Daily Information Bulletin - 1980s - 1983 - JAN - ENG

 DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, JANUARY 1, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

FIRST DB SPORTS CENTRE FOR TSING YI RESIDENTS .................. 1

ENTRIES FOR SHA TIN SQUASH COMPETITION INVITED.................. 1

COOKED FOOD C£>JTRE

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 1, 1983

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FIRST DB SPORTS CENTRE FOR TSING Yl RESIDENTS

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THE CHEUNG HONG SPORTS CENTRE, THE FIRST EVER BUILT BY A DISTRICT BOARD, WAS OPENED ON TSING Yl THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING, PROVIDING THIS MUCH-NEEDED FACILITY TO THE ISLAND’S 42 000 RESIDENTS.

LOCATED IN AND NAMED AFTER THE CHEUNG HONG PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE, THE CENTRE WAS CONVERTED FROM FIVE HOUSING DEPARTMENT OFFICES AT A COST OF $300 000 FUNDED BY THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD.

SPEAKING AT TODAY’S OPENING CEREMONY, THE BOARD CHAIRMAN, Ki HAMISH MACLEOD, SAID THE PROJECT WAS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND UNDERTAKEN BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND COULD BE HELD AS A FINE SHOWPIECE OF ITS CAPABILITY.

A SIMILAR PROJECT WAS BEING CARRIED OUT IN MEI WAN STREET IN THE HEART OF TSUEN WAN AND WOULD BE READY SOON, HE ADDED.

FULLY AIR-CONDITIONED, THE 270-SQUARE-METRE SPORTS CENTRE WILL ENABLE STAFF OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT TO RUN FITNESS AND DANCING CLASSES FOR THE RESIDENTS AT NOMINAL FEES.

LOCAL ORGANISATIONS CAN ALSO USE THE GAMES ROOMS TO ORGANISE ACTIVITIES.

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ENTRIES FOR SHA TIN SQUASH COMPETITION INVITED *******

SQUASH NOVICES IN SHA TIN DISTRICT WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR SKILL IN AN OPEN COMPETITION TO BE HELD TOWARDS THE END OF THIS MONTH (JANUARY).

THE SHA TIN DISTRICT NOVICES’ SQUASH KNOCK-OUT COMPETITION, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SHA TIN SQUASH RACKETS CLUB AND THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, IS INTENDED TO PROMOTE SQUASH AND RAISE ITS STANDARDS IN THE DISTRICT.

IT WILL BE HELD AT THE SHA TIN JOCKEY CLUB PUBLIC SQUASH COURTS ON SIX CONSECUTIVE DAYS BETWEEN JANUARY 31 (MONDAY) AND FEBRUARY 5 (SATURDAY), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NTSD SAID.

THE TOURNAMENT IS DIVIDED INTO A MEN’S SINGLE SECTION AND A LADIES’ SINGLE SECTION FOR ADULTS AND YOUNGSTERS AGED 14 TO 19.

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RESIDENTS AND WORKERS OF SHA TIN DISTRICT ARE WELCOME TO TAKE PART IN THE EVENT.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR THE COMPETITION ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE SHA TIN JOCKEY CLUB PUBLIC SQUASH COURTS. THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICE OF SHA TIN, GROUND FLOOR, LEK YUEN COMMUNITY HALL, LEK YUEN ESTATE; AND THE RECREATION PROMOTION UNIT (SOUTH REGION) OF THE NTSD, NINTH FLOOR, FOURSEAS BUILDING, 208-212 NATHAN ROAD,

KOWLOON

COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE SHA TIN JOCKEY CLUB PUBLIC SQUASH COURTS BY JANUARY 17 (MONDAY), THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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COOKED FOOD CENTRE * * *

TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED BY THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A COOKED FOOD CENTRE NEAR TUNG YUEN STREET, LEI YUE MUN.

TO BE BUILT ON A 360 SQUARE-METRE-SITE, THE CENTRE WILL HAVE LIGHT COOKED FOOD STALLS, A REFUSE CHAMBER, STOREROOM AND TOILET.

WORK ON THE CONTRACT IS EXPECTED TO START IN FEBRUARY 1983 AND BE COMPLETED IN SIX MONTHS’ TIME.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, JANUARY 2, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

REVIEW OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, 1982 ..................... 1

NT LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR SITES FOR AUCTION ........................ 5

+ SAI KUNG EDITORIAL*- NEEDS HEEP ............................... 6

MEETING THE PUBLIC AT CONVENIENT LOCATIONS ...................... 6

LANDSCAPING PROJECTS FOR TSUUJ WAN .............................. 7

CORRECTIONAL SERVICES NE.7 YEAR DONATIONS ....................... 7

WATER MAINS WORK

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 2, 1983

REVIEW OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, 1982 ******

DEMAND FOR MORE AND BETTER MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES FROM THE PUBLIC CONTINUED TO GROW THROUGHOUT 1982 IN SPITE OF THE Hi DICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT GOING ALL OUT TO IMPROVE AND EXPAND WHAT WAS CONSIDERED TO BE A REASONABLE LEVEL OF MEDICAL AND l€ALTH CARE.

THE YEAR SAW A NUMBER OF MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS WITH THE REALISATION OF SEVERAL MAJOR PROJECTS AND THE PROVISION OF ADVANCED MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY THROUGH THE ACQUISITION OF HIGHLY SOPHISTICATED EQUIPMENT.

HOSPITAL AND CLINIC FACILITIES WERE FULLY STRETCHED BY THE IMPACT OF IMMIGRANTS AND THE GENERAL INCREASE IN POPULATION WITH ADMISSIONS AND ATTENDANCES REACHING ALL-TIME HIGH RECORDS.

IN THE FIRST NINE MONTHS ALONE, MORE THAN 317 000 IN-PATIENTS WERE TREATED IN GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS WHILE 161 286 PEOPLE WERE SEEN IN GOVERNMENT-ASSISTED INSTITUTIONS.

DURING THE SAME PERIOD, NEARLY 10.6 MILLION ATTENDANCES WERE RECORDED IN THE GOVERNMENT GENERAL AND SPECIALIST OUT-PATIENT CLINICS.

PRESSURE ON SERVICES WAS FELT MOST AT THE THREE GOVERNMENT REGIONAL HOSPITALS — QUEEN MARY, QUEEN ELIZABETH AND PRINCESS WRGARET, WHICH PROVIDE SOPHISTICATED, COMPREHENSIVE AND EFFICIENT SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC AT MINIMUM COST.

GOVERNMENT OUT-PATIENT CLINICS TOO WERE BURDENED BY THE SHEER MASSES OF PEOPLE WHO QUEUED UP DAILY TO UTILISE THE SERVICES WHICH ARE EFFECTIVE, ECONOMICAL AND WITHIN EASY REACH OF THE GENERAL POPULATION.

THE DEPARTMENT STRIVED TO IMPROVE SERVICES AND FACILITIES AMIDST MOUNTING CRITICISMS FROM VARIOUS PRESSURE GROUPS THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS NOT SPENDING ENOUGH ON MEDICAL CARE.

ONE OF THE MORE VOCIFEROUS GROUPS DEMANDED THE EARLY CONSTRUCTION OF A HOSPITAL IN EASTERN HONG KONG ISLAND AT THE EXPENSE OF OTHER HOSPITAL PROJECTS.

WHILE MORE HOSPITALS NEED TO BE BUILT IN ORDER TO MEET THE INSATIABLE DEMAND OF THE PUBLIC, THERE MUST BE PRIORITIES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A BALANCED AND EFFICIENT SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE.

SUCH PRIORITIES ARE SET BY THE MEDICAL DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE, WHICH REVIEWS THEM REGULARLY IN THE LIGHT OF CHANGING CONDITIONS OF THE SOCIETY AND MAKES RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE GOVERNMENT.

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AFTER BALANCING ALL FACTORS, THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED NO CHANGE IN THE PRIORITY AND THE SHAU KEI WAN HOSPITAL IS SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION BY THE END OF THE DECADE. THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAS, HOWEVER, TAKEN STEPS TO PROVIDE EMERGENCY FACILITIES AT CHAI WAN AS AN INTERIM MEASURE.

THE YEAR 1982 WITNESSED THE +ROYAL* OPENING OF THE PRINCE CF WALES HOSPITAL IN SHA TIN IN NOVEMBER BY HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUCHESS OF KENT.

THE 1775-MILLION PROJECT, MARKING ANOTHER MILESTONE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES FOR THE DECADE, WILL SERVE AS A REGIONAL HOSPITAL FOR EAST NEW TERRITORIES AS WELL AS THE TEACHING HOSPITAL FOR THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

THE 1 448-BED HOSPITAL WILL BEGIN OPERATION IN PHASES FROM THE LATTER PART OF THIS YEAR AND IS THE FIRST FULLY AIR-CONDITIONED GOVERNMENT HOSPITAL IN HONG KONG.

ANOTHER MAJOR ACHIEVEMENT IN 1982 WAS THE OPENING OF THE 145-MILLION CARD IO-THORAC IC CENTRE AT THE GOVERNMENT-SUBVENTED GRANTHAM HOSPITAL WHICH PROVIDES SPECIALIST TREATMENT FOR HEART DISEASES.

THE HOSPITAL, A MAJOR CENTRE FOR PERFORMING HEART OPERATIONS, HAS TWO OPERATING THEATRES, A CARDIAC CATHETERISATION LABORATORY WITH BOTH ADULT AND PAEDIATRIC INVESTIGATION FACILITIES AS WELL AS OTHER SOPHISTICATED FACILITIES.

THE YEAR ALSO SAW THE FULFILMENT OF A +DREAM+ WHEN ONE OF THE MOST MODERN MACHINES IN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY, THE COMPUTERISED AXIAL TOMOGRAPHY (CAT) SCANNER, WAS INSTALLED AT QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL IN EARLY DECEMBER.

THE S6-MILLION PROJECT WILL BE A CONSIDERABLE ASSET IN THE INVESTIGATION OF CANCER AND THE DIAGNOSIS OF SEVERE HEAD INJURY CASES.

THERE ARE PLANS TO INSTALL THREE MORE SUCH WHOLE BODY SCANNERS AT THE OTHER REGIONAL HOSPITALS — QUEEN MARY, PRINCESS MARGARET AND PRINCE OF WALES — IN THE NEXT 18 MONTHS.

DURING THE YEAR, FIVE NEW CLINICS WERE OPENED TO PROVIDE MUCH NEEDED OUT-PATIENT SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC IN VARIOUS DISTRICTS.

THEY INCLUDE THE CHEUNG HONG CLINIC ON TSI NG Yl ISLAND, THE SHUN LEE ESTATE CLINIC IN EAST KOWLOON, THE MRS WU YORK YU IEALTH CENTRE IN LEI MUK SHUE, THE YAN 01 POLYCLINIC IN YUEN MUN AND THE NGAU TAU KOK CLINIC.

THERE WAS ALSO THE COMPLETION OF THE WONG TAI SIN INFIRMARY EXTENSION WHICH PROVIDED AN ADDITIONAL 300 BEDS FOR CONVALESCENT PATIENTS AND AT THE SAME TIME UPGRADED OTHER ANCILLARY FACILITIES.

AT THE CARITAS MEDICAL CENTRE, WORK WAS IN PROGRESS TO UPGRADE FACILITIES FOR THE TREATMENT OF ACUTE CASES, WHILE 22 DENTAL TEACHING BEDS WERE PROVIDED AT THE TUNG WAH HOSPITAL AS PART OF THE TRAINING OF DENTAL STUDENTS FROM THE DENTAL SCHOOL CF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

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IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, A NEW WING WAS ADDED TO THE HONG KONG BAPTIST HOSPITAL PROVIDING AN ADDITIONAL 374 BEDS AND OTHER MODERN AND SOPHISTICATED EQUIPMENT.

THREE NEW SERVICES WERE INTRODUCED DURING THE YEARi A GERIATRIC DAY HOSPITAL AT SOUTH KWAI CHUNG POLYCLINIC EXTENSION, A RENAL DIALYSIS SATELLITE CENTRE AT THE ABERDEEN JOCKEY CLUB CLINIC, AND TWO SCANNERS INSTALLED AT QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL AND KWONG WAH HOSPITAL.

TWO NEW NURSES TRAINING SCHOOLS WERE ESTABLISHED AT PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL AND THE PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL, AND EXPANDED TRAINING FACILITIES FOR RADIOGRAPHERS, PHYSIOTHERAPISTS, ItDICAL LABORATORY TECHNICIANS AND NURSE TUTORS WERE ALSO PROVIDED AT THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC.

WHILE THE PROBLEM OF OVERCROWDING IN HOSPITALS CONTINUED TO PUT PRESSURE ON SERVICES, A PILOT SCHEME WAS INTRODUCED TO IMPROVE CASUALTY SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC.

THE SCHEME, IMPLEMENTED AT PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL, WAS AIMED AT IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF SERVICE AS WELL AS MAKING THE CASUALTY DEPARTMENT MORE ATTRACTIVE TO DOCTORS.

UNDER THE SCHEME, MEDICAL OFFICERS FROM VARIOUS CLINICAL UNITS ARE ROTATED TO SERVE IN THE CASUALTY DEPARTMENT, WHILE CASUALTY OFFICERS ARE POSTED TO CLINICAL UNITS FOR SHORT TOURS SO THAT THEY CAN GAIN SPECIALTY EXPERIENCE WHICH WILL HELP THEM FULFIL PART OF THE TRAINING REQUIREMENT LEADING TO THE AWARD OF THE FRCS (A AND E).

CONSIDERATION WAS BEING GIVEN TO INTRODUCING THE +COGWHEEL+ SYSTEM IN GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS, WHICH IS AIMED AT IMPROVING THE MANAGEMENT OF MEDICAL SERVICES WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT.

IT IS ENVISAGED THAT THE NEW MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, BASED ON THE UK MODEL, WILL BE TRIED AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL EARLY THIS YEAR.

THE DEPARTMENT’S METHADONE PROGRAMME FOR DRUG ADDICTS CONTINUED TO PLAY AN IMPORTANT PART IN THE OVERALL NARCOTICS TREATMENT PROGRAMME WHICH IS CO-ORDINATED BY THE NARCOTICS DIVISION OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT.

DURING THE YEAR, THREE MORE METHADONE DETOXIFICATION CLINICS WERE OPENED, ONE ON HONG KONG ISLAND, ANOTHER IN SHA TIN AND THE THIRD IN YUEN LONG, BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF METHADONE CLINICS TO 23, WHICH ARE LOCATED THROUGHOUT HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE CUSTOMER RELATIONS OFFICE SET UP IN QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL AS A PILOT PROJECT PROVED TO BE BENEFICIAL BOTH TO THE PATIENTS AND THEIR RELATIVES, AND TO THE HOSPITAL STAFF. THE PROJECT WAS STARTED IN 1981 WITH THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVE OF RENDERING SERVICE TO THE PATIENTS AND THEIR RELATIVES TO OBTAIN AVAILABLE SERVICES IN THE HOSPITAL PROMPTLY.

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IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS, THE OFFICE DEALT WITH NEARLY 200 COMPLAINTS AND HANDLED SOME 3 000 ENQUIRIES FROM THE PUBLIC AND THE MASS MEDIA. THE SCHEME IS BEING ASSESSED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO SEE IF IT SHOULD BE RUN ON A PERMANENT BASIS.

ON THE HEALTH SIDE, THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG HAVE BEEN ENJOYING GOOD HEALTH, AND LAST YEAR WAS NO EXCEPTION, AS EVIDENCED BY THE EXCELLENT HEALTH STATISTICS. THE INFANT MORTALITY RATE, FOR INSTANCE, AT 9.7 PER 1 000 LIVE BIRTHS AND THE MATERNAL MORTALITY RATE, AT 0.08 PER 1 000 TOTAL BIRTHS, WERE AMONG THE LOWEST IN THE WORLD.

DURING THE YEAR, THERE WERE NO OUTBREAKS OF MAJOR COMMUNICABLE DISEASES EXCEPT FOR SEVEN CASES OF CHOLERA, FIVE OF WHICH WERE IMPORTED. THE CHOLERA CASES OCCURRED SPORADICALLY WITH NO COMMON SOURCE OF INFECTION.

LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE, THE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS WILL BE MORE INTENSIVE THAN EVER. THERE WILL BE NO LESS THAN 14 MAJOR PROJECTS COMING TO FRUITION UP TO THE END OF THE DECADE, WHICH INCLUDE FOUR MAJOR HOSPITALS, SIX HOSPITAL EXTENSIONS, TWO INFIRMARIES, A MEDICAL REHABILITATION CENTRE AND A hEDICAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES CENTRE. IN ADDITION, 17 NEW CLINICS WILL BE BUILT IN THE SAME PERIOD, THE MAJORITY OF WHICH WILL BE LOCATED IN THE NEW TOWNS TO SERVE THE GROWING POPULATION THERE.

IN FACT, WORK WILL BEGIN TOWARDS THE END OF THE YEAR ON TWO MAJOR REDEVELOPMENT PROJECTS — THE UPGRADING OF RUTTONJEE SANATORIUM FROM AN ANTI-TB INSTITUTE INTO A GENERAL HOSPITAL AND THE QUEEN MARY HOSPITAL EXTENSION WHICH WILL PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL 600-0DD BEDS.

OTHER PROJECTS IN THE PIPELINE INCLUDE THE INSTALLATION OF WHOLE BODY SCANNERS AT ALL REGIONAL HOSPITALS, SETTING UP AN EMERGENCY TREATMENT CENTRE AT CHAI WAN, REPROVISIONING THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL LAUNDRY, AND BUILDING A CENTRE OF THE INSTITUTE OF PATHOLOGY AND THREE MORTUARIES.

IN DENTAL SERVICE, THERE ARE PLANS TO BUILD THREE SCHOOL DENTAL CENTRES IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS WHILE IMPROVEMENTS WILL BE MADE TO THE TWO EXISTING CLINICS.

MORE NURSES TRAINING SCHOOLS WILL ALSO BE ESTABLISHED AND THESE INCLUDE A NEW PUPIL NURSE TRAINING SCHOOL AT KOWLOON HOSPITAL, A SECOND GENERAL NURSE TRAINING SCHOOL AT PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL, AND A NURSE TRAINING SCHOOL AT THE NEW TUEN MUN HOSPITAL IN 1986.

THE CASTLE PEAK HOSPITAL EXTENSION PLANNED FOR 1985 WILL PROVIDE ADDITIONAL ACCOMMODATION FOR AN ENLARGED PSYCHIATRIC NURSE TRAINING SCHOOL.

ALL THESE DEVELOPMENTS ARE IN LINE WITH THE DEPARTMENT’S POLICY OF ATTAINING A BALANCED PROVISION OF PRIMARY HEALTH CARE SERVICE TO PREVENT EPIDEMICS AND CONTROL COMMUNICABLE DISEASES, AND OF ADVANCED AND SOPHISTICATED FACILITIES FOR SECONDARY AND TERTIARY MEDICAL CARE.

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 2, 1983

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NT LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR SITES FOR AUCTION ******

STARTING ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 4), A TOTAL OF 954 STALL SITES FOR THE SALE OF FLOWERS, DRY GOODS AND BOTTLED DRINKS AT SEVEN LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIRS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE PUT UP FOR PUBLIC AUCTION.

THE FAIRS WILL BE HELD AT TAI PO, TUEN MUN, SHEUNG SHU I, YUEN LONG, SHA TIN, KWAI CHUNG AND TSUEN WAN BETWEEN FEBRUARY 6 AND 13, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID.

NINETY-NINE FLOWER AND DRY GOODS STALLS AND ONE BOTTLED DRINKS STALL TO BE ERECTED AT TAI PO PLAYGROUND WILL BE AUCTIONED AT THE OFFICE OF TAI PO RURAL COMMITTEE AT PO HEUNG STREET ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 4).

AUCTIONING OF ANOTHER 1OO STALLS FOR WET AND DRY GOODS AT THE FAIR IN TUEN MUN SAN HUI PLAYGROUND WILL BE HELD AT THE TAI HING COMMUNITY HALL IN TAI HING ESTATE ON WEDNESDAY (JANUARY 5).

ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 6), THE PUBLIC AUCTION OF 113 WET AND DRY GOODS STALLS AT THE FAIR IN SHEK WU HUI PLAYGROUND IN SHEUNG SHU I WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE FANLING SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX.

TRADERS WHO WISH TO BID FOR THE 211 WET AND DRY GOODS STALLS AT THE FAIR TO BE HELD AT THE YUEN LONG SPORTSGROUND AND THE CAR PARK COMPOUND OUTSIDE YUEN LONG STADIUM ARE ADVISED TO GO TO THE OFFICE OF PING SHAN RURAL COMMITTEE AT ON NING ROAD ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 7).

ALL THESE FOUR PUBLIC AUCTIONS WILL BE HELD BETWEEN 9.30 AM AND 4.30 PM. THE UPSET RENTAL FOR EACH STALL IS «75.

THE 430 STALL SITES AT THE REMAINING THREE FAIRS IN SHA TIN, KWAI CHUNG AND TSUEN WAN WILL BE AUCTIONED ON JANUARY 10, 11 AND 12. DETAILS FOR THESE AUCTIONS WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER.

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♦SAI KUNG EDITORIAL* NEEDS HELP * * * *

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC HAVING ANTIQUE PHOTOGRAPHS SCENIC SPOTS, LOCAL CUSTOM AND THE CHANGING FACETS OF ARE BEING INVITED TO HELP IN THE PUBLICATION OF A SAI REPORT.

OF FAMOUS SAI KUNG KUNG DISTRICT

♦SUCH PICTURES WILL NO DOUBT SUBSTANTIATE THE REPORT WHICH IS PROVISIONALLY TITLED ’SAI KUNG EDITORIAL’*, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD SAID.

APART FROM NARRATIVE ACCOUNTS ON SOCIAL SERVICES, HOLIDAY RESORTS, GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND DEVELOPMENTS IN THE DISTRICT, THE REPORT WILL INCLUDE PICTORIAL ILLUSTRATIONS AND COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHS.

THE REPORT, SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, WILL BE PUBLISHED IN MARCH TO ENABLE RESIDENTS TO HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.

♦PEOPLE INTERESTED IN HELPING THIS WORTHWHILE PROJECT CAN EITHER CONTACT MISS JENNIE WONG AT 3-7557914 OR SEND THEIR PRECIOUS PHOTOGRAPHS, WHICH WILL BE RETURNED TO THE OWNERS AFTER USE, DIRECT TO THE DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT AT AHOY PLAZA, SECOND FLOOR, 77 NGAU TAU KOK ROAD.+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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SHAM SHU I PO RESIDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO CHANNEL THEIR VIEWS AND SUGGESTIONS TO DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AT THREE CONVENIENT LOCATIONS - THE DISTRICT’S SUB-OFFICES IN NAM SHAN, MEI FOO AND CHEUNG SHA WAN.

ON EVERY MONDAY, STARTING TOMORROW, BETWEEN 8 PM AND 9.30 PM, IWO BOARD MEMBERS WILL BE AT EITHER ONE OF THE THREE OFFICES, ON A ROTATION BASIS, TO MEET THE PUBLIC.

A DISTRICT BOARD SPOKESMAN SAID THIS WAS SPECIALLY ARRANGED TO ENABLE ELECTED BOARD MEMBERS TO MEET THEIR CONSTITUENTS IN THEIR OWN SUB-DISTRICTS.

♦THE ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE REVIEWED IN THREE MONTHS TO SEE IF ANY CHANGES ARE NECESSARY,♦ HE SAID.

THE BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR STEPHEN IP, AN URBAN COUNCILLOR, Ml TSIN SAI-NIN, AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND THE LANDS AND WORKS BRANCH WILL JOIN THE 18 UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS IN TAKING TURNS TO ATTEND THESE +MEET THE PUBLIC+ SESSIONS.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISH TO MEET THE DB MEMBERS CAN MAKE PRIOR APPOINTMENTS WITH THE BOARD’S SECRETARIAT AT 3-780781 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

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LANDSCAPING PROJECTS FOR TSUEN WAN * * * *

LANDSCAPING PROJECTS, RANGING FROM LARGE-SCALE SLOPE AFFORESTATION TO DETAILED PLANTING OF RECREATION AND PLAY AREAS, HAVE BEEN PLANNED FOR TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN, IT WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY.

TENDERS WILL SOON BE INVITED FOR THE PROJECTS WHICH INCLUDE THE PLANTING OF SMALL SEEDLINGS ON LARGE ENGINEERING-RELATED SLOPES WHICH WILL EVENTUALLY PROVIDE TRACTS OF WOODLANDS WITHIN URBAN AND INDUSTRIAL AREAS.

♦OTHER WORKS THAT HAVE BEEN PLANNED ARE ROADSIDE PLANTING OF LARGE TREES TO PROVIDE ATTRACTIVE ROADSIDE VERGES ON MAJOR APPROACHES INTO TSUEN WAN,+ SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

♦SEVERAL PLAYGROUNDS AND RECREATION AREAS WILL ALSO BE CONSTRUCTED AND DETAILED PLANTING WORKS WILL HAVE TO BE UNDERTAKEN BY THE SUCCESSFUL CONTRACTOR,+ HE SAID.

IN ADDITION, A WIDE RANGE OF MISCELLANEOUS PROJECTS WILL BE UNDERTAKEN AS PART OF THE OVERALL PLAN TO BEAUTIFY TSUEN WAN.

THE CONTRACT ALSO CALLS FOR THE EXTENSIVE PLANTING OF SEEDLINGS AND SHRUBS AND A NUMBER OF LARGE TREES IN SELECTED AREAS.

♦TREE PLANTING OFFERS MANY ADVANTAGES TO A DENSELY POPULATED TOWN LIKE TSUEN WAN. IN ADDITION TO THE COMMONLY RECOGNISED ADVANTAGES SUCH AS SHADE, EROSION CONTROL, ATTRACTIVE AREAS FOR WALKS AND A MEANS TO ESCAPE THE PRESSURES OF CITY LIFE, TREES ARE IMPORTANT IN HELPING TO REDUCE AIR POLLUTANTS,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START EARLY THIS YEAR AND BE COMPLETED IN ABOUT ONE YEAR.

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CORRECTIONAL SERVICES NEW YEAR DONATIONS

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THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT SPORTS ASSOCIATION HAS DONATED TWO SPECIALLY DESIGNED HOSPITAL BEDS TO THE MARGARET TRENCH MEDICAL REHABILITATION CENTRE IN KWUN TONG.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE DONATIONS WERE NEW YEAR GIFTS AND ALSO REPRESENTED THE DEPARTMENT’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE REHABILITATION OF THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED.

THE GIFTS, A TURNING NET SUSPENSION BED AND A TURNING AND TILTING BED, TOGETHER COST JUST OVER $40 000.

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AT A SPECIAL CEREMONY HELD AT THE CENTRE TODAY, THE HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATOR, MR PETER YUEN, RECEIVED THE GIFTS FROM SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR FRANCIS WONG, REPRESENTING THE SPORTS ASSOCIATION.

AT THE CEREMONY, MR YUEN THANKED THE DEPARTMENT FOR ITS GENEROUS DONATIONS AND SAID THE BEDS ARE VERY USEFUL IN THE TREATMENT AND NURSING OF PATIENTS SUFFERING FROM SPINAL INJURIES.

MR YUEN ADDED THAT THE TURNING NET SUSPENSION BED IS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND EVER TO BE USED IN HONG KONG.

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WATER MAINS WORK * * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN TSZ WAN SHAN WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR 10 HOURS FROM 9 PM ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 4) FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

THE PREMISES AFFECTED ARE BOUNDED BY FUNG TAK ROAD, SHATIN PASS ROAD, LUNG FUNG STREET, SHEUNG FUNG STREET, SHUNG WAH STREET AND PO KONG VILLAGE ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, JANUARY 3, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

DEMAND SEEN FOR ADVANCED INSTRUCTOR TRAINING................. 1

TRADE-WEIGHTS FOR EXCHANGE RATE INDEX UPDATED................ 3

MORE RECREATION ACTIVITIES FOR TSING YI RESIDENTS............ 9

PIG GOLD COIN APPLICATION REMINDER.......................... 10

DTCS REGISTRATION REVOKED/SUSPENDED ......................... 11

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES ..................................... 11

TSUEN WAN DB TO DISCUSS LOCAL PROBLEMS ...................... 12

OFFICE MOVES ................................................ 12

WATER FIGURES

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MONDAY, JANUARY 3, 1983

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DEMAND SEEN FOR ADVANCED INSTRUCTOR TRAINING * ft * * *

THERE WILL BE A GROWING DEMAND FOR INSTRUCTORS TO HAVE MORE ADVANCED TRAINING IN TEACHING TECHNIQUES IN BOTH THE INDUSTRIAL AND NON-INDUSTRI AL SECTORS, ACCORDING TO A REPORT JUST PUBLISHED.

THE REPORT WAS PREPARED BY THE COMMITTEE ON INSTRUCTOR TRAINING OF THE FORMER HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL AFTER ANALYSING THE INFORMATION COLLECTED IN A SURVEY CONDUCTED IN AUGUST 1981. THE COUNCIL HAS NOW BEEN REPLACED BY THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL.

FOR THE PURPOSE OF THE SURVEY, AN INSTRUCTOR WAS CONSIDERED TO BE SOMEONE WHO INSTRUCTS GROUPS OF APPRENTICES, TRAINEES, WORKERS AND STUDENTS IN THE USE OF TOOLS, INSTRUMENTS OR MACHINES AND IN THE HANDLING AND EXAMINATION OF MATERIALS AND PRODUCTS.

THE COMMITTEE STRESSED THAT OTHER THAN ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS AND PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE, QUALIFIED INSTRUCTORS SHOULD HAVE THE ABILITY TO IMPART EFFECTIVELY KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL EITHER ON THE JOB OR IN THE CLASSROOM.

+SUCH ABILITY IS NOT INBORN BUT CAN ONLY BE ACQUIRED THROUGH PROPER INSTITUTIONAL TRAINING. IT IS, THEREFORE, IMPERATIVE THAT INSTRUCTORS SHOULD HAVE THIS TRAIN ING,+ THE COMMITTEE SAID IN THE REPORT.

IT ALSO RECOMMENDED THAT EMPLOYERS SHOULD PROVIDE INCENTIVES TO ENCOURAGE THEIR INSTRUCTORS TO ATTEND COURSES AND RETAIN THEM FOR INSTRUCTING PURPOSES.

THE COMMITTEE IS AN ADVISORY BODY APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR AND RESPONSIBLE FOR MATTERS PERTAINING TO INSTRUCTOR TRAINING IN INDUSTRY, EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

THE SURVEY, THE FOURTH IN A SERIES, COVERED A SAMPLING OF 3325 INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS IN 10 DIFFERENT SECTORS, INCLUDING ♦BUILDING AND CIVIL ENGINEERING+ FOR THE FIRST TIME.

THE NON-INDUSTRI AL SEGMENT SURVEYED COMPRISED 99 TEACHING INSTITUTIONS AND 58 VARIOUS OTHER ESTABLISHMENTS.

THE SURVEY REVEALED THAT THERE WERE ABOUT 20 400 INSTRUCTORS AND 400 TRAINING OFFICERS IN AUGUST 1981 IN INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS EMPLOYING 50 WORKERS OR MORE, AND IN THE NON-INDUSTRI AL SEGMENT.

IN THE BUILDING AND CIVIL ENGINEERING SECTOR WHICH WAS SURVEYED FOR THE FIRST TIME, IT WAS FOUND THERE WERE 2 577 INSTRUCTORS AND 26 TRAINING OFFICERS.

THE OTHER NINE SECTORS ALTOGETHER EMPLOYED 16 322 INSTRUCTORS AND 308 TRAINING OFFICERS, DOWN 3.3 PER CENT FROM THE NUMBER BETWEEN 1979 AND 1981 RECORDED BY THE PREVIOUS SURVEY.

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THE DECREASES WERE 25 PER CENT FOR +TEXTILES+, 19 PER CENT FOR ♦SHIPBUILDING AND REPAIR+, EIGHT PER CENT FOR +MACHINE SHOP AND METAL WORKING*, FIVE PER CENT FOR +ELECTRONICS+ AND TWO PER CENT EACH FOR +PLASTICS+ AND +PRINTING+.

THE COMMITTEE NOTED THAT THE GENERAL DECLINE COINCIDED WITH THE ECONOMIC SLOWDOWN IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1981.

♦WHEN TRADING CONDITIONS IN THE OVERSEAS MARKETS WERE POOR, INTEREST RATE HIGH AND LABOUR COSTS EVER INCREASING, IT WAS NOT UNUSUAL FOR THE EMPLOYERS TO RETAIN LESS INSTRUCTORS — BOTH FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME — IN THEIR ESTABLISHMENTS,* THE COMMITTEE STATED.

IN ITS VIEW, MOST EMPLOYERS AT THE TIME OF SURVEY WOULD PREFER TO HAVE THEIR INSTRUCTORS PARTICIPATE IN PRODUCTION AND AS SUCH MANY OF THEM MIGHT NOT BE COUNTED AS INSTRUCTORS.

♦ANOTHER FACTOR WHICH MAY ACCOUNT FOR THE DROP IS THE CHANGES IN SAMPLE FRAME COMPARED WITH THE LAST SURVEY.

♦GIVEN THAT THIS SURVEY HAS A FULL COVERAGE, THE COMMITTEE IS CONFIDENT THAT THE DATA OBTAINED IS MORE RELIABLE AND THUS SHOULD BE ACCEPTED,* THE REPORT SAID.

NOTING THAT ABOUT 18 180 SERVING INSTRUCTORS HAD NOT RECEIVED ANY FORM OF INSTRUCTOR TRAINING, THE COMMITTEE WAS OF THE OPINION THAT EMPLOYERS SHOULD BE PERSUADED FURTHER TO RECOGNISE THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS TRAINING.

IT ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THE MAJORITY OF EMPLOYERS PREFERRED THEIR INSTRUCTORS TO HAVE FORM 5 STANDARD, INSTEAD OF FORM 3 AS REPORTED IN THE PREVIOUS SURVEYS, A CHANGE WHICH THE COMMITTEE ATTRIBUTED TO INDUSTRIAL DIVERSIFICATION AND THE MOVE TO MORE SOPHISTICATED PRODUCTS.

THE SURVEY REVEALED THAT ABOUT 60 PER CENT OF EMPLOYERS IN THE INDUSTRIAL SECTOR AGREED THAT INSTRUCTORS SHOULD RECEIVE TRAINING IN TEACHING TECHNIQUES WHILE 35 PER CENT OF THEM WERE ALSO WILLING TO RELEASE THEIR INSTRUCTORS AND TRAINING OFFICERS TO ATTEND COURSES AT THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE.

NEARLY ALL OF THE EMPLOYERS IN THE NON-1NDUSTRI AL SECTOR EXPRESSED THIS AGREEMENT AND 58 PER CENT OF THEIR INSTRUCTORS HAD IN FACT TAKEN SOME FORM OF INSTRUCTOR TRAINING, THE SURVEY SHOWED.

THE REPORT, IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE, IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, CENTRAL POST OFFICE, HONG KONG AT $15 A COPY.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 3, 1983

TRADE-WEIGHTS FOR EXCHANGE RATE INDEX UPDATED *****

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS USED IN ITS CALCULATION OF THE DEPARTMENT HAS REVISED THE WEIGHTS

TRADE-WEIGHTED INDEX FOR THE HONG

THE NEW WEIGHTS REFLECT THE PATTERN OF HONG KONG’S

vioisLb TRADE IN 1981, WHEREAS THE CALCULATION HAS HITHERTO TlSFn

WEJGHTS DERIVED FROM HONG KONG' ’S TRADING PATTERN IN 1972. THE

INDEX CONTINUES TO BE BASED ON DECEMBER 18, 1971 - 100.

THE OLD AND NEW WEIGHTS ARE COMPARED IN THE FOLLOWING TABLE.

1972 1981

WEIGHTS WEIGHTS

(%) (%)

AUSTRALIA 3.44 2.74

BELGIUM 1.48 1.23

CANADA 1.97 1.65

CHINA 10.61 17.99

FRANCE 1.31 1.69

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY 7.12 5.19

ITALY 1.12 1.34

JAPAN 18.87 16.81

NETHERLANDS 1.63 1.21

SINGAPORE 4.50 7.26

SOUTH KOREA 1.72 3.58

SWITZERLAND 2.65 2.21

TAIWAN 5.49 6.83

UNITED KINGDOM 10.91 7.15

UNITED STATES 27.19 23.14

COMPARATIVE SERIES FOR THE INDEX BASED ON THE TWO SETS OF WEIGHTS ARE SHOWN IN THE THREE TABLES TOGETHER WITH A GRAPH (ATTACHED). FOR THIS PURPOSE END-MONTH FIGURES WITH THE NEW WEIGHTS HAVE BEEN CALCULATED BACK TO DECEMBER 1980, MID-WEEK FIGURES FOR THE WHOLE OF 1982 AND DAILY FIGURES FOR DECEMBER 1982.

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL CONTINUE TO PUBLISH THE INDEX EVERY BUSINESS DAY, ON THE BASIS OF EXCHANGE RATES QUOTED IN THE MARKET AT APPROXIMATELY 3.30 PM (11.30 AM ON SATURDAYS). FOR THE CURRENT MONTH, JANUARY 1983, BOTH THE OLD AND THE NEW SERIES WILL BE PUBLISHED EACH DAY. THEREAFTER, THE OLD SERIES WILL BE DISCONTINUED AND THE INDEX WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLY ON THE BASIS OF 1981 WEIGHTS.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE TRADE-WEIGHTED EXCHANGE RATE INDEX, WHICH IS ALSO KNOWN AS THE EFFECTIVE EXCHANGE RATE INDEX, IS USEFUL AS AN INDICATOR OF THE AVERAGE POSITION OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR AGAINST A FIXED BASKET OF OTHER CURRENCIES, RATHER THAN AGAINST A SINGLE ONE.

THE 15 COUNTRIES WHOSE CURRENCIES ARE INCLUDED ARE SELECTED ON ACCOUNT OF THEIR IMPORTANCE IN HONG KONG’S TRADE AND WORLD TRADE, AND THE WEIGHTS REFLECT THE RELATIVE IMPORTANCE OF EACH OF THE 15 COUNTRIES IN HONG KONG’S VISIBLE TRADE. THUS, THE WEIGHT FOR THE US DOLLAR HAS BEEN REDUCED FROM 27.19 PER CENT TO 23.14 PER CENT, REFLECTING A REDUCTION IN THE RELATIVE IMPORTANCE OF TRADE WITH THE UNITED STATES, WHILE THE MARKED INCREASE IN RECENT YEARS IN HONG KONG’S TRADE WITH CHINA HAS LED TO AN INCREASE FROM 10.61 PER CENT TO 17.99 PER CENT IN THE WEIGHT ATTACHED TO THE RMB.

THE SPOKESMAN NOTED, BY WAY OF ILLUSTRATION, THAT ON DECEMBER 31, 1982 THE OVERALL INDEX, CALCULATED WITH THE NEW, 1981 WEIGHTS, STOOD AT 79.5, WITH THE IMPORT-WEIGHTED INDEX AT 77.3 AND THE EXPORT-WEIGHTED INDEX AT 82.7, WHEREAS WITH THE OLD, 1972 WEIGHTS, THE CORRESPONDING INDEXES WERE 80.1, 76.8 AND 84.3 RESPECTIVELY.

HE SAID THESE DIFFERENCES REFLECTED ONLY THE FACT THAT CURRENCIES WITH INCREASED WEIGHTS HAD, ON AVERAGE, APPRECIATED SLIGHTLY MORE AGAINST THE HONG KONG DOLLAR THAN CURRENCIES WITH DECREASED WEIGHTS. AS A FURTHER ILLUSTRATION, DURING 1982 THE TRADE-WEIGHTED EXCHANGE VALUE OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPRECIATED BY 6.9 PER CENT ACCORDING TO THE OLD INDEX AND BY 6.8 PER CENT ACCORDING TO THE NEW ONE.

DESPITE SOME SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO THE WEIGHTS OF INDIVIDUAL CURRENCIES, THEREFORE, THE RESULTING INDEX IS LITTLE DIFFERENT.

THE SPOKESMAN NOTED, HOWEVER, THAT IT WAS NEVERTHELESS DESIRABLE TO UP-DATE THE WEIGHTS FROM TIME TO TIME. HE EMPHASISED THAT THE SLIGHTLY LOWER LEVEL FOR THE NEW INDEX COMPARED TO THE OLD WAS MERELY THE RESULT OF THIS TECHNICAL RECALCULATION AND DID NOT *€AN THAT THE HONG KONG DOLLAR HAD SUDDENLY DEPRECIATED BY THE AMOUNT OF THE DIFFERENCE.

THE TRADE-WEIGHTED INDEX WAS THE SUBJECT OF A SPECIAL REVIEW ARTICLE IN THE APRIL 1976 ISSUE OF THE HONG KONG MONTHLY DIGEST OF STATISTICS AND IT IS PLANNED TO PUBLISH AN UPDATED VERSION OF THAT ARTICLE IN DUE COURSE, WHICH WILL DESCRIBE IN DETAIL THE COMPILATION OF THE INDEX USING THE 1981 WEIGHTS.

ENQUIRIES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE TRADE RESEARCH SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AT TELEPHONE NO. 5-444402.

MONDAY, JANUARY 3, 1963

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Trane 7e‘ A W An m iK ghted Zxc^ange Rate Indexes & for the Hong K-ng Dollar

'1-th Dec V71 = W-M;- _ndex calc late’: no ■ (—A-t—4£-f-_A] -f-/\ H

wit' i 1772 weig hts with 1981 weights

H XA M^Ana Trade ApAna impcrt dip Ana ^xoort K^Ana An Ana Import

late wei gnted weighted weighted weighted weighted weighted

198? Dee 1 00.2 77.5 33.8 79.7 27.9 32.2

-AAn£2 80.4 77.6 23.9 79.8 78.0 82.3

A- £ 3 30.1 77.3 83.6 79.6 77.7 82.1

4 c 80.1 77.3 83.7 79.6 77.8 82.2

> 6 80.2 77.3 83.8 79.6 77.8 S2.3

7 80.7 77.7 34.7 80.2 78.1 83.0

8 30.6 77.5 84.7 30.0 77.9 33.0

9 80.6 77.6 34.6 80.0 78.0 82.9

10 81.0 78.0 84.9 80.4 78.4 33.2

11 ’\9 77.9 84.8 80.3 78.3 33.1

12 - - - -

13 80.7 77.7 84.6 30.1 78.1 82.9

14 *1.1 73.1 85.0 QCl C • y 78.5 33

15 80.9 77.9 84.8 30.3 78.3 03.0

16 80.8 77.9 90. n 3 j • 0

17 30.6 77.6 4.5 80." 7.3.0 3^.8

18 80.6 77.6 ?4.5 80.0 73.C 37.8

19 - -

20 80.7 7~* 8 24.6 30. n 78.2 ’-.9

^1 80.5 "7.5 84.4 80.0 78.0 32.7

22 ~ 0.3 77.3 34.3 79.8 77.7

?3 77.1 8/ .3 79.7 77.6 ■'?.6

24 80.0 76.8 84.1 79.5 77.3 22.5

?5 - - -

26 -

77 -

23 80.1 76.3 34.3 79.5 77.3

29 30.0 76.7 '4.2 79.5 27.3 82.6

30 80.0 76.7 84.3 79.5 °7 .3 32.7

31 80.1 76.5 34.3 *7Q c "7.3 82.7

MONDAY, JANUARY 3, 1983

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7U W % in ft ®

T r ade Weighted Exchange I Rate Indexes for the Hong Kong Dollar

(18th Dec 1971 = 100) ( —/l-t- - -B)

lu-A-t.

Mid-week Index calculated Index calculated

figures with 1972 weights with 19o1 weight5

B MB Trade Import Export Trade ApM Import fcBpinff Export

Date 06/01/82 weighted 35.7 weighted 81.4 weighted 91.4 weighted 85.1 . weighted 82.2 weighted go, 2

13/01/32 85.3 81.2 90.8 84.7 81.9 88.6

20/01/32 85.1 81.1 90.6 8*1.4 81.7 8S.3

03/02/32 85.6 81.8 90.8 84.9 82.4 •88.5

10/02/32 86.1 82.4 91.1 85.4 83.1 88.8

17/02/32 86.0 82.4 90.9 85.3 83.0 80.6

24/02/82 85.7 82.0 90.7 85.0 82.6 8S.5

03/03/82 86.3 82.5 91.4 85.5 83-1 89.1-

10/03/82 86.8 83.0 92.0 86.0 83.5 39.5

17/03/82 88.1 3U.4 93.1 87.2 84.9 90.6

2U/03/02 88.3 • 84.7 95.0 87.5 85.2 90.7

31/03/82 83.7 85.3 93.2 87.8 85.7 90.8

07/04/32 88.8 85.3 93-5 88.0 85.8 91.1

1V0V82 89.2 85.7 93-8 88.3 86.1 91.4

28/04/32 88.0 84.3 92.8 87.3 85.0 90.6

05/05/82. 87.7 84.1 92.6 87.1 . 84.7 90. *r

12/05/82 87.4 33.6 92.4 86.8 84.4 90.2

• 19/05/82 88.9 85.1 93-8 88.1 85.7 91.4

26/05/32 88.9 85.3 93.8 88.1 85.8 91.4

02/06/32 89.5 85.9 94.1 88.6 86.3 91.7

O9/O0/S2 89.O 85.6 93.5 88.1 86.0 91.1

16/06/82 89.5 86. 5 93-7 88.7 86.7 91.5

23/06/82 89.6 36.6 93-5 88.9 87.0 91.5

30/06/82 89.7 36.7 93.6 89.0 87.1 91.6

07/07/82 90.0 87.0 93-8 89.2 87.4 91.7

14/07/82 90.3 87.3 94.3 89.5 37.6 92,1

21/07/32 89.8 86.7 93.8 89.0 37.0 91.7

28/07/82 89.0 86.0 92.9 88.5 86. *t 91.0

04/03/82 88.3 85.6 91.9 87.7 86.0 93.1

11/03/32 88.3 85.8 91.6 87.6 86.1 89.8

18/08/82 88.3 85-5 84.9 91.8 87.5 85.8 89.9

25/03/32 88.0 91.9 87.3 85.4 90.3

01/09/82 83.1 85.4 91.6 57.4 85.7 89.8

08/09/32 83.1 85.3 91.7 87.4 85.6 89.9

15/09/32 83.2 85*6 91.6 87.5 85.3 39.7

22/09/82 87.9 85.4 91.3 87.2 85.6 89.4

29/09/32 87.4 85.0 90.4 S6.7 85.2 88.7

06/10/32 83-7 81.5 86.6 83.1 81.7 gh.9

13/10/32 83.0 80.7 86.0 82.4 81.0

20/10/82 81.9 79.8 84.6 81.4 80.0 83.2

27/10/32 79.7 77.8 82.0 79.1 78.1 80.6

05/11/82 82.8 80.4 85.8 81.8 80.4 83.8

10/11/82 81.8 79.4 84.7 81.O 79.6 83.0

17/11/82 S1.7 79.2 84.9 80.9 79.3 63.1

24/11/32 80.8 78.1 84.J 80.2 73.4 i>2.6

01/12/82 80.2 77.5 83.8 79.7 77.9 82.2

08/12/82 80.6 • 77.5 84.7 co.o 77.9. 6J.C

15/12/82 80.9 77.9 84.6 80.5 78.3 63*0

22/12/82 80.3 77.3 84.3 79.8 77-7 82.7

29/12/82 80.Q 76.7 8*4.2 79.5 77 ° 82.6

MONDAY, JANUARY 3, 1983

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7U Aa.» ® S ®

Trade- Weighted Exchange Hate Indexes for the Hong Kong Dollar

(18 th Dec 1971 = 100) ( fl+AS =- -W )

W-A-t. W-A A

Index calculated Index calculated

with 1 1972 weights with 19S1 weights

Auzni# tHaMi AaW

£ J Trade loport Export Trade Import Export

End of □onth fieures: weighted weighted weighted weighted weighted weighted

1930: Dec -f*-fl 88.2 85.2 95.2 87.6 84.4 92.4

1981: Jan — 87.6 32.7 94.4 86.9 33.6 91.7

Feb- fl 88.5 33.7 95-1 87.8 84.6 92.5

Mar— 88.8 84.1 95.1 88.2 35.2 92.6

Apr E3 /! 89.2 84.6 95.6 88.5 35.4 93-0

May 5 fl 90.1 85.7 95.9 89.4 86.5 95.5

Jua 89.6 35.3 95.4 88.8 86.0 93.0

Jul -t £ 88.3 34.3 93-5 87.2 S4.6 ?0.8

Aug A fl 85.1 81.1 90.5 84.3 81.6 . 83.2

Sep A -R 81.5 77.6 86.7 80.6 78.1 84.1

Oct -f- fl 84.2 80.2 89.5 83.3 So. 3 86.9

Nov +— 85.5 80.9 91.5 84.7 81.8 89.0

Dec 85.9 81.6 91.7 85.2 82.3 89.4

1982: Jan — 85.8 81.7 91.1 •55.0 82.3 33.7

Feb - fl 86.3 82.5 91.2 85-5 S3.1 88.9

Kar H 33.7 33.3 93.2 87.3 35.7 90.3

Apr K 8?. 7 34.1 92.6 87.1 34.7 SO. 4

May £ 89.5 85.9 9%2 88.6 86.4 91.3

Jun A 89.7 86.7 93.6 89.O 37.1 91.6

Jul -t £ 89.1 36.1 92.9 88.3 86.5 90.9

Aug A 88.2 85.5 91.7 87.4 85.7 89.3

Sep A 86.9 84.7 89.8 86.3 84.9 88.2

Oct -f- fl 79.8 77.9 82.5 79.2 78.1 80.8

Nov -f—fl 80.5 77.9 83.9 80.0 73.2 82.3

Dec +-fl 30.1 7 A3 84.3 79.5 *^7 .3 82.7

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Jan Veb In.r ;pr ”ay Jun Jul lug 3ep Oct Nov Dec Jan ’ eb Far ..nr ’'ay Jun Jul lug Jep Oct Nov Dec

PHfl Afi bfi Afi +fi+-fi-b-fi—fi-fi ph£ *■%

—AA—

1981

—A A— 4fc.

1982

MONDAY, JANUARY 3, 1983

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MORE RECREATION ACTIVITIES FOR TSING Yl RESIDENTS ******

TSING Yl ISLAND RESIDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO ENJOY MORE RECREATION AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES AT THEIR DOORSTEPS LATER THIS MONTH.

THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT WILL BE OFFERING DANCE AND FITNESS PROGRAMMES IN THE NEWLY-OPENED TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD CHEONG HONG SPORTS CENTRE.

THE 300 SQUARE-METRE CENTRE HAS TWO FITNESS ROOMS AND TWO DANCE STUDIOS, AND IS THE FOURTH NEIGHBOURHOOD SPORTS CENTRE MANAGED BY THE RSS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE RSS SAID TODAY (MONDAY),+ACTIVITIES, OFFERED AT REASONABLE COST WILL BE HELD AT DIFFERENT TIMES THROUGHOUT THE DAY.+

THERE WILL BE 26 DANCE TRAINING COURSES AND 38 FITNESS TRAINING COURSES, INCLUDING YOGA LESSONS IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY, HE SAID.

♦DANCE COURSES, INCLUDING ELEMENTARY BALLET FOR CHILDREN, SOCIAL DANCE, CHINESE DANCE AND FITNESS THROUGH DISCO DANCE ARE OFFERED AT $3, $15, $3, $8 RESPECT IVELY,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦WORKING PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO COME TO OUR EARLY MORNING OR EVENING FITNESS TRAINING COURSES TO USE A GYM EQUIPMENT OR TO ATTEND YOGA CLASSES, WHILE HOUSEWIVES AND SHIFT WORKERS CAN ATTEND THE MORNING OR AFTERNOON SESSIONS,* HE SAID.

COURSE FEE FOR FITNESS TRAINING IS $8 AND FOR YOGA LESSONS $3-

ADMISSION TO THE COURSES IS ON A FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD CHEONG HONG SPORTS CENTRE IS LOCATED ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF HONG WAH HOUSE, CHEONG HONG ESTATE, TSING Yl ISLAND.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT ITS PROGRAMME MAY BE MADE BY TELEPHONING 0-476323.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 3, 1983

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PIG GOLD COIN APPLICATION REMINDER * * * *

THE PUBLIC WERE REMINDED TODAY (MONDAY) THAT APPLICATIONS FOR THE YEAR OF THE PIG GOLD COINS WILL CLOSE ON WEDNESDAY (JANUARY 5) AT 4.30 PM.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT UP TO LAST SATURDAY, SOME 90 000 APPLICATION FORMS HAD BEEN DISTRIBUTED BUT THAT FORMS MIGHT STILL BE OBTAINED FROM ANY OFFICE OF THE HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION OR ANY DISTRICT OFFICE OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION.

THE YEAR OF THE PIG GOLD COIN IS THE EIGHTH IN A SERIES OF $1 000 LEGAL TENDER COINS TO COMMEMORATE THE 12 LUNAR YEARS WHICH FALL IN THE WESTERN CALENDAR YEARS 1976-87.

THE PROOF VERSION OF THE COIN IS PRICED AT $3 300 WHILE THE BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED COIN COSTS S2 200.

THE SPOKESMAN REITERATED THAT FOR THE NEW ISSUE, CHEQUES ON PERSONAL ACCOUNTS WOULD BE ACCEPTED AS WELL AS CASHIER’S ORDERS.

HE ADVISED INTENDING APPLICANTS TO HAND IN THEIR APPLICATIONS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. COMPLETED FORMS, TOGETHER WITH CASHIER’S ORDERS OR CROSSED CHEQUES DATED NO LATER THAN JANUARY 5, 1983 AND MADE PAYABLE TO +HONG KONG GOVERNMENT 1983 SPECIAL COIN ACCOUNT*, MUST REACH ANY OF THE FOLLOWING BRANCHES OF THE HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION BY 4.30 PM OF THAT DAY:

7 QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

82-84 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

673 NATHAN ROAD, MONG KOK, KOWLOON.

192 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, YUEN LONG, NEW TERRITORIES.

455-457 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN, NEW TERRITORIES.

306 KING’S ROAD, NORTH POINT, HONG KONG.

40-50 DES VOEUX ROAD WEST, HONG KONG.

1 YUE MAN SQUARE, KWUN TONG, KOWLOON.

42 WONG CHUK HANG ROAD, ABERDEEN, HONG KONG.

1 HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG.

STRUCK IN 22 CARAT GOLD, EACH COIN MEASURES 28.4 MM IN DIAMETER AND WEIGHS 15.976 GRAMMES. THE OBVERSE CARRIES A WELL-KNOWN PORTRAIT OF HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN WHILE THE REVERSE DEPICTS A +SWAY-BACK* PIG, A DESIGN WHICH WAS SPECIALLY COMMISSIONED FOR THIS ISSUE.

EACH COIN WILL BE PACKAGED IN A PLASTIC SCREW TOP CAPSULE AND SUPPLIED WITH A PRESENTATION CASE AND A DESCRIPTIVE BOOKLET.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 3, 1983

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DTCS REGISTRATION REVOKED/SUSPENDED * * *

THE COMMISSIONER OF DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ANNOUNCED THAT HE HAS TODAY REVOKED THE REGISTRATION OF DOLLAR CREDIT AND FINANCING LIMITED AS A DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY.

HE HAS ALSO SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE THE REGISTRATION CF FOUR COMPANIES AS DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ON THE GROUND THAT THE COMPANIES HAD FAILED TO MAINTAIN THE MINIMUM LEVEL OF SPECIFIED LIQUID ASSETS REQUIRED BY LAW DURING NOVEMBER 1982. THE COMPANIES ARE AXONA INTERNATIONAL CREDIT AND COMMERCE LIMITED, HONG KONG DEPOSIT AND GUARANTY COMPANY LIMITED, TETRA FINANCE (HK) LIMITED AND WHITEHALL FINANCE LIMITED.

REVOCATION OR SUSPENSION OF REGISTRATION REQUIRES THE COMPANY TO CEASE TAKING DEPOSITS FROM THE PUBLIC. HOWEVER, HE SAID, THE COMPANY MAY CONTINUE TO HOLD UNTIL MATURITY DEPOSITS TAKEN PRIOR TO SUCH SUSPENSION OR REVOCATION.

THE COMMISSIONER EXPLAINED THAT HE HAD GIVEN THE COMPANIES A REASONABLE PERIOD OF TIME TO RESTOCK THEIR LIQUID ASSETS BUT, UNFORTUNATELY, THEY HAD BEEN UNABLE TO DO SO.

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TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES * * *

THE WESTBOUND SECTION OF HENNESSY ROAD BETWEEN ARSENAL STREET AND JOHNSTON ROAD WILL REMAIN CLOSED TO TRAFFIC (EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES AND TRAMS) FOR ROAD REPAIRS.

THE CLOSURE IS EXPECTED TO LAST FOR ANOTHER FOUR WEEKS, DURING WHICH TIME WESTBOUND TRAFFIC ON HENNESSY ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA GLOUCESTER ROAD OR QUEEN’S ROAD EAST.

MEANWHILE, IN KOWLOON, LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD NEAR KAK TIN VILLAGE IN SHA TIN WILL BE CLOSED FOR FOUR CONSECUTIVE MORNINGS FROM TUESDAY (JANUARY 4) BETWEEN 1 AM AND 5 AM DAILY. THE CLOSURE IS TO ALLOW FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FOOTBRIDGE.

DURING THE CLOSURE, TRAFFIC BETWEEN KOWLOON AND SHA TIN WILL BE MAINTAINED VIA TAI PO ROAD.

HOWEVER, THE SECTION OF LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD FROM KAK TIN VILLAGE TO TSANG TAI UK WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR LOCAL ACCESS.

VEHICLES TRAVELLING BETWEEN KOWLOON AND WORLDWIDE GARDENS CAN STILL USE THE LION ROCK TUNNEL.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 3, 1983

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TSUEN WAN DB TO DISCUSS LOCAL PROBLEMS * * * *

A NUMBER OF LOCAL PROBLEMS AND ISSUES SUCH AS PARKING AND ABANDONED VEHICLES IN TSUEN WAN AND THE CHANGE OF CROWN LAND LICENCES TO SHORT TERM TENANCIES ON TSING Yl WILL BE DISCUSSED AT TOMORROW’S (TUESDAY) DISTRICT BOARD MEETING.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA WILL INCLUDE A BRIEFING BY THE PROJECT MANAGER ON THE TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME AND UNAUTHORISED ROOFTOP OR PODIUM STRUCTURES IN THE DISTRICT.

AN INFORMATION PAPER ON THE PROPOSED PHASING-OUT PROGRAMME FOR UNLICENSED FOOD BUSINESS IN UNDEVELOPED AREAS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE TABLED.

NOTE TO EDITORS*

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD FETING AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE CULTURAL ACTIVITIES HALL, TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL.

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OFFICE MOVES * * *

THE TSUEN WAN BRANCH OFFICE OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AT CHARTERED BANK BUILDING, THIRD FLOOR, TSUEN WAN, HAS MOVED TO TSUEN WAN EAST ASIA COMMERCIAL CENTRE, PHASE I, SECOND FLOOR, 50 TEXACO ROAD.

THE TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR PUBLIC ENQUIRIES IS 0-4980100.

WATER FIGURES XXX

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 74.9 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 432.747 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 259.786 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 45.0 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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

TUESDAY, JANUARY 4, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR TO VISIT LONDON ...................................... 1

ELEVEN QUESTIONS FOR LEGCO MEETING............................. 1

TRADE WISTER ARRIVING ......................................... 2

HENNESSY ROAD OPEN TO PLBS' ................................... 2

PRESS CONFERENCE ON URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS ................... 3

KWUN TONG ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN.............................. 3

FIRE PREVENTION EXHIBITION IN YUEN LONG........................ 4

SOUTHERN DISTRICT INFORMATION GUIDE............................ 4

TAI PO LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR SITES SOLD ......................... 5

RETIREMENT OF PRINCIPAL SUPPLIES OFFICER....................... 6

RETIREMENT FOR 14 OFFICERS WO SERVED 425 YEARS................. 6

WATER SUPPLY INTERRUPTIONS .................................... 7

TUESDAY, JANUARY 4, 1963

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GOVERNOR TO VISIT LONDON * * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, WILL VISIT LONDON TOWARDS THE END OF JANUARY ON GOVERNMENT BUSINESS.

SIR EDWARD PLANS TO LEAVE HONG KONG ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, AND TO RETURN ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 29.

DURING HIS ABSENCE THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, WILL BE THE ACTING GOVERNOR.

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ELEVEN QUESTIONS FOR LEGCO MEETING * ** * *

THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE ASKED AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TOMORROW TO GIVE AN UP-TO-DATE ASSESSMENT OF THE THREE-TIER MONETARY SYSTEM INTRODUCED IN JULY 1981 AND TO SAY WHETHER IT HAS ACHIEVED ITS OBJECTIVE.

THE QUESTION BY THE HON PETER C. WONG, WILL BE AMONG 11 QUESTIONS ON VARIOUS MATTERS AFFECTING PUBLIC INTEREST TO BE ASKED BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS DURING THE MEETING.

THE GOVERNMENT WILL ALSO BE ASKED IF IT ANTICIPATES MANY FACTORY CLOSURES IN THE PERIOD PRIOR TO THE LUNAR NEW YEAR AND VMETHER IT EXPECTS ANY INCREASE IN THE LEVEL OF UNEMPLOYMENT.

OTHER QUESTIONS WILL DEAL WITH SUCH MATTERS AS UNLICENSED HAWKING, THE THROWING OF OBJECTS FROM BUILDINGS, FLATTED FACTORY RENTS. STREET SLEEPERS. THE LOSS AND FORGERY OF DRIVING LICENCES, THE POPULATION BUILD-UP IN TUEN MUN NEW TOWN, ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE IN OLD RESIDENTIAL AREAS, AND SECURITY MEASURES AGAINST PICKPOCKETS DURING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR RUSH IN TRAINS.

TWO BILLS WILL BE READ A FIRST AND SECOND TIME, WITH DEBATE TO BE ADJOURNEDi SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION (1981-82) BILL 1983, AND THE BUILDINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983.

, DUE FOR FINAL READINGS ARE THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS (COMPENSATION) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982, AND THE TRUSTEE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982.

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TRADE MINISTER ARRIVING M * *

THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR TRADE, MR PETER REES, WILL ARRIVE IN HONG KONG TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON FOR A TWO DAY VISIT.

HE WILL BE MET BY THE ADC TO THE GOVERNOR, MR PAUL CROFT AND THE SENIOR BRITISH TRADE COMMISSIONER, MR CHRISTIAN ADAMS.

DURING HIS STAY HERE, MR REES WILL HAVE TALKS WITH THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, AND GOVERNMENT OFFICERS ON THE STATE OF TRADE RELATIONS, ON THE RECENTLY-NEGOTIATED MULTI-FIBRE ARRANGEMENT BETWEEN HONG KONG AND THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY AND ON BRITISH INVOLVEMENT IN FUTURE MAJOR PROJECTS.

THE MINISTER WILL VISIT THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY AND THE HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL TERMINALS AT KWAI CHUNG. HE WILL ALSO MEET MEMBERS OF THE TEXTILES ADVISORY BOARD.

ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 6), AT 6.30 PM THE MINISTER WILL HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE IN THE GIS THEATRE.

HE WILL LEAVE ON FRIDAY MORNING FOR BANGKOK ON HIS WAY TO BURMA AND INDIA.

NOTE TO EDITORSt

THERE WILL BE A FACILITY FOR PRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CAMERAMEN TO COVER THE MINISTER’S ARRIVAL ON FLIGHT BA 3, STA 2.55 PM. THOSE ASSIGNED TO COVER HIS ARRIVAL SHOULD ASSEMBLE IN THE PRESS ROOM ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE AIRPORT TERMINAL NOT LATER THAN 2 PM TOMORROW.

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FROM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY), PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES IN ADDITION TO FRANCHISED BUSES AND TRAMS, WILL BE ALLOWED TO USE THE WESTBOUND SECTION OF HENNESSY ROAD BETWEEN ARSENAL STREET AND JOHNSTON ROAD.

THE SECTION WAS CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC FOLLOWING A ROAD SUBSIDENCE OUTSIDE HOUSE NOS 18 - 20 ON SATURDAY. IT WAS PARTIALLY OPENED TO BUSES AND TRAMS YESTERDAY. REPAIR WORK ON THE ROAD IS EXPECTED TO LAST FOUR MORE WEEKS.

MEANWHILE, WESTBOUND TRAFFIC ON HENNESSY ROAD EXCEPT BUSES AND TRAMS HAS BEEN DIVERTED VIA GLOUCESTER ROAD OR QUEEN’S ROAD EAST.

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NOTE TO EDITORSi

PRESS CONFERENCE ON URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS * * * *

A PRESS CONFERENCE ON THE URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS IN MARCH WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 6) STARTING AT 4.30 PM IN THE GIS THEATRE, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, FIFTH FLOOR.

PRESENT AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR DENIS BRAY; THE ACTING REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR ALBERT C.C. LAM, AND THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL DIVISION, MR ANTHONY WOO.

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE PRESS CONFERENCE. TELEVISION CREWS SHOULD ARRIVE EARLIER TO SET UP THEIR EQUIPMENT.

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A PRESS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCING DETAILS OF AN EXTENSIVE KWUN TONG ANT I-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 7) AT 3 PM IN THE GIS THEATRE, FIFTH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

THE MONTH-LONG CAMPAIGN WILL START ON JANUARY 15. IT IS ORGANISED BY A COMMITTEE UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD AND THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS.

SPEAKING AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE MR EDDIE LAMB, CHAIRMAN OF THE KWUN TONG ANT I-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE; Hl DAVID TSUI, KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICER; AND MR KARL STUMPF, CHAIRMAN OF THE PREVENTIVE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY SUB-COMM ITTE OF THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KWUN TONG ANT I-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN PRESS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 7) IN THE GIS THEATRE, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, STARTING AT 3 PM.

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FIRE PREVENTION EXHIBITION IN YUEN LONG * ft *

AN OUTDOOR DISPLAY AND A FIRE PREVENTION EXHIBITION SHOWING SOME OF THE LATEST FIRE FIGHTING APPLIANCES AND EQUIPMENT WILL EE STAGED AT THE YUEN LONG MERCHANT ASSOCIATION SECONDARY SCHOOL IN FUNG LING ROAD, YUEN LONG ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 8) AT 11 AM.

THE DISPLAY AND EXHIBITION IS ORGANISED BY THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE YUEN LONG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY WILL BE A FIRE FIGHTING AND RESCUE DEMONSTRATION.

THE CHIEF FIRE OFFICER OF THE NEW TERRITORIES FIRE COMMAND, MR FRED JACKSON AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE YUEN LONG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, MR TANG TUNG-KWONG WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION, THE FIRST TO BE STAGED IN YUEN LONG.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY. SENIOR INFORMATION OFFICER, MR MOHAMMED KHAN, WILL ASSIST THE MEDIA.

A FIRE SERVICES VAN WILL LEAVE TSIM SHA TSUI FIRE STATION IN CANTON ROAD AT 9.30 AM SHARP TO TAKE MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES TO YUEN LONG.

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THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD HAS JUST PUBLISHED A COLOURFUL BOOKLET, IN SEPARATE ENGLISH AND CHINESE EDITIONS, ABOUT DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF LIFE ON THE SOUTHERN PART OF HONG KONG ISLAND — THE LARGEST URBAN DISTRICT.

THE INFORMATION GUIDE OUTLINES SUCH FACILITIES AND SERVICES AS HOUSING, EDUCATION, MEDICAL SERVICES, TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT, CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL SERVICES, FUTURE DEVELOPMENT PLANS AND THE ROLE OF THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD.

ILLUSTRATED WITH A BOUNDARY MAP, CHARTS AND MANY COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHS, THE BOOKLET ALSO CONTAINS THE ADDRESSES AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

/THE BOOKLET

TUBSDAY, JANUABY 4» 1983

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THE BOOKLET DESCRIBES SOUTHERN DISTRICT AS +A DENSELY POPULATED AND DIVERSIFIED COMMUNITY, WHILE STILL RETAINING SOME OF ITS TRADITIONAL IMAGE OF A FISHING PORT*.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DISTRICT OFFICE SAID THE BOOKLET WOULD KEEP LOCAL RESIDENTS BETTER INFORMED AND UP-TO-DATE ON THE DISTRICT THEY LIVE IN.

HE ADDED THAT A TOTAL OF 40 000 COPIES HAD BEEN PRINTED FOR FREE DISTRIBUTION TO THE PUBLIC.

IT IS OBTAINABLE FROM THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE AT ABERDEEN CENTRE AND ITS SUB-OFFICE IN STANLEY.

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TAI PO LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR SITES SOLD * ft * * *

___ MOST OF THE 100 SITES FOR THE TAI PO LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR FETCHED MORE THAN THE UPSET PRICE AT A PUBLIC AUCTION TODAY (TUESDAY).

THE HIGHEST PRICE FOR A SITE SELLING FLOWERS WAS <650 AND A SITE FOR DRY GOODS WAS <190. ANOTHER SITE FOR SELLING BOTTLED DRINKS FETCHED <135. THE UPSET PRICE FOR EACH STALL WAS <75.

THE AUCTION, ORGANISED BY THE TAI PO URBAN SERVICES OFFICE, WAS HELD AT THE OFFICE OF THE TAI PO RURAL COMMITTEE.

THE STALLS WILL BE ERECTED AT THE TAI PO PLAYGROUND BETWEEN FEBRUARY 6 AND 13.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID ANOTHER 100 STALL SITES AT THE TUEN MUN LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR WILL BE AUCTIONED AT 9.30 AM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AT THE TAI HING COMMUNITY HALL IN TAI HING ESTATE, TUEN MUN.

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RETIREMENT OF PRINCIPAL SUPPLIES OFFICER

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PRINCIPAL SUPPLIES OFFICER, MR JOHN W.P. CHAO WILL BE RETIRING SHORTLY AFTER 29 YEARS OF SERVICE WITH THE GOVERNMENT.

TO MARK THE OCCASION, THE DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES, ROY KILVERT WILL PRESENT MR CHAO WITH A RETIREMENT GIFT ON BEHALF OF HIS FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES AT A DINNER PARTY AT THE OLYMPIA RESTAURANT IN NORTH POINT ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 7).

MR CHAO JOINED THE SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT IN 1953 AS AN ASSISTANT SUPPLIES OFFICER AND WORKED HIS WAY UP THROUGH A SERIES OF PROMOTIONS.

HE BECAME PRINCIPAL SUPPLIES OFFICER IN 1978, AND HAS SERVED AS ACTING CONTROLLER OF GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES SINCE DECEMBER 1981.

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A CEREMONY TO MARK THE RETIREMENT OF 14 OFFICERS OF THE GOVERNMENT DOCKYARD WHO TOGETHER PUT IN MORE THAN 425 YEARS OF SERVICE, WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 7).

THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF MARINE, MR ALAN J.S. LACK, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY AND PRESENT GIFTS TO THE OFFICERS.

THE CEREMONY WILL BE HELD ON THE FIFTH FLOOR CANTEEN OF THE DOCKYARD AT 395 CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON, STARTING AT 2.30 PM.

LONGEST-SERVING OF THE OFFICERS IS A SENIOR COXSWAIN WHO HAS BEEN WITH THE MARINE DEPARTMENT FOR MORE THAN 35 YEARS.

FOUR OTHER OFFICERS ---- A SUPERVISOR OF ENGINE CREW, A WATCHMAN,

A SENIOR LAUNCH MECHANIC AND A SENIOR COXSWAIN, ---- HAVE SERVED

THE DOCKYARD FOR 34 YEARS EACH.

AND THE REST, THREE SENIOR COXSWAINS, TWO SAILORS, A LAUNCH KCHANIC, A LAUNCH MECHANIC III, A MECHANICAL INSPECTOR I AND A WORK SUPERVISOR I HAVE WORKED FROM 23 TO 32 YEARS.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE RETIREMENT CEREMONY FOR 14 OFFICERS OF THE GOVERNMENT DOCKYARD TO BE HELD ON THE FIFTH FLOOR CANTEEN OF THE DOCKYARD AT 395 CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON. THE CEREMONY WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 7).

INTERVIEWS WITH THE OFFICERS MAY BE ARRANGED IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE CEREMONY.

