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

TUESDAY, JUNE 1, 1982

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GOVERNOR VISITS KWUN TONG DISTRICT - IMPRESSED WITH EMERGENCY SERVICES PROVIDED FOR LANDSLIP VICTIMS ......................... 1

FULL DAY WATER SUPPLY ....................................... 2

BUSY DAY AT FIRST LEGCO MEETING FOR GOVERNOR................. 3

RESULTS OF MONTHLY SURVEYS OF RETAIL SALES ..................

INSPECTORS OF APPRENTICES' POWERS OF ENTRY .................. 6

SCHOLARSHIP FOR LOCAL BALLET TALENT ......................... 7

CLOSE CUSTOMS COLLABORATION STRESSED ........................ 8

IMPORTANT ROLE OF PRIVATE CLUBS ............................. 9

SURVEY OF TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT OF MANAGERS AND SUPERVISORS 9

OFFICERS PRAISED FOR RESCUE ................................. 10

DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS TO TOUR SHAM SHUI PO ................. 11

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GOVERNOR VISITS KWUN TONG DISTRICT - IMPRESSED WITH EMERGENCY SERVICES PROVIDED FOR LANDSLIP VICTIMS * * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, TODAY VISITED THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT AND LOOKED AT THE TEMPORARY SHELTER AND EMERGENCY RELIEF ARRANGEMENTS MADE FOR PEOPLE DISPLACED BY FLOODING AND LANDSLIPS.

SIR EDWARD, ACCOMPANIED BY LADY YOUDE, WAS ALSO BRIEFED ON THE VARIOUS IMPROVEMENT SCHEMES WHICH HAD BEEN CARRIED OUT SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR OR WHICH WERE PLANNED FOR SAU MAU PING AND OTHER LARGER SQUATTER AREAS.

HE LATER TOURED A RENTAL PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE INSPECTING ITS COMMERCIAL AND OTHER FACILITIES, AND VISITED A HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME ESTATE FAMILY.

IN HIS HALF-DAY VISIT TO ONE OF THE DISTRICTS WORST HIT BY THE RAINSTORM, THE GOVERNOR, IN CASUAL DRESS, FIRST CALLED AT THE KWUN TONG COMMUNITY CENTRE WHICH WAS AMONG THE MANY EMERGENCY SHELTERS OPENED THROUGHOUT HONG KONG TO TEMPORARILY ACCOMMODATE DISPLACED PEOPLE.

AT THE COMMUNITY CENTRE WHERE ABOUT 120 PEOPLE HAD STAYED OVERNIGHT AND WERE PROVIDED WITH HOT MEALS AND EMERGENCY RELIEF ARTICLES, HE TALKED TO SOME OF THE FAMILIES AND CONVEYED HIS SYMPATHY AND WORDS OF COMFORT.

+1 AM VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE EMERGENCY SERVICES PROVIDED WHICH I THINK ARE REMARKABLE WORK,* HE SAID AFTERWARDS.

SIR EDWARD AND LADY YOUDE, WERE ACCOMPANIED ON THE VISIT BY THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, MR DONALD LIAO, AND THE REGIONAL SECRETARY (HONG KONG AND KOWLOON), MR GRAHAM BARNES.

THE PARTY THEN PROCEEDED TO SAU MAU PING ESTATE WHERE THE GOVERNOR WAS MET BY THE DIRECTOR OF HOUSING, MR BERNARD WILLIAMS, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR (OPERATIONS), MR ALISTAIR ASPREY, AS WELL AS UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD.

BEFORE GOING UP TO THE ROOFTOP OF AN ESTATE BLOCK TO LOOK AT THE SAU MAU PING SQUATTER AREA, SIR EDWARD VIEWED FROM A VANTAGE POINT NEAR THE ESTATE BUS TERMINAL THE SQUATTER AREAS AT LAM TIN AND THE SITE OF A LANDSLIP ON THE OTHER SIDE OF JUNK BAY ROAD.

LATER AT THE ROOFTOP OF BLOCK 42, THE GOVERNOR TOOK A LOOK AT THE SAU MAU PING SQUATTER AREA WHICH WAS AMONG THE WORST AFFECTED BY FIRES LAST WINTER, WITH SOME 6 000 PEOPLE, MOST OF THEM RECENT ARRIVALS TO HONG KONG, MADE HOMELESS IN 11 SEPARATE FIRES IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS.

HE WAS BRIEFED IN DETAIL ON SQUATTER FIRES WHICH HAD PUT A HEAVY STRAIN ON REHOUSING RESOURCES, AND GIVEN AN INSIGHT INTO THE VARIOUS IMPROVEMENT SCHEMES PLANNED FOR SQUATTER AREAS.

THESE INCLUDE THE CREATION OF FIRE-BREAKS AND THE PROVISION OF BETTER ACCESS, WATER AND ELECTRICITY SUPPLY, DRAINAGE AND SANITATION.

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SIR EDWARD ALSO LEARNED THAT IN ADDITION THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE PROVIDED AD HOC IMPROVEMENTS TO SQUATTER AREAS BY RESPONDING TO REQUESTS FOR FOOTPATHS, GUARDRAILS AND AMENITY FACILITIES.

FROM SAU MAU PING, THE PARTY WENT TO SHUN LEE ESTATE WHERE THE GOVERNOR TOURED THE COMMERCIAL CENTRE AND WAS BRIEFED ON THE ESTATE AND THE NEARBY PUBLIC HOUSING DEVELOPMENT.

SHUN LEE IS ONE OF THE LATEST TYPES OF RENTAL PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES PROVIDING MODERN SELF-CONTAINED HOMES FOR ABOUT 21 OOO PEOPLE TOGETHER WITH A COMPREHENSIVE RANGE OF COMMERCIAL, WELFARE, EDUCATIONAL AS WELL AS AMENITIES AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES.

SIR EDWARD THEN WALKED ACROSS A FOOTBRIDGE TO THE ADJOINING SHUN CHI COURT HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME AND VISITED A FAMILY LIVING IN A GROUND-FLOOR FLAT AT SHUN WAH HOUSE.

HE WAS WARMLY WELCOMED BY THE TENANT, MR LAU KIN-YEE, A POLICE STATION SERGEANT, AND HIS FAMILY WHO HAVE BEEN LIVING THERE SINCE MAY 1980.

CHATTING IN PUTONGHUA, MR LAU TOLD SIR EDWARD THAT HE HAD BOUGHT THE FLAT IN 1978 AND WAS HAPPY WITH THE LIVING CONDITIONS THERE.

WITH BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPING, A HIGH STANDARD OF FINISH AND FULL MANAGEMENT, MAINTENANCE AND CARETAKING SERVICES, SHUN CHI COURT WAS THE FIRST ESTATE COMPLETED FOR OCCUPATION UNDER THE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME.

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FULL DAY WATER SUPPLY * * *

HONG KONG IS BACK TO 24-HOUR WATER SUPPLY WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT.

ANNOUNCING THE TOTAL LIFTING OF WATER RESTRICTIONS TODAY, THE DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES, MR TOM TOMLINSON, SAID THAT THIS WAS MADE POSSIBLE AS A RESULT OF THE RAINFALL IN MAY WHICH HAD SO FAR YIELDED 103 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

♦THE YIELD, TOGETHER WITH WATER FROM CHINA, HAS BOOSTED THE WATER STORAGE TO 301 MILLION CUBIC METRES, OR 52.1 PER CENT OF FULL CAPACITY,+ HE SAID.

♦THIS COMPARES WITH 226.7 MILLION CUBIC METRES, OR 39.2 PER CENT OF FULL CAPACITY, AT THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR.+

MR TOMLINSON DESCRIBED THE STORAGE POSITION NOW AS BEING FAVOURABLE FOR THIS TIME OF THE YEAR.

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WITH THE PRESENT STORAGE AND THE RESIDUAL YIELD FROM THE DOWNPOURS DURING THE PAST FEW DAYS, HE ADDED, FULL SUPPLY WOULD BE MAINTAINED AT LEAST THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER MONTHS.

HOWEVER, HE POINTED OUT, THAT THE SUPPLY LEVEL FOR THIS WINTER WOULD HAVE TO DEPEND ON THE RAINFALL AND THE YIELD DURING THE REMAINDER OF THE WET SEASON.

MR TOMLINSON APPEALED TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO CONTINUE EXERCISING ECONOMY IN THE USE OF WATER.

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BUSY DAY AT FIRST LEGCO MEETING FOR GOVERNOR

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SIXTEEN UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WILL SPEAK ON THE PROPOSED PACKAGE TO CURB THE GROWTH OF MOTOR VEHICLES AT TOMORROW’S LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING — THE FIRST TO BE PRESIDED OVER BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE.

THE DEBATE ON THE PROPOSALS WILL BE LED BY THE HON LYDIA DUNN, CONVENOR OF THE UNOFFICIALS’ COMMUNITY SERVICES GROUP WHICH HAS BEEN CONSIDERING THE PROPOSED PACKAGE.

DEBATE WILL ALSO RESUME ON THE ROADS (WORKS, USE AND COMPENSATION) BILL ON WHICH FIVE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WILL GIVE THEIR VIEWS.

FOUR UNOFFICIALS ARE ALSO DUE TO SPEAK ON THE FERRY SERVICES BILL.

DURING QUESTION TIME, UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WILL ASK ABOUT SUCH MATTERS AS THE PROSECUTION OF UNREG ISTRABLE DENTISTS, ASSISTANCE FOR DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS TO ENABLE THEM TO DISCHARGE THEIR DUTIES EFFECTIVELY, THE MEMBERSHIP IN THE JUNIOR POLICE CALL AND ITS ACTIVITIES, CONTROL OF USE OF REFRIGERANTS IN AIR-CONDITIONED VEHICLES, AND TRAFFIC FLOW IN CENTRAL DISTRICT.

OTHER QUESTIONS WILL DEAL WITH AFTER-CARE SERVICES FOR DISCHARGED MENTAL PATIENTS, GAS LEAKAGES AFFECTING SCHOOL CHILDREN, AND THE PROPOSAL TO REVIEW THE CIVIL DEBT SYSTEM.

AT TOMORROW’S SITTING, THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY WILL ALSO INTRODUCE A MOTION TO REPLACE NON-METRIC REFERENCES IN THE DUTIABLE COMMODITIES ORDINANCE TO METRIC UNITS.

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RESULTS OF MONTHLY SURVEYS OF RETAIL SALES ******

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (TUESDAY) RELEASED THE RESULTS OF THE MONTHLY SURVEYS OF RETAIL SALES FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY 1981 TO JANUARY 1982.

THESE SURVEYS WERE CONDUCTED IN 1981 AND EARLY 1982 TO COLLECT SALES STATISTICS TO PROVIDE AN INDICATOR OF CURRENT ECONOMIC TRENDS IN GENERAL AND OF CONSUMER SPENDING IN PARTICULAR.

OF A TOTAL OF SOME 47 OOO RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS IN BUSINESS IN 1981, ABOUT 1 100 ESTABLISHMENTS WERE SELECTED AND INCLUDED IN THE SAMPLE.

THIS SAMPLE OF ESTABLISHMENTS REMAINED UNCHANGED THROUGHOUT 1981.

A DIFFERENT SAMPLE OF SOME 1 200 ESTABLISHMENTS WAS SELECTED FOR 1982.

VALUE DATA OF RETAIL SALES WERE COLLECTED FROM THE SAMPLED ESTABLISHMENTS FOR COMPILATION OF RETAIL SALES VALUE INDEXES.

TO REMOVE THE EFFECTS OF PRICE CHANGES, SPECIALLY CONSTRUCTED PRICE INDEXES WERE USED TO DEFLATE THE VALUE INDEXES SO AS TO PRODUCE THE VOLUME INDEXES.

THE RELATED TABLES (WHICH ARE BEING TRANSMITTED BY FACSIMILE NETWORK) SHOW THE VALUES OF OVERALL RETAIL SALES, AND THE RETAIL SALES VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES BY SELECTED TRADES AND MAJOR TRADE GROUPS FOR EACH OF THE MONTHS OF 1981 AND FOR JANUARY 1982 (WITH THE AVERAGE MONTHLY RETAIL SALES IN 1980 AS 100).

THE SURVEY RESULTS INDICATED THAT THE RETAIL SALES VALUE INDEX FOR THE ENTIRE RETAIL SECTOR, FROM 134 IN JANUARY 1981, LEVELLED OFF TO 102 IN FEBRUARY 1981 AND SUBSEQUENTLY ROSE TO 137 IN DECEMBER OF THE SAME YEAR.

WHEN ADJUSTED FOR CHANGES IN RETAIL PRICES, THE OVERALL RETAIL SALES VOLUME INDEX STOOD AT 127 IN JANUARY 1981, AND 119 IN DECEMBER 1981.

REDUCTIONS IN THE VOLUME OF OVERALL RETAIL SALES TO BELOW THE AVERAGE LEVEL IN 1980 OCCURRED IN FEBRUARY AND APRIL 1981, WITH THE OVERALL RETAIL SALES VOLUME INDEXES AT 97 AND 99 RESPECTIVELY.

THE OCCURRENCE OF PEAKS IN RETAIL SALES AT THE BEGINNING AND END OF 1981 WAS LARGELY DUE TO SEASONAL INFLUENCES WITH PEOPLE SPENDING MORE TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS AND THE CHINESE NEW YEAR.

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WHEN COMPARED WITH THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD IN 1981, THE OVERALL RETAIL. SALES FOR JANUARY 1982 REMAINED THE SAME IN VALUE, BUT DECLINED BY NINE PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS.

ANALYSED BY MAJOR TRADE GROUPS AND SELECTED TRADES, THE RETAIL SALES VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES FOR FEBRUARY 1981 SHOWED DECREASES COMPARED WITH THOSE FOR THE PREVIOUS MONTH. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION WAS FOUND IN DEPARTMENT STORES WHERE THE RETAIL SALES VALUE INDEX DECLINED BY 52 POINTS OR 36 PER CENT AND THE RETAIL SALES VOLUME INDEX DECLINED BY 45 POINTS OR 33 PER CENT. THE DECREASE WAS LARGELY DUE TO TRADING DAY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE TWO MONTHS. THE NUMBER OF DAYS SHOPS WERE OPEN FOR BUSINESS IN FEBRUARY 1981 WAS LESS THAN THAT IN JANUARY 1981. MANY RETAIL SHOPS WERE CLOSED FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD IN FEBRUARY 1981, COMBINING THE STATUTORY HOLIDAYS WITH THE CHINESE NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS.

FOR FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO, CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS, MOTOR VEHICLES, DEPARTMENT STORES, AND SUPERMARKETS, THE VOLUME OF RETAIL SALES IN MARCH 1981 WAS EVEN LESS THAN THAT IN FEBRUARY 1981. THIS DROP IN THE VOLUME OF RETAIL SALES MIGHT BE EXPLAINED BY CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR AS PEOPLE TEND TO BUY LESS AFTER A MAJOR FESTIVAL.

BY CONTRAST, INCREASES IN THE VALUE AND VOLUME OF RETAIL SALES WERE RECORDED FOR ALL MAJOR TRADE GROUPS AND SELECTED TRADES IN DECEMBER 1981 WHEN COMPARED WITH THOSE OF THE PREVIOUS MONTH. DEPARTMENT STORES REGISTERED THE HIGHEST GROWTH IN RETAIL SALES, WITH THE VALUE INDEX UP BY 24 POINTS OR 18 PER CENT AND THE VOLUME INDEX UP BY 21 POINTS OR 18 PER CENT.

IN JANUARY 1982, THE RETAIL SALES VOLUME INDEXES FOR SUPERMARKETS, DEPARTMENT STORES AND FUELS ROSE BY 27 PER CENT, SIX PER CENT AND TWO PER CENT RESPECTIVELY WHEN COMPARED WITH THE CORRESPONDING MONTH IN 1981, WHILE THOSE FOR THE OTHER MAJOR TRADE GROUPS AND SELECTED TRADES DECLINED.

OVER THIS PERIOD, THE GREATEST REDUCTION IN THE VOLUME OF RETAIL SALES WAS FOUND IN MOTOR VEHICLES AND CONSUMER GOODS. THEIR RESPECTIVE RETAIL SALES VOLUME INDEXES WERE DOWN BY 53 POINTS OR 37 PER CENT AND BY 16 POINTS OR 13 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

IT SHOULD, HOWEVER, BE NOTED THAT THE CHINESE NEW YEAR IN 1982 FELL IN JANUARY, WHEREAS THAT IN 1981 FELL IN FEBRUARY.

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT HAS COMPILED A REPORT ON THESE SURVEYS.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE WHOLESALE/RETAIL TRADE STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, TEL. NO. 3-7216024.

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:<$?£•: TORS OF APPRENTICES’ POWERS OF ENTRY ******

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

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW DEPARTMENT REMINDED EMPLOYERS THAT UNDER 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 VISIT 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,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+ANY PERSON WHO OBSTRUCTS AN INSPECTOR OF APPRENTICES PERFORMING OR EXERCISING ANY FUNCTION, DUTY OR POWER UNDER THE APPRENTICESHIP ORDINANCE MAY BE PROSECUTED AND ON CONVICTION, K IS LIABLE TO A FINE OF 15 000 AND SIX MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT,* IE ADDED.

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

(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 (TELt 3-234722)-

(3) SALISBURY ROAD, OPPOSITE TO SHERATON HOTEL, TSIM SHA TSUI (3-667463)-

(4) 31 SHING FONG STREET, 5TH FLOOR, KWAI CHUNG (TEL* 0-297039)-

(5) YAN HAU MANSION, 3RD FLOOR, 100 TING FU STREET, KWUN TONG (TELt 3-7561093).

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SCHOLARSHIP FOR LOCAL BALLET TALENT * * *

THERE ARE A LOT OF TALENTED YOUNG PEOPLE IN HONG KONG, PARTICULARLY AS BUDDING MUSICIANS AND DANCERS, THE COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR BARRIE WIGGHAM, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A BALLET SCHOLARSHIP, HE SAID THERE WAS AN ABUNDANCE OF TALENT IN HONG KONG, BUT ONE OF THE PROBLEMS HAD BEEN THE LACK OF OPPORTUNITY FOR FURTHERING THAT TALENT.

ONLY THE OUTSTANDING STOOD A CHANCE OF COMPETING FOR A PLACE IN A WORLD-FAMOUS TRAINING ESTABLISHMENT OVERSEAS, HE SAID.

+WITH THE OPENING OF OUR OWN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC AND ACADEMY OF BALLET IN HONG KONG, THIS HAS CHANGED- AND THERE ARE INCREASING OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN HONG KONG TO FOLLOW A PROFESSIONAL TRAINING COURSE AT HOME,+ MR WIGGHAM SAID.

ALSO AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE WERE THE PRESIDENT OF ZONTA CLUB OF HONG KONG EAST, MRS EMILY SHUM- THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG ACADEMY OF BALLET, MRS KAY JONES- THE PRINCIPAL OF THE ACADEMY, MISS PAULA LAU- AND THE WINNER OF THE THREE-YEAR SCHOLARSHIP, MISS LEE KAM LAN.

THE SCHOLARSHIP, ESTABLISHED BY THE ZONTA CLUB, IS WORTH $8 QOO A YEAR.

MR WIGGHAM, WHO IS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE ACADEMY’S BOARD OF GOVERNORS, SAID HE WAS VERY HAPPY ABOUT ZONTA’S OFFER AS IT WAS THE RESULT OF A SUGGESTION MADE BY THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT.

THE BALLET ACADEMY IS ONE OF THE PRINCIPAL PERFORMING ARTS INSTITUTIONS BEING GIVEN FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE BY THE GOVERNMENT.

MR WIGGHAM SAID THAT MANY PARENTS IN HONG KONG REGARD MUSIC, AND MORE ESPECIALLY DANCE, AS A PASTIME AND NOT AS IMPORTANT AS +REAL+ ACADEMIC SUBJECTS.

THIS RESULTED IN YOUNGSTERS ABANDONING THEIR TALENTS TO CONCENTRATE ON WHAT WAS SEEN AS A MORE PRODUCTIVE CAREER, HE SAID.

+1 SHOULD LIKE TO THINK THAT THIS ATTITUDE IS CHANGING, AND THAT, GIVEN THE INCREASE IN OPPORTUNITIES FOR BOTH TRAINING AND FOR PRACTISING THEIR ART AFTER TRAINING, IT IS NOW BECOMING GENERALLY RECOGNISED THAT THE PERFORMING ARTS -- DANCE OF COURSE INCLUDED — CAN PROVIDE A WORTHWHILE CAREER FOR OUR YOUNGSTERS IN HONG KONG,+ HE SAID.

♦CERTAINLY IT IS BASED ON THIS VIEW THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS SO FIRM IN ITS SUPPORT FOR THE BALLET ACADEMY.+

HE SAID IT IS FOR THIS REASON ALSO THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS CO-OPERATilG WITH THE JOCKEY CLUB ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE FUTURE ACADEMY FOR ""E PERFORMING ARTS, WHICH WILL EVENTUALLY CATER FOR AS MANY AS 600 FULL-TIME STUDENTS.

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MRS EMILY SHUM SAID THE AIM OF THE SCHOLARSHIP IS TO HELP DESERVING STUDENTS IN THEIR PURSUIT OF BALLET AS A VOCATION.

THE SCHOLARSHIP WILL COVER TUITION FEES, PROFESSIONAL EXAMINATION FEES, UNIFORM AND SHOES, POCKET MONEY, TRAVELLING AND MEAL EXPENSES.

THE CLUB INTENDS TO AWARD A SECOND SCHOLARSHIP NEXT YEAR AND A THIRD ONE IN ANOTHER SUBSEQUENT YEAR, SHE SAID.

IN EACH CASE, THE STUDENT WILL RECEIVE FULL SCHOLARSHIP MONEY DURING THE THREE-YEAR STUDY AT THE ACADEMY.

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CLOSE CUSTOMS COLLABORATION STRESSED * * * *

THE COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE, MR DOUGLAS JORDAN TODAY (TUESDAY) UNDERLINED THE IMPORTANCE OF CLOSE COLLABORATION AMONG CUSTOMS SERVICES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE THIRD CUSTOMS CO-OPERATION CONFERENCE BETWEEN THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA AND HONG KONG, MR JORDAN SAID THAT THE ULTIMATE EXAMPLE OF CUSTOMS COLLABORATION WAS THAT ACHIEVED THROUGH THE CUSTOMS CO-OPERATION COUNCIL IN BRUSSELS, WHICH IN TURN SOUGHT TO FOSTER AND ENCOURAGE REGIONAL CONFERENCES.

+AN EXTENSION OF THE REGIONAL CONFERENCE CONCEPT IS THAT OF BILATERAL UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN TWO CUSTOMS SERVICES WORKING CLOSELY TOGETHER. SUCH IS THE BASIS OF AND THE REASON FOR THIS PRESENT CONFERENCE,+ HE SAID.

IN HONG KONG AND ELSEWHERE WHERE THE PROBLEM EXISTS, THE ROLE OF CUSTOMS IS OFTEN SEEN AS CONCERNED LARGELY WITH DRUG LAW ENFORCEMENT.+ HOWEVER, MR JORDAN SAID THAT WHAT DID NOT ATTRACT SO MUCH ATTENTION BY WAY OF PUBLICITY WAS THE ROLE OF CUSTOMS SERVICES IN THE FACILITATION OF TRADE.

IN THE COMPLICATED STRUCTURE OF QUOTAS, LICENSING, PREFERENTIAL DUTIES AND ALL THE OTHER PARAPHERNALIA ASSOCIATED WITH THE INTERNATIONAL TRADING SCENE TODAY, THE ROLE OF CUSTOMS IS TO ENSURE THAT TRADE CAN BE CARRIED ON AS EASILY AS POSSIBLE IN SPITE OF THE INHIBITING PROCEDURES CREATED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY BY SOME OF OUR TRADING PARTNERS.

THIS CONFERENCE, AMONGST OTHER THINGS, WILL REVIEW THE WORK OF OUR RESPECTIVE SERVICES IN THIS CONNECTION. HOPEFULLY THE DISCUSSIONS WILL IMPROVE THE ABILITY OF BOTH SERVICES TO FACILITATE THE TRADE OF OUR RESPECTIVE JURISDICT IONS,♦ MR JORDAN CONCLUDED.

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IMPORTANT ROLE OF PRIVATE CLUBS * X X X

PRIVATE RECREATIONAL CLUBS HAVE AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY IN OUR COMMUNITY, THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

HE WAS OFFICIATING AT THE SOUTH CHINA ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION’S 62ND MEMBERSHIP DRIVE LAUNCHING CEREMONY HELD AT THE GAMES HALL OF THE ASSOCIATION AT CAROLINE HILL.

SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT IN 1910, THE ASSOCIATION HAS BECOME ONE OF HONG KONG’S MOST IMPORTANT RECREATIONAL INSTITUTIONS. AT PRESENT, IT HAS A MEMBERSHIP OF 40 000.

MR AKERS-JONES SAIDi +IN RECENT YEARS BY MAKING IMAGINATIVE USE OF ITS PROPERTY, ITS ACTIVITIES HAVE EXPANDED ENORMOUSLY AND I AM GLAD NOW TO LEARN THAT PLANS ARE IN HAND TO EXTEND THE ACTIVITIES OF THE ASSOCIATION TO SHA TIN.+

HE ADDED THAT HE PERSONALLY WOULD LIKE TO SEE EITHER THE ASSOCIATION EXTEND TO OTHER AREAS OR FOR OTHER SIMILAR INSTITUTIONS BECOME ESTABLISHED IN OTHER PARTS OF THE CITY, FOR EXAMPLE, IN EAST KOWLOON.

IN ITS 72 YEARS’ HISTORY, THE ASSOCIATION HAS ORGANISED A WIDE RANGE OF ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES INCLUDING OPEN TOURNAMENTS AND TRAINING COURSES.

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SURVEY OF TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT OF MANAGERS AND SUPERVISORS X X X X X

THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL WILL CONDUCT A MAJOR SURVEY OF TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT OF MANAGERS AND SUPERVISORS FROM JUNE 7 TO 30.

THE SURVEY IS PLANNED AND MONITORED BY THE COUNCIL’S COMMITTEE ON MANAGEMENT AND SUPERVISORY TRAINING WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING DEPARTMENT AND THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

QUESTIONNAIRES IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE ARE BEING SENT OUT TO SOME 1 800 ESTABLISHMENTS COVERED IN THE SURVEY. THESE ESTABLISHMENTS ARE REQUESTED TO SUPPLY INFORMATION ON BUSINESS EXPERIENCE, TRAINING FACILITIES AND TRAINING NEEDS, AMONG OTHERS, OF MANAGEMENT STAFF (INCLUDING OwNER MANAGERS).

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DURING THE S RVEY PERIOD, INTERVIEWING OFFICERS OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL VISIT THE SELECTED ESTABLISHMENTS TC COLLECT A'-P IF NECESSARY, TO ASSIST IN COMPLETING THE QUESTIONNAIRES.

A SPOKESMAN OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL URGES EMPLOYERS TO CO-OPERATE AND PROVIDE THE NECESSARY INFORMATION WHICH WILL BE IMPORTANT FOR THE COUNCIL TO FORMULATE TRAINING PLANS FOR MANAGERS AND SUPERVISORS. EMPLOYERS ARE ALSO ASSURED THAT THE COLLECTED INFORMATION WILL BE KEPT STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL AND WILL BE PUBLISHED ONLY IN THE FORM OF STATISTICAL SUMMARIES WITHOUT REFERENCE TO INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENTS.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SURVEY SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AT 5-455774 OR 5-454002.

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OFFICERS PRAISED FOR RESCUE * M M *

Tnn1vT„HL^MISSIOfiER 0F CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR THOMAS GARNER, T$DAY PRA SFD 0FFICERS WH0 RESCUED TWO WOMEN ASSISTANT OFFICERS LAM CENTRE FOR WOMEN DURING SERIOUS FLOODING ON

SATURDAY.

„ AT THE HEIGHT OF THE FLOODING EARLY SATURDAY MORNING 0FFICERS RACED TO RESCUE TWO WOMEN ASSISTANT

T5ELe2SRtKEHioKeNWATOSSA?En?HT RY ™E RRESSURE °F EL°°D W‘TE’’

AO tJECURITY AT THE CENTRE WAS ALSO AFFECTED AT THE TIME AS TORRENTS OF WATER RUSHING DOWN THE HILL SWEPT AWAY A ’ nO-METRE LONG SECTION OF THE OUTER WALL AND THE INNER FENCE ^ETKuNSS^rAEKoS^b?FAJ^.CENTRE-

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AS +A SERIOUS SETBACK* TO THE PROGRAMMES AT THE CENTRE.

MOST OF THE CENTRE WAS FLOODED, AND THIS CAUSED DAMAGE TO WORkSShp MPAonYHINES IN ™E LAUNDRY AND IN THE TAILORING wunfionUr NtAnoi,

Tur F2R THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID

'HE DAMAGE COULD AMOUNT TO SEVERAL HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS.

MR GARNER ALSO EXPRESSED HIS APPRECIATION TO THE QUEEN’S OWN GURKHA ENGINES F0R HELPINS T0 PUT UP A TEMPORARY FENCE AT THE CEuTRl.

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DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS TO TOUR SHAM SHU I PO

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MEMBERS OF THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT BOARD WILL TOUR VARIOUS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS IN THEIR OWN DISTRICT ON THURSDAY (JUNE 3) TO GET A BETTER UNDERSTANDING THE VARIOUS SERVICES IN THE AREA.

THE INCLUSION OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS IN THEIR TOUR IS TO FAMILIARISE THE DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WITH THE WORKING OF GOVERNMENT PROCEDURES, A CITY DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦IT IS CONSIDERED THAT THE TOUR WILL BE HELPFUL TO MEMBERS IN CARRYING OUT THEIR WORK.

♦NOT ONLY WILL IT BROADEN THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF THE WORK OF VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND PUBLIC UTILITIES. IT WILL ALSO PROVIDE THEM WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO APPRECIATE BETTER THE NEEDS OF RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT SO THAT IMPROVEMENTS CAN BE EFFECTED,+ THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

PLACES TO BE VISITED DURING THE TOUR WILL INCLUDE THE SITE FOR A FUTURE CLOCK-TOWER AT THE SHAM SHU I PO FERRY CONCOURSE, THE CHEUNG SHA WAN ABATTOIR. THE LAI CHI KOK INCINERATION PLANT, AND THE KOWLOON MOTOR BUS DEPOT AT KWAI CHUNG.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO SEE THE LAI CHI KOK PARK INDOOR GAMES HALL, A SWIMMING POOL, AS WELL AS THE SHEK KIP MEI PARK WHICH ARE UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

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YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE TOUR WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE ON THURSDAY FROM 9 AM TO 1 PM. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD CONTACT MISS FLORENCE HO, SECRETARY CF THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT BOARD, AT 3-704251, IN ADVANCE AND ASSEMBLE AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF SHAM SHU I PO CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, 299 LAI CHI KOK ROAD, AT 9 AM ON THURSDAY WHEN TRANSPORTATION WILL BE PROVIDED.

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(JUNE 4).

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING:

WARM WELCOME FOR SIR EDWARD AT LEGCO ........................ 1

MOTOR VEHICLE RESTRAINTS APPROVED .AFTER LONG DEBATE..... 2

SIX OPPOSE MOTOR VEHICLE RESTRAINT PROPOSALS ................ 9

CAR RESTRAINTS NOT AIMED AT RAISING REVENUE ................ 14

GENERAL AGREEMENT ON NEED TO CURB VEHICLE GROWTH ........... 17

CROSS-SUBSIDISATION OF FERRY SERVICES ...................... 21

TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENT PLANS FOR CENTRAL ...................... 2J

FINAL READING OF ROADS BILL ADJOURNED ...................... 2k

SEVEN BILLS PASSED .......................................   27

WARNING ABOUT UNREGISTERED COMMODITY DEALERS ............... 27

GAS LEAKAGE GROUP FORMED ................................... 28

HELP FOR DISCHARGED MENTAL PATIENTS ........................ 29

240 FAKE DENTISTS PROSECUTED................................ JO

PROPOSED REVIEW ON DEBT LAW ................................ JO

NO RULING ON REFRIGERANTS .................................. J1

DUTIES GO METRIC ........................................... J1

MORE THAN JOO OOO JPC MEMBERS .............................. J2

ASSISTANCE TO DB MEMBERS.................................... J2

EEC URGED BY HK TO HONOUR MFA OBLIGATIONS ..................... JJ

PLB CLEARWAY ON CHAI WAN ROAD ................................. JJ

FUTURE OF HONG KONG IS BRIGHT, SAYS AKERS-JONES.............. Jtf-

CONSORTIUM RECOMMENDED FOR EXHIBITION CENTRE BRIEF ............ JJ

SJ70 000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE..........................    J6

PRESS CONFERENCE ON ROADS AND SLOPES .......................... J7

QC FROM ENGLAND ADMITTED ...................................... J7

NEW TSING YI POST OFFICE ....................................   J8

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2, 1982

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wARM WELCOME FOR SIR EDWARD AT LEGCO * * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, PRESIDING OVER HIS FIRST LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING, TOLD MEMBERS HE LOOKED FORWARD TO PARTICIPATING IN THEIR WORK AND LISTENING TO THE DEBATES ♦WHICH I AM SURE WILL BE BOTH LIVELY AND INSTRUCTIVE*.

LADY YOUDE ALSO ATTENDED THE MEETING, LISTENING TO THE PROCEEDINGS FROM THE PUBLIC GALLERY.

SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, THE HON ROGER LOBO, WELCOMED SIR EDWARD AND LADY YOUDE TO THE COUNCIL ON BEHALF OF THE UNOFFICIALS.

♦THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG ARE INDEED GREATLY ENCOURAGED BY YOUR EXCELLENCY’S UNEQUIVOCAL COMMITMENT TO THE INTERESTS OF HONG KONG AND OUR FUTURE,* MR LOBO SAID. +WE SHARE THIS SAME COMMITMENT AND TO THAT END MY COLLEAGUES AND I PLEDGE OUR FULL AND WHOLE HEARTED SUPPORT.*

FOLLOWING IS THE FULL TEXT OF THE GOVERNOR’S OPENING REMARKS IN COUNCIL:

*OF THIS, THE FIRST MEETING OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SINCE MY ARRIVAL IN HONG KONG, I SHOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT IT IS FOR ME BOTH A PLEASURE AND A PRIVILEGE TO BE ABLE TO PRESIDE OVER YOUR PROCEEDINGS. IN DOING SO I AM VERY CONSCIOUS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THOSE PROCEEDINGS FOR THE WELL-BEING OF THIS TERRITORY AND OF THE TIME, CARE AND EFFORT WHICH MEMBERS PUT INTO THE WORK NOT ONLY OF THE COUNCIL ITSELF BUT OF THE UMELCO, THE FINANCE COMMITTEE AND ITS SUB-COMMITTEES - ALL OF WHICH PERFORM AN ESSENTIAL ROLE IN THE GOOD GOVERNMENT OF HONG KONG. MY PREDECESSORS HAVE IN THEIR OPENING ADDRESSES TO THIS COUNCIL THANKED HONOURABLE MEMBERS FOR THIS CONTRIBUTION AND I SHOULD LIKE, IN ALL SINCERITY, TO DO THE SAME.

♦I LOOK FORWARD TO PARTICIPATING IN YOUR WORK AND TO PRESIDING OVER YOUR DEBATES WHICH I AM SURE WILL BE BOTH LIVELY AND INSTRUCTIVE. THANK YOU.*

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MOTOR VEHICLE RESTRAINTS APPROVED AFTER LONG DEBATE * * * *

THE CONTROVERSIAL BILLS AIMED AT STOPPING GROWING CONGESTION ON THE ROADS OF HONG KONG COMPLETED ITS PASSAGE THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY, DESPITE OPPOSITION FROM SEVERAL UNOFF IC I AL MEMBERS.

THE BILLS WERE THE MOTOR VEHICLES (FIRST REGISTRATION TAX) (AMENDMENT) BILL, THE ROAD TRAFFIC (REGISTRATION AND LICENSING OF VEHICLES REGULATIONS) (AMENDMENT) BILL AND THE DUTIABLE COMMODITIES (AMENDMENT OF DUTY OF LIGHT OILS) BILL.

SIXTEEN UNOFFICIALS SPOKE ON THE BILLS DURING THEIR SECOND READING DEBATE - TEN IN SUPPORT, SOME OF THEM WITH RESERVATIONS, AND SIX AGAINST.

LEADING THE DEBATE WAS THE HON LYDIA DUNN, CONVENOR OF THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS’ COMMUNITY SERVICE GROUP WHICH EXAMINED THE BILLS.

MISS DUNN, SUPPORTING THE BILLS, AGREED THAT THE PROBLEM OF CONGESTION COULD NOT BE SOLVED BY ROAD-BUILDING AND IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMMES AND THE INTRODUCTION OF MORE SOPHISTICATED TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS ALONE.

SHE NOTED THE REASONING BEHIND THE GOVERNMENT’S DECISION TO INVOKE, IN THE FIRST INSTANCE, THE PRICE MECHANISM AS AN ANTI-CONGESTION WEAPON.

+1 WOULD ADD THAT I DO NOT THINK IT IS VERY HELPFUL FOR CRITICS TO DISMISS THIS WEAPON ON THE GROUNDS THAT IT IS FISCALLY INEQUITABLE- IT IS, BUT ONE CANNOT IGNORE THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SOCIAL BENEFITS THAT WILL FLOW FROM A SPEEDING UP OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT MOVEMENTS,* SHE SAID.

HOWEVER, MISS DUNN QUESTIONED WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT ALSO IMPOSE SOME FORM OF DIRECT LIMITATION ON NUMBERS AND ON USAGE.

REFERRING TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT’S REMARKS THAT IT IS CONSIDERED UNDESIRABLE TO DENY ASPIRATIONS OF OWNERSHIP COMPLETELY, AND GOVERNMENT CONSIDERS, THEREFORE, THAT OTHER MEASURES SHOULD BE TESTED BEFORE DIRECT RESTRAINT ON OWNERSHIP IS RESORTED TO, MISS DUNN SA IDs +THIS STATEMENT TYPIFIES AN ATTITUDE OF MIND WHICH PREVAILS IN THE GOVERNMENT ON TRANSPORT MATTERS, THAT IS TO SAY, A RELUCTANCE TO GET TO THE HEART OF THE PROBLEM LEADING TO A RETREAT INTO PIECEMEAL AND HALF MEASURES.

+SUCH AN ATTITUDE OF MIND HAS BEEN AT LEAST, IN PART, RESPONSIBLE FOR THE STATE OF THE ROADS TODAY.

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+ IT IS ARGUABLE, IN ANY CASE, WHETHER ASPIRATIONS OF Ownership would be frustrated more by limitations on numbers T-fAN BY REALLY SEVERE FISCAL MEASURES- AND, IF THE INCREASES PROPOSED IN FIRST REGISTRATION TAX, ANNUAL LICENCE FEES AND DUTY ON PETROL ARE NOT SEVERE ENOUGH TO BE EFFECTIVE, TIME WILL BE LOST, SPENDING PATTERNS WILL BE UNNECESSARILY DISTORTED AND THE ONLY BENEFICIARY WILL BE THE TREASURY.+

EVEN A COMPREHENSIVE PACKAGE OF FISCAL MEASURES AND DIRECT LIMITATION, SHE POINTED OUT, HOWEVER, WAS UNLIKELY TO REDUCE CONGESTION SIGNIFICANTLY UNLESS THE PROBLEMS OF TAXIS, LIGHT GOODS VEHICLES AND PARKING FACILITIES WERE ALSO TACKLED.

IN THIS RESPECT, SHE WONDERED WHY SOME OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORT STUDY COMPLETED IN 1976 HAD NOT BEEN ACTED UPON LONG BEFORE.

MISS DUNN BELIEVED THAT THE TIME HAD COME TO CONFER ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE OPERATIONAL SERVICES AN ABSOLUTE PRIORITY IN TERMS OF BOTH ADMINISTRATIVE ATTENTION AND FINANCIAL RESOURCES.

ONLY WHEN THE GOVERNMENT CONVINCES THE PUBLIC THAT TRANSPORT HAS SUCH A PRIORITY CAN WE EXPECT THE PUBLIC TO HAVE PATIENCE AND UNDERSTANDING, SHE ADDED.

+1 AM NOT UNAWARE OF THE PROGRESS MADE IN THE LAST FEW YEARS TO IMPROVE OUR TRANSPORT SITUATION.

+THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MTR AND THE ELECTRIFICATION OF THE KCR ARE JUST TWO EXAMPLES OF MANY.

+BUT IN THIS DECADE, TRANSPORT SHOULD BE ACCORDED A HIGHER PRIORITY THAN HITHERTO,+ MISS DUNN SAID.

DR THE HON HARRY FANG WELCOMED THE GOVERNMENT’S DETERMINATION TO RELIEVE ROAD CONGESTION BY DRASTIC MEASURES.

HOWEVER, HE EXPRESSED RESERVATIONS ON THE MOTOR VEHICLES (FIRST REGISTRATION) (AMENDMENT) BILL BECAUSE OF ITS IMPACT ON PROSPECTIVE DISABLED DRIVER CAR OWNERS.

HE NOTED THAT THERE ARE AT PRESENT SOME 316 LICENSED DISABLED DRIVERS, OVER HALF OF WHOM OWNED CARS OR OTHER TYPES OF VEHICLES, AND MORE THAN 400 DISABLED PERSONS ARE HOLDING PROVISIONAL DRIVING LICENCES.

♦IT REQUIRES LITTLE IMAGINATION TO UNDERSTAND THAT IN THE ABSENCE OF ALTERNATIVE MODES OF TRAVELLING WITH FACILITIES SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO SUIT THE NEEDS OF THESE PERSONS, A CAR IS THE ONLY MEANS OF TRANSPORT AND INDEED TO SOME OF OUR DISABLED WORKERS AN ABSOLUTE NECESSITY.

+THE IMPACT OF The PRESENT BILL ON DISABLED DRIVERS THUS REQUIRED NO ELABORATION.

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♦I AM SURE MANY WILL AGREE WITH ME THAT IT WOULD BE BLATANTLY UNJUST NOT TO OFFER SOME FORM OF CONCESSION FOR SUCH PERSONS AS REGARDS FIRST REGISTRATION TAX,* SAID DR FANG.

THE HON PETER C. WONG SAID THE PACKAGE PROPOSED BY THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT + IS CERTAINLY NOT A PANACEA, NOR IS IT WITHOUT SHORTCOMINGS*.

HOWEVER, HE AGREED THAT IT WAS RELATIVELY SIMPLE TO ADMINISTER AND AT LEAST IN THE SHORT TERM WOULD HAVE SOME DETERRENT EFFECT.

♦OTHER OPTIONS MUST CONTINUE TO BE EXAMINED AND, MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL, GREATER EFFORT SHOULD BE MADE TO IMPROVE THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM.

♦THESE TASKS WOULD REQUIRE NOT ONLY EXPERTISE BUT ALSO IMAGINATION AND FIRM ACTION.

♦AS WITH THE FORMULATION OF OTHER POLICIES, GOVERNMENT WILL NO DOUBT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT VIEWS EXPRESSED BY THE PUBLIC,+ HE SAID.

THE HON WONG LAM AGREED, BUT WITH RESERVATIONS, THAT THE PROPOSAL TO RESTRAIN THE GROWTH RATE OF PRIVATE CARS SHOULD BE ADOPTED AS AN EXPEDIENT MEASURE.

HOWEVER, HE CONSIDERED THAT THE CURRENT PROPOSALS WERE, STRICTLY SPEAKING, DIRECTED AT RESTRAINING OWNERSHIP RATHER THAN USAGE.

♦BASICALLY, INCREASES IN FIRST REGISTRATION TAX AND ANNUAL LICENCE FEES ARE NOT RELATED TO USAGE.

♦ONLY THE INCREASE IN THE DUTY ON LIGHT OILS DIRECTLY AFFECTS USAGE BUT, AS A RESTRAINT, IT IS LESS EFFECTIVE IN TERMS OF INCREASING THE FINANCIAL BURDEN OF CAR OWNERS.

♦THIS IS THE MAIN REASON FOR MY RESERVATIONS ON GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSALS FOR RESTRAINING THE GROWTH OF PRIVATE CARS,+ SAID MR WONG.

HE URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO CONTINUE TO LOOK FOR FAIRER AND MORE EFFECTIVE MEANS WHICH SHOULD BE DIRECTED AT CURBING USAGE RATHER than ownership.

♦MEASURES LIKE MORE EFFICIENT CONTROL OF ROAD TRAFFIC, DEVELOPMENT OF OFF-ROAD PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEMS AND BETTER OPERATION OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT ON THE ROADS WILL CERTAINLY ACHIEVE POSITIVE RESULTS.

♦THESE MEASURES ALONE MAY NOT PRODUCE MUCH EFFECT, AND THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT IS NOT VERY OPTIMISTIC EITHER, BUT COUPLED WITH THE TAX INCREASES, THEY COULD ACHIEVE RESULTS BETTER THAN THE GOVERNMENT WOULD EXPECT,* HE ADDED.

DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI SUGGESTED THAT MORE POSITIVE AND BETTER CO-ORDINATED MEASURES SHOULD BE PUT INTO OPERATION SIMULTANEOUSLY IN ORDER TO MAXIMISE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE CONGESTIONREDUCING EFFORTS.

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’HE -IRST AND FOREMOST CONSIDERATION, HE SAID, SHOULD BE TO IMPROVE THE STANDARD AND TO EXPAND THE SERVICES OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT.

DP HO <OTED THAT IF ONLY 25 PER CENT OF THE NUMBER OF PRIVATE MOTORISTS WERE TO GIVE UP USING THEIR VEHICLES, IT WOULD MEAN s ADDITION OF AT LEAST 54 OOO PEOPLE USING VARIOUS MEANS OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT.

♦THIS SUDDEN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF COMMUTERS CALLS FOR THE NEED FOR AT LEAST 500 MORE BUSES, AND I WONDER WHETHER THE TWO FRANCHISED BUS COMPANIES CAN BE PROMPT ENOUGH TO RESPOND TO THIS TRANSPORT DEMAND, ESPECIALLY AT THIS TIME WHEN ONE OF THE BUS COMPANIES IS NOW IN THE DILEMMA OF MAKING FORWARD PLANS TO ROUTE DEVELOPMENT IN ANTICIPATION OF THE CHANGING TRANSPORT PATTERNS OF THE COMMUTERS SUBSEQUENT TO THE OPERATION OF THE MTR ISLAND LINE IN 1986,* HE SAID.

AS FOR THE ELECTRIFIED KCR, HE FELT IT HAD ONLY MADE A MARGINAL CONTRIBUTION TO REDUCING ROAD USE IN URBAN AREAS AND ThE FEEDER SERVICES LINKING UP THE KCR STATIONS WITH MAJOR TRANSPORT INTERCHANGES LEFT MUCH TO BE DESIRED.

DR HO ALSO URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO REVIEW ITS POLICY GOVERNING THE OPERATION OF NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS SO THAT THEY COULD FUNCTION AS A MORE EFFICIENT MODE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT.

HE SUGGESTED THAT THE OPERATION BOUNDARIES OF NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS SHOULD BE EXTENDED TO TSUEN WAN FERRY PIER IN TSUEN WAN, TO THE KCR STATION IN SHA TIN AND TO THE MTR STATION AT CHOI HUNG.

AS FOR THE DISABLED DRIVERS, DR HO FELT THAT CONCESSIONS IN RESPECT OF FIRST REGISTRATION TAX AND ANNUAL LICENCE FEES SHOULD BE CONSIDERED SINCE IT IS VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE, UNDER THE PRESENT TRANSPORT CONDITIONS, TO EXPECT THEM TO FREELY USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT.

THE HON CHAN KAM-CHUEN SAID ALTHOUGH +PROH IEITI ON BY TAXATION* IS A PHILOSOPHY ACCEPTED BOTH IN THE ORIENT AND THE OCCIDENT, HE HAD SOME DOUBTS IN APPLYING FISCAL CONTROL AS A SOLE MEANS FOR REDUCING CONGESTION.

TO SUPPORT HIS ARGUMENT, HE GAVE AN ANALYSIS ON THE PRIVATE CAR REGISTRATION STATISTICS OVER THE PAST 15 YEARS.

FROM THE ANALYSIS, MR CHAN NOTED, IT APPEARED THAT IF THE PREVAILING EXPORT AND SPECULATIVE MARKETS REMAINED RECESSIONARY, THE PRESENT FISCAL CONTROL WOULD PROBABLY ACHIEVE ITS OBJECTIVE OF CUTTING PRIVATE CARS DOWN TO FIVE PER CENT OR MIGHT EVEN ACH IEVE AN CVERK ILL.

+EUT IF THE REVERSE IS TRUE, THOSE WHO COULD MAKE EASY MONEY IN SPECULATION WOULD BE ABLE TO BRUSH ASIDE THOSE INCREASES AS TR IFLES.*

/AND IF

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AND IF ThE PROPOSED MEASURES WERE SCUTTLED BY AN UPTURN IN THE ECONOMY, MR CHAN ADDED, THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD TRY QUANTITATIVE CONTROL INSTEAD C'F FURTHER TAX INCREASE +WHICH MIGHT BE MORE SUCCESSFUL WITHOUT AROUSING THE DISCONTENT OF THE MOTORING PUBLIC AND GENERATING INFLATION*.

IN THIS RESPECT, HE SUGGESTED THE FOLLOWING COURSES OF ACT ION:

* THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD DETERMINE THE NUMBER OF NEW REGISTRATION PERMITTED IN ANY ONE YEAR*

* OLD PRIVATE CARS MAY BE REPLACED BY NEW ONES ON A ONE-TO-ONE BASIS*

* A PRIORITY LIST FOR APPLICANTS, BASED ON NEEDS, SHOULD BE COMPILED- AND

* AFTER SATISFYING THOSE IN THE PRIORITY LIST, THE BALANCE SHOULD THEN BE ALLOCATED BY BALLOTING TO NON-ESSENTIAL USER-APPLICANTS WITHOUT PRIVATE CARS.

THE HON STEPHEN CHEONG SUGGESTED THAT IF FURTHER RESTRAINT MEASURES WERE NECESSARY, THEY SHOULD BE IN THE FORM OF DIRECT RESTRAINTS RATHER THAN FISCAL DEVICES.

HE NOTED THAT CAR OWNERSHIP WAS SOMETHING HONG KONG’S EMERGING AND INCREASINGLY AFFLUENT MIDDLE-CLASS ASPIRED TO.

♦BECAUSE OF THIS I HAVE RESERVATIONS ABOUT THE WISDOM OF FURTHER TAXING VEHICLE OWNERSHIP,+ HE SAID.

+IT IS, I FEEL, A MEASURE THAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN AFFORD TO DO ONCE, BUT IT IS NOT A MEASURE THAT THE GOVERNMENT COULD AFFORD TO REPEAT — GIVEN THE PRESENT STATE OF THE ART OF THE POSSIBLE.+

HE BELIEVED THAT THE ONLY TRULY EFFECTIVE WAY OF CONTAINING THE PROBLEM WAS TO PLACE A LIMIT ON FUTURE GROWTH.

♦WHILST I HASTEN TO AGREE THAT THE PROBLEMS OF ALLOCATION WOULD PRESENT GREAT DIFFICULTIES, I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A SUGGESTION TO GOVERNMENT THAT PRIORITY BE GIVEN IMMEDIATELY TO ADDRESSING THESE D IFF ICULT IES.+

TURNING TO THE ARGUMENT THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD NOT SPENT ENOUGH TO IMPROVE THE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE, MR CHEONG POINTED OUT THAT OVER 830 BILLION HAD BEEN EARMARKED FOR OFF-THE-ROAD IMPROVEMENTS TO THE TRANSPORT SYSTEMS FOR 1982-83.

HE ALSO NOTED THAT IN THE FIVE-YEAR PERIOD FROM 1976-77 TO 1980-81, THE GOVERNMENT HAD SPENT AN AVERAGE OF S66 000 ON ONE PUBLIC HOUSING UNIT, COMPARED WITH 837 000 FOR EVERY ADDITIONAL VEHICLE REGISTERED IN THE SAME PERIOD.

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♦THESE FIGURES SEEM TO SUGGEST THAT FOR EACH ADDITIONAL VEHICLE REGISTERED WE HAVE SPENT ON ROAD CONSTRUCTION ALONE AN AMOUNT THAT IS HALF THE COST OF CONSTRUCTING A FLAT IN PUBLIC HOUSING.

♦ARE *E JUSTIFIED TO OPT FOR EVEN MORE EXPENDITURE ON ROADS, ESPECIALLY IN THE LIGHT OF THE FACT THAT THE MAIN USERS OF OUR ROADS ARE OWNERS OF PRIVATE VEHICLES, WHO NOW ACCOUNT FOR MERELY 17 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL HOUSEHOLDS?* MR CHEONG ASKED.

THE HON BENTON CHEUNG NOTED THAT THE PROPOSED MEASURES WERE DESIGNED TO STOP THE GROWTH OF CONGESTION ON THE ROADS OF HONG KONG, PARTICULARLY IN URBAN AREAS.

IN HIS OPINION, WHAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD DO IS STOP CONGESTION ITSELF, THROUGH RESTRAINT OF OWNERSHIP TOGETHER WITH A PROGRAMMED ANNUAL REDUCTION OF THE NUMBER OF VEHICLES ON OUR ROADS.

♦TO AN EXTENT, WE ARE MISDIRECTING OUR ARROW AIMING AT THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE PROBLEM INSTEAD OF THE HEART- FOR EVEN IF THE THREE BILLS SUCCEED IN REDUCING THE GROWTH OF CONGESTION, THE EXISTING ROAD CONGESTION HAS ALREADY REACHED THE CRISIS STAGE.*

HE AGREED THAT RESTRAINT ON OWNERSHIP MAY BE DIFFICULT TO ENFORCE, BUT IT WOULD TACKLE THE PROBLEM OF ROAD CONGESTION AT ROOT LEVEL.

+WHY NOT RESTRAIN OWNERSHIP NOW AND CURB THE GROWTH OF CONGESTION REALISTICALLY?* HE ASKED.

MR CHEUNG ALSO SUGGESTED THAT THE EXPECTED ANNUAL REVENUE OF $1 BILLION SHOULD BE USED TO FINANCE THE EXPANSION AND IMPROVEMENT OF THE MTR AND KCR SYSTEM TO THE OTHER PARTS OF THE TERRITORY.

+THIS MUST BE DONE IF WE EXPECT THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG TO TRAVEL WILLINGLY BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT,* HE SAID.

THE HON MARIA TAM ACCEPTED THE PROPOSED PACKAGE ON THE GROUND THAT, BY THE PROCESS OF ELIMINATION, IT WAS THE ONLY FEASIBLE PROPOSAL AT THE PRESENT TIME.

BUT, SHE STRESSED, PLENTY MORE REMAINED TO BE DONE IN ORDER TO ALLEVIATE OUR TRAFFIC CONGESTION PROBLEMS.

IN HER VIEW, IT WAS IMPORTANT FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO PERMIT AND ENCOURAGE THE GROWTH OF RESIDENTIAL COACHES AND MAXICAB SERVICES TO REMOTE AREAS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES AND TO IMPROVE EXISTING PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES.

SAID MISS TAM: +WHETHER THE PROPOSED MEASURES WILL BE EFFECTIVE TO RESTRAIN THE GROWTH OF PRIVATE CARS REMAINS TO BE SEEN.

♦WHAT IS CERTAIN IS THAT THIS IS NOT THE ONLY ANSWER TO OUR TRANSPORT PROBLEM.

♦IN FACT THE NEED IS FOR OVERALL IMPROVEMENT.*

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THE HON T.S. LO, CHAIRMAN OF THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE, wAS THE LAST UNOFFICIAL MEMBER TO COMMENT ON THE BILLS.

HE SAID: +l FULLY IF SADLY ACCEPT THAT WE NEED TO ADOPT MEASURES TO REDUCE THE GROWTH RATE OF PRIVATE CARS.

♦I RECOGNISE THAT OTHER METHODS THAN THOSE PROPOSED MIGHT BE MORE POLITICALLY ACCEPTABLE SUCH AS THROUGH DIRECT RESTRAINT METHODS THEREBY GIVING EXISTING MOTORISTS AN ADVANTAGE OVER THE MOTORISTS OF TOMORROW. THIS WOULD OF COURSE ULTIMATELY CREATE A MARKET FOR L ICENCES.

♦IN ANY EVENT, I WOULD ONLY SAY THIS, NO MATTER WHAT METHOD OF RESTRAINT WE USE, CAR OWNERSHIP WILL HENCEFORTH BE A LUXURY AND IT IS AN UNHAPPY NECESSITY FOR THOSE AFFECTED TO ADJUST TO THIS HARD FACT OF LIFE.

+IT WOULD SEEM LESS UNFAIR TO THEM IF THE RESTRAINTS APPLY EQUALLY TO CIVIL SERVANTS AND ON THIS LAST POINT I WOULD WELCOME ANY SUGGESTION THAT THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT MAY HAVE TO REDUCE CAR USE BY THAT PRIVILEGED CLASS OF CIVIL SERVANTS WHOSE USE OF CARS IS AT PRESENT SUBJECTED TO NO FISCAL RESTRAINT.+

EARLIER, MR LO SAID IT WAS NOT SURPRISING THAT OUR ROADS WERE DANGEROUSLY OVER-CONGESTED.

WE HAVE SIMPLY NOT BEEN SPENDING ENOUGH ON THEM, HE SAID.

HE RECALLED THAT TWO YEARS AGO, HE DREW THE ATTENTION OF THE COUNCIL TO THE FACT THAT OVER A PERIOD OF FIVE YEARS FROM 1975 TO 1980 THE RELATIVE CAPITAL EXPENDITURE ON ROADS wAS HALVED.

EXPENDITURE ON ROADS WAS 17.8 »ER CENT OF TOTAL CAPITAL EXPENDITURE IN 1975 BUT THIS WAS STEADILY REDUCED UNTIL 1980 WHEN IT STOOD AT 8.2 PER CENT, HE NOTED.

+ALTHOUGH WE HAVE BUILT AN MTR AND HAVE MODIFIED THE KCR, THESE HAVE NOT HELPED THE MOVEMENT OF GOODS AROUND HONG KONG, AND TO THE EXTENT THAT THE MOVING OF GOODS HAS BEEN INCREASED THIS HAS HAD TO BE ACCOMMODATED EXCLUSIVELY BY THE ROAD SYSTEM.+

MR LO ALSO SHARED FATHER MCGOVERN’S STRICTURE ON THE BUREAUCRACY.

+ INDEED,+ HE POINTED OUT, +IT WAS ONLY LAST YEAR THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD, EN PASSANT, ACCEDED TO THE CONCEPT OF CREATING A TRANSPORT BRANCH, THUS GIVING RISE ULTIMATELY TO ITS ESTABLISHMENT AND DISTANT HOPE OF THE FOUNDING OF A COHESIVE TRANSPORT POL ICY.

+THIS, I HOPE WILL MAKE BETTER USE OF THE SEA AND THROUGH PROPER PLANNING AS WELL AS INDUSTRIOUS ENFORCEMENT MEASURES BETTER USE OF THE ROAD SYSTEM.+

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G OPPOSE MOTOR VEHICLE RESTRAINT PROPOSALS * * * *

SIX UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS SPOKE AGAINST THE PROPOSED PACKAGE TO CURB THE GROWTH OF MOTOR VEHICLES IN HONG KONG.

THEY WERE THE REV THE HON PATRICK MCGOVERN, THE HON ALEX WU, THE REV THE HON JOYCE BENNETT, THE HON S.L. CHEN, THE HON CHARLES YEUNG, AND THE HON SELINA CHOW.

FATHER MCGOVERN DESCRIBED THE PACKAGE OF PROPOSALS AS THE ^PERSECUTION OF THE PRIVATE MOTORIST PACKAGE+.

HE CONTENDED THAT THE PRINCIPAL REASON FOR CONGESTION ON OUR ROADS WAS THAT HONG KONG HAD SUFFERED FROM ABOUT THREE DECADES OF BUREAUCRATIC BLUNDERING BY THE GOVERNMENT.

+THIS BLUNDERING HAS BEEN CHARACTERISED BY A LACK OF IMAGINATION, LACK OF FORESIGHT, UNECONOMIC USE OF MONEY BY THE HOLDING BACK OF PROJECTS WHICH GOT DEARER EVERY YEAR THEY WERE POSTPONED.

+IT WAS CHIEFLY CHARACTERISED BY A LACK OF COORDINATED PLANNING BETWEEN DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS,+ HE SAID.

QUOTING EXAMPLES OF THE LACK OF COORDINATED PLANNING, FATHER MCGOVERN CONSIDERED IT WAS UNJUST TO PENALISE ONE SECTION OF ROAD USERS FOR THIS BUREAUCRATIC MESS, +ESPECI ALLY AS THEY ARE THE ONES WHO PAY VEHICLE AND LICENCE TAXES AND DRIVE LIGHT VEHICLES WHICH DO LEAST DAMAGE TO ROADS+.

+THE WHOLE PACKET IS AN EXPERIMENT,* HE ARGUED. +THAT

SUCH A PROBABLY UNSUCCESSFUL EXPERIMENT SHOULD BE MADE AT A COST OF MAY BE A BILLION DOLLARS OUT OF THE POCKETS OF PRIVATE MOTORISTS IS NOT ONLY EXTRAVAGANT, BUT MANIFESTLY UNJUST.

+THERE ARE TOO MANY OTHER THINGS WHICH NEED TO BE DONE FIRST, SUCH AS THE COORDINATED PLANNING MENTIONED EARLIER.

+ONE OTHER IMPORTANT THING WHICH NEED TO BE DONE IS TO DROP THE NEGATIVE THINKING WHICH SEEMS TO BE AT THE ROOT OF GOVERNMENT PLANNING - NEGATIVE THINKING SHOWN FOR EXAMPLE IN THE UNREALISTIC AMOUNT OF CAR PARKING SPACE ALLOWED FOR PLOT RATIO PURPOSES IN PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS,* FR MCGOVERN SAID.

IN HIS SPEECH, MR ALEX WU WARNED THAT THE PROPOSALS +PUT US ON A SLIPPERY SLOPE*.

QUOTING SINGAPORE AS AN EXAMPLE, HE NOTED THAT SIMILAR PUNITIVE TAXATION HAD BEEN EMPLOYED THERE FOR SOME TEN YEARS WITH THE SAME PURPOSE. SINCE 1972, SINGAPORE IMPOSED A 45 PER CENT IMPORT DUTY ON THE VALUE OF A PRIVATE CAR. AND WHEN THIS DID NOT HAVE THE DESIRED EFFECT, THE SINGAPORE GOVERNMENT RAISED THE ADDITIONAL REGISTRATION FEE FROM 55 PER CENT TO 100 PER CENT IN 1^75, TO 125 PER CENT |\ it/B AND TO 150 PER CENT IN 1980.


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THE EFFECT JAS A 4.6 PER CENT REDUCTION IN THE NUMBER OF CARS I 1976 AND A □ PER CENT REDUCTION IN 1977. +ONCE THE INITIAL SHOCK VAS OVER THE NUMBER BEGAN TO INCREASE AGAIN: BY 1.7 PER CENT IN 1978, 4.5 PER TENT IN 1979, 6.3 PER CENT IN 1980 AUD 5.97 PER CENT IN 1981.+

AND MR WU NOTED THAT A REPORT COMMISSIONED BY THE SINGAPORE GOVERNMENT AND PUBLISHED ONLY FOUR WEEKS AGO INDICATED THAT REGISTRATION FEES AND ROAD TAXES WOULD HAVE TO BE RAISED ANOTHER 50 PER CENT BY 1990 AND FROM THAT ASTRONOMICAL FIGURE BY ANOTHER 80 PER CENT IN THE FOLLOWING TEN YEARS.

ON TOP OF THESE MEASURES, HE ADDED, SINGAPORE OPERATES A SCHEME WHICH OFFERS A RELIEF FROM SOME OF THE REGISTRATION FEES FOR A NEW CAR TO THOSE WHO TURN IN AN OLD CAR FOR SCRAP. OTHER MEASURES EMPLOYED INCLUDE A DISINCENTIVE TAX WHEN ONE SELLS HIS CAR, AND DOUBLE ANNUAL LICENCE FEES FOR COMPANY CARS.

+FROM WHAT THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT SAID IN THIS COUNCIL ON MAY 5, IT IS CLEAR THAT HE IS PREPARED TO GO DOWN THAT SLIPPERY SLOPE,* SAID MR WU.

+THIS, HE TELLS US, IS NOT THE ULTIMATE SOLUTION. THE MEASURES PROPOSED TODAY CAN BE ACCENTUATED, MORE CAN BE ADDED.

+THEY CAN BE INDEED AS WE CAN SEE FROM THE EXAMPLE OF SINGAPORE. BUT WHAT IS THE POINT OF FOLLOWING AN EXAMPLE WHICH, DESPITE EVER INCREASING SEVERITY, HAS STILL PRODUCED A GROWTH RATE HIGHER THAN THE ’MANAGEABLE’ FIVE PER CENT TO WHICH THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT ASPIRES?* HE ASKED.

EARLIER, MR WU SAID THAT AS FAR AS HE KNEW, IT WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT THE COUNCIL WAS BEING ASKED TO ENDORSE THE USE OF TAXATION OTHER THAN FOR THE PURPOSE OF RAISING REVENUE.

+DID NOT THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, SITTING THEN AS ONE OF US, SAY THAT HE REJECTED THIS FORM OF TAXATION ON GROUNDS OF ’EQUITY AND LOGIC’ AND TELL US THAT HE HAD NEVER FORGOTTEN THE SENSE OF FREEDOM HE ACQUIRED WITH HIS FIRST MOTOR CAR?

+AND HAS NOT THE CHIEF SECRETARY WHEN HE WAS FINANCIAL SECRETARY IMPLIED ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION HIS RELUCTANCE TO DO WHAT IS NOW PROPOSED?* MR WU QUERIED.

HE NOTED THAT THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, IN HIS SPEECH ON THE FIRST READING, SIMPLY SAID HE HAD BEEN PERSUADED TO ABANDON HIS PRINCIPLE.

+DESPITE HIS REFERENCES TO ANNUALITY, MACRO-ECONOMICS, PRUDENCE, EMPIRICISM (WHICH HE COMMENDED) AND HYPOTHECATION (WHICH HE REJECTED), HE DID NOT REALLY EXPLAIN WHY.

+1 MUST TELL HIM THAT FIRM ADHERENCE TO PRINCIPLE HAS BEEN THE MAJOR STRENGTH OF THIS GOVERNMENT’S SUCCESSFUL MANAGEMENT OF THE ECONOMY AND THERE WILL BE A DISTINCT SENSE OF UNEASE IF JE SEEM TO BE DEPARTING FROM THAT GENERAL PRINCIPLE OR IF HE HIMSELF IS SEEN TOO OFTEN TO BE MODIFYING THE PHILOSOPHIES AND POLICIES HE LAID OUT SO CO ENTLY IN HIS FIRST BUDGET,* SAID MR WU.

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’HE REV JOYC 3ENNETT TOOK THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT

TO 'ASK - :NG HE METHODS OF RESTRAINT WHICH SHE SAID -iAD SEEN U. EL . \ HONG KONG PREVIOUSLY AND ALREADY FOUND TO BE INEFFECTIVE.

+1 CONSIDER MR SCOTT’S METHODS TO BE INFLATIONARY AND ' MUST OPPOSE THEM ON THOSE GROUNDS,* SHE SAID, ADDING THAT THE EXTRA COST OF OWNING A CAR WOULD BE ABSORBED BY CAR OWNERS aITH A SHRUG AND A DETERMINATION TO GET A BIGGER MONTHLY PAY PACKET TO COPE WITH THE RISING COSTS.

SAID MISS BENNETTs +MR SCOTT HIMSELF ADMITTED THAT HIS INCREASE IN THE DUTY ON LIGHT OILS ’DOES NO MORE THAN BRING IT UP TO THE LEVEL OF INCIDENCE OF 1976’.

+CLEARLY IT HAS ALREADY BEEN ACCEPTED IN THAT LIGHT.

+1 BELIEVE IN THE LONG TERM THE INCREASE IN THE FIRST REGISTRATION TAX AND THE ANNUAL LICENCE FEES WILL BE SIMILARLY REGARDED.*

MISS BENNETT STRESSED THAT THE NUMBER OF CARS ON THE ROADS MUST BE REDUCED OR AT THE VERY LEAST KEPT AT A NIL GROWTH RATE.

SHE NOTED, HOWEVER, THAT THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT CONSIDERED THAT THERE WOULD BE INSURMOUNTABLE DIFFICULTIES IN LIMITING THE NUMBER OF VEHICLES.

BUT MISS BENNETT THOUGHT HIS +GREAT DIFFICULTIES* COULD SURELY BE OVERCOME BY DRACONIAN METHODS IF HE REALLY GAVE HIS MIND TO THE PROBLEM.

IN SINGAPORE, SHE POINTED OUT, THE NUMBER OF VEHICLES ARE LIMITED BY INSISTING THAT AS ONE NEW VEHICLE IS LICENSED, ONE OLD VEHICLE MUST BE DESTROYED.

+1 DO NOT THINK THAT THE EXAMPLE OF SINGAPORE SHOULD BE SO LIGHTLY DISMISSED AS UNWORKABLE,* SHE SAID. +1 CONSIDER HONG KONG ADMINISTRATORS ARE JUST AS CAPABLE AS THOSE IN SINGAPORE OF DEVISING PRACTICAL METHODS.*

MISS BENNETT ALSO SUGGESTED THAT IF THE OWNERSHIP OF A NEW CAR DEPENDED ON A LOTTERY SYSTEM, PERHAPS CARS WOULD NO LONGER BE A STATUS SYMBOL AND FEW PEOPLE WOULD SEE THE NEED FOR POSSESSING ONE.

AS MR S.L. CHEN SAW IT, A MORE SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE AND CERTAINLY MORE EFFECTIVE MEANS TO EASE ROAD CONGESTION WOULD BE TO PUT A LIMIT ON THE NUMBER OF VEHICLES ALLOWED ON THE ROAD.

+ONE POSSIBLE METHOD OF DISTRIBUTION IS TO ALLOCATE THE ADDITIONAL VEHICLES ONLY TO GENUINE FIRST-TIME OWNERS WHO ARE IN NEED OF A CAR AND HAVE THE MEANS TO AFFORD IT,* HE SAID

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' ’AIRNESS AND THE PREDETERMINED CEILING. ANY

"!■ - OWN ' WISHING TO ACQUIRE A NEW CAR CAN DO SO ONLY

HE SURRENDERS AN OLD CAR FOR DE-REGISTRATION ON A ONE-FOR-ONE BAS IS.*

HE STTONGLY FAVOURED THIS ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION FOR THREE REASONS:

* IT REMOVES AN'' CRITICISM THAT THE FISCAL MEASURES ARE BEING INTRODUCED IN ORDER TO RAISE REVENUE-

* THE SOCIAL ASPIRATIONS OF THE WOULD-BE FIRST-TIME CAR OWNER CAN BE SATISFIED- AND

* EXISTING OWNERS CAN CONTINUE TO ENJOY THE CONVENIENCE WITHOUT BEING PENALISED BY HEFTY LICENCE FEES.

+IF AFTER A CAREFUL STUDY OF THE ALTERNATIVE PROPOSAL GOVERNMENT FINDS THAT IT IS IMPRACTICABLE, ONLY THEN I WOULD BE HAPPY TO SUPPORT THE PROPOSALS BEFORE COUNCIL,* MR CHEN SAID.

MR CHARLES YEUNG WAS CONCERNED OVER THE USE OF THE THREE PUBLIC REVENUE PROTECTION ORDERS TO INCREASE THE FIRST REGISTRATION TAX. ANNUAL LICENCE FEES FOR VEHICLES AND DUTY ON LIGHT OILS.

HE SAID HE WAS NOT CHALLENGING THE VALIDITY OF SUCH ORDERS AS THEY WERE WELL WITHIN THE AMBIT OF THE PUBLIC REVENUE PROTECTION ORDINANCE.

+WHAT I AM SAYING IS THAT THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY IN HIS SPEECH MADE ON MAY 5 HAS DECLARED THAT THE MEASURES PROPOSED IN THE THREE BILLS WERE ’DESIGNED NOT TO RAISE REVENUE BUT RATHER TO ACT AS RESTRAINTS DIRECTED AT VEHICLE USAGE’, HE SAID.

+AND THEREFORE I HAVE MISGIVINGS OF THE ADMINISTRATION EMPLOYING THE POWER OF THE PUBLIC REVENUE PROTECTION ORDINANCE TO CURB THE POSSIBLE DELUGE OF THE PEOPLE BUYING NEW CARS AND RENEWING THE ANNUAL VEHICLE LICENCES BEFORE THE BILLS PASS THROUGH THIS COUNCIL.

+1 CANNOT HELP ENTERTAINING THE DOUBT WHETHER THE ADMINISTRATION, IN ITS ZEAL TO ACHIEVE APPARENT RESULTS, HAS TRAVELLED TOO FAST AND TOO FAR BEYOND THE SPIRIT AND INTENTMENT OF THE ORDINANCE.*

TO SUPPORT HIS ARGUMENT, MR YEUNG REPEATED AN ASSURANCE GIVE 3 THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IN DECEMBER 1974 THAT +... THE ORDINANCE WIL.. NOT BE USED EXCEPT FOR ITS TRUE PURPOSE OF PROTECTING THE REVENUE

COMMENTING ON THE EFFECT OF THE THREE BILLS, MR YEUNG FELT THAT THEV DISCRIMINATED BETWEEN THE *RICH AND POOR*, THE +HAVE* AN. THE +HAVE-NOTS*.

THE WORST HIT, HE SAID, ARE THOSE IN THE SANDWICHED CLASS AS THEY HAVE BEEN WORKING HARD TO SAVE ENOUGH TO FULFIL THEIR ASPIRATIONS, PRIDE OR NECESSITY OF OWNING A CAR AND NOV "IND IT OUT OF THEIR REACH.

/aS .-Or .................

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AS FOR NEW TERRITORIES RESIDENTS, PRIVATE CARS ARE A NECESSITY OF LIFE AND TO DEPRIVE THEM OF OWNING A PRIVATE CAR IS SIMPLY TO IMMOBILIZE THEM WHICH WILL SERIOUSLY AFFECT THEIR WAY OF LIFE, THEIR EAR.ING CAPABILITY AND STANDARD OF LIVING.

MR YEUNG ALSO CRITICISED THE DIFFERENTIAL RATES OF FIRST REGISTRATION TAX.

HE DID NOT UNDERSTAND WHY THE HIGHER THE VALUE OF A VEHICLE, THE HIGHER THE RATE OF TAX, AND SAID +WE MUST BEAR IN MIND THAT EVEN IF THE SAME RATE OF INCREASE OF TAX IS LEVIED ON ALL CARS, A BRITISH MADE JAGUAR WILL HAVE TO PAY FOUR TIMES MORE TAX THAN A COMPARABLE SIZED JAPANESE MADE TOYOTA, THOUGH THEY USE THE SAME ROAD SPACE AND SHARE EQUAL BLAME FOR CONGESTION.+

THE INCREASE OF TAX ON CAR FUEL ALSO WORKED VERY UNFAIRLY ON NEW TERRITORIES RESIDENTS, SAID MR YEUNG.

HE POINTED OUT THAT ALTHOUGH THESE PEOPLE -- FARMERS, FISHERMEN, TRADESMEN, HOUSEWIVES AND WORKERS ALIKE -- AS THE FAMILIES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THE USA, NEEDED A CAR TO JOURNEY FAR TO RUN THEIR DAILY BUSINESS, THEY DID NOT CONTRIBUTE SIGNIFICANTLY TO THE CONGESTION OF URBAN ROADS.

♦THIS BILL HAS THEREFORE FAILED TO RECOGNISE THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC FACTORS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES RESIDENTS AND ATTEMPTED TO RESORT TO A MEASURE WHICH CAN NEITHER BY ITSELF DETER ROAD USAGE NOR DO JUSTICE TO THE PEOPLE WHO DEPEND UPON CARS AS THE ESSENTIAL MEANS OF COMMUNICATION.

♦UNLESS THE TRAFFIC PROBLEM IS TACKLED AS A WHOLE FROM ALL ANGLES AND PROGRAMMES ARE CARRIED OUT AS PLANNED, THIS MINI-PACKAGE DIRECTING SOLELY AT PRIVATE CAR OWNERS CAN NEITHER SOLVE THE PROBLEM NOR DO JUSTICE TO OUR CONCEPT OF EQUITY*, SAID MR YEUNG.

ARGUING AGAINST THE BILLS, MRS SELINA CHOW EXPRESSED DISAPPOINTMENT OVER THE WAY IN WHICH THE GOVERNMENT HAD CHOSEN TO ARRIVE AT THE MEASURES PROPOSED.

WHILE AGREEING THAT ABSOLUTE CONFIDENTIALITY OF THE PROPOSED PACKAGE WAS NECESSARY TO AVOID AN ONSLAUGHT OF REGISTRATION AND RENEWAL OF LICENCES, SHE CRITICISED THE GOVERNMENT FOR FAILING TO INVOLVE MOTORISTS IN THE BROAD DISCUSSION OF WHICH MEASURES THEY WOULD PREFER, SHOULD CONTROL BE NECESSARY.

♦THERE HAS BEEN TOO LITTLE PUBLIC DEBATE ON THE ISSUE, AND GOVERNMENT HAS CERTAINLY NOT ENCOURAGED IT,+ SHE SAID.

♦CONSULTATION ACROSS THE BOARD SHOULD HAVE BEEN CONDUCTED. AFTER ALL, WE ARE NOT JUST LOOKING AT THE FUTURE. THERE ARE ALREADY 217 OOO CAR OWNERS IN OUR COMMUNITY.

+1 SUSPECT A LARGE PROPORTION OF THESE ARE QUITE PREPARED TO ACCEPT MEASURES OTHER THAN FISCAL ONES PROVIDED THEY ARE FAIR AND EASY TO COMPLY WITH.*

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' ’ I PROPOSED MEASURES, MRS CHOW BELIEVED THEY WERE +NOT " _Y SOCIAL!.' DISCRIMINATING AND ECONOMICALLY INFLATIONARY BUT -cSO ARBITRARY AND STOP-GAP*.

BUT PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL, SHE ADDED, WAS THE ^CERTAINTY THAT SURROUNDED THESE MEASURES AND THE LACK OF ASSURANCE THAT THEY WOULD BE EFFECTIVE.

IN HER VIEW, IT WAS BY FAR SAFER WITH THE MORE DIRECT AND EFFECTIVE MEASURES OF LIMITATION ON THE NUMBER OF VEHICLES.

+IN FACT I FAIL TO SEE WHY A BALLOT SYSTEM CANNOT BE ADOPTED,* SHE SAID.

♦SOCIALLY SPEAKING, IT IS INFINITELY FAIRER THAN THE FISCAL MEASURES, FOR THE CHANCE IS EQUAL FOR EVERY APPLICANT.*

MRS CHOW ALSO SUGGESTED THAT THE ONE METHOD THAT SEEMS EXTREMELY SENSIBLE AND SUITABLE FOR HONG KONG IS THE +ODD-EVEN-DAY RESTRICTED USAGE* FOR CERTAIN SERIOUSLY CONGESTED ZONES SUCH AS CENTRAL, KING’S ROAD AND WATERLOO ROAD.

THE MOST PRACTICABLE WAY TO ENFORCE THIS IS TO USE THE LAST DIGIT ON THE CAR REGISTRATION NUMBER TO CORRESPOND TO THE ODD AND EVEN DAYS OF THE WEEK, LEAVING SUNDAYS AND HOLIDAYS OPEN FOR ALL VEHICLES.

+SUCH A METHOD WILL NOT INCONVENIENCE USERS OF NON-CONGESTED AREAS.

+AS FOR IT BEING A POSSIBLE ENCOURAGEMENT TOWARDS PURCHASE OF MORE VEHICLES, THIS CAN BE EASILY DETERRED BY THE MEASURE OF LIMITED GROWTH,* SHE ADDED.

CAR RESTRAINTS NOT AIMED AT RAISING REVENUE

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THE MEASURES TO RESTRAIN VEHICLE OWNERSHIP AND USAGE, ALTHOUGH FISCAL IN NATURE, ARE NOT BEING INTRODUCED FOR THE SPECIFIC PURPOSE OF RAISING REVENUE, THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON HENRY CHING SAID IN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN RESPONSE TO POINTS RAISED BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS, MR CHING SAID NO ARGUMENTS HAD BEEN ADVANCED TO JUSTIFY THE PROPOSALS ON REVENUE-RAISING GROUNDS.

+THE GOVERNMENT’S POSITION IS THAT THE PROPOSALS MUST STAND OR FALL ON THE ARGUMENTS WHICH HAVE BEEN ADVANCED ON OTHER GROUNDS BY THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT,* HE SAID.

MR CHING SAID AT LEAST ONE MEMBER THOUGHT HE DETECTED AN INCONSISTENCY IN THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY’S APPROACH, AND REFERRED TO AN ABANDONMENT OF PRINCIPLE.

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*l CAN FIND NO EVIDENCE OF THIS,* MR CHING SAID. +THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAID THAT HE WAS OPPOSED 'AS A GENERAL RULE TO THE CONCEPT OF TAXATION FOR NON-FISCAL ENDS’.

+THE FACT THAT HE WAS PERSUADED THAT FISCAL MEASURES WERE NECESSARY, DESIGNED TO ACT AS RESTRAINTS DIRECTED AT VEHICLE OWNERSHIP AND USAGE, DID NOT INVOLVE THE ABANDONMENT OF ANY PR INCIPLE.

+INDEED, THE POSSIBLE NEED, IN EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES, TO ACHIEVE POLICY OBJECTIVES VIA FISCAL MEASURES HAS FOR LONG BEEN RECOGNISED, AND HAS BEEN REFERRED TO IN A SUCCESSION OF BUDGET SPEECHES SINCE AT LEAST 1973.

+THE PROPOSALS NOW UNDER CONSIDERATION ARE NOT THE FIRST TIME THAT FISCAL MEASURES HAVE BEEN USED TO ACHIEVE CERTAIN NON-FISCAL OBJECTIVES- THERE ARE MANY OTHER EXAMPLES.*

THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY THEN SET OUT TO REMOVE SOME MISCONCEPTIONS AS REGARDS THE BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS OF THESE PRO°OSALS.

HE SAID THE BUDGET FOR THE CURRENT YEAR ENVISAGED A SURPLUS CF OVER $5 OOO MILLION, TAKING THE GENERAL REVENUE ACCOUNT WITH THE CAPITAL WORKS RESERVE FUND.

+AND THIS IS THE BUDGETED FOR SURPLUS AFTER A NUMBER OF TAX CONCESSIONS AMOUNTING TO NEARLY SI 400 MILLION,* HE ADDED.

+IT IS TOO EARLY IN THE YEAR TO SAY WHAT THE ACTUAL OUTTURN IS LIKELY TO BE. IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THE ACTUAL SURPLUS MAY BE SOMEWHAT LESS, HAVING REGARD TO INCREASED EXPENDITURE NOT BUDGETED FOR, BUT SUBSEQUENTLY APPROVED BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THIS COUNCIL, AND HAVING REGARD TO POSSIBLE LOWER YIELDS IN CERTAIN REVENUE ITEMS, IN PARTICULAR LAND SALES.

♦BUT WHATEVER THE EVENTUAL OUTCOME, THERE IS NO REASON TO THINK THAT A SURPLUS WILL NOT BE ACHIEVED. IN OTHER WORDS, THERE IS NO NEED TO RAISE TAXES FOR FISCAL PURPOSES IN THE CURRENT YEAR.*

MR CHING SAID ANY CONSTRAINT ON PUBLIC SECTOR EXPENDITURE IN THE CURRENT YEAR, AS THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY HAD EXPLAINED IN DETAIL IN HIS BUDGET SPEECH, WAS NOT THE RESULT OF A LACK OF FUNDS.

+WE HAVE BUDGETED FOR A SURPLUS, AND WE HAVE A VERY HEALTHY LEVEL OF FREE FISCAL RESERVES.

+OUR CONCERN, SHARED BY A NUMBER OF UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS CF THIS COUNCIL, HAS BEEN WITH THE RELATIVE SIZE OF THE PUBLIC SECTOR, AND WITH THE GROWTH RATE OF PUBLIC SECTOR WHICH, FOR 1982-83, IS STILL HIGHER THAN THE FORECAST GROWTH RATE OF G.D.P.+

MR CHING STRESSED THAT THE ADDITIONAL REVENUE WHICH MIGHT ARISE FROM THESE PROPOSALS WOULD BE +AN UNEXPECTED WINDFALL wHICH WILL BE TREATED WITH OUR USUAL PRUDENCE.*

/-♦•THERE Cm*. .........

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♦THERE CAN BE NO QUESTION OF ADDING TO THE RELATIVE SIZE OF THE PUBLIC SECTOR, AND TO THE GROWTH RATE OF PUBLIC SECTOR EXPENDITURE, BY LOOKING FOR PROJECTS ON WHICH TO SPEND THIS WINDFALL.

♦THE ESTIMATED SIZE OF THIS WINDFALL IS, IN ANY EVENT, IN DOUBT. THE FIGURE OF $1 000 MILLION WHICH HAS BEEN MENTIONED WAS CALCULATED ON THE SAME ASSUMPTIONS AS WERE USED IN THE ORIGINAL ESTIMATE FOR THE BUDGET, AS TO THE NUMBER OF NEw VEHICLES TO BE REGISTERED, THE NUMBER OF LICENCES TO BE ISSUED AND THE CONSUMPTION OF LIGHT OILS.

+ T0 THE EXTENT THAT THE PROPOSED MEASURES ARE EFFECTIVE, AS I HOPE THEY WILL BE, THE AMOUNT OF ADDITIONAL REVENUE WILL BE LOWER THAN THE $1 000 MILLION FIGURE,+ MR CHING SAID.

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON JOHN GRIFFITHS, REPLYING TO POINTS RAISED BY THE HON CHARLES YEUNG AND THE HON ALEX WU, STRESSED THAT THE PUBLIC REVENUE PROTECTION ORDERS WERE MADE FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROTECTING THE PUBLIC REVENUE.

♦THE OBJECTIVE OF THE LEGISLATION, NAMELY TO ASSIST THE CONTROL OF TRAFFIC, IS ONE THING. THE MEANS TO ACHIEVE THAT OBJECTIVE REQUIRES THE RAISING OF VARIOUS TAXES AND DUTIES,* HE SAID.

♦THERE CAN SURELY BE NO DOUBT THAT HAD THESE ORDERS NOT BEEN MADE THERE WOULD INEVITABLY HAVE BEEN A LOSS TO THE PUBLIC REVENUE.*

MR GRIFFITHS SAID IT WAS BEYOND ARGUMENT THAT MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WOULD HAVE TAKEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE VEHICLES BETWEEN THE DATE OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE PROPOSALS AND THEIR ENACTMENT, IN ORDER TO AVOID THE HIGHER FIRST REGISTRATION TAX.

SIMILARLY, THEY WOULD HAVE RE-LICENSED THEIR CARS AT THE LOWER RATE, AND NO DOUBT AS MUCH PETROL AS POSSIBLE WOULD HAVE BEEN DRAWN FROM BOND AND PUT INTO CARS IN THE SAME PERIOD BEFORE THE PR ICES ROSE.

+THIS WOULD HAVE RESULTED IN A LOSS TO THE PUBLIC REVENUE WHICH THESE ORDERS WERE DESIGNED TO PREVENT,* HE SAID.

MR GRIFFITHS ALSO SAID THAT THE ORDERS WERE EQUITABLE BECAUSE THEY ENSURED THAT NO MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY WAS ABLE TO STEAL A MARCH OVER OTHERS.

WHEN THE PUBLIC REVENUE PROTECTION ORDINANCE WAS INTRODUCED IN 1927, IT WAS EXPLAINED THAT THE GOVERNOR’S ORDER (PROTECTING THE PUBLIC REVENUE) WAS NOT PERMANENT. IT IS PROVISIONAL AND TEMPORARY BUT BEFORE IT CEASES TO HAVE EFFECT THERE IS AMPLE TIME FOR FULL DISCUSSION AMONG THE COMMUNITY, IN THE PRESS AND AMONGST INDIVIDUALS OF THE NEW PROPOSALS.

♦THAT UNDERLYING PURPOSE REMAINS AS NECESSARY TODAY AT

IT WAS IN 1927, SO AS TO ALLOW THIS COUNCIL AND THE PUBLIC TO HAVE AMPLE TIME TO DEBATE AND CONSIDER THE PROPOSALS,* MR GRIFFITHS

SA ID.

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GENERAL AGREEMENT ON NEED TO CURB VEHICLE GROWTH

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THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON ALAN SCOTT, IN CONCLUDING THE DEBATE ON THE THREE BILLS AIMED AT REDUCING THE GROWTH OF PRIVATE CARS, NOTED THAT THERE WAS ALMOST COMPLETE AGREEMENT BY THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON THE NEED TO ACT TO RESTRAIN THE GROWTH RATE.

♦THERE HAS BEEN STRONG SUPPORT FROM SEVERAL MEMBERS FOR THE PROPOSALS AS PUT FORWARD, AS WELL AS STRONG DISAGREEMENT FROM OTHERS. THERE IS ALSO A RANGE OF QUALIFIED SUPPORT,+ HE SAID.

AFTER A DEBATE WHICH HAS REVEALED SUCH STRONG OPINIONS, THE PASSAGE OF THE BILLS WILL BE REGARDED AS A SOBER REALISATION THAT THESE UNPALATABLE MEASURES ARE NECESSARY TO PREVENT FURTHER DETERIORATION OF THE TRAFFIC SITUATION WHILE WE PRESS FORWARD WITH LONGER TERM PROGRAMMES, HE SAID.

MR SCOTT REPLIED AT LENGTH TO THE VARIOUS POINTS RAISED BY THE UNOFFIC IALS.

DISCRIMINATORY EFFECT

SEVERAL UNOFFICIALS HAVE SPOKEN WITH CONSIDERABLE FEELING OF THE EFFECT ON THE ASPIRATIONS OF WOULD-BE CAR OWNERS -- DESCRIBING THE PROPOSALS AS DISCRIMINATORY, AND FAVOURING THE RICH. SOME SUGGESTED DIRECT RESTRAINT ON OWNERSHIP AS A MORE EQUITABLE SYSTEM.

IN REPLY, MR SCOTT SAID THE ADMINISTRATION BELIEVED THAT IT wAS IN PRINCIPLE UNDESIRABLE TO MOVE NOW TO DENY ASPIRATIONS OF OWNERSHIP COMPLETELY AND THAT OTHER MEASURES SHOULD BE TESTED BEFORE DIRECT RESTRAINT ON OWNERSHIP WAS RESORTED TO.

♦NO SYSTEM THAT WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO THINK OF, OR THAT HAS BEEN SUGGESTED, CAN BE PERFECTLY FAIR- EACH HAS INEQUITIES AND DISADVANTAGES, EITHER FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF THE INDIVIDUALS AFFECTED OR OF THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE.

♦BUT THE SITUATION REQUIRED ACTION, AND IT WAS CONCLUDED THAT AS A FIRST STEP, THE PROPOSALS ARE THE LEAST INEQUITABLE, AND BROADLY SPEAKING LEAVE INDIVIDUALS TO DECIDE ON THE DISPOSITION OF THEIR BUDGETS WHETHER TO CONTINUE TO RUN A MOTOR VEHICLE, OR WHETHER TO ACQUIRE ONE. IT IS INDEED UNDESIRABLE, BUT IT IS UNAVOIDABLE, REGRETTABLY, THAT ASPIRING OWNERS WILL HAVE TO REVIEW THEIR POSITION, AND SOME WILL AS A RESULT DEFER THEIR ASPIRATIONS,+ MR SCOTT SAID.

HOWEVER, HE ACKNOWLEDGED THE SUPPORT OF THOSE UNOFFICIALS wHO HAVE SUGGESTED DIRECT LIMITATION OF THE GROWTH OF VEHICLES AND LOOKED FORWARD TO THEIR ADVICE ON HOW TO RUN SUCH A SYSTEM IF IT HAD TO BE INTRODUCED.

/INFLATIONARY

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INFLATIONARY EFFECT

IN REPL'' t: ~-e claim by TWO unofficial members that there is AN INFLATIONARY EF-E'CT IN THE PROPOSALS, MR SCOTT CONCEDED THAT TO A PERSON CONTINUING TO OWN A CAR OR IN FUTURE ACQUIRE ONE, THE COST OF MOTORING WILL HAVE GONE UP.

+wE MUST HOWEVER LOOK TO THE OVERALL ECONOMIC EFFECT OF REDUCING THE RATE OF GROWTH IN VEHICLES AT THE SAME TIME AS WE FURTHER IMPROVE ROAD CAPACITY AND PUBLIC TRANSPORT. CONGESTION WILL BE EASED, AND GOODS VEHICLES AND PUBLIC ON-ROAD TRANSPORT WILL BE ABLE TO MOVE MORE EASILY, AND HENCE MORE ECONOMICALLY,* HE SAID.

TRANSPORT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES

RESPONDING TO COMMENTS, MOST NOTABLY BY MISS LYDIA DUNN, ON THE INADEQUACY OF TRANSPORT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES OF PREVIOUS YEARS, MR SCOTT REFERRED TO THE ACCOUNT OF GOVERNMENT SPENDING ON TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE, INCLUDING THE MTR AND THE MODERNISATION OF THE KCR, GIVEN BY MR STEPHEN CHEONG EARLIER IN THE DEBATE.

IN ADDITION TO WHAT MR CHEONG HAD MENTIONED, MR SCOTT POINTED TO THE EXPANSION IN CARRYING CAPACITY OF THE TWO MAJOR BUS COMPANIES BY 50 PER CENT OVER THE LAST 3-1/2 YEARS, AND TO LESS DRAMATIC IMPROVEMENTS IN OTHER FORMS OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT.

+THESE IMPROVEMENTS AND DEVELOPMENTS WILL CONTINUE, WITH THE ACTIVE DIRECTION AND ENCOURAGEMENT OF GOVERNMENT,* HE SAID. HE ALSO GAVE THE ASSURANCE THAT CONTINUING EFFORT WAS BEING PUT INTO INCREASING RESIDENTIAL COACH SERVICES AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF MAXICAB ROUTES AND ADDED THAT A PRIVATE HIRE CAR SYSTEM WAS INSTITUTED LAST YEAR.

MISS DUNN HAD IN HER SPEECH SAID SHE BELIEVED THE TIME HAD COME TO CONFER AN ABSOLUTE PRIORITY TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE OPERATIONAL SERVICES.

MR SCOTT SAID HE WARMED TO HER PROPOSAL BUT NOTED THAT IT SPRANG FROM THE EFFECTS IN THE LATER 197OS ON TRANSPORT OF HAVING GIVEN AN ABSOLUTE PRIORITY TO HOUSING.

+THE ADMINISTRATION BELIEVES THAT THE RECENT CHANGES IN THE CONDUCT OF TRANSPORT POLICY -- TO STRENGTHEN THE FUNCTION AND TO ENABLE BETTER COORDINATION — ARE THE WAY TO GET THE BALANCE OF PRIORIT IES R IGHT.+ HE SA ID.

NEW TERRITORIES CAR OWNERS

ON THE PARTICULAR PROBLEMS OF NT RESIDENTS, MR SCOTT SAID IT WAS TRUE THAT THE MEASURES, BROAD-BRUSH AS THEY WERE, COULD NOT TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE FACT THAT CONGESTION WAS NOT, SO FAR, A PROBLEM IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

HE SAID, HOWEVER, THAT THERE WERE DIFFICULTIES, OUTLINED IN HIS EARLIER SPEECH, IN IMPLEMENTING A PEAK HOUR LICENSING OR AREA LICENSING SYSTEM WHICH DID NOT APPLY TERRITORY-WIDE. HE REGRETTED THAT EVEN AFTER FURTHER EXAMINATION, SUCH SYSTEMS WERE NOT FEASIBLE IN HONG KONG’S PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCES.

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A FITTING PROBLEM ON MR ALEX wU’S GENERAL DISAGREEMENT WITH THE PROPOSALS, *HO REFERRED TO THEM AS +TRIMMING ONE’S TOES TO FIT ONE’S SHOES*, MR SCOTT SAID MR «U OFFERED NO ALTERNATIVE PROPOSALS AND SC HE HAD TO ASSUME THAT HE BELIEVED THERE WAS NO PROBLEM OR THE SITUATION WAS HOPELESS.

+ l SUGGEST TO HIM THAT WE MUST FACE FACTS AND ’CUT OUR COAT ACCORDING TO OUR CLOTH’,* MR SCOTT SAID.

CONCESSION FOR DISABLED DRIVERS

IN REPLY TO DR HARRY FANG’S RECOMMENDATION FOR A FURTHER CONCESSION FOR DISABLED DRIVERS IN RESPECT OF FIRST REGISTRATION TAX, MR SCOTT SAID THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES HAD ASKED HIM TO SAY THAT THE PROPOSAL WOULD BE EXAMINED.

MR SCOTT EXPLAINED THAT DISABLED DRIVERS COULD AT PRESENT CLAIM EXEMPTION FROM PAYMENT OF THE DRIVING TEST FEE, THE PROVISIONAL DRIVING LICENCE FEE, THE DRIVING LICENCE FEE, AND THE VEHICLE LICENCE FEE OF A VEHICLE BELOW 1 000 CC, TO BE RAISED TO 1 500 CC UNDER THE PROPOSALS.

+IT APPEARED RATHER DIFFICULT AT FIRST, BUT WE THINK WE NOW HAVE A POSSIBLE SYSTEM WHEREBY A CONCESSION OF FIRST REGISTRATION TAX COULD BE MANAGED,* HE SAID.

PUBLIC DISCUSSION OF RESTRAINT MEASURES

MR SCOTT REFERRED TO MRS SELINA CHOW’S ACCUSATION THAT THE GOVERNMENT FAILED TO INVOLVE MOTORISTS IN A BROAD DISCUSSION OF THE MEASURES OR INDEED OF ANY MEASURES WHICH THEY MIGHT PREFER, +WHILE ACCEPTING THE NEED FOR CONFIDENTIALITY*.

HE DID NOT ACCEPT THIS ACCUSATION. +THE REASONS AND BACKGROUND FOR THE PROPOSALS HAVE BEEN THOROUGHLY AIRED- AND IT WAS AGREED WITH UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS THAT THIS DEBATE SHOULD NOT BE RESUMED UNTIL FOUR WEEKS AFTER THE BILLS WERE INTRODUCED, SO THAT PUBLIC OPINION COULD BE EXPRESSED, AND MADE KNOWN TO UNOFFICIALS IN THE USUAL WAY,* HE SAID.

GOVERNMENT VEHICLES

ON THE USE OF GOVERNMENT VEHICLES BY CIVIL SERVANTS, MR SCOTT SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD TWO ROLES WHICH WERE TO SOME EXTENT CONFL ICT ING.

+IT IS A LARGE EMPLOYER WITH A POLICY, BROADLY SPEAKING, OF BEING A GOOD EMPLOYER AND TAKING ACCOUNT OF PRACTICE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR. AT THE SAME TIME, IT HAS TO ESTABLISH AND IMPLEMENT TRANSPORT POLICIES AS A WHOLE,* HE SAID.

IN RESPONSE TO CONCERN EXPRESSED BY MR T.S. LO AND MRS SELINA CHOW, MR SCOTT SAID HE HAD BEEN ASKED BY THE DIRECTOR, COUNCILS AND ADMINISTRATION BRANCH IN THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT TO ASSURE TriEM THAT A STRICT WATCH WOULD CONTINUE TO BE KEPT ON THE USE OF AND PROPOSED ADDITIONS TO THE FLEET OF SALOON CARS.

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MR SCOTT ADDED THAT THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE AND HE WOULD CONSIDER THE ASPECTS RAISED BY MR LO AND ENSURE THAT TrZ' ' - Dr- N TO THE ATTENTION OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON DIRECTORATE S-< A-'ES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE WHICH ADVISES THE CVERNOR-IN-COUNClL ON SUCH MATTERS.

MR SCOTT ALSO REPLIED TO SEVERAL SPECIFIC POINTS RAISED BY the unofficials.

COMMENTING ON THE REV MCGOVERN’S CRITICISMS OF THE RESTRAINT MEASURES AND THE GOVERNMENT’S HANDLING OF THE CONGESTION PROBLEM, MR SCOTT SAID IT WAS HARD TO BELIEVE, IN THE LIGHT OF HIS PREVIOUS PRONOUNCEMENTS ON SOCIAL MATTERS, THAT FR MCGOVERN REALLY THOUGHT THAT GOVERNMENT SHOULD HAVE IN THE PAST, OR SHOULD IN THE FUTURE, SO ORDER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES AND THE ALLOCATION OF PRIORITIES THAT PRIVATE MOTOR CARS SHOULD BE ABLE TO TRAVEL IN UNRESTRICTED NUMBERS WHEREVER THEY WISH, REGARDLESS.

HE SAID HE HAD TOUCHED ON THE EFFECTS OF THIS IN HIS SPEECH ON MAY 5. + IT WOULD AMOUNT TO SOCIAL INJUSTICE ON A VERY LARGE SCALE INDEED,* HE SAID.

MRS SELINA CHOW HAD FAVOURED THE INTRODUCTION OF ODD-AND-EVEN-DAY RESTRICTED USAGE FOR PRIVATE CARS IN CONGESTED AREAS.

+THIS IS CONCEPTUALLY A SIMPLE AND FAIR IDEA, BUT IN

PRACTICE TWO-CAR OWNERS ARE AT AN IMMEDIATE ADVANTAGE OVER ONE-CAR OWNERS, AND THE DIFFICULTY IN POLICING THE USE OF FALSE PLATES MAKES IT A NON-STARTER IN THE CONDITIONS OF HONG KONG,* MR SCOTT SAID

HE ALSO EXPLAINED TO MRS CHOW THAT THE FIGURES HE HAD GIVEN AS EXAMPLES OF THE EFFECTS OF CONGESTION ON BUS AND TRAM SERVICES HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH MAINTENANCE STANDARDS, IN THE CASE OF BUSES, AND WITH COMMUTERS TAKING OTHER MODES OF TRANSPORT, IN THE CASE OF TRAMS.

HE TOOK UP THE EXAMPLE OF FISCAL RESTRAINTS ADOPTED IN SINGAPORE AS QUOTED BY MR ALEX WU AND POINTED OUT THAT OVER THE PERIOD MR WU QUOTED, SIX YEARS FROM 1976 TO 1981 INCLUSIVE, THE GROWTH RATE APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN 13.8 PER CENT WHICH APPEARED REASONABLY SUCCESSFUL.

+BUT THERE COMES A POINT WHEN THE OVERALL ADVERSE EFFECTS OF INCREASINGLY SEVERE INCREASES ARE WORSE THAN THE BENEFICIAL EFFECTS ON VEHICLE NUMBERS. THEY SHOULD NOT BE REGARDED AS A FINAL SOLUTION. THE FINAL SOLUTION MUST BE MORE EQUITABLE, AS WELL AS PREFERABLY NOT REMOVING THE OPPORTUNITY OF OWNERSHIP OF A VEHICLE,* MR SCOTT SAID.

HE SAID NO ONE, INCLUDING THE ADMINISTRATION, COULD PREDICT WITH CERTAINTY WHAT DEGREE OF EFFECT THE PRESENT PROPOSALS WOULD HAVE.

HE WAS GRATEFUL TO MR WONG LAM FOR ENDORSING THE ADMINISTRATION’S THINKING WHEN HE SAID: +IN VIEW OF THE URGENCY OF THE PROBLEM, AND THE DIFFICULTY IN DESIGNING SIMPLE AND FEASIBLE MEASURES WHICH ARE BOTH REASONABLE AND FAIR, I AGREE THAT GOVERNMENT SHOULD FIRST ADOPT THESE PROPOSALS AS EXPEDIENT MEASURES EUT CONTINUE TO LOOK FOR FAIRER AND MORE EFFECTIVE MEANS WHICH AKE DIRECTED AT CURBING USAGE RATHER THAN OWNERSHIP.*

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CROSS-SUBSIDISATION OF FERRY SERVICES * * * *

A DEGREE OF CROSS-SUBSIDISATION BETWEEN PROFITABLE AND UNPROFITABLE FERRY ROUTES MUST BE ACCEPTED, IN THE VIEW OF THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS’ COMMUNITY SERVICES GROUP, THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WAS TOLD TODAY.

SPEAKING AS CONVENOR OF THE GROUP, WHICH CONSIDERED THE FERRY SERVICES BILL, 1982, THE HON LYDIA DUNN SAID THE GROUP NOTED CERTAIN REPRESENTATIONS MADE BY THE FERRY COMPANIES. THESE INCLUDED THE CONCERN EXPRESSED BY THE STAR FERRY COMPANY AND THE HONG KONG YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT’S POWER OF DIRECTION PROVIDED IN THE BILL.

IN PARTICULAR,* SAID MISS DUNN, +THEY ARE CONCERNED THAT THEY MAY BE DIRECTED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO OPERATE ROUTES IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST WHICH MAY NOT BE PROFITABLE.

GIVEN THAT THEIR SERVICES ARE PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES OPERATED ON A MONOPOLY BASIS, THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD, IN THE INTERESTS OF THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC, EXERT A DEGREE OF CONTROL OVER THE PROVISION OF SUCH SERVICES.*

THE SERVICES HAD TO BE LOOKED AT IN THE CONTEXT OF OVERALL PROFITABILITY, SHE SAID.

THE BILL, WHICH WAS PASSED WITH AMENDMENTS INTO LAW AT THE MEETING, REPLACES THE THREE EXISTING FERRY SERVICES ORDINANCES AND COVERS ALL ASPECTS OF FRANCHISED AND LICENSED FERRY SERVICES.

REFERRING TO CONCERN ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT’S POWER TO DIRECT THE TYPE OF VESSELS TO BE USED, SHE NOTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD SAID THIS WAS NECESSARY FOR REASONS OF SAFETY AND TO ENSURE THAT DEMAND IS MET, AND THAT SUCH POWER DEALT ONLY WITH THE COMPANIES’ EXISTING FLEETS.

MISS DUNN NOTED ALSO THAT THE PROVISIONS OF THE BILL ARE SIMILAR TO THOSE IN OTHER ORDINANCES GOVERNING PUBLIC UTILITIES.

AT THE END OF THE DAY, THE BASIC PHILOSOPHY OF GIVING PRIVATE ENTERPRISE THE FREEDOM TO OPERATE EFFICIENTLY AND PROFITABLY MUST PREVAIL AND I AM SURE THAT IT IS NOT THE GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION TO TAMPER WITH THAT FREEDOM,♦ SHE SAID.

REFERRING TO PART VI OF THE BILL EMPOWERING THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT TO GRANT FERRY LICENCES TO ENABLE NON-FRANCHISED OPERATORS TO RUN FERRY SERVICES BETWEEN SPECIFIED POINTS, SHE NOTED THAT THERE WERE NO PROVISIONS FOR COMPETITIVE TENDERING AND NO APPEAL PROCEDURES FOR AGGRIEVED APPLICANTS.

THE GROUP CONSIDERED THIS MAY PROVIDE POSSIBLE OPPORTUNITY FOR CORRUPTION AND FELT THAT TENDERING AND APPEAL PROVISIONS SHOULD BE INCLUDED. +WE ARE PLEASED THAT THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT HAS AGREED TO DO SO,+ SHE SAID.

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SHE SAID, AS THERE WAS FAR LESS CONGESTION IN THE WATERS, *THE FERRY MODE OF TRANSPORT SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED*.

MISS DUNN SAID THAT SUBJECT TO APPROPRIATE AMENDMENTS TO PROVIDE FOR TENDERING AND APPEAL PROCEDURES FOR LICENSED SERVICES, SHE SUPPORTED THE BILL.

SPEAKING ALSO IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL, THE HON F.K. HU NOTED THAT PROVISION WAS MADE FOR THE INTRODUCTION OF A PROFIT CONTROL SCHEME WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL.

CROSS-SUBSIDISATION WAS NECESSARY *AS LONG AS THE OVERALL PROFIT IS WITHIN REASONABLE CONTROL,* HE SAID.

THE HON ALEX WU WHO DECLARED HIS INTEREST AS A DIRECTOR OF ONE OF THE FERRY COMPANIES, ABSTAINED FROM VOTING BUT SAID THAT GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION IN EITHER THE MANAGEMENT OR FINANCIAL AFFAIRS OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE TO ERODE THE CONFIDENCE OR VIABILITY OF THE COMPANIES.

HE ALSO DESCRIBED THE BILL AS REPRESENTING + YET ONE MORE ATTEMPT BY THE GOVERNMENT TO SORT OUT ITS RELATIONS WITH THE COMPANIES WHICH OPERATE PUBLIC SERVICES*.

DISCUSSING WHAT HE CALLED THE THEORY OF CROSS-SUBSIDISATION, HE SAID THIS ASSUMED EITHER THAT THERE WERE MORE PROFITABLE ROUTES THAN UNPROFITABLE ONES OR THAT THE FARES ON SOME ROUTES WERE SO HIGH AND PROFITABLE THAT THERE WAS A POOL OF MONEY TO FINANCE OTHER ROUTES.

+THIS, OF COURSE, IS NOT TRUE AND THE GOVERNMENT KNOWS IT,* MR WU SAID.

A COMPANY UNDER A SCHEME OF CONTROL LIMITING ITS PROFITS COULD HARDLY EVER BE IN SUCH A POSITION AND COULD ONLY SUBSIDISE A NEW UNPROFITABLE ROUTE BY RAISING FARES ON OTHERS, HE SAID.

+IS THAT WHAT THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS AND WOULD THE COMMISSIONER DIRECT A FRANCHISED COMPANY TO DO SO?* HE ASKED.

MR WU ALSO SAID THAT THE WATERWAYS WERE BEING USED BY HALF A MILLION PEOPLE AND THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD ENCOURAGE THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS TYPE OF TRANSPORT.

IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON ALAN SCOTT THANKED MISS DUNN AND MR HU FOR THEIR SUPPORTING SPEECHES AND SAID NEW SUBCLAUSES 28 (6) AND 28 (7) WOULD BE PROPOSED AT COMMITTEE STAGE ON THE SUGGESTIONS MADE BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS, TOGETHER WITH SOME OTHER AMENDMENTS TO MAKE CERTAIN CLAUSES CLEARER AND MORE PRECISE.

+THE FIRST REQUIRES THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT TO DEAL WITH APPLICATIONS FOR FERRY LICENCES BY WAY OF PUBLIC TENDER IN CASES WHERE TWO OR MORE PERSONS APPLY, OR ARE LIKELY TO APPLY, SEPARATELY FOR A LICENCE TO OPERATE SUBSTANTIALLY THE SAME FERRY SERVICES BETWEEN THE SAME POINTS.

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♦THE SECOND MAKES PROVISION FOR APPEAL BY ANY PERSON WHOSE APPLICATION FOR A LICENCE IS NOT GRANTED BY THE COMMISSIONER,* HE SAID.

MR SCOTT ALSO REFERRED TO CONCERN EXPRESSED BY MISS DUNN ABOUT THE NUMBER OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS INVOLVED IN THE OPERATION OF FERRIES, AND GAVE ASSURANCE THAT THESE WERE KEPT TO THE MINIMUM.

REFERRING TO A POINT RAISED BY MR WU THAT THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY WOULD NOT HAVE A DIRECT INTEREST IN THE LEGISLATION UNTIL OR UNLESS IT APPLIED FOR AND RECEIVED A NEW FRANCHISE, MR SCOTT POINTED OUT THAT THE COMPANY WAS NOW IN THE FINAL STAGES OF DISCUSSION WITH THE GOVERNMENT OVER THE DETAILED PROVISIONS OF A NEW FRANCHISE, TO BE OPERATED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE LEGISLATION.

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TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENT PLANS FOR CENTRAL ******

THE GOVERNMENT PLANS TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL ROADS, MAXIMISE THE USE OF NEW FACILITIES AND CONTROL THEIR USE IF DEMAND SEEMS LIKELY TO OVERRUN CAPACITY IN CENTRAL, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON A.J. SCOTT, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

QUESTIONED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL BY THE HON HENRY HU ON GOVERNMENT PLANS TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW IN CENTRAL ON COMPLETION OF THE EASTERN CORRIDOR, MR SCOTT SAID PLANNING FOR THE NEW CENTRAL ROUTE WAS BASED ON THE 1976 COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORT STUDY FORECAST THAT THE EXISTING ROAD SYSTEM COULD CATER FOR ONLY TWO-THIRDS OF THE TRAFFIC DEMAND BY 1991, EVEN IF MEASURES WERE TAKEN TO RESTRICT THE RATE OF GROWTH OF VEHICLE OWNERSHIP TO FIVE PER CENT PER ANNUM.

BUT THE GROWTH RATE HAS SUBSTANTIALLY EXCEEDED THAT LEVEL OVER THE FIVE YEARS SINCE THE STUDY WAS COMPLETED, MR SCOTT NOTED.

HE SAID THE CTS RECOMMENDED THAT AN ELEVATED ROAD BE CONSTRUCTED FROM HARCOURT ROAD TO HILL ROAD, ASSOCIATED WITH THE WIDENING AND IMPROVEMENT OF ROADS AT GROUND LEVEL.

THE PROPOSED ELEVATED ROAD WAS SHOWN ON THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OUTLINE ZONING PLAN, TO WHICH A NUMBER OF OBJECTIONS ON ENVIRONMENTAL GROUNDS WERE LODGED WITH THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD.

+IN THIS CONNECTION, AND WITH THE AIM OF FINDING A SOLUTION BOTH ENVIRONMENTALLY ACCEPTABLE AND ADEQUATE IN TRAFFIC CAPACITY TERMS TO SERVE THE FURTHER TRANSPORT NEEDS OF THE AREA, A SPECIAL STUDY OF TRAFFIC ON THE ISLAND’S NORTHERN SHORE IS TO EE CARRIED OUT.

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+THE STUDY «ILL BE CONDUCTED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE STUDY FOR THE MID-LEVEL AREAS, AS THE TRAFFIC PROBLEMS ARE INTERRELATED,* HE ADDED.

OTHER PROJECTS TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC CONDITIONS IN CENTRAL INCLUDE WIDENING THE UPPER SECTION OF GARDEN ROAD AND A GRADESEPARATED INTERCHANGE TO LINK THE VICTORIA BARRACKS DEVELOPMENT WITH QUEENSWAY BY 1984.

MR SCOTT ALSO NOTED THAT PROJECTS TO IMPROVE THE WESTERN APPROACHES TO CENTRAL HAVE LARGELY BEEN COMPLETED, WITH THE WIDENING OF POK FU LAM ROAD AND THE HILL ROAD FLYOVER.

♦THE TECHNICALLY DIFFICULT LAST LINK, BETWEEN HONG KONG UNIVERSITY AND THE ELLIOTT WATER PUMPING STATION, IS DUE FOR COMPLETION IN 1985,+ MR SCOTT SAID.

MEANWHILE, INVESTIGATIONS HAVE ALREADY BEGUN INTO THE FEASIBILITY OF A NEW MAJOR COASTAL ROUTE WESTWARDS THROUGH KENNEDY TOWN TO ABERDEEN.

HE SAID THE NECESSARY TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT MEASURES WOULD BE INCORPORATED IN ALL THESE DEVELOPMENTS, AND DETAILS WOULD BE DECIDED ACCORDING TO TRAFFIC PATTERNS AND DEMAND.

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FINAL READING OF ROADS BILL ADJOURNED

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BILLS THAT ARE LIKELY TO BE CONTROVERSIAL SHOULD IN FUTURE BE PUBLISHED FOR GENERAL INFORMATION TO ENABLE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO MAKE REPRESENTATIONS AND TO ENSURE THAT SUFFICIENT CONSULTATION TAKES PLACE BEFORE THEY ARE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

UNOFFICIAL MEMBER THE HON S.L. CHEN ADVOCATED THIS TODAY DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE ROADS (WORKS, USE AND COMPENSATION) BILL.

+THIS WOULD OBVIATE THE NECESSITY TO MAKE SUBSTANTIAL AMENDMENTS DURING THE COMMITTEE STAGE,+ HE SAID.

THE BILL IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE A COMPREHENSIVE CODE, SELF-CONTAINED IN ONE ORDINANCE, AND TO DEAL WITH ALL MATTERS IN CONNECTION WITH NEW ROADWORKS OF ALL KINDS.

MR CHEN, CONVENOR OF AN AD HOC GROUP OF UNOFFICIALS FORMED TO STUDY THE BILL, SAID HIS GROUP CONSIDERED THE PROVISIONS IN RESPECT OF COMPENSATION WERE GENERALLY FAIR AND JUST.

+OUR FIRST TASK AS MEMBERS OF THE AD HOC GROUP WAS TO GRASP THE NETTLE OF THE COMPENSATION PRINCIPLES EMBODIED IN THE BILL,* SAID MR CHEN.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE

♦THIS 'SLUE -AS BEEN EXTREMELY CONTROVERSIAL AND MANY REPRESENTATIONS ON IT HAVE BEEN MADE.*

-HE OP UP Mjj FIN. .LY ACCEPTED THESE PRINCIPLES FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONSs-

* The GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT BE IN A WORSE POSITION REGARDING CLAIMS FOR COMPENSATION THAN A PRIVATE DEVELOPER SINCE THE -ATTER IS NOT REQUIRED TO COMPENSATE THE OWNERS AND OCCUPIERS OF PROPERTY IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD WHOSE VIEW HIS NEW BLOCK OBSTRUCTS.

* HAVING STUDIED THE PROVISIONS OF THE UK LAND COMPENSATION ACT 1973, THE GROUP NOTED THAT COMPENSATION AWARDED FOR ’INJURIOUS AFFECTION’ WAS ON AN EXTREMELY LIMITED SCALE AND PROVIDED NO REAL LEGAL PRECEDENT FOR THE WIDE-RANGING COMPENSATION PROPOSALS WHICH HAVE BEEN SUGGESTED TO THEM.

* THE GROUP CONSIDERED THE PROVISIONS IN THE BILL EMPOWERING THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL TO IMPOSE CONDITIONS WHICH WILL AMELIORATE THE EFFECTS OF ROAD-WORKS ON THE OWNERS AND OCCUPIERS OF NEIGHBOURING PREMISES TO BE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT IN THAT THEY PROVIDE THE MOST EQUITABLE COMPROMISE BETWEEN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INTERESTS WHICH IS AVAILABLE IN THE HONG KONG SITUATION.

MR CHEN ALSO SPELLED OUT THE KEY CHANGES WHICH HAVE THE FULL SUPPORT OF THE UNOFFICIALS. THESE WERE:

* TO MAKE THE DATE OF ENACTMENT AS THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE BILL-

* TO MAKE EXPLICIT THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL’S POWER TO

REFER ANY EXTENSIVE ROADWORKS SCHEME TO THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD WHETHER OR NOT THERE IS A TOWN PLAN IN EXISTENCE FOR THAT AREA"

* TO DELETE THE PROVISION WHICH STATES THAT +WHERE LAND VALUE IN THAT AREA RISES AS A RESULT OF THE ROADWORKS, ANY COMPENSATION FOR RESUMPTION WOULD BE REDUCED BY THE AMOUNT THE REMAINING LAND HAD INCREASED IN VALUE+-

* TO COMMIT THE CROWN TO GIVING +PROPER CONSIDERATION* TO OFFERING LAND WHICH HAD BEEN RESUMED BUT SUBSEQUENTLY NOT USED FOR A ROADWORKS SCHEME BACK TO THE PERSON FROM WHOM IT WAS RESUMED- AND

* TO AMEND THE PROVISION WHICH +PERMITS THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TO PREVENT BUILDING WORKS ON A SITE FOR A PERIOD OF UP TO THREE YEARS IF SUCH WORKS ARE INCOMPATIBLE WITH THE ROAD WORKS* SO AS TO ALLOW ANY PERSON WITH A COMPENSATABLE INTEREST IN LAND SO AFFECTED TO APPLY TO THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL TO HAVE HIS LAND RESUMED.

ANOTHER UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, THE HON CHARLES YEUNG, URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO CONTINUE THE PRACTICE OF EX-GRATIA PAYMENT IN RESUMING LAND.

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HE SAID ASSESSMENT OF COMPENSATION FOR LAND RESUMED UNDER THE BILL WAS BASED ON PROVISIONS OF THE CROWN LANDS RESUMPTION ORDINANCE AND COMPENSATION WAS PAYABLE TO SUCH PERSONS AS WERE ENTITLED TO CLAIM UNDER THAT ORDINANCE.

+THERE HAS, HOWEVER, BEEN A LONG-DRAWN DISPUTE BETWEEN GOVERNMENT AND OWNERS OF AGRICULTURAL LAND OVER THE CONTROVERSIAL SECTION 12(C) OF THAT ORDINANCE WHICH PROVIDES NO COMPENSATION ’IN RESPECT OF ANY EXPECTANCY OR PROBABILITY OF THE GRANT OR RENEWAL OR CONTINUANCE, BY THE CROWN OR BY ANY PERSON, IF ANY LICENCE, PERMISSION, LEASE OR PERMIT WHATSOEVER’.

