLECTED. +ONCE THEY CATCH A DISEASE THEY MAY FEEL THAT THEY HAVE ENTERED THE WORLD OF NO HOPE.

♦ IN FACT, IF THEY KNOW HOW TO KEEP THEIR HEALTH IN GOOD CONDITION AND SPEND THEIR LEISURE TIME MEANINGFULLY, THEY CAN STILL CONTRIBUTE TO THE COMMUNITY BY MEANS OF THEIR RICH EXPERIENCE IN LIFE.*

THE HEALTH PROJECT, WHICH COINCIDES WITH THE UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL YEAR FOR THE AGED, WAS AIMED AT AROUSING THE OLD PEOPLE’S AWARENESS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF HEALTH.

♦IT IS ALSO HOPED THAT THE TAI 0 COMMUNITY WILL PAY MORE ATTENTION TO THE NEEDS AND PROBLEMS OF THE AGED WHO WILL OTHERWISE FEEL NEGLECTED,* HE SAID.

FOLLOWING THE OPENING CEREMONY, FOUR DOCTORS AND TWO CHIROPRACTORS, WHO ARE MEMBERS OF THE PENINSULA JAYCEES, CARRIED OUT A GENERAL MEDICAL CHECK-UP FOR 300 OLD PEOPLE AT TAI 0.

THE MEDICAL SCREENING, TO BE CONTINUED IN THE NEXT WEEKEND, INCLUDED BLOOD PRESSURE, EYE, DENTAL AND SPINAL EXAMINATION.

AS PART OF THE PROJECT, A GERIATRIC HEALTH EXHIBITION WAS ALSO HELD IN THE RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICE WITH DISPLAYS ILLUSTRATING THE IMPORTANCE OF BALANCED DIET, SLEEP AND EXERCISE AS WELL AS THE PREVENTION OF CARDIAC AFFECTION, CANCER AND HYPERTENSION.

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900 PEOPLE SAVED BY LIFE GUARDS LAST YEAR

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MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG LIFE GUARD CLUB SAVED THE LIVES OF 900 PEOPLE LAST YEAR, THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

DEEPLY IMPRESSED WITH THEIR WORK, HE TOLD A GATHERING AT THE ANNUAL GRAND PARADE OF HONORARY LIFE GUARDS AT REPULSE BAY:

♦FOR THIS VITAL SERVICE THE COMMUNITY OWES YOU A DEBT OF GRATITUDE.

♦WITHOUT THE ESSENTIAL SERVICE PROVIDED BY NEARLY 10 000 LIFE GUARDS, WE WOULD CERTAINLY NOT BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF THE MILLIONS CF PEOPLE WHO CROWD OUR BEACHES EACH YEAR.

♦YOUR VERY PRESENCE ON THE BEACHES GIVES CONFIDENCE TO ALL BATHERS, AND THAT YOU DO THIS IN AN HONORARY BASIS IS EVEN MORE COMMENDABLE.+

MR AKERS-JONES, WHO IS ALSO THE HONORARY PRESIDENT OF THE NEW TERRITORIES BRANCH OF THE CLUB, TOOK THE SALUTE AT THE PARADE OF HONORARY LIFE GUARDS AND PRESENTED THE GOVERNOR’S SHIELDS TO THE WINNING TEAMS IN THE MEN AND WOMEN SECTIONS.

HE CONGRATULATED ALL THE TEAMS WHO TOOK PART IN +THIS STIRRING AND COLOURFUL MARCH PAST,* AND THANKED THE WATER SAFETY COMMITTEE FOR THEIR GENEROUS DONATION OF UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT.

FORTY TEAMS COMPRISING MORE THAN 480 MEMBERS TOOK PART IN TODAY’S PARADE WHICH MARKED THE BEGINNING OF THE CLUB’S HONORARY LIFE GUARD SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC IN SUMMER.

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THE AREA AROUND STATUE SQUARE WILL CONTINUE TO BE A PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

AFTER THREE MONTHS’ TRIAL OPERATION, IT HAS PROVED TO BE EXTREMELY POPULAR. THUS THE SECTIONS ON CHATER ROAD AND ICE HOUSE STREET WILL REMAIN CLOSED ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

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NTSD RECRUITS PART-TIME LIFEGUARDS ******

LIFE-SAVING CERTIFICATE HOLDERS NOW HAVE A CHANCE TO EARN 593 PER DAY BY SERVING THE COMMUNITY AS PART-TIME LIFEGUARDS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES DURING THE COMING SWIMMING SEASON.

THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS RECRUITING PART-TIME LIFEGUARDS FOR DUTY AT VARIOUS GAZETTED BEACHES AND SWIMMING POOLS THROUGHOUT THE NEW TERRITORIES.

HOLDERS OF CERTIFICATES ISSUED BY THE ROYAL LIFE-SAVING SOCIETY ARE WELCOMED TO APPLY FOR THE POST. POTENTIAL APPLICANTS SHOULD BE BETWEEN 18 AND 35 OF AGE, AND HAVE STRONG PHYSIQUE AND GOOD EYESIGHT.

PRIORITY WILL ALSO BE GIVEN TO HOLDERS OF HIGHER LIFE-SAVING QUALIFICATIONS AND THOSE WITH EXPERIENCE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE SALARY FOR THE DAILY RATED POST IS $93 FOR EVERY EIGHT HOURS.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW OBTAINABLE AT ALL CITY DISTRICT OFFICES AND DISTRICT OFFICES.

COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE NTSD HEADQUARTERS AT AUSTIN CENTRE, THIRD FLOOR, 19-23 AUSTIN AVENUE, TSIM SHA TSUI, BEFORE MAY 31 (MONDAY).

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NEW SALT WATER PUMP AT TSUEN WAN BAY * * * *

TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED BY TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW SALT WATER PUMPING STATION ON THE RECLAIMED LAND AT TSUEN WAN BAY.

THE PUMPING STATION HAS BEEN DESIGNED TO MEET THE PRESENT AND FUTURE FLUSHING DEMAND OF THE NEW TOWN AND WILL REPLACE THE EXISTING STATION WHICH WILL BE AFFECTED BY FUTURE RECLAMATION AT TSUEN WAN BAY.

WORKS ON THE PROJECT WILL START IN JULY AND TAKE ABOUT 15 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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MONDAY, MAY 10, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

SIR PHILIP OPENS ENLARGED MTR SYSTEM........................... 1

WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD TO MEET ............................ 2

HK PRAISED FOR MAKING BEST USE OF LAND FOR SPORT .............. 3

ARRANGEMENT FOR BUSES.......................................... 3

BIG DEMAND FOR TECHNICAL INSTITUTE GRADUATES .................. 4

TEMPORARY WATER CUT............................................ 4

LAND ADVISER RETIRES AFTER 30 YEARS SERVICE.................... 5

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VOLUNTEERS INVITED FOR PROBATION WORK SCHEME................... 7

WATER FIGURES ................................................. 7

MONDAY, MAY 10, 1982

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SIR PHILIP OPENS ENLARGED MTR SYSTEM ******

PEOPLE IN HONG KONG HAVE, SINCE 1980, COME TO APPRECIATE THE BENEFITS OF TRAVELLING ON A MODERN UNDERGROUND RAILWAY, THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, SAID THIS MORNING.

OPENING THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION’S TSUEN WAN LINE, SIR PHILIP SAID ^AVAILABLE TO THEM NOW IS AN ENLARGED SYSTEM — AND I MIGHT ADD, THE ELECTRIFIED INNER SUBURBAN SERVICE OF THE KCR -- AND, HOPEFULLY, BY 1985 THE MTR’S ISLAND LINE WILL BE COMPLETED.*

SIR PHILIP PAID +A SINCERE TRIBUTE* TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO HAD *A MULTITUDE OF TASKS TO UNDERTAKE DURING THE CONSTRUCTION OF THIS MOST COMPLEX FACILITY*.

+S0, IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE THAT I NOW DECLARE THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION’S TSUEN WAN LINE OFFICIALLY OPEN,* HE SAID.

FOLLOWING IS THE TEXT OF SIR PHILIP’S SPEECH I

+MR THOMPSON, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN t

*1 DEEM IT A SIGNAL HONOUR TO HAVE BEEN INVITED TO OPEN THE TSUEN WAN EXTENSION TO THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY AND THIS OCCASION CERTAINLY DOES BRING BACK VIVID MEMORIES OF THOSE HECTIC DAYS SEVEN TO EIGHT YEARS AGO WHEN THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY PROVISIONAL AUTHORITY WAS ENGAGED ON ITS TASKS. BUT IT IS THE CORPORATION WHICH HAS BROUGHT THE MODIFIED INITIAL SYSTEM AND NOW THIS EXTENSION TO REALITY.

+WHEN THE GOVERNMENT DECIDED, IN THE EARLY 1970’S, TO PROCEED WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF A MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY IN HONG KONG, TIMELY COMPLETION AND ADHERENCE TO BUDGETED ESTIMATES WERE LAID DOWN AS TWO IMPERATIVES. THE CORPORATION OBEYED THESE IMPERATIVES WITH THE MODIFIED INITIAL SYSTEM, AND HAS DONE SO AGAIN WITH THE TSUEN WAN EXTENSION.

+THE INVESTMENT OF PUBLIC FUNDS IN THE EQUITY OF THE MTRC IS MASSIVE AND SO ARE ITS DEBT SERVICE OBLIGATIONS.

+A FAILURE ON THE PART OF THE CORPORATION TO OBEY THESE TWO IMPERATIVES WOULD HAVE HAD SERIOUS DETRIMENTAL CONSEQUENCES FOR THE VIABILITY OF THE CORPORATION ITSELF, FOR THE STATE OF THE GOVERNMENT’S FINANCES AND FOR THE PUBLIC GENERALLY WHO, SINCE 1980, HAVE COME TO APPRECIATE THE BENEFITS OF TRAVELLING ON A MODERN UNDERGROUND RAILWAY. AVAILABLE TO THEM NOW IS AN ENLARGED SYSTEM — AND, I MIGHT ADD, THE ELECTRIFIED INNER SUBURBAN SERVICE OF THE KCR — AND, HOPEFULLY, BY 1985 THE MTR’S ISLAND LINE WILL BE COMPLETED.

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+ S0, ON BEHALF OF THE GOVERNMENT, I MUST PUBLI CLY PAY A SINCERE TRIBUTE TO ALL CONCERNED: THE BOARD OF THE CORPORAT1 ON-THE CORPORATION’S STAFF AT ALL LEVELS- THE CORPORATION S CONSULTANTS AND CONTRACTORS- AND THOSE GOVERNMENT OFF CIALS AND STAFF OF THE UTILITY COMPANIES WHO HAVE HAD A MULTITUDE 0* TASKS TO UNDERTAKE DURING THE CONSTRUCTION OF THIS MOST COMPLEX FACILITY.

♦SO, IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE THAT I NOW DECLARE THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION’S TSUEN WAN LINE OFFICIALLY OPEN.+

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WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD TO MEET ******

THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD WILL HOLD ITS THIRD MEETING AT 4 PM ON WEDNESDAY (MAY 12) AT THE WAN CHAI CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE.

AMONG THE TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED WILL BE THE FORMATION OF A DISTRICT RECREATION AND CULTURE ASSOCIATION TO PROMOTE RECREATIONAL, SPORT, CULTURAL AND ARTS ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT. THE FIRST TASK OF THE ASSOCIATION WILL BE THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE DISTRICT CHOIR AND DANCE TROUPE.

A PAPER ON THE ACADEMY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS PREPARED BY THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT WILL BE TABLED.

BOARD MEMBERS WILL ALSO HEAR PROGRESS REPORTS PREPARED BY THREE OF ITS COMMITTEES, DEALING WITH COMMUNITY BUILDING, TRANSPORT AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE THIRD MEETING OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD AT 4 PM ON WEDNESDAY (MAY 12). MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD ARRIVE AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE WAN CHAI CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE, TUNG WAH MANSION, 8TH FLOOR, 201 HENNESSY ROAD BEFORE 3.45 PM.

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HK PRAISED FOR MAKING BEST USE OF LAND FOR SPORT *****

DELEGATES ATTENDING THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SPORT AND PEOPLE IN BRITAIN HAVE BEEN GREATLY IMPRESSED BY HONG KONG INGENUITY IN PROVIDING RECREATIONAL FACILITIES.

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THIS WAS STATED BY THE PRINCIPAL RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICER CF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT, MR DAVID CHIU, WHO ATTENDED THE CONFERENCE AT THE WEMBLY CONFERENCE CENTRE RECENTLY.

URBAN COUNCILLOR, MR KENNETH LO AND AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MRS KATHERINE FOK, WERE ALSO AMONG THE HONG KONG DELEGATES.

BOTH MR CHIU AND MR LO PRESENTED PAPERS ON +MATCHI NG FACILITIES TO DEMAND+ DURING THE FOUR-DAY CONFERENCE ATTENDED BY 400 DELEGATES FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.

♦THE PAPERS WERE WELL RECEIVED BY THE DELEGATES AND THEY WERE EXTREMELY IMPRESSED BY WHAT WE HAVE BEEN DOING TO OVERCOME THE ACUTE SHORTAGE OF LAND AVAILABLE FOR RECREATION.

♦THEY WERE PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN HONG KONG’S ’MULTIPURPOSE COMPLEX’ CONCEPT, WHERE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES ARE NOW BEING PROVIDED IN MULTI-STOREY MARKET COMPLEXES, THE ADOPTION OF NEW PLANNING STANDARDS, THE CO-ORDINATION OF AVAILABLE RESOURCES FOR BRINGING RECREATION TO THE MAN-IN-THE-STREET AND PROGRAMME FOR USING FACILITIES AT OFF-PEAK HOURS.

♦THEY WERE IMPRESSED WITH OUR EFFORTS AT IMPROVISATION BY UTILISING MULTI-STOREY CAR-PARK AS AT HUNG HOM AND A FORMER FIRE STATION AT TAI HING IN THE NEW TERRITORIES FOR RECREATION CENTRES AND WITH OTHER MEASURES TO MEET RAPIDLY INCREASING DEMAND FOR FACILITIES,* HE SAID.

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ARRANGEMENT FOR BUSES

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FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (MAY 12), ONLY FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO TURN RIGHT FROM THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF KWAI CHUNG ROAD INTO KWAI ON ROAD.

THIS IS TO FACILITATE FEEDER BUS OPERATIONS TO MTR KWAI FONG STATION.

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BIG DEMAND FOR TECHNICAL INSTITUTE GRADUATES

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THERE IS A CONTINUING BIG DEMAND BY EMPLOYERS IN COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY FOR FULL-TIME GRADUATES FROM THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES.

A RECENT SURVEY OF FULL-TIME 1980/81 GRADUATES OF THE FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES SHOWED THAT AROUND 77 PER CENT OF THEM FOUND JOBS WITHIN THREE MONTHS OF GRADUATION.

ANOTHER 17 PER CENT OF THEM WERE PURSUING FURTHER FULL-TIME STUDIES, AND SIX PER CENT WERE STILL LOOKING FOR JOBS AT THE TIME OF THE SURVEY.

THE MAIN FIELDS OF EMPLOYMENT ARE INDUSTRY, COMMERCE, PUBLIC UTILITIES AND THE GOVERNMENT.

SOME 1 000 GRADUATES RESPONDED TO THE SURVEY WHICH WAS CARRIED OUT AMONG 1 720 GRADUATES.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY SALARY OF THE GRADUATES WAS SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER THAN THAT OF THE YEAR BEFORE, WITH AN INCREASE RATE RANGING FROM 10.6 PER CENT TO 26.1 PER CENT ACCORDING TO FIELDS OF STUDY AND QUALIFICATIONS.

COMPARED WITH 1976 SALARIES, THE STARTING SALARIES OF THE GRADUATES IN 1981 INCREASED BY 77.8 TO 96.9 PER CENT IN THE TECHNICAL AREAS, AND BY 75.5 TO 89.2 PER CENT IN THE COMMERCIAL AND SERVICES SECTOR, DEPENDING ON THEIR LEVELS OF WORK.

THE MAIN SOURCES OF INFORMATION FOR EMPLOYMENT WERE PRESS ADVERTISEMENTS, TECHNICAL INSTITUTE CIRCULARS AND TEACHERS.

THE NUMBER OF CRAFT STUDENTS JOINING THE APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME ROSE TO 61.6 PER CENT, AS COMPARED WITH LAST YEAR’S FIGURE OF 48.2 PER CENT.

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

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO PREMISES IN CHAI WAN WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR EIGHT HOURS FROM 10 PM ON THURSDAY (MAY 13) TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY TO FACILITATE WORK ON THE SUPPLY SYSTEM OF THE SAI WAN SERVICE RESERVOIR.

AFFECTED AREAS ARE SUN YIP STREET, FUNG YIP STREET, SUN ON STREET, ON YIP STREET, WING PING STREET, HONG PING STREET, CHAI WAN ROAD BETWEEN WING PING STREET AND SUN YIP STREET INCLUDING YUE WAN ESTATE, CHAI WAN FERRY CONCOURSE AND CHAI wAN RECLAMATION CLASS I I LICENCED AREA.

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LAND ADVISER RETIRES AFTER 30 YEARS SERVICE *****

THE LANDS ADVISER OF THE LANDS AND WORKS BRANCH, MR IVOR STANTON, IS RETIRING AFTER NEARLY 30 YEARS OF SERVICE WITH THE GOVERNMENT.

TO MARK THE OCCASION, MR DAVID MCDONALD, SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, TODAY PRESENTED HIM WITH A SOUVENIR - A TAI PING CARPET - ON BEHALF OF HIS FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES IN THE BRANCH AND THE FORMER PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

MR MCDONALD RECALLED THAT MR STANTON JOINED THE GOVERNMENT IN SEPTEMBER 1952 AS AN ESTATE SURVEYOR.

HAVING BECOME A SENIOR ESTATE SURVEYOR IN 1960, HE WAS PROMOTED TO wHAT WAS THEN CALLED ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT OF CRO^N LANDS IN 1963. HIS TITLE WAS CHANGED TO GOVERNMENT LAND AGENT IN 1970. HE BECAME PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT LAND AGENT IN 1972 AND DIRECTOR OF LANDS AND SURVEY IN AUGUST 1974.

FOUR YEARS AGO, MR STANTON’S TITLE WAS CHANGED TO DIRECTOR OF LANDS, SURVEY AND TOWN PLANNING.

MR MCDONALD SAID, +WITH REORGANISATION AND DEFEDERAL I SAT I ON OF THE FORMER PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT AND THE CREATION OF A NEW LANDS DEPARTMENT WITH TERRITORY-WIDE RESPONSIBILITIES FOR LAND, SURVEY AND TOWN PLANNING, AND IN VIEW OF MR STANTON’S IMMINENT RETIREMENT, HE BECAME, FROM APRIL 1 OF THIS YEAR, LANDS ADVISER IN THE LANDS AND WORKS BRANCH OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETAR I AT.+

DEALING WITH LAND ADMINISTRATION WAS NOT A GLAMOROUS FIELD, F£ SAID.

+AN ARCHITECT OR ENGINEER MAY BE ABLE TO POINT TO A RANGE OF IMPORTANT BUILDINGS, HIGHWAY NETWORKS, BRIDGES OR DAMS FOR WHICH HE HAS BEEN RESPONSIBLE AND WHICH ARE THERE FOR ALL TO SEE AND HOPEFULLY ADM IRE,♦ MR MCDONALD ADDED.

+BUT LAND ADMINISTRATION, THE SURVEY AND MAPPING OF LAND, AND THE PLANNING OF ITS USE, ALTHOUGH LARGELY UNNOTICED BY THE PUBLIC ARE ESSENTIAL BASES FOR ALL FORMS OF CONSTRUCTION AND IT IS IN THESE FIELDS THAT MR STANTON’S ACHIEVEMENTS IN HONG KONG ARE TO BE. FOUND.

+HE HAS, OF COURSE, SEEN OVER THE YEARS AN ALMOST INCREDIBLE INCREASE IN THE PRICES BID FOR LAND AT AUCTION BUT WOULD BE THE FIRST TC POINT OUT THAT THIS *AS NOT THE RESULT OF ANY DELIBERATE HIGH LAND PRICE POLICY NOR OF THE CREATION OF ARTIFICIAL SHORTAGE OF LAND,. AS SOME DEVELOPERS HAVE SUGGESTED.

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-’HE PRICES WERE THOSE WHICH DEVELOPERS THEMSELVES WERE olLL'-G TO OFFER AND ARE AN INDICATION OF THE PROSPERITY OF KING KONG AND OF ITS DEVELOPMENT, TO WHICH MR STANTON HAS IN HIS CV'K FIELD CONTRIBUTED.*

MR MCDONALD SAID THAT OUTSIDE HIS OFFICIAL DUTIES, MR STANTON HAD BEEN VERY MUCH AN OUTDOOR MAN.

IN HIS YOUNGER DAYS HE WAS AN ENTHUSIASTIC AND CAPABLE CRICKETER AND HIS NAME IS INSCRIBED IN GOLD LETTERS ON AN HONOURS BOARD IN THE HONG KONG CRICKET CLUB, FIRST AS THE TOP BATSMAN FOR THE YEARS 1952-53, AND 1954-55 AND LATER, IN 1958-59, FOR HAVING TAKEN 40 WICKETS FOR 304 RUNS, AN AVERAGE OF 7.6 PER PICKET, AN ACHIEVEMENT WHICH HAS ONLY BEEN BEATEN TWICE IN THE CLUB’S HISTORY.

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’MASTER MIND’ COMPETITION * * X *

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IS INVITING HEADS OF SCHOOLS TO NOMINATE PUPILS TO TAKE PART IN A ’MASTER MIND’ COMPETITION TO BE HELD NEXT MONTH.

THE COMPETITION, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE MATHEMATICS AND COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB SECTIONS OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND A TOY COMPANY, WILL BE OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS FROM PRIMARY 4 TO FORM 7. EACH SCHOOL CAN NOMINATE TWO STUDENTS TO TAKE PART IN THE PRELIMINARY COMPETITION TO BE HELD FROM JULY 10 TO 12.

THE COMPETITION WILL BE DIVIDED INTO TWO DIVISIONS TO CATER FOR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY STUDENTS.

THE TOP 100 COMPETITORS OF EACH DIVISION CAN TAKE PART IN THE FINAL COMPETITION AT A LATER DATE. THE CHAMPION OF EACH DIVISION WILL BE GIVEN A BOOK COUPON WORTH $1 000 WHILE HIS SCHOOL WILL RECEIVE ANOTHER BOOK COUPON WORTH S2 500. THE FIRST TO THIRD RUNNERS-UP AND THEIR SCHOOLS WILL RECEIVE SIMILAR PRIZES.

HEADS OF SCHOOLS SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR NOMINATIONS TO THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB AT 8 YUN PING ROAD, CAROLINE MANSION, 4/F, CAUSEWAY BAY ON OR BEFORE JUNE 10. ENQUIRIES CONCERNING THE COMPETITION CAN BE MADE ON 5-779007.

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VOLUNTEERS INVITED FOR PROBATION WORK SCHEME * * * *

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IS INVITING VOLUNTEERS TO JOIN ITS +HELP PROBAT IONERS* SCHEME INTRODUCED IN 1976.

THE VOLUNTEERS WILL WORK WITH PROBATION OFFICERS OF THE DEPARTMENT TO COUNSEL PROBATIONERS AND HELP THEM REFORM.

ANYONE AGED 21 YEARS OR ABOVE, WITH A SECONDARY EDUCATION, A MATURE AND SOCIABLE PERSONALITY, AND A DESIRE TO HELP OTHERS, MAY APPLY.

APPLICATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE OFFICE OF THE VOLUNTEER SCHEME IN CAUSEWAY BAY MAGISTRACY BUILDING, SEVENTH FLOOR, HONG KONG AND AT VARIOUS PROBATION OFFICES. COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE OFFICE BEFORE THE END OF THIS MONTH.

♦VOLUNTEERS HAVE A SIGNIFICANT ROLE TO PLAY IN WIDENING PROBATIONERS’ SPECIAL CONTACTS AND IN HELPING REINTEGRATE THEM INTO THE COMMUNITY,* THE OFFICER IN CHARGE OF THE SCHEME, M? PETER LIN, SAID.

APART FROM BEING THEIR FRIENDS, HE SAID, VOLUNTEERS MAY HELP PROBATIONERS DEVELOP MEANINGFUL HOBBIES AND HABITS, CULTIVATE HEALTHY PURSUITS, FIND JOBS AND PROVIDE TUITION FOR THEM.

♦ON THE TOP OF THESE,* MR LIN ADDED, +THE PARTICIPATION OF VOLUNTEERS AND THE MORAL SUPPORT GIVEN TO THE PROBATIONERS WOULD BE A GREAT HELP TO THEM IN LEADING A NEW LIFE AGAIN.*

VOLUNTEERS JOINING THE SCHEME WILL BE GIVEN BRIEFINGS ON THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF PROBATION WORK.

ARRANGEMENTS WILL THEN BE MADE TO MATCH THEM WITH PROBATIONERS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THEIR AREAS OF INTEREST AND ABILITY.

EACH ASSIGNMENT NORMALLY LAST SIX MONTHS UNDER THE CLOSE LIAISON WITH THE PROBATION OFFICER HANDLING THE CASE.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE WITH MR LIN ON TELEPHONE NO. 5-7955612.

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WATER FIGURES * * *

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 40.2 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 232.164 MILLION CUBIC METRES, EQUIVALENT TO 182 DAYS’ CONSUMPTION.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 217.3A6 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 37.6 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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

TUESDAY, MAY 11, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

NEW TRANSPORT COMMISSIONER NAMED............................ 1

VIETNAMESE REFUGEES ........................................ 1

MA ON SHAN DEVELOPMENT CONTRACT AWARDED..................... 2

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF GASCOIGNE FLYOVER

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A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT MR PETER LEEDS WOULD SUCCEED MR ALAN ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT AS COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT ON THE LATTER’S RETIREMENT ON JUNE 7.

MR LEEDS IS AGED 51 AND IS AT PRESENT THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT. HE HAS EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE IN THE TRANSPORT FIELD IN WHICH HE HAS SPENT VIRTUALLY HALF OF HIS 30 YEARS’ SERVICE WITH THE GOVERNMENT. HE WAS PROMOTED TO DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT IN MARCH 1979 AND HAS ACTED AS COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS.

MR ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT IS RETIRING AFTER 29 YEARS’ SERVICE. HE JOINED THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AS AN ENGINEER IN DECEMBER 1953 AND TRANSFERRED TO THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE IN APRIL 1974. HE WAS APPOINTED COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT IN OCTOBER 1978.

MR LEEDS WILL BE REPLACED AS DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT BY MR JAMES SO YIU-CHO, AN ADM INSTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE B. MR SO, WHO IS 42, JOINED THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT IN SEPTEMBER 1962. HIS MOST RECENT APPOINTMENT HAS BEEN AS PRIVATE SECRETARY, GOVERNMENT HOUSE.

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MA ON SHAN DEVELOPMENT CONTRACT AWARDED * * * ft

THE SHA TIN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT TODAY (TUESDAY) AWARDED ANOTHER MAJOR CIVIL ENGINEERING CONTRACT AS PART OF AN EXTENSION TO THE SHA TIN NEW TOWN AT MA ON SHAN.

THE CONTRACT, WORTH ABOUT $100 MILLION, WAS SIGNED THIS AFTERNOON BY MR K. AUSTIN, DEPUTY PROJECT MANAGER OF SHA TIN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, AND HR LEE HA SHIN. MANAGING DIRECTOR OF KOREA SHIP BUILDING AND ENGINEERING CORPORATION.

IT CALLS FOR THE FORMATION OF ABOUT 60 HECTARES OF LAND AT MA ON SHAN.

MR AUSTIN SAID THAT ABOUT 26 HECTARES OF THE LAND WOULD BE FOR PUBLIC HOUSING, INCLUDING THE HOME OWNERSHIP AND PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION SCHEMES, 15.5 HECTARES WOULD BE FOR PRIVATE HOUSING, AND 9.5 HECTARES FOR GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTION AND COMMUNITY USES.

IN ADDITION, HE SAID, THERE WOULD BE ABOUT 4.5 HECTARES FOR INDUSTRIAL USES AND 4.5 HECTARES FOR OPEN SPACES.

WORK ON THE CONTRACT WILL ALSO INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF SOME 1.2 KILOMETRES OF SEAWALLS, 600 METRES OF OPEN CHANNEL AND ASSOCIATED STORMWATER DRAINS.

THE WORK IS EXPECTED TO TAKE ABOUT 42 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF GASCOIGNE FLYOVER ft ft ft ft

THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGE ON GASCOIGNE ROAD FLYOVER WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 1 AM AND 5 AM ON THURSDAY (MAY 13) FOR ROAD WORKS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, NORMAL TRAFFIC WILL BE MAINTAINED ON GROUND LEVEL ROADS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, MAY 12, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

MONEY SUPPLY AND FINANCIAL STATISTICS FOR MARCH 1982 . 1

INVITATION TO HONG KONG INDUSTRIALISTS ............... 3

HK LOOKS AHEAD IN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ........... 4-

NEW OFFICE FOR YAU MA TEI CDO ...........*............ 6

AIR SERVICES TALKS.................................... 6

BUS ROUTE CHANGES FOLLOWING MTR TSUEN WAN EXTENSION .. 7

URBAN CLEARWAY IN KOWLOON CITY...............,........ 12

BONSAI SHOW IN TUEN MUN

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

THE MONETARY AGGREGATES FOR MARCH 1982 WERE AFFECTED BY VARIOUS STRUCTURAL CHANGES, ACCORDING TO MONEY SUPPLY AND FINANCIAL STATISTICS PUBLISHED TODAY.

THUS, AS A RESULT OF THE EXEMPTION, FROM FEBRUARY 25, FROM INTEREST WITHHOLDING TAX OF INTEREST ON FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS FELD IN HONG KONG, THERE WAS A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN FOREIGN CURRENCY (VERY LARGELY US DOLLARS) TIME DEPOSITS WITH BANKS AND DTC’S, AND TOTAL MONEY SUPPLY, ON THE BROADER DEFINITIONS (M2 AND M3), GREW CONSIDERABLY FASTER THAN ITS HONG KONG DOLLAR COMPONENT.

THERE WAS ALSO A MARKED SHIFT OF DEPOSITS FROM THE DEPOSITTAKING COMPANY SECTOR TO THE BANKING SECTOR IN THE MONTH, CAUSING M3 TO INCREASE BY LESS THAN M2.

THE SHIFT REFLECTED THE INFLUENCES OF SOME SPECIAL FACTORS.

FIRSTLY, AS A RESULT OF AMENDMENTS TO THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS’ INTEREST RATE RULES, EFFECTIVE FROM MARCH 1, LICENSED BANKS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO COMPETE FREELY FOR DEPOSITS OF AT LEAST $500 OOO MATURING IN LESS THAN THREE MONTHS.

SECONDLY, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TRANSITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS SET UP IN 1981 FOR THE INTRODUCTION OF THE THREE-TIER MONETARY SECTOR, MOST REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES WERE ALREADY BEGINNING TO RUN DOWN THE TOTAL OF THEIR SHORT-TERM DEPOSITS.

THIRDLY, A LARGE REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY, WHICH WAS GRANTED A LICENCE UNDER THE BANKING ORDINANCE IN FEBRUARY, STARTED TO OPERATE AS A LICENSED BANK IN MARCH.

TABLE 1 (TRANSMITTED BY FACSIMILE WITH TABLE 2) SETS OUT THE DETAILED FIGURES FOR MARCH 1982, AND FOR EARLIER MONTHS, FROM THE STATISTICS COLLECTED UNDER THE MONETARY STATISTICS ORDINANCE. TABLE 2 SETS OUT SOME SELECTED FIGURES FROM THE QUARTERLY ANALYSIS OF LOANS AND ADVANCES FOR USE IN HONG KONG, BY SECTOR.

MONEY SUPPLY

AFTER A FALL OF EIGHT PER CENT IN FEBRUARY, THE MONEY SUPPLY ON THE NARROWEST DEFINITION, Ml, FELL BY 1.1 PER CENT IN MARCH, REFLECTING A FURTHER REDUCTION IN NOTES AND COINS HELD BY THE PUBLIC

M2-T0TAL ROSE BY 11.2 PER CENT AND HK|M2 BY 3.8 PER CENT IN MARCH, AFTER FALLING BY, RESPECTIVELY, 0.6 PER CENT AND 2.2 PER CENT IN FEBRUARY. M3-T0TAL ROSE BY 4.6 PER CENT IN MARCH, FOLLOWING AN INCREASE OF ONLY 0.1 PER CENT IN THE PREVIOUS MONTH. HK$M3, HOWEVER, FELL BY ONE PER CENT, AFTER FALLING BY 1.2 PER CENT IN FEBRUARY.

IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF THE YEAR, TOTAL M3 ROSE BY 7.1 PER CENT COMPARED TO AN INCREASE OF 5.2 3ER CENT IN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER" K$M3 FELL BY 0.5 PER CENT, FCLL.wING A RISE OF 4.6 PER CENT IN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER.

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LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG

LOANS BY BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES FOR USE IN HONG KONG ROSE IN MARCH BY 3.1 PER CENT, AFTER AN INCREASE OF 3.6 PER CENT IN FEBRUARY. IN THE FIRST QUARTER, TOTAL LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG GREW BY 9.5 PER CENT, AGAINST AN INCREASE OF 8.1 PER CENT IN THE PREVIOUS THREE MONTHS.

LOANS BY BANKS FOR USE IN HONG KONG ROSE IN MARCH BY 4.1 PER CENT, AND THOSE BY DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES BY 0.4 PER CENT, FOLLOWING INCREASES OF 3.8 PER CENT AND 3.1 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN THE PREVIOUS MONTH.

QUARTERLY ANALYSIS OF LOANS AND ADVANCES FOR USE IN HONG KONG

BY SECTOR

IN THE FIRST QUARTER, LOANS AND ADVANCES EXTENDED BY BANKS AND DTC’S TO THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR ROSE BY 12.1 PER CENT, WHILE LOANS TO THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SECTOR ROSE BY 8.5 PER CENT.

BORROWING BY INDIVIDUALS TO PURCHASE FLATS IN THE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME AND PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION SCHEME EXPANDED BY 5.4 PER CENT IN THE FIRST QUARTER, AND BORROWING TO PURCHASE OTHER RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY ROSE BY 8.3 PER CENT. LOANS AND ADVANCES TO CREDIT CARD HOLDERS ROSE BY 10.9 PER CENT, BUT THEIR SHARE IN TOTAL LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG REMAINED NEGLIGIBLE (0.1 PER CENT).

FOREIGN CURRENCY ASSETS

THERE WAS AN INCREASE IN MARCH OF $25.3 BN, TO $416.9 BN, IN THE FOREIGN CURRENCY LIABILITIES OF THE MONETARY SECTOR, LARGELY ASSOCIATED WITH THE EXEMPTION OF FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS FROM INTEREST WITHHOLDING TAX, WHICH HAD EFFECT FROM FEBRUARY 25.

THE SECTOR’S FOREIGN CURRENCY ASSETS ALSO ROSE, BY $21.7 BN TO $417.6 BN, LEAVING THE NET SPOT FOREIGN CURRENCY POSITION CLOSE TO BALANCE. WITHIN THIS, BANKS HAD NET SPOT FOREIGN CURRENCY ASSETS OF $6.2 BN, AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES LIABILITIES OF $5.5 BN.

BALANCE SHEET RATIOS

THE AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO (AS DEFINED IN S.18 OF THE BANKING ORDINANCE) FOR ALL BANKS IN HONT KONG "ELL IN M4RC-TO 51.1 PER CENT FROM 54.5 PER CE T ‘ ■ EEsRCARY. ’ i RATIO 0" THEIR LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG TO ’ i£IR DEPOSITS FEuL TO 95.6 PER CENT AT THE END OF “afcCH FRO* 103.1 PER CE-." AT THE END OF FEBRUARY.

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THE AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO (AS DEFINED IN S.24A OF THE DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ORDINANCE) FOR ALL DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ROSE TO 49.3 PER CENT IN MARCH FROM 48.1 PER CENT IN FEBRUARY. THE RATIO OF THEIR LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG TO THEIR DEPOSITS ROSE TO 76.1 PER CENT AT THE END OF MARCH FROM 73.1 PER CENT AT THE END OF FEBRUARY.

NUMBER OF REPORTING INSTITUTIONS

THE NUMBER OF REPORTING BANKS IN MARCH INCREASED BY ONE TO 122. THE NUMBER OF REPORTING DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES INCREASED BY TWO TO 354, COMPRISING FIVE LICENSED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES AND 349 REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES.

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INVITATION TO HONG KONG INDUSTRIALISTS

* * *

HONG

KONG

INDUSTRIALISTS SEEKING PRODUCTION OF NEW PRODUCTS PROCESSES, OR WHO ARE INTERESTED IN EMBARKING ON W,TH OVERSE* *S FIRMS ARE INVITED TO CONTACT THE I!?eSIRY WH,CH W,LL BE SENDING THREE INDUSTRIAL

12 THE UNITED STATES, EUROPE AND AUSTRALIA IN tAJNc AND JULY THIS YEAR.

AND PRODUCTION JOINT VENTURES

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (WEDNESDAY), THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE PROMOTION CONSULTANCY DIVISION, MR PAUL WONG SAID THAT THE MISSIONS, LED BY THREE PRINCIPAL CONSULTANTS, WERE PART OF THE DEPARTMENT’S EFFORTS TO PROMOTE OVERSEAS

IN HONG KONG

INDUSTRIAL

INVESTMENTS

THE CONSULTANTS WILL CONTACT SENIOR EXECUTIVES 0- INDUSTRIAL FIRMS TO BRIEF THEM ABOUT THE INVESTMENT CLIMATE IN HONG KONG. ASSISTANCE WILL ALSO BE OFFERED TO THEM TO CONDUCT FT SIBILITY STUDIES, AND TO IDENTIFY POTENTIAL JOINT VENTURE PARTNERS AND LICENSEES IN HONG KONG.

THE MISSION TO DENMARK, SWEDEN AND NORWAY FROM JUNE 3 TO 19 WILL BE HEADED BY MAJOR C.G. BERNARD, WHILE THE ONE TO THE EAST COAST OF THE UNITED STATES - BETWEEN JUNE 7 AND 25 - WILL BE LED BY MR PAULUS CHAN.

THE THIRD MISSION, UNDERTAKEN BY MR DAVID L.C. CHEUNG, WILL STAY IN AUSTRALIA FROM JUNE 19 TO JULY 11.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES CAN BE DIRECTED TO THE FOLLr T G OFFICERS 1-

EUROPEi MAJOR C.G. BERNARD (TEL. NO. 3-7222419), MR DAVID T.K. CHAN (TEL. NO. 3-7222460).

USA 1 MR PAULUS W.K. CHAN (TEL. NO. 3-7222421), MRS MIRANDA

Y.P. YEE (TEL. NO. 3-7222433).

AUSTRALIA! MR DAVID L.C. CHEUNG (TEL. NO. 3-7222529), MISS K.L. LEE (TEL. NO. 3-7222428).

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HK LOOKS AHEAD IN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ft ft ft ft

SOME OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST AND MOST SOPHISTICATED PHYSICAL AND MATHEMATICAL MODELS ARE NOW BEING USED OR ARE UNDER DEVELOPMENT IN HONG KONG TO ENSURE THAT WE DO NOT CREATE THE ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTERS OF THE FUTURE.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, DR STUART REED, IN A TALK GIVEN THIS EVENING TO A MEETING OF THE HONG KONG INSTITUTION OF ENGINEERS.

+THE WIND TUNNEL MODEL BUILT TO TEST DIFFERENT HEIGHTS OF CHIMNEY FOR THE TAP SHEK KOK POWER STATION IS PROBABLY THE BIGGEST IN THE WORLD AND THE TOLO HARBOUR WATER QUALITY MODEL IS PUSHING PRESENT TECHNIQUES TO THEIR LIMITS,* HE SAID.

+ IT IS NO GOOD JUST MONITORING LEVELS OF POLLUTION OR ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE, NECESSARY AS THAT IS, WE MUST BE ABLE ALSO TO PREDICT THE EFFECTS OF OUR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME ON THE ENVIRONMENT.*

HE CAUTIONED, HOWEVER, +IT IS EASY TO CLAIM TOO MUCH FOR THE POWER OF MODELS TO PREDICT THE FUTURE, BUT PROPERLY CONTROLLED AND SENSIBLY USED THEY ARE AN INVALUABLE TOOL.*

DR REED SAID THAT IN HIS VIEW PLANNING IS THE KEY TO A SATISFACTORY ENVIRONMENT.

♦GIVEN THE IMPORTANCE OF PLANNING IN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION,* HE SAID, +THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL DEVELOPMENTS IN THE PAST FEW YEARS THAT GIVE REASONABLE GROUNDS FOR OPTIMISM.*

AMONG THESE DEVELOPMENTS, HE CITEDi

(I) THE SHIFT IN EMPHASIS FROM PURELY TACTICAL OR PROJECT PLANNING TO A MUCH MORE COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH WITH GREATER EMPHASIS ON OVERALL STRATEGY, WITNESS THE RECENT CREATION OF THE STRATEGIC PLANNING UNIT-

CI I) THE SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL STAFF WITH ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AS THEIR SOLE REMIT-

(III) THE CREATION OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY WHICH IS NOW SUFFICIENTLY ROBUST TO PROVIDE REAL COORDINATION AND LEADERSHIP WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT, ESPECIALLY ON ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING MATTERS-

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(IV) THE COMPREHENSIVE BODY OF NEW LEGISLATION WHICH WAS GRADUALLY BEING BUILT UP AND WHICH INCLUDED MANY MEASURES TO PREVENT POLLUTION RATHER THAN JUST PENAL SANCTIONS TO BE USED AGAINST THOSE FOUND TO BE POLLUTING THE ENVIRONMENT- AND

(V) THE IMPROVED STRUCTURE OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE (EPCOM) WHICH NOW PROVIDED A MUCH MORE EFFECTIVE CHANNEL FOR CONSULTATION WITH VARIOUS SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY.

♦THESE ENCOURAGING DEVELOPMENTS DO NOT MEAN THAT WE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO ENJOYING RURAL TRANQUILLITY AND PRISTINE AIR IN CENTRAL AND KWUN TONG,+ DR REED SAID.

♦BUT THEY DO MEAN THAT, DESPITE INCREASING PRESSURES, WE CAN LOOK FORWARD WITH SOME CONFIDENCE TO ACHIEVING AND MAINTAINING CONDITIONS IN THE URBAN AREAS THAT DO NOT POSE UNACCEPTABLE RISKS TO THE HEALTH OF THE POPULATION AND THAT, EXCEPT IN A FEW INSTANCES, THE PRESENT WIDESPREAD NUISANCE FROM SUCH THINGS AS NOISE AND BAD ODOURS CAN BE REDUCED TO A LEVEL ACCEPTABLE TO ALL BUT THOSE TO WHOM URBAN LIVING ITSELF IS ANATHEMA.+

HE POINTED OUT THAT MUCH OF THE WORK THAT HAD BEEN DONE SO FAR WAS AIMED AT AVOIDING NEW, POTENTIALLY LARGE SCALE, PROBLEMS AND THIS WORK WAS ALREADY HAVING AN EFFECT. BUT ACTUAL IMPROVEMENTS IN THE PRESENT SITUATION WOULD SHOW THROUGH ONLY SLOWLY, BUT NEVERTHELESS SURELY.

DR REED OBSERVED THAT MEMBERS OF THE ENGINEERING INSTITUTION PROBABLY WIELDED GREATER INFLUENCE ON THE ENVIRONMENT, WITH POTENTIAL FOR BOTH HARM AND BENEFIT, THAN ANY OTHER GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS IN HONG KONG SOCIETY.

HE URGED INSTITUTION MEMBERS, WHETHER THEY ARE INVOLVED IN PLANNING OR DESIGNING NEW ROADS, NEW HOUSING ESTATES OR WHOLE NEW TOWNS. POWER PLANTS OR AIRPORTS, TO KEEP THE NEEDS CF THE ENVIRONMENT IN THE FOREFRONT OF THEIR CONSIDERATIONS.

♦TODAY’S BAD PLANNING DECISION IS TOMORROW’S ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER,+ DR REED CONCLUDED.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 12, 1982

NEW OFFICE FOR YAU MA TEI CDO x x x

AN OFFICIAL CEREMONY WILL BE HELD TO MARK THE OPENING CF THE NEW OFFICE OF THE YAU MA TEI CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AT 3 PM ON FRIDAY (MAY 14).

OCCUPYING THE GROUND FLOOR AND THE SECOND TO FIFTH FLOORS CF HOP FAT COMMERCIAL CENTRE AT 490-492 NATHAN ROAD, THE NEW OFFICE HAS IN FACT BEEN OPEN TO THE PUBLIC SINCE LAST MONTH.

A LION DANCE AND A RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AFTER WHICH THE REGIONAL SECRETARY (HONG KONG AND KOWLOON), MR GRAHAM BARNES WILL UNVEIL A COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE AT THE NEW OFFICE.

OTHERS TAKING PART IN THE CEREMONY WILL INCLUDE THE CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER (YAU MA TEI/MONG KOK), MR WILFRED WONG- CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (YAU MA TEI), MR LI WANG-WAI- AND CHAIRMEN OF FOUR AREA COMMITTEES IN YAU MA TEI AND TSIM SHA TSUI DISTRICTS.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CEREMONY MARKING THE OPENING OF THE NEW YAU MA TEI CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AT THE GROUND FLOOR OF HOP FAT COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 490-492 NATHAN ROAD, WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT 3 PM ON FRIDAY (MAY 14).

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AIR SERVICES TALKS * * *

MR N. LATHAM, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION, LEFT HONG KONG TODAY (WEDNESDAY) TO REPRESENT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AT AIR SERVICES CONSULTATIONS TO BE HELD IN SEOUL BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE UK AND THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA.

THE TALKS HAVE BEEN ARRANGED TO CONCLUDE AN AIR SERVICES AGREEMENT COVERING AIR SERVICES BETWEEN SEOUL AND LONDON AND BETWEEN SEOUL AND HONG KONG.

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BUS ROUTE CHANGES FOLLOWING MTR TSUEN WAN EXTENSION * KK K O

IMPORTANT BUS ROUTE CHANGES WILL BE MADE IN TSUEN WAN, KWAI CHUNG, TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG FROM SUNDAY (MAY 16) TO IMPROVE SERVICES FOLLOWING THE FULL OPENING OF THE MTR TSUEN WAN EXTENSION THE FOLLOWING DAY (MAY 17).

THE REVISION IS DESIGNED TO CREATE A MORE INTEGRATED TRANSPORT SYSTEM WITH FLUENT FEEDER SERVICES TO THE MTR STATIONS.

DISCLOSING THIS TODAY (WEDNESDAY), THE CHIEF TRANSPORT OFFICER, NEW TERRITORIES, MR DANIEL AU STRESSED HOWEVER, THAT BUS SERVICES WOULD CONTINUE TO PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN PROVIDING DIRECT TRANSPORT LINKS BETWEEN WESTERN NEW TERRITORIES AND URBAN KOWLOON.

FOR INSTANCE, DIRECT BUS SERVICES TO KOWLOON WOULD BE AVAILABLE AT ALL MAJOR HOUSING ESTATES IN THOSE AREAS.

♦COMMUTERS WILL THEREFORE HAVE THE WIDEST POSSIBLE CHOICE CF PUBLIC TRANSPORT FACILITIES,+ HE SAID.

♦WITH THE MTR’S TSUEN WAN EXTENSION IN FULL SWING, EXTRA FEEDER SERVICES WILL BE PROVIDED AND THIS WILL MEAN THE CANCELLATION OF SEVERAL NT-KOWLOON ROUTES.

♦BUT TO COMPENSATE FOR THESE CANCELLATIONS — ONLY SIX ROUTES — EXTRA BUSES AND INCREASED FREQUENCIES TO KOWLOON FROM THOSE AREAS WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED,♦ MR AU SAID.

SIX ROUTES — 33A, 33B, 33C, 4OM, 45M AND 246 WILL BE WITHDRAWN BUT IN THEIR PLACE FOUR ADDITIONAL LINKS WILL BE INTRODUCED.

THESE ARE NO. 6OM FROM ON TING TO TSUEN WAN MTR STATION AT A FARE OF 60 CENTS- NO. 31M FROM SHEK LEI TO KWAI FONG MTR STATION (60 CENTS)- NO. 32 FROM SHEK WAI KOK TO TAI KOK TSUI FERRY (11)- AND NO. 43M FROM CHEUNG CHING TO KWAI HING MTR STATION VIA KWAI FONG (60 CENTS).

THE OTHER ROUTE ALTERATIONS WILL BE AS FOLLOWS I

M NO. 51M, BETWEEN YUEN LONG (EAST) AND TSUEN WAN MTR STATION, WILL REPLACE NO. 51 WHICH RUNS FROM YUEN LONG (WEST) TO TAI KOK TSUI FERRY.

X NO. 66 WILL OPERATE BETWEEN TAI HING AND CHEUNG SHA WAN. SERVICES ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED.

X NO. 66M WILL OPERATE FROM TAI HING TO TSUEN WAN MTR STATION.

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* NO. 50 WILL OPERATE FROM YUEN LONG (EAST) TO KWAI FONG MTR STATION AND WILL BE RE-NUMBERED AS NO. 50M.

* NO. 36M WILL OPERATE FROM LEI MUK SHUE TO KWAI FONG MTR STATION.

M NO. 39B WILL OPERATE FROM CHAI WAN KOK (WEST) TO TSUEN WAN MTR STATION AND WILL BE RE-NUMBERED AS NO. 39M.

* NO. 33M WILL OPERATE FROM TSUEN WAN FERRY TO TAI KOK TSUI FERRY, AND WILL BE RE-NUMBERED AS NO. 33A.

M NO. 37 FROM KWAI SHING (CENTRAL) TO TAI KOK TSUI FERRY WILL TAKE A MORE DIRECT ROUTE BY BYPASSING CONTAINER PORT ROAD.

* NO. 37M WILL OPERATE FROM KWAI SHING (CENTRAL) TO KWAI HING MTR STATION.

M NO. 46 WILL OPERATE FROM LAI YIU TO TAI KOK TSUI FERRY.

* NO. 30 WILL OPERATE FROM CHEUNG SHAN VIA SHEK WAI KOK TO TSUEN WAN MTR STATION.

AT THE SAME TIME, FREQUENCY IMPROVEMENTS WILL BE MADE ON ROUTES NO. 68 FROM YUEN LONG (EAST) TO JORDAN ROAD FERRY-NO. 36B FROM LEI MUK SHUE TO JORDAN ROAD FERRY AND NO. 37A FROM KWAI CHUNG (CENTRAL) TO TAI KOK TSUI FERRY.

THE MAJOR BUS ROUTES SERVING TSUEN WAN, TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG AS FROM MAY 16 WILL BE AS FOLLOWS I

TSUEN WAN

CHAI WAN KOK WEST (ALLWAY GARDENS, TSUEN WAN CENTRE)

NO. 39M (CHAI WAN KOK WEST TO TSUEN WAN MTR STATION/ TSUEN WAN FERRY)

NO. 30 (CHAI WAN KOK WEST TO JORDAN ROAD FERRY) VIA SHA TSUI ROAD

SHEK WAI KOK/CHEUNG SHAN ESTATES

NO. 32 (SHEK WAI KOK TO TAI KOK TSUI FERRY)

NO. 32B (CHEUNG SHAN TO TSUEN WAN FERRY)

NO. 32M (CHEUNG SHAN TO TSUEN WAN MTR STATION)

/LEI !<UK SHUE.......

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LEI MUK SHUE ESTATE

NO. 36 (LEI MUK SHUE TO TSUEN WAN FERRY)

NO. 36A (LEI MUK SHUE TO SHAM SHU I PO FERRY)

NO. 36B (LEI MUK SHUE TO JORDAN ROAD FERRY)

NO. 36M (LEI MUK SHUE TO KWAI FONG MTR STATION)

SHEK LEI/SHEK YAM ESTATES

NO. 31 (SHEK LEI TO TSUEN WAN FERRY)

NO. 31A (SHEK LEI TO TSUEN WAN WEST/SHAM TSENG)

NO. 31M (SHEK LEI TO KWAI FONG MTR STATION)

NO. 35 (SHEK YAM TO TSUEN WAN FERRY)

NO. 35A (SHEK YAM TO SHAM SHU I PO FERRY)

LAI YIU/CHO YIU ESTATES

NO. 45 (LAI KING (NORTH) TO KOWLOON CITY FERRY)

NO. 46 (LAI YIU TO TAI KOK TSUI FERRY)

NO. 46A (LAI YIU TO TSUEN WAN FERRY)

KWAI SHING ESTATE

NO. 34 (KWAI SHING (EAST) TO TSUEN WAN WEST)

NO. 34A (KWAI SHING (EAST) TO TSUEN WAN FERRY)

NO. 37 (KWAI SHING (CENTRAL) TO TAI KOK TSUI FERRY)

NO. 37A (KWAI SHING (EAST) TO SHAM SHUI PO FERRY)

NO. 37M (KWAI SHING (CENTRAL) TO KWAI HING MTR STATION)

NO. 38 (KWAI SHING (EAST) TO KWUN TONG (YUE MAN SQUARE)

KWAI CHUNG/TAI WO HAU ESTATES

THESE ESTATES ARE SERVED BY THE FOLLOWING EN-ROUTE SERVICES!

NO. 33 (TSUEN WAN FERRY TO SHAM SHUI PO FERRY)

NO. 33A (TSUEN WAN FERRY TO TAI KOK TSUI FERRY)

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NO. 34 (KWAI SHING (EAST) TO TSUEN WAN WEST)

NO. 34A (KWAI SHING (EAST) TO TSUEN WAN FERRY)

CHEUNG CHING/CHEUNG HONG ESTATES

NO. 42 (CHEUNG CHING TO SHUN LEE ESTATE)

NO. 43 (CHEUNG CHING TO TSUEN WAN FERRY)

NO. 43M (CHEUNG CHING TO KWAI HING MTR STATION)

NO. 44A (CHEUNG CHING TO TAI KOK TSUI FERRY)

TSUEN WAN FERRY PIER

NO. 31 (TSUEN WAN FERRY TO SHEK LEI)

NO. 32B (TSUEN WAN FERRY TO CHEUNG SHAN)

NO. 33 (TSUEN WAN FERRY TO SHAM SHU I PO FERRY)

NO. 33A (TSUEN WAN FERRY TO TAI KOK TSUI FERRY)

NO. 34A (TSUEN WAN FERRY TO KWAI CHUNG (EAST)

NO. 35 (SHEK YAM TO TSUEN WAN FERRY)

NO. 36 (LEI MUK SHUE TO TSUEN WAN FERRY)

NO. 39M (TSUEN WAN FERRY/TSUEN WAN MTR STATION TO CHAI WAN KOK WEST)

NO. 40 (TSUEN WAN FERRY TO KWUN TONG FERRY)

NO. 43 (TSUEN WAN FERRY TO CHEUNG CHING)

NO. 46A (TSUEN WAN FERRY TO LAI YIU)

NO. 48 (TSUEN WAN FERRY TO SHA TIN MARKET)

NO. 52 (TSUEN WAN FERRY TO ON TING)

KWAI FONG/KWAI HING

NO. 31M (KWAI FONG MTR STATION TO SHEK LEI)

NO. 37M (KWAI HING MTR STATION TO KWAI SHING (CENTRAL)

NO. 43M (KWAI HING MTR STATION TO CHEUNG CHING)

NO. 50M (KWAI FONG MTR STATION TO YUEN LONG (EAST)

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IN ADDITION, THESE ESTATES ARE SERVED BY THE FOLLOWING THROUGH ROUTESi-

NO. 30 (ALLWAY GARDENS TO JORDAN ROAD FERRY)

NO. 33 (TSUEN WAN FERRY TO SHAM SHU I PO FERRY)

NO. 33A (TSUEN WAN FERRY TO TAI KOK TSUI FERRY)

NO. 35A (SHEK YAM TO SHAM SHU I PO FERRY)

NO. 36A (LE I MUK SHUE TO SHAM SHU I PO FERRY)

NO. 40 (TSUEN WAN FERRY TO KWUN TONG FERRY)

NO. 48 (TSUEN WAN FERRY TO SHA TIN MARKET)

NO. 60 (YAU 01 TO CHEUNG SHA WAN)

NO. 66 (TAI HING TO TAI KOK TSUI FERRY)

NO. 68 (YUEN LONG (EAST) TO JORDAN ROAD FERRY)

NO. 37 (KWAI SHING (CENTRAL) TO TAI KOK TSUI FERRY)

NO. 37A (KWAI SHING (EAST) TO SHAM SHUI PO FERRY)

TUEN MUN

TAI HING

NO. 66 (TAI HING TO TAI KOK TSUI FERRY)

NO. 66M (TAI HING TO TSUEN WAN MTR STATION)

ON TING/YAU Ol

NO. 60M (ON TING TO TSUEN WAN MTR STATION)

NO. 60 (YAU Ol TO CHEUNG SHA WAN)

NO. 52 (YAU Ol TO TSUEN WAN FERRY)

YUEN LONG

NO. 50M (YUEN LONG (EAST) TO KWAI FONG MTR STATION)

NO. 51M (YUEN LONG (EAST) TO TSUEN WAN MTR STATION)

NO. 61 (YUEN LONG (EAST) TO TAI HING)

NO. 68 (YUEN LONG (EAST) TO JORDAN ROAD FERRY)

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DUMBARTON ROAD BETWEEN GRAMPIAN ROAD AND JUNCTION ROAD IN KOWLOON CITY WILL BE DESIGNATED AS AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 10 AM THIS SATURDAY (MAY 15).

WITHIN THE SECTION, VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE FORBIDDEN TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY.

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MORE THAN 300 BONSAI AND FLOWER PLANTS WILL BE ON DISPLAY AT CHING CHUNG KOON, A TAOIST MONASTERY IN TUEN MUN, FOR 10 DAYS STARTING FROM MAY 22.

ORGANISED BY THE KOON AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE HONG KONG TOURIST ASSOCIATION, THE BONSAI SHOW HAS BECOME AN ANNUAL EVENT FOR TUEN MUN SINCE I960.

THE SHOW IS AIMED AT PROMOTING THIS TRADITIONAL ART AND ALSO ENABLING PEOPLE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE FAST DEVELOPING NEW TOWN.

IT ATTRACTS BOTH LOCAL PEOPLE AND OVERSEAS TOURISTS.

IN ADDITION TO A VARIETY OF RARE AND VALUABLE ITEMS COLLECTED BY THE KOON, THE EXHIBITS WILL INCLUDE THE WINNING ENTRIES OF A BONSAI COMPETITION FOR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND AN OPEN SECTION.

LETTERS HAVE BEEN SENT TO LOCAL SCHOOLS TO ENCOURAGE MORE STUDENT PARTICIPATION. PEOPLE INTERESTED IN ENTERING THE OPEN SECTION MAY OBTAIN ENTRY FORMS FROM THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE OR ITS COMMUNITY AFFAIRS BRANCH OFFICES IN TAI HING AND ON TING ESTATES.

ALL ENTRIES SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BEFORE MAY 20.

DURING THE EXHIBITION PERIOD, THREE DEMONSTRATIONS ON BONSAI PLANTING WILL BE HELD ON WEEKENDS, AND A BOOKLET INTRODUCING THE ART WILL BE DISTRIBUTED FREE TO VISITORS.

THE EXHIBITION OPENS DAILY FROM 9 AM TO 6 PM. ADMISSION IS FREE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, 13, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HEUNG YEE KUK SPECIAL COUNCILLORS ELECTED ..................... 1

GOVERNOR'S ARRIVAL - PRESS ARRANGEMENTS ....................... 2

SIR PHILIP TO INSPECT CORRECTIONAL SERVICES PASSING-OUT PARADE.........................................................   3

FOCUS ON LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE.............................. 3

FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION TELELiATCH FINAL............................ 5

KOWLOON REGIONAL MEDICAL OFFICE MOVING ........................ 5

YUEN LONG TREE PLANTING DAY....................................... 6

NEW MAXICAB ROUTE BETVISN TSIM SHA TSUI AND TAI AOK TSUI .... 6

TSUEN WAN TRAFFIC ARSABS&'JTITS ............................... 7

MJ SIC AND DANCE SHG’.i FOR WORKERS............................ 7

DB MEMBERS CHECK ON STREET MANAGEMENT ......................... 8

TEMPORARY CENTRAL ROAD CLOS’!.. ........... ................... 8

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HEUNG YEE KUK SPECIAL COUNCILLORS ELECTED

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NEW SPECIAL COUNCILLORS FOR THE 25TH TERM OF THE HEUNG YEE <UK WERE ELECTED TODAY (THURSDAY) WHEN 26 CANDIDATES CONTESTED FOR THE 21 SEATS.

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR NEW TERRITORIES, MR IAN MACPHERSON, WAS THE RETURNING OFFICER FOR THE ELECTIONS WHICH WERE HELD AT THE KUK’S HEADQUARTERS BY SECRET BALLOT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE HEUNG YEE KUK ORDINANCE.

THE SPECIAL COUNCILLORS WERE ELECTED FOR THE THREE ELECTORAL DISTRICTS OF TAI PO (INCLUDING SHA TIN AND NORTH), SOUTHERN (INCLUDING TSUEN WAN, ISLANDS AND SAI KUNG), AND YUEN LONG (INCLUDING TUEN MUN), EACH WITH SEVEN SEATS.

THERE WERE EIGHT CANDIDATES FOR THE TAI PO ELECTORAL DISTRICT AND THE RESULT WAS AS FOLLOWS

MR CHEUNG SUN ( 26 VOTES),

MR TANG YAN-ON ( 25 VOTES),

MR CHAN YIU-FAI ( 25 VOTES),

MR CHEUNG HON-KAU ( 25 VOTES),

MR KAN CHAU-CHEE ( 24 VOTES),

MR CHUI KAM-LUN ( 24 VOTES),

MR WONG CHUN-WAI ( 20 VOTES),

AT SOUTHERN DISTRICT, NINE CANDIDATES CONTESTED FOR THE

SEVEN SEATS. THE FOLLOWING WERE ELECTED x

MR CHAN YIP-LOI ( 35 VOTES),

MR CHAN SUEN ( 33 VOTES),

MR LEE KANG-CHING ( 32 VOTES),

MR WONG DAI-HAI ( 32 VOTES),

MR FU YUEN-PING ( 29 VOTES),

MR CHAN WING ( 26 VOTES),

MR LAW KAM-FAI ( 21 VOTES),

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THERE WERE ALSO NINE CANDIDATES FOR THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT

AND THE MR RESULT WAS «- MAN YEUNG-PO ( 28 VOTES),

MR CHEUNG CHING-KUT ( 28 VOTES),

MR HO SUN-KUEN ( 28 VOTES),

MR TANG CH IK-LEUNG ( 25 VOTES),

MR TANG WAI-HON ( 24 VOTES),

MR TANG NGAN-HOI ( 21 VOTES),

MR LOONG MAN-WING ( 17 VOTES),

THE ELECTORATE COMPRISED THE CHAIRMEN AND VICE-CHAIRMEN OF RURAL COMMITTEES AND UNOFFICIAL JUSTICES OF THE PEACE.

ELECTION OF THE KUK CHAIRMAN, TWO VICE-CHAIRMEN AND 15 ORDINARY MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE FOR THE NEW TERM, WHICH BEGINS ON JUNE 1, WILL BE HELD ON MAY 27.

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NOTE TO EDITORS!

GOVERNOR’S ARRIVAL - PRESS ARRANGEMENTS * * * *

DETAILS OF PRESS ARRANGEMENTS FOR MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE ARRIVAL IN HONG KONG ON MAY 20 OF HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, AND LADY YOUDE ARE CONTAINED IN COPIES OF A SUPPLEMENT TO THE DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN WHICH WILL BE DISTRIBUTED IN THE GIS PRESS BOXES THIS EVENING.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ASSIGNED TO COVER THE VARIOUS EVENTS WILL BE ISSUED WITH LAPEL BADGES FOR EASY IDENTIFICATION. APPLICATION FORMS AND SKETCH MAPS ARE ATTACHED TO THE DIB SUPPLEMENT.

PLEASE COMPLETE THE FORMS AND RETURN THEM TO THE PRESS OFFICER, GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, BY 1 PM ON SATURDAY (MAY 15).

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THURSDAY, MAY 13, 1982

SIR PHILIP TO INSPECT

CORRECTIONAL SERVICES PASSING-OUT PARADE „ * * *

cai ..4HLnCL^!L?0VERN0R' SIR pHILIP HADDON-CAVE, WILL TAKE THE ^hnJ^-r^D.PRESENT S,LVER WHISTLES TO THE TWO BEST RECRUITS AT THE /2*5ECI\ONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S PASSING-OUT PARADE ON SATURDAY (MAY 15) MORNING, AT ITS STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE IN STANLEY.

ON PARADE WILL BE 24 OFFICERS AND 103 ASSISTANT OFFICERS WHO HAVE RECENTLY COMPLETED THEIR BASIC TRAINING.

NOTE TO ED ITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PASSING-OUT PARADE OF CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS AT THE DEPARTMENT’S STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE AT 47, TUNG TAU WAN ROAD, STANLEY AT 10 AM ON SATURDAY (MAY 15).

TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED AND WILL LEAVE THE DEPARTMENT’S

HEADQUARTERS AT --------------

SHARP.

GUARDIAN HOUSE, 32 01 KWAN

ROAD, WAN CHAI AT 9 AM

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FOCUS ON LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE

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iuo TME LAB0UR RELATIONS SERVICE (LRS) OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AIMS AT FOSTERING AND MAINTAINING HARMONIOUS LABOUR RELATIONS IN HONG KONG.

IN ADDITION, IT ALSO OFFERS FREE CONSULTATION IN PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS- INVESTIGATES COMPLAINTS RELATING TO CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT AND PROMOTES BETTER LABOUR MANAGEMENT RELATIONS AND JOINT CONSULTATIVE PRACTICES.

THE WORK OF THE LRS WAS EXPLAINED IN DETAIL BY MR YEUNG CHI-KIN, ACTING CHIEF LABOUR OFFICER (LABOUR RELATIONS) IN A TALK TO THE LIONS CLUB OF KWUN TONG THIS (THURSDAY) EVENING.

SPEAKING OF ITS CONCILIATORY ROLE, MR YEUNG POINTED OUT THAT THE LRS ALSO TOOK CONSIDERABLE INITIATIVE IN DETECTING LABOUR DISPUTES IN AN EARLY STAGE, MAKING ITS PRESENCE FELT AND IN BRINGING TOGETHER THE PARTIES CONCERNED.

+IN A DISPUTE SITUATION, TALKS ARE OFTEN HELD UNDER VERY DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES. WE REDUCE TENSION BY ACT-ING AS A BUFFER. WE PERSUADE, ADVISE, EXPLAIN, CLARIFY, LISTEN AND SOOTHE BUT WE DO NOT INSIST,+ HE EXPLAINED.

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IN HANDLING A DISPUTE, MR YEUNG ADDED, A CONCILIATION OFFICER HAD TO COLLECT THE FACTS OF, AND BACKGROUND INFORMATION TO, THE DISPUTE, ANALYSE THE FACTS AND OBTAIN A CLEAR PICTURE ABOUT POSSIBLE DEVELOPMENTS.

THE OFFICER MUST ALSO INFORM THE PARTIES OF ANY RELEVANT PROVISIONS OF THE LAW AND THE HUMAN ELEMENTS THAT WENT WITH THEM AND THEN RECOMMEND THE POSSIBLE WAYS OF OBTAINING AN AMICABLE SETTLEMENT.

ALTHOUGH GIVEN SOME STATUTORY BACKING BY THE LAW, THE OFFICER RELIED HEAVILY ON HIS OWN CONFIDENCE, DETERMINATION, PATIENCE, SKILL AND THE ABILITY TO COMMAND THE RESPECT OF BOTH PARTIES.

+IN SO DOING, WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SOLVE A GOOD MANY PROBLEMS IN THE PAST,* MR YEUNG NOTED.

AS REGARDS CONSULTATIONS, MR YEUNG SAID THE LRS OFFERED ADVICE ON THE LEGAL PROVISIONS IN REGARD TO SUCH MATTERS AS EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS, PAYMENT OF WAGES, REST DAYS, STATUTORY HOLIDAYS, DISMISSALS, LAY-OFFS AND REDUNDANCY.

THIS ADVISORY SERVICE WAS EXTENSIVELY USED BY EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES AS INDICATED BY THE 226 384 CONSULTATIONS GIVEN LAST YEAR.