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WATER SUPPLY INTERRUPTIONS

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN HAPPY VALLEY WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 7) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR A LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA TO BE AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY SING WOO ROAD, VILLAGE ROAD, SHAN KWONG ROAD, AND WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD. IN ADDITION, TSOI TAK STREET, YUEN YUEN STREET, MIN FAT STREET, AND CHEONG MING STREET WILL ALSO BE AFFECTED.

MEANWHILE, SALT WATER SUPPLY TO EAST KOWLOON WILL ALSO BE CUT OFF FOR SIX HOURS ON THE SAME DAY FROM 10 AM TO 4 PM TO FACILITATE REPAIR WORK.

THE AREAS TO BE AFFECTED WILL BE HUNG HOM, TO KWA WAN, MA TAU WAI, MA TAU KOK, KAI TAK, LOK FU ESTATE, KOWLOON CITY INCLUDING KOWLOON HOSPITAL, WONG TAI SIN, KOWLOON TONG, WANG TAU HOM, TUNG TAU ESTATE, TSZ WAN SHAN ESTATE, AND HAMMER HILL ESTATE.

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

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING:

TERTIARY SERVICES MAY BE TAKING UP EMPLOYMENT SLACK....... 1

VULNERABILITY OF REGISTERED DTC'S GREATLY REDUCED ........... 2

DRIVING LICENCES MAY SOON NO LONGER BE PROOF OF IDENTITY 3

NEED FOR TAX RECEIPTS EXPLAINED ............................. 3

SMALL INCREASE IN UNLICENSED HAWKING......................... 4

EDUCATION SEEN AS BEST APPROACH ............................. 4

CASH FOR CLEARED SQUATTER WORKSHOP OPERATORS ................ 5

HELP FOR STREET SLEEPERS..................................... 6

REDEVELOPMENT OF PRE-WAR BUILDINGS .......................... 6

TUEN MUN — 'A MASSIVE AND EXCITING ENTERPRISE' .............. 7

EXTRA POLICE TO LOOK OUT FOR PICKPOCKETS ON TRAINS........ 9

BILL TO PROVIDE FOR CONTROL OVER CAVERNS .................... 9

SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION (1981-82) BILL 1983 ............ 10

TWO BILLS PASSED ........................................... 10

PAYMENTS OF SALARIES, PROFITS TAX ............................. 11

DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF POLICE APPOINTED ....................... 12

GOOD RESPONSE TO METRIC POSTER COMPETITION .................... 12

DISTRICT BOARD TO DISCUSS PARKING FACILITIES .................. 13

+SATELLITE OFFICESb FOR CONVENIENCE OF PUBLIC ................. 14

ALL TUEN MUN LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR SITES SOLD.................... 14

PLB CLEARWAYS IN WAN CHAI ..................................... 15

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 1983

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TERTIARY SERVICES MAY BE TAKING UP EMPLOYMENT SLACK *****

THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE REMAINED STEADY AT ABOUT 3.4 PER CENT IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1982 BUT PROBABLY INCREASED TO AROUND FOUR PER CENT IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR, THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON PIERS JACOBS, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

MR JACOBS REPORTED THAT DURING THE YEAR UNDEREMPLOYMENT ALSO INCREASED AND A FAIRLY ACCURATE FIGURE WOULD SOON BE AVAILABLE FROM NEW QUESTIONS INCLUDED IN THE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY.

HE WAS REPLYING TO THE HON CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, WHO HAD ASKED ABOUT THE ANTICIPATED NUMBER OF FACTORY CLOSURES AND THE LEVEL OF UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE PERIOD UP TO THE LUNAR NEW YEAR, + IN VIEW OF THE CURRENT STATE OF THE ECONOMY.+

MR JACOBS POINTED TO TWO INDICATORS RELEVANT TO MR CHEUNG’S QUESTION!

* IN OCTOBER, WHICH IS THE LAST MONTH FOR WHICH COMPLETE STATISTICS ARE AVAILABLE, ORDERS IN HAND IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR COVERED AN AVERAGE OF 3.7 MONTHS, DOWN FROM 4.1 MONTHS IN OCTOBER 1981.

* IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1982, RETAINED IMPORTS OF RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES DECLINED BY FIVE PER CENT IN REAL TERMS FROM THE SAME PERIOD IN 1981.

♦TAKING THESE FIGURES TOGETHER, THERE IS THE SUGGESTION OF LESS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES OR SHORTER WORKING HOURS IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR FOR THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

♦BUT TO ATTEMPT TO GO FURTHER IN RELATING THESE FIGURES TO UNEMPLOYMENT WOULD BE TO ENTER INTO THE FIELD OF SPECULATION,* W JACOBS SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THIS WAS PARTICULARLY SO BECAUSE OF OTHER FACTORS THAT MUST BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT, AMONG THEM THE TREND OF INCREASING EMPLOYMENT IN THE TERTIARY SERVICES SECTORS WHICH WAS NOTICEABLE LAST YEAR.

♦ IT APPEARS THAT SOME WORKERS WHO LOST THEIR JOBS IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, WERE ABLE TO FIND ALTERNATIVE EMPLOYMENT IN THE TERTIARY SERVICES SECTORS, SUCH AS THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADES, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS,* MR JACOBS SAID.

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SHORT-TERM DEPOSITS OF REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES HAVE BEEN ENORMOUSLY REDUCED, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON JOHN BREMRIDGE, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

DEPOSITS OF DTC’S WITHOUT BANK AFFILIATION A MONTH AGO STOOD AT $400 MILLION, DOWN FROM $4 BILLION IN MID-1981, AND THE DOWNWARD MOVEMENT WOULD CLEARLY CONTINUE, MR BREMRIDGE SAID.

THIS ♦SEA-CHANGE+ HAD CONSIDERABLY REDUCED THE VULNERABILITY CF REGISTERED DTC’S TO POSSIBLE PUBLIC CONCERN OVER SHORT-TERM DEPOSITS WITH THEM, HE STATED.

MR BREMRIDGE WAS REPLYING TO THE HON PETER C. WONG, WHO HAD ASKED THE GOVERNMENT TO GIVE AN UP-TO-DATE ASSESSMENT OF THE THREE-TIER MONETARY SYSTEM INTRODUCED IN JULY 1981 AND TO SAY WHETHER IT HAD ACHIEVED ITS OBJECTIVES.

MR BREMRIDGE EXPLAINED THAT AS THE SYSTEM WAS STILL IN TRANSITION, IT WAS PREMATURE TO ATTEMPT A FULL ASSESSMENT.

♦MOREOVER AT THIS PARTICULAR JUNCTURE IT WOULD BE VERY IMPRUDENT FOR ME TO RISK BEING MISINTERPRETED, WHICH COULD CONSEQUENTLY PREJUDICE THE COMMENDABLE EFFORTS WHICH THE WHOLE FINANCIAL SECTOR IS AT PRESENT MAKING TO RESOLVE ITS OWN PROBLEMS AND THOSE OF ITS CUSTOMERS, ESPECIALLY IN THE PROPERTY SECTOR,+ HE SAID.

BUT HE REMINDED MR WONG THAT THE RESTRUCTURING OF THE SYSTEM, AS EXPLAINED BY THE PREVIOUS FINANCIAL SECRETARY, SOUGHT TO OBVIATE THE LIKELIHOOD OF A ♦DANGEROUSLY DESTABILISING SITUATION DEVELOPING BETWEEN DIFFERENT GROUPS OF INSTITUTIONS WITHIN THE MONETARY SECTOR+.

IN THIS CONTEXT, MR BREMRIDGE SAID, HE WAS PLEASED WITH THE ENORMOUS REDUCTION OF SHORT-TERM DEPOSITS WITH REGISTERED DTC’S.

HE ALSO DISCLOSED THAT LICENCES HAD BEEN GRANTED TO 22 COMPANIES WHICH HAD APPLIED FOR THE NEW STATUS CREATED LAST YEAR OF LICENSED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY.

THESE COMPANIES, HE SAID, HAD ALL MET THE EXACTING CRITERIA SET DOWN.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 1983

DRIVING LICENCES MAY SOON NO LONGER BE PROOF OF IDENTITY * * * * *

DRAFTING INSTRUCTIONS HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR A RESOLUTION UNDER SECTION 17B (2) OF THE IMMIGRATION ORDINANCE TO DELETE +CURRENT DRIVING LICENCE* FROM THE LIST OF DOCUMENTS WHICH MAY BE USED AS PROOF OF IDENTITY, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON D.G. JEAFFRESON, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TODAY.

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON F.K. HU, WHO ASKED IF THE GOVERNMENT WAS SATISFIED THAT + IN VIEW OF THE FACT THAT DRIVING LICENCES IN THEIR PRESENT FORMAT CAN BE FORGED,* A DRIVING LICENCE SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE PROOF OF IDENTITY FOR IMMIGRATION PURPOSES.

ANSWERING ANOTHER QUESTION BY MR HU, MR JEAFFRESON SAID THAT IT WAS RECKONED THAT ABOUT 95 PER CENT OF THE DUPLICATE LICENCES ISSUED LAST YEAR WERE REPLACEMENTS FOR LOST LICENCES, RATHER THAN FOR DAMAGED ONES.

♦IN OTHER WORDS, ROUGHLY 30 300,* HE SAID.

DURING THE YEAR, TWO COUNTERFEIT LICENCES WERE DETECTED, HE ADDED.

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NEED FOR TAX RECEIPTS EXPLAINED * * * *

THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT DID NOT CALL FOR DOCUMENTARY PROOF WHICH WAS EASILY VER IF I ABLE FROM DEPARTMENTAL RECORDS, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON JOHN BREMRIDGE, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

BUT PROPERTY TAX AND INTEREST TAX RECEIPTS HAD TO BE SUBMITTED IN SUPPORT OF CLAIMS FOR PERSONAL ASSESSMENT RELIEF, MR BREMRIDGE SAID, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON WONG LAM.

HE EXPLAINED THAT IN THE CASE OF PROPERTY TAX, THE RECEIPTS WERE NECESSARY TO VERIFY THAT THE TAX HAD INDEED BEEN PAID BY THE LANDLORD CLAIMING PERSONAL ASSESSMENT, AND NOT BY THE TENANT.

IN THE CASE OF INTEREST TAX, THIS WAS AGAIN NECESSARY TO VERIFY THAT THE TAX HAD BEEN PAID BY THE PERSON CLAIMING PERSONAL ASSESSMENT.

♦THE RETURNS OF INTEREST TAX DEDUCTED BY BANKS AND OTHER FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS COMPRISE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF COMPUTER PRINT-OUT SHEETS. IT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE TO CHECK EVERY INDIVIDUAL CASE WITHOUT CONSIDERABLE ADDITIONAL STAFF RESOURCES,* MR BREMRIDGE SAID.

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SMALL INCREASE IN UNLICENSED HAWKING * * *

THERE WAS A SMALL INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF UNLICENSED HAWKERS DURING THE LAST 12 MONTHS BUT IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO GIVE THE CAUSE FOR THIS INCREASE, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON DENIS BRAY, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

+SOME ARGUE THAT AN INCREASE IN UNLICENSED HAWKING IS CAUSED BY THE DIFFICULTY OF FINDING OTHER WORK: OTHERS THAT IT IS IN TIMES OF PROSPERITY WHEN PEOPLE HAVE MORE TO SPEND THAT UNLICENSED HAWKING INCREASES,* MR BRAY SAID.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON CHARLES YEUNG, MR BRAY EXPLAINED, HOWEVER, THAT SEASONAL FACTORS WERE AN IMPORTANT INFLUENCE ON THE EXTENT OF HAWKING.

WITH THE END OF THE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING PERIOD, UNLICENSED HAWKING WAS NOW DECREASING: BUT IT COULD BE EXPECTED TO INCREASE VERY SUBSTANTIALLY WITH THE APPROACH OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR. AFTER THAT, THERE WOULD BE A BIG DROP AGAIN.

♦THESE CHANGES TAKE PLACE EVERY YEAR, AND SUGGEST THAT IT IS OPPORTUNITY RATHER THAN DESPERATION WHICH HAS THE STRONGER EFFECT,+ W BRAY SAID. WHILE THE GOVERNMENT DID NOT KEEP RECORDS OF THE NUMBER OF UNLICENSED HAWKERS OR OF THE REASONS FOR THEIR HAWKING, IT DID NEVERTHELESS ATTEMPT TO GET AN ESTIMATE OF THE NUMBER PERIODICALLY.

INDICATIONS WERE THAT THERE WAS A SMALL INCREASE IN THE NUMBER, HE SAID.

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EDUCATION SEEN AS BEST APPROACH * NX *

THE GOVERNMENT BELIEVES THAT THE BEST APPROACH TO THE PROBLEM OF THROWING OBJECTS FROM HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS LIES IN EDUCATING THE PUBLIC, THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, THE HON DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

TO THIS END, HE SAID, A GOVERNMENT +ANNOUNCEMENT OF PUBLIC INTEREST+ WAS BROADCAST REGULARLY ON TELEVISION AND OVER THE RADIO, WARNING OF THE SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES WHICH MIGHT ARISE AND THE PENALTIES WHICH MIGHT BE IMPOSED FOR SUCH CRIMINAL BEHAVIOUR.

♦THE TELEVISION FILM ON THIS IS PARTICULARLY FORCEFUL: IT SHOWS HOW A BOTTLE, THROWN FROM A WINDOW OF AN UPPER-FLOOR FLAT BY A SELFISH PERSON, HITS HIS DAUGHTER PLAYING BELOW, FATALLY INJURING HER,* HE SAID.

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IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON ANDREW SO, MR AKERS-JONES SAID THIS TERRITORY-WIDE PUBLICITY THROUGH THE MASS MEDIA WAS SUPPLEMENTED BY INTENSIVE AND SUSTAINED EDUCATIONAL CAMPAIGNS AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL.

♦DISTRICT OFFICERS AND THEIR STAFF ARE IN DIRECT TOUCH WITH MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, RESIDENTS ASSOCIATIONS, OWNERS CORPORATIONS, AND OTHER COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS TO ENLIST THEIR HELP IN BRINGING HOME THE MESSAGE.

♦IN ADDITION, DISTRICT OFFICERS ALSO DISTRIBUTE APPEAL LETTERS, LEAFLETS, POSTERS AND BANNERS TO LOCAL RESIDENTS AND ORGANISATIONS TO ENSURE MAXIMUM SPREAD OF THE MESSAGE,+ HE REPORTED.

HE ADDED THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONTINUE TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT THIS DANGEROUS PRACTICE AND THAT DISTRICT OFFICERS WOULD CONTINUE TO ATTACH IMPORTANCE TO THE TASK OF EDUCATING THE PUBLIC ABOUT IT.

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CASH FOR CLEARED SQUATTER WORKSHOP OPERATORS ******

OPERATORS OF SQUATTER WORKSHOPS RECEIVE GENEROUS EX-GRATIA CASH COMPENSATION UPON DEVELOPMENT CLEARANCES AND MOST ARE ABLE TO FIND ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

THIS WAS STATED TODAY BY THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, THE HON DONALD LIAO, IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON HARRY FANG.

MR LIAO SAID THAT IN THE PAST TWO YEARS, ONLY EIGHT PER CENT OF SQUATTER WORKSHOPS CLEARED REQUIRED REPROVISIONING IN THE HOUSING AUTHORITY’S FLATTED FACTORIES.

♦THERE ARE NO GROUNDS TO OFFER THIS SMALL MINORITY EXTRA CONCESSIONS IN THE FORM OF RENT BELOW MARKET LEVEL,♦ HE SAID.

HE SAID FLATTED FACTORY RENTS HAD BEEN SET AT MARKET LEVEL BY PUTTING OUT A NUMBER OF UNITS TO TENDER, TO ASSESS THE MARKET VALUE AS EACH NEW FACTORY BUILDING WAS COMPLETED.

♦THIS METHOD IS USED BECAUSE THE TYPE OF SMALL, SPECIALLY DESIGNED UNITS EACH WITH A FLOOR SPACE OF 25 SQUARE METRES PRODUCED BY THE AUTHORITY ARE NOT GENERALLY AVAILABLE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, AND THERE IS THEREFORE NO BASIS FOR ASSESSING COMPARABLE RENTS.♦ HE SAID.

MR LIAO SAID IT WAS THE INTENTION THAT RENTS FOR FACTORY BUILDINGS SHOULD IN FUTURE BE UPDATED BY TENDERING EXERCISES AT REGULAR INTERVALS.

♦THUS, ANY MOVEMENT IN MARKET RENT WILL BE REFLECTED IN TENDERS RECEIVED, WHICH WILL IN TURN SET THE LEVEL FOR NEW RENTS,♦ HE SAID.

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HELP FOR STREET SLEEPERS * * * *

PRIORITY IN ALLOCATION OF ACCOMMODATION TO STREET SLEEPERS HAD TO BE GIVEN TO THOSE WHO ARE ELDERLY OR DISABLED, AND STEADY PROGRESS IS BEING MADE IN REHOUSING THEM, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR SELWYN ALLEYNE, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON ANDREW SO IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, HE SAID THAT THERE WERE ABOUT 1 OOO STREET SLEEPERS IN HONG KONG AT THE END OF NOVEMBER LAST YEAR.

+THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, TOGETHER WITH OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, ALREADY PROVIDES SERVICES TO THOSE STREET SLEEPERS WHO ARE IN NEED AND WHO ARE WILLING TO ACCEPT HELP,* MR ALLEYNE SAID.

THESE SERVICES INCLUDE TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATION, COMPASSIONATE REHOUSING, FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, REFERRALS FOR EMPLOYMENT AND COUNSELLING.

+0F THESE, PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND ACCOMMODATION ARE THE TWO MAIN SERVICES PROVIDED. HOWEVER, PUBLIC HOUSING IS OFTEN NOT AVAILABLE IN LOCATIONS SUCH AS YAU MA TEI, EASTERN AND WAN CHAI, SHAM SHU I PO AND WESTERN DISTRICTS WHERE MOST STREET SLEEPERS ARE TO BE FOUND,* HE SAID.

MR ALLEYNE SAID HE BELIEVED THERE WERE ALREADY ADEQUATE LEGAL POWERS TO CLEAR AWAY RUBBISH CREATED BY STREET SLEEPERS AND TO REMOVE ANY OF THEM CAUSING OBSTRUCTIONS OR DISTURBING THE PEACE.

+BUT THE RESULTS IN THE END WOULD STILL BE THAT THEY WOULD CONTINUE TO SLEEP OUTDOORS SOMEWHERE UNLESS THEY CAN BE PERSUADED TO ACCEPT THE OFFERS OF ASSISTANCE MADE TO THEM, AND WE SHALL CONTINUE TO TRY AND DO THIS,* HE SAID.

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REDEVELOPMENT OF PRE-WAR BUILDINGS * * *

THE LONG-TERM ANSWER TO ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT OF OLD RESIDENTIAL AREAS IS THEIR REDEVELOPMENT IN ACCORDANCE WITH TOWN PLANS, THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, THE HON DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON WONG PO-YAN, HE SAID THAT WHILE THE PRESENT PRE-WAR BUILDINGS WITH THEIR INADEQUATE SANITATION CONTINUE TO EXIST, THE BEST THAT COULD BE DONE WAS TO SEE THAT GOVERNMENT AND URBAN COUNCIL SERVICES WOULD OPERATE IN THESE AREAS AS EFFICIENTLY AS POSSIBLE.

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IN ADDITION TO THIS REGULAR ATTENTION, HE POINTED CUT THAT TAI PAK TERRACE AND KWONG HON TERRACE IN WESTERN DISTRICT MENTIONED BY MR WONG HAD BEEN THE SUBJECT OF CLEAN-UP OPERATIONS IN THE RECENT CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN.

+THE STREETS THEMSELVES ARE PRIVATELY OWNED AND IT IS POSSIBLE THAT SOME IMPROVEMENT TO THE ENVIRONMENT WOULD ALSO BE ACHIEVED IF THEY WERE PUBLICLY OWNED.

♦THE PROBLEMS OF MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE THAT PRIVATE STREETS POSE IS CURRENTLY BEING EXAMINED WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT,* AKERS-JONES SAID.

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’ ALTHOUGH TUEN MUN IS 32 KILOMETRES AWAY FROM THE OLDER URBAN AREAS, A LONG WAY IN HONG KONG TERMS, ATTITUDES ARE CHANGING AND INDICATIONS ARE THAT THE NEW TOWN IS BECOMING A GOOD PLACE TO LIVE AND BRING UP A FAMILY.

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR NEW TERRITORIES, THE HON IAN MACPHERSON, MADE THIS OBSERVATION IN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI ON THE POPULATION BUILD-UP, TRANSPORT DEVELOPMENTS AND JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN TUEN MUN.

DESCRIBING THE NEW TOWN AS +A MASSIVE AND EXCITING ENTERPRISE* HE SAID THAT ITS PRESENT POPULATION OF JUST UNDER 200 000 WOULD INCREASE AT AN AVERAGE OF SOME 40 000 PEOPLE PER ANNUM OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, OF WHOM 30 000 WOULD BE ACCOMMODATED IN PUBLIC HOUSING EACH YEAR.

ON TRANSPORT, MR MACPHERSON SAID THE ROAD NETWORK WAS GENERALLY ON TIME AND MAJOR ROAD WORKS WERE CONTINUING ON SCHEDULE.

STRESSING THAT THERE HAD NOT BEEN ANY SERIOUS DELAY IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE, HE SAID THE TUEN MUN HIGHWAY WOULD BE FULLY DUAL THREE-LANE VERY SHORTLY.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT REQUIREMENTS AT THIS STAGE OF THE NEW TOWN’S DEVELOPMENT WERE BEING MET BY MORE THAN 10 BUS ROUTES, HOVERFERRY SERVICE, AND PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES, CARRYING A TOTAL OF SOME 130 000 PEOPLE A DAY.

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IN ADDITION, HE SAID FURTHER BUS ROUTES TO THE LARGER ESTATES WERE PLANNED, AND THE CAPACITY OF THE HOVERFERRY SERVICE WOULD BE DOUBLED WHEN THE NEW PIER FACILITIES WERE COMPLETED NEXT YEAR.

♦AS IS GENERALLY WELL KNOWN, THE TUEN MUN NEW TOWN IS PLANNED TO HAVE A LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM AND IT REMAINS THE INTENTION TO PROVIDE SUCH A SYSTEM AND PLANNING FOR THIS CONTINUES ACTIVELY.+

REGARDING JOB OPPORTUNITIES, MR MACPHERSON SAID THE NUMBER OF INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS IN TUEN MUN HAD INCREASED FOURFOLD OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS, FROM 177 TO SOME 700, AND THE CORRESPONDING NUMBER OF JOBS IN THE INDUSTRIAL SECTOR ALONE HAD MORE THAN DOUBLED FROM 8 000 TO 20 000.

♦THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD HAS BEEN VERY ACTIVE IN PUBLICISING THE INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL OPPORTUNITIES IN TUEN MUN AND ITS EFFORTS INCLUDE THE PUBLICATION OF AN INFORMATIVE PAMPHLET ON INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT IN TUEN MUN AND THE SETTING UP OF A COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY SUB-COMMITTEE WHICH IS MONITORING DEVELOPMENT TO ENSURE THAT JOB OPPORTUNITIES ARE MATCHED AS CLOSELY AS POSSIBLE WITH THE POPULATION BUILD-UP,+ HE SAID.

IT IS ENCOURAGING TO NOTE THAT OF 10 INDUSTRIAL SITES OFFERED FOR SALE SINCE AUGUST 1981, ONLY ONE WAS NOT SOLD BECAUSE OF EXTENSIVE SITE FORMATION WORK REQUIRED.

BY NO MEANS ALL THE PRESENT GENERATION OF WORKERS MOVING INTO THE NEW TOWNS ARE EITHER ABLE TO OR INDEED WISH TO GIVE UP THEIR OLD JOBS AND WORK LOCALLY.

NO DOUBT THIS WILL CHANGE AS A NEW GENERATION GROWS UP AS PART OF THE NEW TOWNS, BUT IN THE MEANTIME THE AIM MUST BE TO PROVIDE A STEADY IMPROVEMENT IN PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND A STEADY INCREASE IN JOB OPPORTUNITIES SO THAT THERE IS REASONABLE SCOPE BOTH FOR THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO LIVE AND WORK LOCALLY AND FOR THOSE WHO OPT OR MUST COMMUTE TO WORK,+ HE SAID.

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EXTRA POLICE TO LOOK OUT FOR PICKPOCKETS ON TRAINS

X X X

EXTRA POLICE WILL BE ON DUTY TO LOOK OUT FOR PICKPOCKETS AND OTHER CRIMINALS ON TRAINS AND AT STATIONS DURING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR RUSH, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON D.G. JEAFFRESON, SAID TODAY.

IN ADDITION, PUBLICITY EFFORTS WILL BE INCREASED, ADVISING THE PUBLIC TO MAINTAIN THEIR GUARD AGAINST THE CRIMINAL ELEMENTS, TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR VALUABLES, NOT TO CARRY LARGE AMOUNTS OF CASH, AND TO REPORT IMMEDIATELY TO POLICE IF ANY CRIME OCCURS, W JEAFFRESON TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, WHO WAS CONCERNED ABOUT THE POSSIBLE INCREASE OF SUCH CRIMINAL ACTIVITY TO THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC, DURING THE HOLIDAY PERIOD.

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BILL TO PROVIDE FOR CONTROL OVER CAVERNS

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THE BUILDINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, WHICH AIMS TO EXTEND THE CONTROL OVER ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION AND TO ENHANCE PUBLIC SAFETY, WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

SPEAKING AT THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, MR DAVID MCDONALD, SAID THE BUILDING AUTHORITY HAD RECEIVED ENQUIRIES FROM SEVERAL OIL COMPANIES REGARDING THE REQUIREMENTS WHICH SHOULD BE MET FOR THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF UNDERGROUND CAVERNS FOR THE STORAGE OF OIL AND PETROLEUM PRODUCTS.

+SINCE SUCH CAVERNS ARE NOT AT PRESENT DEFINED AS BUILDINGS IN THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE THERE IS NO CONTROL OVER THEIR CONSTRUCTION OR ADAPTATION,* MR MCDONALD SAID.

IT HAD ALSO BEEN FOUND THAT THE EXISTING BUILDING (OIL STORAGE INSTALLATION) REGULATIONS, MADE IN 1978, DID NOT GIVE SUFFICIENT CONTROL OVER THE MAINTENANCE OF OIL STORAGE TANKS OR THE OPERATION OF OIL STORAGE INSTALLATIONS, HE ADDED.

THE NEW BILL WOULD THEREFORE GIVE THE BUILDING AUTHORITY CONTROL OVER CAVERNS CONSTRUCTED OR ADAPTED FOR THE STORAGE OF OIL AND PETROLEUM PRODUCTS, AND WOULD ALSO GIVE THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL POWERS TO MAKE MORE STRINGENT REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE MAINTENANCE AND OPERATION OF OIL STORAGE INSTALLATIONS.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION (1981-82) BILL 1983 *****

THE SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION (1981-82) BILL 1983 SEEKS TO GIVE FINAL LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY TO THE SUPPLEMENTARY EXPENDITURE AUTHORISED BY RESOLUTIONS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON JOHN BREMRIDGE, SAID TODAY.

IN MOVING THE BILL THROUGH A SECOND READING, MR BREMRIDGE SAID IT WAS THE LAST STAGE IN DISPOSING OF EXPENDITURE INCURRED DURING THE 1981-82 FINANCIAL YEAR.

THE BILL, HE ADDED, ALSO SEEKS AN APPROPRIATION TO MEET EXPENDITURE INCURRED BY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WHERE RECEIPTS APPROPRIATED-IN-AID FELL SHORT OF THE SUMS ORIGINALLY ESTIMATED.

THE TOTAL SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION REQUIRED WAS $3 992 MILLION UNDER 53 HEADS, AS AGAINST SAVINGS OF $1 231 MILLION UNDER VARIOUS OTHER HEADS, MR BREMRIDGE SAID.

THE LARGEST ITEMS INVOLVED WERE $1 097 MILLION FOR LAND ACQUISITION, THE TRANSFER OF $408 MILLION TO THE MASS TRANSIT FUND, $407 MILLION FOR NEW TOWNS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES, $350 MILLION FOR THE REACTIVATION AND OPERATION OF THE DESALTER AND $274 MILLION FOR EDUCATION SUBVENTIONS.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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TWO BILLS PASSED

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TWO BILLS* THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS (COMPENSATION)(AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 AND THE TRUSTEE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1982 WERE PASSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

TWO OTHER BILLS, THE SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION (1981-82) BILL 1983 AND THE BUILDINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983 WERE INTRODUCED AND READ A SECOND TIME AND DEBATE ON THEM WAS ADJOURNED.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 1983

PAYMENTS OF SALARIES, PROFITS TAX * * *

TAXPAYERS ARE URGED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE TO CHECK THEIR DEMAND NOTES TO ENSURE THAT THE FIRST INSTALMENT OF THE TAX DUE IS PAID ON OR BEFORE THE SPECIFIED DUE DATE.

♦ IF THE FIRST INSTALMENT IS NOT S.O PAID, THE SECOND INSTALMENT WILL AUTOMATICALLY BECOME DUE IMMEDIATELY. THIS WILL BE STRICTLY APPLIED AND PLEAS FOR OVERSIGHT WILL NOT BE ENTERTAI NED,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE IRD SAID.

IN ADDITION TO BOTH INSTALMENTS BECOMING IMMEDIATELY PAYABLE TOGETHER, WHERE TAX IS NOT PAID BY THE DATE SPECIFIED IN THE NOTICE THE COMMISSIONER MAY ORDER A SUM NOT EXCEEDING 5 PER CENT CF THE TOTAL TAX BE ADDED. THIS SURCHARGE WILL ALSO BE IMMEDIATELY DUE FOR PAYMENT.

THE FOLLOWING EXAMPLES ILLUSTRATE HOW THE ARRANGEMENTS WILL OPERATE i-

EXAMPLE 1

TOTAL TAX DUE 6.1.83 $22 OOO

PAYABLE ON 6.1.83 $17 000

PAYABLE ON 6.4.83 $ 5 000

IF $17 000 IS PAID ON 6.1.83, THE SECOND INSTALMENT OF $5 000 IS PAYABLE ON OR BEFORE 6.4.83.

EXAMPLE 2

TOTAL TAX PAYABLE $22 000

PAYABLE ON 6.1.83 $17 000

PAYABLE ON 6.4.83 $ 5 000

IF $17 000 IS NOT PAID BY 6.1.83, THE WHOLE AMOUNT OF $22 000 PLUS SURCHARGE $1 100, THE TOTAL $23 100 IS IN DEFAULT AND ACTION TO RECOVER THE TOTAL AMOUNT WILL BE TAKEN SHORTLY AFTER 6.1.83.

IT IS EMPHASISED THEREFORE THAT TAXPAYERS WHO WISH TO

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE TWO INSTALMENTS SHOWN ON THE NOTE MUST ENSURE THAT THE FIRST PAYMENT IS MADE ON OR BEFORE THE DUE DATE SHOWN ON THEIR DEMAND NOTES. PAYMENT MAY BE MADE AT THE FOLLOWING COLLECTION OFFICES

HONG KONG - WINDSOR HOUSE, 3RD FLOOR, 311 GLOUCESTER ROAD,

CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG

KOWLOON

PARK-IN COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 12TH FLOOR 56 DUNDAS STREET, MONG KOK, KOWLOON.

TSUEN WAN - FOU WAH CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, 210 CASTLE PEAK

ROAD, TSUEN WAN, NEW TERRITORIES

YOU MAY ALSO PAY BY POST BY SENDING A CROSSED CHEQUE MADE PAYABLE TO THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT, ATTACHED TO YOUR DEMAND NOTE AND ADDRESSING IT TO THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE, G.P.O. BOX 132, HONG KONG.

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DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF POLICE APPOINTED

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THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT MR RAYMON HARRY ANN I NG, HER MAJESTY’S INSPECTOR OF CONSTABULARY OF THE UNITED KINGDOM HOME OFFICE, HAS BEEN APPOINTED DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF POLICE (OPERATIONS) OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE.

MR ANN I NG, AGED 52, WAS A MEMBER OF THE LONDON METROPOLITAN POLICE BETWEEN 1952 AND 1979. HE WAS PROMOTED TO CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT IN 1969 AND PLACED IN COMMAND OF THE UNITED KINGDOM POLICE UNIT WHICH WAS ESTABLISHED IN ANGUILLA, WEST INDIES IN THAT YEAR.

ON RETURN FROM ANGUILLA HE COMMANDED THE METROPOLITAN POLICE DISCIPLINE OFFICE. HE WAS PROMOTED IN 1972 TO THE RANK OF COMMANDER AND WAS PLACED IN CHARGE OF A10 BRANCH OF SCOTLAND YARD WHICH DEALS WITH ALL SERIOUS COMPLAINTS AGAINST THE POLICE. IN 1975 HE WAS PROMOTED TO DEPUTY ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER AND BECAME SECOND IN COMMAND OF THE LONDON METROPOLITAN POLICE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION DEPARTMENT.

IN 1979 HE WAS APPOINTED AS ONE OF HER MAJESTY’S INSPECTORS OF CONSTABULARY WITH THE ROLE OF INSPECTION OF BRITISH POLICE FORCES AND ADVISING THE SECRETARY OF STATE ON POLICE MATTERS, DUTIES WHICH HE IS STILL PERFORMING.

IN 1975 MR ANN I NG WAS AWARDED THE QUEEN’S POLICE MEDAL FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AND IN 1982 HE WAS MADE A COMMANDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE. IN 1980 HE WAS ADMITTED TO THE BRITISH INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT AS A COMPANION.

MR ANN I NG WILL TAKE UP HIS NEW APPOINTMENT IN HONG KONG IN JUNE 1983. HE WILL SUCCEED MR PETER MOOR, WHO WILL BE RETIRING AFTER 34 YEARS OF SERVICE IN HONG KONG.

MR ANNING IS MARRIED AND HAS TWO CHILDREN.

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GOOD RESPONSE TO METRIC POSTER COMPETITION XX X

MORE THAN 700 ENTRIES WERE RECEIVED FOR A POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION ORGANISED BY THE METRICATION COMMITTEE.

THE AIM OF THE COMPETITION, WHICH WAS DIVIDED INTO A SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS SECTION AND AN OPEN SECTION. WAS TO INCREASE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE USE OF METRIC UNITS IN DAILY

u ™E COMPETITION FORMS PART OF THE SPECIAL PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN •♦METRIC 10 DAYS+ WHICH RUNS FROM JANUARY 14 TO 23.

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WINNING ENTRIES WERE SELECTED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY A PANEL C2^PRIS,NG MR J-H- HENDERSON OF THE METRICATION

YEUNG WAI-FUNG OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND M? AGAY NG OF THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES.

HO-CHUNG RECEIVED FIRST PRIZE FOR THE BEST DESIGN IN Iac Tuc°nBroL ,SCH00L STUDENTS SECTION, WHILE THOMAS YU HOU-MING WAS THE OVERALL WINNER IN THE OPEN SECTION. THEIR PRIZES WIL' RF GIFT TOKENS VALUED AT $500 AND $1 000 RESPECTIVELY.

Two WINNERS, TOGETHER WITH THE RUNNERS UP, WILL BE Wl™ THEIR pr,zes AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 10 DAYS+ CAMPA<GN TO BE HELD AT THE WORLD-WIDE PLAZA CENTRAL ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 14).

all THE WINNING ENTRIES OF THE COMPETITION WILL BE DISPLAYED AT THE WORLD-WIDE PLAZA DURING THE 10 DAYS.

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DISTRICT BOARD TO DISCUSS PARKING FACILITIES

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THE FEASIBILITY OF PROVIDING PARKING FACILITIES IN THE PROPOSED SAI YEE STREET MARKET BUILDING WILL BE DISCUSSED AT THE NEXT MONGKOK DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

BOARD MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS A PLAN TO RESITE EXISTING ON-STREET COOKED-FOOD STALLS TO OFF-STREET SITES IN THE AREA.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA WILL INCLUDE THE MONGKOK STRATEGY 1982-85, DEPARTMENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES ON TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT MATTERS, AND PLANTING OF TREES AND SHRUBS IN PARKS AND GARDENS.

IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 7) WHEN MEMBERS WILL BE BRIEFED ON PROPOSALS FOR THE FUTURE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT OF TAI PO TOWN CENTRE.

BOARD MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE NEW EDITION OF THE TAI PO NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN VILLAGE CLEANING.

NOTE TO EDITORS t

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER (I) THE MONGKOK. DI STR ICT BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD AT 3 PM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF YAU MA TEI DISTRICT OFFICE AT 490-492 NATHAN ROAD; AND (II) THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AT 9.30 AM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 7) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE, TING KOK ROAD, TAI PO. A 14-SEATER GOVERNMENT VAN, AM 5797, WILL LEAVE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER FOR TAI PO AT 8.30 AM.

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♦SATELLITE OFFICES+ FOR CONVENIENCE OF PUBLIC

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THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD WILL EXTEND ITS +MEET THE PUBLIC* SCHEME TO COVER THE MORE REMOTE AREAS IN THE DISTRICT.

AT PRESENT, DB MEMBERS ARE MEETING THE PUBLIC EVERY TUESDAY BETWEEN 7 PM AND 9 PM AT THE LEK YUEN DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT OFFICE.

FROM TOMORROW, DB MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE TO SEE LOCAL RESIDENTS EVERY THURSDAY EVENING DURING THE SAME HOURS AT ONE OF FIVE NEW +SATELLITE OFFICES*.

THE ADDITIONAL NEW OFFICES ARE SIU LEK YUEN YORK VILLAGE OFFICE, MEI LAM ESTATE OFFICE, SHA KOK ESTATE OFFICE, SUN TIN WAI COMMUNITY HALL, AND FO TAN YORK SEVEN VILLAGES UNITED VILLAGE OFFICE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DISTRICT OFFICE SAID TODAY THAT THE EXTENDED SERVICE WOULD MAKE IT MORE CONVENIENT FOR LOCAL PEOPLE TO DISCUSS WITH DB MEMBERS THEIR PROBLEMS OR PUT FORWARD SUGGESTIONS FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF FACILITIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT.

PEOPLE WISHING TO SEE DB MEMBERS ON EITHER DAY AT ANY OF THE OFFICES SHOULD MAKE APPOINTMENTS IN ADVANCE BY TELEPHONING 0-6049714 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

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ALL TUEN MUN LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR SITES SOLD

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ALL 100 SITES AT THE FORTHCOMING TUEN MUN LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR WERE SOLD AT A PUBLIC AUCTION TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE HIGHEST PRICE FOR A SITE SELLING FLOWERS WAS $850 AND FOR A SITE SELLING DRY GOODS WAS $600.

THE LOWEST PRICE FOR A SITE SELLING FLOWERS WAS $300 AND FOR A SITE SELLING DRY GOODS WAS $310. THE UPSET PRICE FOR EACH STALL SITE WAS $75.

TODAY’S AUCTION, CONDUCTED BY THE TUEN MUN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE, WAS HELD AT THE TAI HING COMMUNITY HALL IN'TAI HING ESTATE.

THE FAIR WILL BE HELD AT TUEN MUN SAN HUI PLAYGROUND FROM FEBRUARY 6 TO 13.

ANOTHER AUCTION WIL'L EE HELD AT THE FANLING SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX TOMORROW AT 9.30 AM FOR 113 SITES AT THE SHEUNG SHU I LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR TO BE HELD AT SHEK WU HUI PLAYGROUND.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 1983

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PLB CLEARWAYS IN WAN CHAI *****

LANDALE STREET IN WAN CHAI WILL BE DESIGNATED AS A PUBLIC LIGHT BUS CLEARWAY FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 7).

THE SAME ARRANGEMENT WILL APPLY TO THE WESTBOUND SECTION CF HENNESSY ROAD BETWEEN QUEEN’S ROAD EAST AND LANDALE STREET.

WITHIN THESE SECTIONS, ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS FROM 7 AM TO 12 MIDNIGHT DAILY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JANUARY 6, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS ................ 1

CRIME VICTIMISATION SURVEY FINDINGS PUBLISHED ............... 3

NOVEMBER MONEY SUPPLY AND FINANCIAL STATISTICS .............. 6

REES MEETS TEXTAB MEMBERS ................................... 10

LABOUR MP TO VISIT HONG KONG ................................ 10

APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR LIMOUSINE HIRE CAR PERMITS.......... 11

INCREASE IN BUSINESS CERTIFICATION FEES AND CHARGES.......... 12

NEED TO REPORT PLUMBING WORKS STRESSED ...................... 12

TRAINING FOR COMMUNITY LEADERS IN SHA TIN ................... 13

FIRST TIME ENTRIES TO HKCEE MUST APPLY FOR APPROVAL.......... 14

NEV/ SECTION OF TUEN MUN CARRIAGEWAY TO OPEN SOON ........... 14

FIRE SERVICES' ANNUAL RELAY RACE ............................ 15

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN CENTRAL ........................... 15

AUCTION OF SEEING SHUI LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR STALL SITES....... 16

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NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS

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NOMINATIONS OF CANDIDATES FOR THE FORTHCOMING URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM TOMORROW (JANUARY 7).

THE NEW URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS WILL BE HELD ON MARCH 8 AND WILL FEATURE TWO NEW ELEMENTS.

FIRSTLY, A VERY MUCH LARGER NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAN BEFORE WILL BE ENTITLED TO VOTE. THE 1983 FINAL REGISTER OF ELECTORS, WHICH WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TOMORROW, WILL INCLUDE A TOTAL OF 904 916 ELECTORS OF WHICH 708 119 ARE RESIDENTS IN THE URBAN AREAS. COMPARED WITH THE 34 000 ELECTORS REGISTERED TO VOTE AT THE LAST URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS IN MARCH 1981, THE NEW FIGURE REPRESENTS A 20-F0LD INCREASE.

SECONDLY, THE 1983 URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS WILL, FOR THE FIRST TIME, BE HELD ON THE BASIS OF CONSTITUENCIES; CANDIDATES WILL BE ELECTED TO REPRESENT INDIVIDUAL CONSTITUENCIES AND ELECTORS WILL VOTE FOR A CANDIDATE OF THEIR CHOICE IN THEIR OWN CONSTITUENCIES.

THERE WILL BE 15 CONSTITUENCIES AND EACH CONSTITUENCY WILL HAVE ONE VACANCY FOR AN ELECTED MEMBER. THE DISTRIBUTION OF CONSTITUENCIES AND ELECTORS IS AS FOLLOWS

DISTRICT CONSTITUENCY NO. OF ELECTORS

CENTRAL AND WESTERN CENTRAL AND WESTERN 50 254

WAN CHAI WAN CHAI 46 972

EASTERN (1) NORTH POINT i 59 324

(2) SHAU KEI WAN 42 273

SOUTHERN SOUTHERN 48 727

KOWLOON CITY (1) KOWLOON CITY WEST 39 018

(2) KOWLOON CITY EAST 41 812

KWUN TONG (1) KWUN TONG WEST 44

(2) KWUN TONG EAST 75 026

MONG KOK MONG KOK 42 633

SHAM SHUI PO (1) SHAM SHUI PO EAST 43 579

(2) SHAM SHUI PO WEST 43 672

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WONG TAI SIN (1) WONG TAI SIN SOUTH

(2) WONG TAI SIN NORTH

YAU MA TEI YAU MA TEI

48 030

50 827

31 392

ELECTED URBAN COUNCIL MEMBERS WILL HOLD OFFICE FOR THREE YEARS, WITH EFFECT FROM APRIL 1, 1983. TO COINCIDE WITH THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF ELECTED MEMBERS, FROM THE EXISTING 12 TO 15, THE NUMBER OF APPOINTED MEMBERS ON THE COUNCIL WILL ALSO BE INCREASED FROM 12 TO 15.

ALL URBAN COUNCIL MEMBERS WILL HAVE SEATS PROVIDED FOR THEM ON THE DISTRICT BOARDS- THE ELECTED MEMBERS WILL TAKE UP SEATS ON THE DISTRICT BOARD WHICH ENCOMPASSES THEIR CONSTITUENCY.

BEGINNING FROM TOMORROW, NOMINATIONS OF CANDIDATES MAY BE MADE DURING OFFICE HOURS ON ANY WORKING DAY TO THE RETURNING OFFICER CONCERNED. THE DISTRICT OFFICER OF EACH DISTRICT HAS BEEN APPOINTED TO ACT AS THE RETURNING OFFICER FOR HIS DISTRICT. THE CLOSING DATE FOR NOMINATIONS IS JANUARY 28.

THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR BEING NOMINATED AS A CANDIDATE ARE SIMPLE. BASICALLY, ANY REGISTERED ELECTOR WHO HAS BEEN RESIDENT IN HONG KONG FOR AT LEAST 10 YEARS MAY BE NOMINATED. A PERSON WHO MEETS THIS REQUIREMENT CAN BE NOMINATED IN ANY CONSTITUENCY, BUT HE CANNOT BE NOMINATED TO STAND IN MORE THAN ONE CONSTITUENCY.

A CANDIDATE WILL NEED TO BE NOMINATED BY 10 ELECTORS, INCLUDING ONE PROPOSER AND ONE SECONDER IN THE CONSTITUENCY IN WHICH. HE SEEKS TO BE ELECTED. THE NOMINATION PAPER WILL NEED TO BE SUBMITTED PERSONALLY TO THE RETURNING OFFICER BY THE CANDIDATE HIMSELF, OR BY HIS PROPOSER OR SECONDER.

A DEPOSIT OF $1 000 IS PAYABLE. THE DEPOSIT WILL BE RETURNED TO THE CANDIDATE IF HE POLLS MORE THAN ONE-EIGHTH OF THE VOTES CAST, EVEN IF HE IS NOT ELECTED.

BLANK NOMINATION PAPERS AND ASSISTANCE FOR COMPLETING THE NECESSARY PAPERS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM ANY DISTRICT OFFICE OR THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTRATION OFFICER, WHOSE ADDRESS IS REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL DIVISION, NEW MERCURY HOUSE, 18TH FLOOR, 22 FENWICK STREET, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG.

IF THERE IS ONLY ONE CANDIDATE NOMINATED IN A CONSTITUENCY, « WILL BE DECLARED AS HAVING BEEN ELECTED AND NO VOTING WILL TAKE PLACE.

HOWEVER, IF THERE ARE TWO OR MORE CANDIDATES IN A CONSTITUENCY, THEN VOTING WILL BE TAKEN ON MARCH 8, 1983.

THE 1983 FINAL REGISTER OF ELECTORS MAY BE INSPECTED BY THE PUBLIC AT THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HEADQUARTERS IN WORLD SHIPPING CENTRE, TSIM SHA TSUI AND AT THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTRATION OFFICER. THE RELEVANT PART OF THE FINAL REGISTER RELATING TO A DISTRICT IS ALSO AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION AT DISTRICT OFFICES.

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CRIME VICTIMISATION SURVEY FINDINGS ?U-LISHED * * * *

THE OVERALL CRIME REPORTING RATE INCREASED FROM 18.2 PER CENT IN 1978 TO 28.6 PER CENT IN 1981.

THIS WAS ONE OF THE MAIN FADINGS OF THE SECOND CRIME VICTIMISATION SURVEY, CARRIED OUT BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT IN JANUARY LAST YEAR TO ASSESS THE LEVEL OF CRIMINAL VICTIMISATIONS IN 1981. THE SURVEY WAS BASED ON INTERVIEWS WITH RESIDENTS OF ABOUT 19 OOO HOUSEHOLDS, COMPRISING SOME 62 000 PERSONS AGED 12 AND OVER.

THE SURVEY FOLLOWED A SIMILAR ONE IN 1979 COVERING CRIMINAL VICTIMISATIONS IN 1978. BOTH WERE CONDUCTED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE. THE FINDINGS OF THE SURVEY ARE PUBLISHED IN A REPORT TITLED +CRIME AND ITS VICTIMS IN HONG KONG 1981*.

FOR SPECIFIC CRIMES, THE SURVEY SHOWED THAT REPORTING RATES RANGED FROM A HIGH OF 90 PER CENT FOR THEFT OF VEHICLES AND 62 PER CENT FOR SERIOUS ASSAULTS TO A LOW OF 13 PER CENT FOR THEFT FROM VEHICLES AND TWO PER CENT FOR OTHER HOUSEHOLD THEFT.

FOR CRIMES OF VIOLENCE, A CATEGORY INCLUDING INTIMIDATION, BLACKMAIL, ROBBERY, ASSAULT AND RAPE, THE REPORTING RATE WAS 41 PER CENT. THE RATE WAS 37 PER CENT FOR PERSONAL CRIMES OF THEFT AND 15 PER CENT FOR HOUSEHOLD CRIMES.

GENERALLY, REPORTING PERCENTAGES TENDED TO INCREASE WITH THE VALUE OF LOSSES. INJURED VICTIMS WERE MORE LIKELY TO REPORT CRIMES OF VIOLENCE.

COMMENTING ON THE REPORT, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT ALTHOUGH THE PROPORTION OF CRIMES REPORTED TO THE POLICE VARIED GREATLY IN RELATION TO THEIR TYPE AND SEVERITY, CONSISTENT-REASONS WERE GIVEN FOR FAILING TO REPORT.

♦THE MAJORITY OF THE VICTIMS — 57 PER CENT — SAID THEY DID NOT REPORT BECAUSE THE CRIME WAS NOT IMPORTANT ENOUGH AS THEY HAD SUFFERED NO, OR VERY LITTLE LOSS,+ HE SAID.

♦ANOTHER 23 PER CENT DID NOT REPORT TO THE POLICE BECAUSE THEY FELT THAT NOTHING COULD BE DONE. AND 14 PER CENT FAILED TO NOTIFY THE POLICE BECAUSE REPORTING WAS TOO INCONVENIENT AND TIME-CONSUMING,+ HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE THIRD CATEGORY SHOWED A MARKED IMPROVEMENT OVER THE 1978 FIGURES, WHEN 23 PER CENT OF THE VICTIMS CITED INCONVENIENCE AS THEIR MAIN REASON FOR NOT REPORTING.

♦IT IS ALSO SIGNIFICANT, THAT AMONG THOSE WHO FELT THAT MAKING A REPORT WAS TOO INCONVENIENT AND TIME-CONSUMING, MORE THAN 84 PER CENT HAD NO ACTUAL EXPERIENCE OF REPORTING CRIME TO THE POLICE,+ HE SAID.

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THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT +THE IMPROVED REPORTING RATE CA BE ATTRIBUTED IN PART TO EFFORTS MADE BY THE POLICE 7J ENCOU AGE THE PUBLIC TO REPORT CRIME, IMPROVED REPORTING FACILITIES, AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF REPORTING PROCEDURES. IN GENERAL, THE DATA OBTAINED FROM THE SURVEY SUGGESTS THAT BY MAKING IT MORE CONVENIENT TO REPORT CRIME, PROVIDED THE VICTIM CONSIDERS THE LOSS WARRANTS SUCH ACTION, MORE REPORTS WILL BE MADE.*

+ADDITIONALLY, MEASURES INTRODUCED IN OCTOBER 1980 REQUIRING ALL PERSONS OVER THE AGE OF 15 TO CARRY A DOCUMENT OF IDENTITY, MAY ACCOUNT FOR PART OF THE INCREASE IN REPORTED CRIME IN CASES INVOLVING THE LOSS OF IDENTITY DOCUMENTS,* HE SAID.

+WHILE IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO QUANTIFY THE EXTENT, THIS RELATES PARTICULARLY TO CRIMES OF THEFT FROM PERSON. THE REPORTING RATE FOR SNATCHING CASES INCREASED FROM 15.5 PER CENT IN 1978 TO 45.1 PER CENT IN 1981, AND PICKPOCKETING FROM 6.4 PER CENT TO 38 PER CENT,* HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE LEVEL OF UNREPORTED CRIME STILL REMAINED VERY SUBSTANTIAL AND WARRANTED THE CONTINUATION OF THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT POLICY TO FOSTER PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE NEED TO REPORT ALL CRIME HOWEVER INSIGNIFICANT.

+THERE REMAINS EVIDENCE OF A WIDESPREAD BELIEF THAT THERE IS NO POINT IN REPORTING BECAUSE NOTHING CAN BE DONE, OR BECAUSE THE MATTER IS NOT IMPORTANT ENOUGH. TO CORRECT THIS MISCONCEPTION, GOVERNMENT WILL MAINTAIN AND CONSOLIDATE ITS EFFORTS TO SECURE PUBLIC COOPERATION.*

♦THIS PROCESS WILL BE ASSISTED BOTH BY POLICE CRIME PREVENTION OPERATIONS AND THE STEPS TAKEN BY THE FORCE TO ENCOURAGE GREATER CONFIDENCE BY STRENGTHENING ITS TIES WITH THE PUBLIC THROUGH ITS VARIOUS COMMUNITY RELATIONS SCHEMES,* HE SAID.

TURNING TO OTHER FINDINGS OF THE SURVEY, THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THE FOLLOWING POINTS OF INTEREST:

M 60 PER CENT OF THE VICTIMISATIONS INVOLVED INDIVIDUALS AND 40 PER CENT INVOLVED HOUSEHOLDS.

K 63 PER CENT OF ALL VICTIMISATIONS OCCURRED IN KOWLOON, 20 PER CENT IN HONG KONG ISLAND, AND 17 PER CENT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

* THE LESS SERIOUS TYPE OF OFFENCE, NAMELY PERSONAL CRIMES OF THEFT AND OTHER HOUSEHOLD THEFT, ACCOUNTED FOR MORE THAN 60 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL. CRIMES OF VIOLENCE MADE UP 15 PER CENT OF ALL VICTIMISATIONS.

* ROBBERY WAS THE MOST FREQUENT AMONG CRIMES OF VIOLENCE, WITH AN AVERAGE OF EIGHT OUT OF EVERY 1 000 PERSONS VICTIMISED.

* PICKPOCKETING WAS THE MOST FREQUENT CRIME CF THEFT, WITH A VICTIMISATION RATE CF 2.24 PER CENT.

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* WOMEN AGED BETWEEN 20 AND 39 WERE MOST S'JSCEPT U_.:. TO CRIME AND IN PARTICULAR, HAD THE HIGHEST RI K PE -0 „L CRIMES OF THEFT, WITH A VICTIMISATION RATE OF 5.9 PER CENT.

* PEOPLE LIVING IN TEMPORARY HOUSING HAD THE HIGHEST RISK OF HOUSEHOLD CRIME, ESPECIALLY BURGLARY WITH A VICTIMISATION RATE OF 8.5 PER CENT.

* THE RISK FOR BOTH PERSONAL AND HOUSEHOLD CRIME INCREASED WITH PERSONAL AND HOUSEHOLD INCOME.

THE SPOKESMAN CAUTIONED AGAINST COMPARING THE FINDINGS OF THE SURVEY WITH CRIME STATISTICS PUBLISHED BY THE POLICE. HE POINTED OUT SUBSTANTIAL DIFFERENCES IN COVERAGE.

♦A MAJOR DIFFERENCE ARISES FROM THE FACT THAT POLICE STATISTICS ARE DERIVED FROM REPORTS MADE BY THE PUBLIC, WHEREAS THE SURVEY DATA IS BASED ON VICTIMISATIONS WHICH ALSO INCLUDES CRIMES NOT REPORTED TO THE POL ICE,+ HE SAID.

♦PERSONAL CRIMES COVERED IN THE SURVEY RELATE ONLY TO PERSONS AGED 12 AND OVER WHEREAS POLICE STATISTICS INCLUDE CRIMES AGAINST PERSONS OF ANY AGE.

♦MOREOVER, THE SURVEY DOES NOT MEASURE SOME OFFENCES SUCH AS HOMICIDE, TRAFFICKING IN DANGEROUS DRUGS AND CRIMES AGAINST COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENTS WHICH ARE INCLUDED IN POLICE STATISTICS.+

HE SAID THE OVERALL OBJECTIVE OF THE SURVEY WAS TO PROVIDE AN INSIGHT INTO THE IMPACT OF SELECTED CRIMES THAT WERE OF MAJOR CONCERN TO THE PUBLIC AND THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES.

♦IT IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE THOSE INVOLVED IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE WITH INFORMATION, NOT OTHERWISE AVAILABLE, ON THE NATURE AND EXTENT OF CRIME, TO COMPLEMENT DATA ALREADY AVAILABLE AND PROVIDE AN INDEX OF CHANGES IN CRIME PATTERNS AND THE REPORTING BEHAVIOUR OF VICTIMS,+ HE SAID.

♦THE DATA OBTAINED FROM THIS AND THE FIRST SURVEY WILL ENABLE THE POLICE AND OTHER DEPARTMENTS TO IDENTIFY AREAS REQUIRING SPECIAL ATTENTION AND EDUCATIONAL EFFORT,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦THE NEED AND PRECISE TIMING FOR FURTHER SURVEYS FROM WHICH TO CALIBRATE POLICE STATISTICS TO ASSESS MORE ACCURATELY CHANGES IN CRIME TRENDS WILL BE CONSIDERED SEPARATELY BY THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE,* HE SAID.

PRICED AT $16 THE REPORT IS ON SALE iN BOTH CHINESE AND ENGLISH VERSIONS AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE.

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NOVEMBER MONEY SUPPLY AND FINANCIAL STATISTICS

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TOTAL MONEY SUPPLY ON ALL DEFINITIONS FELL SLIGHTLY DURING NOVEMBER LAST YEAR, ACCORDING TO THE MONEY SUPPLY AND FINANCIAL STATISTICS FOR THE MONTH PUBLISHED TODAY.

LOANS AND ADVANCES TO FINANCE HONG KONG’S VISIBLE TRADE ALSO FELL SLIGHTLY BUT OTHER LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG INCREASED.

CUSTOMERS’ DEPOSITS WITH DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES INCREASED WHILE THOSE WITH BANKS FELL. ONE REASON FOR THIS RELATIVE SHIFT OF DEPOSITS WAS THE WIDENED DIFFERENTIAL BETWEEN DEPOSIT RATES OFFERED BY BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES IN FAVOUR OF THE LATTER.

TABLE 1 (ATTACHED) SETS OUT SUMMARY FIGURES FOR NOVEMBER 1982 AND COMPARISONS WITH EARLIER MONTHS.

HONG KONG DOLLAR MONEY SUPPLY

THE HONG KONG DOLLAR MONEY SUPPLY ON THE NARROWEST DEFINITION (HK$M1) FELL MARGINALLY BY 0.1 PER CENT IN NOVEMBER AFTER THE 1.0 PER CENT FALL IN OCTOBER. HKSM2 FELL BY 1.0 PER CENT IN NOVEMBER AND HK£M3 BY 0.5 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH FALLS OF RESPECTIVELY 0.3 PER CENT AND 0.6 PER CENT IN THE PREVIOUS MONTH.

IN THE THREE MONTHS TO NOVEMBER, HK'Ml ROSE BY 4.2 PER CELT, HKSM2 BY 2.9 PER CENT AND HKSM3 BY 0.1 PER CENT. IN THE TWELVE MONTHS TO NOVEMBER, THE CORRESPONDING GROWTH RATES WERE 9.7 PER CENT, 28.5 PER CENT AND 3.5 PER CENT.

TOTAL (ALL CURRENCIES) MONEY SUPPLY

TOTAL Ml FELL BY 1.5 PER CENT, TOTAL M2 BY 0.7 PER CENT AND TOTAL M3 BY 0.2 PER CENT IN NOVEMBER, IN CONTRAST WITH INCREASES IN OCTOBER OF RESPECTIVELY 1.4 PER CENT, 3.8 PER CENT AND 3.1 PER CENT. IN THE THREE MONTHS TO NOVEMBER, TOTAL Ml ROSE BY 6.2 PER CENT, TOTAL M2 BY 9.5 PER CENT AND TOTAL M3 BY 7.2 PER CENT. DURING THE TWELVE MONTHS TO NOVEMBER THESE THREE AGGREGATES ROSE BY 16.4 PER CENT, 81.2 PER CENT AND 43.3 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

LOANS AND ADVANCES

TOTAL LOANS AND ADVANCES EXTENDED DY BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ROSE MODESTLY BY 0.8 PER CENT IN NOVEMBER ArTEL THE FAIRLY SHARP RISE CF 4.1 PER CENT IN OCTOBER. IN THE THREE MONTHS TO NOVEMBER THE INCREASE WAS 7.5 PER CENT, AND OVER THE TWELVE MONTHS 31.7 PER CENT. WITHIN THE TOTAL, LOANS TO FINANCE HONG KONG’S VISIBLE TRADE FELL BY 0.4 PER CENT. OTHER LOANS FCR USE IN HONG KONG, WHICH REPRESENTED 56.7 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL, INCREASED BY 0.9 PER CENT. THE GROWTH RATE F THESE LOA,: -AS rtEN SLOWING DOWN. IN THE THREE MONTHS TO NOVF'-. E- 7 £ INCREAS *A ' 6 PER CENT AND O.'E. TWELVE MONTHS THE I-ORE : - WAS 3^.6 FEr, C_ n .

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FOREIGN CURRENCY ASSETS AND LIABILITIES

SPOT FOREIGN CURRENCY LIABILITIES OF THE MONETARY SECTOR DECREASED IN NOVEMBER BY $7.7 BILLION TO $554.9 BILL ION. SPOT FOREIGN CURRENCY ASSETS ALSO DECREASED BY $9.5 BILLION TO $538.0 BILLION. AS THE VALUES OF FOREIGN CURRENCY ASSETS AND LIABILITIES (MOSTLY DENOMINATED IN US DOLLARS) ARE REPORTED IN HONG KONG DOLLARS, THE FIGURES ARE AFFECTED BY EXCHANGE RATE CHANGES. ALLOWING FOR THE 3.0 PER CENT APPRECIATION OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR AGAINST THE US DOLLAR IN NOVEMBER, FOREIGN CURRENCY ASSETS AND LIABILITIES OF THE MONETARY SECTOR IN FACT INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY DURING THE MONTH. NET SPOT FOREIGN CURRENCY LIABILITIES OF THE MONETARY SECTOR INCREASED BY $1.8 BILLION TO $16.9 BILLION. BANKS HAD NET LIABILITIES OF $8.7 BILLION AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES HAD NET LIABILITIES OF $8.2 BILLION.

STATISTICS COLLECTED FOR PRUDENTIAL SUPERVISION PURPOSES BY THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING AND OF DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES SHOW THAT THE MONETARY SECTOR HAS MORE THAN ADEQUATE COVER FOR THEIR NET SPOT FOREIGN CURRENCY LIABILITIES.

TABLE 2 (ALSO ATTACHED) SHOWS THAT NET SPOT FOREIGN CURRENCY LIABILITIES WERE $17.3 BILLION AT THE END OF NOVEMBER (THIS FIGURE DIFFERS SLIGHTLY FROM THAT IN THE PRECEDING PARAGRAPH BECAUSE OF MINOR DIFFERENCES OF DEFINITION) AND NET FORWARD FOREIGN CURRENCY ASSETS WERE $36.6 BILLION.

BALANCE SHEET RATIOS

THE AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO (AS DEFINED IN S.18 OF THE BANKING ORDINANCE) FOR ALL BANKS IN HONG KONG IN NOVEMBER WAS 47.5 PER CENT, THE SAME AS IN OCTOBER. THE RATIO OF THEIR LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG TO THEIR DEPOSITS ROSE TO 73.2 PER CENT IN NOVEMBER FROM 72.1 PER CENT IN OCTOBER.

THE AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO (AS DEFINED IN S.24A OF THE DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ORDINANCE) FOR ALL DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES INCREASED TO 57.7 PER CENT IN NOVEMBER FROM 56.5 PER CENT IN OCTOBER. THE RATIO OF THEIR LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG TO THEIR DEPOSITS FELL MARGINALLY TO 111.6 PER CENT IN NOVEMBER FROM 112.8 PER CENT IN OCTOBER.

NUMBER OF REPORTING INSTITUTIONS

THE NUMBER OF REPORTING LICENSED BANKS INCREASED BY 1 TO 126. THE NUMBER OF LICENSED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ALSO INCREASED BY 1 TO 17, WHILE THE NUMBER OF REGISTERED DEPOSITTAKING COMPANIES DECREASED BY 1 TO 344.

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THURSDAY, JANUA3Y 6,

Table 1: Monetary statistics - Novemtei Vjt?

HKSmn

Earlier months

(% change to November 1982)

Monejf Supply November 198? October 1982 August 1982 Nove ' er 1' P

M1 - HKS 25,107 25,122 (-0.1%) 24,095 (,4.2%) 22,893 (+:••’, ■)

Foreign Currency 3,00? 3,4o4 (-11.8%) 2,365 (+27.0%) 1, / (+39.1

Total 28,110 28,526 (-1.5%) 26,460 (+6.2%) 24,149 (>1 -.'%)

M? - HKS 117,912 119,097 (-1.0?:) 114,611 (+2.9%) 91,757 (+28.8 ')

Foreign Currency 83,169 83,315 (-0.2%) 68,986 (+20.6%) 19,215 ( + 3 ')

Total 201,081 202,412 (-0.7%) 183,597 (+9.5%) 110,972 (.: i.: )

M) - HKS 146,709 147,374 (-0.5%) 146,597 (+0.1%) 141,719 ( + 3-5*’)

Foreign Currency 99,697 99,488 (+0.2%) 83,311 (+19.7%) 30,209 ( + 230.0-)

Total 246,406 246,862 (-0.2%) 229,908 (+7.2%) 171,928 (+43.3%)

Deposits

Demand deposits 1 17,217 17,570 (-2.0%) 16,226 (+6.1%) 15,030 (+14.6 )

Savings deposits 65,950 66,175 (-0.3%) 61,652 (+7.0%) 47,964 (+37.8. )

00 Time deposits with banks 102,628 103,404 (-0.8%) 91,822 (+11.8 ,) 36,624 (11L..- )

i Time deposits with dtcs 44,230 43,239 (+2.3%) 45,125 (-2.0%) 60,101 (-24.' ')

All HKS deposits 133,536 134,091 (-0.4%) 133,794 (-0.2%) 131,001 (+1.4)

All foreign currency deposits 96,490 96,297 (+0.2%) 81,032 (+19.1%) 28,719 (+236.0%)

Total 230,026 230,388 (-0.2%) 214,826 (+7.1%) 159,720 (+44.0%)

Loans and advances

To finance Hong Kong’s visible trade

251332* 25,435 (-0.4%) 24,955 (+1.5%) 22,293 (+13.6/)

To finance merchandising trade not

touching Hong Kong 2,547 2,724 (-6.5%) 2,770 (-8.1%) 2,481 (+2.7%)

Other loans for use in Hong Kong 185,394 183,703 (+0.9%) 174,859 (+6.0%) 137,760 (+34.6%)

Other loans for use outside Hong Kong 99,793 99,314 (+0.5%) 89,665 (+11.3%) 73,726 (+35.4%)

Other lo ins where the place of use 13,927 13,222 (+5.3%) 11,904 (+17.0%) 12,061 (+15.5%)

is not known

All loans in HKS 180,146 177,644 (+1.4%) 173,056 (+4.1%) 142,833 (+26.1%)

All loans in foreign currencies 146,848 146,754 (+0.1%) 131,097 (+12.0%) 105,495 (+39.2%)

Total 326,995 324,398 (+0.8%) 304,153 (+7.5%) 248,328 (+31.7%)

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Table 2:FOREIGN CURRENCY POSITIC’^ F — ’

(from Commissioner of Banking and DIJiJ

(HK$ million)

End of Year/Bcat^ Spot As .se t< Forward Purchases Spot Liabilities Forward Seles Net Spot Poaitjca Net Forward Position Open Petition

1 1980 December 241,517 123,915 223.9% 124,858 12,531 4,057 16,63$

1981 Deceater 359,229 160,042 353.426 146,241 5.805 13,801 19,6ot

1932 January 359,871 181,083 364,369 167,195 5,502 13,833 19.39C

February 406,369 197,3% 4o4,o64 181,839 2,305 15,517 17,821

Karch. 417,537 226,931 417,347 207,305 -310 19.676 19,366

April 425.313 242,013 423,6% 219,145 -3.345 22,875 19,528

V»1,1o2 243,619 446,393 218,294 -5,731 25,325 19,59f

Jun* 464,459 262,436 476,029 231,322 -11,570 31, vSA 19.594-

July 479,116 264,731 475.332 230,720 -16,216 34,061 17,847

Auguat ^9o.9J3 255,036 510,601 22^,025 -11,693 31.011 19,3->

September 529, **65 276,734 543,523 243,515 -1^063 33.219 1?,1%

October 548,005 284,617 563,841 248,104 -15,836 36,513 20,677

November 542,742 267,030 560,069 250,480 -17,327 36,550 19.223

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REES MEETS TEXTAB MEMBERS * * *

THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR TRADE, MR PETER REES, TODAY (THURSDAY) ATTENDED THE TEXTILES ADVISORY BOARD MEETING CHAIRED BY THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR BILL DORWARD.

THEY DISCUSSED VARIOUS TRADE ISSUES AFFECTING HONG KONG AND THE UNITED KINGDOM, CCLUDII.G THE RECENTLY CONCLUDED HK/ EEC TEXTILE AGREEMENT.

THE SENIOR BRITISH TRADE COMMISSIONER, MR CHRISTIAN ADAMS, ALSO ATTENDED THE MEETING. MR REES HAD EARLIER MET THE TEXTAB MEMBERS FOR LUNCH.

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LABOUR MP TO VISIT HONG KONG * * * *

MR JAMES CALLAGHAN, LABOUR MP FOR MIDDLETON AND PRESTWICH, WILL ARRIVE IN HONG KONG ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 8) FOR A NINE-DAY VISIT AT THE INVITATION OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT.

DURING HIS STAY HERE, MR CALLAGHAN WILL MEET THE GOVERNOR. SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND MEMBERS OF UMELCO AND THE URBAN COUNCIL.

HE WILL VISIT PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES, THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE, SCHOOLS, AND THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE IN SHA TIN AS WELL AS NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENTS.

THIS IS MR CALLAGHAN’S FIRST VISIT TO HONG KONG.

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APPLICATIONS INVITED FCR LIMOUSINE HIRE CAR PERMITS ******

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL INVITE APPLICATIONS FOR A LIMITED NUMBER OF LIMOUSINE HIRE CAR PERMITS TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THESE PERMITS WILL ONLY EE GRANTED FOR PRIVATE CARS WITH A COST INSURANCE FREIGHT (THAT IS, LANDED) VALUE OF MORE THAN $30 000.

PRIVATE CAR OWNERS WHO HAVE RUN A LIMOUSINE HIRE CAR SERVICE FOR AT LEAST TWO YEARS ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY.

THE PERMITS WILL NOT BE TRANSFERABLE. THE ANNUAL FEE WILL BE $1 000 AND $350 FOR A PERIOD OF FOUR MONTHS.

THE VEHICLES HAVE TO PASS AN EXAMINATION BEFORE THE PERMITS CAN BE RENEWED EVERY YEAR, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

VEHICLE REGISTRATION DOCUMENT (ORIGINAL OR CERTIFIED COPY) OR OTHER WRITTEN PROOFS OF VEHICLE OWNERSHIP MUST BE PRODUCED WHEN COLLECTING THE APPLICATION FORMS AT THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S PUBLIC VEHICLE SECTION AT MURRAY ROAD, CENTRAL, OR AT ITS KOWLOON SUB-OFFICE IN DUNDAS STREET, MONG KOK.

COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED IN PERSON CR BY REGISTERED POST TO EITHER OF THESE OFFICES BEFORE 5 PM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 28).

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT EE ACCEPTED.

ENOU IRIES MAY BE MADE BY CALLING 5-256527 CR 3-329294.

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INCREASE IN BUSINESS CERTIFICATION FEES AND CHARGES ********

A NOTICE ANNOUNCING THE FOLLOWING INCREASES IN FEES WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TOMORROW (FRIDAY)s

PRESENT FEE NEW FEE

(UP TO 6.1.83) (WITH EFFECT

FROM 7.1.83)

CERTIFICATION AND ISSUE 530 $45

OF A DOCUMENT UNDER SECTION 19 OF THE BUSINESS REGISTRATION ORDINANCE (CAP. 310)

ISSUE OF A DUPLICATE S 5 $15

BUSINESS REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE UNDER REGULATION 5 OF THE BUSINESS REGISTRATION REGULATIONS (CAP. 310)

REQUESTS FOR THE DOCUMENTS MAY BE MADE AT THE BUSINESS REGISTRATION OFFICE, INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT, ON THE 3RD FLOOR OF WINDSOR HOUSE, 311 GLOUCESTER ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG. TO FACILITATE PROCESSING, APPLICANTS SHOULD STATE ON THE FORM THE REGISTRATION NUMBER OF THE BUSINESS CONCERNED.