♦HOWEVER, IN ORDER TO SOFTEN THE FULL IMPACT OF SECTION 12(C) GOVERNMENT HAS, BY ADMINISTRATIVE MEANS, BEEN PAYING EX-GRATIA PAYMENTS TO OWNERS AND OCCUPIERS OF AGRICULTURAL LAND SO RESUMED,+ HE SAID.

MR YEUNG ALSO URGED THAT THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS SHOULD, AS A MATTER OF POLICY, AND ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTIVE, CONSULT LOCAL PEOPLE SUCH AS THE DISTRICT BOARD AND RURAL COMMITTEE BEFORE AUTHORISING A PERMANENT ROAD CLOSURE IN CARRYING OUT MINOR WORKS.

THE HON JOHN SWAINE, IN HIS SPEECH, COMMENTED ON THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE BILL.

HE SAID THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL’S POWER TO REFER THE PLAN AND THE OBJECTIONS TO THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD WAS AN IMPORTANT PROVISION BECAUSE IT WOULD ENSURE A PROPER HEARING OF OBJECTIONS.

♦IT IS NOTE-WORTHY THAT THE POWER OF REFERRAL APPLIES EVEN WHERE THERE IS NO TOWN PLAN, AND THE CHANGE THEREFORE GOES FURTHER THAN THE TOWN PLANNING ORDINANCE ITSELF ENVISAGES,+ HE SAID.

ON THE PROPOSAL TO DELETE THE PROVISION (CLAUSE 3 OF THE SCHEDULE) WHICH WOULD HAVE REDUCED THE AMOUNT OF COMPENSATION PAYABLE IF THE CLAIMANT OWNED OTHER LAND WHICH APPRECIATED IN VALUE BECAUSE OF THE PROPOSED ROAD WORKS, MR SWAINE SAID OBJECTION WAS TAKEN TO THIS CLAUSE BECAUSE NO CORRESPONDING PROVISION WAS MADE FOR INCREASING RESUMPTION COMPENSATION WHERE THE CLAIMANT’S OTHER LAND HAD DEPRECIATED IN VALUE.

HE ADDED THAT IN THE ABSENCE OF A GENERAL SCHEME FOR IMPOSING A LEVY ON OWNERS WHOSE LAND APPRECIATED AS A RESULT OF ROAD WORKS, THE EFFECT OF THE CLAUSE WOULD HAVE BEEN TO IMPOSE AN INDIRECT LEVY ON THE OWNER WHOSE LAND HAD BEEN RESUMED.

THIRD RE‘“'"6 °F ™E BILL *‘S

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SEVEN BILLS PASSED * * *

SEVEN BILLS WERE PASSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THEY ARE THE ESTATE DUTY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL 1982, THE FERRY SERVICES BILL 1982, THE MOTOR VEHICLES (FIRST REGISTRATION TAX)(AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, THE ROAD TRAFFIC (REGISTRATION AND LICENSING OF VEHICLES) REGULATIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, THE DUTIABLE COMMODITIES (AMENDMENT OF DUTY ON LIGHT OILS) BILL 1982 AND THE DUTIABLE COMMODITIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982.

THE COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READING OF THE ROADS (WORKS, USE AND COMPENSATION) BILL 1982 WAS ADJOURNED TILL THE NEXT MEETING.

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WARNING ABOUT UNREGISTERED COMMODITY DEALERS * * *

THE DANGER TO THE PUBLIC OF TRADING THROUGH UNREGISTERED COMMODITY DEALERS WAS EXPRESSED BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON J.C. GRIFFITHS AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

SPEAKING IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE COMMODITIES TRADING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, WHICH PROVIDES FOR HEAVIER PENALTIES FOR VARIOUS OFFENCES, MR GRIFFITHS ALSO EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT THE MASS MEDIA WOULD PUBLICISE THIS DANGER MORE WIDELY.

+1 BELIEVE THAT IF THIS BILL IS ENACTED AND PASSED INTO LAW IT WILL MAKE MUCH EASIER THE TASK OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES OF PREVENTING THE ACTIVITIES OF UNREGISTERED OR FRAUDULENT DEALERS.

+1 AM SURE THAT THE COURTS, IF THIS BILL IS PASSED, WILL WISH TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT, IN FUTURE CASES, THE VIEW OF THIS COUNCIL (WHICH IS MANIFESTED BY THE VERY SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN THE MAXIMUM PENALTIES PROVIDED) THAT A SERIOUS SOCIAL PROBLEM EXISTS IN HONG KONG IN THIS FIELD,* MR GRIFFITHS SAID.

HE SAID ALSO THAT A REVIEW OF THE OPERATION OF VARIOUS SECTIONS OF THE ORDINANCE WAS UNDERWAY AND THAT, DEPENDING ON THE RESULTS OF THE REVIEW, IT MIGHT BE NECESSARY TO PROPOSE ALTERATIONS TO VARIOUS SUBSTANTIVE SECTIONS OF THE ORDINANCE.

MR GRIFFITHS EARLIER POINTED OUT THAT THE INTENTION BEHIND TAE COMMODITIES TRADING ORDINANCE, WHICH CAME INTO FORCE EARLY IN 1977, WAS TO RESTRICT DEALING TO REGISTERED DEALERS ONLY, AND TO CONTROL THOSE DEALERS BY SUITABLE AUDITING AND OTHER RULES.

HOWEVER, A NUMBER OF PROBLEMS HAD SINCE ARISEN, AND THE GROWTH IN COMMODITIES TRADING LED TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF MANY UNREGISTERED DEALERS, ESTIMATED BY THE COMMERCIAL CRIME BUREAU AT BETWEEN 100 AND 150 OF THEM.

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♦EXPERIENCE HAS SHOWN THAT IN A LARGE NUMBER OF CASES WHEN DEALING WITH THESE UNREGISTERED DEALERS THE CUSTOMER LOSES A .. I GN Ic I CANT PROPORTION OF HIS INVESTMENT, AND SOMETIMES ALL OF IT,* HE SAID.

IT WAS DIFFICULT TO PROVE WITH THE NECESSARY CERTAINTY IN A COURT OF LAw THAT AN UNREGISTERED DEALER HAD BEEN FRAUDULENT.

HE BELIEVED, TOGETHER WITH THE COMMODITIES TRADING COMMISSION, THE COMMISSIONER FOR SECURITIES AND THE STANDING LIAISON COMMITTEE ON COMMERCIAL CRIME, OF WHICH HE WAS CHAIRMAN, THAT THIS PROBLEM COULD BEST BE TACKLED BY DISCOURAGING UNREGISTERED DEALERS FROM TRADING BY THE IMPOSITION OF HEAVY PENALTIES UPON THEM.

+IT IS SIMPLE AND QUICK TO PROVE IN COURT THAT A DEALER IS UNREGISTERED,* HE SAID.

WHEREAS THE PRESENT MAXIMUM PENALTY CONSISTS ONLY OF A FINE CF $50 000, THE PROPOSED PENALTY FOR UNREGISTERED DEALING WOULD EE A MAXIMUM FINE OF $500 000, TOGETHER WITH A DAILY PENALTY OF $10 000, AND IMPRISONMENT FOR FIVE YEARS FOR CONVICTION ON INDICTMENT, AND A MAXIMUM FINE OF $50 000 AND A DAILY PENALTY OF 31 000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR ONE YEAR FOR CONVICTION BEFORE A MAGISTRATE.

HEAVIER PENALTIES, INCLUDING IMPRISONMENT, ARE ALSO PROVIDED FOR CARRYING ON BUSINESS AS AN UNREGISTERED DEALER’S REPRESENTATIVE, FOR FRAUDULENT TRADING, AND OTHER OFFENCES.

DEBATE ON THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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GAS LEAKAGE GROUP FORMED * * *

TO ENSURE THE QUICKEST REMEDIAL TREATMENT FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN AFFECTED BY GAS lEAKAGF£, A MONITORING COMMITTEE COMPRISING REPRESENTATIVES FROM 10 GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS HAD BEEN ESTABLISHED IN JUNE 1980 TO CO-ORDINATE E'FFORTS AND INVESTIGATIONS INTO SUCH INCIDENTS, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON DENIS ElFlAY, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE SAID THE COMMITTEE HAD ALSO PRODUCED DETAILED PROCEDURES FOR HANDLING SUCH INCIDENTS AND THAT OPERATIONAL PROCEDURES WERE CONSTANTLY REVIEWED AND CO-ORDINATED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.

MR BRAY WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HGII SELINA CHOW IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON GAS LEAKAGE AFFECTING SCHOOL CHILDREN AND wHAT tyAS THE GOVERNMENT DOING TO PREVENT FUTURE OCCURRENCES.

THERE WERE 13 CASES OF ALLEGED GAS LEAKAGES ArFECTING SCHOOL CHILDREN DURING THE PAST 18 MONTHS, MR BRAY SAID.

ALTHOUGH, THERE WAS NO GUARANTEE THAT FUTURE CAS'.ES (VOULD NOT OCCUR, The PRESENT SYSTEM WAS CONSIDERED ADEQUATE FOP MONITORING a^Y . UCH INCIDENT AND ENSURING THAT PROMPT REMEDIAL ACTION WAS TAKEN IN EACH CASE.

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HELP FOR DISCHARGED MENTAL PATIENTS * * *

A RANGE OF REHABILITATION SERVICES IS PROVIDED TO INTEGRATE PATIENTS DISCHARGED FROM MENTAL HOSPITALS BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY, THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, THE HON E.P. HO SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR HO SAID THESE PATIENTS WERE NORMALLY ASKED TO ATTEND PSYCHIATRIC OUT-PATIENT CLINICS FOR FOLLOW-UP TREATMENT AND OBSERVATION, UNLESS OTHER ARRANGEMENTS HAD BEEN MADE FOR MONITORING THEIR PROGRESS.

+THUS THE COMMUNITY WORK AND AFTER-CARE UNIT OF CASTLE PEAK HOSPITAL WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1977 TO FOLLOW UP ON SELECTED PATIENTS DISCHARGED, UNTIL THEY BECAME STABLE IN THE COMMUNITY.* WITH THE OPENING OF THE KWAI CHUNG HOSPITAL, MR HO SAID, A PSYCHIATRIC COMMUNITY NURSING SERVICE, BASED ON THE HOSPITAL, BEGAN WORK IN APRIL 1982 TO PROVIDE AFTER-CARE FOR DISCHARGED PATIENTS REFERRED BY DOCTORS.

+THE ESTIMATED REQUIREMENT FOR PSYCHIATRIC CONSULTING ROOMS IS 42 AND THE EXISTING PROVISION IS 29- THIS SHORTFALL OF 13 SHOULD BE CLEARED BY 1984,+ HE ADDED.

MR HO SAID HALF-WAY HOUSES WERE ALSO PROVIDED TO HELP PATIENTS ADJUST.

A SOCIAL WORK COUNSELLING SERVICE WAS PROVIDED TO ASSIST A PATIENT DISCHARGED HOME, OR TO A HALF-WAY HOUSE TO COPE WITH EMOTIONAL, SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS.

AND TWO SOCIAL CLUBS HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED IN TEMPORARY PREMISES FOR THE FORMER PATIENTS TO PREPARE THEM FOR PART ICI PAT I ON IN THE PROGRAMMES AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC IN COMMUNITY CENTRES.

SOCIAL WORKERS LOOKING AFTER FORMER PATIENTS ABLE TO LIVE INDEPENDENTLY, BUT UNABLE TO RETURN TO THEIR FAMILY HOME, WOULD SEEK TO HAVE THEM ACCOMMODATED IN PUBLIC HOUSING, WITHIN THE COMPASSIONATE REHOUSING SCHEME, MR HO SAID.

MR HO SAID ALSO THAT JOB PLACEMENTS WERE ARRANGED FOR FORMER PATIENTS IN OPEN EMPLOYMENT WHERE POSSIBLE. THOSE WHO NEEDED A TEMPORARY PERIOD OF WORK ADJUSTMENT WERE PLACED IN SHELTERED WORKSHOPS.

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240 FAKE DENTISTS PROSECUTED * * *

TWO-HUNDRED AND FORTY PERSONS WERE PROSECUTED SINCE 1979 FOR PRETENDING TO BE DENTISTS, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON JOHN GRIFFITHS SAID TODAY.

THE AVERAGE FINE IMPOSED WAS $750, ALTHOUGH SUSPENDED SENTENCES OF IMPRISONMENT OF ABOUT THREE MONTHS WERE IMPOSED IN A FEW CASES, HE ADDED.

MR GRIFFITHS WAS REPLYING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON HARRY FANG.

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PROPOSED REVIEW ON DEBT LAW * * *

A DRAFT REPORT IS BEING SENT TO MEMBERS OF A WORKING GROUP APPOINTED IN JANUARY 1981, FOR COMMENTS ON A PROPOSAL TO REVIEW THE PRESENT SYSTEM OF COMMITING A CIVIL DEBTOR TO PRISON BEFORE HIS MEANS AND BACKGROUND WERE INVESTIGATED, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON JOHN GRIFFITHS SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE WORKING GROUP COMPRISED REPRESENTATIVES OF THE CHIEF JJSTICE, THE HONG KONG BAR ASSOCIATION, THE LAW SOCIETY, THE DIRECTOR OF LEGAL AID, THE COMMISSIONER OF PRISONS (AS HE WAS THEN CALLED) AND THE COMMISSIONER FOR INLAND REVENUE.

MR GRIFFITHS, QUESTIONED BY THE HON PETER C. WONG ON THE OUTCOME OF THE PROPOSED REVIEW, SAID THE CHIEF JUSTICE HAD ALREADY OBTAINED THE VIEWS OF THE JUDICIARY EARLIER IN SEPTEMBER 1980 AND THE OUTCOME WAS THAT THEY WERE OPPOSED TO ANY CHANGE IN THE EXISTING LAW AND PROCEDURES.

MR GRIFFITHS ALSO SAID THERE WERE 25 CIVIL DEBTORS CONFINED IN PRISON AS AT MAY 28 AND THAT BETWEEN JULY 4, 1979 AND MAY 28 THIS YEAR 529 PEOPLE WERE IMPRISONED FOR DEBT.

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NO RULING ON REFRIGERANTS * * *

THE GOVERNMENT WILL NOT. ON PRESENT EVIDENCE REGULATE OR PROHIBIT THE USE OF REFRIGERANTS IN REFR IGERfiTCRS' THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON DAVID JEAFFRESON SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY

-,.o.HE/AS ANSWERING A QUESTION BY THE HON MARIA TAM IN THE L!GJSLAT,VE C0UNCIL WHO SAID THAT SINCE CERTAIN REFRIGERANTS (SUCH AS SULPHUR DIOXIDE AND AMMONIA) COMMONLY USED IN REFRIGERATORS HOUSEHOLD AND VEHICLE AIR-CONDITIONERS +ARE HIGHLY TOXIC AND LcTHAL N CASE OF LEAKAGE, PARTICULARLY IN CONFINED SPACE* AND ASKED WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WOULD REGULATE OR PROHIBIT THE USE OF SUCH POISONOUS REFRIGERANTS IN SUCH APPLIANCES.

JJfL^EAFFRES0N ADDED THAT NEITHER THE ECONOMIC SERVICES BRANCH NOR OTHER BRANCHES OR DEPARTMENTS HAVE RECEIVED ANY COMPLAINTS ABOUT REFRIGERANTS.

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DUTIES GO METRIC * * *

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) APPROVED A MOTION TO BASE DUTIES, PAYABLE ON DUTIABLE COMMODITIES, ON METRIC UNITS.

THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON HENRY CHING, SAID THE NEW RATES HAD BEEN CALCULATED SO AS TO BE NEUTRAL IN THEIR EFFECT ON THE REVENUE.

+THE CONVERSIONS HAVE BEEN ROUNDED OFF TO THE NEAREST FIVE CENTS, FOR CONVENIENCE, AND THE INCREASE OR DECREASE ON ANY SINGLE CATEGORY IS GENERALLY LESS THAN 0.5 PER CENT,* HE SAID.

MR CHING SAID IT WAS INTENDED THAT ALL REFERENCES IN THE DUTIABLE COMMODITIES ORDINANCE TO NON-METRIC UNITS SHOULD BE REPLACED WITH METRIC UNITS.

+REFERENCES TO IMPERIAL UNITS OF MEASUREMENT IN THE ORDINANCE WILL BE REPLACED BY BROADLY EQUIVALENT OR, WHERE THIS WOULD CLEARLY BE IMPRACTICAL, CONVENIENT METRIC UNITS,* HE ADDED.

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MORE THAN 300 000 JPC MEMBERS * * * *

MORE THAN 300 000 BOYS AND GIRLS AGED BETWEEN NINE AND 17 YEARS OF AGE ARE MEMBERS OF THE JUNIOR POLICE CALL, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON LEWIS DAVIES, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE WAS REPLYING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO A QUESTION BY THE HON SELINA CHOW.

MR DAVIES SAID THE JPC WAS LAUNCHED IN JULY 1974 TO ENCOURAGE CLOSER RELATIONS BETWEEN YOUTH AND THE POLICE FORCE, AND TO PROVIDE A MEANS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE FROM ALL STRATA OF SOCIETY TO PARTICIPATE ACTIVELY IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CRIME.

THE SCHEME HAS SINCE BEEN EXPANDED TO PROVIDE FACILITIES FOR A WIDE RANGE OF SPORTS, HOBBIES AND TRAINING FROM WHICH MEMBERS MAY ACQUIRE USEFUL KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE COMMUNITY.

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ASSISTANCE TO DB MEMBERS

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THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, THE HON DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY THAT HE WAS MOST ANXIOUS TO HELP IN ANY PRACTICABLE WAY TO MAKE THE DISTRICT BOARDS AS EFFECTIVE AS POSSIBLE.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON WONG LAM AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, HE SAID THAT STAFF OF THE DISTRICT OFFICES WERE AVAILABLE TO ASSIST AND TO SUPPLY INFORMATION TO UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS ON DISTRICT BOARD MATTERS.

WHEREVER POSSIBLE, ROOMS IN CITY DISTRICT OFFICES WERE SET ASIDE FOR USE BY THE UNOFFICIALS FOR THEIR WORK.

CONFERENCE ROOMS AND FACILITIES, AND SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION EQUIPMENT WOULD ALSO BE PROVIDED.

PLANS WERE ALSO BEING MADE TO PROVIDE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WITH A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF GOVERNMENT PROCEDURES AND POLICIES IN AREAS SUCH AS HOUSING, TRANSPORT, SOCIAL SERVICES, TOWN PLANNING AND SO FORTH.

IN ADDITION, UNOFFICIAL DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS COULD CLAIM 32 000 A MONTH FOR TRAVELLING AND OTHER OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES.

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EEC URGED BY HK TO HONOUR MFA OBLIGATIONS X X X X *

+HONG KONG HAS URGED THE EEC TO HONOUR FULLY ITS OBLIGATION ARISING FROM THE MFA,* THE COMMISSIONER OF TRADE, MR LAWRENCE MILLS, SAID IN BRUSSELS, FOLLOWING THE OPENING ON TUESDAY (JUNE 1) OF THE NEGOTIATIONS ON RENEWAL OF THE HONG KONG/EEC BILATERAL AGREEMENT ON TEXTILES.

♦HONG KONG MUST ENSURE THAT THE RIGHTS IT ACQUIRED IN THE MFA RENEWAL NEGOTIATIONS ARE EFFECTIVELY PRESERVED AND REFLECTED IN ANY AGREEMENT THAT IT MAY REACH WITH THE EEC.

♦HONG KONG IS NOT, THEREFORE, PREPARED TO RE-OPEN ISSUES WHICH WERE EXHAUSTIVELY DISCUSSED IN GENEVA DURING THE MULTILATERAL NEGOTIATIONS AND FINALLY SETTLED IN THE PROTOCOL OF EXTENSION CF THE MFA,+ HE SAID.

THESE BILATERAL NEGOTIATIONS ARE BEING HELD UNDER ARTICLE 4 OF THE MULTIFIBRE ARRANGEMENT (MFA) AS EXTENDED BY THE PROTOCOL CF DECEMBER 22, 1981, AND HAVING REGARD TO THE EXCHANGE OF LETTERS BETWEEN DR H. KRENZLER, THE EEC’S CHIEF TEXTILE NEGOTIATOR, AND MR MILLS IN GENEVA ON DECEMBER 21, 1981.

MR MILLS POINTED OUT THAT THERE APPEARED TO BE A MISUNDERSTANDING OF THE PURPOSE AND CONTENT OF THESE LETTERS. HONG KONG HAD MADE IT CLEAR THAT IT COULD NOT ACCEPT CUTBACKS ON ITS QUOTAS.

♦NEVERTHELESS,♦ MR MILLS SAID, ♦HONG KONG IS READY TO SHOW GOODWILL IN FINDING A MUTUALLY ACCEPTABLE ARRANGEMENT LEADING TO SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS WHICH THE EEC CAN SHOW TO HONG KONG’S SATISFACTION DO EXIST, AND WHERE IT CAN DEMONSTRATE THAT SUCH PROBLEMS ARE CAUSED BY HONG KONG.

+BUT,+ MR MILLS WENT ON, +NEITHER THIS EXPRESSION OF GOODWILL, NOR THE WORDING OF PARAGRAPH 6 OF THE PROTOCOL IN ANY WAY IMPLY THAT THE SOLUTIONS ENVISAGED BY THE EEC IPSO FACTO HAVE TO BE ACCEPTED OR, INDEED, THAT SOLUTIONS HAVE TO CONFORM WITH ANY PARTICULAR FORMAT, OTHER THAN FULL COMPLIANCE WITH THE MFA.+

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PLB CLEARWAY ON CHAI WAN ROAD * * * *

FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JUNE 4), THE SECTION OF THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF CHAI WAN ROAD NEAR LOK MAN ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED AS A PUBLIC LIGHT BUS CLEARWAY.

PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE SECTION FROM 7 AM TO 12 MIDNIGHT DAILY.

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FUTURE OF HONG KONG IS BRIGHT, SAYS AKERS-JONES * * * *

A POSITIVE AND CONFIDENT FUTURE FOR HONG KONG WAS INDICATED TODAY BY THE SECRETARY FOR THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES.

HE WAS SPEAKING ON THE SUBJECT, *THE FUTURE INFRASTRUCTURE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES* AT A LUNCHEON MEETING TO MEMBERS OF THE AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

IT WAS AN OFT-REPEATED TRUISM THAT THE FUTURE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES WAS INDIVISIBLE FROM THE FUTURE OF THE REST OF HONG KONG, HE SAID.

♦SIMILARLY ITS INFRASTRUCTURE AND FUTURE DEVELOPMENT IS INSEPARABLY LINKED WITH THAT OF HONG KONG AND INDEED, THE REGION AS A WHOLE,* HE SAID.

MR AKERS-JONES SAID THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE FUTURE INFRASTRUCTURE WERE NOW BEING LAID, AND OUTLINED SOME OF THE MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS IN SUPPORT OF THIS.

EACH NEW TOWN, HE SAID, HAD INDUSTRIAL LAND TO SUPPORT ITS OWN WORKFORCE, AND ON BOTH THE EAST AND WEST OF THE NEW TERRITORIES THERE WERE INDUSTRIAL ESTATES TO ATTRACT OVERSEAS INVESTMENT AND NEW INDUSTRIES TO HONG KONG.

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT HOUSING POLICY AIMED AT PROVIDING EVERY FAMILY IN HONG KONG WITH SELF-CONTAINED ACCOMMODATION.

BY THIS RECKONING, IT WOULD BE NECESSARY TO BUILD HOMES FOR 2.6 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS, AND THIS SEEMINGLY IMPOSSIBLE TASK COULD BE DONE IF THE PRESENT MOMENTUM CONTINUED.

*IF WE CAN PRODUCE AN ANNUAL JOINT OUTPUT OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE HOUSING OF ABOUT 65 000 FLATS EACH YEAR, WHICH IS THE CASE AT PRESENT, WE WOULD MORE THAN MEET THIS TARGET,* HE SAID.

MR AKERS-JONES CONTINUED THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD TAKEN OTHER DECISIONS WHICH POINTED THE WAY TO THE MORE DISTANT FUTURE.

AT SHA TIN, THE NEW TOWN WOULD BE SUBSTANTIALLY COMPLETE WITH A POPULATION OF ABOUT 350 000 BY THE END OF 1985, AND IT WAS BEING EXTENDED TO THE NORTH AND EAST TO CREATE A CITY OF 750 000 IN ABOUT 10 YEARS.

AND AT JUNK BAY, WORK ON DEVELOPMENT COULD LEAD TO A TOWN WITH A POPULATION OF ABOUT 300 000.

HE SAID THAT SO FAR AS PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WAS CONCERNED, IT WAS NO LONGER APPROPRIATE TO THINK IN TERMS OF SEPARATE GEOGRAPHICAL REGIONS.

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COUPLED WITH THE-DEVELOPMENT OF THE PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE BUT NO LESS IMPORTANT IN SIGNIFICANT INSOFAR AS THE WELFARE OF THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE WAS CONCERNED, A NEW SYSTEM OF PUBLIC CONSULTATION AND DISCUSSION - THE DISTRICT BOARDS - HAD BEEN INTRODUCED.

♦IT OFFERS EVERYONE IN HONG KONG OVER THE AGE OF 21 AND WITH SEVEN YEARS OF RESIDENCE A CHANCE TO PARTICIPATE, THROUGH ELECTIONS, IN THE DECISION OF THEIR LOCAL DISTRICTS, AND NEARLY ONE MILLION PEOPLE ARE NOW ON THE ELECTORAL ROLL.+

AND HONG KONG, HE SAID, WAS ALSO BECOMING MORE AND MORE INTIMATELY LINKED WITH SOUTH CHINA.

♦WE ARE NOW LINKED WITH THE SHENZHEN SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE BY ROAD, RAIL AND FERRY, AND BY WATER AND ELECTRICITY SUPPLY LINES.

♦RESIDENTIAL AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE WILL COMPLEMENT AND STRENGTHEN OUR OWN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

♦THIS THEN PROVIDES US WITH OUR BASIC STRENGTH TO FACE WHATEVER TRIALS THE WORLD ECONOMY AND BARRIERS TO TRADE MAY SET BEFORE US, AND OUR STRENGTH AND CONFIDENCE IN BUILDING THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF THE FUTURE IS REINFORCED BY THE ASSURANCES GIVEN BY LEADERS OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA ABOUT THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG AS A WHOLE,+ HE CONCLUDED.

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CONSORTIUM RECOMMENDED FOR EXHIBITION CENTRE BRIEF X X * X X

THE NON-STATUTORY BOARD ESTABLISHED BY THE GOVERNOR TO ADVISE ON THE SELECTION OF CONSULTANTS AND TO OVERSEE THE STAGE II CONSULTANCY FOR THE PROPOSED HONG KONG EXHIBITION CENTRE HAS RECOMMENDED TO THE GOVERNMENT THAT AN INTERNATIONAL CONSORTIUM TO BE CALLED +H.E.C. CONSULTANCY GROUP+ COMPRISING ARCOP ASSOCIATES CONCORDIA MANAGEMENT LTD OF CANADA AND IGEDO AND WILKE OF F.R. GERMANY, BE APPOINTED THE STAGE II CONSULTANTS.

THE CONSULTANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO DRAW UP A DETAILED BRIEF AND SPECIFICATIONS FOR A MULTI-STOREY DEVELOPMENT WITH EMPHASIS ON AN EXHIBITION CENTRE BUT WITH ANCILLARY FACILITIES AND MAXIMUM APPROPRIATE FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS ON THE WAN CHAI SITE.

IT WILL ALSO BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE ESTIMATES OF CAPITAL AND OPERATING COSTS TO BE INCURRED, AS WELL AS REVENUE OBTAINABLE, AND TO RECOMMEND THE MANAGEMENT AND MARKETING SYSTEMS FOR THE EXHIBITION CENTRE.

THE CONSULTANTS HAVE ESTIMATED THAT THE STAGE II CONSULTANCY WILL TAKE SIX MONTHS TO COMPLETE AFTER THEIR APPOINTMENT.

BASED ON THE FINDINGS OF THE CONSULTANCY, THE NON-STATUTORY BOARD WILL ADVISE THE GOVERNMENT WHETHER OR NOT THE EXHIBITION CENTRE SHOULD BE BUILT IN HONG KONG AND, IF SO, HOW THIS COULD BE ACHIEVED AND HOW THE CENTRE SHOULD BE MANAGED.

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$370 000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

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MORE THAN $370 000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS OR INTEREST-FREE LOANS WILL BE AWARDED THIS YEAR TO SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES FOR TWO SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS ADMINISTERED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT.

THEY ARE THE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS SCHOLARSHIP FUND AND THE MARINE FISH SCHOLARSHIP FUND, APPLICATIONS FOR WHICH WILL CLOSE ON JULY 23.

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

CANDIDATES SHOULD GENERALLY BE STUDENTS WHO MAY BE EXPECTED TO MAKE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO EITHER AGRICULTURE OR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT MARKETING INDUSTRIES OR MARINE FISHERIES OR FISH MARKETING INDUSTRIES IN HONG KONG.

THE APPLICATIONS ARE ALSO OPEN TO PEOPLE WHO ARE EMPLOYED IN PRIMARY PRODUCTION INDUSTRIES, THEIR FAMILIES AND DEPENDANTS WHO WISH TO PURSUE FURTHER EDUCATION IN ANY SUBJECT APPROVED BY THE TRUSTEE OF THE TWO SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS.

THEY SHOULD NORMALLY STUDY COURSES WHICH MAY INCLUDE AGRICULTURE, VETERINARY SCIENCE, BOTANY, ZOOLOGY, FISHERY BIOLOGY, MARINE BIOLOGY, FOOD TECHNOLOGY. ECONOMICS, MANAGEMENT OR ADMINISTRATIVE STUDIES, MARINE ENGINEERING, NAVAL ARCHITECTURE OR ANY APPLIED SCIENCES CONSIDERED RELEVANT TO THE LOCAL AGRICULTURAL OR FISHERIES INDUSTRIES.

CANDIDATES SHOULD BE UNDER THE AGE OF 30 AND PREFERABLY BETWEEN 18 AND 25 YEARS OF AGE, ALTHOUGH SUITABLE OLDER STUDENTS ARE NOT PRECLUDED FROM APPLYING.

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

DURING THIS YEAR, ANOTHER $182 000 WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR RENEWING SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS OR LOANS ALREADY AWARDED TO SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES FROM PREVIOUS YEARS.

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

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NOTE TO EDITORS!

PRESS CONFERENCE ON ROADS AND SLOPES

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THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT, MR HAROLD BEATON, WILL CHAIR A PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE GIG THEATRE, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, FIFTH FLOOR, AT 10 AM TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

THE PRESS CONFERENCE WILL TOUCH ON THE WORK OF THE DEPARTMENT, WITH PARTICULAR EMPHASIS ON ROADS AND SLOPES, DURING THE CURRENT RAINSTORMS.

ALSO PRESENT WILL BE THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEER, DR E.W. BRAND- THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT HIGHWAY ENGINEER, MR T.S. NG AND THE GOVERNMENT GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEER, W BERNARD LAM.

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QC FROM ENGLAND ADMITTED * * * *

,ur DESM0ND KEANE, A Q.C. FROM ENGLAND, HAS BEEN ADMITTED TO LIVE IN HONG KONG AND PRACTICE AT THE HONG KONG BAR.

MR KEANE WAS ADMITTED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) AS A FULL MEMBER OF THE HONG KONG BAR BY THE CHIEF JUSTICE, SIR DENYS ROBERTS.

HIS ADMISSION WAS PROPOSED BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, MR

J.C. GRIFFITHS.

+IT GIVES ME PARTICULAR PLEASURE TO PROPOSE THE ADMISSION OF KEANE BOTH BECAUSE HE HAD BEEN MY PUPIL MANY YEARS AGO AND ALSO BECAUSE OF HIS CONNECTION WITH HONG KONG,+ HE SAID.

+HIS FAMILY CONNECTIONS WITH THE LAW IN HONG KONG WERE CLOSE. HIS GRANDFATHER HAD BEEN CHIEF INTERPRETER TO THE SUPREME COURT FROM 1909 UNTIL 1920 AND HIS GREAT-GRANDFATHER HAD WORKED IN THE PRISON SERVICE FROM 1863 UNTIL 1897, WHEN HE RETIRED AS CHIEF ™NKEY \THE predeceSSOR OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR CORRECTIONAL btnV ICES) • +

AT THE BAR IN ENGLAND, MR KEANE’S SPECIALITY WAS BUILDING AND TOWN PLANNING LAW.

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NEW TSI NG Yl POST OFFICE

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A NEW POST OFFICE LOCATED IN SHOP NO. 1 ON THE GROUND FLOOR CF HONG KWAI HOUSE, CHEUNG HONG ESTATE, TSING Yl, WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AT 9 AM ON MONDAY (JUNE 7), THE POSTMASTER GENERAL ANNOUNCED TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THIS OFFICE WILL REPLACE THE PRESENT TSING Yl POST OFFICE OF THE CHEUNG CHING ESTATE WHICH WILL CLOSE FOR BUSINESS AT 1 PM ON SATURDAY (JUNE 5).

THE NEW OFFICE WILL OPERATE IN LARGER ACCOMMODATION WITH IMPROVED COUNTER FACILITIES.

THE TELEPHONE NUMBER (0-452976) AND HOURS OF BUSINESS OF THE POST OFFICE WILL BE THE SAME.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JUNE J, 1982

CONTENTS Page no.

MINISTER SENDS CONDOLENCES ................................. 1

GOVERNOR, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS ......................... 1

WORKING PARTY ON PROPOSED COMMAND AND MANAGEMENT COURSE .... 2

NO-SMOKING AREAS IN PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT PLACES ............ 5

BUSY TIME FOR SPECIAL TAX COMPLAINTS OFFICE ................

PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE FOR MARCH 1982 5

5 OOO COMPANIES GET BONUS QUOTA ALLOCATIONS ................ 8

OPIUM FOUND IN CONTAINER SHIP .............................. 9

YAU MA TEI DB MEETING ...................................... 9

CYC MEMBERS TO VISIT AUSTRALIA ............................. 10

FRESH WATER CUT IN SHEUNG SKUI AND FANLING ................. 10

DB MEMBERS TOUR SHAM SHUT PO ............................... 11

PROPRIETORS REMINDED ABOUT GUARDING OF MACHINERY ........... 11

INTEREST ON TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES ....................... 12

REMEDIAL YORK ON URN BURIAL SITES AT WO HOP SHEK............ 1?

THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 1982

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MINISTER SENDS CONDOLENCES * * * *

THE MINISTER OF STATE, FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE, LORD, BELSTEAD, HAS SENT A MESSAGE TO THE GOVERNOR EXPRESSING HIS CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILIES OF THOSE WHO DIED IN THE RECENT RAINSTORMS.

LORD BELSTEAD SAID HE WAS SADDENED TO HEAR OF THE RECENT DEATHS FOLLOWING THE VERY HEAVY RAINS IN HONG KONG AND ASKED THE GOVERNOR TO CONVEY HIS SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILIES.

! LORD BELSTEAD CLOSELY FOLLOWED REPORTS ON THE SITUATION. HE WAS PLEASED THAT THE EMERGENCY SERVICES COPED SO WELL AND EXTENDED HIS WARMEST CONGRATULATIONS TO THEM.

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, GOVERNOR, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS KOO

HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN HAS BEEN PLEASED TO APPROVE THE APPOINTMENT OF MR CHRISTOPHER TURNER, OBE, AS GOVERNOR, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS IN SUCCESSION TO MR J.C. STRONG, OBE.

MR TURNER, WHO IS EXPECTED TO TAKE UP HIS APPOINTMENT IN SEPTEMBER, IS AT PRESENT THE PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY IN CHARGE OF THE STAFF PLANNING DIVISION OF THE CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH.

HE JOINED THE HONG KONG CIVIL SERVICE IN DECEMBER 1980 AS AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER AND HAS SINCE SERVED IN THE CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT.

HE HAS BEEN ACTING AS A STAFF GRADE C OFFICER SINCE MARCH 1981.

MR TURNER WAS BORN ON AUGUST 17, 1933 AND WAS EDUCATED AT TRURO CATHEDRAL SCHOOL AND JESUS COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE.

AFTER SERVICE AS A PILOT OFFICER IN THE ROYAL AIR FORCE BEFORE UNIVERSITY, HE JOINED HER MAJESTY’S OVERSEAS CIVIL SERVICE IN 1958, SERVING IN TANGANYIKA UNTIL 1970 AS, SUCCESSIVELY, DISTRICT OFFICER, DISTRICT COMMISSIONER, REGIONAL LOCAL COURTS OFFICER AND MAGISTRATE.

FROM 1970 HE SERVED AS DISTRICT AGENT, DEVELOPMENT SECRETARY, FINANCIAL SECRETARY AND, FINALLY, CHIEF SECRETARY IN THE NEW HEBRIDES.

MR TURNER IS MARRIED WITH THREE CHILDREN.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 1982

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WORKING PARTY ON PROPOSED COMMAND AND MANAGEMENT COURSE * * * *

THE CHIEF SECRETARY IN HIS SPEECH IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON APRIL 15 ANNOUNCED THAT A WORKING PARTY WAS ABOUT TO BE APPOINTED TO EXAMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING A FULL-TIME IN-SERVICE COMMAND AND MANAGEMENT COURSE ON AN EXPERIMENTAL BASIS FOR MID-CAREER OFFICERS IN BOTH COMMON SERVICE AND DEPARTMENTAL CADRES AND IN THE UNIFORMED SERVICES, WITH A VIEW TO PREPARING SUCH OFFICERS FOR DIRECTORATE LEVEL RESPONSIBILITIES.

THE WORKING PARTY HAS NOW BEEN ESTABLISHED WITH THE FOLLOWING MEMBERSHIP:-

CHAIRMANs MR F.K. LI

-------- (CHAIRMAN, PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION).

MEMBERS: DR HO KAM-FAI

-------- (THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG)-

PROFESSOR P.B. HARRIS

(UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG)-

LT COL M.J. ROSE

(FORCES HQ)-

MR J.C.H. GRAVES

(ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF POLICE (FORCE TRAINING))-

MR H S GREWAL

(DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE (APPOINTMENT))-

MR G.K.C. SIU (ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE C).

SECRETARY: MR W.J.K. ELLIS

--------- (ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (SPECIAL DUTIES) GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT).

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE GOVERNMENT RECOGNISED THE IMPORTANCE OF PREPARING MID-CAREER OFFICERS FOR WIDER MANAGERIAL RESPONSIBILITIES GENERALLY AT THE DIRECTORATE LEVEL AND THE NEED FOR A TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR THESE OFFICERS SPECIFICALLY AIMED TO DEVELOP:

(1) A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE ECONOMIC, SOCIAL, LEGAL AND POLITICAL FACTORS WHICH A SENIOR CIVIL SERVANT MUST TAKE INTO ACCOUNT IN THE COURSE OF HIS DUTIES, INCLUDING DEALINGS WITH THE MEDIA- AND

(2) INCREASED COMPETENCE IN KEY AREAS OF

MANAGEMENT SPECIALISATION SUCH AS FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL, STAFF PLANNING AND STAFF MANAGEMENT.

THE WORKING PARTY WILL ALSO ADVISE ON THE STRUCTURE, CONTENT AND DURATION OF THE COURSE, THE NUMBER AND MIX OF OFFICERS WHO WILL ATTEND, POSSIBLE PARTICIPATION IN WHOLE OR PART BY PRIVATE SECTOR CANDIDATES, THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF COURSES WHICH WOULD FORM AN EFFECTIVE HASIS FOR EVALUATION, AND THE STAFF AND SUPPORT FACILITIES REQUIRED, TOGETHER WITH AN ESTIMATE OF THE COST.

THE WOP ING PARTY IS EXPECTED TO SUBMIT A REPORT OF ITS FINDINGS TO THE CHIEF SECRETARY WITHIN SIX .CNTHS.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 1982

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NO-SMOKING AREAS IN PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT PLACES

*****

ALL ENCLOSED PLACES OF PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT-CINEMAS, THEATRES, CONCERT HALLS AND AUD I TOR IA-THROUGHOUT HONG KONG ARE NOW REQUIRED TO DtSIGNATE NO-SMOKING AREAS IN THEIR PREMISES UNDER NEW LICENSING CONDITIONS INTRODUCED BY THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

FROM NOW ON, ALL APPLICATIONS FOR NEW LICENCES OR RENEWAL GF LICENCES FOR SUCH PREMSIES WILL BE PROCESSED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE REVISED LICENSING POLICY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT ALSO URGED MANAGEMENTS OF ESTABLISHMENTS WHOSE LICENCES ARE NOT YET DUE FOR RENEWAL TO COMPLY WITH THE NEW LICENSING CONDITIONS AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.

THE NEW CONDITIONS FOLLOW RECENT ANTI-SMOKING MEASURES APPROVED BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL.

UNDER THE NEW LICENSING CONDITIONS, MANGEMENTS OF CINEMAS, THEATRES, CONCERT HALLS AND AUDITOR IA MUST DESIGNATE NOT LESS THAN 50 PER CENT OF THE SEATS IN EACH TICKET CLASS (E.G. FRONT STALLS, BACK STALLS AND DRESS CIRCLES), OR 50 PER CENT OF THE AUDITORIUM WHERE NO FIXED SEATS ARE PROVIDED AS NO-SMOKING AREAS.

THEY ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO INDICATE SUCH DESIGNATIONS ON THE LAYOUT PLANS SUBMITTED FOR AUTHENTICATION AND RETENTION BY THE LICENSING AUTHORITY AND ON THE SEATING PLANS FOR USE IN THE TICKET BOOKING OFFICES.

AT THE SAME TIME, THESE PREMISES MUST DISPLAY SUFFICIENT NOTICES PROHIBITING SMOKING IN ENGLISH BLOCK LETTERS AND IN LEGIBLE CHINESE CHARACTERS OF SUCH SIZE AS TO BE CLEARLY VISIBLE FROM A DISTANCE OF TWO METRES.

+THE NOTICES MUST BE DISPLAYED CONSPICUOUSLY IN THE NO-SMOKING AREAS AND CONTINUOUSLY WHEN THE PREMISES ARE BEING USED AS PLACES OF PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

AT PRESENT THERE ARE ABOUT 100 LICENSED ENCLOSED PLACES OF ENTERTAINMENT IN THE URBAN AREAS AND ABOUT 30 IN THE NEW TERR ITORIES.

SMOKING IS ALREADY PROHIBITED IN ALL THEATRES, CONCERT HALLS, AUDITORIA, INDOOR GAMES HALLS AND STADIA MANAGED BY THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 1982

t('-v TIME FOR SPECIAL TAX COMPLAINTS OFFICE *****

THE SPECIAL COMPLAINTS SECTION OF THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT HAD A BUSY TIME IN THE 1981-82 TAX YEAR, DEALING ,|TH AND SETTLING SOME 650 TAX COMPLAINTS AND ENQUIRIES OF ARIOUS KINDS, THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE, MR ANTHONY AU-YEUNG, TOLD LIONS CLUB OF CASTLE PEAK MEMBERS THIS EVENING.

IN HIS TALK ON VARIOUS ASPECTS OF TAX LAW IN HONG KONG, MR AU-YEUNG SAID THE SPECIAL COMPLAINTS SECTION WAS SET UP IN 1978 TO GIVE TAXPAYERS +AN ADDITIONAL CHANNEL FOR MAKING ENQUIRIES AND EXPRESSING THEIR GRIEVANCES*.

+IF THE TAXPAYERS COME ACROSS INSTANCES OF INCIVILITY, DELAY AND INEFFICIENCY IN THEIR DEALINGS WITH THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT, OR IF THEY HAVE ANY VALID TAX COMPLAINTS AT ALL, THEY MAY CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT’S COMPLAINTS OFFICER IN PERSON OR BY TELEPHONE (5-79595656) OR BY WRITING TO GPO BOX 11234, HONG KONG,+ HE TOLD THE LIONS AT THEIR DINNER MEETING.

HE FURTHER GAVE ASSURANCE THAT ALL COMPLAINTS WOULD BE THOROUGHLY INVESTIGATED BY THE COMPLAINTS OFFICER, AND IN THE CASE OF A MORE SERIOUS NATURE THEY WOULD BE PERSONALLY REVIEWED BY THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER.

BUT HE POINTED OUT THAT IT WAS NOT THE COMPLAINTS OFFICER’S DUTY TO SETTLE DISPUTES OVER THE CORRECTNESS OF AN ASSESSMENT OR THE LAW ITSELF.

+THIS IS BECAUSE THE TAX ORDINANCES EXPLICITLY CONTAIN OBJECTION AND APPEAL PROCEDURES, TO ENSURE THAT OBJECTIONS AGAINST ASSESSMENTS ARE PROPERLY PROCESSED UNTIL THEY ARE FINALLY SETTLED BY AGREEMENT OR BY THE COMMISSIONER OR BY AN INDEPENDENT TRIBUNAL OR COURT,* HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE COMPLAINTS OFFICE WAS SET UP AS AN ADDITIONAL MEANS TO WHAT IS ALSO PROVIDED IN THE LAW TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF TAXPAYERS.

DISCUSSING THE RIGHTS PROVIDED BY LAW TO THE TAXPAYER, HE SAID IF A TAXPAYER DID NOT AGREE OR WAS DISSATISFIED WITH A NOTICE OF ASSESSMENT, HE COULD OBJECT AGAINST THIS.

+THIS IS A SACRED RIGHT CONFERRED ON TAXPAYERS BY THE LAW TO SAFEGUARD THEM AGAINST ABUSE OF POWER AND MAL-ADM INI STRAT I ON, AND TO PROVIDE IMPARTIALITY,* HE SAID.

MR AU-YEUNG POINTED OUT, HOWEVER, THAT THE OBJECTION HAD TO BE IN WRITING AND BASED ON PRECISE GROUNDS, AND HAD TO BE LODGED WITHIN ONE MONTH FROM THE DATE OF THE ASSESSMENT.

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■ ' HE OBJECTION IS AGAINST AN ESTIMATED ASSESSMENT MADE ,tv.L _■ . RETURN, A COMPLETED RETURN TOGETHER WITH

. .-v-.-.''. TS AND SCHEDULES MUST BE SUBMITTED. OTHERWISE T.lE OBJECTION WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AS VALID,* HE SAID.

DISCUSSING SOME OF THE OBLIGATIONS OF TAXPAYERS, HE SAID A PERSON IN EMPLOYMENT AND SUBJECT TO SALARIES TAX MUST FILE A RETURN EVERY YEAR.

RETURNS ARE ISSUED IN MAY EVERY YEAR, AND ANYONE CHARGEABLE TO SALARIES TAX WHO HAD NOT RECEIVED A RETURN SHOULD ADVISE THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE AND ASK FOR ONE, HE ADVISED. FAILURE TO DO SO WOULD BE AN OFFENCE, HE SAID.

THROUGH ITS IMPROVED TAX ADMINISTRATION AND A REASONABLY HIGH LEVEL OF TAXPAYER-COMPLIANCE, HONG KONG HAD SO FAR BEEN ABLE TO RAISE THE REQUISITE REVENUE NOTWITHSTANDING ITS LOW LEVELS OF TAXATION, HE SAID.

IN THE 1981-82 TAX YEAR, THE DEPARTMENT COLLECTED SOME $14.2 BILLION OF INTERNAL REVENUE, REPRESENTING ABOUT 42 PER CENT OF HONG KONG’S TOTAL REVENUE THAT YEAR, HE SAID.

THESE COLLECTIONS SHOWED AN INCREASE OF 26.8 PER CENT OVER THE COLLECTIONS OF $11.2 BILLION OF THE YEAR BEFORE AND 86.8 PER CENT OVER THE 1979-80 COLLECTIONS OF $7.6 BILLION.

IN HIS TALK, MR AU-YEUNG ALSO TOLD THE LIONS OF THE NEED FOR A BUSINESS REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE, THE NEED TO KEEP PROPER ACCOUNTS AND RECORDS AND TO FILE TAX RETURNS, AMONG OTHER OBLI GAT IONS.

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PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE FOR MARCH 1982 ******

THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE BY 19 PER CENT AND THOSE OF IMPORTS BY 11 PER CENT IN MARCH 1982 AS COMPARED WITH MARCH 1981, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

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

THE VOLUME OF IMPORTS DROPPED BY THREE PER CENT WHILE THAT OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCREASED BY THREE PER CENT.

THE PRICES OF RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 14 PER CENT, WITH VOLUME DOWN BY TWO PER CENT, SO THAT FOR TOTAL EXPORTS, PRICES WERE UP BY 12 PER CENT AND V Ll^E »AS UP BY ONE PER CENT.

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FOR THE TWELVE-MONTH PERIOD TO MARCH 1982 AS COMPARED WITH THE TWELVE M'" TH TO MARCH 1981, THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE BY INE PER CENT, THOSE OF IMPORTS BY 12 PER CENT AND THOSE OF ■<£-EXPORTS BY 10 PER CENT. THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS EXPANDED EY SIX PER CENT AND THAT OF RE-EXPORTS BY 17 PER CENT, GIVING AN AVERAGE NINE PER CENT INCREASE IN THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS AS AGAINST A SIX 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 (IN PERCENTAGES)i-

CHANGES COMPARING MARCH 1982 WITH MARCH 1981

EXPORT VALUE EXPORT UNIT VALUE EXPORT VOLUME

CLOTHING (EXCEPT FUR) +14 + 12 + 1

TEXTILE FABRICS + 5 + 9 - 3

TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD + 5 INSIGNIFICANT + 5

TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES +13 +21 - 7

ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS -29 - 5 -25

FOOTWEAR +10 + 6 + 3

rETAL MANUFACTURES +19 +10 + 8

METAL ORES AND SCRAP -50 -12 -43

WATCHES AND CLOCKS + 3 -18 +25

ALL COMMODITIES +14 + 10 ♦ 3

THE EXPORT PRICES OF MOST COMMODITY GROUPS INCREASED, FROM SIX PER CENT FOR FOOTWEAR TO 21 PER CENT FOR TEXTILE MADE-UPS. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE EXPORT PRICES OF ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS, METAL ORES AND SCRAP, AS WELL AS WATCHES AND CLOCKS, DECLINED BY FIVE PER CENT, 12 PER CENT AND 18 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

CONSIDERABLE GROWTH IN THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS WAS REGISTERED POft WATCHES AND CLOCKS (+25 PER CENT) AND METAL MANUFACTURES (+EIGHT PER CENT). ON THE OTHER HAND, SIGNIFICANT DECREASES IN THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS WERE RECORDED i-0k TEXTILt M-DE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES (-SEVEN PER CENT), ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS (-25 PEh CE'<T) AND METAL ORES AND SCRAP (-43 PER CENT).

THURSDAY, JUNS J, 1982

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THE IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF IMPORTS BY

E.'tD-usE Category are SHOWN BELOW ( IN PERCENTAGES)!-

CHANGES COMPARI NG MARCH 1982 WITH MARCH 1981

IMPORT VALUE IMPORT UNIT VALUE IMPORT VOLUME

FOODSTUFFS +21 + 9 + 10

CONSUMER GOODS + 6 ♦ 8 - 2

FUELS -10 INSIGNIFICANT -10

RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES + 5 + 12 - 7

CAPITAL GOODS +20 + 19 + 1

ALL COMMODITIES ♦ 8 +11 - 3

WITH THE EXCEPTION OF FUELS, MARGINALLY, THE PRICES OF IMPORTS THE BY PRICES OF WHICH END-USE CATEGORY ROSE ONLY INCREASED

MODERATELY, RANGING FROM EIGHT PER CENT FOR CONSUMER GOODS TO 19 PER CENT FOR CAPITAL GOODS.

MOST OF THE MAJOR IMPORTED FOODSTUFFS ROSE IN VOLUME TERMS, THE MORE SIGNIFICANT ONES BEING LIVE POULTRY, MEAT AND MEAT PREPARATIONS AS WELL AS CEREALS AND CEREAL PREPARATIONS. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF RICE, CATTLE AS WELL AS TEA AND COFFEE DECLINED.

IN THE CONSUMER GOODS CATEGORY, SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE REGISTERED FOR FOOTWEAR AND CLOTHING. THE IMPORT VOLUME OF PASSENGER MOTOR CAPS, TOBACCO MANUFACTURES, CAMERAS AND SUPPLIES FOR PHOTOGRAPHY AS WELL AS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES FtLL CONSIDERABLY.

IMPORTS OF FUELS FELL BY 10 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS.

THE IMPORT VOLUME OF MOST RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES DECLINED AMONG WHICH YARN OF MAN-MADE FIBRES, MAN-MADE FIBRES AS WEL AS WOOL AND OTHER ANIMAL HAIR DROPPED SUBSTANTIALLY. THE IMPORT VOLUME OF BASE METALS, AND CLAY AND REFRACTORY CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING MATERIALS ROSE CONSIDERABLY.

AS FOR CAPITAL GOODS, MAJOR INCREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE RECORDED FOR OFFICE MACHINES AND TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT, WHEREAS SUBSTANTIAL DECREASES WERE REGISTERED IN THE IMPORT VOLUV£ OF ELECTRICAL M-CHINERY AND SCIENTIFIC, MEDICAL, OPTICAL, MEASURING AND CONTROLLING INSTRUMENTS AND L-PARATUS.

THURSDAY, JUNE J, 1982

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. It. THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS ■'r"; ARE SHOWN BELOW (IN PERCENTAGES):-

CHANGES COMPARING MARCH 1982 WITH MARCH 198.

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

FOODSTUFFS + 9 + 17 - 7

CONSUMER GOODS + 4 + 10 - 6

FUELS -14 +11 -22

RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES +15 +15 INSIGNIFICANT

CAPITAL GOODS +31 +22 + 7

ALL COMMODITIES +12 +14 - 2

THE CHANGES IN RE-EXPORT VOLUME VARIED, RANGING FROM A 22 PER

CENT DECREASE FOR FUELS TO A SEVEN PER CENT INCREASE FOR CAPITAL GOODS.

FURTHER DETAILS ARE CONTAINED IN THE MARCH 1982 ISSUE OF THE +HONG KONG 'RADE INDEX NUMBERS*, AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT HK$2 PER COPY.

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5 000 COMPANIES GET BONUS QUOTA ALLOCATIONS

*****

OVER 5 000 COMPANIES HAVE RECEIVED ALLOCATIONS OF QUOTAS

FOR THE EEC TOTALLING 1.14 MILLION KILOGRAMMES AS A RESULT OF THE INTRODUCTION OF A BONUS SCHEME. THIS WILL BE DISCLOSED IN A NOTICE TO EXPORTERS ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

+THE OBJECT OF THIS SCHEME IS TO ENSURE THAT, AS FAR AS POSSIBLE, QUOTAS ARE OFFERED TO COMPANIES WHICH HAVE A DEMONSTRATED NcED FOR THEM,* SAID A TICD SPOKESMAN.

th- qu0TA TR4N5FER M‘8KET TO

+THE SCHEME HAS BEEN INTRODUCED AS A RESULT OF ThF

HtVIEW OF THE TEXTILE CONTROL SYSTEM CONDUCTED BY THE DEPARTMENT . UM IV, f

... ALLOCATED COME from FORFEITURES from

'--r *989 *ERE UNABLE TO USE MORE

■tlR .UOTAS, AND TRANSFERRED THEM TO OTHER COMPANIES

THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 1982

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'IU'< FOUND IN CONTAINER SHIP

* * * *

GUSTOS C--'CE S AT KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER TERMINAL YESTERDAY ■ ED ES~-V'! SEIZE’. 33.5 KILOGRAMS OF RAW OPIUM FOUND CONCEALED IN AN EMPTY CABIN C. ' 2 CCNTA1NER'VESSEL +ELIZABETH MAERSK*.

THE SHIP HAD -DRIVED IN HONG KONG AFTER CALLING AT KARACHI, BOMBAY, PENANG AND SINGAPORE, AND THE DRUGS WERE BELIEVED TO HAVE ORIGINATED FROM KARACHI.

THE VESSEL WAS DETAINED FOR 12 HOURS FOR AN INTENSIVE SEARCH AND FOLLOW-UP INVESTIGATIONS.

NINE FILIPINO CREW MEMBERS, WHO WERE DETAINED FOR ENQUIRIES, *ERE LATER RELEASED. NO ARRESTS HAVE SO FAR BEEN MADE. THE MARKET RETAIL VALUE OF THE DRUGS IS HKS1.3 MILLION.

THIS IS THE FOURTH DRUG SEIZURE MADE BY HONG KONG’S CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE FROM CONTAINER VESSELS SO FAR THIS YEAR.

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YAU MA TEI DB MEETING * * * *

THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD WILL HOLD TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT 3.30 PM AT THE YAU MA TE

ITS THIRD MEETING

I CITY DISTRICT OFFICE.

AT THE MEETING, MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS THE EXTENSION OF PARKING METER OPERATION TO SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS IN TSIM SHA TSUI OR YAU MA TEI- TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENT FOR THE GASCOIGNE ROAD AND WYLIE ROAD JUNCTION AND THE RE-OPENING OF THE SIDE-STREET JUNCTIONS A_0>G SHANGHAI STREET WHICH HAVE BEEN CLOSED DURING CONSTRUCTION Or । -

MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY.

THE BOAR? WILL ALSO DISCUSS PROPOSALS FOR AN INTER-DISTRICT COMPETITION BETWEEN YAU MA TEI AND MONG KOK.

NOTE TO ED IT - •

YOU INVITED TO COVER THE THIRD MEETING OF THE YAU Tt. I DISTRICT BOARD AT '.30 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY). MEDIA REPRESENTATIVE^ SHO"LD ,;" । < AT T--£ CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE YAU MA TEI CITY ; ■ "IDE AT OpO-A?., .ATHAN ROAD BEFORE 3.15 •

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CYC MEMBERS TO VISIT AUSTRALIA

* .* *

EIGHT OUTSTANDING MEMBERS OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S IMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB (CYC) WILL HAVE'A CHANCE TO SEE AUSTRALIA DURING THE FORTHCOMING SUMMER VACATION. .

THE EIGHT-DAY STUDY VISIT IS ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND SPONSORED BY THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB (CHARITIES) LTD AS A REWARD TO OUTSTANDING CYC MEMBERS FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY AND TO BROADEN THEIR GENERAL OUTLOOK, SPOKESMAN FOR THE CYC SAID TODAY.

SELECTION FOR THE EIGHT OUTSTANDING MEMBERS IS NOW TAKING PLACE. HEADS OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN ASKED TO NOMINATE THEIR STUDENTS WHO HAVE COMPLETED EITHER THE SECOND OR THIRD STAGE OF THE CYC MERIT AWARD SCHEME, TO TAKE PART IN AN ESSAY COMPETITION THIS SATURDAY AT LOK SIN TONG YU KAN HING SCHOOL IN WANG TAU HOM.

THE AIM OF THE COMPETITION IS TO ASSESS THE PARTICIPANTS’ KNOWLEDGE IN PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND THEIR ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

STUDENTS WHO DO WELL IN THE ESSAY COMPETITION WILL BE ASKED TO ATTEND AN INTERVIEW FROM WHICH THE FINAL EIGHT STUDENTS WILL EE SELECTED.

LED BY AN OFFICER FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND A .MEMBER OF THE CYC CENTRAL COMMITTEE, THE STUDENTS WILL DEPART FOR AUSTRALIA ON AUGUST 6 AND RETURN TO HONG KONG ON AUGUST 13.

DURING THEIR STAY IN THE COUNTRY, THE STUDENTS WILL VISIT A NUMBER OF SCHOOLS AS WELL AS OTHER HISTORICAL AND SCENIC SPOTS.

THE AUSTRALIA TRIP IS THE SECOND OVERSEAS STUDY VISIT ORGANISED FOR OUTSTANDING CYC MEMBERS. LAST YEAR, SIX STUDENTS WERE TAKEN ON A TOUR OF SINGAPORE.

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FRESH WATER CUT IN SHEUNG SHU I AND FANLING

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN AREAS IN SHEUNG SHU I AND -ANLING WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR EIGHT HOURS FROM 10 AM TO 6 PM ON MONDAY (JUNE 7) TO FACILITATE WORK ON A FRESH WATER MAIN.

PREMISES AFFECTED BY THE WATER STOPPAGE WILL BE THOSE LOCATED ALONG JOCKEY CLUB ROAD rROM THE FANLING ROUNDABOUT TO 3 EUNS SHUI, INCLUDING FAN LENG LAU TSUEN, LING SHAN TSUEN, G'RT NS CAMP, TIN PING SHAN TSUEN AND SHEK WU SAN TSUEN.

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DE MEMBERS TOUR SHAM SHU I PO X X X X

THEY

SIXTEEN MEMBERS OF THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT BOARD THIS (THURSDAY) MORNING TOURED SHAM SHU I PO AND KWAI CHUNG AND INSPECTED VARIOUS SERVICES AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS. THEY ALSO VISITED VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT OFFICES IN THE DISTRICT TO FAMILIARISE THEMSELVES WITH THEIR WORKING PROCEDURES.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER OF SHAM SHUI PO MR STEPHEN IP, THE MEMBERS FIRST VISITED SHAM SHUI PO FERRY CONCOURSE WHERE A PROPOSED CLOCK-TOWER IS TO BE CONSTRUCTED.

THE PARTY THEN PROCEEDED TO THE CHEUNG SHA WAN ABATTOIR AND THE LAI CHI KOK INCINERATION PLANT.

DURING THEIR VISIT TO THE KOWLOON MOTOR BUS DEPOT AT KWAI CHUNG THE MEMBERS HAD CORDIAL DISCUSSIONS WITH SENIOR KMB STAFF MEMBERS ON BUS SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT.

DURING THE TOUR, THEY ALSO VISITED VARIOUS RECREATIONAL PROJECTS IN THE DISTRICT.

AT THE LAI CHI KOK RECLAMATION AREA, THEY INSPECTED CONSTRUCTION aORK FOR THE LAI CHI KOK PARK INDOOR GAMES HALL AND A SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX. THEY THEN VISITED THE SITTING-OUT AREA IMPROVEMENT PROJECT AT WAI MAN VILLAGE.

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PROPRIETORS REMINDED ABOUT GUARDING OF MACHINERY

X X X X

FACTORY PROPRIETORS WERE REMINDED TODAY (THURSDAY) BY A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN TO PAY MORE ATTENTION TO ENSURING THAT MACHINERY IS PROPERLY GUARDED TO PREVENT ACCIDENTS IN THEIR PREMISES.

THE REMINDER FOLLOWS A RECENT COURT CASE IN WHICH A FACTORY WAS FINED 525 030 ON A SUMMONS FOR FAILING TO GUARD THE DANGEROUS PARTS OF 17 POWER PRESSES IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (GUARDING AND OPERATION OF MACHINERY) REGULATIONS.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE REGULATIONS REQUIRE FACTORY PROPRIETORS TO EFFECTIVELY GUARD DANGEROUS PARTS OF EVERY PIECE OF MACHINERY AND PLANT WHICH IS DRIVEN BY MECHANICAL POWER. DANGEROUS PARTS OF MACHINERY ARE SPECIFIED IN THE FIRST SCHEDULE TO THE REGULATIONS.

♦BOTH PROPRIETORS AND WORKERS SHOULD PAY MORE ATTENTION TO THE DANGER ASSOCIATED WITH THE WORKING OF MACHINERY. PROPER GUARDING CAN ENSURE SAFE OPERATION AT ALL TIMES AND GIVES CONFIDENCE TO OPERATIVES. GUARDS WHICH ARE PROPERLY DESIGNED, INSTALLED AND MAINTAINED CAN ALSO HELP INCREASE PRODUCT IV ITY,+ HE NOTED.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT FACTORY PROPRIETORS SEEKING IDEAS AND ADVICE ABOUT MACHINE GUARDING WERE WELCOME TO APPROACH THE DEPARTMENT’S FACTOR'! INSPECTORATE AT CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES AND ITS BRANCrt CFF ICES.

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INTEREST ON TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TO BE PUBLISHED TOMORROW (JUNE 4) CONTAINS A LEGAL NOTICE TO THE EFFECT THAT THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY HAS AUTHORISED A DECREASE IN THE RATE OF INTEREST PAYABLE ON TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES.

AS FROM TOMORROW, THE NEw ANNUAL RATE OF INTEREST WILL BE 10.8 PER CENT (TAX FREE) AS AGAINST THE CURRENT RATE OF 12 PER CENT (TAX FREE).

INTEREST ON TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES IS CALCULATED IN MONTHLY ST^PS AND THE NEW RATE WILL BE 50.90 PER MONTH PER $100. INTEREST WILL BE CREDITED AS BEFORE IN RESPECT OF COMPLETED MONTHS BETWEEN PURCHASE AND SURRENDER IN PAYMENT OF TAX.

INTEREST IS ONLY CREDITED WHEN CERTIFICATES ARE USED TO PAY TAX AND NO INTEREST IS DUE WHERE THE PRINCIPAL VALUE OF A CERTIFICATE IS REPAID BY A CHEQUE.

THE NEW RATE WILL APPLY TO ALL CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER JUNE 4, 1982.

CERTIFICATES WHICH WERE ISSUED BEFORE JUNE 4, 1982 WILL CONTINUE TO EARN INTEREST AS FOLLOWSt-

3.24% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER SEPTEMBER 22, 1978 AND BEFORE NOVEMBER 24, 1978-

5.04% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER NOVEMBER 24, 1978 AND BEFORE FEBRUARY 16, 1979-

5.76% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER FEBRUARY 16, 1979 AND BEFORE MAY 4, 1979-

8.04% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER MAY 4, 1979 AND BEFORE OCTOBER 26, 1979-

8.4% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER OCTOBER 26, 1979 AND BEFORE APRIL 11, 1980-

10.5% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER APRIL 11, 1980 AND BEFORE MAY 30, 1980-

<?% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER

MAY 30, 1980 AND BEFORE JUNE 27, 1980-

7.2 % PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER JUNE 27, 1980 AND BEFORE JULY 30, 1980-

6 24% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER JULY 30, 1980 AND BEFORE OCTOBER 16, 1980-

8 ppp ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTcR

0(-OBER 16, 1983 AND BEFORE NOVEMBER 21, 1983-

/9.-u-o .......

THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 19^2

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9.849 ' PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER NOVEMBER 21, 1980 AND BEFORE JULY 31, 1981-

13.2 % PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER JULY 31, 1981 AND BEFORE OCTOBER 16, 1981-

14.4 % PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER OCTOBER 16, 1981 AND BEFORE DECEMBER 4, 1981 AND

12% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER DECEMBER 4, 1981 AND BEFORE JUNE 4, 1982-

BUT ALWAYS SUBJECT TO THE GENERAL RULE THAT INTEREST CEASES TO ACCRUE AFTER 36 COMPLETED MONTHS WITHOUT SURRENDER FOR PAYMENT OF TAX.

EXAMPLE:

$1 000 CERTIFICATES PURCHASED ON JUNE 7, 1982, JULY 7, 1982 AND AUGUST 7, 1982 RESPECTIVELY, SURRENDER IN PAYMENT OF TAX DUE ON SEPTEMBER 7, 1982 WILL HAVE INTEREST CALCULATED AS FOLLOWS:-

ON $1 000, JUNE 7, 1982 TO SEPTEMBER 7, 1982, 3 COMPLETE MONTHS AT $9 PER MONTH - $27

ON SI 000, JULY 7, 1982 TO SEPTEMBER 7, 1982,

2 COMPLETE MONTHS AT S9 PER MONTH - $18

ON SI 000 AUGUST 7, 1982 TO SEPTEMBER 7, 1982, 1 COMPLETE MONTH AT $9 PER MONTH - $ 9

$ 54

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REMEDIAL WORK ON URN BURIAL SITES AT WO HOP SHEK % * % %

REMEDIAL WORK ON TWO URN BURIAL SITES AT WO HOP SHEK CFMFTFRY IN THE NEW TERRITORIES BEGAN TODAY (THURSDAY). CEMETERY

ABOUT 500 URNS BURIED AT THE SITES WERE AFFECTED RY LANDSLIPS CAUSED BY THE HEAVY RAINFALL DURING THE LAST FEW DAYS.

SAID

SAFE ??Xp5RTy'!IaSTSe?6BI’,S ’UTT'"S ™E U#"S

ALL AFFECTED URNS WILL BE REGISTERED PROPFRi Y RY Twr qtaet

OF THE CEMETERY, THE SPOKESMAN SAID. ERLY BY THE STAFF

NEXT-Or-’f|N WILL BE NOTIFIED BY LETTER TO GO AND IDENTIFY ,R*S ARWANSE RE-BURI AL AFTER COMPLETION OF THE REPAIR

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FRIDAY, JUNE 4, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

EXTRA CROSS-HARBOUR WATER PIPELINE TO BE BUILT ................ 1

STREET ALTERATIONS AND CLOSURES FOR MTR ISLAND LINE ........... 2

CARNIVAL TO PROMOTE FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION ..................... 3

LAND SALES ................................................... **

BETTER SWIMMING FACILITIES IN SHA TIN ......................... 5

CAD HEADQUARTERS MOVES TO UNITED CENTRE ....................... 5

OPENING OF NEW KOWLOON CITY CDO ............................... 6

TSUEN WAN FERRY SERVICES ...................................... 6

ROAD CLOSURE IN WAN CHAI ...................................... 6

DRAGON BEACH TEMPORARILY CLOSED ............................... 7

KOWLOON FRESH WATER CUTS FOR MAINS WORK

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EXTRA CROSS-HARBOUR WATER PIPELINE TO BE BUILT *****

THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT IS TO LAY A THIRD CROSS-HARBOUR PIPELINE SHORTLY TO BOOST FRESH WATER SUPPLY FROM KOWLOON TO HONG KONG ISLAND BY 180 000 CUBIC METRES DAILY.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (FRIDAY), THE GOVERNMENT WATER ENGINEER (NEW WORKS), MR LAU JONG-MING, SAID THE PROJECT INVOLVED THE LAYING OF TWIN 1 000 MM DIAMETER MILD STEEL SUBMARINE MAINS, EACH MEASURING 1.4 KILOMETRES LONG, AND ANOTHER SEVEN KILOMETRES OF LAND MAINS IN KOWLOON AND ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

THE PROJECT, EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR, FORMS PART OF THE DEVELOPMENT PLAN TO CATER FOR THE INCREASING DEMAND FOR WATER SUPPLY ON HONG KONG ISLAND, HE ADDED.

TENDERS ARE NOW BEING INVITED FOR THE LAYING OF THE LAND MAINS RANGING FROM 150 MM TO 1 400 MM IN DIAMETER, INCLUDING THE CONSTRUCTION OF VALVE CHAMBERS AND OTHER ASSOCIATED WORKS.

IN KOWLOON, THE LAND MAINS WILL RUN FROM BOUNDARY STREET NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH EARL STREET, THROUGH PRINCE EDWARD ROAD, SAI YEE STREET, NULLAH ROAD, TUNG CHOI STREET, FIFE STREET, FA YUEN STREET, SHANTUNG ROAD, RECLAMATION STREET, BATTERY STREET, JORDAN ROAD, CANTON ROAD, HAIPHONG ROAD, HANKOW ROAD TO SALISBURY ROAD.

ON HONG KONG ISLAND, THE MAINS WILL RUN FROM LUNG KING STREET THROUGH FENWICK PIER STREET, HARCOURT ROAD, CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, MURRAY ROAD TO CHATER ROAD.

WORK ON THE LAND MAINS IS EXPECTED TO START IN AUGUST.

IN ADDITION, TENDERS WILL BE INVITED SHORTLY FROM PREQUALIFIED CONTRACTORS FOR THE LAYING OF THE SUBMARINE MAINS FROM THE TSIM SHA TSUI WATERFRONT, EAST OF THE SPACE MUSEUM, TO THE OPEN AREA ADJACENT TO LUNG KING STREET IN WAN CHAI. THE MAINS WILL BE BURIED BELOW THE SEA.

IN VIEW OF THE EXTENT OF THE NEW WORK TO BE UNDERTAKEN, LOCAL RESIDENTS AND TRAFFIC WOULD INEVITABLY BE AFFECTED, M? LAU SAID, ADDING +DURING THE PLANNING AND DESIGN STAGES FOR THE NEW WORK, CONSIDERATION HAS BEEN GIVEN TO WAYS OF MINIMISING UNDESIRABLE DISRUPTIVE EFFECTS.*

FOLLOWING DETAILED INVESTIGATIONS IN CONSULTATION WITH THE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED, INCLUDING THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, THE ROUTES CHOSEN FOR THE PIPELINES WILL REDUCE THE DISTURBANCE TO THE PUBLIC TO THE MINIMUM.

THE EXISTING FRESH WATER CROSS-HARBOUR MAINS ARE FROM TSIM SHA TSUI TO CENTRAL AND HUNG HOM TO NORTH POINT.

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STREET ALTERATIONS AND CLOSURES FOR MTR ISLAND LINE *****

TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY ISLAND LINE, A NUMBER OF TEMPORARY STREET ALTERATIONS AND CLOSURES WILL BE INTRODUCED, ACCORDING TO A NOTICE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE EFFECTIVE DATES FOR THE STREET ALTERATIONS AND CLOSURES WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER.

IN EACH CASE, ALTERNATIVE VEHICULAR ROUTING AND SUITABLE PEDESTRIAN FACILITIES WILL BE PROVIDED AND TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP.

THE STREETS TO BE AFFECTED ARE AS FOLLOWSi

SHEUNG WAN STATION OVERRUN

* ON TAI STREET!

* TUNG LOI LANEt

THE STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC AND A TWO-METRE WIDE FOOTPATH WILL BE PROVIDED ACROSS THE NORTHERN END OF THE STREET.

THE LANE WILL BE CLOSED TO VEHICULAR TRAFFIC. A FOOTPATH AT LEAST TWO METRES IN WIDTH WILL BE PROVIDED.

NORTH POINT STATION

* KING’S ROAD THE SOUTHERN FOOTPATH WILL BE REDUCED

(OUTSIDE NOS. TO A MINIMUM WIDTH OF 1.5 METRES.

458-478A):

* SHU KUK STREET (BETWEEN KING’S ROAD AND TSAT TSE MUI ROAD) i

THE STREET WILL BE CLOSED EXCEPT FOR EMERGENCY VEHICLES. A 2.5-METRE WIDE FOOTPATH WILL BE PROVIDED ON THE WESTERN SIDE ONLY.

* TSAT TSE MUI THE STREET WILL BE CLOSED EXCEPT FOR

ROAD (FOR A EMERGENCY VEHICLES. A TWO-METRE WIDE

DISTANCE OF 27 FOOTPATH WILL BE PROVIDED ON THE

METRES EAST OF SOUTHERN SIDE ONLY.

SHU KUK STREET)!

* SCAVENGING LANE THE LANE WILL BE CLOSED.

(TO THE REAR OF

458-464 KING’S

ROAD):

FRIDAY, JUNE

■HE . v ro BE AFFECTED ARE SHOWN ON PLANS NOS. MT/G/198 OF THESE PLANS AND THE GOVERNOR’S ORDER

AJTFT . ’ ' il 7. . ’ :ET ..TERATIONS AND CLOSURES MAY BE INSPECTED 7 THE FOLLOWING OFFICES BETWEEN 9.30 AM AND 4.30 PM ON ANY DAY OTHER THAN SATURDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYSi-

* CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (CENTRAL AND WESTERN) ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING (GROUND FLOOR), HONG KONG-

* CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (CENTRAL AND WESTERN), 222-224 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL (GROUND FLOOR), HONG KONG-

* CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (WAN CHAI), 201 HENNESSY ROAD (GROUND FLOOR), HONG KONG-

* CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (EASTERN), 884-886 KING’S ROAD (GROUND AND FIRST FLOORS), HONG KONG-

* CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, 5TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, COTTON TREE DRIVE, HONG KONG.

THE NOTICE GAZETTED TODAY STIPULATED THAT CLAIMS FOR COMPENSATION MUST BE MADE IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT. CLAIMS MUST REACH THE OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR WITHIN A YEAR AFTER THE REOPENING OF THOSE STREETS TEMPORARILY CLOSED OR ALTERED.

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CARNIVAL TO PROMOTE FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION * * * *

ABOUT 1 000 PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND A FAMILY DAY CARNIVAL IN KWAI CHUNG ON SUNDAY (JUNE 6) AS PART OF A PROGRAMME TO PROMOTE FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION FOR FACTORY WORKERS IN THE DISTR ICT.

THE CARNIVAL — FEATURING FIVE HOURS OF VARIETY PERFORMANCES, GAMES STALLS, FILM SHOWS, A TELE-MATCH, AN EXHIBITION AND A LUCKY DRAW — WILL START AT 1 PM IN THE PLAYGROUND OF THE CNEC CHRISTIAN COLLEGE, AT 6 LEI PUI STREET, KWAI CHUNG.

KWAI CHUNG TOWN OFFICER (NORTH), MR LAM YIU-TONG, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

THE CARNIVAL IS BEING JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD’S INDUSTRIAL SUB-COMMITTEE, THE CHINESE MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION, AND THE ELECTRONIC DEVICES LIMITED.

IT IS ALSO PART OF A UNITED NATIONS-FUNDED PROGRAMME ON ♦POPULATION AND FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION+ WHICH WAS LAUNCHED HERE IN 1980. PARTICIPATING IN THE PROGRAMME ARE THE CMA, THE FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION AND THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION.

FRIDAY, JUNE 4, 1982

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LAND SALES * * *

FOUR LOTS OF CROWN LAND WILL BE OFFERED FOR SALE BY AUCTION EY THE LANDS DEPARTMENT ON JUNE 29 IN THE SHOUSON THEATRE OF THE rtONG KONG ARTS CENTRE AT 2.30 PM.

ONE OF THE LOTS IS ON HONG KONG ISLAND WHILE THE REMAINING THREE LOTS ARE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE HONG KONG ISLAND SITE, MEASURING ABOUT 5 900 SQUARE METRES, IS FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL USE. IT IS SITUATED AT CHUN FAI ROAD, MOUNT BUTLER.

THE THREE NEW TERRITORIES LOTS ARE IN YUEN LONG INDUSTRIAL AREA, SAI KUNG TOWN AND CHEUNG SHA ON LANTAU ISLAND RESPECTIVELY.

THE YUEN LONG SITE COVERS AN AREA OF ABOUT 1 730 SQUARE METRES AND IS FOR INDUSTRIAL/GODOWN PURPOSE.

THE SAI KUNG LOT, WHICH IS FOR NON-1NDUSTRI AL PURPOSE, MEASURES ABOUT 1 752 SQUARE METRES.

THE REMAINING SITE ON LANTAU ISLAND, MEASURING ABOUT 4 628 SQUARE METRES, IS FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES.

PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE MAY BE OBTAINED AT THE FOLLOWING PLACES!

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

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

* DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, KOWLOON WEST, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

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

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FRIDAY, JUNE 4, 1982

BETTER SWIMMING FACILITIES IN SHA TIN ft ft ft ft

GONE ARE THE DAYS WHEN CHILDREN IN SHA TIN COULD ONLY SWIM IN THE SEA NEAR THE SHORE.

THE SHA TIN ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR AUGUSTINE CHENG SAIDj ♦SCHOOL CHILDREN CAN NOW LEARN AND PRACTISE IN MODERNISED SWIMMING POOLS AND THEY WILL SOON REACH A HIGH STANDARD IN SWIMMING TECHNIQUES.*

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE 4TH SHA TIN PRIMARY SCHOOL SWIMMING COMPETITION HELD TODAY AT THE FULLY-EQUIPPED ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB PUBLIC SWIMMING COMPLEX IN SHA TIN.

MR CHENG COMPARED THE NOW AND THEN OF PRIMARY SCHOOL SWIMMING NEET.

*A FEW YEARS AGO, YOUNG SWIMMERS WERE LACK OF PROPER TRAINING FACILITIES. THEREFORE, SOME 25-METRE EVENTS WERE ALWAYS INCLUDED IN THE COMPETITION PROGRAMME TO ATTRACT MORE BEG INNERS.

♦BUT NOW, ALL THE 25-METRE EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED BECAUSE THEY CAN FINISH THE STANDARD DISTANCE FOR COMPETITION.♦

ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SCHOOLS SPORTS ASSOCIATION, THIS ANNUAL CONTEST HAD PROVED VERY POPULAR AND THIS YEAR THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS HAD GONE UP TO 289, COMPARED TO 170 LAST YEAR, HE SAID.

_ *IT’S ENCOURAGING to see that the effort of the schools SPORTS ASSOCIATION IN PROMOTING SPORTING ACTIVITIES DOES BEAR FRUIT,* HE ADDED.

THE WINNING TEAMS AND INDIVIDUAL ATHLETES WILL REPRESENT SHA TIN TO COMPETE IN THE INTER-DISTRICT GAME ON JUNE 18.

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CAD HEADQUARTERS MOVES TO UNITED CENTRE ft ft ft ft

THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT WILL MOVE ITS HEADQUARTERS TO UNITED CENTRE, 10TH FLOOR, QUEENSWAY, HONG KONG OVER THE WEEKEND.

ALL DIVISIONS AND SECTIONS WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS AT THE NEW HEADQUARTERS ON MONDAY (JUNE 7). THE NEW TELEPHONE NUMBER WILL BE 5-297518.

FRIDAY, JUNE 4, 1982

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OPENING OF NEW KOWLOON CITY CDO * * *

THE NEW KOWLOON CITY CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AT 141-143 KAU PUI LUNG ROAD, TO KWA WAN WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED AT 10 AM TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY (HONG KONG AND KOWLOON), MR GRAHAM BARNES, TOGETHER WITH AREA COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN AND DISTRICT GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

THE NEW OFFICE WILL SERVE THE PUBLIC IN KOWLOON TONG, MA TAU wAI, KOWLOON CITY, TO KWA WAN, HUNG HOM AND HO MAN TIN, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CDO SAID TODAY.

THE NEW OFFICE’S TELEPHONE NUMBERS ARE 3-7113731 FOR THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY COUNTER AND 3-7110171 (9 LINES) FOR THE GENERAL

OFFICE

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TSUEN WAN FERRY SERVICES * * *

FROM MONDAY (JUNE 7), HOVERFERRY SERVICES BETWEEN TSUEN WAN AND NORTH POINT WILL OPERATE VIA CENTRAL.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID THE FARE FOR A SINGLE JOURNEY FROM TSUEN WAN TO CENTRAL WILL BE 84. AND 82 FOR THE CENTRAL TO NORTH POINT ROUTE.

THE FARE FROM TSUEN WAN TO NORTH POINT WILL BE $4.

ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, HOWEVER, DIRECT SERVICES WILL BE RUN BYPASSING CENTRAL.

OTHER FERRY SERVICES FROM TSUEN WAN TO CENTRAL WILL BE REDUCED DURING OFF PEAK HOURS, WITH THE LAST SAILINGS AT 7.40 PM EVERY NIGHT.

ROAD CLOSURE IN WAN CHAI XXX

THE SECTION OF WAN CHAI GAP ROAD BETWEEN KENNEDY ROAD AND BOWEN ROAD HAS BEEN CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR EMERGENCY ROAD WORKS.

THIS ARRANGEMENT WILL LAST UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

FRIDAY, JUNE 4, 1982

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DRAGON BEACH TEMPORARILY CLOSED * * *

ThE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THE DRAGON BEACH AT 13-1/2 MILESTONE OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD IN TSUEN WAN HAS BEEN CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC FOR SWIMMING AND OTHER RECREATIONAL PURPOSES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

THE CLOSURE OF THE BEACH IS DUE TO THE LANDSLIP OF A SLOPE AT THE BEACH AS A RESULT OF TORRENTIAL RAIN A FEW DAYS AGO.

WARNING BOARDS HAVE BEEN PUT UP AT SEVERAL ENTRANCES TO THE BEACH.

MEANWHILE, REMEDIAL WORK ON THE SLOPE HAS BEEN STARTED, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NTSD.

KOWLOON FRESH WATER CUTS FOR MAINS WORK * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN AREAS IN TSZ WAN SHAN, MONG KOK, TAI KOK TSUI AND-SHAM SHU I PO WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVERAL HOURS NEXT WEEK TO FACILITATE WATER MAINS WORK.

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO FUNG WONG VILLAGE IN TSZ WAN SHAN WILL BE CUT FOR EIGHT HOURS, FROM 10 PM ON MONDAY TO 6 AM ON TUESDAY (JUNE 8).

IN ADDITION, FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO THE AREA BOUNDED BY TAI PO ROAD, NATHAN ROAD, SOY STREET, FERRY STREET, CHERRY STREET, KOK CHEUNG STREET, LOK KWAN STREET, FUK LEE STREET, TAI KOK TSUI ROAD, BOUNDARY STREET AND NAM CHEONG STREET, INCLUDING THE TAI KOK TSUI FERRY PIER IN MONG KOK, TAI KOK TSUI AND SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICTS WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR 11 HOURS FROM 9 PM ON TUESDAY (JUNE 8) TO 8 AM, ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE 9).

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, JUNE 5, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

REHABILITATION OF THE DISABLED STRESSED ........................ 1

CLOSER TIE BETWEEN HK/KOREAN CUSTOMS ........................... 2

RECRUITMENT DRIVE FOR PART-TIME LIFEGUARDS ..................... 3

VACANCIES IN MUSIC OFFICE BANDS ................................ 4

CHILDREN'S CHOIR PUBLISHES SONG ALBUM .......................... 5

YUEN LONG COOKED FOOD STALLS FOR AUCTION ....................... 6

SWIMMING COURSES FOR PRIMARY STUDENTS .......................... 6

HIGHWAYS ENGINEER RETIRING ..................................... 7

SALT WATER CUT ................................................. 7

TWO WAY TRAFFIC IN HEALTHY STREET EAST .......................   8

FIRING PRACTICE REMINDER ..................................... 8

URBAN CLEARWAY IN SHEUNG WAN ................................... 8

SATURDAY, JUNE 5, 1982

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REHABILITATION OF THE DISABLED STRESSED

*****

THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, MR ERIC HO, SAID TODAY THAT TRE GOVERNMENT WOULD KEEP UP ITS EDUCATIONAL EFFORTS IN THE REHABILITATION OF THE DISABLED AND IN THEIR INTEGRATION INTO SOCIETY.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE MENTAL HEALTH WEEK 1982, MR HO SAID! +THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF DISABLED PERSONS IS NOW OFFICIALLY OVER. DURING THE YEAR, HONG KONG DEVOTED MUCH ENERGY TO BRINGING TO THE ATTENTION OF THE PUBLIC THE PROBLEMS OF DISABLED PEOPLE.+

HE SAID THAT WHILE THE EXACT AND INTENSIVE CAMPAIGNS ORGANISED IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENTS HAD BECOME

EFFECTS OF THE NUMEROUS IMAGINATIVE HAD YET TO BE MEASURED, TWO APPARENT.

♦THE FIRST IS THAT DISABLED PEOPLE THEMSELVES ARE NOW MORE WILLING THAN EVER TO USE THEIR ABILITIES IN VOICING THEIR OWN INTERESTS AND REQUIREMENTS CONSTRUCTIVELY AND INTELLIGENTLY. THE SECOND IS THAT THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF DISABLED PERSONS, WITH ALL ITS CAMPAIGNS AND FESTIVITIES, ONLY MARKED THE BEGINNING OF A MUCH MORE LONG-TERM AND ONEROUS TASK OF PUBLIC EDUCATION ABOUT DISABILITY,♦ HE EXPLAINED.

♦I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT THE GOVERNMENT WILL KEEP UP THIS EDUCATIONAL EFFORT. IN THIS WAY, WE EXPECT TO CONTINUE THE MESSAGE THAT DISABLED PEOPLE HAVE MORE ABILITIES THAN DISABILITIES, THAT THEY ARE ’ONE OF US’, A PART OF OUR COMMUNITY, AND THAT THEY ARE ENTITLED TO CONTRIBUTE THEIR SHARE TO SOCIETY AND DRAW THEIR REWARDS FROM IT,* HE STRESSED.

MR HO SAID THAT IN A SOCIETY AS COMPACT AND COMPETITIVE AS HONG KONG, THE IMPORTANCE OF MAINTAINING GOOD MENTAL HEALTH COULD NOT BE OVEREMPHASISED.

♦IN THIS CONNECTION, I SHOULD LIKE TO REMIND THIS DISTINGUISHED AUDIENCE THAT A STUDY CONDUCTED IN 1974 FOUND THAT SOME 3.8 PER CENT CF THE SAMPLE OF 3 983 PERSONS COVERED OR ABOUT FOUR IN EVERY 100 OF US ARE LIKELY TO BE SUFFERING FROM SOME FORM OF PSYCHIATRIC IMPAIRMENT. THIS MEANS THAT AN ESTIMATED 200 003 CF OUR PEOPLE ARE PSYCHIATRICALLY IMPAIRED TO SOME DEGREE- AND THEY FORM THE LARGEST SINGLE DISABILITY GROUP, REPRESENTING SOME 43 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL ESTIMATED DISABLED POPULATION,* HE NOTED.

♦WITH THE GREATER DEVELOPMENT AND URBANISATION WHICH HAS TAKEN PLACE AND WILL CONTINUE TO TAKE PLACE BECAUSE OF OUR INCREASING POPULATION, THIS INCIDENCE OF METAL ILLNESS IS UNLIKELY TO DECREASE.+

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HE SAID PREVENTION WAS BETTER THAN CURE, AND THIS HAD PARTICULAR IMPORTANCE IN THE FIELD OF REHABILITATION. +THE 1977 whITE °APER ON REHABILITATION RECOMMENDED AS ONE OF ITS PRINCIPAL OBJECTIVES THE PREVENTION OF DISABILITIES THROUGH IMPROVED PUBLIC HEALTH EDUCATION,* HE ADDED.

MR HO CONGRATULATED THE MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG AND THE ROTARY CLUB OF PENINSULA FOR THEIR UNREMITTING EFFORTS AND SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY AND WISHED THEM EVERY SUCCESS.

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CLOSER TIE BETWEEN HK/KOREAN CUSTOMS * * * *

THE CLOSE

RELATION BETWEEN THE HONG KONG AND KOREAN CUSTOMS SERVICES HAS BEEN FURTHER STRENGTHENED FOLLOWING A FIVE-DAY CONFERENCE IN HONG KONG.

OFFICIATING AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE THIRD KOREAN/HONG KONG CUSTOMS COOPERATION CONFERENCE THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING, THE COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE, MR D.A. JORDAN NOTED WITH PARTICULAR PLEASURE THAT PROGRESS HAD BEEN MADE IN ESTABLISHING CLOSER LIAISON OVER ANTI-SMUGGLING ACTIVITIES, AND THAT THE PRESENT TRAINING EXCHANGES WERE TO CONTINUE.

THE CONFERENCE, WHICH STARTED ON JUNE 1, CONCLUDED THATi

* CUSTOMS OFFICERS HAD AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY IN FACILITATING TRADE. THE KOREAN AND HONG KONG DELEGATES AGREED TO CONTINUE TO SEEK MUTUAL COOPERATION FOR THE OVERALL IMPROVEMENT OF THEIR CUSTOMS SYSTEMS-

* THERE WAS A NEED TO EXCHANGE INFORMATION FOR THE EFFICIENT PREVENTION AND DETECTION OF CUSTOMS OFFENCES, INCLUDING NARCOTICS SMUGGLING, WITHOUT DUE FORMALITY AND PROCEDURE, SUBJECT TO ANY OVERRIDING LEGAL AND ECONOMIC CONSTRAINTS-

* BILATERAL REGIONAL CONFERENCES WERE AN AID TO CUSTOMS COOPERATION AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF STAFF-

* THE EXCHANGE TRAINING PROGRAMME SHOULD BE CONTINUED.

IN

ADDITION TO THE FORMAL CONFERENCE SESSIONS, THE KOREAN DELEGATES VISITED THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE TRAINING SCHOOL AT TAI LAM CHUNG, A BREWERY, THE CONTAINER TERMINAL AT KWAI CHUNG, AND WATCHED THE RUMMAGING OF A SHIP IN THE HARBOUR.

SATURDAY, JUNE 5, 1982

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RECRUITMENT DRIVE FOR PART-TIME LIFEGUARDS * * * *

^OTJ°UNG PSOPLS AND schOO1- STUDENTS WITH QUALIFIED LIFE-SAVING

GERT’F’GAIE$ ARE URGED T0 SERVE THE pUBLIC AS LIFEGUARDS IN THE

JEc21I?uJeSJ)UR,NG THE FORTHCOMING SUMMER HOLIDAYS AND EARN rOn intMSELVES $93 A DAY.

RECRUITMENT DRIVE FOR ABOUT 1OO PART-TIME LIFEGUARDS IS BEING LAUNCHED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

**E NEED A LARGE NUMBER OF EXTRA LIFEGUARDS TO PROTECT THE ^A^.Eo°^.S^ ^MERS ‘NVADING THE 30 PUBLIC BEACHES AND SWIMMING POOLS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES,* SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

socIE??LJHSElig“b"IwC."ply‘W,RDED Bv THE roval life-s‘vins

stronM&I ‘ND 35 yEARS °F ASE AND HAVE

FORMS (GF 34O) ARE N0W OBTAINABLE AT ALL CITY DISTRICT OFFICES AND DISTRICT OFFICES.

TuionCc.MAhoTE?11^’?I!Sz.!t‘$UbD BE FORWARDED TO THE NTSD HEADQUARTERS, BEF0REFJUNE'25UST N CENTRE' 19-23 AUSTIN AVENUE, TSIM SHA TSUI,

MEANWHILE, THE NTSD HAS ALSO ORGANISED A 13-SESSION LIFEGUARD TRAINING COURSE FOR THOSE WISHING TO ENTER THE PROFESSION AS LIFEGUARDS.

THE TRAINING COURSE, WHICH IS FREE OF CHARGE, IS NOW BEING HELD AT THE FANLING PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL FROM 7 PM TO 9 PM THREE TIMES A WEEK, SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

FREE TRANSPORT IS ALSO PROVIDED TO TRAINEES LIVING IN TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG NEW TOWNS.

INTERESTED PERSONS WHO HAVE ATTENDED PRIMARY SIX AND ARE CAPABLE OF SWIMMING A DISTANCE OF 200 METRES ARE WELCOMED TO JOIN THE TRAINING COURSE.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE POOL, THE YUEN LONG STADIUM, THE TAI ATH LOOR, TAI PO GOVERNMEN OFFICES TAI PO- AND THE TUEN MUN URBAN SERVI FIRST FLOOR, 60-70 TAK CHING COURT,

AT THE FANLING PUBLIC SWIMMI PO URBAN SERVICES OFFICE, BUILDING, TING KOK ROAD, CES OFFICE, 'TOP COURT’, TUEN MUN.

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VACANCIES IN MUSIC OFFICE BANDS * * * *

OPPORTUNITIES ARE NOW OPEN FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS TO JOIN IN BANDS, ORCHESTRAS AND CHOIRS OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT’S MUSIC OFFICE.

THERE ARE 25 BANDS, ORCHESTRAS AND CHOIRS ADMINISTERED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE AND VACANCIES NOW EXIST IN SOME OF THESE GROUPS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR RCD SAID TODAY (SATURDAY), +YOUNG MUSICIANS ARE INVITED TO FILL VACANCIES IN THE YOUTH SYMPHONIC BANDS, YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS, YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRAS, ISLAND YOUTH CHOIR AND CHINESE FOLK SINGING CHILDREN’S ENSEMBLE.*

FOR THE YOUTH SYMPHONIC BANDS, YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRAS AND YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS, APPLICANTS SHOULD BE UNDER THE AGE OF 23 ON AUGUST 31, 1982 AND SHOULD HAVE ATTAINED AT LEAST GRADE V OR ABOVE IN THE ROYAL SCHOOLS OF MUSIC EXAMINATIONS OR EQUIVALENT IN AT LEAST ONE MUSICAL INSTRUMENT, OR HAVE GOOD KNOWLEDGE IN ONE OR MORE CHINESE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.

♦ORCHESTRAL EXPERIENCE POINTED OUT.

WILL BE AN ADVANTAGE,* THE SPOKESMAN

THOSE AGED BETWEEN 17 AND 26, WITH AN INTEREST IN STANDARD CHORAL REPERTOIRE AND PROFICIENCY IN SIGHT SINGING MAY APPLY TO JOIN THE ISLAND YOUTH CHOIR.

APPLICANTS SHOULD BE LIVING, STUDYING OR WORKING ON HONG KONG ISLAND, HE SAID.

AND THE CHINESE FOLK SINGING CHILDREN’S ENSEMBLE IS OPEN TO CHILDREN AGED BETWEEN EIGHT AND 12 WHO ARE INTERESTED IN CHINESE FOLK REPERTOIRE.

QUALIFIED APPLICANTS WILL BE AUDITIONED AT A LATER DATE.

APPLICATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE HONG KONG MUSIC CENTRE, 9/F., HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE (5-283257)- THE EAST KOWLOON MUSIC CENTRE, 2/F., YAN HAU MANSION, 100 TING FU STREET, NGAU TAU KOK (3-7561328)- OR THE NEW TERRITORIES MUSIC CENTRE, 2/F., CHEUNG YIU BUILDING, 167-173 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN (0-428127).

COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO ANY OF THE ABOVE CENTRES NO LATER THAN JULY 2, 1982.

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CHILDREN’S CHOIR PUBLISHES SONG ALBUM * * * *

THE SAI KUNG CHILDREN’S CHOIR HAS JUST PUBLISHED, WITH FUNDS MAINLY FROM THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD, THE +SA I KUNG SUITE* — A UNIQUE COLLECTION OF FOLK SONGS ON LOCAL CULTURE AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

THE 94-PAGE ALBUM CONSISTS OF 10 CANTONESE SONGS WRITTEN BY LOCAL COMPOSERS, TOGETHER WITH PHOTOGRAPHS AND ILLUSTRATIONS CF THE SONGS.

IT IS AIMED AT INTRODUCING, THROUGH MUSIC, THE MANY PICTURESQUE SCENERY IN SAI KUNG AND THE MULTIFARIOUS RECREATION AND CULTURAL LIFE OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.

A CASSETTE TAPE OF THE 10 NUMBERS — COMPRISING FIVE ♦SONGS OF THE EARTH+ AND FIVE +SONGS OF THE SEA+ — WILL ALSO BE RECORDED BY THE CHOIR IN THE NEAR FUTURE FOR FREE DISTRIBUTION TO SCHOOLS, LIBRARIES AND OTHER BODIES.

AT THE CHOIR’S ANNUAL DINNER TONIGHT, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR IAN MACPHERSON, DESCRIBED THE PUBLICATION AND RECORDING OF THE SUITE AS ♦ANOTHER USEFUL EFFORT BY THE CHOIR IN PROMOTING COMMUNITY SPIRIT AMONG THE LOCAL PEOPLE.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE CHOIR, APART FROM CONCERT PERFORMANCES, HAD ALSO PARTICIPATED ACTIVELY IN COMMUNITY CAMPAIGN PROJECTS SUCH AS THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN AND THE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT SHOW IN PUBLICISING THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME.

THE SAI KUNG CHILDREN’S CHOIR WAS FORMED THREE YEARS AGO WITH THE OBJECTIVES OF EDUCATING AND TRAINING LOCAL CHILDREN WITH MUSICAL TALENT, PROMOTING THEIR INTEREST IN MUSIC, AND PROVIDING THEM WITH A HEALTHY MEANS OF GROUP RECREATION.

THE CHOIR HAD TAKEN PART IN NUMEROUS DISTRICT AND TERRITORY-WIDE PERFORMANCES, INCLUDING THE STAGING OF TWO VERY SUCCESSFUL ANNUAL CONCERTS AND PERFORMING IN RADIO AND TELEVISION PROGRAMMES.

♦SAI KUNG IS PROUD OF WHAT YOU HAVE ACHIEVED AND I AM SURE THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD, THE MUSIC OFFICE AND ALL MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF CHOIR AFFAIRS WILL CONTINUE TO GIVE THEIR WARM SUPPORT TO THE CHOIR.+ MR MACPHERSON ADDED.

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YUEN lONG COOKED FOOD STALLS FOR AUCTION * * * *

FOUR STALLS Ai THE KIK YEUNG ROAD COOKED FOOD MARKET IN YUEN LONG WILL BE PUT UP FOR AUCTION ON TUESDAY (JUNE 8).

THE AUCTION WILL START AT 10 AM AT THE OFFICE OF THE PING SHAN RURAL COMMITTEE AT ON NING ROAD IN YUEN LONG.

THE UPSET MONTHLY RENTAL FOR THE STALLS ARE $1 875 EACH.

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS CAN START BUSINESS ON JULY 1 FOR A CONTRACT PERIOD OF THREE YEARS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID.

ONLY PERSONS AGED 21 OR ABOVE ARE ALLOWED TO TAKE PART IN THE AUCTION AND POTENTIAL BIDDERS ARE REQUESTED TO BRING ALONG THEIR IDENTITY CARDS AND FIVE PHOTOGRAPHS TO THE AUCTION VENUE.

INTERESTED PERSONS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE HAWKERS AND MARKETS SECTION OF THE YUEN LONG URBAN SERVICES OFFICE ON TELEPHONE 0-792261 EXT. 112 FOR FURTHER DETAILS.

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SWIMMING COURSES FOR PRIMARY STUDENTS * * * *

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S PHYSICAL EDUCATION SECTION IS TO ORGANISE A SERIES OF +LEARN-TO-SWIM+ COURSES FOR MORE THAN 12 000 PRIMARY STUDENTS DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS.

THE COURSES WILL BE HELD BETWEEN JULY 19 AND AUGUST 28 IN THE PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS AT CHAI WAN, VICTORIA PARK, ABERDEEN, KWUN TONG, MORRISON HILL, MORSE PARK, TAI WAN SHAN, LEI CHENG UK, KWAI SHING, FANLING AND SHA TIN. THE COURSES AND ADMISSION TO THE POOLS WILL BE FREE.

_____SCHOOLS WISHING TO TAKE PART IN THE SCHEME ARE INVITED TO APPLY TO THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION SECTION AT KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 7/F, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON ON OR BEFORE JUNE 11.

PUPILS NOMINATED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COURSES MUST BE OVER HOUR^^DURA'toN AND MUST AGREE T° ATTEND 12 LESSONS, EACH OF ONE

IF THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS EXCEEDS THE NUMBER OF AVAILABLE PLACES, LOTS WILL BE DRAWN TO SELECT THE SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID.

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HIGHWAYS ENGINEER RETIRING * * * *

MR CHEN SHAO-CHI, CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE HIGHWAYS ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, IS RETIRING AFTER 23 YEARS OF SERVICE WITH THE GOVERNMENT.

OFFICE OF THE MORE THAN

nr T0DAY MARK,NG HIS RETIREMENT, THE ACTING DIRECTOR

OF ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT, MR HAROLD BEATON, PRESENTED HIM WITH A SOUVENIR ON BEHALF OF HIS COLLEAGUES. cocnicu rim w a

RECALLED THAT MR CHEN FIRST JOINED THE THEN PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IN 1958 AS AN APPRENTICE ENGINEER. HE WAS PROMOTED TO ENGINEER IN APRIL 1964, SENIOR ENGINEER IN FEBRUARY 1971 AND HIS PRESENT POST IN JULY 1977.

MR CHEN SERVED MAINLY IN TWO MAJOR AREAS OF CIVIL ENGINEERING. IN THE EARLY PART OF HIS CAREER HE WAS WITH DRAINAGE WORKS, AND IN THE LATTER PART OF HIS SERVICE HE WAS IN THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE.

DURING THE PAST FIVE YEARS, HE PARTICIPATED IN PROJECTS INVOLVING THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT AND WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE NEGOTIATIONS ON THE SUPPLY OF WATER FROM EAST RIVER AND IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE EASTERN FOOTBRIDGE AT LO WU.

EARLY THIS YEAR, MR CHEN WAS A MEMBER OF THE WORKING GROUP WHO LIAISED WITH CHINESE OFFICIALS IN ESTABLISHING ADDITIONAL ROAD LINKS WITH CHINA. HE ALSO TOOK PART IN DISCUSSION WITH CHINESE REPRESENTATIVES REGARDING CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF ROADS AND DRAINS, ROAD SAFETY AND TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT.

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SALT WATER CUT * * * *

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN AREAS IN UPPER LEVEL, CENTRAL AND WESTERN WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR 20 HOURS FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JUNE 8) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY (JUNE 9) FOR WORK ON THE SUPPLY SYSTEM.

AFFECTED AREAS IN UPPER LEVEL ARE ROBINSON ROAD FROM CASTLE ROAD TO GARDEN ROAD, MACDONNELL ROAD, SEYMOUR ROAD, CASTLE ROAD, MOSQUE STREET, MOSQUE JUNCTION, CAINE ROAD, CONDUIT ROAD, KOTEWALL ROAD, LYTTELTON ROAD AND BONHAM ROAD.

IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN, AFFECTED AREAS ARE FROM ICE HOUSE STREET TO HILL ROAD INCLUDING CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST, QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL, QUEEN’S ROAD WEST, HOLLYWOOD ROAD. FIRST STREET, SECOND STREET, THIRD STREET, HIGH STREET, WATER STREET ABERDEEN STREET, PEEL STREET, WYNDHAM STREET, DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL AND DES VOEUX ROAD WEST.

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TWO WAY TRAFFIC IN HEALTHY STREET EAST * * * *

™° wAY TRAFFIC WILL BE INTRODUCED IN HEALTHY STREET EAST BETWEEN KING’S ROAD AND TSAT TSE MUI ROAD IN NORTH POINT FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JUNE 7).

SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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FIRING PRACTICE REMINDER

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FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE HA TSUEN/CASTLE PEAK RANGE FROM WEDNESDAY (JUNE 9) TO FRIDAY (JUNE 11).

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

THE PRACTICE TIMES DATE

WEDNESDAY (JUNE 9)

THURSDAY (JUNE 10)

FRIDAY (JUNE 11)

ARE«

TIME

9 AM - 11 PM

9 AM - 5 PM

9 AM - 4 PM

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URBAN CLEARWAY IN SHEUNG WAN

X X X X

THE WESTERN CARRIAGEWAY OF QUEEN STREET BETWEEN DES VOEUX ROAD WEST AND QUEEN’S ROAD WEST WILL BE DES GNATED AS AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JUNE 7). Ai AN URBAN

VEHICLES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS BETWEEN 7

TO STOP WITHIN THE SECTION AM AND 7 PM EVERY DAY.

THERE WILL BE SIGNS TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, JUNE 6, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

TEXTILES TALKS STILL AT PRELIMINARY STAGE ................... -]

REMINDER ON TYPHOON ARRANGEMENTS ............................ 1

PROGRAMME WELL RECEIVED ..................................... 2

RETAIL SALES IN FEBRUARY, 1982 .............................. 3

FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION FOR FACTORY WORKERS ................... 4

TAI WAI MARKET STALLS FOR AUCTION ........................... 4

CHEUNG CHAU SPORTS GROUND OPENS ON FRIDAY ................... 5

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TEXTILES TALKS STILL AT PRELIMINARY STAGE

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THE HONG KONG/EEC NEGOTIATIONS ARE STILL AT A PRELIMINARY STAGE,+ SAID MR LAWRENCE MILLS, HONG KONG’S COMMISSIONER OF TRADE IN A PRESS STATEMENT FROM BRUSSELS.

WE HAVE COMPLETED A WEEK OF TALKS AND MOST OF THE TIME HAS BEEN TAKEN UP WITH THE PRESENTATION BY THE EEC OF THE ECONOMIC JUSTIFICATION FOR THE CONTINUATION OF RESTRICTIONS ON HONG KONG’S EXPORTS OF TEXTILES TO THE COMMUNITY WHEN THE CURRENT AGREEMENT EXPIRES AT THE END OF THIS YEAR,+ HE SAID.

WE ARE ALSO ENDEAVOURING TO ESTABLISH A COMMON UNDERSTANDING OF THE COMMITMENTS ARISING FROM THE LETTERS WHICH WERE EXCHANGED BETWEEN DR KRENZLER, EEC’S CHIEF TEXTILES NEGOTIATOR AND ME IN GENEVA AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE MFA NEGOTIATIONS IN DECEMBER LAST YEAR.+

HE WENT ON TO SAY THAT IT WAS TOO EARLY TO MAKE AN ASSESSMENT OF THE LIKELY OUTCOME OF THE TALKS NOR WOULD HE COMMENT ON WHETHER THE EEC WAS MAINTAINING THE SEVERE LINE WHICH IT HAD INDICATED IT WOULD NEED TO TAKE WITH HONG KONG. IT IS UNDERSTOOD THAT NONE OF THE MAJOR ISSUES SUCH AS BASE LEVELS, GROWTH RATES AND FLEXIBILITY PROVISIONS, SURGE AND CIRCUMVENTION HAVE YET BEEN ADDRESSED.

MR MILLS DID SAY, HOWEVER, THAT THE ATMOSPHERE OF THE DISCUSSIONS WAS FRIENDLY AND THAT THE PROGRESS WHICH HAD BEEN MADE WAS ABOUT AVERAGE FOR A MAJOR NEGOTIATION OF THIS TYPE.

THE TALKS WILL RESUME ON MONDAY (JUNE 7) AFTER THE HONG KONG DELEGATION HAS EXAMINED IN DETAIL THE ECONOMIC JUSTIFICATION PUT FORWARD BY THE COMMUNITY.

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EMPLOYERS AGREEMENT WITH APPROACH OF OR

REMINDER ON TYPHOON ARRANGEMENTS * * *

ADVISED T0DAY (SUNDAY) TO REACH PRIOR

KgTtmpica^YS.'"6 ‘""‘"^nts ON the

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID TMF acdccmcmt INCLUDE RULES FOR WORK, RELEASE FROM WORK THE METHOD OF CALCULATING WAGES TO BE PAID UNDER VARIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES.

PROrFnt)RP?°TnHc-niHFnLAWiT°^ N0T LAY D0WN ANY PARTICULAR PROCEDURES TO FOLLOW, IT la BASICALLY A MATTER nF nFriQiniu EACH EMPLOYER AND HIS EMPLOYEES, TAKING INTO ACCOUNT ^^p^-OYMEi.T AND THE INDIVIDUAL EMPLOYEE'S PLACE residence. amiability or transport aJd Ither Hctors‘“ •— r\

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Tr~ SPOKESMAN WENT ON TO SAY THAT CONFUSION, OR EVEN DISPU7_:>, COULD ARISE IF THERE WAS A LACK OF PRIOR UNDERSTANDING cET.EE ENPL YERS AND EMPLOYEES AS TO WHAT TO DO DURING A TYPHOON.

HE ADVISED THAT THE IMPORTANT THING TO CONSIDER ON SUCH OCCASIONS WAS THE EMPLOYEES’ SAFETY, BOTH AT THE PLACE OF WORK AND DURING THE JOURNEY TO AND FROM HOME.

♦FOR EXAMPLE, EMPLOYERS SHOULD SEND THEIR EMPLOYEES HOME WHEN TYPHOON SIGNAL NUMBER EIGHT OR HIGHER IS HOISTED, OR WHEN PUBLIC TRANSPORT IS ABOUT TO STOP.

+OF COURSE, EMPLOYEES WHO ARE REQUIRED TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL AND EMERGENCY DUTIES DURING A TYPHOON WOULD BE EXCEPTIONS,* HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID EMPLOYERS COULD ALWAYS APPROACH THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE OF THE DEPARTMENT FOR ADVICE WHEN DRAFTING OR PREPARING AGREEMENTS CONCERNING TYPHOON ARRANGEMENTS

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PROGRAMME WELL RECEIVED

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FAMILY LIFE ACTIVITIES SERVE TO STRENGTHEN THE RELATIONS AMONG FAMILY MEMBERS, THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICER, DR PATRICK HASE, SAID TODAY.

HE ALSO STRESSED THAT A HAPPY FAMILY MUST BE BUILT ON THIS RELATIONSHIP.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF AN EIGHT-DAY ♦HAPPY FAMILY FOR THE ELDERLY+ PROGRAMME AT SUN TIN WAI ESTATE WHICH WAS ORGANISED BY THE ESTATE’S SOCIAL CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY, WITH FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD, AS PART OF A FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION PROJECT.

DR HASE SAID THIS KIND OF SOCIAL PROJECT WAS EXTREMELY HELPFUL TO THE BUILDING OF A COMMUNITY.

♦THE EVENT CREATES AN OPPORTUNITY FOR TENANTS TO KNOW BETTER, NOT ONLY THEIR NEIGHBOURS, BUT ALSO THE ENVIRONMENT THEY LIVE IN. AND THIS IS WHERE THE SENSE OF BELONGING BEGINS.+

HE ADDED THAT SOCIAL SPIRIT AMONG MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WAS VITAL TO THE MAKING OF A PERFECT COMMUNITY.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER WAS PARTICULARLY PLEASED TO LEARN THAT THE PROGRAMME, WHICH FEATURED FILM SHOWS, TALKS AND AN EXHIBIiION, HAD BEEN WELL ATTENDED BY PEOPLE OF ALL AGE.

MO^E THA 3 000 ESTATE RESIDENTS ALSO ATTENDED A FUN-FAIR WHICH FOLLOWED THE CLOSING CEREMONY TODAY.

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RETAIL SALES IN FEBRUARY, 1982 * * *

7HE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (SUNDAY) PUBLISHED THE PROVISIONAL RESULTS OF THE MONTHLY SURVEY OF RETAIL SALES FOR FEBRUARY 1982.

THE VALUE OF RETAIL SALES FOR THE ENTIRE RETAIL SECTOR IN FEBRUARY WAS ESTIMATED TO BE $3 466 MILLION. THE OVERALL RETAIL SALES VALUE INDEX FOR THE MONTH, AT 102, WAS THE SAME AS THAT FOR FEBRUARY 1981, BUT DECLINED BY 32 POINTS OR 24 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH THAT FOR JANUARY 1982.

THE OVERALL RETAIL SALES VOLUME INDEX FOR FEBRUARY 1982 WAS 87, BEING 10 POINTS OR 10 PER CENT LOWER THAN THAT FOR THE SAME MONTH IN 1981 AND 28 POINTS OR 24 PER CENT LOWER THAN THAT FOR JANUARY THIS YEAR.

COMPARED WITH JANUARY 1982, DECREASES IN THE VALUE AND VOLUME OF RETAIL SALES WERE RECORDED FOR ALL MAJOR TRADE GROUPS AND S^ECTED ™A^S,EXCEPT FOR MOTOR VEHICLES WHERE THERE WAS A SLIGHT ■l^REASE OF I^EE PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS 0R 0NE PER CENT IN VOLUME ™E RETA,l SALES VOLUME INDEX FOR DEPARTMENT STORES

RECORDED THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DECLINE (DOWN BY 65 POINTS OR 45 PER CENT) FOLLOWED BY CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS (BY 63 POINTS OR 44 PER CENT) AND SUPERMARKETS (BY 65 POINTS OR 41 PER CE NT) •

COMPARED WITH FEBRUARY 1981, A GROWTH IN THE VOLUME OF RETAIL SALES WAS REGISTERED FOR FUELS AND CONSUMER DURABLES WITH THEIR RESPECTIVE RETAIL SALES VOLUME INDEXES UP BY 16 POINTS OR 18 PER CENT, AND TWO POINTS OR TWO PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. THE RETAIL SALES VOLUME INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO STOOD AT 75 AND THAT FOR CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS STOOD AT 81, EACH BEING 25 PER CENT LESS THAN THAT IN FEBRUARY 1981. THE RETAIL SALES VOLUME INDEX FOR SUPERMARKETS ALSO RECORDED A SIGNIFICANT DECLINE (DOWN BY 23 POINTS OR 20 PER CENT).

THE FALL IN RETAIL SALES IN FEBRUARY 1982 WAS DUE TO THE OCCURRENCE OF THE CHINESE NEW YEAR IN LATE JANUARY, AS PEOPLE TENDED TO BUY LESS AFTER A MAJOR FESTIVAL.

tuc 1 AND 2 (WH,CH ARE SENT SEPARATELY BY FACSIMILE) AND

maE.aoE™ ^SALES VALUE and VOLUME INDEXES BY SELECTED TRADES AND MAJOR TRADE GROUPS IN FEBRUARY 1982, WITH THE AVERAGE MONTHLY RE^,E SALES IN 1980 AS 100. A COMPARISON OF THE FEBRUARY RESULTS 1981 SH0:tL-c°%S/RECED,NG M0NTH AND THE CORRESPONDING MONTH IN •i/Oi io ALOU onUWN.

_ A REPORT DESCRIBING THE BACKGROUND, METHODOLOGY AND RESUI T<; OF THE SURVEY IN 1981 AND JANUARY 1982 HAS ALSO BEEN PUBLISHED

SUNDAY, JUNE 6, 1982

FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION FOR FACTORY WORKERS

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FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION IS OF PARTICULAR RELEVANCE TO HONG KONG NOWADAYS BECAUSE OF THE RISING CONCERN FOR FAMILY DISORGANISATION, ACCORDING TO THE KWAI CHUNG TOWN OFFICER (NORTH), MR LAM YIU-TONG.

HE SAID MOST HONG KONG PEOPLE TENDED TO BE +WORKAHOLICS,+ SOMETIMES AT THE EXPENSE OF HEALTHY FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS.

MR LAM WAS OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF A FAMILY DAY CARNIVAL AT THE CNEC CHRISTIAN COLLEGE IN KWAI CHUNG WHICH WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD’S INDUSTRIAL SUB-COMMITTEE, THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION (ILO), THE CHINESE MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION AND THE ELECTRONIC DEVICES LIMITED TO PROMOTE FAMILY LIFE FOR FACTORY WORKERS.

THE CARNIVAL, FORMING PART OF A UNITED NATIONS-FUNDED PROGRAMME ON +POPULATION AND FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION*, FEATURED FIVE HOURS OF VARIETY PERFORMANCES, GAMES STALLS, FILM SHOWS, TELE-MATCH, EXHIBITION AND A LUCKY DRAW.

♦PERHAPS IT IS HIGH TIME WE CONSIDERED IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF OUR FAMILY LIFE THROUGH THE VARIOUS WAYS WE LEARNED TODAY,* MR LAM SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT TSUEN WAN WAS HIGHLY INDUSTRIALISED WITH 55 PER CENT OF THE WORKING POPULATION IN THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY AND A HIGH +LABOUR FORCE PARTICIPATION RATE* OF 69 PER CENT.

♦WE ARE PROUD OF THESE ACHIEVEMENTS AND BECAUSE WE HAVE A LARGE POPULATION WORKING IN INDUSTRIES, WE ARE ESPECIALLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE PROSPERITY OF THE INDUSTRIAL ENTERPRISES AND THE WELL-BEING OF THOSE WORKING IN THEM.*

HE HOPED THAT SIMILAR FUNCTIONS FOR WORKERS WOULD BE HELD MORE FREQUENTLY, WITH MORE INDUSTRIALISTS PARTICIPATING IN THE FUTURE.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE CARNIVAL OPENING WERE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE CMA, ILO, FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION, LABOUR AND SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENTS AND DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS.

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TAI WAI MARKET STALLS FOR AUCTION # K *

THIRTEEN STALLS AT THE TAI WAI TEMPORARY MARKET IN SHA TIN WILL BE PUT UP FOR PUBLIC AUCTION ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE 9).

THE AUCTION WILL START AT 10 AM AT THE LEK YUEN COMMUNITY HALL IN LEK YUEN ESTATE, SHA TIN.

THE UPSET MONTHLY RENTAL FOR THE STALLS - NINE FOR SELLING WET GOODS AND FOUS FOR SELLING DRY GOODS - IS* $500 EACH.

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SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS CAN START BUSINESS ON JULY 1 FOR A CONTRACT PER ion of THREE YEARS AND THEY ARE REQUIRED TO PAY THE_"RENT ON QUARTERLY BASIS.

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.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS, PLEASE CONTACT THE HAWKERS AND MARKETS SECTION OF THE SHA TIN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE ON TELEPHONE >623467.

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CHEUNG CHAU SPORTS GROUND OPENS ON FRIDAY * * * *

FOR THE FIRST TIME , YOUNG PEOPLE ON ISLAND CHEUNG CHAU WILL HAVE THEIR OWN SPORTING AND ATHLETIC FACILITIES FOR MINI-SOCCER MATCHES, AND TRACK AND FIELD EVENTS.

THE CHEUNG CHAU SPORTS GROUND, MANAGED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED TO THE ISLANDERS ON FRIDAY (JUNE 11).

THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR JIMMY SWEETMAN, WILL OFFICIATE AT A CEREMONY TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE NEWLY-BUILT RECREATION FACILITIES.

THE SPORTS GROUND, BUILT AT A COST OF ABOUT $4.5 MILLION, ON A 1.2-HECTARE SITE AT THE PEAK OF THE ISLAND, CONSISTS OF A MINI-SOCCER PITCH, A 5-LANE 250 METRE ALL-WEATHER RUNNING TRACK, A SHOT PUT BASE, TWO RUNWAYS AND SAND PITS FOR LONG JUMP, TRIPLE JUMP AND POLE VAULT.

A CONCRETE SPECTATOR STAND, ONE HARD-SURFACED PITCH FOR BASKETBALL OR VOLLEY BALL, AND A CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND WITH A SEESAW, SLIDE AND MERRY-gO-ROUND ARE ALSO PROVIDED.