IN THE SAME YEAR, LRS HANDLED MORE THAN 300 COMPLAINTS OF ALL KINDS, WHICH REACHED IT BY TELEPHONE, LETTER, PERSONAL VISITS AND VIA THE MASS MEDIA.

TURNING TO PROMOTION OF BETTER LABOUR/MANAGEMENT RELATIONS, PR YEUNG SAID THIS WAS ACHIEVED THROUGH EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES SUCH AS TALKS, SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS FOR EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES AS WELL AS VISITS TO LARGER INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENTS.

LAST YEAR, 48 TALKS WERE GIVEN AND 513 VISITS WERE MADE, IN ADDITION TO A SERIES OF FIVE WORKSHOPS AND A CONFERENCE WHICH WERE HELD IN FEBRUARY THIS YEAR.

SPEAKING OF ACHIEVEMENTS AND FRUSTRATIONS OF THE LRS, MR YEUNG NOTED THAT RESULTS, BEING NOT ALWAYS TANGIBLE, COULD HARDLY BE QUANTIFIED.

EVEN WHEN RESULTS WERE APPARENT, THEY WERE NOT ALWAYS PUBLICISED BECAUSE THE SETTLEMENT OF A DISPUTE WAS NOT GIVEN THE SAME DEGREE OF PUBLICITY BY THE MEDIA AS THAT GIVEN TO THE OUTBREAK OF THE DISPUTE.

IN CONCLUSION, MR YEUNG SAID THE FACT THAT CONCILIATION WORK WAS NOT AN EASY, STRAIGHTFORWARD, PLEASANT AND ENVIABLE TASK WAS AN EXAMPLE OF FRUSTRATIONS TO THE LRS.

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NOTE TO EDITORS »

FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION TELEMATCH FINAL * * *

THE FINAL OF A TELEMATCH COMPETITION TO PUBLICISE FAMILY LIFE .EDUCATION WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY (MAY 16) WHEN REGIONAL WINNING TEAMS WILL COMPETE AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM IN WAN CHAI.

THE EVENT IS ONE OF THE MAJOR PROGRAMMES OF THIS YEAR’S CAMPAIGN.

TO GIVE THE COMPETITION A TOUCH OF GLAMOUR, A CELEBRITY TEAM COMPRISING FILM STARS, TV ARTISTES AND PROMINENT FIGURES WILL COMPETE WITH THE OVERALL WINNING TEAM.

OTHER PROGRAMMES FOR THE DAY INCLUDE CHILDREN CHOIR SINGING, A DRAMA AND A BAND PERFORMANCE.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE (OPERATIONS), W?S EVELYN DOE, WILL SPEAK AT THE PRIZE-PRESENTATION CEREMONY.

OTHERS OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE MRS LOUISE MOK, DEPUTY CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS- MR DAVID MAK, CHIEF RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICER- MISS JOYCE CHAN, PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANT, CARITAS- MR KWOK WING-CHEONG, SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER, AND MR GEORGE YUEN, CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER, GIS.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE DAY’S EVENTS, WHICH ARE SCHEDULED AS FOLLOWS i

3 PM - TELEMATCH COMPETITION STARTS

4 PM - 4.45 PM - CELEBRITIES COMPETE WITH WINNING TEAM

4.45 PM - 5.15 PM - PRESENTATION OF PRIZES

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YUEN LONG TREE PLANTING DAY KM*

A DISTRICT-WIDE TREE PLANTING DAY WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY (MAY 15) AT THE SHEUNG TSUEN PARK IN KAM TIN, YUEN LONG.

TWENTY MEMBERS OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD AND 50 STUDENTS FROM THE WING HING PUBLIC SCHOOL WILL PLANT A NUMBER OF BAUHIN!A ELAKEANA AND ALEURITES MOLUCCANA AND THE DECIDUOUS BOMBAX MALABAR I CUM.

THE EVENT IS PART OF A COMMUNITY EFFORT IN CONNECTION WITH THE ’MEI FA’ PHASE OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (NORTH REGION) OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR BOWEN LEUNG, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE EVENT AND PLANT A YOUNG TREE.

ALSO TAKING PART WILL BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT SUB-COMMITTEE OF YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD, MR TAI KUEN-THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER OF YUEN LONG, MR YEUNG YIU-SING, AND THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER OF YUEN LONG, MR PONG KIN-HONG.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT TREE PLANTING DAY TO BE HELD AT THE SHEUNG TSUEN PARK, KAM TIN, ON SATURDAY (MAY 15) AT 10 AM.

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NEW MAXICAB ROUTE BETWEEN TSIM SHA TSUI AND TAI KOK TSUI X M *

A NEW MAXICAB ROUTE-NO.3 - LINKING TSIM SHA TSUI WITH TAI TUNG SUN CHUEN WILL START OPERATION ON SATURDAY (MAY 15).

TRAVELLING NORTHWARDS, THE MAXICAB WILL RUN VIA HANKOW ROAD, PEKING ROAD, KOWLOON PARK DRIVE, CANTON ROAD, JORDAN ROAD, PUBLIC SQUARE STREET, RECLAMATION STREET, MONG KOK ROAD, ANCHOR STREET, ASH STREET, FUK TSUN STREET, IVY STREET, TAI CHING STREET AND TAI TSUN STREET.

RETURN TRIPS WILL BE VIA TAI TSUN STREET, TAI KOK TSUI ROAD, FUK TSUN STREET, MONG KOK ROAD, SHANGHAI STREET, JORDAN ROAD, CANTON ROAD, SALISBURY ROAD AND HANKOW ROAD.

IT WILL OPERATE FROM 7.02 AM TO 10.22 PM ON WEEKDAYS AND FROM 8.32 AM TO 10.15 PM ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS. THE FARE FOR EACH TRIP WILL BE $1.

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TSUEN WAN TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS

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CASTLE PEAK ROAD BETWEEN MUK MIN HA AND TAI HO ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY WESTBOUND FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (MAY 15) TO MAKE WAY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FLYOVER.

EASTBOUND TRAFFIC ON THAT SECTION WILL BE DIVERTED VIA SAI LAU KOK ROAD AND REJOIN CASTLE PEAK ROAD NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH CHUNG ON STREET.

RIGHT TURNS FROM CASTLE PEAK ROAD INTO TAI HO ROAD WILL BE BANNED. EASTBOUND VEHICLES HEADING FOR TAI HO ROAD SHOULD FOLLOW THE DETOUR TO MAKE LEFT TURNS INTO THAT ENTRANCE.

IN ADDITION, BUS STOPS ON THE NORTHERN CARRIAGEWAY OF THE SECTION WILL BE MOVED TO SAI LAU KOK ROAD.

AT THE SAME TIME, TWO LANES ON CASTLE PEAK ROAD BETWEEN KWOK SHU I ROAD AND TEXACO ROAD IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (MAY 15) UNTIL THE END OF JULY, FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FOOTBRIDGE.

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

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MUSIC AND DANCE SHOW FOR WORKERS * * *

A GALA DAY OF ’MUSIC, DANCE AND DRAMA’ WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY (MAY 16) TO PROVIDE ENTERTAINMENT MAINLY FOR FACTORY WORKERS.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE AND THE WONG TAI SIN CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AND ARTS COUNCIL, THE PROGRAMME OF EVENTS WILL BEGIN AT 4 PM IN THE WONG TAI SIN TEMPLE FUNG MING HALL. IT WILL CONSIST OF CHINESE MUSIC, DANCE, DRAMA AND MUSICAL GAMES.

PERFORMERS HAVE BEEN DRAWN FROM THE HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC SOCIETY, THE DANCE GROUP OF THE WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE AND THE DRAMA SOCIETY OF THE INDUSTRIAL EVANGEL 1ST I CAL FELLOWSHIP.

MISS CHE SUM-MU I OF RTHK WILL BE THE COMPERE.

ADMISSION IS FREE AND TICKETS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE WONG TAI SIN CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (SAN PO KONG, KING FUK STREET) AND THE MUSIC OFFICE’S EAST KOWLOON MUSIC CENTRE (100 TING FU STREET, 3/F., YAN HAU MANSION, NGAU TAU KOK).

FOR ENQUIRIES, TELEPHONE 3-7561328.

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DB MEMBERS CHECK ON STREET MANAGEMENT * * *

MEMBERS OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD THIS (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON VISITED HOLLYWOOD ROAD TO LOOK AT THE DEVELOPMENT OF VARIOUS VACANT SITES AND INTO STREET MANAGEMENT IN THE AREA.

THE VISIT FOLLOWS DISCUSSIONS HELD AT AN EARLIER MEETING (F THE BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE ABOUT AN URBAN RENEWAL PILOT SCHEME IN HOLLYWOOD ROAD.

LED BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN CITY DISTRICT OFFICER AND CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, MR EDDY CHAN, THE PARTY VISITED FOUR VACANT SITES LOCATED AT THE JUNCTIONS OF QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL AND GOUGH STREET, HOLLYWOOD ROAD AND LOK KU ROAD, LADDER STREET, AND SHING WONG STREET, WHERE A MARKET, AN OPEN SPACE FOR RESTING PURPOSES AND A SCHOOL WILL BE BUILT.

MEMBERS ALSO LOOKED INTO THE PROBLEMS OF ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN SIDE LANES, ILLEGAL PARKING, HAWKING ACTIVITIES, SHOP EXTENSIONS AND OBSTRUCTION ON PAVEMENTS WITHIN THE PILOT SCHEME AREA.

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TEMPORARY CENTRAL ROAD CLOSURE * * *

CHIU LUNG STREET IN CENTRAL WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 2 PM ON SATURDAY TO 11 PM ON SUNDAY FOR CABLE WORKS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, MAY 14, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MACLEHOSE FUND........................................... q

TEMPORARY CENTRAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS .................. 1

TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT LOOKS INTO THE FUTURE............... 2

RESIDENTIAL COACH SERVICES.............................   3

DRAWING CONTEST FOR CHILDREN AT STATUE SQUARE ........... 5

WATER PIPE WORK .......................................   5

BILL ON ADDITIONAL GEOTECHNICAL CONTROLS PUBLISHED....... 6

MORE PLAY AREAS IN SAI KUNG ............................. 7

ELECTRIC TRAINS TO SHA TIN RACE COURSE PROVE POPULAR... 8

TECHNICAL TEACHING COURSE ............................... 8

BUS ROUTE CHANGES IN KOWLOON ............................ 9

NEW PROPERTY REPORT ON SALE.............................. 9

TEMPORARY CURTAILMENT OF TRAM SERVICES ................. 10

BUS AND MAXICAB TERMINI AT TSUFN WAN MTR STATION ....... 10

FRIDAY, MAY 14, 1962

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MACLEHOSE FUND * X X

A BILL PROVIDING FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE MACLEHOSE FUND IS PUBLISHED TODAY.

THE FUND WAS PROPOSED BY UMELCO TO COMMEMORATE SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE’S GOVERNORSHIP AND UNLIKE SIMILAR FUNDS IN THE PAST, ITS USES WILL NOT BE CONFINED TO ANY PARTICULAR SOCIAL SERVICE AREA.

THE ONLY CONDITION IS THAT IT IS TO BE USED FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG AS DECIDED BY THE GOVERNOR, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS WILL BE THE TRUSTEE OF THE FUND UNDER THE SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE TRUST FUND BILL NOW GAZETTED, AND AN ANNUAL ACCOUNT OF THE FUND WILL BE TABLED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

♦TO ENABLE THE FUND TO BE PUT TO IMMEDIATE USE. THE BILL ALLOWS THE SPENDING OF UP TO $10 MILLION OF THE CAPITAL BEFORE JANUARY 1, 1985,+ HE SAID.

AS AT MAY 13, 1982, A TOTAL OF $21.6 MILLION HAS BEEN RAISED.

DONATIONS, IN ANY AMOUNT, CAN BE SENT BY CROSSED CHEQUE TO THE HONORARY TREASURER OF THE MACLEHOSE FUND, INTERNATIONAL BUILDING, 19TH FLOOR, 141 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

THEY CAN ALSO BE MADE AT ALL CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT OFFICES AND BRANCHES OF THE HONG KONG AND SHANGHAI BANK, CHARTERED BANK, HANG SENG BANK AND BANK OF EAST ASIA.

DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE AS PROVIDED UNDER THE INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE.

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TEMPORARY CENTRAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS * X * X

THE BUS ONLY LANE ON POTTINGER STREET BETWEEN CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AND DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL WILL BE RESCINDED FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS DUE TO EMERGENCY WATER MAINS WORK.

THIS WILL ALSO APPLY TO THE SOUTHERN CARRIAGEWAY 0“ DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL BETWEEN BANK STREET AND QUEEN VICTORIA STREET, BUT ONLY FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY.

FRIDAY, MAY 14, 1982

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TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT LOOKS INTO THE FUTURE * * * ft *

THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR ALAN ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT HIS DEPARTMENT WILL BE CARRYING OUT AN INDEPTH STUDY INTO DETERMINING THE NEED FOR RESTRUCTURING ALL PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES BY 1986 WHEN THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY’S ISLAND LINE COMES INTO OPERATION.

THE RESEARCH, HE ADDED, IS ALSO AIMED AT DEVELOPING A MORE ♦INTEGRATED PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM+ (DIPTRANS) FOR THE ISLAND CORRIDOR FROM 1986 ONWARDS.

TWO CONSULTANCY FIRMS - A BRITISH AND AN AMERICAN - HAVE BEEN ENGAGED TO HELP IN THE STUDIES AND MR ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT TODAY SIGNED AN AGREEMENT WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM HALCROW FOX AND ASSOCIATES AND WILBUR SMITH AND ASSOCIATES.

ALTHOUGH THIS IS THE FOURTH DIPTRANS STUDY - THE PREVIOUS

three having been carried out before and after the commissioning

OF THE MTR’S MODIFIED INITIAL SYSTEM AND BEFORE THE OPENING OF THE TSUEN WAN EXTENSION - IT WILL BE THE FIRST TO BE HEADED AND SUPERVISED BY A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT OFFICER.

THE TEAM WILL BE HEADED BY CHIEF TRANSPORT OFFICER, MR ERNEST LEE AND WILL INCLUDE TEN OF HIS COLLEAGUES, THREE EXPERTS FROM THE TWO CONSULTANCY FIRMS, A SYSTEM ANALYST, AN ECONOMIST, AND A PUBLIC TRANSPORT PLANNER.

THE STUDIES WILL BEGIN ON MAY 17 AND ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE EIGHT MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

♦THE STUDY WILL ENABLE US TO PROJECT THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS MAJOR TRANSPORT MODES WILL BE CARRYING ON HONG KONG ISLAND BY 1986, 1991 AND 1996,+ MR LEE SAID.

+THE RESEARCH WILL BE BASED ON A SET OF ASSUMPTIONS SPECIFYING POPULATION DISTRIBUTION, PRIVATE CAR GROWTH RATE, THE NUMBER OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT TRIPS MADE PER PERSON, FARE LEVELS AND SEVERAL OTHER FACTORS,* HE ADDED.

MR LEE SAID ANOTHER IMPORTANT ASPECT OF THE STUDY WAS THAT THE DATA OBTAINED WILL GREATLY ASSIST TRANSPORT ADMINISTRATORS TO DECIDE THE RATE OF BUS FLEET EXPANSION BEFORE AND AFTER THE OPENING OF THE MTR’S ISLAND LINE.

♦THE EFFECTS THE ISLAND LINE WILL HAVE ON FERRY SERVICES AND PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES, AND THE OPTION TO CURTAIL TRAM SERVICES WILL ALSO BE RESEARCHED IN DETAIL,* MR LEE SAID.

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RESIDENTIAL COACH SERVICES X X X

THg TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAS GRANTED 27 LICENCES TO OPERATORS OF A NEW TYPE OF RESIDENTIAL COACH SERVICES ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

+THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THIS LATEST SERVICE IS TO MEET THE TRANSPORT NEEDS OF OUTLYING RESIDENTIAL AREAS, ESPECIALLY PRIVATE DEVELOPMENTS WITHOUT ADEQUATE BUS AND MAXICAB SERVICES,* A SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

APPLICATIONS WERE FIRST INVITED IN FEBRUARY AND 88 WERE RECEIVED. SIXTEEN HAVE BEEN REJECTED BECAUSE OF THE AVAILABILITY OF ADEQUATE ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORT SERVICES.

THE REMAINING 45 APPLICATIONS WILL BE RECONSIDERED IN MID-JUNE.

♦THIS IS BECAUSE SUBSTANTIAL CHANGES MAY BE BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE PARTIAL ELECTRIFICATION OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY, THE OPENING OF THE MTR TSUEN WAN EXTENSION AND THE ASSOCIATED REORGANISATION OF BUS AND MAXICAB ROUTES IN SHA TIN AND TSUEN WAN.

♦CHANGES IN THE TRAVEL PATTERN COULD THEREFORE BE EXPECTED AND FOR THIS REASON THE DEPARTMENT CONSIDERS IT MORE ADVISABLE TO RE-ASSESS THESE APPLICATIONS IN MID-JUNE WHEN THE DEMAND PATTERN WOULD HAVE SETTLED DOWN,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE 27 OPERATORS GRANTED LICENCES WILL BE RUNNING THE FOLLOWING ROUTESi

HONG KONG ISLAND

X POK FU LAM VILLAGE TO CENTRAL (MORNING PEAK ONLY) CHARGING S8O/M0NTH.

X UPPER BAGUIO VILLAS TO CENTRAL (PEAK ONLY) CHARGING J3.5O/TRIP.

X LOWER BAGUIO VILLAS TO CENTRAL (PEAK ONLY) CHARGING I3.5O/TRIP.

X FORTRESS GARDEN TO CENTRAL/WAN CHAI (PEAK ONLY) CHARGING S2/TRIP.

X FORTRESS GARDEN TO CAUSEWAY BAY (PEAK ONLY) CHARGING ll/TRIP.

X POK FU LAM GARDENS TO CENTRAL/WAN CHAI (PEAK ONLY) CHARGING S65/M0NTH.

KOWLOON

X HO MAN TIN TO WATERLOO MTR STATION (PEAK ONLY) CHARGING ll/TRIP.

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NEW TERRITORIES

* FAIRVIEW PARK TO YUEN LONG MARKET (WHOLE-DAY OPERATION) CHARGING S2/TRIP.

* FAIRVIEW PARK TO TSIM SHA TSUI (PEAK ONLY) CHARGING S13/TRIP.

* HONG LOK YUEN TO KOWLOON TONG MTR STATION (WHOLE-DAY OPERATION) CHARGING S5/TRIP.

* BELAIR GARDENS TO KOWLOON TONG MTR STATION (PEAK ONLY) CHARGING S1.5O/TRIP.

* HONG LOK YUEN TO TAI PO KCR STATION (WHOLE-DAY OPERATION) CHARGING S2/TRIP.

* CITY ONE TO KOWLOON TONG MTR STATION (PEAK ONLY) CHARGING S1.5O/TRIP.

M CITY ONE TO HUNG HOM FERRY (MORNING PEAK ONLY) CHARGING $2.1O/TRIP.

* YUE SHING COURT TO HUNG HOM FERRY (MORNING PEAK ONLY) CHARGING S2/TRIP.

*

A

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SUI WO COURT TO TO KWA WAN (MORNING PEAK ONLY) CHARGING S7O/MONTH.

YUEN CHAU KOK TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA TO WONG TAI SIN (PEAK ONLY) CHARGING S2/TRIP.

TAI YUEN ESTATE TO KWUN TONG (PEAK ONLY) CHARGING 13/TRIP.

* YUE KOK TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA TO KWUN TONG (PEAK ONLY) CHARGING S4-I5/TRIP.

* SAM SHING TO MEI FOO (PEAK ONLY) CHARGING S3/TRIP.

* CHI LOK FA YUEN TO MEI FOO (PEAK ONLY) CHARGING S3.5O/TRIP.

* CHI LOK FA YUEN TO TSUEN WAN (PEAK ONLY) CHARGING S2/TRIP.

* ON TING ESTATE TO SAN PO KONG (PEAK ONLY) CHARGING S3/TRIP.

* TAI HING ESTATE TO SAN PO KONG (PEAK ONLY) CHARGING S3/TR IP.

* YAU 01 ESTATE TO SAN PO KONG (PEAK ONLY) CHARGING S3/TRIP.

* YAU 01 ESTATE TO SAN PO KONG (PEAK ONLY) CHARGING S3.5O/TR IP.

* TUEN MUN TRANSIT CENTRE TO KWUN TONG (PEAK ONLY) CHARGING I4-S5/TRIP. 1

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DRAWING CONTEST FOR CHILDREN AT STATUE SQUARE * * *

A CHILDREN’S DRAWING CONTEST, AIMED AT PROVIDING THEM WITH A CHANCE TO SHOW THEIR ARTISTIC TALENT, WILL BE HELD AT STATUE SQUARE IN CENTRAL, AT 9 AM ON SUNDAY (MAY 16).

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE HARBOUR JAYCEES, THE CONTEST WILL DEAL WITH THE SUBJECTS +HONG KONG IN MY EYES+ AND ♦MY HOME+, AND WILL BE DIVIDED INTO TWO GROUPS ACCORDING TO AGE.

CHILDREN BETWEEN FOUR AND EIGHT YEARS OF AGE WILL BE IN GROUP A AND THOSE BETWEEN NINE AND 13 WILL BE IN GROUP B.

MEDALS AND BOOK-TOKENS WILL BE AWARDED TO THE FIRST THREE WINNERS OF EACH GROUP AND CERTIFICATES WILL BE ISSUED TO 10 OF THE BEST WORKS.

THE PANEL OF JUDGES INCLUDES THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICER OF CENTRAL AND WESTERN, MR EDDY CHAN- SENIOR LECTURER OF THE DESIGN DEPARTMENT, THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, MR WANG WU-CHE- AND THE PAST PRESIDENT OF HARBOUR JAYCEES, MR ALBERT CHEUNG.

APPLICATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE OFFICES OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN CITY DISTRICT OFFICE. CHILDREN WHO WISH TO PARTICIPATE CAN ALSO REPORT DIRECTLY TO THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE ON THE CONTEST DAY.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CHILDREN’S DRAWING CONTEST, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE HARBOUR JAYCEES, AT STATUE SQUARE FROM 9 AM TO 1 PM ON SUNDAY (MAY 16).

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WATER PIPE WORK * * *

oc T0 A NUMBER Op PREMISES IN SHA TIN WILL

TURNED OFF FOR SIX HOURS FROM 10 AM TO 4 PM ON MONDAY (MAY 17)

TO FACILITATE WATER PIPE CONNECTION WORK IN THE AREA.

AFFECTED PREMISES ARE ALONG TAI PO ROAD BETWEEN SHA TIN lok lo "I tsJen Ind ''niversity, including ho tung lau.

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BILL ON ADDITIONAL GEOTECHNICAL CONTROLS PUBLISHED

M M M M M M

A BILL SEEKING TO IMPOSE ADDITIONAL GEOTECHNICAL CONTROLS ON BUILDING WORKS IN THE MID-LEVELS AREA WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON WEDNESDAY.

THE BUILDINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION WAS DESIGNED TO IMPROVE CONTROL OF BUILDING OPERATIONS TO SAFEGUARD

THE STABILITY OF ADJACENT GROUND.

IF ENACTED, THE ORDINANCE TOGETHER WITH REGULATIONS MADE

UNDER IT WILL ENABLE THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TOt

M LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF EXCAVATION DURING THE CARRYING OUT OF BUILDING WORK,

M REQUIRE THE BUILDING WORKS BE CARRIED OUT IN A PARTICULAR SEQUENCE,

* ENABLE DUE CONSIDERATION TO BE GIVEN TO THE EFFECT ON GROUND STABILITY OF THE FOUNDATION SYSTEM,

* IMPOSE REQUIREMENTS FOR GROUNDWATER DRAINAGE WORKS,

M REQUIRE A DEVELOPMENT TO BE DESIGNED TO RESIST LANDSLIP DEBRIS WHERE THE BUILDING AUTHORITY CONSIDERS IT NECESSARY, AND

M REQUIRE A PERFORMANCE REVIEW TO SHOW THAT THE GEOTECHNICAL DESIGN ASSUMPTIONS UPON WHICH THE BUILDING WORKS HAVE BEEN BASED ARE VALID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT ON ENACTMENT OF THE BILL THE TEMPORARY RESTRICTION OF BUILDING DEVELOPMENT (MID-LEVELS) ORDINANCE WOULD BE REPEALED.

THE AREA TO WHICH THE NEW CONTROLS WILL APPLY EXTENDS A SHORT DISTANCE DOWNSLOPE OF THE AREA OF THE PRESENT STATUTORY MORATORIUM BETWEEN GLENEALY AND THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

THE SPOKESMAN SAIDi +ENACTMENT OF THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS WILL IMPOSE A SUBSTANTIAL CHECKING BURDEN ON THE PRIVATE BUILDING DIVISION OF THE GEOTECHNICAL CONTROL BRANCH OF THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE.

TO COPE WITH THE ADDITIONAL WORKLOAD, A MID-LEVELS DEVELOPMENT UNIT IS BEING SET UP WITHIN THE B.O.O.+

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION DID NOT BAN ANY DEVELOPMENTS IN ANY PART OF THE MID-LEVELS.

/THE BILL........

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THE BILL, HE ADDED, WOULD NOT AFFECT THE ADMINISTRATIVE RESTRICTIONS ON LEASE MODIFICATIONS AND NEW LAND SALES WHICH WERE IMPOSED IN 1973 ON TRAFFIC GROUNDS AND WHICH WOULD CONTINUE TO BE MAINTAINED ON THOSE GROUNDS FOR THE TIME BEING.

A STUDY OF MID-LEVELS TRAFFIC CONDITIONS WOULD COMMENCE LATER THIS YEAR TO TRY AND SOLVE THE PROBLEMS THAT WOULD ARISE IF THE ADMINISTRATIVE RESTRICTIONS WERE RELAXED.

A PLAN SHOWING THE AREA TO BE AFFECTED MAY BE INSPECTED ON THE NOTICE BOARD OF THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE AT THE LIFT LOBBY ON THE 1OTH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD AND AT THE GEOTECHNICAL CONTROL BRANCH OFFICE, 5TH FLOOR, EMPIRE CENTRE, 68 MODY ROAD, KOWLOON.

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MORE PLAY AREAS IN SAI KUNG X * *

A CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND AND A BASKETBALL COURT AT PO LO CHE RJ’LTWITH A CONTRIBUTION OF ABOUT $240 000 BY THE SAI KUNG ’ DISTRICT BOARD, WERE OPENED TODAY (FRIDAY) BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR CHAN SUI-JEUNG. I’IVI

THE 600 SQUARE-METRE PLAYGROUND IS SITED ON A SLOPE OVERLOOKING INNER PORT SHELTER, AND HAS A SLIDE, A SWING AND OTHER PLAY

ADD,f,0N T0 SITTING BENCHES, FLOWER BEDS AND*

Wltoo lABLtS.

OF PlFE &TtM?RT6D L‘ST 0CT0BE" WHE" mS0NE',S

?^EI?AbL/,ELD ACR0SS THE PO LO CHE ROAD WAS ALSO 0F THE DlSTR ICT BOARD’S MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME LAST YEAR.

th n!^E$JAIELY FOLLOWING THE OPENING, BASKETBALL TEAMS FROM TAI PING TSUEN AND SHUNG TSUN MIDDLE SCHOOL PLAYED A FRIENDLY MATCH TO MARK THE OCCASION.

B2ARD W,LL SPEND *550 000 0N VARIOUS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS FOR THE DISTRICT THIS YEAR.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT TODAY’S CEREMONY WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF PO LO CHE TSUEN MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE, MR WONG PING-KIN- THE CHAIRMAN OF TAI PING TSUEN MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE, MR LOK KWONG-MINGAND THE VILLAGE REPRESENTATIVE OF PAK KONG AU TSUEN, MR LAU WAN-HEI.

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FRIDAY, MAY 14, 1902 *

8

ELECTRIC TRAINS TO SHA TIN RACE COURSE PROVE POPULAR

If K O

THE NEW ELECTRIC TRAIN SERVICE BETWEEN THE KOWLOON AND SHA TIN RACE COURSE STATIONS HAS PROVED POPULAR AMONG RACEGOERS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE KOWLOON CANTON RAILWAY SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

MORE THAN 15 OOO PASSENGERS USED THE SPECIAL ELECTRIC SERVICE LAST SUNDAY, HE SAID.

THE FIGURE WAS FIVE TIMES MORE THAN THE AVERAGE FIGURE OF 3 000 PASSENGERS, WHO USED THE DIESEL-HAULED TRAINS IN PREVIOUS RACE DAYS, A KCR SPOKESMAN SAID.

A SIMILAR SERVICE WILL BE RUN TO THE SHA TIN RACE COURSE TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AND RACE-GOERS ARE REMINDED TO BUY TICKETS IN ADVANCE FROM ALL RAILWAY STATIONS BECAUSE THE TICKETS ARE NOT SOLD AT THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB OFF-COURSE BETTING CENTRES.

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TECHNICAL TEACHING COURSE M M M M

.I^E HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE IS INVITING APPLICANTS TO TAKE PART IN A ONE-YEAR, FULL-TIME TECHNICAL TEACHING COURSE COMMENCING IN SEPTEMBER. HNICAL

THE COURSE IS INTENDED FOR YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WITH SOME

tIac’^g who *re ,NTERESTED '« taking up

ne /%■ GRANTS BETWEEN |1 650 AND $2 500 PER MONTH WILL

BE GIVEN TO STUDENTS ATTENDING THE COURSE. THE AMOUNT OF SUCH GRANTS WILL DEPEND ON THE EXPERIENCE OF INDIVIDUAL COURSE MeSkRS.

n.n. .APPE,CANTS MUST POSSESS A HIGHER CERTIFICATE OR TECHNICIAN nn*F?e^ N CIVIL ENGINEERING OR BUILDING STUDIES OR EQUIVALENT QUALIFICATIONS AWARDED BY EITHER THE TECHNICAL COLLEGE THE ESTARL??wmfntA "TECHNICAL inst|TUTE OR AN EQUIVALENT EDUCATIONAL CO I AdL I onrltN i «

ARE N0W AVAILABLE AT THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL ncAoeti^oAien0Ti:ETEi-AT $73 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, WAN CHAI AND SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE COLLEGE ON OR BEFORE MAY 26.

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FRIDAY, MAY 14, 1982

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BUS ROUTE CHANGES IN KOWLOON

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A NUMBER OF BUS ROUTE CHANGES WILL BE INTRODUCED IN KOWLOON FROM SUNDAY FOLLOWING THE FULL OPENING OF THE MTR TSUEN WAN EXTENSION ON MONDAY (MAY 17).

ROUTE 6M, FROM LAI CHI KOK (BRIDGE) TO SHEK KIP MEI MTR STATION, WILL BE CANCELLED.

THIS WILL ALSO APPLY TO COACH BETWEEN MEI FOO SUN CHUEN AND HUNG WISHING TO GO TO HUNG HOM AND TSIM ROUTE 6C AND COACH SERVICE 206.

SERVICE 216 WHICH OPERATES

HOM SHA

RAILWAY STATION. COMMUTERS TSUI ARE ADVISED TO TAKE

IN ADDITION, ROUTE 2E ON JOURNEYS TO PAK TIN WILL TAKE A MORE DIRECT ROUTE BY BYPASSING TAI KOK TSUI FERRY BUS TERMINUS AND POK MAN STREET.

AND FROM TOMORROW, ROUTE 1 AND CROSS HARBOUR ROUTE 113 WILL TRAVEL DIRECTLY FROM BOUNDARY STREET TO JUNCTION ROAD ON EASTBOUND JOURNEYS.

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NEW PROPERTY REPORT ON SALE ft ft ft

A STATISTICAL REPORT COMPILED BY THE RATING DEPARTMENT ON THE LOCAL PROPERTY MARKET HAS JUST

AND VALUATION BEEN PUBLISHED.

iUeAO£?I|IhEH ’PR0PERTY REVIEW 1982’, THE REPORT PROVIDES DETAILED iN[2??AT 0N 0N DEMAND AND SUPPLY SITUATION FOR DOMESTIC PREMISES FLATTED FACTORIES, SPECIALISED *

FACTORY BUILDING AND STORES. IT IS AN AUTHORITATIVE SOURCE OF ^FERfNCE FOR PEOPLE IN THE BUILDING INDUSTRY AS WELL AS REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS AND INVESTORS.

.ItlS.REP0RT IS N0W 0N SALE AT >50 A COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL.

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FRIDAY, MAY 14, 1982

10

TEMPORARY CURTAILMENT OF TRAM SERVICES * * * *

TRAM SERVICES FOR SHAU KEI WAN WILL BE CURTAILED TOMORROW (SATURDAY) NIGHT FOR ROAD WORKS.

LAST TRAMS WILL DEPART FROM HAPPY VALLEY FOR SHAU KEI WAN AT 10.24 PM, FROM WESTERN MARKET TO SHAU KEI WAN AT 11 PM AND FROM SHAU KEI WAN TO WESTERN MARKET AT 11.50 PM.

NORTH POINT SERVICES WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED, BUT TRAMS WILL TERMINATE AT THE JUNCTION OF KING’S ROAD AND NORTH POINT ROAD

INSTEAD OF TONG SHU I ROAD.

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BUS AND MAXICAB TERMINI AT TSUEN WAN MTR STATION * M *

FROM SUNDAY (MAY 16) A NEW TERMINUS FOR BUSES AND MAXICABS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN SAI LAU KOK ROAD NEAR THE TSUEN WAN MTR STATION.

BUSES WHICH WILL STOP THERE INCLUDE ROUTE 51M (TSUEN WAN STATION TO YUEN LONG EAST)- 66M (TSUEN WAN STATION TO TAI HING)-32M (TSUEN WAN STATION TO SHEK WAI KOK) AND 60M (TSUEN WAN STATION TO ON TING).

ROUTE 39M FROM CHAI WAN KOK (WEST) WILL STOP AT THE TERMINUS ON ITS WAY TO TSUEN WAN FERRY.

MAXICABS STOPPING AT THE NEW TERMINUS WILL BE 81M (TSUEN WAN STATION TO LO WAI)- 82M (TSUEN WAN STATION TO SHING MUN)-80 (CHUEN LUNG STREET/SHIU WO STREET TO CHUEN LUNG) AND 85 (CHUEN LUNG STREET TO FU YUNG SHAN).

THERE WILL ALSO BE A LARGE TAXI STAND AT THE SITE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, MaY 15, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

CORRECTTONAL SERVICES HAS ENVIABLE REPUTATION sir PHILIP SAYS ...........

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FORUM ON EDUCATION IN TSUEN WAN ................................. 2

DRAMATIC CHANGE IN ROLE OF HK WOMEN j

CHAI WAN PUBLIC CARGO HANDLING AREA.............................. 3

STUDY OF SPECIAL RADAR SYSTEM FOR HONG KONG PORT ................ 4

ROYAL OBSERVATORY NEW PHONE NUMBERS ............................  4

EASTERN DB MEMBERS LOOK OVER 'CORRIDOR' WORK .................... 5

YUEN LONG RESIDENTS URGED TO BEaUTIFY THEIR OPEN SPACES .... 6

WONG TAI SIN DB TO DISCUSS ADULT EDUCATION .....................  7

FEBSY SERVICES CHANGES .......................................... 0

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CORRECTIONAL SERVICES HAS ENVIABLE REPUTATION, SIR PHILIP SAYS

M X* M M UK *

THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS BUILT UP AN ENVIABLE REPUTATION FOR RUNNING A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF INSTITUTIONS WITH IMAGINATION AND EFFICIENCY. THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, SAID THIS MORNING (SATURDAY).

♦I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY OF SEEING THIS FOR MYSELF RECENTLY WHEN I VISITED PIK UK,+ SIR PHILIP ADDED, WHEN HE SPOKE AT THE PASSING OUT PARADE OF 24 OFFICERS AND 103 ASSISTANT OFFICERS 1*10 RECENTLY COMPLETED THEIR BASIC TRAINING.

SIR PHILIP TOOK THE SALUTE AND PRESENTED SILVER WHISTLES TO THE TWO BEST RECRUITS MR LAU MAN-TO AND MISS SHUM YEE-WAN, AT THE SERVICES’ STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE IN STANLEY.

THE PARADE COMMANDER WAS WOMAN SUPERINTENDENT BONNIE WONG.

FOLLOWING IS THE TEXT OF SIR PHILIP’S SPEECH i

♦I AM HONOURED TO BE THE INSPECTING OFFICER THIS MORNING AND CONGRATULATE ALL OF YOU ON PARADE ON YOUR SMART BEARING.

♦THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE JUST COMPLETED YOUR TRAINING ARE WELCOME ADDITIONS TO THE DEPARTMENT AT A TIME WHEN ITS IMAGE IS BEING RESHAPED. ONE IMMEDIATE CONSEQUENCE OF THIS RESHAPING PROCESS HAS BEEN A DOUBLING OF THE NUMBER OF MEN AND WOMEN APPLYING TO JOIN THE DEPARTMENT AT THE OFFICER AND ASSISTANT OFFICER RANKS.

♦THIS IS VERY GRATIFYING FOR IT WILL ENABLE SELECTION BOARDS TO ENSURE THAT NEW ENTRANTS ARE OF A HIGH STANDARD. AND A HIGH STANDARD IS VERY IMPORTANT.

♦I SAY THIS BECAUSE I SHARE YOUR COMMISSIONER’S CONVICTION THAT THE SUCCESS OF THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN MEETING PAST CHALLENGES CAN BE ATTRIBUTED PRIMARILY TO THE MOTIVATION, DISCIPLINE AND LOYALTY OF ALL RANKS IN THE DEPARTMENT.

♦OVER THE YEARS, AS CIRCUMSTANCES HAVE REQUIRED, AND AS CORRECTIONAL TECHNIQUES HAVE DEVELOPED, YOUR DEPARTMENT HAS BUILT UP AN ENVIABLE REPUTATION FOR RUNNING A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF INSTITUTIONS WITH IMAGINATION AND EFFICIENCY AND I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY OF SEEING THIS FOR MYSELF RECENTLY WHEN I VISITED PIK UK.

♦YOUR DEPARTMENT HAS ALSO PROVED ON MANY OCCASIONS THAT IT IS WELL ABLE TO COPE WITH UNUSUAL COMMITMENTS AND UNEXPECTED PROBLEMS.

♦NOWHERE IN THE IMMEDIATE PAST HAS THIS REPUTATION BEEN BETTER EARNED THAN IN THE WAY YOU HAVE TAKEN ON THE UNUSUAL COMMITMENT TO MANAGE RECEPTION AND DEPARTURE CAMPS FOR REFUGEES FROM VIETNAM SINCE THE HEIGHT OF THE INFLUX IN 1979 - A COMMITMENT WHICH IS STILL UPON YOU.

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♦INDEED, I FEAR IT MAY BE WITH YOU FOR SOME TIME TO COME. AS YOU WILL HAVE HEARD A FEASIBILITY STUDY HAS RECENTLY BEEN AUTHORISED, AND WORK HAS ALREADY STARTED, TO ASCERTAIN THE IMPLICATIONS OF ESTABLISHING CLOSED CAMPS FOR REFUGEES. THIS IS THE ARRANGEMENT IN FORCE IN ALL OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE REGION.

♦DEPENDING ON THE OUTCOME OF THE STUDY, THE ASSISTANCE OF MANY DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES MAY BE CALLED UPON. YOUR OWN DEPARTMENT IS LIKELY TO HAVE TO PLAY A MOST IMPORTANT ROLE IN PROVIDING STAFF TO SUPERVISE AND MANAGE SUCH CLOSED CAMPS AND PROBABLY ALSO TO PROVIDE A SITE AND BUILDINGS FOR ONE SUCH CAMP.

♦SHOULD THIS BE THE CASE, I HAVE NO DOUBT WHATSOEVER THAT YOU WILL RISE TO THIS CHALLENGE AS YOU HAVE RISEN TO OTHER CHALLENGES IN THE PAST.

♦HONG KONG RELIES GREATLY UPON THE PROFESSIONALISM AND THE ESPRIT DE CORPS OF THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN PROVIDING FACILITIES FOR A WIDE RANGE OF PERSONS WHO HAVE BEEN BEFORE THE COURTS OR WHO ARE DETAINED UNDER OTHER AUTHORITY. YOU MADE A WISE DECISION WHEN YOU APPLIED TO JOIN THE DEPARTMENT AND I WISH EACH OF YOU A MOST SUCCESSFUL CAREER.+

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FORUM ON EDUCATION IN TSUEN WAN * * *

EDUCATION ISSUES IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE THE FOCUS OF DISCUSSION BETWEEN COMMUNITY LEADERS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS IN A FORUM ON MONDAY (MAY 17) AFTERNOON.

THREE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL TALK ON PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS, SPECIAL EDUCATION AND PREVOCATIONAL TRAINING WHILE A SCHOOL PRINCIPAL FROM CARITAS WILL SPEAK ON ADULT EDUCATION.

THE TALKS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A QUESTION-AND-ANSWER SESSION. ABOUT 300 PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND, INCLUDING MEMBERS FROM THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND AREA COMMITTEES.

THE FORUM IS THE SEVENTH ORGANISED BY THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE SINCE LATE 1980 TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR LOCAL PEOPLE AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO EXCHANGE VIEWS ON VARIOUS SUBJECTS.

TOPICS DISCUSSED DURING THE PREVIOUS FORUMS INCLUDED TOWN MANAGEMENT, TRANSPORT, PUBLIC HOUSING, RENTAL MATTERS, DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AND MEDICAL FACILITIES.

THE TOWN OFFICER OF TSUEN WAN EAST, MR PARRISH NG, WILL CHAIR THE FORUM WHICH WILL BE HELD AT THE CULTURAL ACTIVITIES HALL OF THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL AT 3 PM.

SATURDAY, MAY 15, 1982

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DRAMATIC CHANGE IN ROLE OF HK WOMEN * * * *

THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN HONG KONG HAS CHANGED DRAMATICALLY I': THE LAST 20 YEARS PARTICULARLY IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, ACCORDING TO THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES.

IN HIS SPEECH TO THE CHARTER NIGHT OF THE ZONTA CLUB OF THE NEW TERRITORIES AT THE HILLTOP COUNTRY CLUB IN TSUEN WAN THIS (SATURDAY) EVENING, HE SAID MANY GIRLS DID NOT EVEN ATTEND PRIMARY SCHOOL 20 YEARS AGO.

+NOW THERE IS EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR BOYS AND GIRLS TO RECEIVE SECONDARY EDUCATION.

♦WOMEN COMPRISE 35 PER CENT OF OUR WORKFORCE AND WOMEN ARE TO BE FOUND IN ALL PROFESSIONS AND IN ALL RANKS OF THE GOVERNMENT.+

HE SAID THE WORLD OF MEN HAD LONG HAD ITS MASCULINE ORGANISATIONS, BUT A SIMILAR AND COMPLEMENTARY GROWTH AND STRENGTHENING OF WOMEN’S ORGANISATIONS WAS NEEDED AT ALL LEVELS.

+| AM PARTICULARLY ENCOURAGED BY THE FACT THE PROFESSIONAL WOMEN OF ZONTA IN THE NEW TERRITORIES HAVE DECIDED AS THEIR FIRST OBJECTIVE TO ASSIST THE GROWTH OF THE YIN NGAI SOCIETIES AMONG THE HOUSEWIVES AND WORKING WOMEN OF OUR COMMON ITY.+

DESCRIBING THE FORMATION OF THE FIRST ZONTA CLUB IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AS +A RESPONSE TO THE INCREASING URBANISATION OF THE N.T.+ MR AKERS-JONES SAID HE WAS SURE THAT WITHIN A SHORT WHILE OTHER BRANCHES OF ZONTA WOULD BE NEEDED AS THE NEW TOWNS GREW IN SIZE AND IMPORTANCE.

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CHAI WAN PUBLIC CARGO HANDLING AREA * * X

A PUBLIC CARGO HANDLING AREA WILL SOON BE CONSTRUCTED IN CHAI WAN TO COPE WITH THE INCREASED CARGO HANDLING ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA.

THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SURFACING WORK OF THE PUBLIC CARGO HANDLING AREA.

THIS WILL INVOLVE A SECTION OF ABOUT 500 METRES OF THE SEAFRONT AT THE EXISTING CARGO HANDLING BASIN IN CHAI WAN.

THE AIM IS TO ENSURE THAT THE SEA FRONTAGE IS EFFICIENTLY UTILISED AND THE CARGO HANDLING ACTIVITIES COULD BE PROPERLY CONTROLLED.

WORK WILL START IN JULY AND IS EXPECTED TO TAKE ABOUT 14 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE SAID THE EXISTING CARGO HANDLING ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA WOULD BE MAINTAINED AS FAR AS POSSIBLE DURING THE CONSTRUCTION PERIOD.

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STUDY OF SPECIAL RADAR SYSTEM FOR HONG KONG PORT

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A STUDY TO FIND A MORE EFFECTIVE MEANS OF MONITORING SHIP MOVEMENTS TO ENSURE THE SAFETY AND EFFICIENCY OF THE PORT WILL BE UNDERTAKEN NEXT MONTH BY A CANADIAN CROWN CORPORATION FOR THE MARINE DEPARTMENT.

THE CONTRACT FOR THE $10.9 MILLION STUDY, WHICH WILL ANALYSE THE REQUIREMENTS OF HONG KONG IN RESPECT OF A VESSEL TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (VTMS) AND DEFINE PREFERRED SYSTEMS WHICH WILL SATISFY THESE REQUIREMENTS, WAS SIGNED THIS MORNING (SATURDAY) BETWEEN THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE, MR P.E.J. DAVY, ON BEHALF OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT, AND MR A.P. GOODEVE, OF THE CANADIAN COMMERCIAL CORPORATION (CCC).

THE VTMS ESSENTIALLY CONSISTS OF SPECIAL RADAR AND RADIO DIRECTION-FINDING EQUIPMENT LOCATED AT VARIOUS STRATEGIC SITES IN HONG KONG WATERS WHICH WILL PROVIDE INFORMATION TO A MARINE TRAFFIC CONTROL CENTRE, DESCRIBING ACTUAL AND IMMEDIATE FUTURE SHIPPING MOVEMENTS IN THE PORT OF HONG KONG AND THE ADJACENT WATERS. A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MARINE DEPARTMENT SAID.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE CCC IS A CROWN CORPORATION FORMED IN 1946 BY CANADIAN ACT OF PARLIAMENT TO ASSIST IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF TRADE BETWEEN CANADA AND OTHER NATIONS.

♦UNDER THE TERMS OF THE CONTRACT WITH THE MARINE DEPARTMENT, THE CCC WILL BRING TOGETHER THE SPECIALISED VTMS EXPERTISE OF THE CANADIAN COAST GUARD AND LEIGH INSTRUMENTS LTD. AS PRINCIPAL PARTICIPANTS,* HE SAID.

♦AN IMPORTANT CONCEPT OF THE UNDERTAKING IS THE TRANSFER OF KNOWLEDGE TO OFFICERS OF THE MARINE DEPARTMENT.*

THE STUDY WILL TAKE ABOUT 21 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

CIVIL ENGINEERING STUDIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE SYSTEM DEFINITION WILL BE UNDERTAKEN BY KAMPSAX PERHALL LTD. OF HONG KONG.

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ROYAL OBSERVATORY NEW PHONE NUMBERS * * *

___ THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY WILL CHANGE ITS TELEPHONE NUMRFRR

WEDNESDAYA(MAYQ19)l£S AND WEATHER precast enquiries from

.... THE NEW NUMBERS WILL BE 3-7329200 FOR GENERAL ENOUIRfFR

AND 3-7329471-4 FOR WEATHER FORECAST ENQUIRIES. QU'RIES

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EASTERN DB MEMBERS LOOK OVER ’CORRIDOR’ WORK * M * *

MEMBERS OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD TOOK A CRUISE THIS .MORNING (SATURDAY) ON BOARD THE LAUNCH ’SIR CECIL CLEMENTI’ TO LEARN ABOUT VARIOUS DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS ALONG THE COAST OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT.

HEADED BY THE CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER (EASTERN), MR CHARLES GATELY, THE GROUP OF 32 MEMBERS SAW WORK ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR, AND THE RECLAMATIONS AT SHAU KEI WAN AND CHAI WAN.

THEY SAW WORK GOING ON IN FULL SWING ON THE Si BILLION ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR, INVOLVING THREE STAGES OF EXTENSIVE RECLAMATION AND HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION.

WORK ON STAGE I OF THE PROJECT, THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN ELEVATED ROAD OVER THE WATER FROM CAUSEWAY BAY TYPHOON SHELTER TO NORTH POINT, WAS UNDERWAY AND IS TO BE COMPLETED IN LATE 1984.

ALDRICH BAY TYPHOON SHELTER, SHAU KEI WAN, IS A TRADITIONAL BASE FOR ABOUT 600 FISHING BOATS. HOWEVER, A SECTION OF THE SEAWALL IS BEING RECLAIMED FOR THE USE OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY ISLAND LINE CONSTRUCTION TO DUMP SPOIL INTO BARGES.

AT CHAI WAN, THE MEMBERS LEARNED THAT THE RECLAMATION PROJECT WHICH SPREAD OVER A PERIOD OF 10 YEARS FROM 1975 TO 1985 WOULD YIELD A TOTAL OF 90 HECTARES OF SEA FRONTAGE WHEN COMPLETED.

ALREADY A LARGE PART OF THE RECLAIMED LAND HAS BEEN USED FOR TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS, A PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE AND SITES FOR INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT.

THE NORTH-EASTERN END OF THE CHAI WAN RECLAMATION IS DESIGNATED TO BE A CARGO HANDLING BASIN DUE FOR COMPLETION BY 1984/85, AND THE LEI YUE MUN BAY RECLAMATION, TO BE COMPLETED IN AUGUST 1982, WILL PROVIDE LAND FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MTR CHAI WAN DEPOT.

THE MTR HAS PROPOSED DEVELOPING 40 RESIDENTIAL BLOCKS FOR 25 000 PEOPLE AND THE NECESSARY COMMUNITY FACILITIES AND OPEN SPACES FOR THE RESIDENTS NEXT TO THE DEPOT.

BY THE TIME THESE AMBITIOUS PROJECTS ARE COMPLETED, THE TRAFFIC AND LIVING CONDITIONS OF THE RESIDENTS IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT WILL BE GREATLY IMPROVED, THE MEMBERS WERE TOLD.

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YUEN LONG RESIDENTS URGED TO BEAUTIFY THEIR OPEN SPACES * * * *

YUEN LONG RESIDENTS WERE URGED TODAY (SATURDAY) TO PLANT MORE TREES IN THEIR SMALL GARDENS OR OPEN SPACES ADJACENT TO THEIR HOMES TO ENHANCE THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF THEIR SURROUNDINGS.

THE APPEAL WAS MADE BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT SUB-COMMITTEE OF YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD, MR TAI KUEN, AT A CEREMONY TO MARK THE DISTRICT-WIDE TREE PLANTING DAY AT SHEUNG TSUEN PARK.

LATER, 20 YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND 50 SCHOOL CHILDREN PLANTED TREES IN THE PARK AS PART OF THE ’MEI FA’ ■— BEAUTIFICATION-SCHEME.

MR TAI NOTED THAT THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT WOULD BE PLANTING 3 500 TREES AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS OF THE NEW TOWN DURING THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, AND EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT HIS FELLOW VILLAGERS WOULD HELP IN THE PROJECT.

THE TREE PLANTING EVENT, ORGANISED BY THE NTSD, IS AIMED AT PROMOTING COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT AND BRINGING MORE GREENERY TO THE NEW TERRITORIES IN THE YEARS AHEAD.

ALSO TAKING PART AT THE CEREMONY WAS THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (NORTH REGION) OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR BOWEN LEUNG, WHO SAID TREE PLANTING WAS A TIME-CONSUMING PROJECT WHICH REQUIRED THE SUPPORT OF ALL MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER OF YUEN LONG, MR YEUNG YIU-SING AND THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER OF YUEN LONG, MR PONG KIN-HONG, JOINED MR LEUNG AND MR TA I IN PLANTING SEVERAL YOUNG TREES TO HIGHLIGHT THE EVENT.

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WONG TAI SIN DB TO DISCUSS ADULT EDUCATION

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THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD WILL HOLD ITS SEVENTH MEETING ON TUESDAY (MAY 18) AT 2.30 PM IN FUNG MING HALL, SIK SIK YUEN, WONG TAI SIN TEMPLE.

AMONG MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED BY THE BOARD IS THE EXTENSION CF GOVERNMENT SERVICES OUTSIDE NORMAL OFFICE HOURS, INCLUDING LABOUR RELATIONS, IMMIGRATION, THE NIGHT CLINIC AND THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE.

THE ADULT EDUCATION SERVICE SCHEME IN THE DISTRICT PROVIDED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT FOR RECENT IMMIGRANTS FROM CHINA WILL ALSO BE DISCUSSED.

AN EVALUATION REPORT ON THE +WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS MEETING THE PUBLIC SESSION* WILL BE TABLED AT THE MEETING.

MEANWHILE, DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE TOLD OF THE DEVELOPMENT PLANS IN MA CHAI HANG AND CHUK YUEN, AND THE NORTHEAST KOWLOON DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD’S SEVENTH MEETING ON TUESDAY (MAY 18) AT 2.30 PM IN FUNG MING HALL, SIK SIK YUEN, WONG TAI SIN TEMPLE.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WHO WISH TO OBTAIN THE AGENDA AND PAPERS FOR THE MEETING OR WHO REQUIRE FURTHER INFORMATION MAY CONTACT MISS AMY CHOW OF WONG TAI SIN CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AT TEL. 3-222261.

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FERRY SERVICES CHANGES

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FOLLOWING THE FULL OPENING OF THE TSUEN WAN EXTENSION OF THE TR ON MONDAY (MAY 17), FERRY SERVICES OPERATING ON THE WESTERN SIDE OF THE HARBOUR WILL BE SLIGHTLY REVISED.

THEY ARE:

A) THE SHAM SHU I PO TO CENTRAL FERRY SERVICE WILL OPERATE FROM 6 PM TO 8 PM AT A REDUCED FREQUENCY OF 20 MINUTES.

B) FREQUENCY ON THE MEI FOO SUN CHUEN TO CENTRAL SERVICE WILL BE REDUCED TO EVERY 20 MINUTES. DURING THE MORNING AND EVENING PEAK PERIODS DOUBLE-DECKER VESSELS OR WATERBUSES WILL ALSO BE IN OPERATION. DURING THE OFF-PEAK PERIOD, ONLY HOVERFERRIES WILL BE AVAILABLE.

C) HOVERFERRIES OPERATING BETWEEN TUEN MUN AND CENTRAL WILL CONTINUE TO CALL AT JORDAN ROAD DURING THE MORNING PEAK PERIOD, BUT WILL BE CHANGED TO CALL AT MEI FOO SUN CHUEN INSTEAD OF JORDAN ROAD DURING THE OFF-PEAK PERIOD. FREQUENCY ON THE SERVICE WILL BE INCREASED TO EVERY 10 MINUTES DURING THE MORNING PEAK.

ON THE SAME DAY, THE TAI KOK TSUI SERVICE WILL OPERATE FROM THE CENTRAL HARBOUR SERVICES PIER AND THE MEI FOO SUN CHUEN SERVICE FROM BLAKE PIER IN CENTRAL.

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FIRING PRACTICE * M M

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE HA TSUEN/CASTLE PEAK RANGE ON THE FOLLOWING DATES AND TIMES:

DATE

TIME

TUESDAY (MAY 18)

9 AM - 4.30 PM

THURSDAY (MAY 20)

9 AM - 4 PM

FRIDAY (MAY 21)

8 AM - 4 PM

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WARNED \0T TO ENTER THE AR-A «H-'| RED FLAGS ARE FLYING DURING Tl*t Oc P~aCT:

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, MAY 16, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

STANDARDS AND CALIBRATION LABORATORY OPENS NEXT YEAR .......... 1

APRIL THUNDERSTORMS BRING MUCK-NEEDED RAINFALL ................ 4

IMPORTANCE OF SPORTS AND RECREATION STRESSED.................   6

TELEHATCH TO PROMOTE HARMONIOUS FAMILY LIFE.................... 7

STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM HO TUNG FUND ..........................   7

TSUEN WAN COOKED FOOD STALLS FOR AUCTION ...................... 8

QUARRY BAY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS .............................   8

ROAD WORKS FOR KOWLOON BAY ..................................   9

TEMPORARY NORTH POINT TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS .................... 9

SUNDAY, MAY 16, 1982

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STANDARDS AND CALIBRATION LABORATORY OPENS NEXT YEAR

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YOU MAY NOT KNOW IT, BUT YOU MAY HAVE FLOWN WITH AN ATOMIC CLOCK ON THE ADJACENT PASSENGER SEAT.

IT WILL HAVE BEEN IN A BOX, WATCHED OVER BY AN EXECUTIVE-TYPE WITH DISTINCTLY MATERNAL ZEAL, AND ANY SUDDEN LURCHES AND BUMPY LANDINGS WILL HAVE RAISED HIS HEART BEAT AND BLOOD PRESSURE - FOR IT CAN MEASURE TIME WITH AN ACCURACY EQUIVALENT TO ONE SECOND IN OVER 4 000 YEARS AND IS CONTRIBUTING TO THE SYNCHRONISATION OF WORLD TIME TO WITHIN ONE MILLIONTH OF A SECOND.

THE CLOCK IS ONE OF A NUMBER OF PRECISION INSTRUMENTS CIRCLING THE WORLD WHICH ARE BEING USED TO HELP MAINTAIN INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS OF MEASUREMENTS - AND WHICH ARE BECOMING INCREASINGLY VITAL TO HONG KONG’S INDUSTRIES.

THE INSTRUMENTS ARE USED BY THE STANDARDS AND TESTING LABORATORIES OF MANY COUNTRIES TO CHECK THEIR OWN TEST INSTRUMENTS -WHICH ARE IN TURN USED BY THEIR INDUSTRIES TO COUNTER-CHECK TESTING EQUIPMENT USED BY COMPANIES.

ALTERNATIVELY, COUNTRIES SEND THEIR TESTING EQUIPMENT TO PLACES LIKE THE UK NATIONAL PHYSICAL LABORATORY, THE US NATIONAL BUREAU OF STANDARDS, AND THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MEASUREMENTS LABORATORY FOR CHECKING.

WHY IS IT ALL NECESSARY? TAKE THE CASE OF AN INTRICATE PIECE OF EQUIPMENT, WHICH MAY CONSIST OF NUMEROUS PARTS MADE AT FACTORIES GREAT DISTANCES - OFTEN COUNTRIES-APART. TO WORK PROPERLY ALL THE COMPONENTS MUST BE MADE TO CLOSE TOLERANCES OF EACH OTHER. IF BOTH THE MANUFACTURER AND THE CUSTOMER ARE TO BE CONFIDENT THAT THEIR SPECIFICATIONS HAVE BEEN MET, THEY MUST RELY ON TEST INSTRUMENTS WHICH HAVE BEEN REGULARLY CALIBRATED AGAINST OTHERS WHICH HAVE A HIGHER DEGREE OF ACCURACY.

THIS PROCESS OF ALIGNMENT WITH THE UNCOMPROMISING LEVELS OF THE INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS LADDER GIVES AN INSTRUMENT - AND ANY OTHERS CALIBRATED AGAINST IT - A DISTINCTION KNOWN AS TRACEABILITY.

BUT THIS PROCESS IS COSTLY, TIME-CONSUMING AND INCONVENIENT FOR THOSE, NOTABLY IN INDUSTRY, WHO RELY ON THE OPTIMUM STATE OF THEIR TESTING EQUIPMENT TO MAINTAIN HIGH STANDARDS OF QUALITY CONTROL. THE INTEGRITY OF ANY PIECE OF MEASURING EQUIPMENT MAY BE DIMINISHED IF IT IS NOT REGULARLY CHECKED AGAINST AN INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED +MASTER+ - IN SOME CASES TWO OR THREE TIMES A YEAR.

INTERNATIONAL MEASUREMENT STANDARDS FALL INTO THREE BASIC CATEGORIES! TERTIARY, SECONDARY, AND THE MOST PRECISE OF ALL, THE PRIMARY STANDARDS - HELD BY ONLY A HANDFUL OF NATIONAL INSTITUTIONS IN THE WORLD, AND HAVING ACCURACIES OF A FEW PARTS PER MILLION, OR BETTER.

UNTIL NOW THE NEEDS OF HONG KONG’S INDUSTRIES HAVE NOT REQUIRED OUR TEST INSTRUMENTS TO BE CALIBRATED AGAINST THE HEADY LEVELS OF PRIMARY STANDARDS.

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BUT HONG KONG IS MOVING IN THIS DIRECTION - WITH IMPORTANT IMPLICATIONS, NOT ONLY FOR OUR MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES BUT, IN A BROADER SENSE, FOR EVERY SECTION OF THE COMMUNITY.

IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS HONG KONG’S ECONOMIC WELL-BEING WILL DEPEND INCREASINGLY ON ITS ABILITY TO MOVE UP-MARKET INTO MORE SOPHISTICATED PRODUCTS, ESPECIALLY IN THE FIELD OF ELECTRONICS.

ALREADY, THERE HAS BEEN A DISPLACEMENT FROM SIMPLE ASSEMBLY PRODUCTS SUCH AS NON-CRITICAL TRANSISTOR RADIOS AND TRANSISTOR DEVICE PACKAGING, TO MORE SOPHISTICATED PRODUCTS SUCH AS VIDEO CASSETTE RECORDERS, T.V. GAMES, HI-FI EQUIPMENT, ELECTRONIC WATCHES, INTEGRATED CIRCUITS AND OTHER COMPUTER ASSEMBLIES.

THESE PRODUCTS ARE OFTEN REQUIRED BY OUR OVERSEAS CUSTOMERS TO MEET WELL-DEFINED STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE AND QUALITY ASSURANCE WHICH CANNOT BE PROVIDED WITHOUT THE BACKING OF AN INDEPENDENT STANDARDS AND CALIBRATION AUTHORITY. IN SOME CASES, SUCH STANDARDS ARE A STATUTORY REQUIREMENT IN THE CONSUMER COUNTRIES - COVERING QUALITY, CONSUMER SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.

THIS WAS RECOGNISED IN THE REPORT OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON DIVERSIFICATION, WHICH SPELT OUT HONG KONG’S NEEDS IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS.

+WE HAVE FOUND THAT THE SERIOUS INADEQUACY OF INDUSTRIAL SUPPORT FACILITIES AND OF TECHNICAL BACK-UP SERVICES ... HAVE GENERALLY LIMITED THE SPEED WITH WHICH MANUFACTURERS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DIVERSIFY.*

MOREOVER, THE COMMITTEE WAS CONCERNED THAT THESE SHORTCOMINGS WERE UNDERLINED BY THE FACT THAT HONG KONG’S MAJOR COMPETITORS -SINGAPORE, TAIWAN AND SOUTH KOREA - HAD FOR SOME TIME TO VARYING DEGREES, PROVIDED SUCH CALIBRATION FACILITIES AND SERVICES TO THEIR OWN DOMESTIC INDUSTRIES.

ITS RECOMMENDATIONS THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD AIM TO ESTABLISH A PRIMARY STANDARDS LABORATORY, INITIALLY ACCOMMODATING ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC STANDARDS AND CALIBRATION FACILITIES, BUT CAPABLE OF EXTENSION TO PROVIDE FOR PRIMARY STANDARDS IN OTHER FIELDS, ARE NOW BEING IMPLEMENTED.

THE HEAD OF THE GOVERNMENT STANDARDS AND CALIBRATION LABORATORY (GSCL), MR BRIAN TYLER, WAS APPOINTED IN SEPTEMBER. 1981. FOLLOWING AN ATTACHMENT TO THE NATIONAL PHYSICAL LABORATORY (NPL) IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, HE IS PRESENTLY REVIEWING THE ACCOMMODATION, EQUIPMENT, STAFFING AND OTHER FACILITIES REQUIRED FOR A PROJECTED OPENING IN MID-1983.

HIGH ON HIS LIST OF IMMEDIATE NECESSITIES FOR THE INITIAL PHASE IS +ABOUT 700 SQUARE METRES OF VIBRATION-FREE, CENTRALLY-SITED LABORATORY SPACE* - NOT EASILY FOUND IN HONG KONG, BUT HE’S CONFIDENT HE’LL FIND IT.

IN THE LONGER TERM, ESPECIALLY AS IT DEVELOPS AND

EXTENDS, MR TYLER FEELS THE LABORATORY MIGHT IDEALLY BE ACCOMMODATED IN THE PROPOSED GOVERNMENT SCIENCE BUILDING, DUE TO OPEN ON THE

WAN CHAI RECLAMATION AROUND 1'985, AND HE HAS ALREADY +EAR-MARKED

SPACE IN IT.*

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♦WE’LL BE THERE TO TECHNICALLY BACK-UP HONG KONG’S INDUSTRY,* W TYLER ASSURES.

♦IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, FOR EXAMPLE, ALL OF THE MAJOR ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURERS HAVE THEIR OWN IN-HOUSE STANDARDS AND CALIBRATION LABORATORIES WITH TRACEABILITY TO, SAY, THE NPL. BUT EACH IS ONLY DEALING WITH ITS OWN PRODUCTS.

♦BY CONTRAST, WE WILL BE CATERING FOR THE NEEDS OF THE BROAD SPECTRUM OF ALL HONG KONG INDUSTRY.*

SPARED THE NEED OF PROVIDING SUCH FACILITIES FOR THEMSELVES, INDUSTRIES LARGE AND SMALL WILL BENEFIT. THE LABORATORY’S EQUIPMENT, BEING EXPENSIVE, FRAGILE, AND GENERALLY UNSUITED TO THE FACTORY FLOOR, WILL BE HOUSED IN IDEAL CONDITIONS WITH REGARD TO TEMPERATURE, HUMIDITY AND OPERATION. FURTHER, IT WILL BE PROVIDING TRACEABILITY TO INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS AND THE SEAL OF AN INDEPENDENT ’NATIONAL’ AUTHORITY.

ALTHOUGH THE INITIAL PHASE OF DEVELOPMENT IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE URGENTLY-NEEDED SUPPORT FOR THE ELECTRONIC AND ELECTRICAL INDUSTRIES, THE LABORATORY WILL ALSO CONTAIN A TEMPERATURE CALIBRATION FACILITY, AND HOUSE THE LOCAL REFERENCE STANDARDS FOR MASS AND LENGTH TO SUPPORT THE WEIGHTS AND MEASURES LEGISLATION CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW.

CONSIDERABLE INTEREST AND DEMAND HAS ALSO BEEN SHOWN FOR INCLUDING OTHER FUNCTIONS, SUCH AS PRECISION MECHANICAL MEASUREMENTS OF LENGTH, ANGLE AND FORM- ILLUMINATION AND OPTICS- ACOUSTICSIONISING AND NON-IONISING RADIATIONS. AS A RESULT, ATTENTION WILL BE PAID TQ THESE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE LABORATORY.

WHILE HONG KONG HAS BEEN BY NO MEANS DEVOID OF TESTING LABORATORY FACILITIES UP TO NOW, IT IS IMPORTANT TO DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN THE LEVEL OF CALIBRATION THE NEW LAB AIMS TO ACHIEVE FROM THAT OF THE PRODUCTS TESTING LABORATORIES - OF WHICH THERE ARE ALREADY ABOUT 15 TO 20 OPERATING IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

BY HAVING THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF MEASURING CAPABILITY, THE GSCL WILL PROVIDE THE MEANS OF TESTING THE PRIVATE LABORATORIES’ TEST APPARATUS WITHIN HONG KONG, ALTHOUGH EVEN ITS OWN REFERENCE STANDARDS WILL NEED TO BE CHECKED PERIODICALLY AGAINST THE MORE PRECISE STANDARDS HELD AT INSTITUTIONS IN THE UK, USA AND AUSTRALIA.

IT IS TO THESE INSTITUTIONS THE LABORATORY WILL TURN FOR ACCREDITATION, ONCE IT IS FULLY ESTABLISHED.

BY CONFORMING TO THE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR EQUIPMENT AND PROCEDURES SET BY THESE AUGUST BODIES AND EARNING THEIR APPROVAL, HONG KONG WILL - IN A RELATIVELY SHORT SPACE OF TIME - GREATLY ENHANCE ITS REPUTATION AS A MANUFACTURING CENTRE FOR HIGH QUALITY PRODUCTS AND FURTHER STRENGTHEN THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ITS INDUSTRIES IN THE INTERNATIONAL MARKETPLACE.