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NEED TO REPORT PLUMBING WORKS STRESSED * * * *

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC APPLYING FOR A WATER SUPPLY ARE REMINDED THAT THE APPLICATION FOR PLUMBING WORKS SHOULD ALSO BE REPORTED TO THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT TO AVOID UNNECESSARY DELAY.

THE CHIEF ENGINEER (CONSUMER SERVICES) OF THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT, MR HU MAN-SHIU, TODAY (THURSDAY) SAID THE REPORT SHOULD BE^MADE^BY^THE LICENSED PLUMBERS EMPLOYED TO CARRY OUT PIPE WORKS

+A WATER SUPPLY WILL ONLY BE CONNECTED AND THE METER INSTALLED AFTER COMPLETED PLUMBING WORK HAD BEEN INSPECTED AND APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT.

+THE DEPARTMENT HAS NOW AND THEN RECEIVED COMPLAINTS OF DELAY IN GETTING A WATER SUPPLY FROM APPLICANTS WHO HAVE PAID THE FEE FOR THE INSTALLATION OF A METER AND A WATER DEPOSIT.

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♦THE REASON FOR THE DELAY IN THE MAJORITY OF CASES IS OF COURSE THE LICENSED PLUMBER’S FAILURE TO COMPLETE THE PLUMBING WORK OR TO REPORT PROMPTLY THE COMPLETION OF WORKS TO THE DEPARTMENT,* HE SAID.

MR HU URGED PEOPLE SEEKING WATER SUPPLY TO CONTACT THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT’S CONSUMER SERVICES REGISTRIES IF THEY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THEIR APPLICATIONS.

THE CONSUMER SERVICES REGISTRIES ARE SITUATED IN THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT’S ISLAND DEPOT IN BULLOCK LANE, WAN CHAI, (TEL» 5-726311) AND THE MAINLAND DEPOT IN SAI YEE STREET, MONG KOK, (3-953131).

MR HU SAID THE DEPARTMENT INSTALLED 81 OOO METERS DURING THE 12—MONTH PERIOD ENDING NOVEMBER 30, 1982 COMPARED WITH 82 335 DURING THE SIMILAR PERIOD IN 1981.

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TRAINING FOR COMMUNITY LEADERS IN SHA TIN

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SEVENTY COMMUNITY LEADERS IN SHA TIN WILL TAKE PART IN A PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMME JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE SOCIAL WORK DEPARTMENT OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY.

THE THREE-DAY PROGRAMME, BEGINNING THIS (THURSDAY) EVENING AT THE SHA KOK PRIMARY SCHOOL, FEATURES SEMINARS, TALKS, GROUP DISCUSSIONS AND CASE STUDIES.

TOPICS TO BE TOUCHED ON INCLUDE +KNOW YOUR SHA TIN NEW TOWN*, +FUNCTIONS OF MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES*, +PROBLEM SOLVING*. *GOVERNMENT STRUCTURE* AND +COMMITTEE WORK*.

PARTICIPANTS OF THE COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT SCHEME ARE MAINLY CHAIRMEN AND MEMBERS OF NEWLY-FORMED MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AS WELL AS EXECUTIVE MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL YIN NGA I SOCIETY.

DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS, SOCIAL WORKERS AND OFFICIALS FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE WILL GIVE LECTURES AND EXCHANGE EXPERIENCE WITH THE PARTICIPANTS WHO, ON COMPLETION OF THE PROGRAMME WILL RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE ON JANUARY 16 AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY.

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FIRST TIME ENTRIES TO HKCEE MUST APPLY FOR APPROVAL * * * * *

SCHOOLS ARE REMINDED THAT IF THEY WISH TO ENTER FORM V AND MIDDLE V CANDIDATES AND +ENGLISH ONLY+ CANDIDATES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION IN 1984, THEY MUST APPLY TO THE SECRETARY OF THE HONG KONG EXAMINATIONS AUTHORITY FOR APPROVAL NOT LATER THAN FEBRUARY 1 THIS YEAR.

THE SAME PROCEDURE APPLIES TO SCHOOLS WISHING TO ENTER CANDIDATES FOR THE FIRST TIME FOR CERTAIN PRACTICAL SUBJECTS.

THESE SUBJECTS INCLUDE SHORTHAND, TYPING, PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY, BIOLOGY, POTTERY, HOME ECONOMICS, NEEDLEWORK/DRESS, DRESSMAKING, WOODWORK, METALWORK, PRACTICAL ELECTRICITY, ELECTRONICS AND ELECTRICITY, TECHNICAL DRAWING, DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING SCIENCE, HUMAN BIOLOGY, COMPUTER STUDIES AND ART PAPER 9 (COURSE WORK).

APPLICATIONS TO THE SECRETARY SHOULD BE SENT TO THE EXAMINATIONS AUTHORITY AT CAMTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, H/F, 393 CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON. APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE SAME OFFICE.

HANDBOOKS OF REGULATIONS AND SYLLABUSES FOR THE 1984 HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION (ENGLISH AND CHINESE VERSIONS) ARE NOW ON SALE AT THE EXAMINATIONS AUTHORITY’S PUBLICATIONS UNIT AT 17 TSEUK LUK STREET, SAN PO KONG.

THEY ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS SALE CENTRE, AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, HONG KONG.

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NEW SECTION OF TUEN MUN CARRIAGEWAY TO OPEN SOON * * * *

ANOTHER SECTION OF THE SECOND CARRIAGEWAY OF TUEN MUN ROAD BETWEEN SIU LAM AND SO KWUN WAT WILL BE COMPLETED AND OPENED TO TRAFFIC NEXT WEEK.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (THURSDAY), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT SAID THAT WITH THE OPENING CENT c_ 15_K|LC,M£TRE_LCNG TUEN

CF THIS SECTION, ABOUT 82 PER MUN ROAD HAD BEEN COMPLETED.

HE SAID THAT WORK ON THE CARRIAGEWAY - FROM. SHAM TSENG AN ACCESS FLYOVER AT CHAI WAN

REMAINING SECTION OF THE SECOND TO TSING LUNG TaU - AS WELL AS ON KOK WAS PROGRESSING SATISFACTORILY.

+IT IS EXPECTED THAT WORK ON "HE WHOLE TUEN MUN ROAD PROJECT WILL BE COMPLETED IN ABOUT A v NTH’S TIME.+ HE ADDED.

THURSDAY, JANUARY ■, 1$ j

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FIRE SERVICES’ ANNUAL RELAY RACE * * *

THE FIRE SERVICES’ ANNUAL PEAK RELAY RACE ORGANISED.BV THE DEPARTMENT’S HONG KONG COMMAND WILL BE HELD AT 3 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

SOME 50 OFFICERS AND MEN WILL TAKE PART IN THE EVENT STARTING rROM HARLECH ROAD NEAR THE PEAK CAFE AND FINISHING AT THE STARTING

TEAM WILL COMPRISE FIVE RUNNERS WHO WILL EACH HAVE TO COMPLtTt A 3.5 KILOMETRES DISTANCE.

WHI ItLtCU^GtB^P^TLDIRECT0R 0F F,RE SERVICES, MR JOHN MARCH, Jur *ACE AND LATtR PRESENT A TROPHY AND BANNERS TO THE WINNERS AT THE HARBOUR ROAD FIRE STATION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

Tue ’NV,TED To COVER THE EVENT WHICH WILL START AT 3 PM. twf Mcn7AScRV CtS’ ’^FORMATION OFFICER WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST lot MEDIA.

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN CENTRAL

* * K *

THE SLIP ROAD LEADING FROM COTTON TREE DRIVE TO QUEENSWAY IN CENTRAL WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 12.01 AM AND 6 AM ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 9) FOR ROAD WORKS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA GARDEN ROAD.

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TSUI-io3,.Y, JAN'-'..-' 6, 1?S3

Io

AUCTION OF SHEUNG SHU I LUNAR NEW W n r. % r.

YEAR FAIR STALL SITES

A TOTAL OF 113 FAIR WERE SOLD AT A

STALL SITES AT THE SHEUNG SHU I LUNAR NEW YEAR PUBLIC AUCTION TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE HIGHEST PRICE FOR A SITE SELLING FLOWERS WAS $1 9OO AND A SITE FOR DRY GOODS WAS SI 110.

THE LOWEST PRICE WAS 3300 FOR A FLOWER SITE AND 3430 FOR A DRY GOODS SITE. THE UPSET PRICE IS .'75 FOR EACH SITE.

THE AUCTION, CONDUCTED EY STAFF OF THE NORTH URBAN SERVICES OFFICE, TOOK PLACE AT THE FANLING SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX.

THE FAIR WILL EE HELD AT THE SHEK WU HUI PLAYGROUND FROM FEBRUARY 5 TO 13.

ANOTHER 211 STALL SITES AT THE YUEN LON? LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR AT YUEN LONG SPORTSGROUND j\? THE CAR PARK COMPOUND G- THE YUEN LONG STADIUM WILL AUCTIONED ■ ’ 9.30 A.v TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT THE OFFICE OF PING SHAN FURAL COMMITTEE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

BIG RISE IN DRUG SEIZURES ...................................... 1

FIRST URBCO CANDIDATES NOMINATED ............................... 3

SAFETY PLEA TO WORKERS AND UNIONS .............................. 4

KWUN TONG LAUNCHING BIGGEST ANTI-DRUGS DRIVE ................... 5

ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN IN TAI PO ................................. 6

CONCERN ABOUT NEEDS OF ELDERLY ................................. 7

GENERAL HOLIDAYS FOR 1983 AND 1984 ............................. 8

INTELPOST BEING EXTENDED TO U.S................................ 10

WORKSHOPS FOR SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHERS ......................... 10

SHAM SHUT PO ANTI-NARCOTICS CARNIVAL .......................... 11

YUEN LONG LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR SITES SOLD ...................... 11

STANDING COMMISSION ON CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES ................. 12

SIXTH TSUEN WAN DISTRICT ATHLETIC MEET ........................ 12

CARGO WORKING AREA BERTHING FEES .............................. 12

RSS TO HOLD DANCE PERFORMANCE EVENING.......................... 13

CHEUNG CHAU SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS ............................ 13

CONSTRUCTION OF CHA KWO LING ROAD ............................. 14

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KOWLOON TONG........................... 14

ROAD REALIGNMENT IN TSUEN WAN ................................. 15

TRAM TRACK REALIGNMENT WORK ................................... 15

SHAU KEI WAN WATER LEAKAGE TEST ............................... 15

FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, 1983

1

BIG RISE IN DRUG SEIZURES

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THE BUMPER HARVESTS IN THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE AND THE INCREASED SUPPLIES FROM THE GOLDEN CRESCENT, RESULTED IN A 75 PER CENT INCREASE IN DRUG SEIZURES IN 1982 OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR, ADDING EXTRA PRESSURE AND BURDEN ON LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE, MR K.S. TONG SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

REVIEWING THE NARCOTICS SITUATION IN 1982, MR TONG TOLD THE LIONS CLUB OF HONG KONG EAST THAT LAST YEAR POLICE AND CUSTOMS OFFICERS SEIZED 560 KG OF DRUGS, 40 PER CENT OF WHICH WAS HEROIN BASE.

♦MORE THAN 10 000 PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED FOR DRUG TAKING OR TRAFFICKING, AND SOME 2 000 OF THEM WERE PROSECUTED FOR INVOLVEMENT IN SERIOUS DRUG TRAFFICKING ACTIVITIES,+ HE SAID.

DURING THE YEAR, THERE WAS ABUNDANT DRUG SUPPLY IN HONG KONG DESPITE HEIGHTENED EFFORTS BY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. THE INCREASE WAS MAINLY DUE TO THE BUMPER HARVESTS IN THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE IN THE PAST TWO YEARS, AND THE EXPANSION OF OPIUM POPPY PLANTATIONS BY THE LOCAL PEOPLE.

MR TONG POINTED OUT THAT THE TRAFFICKERS, CONSTANTLY CHANGED THEIR SMUGGLING ROUTES AND TACTICS TO EVADE DETECTION.

LAST FEBRUARY, THE CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT FOR THE FIRST TIME SEIZED LARGE QUANTITIES OF DRUGS FROM BOTH CONTAINERIZED CARGO, AND ON BOARD A CONTAINER VESSEL.

IN THE TWO OPERATIONS, 74 KG OF HEROIN BASE WERE FOUND HIDDEN IN A PAINT-SPRAYING AIR COMPRESSOR IMPORTED FROM SINGAPORE? WHILE 18 KG OF HEROIN BASE AND FOUR KG OF DEHYDRATED OPIUM WERE SEIZED ON BOARD THE CONTAINER SHIP +ZIM SINGAPORE+. IN JUNE, CUSTOMS INVESTIGATING OFFICERS SEIZED 38 KG OF HEROIN BASE CONCEALED IN A CONSIGNMENT OF RICE FLOUR FROM THAILAND.

♦THE CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT IS CLOSELY SURVEYING ACTIVITIES INVOLVING THE USE OF CONTAINER SHIPS FOR DRUG SMUGGLING. THE SERVICE IS STRENGTHENING THE NECESSARY MANPOWER AND INSTALLING EQUIPMENT TO CRACK DOWN ON THESE CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES,♦ HE SAID.

LAST YEAR, THE POLICE AND CUSTOMS SMASHED 13 HEROIN LABORATORIES IN WHICH LARGE QUANTITIES OF FINISHED PRODUCTS, RAW MATERIALS, HEROIN BASE IN LIQUID FORM, AND SOPHISTICATED EQUIPMENT WERE FOUND.

WHEN RAIDING TWO DRUG LABORATORIES IN JUNE AND JULY LAST YEAR THEY DISCOVERED HEROIN BASE IN LIQUID FORM.

♦IT INDICATES THAT TRAFFICKERS ARE USING SCIENTIFIC METHODS TO CONVERT SOLID HEROIN EASE INTO LIQUID FORM TO FACILITATE SMUGGLING. SEIZED EQUIPMENT INCLUDED INDUSTRIAL USE PURPOSE-BUILT OVENS, MICRO-WAVE OVENS, MINCERS, AND BLENDERS.

♦WE HAVE REASON TO BELIEVE THAT SINCE HEROIN BASE WAS FIRST DISCOVERED IN 1978, THE METHOD OF HEROIN MANUFACTURE HAS ENTERED INTO A NEW ERA, MARKED BY THE USE OF SOPHISTICATED EQUIPMENT TO REPLACE PRIMITIVE TOOLS OF A FEW YEARS AGO. THIS DEVELOPMENT ENABLES THE TRAFFICKERS TO PRODUCE DRUGS IN BULK SPEEDILY,+ MR TONG SAID.

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♦THE GOLDEN CRESCENT ADJOINING PAKISTAN, AFGHANISTAN AND IRAN WAS ANOTHER DRUG SUPPLY SOURCE CAUSING CONCERN,+ SAID MR TONG.

♦IN THE PAST, ONLY A SMALL AMOUNT OF OPIUM AND FINISHED MARIJUANA PRODUCTS WERE SMUGGLED INTO HONG KONG FROM THE GOLDEN CRESCENT. LAST YEAR, DRUGS FROM THIS SOURCE INCREASED NOT ONLY IN QUANTITY BUT ALSO IN TYPES, INCLUDING HEROIN AND HEROIN BASE. ABOUT 33 PER CENT OF THE 300 KG OF DRUGS SEIZED CAME FROM THE GOLDEN CRESCENT — MOST OF IT OPIUM.

♦THERE HAS BEEN A MARKED INCREASE IN MARIJUANA SMUGGLED IN FROM THE PHILIPPINES. THE PHILIPPINES IS NOW BECOMING A MAJOR SUPPLY SOURCE OF MARIJUANA TO HONG KONG — MOST OF IT BEING SMUGGLED IN THROUGH CARGOES OR MAIL PARCELS.+

TRAFFICKERS CONTINUED TO USE CIRCUITOUS ROUTE TACTICS. DRUGS WERE FIRST SENT TO NON-DRUG PRODUCING COUNTRIES OF WHICH CUSTOMS IS LESS SUSPICIOUS, BEFORE BEING SMUGGLED INTO HONG KONG.

IN THE PAST TWO YEARS, THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES HAD, ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS, RECEIVED INFORMATION THAT THERE WERE AT LEAST TWO SYNDICATES EMPLOYING DEEP-SEA TRAWLERS TO SMUGGLE IN DRUGS. IN APRIL, CUSTOMS SEIZED 26 KG OF HEROIN AND HEROIN BASE FROM A DRUG LABORATORY, AND IN JUNE, THE POLICE FOUND 37 KG OF HEROIN BASE IN A SUITCASE ABANDONED ON A VACANT SITE AT ABERDEEN. IT IS BELIEVED THAT THESE DRUGS HAD BEEN SMUGGLED IN BY DEEP-SEA TRAWLERS.

LAST DECEMBER THAI AUTHORITIES SEIZED FROM A HONG KONG-BOUND DEEP-SEA TRAWLER 85 KG OF HEROIN BASE. DURING THE OPERATION, A TRAFFICKER WAS SHOT DEAD WHILE RESISTING ARREST. THE THAI AUTHORITIES BELIEVED THAT PART OF THE DRUGS HAD BEEN THROWN OVERBOARD.

♦ALL THIS POINTS TO THE FACT THAT DEEP-SEA TRAWLERS ARE ONCE AGAIN BEING USED AS A TOOL FOR SMUGGLING,* HE SAID.

ONLY 14 ’BODY-CONCEALMENT’ CASES WERE FOUND LAST YEAR, OF WHICH ID CASES WERE REPORTED IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF THE YEAR. +WE BELIEVE THAT THERE HAS BEEN A GRADUAL DECREASE IN THE USE OF THIS MODUS OPERANDT DUE TO TIGHTENED CHECKS ON INCOMING VISITORS AND AMENDMENT TO EXISTING LEGISLATION,+ HE SAID.

INTELLIGENCE INDICATED THAT SMUGGLING IN SMALL QUANTITIES HAS BEEN REPLACED BY BULK SHIPMENTS.

♦IN 1982, MANY OF THE SEIZURES WERE FOUND CONCEALED IN MACHINES PARTS OF MACHINES DEEP-SEA TRAWLERS AND CONTAINERIZED CARGOES,+ M? TONG SAID.

MR TONG PREDICTS THAT THERE WILL BE ANOTHER BUMPER HARVEST IN THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE THIS YEAR.

♦LAW ENFORCERS, THEREFORE, MUST MAINTAIN VIGILANCE TO SUPPRESS THE UNSCRUPULOUS ACT I VITES OF THE DRUG TRAFFICKERS. CUSTOMS OFFICERS IN THE COMING YEAR WILL BE SEVERELY TESTED AS TRAFFICKERS KEEP CHANGING THEIR TACTICS,+ HE SAID.

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FIRST URBCO CANDIDATES NOMINATED * * * *

SEVEN CANDIDATES CAME FORWARD TODAY (FRIDAY) — THE FIRST DAY CF NOMINATIONS — TO STAND FOR MARCH’S URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS.

THEY WILL CONTEST THE SEATS IN THE CONSTITUENCIES IN YAU MA TEI, SHAM SHU I PO, WAN CHAI, AND MONG KOK.

0THER CANDIDATES are reminded to submit their nomination PAPERS BEFORE JANUARY 28.

SEATS ~~ 0NE IN EACH THE 15 CONSTITUENCIES IN 10 URBAN DISTRICTS.

MORE THAN 700 000 VOTERS, WHICH REPRESENTS A 20-FOLD INCREASE COMPARED WITH THE NUMBER OF REGISTERED VOTERS IN MARCH 1981, HAVE REGISTERED FOR THE COMING URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS ON MARCH 8, 1983.

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SAFETY PLEA TO WORKERS AND UNIONS * * * *

INDUSTRIAL WORKERS AND LABOUR UNIONS WERE URGED TODAY (FRIDAY) TO PLAY AN ACTIVE ROLE IN THE SAFETY SUB-COMMITTEES FORMED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD.

THE PLEA WAS MADE BY THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, DR J.W. HAYES, WHEN HE THANKED MEMBERS OF THE LAB COMMITTEE ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND ACCIDENT PREVENTION FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TOWARDS THE CURRENT WORK SAFETY MOVEMENT.

DR HAYES, WHO IS ALSO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, OBSERVED THAT ON THE SAFETY SUB-COMMITTEES THERE WAS A GREAT NEED FOR CONTINUING REGULAR ATTENDANCE, INTEREST AND INPUT FROM THE EMPLOYEES’ SIDE.

HE ASSURED EMPLOYEES AND UNIONS THAT THEIR CONTRIBUTION WAS VITAL AND THAT THEIR ATTENDANCE WAS NEEDED AND VALUED.

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, HE ADDED, PARTICULARLY NEEDED THEIR PRACTICAL ADVICE AND HELP WITH DRAWING UP CODES OF PRACTICES. WHICH WOULD ENABLE STANDARDS TO BE ESTABLISHED AND INFORMATION GUIDES DISTRIBUTED IN ADVANCE OF DRAWING UP NEW SAFETY LEGISLATION.

MOREOVER, NEMBER BODIES,

LABOUR UNIONS COULD HAVE A GREAT INFLUENCE ON THEIR AND BY THEIR EXAMPLE ON A WIDER PUBLIC.

CITING AN EXAMPLE, DR HAYES POINTED OUT THAT THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY SAFETY SUB-COMMITTEE WAS NOW WORKING ON A CODE OF PRACTICE.

+1 HOPE THAT, TOGETHER WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S AND THE EMPLOYERS’ MEMBERS, THE EMPLOYEES’ REPRESENTATIVES WILL DO ALL THEY CAN TO HELP. WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO ENCOURAGE AND GUIDE THEIR CONTRIBUTION.*

DR HAYES TOLD THE MEMBERS THAT THERE WAS A NEED TO REACH CUT TO DISTRICT OFFICES AND DISTRICT BOARDS AND THEIR SUPPORTERS TO CONVINCE THEM THAT SAFETY AT WORK WAS JUST AS WORTHY OF THEIR UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORT AS, SAY, SPORT AND RECREATION.

TO THIS END, THE DEPARTMENT IS TAKING THE INITIATIVE BY ENCOURAGING MEMBERS OF THE BOARDS TO VISIT THE DEPARTMENT, INCLUDING ITS INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE.

EARLIER, MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE, ACCOMPANIED 2Y DR HAYES, AND ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR YIU YAN-NA.NG, AND OFFICERS OF THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE, SPENT THREE HOURS IN THE MORNING VISITING THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC INDUSTRIAL CENTRE.

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KWUN TONG LAUNCHING BIGGEST ANTI-DRUGS DRIVE * * * *

KWUN TONG WILL LAUNCH THE BIGGEST ANTI-DRUGS CAMPAIGN IN THE DISTRICT BEGINNING JANUARY 15, IT WAS ANNOUNCED AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE THREE-WEEK-LONG CAMPAIGN, ORGANISED BY THE KWUN TONG ANT I-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, 1983 UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD AND THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS, WILL INVOLVE EXTENSIVE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY AGAINST DRUG ABUSE AND TRAFFICKING.

A BUDGET OF OVER $230 000 HAS BEEN SET ASIDE FOR SOME 32 HIGHLY EDUCATIONAL AND ENTERTAINING PROGRAMMES PLANNED BY THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE.

MAJOR EVENTS WILL INCLUDE AN ATV VARIETY SHOW, QUIZ GAMES FOR FACTORY WORKERS, SEMINARS FOR TEACHERS AND SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS, TRAINING CAMP FOR KWUN TONG ANTI-DRUGS VOLUNTEERS, EXHIBITION-CUM-CARNIVAL, MASS JOGGING, SINGING, DRAMA AND ESSAY WRITING COMPETITIONS AS WELL AS EDUCATIONAL VISITS TO DRUG TREATMENT INSTITUTIONS.

MR EDDIE LAMB, CHAIRMAN OF THE KWUN TONG ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN ORGANISING COMMITTEE, SAID THE PROGRAMMES WERE GENERALLY AIMED AT PEOPLE BETWEEN 15 AND 24 YEARS OF AGE WHO ARE MOST AT RISK OF EXPERIMENTING OR GETTING INVOLVED WITH DRUGS.

KWUN TONG’S 15-T0-25 AGE GROUP MAKE UP 26.4 PER CENT OF THE 600 000 POPULATION THERE.

ALSO ATTENDING THE PRESS CONFERENCE WERE MR KARL STUMPF, CHAIRMAN OF PREVENTIVE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS? MR DAVID TSUI, KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICER AND MR C.M. LEUNG, ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR SECURITY OF THE NARCOTICS DIVISION.

MR LAMB SAID IT WAS HOPED THE ANTI-DRUGS MESSAGES WOULD BE FILTERED THROUGH THE MEDIUM OF ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS TO THE WHOLE COMMUNITY, PARTICULARLY YOUNG PEOPLE. .

MR STUMPF SAID THE CREATION OF CREDIBLE ALTERNATIVES WAS AN IMPORTANT MEANS OF PREVENTING DRUG ABUSE.

+T0 BE ACCEPTABLE, THE ALTERNATIVES OFFERED TO YOUNG PEOPLE MUST BE REALISTIC, EASILY ATTAINABLE AND MEANINGFUL,+ HE SAID.

MR DAVID TSUI SAID THE KWUN TONG ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN WAS A CULMINATION OF 10 MONTHS OF DISCUSSIONS, PLANNING, AND ORGANISING AND INVOLVED MANY MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, COMMUNITY LEADERS, VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, SCHOOL HEADMASTERS AND OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

KWUN TONG COMMUNITY LEADERS NOT ONLY OFFERED THEIR TIME AND EFFORT TO A VERY WORTHWHILE SOCIAL CAUSE, BUT ALSO DONATED OR SPONSORED OVER $80 000 TOWARDS THE COST OF THE CAMPAIGN, HE SAID.

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ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN IN TAI PO X * * *

A THREE-WEEK ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN HAS SWUNG INTO GEAR AT THE TAI YUEN ESTATE AND THE YUE KOK TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA IN TAI PO.

THE CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD.

AIMED AT ENCOURAGING SAFE DRIVING HABITS AND HIGHLIGHTING THE DANGERS OF JAYWALKING, THE CAMPAIGN IS BEING CARRIED OUT IN THREE STAGES - A PUBLICITY WEEK, AN EDUCATION WEEK AND A PROSECUTION WEEK.

BANNERS AND SIGN BOARDS WITH ROAD SAFETY SLOGANS WERE ERECTED AT PROMINENT PLACES IN THE TWO AREAS AT THE START OF PUBLICITY WEEK WHICH STARTED ON JANUARY 3 TO REMIND BOTH DRIVERS AND PEDESTRIANS OF SEVERAL LONG-STANDING TRAFFIC BLACK SPOTS IN THE LOCALITY.

DURING THE SECOND WEEK STARTING NEXT MONDAY PAMPHLETS AND LEAFLETS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED WHILE BROADCASTING VANS AND THE POLICE WILL BE MOBILISED TO ADVISE RESIDENTS TO USE THE CORRECT ROAD CROSSING FACILITIES.

DURING THE THIRD WEEK OF THE CAMPAIGN, JAYWALKERS WILL BE PROSECUTED.

HIGHLIGHTING THE CAMPAIGN WILL BE A TAI YUEN AND YUE KOK ROAD SAFETY DAY TO BE HELD ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 9) AT TAI YUEN ESTATE WHERE A MINIATURE ROAD SAFETY TOWN WILL BE SET UP.

TWO ROBOTS WILL ANSWER QUESTIONS ON ROAD SAFETY.

IN ADDITION, THE TAI PO CHILDREN’S CHOIR AND THE BRASS BAND OF THE BUDDHIST TAI KWONG MIDDLE SCHOOL WILL PERFORM AT THE FUNCTION.

RESIDENTS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE ROAD SAFETY DAY WHICH WILL START AT 11.30 AM.

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CONCERN ABOUT NEEDS OF ELDERLY

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THE GOVERNMENT AND VOLUNTARY WELFARE AGENCIES ARE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE NEEDS OF ELDERLY PEOPLE TO ENSURE THAT THEY ENJOY A REASONABLE STANDARD OF LIVING, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE (OPERATIONS), MRS EVELYN DOE, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SHE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE HONG KONG SOCIETY FOR THE AGED’S (SAGE) SHEK WAI KOK SOCIAL CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY IN KWAI CHUNG.

SHE SAID ONE OF THE SERVICE PROGRAMMES FOR THE ELDERLY LAID DOWN IN 1977 IS TO PROVIDE SOCIAL CENTRES AT A RATIO OF ONE PER 30 000 POPULATION. THESE CENTRES OFFER A NUMBER OF RECREATIONAL FACILITIES AND ORGANISE VARIOUS HEALTHY ACTIVITIES FOR THE ELDERLY.

MOST ELDERLY PEOPLE WOULD LIKE TO REMAIN IN THE COMMUNITY, JOINING FRIENDS IN RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES AND ENJOYING GROUP LIVING, SHE SAID.

♦AND QUITE A LARGE NUMBER OF THEM EVEN CHOOSE TO TAKE PART IN COMMUNITY WORK, CONTRIBUTING THEIR EXPERIENCE TO SOCIETY.

♦THEIR ACTIVE PARTICIPATION WOULD NOT ONLY BENEFIT SOCIETY, BUT WOULD ALSO ALLOW THEM TO PUT THEIR LEISURE TIME TO GOOD USE,+ SHE SAID.

MRS DOE PAID TRIBUTE TO THE WORK OF SAGE, AND SAID THAT THE OPENING OF THE SHEK WAI KOK SOCIAL CENTRE WAS GOOD NEWS FOR THE AGED IN THE DISTRICT.

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GENERAL HOLIDAYS FOR 1983 AND 1984

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THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE PUBLISHED TODAY (FRIDAY) CONTAINS DETAILS OF THE GENERAL HOLIDAYS TO BE OBSERVED IN 1983 AND 1984. EXCLUDING SUNDAYS, THERE ARE A TOTAL OF 17 HOLIDAYS FOR BOTH YEARS.

THE FULL LIST OF GENERAL HOLIDAYS FOR 1983 ISs

EVERY SUNDAY

THE FIRST WEEK-DAY IN JANUARY

THE DAY PRECEDING LUNAR NEW YEAR

THE SECOND DAY OF LUNAR NEW YEAR

THE THIRD DAY OF LUNAR NEW YEAR

GOOD FRIDAY

THE DAY FOLLOWING GOOD FRIDAY

EASTER MONDAY

CHING MING FESTIVAL

THE BIRTHDAY OF HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN

THE MONDAY FOLLOWING THE QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY

TUEN NG (DRAGON BOAT) FESTIVAL

THE SATURDAY PRECEDING THE LAST MONDAY 'IN AUGUST

THE LAST MONDAY IN AUGUST, WHICH SHALL BE LIBERATION DAY

THE DAY FOLLOWING THE CHINESE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL

SATURDAY, JANUARY 1

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15

FRIDAY, APRIL 1

SATURDAY, APRIL 2

MONDAY, APRIL 4

TUESDAY, APRIL 5

SATURDAY, JUNE 11

MONDAY, JUNE 13

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27

MONDAY, AUGUST 29

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVAL FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14

THE FIRST WEEK-DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS DAY MONDAY, DECEMBER 26

THE SECOND WEEK-DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS DAY TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27

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GENERAL HOLIDAYS FOR 1984:

EVERY SUNDAY

THE FIRST WEEK-DAY IN JANUARY

LUNAR NEW YEAR’S DAY

THE SECOND DAY OF LUNAR NEW YEAR

THE THIRD DAY OF LUNAR NEW YEAR

CHING MING FESTIVAL

GOOD FRIDAY

THE DAY FOLLOWING GOOD FRIDAY

EASTER MONDAY

TUEN NG (DRAGON BOAT) FESTIVAL

THE BIRTHDAY OF HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN

THE MONDAY FOLLOWING THE QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY

THE SATURDAY PRECEDING THE LAST MONDAY IN AUGUST

THE LAST MONDAY IN AUGUST, WHICH SHALL BE LIBERATION DAY

THE DAY FOLLOWING THE CHINESE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL

CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVAL

CHRISTMAS DAY

THE FIRST WEEK-DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS DAY

MONDAY, JANUARY 2

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4

FRIDAY, APRIL 20

SATURDAY, APRIL 21

MONDAY, APRIL 23

MONDAY, JUNE 4

SATURDAY, JUNE 9

MONDAY, JUNE 11

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25

MONDAY, AUGUST 27

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, 1983 •

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INTELPOST BEING EXTENDED TO U.S.

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FOLLOWING THE SUCCESSFUL INTRODUCTION OF AN +INTELPOST+ SERVICE WITH THE UNITED KINGDOM LAST MONTH, THE POST OFFICE TODAY ANNOUNCED THE EXTENSION OF THIS SERVICE TO THE USA.

THE INTELPOST SERVICE PROVIDES HIGH-SPEED FACSIMILE TRANSMISSION OF DOCUMENTS, DRAWINGS AND PERSONAL MESSAGES OVERSEAS WITH DELIVERY TO THE ADDRESSEE IN A MATTER OF A FEW HOURS.

FROM TUESDAY (JANUARY 11), THE INTELPOST SERVICE WILL BE AVAILABLE TO FIVE MAJOR CENTRES IN THE UNITED STATES: CHICAGO, HOUSTON, NEW YORK CITY, SAN FRANCISCO AND WASHINGTON D.C.

ITEMS ACCEPTED OVER THE COUNTER AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE OR TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE WILL BE DELIVERED, OR BE AVAILABLE FOR COUNTER PICK-UP AT THE APPROPRIATE INTELPOST CENTRE, THE SAME DAY IN THE US, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE POST OFFICE SAID.

THE COST OF THE SERVICE WILL BE $50 FOR THE FIRST SIDE OF AN A4 SHEET OF PAPER, AND $25 FOR EACH SUBSEQUENT A4 SIDE SENT TO THE SAME ADDRESSEE AT THE SAME TIME.

FURTHER INFORMATION ON THESE FACILITIES MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE INTELPOST REPRESENTATIVE ON 5-2671148.

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WORKSHOPS FOR SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHERS * * * *

SEVEN IDENTICAL WORKSHOPS ON THE USE OF NEWSPAPERS FOR TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS WILL BE HELD IN FEBRUARY AND MARCH FOR TEACHERS OF THE SUBJECT.

THE WORKSHOPS, ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, WILL BE HELD ON FEBRUARY 28, MARCH 2, 4 AND 5 BETWEEN 9 AM AND 11.30 AM AND ON FEBRUARY 28, MARCH 2 AND 4 BETWEEN 2.30 PM AND 5 PM.

ALL THE WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD AT ROOM 10, ADVISORY INSPECTORATE AT 4 PAK FUK ROAD, NORTH POINT, HONG KONG.

HEADS OF SCHOOLS WHO WISH TO NOMINATE THEIR TEACHERS TO ATTEND THE WORKSHOPS ARE REQUESTED TO SUBMIT THEIR NOMINATIONS TO THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT SECTION, ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, LEE GARDENS, FIFTH FLOOR, HYSAN AVENUE, HONG KONG BY FEBRUARY 4.

OWING TO LIMITED CAPACITY, EACH SCHOOL MAY NOMINATE ONLY ONE TEACHER AND ACCEPTANCE WILL BE ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE INSPECTOR, PRIMARY SOCIAL STUDIES ON TEL. 5-8392498.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, 1983

SHAM SHUI PO ANTI-NARCOTICS CARNIVAL * * * *

THE SHAM SHUI PO ANTI-NARCOTICS CARNIVAL 1983 WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY MAPLE STREET PLAYGROUND, STARTING AT

AND PROMOTION OF INTEGRITY (JANUARY 9) AT THE DISTRICT’S 1 PM.

COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE ACTION ..

(ACAN), THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT OFFICE, THc INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION (HUNG YUE OFFICE) AND THE SHAM SHUI PO ANTI-NARCOTICS COMMITTEE, THE EVENT AIMS TO FOCUS PUBLIC --------------------------------------- AND THE IMPORTANCE OF

ATTENTION ON THE DANGERS OF DRUG ABUSE LIVING WITH INTEGRITY.

THE CARNIVAL WILL OFFER A VARIETY OF ENTERTAINMENT AND ACTIVITY INCLUDING A GROUP COLOURING CONTEST IN WHICH SOME 20 GROUPS WILL TAKE PART.

THERE WILL ALSO BE MANY GAMES STALLS AND OTHER ENTERTAINMENT.

ONE OP THE HIGHLIGHTS WILL BE A PARADE AND BAND PERFORMANCE BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS).

SEVEN GUESTS WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AND PRESENT PRIZES TO WINNERS OF THE COLOURING COMPETITION. THE GUESTS INCLUDE THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, SHAM SHUI PO, MR M.J. WHITE? THE PRINCIPAL INFORMATION OFFICER, NARCOTICS DIVISION, MR JOHN CHUAN? THE ICAC REPRESENTATIVE, HUNG YUE OFFICE, MISS Y.T. TSU AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SHAM SHUI PO ANTI-NARCOTICS COMMITTEE, MR GEORGE HSUEH.

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YUEN LONG LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR SITES SOLD

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ALL 211 STALL SITES AT THE FORTHCOMING YUEN LONG LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR WERE TAKEN UP BY TRADERS AT HIGHER THAN UPSET PRICES AT A PUBLIC AUCTION TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE HIGHEST PRICE BID FOR A FLOWER SITE WAS $1 600 WHILE THE LOWEST WAS 3100, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE HIGHEST PRICE FOR A DRY GOODS SITE WAS $57u AND THE LOWEST PRICE WAS 0350.

THE AUCTION, CONDUCTED BY STAFF OF THE YUEN LONG URBAN SERVICES OFFICE, TOOK PLACE AT THE OFFICE OF PING SHAN RURAL COMMITTEE.

THE FAIR WILL EE HELD AT YUEN LONG SPORTSGROUND AND THE CARPARK OF YUEN LONG STADIUM FROM FEBRUARY 6 TO 13.

SIX OTHER LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIRS IL' THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL ALSO BE HELD DURING THE SAME PERIOD.

SITES AT THREE OTHER FAIRS IN SHA TIN, KWAI CHUNG AND TSUEN WAN WILL 3E AUCTIONED SEPARATELY ON THREE CONSECUTIVE DAYS STARTING MONDAY (JANUARY 10).

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STANDING COMMISSION ON CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES

* * * *

THE GOVERNMENT HAS ANNOUNCED THE RE-APPOINTMENT OF MR ANDREW K.W. SO, MR GORDON M. MACWHINNIE AND MR JOHN L. SOONG AS MEMBERS CF THE STANDING COMMISSION ON CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES AND CONDITIONS CF SERVICE.

THE RE-APPOINTMENT WILL TAKE EFFECT FROM JANUARY 24, AND WILL BE FOR TWO YEARS.

IT WAS ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT THE REV P.T. MCGOVERN AND MRS MAISIE WONG WILL RETIRE FROM THE STANDING COMMISSION ON JANUARY 23 AFTER SERVING AS MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT IN JANUARY 1979.

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SIXTH TSUEN WAN DISTRICT ATHLETIC MEET * * * X

THE 6TH TSUEN WAN DISTRICT ATHLETIC MEET WILL BE HELD AT KWAI CHUNG SPORTS GROUND, HING SHING ROAD, ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 9).

SOME 500 ATHLETES FROM TSUEN WAN, KWAI CHUNG AND TSI NG Yl WILL TAKE PART IN THE ATHLETIC MEET.

THE DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR JOHN HEYWOOD, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

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CARGO WORKING AREA BERTHING FEES * * X *

THE DAILY FEES CHARGED FOR BERTHING VESSELS IN CARGO WORKING AREAS WILL BE AMENDED AS FROM 8 AM ON MONDAY (JANUARY 10), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MARINE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE AMENDING LEGISLATION GIVING EFFECT TO THE AMENDED SCHEDULE CF FEES TO BE CHARGED ARE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

THEY ARE THE PORT CONTROL (CARGO WORKING AREAS) (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1982, THE PORT CONTROL (CARGO WORKING AREAS) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1982 AND THE PORT CONTROL (CARGO WORKING AREAS) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1983.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, 1983

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RSS TO HOLD DANCE PERFORMANCE EVENING * * * *

MORE THAN 140 DANCERS WILL PARTICIPATE TOMORROW (SATURDAY) NIGHT IN A DANCE PERFORMANCE EVENING AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL.

THE EVENT IS THE FIRST EVER ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE (RSS) OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE HONG KONG DANCE FEDERATION.

A VARIETY OF DANCES INCLUDING CHINESE DANCE, WESTERN DANCE, MODERN DANCE AND BALLET WILL BE STAGED BY 17 DANCE TEAMS STARTING FROM 8 PM.

A SPOKESMAN FOR RSS SAID THE DANCE PERFORMANCE EVENING IS AIMED AT CULTIVATING AN INTEREST IN MUSIC AMONG THE PUBLIC AS ‘WELL AS RAISING THE STANDARD OF DANCING IN HONG KONG.

ADMISSION WILL BE FREE AND THOSE WHO MISSED THE PERFORMANCE MAY WATCH IT ON THE FOLLOWING DAY IN THE JADE NETWORK’S +SPORTS WORLD*, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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CHEUNG CHAU SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS IXX

THE CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CHEUNG CHAU SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS STAGE ONE AND SUBMARINE OUTFALL TO SERVE THE PEOPLE ON THE ISLAND, IT WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY.

ON COMPLETION OF THE WORKS, SEWAGE FROM THE OLD TOWN AND THE NEW HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS ON CHEUNG CHAU WILL BE TREATED BY SCREENING, GRIT REMOVAL AND SEDIMENTATION PROCESSES BEFORE BEING DISCHARGED INTO THE SEA THROUGH THE SUBMARINE OUTFALL WHICH WILL PROVIDE BETTER DILUTION AND DISPERSION.

STAGE I WORKS, WHICH ARE EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN APRIL AND TAKE ABOUT 21 MONTHS TO COMPLETE, WILL PROVIDE TREATMENT FACILITIES FOR A POPULATION OF 19 000.

THE CIVIL ENGINEERING WORKS WILL CONSIST OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN INLET PUMPING STATION, GRIT CHANNELS, PRIMARY SEDIMENTATI CL TANKS, AEROBIC SLUDGE DI GES TORS, BLOWER AND PUMP HOUSE, SLUDGE DRYING BEDS, ANCILLARY STRUCTJRES, ASSOCIATED PIPEWORKS AND ROADWORKS AND A 300-METRE LONG SUBMARINE OUTFALL.

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CONSTRUCTION OF CHA KWO LING ROAD

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THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT PLANS TO COMPLETE TIE REMAINING SECTION OF CHA KWO LING ROAD TO THE CHA KWO LING QUARRY TO PROVIDE ANOTHER ROUTE TO THE YAU TONG AND LEI YUE MUN AREAS, IT WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY.

THE PROJECT, WHICH WILL ALSO IMPROVE ACCESS TO THE CHA KWO LING VILLAGES AND THE CARGO HANDLING SITE AT THE SEA FRONT, WILL INVOLVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A DUAL TWO-LANE CARRIAGEWAY OF ABOUT 1 1OO-METRE LONG WITH FOOTPATHS ON BOTH SIDES AND ANCILLARY DRAINAGE WORKS.

BUS BAYS WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED ALONG THE ROAD.

A NOTICE CONCERNING THE PROPOSED WORKS WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

A PLAN SHOWING THE PROPOSED WORKS CAN BE SEEN AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING MAIN ENTRANCE? THE KOwLOON EAST DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, 1OTH FLOOR, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, AO5 NATHAN ROAD; AND THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE, KWUN TONG DISTRICT BRANCH OFFICES BUILDING, TUNG YAN STREET, KOWLOON.

ANY OBJECTION TO THE PROPOSAL MUST BE ADDRESSED TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS WITHIN 60 DAYS.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KOWLOON TONG

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NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN KOWLOON TONG FROM 10 AM ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 9) FOR THE CONSTRUCTION A FLYOVER AT THE JUNCTION OF WATERLOO ROAD AND CORNWALL STREET.

VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES, TRAVELLING ALONG WATERLOO ROAD SOUTHBOUND WILL BE BANNED FROM TURNING RIGHT INTO CORNWALL STREET WESTBOUND.

SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC ON WATERLOO ROAD HEADING FOR THE PAK TIN AREA WILL BE DIVERTED VIA HEREFORD ROAD, RENFREW ROAD, JUNCTION ROAD AND WATERLOO ROAD TO RE-JOIN CORNWALL STREET.

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ROAD REALIGNMENT IN TSUEN WAN

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THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT PLANS TO CARRY OUT REALIGNMENT WORK AT THE JUNCTION OF TAI HO ROAD AND YEUNG UK ROAD IN TSUEN WAN TO CONSTRUCT A NEW ACCESS TO THE TSUEN WAN TRANSPORT COMPLEX CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION ON ADJACENT RECLAIMED LAND.

THE REALIGNMENT WORK WILL ALL BE CARRIED OUT WITHIN EXISTING ROAD RESERVES.

UNDER THE PROJECT A TEMPORARY FOOTBRIDGE ACROSS TAI HO ROAD OPPOSITE SAN TSUEN STREET WILL ALSO BE CONSTRUCTED.

A NOTICE CONCERNING THE PROPOSED WORKS WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

A PLAN SHOWING THE PROPOSED WORKS CAN BE SEEN AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING MAIN ENTRANCE; THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, THIRD FLOOR, HONG KONG AND SHANGHAI BANK BUILDING, CASTLE PEAK ROAD? AND THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE, SECOND FLOOR, FOU WAH CENTRE, 210 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

ANY OBJECTION TO THE PROPOSAL MUST BE ADDRESSED TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS WITHIN 60 DAYS.

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TRAM TRACK REALIGNMENT WORK M * * M

TRAM TRACK REALIGNMENT WORK WILL BE CARRIED OUT ALONG KING’S ROAD NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH HEALTHY STREET CENTRAL THIS SUNDAY (JANUARY 9).

FOR THIS REASON, TRAM SERVICES MAY BE SLIGHTLY AFFECTED THAT MORNING, A TRANSPORT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.


SHAU KEI WAN WATER LEAKAGE TEST M * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN AREAS IN SHAU KEI WAN a ILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PM ON MONDAY (JANUARY 10) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING

DAY FOR A LEAKAGE TEST.

BOUNDED BY ALDRICH STREET, SHAU KEI OTHER AREAS AFFECTED KILL INCLUDE ITS SEAFRONT AREa, NGOI MAN STREET, MA TAU VILLAGE AND ALDRICH VILLAGE.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE WAN ROAD AND SUN SING STREET. 233-230 SHAU KE I WAN ROAD AND FU TAU WAT VILLAGE, TSIN SHU I

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, JANUARY 8, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

ANOTHER DIVISIONAL FIRE STATION FOR YUEN LONG.................... 1

MORE LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR SITES FOR AUCTION ...................... 1

DB TO DISCUSS CULTURAL CENTRE ................................... 2

HORTICULTURE COURSE IN TAI PO...................................  3

REMOVAL OF GERIATRIC DAY HOSPITAL................................ 3

ROAD SAFETY EXHIBITION IN WAN CHAI .............................. 4

SHA TIN ARTS FORTNIGHT WELL RECEIVED ............................ 5

SHOW AND QUIZ TREAT FOR WORKERS ................................. 5

NEW FERRY SERVICES BETWEEN MEI FOO SUN CHUEN AND CENTRAL ... 6

MP POSTPONES VISIT .............................................. 6

FRESH WATER CUT IN KENNEDY TOWN ................................  7

FIRING PRACTICE AT HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 8, 1^83

1

ANOTHER DIVISIONAL FIRE STATION FOR YUEN LONG *****

AN ADDITIONAL DIVISIONAL FIRE STATION TOGETHER WITH A RESCUE TRAINING CENTRE FOR NEW RECRUITS AND AN AMBULANCE DEPOT WILL BE BUILT IN YUEN LONG, THE CHIEF FIRE OFFICER OF THE NEW TERRITORIES COMMAND, MR FRED JACKSON, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE YUEN LONG OUTDOOR DISPLAY AND FIRE PREVENTION EXHIBITION THIS MORNING, MR JACKSON DISCLOSED THAT AMBULANCES NOW RUNNING FROM YUEN LONG AND MAI PO WOULD ALSO BE REINFORCED WITH THE COMPLETION OF AN ADDITIONAL AMBULANCE THIS YEAR.

♦HOWEVER, WE STILL NEED THE FULL ASSISTANCE OF OUR YUEN LONG CITIZENS IF WE ARE TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN THE WAR WE WAGE DAILY AGAINST FIRE,* MR JACKSON SAID.

RECENT STATISTICS PUBLISHED BY THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT SHOW THAT THERE IS STILL MUCH TO BE DONE IN THE FIELD OF EDUCATION ON FIRE PREVENTION.

♦WE HAVE ALREADY IN YUEN LONG SOME SEVEN FIRE WATCH PATROL TEAMS ALL OF WHOM ARE KEEN AND INTERESTED IN REDUCING OUR OUTBREAKS OF FIRE BY THEIR VIGILANCE AND ENSURING THAT INCIDENTS ARE QUICKLY DEALT WITH IN THEIR INCIPIENT STAGES BEFORE ANY GREAT DAMAGE IS DONE OR WORSE STILL LIVES LOST,+ HE SAID.

THE EXHIBITION, THE FIRST STAGED IN YUEN LONG, WAS ORGANISED BY THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE YUEN LONG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

SOME OF THE LATEST FIRE FIGHTING APPLIANCES AND EQUIPMENT WERE ON DISPLAY AT THE EXHIBITION, THE HIGHLIGHT OF WHICH WAS A FIRE FIGHTING AND RESCUE DEMONSTRATION STAGED BY THE DEPARTMENT.

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MORE LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR SITES FOR AUCTION * * * *

FOUR HUNDRED AND THIRTY SITES AT THREE FORTHCOMING LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIRS IN SHA TIN, KWAI CHUNG AND TSUEN WAN WILL BE PUT UP FOR AUCTION ON THREE CONSECUTIVE DAYS STARTING ON MONDAY (JANUARY 10).

THE AUCTION OF 110 SITES FOR THE SHA TIN FAIR TO BE HELD AT THE CAR PARK OF SHA TIN RACECOURSE, WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE LEK YUEN COMMUNITY HALL IN LEK YUEN ESTATE ON MONDAY.

AMONG THEM ARE 70 SITES FOR THE SALE OF WET GOODS, 36 FOR DRY GOODS, TWO FOR BOTTLED DRINKS AND THE REMAINING TWO FOR SNACKS.

/THE AUCTION ...  .

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THE AUCTION OF 70 FLOWER SITES AND 42 DRY GOODS SITES FOR THE KWAI CHUNG FAIR TO BE HELD AT THE KWAI CHUNG SPORTSGROUND, WILL TAKE PLACE AT KWAI FONG COMMUNITY HALL IN LAI FONG STREET ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 11).

THE AUCTION OF 206 WET AND DRY GOODS SITES AND TWO BOTTLED DRINK SITES FOR THE TSUEN WAN FAIR TO BE HELD AT THE SHA TSUI ROAD PLAYGROUND, WILL BE HELD AT THE AUDITORIUM OF TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL ON WEDNESDAY (JANUARY 12).

PEOPLE WISHING TO BID FOR ANY OF THE SITES SHOULD ARRIVE AT THE AUCTION VENUES BETWEEN 9.30 AM AND 4.30 PM, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE UPSET RENTAL FOR EACH SITE IS ®75.

THESE THREE LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIRS, TOGETHER WITH FOUR OTHER FAIRS AT TAI PO, TUEN MUN, SHEUNG SHU I AND YUEN LONG, WILL BE HELD FROM FEBRUARY 6 TO 13.

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DB TO DISCUSS CULTURAL CENTRE * * * *

THE FEASIBILITY OF PROVIDING A REGIONAL CULTURAL CENTRE INCORPORATING AN AUDITORIUM, AN EXHIBITION HALL, AND VENUES FOR CULTURAL ACTIVITIES WILL BE DISCUSSED AT THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD’S SECOND MEETING ON MONDAY (JANUARY 10).

STAGE FOUR OF THE SAM KA TSUEN DEVELOPMENT PLAN, WHICH INCLUDES A RECLAMATION SITE TO BE USED AS A CAR-LORRY PARK AND MARKET, WILL ALSO BE TABLED FOR DISCUSSION.

MEMBERS WILL BE INFORMED OF THE PRESENT STATE OF LAW AND ORDER IN THE DISTRICT.

ALSO ON THE AGENDA WILL BE EVALUATION REPORTS ON THE KWUN TONG ARTS FESTIVAL.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE MEETING TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM ON MONDAY AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE, KWUN TONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 4/F, TUNG YAN STREET, KWUN TONG.

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HORTICULTURE COURSE IN TAI PO * * * * *

~ YHE F,RST OF A SERIES OF HORTICULTURE CLASSES FOR THE TAI PO COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB WAS OPENED TODAY (SATURDAY) AT THE COMPOUND OF TAI PO WONG SHIU CHI MIDDLE SCHOOL.

mrr AROUSING the interest of youngsters in FLOWER AND

I^TKOnLANT THE CLASSES WILL BE HELD ON SIX CONSECUTIVE SATURDAY MORNINGS, STARTING TODAY.

SIXTY YOUNG PEOPLE ARE TAKING THE COURSE.

Lru JIn™?91NTLY ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

... iuTOAl.,5i!l7lERLE^PERTS 0F THE NTSD T0DAY GAVE THE participants ’NTRODUCTION T0 IND00R potted flower planting and its propagation BEFORE ASSISTING THEM IN OPENING A FLOWER BED.

TALKS ON VARIOUS TOPICS INCLUDING THE PLANTING OF VIOLET PLANTS, HONG KONG ORCHIDS, SUCCULENT AND FOLIAGE PLANTS AND DECORATIVE PLANTS WILL BE GIVEN IN THE COMING SESSIONS. A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NTSD SAID.

AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE COURSE, THERE WILL BE A POTTED PLANTS COMPETITION FOR THE YOUNGSTERS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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REMOVAL OF GERIATRIC DAY HOSPITAL * * * *

THE GERIATRIC DAY HOSPITAL ATTACHED TO PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL WILL MOVE TO THE TOP FLOOR OF THE SOUTH KWAI CHUNG POLYCLINIC, STAGE II, FROM MONDAY (JANUARY 10).

THE DAY HOSPITAL PROVIDES THERAPEUTIC FACILITIES FOR ABOUT 30 ELDERLY PATIENTS WHO ATTEND DAILY EXCEPT SUNDAYS FOR TREATMENT AND RETURN HOME AT 5 PM.

THERE ARE TWO EXAMINATION BEDS, AS WELL AS EXERCISE EQUIPMENT FOR THE PATIENTS, A KITCHEN TO PREPARE THEIR MEALS AND AMPLE SPACE FOR RECREATIONAL PURPOSES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE MAIN PURPOSE OF SETTING UP A DAY HOSPITAL FOR GERIATRIC PATIENTS IS TO TRAIN THEM THROUGH REHABILITATION SERVICES AND PHYSICAL TRAINING SO THAT THEY CAN LIVE INDEPENDENTLY.

/THE HOSPITAL

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THE HOSPITAL IS RUN BY A TEAM OF MEDICAL AND NURSING OFFICERS, PHYSIOTHERAPISTS, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS AND OTHER SUPPORTING STAFF.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE REMOVAL OF THE DAY HOSPITAL WOULD NOT AFFECT THE PATIENTS AS THEY TRAVEL TO AND FROM THE HOSPITAL BY AMBULANCE.

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ROAD SAFETY EXHIBITION IN WAN CHAI ******

CO-OPERATION BETWEEN PEDESTRIANS AND DRIVERS WILL GREATLY REDUCE TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS IN WAN CHAI, THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR TONY COOPER, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

MR COOPER WAS SPEAKING AT THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY EXHIBITION AND FUN FAIR HELD AT THE SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND.

♦DON’T EVER TRY TO RISK YOUR LIFE; NOT ONLY THE ROAD USERS BUT ALSO THE DRIVERS SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO TRAFFIC SIGNS AND OBSERVE TRAFFIC REGULATIONS,* HE SAID.

MR COOPER ALSO STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF FULL USE OF ZEBRA CROSSINGS AND TRAFFIC LIGHTS.

THERE WERE 238 TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF LAST YEAR.

TODAY’S EXHIBITION AND FUN FAIR MARKED THE CLOSING OF A WEEK-LONG ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN FEATURING SCHOOL FORUMS, DISTRIBUTION OF PUBLICITY PAMPHLETS, AND SELECTION OF MODEL PEDESTRIANS AND DRIVERS.

THE EVENT WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, ITS TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE, THE POLICE, AND THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT.

ALSO AT TODAY’S CEREMONY WERE THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT COMMANDER OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE, MR A.J. MULLINS, THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR FRANCIS HO, AND DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS.

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SHA TIN ARTS FORTNIGHT WELL RECEIVED X * * *

THE ANNUAL SHA TIN ARTS FORTNIGHT ATTRACTED MORE THAN 60 300 PEOPlE, DOUBLING LAST YEAR’S ATTENDANCE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SHA TIN ARTS ASSOCIATION, MR BENJAMIN NG, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

HE TOLD GUESTS AT A CLOSING CEREMONY THERE HAD BEEN FULL HOUSES FOR 13 OF THE 29 EVENTS FEATURED IN THE PROGRAMME.

THESE EVENTS, RANGING FROM POP CONCERTS TO CANTONESE OPERA, WERE WELL RECEIVED, INDICATING THAT THE FORTNIGHT’S ULTIMATE AIM TO PROMOTE INTEREST IN VARIOUS ART FORMS HAD BEEN ACHIEVED, M? NG SAID.

THE SELL-OUT PROGRAMME INCLUDED MOST OF THE OUTDOOR SHOWS, A SEMINAR ON GUITAR, CHRISTMAS VARIETY SHOW, BOXING DAY CONCERT, AN ♦EVENING OF GOLDEN OLDIES+ AND THE CLOSING CONCERT FEATURING A PERFORMANCE BY THE HONG KONG CHILDREN’S CHOIR.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR BARRY WIGGHAM, WAS THE OFFICIATING GUEST AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY.

MR WIGGHAM SAID HE WAS PROUD TO SEE THAT THE SHA TIN ARTS FORTNIGHT HAD BECOME AN IMPORTANT CULTURAL EVENT IN THE DISTRICT AND WAS ENJOYED BY ALL LOCAL RESIDENTS.

THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR DONALD TSANG, ASSURED RESIDENTS THAT THE FORTNIGHT WOULD BE HELD EVERY YEAR, WITH AN EVER-INCREASING VARIETY OF EVENTS AND ATTRACTIONS.

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SHOW AND QUIZ TREAT FOR WORKERS * * *

MORE THAN 1 000 WORKERS FROM THE MANUFACTURING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRIES WERE THIS EVENING TREATED TO A ONE-HOUR ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME FEATURING WORK SAFETY AS THE MAIN THEME.

ALSO PRESENT AT THIS GALA NIGHT HELD AT MAPLE STREET PLAYGROUND WERE REPRESENTATIVES OF SPONSORS OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S SAFETY AT WORK TELEVISION SERIES.

THE FUNCTION, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT AND RTHK, WAS AIMED AT DRIVING THE SAFETY MESSAGE HOME TO WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES.

COMPERED BY WELL-KNOWN TELEVISION PERSONALITIES, MARY HON AND HUNG LEUNG-SEK, IT FEATURED DANCING, CHINESE MARTIAL ART AND KARATE DEMONSTRATIONS AND SONGS BY WELL-KNOWN SINGERS PANSY LAU, ELISA CHAN AND PANG KIN-SUN.

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THERE WAS ALSO A QUIZ ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY FOR THE SPECTATORS, WITH FIVE ELECTRICAL HOME APPLIANCE PRIZES, AS WELL AS A LUCKY DRAW OF 30 PRIZES FOR THEM.

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT ALSO TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS ITS APPRECIATION TO SPONSORS WHO HAVE SUPPORTED THE SAFETY AT WORK TELEVISION SERIES BEING SCREENED ON TVB’S JADE NETWORK EVERY SUNDAY FROM 5 PM TO 5.30 PM.

THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER, DR J.W. HAYES, PRESENTED SOUVENIRS TO THE SPONSORS, INCLUDING THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES, WHOSE MEMBERS CONTRIBUTED A LARGE NUMBER OF PRIZES FOR THE SERIES, AND SHUI ON CONSTRUCTION COMPANY WHICH CONTRIBUTED RETURN AIR TICKETS TO LONDON FOR THE WINNING TEAM OF THE TV SERIES.

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NEW FERRY SERVICES BETWEEN MEI FOO SUN CHUEN AND CENTRAL * * * *

FERRY SERVICES BETWEEN MEI FOO SUN CHUEN AND CENTRAL (BLAKE PIER) WILL BE RESUMED BY A NEW OPERATOR ON MONDAY (JANUARY 10).

DISCLOSING THIS TODAY (SATURDAY), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID THE SERVICES WILL OPERATE ON WEEKDAYS ONLY. THERE WILL BE NO SERVICES ON SUNDAYS OR PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

FARES WILL BE $3 FOR ADULTS AND $2 FOR CHILDREN.

FERRIES WILL RUN AT 20-MINUTE INTERVALS DURING PEAK PERIODS, AND HALF-HOURLY DURING OFF PEAK.

THE JOURNEY WILL TAKE ABOUT 25 MINUTES.

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MP POSTPONES VISIT if « if

MR JAMES CALLAGHAN, LABOUR MP FOR MIDDLETON AND PRESTWICH WHO WAS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE HERE TODAY FOR A NINE-DAY VISIT. HAS POSTPONED HIS TRIP DUE TO ILLNESS. '

SATURDAY, JANUARY S, “3

FRESH WATER CUT IN KENNEDY TOWN * * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN KENNEDY TOWN WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR NINE HOURS FROM 10 PM ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 11) TO FACILITATE WATER MAINS WORK.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT ALL PREMISES ALONG KA WAI MAN ROAD AND VICTORIA ROAD, INCLUDING THE KENNEDY TOWN REFUSE DISPOSAL INCINERATOR, MORTUARY, AND BUS TERMINAL; THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL OFFICE DEPOT, CHIU SHEUNG KUK, THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT CAR PARK, HONG KONG LAND’S STAFF QUARTERS, PIONEER INDUSTRY AND COLD STORAGE COMPANY LIMITED, THE KENNEDY TOWN CLINIC

ESTATE» S.K.H. LUI MING CHOI MEMORIAL PRIMARY SCHOOL, POLICE QUARTERS PRIMARY SCHOOL! AND SQUATTER AREAS AT THE HILLSIDE OF KA WAI MAN ROAD, ON MOUNT DAVIS AND “

AT HOI PONG VILLAGE.

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FIRING PRACTICE AT HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK * * * * *

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE FROM TUESDAY (JANUARY 11) TO SATURDAY (JANUARY 15).

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

THE DATES AND TIMES OF THE PRACTICE ARE:

DATE TIME

JANUARY 11 (TUESDAY) 8 AM TO 11 PM

JANUARY 12 (WEDNESDAY) 8 AM TO 11 PM

JANUARY 13 (THURSDAY) 8 AM TO 5 PM

JANUARY 14 (FRIDAY) 8 AM TO 4 PM

JANUARY 15 (SATURDAY) 8 AM TO 4 PM

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

SUNDAY, JANUARY 9, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE FOR OCTOBER 1982 1

STAMP ISSUE ON PERFORMING ARTS ............................ 4

SURVEY TO DETERMINE POPULARITY OF ABERDEEN TUNNEL.......... 5

HONG KONG TAKING PART IN AVIATION TALKS ................... 5

TEMPORARY TIMETABLE FOR DIESEL-HAULED PASSENGER TRAINS.. 6

AWARDS FOR MODEL SHAM SHUI PO CITIZENS..................... 7

'TENNET' IS NOW THE IN THING .............................. 7

NT INTER-DISTRICT TENNIS LEAGUE ........................... 8

TSUEN 'WAN DISTRICT ATHLETIC MEET ......................... 9

CHEQUE PRESENTATION CEREMONY ........................... 10

IMPROVEMENT Y/ORKS FOR LION ROCK PARK SOIL DEPOT ......... 10

REFUSE COLLECTION POINT FOR SHEK WU HUI .................. 11

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN FANNING......................... 11

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TRADE FOR OCTOBER 1982

PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE BY ONE PER CENT AND THOSE OF IMPORTS ROSE BY TWO PER CENT IN OCTOBER 1982 AS COMPARED WITH XTOBER 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 UNIT VALUE INDEX TO THE IMPORT UNIT VALUE INDEX) DECLINED BY ONE PER CENT.

THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS DROPPED BY SEVEN PER CENT WHEREAS THAT FOR IMPORTS DROPPED BY ONE PER CENT.

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

FOR THE TWELVE-MONTH PERIOD TO OCTOBER 1982 AS COMPARED wITH THE TWELVE MONTHS TO OCTOBER 1981, THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE BY SEVEN PER CENT, IMPORTS BY SEVEN PER CENT AND RE-EXPORTS BY 10 PER CENT. THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS DECLINED BY ONE PER CENT AND RE-EXPORT VOLUME DROPPED MARGINALLY, GIVING A ONE PER CENT DECLINE IN THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS AS AGAINST A TwO PER CENT DROP 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 PRINCIPAL COMMODITY GROUPS ARE SHOWN BELOW :

PERCENTAGE CHANGES COMPARING OCTOBER 1982 WITH OCTOBER 1981

EXPORT VALUE

CLOTHING (EXCEPT FUR) - 8

TEXTILE FABRICS -21

TEXTILE YARN AND - 5

THREAD

TEXTILE MADE-UPS -25

AND RELATED ARTICLES

EXPORT EXPORT

UNIT VALUE VOLUME

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ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS + 8 + 1 + 7

FOOTWEAR -43 + 8 -48

METAL MANUFACTURES - 4 + 5 - 9

METAL ORES AND SCRAP -47 - 2 -46

WATCHES AND CLOCKS + 2 -22 +32

ALL COMMODITIES - 6 + 1 - 7

THE DOMESTIC FROM ONE PER CENT FOOTWEAR. ON THE EXPORT PRICES OF SOME COMMODITY GROUPS FOR ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS TO EIGHT PER OTHER HAND, DECREASES IN THE DOMESTIC INCREASED, CENT FOR EXPORT

PRICES WERE RECORDED FOR METAL ORES AND SCRAP (-2%), TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD (-10%) AS WELL AS WATCHES AND CLOCKS (-22%).

DECREASES IN THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS WERE RECORDED FOR MOST COMMODITY GROUPS, INCLUDING TEXTILE FABRICS (-23%), TEXTILE MADE-UPS (-30%), METAL ORES AND SCRAP (-46%) AND FOOTWEAR (-48%). ON THE OTHER HAND, CONSIDERABLt GROWTH IN THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS WAS REGISTERED FOR WATCHES AND CLOCKS (+32%).

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

PERCENTAGE CHANGES COMPARING OCTOBER 1982 WITH OCTOBER 1981

IMPORT VALUE IMPORT UNIT VALUE IMPORT VOLUME

FOODSTUFFS + 7 ♦ 2 + 5

CONSUMER GOODS - 1 + 6 - 7

FUELS +26 - 3 +29

RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES - 4 - 1 - 4

CAPITAL GOODS + 5 + 8 - 3

ALL COMMODITIES 4- 1 + 2 - 1

THE CHANGES IN PRICES OF IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY WERE MODERATE, RANGING FROM A THREE PER CENT DROP FOR FUELS TO AN EIGHT PER CENT INCREASE FOR CAPITAL GOODS.

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

IN THE CONSUMER GOODS CATEGORY, CONSIDERABLE DECLINES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE REGISTERED FOR TEXTILE MADE-UPS, PASSENGER MOTOR CARS AS WELL AS TOBACCO MANUFACTURES. THE IMPORT VOLUME CF FOOTWEAR INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY.

IMPORTS OF FUELS ROSE BY 29 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS.

THE IMPORT VOLUME OF MOST RAW MATERIALS AND SEMIMANUFACTURES DECLINED, AMONG WHICH MAN-MADE FIBRES, LEATHER AND DRESSED FUR SKINS, WOOL AND OTHER ANIMAL HAIR AS WELL AS WOOD, LUMBER AND CORK DROPPED SUBSTANTIALLY. THE IMPORT VOLUMES OF COTTON YARN AND THREAD, CRUDE ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE MATERIALS AS WELL AS FABRICS OF WOOL AND MIXTURES ROSE CONSIDERABLY.

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

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

PERCENTAGE CHANGES COMPARING OCTOBER 1982 WITH OCTOBER 1981

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

FOODSTUFFS +39 - 1 +40

CONSUMER GOODS - 5 + 2 - 7

FUELS +96 + 6 +86

RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES - 7 + 3 - 9

CAPITAL GOODS + 3 +12 - 8

ALL COMMODITIES - 2 + 3 - 5

THE CHANGES IN RE-EXPORT VOLUMES VARIED, RANGING FROM A NINE PER CENT DECREASE FOR RAta MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES TO AN 86 PER CENT INCREASE FOR FUELS.

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

SUNDAY, JANUARY 9, 1983

STAMP ISSUE ON PERFORMING ARTS

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A SPECIAL ISSUE OF THREE STAMPS COMMEMORATING THE PERFORMING ARTS WILL EE ON SALE ON JANUARY 26.

THE STAMP DESIGNS FEATURE THE CHINESE CHARACTERS FOR +DANCE+ (30 CENTS), +DRAMA+ (SI.30) AND +KUSIC+ ($5) AS THE BASIC DESIGN MOTIF, WHILE THE BACKGROUND OF EACH STAMP SHOWS FIGURATIVE DRAWINGS IN A LIGHTER COLOUR EXPRESSING THE PARTICULAR ART IN BOTH ASIAN AND WESTERN TRADITIONS, THE POSTMASTER GENERAL ANNOUNCED TODAY.

THE NEW STAMPS WILL BE ON DISPLAY AT THE PUBLIC COUNTER ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, CONNAUGHT PLACE ON JANUARY 24 FROM 9.30 AM TO 4.30 PM.

OFFICIAL FIRST DAY COVERS AT 50 CENTS EACH WILL BE ON SALE AT ALL POST OFFICES ON JANUARY 12. EACH COVER WILL EE ACCOMPANIED BY AN INSERT CARD CONTAINING INFORMATION ON THE PERFORMING ARTS AND BRIEF PHILATELIC INFORMATION.

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

ADVANCE ORDERS FOR SERVICING OF FIRST DAY COVERS WILL BE ACCEPTED UP TO 5 PM ON JANUARY 20 AT ALL POST OFFICES. FOR THIS SERVICE, ADDRESSED FIRST DAY COVERS MUST BE HANDED IN WITH AN ORDER FORM, TOGETHER WITH A REMITTANCE TO COVER THE COST.

THE CHARGE WILL BE $7.60 PER COVER, WHICH INCLUDES THE COST CF THE STAMPS (56.60) TOGETHER WITH A SERVICE FEE OF $1.

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

THE ORDER FORMS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT ALL POST OFFICES ON JANUARY 12. ANY PERSON ORDERING SERVICED COVERS ADDRESSED TO A LOCAL DESTINATION MAY COLLECT THEM ON JANUARY 27 FROM THE POST OFFICE WHERE THE ORDER WAS PLACED. COVERS ADDRESSED OVERSEAS WILL BE FORWARDED AS ADDRESSED.

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ROADSIDE INTERVIEWS TO DETERMINE THE NUMBER OF MOTORISTS WILLING TO PAY EXTRA FOP. A SPEEDIER JOURNEY BY USING THE A- DEEN TUNNEL WILL BE CONDUCTED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT EARLY lb! THE WEEK.

+THIS INVESTIGATION CAN SHED LIGHT ON HOW PEOPLE VALUE THEIR TRAVELLING AND THE FINDINGS WILL ALSO HELP QUANTIFY THE ADDITIONAL TRAFFIC GENERATED FOLLOWING THE OPENING OF THE TUNNEL IN MARCH LAST YEAR,* A SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

+AS THE VALUE OF TIME PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE TRANSPORT PLANNING PROCESS AND A KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRAFFIC INDUCED BY A NEW TOLL FACILITY IS VERY USEFUL FOR FUTURE TRANSPORT PLANNING, IT IS NECESSARY THAT AN INTERVIEW SURVEY BE CONDUCTED TO SOLICIT RELEVANT INFORMATION FROM USERS AND NON-USERS OF THE TUNNEL,* HE STRESSED.