OTHER FACILITIES INCLUDE FIRST AID ROOM. PUBLIC TOILETS AND CHANGING ROOMS WITH LOCKERS FACILITIES ARE PROVIDED.

OFFICE, STORE-ROOM . FLOOD-LIGHTING

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RSS GROOMS UP AN ARTIST

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A YOUNG KAT WHOSE CHILDHOOD AMBITION WAS TO BECOME A PROFESSIONAL DANCER HAS HAD HIS DREAM COME TRUE - THANKS TO THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT.

THE DEPARTMENT, THROUGH ITS OPERATIONAL WING, THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE (RSS), HELPED CATAPULT THE YOUTH TO SUCCESS AFTER SEVERAL YEARS OF TRAINING.

TODAY, AT 25, PLATO LAW IS ENJOYING HIS CAREER AS A DANCER, A FASHION MODEL AS WELL AS A TEACHER OF MODERN DANCE WITH THE RSS.

AFTER LEAVING SCHOOL AND A COUPLE OF YEARS AS AN APPRENTICE IN A FACTORY, PLATO LAW REALISED THAT THE CAREER HE WAS PURSUING WAS NOT TO HIS LIKING. HE WANTED TO DANCE.

HE JOINED A DANCING COURSE ORGANISED BY THE RSS IN 1978. FOLLOWING FOUR YEARS OF PRACTICE AND TRAINING, PLATO HAS NOW BECOME A CERTIFIED TEACHER IN MODERN DANCE.

UNDETERRED BY HARSH EXERCISES, PLATO JOINED AS MANY COURSES AS POSSIBLE. THESE INCLUDE MODERN DANCE, JAZZ, TAP DANCE AND BALLET.

HE GAVE UP HIS JOB IN AN ALUMINIUM FACTORY AND TOOK UP THREE TRAINING COURSES EACH DAY. LATER, HE SIGNED A TWO-YEAR CONTRACT WITH A LOCAL TELEVISION STATION.

DRIVEN BY A DESIRE TO SEEK WIDER KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE, HE RESIGNED FROM THE T.V, STATION AND WENT TO LONDON WHERE HE UNDERTOOK SEVERAL DANCING COURSES LASTING UP TO SIX MONTHS.

ALREADY AN ESTABLISHED PROFESSIONAL DANCER, PLATO DOES NOT FORGET HIS DAYS WITH THE RSS.

+1 HAVE BEEN THE PART-TIME TRAINER OF ROCK JAZZ IN THE RSS FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS AND I HAVE NO INTENTION OF STOPPING. THIS IS NOT MEANT TO BE A TOKEN OF GRATITUDE, BUT IN FACT, A DEEP SENSE OF ATTACHMENT TO IT,+ HE SAID.

+THE TRAINING COURSES IT OFFERS ARE VALUABLE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE DANCING SCENE OF HONG KONG. IT DOES NOT ONLY PROVIDE THE PERFORMERS BUT ALSO TRAINS UP THE NECESSARY AUDIENCE WHO KNOW HOW TO APPRECIATE DANCE, WHO CAN COMPREHEND THE FEELINGS OF THE DANCERS IN MOVEMENTS.

♦THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT AS FAR AS PROMOTING DANCE IS CONCERNED,+ HE ADDED.

WHEN ASKED WHETHER HE WAS SATISFIED WITH HIS PRESENT CAREER, PLATO SAID HE STILL HAD A LONG WAY TO GO AS HIS ULTIMATE GOAL WAS TO BECOME A CHOREOGRAPHER.

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CONTENTS PAGE NO.

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

NEED TO DISPLAY CORRECT BUILDING NUMBERS STRESSED............ 4

BIG STEP TAKEN IN LANGUAGE IMPROVEMENT PLAN ................. 5

PARKING METERS IN WESTERN DISTRICT .......................... 6

WATER FIGURES ............................................... 7

FREE SERVICE FOR PROSPECTIVE BUYERS OF SECOND-HAND CARS...... 7

CARGO SHIP PIER AND HANDLING AREA IN KENNEDY TOWN............ 8

EXHIBITION ATTRACTS 20 000 VISITORS ......................... 8

NEW POST OFFICE FOR SHA TIN ................................. 9

MONDAY, JUNE 7, 1982

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

MONEY SUPPLY AND FINANCIAL STATISTICS FOR APRIL 1982, PUBLISHED TODAY (MONDAY) SHOW THAT THE GROWTH PATTERN OF THE MONETARY AGGREGATES WAS STILL AFFECTED BY THE SPECIAL FACTORS NENTIONED IN MARCH, NAMELY THE REMOVAL OF WITHHOLDING TAX ON INTEREST ON FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS, THE EXEMPTION OF LARGE SHORT-TERM DEPOSITS WITH BANKS FROM THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS’ INTEREST RATE RULES AND ADJUSTMENTS BY REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES TO RUN DOWN THEIR SHORT-TERM DEPOSIT BASE.

IN CONSEQUENCE, TOTAL MONEY SUPPLY ON THE BROADER DEFINITIONS (M2 AND M3) CONTINUED TO GROW FASTER THAN ITS HONG KONG DOLLAR COMPONENT, AND THERE WAS A CONTINUING SHIFT FROM DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES TO BANKS IN THE SECTORAL DISTRIBUTION OF DEPOSITS, CAUSING M3 TO GROW BY LESS THAN M2.

THE ATTACHED MONETARY TABLE SETS OUT THE DETAILED FIGURES FOR APRIL 1982, AND FOR EARLIER MONTHS, FROM THE STATISTICS COLLECTED UNDER THE MONETARY STATISTICS ORDINANCE.

HONG KONG DOLLAR MONEY SUPPLY

THE HK$ MONEY SUPPLY, ON THE NARROWEST DEFINITION, Ml, ROSE BY 3 PER CENT IN APRIL, AFTER FALLING BY 1.1 PER CENT IN MARCH, WITH THE RISE LARGELY REFLECTING A RISE IN DEMAND DEPOSITS WITH BANKS. HK$ M2 GREW BY 2.4 PER CENT IN APRIL, AFTER INCREASING BY 3.8 PER CENT IN MARCH. HK$ M3 ROSE BY 0.3 PER CENT, FOLLOWING A FALL OF 1 PER CENT IN THE PREVIOUS MONTH.

IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS HKS Ml HAS FALLEN BY 6.7 PER CENT, HK$ M2 HAS INCREASED BY 4 PER CENT, AND HKS M3 HAS FALLEN BY 1.9 PER CENT. OVER A TWELVE-MONTH PERIOD THE CORRESPONDING FIGURES ARE INCREASES OF, RESPECTIVELY, 6.8 PER CENT, 15.8 PER CENT AND 12.8 PER CENT.

TOTAL (ALL CURRENCIES) MONEY SUPPLY

TOTAL Ml ROSE BY 2.4 PER CENT IN APRIL AFTER A FALL OF 1.1 PER CENT IN MARCH. TOTAL M2 GREW BY 8.2 PER CENT COMPARED WITH AN INCREASE OF 11.2 PER CENT IN MARCH, AND TOTAL M3 BY 5.2 PER CENT AS AGAINST AN INCREASE OF 4.6 PER CENT.

IN THE THREE MONTHS TO THE END OF APRIL, Ml FELL BY 6.8 PER CENT WHILE M2 AND M3, GREW BY, RESPECTIVELY, 19.7 PER CENT AND 10.1 PER CENT. OVER A TWELVE-MONTH PERIOD THESE THREE AGGREGATES ROSE BY 9.4 PER CENT, 41.8 PER CENT, AND 33.4 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

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LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG

LOANS BY BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES FOR USE IN HONG KONG ROSE IN APRIL BY 3.4 PER CENT, AGAINST AN INCREASE OF 3.1 PER CENT IN MARCH. IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS TOTAL LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG EXPANDED BY 10.4 PER CENT, AND OVER THE PAST TWELVE MONTHS BY 47.3 PER CENT.

LOANS BY BANKS FOR USE IN HONG KONG GREW IN APRIL BY 3.5 PER CENT, AND THOSE BY DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES BY 3.2 PER CENT, FOLLOWING INCREASES OF 4.1 PER CENT AND 0.4 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN THE PREVIOUS MONTH.

FOREIGN CURRENCY ASSETS AND LIABILITIES

THERE WAS AN INCREASE IN APRIL OF $8.5BN., TO $425.4BN., IN THE SPOT FOREIGN CURRENCY LIABILITIES OF THE MONETARY SECTOR : THIS WAS A CONSIDERABLY SMALLER INCREASE THAN THAT OF $25.3BN RECORDED IN MARCH, WHEN THE EXEMPTION OF FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS FROM INTEREST WITHHOLDING TAX, WHICH CAME INTO FORCE FROM FEBRUARY 25, APPEARS TO HAVE HAD ITS MAIN IMPACT. THE SECTOR’S SPOT FOREIGN CURRENCY ASSETS ALSO ROSE IN APRIL, BY S4.2BN. TO $421.8BN. THUS, THE SECTOR AS A WHOLE HAD NET FOREIGN CURRENCY LIABILITIES AT THE END OF APRIL OF $3.5BNi WITHIN THIS, BANKS HAD NET ASSETS OF $2.4BN., WHILE DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES HAD NET LIABILITIES OF I5.9BN.

BALANCE SHEET RATIOS

THE AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO (AS DEFINED IN S. 18 OF THE BANKING ORDINANCE) FOR ALL BANKS IN HONG KONG FELL IN APRIL TO 48.5 PER CENT FROM 51.1 PER CENT IN MARCH. THE RATIO OF THEIR LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG TO THEIR DEPOSITS FELL TO 90.9 PER CENT AT THE END OF APRIL FROM 95.6 PER CENT AT THE END OF MARCH, REFLECTING THE RAPID EXPANSION IN DEPOSITS WITH BANKS DURING THE MONTH.

THE AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO (AS DEFINED IN S. 24A OF THE DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ORDINANCE) FOR ALL DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ROSE SLIGHTLY TO 49.4 PER CENT IN APRIL FROM 49.3 PER CENT IN MARCH. THE RATIO OF THEIR LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG TO THEIR DEPOSITS ROSE TO 80.7 PER CENT AT THE END OF APRIL FROM 76.1 PER CENT AT THE END OF MARCH, AS DEPOSITS WITH DEPOSITTAKING COMPANIES CONTINUED TO FALL.

NUMBER OF REPORTING INSTITUTIONS

THE NUMBER OF REPORTING BANKS IN APRIL REMAINED AT 122. THE NUMBER OF LICENSED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES INCREASED BY 2 TO 7 AND THE NUMBER OF REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES BY 2 TO 351.

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Money Supply Aprilt 1982 Figures for Earlier Lbnths HKS Mn

(% change) March, 1982 January, 1’»82 April, 1981

Ml - Total 25,563 HK$ 24,058 24,968 (+2.4%) 23,348 (+3-0%) 27,426 (-6.8%) 23,368 (+9.4%) 25,785 (-6.7%) 22,529 (+6.8%)

M2 - Total 144,103 HK$ 103,004 133,143 (+8.2%) 100,546 (+2.4%) 120,432 (+19.7%) 101,611 (+41.8%) 99,012 (+4.o%) 88,986 (+15.8%)

M3 - Total 199,156 189,354 (+5-2%) 180,837 (+1(.1%) 149,289 (+33.4%)

145,676 Batiks1 Balance Sheets 145,245 (,0.3%) 148,493 (-1.9%) 129,121 (+12.8%)

Deposits 130,419 119,688 (+9.0%) 105,906 (+23.1%) 91,445 (+42.6%)

Negotiable certificates of deposit 7>231 outs tar id i ng 6,733 (+7.4%) 4,801 (+50.6%) 2,713 (+166.5%)

Loans and advances :

For use in Hong Kong 118,500 114,463 (+3-5%) 105,935 (+11.9%) 81,971 (+44.6%)

For use outside Hong Kong 32,416 Domestic loan/Deposit Ratio 90.9% Average Liquidity Ratio 48.5% 32,834 (-1.3%) 95-6% 51.1% 32,749 (-1.0%) 30,818 (+5.2%) 100.0% 89.6% 54.2% 47.6%

Depusi t-taking Companies* Balance Sheets

Deposits 54,329 55,843 (-2.7%) 59,532 (-8.7%) 47,329 (+14.8%)

Negotiable certificates of deposit 1,088 outs tanding 651 (+67.1%) 1,432 (-24.0%) 663 (+64.1%)

Loans and advances :

For use in Hong Kong 43,844 42,504 (+3.2%) 41,062 (+6.8%) 28,205 (+55.4%)

For use outside Hung Kong 46,456 Domestic 3-an/Deposit Ratio 80.7% Ave;aj Q Liquidity Ratio 46,543 (-0.2%) 76.1% 49.3% 45,767 (+1.5%) 34,513 (+34.6%) 69.0% 59.6% 46.5% 45.6%

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NEED TO DISPLAY CORRECT BUILDING NUMBERS STRESSED *****

FAILURE TO DISPLAY CORRECT BUILDING NUMBERS WILL NOT ONLY

CAUSE INCONVENIENCE AND CONFUSION IN DAILY LIFE BUT MAY LEAD TO MORE SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES IN CASE OF EMERGENCIES. A SPOKESMAN FOR THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

THE USE OF INCORRECT NUMBERS AND THE REMOVAL OR DEFACING OF CORRECT ONES MAY AFFECT THE EFFICIENCY OF MAIL DELIVERIES AND THE PROVISION OF PUBLIC UTILITY SERVICES SUCH AS GAS OR ELECTRICITY. wORSE STILL, IT COULD CAUSE UNNECESSARY DELAYS IN THE ARRIVAL OF cIRE-ENGINES OR AMBULANCES, HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT CORRECT BUILDING NUMBERS ARE THOSE THAT ARE ALLOCATED TO BUILDINGS EITHER BY THE COMMISSIONER OF RATING AND VALUATION OR BY THE DIRECTOR OF LANDS, DEPENDING ON THE LOCATION OF THE BUILDING.

THE SIZE AND STYLE OF THE NUMBERS DEPEND ON THE NATURE OF THE BUILDING, BUT THEY SHOULD BE AT LEAST 50 MM HIGH AND THE COLOUR MUST STAND OUT FROM THE BACKGROUND.

BUILDING NUMBERS SHOULD BE DISPLAYED IN PROMINENT PLACES EITHER ON THE SIDE OF OR ABOVE THE ENTRANCE, PREFERABLY WITH THE NAME OF THE STREET IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE, FAILURE TO DISPLAY A BUILDING NUMBER IS AN OFFENCE PUNISHABLE BY FINES OR IMPRISONMENT.

IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE OWNER OF THE BUILDING TO MAKE SURE THAT PROPER NUMBERS ARE DISPLAYED, HE SAID.

HE WARNED THAT SPOT-CHECKS WILL BE MADE LATER THIS YEAR TO SEE WHETHER PROPER BUILDING NUMBERS ARE PUT UP. BUILDING OR FLAT OWNERS WHO HAVE NOT DONE SO MAY BE PROSECUTED.

A LEAFLET EXPLAINING THE IMPORTANCE OF DISPLAYING PROPER BUILDING NUMBERS WILL SOON BE ISSUED TO ALL RATEPAYERS OF GROUND FLOOR SHOPS. FURTHER INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED BY TELEPHONING 5-7057666 FOR PROPERTIES IN URBAN AREAS, OR CONTACTING THE RELEVANT DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE FOR BUILDINGS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

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BIG STEP TAKEN IN LANGUAGE IMPROVEMENT PLAN

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THE GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO IMPROVE THE STANDARD OF ENGLISH AND CHINESE IN SCHOOLS AND THE COMMUNITY TOOK A MAJOR STEP FORWARD LAST WEEK WHEN THE LEASE FOR THE PREMISES ON THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S NEU INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION ( ILE) WAS SIGNED.

SITUATED IN THE PARK-IN COMMERCIAL BUILDING IN MONG KOK, THE INSTITUTE IS PART OF THE S32O-MILLION LANGUAGE PACKAGE ANNOUNCED BY THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR COLVYN HAYE, IN JUNE LAST YEAR.

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, THE GOVERNMENT IS EXPECTED TO SPEND $120 MILLION ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE INSTITUTE AS A +CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE* ON ALL MATTERS RELATING TO LANGUAGE TEACHING IN SCHOOLS.

SINCE THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE LANGUAGE IMPROVEMENT PACKAGE 12 MONTHS AGO, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAS GENERATED A LOT OF EFFORTS IN IMPLEMENTING THE VARIOUS PROPOSALS CONTAINED IN THE PACKAGE, INCLUDING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ILE.

THE MAN BEHIND THE SCENE CO-ORDINATING ALL THESE EFFORTS IS MR ANDREW FOK, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION CHARGED WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY OF IMPLEMENTING THE LANGUAGE IMPROVEMENT PROPOSALS.

MR FOK DISCLOSED TODAY THAT THE ILE WILL PROVIDE ITS FIRST 16-WEEK INTENSIVE REFRESHER COURSE IN SEPTEMBER FOR A TOTAL OF 100 NON-GRADUATE TEACHERS OF ENGLISH OR CHINESE FROM PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR.

A SIMILAR COURSE FOR ANOTHER 100 LANGUAGE TEACHERS FROM PRIMARY SCHOOLS WILL BE STARTED IN FEBRUARY NEXT YEAR.

THE INSTITUTE, WHICH AIMS TO RAISE SUBSTANTIALLY THE PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS OF THE TEACHING OF ENGLISH AND CHINESE IN SCHOOLS, EXPECTS TO RETRAIN 3 000 LANGUAGE TEACHERS, MOST OF THEM IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS, DURING ITS FIRST FIVE YEARS OF OPERATION.

EVENTUALLY, ALL LANGUAGE TEACHERS IN PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO IMPROVE THEIR LANGUAGE CAPABILITY AND DEVELOP THEIR TEACHING SKILLS IN THE INSTITUTE, WHICH WILL OPERATE AT FULL STRENGTH IN FIVE YEARS’ TIME, MR FOK SAID.

THE ILE ALSO PLANS TO PROVIDE LANGUAGE COURSES FOR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY TEACHERS OF OTHER SUBJECTS BECAUSE OF THE KEY ROLE CF LANGUAGE AS A TOOL OF COMMUNICATION IN EDUCATION.

ILE HAS

MR FOK SAID THAT RESPONSE TO THE SETTING UP OF THE BEEN MOST ENCOURAGING, AND MORE THAN 1 700 PR 1 MARY SCHOOL , LANGUAGE TEACHERS HAD APPLIED TO TAKE PART IN THE INSTITUTE S

FIRST COURSE.

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HE GAVE AN ASSURANCE THAT ALTHOUGH ONLY 2OO OF THEM CAN ATTEND THE REFRESHER COURSES IN 82/83, THE TEACHERS WHO HAVE NOT BEEN SELECTED WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO STUDY IN THE INSTITUTE AT A LATER DATE.

TO ENSURE THAT TEACHERS CAN BE RELEASED BY THEIR SCHOOLS TO ATTEND THE ILE COURSES, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL PROVIDE SUBVENTIONS TO THE SCHOOLS CONCERNED TO EMPLOY FULL-TIME REPLACEMENT TEACHERS, WHOSE SERVICE WILL BE GIVEN DUE RECOGNITION.

TO ACHIEVE ITS ENVISAGED ROLE AS A +CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE* ON ALL MATTERS RELATING TO LANGUAGE TEACHING IN THE SCHOOLS, MR FOK SAID, THE ILE WILL BE ADEQUATELY STAFFED BY PROFESSIONALS OF HIGH CALIBRE WITH RELEVANT EXPERIENCE.

AS A START WITH, 10 EXPERTS IN LANGUAGE TEACHING ARE BEING RECRUITED FOR THE INSTITUTE, WHICH WILL BE HEADED BY AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION. SOME OF THE STAFF HAVE ALREADY BEEN APPOINTED, AND ARE BUSY PREPARING THE ILE CURRICULUM AND PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES.

WHEN OPERATING AT FULL STRENGTH IN FIVE YEARS’ TIME, ABOUT 50 PROFESSIONAL STAFF MEMBERS AND 20 SUPPORTING STAFF WILL BE REQUIRED BY THE INSTITUTE.

DURING THE COURSE, THE 100 TEACHERS OF LANGUAGE (50 ENGLISH AND 50 CHINESE) WILL UNDERGO INTENSIVE TRAINING TO IMPROVE THEIR CWN LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY AND TEACHING METHODOLOGY AND MATERIALS.

FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS, THE COURSE WILL COVER THE NATURE OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, A PEDAGOGICAL GRAMMAR OF ENGLISH, DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ENGLISH AND CHINESE, PRINCIPLES OF LANGUAGE COURSE DESIGN, APPROACHES TO LANGUAGE TEACHING, LESSON PLANNING, THE USE OF TEACHING AIDS AND OTHER AREAS RELATING TO THE TEACHING OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE TO PUPILS IN HONG KONG.

AS FOR TEACHERS OF CHINESE, THE COURSE WILL INCLUDE THE UPDATING OF CONCEPTS IN CHINESE LANGUAGE TEACHING, IMPROVEMENT IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF AND PROFICIENCY IN THE CHINESE LANGUAGE, IMPROVEMENT OF TEACHING STRATEGIES AND TECHNIQUES, AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE IN PUTONGHUA.

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PARKING METERS IN WESTERN DISTRICT * * * *

PARKING METERS WILL BE INSTALLED IN HILL ROAD AND SMITHFIELD IN WESTERN DISTRICT FROM 8 AM TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

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WATER FIGURES * * *

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 54.1 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 312.287 MILLION CUBIC METRES, EQUIVALENT TO 221 DAYS’ CONSUMPTION.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 230.304 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 39.9 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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FREE SERVICE FOR PROSPECTIVE BUYERS OF SECOND-HAND CARS * * * * *

FOLLOWING A NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS RECENTLY, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAS AGAIN URGED PEOPLE INTENDING TO BUY SECOND-HAND CARS TO ENSURE BEFOREHAND THAT ALL OUTSTANDING FIXED PENALTIES OR COURT ORDERS HAVE BEEN SETTLED. \

♦ THIS CAN EASILY BE DONE BY CHECKING WITH OUR LICENSING OFFICES WHICH WILL ISSUE CERTIFICATES TO INDICATE WHETHER OR NOT THE VEHICLE HAS ANY IMPENDING LIABILITIES,* THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (LICENSING), MR COLLIN PRISTON, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

THESE CERTIFICATES ARE ISSUED FREE ON APPLICATION, HE ADDED. MR PRISTON WARNED THAT APART FROM OUTSTANDING FIXED PENALTIES, A PROSPECTIVE BUYER COULD LAND UP PURCHASING A CAR THAT MAY SOON BE IMPOUNDED.

HE POINTED OUT THAT UNDER A SECTION OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE, A DRIVER CONVICTED OF USING A VEHICLE FOR THE CARRIAGE OF PASSENGERS FOR HIRE OR REWARD, OR SOLICITING FOR HIRE IS LIABLE TO HAVE HIS, OR THE REGISTERED OWNER’S, CAR IMPOUNDED.

IMPOUNDING IS THREE MONTHS FOR THE FIRST OFFENCE AND SIX MONTHS FOR ANY SUBSEQUENT OFFENCE IN RESPECT OF THE SAME VEHICLE.

+PROSPECTIVE PURCHASERS ARE THEREFORE ADVISED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR FREE SERVICE BEFORE COMMITTING THEMSELVES TO BUYING A VEHICLE, SINCE THEY MAY FIND THEMSELVES LIABLE TO SETTLE OUTSTANDING COURT ORDERS OR EVEN TO HAVING THE VEHICLES IMPOUNDED IF THEY HAVE ALREADY COMPLETED THE TRANSACTION,* MR PRISTON SAID.

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CARGO SHIP PIER AND HANDLING AREA IN KENNEDY TOWN

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THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO GRANT A LEASE OF AN AREA OF ABOUT 13 100 SQUARE METRES OF SEABED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PIER IN THE VICINITY OF THE KENNEDY TOWN BUS TERMINUS NEAR VICTORIA ROAD, KENNEDY TOWN.

THIS IS IN CONNECTION WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW CARGO SHIP PIER AND CARGO HANDLING AREA IN THE DISTRICT.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREA INVOLVED WAS DESCRIBED IN A NOTICE IN LAST WEEK'S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

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

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

THE PLAN SHOWING THE AREA INVOLVED MAY BE SEEN AT THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING, 5TH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD OR THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL AND WESTERN, 2O5A DES VOEUX ROAD WEST, HONG KONG.

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EXHIBITION ATTRACTS 20 000 VISITORS * * * *

MORE THAN 20 000 VISITORS, MOST OF THEM CHILDREN, SAW THE RECENT SIX-DAY 'CLEAN HONG KONG VISUAL PRESENTATION’ AT THE CITY HALL EXHIBITION HALL.

THE BIGGEST ATTRACTION AT THE EXHIBITION WAS THE DISPLAY PHOTOS FROM THE CLEAN HONG KONG PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION, WHICH WERE SEEN BY THE PUBLIC FOR THE FIRST TIME.

BUT DRAWINGS FROM THE CLEAN HONG KONG CARTOON COMPETITION AS WELL AS PHOTOGRAPHIC RECORDS OF CAMPAIGN CLEAN-UPS WERE ALSO ON SHOW.

SOME OF THE VISITORS WERE TREATED TO TALKS AND DEMONSTRATIONS ON PHOTOGRAPHY AND BONSAI CULTIVATION.

THE PRESENTATION CLOSED TODAY (MONDAY) BUT THOSE WHO MISSED IT STILL HAVE A CHANCE TO SEE PORTIONS OF IT AT ANOTHER SHOWING LATER THIS MONTH AT WORLD-WIDE PLAZA.

AND ORGANISERS OF THE EXHIBITION ARE CONSIDERING MOVING IT LATER TO TSUEN WAN AND KOWLOON.

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NEW POST OFFICE FOR SHA TIN

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A NEW POST OFFICE LOCATED ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF THE COMMERCIAL COMPLEX, SHA KOK ESTATE, SHA TIN, NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE OPENED TO THE PUBLIC AT NOON ON THURSDAY (JUNE 10), THE POSTMASTER GENERAL ANNOUNCED TODAY (MONDAY).

EARLIER, AT 11 AM MR WAI HON-LEUNG, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SHA TIN RURAL COMMITTEE WILL PERFORM A BRIEF OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY, TOGETHER WITH THE ACTING POSTMASTER GENERAL, MR T.H. BARMA, AND THE DISTRICT OFFICER, SHA TIN, DR P.H. HASE.

THIS WILL BRING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF POST OFFICES IN HONG KONG TO 85.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE NEW POST OFFICE AT THE SHA KOK ESTATE COMMERCIAL COMPLEX, SHA TIN ON THURSDAY, JUNE 10 AT 11 AM.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NEW STAMP ISSUE DUE ON AUGUST 30............................. 1

BUS SAFETY - TD SAYS IT WITH POSTERS ........................ 2

POSITIVE THINKING - WAY TO STABLE SOCIETY ................... 3

CLOSE WATCH ON POOLS AND DITCHES ............................

BUILDING WORK IN APRIL ...................................... 4

CHILDREN'S CHOIR SEEKING 'SEN I-VOLUNTEER' TUTORS ........... 5

TEMPORARY ROUTE CLOSURE ..................................... 5

RE-ROUTINGS IN SAN PO KONG................................... 6

PARTIAL CLOSURE OF FORTRESS HILL ROAD ....................... 6

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF TAXI STAND IN KWAI HING

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NEW STAMP ISSUE DUE ON AUGUST 30 * * *

A NEW SEi OF 16 DEFINITIVE STAMPS WILL BE ISSUED ON AUGUST 30 (MONDAY) TO REPLACE THE PRESENT SERIES INTRODUCED IN JUNE, 1973. THE POSTMASTER GENERAL ANNOUNCED TODAY.

DESIGNED BY MR ARTHUR HACKER, WHO HEADS THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES’ CREATIVE SUB-DIVISION, THE NEW SET OF STAMPS FEATURES THE HEAD OF THE QUEEN TAKEN FROM A PHOTOGRAPH OF A BAS-RELIEF BY ARNOLD MACHIN WITH AN ARTISTIC REPRESENTATION CF THE ROYAL LION AND A CHINESE DRAGON RAMPANT AS SUPPORTERS ON EITHER SIDE, SYMBOLISING THE BRITISH AND CHINESE ASPECTS OF HONG KONG.

THE QUEEN’S HEAD HAS BEEN EMBOSSED ON THE HIGH DENOMINATIONS CF $5, $10, $20 AND $50.

THE OTHER 12 STAMPS ARE OF LOWER VALUE, RANGING FROM TEN CENTS TO $2 AND WILL COST A TOTAL OF $8.80. A COMPLETE SET OF 16 STAMPS WILL COST $93.80.

+AN ATTRACTIVE OFFICIAL FIRST DAY COVER WILL BE AVAILABLE AND A GREAT DEAL OF INTEREST IS EXPECTED IN THE ISSUE, BEARING IN MIND THE CONSIDERABLE APPRECIATION IN VALUE OF EARLIER DEFINITIVE ISSUES,* THE POSTMASTER GENERAL SAID.

THE EXISTING DEFINITIVE STAMP ISSUE WILL BE TAKEN OFF SALE ON AUGUST 28 (SATURDAY).

AS MANY COLLECTORS ARE EXPECTED TO MAKE USE OF THEIR LAST CHANCE TO BUY THE CURRENT DEFINITIVE SERIES, SPECIAL POSTING BOXES WILL BE PROVIDED AT CERTAIN POST OFFICES ON AUGUST 28 FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO OBTAIN A +LAST DAY+ CANCELLATION MARK.

THESE ITEMS WILL BE HELD OVER UNTIL THE NEXT DAY AND GIVEN THE DATE-STAMP OF AUGUST 29, THE LAST DAY OF THE CURRENT DEFINITIVE ISSUE.

HOWEVER, IT WAS POINTED OUT THAT ALTHOUGH A NEW DEFINITIVE STAMP WILL BE INTRODUCED ON AUGUST 30, THE OLD SERIES WILL REMAIN VALID FOR POSTAGE PURPOSES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

A FURTHER ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE MADE AS TO THE DATE ON WHICH THE FIRST DAY COVERS WILL BE PLACED ON SALE.

TECHNICAL DETAILS OF THE NEW STAMPS ARE AS FOLLOWSt-

DATE OF ISSUE : AUGUST 30, 1982

STAMP DENOMINATION i IOC, 20C, 30C, 40C, 50C, 60C,

70C, 80C, 90C, $1, $1.30, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50

DESIGNER i ARTHUR HACKER

PRINTER t HARRISON AND SONS (HIGH WYCOMBE)

LTD.

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FORMAT :

PROCESS I

SIZE »

PERFORATION t

NO. OF STAMPS PER SHEET i

PAPER I

VERTICAL

PHOTOGRAVURE

LOW VALUES (IOC TO $2) 20.32

X 24.13 MM

HIGH VALUES ($5 TO $50) 33.27

X 28.58 MM

LOW VALUES (IOC TO $2) 14 X 14.5

HIGH VALUES ($5 TO $50) 14 X 14.25

LOW VALUES IN SHEETS OF 100

HIGH VALUES IN SHEETS OF 50

CROWN AGENTS WATERMARKED.

BUS SAFETY - TD SAYS IT WITH POSTERS

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+SAYING-IT-WITH-POSTERS+ IS THE LATEST SAFETY EFFORT BEING MADE BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TO URGE COMMUTERS NOT TO BOARD FULLY-LOADED BUSES.

COLOURFUL MESSAGES - SOME IN SMALLER STICKER FORMS AS WELL -HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED TO BOTH FRANCHISED BUS COMPANIES TO BE CONSPICUOUSLY POSTED AT ALL TERMINI, BUS STOPS AND ON THE VEHICLES THEMSELVES.

+THE THEME OF THIS MINI ANT I-BUS OVER-LOADING CAMPAIGN IS TO EDUCATE THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC, BUS PASSENGERS, THAT A SAFER JOURNEY IS WORTH WAITING FOR,* SAYS CHIEF TRANSPORT OFFICER, M?S DOROTHY CHAN.

AND SHE EMPHASISED THAT ONLY WITH THE SUPPORT AND CO-OPERATION CF THE PUBLIC, CAN THIS SAFETY EXERCISE BE A SUCCESS.

APART FROM THE OBVIOUS RISKS OF AN OVER-CROWDED BUS, DELAYS AND BREAKDOWNS FREQUENTLY RESULT, MRS CHAN SAID.

+RIDING ON BUSES NEED NOT BE AN UNPLEASANT, UNCOMFORTABLE AND STIFLING EXPERIENCE IF COMMUTERS SIMPLY EXERCISE A LITTLE PATIENCE AND DISCIPLINE BY CATCHING THE NEXT BUS,* SHE ADDED.

OVER THE NEXT TWO WEEKS, THE POLICE WILL BE BROADCASTING THE BUS SAFETY THEME ALONG THE BUSIER ROUTES. POLICE OFFICERS WILL ALSO BE ON HAND IN CERTAIN AREAS TO SUPPORT BOTH KMB AND CMB STAFF.

KMB AND CMB WILL BE PUTTING ADDITIONAL REGULATORS AND INSPECTORS TO CONTROL PASSENGERS ON THEIR MORE CROWDED ROUTES.

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POSITIVE THINKING --WAY TO.STABLE SOCIETY

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PUPILS, TEACHERS AND PARENTS MUST RECOGNISE THE IMPORTANCE OF A POSITIVE ATTITUDE TO LIFE IF THE COMMUNITY IS TO ENJOY A HAPPY AND STABLE LIFE, MR COLVYN HAYE, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION OF THE 5TH MENTAL HEALTH WEEK ORGANISED BY THE MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG, HE SAIDx +MENTAL HEALTH IS A POSITIVE THINGi IT IS THE ABILITY TO COPE WITH STRESS AND CRISIS.*

MR HAYE SAID THE EXHIBITS STRESSED EDUCATION AND SCHOOL LIFE, AND FROM THEM WE ARE ABLE TO WITNESS THE VARIOUS FACETS OF MENTAL HEALTH CAPTURED THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHIC LENSES, INCLUDING FEELINGS OF JOY, SADNESS, EXCITEMENT, DISAPPOINTMENT, ANGER AND REMORSE.

+THESE VERY HUMAN EMOTIONS MAKE UP LIFE AND IT IS IMPORTANT FOR PUPILS, PARENTS AND TEACHERS TO RECOGNISE THEM SO AS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS,* HE SAID.

RETURNING TO HIS THEME OF POSITIVE THINKING, MR HAYE WONDERED WHETHER THERE WOULD BE QUITE SO MANY INCIDENTS OF APPARENT GROUP BEHAVIOUR IF THEY WERE NOT QUITE SO WIDELY PUBLICISED.

♦LAST NIGHT I SAW CHILDREN FROM ONE OF OUR SCHOOLS WHO HAD COMPLAINED OF FEELING SICK AFTER SMELLING AN UNPLEASANT ODOUR, SMILING AND WAVING AT THE CAMERAS.

♦WHILE I WAS REASSURED THAT THEY WERE APPARENTLY HEALTHY AND WELL, I COULD NOT HELP THINKING THAT THESE SAME CHILDREN MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN TEMPTED TO PANIC IF RECENT CASES HAD NOT BEEN SO WIDELY PUBLICISED,* HE SAID.

MR HAYE CONCLUDED HIS REMARKS BY PAYING TRIBUTE TO THE UNITED EFFORTS OF THE CENTRAL HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, AND THE STUDENTS’ HEALTH UNIT OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG WHO HAD CONTRIBUTED SO MUCH TO THE EXHIBITION.

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CLOSE WATCH ON POOLS AND DITCHES * H *

THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE, IN CONJUNCTION WITH OTHER RELEVANT DEPARTMENTS IN THE DISTRICT, IS KEEPING A CLOSE WATCH ON POOLS AND DITCHES THAT MIGHT POSE DANGER TO RESIDENTS, THE TOWN MANAGER, MR HAMISH MACLEOD, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

HE SAID HE WAS DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE DROWNING INCIDENT ON SUNDAY.

STAFF FROM HIS OFFICE, THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE AND THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE, HAVE BEEN TO THE SITE WHERE INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING.

MR MACLEOD ALSO APPEALED TO RESIDENTS TO CONTACT THE DISTRICT OFFICE WHENEVER THEY SPOT ANY POOLS OR DITCHES THAT COULD BE OF POTENTIAL DANGER.

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BUILDING WORK IN APRIL * * *

pIFTY—NINE NEW BUILDING PLANS WERE APPROVED BY THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IN APRIL THIS YEAR, COMPARED WITH 83 IN APRIL LAST YEAR.

OF THESE NEW PLANS, 22 WERE FOR NEW BUILDINGS ON HONG KONG ISLAND, 9 FOR KOWLOON AND 28 FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THEY INCLUDE A SCHOOL EXTENSION AT QUEEN’S ROAD EAST AND A SCHOOL AT HIP WO STREET, KWUN TONG, A CLUB HOUSE AT TUNG LO WAN ROAD ANE9A TELEPHONE EXCHANGE"EXTENSION IN CLEARWATER BAY ROAD.

THE DECLARED COST OF ALL NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED IN APRIL WAS $676.24 MILLION, COMPARED WITH $899.61 MILLION IN APRIL LAST YEAR.

THEIR TOTAL USABLE FLOOR AREA AMOUNTED TO 257 420 SQUARE METRES, COMPRISING 178 151.1 SQUARE METRES OF NON-DOMESTIC AND 79 268.9 SQUARE METRES OF DOMESTIC FLOOR SPACE.

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE ALSO GAVE CONSENT FOR WORK TO START ON 40 PROJECTS, INCLUDING A CLUB HOUSE AT SHUM WAN, ABERDEEN, AN ANCILLARY BUILDING FOR HOSPITAL AT SHA TIN PASS ROAD, A SWIMMING POOL AT LO WAI, TSUEN WAN AND A TEMPORARY BUS DEPOT AT YUEN LONG.

ALTOGETHER, 45 NEWLY-COMPLETED BUILDINGS WERE CERTIFIED FOR OCCUPATION IN APRIL, INCLUDING A PETROL FILLING STATION AT FUNG YIP STREET, CHAI WAN, A SWIMMING POOL AT DEEP WATER BAY ROAD, A CHURCH AT WATERLOO ROAD AND A VEHICLE SERVICE STATION AT FUNG SHING STREET.

THE OFFICE ALSO AGREED TO THE DEMOLITION OF 75 BUILDINGS.

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CHILDREN’S CHOIR SEEKING ’SEMI-VOLUNTEER’ TUTORS * * * *

THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD CHILDREN’S CHOIR IS LOOKING FOR SUITABLE CANDIDATES AS PART-TIME TRAINING TUTORS.

THEIR MAIN DUTY IS TO PROVIDE TRAINING TO CHOIR MEMBERS WHO hEET EVERY SATURDAY AFTERNOON FOR A TWO-HOUR SESSION.

THE TUTORS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO ATTEND ALL PERFORMANCE AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES.

THE CHOIR, ESTABLISHED TWO YEARS AGO, NOW CONSISTS OF 70 MEMBERS RANGING FROM THE AGE OF EIGHT TO 12. IT HAS BEEN WIDELY RECEIVED BY LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND PERFORMS FREQUENTLY IN THE PUBLIC.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CHILDREN’S CHOIR SAID APPLICANTS MUST BE PREPARED TO WORK ON A SEMI-VOLUNTARY BASIS AS THE MONETARY REWARD COULD NOT BE COMPARED TO THAT OF FULL-TIME TUTORS.

THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATION!

X CHOIRMASTER - $800 PER MONTH

* ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR - $700 PER MONTH

M ACCOMPANIST/ASSISTANT MANAGER - $600 PER MONTH

* MANAGER/LIBRARIAN - $500 PER MONTH (MANAGERIAL

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED)

PRIORITY IS GIVEN TO APPLICANTS WHO LIVE, WORK OR STUDY IN SHA TIN. THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR PARTICULARS WITH PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION AND WORKING EXPERIENCE, PLUS A RECENT PHOTO TO THE LIAISON OFFICER, DISTRICT OFFICE, SHA TIN, 2 TUNG LO WAN HILL ROAD, SHA TIN, NEW TERRITORIES.

THEY SHOULD ALSO MARK +TUTOR FOR CHOIR+ ON THE ENVELOPE. CLOSING DATE IS JUNE 20, 1982.

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TEMPORARY ROUTE CLOSURE

* * * *

A PART OF SECTION 10 OF THE MACLEHOSE TRAIL IN TUEN MUN HAS BEEN CLOSED TEMPORARILY FOR REPAIRS TO DAMAGE CAUSED BY THE RECENT RAINSTORMS.

THE AFFECTED PART STRETCHES FROM CHAT TO HO TO SO KWUN WAT NEAR THE TAI LAM CHUNG RESERVOIR.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT SAID WORKMEN ARE BUSY CLEARING MUD AND REPAIRING THE DAMAGE.

THE CLOSURE IS EXPECTED TO LAST UNTIL JUNE 15.

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RE-ROUTINGS IN SAN PO KONG M M M M

TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW IN SAN PO KONG, THE SECTION OF LUK HOP STREET BETWEEN TSAT PO STREET AND SZE MEI STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE WAY WESTBOUND FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (JUNE 10).

AT THE SAME TIME, SZE MEI STREET BETWEEN KING FUK STREET AND LUK HOP STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED TWO WAYS.

PARTIAL CLOSURE OF FORTRESS HILL ROAD MO

THE SECTION OF THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY ON FORTRESS HILL ROAD NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH CHUNG ON TERRACE IN NORTH POINT WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (JUNE 10) FOR ABOUT THREE MONTHS FOR ROAD WORKS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, TWO-WAY TRAFFIC WILL BE MAINTAINED ON THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY.

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF TAXI STAND IN KWAI HING * * *

THE TAXI STAND AT KWAI HING MTR STATION WILL BE CLOSED FROM MIDNIGHT TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO 5 AM THE NEXT MORNING FOR INSTALLATION OF AIR CONDITIONERS AT THE NEARBY BUILDING.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

TRANSPORT RESOURCES - A MATTER OF PRIORITIES ............... 1

'FRONT DESKS' HANDLE 10 MILLION ENQUIRIES ................. 3

FIFTY PER CENT MORE ON TRAINS .............................. 4

ROAD DEATHS CAN BE PREVENTED, SAFETY EXPERT SAYS ........... 5

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ON CHAI WAN ROAD ............... 6

FIRE SERVICES' SPECIAL MTR STRIKE FORCE READY .............. 7

'IMPRESSIVE ACHIEVEMENTS' BY YAN 01 TONG ................... 8

HIGHER EDUCATION FEE PROPOSALS FOR 1985/86 ................. 9

ESSAYS AT AN EXHIBITION .................................... 9

SHA TIN CAREERS EXHIBITION

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TRANSPORT RESOURCES - A MATTER OF PRIORITIES

*****

THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, MR ALAN SCOTT, IN REPLY TO ALLEGATIONS THAT NOT ENOUGH WAS ACHIEVED IN THE TRANSPORT FIELD, SAID TODAY THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE THE FIRST TO AGREE THAT MORE COULD HAVE BEEN DONE, BUT POINTED OUT THAT PRIORITIES WOULD HAVE BEEN AFFECTED IF IT HAD DONE SO.

+THE TOP PRIORITY, PARTICULARLY IN THE LATTER PART OF THE 197O’S, WAS GIVEN TO HOUSING. THE REASON FOR THAT WAS OBVIOUS, AND STILL IS OBVIOUS.

*THE CLAIM FOR A BIGGER SHARE OF RESOURCES TO BE ALLOCATED TO TRANSPORT WAS PUT FORWARD AND ARGUED THOROUGHLY IN THE ANNUAL ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESS OF PREPARING THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME, ALONG WITH THE CLAIMS OF OTHER PROGRAMMES.

+THE RESULT WAS A DELIBERATE ORDERING OF PRIORITIES, AS BETWEEN HOUSING, EDUCATION, MEDICAL, SOCIAL WELFARE, WATER, COMMUNICATIONS AND TRANSPORT, AND SO ON.

+AND IN THE PUBLIC DISCUSSION WHICH FOLLOWED THE BUDGETS FOR THE FINANCIAL YEARS 1975/79, I DO NOT REMEMBER ANY SUGGESTION ™at THE BALANCE OF PRIORITIES SHOULD BE ALTERED IN FAVOUR OF TRANSPORT, OR ANY EXPRESSION OF CONCERN OVER THE LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF THE RELATIVE PRIORITY ACCORDED TO TRANSPORT,* MR SCOTT SAID.

IN A LUNCH TALK TO THE PO LEUNG KUK TODAY, MR SCOTT SAID HE DID NOT THINK MANY PEOPLE HAD MUCH PATIENCE WITH THOSE WHO CLAMOUR FOR COMMUNITY RESOURCES TO BE DIVERTED INTO MASSIVE CONSTRUCTION SCHEMES TO PROVIDE FOR UNRESTRICTED OF PRIVATE VEHICLES.

ROAD MOVEMENT

GROWTH AND

+THEY KNOW PERFECTLY WELL, OR WOULD IF THEY STOPPED TO THINK, THAT IT IS PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO BUILD A ROAD SYSTEM IN HONG KONG’S GEOGRAPHIC AND DEMOGRAPHIC CIRCUMSTANCES SUFFICIENT TO ENABLE UNRESTRAINED GROWTH AND MOVEMENT OF VEHICLES- AND THAT EVEN IF IT WERE POSSIBLE, IT WOULD PRE-EMPT OTHER VITAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES SUCH AS HOUSING, EDUCATION AND MEDICAL- AND FURTHER, THAT TO PUT SUCH ADDITIONAL DEMANDS ON THE LABOUR FORCE AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY WOULD HAVE VERY SEVERE INFLATIONARY EFFECTS,* HE SAID.

NEVERTHELESS, MR 1976-82, $3.6 BILLION SPENT ON THE MTR, AND

SCOTT POINTED OUT THAT IN THE SIX YEARS FROM WERE SPENT ON ROAD PROJECTS, $9.7 BILLION $1.5 BILLION ON THE KCR.

THE BUDGET FOR 1982/83 PROVIDES FOR $1.2 BILLION TO BE SPENT ON ROADWORKS, AND FOR $730 MILLION MORE ON THE MODERNISATION PROGRAMME OF THE KCR. THE MTR WILL CONTINUE ITS DEVELOPMENT TO THE TUNE OF $1.8 BILLION OF EXPENDITURE TOWARDS THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE ISLAND LINE.

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THESE ARE ENORMOUS SUMS OF MONEY, REFLECTING GOVERNMENT TRANSPORT POLICY: THE PRIORITY BEING TO IMPROVE THE MOBILITY OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND GOODS VEHICLES BY IMPROVING ON-ROAD TRANSPORT, EXTENDING OFF-ROAD TRANSPORT, EXPANDING THE ROAD SYSTEMS, AND MAKING SURE THAT THE PRIORITY OF USAGE GOES TO PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND GOODS VEHICLES, FOLLOWED BY PRIVATE VEHICLES, MR SCOTT SAID.

HE SAID THAT SINCE SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR, THERE HAS BEEN A SEPARATE TRANSPORT BRANCH IN THE SECRETARIAT WITH ITS OWN SECRETARY AND SUPPORTING STAFF AND MOST IMPORTANT THE TRANSPORT PLANNING UNIT.

+THIS GIVES TRANSPORT POLICY AND STRATEGIC TRANSPORT PLANNING ITS OWN SEPARATE EXISTENCE FROM LAND MATTERS AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION,+ HE SAID.

OPERATIONAL, AND IN PARTICULAR TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT, RESPONSIBILITIES ARE CENTRALISED IN THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TO WHICH MOST OF THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT BRANCH OF THE PWD HIGHWAYS OFFICE HAVE BEEN TRANSFERRED.

THE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN STRENGTHENED IN ORDER TO SET UP REGIONAL OFFICES, EACH WITH AN ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER IN CHARGE, SUPPORTED BY PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING AND TRANSPORT STAFF. CO-ORDINATION WITH TRAFFIC HEADQUARTERS OF THE POLICE HAS BEEN REVIEWED AND FURTHER STRENGTHENED, HE SAID.

+IN SHORT, TRANSPORT POLICY VIEWS AND NEEDS ARE BEING CO-ORDINATED INTO OVERALL PLANNING AND PROGRAMMES- TRANSPORT HAS A FULL VOICE IN THE NECESSARY COUNCILS AND COMMITTEES. AND THE OPERATIONAL SIDE IS MUCH STRONGER - INCLUDING, VERY IMPORTANTLY, BEING ABLE TO RESPOND AT DISTRICT LEVEL TO THE GROWING INTEREST OF DISTRICT BOARDS.

+IN THE FORMATION OF POLICY, WE HAVE THE BENEFIT OF THE COUNSEL AND WIDE EXPERIENCE OF THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE. THE ADVICE AND OPINIONS OF DISTRICT BOARDS IS BECOMING MORE AVAILABLE AS THE BOARDS GET INTO THEIR STRIDE. THEIR PART IN THIS INTERPLAY OF NEEDS AND IDEAS, RESOURCES AND POSSIBILITIES WILL BECOME INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT IN THE CONTINUING DEVELOPMENT OF GOVERNMENT’S PROGRAMMES AND POLICIES,* MR SCOTT SAID.

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’rRONT DESKS’ HANDLE 10 MILLION ENQUIRIES

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THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY CENTRES (PEC’S) OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HANDLED 10.1 MILLION ENQUIRIES IN THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR, AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 40 PER CENT OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

DISCLOSING THIS TODAY, THE DEPUTY SECRETARY (ADMINISTRATION) CF CNTA, MR HAIDER BARMA, SAID THE MOST COMMON ENQUIRIES INCLUDED EDUCATIONAL MATTERS, GOVERNMENT JOBS AND VACANCIES, THE FUNCTIONS CF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, APPLICATION PROCEDURES FOR PUBLIC HOUSING AND TENANCY PROBLEMS AND DISPUTES.

IN A LUNCHEON TALK ON +PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE* TO THE LIONS CLUB OF VICTORIA, HE DESCRIBED THE PEC’S AS THE GOVERNMENT’S ♦FRONT DESKS* IN PROVIDING SERVICES TO AND IN DEALING WITH THE PEOPLE.

HE SAID THE ADMINISTRATION HAD SUCCEEDED IN ENCOURAGING MORE AND MORE PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE TO UTILISE THIS SERVICE SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 1961 AND THAT THE PEC NETWORK WAS EXTENDED EVERY YEAR IN ORDER TO COPE WITH THE INCREASING DEMANDS FOR THESE SERVICES.

♦THE PEC’S ARE DIRECTLY LINKED TO OUR DISTRICT OFFICES WHICH SERVICE LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND DISTRICT BOARDS,* HE SAID.

THERE ARE NOW 53 PUBLIC ENQUIRY CENTRES SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE 18 DISTRICTS IN BOTH THE URBAN AREA AND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, DEALING MAINLY WITH ENQUIRIES, COMPLAINTS AND STATUTORY DECLARATIONS

MR BARMA POINTED OUT THAT THE MAIN REASON FOR PROVIDING COMPREHENSIVE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICES WAS THAT ALL MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY, SOONER OR LATER, WOULD HAVE SOME DEALINGS WITH THE GOVERNMENT.

+THE AVERAGE CITIZEN COULD, QUITE UNDERSTANDABLY, FIND THE GOVERNMENT MACHINERY AND PROCEDURES TO BE COMPLICATED — HE MAY NOT KNOW WHERE TO GO OR, BECAUSE OF HIS MANY COMMITMENTS, WELCOME THE OPPORTUNITY TO DEAL WITH HIS PROBLEM MORE READILY.*

OUTLINING THE VARIOUS SERVICES PROVIDED, HE SAID THE PEC’S TRIED TO ANSWER BASIC ENQUIRIES CONCERNING GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, THEIR POLICIES AND PROCEDURES, AND OTHER QUESTIONS CONCERNING LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND PUBLIC UTILITIES LIKE THE COMMUNITY CHEST AND THE TRANSPORT COMPANIES.

THEY ALSO PROVIDED A FRONT LINE SERVICE BY MAKING AVAILABLE ALL GOVERNMENT APPLICATION FORMS, SUCH AS THOSE FOR PUBLIC HOUSING, PASSPORT OR RE-ENTRY PERMIT, BUSINESS REGISTRATION AND OTHERS.

ON COMPLAINTS, HE SAID ALTHOUGH THE PEG STAFF DID NOT HAVE ANY EXECUTIVE POWERS THEY PROVIDED ONE OF THE MANY CHANNELS THROUGH WHICH THE PUBLIC COULD SEEK REDRESS.


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FOR EXAMPLE, IF A CLIENT HAD PROBLEMS WITH TRANSPORT OR .ATEF SUPPLY, THE STAFF WOULD TAKE IT UP WITH THE AUTHORITIES CONCERNED.

♦IN THIS RESPECT, AN IMPORTANT POINT TO NOTE IS THAT, WITH "rE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME, COMPLAINTS RECEIVED THROUGH OUR PEC’S CAN BE REFERRED TO, AND INDEED ARE PURSUED BY, DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES AND DISTRICT BOARDS.+

TURNING TO ANOTHER POPULAR SERVICE, MR BARMA SAID THERE aERE STAFF AT ALL OFFICES WHO WERE COMMISSIONERS FOR OATH AND •*HO COULD ADMINISTER STATUTORY DECLARATIONS FOR VARIOUS PURPOSES.

THE RENT OFFICER SCHEME AND THE FREE LEGAL AID SCHEME WERE ALSO LINKED TO THE PEC’S, HE SAID.

+APPOINTMENTS CAN BE MADE AT PEC’S AND OUR COUNTER STAFF PROVIDE BACK-UP ASSISTANCE TO SOLICITORS AND BARRISTERS DURING EVENING SESSIONS AT SOME OF OUR MAIN OFFICES.*

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FIFTY PER CENT MORE ON TRAINS

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FIFTY PER CENT MORE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TRAVELLING BY TRAIN SINCE THE OPENING OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY’S STAGE I ELECTRIFIED INNER SUBURBAN SERVICE EARLY LAST MONTH.

A KCR SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT AN AVERAGE OF ABOUT 60 000 PASSENGERS USED THE TRAINS EACH DAY LAST MONTH, COMPARED WITH A DAILY AVERAGE OF 40 000 IN APRIL AND 36 000 IN MARCH.

ON SUNDAYS, ABOUT 100 000 PASSENGERS HAVE BEEN USING THE TRAINS.

THE SPOKESMAN DESCRIBED THE INCREASE IN PASSENGER TRAFFIC AS ’VERY ENCOURAGING’.

+WE ARE SATISFIED WITH THE INCREASE IN THE FIRST MONTH OF THE ELECTRIFIED SERVICE AND WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT THE NUMBER WILL STEADILY INCREASE FURTHER WHEN PEOPLE ARE MORE ACCUSTOMED TO THE NEW SYSTEM,* HE SAID.

THE KCR EXPECTS A DAILY AVERAGE OF 150 000 PASSENGERS WITH THE FULL ELECTRIFICATION OF SERVICES FROM HUNG HOM TO LO WU NEXT SUMMER.

BY THE MID-1980’S, IT EXPECTS SOME 250 000 PASSENGERS A DAY AND ABOUT 500 000 A DAY BY 1990.

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WAD DEATHS CAN BE PREVENTED, SAFETY EXPERT SAYS *****

A +DISEASE* OF EPIDEMIC PROPORTION IS KILLING AND MAIMING 23 OOO PEOPLE IN HONG KONG EVERY YEAR.

ROUGHLY, ABOUT 40 PEOPLE ARE KILLED EACH MONTH - THAT IS WHAT ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS AMOUNT TO IN THE TERRITORY.

HOWEVER, MR D.G. WILLDAY, CHIEF ENGINEER IN CHARGE OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S ROAD SAFETY DIVISION, WAS VERY EMPHATIC IN HIS BELIEF THAT THIS WAS A +PREVENTABLE DISEASE*.

SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON THIS AFTERNOON, MR WILLDAY POINTED OUT THAT THOSE MOST AT RISK WERE PEDESTRIANS, WHO MADE UP 60 PER CENT OF THE DEATHS AND ABOUT 40 PER CENT OF THE INJURIES IN THE ACC I DE NTS.

FOR THIS REASON, HE STRESSED THAT ALTHOUGH THE WHOLE TERRITORY RELIES ON VEHICLES TO MOVE GOODS, SAFE FACILITIES MUST ALSO BE GIVEN TO PEDESTRIANS.

HE NOTED THAT IN PARTS OF CENTRAL AND NEW TOWNS, PEDESTRIANS WERE GIVEN DUE CONSIDERATION +BUT VERY OFTEN, UNFORTUNATELY, THE FACILITIES PROVIDED ARE NOT SUFFICIENT.*

HE QUESTIONED: +HOW MANY TIMES HAVE WE SEEN FOOTPATHS BARELY WIDE ENOUGH FOR THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO WANT TO USE THEM, AND EVEN IF WIDE ENOUGH, THE PAVEMENT MIGHT BE TAKEN UP BY HAWKERS, BUILDING WORKS, STREET FURNITURE.*

+EVEN WHERE FOOTBRIDGES ARE PROVIDED THESE ARE SOMETIMES TO MINIMAL STANDARD AND CAN ONLY BE USED BY THE YOUNG AND THE FIT,* HE ADDED.

ADDED TO THIS IS THE ATTITUDE TOWARDS PEDESTRIANS*... SOME PEOPLE LOOK ON THEM AS A NUISANCE, THEY HOLD UP TRAFFIC - THEY GET IN THE WAY.*

THIS GENERAL ATTITUDE MUST CHANGE, MR WILLDAY EMPHASISED, IF THE RATE OF PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS WERE TO DROP.

IN A FURTHER BID TO REDUCE SUCH CASUALTIES, THE GOVERNMENT SET UP A ROAD SAFETY DIVISION LAST YEAR.

THE DIVISION IS BASED ON SIMILAR UNITS WHICH HAVE BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL IN OTHER COUNTRIES - PARTICULARLY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM - TO LOOK INTO THE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT SITUATION IN HONG KONG.

IN ITS FIRST YEAR OF OPERATIONS HIS UNIT HAS ALREADY LOOKED INTO 130 SITES COVERING AREAS WHERE PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS ARE PREDOMINANT AS WELL AS SPOTS INVOLVING OTHER TYPES OF ACCIDENTS.

+WE HAVE IMPLEMENTED AND ARE IMPLEMENTING LOW PRICE PROPOSALS WHICH HAVE APPEARED TO OVERCOME PARTICULAR PROBLEMS AND I AM PLEASED WITH THE WAY THINGS ARE GOING IN THE INVESTIGATION SIDE AND IN THE REMEDIAL MEASURE SIDE,* MR wILLDAY SAID.

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HE REMARKED THAT PRIMARY SCHOOL - CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGES OF ’1 ;£PE MOST AT RISK AND HIS UNIT HELPED BY PROVIDING TEACHING r. *TS J THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

SIMILAR MATERIAL IS ALSO SUPPLIED TO THE EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION SCHOOL PROGRAMMES TO +HELP SPREAD THE GOSPEL OF SAFETY.+

+THIS IS NOT ENOUGH - PARENTS MUST ALSO BE REACHED AS A LARGE NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS HAPPENS, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, WHEN THE CHILDREN ARE ACCOMPANIED,+ MR WILLDAY STATED.

THIS HE ATTRIBUTED TO THE SMALL AMOUNT OF ROAD SAFETY -ITERAT'JRE AT PRESENT. BUT THIS IS BEING RECTIFIED AS THE IGHWAY CODE IS BEING REDRAFTED TO INCLUDE THE NECESSARY DETAILS.

D>mi BE USED AS A BASIS F0R FURTHER LEAFLETS AND

PUBLICITY CAMPAIGNS IN THE FUTURE,+ MR WILLDAY SAID.

NOTING THAT FATALITIES AMONG THE ELDERLY PEOPLE WERE ALSO HIGH, HE SAID FUTURE CAMPAIGNS WILL BE TAKING THIS INTO ACCOUNT.

or iK.?oAn.l.^2AITA^0 IND,CATED THAT MORE DISTINCTIVE MARKINGS WILL BE INTRODUCED AT SIGNALLED PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS TO MAKE THEM MORE SS;NG°¥HESENDF^lLmES,NTR0DUCED T0 D,SC0URAGE MOTORISTS FrSS

nlor*JE $IR£SSED THAT ALTHOUGH GOVERNMENT WAS MOVING IN MANY ?TRrnui ? ArI%vcDA1C^JRAFFIC ACCIDENTS» THERE WERE LIMITS TO WHAT

UA__ bel,EVED THAT REAL LASTING PROGRESS WOULD ONLY BE

»!! need^f pedestrians.CHANGEG concern,ng ^struns

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BORROWING a QUOTE, HE CONCLUDED WITH THIS ADVICE,+ IT IS DIFFICULT TO CURE A PATIENT UNLESS HE ACCEPTS HE IS ILL.*

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ON CHAI WAN ROAD * * * M

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WESTBOUND VEH.’CLES FROM SHAU KEI WAN MAIN STRFFT fast wawc TO ENTER SHAU KE WAN -OAD DIRECTLY INSTEAD OF VIA CHA^WAN^OAD.

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ICES’ SPECIAL MTR STRIKE FORCE READY *****

r Cl-C . ES EPARTMENT HAS JUST RE-ACTIVATED ITS EC -*L UNIT TO DEAL WITH ANY FORM OF EMERGENCY DURING THE INSTRUCTION OF THE MASS TRANSIT ISLAND LINE.

CALLED THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY STRIKE FORCE, THE UNIT IS UNDER THE COMMAND OF A DIVISIONAL OFFICER.

THE STRIKE FORCE WAS ORIGINALLY ESTABLISHED LAST YEAR BUT WAS ’STOOD DOWN’ WHEN PRESSURISED TUNNEL WORK WAS COMPLETED IN KOWLOON.

TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE OPERATIONAL COVER FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE ISLAND LINE, ANOTHER UNIT, MTR STRIKE FORCE TWO WAS FORMED EARLIER THIS MONTH.

+OUR DUTIES ARE TO ATTEND FIRES AND SPECIAL SERVICE CALLS IN COMPRESSED AIR TUNNELS, SHAFTS AND CHAMBERS AND TO INSPECT COMPRESSED AIR TUNNELS REGULARLY IN RESPECT OF FIRE SERVICES INSTALLATION REGULATIONS,* SAID HSU KING-PING, DIVISIONAL OFFICER IN-CHARGE OF THE STRIKE FORCE.

THE MTR STRIKE FORCE WORKS DIRECTLY UNDER HONG KONG FIRE COMMAND WITH STRIKE FORCE ONE OPERATING AT HARBOUR ROAD FIRE STATION AND STRIKE FORCE TWO AT SHEUNG WAN FIRE STATION.

THE COMBINED STRENGTH OF THE TWO FORCES WILL BE MADE UP OF 85 MEN, INCLUDING ONE DIVISIONAL OFFICER, SIX ASSISTANT DIVISIONAL OFFICERS, SIX SENIOR STATION OR STATION OFFICERS AND 72 OTHER RANKS.

MEMBERS OF THE STRIKE FORCE HAVE BEEN SPECIALLY CHOSEN FROM AMONG THE YOUNGER MEN WHO ARE IN FIRST CLASS PHYSICAL CONDITION.

BEFORE THEY ARE CERTIFIED FIT FOR MTR WORK UNDER COMPRESSED AIR CONDITIONS, THEY HAVE TO UNDERGO MEDICAL AND RADIOGRAPHY EXAMINATIONS, AND LOCK TESTS. THEREAFTER, THEY HAVE TO UNDERGO MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS AT REGULAR INTERVALS.

THE STANDARDS REQUIRED FOR WORK IN COMPRESSED AIR ARE SO RIGID THAT ANY PERSON FOUND SUFFERING FROM A COMMON COLD OR OTHER SIMILAR MINOR AILMENT WILL BE IMMEDIATELY REMOVED FROM STRIKE FORCE DUTIES AND WILL HAVE TO BE RE-EXAMINED BY AN OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH OFFICER OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT FOR THEIR STANDARD OF FITNESS.

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT IS BEING USED BY THE MTR STRIKE FORCE, INCLUDING BREATHING APPARATUS WHICH CAN BE USED BY TWO PERSONS AT THE SAME TIME FOR RESCUE PURPOSES DURING AN EMERGENCY, AND SPECIAL COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT WHICH CONSISTS OF A PERSONAL RADIO WITH AN EARPHONE AND THROAT MICROPHONE. OFFICERS WORKING INSIDE THE TUNNEL CAN TRANSMIT AND RECEIVE MESSAGES FROM COMPRESSED AIR ENVIRONMENT TO NON-PRESSURISED AREA. DISTRESS SIGNAL UNITS ARE ATTACHED TO BREATHING APPARATUS SETS AND NON SLIP SAFETY FELTS ARE ALSO USED BY THE STRIKE FORCE MEMBERS WHEN WORKING IN VERTICAL SHAFTS.

+Wi ARE READV ? TACKLE ANY INCIDENTS THAT MAY ARISE DURING THE CONSTRUCTION WORK OF THE MTR ISLAND LINE,* SAID MR HSU.

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•IMPRESSIVE ACHIEVEMENTS’ BY YAN 01 TONG * * * *

A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH THE AUTHORITIES HAS ENABLED THE VAN 01 TONG TO CO-OPERATE IN PROVIDING SOME OF THE MUCH-NEEDED -AC IL IT IES AND SERVICES ESSENTIAL TO THE FAST EXPANDING TOWNSHIP OF TUEN MUN.

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR NEW TERRITORIES, MR IAN MACPHERSON, SAID THIS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WHEN HE OFFICIATED AT THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF THE YAN 01 TONG THIRD TERM BOARD OF DIRECTORS. THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, ADMINISTERED THE OATH TO THE DIRECTORS.

MR MACPHERSON SAID THE TONG, WITH ITS 50 YEARS OF EXISTENCE, HAD LAID A SOLID FOUNDATION AND COMPLETED A NUMBER OF SIGNIFICANT PROJECTS IN QUICK SUCCESSION RECENTLY.

THESE INCLUDED THE TAI HING INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE LAST SEPTEMBER, THE YAN 01 TONG KINDERGARTEN IN FEBRUARY AND THE YAN 01 POLYCLINIC BUILT WITH A $4 MILLION DONATION BY THE TONG IN MARCH.

♦THE COMING YEAR WILL BE AN EVEN MORE EXCITING ONE IN THE TONG’S HISTORY,+ HE SAID.

THE YAN 01 TONG CHAN WONG SUK FONG SECONDARY SCHOOL WILL BE OPENED IN SEPTEMBER WHILE THE MAJOR PROJECT, THE $40 MILLION MODERN AND WELL-EQUIPPED YAN 01 TONG COMMUNITY AND INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE WILL BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF THE YEAR.

+WORK IS ALSO IN HAND WITH A $5 MILLION DONATION FROM THE JOCKEY CLUB TO BUILD A LEISURE SWIMMING POOL NEAR TAI HING FOR COMPLETION NEXT YEAR.

+A FURTHER PROJECT, COLUMBARIUM PARK IS ALSO BETWEEN THE TONG AND THE

A MODERN, IMAGINATIVELY DESIGNED BEING PLANNED AND TALKS ARE UNDERWAY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

+THESE WHAT CAN BE

ACHIEVEMENTS ARE CERTAINLY IMPRESSIVE AND DEMONSTRATE DONE WITH FORESIGHT AND DETERMINATION.

+NOW THAT THE FOUNDATIONS HAVE BEEN LAID, THE TONG SHOULD CONSOLIDATE ITS POSITION- FURTHER PROJECTS MUST BE CAREFULLY PLANNED HAVING REGARD TO THE HEAVY CAPITAL AND RECURRENT COMMITMENTS INVOLVED AND THE IMPORTANCE OF EFFICIENT MANAGEMENT OF THE FACILITIES,+ MR MACPHERSON ADDED.

MR DAVID CHAN CHUNG-HANG WAS ELECTED CHAIRMAN OF THE TONG FOR THE YEAR 1982/83.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9, 1982

'P EDUCATION FEE PROPOSALS FOR 1985/86 * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT HAS ASKED THE UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNIC GRANTS COMMITTEE TO ASSUMr CERTAIN LEVELS OF TUITION FEES FOR THE PURPOSE OF CALCULATING GRANTS FOR THE THREE INSTITUTIONS FOR 1985/86.

THE FEES TO BE ASSUMED ARE $4 200 FOR DEGREE COURSES, AND 73 200 FOR FULL-TIME NON-DEGREE COURSES AT THE POLYTECHNIC. THE ACTUAL FEES TO BE CHARGED WILL BE A MATTER FOR THE INSTITUTIONS.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE FEE LEVELS ASSUMED FOR 1985/86. WHICH WERE $600 ABOVE THOSE USED FOR CALCULATING GRANTS FOR 1984/85, WERE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE POLICY OF GRADUALLY INCREASING THE PROPORTION OF RECURRENT COSTS MET BY TUITION FEES. THE PROPOSALS ALSO TOOK INTO ACCOUNT INFLATION.

+IT IS EXPECTED THAT AN ESTIMATED $1 200 MILLION IN PUBLIC FUNDS WILL BE SPENT IN 1985/86 TO MEET A SIGNIFICANT PROPORTION OF THE RECURRENT COSTS OF THE THREE INSTITUTIONS, WHEREAS THE REVENUE OF THE INSTITUTIONS FROM THE FEES ASSUMED WILL AMOUNT TO ONLY $90 MILLION,* THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT.

+THESE CALCULATIONS DO NOT INCLUDE THE CONSIDERABLE COSTS ARISING FROM EXISTING PLANS FOR CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT. SO FAR, APPROXIMATELY $890 MILLION IN PUBLIC FUNDS IS EXPECTED TO BE SPENT ON CAPITAL PROJECTS FOR THE YEARS 1981-86,+ HE ADDED.

MORE THAN HALF OF THE STUDENTS IN THE THREE INSTITUTIONS RECEIVE ASSISTANCE TOWARDS FEES, IN FULL OR IN PART, IN THE FORM OF GRANTS AWARDED UNDER THE STUDENT FINANCE SCHEME. THE LEVEL OF ASSISTANCE PROVIDED UNDER THE SCHEME, WHICH ENSURES THAT NO STUDENT IS DEPRIVED OF A PLACE FOR FINANCIAL REASONS, WILL BE ADJUSTED ACCORDINGLY TO REFLECT THE INCREASE IN FEES.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID IT WAS CURRENT PRACTICE FOR AN ANNUAL DECLARATION TO BE MADE OF THE FEES TO BE CHARGED FOUR YEARS IN ADVANCE, SO THAT STUDENTS ENROLLING FOR A COURSE OF THAT DURATION OR LESS WOULD BE AWARE OF THE FEES PAYABLE THROUGHOUT THE COURSE.

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ESSAYS AT AN EXHIBITION * * * *

VISITORS TO THE RECENT CLEAN HONG KONG VISUAL PRESENTATION AT THE CITY HALL MIGHT HAVE NOTICED GROUPS OF STUDENTS BUSILY TAKING NOTES AS THEY MADE THEIR WAY FROM EXHIBIT TO EXHIBIT.

THE STUDENTS WERE THERE BECAUSE THE EXHIBITION HAD BECOME PART OF THE CURRICULA FOR MANY SCHOOLS DURING ITS SIX-DAY SHOWING.

MR H.F. YEUNG. SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER AT TANG KING PO SCHOOL SENT HIS FORM Two CLASS THERE ON THE SECOND DAY, JUNE 3.

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„ v'-ninSrvO\T^VlS!0N ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT THE PRESENTATION,* ?L±®’ci*N?lREALISED THAT IT W0ULD BE an interesting \N; RELEVANT TOPIC FOR AN ESSAY ASSIGNMENT.*

tuc MY PUPILS T0 G° THERE, AND WRITE SOMETHING ON

THE CONTENTS OF THE EXHIBITION AND THEIR IMPRESSIONS ABOUT THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN AS PRESENTED BY THE EXHIBITION.*

UAH TUC nHcG.nc!D THAT HE LATER DISCOVERED that many other teachers nAD int SAME IDEA.

„ ’T WAS EVEN M0RE encouraging to learn that many YOUNG PEOPLE t«^2^LLY upper F0RM STUDENTS, had chosen the exhibition as a topic for study on their own initiative.

SHA TIN CAREERS EXHIBITION

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AN INFORMATION-PACKED CAREERS EXHIBITION WILL BE PUT ON FOR THREE DAYS FROM FRIDAY (JUNE 11) TO GIVE STUDENTS AND OTHER PEOPLE IN SHA TIN A FULL PICTURE OF EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN THE NEW TOWN.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THREE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN DAILY FROM 10 AM TO 8 PM IN THE WO CHE ESTATE COMMERCIAL COMPLEX.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR FRANKLIN SHAM, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT ORGANISED STUDENT GROUPS WOULD BE PROVIDED WITH SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE TO VISIT THE EXHIBITION.

EIGHTEEN DISPLAY STALLS WILL BE SET UP BY LOCAL INDUSTRIAL CONCERNS, BANKING CORPORATIONS, EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTES AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

THERE WILL ALSO BE SLIDE SHOWS AND VIDEO TAPE SHOWS EXPLAINING DIFFERENT KINDS OF TRADES.

IN ADDITION, THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WILL CONDUCT TALKS ON SUCH TOPICS AS +JOB OPPORTUNITY IN GARMENT INDUSTRY*, +KNOWING THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC* AND +SELECTION OF YOUR CAREER*.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE JOINTLY OPENED BY THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICER, DR PATRICK HASE- ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR.

*RS SOO MOK SAU-HA- DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER (SHA TIN), hfi LAU KAI-CHUEN- AND CHAIRMAN OF SHA TIN RURAL COMM TTEE, WAI HON-LEUNG.

FREE ADMISSION TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT WO CHE COMMUNITY

NOTE TO ED I TORSs

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SHA TIN CAREERS EXHIBITIONS WHICH WILL BE HELD AT 11 AM IN THE LOBBY OF WO CHE COMMERCIAL COMPLEX ON FRIDAY (JUNE 11).

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

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CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR IMPRESSED WITH GROWTH OF NT ....................... 1

CHANGE OF TELEPHONE NUMBERS FOR LEGAL DEPARTMENT............ 2

EPCOM REPORT DISCUSSED ...............................*..... J

NEW TRAFFIC MEASURES FOR SAN PO KONG ....................... 6

YOUNG PRISONERS EXCEL IN LONDON EXAMS ...................... 9

BAN ON RIGHT TURN MOVEMENT CW CHAI WAN ROAD................. 10

BADMINTON AND TABLE TENNIS COURSES ......................... 10

VIOLIN PIANO DUO MASTERCLASS ............................... -|1

TENDERS INVITED FOR TRAM TRACKS RE-ALIGNMENT IN KING'S ROAD 12

LOGO FOR KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD........................ 12

CHIEF ENGINEER SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH ......................... 1J

DISTRICT STRATEGY TO BE OUTLINED BY BOARD .................. 1J

PRESS CONFERENCE ON MAJOR SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMES........... 1^

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GOVERNOR IMPRESSED WITH GROWTH OF NT * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID THIS AFTERNOON THAT HE WAS GREATLY IMPRESSED WITH THE PROGRESS MADE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

SPEAKING TO MEMBERS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES HEUNG YEE KUK, SIR EDWARD SAID HE FELT SURE THAT WITH A SPIRIT OF GOODWILL AND COOPERATION *WE SHALL BE ABLE TO ENSURE CONTINUED PROGRESS AND PROSPERITY.*

+AS I SAID IN MY ADDRESS UPON ARRIVAL, I SEE GOOD REASON WHY CONFIDENCE IN THE FUTURE SHOULD REMAIN HIGH,* HE SAID.

THE KUK’S ROLE, SIR EDWARD SAID, WAS A DUAL ONE. IT REPRESENTED THE WISHES AND ASPIRATIONS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES RURAL PEOPLE TO THE GOVERNMENT, AND ALSO ASSISTED THE GOVERNMENT IN THE ENORMOUS TASK OF DEVELOPING THE AREA BY SMOOTHING THE WAY AND BY SEEKING TO ENSURE ACCEPTANCE OF THE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES BY THE PEOPLE +WHOSE LIVES ARE SO DRAMATICALLY AFFECTED BY THEM*. /

♦WITHOUT THIS COOPERATION THE PROGRESS MADE SO FAR COULD NOT HAVE BEEN ACHIEVED SO SUCCESSFULLY,* THE GOVERNOR SAID.

HE EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT THE KUK WOULD CONTINUE TO PLAY THIS DUAL ROLE AND SEEK TO MAINTAIN AN EQUITABLE BALANCE BETWEEN THE NEEDS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES INDIGENOUS PEOPLE AND THE NEEDS OF HONG KONG AS A WHOLE AND THE NEW POPULATION OF THE AREA.

HE NOTED THAT IN THE LAST 30 YEARS, THE POPULATION IN THE NT HAD INCREASED FROM 250 000 TO 1 300 000 AND WAS CONTINUING TO INCREASE VERY RAPIDLY.

THE GOVERNOR SAID THAT THE NEWLY-ARRIVED RESIDENTS IN THE NEW TOWNS COULD NOT BE EXPECTED TO HAVE THE SAME +SENSE OF COMMUNITY AS THOSE WHO LIVE IN THE LONG ESTABLISHED NT VILLAGES AND TOWNS*. HE WAS THEREFORE PARTICULARLY PLEASED TO HEAR THAT THE KUK HAD TAKEN THE LEAD IN SEEKING TO PROMOTE THE WELFARE OF THE NEWCOMERS BY UNDERTAKING AND SPONSORING COMMUNITY PROJECTS OF ALL KINDS.

NOTING THAT THE CHAIRMEN OF THE RURAL COMMITTEES, WHO ARE ALSO COUNCILLORS OF THE KUK, SERVED ALSO AS MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARDS, THE GOVERNOR SAID THIS WAS +A FELICITOUS ARRANGEMENT* AS IT BROUGHT TOGETHER THE OLD SYSTEM WITH THE NEW. THIS MADE AVAILABLE TO THE ADMINISTRATION A MORE COMPREHENSIVE RANGE OF ADVICE ON MATTERS AFFECTING THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE DISTR ICTS.

REFERRING TO COMMENTS MADE BY THE KUK’S CHAIRMAN, MR LAU WONG-FAT, IN HIS SPEECH OF WELCOME, THE GOVERNOR SAID HE APPRECIATED THE ADVERSE EFFECTS OF AN ENFORCED CHANGE OF LIFE STYLE FROM RURAL TO URBAN AND THE NEED TO ENSURE THAT REASONABLE ARRANGEMENTS •ERE MCE TO PROVIDE FOR LANDOWNERS TO BE COMPENSATED ADEQUATELY FOE 'HE LOSS OF T-EIR LAND, AND FOR THEM TO BE SATISFACTORILY HOUSED WHERE THEIR VILLAGES HAD TO MAKE WAY FOR DEVELOPMENT.

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THE ARRANGEMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE BY THE GOVERNMENT ARE IN NO SMALL MEASURE THE RESULT OF CONSULTATION BETWEEN THE ADMINISTRATION AND THE HEUNG YEE KUK.

I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT YOU WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE REPRESENTATIONS TO THE GOVERNMENT IN RESPECT OF THE VARIOUS ISSUES RAISED BY YOUR CHAIRMAN VIA THE REGIONAL SECRETARY AND THE DISTRICT OFFICERS WHOSE IMPORTANT COORDINATING ROLE WILL BE MAINTAINED.

FOR MY PART I SHALL TAKE A CLOSE INTEREST IN THE PROGRESS MADE,+ HE SAID.

IN HIS WELCOMING SPEECH, MR LAU CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT ♦TO STRIKE A BALANCE BETWEEN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INTERESTS+ IN THE COURSE OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF LAND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

HE SAID THE PEOPLE IN THE NT SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO SHARE +IN THE DEVELOPMENT PROFIT+ AND SHOULD BE +ENSURED OF APPROPRIATE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THEIR FUTURE LIVELIHOOD+. .

MR LAU POINTED OUT THAT IN ADDITION TO SERVING ON THE DISTRICT BOARDS, THE KUK’S MEMBERS ALSO HELPED RESIDENTS TO TAKE PART IN COMMUNITY SERVICES. /

IN THE COURSE OF DEVELOPING THE NT, THERE ARE BOUND TO BE PROBLEMS AFFECTING THE LIVELIHOOD OF THE PEOPLE, AND IT WAS THE JOB OF THE KUK TO WORK WITH THE NT REGIONAL SECRETARY TO SOLVE THESE PROBLEMS, MR LAU SAID.

HE THANKED THE GOVERNOR FOR VISITING THE KUK, AND PRESENTED HIM WITH A MEMORANDUM ON THE POINTS HE HAD RAISED IN HIS WELCOME SPEECH.

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CHANGE OF TELEPHONE NUMBERS FOR LEGAL DEPARTMENT

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THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT IN THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES WILL BE USING A NEW TELEPHONE SYSTEM WITH DIRECT—DI ALL I NG—IN FACILITIES AS FROM MONDAY (JUNE 14).

THE NEW NUMBER FOR GENERAL ENQUIRIES WILL BE 5-8413413, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

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EPCOM REPORT DISCUSSED

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THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE (EPCOM) AND ITS SPECIAL COMMITTEES ARE NOW ALL CHAIRED BY UNOFFICIALS, WHO ARE INDEPENDENT AND WELL PLACED TO LOBBY GOVERNMENT ON ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS, EPCOM CHAIRMAN MR GERALD FORSGATE SAID TODAY.

HIS OBSERVATION WAS MADE AT THE OPENING OF THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE WHICH WAS ATTENDED FOR THE FIRST TIME BY REPRESENTATIVES OF THE NEW DISTRICT BOARDS AND BY THE PRESS.

THE AIM OF OPENING THE GATHERING TO A WIDER AUDIENCE, MR FORSGATE SAID, IS TO LET MORE PEOPLE KNOW WHAT EPCOM ORGANISATION IS ALL ABOUT AND WHAT IT AND GOVERNMENT ARE DOING IN THE FIELD OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.

A COMPREHENSIVE REPORT OF WHAT EPCOM DEALT WITH IN THE PAST YEAR WAS DISCUSSED AT THE MEETING AND MR FORSGATE OUTLINED THE MORE IMPORTANT ITEMS.

ONE OF THESE WAS AN AIR POLLUTION CONTROL BILL, THE THIRD MAJOR PIECE OF LEGISLATION WHICH HAS BEEN THROUGH EPCOM’S CONSULTATIVE MACHINERY - FOLLOWING THE WASTE DISPOSAL ORDINANCE AND THE WATER POLLUTION CONTROL ORDINANCE.

ANOTHER WAS THE DECLARATION OF TOLO HARBOUR AS THE FIRST WATER CONTROL ZONE IN FEBRUARY THIS YEAR AND THE DRAWING UP OF WATER QUALITY OBJECTIVES FOR THE ZONE.

ON THE OLD SMELLY PROBLEM OF THE KAI TAK NULLAH, MR FORSGATE SAID HE BELIEVED THAT AT LAST THERE WAS NOW A DETERMINED AND DETAILED PROGRAMME ADOPTED BY THE GOVERNMENT.

♦ A NEW ’KAI TAK NULLAH’ UNIT HAS BEEN SET UP- A COMPREHENSIVE IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME PLANNED AND PUT INTO THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME- AND DESILTING AND OTHER OPERATIONS HAVE ALREADY BEGUN,+ HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THERE WAS AN EPCOM SPECIAL PROJECT GRANTS SCHEME, ANNOUNCED IN APRIL, WHICH PROVIDED THE COMMITTEE A MODEST BUDGET TO FINANCE PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS OR GROUPS WHO WISH TO UNDERTAKE SOME BONA FIDE PROJECT OR STUDY IN THE FIELD OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.

SPEAKING AFTER MR FORSGATE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE OK AIR POLLUTION, WR WALTER SULKE POINTED OUT THAT THE AIR POLLUTION CONTROL BILL WAS REALLY NO MORE THAN A BEGINNING.

+FOR WE MUST NOW GET DOWN TO PUTTING FLESH ON THE BONES CF THIS ENABLING BILL, IN THE FORM OF DETAILED REGULATIONS WHICH WILL ACTUALLY BRING THE CONTROLS INTO EFFECT,+ HE SAID.

HE SAID HIS COMMITTEE HAD ALSO BEEN OCCUPIED WITH VEHICULAR EMISSIONS AND HAD RECENTLY HELD A SPECIAL MEETING WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF COMMERCIAL VEHICLE OwNERS AND DRIVERS.

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HE DETECTED A HIGH LEVEL OF AWARENESS OF THE DANGERS OF SUCH POLLUTION - AND OF THE ASSOCIATED HIGH RUNNING COSTS OF BADLY TUNED ENGINES.

♦THERE SEEMED TO ME TO BE A GENUINE WILLINGNESS TO CO-OPERATE TO REDUCE VEHICLE EMISSIONS,* HE SAID.

THE COMMITTEE WILL BE MEETING AGAIN WITH THESE REPRESENTATIVES IN ABOUT SIX MONTHS' TIME, TO SEE WHAT PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE.

ON A RELATED TOPIC, MR SULKE NOTED THAT THERE HAD BEEN A GREAT DEAL OF PUBLIC INTEREST IN THE QUESTION OF LEAD IN PETROL.

+THIS IS A CONTENTIOUS ISSUE ON WHICH THE EVIDENCE IS NOT CLEAR. MY COMMITTEE VERY RECENTLY HAD THE BENEFIT OF A DETAILED DISCUSSION WITH TWO ACKNOWLEDGED EXPERTS IN THE FIELD FROM U.K.

+THEIR VIEW IS THAT LEAD EMISSIONS FROM PETROL ARE BY NO MEANS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT SOURCE OF THIS POISON. OTHER SOURCES, SUCH AS LEAD FROM OLD PAINT, PIPING, CERTAIN COSMETICS, TOYS AND SO ON, HAVE A FAR MORE DIRECT IMPACT UPON PEOPLE,* HE SAID.

THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE HOWEVER HAS PRESSED THE .OIL COMPANIES IN HONG KONG TO REDUCE THE LEVELS IN PETROL SOLD HERE, RESULTING IN A STAGED PROGRAMME OF REDUCTIONS, FROM 0.84 GM/1 IN 1980 TO 0.6 GM/1 AT PRESENT AND FURTHER TO 0.4 GM/1 NEXT JANUARY, WHICH WILL BRING US INTO LINE WITH THE LEVELS OBSERVED IN THE U.K. AND WHICH ARE EXPECTED TO PREVAIL THERE UNTIL 1985.

MR SULKE SAID THE COMMITTEE WOULD CONTINUE TO PRESS FOR FURTHER REDUCTIONS, BEARING IN MIND THE ECONOMIC IMPACT AND THE NEED TO SAFEGUARD SUPPLIES. HE WOULD ALSO CONTINUE TO PRESS FOR A RAPID EXTENSION OF THE MONITORING AND MEASUREMENTS FACILITIES TO BUILD UP A DATA BASE TO ACHIEVE A PROPERLY INFORMED LEVEL OF DISCUSSION ON POLLUTION MATTERS.

FOR THE COMING YEAR, HE SUGGESTED THAT THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE PURSUE TWO PRIORITIES. ONE IS THE CONTROL OF PARTICULATE EMISSIONS AND ESPECIALLY DUST FROM CONSTRUCTION SITES, PFA (PULVERISED FUEL ASH) FROM THE COAL FIRED POWER STATIONS, AND DIESEL VEHICLE EMISSIONS, AND THE OTHER IS A REVISION OF EMISSION REGULATIONS FOR ALL MOTOR VEHICLES.

IN HIS SPEECH, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON NOISE, MR HENRY LITTON SAID THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD A CLOSE LOOK AT TWO PROJECTS, THE NOISE IMPLICATIONS OF THE ELECTRIFICATION PROGRAMME OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY AND THE NOISE PROBLEMS LIKELY TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MTR ISLAND LINE.

ON THE KCR PROJECT, MR LITTON SAID THE COMMITTEE CONCLUDED THAT THERE WAS GOOD REASON TO HOPE THAT THE PROGRAMME WOULD NOT LEAD TO ANY INCREASED NOISE LEVELS AND THAT POSSIBLY ADJACENT SETTLEMENTS MIGHT ENJOY A BETTER NOISE ENVIRONMENT, PARTICULARLY IF SOME OF THE PLANNING RECOMMENDATIONS WERE IMPLEMENTED.

AS TO THE MTR WORKS, HE SAID THERE WAS NO DOUBT THAT THE TUNNELLING METHOD WOULD SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCE THE CREATION OF NOISE, COMPARED WITH THE *CUT AND COVER* METHOD USED FOR THE INITIAL SYSTEM.

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THE SFZIAL COMMITTEE WAS CONCERNED HOWEVER THAT THE MTR APPEARED TO PROPOSE TO MONITOR NOISE ONLY *BY COMPLAINT*.

*WE THEREFORE URGED THE CORPORATION TO INTRODUCE OBJECTIVE, SCIENTIFIC NOISE MONITORING TECHNIQUES AND A SYSTEM OF SELFINSPECTION, THROUGH WHICH THEY THEMSELVES WOULD TAKE ACTION TO CUT DOWN EXCESSIVE NOISE, SHOULD IT OCCUR, EVEN IN ADVANCE OF COMPLAINTS FROM THE PUBLIC.

+THIS THEY HAVE AGREED TO DO AND WE SHALL BE MONITORING EVENTS AS THE LINE WORKS GET UNDERWAY,* HE SAID.

MR LITTON ALSO REPORTED THAT THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE HAD GIVEN THEIR SUPPORT TO A PILOT STUDY BEING RUN BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ON NOISE IN SCHOOLS AND HAD OBTAINED A NEW INITIATIVE FROM THE BUILDING CONTRACTORS’ ASSOCIATION IN THE FORM OF A DECLARED INTENTION TO ADOPT AN APPROACH OF +SELF-REGULATION* IN THE CONTROL OF CONSTRUCTION NOISE.

THE COMMITTEE HAD GIVEN ITS FULL SUPPORT TO THE ENDEAVOURS, WHICH WERE THE APPOINTMENT OF AN ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER TO RESPOND TO COMPLAINTS AND TO ADVISE THE ASSOCIATION’S MEMBERS ON NOISE REDUCTION TECHNIQUES, THE SETTING UP OF A MONITORING AND COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE TO OVERSEE THIS WHOLE AREA, AND THE ISSUING OF A CODE OF PRACTICE EXPLAINING HOW NOISE FROM COMPRESSORS SHOULD BEST BE HANDLED IN ORDER TO CUT DOWN ITS IMPACT.

MR LITTON FURTHER SAID HE KNEW A GREAT DEAL 'OF PREPARATORY WORK WAS NOW GOING ON WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT ON A COMPREHENSIVE NOISE CONTROL BILL AND ON A NEW APPROACH TO THE CONTROL OF DAYTIME PILING THROUGH AN AMENDMENT TO THE SUMMARY OFFENCES ORDINANCE.

REFERRING TO THE WORK OF THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON LEGISLATION, CF WHICH HE IS ALSO CHAIRMAN, MR LITTON NOTED THAT IT HAD A VALUABLE ROLE IN CONDUCTING A FINAL SCRUTINY OF MAJOR LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS AS THEY CAME UP, AFTER POLICY HAD BEEN DETERMINED THROUGH THE OTHER EPCOM COMMITTEES.

MR STEPHEN LAU, CHAIRMAN OF THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON LAND AND WATER POLLUTION, REPORTED THAT IN ADDITION TO THE DECLARATION CF TOLO HARBOUR AS A WATER CONTROL ZONE AND THE WATER QUALITY OBJECTIVES FOR THE ZONE, THE COMMITTEE HAD DISCUSSED THE LONG TERM PROVISION OF CONTROLLED TIP AND INCINERATOR SITES AND THE PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH PFA DISPOSAL FROM THE POWER STATION ON LAMMA ISLAND.

+SINCE THE PROBLEMS INVOLVED IN THE WATER POLLUTION CONTROL ORDINANCE ARE BEING RESOLVED, I EXPECT WE SHALL NOW BE DEVOTING MORE ATTENTION TO SOLID WASTE AND LAND BASED POLLUTION,* HE SAID.

HE SAID HE WAS PLEASED THAT THE GOVERNMENT +DOES NOW SEEM COMMITTED TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, WHERE THIS IS PRACTICAL*, AND HE EXPECTED THAT THE NEXT SESSION WOULD BE A PARTICULARLY CHALLENGING ONE, wITH MANY PROPOSALS NOW CLOSE TO BEING AT THE STAGE *HERE THEY -ILL COME TO EPCOM AND ITS SPECIAL COMMITTEES.

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NEW TRAFFIC MEASURES FOR SAN PO KONG * * M

A NEW TRAFFIC SCHEME TO SPEED UP BUS JOURNEY TIME AND TO IMPROVE GENERAL TRAFFIC FLOW IN SAN PO KONG WILL BE INTRODUCED ON MONDAY (JUNE 14).

DISCLOSING THIS TODAY, SENIOR TRANSPORT OFFICER/TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT KOWLOON, MR PETER LUK, SAID THE SCHEME WAS PREPARED BY A CONSULTANT FIRM AND HAD BEEN EXAMINED AND APPROVED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD.

MR LUK SAID THE FOLLOWING MEASURES WILL BE IMPLEMENTED FROM 10 AM i

URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS (7 AM - 7 PM DAILY)

* KING TAI STREET-

* KING FUK STREET BETWEEN KING TAI STREET AND,SHUNG LING STREET-

M SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF KING FUK STREET BETWEEN SHUNG LING STREET AND NING YUEN STREET"

* SHUNG LING STREET BETWEEN TSEUK LUK STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 40 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH TSEUK LUK STREET- AND

* SHUNG LING STREET BETWEEN KING FUK STREET AND NING YUEN STREET.

PUBLIC LIGHT BUS RESTRICTED ZONES (7 AM TO 7 PM D’AILY)

* SHUNG LING STREET BETWEEN NING YUEN STREET AND KAM WING STREET- AND

* THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF NING YUEN STREET BETWEEN YAN 01 STREET AND SHUNG LING STREET.

PUBLIC LIGHT BUS PROHIBITED ZONE

HONG KEUNG STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED AS A PUBLIC LIGHT BUS PROHIBITED ZONE 24 HOURS DAILY.

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NEW PUBLIC LIGHT BUS STANDS

NEW PLB STANDS WILL BE PROVIDED AT NING YUEN STREET AND YAN Cl STREET. THE EXISTING STAND AT THE UNNAMED ROAD LEADING FROM CHOI HUNG ROAD INTO YIN HING STREET WILL BE CANCELLED.

RE-ROUTING OF STREETS


PAT TAT STREET TO BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE WAY SOUTHBOUND TO ONE WAY NORTHBOUND"

*

TSEUK LUK STREET BETWEEN SHUNG LING STREET TO BE RE-ROUTED FROM TWO WAY

STREET AND KING FUK TO ONE WAY SOUTHBOUND

M HONG KEUNG STREET TO BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE WAY EASTBOUND TO ONE WAY WESTBOUND"

* KING FUK STREET BETWEEN SHUNG LING STREET AND NING YUEN STREET TO BE RE-ROUTED FROM TWO WAY TO ONE WAY WESTBOUND-

I

* NING YUEN STREET TO BE RE-ROUTED FROM TWO WAY TO ONE WAY NORTHBOUND.

AND

MR LUK STRESSED THAT THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL CLOSELY WATCH THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THESE MEASURES AND A SIMILAR SCHEME MAY BE INTRODUCED IN NEARBY CHOI HUNG ROAD AT A LATER DATE.

INFORMATION SHEETS TOGETHER WITH A SKETCH EXPLAINING THE NEW TRAFFIC SCHEME CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS AT 32 Ol KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI- THE DEPARTMENT’S KOWLOON REGIONAL OFFICE AT PARK-IN COMMERCIAL CENTRE, DUNDAS STREET, MONG KOK- AND THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE/WONG TAI S.IN IN THE SAN PO KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING.

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SAN PO KONG TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME (i4jun82)

LEGEND IStb

—» New Traffic Routing

* Existing Traffic Routing

New Box Junction Sr&SaZiteS&n

■ New Urban Clearway (Hours of Operation 7am-7pm) WrsWitKSiiSIS

— — — Existing Urban Clearway (Hours of Operation 7am-7pm)

• • • • Proposed PLB Clearway (Hours of Operation 7am-7pm)

f A New Signalised Pedestrian Crossing

\____/ SriJiS^nAiasaiS

New Traffic Island

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n New PLB Prohibited Sign

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<0UNG PRISONERS EXCEL IN LONDON EXAMS *****

THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION, MR KENNETH TOPLEY, IN A SPECIAL CEREMONY HELD TODAY AT THE PIK UK CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION, PRESENTED CERTIFICATES OF THE CITY AND GUILDS OF LONDON INSTITUTE TO 14 YOUNG PRISONERS WHO HAVE PASSED THE TELECOMMUNICATION TECHNICIAN COURSE EXAMINATIONS WITH REMARKABLE RESULTS.

THE RECIPIENTS, WHO ARE AGED BETWEEN 19 AND 24, TOOK THE EXAMINATIONS FOR THE FIRST AND SECOND YEAR AND EMERGED WITH A TOTAL OF 19 DISTINCTIONS, 16 CREDITS AND SIX PASSES.

OF THEM, SIX SAT FOR THE SECOND YEAR EXAMINATION AND THE REMAINDER FOR THE FIRST YEAR EXAMINATION.

THE CITY AND GUILDS OF LONDON INSTITUTE TELECOMMUNICATION TECHNICIAN COURSE WAS FIRST INTRODUCED IN. PIK UK CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION IN 1978 IN LINE WITH THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S CONTINUOUS EFFORT IN CORRECTING YOUNG OFFENDERS BY PROVIDING THEM WITH EDUCATIONAL AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING. SUBJECTS TAUGHT INCLUDED MATHEMATICS, ENGINEERING SCIENCE AND ELEMENTARY TELECOMMUNICATION PRACTICES.

DURING THE PAST THREE YEARS, 37 YOUNG PRISONERS, 25

CF WHOM HAVE ALREADY BEEN DISCHARGED, HAVE SAT FOR THE EXAMINATIONS. A MAJORITY OF THOSE DISCHARGED ARE PRESENTLY EMPLOYED IN THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY WHILE TWO OF THEM HAVE CONTINUED THEIR STUDIES IN AN EVENING COLLEGE AND SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE 3RD YEAR COURSE.

TODAY’S CEREMONY WAS ATTENDED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR THOMAS GARNER, OFFICERS AND MASTERS OF THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AS WELL AS PARENTS AND RELATIVES OF THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES.

FOLLOWING THE PRESENTATION, MR TOPLEY, ACCOMPANIED BY MR GARNER, TOURED THE INSTITUTION TO SEE THE VARIOUS FACILITIES PROVIDED AND OBSERVED THE EDUCATIONAL AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING CLASSES FOR YOUNG OFFENDERS.

MR TOPLEY ALSO VISITED THE NEWLY BUILT LAUNDRY AT THE ADJACENT PIK UK PRISON WHICH IS CAPABLE OF HANDLING 450 000 KILOGRAMMES CF SOILED LINEN FROM GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS AND CLINICS A MONTH.

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BAN ON RIGHT TURN MOVEMENT ON CHAI WAN ROAD * * *

NORTHBOUND VEHICLES ALONG CHAI WAN ROAD WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING RIGHT INTO A KUNG NGAM ROAD FROM 6 AM ON SATURDAY (JUNE 12) TO 6 AM ON MONDAY (JUNE 14) TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE PLACED IN POSITION TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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BADMINTON AND TABLE TENNIS COURSES

X X K

OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR TEENAGERS TO LEARN BADMINTON AND TABLE TENNIS DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS.

THE TWO COURSES ARE JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND A NUMBER OF NATIONAL SPORT ASSOCIATIONS.

THE BADMINTON TRAINING COURSE, ARRANGED BY THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT’S RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE (RSS) AND THE HONG KONG BADMINTON ASSOCIATION, IS OPEN FOR CHILDREN

CLASSES WILL TAKE PLACE AT SCHOOL CENTRES IN MONG KOK, SHAM SHU I PO, YAU TSUEN WAN.

SIMILAR CLASSES WILL ALSO BE HELD AT THE TAI PO TAI YUEN COMMUNITY HALL.

PLAYGROUNDS AND SPORT

MA TEI, HONG KONG EAST AND

FOR CHILDREN IN TAI PO

APPLICATION FORMS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON JUNE 21 AT RSS HEADQUARTERS AND ITS VARIOUS DISTRICT OFFICES- AND APPLICATIONS WILL BE DEALT WITH ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.

THE TABLE TENNIS TRAINING COURSE, ORGANISED BY RSS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE HONG KONG TABLE TENNIS ASSOCIATION, IS OPEN TO TEENAGERS BETWEEN 13 TO 20 YEARS OF AGE.

CLASSES WILL BE HELD IN VENUES AT SHA TIN AND TSUEN WAN.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE OFFICE OF THE HONG n?e™T^L!,-IENN IS ASSOCIATION, THE RSS HEADQUARTERS AND ITS DISTRICT OFFICES IN SHA TIN AND KWAI CHUNG.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS IS JULY 3.

RESPE^’(|T'CYPAT,0N FEES F0R THE TW0 courses are 515 AND

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VIOLIN PIANO DUO MASTERCLASS * * * *

THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT AND THE URBAN COUNCIL HAVE INVITED THE FAMOUS VIOLINIST ALAN GRISHMAN AND THE WELL-KNOWN PIANIST CHIU YEE-HA TO CONDUCT A VIOLIN PIANO DUO MASTERCLASS. THIS WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (FRIDAY) FROM 5.30 PM TO 7.30 PM AT THE HONG KONG CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC, 8TH FLOOR, HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE. STUDENTS OF THE HONG KONG CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC WILL BE PLAYING AT THE MASTER CLASS.

BEFORE FURTHERING HIS STUDIES IN EUROPE WITH PABLO CASALS, GEORGES ENESCO AND MAX ROSTAL, ALAN GRISHMAN STUDIED VIOLIN WITH IVAN GALAMIAN. HE IS NOW THE PROFESSOR OF VIOLIN AND CHAMBER MUSIC AND CHAIRMAN OF THE STRING DEPARTMENT AT DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY IN PITTSBURGH AND PRIOR TO THIS, HE TAUGHT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, DARTMOUTH COLLEGE AND THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. GRISHMAN ALSO PARTICIPATED IN THE CASALS FESTIVALS IN FRANCE AND PUERTO RICO AND WAS CO-CONCERT MASTER OF THE KANSAS CITY PHILHARMONIC. AT THE MARLBORO MUSIC FESTIVAL, HE FORMED THE GRISHMAN-RYCE DUO WHICH TOURED THROUGHOUT EUROPE, THE FAR EAST, AND THE UNITED STATES, AND WON THE FIRST PRIZE IN THE MUNICH INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION. HE HAS PERFORMED CONCERTOS WITH ORCHESTRAS ON THREE CONTINENTS, AND IS CURRENTLY THE FIRST VIOLINIST OF THE WINDSOR STRING QUARTET.

CHIU YEE-HA, A STUDENT OF ILONA KABOS IN LONDON, BELA SIKI IN SWITZERLAND, AND NADIA REISENBERG IN NEW YORK, MADE HER DEBUT AT THE AGE OF TWELVE. SHE HOLDS DIPLOMAS FROM THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC IN LONDON AND THE JU ILL I ARD SCHOOL IN NEW YORK. SINCE 1965, SHE HAS MADE HER HOME IN THE UNITED STATES, AND HAS TAUGHT AT THE JU ILL I ARD SCHOOL AND THE CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIVERSITY. SHE IS CURRENTLY WORKING IN THE MUSIC FACULTY AT DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY IN PITTSBURGH. APART FROM APPEARING IN NUMEROUS RECITALS IN ASIA AND THE UNITED STATES, MISS CHIU HAS PERFORMED TWICE AS SOLOIST WITH THE LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA UNDER ANATOLE FISTOULARI IN ENGLAND, AND WITH SIR MALCOLM SARGENT IN HONG KONG AT THE INAUGURATION OF THE CITY HALL. SHE HAS ALSO PLAYED CONCERTOS WITH THE HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, THE TAIPEI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND THE PORTLAND (MAINE) AND DARTMOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS IN THE UNITED STATES.

THE MASTER CLASS IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND ADMISSION IS FREE.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR TRAM TRACKS RE-ALIGNMENT IN KING’S ROAD

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the transport department will be INVITING TENDERS FOR TWF

PART Of^HE^SBLK^ANSroRT'rafoRin IcH°h""'CH F°RMS *"

TENDER FORMS WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM TOMORROW (FRIDAY^ at matt

“IysJS a“hue?Nca5se“?T6*y?TH floor- HAHa LUNa BANK BUIL“'“G. '

^NNK'fEA^ERsHarT?iA^E^ESTMREssED

albertAroad’ central government offices (main wing), lower

late Tewgftlff Eo°? Ie «?epted.'S °" F,w*¥ (JULV ”•

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LOGO FOR KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD * * *

THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD IS HOLDING A LOGO DESIGN COMPETITION TO PROMOTE A SENSE OF BELONGING AMONG RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE COMPETITION IS OPEN TO ALL RESIDENTS IN HONG KONG, AND GJFJ COUPONS OF $1 000, $500 AND $200 WILL BE AWARDED TO WINNERS OF THE FIRST THREE PRIZES.

riTv THE COMPETITION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE

CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (KOWLOON CITY), 141-143 KAU PUI LUNG ROAD BLOCKA8WAh6 MAN tTn rqTATCF,?91 ?L32 WUHU STREET» HUNG «0M AND BLOCK 8, HO MAN TIN ESTATE, 123-126 SHEUNG SHING STREET, KOWLOON.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS AUGUST 16.

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CHIEF ENGINEER SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH * * *

THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING FOR A CHIEF ENGINEER FOR ITS $10-MILLI0N OCEAN-GOING RESEARCH VESSEL, TAI SHUN.

THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE WILL TAKE CHARGE OF THE VESSEL’S ENGINE ROOM INCLUDING ITS MANNING, WATCH-KEEPING AND MAINTENANCE, AND WILL BE REQUIRED TO GO TO SEA FOR PERIODS OF THREE WEEKS OR MORE.

HE MUST POSSESS A SECOND CLASS CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY (MOTOR) OR (COMBINED) OF COMMONWEALTH VALIDITY, MUST ALSO SPEAK FLUENT ENGLISH, PREFERABLY AT A STANDARD EQUIVALENT TO GRADE E IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE (SYLLABUS B) IN THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE CF EDUCATION.

THE SALARY OFFERED RANGES FROM S6 26OT0 FOR THE POST CLOSE ON MONDAY (JUNE 14).

•7 890. APPLICATIONS

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DISTRICT STRATEGY TO BE OUTLINED BY BOARD

X X X X

FINAL APPROVAL OF A DOCUMENT ON DISTRICT STRA'TEGY IS EXPECTED WHEN THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT BOARD HOLDS ITS FIFTH MEETING AT 2 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT THE CMA PRE-VOCATIONAL SCHOOL.

PREPARED WITH THE PURPOSE OF SETTING OUT THE OBJECTIVES OF THE DISTRICT BOARD AND OUTLINING HOW THESE OBJECTIVES ARE TO BE ACHIEVED, THE DOCUMENT WILL THEN BE PRINTED IN THE FORM OF A BOOKLET FOR DISTRIBUTION TO RESIDENTS FOR THEIR COMMENTS.

AT THE MEETING ALSO, BOARD MEMBERS WILL BE GIVEN A BRIEFING ABOUT THE WORK OF THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION BY THE COMMISSIONER, MR P.B. WILLIAMS.

AMONG OTHER MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED WILL BE PARKING FACILITIES, FERRY SERVICES, AND FIRE PREVENTION IN TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE FIFTH MEETING OF THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT BOARD TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT 2 PM AT THE CMA PRE-VOCATIONAL SCHOOL, 298 NAM CHEONG STREET, SHAM SHU I PO.

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NOTE TO EDITORS*

PRESS CONFERENCE ON MAJOR SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMES * * * *

A PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE A MAJOR YOUTH PROGRAMME TO BE LAUNCHED IN THE SUMMER MONTHS WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT 2.30 PM AT RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG, BROADCASTING HOUSE, BROADCAST DRIVE, KOWLOON.

THE +SWINGING SUMMER+ TV SERIES, ONE OF 8 000 SUMMER ACTIVITIES ORGANISED THIS YEAR, IS PRESENTED BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES AND RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG IN CONJUNCTION WITH MEMBER DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES OF THE GOVERNMENT’S CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR YOUTH RECREATION.

DETAILS OF THE TV SERIES WILL BE GIVEN BY THE PRINCIPAL INFORMATION OFFICER (PROMOTIONS) OF THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES, MRS BETTY SHUM- THE CONTROLLER OF RTHK TV, MR SIMON LUN AND THE HEAD OF RTHK TV’S GENERAL PROGRAMMES, MfSS MARIA WAN.

REPRESENTATIVES OF THE CO-ORGANI SERS AND TV CELEBRITIES WHO WILL APPEAR IN THE TV PROGRAMMES WILL ALSO BE PRESENT.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE. GIS OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

AIR POLLUTION CONTROL BILL 1982 ............................ 1

TSING YI PLANS HOUSING FOR 80 OOO........................... 2

FERRY FARES ................................................ 4

TRY NEW IDEAS, YOUNG DESIGNERS TOLD ........................ 4

BUSINESS SUPPORT FOR TRADE FACILITATION WORK URGED ......... 5

MAJOR YOUTH TV PROGRAMME LAUNCHED .......................... 6

IMPROVEMENT TO TRAFFIC FLOW IN KING'S ROAD ................. 8

1982 ROAD SAFETY DAY ....................................... 9

SHA TIN CAREERS EXHIBITION OPENS ........................... 10

MORE SPORTS FACILITIES FOR OUTLYING ISLANDS ................ 11

SAI KUNG TEAM TO COMPETE IN PENANG DRAGON BOAT RACE......... 12

CHARITABLE BODIES LISTED ................................... 12

FORESHORE AND SEABED LEASE AT KWAI CHUNG ................... 13

OLD BUILDINGS TO GIVE WAY FOR MTR WORK ..................... 1J

PARTIAL CLOSURE OF CHATHAM ROAD FLYOVER .................... 1J

PUBLIC ENQUIRY COUNTER ..................................... 14

QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY HONOURS LIST .............................. 14

STRING QUARTET CONCERT ..................................... 14

FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 1982

sIR POLLUTION CONTROL BILL 1982 * * *

ANOTHER major step was announced today in the battle against ,"i3N in HONG KONG.

the executve council this week approved the AIR POLLUTION JNTROL BIll 1982. IT WILL BE CONSIDERED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL NEXT WEDNESDAY.

THIS IS THE THIRD OF A SERIES OF MAJOR BILLS COVERING THE ?T: - -ion OF HONG KONG’S ENVIRONMENT. THE WASTE DISPOSAL ORDINANCE anD THE * ATER POL-JTI ON CONTROL ORDINANCE, COVERING SOLID WASTE '? WATER POLLUTION RESPECTIVELY, WERE ENACTED IN 1980. A FOURTH •ECE OF DRAFT LEGISLATION, TO CONTROL NOISE, IS IN THE EARLY STAGES OF DRAFTING. ONCE ALL FOUR ARE IN PLACE, HONG KONG WILL IxlF < FROM A COMPREHENSIVE SYSTEM OF CONTROLS COMPARABLE TO THOSE EXISTING IN ANY TERRITORY WORLDWIDE.

THE NEW BILL WILL REPLACE THE OLD CLEAN AIR ORDINANCE PASSED IN 1959, *HICH COVERED ONLY THE EMISSION OF SMOKE AND GRIT. IN ECEN’ YEARS THE DYNAMIC GROWTH AND DIVERSIFICATION OF HONG KONG’S INDUSTRY HAS LED TO THE PRODUCTION OF A GREATER VARIETY OF AIR -3L-LTANTS WHICH NEED TO BE BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL.

THE APPROACH OF THE NEW BILL IS TWO-FOLD.

FIRST, IT CONTAINS EMERGENCY +ABATEMENT NOTICE* PROCEDURES IMILAR TO THOSE IN THE OLD CLEAN AIR ORDINANCE BUT WIDENED TO COVER <L AIR POLLUTANTS. THESE WILL GIVE THE BILL’S CONTROL AUTHORITY, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, A SPEEDIER AND MORE EFFECTIVE CAPABILITY TO HANDLE SERIOUS AIR POLLUTION PROBLEMS WHICH AFFECT AVIATION SAFETY OR ENDANGER PUBLIC HEALTH.

SECOND, AND REPRESENTING AN ENTIRELY NEW CONCEPT FOR HONG KONG, 5 THE BILL’S SCHEME FOR AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING. THE BASIS OF THIS IS A SCIENTIFIC APPROACH WHICH SEEKS TO BALANCE THE MISSION OF POLLUTANTS INTO OUR ATMOSPHERE AGAINST THE CAPABILITY •- THAT ATMOSPHERE TO ABSORB THEM WHILE CONTINUING TO SUSTAIN THE HEALTH OF OUR COMMUNITY.

THE SCHEME WILL INVOLVE THE DECLARATION OF AIR CONTROL ZONES, FOR WHICH AIR QUALITY OBJECTIVES WILL BE SET. THE LATTER WILL REPRESENT THE AIR QUALITY WHICH THE CONTROL AUTHORITY WILL SEEK TO -OHIEVE. MAJOR POLLUTING ACTIVITIES WILL BE DECLARED +SPECIFIED PROCESSES* AND WILL BE SUBJECT TO DETAILED LICENSING CONDITIONS TO CONTROL THEIR EMISSIONS.

TO AVOID THE DANGER OF ECONOMIC DISLOCATION AND DISRUPTION ‘ OUR INDUSTRIES THROUGH THE INTRODUCTION OF THESE CONTROLS, ■OST OF tHE EXISTING EMITTERS IN THE SPECIFIED PROCESS CATEGORY 'LL BE ELIGIBLE FOR EXEMPTION FROM LICENSING. BUT THIS EXEMPTION WIL' ONLY LAST AS LONG AS THE NATURE OF THE SPECIFIED PROCESS REMA NS UNCHANGED - AS SOOL AS IT IS VARIED OR ENLARGED BECOME SUBJECT TO THE SAME LICENSING ARRANGEMENTS AS

• ILl APPLIED T ALL NEW SPECIFIED PROCESSES. AND ANY EXEMPTED 'PCRr'P ‘HOSE PROCESS CONSTITUTES A RISK TO PUBLIC HEALTH *LL mAVE Hls exemption WITHDRAWN.

FRIDAY, JUNS 1':. 19t.-

_ UP TO A CAREFUL ATTEMPT BY GOVERNMENT TO BALANCE

it NEEDS ' '•'•RY AND BUSINESS AGAINST THOSE OF THE COMMUNITY

S A WHOuE.

THE NEw BILL HAS BEEN THE SUBJECT OF PROLONGED AND EXTENSIVE JONSULTATiuN ?OT- A I th in AND OUTSIDE GOVERNMENT, PRINCIPALLY THROUGH THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND ITS PEC I AL COMMITTEE DN AIR POLLUTION.

REPRESENTATIVES OF THE VARIOUS INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATIONS HAVE BEEN TULLY INVOLVED THROUGH THEIR MEMBERSHIP OF THESE COMMITTEES, ON -.HICH THE CONSERVANCY ASSOCIATION ALSO SITS.

TSI NG Yl PLANS HOUSING FOR 80 000

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TWO MORE PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES ACCOMMODATING 70 000 PEOPLE WILL BE BUILT ON RECLAIMED LAND ON TSING Yl, THE DISTRICT OFFICER, TAM WING-PONG, SAID TODAY.

IN ADDITION, A HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME ESTATE FOR ABOUT 10 000 AND FURTHER EXPANSION TO THE EXISTING CHEUNG HONG -AND CHEUNG CHING ESTATES ARE ALSO BEING PLANNED.

MR TAM DISCLOSED THIS IN A LUNCHEON SPEECH TO THE TSUEN WAN Y’S MEN’S CLUB WHEN HE OUTLINED PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT PLANS OF THE ISLAND AND IDENTIFIED SOME PROBLEMS.

OTHER PROJECTS INCLUDED IN THE ISLAND’S OUTLINE DEVELOPMENT PLAN ARE:

* A SECOND TSING Yl BRIDGE, LYING NORTH OF THE ISLAND, EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY 1986:

* A NEW TOWN CENTRE WITH MAJOR COMMERCIAL, RECREATIONAL AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES, SUCH AS URBAN CLINIC, INDOOR GAMES HALL, SPORTS STADIUM, SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX, A COMMUNITY CENTRE, A GOVERNMENT OFFICE BLOCK, A DIVISIONAL POLICE STATION, A HOSPITAL AND AN AMBULANCE DEPOT :

* THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE EASTERN AND SOUTHERN COASTS FOR MARINE-ORIENTED INDUSTRY, A SITE NORTH OF THE EXISTING TSING Yl BRIDGE FOR FLATTED FACTORIES AND ANOTHER AREA FOR CLEAN LABORATORY-TYPE INDUSTRY -- TO ACCOMMODATE A TOTAL EXPECTED WORK FORCE OF 20 000 BY 1996- AND IMPROVED RECREATIONAL AND RESTAURANT FACILITIES AT YAU KAM TAU BOATYARDS.

'-!P TAY said tsi ng Yl’S DEVELOPMENT WOULD BE +RAPID+, FROM « POPULATION of 3 A5O IN 1971 RISING TO THE PRESENT 50 000, AND TO REACH 20 300 TmE END OF THIS DECADE.

♦IN A DEVELOPMENT OF THIS SCOPE AND MAGNITUDE, IT IS ESSENTIAL CONSTANTLY to MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS WHICH CONTRIBUTE TO THE WHOLE,+ HE SAID.

♦CIRCUMSTANCES MAY REQUIRE A PROJECT TO BE AMENDED, OR A NEW PROJECT TO BE INCLUDED, OR THE COMPLETION OF A PROJECT TO BE DEFERRED OR ADVANCED.+

ACCORDING TO MR TAM, ABOUT 954 HECTARES OF LAND WOULD BE REQUIRED FOR THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT PLAN, OF WHICH 83 HECTARES WOULD HAVE TO BE RECLAIMED FROM THE SEA.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE GREATEST CONSIDERATION HAD ALWAYS BEEN GIVEN TO THE PROBLEM OF CLEARANCES WHICH MIGHT OFTEN BE DISTRESSING BUT WHICH WERE INEVITABLE IF DEVELOPMENT WAS TO PROCEED FOR SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENTS FOR THE GENERAL COMMUNITY.

FOR ELIGIBLE FAMILIES AFFECTED BY SUCH CLEARANCES, HE SAID PUBLIC HOUSING UNITS AND TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA (THA) ACCOMMODATION HAD BEEN RESERVED. FURTHERMORE, ANOTHER THA WOULD BE COMPLETED AT FUNG SHUE WO NEXT YEAR.

MR TAM WENT ON TO SAY THAT EQUAL CONSIDERATION WOULD ALSO BE GIVEN TO PRESERVING AND EXPANDING TRADITIONAL VALUES.

ABOUT 20 HECTARES OF LAND, MAINLY WOODED SLOPES, WOULD BE PRESERVED FOR PASSIVE RECREATIONAL USE AND AN AREA OF 400 HECTARES IN THE CENTRE OF TSING YI AS A GREEN BELT WHERE ONLY CERTAIN USES APPROPRIATE TO THE RURAL SETTING MIGHT BE PERMITTED ON SELECTED SITES.

IN ADDITION, TRADITIONAL BURIAL GROUNDS FOR TSING Yl VILLAGERS AND FARMING ACTIVITIES WOULD BE MAINTAINED. AN AREA FOR MONASTERY HAD ALSO BEEN RESERVED.

ON TRANSPORT MATTERS, HE SAID THE WORK WOULD INCLUDE THE WIDENING OF THE ROAD INTO DUAL CARRIAGEWAY; TO SERVE THE INDUSTRIAL AREAS ALONG THE EASTERN, SOUTHERN AND WESTERN COASTS: THE BUILDING OF DISTR IBUTORY ROADS SERVING DEVELOPMENT AREAS: SMALLER RING ROAD WITH ROUNDABOUTS SKIRTING THE NEW TOWN CENTRE: AND A SERIES OF SEGREGATED BRIDGES AND CYCLE WAYS TO PROVIDE CONVENIENT AND SAFE ACCESS TO THE TOWN CENTRE AND ALL RESIDENTIAL AREAS.

FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 1982

FERRY FARES * M *

wO ORDERS -hlCH SET OUT THE MAXIMUM FARES ALLOWED TO BE CHARGED BY THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY AND THE +STA.- + FERfi' CO^ANY ARE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

- GOVERNMEf*- SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THESE ARE EXISTING

-AREo AND ARE GAZETTED BECAUSE THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY (SERVICES) ORDINANCE AND ThE +STAR+ FERkY COMPANY (SERVICES) ON-.'SE IN WHICH THEY ARE SCHEDULED a ILL BE REPEALED ON TUESDAY

JUNE 15) WHEN ThE FERRY SERVICES ORDINANCE PASSED BY THE

-tc!SLAT IVE COUNCIL LAST WEEK WILL COME INTO EFFECT.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT FRANCHISES, ON THE SAME TERMS AND CONDITIONS - THOSE EXISTING BUT DUE TO EXPIRE AT THE END OF THIS MONTH, HAVE BEEN GRANTED TO THE TWO FERRY COMPANIES UNDER THE -ROV IS IONS OF THE NEW FERRY SERVICES ORDINANCE TO GIVE TIME TO CONCLUDE NEW FRANCHISES WITH THE COMPANIES.

ALSO PUBLISHED TODAY ARE THE FERRY SERVICES REGULATIONS 1982 UNDER THE FERRY SERVICES ORDINANCE, WHICH REQUIRE FERRY OPERATORS 0 GIVE PROPER NOTICE OF THEIR SERVICES, AND CONTROL IMPROPER BEHAVIOUR OF PASSENGERS.

TRY NEW IDEAS, YOUNG DESIGNERS TOLD XXX

ASPIRING YOUNG DESIGNERS AT THE LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE WERE TOLD TODAY NOT TO BE AFRAID TO TRY OUT NEW IDEAS IN THE COURSE OF THEIR WORK.

+YOU SHOULD NOT BE SLAVES TO FASHION AND AFRAID TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT,* A FORMER DESIGN EDUCATIONIST, MR D.D. WATERS, TOLD THEM AT THE INSTITUTE’S EXHIBITION OF WINDOW DISPLAY BY PART-TIME EVENING STUDENTS.

MR WATERS, A FORMER ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION, SAID ALSO IT WAS NOT TRUE TO SAY THAT HONG KONG PEOPLE HAD NO FLAIR FOR DESIGN AND COULD ONLY COPY.

THERE IS MUCH INTEREST IN DESIGN HERE, AND DESIGN EDUCATION HAS BEEN DEVELOPING RAPIDLY SINCE THE EARLY 197O’S IN HONG KONG’S TECHNICAL INSTITUTES, AS WELL AS THE POLYTECHNIC, HE POINTED OUT.

HE TOLD THE STUDENTS THAT IN WORKING OUT THEIR DESIGNS, THEY SHOULD HOWEVER, ALSO CONSIDER THE COST FACTOR.

DESIGN CAN BE OVERDONE, AS IN THE CASE WHEN EXPENSIVE PACKAGING CAN PUSH UP THE PRICE OF THE PRODUCT CONSIDERABLY, HE' SAID. HE CONGRATULATED THE STUDENTS ON THE VARIETY AND STANDARD OF WORK DISPLAYED AND WISHED THEM SUCCESS IN THE FUTURE.

FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 1982

BUSINESS SUPPORT FOR TRADE FACILITATION WORK URGED ******

HONG KONG’S TRADE FACILITATION COUNCIL NEEDED THE FULL SUPPORT T THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SIR PHILIP SAID THE GOVERNMENT, ON ITS PART, WAS GLAD TO -ROV IDE SUPPORT THROUGH AN ANNUAL SUBVENTION FOR THE COUNCIL’S EFFORTS TOWARDS ELIMINATING PAPERWORK.

THE CHIEF SECRETARY WAS SPEAKING AS GUEST OF HONOUR AT THE -REM I ERE OF THE HONG KONG TRADE FACILITATION COUNCIL FILM,* THE PAPERLESS FRONTIER,* THIS EVENING.

*WE IN HONG KONG NEED TO SUPPORT THE WORK OF THE COUNCIL,* HE SA ID.

TO GAIN THE SUPPORT OF BUS I NESSES,THE COUNCIL HAD RECENTLY ESTABLISHED THREE NEW CLASSES OF MEMBERSHIP, SIR PHILIP POINTED OUT.

THE NEW MEMBERSHIP, HE HOPED, WOULD BRING FINANCIAL BENEFIT, AS WELL AS EXPERTISE AND INFLUENCE TO HELP THE COUNCIL +TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL OF FACILITATION MORE EFFECTIVELY AND WIDELY, BOTH LOCALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY.*

CONFESSING THAT HE HAD NOT APPRECIATED THE EXTENT TO WHICH INTERNATIONAL ELECTRONIC DATA EXCHANGE BETWEEN COMPUTERS HAD DEVELOPED, SIR PHILIP SAID THE HONG KONG-MADE FILM WOULD +CERTAINLY OPEN MANY EYES.*

*1 WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE SPONSORS FOR READILY GIVING THEIR oUPPORT TO A VENTURE WHICH HAS PROVED SO SUCCESSFUL. FOR THE U. N. TO PURCHASE A COPY IS A GREAT FEATHER IN THE CAPS OF THE PRODUCER AND THE TRADE FACILITATION COUNCIL,* HE SAID.

THE COUNCIL’S FOUNDER MEMBERS WERE MADE UP OF THREE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND 13 OTHER IMPORTANT ORGANISATIONS.

+IT IS STRUCTURED ALONG TYPICAL HONG KONG LINES, A PARTNERSHIP FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL.

+THE WORK IS CHALLENGING WITH MANY POSITIVE RESULTS, ALTHOUGH THE BENEFITS MAY AT TIMES BE OBSCURED BY THE LONG-TERM PROCESS INVOLVED IN ELIMINATING PAPERWORK AND THE FACT THAT INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION IS NECESSARY BEFORE AGREEMENT CAN BE REACHED ON THE STANDARDISATION OF DATA ELEMENTS.

+FURTHER, DOCUMENT FORMATS MUST BE AGREED AND SIMPLIFIED AND ELECTRONIC uATE INTERCHANGE BETWEEN MACHINESE MUST BE STANDARDISED BEFORE THESE MACHINESE CAN ’TALK’ TO EACH OTHER.

*ALL THIS TAKES YEARS OF WORK AT BOTH NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONA. LEVELS,* SIR °HIl IP SAID.

THE CHIE- ..JRETARY SAID ALSO HE WAS GLAD TO LEARN THAT A MANDARIN VERS IC, OF THE FILM HAD BEEN SPONSORED AND THAT THE COUNCI' H<_ JEL - PE i ,E TO PRESENT IT TO COLLEAGUES ENGAGED IN SI*'' _AH *QRr. IN CHINA.

♦THIS IS YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF COOPERATION BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CHINA WHICH CHARACTERISES THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HONG KONO AND CHINA TODAY,* HE SAID.

SIR PH IL IP COMMENDED THE

COUNCIL FOR ITS EFFORTS.

MAJOR YOUTH TV PROGRAMME LAUNCHED * * * *

FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN SUCCESSION, THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES AND RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG WILL JOINTLY PRESENT A TV PROGRAMME ENTITLED ^SWINGING SUMMER* TO PROVIDE MORE RECREATIONAL OUTLETS AND ENTERTAINMENT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND, AT THE SAME TIME, TO PROMOTE THE ANNUAL SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME THROUGH TELEVISION.

ANNOUNCING DETAILS OF THE PROGRAMME AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (FRIDAY), THE PRINCIPAL INFORMATION OFFICER (PROMOTIONS) OF GIS, MRS BETTY SHUM, SAID THE IDEA OF PROMOTING THE ANNUAL SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WITH A TV PROGRAMME WAS CONCEIVED LAST YEAR, RESULTING IN THE PRODUCTION OF THE FIRST *SWINGING SUMMER* SERIES. DESPITE ITS EXPERIMENTAL NATURE, THE PROGRAMME SCORED A VERY GOOD RATING.

AS A RESULT, A BIGGER AND BETTER SERIES WILL BE PRODUCED THIS SUMMER.

TO MAKE THE TV SERIES TRULY REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME, MRS SHUM SAID, THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE, MUSIC OFFICE AND THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE WILL BE INVOLVED AS CO-ORGANI SERS.

THE NEW SERIES COMPRISES EIGHT ONE-HOUR EPISODES, FOCUSING ON THE ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY INDIVIDUAL DEPARTMENTS AND VOLUNTARY BODIES. ALTHOUGH EACH EPISODE WILL HAVE A DIFFERENT THEME, ThE OVERALL PROGRAMME CONTENT WILL BE A MIXTURE OF ENTERTAINMENT AND COMPETITION TO ENABLE PARTICIPANTS TO JOIN IN THE FUN.

THE SERIES WILL BE HELD BETWEEN JULY 9 AND SEPTEMBER 2 AT SHA TIN RACE COURSE, PAK TAM CHUNG HOLIDAY CAMP, PUBLIC CARPARK AT THE JUNCTION OF ROUTE TWISK AND TAI MO SHAN ROAD, ST STEPHEN’S COLLEGE, AND SCOUT ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG’S TAI TAM CAMP SITE. QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM AND TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL.

IT wILi BE SCREENED ON TVB - JADE ON EIGHT CONSECUTIVE SUNDAYS, FROM 12 NOON TO 1 PM STARTING JULY 18.


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THIS PROGRAMME WILL BE FUNDED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB, WHICH HAS BEEN THE MAIN SUPPORTER OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME SINCE l-Pfio.

THE CONTROLLER OF RTHK-TV, MR SIMON LUN, SAID THE PROGRAMMES WILL CONSIST MAINLY OF MUSICAL SHOWS WITH FAMOUS LOCAL SINGERS AND ARTISTES AS GUEST STARS AND HOSTS AND SINGING THEIR POPULAR PIECES.

IN ADDITION TO MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT, THREE COMPETITIONS WILL BE HELD DURING THE PROGRAMME- A TERRITORY-WIDE FOLK GROUP SINGING COMPETITION, AN INTER-DISTRICT FOLK DANCE COMPETITION AND A GAMES COMPETITION.

MR LUN SAID YOUNG PEOPLE FROM 15 TO 25 YEARS OF AGE ARE WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FOLK GROUP SINGING COMPETITION.

AFTER PRELIMINARY SELECTIONS CONDUCTED AT RTHK STUDIO, 18 ENTRANTS WILL BE CHOSEN TO COMPETE AT THE SIX OUTDOOR EPISODES FOR THE RIGHT TO ENTER THE FINAL TO BE HELD AT TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL.

THREE PRIZES IN THE FORM OF SCHOLARSHIPS OF $5 OOO, $3 000 AND SI 000 DONATED BY THE VITASOY WILL BE AWARDED TO WINNERS IN THE GRAND FINAL.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR THE ^SWINGING SUMMER+ FOLK GROUP SINGING COMPETITION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM RTHK AND ALL BRANCHES OF THE TOM LEE PIANO COMPANY.

MR LUN SAID THAT 18 TEAMS, ONE FROM EACH OF THE 18 DISTRICTS, AND NOMINATED BY THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION WILL TAKE PART IN A FOLK DANCE COMPETITION.

SIX GROUPS WILL BE SELECTED TO COMPETE AT THE FINAL ALSO TO BE HELD AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL.

THERE WILL BE THREE PRIZES, WORTH $5 000, S3 000 AND $1 000, DONATED BY TOM LEE PIANO COMPANY.

THE SEVENTH PROGRAMME WILL MAINLY HIGHLIGHT SPORTING EVENTS AND GAMES.

IT WILL BE THE GRAND FINAL OF A GAMES COMPETITION, PRELIMINARIES OF WHICH WILL HAVE BEEN HELD IN THE FIRST SIX EPISODES.

THE EIGHTH PROGRAMME AT TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL WILL BE THE FINALS OF THE FOLK GROUP SINGING COMPETITION AND THE FOLK DANCE COMPETITION.

TV CELEBRITIES AND GUEST PERFORMERS IN THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE WAN CHI-KEUNG, ALBERT AU, KENT CHOI, LOUIE CASTRO, ANNABELLE, ROWENA CORTES, AND A BAND MADE UP OF WILLY, BOBBY CHAN, DANDY, DANNY CHUNG, AH KEUNG, DAVID CHEUNG, BINGO AND CHRIS VADHAM.

FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 1982

IMPROVEMENT TO TRAFFIC FLOW IN KING’S ROAD

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ONE-WAY TRAFFIC WILL BE INTRODUCED IN ELECTRIC ROAD, JAVA 'OAD AND KING’S ROAD EARLY NEXT MONTH, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY).

*THIS IS AN INTEGRAL MOVE TO EASE TRAFFIC FLOW IN KING’S ROAD,* SAID SENIOR TRANSPORT OFFICER, MR ALDOUS CHUNG.

UNDER THIS +GYRATORY SYSTEM*, ALL EASTBOUND TRAFFIC WILL BE RESTRICTED TO JAVA ROAD AND ELECTRIC ROAD WHILE CENTRAL-BOUND VEHICLES WILL HAVE TO USE KING’S ROAD.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE EASTBOUND LANE ON KING’S ROAD WILL BE RESERVED EXCLUSIVELY FOR BUSES, TRAMS AND VEHICLES REQUIRING ACCESS TO PREMISES IN THE AREA.

PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES, MR CHUNG SAID, WILL ALSO BE ALLOWED TO USE A SECTION OF THIS ROAD BUT ONLY UP TO ITS JUNCTION WITH NORTH POINT ROAD.

AFTER THE INTRODUCTION OF THE +GYRATORY+, TRAM TRACKS WILL BE MOVED TO THE NORTH SIDE OF THE ROAD TO CREATE AN ADDITIONAL WESTBOUND LANE.

+THIS SCHEME WILL INCREASE THE OVERALL ROAD CAPACITY BY REMOVING CONFLICTING TURNING MOVEMENTS AT MAJOR JUNCTIONS AND ALSO ENHANCE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY,* MR CHUNG STRESSED.

OUTLINING THE SCHEME, HE SAID THAT ONCE FULLY STARTED THE FOLLOWING TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE PROGRESSIVELY IMPLEMENTED:

* RE-ROUTING OF CHEUNG HONG STREET, FORT STREET AND NORTH VIEW STREET TO FORM A SUB-GYRATORY;

* NO RIGHT TURN FROM KAM HONG STREET INTO JAVA

ROAD •

* NO LEFT TURN FROM SHU KUK STREET INTO JAVA ROAD;

* IMPOSITION OF URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS ON

JAVA ROAD AND TSAT TZE MUI ROAD AND

* RE-ROUTING OF TIN CHONG STREET AND WING HING STREET.

FR IDAY, JUNE 11, 1982

1982 ROAD SAFETY DAY * * *

A ROAD SAFETY DAY //ILL BE HELD IN THE CHATER ROAD PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT IN CENTRAL 'HIS SUNDAY (JUNE 13) TO LAUNCH THIS YEAR’S ROAD SAFETY PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN.

THE EVENT WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED BY THE SECRETARY FOR ^ANSPORT, MR ALAN SCOTT.

TO START OFF THE PROGRAMME, THE MOTOR CYCLE DISPLAY TEAM CF 29TH SQUADRON, THE ROYAL CORPS OF TRANSPORT WILL STAGE A DRAGON

ON MOTORCYCLES. THERE WILL ALSO BE A CHORAL PERFORMANCE AND ^CREATIVE DANCE, BOTH OF WHICH WILL CONVEY THE ROAD SAFETY MESSAGE IN AN ARTISTIC MANNER.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY WILL BE A LIVE PERFORMANCE OF THE RTHK PROGRAMME +THE NEW GENERATION QUINTET+, FEATURING SUCH WELL-KNOWN DJ’S AND SINGERS AS KEN CHOI AND ALBERT AU. THEY WILL HELP TO DELIVER THE ROAD SAFETY MESSAGE AS WELL AS SING THEIR POPULAR ’HITS’.

CHILDREN CAN SHARE THE DAY’S FUN BY VISITING THE ROAD SAFETY TOWN, AND BY TAKING PART IN THE EYE TEST GAME OR THE CHESS BOARD GAME. THESE GAMES ARE SPECIALLY DESIGNED TO HELP IMPART BASIC HIGHWAY SAFETY RULES.

THERE WILL BE A MACHINE DEMONSTRATING THE ADVANTAGES OF WEARING A SEAT BELT IN THE EVENT OF A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT. THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO TEST THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THIS SEAT BELT MACHINE.

IN ADDITION, MANY EXHIBITS WILL BE ON DISPLAY TO ILLUSTRATE THE ROAD ACCIDENT STATISTICAL FINDINGS OF 1981 AND OTHER ASPECTS OF ROAD SAFETY.

CHINA MOTOR BUS COMPANY LTD. AND KOWLOON MOTOR BUS COMPANY LTD., TOGETHER WITH FIVE MOTOR TRADING COMPANIES, WILL DISPLAY THEIR LATEST BUS OR CAR MODELS AND INTRODUCE TO THE PUBLIC THE SPECIAL FEATURES OF THE VEHICLES.

ADMISSION TO THE ROAD SAFETY DAY WHICH COMMENCES AT 2 PM wILl EE FREE.

FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 1982

SHA TIN CAREERS EXHIBITION OPENS *****

SHA TIN WILL PROVIDE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES TO THE LOCAL 3tOPLE IN PROPORTION TO ITS PROJECTED INCREASE IN POPULATION, DISTRICT OFFICER DR PATRICK HASE SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE THREE-DAY SHA TIN CAREERS _xri IB IT ION IN WO CHE COMMERCIAL COMPLEX, DR HASE EMPHASISED THAT PROVISION OF SUFFICIENT JOB OPPORTUNITIES TO LOCAL PEOPLE WAS VITAL TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW TOWN.

+SHA TIN IS TO BE DEVELOPED INTO A SELF-CONTAINED NEw TOWN. OF EQUAL IMPORTANCE TO THE PROVISION OF HOUSING, TRANSPORT, '’tDICAL, SOCIAL WELFARE AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES IS THE SUFFICIENT SUPPLY OF LOCAL EMPLOYMENT.*

A SURVEY CONDUCTED LAST AUGUST INDICATED THAT OVER 50 PER CENT OF THE WORK FORCE IN SHA TIN TRAVELLED TO WORK IN KOWLOON EVERY DAY. +S0 IT IS THE AIM OF THE CAREERS EXHIBITION TO ATTRACT MORE PEOPLE TO WORK IN THEIR OWN DISTRICT,* HE ADDED.

THE EXHIBITION IS A JOINT VENTURE ORGANISED BY THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD, DISTRICT OFFICE, LABOUR AND SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENTS, WITH NINE LOCAL FACTORY OWNERS ALSO TAKING PART.

DR HASE WAS PLEASED TO SEE THE PARTICIPATION FROM THE INDUSTRIAL SECTOR, BECAUSE LAST AUGUST’S SURVEY ALSO REVEALED THAT ONLY 41.1 PER CENT OF THE FO TAN WORK FORCE WAS DRAWN FROM SHA TIN WHILE 30 PER CENT OF THE WORKERS CAME FROM THE NORTH-EASTERN PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

IN ADDITION TO DISPLAY PANELS ARRANGED BY LOCAL MANUFACTURERS, THERE ARE ALSO INFORMATION COUNTERS BY BANKING CORPORATIONS, EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

THE EXHIBITION ALSO FEATURES AUDIO-VISUAL PRESENTATIONS AND TALKS ON A WIDE RANGE OF EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS AND SCHOOL-LEAVERS.

THE CAREERS EXHIBITION WILL OPEN DAILY FROM 10 AM TO 8 PM UNTIL SUNDAY (JUNE 13).

FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 1982

MORE SPORTS FACILITIES FOR OUTLYING ISLANDS *****

SUSTAINED EFFORTS ARE BEING MADE TO FIND SUITABLE SITES FOR BUli.DING PROPER SPORTING AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES AT VARIOUS DUTLYING ISLANDS, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES, MR JIMMY SWEETMAN, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING OF THE CHEUNG CHAU SPORTSGROUND, SWEETMAN SAID IMPORTANCE WAS ATTACHED TO THE PROMOTION OF SPORTS AND RECREATION.

CHEUNG CHAU WAS THE FIRST OUTLYING ISLAND TO HAVE A PROPER SPORTS VENUE AND HE HOPED THE LOCAL YOUTHS AND SPORTS BODIES WOULD MAKE FULL USE OF THE FACILITIES, HE SAID.

THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE, WAS PLANNING A SERIES OF PROGRAMMES AND COACHING CLASSES TO IMPROVE THE STANDARD OF SPORTS.

MR SWEETMAN SAID THE NEWLY-COMPLETED SPORTSGROUND WAS LOCATED ON A 1.2 HECTARE SITE WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF THE PEOPLE.

IT COST ABOUT $4.5 MILLION, AND CONSISTS OF A MINI-SOCCER °ITCH, A BASKETBALL OR VOLLEYBALL COURT, A FIVE-LANE 250-METRE, ALL-WEATHER RUNNING TRACK, AND A CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND.

OTHER FACILITIES INCLUDE A FIRST AID ROOM, STORE ROOM FOR ATHLETIC EQUIPMENT, CHANGING ROOMS WITH LOCKERS AND PUBLIC TOILETS.

AND THERE WAS FLOODLIGHTING FOR EVENING ACTIVITIES, ■•R SWEETMAN SAID.

ALSO TAKING PART IN THE OPENING CEREMONY WERE THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICER, MR RICKY FUNG, THE CHAIRMAN OF CHEUNG CHAU RURAL COMMITTEE, MR KWONG PING-YAU, THE PRINCIPAL RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICER, MR DAVID CHIU, AND THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER OF ISLANDS, MR LAW TAK-LAU.

HIGHLIGHTING THE EVENT WAS A MASS DRILL BY LOCAL STUDENTS AND TWO INVITATION RELAY RACES.

FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 1982

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SAI \'C ’EAM TO COMPETE IN PENANG DRAGON BOAT RACE * * * *

THE SAI KUNG DRAGON BOAT TEAM, HEADED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, 4? CHAN SU l-JEUNG, TODAY LEFT FOR PENANG TO COMPETE IN THE PENANG INTERNATIONAL BOAT FESTIVAL.

TO BOOST THE TEAM’S MORALE, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR NEW TERRITORIES, MR IAN MACPHERSON, OFFICIATED AT THE PENNANT PRESENTATION AT KAI TAK AIRPORT BEFORE DEPARTURE.

THE SAI KUNG TEAM, WHICH CONSISTS OF 32 MEMBERS, IS AMONG THE MOST WELL-KNOWN DRAGON BOAT RACERS IN HONG KONG.

LAST YEAR, THEY WON BOTH THE HONG KONG AND THE INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES AFTER KEEN COMPETITIONS WITH LOCAL TEAMS AND OTHERS FROM MACAU, SINGAPORE, PENANG, NAGASAKI AND HAWAII.

MR CHAN, THEIR LEADER, SA IDs +TO PREPARE FOR THE PENANG RACE, OUR MEMBERS HAVE GONE THROUGH TOUGH TRAINING SINCE MARCH, INCLUDING PHYSICAL TRAINING AND ROWING TECHNIQUE.+

HE ADDED THAT THE TEAM WOULD TRY THEIR BEST TO BRING VICTORY NOT ONLY TO SAI KUNG BUT TO HONG KONG AS WELL.

LOCALLY IN SAI KUNG, 24 TEAMS WILL COMPETE IN DRAGON BOAT RACES TO BE HELD AT THE INNER PORT SHELTER ON JUNE-25 WHEN THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR LEWIS DAVIES, WILL BE THE GUEST OF HONOUR.

THREE DAYS BEFORE THE RACES ON TUESDAY (JUNE 22), SIX NEW DRAGON BOATS MADE OF FIBRE GLASS WILL BE LAUNCHED AND HAVE THEIR EYES DOTTED AT THE SEASIDE BAR OF SURF HOTEL.

MR MACPHERSON- THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, W J.M. RIDDELL-SWAN- THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR CHAN SU l-JEUNG, AND OTHER LOCAL LEADERS WILL OFFICIATE AT THE EYE-DOTTING CEREMONY.

CHARITABLE BODIES LISTED * * * X

THE INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE PROVIDES, SUBJECT TO CERTAIN LIMITATIONS, TAX RELIEF FOR PERSONS WHO MAKE DONATIONS OF MONEY TO ANY CHARITABLE INSTITUTION OR TRUST OF A PUBLIC CHARACTER «HICH Io EXEMPT UNDER SECTION 88 OF THE ORDINANCE.

REVISED LIST OF CHARITABLE INSTITUTIONS AND TRUSTS ‘-COGNISED AS EXEMPT FROM TAX UNDER SECTION 88 OF THE INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE IS PUBLISHED IN SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT NC. 4 ,F HIS wEEk’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

This REVISED list SUPERSEDES ALL PREVIOUS LISTS, 4 SPOKESMAN - ,'R THE COMMISSIONED OF INLAND REVENUE EXPLAINED TODAY.

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- oHORE AND SEABED LEASE AT KWAI CHUNG * * * *

GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO GRANT A LEASE FOR ABOUT 26 HECTARES > ORE HORE AND SEABED AT KWAI CHUNG CREEK, KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER PORT.

THE AREA IS '0 BE RECLAIMED FOR INDUSTRIAL USES.

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

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

THE PLAN SHOWING THE AREA INVOLVED MAY BE SEEN AT THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING, 5TH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD OR THE DISTRICT OFFICE, TSUEN WAN, 2ND FLOOR, FOU WAH CENTRE, 210 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN, NEW TERRITORIES.

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OLD BUILDINGS TO GIVE WAY FOR MTR WORK * * * * *

THREE UNNUMBERED PRE-WAR BUILDINGS AT NAM ON STREET, SHAU \EI WAN, WILL BE RESUMED FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE MTR ISLAND LINE.

THE TWO-STOREY BUILDINGS AT NOS. 42, 43 AND 44 SHAU KEI WAN

■’RAYA *ILL BE PULLED DOWN T0 FACILITATE TUNNELLING WORK FOR THE SHAU Kt I wAN STATION. THE GROUND FLOORS OF THE BUILDINGS ARE USED AS WORKSHOPS AND THE FIRST FLOORS FOR RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES.

ABOUT 50 PEOPLE rROM 22 FAMILIES WILL BE AFFECTED. THEY

* ILL BE OFFERED REHOUSING IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT’S <4 ICY. STATUTORY COMPENSATION WILL BE PAID TO THOSE WHO ARE ELIGIBLE.

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PARTIAL CLOSURE OF CHATHAM ROAD FLYOVER

* * * *

THE NORTHBOUND LANE ON THE FLYOVER AT CHATHAM ROAD NORTH IN TO KWA WAN, WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 11 PM ON SATURDAY (JUNE 12) AND 5 AM THE NEXT MORNING FOR ROAD WORKS.

DURING THE CLOSURE -- EXPECTED TO LAST ABOUT SIX DAYS — NORTHBOUND VEHICLES HEADING FOR KOWLOON CITY MUST PROCEED ON THE GROUND LEVEL ROADS.

FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 1982

PUBLIC ENQUIRY COUNTER

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THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY COUNTER OF THE SOUTHERN CITY DISTRICT OFFICE WILL MOVE TO SHOP 25, GROUND FLOOR, MEI FUNG COURT, 7-11 MAN LING STREET, ABERDEEN CENTRE ON MONDAY (JUNE 14).

THE TELEPHONE NUMBER WILL BE 5-524429.

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE OF THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE WILL REMAIN AT 22 ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD.

QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HONOURS LIST

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COPIES OF A SUPPLEMENT TO TODAY’S DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN CONTAINING A LIST OF HONG KONG RECIPIENTS OF QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HONOURS, INCLUDING THOSE IN THE BRITISH FORCES, WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM GIS PRESS BOXES THIS (FRIDAY) EVENING.

PUBLICATION OF THE LIST IS PERMITTED IN HONG KONG NEWSPAPERS TOMORROW (SATURDAY) MORNING BUT NO NEWS AGENCY OR OVERSEAS RADIO MAY CARRY THE INFORMATION WITHOUT THE EMBARGO QUALIFICATION. THE NEWS MAY BE BROADCAST FROM 7 AM TOMORROW OVER LOCAL RADIO AND TELEVISION STATIONS.

ON NO ACCOUNT SHOULD ANY OF THE RECIPIENTS OF HONOURS BE CONTACTED FOR INTERVIEWS OR FOR INFORMATION RELATIVE TO THEIR CAREERS OR BE APPROACHED IN ANY WAY IN CONNECTION WITH THEIR AWARD BEFORE THESE HAVE BEEN PUBLICLY ANNOUNCED.

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STRING QUARTET CONCERT

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A CONCERT BY THE HONG KONG STRING QUARTET WILL BE PRESENTED BY THE CULTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT (NEW TERRITORIES) AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL CULTURAL ACTIVITIES HALL ON JUNE 20 (SUNDAY) AT 7.30 PM.

TICKETS AT $12 ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL BOX OFFICE AND THE NEW TERRITORIES MOBILE LIBRARY.

MEMBERS OF THE QUARTET INCLUDE PRINCIPAL VIOLINIST L IM KEK-HAN, SECOND VIOLINIST MARCUS LEHMAN, VIOLINIST FLORIAN MOHR AND CELLIST DAVID HOPPE.

THE PROGRAMME CONSISTS OF BEETHOVEN’S +STRING QUARTET OP. 18 NO. 4 IN C MINOR*, DOMING LAM’S +STRING QUARTET* AND DVORAK’S +STRING QUARTET OP. 96*.

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SUPPLEMENT

Friday, June 11, 1982

EMBARGOED NEWS ITEM:

NOTE TO EDITORS OF NEWSPAPERS, NEWS AGENCIES, AND BROADCASTING STATIONS:

The following announcement-on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List is being made simultaneously in London at 0001 hours GMT on Saturday, June 12.

Publication is permitted in Hong Kong newspapers tomorrow (Saturday), June 12 j but no news agency or overseas radio transmission of the announcement may carry the information without the embargo qualification.

The news may be broadcast from 7 am onwards over the local radio and television stations.

On NO account should any of the recipients of Honours be contacted for interviews or for information relative to their careers or be approached in any way in connection with their awards before these have been publicly announced.

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

HONOURS

CBE

OBE

ISO

MBE

BEM

CEM

Badge

- Commander of the Order of the British Empire

- Officer of the Order of the British Empire Companion of the Imperial Service Order

Member of the Order of the British Empire British Empire Medal Colonial Police Medal

of Honour

queen’s Birthday Honours List 1982

CBE

Mr Victor Alfred Ladd, JP

Mr Ladd was appointed as an Assessor in the Inland Revenue Department in Hong Kong in 1957. He was promoted to Senior Assessor in 1963, to Chief Assessor in 1968, to Assistant Commissioner in 1971, to Deputy Commissioner in 1975 and Commissioner in 1979.

He has been instrumental in bringing about a number of improvements in tax legislation, particularly those resulting from the recommendations of the Third Inland Revenue Ordinance Review Committee, and he has been largely responsible for the successful implementation of a computerised data base in the Inland Revenue Department.

CBE

The Honourable Michael Graham Ruddock Sandberg, OBE, JP

Mr Sandberg is Chairman of the Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation. He has been a member of the Executive Council since 1978. He is Treasurer of the University of Hong Kong and a member of the Exchange Fund Advisory Committee. He has been an office-bearer and member of many other public bodies concerned with health, the arts, the disabled and commerce.

CBE

The Honourable Mr Justice Archibald Zimmern, JP

Mr Justice Zimmern was appointed Judge of the High Court in 1977 after 20 years of successful private practice as the local Bar. He was a Queen's Counsel and was the first direct appointment to the High Court from the Hong Kong Bar. He has recently been appointed Justice of Appeal in recognition of his service as Supreme Court Judge, and is due to retire in August 1982.

He has been invaluable in the High Court during a period when commercial work increased greatly.

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The Honourable William Charles Langdon Brown, JP

Mr Brown is Chief Manager of The Chartered Bank in Hong Kong, Chairman of a number of other companies and has been in Hong Kong since 1975* He has been an Unofficial Member of Legislative Council since September 1980. He is a member of the Banking Advisory Committee and the Exchange Fund Advisory Committee, a Council Member of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Export Credit Insurance Corporation Advisory Board and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Chairman of the Exchange Banks Association, Director of the Community Chest and Deputy Chairman of the Hong Kong Management Association and the Hong Kong Academy of Ballet. He was appointed an Unofficial Justice of the Peace in 1979.

QBS

Dr George Choa, JP

Dr Choa joined the Hong Kong Government in 1950 and gained a British Council Scholarship in 1951 leading to a Fellowship in the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh). He became the first Government ENT specialist in 1960 and helped to set up the pre-school assessment centre for deaf children. He was elected Fellow of the International College of Surgeons in 1954 and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 1962. He has been Honorary Lecturer in ENT at Hong Kong University since 1965 and he is a Member of the Faculty of Medicine Board. He was President of the Hong Kong Medical Association 1978-80 and has been an office-bearer or member of various other medical bodies and voluntary organisations. He was President of the Rotary Club of Hong Kong 1971-72 and District Governor for Rotary International 1979-80. He has served the community with distinction over a wide field of activities.

OBE

Mr Paul Melville Corfe

Mr Corfe joined the colonial service in 1948 as a District Officer in Northern Rhodesia. He served also in Aden and Zambia where he became Resident Magistrate after being called to the Bar in 1963. He joined the Judiciary in Hong Kong as Magistrate in 1966 at the age of 53. He / was..............................................

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was appointed Principal Magistrate in 1977. He has set an example of industry, commonsense and understanding to his colleagues.

QBE

Mrs Grace Ho, JP

Mrs Ho has been a member of the Standing Commission on Civil Service Salaries and Conditions of Service since it was set up in January 1979. Despite her full-time job and other public service commitments she has made a major contribution to the work of the Commission. She has been an advocate of equal rights for female civil servants. She has also been active in other areas of public service, notably as an appointed member of the Urban Council since 1974; she has played a prominent role in the Clean Hong Kong campaigns. She has also been a member of the Transport Advisory Committee from 1977 to 1979.

OBE (Honorary)

The Honourable Allen LEE Peng-fei, JP

Mr Lee is Managing Director of Ampex World Operations, S.A., Hong Kong, manufacturing computer component parts. He has been an Unofficial Member of the Legislative Council since September 1978. He is Chairman of the Electronics Committee of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, Deputy Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries, Chairman of Hong Kong Industrial Design Council and Member of Economic Review Committee, Advisory Committee of Engineering of Hong Kong University, Hong Kong Training Council and other advisory bodies. He has been a member of advisory committees for both the Chinese University and the Hong Kong Polytechnic. He is a Cadet Commandant of the Civil Aid Services.

QBE

Mr Richard Edgar QUINE, QPM, CPH

Mr Quine joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force as a Probationary Sub-Inspector in 1954. He was promoted Senior Assistant Commissioner in 1978. He has acted as Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations) on several occasions. As Director of Operations and Support, he is responsible to the Deputy Commissioner of Police( Operations) for all operational matters; during the recent past this has included the supervision and co-ordination of joint

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Police and Armed Forces measures to counter extremely heavy illegal immigration into Hong Kong from China, Macau and Vietnam.

OBE

Miss Clare Hollingworth

For services to journalism.

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Mr Timothy Albert Chow

Mr Chow joined the City Hall Library in January 1962 as an Assistant Librarian shortly before its opening in 1962. He became Senior Librarian in 1968 and Chief Librarian in 1975. He was responsible for the planning and implementation of the expansion of the public library service, which has grown from a single library to a system of 24 libraries, with annual lendings of over 5 million books. He was successful in setting up a local training scheme for librarians, leading to a recognised qualification.

ISO

Mr Fred Jackson, QFSM, CPM, JP

Following war service as a naval officer Mr Jackson served 11 years in the UK Fire Services and Home Office Training School before being appointed Station Officer with the Hong Kong Fire Services in 1958. Although he has commanded all the major formations of the department, most of his service in Hong Kong has been in the operational formations, especially the high fire and life risks of industrial and commercial Kowloon Fire Command, which he has commanded for the last 6 years. He has probably attended and commanded operations at more major emergencies than any other senior officer of the service. He has contributed greatly to the development of the Hong Kong Fire Services throughout his 23 years of service.

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Mr Ivor Leslie Stanton

Mr Stanton was first appointed in 1952 as an Estate Surveyor in the Crown Lands and Survey Office, and by 1963 had reached the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Crown Lands. He was further promoted to Government Land Agent in 1970, Principal Government Land Agent in 1972, Director of the Lands and Survey Department in

1974. In 1978 his title was changed to Director of Lands, Survey and Town Planning in recognition of his responsibilities for the increasing importance of the Town Planning Office of his Department. He retired in May 1982.

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MBE

Mr Gilbert LOUIE Yum-tao

Mr Louie joined the Hong Kong Government as a Clerk in 1949 and was appointed as an Interpreter/Translater II in 1956. In 1957 he spent a year in Paris furthering his studies in French and English. He was promoted through the ranks to Chief Chinese Language Officer in 1976 and has served in the Police Force, Resettlement Department/the Secretariat for Chinese Affairs and now Home Affairs Department. Ir! 1972, a Chinese Language Division was set up within the Home Affairs Department to improve and upgrade the use of Chinese in official documents and he was one of the pioneer workers. He has been responsible for the translation of many important and major policy papers and documents.

MBE

Mr Alec Taylor

Mr Taylor joined the British Post Office in 1937 as a messenger, served with the Royal Air Force 1943-48 and rejoined the British Post Office on demobilisation. He left a year later to join the East African Post Office as a Postmaster. He gained a number of promotions during his service and^having specialised in postal accounts, was appointed Computer Manager in 1965. In 1972 he joined the Hong Kong Government as a Senior Controller of Posts in the Post Office and was promoted to Chief Controller of Posts in 1977. He has managed the Accounts and Finance Branch of the Hong Kong Post Office for over 9 years.

MBE

Mr Frederick Thomas Teague

In 1979 a dramatic increase in the number of illegal immigrants attempting to enter Hong Kong demanded the introduction of new measures, including the urgent construction of a new border fence. The task of coordinating this major project was given to Mr Teague of the Highways Office of the Public Works Department. The problem confronting him was formidable: to build an 18 foot wire linked fence surmounted by coils of barbed wire along the 22 miles of the land frontier as quickly as possible. A road had to be built, the whole length of the / fence .............................................................

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fence had to be floodlit and 30 border observation posts provided. The project was later extended to include the Mai Po marshes and the tidal bay of the Tsim Bei Tsui peninsula. He has completed his task with the tninimum of inconvenience to the local civil population. He was promoted to Senior Engineer in 1980 after 8 years’ service.

/.BE

Mr WU Chun-kan

Superintendent WU Chun-kan joined the Prison Service in 1954. He has served in various capacities in different types of penal institutions and throughout his service has shown a very special aptitude in the field of building works, construction and maintenance, subjects for which specialist staff were not previously available within the service. He has been responsible for constructing a wide range of buildings using Prison labour. Mr Wu was awarded the Colonial Prison Service Medal in March 1972 and the First Clasp to the Medal in March 1979, and the Governor’s Commendation in June 1978.

MBE

Mr YAN Kow

Mr Yan is a businessman in the building industry and is the First Vice-President of the Building Contractors Association Ltd. He has shown a great interest in community service and is very generous in contributing to relief and welfare projects as well as recreation and sports activities. Although a well-known local leader in the Wan Chai District, his interests often extend to other parts of Hong Kong. For the past ten years Mr Yan has given staunch support to the Summer Youth Programme. In 1975, mainly through his personal efforts, the Wan Chai City District Recreation Council was formed to promote and organise recreational, cultural and sports activities in the district. Mr Yan was elected founding chairman in 1975 and was reelected chairman in 1977 and again in 1979. He is also Vice-Chairman of the Wan Chai District Anti-Narcotics Campaign Committee, Chairman of the Boy Scouts Association (Hong Kong Branch) Kowloon Region, a member of the Wan Chai City District Committee, the Construction Industry Training Authority and the Registered Contractors Disciplinary Board Panel. He has contributed greatly to the success of various Government campaigns including the Keep Hong Kong Clean Campaign and the Fight Violent Crime Campaign.

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XBE

Dr Henry Tat-ching Yu

Dr Yu has been Chairman of the Machine Shop and Metal Working Industry Training Board since 1974 and the Metal Industry Group, Federation of Hong Kong Industries in 1974- He was a member of the Plastics Industrial Committee of the Industrial Training Advisory Committee, 1966-71. He has played a leading role in manpower training in the machine shop and metal working industries. He has contributed a great deal towards the successful introduction of an apprenticeship scheme in the industry.

MBE

Mrs Molly Rose Thekla CARPENTER

Services welfare member, 6th QEO Gurkha Rifles,

Women’s Royal Voluntary Service.

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Mr HUNG Wai-man

Mr Hung has always shown keen concern for the welfare of Mong Kok residents. He played an active part in the founding of the Mong Kok Kaifong Association Ltd. He served as Vice-Chairman 1950-56, Chairman 1957-59 and Chairman of the Supervisory Committee from 1974 to present. As a member of the Fund-raising Sub-Committee, he also played a leading part in raising funds for the construction of the Chan Hing Social Services Centre. As Chairman of the Mong Kok North Area Committee since 1972, he has given most valuable contribution to district community programmes and campaigns.

He is also an active Vice-President and Public Relations Officer of the Mong Kok District Cultural-Recreational and Sports Association Ltd. He is well-respected for his leadership and integrity. He received a Badge of Honour in 1975 and was appointed an Unofficial Justice of the Peace in 1980. MBE (Honorary) Mr Joseph KUO Ka-fai

Mr Kuo is one of Hong Kong’s outstanding song writers in the field of jazz and modern music. His compositions command a high degree of popularity and have brought immense entertainment to the people of Hong Kong. Mr Kuo has been serving in one of the leading television stations in Hong Kong for over a decade}during which period he has produced a large number of highly popular tunes. He is widely respected in entertainment circles and in his career has demonstrated steadfastness in the pursuit of professional excellence. A leading figure in his field, he has always been a helpful teacher for many young artists, a sizeable number of whom have since become household names.

He has contributed to the enrichment of life for the people in Hong Kong.

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BEM

Mr WONG Lam

Mr Wong has served the Hong Kong Government for 36 years, having joined the service as a Cleansing Labourer on 6th September 1945. He advanced steadily up the ranks to become an Overseer on 1st September 1978. He goes out of his way to assist colleagues and the public. Residents in the townships of Tai 0 and Tung Chung, in which area he is responsible, held him in high esteem. Whenever opportunity offers, he encourages younger colleagues to follow his example, to give their best and strive through hard work to advance in the service.

BEM

Mr KWOK Kam-yiu

Mr Kwok joined the Civil Aid Services in 1953, shortly after it was formed. He was previously engaged in St. John Ambulance work and was qiickly promoted to the rank of Acting Sergeant in a Warden Unit. He attended courses on basic rescue, fire fighting and further advanced courses in first aid and became a St. John Ambulance First Aid Instructor and Casualty Handler in 1960. He was then promoted to Officer rank in which he has served faithfully as both Instructor in first aid and also as a Unit Administration Officer. In 1968 he was awarded the Civil Defence Long Service Medal and the Clasp to that Medal in 1980. Mr Kwok is still a very active member of the Civil Aid Services and has performed many operational duties, particularly with regard to casualty handling. He has performed very valuable services to the public of Hong Kong.

BEM

Mr LEE Shek-yu

Mr Lee has spent his entire Government service in the Royal Hong Kong Regiment (The Volunteers). He joined the Regiment as a Coolie in June 1953. Since April 1961 he has been working in the Signal Store where he earned promotion to his present rank of Artisan in April 19?A. He retired from the service in June last year but has since been re-employed. He has given loyal and faithful service to the Volunteers and has earned the respect of all ranks. He has, in addition to his civilian capacity, actively served as a Volunteer with equal enthusiasm and devotion to duty.

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Mr MA Tung-sheung

Mr Ma was first appointed as a daily paid Hospital Orderly in 1956. He was appointed Foreman Class III in 1960 and promoted to Chief Hospital Foreman in 1970. Throughout his service he has worked at various major hospitals and is now serving in Queen Mary Hospital. His abilities and powers of leadership at the senior supervisory level have earned the respect of his subordinates and the confidence of his superiors.

BEM

Miss CHIU Mee-yee

Miss Chiu joined the Government service in 1955 and is now the Clerk-in-Charge of the Kowloon Branch, Registration of Persons. During her 26 years of service, she has gained profound experience and knowledge by working in a number of offices including the British Passport Section, Chinese Residents Section, Aliens and Commonwealth Residents Section, General Section and Mongkok Office.

BEM

Mr Marcus Anthony Ribeiro D'Almeida

Mr D’Almeida joined Government in 1961 as an Assistant Wireless Inspector Class I in the Post Office. In addition to his normal duties he served for 8 years as a Marine Police Auxiliary and rose to the rank of Inspector. During the 1967 riots he commanded a small flotilla of launches and had the responsibility of transporting, and subsequently guarding, tons of explosives from the Plover Cove works to offshore barges. He took charge of the maintenance of electro-medical equipment and all types of electronic equipment for most Government departments. He was promoted to the rank of Controler of Telecommunications in 1976 and retained this rank when the Division was transferred to the Public Works Department in 1980. He retired in April 1982.

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BEM

Mr Tsang Pak-yue

Mr Tsang joined the Civil Service as an Assistant Revenue Officer in 1959, was promoted to Revenue Officer in 1970 and to Senior Customs Officer in 1978. Throughout his 21 years in the Customs and Excise Service, he has contributed significantly towards the morale and efficiency of the divisions in which he has served, and has gained the respect and affection of his colleagues, both senior and junior. He has been commended on three occasions for his devotion to duty, diligence, exemplary qualities of leadership, initiative and organising ability.

BEM

Mr LEUNG Kai-chung

Mr Leung joined the Agriculture and Fisheries Department in 1963 as a Labourer in the Large Animal Quarantine Unit. He was promoted to Fxeld Assistant in 1969. During his service with the Unit he distinguished himself through hard work, resourcefulness and willingness to accept responsibility. When rabies broke out in October 1980 he was re-deployed on rabies control duties and took charge of the day-to-day staff planning, transportation and equipment for the North Eastern New Territories, including the Border Area. In the early critical months of the outbreak Mr Leung cheerfully worked long irregular hours, setting an admirable example and inspiration to the staff under his control.

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Mr LAM Chi-chung

Flight Sergeant Lam joined the Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force in 1953. He was first trained as a Wireless Operator and later remustered to the Nursing Attendant grade in 1963. Since 1972, he has been the Senior Non-Commissioned Officer in charge of the Medical Section of this Unit. Apart from providing para-medico support to the Unit Medical Officer, he is also responsible for the organisation of annual medical examination of air-crew and the maintenance of necessary records. He carries out these duties to a high standard of efficiency. In addition, he is the Honorary Secretary of the Volunteer Sergeants' and Warrant Officers’ Mess. He spends a lot of his spare time in this role, organising functions and activities in the promotion of the volunteer spirit in general and of a common esprit de corps between the volunteer units of Royal Hong Kong Regiment and the Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force in particular. BEM (Military) Mr LAU Siu-kit

Corporal LAU Siu-kit has served as a Volunteer since June 1962. During this time he has shown great devotion and loyalty. His attendance has been exemplary in that he has qualified for bounty for no less than 15 times. He is always willing to report to duty at whatever time when needed and has given up much of his own time to ensure the needs of the Regiment were satisfied. Prior to joining the Regiment as a Volunteer, he was a Corporal in the Royal Army Services Corp which he joined in 1951. He will be leaving soon due to his age and it is fitting that his 30 years military service should be recognised by this award. BEK (Military) Mr YEUNG Kam-cheong

Corporal YEUNG Kam-cheong is a long serving and loyal Volunteer whose entire service has borne the stamp of loyalty and devotion to duty. He has qualified for annual bounty consecutively over the last 21 years which is a measure of his reliability and enthusiasm. For a number of years, he has been a squadron stores corporal whose work is mundane, unglamorous albeit essential. He has never spared / himself ....

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himself and is always ready to perform extra duties and long hours to ensure the needs of his squardon were satisfied. In short, he has been what one hopes from every Volunteer.

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QPM

Mr Harold Vincent BROWN, MVO, CHI

Mr Brown joined the Royal Hong Kong Police in 1954 following four years in the Army and progressed to his present rank of Assistant Commissioner in 1980. Since 1971, he has served mainly in the Operations Branch at Police Headquarters. He was the Police representative in the Royal Visit Office for the visit of Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh in 1975, for which he was awarded the MVO. He is at present Head of the Anti-Illegal Immigration Control Centre charged with the direction and co-ordination of Police and Military operations concerning Illegal Immigrants and Refugeees. He has also contributed significantly to the development of Internal Security Tactics. His duty performance throughout his service has been of an exceptionally high order.

QFSM

Mr Stanislaus Michael ELCOCK, CPM

Following part-time service in the Auxiliary Fire Service in Britain during the Second World War and then the Royal Navy, Mr Elcock joined the Birkenhead Hre Brigade in UK in 1949. In 1958/59 he was seconded to the Cyprus Fire Services during the emergencies in that territory and in 1960 he transferred to the Hong Kong Fire Service as a Station Officer. He was awarded the Colonial Police Medal for Meritorious Service in 1975. Throughout his 33 years of regular professional fire service in UK, Cyprus and Hong Kong he has served mainly in operational areas where his skill, power of command, determination and all round professionalism has been of immense value, to Hong Kong especially.

QFSM

Mr Harold Leonard ELSWORTH, CPM

Following service in the British Mercantile Marine throughout the 1939-45 world war Mr Elsworth joined the British Fire Service in June 1946 and transferred to the Hong Kong Fire Service as a Station Officer in November 1961. He was awarded the Colonial Police Medal in 1976. Throughout his 35 years in the Fire Service in UK and Hong Kong he has maintained a high standard of personal and professional conduct.

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professional skill, fortitude, determination and good leadership which have all played a significant part in the saving of many lives and much property from fire and other calamities.

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CPM

Mr Vincent Francis Derek Chapman

Mr Chapman joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force in 1959, and achieved his present rank of Senior Superintendent in 1979. He has served in various posts in the Force and in April 1979 was appointed the Divisional Superintendent of the Wong Tai Sin Division. He has served with distinction in a variety of posts, and his conduct and dedication are fine examples to his colleagues and subordinates. He has given outstanding service to the Force. CPM

Mr CHENG Hung

Mr Cheng joined the Police Force in 1946. During the past 36 years he has given loyal and dedicated service, particularly in the teaching of skill at handling arms and the care and maintenance of Force weapons. During his years as a Weapon Training Instructor he showed outstanding ability in passing on his expertise to others.

In order to take advantage of his technical knowledge, experience and efficiency, he was posted to the Force Armoury where the very high standards he has set and maintained have greatly helped to ensure the maximum availability of all weapons. He has also given very valuable assistance in the formulation of drill and handling procedures for new weapons introduced into the Force, and he played a major role in the training of armourer apprentices. Throughout his 36 years he has set the highest standards of professional efficiency and devotion to duty, and has inspired all with whom he works with his example.

CPM

Mr Richard Eric Darkin

Mr Darkin joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force in 1957 and was promoted to the rank of Senior Superintendent in April 1978. He has performed a wide variety of duties in a most able manner, and since November 1979 he has been in command of the Homicide Bureau and has shown ability and leadership in a difficult field. He is resourceful and through his leadership has been able to extract the highest quality of work from his subordinates. He personally led the investigation into a number of homicide cases of the utmost complexity, and the very high quality of his work resulted in fhe arrest of persons responsible /for the ......................................................

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for the crimes. The successful completion of the casest some with international ramifications, was due almost entirely to his dedication.

His loyalty and dedication have resulted in very high professional standards which are a credit to the Police Force and government.

CPM

Mr William Duncanson

Mr Duncanson joined the Royal Hong Kong Police in 1959, and was promoted to the rank of Senior Superintendent in 1980. Mr Duncanson has served in various branches of the Force, but for the last five years has been involved mainly with Traffic matters. He has occupied his present post as the Divisional Superintendent in charge of the Traffic Division of Kowloon since 1980, before which he performed similar duties in the New Territories District. The duties and responsibilities shouldered by him in Kowloon are demanding and onerous because of the high densities of population and traffic. He is an experienced officer whose personal attention to oroble^s and liaison with the many other departments involved in this field have contributed greatly to the efficiency of his Division and enhanced the relations between police and the motoring public.

CPM

Mr FUNG Chi-huen

Mr Fung joined the Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Police as a Constable in 1953 and progressed to Superintendnet in 1978. He has spent most of his service in Mongkok and Yaumati Divisions, and Emergency Unit, New Territories. He is at present the Divisional Superintendent of Shamshuipo Division (Auxiliary). His service has been highlighted by his dedication to duty, unswerving loyalty and willingness to accept responsibility. Since he was promoted to the first supervisory rank of Sergeant in 1963, he has put great efforts into training the men under his command. His dedication stretches to the point where he still spends hours of his own time constantly reviewing existing practices and instructions to ensure that his men are properly briefed to carry out their wide range of duties. He has achieved a very high standard of duty performance in both the administrative and operational fields, and his conduct has been exemplary over

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CPM

Mr David John Galloway

Mr Galloway joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force as a Probationary Sub-Inspector in 1958 and was promoted to Senior Superintendent in 1978. He has had a long and distinguished career with the Royal Hong Kong Police Force. He has spent a considerable part of his career in the Uniform Branch of the New Territories. For the past year, he has been in command of the Yuen Long Police Division. He has given dedicated and loyal service to the Force.

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Mr LAU Yiu-to

Mr Lau joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force as a Constable in 1958 and has served in the Uniform Branch in various posts throughout Hong Kong. He was promoted to the rank of Station Sergeant in 1977 and has received several commendations for good police work in the detection of crime. Since 1979, he has served as the officer-in-charge of a new Neighbourhood Police Unit in the Wong Tai Sin Division of Kowloon. He has devoted himself to his duties and has been responsible for the enhancement of relations between police and the community, giving much of his off-duty time to this cause. His dedication and genuine interest in the welfare of the public he serves have earned him the respect of the community.

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Mr LEUNG Kwan

Mr Leung joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force as a Constable in 1953 and was promoted to Inspector in 1974. He has been constantly active in the illegal immigration field as well as coping with other police problems. He is now the Commander of a new launch and is using his attributes to great effect in training his men to deal with a continuing illegal immigration threat and the problem of smuggling in and out of Hong Kong. The award is in recognition of his high standard of duty performance throughout his service in the Force and in particular for his outstanding performance in more recent years in anti-illegal immigration duties.

CFM

Mr Richard Charles Lidster

Mr Lidster joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force as Probationary Inspector in 1962, after completing two years National Service in the Royal Air Force. He achieved his / present .............................................

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present rank of Senior Superintendent in September 1979. During his career in the Force he has served in a variety of posts. In 1964, he was commended for determination and devotion to duty after being seriously wounded in a gun battle in the New Territories in which two officers were killed and ten others injured. In 1966, when serving in Kowloon CID, he was commended for his detective ability in solving a difficult murder case. During the 1967 civil disturbances, he was again commended for his ability, energy and devotion to duty.

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Mr LUI Ting-yiu

Mr Lui joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force as a Constable in 1953 and has served in various psots. He was promoted to his present rank of Chief Inspector in 1971. His current role is that of the officer responsible for Police Community Relations in the Yaumati Division. In the four years during which he has undertaken this work he has wholeheartedly devoted his efforts to the enhancement of relations between the police and all sections of the community. One of his major tasks has been the organisation of the activities for several thousand Junior Police Call members and he is a very well respected member of the local community. He is enthusiastic when dealing with the young and the old alike. He has given long and dedicated service to the Force.

CRM

Mr MIAO Ki-pin

Mr Miao joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force in 1949 and was promoted to Station Sergeant in 1975. He was formerly the officer-in-charge of Government House Police Post. Mr Miao displayed remarkable professional ability in handling potentially volatile situations during demonstrations outside Government House. In his operational role, he has an excellent record of service with numerous complimentary entries for good arrests, high standard of duty performance and devotion to duty.

He is a good leader and an effective disciplinarian who earns the respect of his colleagues at all levels. When dealing with members of the public he is polite, tactful, courteous, and ever ready to render assistance. He has given 33 years of sterling service to the community of Hong Kong.

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Mr NG Yiu-mo

Mr Ng joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Force as a Constable in 1955 and was promoted to the rank of Inspector in 1973. His performance at all times has been a credit to the Force and of benefit to the community at large. During the recent Vietnamese refugee crisis and the influx of illegal immigrants from China/ he displayed excellent leadership qualities, and a high standard of duty performance by his unit became the norm.

CPM

Mr George Francis Philbin

Mr Philbin has completed 14 years' service with the Royal Hong Kong Police Force, initially as Force Training Officer and, since July 1977, as Senior Force Training Officer. The latter rank was regraded as Senior Superintendent in 1979. He exercises wide responsibilities in his capacity as a Senior Force Training Officer. In addition to providing what is in effect an important and valuable support service to Force training establishments, he is in immediate charge of the Headquarters units concerned with the Force's professional examinations and with all Force training and instructional manuals. These units have now become well-established and effective elements in the structure of the Force Training Wing, and much of the credit lies with Mr Philbin who has demonstrated qualities of dedication and diligence in ensuring the successful implementation of new policies and proecedures in these areas.

Mr Philbin has made a particularly valuable contribution to the work of the Force in the field of language training where marked improvements in terms of both the quality and amount of such training given have been evidence of his interest in the matter. He has given outstanding service to the Force.

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Mr SUN Kam-wing

Mr Sun joined the Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Police Force as a Constable in 1953. He then advanced rapidly through the ranks and became a Superintendent in August 1979. He has held a number of responsible duty posts in various Divisions and Units. He is very highly thought of by his senior officers/ and is considered to be one of the outstanding officers in the New Territories District ( Auxiliary ). During the 1967 disturbances, he carried out his duties with zeal, intelligence and ability. His courage in action during this period was an example to all who served with him. Since his appointment as Divisional Superintendnent (Auxiliary) of Kwai Chung in 1979, he has organised and trained the men in his division to a very high degree. His devotion to duty, willingness to accept responsibility and reliability have earned him the respect and confidence of both his senior and junior officers over the past 29 years.

CPM

Mr CHUNG Kwok-leung

Principal Fireman CHUNG joined the Hong Kong Fire Brigade in 1949 and rose through the ranks to his present senior NCO rank of Principal Fireman. He has served with loyalty and dedication throughout his 32 years of service. A greater part of his service has been spent on the off-shore island stations of Cheung Chau and Tai 0. The NCO in charge of these stations has a particularly important role to play, both in the event of emergencies and also in promoting and maintaining good relations with the local people. He was highly commended by the Director of Fire Services in 1964 for the saving of lives of crew members of s.s. "Shun Fung" which ran aground at Cheung Chau during Typhoon Ruby. He has received the Colonial Fire Brigades Long Service and Good Conduct Medal together with the 1st and 2nd Clasps.

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GPM

Mr TSANG Fuk-shau

Principal Fireman Tsang joined Government as an Ambulance Attendant in the Medical Department in 1945 and transferred to the Hong Kong Fire Brigade in 1953 as a Fireman. He rose through the ranks to his present senior NCO rank of Principal Fireman. Through his 28 years of service in the Fire Services, he has served with loyalty and dedication. His calm and confident presence on countless fire grounds as an NCO has contributed significantly to the overall efficiency of emergency operations and the saving of many lives and much property from fire and other calamities. His actions and disregard for personal safety on numerous occasions have been above the normal. He possess the Colonial Fire Brigades Long Service and Good Conduct Medal and Clasps. He is due to retire in 1982.

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Badge of Honour

Mr CHAN Way

Mr Chan has been associated with community service in Sha Tin since 1969. He has given financial support to Boy Scouts, sports and arts, community activities and the Chiu Chow community. His involvement has helped bond together the indigenous community and the new settlers in Sha Tin New Town.

Mr Carlos CHEUNG Hon-kau

A civil engineer by profession, Mr Cheung is a long time resident of Tai Po, closely involved in environmental improvement work in Tai Po and in the New Territories Advisory Committee's work on the Keep Hong Kong Clean Campaing. A promoter and founder member of the Tai Po Sports Association, he has played a major role in the construction of the Association's indoor sports centre. A member of the Antiquities Advisory Board and the Tai Po District Board.

Mr CHUNG Poon

Mr Chung has been a Kaifong representative in Sai Kung since 1968, and Chairman of the Sai Kung Rural Committee since 1979. He is a keen supporter of Government projects and campaigns, and closely involved in two major projects in the district, the building of a central primary school and a Town Hall.

Mr CHUNG She-yen

A long serving member of the Tung Tau Area Committee, and Chairman since 1978; member of the Wong Tai Sin District Board. Mr Chung has a long record of service to the residents of Tung Tau.

Mr HO Cheuk-hung

Mr HO has been Village Representative of Muk Min Ha since 1954, member of the Executive Committee of Tsuen Wan Rural Committee since 1955 and of the Tsuen Wan District Board Environmental Improvement Sub-committee since 1981. Mr Ho Pla; leading role in negotiating the removal of Muk Min Ha Village and the resumption and clearance of tenement buildings in Tai Ho Road. He has made a substantial contribution to community life in Tsuen Wan New Town.

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Badge of Honour (Cont’d*)

Mr David HSU Tai-wai

Mr Hsu is the Chief Staff Officer of the Hong Kong Sea Cadet Corps, a voluntary youth organisation. In addition to his services to the Sea Cadets he has also been involved in many community activities in Tsim Sha Tsui and Yau Ma Tei.

Mr Vincent KO Hon-chiu

Mr Ko has been Chairman of the Mid-levels (Central) Area Committee since 1980, and responsible for constructive work on environmental improvements in that area, and transport and traffic problems. He has been a generous supporter of community campaigns; he is also closely involved with Jaycees and Lions Club activities.

Mr LEE Hoi-ling

After 32 years of opium addiction Mr Lee received a full course of rehabilitation in 1965. Since then he has remained drug-free and in gainful employment, and has become a leading figure in the activities of the Society for the Aid and Rehabilitation of Drug Addicts (SARDA). He was one of the founding members of SARDA’s Alumni Association, and over the past 14 years has worked to develop the membership to its present level of over 1500.

Mr LEE Kwong-lam

A member of the Eastern District Board and Chairman of the Causeway Bay (North) Area Committee, with a record of enthusiastic, popular and effective community leadership in Eastern District. Mr Lee has been active in a wide range of community work covering multi-storey building organisations, recreation and sport, the kaifong associations and the Metrication Committee.

Mr LEE Kwong-yuen

Mr Lee's principal contribution to the community has perhaps been his outstanding work on behalf of the elderly people in Sham Shui Po District, but he has also been a generous and untiring supporter of cultural and community activities in general in Sham Shui Po, Yaumatei and Kwun Tong. Amongst many -~ther posts he is Vice-Chairman of the Cheung Sha Wan Area Committee and a member of the Sham Shui Po District Board.

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^adg-.- c? ' cnour (Cont'd.)

Mr LO Wai-man

Mr Lo’s primary community service has been in support of hawkers and in liaising between hawkers and the Government. He holds a number of distinguished positions on bodies representing hawkers. He has also devoted himself to District Administration in Wan Chai, promoting the District Board and serving on Keep Hong Kong Clean, Road Safety and Youth Recreational and Cultural Committees.

Madam MOK Sau-hing

Madam Mok has a long record of service to the community in Tsuen Wan New Town as an extension of her work as Principal of the Buddhist Sin Tak College. She is a member of the Social Security Appeal Board and the Tsuen Wan District Board.

Mr SIN Chuck-fun

Since his appointment to the Yau Ma Tei East Area Committee in 1974 Mr Sin has been an enthusiastic supporter of district campaigns and activities. He became a City District Committee member in 1977, and a member of the Yau Ma Tei District Board since 1982. Despite heavy business commitments Mr Sin has been a constructive contributor to community life, and an effective leader.

Mr TAI Man-bun

A headmaster for more than twenty-five years, Mr Tai's interest in education and the development of young people has led him onto many committees as an active and constructive member. His broader concern for the community has brought him into a wide range of activities in Mong Kok District, and he is currently a member of the Mong Kok District Board.

Mr TANG Tak-kau

Vice-Chairman of Pat Heung Rural Committee (1968-80), and Chairman since 1980. A member of Yuen Long District Advisory Board since April 1980, he has been involved in a broad range of community activities in Yuen Long District, particularly relating to youth and recreation.

/ Mr Thian .....

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Badr° of Honour (Cont'd.)

Mr THIAN Ka-ping

A pioneer industrialist in Tuen Mun, who has given unceasing moral and financial support to community development in Tuen Mun and Yuen Long. He is particularly associated with the activities of the Yan Oi Tong and its current Community and Indoor Sports Centre project.

Mr WONG Ching

Mr Wong has been a Vice-Chairman of Peng Chau Rural Committee since 1957, and was Chairman from 1977 to 1982. He is a much liked and respected community leader in the Islands District generally as well as Peng Chau itself, and has been very active in all aspects of community life for twenty five years.

Mr WONG Fook-ling

Never in the limelight, Mr Wong has a record of years of selfless service in the Kowloon City district, a strong supporter of community building work in that area. He is a member of the Kowloon City and Sai Tau Area Committee, the Kowloon City and Sai Tau Area Committee, the Kowloon City Youth Services Council and the Council for the Welfare and Recreation of the Elderly.

Mr WONG King

Mr Wong has been a public omnibus driver for over 35 years, with a fine record of careful driving and concern for the safety of his passengers. He already holds both his company’s Certificate of Merit and the Safety Driving Award.

Mr YEUNG Kwok-yiu

Chairman of the Lam Tin Area Committee, President of the Lam Tin Kai Fong Association and member of the Kwun Tong District Board, Mr Yeung has a record of continuous service to the people of Lam Tin

/ Mr Paul Young .......

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Badge of Honour (Coat'd.)

Mr Paul YOUNG Tze-kong

Mr Young is notable for his services to the community in Southern District, particularly in meeting the needs of students through his work to set up scholarships, seminars on careers and further studies, tutorial classes and a telephone homework guidance scheme. He was a member of the City District Committee and now the Southern District Board.

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QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY HONOURS LIST 1982

(British Forces)

CBE

Brigadier I A Christie OBE MC Now in England

MBE

Major CMC Crowe QO Hldrs Now in England

Captain P J Taylor RA Brunei

Warrant Officer Class 1 R W Place REME Now in Scotland

BEM

Captain C Dunn RAMC

Staff Sergeant J W Emery RAOC

Staff Sergeant F Furniss RAOC Sergeant Jarnabahadur RAI 7GR Sergeant I E Thompson RRW Sergeant TSU Hung Bun HKMSC Sergeant WONG Chun Hung HKMSC

BMH Hong Kong

HQ British Forces

Hong Kong

Comp Ord Depot Hong Kong 2/7GR

HQ Gurkha Fd Force

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, JUNE 12, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GROUP TO LOOK INTO PROVISIONS FOR MENTAL AETER-CARE......... 1

BIG LAM TIN HOUSING PROJECT ................................ 2

FIRST PUBLIC TOILETS FOR MTR STATION ....................... 3

NORTH POINT TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ........................... 3

LOGO SOUGHT FOR WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD .................... 4

RE-ROUTING OF CAINE ROAD.................................... 4

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

SATURDAY, JUNE 12, 1982

1

GROUP TO LOOK INTO PROVISIONS FOR MENTAL AFTER-CARE *****

A WORKING GROUP IS BEING ESTABLISHED BY THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES TO EXAMINE PROVISIONS AND PROCEDURES FOR HANDLING YENTALLY-DISTURBED PERSONS WITH A DISPOSITION TO VIOLENCE.

ITS TERMS OF REFERENCE ARE AS FOLLOWSi-

(A) TO REVIEW THE PREVALENCE OF CRIMINAL VIOLENCE AMONGST EX-MENTAL PATIENTS, THE AVAILABILITY OF RECORDS OF EX-MENTAL PATIENTS WITH A HISTORY OF CRIMINAL VIOLENCE OR ASSESSED DISPOSITION TO VIOLENCE AND THE NEED FOR ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTARY RECORDS OF SUCH PERSONS;

(B) TO REVIEW THE PROCEDURES FOR THE AFTER-CARE OF EX-MENTAL PATIENTS INCLUDING THE ADVICE GIVEN TO FAMILIES FOR APPROPRIATE ACTION IN THE EVENT OF RELAPSE;

(C) TO REVIEW PRESENT AND PLANNED RESOURCES FOR AFTER-CARE AND OTHER COMMUNITY SERVICES AND ASSESS THE NEED FOR ANY ADDITIONAL RESOURCES ARISING FROM (A) AND (B) ABOVE;

(D) TO REVIEW THE PROVISIONS OF THE MENTAL HEALTH ORDINANCE (CAP. 136) WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO THE DESIRABILITY OF INCLUDING PROVISIONS THEREIN TO PERMIT1

(I) THE MEDICAL SUPERINTENDENT OF A MENTAL HOSPITAL TO RECALL A DISCHARGED PATIENT FOR OBSERVATION OF FURTHER TREATMENT;

(II) DISCHARGED MENTAL PATIENTS TO BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND REGULARLY AT PSYCHIATRIC OUT-PATIENT CLINICS: AND

(E) TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES.

THE WORKING GROUP WILL BE CHAIRED BY THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES AND WILL BE COMPOSED OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE AND THREE PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS INVOLVED IN THE FIELD OF MENTAL HEALTH.

THE WORKING GROUP IS EXPECTED TO HOLD ITS FIRST MEETING IN EARLY JULY.

SATURDAY, JUNE 12, 1982

2

BIG LAM TIN HOUSING PROJECT * * *

A $518.2-MILL ION PROJECT TO PROVIDE MORE HOUSING TO RELIEVE OVERCROWDING IN LAM TIN WILL BE DISCUSSED AT THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD’S TENTH MEETING AT 2.30 PM ON MONDAY (JUNE 14).

CALLED THE *LAM TIN HOUSING ESTATE EXTENSION PROGRAMME*, THE BIG DEVELOPMENT PROJECT WILL BE CARRIED OUT IN STAGES AT A SITE NEAR THE LAM TIN HOUSING ESTATE.

WORK ON PHASE I OF THE PROJECT WILL START LATER THIS YEAR AFTER FINAL APPROVAL FROM THE BUILDING COMMITTEE OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY HAS BEEN OBTAINED AND WILL INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION CF SIX 30-STOREY PLUS RENTAL HOUSING AND HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME BLOCKS.

UPON COMPLETION, THE PROJECT WILL PROVIDE MORE THAN 2 400 SELF-CONTAINED RENTAL AND ABOUT 1 680 HOME OWNERSHIP FLATS FOR A PLANNED POPULATION OF OVER 21 000 PEOPLE.

BOARD MEMBERS WILL ALSO LEARN ABOUT COMPREHENSIVE ANCILLARY FACILITIES, INCLUDING SCHOOLS, RESTAURANTS, SHOPS, MARKETS, CAR PARKS, BASKETBALL AND VOLLEYBALL COURTS, WHICH WILL BE BUILT WITH THE HOUSING PROJECT.

THE DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS TRAFFIC CONDITIONS IN THE AREA.

PLANS ARE ALREADY IN HAND TO MAKE FULL USE OF THE YUET WAH STREET BUS TERMINUS, WHEN COMPLETED BY THE END OF THE MONTH.

THIS INVOLVES THE DIVERSION OF SIX BUS ROUTES AND THE RE-ORGANISATION OF MOST OF THEIR CORRESPONDING TERMINAL POINTS FROM YUE MAN SQUARE AND YAN 01 WAI TO YUET WAH STREET TO EASE THE PRESENT TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN YUE MAN SQUARE.

THE BOARD WILL ALSO DISCUSS A WIDE VARIETY OF OTHER MATTERS, INCLUDING THE PROPOSED MONTH-LONG ANT I-NARCOTICS PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN IN THE DENSELY-POPULATED KWUN TONG AREA.

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FIRST PUBLIC TOILETS FOR MTR STATION * * * *

FIVE PUBLIC TOILETS WILL BE BUILT NEAR THE RAILWAY STATIONS AND PUBLIC TRANSPORT TERMINALS AND TSUEN WAN.

MASS TRANSIT IN KWAI CHUNG

THE FIRST WILL BE BUILT BY THE END OF THIS FONG MTR STATION COMPLEX, A SPOKESMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

MONTH AT THE KWAI

FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES

FACILITIES WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED FOR DISABLED PEOPLE.

THE INTERIOR WALLS OF THE TOILET WITH GLAZED TILES, WHILE THE EXTERNAL TILES.

WILL BE ENTIRELY OVERLAID WALLS WILL HAVE MOSAIC

GOOD VENT KAT ION.SYSTEM W'LL ®E CENTRALLY CONTROLLED,

PROVIDING

NEXT PUBLIC TOILETS WILL BE READY LATER THIS EAREY *EXT AND W,LL BE LOCATED AT KWAI HING AND TSUEN STAT IONS.

YEAR OR WAN MTR

OTHER TOILETS WILL BE STATIONS.

AT OR NEAR TAI WO HAU AND LAI KING

THE PUBLIC TOILET AT TSUEN WAN MTR STATION WILL BE BUILT « o.,nU!;Tl;SI0REY CARPARK COMPLEX, WHILE THE TAI WO HAU ONE WILL BE BUILT AT THE CORNER OF A REST GARDEN.

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NORTH POINT TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS * * * *

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE 16).

BE INTRODUCED IN NORTH POINT

UNDER THE ARRANGEMENTSi

CHEUNG HONG STREET BETWEEN KING’S ROAD AND WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND-

FORT STREET

™E SECTION OF NORTH VIEW STREET BETWEEN KING’S ROAD AND FORT STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND-

THE SECTION OF FORT STREET NORTH VIEW STREET WILL BE

BETWEEN CHEUNG HONG STREET AND RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY WESTBOUND.

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LOGO SOUGHT FOR WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD * * * *

THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD IS HOLDING AN OPEN COMPETITION TO SELECT A DISTINCTIVE LOGO DESIGN WHICH CAN REFLECT THE WORK OF THE BOARD AND THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE DISTRICT.

ORGANISED BY THE COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD, THE COMPETITION IS ALSO AIMED AT PROVIDING AN OPPORTUNITY FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS TO DISPLAY THEIR ARTISTIC TALENT.

THERE WILL BE TWO SECTIONS — A SECONDARY AND COLLEGE STUDENT SECTION, AND AN OPEN SECTION FOR PEOPLE AGED OVER 18.

CASH AWARDS OF $1 OOO, $500, $300 WILL BE GIVEN TO WINNERS OF THE FIRST THREE PRIZES, AND $100 WILL BE GIVEN TO EACH OF FIVE OTHER WINNERS IN EACH SECTION.

EACH PRIZE WINNER WILL ALSO RECEIVE A TROPHY.

ENTRIES SHOULD BE SUBMITTED ON WHITE DRAWING PAPER, MEASURING 38 CM BY 29 CM WITH THE NAME, SEX, AGE, IDENTITY CARD NUMBER, ADDRESS AND TELEPHONE NUMBER OF THE PARTICIPANTS WRITTEN ON THE BACK. NO MORE THAN THREE COLOURS SHOULD BE USED.

ALL ENTRIES WILL BE JUDGED BY A COMMITTEE CONSISTING OF WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND TWO PROFESSIONAL DESIGNERS.

ENTRY FORMS AND DETAILS OF THE COMPETITION ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (WAN CHAI) AT TUNG WAH MANSION, 201 HENNESSY ROAD, HONG KONG.

THE CLOSING DATE IS JUNE 30 AND THE RESULTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (WAN CHAI) ON JULY 12.

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RE-ROUTING OF CAINE ROAD * * * *

THE SECTION OF CAINE ROAD BETWEEN ARBUTHNOT ROAD AND SEYMOUR ROAD IN MID-LEVELS, WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE WAY EASTBOUND FROM 1 AM ON MONDAY (JUNE 14) FOR ROAD WORKS.

THE ARRANGEMENT WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN 1 AM AND 6 AM DAILY FOR ABOUT NINE DAYS.

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FIRING PRACTICE REMINDER * * *

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE HA TSUEN/CASTLE PEAK RANGE ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY (JUNE 15).

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

THE PRACTICE TIMES AREi

PATE TIME

MONDAY (JUNE 14) 9 AM - 5 PM

TUESDAY (JUNE 15) 8 AM - 11 PM

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, JUNE 1J, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

ANTI-NARCOTICS SUMMER CONCERTS .............................. 1

SAFETY REMINDER TO SUMMER JOB STUDENTS ...................... 2

APPLICATIONS FOR LICENTIATE EXAMINATION OPEN ................ 3

27-STOREY GOVERNMENT BUILDING PLANNED ....................... 3

ORIENTATION FOR STUDENTS GOING TO BRITAIN ................... 4

SITTING-OUT AREA IN KOWLOON CITY ............................ 4

NO LEFT TURN FOR PLB ................................... $

SQUASH OPEN COMPETITION FOR YUEN LONG ....................... 5

TSUEN WAN URBAN CLEARWAYS ................................... 6

TAPS OFF FOR MAINS WORK...................................... 6

SUNDAY, JUNE 13, 1982

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ANTI-NARCOTICS SUMMER CONCERTS * * * *

THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS (ACAN) AND RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG RADIO 2 WILL JOINTLY ORGANISE TWO CONCERTS TO DRAW PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR THE FIGHT AGAINST NARCOTICS AND TO PROMOTE HEALTHY ACTIVITIES AMONG YOUTH.

THE CONCERTS, WHICH FORM PART OF ACAN’S PREVENTIVE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY PROGRAMME FOR THIS YEAR, WILL BE HELD ON JUNE 25 AT MORSE PARK OPEN-AIR THEATRE AND ON AUGUST 8 AT A BEACH ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NARCOTICS DIVISION SAID: +THE GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS IN PREVENTING DRUG ABUSE THROUGH EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY HAVE TAKEN ON AN EVEN MORE PRESSING TASK, AS THE NUMBER OF YOUNG PEOPLE TAKING DRUGS HAS CONTINUED TO RISE IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF THIS YEAR COMPARED WITH THE SIMILAR PERIOD LAST YEAR.

+ABOUT 90 PERCENT OF THE PUBLICITY AND ACTIVITY PROGRAMMES THIS YEAR ARE AIMED AT YOUNG PEOPLE. THESE INCLUDE POSTERS AND TELEVISION ADVERTISEMENTS, SPORTING EVENTS, SCHOOL TALKS, TRAINING CAMPS FOR YOUTH AND A VARIETY OF COMPETITIVE ACTIVITIES.

+THE JOINT CONCERT WITH RTHK RADIO 2 IS ONE OF THESE ACTIVITIES.

+LAST YEAR WITH THE CO-OPERATION OF RTHK WE ORGANISED A NUMBER OF EDUCATIONAL AND ENTERTAINMENT FUNCTIONS SUCH AS THE ANT I-NARCOTICS SINGING COMPETITION AND THE WINNERS’ CONCERT, THE ACAN FOLK CONCERT AS WELL AS THE MUSICAL DRAMA,+ HE SAID.

♦SUCH ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN VERY EFFECTIVE PUBLICITY TOOLS, ESPECIALLY FOR CONVEYING MESSAGES TO THE YOUNG PEOPLE, AND IT IS WITH THIS IN MIND THAT THE CONCERTS ARE BEING ORGAN ISED,+ .HE EXPLAINED.

A SPOKESMAN FOR RTHK RADIO 2 SAID HE HOPED THE FUNCTIONS WOULD CREATE A GREATER AWARENESS AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE OF THE DANGERS CF DRUG ABUSE AND DRUG CRIME.

+AS A MASS MEDIUM, THE AIM OF RADIO 2 IS NOT ONLY TO PROVIDE THE AUDIENCE WITH ENTERTAINMENT BUT ALSO TO PARTICIPATE ACTIVELY IN COMMUNITY SERVICES,* HE ADDED.

AMONG THOSE PERFORMING IN THE TWO-HOUR CONCERT IN MORSE PARK, STARTING AT 8 »M, WILL BE DISC-JOCKEYS OF RTHK RADIO 2 AND WINNERS CF THE SECOND CITY FOLK SONG SINGING CONTEST ORGANISED BY RTHK. THE CONCERT WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE.

MISS ELIZA CHAN, WHO RECENTLY RECORDED THE ACAN’S NEW PUBLICITY SONG, *L IVE FOR TOMORROW*, WILL ALSO APPEAR AS A GUEST STAR.

Karl •••••••

SUNDAY, JUNE 1J, 1982

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MR KARL STUMPF, CHAIRMAN OF THE PREVENTIVE EDUCATION AND PUBLIC IT >B- “TEE OF ACAN, WILL OFFICIATE AT A SWITCH-ON CEREMONY BEFORE THE CONCERT.

FREE ADMISSION TICKETS TO THE MORSE PARK CONCERT WILL BE AVAILABLE TOMORROW (MONDAY) FROM THE WONG TAI SIN CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFC ICES- ICAC MEI TUNG OFFICE- WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE- AND TOM LEE PIANO COMPANY TSIM SHA TSUI BRANCH OFF ICE.

DETAILS OF THE BEACH CONCERT WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER.

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SAFETY REMINDER TO SUMMER JOB STUDENTS * * *

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY (SUNDAY) REMINDED STUDENTS DOING SUMMER JOBS IN FACTORIES TO BE CAREFUL NOT TO GET HURT AT WORK.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE DEPARTMENT ALSO URGED THE FACTORY PROPRIETORS CONCERNED TO PAY MORE ATTENTION TO THE SAFETY OF THE STUDENTS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT THERE WERE IN THE PAST A FEW CASES OF SUMMER JOB STUDENTS GETTING. HURT AT WORK.

HE THEREFORE ADVISED SUMMER JOB SEEKERS TO STAY AWAY FROM JOBS WITH HIGH RISK OF ACCIDENT.

TO STUDENTS WORKING IN FACTORIES, THE SPOKESMAN OFFERED THE ADVICEt +BEWARE OF POWER-DRIVEN MACHINERY, ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT AND CHEMICAL USED IN INDUSTRIAL PROCESSES. IF NOT PROPERLY HANDLED OR OPERATED THEY COULD INJURE, MAIM, OR EVEN KILL.+

HE FURTHER REMINDED FACTORY PROPRIETORS THAT STUDENTS, BEING UNTRAINED AND INEXPERIENCED IN THEIR SUMMER JOBS, WERE VULNERABLE TO INDUSTRIAL HAZARDS.

♦FACTORY PROPRIETORS SHOULD, THEREFORE, ENSURE THAT THOSE IN THEIR EMPLOY ARE CLOSELY AND PROPERLY SUPERVISED AND NOT GIVEN JOBS WHICH ARE POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS OR WHICH INVOLVE THE OPERATION OF DANGEROUS MACHINERY,+ HE SAID.

A SUMMER JOB STUDENT INJURED AT WORK, LIKE OTHER EMPLOYEES, HAD THE RIGHT TO CLAIM COMPENSATION UNDER THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION ORDINANCE REGARDLESS OF THE LENGTH OF HIS SERVICE.

HE SAID FACTORY MANAGEMENTS SHOULD NOTIFY THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION UNIT OF ANY ACCIDENT WITHIN SEVEN DAYS AFTER OCCURRENCE IF THE INJURED EMPLOYEE WAS GIVEN SICK LEAVE BY THE DOCTOR FOR MORE THAN THREE DAYS.

-ANY EMPLOYER vHC FAILS TO DO SO WITHOUT REASONABLE CAUSE IS LIABLE ON SUMMARY CONVICTION TO A FINE OF $1 000,+ HE ADDED.

SUNDAY, JUNE-13, 1982

APPLICATIONS FOR LICENTIATE EXAMINATION OPEN

*****

JNREGISTRABLE DOCTORS MAY NOW APPLY TO SIT THE 1983 LICENTIATE EXAMINATION, THE LICENTIATE COMMITTEE OF THE HONG KONG MEDICAL COUNCIL ANNOUNCED TODAY (SUNDAY).

THE LICENTIATE SCHEME, INTRODUCED BY THE GOVERNMENT IN 1977, LEADS TO THE AWARD OF A LICENCE TO PRACTISE MEDICINE IN HONG KONG.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LICENTIATE COMMITTEE SAID THAT APPLICATIONS FOR FUTURE EXAMINATIONS WILL OPEN TWO MONTHS EARLIER THAN BEFORE.

THE PART I EXAMINATION WILL BE HELD IN JANUARY NEXT YEAR, ALSO TWO MONTHS EARLIER THAN USUAL.

THE REASON FOR ADVANCING THE FIRST PART EXAMINATION IS TO ALLOW TIME FOR THE PART II EXAMINATION TO BE HELD TWICE WITHIN THE SAME YEAR, IN MARCH AND IN MAY.

APPLICANTS WISHING TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE EXAMINATION MUST HOLD A MEDICAL QUALIFICATION AWARDED AFTER COMPLETING AT LEAST FIVE YEARS OF FULL-TIME MEDICAL EDUCATION, BE A LEGAL RESIDENT OF HONG KONG, AND BE OF GOOD CHARACTER.

APPLICANTS WILL BE REQUIRED, IF NECESSARY, TO ATTEND AN INTERVIEW TO VERIFY THEIR CREDENTIALS AND EXPERIENCE. AND TO PRODUCE THE ORIGINALS OF ANY SUPPORTING DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE.

THOSE WHO WISH TO OBTAIN APPLICATION FORMS ARE REQUESTED TO SEND A SELF-ADDRESSED AND STAMPED ENVELOPE, (NOT LESS THAN 23 CM BY 10 CM IN SIZE) TO:

THE LICENTIATE COMMITTEE, (EXAMINATION APPLICATION) SUNNING PLAZA, 6TH FLOOR, 10 HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG. ------o-------

27-STOREY GOVERNMENT BUILDING PLANNED

* * * *

THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A GOVERNMENT BUILDING NEAR THE RUMSEY STREET MULTI-STOREY CARPARK IN CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL.

THE PROJECT MAINLY INVOLVES THE BUILDING OF A 27-STOREY OFFICES BLOCK ON A SITE OF ABOUT 2 529 SQUARE METRES.

WHEN COMPLETED, THE BUILDING WILL PROVIDE ADDITIONAL OFFICE ACCOMMODATION OF ABOUT 36 000 SQUARE METRES FOR THE MARINE DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS AND OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

WORK WILL STAR’ IN AUGUST AND BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF 1984.

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ORIENTATION FOR STUDENTS GOING TO BRITAIN X X X X

AN ORIENTATION PROGRAMME FOR STUDENTS WHO WILL BE LEAVING FOR SCHOOLS IN BRITAIN WILL BE HELD BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND HANG SENG BANK ON JUNE 29 (TUESDAY).

THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE TALKS, A SLIDE PRESENTATION AND GROUP DISCUSSIONS AND WILL BE HELD AT THE AUDITORIUM OF HANG SENG BANK LTD AT 77 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL.

AN IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT OFFICER WILL ALSO ATTEND TO ADVISE STUDENTS ON THE PROCEDURES OF APPLYING FOR A VISA, WHILE FOUR STUDENTS WHO HAVE STUDIED IN BRITAIN WILL ANSWER QUERIES CONCERNING THEIR EXPERIENCES.

TICKETS FOR ADMISSION TO THE ORIENTATION PROGRAMME MAY BE OBTAINED AT THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIP SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT ROOM 1522, LEIGHTON CENTRE, 77 LEIGHTON ROAD AND THE EDUCATION ADVISORY SERVICE OF HANG SENG BANK LTD AT CAMBRIDGE COURT, 3/F, 84 WATERLOO ROAD.

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SITTING-OUT AREA IN KOWLOON CITY * * *

A SITTING-OUT AREA WILL SOON BE BUILT UNDER THE FLYOVER AT KOWLOON CITY ROAD JO PROVIDE RESIDENTS WITH MORE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT ARE BEING INVITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICEfOF BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

MEASURING ABOUT 400 SQUARE METRES, THE AREA WILL HAVE A ROCK GARDEN, BENCHES, CHESS TABLES, FLOWER BEDS AND TIMBER RAILINGS.

CONSTRUCTION WILL START IN AUGUST AND TAKE ABOUT FOUR MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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NO LEFT TURN FOR PLB

XXX

FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE 16), PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES TRAVELLING WESTBOUND ALONG KING’S ROAD WILL BE BANNED FROM TURNING LEFT INTO NORTH VIEW STREET.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE PLB PROHIBITION ZONE ON CHEUNG HONG STREET AT ITS JUNCTION WITH KING’S ROAD WILL BE RESCINDED.

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SQUASH OPEN COMPETITION FOR YUEN LONG x x x x

A SECOND SQUASH COMPETITION WILL BE HELD NEXT MONTH TO PROMOTE THE SPORT IN YUEN LONG.

ENTRIES ARE BEING INVITED FOR THE SECOND YUEN LONG DISTRICT SQUASH OPEN COMPETITION, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE COMPETITION WILL BE HELD IN THE EVENINGS AT THE YUEN LONG SIR DENYS ROBERTS SQUASH COURT FROM JULY 19 TO AUGUST 2, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NTSD.

IT WILL BE DIVIDED INTO TWO SECTIONS - THE MEN’S SINGLES AND THE WOMEN’S SINGLES.

THE BEST PLAYERS IN THE COMPETITION WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO REPRESENT THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT TEAM IN DISTRICT-WIDE TOURNAMENTS.

A SQUASH REGULATION STUDY CLASS WILL BE ORGANISED TO COINCIDE WITH THE OPEN COMPETITION.

IT WILL BE HELD AT THE SIR DENYS ROBERTS SQUASH COURT ON JJLY 4 AND SQUASH ENTHUSIASTS ARE WELCOMED TO JOIN THE CLASS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ENTRY FORMS FOR BOTH EVENTS, WHICH ARE FREE OF CHARGE, ARE NOW OBTAINABLE IN THE SIR DENYS ROBERTS SQUASH COURT AT MA WANG ROAD AND IN THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT SPORTS ASSOCIATION AT TAI YUK ROAD.

CLOSING DATE FOR THE STUDY CLASS AND THE OPEN COMPETITION WILL BE ON JUNE 25 AND JULY 7 RESPECTIVELY, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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TSUEN WAN URBAN CLEARWAYS * * * *

THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TAI HO ROAD BETWEEN SHA TSUI ROAD AND CASTLE PEAK ROAD IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE DESIGNATED AS AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JUNE 15).

FROM STOPPING iFtSe. BUSES WILL BE PROHIBITED TO 10 AM, AND FROM 4 PM TO 7

FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS FROM 7 AM PM DAILY.

THIS WILL ALSO APPLY TO AND LO TAK COURT.

HOI PA STREET BETWEEN TAI HO ROAD

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TAPS OFF FOR MAINS WORK

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN AREAS IN TSUEN WAN AND SALT WATER SUPPLY TO YAU TONG WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVERAL HOURS NEXT WEEK FOR MAINS WORK.

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO THE AREA FROM YAU KOM TAU, CASTLE PEAK ROAD TO TING KAU, 12-MILESTONE WILL BE CUT OFF FOR 11 HOURS, FROM 9 PM ON TUESDAY TO 8 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE 16).

MEANWHILE, SALT WATER SUPPLY TO YAU TONG IN KOWLOON WILL BE CUT OFF FOR SIX HOURS FROM 9 AM TO 3 PM ON TUESDAY (JUNE 15).

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MONTHLY SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL AND ORDERS-ON-HAND FOR APRIL 1982 ................................................. -1

GRANTS FROM THE SIR DAVID TRENCH FUND....................... 3

TUEN MUN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT .............................. 4

TRAINING COURSES ON LABOUR LAWS ............................ 4

OBJECTIVE TESTING FOR CANDIDATES OF PLEASURE VESSEL CERTIFICATES OF COMPETENCY ................................. 5

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN NORTH POINT ........................ 6

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF WONG NAI CHUNG GAP ROAD................ 6

WATER FIGURES

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MONTHLY SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL AND ORDERS-ON-HAND FOR APRIL 1982 ******

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY RELEASED STATISTICS FROM THE MONTHLY SURVEY FOR APRIL 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 CF THE 43 LARGEST COMPANIES IN THE CONSTRUCTION AND SELECTED SERVICES SECTORS.

AS THE SAMPLE WAS NOT DRAWN ON A RANDOM BASIS, THE RESULTS ON MAGNITUDE OF CHANGE MIGHT NOT REFLECT THE EXPERIENCE OF THE ECONOMY AS A WHOLE, BUT SHOULD GIVE USEFUL INDICATIONS OF THE DIRECTION OF CHANGE FOR A QUICK ASSESSMENT OF DEVELOPMENTS IN THE ECONOMY IN THE SHORT TERM.

ACCORDING TO THE MANUFACTURERS SURVEYED, EMPLOYMENT INCREASED IN THE PLASTICS, FOOD AND DRINKS AND FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES BUT DECLINED IN THE TEXTILES AND ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES IN APRIL 1982 AS COMPARED WITH THE PRECEDING MONTH.

THE DECLINE IN EMPLOYMENT IN THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY WAS BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE CLOSURE OF TWO FACTORIES SURVEYED.

IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN GENERAL ROSE, NOTABLY IN THE FOOD AND DRINKS INDUSTRY, FOLLOWED BY THE PLASTICS AND ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES. IN THE CASE OF FOOD AND DRINKS, THE INCREASE WAS DUE TO WAGE AND SALARY ADJUSTMENTS IN A NUMBER OF FACTORIES SURVEYED. HOWEVER, PER CAPITA EARNINGS DROPPED IN THE FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRY AS A RESULT OF LESS OVERTIME WORKED IN A LARGE FACTORY.

PER CAPITA EARNINGS INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY IN HOTELS AND PUBLIC UTILITIES ON ACCOUNT OF SALARY REVISION AND THE AWARD OF BONUSES IN A FEW COMPANIES SURVEYED.

THE OVERALL VOLUME OF ORDERS (IN TERMS OF MONTHS) HELD BY THE MANUFACTURERS SURVEYED REMAINED STABLE IN APRIL 1982 AS COMPARED WITH THE PRECEDING MONTH.

ORDERS ROSE IN THE WEARING APPAREL INDUSTRY BUT DECLINED IN THE PLASTICS 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.

THE SURVEY REPORT FOR APRIL 1982 IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE, AT $1.50 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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Statistical Table of Monthly Survey of Employment, Payroll _____________and Order a-Gn-Hand for April, 1982

A. Employment and earnings

Industry/Service Persons engaged by Per capita earnings preceding month) Per capita earnings for April 1982 (HKS;

the ' Feb. 1982 companies surveyed (% change over the

Mar. 1982 April 1982 Feb. 22.82 Mar. 1982 April 1982

Manufacturing ■2 -2 -1 >32 4 2 2 118

Food and drinks 1 1 -34 6 5 2 830

Wearing apparel, except footwear -2 -26 4 1 1 813

Textiles, except wearing apparel -2 -1 -41 10 1 2 030

Plastic products 2 2 -35 12 3 1 941

Fabricated metal products -3 1 -35 7 -3 1 793

Electrical and electronic products -4 -4 -3 -32 -1 3 2 034

Others -2 -2 -2 -27 4 2 914

Construction 2 2 >27 6 2 3 304

Services -36 2 5 3 794

Banks 1 -38 5 2 3 416

Hotels 1 -1 -51 11 2 562

Public utilities * 1 -38 2 5 3 580

Others 1 -24 6 6 047

B. Orders-on-hand in manufacturing

Industry Wearing apparel, except footwear (% change over the preceding month) Feb. Mar. April 1982 1982 1982 -2 -2 2 Orders-on-hand (in terms of months) for April 1982 4.5

Textiles, except wearing apparel 4 2.4

Plastic products 14 5 -7 3.9

Fabricated metal products 3 -6 -3 2.9

Electrical and electronic products 2 4.9

Others -3 -6 3.3

All above industries 3 -2 4.0

• Changes of less than O.%

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GRANTS FROM THE SIR DAVID TRENCH FUND * * * *

ABOUT $2 MILLION FROM THE SIR DAVID TRENCH FUND FOR RECREATION IS TO BE ALLOCATED FOR CAPITAL PROJECTS THIS FINANCIAL YEAR.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (MONDAY) A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT WHICH ADMINISTERS THE FUND, SAID ORGANISATIONS NEEDING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR THE PROVISION OF SOCIAL, CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS CAPITAL FACILITIES SHOULD NOW APPLY FOR GRANTS.

CRITERIA FOR THE DISBURSEMENT OF GRANTS ARE THAT PROJECTS SHOULD BE PRINCIPALLY FOR RECREATIONAL PURPOSES- THEY SHOULD BENEFIT A LARGE SECTION OF THE COMMUNITY AND BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC ON REASONABLE REQUEST- THEY SHOULD BE SPECIFICALLY OF THE ♦BRICK AND MORTAR+ TYPE- THEY SHOULD BE DESIGNED TO DEVELOP THE INDIVIDUAL AND ENCOURAGE PURPOSEFUL USE OF LEISURE TIME- AND THEY SHOULD PRIMARILY BENEFIT YOUNG PEOPLE.

IN ORDER TO ENABLE A REASONABLE NUMBER OF GRANTS TO BE APPROVED EACH YEAR, THE AMOUNT SOUGHT SHOULD NOT EXCEED 8200 000 EACH AND THE MORE EXPENSIVE PROJECT WILL BE CONSIDERED ON A STRICTER BASIS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE ADDED THAT PREFERENCE WOULD BE GIVEN TO INITIATION OF NEW PROJECTS OF NEW AGENCIES WHICH HAVE DIFFICULTY IN OBTAINING GOVERNMENT SUBVENTION OR ASSISTANCE FROM OTHER KAJOR SOURCES.

REQUESTS FROM SCHOOLS WILL GENERALLY BE REFERRED FOR COMMENTS TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND SIMILARLY APPLICATIONS FROM LOCAL ORGANISATION FOR NEIGHBOURHOOD PROJECTS WILL BE REFERRED TO THE RELEVANT SPONSORING DEPARTMENTS.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL CITY DISTRICT OFFICES, DISTRICT OFFICES, THE VARIOUS OFFICES OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE AND ALSO FROM THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT.

APPLICATION FORMS SHOULD BE COMPLETED IN DUPLICATE AND SENT TO THE SECRETARY, COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (WEST WING), 3RD FLOOR, ICE HOUSE STREET, HONG KONG BEFORE AUGUST 1.

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TUEN MUN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT * * *

A FURTHER 51 HECTARES OF LAND WILL BE FORMED IN TUEN MUN NEW TC.vN AS PART OF THE CONTINUING DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME THERE.

THE TUEN MUN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT.

ABOUT 48.6 HECTARES OF THE LAND TO BE FORMED WILL BE IN THE NORTH-WESTERN PART OF TUEN MUN, FOR A PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE TO PROVIDE ACCOMMODATION FOR ABOUT 68 OOO PEOPLE AND FOR GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTION, COMMUNITY AND PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL USES.

THE REMAINING 2.5 HECTARES WILL BE FORMED IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE TOWN, TO BE USED AS A VILLAGE RESITE AREA.

CONSTRUCTION OF MAIN DRAINAGE CULVERTS WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE DEVELOPMENT WORK.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN AUGUST AND TAKE ABOUT TWO YEARS TO COMPLETE.

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TRAINING COURSES ON LABOUR LAWS * * *

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WILL CONDUCT TWO TRAINING COURSES ON THE PROVISIONS OF THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE FOR EMPLOYERS, EMPLOYEES, TRADE UNION OFFICIALS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF EMPLOYERS’ ASSOCIATIONS.

ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE (LRS). THE COURSES ARE AIMED AT ENABLING THE PARTICIPANTS TO GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE PROVISIONS AND TO EXCHANGE VIEWS ON THE PRACTICAL ASPECTS OF EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS.

MR CHAN WING-KIT, SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER OF THE LRS, SAID TODAY (MONDAY) THAT RESPONSE: FROM TRADE UNIONS, EMPLOYER’S ASSOCIATIONS AND COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS WAS OVERWHELMING, AND ABOUT 900 APPLICATIONS HAD BEEN RECEIVED.

AS THE COURSES CAN ACCOMMODATE ONLY 160 APPLICANTS, SEVEN MORE SIMILAR COURSES WILL BE CONDUCTED LATER IN THE YEAR.

THE COURSES, CONSISTING OF TWO EVENING SESSIONS EACH, WILL COVER SUCH MATTERS AS EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS, PAYMENT OF AND DEDUCTION FROM WAGES, TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT, SEVERANCE PAYMENT, REST DAYS, STATUTORY HOLIDAYS, ANNUAL LEAVE, SICK LEAVE AND MATERNITY LEAVE.

THE FIRST COURSE WILL BEGIN AT QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM AT 5.30 PM ON WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY (JUNE 16 AND 17), AND LECTURES WILL BE GIVEN BY OFFICERS FROM THE LRS’S LABOUR RELATIONS PROMOTION UNIT. THE SECOND COURSE WILL TAKE PLACE ON TUESDAY AND THURSDAY (JUNE 22 AND 24) AT THE SAME TIME AND PLACE.

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OBJECTIVE TESTING FOR CANDIDATES OF PLEASURE VESSEL CERTIFICATES OF COMPETENCY *******

APPLICANTS FOR PLEASURE VESSEL WILL BE SUBJECTED TO AN ’OBJECTIVE’ MINUTES STARTING FROM NEXT MONTH.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (MONDAY) SAID THE TEST WAS BEING INTRODUCED FOR SUCH CERTIFICATES.

CERTIFICATES OF COMPETENCY

WRITTEN TEST LASTING 50

A MARINE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN N VIEW OF THE LARGE DEMAND

un. ^aSAID EXAMINATIONS FOR PLEASURE VESSEL MASTER CERTIFICATES BEGIN IN JULY WH,LE THOSE FOR PLEASURE VESSEL ENGINEER CERTIFICATES WILL BE HELD IN SEPTEMBER.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID HE ANTTCIPATED THAT ALL EXISTING APPLICANTS FOR THE MASTER CERTIFICATE WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE EXAMINED BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER.

HE URGED CANDIDATES INTERESTED IN OBTAINING THESE CERTIFICATES OF COMPETENCY TO REPLY TO MARINE DEPARTMENT LETTERS ADVISING THEM OF THEIR APPOINTMENT FOR A TEST.

+THESE LETTERS ARE DESPATCHED BY RECORDED DELIVERY AND FAILURE TO RESPOND WILL RESULT IN THE APPLICATION BEING CANCELLED, AND THE FEE FORFEITED AS IT IS ASSUMED THAT THE CANDIDATE. IS NO LONGER INTERESTED IN OBTAINING THE CERTIFICATE,+ THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

HE SAID THAT OF THE FIRST 500 LETTERS DESPATCHED SOME 250 PEOPLE HAD NOT REPLIED BY THE REQUIRED DATE.

THIS, HE SAID, HAD RESULTED IN THE NECESSITY TO DESPATCH FURTHER LETTERS TO FILL THE VACANCY.

TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT AND FORFEITURE OF THE FEE DUE TO INCORRECT ADDRESS, CANDIDATES WERE BEING ASKED TO FORWARD A SELF-ADDRESSED ENVELOPE WITH THE RECEIPT NUMBER AND DATE OF THEIR ORIGINAL APPLICATION WRITTEN ON IT.

ANY PERSON WHO HAS NOT BEEN GIVEN AN APPOINTMENT DATE AND IS NO LONGER INTERESTED IN TAKING THE EXAMINATION MAY CANCEL THEIR APPLICATION AND APPLY FOR A REFUND.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN NORTH POINT

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NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN NORTH POINT FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE 16).

UNDER THE ARRANGEMENTS, CHEUNG HONG STREET BETWEEN KING’S ROAD AND FORT STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND WHILE THE SECTION OF NORTH VIEW STREET BETWEEN KING’S ROAD AND FORT STREcT WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

THE SECTION OF FORT STREET BETWEEN CHEUNG HONG STREET AND NORTH VIEW STREET WILL ALSO BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY WESTBOUND.

MEANWHILE, THE BUS-ONLY LANE ON THE WESTBOUND KERBSIDE LANE CF KING’S ROAD BETWEEN MANSION STREET AND LAU LI STREET WILL BE RESCINDED FROM 9 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE 16).

THIS WILL ALSO APPLY TO THE EASTBOUND KERBSIDE BUS-ONLY LANE CF KING’S ROAD BETWEEN POWER STREET AND NORTH POINT ROAD.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF WONG NAI CHUNG GAP-ROAD x x x *

THE NORTH-BOUND SECTION OF WONG NAI CHUNG GAP ROAD BETWEEN THE SOUTHERN END OF THE STUBBS ROAD FLYOVER AND THE TAI HANG ROAD ROUNDABOUT WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 12.30 AM ON TUESDAY (JUNE 15) FOR ROAD WORKS.

THE ARRANGEMENT WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN 12.30 AM AND 5.30 AM DAILY FOR SEVEN MORNINGS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED TO USE THE STUBBS ROAD FLYOVER.

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WATER FIGURES * * X

STORAGE IN

H°NG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 56.0 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 323.805 MILLION CUBIC ' METRES, EQUIVALENT TO 226 DAYS’ CONSUMPTION.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 227.555 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 39.4 PFR CENT OF CAPACITY.

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gas safety and development plan drawn up ........................ 1

WAN CHAI CITY DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE .................... 4

SUPERVISION OF BOILERS AND STEAM RECEIVERS ...................... 5

DEATH SENTENCES COMMUTED ........................................ 5

CAS MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM GOES OVERSEAS FOR TRAINING ............. 6

NATURAL DISASTERS A BIG LEGCO TOPIC ............................. 7

DISTRICT BOARD TO ORGANISE +RESPECT FOR THE ELDERLY WEEK+ .. 8

WATER CUTS FOR MAINS CONNECTION ................................. 8

NEW SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX

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TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 1982

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GAS SAFETY AND DEVELOPMENT PLAN DRAWN UP * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT WITH THE ENDORSEMENT OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY) A NEW PACKAGE OF GAS SAFETY MEASURES WHICH IT WILL BE INTRODUCING, FOLLOWING A'DETAILED STUDY OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS ON SAFETY STANDARDS-CONTAI NED IN THE GAS CONSULTANTS REPORT ISSUED FIVE MONTHS AGO.

IT HAS NOW DRAWN UP A GAS SAFETY AND DEVELOPMENT PLAN BASED ON THE EXPERT ADVICE OF ITS OWN GAS ENGINEERS AND AS A RESULT OF INTENSIVE INTER-DEPARTMENTAL DISCUSSION, AND CONSULTATION WITH THE LPG SUPPLIERS AND THE HONG KONG AND CHINA GAS COMPANY.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID ONE OF THE MAIN RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CONSULTANTS WAS THE SETTING UP OF A SPECIALIST OFFICE WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT TO DEAL WITH GAS SAFETY.

FOR THE PAST FIVE MONTHS, THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEER, MR G.J. OSBORNE, HAS BEEN ASSISTED BY IWO EXPERT ENGINEERS FROM OVERSEAS WHILE A GAS ADVISER’S OFFICE WAS BEING SET UP.

THIS OFFICE IS NOW ESTABLISHED IN THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL OFFICE AND WILL INTRODUCE AND IMPLEMENT THE GAS SAFETY PLAN, WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE LPG SUPPLIERS AND THE GAS COMPANY.

+THE GAS ADVISER AND A CHIEF ENGINEER HAVE BEEN SELECTED AND WILL SHORTLY BE TAKING UP THEIR PERMANENT APPOINTMENTS, AND ADDITIONAL STAFF ARE BEING RECRUITED,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE GAS ADVISER, MR KEN TUNNAH, FORMERLY DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING OF NORTHERN GAS, UK, HAS BEEN ONE OF THE EXPERT ADVISERS TO MR OSBORNE.

THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED THAT, WHILE THERE WAS A NEED FOR INCREASED GOVERNMENT CONTROL TO ENSURE GAS SAFETY, A GREAT DEAL WAS ALREADY BEING ACHIEVED VOLUNTARILY WITH THE FULL CO-OPERATION CF ALL PARTS OF THE GAS INDUSTRY.

WATER HEATERS

A VOLUNTARY CODE COVERING THE INSTALLATION OF TOWNGAS AND LPG WATER HEATERS HAS ALREADY BEEN INTRODUCED AND THIS WILL EVENTUALLY BE BACKED BY LEGISLATION. THE CODE PROVIDES FOR THE FOLLOW I NG:

(A) FLUELESS HEATERS WILL NOT BE INSTALLED IN BATHROOMS, AND WHEN INSTALLED OUTSIDE BATHROOMS THEY WILL ONLY BE USED FOR SINKS.

(B) NO ORDINARY OPEN-FLUED WATER HEATERS WILL BE INSTALLED, EVEN AS REPLACEMENTS.

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(C) BALANCED FLUE HEATERS WHICH ARE HEATERS WITH THE FLUE OUTLET AND AIR INLET CONNECTED DIRECTLY TO THE OUTSIDE AIR, AND WHICH ARE COMPLETELY SEALED FROM THE ROOM WILL BE USED FOR ALL NEW INSTALLATIONS AND, WHERE PRACTICABLE, FOR REPLACEMENT INSTALLATIONS. THE GAS COMPANY HAS ALSO MADE AVAILABLE A FAN-ASSISTED FLUED HEATER. THIS EXPELS BURNT GASES SAFELY IN ALb CIRCUMSTANCES AND CAN BE USED FOR REPLACEMENT WORK OR NEW INSTALLATIONS WHERE BALANCED FLUE HEATERS CANNOT EASILY BE FITTED FOR STRUCTURAL REASONS.

VENTILATION

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE MAJOR ADVANTAGE OF INSTALLING A BALANCED FLUE OR FAN-ASSISTED HEATER WAS THAT THERE WAS THEN NO NEED TO RELY ON ROOM VENTILATION. STEPS WILL BE TAKEN BY THE GAS INDUSTRY TO ENCOURAGE ALL CUSTOMERS TO CHANGE OVER TO THESE APPLIANCES, WHICH WOULD ALLOW THEM TO SHOWER SAFELY WITHOUT NEEDING TO OPEN A WINDOW.

♦IT CANNOT BE EMPHASISED TOO STRONGLY HOWEVER THAT IN ALL OTHER CASES, VENTILATION IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL. WINDOWS OR DOORS MUST BE OPENED WIDE,+ HE SAID.

LPG CYLINDERS

THE GAS CONSULTANTS’ REPORT RECOMMENDED THAT THERE SHOULD BE A PROGRAMMED WITHDRAWAL OF LPG CYLINDERS FROM EXISTING MULTI-STOREY DOMESTIC BUILDINGS AND THAT CYLINDERS SHOULD NOT BE USED IN FUTURE IN SUCH BUILDINGS.

♦ESSENTIALLY,+ THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED, +THE REASONING BEHIND THIS RECOMMENDATION WAS THAT, IN A FIRE, LPG CYLINDERS CAN OVERHEAT, EXPLODE AND CAUSE STRUCTURAL DAMAGE, WHICH MAY ENDANGER ADJOINING FLATS.+

AFTER CAREFUL CONSIDERATION THE GOVERNMENT HAS DECIDED NOT TO ACCEPT THIS RECOMMENDATION. IN REACHING THIS DECISION, THE GOVERNMENT HAS HAD REGARD TO THE OPINION OF EXPERT ENGINEERS AND RELEVANT HONG KONG AUTHORITIES THAT REINFORCED CONCRETE BUILDINGS IN HONG KONG ARE SO STRONG THAT THEY ARE UNLIKELY TO SUFFER THE EXTENSIVE STRUCTURAL DAMAGE IMPLIED BY THE CONSULTANTS. THERE WOULD ALSO BE GREAT PRACTICAL DIFFICULTY IN SEEKING TO REPLACE SOMETHING LIKE ONE MILLION LPG CYLINDERS CURRENTLY IN CIRCULATION.

RATHER THAN SEEKING TO WITHDRAW AND BAN LPG CYLINDERS, THE GOVERNMENT HAS DECIDED, FIRST, TO ENCOURAGE THE USE OF PIPED GAS WHEREVER POSSIBLE AND, SECOND, TO ENSURE THAT STEPS ARE TAKEN TO MAKE CYLINDER LPG A SAFER FUEL TO STORE, HANDLE AND USE.

♦THE SAFETY OF LPG CYLINDERS, WHICH AT PRESENT ACCOUNT FOR THE LARGEST PART OF THE GAS MARKET IN HONG KONG, WILL BE IMPROVED WITH A SERIES OF MEASURES ALREADY AGREED WITH THE OIL COMPANIES,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE MEASURES, WHICH AGAIN WILL BE BACKED BY LEGISLATION, WILL COVER AMONG OTHER THINGS CYLINDER INSPECTION, CHECKWEIGHING, ODOUR IS ING AND LEAK DETECTION.

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’■■'.L ’-'ESE, COMBINED WITH PLANNED IMPROVEMENTS IN HANDLING A' E’-kaGE, SHOULD DO MUCH TO IMPROVE the SAFETY OF THIS FORM OF GAS SUPPLY,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE POINTED OUT, HOWEVER, THAT THE IMPORTANCE OF SENSIBLE HANDLING BY THE GENERAL PUBLIC THEMSELVES CANNOT BE OVER-EMPHASISED.

♦CYLINDERS MUST NOT BE ALLOWED TO SUFFER IMPACT DAMAGE AND MUST AT ALL TIMES BE KEPT AWAY FROM ANY SOURCE OF HEAT,* HE STRESSED.

THE GOVERNMENT WILL INTRODUCE A SUSTAINED CAMPAIGN OF PUBLIC EDUCATION TO COVER THESE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS.

EXPANSION OF SUPPLIES OF PIPED GAS

THE GOVERNMENT HAS RECOGNISED THAT A PIPED FORM OF GAS SUPPLY (WHETHER BY TOWNGAS OR FROM LOCAL BULK LPG INSTALLATIONS) IS INHERENTLY MUCH SAFER THAN CYLINDERS. SO THE IMPORTANT DECISION HAS BEEN TAKEN THAT, AS FAR AS POSSIBLE, THE GOVERNMENT WILL ENSURE THE PROVISION OF =>IPED GAS SUPPLIES TO ALL NEW DOMESTIC DEVELOPMENTS.

THIS WILL BE ACHIEVED PARTLY BY MAKING A PIPED GAS SUPPLY ONE OF THE CONDITIONS WHICH HAVE TO BE MET TO OBTAIN BUILDINGS ORDINANCE APPROVAL FOR NEW BUILDINGS, AND PARTLY BE ENCOURAGING THE RAPID DEVELOPMENT OF AN EXTENSIVE SUPPLY OF PIPED GAS.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED, +WE ARE AWARE THAT THE GAS COMPANY ARE PLANNING A MAJOR EXTENSION OF THEIR SUPPLY NETWORK PRODUCTION AND PRODUCTION CAPACITY. ALONG WITH BULK LPG INSTALLATIONS, THESE EXPANSION PLANS WILL ENSURE THAT WE ACHIEVE OUR AIM OF MAKING PIPED GAS AVAILABLE TO ALL NEW DOMESTIC DEVELOPMENTS. THE GOVERNMENT IS TAKING AN ACTIVE INTEREST IN THESE EXPANSION PLANS AND WILL PROVIDE WHATEVER ASSISTANCE IS NECESSARY AND APPROPR I ATE,+ HE SAID.

INSTALLATION WORK

THE GOVERNMENT ALSO INTENDS TO INTRODUCE CONTROLS OVER GAS INSTALLATION WORK WHERE, PARTICULARLY IN THE LPG SECTOR, UNIFORMLY HIGH SAFETY STANDARDS ARE NOT ALWAYS ACHIEVED BECAUSE OF THE FRAGMENTED NATURE OF THE BUSINESS.

IN FUTURE AN INSTALLER WILL NEED TO ENSURE THAT THE WORK HE CARRIES OUT COMPLIES WITH APPROPRIATE CODES OF PRACTICE’ ALSO THAT HE EMPLOYS OPERATIVES WHO ARE PROPERLY QUALIFIED IN BASIC GAS FITTING SK ILLS.

LEGISLATION

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO BACK UP MEASURES FOR ENSURING GAS SAFETY. THIS WILL INCLUDE AMENDMENTS to THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE, THE DANGEROUS GOODS ORDINANCE AND A NEw BILL COVERING ALL ASPECTS OF GAS SAFETY.

PROGRESS ACHIEVED SC FAP

THE SPOKESMAN REPORTED THAT IN ADDITION TO THE MEASURES TAKEN ON GAS WATER HEATERS AND LPG CYLINDERS, SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS HA. ALSO BEEN MADE IN OTHER ASPECTS OF GAS SAFETY.

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VERY DEtAILED SURVEYS HAVE BEEN CARRIED OUT ON MANY BULK DOMESTIC LPG INSTALLATIONS, AND THEIR ASSOCIATED PRESSURE CONTROL EQUIPMENT AND PIPING. DEFECTS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED ON A NUMBER CF THE?' AND ARE BEING CORRECTED BY THE COMPANIES CONCERNED.

PENDING THE PRODUCTION OF NEW CODES OF PRACTICE COVERING THIS WORK, ESSENTIAL INTERIM AMENDMENTS TO EXISTING SPECIFICATIONS ARE BEiNG INTRODUCED TO MAKE SURE THAT NEW INSTALLATIONS ARE DESIGNED TO BETTER STANDARDS WITHOUT DELAY,+ HE SAID.

A SERIES OF SHORT COURSES COVERING BASIC GAS FITTING SKILLS FOR LPG OPERATIVES HAS ALREADY BEEN DRAWN UP FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE NEXT COLLEGE YEAR. THE GAS COMPANY HAVE BEEN RUNNING THEIR OWN TRAINING PROGRAMMES FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS,+ HE SAID.

NOTE TO ED I TORSt

FOR ANY FURTHER BACKGROUND INFORMATION PLEASE REFER TO THE GAS CONSULTANTS’ REPORT. THIS WAS ISSUED IN FULL IN ENGLISH AND THE MAIN RECOMMENDATIONS IN CHINESE ON JANUARY 21 THIS YEAR. TRANSLATION INTO CHINESE OF THE ENTIRE REPORT HAS BEEN COMPLETED AND COPIES WILL SHORTLY BE AVAILABLE.

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WAN CHAI CITY DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE * * * *

THE WAN CHAI CITY DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE HELD ITS FIRST MEETING OF THE YEAR TODAY (TUESDAY) AT THE WAN CHAI CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE IN HENNESSY ROAD AND DISCUSSED JUVENILE CRIME AND VICE ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

ACCORDING TO A SPOKESMAN FOR THE WAN CHAI CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, THE WAN CHAI CITY DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE WAS ASSUMING AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME MOVE, AND HAD ORGANISED NUMEROUS COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT ACTIVITIES IN A BID TO AROUSE PUBLIC AWARENESS IN COMBATING CRIME.

HE SAID ACTIVITIES THIS YEAR WILL INCLUDE A BEAT CRIME QUIZ CONTEST, A WALKATHON AND VISIT TO THE POLICE TRAINING SCHOOL.

PRESENT AT TODAY’S MEETING WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, MR A.G. COOPER, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (WAN CHAI); MR D.G. ROBINSON-DISTRICT COMMANDER OF THE WAN CHAI POLICE DIVISION’ MR LAU KIN-YEUK-A POLICE COMMUNITY RELATION OFFICER AND 11 UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS.

THE UNOFFICIALS wERE LATER PRESENTED WITH LETTERS OF APPRECIATION AND APPOINTMENT BY THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT POLICE COMMANDER, MR ROBINSON. THEY WERE DR CHUNG CHI-YUNG, MR HO CHOI-CHIU, MR CHOW SUK-BUT, MISS NG SUI-HING, MR LO YICK-SUN, MR LEE KON, MR CHU WING-KEE, MR CHENG HOK-YIN, MR HO YUK-WING, MR NG SAI-YING AND MP HO FOOK-CHU.

TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 1982

SUPERVISION OF BOILERS AND STEAM RECEIVERS X X X X

OWNERS OF BOILERS AND STEAM RECEIVERS WERE REMINDED TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT OPERATION OF THEIR EQUIPMENT MUST BE SUPERVISED LY PEOPLE HOLDING A CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID THIS REQUIREMENT WAS LAID DOWN IN THE BOILERS AND PRESSURE RECEIVERS ORDINANCE.

HE WARNED THAT ANY BOILER .OWNER WHO FAILED TO COMPLY WITH THIS STATUTORY REQUIREMENT WAS LIABLE TO PROSECUTION AND TO A FINE CF $30 000 ON CONVICTION.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT EARLY LAST YEAR THE PRESSURE EQUIPMENT UNIT BEGAN TO HELP OWNERS OF BOILERS TO OVERCOME A SHORTAGE OF QUALIFIED BOILER OPERATORS BY PROVIDING ADDITIONAL SESSIONS FOR A WRITTEN EXAMINATION FOR CERTIFICATES OF COMPETENCE IN ORDER TO REDUCE CANDIDATES’ WAITING PERIOD.

THE ADDITIONAL SESSIONS WERE LATER DISCONTINUED WHEN DEMAND DROPPED.

THE UNIT ALSO REQUESTED THE HAKING WONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTE TO RUN A SPECIAL EVENING COURSE FOR BOILER OPERATORS.

CANDIDATES WHO COMPLETED THE COURSE AND WERE SUCCESSFUL IN AN EXAMINATION WERE ISSUED WITH CERTIFICATES OF COMPETENCE BY THE UNIT WITHOUT HAVING TO SIT THE UNIT’S EXAMINATION.

THE SPOKESMAN URGED BOILER OWNERS TO MAKE FULL USE OF THE COURSE IN ORDER TO SECURE QUALIFIED PERSONNEL FOR SAFE OPERATION OF THE IR EQU IPMENT.

THOSE INTERESTED CAN CONTACT THE INSTITUTE FOR FURTHER DETAILS ON TELEPHONE 3-615161 EXT. 119.