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APRIL THUNDERSTORMS BRING MUCH-NEEDED RAINFALL *****

THUNDERSTORMS AND HEAVY SHOWERS DURING THE LAST NINE DAYS OF APRIL BROUGHT 310 MM OF MUCH-NEEDED RAINFALL, MAKING IT THE SEVENTH WETTEST APRIL ON RECORD, THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY SAID IN ITS MONTHLY WEATHER SUMMARY TODAY (SUNDAY).

THE ACCUMULATED RAINFALL SINCE JANUARY 1 WAS 379.7 MM, WHICH WAS 116.7 MM ABOVE NORMAL AND AT THE END OF THE MONTH, THE RESERVOIRS WERE 37 PER CENT FULL.

ALTHOUGH THERE WAS MORE THAN AVERAGE RAINFALL, THE MONTH WAS LESS HUMID THAN NORMAL WITH THE MEAN RELATIVE HUMIDITY OF 80 PER CENT, THE FIFTH LOWEST ON RECORD FOR APRIL.

THE MONTH WAS ALSO COOLER AND CLOUDIER THAN USUAL WITH TWO TROPICAL CYCLONES OVER THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC AND THE SOUTH CHINA SEA. ON APRIL 1, TYPHOON NELSON DISSIPATED NEAR NANSHA DAO WHILE ON APRIL 4, TYPHOON ODESSA DISSIPATED NEAR NORTH OF THE CAROLINE ISLANDS.

SOME RAIN WAS RECORDED EARLY ON APRIL 1 AS EASTERLY WINDS FRESHENED AND A MINOR LANDSLIP WAS REPORTED AT LAM TIN. THUNDERSTORMS OCCURRED ON THE AFTERNOON OF APRIL 2 BUT THE WEATHER IMPROVED LATER.

APART FROM SOME MORNING MIST, THE WEATHER ON APRIL 3 WAS FINE. A COLD FRONT ARRIVED IN THE EVENING AND CAUSED SOME RAIN THAT PERSISTED. UNTIL THE FOLLOWING DAY. NORTHERLY WINDS BROUGHT COOLER WEATHER ON APRIL 4 AND 5 AND THE AIR TEMPERATURE DROPPED TO

?E6REES CELS,US ON APRIL 5, THE LOWEST OF THE MONTH. HOWEVER, THE WEATHER FROM APRIL 6 TO 8 WAS MAINLY FINE.

aeueJX!!^ TURNED NORTHERLY AGAIN IN THE EVENING OF APRIL 8 BUT REYERTEB T0 EASTERLY NEXT DAY. ON APRIL 9 AND 10, IT WAS CLOUDY

T0 FINE AND SUNNY THE FOLLOWING EIGHT DAYS. SJEYERi APR'!; WERE DRY W,TH A DA>*-Y mean relative

HUMIDITY OF ONLY 57 PER CENT, THE LOWEST OF THE MONTH.

tuc WiruJERLyTWleB?.f~SHENED 0N APRIL 19 W,TH S0ME RA|N DURING BENIGHT. ,T RAINED CLOUDY ON APRIL 20. SOME COASTAL MIST ™$UneE$JAEL\0N APRIL 21 BUT SUNNY WEATHER MADE IT THE HOTTEST DAY OF THE MONTH WITH A MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 28.6 DEGREES CELSIUS.

,..^N„ACIIVE TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE BROUGHT DISTURBED WEATHER CHINA COAST FROM APRIL 22 TO 30. THROUGHOUT THIS WEATHER IN HONG KONG WAS WET AND THUNDERY.

AND V,OLENT SHOWERS OCCURRED DURING THE EVENING OF 22 AND CAUSED SEVERE FLOODING IN SEVERAL URBAN DISTRICTS ru?°E*LA!??nLIPS WERE REP0RTED AT DIAMOND HILL, WONG TAI SIN, NGAU CHI WAN AND SHAM TSENG BUT THERE WERE NO CASUALTIES.

MORE THUNDERSTORMS OCCURRED EARLY ON APRIL 23 AND A WORKMAN WAS KILLED WHEN EARTH COLLAPSED AT A ROAD CONSTRUCTION SITE IN TUEN LONG. THUNDERSTORMS BECAME WIDESPREAD OVER HONG KONG ON APRIL 24 AND A MINOR LANDSLIP IN POKFULAM VILLAGE WAS CAUSED BY HEAVY SHOWERS ON APRIL 25.

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COASTAL FOG DEVELOPED ON APRIL 26 AND THE VISIBILITY AT CHEUNG CHAU WAS REDUCED TO 200 METRES. THUNDERSTORMS RECURRED IN THE EVENING AND PROLONGED THUNDERSTORMS ON APRIL 27 CAUSED ANOTHER LANDSLIP AT DIAMOND HILL.

THERE WERE MORE REPORTS OF THUNDERSTORMS UNTIL APRIL 30.

ON APRIL 29, A BOULDER FELL ON TAI HANG ROAD, JARDINE’S LOOKOUT, THEN A ROOF-TOP HUT COLLAPSED IN NORTH POINT AND A MINOR LANDSLIP OCCURRED IN SHAU KEI WAN. HOWEVER, NO ONE WAS HURT.

ONE PLANE WAS DIVERTED FROM HONG KONG DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER ON APRIL 2 AND THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS WERE ISSUED ON APRIL 2 AND 3 AND FROM APRIL 22 TO APRIL 30.

THE YELLOW FIRE DANGER WARNING WAS ISSUED ON APRIL 11 WHILE THE RED FIRE DANGER WARNING WAS ISSUED ON APRIL 5 AND 9.

NO STRONG MONSOON OR TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING SIGNALS WERE HOISTED DURING THE MONTH.

THE MONTH’S FIGURES AND DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL WEREi

SUNSHINE 103.9 HOURS 16.3 HOURS BELOW NORMAL

RAINFALL 310.0 MM a 170.6 MM ABOVE NORMAL

CLOUDINESS 79 % a 3 % MORE THAN NORMAL

RELATIVE HUMIDITY 80 % a 3 % LOWER THAN NORMAL

MEAN MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE 23.5 DEGREES CELSIUS 1.5 DEGREES CELSIUS BELOW NORMAL

NEAN TEMPERATURE 20.9 DEGREES CELSIUS 1.2 DEGREES CELSIUS BELOW NORMAL

MEAN MINIMUM TEMPERATURE 19.1 DEGREES CELSIUS a 0.9 DEGREES CELSIUS BELOW NORMAL

NEAN DEW POINT 17.1 DEGREES CELSIUS a 1.8 DEGREES CELSIUS BELOW NORMAL

TOTAL EVAPORATION 93.5 MM a 26.2 MM BELOW NORMAL

THE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 28.6 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS RECORDED ON APRIL 21 AND THE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 13.8 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS RECORDED ON APRIL 5.

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IMPORTANCE OF SPORTS AND RECREATION STRESSED

SPORTS AND RECREATION ARE ESSENTIAL TO THE WELL-BEING OF THE RAPIDLY EXPANDING POPULATION IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR IAN MACPHERSON, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

POINTING OUT THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD RECOGNISED THEIR IMPORTANCE, HE SAID THE LAST FEW YEARS HAD SEEN A DRAMATIC INCREASE BOTH IN THE NUMBER OF EVENTS ORGANISED AND IN THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS.

MR MACPHERSON WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE 1982 NEW TERRITORIES ATHLETIC MEET HELD AT THE TANG SHIU KIN SPORTS GROUND IN TUEN MUN.

♦ANOTHER VERY SIGNIFICANT AND ENCOURAGING DEVELOPMENT HAS BEEN THE LEVEL OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN ORGANISING SPORTING EVENTS, INCLUDING THIS ATHLETIC MEET.+ HE SAID.

HE PAID SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO THE DISTRICT SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS, THE NEW TERRITORIES SCHOOL SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND THE HEUNG YEE KUK WHOSE LEADERS HAD PARTICIPATED AS UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES INTER-DISTRICT SPORTS CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE AND THE ATHLETIC MEET ORGANISING COMMITTEE.

♦THEIR ENTHUSIASM AND HARD WORK IS A VITAL INGREDIENT. THE NUMBER AND RANGE OF EVENTS IN WHICH THIS INITIATIVE IS EVIDENT IS NOW VERY GREAT INDEED.+

MR MACPHERSON ALSO THANKED THE DISTRICT BOARDS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES FOR THEIR GENEROUS ALLOCATIONS OF FUNDS WITHOUT WHICH SPORTING ACTIVITIES COULD NOT HAVE BEEN SO POPULAR.

♦THIS COLLECTIVE ENTHUSIASM,+ HE ADDED, +MUST BE MATCHED BY THE AVAILABILITY OF SUITABLE VENUES AT WHICH TO HOLD COMPETITIONS AND EVENTS. HERE AGAIN WE HAVE BEEN HELPED BY THE GENEROSITY OF COMMUNITY LEADERS.

♦IT IS PARTICULARLY APPROPRIATE THAT TODAY’S VENUE SHOULD BE TANG SHIU KIN SPORTS GROUND. LOOKING A LITTLE FURTHER AHEAD, TUEN MUN WILL ALSO SOON BENEFIT FROM THE YAN 01 TONG INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE WHICH IS NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

♦GOVERNMENT IS ALSO DOING ITS PART AND THERE ARE MANY PROJECTS THROUGHOUT THE NEW TERRITORIES IN THE PIPELINE.

♦NOR MUST WE FORGET THE NEED FOR EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT AND PROMOTION OF FACILITIES, IN WHICH THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE PLAY VITAL ROLES,+ K SAID.

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TELEMATCH TO PROMOTE HARMONIOUS FAMILY LIFE * * M

A HARMONIOUS FAMILY WILL LEAD TO A HAPPY LIFE AND A STABLE AND PROSPEROUS SOCIETY, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE (OPERATIONS), MRS EVELYN DOE, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

ADDRESSING 2 500 GUESTS AND PARTICIPANTS IN THE FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION TELEMATCH FINAL HELD AT QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM, ffiS DOE SAID FAMILY MEMBERS HAD TO HELP AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER IN ORDER TO ENJOY A HAPPY LIFE.

SHE ASKED PARENTS TO SHOW CARE AND CONCERN FOR THEIR ADOLESCENT CHILDREN.

THE TERRITORY-WIDE COMPETITION WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT, CARITAS AND THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES.

IT IS ONE OF THE MAJOR PROGRAMMES OF THIS YEAR’S FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION CAMPAIGN.

TWENTY-FOUR TEAMS COMPETED IN THE GRAND FINAL AFTER A SERIES OF REGIONAL CONTESTS. THE SIX WINNING DESIGNS FROM AN EARLIER DESIGN COMPETITION WERE USED IN TODAY’S GAMES.

A TEAM OF CELEBRITIES INCLUDING FILM STARS AND TV ARTISTES COMPETED WITH THE OVERALL WINNING TEAM, ADDING A TOUCH OF GLAMOUR TO THE COMPETITION. THERE WERE ALSO OTHER ENTERTAINING EVENTS, WHICH INCLUDED CHILDREN’S CHOIR SINGING, A DRAMA SHOW AND A BAND PERFORMANCE.

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STUDENTS BENEFIT *

FROM HO TUNG FUND M M M

MORE THAN 1 200 STUDENTS, SCHOOLS, HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SEE PERFORMANCES DURING THE RECENT THANKS TO THE SIR HO TUNG CHAR

INCLUDING SOME FROM SPECIAL FOR THEMSELVES A SERIES OF TENTH HONG KONG ARTS FESTIVAL -ITABLE FUND.

™E FUND HAD FINANCED A LARGE NUMBER OF STUDENTS INTERESTED 2?c$UbIURvLACT,V,T,ES T0 ATTEND SIMILAR PERFORMANCES IN THE ^T FEW YEARS, AND A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S TO^BENEF^T^MORE^STUDENTS^ S‘"1 THIS WOU1-d cont,hue in the future

festival?ICAU' DANCE AMD THEATR,C“

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SUNDAY, MAY 16, 1982

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TSUEN WAN COOKED FOOD STALLS FOR AUCTION

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TWO COOKED FOOD STALLS AT HEUNG CHE STREET MARKET IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE PUT UP FOR PUBLIC AUCTION ON TUESDAY (MAY 18).

THE AUCTION WILL BE HELD AT THE TSUEN WAN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE ON THE SECOND FLOOR, FAR EAST BANK BUILDING, 135-143 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN, AT 9.30 AM.

THE UPSET MONTHLY RENTAL OF THE TWO STALLS ARE $2 500 EACH, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS CAN START THEIR BUSINESS ON JUNE 1 FOR A CONTRACT PERIOD OF THREE YEARS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ONLY PERSONS AGED 21 OR ABOVE ARE ALLOWED TO TAKE PART IN THE AUCTION AND POTENTIAL BIDDERS ARE REQUESTED TO BRING ALONG THEIR IDENTITY CARDS AND FIVE PHOTOGRAPHS TO THE AUCTION VENUE. CHEQUES ARE ACCEPTED.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS, PLEASE CONTACT THE HAWKERS AND MARKETS SECTION OF TSUEN WAN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE ON TELEPHONE 0-444281 EXT. 351.

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QUARRY BAY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS

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FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (MAY 18), NEW TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT MEASURES WILL BE INTRODUCED IN QUARRY BAY TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR.

M THE SECTION OF Fl NN IE STREET BETWEEN KING’S ROAD AND HOI KWONG STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE WAY WESTBOUND.

M THE SECTION HOI TAI STREET BETWEEN Fl NN IE STREET AND HOI WAN STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE WAY WESTBOUND.

M THE SECTION OF HOI WAN STREET FOR A LENGTH OF ABOUT 20 METRES AT ITS NORTHERN END (NEAR HOI TAI STREET) WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE WAY NORTHBOUND.

THESE MEASURES WILL APPLY TO ALL VEHICLES INCLUDING THOSE HOLDING PORT WORKS DUMPING LICENCES.

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SUNDAY, MAY 16, 1982

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ROAD WORKS FOR KOWLOON BAY * * * *

eno mIH1aOEba!!!!ER,NG development DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR MAJOR ROADS AND DRAINAGE WORKS IN KOWLOON BAY RECLAMATION

AH c A •

1 A aJLL INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A TOTAL OF

2^tJAJ0R R0ADS AND ASSOCIATED DRAINAGE SYSTEMS

INSPECnONTCENTRERT °F H01 BUN R°AD EXTENS,0N NEAR THE VEH|CLE

°N COMPLETION, THE ROADS WILL SERVE THE VEHICLE INSPECTION CENTRE, THE FUTURE KOWLOON BAY CARGO HANDLING AREA, THE NEW KOWLOON BAY TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA AND THE ADJACENt DEVELOPMENT SI TcS•

WORK WILL COMMENCE IN JULY AND IS EXPECTED TO TAKE ABOUT 12 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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TEMPORARY

NORTH POINT TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS X X X

FROM 12.01 AM TO 6 ■THE WESTERN PART OF THE _____ ......... nvKU ,

^'islandWeasternCcorr?dJr ALL traff,c F0R THE construction OF ’—’ ’vuMIW CMOICnfl vVnnlUvK.

AM ON TUESDAY AND ON WEDNESDAY (MAY 19), JUNCTION OF KING’S ROAD EASTBOUND AND TONG

THE

JAVA

o}:LEASTB0UND TRAFF,C WILL BE diverted via north point and KU AD •

dc ®AME PERI°D, THE CROSS HARBOUR ROUTE 112 WILL

£.££&.,.HED T0 TURN FR0M JAVA R0AD EASTBOUND TO TIN CHIU STREET SOUTHBOUND ON JOURNEYS TO MARBLE ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, MAY 17, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

SURVEY CI* EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL AND ORDERS-ON-HaND FOR MARCH 1982 .......................................................... 1

MORE MONEY FOR SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES ....................... 2

MORE PARKING METERS FOR WESTERN DISTRICT ...................... 2

OFFICERS PRAISED FOR HANDLING CIH MA WAI? DISTURBANCE........ 3

AIR SERVICE DISCUSSIONS IN SINGAPORE........................... 3

MANPOWER SURVEY ON CaR SERVICE INDUSTRY........................ 4

WATER FIGURES ................................................. 4

RECRUITMENT DRIVE FOR AMBULANCEMEN ............................ 5

CENTRAL-SHAM SHUT PO FERRY SERVICES ........................... 5

ANTI-SMOKING EXHIBITION AT YUEN LONG .......................... 6

DRAWING AND DESIGN COT5PETITIONS .............................. 6

POUR LOTS OF CROWN L*ND SOLD

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MONDAY, MAY 17, 1982

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SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL AND ORDERS-ON-HAND FOR MARCH 1982

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (MONDAY) RELEASED STATISTICS FROM THE MONTHLY SURVEY FOR MARCH 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 USEFUL INDICATIONS OF THE DIRECTION OF CHANGE FOR A QUICK ASSESSMENT OF DEVELOPMENTS IN THE ECONOMY IN THE SHORT TERM.

ACCORDING TO THE MANUFACTURERS SURVEYED, EMPLOYMENT INCREASED SLIGHTLY IN THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY WHEN COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS MONTH, ON ACCOUNT OF MORE ORDERS-ON-HAND. HOWEVER, EMPLOYMENT DECLINED IN THE WEARING APPAREL, TEXTILES AND, MORE NOTABLY, THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES AS A RESULT OF LABOUR TURNOVER AND THE LAY-OFF OF WORKERS BY ONE ELECTRICAL PRODUCTS FACTORY SURVEYED.

PER CAPITA EARNINGS ROSE GENERALLY IN THE MANUFACTURING, CONSTRUCTION AND SERVICES SECTORS AS A RESULT OF WAGE ADJUSTMENTS. IN THE CASE OF MANUFACTURING, THE INCREASE WAS ALSO DUE TO MORE DAYS BEING WORKED BY OPERATIVES DURING THE MONTH.

WITHIN MANUFACTURING, THE MOST SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN PER CAPITA EARNINGS WERE RECORDED FOR THE PLASTICS AND TEXTILES INDUSTRIES, FOLLOWED BY FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS AND FOOD PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES. A SLIGHT DECREASE IN PER CAPITA EARNINGS WAS HOWEVER RECORDED FOR THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS PRODUCTS INDUSTRY.

THE OVERALL VOLUME OF ORDERS (IN TERMS OF MONTHS) HELD BY THE MANUFACTURERS SURVEYED DECREASED SLIGHTLY IN MARCH 1982 AS COMPARED WITH THE PRECEDING MONTH. ORDERS ROSE IN THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY BUT DECLINED IN THE WEARING APPAREL AND FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES.

THE PERCENTAGE CHANGES IN EMPLOYMENT, PER CAPITA EARNINGS AND ORDERS-ON-HAND FOR THE LAST THREE MONTHS ARE SHOWN IN ThE ACCOMPANYING TABLE (WHICH WILL BE SENT TO YOU BY FACSIMILE).

THE SURVEY REPORT FOR MARCH 1982 IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE, AT S1.5 PER COPY. ENQUIRIES ON THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE MADE TO THE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (AT 3-7221914).

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MORE MONEY FOR

THE ROYAL HONG KONG THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH

SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES * * *

JOCKEY CLUB HAS DONATED S4 MILLION FOR PROGRAMME.

THE AMOUNT, REPRESENTING A 33 PER CENT INCREASE OVER LAST "EAR’S DONATION OF S3 MILLION, WAS RECEIVED RECENTLY BY THE CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR YOUTH RECREATION.

THE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR FRANCIS OZORIO, SAID THE DONATION WOULD HELP INJECT MORE ACTIVITIES INTO THIS YEAR’S PROGRAMME.

+IT WILL ALSO MEAN BETTER ACTIVITIES AND WILL ENABLE MORE YOUNG PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TWO-MONTH LONG PROGRAMME,+ YR OZORIO SAID.

HE SAID IT WAS DIFFICULT TO SAY AT THIS STAGE HOW MANY ACTIVITIES WOULD BE ORGANISED AS NUMEROUS ORGANISATIONS, BOTH GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, WOULD BE INVOLVED IN THE PLANNING.

IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT THE COST WOULD EXCEED 910 MILLION, HE SAID.

THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW W? D. AKERS-JONES WILL OFFICIATE AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM ON JUNE

THE HIGHLIGHTS FOR THIS YEAR’S RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT’S DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD SCHEME AND ’

OF THE WHOLE PROGRAMME

TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, THE OPENING CEREMONY AT 26.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE THE

MUSIC CAMP, FORESTRY wORK CAMPS, ARIETY SHOW.

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MORE PARKING METERS FOR WESTERN DISTRICT * X * *

PARKING METERS WILL BE INSTALLED IN HOLLAND STREET AND SAI CHEUNG STREET IN WESTERN DISTRICT FROM 8 AM ON WEDNESDAY (MAY 19).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ADDED THAT MORE METERS WOULD ALSO BE INSTALLED IN WAN CHAI, TAI HANG AND SMITHFIELD IN WESTERN DISTRICT SHORTLY.

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OFFICERS PRAISED FOR HANDLING CHI MA WAN DISTURBANCE * * * *

A SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT AND TWO ASSISTANT OFFICERS OF THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WERE TODAY (MONDAY) AWARDED THE COMMISSIONER’S COMMENDATION FOR THEIR PROFESSIONALISM, COURAGE AND INITIATIVE DURING A DISTURBANCE AT CHI MA WAN CAMP HOUSING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS LAST DECEMBER.

AT A CEREMONY HELD AT THE DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS, THE COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR THOMAS GARNER, PRESENTED CERTIFICATES OF COMMENDATION TO SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT I.K. BHAGAT FOR EXCEPTIONAL INITIATIVE AND THE PROFESSIONAL MANNER IN WHICH HE DIFFUSED A DANGEROUS SITUATION WHEN A NUMBER OF STAFF WERE AT RISK INSIDE A BUILDING AT CHI MA WAN CAMP, AND ASSISTANT OFFICERS FONG SA I-KONG AND TSE KWONG-MAN FOR THEIR COURAGE AND RESOURCEFULNESS IN ASSISTING AN INJURED FELLOW OFFICER DURING THE DISTURBANCE, AT GREAT RISK TO THEMSELVES.

DURING THE INCIDENT, 32 CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS WERE INJURED.

IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE DISTURBANCE, OFFICERS SEARCHED THE CAMP AND RECOVERED A LARGE NUMBER OF WEAPONS, WHICH INCLUDED HOMEMADE DAGGERS, PIECES OF METAL TAKEN FROM DOUBLE-BUNK BEDS AND WATERPIPING TORN FROM THE WALLS OF THE BATHROOMS.

AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT WAS LATER CHARGED AND FOUND GUILTY OF WOUNDING AN OFFICER AND WAS SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT.

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AIR SERVICE DISCUSSIONS IN SINGAPORE

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MR NORMAN LATHAM, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION, LEFT HONG KONG FOR SINGAPORE THIS (MONDAY) AFTERNOON TO REPRESENT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AT AIR SERVICES CONSULTATIONS BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THE REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE.

AMONG THE MATTERS TO BE DISCUSSED ARE THE REGIONAL AIR SERVICES OPERATED BY SINGAPORE AIRLINES THROUGH HONG KONG AND THOSE OPERATED BY CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS THROUGH SINGAPORE.

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THE AUTOMOBILE REPAIRS AND SERVICING INDUSTRY TRAINING SOARD OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL WILL CONDUCT THE 1982 MANPOWER SURVEY OF THE INDUSTRY BETWEEN JUNE 1 AND 26 TO COLLECT UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON MANPOWER SITUATION AND TRAINING REQUIREMENTS.

THE SURVEY WILL BE CARRIED OUT WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING DEPARTMENT AND THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

QUESTIONNAIRES AND EXPLANATORY DOCUMENTS ARE BEING SENT OUT TO ESTABLISHMENTS COVERED IN THE SURVEY- AND EMPLOYERS ARE ASKED TO SUPPLY INFORMATION ON THE NUMBER OF WORKERS EMPLOYED, THE NUMBER OF WORKERS UNDER TRAINING, THE NUMBER OF EXISTING VACANCIES, AND A FORECAST OF ADDITIONAL WORKERS IN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS.

WHEN THE SURVEY BEGINS ON JUNE 1. ASSISTANT CENSUS AND SURVEY OFFICERS OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL VISIT EACH OF THE ESTABLISHMENTS TO BE SURVEYED AND ASSIST EMPLOYERS IN COMPLETING THE QUESTIONNAIRE.

AS THE INFORMATION TO BE COLLECTED WILL BE IMPORTANT FOR FORMULATING MANPOWER TRAINING PLANS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE INDUSTRY, IT IS HOPED THAT THOSE ESTABLISHMENTS COVERED IN THE SURVEY WILL CO-OPERATE BY PROVIDING ACCURATE INFORMATION.

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

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WATER FIGURES * * *

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 39.9 PER CENT OF CAPACITY, OR 230.5 MILLION CUBIC METRES, EQUIVALENT TO 177 DAYS’ CONSUMPTION.

„,B1 T,ME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 229.5 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 39.7 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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RECRUITMENT DRIVE FOR AMBULANCEMEN

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THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS LAUNCHED A RECRUITMENT DRIVE rOR AMBULANCEMEN TO FILL EXISTING AND NEW VACANCIES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE NEED FOR MORE AMBULANCEMEN WAS DUE TO THE INCREASING DEMAND FOR AMBULANCE SERVICES THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY.

IN 1981, THE AMBULANCE COMMAND RESPONDED TO MORE THAN 250 900 CALLS, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF SOME 3* 000 CALLS OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

DURING THE YEAR MORE THAN 329 060 SICK OR INJURED PERSONS WERE CARRIED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S AMBULANCE FLEET.

A RECORD NUMBER OF 885 CALLS WERE RECORDED BY THE COMMAND DURING THE 24-HOUR PERIOD ON DECEMBER 23, 1981.

THE DEPARTMENT HAS ORDERED A TOTAL OF 64 NEW AMBULANCES, 25 OF WHICH ARE FOR REPLACEMENTS, AND ALL ARE SCHEDULED TO ARRIVE BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER.

♦THESE NEW VEHICLES ARE TO MEET THE KNOWN AND PROJECTED INCREASED DEMANDS FOR THE AMBULANCE SERVICE,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE POST OF AN AMBULANCEMAN REQUIRES A MINIMUM EDUCATION QUALIFICATION AT PRIMARY 6, OR ITS EQUIVALENT, AND THE STARTING SALARY RANGES FROM 12 550 TO $3 840.

APPLICANTS MUST HAVE A GOOD PHYSIQUE AND CANDIDATES

ARE REQUIRED TO PASS A PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST. SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL UNDERGO EIGHT WEEKS OF BASIC TRAINING AT THE FIRE SERVICES TRAINING SCHOOL AT PAT HEUNG, NEW TERRITORIES.

AMBULANCEMEN ARE SUBJECT TO DISCIPLINE UNDER THE FIRE SERVICES ORDINANCE. THEY MAY BE REQUIRED TO PERFORM OTHER DUTIES SUCH AS DRIVING AMBULANCE IN ADDITION TO ATTENDING AMBULANCE CALLS.

APPLICATION FORMS (GF 340) ARE AVAILABLE AT CITY DISTRICT OFFICES, DISTRICT OFFICES, AND ALL AMBULANCE DEPOTS AND FIRE STATIONS.

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CENTRAL-SHAM SHU I PO FERRY SERVICES

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FERRY SERVICES BETWEEN SHAM SHU I PO AND CENTRAL ARE NOW OPERATING AT 16-MINUTE FREQUENCIES DURING PEAK PERIODS, TO COPE WITH HIGH PASSENGER DEMAND.

HOWEVER, DURING OFF-PEAK PERIODS, THE FREQUENCY WILL BE EVERY 20 MINUTES.

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ANTI-SMOKING EXHIBITION AT YUEN LONG * * * *

THE CENTRAL HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS TO MOUNT AN ANTI-SMOKING EXHIBITION AT YUEN LONG TOWN HALL NEXT WEEKEND (MAY 22 AND 23).

THE EXHIBITION, WHICH WILL BE OPENED TO THE PUBLIC DAILY FROM 10.30 AM TO 4 PM, AIMS TO CONVEY THE MESSAGE +NEVER SAY YES TO SMOKING* THROUGH VISUAL DISPLAY, SLIDE AND FILM SHOWS, AND DEMONSTRATIONS SHOWING WHAT HARM SMOKING CAN DO TO PEOPLE’S HEALTH.

EDUCATIONAL LEAFLETS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED FREE TO VISITORS TO THE EXHIBITION.

THE EVENT IS PART OF THE ANTI-SMOKING CAMPAIGN SPECIALLY ORGANISED BY THE UNIT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

FORM 3 STUDENTS IN THE REGION ARE ALSO INVITED TO TAKE PART IN A SERIES OF EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS ARRANGED IN THE TWO WEEKS STARTING TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AT THE YUEN LONG TOWN HALL.

THE WORKSHOP PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE VISITS TO THE EXHIBITION, FILM AND SLIDE SHOWS, DISCUSSION SESSIONS, ALL OF WHICH ARE DESIGNED TO ILLUSTRATE THE HEALTH HAZARDS OF SMOKING.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT THE ULTIMATE GOAL OF THE ENTIRE PROJECT IS TO DISSUADE THE PUBLIC, PARTICULARLY YOUTHS, FROM PICKING UP THIS HARMFUL HABIT.

♦IF THEY ARE SMOKERS ALREADY, THEY SHOULD QUIT SMOKING FOR THE SAKE OF THEIR OWN HEALTH AND THE HEALTH OF OTHERS,♦ HE ADDED.

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DRAWING AND DESIGN COMPETITIONS

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THE STUDENTS GUIDANCE SECTION (KOWLOON WEST) OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IS ORGANISING A SERIES OF DRAWING, BOOK MARK DESIGN AND ART AND CRAFT COMPETITIONS FOR STUDENTS STUDYING IN WESTERN KOWLOON TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO SPEND THEIR LEISURE IN MEANINGFUL ACTIVITIES.

STUDENTS WHO WANT TO TAKE PART IN THE COMPETITIONS SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR WORKS VIA HEADS OF SCHOOLS TO THE STUDENTS GUIDANCE SECTION (KOWLOON WEST) AT PARK-IN COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 10/F, 56 DUNDAS STREET ON OR BEFORE JUNE 21.

PRIMARY 1 AND 2 STUDENTS ARE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN THE DRAWING COMPETITION, WHILE THE BOOK MARK DESIGN AND ART AND CRAFT COMPETITIONS ARE FOR STUDENTS OF PRIMARY 3 TO 4 AND PRIMARY 5 TO 6 RESPECTIVELY. EACH SCHOOL CAN ONLY SUBMIT A MAXIMUM OF THREE ENTRIES IN EACH COMPETITION.

THE WINNING ENTRIES WILL BE DISPLAYED AT A FUNFAIR TO BE HE<_D AT THE TONG MEI ROAD GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOL ON JULY 11.

MONDAY, MAY 17, 1982

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COUR LOTS OF CROWN LAND WERE SOLD AT AN AUCTION CONDUCTED 3Y THE LANDS DEPARTMENT AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE TODAY (MONDAY).

THE FIRST LOT, MEASURING ABOUT 4 734 SQUARE METRES IN BLACK’S .INK, IS FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES.

IT WAS SOLD TO CONQUER ENTERPRISES LTD. FOR $17 MILLION OR $3 591.04 PER SQUARE METRE.

THE REMAINING THREE LOTS ARE FOR INDUSTRIAL AND/OR GODOWN PURPOSES.

THE LARGER SITE IN TUEN MUN, MEASURING ABOUT 4 710 SQUARE b€TRES, WAS SOLD TO KAMINA REALTY LTD. FOR $7 MILLION OR SI 486.2 PER SQUARE METRE.

ANOTHER SITE, ALSO IN TUEN MUN, OF ABOUT 2 875 SQUARE METRES, WAS SOLD TO GOOD HARVEST ENTERPRISES LTD. FOR $5.7 MILLION OR $1 982.61 PER SQUARE METRE.

THE REMAINING LOT IN YUEN LONG INDUSTRIAL AREA, MEASURING ABOUT 1 198 SQUARE METRES, WAS SOLD TO SHIN CHAK DEVELOPMENT LTD. FOR S4.4 MILLION OR $3 672.79 PER SQUARE METRE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, IAAY 18, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

RESPONSE TO DISTRICT ADMNISTRATIOH ENCOURAGING................. 1

GOVERNOR'S ARRIVAL: BRIEF FOR MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ........... 2

CHANGES EI GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT ANNOUNCED ................... 3

THIRD CAREERS INFORMATION CENTRE OPENED ....................... 4

TAI PO AND TSUEN WAN TREE PLANTING DAYS ....................... 5

AG5MCIES REMINDED TO APPLY FOR SUDVENTION FOR ADULT COURSES . 6

DB MEMBERS TOUR WAN CHAI ...................................... 7

SALT WATER CUT................................................. 7

FACTORY OPERATORS WARNED ABOUT DANGER OF EXPLOSION ............ 8

HONG KONG JURY LIST ........................................... 8

FEE ASSISTANCE SCHEME FOR PRE-PRIMARY SERVICES ................ 9

LAST UP TRAIN TO TERMINATE AT SHEUi'G S1IUI STATION ........... 9

TUESDAY, MAY 18, 1982

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RESPONSE TO DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION ENCOURAGING * ft ft *

MORE THAN 50 100 PEOPLE IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT HAVE REGISTERED AS ELECTORS IN THE COMING DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS, REPRESENTING ABOUT 41.75 PER CENT OF THE ELIGIBLE VOTERS IN THE DISTRICT, THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (SOUTHERN), MISS LOLLY CHIU SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

SPEAKING AT A LUNCH MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF HONG KONG NORTHWEST, MISS CHIU SAID THE NUMBER HAD EXCEEDED HER MOST OPTIMISTIC ESTIMATE AND SHE WAS DELIGHTED WITH THIS +WARM AND ENCOURAGING* RESPONSE.

♦THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME IS NOT SOLELY A GOVERNMENT COMMITMENT. IT IS A SCHEME AIMED AT INVOLVING THE CITIZENS IN THE RUNNING OF THEIR DISTRICT, ITS SUCCESS OR OTHERWISE DEPENDS HEAVILY ON THE LEVEL OF LOCAL SUPPORT AND PARTICIPATION,* MISS CHIU SAID.

SHE SAID THE REGISTRATION EXERCISE IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT WAS A SUCCESS. HOWEVER, SUCCESS OF REGISTRATION WAS NOT SUFFICIENT TO MAKE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION WORK, SHE ADDED. REPRESENTATIVES FROM COMMITTED BODIES ARE NEED TO SERVE ON THE DISTRICT BOARDS.

I CAN FORESEE THESE PEOPLE COMING FROM VARIOUS ORGANISATIONS SUCH AS MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, KAIFONG ASSOCIATIONS AND SERVICE CLUBS LIKE THE ROTARY WHICH I UNDERSTAND IS COMMITTED TO THE PRINCIPLE. OF SERVICE,♦ MISS CHIU SAID.

SHE SAID THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT IS THE LARGEST URBAN DISTRICT COVERING ABOUT ONE THIRD OF THE HONG KONG ISLAND AND COMPRISING SIX CONSTITUENCIES, NAMELYi POK FU LAM, WAH FU, ABERDEEN AND AP LEI CHAU. TIN WAN AND SHEK PAI WAN, WONG CHUK HANG AND BAYS AREA, AND STANLEY AND SHEK 0.

AT THE SEPTEMBER ELECTION, EACH OF THESE CONSTITUENCIES WOULD RETURN ONE REPRESENTATIVE TO OUR DISTRICT BOARD,* MISS CHIU SAID.

QUALIFICATION TO BE A CANDIDATE IS SIMPLE. ANY PERSON WHO IS REGISTERED AS AN ELECTOR AND HAS LIVED IN HONG KONG FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS MAY STAND FOR ELECTION, AND HE DOES NOT HAVE TO LIVE IN THE CONSTITUENCY HE STANDS FOR.

ALL HE NEEDS TO DO IS TO DELIVER BEFORE AUGUST 31 A NOMINATION PAPER TO THE RETURNING OFFICER (WHO IS THE CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER) WITH THE NAMES OF A PROPOSER, A SECONDER AND EIGHT OTHER ELECTORS REGISTERED IN THE CONSTITUENCY CONCERNED,* SHE SAID.

THE EXISTING SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD MEETS EVERY SIX WEEKS. IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS IT HAS DEVOTED MUCH ATTENTION TO A NUMBER OF ISSUES AFFECTING THE WELL-BEING OF ITS PEOPLE, SUCH AS TRAFFIC, RECREATION AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES, AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS.

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NOTE TO EDITORSi

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PRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CAMERAMEN ASSIGNED TO COVER THE ARRIVAL AT KAI TAK OF HONG KONG’S NEW GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE AND LADY YOUDE ON THURSDAY (MAY 20) ARE ADVISED TO ASSEMBLE IN THE PRESS ROOM ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE AIRPORT TERMINAL BUILDING NOT LATER THAN 2 PM ON THAT DAY.

AS STATED PREVIOUSLY, SIR EDWARD AND LADY YOUDE WILL BE MET BY THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE AND LADY HADDON-CAVE, THE CHIEF JUSTICE SIR DENYS ROBERTS, THE COMMANDER BRITISH FORCES, MAJOR-GENERAL JOHN CHAPPLE AND MRS CHAPPLE, SIR SZE-YUEN CHUNG, SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, MR ROGER LOBO, SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, AND MRS LOBO.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES COVERING THE PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE AIRPORT ARE REQUESTED TO BE IN THE V.I.P. PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM BY 2.50 PM. ONLY THOSE REPRESENTATIVES ISSUED WITH LAPEL BADGES FOR THE PURPOSE WILL BE ADMITTED. ONCE THE CONFERENCE HAS STARTED, NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED ENTRY.

THE GOVERNOR IS DUE TO ARRIVE AT KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT 3.50 PM. DURING THE CROSSING TO QUEEN’S PIER SIR EDWARD WILL ACKNOWLEDGE A 17-GUN SALUTE FIRED BY H.M.S. TAMAR. THERE WILL ALSO BE A FLY PAST OF FIXED WING AIRCRAFT AND HELICOPTERS AS WELL AS A DISPLAY-BY THE FIREBOAT ^ALEXANDER GRANTHAM+. STILL PRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS ASSIGNED TO COVER THE CROSSING FROM THE PRESS BOATS ARE ADVISED TO ASSEMBLE OUTSIDE THE MAIN GATE OF H.M.S. TAMAR AT 3.15 PM. LATE COMERS WILL NOT BE ADMITTED.

PRESS REPRESENTATIVES COVERING THE ARRIVAL AT QUEEN’S PIER ARE ADVISED TO BE IN POSITION BY 3.45 PM AS THE GOVERNOR IS DUE THERE AT 4 PM. SIR EDWARD WILL RECEIVE A ROYAL SALUTE AND INSPECT THE GUARD OF HONOUR. HE WILL RETURN TO THE DAIS TO RECEIVE A SECOND ROYAL SALUTE. SOME 300 LEADING MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WILL THEN BE INTRODUCED TO THE GOVERNOR AND LADY YOUDE. AFTER INTRODUCTION, THE GUESTS WILL MAKE THEIR WAY INTO THE CITY HALL CONCERT HALL. THE GOVERNOR AND LADY YOUDE WILL LEAVE EDINBURGH PLACE AT 4.25 PM FOR GOVERNMENT HOUSE.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES COVERING THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONY, WHICH WILL BE WITNESSED BY SOME 1 400 PEOPLE, SHOULD ASSEMBLE IN THE FOYER OF THE CITY HALL BY 4.15 PM FROM WHERE THEY WILL BE LED TO THE PRESS POSITIONS IN THE CONCERT HALL.

MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL WILL BE ENTERING THE CONCERT HALL AT ABOUT 4.50 PM AND SIR EDWARD YOUDE WILL ARRIVE AT 5 PM. DURING THE CEREMONY, THE CHIEF JUSTICE WILL ADMINISTER THE THREE OATHS TO THE GOVERNOR WHO WILL SIGN AFTER TAKING THEM.

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ADDRESSES OF WELCOME WILL BE GIVEN BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY AND BY SIR S.Y. CHUNG.

THE GOVERNOR WILL REPLY.

FULL DETAILS OF THE CEREMONY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO NEWSMEN BEFORE THE CEREMONY.

AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE CEREMONY AT ABOUT 5.35 PM SIR EDWARD YOUDE, THE CHIEF JUSTICE, SIR DENYS ROBERTS, AND LADY YOUDE WILL LEAVE FOLLOWED BY MEMBERS OF EXECUTIVE COUNCIL. THE GOVERNOR AND LADY YOUDE WILL THEN RETURN TO GOVERNMENT HOUSE.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES COVERING THE CEREMONY IN THE CONCERT HALL ARE REQUESTED TO BE CIRCUMSPECT IN THEIR DRESS AS IT IS A FORMAL OCCASION FOR THE INVITED GUESTS.

EDITORS ARE ADVISED THAT LAPEL BADGES FOR MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM THE GIS PRESS ROOM, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, 6TH FLOOR, QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

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CHANGES IN GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT ANNOUNCED

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THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT IN DECEMBER THIS YEAR M* LEWIS DAVIES WILL BE RETIRING FROM THE POST OF SECRETARY FOR SECURITY AFTER SERVING IN IT FOR EIGHT YEARS.

SECURITY

K SUCCEEDED AS SECRETARY FOR SECURITY BY MR DAVID vtArrntSON*

FC™™?rPi«?ir«0BS W,LL SUCCEED MR JEAFERESON AS SECRETARY FOR CUUNUrilU OtnVILto.

FOLLOWING HIS RETIREMENT FROM THE POST OF SECRETARY FOR SECURITY AT THE AGE OF 60, MR DAVIES WILL TAKE OVER AS COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS FROM MR PETER LEE. MR LEE WILL BE RETIRING AT THE AGE OF 66 AFTER 31 YEARS OF CROWN SERVICE. KtilRING AT THE

DAVIES JOINED THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE IN GHANA IN 1948 AETER SERVING IN THE WESTERN PACIFIC HIGH COMMISSION, HE WAS APpOINTED DEPUTY GOVERNOR IN THE BAHAMAS IN 1970. HE HAS BEEN SECRETARY FOR SECURITY IN HONG KONG SINCE 1974.

IU JOINED THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE IN HONG KONG

1* AND 18 N0W AGED 50. MUCH OF HIS EARLIER SERVICE WAS

THE C0MMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT. HE WAS APPOINTED °EpUYY PINANC,AL SECRETARY IN 1972 AND SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC ®ERY’CES IN 1976, HE W,LL AS8UME DUTY AS SECRETARY FOR SECURITY IN NOVEMBER.

lr_ MR JACOBS JOINED THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT AS A LEGAL ASSISTANT IN 1962. HE IS AGED 49. HE BECAME REGISTRAR GENERAL IN 1976 AND HAS ACTED AS SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS. HE WILL TAKE OVER FROM MR JEAFFRESON IN SEPTEMBER.

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THIRD CAREERS INFORMATION CENTRE OPENED

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EMPLOYERS AND SCHOOL AUTHORITIES WERE URGED TODAY (TUESDAY) BY MISS MARIA TAM WAI-CHU, AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE a)UNCIL TO CONTINUE SUPPORTING THE VARIOUS CAREERS ACTIVITIES ORGANISED FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.

MISS TAM WAS SPEAKING WHEN SHE OPENED THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S THIRD CAREERS INFORMATION CENTRE AT THE FAR EAST BANK BUILDING, THIRD FLOOR, 135 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

MISS TAM SAID THAT THE NEW CENTRE, WITH ITS REFERENCE LIBRARY FILMS, SLIDES AND OTHER FACILITIES, WAS AN IMPORTANT ADDITION TO THE TWO EXISTING FACILITIES SITUATED IN THE URBAN AREAS.

AT ALL THE CENTRES, YOUNG PEOPLE CAN BROWSE THROUGH BOOKS OR MAKE USE OF THE VARIOUS AUDIO-VISUAL FACILITIES OR TALK WITH THE STAFF TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE WORLD OF WORK.

MISS TAM SAID THAT THE CENTRES WERE THE RIGHT PLACES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO START EXPLORING THEIR CAREER PROSPECTS.

♦BUT TO ENSURE THAT EVERY ONE OF THEM CAN MAKE A MEANINGFUL CHOICE OF HIS OR HER CAREER, JOINT EFFORTS BY SCHOOLS AND EMPLOYERS ARE ESSENTIAL,♦ SHE ADDED.

MISS TAM SAID THAT IN THE PREVIOUS SCHOOL YEAR, WITH THE CO-OPERATION OF SCHOOLS AND ENTHUSIASTIC SUPPORT FROM EMPLOYERS, THE YOUTH. EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE (OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT! WAS ABLE TO REACH OUT TO SOME 200 000 YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGH THE ORGANISATION OF A WIDE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES, SUCH AS SCHOOL TALKS CAREERS CONVENTIONS AND EXHIBITIONS.

STRESSING THAT THIS WAS NOT ENOUGH, SHE SAIDi +1 WISH THEREFORE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO APPEAL TO SCHOOL AUTHORITIES AND EMPLOYERS FOR THEIR CONTINUED SUPPORT FOR THE VARIOUS CAREERS ACTIVITIES TO BE ORGANISED FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR YOUNGER GENERATION.♦

EARLIER, IN HIS OPENING REMARKS, THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, DR JAMES HAYES, POINTED OUT THAT THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE AIMED AT ESTABLISHING IN DUE COURSE A NETWORK OF CAREERS INFORMATION CENTRES EASILY ACCESSIBLE TO ALL YOUNG PEOPLE.

THE TWO EXISTING CENTRES - ONE IN HENNESSY CENTRE IN CAUSEWAY BAY AND THE OTHER IN THE MA TAU KOK GOVERNMENT OFFICES IN TO KWA WAN - HAVE BEEN PROVIDING SERVICES FOR SOME 20 000 YOUNG PEOPLE EVERY YEAR.

APART FROM OTHER PURPOSES, THE TSUEN WAN CENTRE WOULD BE A BASE FOR OFFICERS OF THE SERVICE TO REACH OUT TO SCHOOLS AND OTHER AGENCIES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES IN OFFERING CAREERS SERVICES.

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TAI PO AND TSUEN WAN TREE PLANTING DAYS ft ft * ft ft

MORE THAN 250 SCHOOL CHILDREN AND LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS IN TAI PO AND TSUEN WAN WILL HELP LAUNCH TREE PLANTING PROGRAMMES IN THE NEW TOWNS ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY (MAY 21 AND 22).

ON FRIDAY. 100 STUDENTS AND RURAL REPRESENTATIVES WILL PLANT EVERGREEN TREES AT AN OPEN SPACE OPPOSITE THE TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING AT TING KOK ROAD.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (NORTH REGION) OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR BOWEN LEUNG, WILL OFFICIATE AT A CEREMONY, MARKING THE TAI PO DISTRICT TREE PLANTING DAY.

ALSO TAKING PART IN THE EVENT WILL BE THE DISTRICT OFFICER OF TAI PO, MR LO KAR-CHUN, THE CHAIRMAN OF TAI PO RURAL COMMITTEE, bR CHEUNG WAI-LUM, THE CHAIRMAN OF SAI KUNG NORTH RURAL COMMITTEE, MR LAM PAK-PING, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT AND WORKS SUB-COMMITTEE OF TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD, MR CHEUNG HON-KAU, AND THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER OF TAI PO, MR LAU PEI-PING.

ON SATURDAY, SOME 150 STUDENTS FROM 15 LOCAL SCHOOLS WILL LAUNCH TSUEN WAN TREE PLANTING DAY AT LIDO BEACH, PLANTING 200 EVERGREEN TREES AT THE HINTERLAND OF THE BEACH TO BRING MORE SHELTER FOR BATHERS.

THE DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR DAVID DOWDING, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT SUB-COMMITTEE OF TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD, MR HO TZE-PING, THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER OF TSUEN WAN, MR CHAN YIU-CHEUNG, AND MEMBERS OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD WILL OFFICIATE AT THE TREE PLANTING CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE TREE PLANTING DAYS. THE TAI PO EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE AT AN OPEN SPACE OPPOSITE THE TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING AT 10 AM ON FRIDAY (MAY 21) AND THE TSUEN WAN FUNCTION WILL BE HELD AT LIDO BEACH, 11.5 MILESTONE, CASTLE PEAK ROAD, AT 10 AM ON SATURDAY (MAY 22).

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AGENCIES REMINDED TO APPLY FOR SUBVENTION FOR ADULT COURSES * * * *

NON-PROFIT-MAKING VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS WISHING TO RUN EDUCATION COURSES OR ACTIVITIES FOR ADULTS IN 1982/83 ARE REMINDED THAT THEY CAN APPLY FOR GOVERNMENT SUBVENTION.

THE SUBVENTION SCHEME IS ONE OF THE MEASURES CONTAINED IN THE 1978 WHITE PAPER ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF SENIOR SECONDARY AND TERTIARY EDUCATION.

SUITABLE COURSES FOR SUBVENTION INCLUDE I THOSE DESIGNED TO IMPROVE BASIC LITERACY IN CHINESE, GENERAL EDUCATION FOR PARTICULAR GROUPS SUCH AS

FACTORY WORKERS AND FISHERFOLKS, RE-ORIENTATION AND CANTONESE FOR NEWCOMERS FROM

OTHER PARTS OF ASIA

SOCIAL AND MORAL EDUCATION, ACTIVITIES IN GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS NOT COVERED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S SERVICES

LABOUR EDUCATION, PREVOCATIONAL TRAINING, SPECIAL EDUCATION, PRE-RETIREMENT AND RETIREMENT EDUCATION, ADULT EDUCATION COURSES AND ACTIVITIES, AND

JOB-ORIENTED COURSES.

IN ADDITION TO HELPING TO MEET THE COSTS OF STAFF AND BASIC EQUIPMENT. THE SUBVENTION CAN BE USED TO COVER THE FOLLOWING AREASi

A) ANNUAL SALARY FOR CENTRE ADMINISTRATORS (EQUIVALENT TO THAT FOR AN ADULT EDUCATION PART-TIME SUPERVISOR IN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT),

B) BASIC OFFICE EQUIPMENT, WHERE APPLICABLE,

C) A SUM OF $500 PER QUARTER TO COVER THE COST OF TELEPHONE, WATER AND ELECTRICITY CHARGES ON A SHARING BASIS, AND

D) HIRE CHARGES FOR ACCOMMODATION AT THE EXISTING GOVERNMENT RATE.

INTERESTED ORGANISATIONS WISHING TO APPLY FOR SUBVENTION CAN OBTAIN APPLICATION FORMS IN PERSON OR BY POST FROM THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, MA TAU KOK GOVERNMENT OFFICES AT 1 MA TAU KOK ROAD, 4TH FLOOR, KOWLOON.

ALL APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION BEFORE MAY 31.

ENQUIRIES CONCERNING THE MATTER CAN BE MADE ON 3-7133285.

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DB MEMBERS TOUR WAN CHAI

ROAD OBSTRUCTIONS, HAWKING ACTIVITIES AND THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF THE WAN CHAI RECLAMATION AREA WERE THE MAIN AREAS OF INTEREST FOR THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WHEN THEY TOURED THE DISTRICT THIS (TUESDAY) MORNING.

TODAY'S VISIT WAS TO ENABLE THE BOARD MEMBERS TO HAVE A CLOSER LOOK AT MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS AND DISTRICT PROBLEMS.

ACCOMPANIED BY WAN CHAI CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER, MR TONY CLARK AND WAN CHAI CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, MR TONY COOPER, MEMBERS FIRST WENT TO TAI HANG AND LOOKED AT THE OBSTRUCTIONS CAUSED BY ILLEGAL PARKING AND EXTENSIONS IN THE AREA.

LATER, THEY WENT TO HAVEN STREET, A PRIVATE STREET, TO SEE THE OBSTRUCTIONS CAUSED BY SHOPS NEARBY AND THE MANAGEMENT PROBLEM.

MEMBERS THEN PROCEEDED TO THE ROOF-TOP OF CAUSEWAY CENTRE AND HAD A BIRD’S EYE-VIEW OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF WAN CHAI RECLAMATION AREA.

THEY WERE TOLD THAT APART FROM PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT, THE RECLAMATION AREA WOULD HAVE A GOVERNMENT COMPLEX, MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK, URBAN COUNCIL RECREATIONAL FACILITIES, THE ACADEMY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT, WATER WORKS DEPOT AND POLICE HEADQUARTERS.

FINALLY, THE MEMBERS WENT TO THE SIDE-STREETS NEAR SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND AND SAW HAWKING ACTIVITIES AT CROSS STREET, TAI WO STREET, TAI YUEN STREET AND WAN CHAI ROAD.

TAKING PART IN THE VISIT WERE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, MESSRS CHU WING-KEE, HO FOOK-CHU, HO YUK-WING, LEE KON, LEE WAN-YUEN, LO WAI-MAN AND NG SAI-YING, AND URBAN COUNCIL’S REPRESENTATIVE ON THE DISTRICT BOARD, MR HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, AS WELL AS OFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE BOARD.

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SALT WATER CUT * * *

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF AREAS IN EAST KOWLOON WILL BE CUT OFF FOR TWELVE HOURS ON FRIDAY (MAY 21) FROM 10 AM TO 10 PM FOR MAINTENANCE WORK.

AREAS AFFECTED ARE LAM TIN, KWUN TONG, SAU MAU PING, NGAU TAU KOK, HAMMER HILL ESTATE AND SAN PO KONG.

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ACTORY OPERATORS WARNED ABOUT DANGER OF EXPLOSION X X X

PROPRIETORS AND OPERATORS OF PLASTIC FACTORIES WERE WARNED TODAY (TUESDAY) BY A SPOKESMAN OF THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE DIVISION OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT ABOUT THE DANGERS IN RE-GENERATING PLASTICS FROM USED OR REJECTED PLASTIC ARTICLES AND MATERIALS.

THE WARNING WAS GIVEN FOLLOWING AN EXPLOSION AND FIRE IN A TSING Yl ISLAND PLASTIC FACTORY YESTERDAY IN WHICH SEVEN WORKERS WERE INJURED.

STRESSING THAT USED OR REJECTED PLASTIC CONTAINERS SHOULD BE HANDLED WITH ABSOLUTE CARE, HE SAIDi +PROPRIETORS AND OPERATORS IN THIS TYPE OF INDUSTRY SHOULD ENSURE THAT ALL PLASTIC CONTAINERS WHICH MAY HAVE CONTAINED FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS OR LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY CLEANSED TO GET RID OF ANY RESIDUAL LIQUID OR GAS BEFORE THEY ARE BROKEN AND RE-EXTRUDED BY MACHINES TO FORM PLASTIC GRANULES.♦

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT RESIDUAL FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS OR GAS WHEN RELEASED IN SUFFICIENT QUANTITY AND MIXED WITH AIR COULD FORM A FLAMMABLE ATMOSPHERE AND COULD CAUSE AN EXPLOSION AND FIRE WHEN IGNITED.

ANYONE NEEDING ADVICE CAN CONTACT THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE DIVISION OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

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A FURTHER LIST OF COMMON JURORS WILL BE POSTED ON THE NOTICE BOARD OF THE SUPREME COURT BUILDING ON MONDAY (MAY 24), THE REGISTRAR OF THE SUPREME COURT, MR NICHOLAS JOHN BARNETT ANNOUNCED.

THE LIST WILL REMAIN POSTED FOR 14 DAYS DURING WHICH PERIOD ANY PERSON MAY APPLY BY NOTICE IN WRITING TO THE REGISTRAR REQUIRING THAT HIS NAME OR THE NAME OF SOME OTHER PERSON BE POSTED OR REMOVED UPON CAUSE DULY ASSIGNED IN SUCH NOTICE.

THE REGISTRAR SHALL IN HIS DISCRETION, POST OR REMOVE SUCH NAME ACCORDINGLY AND SHALL IF NECESSARY ALTER THE LIST.

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TUESDAY, MAY 18, 1982

FEE ASSISTANCE SCHEME FOR PRE-PRIMARY SERVICES * * * X

DETAILS OF A FEE ASSISTANCE SCHEME FOR PARENTS WHO HAVE CHILDREN ATTENDING KINDERGARTENS OR CHILD CARE CENTRES WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD AT 3 PM ON FRIDAY (MAY 21) AT THE GIS THEATRE, 5TH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

IN ATTENDANCE WILL BE MR K.J. WOODHOUSE, PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY, EDUCATION BRANCH; MRS ELIZABETH BOSHER, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE (DEVELOPMENT); MRS KATHERINE SHIN, SENIOR SOCIAL WORK OFFICER (DEVELOPMENT)? MR T.C. LEE, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (SCHOOLS); AND MRS SARETTA KAM, SENIOR INSPECTOR (KINDERGARTEN), EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

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LAST UP TRAIN TO TERMINATE AT SHEUNG SHUI STATION ******

T*E KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT IN ORDER TO ENGINEERING WORKS, THE LAST UP TRAIN TO LO WU * 'LL TERMINATE AT SHEUNG SHUI STATION INSTEAD OF LO WU STATION DURING THE NEXT FOUR DAYS STARTING TOMORROW (MAY 19)“

A KCR SPOKESMAN SAID THE ENGINEERING WORKS WILL RE riocicn OUT BETWEEN THE TWO STATIONS AND FORM AN INTEGRAL PART OF tSe FULL ELECTR,FICAT|0N SCHEDULED TO BE COMPETED

ANNOUNCEMENTS WILL BE MADE AT ALL STATIONS TO inform PASSENGERS ABOUT THE SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES

BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING: SIX BILLS PASSED ............................................. 1

SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE TRUST FUND SET UP .................... 1

ASSISTANCE FOR INSURANCE POLICY HOLDERS ................... 2

UNIVERSITIES REVIEW ENTRY REQUIREMENTS .................... 4

ICAC NEEDS PEOPLE'S SUPPORT, LOBO SAYS .................... 4

TWO NEW KCR STATIONS ...................................... 5

MOVE TO CONTROL TRIAD INFILTRATION ........................ 6

EVALUATION OF TRUCKING INDUSTRY PLANNED ................... 7

SECURITY IN SQUATTER AREAS ................................ 8

MORE HOUSING AUTHORITY FLAT' ED-FACTORY UNITS ............. 9

MONITORING PROGRESS OF PUBLIC WORKS ....................... 9

AIRPORT TUNNEL ........................................... 10

FIRE SERVICES (AMENDMENT) BILL ........................... 11

NEW TRUNK ROAD TO LINK NEW TOWNS ......................... 12

EXPORT CREDIT INSURANCE CORPN GETS SUPPORT ............... 1J

ROAD MAINTENANCE WORKS DONE DURING OFF-PEAK HOURS ........ 14

BUILDINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL ............................... 15

PROPOSALS TO REVAMP SPECIAL AND RESOURCE CLASSES.......... 17

EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE WAGE CEILING RAISED ................. 17

ROBBERIES WITH FIREARMS .................................. 18

ALTERNATIVE PASSENGER MOVING SYSTEMS ..................... 19

REVIEW OF OPEN C.J4PS MANAGEMENT ......................... 19

MAINTENANCE OF BUILDINGS ................................. 20

PERMITTED RENTS OF PREWAR PREMISES RAISED ................ 20

DUTIABLE COMMODITIES (AMENDMENT) BILL .................... 22

MTR LOAN GUARANTEE APPROVED .............................. 22

CO-OPERATIVE HOUSING SOCIETIES ........................... 2J

COMPUTE1’ COMPONENTS ARE BIG EXPORT ITEMS ................... 24

SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD TO HOLD 5TH MEETING ................. 24

WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, 1982

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SIX BILLS PASSED * * *

SIX BILLS WERE PASSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THEY ARE THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, THE OFFENCES AGAINST THE PERSON (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, THE SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE TRUST FUND BILL 1982, THE FIRE SERVICES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, THE PENSIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, AND THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982.

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SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE TRUST FUND SET UP * * * *

THE SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE TRUST FUND BILL 1982. WHICH PROVIDES FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A TRUST FUND TO COMMEMORATE SIR MURRAY’S DISTINGUISHED GOVERNORSHIP, WAS PASSED INTO LAW TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON DENIS BRAY SAID THE FUND WOULD BE A PERPETUAL ONE, ESTABLISHED BY PUBLIC DONATION AND UNDER THE TRUST OF THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS INCORPORATED.

HE NOTED THAT THE FUND DID NOT REFER TO ANY SPECIFIC SOCIAL AREA BECAUSE ALL SOCIAL SERVICES WERE ALREADY SO COMPREHENSIVELY COVERED BY GOVERNMENT PROGRAMMES THAT A CHARITABLE FUND OF THAT KIND COULD NOT FINANCE A SIGNIFICANT ADDITIONAL SERVICE.

♦INSTEAD, SIR MURRAY THOUGHT IT WOULD HAVE THE GREATEST IMPACT IF IT COULD ASSIST WORTHY PROJECTS OR ACTIVITIES WHICH COULD NOT BE FINANCED IN ANY OTHER WAY.

♦THE OBJECT OF THE FUND IS THEREFORE STATED IN THE BROADEST TERMS — TO BE USED FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG AS THE GOVERNOR OF THE DAY MAY PERSONALLY DECIDE,♦ HE SAID.

THE FUND WAS A CHARITABLE TRUST UNDER THE INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE AND WAS THEREFORE EXEMPTED FROM TAX, AND DONATIONS V£RE TAX DEDUCTIBLE, HE SAID.

MR BRAY SAID THAT SIR MURRAY APPRECIATED THIS KIND GESTURE AND HAD AGREED TO THE USE OF HIS NAME IN THE TITLE.

A TOTAL OF $21.5 MILLION HAD SO FAR BEEN PLEDGED, HE SAID.

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL ON BEHALF OF ALL THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS, MR ROGER LOBO SAID HE BELIEVED THE ESTABLISHMENT OF SUCH A PERMANENT FUND WAS A MOST APPROPRIATE WAY TO COMMEMORATE SIR MURRAY’S DISTINGUISHED TERM OF OFFICE.

♦WHILST UMELCO WAS PRIVILEGED TO LAUNCH THE IDEA, I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE GENEROUS SUPPORT GIVEN TO THE FUND BY ITS DISTINGUISHED FUND RAISING COMMITTEE AND BY THE GENERAL PUBLIC AT LARGE,♦ HE SAID.

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ASSISTANCE FOR INSURANCE POLICY HOLDERS * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT HAS ACCEPTED THAT HOLDERS OF INSURANCE POLICIES FALL INTO THE CATEGORY OF THOSE CONSUMERS WHO BECAUSE OF CIRCUMSTANCES CLEARLY CANNOT PROTECT THEMSELVES AND NEED GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION TO ASSIST THEM, THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON DAVID JEAFFRESON TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE INSURANCE COMPANIES BILL 1982, JEAFFRESON EXPLAINED THAT UNLIKE MOST CONSUMERS, POLICY HOLDERS WERE NOT BUYING SOMETHING TANGIBLE FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY.

♦THEY ARE PAYING FOR AN ADVANTAGE INVISIBLE AT THE TIME OF PURCHASE AND FOR DELIVERY AT SOME TIME IN THE FUTURE. IN SOME INSTANCES BEYOND THEIR OWN LIFE TIME. WHAT ARE FOR THEM FAIRLY LARGE SUMS OF MONEY MAY BE INVOLVED. THEY NEED TO BE ABLE TO SATISFY THEMSELVES THAT THE COMPANIES WITH WHICH THEY INSURE ARE LIKELY TO BE IN A POSITION TO DELIVER WHEN THE TIME COMES,* HE SAID.

MR JEAFFRESON SAID ANOTHER REASON FOR THE GOVERNMENT'S MOVE TO REGULATE THE INDUSTRY WAS A RECOMMENDATION BY THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON DIVERSIFICATION.

THE COMMITTEE HAD NOTED THAT A CERTAIN LEVEL OF PRUDENTIAL SUPERVISION WAS NECESSARY AND FEARED THAT UNSCRUPULOUS FINANCIAL OPERATORS MIGHT BE TEMPTED TO MOVE INTO THE INSURANCE FIELD AS PRUDENTIAL REGULATION IN THE FIELD OF BANKING, DEPOSIT-TAKING AND THE STOCK MARKET HAD INCREASED.

MR JEAFFRESON LISTED THE PURPOSES OF THE BILL WHICH WEREi

M TO RESTRICT THE CARRYING ON OF INSURANCE BUSINESS TO AUTHORISED COMPANIES, LLOYD’S, AND CERTAIN UNDERWRITERS APPROVED BY THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL;

M TO FIX THE MINIMUM FINANCIAL STANDARDS REQUIRED OF INSURANCE COMPANIES BEFORE THEY CAN BE CONSIDERED FOR AUTHORISATION,

M TO IMPROVE THE SECURITY OF LONG TERM POLICY HOLDERS -PRINCIPALLY LIFE POLICY HOLDERS;

X TO REQUIRE ALL INSURANCE COMPANIES TO SUBMIT FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION TO THE INSURANCE AUTHORITY ON AN ANNUAL BASIS;

M TO EMPOWER THE INSURANCE AUTHORITY TO INTERVENE IN THE CONDUCT OF THE BUSINESS OF INSURANCE COMPANIES IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES; AND

* TO PROVIDE THAT ANY PERSON WHO THE INSURANCE AUTHORITY CONSIDERS NOT TO BE A FIT AND PROPER PERSON TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH AN AUTHORISED INSURANCE COMPANY, WILL NOT ACQUIRE A POSITION OF INFLUENCE IN RELATION TO SUCH A COMPANY.

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0I4 THE REQUIREMENT FOR REPORTING OF FINANCIAL INFORMATION WHICH WAS OPPOSED BY A MINORITY WITHIN THE INDUSTRY, MR JEAFFRESON SAID WE GOVERNMENT HAD IN RESPONSE GONE AS FAR AS IT THOUGHT IT COULD TO REDUCE THE BURDEN WITHOUT SERIOUSLY AFFECTING THE ABILITY OF THE INSURANCE AUTHORITY TO CARRY OUT HIS CONTINUOUS SUPERVISION.

THE REQUIREMENT FOR PRODUCTION OF A COPY OF THE COMPANY’S ACCOUNTS TO BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC EXISTS IN OTHER JURISDICTIONS AND INDIVIDUAL COMPANIES IN NO WAY APPEARED TO HAVE SUFFERED, HE ADDED.

REPLYING TO THE CRITICISM THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD DEALT WITH THE POWER OF INTERVENTION OF THE INSURANCE AUTHORITY IN TOO MUCH DETAIL, MR JEAFFRESON SAID, +OUR ANSWER IS THAT, SO THAT ALL CONCERNED KNOW WHERE THEY STAND, POWERS OF INTERVENTION AND THE CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH THEY CAN BE USED, NEED TO BE CLEARLY SPELT OUT.*

CONCERN HAS BEEN EXPRESSED WHICH SUBJECT COMPANIES ALREADY AUTHORISATION PROCESS WITHIN 18

ABOUT THE TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS WRITING BUSINESS TO A SECOND MONTHS.

♦THIS IS SO. BUT IT WILL NOT BE ONEROUS,♦ MR JEAFFRESON SAID.

AS TO THE CRITICISM THAT THE BILL DOES NOT DEAL WITH BROKERS, W JEAFFRESON ACKNOWLEDGED THAT IT WAS VALID, BUT EXPLAINED THAT THE BILL TACKLED ONLY THE BASIC PROBLEM OF THE INSURANCE MARKET, THE FINANCIAL STRENGTH OF THE INSURERS THEMSELVES, AND DID NOT DIRECTLY REGULATE BROKERS OR INTERMEDIARIES, THE PROBLEM OF WHICH WILL BE DEALT WITH SEPARATELY.

THE BILL HOWEVER DOES AT LEAST PROVIDE THAT IT IS AN OFFENCE FOR ANYONE TO MAKE MISLEADING OR DECEPTIVE STATEMENTS TO POTENTIAL POLICY HOLDERS.

♦PROBABLY THIS DOES NOT GO FAR ENOUGH TO KEEP BROKERS UNDER CONTROL. BUT A SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE LAW REFORM COMMITTEE IS LOOKING INTO THE WHOLE QUESTION OF BROKERS. WE AWAIT THE OUTCOME OF THEIR DELIBERATIONS,* HE SAID.

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THE UNIVERSITIES RECOGNISE PUBLIC CONCERN ABOUT EXAMINATION ARRANGEMENTS FOR ENTRY TO THEIR INSTITUTIONS AND ARE CONSIDERING HOW MATTERS MIGHT BE IMPROVED, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION, THE HON K.W.J. TOPLEY, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE REV THE HON JOYCE BENNETT, WHO ASKED WHETHER GOVERNMENT WOULD TAKE STEPS TO UNIFY THE SYLLABUSES AT FORM SIX AND RATIONALISE ENTRY TO THE UNIVERSITIES TO HELP THE SCHOOLS AND STUDENTS AND TO SAVE PUBLIC MONEYS.