THE ROADSIDE INTERVIEWS WILL BE CONDUCTED FOR THREE CONSECUTIVE DAYS FROM TUESDAY TO THURSDAY (JANUARY 11 - 13) BETWEEN 7 AM AND 7 PM AT THE APPROACHES TO ABERDEEN TUNNEL -WONG NAI CHUNG GAP ROAD, POK FU LAM ROAD AND TAI TAM ROAD.

DRIVERS SELECTED FOR INTERVIEWS WILL BE ASKED TO ANSWER A FEW SIMPLE QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE ORIGIN, DESTINATION AND PURPOSE OF THEIR TRIPS.

IN APPEALING TO MOTORISTS TO CO-OPERATE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID: +IN SO DOING, THEY WILL ASSIST TRANSPORT PLANNERS FORMULATE THE FUTURE TRANSPORT SYSTEM OF HONG KONG SO AS TO BE BENEFICIAL TO THE ROAD USERS AND THE COMMUNITY.*

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HONG KONG TAKING PART IN AVIATION TALKS ******

CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITIES FROM SOME 40 COUNTRIES WILL MEET IN SINGAPORE FROM JANUARY 11 TO 29 TO PLAN THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF THE AVIATION INFRASTRUCTURE IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC, A REGION WHICH HAS SEEN THE FASTEST GROWTH IN AIR TRAFFIC IN THE WORLD.

THE CONFERENCE, THE 2ND ASIA/PACIFIC REGIONAL AIR NAVIGATION MEETING, IS TO BE HELD UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION ORGANISATION.

MR G.T. OLIVER, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION, WILL HEAD A TEAM OF SIX OFFICERS OF THE DEPARTMENT, ACCOMPANIED BY REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ROY,^L OBSERVATORY AND CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS, FOR THIS MAJOR AERONAUTICAL CONFERENCE.

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THE MAIN OBJECTIVE OF THE REGIONAL AIR NAVIGATION MEETING IS TO : .□ THE REGION’S AIR NAVIGA-: N PLAN UP TO DATE. THIS IS THE

BLUEPRINT OF ESSENTIAL FACILITIES AND SERVICES, SUCH AS AERODROMES, METEOROLOGICAL AND COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES, AIR TRAFFIC SERVICES, NAVIGATION AIDS, AND SEARCH AND RESCUE CAPABILITIES.

THE MEETING WILL ALSO MONITOR PROGRESS ON AGREEMENTS AND ARRANGEMENTS MADE AT THE 1ST ASIA/PACIFIC REGIONAL MEETING HELD IN HONOLULU IN 1973 IN WHICH HONG KONG ALSO PARTICIPATED.

MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG TEAM WILL CONTRIBUTE BY OFFERING THE CONSIDERABLE EXPERTISE AVAILABLE FROM HONG KONG TO ASSIST IN ARRIVING AT PRACTICABLE SOLUTIONS.

SINCE THE LAST MEETING IN HONOLULU 10 YEARS AGO, AIRLINES IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC HAVE SEEN AN OVERALL ANNUAL GROWTH RATE OF 17 PER CENT FOR PASSENGER TRAFFIC AND OF 21 PER CENT FOR FREIGHT TRAFFIC, FAR SURPASSING THAT FOR ANY OTHER REGION. THE SHARE OF TOTAL WORLD TRAFFIC FOR THE SAME CARRIERS HAS DOUBLED OVER THE SAME PERIOD TO 25 PER CENT.

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TEMPORARY TIMETABLE FOR DIESEL-HAULED PASSENGER TRAINS

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THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY WILL INTRODUCE A TEMPORARY TIMETABLE FOR THE DIESEL-HAULED PASSENGER TRAINS FROM JANUARY 11 TO 19 TO FACILITATE PREPARATORY WORK ON RESIGNALLING THE DOUBLE TRACK BETWEEN UNIVERSITY AND TAI PO MARKET STATIONS.

THE WORK WILL NECESSITATE THE REDUCTION OF THE NUMBER OF DIESEL PASSENGER TRAINS RUNNING DAILY FROM KOWLOON TO LO WU FROM 34 TO 32, 16 NORTHBOUND AND 16 SOUTHBOUND.

COPIES OF THE TEMPORARY TIMETABLE ARE DISPLAYED AT ALL STATIONS FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC.

A KCR SPOKESMAN SAID THE NEW SIGNALLING SYSTEM, CENTRALLY CONTROLLED FROM A SIGNALLING CENTRE AT KOWLOON STATION, IS AN INTEGRAL PART ON THE RAILWAY’S MODERNISATION PROJECT.

THE COMMISSIONING OF DOUBLE TRACK AND NEW SIGNALLING FOR THE UNIVERSITY TO THE TAI PO MARKET SECTION FROM JANUARY 21 WILL GREATLY IMPROVE THE PUNCTUALITY OF TRAIN MOVEMENTS.

TIME SCHEDULES FOR ELECTRIC TRAINS BETWEEN KOWLOON AND SHA TIN AND EXPRESS THROUGH TRAINS BETWEEN KOWLOON AND GUANGZHOU WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED.

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AWARDS FOR MODEL SHAM SHU I PO CITIZENS

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TEN CIVIC-MINDED RESIDENTS, INCLUDING SIX STUDENTS, WHO HELPED AT THE SCENE OF THE MASS WOUND INGS IN A UN CHAU ESTATE KINDERGARTEN IN JUNE LAST YEAR, HAVE BEEN NOMINATED AS THIS YEAR’S SHAM SHU I PO MODEL CITIZENS.

THEY WERE AMONG 26 RESIDENTS TO BE COMMENDED FOR SHOWING CIVIC CONSCIOUSNESS DURING ROBBERY, BURGLARY OR WOUNDING INCIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT, RESULTING IN THE ARREST OF CRIMINALS.

EACH OF THE 26 MODEL CITIZENS WILL BE PRESENTED WITH A CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION AND A SOUVENIR AT A CEREMONY TO BE HELD ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 14) AT 8 PM AT THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL IN WATERLOO ROAD.

THE MODEL CITIZENS AWARD SCHEME, INTRODUCED IN 1979, AIMS TO MAKE RESIDENTS AWARE OF, AND HELP IN COMBATING, THE DISTRICT’S PROBLEMS, SUCH AS CRIME, FIRE PREVENTION AND ROAD SAFETY.

THE CEREMONY WILL BE PART OF A TWO-HOUR FIGHT YOUTH CRIME VARIETY SHOW FEATURING FAMOUS LOCAL SINGERS AND DISC JOCKEYS.

THE AWARD SCHEME AND THE VARIETY SHOW ARE BEING JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT OFFICE, THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE LOCAL FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE AND THE NAM CHEONG EAST AREA COMMITTEE.

THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR STEPHEN IP, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY.

NOTE TO ED I TORSt

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE CEREMONY.

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’TENNET’ IS NOW THE IN THING * * * *

A NEW BALL GAME — COMBINING TENNIS AND SQUASH — IS BEING PROMOTED IN HONG KONG.

IT IS CALLED TENNET. AS IT REQUIRES MINIMAL SPACE, IT IS IDEAL FOR HONG KONG.

+TENNET+, EXPLAINED A SPOKESMAN FOR THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT, +IS AN EXCITING GAME AND TO PLAY IT CALLS FOR A HIGH DEGREE OF CONTROL, FOOTWORK AND FAST REFLEXES.

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FLEXIBILITY AND SIM<ICITY ARE THE KEYWORDS CF THE GAME MH'CH CAN 3E PLAYED INDOORS OR OUTDOORS,+ HE SAID.

TO PROMOTE THE SPORT, THE RSS IS RUNNING A PILOT TRAINING COURSE FOR COACHES IX COOPERATION WITH THE HONG KONG TENNET ASSOCIATION.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SUNDAY), +IT IS HOPED THAT THESE COACHES-TO-BE WILL HELP POPULARISE THIS GAME IN HONG KONG.+

EQUIPMENT FOR TENNET COMPRISES A SPECIALLY DESIGNED FREESTANDING NET AND FRAME, TWO MINI-TENNIS RACKETS, AND A SPECIAL LOW COMPRESSION MINI-TENNIS BALL 03 A REGULAR ONE DEPENDING ON THE STANDARD OF THE PLAYERS.

THE CURRENT COACHES TRAINING COURSE IS BEING HELD AT THE BADMINTON COURT OF TELFORD GARDEN ON SUNDAYS AND WILL LAST TILL FEBRUARY 6.

OF THE 30 COURSE PARTICIPANTS, ONLY TWO ARE WOMEN, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+WE HOPE TO ATTRACT MORE WOMEN TO THE GAME, WHICH DOES NOT DEMAND EXTRAORDINARY PHYSICAL STRENGTH,+ HE SAID.

THE RSS IS PLANNING TO RUN MORE COURSES IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE HONG KONG TENNET ASSOCIATION.

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NT INTER-DISTRICT TENNIS LEAGUE * * * *

THE SECOND NEW TERRITORIES INTER-DISTRICT TENNIS LEAGUE OPENED TODAY (SUNDAY) AT THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE IN SHA TIN.

FIVE DISTRICT TEAMS WILL PLAY ON CONSECUTIVE SUNDAYS UNTIL FEBRUARY 6.

SHA TIN, THIS YEAR’S HOST DISTRICT, IS COMPETING WITH TEAMS FROM YUEN LONG, TUEN MUN, TAI PO AND TSUEN WAN.

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR IAN MACPHERSON, WILL PRESENT PRIZES TO THE WINNERS AT THE CENTRE ON FEBRUARY 26.

THE SECOND NEW TERRITORIES INTER-DISTRICT TENNIS LEAGUE IS FINANCED BY THE SHA TIN SPORT AND RECREATION SERVICE, THE SHA TIN SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD.

SUNDAY, JANUARY a, 1983

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TSUEN *AN DISTRICT * * *

ATHLETIC MEET *

LCCAL ATHLETIC MEETINGS PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN PROVIDING ATHLETES WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO TEST THE PROGRESS THEY ARE MAKING IN THEIR OWN TRAINING, SAID THE DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, JOHN HEYWOOD, TODAY (SUNDAY).

SPEAKING AT A CEREMONY TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE 6TH TSUEN WAN DISTRICT ATHLETIC MEET AT KWAI CHUNG SPORTS GROUND, CF HEYWOOD SAID ATHLETIC MEETINGS ALSO GAVE THE SELECTION COMMITTEE CF THE GOVERNING BODIES AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPOT THE TALENTS OF YOUNGER ATHLETES.

IN THIS CONNECTION, MR HEYWOOD EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT OTHER DISTRICT ORGANISING BODIES WOULD FOLLOW THE EXCELLENT EXAMPLE CF THE ANNUAL TSUEN WAN DISTRICT ATHLETIC MEET.

HE PRAISED THE CHAIRMAN AND HIS ORGANISING COMMITTEE FOR ALL THEIR HARD WORK IN BRINGING ABOUT TODAY’S MEETING AND ALSO THE ORGANISING BODIES AND THE HARD WORKING SPORTS OFFICIALS WHO HAD GIVEN THEIR SUPPORT TO THE EVENT.

+YOUR CONTINUING EFFORTS OVER THE YEARS HAVE MADE

THIS A WELL-ESTABLISHED AND POPULAR ATHLETIC MEETING, AND LONG MIGHT THESE SUCCESSFUL MEETINGS CONTINUE,* MR HEYWOOD SAID.

IN PINPOINTING THE REASON WHY HONG KONG ATHLETES WERE UNABLE TO CARRY AWAY MANY PRIZES FROM THE LARGE INTERNATIONAL ATHLETIC ARENAS, MR HEYWOOD SAID IT WAS GENERALLY FELT THAT IT WAS THE TREMENDOUS PRESSURE ON LIVING SPACE IN HONG KONG AND THE SCHOOL CHILDREN BEING UNABLE TO ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF DEDICATED SCHOOL RECREATION FACILITIES EARLY IN THEIR LIVES.

+THEY HAVE HAD TO LOOK TO A SMALL NUMBER OF PUBLIC FACILITIES SUCH AS THE KWAI CHUNG SPORTS GROUND FOR THEIR ORGANISED ACTIVE RECREATION, AND SUCH FACILITIES TOO HAVE BEEN IN DESPARATELY SHORT SUPPLY, BECAUSE OF THE MANY OTHER PRIORITIES WE HAVE FACED IN OUR PUBLIC WORKS BUILDING PROGRAMME,* HE CONTINUED.

♦I AM HAPPY TO SAY THAT THIS IS NOW GRADUALLY CHANGING AS MORE AND MORE DISTRICT RECREATION FACILITIES ARE BEING DEVELOPED FOR USE BY SCHOOLS AND ADULTS ALIKE WHILE SOME OF OUR OLDER FACILITIES ARE BEING IMPROVED, ENLARGED AND MODERNIZED,* MR HEYWOOD SAID.

+IT IS THEREFORE VERY IMPORTANT THAT AT THIS STAGE OF OUR DEVELOPMENT WE SHOULD NOT LOSE HEART FROM OUR RECENT FAILURE BUT THAT WE SHOULD CONTINUE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE INTERNATIONAL SPORTING ARENA AND, WITH MORE RECREATION FACILITIES IN WHICH TO TRAIN AND PREPARE THERE WE SHOULD STRIVE, AS ALL ATHLETES DO, TO BETTER OUR PERFORMANCES,* HE ADDED.

WISHING ALL 500 ATHLETES OF TSUEN WAN, KWAI CHUNG AND TSI NG Yl TAKING PART IN TODAY’S MEETING ALL GOOD FORTUNE IN THEIR COMPETITION, MR HEYWOOD REMINDED THEM THAT GOOD FORTUNE ALONE DID NOT WIN THE RACE. +HARD AND CONTINUOUS TRAINING IS NEEDED,* HE ADDED.

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NO" EDITORS

CHEQUE PRESENTATION CEREMONY * * *

A CHEQUE PRESENTATION CEREMONY WILL EE HELD ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 11) AT 12 NOON IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM Or NARCOTICS DIVISION, GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, 31ST FLOOR, UNITED CENTRE, 95 QUEENSWAY.

MR G.L. MORTIMER, COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, WHO IS -LSO HON PRESIDE T OF THE EMPLOY'’£ T GUIDANCE COMMITTEE FOR VOLUNTARILY REHABILITATED DRUG ABUSERS, WILL RECEIVE THE CHEQUE ON BEHALF OF THE COMMITTEE. PRESENTING THE CHEQUE WILL BE MR KU SZE-CHUNG, CHAIRMAN OF THE KOWLOON LOK SIN TONG BENEVOLENT SOCIETY.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CEREMONY.

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IMPROVEMENT WORKS FOR LION ROCK PARK SOIL DEPOT * * *

THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR IMPROVEMENT WORKS TO THE LION ROCK PARK SOIL DEPOT.

THE CONTRACT WILL INCLUDE THE ERECTION OF FOUR STORAGE SHEDS AND THE SURFACING OF THE SOIL MIXING GROUND AND ACCESS ROAD WITH CONCRETE.

WORK WILL START IN EARLY MARCH AND WILL COMPLETE IN JUNE.

U.-iDAY, JANUARY 9, 1983

REFUSE COLLECTION POIM COR SHEK W’J .JI

T-E BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEF —TMENT IS IKVIT .'3 TENDERS FOR ~-Z CONSTRUCTION OF A .-.EFUSE COLLATION POINT AT FU HING STREET ' S .EK WU HUI.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT WITH THE ‘.-.P ID INCREASE IN POPUL’TION IN THIS PART CF THE NEW TERRITORIES, IT WAS FOUND NECESSARY TO MAINTAIN THE AREA IN A STATE OF CLEA LI NESS.

THE PROJECT CONSISTS OF A STANDARD REFUSE COLLECTION POINT HIGH IS COMPLETELY ENCLOSED AND COMPRISING A LOADING BAY FOR A REFUSE COLLECTION VAN, SPACE FOR THE STORAGE OF LITTER BINS, A MEZZANINE FLOOR WITH TOILET FACILITIES, STORAGE ROOM AND A ROLL-CALL OFFICE.

THE INTERNAL WALLS OF THE STRUCTURE ARE TO BE FINISHED IN CER-MIC TILES UP TO THE CEILING AND EXTERNALLY WITH GLAZED MOSAIC TILES. ELECTRICALLY-DRIVEN ROLLER SHUTTER, TELEPHONE FACILITIES, HYDRANTS AND A WATER-POINT ARE ALSO INCLUDED.

WORK ON THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO START IN MARCH AND BE COMPLETED IN ABOUT SEVEN MONTHS.

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN FANLING M * * X

TAI PO ROAD NEAR FANLING SWIMMING POOL WILL EE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 12.30 AM AAD 4.30 AM ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 11) FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FOOTBRIDGE.

DURING THE CLOSURE, VEHICLES WILL EE DIVERTED VIA JOCKEY CLUB ROAD AND SAN FUNG AVENUE.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, JANUARY 10, 198?

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEASING INDUSTRY'S ROLE STRESSED BY BR34RIDGE .................. 1

TWO-VOLUME 1981 POPULATION CENSUS MAIN REPORT ON SALE .......... 2

SWISS URGED TO SELL MORE TO HONG KONG .......................... 3

5165-MILLION CONTRACT FOR FANLING BYPASS ROAD .................. 4

SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDUSTRY COMING ......................... 5

LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR YOUTHS ................................. 5

LANDSCAPING FOR NEW ROAD INTERSECTION .......................... 6

CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN 1983 LAUNCHED.......................... 7

SKA TIN LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR SITES .............................. 7

NEW CHANNEL TO AIR VIEWS........................................ 8

WARNING TO RATEPAYERS .......................................... 9

NEW SECTION OF TUEN MUN ROAD TO OPEN TO TRAFFIC ................ 9

HK TECHNICAL STUDENTS WIN COMMONWEALTH PRIZES ................. 10

HONG KONG HIGHER LEVEL EXAMINATION 1984 ....................... 10

WATER CUT IN WONG CHUK HANG ................................... 11

WATER FIGURES ................................................. 11

MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 1983

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LEASING INDUSTRY'S ROLE STRESSED BY BREMRIDGE * * * *

THE EQUIPMENT LEASING INDUSTRY CAN PROVIDE A PARTICULARLY 'USEFUL SERVICE -OR HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING SECTOR WHICH MUST COPE wITH P.A°ID CHANGES IN CONSUMERS’ TASTE EVEN IN THE FACE 0^ O-ORENTLY DEPRESSED INTERNATIONAL TRADE, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, VP JOHN BREMRIDGE, SAID THIS (MONDAY) MORNING.

BECAUSE OF THESE CHANGES, OVERSEAS DEMAND FOR PARTICULAR LINES OF PRODUCTS CONTINUES TO BE VOLATILE, MR BREMRIDGE SAID, IN OPENING THE FIRST WORLD LEASING CONVENTION BEING HELD IN HONG KONG.

+T0 SATISFY SUCH VOLATILITY IS NOT EASY, PARTICULARLY wHEN COSTLY EQUIPMENT IS REQUIRED TO MANUFACTURE THE PRODUCTS CONCERNED.

+ IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES I BELIEVE THE EQUIPMENT LEASING INDUSTRY CAN PROVIDE A PARTICULARLY USEFUL SERVICE BY HELPING OUR MANUFACTURERS TO MAINTAIN THEIR COMPETITIVE EDGE WHILE MINIMISING THE FINANCIAL BURDEN ARISING FROM PURCHASING EQUIPMENT WHICH QUICKLY BECOMES OBSOLETE, AND FROM THE PROBLEM OF INCREASING BANK DEBT,* MR BREMRIDGE SAID.

EQUIPMENT LEASING COULD ALSO CONTRIBUTE TO THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY ENGAGED IN HONG KONG’S CONTINUOUS INFRASTRUCTURAL BUILD-UP, HE SAID.

+ AND I AM SURE THAT THE INDUSTRY ALSO FEATURES PROMINENTLY IN OUR FAST EXPANDING TERTIARY SERVICES SECTORS, NOT LEAST IN COMPUTER LEASING,* HE SAID.

ANOTHER FAVOURABLE FACTOR FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF EQUIPMENT LEASING IS HONG KONG’S FISCAL ENVIRONMENT WITH CORPORATE PROFIT TAX OF ONLY 16-1/2 PER CENT, HE POINTED OUT.

OF PARTICULAR RELEVANCE, HE ADDED, IS THE GENEROUS ALLOWANCE FOR PROFIT TAX PURPOSES OF DEPRECIATION FOR PLANT AND MACHINERY.

CURRENTLY, THE ALLOWANCE FOR THE INITIAL YEAR WHEN THE INVESTMENT IS MADE IS 55 PER CENT, HAVING BEEN RAISED TwICE IN THE PAST TWO YEARS.

+WITH AN ANNUAL ALLOWANCE OF, SAY, 30 PER CENT ON THE BALANCE, THIS MEANS THAT IN THE YEAR OF ACQUISITION 68.5 PER CENT OF THE VALUE OF THE PLANT AND MACHINERY IS DEDUCTIBLE FOR ®ROFIT TAX PURPOSES.

+1 HOPE THESE GENEROUS ALLOWANCES, IN DIRECTLY BENEFITING THE INDUSTRY AS THE LESSOR, wILL ALSO BRING SUBSTANTIAL BENEFITS FOR THE LESSEE,* MF, BREMRIDGE SAID.

HE IDENTIFIED THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT’^ LONG-STANDING COMMITMENT TO A FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM AS THE THIRD FAVOURABLE FACTOR.

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MAINTAIN AN ENVIRONMENT WI TH IN WHICH OUR INDUSTRIES HAVE OROSPERED. I AM CONFIDENT THAT THE EQUIPMENT LEASING INDUSTRY * ILL ALSO BENEFIT GREATLY BY OPERATING IN IT,* HE STATED.

IN EXTERNAL CONDITIONS, HE POINTED OUT THAT THE PACIF IC BASIN IS WIDELY ACCEPTED AS THE GROWTH AREA OF THE WORLD rOR Trit

1980'S.

CONDUCTED ON AN INTERNATIONAL SCALE, THE ACTIVITY OF THt LEASING INDUSTRY CAN OBVIOUSLY FACILITATE AND SPEED UP THE INTERNATIONAL TRANSFER OF TECHNOLOGY, PROVIDING A FURTHER CATALYTIC EFFECT ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR THE RcGION Ao A

WHOLE, MR BREMRIDGE SAID.

HONG KONG’S INVOLVEMENT IN THE MODERNISATION OF CH NA Io ALSO A MOST PROMISING FACTOR FOR THE EQUIPMENT LEASING INDUSTRY WHICH CAN MAKE SUBSTANTIAL CONTRIBUTION IN THIS AREA, BACKED UP E* THE + VEFY SOPHISTICATED FINANCIAL SECTOR*, HE SAID.

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TWO-VOLUME 1981 POPULATION CENSUS MAIN REPORT ON SALE

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THE TWO-VOLUME MAIN REPORT ON THE 1981 POPULATION CENSUS, PROVIDING COMPREHENSIVE SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION, IS NOW ON SALE.

THE REPORT IS AIMED AT THE GENERAL READER AND MARKS THE FINAL PHASE OF THE CENSUS PUBLICATIONS PROGRAMME.

IT IS ON SALE AT A COST OF $101 FOR VOLUME 1 AND $136 FOR VOLUME 2 IN THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL.

IN THE REPORT, CENSUS DATA ARE ANALYSED THROUGH COMPARISON wITH EARLIER CENSUSES, AND A DESCRIPTION OF THE EVENTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE CHANGES IS GIVEN.

SUCH TOPICS AS FERTILITY AND MORTALITY, HOUSING, HOUSEHOLDS, EDUCATION, LABOUR FORCE, INCOME, INTERNAL MOVEMENT AND THE POPULATION OF THE NEW TOWNS ARE CONSIDERED IN DETAIL.

THE 1981 CENSUS REPORT DIFFERS FROM PREVIOUS CENSUS REPORTS

IN THAT AN ATTEMPT HAS BEEN MADE DATA ARE USED IN PLANNING.

TO ILLUSTRATE HOW STATISTICAL

+THE PURPOSE OF THIS RE°ORT IS TO PRESENT AN ANALYSIS OF THE CENSUS RESULTS IN A WAY TrAT ALSO DEMONSTRATES THAT STATISTICS ARE USEFUL AND NECESSARY FOR EVALUATING AND MONITORING PAST PROGRAMMES, AND FOR PLANNING AHEAD,* THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS SAI...

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THE REPORT ALSO INCLUDES THE RESULTS OF THE PROJECTIONo of th- -UTURE SIZE OF THE POPULATION, LABOUR FORCE AND THE NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLDS.

♦WITHOUT ESTIMATES OF THE FUTURE POPULATION AND ITS AGE STRUCTURE, PLANNING FOR EDUCATION, HEALTH, HOUSING, TRANSPORT, “ANSWER AND SO ON WOULD BE HAZARDOUS, IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE,* HE SAID.

THE REPORT IS DIVIDED INTO TWO VOLUMES.

VOLUME 1 CONTAINS THE DETAILED ANALYSIS OF THE RESPECTIVE TOPICS PLUS CHAPTERS ON THE CENSUS METHODOLOGY AND ASSESSMENT CF DATA QUALITY; AND ALSO PRESENTS THE RESULTS AS SUMMARY TABLES IN THE REPORT.

VOLUME 2 CONTAINS A COMPREHENSIVE SET OF STATISTICAL TABLES COVERING THESE TOPICS.

RESULTS OF THE 1981 CENSUS ON THE EDUCATIONAL LEVEL, INCOME AND OCCUPATION OF THE POPULATION BY DISTRICT HAVE BEEN SEPARATELY PUBLISHED IN A FORM OF A STATISTICAL MAP. THIS IS ON SALE AT S2 PER COP*.

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SWISS URGED TO SELL MORE TO HONG KONG

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THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR BILL DORWARD TODAY (MONDAY) INVITED SWITZERLAND TO BOOST ITS EXPORTS TO HONG KONG AND THROUGH HONG KONG TO OTHER PLACES IN ASIA.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF +SWISSEXPO FAR EAS7+ MR DORwARD SAID: + IMPORTS ARE WELCOME FROM ANYWHERE, EVEN COUNTRIES WHICH CHOOSE TO PUT UP BARRIERS TO HONG KONG EXPORTS; AND THAT, REGRETTABLY, MEANS MOST COUNTRIES IN WESTERN EUROPE. SWITZERLAND IS, HOWEVER, A SPLENDID EXCEPTION AND MAINTAINS NO TRADE BARRIERS AGAINST IMPORTS FROM HONG KONG.

♦THIS REFLECTS, OF COURSE, A BASIC FREE TRADE PHILOSOPHY VERY SIMILAR TO THAT wHICH GUIDES OUR POLICY HERE. I BELIEVE IT IS TO A SUBSTANTIAL DEGREE THE FACT THAT BOTH SWITZERLAND AND HONG KONG HAVE DECLINED TO RESORT TO PROTECTIONIST DEVICES VHICH HAS SUSTAINED THEM SO RELATIVELY WELL DURING THIS LONG NIGHT OF WORLD TRADE RECESS ION,+ MR DORwARD REMARKED.

HE ASSURED SWISS TRADERS THAT HONG KONG WOULD CONTINUE TO OFFER A FREE AND OPEN MARKET TO SWITZERLAND.

♦THE BALANCE OF TRADE HAS FOR MANY YEARS BEEN HEAVILY IN SWITZERLAND’S FAVOUR, TO THE EXTENT OF ABOUT HKS1 BILLION A YEAR OUT OF A TOTAL TWO-wAY TRADE OF OVER HKS4.5 BILLION.*

+THIS, OF ITSELF, IS NOT A MATTER OF CONCERN TO US. IF THAT IMBALANCE IS TO BE ADDRESSED IN ANY WAY IT MUST BE BY US MAKING GREATER EFFORTS IN OUR EXPORTS TO SWITZERLAND.*

/HE POINTED

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HE POINTED OUT THAT THE PATTERN OF EXPORT TRADE BOTH WAYS «AS A BIT UNBALANCED, BEING VERY HEAVILY WEIGHTED TOWARD CL?THING IN THE CASE OF HONG KONG AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS IN case of Switzerland.

+THIS COMES AS NO SURPRISE TO ANYONE WHO KNOWS ANYTHING ABOUT HONG KONG OR SWITZERLAND, OF COURSE, BUT IT DOES SUGGEST ’ THERE IS CONSIDERABLE SCOPE FOR EXPANSION IN OTHER SECTORS.

♦I HOPE THAT THIS EXHIBITION WILL ENABLE TwO-WAY CONTACTS TO 3E DEVELOPED FOR THIS PURPOSE.+ HE CONCLUDED.

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S1F5-MILLION CONTRACT FOR FANLING BYPASS ROAD

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THE NEw TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT TODAY AWARDED A V16H-MILLION CONTRACT TO AOKI CONSTRUCTION CO. LTD. FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE FANLING BYPASS ROAD.

THE CONTRACT WAS SIGNED THIS AFTERNOON BY MR MARTIN GARRETT, CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE TAI PO AND FANLING DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE DEPARTMENT, AND MR HIROSHI AIKAWA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND DEPUTY GENERAL MANAGER OF THE HONG KONG OFFICE OF AOKI CONSTRUCTION.

THE FANLING BYPASS IS THE SECTION OF THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROUTE BETWEEN THE WO HOP SHEK INTERCHANGE AND THE TAI PO ROAD/FAN KAM ROaD/CASTLE PEAK ROAD ROUNDABOUT.

MR GARRETT SAID THE CONTRACT CALLED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A DUAL THREE-LANE CARRIAGEWAY AND AN ADJACENT DISTRIBUTOR ROAD.

+THE ALIGNMENT OF THE BYPASS WILL FOLLOW THE EXISTING

TAI PO ROAD FROM THE NORTHERN END AS FAR AS THE INTERSECTION NORTH OF FANLING VILLAGE. CROM THERE IT IS LOCATED ALONGSIDE THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY,* MR GARRETT SAID.

+A SEPARATE FOOTPATH AND CYCLEWAY WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED ON THE WESTERN SIDE OF THE MAIN CARRIAGEWAY,* HE ADDED.

FILL MATERIAL FOR THE WORKS, EXPECTED TO START SHORTLY AND BE COMPLETED BY MID-1985, wOULD BE BROUGHT IN FROM. THE SHA LING BORROW AREA. HOWEVER, RESTRICTIONS ON HAULAGE TIMES ARE INCLUDED IN THE CONTRACT IN ORDER TO REDUCE TRAFFIC CONGESTION.

+TOGETHER wI TH THE OTHER SECTIONS OF THE NEw TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROUTE IN THE EAST, INCLUDING THE TAI PC/SHA TIN COASTAL ROAD AND THE TAI PO BYPASS, THE FANLING BYPASS WILL BECOME A PRINCIPAL ROAD LINK BETWEEN THE NORTHEASTERN PART 3F THE NEW TERRITORIES AND THE KOWLOON URBAN AREAS,* yr GARRETT SAID.

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SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDUSTRY COMING * * * *

THE RT HON PATRICK JENKIN, SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDUSTRY *i_L ARRIVE IN HONG KONG ON WEDNESDAY (JANUARY 12). HE WILL BE .*ET BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE AND THE SENIOR BRITISH TRADE COMMISSIONER, MR CHRISTIAN ADAMS.

DURING HIS TWO-DAY STAY HERE, MR JENKIN wILL HAVE TALKS WITH SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND HAVE MEETINGS WITH BRITISH AND HONG KONG BUSINESSMEN. HE WILL VISIT THE HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL WHERE HE WILL MEET THE CHAIRMAN, SIR Y.K. KAN.

MR JENKIN WILL ALSO VISIT THE CASTLE PEAK POWER STATION IN THE COURSE OF A FAMILIARISATION TOUR BY HELICOPTER ON THURSDAY. HE WILL ATTEND A LUNCH HOSTED BY THE HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND WILL MAKE A SPEECH. THEN HE WILL VISIT THE BRITISH TRADE COMMISSION.

THE SECRETARY OF STATE WILL MEET MEMBERS OF THE TRADE AND INDUSTRY PANEL OF UMELCO ON FRIDAY MORNING AFTER TALKS wITH THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR WILLIAM DORWARD.

AT 2.15 PM ON FRIDAY, MR JENKIN WILL GIVE A PRESS CONFERENCE IN THE GIS THEATRE, 5TH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, CENTRAL.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MR JENKIN IS SCHEDULED TO ARRIVE ON WEDNESDAY AT 2.55 PM

ON FLIGHT BA 3. THERE WILL BE A FACILITY FOR PRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CAMERAMEN WISHING TO COVER HIS ARRIVAL. THEY SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE AIRPORT PRESS ROOM ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE AIRPORT TERMINAL AT 2 PM ON WEDNESDAY.

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LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR YOUTHS H *

A COMPREHENSIVE LEADERSHIP TRAINING PROGRAMME IS EE I Nu LAUNCHED FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN EASTERN DISTRICT.

THE ONE-AND-A-HALF-MONTH LONG PROGRAMME WILL CONSIST CF LECTURES AND CAMPING, WITH EMPHASIS ON VOLUNTEERING, LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND OUTDOOR SKILL TRAINING.

THE LECTURES wILL BE IN THE FORM OF TALKS, GAMES, ROLE PLAY, DISCUSSIONS AND FILM SHOwS. THE SPEAKERS wILL INCLUDE DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS.

THEY WILL COVER SUCH TOPICS AS LEADERSHIP, COMMUNITY INFORMATION, HUMAN RELATIONSHIP, PROGRAMME PLANNING AND SKILL AS WELL AS ORIENTEERING, CAMPING, SAFETY PRECAUTION AND SIMPLE FIRST-AID.

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THE CAMP TRAINING PROGRAMME WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE JUNK BAY YOUTH CAMP AND SAI KUNG COUNTRY PARK.

YOUNG pEOPLE ARE INVITED TO JOIN THE PROGRAMME, WHICH WILL COST ONLY 830 EACH.

APPLICANTS SHOULD EE AGED BETWEEN 16 AND 25, WITH CERTAIN COMMUNITY SERVICE EXPERIENCE AND AN ACADEMIC STANDARD OF FORM 3 OR ABOVE.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS WILL BE LIMITED TO 100.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS JANUARY 22.

THE PROGRAMME, ORGANISED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOA^D, SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND LOCAL YOUTH ORGAN I SAT IONb, WILL S।Ari EARLY NEXT MONTH.

AN ORGANISING COMMITTEE HAS BEEN FORMED WITH A DISTRICT BOARD UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, MR CHAN YING-LUN, As THE CHAIRMAN.

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LANDSCAPING FOR NEW ROAD INTERSECTION

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THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE LANDSCAPING WORKS ASSOCIATED WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CASTLE PEAK ROAD/TEXACO ROAD GRADE SEPARATED INTERSECTION IN TSUEN WAN.

THE AREAS BELOW AND AROUND THE FLYOVER WILL BE LANDSCAPED TO FORM A DIRECT EXTENSION TO TAI WO HAU PARK WHICH IS ALSO TO BE RE-DEVELOPED SHORTLY.

THE SPACE DIRECTLY BENEATH THE STRUCTURE WILL INCLUDE A VARIETY OF HARD LANDSCAPE FEATURES WHILE THE OPEN AREAS WILL BE WELL-PLANTED. TOILETS AND WATER FOUNTAINS WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED.

THE GARDEN ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD IS INTENDED PRIMARILY TO SERVE RESIDENTS IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD, ESPECIALLY THOSE LIVING IN NEARBY HOUSING ESTATES. THERE WILL ALSO BE AMPLE PROVISION FOR SHADED SITTING-OUT AREAS.

PLAY FACILITIES FOR SMALL CHILDREN WILL BE SET AMONG THE GREENERY AND WILL INCLUDE A CLIMBING HILL, AN ARTIFICIAL PLAYSTREAM, SAND-PITS AND A MINI SPLASH POOL.

THE AREA TO THE NORTH OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD WILL CATER TO OLDER CHILDREN WITH HARD PLAY FACILITIES INCLUDING A SMALl. WET-WEATHER EXTENSION TO THE GAMES AREAS WHICH HAVE BEEN EARMARKED FOR TAI WO HAU PARK,

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN MARCH AND BE COMPLETED IN ABOUT NINE MONTHS.

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CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN 1983 LAUNCHED

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THIS YEAR’S CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN LAUNCHED IN VILLAGES THROUGHOUT THE NEW TERRITORIES.

IT IS AIMED AT IMPROVING ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE IN THE RURAL AREAS AMD VILLAGES, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPECIAL NTSD TEAMS W ILL VISIT VILLAGES TO CLEAN UP REFUSE BLACK SPOTS DURING THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

TEMPORARY COLLECTION POINTS wILL BE SET UP TO ENABLE VILLAGERS TO DISPOSE OF THEIR RUBBISH.

VILLAGERS ARE ALSO ADVISED TO TELEPHONE THE NEW TERRITORIES LITTER COMPLAINT HOT-LINE 0-445555 TO REPORT ANY NUISANCE OR RUBBISH BLACKSPOT FOR QUICK CLEARANCE.

MEANWHILE, NEW CLEANSING SERVICE CONTRACTS COVERING SEVERAL VILLAGES WILL BE SIGNED BY THE DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR JOHN HEYWOOD, AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE NTSD HEADQUARTERS TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CONTRACT-SIGNING CEREMONY AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE NTSD HEADQUARTERS AT AUSTIN CENTRE, -lo-QT aiictim avfniif FTM FLOOR. AT 2.20 PM TOMORROW (TUESDAY;.

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SHA TIN LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR SITES * * *

vcao c*T2TArrn-Fo134 SITtS AT THE FORTHCOMING SHA TIN LUNAR NEW

^A$ uweni ~T A PUBL'C AUCTI0N T0DAY (MONDAY), LEAVING

UNLT OlA olIto UNoOLD.

THE HIGHEST PRICE FOR A FLOWER SITE WAS 5930 AND FOR A DRY GOODS SITE $200, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE PRICES FOR TWO SITtS FOR THE SALE OF BOTTLED DRINKS WERE $2 900 AND $1 510 WHILE TWO OTHER SNACK SITES WERE SOLD FOR 3759 AND $700.

TODAY’S AUCTION, CONDUCTED BY STAFF OF THE SHA TIN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE, TOOK PLACE AT THE LEK YUEN COMMUNITY HALL IN LEK YUEN ESTATES.

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THE UNSOLD SITES ARE NO* AVAILABLE FOR THE UPSET RENTAL OF jt73 EACH AND POTENTIAL TRADERS SHOULD CONTACT THE SHA TIN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE AT LOWER GROUND FLOOR, LEK YUEN COMMUNITY HALL, LEK YUEN ESTATE, SHA TIN, TOMORROW (TUESDAY) ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS. j-l

BESIDES THE SHA TIN FAIR, WHICH WILL BE HELD AT THE CAR PARK OF SHA TIN RACECOURSE, THERE wILL BE SIX OTHER LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIRS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES BETWEEN FEBRUARY 6 AND 13.

A TOTAL OF 112 SITES AT THE KWAI CHUNG LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR TO BE HELD AT KWAI CHUNG SPORTSGROUND WILL BE AUCTIONED AT THE KWAI FONG COMMUNITY HALL AT LAI FONG STREET STARTING AT 9.30 AM TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

NEW CHANNEL TO AIR VIEWS * * *

KOWLOON CITY RESIDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO MEET THEIR DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND TC AIR THEIR VIEWS ON LOCAL AFFAIRS THROUGH A ♦MEET THE PUBLIC* SCHEME TO BE INTRODUCED LATER THIS MONTH.

THIS WILL BE THE 10TH DISTRICT BOARD TO PROVIDE SUCH A CHANNEL FOR PEOPLE TO EXPRESS THEIR OPINIONS, SUGGESTIONS OR COMPLAINTS.

FROM JANUARY 20, TWO KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM 8 PM TO 10 PM EVERY THURSDAY IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE AT 141-143, KAU PUI LUNG ROAD TO MEET THE PUBLIC.

UNOFFICIALS, MR WONG SIK-KONG AND MR WU SHING-SHUEN, WILL BE THE FIRST TWO MEMBERS TO MEET THE RESIDENTS ON THE OPENING DAY OF THE SCHEME.

APART FROM APPOINTED AND ELECTED UNOFFICIALS, OFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE BOARD WILL ALSO PARTICIPATE IN THE SCHEME TO EXPLAIN GOVERNMENT POLICIES AND WORK PROCEDURES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DISTRICT BOARD HOPED THAT THE SCHEME WOULD STRENGTHEN A THREE-WAY LINK BETWEEN THE DISTRICT BOARD, LOCAL RESIDENTS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

RESIDENTS WISHING TO SEE THE BOARD MEMBERS ARE ADVISED TO MAKE APPOINTMENTS IN ADVANCE BY TELEPHONING 3-7110171 EXT. 52.

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MONDAY, JANUARY IQ, 1983

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WARNING TO RATEPAYERS

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RATEPAYERS WERE WARNED TODAY (MONDAY) THAT IF THEY STIlL HAVE NOT COMPLETED AND RETURNED THE FORMS RIA SENT TO THEM BY THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT IN AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 1982, THEY MIGHT FACE PROSECUTION.

THE FORMS REQUIRED RATEPAYERS TO GIVE INFORMATION GN THE OCCUPATION, RENTS AND OTHER DETAILS OF THE PROPERTY WHICH THEY OWN OR OCCUPY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT OVER 619 OOO RATEPAYERS OR ALMOST 95 PER CENT OF THOSE TO WHOM THE FORMS WERE ORIGINALLY SENT, HAVE COMPLETED AND RETURNED THEM.

HE SAID REMINDERS WERE ISSUED TO THOSE WHO HAD FAILED TO RETURN THE ORIGINAL FORMS BY THE END OF NOVEMBER.

♦ANY PERSON WHO REFUSES OR NEGLECTS TO FILL IN THESE FORMS IS LIABLE TO A FINE OF $2 □□□, BUT IF FALSE INFORMATION IS SUPPLIED ON THE FORM THE FINE COULD BE $5 000,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE REMINDED THOSE RATEPAYERS WHO HAVE RECEIVED A FORM AND HAVE NOT YET COMPLETED AND RETURNED IT TO THE DEPARTMENT TO DO SO AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AS PROSECUTION MIGHT SOON BE TAKEN AGAINST THOSE WHO HAVE NOT RETURNED THE FORMS AS REQUIRED.

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NEW SECTION OF TUEN MUN ROAD TO OPEN TO TRAFFIC * * *

THE NEWLY COMPLETED SECTION OF TUEN MUN ROAD BETWEEN SIU LAM AND SO KWUN WAT WILL EE OPEN TO TUEN MUN-BOUND TRAFFIC FROM 5.30 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JANUARY 12).

HOWEVER, TO ALLOW FOR TRAFFIC INSTALLATIONS, TUEN MUN ROAD FROM PUI TO ROAD ROUNDABOUT TO SIU LAM INTERCHANGE WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 9 PM AND 5.30 AM THE FOLLOWING MORNING ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY (JANUARY 11 AND 12).

DURING THE CLOSURE, TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

THIS DIVERSION WILL ALSO APPLY TO KMB NO. 60, 60M, 66, 66M, 68 AND 68M.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 10, 1983

10

HK TECHNICAL STUDENTS WIN COMMONWEALTH PRIZES

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TWO LOCAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE STUDENTS HAVE EACH OBTAINED A FIRST PRIZE IN TWO SEPARATE TELECOMMUNICATION AND RADIO EXAMINATION PAPERS ORGANISED FOR COMMONWEALTH STUDENTS IN JUNE LAST YEAR BY THE CITY AND GUILDS OF LONDON INSTITUTE, ENGLAND.

WINNERS OF THE INSTITUTE’S BRONZE MEDAL, FIRST PRIZE, IN PRACTICAL MATHEMATICS, CHAN KAM-KONG AND IN RADIO AND LINE TRANSMISSION A, JIMMY PIK-TO TAI, ARE BOTH SECOND-YEAR STUDENTS IN ELECTRONICS AND COMMUNICATIONS ENGINEERING OF THE MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE.

THIS REGIONAL EXAMINATION, HELD TWICE A YEAR IN JUNE AND DECEMBER, ATTRACTS SEVERAL THOUSAND COMMONWEALTH STUDENTS IN TECHNICAL OR RELATED STUDIES.

THE TWO STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE THEIR BRONZE MEDALS IN MARCH THROUGH THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC WHERE THE EXAMINATION WAS HELD.

STUDENTS FROM THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES IN HONG KONG HAVE WON MANY PROMINENT PRIZES IN THE EXAMINATION IN PREVIOUS YEARS.

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HONG KONG HIGHER LEVEL EXAMINATION 1984 * * *

SCHOOLS WISHING TO ENTER CANDIDATES FOR THE FIRST TIME FOR THE HONG KONG HIGHER LEVEL EXAMINATION IN 1984 ARE REMINDED THAT THEY MUST APPLY TO THE SECRETARY OF THE HONG KONG EXAMINATIONS AUTHORITY FOR APPROVAL NOT LATER THAN APRIL 1 THIS YEAR.

THE SAME PROCEDURE APPLIES TO SCHOOLS WISHING TO ENTER CANDIDATES FOR THE FIRST TIME FOR CERTAIN PRACTICAL SUBJECTS SUCH AS BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY OR PHYSICS.

APPLICATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE HONG KONG EXAMINATIONS AUTHORITY AT CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 10/F, 393 CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON.

THE HANDBOOK OF THE REGULATIONS AND SYLLABUSES FOR THE 1984 EXAMINATION WILL BE PUBLISHED IN MARCH THIS YEAR, AND MAY THEN BE PURCHASED AT THE PUBLICATION UNIT OF THE EXAMINATIONS AUTHORITY AT 17 TSEUK LUK STREET, SAN PO KONG, KOWLOON AND THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES CENTRE AT GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, HONG KONG.

FURTHER INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE EXAMINATIONS AUTHORITY AT TEL: 3-688906.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 10, 1983

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WATER CUT IN WONG CHUK HANG

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN wONG CHUK HANG wILL BE TURNED OFF FOR EIGHT HOURS FROM 10 PM ON THURSDAY (uANUARY 13) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

THIS WILL AFFECT PREMISES ALONG WELFARE ROAD, SHUM WAN ROAD, AND THOSE IN PO CHONG WAN.

IN ADDITION, OCEAN PARK, HONG KONG NAM LONG HOSPITAL, AND DAVID TRENCH HOME FOR THE AGED IN NAM LONG SHAN ROAD, TAI PAK SEA FOOD RESTAURANT, SEA PALACE FLOATING RESTAURANT, AND JUME. FLOATING RESTAURANT IN SHUM WAN, WONG CHUK HANG POLICE TRAINING SCHOOL AND WONG CHUK HANG ESTATE IN POLICE SCHOOL ROAD wlLL ALSO BE AFFECTED.

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WATER FIGURES

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STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 74.6 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 430.905 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 257.093 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 44.5 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 198}

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MASSIVE SPENDING ON ROAD PROJECTS........e...................   1

HK TAKING STEPS TO ENSURE PREEMINENCE AS CONTAINER PORT .... 3

NEW RANK FOR SENIOR OFFICERS...........<-...................... 5

ROAD PROJECT IN NT.......................................       6

DONATION TO HELP REHABILITATE DRUG ABUSERS .................... 6

VILLAGE CLEANSING CONTRACTS AWARDED ........................... 7

AUCTION OF LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR STALL. SITES ..................  7

CLEARWAYS IN TSUEN WAN ........................................ 8

CAUSEWAY BAY WATER CUT ......................................   8

TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 1983

1

MASSIVE SPENDING ON ROAD PROJECTS

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THE GOVERNMENT EXPECTS TO SPEND 58.8 BILLION OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS ON IMPLEMENTATION OF HONG KONG’S PRESENT ROAD PLANS, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, MR ALAN SCOTT, SAID THIS (TUESDAY) EVENING.

A FURTHER S3.8 BILLION COULD ALSO BE SPENT ON PROJECTS CONSIDERED HIGHLY DESIRABLE IN TRANSPORT TERMS, MR SCOTT SAID WHEN ADDRESSING THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY CONVOCATION.

♦WORK GOES AHEAD ON SEVERAL LARGE NEW ROAD ITEMS INCLUDING THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR, THE VICTORIA BARRACKS DEVELOPMENT, THE TAI HANG ROAD FLYOVER AND THE WIDENING OF POK FU LAM ROAD, ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

♦IN KOWLOON, THERE IS THE WEST KOWLOON CORRIDOR, THE ELEVATED ROAD FROM CHEUNG SHA WAN TO BOUNDARY STREET, AND OTHER ELEVATED ROADS IN THE KOWLOON BAY AREA, WHILE THE TAI PO/SHA TIN COASTAL ROAD AND THE WIDENING OF THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD ARE MAJOR NEW TERRITORIES PROJECTS.

♦AND OF COURSE, WORK IS PROCEEDING ON THE MTR ISLAND LINE AND THE COMPLETION OF KCR’S MODERNISATION AND ELECTRIFICATION,♦ HE SAID.

MR SCOTT POINTED OUT THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD A +DYNAMIC AND COMPREHENSIVE+ TRANSPORT POLICY.

♦TRANSPORT SERVICES IN HONG KONG ARE AN EXTRAORDINARY MIXTURE; TRANSPORT DEMANDS ARE WIDELY RAMIFIED AND COMPLICATED, AND THEREFORE POLICY OBJECTIVES MUST COVER A MULTITUDE OF FACETS,* HE ADDED.

TO GIVE SOME EXAMPLES, MR SCOTT SAID THAT DURING 1982 THE GOVERNMENT WAS CONCERNED WITH SUCH EXTREMELY DIFFERENT MATTERS AS BUILDING NEW MAJOR ROADS, SUCH AS THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR AND THE COMPLETION OF THE TUEN MUN HIGHWAY: AND AT THE SAME TIME INVESTIGATING MINUTELY INDIVIDUAL ACCIDENT BLACK SPOTS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG.

WE HAVE BROUGHT IN RATHER SEVERE MEASURES OF BROAD FISCAL RESTRAINTS ON THE RATE OF GROWTH OF PRIVATE VEHICLES, TO CONTROL CONGESTION’- WHILE AT THE SAME TIME THE REGULATIONS PRESCRIBING THE CONSTRUCTION AND USE OF VEHICLES HAVE BEEN MINUTELY ANALYSED AND REWRITTEN.

WE ARE INVOLVED IN PLANNING THE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE OF THE FUTURE, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME MONITORING THE DETAILS OF TRANSPORT SERVICES OPERATING DAY BY DAY,* HE SAID.

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MR SCOTT SAID THAT DURING THE LAST FEW YEARS THE INCREASING PROSPERITY OF HONG KONG HAD GIVEN RISE TO A DRAMATIC INCREASE IN THE DEMAND FOR MOBILITY, IN TERMS OF PRIVATE, PUBLIC AND FREIGHT TRANSPORT.

ALL THIS MEANS VERY DIFFICULT DECISIONS AS BETWEEN COMPETING DEMANDS, AND OF COURSE WITHIN GOVERNMENT’S SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC PROGRAMMES AS A WHOLE. IN A FEW WORDS, WE CANNOT DO IT ALL, AND WE MUST ESTABLISH PRIORITIES,* HE STATED.

ON THE CO-ORDINATION OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND TRANSPORT MODES GENERALLY, MR SCOTT SAID HIS BRANCH WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE JOB, WHICH WAS NORMALLY ACHIEVED BY DISCUSSION AND CONSENSUS.

BUT THERE WERE STATUTORY POWERS WHICH ENABLED THE GOVERNMENT THROUGH THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT OR THE TRANSPORT BRANCH TO INTERVENE, TO GUIDE, AND IF NECESSARY TO DIRECT; A*'? THERE WERE GOVERNMENT DIRECTORS ON THE BOARDS OF THE BUS COMPANIES, THE FERRY COMPANIES, THE MASS TRANSIT RA ILWAY CORPORATION AND THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION, HE SAID.

MR SCOTT SAID THE PAST YEAR WAS HIGHLIGHTED BY:

* A VERY POSITIVE STEP TAKEN IN MAY TOWARDS CONTAINING CONGESTION ON THE ROADS, WHICH IS PRINCIPALLY CAUSED BY PRIVATE CARE;

* THE IMPROVEMENT AND EXTENSION OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEMS IN PARTICULAR THE FIRST STAGE OF ELECTRIFICATION OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY AND THE OPENING OF THE TSUEN wAK EXTENSION OF THE MTR ;

* THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE MOBILITY OF TRANSPORT BY VARIOUS PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY SCHEMES;

* THE COMPLETION OF SEVERAL MAJOR TRANSPORT PROJECTS ;

* THE COMPREHENSIVE REVISED ROAD TRAFFIC LEGISLATION WHICH wAS PASSED THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO REQUIRE IMPROVED STANDARDS ALL ROUND, WITH REALISTIC LEVELS OF PENALTIES TO ENABLE BETTER ENFORCEMENT, AND

* MORE PLANNING FOP THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF TRANSPORT IN HONG KONG, WITH 11 ON-GOING MAJOR TRANSPORT STUDIES.

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HK TAKING STEPS TO ENSURE PREEMINENCE AS CONTAINER PORT

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HONG KONG WILL CONTINUE TO EE FIRMLY ENTRENCHED AS THE LARGEST CONTAINER PORT EAST OF SUEZ DESPITE INTENSIVE EFFORTS BY OTHER ASIAN PORTS TO CAPTURE A LARGER SHARE OF THIS IMPORTANT TRADE.

/v I TH MAJOR EXPANSION DLANS READY TO MEET RISING NEEDS, HONG KONG’S CONTAINER PORT IS POISED TO CAPITALISE ON ANY ECONOMIC RECOVERY, JUST AS IT DID ON THE PREVIOUS UPTURN FOLLOWING THE 1974-75 RECESSION.

KOBE, ACCORDING TO THE 1982 ISSUE OF THE PRESTIGIOUS CONTAINERISATION INTERNATIONAL YEARBOOK, LOST ITS POSITION AS THE THIRD LARGEST CONTAINER PORT IN THE WORLD TO HONG KONG IN 1980. SINCE THEN THE JAPANESE PORT HAS AT TIMES COME CLOSE TO REGAINING THIS TITLE.

IN THAT YEAR, HONG KONG’S THROUGHPUT OF 1.46 MILLION TEUS (TWENTY FOOT EQUIVALENT UNITS) WAS ONLY MARGINALLY AHEAD OF KOBE’S 1.45 MILLION TEUS.

ON THE BASIS OF INFORMATION COLLATED SO FAR, HONG KONG’S TOTAL THROUGHPUT FOR 1982 IS EXPECTED TO COME CLOSE TO 1.7 MILLION TEUS DESPITE SLUGGISH INTERNATIONAL TRADE, MR T.J. FRAWLEY, SENIOR MARINE OFFICER OF THE MARINE DEPARTMENT, SAID.

ABOUT 89 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL IS BEING HANDLED AT THE THREE TERMINALS IN KWAI CHUNG AND THE BALANCE HANDLED ELSEWHERE IN HONG KONG.

THIS MEANS THAT HONG KONG * ILL STAY +COMFORTABLY AHEAD* OF KOBE AND MAINTAIN A STRONG LEAD OVER KAOHSIUNG AND SINGAPORE WHICH IN 1980 OVERTOOK SAN JUAN OF PEURTO RICO TO BECOME THE WORLD’S FIFTH AND SIXTH LARGEST CONTAINER PORTS RESPECTIVELY, MR FRAWLEY SAID.

ASIA’S RAPID EXPANSION IN CONTAINER FACILITIES IS POINTED CUT BY THE 1°82 CONTAINERISATION INTERNATIONAL YEAR BOOK WHICH NOTES THAT OF THE TO0 10 PORTS WHICH RECORDED THE HIGHEST GAINS IN TRAFF IC, FIVE WERE IN ASIA.

IN HONG KONG, TO COPE WITH FUTURE EXPANSION, THE GOVERNMENT HAS DRAWN UP LAND RECLAMATION PLANS THAT w1LL EXTEND THE EXISTING BERTHING SEA FRONT IN KWAI CHUNG FROM 2 230 METRES TO 3 200 YETRES BY 1986, RAISING ITS CAPACITY BY 45 PER CENT TO 2.2 MILLION TEUS.

+THE PLANS HAVE BEEN SO DESIGNED THAT COMPLETION DATE MAY BE ADVANCED IF NECESSARY. IF AT ANY STAGE OF THE EXPANSION, AN EVER INCREASING DEMAND IS SEEN TO EXIST, THE DEVELOPMENT WORK CAN BE MODIFIED TO PROVIDE YET ANOTHER 733 METRES OF BERTHING SEA FRONT OVER THE 3 203 METRES, OR A FURTHER. 22 PER CENT INCREASE IN CAPACITY,* MR FRAWLEY EXPLAINED.

/TO ENSURE........

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T0 ENSURE EFFICIENT OPERATION AND TO MONITOR EXPANSION NEEDS, THE GOVERNOR RECENTLY ORDERED THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A CONTAINER ot.rt EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPRESENTING SHIPPING INTERESTS, P^r i USERS, GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED AND ANCILLARY INDUSTRIES.

AS DEVELOPMENT OF CONTAINER FACILITIES REQUIRES A FOUR-YEAR GESTATION PERIOD, ADVANCE PLANNING IS IMPORTANT, MR FRAWLEY SAID.

HE RECALLED THAT WHEN THE KuAI CHUNG CONTAINER PORT PROJECT WAS FIRST PLANNED IN THE LATE 196O’S, CRITICS DISMISSED IT Ao A +WHITE ELEPHANT+.

INDEED, THE KWAI CHUNG PORT GOT OFF THE GROUND IN 1972 ONLY TO ENJOY A SHORT-LIVED BOOM BEFORE GLOBAL RECESSION STRUCK IN 197* AND 1975.

BUT THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY THAT FOLLOWED SPARKED OFF THE PHENOMENAL GROWTH OF HONG KONG AS A WORLD-CLASS CONTAINER PORT, RR FRAWLEY SAID.

MORE THAN 40 PER CENT OF HONG KONG’S EXPORTS AND IMPORTS ARE SHIPPED BY CONTAINER.

HONG KONG IS ALSO A MAJOR TRANSHIPMENT CENTRE LINKING INDUSTRIALISED COUNTRIES IN THE WEST TO VARIOUS ASIAN COUNTRIES OR TERRITORIES, INCLUDING CHINA, THE PHILIPPINES, TAIWAN, SINGAPORE AND THAILAND, MR FRAWLEY SAID.

CLOSE TO 30 PER CENT OF HONG KONG’S TOTAL VOLUME OF CONTAINERISED CARGOES REPRESENTS TRANSHIPMENT GOODS FOR THESE COUNTRIES, HE SAID.

TODAY, THE AVERAGE TURNAROUND TIME AT KWAI CHUNG IS 15 HOURS, COMPARED WITH 2.6 DAYS FOR SHI’S USING CONVENTIONAL HANDLING.

INDIRECTLY, THE CONTAINER PORT HELPS IMPROVE HONG KONG’S EXPORT COMPETITIVENESS AND THE EXPORTER’S ABILITY TO DELIVER HIS GOODS ON TIME.

TO STAY AHEAD IN THIS FIELD, riONG KONG HAS THREE OTHER MAIN FACTORS GOING FOR IT, MR FRAWLEY EXPLAINED.

FIRST, REFLECTING THE FORESIGHT OF BOTH THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR, HONG KONG WAS THE FIRST OUTSIDE EUROPE AND THE US TO HAVE CONTAINER FACILITIES IN THE 1960’S AND PURPOSE-BUILT CONTAINER TERMINALS IN THE EARLY 197O’S.

THIS HEAD START PLUS ITS PROVEN EFFICIENT, COST-EFFECTIVE SERVICES HAVE PUT HONG KONG ON THE MAP OF INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING LINES AROUND THE WORLD, MR FRAWLEY SAID.

ALSO, OVER THE YEARS, THESE SHIPPING LINES USING KwAI CHUNG HAVE DEVELOPED LARGE NETWORKS Op SPECIALISED FEEDER SHIPS RUNNING BETWEEN HONG KONG AND OTHER PARTS OF ASIA WHERE CONTAINER FACILITIES ARE EITHER NON-EXISTENT, UNDER-DEVELOPED OR INSUFFICIENT.

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+CONTAINERISED CARGOES FROM THE US AND EUROPE ARE BROKEN DUwN HERE AND TRANSHIPPED TO DIFFERENT POINTS IN THE REGION BY THE FEEDER SHIPS.

♦CONVERSELY, GOODS FROM ASIA ARE BROUGHT BY THESE SHIPS TO HONG KONG WHERE THEY ARE CONSOLIDATED IN CONTAINERS FOR BULK AND SPEEDY TRANSHIPMENT TO THE wEST,+ MR FRAWLEY SAID.

+IT IS DIFFICULT FOR OTHER PORTS TO BREAK INTO THIS ESTABLISHED TRADE PATTERN,* HE ADDED.

UNLIKE MANY OTHER PORTS IN THE REGION, HONG KONG IS A NATURALLY DEEP PORT THAT CAN ACCOMMODATE THE LARGEST CONTAINER SHIPS IN THE WORLD. THIRD GENERATION CONTAINER SHIPS OF 59 ODD GROSS TONS HAVE BEEN CALLING AT KwAI CHUNG REGULARLY.

THE THIRD FACTOR CITED BY MR FRAWLEY IS THE SHEER SIZE OF HONG KONG’S EXPORTS AND IMPORTS WHICH CREATE A NATURAL DOMESTIC DEMAND FOR CONTAINER SERVICES.

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NEW RANK FOR SENIOR OFFICERS * * * *

IN ITS EIGHTH REPORT DATED APRIL 1982, THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON DIRECTORATE SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE RECOMMENDED THAT LONG-SERVING AND MERITORIOUS DEPARTMENTAL OFFICERS AT THE LEVEL OF HEAD OF DEPARTMENT OR AGENCY SHOULD BE ELIGIBLE, EXCEPTIONALLY, FOR SUBSTANTIVE APPOINTMENT TO A HIGHER RANK ON A PERSONAL BASIS.

THIS RECOMMENDATION WAS ACCEPTED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND APPROVAL HAS NOW BEEN GIVEN FOR THREE SENIOR OFFICERS TO BE APPOINTED TO THE NEXT HIGHER RANK ON A PERSONAL BASIS IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR LONG AND MERITORIOUS SERVICE. THEY ARE:

(A) MR T.G. GARNER, WHO HAS BEEN COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES (FORMER COMMISSIONER OF PRISONS) SINCE JANUARY 1972;

(B) MR R.A. PRY, COMMISSIONER OF RATING AND VALUATION SINCE SEPTEMBER 19711

(C) DR A.J. NUTTEN, GOVERNMENT CHEMIST SINCE MARCH 1969.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 1-83 ,

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ROAD PROJECT IN NT * * *

THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SECTION OF A NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD IMPROVEMENT SCHEME BETWEEN LAM KAM ROAD AND WO HOP SHEK.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE NEW SECTION WILL FORM PART OF A FUTURE MAJOR ROAD SYSTEM ON THE EAST OF THE NEW TERRITORIES. THE SYSTEM WILL RUN FROM FANLING VIA TAI PO AND SHA TIN TO LINK UP WITH URBAN AREAS IN KOWLOON.

THE PROJECT INVOLVES THE WIDENING OF ABOUT 2.4 KILOMETRES OF TAI PO ROAD INTO A DUAL THREE-LANE CARRIAGEWAY, WITH SEPARATE SERVICE ROAD AND FOOTPATH SYSTEMS TO MAINTAIN ACCESS TO NEARBY DEVELOPMENTS.

FIVE FOOTBRIDGES WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED AT DIFFERENT LOCATIONS TO PROVIDE SEGREGATED PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS OVER THE CARRIAGEWAY.

WORK ON THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO START IN APRIL AND BE COMPLETED BY THE BEGINNING OF 1985.

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DONATION TO HELP REHABILITATE DRUG ABUSERS * * *

THE KOWLOON LOK SIN TONG BENEVOLENT SOCIETY TODAY (TUESDAY) DONATED A CHEQUE FOR $30 000 TO THE EMPLOYMENT GUIDANCE COMMITTEE FOR VOLUNTARILY REHABILITATED DRUG ABUSERS.

THE CHEQUE WAS PRESENTED BY MR KU SZE-CHUNG, CHAIRMAN OF THE SOCIETY, TO MR GORDON MORTIMER, COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, WHO IS HONORARY PRESIDENT OF THE COMMITTEE.

ON BEHALF OF THE COMMITTEE, MR MORTIMER THANKED THE SOCIETY FOR THE DONATION WHICH SIGNIFICANTLY CONTRIBUTED TO THE EFFORTS BEING MADE TO HELP REINTEGRATE DRUG ABUSERS INTO SOCIETY.

THE EMPLOYMENT GUIDANCE COMMITTEE FOR VOLUNTARILY REHABILITATED DRUG ABUSERS WAS FORMED IN 1975 AND HAS FOUND JOBS FOR ABOUT 1 000 PEOPLE. IT HAS ALSO PROVIDED INTEREST-FREE LOANS TO PEOPLE RELEASED FROM DRUG TREATMENT INSTITUTIONS TO HELP SOLVE THEIR IMMEDIATE FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES.

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VILLAGE CLEANSING CONTRACTS AWARDED

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FOUR NEW TERRITORIES RURAL ORGANISATIONS WERE TODAY AWARDED EXTENDED CONTRACTS TO CONTINUE THE WORK OF CLEANSING THEIR VILLAGES FOR TWO MORE MONTHS.

THE NEW AGREEMENTS, WORTH $106 000, WILL ENABLE THE BODIES TC CONTINUE THEIR VILLAGE CLEANSING SERVICES, UNTIL ONE-YEAR CONTRACTS ARE DRAWN UP.

THE CONTRACTS WERE SIGNED TODAY BY THE DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR JOHN HEYWOOD, AND THE CONTRACTORS.

THE RURAL ORGANISATIONS ARE: WANG TOI SHAN IN YUEN LONG, LUNG KWU TAAN IN TUEN MUN, AND TAI PO TSAI AND HANG HAU IN SA I KUNG.

MR HEYWOOD SAID THE FOUR VILLAGES WERE ON THE WHOLE MUCH CLEANER THAN BEFORE, AS A RESULT OF THE EARLIER PILOT CLEANSING SCHEME, WHICH LASTED EIGHT MONTHS.

+PERHAPS THE VILLAGERS ARE NOW SHOWING A GENUINE INTEREST IN KEEPING THEIR ENVIRONMENT CLEAN, WHEREAS PREVIOUSLY THEY TOOK THE GOVERNMENT CLEANSING SERVICE FOR GRANTED,+ MR HEYWOOD SAID.

PEOPLE WOULD THINK TWICE BEFORE DISCARDING THEIR RUBBISH IF THEY KNEW THEY HAD TO PICK IT UP AGAIN, MR HEYWOOD SAID.

THE GOVERNMENT HAD ALSO DECIDED TO EXTEND THESE CONTRACT CLEANSING SERVICE ARRANGEMENTS TO SEVERAL OTHER VILLAGES IN 1983/84, HE SAID.

TO BROADEN THE BASE OF THE EXPERIMENT AND GAIN EXPERIENCE IN A WIDER RANGE OF VILLAGES, THE PRESENT PILOT SCHEME WOULD COVER SEVEN VILLAGES INCLUDING THE EXISTING FOUR DURING THE NEXT FINANCIAL YEAR. IF THIS ARRANGEMENT CONTINUED TO PROVE SUCCESSFUL, THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT HOPED TO EXTEND IT TO MANY OTHER VILLAGES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES IN 1984, W HEYWOOD EXPLAINED.

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AUCTION OF LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR STALL SITES

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A TOTAL OF 108 STALL SITES AT THE FORTHCOMING LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR IN KWAI CHUNG WAS TAKEN UP AT A PUBLIC AUCTION TODAY (TUESDAY), LEAVING FOUR STALL SITES STILL AVAILABLE.

AT THE AUCTION THE HIGHEST PRICE FETCHED FOR A SITE SELLING FLOWERS WAS $700 AND A SITE FOR SELLING DRY GOODS WAS $300.

THE UPSET PRICE FOR EACH STALL SITE WAS $75, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID.

/TRADERS WHO .......

TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 1983

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TRADERS WHO WISH TO HIRE ANY OF THE FOUR SITES AT THE UPSET PRICE ARE INVITED TO CONTACT THE KWAI CHUNG URBAN SERVICES OFFICE ON THE FOURTH FLOOR OF SHING WAH BUILDING, 31 SHING FONG STREET, KWAI CHUNG. THEY WILL BE HIRED OUT ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVEE BASIS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE FAIR WILL BE HELD AT THE KWAI CHUNG SPORTSGROUND FROM FEBRUARY 6 TO 13.

SIX OTHER FAIRS WILL ALSO BE HELD IN OTHER PARTS OF NEW TERRITORIES.

AUCTIONING OF ANOTHER 208 SITES AT THE TSUEN WAN FAIR TO BE HELD AT THE SHA TSUI ROAD PLAYGROUND WILL START AT 9.30 AM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AT THE AUDITORIUM OF THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL.

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CLEARWAYS IN TSUEN WAN * * *

ALL TAXIS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF SAI LAU KOK ROAD NEAR THE WALDORF THEATRE, IN TSUEN WAN FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 14), A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED TODAY.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD BETWEEN ITS EASTERN JUNCTION WITH SAI LAU KOK ROAD AND CHUNG ON STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED AS A 24-HOUR PUBLIC LIGHT BUS CLEARWAY.

THESE CLEARWAY ARRANGEMENTS ARE BEING MADE TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW IN THE AREA, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

CAUSEwAY BAY WATER CUT X X X

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN CAUSEWAY BAY WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 14) TO FACILITATE LEAKAGE TESTS.

PREMISES AFFECTED WILL BE THOSE BOUNDED BY TUNG LO WAN ROAD, TAI HANG ROAD AND LAI TAK TSUEN ROAD.

NORMAL SUPPLY WILL RESUME AT 6 AM ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 15).

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

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EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL STATISTICS IN SEPTEMBER 1982 1

CALL FOR MORE PRIVATE HOSPITALS ................................ 7

FIRE PREVENTION DRIVE IN SQUATTER VILLAGES ..................... 9

81-MILLION DONATION FOR TSUEN WAN PARK ......................... 9

CHARITY DONATIONS FROM CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT........ 10

TSUEN WAN LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR SITES AUCTIONED.................. 11

ILE RETRAINING COURSE ......................................... 11

TALK ON EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE FOR THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED .. 12

VARIETY SHOW TO LAUNCH KWUN TONG ANTI-NARCOTICS DRIVE ......... 1J

TAI PO SITE FOR CAR PARK ...................................... 13

TSUEN WAN TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ................................. U

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN TAI PO

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EMPLOYMENT,

VACANCIES AND PAYROLL STATISTICS IN SEPTEMBER 1982 ******

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) PUBLISHED EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS FOR MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY IN SEPTEMBER 1982.

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

A SEPARATE EMPLOYMENT SURVEY COVERS THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES. THE OVERALL FIGURES BY MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS, TOGETHER WITH A COMPARISON WITH THE CORRESPONDING FIGURES FOR SEPTEMBER 1981 AND JUNE 1982, ARE AS FOLLOWS :

PERSONS ENGAGED (EMPLOYMENT) IN

PERCENTAGE CHANGE

SELECTED MAJOR

SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY

SEPT 81

JUN 82

SEPT 82

SEPT 82 ON SEPT 82 ON

SEPT 81 JUN 82

MANUFACTURING 904 600 903 000 856 100 - 5.4 - 5.2

BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION (MANUAL WORKERS ON SITES ONLY) 82 700 84 300 81 200 - 1.8 - 3.7

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 474 000 498 700 502 800 + 6.1 * 0.8

FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 148 900 164 100 167 700 +12.6 + 2.1

COMPARING THE FIGURES FOR SEPTEMBER 1982 WITH THOSE FOR SEPTEMBER 1981, THERE WERE INCREASES IN EMPLOYMENT IN THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, AND IN THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR.

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EMPLOYMENT IN THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR CONTINUED TO GROW RAPIDLY. AT 167 700, EMPLOYMENT IN THIS SECTOR WAS 12.6 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN SEPTEMBER 1981.

EMPLOYMENT IN THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR AT 502 800, WAS 6.1 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN SEPTEMBER 1981.

ON THE OTHER HAND, EMPLOYMENT IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR AND BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES DECREASED BY 5.4 PER CENT AND 1.8 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

A SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT CONSIDERING THESE SECTORS AS A GROUP, THERE WAS A NET LOSS OF ONLY 2 400, A NET FALL OF LESS THAN 0.2 PER CENT.