CANDIDATES WISHING TO SIT FOR THE UNIT’S EXAMINATION SHOULD CONTACT THE UNIT AT THE CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES ON TELEPHONE 3-688111 EXT. 352.

DEATH SENTENCES COMMUTED * * *

THE GOVERNOR, AFTER TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE ADVICE CF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, HAS DECIDED THAT THE DEATH SENTENCES, PASSED ON CHAN PO-KWONG, LEUNG KAM-YIU AND HO CHI-CHAU AND THE DEATH SENTENCE, PASSED ON TSE KIN-FAI, SHOULD BE COMMUTED TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT AND 20 YEARS IMPRISONMENT RESPECTIVELY.

CHAN, LEUNG AND HO WERE FOUND GUILTY OF THE MURDER OF LAU CHAK MO IN A FLAT IN SHAM SHU I PO ON MARCH 2, 1978. THEY WERE CONVICTED ON FEBRUARY 20, 1979.

TSE WAS FOUND GUILTY OF THE MURDER OF TSANG FAN-CHUNG IN WESTERN DISTRICT ON SEPTEMBER 20, 1980. HE WAS CONVICTED ON JULY 28, 1981.

TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 1982

CAS MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM GOES OVERSEAS FOR TRAINING

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-OUR OFFICERS OF THE CIVIL AID SE wILL uEAVE FOR THE UNITED KINGDOM TOMO INTENSIVE ADVANCED TRAINING IN MOUNTAI RESCUE.

ICES MOUNTAIN RESCUE UNIT £W (WEDNESDAY) TO UNDERGO LEADERSHIP, SEARCH AND

THEY WILL BE SEEN OFF BY THE CAS CjllEF STAFF OFFICER, MR .

FORTUNE, AND THE COMMANDER OF THE MOUNT1IN RESCUE UNIT, MR LEE SHU-WING, AT KAI TAK AIRPORT.

THE FOUR OFFICERS ARE MESSRS CHOW KA-PC, LI YAN-KI, LAW KAM-wING, AND PAU HON-KWAN.

THEY WILL RECEIVE TRAINING FROM TH& RAF MOUNTAIN RESCUE UNITS IN WALES AND SCOTLAND, AND FROM THE SCOTTISH SPORTS COUNCIL.

THE TRAINING PROGRAMME WILL LAST ONE AND A HALF MONTHS, AND THE FOUR WILL BE BACK IN HONG KONG ON AUGUST 6.

SPEAKING ON THE WORK DONE BY THE MOUNTAIN RESCUE UNIT, A CAS SPOKESMAN SAID IT RESCUED MORE THAN 200 PEOPLE WHO WERE IN TROUBLE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES LAST YEAR.

♦MANY OF THEM WERE GROUPS OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAD NOT PLANNED THEIR EXPEDITION PROPERLY, AND HAD BECOME HOPELESSLY LOST AS NIGHT FELL OR CLOUDS DESCENDED, THUS MAKING TREKING OVER THE HILLS BOTH DIFFICULT AND HAZARDOUS,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+IN CASE OF EMERGENCY,+ HE ADDED, +ASS(STANCE CAN BE SOUGH" BY CALLING THE PRINCIPAL TRAINING OFFICER OR DUTY OFFICER OF THE CAS DURING OFFICE HOURS ON TELEPHONE 5-763236.

+0N SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, THE MOUNTAIN RESCUE UNIT IS ON STANDBY DUTY FROM 1 PM TO 9.30 PM AT THE CAS KOWLOON TRAINING CENTRE AND THEIR ASSISTANCE CAN BE SOUGHT BY TELEPHONING 3-7115011 OR 999.♦

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE CAS LEAVE BY THE (WEDNESDAY).

TEAM WILL ARRIVE AT KAI TAK AIRPORT AT “ Pv, AND BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHT BA23 ETD 9 °M TOMORROW

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE DEPARTURE 0^ THE TEAM,

TUESDAY, QUNE 15, 1982

NATURAL DISASTERS A BIG LEGCO TOPIC * * *

CONCERN ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES OF NATURAL DISASTERS IN HONG ■ONG ..ILL BE THE MAJOR ISSUE RAISED BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS IN QUESTIONS AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

FIVE OUT OF THE 13 QUESTIONS WILL DEAL WITH SUCH MATTERS AS THE ESTIMATED NUMBER OF SQUATTERS LIVING ON SLOPES CONSIDERED TO BE VULNERABLE TC LANDSLIDES AND THE PLANS TO EVACUATE THEM IN THE EVENT OF EMERGENCY, THE LOCATION OF THE MAIN LANDSLIPS AND DRAINAGE DANGER AREAS AND THE EFFORT BEING MADE TO MINIMISE THE DANGERS FROM THESE.

OTHER QUESTIONS wILL DEAL WITH THE EXTENT OF PUBLIC WARNINGS ISSUED PRIOR TO THE RECENT RAINSTORMS, AND THE AMOUNT OF EMERGENCY RELIEF PAID TO FARMERS FOR LIVESTOCK AND CROP DAMAGE. THE GOVERNMENT WILL ALSO BE ASKED TO CONSIDER ENCOURAGING FARMERS, LIVESTOCK EREEDERS AND cISH-POND OPERATORS WHO ARE REPEATEDLY AWARDED RELIEF AS VICTIMS OF NATURAL DISASTERS, +TO INTRODUCE SAFEGUARDS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AGAINST OR TO COMPENSATE THEMSELVES FOR DAMAGE.+

THERE WILL ALSO BE QUESTIONS ON PYRAMID SELLING, UK UNIVERSITY FEES, THE BUS SERVICE, DEFEDERALI SAT ION OF THE TRADE INDUSTRY AM CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT, THE NUMBER OF FILIPINA WOMEN PERMITTED TO LIVE AND WORK IN HONG KONG AND WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WILL CHANGE IT; POLICY REGARDING THEIR ENTRY TO HONG KONG FOR DOMESTIC SERVICE.

TWO NEW BILLS WILL BE INTRODUCED FOR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS: THE AIR POLLUTION CONTROL BILL 1982, AND THE SUPREME COURT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982.

DEBATE WILL BE RESUMED ON SIX BILLS.

THEY ARE: THE COMMODITIES TRADING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, SOCIETIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, INTERPRETATION AND GENERAL CLAUSES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, DANGEROUS DRUGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 AND BUILDINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982.

THESE BILLS WILL THEN-GO THROUGH THEIR COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READINGS, TOGETHER WITH THE ROADS (WORKS, USE AND COMPENSATION) BILL 1982, WHICH HAD ITS COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READING ADJOURNED AT THE PREVIOUS MEETING.

TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 1982

DIST ICT BOARD TO ORGANISE +RESPECT FOR THE ELDERLY WEEK*

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THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD AND 26 ORGANISATIONS IN THE AREA WILL JOINTLY ORGANISE A +RESPECT FOR THE ELDERLY WEEK + FROM JUNE 20 TO 26, IN CONNECTION WITH THE WORLD ASSEMBLY ON AGING.

THE AIM IS TO EDUCATE THE YOUNGER GENERATION TO RESPECT THE ELDERLY THROUGH A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES. SINGLED OUT FOR ATTENTION WILL BE PEOPLE OVER THE AGE OF 60.

THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE A CANTONESE CONCERT AND A PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY AT THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL OF BAPTIST COLLEGE ON WATERLOO ROAD ON JUNE 20. A CANTONESE OPERA AND A CLOSING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT CARITAS CENTRE IN PRINCE EDWARD ROAD ON JUNE 26.

BOY SCOUTS WILL HELP THE AGED CROSS THE ROAD AT VARIOUS POINTS IN THE DISTRICT AND PUBLICITY PAMPHLETS DESIGNED TO PROMOTE A HELPFUL ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE ELDERLY WILL BE CIRCULATED.

DUMPLINGS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO THE AGED WHO ARE WITHOUT FAMILY CARE ON THE DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL.

FREE MEDICAL CHECKUPS WILL BE PROVIDED AT EVANGEL HOSPITAL ON JUNE 20 AND JUNE 26, AND AT THE TO KWA WAN WELFARE ASSOCIATION CLINIC FROM JUNE 20 TO 26.

DISCOUNTS WILL BE GIVEN TO THE AGED AT THREE SPECIFIED CHINESE RESTAURANTS DURING JUNE. OTHER ACTIVITIES WILL INCLUDE VISITS TO THE AGED AND TOURS FOR THEM IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE WELCOMED TO COVER EVENTS TO BE HELD AT THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL, BAPTIST COLLEGE AT 7.30 PM ON JUNE 20, 1982.

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WATER CUTS FOR MAINS CONNECTION * * * -X

FRESH AND SALT WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN SHEUNG SB.I WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM ON THURSDAY (JUNE 17) TO FACILITATE WATER MAINS CONNECTION.

AFFECTED PREMISES ARE THOSE ALONG SAN FUNG AVENUE FRi. ’ SAN HONG STREET TO SHEUNG SHU I RAILWAY STATION, INCLUDING \ TSOI YUEN TSUEN AND THE ACCESS ROAD TO THE SHEUNG SHU I T-t V - ' WORKS.

TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 1982

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NEW SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX * * * *

A NEW SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX WILL SOON BE BUILT IN LAI WAN ROAD ON LAI CHI KOK RECLAMATION.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT ARE BEING INVITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

THE COMPLEX WILL CONSIST OF EIGHT SWIMMING POOLS - ONE HEATED MAIN POOL, ONE SECONDARY POOL, ONE DIVING POOL, ONE TRAINING POOL, TWO TEACHING POOLS, ONE CHILDREN’S POOL AND ONE PADDLING POOL.

OTHER FACILITIES WILL INCLUDE CHANGING ROOMS, A RESTAURANT AID A REFRESHMENT BOOTH.

WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL START AT THE END OF JULY AND TAKE ABOUT 20 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING;

DANGER OF MAN-MADE SLOPES ................................... 1

CONTINGENCY PLnNS TO EVACUATE SQUATTERS ..................... 2

HOSPITAL PRAISED FOR EMERGENCY WORK ......................... J

FARMERS ADVISED TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS.......................... 4

WATER SUPPLY FROM CHINA ..................................... 5

MEASURES TO IMPROVE CMB'S FLEET AVAILABILITY ................ 5

DEFEDERALIbATION OF TICD ON SCHEDULE ......................   7

WEATHER WARNING SYSTEMS RE-EXAMINED ......................... 8

TRAINING OF CIVIL SERVANTS .................................. 9

S7 MILLION PAID OUT IN PNEUMOCONIOSIS COMPENSATION ......... 10

LEGISLATION ON PYRAMID SEI,JING BEING EXAMINED FOR LOOPHOLES 11

JOINT-FUNDING PROPOSAL FOR UK STUDENTS IN UK ............... 11

BUILDINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL: NECESSARY FOR STABILITY ........ 12

DRUGS BILL PARI' OF ON-GOING EFFORTS TO PROTECT COMMUNITY 14

SOCIETIES (AMENDMENT) BTT.l. ............................... 15

POLICY ON OVERSEAS DOMESTIC HELPERS BEING REVIEWED ......... 16

CONSULTATION ON ANTIQUITIES URGED .......................... 17

SEVEN BILLS PASSED........................................   18

SUPRIME COURT (AMUiDMENT) BILL ............................. 18

AIR POLLUTION BILL 'CAREFULLY CONSIDERED' .................. 19

HONG KONG OPENS NEW INDUSTRIAL DIVESTMENT PROMOTIONS OFFICE IN UK ......................................................... 2Q

PEAK TRAM FARE RISE APPROVED................................... 21

KOWLOON PLD MaXIOaB ROUTE 4 ................................... 21

RESIDENTIAL COURSE FOR BIOLOGY TEACHERS ....................... 22

TENDERS SOUGHT FOR LAND TENANCIES.............................. 22

WATER CUT IN TAI PO .........................................   2}

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 1982

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DANGER OF MAN-MADE SLOPES

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SOIL CONDITIONS IN HONG KONG AND THE STEEP TERRAIN WERE SUCH THAT A LARGE NUMBER OF MAN-MADE SLOPES COULD BE SUBJECT TO DANGER OF FAILURE AT TIMES OF HEAVY RAIN, THE ACTING SECRETARY OF LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON N.K. CHAN, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON WONG LAM, HE SAID PRELIMINARY GEOTECHNICAL INSPECTIONS HAD BEEN CARRIED OUT ON MORE THAN 10 000 SLOPES THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY WHICH MIGHT AFFECT PUBLIC SAFETY AND PROPERTY.

+THE INFORMATION FROM THESE INSPECTIONS WAS USED TO RANK THE SLOPES IN PRIORITY ORDER FOR DETAILED GEOTECHNICAL STUDY OF THEIR STABILITY, THOSE SLOPES WHICH WOULD AFFECT LARGE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE IF THEY FAILED BEING RANKED HIGHEST IN PRIORITY,* HE SAID.

WHERE THE DETAILED STUDY HAD SHOWN THAT THE STABILITY WAS INADEQUATE, THE SLOPE HAD BEEN PUT INTO A PROGRAMME OF LANDSLIDE PREVENTIVE WORKS.

SINCE 1976, GOVERNMENT HAD CARRIED OUT MAJOR PREVENTIVE WORKS ON 252 SLOPES AND SMALL-SCALE PREVENTIVE WORKS ON MORE THAN 1 100 SLOPES. PRIORITY GIVEN IN THIS PROGRAMME TO FILL SLOPES HAD PROVED TO BE FULLY JUSTIFIED BY THE FACT THAT NO SIGNIFICANT FILL SLOPE FAILURES WERE REPORTED IN HOUSING AREAS, MR CHAN ADDED.

+WHILE CONCENTRATING OUR EFFORTS ON THOSE SLOPES WHICH MIGHT AFFECT LARGE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE IF THEY FAILED IT HAS ONLY BEEN POSSIBLE TO MAKE PRELIMINARY SURVEYS OF OTHER SLOPES AND TO INSPECT SPECIFIC PROBLEM AREAS BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF THE GEOTECHNICAL CONTROL OFFICE BY OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

+THE MOST UNSATISFACTORY AREAS FROM A SLOPE STABILITY POINT OF VIEW CONTINUE TO BE THE SQUATTER AREAS. A MAJORITY OF THESE ARE SITED ON SLOPES THAT COULD BECOME UNSTABLE LOCALLY DURING TIMES OF RAIN DUE TO THE DISTURBANCE OF THE SLOPE BY THE SQUATTERS,* HE SAID.

OTHER SQUATTER SLOPES REQUIRED IMPROVEMENTS TO THE OVERALL STABILITY OF THE HILLSIDE. THIS NECESSITATED THE UNDERTAKING OF EXTENSIVE WORKS AND THESE COULD NOT BE CARRIED OUT WITHOUT LARGE-SCALE CLEARANCE AND REHOUSING.

+THIS SOLUTION IS THEREFORE LONG-TERM AND MUST BE TACKLED IN THE CONTEXT OF OUR OVERALL HOUSING PROGRAMME. IT IS RECOGNISED THAT SLOPE FAILURES IN SQUATTER AREAS CANNOT BE ELIMINATED WHILE SQUATTERS OCCUPY THE HILLSIDES THE WAY THEY DO.

+IN DEALING WITH THIS SITUATION THE GEOTECHNICAL CONTROL OFFICE WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE HOUSING DEPARTMENT WITH ADVICE WHEN REQUESTED AND WILL EXPLORE WITH THEM THE POSSIBILITY OF CARRYING OUT MINOR SLOPE IMPROVEMENT AND DRAINAGE WORKS AS PART OF THEIR SQUATTER AREA IMPROVEMENT SCHEMES SO AS TO REDUCE THE RISK OF LANDSLIPS IN THE FUTURE,* MR CHAN SAID.

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CONTINGENCY PLANS TO EVACUATE SQUATTERS * * * *

THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, THE HON DONALD LIAO, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY THAT THERE WERE CONTINGENCY PLANS TO EVACUATE SQUATTERS LIVING ON SLOPES IN THE EVENT OF A HEAVY RAINSTORM OR TYPHOON WARNING.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE NOTICES WERE PERMANENTLY DISPLAYED ADVISING RESIDENTS AS TO WHOM THEY

HON LYDIA DUNN, MR LIAO SAID IN EACH SQUATTER AREA SHOULD CONTACT FOR ASSISTANCE.

IN ADDITION, HE SAID, AT EACH YEAR, ANNOUNCEMENTS WERE POTENTIAL RISK AND GIVING THE WHERE THEY SHOULD SEEK REFUGE TYPHOON WARNING.

THE BEGINNING OF THE RAINY SEASON MADE REMINDING RESIDENTS OF THE LOCATION OF TEMPORARY SHELTERS IN THE EVENT OF HEAVY RAIN OR A

+DURING A RAINSTORM OR TYPHOON, STAFF OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, THE POLICE, AND THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT VISIT VULNERABLE SQUATTER AREAS, AND REPEAT THESE WARNINGS BY VARIOUS MEANS, INCLUDING POSTING OF NOTICES.

+AS A RESULT, DURING THE DOWNPOUR AT THE END OF LAST MONTH, 9 500 PEOPLE EVACUATED THEIR HUTS- OF THIS NUMBER ABOUT 2 000 MOVED TO TEMPORARY SHELTERS AND THE REMAINDER STAYED TEMPORARILY WITH FRIENDS OR RELATIVES.♦

MR LIAO SAID THE RECENT RAINSTORMS HAD AGAIN DEMONSTRATED THE DANGERS OF SQUATTING ON NATURAL SLOPES, MOST OF WHICH WERE TO SOME EXTENT VULNERABLE TO LANDSLIDES IN EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS.

♦THERE ARE OVER 200 000 SQUATTERS LIVING IN HUTS ON THE FRINGES OF THE MAIN URBAN AREAS. THESE HUTS, GENERALLY BUILT ON SLOPES, ARE THEREFORE AT RISK,+ HE SAID.

AS AN INDICATION OF THIS SITUATION, HE SAID, DURING THE RECENT RAINSTORMS WHICH WERE THE WORST FOR MANY YEARS. SOME 2 500 SQUATTER HUTS WERE IDENTIFIED AS BEING AT RISK “ TEMPORARILY EVACUATED.

AND WERE

♦ALL THE AREAS AFFECTED HAVE NOW BEEN INSPECTED ENGINEERS FROM THE GEOTECHNICAL CONTROL OFFICE- OVER MUST BE PERMANENTLY EVACUATED AND SOME 5 000 PERSONS HE SAID.

BY

1 000 HUTS REHOUSED,+

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 1982

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HOSPITAL PRAISED FOR EMERGENCY WORK * * * *

MORE THAN 100 ADDITIONAL HOSPITAL STAFF WERE MOBILISED AT THE CARITAS MEDICAL CENTRE TO TREAT THE INJURED DURING THE TRAGIC UN CHAU ESTATE INCIDENT EARLIER THIS MONTH, THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR K.L. THONG, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

HE SAID IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY DR HARRY S.Y. FANG, THAT ACCORDING TO INFORMATION FROM THE CARITAS MEDICAL CENTRE, SUFFICIENT STAFF WITHIN THE HOSPITAL WERE MOBILISED TO HELP IN THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT, THE OPERATION THEATRES AND THE WARDS.

HE COMMENDED THE PEOPLE CONCERNED FOR THEIR GOOD WORK.

TWENTY DOCTORS AND 19 NURSES HELPED IN THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT, 17 DOCTORS AND NINE NURSES IN THE OPERATION THEATRES AND 10 DOCTORS AND 43 NURSES IN THE WARDS, HE SAID.

♦THESE AREAS OF SERVICES WERE ABLY SUPPORTED BY THE PARA-MEDICAL STAFF IN THE LABORATORIES, THE X-RAY DEPARTMENT, AND THE MEDICAL SOCIAL SERVICES OF THE CENTRE, WHICH AMOUNTED TO 24,+ DR THONG SAID.

SENIOR STAFF FROM THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT WERE ALSO ON HAND TO ASSIST IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE TRAGEDY.

TWO ANAESTHETISTS AND SOME SUPPLY OF BLOOD AND EQUIPMENT WERE MADE AVAILABLE FROM PRINCESS MARGARET AND QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITALS, DR THONG SAID.

♦ARRANGEMENTS WERE ALSO MADE FOR EMERGENCY CASES TO BE DIVERTED FROM THE CENTRE FOR FOUR DAYS FOLLOWING THE INCIDENT, IN ORDER TO ALLOW THE HOSPITAL TO CONCENTRATE ON THE MANAGEMENT CF THE CASES ADMITTED RESULTING FROM THE TRAGEDY,♦ HE ADDED.

DR THONG COMMENDED THE ADMINISTRATION AND STAFF OF THE CARITAS MEDICAL CENTRE FOR THEIR HEROIC EFFORTS IN COPING WITH THE EXTREME PRESSURES RESULTING FROM THE CRISIS IN A MOST EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE MANNER.

HE ALSO PAID TRIBUTE TO ALL THOSE IN THE HONG KONG RED CROSS AND OTHER RELEVANT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WHO HAD RESPONDED ♦MAGNIFICENTLY+ TO RENDER HELP IN THE INCIDENT.

♦I THINK I AM ONLY EXPRESSING THE SENTIMENTS OF ALL CONCERNED WHEN I SAY THAT THIS INCIDENT IS MOST REGRETTABLE AND OUR UTMOST SYMPATHIES AND CONDOLENCES GO TO THE UNFORTUNATE VICTIMS AND THEIR RELATIVES,* DR THONG SAID.

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FARMERS ADVISED TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS * * * *

T - AGRICULTURE and FISHERIES DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN ADVISING FARMER;.- TAKE PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM NATURAL DISASTERS AND THEIR AFTERMATH, THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WAS TOLD TODAY.

LIVESTOCK FARMERS OPERATING IN LOW-LYING AREAS OR ON THE BANKS OF RIVERS LIABLE TO FLOOD ARE ADVISED TO RE-LOCATE THEIR STOCK HOUSES ON HIGHER, SAFER GROUND WHEREVER THIS IS POSSIBLE, AND POND FISH FARMERS ARE ADVISED TO LOWER WATER LEVELS IN PONDS IF -LOOSING THREATENS, THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, THE HON JOHN RIDDELL-SWAN, SAID.

CROP FARMERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO USE PROTECTIVE DEVICES, SUCH AS PLASTIC NET HOUSES TO MINIMISE STORM DAMAGE. IN AREAS SUSCEPTIBLE TO FLOODING THEY ARE ADVISED TO GROW CROPS WHICH ARE RELATIVELY RESISTANT TO WATER, HE SAID.

MR RIDDELL-SWAN WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, THE HON HO KAM-FAI, ABOUT ADVICE GIVEN BY THE GOVERNMENT TO FARMERS, ON WAYS TO PROTECT THEIR CROPS.

THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY THE RECENT RAINSTORM, MR RIDDELL-SWAN SAID, WAS UNUSUALLY SEVERE.

HE SAID THERE HAD IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS BEEN ONLY TWO MAJOR TYPHOONS NECESSITATING LARGE SCALE AGRICULTURAL REHABILITATION OPERATIONS.

THE FEASIBILITY OF FARMERS INSURING THEMSELVES AGAINST LOSSES AND DAMAGE HAD BEEN INVESTIGATED BUT IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE, AT THAT TIME, TO FIND AN ACCEPTABLE SCHEME SUITABLE FOR SMALL SCALE FARMERS.

HE WAS, HOWEVER, RE-EXAMINING THIS APPROACH, BUT THERE WERE PROBLEMS, AS SMALL SCALE FARMERS WERE PARTICULARLY SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE EFFECTS OF RANDOM FREAK STORMS WHICH ARE DIFFICULT TO FORESEE. WHEN AFFECTED, THESE FARMERS LOSE NOT ONLY THEIR EXISTING LIVESTOCK AND CROP BUT ARE ALSO DEPRIVED OF EARNINGS UNTIL THEIR REPLACEMENT STOCKS ARE MATURE ENOUGH FOR SALE, HE SAID.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY ANOTHER UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, THE HON CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, MR RIDDELL-SWAN REVEALED THAT 6 720 APPLICATIONS FOR AID FROM THE EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND HAD BEEN RECEIVED FROM FARMERS AFFECTED BY THE RECENT HEAVY RAIN.

THESE CLAIMS WERE INVESTIGATED AND 6 453 GRANTS AMOUNTING

TO $2.9 MILLION WERE MADE, WHILE 231 APPLICATIONS WERE REJECTED AND 36 WERE AWAITING APPROVAL.

+1 WOULD STRESS THAT THESE GRANTS ARE NOT COMPENSATION FOR LOSSES SUSTAINED BUT ARE BASED ON RE-ESTABLISHMENT COST AND ARE INTENDED TO ASSIST SMALL FARMERS TO RESUME PRODUCTION AS SOON AS POSS IBLE.

♦ THIS CONTRIBUTES TO AN EARLY RETURN TO NORMAL SUPPLIES AND PRICES OF FRESH FOODSTUFFS,+ HE SAID.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 1982

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WATER SUPPLY FROM CHINA * * *

THE ANNUAL QUANTITIES OF WATER SUPPLY FROM CHINA UNDER THE PRESENT AGREEMENT FOR THE YEARS 1983-84, 1984-85 AND 1985-86 ARE 220 MILLION CUBIC METRES, 255 MILLION CUBIC METRES AND 290 MILLION CUBIC METRES RESPECTIVELY, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, MR N.K. CHAN, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON S.L. CHEN.

MR CHAN SAID THAT A RECENT APPROACH HAD BEEN MADE TO CHINA FOR AN EXTRA SUPPLY OF 35 MILLION CUBIC METRES FOR EACH OF THE THREE YEARS AND THAT THE PROPOSAL HAD BEEN ACCEPTED BY CHINA AND SUBSEQUENTLY APPROVED BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL.

♦FORMAL AGREEMENT WILL BE MADE WITH CHINA IN THIS REGARD ON APPROVAL OF THE NECESSARY FUNDS BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE.

♦TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE EXTRA SUPPLY, THE ANNUAL QUANTITIES WILL BECOME 255 MILLION CUBIC METRES, 290 MILLION CUBIC METRES AND 325 MILLION CUBIC METRES RESPECTIVELY IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS,+ HE ADDED.

MR CHAN SAID THAT ALTHOUGH THE ABOVE SUPPLY OF WATER FROM CHINA COULD NOT ENSURE IN ABSOLUTE TERMS THAT REACTIVATION OF THE LOK ON PAI DESALTER WOULD BE UNNECESSARY, IT SERVED TO KEEP THE PROBABILITY OF HAVING TO OPERATE IT OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS TO A VERY LOW FIGURE.

♦IN OTHER WORDS THE CHANCE OF HAVING TO REACTIVATE THE DESALTER IS NOT HIGH,+ MR CHAN CONCLUDED.

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MEASURES TO IMPROVE CMB’S FLEET AVAILABILITY

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THE MAINTENANCE SUB-GROUP OF A REVIEW COMMITTEE HAS IDENTIFIED SEVERAL FACTORS RESPONSIBLE FOR POOR FLEET AVAILABILITY AT THE CHINA MOTOR BUS COMPANY, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON ALAN SCOTT, SAID AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TODAY.

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON STEPHEN CHEONG WHO NOTED THAT AS A RESULT OF THE PROBLEM THE COMPANY HAD REPORTEDLY BEEN UNABLE TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE AGREED ROUTE PROGRAMME.

THE MAINTENANCE SUB-GROUP FOUND THAT LAST YEAR THE LEVEL OF NON-AVAILABILITY OF BUSES DUE TO PLANNED MAINTENANCE WAS 11.2 PER CENT OF THE COMPANY’S FLEET OF 1 006 BUSES.

♦MORE SIGNIFICANTLY, NON-AVAILABILITY DUE TO THE NEED FOR RUNNING REPAIRS, THAT IS UNSCHEDULED MAINTENANCE, WAS 27.9 PER CENT. FLEET AVAILABILITY WAS THEREFORE 60.9 PER CENT, A VERY LOW FIGURE,+ SCOTT POINTED OUT.

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BUT HE ADDED THAT SEVERAL AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED ON THE MAINTENANCE SIDE OF THE COMPANY’S OPERATIONS. THEY INCLUDE:

* REDUCING THE UNSATISFACTORY HIGH TURN-OVER OF KEY ENGINEERING STAFF AND REMEDYING THE SHORTAGE OF PROPERLY QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED STAFF IN THE TOP AND MIDDLE RANK ENGINEERING CATEGORIES.

M EXTENDING AND IMPROVING MAINTENANCE FACILITIES AT DEPOTS, WHICH ARE CONGESTED AND LACK SUFFICIENT SPECIALISED TESTING EQUIPMENT. SUCH EQUIPMENT REDUCES THE AMOUNT OF TESTING WHICH WOULD OTHERWISE HAVE TO BE DONE ON ROAD.

M IMPROVING SOME MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES WHICH ARE UNSATISFACTORY. THESE INCLUDE DUCUMENTAT ION AND ROUTINE CHECKS, WHERE LACK OF SYSTEMS AND CONTROL CONTRIBUTE TO THE HIGH BREAKDOWN RATE. MORE ATTENTION MUST BE GIVEN TO TRAINING.

MR SCOTT DISCLOSED THAT GOVERNMENT HAD ALREADY TAKEN ACTION IN SEVERAL WAYS.

HE CITED THE DEPOT SUB-GROUP OF THE REVIEW COMMITTEE, OF WHICH l*R CHEONG WAS A MEMBER AS BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR ASSESSING THE LIKELY SIZE OF THE CMB FLEET UP TO 1991, DEVELOPING STANDARDS OF DEPOT ACCOMMODATION FOR PARKING AND MAINTENANCE, AND COSTING THE ADDITIONAL FACILITIES RECOMMENDED.

MR SCOTT EXPLAINED THAT THE MAIN CONSTRAINT ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF DEPOTS FOR MAINTENANCE AND PARKING WERE THE COST OF LAND AND THE SHORTAGE OF LAND FOR NEW DEPOTS.

BUT HE ADDED THAT A SIGNIFICANT ADVANCE WAS MADE IN THE COURSE OF REVIEWING THE SITUATION WHEN IT WAS AGREED THAT A NUMBER OF OFF-STREET TERMINI COULD BE USED TO PROVIDE 700 OVERNIGHT PARKING SPACES BY 1985-1986.

+THE COMPANY’S FLEET IS PROJECTED TO REACH 1 200 BY THAT DATE. TOGETHER WITH SOME 700 SPACES AT CHAI WAN, WONG CHUK HANG AND A NEW DEPOT SITE AT WAH FU, THIS WOULD ENABLE ALL BUSES TO EE PARKED OFF-STREET BY 1985-86,+ MR SCOTT SAID.

IF ALL SUITABLE TERMINI CAN BE USED FOR OVERNIGHT PARKING, ONE FURTHER MAJOR MULTI-STOREY DEPOT WILL BE NEEDED, HE SAID.

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT wAS IN CONSULTATION WITH THE COMPANY ON THIS POINT, AND A SITE IN wAH FU WAS A DISTINCT POSSIBILITY, MR SCOTT DISCLOSED.

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1EFEDERALISATION OF TICD ON SCHEDULE

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ALl MAJOR DECISIONS HAVE BEEN TAKEN ON THE DEFEDERALIGATION OF THE TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT AND ITS RESTRUCTURING IS PROCEEDING ON SCHEDULE, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON SIR PHILIP HADDON-'AVE, SAID AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TODAY IN ANSWER "0 A QUERY BY THE HON MISS LYDIA DUNN.

AFTER DEFEDERALISATION THERE WILL BE THREE SEPARATE DEPARTMENTS: AN INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT, A TRADE DEPARTMENT AND A CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT, WITH STAFF AND RESPONSIBILITIES MATCHING THOSE OF THE THREE SUB-DEPARTMENTS IN THE EXISTING FEDERAL DEPARTMENT, SIR PHILIP EXPLAINED.

A POLICY BRANCH, TO BE KNOWN AS THE TRADE AND INDUSTRY BRANCH, WILL BE SET UP WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, WITH A SMALL STAFF DRAWN FROM THE ECONOMIC SERVICES BRANCH AND THE PRESENT DEPARTMENT, SIR PHILIP SAID.

THIS BRANCH WILL HAVE POLICY RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT AND THE TRADE DEPARTMENT AND FOR THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT’S DUTIES ON TRADE CONTROLS AND THE ENFORCEMENT OF TRADE OBLIGATIONS.

IN ADDITION, THE NEW BRANCH WILL BE THE HOUSEKEEPING OR PARENT BRANCH FOR THE THREE SEPARATE DEPARTMENTS WHICH WILL REMAIN ANSWERABLE TO THE FINANCE BRANCH AND THE SECURITY BRANCH FOR PARTICULAR FUNCTIONS PERFORMED FOR THOSE BRANCHES, SIR PHILIP SAID.

RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE OVERSEAS OFFICES IN WASHINGTON, BRUSSELS AND GENEVA WILL BE ASSUMED BY THE COUNCILS AND ADMINISTRATION BRANCH OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT AS AN INITIAL STEP TRANSLATING THEM FROM DEPARTMENTAL SUB-OFFICES OVERSEAS INTO HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES, HE SAID.

THESE OFFICES WILL BE +COMPARABLE IN STATUS, IF NOT IN RANGE GF FUNCTIONS, WITH OUR LONDON OFFICE+ WHOSE PARENT DEPARTMENT IS THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, HE EXPLAINED.

THE NEW DEPARTMENTS WILL REMAIN IN OCEAN CENTRE, ALTHOUGH CONSIDERATION IS BEING GIVEN TO MOVING THE COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND HIS IMMEDIATE STAFF TO THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE IN THE SUN HUNG KAI CENTRE.

+IN KEEPING WITH THE GENERAL POLICY THAT ALL SECRETARIES AND THEIR BRANCHES SHOULD BE ACCOMMODATED TOGETHER, THE TRADE AND INDUSTRY BRANCH WILL EVENTUALLY BE LOCATED WITH THE REST OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT IN THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES.

♦BUT SUITABLE ACCOMMODATION CANNOT BE MADE AVAILABLE UNTIL EARLY 1983. IN THE MEANTIME, THE SECRETARY AND HIS BRANCH * ILL OPERATE PROM OCEAN CENTRE,+ HE ADDED.

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SIR =>HIL IP DISCLOSED THAT WHILE THERE ARE A FEW DETAILS STILL TO BE SETTLED, IT IS INTENDED FORMALLY TO ESTABLISH THE NEW BRANCH AND SEPARATE DEPARTMENTS ON AUGUST 1, 1982.

♦THERE WILL BE NO NET INCREASE IN STAFF,+ HE STATED, +AND THERE WlLu BE A REVIEW, IN PERHAPS 12 MONTHS’ TIME, TO SEE HOW DEFEDER ALISATION HAS WORKED IN PRACTICE AND WHAT ADJUSTMENTS NEED TO BE "ADE.+

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WEATHER WARNING SYSTEMS RE-EXAMINED *****

THE GOVERNMENT IS RE-EXAMINING ITS PUBLIC WARNING SYSTEMS AND PROCEDURES FOLLOWING THE RECENT RAIN STORMS WHICH LED TO LOSS OF LIFE AND HOMES, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON LEWIS DAVIES SAID TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON CHEUNG YAN-LUNG IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR DAVIES SAID NO FIRM CONCLUSION HAD BEEN REACHED ON THE ADEQUACY OF THE PUBLIC WARNINGS ISSUED BEFORE AND DURING THE TRAGIC INCIDENTS.

♦IT IS THE PRACTICE AFTER UNFORTUNATE EVENTS OF THIS SORT FOR AN URGENT EXAMINATION TO BE MADE TO SEE THE EXTENT TO WHICH EXISTING PROCEDURES WERE FOLLOWED, TO IDENTIFY ANY SHORTCOMINGS AND DECIDE WHAT, IF ANY, IMPROVEMENTS AND CHANGES CAN BE MADE.

♦THIS IS NOW BEING DONE,+ MR DAVIES ADDED.

HE SAID THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS WERE ISSUED AND REGULAR WEATHER FORECASTS WERE MADE DURING THE PERIOD LEADING UP TO THE HEAVY RAINS. THESE WARNINGS WERE DISSEMINATED IN THE USUAL wAY TO THE NEWS MEDIA THROUGH THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES.

AN ANNOUNCEMENT WAS ALSO MADE THAT PERSONS WHO WISHED TO LEAVE THEIR HOMES FOR SAFETY BECAUSE OF HEAVY RAIN COULD GO TO SHELTERS WHICH HAD BEEN OPENED, HE SAID.

♦WITH THE BENEFIT OF HINDSIGHT, INCLUDING THE KNOWLEDGE THAT 653 MM OF RAIN FELL IN THE FOUR-DAY PERIOD (THE FIFTH HIGHEST ON RECORD), wE ARE LOOKING AGAIN AT OUR SYSTEMS AND PROCEDURES WHICH ARE DESIGNED TO TRY AND ASSIST THE PUBLIC IN SITUATIONS OF THIS SORT,+ MR DAVIES SAID.

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TOTAL EXPENDITURE ON THE TRAINING OF OFFICERS IN THE TRADE, INDUSTRY AND LABOUR DEPARTMENTS AMOUNTED TO $2.4 MILLION IN 1980-81 AND TO $4.3 MILLION IN 1981-82 WHILE THE ESTIMATED COST FOR 1982-83 SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE, THE HON i?d$y?uest'on from the hon wong

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niD DEPARTMENTS, MR ROWLANDS POINTED OUT, ARE MOST

D PECTLY CONCERNED WITH HONG KONG’S TRADE AND INDUSTRIAL SAFETY MATTERS ALTHOUGH MANY OTHER DEPARTMENTS EXERCISE SOME RESPONSIBILITY AS WELL.

THE FIGURES CITED BY MR ROWLANDS REPRESENT ABOUT ONE PER CENT OF TOTAL CIVIL SERVICE TRAINING EXPENDITURE IN EACH OF THE THREE

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF STAFF IN THE THREE DEPARTMENTS HAS REMAINED STEADY AT ABOUT ONE PER CENT OF THE TOTAL CIVIL SERVICE ESTABLISHMENT, HE SAID.

THE TRAINING PROGRAMMES INCLUDE LOCAL AND OVERSEAS COURSES AND ATTACHMENTS, WHICH COVER COMMERCIAL POLICY, INDUSTRIAL MANAGEMENT, OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY, AND GENERAL MANAGEMENT. INDUSTRIAL SAFETY IS A KEY ELEMENT IN THE TRAINING COURSES FOR MEMBERS OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S FACTORY INSPECTORATE.

♦MUCH ADDITIONAL EFFORT GOES INTO ON-THE-JOB TRAINING, AIDED BY IN-HOUSE FAMILIARISATION PROGRAMMES, AS WELL AS BY DEPARTMENT INSTRUCTIONS AND PROCEDURAL MANUALS.

♦STAFF OF THE THREE DEPARTMENTS REGULARLY ATTEND OVERSEAS CONFERENCES AND SEMINARS AT WHICH MATTERS OF IMPORTANCE TO HONG KONG’S TRADE AND INDUSTRY, INCLUDING INDUSTRIAL SAFETY, ARE DISCUSSED,♦ MR ROWLANDS SAID.

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$7 MILLION PAID OUT IN PNEUMOCONIOSIS COMPENSATION *****

A TOTAL OF $7 MILLION HAS BEEN PAID OUT FROM THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS COMPENSATION FUND TO 162 APPLICANTS DURING THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS COMPENSATION FUND BOARD’S FIRST YEAR OF OPERATION,

THIS WAS DISCLOSED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, THE HON J.N. HENDERSON, IN A STATEMENT ON THE BOARD’S FIRST REPORT FOR THE PERIOD FROM NOVEMBER 7, 1980 TO DECEMBER 31, 1981, WHICH WAS TABLED AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR HENDERSON ALSO DISCLOSED THAT INCOME FROM LEVY ON THE CONSTRUCTION AND QUARRY INDUSTRIES AMOUNTED TO ONLY S3.2 MILLION. THE DEFICIT, WHICH WAS WITHIN THE BOARD’S ESTIMATE, WAS MET BY LOANS FROM THE GOVERNMENT.

IT WAS EXPECTED THAT, WITH THE CONTINUING INCREASED INCOME FROM THE LEVY, THE BOARD SHOULD BE ABLE TO BALANCE ITS INCOME AND EXPENDITURE IN A YEAR OR TWO, HE ADDED.

MR HENDERSON EXPLAINED THAT THE MAIN FUNCTIONS OF THE BOARD WERE TO ADMINISTER THE STATUTORY PNEUMOCONIOSIS FUND FINANCED BY LEVY FROM THE CONSTRUCTION AND QUARRY INDUSTRIES, AND TO PAY COMPENSATION FROM THE FUND TO PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM PNEUMOCONIOSIS.

THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE BOARD RESULTED FROM THE NEED TO DEVISE A COMPREHENSIVE SCHEME FOR THE PROVISION OF COMPENSATION FOR PNEUMOCONIOSIS.

PNEUMOCONIOSIS WAS AN OCCUPATIONAL DISEASE WHICH TOOK A LONG PERIOD TO DEVELOP, RENDERING IT IMPRACTICABLE TO HOLD INDIVIDUAL EMPLOYERS RESPONSIBLE FOR COMPENSATION PAYMENTS.

THE COMPENSATION SCHEME DEVISED TOOK THE FORM OF COLLECTIVE LIABILITY BY WAY OF IMPOSING A LEVY ON THE CONSTRUCTION AND QUARRY INDUSTRIES, THE TWO MAIN UNDERTAKINGS IN WHICH THE DISEASE WAS CONTRACTED, MR HENDERSON ADDED.

MR HENDERSON SAID THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THE BOARD WAS NOT ONLY THE DIRECT RESULT OF THE DEVOTION OF THE BOARD’S CHAIRMAN, MR HO SAI-CHU, AND MEMBERS, BUT ALSO OF THE SUPPORT OF THE CONSTRUCTION AND QUARRY INDUSTRIES, TO ALL OF WHOM HE EXTENDED HIS THANKS AND GOVERNMENT’S APPRECIATION.

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LEGISLATION ON PYRAMID SELLING BEING EXAMINED FOR LOOPHOLES * * * *

THE COMMERCIAL CRIME UNIT OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S CHAMBER IS NOW EXAMINING WHETHER OR NOT THERE IS ANY LOOPHOLE IN THE LEGISLATION PROHIBITING PYRAMID SELLING, AND IF SO, WHETHER AND WHAT AMENDING LEGISLATION IS REQUIRED.

THE UNIT IS ALSO EXAMINING THIS BY CONSIDERATION OF COMPARATIVE LEGISLATION IN OTHER JURISDICTIONS.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON JOHN GRIFFITHS, IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, IN ANSWER TO A QUESTION BY THE HON ANDREW SO WHO ASKED HOW MANY PEOPLE HAD BEEN CHARGED AND CONVICTED UNDER THE PYRAMID SELLING PROHIBITION ORDINANCE SINCE IT WAS ENACTED IN 1980. MR SO ALSO ASKED WHAT WERE THE RANGE AND AVERAGE FINES OR SENTENCES IMPOSED AND WHETHER GOVERNMENT WAS SATISFIED WITH THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE LEGISLATION AND, IF NOT, WHAT STEPS WERE BEING TAKEN TO PLUG THE LOOPHOLES.

MR GRIFFITHS SAID SINCE THE ENACTMENT OF THE ORDINANCE MORE THAN 80 COMPLAINTS WERE RECORDED BY THE COMMERCIAL CRIME BUREAU CF THE POLICE.

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JOINT-FUNDING PROPOSAL FOR HK STUDENTS IN UK * * * *

THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WAS VERY CAREFULLY CONSIDERING A PROPOSAL THAT HONG KONG STUDENTS ATTENDING UNIVERSITIES IN THE UK SHOULD PAY THE HOME LEVEL OF FEES, WITH THE UK AND HONG KONG GOVERNMENTS JOINTLY MAKING UP THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THIS FEE LEVEL AND THAT FOR OVERSEAS STUDENTS, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION, THE HON K.W.J. TOPLEY, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE JOINT-FUNDING PROPOSAL WAS MADE IN A REPORT PUBLISHED RECENTLY BY THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS TRUST, A BRITISH EDUCATIONAL

MR TOPLEY WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON ALEX WU IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON THE UK GOVERNMENT’S VIEW ON FEE CONCESSIONS TO HONG KONG AND OTHER COMMONWEALTH STUDENTS IN UK UNIVERSITIES.

♦HER MAJESTY’S GOVERNMENT HAS STATED THAT IT WILL CONSIDER THE REPORT VERY CAREFULLY, AND GIVE FURTHER STUDY TO THE JOINT-FUNDING PROPOSAL,* MR TOPLEY ADDED.

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BUILDINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL: NECESSARY FOR STABILITY *****

SPEAKING AT THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BUILDINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL, THE HON PETER C. WONG, CONVENOR OF THE LEGISLATION SCRUTINY GROUP OF UNOFFICIALS, SAID BUILDING WORKS IN THE MID-LEVELS AREA WOULD BE PERMITTED AFTER JULY 31 THIS YEAR IF THEY COMPLIED WITH THE VERY COMPREHENSIVE AND STRINGENT CONTROLS STIPULATED IN THE BILL AND THE REGULATIONS TO BE MADE THEREUNDER.

THE BILL IS AIMED AT IMPROVING CONTROL OF BUILDING OPERATIONS IN THE MID-LEVELS AREA TO SAFEGUARD THE STABILITY OF SLOPES.

UNDER THE BILL, HE SAID, THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS EMPOWERED TO GRANT AUTHORITY TO A DEVELOPER TO CARRY OUT AND MAINTAIN GROUNDWATER DRAINAGE WORKS BENEATH PRIVATELY-OWNED LAND OUTSIDE AS WELL AS WITHIN THE DEVELOPMENT SITE.

IT ALSO PROVIDES FOR THE GIVING OF NOTICE TO ADJOINING LAND OWNERS, FOR THE MAKING OF OBJECTIONS AND FOR COMPENSATION FOR LOSS OR DAMAGE.

+ALTHOUGH THE GROUP IS NOT GENERALLY IN FAVOUR OF STATUTORY PROVISIONS WHICH INFRINGE ON PRIVATE RIGHTS, WE ARE REASONABLY SATISFIED THAT IN THE PRESENT CASE THEY ARE NECESSARY IN THE INTERESTS OF THE STABILITY OF THE NEIGHBOURHOOD AND THAT SAFEGUARDS AGAINST ABUSE ARE ADEQUATE,+ SAID MR WONG.

APART FROM GEOTECHNICAL CONSIDERATIONS, HE ADDED, TRAFFIC PROBLEMS IN THE MID-LEVELS AREA HAVE A DIRECT BEARING ON THE EXTENT TO WHICH REDEVELOPMENT MAY BE CONSIDERED DESIRABLE.

HE URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO CONTINUE TO MONITOR THESE AND OTHER RELATED MATTERS CLOSELY.

THE HON MARIA TAM COMMENTED ON THE NEW SECTION RELATING TO THE PREPARATION OF A PERFORMANCE REVIEW IN RESPECT OF A BUILDING IN THE SCHEDULED AREA.

A PERFORMANCE REVIEW, SHE EXPLAINED, IS +A REPORT IN RESPECT OF BUILDING WORKS SUBMITTED BY AN AUTHORISED PERSON, STATING AND JUSTIFYING THAT THE BUILDING WORKS HAVE BEEN INSPECTED AND MONITORED IN THE COURSE OF CONSTRUCTION AND THAT THE GEOTECHNICAL DESIGN ASSUMPTIONS UPON WHICH THE BUILDING WORKS HAVE BEEN BASED ARE VALID+.

THE HONG KONG INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS HAD MADE REPRESENTATIONS ON THIS SECTION TO UMELCO, POINTING OUT THAT OVER 90 PER CENT OF AUTHORISED PERSONS ARE ARCHITECTS WHOSE ROLE IS TO CO-ORDINATE THE BUILDING WORKS.

THEY THOUGHT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF SUPERVISING GEOTECHNICAL WORKS SHOULD BE PLACED SQUARELY ON THE SHOULDER OF A GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEER SO THAT THE PUBLIC INTEREST WOULD BE BETTER SERVED.

FOLLOWING DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN THE LEGISLATION SCRUTINY GROUP AND THE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ON THE REPRESENTATIONS, THE POSITION IN RESPECT OF THE PREPARATION OF THE PERFORMANCE REVIEW HAD BEEN CLAR IF IED.

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♦THE REPORT COULD BE SIGNED BY THE GEOTECHNICAL CONSULTANT AND SUBMITTED BY THE AUTHORISED PERSON WITH A COVERING LETTER,* SHE SAID.

♦AND THE AUTHORISED PERSON WOULD NOT BE HELD LEGALLY RESPONSIBLE UNLESS SOMETHING GOES WRONG AND THE AUTHORISED PERSON KNOWINGLY MADE MISREPRESENTATIONS TO THE BUILDING AUTHORITY.*

THE HONG KONG LAND COMPANY LIMITED WERE ALSO CONCERNED THAT +PROPERTY DEVELOPERS MIGHT BE FACED WITH LENGTHY AND COSTLY DELAYS ON PROJECTS WHICH MIGHT BE AFFECTED BY THE NEW LEGISLATION, PARTICULARLY AT THE PLANNING SUBMISSION STAGE*.

+THE GROUP HAS BEEN ASSURED BY THE ADMINISTRATION THAT, UNDER BUILDING (ADMINISTRATION) REGULATION 30(3), GENERAL BUILDING PLANS AND OTHER RELATED PLANS, INCLUDING THOSE IN RESPECT OF GEOTECHNICAL WORKS, WOULD BE APPROVED OR DISAPPROVED WITHIN 60 DAYS OF THEIR SUBMISSION OR 30 DAYS OF THEIR RE-SUBMISSION.

+SUCH TIME LIMITS, HOWEVER, DO NOT APPLY TO CERTAIN OTHER PLANS SUCH AS MASTER PLANS BECAUSE THEY ARE CONTRACTUAL REQUIREMENTS IN THE LEASE CONDITIONS IN CERTAIN CASES AND ARE THEREFORE OUTSIDE THE SCOPE OF THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE,* MISS TAM ADDED.

THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON CHAN NAI-KEONG, STRESSED THAT GROUNDWATER DRAINAGE WORKS WHICH WOULD ENCROACH ON ADJOINING LAND WOULD ONLY BE AUTHORISED WHERE IT WAS NECESSARY TO MAINTAIN THE STABILITY OF THE NEIGHBOURHOOD AND THEN ONLY IF THERE WAS NO REASONABLE ALTERNATIVE.

+THE AMENDMENT PROPOSED IN THE NEW SECTION 28B(4) IS TO ENABLE THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TO LAY DOWN SUCH CONDITIONS AS HE CONSIDERS NECESSARY IN THE PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCES TO ENSURE THAT THE WORK WILL BE CARRIED OUT WITH DUE CARE AND ATTENTION TO THE ADJOINING PROPERTY,* MR CHAN ADDED.

HE ALSO SAID THAT THE ADMINISTRATIVE RESTRICTIONS ON LEASE MODIFICATIONS AND NEW LAND SALES IMPOSED IN 1973 WOULD BE MAINTAINED FOR THE TIME BEING AND A STUDY OF MID-LEVELS TRAFFIC CONDITIONS WOULD BEGIN LATER THIS YEAR.

CONSULTANTS WOULD BE ENGAGED FOR THE STUDY WHICH WOULD INCLUDE THE INVESTIGATION OF THE FEASIBILITY OF ALTERNATIVE PASSENGER MOVING SYSTEMS TO CONNECT THE MID-LEVELS AREAS WITH THE CENTRAL DISTR ICT.

IT WAS PLANNED THAT THE STUDY BE COMPLETED BY SEPTEMBER 1983, HE SAID.

THE BILL WAS PASSED WITH A FEW TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS WHICH THE UNOFFICIALS CONSIDERED AMBIGUOUS.

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DRUGS BILL PART OF ON-GOING EFFORTS TO PROTECT COMMUNITY ******

THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS IN THE DANGEROUS DRUGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 ARE PART OF GOVERNMENT’S CONTINUING EFFORTS TO PROTECT THE COMMUNITY, ESPECIALLY YOUNG PEOPLE, FROM DRUG TRAFFICKING AND ABUSE AND TO BRING OFFENDERS TO JUSTICE, THE HON PETER C. WONG SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BILL, MR WONG, CONVENOR OF THE UNOFFICIALS’ LEGISLATION SCRUTINY GROUP, SAID THE GROUP HAD HELD SEVERAL LENGTHY MEETINGS, INCLUDING ONE WITH THE BAR COMMITTEE, IN AN ATTEMPT TO RESOLVE THE VARIOUS POINTS AT ISSUE AND TO REACH AN ACCEPTABLE COMPROMISE WITH THE GOVERNMENT.

THE KEY CHANGES AGREED TO INCLUDE:

* ONLY A POLICE OFFICER OR A MEMBER OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE OF OR ABOVE THE RANK OF INSPECTOR MAY REQUEST A SEARCH OF BODY CAVITIES.

* THE PROPOSED SECTION WHICH GIVES BLANKET IMMUNITY TO A DOCTOR IN PERFORMING HIS STATUTORY DUTY WILL BE DELETED.

* BODY CAVITY SEARCHES WILL BE CONDUCTED BY A PERSON OF THE SAME SEX, UNLESS THE SUSPECT OTHERWISE CONSENTS.

THE BILL IS DESIGNED TO CLOSE LOOPHOLES IN THE EXISTING LAW DEALING WITH TRAFFICKING AND MANUFACTURE OF DANGEROUS DRUGS.

IT ALSO PROVIDES A MEANS FOR DEALING WITH SUSPECTS CARRYING DRUGS IN BODY CAVITIES.

BUT, MR WONG POINTED OUT, THE RIGHT TO CONDUCT A SEARCH OF BODY CAVITIES DOES NOT CARRY WITH IT THE RIGHT TO AUTHORISE SURGERY ON THE SUSPECTED PERSON.

+THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT HAS NOW CONFIRMED THAT THE ACCEPTED VIEW WHICH IS SHARED BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS THAT A PERSON MAY NOT BE SURGICALLY OPERATED UPON WITHOUT HIS CONSENT, SAVE IN EXCEPTIONAL CASES, E.G. TO SAVE LIFE OR UNDER A COURT ORDER,+ HE ADDED.

THE HON JOHN SWA INE, WHO ALSO SPOKE IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL, WAS CONCERNED OVER THE PROVISION THAT +ANY QUANTITY OF A DANGEROUS DRUG SHALL BE A DANGEROUS DRUG FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE ORDINANCE NOTWITHSTANDING THAT THE QUANTITY IS INSUFFICIENT TO BE MEASURED OR USED*.

HE NOTED THE EXPLANATION GIVEN BY THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY THAT THE AMENDMENT WAS NECESSARY AS A CHARGE OF POSSESSING DRUGS MUST BE SUPPORTED BY EVIDENCE THAT THE DRUGS FOUND ARE USABLE, WHICH COULD BE DIFFICULT IF THE QUANTITY INVOLVED WAS VERY SMALL.

HE ALSO CITED A CASE REPORTED IN THE TIMES ON APRIL 23 IN WHICH THE HOUSE OF LORDS RULED THAT THE +USABILITY+ TEST WAS INCORRECT IN LAW AND THE QUESTION WAS NOT USABILITY BUT POSSESSION.

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♦HOWEVER, MY CONCERN ARISES FROM OUR ALSO ENACTING THAT IT DOES NOT MATTER IF THE QUANTITY IS INSUFFICIENT TO BE MEASURED.

WE HAVE BEEN TOLD BY THE GOVERNMENT CHIEF CHEMIST THAT THE MINIMUM AMOUNT OF DANGEROUS DRUG WHICH IS MEASURABLE IS FIVE MICROGRAMS OR 0.OOOOO5 OF A GRAM.

WHEN, THEREFORE, WE TALK OF A QUANTITY WHICH IS INSUFFICIENT TO BE MEASURED, WE ARE ENTERING THE REALM OF THE MICROSCOPE.

I AM SURE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WILL WISH TO AVOID THE ABSURDITY OF CHARGING SOMEONE WITH POSSESSING A MICROSCOPIC AMOUNT CF A DANGEROUS DRUG, WHEN COMMON SENSE TELLS US, IN THE WORDS OF THE HOUSE OF LORDS, THAT THIS CANNOT IN FACT AMOUNT TO ANYTH ING,+ NR SWA INE SAID.

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SEVERAL AMENDMENTS WERE INTRODUCED INTO THE SOCIETIES (AMENDMENT) BILL WHICH GIVES THE REGISTRAR OF SOCIETIES AN EFFECTIVE MEANS OF CONTROLLING TRIAD INFILTRATION OF SOME MARTIAL ARTS ASSOCIATIONS.

THE CHANGES WERE RECOMMENDED BY AN AD HOC GROUP OF UNOFFICIALS FORMED TO SCRUTINISE THE BILL.

GROUP CONVENOR, THE HON PETER C. WONG, SAID DURING THE BILL’S SECOND READING DEBATE THAT HIS GROUP WAS CONCERNED AT THE WIDE DISCRETIONARY POWERS GRANTED TO THE REGISTRAR AND THE REVISION OF THE APPEALS PROCEDURE.

FOLLOWING SOME LENGTHY DISCUSSIONS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, IT WAS AGREED THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD, IN ABOUT SIX MONTHS' TIME, CONSIDER THE QUESTION OF SEPARATE LEGISLATION FOR BETTER CONTROL OF MARTIAL ARTS ASSOCIATIONS AND THE ACTIVITIES OF NONMEMBERS OF SUCH ASSOCIATIONS, E.G. EMPLOYEES.

THE FOLLOWING AMENDMENTS WERE ALSO MADE:

* THE SECTION WHICH ENABLES THE REGISTRAR TO DIRECT A SOCIETY TO AMEND ITS RULES OR CONSTITUTION WAS CHANGED SO AS TO BE CONFINED TO SOCIETIES REGISTERED BEFORE JULY 21, 1961.

* TO ENSURE CONSISTENCY, CLAUSE 6(A) WAS AMENDED TO SUBSTITUTE +CRIMINAL+ FOR +ARRESTABLE+.

* THE LEVEL OF FINES RELATING TO OFFENCES OF INTIMIDATION AND TO PROCUREMENT OF AID FOR UNLAWFUL SOCIETIES WAS INCREASED FROM THE PROPOSED $5 000 TO $20 000.

* THE NEW SECTION 12 WAS AMENDED TO ALLOW ANY PERSON AGGRIEVED BY A DECISION OF THE REGISTRAR OR A DECISION OF THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION TO APPEAL TO THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL.

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♦THE ADMINISTRATION HAS ASSURED US THAT IMPORTANT DECISIONS WILL BE TAKEN AT VERY HIGH LEVELS AND THAT THE WIDE POWERS WILL BE EXERCISED WITH CARE AND CAUTION AND IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE COMMUNITY,* MR WONG SAID.

ANOTHER UNOFFICIAL, THE HON F.K. HU, EXPRESSED CONCERN THAT THERE WAS NO PROVISION IN THE BILL FOR THE SOCIETY TO KEEP RECORD OF ITS EMPLOYEES, INCLUDING INSTRUCTORS AND NON-MEMBERS WHO MAY BE ENROLLED TO TAKE PART AS TRAINEES IN CLASSES AND ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE SOCIETY.

+THESE EMPLOYEES AND NON-MEMBERS MAY BE UNDESIRABLE ELEMENTS WITH TRIAD BACKGROUND AND CONNECTION AND THE SOCIETY IS NOT REQUIRED TO KEEP RECORD OF THESE EMPLOYEES AND NON-MEMBERS.

+THIS IS A POSSIBLE LOOPHOLE WHICH MAY MAKE THE PROPOSED PROVISIONS LESS EFFECTIVE,* HE SAID.

MR HU ALSO FELT THAT THE BILL DID NOT GIVE THE REGISTRAR SUFFICIENT POWER TO CONTROL MARTIAL ARTS ASSOCIATIONS AND OTHER SOCIETIES WHICH MIGHT BE SUBJECT TO TRIAD INFILTRATION.

HE SUGGESTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CLOSELY MONITOR THEIR ACTIVITIES AND +IF THE SITUATION DETERIORATES IN FUTURE, CONSIDERATION SHOULD BE GIVEN TO ENACTING SEPARATE LEGISLATION FOR BETTER CONTROL OF MARTIAL ARTS ASSOCIATIONS*.

THE BILL WAS PASSED INTO LAW TODAY.

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POLICY ON OVERSEAS DOMESTIC HELPERS BEING REVIEWED

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THE GOVERNMENT WAS REVIEWING THE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES OF ADMITTING DOMESTIC HELPERS FROM OVERSEAS, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON L.M. DAVIES, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE REVD THE HON JOYCE BENNETT, HE SAID IT WAS TOO EARLY TO SAY WHAT CHANGES IN THE POLICY OF ALLOWING FIL IP I NA WOMEN TO ENTER HONG KONG FOR DOMESTIC SERVICE WOULD RESULT FROM THIS REVIEW.

HE ALSO SAID THAT ALMOST ALL OF THE 16 130 PHILIPPINE DOMESTIC WORKERS WERE WOMEN.

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CONSULTATION ON ANTIQUITIES URGED

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THE HON BENTON CHEUNG CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO CONSULT THE PUBLIC BEFORE THE DECLARATION OF A PROPOSED MONUMENT TO AVOID UNNECESSARY DISPUTES.

SPEAKING AT THE RESUMED DEBATE OF THE ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS (AMENDMENT) BILL, MR CHEUNG SAID THE BILL MADE NO REFERENCE TO SUCH CONSULTATION.

+MAY I THEREFORE TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO RECOMMEND STRONGLY THAT THE DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES, AS THE REDESIGNATED AUTHORITY CAREFULLY CONSIDER THE VIEWS OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY BEFORE MAKING SUCH A DECLARATION,* HE SAID.

THE BILL INTRODUCES A NEW PROCEDURE FOR DECLARATION OF PLACES OR BUILDINGS AS +PROPOSED MONUMENTS* AND PROVIDES INTERIM PROTECTION FOR BUILDINGS OR PLACES OF HISTORICAL, ARCHAEOLOGICAL OR PALAEONTOLOGICAL SIGNIFICANCE.

MR CHEUNG SAID IN THE EVENT THAT A BUILDING OR STRUCTURE OR PLACE IS DECLARED A PROPOSED MONUMENT, THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT ONLY PRESERVE ITS PHYSICAL FORM, BUT ALSO ITS DIGNITY.

HE ADDED, HOWEVER, THAT PRESERVATION OFTEN IMPLIES RESTORATION, AND THIS IN TURN IMPLIES HIGH COST.

+DOES THE GOVERNMENT PLAN SUCH A FINANCIAL COMMITMENT TO COVER THE NEEDS OF RESTORATION WORK ONCE A PROPOSED MONUMENT HAS BEEN DECLARED?*

IN SOME CASES, HE POINTED OUT, HISTORICAL MONUMENTS HAD BEEN PRESERVED THROUGH ENDOWMENTS FROM TRACTS OF LAND SET ASIDE FOR REVENUE-EARNING PURPOSE.

+YET A NUMBER OF THESE LAND LOTS HAVE BEEN RESUMED BY THE GOVERNMENT, REDUCING THE ENDOWMENTS WHICH WOULD MAKE PRESERVATION POSSIBLE.

+MAY I PROPOSE THEREFORE, THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONSIDER RESUMING LAND FOR THE PURPOSE OF PRESERVING HISTORICAL BUILDINGS AND PLACES?* HE ASKED.

IN MOVING THE THIRD READING OF THE BILL, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON DENIS BRAY, THANKED MR CHEUNG FOR SUPPORTING THE BILL, AND EXPLAINED THAT THERE WAS +AMPLE OPPORTUNITY FOR EXTENSIVE CONSULTATION BEFORE AND IN THE PROCESS OF PROCEEDING WITH THE DECLARATION OF A MONUMENT.*

+THIS IS COVERED UNDER THE NEW SECTION 2, WHICH SETS OUT THE PROCEDURE TO BE FOLLOWED FOR DECLARATION OF A PROPOSED MONUMENT WHICH MAY BE MADE AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE ANTIQUITIES ADVISORY BOARD,* HE SAID.

THE BILL WAS PASSED INTO LAW.

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SEVEN BILLS PASSED * * *

SEVEN BILLS WERE PASSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THEY ARE THE COMMODITIES TRADING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, THE SOCIETIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, THE ROADS (WORKS, USE AND COMPENSATION) BILL 1982, THE ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, THE INTERPRETATION AND GENERAL CLAUSES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, THE DANGEROUS DRUGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 AND THE BUILDING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982.

THE FOLLOWING TWO BILLS WERE INTRODUCED AND READ A SECOND TIME AND DEBATE ON THEM WAS ADJOURNED: AIR POLLUTION CONTROL BILL 1982 AND THE SUPREME COURT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982.

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SUPREME COURT (AMENDMENT) BILL

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A BILL SEEKING TO EXTEND THE POWERS IN THE SUPREME COURT ORDINANCE TO MAKE RULES WITH REGARD TO A PAYMENT-INTO-COURT PROCEDURE IN CONNECTION WITH ARBITRATION PROCEEDINGS, WAS

INTRODUCED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY BY THE LAW DRAFTSMAN, THE HON G.P. NAZARETH.

IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE SUPREME COURT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, MR NAZARETH RECALLED THAT THE ARBITRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 WAS PASSED IN MARCH THIS YEAR, GIVING LEGISLATIVE EFFECT TO CERTAIN RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION ON THE SUBJECT OF COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION.

HOWEVER, BEFORE THE ARBITRATION (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE CAN BE BROUGHT INTO OPERATION, AND RELATED RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COMMISSION IMPLEMENTED, CERTAIN CONSEQUENTIAL AND ENABLING AMENDMENTS HAVE TO BE MADE TO THE SUPREME COURT RULES.

ONE OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS IS THE PROVISION IN ARBITRATION PROCEEDINGS OF A PAYMENT-INTO-COURT PROCEDURE, A STANDARD PROCEDURE WHICH ENABLES A DEFENDANT IN LEGAL PROCEEDINGS TO MAKE A PAYMENT INTO COURT.

MR NAZARETH SAID RULES TO PROVIDE THIS PROCEDURE HAD BEEN DRAFTED AND IF THE BILL WAS PASSED, THE RULES WOULD BE MADE WITHOUT DELAY, WITH A VIEW TO EARLY INTRODUCTION OF THE ADVANTAGES HONG KONG WOULD BE ABLE TO OFFER AS AN INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION CENTRE.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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aIR POLLUTION BILL ’CAREFULLY CONSIDERED’

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THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON DENIS BRAY TODAY DESCRIBED THE AIR POLLUTION CONTROL BILL 1982 AS AN +ESSENTIAL AND CAREFULLY CONSTRUCTED MEASURE, BALANCING THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY WITH THE INTERESTS OF THE ECONOMY*.

IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR BRAY SAID AIR POLLUTION IN HONG KONG WAS NOT GENERALLY AT AN UNSATISFACTORY LEVEL. HOWEVER, THERE WERE GAPS IN EXISTING LEGISLATION PARTLY FILLED AT PRESENT BY CONSULTATION AND ADVICE.

+THE AIR POLLUTION CONTROL BILL AIMS TO FILL IN GAPS IN EXISTING LEGISLATION AND TO CREATE A COMPREHENSIVE FRAMEWORK FOR THE CONTROL OF THE GENERATION OF EXISTING AND NEW AIR POLLUTANTS FOR THE FUTURE,* HE SAID.

MR BRAY SAID THE BILL HAD BEEN THE SUBJECT OF THE MOST EXHAUSTIVE CONSULTATION BOTH WITHIN AND OUTSIDE GOVERNMENT AND THAT WAS WHY IT HAD TAKEN SO LONG TO GET TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THE BILL’S PROVISIONS, IN PARTICULAR, HAD BEEN EXTENSIVELY DEBATED IN EPCOM AND ITS SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AIR POLLUTION AND THE VIEWS OF INDUSTRY AND BUSINESS HAD BEEN REPRESENTED ON BOTH, HE SAID.

MR BRAY ALSO SAID THAT THE BILL, IN COMMON WITH OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ORDINANCES, WOULD BE BINDING ON THE CROWN WHICH WOULD ADOPT THE SAME POLLUTION CONTROLS AS IT IMPOSED ON THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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HONG KONG OPENS NEW INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT PROMOTIONS OFFICE IN UK *****

THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OPENED A NEW INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT PROMOTIONS OFFICE IN LONDON TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE OFFICE HAS BEEN SET UP TO ASSIST BRITISH BUSINESSMEN AND INDUSTRIALISTS INTERESTED IN EITHER JOINT VENTURE PROJECTS WITH HONG KONG INDUSTRIALISTS OR INVESTING IN THE BRITISH TERRITORY.

ITS MAIN AIM WILL BE TO ATTRACT HIGH-TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY AND EXPERTISE TO HELP BROADEN THE TERRITORY’S INCREASINGLY SOPHISTICATED AND DIVERSIFYING INDUSTRIAL BASE AND TO INCREASE BRITAIN’S SHARE IN THE LOCAL INDUSTRIAL SECTOR.

THE HONG KONG COMMISSIONER IN LONDON, SIR JACK CATER, SAID TODAY THAT IN CONTRAST TO THE SUCCESSFUL INVOLVEMENT IN THE COMMERCIAL AND FINANCIAL SECTORS, BRITISH COMPANIES HAD LARGELY IGNORED THE OPPORTUNITIES OFFERED BY HONG KONG INDUSTRY.

THERE WERE 40 BRITISH COMPANIES WITH MANUFACTURING INTERESTS IN HONG KONG, BUT THIS REPRESENTED ONLY EIGHT PER CENT OF TOTAL OVERSEAS INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT COMPARED WITH 65 PER CENT HELD BY THE USA AND JAPAN COMBINED.

+T0 THE EXTENT THAT HONG KONG IS TO BLAME FOR NOT MAKING BRITISH INDUSTRY AWARE OF THESE OPPORTUNITIES, I HOPE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE LONDON INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT PROMOTIONS OFFICE WILL REMEDY THIS,* SIR JACK SAID AT THE OPENING OF THE NEW OFFICE.

SIR JACK EMPHASISED THE +STRATEGIC OPPORTUNITIES OFFERED BY HONG KONG WHICH IS UNIQUE IN BEING BOTH A FOCAL POINT IN THE PACIFIC BASIN - THE FASTEST GROWING ECONOMIC REGION IN THE WORLD - AND THE GATEWAY TO CHINA*.

HE SAID THAT HONG KONG WANTED TO ATTRACT BRITISH COMPANIES THAT COULD NOT BE COMPETITIVE IN THE FAR EAST MARKETS FOR REASONS OF PRICE OR DISTANCE TO CONSIDER MANUFACTURING IN HONG KONG, EITHER ALONE OR IN A JOINT VENTURE WITH LOCAL INTERESTS, TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HONG KONG’S INDUSTRIAL EFFICIENCY AND MARKETING EXPERTISE IN THE REGION.

NOT ONLY WOULD THESE COMPANIES INCREASE THEIR WORLD MARKET SHARE, BUT DOMESTIC PRODUCTION WOULD BENEFIT FROM THE INPUTS SUPPLIED TO THEIR HONG KONG VENTURES, HE SAID.

THE NEW PRINCIPAL CONSULTANT ON INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT PROMOTION, DONALD FLETCHER, SAID HONG KONG WAS PRIMARILY INTERESTED IN INDUSTRIES WHICH HAD PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY, SKILLS NEW TO THE TERRITORY, OR WHICH COULD INTRODUCE NEW PRODUCTS AND SOPH I ST I GATED MANAGEMENTS.

+THERE ARE GREAT OPPORTUNITIES FOR BRITISH COMPANIES IN HONG KONG TO WIN NEW ORDERS, BOOST SALES OF BRITISH COMPONENTS AND CREATE JOB OPPORTUNITIES BACK HOME,* HE SAID.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 1982

PEAK TRAM FARE RISE APPROVED

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS APPROVED A FARES INCREASE FOR THE PEAK TRAMWAY COMPANY TOGETHER WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF A CHEAP MONTHLY TICKET FOR REGULAR COMMUTERS.

THE REVISED FARES, TO BE INTRODUCED ON FRIDAY (JUNE 18), WILL EE $4 ROR ADULTS AND 32 FOR CHILDREN, COMPARED WITH $2 AND *1 AT PRESENT.

THE MONTHLY TICKET, AT $100, WORKS OUT ON AVERAGE AT NO MORE THAN $2 PER TRIP.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE PEAK TRAMWAY’S SERVICES HAVE BEEN SUBJECT TO RISING OPERATIONAL COSTS AND ADDED THAT THE SERVICE CARRIES ONLY A SMALL PROPORTION OF COMMUTERS, BEING NOW LARGELY A TOURIST FACILITY.

A SURVEY SHOWED THAT OVER A WHOLE YEAR SOME 90 PER CENT OF THE PASSENGERS WERE EITHER LOCAL OR OVERSEAS TOURISTS. THOSE WHO WISH TO COMMUTE TO OR FROM THE PEAK CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE MONTHLY TICKET OR USE THE ALTERNATIVE AND CHEAPER BUS OR MAXICAB SERVICE.

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KOWLOON PLB MAXICAB ROUTE 4 * * *

TO PROVIDE A BETTER SERVICE TO COMMUTERS, KOWLOON PLB MAXICAB ROUTE 4, BETWEEN TSIM SHA TSUI AND YAU YAT CHUEN, WILL BE DIVERTED TO OPERATE VIA THE MONG KOK RAILWAY STATION FROM FRIDAY (JUNE 18), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY.

ON JOURNEYS TO YAU YAT CHUEN, THE MAXICABS WILL USE TONG MEI ROAD, MONG KOK ROAD, TUNG CHOI STREET, ARGYLE STREET, LUEN WAN STREET, MONG KOK RAILWAY STATION AND BUTE STREET.

ON RETURN JOURNEYS, THE MAXICABS WILL BE DIVERTED VIA KNIGHT STREET, PRINCE EDWARD ROAD, SAI YEE STREET, ARGYLE STREET, LUEN WAN STREET, MONG KOK RAILWAY STATION, BUTE STREET, SAI YEE STREET, PRINCE EDWARD ROAD, NATHAN ROAD, FIFE STREET, TUNG CHOI STREET, ARGYLE STREET AND YIM PO FONG STREET INSTEAD OF USING PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD, PERTH STREET AND GULLANE ROAD.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 1962

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RESIDENTIAL COURSE FOR BIOLOGY TEACHERS * * * *

~ RESIDENTIAL COURSE FOR BIOLOGY TEACHERS ON +ECOLOGICAL METHODS AND TECHNIQUES USED IN MANGROVE STUDIES*, WILL BE HELD ?N AUGUST 3 AND u AT THE SAI KUNG OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE CF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT, THE TWO-DAY COURSE a ILL INCLUDE FIELD WORK AT SAI KENG IN THREE FATHOMS COVE.

IT WILL CATER FOR 45 TEACHERS WITH PRIORITY FOR THOSE WHO ARE TEACHING FORM SIX OR WHO WILL TEACH THIS FORM IN THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR. ACCEPTANCE WILL BE ON A +FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED+ BAS IS.

APPLICATION FORMS, NOW AVAILABLE FROM SCHOOL PRINCIPALS, SHOULD BE COMPLETED AND RETURNED TO THE INSPECTOR, FIELD STUDIES CENTRE, SAI KUNG OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE BEFORE JUNE 22.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE AT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S FIELD STUDIES CENTRE AT 3-2814309.

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TENDERS SOUGHT FOR LAND TENANCIES

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THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR SHORT-TERM TENANCY OF FIVE LOTS OF LAND.

THREE OF THE LOTS ARE SITUATED AT TING KOK ROAD, TAI PO, WITH AREAS OF ABOUT 903, 914 AND 1 064 SQUARE METRES RESPECTIVELY.

THEY ARE ALL FOR CAR REPAIRS AND SPRAY-PAINTING PURPOSES. THESE TENANCIES WILL BE FOR ONE YEAR INITIALLY AND THEREAFTER MONTHLY.

THE REMAINING LOTS ARE IN THE YUEN LONG INDUSTRIAL AREA. BOTH TENANCIES WILL BE FOR ONE-YEAR INITIALLY AND THEREAFTER QUARTERLY.

THE LARGER SITE, MEASURING ABOUT 7 758 SQUARE METRES, IS FOR CONCRETE BATCHING PLANTS AND MANUFACTURING OF ASSOCIATED CONCRETE PRODUCTS.

THE OTHER SITE IS FOR OPEN STORAGE ONLY WHICH MAY INCLUDE MOTOR VEHICLES AND EMPTY CONTAINER BOXES. IT COVERS AN AREA OF ABOUT 3 ISO SQUARE METRES.

THE DEADLINE FOR ACCEPTANCE OF THE ABOVE TENDERS IS NOON, JUL Y 2.

TENDER FORMS AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DISTRICT LAND OFFICE, TAI FOR THp TAI pQ S|tES AND DISTRIC~

LAND OFFICE, YUE- LONG, FOR THE YUEN LONG SITES.

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WATER CUT IN TAI PO

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN AREAS IN TAI PO WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR EIGHT HOURS FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM ON FRIDAY (JUNE 18) TO FACILITATE WATER WAINS CONNECTION.

THE AFFECTED AREAS ARE TAI PO ROAD BETWEEN ST. CHRISTOPHER HOME AND THE ACCESS ROAD TO THE TAI PO POLICE STATION INCLUDING HA WONG Yl AU TSUEN, TAI PO KAU SAN WAI, MEI WOON SAN TSUEN AND RURAL ESTATE, TAI PO KAU.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

CLOSED CAMPS PLANNED FOR VIETNAMESE REFUGEES .................... 1

GIRL GUIDE TRAINING VALUABLE, GOVERNOR SAYS ..................... 2

PROVISIONAL REGISTER OF ELECTORS ................................ 2

UNEMPLOYMENT DECLINE SHOWN IN SURVEY ........................... 4

BREAKDOWN FIGURES FOR HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL TRADE FOR JANUARY-APRIL 1982 ...................................................... 5

STATUTORY HOLIDAY ............................................... 9

FARMERS GRATEFUL FOR HELP ...................................... 10

KUNG FU CONTEST IN QUEEN ELIZABETH YOUTH CENTRE................. 10

SUSPENSION OF AIR MAIL, AIR PARCEL SERVICES TO BEIRUT....... 11

SALT WATER MAINS WORK .......................................... 11

SATURDAY TRAM SERVICES CURTAILED FOR WORKS

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THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 1982

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CLOSED CAMPS PLANNED FOR VIETNAMESE REFUGEES * * * *

THE IMMIGRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE GOVERNMENT HAS RECENTLY REVIEWED ITS POLICY ON VIETNAMESE REFUGEES AND HAS CONCLUDED THAT CLOSED CAMPS SHOULD BE SET UP IN WHICH TO DETAIN THEM. THE BILL WILL ENABLE EFFECT TO BE GIVEN TO THE NEW POLICY BY PROVIDING THE GOVERNMENT WITH THE NECESSARY POWERS TO SET UP CLOSED CAMPS, TO DETAIN REFUGEES IN THEM AND TO DRAW UP RULES FOR THE GOOD MANAGEMENT OF THE CAMPS.

AT THE SAME TIME, IT ALSO PROVIDES THE GOVERNMENT WITH THE ADDITIONAL LEGAL POWERS TO REPATRIATE ANY REFUGEES IF AND WHEN CIRCUMSTANCES PERMIT.

THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR LEWIS DAVIES, SAID TODAY THAT RECENT DEVELOPMENTS HAVE MADE IT NECESSARY FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE STRONGER MEASURES TO DETER THE FLOW OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES INTO HONG KONG AND, IN THE INTEREST OF MAINTAINING ORDER IN OPEN CAMPS, BY TAKING POWERS TO DETAIN CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS.

MR DAVIES SAID THAT THE DECISION TO SET UP CLOSED CAMPS WAS TAKEN AFTER CAREFUL STUDY OF THE CONTINUING OUTFLOW OF REFUGEES FROM VIETNAM INTO THE REGION GENERALLY, PARTICULARLY INTO HONG KONG, AND OF RECENT DEVELOPMENTS. THESE DEVELOPMENTS INCLUDE A REDUCTION IN RESETTLEMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR VIETNAMESE REFUGEES, A CALL BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT FOR FIRST ASYLUM COUNTRIES TO ADOPT A POLICY OF +HUMANE DETERRENCE+ TO DISCOURAGE MORE PEOPLE FROM LEAVING VIETNAM, AND RECENT DISTURBANCES IN THE REFUGEE CAMP AT KAI TAK.

THIS DECISION WAS TAKEN AFTER DISCUSSIONS WITH UNHCR.

+THE MAIN AIM IN SETTING UP CLOSED CAMPS IS TO DISCOURAGE MORE REFUGEES FROM LEAVING VIETNAM,* MR DAVIES SAID. +CLOSED CAMPS WILL ALSO HELP TO DETER REFUGEES ALREADY IN HONG KONG FROM UNRULY BEHAVIOUR AND UNLAWFUL ACTIVITIES,* HE ADDED.

SUBJECT TO THE BILL BEING PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND THE NECESSARY FUNDS BEING VOTED BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE, IT IS PROPOSED TO SET UP CLOSED CAMPS WITH EFFECT FROM JULY 2, 1982 AND TO DETAIN ALL VIETNAMESE REFUGEES ARRIVING IN HONG KONG ON OR AFTER THAT DATE. IN ORDER TO ESTABLISH THE CAMPS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE AND TO ACHIEVE THE OPTIMUM DETERRENT BY DISCOURAGING PERSONS COMING HERE FROM VIETNAM, IT IS PROPOSED TO COMPLETE THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS IN ONE SITTING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JUNE 30, 1982.

DETAILED ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENTS FOR SETTING UP CLOSED CAMPS ARE BEING WORKED OUT NOW. CAMPS WILL BE STAFFED AND ADMINISTERED BY THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 1982

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GIRL GUIDE TRAINING VALUABLE, GOVERNOR SAYS * * * *

-'ITERPRISE, SELF-RELIANCE AND OTHER QUALITIES EMPHASISED IN THEIR TRAINING WERE AS VALUABLE AS ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT IN DEVELOPING A BALANCED AND MATURE PERSONALITY, HONG KONG’S MORN INC*?THURSDAY)°LD BY ™E G0VERN0R’ SIR EDWARD YOUDE, THIS

. AT THE 0PEN,NG 0F THE NE'* G,RL GUIDE HEADQUARTERS

IN GASCCIoNE ROAD, SIR EDWARD SAID THE HONG KONG GIRL GUIDES ASSOCIATION RENDERED AN IMPORTANT SERVICE TO GIRLS BY PROVIDING BOTH TRAINING AND FUN FOR THEM IN THEIR LEISURE HOURS.

♦THE OPPORTUNITY FOR RELAXATION AND ADVENTUROUS OUTDOOR ACTIVITY, UNDER CAREFUL SUPERVISION, SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED BY PARENTS AND TEACHERS,* HE SAID.

THE NE* HEADQUARTERS WOULD PROVIDE THE ASSOCIATION WITH A FIRM BASE ON WHICH TO EXPAND ITS PROGRAMME, THE GOVERNOR SAID.

HE SAID HE WAS DELIGHTED TO MEET THE MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION AND WISHED THEM ALL +EVERY SUCCESS*.

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PROVISIONAL REGISTER OF ELECTORS

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A PROVISIONAL REGISTER OF ELECTORS CONTAINING THE REGISTERED PARTICULARS OF ABOUT 910 000 RESIDENTS IN THE TEN URBAN AND EIGHT NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICTS, WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION FROM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO JUNE 28.

IT CAN BE INSPECTED DURING OFFICE HOURS AT THE FOLLOWING CFF ICES:

* REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL OFFICE, 18TH FLOOR, NEW MERCURY HOUSE, 22 FENWICK STREET, HONG KONG-

* CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HEADQUARTERS, 5TH FLOOR, HK HOUSING AUTHORITY HEADQUARTERS BUILDING. 101 PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD, KOWLOON"

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OFFICE OF TnE REGIONAL SECRETARY (HONG KONG AND KOWLOON), CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, 9TH FLOOR, INTERNATIONAL BUILDING, 141 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

IN ADDITION, RELEVANT PARTS OF THE REGISTER WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE RESPECTIVE CITY DISTRICT OFFICES AND NT DISTRICT OFFICES.

THURSDAY, JUNE I'?, 10.-,P

THE FINAL REGISTER WILL BE READY FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION FROM AUGUST >.

THE REGISTRATION OFFICER, MR C.W. WONG, EXPLAINED THAT THE PROVISIONAL REGISTER WAS COMPILED FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION FOR TWO PURPOSES.

♦THOSE WHO WANT TO VOTE IN THE ELECTIONS IN THE URBAN AREAS ON SEPTEMBER 23 THIS YEAR BUT MISSED THEIR CHANCE TO REGISTER IN THE SIX-wEEK REGISTRATION PERIOD CAN NOW USE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A LATE REG ISTRATION.

♦THIS WILL BE THE LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER FOR THOSE WHO ARE ELIGIBLE, INCLUDING POTENTIAL CANDIDATES WHO FOR ANY REASON, SUCH AS ABSENCE FROM HONG KONG, DID NOT REGISTER AT THAT TIME,* HE SAID.

ANOTHER REASON FOR SETTING UP THE PROVISIONAL REGISTER IS TO GIVE THE PUBLIC THE OPPORTUNITY TO RAISE OBJECTIONS AGAINST THOSE WHO ARE NOT ENTITLED TO BE REGISTERED OR WHO HAVE NOT BEEN REGISTERED IN THE CONSTITUENCY WHERE THEY LIVE.

MR WONG EXPLAINED THAT IT WAS VERY SIMPLE FROM INTENDING ELECTORS TO APPLY FOR LATE REGISTRATION OR FOR THE PUBLIC TO RAISE OBJECTIONS.

♦ALL INTENDING ELECTORS HAVE TO DO IS TO CALL AT THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL OFFICE ANY TIME DURING OFFICE HOURS FROM JUNE 18 TO 28, BRINGING WITH THEM THEIR HONG KONG IDENTITY CARD OR DRIVING LICENCE.

*0N ARRIVAL, THEY WILL COMPLETE A STANDARD REGISTRATION FORM SUPPLIED AT THE OFFICE AND LODGE IT IN PERSON WITH THE REGISTRATION OFFICER,* HE SAID.

♦THOSE WHO HAVE AN OBJECTION TO RAISE CAN ALSO CALL DURING THE SAME PERIOD AT THE SAME OFFICE WHERE THEY CAN OBTAIN A SPECIFIED FORM TO COMPLETE AND LODGE IN PERSON WITH THE REGISTRATION OFF ICER.

♦THE OBJECTION WILL THEN BE DEALT WITH BY THE REVISING OFFICER, WHO IS THE REGISTRAR, SUPREME COURT,* MR WONG SAID.

HE ADVISED THOSE ELECTORS WHO HAVE CHANGED THEIR RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS AFTER SENDING IN THEIR REGISTRATION APPLICATION TO WRITE TO THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL OFFICE, QUOTING THEIR HONG KONG IDENTITY CARD NUMBER, THEIR NAME AND NEW RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS.

ALTERNATIVELY, THEY CAN COMPLETE A FORM (REO-2) ENTITLED +APPLICATION FOR CHANGE OF RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS IN A REGISTER OF ELECTORS*, WHICH IS OBTAINABLE FREE OF CHARGE FROM ANY CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, NT DISTRICT OFFICE OR POST OFFICE. THE COMPLETED FORM CAN BE RETURNED, POSTAGE FREE, TO THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL OFF ICE, HE SAID.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR REPORTING CHANGES OF RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS IN THE PRESENT REGISTRATION CYCLE IS JUNE 28. +IF A CHANGE OF RESIDENT'AL ADDRESS IS REPORTED IN TIME, THE ELECTOR WILL BE ABLE TO VOTE IN HIS NEW CONSTITUENCY IN WHICH HE LIVES. OTHERWISE HE WILL HAVE TO VOTE IN THE OLD CONSTITUENCY IN wHICH HE wAS PREVIOUSLY REGISTERED,* MR WONG EXPLAINED.

THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 1982

UNEMPLOYMENT DECLINE SHOWN IN SURVEY * * * *

THE DESEASONALISED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR DECEMBER 1981 WAS 3.1 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH 4.1 PER CENT ESTIMATED FOR MARCH 1981 AND 3.6 PER CENT ESTIMATED FOR SEPTEMBER 1981, ALL THREE FIGURES USING THE DEFINITIONS OF THE LABOUR FORCE SURVEY.

THE DECREASE OF 1.0 PERCENTAGE POINT IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE BETWEEN MARCH AND DECEMBER 1981 AND THE DECREASE OF 0.5 PERCENTAGE POINT IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE BETWEEN SEPTEMBER AND DECEMBER 1981 WERE BOTH STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT.

IN COMMENTING UPON THESE FIGURES, THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS SAID THAT THE PROPORTION OF FIRST-TIME JOB-SEEKERS (SCHOOL LEAVERS) VARIED FROM MONTH TO MONTH. THE DESEASONALISED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE, WHICH HAD BEEN ADJUSTED FOR THIS SEASONAL INFLUENCE, WAS THEREFORE USED IN MAKING COMPARISON WITH THE MARCH AND SEPTEMBER 1981 RATES.

THE UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURE FOR DECEMBER 1981 WAS OBTAINED FROM A SAMPLE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT IN THE PERIOD NOVEMBER 1981 TO JANUARY 1982.

ACCORDING TO THE DEFINITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT USED IN THE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY, THERE WERE 73 800 UNEMPLOYED PERSONS IX' HONG KONG IN DECEMBER 1981, REPRESENTING 3 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL LABOUR FORCE. THE RATE WAS UNCHANGED AFTER ADJUSTMENT FOR SEASONAL INFLUENCES.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS DREW ATTENTION TO THE SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT DEFINITIONS USED IN THE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY, COMPARED WITH THOSE USED IN THE LABOUR FORCE SURVEY. IN THE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY, PERSONS AGED 15 AND OVER WHO WERE NOT IN EMPLOYMENT BUT WERE SEEKING WORK IN THE SEVEN DAYS BEFORE ENUMERATION WERE CLASSIFIED AS UNEMPLOYED.

THOSE CLASSIFIED AS +UNEMPLOYED+ ALSO INCLUDED PEOPLE WHO WERE WAITING TO TAKE UP A NEW JOB- OR WHO HAD TEMPORARILY BEEN LAID OFF WITHOUT PAY- OR WHO WERE AVAILABLE FOR WORK, BUT WERE NOT ACTUALLY LOOKING FOR WORK BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT THAT THERE WAS NONE AVAILABLE OR BECAUSE THEY WERE TEMPORARILY SICK.

THE REPORT ON THE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY FOR NOVEMBER 1981 TO JANUARY 1982 IS ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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.EA.j^. , FIGURES FOR HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL TRADE

FOR JANUARY-APRIL 1982

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TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE FOR JANUARY TO APRIL 1982, VALUED AT >33 MI-LION, HOftED AN INCREASE OF NINE PER CENT AS COMPARED ITH THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD IN 1981, ACCORDING TO FIGURES PROVIDED BY THE COM'' SSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE BY 10 IMPORTS BY EIGHT PER CENT TO 345 11 PER CENT TO $14 214 MILLION.

PER 711

CENT TO $24 041 MILLION, MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS BY

DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS OF 13 PER CENT.

TOGETHER SHOWED AN INCREASE

THE CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE TEN MAJOR OVERSEAS MARKETS -ERE AS FOLLOwSs-

JAN.-APR.1982 (HKSMN) JAN.-APR.1981 (HK$MN) INCREASE/ DECREASE (HKSMN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

U.S.A. 8 *69 7 390 + 1 079 + 15

U.K. 2 113 2 132 4- 11 + 1

F.R. OF GERMANY 1 953 2 061 108 - 5

CHINA 1 237 731 + 506 +69

AUSTRAL 1A 878 695 + 183 +26

JAPAN 873 776 94 + 12

CANADA 682 585 4- 97 +17

SINGAPORE 586 513 4- 73 + 14

NETHERLANDS 531 479 52 +11

FRANCE 460 442 4- 18 ♦ 4

DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE U.S. ROSE BY 15 PER CENT. SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS (BY $445 MILLION OR 120 PER CENT), CLOTHING (BY $286 MILLION OR 10 PER CENT), AND ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $238 MILLION OR 30 PER CENT). DECREASES wERE RECORDED IN TEXTILES (BY 325 MILLION OR 12 PER CENT) AND OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY 5231 MILLION OR 32 PER CENT).

INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE UNITED KINGDOM OF PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS (BY $24 MILLION OR 24 PER CENT) AND TEXTILES (BY $16 MILLION OR 13 PER CENT). DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF BATCHES AND CLOCKS, HOWEVER, DECLINED BY 335 MILLION OR 32 PER CENT.

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MOST COMMODITIES EXPORTED TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY DECLINED IN VALUE, INCLUDING WATCHES AND CLOCKS (DECLINED BY $20 MILLION O' .3 = E-. CENT), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (DECLINED BY 333 MILLION OR 19 PER CENT) AND CLOTHING (DECLINED BY S78 MILLION OR 6 PER CENT). DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES INCRtASED STEADILY (BY $11 MILLION OR 13 PER CENT).

SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE REGISTERED IN THE DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO CHINA OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $206 MILLION OR 203 PER CENT) AS WELL AS TEXTILES (BY $98 MILLION OR 66 PER CENT), AND IN THE DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF TEXTILES TO AUSTRALIA (BY $37 MILLION OR 25 PER CENT).

AN ANALYSIS OF CHANGES IN DIVISION IS PRESENTED BELOW:-

DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY MAJOR

COMMODITY

JAN.-APR.1982 JAN.-APR.1981 (HKSMN) INCREASE/ DECREASE (HKSMN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

(HKSMN)

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSOR IES 8 036 7 568 + 468 + 6

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS) 4 220 3 170 +1 050 +33

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 2 340 2 348 3 INSIGNIFICANT

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (MAINLY TRANSISTORS AND DIODES AND HOUSEHOLD TYPE APPLIANCES) 1 930 « 1 551 + 379 +24

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 1 785 1 510 + 275 + 18

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, HADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 1 600 1 520 f ♦ 80 + 5

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THE :h.NGES IN IMPORTS FROM THE TEN MAJOR SOURCES ARE SUMMARISED AS FOLLOWSs-

INCREASE/

JAN.-APR.1982 JAN.-APR.1981 DECREASE PERCENTAGE

(hKjiMN) (HKSMN) (HK$MN) CHANGE

CHINA 10 179 8 320 +1 859 +22

JAPAN 9 824 10 232 - 408 - 4

U.S.A. 4 820 4 537 + 283 + 6

SINGAPORE 3 523 3 007 + 516 +17

TAIWAN 3 444 3 408 + 36 + 1

U.K. 2 252 1 878 + 374 +20

REPUBLIC OF KOREA

(SOUTH KOREA) 1 598 1 795 - 197 -11

F.R. OF GERMANY 1 093 1 075 + 18 + 2

SWITZERLAND 875 970 - 95 -10

AUSTRALIA 733 556 + 177 +32

LOCAL DEMAND FOR IMPORTED GOODS FROM CHINA REMAINED STRONG.

INCREASES WERE RECORDED MAINLY IN TEXTILES (BY $366 MILLION OR 23 PER CENT), CLOTHING (BY $349 MILLION OR 40 PtR CENT), IRON AND STEEL (BY $157 MILLION OR 142 PER CENT), AS WELL AS MEAT AND MEAT PREPARATIONS (BY $151 MILLION OR 59 PER CENT).

AS FOR IMPORTS FROM JAPAN, INCREASES WERE NOTED FOR TEXTILE FABRICS (BY $173 MILLION OR 18 PER CENT) AS WELL AS GENERAL INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT, AND MACHINE PARTS (BY $108 MILLION OR 27 =>ER CENT). DECREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR TEXTILE YARN (BY $145 MILLION OR 38 PER CENT), WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $172 MILLION OR 16 PER CENT), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $226 MILLION OR 22 PER CENT) AS WELL AS ROAD VEHICLES (BY $229 MILLION OR 19 PER CENT).

INCREASES IN IMPORTS FROM THE U.S. WERE LARGELY OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $147 MILLION OR 39 PER CENT), AS WELL AS GENERAL INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT (BY $63 MILLION OR 37 PER CENT). ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED IN IMPCCTS OF OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $90 MILLION OR 18 PER CENT) AND ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS (BY 5105 MILLION OR 33 PER CENT).

CONSIDERABLE INCREASES WERE REGISTERED IN IMPORTS OF PETROLEUM AND RELATED PRODUCTS FROM SINGAPORE (BY $383 MILLION OR 18 PER CENT), AND OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES FRO* TAIWAN (BY $136 MILLION OR 38 PER CENT). IMPORTS OF TEXTILES FRO* TAIWAN DECLINED (BY $93 MILLION OR 7 PER CENT).

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THE FOLLOWING table illustrates the more IMPORTS 3Y COMMODITY SECTION:-

IMPORTANT CHANGES IN

JAN.-APR.1982 (HKSMN)

JAN.-APR.1981 (HK$MN)

INCREASE/

DECREASE PERCENTAGE (HK$MN) CHANGE

MANUFACTURED

GOODS CLASS IF I ED

CHIEFLY BY

MATERIAL (MAINLY TEXTILE PRODUCTS, DIAMONDS, IRON AND STEEL, AND PAPER) 13 271 12 579 *692 + 6

MACHINERY AND TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT 10 239 9 766 *473 * 5

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY WATCHES AND CLOCKS, ARTICLES OF APPAREL) 7 421 6 909 * *512 * 7

FOOD AND LIVE ANIMALS CHIEFLY FOR FOOD 4 857 4 124 *733 +18

MINERAL FUELS, LUBRICANTS AND RELATED MATER IALS 3 862 3 326 *536 + 16

CHEMICALS AND RELATED PRODUCTS 3 082 2 819 +263 + 9

IN RE-EXPORTS TO CHINA

SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH WAS RECORDED

3260 MILLION OR 10 PER CENT), U.S.A. (BY 3237 MILLION OR 17 CENT), REPUBLIC OF KOREA (BY $132 MILLION OR 33 PER CENT) INDONESIA (BY 3127 MILLION OR 10 PER CENT), SINGAPORE (By’$114 MILLION OR 12 PER CENT), PHILIPPINES (BY 3101 MILLION OR 27 PER CENT), SAUDI ARABIA (BY $78 MILLION OR 54 PER CENT) (BY $73 MILLION OR 17 PER CENT).

(BY PER

ON The OTHER HAND, DECLINES WERE REGISTERED IN FRANCE (BY S58 MILLION OR 40 PER CENT) AND U.K. (BY OR 55 PER CENT). v

AND MACAU

RE-EXPORTS TO 3229 MILLION

MOoT COMMODITIES RE-EXPORTED THROUGH HONG KONG EXHIBITED sTRONu GROWTH, THE MORE SIGNIFICANT ONES BEING TEXTILES (BY $274 MILLION OR 13 PER CENT), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND -P-'LIANCES (BY $199 MILLION OR 23 PER CENT), AND CLOTHING (BY lo8 MILLION OR 31 PER CENT).

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DECREASES WERE REGISTERED IN THE RE-EXPORTS OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQL,:>MENT (BY >.107 MILLION OR 16 PER CENT), AND METALLIFEROUS ORES AND METAL SCRAP (BY $299 MILLION OR 77 PER CENT).

ThE APRIL 1982 ISSUE OF THE +HONG KONG TRADE STATISTICS -SUMMARY*, a ILL SOON BE AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATION* CENTRE AT HKS5 PER COPY.

A MORE COMPREHENSIVE REPORT, +HONG KONG EXTERNAL TRADE*, wITH A DETAILED ANALYSIS OF IMPORTS, EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS IN APRIL, wILL BE PUBLISHED IN EARLY JULY AND WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT HK$10 PER COPY.

ENLUIRIE, CONCERNING SUBSCRIPTIONS TO THESE REPORTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT BASKERVIuLE HOUSE, HONG KONG 'TEL. NO. 5-214375).

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STATUTORY HOLIDAY * * *

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY (THURSDAY) REMINDED EMPLOYERS THAT THE DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL WHICH FALLS ON FRIDAY (JUNE 25) IS ONE OF THE 10 STATUTORY HOLIDAYS APPOINTED UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE.

UNDER THE ORDINANCE ALL MANUAL EMPLOYEES, INCLUDING DOMESTIC SERVANTS, IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR EARNINGS, AND ALL NON-MANUAL EMPLOYE-E EARNING NOT MORE THAN S7 500 A MONTH, ARE ENTITLED TO THE HOLIDAY.

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

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

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

IF THE ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY IS TO BE GRANTED BEFORE THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY, THE EMPLOYER MUST NOTIFY THE EMPLOYEE 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY. IN THE CASE WHERE AN ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY IS TO BE GIVEN AFTER THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY, THE EMPLOYEE MUST BE NOTIFIED OF THE ARRANGEMENT AT LEAST 48 HOURS BEFORE THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY.

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

ENQUIRIES ABOUT STATUTORY HOLIDAYS MAY BE MADE TO THE NEAREST BRANCH OFFICE OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE. THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS ARE: FOR KOWLOON EAST 3-205638- KOWLOON WEST 3-201652-KOWLOON SOUTH 3-310454- KWUN TONG 3-898520- TSUEN WAN 0-422096-TUEN MUN 0-818443' HONG KONG ISLAND (WEST) 5-268671 AND HONG KONG ISLAND (EAST) 5-232523 EXT. 60.

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FARMERS GRATEFUL FOR HELP * * *

REPRESENTATIVES FROM THREE PRIMARY PRODUCTION ASSOCIATIONS today (Thursday) thanked the agriculture and fisheries department FOR THE ASSISTANCE IT OFFERED TO FARMERS DURING THE RECENT FLOODS.

AT A SHORT CEREMONY AT THE DEPARTMENT'S HEADQUARTERS, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE NEw TERRITORIES POULTRY BREEDERS’ ASSOCIATION, MR CHAN KOK-WAI- THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FEDERATION OF PIG-RAISING CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES, MR LEUNG CH IK- AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FEDERATION OF VEGETABLE MARKETING CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES, MR KO HOK, PRESENTED LETTERS OF APPRECIATION TO THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, MR JOHN RIDDELL-SWAN.

MORE THAN 1 000 HECTARES OF CROPS, 10 000 PIGS, 700 000 POULTRY AND 400 HECTARES OF FISH PONDS WERE DESTROYED BY THE FLOODS.

DURING THE FIRST WEEKEND OF THE FLOODS, THE DEPARTMENT DEPLOYED 150 OFFICERS TO ASSIST THE FARMERS, SET UP 14 REGISTRATION CENTRES AND SENT OUT 20 MOBILE REGISTRATION TEAMS TO THE RELATIVELY REMOTE AREAS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

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KUNG FU CONTEST IN QUEEN ELIZABETH YOUTH CENTRE *****

ANY PERSON EXCELLING IN CHINESE MARTIAL ARTS WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DEMONSTRATE HIS OR HER SKILLS AND WIN A GOLD MEDAL IN A COMPETITION BEING ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG CHINESE MARTIAL ARTS ASSOCIATION.

THE CONTEST IN THE FORM OF A TWO-MINUTE DISPLAY FOR EACH PARTICIPANT WILL BE HELD IN THE QUEEN ELIZABETH YOUTH CENTRE ON YIM PO FONG STREET, MONG KOK ON AUGUST 14 FOR THE PRELIMINARY ROUNDS AND ON AUGUST 21 FOR THE PINALS.

IT WILL BE DIVIDED INTO THREE CATEGORIESt MEN AGED 18 OR ABOVE, MEN UNDER 18 AND aOMEN OF ANY AGE. EACH PARTICIPANT MAY DEMONSTRATE ONLY ONE FORM OF MARTIAL ART AND WILL RECEIVE A MEDAL AS A SOUVENIR.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT RSS HEADQUARTERS AND ITS DISTRICT OFFICES AS WELL AS THE OFFICE OF THE HONG KONG CHINESE MARTIAL ARTS ASSOCIATION. THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS JULY 18.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES CAN EE MADE AT 3-944803 OR 5-458511.

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SUSPENSION OF AIR MAIL, AIR PARCEL SERVICES TO BEIRUT * * * *

DUE TO THE SITUATION PREVAILING IN BEIRUT, AIR MAIL AND

AIR PARCEL SERVICES FROM HONG KONG TO LEBANON HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED *ITH -.MEDIATE EFFECT, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE POSTMASTER GENERml ANNOUNCED TODAY.

HE ADDED THAT THE SUSPENSION WAS EXPECTED TO BE TEMPORARY.

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SALT WATER MAINS WORK * * * *

SALT wATER SUPPLY TO SOME AREAS IN KWAI CHUNG AND TUEN MUN WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVERAL HOURS THIS WEEK FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

ALL PREMISES IN TUEN MUN, INCLUDING AREAS 4-B, 10, 36 AND 37, ON TING ESTATE, YAU 01 ESTATE, SAN FAT ESTATE, TAI HING ESTATE, INDUSTRIAL ZONE AREAS 9 AND 12, LICENSED AREAS IN MING KUM ROAD AND AREA 3A WILL HAVE THEIR SUPPLY TURNED OFF FROM 10 PM ON SATURDAY (JUNE 19) TO 12 NOON THE FOLLOWING DAY (SUNDAY).

MEANWHILE, SALT WATER SUPPLY TO PREMISES IN KWAI CHUNG BOUNDED BY HING SHING ROAD, KO FONG STREET, WING FONG ROAD, SHING FONG STREET AND HING FONG ROAD- INCLUDING BLOCKS 9, 10 AND 11 OF KWAI FONG ESTATE WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 10 PM ON FRIDAY (JUNE 18) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY (SATURDAY).

SATURDAY TRAM SERVICES CURTAILED FOR WORKS * * * *

TRAM SERVICES AT THE JUNCTION OF KING’S ROAD AND TONG SHU I ROAD, WILL BE CURTAILED'ON SATURDAY (JUNE 19) IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF HK ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR.

THE LAST TRAMS WILL DEPART FROM WESTERN MARKET TO SHAU KEI WAN AT 8.45 PM, FROM SHAU KEI WAN TO WESTERN MARKET AT 9.35 PM, FROM HAPPY VALLEY TO SHAU KEI WAN AT 9 PM, AND FROM SHAU KEI WAN TO HAPPY VALLEY AT 9.30 PM.

THE NORTH POINT TRAMS w ILL TERMINATE AT THE JUNCTION OF KING’S ROAD AND NORTH °OINT ROAD INSTEAD OF TONG SHU I ROAD.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

ART EDUCATION DESIRABLE, SIR PHILIP SAYS .................... 1

CAS COMMENDED FOR WORK....................................... 2

TOLO HARBOUR WATER QUALITY OBJECTIVES SET OUT................ 3

SANCTIONS AGAINST SQUATTER HUT RACKETEERS ................. 5

EVENING ENGLISH COURSES ..................................... 6

BRAY GOING ON LEAVE.......................................... 6

VICE-PRESIDENT OF EEC COMMISSION VISITS HONG KONG ........... 7

LAND TO BE RECLAIMED AT JUNK BAY............................. 7

KCR INVITES TENDERS FOR STATION RESTAURANT .................. 8

INDUSTRIAL SAFETY MUSIC CONTEST ............................. 8

FIREMEN COMMENDED FOR RESCUE WORK ........................... 9

DAMAGED URNS IDENTIFIED...................................... 10

FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 1982

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ART EDUCATION DESIRABLE, SIR PHILIP SAYS M * *

cvi. ^cation IS CLEARLY A DESIRABLE ELEMENT OF A SCHOOL

SYLLABUS ANJ HIS HAS BEEN RECOGNISED FOR SOME YEARS NOW, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

A SPEECH G>VEN AT THE CARITAS ART SHOW AT THE CITY HALL, SIR PHILIP NOTED THAT TWO-THIRDS OF PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS CFFER ART AS A SUBJECT AND 30 OF THESE SCHOOLS HAVE ACQUIRED CUSTOM-BUILT AND EQUIPPED STUDIOS WITH HELP FROM PUBLIC FUNDS.

THE TEXT OF SIR PHILIP’S SPEECH FOLLOWS I

♦THE CARITAS BIANCHI COLLEGE OF CAREERS IS TO BE CONGRATULATED ON MOUNTING AN ADVERTISING AND COMMERCIAL ART COURSE FOR SUITABLE STUDENTS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THEIR EDUCATION UP TO FORM FIVE.

♦I SAY THIS FOR TWO RELATED REAS0NS1 ON THE ONE HAND, OPPORTUNITIES ARE THEREBY PROVIDED FOR YOUNG PEOPLE, WITH APPROPRIATE TALENTS, TO BE TRAINED FOR PRODUCTIVE WORK WITH A SENSE OF FULFILMENT.

♦ON THE OTHER HAND, THE GRADUATES OF THIS COURSE MEET A GROWING DEMAND FOR DESIGN SKILLS AS OUR ECONOMY DIVERSIFIES AND, AT THE SAME TIME, THEY WILL SURELY PLAY A PART IN LIFTING THE STANDARD OF INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL DESIGN IN HONG KONG.

♦ALTHOUGH SCHOOL ART SYLLABUSES ARE ESSENTIALLY

NON-VOCATIONAL IN NATURE, THEY PROVIDE A GROUNDING IN THE BASIS OF ALL FORMS OF VISUAL EXPRESSION, NAMELY, DRAWING AND PAINTING -AND PARTICULARLY DRAWING.

♦THESE SUBJECTS CONSTITUTE THE FINE ART SIDE OF ART SYLLABUSES, BUT DESIGN IS EQUALLY IMPORTANT AND THE INTERDEPENDENCE OF FINE ART AND DESIGN HAS ALSO BEEN STRESSED.

♦NEVERTHELESS, WITHOUT A GROUNDING IN PAINTING AND DRAWING, VOCATIONAL ART EDUCATION WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE AND THE GOVERNMENT ACCEPTS THAT ADEQUATE RESOURCES MUST BE PROVIDED IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS SO THAT ASPIRANT DESIGNERS CAN BE PREPARED FOR ENTRY TO SUCH INSTITUTIONS AS THE BIANCHI COLLEGE.

♦BUT ART EDUCATION IS CLEARLY A DESIRABLE ELEMENT OF A SCHOOL SYLLABUS IN ITS OWN RIGHT AND THIS HAS BEEN RECOGNISED FOR SOME YEARS NOW.

♦TWO-THIRDS OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR OFFER ART AS A SUBJECT- AND 30 OF THESE SCHOOLS HAVE ACQUIRED CUSTOM-BUILT AND EQUIPPED STUDIOS WITH ASSISTANCE FROM PUBLIC FUNDS.

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♦VIRTUALLY ALL PRIMARY SCHOOLS NOW INCLUDE ART IN THEIR SYLLABUSES, NOT WITH THE LONG TERM VIEW OF PREPARING PUPILS FOR VOCATIONAL TRAINING, OBVIOUSLY, BUT IN ORDER TO NURTURE CREATIVITY AND VISUAL SENSITIVITY AND THEREBY ENRICH AND DILUTE THE EDUCATIONAL PROCESS FROM AN EARLY AGE.

I CONGRATULATE THOSE WHO HAVE JUST COMPLETED THEIR TWO YEARS COURSE AT THIS COLLEGE.

SOME OF THEIR WORK IS NOW ON DISPLAY AT THIS ANNUAL EXHIBITION AND I AM SURE IT WILL ATTRACT THE SYMPATHETIC AND APPRECIATIVE SCRUTINY OF THOSE WITH AN EYE TO JUDGE.+

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CAS COMMENDED FOR WORK * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, PAID TRIBUTE TO THE CIVIL AID SERVICES AT ITS 3OTH ANNIVERSARY DINNER HELD IN KOWLOON TONIGHT (FRIDAY).

+1 HAVE ALREADY HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE YOU AT WORK DURING THE RECENT HEAVY RAINSTORMS AND HAVE BEEN IMPRESSED BY YOUR DEDICATION AND ENTHUSIASM IN PROVIDING A VERY WIDE VARIETY OF AID AND ASSISTANCE IN TIMES OF EMERGENCY,♦ SIR EDWARD SAID AT THE DINNER, ATTENDED BY ABOUT 900 CAS MEMBERS.

SIR EDWARD NOTED THAT CAS MEMBERS REGULARLY PERFORM DUTIES THAT CONTRIBUTE TO A WIDE RANGE OF COMMUNITY AND CHARITABLE ACTION.

+IN DOING SO YOU HAVE BEEN ABLE TO INVOLVE LARGE NUMBERS OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF HONG KONG. I FIND THAT A VERY ENCOURAGING FEATURE OF YOUR ACTIVITIES,+ HE SAID.

IN HIS SPEECH, THE CAS COMMISSIONER, MR R.H. LOBO, NOTED THAT ITS MOUNTAIN RESCUE UNIT HAD RESPONDED TO 18 CALLOUTS OVER THE LAST YEAR AND RESCUED MORE THAN 200 PEOPLE.

THE CAS, MR LOBO SAID, HAS FORMED A NEW EMERGENCY RESCUE UNIT, WHOSE MEMBERS CAN RESPOND TO ANY EMERGENCY CALLOUT AT ONE HOUR’S NOTICE.

IN OUR YOUTH WING, WE HAVE COMPLETED A REVIEW OF THE INTERESTS OF THE CADETS AND IN THE PSYCHOLOGY OF YOUTH, AND DECIDED THAT THERE WAS A NEED TO LOWER THE INTAKE AGE OF YOUNG PEOPLE FROM 14 TO 12 YEARS OF AGE,+ MR LOBO SAID.

SINCE THEN, OVER 500 PEOPLE IN THE NEW AGE GROUP HAVE ENROLLED INTO THE SERVICE, HE REPORTED.

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TOLO HARBOUR WATER QUALITY OBJECTIVES SET OUT *****

THE GOVERNMENT'S FIGHT AGAINST WATER POLLUTION TOOK A MAJOR STEP FORWARD TODAY WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF WATER QUALITY OBJECTIVES FOR THE TOLO HARBOUR AND CHANNEL WATER CONTROL ZONE, AS SET OUT IN A STATEMENT PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

THE STATEMENT FORMS THE BASIS FOR WATER QUALITY MANAGEMENT WITHIN HONG KONG’S FIRST DECLARED WATER CONTROL ZONE.

THE OBJECTIVES DESCRIBE IN DETAIL THE ACCEPTABLE QUALITY OF THE WATER IN THE ZONE IN TERMS OF THE PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE WATER OR LEVELS OF CERTAIN SUBSTANCES WHICH HAVE TO BE MAINTAINED TO PROTECT THE WATERS. THESE RELATE TO AESTHETIC APPEARANCE, BACTERIA, CHLOROPHYLL-A, DISSOLVED OXYGEN, LIGHT PENETRATION, PH, SALINITY, SETTLEABLE MATERIAL, TEMPERATURE AND TOXICANTS.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE ZONE CONSTITUTED A MAJOR NATURAL RESOURCE FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, WITH THE POTENTIAL TO ACCOMMODATE SUBSTANTIAL RESIDENTIAL AND INDUSTRIAL EXPANSION AND TO PROVIDE A SIGNIFICANT RECREATIONAL RESOURCE.

THE BENEFICIAL USES OF THE WATER WHICH THE OBJECTIVES ARE DESIGNED TO SAFEGUARD HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED ACCORDING TO THE THREE SUBZONES OF THE TOLO WATER CONTROL ZONE, AS FOLLOWSi-

TOLO HARBOUR SUBZONE

* MAINTENANCE AND PRESERVATION OF NATURAL AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS AND WILDLIFE.

* MAINTENANCE AND PRESERVATION OF FORESHORES, LITTORAL ZONES AND THEIR VEGETATION.

* AESTHETIC ENJOYMENT.

* BOATING, FISHING AND OTHER SECONDARY CONTACT RECREATION.

* NAVIGATION AND SHIPPING.

* INDUSTRIAL AND DOMESTIC (FLUSHING) WATER SUPPLY.

TOLO BUFFER SUBZONE

(AS FOR TOLO HARBOUR SUBZONE AND IN ADDITION)t

* PRODUCTION OF FISH, CRUSTACEANS AND SHELLFISH FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION.

* BATHING, DIVING AND OTHER PRIMARY CONTACT RECREATION.

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TOLO CHANNEL SUBZONE

(AS FOR TOLO BUFFER SUBZONE AND IN ADDITION)!

X MAINTENANCE OF SUPPLY OF FLUSHING DILUTION WATER FOR INNER SUBZONES.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID REGULATIONS WERE BEING PREPARED TO IMPLEMENT A LICENSING SCHEME UNDER THE WATER POLLUTION CONTROL ORDINANCE, WHICH WOULD COME INTO EFFECT ON A DAY TO BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR, TO ENSURE THAT THE OBJECTIVES WERE ATTAINED.

THE GOVERNOR WOULD.DESIGNATE A FIRST APPOINTED DAY FOR

CERTAIN CATEGORIES OF DISCHARGE OR DEPOSIT. FROM THAT DAY ALL NEW DISCHARGES OR DEPOSITS WOULD HAVE TO BE LICENSED. EMITTERS IN EXISTENCE PRIOR TO THAT DAY WOULD QUALIFY FOR AN EXEMPTION TO CONTINUE TO DISCHARGE, BUT SUCH EXEMPTIONS MIGHT BE WITHDRAWN IF THEY CONSTITUTED A DANGER TO PUBLIC HEALTH OR TO THE SEWERAGE SYSTEM. FROM A SECOND DAY TO BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR, EACH NON-EXEMPT OR UNLICENSED DISCHARGE OF THE TYPES SPECIFIED WOULD CONSTITUTE AN OFFENCE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID INDUSTRIAL EMISSIONS IN TOLO AT PRESENT WERE NOT PARTICULARLY SIGNIFICANT IN TERMS OF THE OVERALL POLLUTION LOAD, AND THE EXISTING PROBLEMS WERE LOCALISED.

♦THE IMPACT UPON INDUSTRY OF MEASURES AIMED AT ACHIEVING WATER QUALITY OBJECTIVES IN TOLO IS THEREFORE NOT LIKELY TO BE GREAT,+ HE ADDED.

♦EXISTING ESTABLISHMENTS WILL IN ANY EVENT HAVE EXEMPTION PROVIDED THEY DO NOT GIVE RISE TO A HAZARD TO HEALTH AND IT IS UNLIKELY THAT SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO CURRENT PRACTICES WILL BE REQUIRED FOR THESE ESTABLISHMENTS.+

DOMESTIC AND AGRICULTURAL WASTE DISCHARGES WERE OF PARTICULAR CONCERN AT PRESENT. THEY COULD CURRENTLY CAUSE WATER QUALITY TO BE WORSE THAN THE OBJECTIVES IN SOME PARTS OF THE CONTROL ZONE.

ACTION AIMED AT IMPROVING THE SITUATION INCLUDED THE COMMISSIONING OF THE SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS AT SHA TIN AND TAI PO AND THE PHASED INTRODUCTION OF CONTROLS ON AGRICULTURAL WASTE UNDER THE WASTE DISPOSAL ORDINANCE.

A PILOT SCHEME FOR THE COLLECTION OF AGRICULTURAL WASTE WAS EXPECTED TO BE INTRODUCED SOON.

FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 1982

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SANCTIONS AGAINST SQUATTER HUT RACKETEERS * * *

STRONGER SANCTIONS WILL BE INTRODUCED TO DEAL WITH RACKETEERS INVOLVED IN ERECTING AND SELLING SQUATTER HUTS, IF A BILL PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY IS APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN COMMENTED THAT THE ILLEGAL OCCUPATION OF CROWN LAND BY SQUATTERS IN RECENT YEARS HAD PRESENTED SERIOUS PROBLEMS.

♦MANY HUTS ARE ON HILL SLOPES OR BUILT ON INADEQUATE FOUNDATIONS. AS A RESULT, THEY POSE A POTENTIAL THREAT TO LIFE IN THE EVENT OF HEAVY RAINS. THEY ARE ALSO A FIRE RISK,+ HE EXPLAINED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID NEARLY ALL NEW SQUATTER HUTS WERE BUILT BY GANGS AND RACKETEERS, WHO MADE ENORMOUS PROFITS FROM THEIR SALE.

UNDER THE CROWN LAND ORDINANCE, THE EXISTING PENALTY FOR PERSONS APPREHENDED IN THE COURSE OF UNLAWFULLY BUILDING HUTS ON CROWN LAND IS A FINE OF $10 000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR SIX MONTHS.

WHILE AN AVERAGE OF MORE THAN 50 OFFENDERS WERE CHARGED EACH MONTH, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, THE PENALTIES IMPOSED APPEARED TO HAVE LITTLE OR NO DETERRENT EFFECT.

THE CROWN LAND (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 SEEKS TO INCREASE SUBSTANTIALLY THE MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR OFFENDERS WHO ENGAGE IN, ARRANGE OR DIRECT THE ERECTION OF STRUCTURES FOR SALE. THE PROPOSED NEW PENALTY IS A FINE OF |50 000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR ONE YEAR.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IT WAS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO PROVE THAT AN OFFENDER WAS BUILDING A SQUATTER HUT FOR SALE. TO OVERCOME THIS PROBLEM, THE BILL PROVIDES FOR THE INTRODUCTION OF A LEGAL PRESUMPTION IN COURT PROCEEDINGS SO AS TO PLACE THE BURDEN OF PROOF ON AN OFFENDER TO SHOW THAT HE WAS NOT BUILDING WITH A VIEW TO SALE.