MR TOPLEY SAID COMPETITION TO ENTER BOTH OF THE UNIVERSITIES AND THE POLYTECHNIC WAS KEEN AND HE AGREED THAT UNIFIED ARRANGEMENTS AT THE SIXTH FORM LEVEL COULD RELIEVE PRESSURE ON STUDENTS.

♦ANY SCHEME OF UNIFICATION, HOWEVER, WOULD HAVE SUBSTANTIAL REPERCUSSIONS ON SECONDARY SCHOOLS AS WELL AS ON THE TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS THEMSELVES,♦ MR TOPLEY SAID.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE THREE INSTITUTIONS WERE AUTONOMOUS BODIES AND DETERMINED THEIR OWN ENTRY REQUIREMENTS, AND CHANGES TO PUBLIC EXAMINATION ARRANGEMENTS WOULD HAVE TO BE MADE IN CONSULTATION WITH THEM.

MR TOPLEY ADDED, HOWEVER, THAT THIS MATTER WAS ALSO EXAMINED BY THE PANEL OF VISITORS CONDUCTING THE OVERALL REVIEW OF EDUCATION IN HONG KONG AND SAIDi *IT WOULD SEEM WISE, THEREFORE, TO CONSIDER ANY FRESH PROPOSALS IN THIS FIELD IN THE LIGHT OF THE PANEL’S FINAL REPORT WHICH IS EXPECTED TOWARDS THE END OF THIS YEAR.+

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THE SUPPORT OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG IS ESSENTIAL FOR THE SUCCESS OF THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION’S EFFORT, MR ROGER LOBO SAID TODAY.

SPEAKING AT THE TABLING OF THE ICAC ANNUAL REPORT FOR 1981 AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR LOBO SAID ABOUT TWO-THIRDS OF ALL THE PEOPLE WHO REPORTED CORRUPTION DURING THE YEAR GAVE THEIR NAMES AND ADDRESSES.

™MM.tlLI^ELC?URASE T0 MAKE REpORTS ABOUT CORRUPTION AND THE COMMISSIONER OF ICAC FEELS THAT THIS WILLINGNESS IS A SIGNIFICANT DEMONSTRATION OF PUBLIC CONFIDENCE,* HE SAID.

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IE SAID THE MAJORITY OF HONG KONG PEOPLE DID NOT HAVE TO ACCEP' CORRUPTION AS A DAY-TO-DAY OCCURRENCE. +BUT CORRUPTION IS STILL much IN EVIDENCE AS SHOWN BY THE RECORD NUMBER OF REPORTS ABOUT CORRUPTION RECEIVED DURING 1981,* HE SAID.

THE NUMBER OF PERSONS PROSECUTED AND PERSONS CONVICTED FOR CORRUPTION OR ALLIED OFFENCES - AT 509 AND 358 RESPECTIVELY - WERE ALSO THE HIGHEST FIGURES RECORDED SINCE THE COMMISSION WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1976.

♦ALTHOUGH IT CAN BE ARGUED THAT STATISTICS DO NOT PROVIDE A TRUE INDEX OF THE STATE OF CORRUPTION, AND OF THE SUCCESS OF THE FORCES COMBATING IT, THE FEEDBACK OBTAINED FROM THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG DURING NEARLY 10 000 MEETINGS AND DISCUSSIONS ORGANISED BY THE COMMUNITY RELATIONS DEPARTMENT WAS CERTAINLY REASSURING,* HE ADDED.

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TWO NEW KCR STATIONS * * *

TWO NEW STATIONS TO SERVE COMMUNITIES IN TAI WAI AND FO TAN IN. ADD IT ION TO THE SHA TIN STATION, ARE INCLUDED IN THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY MODERN ISATION/ELECTRIFICATION PROGRAMME, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON ALAN SCOTT, SAID TODAY AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

♦CONSTRUCTION WORK ON THE PERMANENT TAI WAI STATION WILL BEGIN IN JULY NEXT YEAR, AFTER COMPLETION OF A TEMPORARY ALIGNMENT FOR RAILWAY TRAFFIC, WHICH IS NECESSARY SO THAT BUILDING CAN BE CARRIED OUT WITHOUT INTERFERENCE TO SERVICES,♦ « SAID, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON CHEUNG YAN-LUNG.

IT WILL TAKE TWO YEARS TO COMPLETE.

HOWEVER, IT WAS ALSO INTENDED THAT A TEMPORARY STATION BE BUILT AT TAI WAI TO COPE WITH THE POPULATION GROWTH AND THE INTRODUCTION OF THE FULL ELECTRIFIED SERVICE TO LO WU IN MID-1983.

A PROPOSAL AND REQUEST FOR FUNDS WOULD SHORTLY BE SUBMITTED TO THE FINANCE COMMITTEE, AND IT WAS HOPED THE STATION COULD BE READY FOR USE BY THE BEGINNING OF NEXT YEAR, HE SAID.

WORK ON THE FO TAN STATION IS DUE TO START IN JANUARY NEXT YEAR AND BE COMPLETED BY JULY 1984 AND WILL NOT INTERRUPT SERVICES.

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MOVE TO CONTROL TRIAD INFILTRATION ft ft ft ft

THE SOCIETIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, IF PASSED INTO LAW, ■lL GIVE THE REGISTRAR OF SOCIETIES AN EFFECTIVE MEANS OF CONTROLLING AN UNDESIRABLE TREND OF INFILTRATION OF MARTIAL ARTS ASSOCIATIONS BY TRIAD SOCIETIES, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON JOHN GRIFFITHS SAIR TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, MR GRIFFITHS EXPLAINED THAT THE BILL AROSE FROM CONTINUED AND INCREASING CONCERN THAT TRIAD SOCIETIES HAD FOUND A CONVENIENT FRONT IN SOME MARTIAL ARTS SOCIETIES FOR THE PROMOTION OF ORGANISED CRIME.

HE ACKNOWLEDGED THAT MARTIAL ARTS ARE AN ACCEPTABLE RECREATIONAL AND SPORTING ACTIVITY, BUT SAID THE INSTRUCTORS OR THE ORGANISERS OF A SUBSTANTIAL PROPORTION OF MARTIAL ARTS ASSOCIATIONS HAD CONNECTIONS WITH TRIAD-RELATED OFFENCES.

THE PRESENT SOCIETIES ORDINANCE, ALTHOUGH GENERALLY EFFECTIVE, WAS DEFICIENT IN CERTAIN AREAS AND SOME MARTIAL ARTS SOCIETIES COULD EVADE CONTROLS BY REGISTERING AS ♦BUSINESS* UNDER THE BUSINESS REGISTRATION ORDINANCE, HE SAID.

♦NO SUCH LEGISLATION EXISTS WITH RESPECT TO A MARTIAL ARTS ASSOCIATION OF NOT MORE THAN 20 PERSONS WHICH REGISTERS UNDER THE BUSINESS REGISTRATION ORDINANCE (CHAPTER 310) AS A REGISTERED BUS INESS,+ HE SAID.

♦ACCORDINGLY, IT IS STILL POSSIBLE FOR A SMALL TRIAD-CONNECTED MARTIAL ARTS ASSOCIATION TO EXEMPT ITSELF FROM CONTROL UNDER THE SOCIETIES ORDINANCE.+

CITING FROM A POLICE SURVEY IN 1980, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL POINTED OUT THAT OF THE 625 KNOWN MARTIAL ARTS ASSOCIATIONS, 95 WERE REGISTERED AS BUSINESSES UNDER THE BUSINESS REGISTRATION ORDINANCE.

♦THIS BILL WILL REMOVE THAT AVOIDANCE TECHNIQUE,+ HE SAID.

THE BILL ALSO GIVES THE REGISTRAR OF SOCIETIES NEW POWERS SO THAT HE MAY CONTROL THOSE SOCIETIES WHERE UNDESIRABLE CRIMINAL ELEMENTS ARE OFFICE-BEARERS OR MEMBERS.

♦HE IS ALSO EMPOWERED EITHER TO REFUSE TO REGISTER, TO REFUSE TO EXEMPT FROM REGISTRATION, OR, IN AN APPROPRIATE CASE, TO DE-REGISTER A SOCIETY IF HE FINDS AN OFFICE-BEARER HAS BEEN CONVICTED OF AN OFFENCE OF SUCH SERIOUSNESS AS TO RENDER HIM UNFIT TO HOLD OFF ICE,+ MR GRIFFITHS SAID.

HOWEVER, HE ASSURED REPUTABLE SOCIETIES THAT THEY HAD NOTHING TO FEAR AND THAT THE PURPOSE OF THE LEGISLATION WAS TO CONTROL AND REGULATE SOCIETIES ONLY WHERE THERE WAS EVIDENCE OF UNDESIRABLE OR CRIMINAL INFLUENCES.

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rVALUATION OF TRUCKING INDUSTRY PLANNED *****

THE CONTINUED RATE OF INCREASE OF GOODS VEHICLES AT MORE THAN 11 PER CENT ANNUALLY COULD NOT BE UNCRITICALLY ACCEPTED, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON ALAN SCOTT, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

♦THE TIME HAS COME FOR AN EVALUATION OF THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY TO ENSURE OPTIMUM EFFICIENCY BOTH AS REGARDS THEIR USE OF ROADS AND THE NEEDS OF INDUSTRY,* HE ADDED.

MR SCOTT WAS SPEAKING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN REPLY TO THE HON STEPHEN CHEONG WHO ASKED HOW THE NEEDS OF INDUSTRY WOULD BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION IN THE CONTEXT OF DEVELOPING AN OVERALL TRANSPORT POLICY ESPECIALLY WITH REGARD TO MOVEMENT OF FREIGHT BY ROAD.

MR SCOTT SAID GOVERNMENT’S OVERALL TRANSPORT POLICY WAS BASED ON THE 1979 WHITE PAPER — +KEEPING HONG KONG MOVING* — WHICH RECOGNISED THAT GOODS VEHICLES PLAYED A CRUCIAL ECONOMIC ROLE, BUT WHICH ALSO FORESAW THE PROBABILITY THAT THEIR RATE OF GROWTH WOULD HAVE TO BE REDUCED BECAUSE OF THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO ROAD CONGESTION.

THERE WERE NOW ABOUT 65 OOO GOODS VEHICLES IN HONG KONG, ONE-FIFTH OF ALL VEHICLES ON THE ROADS.

♦THIS IS A VERY HIGH PROPORTION BY INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS, BUT THERE ARE GOOD REASONS WHY HONG KONG SHOULD BE UNUSUAL IN THIS RESPECT,♦ HE SAID.

♦THE RATE OF INCREASE HAS EXCEEDED 11 PER CENT ANNUALLY DURING THE LAST FIVE YEARS, COMPARED WITH OVER 13 PER CENT FOR PRIVATE VEHICLES. THIS CAN, I THINK, BE TAKEN TO MEAN THAT THE INDUSTRY IS THRIVING.*

MR SCOTT SAID THERE WERE SEVERAL WAYS IN WHICH THE NEEDS OF INDUSTRY WERE ASCERTAINED OR MADE KNOWN TO GOVERNMENT. FOR EXAMPLE, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAD REGULAR MEETINGS WITH THE GOODS VEHICLE FLEET OWNERS ASSOCIATION, AND THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES.

THERE WERE ALSO THE CONTAINER PORT EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, AND THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

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EXPERIMENTAL MEASURES WERE BEING ADOPTED TO PROVIDE FOR SHORTTERM ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS IN SQUATTER AREAS, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON LEWIS DAVIES SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THE PROVISION OF UTILITIES. STREET LIGHTING AND ADEQUATE ACCESS ROUTES SHOULD IMPROVE THE GENERAL SECURITY AND ORDERLINESS OF THESE AREAS AND IN TURN GIVE THEIR RESIDENTS A BETTER SENSE OF PHYSICAL SECURITY, HE SAID.

MR DAVIES WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON CHARLES YEUNG ON THE RECENT INCIDENT INVOLVING POLICE OFFICERS AND A GROUP OF VILLAGERS AT NGAU CHI WAN VILLAGE.

ON MAY 3, POLICE OFFICERS ARRESTED A SUSPECTED ROBBER IN THE AREA IN RESPONSE TO A HUE AND CRY. SUBSEQUENTLY THEY HAD TO PROTECT THE SUSPECT FROM A HOSTILE CROWD OF -VILLAGERS.

MR DAVIES SAID POLICE INVESTIGATIONS INDICATED THAT THE ARRESTED SUSPECT WAS PROBABLY KNOWN TO SOME OF THE VILLAGERS AS A PERSON CHARGED AND RELEASED ON BAIL ON THE SAME DAY IN CONNECTION WITH ANOTHER CHARGE OF BURGLARY.

♦THIS KNOWLEDGE MAY HAVE SPARKED OFF THE INCIDENT,* HE SAID.

THE UNDERLYING REASONS, HE ADDED, MIGHT HAVE BEEN A HIGH LOCAL CRIME RATE IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1981-82 AND INCREASED LOCAL POPULATION AS A RESULT OF RECENT SQUATTER DEVELOPMENT AROUND THE VILLAGE WHICH MIGHT HAVE PROVIDED ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES.

MR DAVIES SAID NEWLY-ARRIVED RESIDENTS OF THESE SQUATTER AREAS LACKING UNDERSTANDING OF HONG KONG'S LAW AND SYSTEM OF JUSTICE, OR LONGER TERM RESIDENTS EXASPERATED AT THE INCIDENCE OF LOCAL CRIME MIGHT HAVE SPONTANEOUSLY SOUGHT TO TAKE THE LAW INTO THEIR OWN HANDS.

STEPS ARE NOW BEING TAKEN TO DISCOURAGE THE RECURRENCE OF SUCH DISORDERLY INCIDENTS BY MAINTAINING POLICE BEAT PATROLS IN THE AREA OVER A FULL 24 HOURS PERIOD, AUGMENTED BY CID, PTU AND AUXILIARY POLICE PATROLS WHENEVER OPERATIONAL COMMITMENTS PERMIT.

♦GOOD RELATIONS ARE MAINTAINED BETWEEN VARIOUS MUTUAL AID AND VILLAGE COMMITTEES, THE POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICE AND THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE OF WONG TAI SIN, AND EFFORTS TO FOSTER IMPROVED UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN RESIDENTS AND THE POLICE WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THESE ESTABLISHED CHANNELS,+ HE SAID.

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THERE WILL BE A GOOD SUPPLY FROM THIS YEAR ONWARDS OF HOUSING AUTHORITY FLATTED-FACTORY UNITS IN KOWLOON AND THE MAJOR NEW TOWNS.

AND THREE OF THE FOUR EXISTING TEMPORARY INDUSTRIAL AREAS WILL BE CLEARED THIS YEAR, WITH THE FACTORIES BEING RE-ACCOMMODATED IN NEWLY-BUILT FLATTED-FACTORY BUILDINGS NEARBY.

THIS WAS SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY BY THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, MR DONALD LIAO, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY MR WONG PO-YAN ABOUT THE CURRENT SITUATION AND THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY CONCERNING TEMPORARY INDUSTRIAL AREAS.

MR LIAO SAID THESE AREAS WERE ESTABLISHED ABOUT THREE YEARS AGO FOR THE REPROVISIONING OF FACTORIES DISPLACED BY DEVELOPMENT CLEARANCES AS AN INTERIM MEASURE PENDING THE BUILDING BY THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF ADDITIONAL FLATTED-FACTOR IES.

AT PRESENT, HE SAID, THERE WERE 181 SEPARATE INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS IN FOUR SUCH AREAS, THEIR AVERAGE SIZE BEING ABOUT 63 SQUARE METRES.

HE ADDEDi +THE ONLY ANTICIPATED DEMAND FOR TEMPORARY INDUSTRIAL AREA SPAC£ IS IN ABERDEEN WHERE IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO REPROVISION IN THE PO CHONG WAN TEMPORARY INDUSTRIAL AREA SOME 25 MARINE ENGINE REPAIR WORKSHOPS, WHICH PROVIDE AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE TO THE PORT, AND WHICH HAVE TO BE CLEARED FOR THE ABERDEEN HARBOUR RECLAMATION PROJECT.

♦THESE WORKSHOPS WILL EVENTUALLY MOVE TO A NEW FLATTED-FACTORY WHICH IS TO BE BUILT ON AP LEI CHAU, AND WHICH WILL INCLUDE ACCOMMODATION ESPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR THESE SPECIALISED WORKSHOPS, IN EARLY 1986.♦

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IT HAS FOR LONG BEEN THE GOVERNMENT’S PRACTICE TO MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF WORK ON PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS BY REFERENCE TO CONTRACT COMPLETION DATES, THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON HENRY CHING SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON WONG LAM ON HOW MANY OF THE PROJECTS COSTING 550 MILLION OR MORE FAILED TO MEET THEIR TARGET COMPLETION DATES, MR CHING EXPLAINED THAT THE CONTRACT COMPLETION DATE WAS, IN EFFECT, NO MORE THAN A REFERENCE POINT FOR THE PURPOSE OF APPLICATION OF THE TERMS OF THE CONTRACT.

IT TAKES NO ACCOUNT OF UNFORESEEN OR UNFORESEEABLE FACTORS. SUCH AS ADVERSE GEOTECHNICAL CONDITIONS OR INCLEMENT WEATHER.* HE SAID.

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‘EXTENSIONS OF TIME ARE PROPERLY GRANTED WITHIN THE TERMS OF A CONTRACT WHERE VALID REASONS EXIST. NOT SURPRISINGLY, THE -A2GER THE VALUE OF THE CONTRACT, AND THE LONGER THE CONTRACT ERIOD, THE GREATER THE POSSIBILITY THAT THE ORIGINAL CONTRACT OMPLETION DATE WILL NOT BE MET.*

MR CHING POINTED OUT THAT A COMPLETION DATE FOR A PROJECT AS A WHOLE HAD SELDOM BEEN PRE-DETERMINED WITH ANY PRECISION.

IT HAS BEEN THE PRACTICE TO ESTABLISH SUCH A DATE ONLY WHERE IT HAS BEEN IMPERATIVE TO ENSURE THE COMPLETION OF A PROJECT BY A GIVEN DEADLINE,* HE ADDED.

HE SAID THE NEED TO MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF PROJECTS, AS DISTINCT FROM CONTRACTS, MORE CLOSELY HAD BEEN RECOGNISED.

THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A SYSTEM FOR IMPROVED PROJECT MANAGEMENT IS ONE OF THE SPECIFIC TASKS IDENTIFIED FOR THE NEWLY ESTABLISHED LANDS AND WORKS BRANCH, AND SUCH A SYSTEM IS NOW BEING SET UP.+

MR CHING SAID 56 CONTRACTS WERE DUE FOR COMPLETION IN 1980—81 RELATING TO 34 LARGE PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS. ONLY TWO OF THESE 56 CONTRACTS HAD A VALUE IN EXCESS OF $50 MILLION EACH, AND NEITHER WAS COMPLETED BY THE CONTRACT COMPLETION DATE.

IN 1981-82, 58 CONTRACTS WERE DUE FOR COMPLETION RELATING TO 39 LARGE PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS. OF THESE 58 CONTRACTS, FIVE HAD A VALUE IN EXCESS OF $50 MILLION EACH AND ALL FIVE HAD NOT BEEN COMPLETED BY THEIR CONTRACT COMPLETION DATES.

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THE OPENING OF THE FIRST TUBE OF THE AIRPORT TUNNEL TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC SHOULD BE POSSIBLE BY THE END OF NEXT MONTH, THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON DAVID MCDONALD SAID TODAY.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY REV THE HON JOYCE BENNETT IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, HE SAID THAT THE OPENING OF THE SECOND TUBE OF THE TUNNEL WAS STILL SCHEDULED FOR THE END OF THIS YEAR.

MR MCDONALD RECALLED THAT IN ANSWER TO A QUESTION BY MISS BENNETT IN MAY LAST YEAR, IT WAS SAID THAT ONE TUBE OF THE TUNNEL WOULD BE OPENED TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR AND THE OPENING OF THE SECOND TUBE WAS EXPECTED TO BE AT THE END OF THIS YEAR.

HOWEVER, HE SAID, IT WAS POINTED OUT AT THAT TIME THAT THE MOST CRITICAL PROBLEM WHICH COULD AFFECT THE TUNNEL OPENING DATE WAS THE SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF THE SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM.

HE ADDED, +AS IT TURNED OUT POOR PROGRESS BY THE OVERSEAS MANUFACTURER OF THE TRAFFIC CONTROL AND SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM DID CAUSE DELAY.♦

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FIRE SERVICES (AMENDMENT) BILL

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A BILL WHICH SEEKS TO INCREASE THE PENALTIES THAT MAY BE MPOSED ON THOSE WHO IGNORE FIRE HAZARD ABATEMENT NOTICES AND *OERS WAS PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WITH AN AMENDMENT TODAY.

THE AMENDMENT INVOLVED THE DELETION OF A CLAUSE WHICH EMPOWERED A MAGISTRATE, AFTER HEARING A COMPLAINT BY THE DIRECTOR CF FIRE SERVICES, TO MAKE A CLOSING ORDER ON PREMISES WHERE A FIRE HAZARD HAD ARISEN.

SPEAKING AT THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE FIRE SERVICES (AMENDMENT) BILL, MR S.L. CHEN, CONVENOR OF A GROUP OF UNOFFICIALS SET UP TO STUDY THE BILL, EXPRESSED CONCERN THAT IF THIS CLAUSE WERE ENACTED, IT COULD LEAD TO THE MISUSE OF SUCH AUTHORITY.

SAID MR CHENi +THIS CLOSING ORDER WHICH PROHIBITS SUCH USE OF PREMISES AS IS SPECIFIED IN THE ORDER, IS THE SEVEREST FORM OF FIRE HAZARD ORDER WHICH CAN BE IMPOSED UNDER THE ORDINANCE.

♦IT WAS, FURTHERMORE, APPARENT FROM THE DISCUSSIONS THAT WHERE THE DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES BELIEVES THAT, IN ORDER TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY, CLOSURE OF PREMISES FOR A PARTICULAR USE IS VITAL ON GROUNDS NOT COVERED BY THE EXISTING PROVISIONS CF THE ORDINANCE, OTHER AVENUES OF ACTION ARE AVAILABLE TO HIM.+

HOWEVER, HE ADDED, SUBSECTION 9(6) OF THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE WHICH CURRENTLY LIMITS THE POWER TO ISSUE A CLOSING ORDER TO CERTAIN CLEARLY DEFINED CIRCUMSTANCES WOULD BE RETAINED.

MR CHEN ALSO MADE A PLEA ON BEHALF OF FACTORY OWNERS AND OPERATORS THAT THE GOVERNMENT, WHEN PROPOSING REGULATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS UNDER THE SEVERAL ORDINANCES WHICH AFFECT INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITIES, SHOULD HAVE SOME REGARD FOR THE CUMULATIVE EFFECT OF SUCH REQUIREMENTS.

THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON LEWIS DAVIES, AGREED TO DELETE THE CLAUSE FOR THE TIME BEING AND SAID THE SITUATION WOULD BE MONITORED IN THE LIGHT OF EXPERIENCE WITH THE HIGHER LEVEL OF FINES.

HE ADDED, HOWEVER, THAT IF FUTURE CIRCUMSTANCES SHOW THAT SOME CHANGES TO THIS PROVISION ARE NEEDED, +WE SHALL HAVE TO CONSIDER THIS IN THE LIGHT OF THE SITUATION THEN OBTAINING.+

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE CLAUSE HAD ORIGINALLY BEEN PUT IN BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT CONSIDERED THAT IN THE INTERESTS OF PUBLIC SAFETY THERE WAS A CASE FOR EXTENDING THE RESTRICTION SO THAT IN CONSIDERING THE ISSUE OF A CLOSING ORDER, A MAGISTRATE WOULD NOT BE LIMITED TO THE STRUCTURAL CHARACTER OR THE LOCATION OF THE PREMISES ALONE.

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THE NEW TOWNS OF TAI PO AND FANLING/SHEK WU HUI WILL BE LINKED TO SHA TIN IN THE SOUTH AND YUEN LONG IN THE WEST BY a SIX-LANE TRUNK ROAD, PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD.

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, THE HON IAN MACPHERSON, SAID THIS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY IN REPLY TO THE HON CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, WHO ASKED ABOUT THE PLANNING AND PROVISION OF TRANSPORT FACILITIES IN THE TWO AREAS IN VIEW OF THE PROJECTED POPULATION GROWTH.

MR MACPHERSON SAID WORK ON THE SECTION BETWEEN SHA TIN AND TAI PO HAD ALREADY BEGUN AND WORK ON THE REMAINING SECTION WOULD START LATER THIS YEAR.

♦THE WHOLE ROAD IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF 1984. THE TRUNK ROAD IS COMPLEMENTED BY A SERIES OF SECONDARY DISTRIBUTOR ROADS IN THE AREA.*

TOUCHING ON ELECTRIC TRAIN SERVICES, HE SAID WORK ON THE DOUBLE-TRACKING AND ELECTRIFICATION OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY WAS CONTINUING.

HE EXPECTED THAT ELECTRIFIED TRAIN SERVICES WOULD BE EXTENDED TO TA I PO IN SPRING 1983 AND TO FANLING/SHEK WU HUI A FEW MONTHS LATER.

♦TRAIN FREQUENCIES WILL BE FOUR PER HOUR OFF PEAK AND EIGHT PER HOUR DURING BUSY PERIODS. THE TRAINS WILL BE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE SOME 20 000 PEOPLE PER HOUR AND CAPACITY CAN BE INCREASED TO DOUBLE THIS.

♦THE RAILWAY WILL OPERATE FOR 16 HOURS A DAY, THAT IS, 320 000 PEOPLE CAN MAKE USE OF THE SERVICES EACH DAY.+

MR MACPHERSON SAID THAT NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT PLANS MADE PROVISION FOR ROADS, BUS TERMINI AND DEPOTS TO ALLOW FOR THE EFFICIENT OPERATION OF PUBLIC BUS SERVICES.

THE PROPOSALS REGARDING BUS ROUTES IN THE AREAS WERE CONTAINED IN THE ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME WHICH THE DISTRICT BOARDS WOULD HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT ON.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THERE WERE 59 DOUBLE-DECK AND 34 SINGLE-DECK BUSES OPERATING IN THE EXISTING 11 ROUTES SERVING THESE AREAS. THE LATTER WERE BEING REPLACED BY DOUBLE-DECKERS AND THE FREQUENCIES WERE BEING INCREASED.

FIFTY-SIX ADDITIONAL DOUBLE-DECKERS WOULD BE ALLOCATED DURING THE SECOND HALF OF THIS YEAR, A FURTHER 15 IN 1983 AND 13 IN 1984.

A PROGRAMME TO PROVIDE SHELTERS AT BUS STOPS, BOTH EXISTING AND PLANNED, HAD BEEN AGREED ON, HE SAID.

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'HE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) APPROVED A MOTION 0 INCREASE THE MAXIMUM CONTINGENT LIABILITY OF THE EXPORT CREDIT 1SURANCE CORPORATION FROM $2 500 MILLION TO $3 000 MILLION.

IN MOVING THE MOTION FOR APPROVAL, THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON HENRY CHING, SAID THAT SINCE THE LAST INCREASE IN MAY 1980, THE CORPORATION’S LIABILITY UNDER CONTRACTS OF INSURANCE HAD RISEN BY $424 MILLION, AND AT THE END OF APRIL 1982, IT STOOD AT $2 358 MILLION.

MR CHING SAID THE CORPORATION’S CONTINGENT LIABILITIES WERE INCREASING AT THE RATE OF APPROXIMATELY $50 MILLION PER QUARTER. ♦BUT THE RATE OF INCREASE COULD BE HIGHER IF, FOR EXAMPLE, THE CORPORATION ISSUES LARGE MEDIUM-TERM POLICIES,* HE SAID.

IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES, HE SAID, THE CORPORATION’S ADVISORY BOARD CONSIDERED THAT THE EXISTING STATUTORY LIMIT MIGHT BE REACHED SHORTLY AND HAD ADVISED THAT THE MAXIMUM CONTINGENT LIABILITY SHOULD BE INCREASED TO $3 000 MILLION.

♦FAILURE TO RAISE THE LIMIT COULD RESULT IN THE CORPORATION HAVING TO TURN AWAY FURTHER BUSINESS,♦ MR CHING ADDED.

EARLIER, THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON DAVID JEAFFRESON, IN TABLING THE CORPORATION’S REPORT FOR 1980-81, SAID THE CORPORATION HAD MADE STEADY PROGRESS DURING THE YEAR AND HAD ACHIEVED AN INSURED TURNOVER OF $3 507 MILLION, A SLIGHT INCREASE OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

PREMIUM INCOME INCREASED BY 12 PER CENT TO REACH $18 MILLION AND THE SMALL UNDERWRITING DEFICIT FOR 1979-80 WAS TURNED INTO A SMALL SURPLUS. DURING THE YEAR, THE CORPORATION ALSO SERVICED 1 113 POLICIES AND THIS HAD SINCE INCREASED TO 1 209.

♦WITH THIS INCREASE IN BUSINESS, LIABILITY NOW STANDS AT $2 358 MILLION COMPARED WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S GUARANTEE OF $2 500 MILL ION,+ MR JEAFFRESON SAID.

THE CORPORATION’S INSURED EXPORTS FORMED ABOUT FIVE PER CENT OF HONG KONG’S TOTAL EXPORTS, COVERING MOSTLY TEXTILES.

ON THE RISKS SIDE, MR JEAFFRESON SAID FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, THERE HAD BEEN INCREASING CLAIMS PAYABLE. IN 1980-81, CLOSE TO $13 MILLION WAS REQUIRED TO MEET AND TO PROVIDE FOR CLAIMS. THIS REPRESENTED 75 PER CENT OF GROSS PREMIUM INCOME AND WAS AN IMPROVEMENT OVER 84 PER CENT FOR THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

IN HIS SPEECH. MR JEAFFRESON ALSO PAID TRIBUTE TO THE COMMISSIONER AND STAFF OF THE CORPORATION. HE SAID THE VALUE OF EXPORTS INSURED BY THE CORPORATION SINCE 1975-76 HAD INCREASED BY 120 PER CENT.

♦THE CORPORATION HAS NOW ACCUMULATED AN UNDERWRITING SURPLUS OF $6.1 MILLION. THE SIZE OF THIS SURPLUS INDICATES THAT THE CORPORATION HAS BEEN ABLE TO STRIKE A PRUDENT BALANCE BETWEEN EXPANSION OF BUSINESS AND EXPOSURE TO RISKS,+ HE SAID.

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MAINTENANCE WORKS DONE DURING OFF-PEAK HOURS *****

HIGHWAYS MAINTENANCE WORKS HAD LARGELY BEEN RE-SCHEDULED 1 OFF-^EAK HOURS TO AVOID CONFLICT WITH TRAFFIC, THE SECRETARY OR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON DAVID MCDONALD, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON ANDREW SO, MR MCDONALD SAID THAT NIGHT WORKING WAS ALSO UNDERTAKEN ON SOME TRUNK ROADS WHERE TRAFFIC CONGESTION WAS PREVALENT THROUGHOUT NORMAL WORKING HOURS AND WHERE NO RESIDENTIAL AREAS WOULD BE DISTURBED BY THE NOISE OF THE OPERATIONS.

IN ADDITION, HE SAID, THE INTRODUCTION OF NEW PLANT SUCH AS ROAD PLANERS AND ASPHALT PAVERS HAD ALLOWED A HIGHER DEGREE OF MECHANISATION AND HAD SPEEDED UP THE PROCESS OF RE-SURFACING AND OTHER PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE.

♦REQUESTS FOR ROAD OPENINGS FOR THE LAYING AND SERVICING OF UNDERGROUND CABLES AND PIPES ARE PROCESSED AT MONTHLY MEETINGS HELD IN THE THREE HIGHWAYS OFFICE DISTRICTS OF HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES,* MR MCDONALD SAID.

♦WHENEVER POSSIBLE THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE VARIOUS UTILITY ORGANISATIONS ARE CO-ORDINATED TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF OPENINGS TO A MINIMUM AND TO DETERMINE THE CONDITIONS FOR TRAFFIC DIVERSIONS AND THE WORKING PROGRAMMES FOR TRENCH WORKS.♦

REPLYING TO ANOTHER QUESTION FROM THE HON K.C. CHAN ABOUT THE RULES GOVERNING THE USE OF PUBLIC PAVEMENTS BY BUILDING AND PUBLIC UTILITY CONTRACTORS, MR MCDONALD SAID THAT REQUESTS FOR PERMISSION TO ERECT HOARDINGS AND COVERED WALKWAYS ON PUBLIC PAVEMENTS WERE SUBMITTED TOGETHER WITH PLANS TO THE BUILDINGS AUTHORITY.

HE SAID. ♦IF THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS SATISFIED THAT THE PROPOSALS ARE ADEQUATE TO ENSURE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY AND CONVENIENCE A PERMIT IS ISSUED.

♦REGISTERED CONTRACTORS ARE REQUIRED TO ERECT SUCH HOARDINGS IN STRICT ACCORDANCE WITH THE APPROVED PLANS AND TO MAINTAIN THEM IN GOOD REPAIR.

♦SPOT CHECKS ARE MADE BY BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE STAFF TO ENSURE THAT THE HOARDINGS ARE PROPERLY MA INTA I NED.+

MR MCDONALD POINTED OUT THAT FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH ANY REQUIREMENT WOULD RESULT IN THE BUILDING AUTHORITY CARRYING OUT THE NECESSARY WORK AND RECOVERING THE COST FROM THE DEFAULTER.

AS TO THE REQUESTS BY PUBLIC UTILITY COMPANIES FOR PERMISSION TO LAY SERVICE CABLES AND PIPES IN TRENCHES EXCAVATED IN PUBLIC PAVEMENTS AND FOOTPATHS, HE SAID, THESE REQUESTS WERE SUBMITTED TO THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE GIVING DETAILS OF THE NATURE AND LIKELY DURATION OF THE WORKS.

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♦EACH PERMIT ISSUED BY THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE CONTAINS STRINGENT CONDITIONS COVERING THE METHOD OF EXCAVATION, PROPER GUARDING AND LIGHTING, NECESSARY PEDESTRIAN AND VEHICULAR TRAFFIC DIVERSIONS AND THE REINSTATEMENT OF PAVEMENT SURFACES.♦ HE SAID.

♦ALL SUCH EXCAVATION WORKS ARE INSPECTED ON A WEEKLY BASIS BY HIGHWAYS OFFICE TECHNICAL STAFF AND CONTRAVENTION OF THE STATED CONDITIONS WOULD RESULT IN CANCELLATION OF THE PERMIT AND POSSIBLE PROSECUT ION.♦

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BUILDINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL * * * *

THE BUILDINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, DESIGNED TO IMPROVE CONTROL OF THE BUILDING OPERATIONS IN THE MID-LEVELS AREA TO SAFEGUARD THE STABILITY OF SLOPES, HAD ITS SECOND READING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, MR DAVID MCDONALD SAID, +BUILDING DEVELOPMENT IN MID-LEVELS AREA IS AT PRESENT RESTRICTED BY VIRTUE OF THE TEMPORARY RESTRICTION OF BUILDING DEVELOPMENT (MID-LEVELS) ORDINANCE ENACTED IN MAY 1979.

HE SAID THAT THIS STATUTORY MORATORIUM WAS ENACTED FOR A PERIOD UP TO DECEMBER 31, 1981 FOR A DETAILED GEOTECHNICAL STUDY TO BE CARRIED OUT TO ESTABLISH WHAT RESTRICTIONS AND CONTROLS WERE NEEDED FOR FUTURE BUILDING WORKS IN THE AREA.

IT WAS SUBSEQUENTLY EXTENDED UNTIL JULY 31, 1982, TO ENABLE THE PRESENT BILL TO BE PREPARED, TOGETHER WITH SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION.

MR MCDONALD POINTED OUT THAT GROUNDWATER CONDITIONS HAD A MOST IMPORTANT EFFECT ON THE STABILITY OF A SLOPE AND CLAUSE 8 OF THE BILL CONCERNED GROUNDWATER DRAINAGE WORKS.

HE SAID, +THE BUILDING AUTHORITY SHOULD THEREFORE BE ABLE TO REQUIRE THAT FOR ANY NEW CONSTRUCTION ADEQUATE DRAINAGE IS PROVIDED TO ENSURE THAT THE SLOPES CONCERNED HAVE AN ADEQUATE MARGIN OF SAFETY.

♦IN SOME CIRCUMSTANCES AND IN THE INTERESTS OF THE STABILITY OF THE NEIGHBOURHOOD THE DRAINAGE WORKS MAY NEED TO EXTEND INTO ADJOINING LAND, FOR EXAMPLE, BY DRILLING SOME SMALL DIAMETER HORIZONTAL DRAINS BENEATH THE ADJOINING PROPERTY.+

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IN ORDER TO SAFEGUARD THE INTERESTS OF OWNERS OF ADJOINING PROPERTY INTO WHICH SUCH DRAINAGE WORKS ENCROACH, MR MCDONALD ADDED, "HE CLAUSE PROVIDED FOR GIVING THEM NOTICE, FOR THE MAKING OF OBJECTIONS AND FOR COMPENSATION FOR LOSS OR DAMAGE.

MR MCDONALD SAID THAT UNRESTRICTED BULK EXCAVATION FOR BASEMENTS AND CUTTINGS GENERALLY LED TO AN EXCESSIVE REDUCTION IN THE SUPPORT OF A SLOPE.

SO, TO MINIMISE THE CUMULATIVE ADVERSE EFFECTS IN A SERIES OF ADJOINING SITES ON THE STABILITY OF A HILLSIDE, HE ADDED, A LIMIT WOULD BE IMPOSED ON THE PERMITTED DEPTH OF BULK EXCAVATION.

HE SAID, +THIS WILL BE DONE BY AMENDING THE BUILDING (CONSTRUCTION) REGULATIONS TO PROVIDE THAT BULK EXCAVATION IS NOT TO BE CARRIED OUT IN THE MID-LEVELS AREA BELOW LEVELS TO BE DETERMINED BY THE BUILDING AUTHORITY.

♦DEMOLITION AND EXCAVATION WORKS IN THE MID-LEVELS WHICH MAY IMPAIR STABILITY WILL NEED TO BE DESIGNED BY ENGINEERS, AND DETAILED PLANS FOR SUCH WORKS WILL HAVE TO BE SUBMITTED BY THE AUTHORISED PERSON TO THE BUILDING AUTHORITY FOR APPROVAL.

♦FOR THIS PURPOSE A DEMOLITION WORKS PLAN WILL BE PRESCRIBED UNDER THE BUILDING (ADMINISTRATION) REGULATIONS.♦

MR MCDONALD SAID THAT OWNERS OF LOTS WITHIN THE SCHEDULED AREA UNDER THE BILL BUT OUTSIDE THE AREA OF THE STATUTORY MORATORIUM WOULD BE SUBJECT TO THE NEW GEOTECHNICAL CONTROLS PROVIDED FOR IN THE BILL AND REGULATIONS.

HE ADDED THAT UNDER CLAUSE 13 OF THE BILL PLANS FOR BUILDING WORKS IN THE SCHEDULED AREA SUBMITTED BUT NOT APPROVED BEFORE THE ORDINANCE CAME INTO FORCE, EVEN IF SUBMITTED FOR APPROVAL BEFORE THEN, WERE NOT TO BE APPROVED UNLESS THEY COMPLIED WITH THE NEW REQUIREMENTS.

HE SAID, +AS THE BILL AND THE AMENDING REGULATIONS WILL CONSTITUTE THE WHOLE PACKAGE OF LEGISLATION TO ENABLE THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TO IMPLEMENT THE PROPOSED CONTROLS, IT IS INTENDED THAT THE REGULATIONS SHOULD COME INTO FORCE AT THE SAME TIME AS THE BILL.

♦AND AT THE SAME TIME AS THE BILL COMES INTO FORCE, THE STATUTORY MORATORIUM WILL BE REPEALED. +

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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=>OPOSALS TO REVAMP SPECIAL AND RESOURCE CLASSES * * * * *

A COMPREHENSIVE SURVEY CONDUCTED LAST YEAR HAS RESULTED IN A NUMBER Or RECOMMENDATIONS FOR REORGANISING SPECIAL AND RESOURCE CLASSES IN SCHOOLS, THE HON COLVYN HAYE, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION SAID TODAY IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING.

+A PAPER ON THIS SUBJECT WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE REHABILITATION DEVELOPMENT COORDINATING COMMITTEE AT ITS NEXT MEETING ON JUNE 7,* HE SAID.

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON K.C. CHAN AS TO HOW MANY VACANCIES THERE WERE IN SPECIAL CLASSES IN AIDED SCHOOLS AND WHAT ACTION WAS BEING TAKEN BY GOVERNMENT TO FILL THESE VACANCIES.

THERE WERE 1 460 VACANCIES IN SPECIAL CLASSES IN AIDED SCHOOLS AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAD TAKEN A NUMBER OF POSITIVE STEPS TO FILL THEM, HE SAID.

A GROUP TESTING PROGRAMME CONDUCTED ANNUALLY IDENTIFIED CHILDREN REQUIRING SPECIAL EDUCATION PROVISION, AND THESE CHILDREN *£RE REFERRED TO SCHOOLS WITH VACANCIES IN SPECIAL CLASSES, W HAYE SAID.

MEETINGS WERE HELD WITH HEADS OF ORDINARY SCHOOLS TO LET THEM KNOW WHICH SCHOOLS IN THEIR IMMEDIATE VICINITY HAD VACANCIES IN SPECIAL CLASSES FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS, HE SAID.

♦PARENTS OF HANDICAPPED CHILDREN ARE GIVEN INDIVIDUAL COUNSELLING TO HELP THEM UNDERSTAND THE SPECIAL NEEDS OF THEIR CHILDREN,* HE SAID.

THERE WAS ALSO REGULAR PUBLICITY ON THIS SERVICE IN THE FORM OF PAMPHLETS AND LEAFLETS DISTRIBUTED FROM DISTRICT OFFICES, OTHER GOVERNMENT OFFICES, AND SPECIAL EDUCATION CENTRES EXPLAINING THE SPECIAL FACILITIES AVAILABLE FOR CHILDREN WITH LEARNING DIFFICULTIES.

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WAGE CEILING RAISED FROM $6 000 TO $7 500 M M M * M

THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE WILL NOW APPLY TO NON-MANUAL EMPLOYEES EARNING NOT MORE THAN $7 500 A MONTH INSTEAD OF 36 000.

A RESOLUTION TO RAISE THE WAGE CEILING TO $7 500 WAS APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN MOVING THE RESOLUTION MADE UNDER THE ORDINANCE, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, THE HON J.N. HENDERSON, RECALLED THAT AT THE LAST REVISION OF THE WAGE CEILING IN JANUARY 1981, HE INFORMED THE COUNCIL THAT THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD HAD ADVISED THAT THE CEILING SHOULD BE REVIEWED ANNUALLY AND THAT ACTION SHOULD BE TAKEN TO REVISE IT IF THERE WAS A CLEAR NEED.

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. REVIEW MADE IN FEBRUARY 1982 INDICATED THAT THE MONTHLY *AG . .E'.'EL OF $6 OOO IN SEPTEMBER 1980 WOULD BE EQUIVALENT TO AROUMD $7 500 IN MARCH 1982. IT WAS THEREFORE PROPOSED TO RAISE THE WAGE CEILING FOR NON-MANUAL EMPLOYEES COVERED BY THE ORDINANCE FROM $6 000 TO $7 500.

MR HENDERSON ADDED THAT IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT AFTER THE REVISION ABOUT 40 300 EMPLOYEES, AMOUNTING TO ABOUT TWO PER CENT - THE TOTAL NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES, WOULD REMAIN OUTSIDE THE SCOPE OF THE ORDINANCE - SIMILAR TO THE POSITION WHEN THE CEILING WAS LAST REVISED.

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ROBBERIES WITH FIREARMS MUI

IN THE 12-MONTH PERIOD ENDING APRIL 30, THERE WERE 280 REPORTED CASES OF ROBBERIES INVOLVING REAL OR IMITATION FIREARMS IN 1982, COMPARED WITH 212 SUCH CASES IN 1981, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON LEWIS DAVIES SAID TODAY IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

OF THESE CASES, 29 IN 1982 AND 30 IN 1981 WERE KNOWN TO HAVE INVOLVED THE USE OF REAL FIREARMS, EITHER BECAUSE THE WEAPON WAS SEIZED OR BECAUSE THERE WAS EVIDENCE THAT A BULLET OR PROJECTILE HAD BEEN DISCHARGED, HE SAID.

IN HIS REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON HO KAM-FAI, MR DAVIES ALSO SAID THAT IN THE YEAR ENDING APRIL 30, 27 CASES OF ROBBERIES INVOLVING REAL OR IMITATION FIREARMS WERE DETECTED BY THE POLICE (A DETECTION RATE OF 9.6 PER CENT) BUT OF THESE, 11 CASES WERE DETECTED IN WHICH REAL FIREARMS WERE USED (A RATE OF 40 PER CENT).

FOR THE PREVIOUS 12 MONTHS, THE COMPARABLE FIGURES WERE 35 DETECTED CASES INVOLVING REAL OR IMITATION FIREARMS (A RATE OF 16.5 PER CENT) OF WHICH 12 WERE REAL FIREARMS (A RATE OF 40 PER CENT).

DURING THE YEAR 1980/81, THE SENTENCES IMPOSED BY THE HIGH COURT UPON THOSE CONVICTED OF ARMED ROBBERY AVERAGED BETWEEN SEVEN AND EIGHT YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT. THIS WAS INCREASED TO A LEVEL OF 10 YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT OR MORE DURING 1981/82.

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ALTERNATIVE PASSENGER MOVING SYSTEMS * * * *

’KE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO APPOINT CONSULTANTS IN THE NEAR "UTJRE TO INVESTIGATE THE FEASIBILITY OF ALTERNATIVE PASSENGER OVING SYSTEMS TO CONNECT THE MID-LEVELS AREAS WITH THE CENTRAL DISTRICT, THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON DAVID MCDONALD, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

MR MCDONALD WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON STEPHEN CHEONG.

HE POINTED OUT THAT AN ITEM FOR THE ENGAGEMENT OF CONSULTANTS HAD BEEN INCLUDED IN THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME AND THE POSSIBLE ALTERNATIVES WOULD INCLUDE A MOVING BELT SYSTEM.

THE INVESTIGATION IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY SEPTEMBER NEXT YEAR, HE SAID.

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REVIEW OF OPEN CAMPS MANAGEMENT * * *

THE DIVISION OF RESPONSIBILITIES IN OPEN CAMPS FOR VIETNAMESE REFUGEES IS BEING EXAMINED WITH A VIEW TO REDEFINING THEM WHERE NECESSARY SO AS TO ENSURE THAT ACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR IS MAINTAINED AND LAW AND ORDER PRESERVED.

DISCLOSING THIS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON LEWIS DAVIES, SAID HE HOPED THAT AGREEMENT COULD BE REACHED QUICKLY ON REVISED ARRANGEMENTS.

INDEPENDENT OF THIS, BUT COINCIDENTALLY, A FEASIBILITY STUDY HAD ALSO BEEN PUT IN HAND TO DETERMINE WHETHER CLOSED CAMPS FOR VIETNAMESE REFUGEES WAS A PRACTICAL PROPOSITION. HE HOPED THAT THIS STUDY WOULD BE COMPLETED IN TIME FOR A DECISION ON POLICY TO BE TAKEN IN ABOUT THREE TO FOUR WEEKS.

ON THE MANAGEMENT OF OPEN CAMPS, MR DAVIES EXPLAINED THAT IN 1979 IT HAD BEEN AGREED WITH THE UNHCR THAT THE HIGH COMMISSIONER WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR FOUR OPEN CAMPS. UNHCR HAD ARRANGED FOR THESE TO BE MANAGED BY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

ONLY ONE SUCH CAMP REMAINED IN FULL OPERATION TODAY AND A SECOND WAS IN THE PROCESS OF CLOSURE. THREE OTHER CAMPS ARE OPERATED BY THE GOVERNMENT.

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THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON DENIS BRAY, SAID TODAY <:)NESDAV) THAT IT WAS NOT APPROPRIATE TO USE STATUTORY POWERS TO

*ITH EXTERNAL PAINT WORK OF DOMESTIC BUILDINGS.

HOWEVER, HE SAID, STATUTORY POWERS CONTAINED IN THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES ORDINANCE EXISTED AND HAD BEEN USED IN THE INTERESTS OF PUBLIC HYGIENE TO CLEAR CHOKED DRAINS, REPAIR WALL AND FLOOR SURFACES, CLEAN AND LIMEWASH INTERNAL PARTS OF THE BUILDINGS.

MR BRAY WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON ANDREW SO WHO ASKED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WHETHER GOVERNMENT WOULD CONSIDER REQUIRING THE LANDLORDS OR TENANTS OF +THE OLDER DEGENERATED BUILDINGS TO UNDERTAKE REPAINTING AND BASIC MAINTENANCE WORKS TO ENSURE MINIMUM STANDARDS OF CLEANLINESS AND PUBLIC HYGIENE.♦

MR BRAY ALSO SAID THAT IF THE URBAN COUNCIL IN THE URBAN AREA, OR THE DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, CONSIDERED ANY PREMISES CONSTITUTED A NUISANCE, OR POSED A DANGER TO HEALTH, OR DETRACTED FROM THE AMENITIES OF THE NEIGHBOURHOOD, THEY COULD REQUIRE THE OWNER OR OCCUPIER TO LIMEWASH, PAINT OR CLEAN THEM.

THE APPROPRIATE AUTHORITY MIGHT ALSO REQUIRE THE OWNER OR OCCUPIER TO REPAIR DRAINS OR OTHER PARTS OF THE BUILDING IN THE INTERESTS OF GENERAL SANITATION AND CLEANLINESS.

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THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY PASSED A RESOLUTION REVISING THE PERMITTED RENTS PAYABLE FOR PREWAR PREMISES WHICH ARE SUBJECT TO RENT CONTROLS UNDER PART I OF THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) ORDINANCE.

FOR PREWAR DOMESTIC PREMISES, THE PERMITTED RENTS WILL BE RAISED FROM THE EXISTING LEVEL OF EIGHT TIMES THE STANDARD RENT (THAT IS THE RENT PASSING IN 1941) TO 12 TIMES, AND THAT OF PREWAR BUSINESS PREMISES FROM 18 TO 27 TIMES THE STANDARD RENT, PROVIDED THAT THE PERMITTED RENT DOES NOT EXCEED THE FAIR MARKET RENT FOR THE PREMISES.

MOVING THE RESOLUTION IN COUNCIL, THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, THE HON DONALD LIAO SAID THE RELAXATION WOULD RESULT IN AN INCREASE CF ABOUT $170 PER MONTH FOR A TYPICAL UPPER FLOOR DOMESTIC TENEMENT UNIT, BRINGING THE RENT TO ABOUT $500, OR 26 PER CENT OF ITS MARKET RENT. ABOUT 3 500 DOMESTIC UNITS IN PREWAR BUILDINGS ARE LIKELY TO BE AFFECTED.

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FOR A TYPICAL COMMERCIAL GROUND TENEMENT FLOOR, MR LIAO SAID, THE INCREASE WOULD BE ABOUT $700 PER MONTH, BRINGING THE RENT TO ABOUT $2 100, OR 40 PER CENT OF ITS FAIR MARKET RENT. ABOUT 1 500 BUSINESS UNITS ARE LIKELY TO BE AFFECTED.

UNDER THE RESOLUTION, LANDLORDS WILL BE REQUIRED TO SERVE AT LEAST ONE MONTH’S NOTICE OF THE INCREASED RENTS TO THEIR TENANTS. IN THE CASE OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE RECIPIENTS, ANY INCREASE WOULD BE OFFSET BY INCREASES IN RENT ALLOWANCES UP TO THE PERMITTED MAXIMA.

MR LIAO SAID THE INCREASES WERE SMALL IN CASH TERMS BUT REPRESENTED ANOTHER STEP IN THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY OF LOOSENING THESE RIGID AND OUTDATED CONTROLS WHICH HAVE BEEN IN FORCE FOR OVER 30 YEARS.

HE RECALLED THAT IN NOVEMBER 1978, THE GOVERNMENT AGREED TO PURSUE A POLICY ALLOWING ANNUAL INCREASES IN THE PERMITTED RENTS OF PREWAR PREMISES IN ORDER TO MITIGATE THE RESTRICTIVE NATURE OF THESE STATIC RENT CONTROLS.

+IN PARTICULAR, IT IS THE DECLARED POLICY OF THIS COUNCIL TO DECONTROL PREWAR BUSINESS PREMISES ON JULY 1, 1984,* HE SAID, ADDING +THIS IS ALREADY PROVIDED UNDER PART I OF THE ORDINANCE.*

DESPITE REPEATED INCREASES, HE SAID, AVERAGE PERMITTED RENTS OF BUSINESS PREMISES SUBJECT TO CONTROLS STILL STOOD AT ONLY ABOUT 26 PER CENT OF FAIR MARKET RENTS, AND THOSE OF DOMESTIC PREMISES AT ABOUT 18 PER CENT OF FAIR MARKET RENTS.

♦THIS IS DUE TO THE VERY LOW BASE ON WHICH RENT INCREASES ARE CALCULATED AND TO SUBSTANTIALLY INCREASED MARKET RENTAL LEVELS OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS.

♦UNLESS FURTHER INCREASES ARE ALLOWED, THE GAP BETWEEN CONTROLLED RENTS AND MARKET RENTS WILL WIDEN,* MR LIAO SAID.

MR LIAO SAID THERE WERE ABOUT 9 000 UNITS IN PREWAR BUILDINGS, 55 PER CENT (OR 5 000 UNITS) OF WHICH ARE EFFECTIVELY SUBJECT TO RENT CONTROL. THE BALANCE (4 000 UNITS) WERE EITHER OCCUPIED BY OWNERS, SPECIFICALLY EXCLUDED FROM CONTROLS OR LET AT RENTS AT OR APPROACHING MARKET LEVELS.

THE RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY COUNCIL WILL HAVE LITTLE EFFECT ON THE RENTS PAYABLE BY TENANTS OF PREMISES WHICH ARE NOT EFFECTIVELY SUBJECT TO CONTROLS.

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DUTIABLE COMMODITIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 MOVED

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THE PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE DUTIABLE COMMODITIES ORDINANCE (CHAPTER 109) WAS CONSISTENT WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S DECLARED POLICY >* PROMOTING USE OF THE METRIC SYSTEM OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES, THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, MR BILL DORWARD SAID IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE DUTIABLE COMMODITIES AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE SAID THE MAJORITY OF THE AMENDMENTS REQUIRED RELATE TO THE CONVERSION OF NON-METRIC TO BROADLY EQUIVALENT METRIC UNITS AND MAY BE EFFECTED BY THE GOVERNOR BY AN ORDER UNDER SECTION 3(1) OF THE METRICATION ORDINANCE (CHAPTER 214).

♦THIS BILL RELATES TO AMENDMENTS WHICH FALL OUTSIDE THE SCOPE OF THE PROVISIONS OF THE METRICATION ORDINANCE. PROPOSES THE REPLACEMENT OF THE ARCHAIC SIKES PROOF SYSTEM OF DETERMINING ALCOHOLIC STRENGTH WITH THAT RECOMMENDED BY THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION OF LEGAL METROLOGY (OIML).

♦THE OIML SYSTEM, WHICH IS MORE PRECISE THAN THE SIKES SYSTEM, EXPRESSES ALCOHOLIC STRENGTH IN TERMS OF VOLUME OF THE ALCOHOL IN PERCENTAGE PROPORTION TO THE VOLUME OF THE ALCOHOLIC MIXTURE AT A STANDARD TEMPERATURE OF 20 DEGREES CELSIUS.

♦THE SYSTEM HAS BEEN ADOPTED BY MANY OF OUR TRADING PARTNERS, INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE EEC COUNTRIES.*

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MTR LOAN GUARANTEE APPROVED

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THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY APPROVED A GOVERNMENT GUARANTEE TO COVER REPAYMENT OF A $719 MILLION LOAN INCURRED BY THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION.

THE SUM BORROWED UNDER THIS GUARANTEE WILL BE USED TO FINANCE THE ISLAND LINE CONTRACTS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE TUNNELS FROM SHEUNG WAN TO ADMIRALTY AND FROM SAI WAN HO TO ALDRICH BAY- THE STATIONS AT SHAU KEI WAN AND SAI WAN HO- AND THE CONCOURSES OF WAN CHAI, CAUSEWAY BAY EAST, TIN HAU AND SAI WAN HO STATIONS.

THIS BRINGS THE GOVERNMENT’S TOTAL GUARANTEE COMMITMENT IN RESPECT OF OUTSTANDING LOANS AVAILABLE TO THE MTRC TO S8 037 MILLION.

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CO-OPERATIVE HOUSING SOCIETIES * * * *

NINETY-THREE OUT OF 238 GOVERNMENT CO-OPERATIVE HOUSING SOCIETIES HAD FULLY REPAID THEIR LOANS, THE SECRETARY FOR THE Civil SERVICE, THE HON martin rowlands said today.

MR ROWLANDS WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON ANDREW SO, WHO ASKED HOW MANY CO-OPERATIVE HOUSING SOCIETIES FORMED BY CIVIL SERVANTS HAD FULLY REPAID THEIR GOVERNMENT LOANS AND WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONSIDER ALLOWING SUCH SOCIETIES TO SELL OR REDEVELOP THEIR PROPERTIES.

♦AS REGARDS THE SECOND PART OF THE QUESTION, I AM AT THIS MOMENT CONSIDERING WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD ALLOW THESE SOCIETIES TO ASSIGN OR REDEVELOP THEIR PROPERTIES, AND IF SO ON WHAT BASIS,* MR ROWLANDS SAID.

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COMPUTER COMPONENTS ARE BIG EXPORT ITEMS

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THE MANUFACTURE OF COMPONENTS AND PARTS FOR COMPUTERS HAS BECOME AN IMPORTANT SECTOR OF HONG KONG’S ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY SAID THE COMMISSIONER OF INDUSTRY, MR PETER TSAO TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HONG KONG’S EXPORTS OF COMPONENTS AND PARTS FOR COMPUTERS LAST YEAR AMOUNTED TO $2 126 MILLION, WHICH WAS SOME 23 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL EXPORT VALUE OF OUR ELECTRONICS PRODUCTS, HE SAID.

THE MAJOR COMPONENTS AND PARTS PRODUCED INCLUDE INTEGRATED CIRCUIT BOARDS, AND COMPUTER MEMORY SYSTEMS INCLUDING CORES AND PLANES.

MR TSAO WAS ADDRESSING THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE COMPUTER HONG KONG '82 EXHIBITION SPONSORED BY THE HONG KONG COMPUTER SOCIETY.

HE NOTED THAT TO MAINTAIN ITS COMPETITIVENESS, HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY WAS ENDEAVOURING TO MOVE UP-MARKET BY DIVERSIFYING ITS PRODUCT GROUP AND RANGE, AND BY ADOPTING AND ADAPTING MORE ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES.

♦WITH THIS TREND, THE DEMAND FOR COMPUTERS TO HANDLE MODERN TRADING AND MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS IS EXPECTED TO GROW. THERE IS THEREFORE THE NEED FOR HONG KONG TO KEEP ABREAST WITH THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN THE COMPUTER INDUSTRY,♦ MR TSAO SAID.

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THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD WILL HOLD ITS FIFTH MEETING ON FRIDAY (MAY 21) AT 2.30 PM AT CHAN PAK SHA SCHOOL IN WONG CHUK HANG.

AMONG THE TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED WILL BE THE PUBLICITY PROGRAMME FOR THE URBAN DISTRICT BOARD ELECTION TO BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 23 INCLUDING PUBLISHING A DISTRICT HANDBOOK AND LAUNCHING PUBLICITY ON THE DISTRICT LOGO.

A ’MEET THE PUBLIC’ SESSION AIMED AT PROVIDING THE PUBLIC A CHANCE TO MEET THE DISTRICT BOARD UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS AND TO EXCHANGE VIEWS ON DISTRICT PROBLEMS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN JUNE.

BOARD MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS ORGANISING A SERIES OF SEMINARS ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION FOR SUCH SELECTED TARGET GROUPS AS SOCIAL WORKERS, SCHOOL PRINCIPALS, INDUSTRIALISTS AND STUDENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

THREE DRAFT CHAPTERS ON POPULATION PROFILE- TRANSPORT. TRAFFIC AND PARKING- AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS AND PROGRAMMES OF THE DISTRICT ANATOMY REPORT WILL ALSO BE TABLED.

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THURSDAY, MAY 20, 1982

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NEW GOVERNOR ASSUMES OFFICE: SIR EDWARD PLEDGES TO WORK FOR PEOPLE’S WELFARE ............................................ 1

DB MEMBEilS TO HOLD SEMINAR ON MEETING SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES 2

TENDERS INVITED FOR MORE URBAN AND NT TAXI LICENCES......... 3

LEARNING WITH TRE COMPUTER INDUSTRY......................... 3

FIRST SPORTS MEDICINE SEMINAR HELD HERE..................... 5

WATER SPORTS SAFETY SHOW ................................... 6

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THURSDAY, MAY 20, 1982

NEW GOVERNOR ASSUMES OFFICE SIR EDWARD FLEDGES TO WORK FOR PEOPLE’S WELFARE * * * *

HONG KONG’S NEW GOVERNOR, HIS EXCELLENCY SIR EDWARD YOUDE, TODAY PLEDGED TO DO ALL HE CAN FOR THE WELFARE AND PROSPERITY CF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG AND TO MAKE THE FUTURE OF THE TERRITORY A BRIGHT ONE.

+1 RECOGNISE THE HEAVY RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE GOOD GOVERNMENT AND WELL-BEING OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WHICH THIS OFFICE BEARS AND I PLEDGE THAT I WILL DO MY UTMOST TO FULFIL IT,+ SIR EDWARD SAID IN HIS ACCEPTANCE SPEECH SHORTLY AFTER BEING SWORN IN AS HONG KONG’S 26TH GOVERNOR BEFORE SOME 1 400 PEOPLE IN THE CITY HALL CONCERT HALL.

MANY OTHERS HEARD OR WATCHED THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONY WHICH WAS BROADCAST LIVE OVER RADIO AND TELEVISION.

OF THE FUTURE, SIR EDWARD SAID: +1 BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE SOUND GROUNDS FOR CONFIDENCE AND THAT THE OMENS ARE GOOD.+

HONG KONG WOULD NEED CONFIDENCE IN ITS FUTURE TO ACHIEVE ITS GOALS, HE SAID, NOTING THAT IT WAS NOT SURPRISING, GIVEN THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE LEASE THAT THIS ISSUE SHOULD NOW BE RAISED.

THE COMMITMENT OF HER MAJESTY’S GOVERNMENT TO HONG KONG AND THE INTERESTS OF ITS PEOPLE REMAINS FIRM, HE SAID. AND THE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA ON WHICH SO MUCH DEPENDS HAS NEVER BEEN MORE CORDIAL.

♦ IF THERE IS AN ISSUE TO BE ADDRESSED, THERE IS ALSO, IN ADDRESSING IT, A COMMON RECOGNITION OF THE VITAL IMPORTANCE OF THE CONTINUED PROSPERITY AND STABILITY OF THIS TERRITORY AND A COMMON WISH TO PRESERVE THEM.

♦IN CONSEQUENCE I SEE GOOD REASON WHY CONFIDENCE SHOULD REMAIN HIGH,+ SIR EDWARD SAID.

IN THEIR WELCOMING SPEECHES, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, AND THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, SIR SZE-YUEN CHUNG, PLEDGED HONG KONG’S FULL SUPPORT AND COOPERATION TO THE NEW GOVERNOR.

SIR EDWARD AND LADY YOUDE ARRIVED BY AIR FROM BANGKOK AT 3 PM.

THEY WERE GREETED AT THE AIRPORT BY SIR PHILIP AND LADY HADDON-CAVE, THE CHIEF JUSTICE SIR DENYS ROBERTS, THE COMMANDER BRITISH FORCES, MAJOR-GENERAL JOHN CHAPPLE AND MRS CHAPPLE, SIR SZE-YUEN CHUNG, SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER CF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, MR ROGER LCEO, SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER CF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, AND MRS LOBO.

SIR EDWARD THEN MET MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES AT THE AIRPORT FOR HIS FIRST PRESS CONFERENCE AS GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG, BEFORE PROCEED?- BY-CAE T‘ \3WL00N PUBLIC - I ER TO BOARD ♦THE LADY MAURINE+.

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- i'. EDWARD, IN FULL REGALIA, WITH LADY YOUDE AT HIS SIDE ON THE FOREDECK OF +THE LADY MAURINE+ AS SHE SLOWLY MADE '-21 ■ Y ACROSS THE HARBOUR ESCORTED BY THE ROYAL NAVY PATROL BOr’S HMS BEACHAMPTON AND HMS WASPERTON AND POLICE LAUNCHES.

ABOUT MIDWAY ACROSS THE HARBOUR THEY WERE JOINED BY FIREBOAT ^ALEXANDER GRANTHAM+, ITS WATER JETS SPRAYING HIGH IN THE AIR IN SYMBOLIC WELCOME TO THE NEW GOVERNOR AND HIS WIFE.

A 17-GUN SALUTE FROM HMS TAMAR AND A FLYPAST OF HELICOPTERS CF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE, THE ARMY AIR CORPS AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE GREETED THE GOVERNOR AND LADY YOUDE AS +THE LADY MAURINE+ APPROACHED QUEEN’S PIER TO A ROUSING WELCOME FROM HUNDREDS OF DIGNITARIES AND SPECTATORS.

AFTER RECEIVING A ROYAL SALUTE, SIR EDWARD INSPECTED A GUARD CF HONOUR FORMED BY THE 1ST BATTALION, 2ND KING EDWARD Vil’S OWN GURKHAS (THE SIRMOOR RIFLES). SIR EDWARD THEN RETURNED TO THE DAIS AND RECEIVED A SECOND ROYAL SALUTE. SOME 300 LEADING MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WERE THEN INTRODUCED TO THE GOVERNOR AND LADY YOUDE.

SIR EDWARD AND LADY YOUDE THEN PROCEEDED TO GOVERNMENT HOUSE AND RETURNED TO THE CITY HALL ABOUT HALF AN HOUR LATER FOR THE OFFICIAL SWEARING-IN CEREMONY.

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DB MEMBERS TO HOLD SEMINAR ON MEETING SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES * * * *

UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE YAU MA TEI AND MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARDS WILL ATTEND A ONE-DAY SEMINAR ON MEETING SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES ON SATURDAY (MAY 22) AT THE SHANGRI-LA HOTEL IN TSIM SHA TSUI.

THE SEMINAR, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE YAU MA TEI AND MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARDS AND THE HONG KONG MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION, IS DESIGNED TO ENABLE DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS TO EXCHANGE EXPERIENCE IN ESSENTIAL SKILLS IN RUNNING A SUCCESSFUL MEETING AND TO PROMOTE INTERACTION.

THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY (HONG KONG AND KOWLOON), MR ALBERT LAM, WILL MAKE THE OPENING ADDRESS AT 9.30 AM.

AT THE SEMINAR, BOARD MEMBERS WILL TAKE PART IN INTENSIVE DISCUSSIONS, GUIDED PRACTICE, EVALUATION, LECTURE, DEMONSTRATION AND A FILM PRESENTATION.

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY (HONG KONG AND KOWLOON), MR GRAHAM BARNES, WILL PRESENT CERTIFICATES OF ATTENDANCE TO THE PARTICIPANTS AT THE END OF, THE SEMINAR AT A.30 PM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE StMINAR. THEY SHOULD ARRIVE AT 3.15 PM AT THE "UNC’ION ROOM OF SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, MODY ROAD, TSIM SHA TSul.

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< TP .NSPORT DEP.'RTMENT WILL BE INVITING TENDERS FOR A FURTHER 300 URBAN TAXI LICENCES AND 150 NEW TERRITORIES TAXI LICENCES.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (THURSDAY), A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TENDER FORMS FOR THE 450 TAXI LICENCES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION TOMORROW (FRIDAY) FROM EITHER THE HONG KONG LICENSING OFFICE ON THE MEZZANINE FLOOR OF THE MURRAY ROAD MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK, CENTRAL, OR THE KOWLOON LICENSING OFFICE IN DUNDAS STREET, MONG KOK.