COMPARING THE EMPLOYMENT FIGURES FOR SEPTEMBER 1982 WITH THOSE FOR JUNE 1982, EMPLOYMENT IN THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, AND IN THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR SHOWED INCREASES OF 0.8 PER CENT AND 2.1 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. ON THE OTHER HAND, EMPLOYMENT IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR AND ON BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES DECREASED BY 5.2 PER CENT AND 3.7 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. HOWEVER, MANUFACTURING EMPLOYMENT IN JUNE TENDS TO BE ON THE HIGH SIDE FOR SEASONAL REASONS, E.G. THE RECRUITMENT OF TEMPORARY AND STUDENT WORKERS DURING THE SUMMER VACATION.

TOGETHER WITH THE EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS, THE SURVEY ALSO PROVIDED VACANCY STATISTICS FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, THE -WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, AND THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR IN SEPTEMBER 1982. THE OVERALL FIGURES BY MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS, TOGETHER WITH A COMPARISON WITH THE CORRESPONDING FIGURES FOR SEPTEMBER 1981 AND JUNE 1982, ARE AS FOLLOWS :

NUMBER OF REPORTED

VACANCIES IN PERCENTAGE CHANGE

SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY ————— — —— — — — ———— — — ——- —— —————————————————

SEPT 82 ON SEPT 81 SEPT 82 ON JUN 82

SEPT 81 JUN 82 SEPT 82

MANUFACTURING 47 900 26 900 29 900 -37.6 +10.8

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 6 600 5 200 4 500 -31.1 -13.5

FINANCE, 2 200 1 900 1 730 -25.3 -10.5

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COMPARING THE FIGURES FOR SEPTEMBER 1982 WITH THOSE FOR THE SAME PERIOD IN 1981, THE NUMBER OF REPORTED VACANCIES DECREASED IN ALL OF THE ABOVE THREE SECTORS. THE DECREASES IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, AND THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR WERE 37.6 ?ER CENT, 31.1 PER CENT AND 25.3 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

COMPARING THE FIGURES FOR SEPTEMBER 1982 WITH THOSE FOP JUNE 1982, A SEASONAL INCREASE OF 10.8 PER CENT IN THE NUMBER CF REPORTED VACANCIES WAS REGISTERED IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR. OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE NUMBER OF REPORTED VACANCIES IN THE WHObESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR AND THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR DECREASED BY 13.5 PER CENT AND 13.5 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE SURVEY ARE STATISTICS ON MONTHLY PAYROLL OUTLAYS IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, AND THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR. QUARTERLY TOTALS FOR EACH OF THESE SECTORS ARE SHOWN IN THE FOLLOWING TABLE.

SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF TOTAL QUARTERLY PAYROLL IN PERCENTAGE CHANGE

3RD QTR. 3RD QTR. 3RD QTR. 1982

THE ECONOMY 1981 1982 ON 3RD QTR. 1981

HK$ MN HK$ MN

MANUFACTURING 4 770 5 210 * 9.2

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 2 674 3 138 *17.3

FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 1 351 1 775 +31.3

RELATIVE TO THE SAME QUARTER A YEAR AGO, PAYROLL OUTLAYS IN THE ABOVE THREE SECTORS INCREASED BY 9.2 PER CENT, 17.3 PER CENT AND 31.3 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. THE INCREASE IN THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR, AT 31.3 PER CENT, WAS PARTICULARLY RAPID. SUCH A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE WAS IN PART DUE TO A RAPID INCREASE IN EMPLOYMENT.

BY ADJUSTING FOR VARIATIONS IN TOTAL PAYROLL OUTLAYS ARISING FROM CHANGES IN THE LEVEL OF EMPLOYMENT, A NOMINAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED IS OBTAINED. TO ALLOW FOR THE EFFECTS OF PRICE CHANGES, THE NOMINAL INDEX IS DEFLATED BY THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) TO GIVE THE REAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED. VALUES OF THESE TWO INDICES ARE GIVEN IN THE TABLE BELOW :

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NOMINAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED (JUNE 1980 - 100) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY SEPT 81 SEPT 82 SEPT 82 ON SEPT 81

MANUFACTURING 122.5 140.3 +14.5

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 124.8 137.7 +10.3

FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 120.2 138.9 +15.6

REAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON (JUNE 1980 » ENGAGED 100) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY SEPT 81 SEPT 82 SEPT 82 ON SEPT 81

MANUFACTURING 102.3 107.3 + 4.9

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 104.2 105.4 + 1.2

FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 100.3 106.3 + 6.0

SECTOR, THE RESTAURANTS REAL ESTATE INCREASE IN

COMPARED WITH SEPTEMBER 1981, INCREASES OF 14.5 PER■ CENT, U3.3 PER CENT AND 15.6 PER CENT WERE REGISTERED IN THE NOMINAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED IN THE MANUFACTURING

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND AND HOTELS SECTOR, AND THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR RESPECTIVELY. THE THE MAUFACTURING SECTOR, AT 14.5 PER CENT, WAS DUE _____ „ CHANGE IN THE COMPOSITION OF WORKERS AS A RESULT OF THE DECREASE IN DEMAND FOR CASUAL WORKERS RELATIVE TO A YEAR AGO. OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE REAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED SHOWED INCREASES OF 4.9 PER CENT, 1.2 PER CENT AND 6.0 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IM THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, AND THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE

PARTLY TO A

AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR.

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

FURTHER DETAILS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE FOLLOWING OFFICERSt

YR AU HOO-KIT, 5-4341851 MR NG KUNG-TAK, 5-455661 AND MR

CHOI FUN-TAI, 5-455668.

DETAILS OF EMPLOYMENT IN SELECTED INDUSTRIES

I. MANUFACTURING SECTOR

INDUSTRY GROUP EMPLOYMENT IN PERCENTAGE CHANGE +

SEPT 81 JUN 82 SEPT 82 SEPT 82 ON SEPT 81 SEPT 82 ON JUN 82

WEARING APPAREL ( INCLUDING KNITWEAR FROM YARN) 258 300 260 900 251 400 - 2.7 - 3.7

TEXTILES ( INCLUDING KNITWEAR FROM YARN) 123 400 117 600 111 600 - 9.5 - 5.1

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPLIANCES AND SUPPLIES, INCLUDING ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS 124 100 124 300 118 800 - 4.3 - 4.4

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 89 100 94 300 83 000 - 6.8 -11.9

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS 82 100 81 100 73 500 -10.5 - 9.4

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II. BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SECTOR

(MANUAL WORKERS ON SITES ONLY) PERCENTAGE CHANGE +

CONTRACTING PARTY EMPLOYMENT IN

SEPT 81 JUN 82 SEPT 82 SEPT 82 ON SEPT 81 SEPT 82 ON JUN 82

HOUSING DEPARTMENT 15 OOO 14 500 16 300 + 8.2 +12.3

OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT * 16 500 19 790 18 100 + 9.6 - 8.1

MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION ** 1 790 3 000 4 300 +159.1 +41.5

PRIVATE SECTOR 49 500 47 100 42 600 -14.0 - 9.6

* INCLUDING BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT AND WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT

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

III. WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR

INDUSTRY GROUP EMPLOYMENT IN PERCENTAGE CHANGE +

SEPT 81 JUN 82 SEPT 82 SEPT 82 ON SEPT 81 SEPT 82 ON JUN 82

WHOLESALE TRADE 52 800 55 800 55 900 + 5.9 * 0.2

RETAIL TRADE 155 900 159 200 161 900 + 3.9 ♦ 1.7

IMPORT/EXPORT BUSINESS 119 500 130 400 130 500 + 9.2 * 0.1

RESTAURANTS, CAFES AND BARS 125 200 131 700 132 400 + 5.7 ♦ 0.5

HOTELS AND BOARDING HOUSES 20 600 21 600 22 100 + 7.2 ♦ 2.4

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IV. FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND

BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR

INDUSTRY GROUP EMPLOYMENT IN PERCENTAGE CHANGE +

SEPT 81 JUN 82 SEPT 82 SEPT 82 ON SEPT 81 SEPT 82 ON JUN 82

MONETARY INSTITUTIONS INCLUDING BANKS 47 800 51 000 52 300 + 9.6 ♦ 2.6

REAL ESTATE COMPANIES 22 300 25 500 26 500 +19.1 ♦ 4.1

OTHER FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS 24 700 26 500 26 800 + 8.6 * 1.1

ACCOUNTING AND AUDITING FIRMS 5 600 6 700 6 600 + 17.5 - 2.4

ENGINEER ING, ARCHITECTURAL AND TECHNICAL SERVICES 9 800 11 700 11 700 i + 19.7 ♦ 0.5

+ BASED ON UNROUNDED EMPLOYMENT FIGURES

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CALL FOR MORE PRIVATE HOSPITALS

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THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR (MEDICAL SERVICES) OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, DR S.F. LAM TODAY CALLED ON THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO BUILD MORE HOSPITALS TO CATER FOR THE +SANDWICH CLASS* OF THE COMMUNITY.

SPEAKING AT A LIONS CLUB MEETING THIS AFTERNOON, DR LAM SAID THERE WAS A LARGE GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO COULD NOT AFFORD THE HIGH PRICE OF PRIVATE MEDICAL CARE NOR BE WILLING TO ACCEPT THE SIMPLE ENVIRONMENT OF A PUBLIC HOSPITAL.

HE SAID IN HONG KONG, THERE ARE BASICALLY TWO TYPES OF MEDICAL SERVICES --- PRIVATE MEDICINE WHICH CATERS MAINLY TO THE

RICH, AND GOVERNMENT MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES WHICH TAKE CARE OF THE VERY POOR AND NOT SO POOR.

LEFT OUT IN THE COLD WERE THE RATHER LARGE SANDWICH GROUP OF PEOPLE +WHO ARE REALLY THE BACKBONE OF OUR ECONOMY - THE TEACHERS, WHITE-COLLARED MIDDLE-MANAGEMENT EXECUTIVES, THE PERSONAL SECRETARIES AND THE PROFESSIONALS ON THE WAY UP,+ HE SAID.

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♦THESE PEOPLE WHO ARE REASONABLY WELL OFF TO BE CLASSIFIED AS COMFORTABLE AND WHO ARE PREPARED TO PAY, WITHIN LIMITS, WANT SOME OF THE FRILLS THAT GO TOWARDS ADDING COMFORT TO THEIR HOSPITAL STAY,* HE ADDED.

DR LAM SAID THAT GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS IN THE FUTURE WILL HAVE MORE FIRST AND SECOND CLASS BEDS ON A LIMITED BASIS FOR THE SANDwICH CLASS.

BUT THE PROVISION OF MEDICAL FACILITIES FOR THE POOR AND UNDERPRIVILEGED WOULD REMAIN THE GOVERNMENT’S FIRST PRIORITY, HE STRESSED.

THERE WAS, HE SAID, A LACK OF HOSPITAL BEDS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR THOUGH THERE WAS NO NEED FOR THIS RESTRAINT. POINTING OUT THAT NO NEW PRIVATE HOSPITAL HAD BEEN BUILT IN THE PAST 15 YEARS, HE SAID ONE OF THE REASONS FOR THIS WAS THE FEAR THAT THE PRIVATE HOSPITAL BUSINESS WAS NOT PROFIT-GENERATING.

HOWEVER, DR LAM SAID, THERE WAS EVIDENCE THAT THERE WAS MONEY TO BE MADE IN SUCH ENTERPRISES IN THE UNITED STATES, BRITAIN, JAPAN, THE PHILIPPINES, MALAYSIA AND SINGAPORE.

HE CITED THE COMMON AILMENT OF APPENDICITIS AS AN EXAMPLE TO ILLUSTRATE WHY THERE IS A NEED FOR MORE PRIVATE HOSPITALS.

OF HONG KONG’S POPULATION OF OVER 5.1 MILLION, EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD HAS AN APPENDIX, HE SAID.

♦LET’S ASSUME THAT HALF A MILLION ARE SO RICH AND WELL OFF THAT THEY CAN FLY OFF TO THE UNITED STATES OR THE U.K. FOR TREATMENT, AND THAT ANOTHER ONE-AND-A-HALF MILLION ARE SO POOR THAT THEY HAVE TO MAKE USE OF PUBLIC HOSPITAL FACILITItS -----

THIS LEAVES OVER THREE MILLION ---- THE SANDWICH CLASS UNATTENDED

TO,+ SAID DR LAM.

HE SAID IF ONLY ONE PER CENT OF THE POPULATION HAD AN INFLAMED APPENDIX, THIS WOULD MEAN 35 300 INFLAMED APPENDIXES NEEDING SURGICAL REMOVAL.

♦ASSUMING THE VERY CONSERVATIVE CHARGE OF 31 000 SURGEON’S FEE WITHOUT EVEN TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE COST OF HOSPITALISATION, NURSING, DRUGS AND OTHER EXPENSES YOU ALREADY HAVE A S35-MILLI0N INDUSTRY,+ HE SAID.

♦ALL THIS FROM ONE SMALL APPENDIX, WHAT OF THE OTHER LARGER ORGANS?* SAID DR LAM.

♦THE SOLUTION FOR SOME OF THE ILLS OF THE MIDDLE INCOME GROUD IS MORE PRIVATE FACILITIES BUT AT A COST WHICH THEY CAN AFFORD,* HE ADDED.

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FIRE PREVENTION DRIVE IN SQUATTER VILLAGES *****

A PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN HAS JUST BEEN LAUNCHED IN SQUATTER AREAS ON THE HILLSIDES OF SHAU KEI WAN TO PROMOTE THE IMPORTANCE OF FIRE PREVENTION, ESPECIALLY DURING THE DRY SEASON.

SPONSORED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD, THE CAMPAIGN IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, SHAU KEI WAN HILLSIDE AREA COMMITTEE, CARITAS HONG KONG SHAU KEI WAN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT AND THE NEIGHBOURHOOD ADVICE-ACTION COUNCIL.

THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE TWO-WEEK DRIVE WILL BE A FIREFIGHTING DEMONSTRATION JOINTLY PRESENTED BY FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL AND LOCAL +FIRE WATCH+ TEAMS AT 6.30 PM NEXT TUESDAY (JANUARY 18) AT 3O6A, TSIN SHU I MA TAU VILLAGE.

THE LOCAL TEAMS ARE SELF-VIGILANT GROUPS FORMED IN MANY SQUATTER AREAS TO HELP FIGHT FIRES AND MINIMISE LOSSES IN THE EVENT OF A FIRE.

THE CAMPAIGN WILL ALSO FEATURE A SERIES OF TALKS AND SLIDE SHOWS ON FIRE PREVENTION IN SQUATTER VILLAGES, VISITS TO THE SHAU KEI WAN FIRE STATION AND A FIRE PREVENTION QUIZ.

THERE WILL BE A CLOSING CEREMONY AT 2 PM ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 23) AT THE SHAU KEI WAN SERVICE RESERVOIR PLAYGROUND IN 0 PUI LUNG VILLAGE.

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SI-MILL ION DONATION FOR TSUEN WAN PARK * * * *

TSUEN WAN’S MUCH-NEEDED RECREATIONAL FACILITIES GOT A BOOST TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WITH A MILLION-DOLLAR DONATION FROM A PRIVATE DEVELOPER TOWARDS THE COST OF A MULTI-PURPOSE PARK.

THE PARK, COSTING A TOTAL OF $5.3 MILLION, WILL HAVE FOUR FLOODLIT TENNIS COURTS, CHANGING ROOMS, A MODEL-BOAT PLAYING POOL, A CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND AND A REST GARDEN.

IT IS BEING BUILT ON A ONE-HECTARE SITE ADJACENT TO THE TSUEN WAN CENTRE, A PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL COMPLEX IN TSUEN KING CIRCUIT IN THE NORTH-WESTERN PART OF THE NEW TOWN.

WHEN COMPLETED IN JULY THIS YEAR, THE PARK WILL HELP MAKE UP FOR THE SHORTAGE OF SUCH FACILITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

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NEW TERRITORIES C^RE?ANYMlrpJpDQ^E REG,0NAL SECRETARY FOR THE CHEQUE FROM THE'cHAIRMAN OF THE^UN MuSr'^? A_MILLI ON-DOLLAR LIMITED, MR KWOK TAK-SENG? T E S N HUNG KAI REAL ESTATE AGENCY

AND SA%MTHEHFAC?LinESKW0ULDEBEN£F^TYpp?l?n2JT C0MMUNITY SPIRIT CIRCUIT WHICH, UPON FULL DFVFl nPMPMTT E£n.'2ENTS ,N TSUEN K,NS OF OVER 50 000 ULL DEV‘-l°PMENT, WOULD HAVE A POPULATION

ALSO PRESENT AT TODAY’S CEREMONY WERE THE DISTRICT COMMISSIONER, MR HAMISH MACLEOD I THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS ELAINE CHUNG; THE COMPANY’S DEPUTY GENERAL MANAGER, MR WALTER KWOK ; AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT’S MANAGER, W DAVID LEE.

THE COMPANY HAS IN THE PAST 10 YEARS UNDERTAKEN VARIOUS PRIVATE HOUSING, COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL PROJECTS IN TSUEN WAN, KWAI CHUNG AND ON TSI NG Yl.

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CHARITY DONATIONS FROM CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT * * * *

THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) DONATED PART OF THE PROCEEDS OF ITS 30TH AUTUMN FAIR TO VARIOUS CHARITABLE ORGANISATIONS AT A PRESENTATION CEREMONY HELD AT THE DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS.

THE RECIPIENTS INCLUDED THE HONG KONG SEA SCHOOL, HONG KONG DISCHARGED PRISONERS’ AID SOCIETY, CARITAS LOK HEEP CLUB, THE SALVATION ARMY, FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG, UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSION FOR REFUGEES AND ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT.

THE DONATION IS PART OF THE DEPARTMENT’S CONTRIBUTION TO VARIOUS COMMUNITY SERVICES IN HONG KONG.

SPEAKING IN THE CEREMONY, MR RAYMOND HALL, REPRESENTATIVE OF THE UNHCR, THANKED THE DEPARTMENT FOR THEIR GENEROUS DONATION AND SUP°ORT AND SAID FUNDS OF THE COMMISSION SOLELY DEPEND ON VOLUNTARY DONATIONS.

HE ALSO PRAISED THE WORK BY CORRECTIONAL SERVICES STAFF IN LOOKING AFTER THE REFUGEES PARTICULARLY OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS.

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TSUEN WAN LUNAR NEw YEAR FAIR SITES AUCTIONED

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ALL 208 STALL SITES AT THE FORTHCOMING LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR IN TSUEN WAN WERE TAKEN UP AT A PUBLIC AUCTION TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOST OF THE STALL SITES FETCHED HIGHER PRICES THAN EXPECTED, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE HIGHEST BID PRICE FOR A FLOWER STALL SITE WAS $3 600 AS COMPARED WITH $2 400 FETCHED FOR A SIMILAR STALL SITE LAST YEAR. THE LOWEST PRICE BID WAS $950.

A DRY GOODS STALL SITE FETCHED THE HIGHEST PRICE OF SI 750 WHILE THE LOWEST PRICE WAS $800.

TWO SITES FOR SALE OF BOTTLED DRINKS WERE TAKEN UP AT $3 900 AND $2 800.

THE UPSET PRICE FOR EACH STALL SITE WAS $75.

THE AUCTION WAS HELD AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL AUDITORIUM.

ALL STALLS FOR THE FAIR WILL BE ERECTED AT THE SHA TSUI ROAD PLAYGROUND BETWEEN FEBRUARY 6 AND 13.

SIX OTHER LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIRS WHICH WILL EE HELD IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL TAKE PLACE AT KWAI CHUNG, TUEN MUN, YUEN LONG, SHEUNG SHU I, TAI PO AND SHA TIN.

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ILE RETRAINING COURSE * * *

ONE HUNDRED PRIMARY SCHOOL LANGUAGE TEACHERS HAVE JUST COMPLETED THE FIRST RETRAINING COURSE ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S NEW INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION (ILE).

TO MARK THE OCCASION, A GRADUATION CEREMONY WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 14) AT THE ILE AT PARK-IN COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 21/F, DUNDAS STREET, KOWLOON AT 3 PM.

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THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR COLVYN HAYE, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE GRADUATION CEREMONY. HE WILL ALSO OPEN AN EXHIBITION OF LANGUAGE TEACHING MATERIALS PREPARED AND ADAPTED BY THE COURSE PARTICIPANTS.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ON SATURDAY AND ON JANUARY 17 AND 18 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE GRADUATION CEREMONY OF THE FIRST RETRAINING COURSE ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S INSTITUTE CF LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION (ILE) ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 14). THE CEREMONY wILL BE HELD AT THE ILE AT PARK-IN COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 21/F, DUNDAS STREET, KOWLOON AT 3 PM.

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TALK ON EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE FOR THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED *****

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IS TO ORGANISE A TALK ON THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE FOR PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED PEOPLE LATER THIS MONTH.

THE TALK, THE FIRST EVER ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S LABOUR RELATIONS PROMOTION UNIT FOR THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED, IS AIMED AT HELPING THEM TO UNDERSTAND THE VARIOUS PROVISIONS OF THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE.

THE TALK WHICH WILL BE HELD AT QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM, WAN CHAI, ON JANUARY 30 (SUNDAY) AT 2.45 PM.

SPEAKING AT THE TWO-HOUR TALK WILL BE OFFICERS FROM THE PROMOTION UNIT. THEIR TALKS WILL INCLUDE CONTRACTS OF EMPLOYMENT, PAYMENT OF WAGES AND DEDUCTIONS FROM wAGES, TERMINATION OF CONTRACTS OF EMPLOYMENT, SEVERANCE PAYMENTS, REST DAYS, STATUTORY HOLIDAYS, PAID ANNUAL LEAVE, SICKNESS ALLOWANCES AND MATERNITY LEAVE.

THOSE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING THE TALK, ADMISSION TO wHICr WILL BE FREE, MAY CONTACT THE PROMOTION UNIT ON 5-28149* OR OBTAIN APPLICATION FORMS FROM ITS OFFICE SITUATED ON THE 21ST PLOOR OF UNITED CENTRE IN QUEENSWAY, WAN CHAI.

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VARIETY SHOW TC LAUNCH KWUN TONG ANT I-NARCOTICS DRIVE ******

A VARIETY SHOW WILL BE HELD IN THE LEUNG SHEK CHEE COLLEGE ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 15) TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE KWUN TONG ANTI-NARCOTICS campaign.

The SHOW WILL aim AT PREVENTING DRUG ABUSE AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE. IT WILL BE FILMED BY ATV AND BROADCAST AT 7.30 pM ON JANUARY 22.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY *ILL BE THE COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, MR GORDON MORTIMER; REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR ALBERT LAM AND CHAIRMAN OF THE KWUN TONG ANTINARCOTICS CAMPAIGN ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR EDDIE LAMB.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE KWUN TONG ANTI-NARCOTICS VARIETY SHOW IN THE LEUNG SHEK CHEE COLLEGE, HIU KWONG STREET, KWUN TONG, STARTING FROM 7.45 PM ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 15).

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TAI PO SITE FOR CAR PARK * * * *

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SHORT-TERM TENANCY OF A SITE NEAR PAK KIU IN TAI p0.

THE SITE, MEASURING ABOUT 6 310 SQUARE METRES, IS TO BE USED FOR A FEE-PAYING PUBLIC CAR PARK.

THE TENANCY IS FOR ONE YEAR INITIALLY AND THEREAFTER QUARTERLY.

THE DEADLINE FOR THE ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERS IS 12 NOON ON JANUARY 28.

TENDER FORMS, NOTICES AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, AND TENDER PLAN INSPECTED AT, THE SURVEY DIVISION OF THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, 5TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG: THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE (TAI PO), TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, TING KOK ROAD, TAI PO; AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE (KOWLOON WEST), KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 435 NATHAN ROAD, 10TH FLOOR, KOWLOON.

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TSUEN WAN TRAFFIC ARRANGEME TS * * * *

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN TSUEN WAN -OR ABOUT SIX MONTHS, FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 14), TO ALLOW -OR CONSTRUCTION OF THE TAI HO ROAD FLYOVER.

WESTBOUND VEHICLES ALONG CASTLE PEAK RO/D WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO TURN LEFT INTO TAI HO ROAD SOUTHS )Ut.D. TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA CHUNG ON STREET AND TSUEN WAI! AFKET STREET.

VEHICLES TRAVELLING ALONG TSUEN *AN MARl.E" STREET WESTBOUND WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO TURN RIGHT INTO TAI HO ROAD NORTHBOUND. HOWEVER. THEY *> 1LL BE ALLOWED TO TURN LEFT I ITO ' A I HO ROAD SOUTHBOUND AND MAKE U-TURNS AT THE SHA TSUI OaD ROUNDABOUT.

ON THEIR JOURNEYS TO TSUEN WAN FERRY, K ’B ROUTES 40 AND 48 WILL EE DIVERTED VIA TEXACO ROAD AND SHA TSU ROAD, NO. 52 VIA SHA TSUI ROAD AND NO. 39M VIA CASTLE PEAK RO D, KWOK SHU I ROAD, TEXACO ROAD AND SHA TSUI ROAD.

NO. 30 ON KOWLOON-BOUND JOURNEYS WILL Bf DIVERTED VIA TSUEN KING CIRCUIT, CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND SHA TSUI POaD.

MAXICAB ROUTE NO. 80 WILL NOT CALL AT T: E STOP OUTSIDE THE TSUEN WAN MTR STATION.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JANUARY 1J, 198?

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOODS TRADE FOR 11 MONTHS UP THREE PER CENT ................... 1

SHA TIN NEW TOWN VERY IMPRESSIVE — JENKIN ..................... 5

POWER STATION'S POLLUTION CONTROLS EXAMINED..................   6

HONG KONG'S TRANSPORT SYSTEM IN PROFILE......................   7

SIR PHILIP VISITS TECHNICAL INSTITUTE ......................... 9

HEART HEALTH DISPLAY TO BE HELD............................... 10

PART-TIME IN-SERVICE TRAINING COURSES FOR TEACHERS

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GOODS TRADE FOR 11 MONTHS UP THREE PER CENT * * * *

TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE FOR JANUARY TO NOVEMBER 1982, VALUED AT $243 346 MILLION, INCREASED BY THREE PER CENT COMPARED WITH THE SIMILAR PERIOD IN 1981, ACCORDING TO FIGURES RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE BY THREE PER CENT TO $74 641 MILLION, IMPORTS BY THREE PER CENT TO $128 849 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS BY FIVE PER CENT TO $39 856 MILLION.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS TOGETHER INCREASED BY FOUR PER CENT.

CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE TEN MAJOR OVERSEAS MARKETS WERE AS FOLLOWS«-

JAN-NOV 1982 (S MN) JAN-NOV 1981 (S MN) INCREASE/ DECREASE (S MN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

U.S.A. 28 263 26 489 +1 775 + 7

U.K. 6 363 6 873 - 510 - 7

F.R. OF GERMANY 6 115 6 169 - 54 - 1

CHINA 3 389 2 535 + 854 +34

JAPAN 2 912 2 697 ♦ 216 ♦ 8

AUSTRALIA 2 576 2 467 + 109 + 4

CANADA 2 350 2 130 + 221 ♦ 10

SINGAPORE 1 767 1 583 + 185 +12

NETHERLANDS 1 461 1 397 + 64 + 5

FRANCE 1 336 1 323 + 13 + 1

DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO * HE U.S.A. ROSE BY SEVEN PER CENT. SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS (BY $875 MILLION OR 42#), CLOTHING (BY $696 MILLION OR 7%) AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $385 MILLION OR 25%).

DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $598 MILLION OR 28%) AS WELL AS TEXTILES (BY $160 MILLION OR 24%).

DECREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE UNITED KINGDOM WERE REGISTERED FOR CLOTHING (BY $209 MILLION OR 7%) AS WELL AS TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $177 MILLION OR 31%).

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MOST COMMODITIES EXPORTED TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY DECLINED IN VALUE, INCLUDING TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $98 MILLION OR 19%) AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $62 MILLION OR 13%). HOWEVER, DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES INCREASED BY $40 MILLION OR 15 PER CENT.

SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE REGISTERED IN THE DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO CHINA OF TEXTILES (BY $265 MILLION OR 47%) AS WELL AS TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $168 MILLION OR 42%) AND IN THE DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO JAPAN OF CLOTHING (BY $159 MILLION OR 15%).

AN ANALYSIS OF CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS FOLLOWSi

JAN-NOV 1982 ($ MN) JAN-NOV 1981 ($ MN) INCREASE/ DECREASE ($ MN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 25 637 25 154 + 482 + 2

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS) 14 338 12 047 +2 291 *19

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 7 250 7 391 - 141 - 2

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (MAINLY TRANSISTORS AND DIODES AND HOUSEHOLD TYPE APPLIANCES) 5 486 5 310 ♦ 176 * 3

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 5 199 5 071 * 128 * 3

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 4 476 4 80? - 333 - 7

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CHANGES IN IMPORTS FROM THE TEN MAJOR SOURCES ARE SUMMARISED

AS FOLLOWS:- JAN-NOV 1982 (S MN) JAN-NOV 1981 ($ MN) INCREASE/ DECREASE ($ MN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

CHINA 29 451 26 436 +3 015 +11

JAPAN 28 388 29 073 - 684 - 2

U.S.A. 14 061 13 257 + 804 + 6

SINGAPORE 9 318 9 616 - 297 - 3

TAIWAN 9 254 9 751 - 498 - 5

U.K. 6 195 5 730 ♦ 466 + 8

REPUBLIC OF KOREA (SOUTH KOREA) 4 046 5 009 - 963 -19

F.R. OF GERMANY 3 154 3 059 + 95 + 3

SWITZERLAND 2 371 2 586 - 215 - 8

AUSTRALIA 2 073 1 847 + 226 +12

' LOCAL DEMAND 1 FOR IMPORTED GOODS FROM CHINA REMAINED STRONG

INCREASES WERE RECORDED MAINLY IN CLOTHING (BY $916 MILLION OR 28%), IRON AND STEEL (BY $376 MILLION OR 84%), MEAT AND MEAT PREPARATIONS (BY $251 MILLION OR 30%) AND LIVE ANIMALS CHIEFLY FOR FOOD (BY $183 MILLION OR 11%).

AS FOR IMPORTS FROM JAPAN, INCREASES WERE NOTED FOR MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES, SPORTING GOODS AND MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AND ACCESSORIES) (BY $143 MILLION OR 11%) AS WELL AS TEXTILE FABRICS (BY $142 MILLION OR 5%). DECREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $493 MILLION OR 17%), ROAD VEHICLES (BY $326 MILLION OR 11%), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $318 MILLION OR 12%) AND TEXTILE YARN (BY $215 MILLION OR 27%).

INCREASES IN IMPORTS FROM THE U.S.A. WERE MOSTLY OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $167 MILLION OR 12%) AS WELL AS TOBACCO AND TOBACCO MANUFACTURES (BY $164 MILLION OR 27%). ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED IN IMPORTS OF ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS, AND CELLULOSE ESTERS AND ETHERS (BY $154 MILLION OR 21%), OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $103 MILLION OR 7%) AND TEXTILES (BY $86 MILLION OR 23%).

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INCREASES IN VALUE WERE REGISTERED IN IMPORTS FROM SINGAPORE OF WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $62 MILLION OR 17%) AND IN IMPORTS FROM TAIWAN OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $307 MILLION OR 26%). IMPORTS OF TEXTILES FROM TAIWAN DECLINED (BY $618 MILLION OR 17%).

THE FOLLOWING TABLE ILLUSTRATES THE MORE IMPORTANT CHANGES IN IMPORTS BY COMMODITY SECT ION:-

JAN-NOV 1982 JAN-NOV 1981 ($ MN) ($ MN)

INCREASE/ PERCENTAGE

DECREASE CHANGE

($ MN)

MANUFACTURED

GOODS CLASSIFIED CHIEFLY BY MATERIAL (MAINLY TEXTILE PRODUCTS, DIAMONDS, IRON AND STEEL, AND PAPER) 35 850 36 349 499 1

MACHINERY AND TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT 29 040 29 223 183 1

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY WATCHES AND CLOCKS, ARTICLES OF APPAREL) 22 268 20 983 *1 285 + 6

FOOD AND LIVE ANIMALS CHIEFLY FOR FOOD 14 570 12 594 +1 976 *16

MINERAL FUELS, LUBRICANTS AND RELATED MATERIALS 10 474 10 044 + 430 4

CHEMICALS AND RELATED PRODUCTS 8 556 8 262 + 294 4

INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN RE-EXPORTS TO THE U.S.A. (BY $746 MILLION OR 17%), SAUDI ARABIA (BY $312 MILLION OR 59%), SINGAPORE (BY $283 MILLION OR 9%), REPUBLIC OF KOREA (BY $262 MILLION OR 21%), INDONESIA (BY $242 MILLION OR 6%), TAIWAN (BY $217 MILLION OR 10%), THE PHILIPPINES (BY $196 MILLION OR 17%) AND MACAU (BY $168 MILLION OR 13%).

ON THE OTHER HAND, DECLINES WERE REGISTERED IN RE-EXPORTS TO THE U.K. (BY $255 MILLION OR 30%) AND JAPAN (BY $206 MILLION OR 8%).

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MOST COMMODITIES RE-EXPORTED THROUGH HONG KONG EXHIBITED STRONG GROWTH, THE MORE SIGNIFICANT ONES BEING CLOTHING (BY $701 MILLION OR 35%), MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AND ACCESSORIES AND JEWELLERY) (BY $388 MILLION OR 22%), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (BY $307 MILLION OR 11%) AND CRUDE ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE MATERIALS (BY $252 MILLION OR 22%).

DECREASES WERE REGISTERED IN THE RE-EXPORTS OF TEXTILES (BY $492 MILLION OR 8%), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $358 MILLION OR 19%), AND METALLIFEROUS ORES AND METAL SCRAP (BY $312 MILLION OR 52%).

THE NOVEMBER 1982 ISSUE OF THE +HONG KONG TRADE STATISTICS -SUMMARY* WILL SOON BE AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT HK$5 PER COPY. A MORE COMPREHENSIVE REPORT, +HONG KONG EXTERNAL TRADE*, WITH A DETAILED ANALYSIS OF IMPORTS, EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS IN NOVEMBER, WILL BE AVAILABLE IN EARLY FEBRUARY 1983 AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT HK$10 PER COPY. ENQUIRIES CONCERNING SUBSCRIPTIONS TO THESE REPORTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES AT BASKERVILLE HOUSE, HONG KONG (TEL. NO. : 5-214375).

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SHA TIN NEW TOWN VERY IMPRESSIVE -- JENKIN ******

SHA TIN NEW TOWN WAS *A VERY, VERY IMPRESSIVE SIGHT*, THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDUSTRY, MR PATRICK JENKIN, SAID TODAY.

HE THEN TOOK OUT HIS CAMERA AND CAPTURED THE PANORAMIC VIEW ON FILM.

MR JENKIN FLEW INTO THE NEW TOWN BY HELICOPTER, ACCOMPANIED BY THE DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT, MR JOHN DON ;

THE DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDUSTRY, MR GORDON MANZ IE, AND THE SENIOR BRITISH TRADE COMMISSIONER, MR CHRISTIAN ADAMS.

HE WAS MET ON ARRIVAL AT THE LIONS PAVILION, WHICH OVERLOOKS THE NEW TOWN, BY THE PROJECT MANAGER (SHA TIN), MR KENNETH KWOK, AND THE DISTRICT OFFICER (SHA TIN), MR DONALD TSANG, WHO BRIEFED HIM ON THE GROWTH, PROGRESS AND FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW TOWN.

MR JENKIN EXPRESSED AMAZEMENT AT THE TREMENDOUS PACE OF DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW TOWN AND SAID IT WAS +A VERY, VERY IMPRESSIVE SIGHT*.

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POWER STATION’S POLLUTION CONTROLS EXAMINED

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THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE (EPCOM) THIS WEEK VISITED THE HONG KONG ELECTRIC COMPANY’S COAL-FIRED POWER STATION ON LAMMA ISLAND, TO VIEW AT FIRST HAND THE POLLUTION-CONTROL ARRANGEMENTS INCORPORATED INTO THE PLANT’S DESIGN UNDER PLANS DRAWN UP BY THE COMPANY AND AGREED WITH THE GOVERNMENT.

AFTER A VERY THOROUGH TOUR OF INSPECTION THE COMMITTEE EXPRESSED THEMSELVES PLEASED WITH WHAT THEY SAW. THE PLANS LAID HAD BEEN’TURNED INTO REAL CONTROLS.

POTENTIAL SOURCES OF POLLUTION FROM SUCH A POWER STATION FALL INTO FOUR MAIN CATEGORIES -- EMISSIONS FROM THE CHIMNEY, AIR AND WATER POLLUTION FROM THE HANDLING OF THE COAL STOCKS, SIMILARLY, FROM THE HANDLING AND DISPOSAL OF PULVERISED FLY ASH (PFA) AND FURNACE BOTTOM ASH (FBA) EXTRACTED FROM THE CHIMNEY AND BOILERS, AND EFFLUENTS FROM THE COOLING WATER AND SEWAGE DISCHARGES FROM THE STATION. ALL THESE SOURCES HAD BEEN MADE THE SUBJECT OF ADVANCED TECHNICAL CONTROLS, OPERATED WITH PROFESSIONAL EFFICIENCY.

ELECTROSTATIC PRECIPITATORS SEPARATE THE PFA EMISSIONS SO THAT THESE ARE NOT RELEASED THROUGH THE CHIMNEY AS SMOKE AND DUST. THE PFA IS THEN SUCKED BY AIR THROUGH PIPES TO STORAGE BINS IN A TOTALLY ENCLOSED SYSTEM.

FINAL DISPOSAL IS TO THE PRODUCTION OF CEMENT ADDITIVES.

’ CONTINGENCY ARRANGEMENTS ARE UNDER DISCUSSION BETWEEN THE COMPANY AND THE GOVERNMENT FOR SAFE DISPOSAL AT CONTROLLED TIPS, SHOULD THESE COMMERCIAL OUTLETS AT ANY TIME BE UNABLE TO TAKE UP THE FULL OUTPUT OF PFA FROM THE STATION.

FBA IS EXTRACTED FROM THE BASE OF THE BOILERS AND SLUICED WITH WATER THROUGH PIPES TO A SETTLEMENT BASIN, IN WHICH THE MOISTURISED ASH IS SEPARATED OUT AND LOADED INTO BARGES FOR DISPOSAL TO COMMERCIAL USE — IN THIS CASE AS MATERIAL FOR CEMENT BLOCKS. SIMILAR CONTINGENCY ARRANGEMENTS ARE UNDER DISCUSSION WITH THE GOVERNMENT FOR DISPOSAL OF THIS FORM OF ASH TO TIPS, SHOULD THE COMMERCIAL OUTLETS PROVE INSUFFICIENT.

EPCOM MEMBERS WERE ABLE TO WATCH THE COAL-HANDLING AND UNLOADING OPERATIONS DIRECTLY, AS THEIR VISIT COINCIDED WITH THE UNLOADING OF AN 82 OOO TON SHIPMENT OF AMERICAN COAL FROM A VESSEL RECENTLY ARRIVED AT THE LAMMA STATION.

DESPITE THE WORK IN PROGRESS VERY LITTLE SPILLAGE WAS OBSERVABLE ON THE JETTY AND ARRANGEMENTS WERE IN FORCE TO SWEEP UP AND RETAIN FOR USE SUCH AMOUNTS AS DID ESCAPE IN TRANSFER FROM THE SHIP TO COVERED CONVEYOR BELTS, WHICH MOVE THE COAL EITHER DIRECTLY INTO THE POWER STATION OR TO THE STOCKPILES ADJACENT TO THE BUILDING.

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ON ARRIVAL AT THE LATTER THE COAL IS PACKED TIGHT TO PREVENT DUST EMISSIONS, THE TOP SURFACE OF THE PILE BEING WATERED AS NECESSARY. DESPITE THE DRY, WINDY CONDITIONS PREVAILING, AND THE WORK IN PROGRESS ON THE STOCKPILES, THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE OF DUST HAZARD.

THE COMPANY HAS BUILT ITS OWN SEWAGE AND EFFLUENT TREATMENT PLANT AND MONITORS THE DISCHARGE FROM THIS AND FROM THE COOLING-WATER USED IN THE POWER STATION IN ORDER TO CHECK THE EFFECTS UPON THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT. RESULTS WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY.

OVERALL, IT WAS CLEAR TO EPCOM MEMBERS THAT THE CONTROL MEASURES ADOPTED AT THE HEC POWER STATION PLACED THE PLANT AT THE FOREFRONT OF INDUSTRIAL POLLUTION CONTROL IN HONG KONG.

WHILE THE SIZE OF THE OPERATION, AND ITS POTENTIAL FOR POLLUTION SHOULD THINGS GO WRONG, NECESSITATED CONTINUED VIGILANCE BY EPCOM AND THE GOVERNMENT, MEMBERS CONCLUDED FROM THE DAY’S INSPECTION AND DISCUSSIONS THAT THE CORRECT, PROFESSIONAL APPROACH AND PROPER LEVEL OF INVESTMENT IN POLLUTION CONTROL WAS BEING ADOPTED BY THE COMPANY.

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HONG KONG’S TRANSPORT SYSTEM IN PROFILE *****

RAILWAYS SHOULD PROVIDE THE BACKBONE OF HONG KONG’S TRANSPORT SYSTEMS AND THE +SPINE+ FOR MOVEMENT IN THE MAJOR CORRIDORS OF DEVELOPMENT.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES’ REGIONAL ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR RICHARD SCURFIELD AT THE SOUTH ISLAND ROTARY CLUB LUNCHEON MEETING TODAY (THURSDAY).

MR SCURF I ELD POINTED OUT THAT TWO LINES OF THE MTR WERE NOW OPERATING AND A THIRD WAS BEING CONSTRUCTED ALONG THE NORTH SHORE OF THE ISLAND.

IN ADDITION, ELECTRIFIED SERVICES WILL SOON BE IN OPERATION ALONG THE WHOLE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY.

HE SAID THAT IN NOVEMBER 1982, THE KCR CARRIED AN AVERAGE OF 80 000 PASSENGERS PER DAY WHILE THE MTR CARRIED ABOUT 1.15 MILLION OUT OF A TOTAL AVERAGE DAILY PUBLIC TRANSPORT PATRONAGE OF THE TERRITORY OF 8.3 MILLION.

♦ IF RAILWAYS ARE THE BACKBONE OF OUR TRANSPORT SYSTEM, BUSES ARE THE BULK CARRIER,* MR SCURFIELD STRESSED.

IN THIS CONTEXT, HE REVEALED THAT BOTH KMB AND CMB CARRIED A TOTAL AVERAGE OF 3.6 MILLION PASSENGERS PER DAY - THREE TIMES CARRIED BY THE RAIL SYSTEMS.

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BECAUSE OF THEIR FLEXIBILITY, BUSES WILL ALWAYS BE ABLE TO PENETRATE AREAS NOT ACCESSIBLE TO OUR RAIL SYSTEMS AND SERVICE ADJUSTMENTS CAN BE MADE EASILY.

THE TRAMWAY ON THE ISLAND - THE SECOND PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM TO BE ESTABLISHED IN THE TERRITORY - EVEN WITH ITS MORE MODERN COMPETITORS, STILL OFFERS AN ALTERNATIVE TO BUSES CARRYING 400 000 PASSENGERS EVERY DAY.

HOWEVER, STUDIES ARE CONTINUING TO IDENTIFY THE ROLE WHICH THE HONG KONG TRAMWAY WILL PLAY AFTER THE OPENING OF THE MTR ISLAND LINE.

ON PLBS, MR SCURFIELD SAID THEY HAVE BEEN AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM SINCE THE LATE 1960S.

+THE UNFRANCHISED, RED PLBS STILL CARRY OVER 1 000 000 PASSENGERS EVERY DAY WHILE THE GREEN FRANCHISED MINIBUSES OBVIOUSLY FULFILL A USEFUL FUNCTION FROM THE PASSENGERS’ POINT OF VIEW AND THEY ALSO FULFILL AN ADDITIONAL FUNCTION BY REDUCING THE PEAK HOUR BURDEN PLACED UPON THE OTHER FRANCHISED CARRIERS PARTICULARLY THE BUSES.

♦THEY ARE AN EXTREMELY FLEXIBLE MODE OF TRANSPORT PARTLY BECAUSE GOVERNMENT ONLY EXERTS LIMITED CONTROL UPON THEM.+

FOR THIS REASON AND DESPITE THE FACT THAT THEY ALSO CONTRIBUTE TO TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN SOME OF THE MAJOR TRANSPORT CORRIDORS, GOVERNMENT IS TRYING TO ENCOURAGE THE MINIBUSES TO OPERATE IN AREAS WHERE IT CAN PROVIDE A USEFUL SOCIAL SERVICE AND WHERE THEY WILL COMPLEMENT RATHER THAN SUPPLEMENT THE MAJOR CARRIERS SUCH AS THE BUSES AND THE RAILWAYS.

♦THE EXPANSION OF THE MAXICAB, OR THE GREEN MINIBUS SYSTEM, IS ONE EXPRESSION OF THIS POLICY,+ HE SAID.

TURNING TO TAXIS, MR SCURFIELD SAID THAT THEY COULD STILL FULFILL A PUBLIC DEMAND AND WERE AN ESSENTIAL PART OF OUR TRANSPORT SYSTEM.

IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, THE GREEN TAXIS WERE INTRODUCED IN THE MID-70S TO SERVE THE NEEDS OF THE RURAL POPULATION. AND SINCE THEN, THE VOLUME OF ILLEGAL TRANSPORT ACTIVITY HAS DECLINED SUBSTANTIALLY.

LANTAU ISLAND WILL ALSO HAVE ITS OWN TAXIS SHORTLY.

ON WATERBORNE TRANSPORT, MR SCURF IELD SAID THAT ALTHOUGH THE INTRODUCTION OF BOTH THE CROSS HARBOUR BUSES AND THE MTR HAVE ERODED THE PATRONAGE OF THE FERRIES, THEY WILL STILL CONTINUE TO CARRY ABOUT 350 000 ACROSS THE HARBOUR EVERY DAY.

THE FERRIES TO THE OUTLYING AREAS WILL ALSO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE A VITAL LINK FOR THE ISLAND COMMUNITIES AND AS A RECREATIONAL OUTLET FOR THE URBAN POPULATION.

RETURNING TO RAILWAYS, MR SCURFIELD SAID THERE WERE NO IMMEDIATE PLANS TO CONSTRUCT ANY ADDITIONAL RAIL LINES WITHIN THE URBAN AREA.

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♦HOWEVER, OTHER LINES SUCH AS THE EAST KOWLOON LINE AND THE MTR EXTENSION TO JUNK BAY HAVE BEEN STUDIED AND OUTLINE PLANS DO EXIST FOR THEM. THEY MAY BE BUILT IN THE FUTURE.

♦HENCE, IT IS CLEAR THAT FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE AND ON LAND THE BUSES WILL REMAIN THE BULK PUBLIC TRANSPORT CARRIERS WHILE ON THE WATER THE FERRIES WILL CONTINUE TO PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE.

♦IN ADDITION, GOVERNMENT WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SEE THE MINIBUSES REINFORCE THEIR COMPLEMENTARY ROLE WITHIN THE URBAN AREA, THAT IS TO SAY, FOR THEM TO SUPPORT THE BUS AND RAIL SERVICES RATHER THAN DIRECTLY COMPETE WITH THESE LARGER CAPACITY MODES.♦

AS IN THE URBAN AREAS, THERE ARE NO IMMEDIATE PLANS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES TO BUILD ANY ADDITIONAL HEAVY RAIL LINKS BUT EXTENSIONS TO THE EXISTING SYSTEM HAVE BEEN STUDIED AND MAY BE IMPLEMENTED IN DUE COURSE.

HOWEVER, MR SCURFIELD SAID THAT NEGOTIATIONS WERE CONTINUING WITH A VIEW TO INTRODUCING A LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM TO SERVE THE TOWNS OF TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG.

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SIR PHILIP VISITS TECHNICAL INSTITUTE *****

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, TODAY VISITED THE MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, WHICH WAS BUILT IN 1973 AS THE FIRST OF THE FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES.

HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL, DR FRANCIS TIEN AND THE DIRECTOR OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING, MR MORRIS MORGAN.

SINCE THE COUNCIL WAS ESTABLISHED IN FEBRUARY LAST YEAR, IT HAS BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES.

SIR PHILIP MET TEACHING STAFF OF THE INSTITUTE, AND LATER SAW STUDENTS OF VARIOUS DISCIPLINES AT WORK IN CLASSROOMS AND WORKSHOPS AS HE TOURED THE CAMPUS, ACCOMPANIED BY THE PRINCIPAL, MR A. FONG-YAN.

HE ALSO VISITED THE ANNEX, WHICH WAS PREVIOUSLY THE VICTORIA TECHNICAL SCHOOL, TAKEN OVER BY THE INSTITUTE IN 1981 AND CONVERTED IT INTO ADDITIONAL WORKSHOPS AND LECTURE ROOMS.

WITH THE EXTENDED CAPACITY, THE INSTITUTE WAS ABLE TO OFFER MORE PLACES TO COPE WITH THE INCREASING DEMAND FOR TECHNICAL EDUCATION.

ONE OF THE COUNCIL’S IMMEDIATE PROJECTS IS THE CONSTRUCTION OF THREE NEW TECHNICAL INSTITUTES, IN TUEN MUN, SHATINAND ON HONG KONG ISLAND, BY 1986. THIS WILL THEN DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF FULL-TIME EQUIVALENT STUDENT PLACES, FROM THE PRESENT 7 830

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HEART HEALTH DISPLAY TO BE HELD

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THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT WILL MOUNT AN EXHIBITION AT TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL THIS MONTH TO PROMOTE HEART HEALTH AMONG RESIDENTS IN THE WESTERN PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE SPECIALLY OPENED FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE THIS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY FROM 10 AM TO 4 PM EACH DAY, AND WILL THEN BE OPENED TO THE PUBLIC FOR FIVE DAYS STARTING NEXT FRIDAY (JANUARY 21).

THE SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS ARE BEING MADE TO ENCOURAGE THE ELDERLY TO LEARN HOW TO KEEP A STRONG AND HEALTHY HEART, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT EXPLAINED.

HE POINTED OUT THAT LAST YEAR HEART DISEASES (INCLUDING HYPERTENSIVE HEART DISEASES) AND CEREBROVASCULAR DISEASES TOGETHER CLAIMED OVER 7 000 LIVES, 96 PER CENT OF WHOM WERE AGED 45 AND ABOVE.

+IT IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT FOR THE ELDERLY TO KNOW WAYS TO KEEP A HEALTHY HEART,+ HE STRESSED.

MEDICAL AND NURSING STAFF WILL EXPLAIN THE DISPLAYS, SHOWING THE CAUSES, PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES.

FILM SHOWS AND SLIDE SHOWS WILL ALSO BE SCREENED REGULARLY.

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PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS WHO DO NOT POSSESS PROFESSIONAL TEACHING QUALIFICATIONS MAY NOW APPLY FOR PARTICIPATION IN A NUMBER OF PART-TIME IN-SERVICE TRAINING COURSES ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

THESE COURSES WILL START IN SEPTEMBER, FOR TEACHERS IN AIDED OR PRIVATE SCHOOLS WHO, ALTHOUGH ACADEMICALLY QUALIFIED, DO NOT POSSESS THE PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS TO MAKE THEM ELIGIBLE FOR CLASSIFICATION AS +QUALIFIED TEACHERS*.

PART-TIME TEACHERS, SUPPLY TEACHERS, KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS AND EVENING-CLASS TEACHERS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THE COURSES, AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

THE COURSE FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS IS OF THREE YEARS’ DURATION AND WILL BE CONDUCTED IN CHINESE.

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SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS WILL BE OFFERED TWO-YEAR PART-TIME DAY RELEASE COURSE AND A THREE-YEAR PART-TIME EVENING COURSE, EACH OF WHICH WILL BE DIVIDED INTO A CHINESE AND AN ENGLISH SECTION.

THE COURSES, PROVIDED FREE OF CHARGE, WILL INCLUDE LECTURES, TUTORIALS AND SUPERVISION OF TEACHING.

ON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE TRAINI NG,PART ICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE CERTIFICATES WHICH ACCORD THEM QUALIFIED TEACHERS STATUS.

APPLICANTS SHOULD BE FULL-TIME PERMITTED OR REGISTERED TEACHERS IN AIDED OR PRIVATE SCHOOLS, OR GRADUATES OF HONG KONG BAPTIST COLLEGE FROM 1970 ONWARDS, HONG KONG SHUE YAN COLLEGE FROM 1976 ONWARDS, OR LINGNAN COLLEGE, HONG KONG FROM 1979 ONWARDS.

FINAL-YEAR STUDENTS OF THESE THREE POST-SECONDARY COLLEGES ARE ALSO ELIGIBLE TO APPLY, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

APPLICANTS WISHING TO TAKE THREE-YEAR EVENING COURSES MUST HAVE AT LEAST PASSED FIVE SUBJECTS AT GRADE E OR ABOVE, INCLUDING THE LANGUAGE RELEVANT TO THE COURSE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION, IN THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION.

THOSE WHO WISH TO APPLY FOR TWO-YEAR DAY RELEASE COURSES MUST BE GRADUATES OF HONG KONG BAPTIST COLLEGE (FROM 1973). HONG KONG SHUE YAN COLLEGE (FROM 1976) OR LINGNAN COLLEGE (FROM 1979) OR FINAL-YEAR STUDENTS IN ANY OF THESE COLLEGES.

THE PRIMARY COURSE WILL BE CONDUCTED IN GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION IN GASCOIGNE ROAD, KOWLOON, WHILE THE SECONDARY (CHINESE) AND SECONDARY (ENGLISH) COURSES WILL BE CONDUCTED IN SIR ROBERT BLACK COLLEGE OF EDUCATION IN SHA TIN AND NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION IN BONHAM ROAD RESPECTIVELY.

APPLICATION FORMS AND GUIDANCE NOTES ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT LEE GARDENS, 3/F, HYSAN AVENUE, HONG KONG? ITS KOWLOON SUB-OFFICE AT KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 6/F, 405 NATHAN ROAD; AND AT THE THREE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION.

COMPLETED FORMS IN DUPLICATE SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO THE JOINT SELECTION BOARD AND FORWARDED TO THE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION TO WHICH ADMISSION IS SOUGHT BY 5 PM ON FEBRUARY 28, 1983.

TEACHERS SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR FORMS THROUGH HEADS OF SCHOOLS, AND FINAL-YEAR STUDENTS OF THE THREE COLLEGES THROUGH THEIR PRESIDENTS.

GRADUATES OF THE THREE COLLEGES SHOULD SUBMIT THE FORMS IN PERSON, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦APPLICATIONS FORWARDED BY POST OR INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE PROCESSED,* HE SAID.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, JANUARY U, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL AND ORDERS-ON-HAND FOR NOVEMBER 1982 .............................................. 1

EMPLOYERS REMINDED ABOUT COMPULSORY INSURANCE ............. 3

METRIC 10 DAYS BEGIN ....................................... 5

GAMES DAY TO PROMOTE METRIC SYSTEM ......................... 6

NEW TITLES FOR SECRETARIES ................................. 6

TEN BUILDINGS TO BE RESUMED FOR MTR WORK ................... 7

LANGUAGE LESSONS NOW MORE MEANINGFUL ....................... 8

POLYTECHNIC OFFERING ANOTHER DEGREE COURSE ................. 9

SHEK WU HUI DEVELOPMENT .................................... 9

+WALK FOR MILLIONS^ TRAFFIC PLAN IN KWUN TONG ........... 10

LEASE OF FORESHORE AND SEABED ON LANTAU .................... 11

NEW FEES FOR QUARANTINE OF CATS AND DOGS ................... 11

TENDERS INVITED FOR SUPPLY OF MOTOR BOATS .................. 12

SHAU KEI WAN WATER CUT ..................................... 12

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SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL AND ORDERS-ON-HAND FOR NOVEMBER 1982 M M M M

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY RELEASED STATISTICS FROM THE MONTHLY SURVEY FOR NOVEMBER 1982. THE SURVEY COVERED A PANEL OF THE 200 LARGEST MANUFACTURING COMPANIES (CHOSEN BY REFERENCE TO THEIR EMPLOYMENT SIZE IN SEPTEMBER 1979) AS WELL AS OF THE 43 LARGEST COMPANIES IN THE CONSTRUCTION AND SELECTED SERVICES SECTORS. AS THE SAMPLE WAS NOT DRAWN ON A RANDOM BASIS, THE RESULTS ON MAGNITUDE OF CHANGE MIGHT NOT REFLECT THE EXPERIENCE OF THE ECONOMY AS A WHOLE, BUT SHOULD GIVE A USEFUL INDICATION OF THE DIRECTION OF CHANGE FOR A QUICK ASSESSMENT OF DEVELOPMENTS IN THE ECONOMY IN THE SHORT TERM.

FOR ALL MANUFACTURERS SURVEYED TAKEN TOGETHER, EMPLOYMENT DECLINED SLIGHTLY IN NOVEMBER 1982 AS COMPARED WITH THE PRECEDING MONTH. EMPLOYMENT DECLINED IN THE PLASTICS, AND ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES OWING TO LABOUR TURNOVER AND THE RETRENCHMENT OF WORKERS BY SEVERAL FACTORIES SURVEYED.

TAKING ALL OF THE MANUFACTURERS SURVEYED AS A WHOLE, PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS ROSE SLIGHTLY WHEN COMPARED WITH THE PRECEDING MONTH. PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS ROSE IN THE FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS, WEARING APPAREL, AND ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES AS BONUSES WERE PAID BY A FEW FACTORIES SURVEYED, AND AS SEVERANCE PAY WAS AWARDED TO THE WORKERS LAID OFF BY A FEW OTHER FACTORIES.

EMPLOYMENT DECLINED IN THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR FOLLOWING THE RETRENCHMENT OF EMPLOYEES BY SEVERAL COMPANIES SURVEYED DUE TO FEWER CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS AT HAND. PER CAPITA EARNINGS, ON THE OTHER HAND, INCREASED ON ACCOUNT OF THE SEVERANCE PAY AWARDED TO WORKERS LAID OFF.

PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS DROPPED IN THE PUBLIC UTILITIES AND THE +OTHERS+ CATEGORY OF THE SERVICES SECTOR FOLLOWING THE AWARD OF BONUSES AND GRATUITIES BY A FEW COMPANIES SURVEYED IN THE PRECEDING MONTH.

THE AVERAGE VOLUME OF ORDERS-ON-HAND (IN TERMS OF MONTHS) AS REPORTED BY THE MANUFACTURERS SURVEYED FOR NOVEMBER 1982 DECLINED SLIGHTLY AS COMPARED WITH THE PRECEDING MONTH. LESS ORDERS WERE RECORDED FOR THE FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS AND PLASTICS INDUSTRIES, WHILE MORE ORDERS WERE RECORDED FOR THE TEXTILES INDUSTRY.

THE PERCENTAGE CHANGES IN EMPLOYMENT, PER CAPITA EARNINGS AND ORDERS-ON-HAND FOR THE LAST THREE MONTHS ARE SHOWN IN THE ACCOMPANYING TABLE.

THE SURVEY REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 1982 IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE, AT <1.5 PER COPY. ENQUIRIES ON THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE MADE TO THE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (AT 3-7212832).

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A. EMPLOYMENT AND EARNINGS

PERSONS ENGAGED BY THE COMPANIES SURVEYED PER CAPITA EARNINGS PER CAPITA EARNINGS FOR NOV 1982

(PERCENTAGE PRECEDING CHANGE MONTH) OVER THE

INDUSTRY/SERVICE SEP 1982 OCT 1982 NOV 1982 SEP 1982 OCT 1982 NOV 1982 (HK$)

MANUFACTURI NG -3 -1 -1 2 X 2 2 261

FOOD AND DRINKS 2 -3 -2 -2 -4 2 3 029

WEARING APPAREL, EXCEPT FOOTWEAR -2 * * -2 2 5 1 995

TEXTILES, EXCEPT WEARING APPAREL -1 1 X -1 3 -1 2 086

PLASTIC PRODUCTS —9 X -3 6 -8 -1 1 804

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS -5 -2 -1 24 -17 6 2 116

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS -5 -3 -3 3 3 5 2 257

OTHERS -1 -1 -1 1 X -1 2 987

CONSTRUCTION * X * X -4 1 X 6 3 589

SERVICES * * * 6 -4 -3 3 894

BANKS * * * -3 * * 3 582

HOTELS -1 * -1 1 * 2 2 476

PUBLIC UTILITIES 1 1 * 17 -10 -5 3 851

OTHERS 1 X X -3 2 -3 5 542

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B. ORDERS-ON-HAND IN MANUFACTURING

INDUSTRY (PERCENTAGE CHANGE OVER THE PRECEDING MONTH) SEP OCT NOV 1982 1982 1982 ORDERS-ON-HAND ( IN TERMS OF MONTHS) FOR NOV 1982

WEARING APPAREL, EXCEPT FOOTWEAR 3 * * 4.60

TEXTILES, EXCEPT WEARING APPAREL -3 -3 9 2.28

PLASTIC PRODUCTS -1 -10 -7 2.68

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS 5 -7 -16 1.90

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS -5 -3 * 4.34

OTHERS -1 1 -1 3.40

ALL ABOVE INDUSTRIES -1 -2 -1 3.70

* CHANGES WITHIN ♦ 0.5%

MM PERSONS ENGAGED COVER COMPANY EMPLOYEES ONLY; SITE WORKERS EMPLOYED BY LABOUR-ONLY SUB-CONTRACTORS ARE NOT INCLUDED.

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EMPLOYERS REMINDED ABOUT COMPULSORY INSURANCE M M M M

THE COMPULSORY INSURANCE PROVISION WILL APPLY TO ALL EMPLOYERS IRRESPECTIVE OF THE NATURE OF THEIR BUSINESS, EVEN TO EMPLOYERS OF COOKED FOOD STALL EMPLOYEES, HOUSEHOLD MAIDS, GARDENERS AND CHAUFFEURS, SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER MR HOUDINI HO HON-TANG EXPLAINED TODAY (FRIDAY).

MR HO WAS SPEAKING ON THE PROVISIONS OF THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION ORDINANCE, WITH EMPHASIS ON THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1982, AT A SEMINAR HELD BY THE HONG KONG INSTITUTE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT.

THE SEMINAR WAS AIMED AT ENABLING MANAGERS AND OTHER STAFF TO HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE NEW EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION LAW, AND OF HOW IT WILL BE ENFORCED BY TEE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

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MR HO POINTED OUT THAT PROVISIONS FOR COMPULSORY INSURANCE AND OTHER IMPROVED PROTECTION FOR EMPLOYEES INJURED AT WORK, ARE CONTAINED IN THE AMENDING ORDINANCE PASSED INTO LAW LAST MONTH.

ALL THE PROVISIONS IN THE ORDINANCE, EXCEPT FOR THE PROVISION CONCERNING COMPULSORY INSURANCE, WILL BE BROUGHT INTO OPERATION ABOUT SIX MONTHS AFTER THE AMENDING ORDINANCE IS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE. THE PROVISION ON COMPULSORY INSURANCE WILL BE BROUGHT INTO FORCE ABOUT ANOTHER SIX MONTHS LATER.

MR HO REITERATED THAT THE AMENDING ORDINANCE REQUIRES AN EMPLOYER TO BE INSURED IN RESPECT OF ALL HIS EMPLOYEES FOR THE FULL AMOUNT OF HIS LIABILITY FOR BOTH COMPENSATION AND DAMAGES ARISING FROM AN ACCIDENT AT WORK.

A PERSON WHO EMPLOYS ANYONE WITHOUT AN INSURANCE POLICY IS LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $50 000 AND TWO YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT.

MR HO THEN EXPLAINED OTHER PROVISIONS WHICH AN EMPLOYER MUST COMPLY WITH.

AN EMPLOYER IS REQUIRED TO PAY COMPENSATION TO EMPLOYEES INJURED WHILE TRAVELLING TO AND FROM THEIR WORKPLACES BY TRANSPORT PROVIDED OR ARRANGED BY HIM.

HE IS ALSO REQUIRED TO PAY FOR THE COSTS OF PROSTHESES OR SURGICAL APPLIANCES WHEN SUCH ITEMS ARE REQUIRED AS A RESULT OF AN ACCIDENT, IRRESPECTIVE OF WHETHER INJURIES HAVE RESULTED IN ANY PERMANENT INCAPACITY OR TEMPORARY INCAPACITY. A TYPICAL CASE IN THIS SITUATION IS AN EMPLOYEE WHO BREAKS HIS TOOTH IN AN ACCIDENT AT WORK.

AN EMPLOYER IS LIABLE TO A FINE OF $5 000 IF HE FAILS TO PAY THE INJURED EMPLOYEE WAGES, WHICH AMOUNT TO TWO-THIRDS OF NORMAL WAGES, FOR SICK LEAVE WITHIN SEVEN DAYS OF THE NORMAL PAY DAY.

IF AN EMPLOYEE IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND MEDICAL EXAMINATION OR ASSESSMENT OR VISIT THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IN CONNECTION WITH AN AGREEMENT ON COMPENSATION, HE SHOULD BE GIVEN LEAVE WITH PAY.

ANOTHER PROVISION, MR HO ADDED, IMPROVES THE PROCEDURE FOR SETTLEMENT BY AGREEMENT BY IMPOSING MORE SPECIFIC OBLIGATIONS ON THE EMPLOYER AND BY IMPROVING THE PROCESS OF MAKING AN AGREEMENT AND ITS ENFORCEABILITY.

FOR EXAMPLE, AN EMPLOYER IS REQUIRED TO TAKE ALL NECESSARY STEPS TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITHIN 21 DAYS AFTER THE RELEVANT DATE NOTIFIED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, AND TO SUBMIT AN AGREEMENT TO THE COMMISSIONER FOR APPROVAL WITHIN THREE DAYS AFTER IT IS CONCLUDED WITH THE EMPLOYEE.

WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE COMMISSIONER, AN EMPLOYER MAY NOT TERMINATE, OR GIVE NOTICE TO TERMINATE, THE CONTRACT OF SERVICE OF AN EMPLOYEE BEFORE HE RECOVERS FROM INJURIES RECEIVED DURING AN ACCIDENT ARISING OUT OF AND IN THE COURSE OF EMPLOYMENT.

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METRIC 10 DAYS BEGIN

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THE METRICATION COMMITTEE TODAY (FRIDAY) STARTED ITS BIGGEST EVER PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN ENTITLED +METRIC 10 DAYS+ AT WORLD WIDE PLAZA.

RUNNING FROM JANUARY 14 TO 23, THE $500 000 PROJECT REPRESENTS A MAJOR EFFORT BY THE COMMITTEE TO GET THE PUBLIC TO GO METRIC WITHOUT RESORTING TO LEGISLATION.

♦THE METRIC 10 DAYS CAMPAIGN IS ORGANISED WITH THE AIM OF FAMILIARISING THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WITH THE MORE COMMONLY USED METRIC UNITS IN EVERYDAY LIFE,+ SAID MR JAMES WU, THE COMMITTEE’S CHAIRMAN, AT TODAY’S OPENING CEREMONY.

♦WE ALSO WANT TO DEMONSTRATE TO THE PUBLIC THE BENEFITS, THE SIMPLICITY, THE EASE AND THE LOGIC OF CONVERTING TO THE METRIC SYSTEM, WHICH HAS BEEN OR IS BEING ADOPTED BY OVER 90 PER CENT OF THE COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD,♦ HE SAID.

MR WU SAID THAT THIS OBJECTIVE WOULD BE ACHIEVED THROUGH A SERIES OF ENTERTAINING AND EDUCATIONAL EVENTS TO BE HELD AT SELECTED VENUES ALL OVER HONG KONG. THEY ARE EXPECTED TO GET SOME 200 000 PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE USE OF METRIC UNITS.

SPECIALLY ORGANISED EVENTS INCLUDE STREET THEATRE SHOWS, GAMES DAYS, POSTER DESIGN AND LYRIC WRITING COMPETITIONS, NEWSPAPER AND RADIO QUIZZES, A SEMINAR, A TELEVISED SONG CONTEST, A 10-KILOMETRE RACE, A $200 000 TV VARIETY SHOW AND SPECIAL DISPLAYS AT 18 PUBLIC MARKETS IN HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

A BIG ATTRACTION OF THE CAMPAIGN IS THE GIGANTIC REPLICA OF A SOFT-DRINK CAN INFLATED AT THE ENTRANCE OF NEW WORLD CENTRE, WHERE PASSERS-BY ARE INVITED TO GUESS THE REPLICA’S HEIGHT AND VOLUME IN METRIC UNITS, USING PARTICIPATION FORMS DISTRIBUTED AT THE SITE.

THE CAMPAIGN, WHICH IS THE RESULT OF NINE MONTHS’ PREPARATION, HAS BEEN MADE POSSIBLE WITH THE ACTIVE PARTICIPATION OF MANY PRIVATE ORGANISATIONS, DISTRICT BOARDS, SUPERMARKETS, DEPARTMENT STORES AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AS WELL AS CONSIDERABLE SUPPORT FROM THE MEDIA.

OTHER OFFICIATING GUESTS AT THE OPENING CEREMONY INCLUDED W R.H. LOBO, SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MISS OPHELIA CHEUNG, CHAIRMAN OF THE METRIC 10 DAYS ORGANISING COMMITTEE, AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED.

THE CEREMONY INCLUDED A PRIZE PRESENTATION TO WINNERS OF THE POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION, THE WINNING ENTRIES OF WHICH ARE DISPLAYED ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF WORLD WIDE PLAZA.

IT WAS FOLLOWED BY A METRIC QUIZ CONDUCTED BY RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG ARTISTES HAPPY CHAN AND PAU HING-HUNG, AND A TOUR OF THE POSTER COMPETITION DISPLAY BY OFFICIATING GUESTS.

MUSIC WAS PROVIDED DURING THE CEREMONY BY THE BAND OF THE BUDDHIST WONG FUNG LING COLLEGE.

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GAMES DAY TO PROMOTE METRIC SYSTEM

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THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD HAS CONTRIBUTED $30 000 TO SPONSOR A METRIC GAMES DAY TO BE HELD IN THE DISTRICT ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 16) AT THE MINI-SOCCER PITCH ADJACENT TO THE LOCAL TOWN HALL.

IT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE LOCAL OFFICE OF THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE.

+THE EVENT IS AIMED AT PROMOTING PEOPLE’S KNOWLEDGE OF THE METRIC SYSTEM OF WEIGHTS AND MEASUREMENTS THROUGH GAMES,* A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+ IT HAS BEEN SPECIALLY DESIGNED TO BRING THE METRIC MESSAGE TO LOCAL RESIDENTS AND TO SUPPORT THE METRIC 10-DAY CAMPAIGN NOW BEING LAUNCHED,* HE ADDED.

THE GAMES DAY WILL TAKE THE FORM OF A TELEMATCH IN WHICH PARTICIPANTS WILL CONTEST IN FOUR COMPETITIVE EVENTS. IN ADDITION, THERE WILL ALSO BE A CYCLING DEMONSTRATION BY MEMBERS OF A WELL-KNOWN ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION.

THE PARTICIPANTS WILL BE TEAMS OF LOCAL CHILDREN AGED BETWEEN 11 AND 13. APART FROM PRIZES FOR THE WINNERS, EACH PARTICIPATING TEAM WILL BE PRESENTED WITH A SOUVENIR.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT METRIC GAMES DAY TO BE HELD AT THE MINI-SOCCER PITCH, ADJACENT TO THE YUEN LONG TOWN HALL, BETWEEN 11 AM AND 1 PM ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 16).

A 14-SEATER GOVERNMENT VAN WILL LEAVE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT 9.45 AM TO TAKE PRESS REPRESENTATIVES TO AND FROM YUEN LONG.

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THE NEW TITLES OF THREE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIES ANNOUNCED BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL RECENTLY WILL COME INTO EFFECT ON FEBRUARY 1.

FROM THAT DATE THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION WILL BECOME SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION. THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES WILL BECOME SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE AND THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION WILL BECOME SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER.