A FURTHER AMENDMENT IS PROPOSED TO SIMPLIFY THE PROCEDURE FOR PROVING OFFENCES OF UNLAWFUL BUILDING ON CROWN LAND. IN HEARING SUCH CASES, THE COURT HAS TO BE SATISFIED THAT THE LAND INVOLVED IS UNLEASED CROWN LAND AND THAT NO LICENCE, DEED OR hEMORANDUM OF APPROPRIATION HAS BEEN GRANTED AUTHORISING CONSTRUCTION ON THE LAND. THE BILL CONTAINS, THEREFORE, A NEW SECTION TO PROVIDE THAT A COURT SHALL ADMIT IN EVIDENCE A CERTIFICATE SIGNED BY AN ESTATE SURVEYOR AS PR IMA FACIE EVIDENCE OF THE LAND STATUS.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 1982

EVENING ENGLISH COURSES * * *

EVENING COURSES IN ENGLISH WILL BE RUN BY THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT FROM SEPTEMBER FOR PEOPLE OF 18 YEARS AND ABOVE.

THE COURSES ARE DIVIDED INTO PRIMARY, SECONDARY AND G.C.E. LEVELS, AND ANNUAL TUITION FEES ARE $100, $150 AND $200 RESPECTIVELY.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE UNTIL JULY 2 AT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS IN LEE GARDENS, ITS SUB-OFFICE AT KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION AT MA TAU KOK ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES OR ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SCHOOLS :

HONG KONG s QUEEN’S COLLEGE, KING’S COLLEGE, HENNESSY ROAD GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOL, NORTH POINT GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOL AND SHAU KEI WAN GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL.

KOWLOON s QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL AND THE GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN TONG MEI ROAD, KAI TAK AND KWUN TONG.

THE NEW TERRITORIES i HOI PA STREET AND TAI PO GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS AND HEUNG YEE KUK YUEN LONG DISTRICT SECONDARY SCHOOL.

APPLICATION FORMS MAY ALSO BE OBTAINED FROM THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY COUNTERS OF THE VARIOUS DISTRICT OFFICES.

COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED ON OR BEFORE JULY 2 TO THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT MA TAU KOK ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 4/F, 1 MA TAU KOK ROAD, KOWLOON.

APPLICANTS WHO WANT TO APPLY FOR THE G.C.E. COURSE AND ARE TAKING THIS YEAR’S HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION, THE ADVANCED LEVEL OR THE HIGHER LEVEL EXAMINATIONS SHOULD RETURN THEIR FORMS ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 14 TO THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION.

BRAY GOING ON LEAVE X X X

MR DENIS BRAY, SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, WILL BE ON LEAVE FOR ABOUT SEVEN WEEKS FROM TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

DURING HIS ABSENCE, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES WILL BE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS AND MR IAN MACPHERSON, REGIONAL SECRETARY (NEW TERRITORIES), WILL BE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION.

FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 1982

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VICE-PRESIDENT OF EEC COMMISSION VISITS HONG KONG * * *

THE VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE EEC COMMISSION, VISCOUNT ETIENNE DAVIGNON, ARRIVED IN HONG KONG TODAY (FRIDAY) FOR AN OFFICIAL VISIT FOLLOWING A TOUR TO CHINA. HE IS ACCOMPANIED BY THE HEAD OF HIS PRIVATE OFFICE (CHEF DE CABINET), MR HUGO PAEMEN.

THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, MR BILL DORWARD, WILL MEET MR DAVIGNON TOMORROW (SATURDAY) MORNING TO DISCUSS ISSUES RELATING TO HK/EEC BILATERAL TRADE, INCLUDING THE RECENTLY ADJOURNED TEXTILE TALKS, FRENCH IMPORT ACTION AGAINST CERTAIN HONG KONG PRODUCTS, AND THE IMPORTANCE OF HONG KONG AS A MARKET TO EEC.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE EEC COMMISSION, VISCOUNT ETIENNE DAVIGNON, WILL HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE AT 4 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT GIS THEATRE, 5/F BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. VISCOUNT DAVIGNON IS PREPARED TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ON HK/EEC TRADE, INCLUDING THE BILATERAL TEXTILE NEGOTIATIONS. YOUR ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND A REPRESENTATIVE TO ATTEND. TV AND RADIO STATIONS SHOULD SET UP THEIR EQUIPMENT BEFORE 3.45 PM.

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LAND TO BE RECLAIMED AT JUNK BAY * * *

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO RECLAIM ABOUT EIGHT HECTARES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED AT JUNK BAY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW TOWN.

THE RECLAIMED LAND WILL BE USED IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PROPOSED TUNNEL APPROACH TO JUNK BAY NEW TOWN, AND WILL ALSO PROVIDE SITES FOR AN ELECTRICAL SUBSTATION AND TELEPHONE EXCHANGE TO SERVE THE FIRST HOUSING AREA THERE.

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

ANY PERSON HAVING OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL OR ANY CLAIM OF PRIVATE RIGHT SHOULD WRITE TO THE DIRECTOR OF LANDS WITHIN TWO MONTHS.

THE NOTICE AND ITS RELATED PLAN HAVE BEEN POSTED ON NOTICE BOARDS NEAR THE SITE.

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

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FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 1982

8

KCR INVITES TENDERS FOR STATION RESTAURANT

* * * *

THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE OPERATION OF A RESTAURANT IN THE NEW MONG KOK STATION FOR A PERIOD OF FIVE YEARS.

TENDERS MUST BE ADDRESSED TO THE CHAIRMAN, CENTRAL TENDER BOARD AND PLACED IN THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT TENDER BOX, GROUND FLOOR, GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (MAIN WING), LOWER ALBERT ROAD, BEFORE 12 NOON ON JULY 2. LATE TENDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

FURTHER PARTICULARS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE TRAFFIC DIVISION CF THE KCR ON THE MEZZANINE FLOOR OF THE KOWLOON STATION AT HUNG HOM.

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INDUSTRIAL SAFETY MUSIC CONTEST XXX

nr,ro^E.MUSIC OFFICE AND THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WILL JOINTLY PRESENT AN +EAST KOWLOON DISTRICT INDUSTRIAL SAFETY MUSIC CONTEST* THIS MONTH TO PROMOTE INTEREST IN MUSIC AND INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AMONG RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE COMPETITION IS MADE UP OF TWO CATEGORIES, VOCAL AND INSTRUMENTAL, AND CONTESTANTS IN BOTH DIVISIONS HAVE TO PERFORM THE THEME SONG * INDUSTRIAL SAFETY CAMPAIGN* AND A SELF-CHOSEN PIECE.

TEN FINALIST^, SELECTED DURING PRELIMINARY ROUNDS EARLIER IN JUNE, WILL APPEAR FOR THE FINAL AT THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY H AT 7.30 PM ON JUNE 27.

A $3 000 CASH PRIZE IS EARMARKED FOR THE DIVISION AND A $1 000 CASH PRIZE EACH FOR THE AND THE BEST PERFORMANCE OF THE THEME SONG.

WINNER IN EACH BEST ARRANGEMENT

CONSOLATION PRIZES OF $500 WILL BE GIVEN TO THE REST OF THE FINALISTS.

LOCAL POP SINGER MISS ELIZA PERFORMANCE AT THE CONTEST.

CHAN WILL GIVE A SPECIAL

FREE ADMISSION TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE MUSIC OFFICE. RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT, EAST KOWLOON MUSIC CENTRE AND AT THE KWUN TONG BRANCH OFFICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

AS SEATS IN THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY PERSON IS ENTITLED TO ONLY TWO TICKETS.

HALL ARE LIMITED, EACH

FOR ENQUIRIES PLEASE CALL 3-7561328.

FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 1982

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FIREMEN COMMENDED FOR RESCUE WORK

* * * M

THIRTY-FIVE FIREMEN ATTACHED TO KOWLOON FIRE COMMAND WERE TODAY (FRIDAY) PRESENTED WITH THE DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES’ COMMENDATION AT A CEREMONY BY THE CHIEF FIRE OFFICER OF KOWLOON FIRE COMMAND, MR ANTHONY CONWAY, FOR REMOVING FOUR WORKERS TRAPPED IN A COLLAPSED BUILDING BEING DEMOLISHED IN KWUN TONG IN APRIL.

THE FIREMEN WERE COMMENDED FOR THEIR DETERMINATION, SKILL, INITIATIVE AND DEVOTION TO DUTY DURING THE INCIDENT IN WHICH THE WORKERS WERE TRAPPED UNDER TONS OF CONCRETE DEBRIS.

TWO OF THE WORKMEN, HOWEVER, HAD DIED FROM THEIR INJURIES.

RECALLING THE INCIDENT A FIRE SERVICES SPOKESMAN SAID THE FIREMEN HAD TO WORK UNDER THE MOST HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS FOR ALMOST EIGHT HOURS. THEY HAD TO USE ONLY SHOVELS AND SOMETIMES THEIR BARE HANDS IN REMOVING THE DEBRIS, AS HEAVY EQUIPMENT COULD NOT BE USED FOR FEAR OF CAUSING FURTHER COLLAPSE AND ENDANGERING BOTH THE TRAPPED WORKERS AND THE FIREMEN.

IT WAS RAINING HEAVILY AT THAT TIME, MAKING THE RESCUE WORK EVEN MORE DIFFICULT.

MR CONWAY ALSO PRESENTED THE CHIEF FIRE OFFICER’S COMMENDATION TO A STATION OFFICER AND A FIREMAN FOR ASSISTING THE POLICE IN APPREHENDING A MURDER SUSPECT IN NOVEMBER LAST YEAR IN YAU MA TEI IN KOWLOON.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 1982

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DAMAGED URNS IDENTIFIED

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A TOTAL OF 358 URN GRAVES AT WO HOP SHEK PUBLIC CEMETERY, THAT WERE DAMAGED DURING LAST MONTH’S HEAVY RAINFALL HAVE NOW BEEN IDENTIFIED.

THE AFFECTED URNS HAD BEEN BURIED BETWEEN APRIL AND MAY 1967, AND SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER 1976, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

THE FOLLOWING 1967 URN SITEs ARE THE NUMBERS OF THE GRAVES AFFECTED IN THE

1331-1334, 1383, 1650-1659, 1664-1671,

1673-1676, 1689-1701, 1714-1731, 1733-1737,

1739-1744, 1757-1764, 1766-1770, 1772-1781,

1783-1802, 1804-1820, 1822-1833, 1835-1857,

1859-1860, 1863-1867, 1875, 1877-1888.

THE FOLLOWING URN SITEs ARE THE NUMBERS OF THE URN GRAVES IN THE 1976

1686-1720, 1799-1858, 1860-1870, 1899-1967.

RELATIVES OF THOSE INTERRED IN THESE URN GRAVES SHOULD CONTACT THE CEMETERIES AND CREMATORIA OFFICE OF THE NTSD, AT NO. 6, CHEONG HANG ROAD, HUNG HOM, KOWLOON (TEL. NO. 3-655321) BEFORE JULY 20, FOR REBURIAL ARRANGEMENTS.

AFTER THAT DATE, ALL UNCLAIMED URNS AND HUMAN REMAINS WILL BE REBURIED BY THE NTSD AT A DESIGNATED SITE AT THE WO HOP SHEK CEMETERY, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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PR 33

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SUPPLEMENT

EMBARGOED NEWS ITEM:

NOTE TO EDITORS OF NEWSPAPERS, NEWS AGENCIES, AND BROADCASTING STATIONS:

Friday, June 18, 1982

A further list of recipients of awards for the Queen’s Birthday 1982 has been announced.

Publication is permitted in Hong Kong newspapers tomorrow (Saturday), June 19, but no news agency or overseas radio transmission of the announcement may carry the information without the embargo qualification.

The news may be broadcast from 7 am onwards over the local radio and television stations.

On NO account should any of the recipients of Honours be contacted for interviews or for information relative to their careers or be approached in any way in connection with their awards before these have been publicly announced.

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

HONOURS

CBE - Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

BET -

British Empire Ledal.

:,UEg PIETHLAY HCNCU1S 1982 .-.cditionel list CBE

Mr Derek Maxwell MARCH, OBE

Senior British Trade Commissioner, Hong Kong.

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Mr DOO Chee-ching

Mr Doo has been in Government service for over 21 years. Before joining Government as a Cook on the New Territories Administration departmental launch ’Sir Cecil Clementi’ in 1960, he had served in the Army for five years. His loyalty to the service and dedication to work have been recognised and appreciated by many Government officers, and he has continued to work beyond the normal retirement age with the same outstanding qualities. bek: Mr SIU Tung-sang

Mr Siu joined the Prison Service as a Warder in April 1949 and was promoted to Assistant Principal Warder in August 1957, Principal Warder in January 1963, and regraded Assistant Officer I in December 1970. He had over 32 years exemplary service, most of which he served in prisons of medium and maximum security. He was awarded the Colonial Prison Service Medal in 1967, and the First and Second Clasps to the Medal in 1974 and 1979 respectively. He retired in May 1982 after 32 years in the service. bek: Mr SIN Lun

Mr Sin joined the Hong Kong Government Printing Department as a Pressman in 1952, the day on which the department was established. Through promotion and regrading, he reached the rank of Printing Technician I. Throughout his almost 30 years of service, he gave excellent service as a highly skilful, diligent and responsible printer. Many young apprentices have shared the benefit of his experience and expertise, and under his guidance, become competent printing technicans. He retired from Government service on 10th November 1981.

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Mr WONG Ka-keung

Mr Wong joined the Prison Service as a Warder in 1952 and was appointed a Junior Officer (officer Cadet rank) in 1964. He was subsequently promoted to Officer in 1966. Throughout his 29 years’ service, he has performed various duties including such specialised work as after-care, following attendance at a Social Work Training Course. He performed such duties from 1966 until assigned to prisoner welfare in 1978. He has applied himself to his duties in an outstanding manner, this despite severe illness. He was awarded the Colonial Prison Service Medal in 1970 and the First Clasp to the Medal in 1977. ben:

Mr WONG Shui-ting

Mr Wong joined the Tai Koo Dockyard and Engineering Co. in 1948. He served there as a ship draughtsman for 10 years until 1958, when he joined the Hong Kong Government Civil Service as a Draughtsman III. In 1978 he was promoted to his present rank of Senior Technical Officer. Since then he has bfeen the Officer-in-Charge of the Projects Division Drawing Offioe, Tsuen Wan District Office. In November 1980 he was commended by the Secretary for the New Territories, for his work, as a result of which the clearance project to acquire land for the Mass Transit Railway extension to Tsuen Wan was accomplished smoothly and with exceptional speed. bh: Mr YU Po-sum

Mr Yu was first appointed a Temporary Clerk in 1950 and was posted to the Tuberculosis Service. He was subsequently promoted to the General Clerical Service as a Class III Clerk and gained promotions through Classes II and I of the grade, reaching the rank of Senior Clerk on 1.4.69. His contribution to the Chest Service over very many years has been of great value to the Department. ben;

Mr YUEN Chi-poon

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, JUNE 19, 19S2

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

QUARRY BAY TOPS ALL DISTRICT BOARD CONSTITUENCIES ............. 1

SPORTS AWARDS SCHEIE FOR ISLANDS DISTRICT ..................... 1

ANTI-MOSyJITO DRIVE IN NT ..................................... 3

TALKS ON ART AND CRAFT ........................................ 3

THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (B) IN CONCERT ......... 4

HONG KONG STUDENTS COMMENDED IN ESSAY COMPETITION ............. 5

GLOUCESTER ROaD SITE FOR SALE.................................. 5

IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS MOVING TO NEW PREMISES IN KOWLOON ....................................................... 6

ELEVATED ROAD FOR NGAU TAU KOK ................................ 6

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL APPROACH ROAD...... 7

URBAN CLEARWAYS IN NORTH POINT ................................ 7

SATURDAY, JUNE 19, 1982

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QUARRY BAY TOPS ALL DISTRICT BOARD CONSTITUENCIES * * *

OVER 22 200 RESIDENTS IN QUARRY BAY HAVE REGISTERED AS DISTRICT BOARD VOTERS - MAKING IT THE BIGGEST OF ALL 76 URBAN CONSTITUENCIES IN TERMS OF ELECTORATE.

IT IS ALSO THE ONLY CONSTITUENCY WITH AN ELECTORATE EXCEEDING 20 000.

THIS WAS STATED BY MR MATTHEW CHEUNG, THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (EASTERN), TONIGHT (SATURDAY) AT THE 17TH INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF THE SHAU KEI WAN ASSOCIATION OF COMMERCE.

MR CHEUNG TOLD THE GATHERING THAT A TOTAL OF 102 230 RESIDENTS IN EASTERN DISTRICT ON HONG KONG ISLAND HAVE REGISTERED AS VOTERS FOR THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTION SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 23.

♦IN PERCENTAGE TERMS, THIS WORKS OUT TO 40.2 PERCENT OF THE ESTIMATED TOTAL ELIGIBLE ELECTORATE IN THE DI STR ICT,+ HE SAID.

MR CHEUNG DESCRIBED AS ♦ENCOURAGING+ THE RESPONSE FROM RESIDENTS TO THE RECENT VOTER REGISTRATION EXERCISE.

HE SAID THAT THIS WAS INDICATIVE OF THE INCREASING INTEREST OF THE AVERAGE RESIDENTS IN THEIR LOCAL AFFAIRS AND IN MAKING THEIR DISTRICT A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE IN.

MR CHEUNG URGED THOSE WHO WERE EAGER TO IMPROVE THE LOT OF THE DISTRICT TO STAND FOR THE COMING DISTRICT BOARD ELECTION.

HE ALSO BRIEFLY LISTED A NUMBER OF LARGE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE IN SHAU KEI WAN IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS. AMONG THEM WERE THE KORNHILL PROJECT, PROVIDING PRIVATE HOUSING FOR 33 000 PEOPLE, THE RECLAMATION AT QUARRY BAY, SAI WAN HO, AND ALDRICH BAY- THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR AND THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY ISLAND LINE.

SPORTS AWARDS SCHEME FOR ISLANDS DISTRICT K M K M M

A SPORTS AWARDS SCHEME WILL BE LAUNCHED TOMORROW TO ENCOURAGE MORE YOUNGSTERS IN THE ISLANDS DISTRICT TO PARTICIPATE IN VARIOUS SPORTS ACTIVITIES AND TO HELP RAISE THEIR STANDARD OF PERFORMANCE.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD, RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT AND NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE SCHEME ALSO AIMS AT MAKING FULLER USE OF THE INCREASED SPORTS FACILITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

♦ALMOST 1 000 YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY ENROLLED FOR VARIOUS EVENTS AND WE HOPE TO HAVE MORE PARTICIPANTS LATER,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DISTRICT BOARD SAID TODAY.

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HE EXPLAINED THAT THE SCHEME WOULD BASICALLY PROVIDE TWO THAINING COURSES.

♦THERE WILL BE A 10-WEEK COURSE PROVIDING BASIC TRAINING

FOR SUCH SPORTS AS BASKETBALL, SOCCER, BADMINTON AND TABLE TENNIS,* HE SAID.

♦THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A SKILL TEST TO ASSESS THE STANDARD OF THE PARTICIPANTS. THEIR PERFORMANCE WILL BE GRADED AND A SILVER OR A BRONZE MEDAL WILL BE AWARDED ACCORDINGLY.

♦THOSE WHO PASS THE TEST WILL BE ABLE TO ENROL IN AN ADVANCED LEVEL COURSE FOR ANOTHER 10 WEEKS OF TRAINING BY QUALIFIED INSTRUCTORS.

♦THEIR PERFORMANCE WILL BE ASSESSED AGAIN IN AN ADVANCED SKILL TEST, TO BE FOLLOWED BY THE AWARD OF THE GOLD MEDAL ATHLETES.

♦THE GOLD MEDAL WINNERS WILL THEN BE ABLE TO JOIN PLAY-IN CENTRES FOR FURTHER INTENSIVE TRAINING. THEY WILL ALSO REPRESENT THEIR OWN AREA TO PARTICIPATE IN AN INTER-AREA SPORTS COMPETITION OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT.

♦TRAINEES WITH GOOD PERFORMANCE DURING THE COMPETITION WILL BE RECOMMENDED TO THE DISTRICT SPORTS ASSOCIATION AS MEMBERS OF ISLANDS DISTRICT TEAM,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE ISLANDS DISTRICT WAS THE FIRST TO ORGANISE AN EVENT OF THIS NATURE.

THE SPORTS AWARD SCHEME WILL COST OVER 5300 000, OF WHICH ABOUT $200 000 WILL BE FUNDED BY THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD AND THE BALANCE BY THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT AND NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE SCHEME IS OPEN TO ALL YOUNGSTERS IN THE DISTRICT, AGED BETWEEN 10 AND 20. ENROLMENT IS FREE OF CHARGE.

APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE- MUI WO COMMUNITY AFFAIRS BRANCH OFFICE- RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE (ISLANDS OFFICE), RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENTISLANDS OFFICES OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE EIGHT RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICES AND COMMUNITY CENTRES.

AN OPENING CEREMONY TO MARK THE START OF THE SCHEME WILL BE OFFICIATED BY THE ASSISTANT ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICER, MR MAXIMUS LI, AT THE CHEUNG CHAU RECREATION GROUND AT 10.30 AM TOMORROW (SUNDAY) WHEN WELL KNOWN HONG KONG BASKETBALL AND SOCCER TEAMS WILL STAGE DEMONSTRATION MATCHES.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 19, 1982

ANTI-MOSQUITO DRIVE IN NT XXX

ANTI-MOSQUITO TEAMS ARE NOW INSPECTING ALL CONSTRUCTION SITES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ONCE A WEEK TO PREVENT MOSQUITO NUISANCE.

THE WEEKLY INSPECTIONS WILL BE CONDUCTED UNTIL OCTOBER, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

BETWEEN NOVEMBER AND MARCH NEXT YEAR, THE VISITS WILL BE CARRIED OUT ONCE EVERY FORTNIGHT.

DURING THE VISITS, HEALTH STAFF OF THE NTSD WILL ADVISE BUILDING CONTRACTORS ON HOW TO PREVENT MOSQUITO BREEDING.

WARNINGS WILL BE ISSUED TO CONTRACTORS AFTER THE DETECTION OF MOSQUITO LARVAE OR PUPAE IN STAGNANT WATER AT CONSTRUCTION SITES.

♦CONTRACTORS ARE THEREFORE URGED TO REMOVE ALL STAGNANT WATER OR SPRAY A LAYER OF LIGHT DIESEL ON THE WATER SURFACE AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK TO PREVENT MOSQUITO NUISANCE,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦THE CONTRACTORS WILL BE LIABLE TO BE PROSECUTED IF MOSQUITO LARVAE OR PUPAE ARE FOUND IN ANY STAGNANT WATER ON THEIR CONSTRUCTION SITES AND FINED A MAXIMUM OF $5 000,+ HE SAID.

THE FOLLOWING ADVICE WAS GIVEN BY THE SPOKESMAN TO PREVENT MOEQUITO BREEDING:

* DISCARD ALL TINS, BOTTLES, RECEPTACLES ANDOLD TYRES;

X DEEP WATER STORAGE TANKS WELL COVERED AND IN GOOD CONDITIONS 5

* ENSURE DRAINAGE IS NOT CHOKED AND

* CHANGE WATER IN VASES AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK AND SEE THAT NO WATER ACCUMULATES IN THE TRAYS OF FLOWER POTS.

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TALKS ON ART AND CRAFT X X X

THE ART SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT'S ADVISORY INSPECTORATE WILL ORGANISE A TALK ON THE TEACHING OF ART AND CRAFT FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS NEXT MONTH.

THE TALK, TO BE HELD ON JULY 17 (SATURDAY) AT THE QUEEN’S COLLEGE, WILL HIGHLIGHT THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS: PAINTING — EXPERIMENTAL APPROACHES BASED ON LIFE DRAWING- THREE-DIMENSIONAL PROJECTS AND THE ROLE OF AN ART AND CRAFT PANEL CHAIRMAN.

HEADS OF SCHOOLS ARE INVITED TO NOMINATE THEIR TEACHERS TO ATTEND THE TALK. THEIR NOMINATIONS SHOULD REACH THE INSPECTOR (ART) AT THEIR EARLIEST CONVENIENCE.

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THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (B) IN CONCERT * * * * *

THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (B) WILL GIVE THREE CONCERTS IN JULY AT THREE DIFFERENT CONCERT HALLS ON HONG KONG ISLAND, IN KOWLOON AND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE YSO(B), FORMED IN 1978, IS THE SECOND YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF THE MUSIC OFFICE WITH THE PRINCIPAL AIM OF PROVIDING ORCHESTRAL TRAINING TO THE TRAINEES OF THE INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC TRAINING SCHEME AND OTHER YOUNG INSTRUMENTALISTS IN HONG KONG. AT PRESENT, THERE ARE ABOUT 90 MEMBERS, MOST OF THEM SCHOOL STUDENTS. THEY REHEARSE EVERY SUNDAY UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF MUSIC OFFICE CONDUCTORS AND INSTRUCTORS. EMPHASIS IS PLACED ON BOTH TECHNICAL AND MUSICAL EXCELLENCE. THE ORCHESTRA HAS GIVEN A NUMBER OF WELL-RECEIVED CONCERTS.

THE THREE CONCERTS IN JULY THIS YEAR WILL BE CONDUCTED BY MR CHAN SHU-SAM AND MR CHU YAO-WU. THE PROGRAMME INCLUDES ’A CHILDREN’S OVERTURE’ BY QUILTER, ’PIXIU DANCE’ BY YI-PING WANG, ’SOLVEJG’S LIED’ BY GRIEG, ’KARELIA SUITE’ BY SIBELIUS, 'SYMPHONY NO. 100’ BY HAYDN, ’ROSES FROM THE SOUTH’ BY STRAUSS AND ’4TH MOVEMENT OF SYMPHONY NO. 9’ BY DVORAK.

THE DATE, TIME, VENUE AND TICKET PRICE OF THE THREE CONCERTS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

I. DATE/TIME: JULY 15, 1982- 8 PM.

PLACE : DR CHAN SHU KU I HALL, NORTH POINT.

FREE ADMISSION TICKETS ARE OBTAINABLE AT ALL THE CENTRES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE AND THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (EASTERN). (THIS CONCERT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE AND THE NORTH POINT KAI FONG WELFARE ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION).

II. DATE/TIME: JULY 17, 1982- 3 PM.

PLACE i NORTH DISTRICT TOWN HALL, SHEUNG SHU I.

FREE ADMISSION TICKETS ARE OBTAINABLE AT ALL THE CENTRES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE. (THIS CONCERT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE, NORTH DISTRICT ARTS ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION MUSIC SUB-COMMITTEE AND DISTRICT OFFICE, NORTH).

III. DATE/TIMEj JULY 18, 1982- 3 PM.

PLACE : BAPTIST COLLEGE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL.

TICKETS AT S5 ARE AVAILABLE AT THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL BOX OFFICE AND ALL THE CENTRES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE. ENQUIRIES: 5-233257.

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HONG KONG STUDENTS COMMENDED IN ESSAY COMPETITION * * * *

ESSAYS WRITTEN BY 10 HONG KONG STUDENTS HAVE BEEN COMMENDED IN THE 1981/82 ESSAY COMPETITION ORGANISED BY THE ROYAL COMMONWEALTH SOCIETY BASED IN LONDON.

MISS JESSIE YIP OF ST MARY’S CANOSSIAN COLLEGE AND MISS STELLA CHOW OF ST PAUL’S SECONDARY SCHOOL WERE +HIGHLY COMMENDED* FOR THEIR ENTRIES TO CLASS A OF THE COMPETITION WHILE MISS SARAH TAM AND MISS PEGGY CHAN OF ST MARY’S CANOSSIAN COLLEGE WERE +COMMENDED* FOR THEIR ENTRIES IN THE SAME CLASS.

IN CLASS B, MR MAURICE HOO OF ST JOSEPH’S COLLEGE AND MISS ISABELLA CHEUNG OF ST MARY’S CANOSSIAN COLLEGE WERE •►HIGHLY COMMENDED* FOR THEIR ESSAYS. THE SOCIETY ALSO +COMMENDED* MISS PATRICIA LEUNG OF ST MARY’S CANOSSIAN COLLEGE FOR HER ENTRY IN THE SAME CLASS.

IN CLASS C, MISS ELAINE CHEN OF ST MARY’S CANOSSIAN COLLEGE AND MISS JESSICA TONG OF SACRED HEART CANOSSIAN COLLEGE WERE ►HIGHLY COMMENDED* FOR THEIR ENTRIES WHILE MISS ALICE LAU OF SACRED HEART CANOSSIAN COLLEGE WAS +COMMENDED+.

THE ESSAY COMPETITION IS HELD ANNUALLY BY THE SOCIETY WITH A VIEW TO ENCOURAGING COMMONWEALTH STUDIES IN SCHOOLS.

CLASS A IS FOR CANDIDATES AGED BETWEEN 16 AND 19, WHILE CLASS B CATERS FOR STUDENTS OF 14 AND UNDER 16, AND CLASS C FOR THOSE UNDER 14.

THE HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AWARDED BOOK PRIZES TO THE BEST THREE COMPETITORS IN EACH CLASS OF THE PRELIMINARY ROUND HELD LOCALLY.

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GLOUCESTER ROAD SITE FOR SALE * * * *

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS OFFERING A SITE AT THE JUNCTIONS OF GLOUCESTER ROAD, FENWICK STREET AND JAFFE ROAD FOR SALE BY TENDER

THE SITE, MEASURING ABOUT 2 489 SQUARE METRES, IS FOR NON-INDUSTRI AL PURPOSES, EXCLUDING PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL, HOTEL AND GODOWN.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR TENDERS IS NOON JULY 30, 1982.

TENDER FORMS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, 5TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG- THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE (KOWLOON WEST), 10TH FLOOR, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON- AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES OF SHA TIN, TAI PO, NORTH, YUEN LONG, TUEN MUN, TSUEN WAN, SAI KUNG AND ISLANDS.

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IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS MOVING TO NEW PREMISES IN KOWLOON * * * M

THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS IN INTERNATIONAL BUILDING IN CENTRAL WILL BE MOVED TO NO. 61 MODY ROAD IN TSIM SHA TSUI, KOWLOON ON JUNE 28.

ITS NEW ENQUIRY TELEPHONE NUMBER WILL BE 3-7333111.

DURING THE REMOVAL PERIOD STARTING FROM JUNE 26 ALL ITS OFFICES IN INTERNATIONAL BUILDING, EXCEPT THE MACAU VISIT PERMIT OFFICE, *ILL BE CLOSED. THE MACAU VISIT PERMIT OFFICE WILL BE RELOCATED ON THE 11TH FLOOR OF INTERNATIONAL BUILDING.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT REMINDED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC THAT IMMIGRATION BRANCH OFFICES IN OTHER AREAS WILL BE OPEN AS USUAL BUT IN CASE OF EMERGENCY THEY MAY STILL CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT BY DIALING 5-4-56065.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MRS SELINA CHOW, UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, WILL PERFORM AN OPENING CEREMONY FOR THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT’S NEW HEADQUARTERS AT 61 MODY ROAD AT 4.30 PM ON TUESDAY, JUNE 29.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ASSIGNED TO COVER THE EVENT ARE REQUESTED TO ARRIVE 15 MINUTES EARLIER.

MR C.K. LEUNG AND MR W.S. KAN OF THE GENERAL DUTIES SECTION WILL BE PRESENT TO ASSIST THE MEDIA.

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ELEVATED ROAD FOR NGAU TAU KOK K X X £

TENDERS ARE NOW BEING INVITED BY THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A TWO-LANE ELEVATED ROAD IN NGAU TAU KOK, KWUN TONG.

THE 520-METRE ELEVATED ROAD WILL BE BUILT OVER KWUN TONG ROAD, TAI YIP STREET AND WAI YIP STREET, LINKING THE ALREADY COMPLETED SECTION OVER THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY TRACKS WITH NGAU TAU KOK ROAD NEAR UPPER NGAU TAU KOK ESTATE IN THE EAST AND THE KOWLOON BAY RECLAMATION AREA IN THE WEST.

THE PROJECT WILL START IN SEPTEMBER AND IS EXPECTED TO TAKE ABOUT TWO YEARS TO COMPLETE.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL APPROACH ROAD *****

THE APPROACH ROAD LEADING FROM HAPPY VALLEY AND CANAL ROAD FLYOVER TO THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC FROM 9.30 PM TO 6 AM FOR THREE CONSECUTIVE NIGHTS AND MORNINGS STARTING ON MONDAY (JUNE 21).

VEHICLES HEADING TOWARDS THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL WILL BE DIVERTED TO USE THE APPROACH ROAD FROM CANAL ROAD FLYOVER LEADING TO NORTH POINT, GLOUCESTER ROAD (EASTBOUND), CAUSEWAY BAY FLYOVER, GLOUCESTER ROAD (WESTBOUND), AND THE UP RAMP OF THE EASTERN APPROACH ROAD TO THE TUNNEL.

MEANWHILE IN KOWLOON, AN EASTBOUND TRAFFIC LANE ON CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH TAI NAN WEST STREET IN SHAM SHU I PO WILL ALSO BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JUNE 21) FOR ROAD WORKS.

THE ARRANGEMENT WILL LAST UNTIL JULY 12.

DURING THE CLOSURE, NORMAL TRAFFIC WILL BE MAINTAINED ON THE ADJACENT LANES.

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URBAN CLEARWAYS IN NORTH POINT

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TSAT TSZ MUI ROAD BETWEEN HEALTHY STREET CENTRAL AND TIN CHIU STREET IN NORTH POINT WILL BE DESIGNATED AS AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM ON MONDAY (JUNE 21).

NO VEHICLE OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE SECTION FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM DAILY.

AT THE SAME TIME, CLEARWAY RESTRICTION WILL BE IMPOSED ON POWER STREET BETWEEN ELECTRIC ROAD AND KING’S ROAD FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY.

THERE WILL BE TRAFFIC SIGNS AND CARRIAGEWAY MARKINGS TO GUIDE MOTOR I STS.

AND IN TSUEN WAN, THE TAXI STAND AT KWAI HING MTR STATION WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 12 MIDNIGHT ON SUNDAY (JUNE 20) AND 5 AM THE NEXT MORNING FOR CONSTRUCTION WORK NEARBY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, JUNE 20, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MORE LOCAL PURCHASES THAN EVER BY GOVERNMENT.................. 1

SPECIAL TRAINS FOR DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL ...................... A

EXPANSION OF GOVERTSdENT ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL WORKSHOPS 5

FIRST SUMMER SCHOOL OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION .................... 5

SUMMER PROGRAMMES AT THEN MUN SPORTSGROUND ................... 6

TENDERS FOR LAYING OF WATER MAINS ............................ 6

NEW STUDY ROOM FOR TAI PO STUDENTS ........................... 7

FRESH WATER CUT IN SHA TIN ................................... 7

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ............................... 8

FRESH WATER CUT IN SAI KUNG

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SUNDAY, JUNE 20, 1982

MORE LOCAL PURCHASES THAN EVER BY GOVERNMENT * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT HAS ENTERED ITS 40TH YEAR THIS YEAR WITH TwO MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS: ITS PURCHASES HAVE MORE THAN DOUBLED COMPARED * I TH LAST YEAR’S FIGURES, TOPPING THE BILLION-DOLLAR MARK, AND A MAJOR PHASE OF ITS STOCK CONTROL COMPUTERISATION PROGRAMME HAS BEEN COMPLETED.

PURCHASES AMOUNTED TO $1,883 BILLION FOR THE LAST FISCAL YEAR, AGAINST THE $931 MILLION IN 1980/81.

THIS YEAR’S PURCHASES ARE LIKELY TO INCREASE BY ANOTHER 29 PER CENT.

THE DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES, MR R. KILVERT, EXPLAINED THAT 70 PER CENT (IN VALUE) OF THE DEPARTMENT’S STORE HAVE BEEN COMPUTERISED UNDER A PROGRAMME BEGUN IN 1976 TO INTRODUCE DATA PROCESSING TO IMPROVE ALL PHASES OF THE DEPARTMENT’S OPERATIONS.

+THE MULTIPLICITY OF ACTIVITIES THE DEPARTMENT HAS TO GET INVOLVED WITH NOWADAYS HAS LITTLE RESEMBLANCE TO ITS EARLIER DAYS WHEN IT WAS NOT MUCH MORE THAN A POST BOX ROUTING MOST OF GOVERNMENT STORE REQUIREMENTS TO CROWN AGENTS IN LONDON. LOCAL PURCHASES WERE THEN RESTRICTED TO THE PURCHASE OF VERY BASIC LOCALLY MANUFACTURED ITEMS, INCLUDING THOSE MADE IN CHINA.*

+THE PRESENT DAY GSD IS CERTAINLY A LOT MORE THAN JUST A SUPER GODOWN, CONTRARY TO WHAT SOME PEOPLE THOUGHT,* ADDED MR KILVERT, WHO JOINED THE DEPARTMENT IN 1951.

IN 1980/81, SOME 81 000 ITEMS VALUED AT A MONTHLY AVERAGE VALUE OF $71 MILLION WERE HELD IN UNALLOCATED STOCK BUT DELIVERY FOR A REQUISITION WAS EFFECTED WITHIN 10 WORKING DAYS.

ON AVERAGE, DELIVERIES OF MORE THAN 44 000 ITEMS WERE MADE EACH MONTH BY THE DEPARTMENT, WHICH HAS A FLEET OF 25 LORRIES.

THE WORKLOAD HANDLED BY ITS TRANSPORTATION SECTIONS IN THE WHOLE YEAR EXCEEDED 13 420 LORRY-LOADS, IN ADDITION TO 2 200 LORRY-LOADS UNDERTAKEN BY COMMERCIAL CONTRACTORS. IT IS ALSO ANTICIPATED THAT THE WORKLOAD WILL INCREASE AT A RATE OF ABOUT 7.5 PER CENT PER ANNUM.

TO COPE WITH THIS CONSTANT FLOW OF SUPPLY, THE DEPARTMENT HAS TO CONCERN ITSELF NOT ONLY WITH STORAGE AND DISTRIBUTION BUT ALSO WITH FORECASTING DEMAND AND ARRANGING FOR THE NECESSARY PROCUREMENTS IN THE MOST ECONOMICAL AND RELIABLE MANNER.

AS A GENERAL RULE, PURCHASE CONTRACTS ARE LET AS A RESULT OF COMPETITION BY TENDER.

IN THE CASE OF BUYING THROUGH OPEN PUBLIC TENDER, INVITATIONS TO TENDER ARE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE AND THE LEADING ENGLISH AND CHINESE NEWSPAPERS.

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IN THE SELECTIVE TENDER PROCEDURE, INVITATIONS TO TENDER WHICH ARE NOT MADE °UBLIC ARE SENT TO REGISTERED SUPPLIERS ON APPROVED LISTS IN RESPECT OF EACH CLASS OF GOODS.

SINGLE TENDER CONTRACTS ARE CONCLUDED WHEN CIRCUMSTANCES DO NOT PERMIT RESORTING TO NORMAL COMPETITION FOR REASONS OF SECURITY OR WHEN THERE IS ONLY ONE KNOWN SOURCE OF SUPPLY. IT IS USED MAINLY IN THE PURCHASE OF PATENTED OR PROPRIETARY ITEMS, DEVELOPMENT WORK AND IN CERTAIN CASES OF UNFORESEEABLE URGENT REQUIREMENTS.

THE DEPARTMENT MAINTAINS A LIST OF REGISTERED SUPPLIERS WHICH INCLUDE 1 900 LOCAL SUPPLIERS AND 1 500 OVERSEAS SUPPLIERS. FIRMS, IN HONG KONG OR OVERSEAS, CAN APPLY FOR INCLUSION IN THE DEPARTMENT’S LIST OF REGISTERED SUPPLIERS IF THEY WILL PROVIDE DETAILS OF THEIR ORGANISATION AND THE GOODS THEY OFFER.

A SUCCESSFUL BID IN OPEN AND SELECTIVE TENDER IS NOT NECESSARILY THE ONE THAT OFFERS THE LOWEST PRICE QUOTATION BUT ONE THAT GIVES THE +BEST VALUE FOR MONEY+, MR KILVERT SAID.

THERE ARE, IN FACT, MULTI-LAYER CONTROL AND PROTECTIVE MECHANISMS TO ENSURE THAT CONTRACTS ARE AWARDED TO THE MOST DESERVING PARTY, WHICH MAY INVOLVE PAYMENT TERMS TO SUIT SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF THE CONTRACT.

THE STRICT CRITERIA FOR ASSESSING BIDS AND THE AWARDING OF CONTRACTS REQUIRED THAT TENDERS ARE RECEIVED UNDER SEALED COVER AND ARE OPENED BY COMMITTEES APPOINTED FOR THAT PURPOSE. DETAILS OF ALL OFFERS RECEIVED ARE RECORDED AND WHERE NECESSARY PASSED TO THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENTS FOR THEIR COMMENTS.

THE CONTRACT IS NORMALLY AWARDED TO THE BIDDER OFFERING BEST VALUE FOR MONEY AND THIS IS NORMALLY, BUT NOT ALWAYS, THE LOwEST BID MEETING THE REQUIREMENT.

♦DEPENDING ON THE INDIVIDUAL CASE, THE CONSIDERATION WILL INCLUDE, APART FROM PRICE, LIFE IN SERVICE, SERVICING ARRANGEMENTS, COST OF REPLACEMENT PARTS AND THE DELIVERY. THE CONTRACTS MUST BE AWARDED TO THE BEST PUBLIC ADVANTAGE WITH DUE REGARD TO NORMAL COMMERCIAL CONSIDERATION,* MR KILVERT EXPLAINED.

RESPONSES TO INVITATION TO TENDER ARE NORMALLY SUBMITTED IN STRICT PRIVACY. UNSUCCESSFUL TENDERERS ARE, UPON REQUEST, NOTIFIED WHY THEIR OFFERS HAVE NOT BEEN ACCEPTED.

MR KILVERT STRESSED THAT ALL CONTRACTING PROCESSES ARE SUBJECT TO MONITORING TO ENSURE THAT THE CONTRACTS ARE AWARDED PROPERLY AND FAIRLY AND THAT THERE ARE NO STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS, NOR ANY GUIDANCE OF A FORMAL OR INFORMAL CHARACTER ISSUED TO PROCUREMENT OFFICIALS, THAT THEY SHOULD GIVE PREFERENCE TO GOODS FROM ANY PARTICULAR SOURCE OF SUPPLY.

FIRMS NOT SATISFIED WITH THE REPLY OF THE CONTRACTING AUTHORITY MAY APPEAL TO THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT AND SUCH APPEALS wOULD BE HANDLED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL TENDER BOARD.

THE DEPARTMENT’S PROCUREMENT PATTERN REACHED A TURNING POINT IN 1969/73 WHEN FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE VALUE OF ITS PURCHASES FRO!> LOCAL SUPPLIERS EXCEEDED THOSE BOUGHT THROUGH CROWN AGENTS.

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THE REVERSAL FROM OVERSEAS TO LOCAL SOURCES OF SUPPLIES *AS ILLUSTRATED BY THE FACT THAT OF THE $20.54 MILLION IN PURCHASES MADE IN 1946/47, ONLY 40 PER CENT IN VALUE OF THE CONTRACT:, WERE PLACED WITH LOCAL SUPPLIERS. BY 1981/32, HOWEVER, 80 PER CENT OF THE »1.88 BILLION IN TOTAL PURCHASES WERE MADE THROUGH LOCAL SUPPLIERS. THE AMOUNT INCLUDED 156 MILLION DOLLARS OF CHINESE GOODS.

THE STEADY DECREASE IN COMMISSIONS PAID TO CROWN AGENTS DROPPED EVEN FURTHER IN 1981/82 BY DIRECT BUYING OVERSEAS. DIRECT PURCHASE FROM FOREIGN MANUFACTURERS AND SUPPLIERS AMOUNTED TO $99 MILLION, WHICH SAVED $5.2 MILLION IN AGENT COMMISSION.

PURCHASES THROUGH CROWN AGENTS IN 1980/81 AMOUNTED TO $80 MILLION, FOR WHICH FOUR MILLION DOLLARS WERE PAID TO CROWN AGENTS AS CHARGES AND COMMISSIONS.

ASIDE FROM GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, CHARITABLE ORGANISATIONS ALSO BENEFIT FROM GSD’S PURCHASING PRACTICE IN BUYING NECESSARY STOCKS IN BULK AND OFTEN AT THE LOWEST POSSIBLE PRICE. THE STOCKS, A MAJOR PART OF THEM CONSISTED OF MEDICINE, WERE THEN RESOLD TO APPROVED CHARITIES AT COST, WHICH AMOUNTED TO $9.19 MILLION IN 1980/81.

GSD BECAME AN INDEPENDENT DEPARTMENT IN 1941 BUT ITS WORK WAS QUICKLY INTERRUPTED BY THE JAPANESE INVASION IN WORLD WAR II. MOST OF ITS PRE-WAR RECORDS WERE ALSO DESTROYED. IT WAS RE-ESTABLISHED AS THE GOVERNMENT STORES DEPARTMENT IN 1946 AND AS ITS NAME INDICATES, ITS ROLE THEN WAS MAINLY THAT OF BASIC STOCK-KEEPING.

BUT OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES WERE ADDED ON TO IT OVER THE YEARS, AND THE INCREASING COMPLEXITY OF THE PURCHASES HAVE MADE IT INTO A HIGHLY ORGANISED DEPARTMENT FOR THE PROCUREMENT, STORAGE AND DISTRIBUTION OF SUPPLIES REQUIRED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND CERTAIN SUBVENTED ORGANISATIONS. ITS ACTIVITIES ARE NOW DIVIDED INTO FOUR MAIN CATEGORIES, INCLUDING : STORAGE AND DISTRIBUTION, PROCUREMENT, PROVISION AND INSPECTION, AND ADMINISTRATION. THE LATTER COMPRISED A DATA PROCESSING UNIT THAT RUNS A COMPUTERISED INVENTORY CONTROL SYSTEM, A SUPPLIES SURVEY AND STOCK VERIFICATION UNIT, A STAFF TRAINING UNIT AND GENERAL ADMINISTRATION AND ACCOUNTS.

ITS STAFF OF 770 TRAINED PERSONNEL ARE DISTRIBUTED AMONG ITS FIVE DEPOTS, WHICH INCLUDE 11 GODOWNS THAT PROVIDE A TOTAL OF 69 600 SQUARE METRES IN COVERED AND OPEN STORAGE SPACE. THIS CAPACITY, HOWEVER, IS EXPECTED TO BE EXPANDED WITHIN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS UNDER A REDEVELOPMENT AND REGIONALISATION PLAN THAT MAY SEE THE RELOCATION OF SOME DEPOTS AND ESTABLISHMENT OF NEW ONES.

IT MAY ALSO INVOLVE THE REMOVAL OF ITS HEADQUARTERS FROM ITS PRESENT SITE IN NORTH POINT WHICH HAS BECOME TOO VALUABLE COMMERCIALLY FOR STORAGE USE. IN ADDITION TO THE ADMINISTRATION OFFICES. THE HEADQUARTERS SITE ALSO SERVES AS ONE OF THE DEPARTMENT’S MAIN DEPOTS.

MR KILVERT SAID THAT MORE DEPOTS, POSSIBLY SMALLER THAN THE CURRENT ONES, WILL BE SET UP IN CAREFULLY SELECTED SITES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE HARBOUR.


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+ThiS wILL ENABLE US TO PROVIDE EVEN BETTER AND SPEEDIER SERVICES THROUGH THESE STRATEGICALLY LOCATED DEPOTS STOCKED WITH STOPES MORE LIKELV TO BE REQUIRED IN THEIR RESPECTIVE LOCALITIES.*

IT IS ALSO EXPECTED THAT GSD PERSONNEL WOULD NEED TO BE INCREASED BY 150 TO AN ESTIMATED TOTAL MANPOWER OF 920 IN THREE YEARS.

A FURTHER INDICATION OF THE MASSIVE INCREASE IN THE WORKLOAD OF GSD, MR KILVERT SAID, IS IN THE VALUE OF THE DEPARTMENT’S YEAR-END STOCKHOLDINGS, WHICH WAS ONLY $28.85 MILLION IN 1969. IT HAS EXCEEDED $70 MILLION SINCE 1979.

STOCKS ARE CLASSIFIED INTO TEN DIFFERENT CATEGORIES OF STORES, THE MOST VALUABLE ONES ARE CIVIL ENGINEERING ITEMS AND MEDICAL ITEMS, WHICH USUALLY CONSTITUTED ABOUT HALF OF THE VALUE OF THE ENTIRE STOCK.

ONE OF THE LEAST KNOWN ASPECTS OF THE DEPARTMENT’S ACTIVITIES, HOWEVER, HAPPENS TO BE ALSO A REVENUE GENERATING ONE.

SALE OF CONFISCATED AND UNCLAIMED GOODS AND UNSERVICEABLE PROPERTY BY THE DEPARTMENT TOOK IN $2.5 MILLION LAST YEAR.

VALUABLE CONFISCATED GOODS, INCLUDING VEHICLES, RADIOS, CASSETTE AND TAPE-RECORDERS, BROUGHT THE GOVERNMENT $590 000.

UNCLAIMED GOODS, WORTH $93 000 AND CONSISTING MAINLY OF UNDELIVERED PARCELS, WERE OPENED UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF A CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE OFFICER TO DETECT DANGEROUS DRUGS AND OTHER CONTRABANDS. FOOD AND MEDICINE FOUND IN UNCLAIMED PARCELS ARE DESTROYED WHILE OTHER USABLE ITEMS ARE DISTRIBUTED TO CHARITABLE ORGANISATIONS.

SALE OF UNSERVICEABLE GOVERNMENT PROPERTY, HOWEVER, BROUGHT IN $1.8 MILLION. THESE GOODS INCLUDED UNIFORM, FURNITURE AND VARIOUS TYPES OF EQUIPMENT.

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SPECIAL TRAINS FOR DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL

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THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY WILL RUN FOUR ADDITIONAL PASSENGER TRAINS ON FRIDAY (JUNE 25), THE TUEN NG (DRAGON BOAT) FESTIVAL, FOR PEOPLE GOING TO SEE DRAGON BOAT RACES IN TAI PO.

TWO SPECIAL UP TRAINS WILL LEAVE KOWLOON STATION AT 8.13 AM AND 9.23 AM, ARRIVING AT TAI PO MARKET STATION AT 8.53 AM AND 10.12 AM.

TWO SPECIAL DOWN TRAINS WILL LEAVE TAI PO MARKET STATION AT 9.34 AM AND 4.50 PM.

ELECTRIC PASSENGER TRAINS WILL OPERATE BETWEEN HUNG HOM AND SHA TIN AT 10 MINUTES INTERVAL AS USUAL.

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EXPANSION OF GOVERNMENT ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL WORKSHOPS *****

AN EXTENSION WILL SOON BE ADDED TO THE EXISTING ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL WORKSHOPS OF THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL OFFICE AT SUNG WONG TOI ROAD, KOWLOON.

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

THE WORKS INVOLVE THE BUILDING OF A TWO-STOREY WORKSHOP EXTENSION, WITH A BASEMENT AND A THREE-STOREY OFFICE BLOCK ON A SITE OF ABOUT 7 600 SQUARE METRES NEXT TO THE EXISTING WORKSHOP.

THE FACILITIES TO BE PROVIDED WILL INCLUDE OFFICE ACCOMMODATION, EXPANSION "OR THE WORKSHOPS AND ADDITIONAL SPACE FOR VEHICLE AND EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE.

CONSTRUCTION WORK IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN AUGUST AND WILL TAKE ABOUT TWO YEARS TO FINISH.

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FIRST SUMMER SCHOOL OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION * * *

THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ADVISORY INSPECTORATE IS INVITING TEACHERS TO TAKE PART IN ITS FIRST SUMMER SCHOOL OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION TO BE HELD NEXT MONTH.

THE SCHOOL WILL PROVIDE A TOTAL OF 20 PHYSICAL EDUCATION COURSES, INCLUDING THE COACHING OF BADMINTON, FOOTBALL, SQUASH AND VOLLEYBALL AND TRAMPOLlNING CLINIC FOR P.E. TEACHERS. THESE COURSES WILL BE HELD FROM JULY 19 TO 31 IN VARIOUS PLACES.

ALL COURSES, EXCEPT THOSE RESIDENTIAL COURSES TO BE CONDUCTED IN JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE, WILL BE FREE, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

HE ADDED THAT ONLY IN-SERVICE TEACHERS WHO WERE REGISTERED WITH THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AS REGISTERED TEACHERS OR PERMITTED TEACHERS WERE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY TO ATTEND THE SUMMER SCHOOL.

A CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE WILL BE ISSUED TO TEACHERS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THE COURSE SATISFACTORILY.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR THE SUMMER SCHOOL ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION SECTION AT KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 7/F., 405 NATHAN ROAD. TEACHERS SHOULD RETURN THE COMPLETED FORMS TO THE SECTION BEFORE JUNE 30.

ENQUIRIES CONCERNING THE SUMMER SCHOOL MAY BE MADE ON 3-884111 EXT. 26<> op 289.

SUNDAY, JUNE 20, 1982

SUMMER PROGRAMMES AT TUEN MUN SPORTSGROUND

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TwO SEPARATE TRACK AND FIELD PROGRAMMES WILL BE HELD AT TUEN MUN TANG SHIU KIN SPORTSGROUND DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS TO PROVIDE RECREATION AND ATHLETIC TRAINING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN TUEN MUN.

ORGANISERS OF THE PROGRAMMES ARE THE NEW TERRITORIES SCHOOLS SPORTS ASSOCIATION’S TUEN MUN BRANCH AND THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

ONE PROGRAMME WILL PROVIDE TRAINING FOR STUDENTS RECOMMENDED BY THEIR SCHOOLS AND THE OTHER WILL OFFER SPORT FACILITIES FOR RESIDENTS OF TUEN MUN IN GENERAL.

TRAINING MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE COURSES ON JOGGING, RUNNING, HURDLE, LONG JUMP, TRIPLE JUMP, SHOT PUT, DISCUS AND JAVELIN, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THESE COURSES WILL BE GIVEN BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SCHOOLS SPORTS ASSOCIATION AT THE SPORTSGROUND EVERY MONDAY, WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY FROM 9 AM TO 11 AM.

THE SPORTSGROUND WILL BE AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE FOR NON-TRAINING MEMBERS BETWEEN 9 AM AND 5 PM FROM JULY 19 TO AUGUST 31, EXCLUDING SUNDAYS, FOR SPORTS OTHER THAN JOGGING WHICH WILL BE PERMITTED BETWEEN 7 AM AND 7 PM.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE TUEN MUN TANG SHIU KIN SPORTSGROUND AND THE TUEN MUN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE IN TOP COURT, FIRST FLOOR, 60-70 TAK CHING COURT, TUEN MUN.

APPLICANTS FOR TRAINING MEMBERSHIP SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR FORMS THROUGH THEIR SCHOOLS TO THE NEW TERRITORIES SCHOOLS SPORTS ASSOCIATION.

FORMS FOR NON-TRAINING MEMBERSHIP SHOULD BE SENT TOGETHER WITH SELF-ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPES TO THE RECREATION PROMOTION UNIT (NORTH REGION) OF THE NTSD AT GARAGE NO. 1, GROUND FLOOR, TAI YUEN ESTATE, TING KOK ROAD, TA IPO.

FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE RECREATION PROMOTION UNIT (NORTH REGION) OF THE NTSD AT 0-6575538.

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TENDERS FOR LAYING OF WATER MAINS * * * *

THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE LAYING OF ABOUT 3 750 METRES OF FRESH WATER MAINS, RANGING FROM 150 MM TO 800 MM IN DIAMETER, IN FANLING/SHEK WU HUI NEW TOWN.

THE PROJECT FORMS PART OF THE SHEUNG SHUI/FANLING WATER SUPPLY - STAGE 1 PROGRAMME AND WILL INCREASE THE CAPACITY OF THE EXISTING WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM TO KWU TUNG AND THE NEW TOwN.

WORK WILL COMMENCE IN AUGUST AND TAKE ABOUT 16 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

SUNDAY, JUNE 20, 1982

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NEW STUDY ROOM FOR TAI PO STUDENTS

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A RURAL COMMITTEE IN TAI PO HAS JOINED OTHER LOCAL ORGANISATIONS IN OPENING STUDY ROOMS FOR STUDENTS TO PREPARE FOR THEIR EXAMINATIONS.

THE LATEST ADDITION BRINGS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF STUDY ROOMS IN THE DISTRICT TO 11 AND THE TOTAL CAPACITY TO 450.

THE NEW STUDY ROOM AT THE TAI PO TSAT YEUK RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICE IN HEI YUEN STREET, TAI PO MARKET, OPENS DURING OFFICE HOURS FROM MONDAY TO SATURDAY.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR NICKY LO, SAID THE IDEA OF SETTING UP STUDY ROOMS IN THE OFFICES OF LOCAL ORGANISATIONS WAS INITIATED BY DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS.

*TEN CENTRES HAVE BEEN OPENED SINCE APRIL FOLLOWING DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN THE DISTRICT OFFICE, SCHOOLS, INSTITUTIONS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS,* HE SAID.

+CONVENIENTLY LOCATED AT THE TOWN CENTRE, VILLAGES, TAI YUEN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE AND YUE KOK TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA, THESE STUDY ROOMS HAVE PROVED VERY POPULAR AND MORE THAN 8 000 STUDENTS HAVE USED THEM SINCE THEIR OPENING.*

THE STUDY ROOMS WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL JULY WHEN STUDENTS WILL BEGIN THEIR SUMMER HOLIDAYS.

A TIME TABLE LISTING THE LOCATION, OPENING HOURS, AND TELEPHONE NUMBER OF EACH STUDY ROOM IS AVAILABLE FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

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FRESH WATER CUT IN SHA TIN * * *

FRESH TURNED OFF

WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN AREAS IN SHA TIN WILL BE

FOR WATER 10 T° 5 °N TUESD<Y (JUNE 22)

LOK LO HA TSUEN

PREMISES AFFECTED ARE THOSE ALONG TAI PO ROAD FROM FO TAN nCHINESE UNIVERSITY, INCLUDING THE SHA TIN RACE COURSE AND THE MAFOO QUARTERS, HO TUNG LAU TSUEN RED BRIDGE AND SEA VIEW VILLAS, THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY AND KAU TO VILLAGE.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS * * * *

VEHICLES TRAVELLING NORTHWARDS ON SHU KUK STREET IN NORTH POINT WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TURN LEFT INTO JAVA ROAD WESTBOUND FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JUNE 22).

AT THE SAME TIME, RIGHT TURNING MOVEMENT FROM KAM HONG STREET INTO JAVA ROAD WESTBOUND WILL BE BANNED. *

IN WONG CHUK HANG, THE MIDDLE SECTION ON YIP KAN STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE 23) FOR ROAD WORKS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, WHICH WILL LAST ABOUT SEVEN DAYS, THE REMAINING SECTIONS OF YIP KAN STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED TWO WAY.

AND IN TAI KOK TSUI, A TEMPORARY LORRY PARK WILL BE OPENED AT BEECH STREET IN TAI KOK TSUI FROM 8 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE 23).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID 80 METERED SPACES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR GOODS VEHICLES.

FRESH WATER CUT IN SAI KUNG * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN AREAS IN SAI KUNG WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR 10 HOURS FROM 9 PM ON TUESDAY (JUNE 22) TO 7 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE 23) TO FACILITATE WATER MAINS CONNECTION.

PREMISES AFFECTED WILL BE THOSE LOCATED ALONG CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD BETWEEN ANDERSON ROAD AND HIRAM’S HIGHWAY, INCLUDING PIK UK CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION, TA KU LING, TSENG LAN SHUE, PAK SHEK TERRACE, RAZOR HILL AND THOSE EN ROUTE VILLAGES AND VILLAS.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, JUNE 21, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE MO.

THREE IMPORTANT POINTS STRESSED IN TALKS WITH EEC .............. 1

NEW ALLOCATION SYSTEM IN PRIMARY ONE PLACES .................... 4

TV HOME VIEWING GROUPS TO BE SET UP ............................ 5

MANPOWER SURVEY OF THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY .................... 6

WATER FIGURES .................................................. 6

NEW HEADQUARTERS FOR FIRE COMMAND.............................. 7

GOLD AWARD WINNER .............................................. 7

TURNING MOVEMENT BANNED ON TIN CHIU STREET ..................... 7

FRESH WATER CUTS IN NT AREAS .................................   8

CLARINET MASTER-CLASs BY JOHN DENMAN..........................   8

URBAN CLEARWAY ON CASTLE PEAK ROAD............................   9

MONDAY, JUNE 21, 1982

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THREE IMPORTANT POINTS STRESSED IN TALKS WITH EEC ******

FOLLOWING A REPORT TO THE TEXTILES ADVISORY BOARD ON SATURDAY ORNING (JUNE 19) BY MR LAWRENCE MILLS, COMMISSIONER OF TRADE, FURTHER DETAILS WERE RELEASED TODAY (MONDAY), REGARDING THE CONSULTATIONS BETWEEN HONG KONG AND THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG’S EXPORTS TO THE EEC WHEN THE CURRENT AGREEMENT EXPIRES AT THE END OF THIS YEAR.

THE NEGOTIATIONS BEGAN WITH AN OPENING STATEMENT BY HONG KONG IN WHICH HONG KONG EMPHASISED THREE MATTERS OF PARTICULAR IMPORTANCE TO THE HONG KONG POSITION BEFORE THE SUBSTANCE OF THE NEGOTIATION COULD BE TACKLED.

THESE WERE, FIRSTLY, THE GROUND RULES FOR THE NEGOTIATIONS-SECONDLY, THE IMPORTANCE WHICH HONG KONG ATTACHED TO THE PROTOCOL EXTENDING THE MFA, AND THIRDLY, THE INTERPRETATION OF THE LETTERS EXCHANGED BETWEEN DR KRENZLER, THE EEC’S CHIEF TEXTILES NEGOTIATOR, AND MR MILLS AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE MFA NEGOTIATIONS LAST YEAR.

ON THE FIRST POINT, THE TWO SIDES AGREED THAT THE NEGOTIATIONS SHOULD BE HELD UNDER ARTICLE 4 OF THE MFA AS EXTENDED BY THE PROTOCOL, HAVING REGARD TO THE EXCHANGE OF LETTERS BETWEEN DR KRENZLER AND MR MILLS.

ON THE SECOND POINT, THE HONG KONG DELEGATION RECALLED THAT THE PROTOCOL OF EXTENSION DID NOT CONFER A RIGHT ON AN IMPORTING COUNTRY TO TAKE UNILATERAL ACTION WHERE TWO PARTIES FAILED TO AGREE ON ANY PARTICULAR ISSUE. HONG KONG MADE CLEAR THAT IT WAS NOT PREPARED TO AGREE THAT THE EEC SHOULD SECURE IN BILATERAL NEGOTIATIONS WITH HONG KONG WHAT IT HAD FAILED TO SECURE IN THE MULTILATERAL NEGOTIATION OF THE MFA.

THE EEC SIDE ARGUED THAT THERE WAS NOTHING TO PREVENT HONG KONG FOREGOING ITS RIGHTS UNDER THE PROTOCOL AND AGREEING THAT THE EEC COULD EXERCISE UNILATERAL RIGHTS WHERE THE TWO SIDES FAILED TO AGREE.

HONG KONG DREW A DISTINCTION BETWEEN WHAT THE PROTOCOL MIGHT ALLOW AND WHAT HONG KONG WAS PREPARED TO DO.

HONG KONG WAS PREPARED TO CONFER UNILATERAL RIGHTS IN ONE AREA ONLY, WHERE SUFFICIENT SAFEGUARDS EXISTED AGAINST CAPRICIOUS EXERCISE OF THE UNILATERAL POWERS OF THE EEC. THIS WAS IN CONNECTION WITH THE WELL-ESTABLISHED EXPORT AUTHORISATION SYSTEM WHICH HONG KONG HAS OPERATED FOR MANY YEARS WITH THE EEC, . I TH THE UNITED STATES AND MANY OTHER IMPORTING COUNTRItS.


T^-l 13- l-\;CTi x BETWEEN WHAT THE-PROTOCOL MIGHT ALLOW AND .'HAT HC 1 .-.L -REPARED TO DO WAS FURTHER HIGHLIGHTED IL THE DISC USS IC “HE INTERPRETATION OF THE LETTERS EXCHANGED °ETWEEN ” -E Z^E" AND MR MILLS.

THE EEC ATTEMPTED TO ARGUE THAT, UNDER THE TERMS OF THE LETTERS, HONG KONG -AD AGREED TO ACCEPT CUTBACKS ON ITS QUOTAS AS A MEANS SOLVING THE +UNIQUE PROBLEMS* WHICH THE COMMUNITY CLAIMS IT HAS. THE HONG KONG DELEGATION SAID THAT ITS COMMITMENT WAS LIMITED TO HELPING TO FIND SOLUTIONS TO THE EEC’S UNIQUE PROBLEMS, ONCE THESE PROBLEMS HAD BEEN DEMONSTRATED AND ONCE IT HAD BEEN SHOWN THAT HONG KONG WAS A CONTRIBUTORY FACTOR.

UNLESS THE PROBLEMS COULD BE DEMONSTRATED AND HONG KONG COULD BE SHOWN TO IE A CONTRIBUTORY FACTOR, THE SACRIFICES WHICH HONG KONG MIGHT MAKE WOULD BE MEANINGLESS AND THE PROBLEMS OF THE EEC WOULD NOT BE EASED. HONG KONG WAS NOT COMMITTED TO THE SINGLE SOLUTION CONTAINED IN THE EEC’S INSTRUCTIONS NAMELY CUTBACKS ON BASE LEVELS.

THE DISCUSSION OF THESE QUESTIONS TOOK UP A GREAT DEAL OF THE TIME AND IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO REACH ANY AGREED POSITION ON THEM AT THIS STAGE.

THE TALKS THEN TURNED TO THE SUBSTANCE OF THE NEGOTIATION AND THE ECONOMIC JUSTIFICATION FOR THE EEC’S REQUESTS FOR RESTRAINT.

THE EEC PUT FORWARD, IN SOME DETAIL, STATISTICAL INFORMATION IN SUPPORT OF ITS CLAIM OF REAL RISK OF MARKET DISRUPTION IN RESPECT OF 45 CATEGORIES OF PRODUCTS.

THE EEC GROUPED THESE CATEGORIES INTO VARIOUS DEGREES OF ♦SENSITIVITY* PLACING PARTICULAR EMPHASIS ON THE FIRST EIGHT CATEGORIES WHERE, THE COMMUNITY CLAIMED, IT HAD PARTICULAR DIFFICULTIES AND WHERE IT WAS SEEKING CUTBACKS OF 12 PER CENT ON HONG KONG’S 1^82 QUOTAS.

AFTER EXAMINING THE STATISTICAL JUSTIFICATION, HONG KONG SAID IT WOULD BE PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE CONTINUATION OF RESTRAINTS ON 34 CATEGORIES.

OF THESE 34, FIVE CATEGORIES WERE IN THE + VERY SENSITIVE* GROUPING WHICH THE COMMUNITY HAD ESTABLISHED. HOWEVER, HONG KONG REFUSED TO ACCEPT THE 12 PER CENT CUTBACKS PROPOSED FOR THESE CATEGORIES, POINTING OUT THAT IN SOME OF THEM, HONG KONG WAS NOT THE PRINCIPAL SUPPLIER, AND THAT HONG KONG PRICES WERE HIGHER THAN THOSE OF SOME OTHER SIGNIFICANT SUPPLIERS.

IN TWO OR THREE CASES, UNRESTRAINED DEVELOPED COUNTRIES HAD EXPORTED GREATER QUANTITIES THAL HONG KONG WAS ALLOWED TO SHIP UNDER THE TER*- 3 OF ITS QUOTAS AND AT PRICES ONE HALF OF THOSE OF HONG KONG. FURTHERMORE, OVER THE LIFE OF THE CURRENT AGREE-ENT, THE EEC’ IMPORTS IN THE SO-CALLED +SENSITIVE+ CATEGORIES FROM HONG KONG HAD -ENERALLY DECLINED ON AVERAGE BY ABOUT 14 PER CE-.T AGA I NS” I 3 BACKGROUND, THE hOLG KONG DELEGATION COULD SEE NO JUSTIFICATION F.' * ANY CUTBACKS OK BASE LEVELS’ THE JUST IF I CAT I FOR THE ?0‘ Tl\ 'I . FOR RESTRAINTS EVEN ON NORMAL TERMS \JT VERY ST?-. ‘ ,

DESPITE ’H£ HONG KONG RESPONSE, THE COMMUNITY COMPLETED ITS PRESENTATION TO HONG KONG AS TO THE TYPE OP RESTRAINTS THAT IT VAS SEEKING. THIS INCLUDED NOMINAL GROWTH RATES - 0.1 PER CENT IN SOME CASES THE SUSPENSION OF FLEXIBILITY PROVISIONS FOR SOME CATEGORIES AND VERY LOW PERCENTAGES IN OTHERS. THE FLEXIBILITY PROVISIONS WOULD BE TIGHTLY CONTROLLED AND COULD ONLY BE USED FOLLOWING CONSULTATIONS BETWEEN HONG KONG AND THE EEC.

THE HONG KONG DELEGATION MADE CLEAR THAT THESE TERMS WOULD BE UNACCEPTABLE TO HONG KONG ALSO.

AS SOMETHING OF AN IMPASSE HAD BEEN REACHED THE TWO SIDES AGREED TO LOOK AT SOME OTHER ISSUES WHICH WERE OF JOINT OR INDIVIDUAL CONCERN TO THE TWO SIDES.

THE EEC PROPOSED AN ANTI-SURGE MECHANISM. THIS HONG KONG REJECTED ON THE GROUNDS THAT IT RESULTED IN CUTBACKS ON BASE LEVELS WHICH WERE CONTRARY TO THE MFA AND WAS IRRELEVANT, GIVEN THE HIGH UTILISATION RATES OF HONG KONG’S QUOTAS. FURTHERMORE, THE COMMUNITY PROPOSALS ENVISAGED THE EEC HAVING THE UNILATERAL RIGHT TO IMPOSE A LOWER LIMIT IF HONG KONG FAILED, IN CONSULTATIONS, TO AGREE THAT SUCH A MECHANISM SHOULD BE INVOKED. HONG KONG COULD NOT ACCEPT THIS.

THE EEC ALSO PROPOSED A STRICT CLAUSE DEALING WITH FRAUDULENT IMPORTS WHICH CIRCUMVENTED THE HONG KONG EXPORT CONTROL SYSTEM. THERE WAS A CONSIDERABLE IDENTITY OF VIEW ON THIS CLAUSE, THE ONLY DIFFICULTY BEING THAT THE EEC WAS INSISTING ON A UNILATERAL POWER TO DEBIT HONG KONG QUOTAS WITH ANY FRAUDULENT SHIPMENTS IT DISCOVERED.

HONG KONG REJECTED THIS ON THE GROUNDS THAT FRAUDULENT SHIPMENTS WERE NOT ONLY A CONSEQUENCE OF THE WRONG DOINGS OF EXPORTERS/MANUFACTURERS IN HONG KONG BUT FREQUENTLY INSTIGATED BY TRADERS AT THE IMPORT END OF THE TRADE AND SOMETIMES BY TRADERS IN THIRD COUNTRIES. FURTHERMORE UNILATERAL ADJUSTMENT OF QUOTAS WOULD PUNISH THE INNOCENT AND DID NOTHING TO GET AT THE REAL HEART OF THE MATTER WHICH WAS TO MAKE THE CONTROL SYSTEM AS FOOL-PROOF AS POSSIBLE AND BRING WRONG-DOERS TO JUSTICE.

THERE WAS ALSO SOME DISCUSSION OF AND A MEASURE OF AGREEMENT ON SOME OF THE MORE TECHNICAL DETAILS WHICH WOULD HAVE TO BE INCLUDED IN ANY NEW AGREEMENT. THE EXISTENCE OF SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES WAS RECOGNISED HOWEVER, AND IT WAS AGREED THAT THE CONSULTATIONS SHOULD BE ADJOURNED TO ALLOW BOTH SIDES TO RE-EXAMINE THEIR INSTRUCTIONS.

THE TWO SIDES AGREED TO RESUME CONSULTATIONS IN BRUSSELS ON SEPTEMBER 13. THE POSSIBILITY OF FURTHER DISCUSSIONS ON PURELY TECHNICAL POINTS BEFORE ThEN WAS NOT RULED OUT.

MONDAY, JUNE 21, 1982

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NEw ALLOCATION SYSTEM IN PRIMARY ONE PLACES * * * K

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL INTRODUCE A NEW SYSTEM OF CENTRALISED ALLOCATION OF GOVERNMENT AND AIDED PRIMARY ONE PLACES ON A DISTRICT BASIS IN SEPTEMBER 1983.

AS IN THE PAST, PARENTS WHO WISH THEIR CHILDREN TO ATTEND THESE SCHOOLS SHOULD APPLY DIRECTLY TO THEM.

THE NEW SYSTEM, HOWEVER, WOULD NOT AFFECT PRIVATE PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND THOSE OF THE ENGLISH SCHOOLS FOUNDATION, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (PLANNING AND BUILDING), MR Y.T. LI, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

ANNOUNCING DETAILS OF THE NEW ALLOCATION SYSTEM AT A PRESS CONFERENCE, MR LI SAID ITS PRINCIPAL OBJECTIVE WAS TO ELIMINATE THE PRESSURE IMPOSED ON YOUNG CHILDREN BY THE INTENSE COMPETITION FOR ENTRY INTO POPULAR PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND THE ADVERSE EFFECT SUCH PRESSURE HAD ON EDUCATION AT THE KINDERGARTEN LEVEL.

MR LI NOTED THAT ALL CHILDREN WHO WOULD REACH THE AGE OF FIVE YEARS AND EIGHT MONTHS OR ABOVE BY SEPTEMBER 1983 SHOULD ATTEND PRIMARY SCHOOLS BY THAT TIME. HE SAID ALL PARENTS WHO WISHED THEIR CHILDREN TO ATTEND PRIMARY ONE IN A GOVERNMENT OR AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER NEXT YEAR SHOULD OBTAIN AND COMPLETE A +PRIMARY ONE ADMISSION APPLICATION FORM* IN MID-SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR, ONE YEAR AHEAD.

THESE FORMS WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM ANY CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, DISTRICT OFFICE, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS OR SUB-OFFICES, OR THE KINDERGARTENS THEIR CHILDREN ARE ATTENDING.

IF PARENTS DO NOT HAVE A SPECIFIC SCHOOL IN MIND, THEY SHOULD RETURN THE COMPLETED APPLICATION FORM TO ONE OF THE COLLECTION CENTRES FOR CENTRAL ALLOCATION.

EACH PRIMARY SCHOOL WOULD RESERVE 35 PER CENT OF ITS PRIMARY ONE PLACES FOR CENTRAL ALLOCATION TO BE FILLED BY CHILDREN LIVING IN THE SAME DISTRICT, MR LI SAID.

PARENTS WISHING TO APPLY TO A PARTICULAR GOVERNMENT OR AIDED SCHOOL, SHOULD RETURN THE COMPLETED FORM TO THE SCHOOL DIRECT. THE SjCHOOL MIGHT BE EITHER IN OR OUTSIDE THE DISTRICT IN WHICH THEY |lVE. I

MR LI EMPHASISED THAT EACH CHILD COULD APPLY TO ONLY ONE SCHOOL OR HE WOULD FORFEIT THE RIGHT OF BEING GIVEN A DISCRETIONARY PLACE.

DISCRETIONARY PLACES ARE DIVIDED INTO TWO CATEGORIES: UNRESTRICTED DISCRETIONARY PLACES AND RESTRICTED DISCRETIONARY PLACES.

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UNRESTRICTED DISCRETIONARY PLACES MAKE UP 35 PER CENT OF PRIMARY ONE PLACES IN EACH SCHOOL. THEY WILL BE FILLED AT THE DISCRETION OF THE SCHOOL AND ARE NOT RESTRICTED TO CHILDREN LIVING In THE DISTRICT.

RESTRICTED DISCRETIONARY PLACES MAKE UP 30 PER CENT GF PRIMARY ONE PLACES IN EACH SCHOOL. THEY WILL ALSO BE FILLED AT THE DISCRETION OF THE SCHOOL BUT ARE RESTRICTED TO CHILDREN LIVING IN THE DISTRICT, MR LI SAID.

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TV HOME VIEWING GROUPS TO BE SET UP * * * *

EIGHTEEN DISTRICT TELEVISION HOME VIEWING GROUPS WILL BE SET UP IN HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES BY THE TELEVISION AUTHORITY.

THE FIRST THREE GROUPS WILL BE ESTABLISHED IN EASTERN, MONG KOK AND TSUEN WAN BY THE END OF NEXT MONTH.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, MR NIGEL WATT, TELEVISION AUTHORITY AND CHAIRMAN OF THE TELEVISION ADVISORY BOARD, SAID THAT THE MAIN FUNCTION OF THESE GROUPS wILL BE TO HELP THE BOARD KEEP IN TOUCH WITH PUBLIC ATTITUDES TOWARDS TELEVISION PROGRAMME AND ADVERTISING STANDARDS.

EACH DISTRICT HOME VIEWING GROUP WILL CONSIST OF ABOUT 23 MEMBERS, SELECTED FROM VARYING AGE AND INCOME BRACKETS WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE DISTRICT OFFICES.

GROUP MEMBERS WILL SERVE INITIALLY FOR ONE YEAR ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS, AND WILL BE ASKED TO COMPLETE QUESTIONNAIRES IN A DAILY-DIARY FORM OVER A SET PERIOD OF TIME, REFLECTING THEIR VIEWS ON PROGRAMME AND ADVERTISING STANDARDS.

TO CO-ORDINATE THE SCHEME, THE TELEVISION ADVISORY BOARD (UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 5(4) OF THE TELEVISION ORDINANCE) WILL APPOINT THREE TELEVISION ADVISORY PANELS, ONE EACH FOR HONG KONG ISLAND, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THESE ADVISORY PANELS, DESIGNED TO SERVE AS A LINK BETWEEN THE BOARD AND THE HOME VIEWING GROUPS, WILL INCLUDE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE HOME VIEwING GROUPS AND CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION IN THEIR MEMBERSHIP AND WILL BE CHAIRED BY UNOFFIC I AL MEMBERS OF THE TELEVISION ADVISORY BOARD.

MONDAY, JUNE 21, 1982

MANPOWER SURVEY OF THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY * * *

A major MANPOWER SURVEY OF HONG KONG’S ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY wILL BE CARRIED OUT BETWEEN JULY 5 AND 17 TO COLLECT INFORMATION ON TRAINING REQUIREMENTS.

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

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD, DR ANDREW CHUANG, SAID, +THIS SURVEY IS NEEDED IN VIEW OF THE RAPID GROWTH OF THE INDUSTRY AND THE MANY CHANGES SINCE THE ONE CONDUCTED TWO YEARS AGO. THE INFORMATION COLLECTED WILL BE HANDLED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND WILL BE PUBLISHED ONLY IN THE FORM OF STATISTICAL SUMMARIES WITHOUT REFERENCE TO ANY INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENT.

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

QUESTIONNAIRES AND EXPLANATORY LETTERS IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE WERE SENT TODAY TO THE ESTABLISHMENTS SELECTED BY STRATIFIED RANDOM SAMPLING.

EMPLOYERS ARE ASKED TO SUPPLY INFORMATION INCLUDING :

(I) THE NUMBER OF WORKERS EMPLOYED,

(II) THE NUMBER OF WORKERS UNDER TRAINING,

(III) THE NUMBER OF EXISTING VANCANCIES, AND

(IV) A FORECAST OF ADDITIONAL WORKERS IN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS.

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

WATER FIGURES * * *

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 56.0 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 323.540 MILLION CUBIC METRES, EQUIVALENT TO 221 DAYS’ CONSUMPTION.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 222.298 MILL 10b CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 38.5 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

MONDAY, JUNE 21, 1982

NOTE TO EDITORS;

NE* HEADQUARTERS FOR FIRE COMMAND * * *

THE NEW HONG KONG FIRE COMMAND HEADQUARTERS AND SHEUNG WAN DIVISIONAL FIRE STATION COMPLEX WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED BY THE CHIEF FIRE OFFICER 0c NEw TERRITORIES FIRE COMMAND, MR FRED JACKSON ON THURSDAY (JUNE 24) AT 13.30 AM.

THE $1(3-MILLION COMPLEX SITUATED AT THE SHEUNG WAN RECLAMATION AREA NEAR QUEEN’S STREET, WILL REPLACE THE OLD COMMAND HEADQUARTERS AT FIRE BRIGADE BUILDING WHICH WAS BUILT IN THE EARLY 1920S.

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE OPENING CEREMONY. THE DEPARTMENT’S SENIOR INFORMATION OFFICER WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST THE MEDIA.

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GOLD AWARD WINNER * * *

A SECOND-YEAR FULL-TIME DIPLOMA STUDENT STUDYING MECHANICAL ENGINEERING AT THE HAKING WONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, MR CHAN TAK-CHEE, HAS BECOME THE FIRST STUDENT FROM A TECHNICAL INSTITUTE TO RECEIVE A GOLD AWARD IN THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD SCHEME.

THE PRIZE *AS AMONG OTHER AWARDS UNDER THE SCHEME PRESENTED BY THE GOVERNOR SIR EDWARD YOUDE AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE TODAY (MONDAY).

MR CHAN JOINED THE SCHEME IN 1975 WHEN HE WAS STUDYING AT THE S.K.H. BISHOP MOK SAU TSENG SECONDARY SCHOOL. HE GAINED THE BRONZE AWARD IN 1977, THE SILVER AWARD IN 1978, AND THE BRONZE INSTRUCTOR QUALIFICATION IN 1979.

TO WIN THE GOLD AWARD, HE WAS REQUIRED TO DEMONSTRATE HIS ABILITY TO LIVE HARMONIOUSLY wITh OTHER PARTICIPANTS, PASS A PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST, COMPLETE A PROJECT ON A SUBJECT OF HIS CHOICE, COMPLETE AN EXPEDITION SUCCESSFULLY AND DISPLAY COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP.

TURNING MOVEMENT BANNED ON TIN CHIU STREET 4*4

FROM 13 AM ON THURSDAY (JUNE 24), VEHICLES TRAVELLING ALONG । IM CHIU STREET IN NORTH POINT WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TURN INTO THE EASTBOUND SECTION OF KING’S .ROAD.

MONDAY, JUNE 21, 1982

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.-RESH WATER CUTS IN NT AREAS * * *

FRESH wATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN AREAS IN SHEUNG SHU I, FANLING AND KWAI CHUNG IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVERAL HOURS ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE 23).

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO PREMISES IN SHA TAU KOK ROAD, FANLING ROUNDABOUT, SHA TAU KOK MARKET, LUEN WO MARKET, FU TEI PAI KWAN TEI 01 NG CHE, TAN CHUK HANG, TA KWU LING AND PING CHE ROAD IN SHEUNG SHU I AND FANLING WILL BE CUT OFF FOR itat-

ON WEDNESDAY TO 7 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY (JUNE 24) TO FACILITATE

MAINTENANCE WORK.

MEANWHILE, FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO THE AREA BOUNDED BY TAI wO HAU ROAD, WO TONG TSUI STREET, KWAI CHUNG ROAD AND CASTLE PEAK ROAD, INCLUDING MAN FONG STREET, KWONG FAI CIRCUIT, KWONG FAI LANE, YIU WING STREET, YIU WING LANE AND KIN HONG STREET IN KWAI CHUNG WILL BE CUT OFF FOR SIX-AND-A-HALF HOURS FROM 11.30 PM ON WEDNESDAY TO 6 AM ON THURSDAY TO FACILITATE A NIGHT LEAKAGE TEST.

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CLARINET MASTER-CLASS BY JOHN DENMAN

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CLARINETTIST JOHN DENMAN NOW PERFORMING AND CONDUCTING ’“TASTER-CLASSES IN CHINA AT THE INVITATION OF ITS MINISTRY OF CULTURE WILL STOP OVER IN HONG KONG ON HIS WAY BACK TO THE UNITED STATES.

UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE, HE WILL CONDUCT A CLARINET MASTER-CLASS AT 7.30 PM ON THURSDAY (JUNE 24) AT THE MUSIC OFFICE, QTH FLOOR, HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE.

HE WILL ALSO GIVE A SEMINAR ON THE TRAINING OF YOUTH BANDS ON MONDAY (JUNE 28) AT THE EAST KOWLOON MUSIC CENTRE, 100 TING FU ST., 2/F., YAN HAU MANSION, NGAU TAU KOK, KOWLOON.

THE MASTER-CLASS AND THE SEMINAR ARE OPEN FREE OF CHARGE TO THE PUBLIC.

JOHN DENMAN HAS PLAYED WITH MANY RENOWNED CONDUCTORS IN MOST CF BRITAIN’S GREAT ORCHESTRAS.

HE HAS APPEARED FREQUENTLY AS SOLOIST WITH VARIOUS ORCHESTRAS, BOTH LIVE AND ON THE B.E.C., AND HAS GIVEN MANY RECITALS IN LONDON’S PRESTIGIOUS WIGMORE HALL AND THE PURCELL ROOM.

IN 1981, HE WAS THE GUEST OF THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT FOR A MONTH-LONG RESIDENCY DURING WHICH HE PREMIERED A NUMBER OF WORKS UNKNOWN TO CHINESE AUDIENCES.

JOHN DENMAN IS PROFESSOR OF CLARINET AT THE UNIVERSITY OF AR I ZONA.

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MONDAY, JUNE 21, 1982

H . ' ' URBAN CLEARwAY ON CASTLE PEAK ROAD

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THE EASTBOUND SECTION OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD BETWEEN KOWLOON ROAD AND TAI PC ROAD IN SHAM SHU I PO WILL BE DESIGNATED AS AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (JUNE 24).

WITHIN THE CLEARWAY, ALL VEHICLES OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES wILL BE PROHIBITED FROM STOPPING FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND -ROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY.

THE SAME PROHIBITION WILL APPLY TO PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES BETWEEN 7 AM AND 12 MIDNIGHT DAILY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HONG KONG CONGRATULATES PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF ..ALES .... 1

DUKE AND DUCHESS OF KENT TO VISIT HONG KONG............... 1

LABOUR LAW OFFENCES ...................................... 2

MAY CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES UP TWO POINTS ................. 3

EXTENSIVE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME ......................... 5

EVENING COURSES FOR ADULTS ............................... 6

DRAGON BOAT RACES IN EASTERN DISTRICT .................... 7

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR DRAGON BOAT RACES IN YAU MA TEI AND TAI PO ................................................... 8

POST OFFICES TO CLOSE ON HOLIDAYS ........................ 8

YUEN CHAU TSAI ROADS TO OPEN ON THURSDAY ................. 9

HOflKEY COURSES ......................................... 10

SSPA SECTION MOVES TO NEW OFFICE ........................ 10

STRAVINSKY CENTENARY CELEBRATION CONCERT ................ 11

TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 1982

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HONG KONG CONGRATULATES PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES M * * M

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, HAS SENT A MESSAGE OF CONGRATULATIONS ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG TO THE PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES ON THE BIRTH OF THEIR SON.

THE MESSAGE, SENT THROUGH THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS, MR FRANCIS PYM, READSt

♦GRATEFUL IF YOU WOULD CONVEY TO THEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES THE PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES THE CONGRATULATIONS AND WARM GOOD WISHES OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG ON THE BIRTH OF THEIR SON.4

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DUKE AND DUCHESS OF KENT TO VISIT HONG KONG * * * M

™E,R R0YAL HIGHNESSES THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF KENT WILL VISIT HONG KONG IN THE LAST WEEK OF OCTOBER. THE DUKE WILL OPEN THE FAR EAST AND SOUTH PACIFIC PARAPLEGIC GAMES AND UNVEIL A PLAQUE AT THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE. IN WHICH THE GAMES WILL BE THE FIRST EVENT. HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS WILL ALSO INAUGURATE THE PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL AT SHA TIN.

THE DUKE AND DUCHESS WILL CARRY OUT SEVERAL OTHER PUBLIC ENGAGEMENTS AND WILL DINE WITH UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS.

THE DUKE, AS COLONEL OF THE SCOTS GUARDS, WILL VISIT THE FIRST BATTALION, AND THE DUCHESS, WHO IS COLONEL-IN-CHIEF OF THE ARMY CATERING CORPS AND CONTROLLER COMMANDANT, WOMEN’S ROYAL ARMY CORPS, WILL MEET MEMBERS OF BOTH CORPS.

FULL DETAILS OF THE ROYAL VISIT WILL BE ISSUED NEARER THE TIME.

NOTE TO EDITORS*

THE FOLLOWING IS A BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE AND BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS*

THE 46-YEAR-OLD DUKE IS NO STRANGER TO HONG KONG. IN 1952, HE ACCOMPANIED HIS MOTHER, PRINCESS MARINA, DUCHESS OF KENT, ON F€R FAR EASTERN TOUR, WHICH INCLUDED HONG KONG.

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS ALSO SPENT MORE THAN A YEAR HERE FROM NOVEMBER 1*62 TO DECEMBER 1963 ON REGIMENTAL DUTIES WITH THE ROYAL SCOTS GREYS. HIS LAST VISIT TO HONG KONG WAS IN JUNE 1979.

BORN ON OCTOBER 9, 1935, HE WAS EDUCATED AT ETON AND AT LE ROSEY IN SWITZERLAND. ON LEAVING SCHOOL IN 1953 HE DECIDED TO MAKE THE ARMY HIS CAREER.

HE GRADUATED FROM THE ROYAL MILITARY ACADEMY, SANDHURST, IN 1955 AND JOINED THE ROYAL SCOTS GREYS. HE SERVED WITH HIS REGIMENT AT HOME AND OVERSEAS, AND ATTENDED THE ARMY STAFF COLLEGE COURSE, CAMBERLEY, IN 1966.

HE SUBSEQUENTLY HELD A STAFF APPOINTMENT AT EASTERN COMMAND HEADQUARTERS IN ENGLAND AND IN 1970 TOOK COMMAND OF A SQUADRON OF HIS REGIMENT SERVING IN CYPRUS AS PART OF THE UNITED NATIONS FORCE.

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS RETIRED FROM THE ARMY AT HIS OWN REQUEST IN APRIL 1976 TO TAKE UP THE APPOINTMENT OF VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE BRITISH OVERSEAS TRADE BOARD.

AS VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE BOTB, THE DUKE HAS BECOME THE FIRST MEMBER OF THE ROYAL FAMILY TO BE INVOLVED WITH THE DAY-TO-DAY AFFAIRS OF BRITISH INDUSTRY. HE SHOULDERS WIDE RESPONSIBILITIES, REPRESENTING THE BOARD BOTH OVERSEAS PROMOTING EXPORTS AND AT FREQUENT MEETINGS WITH BRITISH BUSINESS AND INDUSTRIAL FIRMS.

IN JUNE 1961, THE DUKE MARRIED MISS KATHARINE WORSLEY IN YORK MINSTER. THEY HAVE THREE CHILDREN.

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LABOUR LAW OFFENCES * * * *

OF THE 878 PROSECUTIONS TAKEN OUT BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT LAST MONTH FOR BREACHES OF LABOUR LAWS, 862 RESULTED IN CONVICTION, WITH FINES TOTALLING $829 000.

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 PERSONS (INDUSTRY) REGULATIONS.

CASES CONCERNING VIOLATIONS OF SAFETY REGULATIONS TOTALLED 308, WITH $482 950 IN FINES. THESE INCLUDED 180 CASES (WITH $258 850 IN FINES) FOR BREACH OF THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (GUARDING AND OPERATION OF MACHINERY) REGULATIONS AND 58 CASES (WITH $143 100 IN FINES) FOR BREACH OF THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS.

CASES RELATING TO BREACHES OF THE WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS (INDUSTRY) REGULATIONS TOTALLED 463, WITH $256 725 IN FINES.

OF THE OTHER PROSECUTIONS, 20 CASES WERE RELATED TO FAILURE TO KEEP RECORDS OF EMPLOYEES, LEADING TO $14 050 IN FINES.

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VIAY CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES UP TWO POINTS * * * *

THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) AND CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (B) FOR MAY 1982 -ERE BOTH 129, EACH BEING TWO POINTS OR 1.6 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THE INDEXES FOR THE PRECEDING MONTH, THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT REPORTED TODAY (TUESDAY).

COMPARED WITH MAY 1981, THE C.P.I. (A) INCREASED BY 13 POINTS OR 11.2 PER CENT AND C.P.I. (B) BY 14 POINTS OR 12.2 PER CENT.

DURING THE MONTH, FOOD PRICES, ESPECIALLY THOSE OF FRESH VEGETABLES AND PORK, CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR PRICES, TRANSPORT FEES AND CHARGES FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT WERE HIGHER. ON THE OTHER HAND, ELECTRICITY RATES WERE LOWER.

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 S6 499 A MONTH.

THE INDEXES FOR MAY 1982 IN RESPECT OF THE NINE COMMODITY/ SERVICE SECTIONS IN THE TWO CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES ARE GIVEN BELOW, TOGETHER WITH THOSE FOR APRIL 1982 AND MAY 1981.

(OCTOBER 1979 TO SEPTEMBER 1980 AVERAGE - 100)

C.P .1. (A) C.P. 1 . (B)

SECTION MAY 81 APR. 82 MAY 82 MAY 81 APR. 82 MAY 82

FOODSTUFFS 116 129 133 116 130 133

HOUSING 112 124 124 112 124 124

FUEL AND LIGHT 135 138 133 136 139 134

ALCOHOL IC DRINKS AND TOBACCO( FOR HOME CONSUMPTION) 111 124 124 110 123 123

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR 115 128 131 115 129 132

DURABLE GOODS 108 108 109 108 110 111

MISCELLANEOUS GOODS 108 121 121 108 117 118

TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES 129 137 139 126 134 138

SERVICES 115 131 133 115 130 132

ALL ITEMS 116 127 129 115 127 129

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THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS INCREASED BY FOUR POINTS IN C.P.I. (A) AND BY 3 POINTS IN C.P.I. (B). RISES WERE RECORDED IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH VEGETABLES OWING TO REDUCED SUPPLY FROM LOCAL AND CHINA SOURCES. THIS WAS MAINLY DUE TO THE HEAVY RAINSTORMS IN HONG KONG AND GUANGDONG.

THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF PORK ALSO WENT UP OWING TO IRREGULAR SUPPLY FROM CHINA, WHEN TRAIN SERVICES IN GUANGDONG WERE DISRUPTED BY SERIOUS FLOODING.

INCREASES WERE ALSO REGISTERED IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH FRUIT.

THE EFFECT OF THE MOVEMENTS IN THE RETAIL PRICES OF OTHER FOOD ITEMS ON THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS WAS INSIGNIFICANT.

LOWER CHARGES FOR ELECTRICITY AND LOWER PRICES FOR KEROSENE BROUGHT THE INDEX FOR FUEL AND LIGHT DOWN BY FIVE POINTS IN BOTH C.P. I. (A) AND C.P. I. (B).

THE INDEX FOR CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR INCREASED BY THREE POINTS EACH IN C.P.I. (A) AND C.P.I. (B) AS A RESULT OF HIGHER PRICES FOR SUMMER OUTER-CLOTHING WHICH CAME ONTO THE MARKET DURING THE MONTH.

THE ONE POINT INCREASE IN THE INDEX FOR DURABLE GOODS IN BOTH C.P.I. (A) AND C.P.I. (B) WAS ATTRIBUTABLE TO HIGHER PRICES FOR ELECTRICAL CONSUMER GOODS.

THE INDEX FOR MISCELLANEOUS GOODS WENT UP BY ONE POINT IN C.P.I. (B) BECAUSE OF HIGHER PRICES FOR SOFT FURNISHINGS, BOOKS AND PERIODICALS.

THE INDEX FOR TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES INCREASED BY TWO POINTS IN C.P.I. (A) AND BY FOUR POINTS IN C.P.I. (E) FOLLOWING HIGHER PRICES FOR GASOLINE AND MOTOR VEHICLES, INCREASED VEHICLE LICENCE FEES AND HIGHER M.T.R. FARES. THESE INCREASES WERE PARTLY OFFSET BY DECREASES IN SOME PUBLIC LIGHT BUS FARES, CAUSED BY THE OPENING OF THE M.T.R. TSUEN WAN ROUTE DURING THE MONTH.

THE TWO-POINT INCREASE IN THE INDEX FOR SERVICES WAS MAINLY DUE TO HIGHER CHARGES FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT, CINEMA ENTERTAINMENT AND PACKAGED TOURS.

PRICE MOVEMENTS IN OTHER SECTIONS WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

DETAILS OF THESE PRICE MOVEMENTS ARE GIVEN IN THE +CONSUMER PRICE INDEX REPORT+ FOR MAY 1982, WHICH IS NOW AVAILABLE AT S3 PER COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE, HONG KONG.

TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 1982

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EXTENSIVE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME * * *

A PROGRAMME OF MORE THAN 8 OOO RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNGSTERS DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS WILL BE LAUNCHED THIS SATURDAY (JUNE 26).

THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON DAVID AKERS-JONES, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE LAUNCHING CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM, WAN CHAI.

HE WILL BE JOINED BY OTHER DISTINGUISHED GUESTS AT THE CEREMONY INCLUDING MR LAMSON KWOK, STEWARD OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB; MR HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL; MR GRAHAM BARNES, REGIONAL SECRETARY (HONG KONG AND KOWLOON); MR Y.F. HUI, DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE; MR BARRIE WIGGHAM, COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE AND MR F. DE S. OZOR10, CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR YOUTH RECREATION.

ALSO ATTENDING WILL BE 500 GUESTS FROM GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND CHAIRMEN OF VARIOUS DISTRICT YOUTH RECREATION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEES AND SOME 1 500 YOUTHS FROM ALL OVER HONG KONG.

THE CEREMONY WILL BE FOLLOWED BY AN HOUR-LONG ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME FEATURING A CONCERT BY THE MUSIC OFFICE SYMPHONIC BAND, A MODERN DANCE PERFORMANCE ARRANGED BY THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE, A CHORAL PERFORMANCE BY THE WONG TAI SIN CHILDREN’S CHOIR AND A CHINESE CLASSICAL DANCE BY THE BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ CLUBS ASSOCIATION.

GUESTS AND PARTICIPANTS WILL ALSO BE TREATED TO A TELEMATCH ARRANGED BY THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE AND THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND A CYCLING DISPLAY ARRANGED BY THE HONG KONG CYCLING ASSOCIATION.

THE MAJORITY OF THE ACTIVITIES IN THIS YEAR’S PROGRAMME ARE RECREATIONAL AND SPORTING IN NATURE AIMED AT HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE TO DEVELOP THEIR SKILLS AND INTERESTS AND TO GIVE THEM VALUABLE EXPERIENCE IN GROUP LIVING AND COMMUNITY SERVICE.

SPECIAL EMPHASIS HAS ALSO BEEN PLACED ON ACTIVITIES WHICH ATTRACT AND ENCOURAGE MORE PART IC IPAT ION BY WORKING YOUTHS.

THE ANNUAL SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME IS CO-ORDINATED BY THE CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR YOUTH RECREATION. ITS MEMBERSHIP COMPRISES REPRESENTATIVES OF THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB (CHARITIES) LTD., THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE, RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT, SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

THE JOCKEY CLUB HAS BEEN THE MAIN SUPPORTER OF THE PROGRAMME SINCE 1<»69. LAST YEAR, IT DONATED S4 MILLION TO THE PROGRAMME.

THIS YEAR, THE CLUB HAS INCREASED ITS DONATION TO 55.5 MILLION. OF THIS SUM, 51.5 MILLION ARE FOR PERMANENT FACILITIES FOR YOUTH RECREATION.

NOTE TO NEWS EDITORS:

THE LAUNCHING OF THE PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES FOR THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WILL BE OFFICIATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON DAVID AKERS-JONES AT 2 PM THIS SATURDAY (JUNE 26.) AT QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM IN WAN CHAI.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE EVENT. G.I.S. OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST NEDIA REPRESENTATIVES.

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EVENING COURSES FOR ADULTS * * *

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ADULT EDUCATION SECTION IS INVITING APPLICANTS TO TAKE PART IN VARIOUS EVENING COURSES WHICH WILL COMMENCE IN SEPTEMBER.

THESE COURSES INCLUDE HIGHER CHINESE STUDIES, TEACHERS’ COURSES, ENGLISH COURSE, SECONDARY SCHOOL COURSE, GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL COURSE FOR ADULTS, ADULT EDUCATION COURSE (GENERAL BACKGROUND) AND ADULT EDUCATION COURSES (PRACTICAL BACKGROUND).

APPLICATION FORMS FOR ALL COURSES (EXCEPT THOSE OF THE ENGLISH COURSE AND THE EVENING SCHOOL OF HIGHER CHINESE STUDIES) ARE AVAILABLE FROM NOW TO JULY 16 AT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS, ITS SUB-OFFICE AT KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION AT MA TAU KOK ROAD, KOWLOON, OR ANY CF THE FOLLOWING SCHOOLS:-

HONG KONG: QUEEN’S COLLEGE, KING’S COLLEGE, HENNESSY ROAD AND NORTH POINT GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOLS, AND SHAU KEI WAN GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL.

KOWLOON: QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL, TONG MEI ROAD, KAI TAK AND KWUN TONG GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOLS.

THE NEW TERRITORIES: HOI PA STREET AND TAI PO GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND HEUNG YEE KUK YUEN LONG DISTRICT SECONDARY SCHOOL.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE ALSO OBTAINABLE FROM THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY COUNTER OF THE VARIOUS DISTRICT OFFICES.

COMPLETED FORMS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT MA TAU KOK ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 4/F, 1 MA TAU KOK ROAD, KOWLOON ON THE DATES SPECIFIED ON THE RESPECTIVE APPLICATION FORMS.

TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 1982

DRAGON BOAT RACES IN EASTERN DISTRICT

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THREE SEPARATE DRAGON BOAT RACES X ILL BE HELD IN CAUSEWAY BAY, ALDRICH BAY, AND THE CARGO HANDLING BASIN IN CHAI WAN FROM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO FRIDAY.

ALL THREE EVENTS ARE BEING ORGANISED BY LOCAL ORGANISATIONS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD.

THE CHAI wAN EVENT, ORGANISED BY THE CHAI WAN FISHERMEN’S RECREATION CLUB, * ILL BEGIN AT 1 PM TOMORROW AND WILL BE HELD NEXT TO THE CHA I WAN FERRY PIER.

NINE FULL-SIZED DRAGON BOATS FROM VARIOUS DISTRICTS WILL TAKE PART TOGETHER WITH SIX TEAMS FROM GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND THE MILITARY SERVICE.

THE CAUSEWAY BAY TYPHOON SHELTER MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE WILL ALSO ORGANISE A RACE AT THE TYPHOON SHELTER ON THURSDAY. THIS EVENT WILL BEGIN AT 12 NOON AND NINE DRAGON BOATS WILL TAKE PART.

THE MOST GRANDIOSE OF ALL THREE RACES IN THE DISTRICT WILL BE HELD AT ALDRICH BAY TYPHOON SHELTER IN SHAU KEI WAN ON FRIDAY.

THE RACE IS BEING ORGANISED BY THE FISHERMEN SOCIETY OF HONG KONG AND WILL BEGIN AT 1 PM.

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY (HONG KONG AND KOWLOON), MR GRAHAM BARNES, WILL OFFICIATE DURING THE OCCASION AND PRESENT TROPHIES TO THE WINNING TEAMS.

TWELVE FULL-SIZED AND THREE MEDIUM-SIZED DRAGON BOATS FROM ABERDEEN, TSING Yl, CHA KWO LING, SAI KUNG, SHAU KEI WAN, CHAI wAN, AND CAUSEWAY BAY WILL TAKE PART IN THE EVENT.

THE PIPES AND DRUMS OF THE SECOND BATTALION OF THE SEVENTH DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S OWN GURKHA RIFLES WILL PERFORM AT THE OCCASION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER ALL THREE DRAGON BOAT RACES. THE FINAL RACE AND THE PRESENTATION OF TROPHIES AT ALDRICH BAY WILL TAKE PLACE AFTER 3.30 PM ON FRIDAY.

TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 1982

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR DRAGON BOAT RACES IN YAU MA TEI AND TA I RO

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SI- Cl AL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN YAU MA TEI AND TAI PO ON FRIDAY (JUNE 25) FOR THE DRAGON BOAT RACES.

IN YAU MA TEI, MAN CHEONG STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC FROM 12.01 AM TO 6 PM.

TRAFFIC HEADING FOR MAN SHING STREET AREA FROM SAIGON STREET WESTBOUND OR FERRY STREET SOUTHBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED VIA JORDAN ROAD -ERRY CONCOURSE, FERRY STREET NORTHBOUND AND MAN YING STREET.

PARKING SPACES ON MAN CHEONG STREET, THE WESTERN HALF OF MAN wAI STREET AND THE CAR PARK ADJACENT TO JORDAN ROAD VEHICULAR FERRY PIER WILL ALL BE CLOSED FROM 9 AM TO 6 PM.

IN TAI PO, THE ACCESS ROAD TO PLOVER COVE RESERVOIR DAM WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 6 AM TO 6 PM.

DURING THE CLOSURE, PARKING SPACES ALONG THE ACCESS ROAD WILL BE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED.

AT THE SAME TIME, BICYCLES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE CYCLE TRACK ON TING KOK ROAD BETWEEN TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE AND TAI MEI TUK.

VISITORS TO THESE AREAS ARE ADVISED TO TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORT. THE FREQUENCY OF KMB ROUTE 75 (TAI PO MARKET - TA I MEI TUK) AND ROUTE 70 (JORDAN ROAD FERRY - TAI PO/SHEUNG SHU I) WILL BE INCREASED.

POST OFFICES TO CLOSE ON HOLIDAYS X X X x

ALL POST OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED AND THERE WILL BE NO MAIL DELIVERY ON THE TWO GENERAL HOLIDAYS ON FRIDAY (JUNE 25), AND ON THURSDAY (JULY 1), THE POSTMASTER GENERAL ANNOUNCED TODAY.

THE OFFICES OF THE MARINE DEPARTMENT WILL ALSO BE CLOSED ON FRIDAY (JUNE 25), BUT A NUMBER OF CARGO WORKING AREAS AND THE MACAU PERRY TERMINAL WILL BE OPEN.

OPEN CONTINUOUSLY WILL BE THE TSUEN WAN PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREA AND THE MACAU FERRY TERMINAL.

OPEN FROM 7 AM TO 11 PM WILL BE THE FOLLOWING °UBLIC CARGO WORKING AREAS — WAN CHAI, YAU MA TEI, KWUN TONG, WESTER1 DISTRICT AND RAMBLER CHANNEL.

TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 1982

YUEN CHAU TSAI ROADS TO OPEN ON THURSDAY * * *

THE ROADS AND BRIDGES FORMING PART OF AN INTERCHANGE AT YUEN CHAU TSAI, BESIDE ISLAND HOUSE IN TAI PO NEW TOWN WILL BE OPENED ON THURSDAY (JUNE 24).

THE 3DOJECT, WHICH TOOK NEARLY 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE, IS PART OF THE CONTINUING DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME OF THE TAI PO NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF the NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

MR JOHN DON, THE DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT, SAID TODAY THAT IT WOULD PROVIDE A GRADE-SEPARATED CROSSING OF TAI PO ROAD AND THE RAILWAY, THUS ELIMINATING THE EXISTING LEVEL CROSSING IN ANTICIPATION OF THE ELECTRIFICATION AND MODERNISATION OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY.

THE OPENING OF THE GRADE-SEPARATED CROSSING SHOULD EASE THE TRAFFIC CONGESTION ON THIS SECTION OF TAI PO ROAD, HE SAID.

♦TRAFFIC WILL NO LONGER BE SUBJECTED TO DELAYS FOLLOWING THE REMOVAL OF THE EXISTING LEVEL CROSS I NG.+

MR DON SAID THE PROJECT, COSTING ABOUT $65 MILLION, FORMED PART OF THE $603 MILLION-PLUS SHA TIN-TAI PO COASTAL TRUNK ROAD NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

♦THE SEVEN-KILOMETRE DUAL THREE-LANE COASTAL HIGHWAY, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN 1984, WILL RUN FROM THE NORTHERN END OF SHA TIN NEW TOWN TO TAI PO NEW TOWN AND WILL EVENTUALLY FORM PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR TRUNK ROAD SYSTEM,* HE SAID.

MEANWHILE A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ALSO ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THE NORTH BOUND SECTION OF TAI PO ROAD AT THE LEVEL CROSSING IN YUEN CHAU TSAI, WOULD BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10.30 AM ON THURSDAY (JUNE 24).

THE EAST BOUND SECTION WILL ALSO BE CLOSED rROM 1.30 PM THE SAME DAY.

FOLLOWING THE CLOSURE, TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA NEWLY COMPLETED OVERHEAD BRIDGES.

TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 1982

HOCKEY COURSES * * *

THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE (RSS) OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG HOCKEY ASSOCIATION *ILL JOINTLY ORGANIZE TWO HOCKEY TRAINING COURSES FOR BOYS AND GIRLS AGED BETWEEN 14 AND 19.

THE COURSES WILL BE HELD AT THE KING’S PARK HOCKEY GROUND EVERY SATURDAY AND SUNDAY FROM JULY 24 TO AUGUST 22.

THOSE INTERESTED ARE URGED TO SUBMIT THEIR APPLICATION TO THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE HEADQUARTERS, 111 CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, 11/F., WING ON CENTRE, HONG KONG.

VACANCIES FOR EACH COURSE ARE LIMITED TO 40 AND ADMISSION TO THE COURSES WILL BE ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

EQUIPMENT WILL BE PROVIDED BY RSS. THE ENTRY FEE IS S3-

FURTHER ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE BY DIALLING 5-458511.

SSPA SECTION MOVES TO NEW OFFICE * * *

THE SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES ALLOCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL MOVE TO A NEW OFFICE IN QUEEN'S ROAD EAST TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

THE NEW ADDRESS OF THE SECTION, WHICH WAS FORMERLY SITUATED AT THE VICTORIA BARRACKS, IS LUI KEE EDUCATION SERVICES CENTRE, FIFTH FLOOR, 269 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG. ITS NEw TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 5-8912200.

TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 1982

STRAVINSKY CENTENARY CELEBRATION CONCERT

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THE MUSIC OFT ICE AND RTHK WILL JOINTLY PRESENT A STRAVINSKY CENTENARY CELEBRATION CONCERT ON SUNDAY (JUNE 27) AT 3 PM IN THE SHOUSON THEATRE OF THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE.

THE PERFORMERS WILL INCLUDE MARGARET LYNN OF THE LINGNAN COLLEGE, AND MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONIC BAND, HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA AND THE HONG KONG CHAMBER ORCHESTRA.

THE PROGRAMME WILL FEATURE ’FANFARE FOR A NEW THEATRE’, PLAYED BY CHIU KAI-KEUNG AND CHAN TAM-SUN (TRUMPET SOLOISTS)-’SONATA FOR PIANO’ WILL BE PLAYED BY MARGARET LYNN- ’DUO CONCERTANTE’ BY BENEDICT CRUFT (ASSOCIATE CONCERTMASTER OF THE HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA) ACCOMPANIED BY GABRIEL KWOK.

OTHER PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS WILL INCLUDE A PERFORMANCE OF THE ’SUITE ITALIENNE’ PLAYED BY THE DISTINGUISHED FRENCH PIANIST, MONIQUE DUPHIL, WITH CELLIST JAY HUMESTON, ’THREE PIECES FOR SOLO CLARINET’ BY NORMAN FOSTER- THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONIC BAND WILL PERFORM THE ’OCTET FOR WIND INSTRUMENTS’ CONDUCTED BY FUNG WING-KIT, AND THE ’DUMBARTON OAKS’ CONCERTO IN E FLAT WILL BE °LAYED BY THE HONG KONG CHAMBER ORCHESTRA UNDER THE DIRECTION OF DAN SILVER.

IGOR STRAVINSKY WAS BORN IN 1882, THE SON OF A DISTINGUISHED BASS SOLOIST OF THE IMPERIAL RUSSIAN OPERA. THE GREATEST INFLUENCE DURING THE EARLY YEARS OF HIS LIFE WAS FROM THE RUSSIAN COMPOSER, RIMSKY KORSAKOV, UNDER WHOM HE STUDIED.

STRAVINSKY’S WORKS CAN BE DIVIDED INTO THREE PRINCIPAL PERIODS, RUSSIAN, NEO-CLASSICAL AND SERIAL. EACH PERIOD HAS A DISTINCT DEVELOPMENT, FAR REMOVED FROM EACH OTHER. STRAVINSKY’S EARLY COMPOSITIONS INCLUDED MANY BALLET SCORES, COMMISSIONED BY SERGEI DIAGHILEV FOR THE RUSSIAN BALLET IN PARIS. THESE INCLUDE ’THE FIREBIRD’, ’PULCINELLA’ AND ’PETRUSHKA’. PERHAPS HIS MOST CONTROVERSIAL WORK WAS ’THE RITE OF SPRING’, WHICH WHEN FIRST PERFORMED, RECEIVED VIOLENT CRITICISM AS BEING TOO ’AVANT-GARDE’ FOR ITS TIME.

AFTER LEAVING EUROPE, STRAVINSKY SETTLED IN AMERICA AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR, WHERE HIS MAJOR COMPOSITIONS INCLUDED THE ’SYMPHONY IN THREE MOVEMENTS’, AND HIS LONGEST COMPOSITION, THE OPERA ’THE RAKE’S PROGRESS’. IN HIS LATER LIFE, STRAVINSKY’S MUSICAL STYLE WAS INFLUENCED BY SER I AL ISM, WHICH IS REFLECTED IN HIS LAST COMPOSITIONS, INCLUDING ’REQUIEM CATICLES’.

TICKETS AT i5, SID AND 320 ARE NOW AVILABLE FROM THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE BOX OFFICE, AND ALL MUSIC CENTRES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE.

ENQUIRIES ON THE CONCERT MAY BE MADE ON TELEPHONE ^-283257.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 1982

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STANDING COMMISSION REPORT NO. 8 ACCEPTED ..................... 1

COMPUTERISED AUTOMATIC MESSAGE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM FOR KAI tak ........................................................... 2

GROWING DEMAND FOR PUBLIC WORKS ............................... 3

SPECIAL CaR NUMBERS FOR AUCTION ............................... 5

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD ................... 5

CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPANTMPNT RECRUITMENT DRIVE............. 6

FESTIVAL SPIRIT PERSISTS DESPITE RAIN ......................... 7

CHILDREN'S TENNIS COURSES ..................................... 7

SPORTS PRIZES FOR SHA TIN PUPILS .............................. 8

TRAM ONLY LANES ON KING'S ROAD ................................ 8

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 1982

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S"> AND I NG COMMISSION REPORT NO. 8 ACCEPTED *****

THE GC'ERNMEQT ANNOUNCED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) ITS ACCEPTANCE OF ALL THE RECOMMENDATIONS IN REPORT NO. 8 OF THE STANDING COMMISSION ON CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE. THIS REPORT COVERS EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION BENCHMARKS, GRADES WITH STUDENT RANKS AND LONG SERVICE INCREMENTS.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION BENCHMARKS ARE USED TO SET THE STARTING PAY OF MOST CIVIL SERVICE JOBS.

FOLLOWING A STUDY OF LEVELS OF STARTING PAY IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR THE COMMISSION HAS FOUND THAT WITH ONE EXCEPTION THE EXISTING BENCHMARKS ARE APPROPRIATE.

THE EXCEPTION IS THE BENCHMARK ENTRY POINT FOR MATRICULATION WHICH THE COMMISSION HAS RECOMMENDED SHOULD BE REDUCED FROM POINT 16 ($3 930) TO POINT 14 ($3 460) OF THE MASTER PAY SCALE. AS A RESULT, THE STARTING PAY OF 16 MATRICULATION GRADES WILL BE LOWERED BY ABOUT $470.

IN ADDITION, THE COMMISSION HAS RECOMMENDED THE INTRODUCTION OF BENCHMARK ENTRY POINTS FOR GRADES REQUIRING A POLYTECHNIC HIGHER DIPLOMA (MPS 17 ($4 165)) OR A POLYTECHNIC DIPLOMA (MPS 14 ($3 460)). THIS REFLECTS THE INCREASING EXTENT TO WHICH THE CIVIL SERVICE IS RECRUITING GRADUATES FROM THE POLYTECHNIC.

THE COMMISSION HAS ALSO RECOMMENDED IMPORTANT CHANGES FOR CIVIL SERVICE GRADES WHICH AT PRESENT ARE CLASSIFIED AS GRADES WITH STUDENT RANKS. THESE INCLUDE GRADES SUCH AS NURSES AND LABORATORY TECHNICIANS.

IN THE FIRST PLACE STUDENTS WILL BE PAID FROM A NEW TRAINING PAY SCALE WHICH TAKES ACCOUNT OF THE FACT THAT THEY ARE TRAINEES. SECONDLY THE PAY AND STRUCTURE OF THE POST-TRAINING RANKS wILL GENERALLY BE DETERMINED AFTER TAKING ACCOUNT OF THE STANDARD ACHIEVED BY THE TRAINEES ON COMPLETION OF TRAINING, THE EXTENT TO WHICH THIS COMPARES WITH POLYTECHNIC QUALIFICATIONS AND, WHERE APPROPRIATE, THE NEW POLYTECHNIC BENCHMARKS. AS A RESULT, THE STARTING PAY OF 25 RANKS WILL BE LOWERED BUT AT THE SAME TIME THE MAXIMUM PAY OF ALMOST ALL FIRST RANKS IN THIS GROUP WILL BE RAISED TO PROVIDE A MORE REALISTIC PAY RANGE.

IN THE CASE OF LONG SERVICE INCREMENTS, THE COMMISSION HAS CONCLUDED THAT THERE IS NO JUSTIFICATION FOR ANY EXTENSION OF THE EXISTING ARRANGEMENTS WHICH LIMIT THE PROVISION OF SUCH INCREMENTS TO THE JUNIOR RANKS OF THE DISCIPLINED SERVICES.

COPIES OF REPORT NO. 8 ARE ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES CENTRE AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 1982

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COMPUTERISED AUTOMATIC MESSAGE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM FOR KAI TAK

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A CONTRACT, VALUED AT ABOUT $9 MILLION, HAS BEEN PLACED ON BEHALF OF THE C i >/ I u AVIATION DEPARTMENT BY CABLE AND WIRELESS (HONG KONG) LTD. FOR THE SUPPLY, INSTALLATION AND COMMISSIONING OF A COMPUTER-BASED AUTOMATIC MESSAGE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM FOR HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

THE EQUIPMENT SUPPLIER IS THOMSON - C.S.F. TELEPHONE OF FRANCE WITH I NFA CORPORATION LTD. AS ITS LOCAL AGENT.

THE NEW SYSTEM WILL REPLACE THE EXISTING ELECTRO-MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT WHICH HAS BEEN IN OPERATION SINCE 1963, AND HAS IN RECENT YEARS BECOME INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT AND COSTLY TO MAINTAIN, DUE TO ITS OBSOLESCENCE AND LACK OF SPARE PARTS.

THE AUTOMATIC MESSAGE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM FORMS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF AN INTEGRATED WORLDWIDE NETWORK OF COMMUNICATION CIRCUITS, SET UP BY THE INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION ORGANISATION, TO FACILITATE THE EXCHANGE OF AVIATION RELATED TELEGRAPHIC MESSAGES BETWEEN AIRPORTS, NECESSARY TO ENSURE THE SAFE, REGULAR, EFFICIENT, AND ECONOMICAL OPERATION OF AIR SERVICES.

MESSAGES CONVEYED OVER THIS NETWORK INCLUDE FLIGHT PLANS, FLIGHT CO-ORDINATION MESSAGES, AIRCRAFT POSITION REPORTS, METEOROLOGICAL. REPORTS ETC.

IN ADDITION TO ITS MAIN FUNCTION OF MESSAGE SWITCHING, THE NEW SYSTEM WILL ALSO PROVIDE MANY EXTRA AUTOMATIC FUNCTIONS AT PRESENT PERFORMED BY OPERATORS.

AMONG THEM ARE THE AUTOMATIC COMPILATION AND DISSEMINATION OF METEOROLOGICAL DATA BULLETINS. THE SYSTEM wILL ALSO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE USEFUL STATISTICS ON THE MESSAGE TRAFFIC HANDLED.

BESIDES GAINING THE APPARENT BENEFIT OF A REDUCTION IN THE OPERATIONAL STAFF DUE TO AUTOMATION, THE REPLACEMENT SYSTEM WILL IMPROVE ON AND STREAMLINE THE PRESENT OPERATION.