PINK TENDER FORMS WILL YELLOW TENDER FORMS FOR THE

BE USED FOR URBAN TAXI LICENCES AND NEW TERRITORIES.

♦PROSPECTIVE TENDERERS CANNOT USE ANY OTHER FORM ISSUED PREVIOUSLY,* THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED.

TENDERERS MUST DEPOSIT $25 000 WITH THE DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING SERVICES FOR EACH URBAN TAXI LICENCE AND $15 000 FOR EACH NEW TERRITORIES TAXI LICENCE.

THE TENDERER MAY SUBMIT ONE TENDER FORM FOR ANY NUMBER OF TAXI LICENCES NOT EXCEEDING 300 FOR THE URBAN AREA AND 150 FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

A PUBLIC BALLOT MAY BE HELD TO DETERMINE THE ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERERS WHO OFFER THE SAME UNIT PREMIUM.

COMPLETED TENDER FORMS, TOGETHER WITH ORIGINAL DEPOSIT RECEIPTS, MUST BE SUBMITTED IN DUPLICATE IN SEALED ENVELOPES, ADDRESSED TO THE SECRETARY, CENTRAL TENDER BOARD, AND PLACED IN THE TENDER BOX, IN THE ENTRANCE HALL ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (MAIN WING), LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG, BEFORE NOON ON FRIDAY, JUNE 4, 1982. ---------------------------------0-------

LEARNING WITH THE COMPUTER INDUSTRY * * * *

THE COMPUTER INDUSTRY HAS MADE REMARKABLE PROGRESS IN RECENT YEARS, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION, MR KEN TOPLEY, SAID WHEN HE OPENED THE 5TH HONG KONG COMPUTER CONFERENCE TODAY (THURSDAY).

♦COMPUTERS ARE SMALLER, CHEAPER, FASTER IN OPERATION, AND EASIER TO USE. WHAT OTHER INDUSTRIES COULD MATCH THIS?* HE COMMENTED.

THE INDUSTRY, MR TOPLEY SAID, WAS SALES-LED WHICH ENCOURAGED NEW DEVELOPMENTS BUT ALSO ENCOURAGED A TENDENCY TO PROMISE THAT WHICH COULD NOT EE IMMEDIATELY DELIVERED. THE INDUSTRY HAD ALSO GENERATED A LARGE VOCABULARY IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME REFLECTING MANY USEFUL CONCEPTS NOT ALL RIGOROUSLY DEFINED.

♦IN THE SHORT TERM AMBIGUITY CAN BE CREATIVE BUT IN THE LONG RUN SUCCINCTNESS AND CLARITY .ERE SURELY GREAT VIRTUES,* HE OBSERVED.

THE WIDESPREAD USE OF MICROPROCESSORS WOULD, HE SAID, LEAD TO REAL DIALOGUE WITH USERS AND THIS -AS 0? GRE;T VALUE,

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COURSE T -EAT OPPORTUNITY HERE IS TO BREAK DOWN TiE' RELaTIC SO THAT WE ARE ALL VARIOUS FORMS OF ’US*,+ HE STATED.

IN ORDER TO WIN OVER THE PUBLIC, IT IS THE JOB OF ALL COMPUTER PEOPLE, NOT JUST THE INDUSTRY NARROWLY CONCEIVED, TO MEET AND OVERCOME THE FEARS PEOPLE HAVE OF COMPUTERS - THE FEAR OF JOB LOSS, JOB CHANGE OR LOSS OF JOB AMENITY- THE FEAR OF SOMEONE KNOWING ALL ABOUT YOU AND KEEPING YOU UNDER CONSTANT SURVEILLANCE- AND THE FEAR OF THE MACHINE TAKING OVER.

+MY OWN OPINION,* HE ADDED, + IS THAT WE CANNOT PLUMB ALL THE POTENTIAL USES OF THE COMPUTER. NEVERTHELESS WE DO NOT NEED TO FEAR IT.*

MR TOPLEY THEN DISCUSSED THE SUBJECT OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR AN INDUSTRY THAT CALLS FOR MORE EFFICIENCY AND FRESH IDEAS, AND ALSO NEW APPROACHES TO TOP MANAGEMENT.

+THESE REQUIREMENTS SUGGEST GREATER DISCIPLINE - MORE RIGOROUS TRAINING ON THE ONE HAND, AND PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT -MORE EDUCATION ON THE OTHER,* HE SAID.

THE ESTABLISHMENT BY STATUTE OF THE AUTONOMOUS VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL WITH A STRONG EXECUTIVE ARM WAS A MAJOR STEP. THIS COUNCIL WILL BOTH ASSESS AND MEET HONG KONG’S TRAINING NEEDS.

THE WORK OF THE COUNCIL WHOSE CHAIRMAN AND DEPUTY CHAIRMAN ARE BOTH INDUSTRIALISTS WOULD BE ENTIRELY AND DIRECTLY FINANCED FROM GOVERNMENT FUNDS. THE COUNCIL WOULD SHORTLY ESTABLISH A HIGH-POWERED TRAINING COMMITTEE SPECIFICALLY DEDICATED TO ELECTRONIC DATA PROCESSING ON WHICH THE INDUSTRY WOULD BE WELL REPRESENTED. IT WOULD BE THIS COMMITTEE’S JOB TO HAMMER OUT PRACTICAL PROPOSALS TO MEET THE TRAINING NEEDS OF THE INDUSTRY.

* WE ARE EXPECTING SPEEDY AND EFFECTIVE ACTION,* MR TOPLEY SAID.

AS FOR EDUCATION, THE GOVERNMENT HAS ALREADY ASKED THE UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNIC GRANTS COMMITTEE TO REQUEST THE TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS TO GIVE PRIORITY TO THE EXPANSION OF COURSES IN COMPUTER STUDIES. THERE .VAS EVERY SIGN THAT THE UNIVERSITIES AND POLYTECHNIC WERE DOING JUST THIS.

AT THE SCHOOL LEVEL, A NEWLY-APPROVED SUBJECT - COMPUTER STUDIES - WILL BE INTRODUCED IN SEPTEMBER 1932 AT F.4 LEVEL THROUGH A PILOT SCHEME INVOLVING 30 SECONDARY SCHOOLS. MOREOVER, THE HONG KONG EXAMINATION AUTHORITY WILL PROVIDE AN EXAMINATION FOR THIS SUBJECT AT CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION LEVEL IN MAY 1984.

A FULL REVIEW OF THE PILOT SCHEME WILL BE MADE IN 1984. IF FOUND SUCCESSFUL THE SCHEME WILL BE EXTENDED TO INTRODUCE COMPUTER STUDIES INTO MORE SCHOOLS.

MR TOPLEY URGED THE HONG KONG COMPUTER COMMUNITY TO PLAY ITS ROLE IN EDUCATION AND TRAINING BY BUILDING ON 7HE UNIQUE STYLE WHICH IT HAD DEVELOPED AND TAKING FURTHER THE IDEA OF A CLUB WHICH IS ALSO A LEARNING CENTRE.

THIS MIGHT BECOME A CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE WHERE EXPERTISE AND KNOWHOW ARE SHARED, AND N-W CONCEPTS COULD BE GENERATED, HE SAID. ______p______

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FIRST SPORTS MEDICINE SEMINAR HELD HERE ******

HONG KONG’S FIRST SEMINAR ON SPORTS MEDICINE WAS HELD IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL CHAMBERS THIS AFTERNOON WITH THREE GUEST SPEAKERS FROM AN AMERICAN UNIVERSITY TAKING PART.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT AND THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, THE SEMINAR WAS OPENED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S COMMISSIONER, MR BARRIE WIGGHAM.

IN HIS OPENING ADDRESS, MR WIGGHAM SAID THE SEMINAR WAS IN A SENSE THE OFFICIAL +LAUNCHING+ OF A JOINT EFFORT TO DEVELOP SPORTS MEDICINE IN HONG KONG.

IT HAS TWO MAIN OBJECTIVES 1 FIRSTLY, SIMPLY TO BRING THE BROAD RANGE OF INTERESTED PARTIES TOGETHER- AND SECONDLY, AND MORE SPECIFICALLY, TO PRESENT A SERIES OF LECTURES UNDER THE BROAD HEADING OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND SPORTS MEDICINE,+ HE SAID.

MR WIGGHAM SAID THE RECREATION AND SPORT DIVISION OF THE DEPARTMENT HAD MADE A START AND IT HAD BEEN CONDUCTING PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE CURRENT SITUATION HERE.

ALTHOUGH SOME GOOD WORK WAS BEING CARRIED OUT, CO-ORDINATION AND COMMUNICATION HAD BEEN LACKING, HE POINTED OUT.

WE HAVE RECENTLY HELD USEFUL MEETINGS WITH MEMBERS OF THE rEDICAL PROFESSION WITH INTEREST IN THIS PARTICULAR FIELD,+ HE SAID.

AS A RESULT, IT HAS BEEN DECIDED THAT, IN THE INITIAL STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT, THE EMPHASIS SHOULD BE ON EDUCATION OF THE SPORTING PUBLIC AS TO THE NEED FOR AND BENEFITS OF SPORTS MEDICINE, AND ON PREVENTIVE MEDICINE.+

HOWEVER, AN ESSENTIAL PREREQUISITE TO THE SUCCESS OF THIS IS THAT THE ORGANISATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS WHOM I HAVE ALREADY MENTIONED, AS WELL AS OTHERS NOT YET INVOLVED, SHOULD WORK TOGETHER AND POOL CURRENT KNOWLEDGE AND RESOURCES TO FORM A BASE FROM WHICH TO PROCEED,+ MR WIGGHAM SAID.

FOLLOWING THE OPENING REMARKS, PROFESSOR CHO-YEE TO OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY THEN ADDRESSED THE PARTICIPANTS.

HE SAID WHILE HONG KONG WAS MAKING IMPRESSIVE ECONOMIC AND PHYSICAL PROGRESS, IT WAS NOT SURPRISING THAT THIS PROGRESS HAD CERTAIN UNDESIRABLE EFFECTS ON ITS PEOPLE.

THERE WAS SOME REASON TO SUSPECT THAT PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, OLD AND YOUNG, WERE SUBJECT TO RATHER SEVERE FORMS OF STRESS OF ONE KIND OR ANOTHER, WITH SERIOUS IMPLICATIONS FOR HEALTH, FITNESS, ACTIVITIES AND PERFORMANCE OF THE PEOPLE, PROFESSOR TO SAID.

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1 :A ID THE SEMINAR SUBJECT OF +PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES AND OF LIFE IN DENSELY POPULATED AREAS+ WAS CONCERNED ' .'LELY WITH THE TOPIC OF HEALTH, FITNESS, ACTIVITIES AND PERFORMANCE OF THE LOCAL CITIZENS.

SEVERAL OTHER PAPERS WERE ALSO PRESENTED FOR DISCUSSION AT THE SEMINAR, INCLUDING VIEWS GIVEN BY THE THREE AMERICAN PROFESSORS FROM MICHIGAN.

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WATER SPORTS SAFETY SHOW * * * *

A WATER SPORTS SAFETY DEMONSTRATION WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY (MAY 23) AT THE OUTWARD BOUND SCHOOL IN TAI MONG TSAI, SAI KUNG TO LAUNCH THIS YEAR’S WATER SPORTS SAFETY CAMPAIGN.

THE EVENT IS ORGANISED BY THE COMMITTEE ON SAFETY IN OUTDOOR PURSUITS SPECIALLY FOR THE MASS MEDIA SO THAT THEY MAY HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE SAFETY RULES AND HELP TO SPREAD THE SAFETY MESSAGE.

A NUMBER OF AQUATIC SPORTS SUCH AS SWIMMING, DIVING, CANOEING, DINGHY SAILING, WINDSURFING AND BOATING WILL BE FEATURED IN THE EVENT AND THERE WILL BE DEMONSTRATIONS BY EXPERTS ON THE +DO’S+ AND +DON’TS+ OF EACH ACTIVITY.

THE EVENT WILL BE OPENED BY MR A. DE 0. SALES, PRESIDENT OF THE AMATEUR SPORTS FEDERATION AND OLYMPIC COMMITTEE OF HONG KONG, AT 10.30 AM.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT. TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED TO TAKE THE PRESS TO AND FROM THE DESTINATION. TWO 11-SEATER VANS WILL LEAVE THE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER IN TSIM SHA TSUI AT 8.45 AM SHARP AND RETURN ABOUT NOON.

GIS OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO GIVE ASSISTANCE.

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TRAFFIC DIVERSION IN FANLING * * *

THE LEVEL CROSSING ON PAK FUK TSUEN ROAD NEAR FANLING RAILWAY STATION WILL BE CLOSED FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (MAY 21) FOR RAILWAY WORKS.

VEHICLES SHOULD USE THE BRIDGE CROSSING NEARBY.

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ACCEPTANCE SPEECH BY H.E. THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, KCMG, MBE, AT. THE SWE. .RING-IN C.TREMONY IN THE CITY H..LL-ON MAY 20, 1982_

Sir Philip, Sir Sze-yuen, Ladies and Gentlemen:

I am very grateful for your kind words ind for* ' the warm welcome which has been extended to us. I have just taken the Oaths of office as Governor and Commander-in-Chief. I am proud and honoured to have been appointed to this position. I recognise the heavy responsibility for the good government and wellbeing of the people of Hong Kong which this office bears and I pledge that I will do my utmost to fulfil it.

Hong Kong has much of which it can be proud. In a highly competitive world the enterprise of its manufacturers and businessmen and the skills and application of its workforce have brought it prosperity and success. This in turn has provided the means for remarkable achievements in housing a rapidly increasing population, in the spread of education, the improvement of medical and social services, better recreational and cultural facilities, and impressive transport works. With the expansion of the Legislative Council and creation of the elected element in the District Boards the channels for the expression of the wishes of the people who live here have been widened. From a modest port Hong Kong has grown into a large and modern city ranking with the other great cities of the world. I pay tribute to all those who have worked to achieve this transformation, and particular tribute to my predecessor whose outstanding contribution has been so widely recognised.

Hong Kong has indeed come a long way since I first saw it more than thirty years ago. But there will remain much to be done. In this changing world no society can or should stand still. I come at a time when many important programmes are in progress on which people count for improvement in all that can make Hong Kong desirable as a place in which to work and bring up a family, and a city to be proud of. It will be my constant endeavour to advance these programmes. To support them there will need to be sustained economic growth and an environment in which the drive and enterprise of all those who contribute to that growth can be given full scope.

For this to be achieved Hong Kong will need confidence in its future. It is not surprising, given the circumstances of the lease that this issue should now be raised. I believe that there are sound grounds for confidence and that the omens are good. The commitment of Her Majesty’s Government to Hong Kong and the interests of its people remains firm. The relationship with the People’s Republic of China on which so much depends has never been more cordial. If there is an

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issue to be addressed, there is also in addressing it, a common recognition of the vital importance of the continued prosperity and stability of this Territory and a common wish to preserve them. In consequence I seexgood reason why confidence should remain high.

The world is going through a difficult economic period and the going may be tough but Hong Kong has shown that it can survive and prosper in hard as well as easy times. In this enterprise the Government must also play its part in partnership with the private sector.

In all this I know how much I will need the advice of the Executive Council and the support of the Legislative Council and I thank Sir Sze-yuenfor his promised support of Unofficial Members. The Government will depend too on the vital roles of the Urban Council, the District Boards and the many advisory boards who contribute so much to make Government effective and responsive to the interests of the people of Hong Kong. I look forward to working with all the elements of the public service, of whose high quality I am aware and I thank Sir Philip for his expression of their support.

As Governor, it will fall to me, with your support and guidance, to lead the many-sided efforts of your Government. I pledge again that I will do all I can to contribute to their success, to the welfare and prosperity of the people of Hong Kong and to making the future of this Territory a bright one.

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SPEECH BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, AT THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONY AT PHE CITY HALL OK II AY 20, 1?82

Your Excellency, Lady Youde, Ladies and Gentlemen:

Twelve days ago we, the people of Hong Kong, said farewell to Sir Murray MacLehose who had governed us for the last 10/z years. They were years of momentous developments, charted by Sir Murray’s strategic sense and made possible by the post-war foundations laid by his predecessors. The farewell was a sad occasion for it brought home to us all that an era was over.

Today, however, signals another beginning. It is an auspicious occasion and an occasion on which it is my privilege to be the first to welcome you, Sir, to Hong Kong as our 26th Governor.

You are no stranger to Hong Kong and you have spent one third of your working life in China. We are particularly conscious that you will bring to your high office here the unique qualifications of your service as Her Majesty’s Ambassador in Pekin;; and more recently as the second most senior official in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

We look forward to the rest of this decade, and beyond, with confidence, for we believe that ilong Kong will continue to surmount the difficult and the unexpected as it has done in the past; and we believe that a prosperous and settled future for this very special place will be secured under your leadership as the Queen’s Representative and as the Chief Executive of this Government.

In carrying out the challenging tasks before you, Your Excellency can count on the loyal support of all members of the Civil Service whom I believe to be exceptionally well motivated, accountable, and linked in with the views of tnose they serve through the consultative system. At the same time, Your Excellency and Lady Youde can depend upon the prayers and good wishes of the community as a whole to support you during the years ahead.

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ADDRESS OF WELCOME TO THE NEW GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG, H.E. SIR EDWARD YOUDE, BY THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, THE HON SIR S.Y. CHUNG, AT CEREMONY OF ASSUMPTION OF OFFICE ON 20 NAY 198 2

Your Excellency, Lady Youde, Ladies and Gentlemen:

On behalf of the Eong Kong community and representing the Unofficial Members of both the Executive anc Legislative Councils, it is my pleasure and privilege today to extend a most sincere and warm welcome to Your Excellency as the nev/ Governor of Hong Kong and to Lady Youde.

With only 1,000 square kilometres of land Hong Kong is a very small place indeed. By economic standards, however, Hong Kong is in the forefront of the world. Our total foreign trade places us in the top twenty and our per capita income is among the highest in Asia and comparable to these in southern Europe. Even more significant is the very fast rise in our standard of living as reflected by the growth of per capita gross domestic product in real terms amounting to 1% per annum over the past decade. This remarkable achievement has been made possible by a stable government, a community which is known for its enterprise, resilience and hard work, and a business environment which is conducive to investment.

Hong Kong whilst lacking,natura1 material resources does not lack human warmth and sympathy. As one of the smallest territories of the world, we have provided food, shelter and work for almost 400,000 legal and illegal immigrants from China during the three year period of 1978-80. Our humane reception of the boat people from Vietnam is well-known. At one time we had 70,000 Vietnam refugees under our care and even today we still have over 10,000 on our hands.

Relations between Hong Kong and China have improvec greatly in recent years. The new economic policies of China adopted in the late 1970's provide us with new opportunities

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and challenges. There are already over one thousand joint ventures of various kinds between Eong Kong and Chine interests, and both the number and size of such economic projects ere growing.

Your Excellency will have many preoccupations in the administration of Hong Kong but I hope you, Sir, will agree with me that the first priority must be the question of the future of Hong Kong which is of such concern to us all. Cur continual economic prosperity and social stability are very much dependent on the confidence we the people of Hong Kong and our overseas trading partners have in the long-term future of Eong Kong. To maintain that confidence, it is necessary that the future of Hong Kong be satisfactorily resolved as soon as possible. It is inevitable that you, Sir, as the Governor of Hong Kong will play an important role in such a resolution. In your endeavours in this regard Your Excellency can be assured of our wholehearted support. . •

The people of Hong Kong were extremely delighted and pleased upon hearing of Your Excellency’s appointment. Your Excellency’s long and distinguished career together with your particular knowledge of China and the Far East and your wide experience as a diplomat and administrator are clearly the most fitting credentials for the Governor of Hong Kong in the 1980’s. I am certain that I am voicing the sentiments of the local community when I say 'we could not have a better man for this high office at this time". We have every confidence in Your Excellency leading us successfully through the 1980's.

On our part, the Unofficial Members of the two Councils, your other unofficial advisers and all the members of the community will no doubt give Your Excellency their fullest support. We look forward tc continual and rapid progress and development, both economic and social, and to

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Hong Kong becoming a still better place for all of live and work.

Mav I in conclusion wish iour Excellency Youde a long, happy and successful tour of duty in

us to

and Lady

Hong Kong.

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OPENING REMARKS BY THE CHIEF' JUSTICE, THE TON SIR DEiYS ROBERTS, aT THE SWEa?.ING-IN CERE-iONY IN THE CITY .{ALL ON MAY 20, 1982

Your Excellency, Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Clerk will first read the Commission. I shall then administer the three Oaths which the law requires shall be made by the Governor of Hong Kong before he assumes the duties of his office.

These are the Oath of Allegiance, the Official Oath and the Judicial Oath.

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The following are the three Oaths:

Oath of Allegiance

I, Edward Youde, swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Her Heirs and Successors, according to law. So help me God.

Official Oath

I, Edward Youde, swear that 1 will well and truly serve Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second in.the office of governor of nong Kong. So help me God.

Judicial Oath

I, Edward Youde, swear that I will well and truly serve Our Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth the Second in the office of Governor of Hong Kong, and I will do right to all manner of people after the laws and usages of this Colony, without fear or favour, affection or ill will. So help me God.

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Thursday, May 20, 1982

COMMISSION appointing Sir Edward Youde, KCriG, MBS, to be Governor dhd Co/anander-in-Chief, hong Kong

ELIZABETH THE SECOND, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Our other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith: To Our Trusty and Well-beloved Sir Edward Youde, Knight Commander of Our Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, Member of Our Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Greeting: We do, by this Our Commission under Our

Sign Manual and Signet, appoint you, the said Edward Youde, to be Our Governor and Commander-in-Chief in and over Hong Kong, during Our pleasure, with all the powers, rights, privileges and advantages to the said Office belonging or appertaining. And We do direct that your appointment shall take effect upon the day of your arrival in Hong Kong. • / •

II. And We do hereby command all and singular Our Officers and loving subjects in Hong Kong and all others whom it may concern, to take due notice hereof, and to give their ready obedience accordingly.

III. And We do hereby direct that this Our Commission shall determine upon signification to that effect being given by Us through one of Our Principal Secretaries of State.

Given at Our Court of Saint James’s this 4th day of March 19&2 in the 31st year of Cur Reign.

BY HER MAJESTY’S COMMAND

Carrington

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, MAY 21, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

STAND AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION RE-AFFIRMED .................. 1

EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE WAGE CEILING RAISED ....................... 2

FEE AID SCHEME FOR PRE-PRIMARY SERVICES TO ASSIST LOW-INCOME FAMILIES ....................................................... 2

QUARTERLY BUSINESS SURVEY HELD IN APRIL ........................ 4

HONG KONG'S EXTERNAL TRADE FOR JANUARY-MARCH ................... 6

NT UNDERTAKERS TO BE LICENSED ................................. 11

BILL TO PROTECT HISTORICAL BUILDINGS AND mRCHhEOLOGICaL SITES 12

SQUATTER CLEAN-UP PASSES TWO-THIRD MARK ....................... 1?

1982 WATER SPORTS SAFETY CAMPAIGN ....... ..................... 14

PODIUM OF KCR DEPOT HANDED OVER FOR PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT...... 15

KWUN TONG TRAFFIC ARR .yNGJMENTS .............................. 15

HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB MUSIC FUND.............................   16

YOUNG TREES AVAILABLE FOR NT SCHOOLS.........................   17

HEALTH TALK FOR CHEUNG SHAN ESTATE OLD PEOPLE.................. 18

BALLET PERFORMANCES IN NT ...................................   18

SEVEN NT SITES FOR LETTER a AIFD B TENDER . ................... 19

FIRE SERVICES PASSING OUT P>.R .DE ............................ 20

FRIDAY, MAY 21, 1982

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STAND AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION RE-AFFIRMED

*****

THE GOVERNMENT REMAINS TOTALLY COMMITTED TO THE AIM OF PREVENTING IMMIGRANTS FROM ENTERING HK ILLEGALLY - WHETHER THEY COME BY LAND OR BY SEA.

THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR JOHN HEYWOOD, RE-AFFIRMED THE GOVERNMENT’S STAND AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION WHEN HE ADDRESSED A PASSING-OUT PARADE OF THE HONG KONG MILITARY SERVICE CORPS TODAY (FRIDAY).

♦THERE ARE OFTEN RUMOURS, PARTICULARLY IN GUANGDONG, THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS TO ANNOUNCE AN AMNESTY,* HE SAID. +THESE RUMOURS ARE OF COURSE DELIBERATELY SPREAD BY THOSE WHO SEEK TO PROFIT FROM THE BUSINESS OF ARRANGING ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.*

♦THEY CAN BE ASSURED THERE IS GOING TO BE NO AMNESTY, AND THOSE WHO DO SUCCEED IN GAINING ENTRY WILL SOON BE DETECTED AND REPATRIATED,* HE STRESSED.

MR HEYWOOD TOLD THE RECRUITS THAT ONE WAY THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY WAS AS A MEMBER OF HK’S SECURITY FORCES IN THE OPERATIONS AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.

FORMER MEMBERS OF THE HKMSC ARE TODAY AND EVERY DAY PLAYING AN IMPORTANT AND SPECIALISED ROLE IN THESE OPERATIONS,+ HE SAID.

AS A FULL MEMBER OF HK’S SECURITY FORCES YOU WILL SOON COME TO REALISE HOW CLOSE IS THE COOPERATION BETWEEN THE ARMED SERVICES IN HK AND THE RHKPF.+

IT IS SECOND TO NONE,+ HE ADDED.

MR HEYWOOD CONGRATULATED THE RECRUITS ON THEIR CHOICE OF CAREER.

IT WILL OFFER YOU A WIDE VARIETY OF INTERESTING EMPLOYMENT AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY OF HK IN A UNIQUE WAY,* HE SAID.

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FRIDAY, MAY 21, 1982

2

EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE WAGE CEILING RAISED

* * M

THE WAGE CEILING FOR NON-MANUAL EMPLOYEES COVERED BY THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE HAS BEEN RAISED FROM $6 OOO TO 17 500 A MONTH kITH EFFECT FROM TODAY (FRIDAY), ACCORDING TO A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

A RESOLUTION TO RAISE THE WAGE CEILING WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY AFTER BEING APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON WEDNESDAY.

THE CEILING WAS RAISED FOLLOWING A REVIEW OF THE WAGE CEILING. WHICH INDICATED THAT THE MONTHLY WAGE LEVEL OF $6 000 IN SEPTEMBER 1980 WOULD BE EQUIVALENT TO AROUND $7 500 IN MARCH 1982.

IN ADDITION, THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1982, WHICH PROVIDES AN ADDITIONAL STATUTORY HOLIDAY IN THE FORM OF A FLOATING HOLIDAY WAS ALSO PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE FOLLOWING ITS PASSAGE THROUGH THE COUNCIL ON WEDNESDAY.

THE AMENDING ORDINANCE WILL, HOWEVER, COME INTO OPERATION ON JANUARY 1, 1983, AND BY THEN THE NUMBER OF STATUTORY HOLIDAYS WILL BE INCREASED FROM 10 TO 11.

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FEE AID SCHEME FOR PRE-PRIMARY SERVICES

TO ASSIST LOW-INCOME FAMILIES

* M * *

__ .I«L2?y£RNMENT T0DAY (FRIDAY) ANNOUNCED DETAILS OF THE NEW

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/WHILST ACKNOWLEDGING........

FRIDAY, MAY 21, 1982

_5T ACKNOWLEDGING THAT PROPOSALS IN THE WHITE PAPER iO Cc._ SUBVENTION TO DAY NURSERIES AND TO IMPROVE STANDARDS IN KINDERGARTENS WOULD LEAD TO INCREASES IN FEES FOR THESE ^V^^V00DH0USE EMPHASISED THAT THE FEE ASSISTANCE SCHEME WOULD BENEFIT MANY THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES WHO HAD HITHERTO NOT QUALIFIED FOR ANY FINANCIAL HELP FROM THE GOVERNMENT IN MEETING THE EXPENSE OF PRE-PRIMARY CARE AND EDUCATION FOR THEIR CHILDREN.

o. .^EE DISTANCE WILL BE PAID TO FAMILIES IN ACCORDANCE WITH A SLIDING SCALE DEPENDING ON NET HOUSEHOLD INCOME, AFTER DEDUCTION OF RENTAL EXPENSES,* HE SAID. +HIGHER LEVELS OF ASSISTANCE WILL BE AVAILABLE TO FAMILIES WHO NEED TO PLACE THEIR CHILDREN IN DAY NURSERIES, IN LINE WITH THE HIGHER FEES CHARGED BY THESE CENTRES.*

A SPOKESWOMAN FOR THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, WHICH WILL BE ADMINISTERING THE SCHEME, EMPHASISED THAT THE DEPARTMENT WILL DO ALL IT CAN TO ENSURE THAT THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS ARE INTRODUCED AS SMOOTHLY AS POSSIBLE.

SHE SAID THAT THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WAS CONSCIOUS THAT THE CHANGE FROM GOVERNMENT SUBVENTION TO THE NEW FEE ASSISTANCE ARRANGEMENTS WAS CAUSING WORRY TO SOME OPERATORS OF DAY NURSERIES. IN ORDER TO ASSIST PARENTS TO APPLY FOR FEE ASSISTANCE, SHE SAID THE DEPARTMENT WOULD BE SENDING STAFF TO NURSERIES IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES TO RECEIVE APPLICATIONS ON THE SPOT.

SHE URGED PARENTS WHO WILL HAVE A CHILD ENROLLED IN A KINDERGARTEN OR DAY NURSERY IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR, TO OBTAIN A COPY OF THE LEAFLET EXPLAINING PROCEDURES FOR APPLYING FOR FEE ASSISTANCE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

COPIES OF THE LEAFLET ARE NOW AVAILABLE IN ALL URBAN AND NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT OFFICES, SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT FIELD OFFICES AND CAN ALSO BE OBTAINED FROM REGISTERED NURSERIES AND KINDERGARTENS.

THE SPOKESWOMAN ADDED THAT EACH LEAFLET INCLUDES A PRELIMINARY APPLICATION FORM TO BE DETACHED AND SENT TO THE NEAREST SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

ONCE THE FORM IS RECEIVED, THE SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE WILL CONTACT THE PARENT TO ARRANGE AN INTERVIEW. PARENTS WILL BE INFORMED, BY POST, WHETHER THEIR APPLICATION HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL AND THE AMOUNT OF FEE ASSISTANCE PAYABLE.

+THE APPLICATION PROCEDURES FOR FEE ASSISTANCE WILL BE KEPT AS SIMPLE AS POSSIBLE, IN ORDER NOT TO INCONVENIENCE PARENTS,* SHE SAID. SHE ADDED THAT THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HAS TAKEN ON ADDITIONAL STAFF TO ENSURE THAT ALL APPLICATIONS ARE DEALT WITH SPEEDILY.

NEVERTHELESS SHE STRESSED THE NEED FOR PARENTS TO APPLY FOR ASSISTANCE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND, PREFERABLY, NOT LATER THAN JULY 31 IF THEY WISHED TO START TO RECEIVE ASSISTANCE IN SEPTEMBER.

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FRIDAY, MAY 21, 1982

QUARTERLY BUSINESS SURVEY HELD IN APRIL * * *

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY RELEASED THE RESULTS OF THE QUARTERLY BUSINESS SURVEY CONDUCTED IN APRIL 1982.

ABOUT 800 FIRMS FROM VARIOUS INDUSTRIES AND BUSINESSES, FORMING A CROSS-SECTION OF THE ECONOMIC COMMUNITY, WERE ASKED ABOUT THEIR BUSINESS EXPERIENCES IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF THE YEAR, AND THEIR BUSINESS EXPECTATIONS FOR THE SECOND QUARTER.

RESULTS OF THE SURVEY INDICATE THAT THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR EXPERIENCED A LOW LEVEL OF ACTIVITY IN THE FIRST QUARTER. THE DETERIORATION IN BUSINESS IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1982 OVER THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1981 WAS MORE MARKED THAN IN THE CORRESPONDING PERIODS OF PREVIOUS YEARS. THIS DETERIORATION HAD ALREADY BEEN FORESEEN BY RESPONDENTS IN THE LAST ROUND OF THE SURVEY.

THE ’WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADE, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS’ SECTOR ALSO EXPERIENCED A DECLINE IN BUSINESS, DUE MAINLY TO SEASONAL FACTORS. IN CONTRAST, BUSINESS EXPERIENCE IN THE ’OTHER SERVICES’ SECTOR WAS FAVOURABLE AND IMPROVEMENTS WERE REPORTED BY RESPONDENTS FROM VARIOUS SERVICES GROUPS. AS REGARDS THE ’CONSTRUCTION’ SECTOR, THE BALANCE OF OPINIONS INDICATES THAT THE BUSINESS SITUATION EXPERIENCED BY FIRMS IN THE FIRST QUARTER WAS SIMILAR TO THAT IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1981.

ACCORDING TO THE RESPONDENTS, THE GENERAL BUSINESS SITUATION FOR THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1982 IS EXPECTED TO SHOW MILD IMPROVEMENTS FOR THE ’MANUFACTURING’ AND ’CONSTRUCTION’ SECTORS.

HOWEVER, FIRMS IN THE ’WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADE, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS’ SECTOR, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ’HOTELS’, EXPECT THE DECLINE IN BUSINESS IN THE FIRST QUARTER TO CONTINUE INTO THE SECOND QUARTER. FIRMS IN THE ’BANKING’ BUSINESS EXPERIENCED A FAVOURABLE BUSINESS SITUATION IN THE FIRST QUARTER AND EXPECT THIS TO BE MAINTAINED IN THE SECOND QUARTER.

WHILE FIRMS IN THE ’OTHER SERVICES’ SECTOR ANTICIPATE THAT FAVOURABLE BUSINESS PROSPECTS WILL BE SUSTAINED, FIRMS IN THE ’TRANSPORTATION’ BUSINESS PREDICT SOME DETERIORATION FOR THE SECOND QUARTER.

AS REGARDS INDIVIDUAL INDUSTRIES, ALL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES WITHIN THE ’MANUFACTURING’ SECTOR EXPERIENCED DETERIORATIONS IN BUSINESS IN THE FIRST QUARTER.

THE DECLINE IN BUSINESS WAS MORE SIGNIFICANT IN THE CASE OF THE WEARING APPAREL, TEXTILES, PLASTICS, ELECTRONICS AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS INDUSTRIES.

FIRMS IN THE FOOD, BEVERAGE AND TOBACCO AND PLASTIC INDUSTRIES, WHICH REPORTED DETERIORATIONS IN BUSINESS IN THE FIRST QUARTER, EXPECT A SIGNIFICANT UPTURN IN BUSINESS IN THE SECOND QUARTER.

/some recovery .......

FRIDAY, MAY 21, 1982

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SOME RECOVERY IN BUSINESS ACTIVITIES FOR THE SECOND QUARTER IS EXPECTED BY r IRMS IN THE OTHER MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES AS WELL. THE BALANCE OF VIEWS SHOWS THAT SMALL IMPROVEMENTS ARE EXPECTED BY FIRMS IN THE ELECTRONICS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS AND FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES.

MODERATE IMPROVEMENTS ARE EXPECTED BY FIRMS IN THE WEARING APPAREL AND PRINTING INDUSTRIES.

HOWEVER, NO IMPROVEMENT IS FORESEEN BY RESPONDENTS IN THE TEXTILES INDUSTRY.

ACCORDING TO THE SURVEY, THE MAIN PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED BY THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR IN THE FIRST QUARTER WERE HIGH INTEREST RATES, INSUFFICIENT BUSINESS ORDERS OR CONTRACTS, HIGH WAGE RATES AND PRICE COMPETITION.

THESE PROBLEMS ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE INTO THE SECOND QUARTER. THE ’CONSTRUCTION’ SECTOR CONSIDERED PRICE COMPETITION AND HIGH INTEREST RATES AS THE MAJOR PROBLEMS BOTH FOR THE FIRST AND THE SECOND QUARTERS. THESE PROBLEMS WERE ALSO SIGNIFICANT IN THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADE.

RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS HAD SERIOUS STAFF TURNOVER PROBLEMS IN THE FIRST QUARTER. SUCH PROBLEMS ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE INTO THE SECOND QUARTER WITH RESTAURANTS BUT NOT WITH HOTELS.

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE SURVEY RESULTS, OBTAINED WITH A MINIMUM TIME LAG, WERE BASICALLY INTENDED TO PROVIDE ONE SOURCE OF REFERENCE FOR MAKING A QUICK ASSESSMENT OF THE CURRENT ECONOMIC SITUATION OF HONG KONG.

PARTICIPATING FIRMS WERE ASKED TO INDICATE WHETHER IN THEIR OPINIONS, THE GENERAL BUSINESS SITUATION AND LEVEL OF CAPACITY UTILIZATION HAD IMPROVED, REMAINED THE SAME OR DETERIORATED IN THE IMMEDIATELY PAST QUARTER AS COMPARED WITH THE QUARTER BEFORE.

FOR THE FORTHCOMING QUARTER, THEY WERE ASKED TO INDICATE WHETHER THE SITUATION WILL IMPROVE, REMAIN THE SAME OR DETERIORATE. THE BALANCE OF OPINIONS OF RESPONDENTS WAS TABULATED AND ANALYSED.

THE SURVEY REPORT ALSO CONTAINS A SECTION ON BUSINESS PROBLEMS EXPERIENCED AND EXPECTED BY FIRMS IN DIFFERENT ECONOMIC SECTORS AND A BREAKDOWN OF VIEWS OF FIRMS BY SIZE GROUPS.

THE DEPARTMENT CAUTIONED THAT FOR A SURVEY OF THIS NATURE, THE RESULTS SHOULD BE INTERPRETED WITH CARE AS IT WAS DlcFICULT TO ESTABLISH PRECISELY THE EXTENT TO WHICH RESPONDENTS’ PERCEPTION OF THE PAST AND THE FUTURE ACCORDS WITH THE UNDERLYING TRENDS.

COPIES OF THE REPORT, CONTAINING AN ANALYSIS OF THE SURVEY FINDINGS AND STATISTICAL TABLES, HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED TO FIRMS TAKING PART IN THE SURVEY AND TO OTHER BUSINESS ORGANISATIONS.

MEMBERS OF PUBLIC MAY OBTAIN COPIES FROM THE GOVERNMENT

PUBL I CAT IONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, AT S3 PER COPY.

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HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL TRADE FOR JANUARY-MARCH ******

TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE FOR JANUARY TO MARCH THIS YEAR, VALUED AT $61 542 MILLION, SHOWED AN INCREASE OF NINE PER CENT AS COMPARED WITH THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD LAST YEAR.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE BY NINE PER CENT TO $17 504 MILLION, IMPORTS BY SEVEN PER CENT TO $33 411 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS BY 12 PER CENT TO $10 627 MILLION.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS TOGETHER SHOWED AN INCREASE OF 10 PER CENT.

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT RELEASED TODAY (FRIDAY) THE RELEVANT DETAILED TRADE STATISTICS.

THE CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE TEN MAJOR OVERSEAS MARKETS WERE AS FOLLOWS I

JAN.-MAR. 1982 (HK$ MN) JAN.-MAR. 1981 (HK$ MN) INCREASE/ DECREASE (HK$ MN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

U.S.A. 6 018 5 361 +657 ♦ 12

U.K. 1 553 1 516 ♦ 37 + 2

F.R. OF GERMANY 1 487 1 606 -119 - 7

CHINA 928 552 ♦376 ♦68

AUSTRALIA 671 523 ♦148 ♦28

JAPAN 631 555 ♦ 76 ♦14

CANADA 510 428 + 82 ♦19

SINGAPORE 426 376 ♦ 50 ♦13

NETHERLANDS 403 370 ♦ 33 ♦ 9

FRANCE 316 320 - 4 - 1

/domestic exports .......

FRIDAY, MAY 21, 1982

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DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE U.S. ROSE BY 12 PER CENT. SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS (BY $299 MILLION CR 121 PER CENT), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES ,BY $191 MILLION OP 35 PER CENT) AND CLOTHING (BY $83 MILLION OR 4 PER CENT). DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN TEXTILES (BY $22 MILLION CR 15 PER CENT) AND OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $176 MILLION OR 32 PER CENT).

INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE UNITED KINGDOM OF PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS (BY $35 MILLION OR 61 PER CENT) AND TEXTILES (BY $14 MILLION OR 16 PER CENT). DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF WATCHES AND CLOCKS DECLINED BY $26 MILLION OR 32 PER CENT.

MOST COMMODITIES EXPORTED TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY DECLINED IN VALUE, INCLUDING TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (DECLINED BY $22 MILLION OR 17 PER CENT) AND CLOTHING (DECLINED BY $97 MILLION OR 10 PER CENT). DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES INCREASED STEADILY (BY $12 MILLION OR 20 PER CENT).

SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE REGISTERED IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO CHINA OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $163 MILLION OR 211 PER CENT) AS WELL AS TEXTILES (BY $66 MILLION OR 59 PER CENT) AND IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF TEXTILES TO AUSTRALIA (BY $32 MILLION OR 29 PER CENT).

AN ANALYSIS OF CHANGES DIVISION IS PRESENTED BELOW

IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY I

JAN.-MAR. 1982 (HK$ MN) JAN.-MAR. 1981 (HK$ MN) INCREASE/ DECREASE (HK$ MN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

ARTICLES 5 843 OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 5 669 ♦ 174 ♦ 3

MISCELLANEOUS 3 024 MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS) 2 246 ♦778 ♦35

PHOTOGRAPHIC 1 730 APPARATUS, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 1 686 ♦ 44 ♦ 3

/ELBCTHICAL .......

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ELECTRICAL 1 394 1 109 >285 *26

MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (MAINLY TRANSISTORS AND DIODES AND HOUSEHOLD TYPE APPLIANCES)

TELE- 1 299 1 117 +182 +16

COMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT

TEXTILE 1 165 1 102 +63 +6

YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS

THE CHANGES IN IMPORTS SUMMARISED AS FOLLOWS i

FROM THE TEN MAJOR

SOURCES ARE

JAN.-MAR. 1982 (HK$ MN) JAN.-MAR. 1981 (HK$ MN) INCREASE/ DECREASE (HKS MN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

CHINA 7 471 6 044 ♦1 427 ♦24

JAPAN 7 101 7 480 -379 - 5

U.S.A. 3 485 3 310 +175 ♦ 5

TA IWAN 2 542 2 539 ♦ 3 1 NSIGNIF(CANT

SINGAPORE 2 538 2 307 ♦231 +13

U.K. 1 683 1 440 ♦243 +17

REPUBLIC OF 1 176 1 306 -130 -10

KOREA

(SOUTH KOREA)

F.R. OF 807 796 ♦ 11 ♦ 1

GERMANY

SWITZERLAND 643 722 - 79 -11

AUSTRALIA 508 399 +109 +27

/LOCAL DiCuiC'D .......

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local demand for imported goods from china remained strong. INCREASES WERE RECORDED MAINLY IN TEXTILES (BY $205 MILLION OR 24 PER CENT), CLOTHING (BY $214 MILLION OR 34 PER CENT), MEAT AND MEAT PREPARATIONS (BY $107 MILLION OR 52 PER CENT), AS WELL AS IRON AND STEEL (BY $104 MILLION OR 133 PER CENT).

AS FOR IMPORTS FROM JAPAN, INCREASES WERE NOTED FOR TEXTILE FABRICS (BY $119 MILLION OR 18 PER CENT) AS WELL AS GENERAL INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT, AND MACHINE PARTS (BY $65 MILLION OR 22 PER CENT). DECREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR TEXTILE YARN (BY $114 MILLION OR 41 PER CENT), ROAD VEHICLES (BY $151 MILLION OR 17 PER CENT) AS WELL AS TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $193 MILLION OR 26 PER CENT).

INCREASES IN IMPORTS FROM THE U.S. WERE LARGELY OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $89 MILLION OR 32 PER CENT), AS WELL AS TOBACCO AND TOBACCO MANUFACTURES (BY $53 MILLION OR 38 PER CENT). ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED IN THE IMPORTS OF OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $60 MILLION OR 16 PER CENT) AND ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS (BY $107 MILLION OR 42 PER CENT).

CONSIDERABLE INCREASES WERE REGISTERED IN IMPORTS OF PETROLEUM AND RELATED PRODUCTS FROM SINGAPORE (BY $138 MILLION OR 8 PER CENT), AND OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES FROM TAIWAN (BY $103 MILLION OR 40 PER CENT). IMPORTS OF TEXTILES FROM TAIWAN DECLINED (BY $79 MILLION OR 7 PER CENT).

THE FOLLOWING TABLE ILLUSTRATES THE MORE IMPORTANT CHANGES IN IMPORTS BY COMMODITY SECTION 1

INCREASE/

JAN.-MAR. 1982 JAN.-MAR. 1981 DECREASE PERCENTAGE (HK$ MN) (HK$ MN) (HK$ MN) CHANGE

MANUFACTURED 9 768 9 204 +564 + 6

GOODS CLASSIFIED CHIEFLY BY MATER IAL (MAINLY TEXTILE PRODUCTS, DIAMONDS, IRON AND STEEL, AND PAPER)

MACHINERY 7 481 7 099 *382 * 5

AND TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT

/MISCELLANEOUS .......

FHIBAY, MAY 21, 1962

mi.;:EuLa;.’Eous MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY WATCHES AND CLOCKS, ARTICLES OF APPAREL)

FOOD AND LIVE ANIMALS CHIEFLY FOR FOOD

MINERAL FUELS, LUBRICANTS AND RELATED MATERIALS

CHEMICALS AND RELATED PRODUCTS

5 315

3 626

2 810

2 184

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5 039 +276 + 5

3 075 +551 +18

2 404 +406 +17

2 112 +72 +3

SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH WAS RECORDED IN RE-EXPORTS TO CHINA (BY $212 MILLION OR 11 PER CENT), U.S.A. (BY $195 MILLION OR 19 PER CENT), SINGAPORE (BY $126 MILLION OR 17 PER CENT), INDONESIA (BY $116 MILLION OR 12 PER CENT), REPUBLIC OF KOREA (BY $116 MILLION OR 39 PER CENT), PHILIPPINES (BY $87 MILLION OR 33 PER CENT), TAIWAN (BY $58 MILLION OR 10 PER CENT) AND SAUDI ARABIA (BY $47 MILLION OR 44 PER CENT).

ON THE OTHER HAND, DECLINES WERE REGISTERED IN RE-EXPORTS TO FRANCE (BY $44 MILLION OR 41 PER CENT) AND U.K. (BY $205 MILLION OR 60 PER CENT).

MOST COMMODITIES RE-EXPORTED THROUGH HONG KONG EXHIBITED STRONG GROWTH, THE MORE SIGNIFICANT ONES BEING TEXTILES (BY $265 MILLION OR 16 PER CENT), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $148 MILLION OR 24 PER CENT), AND CLOTHING (BY $118 MILLION OR 25 PER CENT). DECREASES WERE REGISTERED IN RE-EXPORTS OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $85 MILLION OR 17 PER CENT), AND METALLIFEROUS ORES AND METAL SCRAP (BY $284 MILLION OR 90 PER CENT).

THE MARCH 1982 ISSUE OF THE +HONG KONG TRADE STATISTICS -SUMMARY* WILL SOON BE AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT HK$5 PER COPY.

A MORE COMPREHENSIVE REPORT, +HONG KONG EXTERNAL TRADE*, WITH A DETAILED ANALYSIS OF IMPORTS, EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS IN MARCH WILL BE PUBLISHED IN EARLY JUNE AND WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT HKS10 PER COPY. ENQUIRIES CONCERNING SUBSCRIPTIONS TO THESE REPORTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT BASKERVILLE HOUSE, HONG KONG (TEL. NO. 5-214375).

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NT UNDERTAKERS TO BE LICENSED * * ft

ALL UNDETAKERS OF BURIALS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL NEED TO BE LICENSED WHEN THE UNDERTAKERS OF BURIALS (NEW TERRITORIES) REGULATIONS 1981 COME INTO FORCE ON JUNE 1.

COMMENTING ON THE NEW REGULATIONS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID UNDERTAKERS, INCLUDING FUNERAL DIRECTORS, WILL HENCEFORTH BE LICENSED TO UNDERTAKE THE DISPOSAL OF THE DEAD IN CEMETERIES OR CREMATORIA ALLOTED FOR THE PURPOSES.

HOWEVER, THE NEW LEGISLATION WILL NOT AFFECT THE TRADITIONAL ROLE OF HELPERS AT VILLAGE BURIALS NOR THE CUSTOMS OF INDIGENOUS VILLAGERS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES IN BURYING THEIR DEAD, THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED.

THE LICENSING REQUIREMENTS AND CONTROLS OVER UNDERTAKERS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ARE THE SAME AS THOSE CONTAINED IN THE EXISTING LEGISLATION COVERING THE URBAN AREA.

AS THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THE NEW LEGISLATION IS TO IMPOSE CONTROLS AIMED AT PREVENTING ILLEGAL BURIALS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, THE UNDERTAKERS ARE REQUIRED UNDER THE NEW LEGISLATION TO KEEP REGISTERS CONTAINING DETAILS OF THE DECEASED, AND PARTICULARLY THE LOCATION OF SITES WHERE THE HUMAN REMAINS ARE DISPOSED OF.

THE FEE FOR UNDERTAKERS OF BURIALS LICENCE IS $1 OOO PER ANNUM AND APPLICATIONS CAN BE MADE AT THE LICENSING OFFICE OF THE NTSD HEADQUARTERS IN GOLDEN GATE COMMERCIAL BUILDING, 7TH FLOOR, 136-138 AUSTIN ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI.

AT PRESENT, THERE ARE NO FUNERAL PARLOUR IN THE NEW TERRITORIES. HOWEVER, WHEN SUCH ESTABLISHMENTS ARE BUILT, THEY WILL BE REQUIRED TO APPLY FOR LICENCES UNDER THE FUNERAL PARLOUR (NEW TERRITORIES) REGULATIONS 1981, WHICH ALSO COME INTO OPERATION ON JUNE 1.

THE PROVISIONS OF THE NEW LEGISLATION ARE TO ENSURE ANY PRIVATE FUNERAL PARLOURS TO BE BUILT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES IN THE FUTURE TO DISPOSE OF THE DEAD IN A PROPER MANNER WITHOUT RISK TO PUBLIC HEALTH. AGAIN, THIS LEGISLATION IS THE SAME AS EXISTING LEGISLATION COVERING THE URBAN AREA.

ANYONE WHO WISHES TO BUILD AND OPERATE A FUNERAL PARLOUR IN THE NEW TERRITORIES SHOULD CONTACT THE LICENSING OFFICE OF THE NTSD HEADQUARTERS.

FRIDAY, MAY 21, 1982

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-u "0 PROTECT HISTORICAL BUILDINGS AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES

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THE EXISTING LAW GIVING PROTECTION TO HISTORICAL BUILDINGS AMD ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES WILL BE IMPROVED UNDER A BILL PUBLISHED I in THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

NEW PROVISIONS LAID DOWN IN THE ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 WILL ALLOW THE GOVERNMENT TO START PROTECTION EARLIER AND AT THE SAME TIME SAFEGUARD THE LEGITIMATE RIGHTS OF PRIVATE OWNERS OR OCCUPIERS OF THE SITES.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE DRAWBACK IN THE PRESENT LEGISLATION IS THE TIME LAG BETWEEN IDENTIFICATION OF A POTENTIAL MONUMENT AND ITS FORMAL DECLARATION AS A +MONUMENT*.

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IN RECOMMENDING WHETHER A BUILDING OR PLACE SHOULD BE SO DECLARED, THE ANTIQUITIES ADVISORY BOARD HAS TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT NOT ONLY THE INHERENT MERIT OF THE BUILDING OR PLACE BUT ALSO OTHER FACTORS SUCH AS THE OWNER’S VIEWS AND ITS STRUCTURAL STABILITY.

ITS RECOMMENDATIONS ARE THEN MADE TO THE RELEVANT AUTHORITY (SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS IN THE URBAN AREAS, SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION IN THE NT) WHO CAN MAKE THE DECLARATION WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNC IL.

DURING THIS TIME THE BUILDING OR PLACE COULD BE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED GIVEN THE RAPID PACE OF DEVELOPMENT IN HONG KONG. THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

UNDER THE BILL NOW PROPOSED, THE AUTHORITY WILL BE ABLE TO DECLARE A POTENTIAL MONUMENT AS A +PROPOSED MONUMENT* WHILE ITS CASE IS BEING CONSIDERED AND GIVE IT THE SAME LEGAL PROTECTION AS A +MONUMENT+.

IT WILL BE AN OFFENCE TO DAMAGE, DESTROY OR MAKE ANY ALTERATIONS TO THE ^PROPOSED MONUMENT* WITHOUT THE PERMISSION OF THE AUTHORITY, HE SAID.

THE DECLARATION WILL BE VALID UP TO 12 MONTHS BUT WILL NOT BE RENEWABLE IF THE MONUMENT IS ON PRIVATE LAND.

EXISTING COMPENSATION PROVISIONS FOR +MONUMENTS* WILL BE EXTENDED TO THE OWNER OR LAWFUL OCCUPIER OF A +PROPOSED MONUMENT* WHO WILL ALSO HAVE THE RIGHT TO APPLY TO THE AUTHORITY FOR WITHDRAWAL OF THE DECLARATION AND TO APPEAL FURTHER TO THE GOVERNOR, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

/OTHSB IMPHOVSMEt.TJ ........

FRIDAY, MAY 21, 1982

OTHER IMPROVEMENTS ARE AS FOLLOWS*

* A CLEARER DEFINITION OF +MONUMENT+ IN THE ORDINANCE TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN A MONUMENT, AN HISTORICAL BUILDING, AND AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL OR PALEONTOLOGICAL SITE OR STRUCTURE ?

* A STREAMLINED ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENT, WITH THE DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES, WHO HAS BEEN EXERCISING THE FUNCTIONS OF THE AUTHORITY IN THE URBAN AREAS UNDER POWERS DELEGATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, AS THE SOLE AUTHORITY FOR ALL AREAS OF HONG KONG. HE WILL CONTINUE TO BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ANTIQUITIES ADVISORY BOARD, WITH THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION OR HIS REPRESENTATIVE AS VICE-CHAIRMAN;

* A STRONGER DETERRENT AGAINST OFFENDERS BY INCREASING THE EXISTING PENALTY TO A FINE OF |1OO 000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR ONE YEAR;

* ALLOWANCE FOR MORE FLEXIBILITY IN SERVING NOTICES TO OWNERS OR LAWFUL OCCUPIERS OF PRIVATE LAND BY REGISTERED MAIL, AND

* PROHIBITION AGAINST THE UNAUTHORISED USE OF METAL DETECTORS.

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SQUATTER CLEAN-UP PARSES TWO-THIRDS MARK

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THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT PASSED THE TWO-THIRDS MARK TODAY (FRIDAY) IN ITS BIG SWEEP OF HONG KONG’S SQUATTER AREAS.

THE DEPARTMENT’S WORKERS HAVE CLEANED UP 95 OF THE 137 SQUATTER COMMUNITIES IN THE TERRITORY.

ON HONG KONG ISLAND, 50 OUT OF 74 SETTLEMENTS HAVE BEEN BLITZED. OF THESE, 19 ARE IN EASTERN DISTRICT, FIVE IN WESTERN DISTRICT, AND 26 IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT.

IN KOWLOON, 45 OUT OF 60 SETTLEMENTS HAVE BEEN COVERED, INCLUDING FOUR IN KOWLOON CITY, 16 IN KWUN TONG, 19 IN WONG TAI SIN AND SEVEN IN SHAM SHU I PO.

WHILE SOME OF THESE SETTLEMENTS ARE NOW SATISFACTORILY CLEAN, MANY STILL REQUIRE A SECOND CLEAN-UP BEFORE THE END OF JUNE BECAUSE OF THE LONG-TIME ACCUMULATION OF RUBBISH THERE.

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1982 WATER SPORTS SAFETY CAMPAIGN

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A WATER SPORTS SAFETY DEMONSTRATION WILL BE HELD THIS SUNDAY (MAY 23) AT THE OUTWARD BOUND SCHOOL IN TAI MONG TSAI, SAI KUNG, TO LAUNCH THIS YEAR’S WATER SPORTS SAFETY CAMPAIGN.

IT IS ORGANISED BY THE COMMITTEE ON SAFETY IN OUTDOOR PURSUITS WITH THE ASSISTANCE AND CO-OPERATION OF WATER SPORTS BODIES AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

A NUMBER OF AQUATIC SPORTS SUCH AS SWIMMING, DIVING, CANOEING, DINGHY SAILING, WINDSURFING AND BOATING WILL BE FEATURED IN THE EVENT AND THERE WILL BE DEMONSTRATIONS BY THE EXPERTS ON THE *DO’S+ AND *DON’TS+ FOR EACH ACTIVITY.

SPEAKING TONIGHT (FRIDAY) AT THE DINNER MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF KWUN TONG, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON SAFETY IN OUTDOOR PURSUITS, MR CHAM SIU-LEUN SAIDi +THIS EVENT IS AN IMPORTANT AND MAJOR VEHICLE IN THE OVERALL PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN TO DRIVE HOME THE ’PLAY SAFE’ MESSAGE TO ALL THOSE WHO ENJOY WATER SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.*

+OUR BASIC AND VITAL MESSAGE IS i THERE ARE FAR TOO MANY AVOIDABLE ACCIDENTS AT SEA AND OFF OUR BEACHES EACH YEAR. IF PEOPLE CAN JUST EXERCISE MORE COMMON SENSE AND CARE, A LOT OF ACCIDENTS CAN WELL BE AVOIDED,* HE CONTINUED.

♦THROUGH THE COVERAGE OF THE MASS MEDIA, IT IS HOPED THAT THE MESSAGE WILL REACH ALL SECTORS OF THE SOCIETY AND THAT ACCIDENT RATES IN AQUATIC SPORTS WILL DROP FURTHER,♦ MR CHAM ADDED.

MR CHAM POINTED OUT THAT ALTHOUGH THERE HAD BEEN AN ENCOURAGING DECLINE IN THE NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS IN SOME AQUATIC ACTIVITIES IN 1981 AS COMPARED WITH 1980, THE COMMITTEE ON SAFETY IN OUTDOOR PURSUITS WILL CONTINUE TO EDUCATE AND REMIND THE PUBLIC THAT SAFETY RULES SHOULD NEVER BE FORGOTTEN OR OVERLOOKED.

THIS YEAR’S PUBLICITY PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE A WATER SPORTS SAFETY FILM TO BE SHOWN IN SCHOOLS AND YOUTH ORGANISATIONS, AND A SERIES OF WATER SPORTS SAFETY POSTERS.

PUBLICITY IN SAFETY IN WATER SPORTS IS ONLY ONE ASPECT OF THE WORK OF THE COMMITTEE. THE COMMITTEE LOOKS INTO THE SAFETY ASPECTS CF ALL RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES, ESPECIALLY HIGH RISK ONES, AND ADVISES GOVERNMENT ON THE PROPER PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES.

♦WE ARE, THEREFORE, EQUALLY CONCERNED ABOUT SAFETY IN LAND-ORIENTED OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES,♦ MR CHAM SAID.

♦IN SEPTEMBER, WE WILL BE ORGANISING A LAND SPORTS PLAY SAFE DAY TO PUBLICISE SAFETY MESSAGES FOR LAND ACTIVITIES,+ HE ADDED.

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PODIUM OF KCR DEPOT

HANDED OVER FOR PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT * * * *

"HE 2.7-HECTARE PODIUM ABOVE THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY DEPOT A- - -,NG LAU, SHA TIN, WAS TODAY (FRIDAY) HANDED OVER TO THE PRIVATE DEVELOPER WHO IS TO BUILD A LARGE HIGH QUALITY RESIDENTIAL JNL COMMERCIAL COMPLEX ON THE SITE OVER-LOOKING THE SHA TIN RACECOURSE.

IN A BRIEF CEREMONY, THE DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT, MR JOHN DON, OFFICIALLY HANDED OVER THE PODIUM TO MR LI KA-SHING, CHAIRMAN OF YEE PANG REALTY LTD, A JOINT VENTURE ETWEEN CHEUNG KONG (HOLDINGS) LTD. AND KIU KWONG INVESTMENT LTD.

MR DON SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD BUILT THE PODIUM DECK TO ALLOW THE DEVELOPMENT OF A PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL CENTRE POR ABOUT 3 OOO PEOPLE.

HE ADDED THAT THE PODIUM TOOK ABOUT 27 MONTHS TO BUILD. THE WORK INCLUDED THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SECTION OF AN ELEVATED ROAD TO GIVE ACCESS TO THE SITE FROM LOK LAM ROAD ON THE EASTERN SIDE OF THE KCR DEPOT.

MR LI SAID THAT EIGHT 33-STOREY APARTMENT BLOCKS AND A FIVE-STOREY COMMERCIAL COMPLEX, TOPPED BY A 12-STOREY RESIDENTIAL BUILDING WITH SUFFICIENT COVERED CAR PARKING SPACES, WOULD BE ERECTED ON THE SITE.

THE EIGHT TOWER BLOCKS WILL INCLUDE 528 FLATS WITH AN AVERAGE GROSS AREA OF 224 SQUARE METRES PER FLAT. THE 12-STOREY RESIDENTIAL BLOCK ABOVE THE COMMERCIAL COMPLEX WILL HAVE 48 DUPLEX UNITS OF ABOUT 188 SQUARE METRES EACH.

THE DEVELOPMENT WILL BE LANDSCAPED AND HAVE COMMUNITY FACILITIES, INCLUDING A SWIMMING POOL, TWO TENNIS COURTS, A BOWLING ALLEY, HEALTH CLUB, EXERCISE ROOM, YOUTH CENTRE AND CLINIC.

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KWUN

TONG TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS * * *

SUNDAYPrMlYL'>i?RFnfEAnAHT INTR0DUCED IN KWUN TONG FROM

Ind 5 AM fOR ROAD SoRK? CONSECUTIVE MORNINGS BETWEEN 1 AM

NORTHBOUND VEHICLES FROM LAI YIP STREET WILL ONLY BE ALLOWED

TO TURN LEFT ONTO KWUN TONG ROAD WESTBOUND.

FROM

M0VEMENTS FR0M KWUN TONG ROAD INTO LAI YIP STREET Be BANNED.

pntJd ELEGANCE ROAD WILL BE PROHIBITED

cNitKlNG LAI YIP STREET.

REMAINRUNCHANGEDND AND WESTB0UND TRAFFIC ON KWUN TONG ROAD

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HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB MUSIC FUND ***** ft

SCHOOLS, MUSIC AND DANCE ORGANISATIONS CAN NOW APPLY FOR GRANTS FROM THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB MUSIC FUND FOR THE YEAR 1982/83.

THE GRANT AIMS AT DEVELOPING AND PROMOTING MUSIC AND DANCE THROUGH EDUCATION, TRAINING AND OTHER ASSOCIATED ACTIVITIES.

THE FUND IS ADMINISTERED BY A BOARD OF TRUSTEES CHAIRED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (FRIDAY), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MUSIC FUND SAID, *GRANTS ARE GIVEN FOR THE PROCUREMENT OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AND EQUIPMENT, PAYING INSTRUCTORS’ FEES, PURCHASING MUSIC BOOKS AND SCORES, AND ORGANISING TRAINING CLASSES, CONCERTS, MASTER CLASSES AND MUSIC CAMPS.*

♦THE LIST IS INEXHAUST IVE,* HE CONTINUED.

♦APPLICATION FOR GRANTS FROM THE FUND FOR ANY PURPOSES WHICH CONFORM WITH THE OVERALL EDUCATIONAL AIM OF THE FUND ARE WELCOME,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

NEARLY 13 MILLION HAS BEEN GRANTED TO 240 SCHOOLS, 61 MUSIC/DANCE ORGANISATIONS AND 22 VOLUNTARY AGENCIES TO DATE.

APPLICATION IS OPEN TO ALL REGISTERED NON-PROFIT-MAKING ORGANISATIONS, THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT.

APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB MUSIC FUND OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, 3/F, 11 ICE HOUSE STREET- THE MUSIC OFFICE HEADQUARTERS, 9/F, HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE AND ITS CENTRES IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE CLOSING DATE IS MONDAY, JUNE 14, 1982. FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE OBTAINED ON 5-951859.

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YOUNG TREES AVAILABLE FOR NT SCHOOLS *****

NEW TERRITORIES SCHOOL MASTERS WERE TODAY (FRIDAY) URGED TO COLLECT VQUNG TREES AND SEEDLINGS FROM THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO ENHANCE THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF THEIR SCHOOL COMPOUND.

MAKING THE APPEAL, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (NORTH REGION) OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR BOWEN LEUNG, SAID THAT STAFF MEMBERS OF HIS DEPARTMENT WOULD BE ARRANGED TO GIVE ADVICE ON TREE PLANTING IF REQUESTED.

MR LEUNG WAS SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY TO MARK THE TAI PO TREE PLANTING DAY AT AN OPEN SPACE AT TING KOK ROAD TODAY (FRIDAY).

MORE THAN 100 SCHOOL CHILDREN AND COMMUNITY LEADERS TOOK PART IN THE EVENT AND PLANTED SOME 60 EVERGREEN TREES AT A BARREN SPOT IN THE NEW TOWN.

TODAY’S JOINT EFFORTS WERE AIMED AT AROUSING PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE SIGNIFICANT ROLE OF TREE PLANTING IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE Ml FA (BEAUTIFICATION) PHASE OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN.

MR LEUNG SAID WHEN THE YOUNG TREES MATURE IN THE YEARS AHEAD, THEY WILL CREATE A PLEASANT ENVIRONMENT FOR THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.

HE ALSO PAID TRIBUTE TO THE PUBLIC-SPIRITED SCHOOL CHILDREN WHO HELPED MAKE THE TREE PLANTING DAY A SUCCESS.

APART FROM PLANTING MORE TREES TO MAKE THE NEW TOWN A MORE PLEASANT PLACE TO LIVE IN, MR LEUNG SAID THE NTSD ALSO PLAYED AN ACTIVE ROLE IN THE METICULOUS CARE OF TREES.

HE APPEALED TO THE RESIDENTS TO PLEDGE THEIR FULL SUPPORT TO THE BEAUTIFICATION SCHEME AND STOP THE MALPRACTICE OF TREE VANDALISM.

ALSO TAKING PART IN THE CEREMONY WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF TAI PO RURAL COMMITTEE, MR CHEUNG WAI-LUM, THE DISTRICT OFFICER OF TAI PO, KR LO KAR-CHUN, THE CHAIRMAN OF SAI KUNG NORTH RURAL COMMITTEE, MR LAM PAK-PING, THE CHAIRMAN OF ENVIRONMENT IMPROVEMENT AND WORKS SUB-COMMITTEE OF TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD, MR CHEUNG HON-KAU, AND THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER OF TAI PO, MR LAU PEI-PING.

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HEALTH TALK for CHEUNG SHAN ESTATE OLD PEOPLE *****

ABOUT 70 ELDERLY PEOPLE AT CHEUNG SHAN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE N TSUEN WAN ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND A HEALTH TALK TOMORROW SATURDAY) AT ’HE LUTHERAN SCHOOL AT THE ESTATE.

STARTING AT 2.30 PM, THE EVENT WILL FIRST BEGIN WITH A GENERAL MEDICAL CHECK-UP FOR THOSE ATTENDING BY A VOLUNTEER DOCTOR AND FOUR NURSES.

THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A TALK BY THE DOCTOR ON COMMON ILLNESSES AMONG OLD PEOPLE AND PREVENTIVE MEASURES.

ORGANISED BY THE TSUEN WAN LUTHERAN CHURCH, THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE THREE MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AT THE ESTATE, THE TALK IS AIMED AT AROUSING OLD PEOPLE’S AWARENESS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING GOOD HEALTH.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE SAID TODAY THAT MORE SUCH FUNCTIONS WOULD BE ORGANISED IN FUTURE IF THE TALK WAS WELL RECEIVED.

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BALLET PERFORMANCES IN NT * * *

TWO BALLET PERFORMANCES WILL BE STAGED BY THE HONG KONG ACADEMY BALLET COMPANY AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL AUDITORIUM ON JUNE 12 (SATURDAY) AT 7.30 PM AND LUT SAU HALL, YUEN LONG ON JUNE 19 (SATURDAY) AT 7.30 PM RESPECTIVELY.

THE GUEST CHOREOGRAPHER FOR THESE PERFORMANCES, TO BE PRESENTED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES CULTURAL PRESENTATIONS OFFICE OF THE CULTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, IS JACK CARTER. THE BALLETS CHOREOGRAPHED BY HIM ARE +SUMMER DAY+ AND +THREE DANCES TO JAPANESE MUSIC*.