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TEN BUILDINGS TO BE RESUMED FOR MTR WORK *****

THE GOVERNMENT IS TO RESUME TEN FIVE-STOREY BUILDINGS IN LOCKHART ROAD AND HENNESSY ROAD FOR THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION, IT IS ANNOUNCED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

THE BUILDINGS INVOLVED ARE 530-540 LOCKHART ROAD AND 493-499 HENNESSY ROAD.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION HAD ESTABLISHED THAT WITHOUT SUBSTANTIAL PROTECTIVE MEASURES THESE BUILDINGS WOULD BE RENDERED DANGEROUS BY EXCAVATION AND TUNNELLING WORKS RELATED TO THE CONSTRUCTION CF THE CAUSEWAY BAY STATION AND TUNNELS.

INITIAL ASSESSMENTS OF THE EARLY POST-WAR BUILDINGS ADJACENT TO THE HENNESSY ROAD AND LOCKHART ROAD SITES CONCLUDED THAT THEY WOULD NOT BE ADVERSELY AFFECTED.

+HOWEVER, INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM THE EXTRACTION OF TIMBER PILES AND BOREHOLES DRILLED AFTER THE MTR CONTRACTORS OCCUPIED THE CLEARED STATION CONCOURSE SITES IN MAY LAST YEAR LED TO A RE-ASSESSMENT AND THE CONCLUSION THAT THE BUILDINGS WOULD BE MADE DANGEROUS,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

BY THEN, MTR CONTRACTORS WERE ALREADY ENGAGED IN WORKS CRITICAL TO THE RAILWAY PROGRAMME.

VARIOUS METHODS OF PROTECTING THE BUILDINGS HAD BEEN EXAMINED BUT REJECTED AS THEY WOULD ALL HAVE RESULTED IN UNACCEPTABLE DELAYS TO THE SCHEDULED OPENING OF THE ADMIRALTY TO CAUSEWAY BAY SECTION OF THE RAILWAY IN MID-1985, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

WHEN RAILWAY WORKS IN THE AREA ARE COMPLETED THE GOVERNMENT WILL OFFER THE SITES BACK TO THE FORMER OWNERS.

A TOTAL OF 454 PEOPLE FROM 161 FAMILIES WILL BE AFFECTED BY THE RESUMPTION.

OF THESE, 276 PEOPLE FROM 102 FAMILIES WILL BE

ELIGIBLE FOR PERMANENT PUBLIC HOUSING WHILE THE REST WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR TEMPORARY HOUSING.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT WHERE RESUMPTION POWERS ARE EXERCISED THE OWNERS, IN ADDITION TO STATUTORY COMPENSATION, MAY BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE CERTAIN OTHER EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCES PAYABLE WHEN POST-WAR BUILDINGS ARE RESUMED.

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LANGUAGE LESSONS NOW MORE MEANINGFUL * * * * *

HONG KONG’S LANGUAGE TEACHERS ARE NOW TURNING LESSONS INTO A MEANINGFUL EXPERIENCE INSTEAD OF A DRY SYSTEM OF RULES AND VOCABULARY UNRELATED TO PUPILS’ LIVES, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR COLVYN HAYE, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

THEY ARE LEARNING TO SHOW PUPILS HOW TO COMMUNICATE REAL IDEAS AND FEELINGS ABOUT REAL LIFE TO EACH OTHER SO AS TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES MORE EFFECTIVELY, HE SAID.

MR HAYE WAS SPEAKING AT THE GRADUATION CEREMONY OF THE FIRST RETRAINING COURSE FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL LANGUAGE TEACHERS ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S NEW INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION ( ILE).

HE SAID EDUCATORS HAD TO BE VERY CONCERNED WITH DEVELOPING THE YOUNGER GENERATION’S ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE EFFICIENTLY, WHETHER IT BE IN CHINESE OR ENGLISH.

+AS WE ALL KNOW A YOUNG PERSON’S FUTURE OFTEN DEPENDS ON HIS PROFICIENCY IN ONE OR OTHER OR BOTH OF THESE LANGUAGES. THIS MEANS THE ROLE OF LANGUAGE TEACHERS IS VITAL INDEED,* HE SAID.

MR HAYE SAID FOR THIS REASON THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WAS PLACING GREAT EMPHASIS ON DEVELOPING AND IMPROVING THE TEACHING FORCE, AN IMPORTANT ASPECT OF WHICH WAS THE RETRAINING OF LANGUAGE TEACHERS IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS.

TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR TEACHERS TO ATTEND THE ILE’S RETRAINING COURSES, MR HAYE SAID, SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS HAD BEEN HIRED TO TAKE OVER THEIR SCHOOL DUTIES.

IN ADDITION TO ORGANISING RETRAINING COURSES, WHICH WAS THE ILE’S FIRST PRIORITY, CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS AND RESEARCH PROJECTS WERE ALSO PLANNED IN THE FUTURE.

ANOTHER IMPORTANT FUNCTION OF ILE WAS TO DEVELOP TEACHING MATERIALS AND RESOURCES FOR AN +IDEAS-BANK+.

IN FACT, PARTICIPANTS OF THE FIRST RETRAINING COURSE HAD PRODUCED A LARGE VARIETY OF ORIGINAL AND ADAPTED TEACHING MATERIALS AND AIDS DURING THE FOUR-MONTH-LONG COURSE.

THESE MATERIALS WILL BE DISPLAYED AT THE ILE FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TOMORROW AND ON JANUARY 17 AND 18 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

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POLYTECHNIC OFFERING ANOTHER DEGREE COURSE M *

THE GOVERNMENT HAS, ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNIC GRANTS COMMITTEE, GIVEN ITS APPROVAL FOR AN ADDITIONAL DEGREE COURSE TO BE STARTED AT THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC FROM SEPTEMBER.

THE COURSE TO BE OFFERED IS AN HONOURS DEGREE PROGRAMME IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING WHICH WILL LAST FOUR YEARS, INCLUDING ONE YEAR OF FULL-TIME ATTACHMENT TO INDUSTRY.

THE OTHER DEGREES TO BE OFFERED AT THE POLYTECHNIC FROM THE NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR ARE :

* BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK

# BACHELOR OF ARTS (HONOURS) IN COMPUTING STUDIES

* BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) OR BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN APPLIED SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICES, AND

* BACHELOR OF ENGINEERING (HONOURS) IN ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING

THESE DEGREE PROPOSALS BY THE POLYTECHNIC WERE EXAMINED BY THE COUNCIL FOR NATIONAL ACADEMIC AWARDS AND HAVE BEEN FOUND TO BE SATISFACTORY. THE CNAA WILL REVALIDATE THE COURSES AFTER SIX YEARS IN ACCORDANCE WITH ESTABLISHED PROCEDURE.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID FURTHER PROPOSALS FOR DEGREE COURSES AT THE POLYTECHNIC ARE BEING CONSIDERED AND OTHERS ARE EXPECTED TO BE MADE AS THE POLYTECHNIC DEVELOPS A RANGE OF COURSES WITHIN ITS OVERALL CEILING OF 4 OOO DEGREE-LEVEL STUDENTS.

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SHEK WU HUI DEVELOPMENT * * * *

THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT HAS AWARDED A $66.7 MILLION SITE FORMATION CONTRACT TO LINGKING CONSTRUCTION CO. LTD. AS PART OF A CONTINUING PROGRAMME TO DEVELOP SHEK WU HUI.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT WORK ON THE PROJECT WOULD INCLUDE FORMATION OF A SITE FOR THE NEW SHEUNG SHU I ABATTOIR AND A LARGE SITE IN SHEK WU HUI FOR INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT.

A SECTION OF JOCKEY CLUB ROAD BETWEEN MAN KAM TO ROAD AND THE SHEK WU HUI JOCKEY CLUB CLINIC WOULD ALSO BE IMPROVED TO BECOME A DUAL TWO-LANE CARRIAGEWAY UNDER THE CONTRACT.

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IN ADDITION, THE CONTRACTOR IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE REMAINING SECTION OF A NEW DISTRIBUTOR ROAD, WHICH WILL REPLACE SAN FUNG AVENUE, AND A NEW ROAD GIVING ACCESS TO THE ABATTOIR.

♦EXTENSIVE LANDSCAPE WORK WILL ALSO BE CARRIED OUT. THIS INCLUDES A LARGE AREA TO THE SOUTHWEST OF SHEUNG SHU I TSUEN,+ THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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♦WALK FOR MILLIONS^ TRAFFIC PLAN IN KWUN TONG *****

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN KWUN TONG ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 16) FOR THE ’WALK FOR MILLIONS .

FROM 7 AM UNTIL 11.30 AM THAT DAY, JUNK BAY ROAD FROM KAI TIN ROAD TO LEI YUE MUN ROAD AND KO CHIU ROAD NEAR ITS NORTHERN JUNCTION WITH LEI YUE MUN ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

KAI TIN ROAD BETWEEN PING TIN STREET AND LEI YUE MUN ROAD WILL ALSO BE CLOSED TO VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES AND MAXICABS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, TRAFFIC TO AND FROM LAM TIN ESTATE WILL BE MAINTAINED VIA SAU MAU PING ROAD, JUNK BAY ROAD AND KAI TIN ROAD.

KMB ROUTES 15C, 15M AND 16 WILL BE DIVERTED VIA LEI YUE MUN ROAD AND KAI TIN ROAD, WHILE NO. 14A WILL BE VIA LEI YUE MUN ROAD AND KO LONG ROAD.

FROM 9 AM TO 3 PM, PO LAM ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES. THE ACCESS ROAD LINKING SAU MAU PING ROAD WITH ANDERSON ROAD WILL ALSO BE CLOSED DURING THIS PERIOD.

AND KAI LIM ROAD WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 7.30 AM AND 4 PM.

ALL ON-STREET PARKING SPACES ON KAI LIM ROAD WILL BE CANCELLED FROM 11 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) UNTIL 4 PM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

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LEASE OF FORESHORE AND SEABED ON LANTAU *****

THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO GRANT A LEASE OF ABOUT 0.8 HECTARE OF FORESHORE AND SEABED AT TAI LONG WAN, CHI MA WAN PENINSULA, LANTAU ISLAND FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SEAWALL, PIER AND HELIPAD.

THE AREA WILL BE USED AS AN EXTENSION TO THE LANTAU COUNTRY CLUB DEVELOPMENT BUT MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WILL BE ABLE TO USE THE PIER TO EMBARK AND DISEMBARK.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS DESCRIBED IN A NOTICE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

ALL OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO THE DIRECTOR OF LANDS IN WRITING WITHIN TWO MONTHS.

THE NOTICE (IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE) WITH ITS RELATED PLAN HAS BEEN POSTED ON NOTICE BOARDS NEAR THE SITE. THE PLAN MAY ALSO BE SEEN AT THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING, 5TH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG AND AT THE KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 10TH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

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NEW FEES FOR QUARANTINE OF CATS AND DOGS

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FEES FOR QUARANTINE OF DOGS AND CATS IN GOVERNMENT KENNELS HAVE BEEN REVISED AND TOOK EFFECT FROM TODAY (FRIDAY) UNDER THE DOGS AND CATS (FEES) (AMENDMENT) ORDER 1983 WHICH WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE.

THE NEW FEES ARE NOW $20 PER DAY FOR A DOG, AND $10 PER DAY FOR A CAT.

THE OLD RATE WAS $10 PER DAY FOR A DOG OF MORE THAN 20 KILOGRAMS IN WEIGHT, AND $8 PER DAY FOR A DOG OF LESS THAN 20 KILOGRAMS. THE PREVIOUS FEE FOR KEEPING A CAT IN QUARANTINE WAS $4 PER DAY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT SAID THE REVISION IN FEES WAS NECESSARY AS THERE HAD BEEN NO CHANGE SINCE 1974.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE FEE FOR CLAIMING A STRAY DOG WHICH IS KEPT AT A GOVERNMENT KENNEL AFTER BEING CAUGHT BY THE DEPARTMENT’S DOG CONTROL UNIT HAS BEEN SET AT A FLAT RATE OF $145 FOR ANY LENGTH CF TIME OF DETENTION.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR SUPPLY OF MOTOR BOATS * * *

TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED FOR THE SUPPLY OF A MINIMUM OF THREE MOTOR BOATS ON HIRE AT ONE TIME AT HOURLY RATES TO THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT FOR TWELVE MONTHS STARTING ON APRIL 1.

THE BOATS WILL BE USED TO CONVEY CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE OFFICERS FOR JOURNEYS BETWEEN THE SHORE AND SHIPS AT ANCHOR IN THE HARBOUR AND FOR PATROLS WITHIN THE WATERS OF THE TERRITORY. IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE TOTAL SAILING TIME PER MONTH WILL NOT BE LESS THAN 400 HOURS AND THE TOTAL WAITING TIME 800 HOURS.

TENDER FORMS AND OTHER PARTICULARS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE SUPPLIES SECTION OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT, EMPIRE CENTRE, 3/F«» TSIM SHA TSUI. KOWLOON, TEL s 3-7210057.


SHAU KEI WAN WATER CUT * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN AREAS IN SHAU KEI WAN WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM ON MONDAY (JANUARY 17) TO FACILITATE LEAKAGE TESTS.

PREMISES AFFECTED ARE THOSE ALONG CHAI WAN ROAD, A KUNG NGAM ROAD. BASEL ROAD, SHAU KEI WAN MAIN STREET EAST, MING UN LANE, PO MAN STREET, ALDRICH STREET* AND THE WATERFRONT OF PO MAN STREET AND SHAU KEI WAN MAIN STREET EAST.

NORMAL SUPPLY WILL RESUME AT 6 AM ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 18).


DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HONG KONG PLAYING IMPORTANT ROLE AS REGIONAL BUSINESS CENTRE 1

SEMINAR BACKS METRIC SYSTEM ................................... 2

WATER CUT IN KOWLOON AND CHEUNG CHAU .......................... 5

EXTENSION OF SPEEDPOST SERVICE ..............................

SECOND HONG KONG YOUNG MUSIC-MAKERS' TALENT QUEST ............. 5

PARKING CHARGES REVISED ....................................... 6

REGIONAL MINI-SOCCER COMPETITION .............................. 6

IMPROVEMENT TO NORTH DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE HALL ........... 7

FANLING HEATED POOL TO CLOSE TEMPORARILY ...................... 7

TENDERS FOR REPAIR OF NT PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT.................. 7

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN KWUN TONG ........................... 8

FIRING PRACTICE

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HONG KONG PLAYING IMPORTANT ROLE AS REGIONAL BUSINESS CENTRE * * * * *

HONG KONG’S SUCCESS AS A REGIONAL BUSINESS CENTRE IS ATTRIBUTABLE TO A NUMBER OF REASONS, INCLUDING ITS STABLE AND WELL ESTABLISHED LEGAL SYSTEM AND THE EASE OF MOVEMENT ENJOYED BY ITS BUSINESSMEN. THE SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS, MR DOUGLAS BLYE, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

HE SAID THERE IS A TENDENCY — BECAUSE THERE IS A HABIT OF THINKING IN TERMS OF HONG KONG-CHINA ECONOMIC RELATIONS — TO OVERLOOK THE FACT THAT HONG KONG IS A REGIONAL CENTRE IN WHICH AND FROM WHICH CONTRACTS ARE ARRANGED FOR THE SUPPLY OF GOODS AND SERVICES, WHICH QUITE FREQUENTLY DO NOT TOUCH HONG KONG.

HE SAID, +1 BELIEVE HONG KONG HAS BECOME A CENTRE FOR THIS TYPE OF BUSINESS ACTIVITY AND OTHER ACTIVITIES; BECAUSE IT HAS A GOVERNMENT WHICH CONSISTENTLY ADHERES TO THE PHILOSOPHY OF NON-INTERVENTION ISM; BECAUSE IT IS A MAJOR FINANCIAL CENTRE; BECAUSE OF THE STABILITY WHICH ARISES FROM A CONSTITUTION WHICH IS KNOWN TO GIVE NO ARBITRARY POWERS TO ANY INDIVIDUAL OR BODY; BECAUSE IT HAS A LEGAL SYSTEM WHICH HAS STABILITY AND AUTHORITY DERIVING FROM ITS BASIS IN COMMON WITH THE SYSTEMS OF THE UNITED STATES, CANADA AND MANY OTHER COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES, AND IN THE LONG ESTABLISHED COMMON LAW SYSTEM OF ENGLAND AND WALES; BECAUSE IT IS ONE OF THE BEST COMMUNICATION CENTRES IN THE WORLD, IF NOT THE BEST; AND NOT LEAST, BECAUSE BUSINESSMEN CAN MOVE INTO AND OUT OF THE TERRITORY WITH RELATIVE EASE.+

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF AN EXHIBITION AND SYMPOSIUM ORGANISED BY VICTORIA JAYCEES AND CITIBANK TODAY, MR BLYE SAID HE HAS NO DOUBTS THAT HONG KONG IS A VERY IMPORTANT INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE, WHICH IS EVIDENCED BY THE FACT THAT NO LESS THAN 83 INTERNATIONAL BANKS HAVE BRANCHES OPERATING IN HONG KONG.

HONG KONG’S STANDING WAS ENHANCED BY THE REMOVAL OF INTEREST TAX ON FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS IN FEBRUARY LAST YEAR, LEADING TO A 200 PER CENT INCREASE IN SUCH DEPOSITS FROM $32 BILLION TO $96 BILLION UP TO THE END OF NOVEMBER.

+BUT IN CASE ANYONE SHOULD DEDUCE FROM THE FIGURES I HAVE QUOTED THAT THERE HAS BEEN, TO USE THE POPULAR JARGON, AN OUTFLOW FROM HONG KONG, I SHOULD EXPLAIN THAT OUR LATEST MONETARY STATISTICS SHOW THAT HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS HAVE REMAINED STABLE AT A LEVEL OF AROUND $134 BILL ION,+ MR BLYE SAID.

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SEMINAR BACKS METRIC SYSTEM * * # M

THE FACT THAT THE METRIC SYSTEM WILL BENEFIT BOTH CONSUMERS AND TRADERS IN HONG KONG, BECAUSE IT MAKES CALCULATION EASY AND IS ADOPTED BY MOST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD, WAS POINTED OUT AT A SEMINAR HELD TODAY (SATURDAY), AT THE DUKE OF IN WAN CHAI.

WINDSOR BUILDING

THE SEMINAR, ON THE SUBJECT +METRICATION WAS ORGANISED BY THE METRICATION COMMITTEE AS 10 DAYS+ PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN.

AND THE CONSUMER*, PART OF ITS +METRIC

SPEAKERS AT THE SEMINAR WERE PROFESSOR S.Y. KING, FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE METRICATION COMMITTEE, MR WARNER S.Y. YEH OF SONCA INDUSTRIES LTD., MR S.S. TAM OF JARDINE ENGINEERING CO..

L0 0F THE ECONOMIC SERVICES BRANCH OF THE bOvERNnENT SECRETARIAT*

PROFESSOR KING SAID THAT THE METRIC SYSTEM’S LOGICAL SEQUENCE OF DENOTING DECIMAL UNITS MADE THE SYSTEM EASY TO LEARN AND TO REMEMBER.

HE ALS0 EXPLAINED THAT IN THE INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM OF UNITS (S ), BY ADDING A DECIMAL SYSTEM OF PREFIXES TO THE NAMES OF BASE UNITS, ONE COULD FORM A SERIES OF UNIT NAMES THAT DESCRIBED THE SIZE OF THE UNITS IN TERMS OF MULTIPLES OF TEN.

HE CITED THE EXAMPLE OF +METRE+, WHICH IS THE BASE UNIT NAME FOR LENGTH. BY ADDING PREFIXES THAT DESCRIBE THE MAGNITUDE OF THE UNITS, MULTIPLE NAMES SUCH AS +KILOMETRE+ (A THOUSAND METRES) AND ♦CENTIMETRE* (ONE-HUNDREDTH OF A METRE) ARE FORMED.

HOWEVER, THERE ARE IN USE TWO CHINESE TERMS FOR EACH OF SOME OF.THE METRIC UNITS.

PROFESSOR KING STRESSED THAT ANY CHINESE UNIT TERM MUST CONFORM TO THE +PREFIX PLUS BASE UNIT* PRINCIPLE, ADDING THAT THERE WAS ALREADY A TRADITIONAL SERIES OF CHINESE DECIMAL PREFIXES.

THE CHINESE UNIT TERMS THAT THE METRICATION COMMITTEE RECOMMEND TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, +MEI+ FOR +METRE+, +CHIN HAK+ FOR +KILOGRAM+ AND +CHIN MEI+ FOR +KILOMETRE+, CONFORM TO THE SI PRINCIPLE, WHILE OTHER TERMS VIOLATE IT.

COMMENTING ON THE METRIC CONVERSION OF THE ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES INDUSTRY, MR YEH SAID THE CHANGE WOULD SAVE MONEY AND EFFORT FOR THE INDUSTRY. HE EXPLAINED THAT THE MOVE WOULD PREVENT SIMULTANEOUS USE OF TWO DIFFERENT SYSTEMS, REDUCE THE GOODS IN STOCK AND THEREBY FACILITATE CASH FLOW.

^UW*®,SAID THAT PUBLICITY AND EDUCATION WERE IMPORTANT FOR THE CONVERSION.

____ ^CALLED THAT THE SALE OF REFRIGERATORS AND TELEVISION

LAST N0VEMBER- HE ADDED THAT THE METRICATION

COMMITTEE WOULD CONDUCT A SURVEY IN MARCH, 1983, TO TEST THE TRADE’S RESPONSE TO THE MOVE AND PREPARE PLANS FOR THE CONVERSION OF WASHING MACHINES, ELECTRIC HEATERS AND STOVES.

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MR YEH DISCLOSED THAT, TO CONFORM TO GOVERNMENT REQUIREMENTS, WIRES AND CABLES IN HONG KONG WILL BE OF METRIC DIMENSIONS IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

COMMENTING ON THE WEIGHTS AND MEASURES ORDINANCE ENACTED IN 1885. WHICH IS CLOSELY RELATED TO WEIGHING INSTRUMENTS, MR TAM NOTED THAT THE ORDINANCE EMPLOYED ONLY IMPERIAL AND CHINESE UNITS AND THEREFORE REQUIRED TO BE AMENDED IN METRIC UNITS.

HE SAID THAT THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT HAD CONSULTED OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS ON THE BANNING OF NON-METRIC WEIGHING INSTRUMENTS.

HOWEVER, MR TAM SAID THAT ANY NEW ORDINANCE SHOULD ALLOW SUFFICIENT TIME FOR USERS AND MANUFACTURERS TO CONVERT EXISTING WEIGHING INSTRUMENTS TO METRIC ONES, OR PRODUCE NEW INSTRUMENTS.

A SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE METRICATION COMMITTEE REVEALED THAT 85 PER CENT OF THE WEIGHING INSTRUMENTS IN HONG KONG WERE NON-METRIC, WHILE METRIC-ONLY ONES ACCOUNTED FOR LESS THAN ONE PER CENT.

THE MOST POPULAR WEIGHING INSTRUMENT IN USE, ACCORDING TO THE SURVEY, IS THE +CHING+, WHICH MAKES UP 29 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL.

AS FAR AS THE GOVERNMENT IS CONCERNED, MR LO SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS DETERMINED TO IMPLEMENT THE METRICATION PROGRAMME. HE ADDED THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD TAKEN THE LEAD IN THE METRICATION DRIVE. IN ADDITION TO INTRODUCING LEGISLATION, THE GOVERNMENT HAS ALREADY GONE METRIC IN THE AREAS OF EDUCATION, SUPPLIES AND PUBLIC WORKS.

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WATER CUT IN

KOWLOON AND CHEUNG CHAU * * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN LAI CHI KOK WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR 10 HOURS FROM 9 PM ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 18) TO 7 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

THE PREMISES AFFECTED ARE BOUNDED BY LAI CHI KOK ROAD, HING WAH STREET AND MEI FOO SUN CHUEN. THEY WILL INCLUDE THE CHEUNG SHA WAN TEMPORARY WHOLESALE MARKET FOR IMPORTED VEbETABLto, THE CHEUNG SHA WAN TEMPORARY WHOLESALE POULTRY MARKET, THE LAI GHl KOK ROAD TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA, LAI CHI KOK FIRE STATION, LAI CHI KOK TELEPHONE EXCHANGE STATION, THE LAI CHI KOK BUS DEPOT, THE SHIPYARDS ALONG LAI CHI KOK ROAD AND A PART OF MEI FOG SUN CHUEN BETWEEN MOUNT STERLING MALL AND THE SEA FRONT, INCLUDING KAM PIK RESTAURANT, MEIDON RESTAURANT, GOOD WORLD RESTAURANT AND HARVEST RESTAURANT.

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MEANWHILE, FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO THE WHOLE CHEUNG CHAU ISLAND WILL ALSO BE SUSPENDED FOR EIGHT HOURS FROM 10 AM TO 6 PM ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 18) FOR THE SAME PURPOSE.

IN EAST KOWLOON, SALT WATER SUPPLY TO KWUN TONG, NGAU TAU KOK, JORDON VALLEY, KOWLOON BAY, PING SHEK AND CHOI HUNG WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 9 AM ON THE SAME DAY (TUESDAY) TO 9 AM ON THURSDAY WHILE IN WONG TAI SIN IT WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 9 AM ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 18) TO 5 PM THE FOLLOWING DAY. THE TWO SUSPENSIONS ARE TO FACILITATE WATER MAINS WORK.

THE PREMISES AFFECTED IN WONG TAI SIN WILL BE THOSE IN THE AREA BOUNDED BY SHA TIN PASS ROAD, FUNG TAK ROAD, WAN FUNG STREET, SHUNG WAH STREET, SHEUNG FUNG STREET, LUNG FUNG STREET, UPPER WONG TAI SIN ESTATE, INCLUDING THE NORTH, EAST, WEST AND SOUTH BLOCKS.

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EXTENSION OF SPEEDPOST SERVICE * * *

THE MAXIMUM WEIGHT FOR SPEEDPOST ITEMS ADDRESSED TO FRANCE WILL BE INCREASED FROM 15 KG TO 20 KG WITH EFFECT FROM MONDAY (JANUARY 17), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY.

AT THE SAME TIME, FRANCE WILL BE EXTENDED

THE SPEEDPOST ON DEMAND SERVICE WITH TO THE FOLLOWING PLACES 1-

SEINE ET MARNE (POST CODE PREFIX 77)

YVELINES

ESSONNE

VAL D’OISE

SPEEDPOST ITEMS BEAR THE APPROPRIATE

(POST CODE PREFIX 78) (POST CODE PREFIX 91)

(POST CODE PREFIX 95)

SHOULD, IN ADDITION TO THE PLACE POST CODE, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE TO THE POST OFFICE BUREAU ON TELEPHONE 5-2671222.

NAME,

ENQUIRY

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SECOND HONG KONG YOUNG MUSIC-MAKERS’ TALENT QUEST * * * * *

THE SECOND HONG KONG YOUNG MUSIC-MAKERS’ TALENT QUEST JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE, RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG AND THE COMPOSERS’ AND AUTHORS' SOCIETY OF HONG KONG WILL REACH ITS CLIMAX AT THE FINAL CONTEST NEXT WEEK.

FOR THE COMPOSITION CATEGORY, THREE COMPOSITIONS EACH FOR CHINESE INSTRUMENTS AND FOR WESTERN INSTRUMENTS HAVE BEEN SELECTED FOR THE PERFORMANCE AT THE FINAL CONTEST TO BE HELD AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 22) AT 8 PM.

THE FINALISTS ARE MESSRS DU HEY-CHOY, CHAN KAM-BIU AND LEE WAN-HIP FOR THE CHINESE INSTRUMENTS COMPOSITION AND MESSRS HEVA CHAN, VICTOR CHAN AND LEUNG FAI-TO FOR THE WESTERN INSTRUMENTS COMPOSITION.

THESE SELECTED WORKS WILL BE PERFORMED BY PROFESSIONAL PLAYERS OF THE HONG KONG CHINESE ORCHESTRA AND THE HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA AT THE FINAL CONTEST.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT SAID THE ADJUDICATORS OF THE SEMI-FINAL ROUNDS HAD COMMENTED THAT THE STANDARD FOR BOTH THE VOCAL PERFORMANCE AND THE COMPOSITION CATEGORIES HAS BEEN +MOST ENCOURAGING+.

+THE PERFORMANCE AT THE FINAL IS EXPECTED TO BE HIGHLY MUSICAL AND ENTERTAINING AND THE WHOLE EVENT WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE BY RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ADJUDICATORS FOR THE CHINESE COMPOSITION CATEGORY AT THE FINAL CONTEST ARE MESSRS CHEN NING-CHI, LAW WING-FAI, NG TAI-KONG, WUT MAN-CHUNG AND TONG LEUNG-TAK AND FOR THE WESTERN COMPOSITION CATEGORY ARE DR ANN BOYD, PROF DAVID GW I LT, MR DOMING LAM, PROF LIN SHENG-SHIH AND MR THOMAS WANG.

FOR THE VOCAL PERFORMANCE COMPETITION, FOUR SINGER CANDIDATES — MISS LI SIU-LAN, MISS LI SAU-LIN, MISS YUEN MIU-FUN AND MISS LEE YEE-MAN, WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE FINAL. THE PANEL OF ADJUDICATORS AT THE FINAL WILL COMPRISE OF MISS LEE BING, MISS BARBARA FEI, MR NICHOLAS HAYES, MISS ELLA KIANG, MR STEPHEN LLEWELLYN, DR YIP WAI-HONG AND MR THOMAS WANG.

ADMISSION TCIKETS AT $5 EACH ARE NOW ON SALE AT ALL FIVE MUSIC CENTRES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE IN WAN CHAI, MONG KOK, YAU MA TEI, KWUN TONG AND TSUEN WAN. FURTHER ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE AT TEL. NO. 3-7561328.

NOTE TO ED ITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE FINAL OF THE TALENT QUEST WHICH WILL BE HELD AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 22) AT 8 PM.

STAFF OF THE INFORMATION UNIT OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT WILL BE PRESENT TO ASSIST.

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PARKING CHARGES REVISED * * *

TO BETTER REGULATE THE USE OF METERED SPACES, PARKING METER CHARGES ON NINE STREETS ON HONG KONG ISLAND WILL BE REVISED FROM MONDAY (JANUARY 17).

A TOTAL OF 81 METERS ON CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST WILL HAVE THEIR HOURLY CHARGES REDUCED FROM $2 TO Si.

HOWEVER, CHARGES FOR THE 126 METERS ON OLD BAILEY STREET, MACDONALD ROAD, PAK FUK ROAD, SING WOO CRESCENT, MUI HING STREET, KWAI FONG STREET, HAWTHORN ROAD AND HOLLY ROAD WILL BE INCREASED FROM SI TO S2 PER HOUR.

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REGIONAL MINI-SOCCER COMPETITION ******

A HONG KONG REGIONAL MINI-SOCCER COMPETITION WILL START OFF TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT VICTORIA PARK.

THE COMPETITION IS ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE (RSS) OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT UNDER THE SPONSORSHIP OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT RECREATION AND SPORT ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION, THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT RECREATION AND SPORT COUNCIL, THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT RECREATION AND SPORT COMMITTEE AND THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT ARTS CULTURAL RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION.

A CHIEF RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICER, MR RAYMOND CHAN AND SEVERAL COMMUNITY LEADERS WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AT 9 AM.

A TOTAL OF 16 TEAMS FROM EASTERN, WAN CHAI, SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICTS WILL COMPETE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP.

THERE WILL BE FOUR PRIZES AND MEMBERS OF THE WINNING TEAMS WILL BE AWARDED MEDALS ALSO.

THE TOURNAMENT IS AIMED AT PROMOTING SOCCER AND CULTIVATING A SENSE OF SPORTSMANSHIP IN HONG KONG, A RSS SPOKESMAN SAID.

IT IS OPEN TO AMATEUR SOCCER PLAYERS AGED 16 AND ABOVE, HE ADDED.

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IMPROVEMENT TO NORTH DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE HALL

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THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS TO CARRY OUT IMPROVEMENT WORK TO THE MULTI-PURPOSE HALL IN THE NORTH DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE IN SHEUNG SHU I.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT ON COMPLETION OF THE WORK THE HALL COULD BE USED FOR THE PRESENTATION OF SPECIALISED CULTURAL ACTIVITIES SUCH AS ORCHESTRAL CONCERTS, MUSICAL RECITALS AND THE STAGING OF OPERAS AND DRAMA.

THE IMPROVEMENT WORK, TENDERS FOR WHICH ARE NOW BEING CALLED, COMPRISES ADDITIONAL STAGE LIGHTING, ACOUSTIC TREATMENT, AIR-CONDITIONING, THE INSTALLATION OF FIRE-FIGHTING EQUIPMENT AND THE PROVISION OF A DANCE STUDIO FOR REHEARSALS AND TRAINING PURPOSES.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN MARCH THIS YEAR AND BE COMPLETED IN ABOUT SIX MONTHS’ TIME.

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FANLING HEATED POOL TO CLOSE TEMPORARILY

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THE HEATED POOL OF THE FANLING SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED FROM MONDAY (JANUARY 17) TO FACILITATE CONSTRUCTION WORK ON THE COMPLEX.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID THE SWIMMING POOL WILL BE RE-OPENED AS SOON AS WORK WAS COMPLETED.

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TENDERS FOR REPAIR *

OF NT PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT * * * *

TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT.

FOR THE REPAIR OF NEW TERRITORIES

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID THE CONTRACT FOR THE REPAIR WORK, WORTH $320 000, WOULD LAST ONE YEAR AND THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER WOULD BE REQUIRED TO START WORK ON APRIL 1.

TENDER FORMS FOR THE CONTRACT ARE NOW OBTAINABLE FROM THE NTSD HEADQUARTERS ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF AUSTIN CENTRE, 19-23 AUSTIN AVENUE, TSIM SHA TSUI.

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COMPLETED TENDER FORMS MUST BE PLACED IN THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT TENDER BOX SITUATED IN THE LIFT LOBBY ON THE LOWER GROUND FLOOR OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (EAST WING), LOWER ALBERT ROAD, BEFORE NOON ON FEBRUARY 11 (FRIDAY).

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE WITH THE RECREATION AND AMENITIES SECTION CF THE NTSD ON TELEPHONE 3-678715.

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TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN KWUN TONG * * *

KWUN TONG ROAD FROM TUNG YAN STREET TO HONG NING ROAD AND THE UNDERPASS AT THE JUNCTION OF KWUN TONG ROAD AND HIP WO STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 2 AM TO 5 AM ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 18) FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FOOTBRIDGE.

DURING THE CLOSURE, EASTBOUND TRAFFIC ON KWUN TONG ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA HONG NING ROAD, YUE MAN SQUARE AND TUNG YAN STREET.

WESTBOUND TRAFFIC MAY USE EITHER HIP WO STREET, TUNG YAN STREET, YUE MAN SQUARE AND HONG NING ROAD OR HOI YUEN ROAD AND WAI YIP STREET.

VEHICLES ON HONG NING ROAD WILL HAVE TO USE YUE MAN SQUARE

HEADING FOR LEI YUE MUN ROAD AND TUNG YAN STREET INSTEAD.

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FIRING PRACTICE * * *

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY (JANUARY 17 TO 21).

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

THE DATES AND TIMES OF THE PRACTICE ARE:

DATE TIME

JANUARY 17 (MONDAY) 8 AM TO 11 PM

JANUARY 18 (TUESDAY) 8 AM TO 5 PM

JANUARY 19 (WEDNESDAY) 8 AM TO 5 PM

JANUARY 20 (THURSDAY) 8 AM TO 11 PM

JANUARY 21 (FRIDAY) 8 AM TO 4 PM

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, JANUARY 16, 198}

CONTENTS PAGE NO<»

MAJOR EVENTS FOR METRIC 10 DAYS ................................ 1

MORE TRAINED COMMUNITY LEADERS FOR SHA TIN ..................... 2

INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT PROMOTION FIIM AVAILABLE.................. 2

YUEN LONG MILITARY TATTOO....................................... 3

NEW SECONDARY SCHOOL FOR TUIN MUN .............................. 5

INDUSTRIAL SAFETY POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION .................... 5

KWAI CHUNG MARKET STALLS FOR AUCTION ........................... 6

NEW FRESH WATER SERVICE RESERVOIR FOR NORTH POINT .............. 7

COOKED FOOD BAZAAR FOR KWAI CHUNG .............................. 7

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF WANG TAU HOM EAST ROAD..................... 8

WATER CUT ...................................................... 8

SUNDAY, JANUARY 16, 1983

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MAJOR EVENTS FOR METRIC 10 DAYS

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THREE MAJOR EVENTS, INCLUDING A MINI METRIC MARATHON RACE, A LARGE-SCALE GAMES DAY AND A STREET THEATRE SHOW, WERE ORGANISED FOR TODAY (SUNDAY) — THE THIRD DAY OF THE METRICATION COMMITTEE’S METRIC 10 DAYS PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN.

THE FIRST EVENT STARTED AT 9 AM WHEN A GROUP OF MORE THAN 500 YOUNG PEOPLE SET OFF AT PO LEUNG KUK HOLIDAY CAMP IN PAK TAM CHUNG, SAI KUNG, ON A 10—KILOMETRE RACE.

DIVIDED INTO 10 GROUPS BY AGE AND SEX, THE ATHLETES RAN ALONG PLEASANT TREE-LINED ROADS TO SAM TIN HANG BEFORE RETURNING TO THE STARTING POINT.

THE RACE WILL BE FOLLOWED IN THE AFTERNOON BY A LARGE-SCALE GAMES DAY IN VICTORIA PARK. ABOUT 1 000 PEOPLE FROM VARIOUS TRADES AND PROFESSIONS WILL TAKE PART IN SPECIALLY DEVISED TELEMATCHES INVOLVING THE USE OF METRIC UNITS.

♦THESE GAMES AND EQUIPMENT WILL HELP US ALL TO TRY AND THINK NETRIC AND WILL GIVE US SOME IDEA AS TO HOW TO RELATE METRIC UNITS TO ACTUAL DISTANCES AND WEIGHTS,+ SAID MR E.B. WIGGHAM, COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, AT THE GAMES.

♦THE METRIC SYSTEM COVERS THE WHOLE RANGE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AND ALL OTHER APPLICATIONS. SO PLEASE MAKE AN EFFORT TO GO METRIC,+ HE SAID.

MR WIGGHAM SAID RESPONSE TO THE GAMES DAY WAS VERY GOOD, WITH ENTRIES FAR EXCEEDING THE ORIGINAL TARGET OF 800.

LATER IN THE AFTERNOON THE FIRST OF THREE STREET THEATRE SHOWS WITH METRIC THEMES WAS HELD AT THE CHATER ROAD PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT.

OFFICIATING GUESTS AT THE RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY WERE NR A.G. COOPER, DISTRICT OFFICER (CENTRAL AND WESTERN/WAN CHAI), MR LEE TAT-YU, UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE CENTRAL/WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD AND MISS RITA TSUI OF THE METRICATION COMMITTEE.

THE SHOW INCLUDED MUSIC, SINGING, MAGIC, PUPPET AND ACROBATIC PERFORMANCES.

AT THE SHOW THE AUDIENCE WERE INVITED TO TEST THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF THE METRIC SYSTEM AT A QUIZ STALL MANNED BY RTHK ARTISTES HAPPY CHAN AND PAU HING-HUNG. THOSE WHO GAVE CORRECT ANSWERS WERE AWARDED PRIZES.

MUSIC WAS PROVIDED BY THE BAND OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS) AT THE SHOW.

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MORE TRAINED COMMUNITY LEADERS FOR SHA TIN * * *

A TOTAL OF 70 COMMUNITY LEADERS IN SHA TIN COMPLETED A THREE- V DAY TRAINING SCHEME AND RECEIVED THEIR CERTIFICATES TODAY (SUNDAY) FROM MR CHEN TIEN-CHI, HEAD OF UNITED COLLEGE OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY.

THE COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT SCHEME WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE SOCIAL WORK DEPARTMENT CF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY.

IT WAS AIMED AT PROVIDING AN ORIENTATION TO CHAIRMEN OF NEWLY-FORMED MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES (MAC) IN THE DISTRICT.

SPEAKING AT THE GRADUATION CEREMONY, THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR DONALD TSANG, EMPHASISED THE IMPORTANT ROLE PLAYED BY MACS IN THE COMMUNITY BUILDING PROCESS OF A NEW TOWN.

+MACS ARE SET UP TO IMPROVE LIVING ENVIRONMENT AND PROMOTE NEIGHBOURHOOD RELATIONS. AS MEMBERS OF MACS WORK TOWARDS THE SAME GOAL, THE SENSE OF BELONGING WILL BE CREATED AND THE NEW TOWN WILL BECOME A BETTER PLACE FOR EVERYONE TO LIVE IN,+ HE SAID.

ACCORDING TO MR TSANG, MORE THAN 100 MACS HAVE BEEN FORMED AMONG THE 200 000 POPULATION IN SHA TIN. A TOTAL OF 30 000 FAMILIES ARE NOW MEMBERS OF THE MACS.

THE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPEMENT SCHEME IN SHA TIN WAS FIRST INTRODUCED LAST YEAR WITH 60 PARTICIPANTS AND IT HAS NOW BECOME AN ANNUAL EVENT IN THE DISTRICT BECAUSE OF THE GOOD RESPONSE.

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INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT PROMOTION FILM AVAILABLE

* * *

A NEW VERSION OF THE HIGHLY-PRAISED INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT PROMOTION FILM, +50 000 CAN’T BE WRONG+, PRODUCED BY THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT IN 1980 AND SINCE SHOWN WORLD-WIDE, IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR SALE.

FOLLOWING ITS ORIGINAL PREMIERE, THE DEPARTMENT RECEIVED MANY REQUESTS FROM COMPANIES AND ORGANISATIONS WHICH WANTED TO BUY COPIES OF THE 20-MINUTE FILM.

+WE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANY ORGANISATION WISHING TO HAVE A COPY OF THE NEW VERSION,* SAID AN INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN. +THE COST OF VIDEOCASSETTES, EITHER VHS OR BETA, WILL NOT BE MORE THAN $490 FOR THE PAL, OR $1 085 FOR THE NTSC COPIES.

/+COPIES OF .......

SUNDAY, JANUARY 16, 1985

♦COPIES OF THE CASSETTES, AND A 16 MM FILM VERSION, WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE ON LOAN. BY THE END OF FEBRUARY WE *>LL HAVE COPIES OF BOTH WITH COMMENTARIES IN ENGLISH FRENCH, GERMAN AND JAPANESE. WHETHER TO BUY OR BORROW, PLEASE CALL MISS MABEL CHAN ON 3-7222540,+ SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

THE FILM HIGHLIGHTS THE ADVANTAGES OF ESTABLISHING A PROJECT CR JOINT VENTURE IN HONG KONG, AND INCLUDES COMMENTS BY OWNERS OR EXECUTIVES OF OVERSEAS COMPANIES WHICH HAVE ESTABLISHED HERE.

+HONG KONG WELCOMES INDUSTRY OF ALL VARIETIES,* SAYS THE COMMENTARY. +THERE IS NO DISCRIMINATION HERE BETWEEN LOCAL RESIDENTS AND OVERSEAS NATIONALS: BOTH ARE ACCORDED SIMILAR TREATMENT. OUR POLICY IS ONE OF FREE ENTERPRISE FOR ALL.+

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YUEN LONG MILITARY TATTOO *****

ONE LUCKY PERSON WATCHING THE FREE MILITARY TATTOO AT YUEN LONG STADIUM EARLY NEXT MONTH (FEBRUARY) WILL WIN A FREE TRIP TO LONDON.

THE MILITARY TATTOO, TO BE PRESENTED BY THE GURKHA FIELD FORCE AND SPONSORED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY (FEBRUARY 5).

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SHOW WILL BE MUSIC BY THE BAND OF THE BRIGADE OF GURKHAS, MASSED PIPES AND DRUMS BY THE BRIGADE OF GURKHAS, PIPES AND DRUMS BY THE SCOTS GUARDS, A LION DANCE BY THE HONG KONG ARMY DOG UNIT, AND A DRILL DISPLAY BY ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS).

THERE WILL ALSO BE AN ABSEILING DISPLAY AND MARTIAL ARTS AND GYMNASTIC DEMONSTRATION.

FREE ADMISSION TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION IN PERSON AT THE FOLLOWING URBAN SERVICES OFFICES FROM WEDNESDAY (JANUARY 19) ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS :

* ISLANDS URBAN SERVICES OFFICE

ROOMS 2101-2103, INTERNATIONAL BUILDING, TEL. : 5-452442 21ST FLOOR, 141 DES VOEUX ROAD, CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

* KWAI CHUNG URBAN SERVICES OFFICE

SHING WAH BUILDING, 31 SHING FONG STREET, TEL. : 0-209204 3RD AND 4TH FLOORS, KWAI CHUNG, NEW TERRITORIES.

/• NORTH DISTRICT .......

SUNDAY, JANUARY 16, 198?

* NORTH DISTRICT URBAN SERVICES OFFICE

MEI TAK BUILDING, 1ST FLOOR, KWONG FUK TEL. : 0-6572511 ROAD, TAI PO MARKET, NEW TERRITORIES.

* SAI KUNG URBAN SERVICES OFFICE

69 MAN NIN STREET, FIRST AND GROUND TEL. i 3-2813604

FLOORS, SAI KUNG, NEW TERRITORIES.

* SHA TIN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE

LEK YUEN COMMUNITY HALL, LOWER GROUND TEL. s 3-621051 FLOOR, LEK YUEN ESTATE, SHA TIN, NEW TERRITORIES.

* TAI PO URBAN SERVICES OFFICE

4TH FLOOR, TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, TING KOK ROAD, TAI PO, NEW TERRITORIES.

* TSUEN WAN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE

FAR EAST BANK BUILDING, 2ND FLOOR-, CASTLE PEAK. ROAD, TSUEN WAN, NEW TERRITORIES.

* TUEN MUN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE

’TOP COURT’, GROUND AND FIRST FLOORS, 60-70 TAK CHING COURT, TUEN MUN, NEW TERRITORIES.

* YUEN LONG URBAN SERVICES OFFICE

DISTRICT BRANCH OFFICE BUILDING, 3RD FLOOR, MAIN ROAD, YUEN LONG, NEW TERRITORIES.

TEL. « 0-6577111

EXT. 162

TEL. : 0-444281

TEL. • 0-820800 EXT. 301

TEL. i 0-792261 EXT. 129

REQUESTS FOR ADMISSION TICKETS MAY ALSO BE MADE BY MAIL, WITH A SELF-ADDRESSED ENVELOPE, TO THE RECREATION PROMOTION UNIT OF THE NORTH REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS OF THE NTSD AT GARAGE NO. 1, GROUND FLOOR, TAI YUEN ESTATE IN TA I PO.

THE LUCKY DRAW WILL BE CONDUCTED AT THE END OF THE EVENT.

THERE WILL BE A DRESS REHEARSAL AT THE STADIUM ON FRIDAY (FEBRUARY 4) AND 5 000 STUDENTS AND UNDER-PRIVILEGED PEOPLE OF YUEN LONG WILL BE INVITED TO ATTEND.

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NEW SECONDARY SCHOOL FOR TUEN MUN *****

A NEW SECONDARY SCHOOL WILL SOON BE BUILT ON SHEK PAI TAU ROAD, TUEN MUN, TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES IN TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THIS SCHOOL.

UPON COMPLETION, THE SCHOOL WILL HAVE A MA IN BUILDING CONTAINING 24 CLASSROOMS, AN ASSEMBLY HALL WITH A COVERED PLAYGROUND, AND A SINGLE STOREY STAFF QUARTER BLOCK.

CONSTRUCTION WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN MARCH AND WOULD BE COMPLETED IN JULY 1984.

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INDUSTRIAL SAFETY POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION

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THE 15TH ANNUAL INDUSTRIAL SAFETY POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION, OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS BETWEEN 14 AND 22 YEARS OF AGE, WILL BE HELD AGAIN THIS YEAR AND ENTRIES ARE NOW BEING INVITED.

ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE COMPETITION IS AIMED AT PROMOTING SAFETY AT WORK.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT-EFFECTIVELY DESIGNED POSTERS FORMED AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE ENTIRE ACCIDENT-PREVENTION PLAN TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS.

THE POSTERS SHOULD ALSO GENERATE AND SUSTAIN SAFETY CONSCIOUSNESS AMONG INDUSTRIAL WORKERS, HE SAID.

ENTRIES FROM PARTICIPATING STUDENTS WILL BE DIVIDED INTO TWO DIVISIONS THIS YEAR.

DIVISION +A+ WILL BE FOR STUDENTS OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND TECHNICAL SECONDARY SCHOOLS, WHILE DIVISION +B+ WILL BE FOR POSTSECONDARY COLLEGES AND VOCATIONAL INSTITUTES.

THE PANEL OF JUDGES WILL INCLUDE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF DESIGN OF THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, THE CULTURAL CRAFTS CENTRE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

/THE SPOKESMAN .......

SUNDAY, JANUARY 16, 1985

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THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT ENTRIES SHOULD BE SENT TO THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE AT THE CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES IN KOWLOON ON OR BEFORE MARCH 31.

THE ADJUDICATION OF ENTRIES WILL TAKE PLACE IN EARLY APRIL, 1983.

COPIES OF THE OBJECT AND RULES OF THE COMPETITION ARE AVAILABLE AT THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE AND CULTURAL CRAFTS CENTRE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT 4 PAK FUK ROAD, STH FLOOR, NORTH POINT.

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KWAI CHUNG MARKET STALLS FOR AUCTION

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A TOTAL OF 43 STALLS AT THE NEWLY OPENED WING FONG STREET MARKET IN KWAI CHUNG WILL BE PUT UP FOR PUBLIC AUCTION ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 18).

THE AUCTION WILL BE HELD AT THE KWAI FONG COMMUNITY HALL IN LAI FONG STREET, KWAI CHUNG AT 9.30 AM.

OF THE 43 STALLS TO BE AUCTIONED, 23 ARE FOR SELLING DRY GOODS, EIGHT FOR WET GOODS, SIX FOR MEAT, THREE FOR POULTRY, TWO FOR FISH AND THE REMAINING ONE FOR ICE.

THE UPSET MONTHLY RENTAL OF THE STALLS RANGE FROM $600 TO $3 000, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID.

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS CAN START OPERATING BUSINESS ON FEBRUARY 1 FOR A 3-YEAR CONTRACT, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, ADDING THAT THEY WOULD ALSO BE REQUIRED TO PAY THE BID RENTAL ON A QUARTERLY BASIS.

POTENTIAL BIDDERS MUST AGE OVER 21. THEY ARE REQUIRED TO BRING ALONG THEIR IDENTITY CARDS AND FIVE PHOTOGRAPHS TO THE AUCTION VENUE.

FURTHER DETAILS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE HAWKERS AND MARKETS SECTION OF THE KWAI CHUNG URBAN SERVICES OFFICE ON TELEPHONE 0253624.

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NEW FRESH WATER SERVICE RESERVOIR FOR NORTH POINT ******

THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT IS TO CONSTRUCT A FRESH WATER SERVICE RESERVOIR IN NORTH POINT TO HELP IMPROVE THE SUPPLY OF FRESH WATER TO LOW-LEVEL AREAS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE SERVICE RESERVOIR, TO BE CONSTRUCTED IN REINFORCED CONCRETE AND HAVING A STORAGE CAPACITY OF 30 000 CUBIC METRES, WOULD BE BUILT AT THE JUNCTION OF CLOUD VIEW ROAD AND YEE KING ROAD.

THE DEPARTMENT IS NOW INVITING TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT, WORK ON WHICH IS EXPECTED TO START IN APRIL THIS YEAR AND TAKE ABOUT 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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COOKED FOOD BAZAAR FOR KWAI CHUNG

*****

FACTORY WORKERS IN KWAI CHUNG WILL SOON HAVE A PROPER PLACE TO HAVE THEIR MEALS.

WORK ON A COOKED FOOD BAZAAR, TO BE SITUATED IN WO YI HOP ROAD, WILL BEGIN NEXT MONTH AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF THE YEAR.

THE BAZAAR WILL PROVIDE, AMONG OTHER THINGS, COOKED FOOD STALLS, FRUIT STALLS, STOREROOMS AND TOILETS.

Tenders for the work, which also included the construction CF A COVERED SITTING-OUT AREA WITH PLANTS AND BENCHES, ARE BEING INVITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BDD SAID THAT THE PROJECT, WHEN COMPLETED, WOULD NOT ONLY HELP EASE THE SHORTAGE OF EATING FACILITIES FOR FACTORY WORKERS IN THE AREA BUT ALSO THE MUCH NEEDED RECREATIONAL CR SITTING-OUT AREA IN THE DISTRICT.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF WANG TAU HOM EAST ROAD * * *

WANG TAU HOM EAST ROAD BETWEEN WANG TAU HOM SOUTH ROAD AND FU MEI STREET EAST WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 1 AM TO 5 AM ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY (JANUARY 18 AND 19) FOR THE DEMOLITION OF A FOOTBRIDGE.

DURING THE CLOSURE, TRAFFIC ON WANG TAU HOM EAST ROAD BETWEEN WANG TAU HOM CENTRAL ROAD AND WANG TAU HOM SOUTH ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

TRAFFIC HEADING FOR WANG TAU HOM CENTRAL ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA FU MEI STREET AND WANG TAU HOM EAST ROAD. AN ALTERNATIVE ROUTE WILL BE VIA HENG LAM STREET, FUNG MO STREET, FU MEI STREET AND WANG TAU HOM EAST ROAD.

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WATER CUT * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR EIGHT HOURS FROM 10 PM ON WEDNESDAY (JANUARY 19) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR WATER MAINS CONNECTION.

THIS WILL AFFECT ALL PREMISES ALONG SHOUSON HILL ROAD, SHOUSON HILL ROAD EAST, SHOUSON HILL ROAD WEST, AND DEEP WATER BAY ROAD. IN ADDITION, HOUSE NO. 2 AND HONG KONG COUNTRY CLUB Oh ISLAND ROAD WILL ALSO BE AFFECTED.

MEANWHILE IN KOWLOON, FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN SAN PO KONG WILL ALSO BE CUT OFF FOR EIGHT HOURS FROM 10 PM ON WEDNESDAY TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR THE SAME PURPOSE.

THE ARRANGEMENT WILL AFFECT ALL THOSE PREMISES IN THE AREA BOUNDED BY TAI YAU STREET, SHEUNG HEI STREET AND TSEUK LUK STREET.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 19^3

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

HK DESIGNS FIRST PRODUCT OF ITS KIND IN WORLD................... 1

NEV/ ELECTRICAL SAFETY LAWS PLANNED ............................ 2

YAUMATI FERRY TO BE OFFERED TSING YI SITE....................... 3

REGISTRATION OF TWO DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES REVOKED.......... 4

TRANSPORT SURVEY ON FERRY SERVICES ............................ 5

WATER FIGURES................................................... 5

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD FLYOVER............. 5

SALT WATER MAINS WORK........................................... 5

MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 1983

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HK DESIGNS FIRST PRODUCT OF ITS KIND IN WORLD ******

THE WINNING ENTRY FOR THE 1983 GOVERNOR’S AWARD FOR HONG KONG DESIGN IS THE FIRST PRODUCT OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

THE PRODUCT, A +CHESS ROBOT ADVERSARY+ DESIGNED BY NOVAG INDUSTRIES LIMITED, IS AN * INGENIOUS DESIGN COMBINING ELECTRONIC, MECHANICAL, COMPUTER AND ROBOTIC ENGINEERING SKILLS*, SIR EDWARD SAID AT THE AWARD PRESENTATION HELD AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE.

♦THE PRODUCT IS DOUBLY REPRESENTATIVE OF HONG KONG AND ITS INTERNATIONAL OUTLOOK.

♦NOT ONLY DOES IT SHOW INNOVATION AND HIGH QUALITY DESIGN* IT HAS ALSO BEEN DEVELOPED BY A TEAM OF ENGINEERS AND RESEARCHERS OF MANY NATIONALITIES, IN HONG KONG ITSELF, WITH SOME TECHNICAL SUPPORT FROM OVERSEAS,♦ SIR EDWARD SAID.

THE TEXT OF THE GOVERNOR’S SPEECH FOLLOWS i

♦MR TANG, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

♦SIR DAVID TRENCH WHOM I RECENTLY HAD THE PLEASURE OF ENTERTAINING HERE, WAS THE FIRST GOVERNOR TO PRESIDE OVER THE ANNUAL PRESENTATION CEREMONY FOR THE GOVERNOR’S AWARD FOR HONG KONG DESIGN. IN DOING SO, HE ACKNOWLEDGED NOT ONLY THE IMPORTANCE OF DESIGN TO THE FUTURE WELL-BEING OF HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY, BUT ALSO THE GOVERNMENT’S WISH THAT DESIGN CONSCIOUSNESS SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED AMONG INDUSTRIALISTS, TRADERS AND STUDENTS ALIKE. IT GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE TONIGHT TO CONTINUE IN SIR DAVID’S, AND SIR MURRAY’S, FOOTSTEPS.

♦AS AN EXPORT-ORIENTED ECONOMY, HONG KONG CAN NEVER BE IMMUNE TO THE VICISSITUDES OF THE WORLD ECONOMY AND TIMES ARE CERTAINLY NOT EASY FOR OUR MANUFACTURING AND EXPORT TRADES. BUT AS YOU HAVE POINTED OUT, THE INCREASED COMPETITION WHICH HARD TIMES BRING, MADE IT ALL THE MORE NECESSARY FOR INDUSTRY TO PRESS AHEAD WITH NEW IDEAS AND INNOVATIVE DESIGNS.

♦I AM THUS GLAD TO SEE THAT THERE HAS BEEN NO LET UP IN THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL DESIGN COUNCIL’S EFFORTS TO PROMOTE GOOD DESIGN. AS A DIRECT RESULT OF THE COUNCIL’S ACTIVITIES, HONG KONG MANUFACTURERS ARE NOW MORE AWARE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF DESIGN, OF THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE GOVERNOR’S AWARD, AND OF THE PRESTIGE ATTACHING TO IT. I AM TOLD THAT THIS YEAR THERE WERE A TOTAL OF 62 ENTRIES FROM 41 COMPANIES, THE HIGHEST IN RECENT YEARS; AND THAT COMPARED TO PREVIOUS YEARS THERE WERE MARKED IMPROVEMENTS IN TERMS OF QUALITY, CONSTRUCTION, VALUE AND ECONOMY OF PRODUCTION. THE JUDGES OF THE COMPETITION WERE IMPRESSED BY THE HIGH TECHNOLOGY AND SOPHISTICATION INVOLVED IN SOME OF THE DESIGNS. THIS IS AN ENCOURAGING TREND, AND IS EVIDENCE OF THE POSITIVE STEPS BEING TAKEN BY INDUSTRY TO MOVE WITH THE TIMES AND REMAIN COMPETITIVE IN WORLD MARKETS.

/+! NOW ....

aoroAY, JANUARY 17, 1983

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+1 NOW TURN TO THIS YEAR’S AWARD ITSELF. THE WINNING PRODUCT IS A +CHESS ROBOT ADVERSARY+: AN INGENIOUS DESIGN COMBINING ELECTRONIC, MECHANICAL, COMPUTER AND ROBOTIC ENGINEERING SKILLS, AND THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD. THE PRODUCT IS DOUBLY REPRESENTATIVE OF HONG KONG AND ITS INTERNATIONAL OUTLOOK. NOT ONLY DOES IT SHOW INNOVATION AND HIGH QUALITY DESIGN; IT HAS ALSO BEEN DEVELOPED BY A TEAM OF ENGINEERS AND RESEARCHERS OF MANY NATIONALITIES, IN HONG KONG ITSELF, WITH SOME TECHNICAL SUPPORT FROM OVERSEAS. I CONGRATULATE WARMLY ALL THOSE WHO HAVE PLAYED A PART IN PRODUCING IT. MAY I NOW CALL UPON THE DESIGNER, NOVAG INDUSTRIES LIMITED, TO COME FORWARD TO RECEIVE THE AWARD?*

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NEW ELECTRICAL SAFETY LAWS PLANNED I * X X

THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO INTRODUCE NEW LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE THE SAFETY OF ELECTRICAL FITTINGS AND INSTALLATIONS.

THE EXISTING ELECTRICITY SUPPLY ORDINANCE AND ITS REGULATIONS WERE BROUGHT INTO EFFECT IN 1911.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT ALTHOUGH VARIOUS AMENDMENTS HAD BEEN MADE TO THE LEGISLATION TO RESPOND TO CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES, THE PROVISIONS WERE NOW OUT OF DATE.

♦A REAPPRAISAL OF THE LEGISLATION WAS CARRIED OUT RECENTLY AND THIS SHOWED THAT SIGNIFICANT CHANGES WERE NECESSARY TO MEET MODERN SAFETY STANDARDS,* HE EXPLAINED.

♦THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL HAS DECIDED, THEREFORE, THAT NEW LAWS SHOULD BE DRAFTED TO REPLACE THE ORDINANCE AND REGULATIONS.*

♦THE INTENTION IS TO PRODUCE LEGISLATION TO ENHANCE SAFETY IN THE HOME, INCLUDING REDUCING THE INCIDENCE OF ACCIDENTS CAUSED BY ELECTROCUTION, AND TO ENSURE THAT CONSUMERS’ INSTALLATIONS DO NOT CONSTITUTE A DANGER TO OTHERS.+

AS IN THE CASE OF OTHER AREAS WHERE THE GOVERNMENT PROVIDES CONSUMER PROTECTION, IT WILL PROBABLY BE NECESSARY TO ESTABLISH A SYSTEM OF COMPULSORY LICENSING AND REGISTRATION OF ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS AND WORKERS. COUPLED WITH THIS WILL BE A CODE OF PRACTICE TO BE DRAWN UP IN CONSULTATION WITH THE APPROPRIATE PROFESSIONAL BODIES AND TECHNICAL INSTITUTIONS.

THERE WILL BE TRANSITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS TO ALLOW EXISTING CONTRACTORS AND WORKERS TIME TO COMPLY WITH LICENSING REQUIREMENTS TO BE SPECIFIED.

IN THE INTEREST OF PUBLIC SAFETY, THE OWNERS OF PLACES OF PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT AND PREMISES FREQUENTED BY LARGE NUMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WILL BE REQUIRED BY LAW TO HAVE THEIR INSTALLATIONS TESTED PERIODICALLY BY REGISTERED CONTRACTORS.

/thebe will .......

MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 1983

THERE WILL BE PROVISION IN THE NEW LEGISLATION FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO INVESTIGATE ALL ACCIDENTS ARISING FROM THE SUPPLY OF ELECTRICITY.

ELECTRICAL FITTINGS, APPLIANCES AND DEVICES NOW USED OR AVAILABLE FOR USE IN HONG KONG ARE NOT REQUIRED TO MEET ANY LOCAL MANDATORY STANDARDS AND ARE NOT SUBJECT TO IMPORT CONTROL.

+A HIGH PROPORTION OF FIRES OF ELECTRICAL ORIGIN IS ALMOST CERTAINLY DUE TO SUB-STANDARD ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+ IT IS PROPOSED, THEREFORE, THAT THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL SHOULD BE GIVEN APPROPRIATE POWER TO MAKE REGULATIONS RELATING TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AND ADHERENCE TO STANDARDS FOR BOTH LOCALLY MANUFACTURED AND IMPORTED ELECTRICAL FITTINGS, APPLIANCES AND DEVICES.*

PROVISION WILL ALSO BE MADE TO DEAL WITH THE HAZARDOUS PROBLEM OF ELECTRICITY TAPPING.

DETAILS OF THE PROPOSALS WILL HAVE TO BE WORKED OUT DURING THE DRAFTING OF THE BILL, WHICH WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL FOR APPROVAL BEFORE BEING INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

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YAUMATI FERRY TO BE OFFERED TSI NG Yl SITE ******

THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY LIMITED WILL BE OFFERED A SITE IN TSING Yl TO RE-ESTABLISH ITS FACILITIES WHEN THE AREA IMMEDIATELY FRONTING ITS EXISTING SHIPYARD IN TAI KOK TSUI IS RECLAIMED LATER IN THE DECADE.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE DIRECTOR OF LANDS, MR JOHN TODD, AT THE LAUNCHING THIS MORNING OF THE FERRY +MAN KIT* BY MRS TODD.

MR TODD SAID: +AS OFTEN HAPPENS IN HONG KONG THE NEED FOR URBAN EXPANSION AND THE PRESSURE ON LAND MEANS THAT FURTHER RECLAMATION IS NEEDED AND THAT LATER THIS DECADE THIS SHIPYARD WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO OPERATE IN THIS AREA.

♦I AM VERY PLEASED THAT GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN ABLE TO FIND A SITE IN NORTH TSING Yl, WHICH I HOPE WILL BE ACCEPTABLE TO THE COMPANY AND WHICH WILL NOT ONLY ALLOW THE COMPANY TO RE-ESTABLISH ITS FACILITIES ON A NEW SITE BUT WHICH WILL ALSO ALLOW FOR THE FURTHER EXPANSION OF FACILITIES AND CAPACITY wHICH I AM SURE WILL BE NEEDED IN THE 1990’S.*

MR TODD SAID MR LAU CHUN-KWOK, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, HAD EARLIER IN A SPEECH DRAWN A RATHER GLOOMY PICTURE OF THE FUTURE OF FERRY SERVICES IN HONG KONG.

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HOWEVER, LOOKING AT THE PAST PERFORMANCE OF THE COMPANY HE WAS MORE OPTIMISTIC AND FOUND IT DIFFICULT TO THINK THAT AN ORGANISATION WITH SUCH A PROUD RECORD AND PRESENT ACHIEVEMENTS WOULD NOT ACCOMMODATE ITSELF TO CHANGING NEEDS AND CONDITIONS AND CONTINUE ITS SUCCESS INTO Tlx FUTURE, MR TODD SAID.

♦IN RECENT YEARS WE HAVE SEEN IMPRESSIVE INCREASES IN THE STANDARD OF THE COMPANY’S ACTIVITIES, WITH IMPROVED VESSELS INCLUDING HOVERFERRIES, PROVIDING MORE FREQUENT AND FASTER SERVICES,+ HE SAID.

♦THERE HAS ALSO BEEN AN INCREASE IN THE SCOPE OF THESE SERVICES, WHICH NOW GO TO MORE DESTINATIONS, AN EXPANSION OF WHICH PERHAPS THE MOST NOTABLE FEATURE HAS BEEN THE INTRODUCTION OF DIRECT FERRY LINKS TO CH I NA.+

THE FERRY SERVICES THEMSELVES WERE ONLY PART OF THE PICTURE AND THEIR GROWTH HAD BEEN ACCOMPANIED BY INCREASES IN THE COMPANY’S MAINTENANCE, ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION CAPACITY, HE ADDED.

♦THIS HAS LED TO THE GROWTH OF THE SHIPYARD IN WHICH WE ARE STANDING TODAY AND WHICH I BELIEVE IS TO BE FURTHER EXTENDED,+ l€ SAID.

MR LAU ALSO SPOKE OF THE GOVERNMENT AND THE COMPANY HAVING REACHED AN IMPASSE OVER FERRY PIER DEVELOPMENT.

♦WE HAVE OUR DISAGREEMENTS IN THE PAST AND THERE HAVE BEEN OTHER OCCASIONS WHEN IT SEEMED THAT OUR NEGOTIATIONS HAD REACHED A STALEMATE, BUT WITH GOODWILL ON BOTH SIDES WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO COME TO AN AGREEMENT,+ MR TODD SAID.

♦I AM SURE THAT IN THIS CASE ALSO WE WILL BE ABLE TO WORK OUT A SOLUTION WHICH WILL TAKE ACCOUNT OF BOTH THE COMPANY’S NEEDS AND THE PUBLIC INTEREST.+

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REGISTRATION OF TWO DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES REVOKED

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or COMMISSIONER OF DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ANNOUNCED THAT HE HAS TODAY (MONDAY) REVOKED THE REGISTRATION OF TWO DEPOSIT-™'*V™PAN,ES- ™EIR NAM£S ARE WHITEHALL FINANCE LIMITED AND AMERICA AND PANAMA FINANCE COMPANY LIMITED.

THE REVOCATION OF THE REGISTRATION OF WHITEHALL FINANCE

SPECIflED LI9UID ASSETS ’EOUIBED

THE REGISTRATION OF AMERICA AND PANAMA FINANCE COMPANY 1

THAT^THE SS? ?? IS 'J a?PEArISo THE CwSIsSISIeI

ocr oTrLn PANY IS N0T A F,T AND PROPER BODY TO REMAIN Ktb IoTcRED.

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TRANSPORT SURVEY ON FERRY SERVICES * * *

A SURVEY AIMED AT HELPING TRANSPORT PLANNERS IMPROVE THE CROSS HARBOUR FERRY SERVICES WILL BE CARRIED OUT BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT IN THE NEXT THREE WEEKS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE INTERVIEWS WILL BE CONDUCTED AT FERRY PIERS WHERE HYF FERRY SERVICES OPERATE.

PASSENGERS WILL BE ASKED A FEW SIMPLE QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE ORIGIN, DESTINATION AND PURPOSE OF THEIR TRIPS.

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WATER FIGURES

H K K

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 73.7 PER C"NT OF CAPACITY OR 425.827 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 255.240 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 44.2 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD FLYOVER * * *

THE PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD FLYOVER IN HO MAN TIN WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 1 AM TO 6 AM ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY (JANUARY 20 AND 21) FOR MAINTENANCE WORKS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, TRAFFIC BETWEEN PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD AND WATERLOO ROAD WILL BE MAINTAINED ON GROUND LEVEL ROADS.

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SALT WATER MAINS WORK

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SALT WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN AREAS IN WONG CHUK HANG AND ABERDEEN WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 20) TO FACILITATE WATER MAINS WORK.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT ALL PREMISES ALONG WONG CHUK HANG R0AD’ Y,P KAN STREET, TONG BIN LANE, NAM LONG SHAN !HUM WAN R0AD» police SCHOOL ROAD, OCEAN PARK E°ADA J^M WAN P’ERDRIVE, YIP FAT STREET, ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD, YUE KWONG ROAD AND IN YUE KWONG CHUEN AND SHEK PAI WAN ESTATE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 198j

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

INSURANCE BILL DEBATE RESUMES TOMORROW........................   1

EXPANSION OF SCOPE OF SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCES PROPOSED ........ 2

QUARTERLY LABOUR FORCE FIGURES PUBLISHED ....................... 4

LARGER PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES ...................................... 6

EXHIBITION TO PUBLICISE URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS ................ 6

TWO-YEAR COURSE FOR KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS ...................... 7

C.AREERS QUIZ WINNERS AWARDED SCHOLARSHIPS ..................... 7

CHINA LIGHT ELECTRICITY FOR CHEUNG CHAU ........................ 8

FESTIVAL FOR KWAI CHUNG RESIDENTS.............................   9

FRESH AND SALT WATER MAINS WORK ............................... 10

TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 1983

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INSURANCE BILL DEBATE * * *

RESUMES TOMORROW *

THE DEBATE ON THE SECOND READING OF THE INSURANCE COMPANIES BILL 1982 WILL BE RESUMED TOMORROW IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THE BILL IS TO PROTECT POLICYHOLDERS +WHO BECAUSE OF CIRCUMSTANCES CLEARLY CANNOT PROTECT THEMSELVES AND NEED GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION TO ASSIST THEM+.

THE BILL WAS INTRODUCED BY THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES ON MAY 19, 1982. DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED ON THAT OCCASION AND WILL BE FURTHER ADJOURNED AFTER DISCUSSION TOMORROW.

AT TOMORROW’S MEETING, THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (RECRUITING OF SEAMEN) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983 WILL BE INTRODUCED AND READ A SECOND TIME BEFORE DEBATE IS ADJOURNED. IT WILL BE MOVED BY THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON PIERS JACOBS.

THREE BILLS ARE DUE FOR FINAL READING. THEY ARE THE PUBLIC FINANCE BILL 1982, SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION (1981-82) BILL 1983, AND THE BUILDINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983.

A NUMBER OF SESSIONAL PAPERS WILL ALSO BE TABLED AT THE MEETING TOMORROW AND WILL INCLUDE THE REPORT AND CERTIFICATE OF THE DIRECTOR OF AUDIT ON THE ACCOUNTS OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT FOR THE YEAR ENDED MARCH 31, 1982.

THE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE’S REPORT NO. 5 AND THE 1981-2 ANNUAL REPORT OF THE DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING SERVICES WILL ALSO BE TABLED.

IN ADDITION, 13 QUESTIONS WILL BE ASKED BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS.