THE NEW SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO BE FULLY OPERATIONAL IN EARLY 1984.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 1982

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GROWING DEMAND FOR PUBLIC WORKS * * * *

. ; . -J < (CATION OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT INTO

THE LANDS ND .. <3 BRANCH IN APRIL WAS NECESSARY TO COPE WITH THE GROWING DEMHD FOR BOTH PUBLIC WORKS AND LAND DEVELOPMENT IN RECENT YEARS.

THIS WAS EXPLAINED BY THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, MR N.K. CHAN, IN A LUNCHEON TALK TODAY TO MEMBERS OF THE BUILDING CONTRACTORS’ ASSOCIATION.

HE SAID THE RESTRUCTURING OF GOVERNMENT INVOLVED THE ABOLITION OF THE ENVIRONMENT BRANCH AND THE CREATION OF A LANDS AND WORKS BRANCH AND A TRANSPORT BRANCH.

IT ALSO CREATED A NEW LANDS DEPARTMENT, THE UPGRADING OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT, ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT, NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT AND WATER SUPPLIES INTO FULLY AUTONOMOUS DEPARTMENTS.

+THE OVERRIDING AIM OF THIS RESTRUCTURING IS TO PROVIDE EFFECTIVE CENTRAL AUTHORITIES WITH RESPONSIBILITY FOR OVERALL POLICY AND CONTROL FOR LAND AND DEVELOPMENT ON THE ONE HAND AND TRANSPORT ON THE OTHER HAND,+ MR CHAN SAID.

THE LANDS AND WORKS BRANCH HAS THE POLICY RESPONSIBILITY FOR ALL LANDS AND WORKS FUNCTION AND IS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR MONITORING THE PERFORMANCE OF THE FIVE INDEPENDENT DEPARTMENTS AND THE FREE-STANDING URBAN AREA DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATION.

IT OPERATES THROUGH THREE DIVISIONS - LANDS, WORKS AND ADMINISTRATION.

THE LANDS DI VISION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR FORMULATING LAND POLICIES AND CO-O.'DI NAT I NG VARIOUS ACTIVITIES RELATING TO THE PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION OF LAND TO MEET THE NEEDS OF GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

THE WORKS DIVISION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING AND CO-ORDINATION OF THE PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE TERRITORY AND THE MONITORING OF THE PERFORMANCE OF THE +WORKS+ DEPARTMENT.

THE ADMINISTRATION DIVISION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR BRANCH ADMINISTRATION AN THE PROVISION OF CERTAIN COMMON SERVICES TO THE +WORKS+ DEPARTMENT.

DISCUSSING THE FIVE AUTONOMOUS DEPARTMENTS, MR CH/ 'I SAID THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR BUILDING DEVELOPMENT IN THE TERRITORY IN BOTH THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR.

♦IT IS HEADED BY A DIRECTOR AND OPERATES THROUGH Two OFFICES, THE rUf ? "G CRD i ICE OFFICE "D THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE. THE DIRE \.i> IS, CaC .10, TL AUTHORITY BUT, IN PRACTICE, HE HAS DELEGATED OST OF H'S ~C?ERS TO OFFICERS OF THE B00,+ MR C!-{‘

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2J, 1982

TH? ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT COMPRISES THE CIVIL ENGINEERING ’ ’ CE, THE GEOTECHNICAL CONTROL OFFICE, THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE, MASS TRANSIT OFFICE AND, UNTIL THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION IS FORMED ON JANUARY 1, NEXT YEAR, THE RAILWAY DEVELOPMENT OFFICE.

THESE OFFICES WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE GOVERNMENT’S CIVIL ENGINEERING WORKS INCLUDING THE PUBLIC ROAD SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED LIGHTING AND DRAINAGE WORKS. THEY WILL ALSO MONITOR AND COORDINATE THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY PUBLIC WORKS GROUP OF DEPARTMENTS IN RESPECT OF THE DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY AND THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE ELECTRIFICATION AND DUAL TRACKING OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY.

+THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT -- WHICH HAS FIVE BRANCHES - IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COLLECTION, STORAGE, PURIFICATION AND DISTRIBUTION OF POTABLE WATER TO CONSUMERS.

+ITS WORK COVERS THE WHOLE PROCESS FROM THE COLLECTION OF NATURAL YIELD FROM RAINFALL, OR THE PRODUCTION OF FRESH WATER BY DESALINATION, TO THE PROVISION OF A SUPPLY WITH A QUALITY OF ACCEPTED INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS TO THE WATER TAPS IN HOMES.

+IT ALSO SUPPLIES SEA WATER FOR FLUSHING PURPOSES,* CHAN SAID.

THE NE* TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PLANNING AND OVERALL CO-ORDINATION OF THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF SEVEN NEW TOWNS AND A NUMBER OF RURAL TOWNSHIPS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

ITS ROLE IS ESSENTIALLY ONE OF MANAGEMENT TO ENSURE THE TIMELY PROVISION OF THE WHOLE RANGE OF INFRASTRUCTURE NECESSARY FOR THE CREATION OF BALANCED COMMUNITIES AND TO MEET THE GOVERNMENT'S HOUSING TARGET.

THE NEWLY-CREATED LANDS DEPARTMENT IS STAFFED BY OFFICERS PREVIOUSLY ENGAGED IN LAND ADMINISTRATION IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, TOWN PLANNING OFFICE AND THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S LAND OFFICE.

THE BASIC AIM OF THIS DEPARTMENT IS TO OPERATE, AS FAR AS POSSIBLE, AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL TO ENABLE DECISIONS TO BE TAKEN LOCALLY BUT WITH A STRONG HEADQUARTERS TO PROVIDE CO-ORDINATION, TO GUIDE AND MONITOR LAND WORK AND TO ENSURE THAT LAND ADMINISTRATION POLICY IS CONSTANTLY REVIEWED.

MR CHAN SAID THE GREATEST BENEFITS TO THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY WERE THAT, AS A RESULT OF THE CHANGES, THE GOVERNMENT’S ORGANISATION WAS STRONGER AND BETTER ABLE TO INFLUENCE POLICY, THE CREATION OF INDIVIDUAL AUTONOMOUS DEPARTMENTS MEANT CLOSER AND MORE DIRECT CONTACT BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENTS AND THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY.

17 ALSO MEAN GREATER EFFICIENCY, SPEEDIER DECISION MAKING AND MORE FLEXIBILITY WHICH SHOULD RESULT IN BETTER MANAGEMENT CF THE PUBLIC WC PROGRAMME.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 1982

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SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS FOR AUCTION * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD ANOTHER AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR REGISTRATION NUMBERS ON SATURDAY (JUNE 26) AT 10 AM IN THE COMMITTEE ROOM, QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM, WAN CHAI.

A TOTAL OF 35 SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR BIDDING. THEY ARE:-

CT 668 CU 280 AL 8823 CU 8885 CU 2888

CT 3090 CU 168 CU 321 AC 282 BB 5

CU 126 CU 1973 BM 600 CR 123 663

CV 85 CT 7688 CU 113 HK 2329 CD 353

AA 740 AG 868 CU 908 AF 3962 HK 9988

CU 8628 CU 1036 CU 8213 2889 CV 1081

CU 609 BG 802 CU 299 AS 1982 CV 7813

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS MUST PAY IN CASH OR BY CHEQUE : IMMEDIATELY

AFTER THE BIDDING.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN REMINDED BIDDERS THAT THE VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBER WOULD BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO A VEHICLE REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF THE AUCTION.

PROCEEDS OF THE AUCTION WILL AS USUAL GO TO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND.

THE COMING AUCTION WILL BE THE 76TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973.

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD

* * * *

THE SOUTHBOUND SECTION OF PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD BETWEEN CHUNG MAN STREET AND CHI MAN STREET IN HO MAN TIN WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 2 AM TO 5 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE 30) FOR REPAIRS TO TRAFFIC SIGNS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC HEADING FOR THE HUNG HOM KCR TERMINUS, FOR TSIM SHA TSUI, OR FOR THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL WILL BE DIVERTED VIA SHEUNG HING STREET, FAT KWONG STREET, WO CHUNG STREET AND CHATHAM ROAD NORTH.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 1982

CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT RECRUITMENT DRIVE *****

THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL STAGE A DISPLAY AND VARIETY SHOW AT MORSE PARK IN WONG TAI SIN THIS SUNDAY (JUNE 27) AFTERNOON TO START OFF ITS RECRUITMENT DRIVE FOR ASSISTANT OFFICERS I I.

THE DISPLAY AND VARIETY SHOW WILL BE HELD BETWEEN 2 PM AND 4.30 PM AT FOOTBALL PITCH NO. 3 NEAR THE PARK’S SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX.

TO SUPPORT THE DEPARTMENT’S RECRUITMENT DRIVE THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES WILL ALSO PUT ON A SHOW WITH ITS NEW MOBILE STREET THEATRE WITH A PROGRAMME OF PUPPET, ACROBATIC, AND MAGIC SHOWS AND PERFORMANCES BY POPULAR SINGERS AND ENTERTAINMENT GROUPS.

THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY WILL BE DISPLAYS BY GIRL PIPERS AND PRECISION-MARCHING AND BAND-MARCHING.

IN ADDITION, THERE WILL BE A COLOUR PHOTO DISPLAY SHOWING THE VARIOUS WORK OF THE MODERN CORRECTIONAL SERVICES.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO VISIT THE DISPLAY WHERE OFFICERS OF THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL BE ON HAND TO ANSWER ENQUIRIES AT THEIR MOBILE RECRUITMENT CENTRE.

FOR THOSE wHO WISH TO APPLY ON THE SPOT, THEY ARE REMINDED TO BRING ALONG THEIR IDENTITY CARD, BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS, TOGETHER WITH PHOTOCOPIES, TO THE MOBILE CENTRE WHERE APPLICATION PROCEDURES AND ARRANGEMENT FOR AN INTERVIEW WILL BE CONDUCTED.

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

THE START 1,0 SALARY VARIES FROM $2 550 TO $2 820 DEPENDING ON THE APPLICANT’S QUALIFICATION.

SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WILL HAVE TO UNDERGO A ONE-YEAR PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMME WHICH WILL INCLUDE FIELD TRAINING AT THE DEPARTMENT’S VARIOUS INSTITUTIONS.

IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE RECRUITMENT DRIVE, HUGE POSTERS WILL SHORTLY BE PUT UP AT VARIOUS MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY STATIONS AND MOBILE RECRUITMENT CENTRES.

PHOTOGRAPHIC DISPLAYS WILL ALSO BE SET UP AT VARIOUS COMMUNITY CENTRES AND CITY DISTRICT OFFICES THROUGHOUT HONG KONG BETWEEN JULY AND NOVEMBER THIS YEAR.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 1982

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■'ESTIVAL SPIRIT PERSISTS DESPITE RAIN

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THE HEAVY DOWNPOUR IN TUEN MUN TODAY FAILED TO DAMPEN THE SPIRIT OF THE DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL WHICH FALLS ON FRIDAY, JUNE 25, THIS YEAR.

AT THE HEIGHT OF THE RAIN SHORTLY AFTER 1 PM, THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR IAN MACPHERSON, DOTTED THE EYES OF TWO NEW PHOENIX BOATS AT THE TUEN MUN TYPHOON SHELTER AS PLANNED.

THE NEW VESSELS, BOTH TO BE +POWERED+ BY WOMEN BOAT ENTHUSIASTS, WILL COMPETE IN THE TUEN MUN RACES TWO DAYS LATER.

FIFTY-FOUR TEAMS, REPRESENTING VARIOUS LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE RACES.

CHILDREN’S TENNIS COURSES

* * * *

TENNIS COURSES FOR CHILDREN BETWEEN EIGHT AND 12 YEARS WILL BE HELD IN THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE IN AUGUST.

ORGANISERS OF THE COURSES ARE THE HONG KONG TENNIS ASSOCIATION, THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE AND THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE (RSS) OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT.

ONE COURSE WILL BE GIVEN FROM AUGUST 2 TO 13 AND THE OTHER FROM AUGUST 16 TO 27, EXCEPT SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS.

OVER 280 CHILDREN WILL BE ADMITTED AND COACHED BY A TEAM CF INSTRUCTORS APPOINTED BY THE HONG KONG TENNIS ASSOCIATION.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE, THE HONG KONG TENNIS ASSOCIATION, AND THE HEADQUARTERS CF RSS AND ITS DISTRICT OFFICES.

ENROLMENT WILL BE ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS AS CF JULY 2.

THE FEE FOR A COMPLETE COURSE IS $15.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO 5-741546, 0-6051212 OR 5-458511.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 1982

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SPORTS PRIZES FOR SHA TIN PUPILS * * * *

AFTER A SERIES OF STRENUOUS MATCHES, WINNERS OF THE FIFTH SHA TIN PRIMARY SCHOOL BALL GAME COMPETITION RECEIVED THEIR PRIZES AT THE WO CHE COMMUNITY HALL IN SHA TIN TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE ANNUAL SPORTS MEETING, ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SCHOOLS SPORTS ASSOCIATION (SHA TIN), FEATURED FOUR BALL GAMES: TABLE TENNIS, BADMINTON, BASKETBALL AND SOCCER.

ADDRESSING THE GATHERING, THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICER, DR PATRICK HASE, SAID THAT PRIMARY PUPILS IN THE DISTRICT HAD IMPROVED THEIR SPORTING SKILLS CONSIDERABLY IN RECENT YEARS.

+THE LATEST PROOF IS THAT OUR BOYS HAVE WON THE SECOND RUNNER-UP IN THE INTER-DISTRICT TABLE TENNIS COMPETITION AMONG PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

+WE MUST THANK THE NEW TERRITORIES SCHOOLS SPORTS ASSOCIATION (SHA TIN) FOR ITS CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS MAKING OUR CHILDREN SO HEALTHY AND SPORTIVE,+ HE SAID.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER ALSO URGED THE WINNING PLAYERS NOT TO BE COMPLACENT, ADDING THAT ONLY CONTINUOUS PRACTICE WOULD HELP THEM ACHIEVE HIGH STANDARDS.

SINCE T-s ASSOCIATION WAS SET UP IN 1978 TO PROMOTE SPORTS ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT, A NUMBER OF EVENTS HAS BEEN ORGANISED TO SELECT GOOD ATHLETES TO PLAY IN INTER-DISTRICT GAMES.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE PRIZE PRESENTATION WERE THE PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCIATION, Y.R LAU HON-KIT, TWO VICE-PRESIDENTS, MR AUGUSTINE CHENG AND MR CHOY KAN-PUI.

TRAM ONLY LANES ON KING’S ROAD * * * *

THE TRAM ONLY LANE ON THE WESTBOUND SECTION OF KING’S ROAD WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH FORTRESS HILL ROAD IN NORTH POINT WILL BE RESCINDED FROM 7 AM ON FRIDAY (JUNE 25).

IN ADDITION, THE TRAM ONLY LANE ON ANOTHER WESTBOUND SECTION EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH NORTH POINT ROAD WILL BE SHIFTED 30 METRES EASTWARD.

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NEU' HONG KONG FIRE SERVICES COMPLEX OPENED ..................... 1

MARCH RETAIL SALES VALUE ........................................ 2

BILL TO ALLOW ACTION AGAINST SHIPS WITH DRUGS.................... 3

MOVE TO RECOGNISE SOLICITORS' EXPERIENCE FOR SUPREME COURT POSTS ........................................................... 4

MAJOR RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR TUEN MUN ...................... 4

PUBLIC ADVISED TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS AGAINST TROPICAL CYCLONES 5

PERFORMING ARTS ACADEMY PROVISIONAL COUNCIL MEMBERS NAMED .. 7

CLEARANCE OF ILLEGAL GRAVES IN FIRING RANGE ..................... 7

FRONTIER CLOSED AREA SLIGHTLY EXTENDED .......................... 8

KEEN COMPETITION IN TSING YI DRAGON BOAT RACES .................. 8

AVIATION SECURITY CONFERENCE .................................... 9

TRAFFIC AR'iANGEMENTS IN NORTH POINT AND ABERDEEN................ 9

WAN CHAI TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS .................................. 10

ELECTRIC TRAINS TO SHORTEN SERVICE HOURS FOR WORKS ............. 10

THURSDAY. JUNS 2<+,

MEW HONG KONG FIRE SERVICES COMPLEX OPENED * * * * *

TODA '3 TECHNOLOGY IN A HIGHLY-1NDUSTRI AL ISED COMMUNITY LIKE HONG KONG REQUIRES ULTCA-MODERN METHODS OF FIRE PROTECTION, FIRE PREVENTION A'.D FIRE FIGHTING, THE CHIEF FIRE OFFICER OF NEW TERRI-.■ FIEF COMMAND, MR FRED JACKSON SAID THIS MORNING (THURSDAY).

SrEAKING BEFORE A LARGE GATHERING AT THE OPENING OF THE HONG KON-, ISLANDS AND MARINE FIRE COMMAND HEADQUARTERS AND SHEUNG WAN DIVISIONAL FIRE STATION, MR JACKSON SAID THE NEW COMPLEX WAS PART OF THE FIRE SERVICES’ OVERALL MODERNISATION POLICY TO MEET "HE DEMANDS LOT ONLY OF THE 1980’S AND 1990’S, BUT WELL INTO THE 21ST CENTURY.

+ITS ENLARGED AND UP-TO-DATE FACILITIES WILL ENSURE THAT THE CORRECT TYPE Oc INSTRUCTION BOTH TECHNICAL AND PRACTICAL CAN 3E GIVEN I . ORDER TC GUARANTEE A HIGHLY-TRAINED PROFESSIONAL BODY OF OFFICERS A ,D MEN READY AT A MOMENT’S NOTICE TO DEAL WITH ANY EMERGENCY.

+1 AM AWARE THAT FOR MANY YEARS AHEAD THE DEPARTMENT’S PERSONNEL WILL CONTINUE TO PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN THE FIRE DEFENCES OF HONG KONG AS HAVE THEIR PREDECESSORS FOR OVER 130 YEARS,+ HE SAID.

THE NEW S10-MILLI0N COMPLEX REPLACES THE CENTRAL FIRE BRIGADE STATION BUILT ALMOST 56 YEARS AGO.

IN HIS WELCOMING ADDRESS, THE CHIEF FIRE OFFICER OF HONG KONG FIRE COMMAND, MR M. KINGDOM SAID THAT THE SHEUNG WAN FIRE STATION WAS COMMISSIONED AND HAS BEEN FULLY OPERATIONAL SINCE NOVEMBER.

+SHEUNG WAN FIRE STATION TOGETHER WITH ITS SISTER STATION AT GARDEN ROAD HAS NOW ASSUMED THE ROLE OF FIRE DEFENCE AND OTHER EMERGENCY CONTINGENCIES FOR THE COMMERCIAL DISTRICT OF CENTRAL AND THE IMMEDIATE SURROUNDING AREA, WHICH WERE PREVIOUSLY UNDERTAKEN BY CENTRAL FIRE STATION,+ MR KINGDOM SAID.

+IT WOULD BE REMISS OF ME TO STATION, FOR WHEREAS IT NO LONGER PRESENT UTILISED AS THE AMBULANCE AMBULANCE DEPOT.

ONLY BRIEFLY MENTION CENTRAL FIRE HOUSES FIRE APPLIANCES, IT IS AT COMMAND HEADQUARTERS AND AS AN

+IN SOME 56 YEARS OF EXISTENCE, THIS NOW GRAND OLD LADV OF FIRE ESTABLISHMENTS HAS SERVED THE COMMUNITY WELL WITH COUNTLESS THOUSANDS CF INCIDENTS HAVING BEEN RESPONDED TC BY THE PERSONNEL AND THE APPLIANCES SHE HAS HOUSED OVER THAT PERIOD.

+1 SPEAK FOR MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES WHEN I SAY WE SHALL BE SOMEWHAT SADDENED WHEN SHE EVENTUALLY FALLS VICTIM TC T-E DEMOLI SHER’S HAMMER.+

LVER, VR JACKSON ACCOMPANIED BY COMMANDER OF CENTRAL DISTRICT, ACTING JACK MORAN, UNVEILED A PLAQUE TO MARK COMPLEX.

MR KINGDOM AND THE DISTRICT

SENIOR DIVISIONAL OFFICER THE OPENING OF T-E NEW

THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 1982

MARCH RETAIL SALES VALUE

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THE -.UE C- RETAIL SALES FOR THE ENTIRE RETAIL SECTOR IN -lARCr > d -AS xS" ‘ aTED TO BE $4 133 MILLION, ACCORDING TO THE PROVISIONAL SURVE RESULTS PROVIDED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTME’<T.

AT ‘22, THE OVERALL RETAIL SALES VALUE INDEX FOR MARCH 1982 ROSE BY 12 PC1 NTS OR 11 PER CENT AS COMPARED WITH MARCH 1981 AND BY 18 POINTS OR 17 PER CENT AS COMPARED WITH FEBRUARY 1982.

THE OVERALL RETAIL SALES VOLUME INDEX FOR MARCH 1982 STOOD AT 104, BEING THREE POINTS OR THREE PER CENT HIGHER THAN THAT FOR MARCH 1981 AND 16 POINTS OR 18 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THAT FOR FEBRUARY 1982.

ANALYSED BY MAJOR TRADE GROUPS AND SELECTED TRADES, THE RETAIL SALES VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES FOR MARCH 1982 SHOWED INCREASES OVER THOSE FOR FEBRUARY 1982.

THE MOST SIGNIFICANT INCREASE WAS FOUND IN CONSUMER GOODS WHERE THE RETAIL SALES VALUE INDEX ROSE BY 26 POINTS OR 27 PER CENT AND THE VOLUME INDEX BY 23 POINTS OR 27 PER CENT.

AS FOR THE OTHER SELECTED TRADES AND MAJOR TRADE GROUPS LIKE SUPERMARKETS, AND CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS, THEY ALSO INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY IN VALUE TERMS BY 20 PER CENT AND 24 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

THE CORRESPONDING INCREASES FOR BOTH TRADES IN VOLUME TERMS WERE 21 PER CENT.

COMPARED WITH MARCH 1981, THE RETAIL SALES VOLUME INDEXES FOR FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO, AND CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS IN MARCH 1982 WENT DOWN BY 11 POINTS OR 11 PER CENT AND SIX POINTS OR SIX PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, WHILE THOSE FOR THE OTHER MAJOR TRADE GROUPS AND SELECTED TRADES SHOWED INCREASES. THE RETAIL SALES VOLUME INDEX FOR FUELS REGISTERED THE HIGHEST INCREASE OF 15 POINTS OR 14 PER CENT, FOLLOWED BY SUPERMARKETS, 11 POINTS OR 10 PER CENT, AND CONSUMER DURABLES, 10 POINTS OR 10 PER CENT.

TABLES 1 AND 2 (BEING TRANSMITTED TO YOU BY FACSIMILE NETWORK AND BOXED SEPARATELY) PRESENT THE REVISED AND PROVISIONAL FIGURES OF TOTAL RETAIL SALES, AND THE RETAIL SALES VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES BY SELECTED TRADES AND MAJOR TRADE GROUPS If FEBRUARY AND MARCH 1982, wI TH THE AVERAGE MONTHLY RETAIL SALES IN 1963 TAKEN AS 100.

A COMPARISON OF THE MARCH RESULTS WITH THOSE OF THE PRECEDING MONTH AND 0~ THE CORRESPONDING MONTH IN 1981 IS ALSO SHOwN.

THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 1$82

3 ILL T0 ALLOW ACTION AGAINST SHIPS WITH DRUGS

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T< 4NGER0US DRUGS (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL, WHICH ENABLES MOR:: EF-ECTIVE ACTION TO BE TAKEN AGAINST OWNERS OF SHIPS IN WHICH ♦EXCESS 1 'E QUANT TIES + C- DANGEROUS DRUGS HAVE BEEN FOUND ON AT LEAS'" ' OCCASIONS WITHIN 18 MONTHS, WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT oAZET" "ODAY (THURSDAY).

UNDER THE BILL, THE COMMISSIONER OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE. WITH THE WRITTEN CONSENT OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, HAS THE POwEk TO SEIZE AND DETAIN rOR 48 HOURS, ANY SHIPS REASONABLY SUSPECTED TO HAVE CARRIED ON TWO OCCASIONS WITHIN 18 MONTHS MORE iHAN 3 330 GRAMS OF OPIUM OR CANNABIS OR 500 GRAMS OF ANY OTHER DANGEROUS DRUGS.

THE BILL ALSO EMPOWERS A MAGISTRATE, ON APPLICATION BY THE COMMISSIONER OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE, TO CONTINUE THE DETENTION OF A SHIP ALREADY SEIZED AND DETAINED, OR TO ORDER THE ARREST AND DETENTION OF A SHIP. THE MAGISTRATE WILL THEN ORDER THAT THE PROCEEDINGS BE TRANSFERRED TO THE HIGH COURT.

THE REGISTRAR OF THE SUPREME COURT WILL GIVE NOTICE OF ThE TIME AND PLACE AT WHICH THE HIGH COURT WILL HEAR AN APPLICATION BY THE COMMISSIONER OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE FOR THE IMPOSITION OF FINANCIAL PENALTY ON THE OWNER NOT EXCEEDING £5 003 333. HOWEVER, THE OWNER OR MASTER CAN AP°LY TO A JUDGE TO ADMIT THE SHIP TO BAIL OR BOND IN AN AMOUNT OF NOT LESS THAN $5 303 300.

WHERE THE HIGH COURT IS SATISFIED BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT THAT A SHIP HAS CARRIED AN EXCESSIVE QUANTITY OF DANGEROUS DRUGS IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES DESCRIBED, IT MAY ORDER THE OWNER TO PAY A MAXIMUM FINE OF $5 300 003. THIS PENALTY MAY BE RECOVERED FROM ANY BAIL OR BOND PAID OR GIVEN. HOWEVER, IF NO SATISFACTORY ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE PAYMENT OF THE PENALTY ARE MADE, THE SHIP MAY BE FORFEITED TO THE CROWN.

HOWEVER, THE BILL PROVIDES THAT NO FINANCIAL PENALTY SHALL BE IMPOSED IF THE OWNER AND THE MASTER PROVE THAT, IN RESPECT OF THE SECOND OCCASION ON WHICH DRUGS WERE CARRIED, THEY HAD TAKEN ALL REASONABLE AND PRACTICABLE STEPS TO PREVENT THE CARRIAGE.

THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 1982

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MOVE TO RECOGNISE SOLICITORS’ EXPERIENCE FOR SUPREME COURT POSTS * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT IS SEEKING TO RECOGNISE THE EXPERIENCE OF CERTAIN SOLICITORS IN QUALIFYING THEM FOR APPOINTMENT AS SUPREME COURT JUDGES.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT SOLICITORS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR SUCH APPOINTMENT AT PRESENT BECAUSE THE PERSON APPOINTED MUST BE QUALIFIED TO PRACTISE AS AN ADVOCATE OF THE SUPERIOR COURTS IN ANY PART OF THE COMMONWEALTH OR IRELAND.

IN HONG KONG, HOWEVER, SOME SOLICITORS DO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ACQUIRE THE NECESSARY EXPERIENCE, INCLUDING SOLICITORS WHO ARE DISTRICT COURT JUDGES, AND SOLICITORS IN THE SERVICE OF THE CROWN WHO PRACTISE AS ADVOCATES IN THE COURSE OF THEIR DUTIES.

UNDER THE SUPREME COURT (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL 1982 PUBLISHED TODAY (THURSDAY), SOLICITORS IN CROWN SERVICE WITH 10 YEARS’ RELEVANT EXPERIENCE WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR APPOINTMENT AS SUPREME COURT JUDGES PROVIDED THEY HAVE BEEN IN CROWN SERVICE FOR THE PREVIOUS TWO YEARS AND HAVE HAD A TOTAL OF FIVE YEARS’ CROWN SERVICE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE BILL MAKES TWO FURTHER AMENDMENTS TO THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE.

IT RESTRICTS ELIGIBILITY FOR APPOINTMENT AS A COMMISSIONER OF THE HIGH COURT TO PERSONS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE FOR APPOINTMENT AS JUDGES OF THE SUPREME COURT. IT ALSO ALLOWS THE SUPREME COURT, AS A MATTER OF ADMINISTRATIVE CONVENIENCE, TO USE ANY SEAL AS DIRECTED BY THE CHIEF JUSTICE.

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MAJOR RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR TUEN MUN * * * *

MAJOR BEACH-BASED RECREATIONAL FACILITIES WILL BE PROVIDED FOR TUEN MUN NEW TOWN AS A RESULT OF A LANDSCAPE CONSULTANCY AGREEMENT SIGNED TODAY (THURSDAY) FOR THE DESIGN OF THE BUTTERFLY BEACH RECREATION AREA.

SITUATED IN THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF THE NEW TOWN, THE RECREATION AREA COMPRISES THE EXISTING POPULAR BEACH AND ABOUT NINE HECTARES OF OPEN SPACE IMMEDIATELY INLAND.

THE AGREEMENT WAS SIGNED BY MR KWEI SEE-KAN, PROJECT MANAGER OF THE TUEN MUN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS, BRIAN CLOUSTON AND PARTNERS.

+THC SITE WILL HAVE PEDESTRIAN LINKS TO THE PROPOSED BUTTERFLY ESTATE CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION TO PROVIDE HOUSING FOR MORE THAN 50 000 PEOPLE, AND THE FUTURE FERRY PIERS AND TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE,* MR KWEI SAID.

THE POPULATION OF TUEN MUN IS EXPECTED TO GROW TO ABOUT 550 000.

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♦THE DESIGN OF THE PROJECT WILL AIM TO PRESERVE AND IMPROVE THE EXISTING BEACH, PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FACILITIES TO MAXIMISE THE USt AND ENJOYMENT OF THE BEACH AND FULLY INTEGRATE THE RECReAT _ DEVELOPMENT OF THE OPEN-SPACE HINTERLAND NEXT TO THE BEACH,* HE ADDED.

IN THE BEACr- AREA THERE WILL BE SWIMMING AND BOATING FACILITIES, BEAC-- BUILDINGS, REFRESHMENT FACILITIES, A BROADWALK PEDESTRIAN SYSTEM, AND A SMALL PIER JUTTING OUT INTO THE SEA.

THERE WILL ALSO BE SITTING AREAS, BARBECUE AND PICNIC FACILITIES AND A PAVED AREA FOR OPEN-AIR SHOWS.

OTHER FACILITIES WILL INCLUDE A CAR PARK, BUS TERMINUS, TAXI STAND, STORE ROOMS, LIFEGUARD OFFICE, TOILETS AND LIGHTING.

♦FOR THE ACTIVE-MINDED THERE WILL BE A MINI-SOCCER PITCH, BASKETBALL AND VOLLEYBALL COURTS AND A CHILDREN'S PLAY AREA. A SITE WITHIN THE PROJECT AREA WILL ALSO BE RESERVED FOR AN INDOOR GAMES HALL,* MR KWEI SAID.

DESIGN WORK WILL BEGIN IMMEDIATELY AND SITE WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN EARLY SUMMER OF 1983, AND BE COMPLETED IN STAGES FROM THE NEXT SUMMER ONWARDS.

THE WORKS WIlL BE PLANNED TO ALLOW CONTINUING PUBLIC USE OF AT LEAST PART OF THE BEACH.

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PUBLIC ADVISED TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS AGAINST TROPICAL CYCLONES * * * *

THE DIRECTOR OF THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY, MR. JOHN PEACOCK, REMINDED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TODAY THAT DISASTER PREPAREDNESS IS THE KEY FACTOR FOR MINIMIZING DAMAGE TO PROPERTY, INJURIES AND LOSS OF LIFE BUT THAT OVERREACTION TO THE THREAT OF A TROPICAL CYCLONE CAN CAUSE UNNECESSARY DISRUPTION.

CIVIL ENGINEERS, ARCHITECTS AND CONTRACTORS SHOULD ENSURE THAT SCAFFOLDING IS SECURED AGAINST DAMAGE FROM HIGH WINDS AND THAT PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES ARE TAKEN AT SITE WORKS, ESPECIALLY THOSE NEAR HILL SLOPES, AGAINST DAMAGE BY HEAVY RAIN, FLOODING AND LANDSLIPS.

THOSE LIVING IN HUTS ON HILL-SIDES ARE URGED TO BE AWARE CF THE DANGERS OF LANDSLIPS. THOSE LIVING IN LOW LYING AREAS SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR FLOODING ARISING FROM VIOLENT RAINFALL AND STORM SURGES. EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW WHICH ARE THE NEAREST SHELTERS TO GO TO FOR SAFETY IF THEIR HOMES ARE THREATENED OR DAMAGED. INFORMATION REGARDING THE OPENING OF TEMPORARY SHELTERS DURING STORMS IS AVAILABLE AT THE NEAREST DISTRICT OFFICE, CITY DISTRICT OFFICE OR POLICE STATION AND WILL BE BROADCAST ON RADIO AND TELEVISION WHEN THERE IS AN EMERGENCY.

OWNERS OF SMALL CRAFT SHOULD ENSURE THAT THEIR MOORINGS ARE IN GOOD CONDITION AND THAT THE MOORING BITTS AND CLEATS ON THEIR VESSELS ARE STRONG AND SECURELY FIXED TO WITHSTAND TYPHOON CONDITIONS.

THURSDAY. JU’ i ?A, ' St

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BY *'0V THOSE WHO HAVE SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITIES DURING STORMS SHOULD HAVE REVIEWED THEIR INSTRUCTIONS AND BROUGHT THEM UP-TO-D/.TE

IT IS IMPORTA T TO KNOW THE MEANINGS OF TROPICAL CYCLONE SIGNALS AND THESE ARE EXPLAINED IN A CARD WHICH IS AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY HEADQUARTERS, THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND DISTRICT OFFICES. HOWEVER, THIS KNOWLEDGE ALONE IS NOT SUFFICIENT TO ENSURE THAT PRECAUTIONARY ACTION TAKEN DURING A TROPICAL CYCLONE WILL BE APPROPRIATE, AS THE SIGNAL SYSTEM WAS DESIGNED TO WARN SHIPS’ CAPTAINS AND FISHERMEN OF WIND CONDITIONS AT SEA. THE SIGNALS DO NOT INDICATE IF IT IS SAFE FOR THOSE ON LAND TO BE WORKING OUTDOORS OR TO BE TRAVELLING BETWEEN THEIR HOMES AND PLACES OF WORK, ALTHOUGH WHENEVER A NO. 9 OR NO. 10 SIGNAL IS DISPLAYED. THE VIOLENCE OF THE WINDS ALWAYS MAKES IT DANGEROUS TO LEAVE A SAFE SHELTER.

DURING THE EARLY STAGES OF AN APPROACHING SLOW MOVING TROPICAL STORM IT MAY BE QUITE SAFE TO DELAY RETURNING HOME FROM WORK UNTIL SOME HOURS AFTER THE HOISTING OF A NO. 8 SIGNAL. SIMILARLY WHEN A TROPICAL STORM HAS ONLY SKIRTED HONG KONG AND IS MOVING AWAY, TRAVEL BY LAND TRANSPORT MAY INVOLVE NO DANGER IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT A NO. 8 SIGNAL REMAINS DISPLAYED TO INDICATE THAT GALES STILL PERSIST OVER EXPOSED WATERS IN THE TERRITORY. CONVERSELY, CONTINUOUS HEAVY RAIN AFTER THE PASSAGE OF A VIOLENT TYPHOON MAY CAUSE FLOODING AND LANDSLIPS, MAKING IT UNSAFE TO VENTURE OUT FOR SOME CONSIDERABLE TIME AFTER ALL TROPICAL CYCLONE SIGNALS HAVE BEEN LOWERED.

GENERAL ADVICE ON SUITABLE PRECAUTIONS AS WELL AS REPORTS ON THE PROGRESS OF THE TROPICAL CYCLONE AND EXPECTED WEATHER CONDITIONS IN HONG KONG ARE INCLUDED IN WEATHER BULLETINS BROADCAST OVER RADIO AND TELEVISION. ANNOUNCEMENTS ARE ALSO MADE ON THE AVAILABILITY OF FERRY, BUS, TRAM AND TRAIN SERVICES. MANAGERS OF SHOPS, OFFICES AND FACTORIES ARE ADVISED TO CONSIDER THE AVAILABILITY OF ALL THIS INFORMATION AND OTHER FACTORS RELEVANT TO THE' SAFETY OF THEIR EMPLOYEES IN OBTAINING AGREEMENTS AS TO WHAT STAGE DURING A TROPICAL CYCLONE THREAT STAFF SHOULD BE RELEASED FROM WORK.

SIMILAR CAREFUL CONSIDERATION BY EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES IS DESIRABLE IN DECIDING HOW SOON IT IS SAFE AND NECESSARY TO GO BACK TO WORK. THE AVAILABILITY OF TRANSPORT AS WELL AS EXISTING AND EXPECTED WEATHER-RELATED DANGERS AT THE PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT AND ON THE STREETS SHOULD ALL BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT.

MR. PEACOCK SUGGESTED THAT WHILST ALL PRECAUTIONS SHOULD BE TAKEN TO MINIMIZE THE DANGERS TO LIFE AND PROPERTY FROM TROPICAL CYCLONES, PRUDENT DECISIONS ARE NEEDED TO ENSURE THAT THERE WILL NOT BE UNNECESSARY DISRUPTION TO INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY. HOWEVER, IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT MANY PEOPLE ON LAND REACT TO SIGNAL CHANGES RATHER THAN OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION, THESE SIGNAL CHANGES ARE MADE, WHENEVER POSSIBLE, AT TIMES WHICH WILL NOT BE INCONVENIENT FOR THEM. THERE WILL BE OCCASIONS WHEN THE SAFETY OF THOSE AT SEA REQUIRE THAT SIGNALS ARE HOISTED AND STAY HOISTED FOR LONG PERIODS EVEN THOUGH THIS ; ,AY EE TROUBLESOME FOR THOSE ON LAND WHOSE TRAVEL AND WORKING ARRANGEMENTS ARE DETERMINED SOLELY BY THE DISPLAY OF TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING SIGNALS.

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PERFORMING ARTS ACADEMY PROVISIONAL COUNCIL MEMBERS NAMED * * * *

THE NA^ES OF MEMBERS OF THE PROVISIONAL COUNCIL FOR THE HONG KONG ACAD- FOR PERFORMING ARTS ARE PUBLISHED TODAY (THURSDAY) IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE. BUILDING OF THE NEw ACADEMY IS EXPECTED TO COMMENCE IN LATE AUGUST THIS YEAR, WITH THE INITIAL INTAKE OF STUDENTS PROJECTED "OR SEPTEMBER 1985.

UNTIL SUCH TIME AS THE ACADEMY’S FORMAL COUNCIL IS ESTABLISHED BY ORDINANCE, THE PROVISIONAL COUNCIL UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE HON ALEX S.C. WU, WILL UNDERTAKE THE NECESSARY INTERIM ACTIVITIES TO ENABLE THE ACADEMY TO OPEN AS SCHEDULED IN 1985.

THE COUNCIL COMPRISES THE FOLLOWING 14 MEMBERS:

THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE SECRETARY FOR THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION, DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES, COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE. UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL ARE THE HON W.C.L. BROwN, THE HON SELINA CHOW, MR HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, MR NORMAN THOMPSON, DR PHILIP KWOK, MRS VALERIE FRY, MR HARRY WEINREBE, MR ANDREW WELCH AND WR YAO KANG.

CLEARANCE OF ILLEGAL GRAVES IN FIRING RANGE * * * *

THIRTY ILLEGAL GRAVES IN THE KWONG SHAN AREAS WITHIN THE CASTLE PEAK FIRING RANGE IN TUEN MUN DISTRICT WILL BE CLEARED BY GOVERNMENT STAFF AFTER MONDAY (JUNE 28).

WHERE RELATIVES CAN BE TRACED BEFORE EXHUMATION THEY HAVE BEEN APPROACHED AND GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO REMOVE THE GRAVES THEMSELVES.

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

ILLEGAL GRAVES IN THE KWONG SHAN AREA ALSO CAUSE DANGER TO LIFE BECAUSE RELATIVES AND VISITORS PUT THEIR LIVES AT RISK BY ENTERING THE DANGER AREA OF THE FIRING RANGE.

EXHUMED REMAINS OF THESE BURIALS WILL BE RE-INTERRED IN SANDY R IDGE CEMETERY.

THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 1932

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FRONTIER CLOSED ARE* SLIGHTLY EXTENDED *****

THE FRONTIER CLOSED AREA HAS BEEN EXTENDED SLIGHTLY IN THE WESTERN MAI PO MARSHES NEAR PAK HOK CHAU, SO THAT ROUGHLY, ITS LANDWARD BOUNDARY IS NOW THE SECURITY FENCE AND ITS SEAwARD BOUNDARY THE LOW-WATER MARK OF DEEP BAY.

THE ALIGNMENT OF THE AMENDED CLOSED AREA BOUNDARY IS DESCRIBED IN AN ORDER MADE BY THE GOVERNOR AND PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE EXTENDED CLOSED AREA IS MOSTLY MUD FLATS AND WILL NOT CAUSE INCONVENIENCE TO VILLAGERS.

THE USUAL RESTRICTIONS ON MOVEMENT WITHIN THE CLOSED AREA WILL APPLY AND BIRD WATCHERS WHO WISH TO GO WITHIN THE EXTENDED AREA CAN APPLY FOR PERMITS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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KEEN COMPETITION IN TSING Yl DRAGON BOAT RACES

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CHEERS AND EXCITEMENT FILLED THE AIR ON TSING Yl THIS (THURSDAY) MORNING WHEN DRAGON BOAT PADDLES SPLASHED THROUGH THE WATER IN QUICK MOTION DURING THE TRADITIONAL RACES HELD NEAR THE ISLAND’S FERRY PIER.

FIFTEEN TEAMS, REPRESENTING SEVERAL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, CONTESTED IN THE BOAT RACES WHICH COVERED A DISTANCE OF 700 METRES FROM MOON TSAI TONG TO TSING Yl FERRY PIER.

THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR IAN MACPHERSON- THE TSUEN WAN TOWN MANAGER, MR HAMISH MACLEOD; AND THE COMMISSIONER FOR THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION, MR P.B. WILLIAMS, PRESENTED PRIZES TO THE WINNING TEAMS.

THE RACES WERE JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE TSING Yl RURAL COMMITTEE AND THE ISLAND'S TRADE AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION, AND PARTLY FINANCED BY THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD, TO CELEBRATE THE DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL WHICH, THIS YEAR, FALLS ON TOMORROW.

THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 1982

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AVIATION SECURITY CONFERENCE * * *

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION, HONG <C■><-. 0- • CPE ON LEAVE. HE WILL RETURN IN EARLY

HAS LEFT AUGUST.

ACT AS^^PUTy'dI.^C-OR5’ MR N’ LATHA^» ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, WILL

ta AT?cMnRTueElT;-.tN<?’-V=: TH0RPE W,LL P«OCEED TO WASHINGTON D.C. IS AJTEND THE THL-iD INiERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION SECURITY CONFERENCE SPONSORED BY THE U.S. FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION.

THE THREE-DAY CONFERENCE, OPENING ON JULY 20, WILL BE ATTENDED BY OVEk 150 AVIATION CHIEFS AND TOP OFFICIALS WITH DIRECT RESPONSIBILITIES FOR AVIATION SECURITY.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN NORTH POINT AND ABERDEEN

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THE SECTION OF JAVA ROAD NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH HEALTHY STREET WEST IN NORTH POINT WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 11 PM ON SATURDAY (JUNE 26) TO 6 Av THE NEXT MORNING FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE HONG KONG ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR.

THIS ARRANGEMENT WILL BE REPEATED ON SUNDAY (JUNE 27).

DURING THE CLOSURE, EASTBOUND VEHICLES ALONG JAVA ROAD WILL HAVE TO TURN RIGHT INTO TIN CHIU STREET AND ENTER KING’S ROAD.

WESTBOUND TRAFFIC ON JAVA ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA HEALTHY STREET EAST AND KING'S ROAD.

IN ANOTHER PART OF NORTH POINT, VEHICLES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE TRAFFIC LANES ON THE EASTBOUND AND WESTBOUND TRAM TRACKS ON KING’S ROAD NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH JAVA ROAD 24 HOURS DAILY STARTING FROM ID AM ON MONDAY (JUNE 28).

THIS ARRANGEMENT IS BEING MADE TO IMPROVE ROAD SAFETY IN THE AREA.

ALSO STARTING FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JUNE 28), VEHICLES FROM OLD MAIN STREET ABERDEEN -.ILL BE BANNED FROM TURNING RIGHT INTO ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD.

SIGNS WILL BE PUT UD TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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WAN CHAI TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS * * * *

THE WESTBOUND KERBSIDE LANE ON THE SECTION OF HENNESSY ROAD UNDER THE CANAL ROAD FLYOVER IN WAN CHAI WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 7 AM ON SATURDAY TO 6 AM ON MONDAY (JUNE 28) FOR ROAD WORKS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, VEHICLES HEADING TOWARDS CANAL ROAD EAST WILL BE DIVERTED VIA TANG LUNG STREET, WHICH WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE WAY.

BUS ROUTES 38, 108, 112, 116 AND 122 WILL USE PERCIVAL STREET, LEIGHTON ROAD AND CANAL ROAD WEST.

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ELECTRIC TRAINS TO SHORTEN SERVICE HOURS FOR WORKS

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ELECTRIC TRAINS PLYING BETWEEN HUNG HOM AND SHA TIN WILL SHORTEN THEIR HOURS OF SERVICE FOR SIX EVENINGS STARTING NEXT WEEK.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT THIS TEMPORARY MEASURE IS TO FACILITATE ENGINEERING WORKS TO BE CARRIED OUT IN THE SHA TIN AREA IN CONNECTION WITH ELECTRIFICATION OF THE REMAINING SECTIONS OF THE RAILWAY.

HE SAID THE LAST SOUTHBOUND ELECTRIC TRAIN WILL LEAVE SHA TIN STATION AT 7.30 PM AND THE NORTHBOUND TRAIN WILL LEAVE KOWLOON STATION AT 7.42 PM ON JUNE 28, 29 AND 30, AND AGAIN ON JULY 5, 7 AND 8.

HOWEVER, DIESEL PASSENGER TRAINS WILL OPERATE AS USUAL BETWEEN KOWLOON AND LO WU AND WILL STOP AT KOWLOON TONG STATION DURING THE SUSPENSION PERIOD FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF COMMUTERS USING THE INTERCHANGE FACILITIES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NEW HEADQUARTERS FOR EMIGRATION DEPARTMENT .................... 1

COURSE FOR TECHNICAL TEACHERS ................................. 2

+FL0ATEJG HOLIDAY+ REMINDER TO EMPLOYERS ...................... 3

DEVELOPMENT FOR LOWER LAM TSUHT VALLEY......................... 4

CHAI WAN ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT ............................. 4

MORSE PARK ANTI-NARCOTICS CONCERT ............................. 5

URBAN CLEARWAY EI ABERDEEN .................................... 5

NIGHT CLOSURE OF SALISBURY ROAD................................ 6

FRESH WATER CUT EI KWUN TONG................................... 6

FRIDAY, JUKE 25, 198

nE* HEADQUARTERS FOR IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT

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.iE EMIGRATION DEPARTMENT, AS A RESULT OF A SUBSTANTIAL BUSINESS, HAS OUTGROWN ITS 14 FLOORS OF OFFICE SPACE

. N’t'Kk’IOnAL EJ -LING WHERE IT HAS BEEN "OR THE PAST 18 YEARS.

iT S 'C.ING TO a MODERN COMMERCIAL BUILDING IN EAST TSIM SHA TSUI

DIL Y 25). THE NEW PREMISES, FOR WHICH A LOWER RENTAL WILL

BE L;.,, a ILL GIVE THE DEPARTMENT ALMOST 6 OOO SQUARE METRES MORE SPACE "0 EXPAND ITS OVERCROWDED OFFICES AND HOUSE ITS NEw COMPUTERS.

A ST^F of 231 AT THE DEPARTMENT’S INCEPTION IN 1961 HAS GRO*:. TO " 62- *40 NOW HANDLE AN EVER INCREASING WORKLOAD. BETWEEN 1961 *ND .381, the NUMBEk OF PASSENGERS CLEARED ROSE FROM 2.4 '■ILLIOI. t. 24 MILLION, INVESTIGATIONS FROM 570 TO 12 300 AND PROSECUT ONS FROM 130 TO 3 000. THESE WERE IN ADDITION TO THE 1.16 MILLION ENQUIRIES, 2.5 MILLION APPLICATIONS FOR PERSONAL DOCUMENTATION, 713 300 REGISTRATIONS O’7 PERSONS (INCLUDING REPLACEMENTS of IDENTITY CARDS), 112 300 REGISTRATIONS OF BIRTHS AND DEATHS AND 51 330 REGISTRATIONS OF MARRIAGES HANDLED IN 1981.

THE MUCH EXPANDED WORK OF THE DEPARTMENT IS BEST ILLUSTRATED BY THE FAC" THA" THE DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION NOw aEARS A TOTAL OF FOUR OFF'CIAL HATS, INCLUDING THAT OF COMMISSIONER OF REGISTRATION, REGISTRAR OF MARRIAGE, AND REGISTRAR OF EIRTHS AND DEATH*. "HE LATTER THREE FUNCTIONS WERE AMALGAMATED INTO THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT BETWEEN 1^77 AND 1979.

MR RON BRIDGE, THE BEARER OF ALL THESE TITLES, SAID +THE COMPLEXITY OF OUR WORK THESE DAYS MEANS THAT wE MUST GIVE OUR STAFF AK ALL-ROUND TRAINING SO THAT THEY ARE EQUIPPED TO FACE ALL EVENTUAL!" -S. FOR INSTANCE, WHO COULD HAVE PREDICTED, "IVE YEARS AGO THE SCALE OF "HE PROBLEMS THAT WERE THRUST ON US BY THE VIETNAMS E BOAT PEOPLE AND THE INFLUX OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM ACROSS THE BORDER.+

♦IDEALLY, wHAT wE ARE LOOKING FOR IN POTENTIAL IMMIGRATION OFFICERS IS TACT AND DIPLOMACY. ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS, IMPORTANT AS THEY ARE, ARE NOT EVERYTHING. FOR IMMIGRATION OFFICERS ARE IN ■ SENSE AMBASSADORS BECAUSE THEY ARE USUALLY THE FIRS" GOVERNME-T OFFICIALS VISITORS TO HONG KONG COME IN CONTACT *ITh. THEY MUST THEREFORE KNOw HOw TO ASK THE NECESSARY QUESTIONS WITHOUT APPEARING TO BE OFFENSIVE. THEY CAN CREATE A FAVOURABLE IMAGE IN THE MINDS CF OUR VISITORS OR GIVE US A BAD NAME.+ MR BRIDGE ADDED.

OFFICER RECRUITMENT IS USUALLY AT THE ASSISTANT IMMIGRATION OFFICER (AIO) LEVEL WHICH -’SQUIRES A CANDIDATE TO BE IN POSSESSION GF EITHER A UNIVERSITY DEGREE, A POST-SECONDARY COLLEGE-DIPLOMA, OR A SCHOOL CERTIFICATE. OUR RECRUITS ARE PU THROUGH A COMPREHENSIVE "RAINING PROGRAMME TO GIVE THEM THE TECHNICAL KNOW—hOw to ENFORCE IMMIGRATION LAwS AND CATCH ILLEGAL IIGPANTS.

DRILL, PHYSICAL TRAINING AND SELF-DEFENCE FORM PART C‘ Trit INDUCTION TO IMPROVE THE RECRUITS’ JHYSICAL FITNESS SO "HAT THEY CAS PACE STRESS A-D DEMANDING SITUATIONS.

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COMME'.’ING ON THE DEPARTMENT’S RECRUITMENT, MR BRIDGE SAID

-.£ ARE '7 "ME DISADVANTAGE VIS-A-VIS OTHER DEPARTMENTS IN SO FAR ; £ TRY °J• iS CONCERNED. HOwEVER, IT MUST BE NOTED THAT PROMOTION

•-■■'S -.O’. ! TUR DEPARTMENT ARE AS GOOD IF NOT BETTER THAN OTHERS

EO-USE 0" THE PROJECTED GROWTH IN PASSENGER TRAFFIC AND OTHER AREAS ..... c ( EUJENT RAPID INCREASE IN STAFF. FOR INSTANCE, WE *ILL

NEED ABJ'.T AN ADDITIONAL 1 DOO STAFF JUST TO IMPLEMENT THE NEW ID CARD SCHESE STARTING NEXT YEAR.*

IN ANNOUNCING THE REMOVAL OF THE IMMIGRATION HEADQUARTER^, THE SPOKESM-N SAID, + THE NE* OFFICE IS DESIGNED WITH A VIEW TO BETTcK ADMINISTRATION AND SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC.+

+T0 MINIMISE DISRUPTION TO OUR SERVICE, WE ARE MAKING USE OF

THE TUEN NG (DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL) PUBLIC-ORIENTED OFFICES TO THE NEW A SCALE INVOLVING COMPUTERS, LARGE MORE THAN A THOUSAND STAFF, SIMPLY FACT, THE MOVE STARTED ON THE 17TH

PUBLIC HOLIDAY TO MOVE OUR PREMISES. BUT A MOVE OF SUCH MACHINES, NUMEROUS RECORDS AND CAN’T BE DONE IN ONE DAY. IN AND WON’T FINISH UNTIL THE END

CF THE MONTH. THEREFORE, WE HAVE TO CLOSE FOR BUSINESS ON SATURDAY SO THAT THE MCVE CAN CONTINUE.*

*1 HOPE,* REMARKED THE SPOKESMAN, +MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC * ILL APPRECIATE OUR DIFFICULTIES. THOSE wHO NEED OUR SERVICES CAN STILL GO TC OUR BRANCH OFFICES, WHICH WILL OPEN AS USUAL.*

THE NEW OFFICE AT 61 MODY ROAD, KOWLOON WILL START BUSINESS ON MONDAY (JUNE 28). ITS ENQUIRY TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 3-7333111.

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COURSE FOR TECHNICAL TEACHERS

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THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE IS INVITING APPLICANTS TO TAKE PART IN A ONE-YEAR FULL-TIME TRAINING COURSE COMMENCING THIS SEPTEMBER.

INDUCEMENT GRANTS BETWEEN 81 650 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 MEMBERS.

APPLICANTS MUST POSSESS EITHER A HIGHER DIPLOMA, ORDINARY DIPLOMA, HIGHER CERTIFICATE OR EQUIVALENT QUALIFICATION AWARDED BY THE TECHNICAL COLLEGE, POLYTECHNIC TECHNICAL INSTITUTES OR AN EQUIVALENT EDUCATION ESTABLISHMENT IN ONE OF THE FOLLOWING DISCIPLINES: ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (PR0DUCTI0N/AUT0M0B1LE/AIR-C0NDITI0NING AND REFRIGERATION), PRINTING INDUSTRY AND CIVIL ENG I NEER ING/BUILDI NG STUDIES.

APPLICANTS HOLDING A HIGHER DIPLOMA SHOULD POSSESS AT LEAST FIVE YEARS RELATED, PRACTICAL POST-QU AL I Fl CAT 10Y EXPERIENCE, AND SIX YEARS FOR AN ORDINARY DIPLOMA OR HIGHER CERTIFICATE HOLDER.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE AT 373 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, WAN CHAI AND THEY SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE COLLEGE ON OR ^EFORE JULY =.

FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 1982

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EM?LOVERS WERE REMINDED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT IF THEY HAD NOT ALREADY IGNATED A DATE FOR THE FLOATING HOLIDAY - ONE OF THE 10 STATUTORY HOLIDAYS UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE - THEY SHOULD GIVE EM’LOYtES THE D/-’'-OFF EITHER ON JULY 1 (THE FIRST WEEK-DAY IN JULY) OR AUGUST 2 (THE FIRST MONDAY IN AUGUST) THIS YEAR.

UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE, THE FLOATING HOLIDAY MUST BE DESIGNATED BY EMPLOYERS AND NOTIFIED TO EMPLOYEES BY A NOTICE PLACED IN A CONSPICUOUS PLACE BY THE END OF THE PRECEDING YEAR, A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE SAID THAT UNDER THE ORDINANCE, ALL MANUAL EMPLOYEES, INCLUDING DOMESTIC SERVANTS, IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR EARNINGS, AND ALL NON-MANUAL EMPLOYEES EARNING NOT MORE THAN $7 500 A MOnIh, ARE ENTITLED TO THE HOLIDAY.

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

HOLIDAY PAY SHOULD BE EQUIVALENT TO THE EMPLOYEE’S EARNINGS, other than overtime pay, on a normal working day. where the EARNINGS VARY FROM DAY TO DAY, HOLIDAY PAY SHOULD BE THE AVERAGE OF THE DAILY EARNINGS DURING A PERIOD OF 28 DAYS PRECEDING THE HOLIDAY. PAYMENT SHOULD BE MADE ON THE NORMAL PAY DAY.

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

IF THE ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY IS TO BE GRANTED BEFORE THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY, THE EMPLOYER MUST NOTIFY THE EMPLOYEE 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY. IN THE CASE WHERE AN ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY IS TO BE GIVEN AFTER STATUTORY HOLIDAY, THE EMPLOYEE MUST BE NOTIFIED OF THE ARRANGEMENT AT LEAST 48 HOURS BEFORE THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY.

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

ENQUIRIES ABOUT STATUTORY HOLIDAYS MAY BE MADE TO THE NEAREST BRANCH OFFICE OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE. THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS ARE: FOR KOWLOON EAST 3-205638- KOWLOON WEST 3-201652-KOWLOON SOUTH 3-319454- KWUN TONG 3-898520- TSUEN WAN 0-422096-TUEN MUN 0-818443- HONG KONG ISLAND (WEST) 5-268671 AND MONG KONG ISLAND (EAST) 5-282523 EXT. 60.

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DEVELOPMENT FOR LOwER LAM TSUEN VALLEY fc * * * *

ABOc- "'2 HECTARES Oc LAND WILL BE FORMED IN THE LOWER LAM TSUEN RIVER AREA AS PART OF A CONTINUING PROGRAMME FOR THE DEVELCPVEN7 OF TA I PC.

THE TAl PO/FANLING NEW TOwN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR ThE ABOVE PROJECT.

THE LAND FORMED a ILL MAINLY BE USED FOR INDUSTRIAL AND RECREATIONAL PURPOSES AND PROVISION FOR ROADS.

ALSO TO BE INCLUDED IN THE CONTRACT WILL BE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A ROAD SYSTEM TO SERVE THE AREAS TO BE FORMED.

IN ADDITION, PROVISIONS OF FOOTPATHS, CYCLE TRACKS, SUBwAYS AND ROADSIDE AMENITY AREAS WILL ALSO BE MADE.

THE *ORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN AUGUST AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 27 MONTHS TO FINISH.

CHAI WAN ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT * * *

TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED BY THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF ROADS AND DRAINAGES IN CHAI *AN.

WORK ON THE PROJECT INVOLVES THE WIDENING OF A SECTION OF YEE SHUN STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTIONS WITH YEE SHING STREET AND CHAI WAN ROAD AND THE EXTENSION OF SHEUNG ON STREET FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH KA YIP STREET TO CHAI WAN ROAD.

IN ADDITION, IT INCLUDES THE WIDENING AND EXTENSION OF THE EXISTING FUNG YP STREET FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH ON YIP STREET TO SHEUNG ON STREET.

ALSO INCLUDED WILL BE THE CONSTRUCTION OF ASSOCIATED SEWERS AND STORMWATER DRAINS ALONG THESE IMPROVED ROADS.

WORK *ILL START IN SEPTEMBER AND IS EXPECTED TO TAKE SIX MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 1982

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MORSE PARK ANTI-NARCOTICS CONCERT

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HA 3 300 YOUNG PEOPLE WERE THIS (FRIDAY) EVENING ENTERTAINED TO AN A ,TI—NARCOTICS CONCERT AT THE MORSE PARK OPEN-AIR THEATRE ■L MANY '•’ORE TUNED ON TO RTHK RADIO 2 FOR THE LIVE BROADCAST OF THE CONCERT.

THE CONCERT, wHICH WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS AND RTHK RADIO 2, IS AIMED AT CREATING A GREATE- AWARENESS AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE OF THE DANGERS OF DRUG ABUSE AND INVOLVEMENT IN DRUG CRIME.

PERFORMING AT THE TWO-HOUR CONCERT WERE DISC-JOCKEYS OF RTHK RADIO 2 AND WINNERS OF THE SECOND CITY FOLK SONG SINGING CONTEST ORGANISED BY RTHK. THE CONCERT ALSO INCLUDED A SHORT DRAMA WARNING YOUNG PEOPLE NOT TO INVOLVE IN DRUG CRIME.

THE PROGRAMME REACHED ITS HEIGHT WHEN MISS ELIZA CHAN, A WELL-KNOWN LOCAL SINGER WHO RECENTLY RECORDED THE ACAN’S NEW PUBLICITY SONG, +LIVE FOR TOMORROW*, CHARMED THE AUDIENCE WITH THE SONG AND A NUMBER OF OTHER POPULAR SONGS.

OFFICIATING AT A SWITCH-ON CEREMONY BEFORE THE CONCERT WAS MR KARL STUMPF, CHAIRMAN OF THE PREVENTIVE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY SUB-COMMITTEE OF ACAN. MR CHU PUI-HING, HEAD OF CHINESE RADIO PROGRAMMES, RTHK, ALSO OFFICIATED AT A PRESENTATION CEREMONY.

GUESTS ATTENDING THE CONCERT INCLUDED THE HON MARIA TAM-SISTER AQUINAS, CHAIRMAN OF THE SOCIETY FOR THE AID AND REHABILITATION OF DRUG ABUSERS- AND MISS CHEUNG MAN-YEE, CONTROLLER, RADIO PROGRAMMES, RTHK.

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URBAN CLEARWAY IN ABERDEEN * * *

THE SECTION OF ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD BETWEEN OLD MAIN STREET IN ABERDEEN AND THE APPROACH ROAD TO AP LEI CHAU BRIDGE WILL BE DESIGNATED AS AM URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JUNE 23).

VEHICLES WILL NOT 3E ALLOWED TO STOP WITHIN THIS SECTION FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY.

IN CAUSEWAY BAY, THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY ON HENNESSY ROAD BETWEEN LEE GARDEN ROAD AND JARDINE’S BAZAAR WILL ALSO BE DESIGNATED AS AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 10 AM ON THE SAME DAY.

VEHICLES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM STOPPING WITHIN THE SECTION FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS BETWEEN 7 AM AND 12 MIDNIGHT DAILY.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 1982

NIGHT CLOSURE OF SALISBURY ROAD * * *

THE ESTBOUND SECTION OF SALISBURY ROAD BETWEEN MODY LANE AND CHATHAM RT-.D IN TSIM SHA TSUI WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR FOUR CONSECUTIVE NIGHTS BETWEEN 11 PM AND 6 AM FROM MONDAY (JUNE 28).

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 EE DIVERTED TO SALISBURY ROAD EASTBOUNE, SCIENCE MUSEUM ROAD, GRANVILLE ROAD AND CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH.

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FRESH WATER CUT IN KWUN TONG

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN KWUN TONG WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 10 AM TO 3 PM ON SUNDAY (JUNE 27) TO FACILITATE MAINTENANCE WORK, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE PREMISES AFFECTED WILL BE THOSE IN YAU TONG AND THOSE ALONG LEI YUE MUN ROAD AND CHA KWO LING ROAD.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

TELEVISION WELCOMED BY PEOPLE, SURVEY SHOWS ................... 1

STUDENTS REMINDED OF ORIENTATION PROGRAMME .................... 2

HOME AFFAIRS SECRETARY LAUNCHES SUWER YOUTH PROGRAMME........ 3

DEMAND FOR SERVICES AND FACILITIES IN NT INCREASING.......... 4

AUXILIARY LITTER WARDENS TO KEEP BEACHES CLEAN ................ 4

SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS SOLD BY AUCTION............................ 5

PARKING METERS IN TAI HANG..................................... 6

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

RIGHT-TURN BANNED IN NORTH POINT .............................. 6

DIETING OF BUS ONLY LANE RESTRICTIONS IN NORTH POINT......... 7

FIRING PRACTICE AT HA TSUEN AND CASTLE PEAK.................... 8

SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 1982

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TELEVISION WELCOMED BY PEOPLE, SURVEY SHOWS * M * *

HONG KONG PEOPLE GENERALLY WELCOME THE ROLE OF TELEVISION IN THEIR LIVES, AND BELIEVE IT EXERCISES A BENEFICIAL INFLUENCE ON SOCIETY, EVEN TO THE EXTENT OF STRENGTHENING FAMILY TIES.

THERE ARE ALSO INDICATIONS THAT THIS POSITIVE ATTITUDE IS MORE PREVALENT NOW THAN TWO YEARS AGO.

TELEVISION VIEWING IS ALSO THOUGHT OF AS RECREATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL.

THESE ARE SOME OF THE PRINCIPAL FINDINGS OF A SECOND SURVEY UNDERTAKEN BY THE GOVERNMENT TO ASSESS PUBLIC ATTITUDES TO TELEVISION.

THE FIRST SURVEY WAS HELD IN 1980.

THE TWO PROJECTS WERE DESIGNED TO BE COMPARABLE, SO AS TO MEASURE CHANGES IN ATTITUDES.

MORE SURVEYS WILL BE HELD IN THE FUTURE.

THE LATEST SURVEY, WHICH COVERED A SAMPLE OF 1 000 CHINESE VIEWERS IN A CROSS-SECTION OF AGE AND INCOME GROUPS, WAS COMMISSIONED BY THE TELEVISION AUTHORITY AND CONDUCTED BY AGB MCNAIR HONG KONG LTD., A COMPANY SPECIALISING IN PUBLIC OPINION AND CONSUMER RESEARCH.

THE TELEVISION AUTHORITY, MR NIGEL WATT, IN PRESENTING THE RESULTS OF THE SURVEY TO THE PRESS AND MEDIA TODAY, SAID THAT THERE WAS GENERAL SATISFACTION WITH THE NUMBER OF TV CHANNELS, THE BALANCE OF PROGRAMME CATEGORIES AND THE LENGTH OF AIR-TIME, ALTHOUGH THE NUMBER WANTING MORE AIR-TIME HAD GROWN OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS.

IN TERMS OF QUALITY OF PRODUCTION, LOCAL TV PRODUCTIONS ARE RATED SECOND ONLY TO THOSE FROM THE US AND CONSIDERED TO BE IMPROVING.

THERE IS DEFINITE SUPPORT FOR SOME FORM OF CENSORSHIP AND PEOPLE BELIEVE THE TVA SHOULD CONTINUE TO CONTROL STANDARDS IN LINE WITH EXISTING PUBLIC ATTITUDES.

MOST PEOPLE BELIEVED TELEVISION INFLUENCE TO BE GOOD RATHER THAN HARMFUL. FEWER PEOPLE NOW CRITICISE, AS TOO LOOSE, THE CONTROLS EXERCISED OVER SEX, VIOLENCE AND TRIAD LANGUAGE, THAN WAS THE CASE IN 1980. EVEN SO, RATHER MORE THAN HALF THE POPULATION ARE IN FAVOUR OF A LITTLE MORE CONTROL OVER THE LAST TWO CATEGORIES.

BOTH VIOLENCE AND SEX ARE CONSIDERED MORE ACCEPTABLE AFTER 11 PM AND THE KIND OF VIOLENCE SHOWN IN KUNG-FU PICTURES IS SEEN AS LESS SHOCKING AND THUS MORE ACCEPTABLE THAN THAT IN MODERN DRAMAS.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 1982

ALTHOUGH MOST PARENTS BELIEVE IN EXERCISING SOME CONTROL OVER WHAT THEIR CHILDREN WATCH, IT IS COMMON PRACTICE FOR PARENTS TO ALLOW CHILDREN AGED 5-14 TO WATCH TV UNTIL AT LEAST 10 PM. THEY ARE HAPPY WITH THE AMOUNT OF CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMES AND GENERALLY SATISFIED WITH THE NUMBER OF THESE LOCALLY PRODUCED.

MOST PEOPLE ARE AWARE OF GOVERNMENT CONTROL OVER ADVERTISING STANDARDS. PEOPLE CONSIDER RESTRICTED ADVERTISING HOURS AS APPLICABLE TO CIGARETTES AND LIQUOR.

A MAJORITY CLAIM TO BE IN FAVOUR OF EXTENDING THE CURRENT RESTRICTIONS BEYOND 6.30 PM BUT 60 PER CENT CONSIDER 8 PM TO BE SUFFICIENTLY STRINGENT.

A MAJORITY ALSO BELIEVE THERE SHOULD BE A LITTLE MORE CONTROL OVER ADVERTISEMENTS FOR CIGARETTES, LIQUOR, PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS AND CHINESE MEDICINES BUT ARE GENERALLY SATISFIED WITH THE STANDARDS MAINTAINED.

COMMENTING ON THE SURVEY RESULTS, THE TELEVISION AUTHORITY, MR NIGEL WATT, SAID THAT THE FINDINGS SHOW THAT CHINESE VIEWERS ARE MORE SATISFIED WITH TV PROGRAMMING NOW THAN TWO YEARS AGO. HE NOTED THAT SOME OF THE PROGRAMME CATEGORIES, SUCH AS CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMES, WHICH HAD BEEN PARTICULARLY WELL RECEIVED, WERE THOSE WHICH THE TV STATIONS WERE REQUIRED TO IMPROVE AS PART OF THEIR LICENCE RENEWAL TERMS LAST YEAR. THESE TERMS WERE LAID DOWN BY THE GOVERNMENT FOLLOWING ADVICE RECEIVED FROM THE TELEVISION ADVISORY BOARD.

MR WATT ADDED, *1 ALSO TAKE PARTICULAR NOTE OF THE CONTINUING CONCERN FOR ADEQUATE CONTROL OF VIOLENCE AND TRIAD LANGUAGE ON TV AND MY STAFF AND I WILL CONTINUE TO EXERCISE PARTICULAR VIGILANCE IN THESE AREAS+.

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STUDENTS REMINDED OF ORIENTATION PROGRAMME * X X X

STUDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN ADMITTED TO SCHOOLS IN BRITAIN ARE REMINDED THAT A SPECIAL PRE-DEPARTURE ORIENTATION PROGRAMME WILL BE HELD BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND HANG SENG BANK ON TUESDAY.

THE PROGRAMME, WHICH WILL INCLUDE TALKS, SLIDE PRESENTATION AND GROUP DISCUSSIONS, WILL BE HELD AT THE AUDITORIUM OF HANG SENG BANK AT 77 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL.

AN OFFICER FROM THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT WILL ADVISE STUDENTS ON THE PROCEDURES OF APPLYING FOR A VISA, AND THERE WILL BE A SLIDE PRESENTATION OF INFORMATION ON STUDYING IN BRITAIN.

FOUR STUDENTS WHO HAVE STUDIED IN BRITAIN WILL ALSO BE ON HAND TO ANSWER QUERIES CONCERNING THEIR EXPERIENCES THERE.

STUDENTS WHO WANT TO TAKE PART IN THE ORIENTATION PROGRAMME MAY OBTAIN TICKETS FOR ADMISSION AT THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIP SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT ROOM 1522, LEIGHTON CENTRE, 77 LEIGHTON ROAD AND THE EDUCATION ADVISORY SERVICE OF HANG SENG BANK LTD AT CAMBRIDGE COURT, 3/F.» 84 WATERLOO ROAD.

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''CHE AFFAIRS SECRETARY LAUNCHES SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME *****

' YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WILL OFFER AN OPPORTUNITY FOR INCREASED LOCAL INITIATIVE AND DIRECTION AS A RESULT OF THE STRENGTHENING OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AND THE FORMATION OF THE DISiRiCT BOARDS, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON DAVID AKERS-JONES, ANNOUNCED TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE LAUNCHING CEREMONY OF THE 1982 SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM IN WAN CHAI, HE SAID, SINCE THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME BEGAN 14 YEARS AGO, HONG KONG SOCIETY HAS GONE THROUGH A PERIOD OF REMARKABLE CHANGE. ATTITUDES ARE CHANGING- TASTES AND FASHIONS CHANGE AND LOYALTIES SHIFT- AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE EXPANDED AND ALTERED.

THESE CHANGES THERE REMAINS A CLEAR NEED TO PROVIDE INTEREST, ENJOYMENT AND ACHIEVEMENT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE DURING THE LONG, HOT WEEKS OF THE SUMMER.+

MR AKERS-JONES NOTED THAT THIS YEAR’S PROGRAMME WOULD PROVIDE A WIDE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.

MORE THAN 8 OOO OUTDOOR AND INDOOR ACTIVITIES ARE BEING ORGANISED THIS YEAR FOR PEOPLE BETWEEN SIX AND 25. MOSTLY ATHLETIC AND RECREATIONAL IN NATURE, THESE ACTIVITIES AIM TO HELP THEM DEVELOP TH!,R SKILLS AND INTERESTS AND GIVE THEM VALUABLE EXPERIENCE IN COMMUNITY LIVING.

MORE THAN 500 GUESTS FROM VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, TOGETHER WITH 1 500 YOUTHS ATTENDED TODAY’S OPENING CEREMONY. AMONG THE GUESTS WERE STEWARD OF THE JOCKEY CLUB, W LAMSON KWOK: CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL, MR HILTON CHEONG-LEEN; REGIONAL SECRETARY (HONG KONG AND KOWLOON), MR GRAHAM BARNES: COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR BARRsE WIGGHAM: DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE, MR Y.F. HUI.

AT THE CEREMONY, MR AKERS-JONES PRESENTED SOUVENIRS TO CHAIRMEN OF THE 18 DISTRICT YOUTH RECREATION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEES AND TO MR LAMSON KWOK IN RECOGNITION OF JOCKEY CLUB’S $5.5 MILLION DONATION TOWARDS THE 1982 SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB HAS BEEN THE MAIN SUPPORTER OF THE ANNUAL SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME SINCE 1969. PART OF ITS DONATION THIS YEAR WILL BE USED TO FINANCE PERMANENT FACILITIES FOR YOUTH RECREATION AND OUTWARD BOUND SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR OUTSTANDING YOUNG PEOPLE TAKING PART IN THE PROGRAMME.

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DEM.MD FOR SERVICES AND FACILITIES IN NT INCREASING * * * *

THE DEMAND FOR BETTER COMMUNITY SERVICE AND FACILITIES IS INCREASING IN THE NEW TERRITORIES COMMUNITY WHICH IS UNDERGOING RAPID CHANGES WITH THE INFLUX OF POPULATION INTO THE NEW TOWNS AND MARKET TOWNS.

THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR IAN MACPHERSON, SAID THIS TONIGHT AT THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY AND LADIES NIGHT CHARITY BALL OF THE LIONS CLUB OF THE NEW TERRITORIES HELD AT A KOWLOON RESTAURANT.

HE STRESSED THAT THE SUPPORT AND CONTRIBUTION FROM SUCH BODIES AS THE LIONS CLUB WERE THEREFORE NEEDED MORE THAN EVER.

HE POINTED OUT THAT IN ITS FIVE YEARS’ HISTORY, THE CLUB HAD DEMONSTRATED A KEEN AWARENESS OF COMMUNITY NEEDS AND CONTRIBUTED GENEROUSLY TOWARDS THE WELL-BEING OF THE PEOPLE IN THE NEW TERRITOR IES.

MR MACPHERSON ADDEDi +YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE WALK FOR MILLION, THE LIONS WALK FOR CHARITY, THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO PAVILIONS AT NGONG TONG HILL IN SHA TIN AND BRIDES POOL IN TAI PO- FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO FAMILIES OF THE WELL ACCIDENT VICTIMS AT HO SHEUNG VILLAGE IN SHEUNG SHUI- A DONATION TO THE HONG KONG EYE BANK-AND THE CONTRIBUTION TO THE GIRL GUIDES ASSOCIATION FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE YUEN LONG RECREATION CENTRE, ARE JUST BUT A FEW CF THE MANY EXAMPLES OF THE FINE AND MEANINGFUL WORK DONE BY YOUR LION BROTHERS RECENTLY.*

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AUXILIARY LITTER WARDENS TO KEEP BEACHES CLEAN * * * *

FROM JULY 1, AUXILIARY LITTER WARDENS WILL BE PATROLLING PUBLIC BEACHES ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS TO HELP KEEP THEM CLEAN, BY ADVISING PEOPLE ON PROPER RUBBISH CONTROL.

THE AUXILIARY LITTER WARDENS ARE POST-SECONDARY STUDENTS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, CHINESE UNIVERSITY, HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, KWAI CHUNG TECHNICAL INSTITUTE AND LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE.

MORE THAN 500 STUDENTS WILL BE DEPLOYED ON 11 PUBLIC BEACHES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES IN JULY AND AUGUST THIS YEAR.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NTSD URGED BEACH-GOERS TO BRING ALONG BAGS FOR LITTER DISPOSAL AND TO USE THE LITTER BINS.

LITTERBUGS ARE LIABLE TO A FINE OF $5 000 AND TO IMPRISONMENT FOR SIX MONTHS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 1982

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SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS SOLD BY AUCTION * * * *

TWENTY-NINE SPECIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE SOLD BY AUCTION THIS MORNING (SATURDAY) FOR A TOTAL OF $425 900 WHICH WILL GO INTO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND FOR CHARITY PURPOSES.

THE AUCTION HELD AT THE COMMITTEE ROOM, QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM, WAN CHAI, SAW THE REGISTRATION NUMBER 663 FETCH THE HIGHEST PRICE OF $155 000.

ANOTHER NUMBER BE 5 WAS SOLD AT THE SECOND HIGHEST PRICE CF $50 100 WHILE THE LOWEST PRICE WAS $1 000 FOR CU 8213 AND CU 8885.

THE OTHER SPECIAL REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE SOLD AT THE FOLLOWING PRICES:

CT 668 $6 500 HK2329 $3 100 BG 802 $3 500

CU 126 $2 200 AL8823 $9 200 2889 $27 000

CV 85 $25 000 CU 321 $3 400 AS1982 $1 700

AA 740 $3 000 BM 600 $10 600 CU2888 $5 000

CU8628 $1 300 CU 113 $4 000 CU 609 $1 500

CU 908 $2 000 CU 280 $10 000 CD 353 $2 100

CU 168 $28 000 CU 299 $2 800 HK9988 $35 000

CT7688 $1 100 AC 282 $11 000 AG 868 $9 700

CR 123 $10 100

NUMBERS CT3O9O, CU1973, CU1O36, AF3962, CV1081, AND CV7813 WERE WITHDRAWN FROM SALE.

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY IN CASH OR BY CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE BIDDING.

THE NUMBERS AUCTIONED WILL BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO VEHICLES REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WITHIN 12 MONTHS CF THE DATE OF AUCTION.

TODAY’S SALE, THE 76TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973, BROUGHT THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR CHARITY REALISED SO FAR TO $25 563 432.

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PARKING METERS IN TAI HANG

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PARKING METERS WILL BE INSTALLED IN THE TAI HANG AREA FROM 8 AM ON MONDAY (JUNE 28).

THE METERED SPACES WILL BE ON THE KERBSIDE LANES OF WUN SHA STREET, SUN CHUN STREET, LAI YIN LANE, ORMSBY STREET, BROWN STREET, WARREN STREET, JONES STREET, SCHOOL STREET, KING STREET AND SHEPHERD STREET.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF KO SHAN ROAD X X

KO SHAN ROAD NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH SHANSI STREET IN TO KWA WAN WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JUNE 28) FOR ABOUT FIVE DAYS FOR CABLE WORKS.

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

ONE WAY

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

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RIGHT-TURN BANNED IN NORTH POINT * * *

FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JUNE 28), VEHICLES TRAVELLING Ai nwr SHUI R0AD WILL N0T BE 4LL0WED To TURN

INTO JIv™OAS{MWl^M^So'eBHET;™';ilTRE* K'"S’S R0‘D WESTB°UND

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LIFTING OF BUS ONLY LANE RESTRICTIONS IN NORTH POINT

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A NUMBER OF BUS ONLY LANE RESTRICTIONS IN NORTH POINT WILL BE LIFTED FROM 7 AM ON MONDAY (JUNE 28).

THEY ARE;-

* THE EASTBOUND KERBSIDE LANE OF CAUSEWAY ROAD BETWEEN A POINT ABOUT 150 METRES AND A POINT ABOUT 58 METRES WEST OF HING FAT STREET:

* THE EASTBOUND KERBSIDE LANE OF WING HING STREET BETWEEN HING FAT STREET AND KING’S ROAD:

* THE EASTBOUND KERBSIDE LANE OF KING’S ROAD BETWEEN LAU

LI STREET AND POWER STREET: AND

* THE EASTBOUND KERBSIDE LANE OF KING’S ROAD BETWEEN NORTH POINT ROAD AND JAVA ROAD.

MEANWHILE, SAI ON STREET IN ABERDEEN WILL BE DESIGNATED AS A

BUS ONLY LANE FROM 10 AM ON THE SAME DAY.

THE CARRIAGEWAY WILL BE RESERVED EXCLUSIVELY FOR FRANCHISED BUSES BETWEEN 7 AM AND 7 PM DAILY.

THIS WILL ALSO APPLY TO TUNG SING ROAD BETWEEN SAI ON STREET AND LOK YEUNG STREET.

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FIRING PRACTICE AT HA TSUEN AND CASTLE PEAK

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FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE HA TSUEN AND CASTLE PEAK RANGE FOR 25 DAYS NEXT MONTH.

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

THE DATES AND TIMES OF THE FIRING PRACTICE ARE AS FOLLOWSi-

DATE TIME

JULY 2 (FRIDAY) 9 AM - 4.30 PM

JULY 5 (MONDAY) 9 AM - 6.30 PM

JULY 6 (TUESDAY) 8.30 AM - 11 PM

JULY 7 (WEDNESDAY) 8.30 AM - 6.30 PM

JULY 8 (THURSDAY) 8.30 AM - 6.30 PM

JULY 9 (FRIDAY) 8.30 AM - 4.30 PM

JULY 10 (SATURDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

JULY 12 (MONDAY) 9 AM - 6.30 PM

JULY 13 (TUESDAY) 8.30 AM - 6.30 PM

JULY 14 (WEDNESDAY) 8.30 AM - 6.30 PM

JULY 15 (THURSDAY) 8.30 AM - 6.30 PM

JULY 16 (FRIDAY) 8.30 AM - 4.30 PM

JULY 17 (SATURDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

JULY 19 (MONDAY) 9 AM - 11 PM

JULY 20 (TUESDAY) 8 AM - 6 PM

JULY 21 (WEDNESDAY) 8 AM - 6 PM

JULY 22 (THURSDAY) 8 AM - 6 PM

JULY 23 (FRIDAY) 8 AM - 4.30 PM

JULY 24 (SATURDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

JULY 26 (MONDAY) 9 AM - 5 PM

JULY 27 (TUESDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

JULY 28 (WEDNESDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

JULY 29 (THURSDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

JULY 30 (FRIDAY) 8 AM - 4.30 PM

JULY 31 (SATURDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, JUNE 27, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

AIRPORT TUNNEL TO BE PARTIALLY OPENED TUESDAY .............. 1

PUBLIC WARNED ABOUT BOGUS HEALTH INSPECTORS ................ 2

FERRY PIER REDEVELOPMENT PLANNED ........................... 3

INDUSTRIAL SAFETY MUSIC CONTEST WINNERS .................... 3

COMMISSIONER OF INDUSTRY TO CHAIR TOKYO SEMINAR............. 4

NIGHT CLOSURE OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD .......................... 4

NEW AID TO ENGLISH TEACHING INTRODUCED...................... 5

WATER SPORTS CAMPS FOR SHA TIN YOUTHS ...................... 6

FRESH WATER CUT IN KOWLOON AND SAI KUNG .................... 6

RECRUITS SOUGHT FOR CORRECTIONAL SERVICES .................. 7

RICH RESERVOIR OF MUSICAL TALENT IN HONG KONG .............. 8

SUNDAY, JUNE 27, 1982

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AIRPORT TUNNEL TO BE PARTIALLY OPENED TUESDAY M M M M M

THE AIRPORT TUNNEL, WILL BE PARTIALLY OPENED TO TRAFFIC FROM 3 PM ON TUESDAY (JUNE 29).

INITIALLY ONE TUBE OF THE TWIN-TUBE TUNNEL WILL BE OPENED, AND WILL PROVIDE A FREE-OF-TOLL, 24-HOUR DAILY SERVICE FOR TWO-WAY TRAFFIC THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (SUNDAY), A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID! +THE OPENING OF THE TUNNEL WILL PROVIDE A NEW AND FAST LINK FOR TRAFFIC BETWEEN KWUN TONG AND THE TO KWA WAN/HUNG HOM AREA.*

THE 1 260-METRE TUNNEL RUNS BETWEEN SAN SHAN INTERCHANGE IN THE SOUTH AND THE KOWLOON BAY RECLAMATION AREA IN THE EAST, PASSING UNDER THE MAIN RUNWAY OF KAI TAK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

+NOT ALL VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO USE THE TUNNEL,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+FOR INSTANCE, ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES, LEARNER DRIVERS, DANGEROUS GOODS VEHICLES CARRYING DANGEROUS GOODS OF CATEGORIES NOS. 1, 2 OR 5, CYCLISTS AND PEDESTRIANS WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE TUNNEL AREA WHICH COVERS THE EAST KOWLOON WAY, THE AIRPORT TUNNEL, THE SAN SHAN INTERCHANGE AND PART OF THE GRADESEPARATED INTERCHANGE AT THE EASTERN END OF THE TUNNEL.*

IN ADDITION, VEHICLES OF THE FOLLOWING DIMENSIONS, WHICH INCLUDE THE LOAD OR ANY EQUIPMENT ATTACHED TO THE VEHICLES, ARE PROHIBITED FROM TRAVELLING THROUGH THE TUNNEL, BUT WILL BE PERMITTED TO USE THE EAST KOWLOON WAY BETWEEN SAN SHAN ROAD AND FAT KWONG STREETi-

M HEIGHT IN EXCESS OF 4.65 METRES; OR

* WIDTH IN EXCESS OF 2.74 METRES? OR

* LENGTH IN EXCESS OF 12.9 METRES; OR

* IF DRAWING A TRAILER, A COMBINED LENGTH IN EXCESS OF

18.3 METRES.

IN CONNECTION WITH THE OPENING OF THE TUNNEL, MOTORISTS SHOULD OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING TRAFFIC ROUTINGS!

ROUTING FOR KWUN TONG-BOUND TRAFFIC

KWUN TONG-BOUND TRAFFIC FROM HONG KONG, TSIM SHA TSUI AND HUNG HOM, WISHING TO USE THE TUNNEL, SHOULD PROCEED VIA EAST KOWLOON WAY AND ENTER THE TUNNEL AT THE NORTHERN END OF THE EAST KOWLOON WAY.

AFTER EXITING FROM THE TUNNEL IN KOWLOON BAY, TRAFFIC HEADING FOR KWUN TONG INDUSTRIAL AREA AND KWUN TONG TOWN CENTRE SHOULD PROCEED ALONG THE UNNAMED ROAD ACROSS THE KOWLOON BAY RECLAMATION AREA AND JOIN THE EASTBOUND WAI YIP STREET AT THE SIGNAL-CONTROLLED JUNCTION.

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TRAFFIC WISHING TO REACH THE AIRPORT AIR CARGO TERMINAL SHOULD TURN LEFT ON LEAVING THE TUNNEL AT A LOCATION AS INDICATED BY THE GANTRY SIGN.

THOSE HEADING FOR CHOI HUNG AREA SHOULD PROCEED, ON LEAVING THE TUNNEL, STRAIGHT AHEAD ALONG THE UNNAMED ROAD ACROSS KOWLOON BAY AREA UNTIL OUTSIDE KAI YIP ESTATE AND THEN JOIN THE NORTHBOUND WAI YIP STREET VIA THE TEMPORARY SLIP ROAD.

TRAFFIC ON NORTHBOUND EAST KOWLOON WAY FOR THE AIRPORT PASSENGER TERMINAL SHOULD NOT USE THE TUNNEL. THEY SHOULD JOIN KOWLOON CITY ROAD VIA THE SLIP ROAD AT THE NORTHERN END OF EAST KOWLOON WAY NEAR SAN SHAN ROAD.

ROUTING FOR TRAFFIC FROM KWUN TONG AREA

TRAFFIC FROM KWUN TONG HEADING FOR TO KWA WAN, TSIM SHA TSUI OR THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL SHOULD USE NORTHBOUND WAI YIP STREET AND THEN TURN LEFT AT THE SIGNAL-CONTROLLED JUNCTION NEAR THE KOWLOON BAY TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA TO ENTER THE UNNAMED ROAD TO JOIN THE TUNNEL.

ON LEAVING THE TUNNEL, TRAFFIC FOR TO KWA WAN SHOULD BEAR LEFT AND USE SAN SHAN ROAD. TRAFFIC FOR CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL AND TSIM SHA TSUI SHOULD, ON LEAVING THE TUNNEL, PROCEED STRAIGHT ALONG THE EAST KOWLOON WAY TO ENTER CHATHAM ROAD NORTH NEAR FAT KWONG STREET.

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PUBLIC WARNED ABOUT BOGUS HEALTH INSPECTORS * * * *

THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT TODAY WARNED THE PUBLIC AGAINST PEOPLE POSING AS HEALTH INSPECTORS AND CANVASSING run LOANS.

. ®^E«ALS9MPLA,NTS HAD BEEN RECEIVED RECENTLY ABOUT PERSONS SOLICITING MONEY FROM RESTAURANTS AND FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, A NTSD SPOKESMAN SAID.

nr-oT..,!?VF5T,GAT,0NS REVEALED THAT ONE PERSON TELEPHONED SOME IMI NG TO BE AN OFFICER WHO HAD PREVIOUSLY VISITED TntIR PREMISES.

THE MATTER HAS BEEN REPORTED TO THE POLICE.

non-rle! THEN ASKED F0R A +loan+ AND ARRANGED FOR HIS

♦BROTHER-IN-LAW* TO COLLECT IT.

™E SFOKESM^ SA,D BONA-FIDE HEALTH INSPECTORS OF THE DEPARTMENT WERE NOT INVOLVED.

HE URGED RESTAURANT OPERATORS TO REPORT IMMEDIATELY TO THE POLICE OR ICAC IF THEY ARE APPROACHED BY PEOPLE FOR +LOANS+.

THE PUBLIC CAN CHECK THE IDENTITY OF HEALTH INSPECTORS BY CALLING THE DISTRICT URBAN SERVICES OFFICES OF THE NTSD OR BY ASKING THEM TO PRODUCE THEIR GOVERNMENT IDENTITY CARDS AND DEPARTMENTAL WARRANT CARDS.

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FERRY PIER REDEVELOPMENT PLANNED * * *

THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE CONSTRUCT INS A NEW PIER WITHIN 6 890 SQUARE METRES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED OPPOSITE JUBILEE STREET AND CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL.

THE PROJECT IS IN CONNECTION WITH THE REDEVELOPMENT OF THE JUBILEE STREET FERRY PIER TO PROVIDE IMPROVED AND EXTENDED FERRY SERVICES FOR VEHICLES AND PASSENGERS.

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

ANY PERSON HAVING OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL OR CLAIMS OF PRIVATE RIGHTS SHOULD WRITE TO THE DIRECTOR OF LANDS WITHIN TWO MONTHS.

A NOTICE, IN CHINESE AND ENGLISH, WITH ITS RELATED PLAN IS POSTED NEAR THE SITE.

THE PLAN SHOWING THE AREA OF FORESHORE AND SEABED INVOLVED MAY ALSO BE SEEN AT THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING, 5TH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

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INDUSTRIAL SAFETY MUSIC CONTEST WINNERS

* * *

THE +MERCURY GROUP*, FORMED BY SIX WORKERS, CLINCHED THE WINNING TITLE OF THE VOCAL SECTION AND THE BEST PERFORMANCE AWARD IN THE GRAND FINAL OF THE EAST KOWLOON DISTRICT INDUSTRIAL SAFETY MUSIC CONTEST HELD AT THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL TONIGHT (SUNDAY).

A FOUR-STUDENT GROUP WON THE INSTRUMENTAL SECTION IN THE CONTEST AND THE BEST ARRANGEMENT AWARD ORGANISED FOR THE FIRST TIME BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT.

THE TWO WINNERS WERE EACH AWARDED A CASH PRIZE OF $3 000.

SPECIAL PRIZES OF |1 000 EACH WERE AWARDED FOR BEST PERFORMANCE AND FOR BEST ARRANGEMENT RESPECTIVELY OF THE THEME SONG +SAFETY AT WORK*.

PRIZES WERE PRESENTED BY THE ACTING CHIEF FACTORY INSPECTOR CF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, MR YIP YUK-LUN, AND THE ASSISTANT MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR (PROFESSIONAL) OF THE MUSIC OFFICE, NR WANG YAU-SAM.

TO HIGHLIGHT THE EVENING, MISS ELISA CHAN ENTERTAINED THE CAPACITY CROWD WITH POPULAR SONGS.

THE CONTEST WAS TO PROMOTE INTEREST IN MUSIC AND INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AMONG RESIDENTS AND WORKERS IN THE EAST KOWLOON DISTRICT.

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COMMISSIONER OF INDUSTRY TO CHAIR TOKYO SEMINAR

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THE COMMISSIONER OF INDUSTRY, MR PETER TSAO WILL LEAVE FOR TOKYO ON TUESDAY (JUNE 29) TO CHAIR AN INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT SEMINAR ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRY AND THE JAPAN EXTERNAL TRADE ORGANISATION (JETRO).

THE SEMINAR, TO BE HELD ON JULY 1 AT THE JETRO OFFICE, WILL CENTRE ON DISCUSSING WITH JAPANESE INDUSTRIALISTS THE POSSIBILITIES FOR INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT IN HONG KONG AND BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR JAPANESE INVESTORS.

MR TSAO WILL PAY COURTESY CALLS ON MR J. WHITEHEAD, MINISTER OF THE BRITISH EMBASSY- MR N. TAKASHIMA, DIRECTOR OF THE NORTH ASIA DIVISION, INTERNATIONAL TRADE POLICY BUREAU OF THE MINISTRY OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND INDUSTRY (MITI)- MR K. FUJITA, DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE BUREAU OF INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC COOPERATION, MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND MR Y. YAMADA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF JETRO.

AT THE SEMINAR, MR TSAO WILL DELIVER A SPEECH DETAILING HONG KONG’S INVESTMENT ENVIRONMENT. THREE OTHER SPEAKERS WILL ALSO GIVE ADVICE TO JAPANESE INDUSTRIALISTS ON ESTABLISHING INDUSTRIAL PROJECTS. THEY ARE MR VIC MILLER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATES CORPORATION- MR RICHARD HALE, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE HONG KONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION, TOKYO OFFICE AND MR J. TAKADA, ADVISOR OF SUNNY HOSE CO. LTD.

BEFORE CONCLUDING HIS VISIT, MR TSAO WILL MEET OFFICIALS AT THE JAPAN INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AGENCY AS WELL AS Hi A. YASUI, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE JAPAN OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION AND MR M. YASUDA OF THE PRIVATE INVESTMENT COOPERATION OF ASIA.

HE WILL ALSO VISIT THE NISSAN MOTOR AND TOSHIBA TV PLANTS, BEFORE RETURNING TO HONG KONG ON JULY 6.

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NIGHT CLOSURE OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD * * *

c, 1D ££?ILLPEAK R0AD “TWEEN SHING MUN ROAD AND THE WESTERN SLIP ROAD OF KWOK SHU I ROAD IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN onxF0R THREE CONSECUTIVE MORNINGS STARTING FROM lUtoDAT (JUNE 29).

THIS IS TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FOOTBRIDGE.

DURING THE CLOSURE, EASTBOUND TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA SHING MUN ROAD, TEXACO ROAD AND KWOK SHU I ROAD TO REJOIN CASTLE J*** R0AR- WESTBOUND TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA KWOK SHU I ROAD, TEXACO ROAD, TSUEN FU STREET AND TSUEN WAH STREET TO REJOIN CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

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NEW AID TO ENGLISH TEACHING INTRODUCED

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THE ELUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL SPEND $11.4 MILLION DURING THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR TO INSTALL A NEW AUDIO-AID TO ENGLISH TEACHING IN SCHOOLS.

CALLED THE WIRE-FREE INDUCTION LOOP SYSTEM. THE NEW EQUIPMENT IS PART OF THE DEPARTMENT’S I32O-MILLION PACKAGE AIMED AT IMPROVING THE STANDARDS OF ENGLISH AND CHINESE AT SCHOOL AND IN THE COMMUNITY.

THE SYSTEM WILL ENABLE PUPILS WEARING INDIVIDUAL HEADPHONES NOT CONNECTED TO ANY POWER SOURCE, TO PICK UP PRE-RECORDED MATERIALS TRANSMITTED FROM A TAPE-RECORDER OR OTHER BROADCAST SOURCES BY MEANS OF A WIRE LOOP FITTED ON CLASSROOM WALLS.

IT HAS BEEN TRIED OUT IN TWO SECONDARY AND THREE PRIMARY SCHOOLS DURING THE CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR FOR THE TEACHING OF ENGLISH, AND HAS GIVEN SATISFACTORY RESULTS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ADVISORY INSPECTORATE SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

A CIRCULAR EXPLAINING THE SYSTEM HAS RECENTLY BEEN ISSUED TO HEADS OF SCHOOLS. IT IS HOPED THAT THE SYSTEM WILL BE INSTALLED IN ALL GOVERNMENT, AIDED AND NON-PROFIT-MAKING SCHOOLS BY THE END OF FEBRUARY 1983, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

INITIALLY, EACH OF THESE SCHOOLS WILL HAVE ONE +LOOPED+ CLASSROOM.

NOTING THAT THE SYSTEM IS A BRAND NEW CONCEPT TO MOST TEACHERS AND STUDENTS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IT WOULD PROVIDE EVERY STUDENT WITH AN EXCELLENT MODEL OF SPOKEN ENGLISH WHICH HE OR SHE COULD LISTEN TO WITHOUT INTERFERENCE FROM OUTSIDE NOISE.

WITH THE SYSTEM, TEACHERS CAN DIVIDE THEIR CLASSES INTO GROUPS SO THAT THEY CAN CONCENTRATE ON DIFFERENT LEARNING ACTIVITIES WITHOUT INTERRUPTING EACH OTHER. THIS FACILITY MAKES THE LOOP SYSTEM PARTICULARLY VALUABLE FOR REMEDIAL TEACHING.

THE SYSTEM CAN ALSO BE USED FOR TEACHING OTHER LANGUAGES, SUCH AS PUTONGHUA AND COMMERCIAL SUBJECTS.

THE DEPARTMENT’S ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING CENTRE HAS A VARIETY OF TAPES SUITABLE FOR USE AT ALL PRIMARY AND SECONDARY LEVELS.

IN ADDITION, SCHOOLS WILL BE GIVEN SUBVENTIONS TO PURCHASE COMMERCIALLY-PRODUCED TAPES WHICH THEY CONSIDER SUITABLE FOR THEIR OWN CLASSES.

TO ENSURE THAT TEACHERS CAN MAKE THE BEST USE OF THE SYSTEM, THE DEPARTMENT WILL CONDUCT A SERIES OF SEMINARS FOR THEM STARTING FROM SEPTEMBER.

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WATER SPORTS CAMPS FOR SHA TIN YOUTHS * * *

A /ATER SPORTS RECREATION CAMP PROGRAMME IS BEING ORGANISED FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN SHA TIN DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS TO PROMOTE A WIDER INTEREST IN WATER SPORTS.

THE PROGRAMME, PLANNED BY THE SHA TIN DISTRICT YOUTH RECREATION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, WILL ENABLE YOUTHS TO LEARN CANOEING AND SAILING AT THE TAI MEI TUK WATER SPORTS CENTRE IN TAI PO.

JOINTLY SPONSORED BY THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE, RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE, SHA TIN RURAL COMMITTEE, WO CHE COMMUNITY HALL AND SHA KOK COMMUNITY HALL, THE SUMMER PROGRAMME COMPRISES TWO IWO-DAY CAMPS — THE FIRST TO BEGIN ON TUESDAY, JULY 20, AND THE OTHER ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 6.

THE CAMPS ARE OPEN TO MEN AND WOMEN AGED 16 TO 25. HOWEVER, TO QUALIFY FOR PARTICIPATION, ONE MUST BE A SWIMMER WHO CAN FINISH 50 METRES.

THE COST FOR EACH TWO-DAY CAMP WILL BE $30 PER PERSON, INCLUDING ACCOMMODATION FOR A NIGHT, MEALS, TRANSPORT AND EXPENSES FOR HIRING BOATS.

+CANOE PADDLING AND DINGHY SAILING ARE TWO POPULAR SPORTS IN TAI MEI TUK AND QUALIFIED COACHES WILL GIVE FREE INSTRUCTIONS TO BEGINNERS,* A SPOKESMAN SAID.

ENROLMENT TO THE CAMPS BEGINS TOMORROW (MONDAY).

+THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS FOR THE TWO CAMPS WILL BE LIMITED TO 40, AND APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED ON A FIRST-COME—FIRST-SERVED BASIS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE OBTAINABLE FROM THE SHA TIN RURAL COMMITTEE AND ALL COMMUNITY HALLS IN SHA TIN. FURTHER INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED BY TELEPHONING 0-619424.

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FRESH WATER CUT IN KOWLOON AND SAI KUNG 4 * K

UH, nrErH^rATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN AREAS IN KOWLOON AND SAI KUNG WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVERAL HOURS FROM TUESDAY EVENING (JUNE 29) UNTIL EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING TO FACILITATE MAINS WORKS.

PREMISES BOUNDED BY SHEUNG HEI STREET, TSEUK LUK STREET, TAI YAU STREET AND CHOI HUNG ROAD IN WONG TAI SIN WILL HAVE NO WATER SUPPLY FOR EIGHT HOURS FROM 10 PM ON TUESDAY TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY (JUNE 30).

PREM,SES ALONG CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD BETWEEN CLEAR WATER BAY APARTMENT AND HIRAM’S HIGHWAY, INCLUDING PIK UK PRISON, PAK SHEK TERRACE, TA KU LING, RAZOR HILL, TSENG LAN SHUE, AND SAI KUNG WILL HAVE NO WATER SUPPLY FOR TEN HOURS FROM 9 PM ON TUESDAY UNTIL 7 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY (JUNE 30).

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RECRUITS SOUGHT FOR CORRECTIONAL SERVICES

* * * *

THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT HELD A PHOTO DISPLAY AND A VARIETY SHOW AT MORSE PARK IN WONG TAI SIN TODAY (SUNDAY) AS PART OF ITS RECRUITMENT DRIVE FOR ASSISTANT OFFICERS II, ATTRACTING LARGE NUMBERS OF VISITORS.

THE DISPLAY SHOWED THE BROAD RANGE OF DUTIES ASSOCIATED WITH MODERN CORRECTIONAL SERVICES.

CONTRIBUTING TO THE VARIETY SHOW WERE THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S MOBILE THEATRE, THE TAI TAM GIRL PIPERS AND THE PIPES AND DRUMS BAND OF THE CAPE COLLISON CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION.

A NUMBER OF THE VISITORS MADE ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT AT ITS MOBILE RECRUITMENT CENTRE SET UP ON THE SPOT AND SOME OF THEM HANDED IN THEIR APPLICATIONS TO JOIN THE SERVICE.

THE DEPARTMENT WILL ALSO SET UP MOBILE RECRUITMENT CENTRES AT VARIOUS COMMUNITY CENTRES THROUGHOUT HONG KONG IN JULY AND AUGUST. THE DATES AND VENUES AREi

M JULY 7 TO 9 AT CHAI WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE,

* JULY 14 TO 16 AT WESTERN DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE,

* JULY 21 TO 23 AT TAI HANG TUNG COMMUNITY CENTRE,

* JULY 28 TO 30 AT KWUN TONG COMMUNITY CENTRE,

K AUGUST 4 TO 6 AT NGAU TAU KOK ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE,

* AUGUST 11 TO 13 AT LEK YUEN COMMUNITY CENTRE,

* AUGUST 18 TO 20 AT PRINCESS ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY CENTRE, AND

X AUGUST 25 TO 27 AT WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE.

IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER, THE CENTRES WILL MOVE ON TO VARIOUS CITY DISTRICT OFFICES.

PEOPLE INTERESTED IN JOINING THE SERVICE MAY CALL AT THESE CENTRES OR TELEPHONE THE DEPARTMENT’S RECRUITMENT OFFICE AT 5-8916559.

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RICH RESERVOIR OF MUSICAL TALENT IN HONG KONG * * * * X

AN ' :STRUMENTAL MUSIC TRAINING PROGRAMME ADMINISTERED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE HAS SHOWN THAT HONG KONG HAS A RESERVOIR OF MUSICAL TALENT THAT CAN ATTAIN INTERNATIONAL STATURE.

LAST YEAR, OVER 90 PER CENT OF THE 215 STUDENTS TRAINED UNDER THE PROGRAMME PASSED THE ROYAL SCHOOLS OF MUSIC EXAMINATION. AND 26 OF THEM OBTAINED DISTINCTION.

THE INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC TRAINING PROGRAMME WAS LAUNCHED IN 1978, A YEAR AFTER THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE MUSIC OFFICE, THEN PART OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

UNDER THE PROGRAMME THAT YEAR, SOME 1 100 YOUNG PEOPLE RECEIVED INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC TRAINING IN 250 CLASSES. BUT IN LESS THAN FOUR YEARS, STUDENT INTAKE MORE THAN DOUBLED TO 2 600 STUDENTS AND THERE WERE 500 CLASSES.

♦WITH THE OPENING OF THREE NEW MUSIC CENTRES BEFORE THE END OF THIS YEAR, ADDING TO OUR PRESENT FOUR, WE MAY AGAIN DOUBLE OUR TRAINING CAPACITY IN ANOTHER TWO YEARS TO PROVIDE COURSES FOR 5 000 YOUNGSTERS,+ SAID MR THOMAS WANG, ASSISTANT MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR (PROFESSIONAL).

THE MUSIC OFFICE, NOW PART OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT, CURRENTLY MAINTAINS TRAINING CENTRES IN WAN CHAI, MONG KOK, NGAU TAU KOK AND TSUEN WAN. THE THREE NEW CENTRES WILL BE SET UP IN YAU MA TEI, HONG KONG EASTERN DISTRICT AND YUEN LONG.

ALTHOUGH TRAINING FOR BOTH WESTERN AND CHINESE INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC, ORCHESTRAS AND ENSEMBLES ARE HELD MAINLY IN THESE CENTRES, SOME COURSES ARE CONDUCTED IN SCHOOLS FOR STUDENTS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND OTHER URBAN AREAS WHERE THERE ARE NO TRAINING CENTRES WITHIN EASY COMMUTING DISTANCE.

THE PROGRAMME IS BUT ONE OF THREE MAIN FUNCTION & OF THE MUSIC OFFICE.

THE OTHERS ARE TO PROMOTE INTEREST IN MUSIC, ESPECIALLY AMONG THE YOUNG AND TO ENCOURAGE AND ASSIST IN THE ORGANISING OF MUSIC ACTIVITIES IN ALL DISTRICTS.

THESE THREE OBJECTIVES ACTUALLY COMPLEMENT EACH OTHER VERY NICELY. AS AN EXAMPLE, THE 'MUSIC FOR THE MILLIONS’ PROGRAMME, ' AND THE ANNUAL TRAINEE CONCERT WHICH ARE AIMED AT INTRODUCING MUSIC TO NEW AUDIENCES, HELPED OUR STUDENTS GAIN INVALUABLE EXPERIENCE THROUGH PUBLIC PERFORMANCES.

SO FAR, ABOUT 1 600 ’MUSIC FOR THE MILLIONS’ CONCERTS HAVE BEEN ORGANISED FOR AN ESTIMATED 1.1 MILLION PEOPLE SINCE THE PROGRAMME WAS STARTED IN EARLY 1978.

TO OVERCOME THE INERTIA MOST PEOPLE HAVE IN ACCEPTING SOMETHING NEW, WE BROUGHT THESE CONCERTS TO OUR AUDIENCES BY HOLDING THEM >N SCHOOLS, PARKS, FACTORIES, PLAYGROUNDS, COMMUNITY HALLS, AND EVEN HOSPITALS AND CONVALESCENT CENTRES.

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♦THE IDEA IS TO MAKE IT EASY FOR THE ORDINARY PEOPLE TO HAVE A TASTE OF SOMETHING THAT THEY MAY NOT GO OUT OF THEIR WAY TO TRY ON THEIR OWN INITIATIVE.

♦CONCERT MUSIC IS NOT. AND SHOULD NOT BE FOR THE EXCLUSIVE ENJOYMENT OF THE RICH AND THE HIGHBROW,♦ MR WANG SAID.

♦THESE FREE PUBLIC PERFORMANCES OFTEN WERE THE FIRST CONTACT WITH CONCERT MUSIC FOR MANY YOUNG PEOPLE AND MANY OF THEM EAGERLY SOUGHT TO JOIN THE PROGRAMME AFTERWARDS,♦ HE ADDED.

APPLICANTS ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE AN ADMISSION TEST TO TEST THEIR AURAL ABILITY. UPON ACCEPTANCE, THEY WILL THEN HAVE TO LIST IN THE ORDER OF PREFERENCE THE TYPE OF INSTRUMENT THEY WOULD LIKE TO PLAY.

THE INSTRUMENTS ARE PROVIDED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE FOR A MONTHLY RENTAL OF 10 DOLLARS EACH. THEY BECOME THE PROPERTY OF THE STUDENTS WHEN THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF FEES PAID EQUALS THE COST OF THE INSTRUMENTS.

IN ADDITION TO PAYING THE $10 MONTHLY RENTAL, PRIMARY AND SECONDARY STUDENTS PAY A MONTHLY TUITION OF $10 AND $20.

THIS ARRANGEMENT IS TO BRING MUSIC TRAINING WITHIN THE REACH OF EVERY SCHOOL CHILDREN IN HONG KONG, MR WANG SAID.

♦WE DO NOT KNOW HOW MANY YOUNG PEOPLE WITH GREAT MUSICAL POTENTIAL WE HAVE LOST IN THE PAST BECAUSE MUSIC LESSONS USED TO BE AFFORDABLE ONLY TO CHILDREN OF WELL-TO-DO FAMILIES. THIS IS NO LONGER THE CASE SINCE WE LAUNCHED THIS PROGRAMME.♦

WHY IS MUSICAL TRAINING SO IMPORTANT?

♦MUSIC ENRICHES ONE’S LIFE AND FOR MANY, IT IS AS MUCH A PLEASURE TO PERFORM IT AS TO LISTEN TO IT. OUR PROGRAMME IS THEREFORE A BASIC TRAINING GROUND FOR FUTURE PERFORMERS AND ALSO APPRECIATIVE AUDIENCES.

♦MUSIC, AS IT HAS OFTEN BEEN SAID, IS THE ONLY TRULY INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE OF THE WORLD. IT TRANSCENDS NATIONAL BOUNDARIES AND CULTURAL DIFFERENCES. IT STANDS TO REASON THEN THAT IT IS ALSO ONE OF THE BEST INSTRUMENTS TO PROMOTE INTERNATIONAL UNDERSTAND I NG,+ MR WANG SAID.

EXAMPLES OF THIS CULTURAL EXCHANGE ARE THE ANNUAL PERFORMANCES GIVEN HERE BY YOUNG MUSICIANS AND MASTER PERFORMERS FROM ABROAD AND BY OUR YOUNG ENSEMBLES AND ORCHESTRAS OVERSEAS AT MUTUAL INVITATIONS.

THE MUSIC OFFICE NOW MANAGES THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONY A AND B ORCHESTRAS, THE HONG KONG YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRA, THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONY BAND AND 18 OTHER DISTRICT ORCHESTRAS, BANDS AND CHOIRS. IT ALSO ORGANISES YOUTH MUSIC SUMMER CAMPS FOR STUDENTS.

THIS DIVERSITY OF MUSICAL PERFORMING AND TRAINING VENUES PERMITS THE TRAINEES TO DEVELOP ALONG THEIR PERSONAL INCLINATIONS.

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A FURTHER STEP TO BROADEN THE BASE OF QUALITY INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC TRAINING IS A PLAN TO HAVE EVERY DISTRICT IN HONG KONG ORGANISE ITS OWN ORCHESTRA. FROM THESE DISTRICT GROUPS. THE BEST PERFORMERS WILL BE CHOSEN TO FORM A REPRESENTATIVE YOUTH ORCHESTRA.

ALTHOUGH MOST OF THE TRAINEES OF THE INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC TRAINING PROGRAMME ARE SCHOOL CHILDREN, THE PROGRAMME IS OPEN TO ANYONE BELOW 23 YEARS OF AGE.

ENROLMENT AND OTHER PROGRAMME DETAILS MAY ANY OF THE MUSIC OFFICE’S FOUR CENTRES ATi

BE OBTAINED FROM

(1) 100 TING FU STREET, 3RD FLOOR, YAN HAU MANSION, NGAU TAU KOK. (3-7561328)-

(2) HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE, 9TH FLOOR, 2 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI. (5-283257)-

(3) 167-173 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, 1ST AND 2ND FLOORS,

, x CHEUNG YIU BUILDING, TSUEN WAN. (0-428127)-

(4) 2ND FLOOR, BLOCK D, VICTORIA BARRACKS, QUEENSWAY, HONG KONG (FOR WEST KOWLOON). (5-296221)

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONMY, JUNE 28, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NEW INLAND POSTAGE RATES START THURSDAY....................... 1

SECOND POLYTECHNIC APPROVED .................................. 2

NT SWIWIKG POOLS OPENING EARLIER.............................. 2

APPOINTMENTS TO KCR CORPORATION .............................. 3

WATER FIGURES ................................................ 3

IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY MEDICINE STRESSED..................... 4

MAXICABS TO OPERATE BETWEEN CHOI HUNG AND CLEAR WATER BAY ... 5

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN HO MAN TIN.................. 5

RIGHT TURN BANNING IN CAUSEWAY BAY............................ 5

MONDAY, JUNE 28, 1982

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NEW INLAND POSTAGE RATES START THURSDAY * * * *

THE PUBLIC ARE REMINDED BY A SPOKESMAN FOR THE POST OFFICE THAT POSTAGE RATES FOR THE INLAND LETTER AND PRINTED PAPER SERVICES WILL BE INCREASED FROM THURSDAY (JULY 1).

DETAILS OF THE EXISTING AND NEW RATES ARE AS FOLLOWSi-

LETTERS AND POSTCARDS PRINTED PAPERS

WEIGHT NOT EXCEEDING EXISTING NEW EXISTING NEW

30G 20 CENTS 30 CENTS 20 CENTS 30 CENTS

50G 40 CENTS 60 CENTS 20 CENTS 30 CENTS

100G 50 CENTS 80 CENTS 30 CENTS 50 CENTS

25OG $1 $1.3 50 CENTS 80 CENTS

500G $2 $2.50 $1 $1.30

1 KG $4 $5 $1.7 $2

2 KG $6 $7.5

THE NEW RATES ARE MADE NECESSARY BY THE RISING COSTS OF

OPERATING THE INLAND LETTER SERVICE, AND WERE ANNOUNCED IN JANUARY THIS YEAR, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

A REBATE SCHEME AMOUNTING TO 10 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL POSTAGE PAID WILL BE APPLICABLE ON THE BULK POSTING OF INLAND PRINTED PAPER ITEMS SUBJECT TO CERTAIN CONDITIONS.

♦MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO ARE INTERESTED IN USING THE SCHEME MAY OBTAIN A COPY OF THE INFORMATION LEAFLET FROM THEIR LOCAL POST OFFICE,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

CHARGES FOR BUSINESS USERS OF THE REDIRECTION SERVICE WILL BE INCREASED FROM $60 TO $120 PER ANNUM AFTER THE INITIAL THREE-MONTH FREE PERIOD.

HOWEVER, THE FEE FOR PRIVATE USERS OF THE REDIRECTION SERVICE WILL REMAIN AT $60.

FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE NEW RATES OR SERVICE MENTIONED ABOVE, MAY BE OBTAINED FROM ALL LOCAL POST OFFICES OR AT THE POST OFFICE ENQUIRY BUREAU BY TELEPHONING 5-2671222 DURING NORMAL OFFICE HOURS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

MONDAY, JUNE 28, 1982'

SECOND POLYTECHNIC APPROVED XXX

THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT, FOLLOWING CONSIDERATION CF THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COMMITTEE TO REVIEW POST-SECONDARY AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND THE ADVICE OF THE UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNIC GRANTS COMMITTEE, APPROVAL IN PRINCIPLE HAD BEEN GIVEN FOR A SECOND POLYTECHNIC TO BE BUILT AS PART OF AN EXTENSIVE PROGRAMME FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF POST-SECONDARY AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION. FURTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS WOULD BE MADE LATER ON.

THE NEW POLYTECHNIC WILL BE DESIGNED FOR 8 OOO FULL-TIME AND EQUIVALENT PART-TIME STUDENTS WITH POTENTIAL FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENT TO CATER FOR 13 500 STUDENTS IF WARRANTED BY DEMAND. SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION IN THE LATER 1980S, THE NEW POLYTECHNIC WILL PROVIDE BOTH DEGREE AND NON-DEGREE COURSES.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID INVESTIGATION OF SUITABLE SITES FOR THE NEW INSTITUTION WAS UNDER WAY AND IT WAS EXPECTED THAT A DECISION ON ITS LOCATION WOULD BE TAKEN LATER THIS YEAR.

A PLANNING COMMITTEE COMPOSED OF MEMBERS OF THE EXISTING HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC COUNCIL AND UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF SIR S.Y. CHUNG, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC COUNCIL, WILL BE ESTABLISHED IN THE INTERIM TO UNDERTAKE PRELIMINARY PLANNING WORK. THIS IS TO ENABLE THE NEW POLYTECHNIC TO BENEFIT FROM THE EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE OF THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC COUNCIL DURING THE PLANNING STAGES. ARRANGEMENTS WILL ALSO BE MADE FOR THE PLANNING COMMITTEE TO BE SERVICED BY STAFF OF THE EXISTING POLYTECHNIC.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE VIEWS OF THE UPGC WOULD BE SOUGHT ON THE PROPOSALS MADE BY THE PLANNING COMMITTEE OF THE NEW POLYTECHNIC.

NT SWIMMING POOLS OPENING EARLIER X * *

RESIDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO USE THE KWAI SHING AND SHA TIN SWIMMING POOLS EARLIER IN THE MORNING STARTING FROM JULY 1 WHEN THEIR OPENING HOURS ARE ADVANCED TO 6.30 AM EVERY DAY UNTIL THE END OF AUGUST, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

♦THIS ARRANGEMENT IS BEING MADE TO MEET THE INCREASING DEMAND FOR USE OF SWIMMING FACILITIES DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS,+ HE EXPLAINED.

♦PUBLIC RESPONSE TO SIMILAR ARRANGEMENTS AT THE TWO SWIMMING POOLS LAST YEAR WAS VERY ENCOURAGI NG,+ THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

MEANWHILE, THE STARTING HOURS OF THE FANLING SWIMMING POOL REMAINS AT 7 AM DAILY.

MONDAY, JUNE 28, 1982

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APPOINTMENTS TO KCR CORPORATION * * *

THE TRANSITIONAL BOARD OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION ANNOUNCED TODAY THE FOLLOWING APPOINTMENTSi-

MR FELIX CHOW AS FINANCE DIRECTOR;

MR JOHN TRAFFORD AS PERSONNEL AND ADMINISTRATION DIRECTOR; AND

MR JONATHAN YU AS PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER.

MR CHOW, AGED 47, WAS BORN IN GUANGDONG PROVINCE AND MOVED IN 1946 TO HONG KONG WHERE HE COMPLETED MOST OF HIS EDUCATION. SINCE THEN MR CHOW HAS SPENT MOST OF HIS TIME IN HONG KONG WITH PERIODS OF WORK ABROAD. HIS CAREER HAS BEEN IN THE FINANCIAL FIELD, SINCE 1974 WITH THE MULTI-NATIONAL INTERNATIONAL TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE ORGANISATION.

MR TRAFFORD, AGED 49, WAS A REGULAR BRITISH ARMY OFFICER UNTIL 1977, ATTAINING THE RANK OF LIEUTENANT COLONEL. IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS OF HIS SERVICE HE WAS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF PERSONNEL IN THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE. SINCE 1977 MR TRAFFORD HAS BEEN PERSONNEL CONTROLLER OF THE ROCKWARE GROUP OF COMPANIES IN BRITAIN.

MR YU, AGED 33, WAS BORN IN CANTON. HE CAME TO HONG KONG IN 1959 WHERE HE RECEIVED HIS EDUCATION AND HAS WORKED AND LIVED HERE EVER SINCE. ALMOST THE WHOLE OF MR YU’S CAREER HAS BEEN IN PUBLIC RELATIONS AND PUBLICITY. MOST RECENTLY HE WAS ASSISTANT PUBLIC AFFAIRS MANAGER OF CHINA LIGHT AND POWER COMPANY.

MR CHOW AND MR YU WILL TAKE UP THEIR POSTS ON JULY 1 AND JULY 16 RESPECTIVELY. MR TRAFFORD WILL ARRIVE IN HONG KONG A LITTLE LATER.