THE OTHER DANCES ARE +NAPOLI* CHOREOGRAPHED BY A. BOURNONVILLE AND ♦ PAS DE QUATRE* BY WALTER GORE.

+SUMMER DAY* IS A SETTING FOR ONE GIRL AND TWO BOYS TO DEBUSSY’S +L’APRES-MIDI D’UNFAUNE*.

+THREE DANCES TO JAPANESE MUSIC*, ORIGINALLY CHOREOGRAPHED FOR SCOTTISH BALLET IN 1973, IS AN IMPRESSIVE WORK WHICH REFLECTS THE ENORMOUS IMPACT THE CHOREOGRAPHER RECEIVED DURING HIS STAY IN JAPAN. THIS IS A BALLET USING DEVICES OF KABUKI, NOH AND BUNRAKU AS SEEN THROUGH WESTERN EYES.

♦NAPOLI* IS A CASCADE OF DANCE AND WEDDING CELEBRATIONS DESCRIBING THE STORY OF A YOUNG NEOPOLITAN FISHERMAN AND HIS BRIDE.

♦PAS DE QUATRE+ IS A RECREATION OF A LEGEND WHEN FOUR MOST FAMOUS ROMANTIC BALLERINAS PERFORMED BEFORE QUEEN VICTORIA ON JULY 12, 1945.

TICKETS RANGING FROM 35 TO '-20 ARE AVAILABLE AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL AND LUT SAU HALL BOX OFF ICES AS WELL AS THE NEW TERRITORIES MOBILE LIBRARY.

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SEVEN NT SITES FOR LETTER A AND B TENDER ******

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING APPLICATIONS FROM REGISTERED OWNERS OF LAND EXCHANGE ENTITLEMENTS (LETTER A AND B) FOR SEVEN NEW TERRITORIES SITES.

THE SITES, HAVING A TOTAL AREA OF MORE THAN 3.5 HECTARES, ARE FOR NON-INDUSTRI AL, RESIDENTIAL AND INDUSTRIAL/GODOWN DEVELOPMENT.

OF THE SITES, THREE ARE IN SHA TIN NEW TOWN, THREE IN YUEN LONG NEW TOWN AND ONE IN TAI PO NEW TOWN.

TWO OF THE SHA TIN SITES, WHICH OVERLOOK THE RACE COURSE, ARE FOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT. THE LARGER ONE MEASURES ABOUT 1.88 HECTARES AND THE SMALLER ONE HAS AN AREA OF ABOUT 871 SQUARE METRES.

THE REMAINING SHA TIN SITE NEAR FO TAN, MEASURING ABOUT 2 873 SQUARE METRES, IS FOR INDUSTRIAL AND/OR GODOWN PURPOSES.

THE THREE YUEN LONG SITES AND THE TAI PO SITE ARE ALL FOR NON-INDUSTRI AL DEVELOPMENT. THE TAI PO SITE, COVERING AN AREA OF ABOUT 1.197 HECTARES, IS THE LARGEST AND THE YUEN LONG SITES ICASURE 253, 367 AND 451 SQUARE METRES RESPECTIVELY.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS JUNE 18.

APPLICATION FORMS, APPLICATION NOTICES AND CONDITIONS OF SALE ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING, 5TH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD- THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (WEST WING), GROUND FLOOR- THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE (KOWLOON WEST). 1OTH FLOOR, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD AND AT THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES OF SHA TIN, TUEN MUN, YUEN LONG, TSUEN WAN, TAI PO, NORTH, SAI KUNG AND ISLANDS.

SALES PLANS MAY ALSO BE INSPECTED AT THESE OFFICES.

FRIDAY, MAY 21, 1982

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FIRE SERVICES PASSING OUT PARADE * * *

THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT MAINTAINS A CONSTANT VIGIL WITH A HIGHLY TRAINED, DISCIPLINED FORCE OF MEN AND WOMEN TO 2EAL WITH ALL MANNER OF EMERGENCIES AND ON WHOM THE COMMUNITY CF HONG KONG CAN CALL IN THEIR TIMES OF NEED. THIS WAS STATED TODAY (FRIDAY) BY THE CHIEF FIRE OFFICER OF HONG KONG FIRE COMMAND, MR M. KINGDOM.

♦EVEN SO THOSE WHOM WE ARE PROUD TO SERVE ARE OFTEN CRITICAL CF OUR EFFORTS AND ON THESE OCCASIONS YOU WILL FIND IT NECESSARY TO TEMPER YOUR OWN FRUSTRATIONS WITH COMPASSION FOR THOSE WHO HAVE SUFFERED LOSSES,♦ HE SAID.

SPEAKING AT THE PASSING OUT PARADE OF FOUR SQUADS OF FIREMEN AT THE FIRE SERVICES TRAINING SCHOOL AT PAT HEUNG, NEW TERRITORIES, 14? KINGDOM URGED THE NEWLY GRADUATED FIREMEN TO HAVE PRIDE IN THEMSELVES COMBINED WITH THEIR SERVICE, AND THE COMMUNITY THEY SERVE WILL BE PROUD OF THEM.

HE REMINDED THE GRADUATES THAT DURING THEIR CAREER THEY WILL COME ACROSS ALL MANNER AND FORM OF DISTRESS, TRAGEDY AND SUFFERING.

♦THE EFFICIENT MANNER IN WHICH YOU PERFORM YOUR DUTIES, THE COMPASSION AND SUCCOUR YOU SHOW AND EXTEND TO THOSE WHO HAVE DIRECTLY SUSTAINED INJURIES, AND THE CONSIDERATION YOU EXTEND TO THEIR KINFOLK AND FRIENDS WILL BRING RELIEF AND REASSURANCES TO THEM IN THEIR HOUR OF NEED,+ HE ADDED.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

A PHOTOGRAPH SHOWING THE CHIEF FIRE OFFICER OF HONG KONG FIRE COMMAND, MR M. KINGDOM INSPECTING THE NEWLY GRADUATED FIREMEN AT THE PASSING OUT PARADE HELD TODAY AT THE FIRE SERVICES TRAINING SCHOOL AT PAT HEUNG, NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION AT THE GIS PRESS BOX THIS (FRIDAY) EVENING.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, MAY 22, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

BONSAI SHOW - A REAL TREAT FOR ALL ............................. 1

DDCA ATTENDS AVIATION CONFERENCES .............................. 2

TREE PLANTING BY TSUEN WAN STUDENTS......,...................... 2

YUEN LONG INDUSTRIAL SITE FOR SALE.............................. 3

WORKS IN VICTORIA BARRACKS ..................................... 3

LEARNER DRIVER PROHIBITION ..................................... 3

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ................................. 4

SALT WATER CUT IN CHAI WAN' .................................... 4

URBAN CLEARWAY ON AUSTIN ROAD................................... 4

SATURDAY, MAY 22, 1982

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BONSAI SHOW - A REAL TREAT FOR ALL * * *

MORE THAN 1 OOO PEOPLE HAD AN ENJOYABLE WEEKEND TODAY AT CHING CHUNG KOON, A TAOIST MONASTERY IN TUEN MUN, APPRECIATING SOME 400 RARE AND VALUABLE ITEMS OF BONSAI AND FLOWER PLANTS.

AS THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR NEW TERRITORIES,

MR IAN MACPHERSON, PUT IT: +THIS IS A REAL TREAT FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS AS WELL AS OUTSIDE VISITORS AND OVERSEAS TOURISTS.*

ALSO ON DISPLAY AT THE 10-DAY SHOW WERE WINNING ENTRIES OF A BONSAI COMPETITION FOR STUDENTS AND THE PUBLIC.

ORGANISED BY THE KOON, AND SPONSORED BY THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD AND THE HONG KONG TOURIST ASSOCIATION, THE SHOW HAS RUN INTO THE THIRD YEAR AND BECOME A +SIGNIFICANT AND COLOURFUL EVENT* FOR THE DISTRICT, SAID MR MACPHERSON.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, HE SAID BONSAI AND THE KEEPING OF HOUSE PLANTS HAD BECOME A VERY POPULAR PASTIME IN RECENT YEARS.

♦MINIATURE TREES AND POTTED PLANTS HAVE PLAYED AN EVER-GROWING ROLE IN BEAUTIFYING THE FAMILY ENVIRONMENT AND IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR MANY OF US LIVING IN THIS OVERCROWDED CITY.*

BESIDES OFFERING AN EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY TO APPRECIATE THE FASCINATING TRADITIONAL ART OF BONSAI, THE SHOW ALSO HELPED TO REMIND PEOPLE OF THE NEED TO DEVELOP AN INTERESTING HOBBY AND TO TAKE A MORE BALANCED APPROACH TO LIFE, AMID THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF THE BUSY DAILY CHORES, HE SAID.

MR MACPHERSON ADDED THAT THE SHOW TIED IN WELL WITH THE MEI FA PHASE OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN, THE PURPOSE OF WHICH WAS TO GROW MORE PLANTS TO BEAUTIFY THE ENVIRONMENT.

HE ALSO COMMENDED THE KOON FOR ITS INITIATIVE AND IMAGINATION IN STAGING THE SHOW AND ITS INVOLVEMENT IN THE COMMUNITY LIFE AND ACTIVITIES OF TUEN MUN.

♦IT HAS NOW PROVIDED TWO MUCH-NEEDED FREE MEDICAL CLINICS, ONE KINDERGARTEN AND TWO HOMES FOR THE AGED IN THIS RAPIDLY EXPANDING TOWNSHIP AND PLANS ARE AFOOT TO PROVIDE MORE COMMUNITY FACILITIES IN THE DISTRICT.*

THE SHOW OPENS DAILY FROM 9 AM TO 6 PM. ADMISSION IS FREE.

SATURDAY, MAY 22, 1932

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DDCA ATTENDS AVIATION CONFERENCES * * *

fl J.T, THORPE, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION, HAS LEFT FOR FRANCISCO TO ATTEND THE 1982 IAT (INTERNATIONAL AIR TRA iSPO'.’kTION) CONFERENCE AND THE AOCI (AIRPORT OPERATORS COUNCIL INTERNATIONAL) TECHNICAL COMMITTEE MEETING.

THE THREE-DAY IAT CONFERENCE, OPENING ON MONDAY (MAY 24) WILL DEAL WITH TOPICS COVERING AIRLINE OPERATIONS AND ECONOMICS, AIRPORT FACILITIES MODERNISATION AND DEVELOPMENT, AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEMS, AND AIRCRAFT NOISE MEASUREMENT, CONTROL AND ABATEMENT PROCEDURES.

IT WILL PROVIDE A USEFUL CHANNEL FOR HEADS AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE AIRLINES, AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURERS, AIRPORTS, GOVERNMENTAL AND OTHER ORGANISATIONS TO DISCUSS SUBJECTS OF BOTH INDUSTRY-WIDE AND SPECIFIC TECHNICAL INTEREST.

THE AOCI TECHNICAL COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY WILL FOCUS ITS DISCUSSIONS ON TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF AIRPORT OPERATION, FACILITATION, DESIGN AND PLANNING.

THERE WILL ALSO BE BRIEFING SESSIONS AND A TOUR OF THE SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FOR THE PARTICIPANTS.

TREE PLANTING BY TSUEN WAN STUDENTS * * *

ABOUT 150 STUDENTS FROM 12 SCHOOLS IN TSUEN WAN TODAY (SATURDAY) TOOK PART IN A TREE-PLANT I NG EXERCISE AT THE POPULAR LIDO BEACH.

THE EXERCISE WAS PART OF THE DISTRICT-W'DE CAMPAIGN ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERT;'TORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT \D COINCIDED WITH THE MEI FA (BEAUTIFICATION) PHASE CF THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN.

IN TODAY’S EXERCISE, MORE THAN 200 EVERGREENS WERE PLANTED AT LIDO BEACH BY THE STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT SUB-COMMITTEE CF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD, MR HO TZE-PING, TOLD THE GATHERING THAT THE TREES WOULD ADD COLOUR TO THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF THE AREA.

HE SAID MORE THAN 20 000 TREES, SHRUBS, CLIMBERS AND CREEPERS WOULD BE PLANTED AT VARIOUS BEACHES, SCHOOL COMPOUND, PLAYGROUNDS AND AMENITY PLOTS IN TSUEN WAN DURING THE CURRENT PLANTING SEASON.

MR HO URGED TSUEN WAN "S DENTS TO GIVE "'"HEIR WHOLE-1 EARTED SUPPORT TO HELP MAKE THE BF ■ (CATION SCHEME A SUCCESS.

ALSO TAKING PART IK TODAY’S EXERCISE WERE THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOP (SOUTH REGISN) 0- N • 'RPR,TORIES SE-VIf-O, me TANG PANGYEN- T-E URBAN SERVICES ’SlEx - 1, Yl -C-EULS-

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YUEN LONG INDUSTRIAL SITE FOR SALE * * * *

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS OFFERING A SITE AT YUEN LONG NDUSTRIAL AREA FOR SALE BY TENDER.

THE SITE, WITH AN AREA OF ABOUT 2 500 SQUARE METRES, IS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A MULTI-STOREY CAR REPAIR WORKSHOP.

IT COVERS A BUILDING COVENANT OF $15 MILLION WHICH SHOULD BE DEVELOPED BEFORE JUNE, 1986.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR TENDERS IS NOON JUNE 18, 1982.

TENDER FORMS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, 5TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG- DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE (KOWLOON WEST), 10TH FLOOR, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD- AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES OF SHA TIN, TAI PO, NORTH, YUEN LONG, TSUEN WAN, TUEN MUN, SAI KUNG AND ISLANDS.

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WORKS IN VICTORIA BARRACKS * * *

TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED BY THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF ROAD CONNECTIONS AND DRAINAGE WITHIN THE FORMER VICTORIA BARRACKS.

THE WORK FORMS THE SECOND STAGE OF A GRADE-SEPARATED INTERCHANGE AND ASSOCIATED ROAD WORKS PROJECT FOR THE VICTORIA BARRACKS DEVELOPMENT SCHEME WHICH WILL INCLUDE A GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, THE NEW SUPREME COURT AND OTHER PRIVATE DEVELOPMENTS.

THE FIRST STAGE OF THE PROJECT WHICH CONSISTS MAINLY OF A FLYOVER ACROSS QUEENSWAY IS NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

WORK ON THE SECOND STAGE WILL INVOLVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF CARRIAGEWAYS, STORMWATER BOX-CULVERT, RETAINING WALLS, A SPIRAL ACCESS RAMP TO THE VICTORIA COMMUNITY CENTRE AND OTHER ANCILLARY WORKS.

WORKS WILL COMMENCE IN JULY AND TAKE ABOUT 16 MONTHS’ TO COMPLETE.

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LEARNER DRIVER PROHIBITION

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IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, LEARNER DRIVERS WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING ROUTE TWISK SOUTH OF KAM TIN ROAD FROM ID ,M ON TUESDAY (MAY 25).

THE SAME RESTRICTION WILL APPLY TO TEXACO ROAD NORTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH SHING MUN ROAD.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS

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THE TRAN =>ORT DEPARTMENT TODAY (SATURDAY) ANNOUNCED THAT -ROM 5 PM ON MONDAY (MAY 24), THE WESTBOUND BUS ONLY LANE ON UNG’S ROAD BETWEEN TONG SHU I ROAD AND COMFORT TERRACE WILL BE OPEN TO ALL VEHICLES FOR ABOUT SIX WEEKS.

AND ON TUESDAY (MAY 25) AND THE FOLLOWING DAY, THE GLOUCESTER ROAD FLYOVER LEADING FROM NORTH POINT TO THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 4 AM TO 6 AM. DURING THE CLOSURE, TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA GLOUCESTER ROAD WESTBOUND. O’FRIA1 ROAD, LOCKHART ROAD, FLEMING ROAD AND GLOUCESTER ROAD EASTBOUND.

THE TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ARE TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS IN THE TWO AREAS.

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SALT WATER CUT IN CHAI WAN

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SALT WATER SUPPLY TO CHAI WAN DISTRICT WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SIX HOURS FROM 10 AM TO 4 PM ON TUESDAY (MAY 25).

THIS IS TO FACILITATE WORK ON THE SUPPLY SYSTEM OF THE CHAI WAN SALT WATER SERVICE RESERVOIR.

URBAN CLEARWAY ON AUSTIN ROAD

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THE SECTION OF AUSTIN ROAD BETWEEN CHATHAM D SOUTH AND JORDAN PATH WILL BE DESIGNATED AS AN URBAN CLEAcwAY FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (MAY 25).

WITHIN THE SECTION, NO VEHICLE WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS AND G%DS BETWEEN 7 AM AND 7 PM DAILY.

FURTHERMORE, THE SOUTHERN CARRIAGEWAY BETWEEN THE SAME SECTION AND PINE TREE HILL ROAD WILL ALSO BE AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 13 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM EVERY D >.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, MAY 23, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

RECORD NUMBER OF PASSENGERS USED PUBLIC TRANSPORT LAST YEAR . 1

NUMBER OF COMPANIES EXCEEDS 100 000 ............................ 3

VOTERS ADVISED TO REPORT CHANGES IN ADDRESSES .................. 4

TEACHERS INVITED TO TAKE PART IN CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT PROJECT ........................................................ 5

WORK TO START SOON ON NEW CLINIC IN KWUN TONG................... 6

COURSE ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND HEALTH FOR MIDDLE MANAGEMENT 7

RE-ROUTING OF TA CHUEi PING STREET ............................. 7

TRAINING COURSE TOR NT LIFEGUARDS .............................. 8

NTSD MOVES NORTH REGIONAL HQS .................................. 8

AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS ................................. 9

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN AUSTIN ROAD ............................. 9

SUNDAY, MAY 23, 1982

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RECORD .UMBER OF PASSENGERS USED PUBLIC TRANSPORT LAST YEAR ******

THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR ALAN ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT, IN HIS ANNUAL REPORT FOR 1981 HAS REFERRED TO A GROWING DILEMMA BETWEEN THE LEVEL OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES THE PUBLIC IS ENTITLED TO EXPECT, AND THE FARES NECESSARY TO SUPPORT BETTER SERV ICES.

+WE HAVE NOW PASSED THE STAGE WHERE PUBLIC TRANSPORT IS FULL ALL DAY,+ HE SAID. +THIS CHANGE IS WELCOME IN THAT IT REFLECTS THAT SUPPLY IS CATCHING UP WITH DEMAND AT PEAK PERIODS, BUT THIS ALSO MEANS THAT SERVICES ARE UNDER-UTILISED AT OTHER TIMES OF THE DAY — A PATTERN WHICH WILL REDUCE COST EFFECTIVENESS AND WHICH IS TYPICAL OF OTHER ADVANCED CITIES.*

THE COMMISSIONER SAID THAT THE REVIEW OF BUS COMPANIES’ OPERATIONS ORDERED BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL IN APRIL 1981 HAD FOUND THAT KMB’S OPERATIONS WERE COST-EFFECTIVE, AND THAT SIGNIFICANT ECONOMIES COULD ONLY BE ACHIEVED BY CUTS IN SERVICES WHICH COULD NOT BE ACCEPTED.

WITH REGARD TO CMB, HOWEVER, THE REPORT EXPRESSED CONTINUED CONCERN OVER THE COMPANY’S PERSISTENT INABILITY TO MOBILISE SUFFICIENT OF ITS FLEET TO MEET ITS SCHEDULES, AND TO COMMIT ITSELF TO IMPROVEMENTS IN SERVICES.

PROBLEMS OF BUS MAINTENANCE WERE IDENTIFIED BY THE REVIEW CF CMB WHICH TOGETHER WITH KMB, ALSO SUFFERED FROM A SHORTAGE OF DRIVERS.

DURING 1981 FRANCHISED BUS CAPACITY INCREASED BY A RECORD 16 PER CENT, MAINLY DUE TO INCREASES IN THE NUMBERS OF HIGH CAPACITY BUSES IN THE FLEETS. THIS WAS IN KEEPING WITH THE EFFORTS TO REDUCE OVERCROWDING, AND IN FACT, OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS CAPACITY HAS INCREASED BY OVER 40 PER CENT WHICH GREATLY OUTSTRIPPED THE INCREASE IN PATRONAGE OF ONLY EIGHT PER CENT.

MR ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT SAID THAT THIS SHOULD HAVE RESULTED IN A VERY SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENT IN BUS SERVICES. HOWEVER, COMMUTERS WERE BEING DENIED THE FULL BENEFIT OF GREATLY EXPANDED BUS FLEETS BECAUSE OF GROWING ROAD CONGESTION.

MR ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT SAID THAT SOME IMPROVEMENTS TO OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY OF BUS SERVICES WERE ACHIEVED BY TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEMES AND MANY MORE BUS PRIORITY MEASURES WERE ON THE WAY.

ON FERRIES, MR ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT SAID THEY CONTINUED TO PLAY A MAJOR ROLE IN THE TRANSPORT SYSTEM, PROVIDING CROSS-HARBOUR SERVICES AND THE ONLY MEANS OF GETTING TO THE OUTLYING ISLANDS BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT.

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COASTAL FER' LINKS WERE FURTHER IMPROVED WITH THE INTRODUCTION CF THE SERVICES FROM TUEN MUN AND A NEW NETWORK FROM A NEW PIER AT CHAI WAN.

THE NUMBER OF PASSENGER JOURNEYS ON ALL FORMS OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT INCREASED BY A STAGGERING 89 MILLION COMPARED WITH 1980, LARGELY DUE TO THE GROWING POPULARITY OF THE MTR.

HE DESCRIBED HONG KONG’S EXISTING PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM AS BEING SECOND TO NONE IN TERMS OF INTENSITY, PRODUCTIVITY AND DIVERSITY.

THE COMPREHENSIVE RANGE OF TRANSPORT SERVICES AVAILABLE LAST YEAR INCLUDED SOME 3 500 FRANCHISED BUSES AND COACHES, 4 350 MINIBUSES, 11 000 TAXIS, 165 DOUBLE-DECK TRAMS, 100 FERRY VESSELS, 60 UNDERGROUND TRAINS OPERATED BY THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY, AND THE KCR WHICH WAS IN THE PROCESS OF BEING ELECTRIFIED.

THE REPORT FORECAST THE ACCELERATED DEVELOPMENT OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT MORE TAILORED TO LOCAL NEEDS. MAXICABS WOULD CONTINUE TO BE EXPANDED, WHILE A NEW CATEGORY OF RESIDENTIAL COACHES WOULD ENABLE RESIDENTS OF AREAS INADEQUATELY SERVED BY FRANCHISED SERVICES TO MANAGE THEIR OWN BUS SERVICES.

TURNING TO TAXI LICENCES, HE SAID THE DEPARTMENT CONTINUED TO ISSUE NEW LICENCES AT A RATE OF 100 A MONTH FOR THE URBAN AREAS AND 50 FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

♦ALTHOUGH THIS HAS RESULTED IN SOME IMPROVEMENTS IN AVAILABILITY AND A NOTICEABLE DROP IN TENDER PRICES, SHORTAGES STILL OCCUR, PARTICULARLY IN WET WEATHER AND IN LATE AFTERNOONS WHEN DRIVERS CHANGE SHIFT,♦ HE ADDED.

ON ROAD CONGESTION, MR ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT SAID THAT ONCE AGAIN AN ALARMING INCREASE IN THE TOTAL NUMBER OF VEHICLES WAS RECORDED IN 1981 WITH A CORRESPONDING INCREASE IN TRAFFIC FLOW IN MOST AREAS.

♦THERE WAS A NET INCREASE OF 30 000 REGISTERED VEHICLES LAST YEAR BRINGING THE TOTAL TO OVER 330 000.

♦THIS, COUPLED WITH THE CONTINUING INTENSIVE LAND DEVELOPMENT, PLACES AN ENORMOUS STRAIN ON OUR PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM.

♦WITH SOME 280 VEHICLES PER KILOMETRE OF ROAD.+ HE CONTINUED, ♦AND WITH THE DENSITY OF POPULATION IN THE URBAN AREAS HIGHER THAN PRACTICALLY ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD, IT WAS NOT SURPRISING THAT OUR STREETS WERE CROWDED AND CONGESTED.+

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SUNDAY, MAY 23, 1982

UMBER OF COMPANIES EXCEEDS 100 000

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THE RAPID INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF COMPANY INCORPORATIONS OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS HAS PUSHED THE LONG LIST OF THE COMPANY REGISTER THROUGH ITS 100 000 MARK, THE REGISTRAR OF COMPANIES, NR P. JACOBS, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

♦EVERY COMPANY ON THE REGISTER HAS TO FILE A VARIETY OF DOCUMENTS RELATING TO ITS AFFAIRS, AND PEOPLE DEALING WITH COMPANIES OFTEN CALL AT THE COMPANIES REGISTRY TO INSPECT THE FILES,+ MR JACOBS SAID.

+IT WILL BE APPRECIATED, THEREFORE, THAT THE COMPANIES REGISTRY IS NOW MUCH BUSIER THAN IT HAS EVER BEEN AT ANY TIME IN ITS HISTORY,* HE ADDED.

♦THE INCORPORATION OF COMPANIES IN HONG KONG BEGAN IN 1865,+ SAID MR JACOBS. +IT TOOK FROM THEN UNTIL 1966, THAT IS TO SAY, JUST OVER 100 YEARS FOR THE FIRST 10 000 COMPANIES TO BE INCORPORATED. THE NEXT 10 000 COMPANIES APPEARED ON THE REGISTER IN THE FIVE YEARS FROM JULY 1966 TO JUNE 1971.+

THE NEXT 10 000 COMPANIES WERE INCORPORATED IN THE TWO YEARS FROM 1971 TO 1973. INCORPORATIONS CONTINUED AT THE FOLLOWING RATE J

10 000 COMPANIES NOV 1973 TO MAR 1976 (2 YEARS 5 MONTHS)

10 000 COMPANIES -- APR 1976 TO JAN 1978 (1 YEAR 10 MONTHS)

10 000 COMPANIES FEB 1978 TO APR 1979 (1 YEAR 3 MONTHS)

10 000 COMPANIES -- MAY 1979 TO MAR 1980 (11 MONTHS)

10 000 COMPANIES APR 1980 TO DEC 1983 (9 MONTHS)

10 000 COMPANIES — JAN 1981 TO JULY 1981 (7 MONTHS)

IN THE NINE MONTHS SINCE THEN THE NUMBER OF LOCAL COMPANIES INCORPORATED HAS NOW RISEN BY ANOTHER 10 000 TO A TOTAL OF OVER 100 000.

IN ADDITION, THERE ARE NOW 1 585 FOREIGN COMPANIES REGISTERED UNDER PART XI CF THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE. HOWEVER, THESE RECORDS DO NOT INCLUDE FOREIGN COMPANIES OPERATING IN HONG KONG THROUGH LOCAL AGENTS. ONLY FOREIGN COMPANIES WHICH HAVE ESTABLISHED h PLACE OF BUSINESS IN HONG KONG ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER WITH THE COMPANIES REGISTRY.

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THE FIRST FOREIGN COMPANY ON THE REGISTER IS THE AMERICAN EXPRESS INTERNATIONAL BANKING CORPORATION (FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE AMERICAN EXPRESS COMPANY, INCORPORATED) WHICH OBTAINED ITS POST-WAR REGISTRATION IN 1946. SINCE THEN 2 599 FOREIGN COMPANIES HAVE BEEN REGISTERED, BUT OVER THE YEARS 1 014 CEASED TO HAVE A PLACE OF BUSINESS IN HONG KONG AND WERE DE-REGISTERED.

THE 1 585 FOREIGN COMPANIES NOW ON THE REGISTER ARE FROM AS MANY AS 57 COUNTRIES. THE UNITED STATES LEADS WITH 363 COMPANIES, AND IS FOLLOWED BY THE UNITED KINGDOM WITH 219, AND JAPAN 171, frR JACOBS SAID.

VOTERS ADVISED TO REPORT CHANGES IN ADDRESSES * * * * *

REGISTERED VOTERS, ESPECIALLY THOSE LIVING IN THE URBAN AREA. ARE ADVISED TO REPORT EARLY ANY CHANGES IN THEIR RESIDENTIAL ADDRESSES IF THEY HAVE MOVED AFTER THEIR REGISTRATION.

♦THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT BECAUSE THE RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS CF AN ELECTOR WILL DETERMINE IN WHICH CONSTITUENCY AND AT WHICH POLLING STATION HE WILL VOTE,+ A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

FORMS FOR REPORTING CHANGES OF ADDRESS ARE AVAILABLE FROM ALL CITY DISTRICT OFFICES, NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT OFFICES AND POST OFFICES.

THE COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL OFFICE BEFORE MONDAY, JUNE 28, SO THAT THE NEW ADDRESSES CAN BE SHOWN IN THE FINAL REGISTER. NO POSTAGE IS REQUIRED.

ALTERNATIVELY, AN ELECTOR COULD WRITE BEFORE THE DEADLINE TO THE OFFICE, QUOTING HIS HONG KONG IDENTITY CARD NUMBER AND THE NEW RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

MEANWHILE, HE SAID, A PROVISIONAL REGISTER SHOWING THE REGISTERED PARTICULARS OF ALL ELECTORS WOULD BE PUBLISHED FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION FROM JUNE 18 TO 28.

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SUNDAY, MAY 23, 1982

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TEACHERS IN'/ITED TO TAKE PART IN CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT PROJECT *****

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IS NOW LOOKING FOR 12 HIGH-CALIBRE TEACHERS TO TAKE PART IN A ONE-YEAR EXPERIMENTAL PROJECT AIMED AT IMPROVING THE CURRICULUM OF CERTAIN SUBJECTS IN THE PRIMARY AND SECONDARY LEVELS.

IN CIRCULARS RECENTLY SENT TO HEADS OF GOVERNMENT AND AIDED PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS, THE DEPARTMENT IS INVITING SCHOOL HEADS TO NOMINATE SUITABLE TEACHERS TO TAKE PART IN THE PROJECT WHICH WILL START THIS SEPTEMBER.

ONCE SELECTED, THESE TEACHERS WILL BE RELEASED BY THEIR SCHOOLS FROM THEIR TEACHING DUTIES FOR ONE YEAR STARTING FROM SEPTEMBER 1, 1982 AND WILL WORK FULL-TIME IN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ADVISORY INSPECTORATE.

THE SCHEME IS ONE OF THE PROPOSALS CONTAINED IN THE 1978 WHITE PAPER ON SENIOR SECONDARY AND TERTIARY EDUCATION AND IN THE 1981 WHITE PAPER ON PRIMARY EDUCATION AND PRE-PRIMARY SERVICES.

IN THE SECONDARY SECTOR, A TEAM OF SIX TEACHERS COMPRISING THREE EDUCATION OFFICERS FROM GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND THREE TEACHERS FROM AIDED SECONDARY SCHOOLS WHO SHOULD BE IN THE SENIOR GRADUATE MASTER RANK, WILL BE SET UP TO WORK ON THE TRIAL PROJECT.

THE TEAM MEMBERS WILL WORK IN PAIRS, EACH CONCENTRATING ON ONE SUBJECT AREA IN THE SECONDARY CURRICULUM. THE SUBJECT AREAS SELECTED FOR 1982/83 WILL BE HUMAN BIOLOGY, COMPUTER STUDIES AND SOCIAL STUDIES.

THE MAIN DUTY OF THE TEAM WILL BE TO PREPARE MODEL TEACHING PROGRAMMES AND SUPPORTING MATERIALS FOR THE VARIOUS SUBJECTS, AND THROUGH IN-SERVICE TRAINING TO FAMILIARISE TEACHERS WITH THEIR USE.

EACH MEMBER OF THE TEAM SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST THREE YEARS’ RECENT TEACHING EXPERIENCE IN ONE OF THE SUBJECT AREAS COVERED BY THE PROJECT.

IN THE PRIMARY SECTOR, SIX TEACHERS WILL ALSO BE SELECTED AND THEY WILL WORK IN TWO TEAMS ON THE SUBJECT AREAS OF SCIENCE AND SOCIAL STUDIES. THE TEAMS WILL BE MADE UP OF TWO ASSISTANT MASTERS FROM GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND FOUR SENIOR TEACHERS (ASSISTANT MASTERS) FROM AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOLS.

THEIR MAIN DUTY WILL BE TO DEVELOP TEACHING MATERIALS TO SUPPORT THE SUBJECT AREAS SELECTED.

EACH TEAM MEMBER SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST 10 YEARS’ TEACHING EXPERIENCE AND SHOULD HAVE SERVED IN THE ASSISTANT MASTER RANK FOR AT LEAST TWO YEARS.

SUNDAY, MAY 23, 1962

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WHILE THE TEACHERS ARE WORKING ON THEIR PROJECTS, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL GIVE THE SCHOOLS ADDITIONAL SUBVENTION TO EMPLOY A TEMPORARY TEACHER AS REPLACEMENT.

NOMINATIONS SHOULD BE MADE TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT SECTION AT LEE GARDENS, 5/F, HYSAN AVENUE ON OR BEFORE JUNE 21, 1982.

ENQUIRIES CONCERNING THE SCHEME CAN BE MADE AT 5-774001 EXT. 22 FOR THE SECONDARY SECTOR AND EXT. 23 FOR THE PRIMARY SECTOR.

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WORK TO START SOON ON NEW CLINIC IN KWUN TONG

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THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS TO BUILD A NEW HEALTH CLINIC IN KWUN TONG TO PROVIDE MORE MEDICAL FACILITIES IN THE AREA.

TENDERS FOR THE FIRST STAGE OF THE PROJECT ARE BEING INVITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE DEPARTMENT.

THE CLINIC, TO BE KNOWN AS YUNG FUNG SHEE MEMORIAL CENTRE, WILL CONSIST OF A FAMILY HEALTH SERVICE CENTRE, CHEST CLINIC, SOCIAL HYGIENE CLINIC, HEALTH EDUCATION CENTRE, GERIATRIC AND PSYCHIATRIC DAY CENTRES, A PUBLIC HEALTH LABORATORY, A RADIODIAGNOSTIC UNIT, AS WELL AS PHYSIOTHERAPY, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY AND PHARMACY UNITS.

AN ADMINISTRATION OFFICE, A STAFF CANTEEN, KITCHEN, STAFF CHANGING ROOMS AND PARKING SPACES WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED IN THE NEW CLIN IC.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT SAID THE CLINIC WILL BE BUI LT ON A 5 200-SQUARE-METRE SITE AT CHA KWO LING ROAD NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH YAU SHING STREET.

+THE PROJECT WILL BE DEVELOPED IN TWO STAGES,+ HE SAID. +STAGE ONE WILL COMPRISE A SEVEN-STOREY MAIN BUILDING AND A SINGLE-STOREY LOW BLOCK, THE TOTAL COST OF WHICH WAS CONTRIBUTED BY YUNG FUNG SHEE MEMORIAL CENTRE CHARITY TRUST FUND.+

♦STAGE TWO WILL INVOLVE THE BUILDING OF TWO ADDITIONAL FLOORS FOR A POLYCLINIC ON TOP OF THE LOW BLOCK,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

WORK ON STAGE ONE WILL START IN JULY AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN JANUARY 1934.

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SUNDAY, MAY 23, 1932

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COURSE ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND HEALTH FOR MIDDLE MANAGEMENT *****

FOR THE FOURTH YEAR RUNNING, THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC ARE JOINTLY ORGANISING A PART-TIME EVENING COURSE ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND HEALTH FOR MIDDLE MANAGEMENT IN THE MANUFACTURING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRIES.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (SUNDAY), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE ONE-YEAR COURSE WAS AIMED AT PROVIDING MIDDLE MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL WITH BASIC KNOWLEDGE OF ACCIDENT PREVENTION AND SAFETY MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES. SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE COURSE WOULD LEAD TO THE AWARD OF A CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY IN INDUSTRIAL SAFETY UNDER THE JOINT AUTHORITY OF THE DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW INVITED AND APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE POLYTECHNIC AND THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE OF THE DEPARTMENT. COMPLETED FORMS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE POLYTECHNIC BEFORE MAY 26.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE TO THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC BY TELEPHONING 3-339503, OR THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE, 3-688111 EXT. 331.

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RE-ROUTING OF TA CHUEN PING STREET * * * *

TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW, TA CHUEN PING STREET IN CHUNG KWAI CHUNG WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE WAY CLOCKWISE FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (MAY 25).

SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

SUNDAY, MAY 23, 1982

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-a IN IMG COURSE FOR NT LIFEGUARDS X X X X

THE NE'* TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL ORGANISE A 13-SESSION LIFE-SAVING TRAINING COURSE FOR YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WHO PLAN TO PURSUE THEIR FUTURE CAREERS AS LIFEGUARDS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE TRAINING COURSE, WHICH STARTS IN JUNE, WILL BE HELD AT FANLING PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL THREE TIMES A WEEK FROM 7 PM TO P PM FREE OF CHARGE. TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED FOR THOSE LIVING IN TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG NEW TOWNS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE COURSE WILL LAST THREE MONTHS AND IS AIMED AT RECRUITING MORE LIFEGUARDS TO SERVE AT PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS AND BEACHES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

APPLICANTS SHOULD BE 18 YEARS OLD AND HAVE STRONG PHYSIQUE AND GOOD EYE-SIGHT. THEY MUST BE ABLE TO SWIM A DISTANCE OF 200 METRES AND OF AN EDUCATION STANDARD OF PRIMARY SIX.

TOWARDS THE CONCLUSION OF THE COACHING COURSE, TRAINEES WILL HAVE TO SIT FOR A TEST FOR BRONZE MEDALLION TO BE ORGANISED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG LIFE-SAVING SOCIETY.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE FANLING PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL- THE YUEN LONG STADIUM- THE TAI PO URBAN SERVICES OFFICE AT THE TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 4TH FLOOR, TING KOK ROAD, TAI PO- AND THE TUEN MUN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE AT ’TOP COURT’, FIRST FLOOR, 60-79 TAK CHING COURT, TUEN MUN.

COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE RECREATION PROMOTION UNIT (NORTH REGION) OF THE NTSD AT GARAGE NO. 1, GROUND FLOOR, TAI YUEN ESTATE, TAI PO.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF THE DATE OF THE TRAINING COURSE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

NTSD MOVES NORTH REGIONAL HQS MX*

THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S NORTH REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS HAS MOVED FROM FOURSEAS BUILDING AT NATHAN ROAD TO THE TAI YUEN ESTATE, GARAGE NO. 1, GROUND FLOOR, TING KOK ROAD, TAI PO.

IT WILL OPERATE AT THE NEW OFFICE FROM MONDAY (MAY 24). FOR ENQUIRIES, PLEASE TELEPHONE 0-6571237 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

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SUNDAY, MAY 23, 1982

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-OCT I ON OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS * * * *

--=• -^ARTMENT WILL HOLD ANOTHER AUCTION OF SPECIAL

CAR REGISTRATION ERS ON SATURDAY (MAY 29) AT 10 AM IN THE \j=EN EL’' -BETH STADIUM, COMMITTEE ROOM, WAN CHAI.

A TOTAL OF 35 SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS BIDDING. THEY AREi WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR

CS 1822 CS 9383 CT 316 CT 3218 118

CT 1698 CT 1113 CT 331 CT 812 HK 101

CT 738 CS 7463 CU 88 8836 AA 5

CT 831 CT 7730 CT 7896 CT 312 AC 222

CV 747 CS 6686 CT 732 CS 7896 AE 838

CT 229 CV 323 CT 908 CT 172 CT 213

CF 23 CT 118 CT 6869 CT 8968 CT 833

SUCCESSFUL AFTER THE BIDDI BIDDERS MUST NG. PA> f IN CASH OR BY CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN REMINDED BIDDERS THAT THE vcuiri p registration number would dE assigned only rc a vc.hiclw resliTEREB IN tSI hUk Of THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER WITHIN 12 MONTHS

cf the auction.

PROCEEDS OF THE AUCTION WILL GO TO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND.

THE COMING AUCTION WILL BE THE 75TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973.

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN AUSTIN ROAD * * * *

10 AM ON TUESDAY (MAY 25), VEHicmt ON AUSTIN AVENUE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED Tv> JRN RIGHT

N ROAD EASTBOUND.

FROM NORTHWARD inTO austi

- ’mc SAMC T|mE, THE TAXI STAND OUTSIDE GUN CLUB H 3ARRACK * <uS’>n ROAD WILL BE MOVED TO THE SEC. ION BE *tt.N ROA AN? JORDAN PA*H.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, MAY 24, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR TO ATTEtTD MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AND TOUR HAWKER AREA ................................................... 1

LEGAL AID NOW INCLUDES APPEALS TO PRIVY COUNCIL ............... 2

CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR APRIL .............................. 4

$60 000 BOOST FOR FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION DRIVE.................. 6

FANLING MAGISTRACY TO HAVE NEW ANNEX........................... 6

NORTH DISTRICT AND SAl KUNG TREE PLANTING DAYS ................ 7

MINI-SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP ...................................... 8

NEW MARKET AT KWAI CHUNG....................................... 8

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN ABERDKa: ............................... 9

NIGHT CLOSURE OF SALISBURY ROAD ............................... 9

WATER FIGURES

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MONDAY, MAY 24, 1982

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GOVERNOR TO ATTEND MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AND TOUR HAWKER AREA

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, WILL ATTEND, BRIEFLY, THE THIRD MEETING OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD ON WEDNESDAY (MAY 26) AFTERNOON.

HE WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY LADY YOUDE, THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR GRAHAM BARNES. THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY, MR ALBERT LAM AND THE ASSISTANT PRIVATE SECRETARY, GOVERNMENT HOUSE, MR NORMAN CHAN.

SHORTLY BEFORE 3 PM, SIR EDWARD WILL ARRIVE AT THE YAU MA TEI CITY DISTRICT OFFICE WHERE THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD WILL HOLD ITS MEETING. HE WILL ADDRESS THE BOARD BRIEFLY AND LISTEN TO THE BOARD’S DISCUSSIONS.

AT ABOUT 3.50 PM, THE GOVERNOR WILL TOUR THE HAWKER PERMITTED PLACE IN TUNG CHOI STREET.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD INVITES MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA TO ATTEND THE MEETING WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM ON WEDNESDAY (MAY 26) IN THE YAU MA TEI CITY DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF 490-492 NATHAN ROAD.

DUE TO THE SIZE OF THE CONFERENCE ROOM THE NUMBER OF MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WILL HAVE TO BE LIMITED TO 36 AT ANY ONE TIME.

LAPEL BADGES WILL BE ISSUED ON THE SPOT TO PRESS REPRESENTATIVES WHO ARE ADVISED TO ARRIVE EARLY. GIS OFFICERS WILL BRIEF THEM ON PRESS ARRANGEMENTS IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM AT 2.15 PM.

AT THE DISTRICT BOARD MEETING, MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS THE PLANNED DEVELOPMENT OF THE SAI YEE STREET MARKET BUILDING PROJECT.

THEY WILL ALSO EXAMINE THE DESIRABILITY OF RE-OPENING THE SIDE-STREET JUNCTIONS OF SHANGHAI STREET WHICH HAVE BEEN CLOSED TEMPORARILY TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF MTR.

THE BOARD WILL THEN BE BRIEFED BY A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE TOWN PLANNING OFFICE ON THE PLANNED DEVELOPMENT OF THE YAU MA TEI TYPHOON SHELTER RECLAMATION.

IN ADDITION, BOARD MEMBERS WILL ALSO STUDY THE LATEST LAYOUT OF THE MONG KOK KCR TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE AND ITS FUTURE PROVISION OF TRANSPORT FACILITIES.

/PRESS REPRESEKTAT.'VES.........

MONDAY, MAY 24, 1982

PRESS REPRESENTATIVES WHO WISH TO COVER SIR EDWARD’S TOUR OF THE HAWKER PERMITTED PLACE IN TUNG CHOI STREET ARE ADVISED TO LEAVE THE CONFERENCE ROOM WHEN THE GOVERNOR SITS DOWN AFTER ADDRESSING THE DISTRICT BOARD.

THIS WILL ENABLE THEM TO BE IN POSITION AT THE JUNCTION OF TUNG CHOI STREET AND SOY STREET BEFORE THE GOVERNOR’S ARRIVAL AT ABOUT 3.50 PM.

GIS OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST THE PRESS.

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LEGAL AID NOW INCLUDES APPEALS TO PRIVY COUNCIL ******

LEGAL AID FOR APPEALS TO THE PRIVY COUNCIL MAY NOW BE OBTAINED FROM THE LEGAL AID DEPARTMENT.

MR BRIAN CLANCY, DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT, SAID THAT WITH THE COMING INTO OPERATION ON APRIL 23 THIS YEAR OF THE LEGAL AID (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE AND THE RELEVANT AMENDING REGULATIONS AND RULES, SUCH AID WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR BOTH CIVIL AND CRIMINAL APPEALS BEFORE THE JUDICIAL COMMITTEE OF THE PRIVY COUNCIL IN LONDON.

HE CAUTIONED, HOWEVER, THAT SUCH AID WOULD BE EXTENDED ONLY TO THOSE +EXCEPTIONAL CASES INVOLVING MATTERS OF GREAT PUBLIC IMPORTANCE OR GRAVITY WHERE SERIOUS INJUSTICE MIGHT OTHERWISE RESULT.*

UNDER THE NEW REGULATIONS, A PERSON REFUSED LEGAL AID IN CONNECTION WITH AN APPEAL TO THE PRIVY COUNCIL WILL HAVE A RIGHT TO APPEAL TO A REVIEW COMMITTEE CHAIRED BY THE REGISTRAR OF THE SUPREME COURT AND COMPRISING A SENIOR BARRISTER AND A SENIOR SOLICITOR APPOINTED BY THEIR RESPECTIVE PROFESSIONAL BODIES.

MEANWHILE, THE DEPARTMENT REVEALED THAT IT RECEIVED CLOSE TO 20 000 APPLICATIONS FOR ASSISTANCE FOR THE YEAR ENDING MARCH 31.

THESE INCLUDED 16 892 APPLICATIONS FOR CIVIL PROCEEDINGS, AN INCREASE OF 22.8 PER CENT OVER THE 13 754 APPLICATIONS IN THE PREVIOUS PERIOD, AND 2 853 APPLICATIONS IN CRIMINAL CASES, UP BY 15.2 PER CENT OVER 2 476 SIMILAR APPLICATIONS RECEIVED IN THE PRECEDING YEAR.

THE DEPARTMENT ALSO RECOVERED $32.5 MILLION IN DAMAGES FOR ITS AIDED CLIENTS IN THE JUST-ENDED FISCAL YEAR, COMPARED WITH $22.2 MILLION RECOVERED IN 1980/81.

REVIEWING THE OPERATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT DURING THE PAST YEAR, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IN JULY 1981 THE PERSONAL ALLOWANCES THAT ARE MADE WHEN CALCULATING THE DISPOSABLE INCOMES OF APPLICANTS FOR LEGAL AID WERE INCREASED BY ABOUT 25 PER CENT.

/THESE ALLOWANCES .......

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THESZ * LOWANCES ARE MADE IN RESPECT OF BOTH APPLICANTS AND THEIR DEPENDANTS AND ARE PEGGED TO THE BASIC SCALES OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE. THE SIZE OF THE INCREASE ON THIS LAST OCCASION WAS WELL ABOVE THE RATE OF INFLATION DURING THE PRECEDING 12 MONTHS. THIS MEANT THAT MORE PEOPLE HAD BECOME ELIGIBLE FOR LEGAL AID AS A RESULT OF THE INCREASE IN THE ALLOWANCES.

IN ADDITION, THE LEGAL AID IN CRIMINAL CASES RULES WERE AMENDED IN JANUARY THIS YEAR, TO ENABLE THE DIRECTOR OF LEGAL AID TO PAY SUBSTANTIALLY HIGHER AND MORE REALISTIC LEVELS OF FEES TO LEGAL PRACTITIONERS APPEARING AS ADVOCATES IN CRIMINAL CASES ON BEHALF OF LEGALLY AIDED PERSONS.

MR CLANCY SAID, +THESE HIGHER MAXIMUM LEVELS OF FEES ARE ESSENTIAL TO ENSURE THAT THE DIRECTOR CONTINUES TO BE ABLE TO ENGAGE SUITABLY EXPERIENCED ADVOCATES FOR ALL TYPES OF CRIMINAL CASES UNDER OUR LEGAL AID PROGRAMME.*

AMENDMENTS TO THE LEGAL AID ORDINANCE WERE ALSO EFFECTED LAST JULY WITH REGARD TO THE STATUTORY CHARGE THAT THE DIRECTOR OF LEGAL AID HAS, IN RESPECT OF HIS EXPENSES INCURRED ON BEHALF OF A LEGALLY AIDED PERSON, OVER ANY MONEY OR PROPERTY RECOVERED FOR AN AIDED PERSON AS A RESULT OF HIM BENEFITING FROM LEGAL AID.

THE AMENDMENTS NOW ENABLE THE DIRECTOR TO WAIVE HIS STATUTORY CHARGE UP TO A MAXIMUM OF $10 □□□ IN RESPECT OF ANY ONE CASE WHERE TO ENFORCE IT WOULD CAUSE SERIOUS HARDSHIP AND WHERE IT IS CONSIDERED JUST AND EQUITABLE THAT THE STATUTORY CHARGE SHOULD BE WAIVED.

IN ADDITION, THE FIRST $1 500 PER MONTH OF MAINTENANCE PAYMENTS RECOVERED FOR A LEGALLY AIDED SPOUSE ARE EXEMPTED FROM THE STATUTORY CHARGE WHILE MAINTENANCE PAYMENTS RECOVERED ON BEHALF OF CHILDREN OF A MARRIAGE ARE TOTALLY EXEMPT.

IN MOST CIVIL CASES, HOWEVER, IF A LEGALLY AIDED PARTY SUCCEEDS AND IS AWARDED COSTS AGAINST A NON-LEGALLY-AIDED PARTY TO THE PROCEEDINGS AND THOSE COSTS ARE RECOVERED, THEN EITHER NO STATUTORY CHARGE IS LEVIED AT ALL, OR ONLY A MINIMAL AMOUNT IS DEDUCTED FROM THE PROPERTY OR DAMAGES RECOVERED TO MEET THE EXPENSES OF THE LEGAL AID DEPARTMENT.

PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN THE WORK OF THE LEGAL AID DEPARTMENT IS DEMONSTRATED BY THE FACT THAT OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS, APPLICATIONS FOR LEGAL AID HAVE INCREASED AT AN AVERAGE OF 24 PER CENT EACH YEAR. NOTWITHSTANDING, THE AVERAGE INCREASE IN LEGAL AID STAFF OVER THE SAME PERIOD HAS BEEN ONLY AT AROUND 12 PER CENT PER ANNUM.

THE DEPARTMENT ATTRIBUTED THIS TO IMPROVED EFFICIENCY THROUGH REORGANISATION AND STREAMLINING OF PROCEDURES.

APPLICATIONS FOR LEGAL AID CAN BE MADE THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS AT 5TH FLOOR, SINCERE BUILDING, 173 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL (TEL, 5-457036), ITS KOWLOON BRANCH OFFICE AT 8TH FLOOR, RITZ BUILDING, 625 NATHAN ROAD (3-302241-9) OR ITS MOBILE OFFICE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

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CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR APRIL

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THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) AND CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (B) FOR APRIL 1982 WERE BOTH 127, ACCORDING TO FIGURES PUBLISHED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (MONDAY).

COMPARED WITH THE PRECEDING MONTH, C.P.I. (A) WAS UNCHANGED AND C.P.I. (B) INCREASED BY ONE POINT OR 0.8 PER CENT.

WHEN COMPARED WITH APRIL 1981, BOTH C.P.I. (A) AND C.P.I. (B) INCREASED BY 13 POINTS OR 11.4 PER CENT.

INCREASES IN RENT AND IN CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR PRICES DURING THE MONTH WERE LARGELY OFFSET BY DECREASES IN FOOD PRICES, ESPECIALLY THOSE OF FRESH VEGETABLES.

THE C.P.I. (A) AND C.P.I. (B) ARE BASED ON THE EXPENDITURE PATTERNS OF 50 PER CENT AND 30 PER CENT, RESPECTIVELY, OF URBAN HOUSEHOLDS IN HONG KONG, WHICH WERE DERIVED FROM THE 1979/80 HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY.

AT THAT TIME, THE C.P.I. (A) REFERRED TO HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN $1 000 AND $3 499 A MONTH AND THE C.P.I. (B) TO HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN $3 500 AND $6 499 A MONTH.

THE INDEXES FOR APRIL 1982 IN RESPECT OF THE NINE COMMODITY/ SERVICE SECTIONS IN THE TWO CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES ARE GIVEN BELOW, TOGETHER WITH THOSE FOR MARCH 1982 AND APRIL 1981.

(OCTOBER 1979 TO SEPTEMBER 1980 AVERAGE - 100)

SECTION APR. 81 C.P.1.(A) C.P.I.(B)

APR. 81

MAR. 82 APR. 82 MAR. 82 APR. 82

FOODSTUFFS 115 130 129 115 130 130

HOUSING 112 121 124 112 121 124

FUEL AND LIGHT 135 137 138 136 138 139

ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO (FOR HOME CONSUMPTION) 111 124 124 110 122 123

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR 109 123 128 108 123 129

DURABLE GOODS 107 109 108 107 110 110

/MISCELLANEOUS GOODS .......

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MISCELLANEOUS

GOODS 108 120 121 108 117 117

TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES 123 137 137 122 134 134

SERVICES 115 130 131 115 129 130

ALL ITEMS 114 127 127 114 126 127

THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS DECREASED BY ONE POINT IN C.P.I. (A). REDUCTIONS WERE RECORDED IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES ON FRESH VEGETABLES OWING TO INCREASED SUPPLY DURING THE MONTH. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH-WATER FISH INCREASED AS A RESULT OF TIGHTENED SUPPLY. RISES WERE ALSO REGISTERED IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH FRUITS AND IN THE AVERAGE CHARGES FOR MEALS BOUGHT IN RESTAURANTS.

THE EFFECT OF THE MOVEMENTS IN THE RETAIL PRICES OF OTHER FOOD ITEMS ON THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS WAS INSIGNIFICANT.

THE INDEX FOR HOUSING INCREASED BY THREE POINTS IN BOTH C.P.I. (A) AND C.P.I. (B) DUE TO HIGHER RENTS FOR PRIVATE DWELLINGS AND FOR SOME HOUSING AUTHORITY GROUP A AND HOUSING SOCIETY ESTATES, HIGHER CHARGES FOR MULTI-STOREY BUILDING MAINTENANCE FEES, AND HIGHER WATER CHARGES.

THE INCREASE IN WATER CHARGES BEGAN AFFECTING SOME HOUSEHOLDS DURING THE MONTH AND WILL BE EXTENDED TO ALL HOUSEHOLDS IN AUGUST 1982, OWING TO THE NATURE OF THE CHARGING SYSTEM.

THE INDEX FOR CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR INCREASED BY FIVE POINTS IN C.P.I. (A) AND BY SIX POINTS IN C.P.I. (B) BECAUSE OF HIGHER PRICES FOR OUTERCLOTHING AND WOMEN’S FOOTWEAR. THESE INCREASES WERE DUE TO THE ENDING OF CLEARANCE SALES BY MANY SHOPS DURING THE MONTH.

HIGHER PRICES FOR MEDICINES AND JEWELLERY CAUSED THE INDEX FOR MISCELLANEOUS GOODS TO INCREASE BY ONE POINT IN C.P.I. (A).

THE ONE-POINT INCREASE IN THE INDEX FOR SERVICES IN BOTH C.P.I. (A) AND C.P.I. (B) WAS ATTRIBUTABLE TO HIGHER CHARGES FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT AND HOUSEHOLD SERVICES.

PRICE MOVEMENTS IN OTHER SECTIONS WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

DETAILS OF THESE PRICE MOVEMENTS ARE GIVEN IN THE +CONSUMER PRICE INDEX REPORT+ FOR APRIL 1982, WHICH IS 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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$60 000 BOOST FOR FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION DRIVE * * * *

by 3o® »15ED community »^Et.eeNER0US “0NATI0N FR0H ‘ LOC‘L

AT A BRIEF CEREMONY HELD RECENTLY AT THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS, MR CHIU PRESENTED A CHEQUE FOR THE AMOUNT TO THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR SELWYN ALLEYNE.

THIS YEAR’S PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN WILL FEATURE A SERIES OF EIGHT HALF-HOUR TELEVISION EPISODES ON THE MAIN THEME OF +THE ADOLESCENT AND THE FAMILY+.

IN EACH EPISODE, THERE WILL BE INTERVIEWS WITH CELEBRITIES OR ORDINARY PEOPLE ABOUT FAMILY LIFE, A SHORT DRAMA TO BRING OUT THE SIGNIFICANCE IN MAINTAINING A HAPPY FAMILY, AS WELL AS SINGING AND OTHER PERFORMANCES.

THE TV SERIES, TO BE LAUNCHED IN DECEMBER, IS INTENDED TO INCREASE UNDERSTANDING OF THE DEVELOPMENT AND CHARACTERISTICS OF THE ADOLESCENT IN HONG KONG SOCIETY.

IT WILL ALSO COVER SUCH TOPICS AS PEER GROUP INFLUENCE ON YOUTH, THE ROLE OF THE ADOLESCENT IN THE FAMILY, COMMUNICATION BETWEEN TWO GENERATIONS AND THE MEANING OF LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP.

rc.OenNT«D2!T!0N T0 THE TV SERIES» A DRAMA SCRIPT WRITING COMPETITION ^Atuc bV LIFE EDUCATION WILL ALSO BE ORGANISED. WINNERS

«iInncC0MPET T 0N WILL BE INVITED To RECEIVE PRIZES IN THE FINAL tr I OUL/t •

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FANLING MAGISTRACY TO HAVE NEW ANNEX * * *

e.aJ!!;ing magistracy will soon have

CONSTRUCTION OF A SINGLE-STOREY ANNEX.

THE ANNEX WILL BE AIR-CONDITIONED AND ANCILLARY ACCOMMODATIONS INCLUDING

A NEW LOOK WITH THE

AND HOUSE TWO COURTS A PUBLIC WAITING AREA.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT ARE BEING INVITED BY THE ARCH I TFCTiip ai OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT. ARCHITECTURAL

TO COMPLETEUCTI°N W,LL START IN JULY AND TAKES AB0UT F,VE M0NTHS

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NORTH DISTRICT AND SAI KUNG TREE PLANTING DAYS *****

TWO MORE DISTRICTS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL JOIN THE ’MEI FA’ (BEAUTIFICATION) SCHEME AND HOLD THEIR DISTRICT-WIDE TREE PLANTING DAYS THIS WEEK.

THE TREE PLANTING DAYS, ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, ARE AIMED AT PROMOTING PUBLIC AWARENESS AND INTEREST IN THE CARING OF TREES AS WELL AS IMPROVING LIVING ENVIRONMENT.

,GN WEDNESDAY (MAY 26), SOME 100 SCHOOL CHILDREN AND COMMUNITY LEADERS WILL LAUNCH THE NORTH DISTRICT TREE PLANTING DAY AT A STRIP OF LAND ADJACENT TO THE SHEK WUI PUBLIC SCHOOL IN FANLING.

THEY WILL PLANT A NUMBER OF EVERGREEN TREES AND DECIDUOUS TREES AT A CEREMONY TO ENHANCE THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF THE NEW TOWN.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (NORTH REGION) OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR BOWEN LEUNG, THE DISTRICT OFFICER NORTH, MR PETER JOHNSON, THE CHAIRMAN OF SHEUNG SHUI RURAL COMMITTEE, MR LIU CHING-L£>JNG, AND THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER NORTH, MR LAW WAI-MING, WILL JOINTLY OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY.

ui.. rR,DAY <MAY 28)» THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT TREE PLANTING DAY WILL BE LAUNCHED AT THE CAR PARK OF CLEAR WATER BAY (2ND) BEACH.

SOME 100 EVERGREEN TREES WILL CHILDREN AND LOCAL DIGNITARIES.

BE PLANTED BY ABOUT 120 SCHOOL

THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES, MR JIMMY SWEETMAN, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE TREE PLANTING CEREMONY.

ALSO TAKING PART IN THE EVENT WILL BE THE DISTRICT OFFICER SAI KUNG, MR CHAN SUI-JEUNG, THE CHAIRMAN OF SAI KUNG RURAL COMMITTEE, MR CHUNG PUN, THE CHAIRMAN OF HANG HAU RURAL COMMITTEE, M? YAU KEI, AND THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER SAI KUNG, MR LAM CHUNG-HUEN.

NOTE TO ED I TORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE EVENTS.

THE NORTH DISTRICT TREE PLANTING DAY WILL BE HELD AT AN OPEN SPACE ADJACENT TO THE SHEK WUI PUBLIC SCHOOL, FANLING, AT 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (MAY 26).

THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT TREE PLANTING DAY WILL BE HELD AT THE CAR PARK OF CLEAR WATER BAY (2ND) BEACH, SAI KUNG, AT 10 AN ON FRIDAY (MAY 28).

MONDAY, MAY 24, 1982

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MINI-SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP * * *

THREE JULY,

THE SECOND ALL HONG KONG MINI-SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR AGE-GROUP TEAMS WILL KICK-OFF DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS IN IN AN EVENT ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT, THE HONG KONG MINIATURE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION AND THE KOWLOON

MINIATURE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION.

THERE WILL BE A TOTAL OF 228 MATCHES PLAYED BETWEEN JULY 17 AND SEPTEMBER 11 IN A NUMBER OF PITCHES IN KOWLOON AND ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

ON HONG KONG, THE MATCHES WILL BE HELD IN VICTORIA PARK AND SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND, AND IN FA HUI, MACPHERSON, ARGYLE STREET AND KWAI CHUNG PLAYGROUNDS IN KOWLOON.

THE THREE AGE-CATEGORIES AREi 15 YEARS AND BELOW, BETWEEN 16 AND 17- AND BETWEEN 18 AND 19.

MATCHES ARE TO BE PLAYED IN THE EVENING ON TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND SATURDAYS- AND ALSO IN THE AFTERNOON OF SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS.

APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE OFFICES OF THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE, THE HONG KONG MINIATURE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION AND THE KOWLOON MINIATURE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION. THE DEADLINE IS JUNE 28 (MONDAY).

THE FEE FOR PARTICIPATING IS $15 FOR EACH TEAM.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES ON THE MINI-SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP CAN BE MADE BY TELEPHONING 5-458511, 3-848314 OR 5-284235.

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NEW MARKET AT KWAI CHUNG

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THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT WILL BUILD A FOUR-STOREY MARKET AT KWAI CHUNG TO SERVE THE RESIDENTS IN THE AREA.

The market, occupying an AREA OF ABOUT 1 450 SQUARE metres. IS TO BE BUILT NEAR THE JUNCTION OF SHEK YAM ROAD AND TUNG CHl STREET.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE NEW MARKET WOULD HAVE A TOTAL OF 225 STALLS rOR THE RETAILING OF MEAT, FISH, POULTRY, VEGETABLES, FRUITS AND SUNDRY GOODS.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A LIBRARY, A CHILDREN’S PLAY AREA AND A REST GARDEN ON THE ROOFTOP.

CONSTRUCTION WILL BEGIN IN JULY AND IS EXPECTED TO TAKE ABOUT 15 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN ABERDEEN XXX

NEW MEASURES TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW IN ABERDEEN WILL BE INTRODUCED FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (MAY 26).

SOUTHBOUND VEHICLES TRAVELLING ALONG ABERDEEN RESERVOIR ROAD WILL BE ALLOWED TO TURN LEFT INTO ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD.

FOLLOWING THIS ARRANGEMENT, CMB ROUTES 95 AND 76 COMING DOWN ABERDEEN RESERVOIR ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED TO OPERATE VIA ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD DIRECT INSTEAD OF LOK YEUNG STREET, CHENGTU ROAD AND WU NAM STREET.

BUS STOPS FOR THESE TWO ROUTES WILL BE REPROVIDED ON ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD.

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NIGHT CLOSURE OF SALISBURY ROAD

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THE WESTBOUND SECTION OF SALISBURY ROAD BETWEEN MODY LANE AND CHATHAM ROAD IN TSIM SHA TSUI WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR FOUR CONSECUTIVE NIGHTS BETWEEN 11 PM AND 6 AM FROM WEDNESDAY (MAY 26).

THIS IS TO ALLOW FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FOOTBRIDGE.

DURING THE CLOSURE, VEHICLES ALONG SALISBURY ROAD HEADING FOR CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH WILL BE DIVERTED VIA MODY LANE AND MODY ROAD, WHILE THOSE HEADING FOR TSIM SHA TSUI SOUTH MAY USE MODY LANE, MODY ROAD, SCIENCE MUSEUM ROAD, GRANVILLE ROAD AND CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH.

AT THE SAME TIME, TRAFFIC ON MODY LANE SOUTHBOUND HEADING FOR TSIM SHA TSUI SOUTH WILL BE DIVERTED TO SALISBURY ROAD EASTBOUND, SCIENCE MUSEUM ROAD, GRANVILLE ROAD AND CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH.

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WATER FIGURES X X X

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 39.3 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 226.843 MILLION CUBIC NETRES, EQUIVALENT TO 170 DAYS’ CONSUMPTION.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVIORS CONTAINED 228.557 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 39.6 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, MAY 25, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HK/EEC TEXTILE NEGOTIATIONS .................................... 1

STUDENTS SUPPORT FIGHT AGAINST NARCOTICS ....................... 3

MAJOR JUNK BAY NEW TOWN WORKS PLANNED .......................... 4

tac supports Taxis for lantau .................................. 5

BIG EXPANSION OF MUSIC ACTIVITIES SEEN ......................... 6

NEW OFFICE FOR CENTRAL AND WESTERN CDO ......................... 7

INDUSTRIAL SAFETY MUSIC CONTEST FOR WORKERS .................... 8

CHING DYNASTY RARE BOOKS AND FACTSCRIPTS ....................... 9

RE-ROUTING OF CHUEK LUNG STREET IN TSUEN WAN ................... 9

NEW GOVERNMENT PHONE DIRECTORY ON S^LE ........................ 10

URBAN CLEARWAY IN SAI KUNG .................................... 10

HO MAN TIN LORRY PaRK RE-OPENED ............................... 10

TUESDAY, MAY 25, 1982

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HK/EEC TEXTILE NEGOTIATIONS * * ft *

+HONG KONG AND THE EEC ARE AS FAR APART ON TEXTILES AS KOWLOON AND BRUSSELS - TRAVELLING THE LONG WAY ROUND,* SAID NR LAWRENCE MILLS, HONG KONG’S COMMISSIONER OF TRADE, AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (TUESDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING BEFORE HIS DEPARTURE AT THE WEEKEND FOR BRUSSELS FOR THE SUBSTANTIVE NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY ON THE FUTURE OF THE HK/EEC TEXTILE RESTRAINT AGREEMENT WHICH EXPIRES AT THE END OF THIS YEAR.

I THINK WE ARE FACING THE MOST DIFFICULT NEGOTIATIONS THAT WE HAVE YET HAD IN THE FIELD OF TEXTILES AND IT WOULD BE A BRAVE MAN WHO WOULD FORECAST THE OUTCOME WITH ANY CONFIDENCE AT THIS STAGE.

+THERE ARE REAL AND SUBSTANTIAL DIFFERENCES OF PRINCIPLE AND PRACTICE BETWEEN HONG KONG AND THE EEC AND IT IS GOING TO BE DIFFICULT TO BRIDGE THE GAP,* HE SAID. *ONE OF THE MAJOR PROBLEMS, I THINK, WILL BE THE LETTERS I EXCHANGED IN GENEVA WITH DR KRENZLER, THE EEC’S CHIEF TEXTILE NEGOTIATOR, AT THE CONCLUSION CF THE MFA NEGOTIATIONS LAST YEAR.*

DURING THE MFA NEGOTIATIONS HONG KONG AND THE EEC NEGOTIATORS EXCHANGED LETTERS WHICH, ALTHOUGH NOT MADE PUBLIC, ARE UNDERSTOOD TO RECORD THE FACT THAT THE PROBLEMS WHICH THE COMMUNITY CLAIMS IT HAS AS A RESULT OF IMPORTS FROM HONG KONG SHOULD BE RESOLVED BILATERALLY IN MUTUALLY ACCEPTABLE ARRANGEMENTS WHICH TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN TO THE EEC NEGOTIATORS.

THESE INSTRUCTIONS INCLUDE A PROVISION WHICH REQUIRES EEC NEGOTIATORS TO SEEK TO SECURE CUTBACKS IN ACCESS ON A LIMITED NUMBER OF CATEGORIES OF GARMENTS.