THEY WILL DEAL WITH A WIDE RANGE OF MATTERS, INCLUDING PATENT AND COPYRIGHT, HYGIENE INVOLVING COOKED FOOD STALLS, ASSIMILATION INTO THE COMMUNITY OF RECENT ARRIVALS FROM CHINA, AND THE DELAY IN WORK ON THE PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL.

OTHER QUESTIONS WILL DEAL WITH NEW TERRITORIES TAXI LICENCES, INDUSTRIAL PROMOTION, POLICY REGARDING URBAN TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS, RESETTLEMENT OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES, STUDENTS’ MAINTENANCE GRANTS AND MORAL EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS, THE ROAD SUBSIDENCE ON HENNESSY ROAD, CIVIL DEBTORS AND TRANSPORT.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 1983

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EXPANSION OF SCOPE OF SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCES PROPOSED *****

THE GOVERNMENT IS PROPOSING TO EXPAND THE SCOPE OF SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCES BY INCLUDING A DEATH GRANT OF S3 OOO TO HELP BEREAVED FAMILIES ADJUST TO NEW CIRCUMSTANCES.

THE GRANT WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE EMPLOYER WHERE THE EMPLOYEE DIES AFTER MORE THAN 12 MONTHS CONTINUOUS SERVICE AND FROM GENERAL REVENUE FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE THIS LENGTH OF SERVICE, FOR THE SELF-EMPLOYED, AND FOR THOSE NOT IN EMPLOYMENT BUT ARE LOOKING AFTER DEPENDANTS.

IN A REVIEW OF SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE LIFE UNDERWRITERS ASSOCIATION TODAY, THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, MR ERIC HO POINTED OUT THAT APART FROM OCCUPATIONAL BENEFITS PROVIDED BY EMPLOYERS, THE WHOLE RANGE OF SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS AVAILABLE IN HONG KONG ARE NON-CONTRIBUTORY.

HE ALSO EXPLAINED THAT LACK OF INSURANCE HABIT IN OUR COMMUNITY WAS A SIGNIFICANT REASON WHY THE GOVERNMENT DOUBTED THE SEMI-VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTORY SICKNESS, INJURY AND DEATH BENEFIT SCHEME WOULD WORK.

A SURVEY WHICH COVERED 560 ESTABLISHMENTS AND INVOLVING INTERVIEWS’WITH 2 089 EMPLOYEES IN VARIOUS OCCUPATIONS AND INDUSTRIES INDICATED THAT ONLY 4.2 PER CENT OF EMPLOYEES HAD LIFE INSURANCE POLICIES, 1.5 PER CENT BOUGHT MEDICAL INSURANCE AND 1 PER CENT SICKNESS INSURANCE.

+ IN THE LIGHT OF THESE FACTS, ANY PRUDENT GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE TO ACCEPT THAT A SOCIAL INSURANCE SCHEME OF A VOLUNTARY NATURE IS NOT LIKELY TO ATTRACT MUCH HIGHER PERCENTAGES OF PARTICIPANTS, OR A REASONABLE SPREAD OF RISKS,+ HE SAID.

AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE SCHEME, IT WAS SUGGESTED THAT EMPLOYEES SHOULD BE PROVIDED WITH ADDITIONAL BENEFITS AND ACCORDINGLY A BILL IS NOW AT AN ADVANCED STAGE OF DRAFTING WHICH WILL INCREASE THE MAXIMUM SICKNESS BENEFIT FROM THE PRESENT 36 DAYS TO 120 DAYS DEPENDING ON LENGTH OF SERVICE, AND PROVIDE FOR THE DEATH GRANT.

MR HO ALSO EXPLAINED THAT THERE WERE NO PLANS FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A CENTRAL PROVIDENT FUND BECAUSE IT WAS NOT PART OF OUR STRATEGY IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR SOCIAL SECURITY, AND NOT BECAUSE OF POLITICAL UNCERTAINTIES.

IN SINGAPORE, EMPLOYEES AND THEIR EMPLOYERS CONTRIBUTE 22 TO 23 PER CENT OF WAGES TOWARDS THEIR CENTRAL PROVIDENT FUND BUT WHEN THEY RETIRED, CONTRIBUTORS WILL HAVE GOT LITTLE BEYOND THE FLAT THEY OCCUPIED. IN HONG KONG, WE ALREADY HAVE A HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME AND OUR AMBITIOUS PUBLIC HOUSING IS IN FULL STRIDE, HE SAID.

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+1 AM CERTAIN THAT OUR WORKERS, TO SAY NOTHING OF OUR EMPLOYERS, JUST DON’T WANT TO SEE A QUARTER OF THEIR EARNINGS LOCKED UP IN THE GOVERNMENT’S COFFERS, WHATEVER OUR ACADEMICS MAY THINK IS GOOD FOR THEM,-*- HE SAID.

IN HIS REVIEW OF EXISTING SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS, MR HO POINTED OUT THAT AN AVERAGE FOUR-PERSON HOUSEHOLD CAN NOW RECEIVE SOME $1 800 PER MONTH IN PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, WHICH IS ABOUT THE SAME AS THE AVERAGE INDUSTRIAL WORKER’S WAGE - THOUGH THERE IS AN AVERAGE OF 1.9 WORKERS PER HOUSEHOLD.

WHEN COMPARED WITH THE ORIGINAL RATES IN 1971 THIS SCALE SHOWS AN IMPROVEMENT OF 220 PER CENT, WHILE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX ’A’ INCREASED BY 188 PER CENT OVER THE SAME PERIOD. IT REPRESENTS ROUGHLY A 25 PER CENT INCREASE TO REFLECT IMPROVEMENTS IN THE REAL STANDARD OF LIVING AND REGULAR ADJUSTMENTS TO KEEP AHEAD OF PRICE CHANGES.

IN 1981-82, SOME $291.29 MILLION WAS DISBURSED AS PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND THE AMOUNT IS EXPECTED TO TOTAL $404 MILLION IN THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR. THE TOTAL NUMBER OF RESIDENTS DEPENDENT ON SUCH ASSISTANCE IS UNDER 100 000 BUT IF RECIPIENTS OF OLD AGE AND DISABILITY ALLOWANCES WHO ARE NOT ALSO ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE ARE INCLUDED, ABOUT 280 000 RESIDENTS OR 5 PER CENT OF OUR ENTIRE POPULATION ARE BENEFITING FROM PUBLIC SOCIAL SECURITY.

AS I STATED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL LAST NOVEMBER THIS ITEM OF PUBLIC EXPENDITURE CANNOT, AND WILL NOT, BE ARTIFICIALLY RESTRAINED ON ACCOUNT OF ANY FINANCIAL STRINGENCY, MR HO STRESSED.

IN ADDITION TO PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, THE FOLLOWING SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS ARE AVAILABLE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC:

EMERGENCY RELIEF

* EMERGENCY RELIEF SERVICE WAS GIVEN TO

11 032 FAMILIES INVOLVING 34 147 PERSONS IN 149 INCIDENTS WHILE PAYMENTS FROM THE EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND TOTALLED $8.76 MILLION IN 1981-82.

* CRIMINAL AND LAW ENFORCEMENT INJURIES COMPENSATION: DURING THE SAME YEAR 956 APPLICATIONS FOR COMPENSATION WERE CONSIDERED AND AWARDS TOTALLED $2.22 MILLION.

* TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASSISTANCE. IN 1981-82, THIS SCHEME DEALT WITH 5 586 CASES AND PAYMENTS AMOUNTING TO $24.05 MILLION WERE MADE.

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SPECIAL NEEDS

* OLD AGE ALLOWANCE: SOME 184 400 SENIOR CITIZENS ARE NOW DRAWING THIS ALLOWANCE AND AN AVERAGE OF 1 248 ELDERLY PEOPLE ARE JOINING THEM EACH MONTH. TOTAL PAYMENTS FOR 1982-83 ARE ESTIMATED AT $449.52 MILLION.

* DISABILITY ALLOWANCE: THIS ALLOWANCE IS DRAWN BY SOME 35 300 SEVERELY DISABLED PEOPLE AT PRESENT AND THE NUMBER IS INCREASING AT AN AVERAGE OF 367 A MONTH. SOME $174.84 MILLION WOULD HAVE BEEN PAID OUT BY THE END OF THIS FINANCIAL YEAR.

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QUARTERLY LABOUR FORCE FIGURES PUBLISHED *****

THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR THE AUGUST -OCTOBER 1982 QUARTER WAS FOUR PER CENT, WHICH COMPARES WITH 3.4 PER CENT FOR THE PREVIOUS MAY - JULY QUARTER, AND 3.5 PER CENT FOR THE FEBRUARY - APRIL QUARTER, ALL FIGURES USING THE DEFINITIONS OF THE LABOUR FORCE SURVEY, ACCORDING TO FIGURES PUBLISHED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS.

THE INCREASES OF 0.6 PERCENTAGE POINT AND OF 0.5 PERCENTAGE POINT RESPECTIVELY WERE STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT COMPARED WITH THE TWO PREVIOUS QUARTERS.

IN COMMENTING UPON THESE FIGURES, THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS SAID THAT BECAUSE THE PROPORTION OF FIRST-TIME JOB-SEEKERS (PEOPLE WHO HAVE JUST LEFT SCHOOL) VARIED FROM MONTH TO MONTH, THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE SHOULD BE USED IN MAKING COMPARISONS WITH THE FIGURES FOR EARLIER PERIODS.

THE ESTIMATED NUMBER OF EMPLOYED PERSONS IN THE AUGUST -OCTOBER QUARTER WAS 2 405 000, WHICH WAS NOT SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFERENT FROM THE FIGURE OF 2 401 800 FOR THE PREVIOUS QUARTER.

STARTING WITH THE AUGUST - OCTOBER QUARTER, UNDEREMPLOYMENT FIGURES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE. THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS EXPLAINED THAT, CONSISTENT WITH THE PRACTICE ADOPTED IN MANY COUNTRIES, PERSONS WHO WORKED LESS THAN 35 HOURS A WEEK WERE REGARDED AS UNDEREMPLOYED ONLY IF THEY WERE SEEKING MORE WORK OR WERE NOT SEEKING MORE WORK BECAUSE THEY BELIEVED MORE WORK WAS NOT AVAILABLE. IN OTHER WORDS, PEOPLE SUCH AS PART-TIME WORKERS WHO CHOSE TO WORK LESS THAN 35 HOURS A WEEK AND WERE NOT AVAILABLE FOR MORE WORK, WERE NOT UNDEREMPLOYED.

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BASED ON THIS DEFINITION, THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE WAS ESTIMATED TO BE 1.7 PER CENT OF THE LABOUR FORCE FOR THE QUARTER AUGUST - OCTOBER 1982. THUS, WHILE ABOUT 9.3 PER CENT OF ALL EMPLOYED PERSONS WORKED LESS THAN 35 HOURS A WEEK, THIS PERCENTAGE COULD NOT BE TAKEN TO REPRESENT THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE.

THE LABOUR FORCE STATISTICS FOR THE AUGUST - OCTOBER 1982 QUARTER WERE OBTAINED FROM A SAMPLE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT. THIS SURVEY COVERS A QUARTERLY SAMPLE OF SOME 15 OOO HOUSEHOLDS OR 55 000 PERSONS, FROM WHICH PERSONAL AND LABOUR FORCE DATA WERE OBTAINED BY INTERVIEWING EACH INDIVIDUAL MEMBER IN THE HOUSEHOLD.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS DREW ATTENTION TO THE SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT DEFINITIONS USED IN THE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY COMPARED WITH THOSE USED IN THE LABOUR FORCE SURVEY.

IN THE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY, PERSONS AGED 15 AND OVER WHO WERE NOT IN EMPLOYMENT BUT WERE AVAILABLE FOR WORK AND WERE SEEKING WORK IN THE SEVEN DAYS BEFORE ENUMERATION WERE CLASSIFIED AS UNEMPLOYED.

THOSE CLASSIFIED AS +UNEMPLOYED+ ALSO INCLUDED PEOPLE WHO WERE WAITING TO TAKE UP A NEW JOB ; OR WHO HAD TEMPORARILY BEEN LAID OFF WORK WITHOUT PAY ; OR WHO WERE AVAILABLE FOR WORK, BUT WERE NOT ACTUALLY LOOKING FOR WORK BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT THAT THERE WAS NONE TO BE HAD OR BECAUSE THEY WERE TEMPORARILY SICK.

ACCORDING TO THE DEFINITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT USED IN THE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY, THERE WERE 106 700 UNEMPLOYED PERSONS IN HONG KONG IN THE QUARTER AUGUST -OCTOBER 1982, REPRESENTING 4.2 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL LABOUR FORCE. AFTER ADJUSTMENT FOR SEASONAL EFFECTS, THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WAS 3.8 PER CENT. THEREFORE, IN THE AUGUST - OCTOBER QUARTER, 5.5 PER CENT (I.E. 3.8 PER CENT PLUS 1.7 PER CENT) CF THE LABOUR FORCE WAS UNEMPLOYED OR UNDEREMPLOYED.

THE REPORT FOR THE AUGUST - OCTOBER 1982 QUARTER GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY MAY BE PURCHASED FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING AT 35 A COPY.

SIMILAR INFORMATION ON THE LABOUR FORCE WILL BE PUBLISHED AT REGULAR THREE-MONTHLY INTERVALS.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 1983'

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LARGER PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES

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LARGER AND MORE COMFORTABLE PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL SHORTLY BE INTRODUCED ON HONG KONG’S ROADS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

AND THE FIRST MOVE IN THIS DIRECTION WAS MADE THIS MORNING AT THE DEPARTMENT’S TO KWA WAN VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRE WHEN A FULLY AIR-CONDITIONED 14 SEATER BUS WAS PRESENTED FOR INSPECTION.

UNDER AMENDMENTS RECENTLY MADE TO THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE, PLB OPERATORS ARE ALLOWED TO ORDER NEW VEHICLES OF LARGER DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT THAN PREVIOUSLY PERMITTED.

THIS WILL ENABLE EXISTING OLD LIGHT BUSES TO BE REPLACED BY LARGER AND MORE ROBUST VEHICLES, SOME AIR-CONDITIONED AND OFFERING GREATER COMFORT TO PASSENGERS.

BUT THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PASSENGERS THAT CAN BE CARRIED REMAINS AT 14.

ONE TEST WHICH IS PRE-REQUISITE TO THE REGISTRATION OF THIS NEW TYPE OF VEHICLE IS A STABILITY CHECK IN WHICH THE BUS IS TILTED TO 35 DEGREES TO EACH SIDE WITH A SIMULATED FULL LOAD CF 14 PASSENGERS.

THIS MORNING’S EXAMINATION WENT VERY SMOOTHLY, MR MARTYN UTTLEY, SENIOR ENGINEER (VEHICLE EXAMINATION) SAID, ADDING THAT HE EXPECTS MORE OF THESE NEW TYPES OF BUSES TO SHOW UP IN THE FOLLOWING WEEKS.

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EXHIBITION TO PUBLICISE URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS

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A WEEK-LONG EXHIBITION ON THE WORK OF THE URBAN COUNCIL WILL BEGIN ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 20) IN WAN CHAI TO PROMOTE THE U.C. ELECTIONS ON MARCH 8.

THE EXHIBITION, TO BE HELD AT THE MINDEN PLAZA IN CAUSEWAY BAY BETWEEN 9 AM AND 7 PM DAILY, WILL FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHS, MAPS AND EXPLANATORY NOTES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DISTRICT OFFICE SAID THE EXHIBITION WAS AIMED AT EXPLAINING TO RESIDENTS THE COUNCIL’S WORK, ITS SERVICES AND FACILITIES AVAILABLE AND FUTURE PLANS FOR THE DISTRICT.

♦THE EVENT WILL BE THE FIRST OF A SERIES OF PUBLICITY PROGRAMMES ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE TO PUBLICISE THE ELECTIONS,+ HE SAID.

♦OTHER PROMOTION ACTIVITIES PLANNED IN WAN CHAI WILL INCLUDE SEMINARS, FORUMS, A VARIETY SHOW AND A TELEMATCH.♦

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF REGISTERED VOTERS IN WAN CHAI IS 46 972.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY IF, 1933

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TWO-YEAR COURSE FOR KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS

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SERVING KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS WHO ARE PROFESSIONALLY UNTRAINED ARE INVITED TO APPLY FOR A TWO-YEAR PART-TIME IN-SERVICE TRAINING COURSE ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

UPON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, WHICH WILL START IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR, THESE TEACHERS WILL BE AWARDED THE STATUS OF ^QUALIFIED KINDERGARTEN TEACHER+ AND WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR ADMISSION TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S REGISTER OF TEACHERS.

THE COURSE, WHICH WILL BE FREE AND CONDUCTED IN CHINESE, WILL REQUIRE PARTICIPANTS TO ATTEND T*O THREE-HOUR SESSIONS PER wEEK.

THE COURSE WILL INCLUDE PROFESSIONAL, CURRICULUM AND GENERAL STUDIES PRESENTED THROUGH LECTURES, TUTORIALS, VISITS, WORKSHOPS AND SUPERVISION OF PRACTICAL TEACHING.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOw AVAILABLE FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT LEE GARDENS, 3/F, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG AND GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AT 42 GASCOIGNE ROAD AND ITS ANNEXE AT 9/F, ARGYLE CENTRE, 688 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

APPLICANTS SHOULD BE A FULL-TIME PERMITTED TEACHER IN A REGISTERED KINDERGARTEN AND HAVE A MINIMUM OF TWO YEARS’ TEACHING EXPERIENCE AS AT SEPTEMBER 1, 1983, AND HAVE ATTAINED GRADE E OR ABOVE IN AT LEAST TWO SUBJECTS, ONE OF THEM PREFERABLY IN CHINESE, IN THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION, OR ITS EQUIVALENT.

COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS, IN DUPLICATE, SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE JOINT SELECTION BOARD C/O GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION ANNEXE AT ARGYLE CENTRE BEFORE FEBRUARY 28, 1983.

APPLICATIONS FORWARDED BY POST OR APPLICATIONS *H ICH ARE INCOMPLETE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

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CAREERS QUIZ WINNERS AWARDED SCHOLARSHIPS *****

THREE STUDENTS WHO SCORED THE HIGHEST MARKS IN THE FINAL ROUND OF A CAREERS QUIZ ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH ITS CAREERS EXHIBITION HELD LAST NOVEMBER, WERE EACH AWARDED A SCHOLARSHIP OF $2 OOO.

THEY ARE LAM KIN-MO OF GERTRUDE SIMON LUTHERAN COLLEGE, YOUNG JUSTISA OF MING KEI COLLEGE AND SZETO YUK-WOON OF ST. TERESA SECONDARY SCHOOL.

/THE SCHOLARSHIPS, .......

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THE SCHOLARSHIPS, DONATED BY DAO HENG BANK, WERE PRESENTED BY THE BANK’S DIRECTOR AND BUSINESS ADVISOR, MR FRANK TUNG, AT A CEREMONY HELD IN THE HONG KONG CAREERS INFORMATION CENTRE OF THE DEPARTMENT’S YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE IN HENNESSY CENTRE, CAUSEWAY BAY.

SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, DR J.W. HAYES, SAID THAT ABOUT 60 000 STUDENTS FROM OVER 100 SECONDARY SCHOOLS PARTICIPATED IN THE QUIZ WHICH WAS AIMED AT REMINDING THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF CHOOSING A SUITABLE CAREER AND TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO COLLECT USEFUL CAREERS INFORMATION.

♦IT IS VERY GRATIFYING TO NOTE THAT ON THE WHOLE PARTICIPATING STUDENTS PERFORMED VERY WELL IN THE QUIZ. NO DOUBT THIS IS A SIGN THAT THEY SHOWED INITIATIVE IN COLLECTING CAREERS INFORMATION,* DR HAYES SAID.

MR TUNG SAID AT THE CEREMONY THAT THE QUIZ WAS THE SECOND YOUTH PROJECT HIS BANK HAD BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH, THE FIRST PROJECT BEING THE CAREERS EXHIBITION HELD BY THE DEPARTMENT IN TSUEN WAN LAST YEAR.

♦I HOPE THAT THOSE STUDENTS WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE QUIZ WILL MAKE FULL USE OF THE CAREERS INFORMATION THEY HAD GAINED TO CHOOSE AN IDEAL CAREER,* HE ADDED.

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CHINA LIGHT ELECTRICITY FOR CHEUNG CHAU * * * *

IN THE INTERESTS OF CHEUNG CHAU RESIDENTS, THE GOVERNMENT HAS AUTHORISED CHINA LIGHT AND POWER COMPANY TO SUPPLY THE ISLAND wI TH ELECTRICITY.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT THIS WOULD ENABLE THE RESIDENTS WHEN THEY BECOME CONSUMERS OF CHINA LIGHT, TO PAY THE SAME TARIFFS WHICH APPLIED ELSEWHERE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND IN KOWLOON. AT PRESENT RESIDENTS OF CHEUNG CHAU PAY ABOUT 60 PER CENT MORE FOR ELECTRICITY THAN CONSUMERS ELSEWHERE IN HONG KONG.

THE ELECTRICITY WILL BE SUPPLIED BY SUBMARINE CABLES FROM PUI 0 ON LANTAU.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE COMPANY WAS NOW PURSUING WITH THE GOVERNMENT APPLICATIONS FOR A HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEY PRIOR TO THE INSTALLATION OF THE CABLES AND FOR THE GRANTING OF SITES FOR THE NECESSARY EQUIPMENT.

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FESTIVAL FOR KWAI CHUNG RESIDENTS

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THE ANNUAL KWAI CHUNG FESTIVAL FEATURING A SERIES OF ENTERTAINMENT ACTIVITIES WILL BEGIN ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 29, THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR FRED TING, ANNOUNCED AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (TUESDAY).

HE SAID THAT LIKE THE PREVIOUS TWO YEARS, THE DISTRICT BOARD WOULD FUND MOST OF THE EXPENSES FOR THE WEEK-LONG FESTIVAL.

♦ABOUT 1250 000 WILL BE SPENT THIS YEAR, OF WHICH $160 000 WILL COME FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE REST FROM LOCAL DONATIONS.+

MR TING STRESSED THAT THE BOARD HAD BEEN PAYING EQUAL IMPORTANCE TO ORGANISING ACTIVITIES AS WELL AS IMPROVING THE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT.

♦PROBLEMS SUCH AS ILLEGAL PARKING, TRAFFIC CONGESTION, ABANDONED VEHICLES, FIRE PREVENTION, ILLEGAL ROOFTOP EXTENSIONS, AND CRIME HAD BEEN BROUGHT UP AT RECENT MEETINGS OF THE BOARD, ITS COMMITTEES AND AREA COMMITTEES,♦ HE SAID.

♦VIEWS OF THE MEMBERS HAVE BEEN SOUGHT SO THAT NECESSARY IMPROVEMENTS COULD BE MADE.*

MR TING WENT ON TO SAY THAT THE FESTIVAL WOULD HELP PROMOTE COMMUNITY SPIRIT AND ENABLE RESIDENTS TO GET A BETTER UNDERSTANDING CF THE COMMUNITY THEY LIVE OR WORK IN.

ABOUT 30 ITEMS OF ACTIVITIES INCLUDING VARIETY SHOWS, CANTONESE OPERAS AND GAME COMPETITIONS WILL BE STAGED IN THE SIX KWAI CHUNG AREAS.

A TOUR TO THE SPACE MUSEUM, A PICNIC TO LAU FAU SHAN AND A WALK ROUND KWAI SHING ESTATE HAVE ALSO BEEN ORGANISED.

AN OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT 2 PM ON JANUARY 29 AT THE KWAI CHUNG SPORTSGROUND, TO BE FOLLOWED BY A THREE-HOUR PROGRAMME OF LION AND DRAGON DANCES, INSTRUMENT PLAYING BY STUDENTS CF FOUR LOCAL SCHOOLS, A MASS DISPLAY AND CHIU CHOW MUSICAL PERFORMANCE.

ADMISSION TO ALL EVENTS IS FREE AND BROCHURES FOR THE FESTIVAL PROGRAMMES ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE DISTRICT’S SIX PUBLIC ENQUIRIES COUNTERS.

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FRESH AND SALT WATER MAINS WORK * * * *

FRESH AND SALT WATER MAINS WORK WILL BE CARRIED OUT FOR SEVERAL HOURS ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY IN TWO AREAS ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND IN KOWLOON.

AS A RESULT, FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN CAUSEWAY BAY WILL BE CUT FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM ON FRIDAY.

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THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY ELECTRIC ROAD, WATSON , HING FAT STREET AND THE SEAFRONT AREA BETWEEN WATSON ROAD ---------------. OTHER AREAS AFFECTED WILL INCLUDE 160-251 -------------------------------------------- SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT.

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ELECTRIC ROAD, MERLIN STREET AND THE GOVERNMENT

IN EAST KOWLOON, SALT WATER SUPPLY WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SIX HOURS FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY.

THE AREAS TO BE AFFECTED WILL BE HUNG HOM

THE AREAS TO BE AFFECTED WILL BE HUNG HOM, TO KWA WAN, MA TAU WAI MA TAU KOK, KAI TAK, KOWLOON CITY INCLUDING KOWLOON HOSPITAL. WONG TAI SIN, KOWLOON TONG, WANG TAU HOM, LOK FU ESTATE, TUNG TAU ESTATE, TSZ WAN SHAN ESTATE AND FU SHAN ESTATE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

........ WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING:

TEMPORARY HOUSING PRIORITIES EXPLAINED ....................... 1

HK HAS MOST VIETNAMESE REFUGEES IN REGION .................... 2

MEASURES TO. HELP NEW ARRIVALS OUTLINED ...................... 3

ROAD SUBSIDENCE STILL UNDER STUDY ........................... 't

TRANSFER OF STATUTORY POWERS ................................. 5

FEE FOR LICENSED SHIPPING CREW DEPARTMENTS ................... 6

INSURANCE BILL DESCRIBED AS 'A SOUND FRAMEWORK* .............. 7

MUCH DONE TO PROMOTE MORAL EDUCATION ......................... 8

+ERRORS OF JUDGEMENT+ REPORTED .............................. 10

PUBLIC FINANCE BILL APPROVED ...............................  10

CIVIL DEBTORS SUBSIDISED IN PRISON .........................  11

PATENT RIGHTS AND COPYRIGHT...............................    12

LIMIT ON NUMBER OF NT TAXIS EXTENDED ........................ 12

TIME NEEDED TO CHECK GRANTS: HAYE ..........................  13

UNLICENSED COOKED FOOD HAWKERS POSE MAIN PROBLEM ............ 13

HK VIGOUR IMPRESSES UK OFFICIAL ............................. 14

NT TAXIS INCREASING AT 50 A MONTH ........................... 15

S1 BILLION SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS APPROVED............... 15

FIVE ECONOMIC SURVEYS APPROVED .............................. 16

/TOO EARLY.........

TOO EARLY FOR PROMOTIONAL RESULTS TO BE KNOW-............. 16

HOSPITAL RECRUITMENT NOT AFFECTED......................... 17

THREE BILLS PASSED.................  ..................... 17

.r; ,-PAYMENTS OF SALARIES TAX ...........................18

NEW TIMETABLE FOR DIESEL-HAULED PASSENGER TRAINS........... 19

JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE OPEN TO ALL ORGANISATIONS .-. .... 20..:

GOVERNOR LEAVING-FOR-UK -...........;........................ 20

FIRE PREVENTION-CAMPAIGN ON.OUTLYING ISLANDS................4 21

DB MEMBERS TO DISCUSS USE.OF CROWN LAND ...................... 22

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 1983

TEMPORARY HOUSING PRIORITIES EXPLAINED * * * *

PRIORITY FOR THE LIMITED ACCOMMODATION IN URBAN TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS IS GIVEN TO PERSONS DISPLACED BY PLANNED DEVELOPMENT CLEARANCES WHO ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR PERMANENT PUBLIC HOUSING.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, THE HON DONALD LIAO, IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY REV THE HON JOYCE BENNETT.

SPARE CAPACITY OVER AND ABOVE THE REQUIREMENTS OF DEVELOPMENT CLEARANCES, IF ANY, MIGHT BE ALLOCATED TO LONGER-TERM RESIDENTS FROM THE EMERGENCY CATEGORIES, HE SAID.

♦ONLY RELATIVELY FEW THA’S WILL IN FUTURE BE BUILT IN THE URBAN AREA AND MOST FUTURE THA’S WILL BE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES,♦ HE SAID.

REFERRING TO THE NEW THA AT KOWLOON BAY WITH CAPACITY FOR ABOUT 7 OOO PERSONS, MR LIAO SAID SOME 2 700 PEOPLE HAD ALREADY BEEN ALLOCATED SPACE THERE FROM CLEARANCES IN KOWLOON IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS.

♦THE REMAINING ACCOMMODATION AT THIS THA IS COMMITTED FOR DEVELOPMENT CLEARANCES SCHEDULED FOR THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

♦IT IS ESTIMATED THAT MORE THAN 12 000 PEOPLE AFFECTED BY PLANNED CLEARANCES ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND IN KOWLOON THIS YEAR WILL REQUIRE TEMPORARY HOUSING IN THE URBAN AREA.+

IN REPLY TO A SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION BY THE REV JOYCE BENNETT, MR LIAO SAID THERE IS NO UNCOMMITTED SPACE IN THE URBAN THA’S.

IN THE LAST TWO YEARS, SOME 3* 000 PERSONS HAVE BEEN MADE HOMELESS BY FIRES IN SQUATTER AREAS.

OF THESE, ABOUT TWO THIRDS HAVE ALREADY BEEN REHOUSED, THE MAJORITY OF THEM IN THA’S IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, HE SAID.

THE OUTSTANDING REHOUSING COMMITMENT IS ABOUT 11 000 PEOPLE, INCLUDING THOSE LIVING IN KOWLOON BAY TRANSIT CENTRE, MR LIAO REPORTED.

♦THESE ARE ALL PERSONS WITH LESS THAN SEVEN YEARS RESIDENCE IN HONG KONG AND ARE, THEREFORE, ONLY ELIGIBLE FOR TEMPORARY HOUSING.

♦THE ONLY TEMPORARY HOUSING AVAILABLE FOR THIS LARGE NUMBER OF PERSONS IS AT SHUEN WAN IN TAI PO, YICK YUEN IN YUEN LONG AND TUEN MUN,+ HE POINTED OUT.

IN ANOTHER SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION, THE REV, JOYCE BENNETT ASKED WHETHER THERE IS ANY REASON WHY THOSE KOWLOON BAY RESIDENTS’ REQUEST FOR REHOUSING IN SHA TIN AND TSUEN WAN COULD NOT BE MET.

IN REPLY, MR LIAO SAID THAT ALL TEMPORARY HOUSING UNITS IN THESE TWO DISTRICTS ARE EITHER OCCUPIED OR ALREADY COMMITTED FOR LOCAL DEVELOPMENT CLEARANCES.

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HK HAS MOST VIETNAMESE REFUGEES IN REGION *****

HONG KONG NOW HAS THE LARGEST POPULATION OF UNSETTLED VIETNAMESE REFUGEES THAN ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE REGION, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON D.G. JEAFFRESON, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THE FIGURE AT THE END OF LAST YEAR WAS 12 631 AS DEPARTURES WERE DROPPING AND NEW REFUGEES KEPT COMING, MR JEAFFRESON REPORTED.

AND THE OUTLOOK FOR THEIR RESETTLEMENT ELSEWHERE DID NOT SEEM PROMISING, HE SAID. IN RECENT YEARS, HONG KONG HAS ABSORBED AROUND 14 000 PEOPLE FROM VIETNAM WHICH, GIVEN THE SIZE OF HONG KONG, MR JEAFFRESON CONSIDERED A +REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT* UNPARALLELED ANYWHERE ELSE.

I DO NOT THINK WE CAN REASONABLY BE EXPECTED TO ABSORB ANY MORE,* HE STRESSED, AND URGED OTHER COUNTRIES TO RESETTLE THESE REFUGEES IN HONG KONG.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON LYDIA DUNN, HE SAID THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, AUSTRALIA AND FRANCE APPEAR TO BE THE ONLY MAJOR COUNTRIES WILLING TO RESETTLE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES.

OF THESE ONLY THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT HAS ANNOUNCED SPECIFIC QUOTAS FOR 1983.

CANADA WILL TAKE 175 VIETNAMESE REFUGEES FROM HONG KONG, 1 700 FROM THAILAND, 900 FROM SINGAPORE, MALAYSIA AND INDONESIA AND 25 FROM THE PHILIPPINES, WITH 200 PLACES RESERVED FOR SHIP RESCUE AND EMERGENCIES.

IN ADDITION, CANADIAN FAMILIES AND GROUPS ARE EXPECTED TO SPONSOR SOME 500 FROM HONG KONG AND MACAU, GIVING A MAXIMUM OF 675 FROM HONG KONG FOR 1983, AS AGAINST 2 070 IN 1981 AND 1 088 IN 1982, MR JEAFFRESON SAID.

THE OTHER COUNTRIES WILL TAKE THOSE WHO QUALIFY UNDER THEIR NATIONAL POLICIES AND IN THE CASE OF THE UNITED STATES, THIS MEANS A MAXIMUM OF 64 000 FROM THE REGION AS A WHOLE, HE REPORTED.

MR JEAFFRESON SAID THAT WHILE THE RATE OF RESETTLEMENT TO THESE COUNTRIES COULD NOT BE PREDICTED WITH ANY ACCURACY, THE OUTLOOK DID NOT APPEAR PROMISING.

THE NUMBERS RESETTLED FROM HONG KONG FELL FROM 34 468 IN 1980, TO 17 818 IN 1981 AND TO 9 247 IN 1982.

WITHIN 1982 THERE WAS AN EVEN MORE ALARMING TREND WITH THE NUMBERS FALLING STEADILY FROM 1 838 IN JANUARY TO 185 IN NOVEMBER,* HE POINTED OUT.

SO FAR THIS MONTH, ONLY 54 HAVE LEFT WHILE REFUGEES KEEP COMING, HE SAID.

BECAUSE OF THE STEEPLY-FALLI NG TREND IN DEPARTURES LAST YEAR, THE REFUGEE POPULATION IN CAMPS IN HONG KONG ROSE TO 12 631 BY THE END OF DECEMBER, AFTER DROPPING TO 9 844 IN APRIL, THE LOWEST FIGURE FOR SOME YEARS, MR JEAFFRESON S/ID.

IT IS THUS OF VITAL IMPORTANCE TO US THAT COUNTRIES CONTINUE TO RESETTLE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES FROM HONG KONG IN APPRECIABLE NUMBERS,* HE STRESSED.

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN TAKING VARIOUS MEASURES TO HELP NEW ARRIVALS FROM CHINA ASSIMILATE THEMSELVES INTO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, THE HON DAVID AKERS-JONES, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

POINTING OUT THAT HONG KONG HAD ABSORBED AND ACCOMMODATED VAST NUMBERS OF IMMIGRANTS IN THE PAST 30 YEARS, HE STRESSED THAT THEY WERE TREATED AS EQUAL MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY, ENJOYING ITS BENEFITS AND SHARING ITS BURDENS.

+WE MAKE NO DISTINCTION BETWEEN A NEW ARRIVAL AND A LONG-TERM RESIDENT IN THE PROVISION OF EDUCATION, WELFARE, AND MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES ; WHILE, IN ADDITION, MUCH HAS BEEN AND IS BEING DONE TO IMPROVE THE SQUATTER AREAS IN WHICH MANY NEW ARRIVALS LIVE.*

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON ANDREW SO, MR AKERS-JONES SAID THE MAJOR PROBLEMS FACED BY THE NEW ARRIVALS WERE HOUSING, EMPLOYMENT AND LANGUAGE.

+HOUSING IS A CONTINUING PROBLEM FOR OUR COMMUNITY AND MANY NEW ARRIVALS HAVE FOR ONE REASON OR ANOTHER RESORTED TO BUILDING SQUATTER HUTS ON THE HILLSIDES, AND IN SO DOING HAVE, TO SOME EXTENT, ALIENATED THEMSELVES FROM THE REST OF THE COMMUNITY,* HE SAID.

♦EMPLOYMENT HAS SO FAR NOT BEEN A MAJOR PROBLEM BECAUSE OF THE NUMBER OF JOBS AVAILABLE IN THE MANUFACTURING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRIES DURING THE PERIOD 1979 TO MID-1982.

+THE LANGUAGE BARRIER IS OVERCOME BY NEW ARRIVALS THROUGH DAILY ACQUAINTANCE WITH CANTONESE.*

MR AKERS-JONES CONTINUED THAT THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HAD ASSISTED VOLUNTARY AGENCIES WHICH RUN COURSES TO HELP NEW ARRIVALS.

+THE DISTRICT OFFICES THROUGH COMMUNITY BUILDING PROGRAMMES HAVE HELPED TO ESTABLISH MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND FIRE WATCH TEAMS IN THE AREAS,* HE SAID.

♦THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO SQUATTER AREAS, AND MANY RESIDENTS HAVE MOBILISED THEMSELVES TO CLEAN UP THEIR OWN SURROUNDINGS.

+IN ADDITION, THE WONG TAI SIN AND THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICES HAVE, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, STARTED ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES FOR NEW ARRIVALS.

♦WONG TAI SIN, KWUN TONG AND OTHER DISTRICT BOARDS ALSO CONTRIBUTE TO THE ASSIMILATION PROCESS THROUGH THE PROVISION OF FUNDS TO ORGANISE COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES IN WHICH NEW ARRIVALS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE,* MR AKERS-JONES SAID.

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ROAD SUBSIDENCE STILL UNDER STUDY * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT IS STILL INVESTIGATING THE SUBSIDENCE OF A SECTION OF HENNESSY ROAD ON NEW YEAR’S DAY AND WILL, IF NECESSARY, MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION TO MODIFY ITS TUNNELLING PROCEDURES TO INCREASE SAFETY AND PREVENT SIMILAR ACCIDENTS IN THE FUTURE.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, MR DAVID MCDONALD, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON ANDREW SO IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

HOWEVER, MR MCDONALD ADDED, IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THE MTRC ALREADY KEPT ITS WORKING PROCEDURES AND PRECAUTIONS UNDER CONSTANT REVIEW AND ALTERED THEM AS CONSIDERED NECESSARY TO SUIT PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCES.

MR MCDONALD RECALLED THAT PRIOR TO THE SUBSIDENCE A MTRC CONTRACTOR WAS CARRYING OUT TUNNELLING WORKS UNDER HENNESSY ROAD IN HARD ROCK CONDITIONS.

♦ALTHOUGH IT WAS KNOWN THAT THE WORKS WERE APPROACHING AN AREA OF SOFT GROUND THE RESULT OF PROBES DRIVEN FOUR METRES INTO THE ROCK FACE TO CONFIRM INFORMATION ON GROUND CONDITIONS OBTAINED FROM EARLIER PROBES AND BOREHOLES INDICATED TO THE ENGINEERS AND CONTRACTORS THAT FURTHER BLASTING COULD BE CARRIED OUT AND STILL MAINTAIN AN ADEQUATE ROCK COVER,* HE SAID.

♦ON THE AFTERNOON OF DECEMBER 31 CHARGES WERE SET TO REMOVE ABOUT 1.3 METRES OF THE ROCK. ABOUT FIVE HOURS AFTER THE BLASTING A SEEPAGE OF WATER OCCURRED THROUGH A SECTION OF MODERATELY DECOMPOSED GRANITE IN THE TUNNEL FACE.+

MR MCDONALD SAID THAT THE FLOW OF WATER AND MATERIAL INCREASED AS TIME PASSED AND BY MIDNIGHT THE FAULT HAD ENLARGED IN AREA AND A CHIMNEY OR VOID HAD DEVELOPED BEHIND THE ROCK FACE.

ATTEMPTS BY THE CONTRACTOR TO STEM THE FLOW OF MATERIAL FROM THE CHIMNEY BY ERECTING BULKHEADS IN THE TUNNEL WERE UNSUCCESSFUL AND THE FLOW CONTINUED.

AT ABOUT 4.15 AM THE INITIAL ROAD COLLAPSE OCCURRED FOLLOWED AT ABOUT 5 AM BY A FURTHER LARGE COLLAPSE AND ONLY GRADUAL ENLARGEMENT OF THE HOLE FROM THEN ON, MR MCDONALD SAID.

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A MOTION DEALING WITH THE NECESSARY TRANSFER OF STATUTORY POWERS ARISING FROM THE RE-ORGANISATION OF CERTAIN POLICY BRANCHES IN THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, WAS MOVED BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN DOING SO, SIR PHILIP EXPLAINED THAT THE OPPORTUNITY WAS TAKEN ALSO TO CLEAR UP SOME OTHER OUTSTANDING ORGANISATIONAL CHANGES.

+FIRST, THERE ARE SEVERAL ORDINANCES UNDER WHICH BOTH THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS AND THE EXISTING SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION WHO IS TO BE RETITLED THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, EXERCISE STATUTORY AUTHORITY IN RESPECT OF MATTERS AFFECTING THE URBAN AREAS AND THE NEW TERRITORIES RESPECTIVELY.

+ NOW THAT BOTH SECRETARIES HAVE TERRITORY-WIDE RESPONSIBILITIES FOR SUBJECTS UNDER THEIR PURVIEW, THE MOTION SEEKS TO TRANSFER THE STATUTORY AUTHORITIES TO THE SECRETARIES CONCERNED.

♦SECONDLY, CONSEQUENT TO THE TRANSFER OF RESPONSIBILITIES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS FROM THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS TO THE NEW SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, SOME RELATED STATUTORY POWERS NEED TO BE TRANSFERRED,* SIR PHILIP SAID.

THE MOTION ALSO SOUGHT TO TRANSFER FROM THE SECRETARY FOR CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND THE FORMER DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS TO THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, CERTAIN STATUTORY FUNCTIONS UNDER THE INCORPORATION ORDINANCE OF THE PO LEUNG KUK, THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS AND THE POK 01 HOSPITAL AND THE YAN CHAI HOSPITAL, SIR PHILIP EXPLAINED.

HE SAID THE MOTION AROSE FROM CERTAIN DECISIONS HE HAD ANNOUNCED IN THE COUNCIL ON NOVEMBER 11 LAST YEAR +T0 ACHIEVE MORE APPROPRIATE GROUPS OF POLICY PROGRAMMES AND A BETTER BALANCE OF RESPONSIBILITIES BETWEEN POLICY BRANCHES OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETAR I AT.+

SIR PHILIP SAID THE POSTINGS OF VARIOUS SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICERS ANNOUNCED IN NOVEMBER LAST YEAR SEEMED TO HAVE BEEN MISINTERPRETED, IF NOT ACTUALLY MISUNDERSTOOD, IN SOME CIRCLES.

+AS I SAID AT THE TIME, THERE IS AN OPTIMUM PERIOD OF SERVICE IN ANY SENIOR ADMINISTRATIVE POST, IF THE BEST USE IS TO BE MADE OF AVAILABLE TALENT,* SIR PHILIP SAID.


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THERE WERE ALSO OTHER REASONS FOR THE POSTINGS, + SUCH AS THE APPLICATION OF THE OPEN DIRECTORATE CONCEPT, THE IMMINENT RETIREMENT OF SEVERAL OFFICERS, AND THE ADM INISTRATIV I SAT I ON OF THE DIRECTORATE STAFF OF THE FORMER TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT, AS WELL AS THE RE-ORGANISATION EXERCISE IN THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT,* HE SAID.

SIR PHILIP SAID SOME COMMENTATORS HAD QUESTIONED THE WISDOM OF ANNOUNCING A RELATIVELY LARGE NUMBER OF POSTINGS AT THE SAME TIME.

+ IT WAS PREFERABLE TO ANNOUNCE COMPREHENSIVE AND CAREFULLY PLANNED POSTINGS OF THIS SORT IN TRANCHES — ANOTHER TRANCHE WILL BE ANNOUNCED TOMORROW — RATHER THAN SINGLY AS THEY OCCUR, SO AS TO TRY TO AVOID UNHEALTHY SPECULATION AND TO UNDERSCORE THE POINT THAT OUR CONSTANT ENDEAVOUR IS TO DEPLOY STAFF TO THE BEST ADVANTAGE SO FAR AS THE PUBLIC INTEREST IS CONCERNED AND CONSIDERATIONS OF CAREER PLANNING DICTATE,* HE SAID.

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FEE FOR LICENSED SHIPPING CREW DEPARTMENTS

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A BILL INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY SEEKS TO INCREASE THE ANNUAL FEE FOR LICENSED CREW DEPARTMENTS OF SHIPPING COMPANIES.

THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (RECRUITING OF SEAMEN) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983 PROPOSES TO RAISE THIS FEE FROM $500 TO 85 300, THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON P. JACOBS, SAID.

♦THE INCREASE IS LARGE IN PERCENTAGE TERMS, BUT THE PROPOSED FEE IS NOT UNREASONABLE IN REAL TERMS,* MR JACOBS SAID, IN MOVING THE BILL THROUGH A SECOND READING.

THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE STIPULATES THAT TO PROTECT HONG KONG SEAMEN AGAINST EXPLOITATION, THEY MUST BE RECRUITED THROUGH THE SEAMEN’S RECRUITMENT OFFICE OR THROUGH A LICENSED CREW DEPARTMENT OF A SHIPPING COMPANY.

THE LICENCE FEE HAS NOT BEEN REVISED SINCE 1966 WHEN THE ORDINANCE WAS ENACTED, MR JACOBS POINTED OUT.

IN VIEW OF GENERAL INFLATION AND TO ENSURE THAT APPLICANTS FOR LICENCES ARE SERIOUS IN THEIR INTENTIONS, IT IS NOW NECESSARY TO INCREASE THE FEE, HE EXPLAINED.

TO QUALIFY FOR A LICENCE, A SHIPPING COMPANY MUST EMPLOY AT LEAST 200 SEAMEN — AND THE LARGEST COMPANY CURRENTLY EMPLOYS 2 350.

+AT THE PROPOSED FEE LEVEL, THE AVERAGE ANNUAL COST ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE LICENCE FOR EACH SEAMAN RECRUITED WOULD BE NOT MORE THAN $25, DEPENDING ON THE SIZE OF THE DEPARTMENT,* NR JACOBS SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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INSURANCE BILL DESCRIBED AS ’A SOUND FRAMEWORK’

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SUBJECT TO THE AMENDMENTS WHICH WILL BE MADE TO THE INSURANCE COMPANIES BILL 1982, IT DOES PROVIDE A SOUND FRAMEWORK FOR THE PRUDENT SUPERVISION OF THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY, THE HON T.S. LO SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

SPEAKING AT THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, MR LO, CONVENOR OF THE GROUP OF UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WHO RECOMMENDED THE CHANGES, SAID THE UNOFFICIALS WERE ENCOURAGED FROM THE OUTSET BY THE FACT THAT SO FAR AS THE PRIME OBJECT OF THE BILL WAS CONCERNED, THERE WAS NO DIVERGENCE OF OPINION.

+IT WAS THE AIM OF EVERYONE THAT THE LEGISLATION SHOULD PROVIDE A SUFFICIENT SAFEGUARD TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC BUYING INSURANCE, AND ESTABLISH A COMPREHENSIVE STATUTORY FRAMEWORK TO ENHANCE THE REPUTATION OF HONG KONG AS AN INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE CENTRE.

♦THE NEED TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC BY REGULATING THE INDUSTRY MUST BE BALANCED BY THE NEED TO AVOID AN OVER-KILL BY EXCESSIVE AND BURDENSOME REGULATIONS.

+1 THINK THE AMENDED BILL PROVIDES SUCH A BALANCE AND THE TIME SPENT IN GETTING THERE WAS WELL SPENT,* HE SAID.

THE BILL WAS FIRST INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN MAY LAST YEAR BUT WAS DEFERRED, AT UMELCO’S REQUEST, TO ENABLE THE UNOFFICIALS TO STUDY THE PROVISIONS OF THE LEGISLATION IN DETAIL.

A MAJOR CRITICISM LEVELLED AT THE BILL WAS THAT THE DETAILED INFORMATION REQUIRED TO BE SUBMITTED TO THE SUPERVISORY BODY, THE INSURANCE AUTHORITY, MIGHT CREATE AN EXCESSIVE BURDEN TO INSURANCE FIRMS, ESPECIALLY THOSE FOREIGN INSURERS WHO ARE ALREADY SUBJECT TO THE SUPERVISION OF THE JURISDICTIONS OF THEIR COUNTRIES OF DOMICILE.

HOWEVER, MR LO POINTED OUT, IF ANY REPORTING REQUIREMENT PRESENTS GENUINE DIFFICULTIES TO A PARTICULAR INSURER, HE CAN REQUEST THE INSURANCE AUTHORITY TO MAKE MODIFICATIONS TO THE THIRD SCHEDULE, WHICH CONTAINS THE DETAILS OF ACCOUNTING AND OTHER INFORMATION REQUIRED BY THE AUTHORITY.

BUT THE GROUP FELT THAT ANY SUCH MODIFICATIONS SHOULD NOT BE KEPT SECRET AND AN AMENDMENT WAS THEREFORE MADE TO THE BILL TO REQUIRE THE INSURANCE AUTHORITY TO PUBLISH IN THE GAZETTE THE NAMES OF THE INSURERS TO WHOM MODIFICATIONS OF THIRD SCHEDULE REQUIREMENTS HAVE BEEN GRANTED.

ON THE DISCLOSURE OF THE EMOLUMENTS OF THE HIGHEST PAID DIRECTOR, MR LO SAID ALTHOUGH THE UNOFFICIALS ACCEPT THAT THIS INFORMATION IS RELEVANT TO AN ASSESSMENT OF THE MANAGEMENT OF THE COMPANY, THEY SAW THIS PROVISION AS UNNECESSARILY PERSONAL.

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IT WAS AGREED THAT THE DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENT WOULD BE CONFINED TO THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT OF EMOLUMENTS FOR THE THREE HIGHEST PAID DIRECTORS.

THE BILL ALSO EMPOWERS THE INSURANCE AUTHORITY TO REQUIRE INSURANCE COMPANIES TO MAINTAIN ASSETS IN HONG KONG TO MEET THEIR DOMESTIC LIABILITIES.

BUT NO ACCOUNT WAS TO BE GIVEN TO THE REINSURANCE ARRANGEMENTS WHICH MIGHT BE MADE BY THE INSURANCE COMPANIES CONCERNED, MR LC SAID.

IT WAS SUBSEQUENTLY AGREED THAT THE AUTHORITY WOULD BE REQUIRED TO HAVE REGARD TO THE INSURER'S ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE REINSURANCE OF RISKS WITH OTHER PROPERLY MANAGED REINSURANCE FIRMS.

MR LO ALSO EXPRESSED CONCERN THAT THE BILL DID NOT SEEK TO REGULATE THE CONDUCT OF INSURANCE BROKERS.

HOWEVER, HE ADDED: +THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION HAS ESTABLISHED A SUB-COMMITTEE TO STUDY THIS QUESTION AND WE EAGERLY AWAIT THE RESULT OF ITS LABOURS.

♦WE HAVE RECOMMENDED THAT UNTIL THEN THE WHOLLY INADEQUATE PROVISIONS RELATING TO 'MAIN AGENTS’ SHOULD BE DELETED.+

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS FURTHER ADJOURNED.

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MUCH DONE TO PROMOTE MORAL EDUCATION * * *

MUCH PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN PROMOTING MORAL EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS , THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, THE HON COLVYN HAYE, SAID TODAY AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

♦THIS HAS COVERED ALL ASPECTS OF THE SUBJECT - GUIDELINES, CURRICULUM, TEACHING MATERIALS, ADVISORY SERVICES, TEACHER PREPARATION, SEMINARS, CONFERENCES AND THE MONITORING OF BEHAVIOUR IN SCHOOLS,♦ MR HAYE SAID IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON WONG LAM.

MR HAYE SAID THAT FOLLOWING GROWING CONCERN TWO YEARS AGO FROM RELIGIOUS LEADERS AND THE PUBLIC ABOUT AN APPARENT EROSION OF TRADITIONAL SOCIAL VALUES AMONG THE YOUNG, SEMINARS WERE ORGANISED FOR HUNDREDS OF SECONDARY AND PRIMARY SCHOOL HEADS AS WELL AS PROFESSIONAL EDUCATORS.

GUIDELINES ON MORAL EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS WERE ISSUED TO SCHOOLS ON THE ADVICE OF THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTED WITH THE ENDORSEMENT OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION.

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♦THERE FOLLOWED VARIOUS TEACHING MATERIALS INCLUDING ETV PROGRAMMES PRODUCED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION AND INTERESTED RELIGIOUS BODIES.

♦OTHER SEMINARS AND EXHIBITIONS WERE MOUNTED, CULMINATING IN A ’MORAL EDUCATION WEEK’ LAST EASTER WHICH WAS ATTENDED BY OVER 3 OOO TEACHERS AND 20 000 STUDENTS.

♦CONFERENCES CONTINUE, THE MOST RECENT TOUCHING ON THE TOPIC BEING ATTENDED BY OVER 250 HEADS OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS ONE MONTH AGO.+ HE ADDED.

HOWEVER, MR HAYE SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD TRIED NOT TO BE DOGMATIC BECAUSE IT DID NOT BELIEVE MORAL EDUCATION COULD BE TAUGHT AS A CLASSROOM SUBJECT.

♦BUT WE HAVE SUGGESTED POSITIVE ACTION IN THE INCULCATION OF SOCIAL AND MORAL VALUES IN CHILDREN AND IN TAKING EVERY DIRECT AND INDIRECT OPPORTUNITY OFFERED BY A DIVERSE CURRICULUM TO POINT TO THE GOOD, THE VIRTUOUS, THE WORTHY AND THE DESIRABLE IN PERSONAL AND COMMUNITY RELATIONSHI PS,+ HE SAID.

WHILE STRESSING THE IMPORTANCE OF PARENTS, FAMILIES AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES IN THE PROMOTION OF MORAL EDUCATION, MR HAYE SAID THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAD TRIED TO UNDERLINE THE ROLE OF TEACHER AND SCHOOL IN SUPPLEMENTING AND COMPLEMENTING THIS VITAL SOCIAL PROCESS.

TO SUSTAIN THIS EFFORT AND TO PROVIDE MORE ADVISORY SERVICES TO SCHOOLS, A RELIGIOUS AND ETHICAL EDUCATION SECTION WAS ESTABLISHED IN THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE IN MID-1982.

MR HAYE SAID THE LAST TWO YEARS HAD ALSO SEEN GREATER EMPHASIS PLACED ON MORAL EDUCATION IN TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAMMES AND COURSES IN THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION, AND IN A SERIES OF TRAINING COURSES FOR HEADS OF PRIMARY SCHOOLS WHICH BEGAN IN JULY 1982.

IN ADDITION, THERE HAD BEEN THE WORK OF THE INTER-DEPARTMENTAL STANDING COMMITTEE ON UNRULY AND DELINQUENT BEHAVIOUR IN SCHOOLS SET UP IN SEPTEMBER 1981 UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, WHOSE MAIN TASK WAS TO MONITOR BEHAVIOUR IN SCHOOLS AND TO NIP DELINQUENCY IN THE BUD.

MR HAYE ALSO DISCLOSED THAT THERE WOULD BE AN ADDITIONAL TEACHER FOR EACH STANDARD-SIZED SECONDARY SCHOOL IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR FROM NEXT SEPTEMBER POR THE PROVISION OF GUIDANCE, COUNSELLING AND THE ORGANISATION OF EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES.

HE ADDED, +FINALLY, LET IT NOT BE FORGOTTEN THAT UNDERLYING THESE MEASURES THERE ARE THE STANDING PROGRAMMES OF THE SCHOOLS THEMSELVES.

♦RELIGIOUS EDUCATION STRONGLY REINFORCES MORAL EDUCATION AND HAS DONE SINCE OUR FIRST SCHOOLS WERE FOUNDED wELL OVER A CENTURY AGO, WHILE TRADITIONAL CHINESE LEARNING HAS ALWAYS FOUND A RESPECTED PLACE FOR THE ETHICAL TEACHING OF THE SAGES,+ HE SAID.

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♦ERRORS OF JUDGEMENT* REPORTED * * *

THE REPORT OF THE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE WAS DESCRIBED BY THE HON S.L. CHEN TODAY AS +A DOCUMENT WHICH NEEDS TO BE READ THOROUGHLY TO BE UNDERSTOOD FULLY*.

HIS REPORT DID NOT SUPPORT ANY GLIB ACCUSATIONS OF NEGLIGENCE, MIS-MANAGEMENT OR WASTAGE OF PUBLIC FUNDS, MR CHEN, WHO IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, SAID. BUT THERE HAD BEEN ERRORS OF JUDGEMENT AND OVERSIGHT, HE ADDED.

SPEAKING AT THE TABLING OF THE COMMITTEE’S FIFTH ANNUAL REPORT IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, HE SAID THE COMMITTEE RECOGNISED THE PROBLEMS IN AN ORGANISATION AS COMPLEX AS THE GOVERNMENT, IN ENSURING THAT ALL MATTERS RECEIVED THEIR DUE ATTENTION.

+BUT THAT IS ONE OF THE PRIME RESPONSIBILITIES OF MANAGEMENT,* HE STRESSED.

♦IN PARTICULAR THERE IS, I THINK, STILL A NEED TO INCULCATE A GREATER SENSE OF COST-BENEFIT AWARENESS IN MANAGERS IN THE GOVERNMENT TO PROMOTE A CONSCIOUS DESIRE TO SEE THAT HUMAN, FINANCIAL AND MATERIAL RESOURCES ARE USED TO THE BEST POSSIBLE EFFECT.

♦IF THE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE IS HELPING TO ACHIEVE THAT OBJECTIVE, WHICH I BELIEVE WE ARE, THEN OUR WORK WILL BE WELL JUSTIFIED.+

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PUBLIC FINANCE BILL APPROVED * * * *

THE PUBLIC FINANCE BILL 1982 WILL LEAD TO MORE EFFICIENT ADMINISTRATION OF THE PUBLIC FINANCES, THE HON W.C.L. BROWN SAID DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BILL WHICH WAS PASSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

WHILE RETAINING THE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLE THAT NO EXPENDITURE CAN BE CHARGED ON THE GENERAL REVENUE WITHOUT STATUTORY AUTHORITY, THE BILL PERMITS A +SENSIBLE DEGREE OF DELEGATION UNDER PROPER CONTROL AND REPORTAGE*, MR BROWN SAID.

HE ADDED THAT IT ALSO PROVIDES FOR THOSE EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES WHEN FAILURE TO MAKE URGENT PAYMENTS WITHOUT PRIOR AUTHORITY WOULD CAUSE THE PUBLIC INCONVENIENCE OR GENERALLY BE AGAINST ITS INTEREST.

THE PROVISIONS OF THE BILL, MR BROWN SAID, PROVIDE A STATUTORY BASIS FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF THE PUBLIC FINANCES MORE SUITED TO THE PRESENT THAN THE OLD COLONIAL REGULATIONS IT SUPERSEDES.

THE HON PETER C. WONG DESCRIBED THE BILL AS WELL DRAFTED. PROVIDING A SATISFACTORY LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR THE CONTROL AND MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC FINANCES.

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THE ONLY SERIOUS RESERVATION ABOUT THE BILL RELATES TO CLAUSE 11, MR WONG SAID.

THIS CLAUSE ENABLES THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY TO MAKE REGULATIONS AND TO GIVE DIRECTIONS AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE PURPOSE OF CARRYING OUT THE PROVISIONS OF THE BILL.

HOWEVER, SUB-CLAUSE 2 OF THIS CLAUSE STATES THAT IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO PUBLISH THEM IN THE GAZETTE OR TO TABLE THEM IN THE COUNCIL.

THIS, MR WONG POINTED OUT, IS CONTRARY TO THE STATUTORY REQUIREMENT SET OUT IN SECTIONS 20 AND 34 OF THE INTERPRETATION AND GENERAL CLAUSES ORDINANCE.

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD EXPLAINED THAT SUCH REGULATIONS, DIRECTIONS AND INSTRUCTIONS WERE MEANT FOR INTERNAL USE AND NOT INTENDED TO FORM PART OF SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION.

IT WAS THEREFORE AGREED TO AMEND CLAUSE 11 (1) TO REFLECT THEIR ADMINISTRATIVE NATURE AND TO DELETE CLAUSE 11 (2) WHICH WOULD NO LONGER BE NECESSARY, MR WONG POINTED OUT.

BOTH MR BROWN AND MR WONG SUPPORTED THE MOTION OF THE BILL, SUBJECT TO THE AGREED AMENDMENT.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON JOHN BREMRIDGE THANKED UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS FOR THEIR COMMENTS AND CONFIRMED THAT THE AMENDMENT WAS +ENTIRELY ACCEPTABLE.*

HE ALSO EXPRESSED APPRECIATION FOR THE +EXPEDITIOUS AND CAREFUL WORK* wITH WHICH THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF UNOFFICIALS HAD EXAMINED THE +TECHNICAL AND HIGHLY COMPLICATED* BILL.

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CIVIL DEBTORS SUBSIDISED IN PRISON

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THERE ARE CURRENTLY 49 CIVIL DEBTORS IN JAIL UNDER PRISON RULES 188 TO 208, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON D.G. JEAFFRESON, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

FORTY-SIX ARE BEING HELD IN TAI LAM CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION, AND THREE IN TAI LAM CENTRE FOR WOMEN, MR JEAFFRESON SAID IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON PETER C. WONG.

THE COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES ESTIMATES THE FULL COST OF SUPPORTING AND MAINTAINING A CIVIL DEBTOR IN PRISON AT $92 A DAY, HE REPORTED.

+IN CONTRAST, THE PRESENT RULES OF THE SUPREME COURT REQUIRE THE COURTS TO FIX WHATEVER MONTHLY ALLOWANCE THEY THINK SUFFICIENT FOR SUPPORTING AND MAINTAINING A JUDGEMENT DEBTOR, UP TO A MAXIMUM CF $50 A DAY.

+THE PERSON AT WHOSE INSTANCE THE JUDGEMENT IS BEING EXECUTED THEN HAS TO PAY THIS AMOUNT TO THE COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES,* MR JEAFFRESON EXPLAINED.

THE GOVERNMENT IS THUS SUBSIDISING EACH DEBTOR WITH AT LEAST ♦42 A DAY, HE ADDED. ____________0_______

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PATENT RIGHTS AND COPYRIGHT

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PATENT RIGHTS FOR COMPUTERS ARE THE SAME AS THOSE FOR OTHER INVENTIONS, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON JOHN GRIFFITHS, SAID TODAY.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON THE FRAMEWORK OF THE PATENTS ORDINANCE THE POWER TO TAKE ACTION IN RESPECT OF IN THE PATENT HOLDER.

ALEX WU, MR GRIFFITHS SAID (CAP 42) PROVIDES THAT INFRINGEMENTS IS VESTED

THE GOVERNMENT HAS NO SPECIAL POWER UNDER THE ORDINANCE, BUT COMMON LAW REMEDIES OF INJUNCTION AND DAMAGES ARE AVAILABLE, HE SAID.

REPLYING TO THE QUESTION CONCERNING COPYRIGHT OF COMPUTER PROGRAMMES, HE SAID SO LONG AS THEY ARE EXPRESSED IN SOME FORM CF NOTATION WHETHER BY HAND, PRINTING OR SIMILAR PROCESSES THEY MAY QUALIFY AS A CATEGORY OF ORIGINAL LITERARY WORK+, AND HENCE IN WHICH COPYRIGHT UNDER THE 1956 ACT SUBSISTS.

♦COPYRIGHTS IN HONG KONG ARE PROTECTED BY THE COPYRIGHT ACT 1956, AS AMENDED BY THE DESIGN COPYRIGHT ACT 1968, AS EXTENDED TO HONG KONG BY THE COPYRIGHT ORDERS 1972 AND 1979 AND THE COPYRIGHT ORDINANCE (CAP 39),+ MR GRIFFITHS SAID.

PENALTIES OF FINES AND IMPRISONMENT ARE PROVIDED BY THE ORDINANCE, AND AUTHORISED OFFICERS ARE GIVEN THE POWER OF SEARCH AND SEIZURE WHEN INVESTIGATING CASES OF COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT, HE EXPLAINED.

IT IS ALSO AN OFFENCE FOR INSTANCE TO SELL, HIRE, EXHIBIT IN PUBLIC OR DISTRIBUTE FOR THE PURPOSE OF TRADE ANY ARTICLE WHICH A PERSON KNOWS TO BE AN INFRINGING COPY OF WORK, HE SAID.

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LIMIT ON NUMBER OF NT TAXIS EXTENDED * * * *

THE PERIOD LIMITING THE NUMBER REGISTERED AS NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS

OF MOTOR VEHICLES WHICH MAY BE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JULY 31.

MOVING THE MOTION AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON ALAN SCOTT SAID THE EXTENSI ON WILL PERMIT NT TAXI LICENCES TO CONTINUE TO BE ISSUED AT THE RATE OF

5D PER MONTH.

MR SCOTT ALSO REPORTED THAT THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL HAD DIRECTED THAT URBAN TAXI LICENCES SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE ISSUED AT THE CURRENT RATE OF 300 EVERY THREE MONTHS.

THE PRESENT LIMIT OF 12 000, DUE TO EXPIRE ON JANUARY 31, IS NOT THEREFORE RENEWED, AND A NOTICE UNDER SECTION 7E OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE OF A NEW LIMIT OF 15 000 WILL BE GAZETTED TO COME INTO FORCE ON FEBRUARY 1, 1983, MR SCOTT SAID.

+IN GOOD TIME BEFORE THIS NEW LIMIT IS REACHED, IT IS INTENDED THAT A FULL REVIEW OF THE FUTURE ROLE OF THE TAXI IN HONG KONG’S TRANSPORT SYSTEM IN THE CONTEXT OF POLICIES FOR OTHER MODES OF TRANSPORT WILL HAVE BEEN COMPLETED FOR PRESENTATION TO THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL,+ HE SAID.

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TIME NEEDED TO CHECK GRANTS: HAYE

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PAYMENTS OF GOVERNMENT GRANTS TO MATRICULATION STUDENTS AND STUDENTS OF POST-SECONDARY COLLEGES AND COLLEGES OF EDUCATION CANNOT BE MADE BEFORE MID-DECEMBER EACH YEAR BECAUSE OF THE TIME AND CARE REQUIRED TO PROCESS AND CHECK THE LARGE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, THE HON COLVYN HAYE, SAID AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY REV THE HON JOYCE BENNETT, MR HAYE SAID THERE WERE TWO SETS OF GRANTS - MAINTENANCE GRANTS TO MATRICULATION STUDENTS IN FORM/MIDDLE SIX CLASSES IN SCHOOLS, AND GRANTS UNDER THE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE SCHEME FOR APPROVED POST-SECONDARY COLLEGES AND COLLEGES OF EDUCATION.

POINTING OUT THERE WAS A SIMILAR TIME CONSTRAINT ON BOTH TYPES OF GRANT, MR HAYE SAID, +PROCESSING OF APPLICATIONS FROM FORM/MIDDLE SIX STUDENTS CANNOT BEGIN UNTIL AFTER THE PUBLICATION OF THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION RESULTS IN MID-AUGUST, AND FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS NOT UNTIL LATE-SEPTEMBER, WHEN THEY FIRST REGISTER AT THE COLLEGES.*

HE SAID APPLICATIONS FROM OLD AND NEW STUDENTS HAD TO BE CONSIDERED SIMULTANEOUSLY BECAUSE OF THE NEED TO APPLY THE SAME CUT-OFF POINT OF THE INCOME-INDEX, WHICH WAS USED TO DETERMINE THE FINANCIAL NEED OF EACH APPLICANT AND THUS THE LEVEL OF GRANT.

THE SPEED OF PROCESSING WAS FURTHER CONSTRAINED BY THE QUESTION OF LOANS TO STUDENTS IN THE COLLEGES WHICH MUST BE LOOKED AT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THEIR APPLICATIONS FOR GRANTS, M? HAYE EXPLAINED.

+GIVEN THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS TO BE DEALT WITH, THE TIGHT TIME-TABLE IN WHICH THEY FALL, AND THE CARE WITH WHICH THEY MUST BE ASSESSED TO ENSURE THE PROPER USE OF PUBLIC FUNDS, PAYMENTS CANNOT BE MADE BEFORE MID-DECEMBER,* HE SAID.

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LICENSED COOKED FOOD HAWKERS ARE INSPECTED REGULARLY AND MAY BE PROSECUTED IF THEY BREACH HYGIENE REGULATIONS, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON DENIS BRAY, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON CHEUNG YAN-LUNG CONCERNING HYGIENE PROBLEMS CREATED BY ON-STREET COOKED FOOD STALLS AND GOVERNMENT ACTION TAKEN, MR BRAY POINTED OUT THAT 262 PROSECUTIONS FOR THE OFFENCE WERE TAKEN OUT IN THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF LAST YEAR.

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BUT UNLICENSED COOKED FOOD HAWKERS WERE THE MAIN PROBLEM, '■P BRAY SAID, AND TO DETER THEIR OPERATIONS, OVER 2 500 PROSECUTIONS WERE UNDERTAKEN IN THE SIMILAR PERIOD LAST YEAR.

MR BRAY EXPLAINED THAT WHILE THE PREPARATION AND SALE OF COOKED FOOD ON THE STREETS CARRIED HYGIENE RISKS THAT WERE WELL UNDERSTOOD, THESE RISKS WERE THOUGHT ACCEPTABLE MANY YEARS AGO. LICENCES WERE THEN ISSUED TO SOME HAWKERS TO PROVIDE COOKED FOOD UNDER CONDITIONS INTENDED TO MINIMISE THE RISKS.

BUT NO NEW LICENCES HAVE BEEN ISSUED SINCE 1956 +WHEN OPINION HAD SWUNG AGAINST THE LICENSING OF COOKED FOOD STALLS,+ HE SAID.

EXISTING OPERATIONS WERE, HOWEVER, ALLOWED TO CONTINUE AND THERE ARE TODAY 818 LICENSED COOKED FOOD HAWKERS.

♦THE AIM OF POLICY IS TO MOVE THESE HAWKERS INTO SPECIALLY BUILT PREMISES. ABOUT TWO-THIRDS OF THESE HAWKERS WILL BE ACCOMMODATED IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS,+ MR BRAY SAID.

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THE U.K. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE HONG KONG WITH ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON ALAN SCOTT, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THE ASSURANCE WAS MADE BY THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR TRANSPORT DURING HIS TRANSIT THROUGH HONG KONG EARLIER THIS MONTH, HE SAID IN REPLY TO THE HON STEPHEN CHEONG WHO HAD ASKED ABOUT MR SCOTT’S EXCHANGE OF VIEWS WITH THE UK SECRETARY.

THE UK SECRETARY WAS IMPRESSED BY THE VIGOUR WITH WHICH HONG KONG TACKLED ITS TRANSPORT PROBLEMS AND BY THE CONTINUING HIGH LEVEL OF GOVERNMENT INVESTMENT IN TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE, MR SCOTT REPORTED.

MR SCOTT SAID THAT HE AND TWO OF HIS SENIOR OFFICERS HAD BRIEFED THE SECRETARY OF STATE ON MAJOR TRANSPORT PROJECTS UNDERWAY IN HONG KONG AND ON VARIOUS DEVELOPMENT STUDIES IN PROGRESS.

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NT TAXIS INCREASING AT 50 A MONTH

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LICENCES FOR NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS HAVE BEEN ISSUED AT THE RATE OF 50 A MONTH SINCE JULY 1981, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON ALAN SCOTT, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

SINCE THAT MONTH, WHEN THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL ORDERED THAT NT TAXI LICENCES BE ISSUED AT THE MONTHLY RATE OF 50, 900 LICENCES HAD BEEN OFFERED AT SIX TENDERS HELD AT QUARTERLY INTERVALS, W SCOTT SAID IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON T.S. LO.

THE ACTUAL INCREASE IN NT TAXIS ON THE ROAD MAY BE MORE OR LESS THAN 50 PER MONTH, BUT OVER A PERIOD THE FLUCTUATIONS LEVEL OUT, HE SAID.

THE RATE OF ISSUE WAS DECIDED HAVING REGARD TO THE LIKELY INCREASE IN DEMAND FOR TAXIS IN THE NT, HE EXPLAINED.

FACTORS TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT INCLUDE THE DEVELOPMENT OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT, SUCH AS THE EXTENSION OF THE MTR TO TSUEN WAN, THE ELECTRIFICATION OF THE KCR AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF MAXICAB ROUTES, HE ADDED.