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WATER FIGURES * * *

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 56.4 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 325.927 MILLION CUBIC METRES, EQUIVALENT TO 218 DAYS’ CONSUMPTION.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 216.977 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 37.6 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY MEDICINE STRESSED * * * *

COMMUNITY MEDICINE IS LITTLE KNOWN TO THE PUBLIC BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF ITS WORK BUT THE CONTRIBUTION IT MAKES TO THE HEALTH OF THE COMMUNITY IS ENORMOUS, THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, DR P.K. WONG SAID WHEN HE ADDRESSED THE ROTARY CLUB OF NEW TERRITORIES THIS (MONDAY) EVENING.

♦WHEREAS A COMPUTERISED SCANNER COSTING $7 MILLION CAN HELP TO FACILITATE DIAGNOSIS AND SAVE A FEW LIVES, THE SAME AMOUNT OF FUNDS SPENT ON COMMUNITY MEDICINE COULD SAVE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE AND PREVENT A LOT OF SUFFERINGS,* HE SAID.

DR WONG, WHO IS HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT’S NEW TERRITORIES REGIONAL OFFICE, POINTED OUT THAT THE CLINICIAN TREATS ONLY ONE PATIENT AT A TIME WHILE THE COMMUNITY PHYSICIAN DEALS WITH A MASS OF PEOPLE AT THE SAME TIME.

+ THE CLINICIAN ONLY TREATS WHEN A PATIENT GOES INTO HIS SURGERY OR INTO THE HOSPITAL BUT IN COMMUNITY MEDICINE THE DOCTOR GOES OUT TO THE COMMUNITY TO SEARCH FOR PATIENTS,* HE ADDED.

DR WONG SAID THERE ARE THREE MAIN AREAS OF WORK IN COMMUNITY MEDICINE, THE FIRST OF WHICH IS THE PREVENTION OF DISEASES THROUGH IMMUNISATION, CASE INVESTIGATION AND TRACING OF CARRIERS.

PROMOTION OF HEALTH IS THE SECOND AREA OF WORK WHICH THE COMMUNITY PHYSICIAN PLAYS A VERY IMPORTANT ROLE, SAID DR WONG.

THE ROLE OF THE COMMUNITY PHYSICIAN, HE SAID, IS TO IMPART KNOWLEDGE AND INFORMATION TO THE COMMUNITY OR INDIVIDUAL TO ENABLE HIM TO JUDGE AND DECIDE WHAT IS BEST FOR HIMSELF AND HIS FAMILY.

HEALTH EDUCATION TO PROMOTE BETTER HEALTH AMONG THE PUBLIC IS USUALLY CARRIED OUT THROUGH THE MASS MEDIA AS WELL AS IN THE DOCTOR’S CONSULTATION ROOM, IN THE MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRE AND IN THE PATIENT’S HOME, HE ADDED.

DR WONG SAID THAT THE THIRD AREA OF WORK IN COMMUNITY bEDICINE IS THE DEVELOPMENT, PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES.

IN THIS RESPECT, THE COMMUNITY PHYSICIAN HAS TO ADVISE ON THE PRIORITY OF HEALTH MEASURES, PLAN HOSPITALS AND HEALTH CENTRES, MONITOR THE UTILISATION OF FACILITIES AND ASSESS THE NEED FOR SERVICES, HE SAID.

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MONDAY, JUNE 28, 1982

5

MAXICAES TO OPERATE BETWEEN CHOI HUNG AND CLEAR WATER BAY

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MAX I CAB ROUTE 5 WHICH WILL OPERATE BETWEEN CHOI HUNG AND CLEAR WATER BAY ON SATURDAY AFTERNOONS, SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS WILL BEGIN ITS SERVICE ON THURSDAY (JULY 1).

ON THEIR CLEAR WATER BAY-BOUND JOURNEYS, THE MAXICABS WILL TRAVEL VIA LUK LAU AVENUE, CHOI HUNG ROUNDABOUT, HAMMER HILL ROAD, LUNG CHEUNG ROAD, CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD AND CLEAR WATER BAY ACCESS ROAD.

ON THEIR RETURN TRIPS, THEY WILL TRAVEL VIA CLEAR WATER BAY ACCESS ROAD, CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD, LUNG CHEUNG ROAD, WONG KUK AVENUE, LAM CHUNG AVENUE AND LUK LAU AVENUE.

THE MAXICABS WILL OPERATE FROM 1 PM TO 8.38 PM ON SATURDAYS AND FROM 7 AM TO 8.38 PM ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

THE FARE FOR EACH SINGLE JOURNEY IS $3.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN HO MAN TIN * * *

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN HO MAN TIN FROM 2 AM TO 5 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE 30) FOR SIGN REPAIRS.

CHI MAN STREET AND THE SOUTHBOUND SECTION OF PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD BETWEEN CHUNG MAN STREET AND CHI MAN STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

IN ADDITION, VEHICLES MAY NOT TURN LEFT FROM CHUNG MAN STREET INTO PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD.

TRAFFIC ON CHUNG HAU STREET HEADING TOWARDS TSIM SHA TSUI WILL BE DIVERTED VIA FAT KWONG STREET.

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RIGHT TURN BANNING IN CAUSEWAY BAY X X X

FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE 30), NORTHBOUND VEHICLES ON EASTERN HOSPITAL ROAD WILL BE BANNED FROM TURNING RIGHT AT ITS JUNCTION WITH TUNG LO WAN ROAD AND KA NING PATH.

SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONGKONG TEL 5-233191

TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

REPLACEMENT AIRPORT PLANNING REACHES FINAL STAGE.......... 1

FIRST TUBE OF AIRPORT TULL EL OPENS ...................... 4

RTV TO HAVE NEW LOCAL PARTNERS ........................... 5

LEGCO TO DEAL WITH BILL ON CLOSED CAMPS FOR VIETNAMESE REFUGEES ................................................. 6

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T.A.C. DISCUSSED FARE RISE AT MEETING..................... 7

LADY YOUDE OPENS POLYDESIGN SHOT ......................... 7

FIVE MORE SPBEDPOST COUNTERS TO MEET BIG DEMAND .......... 8

KEEPING TRAFFIC ON THE MOVE IN KING'S ROAD ............... 9

FS VISITS FACTORIES ..................................... 11

57 CAPUT SCHOOLS TO ACHIEVE AIDED STATUS ................ 12

PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR MAY 1982 .................. 13

SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL FOR SECOND QUARTER.................................................. 15

FOUR LOTS OF CROW LAND SOLD ............................. 15

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SHAM SHUT PO .................... 16

BUS-ONLY LANE OPENS TO ALL VEHICLES...................... 16

TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 1982

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REPLACEMENT AIRPORT PLANNING REACHES FINAL STAGE *****

THE STUDIES OF A REPLACEMENT AIRPORT AT CHEK LAP KOK, AUTHORISED BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL IN MAY 1980 AND INITIATED FROM MARCH 1981, ARE MOVING INTO THE FINAL PHASE, A SPOKESMAN CF THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

AT THE END OF MAY A THIRD AND FINAL JOINT WORKING SESSION WAS HELD AT THE CAD HEADQUARTERS. IT WAS ATTENDED BY THE DIRECTOR CF CIVIL AVIATION AND HIS PLANNING STAFF, CONSULTANTS CARRYING OUT A WIDE RANGE OF STUDIES, AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED WITH THE PROPOSED NEW AIRPORT. THE CONSULTANTS COMMISSIONED TO UNDERTAKE THE STUDIES REPORTED ON THEIR WORK, AND THEIR PROPOSALS WERE REVIEWED.

A MASTER PLAN FOR THE AIRPORT WAS PREPARED, AND THE FIRST DRAFT CF A FINAL REPORT DETAILING THIS PLAN WAS PRESENTED FOR DISCUSSION.

A PARALLEL CIVIL ENGINEERING DESIGN STUDY UNDER THE DIRECTION CF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT HAS INVESTIGATED THE GEO-TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SITE. ENGINEERS ARE CURRENTLY ENGAGED IN A TEST RECLAMATION TO THE WEST OF CHEK LAP KOK TO DETERMINE THE OPTIMUM METHOD OF SITE RECLAMATION.

THE MASTER PLAN PROVIDES FOR AN INITIAL CONSTRUCTION OF THE FIRST RUNWAY AND PART OF THE TERMINAL COMPLEX, TO BE FOLLOWED, WHEN TRAFFIC DEMAND INCREASES, BY FURTHER PHASES OF CONSTRUCTION, COMPRISING A SECOND PARALLEL RUNWAY AND PROGRESSIVE EXTENSION OF PASSENGER FACILITIES. OPENING OF THE FIRST PHASE OF THE NEW AIRPORT, WITH ONE RUNWAY AND SUPPORTING TERMINAL FACILITIES, IS TARGETED AT MID-1990.

IN THE PLAN, THE FIRST RUNWAY IS 3 700 METRES IN LENGTH AND

THE PARALLEL RUNWAY 3 400 METRES, SEPARATED FROM EACH OTHER BY

900 METRES. TO FACILITATE ROAD, RAIL AND FERRY ACCESS FOR PASSENGERS AND AIRPORT STAFF AND TO PROVIDE DIRECT ROAD ACCESS FOR FREIGHT, THE MAJORITY Oc THE AIRPORT FACILITIES ARE SHOWN TO BE SOUTH CF THE MAIN RUNWAY. THESE INCLUDE NOT ONLY THE PASSENGER

TERMINAL WITH ITS OWN RAILWAY STATION, HELIPORT AND FERRY PIERS BUT ALSO A CARGO COMPLEX, AN AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE BASE AND SUCH RELATED FACILITIES AS AN AIRMAIL CENTRE, AIRLINE CATERING AND AIR FREIGHT FORWARDING FACILITIES.

EACH OF THE FOUR TERMINAL MODULES IS DESIGNED TO SERVE EIGHT AIRCRAFT OF UP TO B747 SIZE (JUMBO) BY GATE STANDS WITH DIRECT ACCESS VIA AIR BRIDGES BETWEEN THE AIRCRAFT AND THE PASSENGER ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE PROCESSING FACILITIES WHICH ARE ON SEPARATE FLOORS OF THE TERMINAL BUILDINGS. ACCORDING TO THE PLAN, AN ADDITIONAL 16 REMOTE STANDS FOR PASSENGER AIRCRAFT ON THE TERMINAL APRON ARE SERVED BY BUSES AND LINKED TO ESCALATORS CONNECTING WITH THE ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE FLOORS. EACH FLOOR IS SERVED BY ITS OWN ROAD SYSTEM FOR CARS, TAXIS, HIRE CARS AND COACHES, WITH ACCESS TO CAR PARKS.

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THE LAYOUT OF THE MODULES IS TO ACHIEVE SHORT WALKING DISTANCES FOR PASSENGERS WITH SIMPLIFIED CHECK-IN AND BAGGAGE SORTING PROCEDURES. THEIR UTILISATION IS ARRANGED TO PERMIT FLEXIBLE AND ECONOMIC USE OF THE FACILITIES TO RESPOND TO THE VARIATIONS OF TRAFFIC DEMAND ROUND THE CLOCK AND TO THE ANNUAL PROGRESSIVE INCREASES OF PASSENGER DEMAND.

EACH MODULE OF THE TERMINAL SHOULD BE ABLE TO HANDLE OVER 3 800 PASSENGERS PER HOUR AND, AT THE PEAK HOUR, THE FOUR MODULES OPERATING TOGETHER WILL BE ABLE TO PROCESS OVER 15 □□□ PASSENGERS, EQUIVALENT TO THE PASSENGER LOADS OF MORE THAN 50 LARGE AIRCRAFT. BESIDES THE GATE AND REMOTE STANDS FOR THESE AIRCRAFT, THERE ARE ADDITIONAL APRONS FOR THE LONG-TERM OR OVERNIGHT PARKING OF AIRCRAFT AND FOR THOSE USING THE CARGO AND MAINTENANCE FACILITIES.

STUDIES TO ASSESS THE IMPACT OF THE PROPOSED AIRPORT ON THE ENVIRONMENT HAVE BEEN CARRIED OUT. THE FLORA AND FAUNA OF CHEK LAP KOK HAVE BEEN SURVEYED TO IDENTIFY NECESSARY PROTECTIVE MEASURES.

THE EXTENT OF AIR WATER POLLUTION AND THE LEVEL OF NOISE HAVE ALL BEEN ASSESSED, WITH ENCOURAGING RESULTS WHICH CONFIRM THAT WITH THE PLANNED APPROACH AND DEPARTURE ROUTES LARGELY OVER WATER THE REPLACEMENT AIRPORT SHOULD HAVE MINIMAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT UPON ADJACENT LAND AREAS. IN THIS RESPECT, IT WILL BE MORE FAVOURABLE THAN MOST OTHER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY HAS CONTINUED TO ACCUMULATE METEOROLOGICAL AND OCEANOGRAPHIC DATA, WITH THE AID OF SPECIALLY ACQUIRED EQUIPMENT. THE DATA ARE BEING USED TO ASSESS WEATHER CONDITION IN THE CHEK LAP KOK AREA AND TO PROVIDE INFORMATION FOR THE CIVIL ENGINEERING DESIGN STUDIES.

THE FINAL PHASE OF THE STUDIES NOW IN PROGRESS WILL EVALUATE THE COSTS OF CONSTRUCTING AND OPERATING THE NEW AIRPORT. A SEPARATE FINANCIAL EVALUATION STUDY TO ASSESS THE OVERALL FINANCIAL VIABILITY OF THE PROJECT AND TO PROPOSE FUNDING OPTIONS STARTED EARLY IN MAY. THIS STUDY HAS BEEN COMMISSIONED BY THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT AND IS BEING CARRIED OUT BY A TEAM OF CONSULTANTS UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF SCHRODERS AND CHARTERED, WITH OTHER MEMBERS DRAWN FROM THE CHARTERED BANK AND FROM COOPERS AND LYBRAND.

THE REMAINING WORK ON THE CIVIL ENGINEERING STUDIES WILL BE MAINLY CONCERNED WITH COST ESTIMATES AND WITH SITE RECLAMATION AND THE INFRASTUCTURE DESIGN.

ALL STUDIES ARE DUE TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF THIS YEAR AND THE RESULTS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PRESENTATION TO THE ^^JJARLY ,N 1983 S0 THAT A DECISION CAN THEN BE MADE WHETHER OR NOT CONSTRUCTION OF THE REPLACEMENT AIRPORT SHOULD PROCEED.

TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 1982

FIRST TUBE OF AIRPORT TUNNEL OPENS

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THE OPENING OF THE AIRPORT TUNNEL MARKS ANOTHER MILESTONE I’.- ~WE DEVELOPMENT OF ROAD COMMUNICATION IN HONG KONG, UNOFFICIAL MEMBER Oc THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, THE HON WONG LAM, SAID TODAY (TUESDAV).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY FOR THE FIRST TUBE OF THE 1 260-METRE TUNNEL.

HE SAID THE TUNNEL COMPLETED THE FINAL LINK IN THE NEW MAIN T?AFFIC ROUTE 3 WHICH WOULD PROVIDE A HIGH CAPACITY ROAD BETWEEN SOUTH KOWLOON AND KWUN TONG.

♦WITH THE OPENING OF THE SECOND TUBE OF THE TUNNEL LATER THIS YEAR, THERE WILL BE A TWO-LANE, DUAL CARRIAGEWAY BETWEEN KOWLOON AND KWUN TONG,* MR WONG SAID.

+OTHER PROJECTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE AIRPORT TUNNEL ARE, FROM THE WEST, THE WUHU INTERCHANGE, OPENED IN 1980- THE EAST KOWLOON WAY, OPENED LAST YEAR, AND THE SAN SHAN INTERCHANGE WHICH WAS PARTIALLY OPENED LAST YEAR.

+THE EASTERN APPROACH ROADS AND INTERCHANGE AT THE FAR END OF THE TUNNEL WERE COMPLETED SOME TIME AGO AND A GRADE SEPARATED INTERCHANGE WITH WAI YIP STREET WILL BE OPENED IN A FEW MONTHS TIME.+

IN ADDITION TO ITS MAIN ROLE OF PROVIDING A ROUTE BETWEEN KOWLOON PENINSULA AND KWUN TONG, THE AIRPORT TUNNEL AND ITS APPROACHES WILL ALSO GIVE IMPROVED ACCESS TO THE AIRPORT PASSENGER TERMINAL AND THE AIRPORT CARGO TERMINAL.

MR WONG PRAISED THE GOVERNMENT FOR INTRODUCING THE MOST SOPHISTICATED MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT TO PROVIDE A HIGH DEGREE OF SAFETY FOR DRIVERS AND THEIR PASSENGERS.

*A COMPREHENSIVE TRAFFIC CONTROL AND SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM HAS BEEN INCORPORATED INTO THE DESIGN. SOME OF THE ITEMS OF EQUIPMENT TO BE INTRODUCED WILL BE NEW TO HONG KONG DRIVERS, AS THESE INCLUDE VARIABLE DIRECTION AND WARNING SIGNS, PAVEMENT LIGHTS AND AUTOMATIC TRAFFIC CONTROL BARRIERS,* HE SAID.

SUCH SOPHISTICATED EQUIPMENT WILL PERMIT THE RAPID DIVERSION OF TRAFFIC WHEN NEEDED.

MR WONG SAID THE OPENING OF THE NEW ROUTE WILL BENEFIT NOT ONLY DRIVERS USING IT, BUT WILL ALSO PROVIDE RELIEF TO TRAFFIC USING ROADS IN EAST KOWLOON RUNNING PARALLEL TO THE ROUTE.

IN HIS SPEECH WELCOMING MR WONG, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT, MR BRYAN O’RORKE, SAID THE SECTION OF THE TUNNEL UNDER THE AIRPORT WAS BUILT AS EARLY AS 1976 TO PHASE IN WITH AIRPORT OPERATIONS IN RELATIONS TO THE EXTENSION OF TH(-AIRPORT RUNWAY.

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+SINCE THEN, THE APPROACHES FROM THE EAST AND THE WEST HAVE _£EN CONSTRUCTED, INCLUDING THE WESTERN APPROACH TUNNEL WHICH IS r'A°' ?" THE SAM SHAN INTERCHANGE,* MR O’RORKE SAID.

HE ADDED ’’’HAT PART OF THE EXTENSIVE TRAFFIC CONTROL AND SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM HAD ALREADY BEEN INSTALLED AND WILL BE PUT TO USE .MEDIATELY. OTHER PARTS OF THE SYSTEM WILL BE INTRODUCED GRADUAL. OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS LEADING TO THE OPENING OF THE SECOND TUBE BEFORE THE END OF THIS YEAR.

WHEN COMPLETED THE TRAFFIC CONTROL AND SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM WILL BE FULLY AUTOMATIC.

+THIS WILL ALLOW TRAFFIC FLOWS TO BE MONITORED ON A CONTINUOUS BASIS AND WILL ENABLE INCIDENTS TO BE DETECTED, NOT ONLY IN THE TUNNEL BUT ALSO ON ITS APPROACHES.

+IT SHOULD BE POSSIBLE FOR AN IMMEDIATE RESPONSE TO BE MADE BY TRAFFIC CONTROL STAFF TO BREAKDOWNS OR ACCIDENTS OCCURRING ON THESE CARRIAGEWAYS,* MR O’RORKE SAID.

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GOVERNMENT APPROVAL WAS GIVEN TODAY (TUESDAY) TO A PROPOSAL BY THE DIRECTORS OF REDIFFUSION TELEVISION LIMITED TO REDUCE THE SHAREHOLDING OF THE AUSTRALIAN CONSORTIUM IN RTV FROM 61.2 PER CENT TO 50 PER CENT AND FOR THE REMAINING 50 PER CENT OF THE COMPANY’S SHARES TO BE ACQUIRED BY MR DEACON CHIU AND HIS FAMILY.

ANNOUNCING THIS, THE TELEVISION AUTHORITY, MR NIGEL WATT, SAID HE WELCOMED THIS MOVE AS THIS WOULD PROVIDE GREATER LOCAL PARTICIPATION IN THE MANAGEMENT OF THE COMPANY.

UNDER THE PROPOSAL HALF THE COMPANY’S SHARES WILL BE HELD BY THE THREE COMPANIES WHICH FORM THE AUSTRALIAN CONSORTIUM, WHILST THE REST WILL BE DIVIDED BETWEEN MR DEACON CHIU AND EIGHT MEMBERS OF HIS FAMILY. THE AUSTRALIAN CONSORTIUM WILL MAINTAIN ITS SHAREHOLDING THROUGH HONG KONG TELEVISION (HOLDINGS) LIMITED AND CAL IBON LIMITED AND MR DEACON CHIU AND HIS FAMILY WILL HOLD THEIRS THROUGH THE FAR EAST INTERCONTINENTAL LIMITED.

THE AUSTRALIAN CONSORTIUM HAS STATED THAT IT WANTS A STRONG, ACTIVE LOCAL PARTNER WHO WOULD NOT ONLY HELP RTV PLAN PROGRAMMES WITH INCREASED LOCAL EMPHASIS BUT AT THE SAME TIME PROVIDE A LOCAL SHARE IN NEW CAPITAL INVESTMENT IN THE COMPANY.

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.L-GCO TO DEAL WITH BILL ON CLOSED CAMPS FOR VIETNAMESE REFUGEES

*****

A BILL, WHICH WILL PROVIDE THE GOVERNMENT WITH THE POWER TO DETAIN VIETNAMESE REFUGEES IN CLOSED CAMPS AND TO REPATRIATE ANY F THEM IF AND WHEt CIRCUMSTANCES PERMIT, IS EXPECTED TO GO THROUGH the full legislative process in one sitting tomorrow (Wednesday).

THE BILL, KNOWN AS THE IMMIGRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE ON JUNE 18.

REFERRING TO THE BILL, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR LEWIS DAVIES, SAID EARLIER THIS MONTH THAT RECENT DEVELOPMENTS HAD MADE IT NECESSARY FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE STRONGER MEASURES TO DETER THE INFLUX OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES INTO HONG KONG.

IF THE BILL IS PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND THE NECESSARY FUNDS HAVE BEEN VOTED BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE, IT IS PROPOSED THAT CLOSED CAMPS BE SET UP WITH EFFECT FROM FRIDAY (JULY 2).

AT THE SAME LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING, 19 QUESTIONS WILL BE ASKED BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS ON A WIDE RANGE OF MATTERS, INCLUDING PROGRESS ON THE USE OF CHINESE AS AN OFFICIAL LANGUAGE, THE CASUALTY STAFF LEVEL AT SUBVENTED HOSPITALS, ACCRUED WAGES OF LA ID-OFF WORKERS AND ARBITRARY DISMISSAL OF WORKERS.

THERE WILL ALSO BE QUESTIONS ON THE ADEQUACY OF EVENING CLINICS, THE STATUS OF THE TEXTILE NEGOTIATION WITH THE EEC, TEACHER STAFFING AT SPECIAL SCHOOLS, LISTING OF APPROVED GEO-TECHNICAL ENGINEERS, PSYCHIATRIC COMMUNITY NURSING SERVICES, AND STUDY ROOM FACILITIES FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN.

UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WILL ALSO ASK ABOUT COUNTERFEITING OF PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS, THE USE OF LASER-BEAM EQUIPMENT IN BEAUTY CLINICS, PAK PAI OPERATIONS, AND THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN DROWNED IN OPEN PITS AT CONSTRUCTION SITES.

AMONG OTHER TOPICS TO BE COVERED AT QUESTION TIME WILL BE LITTERING, ILLEGAL HAWKING AND TRAFFIC OFFENCES, SHORT-TERM PARKING METERS, AND THE LAND RESUMPTION PROGRAMME FOR ROAD CONSTRUCTION AND IMPROVEMENT.

FOUR OTHER BILLS WILL BE INTRODUCED AND THEN READ A SECOND TIME: SUPREME COURT (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL 1982, DANGEROUS DRUGS (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL 1982, CROWN LAND (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, AND EVIDENCE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982. DEBATE ON THEM WILL BE ADJOURNED.

DEBATE WILL RESUME ON THE SUPREME COURT (AMENDMENT) BILL 198. WHICH IS THEN EXPECTED TO BE READ A THIRD TIME.

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T.A.C. DISCUSSED FARE RISE AT MEETING * * * *

THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE TODAY DISCUSSED A REPORT CN THE OPERATIONS OF KOWLOON MOTOR BUS COMPANY AND MEMBERS ...AVE THEIR VIEWS ON PROPOSALS ARISING FROM ITS FINDINGS.

THE COMMITTED ALSO CONSIDERED PROPOSALS BY THE HONG KONG AND YAUMA’I "ERRY COMPANY AND MAXICAB OPERATORS TO RAISE THEIR FARES, AND REVIEWS'. VARIOUS ACTIONS TAKEN BY THE ADMINISTRATION TO CARRY OUT ITS PREVIOUS RECOMMENDATIONS.

THE TAG’S ADVICE WILL BE FORWARDED TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL WHICH WILL FURTHER CONSIDER THE ISSUES.

THE KMB REPORT WAS COMPILED BY A CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE SET UP ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE TAC TO STUDY WAYS TO .MAXIMISE THE EFFICIENCY AND COST EFFECTIVENESS OF THE TWO BUS COMPANIES. THE REPORT ON THE CHINA MOTOR BUS COMPANY IS NEARING COMPLETION AND WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE COMMITTEE LATER.

THE APPLICATION BY HYF TO INTRODUCE HIGHER FARES WAS BASED ON INCREASED COSTS DUE TO INFLATION AND REDUCTIONS IN PATRONAGE CN CERTAIN ROUTES. THE APPLICATION BY MAXICAB OPERATORS WAS BASED CN HIGHER OPERATING COSTS SINCE THE LAST FARES INCREASE TWO YEARS AGO IN SUCH ITEMS AS FUEL, MAINTENANCE AND WAGES. THE DIFFICULT FINANCIAL POSITION OF THE OPERATORS WAS EXAMINED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT IN A STUDY ON THE VIABILITY OF THE TRADE.

AFTER CONSIDERING THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE HYF APPLICATION, THE TAC SUPPORTED IN PRINCIPLE A FARES INCREASE BY THE COMPANY BUT WANTED THE DETAILED PROPOSALS TO BE FURTHER EXAMINED.

ON MAXICAB FARES, THE COMMITTEE AGREED THAT THEIR CEILING MAY BE RAISED BUT NOTED THAT OPERATORS MAY CHARGE LOWER FARES THAN ALLOWED TO REMAIN COMPETITIVE WITH OTHER TRANSPORT MODES. THE COMMITTEE ALSO WANTED FUTURE FRANCHISES TO REQUIRE OPERATORS TO SUBMIT ANNUAL ACCOUNTS SO THAT THE TRADE CAN BE BETTER MONITORED.

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THE STAFF AND STUDENTS OF THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC WERE COMMENDED BY LADY YOUDE FOR THE HIGH QUALITY OF THIS YEAR’S POLYDESIGN SHOW WHICH SHE OFFICIALLY OPENED AT THE INSTITUTE TODAY (TUESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, LADY YOUDE NOTED THAT THE POLYTECHNIC’S SCHOOL OF DESIGN HAD GROWN CONSIDERABLY SINCE 1967 AND wAS GAINING INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION IN ITS PROFESSIONAL FIELD.

♦ ITS SUCCESS HAD BEEN GREATLY ASSISTED BY THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE IN HONG KONG,* SHE SAID.

♦THE STEADILY IMPROVING STANDARD OF THESE SHOWS IS A TRIBUTE TO THE DEDICATION AND HARD WORK OF THE STAFF AND STUDENTS OF THE SCHOOL, AND I CONGRATULATE THEM ON THE OUTSTANDING QUALITY OF THIS YEAR’S EXHIBITS,* SHE ADDED.

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FIVE MORE SPEEDPOST COUNTERS TO MEET BIG DEMAND *****

FIVE MORE SPEEDPOST COUNTERS WILL BE OPENED BY THE POST CFFICE -ROM FRIDAY (JULY 2), THE POSTMASTER GENERAL ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY).

♦THIS IS BEING DONE TO MEET THE GROWING DEMAND FOR THIS SERVICE WHICH PROVIDES A FAST AND RELIABLE MEANS FOR THE TRANSMISSION OF URGENT DOCUMENTS OR SAMPLES TO PLACES ABROAD,+ HE SAID.

THE NEW COUNTERS WILL BE SET UP IN THE HENNESSY ROAD, CHEUNG SHA WAN, GILLIES AVENUE, SAN PO KONG AND KUWN TONG POST OFFICES, BRINGING TO NINE THE NUMBER OF SUCH COUNTERS PROVIDED BY THE POST OFFICE.

ACCEPTANCE ARRANGEMENTS WILL CONTINUE AT GENERAL POST OFFICE, KOWLOON CENTRAL POST OFFICE, INTERNATIONAL MAIL CENTRE AND TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICES.

THIS ARRANGEMENT WILL MAKE THE POSTING OF SPEEDPOST ITEMS MORE CONVENIENT FOR CUSTOMERS, HE SAID.

ON THE SAME DAY, THE SPEEDPOST DISTRIBUTION NETWORK WILL BE EXTENDED TO INCLUDE A SERVICE TO MALAYSIA, BUT THIS WILL INITIALLY BE AVAILABLE TO ONLY KUALA LUMPUR CITY, HE SAID.

CUSTOMERS MAY SEND DOCUMENTS, SAMPLES OR MERCHANDISE ON A ’CONTRACT’ OR ’ON DEMAND’ BASIS.

ON DEMAND ITEMS POSTED AT SPEEDPOST ACCEPTANCE OFFICES BEFORE NOON FROM MONDAY TO SATURDAY WILL BE DELIVERED IN KUALA LUMPUR ON THE FOLLOWING WORKING DAY MORNING.

SAMPLES AND MERCHANDISE PACKAGES WILL BE EXAMINED BY CUSTOMS OFFICERS. THOSE WHICH DO NOT REQUIRE CUSTOMS DUTY OR THOSE LIABLE TO CUSTOMS DUTY BELOW MS5O WILL BE DELIVERED TO THE DOOR OF THE ADDRESSEE.

FOR ITEMS WHICH REQUIRE CUSTOMS DUTY OF MORE THAN M$5O, THE ADDRESSEES WILL BE NOTIFIED TO ARRANGE COLLECTION AT THE KUALA LUMPUR GENERAL POST OFFICE.

THE CHARGES ARE $73 FOR THE FIRST 500 G AND $7 FOR EACH ADDITIONAL 500 G.

FURTHER DETAILS ABOUT THE SERVICE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE POST CFFICE ENQUIRY BUREAU AT TELEPHONE S-2671222 OR THE POSTAL SERVICES REPRESENTATIVES AT TELEPHO* ?M08.

TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 1982

KEEPING TRAFFIC ON THE MOVE IN KING’S ROAD * * * *

NEW ONE WAY +GYRATORY TRAFFIC SYSTEM* IN NORTH POINT •"■.L CO. iNTO OPERATION THIS FRIDAY (JULY 2) TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW IN KING’S ROAD.

A °OKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT UNDE- “HE NE* ARRANGEMENTS, ALL SHAU KEI wAN-BOUND VEHICLES wluL HAVE TO USE JAVA ROAD AND ELECTRIC ROAD WHILE CENTRAL-BOUND VEHICLES WILL BE RESTRICTED TO KING’S ROAD.

HOWEVER, HE POINTED OUT THAT THE EASTBOUND LANE ON KING’S ROAD WILL BE RESERVED EXCLUSIVELY FOR BUSES, TRAMS AND ACCESS 'VEHICLES.

PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES, HE ADDED, WILL ALSO BE ALLOWED TO USE A SECTION OF THIS ROAD BUT ONLY UP TO ITS JUNCTION WITH NORTH POINT ROAD.

AS FROM 6 AM ON FRIDAY, THE FOLLOWING MEASURES WILL BE INTRODUCED s

TRAFFIC RE-ROUTINGS

* ELECTRIC ROAD BETWEEN OIL STREET AND TIN CHONG STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM TWO-WAY TRAFFIC TO ONE-WAY EASTBOUND-

* JAVA ROAD BETWEEN TIN CHONG STREET AND HEALTHY STREET EAST WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM TWO-WAY TRAFFIC TO ONE-WAY EASTBOUND:

* TIN CHONG STREET BETWEEN ELECTRIC ROAD AND KING’S ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND TO ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND •

* WING HING STREET BETWEEN ELECTRIC ROAD AND KING’S ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED TWO-WAY.

TURNING MOVEMENTS

* THE RIGHT TURN FROM TIN CHONG STREET INTO KING’S ROAD WILL BE PROHIBITED:

* THE LEFT TURN FROM ELECTRIC ROAD INTO WING HING STREET WILL BE PROHIBITED.

URBAN CLEARWAYS

CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS WILL BE IMPOSED ON THE FOLLOWING ECT IONS OF ELECTRIC ROAD AND JAVA ROAD BETWEEN 7 AM AND 7 pm AILY, WHEN DRIVERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO PICK UP OR SET DOWN 4SSENGERS OR TO LOAD AND UNLOAD GOODS.

* THE EASTERN SECTION OF ELECTRIC ROAD BETWEEN GORDON ROAD AND «AT3ON ROAD

* ELECTRIC ROAD BETWEEN WATSON ROAD AND TIN CHONG STREET-

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'HE NORTHERN SECTION OF JAVA ROAD BETWEEN TIN CHONG STREET AND HOUSE 41;

* THE SOUTHERN SECTION OF JAVA ROAD BETWEEN TIN CHONG STREET A\D HOUSE 26.

PLB CLEARWAYS

PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM STOPPING ^OR PASSENGERS IN THE FOLLOWING ROADS FROM 7 AM TO 12 MIDNIGHT DAILY.

* THE NORTHERN CARRIAGEWAY OF JAVA ROAD BETWEEN TIN CHONG STREET AND HOUSE 41;

* THE NORTHERN CARRIAGEWAY OF JAVA ROAD BETWEEN A POINT 45 METRES EAST OF TONG SHU I ROAD AND A POINT 25 METRES WEST OF SHU KUK STREET;

* THE SOUTHERN CARRIAGEWAY OF JAVA ROAD BETWEEN HOUSE 32 AND HOUSE 104:

* THE SECTION OF JAVA ROAD BETWEEN A POINT 50 METRES EAST OF TIN CHIU STREET AND A POINT 60 METRES EAST OF HEALTHY STREET WEST:

* THE SECTION OF JAVA ROAD BETWEEN A POINT 25 METRES WEST OF HEALTHY STREET EAST AND A POINT 55 METRES WEST OF HEALTHY STREET EAST;

* THE SECTION OF NORTH POINT ROAD BETWEEN CHUN YEUNG STREET AND JAVA ROAD.

OTHER RESTRICTIONS

A NUMBER OF ROADS VEHICLES AS FOLLOWS :

WILL BE RESTRICTED TO CERTAIN TYPES OF

* ONLY BUSES AND PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO USE THE EASTBOUND SECTION OF KING’S ROAD BETWEEN NGAN MOK STREET AND LAU LI STREET AND THE EASTBOUND SECTION OF WING HING STREET BETWEEN ELECTRIC ROAD AND KING’S ROAD;

* ONLY BUSES, PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES AND VEHICLES REQUIRING ACCESS WILL BE ALLOWED TO USE THE EASTBOUND SECTION OF KING’S ROAD BETWEEN LAU LI STREET AND POWER STREET AND THE EASTBOUND SECTION OF KING’S ROAD BETWEEN HEALTHY STREET EAST AND JAVA ROAD ;

* ONLY BUSES AND VEHICLES REQUIRING ACCESS WILL BE ALLOWED TO USE THE EASTBOUND SECTION OF KING’S ROAD BETWEEN NORTH POINT ROAD AND TIN CHIU STREET;

* ONLY BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO USE THE EASTBOUND SECTION OF KING’S ROAD BETWEEN TIN CHIU STREET AND HEALTHY STREET EAST;

* ONLY BUSES ON KING’S ROAD EASTBOUND WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER < ING’S ROAD EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH JAVA ROAD.

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CANCELLATION OF PLB PROHIBITED ZONES

PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO USE I

* TIN CHONG STREET AT ITS JUNCTION WITH KING’S ROAD;

* JAVA ROAD AT ITS JUNCTION WITH TONG SHU I ROAD; AND

* JAVA ROAD AT ITS JUNCTION WITH NORTH POINT ROAD.

CANCELLATION OF URBAN CLEARWAYS

SOME OF THE EXISTING CLEARWAYS IN THE AREA WILL BE RESCINDED :

* THE NORTHERN SECTION OF JAVA ROAD BETWEEN HOUSE 41 AND HOUSE 59;

* THE SOUTHERN SECTION OF JAVA ROAD BETWEEN HEALTHY STREET EAST AND KING’S ROAD;

* THE WESTERN SECTION OF ELECTRIC ROAD BETWEEN GORDON ROAD AND WATSON ROAD i AND

* THE WESTBOUND SECTION OF WING HING STREET BETWEEN KING’S ROAD AND ELECTRIC ROAD.

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THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR JOHN BREMRIDGE, TODAY (TUESDAY) VISITED AN ELECTRONICS FACTORY AND A GARMENT FACTORY IN KWUN TONG.

MR BREMRIDGE, ACCOMPANIED BY THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF INDUSTRY, MR PAUL WONG, ARRIVED AT RADOFIN ELECTRONICS (FAR EAST) LTD AT SHING YIP STREET AND WAS CONDUCTED ON A TOUR OF THE FACTORY BY THE MANAGING DIRECTOR, MR LAWRENCE SCOTT JR. AND THE OPERATION DIRECTOR, MR WILLIAM KING.

THE COMPANY, 51 PER CENT BRITISH-OWNED, WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1974. IT PRODUCES ELECTRONIC CONSUMER PRODUCTS SUCH AS CALCULATORS, TV GAMES, AND MICRO-PROCESSOR BASED EQUIPMENT, FOR EXPORT TO THE US AND EUROPE. THE FACTORY IS PLANNING TO PRODUCE MINI-COMPUTERS IN.THE NEAR FUTURE.

MR BREMRIDGE ALSO VISITED CROCODILE GARMENTS LTD AT HOI YUEN ROAD, WHERE HE WAS MET BY THE DEPUTY MANAGING DIRECTOR, MR TOM CHAN.

CROCODILE GARMENTS LTD, SET UP IN 1952, IS ONE OF THE LONGEST-ESTABLISHED GARMENT FACTORIES IN HONG KONG. ITS PRODUCTS, INCLUDING SHIRTS, TROUSERS AND LADIES’ BLOUSES, ARE MOSTLY FOR EXPORT TO THE US AND EUROPE AND PARTLY FOR LOCAL SALE.

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57 CAPUT SCHOOLS TO ACHIEVE AIDED STATUS * * * *

f .-tv-seven caput schools will achieve aided status from this SEPTEMBER THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR COLVYN HAYE SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

S°EAKING AT THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE CAPUT SCHOOLS COUNCIL., MR HAYE SAID: *IN SEPTEMBER ALL TEACHERS IN THESE SCHOOLS WILL BE GETTING THE SAME SALARIES AS THEIR GOVERNMENT SCHOOL COUNTERPARTS, AND THE SCHOOLS WILL QUALIFY FOR ALL THE GRANTS COVERED FY THE CODE OF AID.*

MR HAYE STRESSED THAT THE VARIOUS PROBLEMS OF THESE SCHOOLS HAD RECEIVED SYMPATHETIC CONSIDERATION BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

♦TO ASSIST THE SCHOOLS TO RETAIN THE SERVICES OF PERMITTED TEACHERS WHO HAD SERVED FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME, THE DEPARTMENT HAS GIVEN PRIORITY CONSIDERATION TO THESE TEACHERS FOR ADMISSION TO IN-SERVICE COURSES.*

+AND LET US NOT FORGET THE CAPUT SCHOOL PRINCIPALS WHO HAVE BEEN GIVEN SPECIAL CONSIDERATION TO BRING THEIR SALARIES INTO LINE WITH THEIR GOVERNMENT SCHOOL COUNTERPARTS,* THE DIRECTOR ADDED.

COMING ON TO FULL AID CARRIED WITH IT A DEGREE OF ACCOUNTABILITY UNDER THE CODE OF AID, AND MR HAYE NOTEDt

+YOU MAY FIND SOME OF THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE CODE IRKSOME, BUT THEY ARE NECESSARY BECAUSE THE MONEY WHICH NOW FUNDS YOUR TEACHERS’ SALARIES AND SCHOOL EXPENSES IS FROM THE TAXPAYER-AND THE TAXPAYER HAS A RIGHT TO KNOW THAT HIS MONEY IS BEING SENSIBLY SPENT.*

REFERRING TO SEVERAL CAPUT SCHOOLS WHICH ARE STILL SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING JOINING THE CONVERSION SCHEME, MR HAYE ADVISED THEIR HEADS THAT DECISION SHOULD BE MADE SOON SINCE THE GOVERNMENT COULD NOT KEEP ITS DOOR OPEN INDEFINITELY.

+COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS AND COME IN OUT OF THE COLD,* HE SAID.

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PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR MAY 1982 * * * * *

THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS FOR MAY WAS $10 614 MILLION, MADE UP CF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AT $6 854 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS AT $3 760 MILLION, ACCORDING TO PROVISIONAL VISIBLE TRADE FIGURES PUBLISHED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (TUESDAY).

WITH IMPORTS AT $11 340 MILLION, THE VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT FOR MAY WAS $726 MILLION.

COMPARED WITH THE SAME MONTH IN 1981, THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS INCREASED BY $312 MILLION OR THREE PER CENT COMPRISING NO GROWTH IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND AN INCREASE OF 10 PER CENT FOR RE-EXPORTS.

THE VALUE OF IMPORTS DECREASED BY $397 MILLION OR THREE PER CENT. THE VISIBLE TRADE ’GAP’, THAT IS THE PROPORTION OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS NOT COVERED BY THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS, AT SIX PER CENT IN MAY THIS YEAR, WAS A SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION ON 12 PER CENT IN MAY 1981.

COMMENTING ON THE FIGURES, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DEPRESSED ECONOMIC CONDITIONS IN HONG KONG’S MAIN MARKETS, EXPORTS IN MAY WERE NOT PARTICULARLY IMPRESSIVE. BUT HE POINTED OUT THAT HONG KONG WAS GENERALLY DOING BETTER IN TERMS OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS THAN ITS MAIN COMPETITORS IN THE REGION. ALSO, HE SAID, THE ECONOMIES OF MOST OF HONG KONG’S MAIN MARKETS WERE FORECAST TO IMPROVE LATER THIS YEAR, AND HONG KONG WOULD BE IN A GOOD POSITION TO BENEFIT FROM AN INCREASE IN CONSUMER DEMAND.

AS CONSUMER DEMAND IN HONG KONG WAS, AT THE SAME TIME, NOT PARTICULARLY STRONG, THERE WAS A REDUCTION IN THE TOTAL IMPORT BILL IN MAY. THIS REDUCTION CONTRIBUTED TO A NARROWING OF THE VISIBLE TRADE ’GAP’.

PUTTING THE TRADE STATISTICS FOR MAY INTO CONTEXT, THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS IN VALUE TERMS IN THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF THIS YEAR WERE SEVEN PER CENT AND 10 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY HIGHER THAN IN THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD OF 1981.

THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS INCREASED BY EIGHT PER CENT, COMPARED WITH AN INCREASE OF FIVE PER CENT IN THE VALUE OF IMPORTS. THE VISIBLE TRADE ’GAP’ NARROWED TO 14 PER CENT IN THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF 1982, COMPARED WITH 17 PER CENT IN THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD OF 1981.

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TUESDAY, JUNr, .??,

PRESS mXAfll TBJLD8 JTOTfitt rOC MAT, l$Qj}

The Census and Statistics Department ha* released the folloeiaf pmislonal sertnandise trad* figures for May:- £& t* *') -M * * >

^.'»> merchaXDISK: ? ^ftawtic ftrporta : S 6,854 Billion

O C- Re-exports fcporta \ 0 « Laporte

€ 4 Trade balance

: I 5.760 adBton

: I 10,61* aillicn

: I 11,3*0 Billion

: » 726 aillioe (la deficit)

ti Jl’v XKPAJiATIVX FIOORES - if) i JU

'$k3L l’^ Latest 3 sonths March - May < . 196g _ March - May Xncreaao or

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’«;V. 'dWijt * Mb‘ 19.963 MtH* R 18,494 XxlflSI. * 13 lit ♦ 1.469 ♦ 7.9

Export. 11,059 10,070 ♦988 ♦ 9.8

4 *1 St J ►* Total Exports 31.021 28,564 ♦ 2,457 ♦ 8.6

. •? _>u, laports 35,609 34,423 ♦ 1,386 ♦ 4.0

Fg i Trade balance - ‘♦,788 - 5.859 ♦ 1.071 •* A >^c

Sane gon th last « 1<l »v-» Domestic Exporta May Increase or

6,880 - t depreMf

□,o5* -,£>ur« isr «$ - 26 - 0.4

( ' ■> ?£ Zi<Z ft 7*ft) (% of Total ftcporta) (6*.^> (66.8M)

Jf- ** •'** Re-exports 3.760 3.422 ♦ 338 ♦ 9.9

° SJ ,'ma Total Exports 10.61* 10,302 ♦ 312 ♦ 3.0

C? S. Imports 11,3*0 U.737 - 397 - 3.4

4 Trade balance - 726 - 1,435 ♦ 709

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**y April Increase or

H Lact non th 1 Jk ■ d<qr>— _ — , V -xfc

XiqrMnT « 6rf'bvl

‘Z» & Domestic Exports 6.85* 6,541 ♦ 313 *4.8

11V SX i » h ^rt) (* of Tot*x t**crt,) (64.6*) (64.6K)

Re-exporta 3,760 3,589 ♦ 171 ♦ 4.8

■?, • ■'♦x J*1 Total Exports 10,61* 10,130 ♦ 484 ♦ 4.8

/\ h iTa laports 11,3*0 12.302 - 961 - 7.8

J 'fc?* Trade balance - 726 - 2.172 ♦ 1,4*6

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i ‘ V i\ & 17- o vv Domestic Exports 30,895 28,778 ♦ 2,118 ♦ 7.*

(1 a i- v "ft <> & ) CM of Total fcrporto) (63.2J«) (63.9*)

” ^X Re-exports 17,97* 16.271 ♦ 1,703 ♦ 10.5

*•* Total Exports 48,869 *5,048 ♦ 3.821 ♦ 8.5

A * ’P. Isports 57.051 54,199 ♦ 2,853 ♦ 5.3

\p. X *2-£ Trade balance ^Aj«au - 9.151 - n ;\ 6 ■% j-a ♦ 969 A

jf ’ 1 * > )] Last 12 months Ik. 1 < n -'V c -nv v '4 »« Domestic Exports to to Increase or

__ j isspiaSs. TUkif?^ ^,46- 2. decrease \

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82,5*1 71.898 ♦ 10,643 ♦ 14.8

>>n Re-exports *3,4*3 35.481 ♦ 7.962 ♦ 22.4

'f. C *4 •’* Tbtal Exports 125,98* 107,379 ♦ 18,604 ♦ 17.3

,K H Yd ’••ports 141,228 122,679 ♦ 18,548 ♦ 15.1

t '5A Trade balance - 15,2*4 - 15,300 56

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SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL FOR SECOND QUARTER * * * *

A SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL IN MAJOR SECTORS Oc THE ECONOMY WILL BE CARRIED OUT NEXT MONTH BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE SURVEY RESULTS ARE USEFUL IN PROVIDING SHORT-TERM ECONOMIC INDICATORS AS WELL AS INFORMATION ON STRUCTURAL CHANGES IN THE LABOUR MARKET IK HONG KONG, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

THE SURVEY WILL COVER ABOUT 125 OOO ESTABLISHMENTS WHICH ARE DRAWN FROM VARIOUS SECTORS INCLUDING THE INDUSTRIAL AND THE SERVICES SECTORS WITH FULL ENUMERATION OF ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE WHOLESALE, RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR.

INFORMATION ON THE NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED AND EXISTING VACANCIES ON JUNE 30 WILL BE ASKED OF EACH ESTABLISHMENT.

SOME 10 000 ESTABLISHMENTS WILL BE SELECTED FROM THE SAMPLE AND ASKED ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON PAYROLL IN EACH OF THE THREE MONTHS DURING THE REFERENCE PERIOD OF APRIL - JUNE 1982.

QUEST IONNARIES ARE BEING MAILED TO INDIVIDUAL BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENTS IN EARLY JULY.

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS ORDER 1982 (LEGAL NOTICE NO. 69 OF 1982, GAZETTED ON MARCH 5 1982), ESTABLISHMENTS RECEIVING QUESTIONNARIES ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AND RETURN THEM TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WITHIN THE SPECIFIED PERIOD.

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FOUR LOTS OF CROWN LAND SOLD * * *

FOUR LOTS OF CROWN LAND WERE SOLD AT AN AUCTION CONDUCTED BY THE LANDS DEPARTMENT AT THE SHOUSON THEATRE OF THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE TODAY (TUESDAY).

THE FIRST LOT, MEASURING ABOUT 5 900 SQUARE METRES IN CHUN FAI ROAD, MOUNT BUTLER, IS FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL USES.

IT WAS SOLD TO WALSHAM ESTATE LTD. FOR $134 MILLION OR 822 711.86 PER SQUARE METRE.

THE REMAINING THREE LOTS ARE IN YUEN LONG INDUSTRIAL AREA, SAI KUNG TOWN AND CHEUNG SHA ON LANTAU ISLAND RESPECTIVELY.

THE YUEN LONG SITE, COVERING AN AREA OF ABOUT 1 730 SQUARE METRES, WAS SOLD TO TAI CHUNG INVESTMENT CO. LTD. FOR $4.4 MILLION CR $2 543.35 PER SQUARE METRE. IT IS FOR INDUSTRIAL/GODOWN PURPOSES.

THE SAI KUNG LOT, WHICH IS FOR NON-1NDUSTRI AL PURPOSES, MEASURES ABOUT 1 752 SQUARE METRES. IT WAS SOLD TO SHUN CHIU INVESTMENT CO. LTD. FOR $16.2 MILLION OR $9 246.58 PER SQUARE METRE.

THE REMAINING SITE ON LANTAU ISLAND, MEASURING ABOUT 4 628 SQUARE METRES, WAS BOUGHT BY FARMAX CO. LTD. FOR $3.3 1 ILL ION OR $713.05 PER SQUARE METRE. IT IS FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL USES.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SHAM SHU I PO * * * *

A NUMBER OF TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN SHAM SHU I PC rROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 2), A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY).

UNDER THE ARRANGEMENTS, THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF BOUNDARY STREET BETWEEN LAI CHI KOK ROAD AND TAI NAN STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED AS AN URBAN CLEARWAY FOR ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT BUSES FROM 7 AM.TO 7 PM DAILY.

THIS ALSO APPLIES TO THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF BOUNDARY STREET NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH LAI CHI KOK ROAD, AND SHEK KIP MEI STREET NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH LAI CHI KOK ROAD.

PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES, HOWEVER, WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP WITHIN THESE SECTIONS FROM 7 AM UNTIL 12 MIDNIGHT.

AT THE SAME TIME, SOUTHBOUND VEHICLES ON LAI CHI KOK ROAD WILL BE BANNED FROM TURNING LEFT INTO WONG CHUK STREET.

PARKING SPACES ON BOUNDARY STREET BETWEEN LAI CHI KOK ROAD AND TAI NAN STREET WILL BE METERED.

BUS STOPS ALONG THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF LAI CHI KOK ROAD BETWEEN YEN CHOW STREET AND BOUNDARY STREET WILL BE REARRANGED.

IN TSUEN WAN, A TRAFFIC LANE ON SAI LAU KOK ROAD OUTSIDE FOU WAH CENTRE WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 7.30 AM AND 5.30 PM FOR 14 CONSECUTIVE DAYS STARTING FROM THURSDAY (JULY 1) FOR DRAINAGE WORKS.

NORMAL TRAFFIC WILL BE MAINTAINED ON THE ADJACENT LANES.

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BUS ONLY LANE OPENS TO ALL VEHICLES MX*

THE BUS-ONLY LANE ON

THE WESTBOUND SECTION OF SHAU

WAN ROAD NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH SUN SING STREET WILL BE TO ALL VEHICLES FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 2)

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES . . BEACONSFIELD ROUSE. HONGKONG TEL:5-233191

’WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30, 1982

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MATING;

SUPPORT FOR.CLOSET; CAMPS ...........'.................... 1

FLOOD OF REFUGEES FEARED ................................. 2

AIM TO DETER USE OF SHIPS FOR DRUG SMUGGLING.............. 3

LRS INVESTIGATES EVERT COMPLAINT OF VffiONGFUL DISMISSAL ... 4

EVIDENCE (AME3DMERT) BILL 1J32 ........................... 5

EONG KONG TAKUTO LEGITIMATE STAND IN TEXTILE 'TALKS..... 6

LABOUR DEPARTMENT PROPOSES EXAMINATION OF PAYMENT OF CLAIMS ................................................... 7

MORE FIREWORKS DISPLAYS IN COMING YEARS .................. 8

LAND RESUMPTION EXPLAINED................................. 9

RACKETEERS BEU'-'D SQUATTER HUIS ........................ 10

DOCTOR-PATIENT RATIOS ................................... 11

ACTIONS AGAINST COUNTERFEIT PHARMACEUTICALS ............. 11

LAY MAGISTRATES COURTS HANDLE MINOR OFFENCES ............ 12

PSYCHIATRIC NURSING...................................... 12

WAYS TO STOP TRAGIC ACCIDENTS BEING CONSIDERED........... 13

STUDY OF LASER BRAM EFFECTS.............................. 13

EVENING OUT-PATIENT CLINICS.............................. 14

PLANS TO IMPROVE MANNING SCALE OF SPECIAL SCHOOLS....... 14

OFFICIAL USE OF CHINESE EXPANDS ......................... 15

SHORT-TERM piRXT'G NEEDS DISCUSSED ...................... 15

/LEGCO BILLS .....

LEGCO BILLS ................................................. 1$

RADIO RECEPTION IN TUNNELS .................................. 16

ROAD TRAFFIC OFFENCES ....................................... 16

PROVISION OF STUDY ROOM FACILITIES .......................... 17

MOTOR VEHICLE LICENCE RENEWAL ............................... 17

GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERS...................................... 18

NEW FORM FOR PROSECUTING LITTER OFFENDERS................... 18

SIR EDWARD VISITS FACTORY ...................................... 19

NEW MAXICAB ROUTE BETWEEN TSIM SHA TSUI AND HO MAN TIN....... 19

HEALTH MANPOWER SURVEY .'....................................... 20

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SHEUNG WAN ............................. 20

HONG KONG FARMERS TO ATTEND UK TRAINING COURSE ................. 21

SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING ................................ 22

NEW DOUBLE TRACK AT FO TAN COMES INTO USE....................... 22

KNOWLEDGE OF NAVIGATION IMPORTANT FOR HK FISHERMEN ............. 23

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS PROMOTION .............................. 23

THEN MUN SPORTSGROUND TO OPEN EARLIER FOR JOGGERS .............. 24

FRESH WATER CUT IN WONG TAI SIN ................................ 24

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30, 1982

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SUPPORT FOR CLOSED CAMPS * * *

THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, THE

ALL HIS COLLEAGUES AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, EXPRESSED FULL

VIETNAM ■SEftR = FUGEE''T,NG UP °F CL0SED CAMPS F0R THE DETENTION OF

HON R.H. LOBO, SPEAKING FOR

HE oAID THAT DESPITE ITS OWN OVER-POPULATION PROBLEMS, HONG KONG HAD FOR MORE THAN THREE YEARS TAKEN A HUMANITARIAN STAND IN PROVIDING TEMPORARY ASYLUM FOR REFUGEES FROM VIETNAM.

UAUV POINTED OUT, HOWEVER, THAT THERE WAS A REAL DANGER THAT MANY OF THE SO-CALLED REFUGEES WHO HAD BEEN HERE FOR SOME TIME WERE COMING TO LOOK UPON HONG KONG AS A PLACE FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCE AND THAT OTHERS MIGHT BE THINKING OF JOINING THEM.

♦THIS MUST BE DISCOURAGED AT ALL COSTS AND ALL REASONABLE STEPS TAKEN TO DETER FURTHER ARRIVALS,* MR LOBO STRESSED.

♦UNPLEASANT THOUGH IT MAY BE - AND THE MEASURES PROPOSED HAVE NOT BEEN DECIDED ON LIGHTLY - THE CONFINEMENT OF NEWCOMERS TO CLOSED CAMPS IS SEEN AS A NECESSARY STEP TOWARDS THIS END.

♦THIS IS NO MORE THAN WHAT MANY COUNTRIES HAVE DONE FROM THE OUTSET.+

HE WAS PLEASED TO NOTE, HOWEVER THAT AN AMENDMENT WAS TO BE PROPOSED IN THE COMMITTEE STAGE OF THE BILL TO PROVIDE A SAFEGUARD AGAINST UNLAWFUL DETENTION.

IN ADDITION, MR LOBO SAID, THOSE REFUGEES WHO HAS ABUSED OUR HOSPITALITY AND TURNED THEIR OPEN CAMPS INTO BATTLEFIELDS SHOULD HAVE NO RIGHT TO FREEDOM HERE.

♦WE WOULD URGE THE GOVERNMENT TO PURSUE THE RESETTLEMENT OF THESE REFUGEES OUTSIDE HONG KONG WITH RENEWED VIGOUR AND, AT THE SAME TIME, TO EXAMINE ALL POSSIBLE MEANS OF SECURING THEIR REPATR I AT ION.

♦I CAN ONLY ADD THAT THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THIS COUNCIL PLEDGE OUR WHOLEHEARTED SUPPORT TOWARDS THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THESE OBJECT IVES,+ HE SAID.

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FLOOD OF REFUGEES FEARED * * *

THERE IAS A VERY REAL DANGER THAT, IN THE FACE OF GREATLY REDUCED R SETTLEMENT OPPORTUNITIES, HONG KONG, WITH ITS OPEN CAMPS POP REFUGEES, WOULD BECOME THE MAIN DESTINATION FOR THOSE WHO WERE SEEKING TO LEAVE VIETNAM, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON LEW’S DAVIES, SAID TODAY.

HE WAS SPEAKING IN MOVING THE SECOND READING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL OF THE IMMIGRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, WHICH PROVIDES THE GOVERNMENT WITH THE NECESSARY POWERS TO SET UP CLOSED CAMPS, TO DETAIN VIETNAMESE REFUGEES IN THEM AND TO DRAW UP RULES FOR THEIR GOOD MANAGEMENT.

THE BILL, WHICH ALSO PROVIDES THE GOVERNMENT WITH THE POWER TO REPATRIATE ANY REFUGEE IF AND WHEN CIRCUMSTANCES PERMIT, WAS PASSED INTO LAW WITH AMENDMENTS, IN ONE SITTING TODAY, WITH THE FULL SUPPORT OF UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS.

+ INDEED, SOME MAY BE MISLED INTO BELIEVING THAT HONG KONG ITSELF MAY BE A LIKELY PLACE OF PERMANENT RESETTLEMENT,* HE SAID.

TO UNDERLINE THAT THIS WAS NOT THE CASE, MR DAVIES SAID, THE BILL MADE IT CLEAR THAT REFUGEES COULD NOT GAIN CHINESE RESIDENT STATUS.

HE SAID THE NUMBER OF REFUGEES COMING INTO THE REGION AS A WHOLE IN THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF 1982 AS COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1981 HAD DROPPED FROM 39 500 TO 21 200, ABOUT 46 PER CENT, WHILE THE NUMBER COMING TO HONG KONG HAD ONLY DROPPED FROM 3 500 TO 3 200 OR 8.6 PER CENT - THE LOWEST PERCENTAGE FALL IN THE REGION.

♦THESE FIGURES INDICATE THAT SOME POSITIVE CHANGES MUST BE MADE TO REDUCE THE ’PULL’ OF HONG KONG AS A DESTINATION,* MR DAVIES SAID.

IN ADOPTING THE CLOSED CAMP POLICY, HE SAID, THE GOVERNMENT WAS BRINGING HONG KONG INTO LINE WITH THE REST OF THE REGION.

+THIS MOVE SHOULD MAKE HONG KONG LESS ATTRACTIVE FOR REFUGEES. WHEN THE MESSAGE GETS BACK TO VIETNAM, IT SHOULD HELP TO DETER PEOPLE FROM SETTING OUT.*

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AIM TO DETER USE OF SHIP FOR DRUG SMUGGLING * * * *

THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THE DANGEROUS DRUG (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL 1982 IS TO DETER TRAFFICKERS IN DANGEROUS DRUGS FROM USING SHIP TO CARRY ON THEIR NEFARIOUS TRADE, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON LEWIS DAVIES, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, MR DAVIES EXPLAINED THAT IT IMPOSES SANCTIONS ON THE OWNERS OF SHIPS WHICH ARE FOUND ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION TO HAVE SMUGGLED EXCESSIVE QUANTITIES OF DRUGS INTO HONG KONG.

THE SANCTIONS ARE A MAXIMUM FINE OF $5 MILLION, AND IF THE PENALTY IMPOSED BY THE COURT IS NOT PAID, THE SHIP MAY BE FORFEITED TO THE CROWN.

HE SAID THAT SINCE THE DISRUPTION OF THE SYSTEM OF SMUGGLING DRUGS INTO HONG KONG BY THAI TRAWLERS IN 1974, TRAFFICKERS TURNED TO THE USE OF INDIVIDUAL COURIERS TO SMUGGLE DRUGS. +ONE OF THE METHODS FAVOURED WAS THE USE OF OCEAN-GOING VESSELS,* HE SAID.

BETWEEN 1974 AND THIS MONTH, 675 SEIZURES OF 670 KILOGRAMMES OF ILLICIT DRUGS HAVE BEEN MADE ON BOARD 231 VESSELS, RESULTING IN 104 ARRESTS. FORTY-THREE OF THESE SEIZURES INVOLVED LARGE QUANTITIES OF DRUGS, PRINCIPALLY OF OPIUM AND HEROIN, 14 OF WHICH WERE MADE ON FOUR VESSELS BELONGING TO ONE COMPANY. HE EXPLAINED THAT EIGHT OF THESE 14 SEIZURES WERE MADE ON ONE SHIP, AND FIVE OF THEM IN LESS THAN SIX MONTHS. SHIPS OF THREE OTHER COMPANIES WERE ALSO REPEATEDLY INVOLVED IN SMUGGLING DRUGS FIVE TIMES (IN 12 MONTHS) AND TWICE (IN FOUR MONTHS) AND AGAIN TWICE (IN 30 MONTHS) RESPECTIVELY, HE SAID. BECAUSE OF THE USE OF INGENIOUS HIDING PLACES, USUALLY IN PUBLIC AREAS, NO ARRESTS WERE MADE IN MANY CASES.

+S0, DESPITE THE EFFORTS OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE, THE SEIZURES HAVE HAD LITTLE REAL DETERRENT- WITHOUT IDENTIFICATION OF THOSE RESPONSIBLE NOTHING BEYOND SEIZURE OF THE DRUGS HAS BEEN POSSIBLE.

♦THESE VESSELS CONTINUE TO BE USED FOR CARRYING ILLICIT DRUGS AND UNDER THE EXISTING LAW NO POSITIVE ACTION CAN BE TAKEN AGAINST THEM,* MR DAVIES SAID.

THIS SITUATION, MR DAVIES SAID, IS UNACCEPTABLE ESPECIALLY BECAUSE DRUG ABUSE REPRESENTS A CONTINUING SOCIAL MENACE TO THE COMMUNITY, AND PARTICULARLY TO YOUNG PEOPLE.

♦THE GOVERNMENT HAS CONCLUDED THAT EFFECTIVE DETERRENT MEASURES TO COUNTER THIS EVIL TRAFFIC MUST BE INTRODUCED,* MR DAVIES SAID.

AFTER CAREFUL AND LENGTHY CONSIDERATION OF THE ISSUE AND SOME ALTERNATIVE METHODS, IT WAS CONCLUDED THAT THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY OF DEALING WITH THIS MENACE IS BY AMENDMENT OF THE DANGEROUS DRUGS ORDINANCE TO IMPOSE FINANCIAL PENALTIES ON THE OWNER OF THE SHIP WHICH IS FOUND TO HAVE CARRIED EXCESSIVE QUANTITIES OF DRUGS ON TWO OCCASIONS WITHIN A PERIOD OF 18 MONTHS-IF THE PENALTY IMPOSED BY THE COURT IS NOT PAID, THE SHIP MAY EE FORFEITED TO THE CROWN.

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A MAXIMUM FINANCIAL PENALTY OF $5 MILLION HAD BEEN SET TO ?'JCE THE GREATEST POSSIBLE DETERRENT EFFECT, HE SAID.

FORFEITURE OF SHIPS IS INTENDED AS THE ULTIMATE SANCTION IN THE EVENT OF THE PENALTY NOT BEING PAID.

IN FRAMING THE PROPOSALS, THE GOVERNMENT HAD CONSIDERED THE POSSIBLE DAMAGE WHICH MIGHT BE CAUSED TO SHIPPING INTEREST AND OUR IMAGE AS A FREE AND EFFICIENT TRADING PORT.

HE ADMITTED THAT THE BILL COULD RESULT IN SOME DEGREE OF DELAY TO A SHIP BUT THIS COULD BE MINIMISED IF THE OWNER AGREED TO PAY A BAIL OR GIVE A BOND FOR THE RELEASE OF THE SHIP.

+OUR AIM MUST BE TO BALANCE THE ADVANTAGE TO BE GAINED FROM AN EFFECTIVE DETERRENT TO TRAFFICKERS AGAINST THE DISADVANTAGE OF AFFECTING THE TRADING IMAGE OF HONG KONG. I BELIEVE THE BILL DOES S0,+ MR DAVIES SAID.

IT IS INTENDED THAT, IF ENACTED, THE BILL WILL COME INTO OPERATION IN SIX MONTHS’ TIME.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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LRS INVESTIGATES EVERY COMPLAINT OF WRONGFUL DISMISSAL *****

THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATES EVERY COMPLAINT OF WRONGFUL DISMISSAL OR DISMISSAL WITHOUT REASONABLE GROUNDS, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, THE HON J.N. HENDERSON, SAID AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO QUESTIONS BY THE HON ANDREW SO, MR HENDERSON POINTED OUT THAT IN CASES ALLEGING WRONGFUL DISMISSAL — DISMISSAL IN BREACH OF THE CONTRACT OR THE LAW — CONCILIATION SERVICE WOULD BE RENDERED TO THE PARTIES CONCERNED AND, WHERE NECESSARY, THE CASES WOULD BE REFERRED TO THE LABOUR TRIBUNAL FOR ADJUDICATION.

IN MOST CIRCUMSTANCES, THIS PROVED TO BE SUCCESSFUL TO SAFEGUARD THE LEGAL ENTITLEMENTS OF THE WORKERS, INCLUDING WAGES IN LIEU OF NOTICE. IN OTHER CASES ALLEGING DISMISSAL WITHOUT REASONABLE GROUNDS, ADVICE WOULD BE GIVEN TO THE EMPLOYERS CONCERNED. THE EMPLOYEES, IF NOT REINSTATED, WOULD RECEIVE THEIR LEGAL ENTITLEMENTS UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE AND, IN SOME CASES, AN EX-GRATIA PAYMENT OVER AND ABOVE THE LAW WOULD BE MADE AS COMPENSATION.

FROM JUNE 1981 TO MAY 1982, THE LRS RECORDED A TOTAL OF 8 813 CLAIMS FOR DISMISSAL WITHOUT NOTICE OR WAGES IN LIEU OF NOTICE. THERE WAS, HOWEVER, NO STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN OF THE CAUSES OF DISMISSALS.

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EVIDENCE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 * * * *

0BJEC7 OP THE EVIDENCE (AMENDMENT) BILL IS TO REMOVE DOUBTS ABOUT THE VALIDITY OF ALLOWING DIFFERENT PEOPLE TO CARRY OUT TRANSLATING AND TRANSCRIBING WORK AND SIGNING CERTIFICATES RELATING TO SUCH WORK, THE ACTING LAW DRAFTSMAN, THE HON J.J. O’GRADY.

SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, MR O’GRADY SAID THE BILL IS CONCERNED WITH A TECHNICAL PROBLEM RELATING TO THE USE OF CERTIFIED TRANSLATIONS OF DOCUMENTS AND TRANSCRIPTS OF TAPE RECORDINGS AS EVIDENCE IN LEGAL PROCEEDINGS.

HE EXPLAINED THAT WHILE THE JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT HAS A STAFF OF OFFICIAL INTERPRETERS WHO ADDITIONALLY DEAL WITH DOCUMENTS AND RECORDINGS, AND PRODUCE MORE THAN 14 000 PAGES OF WORK IN A MONTH, THIS IS ONLY ABOUT FIVE PER CENT OF THE CASES.

♦TRANSLATIONS ARE USUALLY SUBMITTED TO THE DEPARTMENT IN THE FORM OF DRAFTS PREPARED BY SOLICITORS, OR THE POLICE, OR THE ICAC, OR WHATEVER AUTHORITY IS INVOLVED IN THE PREPARATION OF THE CASE, MANY OF WHOM HAVE COMPETENT LINGUISTS IN THEIR STAFF,+ HE SAID.

♦THE DRAFTS ARE THEN CHECKED AND CORRECTED IN THE DEPARTMENT BEFORE BEING CERTIFIED AS ACCURATE.

♦ON THE BASIS OF THIS CERTIFICATE, THE RELEVANT TRANSLATION IS PRODUCED IN COURTS AND, BY VIRTUE OF THE ORDINANCE, ADMITTED IN EVIDENCE AS AN ACCURATE TRANSLATION OF THE ORIGINAL,* HE SAID.

THE WORKLOAD IN THIS AREA IS SUCH THAT THE PRESENT PRACTICE COULD NOT BE CHANGED WITHOUT A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN STAFF, TIME AND COST.

♦ON THE OTHER HAND,* MR O’GRADY SAID, +THE PRACTICE HAS BEEN WORKING SATISFACTORILY, AND PROPER STANDARDS OF ACCURACY HAVE BEEN MAINTAINED.*

IT WAS THEREFORE PROPOSED TO REMOVE ANY DOUBT AS TO ITS LEGALITY AND CORRECTNESS, HE SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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HONG KONG TAKING LEGITIMATE STAND IN TEXTILE TALKS ******

THE STAND TAKEN BY HONG KONG IN THE TEXTILE NEGOTIA-UONS WITH THE EEC IS A LEGITIMATE DEFENCE OF OUR ESSENTIAL INTERESTS, THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, MR BILL DORWARD TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE CCUNCIL MEET I NG TODAY.

+ IN ANY NEGOTIATION*, HE SAID,+EVEN BETWEEN VERY UNEQUAL PARTNERS, DUE REGARD MUST BE HAD TO THE RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF EACH PARTY.*

IN REPLY TO QUESTIONS BY THE HON FRANCIS TIEN, MR DOWARD SAID , THAT THE HONG KONG DELEGATION ACCEPTED THAT, ON THE EVIDENCE SHOWN, THE CONTINUATION OF RESTRAINTS ON 34 OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF 45 CATEGORIES CONCERNED COULD BE CONSIDERED JUSTIFIED. EEC DEMANDS FOR CUTBACKS IN EIGHT CATEGORIES WERE, HOWEVER, BOTH UNJUSTIFIED AND INCONSISTENT WITH THE TERMS OF THE MFA.

+ IN ALL BUT ONE INSTANCE, EEC IMPORTS FROM HONG KONG OF THESE EIGHT CATEGORIES OVER THE LIFE OF THE CURRENT AGREEMENT -FROM JANUARY 1978 - HAVE DECLINED, ON AVERAGE BY ABOUT 14 PER CENT. HONG KONG WAS NOT IN ALL CASES THE PRINCIPAL SUPPLIER, AND HONG KONG PRICES WERE IN SOME INSTANCES HIGHER THAN THOSE OF SIGNIFICANT SUPPLIERS WHICH WERE UNRESTRAINED,* HE EXPLAINED.

AT THE NEGOTIATIONS, SAID MR DORWARD, THE EEC PRESENTED STATISTICAL DATA PURPORTING TO SUPPORT THEIR REQUEST THAT HONG KONG CONTINUE RESTRAINTS ON ALL THE PRODUCTS SUBJECT TO RESTRAINT UNDER THE CURRENT FIVE YEAR AGREEMENT WHICH EXPIRES IN DECEMBER 1982- AND ALSO TO SUPPORT THEIR CLAIM OF +UNIQUE PROBLEMS* IN EIGHT CATEGORIES OF PRODUCTS WHERE THEY SOUGHT A 12 PER CENT CUTBACK ON THE EXISTING QUOTA LEVELS FOR THE FIVE APPAREL ITEMS, AND THE SUSPENSION OF ALL FLEXIBILITY PROVISIONS FOR THREE YARN AND FABRIC CATEGORIES. THEY ALSO PROPOSED THAT ANNUAL GROWTH RATES FOR THESE CATEGORIES BE REDUCED TO 0.1 PER CENT.

ON THE PROGRESS OF THE NEGOTIATION, MR DORWARD SAID THAT DISCUSSION OF GROWTH RATES AND FLEXIBILITY PROVISIONS WAS POSTPONED UNTIL THE QUESTION OF BASE LEVELS IS RESOLVED. THERE WAS, HOWEVER, SOME PROGRESS MADE ON TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF THE PROPOSED AGREEMENT.

HE STRESSED THAT HONG KONG WOULD CONTINUE TO MAINTAIN THAT A FIRST PRIORITY MUST ESTABLISH TO WHAT EXTENT, IF ANY, SPECIFIC EEC PROBLEMS ARE BEING ACTUALLY OR POTENTIALLY CAUSED BY IMPORTS FROM HONG KONG.

♦WHERE THAT CAN BE ESTABLISHED, SOLUTIONS CAN BE FOUND, BUT ONLY SOLUTIONS CONSISTENT WITH THE MFA. THESE COULD LEGITIMATELY LEAD TO REDUCTIONS IN GROWTH AND FLEXIBILITY PROVISIONS, SUCH EXIGENCIES HAVING BEEN SPECIFICALLY ENVISAGED IN THE PROTOCOL OF EXTENSION OF THE MFA- BUT NOT TO CUTBACK ON QUOTA LIMITS,* HE CONCLUDED.

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LABOUR DEPARTMENT PROPOSES EXAMINATION OF PAYMENT OF CLAIMS ******

tke labour department proposes to examine the possibility OF SPEEDING UP PAYMENT OF CLAIMS TO EMPLOYEES WHO LOSE THEIR JOBS AS A RESULT OF CLOSURE OF BUSINESS.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, THE HON. J.N. HENDERSON, SAID THIS AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN REPLY TO QUESTIONS BY THE HON. ANDREW SO.

MR HENDERSON POINTED OUT THAT THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE PROVIDED EMPLOYEES WITH SAFEGUARD FOR THEIR WAGES.

UNDER THE ORDINANCE, AN EMPLOYER WOULD BE GUILTY OF AN OFFENCE AND LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $5 000 IF HE WILFULLY AND WITHOUT ANY REASONABLE EXCUSE FAILED TO PAY WAGES DUE.

IF AN EMPLOYEE FOUND HIS EMPLOYER FINANCIALLY UNABLE TO PAY WAGES OR OTHER STATUTORY ENTITLEMENTS, HE MIGHT PURSUE HIS CLAIMS THROUGH WINDING-UP OR BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDINGS.

UNDER THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE OR THE BANKRUPTCY ORDINANCE, NR HENDERSON ADDED, AN EMPLOYEE WAS ENTITLED TO THE FOLLOWING PAYMENTS OUT OF THE ASSETS OF THE EMPLOYER IN PAR WITH CROWN DEBTS BUT IN PREFERENCE TO ALL CREDITORS OTHER THAN DEBENTURE HOLDERS:

* WAGE AND SALARY UP TO A MAXIMUM OF $8 000-

* ONE MONTH’S WAGES IN LIEU OF NOTICE UP TO $2 000- AND

* A SEVERANCE PAYMENT UP TO $8 000.

MR HENDERSON CONCEDED THAT FULL PAYMENT OF CLAIMS TO EMPLOYEES DEPENDED ON THE MONEY AND ASSETS, WHICH THE EMPLOYER MIGHT HAVE AND WHICH THE LIQUIDATOR MIGHT BE ABLE TO RECOVER AND SELL.

♦THE NATURE OF THESE PROCEEDINGS IS SLOW-MOVING BECAUSE OF THE NEED TO ENSURE THAT ALL CREDITORS WHICH INCLUDE EMPLOYEES GET THE MOST FAVOURABLE RETURN ON THE AVAILABLE ASSETS OF THE INSOLVENT EMPLOYER. HOWEVER, CLEARLY IT WOULD BE HELPFUL TO EMPLOYEES IF WAYS OF SPEEDING UP PAYMENT WITHOUT DETRIMENT TO THEIR OWN LONG-TERM INTERESTS, AND THOSE OF OTHER CREDITORS, COULD BE FOUND,+ HE SAID.

ACCORDING TO THE RECORDS OF THE LRS, THERE WERE 208 CASES CF INSOLVENCY OF EMPLOYERS INVOLVING 5 099 WORKERS, WHO WERE REFERRED TO THE LEGAL AID DEPARTMENT FROM JUNE 1981 TO MAY 1982. THE AMOUNT OF CLAIMS INVOLVED WAS 313.8 MILLION.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30, 1982

8

MORE FIREWORKS DISPLAYS IN COMING YEARS * * *

FOLLOWING THE SUCCESS OF THE FIREWORKS DISPLAY ON THE EVENING OF LUNAR NEW YEAR’S DAY THIS YEAR, MORE DISPLAYS wlLL BE STAGED IN COMING YEARS.

THE 20-MINUTE DISPLAY OF FIREWORKS THIS YEAR, SPONSORED BY JARDINE MATHESON AND CO. LTD. AND ORGANISED BY THE TOURIST ASSOCIATION, WAS ONE OF THE LARGEST BY INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS AND wAS SET AGAINST MUSIC BROADCAST THROUGH RADIO HONG KONG. IT WAS WATCHED BY LARGE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE HARBOUR.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE PUBLIC HAD OBVIOUSLY ENJOYED THE DISPLAY. AFTER REVIEWING THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE EVENT, THE GOVERNMENT HAS DECIDED TO ALLOW FIREWORKS DISPLAYS TO BE STAGED IN CELEBRATION OF THE TWO MAJOR CHINESE FESTIVALS, LUNAR NEW YEAR AND MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL.

THE GOVERNMENT HAS ACCEPTED AN OFFER FROM JARDINE MATHESON AND CO. LTD. TO SPONSOR AN ANNUAL DISPLAY ON LUNAR NEW YEAR’S DAY IN THE HARBOUR FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, STARTING 1983. THE URBAN COUNCIL HAS BEEN INVITED TO ORGANISE THE DISPLAY IN 1983.

IF PRIVATE SPONSORSHIPS ARE FORTHCOMING, DISPLAYS WILL ALSO BE ALLOWED IN THE HARBOUR IN MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL, AS WELL AS SMALLER DISPLAYS IN OTHER VENUES, INCLUDING IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, ON BOTH FESTIVAL DAYS. HOWEVER, THE LUNAR NEW YEAR DISPLAY IN 1983 WILL BE THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE TO ALLOW ADEQUATE TIME FOR PROPER PLANNING AND ORGANISATION.

A COMMITTEE COMPRISING THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, COMMISSIONER FOR MINES AND TWO UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WILL BE SET UP TO CONSIDER APPLICATIONS FROM ORGANISATIONS WHICH WISH TO STAGE DISPLAYS.

+AS A FIREWORKS DISPLAY IS EXPENSIVE AND INVOLVES CAREFUL ORGANISATION, PERMISSION WILL ONLY BE GIVEN TO THOSE ORGANISATIONS WITH SOUND FINANCIAL STANDING AND KNOWN ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITY,* THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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LAND RESUMPTION EXPLAINED * * *

PRIOR TO THE ENACTMENT OF THE ROAD (WORKS, USE AND COMPENSATION) ORDINANCE, THE PROCESS OF RESUMING LAND FOR ROAD CONSTRUCTION COULD BE CARRIED ON SIMULTANEOUSLY WITH THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE CONSTRUCTION PROJECT TOWARDS THE STAGE OF CALLING FOR TENDERS.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON N.K. CHAN, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON CHARLES YEUNG IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

HE SAID THAT THE EXTENT OF THE LAND REQUIRED HAVING BEEN ASCERTAINED, IT REMAINED ONLY FOR THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL TO BE SATISFIED THAT THE LAND WAS NEEDED FOR A PUBLIC PURPOSE BEFORE THE NECESSARY RESUMPTION ORDERS COULD BE MADE.

HE ADDED THAT IT WAS NORMAL HOWEVER FOR THE SCHEME TO HAVE BEEN AUTHORISED UNDER THE STREETS (ALTERATION) ORDINANCE BEFORE RESUMPTION WAS FORMALLY AUTHORISED.

♦UNDER THE NEW ORDINANCE, IN ADDITION TO THE LONGER PERIOD REQUIRED FOR THE GAZETTING OF THE SCHEME, THE GOVERNORIN-COUNCIL MAY REFER THE PLAN AND THE SCHEME AND OBJECTIONS TO THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD, WHICH IS REQUIRED TO EXHIBIT THE PLAN AND THE SCHEME AS IT WERE A DRAFT TOWN PLAN,* MR CHAN SAID.

♦FOLLOWING WHICH THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD WILL CONSIDER THE PLAN AND SCHEME TOGETHER WITH THE ORIGINAL OBJECTIONS AND ANY RECEIVED AS A RESULT OF THE BOARD’S ACTION BEFORE ADVISING THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL. THIS WOULD INEVITABLY CAUSE SOME DELAY.+

HOWEVER, HE STRESSED THAT FOR ROAD CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS PLANNED FOR COMMENCEMENT AT SOME DISTANCE IN THE FUTURE THE ACTUAL DATE OF RESUMPTION SHOULD NOT BE DELAYED AT ALL, SINCE IT SHOULD BE POSSIBLE FOR THE CRITICAL PATH OF ACTIVITIES LEADING UP TO THE COMMENCEMENT OF WORKS TO BE ADJUSTED TO ALLOW SUFFICIENT TIME FOR THE NEW PROCEDURES TO BE MET WITHOUT DELAYING EITHER THE PROJECT OR THE ACQUISITION OF THE NECESSARY LAND.

♦IT IS ONLY IN THE CASE OF CURRENT ROAD CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS FOR WHICH, AT THE TIME OF ENACTMENT OF THE NEW LAW, THE RESUMPTION PROCESS WAS ALREADY WELL ADVANCED BUT NOT COMPLETED, THAT THERE WILL INEVITABLY BE SOME DELAY DUE TO THE NEED TO FOLLOW THE NEW PROCEDURES,+ MR CHAN SAID.

IN RESPECT OF THE NT CIRCULAR ROAD SPECIFICALLY MENTIONED BY MR YEUNG, MR CHAN SAID, ALL LAND RESUMPTION PROCEDURES HAD BEEN COMPLETED OR WERE IN HAND FOR THE LENGTH OF ROAD FROM TAI PO TO FANLING AND FOR THE FANLING BYPASS.

♦ACTION WILL HAVE TO BE TAKEN UNDER THE NEW ORDINANCE WITH RESPECT TO THE LENGTH OF ROAD FROM FANLING TO AU TAU AND PREPARATIONS FOR GAZETTING ARE WELL IN HAND.+ HE ADDED.

♦PROVIDING THERE ARE NO MAJOR OBJECTIONS TO THE PROJECT AND PROVIDING THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL DOES NOT SEE THE NEED TO REFER THE SCHEME TO THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD I DO NOT ANTICIPATE ANY SIGNIFICANT DELAY IN THE LAND RESUMPTION PROGRAMME DUE TO THE CHANGE IN ORDINANCES.*

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RACKETEERS BEHIND SQUATTER HUTS

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VERY FEW SQUATTERS BUILT THEIR OWN HUTS AND NEARLY ALL NEW SQUATTER HUT BUILDING WAS UNDERTAKEN BY RACKETEERS FOR SALE, THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, THE HON DONALD LIAO, SAID TODAY.

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE CROWN LAND (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR LIAO SAID ILLEGAL OCCUPATION OF CROWN LAND BY SQUATTERS HAD PRESENTED SERIOUS PROBLEMS IN RECENT YEARS.

A LARGE NUMBER OF NEW HUTS HAD BEEN BUILT, MANY OF THEM ON DANGEROUS HILL SLOPES OR PRECARIOUSLY SITED ON INADEQUATE FOUNDATIONS.'

♦THE TRAGIC RESULTS OF THIS WERE SEEN IN THE FIRES OF LAST WINTER AND THE RAINSTORMS AT THE END OF MAY,+ HE SAID.

MR LIAO POINTED OUT THAT AN ESSENTIAL ELEMENT IN THE CONTROL OF NEW SQUATTER HUT BUILDING WAS THE ARREST AND PROSECUTION OF THE BUILDERS.

THE EXISTING MAXIMUM PENALTY WAS A FINE OF $10 000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR SIX MONTHS, AND ALTHOUGH ON AVERAGE MORE THAN 50 PERSONS WERE CHARGED EACH MONTH, THE PENALTIES IMPOSED APPEARED TO HAVE LITTLE DETERRENT EFFECT, HE SAID.

♦IN ORDER TO STRENGTHEN THE EXISTING CONTROLS IN RESPECT OF ILLEGAL STRUCTURES ON CROWN LAND, THE BILL PROPOSES THAT WHERE STRUCTURES ARE ERECTED FOR GAIN, THE OFFENDER SHALL BE LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $50 000 AND TO IMPRISONMENT FOR ONE YEAR.

♦ADDITIONALLY, IT IS PROPOSED THAT A NEW SECTION BE ADDED TO THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE TO INTRODUCE A LEGAL PRESUMPTION THAT AN OFFENDER IS BUILDING A HUT FOR SALE, THE BURDEN OF PROOF WILL THEN BE ON HIM TO SHOW THAT HE DID NOT ERECT THE STRUCTURE WITH A VIEW TO GAIN.+

THE BILL ALSO SEEKS TO ENABLE THE COURT TO ACCEPT AS PR IMA FACIE EVIDENCE A CERTIFICATE SIGNED BY AN ESTATE SURVEYOR TO PROVE THAT THE LAND IN QUESTION IS UNLEASED CROWN LAND AND THAT NO LICENCE, DEED OR MEMORANDUM OF APPROPRIATION HAS BEEN GRANTED WHICH WOULD AUTHORISE CONSTRUCTION ON THE LAND.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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DOCTOR-PATIENT RATIOS

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IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN GOVERNMENT POLICY THAT ALL FACTORS BEING EQUAL, CASUALTY UNITS IN PUBLIC HOSPITALS, WHETHER GOVERNMENT OR SUBVENTED, SHOULD HAVE THE SAME DOCTOR-PATIENT RATIOS, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR THE HON S.F. LAM, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE REV. THE HON JOYCE BENNETT ON WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WOULD IMPLEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS BY A RECENT CORONER’S INQUEST THAT THE DOCTOR-PATIENT RATIOS IN CASUALTY UNITS IN SUBVENTED HOSPITALS BE THE SAME AS IN GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS.

DR LAM SAID IRRESPECTIVE OF THE CORONER’S RECOMMENDATIONS, THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAD ALWAYS BEEN ADOPTING THE POLICY THAT ALL UNITS IN PUBLIC HOSPITALS PERFORMING SIMILAR LEVELS OF WORK UNDER IDENTICAL CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD HAVE THE SAME DOCTOR-PATIENT RATIOS.

HE POINTED OUT, HOWEVER, DOCTOR-PATIENT RATIOS WERE IN FACT ONLY A GENERAL GUIDE IN THE PLANNING FOR STAFFING UNITS IN MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS.

♦THE ACTUAL NUMBER OF DOCTORS WORKING IN A CASUALTY DEPARTMENT MUST BE DETERMINED BY THE ACTUAL SITUATION IN THE FIELD AND THIS DIFFERS FROM HOSPITAL TO HOSPITAL WHETHER THEY ARE GOVERNMENT OR SUBVENTED,+ HE SAID.

DR LAM SAID THERE WERE ESTABLISHED CHANNELS IN ALL HOSPITALS FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF DOCTOR-PATIENT RATIOS IN THE FORM OF f-EDICAL COMMITTEES RESPONSIBLE FOR IDENTIFYING THE NEEDS FOR STAFF AND MAKING OUT A GOOD CASE FOR SUCH.

♦MY DEPARTMENT WILL ALWAYS SUPPORT JUSTIFIED REQUESTS FROM ALL SUBVENTED HOSPITALS,+ HE ADDED.

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ACTIONS AGAINST COUNTERFEIT PHARMACEUTICALS * * *

THIRTY-TWO PROSECUTIONS WERE TAKEN AGAINST THE COUNTERFEITING OF PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS IN THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, ^SULTING IN FINES TOTALLING $36 950, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON JOHN GRIFFITHS, DISCLOSED AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN ONE CASE. A THREE-MONTH PRISON SENTENCE WAS IMPOSED, NR GRIFFITHS SAID, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON LYDIA DUNN.

BY COMPARISON, GOODS SEIZED WERE VALUED AT $538 840.

FOR THE SAME PERIOD, MR GRIFFITHS REPORTED TEN PROSECUTIONS FOR THE SALE OF UNREGISTERED PRODUCTS.

THE FINES TOTALLED $6 550, COMPARED WITH THE MARKET VALUE OF $20 000 FOR GOODS SEIZED.

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12

LAY MAGISTRATES COURTS HANDLE MINOR OFFENCES

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HONG KONG RECENTLY SET UP LAY MAGISTRATES COURTS TO DEAL WITH MINOR OFFENCES OF A ROUTINE NATURE, WITH TWO FULL-TIME CANTONESE-SPEAKING LAY MAGISTRATES ALREADY APPOINTED, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON. JOHN GRIFFITHS, SAID AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TODAY.

CONSIDERATION MIGHT ALSO BE GIVEN TO A SCHEME SIMILAR TO A FIXED PENALTY SYSTEM FOR SUCH MINOR OFFENCES AS LITTERING AND ILLEGAL HAWKING, MR GRIFFITHS SAID IN RESPONSE TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. K.C. CHAN, AS TO WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONSIDER REVIVING THE JUSTICES OF PEACE COURT SYSTEM, TRIED HERE TEN YEARS AGO FOR MINOR OFFENCES.

DIFFICULTIES WERE EXPERIENCED AT THE TIME IN FINDING MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WITH SUFFICIENT TIME TO ATTEND COURT REGULARLY MR GRIFFITHS EXPLAINED, STATING ALSO THAT THE SAME PROBLEMS STILL EXISTED.

MR GRIFFITHS POINTED OUT THAT OVER THE LAST TEN YEARS PEOPLE IN HONG KONG HAD BECOME MORE AWARE OF THEIR LEGAL RIGHT TO DISPUTE ALLEGED OFFENCES IN COURT.

+IF JUSTICES OF PEACE WERE TO BECOME INVOLVED IN OTHER THAN VERY STRAIGHT-FORWARD CASES, THEY WOULD BE LIKELY IN SOME CASES TO NEED THE ASSISTANCE OF LEGALLY-QUALIFIED CLERKS,+ HE SAID.

THIS WOULD INVOLVE RECRUITING TRAINED LAWYERS FOR THESE POSTS HE ADDED.

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PSYCHIATRIC NURSING M K M

OF THE 3 788 BEDS AVAILABLE FOR THE MENTALLY ILL, 30 ARE AT A SUBVENTED HOSPITAL, THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES. THE HON ERIC HO, SAID TODAY.

THE COMMUNITY NURSING SERVICE BASED ON THAT HOSPITAL IS ALREADY HANDLING DISCHARGED PSYCHIATRIC CASES REFERRED TO IT HE SAID IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE REV THE HON JOYCE BENNETT.

MISS BENNETT HAD ASKED WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WOULD EXTEND THE PSYCHIATRIC COMMUNITY NURSING SERVICE TO SUBVENTED HOSPITALS WISHING TO FOLLOW-UP ON CASES.

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WAYS TO STOP TRAGIC ACCIDENTS BEING CONSIDERED * * * *

THE REDUCING DROWNED

LANDS AND WORKS BRANCH IS CONSIDERING POSSIBLE WAYS OF THE RISK OF A RECURRENCE OF ACCIDENTS INVOLVING CHILDREN IN CONSTRUCTION SITES.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON N.K. CHAN, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON CHEUNG YAN-LUNG AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY ON THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN DROWNING IN AND AROUND OPEN PITS AT CONSTRUCTION SITES.

THE DANGER ASSOCIATED WITH POOLS OR FLOODED PITS, WHETHER ON CONSTRUCTION SITES OR ELSEWHERE, HAD BEEN HIGHLIGHTED BY THE TRAGIC DEATH OF TWO YOUNG BOYS AT A CONSTRUCTION SITE IN TSUEN WAN AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS MONTH, MR CHAN SAID.

HE REGRETTED THAT STATISTICS ON THIS TYPE OF ACCIDENT WERE NOT L‘.‘ AVAILABLE.

READILY

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT MAINTAINED DATA ONLY ON ACCIDENTS TO WORKMEN ON CONSTRUCTION SITES AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE COMPILED STATISTICS ON DROWNING GENERALLY, BUT NOT CLASSIFIED OR CATEGORISED IN SUCH A WAY AS TO ENABLE EASY EXTRACTION OF THIS PARTICULAR TYPE OF ACCIDENTS.

THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT WAS ALSO ABLE TO PRODUCE FIGURES RELATING TO CHILDREN DROWNED IN VARIOUS TYPES OF SITUATION, BUT ONLY IF FIREMEN HAD ACTUALLY BEEN CALLED TO THE SCENE.

neniBYRE?EF0RE/ HE SA,D1 A QREAT DEAL 0F RESEARCH INVOLVING SEVERAL DEPARTMENTS WOULD BE NECESSARY IN ORDER TO FIND OUT THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN WHO DIED IN THE LAST 10 YEARS AS A RESULT OF AND AROUND OPEN PITS AT CONSTRUCTION SITES.

DROWNING IN

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STUDY OF LASER BEAM EFFECTS I I I

a- COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE AND INDUSTRIAL

HAS BEEN ASKED TO CARRY OUT AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE THE USE OF LASER-BEAM EQUIPMENT IN BEAUTY CLINICS AND OTHER SIMILAR ESTABLISHMENTS. THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR. tAe HON. 3.F. LAM, SAID TODAY.

RESEARCH EFFECTS OF

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY MR T.S. LO ON WHETHER ITS USE IS HARMFUL TO THE HUMAN BODY, DR LAM TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL F0R BEAUTY THERAPY AND IN ENTERTAINMENT FIELD ENEM’'' electro-

THERE COULD BE ISOLATED CASES OF DANGER L0NS TEB" WITH P"ot<”laED £XP0SURE'

*AS THE SUBJECT IS COMPARATIVELY NEW IN HONG KONG, IT NEEDS TO BE EXPLORED IN DEPTH,* HE SAID.

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EVENING OUT-PATIENT CLINICS * * *

THE GOVERNMENT IS SATISFIED THAT THE NEED FOR EVENING OUTPATIENT CLINICS HAS BEEN ADEQUATELY MET BY EXISTING PROVISION OF THE SERVICES, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR THE HON S.F. LAM, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY DR HENRY WU, HE SAID THAT IN 1981 THERE WERE 717 482 ATTENDANCES AT 15 EVENING OUT-PATIENT CLINICS, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF ABOUT 40 000 OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

DR LAM EXPLAINED THAT THE BASIC ROLE OF THE EVENING CLINICS IS TO COMPLEMENT THE DAY-TIME OUT-PATIENT CLINIC SERVICE.

ONE OF THE BASIC OBJECTIVES OF THE OUT-PATIENT SERVICE IS THAT IT SERVES AS A SURVEILLANCE MECHANISM FOR THE PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF EPIDEMICS OF COMMUNICABLE DISEASES.

THE SECOND OBJECTIVE, HE WENT ON, IS TO IDENTIFY THE MORE SERIOUS CASES FOR REFERRAL TO SPECIALIST CLINICS FOR CONSULTATIONS, INVESTIGATIONS AND TREATMENT, INCLUDING HOSPITALISATION. OUTPATIENT SERVICES ALSO ENABLE PATIENTS WITH AILMENTS THAT ARE TREATABLE ON AN AMBULATORY BASIS TO BE TREATED, HE ADDED.

+MY DEPARTMENT IS KEEPING THE SITUATION UNDER CONSTANT REVIEW AND WILL PROVIDE THE SERVICES IN THOSE AREAS WHERE A NEED IS IDENTIFIED,* DR LAM SAID.

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PLANS TO IMPROVE MANNING SCALE OF SPECIAL SCHOOLS KOK*

PROPOSALS HAVE BEEN MADE TO IMPROVE THE MANNING SCALES OF SPECIAL SCHOOLS IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR TO MATCH THE IMPROVEMENTS ALREADY APPROVED FOR ORDINARY SCHOOLS, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, THE HON COLVYN HAYE, SAID AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

MR HAYE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON HARRY FANG WHO ASKED ABOUT PLANS BY THE GOVERNMENT TO IMPROVE THE MANNING SCALE FOR SPECIAL SCHOOLS.

HE SAID THESE PROPOSALS INCLUDED A BETTER TEACHER-TO-CLASS RATIO, ADDITIONAL TEACHERS FOR LANGUAGE CLASSES, MORE SENIOR TEACHER POSTS, PROMOTION POSTS FOR HEADS OF SCHOOLS WITH LARGE NUMBER OF CLASSES, AND ALLOWANCES FOR HEADS OF OTHER SCHOOLS WITH FEWER CLASSES.

+ IT IS THOUGHT THAT THESE PROPOSALS, WHICH INCIDENTALLY WERE BLESSED RECENTLY BY THE REHABILITATION DEVELOPMENT COORDINATING COMMITTEE CHAIRED BY DR FANG, IF APPROVED BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THIS COUNCIL, WILL INDUCE MANY TEACHERS TO JOIN OR REMAIN IN SPECIAL SCHOOLS,* MR HAYE NOTED.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30, 1982

OFFICIAL USE OF CHINESE EXPANDS * * *

MUCH PROGRESS HAD BEEN MADE ON THE USE OF CHINESE AS AN OFFICIAL LANGUAGE, WITH ALL IMPORTANT GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS NOW BEING PRODUCED IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON DAVID AKERS-JONES, REPORTED TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION HAD BEEN EXTENDED FROM LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND URBAN COUNCIL MEETINGS TO DISTRICT BOARDS AS WELL AS TO MAJOR ADVISORY BOARDS AND COMMITTEES, HE SAID.

THIS BILINGUAL SERVICE WOULD CONTINUE TO BE EXPANDED, HE ADDED.

MR AKERS-JONES POINTED OUT THAT THE NUMBER OF CHINESE LANGUAGE OFFICERS IN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS HAD INCREASED FROM 130 IN 1973 TO 336 TODAY.

♦MOREOVER, THE ENTRY QUALIFICATION FOR CHINESE LANGUAGE OFFICERS HAS ALSO BEEN RAISED FROM THE LEVEL OF MATRICULATION TO THAT OF A UNIVERSITY DEGREE,* HE SAID.

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SHORT-TERM PARKING NEEDS DISCUSSED

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THE SHORTEST PRACTICABLE DURATION FOR PARKING METERS AT ON-STREET PARKING SPACES IS HALF AN HOUR AND IN DESIGNATING SUCH SPACES, THE NEED OF MOTORISTS FOR PUBLIC CONVENIENCES WAS TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON ALAN SCOTT, POINTED OUT AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SESSION TODAY.

HE WAS REPLYING TO THE HON K.C. CHAN, WHO ASKED WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONSIDER INSTALLING SHORT-TERM PARKING METERS, PARTICULARLY FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF PROFESSIONAL DRIVERS.

MR SCOTT EXPLAINED THAT WHERE THE DEMAND FOR PARKING WAS HIGH, METERS WERE INSTALLED TO FACILITATE A HIGHER TURNOVER IN THE USE OF SPACES.

AS VEHICLE TRIPS IN HONG KONG WERE OF SHORT DURATION, COMPARED WITH LONG MOTORWAY TRIPS IN MOST COUNTRIES, THERE WAS NOT THE SAME NEED FOR PROVIDING ON-STREET PARKING SPACES HERE, MR SCOTT SAID.

BUT HE ADDED, +PROFESSIONAL DRIVERS IN HONG KONG CAN MAKE USE OF FACILITIES LOCATED NEAR TRANSPORT INTERCHANGES, BUS TERMINI AND TAXI STANDS.*

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30, 1982

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LEGCO BILLS

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THE IMMIGRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 AND THE SUPREME COURT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 WERE PASSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE FOLLOWING FOUR BILLS WERE INTRODUCED AND READ A SECOND TIME AND DEBATE ON THEM WAS ADJOURNEDi THE SUPREME COURT (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1982, THE DANGEROUS DRUGS (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1982, THE CROWN LAND (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 AND THE EVIDENCE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982.

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RADIO RECEPTION IN TUNNELS

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APPROPRIATE DEVICES WILL BE INSTALLED IN THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL, THE LION ROCK TUNNEL AND THE AIRPORT TUNNEL TO MAKE RADIO RECEPTION POSSIBLE, PROVIDED THE COST IS REASONABLE AND FUNDS ARE VOTED FOR IT.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE HON D.G. JEAFFRESON, SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON PETER C. WONG IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

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ROAD TRAFFIC OFFENCES

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IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF THIS YEAR 56 DRIVERS WERE CONVICTED OF AN OFFENCE SPECIFIED IN THE FIRST SCHEDULE TO THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON JOHN GRIFFITHS, SAID IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON F.K. HU AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THIRTY-FOUR OF THEM WERE DRIVERS OF PRIVATE CARS BEING DRIVEN FOR HIRE AND 22 WERE OF GOODS VEHICLES, MR GRIFFITHS SAID.

HE EXPLAINED THAT WITHOUT CHECKING THE PAPERS IN EACH INDIVIDUAL CASE, IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO SAY HOW MANY OFFENDING OWNERS HAD SOLD THEIR VEHICLES IN THE PERIOD BETWEEN BEING SUMMONED AND CONVICTED.

BUT HE ADDED THAT ANY INTENDING BUYER COULD OBTAIN A CERTIFICATE FROM THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT STATING WHETHER ANY FIXED PENALTY TICKETS WERE OUTSTANDING.

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PROVISION OF STUDY ROOM FACILITIES * * *

ADDITIONAL STUDY ROOMS ARE PROVIDED IN SCHOOLS DURING EXAMINATION PERIODS, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, THE HON COLVYN HAYE, SAID AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON SELINA CHOW CONCERNING THE PROVISION OF STUDY ROOM FACILITIES, MR HAYE SAID THE GOVERNMENT RECOGNISED THE NEED FOR STUDY ROOMS FOR CHILDREN WHOSE DOMESTIC CIRCUMSTANCES PREVENTED THEM FROM STUDYING AT HOME.

HE SAID ROOMS WERE PROVIDED ON A PERMANENT BASIS IN PUBLIC LIBRARIES RUN BY THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, BY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND AS AN INTEGRAL PART OF CHILDREN’S AND YOUTH CENTRES OR COMMUNITY CENTRES OPERATED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT OR VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

MR HAYE SAID THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, WHICH COORDINATED THE OVERALL AND SPECIAL PROVISION OF STUDY ROOMS FACILITIES, REVIEWED THE DEMAND FOR STUDY ROOMS ANNUALLY.

♦THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IS ALWAYS HAPPY TO CONSIDER REQUESTS FOR ADDITIONAL STUDY ROOMS, PROVIDED THERE IS A CLEARLY DEMONSTRATED DEMAND,* HE SAID.

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MOTOR VEHICLE LICENCE RENEWAL

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IF THE LICENCE OF A VEHICLE IS NOT RENEWED FOR TWO YEARS, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT INFORMS THE REGISTERED OWNER BY POST THAT THE REGISTRATION OF THE MOTOR VEHICLE WILL BE CANCELLED, IF THE LICENCE IS NOT RENEWED WITHIN 15 DAYS.

THIS IS A REQUIREMENT UNDER THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE. IN 1981/82, 13 016 VEHICLES WERE DE-REGISTERED IN THIS MANNER.

THIS WAS STATED TODAY BY THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON ALAN SCOTT IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON PETER C.WONG IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

MR WONG HAD ASKED WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT TOOK ANY FOLLOW-UP ACTION IF THE LICENCE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE WAS NOT RENEWED.

MR SCOTT SAID ALSO THAT THE POLICE PROSECUTE DRIVERS FOUND USING UNLICENSED VEHICLES, AND THE OWNERS OF THE VEHICLES WHO PERMIT SUCH USE.

IN 1981/82, THERE WERE 581 PROSECUTIONS FOR THESE OFFENCES.

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GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERS M * *

THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY HAD NO DIFFICULTY IN FINDING SUITABLE GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERS FOR THEIR GEOTECHNICAL STUDIES, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, MR N.K. CHAN, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON S.L. CHEN.

HE SAID THAT THE CURRENT GEOTECHNICAL STANDARDS IN BUILDING AND ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT WORK IN HONG KONG HAD NOW BEEN IN PRACTICE FOR WELL OVER TWO YEARS.

THE GOVERNMENT, HE POINTED OUT, DOES NOT PUBLISH A LIST OF APPROVED GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERS.

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NEW FORM FOR PROSECUTING LITTER OFFENDERS

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THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) APPROVED THE MAGISTRATES (FORMS) (AMENDMENT) RULES 1982 SIMPLIFYING FORM 1A USED FOR BRINGING CERTAIN OFFENDERS, ESPECIALLY LITTER OFFENDERS, TO COURT.

THE ACTING LAW DRAFTSMAN, MR J.J. O’GRADY, MOVING THE MOTION, SAID, +AT PRESENT ABOUT 4 OOO SUCH NOTICES ARE ISSUED EACH MONTH. THIS IS LIKELY TO INCREASE AS THE USE OF FORM 1A IS EXTENDED TO COVER THE GROWING PROBLEM OF MARINE LITTERING.+

FORM 1A IN ITS EXISTING FORMAT IS AN INCONVENIENT DOCUMENT FOR DAY-TO-DAY ENFORCEMENT PURPOSES WHILE THE DOCUMENT IN ITS NEW FORM WILL BE SMALLER IN SIZE AND MORE READABLE, HE EXPLAINED.

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SIR EDWARD VISITS FACTORY * * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE AND LADY YOUDE ACCOMPANIED BY THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, MR BILL DORWARD TODAY (JUNE 30) VISITED MANHATTAN GARMENTS LTD., AT KWAI CHUNG.

ON ARRIVAL AT THE FACTORY THE GOVERNOR WAS WELCOMED BY THE MANAGING DIRECTOR, MR FRANCIS TIEN AND THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR, NR JAMES TIEN.

FOLLOWING A DISCUSSION WITH THE COMPANY’S MANAGEMENT, THE GOVERNOR WATCHED THE OPERATION OF THE FACTORY’S COMPUTERISED PATTERN MARKING AND PLOTTING MACHINE - ONE OF THE FEW IN USE BY LEADING GARMENT FACTORIES. HE SPENT ABOUT AN HOUR TOURING VARIOUS PRODUCTION FLOORS, INCLUDING THE CUTTING, SEWING, WASHING, EMBROIDERY, FINISHING AND PRESSING SECTIONS.

MANHATTAN GARMENTS, ESTABLISHED SINCE 1958, HAS FOUR FACTORIES TOTALLING 28 535 SQUARE METRES, EMPLOYING ABOUT 1 750 STAFF. IT PRODUCES TROUSERS - MAINLY JEANS - SLACKS AND SHORTS IN COTTON DENIM, COTTON CORDUROY, COTTON/POLYESTER PRODUCED BY THE FACTORY’ WEAVING DIVISION IN TSUEN WAN.

THE COMPANY SELLS 96 PER CENT OF ITS PRODUCTION OVERSEAS THE UNITED STATES TAKES A 75 PER CENT SHARE, WITH THE REMAINDER UNITED KINGDOM, WEST GERMANY, NETHERLANDS AND THE LOCAL MARKET.

NEW MAXICAB ROUTE BETWEEN TSIM SHA TSUI AND HO MAN TIN

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A NEW MAXICAB ROUTE - NO. 8 - LINKING TSIM SHA TSUI WITH HO MAN. TIN WILL START OPERATION FROM FRIDAY (JULY 2).

FOR JOURNEYS TO HO MAN TIN, THE MAXICAB WILL TRAVEL FROM HANKOW ROAD VIA PEKING ROAD, ASHLEY ROAD, MIDDLE ROAD, KOWLOON PARK DRIVE, SALISBURY ROAD, MODY LANE, MODY ROAD, CHATHAM ROAD, CHEONG WAN ROAD, ON WAN ROAD (KOWLOON RAILWAY STATION), CHEONG WAN ROAD, GILLIES AVENUE, WUHU STREET, MA TAU WAI ROAD, FAT KWONG STREET, CHUNG HAU STREET, FAT KWONG STREET, SHEUNG FOO STREET, SHEUNG SHING STREET, SHEUNG LOK STREET AND SHEUNG WO STREET.

FOR THE RETURN JOURNEYS THE MAXICAB WILL BEGIN FROM SHEUNG WO STREET VIA SHEUNG LOK STREET, SHEUNG SHING STREET, SHEUNG FOO STREET, FAT KWONG STREET, CHUNG HAU STREET, FAT KWONG STREET, MA TAU WAI ROAD, WUHU STREET, GILLIES AVENUE, CHEONG WAN ROAD, ON WAN ROAD (KOWLOON RAILWAY STATION), CHEONG WAN ROAD, CHATHAM ROAD, MODY ROAD, MODY LANE, SALISBURY ROAD, NATHAN ROAD, MIDDLE ROAD AND HANKOW ROAD.

IT WILL OPERATE FROM 6.30 AM TO 11 PM ON WEEKDAYS AND FROM 8 AM TO 10.30 PM ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS. THE PEAK HOUR FREQUENCY WILL BE EVERY 10 MINUTES, AND THE FARE FOR A SINGLE JOURNEY IS SI.50.

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HEALTH MANPOWER SURVEY

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THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAS BEGUN A HEALTH MANPOWER SURVEY IN BOTH THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS TO DETERMINE THE SCOPE OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT 44 000 QUESTIONNAIRES HAVE BEEN SENT OUT TO VARIOUS INSTITUTIONS TO COLLECT INFORMATION ON THE SIZE AND STRUCTURE OF THE DIFFERENT GRADES OF MEDICAL, DENTAL, PARA-MEDICAL, PARA-DENTAL AND NURSING STAFF IN THE DIFFERENT SECTORS OF THE INDUSTRY.

THE SURVEY WILL COVER ALL CLINICS, HOSPITALS, MATERNITY HOMES, PRIVATE PRACTITIONERS’ OFFICES, DENTISTS’ SURGERIES, MEDICAL X-RAY AND DENTAL LABORATORIES, DISPENSARIES AND RELATED INSTITUTES.

THE THREE-MONTH SURVEY (FROM JULY TO SEPTEMBER) IS THE SECOND MANPOWER STUDY BY THE DEPARTMENT. THE FIRST WAS CONDUCTED IN 1980.

THE INFORMATION GATHERED WILL HELP THE DEPARTMENT TO ASSESS AND FORMULATE POLICY ON PRESENT AND FUTURE HEALTH MANPOWER PLANNING AND TRAINING NEEDS IN HONG KONG.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SHEUNG WAN

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NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN SHEUNG WAN FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 2) FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MTR SHEUNG WAN STATION, A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HILLIER STREET BETWEEN WING LOK STREET AND CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

CMB ROUTE 21 WILL BE DIVERTED VIA QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL, MORRISON STREET AND WILL TERMINATE AT DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH MORRISON STREET INSTEAD OF HILLIER STREET.

MORRISON STREET BETWEEN WING LOK STREET AND DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL WILL BE DESIGNATED AS AN URBAN CLEARWAY WHERE VEHICLES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS BETWEEN 7 AM AND 7 PM DAILY.

THIS WILL ALSO APPLY TO CLEVERLY STREET BETWEEN WING LOK STREET AND DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL.

PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL BE BANNED FROM ENTERING WING LOK STREET AND BONHAM STRAND.

HOWEVER, THE EXISTING PROHIBITED ZONE FOR PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES IN FRONT OF THE MACAU FERRY WHARF WILL BE RESCINDED.

THERE WILL BE SIGNS AND CARRIAGEWAY MARKINGS TO INDICATE THE VARIOUS ARRANGEMENTS.

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HONG KONG FARMERS TO ATTEND UK TRAINING COURSE * * * *

A 19-YEAR-OLD GIRL WILL BE AMONG 10 YOUNG FARMERS FROM HONG KONG ATTENDING A THREE-WEEK VEGETABLE FARMING TRAINING COURSE IN BRITAIN NEXT WEEK.

MISS TANG HOI-YAU AND THE OTHERS WILL LEAVE FOR BRITAIN ON SATURDAY (JULY 3) ON THE TRAINING TOUR ORGANISED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT. THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION IS SUBSIDISING 75 PER CENT OF THE EXPENSES WHILE THE REMAINDER IS BEING BORNE BY THE PARTICIPANTS.

THE TOUR, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND ORGANISED, IS DESIGNED TO GIVE YOUNG FARMERS PRACTICAL TRAINING IN CROP CULTIVATION.

DURING THE FIRST TWO WEEKS OF THE TOUR THE FARMERS, AGED FROM 19 TO 23, WILL UNDERGO TRAINING IN THE PERSHORE COLLEGE OF HORTICULTURE IN WORCESTERSHIRE.

SUBJECTS WILL INCLUDE VEGETABLE CULTIVATION WITH EMPHASIS ON SEEDLING PRODUCTION- HORTICULTURAL ENGINEERING ON THE USE AND OPERATION OF MACHINES FOR SMALL HOLDINGS- VEGETABLE GRADING AND POST HARVESTING HANDLING, AND THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF MUSHROOM GROWING.

VISITS TO VARIOUS CROP PRODUCTION CENTRES, EXPERIMENTAL HORTICULTURAL STATIONS, OTHER AGRICULTURAL INSTITUTES AND THE ROYAL AGRICULTURAL SHOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE STUDY TOUR.

THE GROUP WILL BE LED BY A SENIOR FIELD OFFICER OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, MR THOMAS NG.

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THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, MR JOHN RIDDELL-SWAN WILL PRESENT A BANNER TO THE 10 YOUNG FARMERS ON FRIDAY (JULY 2) PRIOR TO THEIR DEPARTURE FOR BRITAIN.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE PRESENTATION.

REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD ARRIVE AT ROOM 1404 ON THE 14TH FLOOR OF THE CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES AT 393 CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON, AT 2.45 PM.

THE FARMERS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS.

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SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING

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THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD WILL HOLD ITS SIXTH MEETING ON FRIDAY (JULY 2) AT 2.30 PM AT CHAN PAK SHA SCHOOL IN WONG CHUK HANG.

AMONG THE TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED WILL BE THE REPORT ON THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SEMINAR HELD BETWEEN UNOFFICIAL BOARD MEMBERS AND SOCIAL WORKERS IN THE DISTRICT ON JUNE 15.

BOARD MEMBERS’ OPINIONS WILL BE SOUGHT ON THE PROPOSALS RAISED DURING THE SEMINAR, INCLUDING THE PROVISION OF MORE CHILD CARE CENTRES AND JOB TRAINING FOR THE ELDERLIES AS WELL AS THE SETTING UP OF A WORKING GROUP TO STUDY THE NEEDS CF YOUTHS IN THE DISTRICT.

THREE CHAPTERS OF THE DISTRICT’S ANATOMY REPORT ON PUBLIC SERVICES- HAWKERS AND MARKETS- AND RECREATION, SPORTS AND CULTURE WILL ALSO BE TABLED.

THE PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED IN THE RECRUITMENT OF WORKERS FOR DEEP-SEA FISHING WILL ALSO BE DISCUSSED.

NOTE TO ED ITORS»

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE SIXTH MEETING OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD, TO BE HELD ON FRIDAY (JULY 2) AT 2.30 PM IN THE GEOGRAPHY ROOM OF CHAN PAK SHA SCHOOL AT 1 SHUM WAN ROAD, WONG CHUK HANG.

NEW DOUBLE TRACK

AT FO TAN COMES INTO USE

THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY TRAINS WILL START USING THE NEW DOUBLE TRACK AT FO TAN FROM 5 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 2).

TO FACILITATE THE TESTING OF SIGNALS ON THE NEW TRACK TOMORROW (THURSDAY), HOWEVER, DIESEL PASSENGER TRAINS RUNNING BETWEEN KOWLOON AND LO WU MAY BE SLIGHTLY DELAYED WHEN THE SINGLE LINE IS STILL IN OPERATION BETWEEN FO TAN AND UNIVERSITY STATION.

A KCR SPOKESMAN TODAY WARNED THE PUBLIC, PARTICULARLY SCHOOL CHILDREN AND VILLAGERS, TO KEEP OFF THE TRACKS IN THAT AREA BECAUSE TRAINS WILL BE RUNNING ON BOTH UP AND DOWN LINES.

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KNOWLEDGE OF NAVIGATION IMPORTANT FOR HK FISHERMEN * * * *

FISHING VESSELS MUST BE NAVIGATED ACCURATELY IF FISHERMEN ARE TO AVOID SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES RESULTING FROM INTRUSION INTO TERRITORIAL WATERS OF NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, MR ROY CHILVERS SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR CHILVERS SAID A KNOWLEDGE OF NAVIGATION WAS BECOMING INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT AS TODAY’S FISHING FLEET ADOPTED MORE POWERFUL ENGINES AND MORE MODERN DESIGNS.

♦THESE DEVELOPMENTS ENABLE OUR BOATS TO VENTURE MUCH FURTHER AFIELD TO NEW FISHING GROUNDS WHICH MAY BE FAR FROM THE WELL-KNOWN LAND M/.RKS AND TO DO THIS MORE SOPHISTICATED NAVIGATION MUST BE USED,* HE SAID.

MR CHILVERS WAS SPEAKING AT A GRADUATION CEREMONY OF THE 28TH NAVIGATION TRAINING CLASS ORGANISED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT. TEN GRADUATES WHO COMPLETED THE SIX-MONTH COURSE RECEIVED CERTIFICATES FROM MR CHILVERS.

THE NAVIGATION CLASSES PROVIDE A WORKING KNOWLEDGE OF CHARTS, SEAMANSHIP, SIGNALLING AND DEAD-RECKONING NAVIGATION AND ARE SPECIFICALLY GEARED TO THE NEEDS OF THE MIDDLE AND DISTANT WATER FISHING FLEET, HE SAID.

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS PROMOTION * * X

THE GOVERNMENT TODAY ANNOUNCED A SERIES OF PROMOTIONS AT VARIOUS LEVELS OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE.

SIX OFFICERS HAVE BEEN PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE B. THESE ARE MR A.G. EASON, MR G.A. HIGGINSON, W T.H. BARMA, MR G. SIU KWING-CHUE, MRS E. WONG CHIEN CHI-LIEN AND MR M. SZE CHO-CHEUNG.

NINETEEN OFFICERS HAVE BEEN PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE C, AND EIGHTEEN OFFICERS TO THE RANK OF SENIOR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER.

ALL THE PROMOTIONS TOOK EFFECT FROM APRIL 1, 1982.

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TUEN MUN SPORTSGROUND TO OPEN EARLIER FOR JOGGERS

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THE TUEN MUN TANG SHIU KIN SPORTSGROUND WILL OPEN HALF AN HOUR EARLIER EVERY MORNING STARTING FROM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) UNTIL THE END OF SEPTEMBER FOR USE BY JOGGERS FROM TUEN MUN NEW TOWN, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY.

THE NEW OPENING HOURS WILL BE FROM 6.30 AM TO 9 AM AND FROM 5 PM TO 7 PM.

THE SPORTSGROUND WILL OPEN SIX DAYS A WEEK, EXCEPT ON FRIDAYS WHEN IT WILL BE RESERVED FOR EXCLUSIVE BOOKING AND MAINTENANCE WORK.

THE NEW ARRANGEMENT IS AIMED AT ENCOURAGING MORE PEOPLE TO TAKE UP JOGGING AND TO MEET THE INCREASING DEMAND EXPECTED DURING THE COMING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS.

APART FROM JOGGING, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE ALSO WELCOME TO USE THE ALL-WEATHER RUNNING TRACK OF THE SPORTSGROUND FOR INDIVIDUAL ATHLETIC TRAINING.

HOWEVER, NO BALL GAMES ARE ALLOWED DURING THE TWO SPECIAL OPENING SESSIONS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

PEOPLE WISHING TO ENTER THE SPORTSGROUND ARE REQUESTED TO WEAR PROPER SPORTS SHOES AND TO BRING ALONG THEIR IDENTITY CARDS FOR RECORDING PURPOSES.

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FRESH WATER CUT IN WONG TAI SIN * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN WONG TAI SIN WILL BE CUT OFF FOR EIGHT HOURS FROM 10 PM ON FRIDAY (JULY 2) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR WATER MAINS CONNECTION.

PREMISES AND FACTORY BUILDINGS IN THE AREA BOUNDED BY SHEUNG HEI STREET, TSEUK LUK STREET, TAI YAU STREET AND CHOI HUNG ROAD WILL BE AFFECTED.

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