COMMENTING ON THE EXCHANGE OF LETTERS, MR MILLS SAID THAT THERE SEEMED TO BE SOME SERIOUS MISUNDERSTANDING OF THEM IN THE MEMBER STATES.

♦THE MEMBER STATES SEEM TO HONG KONG HAS ALREADY AGREED TO

BE UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT CUTBACKS. THIS IS NOT THE CASE

HONG KONG REPEATEDLY STRESSED IN THE TEXTILES COMMITTEE MEETINGS LAST YEAR DURING THE RENEGOTIATION OF THE MFA THAT IT COULD NOT ACCEPT CUTBACKS AND THIS WAS MADE ABSOLUTELY CLEAR TO THE EEC NEGOTIATORS AT THE TIME THE LETTERS WERE EXCHANGED. A FIRST TASK OF THE HONG KONG DELEGATION THEREFORE WILL BE TO MAKE ITS POSITION

ON THESE CUTBACKS ABSOLUTELY CLEAR,* MR MILLS SAID

TURNING TO ANOTHER ASPECT OF THE NEGOTIATIONS, MR MILLS RECALLED THAT, ALTHOUGH IT SHOULD NOT BE SO, THE FACT REMAINED THAT WHENEVER HONG KONG NEGOTIATED WITH A MAJOR TRADING PARTNER SUCH AS THE EEC, IT HAD TO KEEP A WARY EYE ON POSSIBLE REACTIONS FROM OTHER MAJOR TRADING PARTNERS TO ANYTHING THAT MIGHT BE AGREED.

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THIS ADDS ANOTHER DIMENSION AND ANOTHER COMPLICATION TO THE NEGOTIATION,♦ HE SAID.

BECAUSE OF THIS, WE SHALL HAVE THE LARGEST DELEGATION HONG KONG HAS EVER TAKEN OVERSEAS FOR A TEXTILE NEGOTIATION. ALTOGETHER THERE WILL BE SOME 17 OFFICIALS FROM HONG KONG AND FROM OUR OVERSEAS OFFICES IN BRUSSELS. GENEVA AND LONDON.

I EXPECT TO BE JOINED, LATER IN THE NEGOTIATIONS, BY THE FULL TEXTILES ADVISORY BOARD AND BY MR BILL DORWARD, DIRECTOR OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS IN HIS CAPACITY AS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD,♦ MR MILLS ADDED.

THE HONG KONG DELEGATION WILL COMPRISE THE FOLLOWING CFFICERSj

HONG KONG TICD

LWR MILLS

JKH YUE MWC WU MRS J WALLIS

MRS N HUI MISS J CHOI TYW LAI

MISS M MAK

COMMISSIONER OF TRADE

DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF TRADE

ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER (EEC)

PRINCIPAL TRADE OFFICER (EEC)

TRADE OFFICER (EEC)

ASSISTANT TRADE OFFICER (US TEXTILES)

ASSISTANT TRADE OFFICER (TEXTILE CONTROL

SYSTEMS)

SECRETARY TO COMMISSIONER OF TRADE

LEGAL DEPT

N MILLER

CROWN COUNSEL

BRUSSELS OFFICE

CB BURGESS MINISTER ) FOR HONG KONG COMMERCIAL

NCM YEK COUNSELLOR ) RELATIONS WITH THE

MISS M BYWATER FIRST SECRETARY ) EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES AND

AKW HO SECOND SECRETARY ) THE MEMBER STATES

MISS J LEE PERSONAL ASSISTANT TO MINISTER

GENEVA OFFICE

TH CHAU COUNSELLOR, HONG KONG AFFAIRS

MISS F MONAGHAN SECRETARY TO COUNSELLOR

LONDON OFFICE

MISS M LEUNG PRINCIPAL TRADE OFFICER, LONDON

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STUDENTS SUPPORT FIGHT AGAINST NARCOTICS ft ft ft ft

HONG KONG STUDENTS ARE BECOMING MORE CONSCIOUS OF THE NEED TO FIGHT DRUG TRAFFICKING AND ABUSE AS REFLECTED IN THE RECENT HONG KONG-WIDE ANTI-NARCOTICS CHINESE ESSAY-WRITING AND POSTER DESIGN COMPETITIONS FOR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS (ACAN) MADE THE COMMENT TODAY (TUESDAY) AT THE JUDGING OF MORE THAN 4 OOO ENTRIES IN THE NARCOTICS DIVISON OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT.

HE SAID THE ENTRIES WERE +PARTICULARLY ENCOURAGING* IN BOTH NUMBERS AND QUALITY AND MOST SHOWED A GREAT DEAL OF AWARENESS AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE DRUG PROBLEM, ONE OF OUR GREATEST SOCIAL ISSUES TODAY.

+THE COMPETITIONS WERE DESIGNED TO BE EDUCATIONAL, REQUIRING A LOT OF RESEARCH ON THE PART OF ENTRANTS AND IT IS HOPED THAT THE STUDENTS WOULD LEARN ABOUT THE DANGERS OF DRUG ABUSE AND NEVER TO EXPERIMENT WITH DRUGS,* HE SAID.

ACAN WILL DEVOTE A GREAT DEAL OF EFFORT THIS YEAR TO THE PROVISION OF YOUTH ADDICTION AND INVOLVEMENT IN DRUG CRIME.

THE ESSAY-WRITING AND POSTER DESIGN COMPETITIONS, WHICH WERE JOINTLY ORGANISED BY ACAN AND THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, ARE THE FIRST TWO PROJECTS. OTHER DRUG PREVENTION ACTIVITIES FOR YOUTHS WILL INCLUDE A YOUTH AGAINST DRUGS SCHEME, AN ACAN VOLUNTEER GROUP, SCHOOL TALKS, EXHIBITIONS AND TRAINING CAMPS.

THE ESSAY-WRITING COMPETITION IS DIVIDED INTO TWO SECTIONS -A JUNIOR SECTION FOR FORMS ONE TO THREE AND A SENIOR SECTION FOR FORMS FOUR TO SEVEN.

THE POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION IS ALSO DIVIDED INTO SEPARATE SECTIONS FOR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY STUDENTS.

THE FIRST THREE WINNERS OF EACH SECTION WILL BE AWARDED PRIZES VALUED AT $500, 1300 AND $200.

THERE WILL ALSO BE 12 MERIT PRIZES FOR EACH SECTION AND ALL PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS AND STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE SOUVENIRS.

THE PANEL OF JUDGES FOR THE ADJUDICATION OF THE ESSAY-WRITING COMPETITION WERE MR JAMES CH’IEN, SUPERINTENDENT OF SOCIAL SERVICE, SOCIETY FOR THE AID AND REHABILITATION OF DRUG ABUSERS; MRS JUNE TONG, SENIOR INFORMATION OFFICER, GIS, AND MR LEUNG SHIU-LAM, REPRESENTING THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

FOR THE POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION, THE ADJUDICATORS WERE W ALLAN CHEUNG, ACTING CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER, GIS, MR JOHN CHUAN, PRINCIPAL INFORMATION OFFICER, NARCOTICS DIVISION; AND MR CHEUNG KING-KWONG, REPRESENTING THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

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MAJOR JUNK BAY NEW TOWN WORKS PLANNED

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THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT INTENDS TO INVITE TENDERS WITHIN THE NEXT TWO TO THREE MONTHS FROM PREQUALIFIED CONTRACTORS FOR A MAJOR CIVIL ENGINEERING CONTRACT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF JUNK BAY NEW TOWN.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE JUNK BAY NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THAT JUNK BAY, BEING HONG KONG’S LATEST NEW TOWN, WOULD BE DEVELOPED TO HOUSE ABOUT 330 000 PEOPLE BY THE MID 199O’S.

HE SAID THE TOWN WOULD BE A BALANCED DEVELOPMENT WITH A FULL RANGE OF HOUSING, EMPLOYMENT AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES, INCLUDING SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, PARKS AS WELL AS POSSIBLE ACCESS BY A MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY LINK TO KWUN TONG AND AREAS BEYOND.

THE CONTRACT CALLS FOR THE RECLAMATION OF ABOUT 37 HECTARES OF LAND AND THE FORMATION OF ABOUT 13 HECTARES OF PLATFORMS.

THE LAND FORMED WILL BE USED FOR THE FIRST PUBLIC AND PRIVATE HOUSING SITES IN THE NEW TOWN AND FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF SERVICE RESERVOIRS.

AND TO PROVIDE BETTER DIRECT ACCESS TO SAU MAU PING AND KOWLOON, PO LAM ROAD WILL BE IMPROVED TO A TWO-LANE CARRIAGEWAY.

THE CONTRACT ALSO PROVIDES FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF EIGHT KILOMETRES OF LOCAL ROADS, WITH THREE CONCRETE BRIDGES AS WELL AS EXTENSIVE DRAINAGE AND LANDSCAPING WORK.

WORK ON THE CONTRACT IS EXPECTED TO TAKE ABOUT 42 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT ONLY CONTRACTORS IN GROUP C OF THE LANDS AND WORKS BRANCH APPROVED CONTRACTORS LIST I OR IN THE LANDS AND WORKS BRANCH APPROVED CONTRACTORS LIST II WITH EXPERIENCE AND RESOURCES APPROPRIATE TO THE MAGNITUDE AND COMPLEXITY OF THE WORK WOULD BE CONSIDERED IN THE LIST OF PREQUALIFIED CONTRACTORS.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE CONTRACT AND THE DETAILED REQUIREMENTS FOR PREQUALIFICATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM MAUNSELL CONSULTANTS ASIA, CONSULTANTS TO THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

TUESDAY, MAY 25, 1982

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TAC SUPPORTS TAXIS FOR LANTAU * * * *

MAY BE SERVED BY TAXIS

LANTAU ISLAND RESIDENTS AND VISITORS

IF A PROPOSAL ENDORSED BY THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE TODAY

RECEIVES LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL.

THE PROPOSAL IS TO PERMIT 20 TAXIS ON THE ROADS INITIALLY. THEY WILL CHARGE THE SAME FARES AS NT TAXIS, THAT IS $2.4 FOR THE FIRST TWO KILOMETRES AND 30 CENTS FOR EACH SUBSEQUENT 1/4 KM. LICENCES WILL BE ALLOCATED BY OPEN TENDER.

AT PRESENT, PEOPLE WHO DO NOT HAVE A CAR AND WHO PREFER SOME FORM OF PERSONALISED TRANSPORT HAVE TO RELY ON THE 14 PRIVATE HIRE CARS WHICH HAVE PERMITS TO CARRY PASSENGERS.

IN ITS MONTHLY MEETING, THE TAC ALSO CONSIDERED A PROPOSAL TO REVISE THE FIXED PENALTY FINE FOR PARKING OFFENCES.

THE COMMITTEE NOTED THAT THE NUMBER OF PARKING TICKETS ISSUED LAST YEAR, AT 1 622 000 WAS 27 PER CENT UP ON 1980 WHEN 1 280 725 TICKETS WERE ISSUED. BY WAY OF COMPARISON, WHEN THE FINE WAS LAST INCREASED IN 1980 FROM S30 TO $70, THE PERCENTAGE INCREASE OVER 1979 WAS 9 PER CENT.

THE COMMITTEE AGREED THAT IT WAS ADVISABLE TO RESTORE THE DETERRENT EFFECT OF THE FIXED PENALTY FINE, WHICH HAS BEEN ERODED BY INFLATION. OTHER PAPERS DISCUSSED TODAY RELATED TO THE PARKING STANDARDS FOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS AND THE REVISION OF PEAK TRAMWAY FARES.

RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COMMITTEE WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL.

THE COMMITTEE ALSO ENDORSED A GOVERNMENT PROPOSAL TO CONDUCT A THOROUGH STUDY OF THE GOODS VEHICLES INDUSTRY IN THE CONTEXT OF THE ECONOMY AND TRANSPORT.

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BIG EXPANSION OF MUSIC ACTIVITIES SEEN ******

CONSIDERABLE EXPANSION OF MUSIC ACTIVITIES IN ALL DISTRICTS IS EXPECTED IN THE 198O’S, THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR, MR CLIVE OXLEY SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

MR OXLEY WAS SPEAKING AT A DINNER MEETING OF THE LIONS CLUB CF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

MR OXLEY EXPLAINED THE OBJECTIVES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE AND THE WAY HE SAW THE HONG KONG MUSIC SCENE CHANGING DURING THE 1980’S FROM THE STANDPOINT OF THE MUSIC OFFICE.

THE OBJECTIVES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE WERE THREEFOLD i

FIRSTLY TO RUN AN INSTRUMENTAL TRAINING PROGRAMME,

SECONDLY TO PROMOTE AN INTEREST IN MUSIC ESPECIALLY AMONG

THE YOUNG, AND

THIRDLY TO ENCOURAGE AND ASSIST IN ORGANISING MUSIC ACTIVITIES IN ALL DISTRICTS. 5

HE SAID THAT THE FORMATION OF DISTRICT BOARDS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY WOULD GIVE CONSIDERABLE IMPETUS TO THE STAGING OF DISTRICT CULTURAL EVENTS FEATURING DISTRICT GROUPS.

THE ROLE OF THE MUSIC OFFICE, MR OXLEY STRESSED, WAS TO ADVISE AND ASSIST, NOT TO CREATE AND MAINTAIN, WHILE THE DISTRICT BOARDS WERE EXPECTED TO FIND THE FUNDS AND PROVIDE THE PROFESSIONAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL THEMSELVES TO SUPPORT THE CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN THEIR DISTRICTS.

MR OXLEY CITED THE NEED FOR TRAINED STAFF IN CHORAL ACTIVITY AND SAID HE HAD BEEN PURSUING WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S CHORAL ADVISER, SIR DAVID WILLCOCKS, THE PROPOSAL TO ESTABLISH A COURSE FOR THE TRAINING OF CHOIR TRAINERS.

THE CHORAL TRAINING COURSE WILL INCLUDE A SECTION FOR POTENTIAL ACCOMPANISTS, HE ADDED.

HE SAID THE MUSIC OFFICE SHOULD EXPAND FROM THE PRESENT FOUR OFFICES TO PROVIDE A PRESENCE IN ALL 18 OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICTS.

MR OXLEY SUGGESTED THAT CONSIDERATION BE GIVEN TO HOSTING AN INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION.

+THERE ARE ALREADY MANY SUCH COMPETITIONS WHICH ATTRACT WORLD-WIDE INTEREST, AND PERHAPS THE TIME HAS COME FOR HONG KONG TO ENTER THE SCENE,* HE SAID.

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TUESDAY, MAY 25, 1982

ANNUAL SCHOOLS’ MUSIC FESTIVAL HAD DONE MUCH TO RAISE THE STANDARD OF MUSIC-MAKING IN HONG KONG, HE SAID, ADDING THAT IT WOULD BECOME SO BIG THAT CONSIDERATION WOULD HAVE TO BE G VEN TO REG IONAL IS I NG IT, AND PERHAPS EVENTUALLY TO OPERATING IT ON A DISTRICT BASIS.

MR OXLEY SAID ALSO THAT HONG KONG COULD PERHAPS PROVIDE A NEW INSPIRATION FOR COMPOSERS OF CHINESE MUSIC.

+WE NEED TO ENCOURAGE COMPOSERS OF CHINESE MUSIC IN HONG KONG TO DEVELOP STYLES OF THEIR OWN WHICH ARE NOT MERELY IMITATIVE, BUT HAVE SOMETHING ORIGINAL TO SAY.+

HE SAID THAT MUSIC AS A PROFESSION WOULD BE GIVEN A BOOST BY THE EXPANSION OF THE FACULTY OF MUSIC AT THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY AND BY THE EXPANSION OF THE HONG KONG CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC.

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NEW OFFICE FOR CENTRAL AND WESTERN CDO

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A RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD TO MARK THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE NEW OFFICE OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AT 11.30 AM ON THURSDAY (MAY 27).

OCCUPYING THE GROUND TO EIGHTH FLOORS OF WILLIE BUILDING AT 222-224 DES VOEUX ROAD, CENTRAL, THE NEW OFFICE HAS BEEN IN OPERATION AND SERVING THE PUBLIC SINCE LAST WEEK.

DES VOEUX ROAD, WEST, GROUND

THE OFFICE HAD MOVED FROM 2O5A

FLOOR AND FIRST FLOOR, AND THE CENTRAL EXTENSION OFFICE (CENTRAL AND WESTERN) AT 164 QUEEN’S ROAD, CENTRAL, 13TH FLOOR.

THE RIBBON-CUTTING, WHICH WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A LION DANCE, WILL BE PERFORMED BY THE REGIONAL SECRETARY (HONG KONG AND KOWLOON), NR GRAHAM BARNES; THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY (HONG KONG AND KOWLOON), MR ALBERT LAM; THE CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER, (CENTRAL AND WESTERN), MR TONY CLARK, AND THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (CENTRAL AND WESTERN), MR EDDY CHAN.

ABOUT 200 GUESTS, COMPRISING KA I FONG LEADERS AND MEMBERS OF THE SEVEN AREA COMMITTEES IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICTS, WILL BE PRESENT.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE NEW CENTRAL AND WESTERN CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AT THE GROUND FLOOR OF WILL IE BUILDING, 222-224 DES VOEUX ROAD, CENTRAL, AT 11.30 AM ON THURSDAY (MAY 27).

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TUESDAY, MAY 25, 1982

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INDUSTRIAL SAFETY MUSIC CONTEST FOR WORKERS

* * *

RESIDENTS AND WORKERS IN EAST KOWLOON DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN AN INDUSTRIAL SAFETY MUSIC CONTEST JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT AND THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

THE AIM OF THE CONTEST IS TO AROUSE INTEREST IN MUSIC AMONG RESIDENTS AND WORKERS IN EAST KOWLOON DISTRICT, PROVIDING AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO PERFORM IN PUBLIC AND TO PROMOTE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY.

THE CONTEST IS DIVIDED INTO TWO SECTIONS - VOCAL AND INSTRUMENTAL.

PARTICIPANTS OR PARTICIPATING GROUPS WILL HAVE TO PLAY OR SING THE THEME SONG OF THE +SAFETY AT WORK* TELEVISION PROGRAMME AND A SONG OF THEIR OWN SELECTION.

THEY CAN SING THE THEME SONG IN ITS ORIGINAL VERSION OR WITH MODIFICATIONS.

THE BEST PERFORMER IN EACH SECTION WILL BE AWARDED A CASH PRIZE OF $3 000, WHILE ALL FINALISTS WILL RECEIVE A CASH PRIZE OF 1500 EACH.

IN ADDITION, THERE WILL BE TWO SPECIAL PRIZES OF $1 000 EACH FOR THE BEST COMPOSITION AND BEST PERFORMANCE OF THE THEME SONG.

PRELIMINARIES OF THE CONTEST WILL BE HELD AT THE KOWLOON CARITAS CENTRE, BEGINNING ON JUNE 12, AND THE GRAND FINAL WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL ON JUNE 27.

THOSE INTERESTED ARE URGED TO OBTAIN ENTRY FORMS BEFORE THE END OF THIS MONTH.

ENTRY FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE MUSIC OFFICE’S EAST KOWLOON MUSIC CENTRE AT YAN HAU MANSION, FIRST FLOOR, 100 TING FU STREET, NGAU TAU KOK, THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S FACTORY INSPECTORATE DIVISION IN CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, THIRD FLOOR, AND THE INSPECTORATE’S BRANCH OFFICE IN KWUN TONG DISTRICT BRANCH OFFICES BUILDING, SECOND FLOOR, TUNG YAN STREET, KWUN TONG.

THE FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE MUSIC CENTRE BEFORE MAY 31, AND ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE ON TELEPHONE 3-7561328.

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TUESDAY, MAY 25,

1982

CHING DYNASTY RARE BOOKS AND MANUSCRIPTS * * *

THE ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS OFFICE OF THE USD HAS ACQUIRED THROUGH THE GENEROUS DONATION OF MR YAU TUNG-HOI SOME 200 BOOKS AND MANUSCRIPTS OF THE CHING DYNASTY, THE LARGEST AND MOST COMPLETE COLLECTION IN HONG KONG.

AT A HANDING-OVER CEREMONY TODAY (TUESDAY) AT THE TSUEN WAN LIBRARY, THE DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES, MR BRIAN WILSON, THANKED W YAU, A LONGTIME RESIDENT OF HOI PA VILLAGE, TSUEN WAN, FOR HIS GENEROSITY AND PUBLIC SPIRIT IN MAKING THE COLLECTION AVAILABLE.

THE COLLECTION CONSISTS OF RARE BOOKS, MANUSCRIPTS OF POEMS, +EIGHT-LEGGED+ ESSAYS, AND ACCOUNT BOOKS OF THE CHING DYNASTY AS WELL AS PRIMARY SCHOOL BOOKS OF THE 193OS.

MOST OF THE ESSAYS AND POEMS WERE WRITTEN BY MR YAU’S LATE FATHER, MR YAU YUEN-CHANG AS PART OF THE IMPERIAL CIVIL SERVICE EXAMINATION IN THE CHING DYNASTY, DOCUMENTING THE INTELLECTUAL, EDUCATIONAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES OF A SCHOLAR OF THE GENTRY, NF WILSON SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE COLLECTION IS INVALUABLE AS PART OF THE HISTORY OF TSUEN WAN AND HE URGED LOCAL PEOPLE TO BE AWARE OF THE COLLECTION, SO THAT THEY CAN TAKE PRIDE IN THEIR LOCAL HISTORY.

THE MANUSCRIPTS IN THE COLLECTION WILL GO TO THE MUSEUM OF HISTORY, WHILE THE RARE BOOKS WILL BE HELD IN THE REFERENCE SECTION OF THE TSUEN WAN LIBRARY, AS THE BASIS OF A LOCAL COLLECTION OF HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE TO TSUEN WAN, AVAILABLE FOR USE BY GENUINE SCHOLARS.

MR WILSON NOTED THAT MR YAU IS ALSO PREPARED TO ASSIST IN THE PRESERVATION OF HIS ANCESTRAL HOME IN HOI PA VILLAGE, BUILT BY HIS FATHER AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS CENTURY.

♦THE ANTIQUITIES ADVISORY BOARD WHICH RECENTLY VISITED THIS FINE TRADITIONAL BUILDING WELCOMES THIS MOVE, WHICH IS YET ANOTHER ADVANCE IN THE CAMPAIGN TO PRESERVE HONG KONG’S HERITAGE.*

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CHUEN LUNG STREET BETWEEN TSUEN WAN MARKET STREET AND HOI PA STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE WAY NORTHBOUND FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (MAY 26) FOR ROAD WORKS.

THE ARRANGEMENT WILL LAST ABOUT SIX WEEKS.

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NEW GOVERNMENT PHONE DIRECTORY ON SALE * * * *

A NEW EDITION OF THE ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT CENTRAL AT $12 EACH COPY.

GOVERNMENT TELEPHONE DIRECTORY IS NOW PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GPO BUILDING,

IT CONTAINS ABOUT 25 000 LISTINGS OF THE NAMES AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, THE POSTS THEY HOLD AND THE IP

OFFICE ADDRESSES.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THERE WAS CONSIDERABLE DEMAND FOR THE DIRECTORY, AS IT PROVIDES THE PUBLIC WITH A VERY USEFUL

SOURCE OF REFERENCE.

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URBAN CLEARWAY IN SAI KUNG * * * *

THE SECTION OF MAN NIN STREET BETWEEN PO TUNG ROAD AND Yl CHUN STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED AS AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (MAY 28).

NO VEHICLE EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES, WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP WITHIN THE AREA FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY.

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HO MAN TIN LORRY PARK RE-OPENED * * * *

FROM 7 AM ON FRIDAY (MAY 28), THE WESTERN HALF OF HO MAN TIN LORRY PARK NEAR GOOD SHEPHERD STREET WILL BE RE-OPENED TO THE PUBLIC.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, MY 26, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR SEES DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION IN ACTION ................. 1

LORD MACLEHOSE OF BEOCH ......................................... 4

TRANSPORT COMPLAINTS UNIT REPORT ................................ 4

HONG KONG'S ECONOMY ADJUSTING TO MAINTAIN COMPETITIVENESS ... 5

KENYAN MINISTER LOOKS OVER SPORTS FACILITIES HERE ............... 7

LABOUR LAW OFFENCES ............................................. 8

ROAD SAFETY DAY FUN PROGRAMME.................................... 8

TREE-PLANTING FOR NATURAL BEAUTY................................. 10

KWAI CHUNG URBAN CLEARWAYS ...................................... 10

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN CAUSEWAY BAY.................. 11

TRAM ONLY LANE IN SHEUNG WAN ................................... 11

WORKING GROUP TO REVIEW +LETTER B+ SYSTEM

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 26, 1982

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GOVERNOR SEES DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION IN ACTION * * M M *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, TODAY HAD A FIRST HAND LOOK OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION IN ACTION.

IN HIS FIRST OUTING TO SEE FOR HIMSELF PROGRESS AND DEVELOPMENTS ON THE GROUND, THE GOVERNOR ATTENDED A MEETING OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD AND TOURED THE HAWKER PERMITTED PLACE IN TUNG CHOI STREET.

SIR EDWARD ASSURED DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS THAT THE GOVERNMENT TOOK THE DEVELOPMENT OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SERIOUSLY.

+THE STRONG TEAMS OF SENIOR DEPARTMENTAL OFFICERS WHO SIT ON DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES ARE AN INDICATION TO YOU THAT THE GOVERNMENT WANTS DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION TO WORK, AND WORK WELL + HE SAID.

THE GOVERNOR NOTED THAT SOLUTIONS WOULD NOT ALWAYS BE EASY TO FIND AS THE BOARDS GET TO GRIPS WITH THE MORE INTRACTABLE PROBLEMS OF STREET AND BUILDING MANAGEMENT, SHORTAGE OF FACILITIES AND URBAN DECAY, AND MATTERS OF CONCERN TO THE MAN IN THE STREET.

+BUT I AM CONFIDENT THAT THE BOARDS, WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE PEOPLE AND IN COOPERATION WITH THE GOVERNMENT, CAN AND WILL MAKE AN EFFECTIVE CONTRIBUTION TO THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE LIVES AND WELL-BEING OF THE PEOPLE OF THEIR DISTRICTS,+ SIR EDWARD SAID.

THE GOVERNOR ARRIVED AT THE YAU MA TEI CITY DISTRICT OFFICE SHORTLY BEFORE 3 PM WITH LADY YOUDE AND THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES.

HE WAS MET BY THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR GRAHAM BARNES, AND THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY. MR ALBERT LAM.

AT THE DISTRICT BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM, THE MONG KOK CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER, MR WILFRED WONG, INTRODUCED MEMBERS OF THE BOARD TO SIR EDWARD.

THE GOVERNOR THEN ADDRESSED THE BOARD BEFORE HE SAT DOWN AND LISTENED TO BOARD MEMBERS DISCUSSING THE SAI YEE STREET MARKET BUILDING PROJECT.

AFTER SOME DEBATE AND AN EXCHANGE OF VIEWS, THE BOARD DECIDED THAT THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE AND THE LANDS DEPARTMENT WOULD CONSIDER A PROPOSAL THAT THE PROJECT SHOULD INCLUDE A CARPARK TO BE RUN BY A PRIVATE DEVELOPER.

MEANWHILE, LADY YOUDE MET STAFF MEMBERS AT THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY COUNTER AND CONSUMER COUNCIL DESK. SHE ALSO SPOKE TO SOME MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO '..ERE MAKING ENQUIRIES AT THE COUNTERS.

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LADY YOUDE WAS LATER BRIEFED BY THE MONG KOK CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, MR K.C. LAU.

FOLLOWING A 3O-MINUTE STAY AT THE DISTRICT BOARD MEETING, SIR EDWARD SAID, JUST BEFORE HIS DEPARTURES +l HAVE BEEN IMPRESSED AND ENCOURAGED TO SEE THE DISTRICT BOARD IN ACTION AND HEAR THE HIGH QUALITY OF DEBATE.

+l AM SURE THE DEBATE WILL BE VALUABLE IN ASSISTING THE BOARD TO COME TO A BETTER DECISION.*

THE PARTY THEN PROCEEDED TO THE JUNCTION OF SOY STREET AND PORTLAND STREET WHERE SIR EDWARD HAD A LOOK AT THE TRAFFIC PROBLEM, WHICH HAD BEEN ---------- ‘

AGGRAVATED BY THE PRESENCE OF SEVERAL

COOKED-FOOD STALLS.

HERE, THE GOVERNOR WAS BRIEFED ON PROPOSED IMPROVEMENT MEASURES WHICH INCLUDED THE REGULATION OF PUBLIC LIGHT BUS ACTIVITIES AND THE MOVING OF THE COOKED-FOOD STALLS TO A NEARBY SITE.

SIR EDWARD AND LADY YOUDE, THEN CROSSED NATHAN ROAD TO TUNG CHOI STREET, WHERE THEY WERE GREETED BY HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE.

THE PARTY WALKED THROUGH THE CROWD IN THE HAWKER PERMITTED PLACE ON TUNG CHOI STREET WHICH HAD BEEN DECORATED WITH WELCOME BANNERS BOTH SIR EDWARD AND LADY YOUDE PAUSED ON SEVERAL TORSIONS to shake hands with the people and to speak to hawkers ABOUT THEIR BUSINESSES.

AT THE END OF THE TOUR, THE GOVERNOR COMMENTED: tl HAVE BEEN VERY, VERY MOVED BY THE WARM WELCOME I HAD TODAY. A LOT OF PEOPLE CAME OUT TO WELCOME ME AND THIS HAS GIVEN ME AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE WHAT LIFE IS LIKE IN MONG KOK.+

QUESTIONED ABOUT THE DISTRICT BOARD MEETING, HE SAID: +l FOUND IT VERY ENCOURAGING.

+THERE WAS A VALUABLE EXCHANGE BETWEEN REPRESENTATIVES ON THE BOARD AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS THERE, AND I’M SURE THEY WILL COME TO A BETTER DECISION AS A RESULT OF THIS.

+IT’S VERY INTERESTING TO SEE IT IN ACTION. I THINK THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENT FOR HONG KONG. CERTAINLY TODAY IS A VERY ENCOURAGING DAY.+

THE PARTY THEN LEFT THE HAWKER PERMITTED PLACE FOR THE JORDAN STATION AND TOOK AN MTR TRAIN ACROSS THE HARBOUR, ALIGHTING AT ADMIRALTY STATION.

DURING THE TRIP, THE GOVERNOR SPOKE TO A NUMBER OF PASSENGERS, INCLUDING ONE IN PUTONGHUA.

/NOTE TO EDITORS:

WEDNESDAY, MAY 26, 1982

NOTE TO EDITORS 1

FOLLOWING IS THE FULL TEXT OF THE GOVERNOR’S SPEECHi

MR CHAIRMAN, MEMBERS OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

+ l AM VERY GLAD TO ATTEND THE MEETING OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD THIS AFTERNOON. I WELCOME THIS OPPORTUNITY TO MEET YOU ALL, AND TO SEE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION IN ACTION.

+l WILL NOT REPEAT TODAY THE REASON FOR INTRODUCING DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION WHICH WAS SET OUT IN THE GOVERNMENT’S WHITE PAPER IN JANUARY 1981. BUT I SHOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT I HAVE BEEN MOST IMPRESSED BY THE ENTHUSIASM WITH WHICH THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG HAVE GREETED THIS NEW DEVELOPMENT.

+ IN TURN I WISH TO ASSURE YOU THAT YOUR GOVERNMENT TAKES THE DEVELOPMENT OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SERIOUSLY. THE STRONG TEAMS OF SENIOR DEPARTMENTAL OFFICERS WHO SIT ON DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES ARE AN INDICATION TO YOU THAT THE GOVERNMENT WANTS DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION TO WORK, AND WORK WELL. THEY GIVE SUPPORT TO DISTRICT BOARDS, AND WILL SEE TO IT THAT, WHEREVER PRACTICABLE, THE BOARDS’ ADVICE IS ACTED UPON PROMPTLY, WITH IMAGINATION AND WITH DUE REGARD TO THE NEEDS AND ASPIRATIONS OF THE PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT.

+IN A SHORT SPACE OF TIME THE SCHEME HAS MADE EXCELLENT PROGRESS. THIS IS SHOWN BY THE LARGE NUMBER OF COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES AND STUDIES OF GOVERNMENTAL FACILITIES WHICH HAVE ALREADY BEEN INITIATED OR COMPLETED.

+SOLUTIONS WILL NOT ALWAYS BE EASY TO FIND AS YOU GET TO GRIPS WITH THE MORE INTRACTABLE PROBLEMS OF STREET AND BUILDING MANAGEMENT, SHORTAGE OF FACILITIES AND URBAN DECAY, AND MATTERS OF CONCERN TO THE MAN IN THE STREET. BUT I AM CONFIDENT THAT THE BOARDS, WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE PEOPLE AND IN COOPERATION WITH THE GOVERNMENT, CAN AND WILL MAKE AN EFFECTIVE CONTRIBUTION TO THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE LIVES AND WELL-BEING OF THE PEOPLE OF THEIR DISTRICTS.

+1 WISH THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD EVERY SUCCESS IN ITS WORK.

+THANK YOU.+

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LORD MACLEHOSE OF BEOCH « K M

THE LIFE BARONY CONFERRED ON SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE HAS BEEN GAZETTED IN THE UK BY THE NAME, STYLE AND TITLE OF BARON MACLEHOSE OF BEOCH, OF MAYBOLE IN THE DISTRICT OF KYLE AND CARRICK, AND OF VICTORIA IN HONG KONG.

EDITORS ARE ADVISED THAT HE SHOULD NOW BE REFERRED TO AS LORD MACLEHOSE OF BEOCH, OR SIMPLY AS LORD MACLEHOSE.

THE TERM +BARON+ AND THE REST OF THE TITLE ARE ONLY USED IN CERTAIN FORMAL DOCUMENTS.

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TRANSPORT COMPLAINTS UNIT REPORT * * *

THERE HAS BEEN A STEADY REDUCTION IN THE NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS ABOUT KMB SERVICES MADE TO THE TRANSPORT COMPLAINTS UNIT, ACCORDING TO THE TCU’S LATEST QUARTERLY REPORT PUBLISHED TODAY.

AN ANALYSIS OF FIGURES COMPILED FOR A SIX-MONTH PERIOD SHOWED THAT THE NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS DROPPED FROM 153 LAST OCTOBER TO 93 IN MARCH THIS YEAR.

COMPLAINTS ABOUT CMB SERVICES, HOWEVER, SHOWED A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN MARCH FROM 58 IN THE PREVIOUS MONTH TO 112, MAKING IT THE FIRST TIME THE COMPANY RECEIVED MORE COMPLAINTS THAN KMB.

+BEARING IN MIND THAT THE TOTAL PASSENGERS CARRIED BY CMB ARE ONLY ABOUT 32 PER CENT OF THOSE CARRIED BY KMB, IT IS APPARENT THAT THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC ARE GETTING MORE DISSATISFIED WITH CMB SERVICES,* THE TCU REPORT NOTED.

THE REPORT ALSO POINTED OUT THAT A LARGE PROPORTION OF THE 1 257 COMPLAINTS MADE IN THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF THIS YEAR WERE STILL ABOUT PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES.

WHILE THE TWO BUS COMPANIES ACCOUNTED FOR 448 OF THE 670 COMPLAINTS, THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATEI FERRY COMPANY HAD 61, TAXIS 46 AND MAX I CABS 40 COMPLAINTS.

ROAD CONGESTIONS WERE ANOTHER SOURCE OF COMPLAINT AND THE NUMBER ROSE FROM 165 IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS OF 1981 TO 194 IN THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF THIS YEAR.

UNEXPECTED CONGESTION AT REPULSE BAY ROAD FOLLOWING THE INSTALLATION OF TRAFFIC LIGHTS RESULTED IN 20 COMPLAINTS WITHIN FIVE DAYS IN MARCH. THE PROBLEM WAS RESOLVED AS SOON AS THE COMPLAINTS WERE BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF THE TRAFFIC ENGINEERS, THE TCU REPORT SAID.

THE TCU’S SECOND QUARTERLY REPORT FOR 1981-82 WAS ENDORSED BY THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE AT ITS MEETING YESTERDAY (TUESDAY).

WEDNESDAY, MAY 26, 1982

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HONG KONG’S ECONOMY ADJUSTING TO MAINTAIN COMPETITIVENESS ******

ACCORDING TO THE FIRST QUARTER ECONOMIC REPORT 1982 PUBLISHED BY THE GOVERNMENT TODAY, THERE WAS NOT MUCH INCREASE IN ACTIVITY IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1982, AND NO GROWTH WAS RECORDED IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN REAL TERMS IN VIEW OF THE DIFFICULTIES THE ECONOMIES OF HONG KONG’S MAIN MARKETS ARE EXPER IENCING.

THE REPORT, HOWEVER, EMPHASISES THAT THE EXPORT SECTOR APPEARS WELL POISED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ANY RECOVERY IN DEMAND FROM HONG KONG’S MAIN MARKETS BECAUSE THE PRESSURE OF DOMESTIC PRICES ON MANUFACTURING COSTS HAS EASED AND THE PRICES OF HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURED PRODUCTS HAVE REMAINED STABLE IN RECENT MONTHS.

THE REPORT UPDATES THE ANALYSES OF 1981 IN THE ECONOMIC BACKGROUND DOCUMENT PUBLISHED ON BUDGET DAY, AND ASSESSES DEVELOPMENTS IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1982, USING SUCH STATISTICS AS ARE AVAILABLE.

IN ITS OVERALL VIEW OF THE ECONOMY, THE REPORT POINTS OUT THAT THE GROWTH RATE OF DOMESTIC DEMAND HAS SLOWED DOWN AS EVIDENCED BY THE CONTINUED DECELERATION IN THE GROWTH RATE OF RETAINED IMPORTS OF CONSUMER GOODS IN THE FIRST QUARTER. NEVERTHELESS, DOMESTIC DEMAND CONTINUED TO PROVIDE THE IMPETUS TO ECONOMIC GROWTH DURING THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1982.

AS REGARDS INFLATION, THE REPORT SUGGESTS THAT AS NO SERIOUS IMBALANCE BETWEEN THE DEMAND FOR DOMESTIC RESOURCES AND THE SUPPLY OF THEM WAS OBSERVED IN THE FIRST QUARTER, THEIR INFLUENCE ON THE RATE OF INCREASE IN PRICES MUST BE NEUTRAL. IN ADDITION, THE EASING OF INFLATION ELSEWHERE IN THE WORLD, THE STRENGTHENING OF THE EXCHANGE VALUE OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR AND THE STABLE LOCAL INTEREST RATES ALSO CONTRIBUTED TO THE EASING OF DOMESTIC PRICES.

AS REGARDS MONEY SUPPLY, THE REPORT POINTS OUT THAT HK$M3 FELL SLIGHTLY DURING THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1982, BUT THE GROWTH RATE OF LOANS AND ADVANCES FOR USE IN HONG KONG REMAINED HIGH. THERE WAS ALSO A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS IN THE LAST MONTH OF THE FIRST QUARTER CONSEQUENT UPON THE ABOLITION OF THE WITHHOLDING TAX ON INTEREST ON SUCH DEPOSITS. THE REPORT, HOWEVER, CAUTIONS THAT THE STATISTICS FOR THE FIRST QUARTER SHOULD BE INTERPRETED WITH CARE BECAUSE OF THE EFFECTS OF SEASONAL FLUCTUATIONS AROUND THE LUNAR NEW YEAR AND OF THE EFFECTS OF THE RECENT STRUCTURAL CHANGES IN THE FINANCIAL SECTOR.

APART FROM GIVING AN OVERALL VIEW, THE REPORT ALSO CONTAINS INDIVIDUAL CHAPTERS ON THE EXTERNAL SECTOR, THE FINANCIAL SECTOR, THE LABOUR SECTOR, ACTIVITY IN SELECTED SECTORS AND PRICES.

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ON THE EXTERNAL SECTOR, THE REPORT POINTS OUT THAT AS EXPECTED, GIVEN THAT THE YEAR-ON-YEAR GROWTH RATE OF RETAINED IMPORTS OF RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES IN REAL TERMS FELL IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1981, DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN VALUE TERMS GREW SLOWLY DURING THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1982. BUT, IN VIEW OF THE ECONOMIC SITUATION IN HONG KONG’S MAIN MARKETS, THE ZERO GROWTH RATE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN REAL TERMS WAS NOT TOO DISCOURAGING. THERE ARE, HOWEVER, NO CONCRETE SIGNS YET OF ANY SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT IN EXPORT PERFORMANCE 1 MANUFACTURING EMPLOYMENT DOES NOT SEEM TO HAVE INCREASED DURING THE FIRST QUARTER, AND THE RETAINED IMPORTS OF RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES AS WELL AS OF CAPITAL GOODS CONTINUED TO DECLINE FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE QUARTER. FURTHER, DOMESTIC EXPORT PERFORMANCE RELIES VERY MUCH ON THE ECONOMIC SITUATION IN HONG KONG’S MAIN MARKETS, PARTICULARLY THE UNITED STATES, BUT THE LATEST VIEWS ARE THAT RECOVERY IN THE UNITED STATES WILL COME LATER THAN PREVIOUSLY EXPECTED.

THERE WAS A DECLINE IN THE GROWTH RATE OF IMPORTSi THE GROWTH RATES OF IMPORTS SUBSEQUENTLY RE-EXPORTED AND OF IMPORTS RETAINED IN HONG KONG BOTH SLOWED DOWN SUBSTANTIALLY. HOWEVER, SINCE THE SLOW DOWN IN THE GROWTH RATE OF IMPORTS WAS FASTER THAN THAT OF TOTAL EXPORTS (DOMESTIC EXPORTS PLUS RE-EXPORTS), THE VISIBLE TRADE *GAP+ (THAT IS, THE PROPORTION OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS NOT COVERED BY THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS) IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1982 NARROWED WHEN COMPARED WITH THAT IN THE CORRESPONDING QUARTER OF 1981.

ON THE FINANCIAL SECTOR, THE REPORT OBSERVES’THE FOLLOWING DEVELOPMENTS. FIRST, THE ABOLITION OF THE WITHHOLDING TAX ON INTEREST ON FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS, ANNOUNCED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY IN HIS BUDGET SPEECH ON FEBRUARY 24, HAS RESULTED IN A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN SUCH DEPOSITS. IN CONSEQUENCE, TOTAL M3 GREW WHILE HK$M3 FELL SLIGHTLY DURING THE FIRST QUARTER. SECOND, THE AMENDMENT TO THE INTEREST RATE RULES WITH EFFECT FROM MARCH 1 BY THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS ENABLES BANKS TO COMPETE FREELY IN TERMS OF THE INTEREST RATES THEY OFFER FOR DEPOSITS OF HK$5OO OOO OR MORE, WITH AN ORIGINAL TERM TO MATURITY OR PERIOD OF CALL OR NOTICE OF LESS THAN THREE MONTHS. THIS CHANGE HAS CONTRIBUTED TO A SHIFT OF DEPOSITS FROM DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES TO BANKS, WITH THE RESULT THAT M2 GREW FASTER THAN M3 DURING THE FIRST QUARTER. THE REPORT ALSO NOTES THAT THE INTEREST RATES IN HONG KONG REMAINED GENERALLY STABLE THROUGHOUT THE FIRST QUARTER, AND THE EXCHANGE VALUE OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR, AS MEASURED BY THE TRADE-WEIGHTED EXCHANGE RATE INDEX, HELD UP WELL.

ON THE LABOUR SECTOR, THE-: REPORT POINTS OUT THAT OVERALL EMPLOYMENT GREW FAIRLY RAPIDLY IN 1981 ALTHOUGH THERE WAS SOME SLOWING DOWN IN THE LAST QUARTER OF THE YEAR. AS THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FELL DURING THE YEAR, MANUFACTURING WAGE RATES STARTED TO RISE IN REAL TERMS. THE TERTIARY SERVICES SECTOR CONTINUED TO REGISTER THE FASTEST RATE OF GROWTH IN EMPLOYMENT.

THE REPORT INDICATES THAT THE GROWTH RATE OF THE SUPPLY OF LABOUR IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1982 CONTINUED TO SLOW DOWN AS A RESULT OF LESS NET IMMIGRATION AND FALLING LABOUR FORCE PARTICIPATION RATE. THIS WAS ACCOMPANIED BY A SLOWING DOWN IN THE GROWTH RATE OF DEMAND FOR LABOUR DUE TO A GENERAL FALL IN THE GROWTH RATES OF CONSUMER DEMAND AND OF EXPORT DEMAND.

/Oh ACTIVITY .......

WEDNESDAY, MAY 26, ’-?&2

ACTIVITY IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, THE REPORT SAYS '-A- ACCORDING TO STATISTICS ON THE QUANTITY OF ELECTRICITY CONSUMES, there WAS PROBABLY NOT MUCH INCREASE IN ACTIVITY IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR IN THE FIRST QUARTER, ESPECIALLY IN THE TEXTILES INDUSTRY. THIS VIEW WAS CONFIRMED BY THE PERFORMANCE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN THE SAME PERIOD.

ON THE PROPERTY SECTOR, THE REPORT NOTES THAT THE TOTAL -lOOR AREA COMPLETED IN THE FIRST QUARTER WAS STILL SUBSTANTIAL, ALTHOUGH IT WAS RELATIVELY LOW BY RECENT EXPERIENCE. THE DECREASE IN THE ADDITIONAL SUPPLY OF NEW BUILDINGS, IN TERMS OF TOTAL USABLE FLOOR AREA COMPLETED, WAS WIDESPREAD AMONG ALL MAJOR TYPES CF BUILDING, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS. THE PROPERTY MARKET REMAINED SLUGGISH AS A RESULT OF THE LARGE NUMBER OF BUILDINGS COMPLETED IN 1981, OF THE HIGH MORTGAGE AND INTEREST RATES AND OF THE PREVIOUS RAPID INCREASES IN PRICES. WHILST THE PRICES AND RENTALS OF PROPERTY CONTINUED TO DECLINE, PRICES HAVE FALLEN MORE SUBSTANTIALLY AND ON A MORE WIDESPREAD BASIS THAN HAVE RENTALS. THE MAGNITUDES OF THE REDUCTIONS IN PRICES AND RENTALS HAVE BEEN MOST MARKED FOR SHOPS, OFFICES OTHER THAN THOSE IN PRIME LOCATIONS AND RESIDENTIAL PREMISES. THE REDUCTIONS WERE LESS FOR INDUSTRIAL PREMISES, WHILE OFFICES IN PRIME LOCATIONS WERE THE LEAST AFFECTED.

ON PRICES, THE REPORT OBSERVES THAT DOMESTIC INFLATION CONTINUED TO EASE IN THE FIRST QUARTERt THE AVERAGE RATE OF INCREASE IN CONSUMER PRICES AS MEASURED BY THE VARIOUS CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES IN THE FIRST QUARTER SHOWED A SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION ON THOSE RECORDED DURING 1981. THE REPORT ATTRIBUTES THIS ENCOURAGING DEVELOPMENT TO THE CONTINUAL SLOWING DOWN IN CONSUMER DEMAND, THE FALL IN PRICES AND RENTALS OF PROPERTY AND THE ABSENCE CF A DRAMATIC INCREASE IN THE MONEY SUPPLY.

THE FIRST QUARTER ECONOMIC REPORT 1982 IS NOW ON SALE AT J5 A COPY.

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KENYAN MINISTER LOOKS OVER SPORTS FACILITIES HERE * * * * *

Uln F0R CULTURE AND SOCIAL SERVICES, MR MOSES

MJDAVADI, WHO IS VISITING HONG KONG TO LOOK INTO SPORTS FACILITIES AND SOCIAL WELFARE PROGRAMMES, CALLED THIS MORNING ON THE COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR BARRIE WIGGHAM.

MR MUDAVADI HAD JUST BEEN TO MALAYSIA TO ATTEND THE COMMONWEALTH YOUTH AFFAIRS MEETING, AND WAS ACCOMPANIED BY TWO OTHER KENYAN OFFICIALS.

DURING HIS VISIT TO MR WIGGHAM, MR MUDAVADI EXPLAINED THAT HIS COUNTRY WAS PLANNING TO BUILD MANY SPORTS COMPLEXES IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

HE WAS PRESENTED WITH A MEMENTO BY MR WIGGHAM, AFTER WHICH HE WAS TAKEN ON A TOUR AND SHOWN VARIOUS SPORTS COMPLEXES, INCLUDING THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM, AS WELL AS THE JUBILEP SPORTS CENTRE IN SHA TIN.

/£ .......

WEDNESDAY, MAY 26, 1982

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LABOUR LAW OFFENCES

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OF THE 745 PROSECUTIONS TAKEN OUT BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT LAST MONTH FOR BREACHES OF LABOUR LAWS, 726 RESULTED IN CONVICTION, WITH FINES TOTALLING 8660 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 ARSONS (INDUSTRY) REGULATIONS.

THERE WERE 217 CASES CONCERNING VIOLATIONS OF SAFETY REGULATIONS, RESULTING IN $314 250 IN FINES. THESE INCLUDED 130 CASES (WITH $166 400 IN FINES) FOR BREACH OF THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (GUARDING AND OPERATION OF MACHINERY) REGULATIONS AND 29 CASES (WITH $73 100 IN FINES) FOR BREACH OF THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS.

THERE WERE 410 CASES RELATING TO BREACHES OF THE WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS (INDUSTRY) REGULATIONS, WITH $207 550 IN FINES.

OF THE OTHER PROSECUTIONS, 21 CASES CONCERNED FAILURE TO KEEP RECORDS OF EMPLOYEES, LEADING TO $17 250 IN FINES.

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ROAD SAFETY DAY FUN PROGRAMME

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AN ENTERTAINMENT-PACKED ROAD SAFETY DAY WILL BE HELD IN THE CHATER ROAD PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT IN CENTRAL ON SUNDAY (MAY 30) TO LAUNCH THIS YEAR’S ROAD SAFETY PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN PUBLICITY COMMITTEE SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY), +THIS TERRITORY-WIDE EVENT IS ONE OF THE EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES AIMED AT DELIVERING THE ROAD SAFETY MESSAGES TO THE PUBLIC, ESPECIALLY THE YOUNGSTERS.

♦ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RECENTLY RELEASED BY THE ROAD SAFETY DIVISION OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, AMONG THE 24 080 ROAD ACCIDENT VICTIMS OF 1981, 9 536 WERE PEDESTRIANS.

♦CONSIDERING THE STRIKINGLY HIGH PROPORTION OF PEDESTRIANS INVOLVED IN ROAD ACCIDENTS AND THE FACT THAT THE NUMBER IS ON THE INCREASE, THE CAMPAIGN PUBLICITY COMMITTEE PLANS THIS YEAR TO REMIND ALL ROAD USERS, WHO ARE INCIDENTALLY PEDESTRIANS AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER, OF THE IMPORTANCE OF PEDESTRIAN SAFETY.

♦IN MOST CASES, PEOPLE WERE KILLED OR INJURED ON THE ROAD BECAUSE THEY DISOBEYED THE SIMPLE CROSSING CODES. THEY WERE EITHER BEING CARELESS OR BEING IMPATIENT,+ HE ADDED.

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STATISTICS ALSO REVEALED THAT YOUNG CHILDREN WERE MORE ACCIDENT »ONE THAN ADULTS.

THE =OAD SAFETY DAY’S PROGRAMME WILL BE OPENED BY THE SECRETARY -OR TRANSPORT, MR ALAN SCOTT.

'OLLOWING A DRAGON DANCE ON MOTORCYCLES STAGED BY THE ROYAL '=>P? OF TRANSPORT. THERE WILL BE A PROCESSION OF 478 CHILDREN -oo-SENTING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ACCIDENT VICTIMS KILLED ON THE ROADS .AST YEAR, TO REMIND THE PUBLIC OF THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE SITUATION.

IN ADDITION, THERE WILL BE A VARIETY OF DISPLAYS ILLUSTRATING THE ROAD ACCIDENT STATISTICAL FIGURES OF 1981 AND OTHER FEATURES OF THE SUBJECT.

THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY’S ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME WILL BE A PRESENTATION OF THE RTHK PROGRAMME ’THE NEW GENERATION QUINTET’ FEATURING FAMOUS SINGERS, SUCH AS ALBERT AU AND KEN CHOI WHO WILL HELP TO SPREAD THE ROAD SAFETY MESSAGES WHILE ENTERTAINING THE PUBLIC.

YOUNG CHILDREN WILL BE ABLE TO HAVE FUN AND LEARN SOMETHING ABOUT THE HIGHWAY SAFETY RULES BY VISITING THE SPECIALLY DESIGNED ROAD SAFETY TOWN OR BY TAKING PART IN THE CHESS BOARD GAME Oft THE EYE TEST GAME.

A DEMONSTRATION SHOWING THE ADVANTAGES OF WEARING SEAT BELTS WILL TAKE PLACE AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO TEST THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THIS SAFETY FEATURE.

CHINA MOTOR BUS COMPANY LTD. AND KOWLOON MOTOR BUS LTD. TOGETHER WITH FIVE MOTOR TRADING COMPANIES WILL DISPLAY THEIR LATEST BUS OR CAR MODELS AND INTRODUCE TO THE PUBLIC THE SPECIAL SAFETY FEATURES OF THE VEHICLES.

ADMISSION TO THE ROAD SAFETY DAY WHICH COMMENCES AT 2 PM WILL BE FREE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE 1982 ROAD SAFETY DAY TO BE HELD IN THE CHATER ROAD PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT IN CENTRAL ON SUNDAY (NAY 30). MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD ARRIVE AT THE MAIN STAGE ARENA IN CHATER ROAD AT 1.50 PM WHERE THEY WILL BE ASSISTED BY GIS STAFF.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 26, 1982".

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“REE-PLANT I NG FOR NATURAL BEAUTY * * * *

GIVEN THE PROPER CARE MILLIONS OF YOUNG TREES AND SHRUBS PLANTED IN THE NEW TERRITORIES DURING THE CURRENT MEI FA PHASE vF HE CL=AN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN, WILL IN TIME GREATLY ENHANCE THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF THE COUNTRYSIDE, SAID MR LIU CHING-LEUNG, CHAIRMAN OF THE SHEUNG SHUI RURAL COMMITTEE TODAY (WEDNESDAY)

HE WAS SPEAKING AT A CEREMONY MARK I NORTH DISTRICT TREE PLANTING DAY, AT AN SHEK WU PUBLIC SCHOOL IN FANLING.

NG THE LAUNCHING OF THE OPEN SPACE ADJACENT TO

MR LIU SAID THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE DOLLARS TO PLANT FIVE MILLION TREES AND

BEAUTIFICATION SCHEME. IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

SPENDING MANY MILLIONS OF SHRUBS DURING THE

A LARGE NUMBER OF THE TREES WILL BE PLANTED

HE URGED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC NOT TO VANDALISE THE YOUNG TREES PLANTED ON THE ROADSIDE AND THE COUNTRYSIDE.

HE ALSO CALLED FOR GREATER ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST VANDALISM TO HELP MAKE THE BEAUTIFICATION SCHEME A SUCCESS.

IN TODAY’S TREE-PLANTING ACTIVITIES, MORE THAN 100 STUDENTS FROM FOUR LOCAL SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS PLANTED SOME 60 EVERGREEN TREES TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT OF THE NEW TOWN.

AS A GESTURE OF APPRECIATION, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (NORTH REGION) OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR BOWEN LEUNG, PRESENTED SOUVENIR BANNERS TO SCHOOL REPRESENTATIVES AFTER THE EVENT.

ALSO TAKING PART IN THE TREE PLANTING WERE THE DISTRICT OFFICER, NORTH, MR PETER JOHNSON; THE VICE-CHAIRMAN OF HEUNG YEE KUK, LIU YUN-SUM; AND THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER, MR LAW WAI-MING.

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KWAI CHUNG URBAN CLEARWAYS * * *

A SECTION OF THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY ON HING FONG ROAD NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH WING FONG ROAD, KWAI CHUNG, WILL BE DESIGNATED AS AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (MAY 28).

VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM STOPPING WITHIN THE SECTION FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS FROM 7 AM TO 12 MIDNIGHT DAILY.

THIS WILL ALSO APPLY TO A SECTION OF THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY ON HING FONG ROAD NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH KWAI FUK ROAD.

HOWEVER, THE URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTION IN THE MIDDLE SECTION OF KWAI FOO ROAD WILL BE RESCINDED.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 26, 1982

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN CAUSEWAY BAY * * *

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN CAUSEWAY 3AY FROM 11 PM ON FRIDAY (MAY 28) TO 6 AM ON SATURDAY (MAY 29) FOR MTR CONSTRUCTION WORKS.

UNDER THE ARRANGEMENTS, THE WESTERN END OF KAI CHIU ROAD WILL BE CLOSED. VEHICLES ON KAI CHIU ROAD SHOULD HEAD EASTWARD AND TURN LEFT INTO HENNESSY ROAD.

YUN PING ROAD BETWEEN KAI CHIU ROAD AND LAN FONG ROAD WILL BE A PROHIBITED ZONE FOR VEHICLES OVER TWO TONS.

THIS WILL ALSO APPLY TO PAK SHA ROAD BETWEEN LEE GARDEN ROAD AND YUN PING ROAD.

AT THE SAME TIME, PARKING SPACES IN RUSSELL STREET EAST CF PERCIVAL STREET AND IN LEE GARDEN ROAD NORTH OF PAK SHA ROAD WILL BE SUSPENDED.

SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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TRAM ONLY LANE IN SHEUNG WAN * * * *

A SECTION OF THE EASTBOUND TRAM TRACK ON CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST OUTSIDE MACAU FERRY WHARF WILL BE DESIGNATED AS A TRAM ONLY LANE FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (MAY 28).

UNDER THE ARRANGEMENT, ALL OTHER VEHICLES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THIS PART OF THE ROAD.

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WORKING GROUP TO RE/IEW ♦LETTER 2+ SWSTEV /. * M *

'STING w-s HELD TODAY BETWEEN The REGIONAL SECRETARY .' • .- • 7"; - ; TC - I 7/}. • IAN MACPHERSON. THE DIRECTOR - F La.nDS, t.R JOhi TODD - j REPRESENTATIVES OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK.

DURING T.-E MEETING, THE GOVERNMENT'S INTENTION TO CEASE ISSUI 3 LA'D EXCHANGE ENTITLEMENTS (LETTERS 3) LATER THIS YER WAS DISCUSSED.

£ REGiC-AL

ESENTATIVES IMPLICATIONS

IT aG AGREED THAT A WORKING GROUP COMPRISING Th SECRETARY (NEW TERRITORIES), DIRECTOR OF LANDS AND RE OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK, WOULD BE CONVENED TO STUDY THE OF the change and DETAILS OF an ALTERNATIVE system.

OF

NO DATE HAS BEEN FIXED BUT THE WORKING GROUP IS EXPECTED TO MEET IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES

BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG TEL: 5-233191

FRIDAY, MAY 28, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

STIFFER PENALTIES FOR COMMODITIES TRADING OFFENCES ......... 1

NEW RULE FOR OPERATORS OF SMALL PLEASURE CRAFT ............. 3

LEGAL AID ALLOWANCES REVISED ............................... 4

URBAN CLEARWAY IN TSUEN WAN ................................ 4

GOVERNOR BRIEFED ON NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT ................... 5

HONG KONG-KOREA CUSTOMS CO-OPERATION CONFERENCE ............ 5

LAND RESUMPTION FOR MTR ISLAND LINE ........................ 6

NEW METHADONE CLINIC IN HUNG HOM ........................... 6

TENANCY TRIBUNAL TO BE ABOLISHED ........................... 7

SIR PHILIP TO INSPECT PASSING-OUT PARaDE OF +THE VOLUNTEERS* 7

SAFETY PLEA TO PLASTICS INDUSTRY ........................... 8

NEI KWU CHAU DETENTION CENTRE NOW A CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION FOR YOUNG OFFENDERS ........................................ 9

TREE PLANTING DAY ......................................... 10

LANE OPEN TO ALL VEHICLES ................................ -j0

RETIREMENT OF DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES 11

MOVE TO IMPROVE KING'S ROAD TRAFFIC ....................... 12

TECHNICAL TEACHING COURSE ................................. 12

OPENING OF KOWLOON BAY POST OFFICE......................... 13

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FRIDAY, MAY 28, 1982

STIFFER PENALTIES FOR COMMODITIES TRADING OFFENCES

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PROPOSALS TO IMPROVE THE CONTROL OF TRADING IN COMMODITY FUTURES CONTRACTS WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE 2).

THE MEASURES ARE CONTAINED IN THE COMMODITIES TRADING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 WHICH PROVIDES FOR AN INCREASE IN PENALTIES FOR A RANGE OF OFFENCES WHICH EXPERIENCE HAS SHOWN ARE NO LONGER ADEQUATE. THESE RELATE TO UNREGISTERED DEALERS AND UNREGISTERED DEALERS’ REPRESENTATIVES, FRAUD AND BREACHES BY REGISTERED DEALERS CF REGULATORY PROVISIONS WITH INTENT TO DEFRAUD.

THE PENALTIES HAVE REMAINED UNCHANGED SINCE THE ENACTMENT IN 1976 OF THE COMMODITIES TRADING ORDINANCE, WHICH PROVIDES PROTECTION FOR INVESTORS BY ALLOWING ONLY SUITABLE PERSONS TO BE REGISTERED AS DEALERS AND BY THE OPERATION OF A SCHEME FOR COMPENSATION IN THE EVENT OF DEFAULT BY A DEALER. HOWEVER, IN THE CASE OF AN UNREGISTERED DEALER WHO IS FOUND GUILTY OF FRAUD, HIS ASSETS ARE NOT SUBJECT TO THE REGULATORY PROVISIONS OF THE ORDINANCE AND HIS CUSTOMERS DO NOT HAVE RECOURSE TO THE COMPENSATION SCHEME.

INVESTIGATIONS HAVE SHOWN THAT VERY LARGE SUMS OF MONEY ARE HANDLED BY UNREGISTERED DEALERS AND THEREFORE THE EXISTING LEVELS CF PENALTIES DO NOT SERVE AS A DETERRENT.

THE BILL, WHICH IS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY, PROVIDES FOR LARGE INCREASES IN THE PENALTIES FOR UNREGISTERED DEALERS AND UNREGISTERED DEALERS’ REPRESENTATIVES.

THE BILL INTRODUCES FOR THE FIRST TIME THE PENALTY OF IMPRISONMENT. IN ORDER TO DETER AN UNREGISTERED DEALER WHO IS IS IN THE PROCESS OF SETTING UP, THE ALTERNATIVE OF A PENALTY ON SUMMARY CONVICTION IS ALSO PROVIDED FOR.

COMMENTING ON THE PROPOSALS, THE COMMISSIONER FOR COMMODITIES TRADING, MR ROBERT FELL, SAID THE PENALTIES TOGETHER WITH CONTINUED POLICE ACTION SHOULD PUT THESE OPERATORS OUT OF BUSINESS ONCE AND FOR ALL.

DETAILS OF THE PRESENT LEVEL OF PENALTIES AND THE PROPOSED INCREASES ARE AS FOLLOWS t

PRESENT

PROPOSED

* FALSE TRADING I.E. CREATING A FALSE MARKET AS REGARDS

PRICES OR VOLUME OF TRADING

A FINE OF

S1OO QOO

AND

IMPRISONMENT

FOR FIVE YEARS

A FINE OF $1 MILLION AND IMPR ISONMENT FOR SEVEN YEARS

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* EMPLOYMENT OF A FRAUDULENT OR DECEPTIVE DEVICE E.G. MARKET RIGGING IN RELATION TO THE PURCHASE OR SALE OF FUTURES CONTRACTS

A FINE OF $100 000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR FIVE YEARS

A FINE OF $1 MILLION AND IMPRISONMENT

FOR SEVEN YEARS

* FALSE OR MISLEADING A FINE OF

STATEMENTS FOR THE $100 000

PURPOSE OF INDUCING AND

THE PURCHASE OR SALE IMPRISONMENT

OF FUTURES CONTRACTS FOR FIVE

YEARS

A FINE OF $1 MILLION AND IMPRISONMENT FOR SEVEN YEARS

* ACTS RELATING TO ACCOUNTS AND RECORDS DONE WITH INTENT TO FALSIFY OR MISLEAD

A FINE OF $20 000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR ONE YEAR

A FINE OF $500 000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR FIVE YEARS

* FAILURE TO PAY MONEY INTO A FINE OF A SEGREGATED ACCOUNT $50 000 AND

AND TO COMPLY WITH RULES IMPRISONMENT CONCERNING THAT ACCOUNT FOR FIVE YEARS WITH INTENT TO DEFRAUD

A FINE OF $500 000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR FIVE YEARS

* DESTROYING, CONCEALING A FINE OF

OR ALTERING ANY BOOK $50 000 AND

OF ACCOUNT WITH INTENT IMPRISONMENT

TO DELAY OR OBSTRUCT FOR TWO YEARS

AN EXAMINATION OR AUDIT

A FINE OF $500 000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR FIVE YEARS

* LEAVING HONG KONG WITH INTENT TO PREVENT, DELAY OR OBSTRUCT AN EXAMINATION OR AUDIT

A FINE OF $50 000 AND IMPR ISONMENT FOR TWO YEARS

A FINE OF $500 000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR FIVE YEARS

* UNREGISTERED DEALING

A FINE OF $50 000 AND A DAILY PENALTY OF $500

(1) ON INDICTMENT.

A FINE

OF $500 000, IMPRISONMENT FOR FIVE YEARS AND A DAILY PENALTY OF $1 000

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(2) ON SUMMARY CONVICTION. A FINE OF $50 000, IMPR ISONMENT FOR ONE YEAR AND A DAILY PENALTY OF $1 000

* UNREGISTERED DEALERS’ REPRESENTATIVES

A FINE OF $10 000 AND A DAILY PENALTY OF $100

(1) ON INDICTMENT. A FINE OF $100 000, IMPRISONMENT FOR TWO YEARS AND A DAILY PENALTY OF $2 500

(2) ON SUMMARY CONVICTION.

A FINE OF $20 000 AND A DAILY PENALTY OF $500

TO DISCOURAGE OFFENDERS FROM OBSTRUCTING INVESTIGATIONS, THE BILL ALSO SEEKS TO INCREASE THE PENALTY FOR THIS OFFENCE FROM A FINE OF $20 000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR SIX MONTHS TO A FINE OF $100 000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR TWO YEARS.

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NEW RULE FOR OPERATORS OF SMALL PLEASURE CRAFT * * * *

OPERATORS OF LICENSED PLEASURE VESSELS NOT EXCEEDING THREE METRES IN LENGTH AND HAVING AN ENGINE NOT EXCEEDING THREE KILOWATTS IN POWER WILL NOW BE EXEMPTED FROM THE REQUIREMENT TO HOLD A CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY, A MARINE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE EXEMPTION CAME WITH A DECISION BY THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE, MR PERCY DAVY, UNDER THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (PLEASURE VESSELS) REGULATIONS.

+THE PURPOSE OF THIS EXEMPTION IS TO RELIEVE OWNERS AND OPERATORS OF SUCH A SMALL CRAFT FROM THE NECESSITY OF OBTAINING A CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY.

+THE PERSON IN CHARGE OF THE CRAFT, HOWEVER, MUST NOT BE LESS THAN 16 YEARS OF AGE,+ THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

FRIDAY, MAY 28, 1982

LEGAL AID ALLOWANCES REVISED

* * * *

THE ALLOWANCES FOR CALCULATING THE DISPOSABLE INCOME OF LEGAL AID APPLICANTS AND THEIR DEPENDANTS WILL BE INCREASED FROM TUESDAY (JUNE 1) TO BRING THEM INTO LINE WITH THE RECENTLY REVISED PUBLIC ASSISTANCE RATES.

THE NEW RATES OF ALLOWANCES UNDER THE LEGAL AID (ASSESSMENT CF CONTRIBUTIONS) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS, PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY, ARE AS FOLLOWS:

EXISTING RATE NEW RATE

(1) PERSON WITH NO DEPENDANT $350 $450

(II) PERSON AND FIRST 2 DEPENDANTS $250 EACH $325 EACH

(III) THIRD, FOURTH AND FIFTH DEPENDANTS $215 EACH ADDITION IN TO (II) $280 EACH IN ADDITION TO (II)

(IV) SIXTH AND ADDITIONAL DEPENDANTS $165 EACH ADDITION AND (III) IN TO (II) $215 EACH IN ADDITION TO (II) AND (III)

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LEGAL AID DEPARTMENT EXPLAINED THAT

IN CALCULATING THE DISPOSABLE INCOME OF A LEGAL AID APPLICANT, THE AMOUNT OF RENT AND RATES PAID BY HIM FOR HIS DWELLING HOUSE, AND PERSONAL ALLOWANCES IN RESPECT OF HIMSELF AND DEPENDANTS WHOLLY MAINTAINED BY HIM ARE DEDUCTED FROM HIS GROSS INCOME. +IT IS THESE ALLOWANCES THAT ARE INCREASED BY THE REGULATIONS,* HE SAID.

+THESE INCREASES ARE DESIGNED TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF INFLATION AND TO ENSURE THAT THE STATUS QUO IS MAINTAINED FOR THAT SECTION OF THE PUBLIC WHOSE INCREASES IN INCOME, INTENDED TO OFFSET THE RISE IN THE COST OF LIVING, MAY ALSO AFFECT THEIR ELIGIBILITY FOR LEGAL AID,* HE ADDED.

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URBAN CLEARWAY IN TSUEN WAN

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THE NORTHBOUND KERBSIDE LANE ON SAI LAU KOK ROAD FROM CASTLE PEAK ROAD TO MEI WAN STREET IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE DESIGNATED AS AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (MAY 31).

WITHIN THE CLEARWAY, ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS.

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GOVERNOR BRIEFED ON NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, AND LADY YOUDE, CALLED AT THE SHA TIN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE THIS AFTERNOON WHERE THEY WERE GIVEN AN HOUR-LONG BRIEFING ON DEVELOPMENT PLANS FOR THE NEW TOWNS.

SIR EDWARD AND LADY YOUDE HAD ORIGINALLY PLANNED TO MAKE THE TRIP TO SHA TIN BY HELICOPTER, BUT HAD TO CHANGE THEIR PLANS DUE TO THE BAD WEATHER, AND TRAVELLED BY CAR INSTEAD.

THEY WERE MET AT SHA TIN BY THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR IAN MACPHERSON- THE DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT, MR JOHN DON- THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICER, DR PATRICK HASE, AND THE SHA TIN PROJECT MANAGER, MR KENNETH KWOK.

TOPICS DEALT WITH INCLUDED PRESENT AND FUTURE DEVELOPMENT PLANS, DISTRICT BOARD ACTIVITIES, COMMUNITY BUILDING, TRANSPORT AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES, HOUSING DEVELOPMENT, AND THE LIFESTYLE OF PEOPLE SETTLING IN THE NEW TOWNS.

HONG KONG-KOREA CUSTOMS CO-OPERATION CONFERENCE

* * * *

A DELEGATION FROM THE KOREAN CUSTOMS ADMINISTRATION WILL ARRIVE NEXT WEEK TO ATTEND A CO-OPERATION CONFERENCE TO BE HELD FROM JUNE 1 TO JUNE 5.

THIS IS THE THIRD CUSTOMS CO-OPERATION CONFERENCE BETWEEN THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA AND HONG KONG.

AT THE CONFERENCE, DELEGATES WILL EXCHANGE INFORMATION ON THE WORK OF THEIR SERVICES AND DISCUSS DEVELOPMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, AND FURTHERING CO-OPERATION AND TRAINING.

THE DELEGATION, LED BY THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF KOREAN CUSTOMS ADMINISTRATION, MR CHANG YOUNG-CHUL WILL TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE OPERATION ASPECTS OF THE HONG KONG CUSTOMS SERVICE, INCLUDING SHIP RUMMAGERS AT WORK.

THEY WILL ALSO VISIT THE KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER TERMINAL, THE AIRPORT AND THE CUSTOMS TRAINING SCHOOL IN TAI LAM CHUNG.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

THE THIRD CUSTOMS CO-OPERATION CONFERENCE BETWEEN THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA AND HONG KONG WILL BE HELD FROM JUNE 1-5. THE COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE, MR DOUGLAS JORDAN, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AT 9.55 AM ON JUNE 1, ROOM 1503, OCEAN CENTRE, CANTON ROAD.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPRESENTATIVE TO ATTEND. TV AND RADIO STATION REPRESENTATIVES ARE REQUESTED TO SET UP THEIR EQUIPMENT BY 9.40 AM ----------------------------------o--------

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LAND RESUMPTION FOR MTR ISLAND LINE

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THREE PRE-WAR TWO-STOREY BUILDINGS AT 84-88 SHAU KEI WAN MAIN STREET EAST WILL BE RESUMED IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MTR ISLAND LINE.

THE RESUMPTION ORDER, MADE UNDER THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY (LAND RESUMPTION AND RELATED PROVISIONS) ORDINANCE, WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

A TOTAL OF 12 FAMILIES WILL BE AFFECTED. DOMESTIC TENANTS WILL BE OFFERED REHOUSING IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT’S POLICY. STATUTORY COMPENSATION WILL BE PAID TO THOSE WHO ARE ELIGIBLE.

ALSO GAZETTED TODAY IS A NOTICE ON THE RESUMPTION OF PORTIONS OF NEW MARKET STREET, A PRIVATE STREET IN WESTERN DISTRICT. THE PORTIONS TO BE AFFECTED ARE THOSE AT THE REAR OF 3 CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST, AND IN FRONT OF 13-15 AND 19-27 NEW MARKET STREET. NO PROPERTIES WILL BE INVOLVED.

_ THE RESUMPTION MADE UNDER THE CROWN LANDS RESUMPTION ORDINANCE AIMS TO IMPROVE THE STREET TO AN ACCEPTABLE STANDARD

FOR VEHICULAR TRAFFIC TO SERVE THE PROPOSED ADJOINING MTR DEVELOPMENT.

THE PLAN OF THE RESUMPTION SHOWING THE AFFECTED PORTIONS OF THE STREET CAN BE SEEN AT THE CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, GROUND FLOOR, HONG KONG.

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NEW METHADONE CLINIC IN HUNG HOM

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A NEW EVENING METHADONE DETOXIFICATION CLINIC WILL BE OPENED IN HUNG HOM NEXT WEEK.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THE NEW CLINIC WILL OPERATE DAILY FROM 6 PM TO 10 PM INCLUDING SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, FROM TUESDAY (JUNE 1).

THE METHADONE CLINIC IS LOCATED INSIDE THE HUNG HOM GENERAL OUT-PATIENT CLINIC AT NO. 22 STATION LANE, HUNG HOM, KOWLOON.

THE DEPARTMENT NOW RUNS A TOTAL OF 22 METHADONE CLINICS PROVIDING TREATMENT TO DRUG ADDICTS.

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FRIDAY, MAY 28, 1982

TENANCY TRIBUNAL TO BE ABOLISHED

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A NOTICE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY ANNOUNCED THE COMING INTO OPERATION ON JUNE 11, 1982, OF VARIOUS AMENDMENTS TO THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) ORDINANCE.

THE EFFECT OF THE AMENDMENTS, WHICH WERE ENACTED LAST DECEMBER BUT HELD IN ABEYANCE UNTIL THE NECESSARY ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENTS COULD EE MADE, IS TO ABOLISH THE TENANCY TRIBUNAL, WHICH HAS HITHERTO EXERCISED JURISDICTION UNDER PART I OF THE ORDINANCE DEALING WITH PRE-WAR BUILDINGS.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE ABOLITION OF THE TENANCY TRIBUNAL AND THE TRANSFER OF ITS JUDICIAL FUNCTIONS TO THE LANDS TRIBUNAL WAS A FURTHER MOVE TOWARDS MAKING THE LANDS TRIBUNAL THE SOLE FORUM FOR ADJUDICATING IN LANDLORD AND TENANT MATTERS. THE PROCESS WAS LIKELY TO BE COMPLETED LATER THIS YEAR WHEN RESPONSIBILITY FOR DEALING WITH MATTERS UNDER PART II OF THE ORDINANCE, WHICH DEALS WITH POST-WAR PREMISES SUBJECT TO RENT CONTROL, IS EXPECTED TO PASS FROM THE DISTRICT COURT TO THE LANDS TRIBUNAL.

IN RECENT YEARS THE MAIN WORKLOAD OF THE TENANCY TRIBUNAL HAS INVOLVED APPLICATIONS FOR PREMISES TO BE EXCLUDED FROM THE PROTECTION GIVEN BY PART I OF THE ORDINANCE, USUALLY BECAUSE THE LANDLORD WISHES TO REDEVELOP THE SITE, AND THE DETERMINATION OF COMPENSATION PAYABLE TO AFFECTED TENANTS. UNDER THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS THE LANDS TRIBUNAL IS EMPOWERED TO MAKE EXCLUSION ORDERS RATHER THAN, AS FORMERLY, RECOMMENDING TO THE GOVERNOR THAT THEY BE MADE.

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NOTE TO EDITORSi

SIR PHILIP TO INSPECT PASSING-OUT PARADE OF ♦THE VOLUNTEERS* *****

SIR PH,LIP HADDON-CAVE WILL TAKE THE SALUTE AT THE PASSING-OUi PARADE OF 83 RECRUITS OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS) ON SUNDAY (MAY 30).

HE WILL ALSO PRESENT PRIZES TO RECRUITS AND MEDALS TO LONG— u2aUaTEERS DURING the CEREMONY WHICH WILL BE HELD AT THE RHKR(V) HEADQUARTERS, SPORTS ROAD, HAPPY VALLEY.

PRESS REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CEREMONY. Trier ASSEMBLE AT THE RHKR(V) HEADQUARTERS PARADE GROUND NOT LATER AM’ CAPTAIN FRANCIS CHAN OF THE REGIMENT WILL ASSIST

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SAFETY PLEA TO PLASTICS INDUSTRY * * * *

THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, DR J.W. HAYES, TODAY (FRIDAY) URGED EMPLOYERS OF THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY TO ATTACH MORE IMPORTANCE TO SAFETY AT WORK.

MAKING THE PLEA AT THE INAUGURAL MEETING OF THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY SAFETY SUB-COMMITTEE, DR HAYES ALSO WARNED THAT THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WOULD KEEP UP THE PRESSURE ON EMPLOYERS WHO FAIL TO PROVIDE GUARDS FOR MACHINERY AND MAINTAIN FIRE ESCAPES AND FIRE-FIGHTING APPLIANCES IN THEIR PREMISES.

THE SUB-COMMITTEE WAS THE FOURTH ONE FORMED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD AND MORE MIGHT BE FORMED FOR OTHER INDUSTRIES IN THE FUTURE, HE SAID.

DR HAYES SAID THERE WERE 38 FIRES IN THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY BETWEEN 1979 AND 1981, ONLY SECOND TO THE GARMENT INDUSTRY, WITH 6L FIRES.

IN THE SAME PERIOD, THERE WERE 918 ACCIDENTS IN WHICH WORKERS HAD THEIR HANDS CRUSHED WHILE OPERATING PLASTIC INJECTION MOULDING MACHINES.

HE TOLD THE MEETING: +IT IS FOR THESE REASONS THAT A SAFETY SUB-COMMITTEE HAS BEEN FORMED FOR THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY.

+YOUR TERMS OF REFERENCE REQUIRE YOU TO PRODUCE CODES OF SAFE WORKING PRACTICE FOR THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY AND TO ESTABLISH A FORUM FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF ALL KINDS OF SUGGESTIONS PERTAINING TO SAFETY IN THE INDUSTRY.

♦THEY ALSO REQUEST YOU TO RECOMMEND THE BEST MEANS OF PROVIDING A TECHNICAL INFORMATION SERVICE AND SAFETY TRAINING FOR WORKERS AS WELL AS STIMULATING INTEREST IN SAFETY IN THE INDUSTRY.+

THE SUB-COMMITTEE COMPRISES REPRESENTATIVES OF THE DEPARTMENT’S FACTORY INSPECTORATE, EMPLOYERS AND WORKERS IN THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY.

REFERRING TO THE COMPOSITION OF THE SAFETY SUB-COMMITTEE, DR HAYES NOTED THAT WITHOUT THE PARTICIPATION OF EMPLOYERS AND WORKERS AND THEIR ASSOCIATIONS AND UNIONS, THE WORK OF THE SUB-COMMITTEE WOULD LACK SUBSTANCE AND THE MEANS TO SPREAD ITS INFLUENCE.

IN ADDITION TO EDUCATION, PERSUASION AND ADVICE, THE DEPARTMENT WOULD CONTINUE TO PROSECUTE OFFENDERS FOR BREACH OF INDUSTRY SAFETY REGULATIONS.

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LAST YEAR, FOR INSTANCE, THE DEPARTMENT TOOK OUT 1 128 PROSECUTION? AGAINST EMPLOYERS IN VARIOUS INDUSTRIES WHO FAILED TO EFFECTIVELY GUARD PLASTIC INJECTION MOULDING MACHINES AND POWER PRESSES.

+HOWEVER, WE HOPE THAT THROUGH YOUR INTEREST AND EFFORTS A MUCH GREATER INFLUENCE CAN BE EXERTED IN THE INDUSTRY THAN CAN EVER BE ACHIEVED BY PROSECUTION ALONE,+ DR HAYES CONCLUDED.

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NE I KWU CHAU DETENTION CENTRE NOW A CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION FOR YOUNG OFFENDERS ******

NEI KWU CHAU DETENTION CENTRE ON HEI LING CHAU WILL CHANGE ITS ROLE TO A CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION FOR YOUNG OFFENDERS SENTENCED TO IMPRISONMENT WITH EFFECT FROM TUESDAY (JUNE 1).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID THE CHANGE IS NECESSARY BECAUSE OF THE REDUCING NUMBER OF YOUNG OFFENDERS BEING SENTENCED BY THE COURTS TO A DETENTION CENTRE.

IN THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, THE NUMBER OF YOUNG OFFENDERS SENTENCED TO THE +SHORT SHARP SHOCK+ DETENTION CENTRE TRAINING HAS DECREASED BY ABOUT 15 PER CENT AS COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR- WHILE THE NUMBER OF YOUNG OFFENDERS SENTENCED TO IMPRISONMENT INCREASED BY ABOUT 25 PER CENT.

+AS LESS THAN 2OO OFFENDERS ARE NOW UNDERGOING THE DETENTION CENTRE PROGRAMME, THE MAINTAINING OF TWO DETENTION CENTRES IS NOT JUSTIFIED IN VIEW OF THE DEMAND FOR ACCOMMODATION FOR OTHER TYPES OF PROGRAMMES,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+THE DEPARTMENT WILL NOW CENTRALISE ALL THOSE SENTENCED TO DETENTION CENTRE TRAINING AT SHA TSUI DETENTION CENTRE WHICH IS SITUATED ON LANTAU ISLAND,* HE ADDED.

FURTHERMORE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE USE OF NEI KWU CHAU AS A PRISON WILL HELP TO RELIEVE THE GROWING PRESSURE ON OTHER INSTITUTIONS CAUSED BY AN INCREASE IN THE PRISON POPULATION, PARTICULARLY YOUNG PRISONERS, AND THE LOSS OF ACCOMMODATION USED TO HOUSE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

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TREE PLANTING DAY * * *

THE SUCCESS OF THE BEAUTIFICATION SCHEME OF THE CLEAN HCNG KONG CAMPAIGN WILL VERY MUCH DEPEND ON THE DEGREE OF INVOLVEMENT AND CO-OPERATION FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

THIS WAS STATED TODAY BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES, MR JIMMY SWEETMAN AT A CEREMONY TO MARK THE LAUNCHING OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT TREE PLANTING DAY AT CLEAR WATER BAY BEACH CARPARK.

HE SAID THE TREES PLANTED THERE TODAY WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO GROW WELL AND MATURE WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF THE PUBLIC.

COMMENTING ON THE PARTICIPATION OF STUDENTS AND LOCAL DIGNITARIES WHO PLANTED SOME 100 EVERGREEN TREES AT THE NEWLY BUILT CARPARK NEAR THE BEACH, MR SWEETMAN SAID HE WAS CONFIDENT THAT THE NATURAL BEAUTY WILL BE ENHANCED WHEN THE TREES GROW MATURE IN THE YEARS AHEAD.

THE DISTRICT-WIDE TREE PLANTING EXERCISE, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SAI KUNG RURAL COMMITTEE, HANG HAU RURAL COMMITTEE AND THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, IS AIMED AT PROMOTING PUBLIC INTEREST IN GROWING TREES.

MR SWEETMAN PLANTED A YOUNG TREE AT THE CARPARK TO HIGHLIGHT THE EVENT.

ALSO TAKING PART IN THE EVENT WERE THE DISTRICT OFFICER OF SAI KUNG, MR CHAN SUI-JEUNG, THE CHAIRMAN OF SAI KUNG RURAL COMMITTEE, MR CHUNG PUN, THE CHAIRMAN OF HANG HAU RURAL COMMITTEE, MR YAU KEI, AND THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER OF SAI KUNG, MR LAM CHUNG-HUEN.

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LANE OPEN TO ALL VEHICLES

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THE BUS-ONLY LANE ALONG THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY ON KING’S ROAD BETWEEN TSI NG FUNG STREET AND JAVA ROAD WILL REMAIN OPEN TO ALL VEHICLES UNTIL JUNE 28.

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RETIREMENT OF DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES ******

» WoI^CHeS-tI MONTH AFTER

33 YEARS SERVICE IN PROMOTING THE AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG.

DR WONG STARTS HIS PRE-RETIREMENT LEAVE ON JUNE 1, AND IS EXPECTED TO TAKE UP A NEW APPOINTMENT WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG LATER IN THE YEAR.

DR WONG, 59, GRADUATED IN FORESTRY FROM KWANGS I UNIVERSITY IN 1948 AND JOINED THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT THE FOLLOWING YEAR AS AN AGRICULTURAL ASSISTANT. HE WAS PROMOTED TO ASSISTANT AGRICULTURAL OFFICER IN 1954, AGRICULTURAL OFFICER IN 1961, SENIOR AGRICULTURAL OFFICER IN 1969 AND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (AGRICULTURE) IN 1977. HE BECAME DEPUTY DIRECTOR IN 1980.

DR WONG WAS THE GUEST OF HONOUR AT A DINNER PARTY THIS (FRIDAY) EVENING ATTENDED BY STAFF OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, THE FISH AND VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATIONS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF PRIMARY PRODUCERS.

IN PAYING TRIBUTE TO DR WONG, THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, MR JOHN RIDDELL-SWAN SAID DR WONG STARTED BUILDING UP HIS CONTACTS WITH THE FARMING COMMUNITY DURING HIS EARLY YEARS WORKING ON AGRICULTURAL STATIONS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

♦DR WONG HAS MANY STERLING QUALITIES BUT OUTSTANDING IS HIS EASY, FRIENDLY MANNER AND ABILITY TO GET ALONG WELL WITH PEOPLE ESPECIALLY WITH THE RURAL LEADERS AND THE MEMBERS OF THE FARMING COMMUNITY.

♦DURING HIS CAREER, DR WONG HAS ALSO BEEN VERY INTERESTED IN THE ACADEMIC SIDE OF AGRICULTURE AND IN 1958 WAS SENT TO THE THEN IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF TROPICAL AGRICULTURE IN TRINIDAD WHERE HE GAINED THE DIPLOMA IN TROPICAL AGRICULTURE. SUBSEQUENTLY, AS A RESULT OF HIS THESIS ON VEGETABLE FARMING IN HONG KONG, HE WAS AWARDED THE DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.+ HE SAID.

DR WONG HAD RENDERED LONG AND VALUABLE SERVICE TO THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT AND ♦THIS SERVICE WAS PUBLICLY ACKNOWLEDGED WHEN HE WAS AWARDED THE COMPANIONSHIP OF THE IMPERIAL SERVICE ORDER BY THE QUEEN IN 1981,+ MR RIDDELL-SWAN ADDED.

APART FROM THE FAREWELL DINNER THIS EVENING, DR WONG WAS EARLIER FETED BY THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION EMPLOYEES UNION, IMPORTERS OF FRUIT AND VEGETABLES AND FISH MERCHANTS ASSOCIATIONS.

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MOVE TO IMPROVE KING’S ROAD TRAFFIC * * *

WORK ON IMPLEMENTING A ♦GYRATORY SYSTEM* IN NORTH POINT TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW ON KING’S ROAD IS GATHERING MOMENTUM, A SENIOR TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT OFFICER, MR ALDOUS CHUNG, SAID TODAY.

FROM TUESDAY (JUNE 1), CIVIL ENGINEERING WORKS INCLUDING THE INSTALLATION OF HIGHLY-SOPHISTICATED SIGNAL CONTROLS WILL BE CARRIED OUT ALONG A FURTHER SECTION IN THE AREA WHICH WILL RESULT IN SOME TRAFFIC DIVERSIONS, HE ADDED.

FROM 10 AM THAT MORNING, THE SECTION OF ELECTRIC ROAD BETWEEN GORDON ROAD AND OIL STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL WESTBOUND TRAFFIC.

CENTRAL BOUND TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA KING’S ROAD AT THE JUNCTION OF ELECTRIC ROAD AND OIL STREET WHILE THOSE ON THE NORTHERN CARRIAGEWAY OF MERLIN STREET WILL BE REQUIRED TO TURN RIGHT AT ITS JUNCTION WITH ELECTRIC ROAD.

ON THE GYRATORY SYSTEM, MR CHUNG EXPLAINED THAT IT SIMPLY MEANT ONE-WAY TRAFFIC - EASTBOUND VEHICLES USING ELECTRIC ROAD AND JAVA ROAD AND WESTBOUND MOTORISTS USING KING’S ROAD.

♦UNDER THE COMPLETE KING’S ROAD PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY SCHEME OF WHICH THE GYRATORY FORMS AN INTEGRAL PART, THE EASTBOUND LANE ON KING’S ROAD BETWEEN HING FAT STREET AND JAVA ROAD WILL BE RESERVED EXCLUSIVELY FOR BUSES, TRAMS AND ACCESS VEHICLES,♦ MR CHUNG SAID.

HE ADDED THAT AFTER THE INTRODUCTION OF THE GYRATORY SYSTEM IN LATE JUNE OR EARLY JULY, TRAM TRACKS IN NORTH POINT WILL BE MOVED TO THE NORTH SIDE OF KING’S ROAD TO PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL WESTBOUND LANE.

TECHNICAL TEACHING COURSE * * X

THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ APPLICATIONS FOR A ONE-YEAR, FULL-TIME COURSE STARTING IN SEPTEMBER.

COLLEGE IS INVITING TECHNICAL TEACHING

THE COURSE IS INTENDED FOR YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WITH SOME YEARS OF INDUSTRIAL EXPERIENCE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN TEACHING AS A PROFESSION.

INDUCEMENT GRANTS OF $1 650 TO $2 500 A MONTH WILL BE GIVEN TO STUDENTS ATTENDING THE COURSE, THE AMOUNT DEPENDING ON THE EXPERIENCE OF INDIVIDUAL COURSE MEMBERS.

/A?PLICANTS MUSI .......

FRIDAY, KAY 28, 1982

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APPLICANTS MUST POSSESS A HIGHER CERTIFICATE OR TECHNICIAN DIPLOMA IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (PRODUCTION/AUTOMOBILE/AIR—CONDIT ION I NG AND REFRIGERATION) OR PRINTING INDUSTRY OR EQUIVALENT QUALIFICATIONS AWARDED BY EITHER THE TECHNICAL COLLEGE, THE POLYTECHNIC, A TECHNICAL INSTITUTE OR AN EQUIVALENT EDUCATIONAL ESTABLISHMENT.

APPLICANTS HOLDING A HIGHER DIPLOMA SHOULD POSSESS AT LEAST FIVE YEARS’ RELEVANT POST-QUALIFICATION EXPERIENCE, AND SIX YEARS FOR AN ORDINARY DIPLOMA OR HIGHER CERTIFICATE HOLDER.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE AT 373 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, WAN CHAI AND SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE COLLEGE BEFORE JUNE 10.

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OPENING OF KOWLOON BAY POST OFFICE * * * *

A NEW POST OFFICE LOCATED ON COMPLEX, TELFORD GARDENS, KOWLOON AT NOON ON THURSDAY (JUNE 3), THE TODAY.

THE PODIUM OF THE COMMERCIAL WILL BE OPENED TO THE PUBLIC POSTMASTER GENERAL ANNOUNCED

THIS BRINGS THE TOTAL NUMBER TO 84.

OF POST OFFICES IN HONG KONG

TO MARK THE OCCASION, THERE WILL BE A SHORT OPENING CEREMONY AT 11 AM ON THE SAME DAY.

MR CHEUNG SEK-FU, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WEST NGAU TAU KOK AREA COMMITTEE WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING TOGETHER WITH THE ACTING POSTMASTER GENERAL, MR T.H. BARMA, AND THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, KWUN TONG, MR P. PANG.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPRESENTATIVE TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT 11 AM ON THURSDAY (JUNE 3).

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FIRING PRACTICE * * *

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE ON EIGHT DAYS AT THE HA TSUEN/ CASTLE PEAK RANGE NEXT MONTH.

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

PRACTICE TIMES ARE AS FOLLOWSi

JUNE 1 (TUESDAY)

9 (WEDNESDAY)

10 (THURSDAY)

11 (FRIDAY)

14 (MONDAY)

15 (TUESDAY)

29 (TUESDAY)

30 (WEDNESDAY)

9 AM TO 11 PM

9 AM TO 11 PM

9 AM TO 5 PM

9 AM TO 4 PM

9 AM TO 5 PM

8 AM TO 11 PM

9 AM TO 5 PM

8 AM TO 4.30 PM

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, MAY 29, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

’MEI LAM DAY’ TO WELCOME NEW TENANTS......................... 1

NTSD HEALTH INSPECTORS START HOUSE VISITS ................... 2

PARTIAL CLOSURE OF BROADWOOD ROAD IN HAPPY VALLEY............ 2

TENDERS CALLED FOR ANOTHER SECTION OF THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR .................................................... 3

TENDERS FOR LAYING WATER MAINS .............................. 3

ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS ................................... 4

FULL WATER SUPPLY FOR WEEKEND................................ 4

SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS SOLD BY AUCTION ........................ 5

PLB PROHIBITED ZONE IN TSUEN WAN ............................ 5

MAINS BURSTS CAUSE WATER SUPPLY DISRUPTION .................. 6

SATURDAY, MAY 29, 198?

’MEI LAM DAY’ TO WELCOME NEW TENANTS ******

DISTRICT BOARDS, AREA COMMITTEES AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES SERVE TO FOSTER COMMUNITY SPIRIT AT DISTRICT LEVEL AND GIVE LOCAL RESIDENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON GOVERNMENT POLICIES, THE ASSISTANT SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICER (ADMINISTRATION), MR AUGUSTINE CHENG, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE +ME I LAM DAY* AT MEI LAM ESTATE.

HE URGED PEOPLE TO MAKE FULL USE OF THESE CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION TO IMPROVE THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT.

WELL-ORGANISED COMMUNITY BODIES WERE PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT TO A FAST-GROWING NEW TOWN LIKE SHA TIN, HE SAID.

♦WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE FIRST MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE IN MEI LAM ESTATE WAS SET UP YESTERDAY (FRIDAY). TWO MORE MACS ARE EXPECTED TO BE FORMED SHORTLY.♦

♦MEI LAM DAY+ WAS THE FIRST JOINT VENTURE ORGANISED BY VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND LOCAL ORGANISATIONS TO PROMOTE BETTER UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE PEOPLE AND TO WELCOME NEW TENANTS MOVING INTO THE ESTATE.

THE PROGRAMME FEATURED A VARIETY SHOW, GAME STALLS AND A COMMUNITY SERVICES EXHIBITION.

MEI LAM IS THE FIFTH PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE IN SHA TIN WHICH WAS OPENED SIX MONTHS AGO AND IS NOW OCCUPIED BY MORE THAN 10 000 PEOPLE.

WHEN COMPLETED IN MID-1984, THE ESTATE WILL ACCOMMODATE SOME 30 100 PEOPLE IN ABOUT 5 100 SELF-CONTAINED FLATS.

MR CHENG SAID A LARGE NUMBER OF HOUSING UNITS WOULD BE REQUIRED IN SHA TIN TO MEET THE ANTICIPATED POPULATION GROWTH WHICH BY 1990 WOULD REACHED 750 000.

TO THIS END, HE SAID A LARGE PUBLIC HOUSING CONSTRUCTION PROGRAMME WAS UNDERWAY, AND MORE ESTATES WOULD BE COMPLETED WITHIN THE NEXT FEW YEARS.

HE WAS PARTICULARLY IMPRESSED WITH THE HIGH STANDARD OF FACILITIES PROVIDED IN NEW PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES AND MEI LAM WAS A TYPICAL EXAMPLE.

AMONG THE GUESTS AT THE MEI LAM DAY WERE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS MR WAI HON-LEUNG, MR CHEUNG CHI-YUEN, MR NG CHAN-LAM, AND THE SHA TIN DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER, MR K.C. LAU.

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NTSD HEALTH INSPECTORS START HOUSE VISITS

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STARTING FROM TUESDAY (JUNE 1), HEALTH INSPECTORS OF THE NEU' TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL CALL ON HOUSEHOLDS IN THE NEW TOWNS TO OFFER ADVICE ON HOW TO IMPROVE THEIR ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE.

THE CALLS ARE AIMED AT PROTECTING PUBLIC HEALTH AND NOT FOR FAULT-FINDING, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NTSD, POINTING OUT THAT SIMILAR VISITS HAVE BEEN CARRIED OUT IN THE URBAN AREAS FOR A LONG TIME.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE VISITS WILL GIVE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AN OPPORTUNITY TO LODGE ANY COMPLAINTS THEY MAY HAVE ABOUT POOR ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE, HE SAID.

HOWEVER, THE VISITING HEALTH INSPECTORS WILL BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR SANITARY, PESTS AND OTHER NUISANCES AND WILL ADVISEJHE PUBLIC AND WILL TAKE ACTION TO IMPROVE THE SITUATION, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE DRIVE WILL BE INITIALLY CONFINED TO BUILT-UP AREAS OF THE NEW TOWNS.

HOUSEHOLDS ARE BEING INFORMED OF THE SCHEDULED VISITS TWO WEEKS BEFOREHAND BY A NOTICE GIVING THE DATE AND THE TIME OF THE INSPECTION, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

NEW TOWN RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO CO-OPERATE WITH THE HEALTH INSPECTORS. THEY SHOULD, HOWEVER, CHECK THE IDENTITY OF THE VISITING OFFICERS BEFORE LETTING THEM INTO THEIR HOMES.

MEANWHILE, RESIDENTS ARE REQUESTED TO OBSERVE THE PROVISIONS UNDER THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES ORDINANCE TO REMOVE ALL REFUSE AND GARBAGE FROM THEIR CANOPIES AND THOSE ACCUMULATED WITHIN SIX METERS OF THEIR PREMISES.

APART FROM PROVIDING A PROPER DUSTBIN IN THEIR PREMISES, RESIDENTS ARE ALSO ADVISED TO WRAP UP THEIR RUBBISH WITH PLASTIC BAGS AND TIE THEM UP BEFORE DISPOSAL TO HELP REDUCE SMELL AND DISCOURAGE RATS OR OTHER VERMIN.

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PARTIAL CLOSURE OF BROADWOOD ROAD IN HAPPY VALLEY

* * * *

THE SECTION OF BROADWOOD ROAD BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH THE ACCESS ROAD TO NO. 12 AND A POINT ABOUT 80 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (MAY 31) FOR ROAD WORKS.

THE ARRANGEMENT WILL LAST ABOUT NINE MONTHS.

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TENDERS CALLED FOR ANOTHER SECTION OF THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR *****

WORK WILL START LATER THIS YEAR ON ANOTHER SECTION OF THE HONG KONG ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR, A CAPACITY RELIEF ROUTE BETWEEN CAUSEWAY BAY AND SHAU KEI WAN.

TENDERS FOR THE SECOND CONTRACT FOR PHASE I OF STAGE I I OF THE CORRIDOR ARE BEING INVITED BY THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

THIS CONTRACT, WORK ON WHICH WILL BE COMPLETED IN 1984. COVERS THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 7OO METRE-LONG DUAL THREE-LANE CARRIAGEWAY ON THE NEW QUARRY BAY RECLAMATION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE SAID THIS SECTION OF THE ROAD WOULD CONNECT THE TAIKOO SHING SECTION AND THE FUTURE SHAU KEI WAN.

ALSO INCLUDED IN THE CONTRACT WOULD BE THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO ELEVATED AND TWO GROUND LEVEL SLIP ROADS, THUS FORMING AN INTERCHANGE TO LINK THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR WITH THE EXISTING ROAD NETWORKS AT TAIKOO SHING, HE ADDED.

MEANWHILE WORK IS PROGRESSING SATISFACTORILY ON STAGE I AND PART OF PHASE I OF STAGE II OF THE CORRIDOR, WHICH WILL RUN FOUR KILOMETRES FROM VICTORIA PARK TO TAIKOO SHING.

THESE WORKS ARE ALSO EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN 1984.

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TENDERS FOR LAYING WATER MAINS

X X X

TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED BY THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT FOR THE LAYING OF ABOUT 1 800 METRES OF FRESH WATER MAINS WITH DIAMETERS RANGING FROM 150 MM TO 600 MM NEAR ON LOK CHUEN IN FANLING.

THE PROJECT, WHICH FORMS STAGE I OF SHEUNG SHU I/FANLING WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM, AIMS AT IMPROVING THE WATER SUPPLY SITUATION AT THE NEW TOWNS IN SHA TAU KOK AND PING CHE.

WORK WILL START IN AUGUST AND TAKE ABOUT SEVEN MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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SATURDAY, MAY 29, 1982

NOTE TO EDITORS*

ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

* * *

THE SAU MAU PING (SOUTH) ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE WILL CELEBRATE ITS 1OTH ANNIVERSARY TOMORROW (SUNDAY) WITH AN OPEN DAY AND A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES AND ENTERTAINMENT.

A RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY WILL BE PERFORMED BY THE REGIONAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER (EAST KOWLOON), MR ALEXANDER FUNG, AND THE KWUN TONG CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, MR NG SHEK-HON.

WINNERS OF COMPETITIONS SPECIALLY ORGANISED FOR THE OCCASION WILL BE PRESENTED WITH PRIZES.

THE SIX-STOREY COMMUNITY CENTRE, LOCATED BETWEEN BLOCKS 24 AND 25 OF THE ESTATE, PROVIDES A WIDE RANGE OF SOCIAL SERVICES, INCLUDING FAMILY AND HEALTH SERVICES, A NURSERY, AND COMMUNITY AND YOUTH ACTIVITIES.

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE DAY’S ACTIVITIES, WHICH WILL START AT 2 PM.

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FULL WATER SUPPLY FOR WEEKEND ******

HONG KONG WILL HAVE FULL WATER SUPPLY OVER THE WEEKEND THE DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES, MR TOM TOMLINSON, ANNOUNCED TODAY.

If£J!M£0RARY LIFTING °F RESTRICTIONS FOLLOWS THE HEAVY ocrnonen NG THE LAST 24 H0URS» WHEN NEARLY 400 MM OF RAIN WAS KtCORDED.

MR TOML!NSON SAID THAT THE DELUGE HAS IMPROVED THE WATER STORAGE POSITION CONSIDERABLY.

mu TucEeu.D.DELI^I AN ASSESSMENT WOULD BE MADE EARLY NEXT WEEK ON THE FULL EFFECT OF THE YIELD FROM THE RAINSTORMS.

.,J£TER THAT» RECOMMENDATIONS WOULD BE MADE TO THE GOVERNMENT ON WHETHER A FULL SUPPLY COULD BE MAINTAINED.

/I 9 AM TO°AY, THE TOTAL STORAGE IN THE RESERVOIRS WAS 264.645 MILLION CUBIC METRES, REPRESENTING 45.9 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL STORAGE CAPACITY.

AT THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR, THE STORAGE WAS 225.502 MILLION CUBIC METRES OR 39 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL STORAGE CAPACITY.

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5

SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS SOLD BY AUCTION

*****

THIRTY-FIVE SPECIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE SOLD BY AUCTION THIS MORNING (SATURDAY) FOR A TOTAL OF $558 000 WHICH WILL GO INTO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND FOR CHARITY PURPOSES.

THE AUCTION HELD AT QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM, COMMITTEE ROOM, WAN CHAI, SAW THE REGISTRATION NUMBER 118 FETCH THE HIGHEST PRICE OF $200 000.

ANOTHER NUMBER HK 101 WAS SOLD AT THE SECOND HIGHEST PRICE OF $70 000 WHILE THE LOWEST PRICE WAS $1 000 FOR CT 831, CS 9383, CT 7730, CS 6686, CT 172, CT 316, CT 732.

THE OTHER SPECIAL REGISTRATION NUMBER! 5 WERE SOLD AT THE

FOLLOWING PR ICESi

CT 1698 $ 7 000 CV 323 $ 6 000 AA 5 $50 000

CT 738 2 000 CT 118 18 000 AC 222 50 000

CV 747 3 000 CT 331 3 000 AE 838 22 000

CT 229 2 000 CU 88 30 000 CT 213 5 000

CF 23 17 000 CT 908 3 000 CT 833 6 000

CT 1113 3 000 CT 3218 7 000 CT 312 3 000

CT 812 6 000 8836 35 000 CT 8968 3 000

NUMBERS CS 7463, C IT 7896, CT 6869, CS 7896, CS 1822, WERE

WITHDRAWN FROM SALE.

THE NUMBERS AUCTIONED WILL BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO VEHICLES REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF THE DATE OF AUCTION.

TODAY’S SALE. THE 75TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973. BROUGHT THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR CHARITY REALISED SO FAR TO $25 132 532.

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PLB PROHIBITED ZONE IN TSUEN WAN

* * *

ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE ACCESS ROAD LEADING FROM CASTLE PEAK ROAD TO MEI WAN STREET IN TSUEN WAN FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (MAY 31), THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (SATURDAY).

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SATURDAY, MAY 29, 1982

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MAINS BURSTS CAUSE WATER SUPPLY DISRUPTION * * * *

0F TW0 WATER MAINS HAS CAUSED TEMPORARY DISRUPTION OF FRESH WATER SUPPLIES TO TWO AREAS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, AROUND 17 MILESTONE IN CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND IN TAI PO, OPPOSITE WONG SHIU CHI MIDDLE SCHOOL.

AFFECTED AREAS IN CASTLE PEAK ROAD INCLUDE THE DESALTER. SIU LAM SAN TSUEN, SIU LAM, TAI LAM CHUNG PRISON, AND TAI LAM CHUNG ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTRE.

AND LOOKW "'EAS ‘"E BET“EEN ™E P°LICE STAT,0N

EMERGENCY REPAIRS ARE BEING CARRIED OUT.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, MAY JO, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR APRIL ...................... 1

HONG KONG STUDENT TOPS IN ACCOUNTING EXAM .................. 4

HONG KONG REFEREE FOR WORLD CUP ............................ 5

REFUSE BARGES FOR CHEUNG CHAU .............................. 6

TENDERS FOR PLEASURE BOATS AT BEACH ........................ 7

SUNDAY, MAY 30, 1982

1

PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR APRIL

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THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS FOR APRIL WAS $10 130 MILLION, MADE UP OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AT $6 541 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS AT $3 589 MILLION, ACCORDING TO PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR HONG KONG’S VISIBLE TRADE IN APRIL 1982 PUBLISHED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (SUNDAY).

WITH IMPORTS AT $12 302 MILLION, THE VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT FOR APRIL WAS S2 172 MILLION.

COMPARED WITH APRIL IN 1981, THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS INCREASED BY $958 MILLION OR 10 PER CENT, COMPRISING INCREASES OF $697 MILLION OR 12 PER CENT FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND $261 MILLION OR EIGHT PER CENT FOR RE-EXPORTS. THE VALUE OF IMPORTS ALSO INCREASED BY $904 MILLION OR EIGHT PER CENT.

AS THE GROWTH RATE OF THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS WAS FASTER THAN THAT OF IMPORTS, THE VISIBLE TRADE +GAP+ (THAT IS THE PROPORTION OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS NOT COVERED BY THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS) AT 18 PER CENT IN APRIL THIS YEAR, WAS NARROWER THAN IN APRIL 1981 AT 20 PER CENT.

COMMENTING ON THE FIGURES, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE GROWTH RATE IN THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN APRIL, AT 12 PER CENT, WAS AN IMPROVEMENT OVER THE NINE PER CENT RECORDED IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1982. HOWEVER, THERE ARE NO SIGNS YET OF A PICK-UP IN THE RETAINED IMPORTS OF RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES, GIVEN THAT THE GROWTH RATE OF IMPORTS IN VALUE TERMS REMAINED STEADY AT EIGHT PER CENT.

WHEN THE FIGURES FOR THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF THIS YEAR WERE COMPARED WITH THE FIGURES FOR THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD OF 1981, THE GROWTH RATE OF THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS, AT 10 PER CENT, WAS HIGHER THAN THAT OF IMPORTS, AT EIGHT PER CENT.

THE VISIBLE TRADE +GAP+ IN THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, AT 16 PER CENT, WAS NARROWER THAN IN THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD OF 1981, AT 18 PER CENT.

THE SPOKESMAN REMARKED THAT WHILE THE GROWTH RATE OF THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS AT 11 PER CENT WAS STILL SLOW IN TERMS OF PAST EXPERIENCE, THE GROWTH RATE OF THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS, AT 10 PER CENT, WAS NOT TOO DISCOURAGING IN VIEW OF THE GENERALLY UNFAVOURABLE ECONOMIC CONDITIONS PREVAILING IN HONG KONG’S MAIN MARKETS.

FOLIC

SUNDAY, MAY 30, 1982

the following are FOR APRIL PUBLISHED BY

THE PROVISIONAL MERCHANDISE TRADE FIGURES THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT s

MERCHANDISE: DOMESTIC EXPORTS $ 6 541 MILLION

RE-EXPORTS i S 3 589 MILLION

TOTAL EXPORTS $10 130 MILLION

IMPORTS $12 302 MILLION

TRADE BALANCE $ 2 172 MILLION

(IN DEFICIT)

COMPARATIVE FIGURES

FEB-APR FEB-APR INCREASE OR

LATEST 3 MONTHS 1982 1981 DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 17 806 15 558 + 2 248 +14.4

RE-EXPORTS 10 897 9 522 + 1 374 +14.4

TOTAL EXPORTS 28 702 25 080 + 3 622 +14.4

IMPORTS 35 690 31 782 + 3 908 +12.3

TRADE BALANCE - 6 988 - 6 702 286

APRIL APRIL INCREASE OR

SAME MONTH LAST YEAR 1982 1981 DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 6 541 5 844 + 697 +11.9

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (64.6%) (63.7%)

RE-EXPORTS 3 589 3 328 + 261 + 7.8

TOTAL EXPORTS 10 130 9 172 + 958 +10.4

IMPORTS 12 302 11 398 + 904 +7.9

TRADE BALANCE - 2 172 - 2 226 54

SUNDAY, MAY 30, 19t2

LAST MONTH 3

APRIL 1982 MARCH 1982 INCREASE OR DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. 8 MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 6 541 6 577 35 - 0.5

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (64.6%) (63.9%)

RE-EXPORTS 3 589 3 714 126 - 3.4

TOTAL EXPORTS 10 130 10 291 161 - 1.6

IMPORTS 12 302 12 178 + 123 + 1.0

TRADE BALANCE - 2 172 - 1 887 285

JAN-APR JAN-APR INCREASE OR

CALENDAR YEAR TO-DATE 1982 1981 DECREASE

S MN. $ MN. J MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 24 045 21 904 + 2 141 + 9.8

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (62.8%) (63.0%)

RE-EXPORTS 14 215 12 850 + 1 365 +10.6

TOTAL EXPORTS 38 261 34 754 + 3 506 +10.1

IMPORTS 45 713 42 468 + 3 245 +7.6

TRADE BALANCE - 7 452 - 7 714 + 262

MAY 1981 MAY 1980

TO TO INCREASE OR

LAST 12 MONTHS APR 1982 APR 1981 DECREASE

$ MN. 8 MN. J MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 82 565 70 982 +11 583 +16.3

RE-EXPORTS 43 105 34 586 + 8 519 +24.6

TOTAL EXPORTS 125 669 105 568 +20 102 +19.0

IMPORTS 141 620 120 392 +21 228 +17.6

TRADE BALANCE -15 951 -14 824 - 1 127

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HONG KONG STUDENT TOPS IN ACCOUNTING EXAM * * * *

k 22-YEAR-OLD STUDENT OF LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, MR CHENG CHUN-HUNG, HAS BEEN AWARDED FIRST PLACE IN AN INSTITUTE OF ACCOUNTING STAFF (IAS) EXAMINATION, A COMMONWEALTH ACCOUNTING EXAMINATION FOR MID-LEVEL ACCOUNTING STUDENTS.

MR JAMES H.L. KUNG, HEAD OF LEE WAI LEE’S COMMERCIAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT, SAID IN ADDITION TO MR CHENG , THREE OTHER STUDENTS FROM HIS DEPARTMENT WERE AMONG THE TOP TEN FINISHERS OUT OF 706 SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES FROM VARIOUS COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES AND TERR(TORIES.

THE OTHER THREE ARE TO YUM-CHUNG IN THIRD PLACE, CHAU WAI-KWAN IN SIXTH AND LO WAI-KEUNG IN TENTH.

THE IAS PART II EXAMINATION HAS BEEN A TRADITIONAL STEPPING-STONE FOR ACCOUNTING STUDENTS TO BECOMING CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS OR CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS.

MR CHENG, STILL A SECOND YEAR STUDENT OF COMMERCIAL STUDIES, SAYS HE WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE HIS ACCOUNTING STUDIES AT THE POLYTECHNIC AND BECOME A CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT.

THE INSTITUTE OF ACCOUNTING STAFF HAS, HOWEVER, RECENTLY BEEN REPLACED BY THE ASSOCIATION OF ACCOUNTING TECHNICIANS (AAT) WHICH WILL CONDUCT EXAMINATIONS SIMILAR TO THOSE ORGANISED PREVIOUSLY BY IAS.

♦SO STARTING FROM SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR, OUR ACCOUNTING COURSES WILL BE STRUCTURED ACCORDING TO THE SYLLABUSES OF AAT, A UKBASED PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTING BODY WHICH WILL OFFER THREE LEVELS OF EXAMINATIONS,♦ MR KUNG SAID.

♦GRADUATES FROM THE COMMERCIAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT

CF LEE WAI LEE WILL BE EXEMPTED FROM THE FIRST TWO LEVELS. THE AAT EXAMINATIONS, JUST LIKE ITS PREDECESSOR, ARE A RECOGNISED FORM OF ACCOUNTANCY COMPETENCY TEST,+ HE ADDED.

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HONG KONG REFEREE FOR WORLD CUP * * *

ALTHOUGH THE HONG KONG TEAM DID NOT QUALIFY TO PLAY IN NEXT MONTH’S WORLD CUP FINALS IN SPAIN, ONE OF HONG KONG’S SOCCER REFEREES, A RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICER OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT WILL BE THERE.

HE IS MR THOMSON CHAN, 42, WHO HAS BEEN CHOSEN BY THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION (FIFA) AS ONE OF THE REFEREES IN THIS IMPORTANT EVENT HELD ONCE EVERY FOUR YEARS.

IT IS THE FIRST TIME THAT A CHINESE HAS BEEN SELECTED TO REFEREE IN THESE EVENTS.

A TOTAL OF 24 NATIONAL TEAMS WILL PLAY IN MORE THAN 60 MATCHES IN THE FINALS.

MR CHAN WAS A GOVERNMENT PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER AND TRANSFERRED TO THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE IN 1975.

DURING HIS CAREER WITH THE RSS, HE HAS BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN ORGANISING VARIOUS TEAM GAMES FOR YOUTH AS WELL AS SETTING UP CLASSES FOR REFEREES.

HE WAS A CLASS THREE REFEREE IN 1970 AND BECAME A CLASS ONE REFEREE FOUR YEARS LATER.

ONE HAS TO REFEREE MORE THAN 20 MATCHES IN TWO YEARS BEFORE ONE CAN BECOME A CLASS TWO REFEREE,* MR CHAN EXPLAINED.

DURING THE MATCHES AN ASSESSOR FROM THE HONG KONG FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION WAS PRESENT TO TEST MY ABILITY.

TO CLIMB TO THE TOP, I HAD TO UNDERGO ANOTHER TWO YEARS CF REFEREEING AND TESTS.

ALTHOUGH I OBTAINED A CLASS ONE GRADING IN 1974, IT WAS NOT UNTIL 1975 THAT I WAS OFFICIALLY RECOGNISED BY FIFA,+ HE SAID.

TO BECOME A FIFA RECOGNISED REFEREE, ONE HAS TO HAVE GOOD RECORD OVER SEVERAL YEARS IN BOTH LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL MATCHES.

DURING HIS REFEREEING CAREER, MR CHAN TOOK PART IN VARIOUS INTERNATIONAL MATCHES THROUGHOUT ASIA AND THE OCEANIA, HIS LATEST IN EARLY MARCH IN THE GULF TOURNAMENT HELD IN THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES.

HE WILL BE LEAVING FOR SPAIN EARLY NEXT MONTH AND ON ARRIVAL WILL HAVE TO UNDERGO A NUMBER OF TESTS INCLUDING A PHYSICAL EXAMINATION.

♦I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO BEING THERE AND WILL DO MY UTMOST TO SHOW THE WORLD THAT HONG KONG DOES HAVE WORLD-CLASS REFEREES,♦ HE ADDED.

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REFUSE BARGES FOR CHEUNG CHAU

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THE PILOT SCHEME OF USING BARGES TO REMOVE HOUSEHOLD REFUSE FROM CHEUNG CHAU FOR DISPOSAL BY INCINERATION AT KWAI CHUNG HAS PROVED TO BE SUCCESSFUL.

THE SCHEME, WHICH WAS STARTED IN JANUARY THIS YEAR, IS AIMED AT IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT ON THE ISLAND.

THE NEW MEASURES HELPED TO CUT DOWN ON SMOKE POLLUTION ON THE ISLAND SINCE THE TWO SMALL RURAL TYPE INCINERATORS AT TAI SHEK HOU OF THE ISLAND STOPPED OPERATION AFTER THE INTRODUCTION OF THE BARGE SERVICE.

AS A RESULT, THE PILOT SCHEME IS NOW BEING EXTENDED FOR SIX MONTHS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID.

IN THIS CONNECTION, TENDERS ARE NOW BEING INVITED FOR THE SUPPLY OF A MOTORISED BARGE COMPLETE WITH CREW FOR TRANSPORTING REFUSE FROM CHEUNG CHAU.

THE BARGE WILL BE REQUIRED TO TAKE ABOUT 20 TONNES OF REFUSE LOADED IN BASKETS FROM CHEUNG CHAU TO A DESIGNATED MOORING IN THE NEW TERRITORIES DAILY. AFTER UNLOADING, THE EMPTY BASKETS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE LOADING POINT AT CHEUNG CHAU THE FOLLOWING DAY.

THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER CAN START OPERATION ON JULY 1 FOR A CONTRACT PERIOD OF SIX MONTHS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

TENDER FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE NTSD SOUTH REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS ON THE 10TH FLOOR OF FOURSEAS BUILDING, 208-212 NATHAN ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI.

COMPLETED TENDER FORMS MUST BE PLACED IN THE TENDER BOX AT THE NTSD HEADQUARTERS ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF AUSTIN CENTRE, 19-23 AUSTIN AVENUE, TSIM SHA TSUI, BEFORE JUNE 18 (FRIDAY).

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE WITH THE NTSD SOUTH REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS ON TELEPHONE 3-7211837 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

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TENDERS FOR PLEASURE BOATS AT BEACH * * *

TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED FOR THE PROVISION OF BEACH PLEASURE BOATS FOR HIRE TO THE PUBLIC AT CASTLE PEAK BEACH IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

TENDER FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE NTSD HEADQUARTERS ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF AUSTIN CENTRE, 19-23 AUSTIN AVENUE, TSIM SH A TSUI.

THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER WILL BE ABLE TO START BUSINESS ON JUNE 18 FOR A CONTRACT PERIOD OF TWO YEARS.

COMPLETED TENDER FORMS MUST BE PLACED IN THE TENDER BOX ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF NTSD HEADQUARTERS BEFORE FRIDAY, JUNE 11.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE WITH THE RECREATION AND AMENITIES SECTION OF NTSD ON TELEPHONE 3-678715.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, MAY 31, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SOCIAL SECURITY ALLOWANCES TO GO UP FROM TOMORROW............. 1

GOVERNOR TO VISIT KWUN TONG DISTRICT ......................... 2

JUBILEE BECOMES OPEN REFUGEE CENTRE .......................... 2

GRANTS FOR MATRIC COURSES AVAILABLE .......................... 3

MORE SPORTS AND RECREATION FACILITIES FOR TUEN MUN............ 4

SURVEY OF AUTOMOBILE REPAIRS INDUSTRY....................... 5

TAX EXEMPTION ON INTEREST EARNED ............................. 5

TENDERS CALLED FOR SALE OF LIGHT REFRESHMENTS ................ 6

WATER FIGURES

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SOCIAL SECURITY ALLOWANCES TO GO UP FROM TOMORROW * * * *

PAYMENT RATES FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, OLD AGE AND DISABILITY ALLOWANCES WILL GO UP FROM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TO HELP RECIPIENTS KEEP ABREAST WITH IMPROVED STANDARDS OF LIVING.

THE 29 PER CENT INCREASE WAS ANNOUNCED IN MID-MARCH BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

OTHER IMPROVEMENTS INCLUDE THE RAISING OF THE SAVINGS LIMIT UNDER THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE SCHEME TO RECOGNISE THE INCREASE IN PRICES SINCE THE LAST REVISION TWO YEARS AGO.

THE NEW RATES FOR THESE MONTHLY ALLOWANCES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

PUBLIC ASSISTANCE

FOR A SINGLE PERSON

FOR A FAMILY:

FIRST TO THIRD ELIGIBLE MEMBER FOURTH TO SIXTH ELIGIBLE MEMBER SEVENTH AND ADDITIONAL ELIGIBLE MEMBER THEREAFTER

OLD AGE SUPPLEMENT (FOR RECIPIENT AGED 60 AND ABOVE)

DISABILITY SUPPLEMENT (FOR

PARTIALLY DISABLED RECIPIENT)

LONG-TERM SUPPLEMENT (FOR THOSE RECEIVING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE FOR 12 MONTHS OR MORE) (A) SINGLE PERSON (B) FAMILY

SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCE

OLD AGE ALLOWANCE DISABILITY ALLOWANCE

$450

$325 $280 $215

$225

$225

$570 (PER YEAR) $1 140 (PER YEAR)

$225

$450

THE SWD NOW HANDLES ABOUT 46 200 PUBLIC ASSISTANCE CASES, 173 000 OLD AGE ALLOWANCE CASES AND 31 900 DISABILITY ALLOWANCE CASES.

+THE INCREASE IS EXPECTED TO COST THE GOVERNMENT AN ADDITIONAL $221 MILLION FOR A FULL YEAR,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE SAVINGS LIMIT UNDER THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE SCHEME WILL BE INCREASED FROM THE PRESENT $4 500 TO $5 700 FOR A SINGLE PERSON, AND FROM $3 000 TO $3 800 FOR A PERSON IN A FAMILY.

THE LEVEL OF DISREGARDED EARNINGS, WHICH IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE AN INCENTIVE TO WORK, IS ALSO TO GO UP BY 70 PER CENT. THIS MEANS THAT THE FIRST $85 AND 50 PER CENT OF THE NEXT $340 WILL BE DISREGARDED, THUS ALLOWING MAXIMUM DISREGARDED EARNINGS OF 8225 AS AGAINST THE PRESENT MAXIMUM OF $150 A MONTH.

UNDER THE NEW RATES, AN ELIGIBLE FOUR-MEMBER FAMILY WOULD RECEIVE $1 255 ft MONTH, AS AGAINST $965 THEY WOULD GET UNDER THE OLD RATES. WITH RENT, SUPPLEMENTS AND OTHER ESSENTIAL EXPENSES PROVIDED SEPARATELY, A FOUR-MEMBER HOUSEHOLD ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE CAN RECEIVE AN AVERAGE OF ABOUT $1 670 A MONTH.

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GOVERNOR TO VISIT KWUN TONG DISTRICT * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, AND LADY YOUDE WILL VISIT KWUN TONG DISTRICT TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON TO SEE RELIEF WORK FOR VICTIMS OF THE RECENT RAINSTORMS.

THEY WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, MR DONALD LIAO, AND THE REGIONAL SECRETARY (HONG KONG AND KOWLOON), MR GRAHAM BARNES.

SIR EDWARD AND LADY YOUDE WILL ALSO VISIT SHUN LEE ESTATE AND SHUN CHI COURT HOME OWNERSHIP ESTATE.

PRESS TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED. IT WILL LEAVE AT 2 PM TOMORROW FROM THE HOUSING AUTHORITY HEADQUARTERS BUILDING IN HO MAN TIN, KOWLOON. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WISHING TO MAKE USE OF THIS FACILITY ARE REQUESTED TO ARRIVE EARLY.

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JUBILEE BECOMES OPEN REFUGEE CENTRE

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THE PRESENT JUBILEE REFUGEE RECEPTION CENTRE IN SHAM SHUI PO WILL BECOME AN OPEN CENTRE FOR VIETNAMESE REFUGEES FROM WEDNESDAY (JUNE 2), A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED TODAY.

IT WILL BE MANAGED ON BEHALF OF THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES BY A VOLUNTARY AGENCY, CARITAS-HONG KONG.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE CENTRE WILL BE USED TO ACCOMMODATE THE 1 OOO-ODD REFUGEES NOW TEMPORARILY ACCOMMODATED AT THE OLD ARGYLE STREET NO. 4 CENTRE, AND THEIR TRANSFER IS DUE TO BE COMPLETED BY FRIDAY.

JUBILEE WILL ALSO ACCOMMODATE SEVERAL HUNDRED OTHER REFUGEES WHO HAVE RECENTLY ARRIVED IN HONG KONG AND WHO ARE JUST COMPLETING THEIR STAY IN THE RECEPTION CENTRE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID JUBILEE IS BECOMING AN OPEN CENTRE BECAUSE OF THE NEED TO EASE MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS AND CONDITIONS IN THE KAI TAK NORTH CENTRE.

HE EXPLAINED THAT AFTER LONG DISCUSSIONS, THE GOVERNMENT AND THE UNHCR HAD AGREED THAT IN PRESENT DAY CIRCUMSTANCES, KAI TAK NORTH WAS TOO LARGE TO BE MANAGED EFFECTIVELY AS A SINGLE CENTRE, AND THE RECENT DISTURBANCES IN EARLY MAY HAD CONFIRMED THIS VIEW.

♦THE CENTRE AT JUBILEE HAS BEEN USED AS A RECEPTION FACILITY FOR NEW ARRIVALS, BUT THE CURRENT LOW RATE OF ARRIVALS HAS RESULTED IN ITS UNDER-UTILISATION.

♦THE GOVERNMENT AND UNHCR HAVE THEREFORE AGREED TO CONVERT IT INTO AN OPEN CENTRE AGAIN TO HOLD THE REFUGEES NOW TEMPORARILY ACCOMMODATED AT THE ARGYLE STREET NO. 4 CENTRE,* HE SAID.

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THE ARGYLE STREET NO. 3 CENTRE WILL AT THE SAME TIME CEASE TO BE A DEPARTURE CENTRE FOR THOSE REFUGEES LEAVING FOR RESETTLEMENT OVERSEAS, AND WILL BECOME THE MAIN RECEPTION CENTRE FOR NEW ARRIVALS FOR THE TIME BEING, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

REFUGEES ABOUT TO LEAVE HONG KONG ON DEPARTURE FOR OVERSEAS RESETTLEMENT WILL CONTINUE TO BE ACCOMMODATED AT THE OTHER DEPARTURE CENTRE AT MA TAU WAI, HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THESE MOVES WOULD ALSO FACILITATE THE RELEASE OF THE LAND AT ARGYLE STREET NO. 4 CENTRE, AND OF PART OF THE LAND AT ARGYLE STREET NO. 3 CENTRE, FOR REDEVELOPMENT TO CONSTRUCT A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT MEDICAL PROJECTS.

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GRANTS FOR MATRIC COURSES AVAILABLE * * * *

APPLICATION FORMS FOR GOVERNMENT MAINTENANCE GRANTS WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TO STUDENTS AIMING TO PURSUE FULL-TIME MATRICULATION COURSES.

NEEDY STUDENTS NOW STUDYING IN FORM/MIDDLE 5 OR FORM 6 WHO WISH TO APPLY FOR THE GRANT CAN OBTAIN THE FORMS FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION, 77 LEIGHTON ROAD, ROOM 1522, LEIGHTON CENTRE, 15TH FLOOR, HONG KONG.

THE GRANT AMOUNTS TO ABOUT $500 PER ANNUM PER STUDENT, AND AIMS TO HELP NEEDY STUDENTS WHO WISH TO CONTINUE WITH THEIR ADVANCED LEVEL OR HIGHER LEVEL EXAMINATIONS STUDIES, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID.

FOR STUDENTS NOW STUDYING IN FORM/MIDDLE 5, THE FORMS MUST BE RETURNED THROUGH HEADS OF SCHOOLS TO THE SECRETARY, MAINTENANCE GRANTS COMMITTEE, NOT LATER THAN 10 DAYS AFTER THE PUBLICATION OF THE CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION RESULTS.

STUDENTS IN FORM 6 AND PROMOTING TO FORM 7 MUST RETURN THE APPLICATION FORMS THROUGH HEADS OF SCHOOLS TO THE SECRETARY NOT LATER THAN JULY 24.

♦GRANTS ARE AWARDED ON A YEARLY BASIS AND RENEWAL IS NOT AUTOMATIC. IF A RECIPIENT IN FORM 6 WISHE^ TO BE CONSIDERED FOR A GRANT ON PROMOTION TO FORM 7, HE MUST APPLY AGAIN,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

STUDENTS IN FORM 6 WHO ARE NOT RECEIVING GRANTS IN THE CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR ARE ALSO ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR GRANTS TO ENABLE THEM TO COMPLETE THE ADVANCED LEVEL EXAMINATION COURSE IN 1982/83, HE SAID.

GRANTS WILL BE PAID THROUGH HEADS OF SCHOOLS AT THE END OF EACH MONTH IN ARREARS FOR 10 MONTHS IN THE YEAR, AND THERE WILL BE NO PAYMENTS FOR JULY AND AUGUST.

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MORE SPORTS AND RECREATION FACILITIES FOR TUEN MUN *****

THE GOVERNMENT IS FULLY AWARE OF THE NEED TO PROVIDE, AMONG OTHER THINGS, SPORTS AND RECREATION FACILITIES IN TUEN MUN WHERE THE POPULATION IS RAPIDLY INCREASING, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR NEW TERRITORIES, MR IAN MACPHERSON, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF THE TUEN MUN SPORTS ASSOCIATION 2OTH TERM EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, MR MACPHERSON DISCLOSED THAT A SERIES OF SUCH PROJECTS HAD BEEN STARTED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.

+THE FIRST OF THESE PROJECTS IS THE YAN 01 TONG COMMUNITY AND INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE WHICH WILL BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF THIS YEAR,+ HE SAID.

♦A SWIMMING POOL TO BE BUILT BY THE YAN 01 TONG WITH DONATION FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB WILL BE COMPLETED IN 1983.

♦PHASE I OF THE TUEN MUN CIVIC AND CULTURAL COMPLEX WHICH WILL INCLUDE A MULTI-PURPOSE AUDITORIUM FOR 1 400 SPECTATORS IS PROGRAMMED FOR COMPLETION IN 1984/85.

♦APART FROM THE PROVISION OF FACILITIES, THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD HAS ALSO ALLOCATED MORE THAN $1.5 MILLION THIS YEAR FOR SPORTS, RECREATION AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES TO BE ORGANISED BY LOCAL ORGANISATIONS.+

AT TODAY’S CEREMONY, 40 EXECUTIVE MEMBERS WERE INAUGURATED FOR A ONE-YEAR TERM OF OFFICE.

THE ASSOCIATION WAS FOUNDED 46 YEARS AGO TO PROMOTE SPORTS AND RECREATION ACTIVITIES FOR THE RURAL COMMUNITY AND WAS FORMALLY REGISTERED IN 1462 TO KEEP IN PACE WITH COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT.

♦OVER THE YEARS, THE ASSOCIATION HAS BEEN VERY ACTIVE IN PROMOTING SPORT AND HAS SUCCESSFULLY ORGANISED NUMEROUS SPORTING COMPETITIONS IN THE DISTRICT,+ MR MACPHERSON SAID.

HE ALSO EXPRESSED HIS APPRECIATION TO ALL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED AND LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, ESPECIALLY THE TUEN MUN SPORTS ASSOCIATION, FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS MAKING TUEN MUN A HEALTHY AND BALANCED COMMUNITY.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE INAUGURATION WERE THE FOUNDER AND PERMANENT PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCIATION, MR CHAN YAT-SUN; THE PRESIDENT, MR LAU WONG-FAT; AND THE CHAIRMAN, MR TANG TUNG-CHIU.

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SURVEY OF AUTOMOBILE REPAIRS INDUSTRY * * *

A MAJOR SURVEY OF HONG KONG’S AUTOMOBILE REPAIRS AND SERVICING INDUSTRY BEGINS TODAY TO COLLECT UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON MANPOWER SITUATION AND TRAINING REQUIREMENTS.

THE SURVEY IS BEING CONDUCTED BY THE AUTOMOBILE REPAIRS AND SERVICING INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING DEPARTMENT AND THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT. IT WILL BE COMPLETED ON JUNE 26.

QUESTIONNAIRES AND EXPLANATORY DOCUMENTS WERE SENT OUT TWO WEEKS AGO TO ESTABLISHMENTS COVERED IN THE SURVEY ASKING EMPLOYERS TO SUPPLY INFORMATION ON THE NUMBER OF WORKERS EMPLOYED, THE NUMBER OF WORKERS UNDER TRAINING, THE NUMBER OF EXISTING VACANCIES, AND A FORECAST OF ADDITIONAL WORKERS IN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS.

ASSISTANT CENSUS AND SURVEY OFFICERS WILL VISIT EACH ESTABLISHMENT TO BE SURVEYED AND ASSIST EMPLOYERS IN COMPLETING THE QUESTIONNAIRE.

AS THE INFORMATION TO BE COLLECTED WILL BE IMPORTANT FOR FORMULATING MANPOWER TRAINING PLANS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE INDUSTRY, IT IS HOPED THAT THOSE ESTABLISHMENTS COVERED IN THE SURVEY WILL COOPERATE BY SUPPLYING ACCURATE INFORMATION.

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

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TAX EXEMPTION ON INTEREST EARNED

x x x x

INTEREST PAYABLE BY LICENSED BANKS, BY CERTAIN PUBLIC UTILITIES AND BY THE GOVERNMENT AT RATES OF UP TO 9 PER CENT PER ANNUM WILL BE EXEMPT FROM INTEREST TAX FROM TODAY (MONDAY), A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED.

HE SAID THIS REPRESENTED A REDUCTION OF 1 PER CENT IN THE EXEMPTION LIMIT, AND FOLLOWED THE ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE HC KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS ON FRIDAY THAT THE RATES OF INTERS T PAYABLE ON SAVINGS ACCOUNTS WOULD BE REDUCED TO 9 PER CENT -ITH EFFECT FROM TODAY.

A NOTICE SIGNED BY THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY UNDEE ' ?/. 28 (1) OF THE INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE IS PUBLISHED IN A EXTRAORDINARY GAZETTE TODAY.

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TENDERS CALLED FOR SALE OF LIGHT REFRESHMENTS

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TENDERS ARE NOW BEING INVITED FOR OPERATING LIGHT REFRESHMENT STANDS AT TRIO BEACH IN SAI KUNG AND AT TAI PO KAU PARK IN TAI PO.

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS CAN START THEIR BUSINESS ON JULY 8, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE TRIO BEACH CONTRACT WILL RUN OUT ON NOVEMBER 30, 1984 WHILE THE TAI PO KAU PARK LEASE WILL LAST UNTIL JULY 7, 1985, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

TENDER FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE NTSD HEADQUARTERS ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF AUSTIN CENTRE, 19-23 AUSTIN AVENUE, TSIM SHA TSUI. COMPLETED TENDER FORMS MUST BE SUBMITTED BEFORE JUNE 24.

FOR ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT THE RECREATION AND AMENITIES SECTION OF NTSD ON TELEPHONE 3-678715.

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WATER FIGURES * * *

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 48.8 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 282.075 MILLION CUBIC METRES. EQUIVALENT TO 206 DAYS’ CONSUMPTION.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 226.044 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 39.1 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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