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$1 BILLION SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS APPROVED *****

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) PASSED A MOTION APPROVING SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS AMOUNTING TO $1 BILLION FOR THE SECOND QUARTER OF THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR.

MOVING THE MOTION, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON JOHN BREMRIDGE, SAID THE FINANCE COMMITTEE HAD APPROVED ALL THE ITEMS IN THE SCHEDULE.

MAJOR ITEMS UNDER THE PROVISION INCLUDE:

* $379 MILLION TO MEET PROVISION FOR THE CREATION OF FOUR NEW HEADS OF EXPENDITURE — CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT, ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT AND TRADE DEPARTMENT ;

* $109 MILLION F0R PAYMENT OF HOME PURCHASE ALLOWANCE TO CIVIL SERVANTS ;

* $98 MILLION TO MEET EXPENDITURE FOR THE PURCHASE OF ADDITIONAL WATER FROM CHINA ; AND

* $91 MILLION TO MEET PAYMENT OF A GRANT TO THE URBAN COUNCIL FOR VARIOUS SALARY ADJUSTMENTS.

THE SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION COVERED BY THE SCHEDULE RESULTED IN A NET INCREASE OF $98 MILLION IN EXPENDITURE SINCE APRIL 1, 1982, THE REMAINDER BEING OFFSET UNDER OTHER HEADS OF EXPENDITURE AND BY THE FREEZING OF FUNDS UNDER THE TWO ADDITIONAL COMMITMENTS VOTES, MR BREMRIDGE SAID.

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FIVE ECONOMIC SURVEYS APPROVED

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FIVE CENSUS AND STATISTICS ORDERS, ENABLING SURVEYS TO BE CARRIED OUT AS PART OF THE LONG TERM PROGRAMME OF ECONOMIC SURVEYS TO PROVIDE INFORMATION FOR MAKING GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT ESTIMATES, WERE TABLED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON PIERS JACOBS, SAID THE SURVEYS ALSO PROVIDE INFORMATION ON THE STRUCTURAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MAIN SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY AND ENABLE THE GOVERNMENT TO MONITOR THEIR PERFORMANCE.

ONE OF THE ORDERS IS SPECIFICALLY FOR 1982 AND IS FOR THE FIFTH ANNUAL SURVEY OF IMPORTS AND EXPORTS OF SERVICES.

THE OTHER FOUR ORDERS ARE TO ESTABLISH PERMANENT SURVEYS AND ARE FOR THE i

* ANNUAL SURVEY OF BANKS, DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES AND REPRESENTATIVES OF OFFICES OF FOREIGN BANKS;

* ANNUAL SURVEY OF STORAGE, COMMUNICATION, FINANCING, INSURANCE AND BUSINESS SERVICES;

* ANNUAL SURVEY OF TRANSPORT AND RELATED SERVICES ; AND

* QUARTERLY SURVEY OF RESTAURANT RECEIPTS AND PURCHASES.

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IT WAS A BIT EARLY TO ATTEMPT TO ASSESS THE ACTIVITIES OF OVERSEAS INDUSTRIAL PROMOTION OFFICES SET UP IN TOKYO, LONDON, STUTTGART AND SAN FRANCISCO LAST YEAR, THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR BILL DORWARD TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

EXPLAINING THAT INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT PROMOTION IS A LONG-TERM EFFORT, MR DORWARD SAID THAT DURING THE EARLY MONTHS OF THEIR EXISTENCE, THE OFFICES HAVE NECESSARILY BEEN LARGELY OCCUPIED IN ESTABLISHING THEMSELVES BY DEVELOPING CONTACTS WITH GOVERNMENT AUTHORITIES AND TRADE AND INDUSTRIAL ORGANISATIONS.

+BUT THEY HAVE ALREADY BEEN FUNCTIONING IN PROMOTIONAL TERMS WITH QUITE HEARTENING RESULTS,+ HE ADDED.

+THE TOKYO OFFICE, THOUGH LESS THAN A YEAR OLD, HAS SO FAR BEEN INVOLVED WITH TEN INCOMING INDUSTRIALIST MISSIONS TO HONG KONG, AND HAS ORGANISED OR PARTICIPATED IN SEVEN SEMINARS IN VARIOUS PARTS OF JAPAN TO PROMOTE INVESTMENT IN HONG KONG’S INDUSTRY. THE LONDON OFFICE HAS PARTICIPATED IN THREE SEMINARS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND ONE IN SWEDEN. THE STUTTGART OFFICE HAS ORGANISED THREE SEMINARS AND PARTICIPATED IN THE 1982 HANOVER FAIR,+ NR DORWARD SAID.

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MR DORWARD WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON FRANCIS TIEN.

ALL THE OFFICES HAVE FED BACK NUMEROUS INVESTMENT ENQUIRIES TO THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT, CONTRIBUTING TO A TOTAL OF 890 RECEIVED IN 1982 AS COMPARED WITH 650 ENQUIRIES RECEIVED IN 1981.

HE SAID THE HEADS OF THE FOUR OVERSEAS INDUSTRIAL PROMOTION OFFICES WILL BE COMING TO HONG KONG IN MARCH FOR A LIAISON MEETING TO REVIEW INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT PROMOTION STRATEGY AND TACTICS IN

THE LIGHT OF EXPERIENCE GAINED.

THE OPPORTUNITY WILL THEN BE TAKEN TO GIVE INDUSTRY AND TRADE ORGANISATIONS ON THE WORK OF THE OPPORTUNITIES THEY OFFER, HE SAID.

BRIEF ING TO LOCAL THE OFFICES AND

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HOSPITAL RECRUITMENT NOT AFFECTED

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IT WOULD BE IMPROPER AND UNTIMELY FOR HIM TO COMMENT ON THE REASONS FOR DELAYS IN THE COMPLETION OF THE PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL OR ON THE DIRECT AND INDIRECT FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS AS AN ARBITRATION NOTICE HAD ALREADY BEEN SERVED IN RESPECT OF THE GENERAL CONTRACT FOR THE HOSPITAL, THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, MR DAVID MCDONALD, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

HE WAS ANSWERING A QUESTION BY DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI.

MR MCDONALD SAID THAT AS FAR AS THE RECRUITMENT OF HOSPITAL STAFF WAS CONCERNED HE HAD BEEN ASSURED BY THE DIRECTOR OF fEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES THAT THERE WERE NO ADVERSE IMPLICATIONS AS THE RECRUITMENT PROGRAMME FOR STAFF HAD BEEN BASED ON PHASING OVER A PERIOD OF TIME TO ENSURE THAT THE HOSPITAL CAN OPERATE SATISFACTORILY WHEN OPENED.

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THREE BILLS PASSED * * *

THREE BILLS, THE PUBLIC FINANCE BILL 1982, THE SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION (1981-82) BILL 1983 AND THE BUILDINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983 WERE PASSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

DEBATE ON THE FOLLOWING TWO BILLS WAS ADJOURNED : THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (RECRUITING OF SEAMEN) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983 AND THE INSURANCE COMPANIES BILL 1982 WHICH WERE READ A SECOND TIME.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 1983

PAYMENTS OF SALARIES TAX

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TAXPAYERS ARE URGED TO CHECK THEIR DEMAND NOTES TO ENSURE THAT THE FIRST INSTALMENT OF THE TAX DUE IS PAID ON OR BEFORE THc SPECIFIED DUE DATE.

IF THE FIRST INSTALMENT IS NOT SO PAID, THE SECOND INSTALMENT WILL AUTOMATICALLY BECOME DUE IMMEDIATELY. THIS WILL BE STRICTLY APPLIED AND PLEAS FOR OVERSIGHT WILL NOT BE ENTERTAINED, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT SAID.

IN ADDITION TO BOTH INSTALMENTS BECOMING IMMEDIATELY PAYABLE TOGETHER, WHERE TAX IS NOT PAID BY THE DATE SPECIFIED IN THE NOTICE, THE COMMISSIONER MAY ORDER A SUM NOT EXCEEDING FIVE PER CENT OF THE TOTAL TAX BE ADDED. THIS SURCHARGE WILL ALSO BE IMMEDIATELY DUE FOR PAYMENT, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

HE GAVE THE FOLLOWING EXAMPLES TO ILLUSTRATE HOW THE ARRANGEMENTS WOULD OPERATE

EXAMPLE 1

TOTAL TAX DUE 20.1.83 $22 000

PAYABLE ON 20.1.83 $17 000

PAYABLE 20.4.83 $ 5 000

IF $17 000 IS PAID ON 20.1.83. THE SECOND INSTALMENT OF $5 000 IS PAYABLE ON OR BEFORE 20.4.83.

EXAMPLE 2

TOTAL TAX PAYABLE $22 000

PAYABLE ON 20.1.83 $17 000

PAYABLE 20.4.83 $ 5 000

IF $17 000 IS NOT PAID ON 20.1.83, THE WHOLE AMOUNT OF $22 000 PLUS SURCHARGE $1 100, TOTAL $23 100 IS IN DEFAULT AND ACTION TO RECOVER THE TOTAL AMOUNT WILL BE TAKEN SHORTLY AFTER 30.1.83.

♦ IT IS EMPHASISED, THEREFORE, THAT TAXPAYERS WHO WISH TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE TWO INSTALMENTS SHOWN ON THE NOTE MUST ENSURE THAT THE FIRST PAYMENT IS MADE ON OR BEFORE THE DUE DATE SHOWN ON THEIR DEMAND NOTES,+ HE ADDED.

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PAYMENT MAY BE MADE AT THE FOLLOWING COLLECTION OFFICESi

HONG KONG - WINDSOR HOUSE, 3RD FLOOR, 311 GLOUCESTER

ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG.

KOWLOON - PARK-IN COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 12TH FLOOR,

56 DUNDAS STREET, MONGKOK, KOWLOON.

TSUEN WAN - FOU WAH CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR,

210 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN, N.T.

PAYMENT MAY ALSO BE MADE BY POST BY SENDING A CROSSED CHEQUE, PAYABLE TO HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AND ATTACHED TO THE DEMAND NOTE, TO THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE, G.P.O. BOX 132, HONG KONG.

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NEW TIMETABLE FOR DIESEL-HAULED PASSENGER TRAINS * * * *

THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY WILL INTRODUCE A NEW TIMETABLE FOR THE DIESEL-HAULED PASSENGER TRAINS FROM FRIDAY (JANUARY 21) TO TIE IN WITH THE COMMISSIONING OF DOUBLE TRACK AND NEW SIGNALLING SYSTEM FOR THE SECTION BETWEEN THE UNIVERSITY AND TAI PO MARKET.

THIS NEW TIMETABLE WILL BE IN FORCE UNTIL THE ELECTRIFIED SERVICE EXTENDS TO TAI PO MARKET STATION.

THERE WILL BE 32 DIESEL PASSENGER TRAINS RUNNING DAILY FROM KOWLOON TO LO WU, 16 NORTHBOUND AND 16 SOUTHBOUND, THE SAME AS AT PRESENT.

A KCR SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT THE COMMISSIONING OF DOUBLE TRACK AND NEW SIGNALLING BETWEEN UNIVERSITY AND TAI PO MARKET STATIONS ON FRIDAY SHOULD GREATLY IMPROVE THE PUNCTUALITY OF TRAIN SCHEDULES.

COPIES OF THE NEW TIMETABLE ARE DISPLAYED AT ALL RAILWAY STATIONS.

THE TIMETABLES FOR ELECTRIC TRAINS BETWEEN KOWLOON AND SHA TIN AND EXPRESS THROUGH TRAINS BETWEEN KOWLOON AND GUANGZHOU WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED.

+THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY ALSO REMINDED THE PUBLIC NOT TO CROSS OR WALK AROUND ANY RAILWAY TRACKS, PARTICULARLY IN THE SECTION BETWEEN SHEUNG SHU I AND LO WU WHERE ENGINEERING WORKS ASSOCIATED WITH THE MODERN I SAT ION/ELECTRIF I CAT ION PROJECT ARE NOW IN FULL SWING,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE * *

OPEN TO ALL ORGANISATIONS * * *

FACILITIES AT THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE CAN NOW BE BOOKED BY ANY ORGANISATION, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON DENIS BRAY, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THE CENTRE, WHICH WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED ON OCTOBER 31 LAST YEAR WAS DELIBERATELY GIVEN TIME TO EXPERIMENT WITH PROGRAMMES BEFORE OFFERING ITS FACILITIES TO THEIR FULL CAPACITY, MR BRAY SAID IN TABLING THE 1981-82 ANNUAL REPORT OF THE CENTRE.

THE CENTRE WAS HOST TO THE FAR EAST AND SOUTH PACIFIC GAMES FOR THE DISABLED LAST NOVEMBER, THE LARGEST INTERNATIONAL EVENT HELD IN HONG KONG.

+THE ONUS IS NOW ON SPORTSMEN AND THE SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS IN HONG KONG AND ON THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE TO PROVE THAT WITH THE AVAILABILITY OF FIRST CLASS TRAINING FACILITIES AND EXPERIENCED COACHES, HONG KONG CAN EXCEL IN SPORTS AND SHINE IN THE INTERNATIONAL SPORTS ARENA,* HE SAID.

♦WHEN IT TRIES HONG KONG SEEMS TO DO WELL AT ANYTHING. THE FACILITIES ARE NOW HERE. I AM SURE EXCELLENCE WILL NOW EMERGE,* MR BRAY, WHO IS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE BOARD, ADDED.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

GOVERNOR LEAVING FOR UK * * * *

THERE WILL BE A FACILITY FOR PRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CAMERAMEN TO COVER THE DEPARTURE OF THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, FOR LONDON ON FLIGHT CX201, E.T.D. 10.40 PM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 21).

PLEASE ADVISE THOSE ASSIGNED BY YOU TO COVER THE EVENT TO ASSEMBLE IN THE PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE AIRPORT TERMINAL BY 9.45 PM.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 1993

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FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN ON OUTLYING ISLANDS ******

A FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN LAUNCHED FOR THE FIRST TIME ON OUTLYING ISLANDS BY THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE.

DURING THE CAMPAIGN, LECTURES AND FILM SHOwS WILL BE CONDUCTED BY OFFICERS OF THE FIRE PROTECTION BUREAU AND MARINE DIVISION OF THE DEPARTMENT ON VARIOUS ISLANDS TO SPREAD THE FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGE.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE CAMPAIGN WILL BE A FIRE PREVENTION DAY TO BE HELD ON LAMMA ISLAND ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 22) WHEN A SPECTACULAR WATER DISPLAY BY THE FIREBOAT ALEXANDER GRANTHAM AND A FIRE FIGHTING DEMONSTRATION USING SOME UNIQUE EQUIPMENT IN TACKLING FIRES ON HILLY AREAS WILL BE STAGED.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT wHICH WILL START AT 2.30 PM ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 22).

A FIREBOAT TAKING PRESS REPRESENTATIVES TO AND FROM LAMMA ISLAND WILL LEAVE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT PIER (NEAR THE OUTLYINvs ISLANDS FERRY PIER) AT 1.30 PM SHARP. AN INFORMATION OFFICck WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST THE MEDIA.

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DB MEMBERS TO DISCUSS USE OF CROWN LAND

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CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS THE USE OF A PIECE OF VACANT CROWN LAND NEXT TO THE SHEUNG WAN FIRE STATION AT A BOARD MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS FOR THE SITE INCLUDE A METERED CAR PARK FOR EITHER LORRIES OR PRIVATE CARS, A SITTING-OUT AREA OR A PRIVATE CAR PARK.

MEMBERS’ VIEWS ON THE INTRODUCTION OF THE +MEET THE PUBLIC* SCHEME AND AN AUTOMATIC TELEPHONE ANSWERING SYSTEM FOR COMPLAINTS AND SUGGESTIONS WILL ALSO BE SOUGHT.

A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL BRIEF MEMBERS, BY MEANS OF A SLIDE SHOW, ON THE URBAN COUNCIL’S FACILITIES AND SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA WILL INCLUDE THE PROPOSED BUILDING OF A REGIONAL CULTURAL CENTRE, AND PROGRESS REPORTS OF THE BOARD’S COMMITTEES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE SECOND MEETING OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AT 4 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE AT WILLIE BUILDING, 3RD FLOOR, 222-224 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 1983

CONTENTS RAGE NO,

BRIGHT FUTURE FOR N.T. PREDICTED ............................... 1

MBA STUDENTS TOLD OF NEED FOR ANALYTICAL SKILLS ................ 2

GOVERNOR TO INSPECT CSD ANNUAL PARADE .......................... 3

APPEAL FOR MORE U.C. ELECTION CANDIDATES ....................... 3

POLYTECHNIC GRADUATES IN DEMAND ................................ 4

QUARTERLY SURVEY OF WAGES, SALARIES AND BENEFITS ............... 6

CONTRACTORS URGED TO KEEP UP SAFETY EFFORTS ................... 10

CHILDREN'S MARCHING BAND TO EXPAND ............................ 11

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CLEARANCE AT WONG TAI SIN ........... 12

FLORAL ART COMPETITION FOR STUDENTS ........................... 13

KELLET BAY SITES OFFERED „FOR SHORT TERM TENANCY............... 14

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SHA TIN ....................... 14

THURSDAY, JANUARY Z), l*«oi

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BRIGHT FUTURE FOR N.T. PREDICTED * * X X

VIGOROUS INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE AND A STABLE ADMINISTRATION ARE TWO MAIN ELEMENTS IN A PICTURE OF THE NET TERRITORIES PAINTED TODAY BY THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR NEW TERRITORIES, NR IAN MACPHERSON.

IN A LUNCHEON SPEECH TO THE ROTARY CLUB OF KOWLOON, HE NOTED THAT THE INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE, BY BOTH THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR, WOULD BE UNDETERRED BY THE CURRENT ECONOMIC RECESSION AND WOULD NOT BE DISTRACTED BY CONSIDERATION OF THE POLITICAL FUTURE.

BUT RATHER, IT WOULD BE COMPLEMENTED BY A MASSIVE AND DEDICATED EFFORT TO CREATE COMMUNITIES IN THE NEW TOWNS IN WHICH HUGE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE WERE CONTENT TO LIVE AND BRING UP THEIR CHILDREN, HE SAID.

♦ALL THIS IS IN THE CONTEXT OF A WELL ORDERED LEGAL AND FINANCIAL FRAMEWORK AND A STABLE ADMINISTRATION WHICH IS ALL TOO FREQUENTLY TAKEN FOR GRANTED,* HE SAID.

MR MACPHERSON SAID GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE ON THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME WOULD BE MAINTAINED AND INCREASED IN THE COMING FINANCIAL YEAR AT 20 PER CENT ABOVE THE CURRENT YEAR’S $3.1 BILLION.

HOWEVER, HE POINTED OUT THAT THIS DID NOT INCLUDE THE COST OF PUBLIC HOUSING BEING PROVIDED BY THE HOUSING AUTHORITY, NOR DID IT INCLUDE THE COST OF COMMITTED PRIVATE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT.

+JUST LOOKING AT A FEW OF THE COMMITTED NEW TOWN PRIVATE-SECTOR PROJECTS, I ADDED UP CAPITAL COSTS OF SEVERAL HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS,* HE SAID.

MR MACPHERSON POINTED OUT THAT OVER 40 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL N.T. LAND MASS WAS COUNTRY PARK OR WATER CATCHMENT WHICH COULD NOT BE DEVELOPED.

+ONE OF THE PLEASING THINGS IS THAT WE ARE NOW MOVING BEYOND THE PURE PROVISION OF CONCRETE AND BITUMEN INTO THE CREATION OF PARKS AND OPEN SPACES, RECREATIONAL AND AMENITY FACILITY, TREE PLANTING AND LANDSCAPING ALL AIMED AT PRODUCING A PLEASANT LIVING ENVIRONMENT.*

CRUCIAL TO ALL THIS WAS THE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE AND THIS PROGRAMME TOO WAS PRESSING AHEAD BOTH IN TERMS OF CURRENT PROJECTS AND FUTURE PLANNING, HE SAID.

IN THIS CONTEXT, HE POINTED TO THE COMPLETION OF THE TUEN MUN HIGHWAY AND THE ELECTRIFICATION OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY UP TO THE BORDER, PLUS THE TSUEN WAN AND YUEN LONG BYPASSES, AND THE HEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD WHICH WOULD LINK UP WITH THE NEW BRIDGE TO BE BUILT JOINTLY WITH THE SHENZHEN AUTHORITIES.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 20 1983

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MBA STUDENTS TOLD OF NEED FOR ANALYTICAL SKILLS

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IF ECONOMIC DIVERSIFICATION IS TO DEVELOP REAL MOMENTUM IN HONG KONG, CERTAIN ANALYTICAL SKILLS ARE REQUIRED TO IDENTIFY NEW POSSIBILITIES AND TO DEFINE RELEVANT RESOURCES.

THIS WAS STATED TODAY BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE TOWN CENTRE OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY’S THREE-YEAR MBA PROGRAMME.

+A SCHOOL OF BUSINESS STUDIES CLEARLY HAS A ROLE TO PLAY IN DEVELOPING SUCH ANALYTICAL SKILLS, ALTHOUGH LET US NOT DISCOUNT THE ROLE OF INSTINCT AND PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE IN BUSINESS,* HE SAID.

SIR PHILIP SAID HE SAW THE UNIVERSITY’S MBA PROGRAMME AS HAVING A REAL INFLUENCE ON THE FUTURE PATTERN AND SPEED OF DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG’S ECONOMY.

+ IT TAKES MORE THAN ENTREPRENEUR I AL VISION, DETERMINATION AND CAPITAL TO EXPLORE NEW AREAS WITH WHICH, BY DEFINITION, ANY GIVEN GENERATION OF BUSINESSMEN IS UNFAMILIAR,+ SIR PHILIP SAID.

IN TODAY’S INCREASINGLY COMPLEX AND SOPHISTICATED WORLD, NATURAL APTITUDE MUST BE SUPPORTED BY THE WILLING ACCEPTANCE OF NEW TECHNOLOGY AND TRAINING AND RETRAINING PROGRAMMES, HE SAID.

+IT IS IN THIS CONTEXT THAT THE ROLE OF STUDIES IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION MUST BE CONSIDERED,* HE ADDED.

WHILE BUSINESS EDUCATION SHOULD NOT BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR GENERAL EDUCATION, PROVEN LITERACY AND NUMERACY MUST EE PRE-REQUISITES FOR ANY ASPIRING STUDENT OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, SIR PHILIP SAID.

HE STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF PLAIN LANGUAGE IN BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS AS JARGON COULD BE +VERY UNATTRACTIVE AND ALMOST UNINTELLIGIBLE*.

+AS FOR NUMERACY, THERE CAN REALLY EE FEW SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSMEN WITHOUT A NATURAL FACILITY FOR HANDLING ARITHMETIC MATERIAL.

+NEVERTHELESS, IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT ANY MBA PROGRAMME SHOULD EQUIP STUDENTS TO ACQUIRE A REAL UNDERSTANDING OF HOW STATISTICS CAN BE USED HONESTLY AND EFFICIENTLY,* HE SAID.

SIR PHILIP SAID HE WAS HAPPY TO SEE THAT THE PROGRAMME INCLUDES AN EMPHASIS ON COMPUTER-RELATED ASSIGNMENTS.

A KNOWLEDGE OF HOW COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY CAN BE APPLIED IN THE MODERN BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT IS SELF-EVIDENTLY NECESSARY THESE DAYS, HE ADDED.

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GOVERNOR TO INSPECT CSD AN..U. „ PARAuE *****

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, WILL I -ECT THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES’ ANNUAL PARADE TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT THE PARADE GROUND OF THE DEPARTMENT’S STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE IN STANLEY.

SIR EDWARD WILL ALSO PRESENT COLONIAL PRISON SERVICE MEDALS awarded for is years’ exemplary service to 31 officers during THE CEREMONY.

SEVEN CONTINGENTS COMPRISING 200 OFFICERS FROM VARIOUS INSTITUTIONS WILL TAKE PART IN THE PARADE COMMANDED BY SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT, MR WONG WAH-CHIU.

THE CAPE COLLINSON MARCHING BAND AND THE TAI TAM GIRLS PIPERS AND PRECISION MARCHING TEAM WILL PERFORM.

THE ANNUAL PARADE IS ONE OF THE MAJOR EVENTS OF THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S ANNUAL PARADE WHICH WILL BE INSPECTED BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, AT THE PARADE GROUND OF THE STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 21) AT 4.15 PM.

PRESS TRANSPORT WILL LEAVE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS AT GUARDIAN HOUSE, 32 01 KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI AT 3.15 PM SHARP.

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APPEAL FOR MORE U.C. ELECTION CANDIDATES * * * *

TWENTY-FOUR CANDIDATES, INCLUDING SEVEN SERVING URBAN COUNCILLORS AND FIVE ELECTED DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS, HAVE COME FORWARD TO STAND IN THE NEXT URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS SINCE NOMINATIONS BEGAN A FORTNIGHT AGO.

THEY WILL BE CONTESTING IN 12 OF THE 15 CONSTITUENCIES FOR THE MARCH 8 ELECTIONS. OF THE 12, FOUR CONSTITUENCIES — CENTRAL AND WESTERN, WAN CHAI, KOWLOON CITY WEST AND KWUN TONG WEST — HAVE ONLY ONE CANDIDATE EACH SO FAR.

THE FOUR SEATS WILL EE UNCONTESTED UNLESS MORE CANDIDATES REGISTER BEFORE NOMINATIONS CLOSE ON JANUARY 28.

THE THREE CONSTITUENCIES JCH STILL DO NOT HAVE i NY CANDIDATE NOMINATED ARE KOWLOON CITY EAST, ..ONG TAI SIN SOUTH AND WONG TAI SIN NORTH.

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A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADM INI STr-'" ON TODAY APPEALED TO CIVIC-MINDED CITIZENS INTERESTED IN THE WO CF ’rHE URBAN COUNCIL TO SUBMIT THEIR NOMINATIONS BEFORE FRIDAY (JANUARY 28).

THE URBAN COUNCIL PLAYS AN IMPORTANT PART IN THE DAY TO DAY MANAGEMENT OF THE CITY, HE SAID.

+WE ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE OF CALIBRE, HAVING THE WELFARE CF THE PUBLIC AT HEART AND WILLING TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY TO STAND IN THE ELECTIONS,+ HE ADDED.

UNDER THE NEW SYSTEM, THE ELECTED URBAN COUNCILLORS WILL AUTOMATICALLY SERVE ON DISTRICT BOARDS.

THIS WILL BE THE FIRST CONSTITUENCY-BASED URBCO ELECTIONS WITH ONE CANDIDATE TO BE ELECTED FROM EACH OF THE 15 CONSTITUENCIES.

THERE ARE 708 119 REGISTERED VOTERS FOR THE COMING ELECTIONS. FOR THE LAST URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS TWO YEARS AGO, THERE WERE ONLY 34 000 PEOPLE REGISTERED AS VOTERS.

AS THE SIZE OF THE REGISTERED ELECTORATE IN EACH URBCO CONSTITUENCY IS NOW MUCH LARGER THAN THAT OF AN AVERAGE DISTRICT BOARD CONSTITUENCY, THE EXPECTED VOTER TURNOUT SHOULD BE CORRESPONDINGLY GREATER, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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POLYTECHNIC GRADUATES IN DEMAND * * *

DESPITE A SIGNIFICANT EXPANSION IN THE GRADUATE OUTPUT OF THE POLYTECHNIC, ITS STUDENTS ARE VERY MUCH SOUGHT AFTER BY EMPLOYERS IN ALL FIELDS.

THIS IS EASILY DEMONSTRATED BY THE SPEEDY MANNER WITH WHICH THEY OBTAIN THEIR JOBS AND THE INCREASED STARTING SALARIES THEY RECEIVE EACH YEAR.

THIS WAS STATED BY SIR S.Y. CHUNG, CHAIRMAN OF THE POLYTECHNIC COUNCIL, AT THE OPENING OF THE FIFTH CIVIL SERVICE CAREERS EXHIBITION AT THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC THIS (THURSDAY) MORNING.

ELABORATING ON HIS FIRST POINT, SIR S.Y. SAID BETWEEN 93 TO 96 PER CENT OF THE POLYTECHNIC GRADUATES WERE EITHER IN GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT OR PURSUING FURTHER STUDIES WITHIN THREE MONTHS OF THEIR GRADUATION.

ONLY 183 OR 7.2 PER CE.\'T OF THE 2 558 STUDENTS WHO GRADUATED LAST YEAR CLAIM TO BE STILL UNEMPLOYED. AND THIS IS PARTLY ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE FACT THAT GRADUATES NOWADAYS TEND TO EE MORE SELECTIVE ABOUT THEIR JOBS ; "D EMPLOYERS AND HENCE TAKE LONGER TO SETTLE DOWN IN FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT.

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TURNING TO OVERALL STARTING SALARIES FOR GRADI.-.TL-, S Y. NOTED THAT THE AVERAGE INCREASE BETWEEN 1976 AND 1932 ..AS O'-P. 17 PER CENT PER YEAR AND EVEN IN THE RECESS ION YEAR OF 1982, IT WAS 15.4 PER CENT.

HIGHER INCREASES WERE ALSO RECORDED IN SOME AREAS, HE ADDED.

♦FOR EXAMPLE, PROFESSIONAL DIPLOMA HOLDERS RECEIVED IN 1982 SALARIES NEARLY 19 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THAT IN 1981 AND IN 1981 NEARLY 24 PER CENT MORE THAN THAT IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR.+

SIR S.Y. , WHO IS ALSO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE STANDING

COMMISSION ON CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE, TOLD THE GATHERING THAT THE GOVERNMENT OFFERS VERY GOOD SALARIES AND ATTRACTIVE CONDITIONS OF SERVICE TO ITS EMPLOYEES.

♦EVIDENCE OBTAINED BY THE PAY INVESTIGATION UNIT IN GOVERNMENT INDICATES THAT CIVIL SERVICE STARTING SALARIES COMPARE FAVOURABLY WITH, AND IN SOME CASES ARE CONSIDERABLY HIGHER THAN, THOSE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR ON JOES REQUIRING THE SAME QUALIFICATIONS,* HE SAID.

♦THERE IS ALSO EVIDENCE THAT THE VALUE OF FRINGE BENEFITS IN THE civiL SERVICE IS SUBSTANTIALLY HIGHER THAN THE VALUE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

♦INDEED, EXPRESSED AS A PERCENTAGE OF BASIC SALARY, CIVIL SERVICE FRINGE BENEFITS HAVE AT LEAST TWICE THE VALUE OF THE CORRESPONDING BENEFITS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR.*

QUOTING STATISTICS, SIR S.Y. SAID THAT GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES ON THE MASTER PAY SCALE HAD THEIR SALARIES DOUBLED IN THE PAST ------------------------------------ ----- POLYTECHNIC DIPLOMA

THREE YEARS. FOR EXAMPLE, HE CITED A FRESH GRADUATE WHO JOINED THE GOVERNMENT IN APRIL ON THE MASTER PAY SCALE OR 32 060 PER MONTH GETTING MPS 17 OR $4 165 PER MONTH IN APRIL

1979 AT POINT 14 WAS THREE YEARS LATER 1982.

SIMILARLY, A HIGHER DIPLOMA GRADUATE’S SALARY WOULD HAVE INCREASED FROM MPS 17 OR $2 465 IN APRIL 1979 TO MPS 20 OR $4 870 PER MONTH IN APRIL 1982.

HE CALLED ON STUDENTS OF BOTH THE POLYTECHNIC AND THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES TO VISIT THE CAREERS EXHIBITION AND TO SEEK MORE INFORMATION NOT ONLY ABOUT THE NATURE AND REMUNERATION OF THE JOB ITSELF, BUT ALSO ABOUT SUCH MATTERS AS THE ORGANISATION CF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT, THE CAREER PROSPECTS AND THE EXPECTATIONS CF THE EMPLOYER.

THe TWO-DAY EXHIBITION IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE GOVERNMENT’S CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH AND THE POLYTECHNIC’S STUDENT AFFAIRS

UNIT.

TWENTY-SIX COVER' E.'IT DEPARTMENTS ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE EXHIBITION WHICH WILL ZE O'EA TO THE PUBLIC BET..EEN 10 AM AND 6.30 PM DAILY.

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QUARTERLY SURVEY OF WAGES, SALARIES AND Bi - ■ TS ******

FROM 1964 TILL MARCH 1952, THE CENSUS AMD STATISTICS DEPARTMENT COMPILED AND PUBLISHED WAGE INDEXES TO MEAS'. - THE CHANGES IN WAGE RATES OF MANUAL WORKERS IN THE MANUFACTURING ECTOR, BASED ON FINDINGS OF A HALF-YEARLY WAGE SURVEY.

IN THE SIX-MONTH PERIOD BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 1931 AND MARCH 1932, THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEX, FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, INCLUDING FRINGE BENEFITS, INCREASED BY EIGHT PER CENT.

THE REAL WAGE INDEX INCREASED BY 1.5 PER CENT DURING THE SAME PERIOD.

IN MARCH 1982, A NEW QUARTERLY SURVEY OF WAGES, SALARIES AND EMPLOYEE BENEFITS WAS INTRODUCED, REPLACING THE HALF-YEARLY WAGE SURVEY, AND INCORPORATING A NUMBER OF IMPROVEMENTS.

THESE IMPROVEMENTS INCLUDE THE COLLECTION OF STATISTICS ON WAGE RATES AT MORE FREQUENT INTERVALS AND THE USE OF A LARGER SAMPLE OF ABOUT 2 000 ESTABLISHMENTS TO ACHIEVE A HIGHER DEGREE CF PRECISION IN THE ESTIMATES FOR EACH INDUSTRY COVERED, AS WELL AS AN EXTENSION IN COVERAGE TO INCLUDE THE NON-MANUFACTURING SECTORS AND NON-MANUAL WORKERS SO AS TO MAKE THE STATISTICS MORE REPRESENTATIVE.

EMPLOYEES AT THE ADMINISTRATIVE AND PROFESSIONAL LEVELS ARE, HOWEVER, STILL EXCLUDED.

BASED ON THE FINDINGS OF THE NEW SURVEY, A NOMINAL WAGE INDEX AND A REAL WAGE INDEX WERE COMPILED.

THESE WAGE INDEXES MEASURE THE CHANGES IN WAGE RATES BY HOLDING THE STRUCTURAL PATTERN OF THE LABOUR FORCE WITH RESPECT TO INDUSTRY, OCCUPATION, SEX AND MODE OF PAYMENT THE SAME AS THAT OF MARCH 1982, WHICH IS THE BASE PERIOD OF THE WAGE INDEXES. WHILE THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEX MEASURES THE CHANGES IN WAGE RATES IN MONEY TERMS, THE REAL WAGE INDEX, WHICH IS OBTAINED BY DEFLATING THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEX BY THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A), MEASURES THE CHANGES IN THE PURCHASING POWER OF THE AMOUNT OF MONEY EARNED.

APART FROM BASIC WAGES AND SALARIES, WAGE RATE IS DEFINED TO INCLUDE ALSO COST-OF-LIVING ALLOWANCE, MEAL BENEFITS, COMMISSION AND TIPS, GOOD ATTENDANCE BONUS, NIGHT SHIFT ALLOWANCE, YEAR-END BONUS AND OTHER GUARANTEED AND REGULAR BONUSES AND ALLOWANCES.

THE OVERALL NOMINAL WAGE INDEX WAS 102 FOR JUNE 1982 AND 193 FOR SEPTEMBER 1982. THE INDEX FOR SEPTEMBER 1982 THUS SHOWED INCREASES OF ONE PER CENT w'HEN COMPARED * I TH JUNE 1982, AND OF THREE PER CENT WHEN COMPARED .. I TH MARCH 1982.

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THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEXES FOR JUNE AND SE TEMBER 1932 FOR 3E CTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS ARE GIVEN EELOW j-

NOMINAL WAGE INDEXES BY SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS

SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS INDEXES (MARCH 1982 - 100)

JUNE 1982 SEPT 1982

MANUFACTURING 102 103

WHOLESALE/RETAIL, IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 100 102

TRANSPORT SERVICES 106 110

BUSINESS SERVICES 102 103

PERSONAL SERVICES 102 103

ALL SECTORS ABOVE 102 103

COMPARING SEPTEMBER 1982 WITH MARCH 1982, THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEXES FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR INCREASED BY THREE PER CENT (PLEASE REFER TO THE ATTACHED TABLE FOR MORE DETAILED BREAKDOWNS), FOR THE WHOLESALE/RETAIL, IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR BY TWO PER CENT, FOR THE TRANSPORT SERVICES SECTOR BY 10 PER CENT, FOR THE BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR BY THREE PER CENT AND FOR THE PERSONAL SERVICES SECTOR BY THREE PER CENT.

THE OVERALL REAL WAGE INDEX WAS 99 FOR EOTH JUNE AND SEPTEMBER 1982. THE INDEX FOR SEPTEMBER 1982 THUS DECLINED BY ONE PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH MARCH 1982.

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THE REAL WAGE INDEXES MAJC ECONOMIC SECTORS ARE

FOR JUNE AD SEPTEMBER 1 _ FOR SELECTED GIVEN BELOW :-

REAL WAGE INDEXES BY SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS

SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS INDEXES (MARCH 1982 - 100)

JUNE 1982 SEPT 1982

MANUFACTURING 99 98

WHOLESALE/RETAIL, 1MPORT/EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 98 97

TRANSPORT SERVICES 103 1Q5

BUSINESS SERVICES 99 93

PERSONAL SERVICES 99 98

ALL SECTORS ABOVE 99 99

COMPARING SEPTEMBER 1932 WITH MARCH 1982, THE REAL WAGE INDEXES FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR DECLINED BY TWO PER CENT, FOR THE WHOLESALE/RETAIL, IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR BY THREE PER CENT, FOR THE BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR BY TwO PER CENT AND FOR THE PERSONAL SERVICES SECTOR BY TWO PER CENT.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE REAL WAGE INDEX FOR THE TRANSPORT SERVICES SECTOR INCREASED BY FIVE PER CENT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THE DIFFERENCE BETwEEN THE WAGE INDEXES AND THE PER—CAPITA PAYROLL INDEXES WHICH ARE ALSO PUBLISHED AT QUARTERLY INTERVALS.

ESSENTIALLY, THE WAGE INDEXES, WHICH MEASURES THE CHANGES IN THE PRICE OF LABOUR, ARE CONCERNED WITH THE MOVEMENTS OF WAGE RATES WHICH INDICATE THE AMOUNT OF REMUNERATION FOR NORMAL TIME OF WORK. ON THE OTHER HAND. PER-CAPITA PAYROLL INDEXES REFLECT THE CHANGES IN THE AMOUNT OF CASH EARNINGS WORKERS RECEIVE DURING A PARTICULAR PERIOD.

THE MOVEMENTS OF THE PER-CAPITA PAYROLL INDEXES ARE AFFECTED BY CHANGES IN WAGE RATES, <S ELL -S CHANGES IN SUCH OTHER FACTORS AS THE AMOUNT OF TIME ACTUALLY . THE COMPOSITION OF THE

LABOUR FORCE AND THE INCIDENCE OF THE Pm E T OF BONUSES AND BACK-PAY. AS A RESULT, THE •; " F TS OF T £ WAGE INDEXES DO NOT NECESSARILY AGREE WITH THOSE FOP PE~-CAPITA PAYROLL.

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THE METHODOLOGY ADOPTED IN THE LEW SURVEY AND TrtE DIFFERENCES COMPARED WITH THE OLD ONE, ARE GIVEN IN Th + „UART..<' REPORT Cf WAGES, SALARIES AND EMPLOYEE BENE ITS STATISTICS FOR MARCH, JUNE AND SEPTEMBER 1982, VOLUME l+. DETAILS OF THE .AGE MOVEMENTS ARE ALSO GIVEN.

COPIES OF THIS REPORT MAY EE BOUGHT AT 811 A COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE, HONG ixONG.

FOR ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE WAGE INDEXES, PLEASE CONTACT THE WAGES AND LABOUR COSTS STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AT TELEPHONE NO. 5-452703.

NOMINAL WAGE INDEXES FOR MAJOR INDUSTRIES IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR

INDUSTRY INDEXES (MARCH 1982 - 100)

JUNE 1982 SEPT 1982

GARMENTS 102 103

GLOVES 102 103

HANDBAGS 100 101

COTTON SP1 NN 1NG/WEAV1 NG 101 102

KNITTING 104 104

BLEACHING AND DYEING 102 103

WOODEN FURNITURE AND FIXTURES 102 103

PR INTING 104 105

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 102 102

METAL PRODUCTS 101 102

ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES 101 103

ELECTRONICS 101 103

WATCHES AND CLOCKS 100 103

MANUFACTURING 102 103

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CONTRACTORS URGED TO KEEP UP SAFETY EFFORTS

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LOCAL BUILDING CONTRACTORS WERE URGED TODAY (THURSDAY) TO STEP UP EFFORTS FOR THE PROMOTION OF WORK SAFETY.

THE PLEA WAS MADE BY MR HO SAI-CHU, PRESIDENT OF THE BUILDING CONTRACTORS’ ASSOCIATION AT THE OPENING Oc A CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY SAFETY SEMINAR HELD AT THE CHINESE Y.M.C.A. IN WATERLOO ROAD.

AT THE SAME TIME, MR HO EMPHASISED THAT THE CONTRACTORS SHOULD NOT BE COMPLACENT ABOUT THE DROP IN INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY AND SHOULD NOT SLACKEN THE IP EFFORTS.

IN THE FIRST HALF OF LAST YEAR, THERE WERE 6 510 INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY AND 29 OF THEM WERE FATAL CASES. COMPARED WITH THE FIGURES FOR THE SIMILAR PERIOD IN 1981, THE INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS AND FATAL CASES REPRESENTED A DROP OF 7.3 PER CENT AND 17.1 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, HE SAID.

♦SOME HAVE ATTRIBUTED THIS ACHIEVEMENT TO THE FACT THAT THERE ARE FEWER PROJECTS HAVING TO MEET DEADLINES AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT IN THE CURRENT ECONOMIC RECESSION. THESE MAY BE, OF COURSE, PART OF THE REASONS.

+HOWEVER, I THINK THIS WAS MAINLY THE RESULTS OF THE JOINT EFFORTS BY THE GOVERNMENT, EMPLOYERS, INCLUDING CONTRACTORS AND WORKERS, TO CHECK THE INCREASE OF INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS,* HE ADDED.

NOTING THAT INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY STILL TOP THE LIST, MR HO URGED EMPLOYERS TO PROVIDE A SAFE WORKING ENVIRONMENT AND SAFETY EQUIPMENT. HE ALSO CALLED ON WORKERS TO USE THE EQUIPMENT PROVIDED AND TO OBSERVE SAFETY LEGISLATION, AND THE GOVERNMENT TO ENFORCE THE LEGISLATION.

HE SAID THAT THE PROBLEM OF WORK SAFETY STILL EXISTED DESPITE THE CURRENT RECESSION.

+IT IS TRUE THAT COSTING IS LIMITED AND EXPENDITURE RESTRICTED BY DIFFICULTIES BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE PRESENT ECONOMIC CLIMATE; BUT IT WILL HELP THE LOCAL ECONOMY RECOVER IF UNNECESSARY LOSSES, SUCH AS LOST WORK-DAYS AND ABSENCE FROM WORK COULD BE AVOIDED BY REDUCING WORK ACCIDENTS,* HE ADDED.

SPEAKERS AT THE SEMINAR WERE MR NICOLAS YEUNG, REPRESENTATIVE OF THE BUILDING CONTRACTORS’ ASSOCIATION ON THE COMMITTEE ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND ACCIDENT PREVENTION; MR POON TO-CHUEN, SECRETARY, HONG KONG AND KOWLOON PAINTERS GENERAL UNION; MR DAVID Y.H. WONG, SAFETY ENGINEER; MR LI CHI-ON, SENIOR STATION OFFICER, FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT; MISS ELAINE TSANG, FIRST AID AND NURSING OFFICER OF HONG KONG RED CROSS AND MR CHAN HON-TING, DIVISIONAL FACTORY INSPECTOR CF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

THURSDAY, JA u>RY 2 , 1983

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CHILDREN’S MARCHING BAND TO EXPAND ******

THE HONG KONG CHILDREN’S MARCHING BAND OF THE MUSIC OFFICE IS LAUNCHING AN OPEN RECRUITMENT FOR MORE MEMBERS THIS MONTH, AFTER A SERIES OF WELL-RECEIVED PERFORMANCES.

THE BAND WAS FORMED IN THE MUSIC CAMP 1981, WHEN 60 CHILDREN WERE SELECTED FROM THE PRIMARY INSTRUMENTAL TRAINEES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE TO JOIN THE CAMP.

WITH MEMBERS NOW AGED BETWEEN 9 AND 14, IT HAS PERFORMED AT MAJOR MUSIC EVENTS AND IMPORTANT CIVIC FUNCTIONS IN HONG KONG THESE EVENTS INCLUDED THE NINTH HONG KONG ARTS FESTIVAL, THE QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION CONCERT, THE FOURTH AND FIFTH BAND FESTIVALS AND THE THIRD HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC CAMP WITH EXTENSIVE INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPATION.

+BECAUSE OF THIS INITIAL SUCCESS, WE HOPE TO RECRUIT MORE CHILDREN WITH MUSICAL TALENT TO JOIN THE CHILDREN’S MARCHING BAND,+ THE MANAGER OF THE BAND, MR SAMSON WONG, SAID.

CHILDREN OF THE BAND RECEIVE TRAINING IN INSTRUMENTAL AND DRILL DURING THEIR LEISURE HOURS. THREE MUSIC INSTRUCTORS AND A DRILL MASTER ARE ASSIGNED TO TRAIN THE BAND.

COMMENTING ON THE YOUNG AGE OF MANY MEMBERS, MR WONG SAID, +MUSIC TRAINING IS MOST EFFECTIVE WHEN THE TRAINEE’S MIND IS SUPPLE AND HIS FINGERS ARE NIMBLE.+

+THE SPECTACLE OF CHILDREN PLAYING BAND INSTRUMENTS AND PERFORMING MARCHING DISPLAYS WITH COLOURFUL UNIFORMS ON OPEN GROUND HAVE PROVED TO BE HIGHLY ENTERTAINING TO THE PUBLIC,+ MR WONG SAID.

♦BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, GROUP PERFORMANCES HAVE TAUGHT THE CHILDREN TEAM SPIRIT AND CO-OPERATION AND GIVEN THEM MUCH FUN AND CONFIDENCE IN THEIR FORMATIVE YEARS,* HE ADDED.

THOSE WHO CANNOT PAY OUTRIGHT FOR THEIR INSTRUMENTS CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE HIRE-PURCHASE SCHEME OFFERED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE. FOR $10 A MONTH, MEMBERS MAY TAKE INSTRUMENTS HOME FOR PRACTICE AND WILL OWN THEM ONCE THE COST IS PAID UP.

TO AVOID DISRUPTION TO THEIR TRAINING, MEMBERS REACHING THE AGE OF 14 ARE ENCOURAGED TO TRANSFER TO DISTRICT BANDS OR TO THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONIC BAND ADMINISTERED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE.

♦BECAUSE THEY HAVE DEVELOPED A KEEN INTEREST IN MUSIC, MOST OF THE CHILDREN ARE ANXIOUS ANYWAY TO ADVANCE TO THESE BANDS AFTER THEY HAVE REACHED 14,+ MR WONG SAID.

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ANY CHILD WHO HAS MORE THAN ONE YEAR’S EXPERIENCE IN PLAYING A MUSIC INSTRUMENT AND IS BELOW THE AGE OF 12 MAY APPLY. FOR YOUNG BASS DRUM, BARITONE, TROMBONE AND TUBA PLAYERS, THE AGE LIMIT CAN BE EXTENDED TO 14.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL THE MUSIC CENTRES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE.

COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED BY FEBRUARY 28, TO THE YAU MA TEI MUSIC CENTRE, SECOND FLOOR, GOLDEN GATE COMMERCIAL BUILDING, 136-138 AUSTIN ROAD, KOWLOON.

QUALIFIED APPLICANTS MAY BE AUDITIONED AT A LATER DATE. ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE BY TELEPHONING 3-7149255.

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ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CLEARANCE AT WONG TAI SIN *****

THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE THIS (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON CARRIED OUT ITS 5OTH ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CLEARANCE OF ILLEGAL STRUCTURES AND EXTENSIONS ON UNLEASED CROWN LAND IN TSZ WAN SHAN, WONG TAI SIN.

SEVENTEEN STRUCTURES, INCLUDING NINE STORAGE HOUSES AND A BOUTIQUE, WERE CLEARED IN THE OPERATION IN THE SIDELANE BETWEEN TSZ WAH LANE AND FONG WAH LANE.

AMONG THOSE PRESENT AT THE CLEARANCE OPERATION TODAY WERE THE DIRECTOR OF LANDS, MR JOHN TODD; THE DISTRICT OFFICER (WONG TAI SIN), MR IAN STRACHAN AND MEMBERS OF THE wONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD.

MR TODD EXPRESSED HIS THANKS TO MEMBERS OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD FOR THEIR EXCELLENT CO-OPERATION WITHOUT WHICH ♦THE CLEARANCE OPERATIONS WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN SO SUCCESSFUL+.

HE SAID THAT THIS DEMONSTRATED FULLY THE EFFECTIVENESS OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AND THE CLEARANCE OPERATION TODAY WAS ONE GOOD EXAMPLE OF HOW THE DISTRICT BOARD HAD MADE THE GOVERNMENT JOB EASIER.

MR TODD ADDED THAT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT WAS A TIMECONSUMING JOB, REQUIRING A LOT OF PLANNING.

HOWEVER, HE WAS CONFIDENT THAT WITH THE CLOSE CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE BOARD AND VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS THE PROBLEM COULD STEADILY BE OVERCOME.

MR STRACHAN SAID THAT THE ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN THE DISTRICT HAD BEEN AN EYE-SORE AND A HEALTH HAZARD FOR QUITE SOME TIME.

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+THE PRESENT SERIES OF ENVIRONMENTAL CLE/ iANCE OPERATIONS WILL END IN JULY WHEN ALL ILLEGAL STRUCTURES AND EXTENSIONS IN THE SIDELANES AND BACKLANES IN THE WHOLE OF WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT /.ILL HAVE BEEN CLEARED,* HE SAID.

+AFTER THAT ANOTHER CYCLE OF TIDY-UP OPERATIONS WILL BEGIN.*

MR STRACHAN ADDED THAT ALTHOUGH THE PROBLEM HAD NOT BEEN ELIMINATED, THE ENVIRONMENT IN PARTS OF THE DISTRICT HAD BEEN IMPROVED CONSIDERABLY SINCE CLEARANCE OPERATIONS BEGAN TWO YEARS AGO.

TODAY’S CLEARANCE OPERATION, CO-ORDINATED BY THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT MANAGMENT COMMITTEE, INVOLVED THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE, THE FIRE SERVICES, LANDS AND URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENTS, THE POLICE AS WELL AS THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

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FLORAL ART COMPETITION FOR STUDENTS * * * *

STUDENTj UNDER THE AGE OF 16 ARE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN A FLORAL ART COMPETITION.

THE COMPETITION IS ORGANISED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL IN CONNECTION WITH ITS ANNUAL FLOWER SHOW WHICH WILL BE HELD FROM MARCH 18 TO 20 THIS YEAR.

IT WILL BE DIVIDED INTO TWO CLASSES CATERING FOR CHILDREN UNDER 12 AND THOSE BETwEEN 12 AND 16.

THE THEME FOR THE JUNIOR CATEGORY IS +TOMORROW’S WORLD* WHILE THAT FOR THE SENIOR CATEGORY IS +SPACE FANTASY*.

ENTRY FORMS AND INFORMATION ABOUT THE COMPETITION ARE AVAILABLE NOW FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, HONG KONG; ALL DISTRICT OFFICES; THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S KOWLOON PARK OFFICE AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S CULTURAL CRAFTS CENTRE AT 4 PAK FUK ROAD, NORTH POINT.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES WILL BE FEBRUARY 28.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE COMPETITION MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ART SECTION OF THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE ON TELEPHONE 5-621006 OR THE CITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT ON 5-95598.

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KELLET BAY SITES OFFERED FOR SHORT TERM TENANCY x a a

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SHORT TERM TENANCY OF TWO SITES IN KELLET BAY, ABERDEEN.

THE SITES, MEASURING ABOUT 335 AND 280 SQUARE METRES, ARE FOR LOG STORAGE PURPOSES.

THE TENANCIES ARE FOR ONE YEAR AND THEREAFTER RENEWABLE QUARTERLY.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR THE ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERS IS 12 NOON ON JANUARY 28.

TENDER FORMS, NOTICES AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, AND TENDER PLAN INSPECTED AT, THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE (HONG KONG SOUTH), 16-18 QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL, ROOM 601, NEW WORLD TOWER, CENTRAL, HONG KONG; THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, 5TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG; AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE (KOWLOON WEST), KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, 10TH FLOOR, KOWLOON.

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SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SHA TIN * X X

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN SHA TIN FROM 8.30 AM TO 1.30 PM ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 22) FOR A MARATHON RACE.

TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD BETWEEN SHA TIN RURAL COMMITTEE ROAD AND SIU LEK YUEN ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES AND MAXICABS.

THIS WILL ALSO APPLY TO FO TAN BRIDGE AND ROAD J7 FROM TAI PO ROAD TO TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD.

POLICE OFFICERS WILL EE ON HAND TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

BANKS AND FIRMS SHOW FAITH IN HK, GOVERNOR SAYS ............. 1

FURTHER SENIOR APPOINTMENTS ANNOUNCED ....................... 3

TRANSFER OF ASSETS TO KCR CORPORATION ....................... 7

CORRECTIONAL SERVICES PRAISED FOR REFUGEE WORK .............. 8

THEN MUN LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM........................... 11

ROAD SECTION TO BE WIDENED................................... 11

MORE COURT POWER ON CHILD CUSTODY PROPOSED................... 12

SOK KWU WAN RESIDENTS ASSURED OF FERRIES .................... 12

SURCHARGE FOR LATE PNEUMOCONIOSIS PAYMENTS .................. 13

KCRC REGULATIONS 1983 ...................................... 13

WARNING ABOUT FIRES AND WINDSURFING AT BEACHES .............. 14

CONSTRUCTION OF GLOUCESTER ROAD FLYOVER ..................... 15

TENDERS INVITED FOR BUILDING REMAINING SECTION OF PAK FUK ROAD ........................................................ 15

SECURITY SERVICE FOR CROWN LAND ............................. 1$

AWARDS FOR PUBLIC-SPIRITED CITIZENS ......................... 1$

COMMUNICATIONS CONTROLLER AWARDED ISM....................... 17

EXHIBITION OF COUNTRY PARK PHOTOS ......................... 18

'JOINT AREA COMMITTEE NITE' IN KWUN TONG .................... 18

STRUCTURES CLEARED TO IMPROVE ENVIRONMENT ................... 19

BUS TERMINUS REMOVED.........................................

TEMPORARY NIGHT CLOSURE OF HENNESSY ROAD .................... 20

WATER CUT IN NT AND CHAI WAN ................................ 20

FIRING PRACTICE WARNING...................................... 21

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BANKS AND FIRMS SHOW FAITH IN HK, GOVERNOR SAYS * * * *

MANY COMPANIES, BANKS AND ORGANISATIONS BOTH HERE AND OVERSEAS HAVE DEMONSTRATED THEIR FAITH IN HONG KONG BY NEW INVESTMENT, BY THE EXTENSION OF FINANCIAL FACILITIES AND BY THE EXPANSION OF THEIR OPERATIONS IN HONG KONG.

THIS WAS STATED THIS (FRIDAY) EVENING BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, IN A SPEECH AT THE GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE’S ANNUAL DINNER.

OVER THE LAST SIX MONTHS, FOUR MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPANIES HAVE ANNOUI^ED PLANS TO INVEST IN HONG KONG, TWO MAJOR BANKS HAVE ANNOUNCED MAJOR BUILDING REDEVELOPMENT PLANS AND APPLICATIONS FOR NEW BANK LICENCES BY FOUR FOREIGN BANKS WERE ACCEPTED, SIR EDWARD POINTED OUT.

IN ADDITION, HE SAID, 16 FULLY OR PARTLY OVERSEAS-OWNED FACTORIES ARE KNOWN TO HAVE COMMENCED OPERATIONS IN HONG KONG AND 115 FOREIGN COMPANIES HAVE ESTABLISHED BRANCH OFFICES HERE IN THE SAME PERIOD.

♦GLOOM AND DISASTER CATCH THE HEADLINESi BUT THERE IS A LARGE AND MORE ENCOURAGING SIDE TO THE PICTURE,+ SIR EDWARD STATED.

TURNING TO THE SINO-BRITISH TALKS ON HONG KONG’S FUTURE, SIR EDWARD STRESSED THE FIRST FUNDAMENTAL IS THAT ALL THE PARTIES INVOLVED HAVE A +STRONG AND SHARED INTEREST* IN THEIR SUCCESS.

NOTHING HAS CHANGED THIS COMMON AIM SINCE PRIME MINISTER MARGARET THATCHER’S STATE VISIT TO CHINA FOUR MONTHS AGO, HE STRESSED.

THE SECOND FUNDAMENTAL IS THAT THE SOLUTION TO THE 1997 ISSUE WILL HAVE TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE INTERESTS NOT ONLY OF BRITAIN AND CHINA BUT OF THE HONG KONG PEOPLE WHOSE FUTURE IS INVOLVED IN THE NEGOTIATIONS, HE SAID.

♦ IN THIS CONNECTION I DO NOT THINK IT IS THE CASE THAT. AS SOME SUGGEST, THE VIEWS OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG ARE NOT BEING EXPRESSED OR NOT BEING TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT.

♦SO TO SUGGEST THIS SHOWS LITTLE UNDERSTANDING OF THE WAY IN WHICH IN THIS TERRITORY THE VIEWS OF ORGANISATIONS, BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS AND THE MAN IN THE STREET ARE REFLECTED UPWARDS TO GOVERNMENT,♦ SIR EDWARD STATED.

IF PEOPLE.WISH TO MAKE THEIR VIEWS PUBLIC, THE PRESS AND MEDIA ARE ALWAYS READY TO GIVE THEM SPACE, HE SAID.

♦IF THEY WISH TO CONVEY THEIR VIEWS MORE QUIETLY AND MORE DELIBERATELY, AND MANY DO, THERE ARE NUMEROUS CHANNELS OPEN TO THEM.

♦AND FOG THOSE WHO HAVE FORGOTTEN LET ME REMIND THEM THAT THE PRIME MINISTER HERSELF GAVE AN ASSURANCE TO THE DELEGATION OF UNOFFICIALS WHICH SHE SAW IN SEPTEMBER THAT THOSE VIEWS WOULD BE REPRESENTED IN THE TALKS IN PEKING,+ SIR EDWARD SAID.

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THE THIRD FUNDAMENTAL POINTED OUT BY SIR EDWARD IS THAT THE TALKS ARE BEST KEPT CONFIDENTIAL.

LET ME REPEAT AND EMPHASISE THAT PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BE PREJUDICED BY WHAT THEY HEAR SAID OUTSIDE THE ACTUAL NEGOTIATIONS.

+OF COURSE DIFFERENCES NEED TO BE RECONCILED. THAT IS WHAT THE TALKS ARE FOR. I REMAIN CONVINCED THAT THEY CAN BE RECONCILED AND THAT CONFIDENTIAL TALKS ARE THE RIGHT AND MOST EFFECTIVE WAY OF DOING SO,* SIR EDWARD SAID.

SIR EDWARD, WHO IS LEAVING FOR LONDON THIS EVENING, DISCLOSED THAT HE WOULD DISCUSS THESE AND OTHER QUESTIONS WITH THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT DURING HIS VISIT THERE.

RETURNING TO ECONOMIC ISSUES, SIR EDWARD SAID THAT WHILE HONG KONG COULD NOT BE IMMUNE TO THE EFFECTS OF GLOBAL RECESSION, IT NOW HAS NEW STRENGTHS WHICH CAN HELP HONG KONG THROUGH THE CURRENT DIFFICULT TIMES.

AS EXAMPLES, SIR EDWARD POINTED OUT THAT IN RECENT YEARS HONG KONG’S MANAGERIAL AND PROFESSIONAL RESOURCES HAVE BEEN GREATLY STRENGTHENED AND THE TRAINING OF ITS WORK FORCE IMPROVED.

THE ECONOMY HAS BEEN DIVERSIFIED AND THE RANGE OF THE FINANCIAL FACILITIES HONG KONG CAN OFFER HAS GROWN, HE WENT ON.

THESE STRENGTHS, HE SAID, HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE NATURAL AND OTHER ADVANTAGES WHICH HAVE BROUGHT HONG KONG THROUGH DIFFICULT TIMES BEFORE — THE ENTERPRISE OF HONG KONG’S ENTREPRENEURS, THE WILLINGNESS OF THE WORK FORCE TO WORK HARD, GOVERNMENT POLICIES CONDUCIVE TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF PRIVATE BUSINESS AS WELL AS THE SOCIAL GOOD, AND HONG KONG’S POSITION AS AN INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS CENTRE.

IT IS THEREFORE WELL TO REMEMBER THAT IF THE WEATHER IS ROUGH, THE SHIP IS SOUND,+ HE EMPHASISED.

NOR HAS THE BAD WEATHER DEFLECTED THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT FROM ITS DECLARED INTENTION TO CONTINUE TO INVEST VIGOROUSLY IN THE FUTURE, SIR EDWARD EMPHASISED.

HE POINTED OUT THAT GOVERNMENT INVESTMENT PLANS ARE STILL ON TARGET AND THERE IS NO REASON WHY THEY SHOULD NOT REMAIN SO.

NOR SHALL WE STAND STILL. WE SHALL KEEP UNDER CONSTANT REVIEW THE NEW PROBLEMS WHICH ARE ARISING AND CONSIDER WHAT CONTRIBUTION GOVERNMENT, WITHOUT DEPARTING FROM THOSE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES WHICH HAVE UNDERLAIN THE ECONOMIC GROWTH OF THIS TERRITORY, CAN AND SHOULD MAKE TO THEIR SOLUTION,* SIR EDWARD PLEDGED.

THE GOVERNMENT, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR, WILL ALSO CONTINUE TO DEFEND HONG KONG’S COMMERCIAL INTERESTS OVERSEAS TO ♦THE UTMOST OF OUR ABILITY, AS WE HAVE DONE IN THE RECENT NEGOTIATIONS ON THE MULTI FIBRE ARRANGEMENT*, HE ADDED.

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FURTHER SENIOR APPOINTMENTS ANNOUNCED

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THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AF < HAS APPROVED THE APPOINTMENT OF MR CHAN NAI-KEONG AS SECRETai-u FOR LANDS AND WORKS. HE WILL SUCCEED MR DAVID MCDONALD, WHO WILL BE RETIRING IN JULY AFTER 28 YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE IN HONG KONG.

MR CHAN, AGED 51, WAS FIRST APPOINTED AS A PUPIL ENGINEER IN 1952 AND, AFTER A SERIES OF PROMOTIONS, WAS APPOINTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT IN OCTOBER 1980.

HE HOLDS A DIPLOMA IN CIVIL ENGINEERING OBTAINED AT LOUGHBOROUGH COLLEGE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM. HE IS A FELLOW OF THE INSTITUTION OF CIVIL ENGINEERS, A FELLOW OF THE INSTITUTION OF HIGHWAY ENGINEERS, A FELLOW OF THE HONG KONG INSTITUTE OF ENGINEERS, A MEMBER OF THE INSTITUTE OF TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERS AND AN OFFICIAL JUSTICE OF THE PEACE.

HE HAS SERVED IN A WIDE VARIETY OF POSTS IN THE FORMER PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT AND IS CURRENTLY DEPUTY SECRETARY (WORKS), LANDS AND WORKS BRANCH. HE HAS ACTED AS SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS.

MR CHAN WILL BE APPOINTED AS AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE A AND WILL BE ACTING IN THE RANK OF SECRETARY, GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT WHEN HE ASSUMES HIS NEW POST.

THE SECRETARY OF STATE HAS ALSO APPROVED THE APPOINTMENT OF MR ALAN CARTER AS DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION. HE WILL SUCCEED MR RON BRIDGE WHO, AS ANNOUNCED EARLIER, WILL BECOME COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR LATER THIS YEAR.

MR CARTER, AGED 53, JOINED THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AS A CHIEF IMMIGRATION INSPECTOR IN 1966 ON TRANSFER FROM THE UK CIVIL SERVICE, WHERE HE HAD SERVED FOR 17 YEARS, MAINLY IN THE IMMIGRATION SERVICE.

HE WAS PROMOTED TO PRINCIPAL IMMIGRATION INSPECTOR IN 1967, TO ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION IN 1971 AND TO DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION IN 1978. HE WAS APPOINTED OFFICIAL JUSTICE OF THE PEACE IN 1971 AND WAS MADE A COMPANION OF THE IMPERIAL SERVICE ORDER IN 1980.

THE GOVERNMENT ALSO ANNOUNCED TODAY A FURTHER SERIES OF SENIOR DIRECTORATE POSTINGS, SOME OF WHICH ARE CONSEQUENTIAL TO THOSE ANNOUNCED LAST NOVEMBER. THE NEW POSTINGS, WHICH WILL TAKE EFFECT OVER THE NEXT 7-8 MONTHS, ARE AS FOLLOWS!

* DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE -MR CHRISTOPHER WONG (DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS (GENERAL) SINCE MARCH 1980).

M POLICE ADMINISTRATION OFFICER - MR RICHARD BUTLER (DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY, NEW TERRITORIES SINCE APRIL 1982).

* DEPUTY DIRECTOR, COUNCILS AND ADMINISTRATION BRANCH, GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT - MR ALEC PURVES (DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY SINCE JULY 1979).

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M DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT - MR JJSTIN YUE (DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF TRADE SINCE AUGUST 1979. MR YUE WILL TAKE UP HIS NEW POST IN AUGUST AFTER SERVING FOR SIX MONTHS IN A SUPERNUMERARY POST OF DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY MAINLY TO ASSIST THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY TO CONDUCT A MAJOR REVIEW OF THE TEXTILE QUOTA SYSTEM).

* DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY, NEW TERRITORIES - MR HAIDER BARMA (DEPUTY SECRETARY (ADMINISTRATION), CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION SINCE MAY 1980).

* DIRECTOR, CITY SERVICES - MR MICHAEL SUEN (DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT SINCE SEPTEMBER 1981).

* DISTRICT COMMISSIONER, TSUEN WAN - MR ADOLF HSU (DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES SINCE SEPTEMBER 1979).

* DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS (GENERAL) -MRS ELIZABETH WONG (DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE SINCE NOVEMBER 1981).

* DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY - MR PAUL WONG (ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY SINCE SEPTEMBER 1978).

ft DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF TRADE - MR JOHN CHAN (PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY (DEVELOPMENT), CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH SINCE MAY 1982. MR MICHAEL CARTLAND, WHO HAS SERVED IN THE TRADE DEPARTMENT SINCE AUGUST 1980, WILL REMAIN AS THE OTHER DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF TRADE).

ft DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION - MR JAMES MURPH IE (ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION SINCE AUGUST 1978 AND CURRENTLY ACTING DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION (SPECIAL DUTIES).

ft PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY (MEDICAL AND HEALTH), HEALTH AND WELFARE BRANCH - MR MICHAEL WU (ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF TRADE SINCE JULY 1981; MR WU WILL TAKE UP HIS NEW POST IN JUNE AFTER ACTING AS DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF TRADE PENDING MR JOHN CHAN’S ARRIVAL IN THE TRADE DEPARTMENT AND DURING MR MICHAEL CARTLAND’S ABSENCE ON LEAVE).

NOTE TO EDITORS!

BRIEF BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES ON THE OFFICERS INVOLVED IN THESE POSTINGS ARE GIVEN BELOW:

H? CHRISTOPHER WONG KIM-KAM

AGED 41. GRADUATE OF HKU. JOINED GOVERNMENT IN JULY 1963. PROMOTED TO PRESENT RANK OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE B (AOSG/B) IN APRIL 1978. HAS SERVED IN VARIOUS DISTRICT OFFICES BOTH IN THE URBAN AREAS AND IN THE NT, AND IN URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

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NR RICHARD BUTLER

AGED 48. GRADUATE OF LONDON UNIVERSITY. JOINED GOVERNMENT IN JUNE 1970 AS ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT. TRANSFERRED TO AOSG/C IN APRIL 1974 AND PROMOTED TO AOSG/B IN SEPTEMBER 1978. HAS SERVED IN TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT AND CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION.

NR ALEXANDER LAMONT PURVES

AGED 50. JOINED GOVERNMENT IN AUGUST 1955 AS POLICE SUBINSPECTOR. TRANSFERRED TO TRADE OFFICER GRADE IN AUGUST 1962. PROMOTED TO DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS IN JULY 1979 AND TRANSFERRED TO AOSG/B IN JULY 1982. HAS SERVED IN VARIOUS POSTS IN TRADE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENTS.

W JUSTIN YUE KWOK-HUNG

AGED 41. GRADUATE OF HKU. JOINED GOVERNMENT IN MAY 1968 AS ASSISTANT TRADE OFFICER. PROMOTED TO DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS IN JULY 1979 AND TRANSFERRED TO AOSG/B IN JULY 1982. HAS SERVED MAINLY IN TRADE DEPARTMENT, PARTICULARLY IN THE FIELD OF TEXTILE NEGOTIATIONS AND QUOTA CONTROLS.

H? HAIDER HAT IM TYEBJEE BARMA

AGED 38. GRADUATE OF HKU. JOINED GOVERNMENT IN FEBRUARY 1966. PROMOTED TO AOSG/B IN APRIL 1981. HAS SERVED IN A WIDE VARIETY OF POSTS IN THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT AND IN THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION.

NR MICHAEL SUEN MING-YEUNG

AGED 38. GRADUATE OF HKU. JOINED GOVERNMENT IN AUGUST 1966. PROMOTED TO AOSG/B IN APRIL 1981. HAS SERVED IN A WIDE VARIETY OF POSTS CONCERNED MAINLY WITH HOUSING, ENVIRONMENTAL AND TRANSPORT MATTERS.

NR ADOLF HSU HSUNG

AGED 44. JOINED GOVERNMENT IN APRIL 1958 AS INTERPRETER/ TRANSLATOR. TRANSFERRED TO EXECUTIVE GRADE IN JULY 1959 AND TO ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE IN AUGUST 1968. PROMOTED TO AOSG/B IN APRIL 1981. HAS SERVED IN A VARIETY OF POSTS IN THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND THE GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT.

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MRS ELIZABETH WONG CHIEN CHI-LIEN

AGED 44. GRADUATE OF HKU. JOINED GOVERNMENT IN MAY 1969. PROMOTED TO AOSG/B IN APRIL 1982. HAS SERVED MAINLY IN FINANCE BRANCH AND IN THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT. HAS JUST RETURNED FROM A COURSE AT THE HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL IN THE UNITED STATES.

PAUL WONG KAM-CHIU

AGED 46. GRADUATE OF HKU. 1960 AS ASSISTANT TRADE OFFICER. OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS IN IN JULY 1982. HAS SERVED MAINLY

l« JOHN CHAN CHO-CHAK

JOINED GOVERNMENT IN APRIL

PROMOTED TO ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER JULY 1974 AND TRANSFERRED TO AOSG/C IN THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT.

AGED 39. JOINED GOVERNMENT IN JULY 1964 AS EXECUTIVE OFFICER CLASS II. TRANSFERRED TO TRADE OFFICER GRADE IN SEPTEMBER 1964 AND TO ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE IN JANUARY 1970. PROMOTED TO AOSG/C IN AUGUST 1975. LEFT GOVERNMENT IN 1978 TO JOIN THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND REJOINED GOVERNMENT IN MARCH 1980. HAS SERVED IN A WIDE VARIETY OF POSTS, INCLUDING THAT OF PRIVATE SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNOR.

MR JAMES MILTON MURPH IE

AGED 50. JOINED GOVERNMENT IN JANUARY 1959 AS EXECUTIVE OFFICER CLASS II. APPOINTED AS SENIOR IMMIGRATION INSPECTOR IN APRIL 1965. PROMOTED TO ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION IN AUGUST 1977. HAS ACTED AS DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION (SPECIAL DUTIES) SINCE OCTOBER 1981.

MR MICHAEL WU WAI-CHUNG

AGED 33. JOINED GOVERNMENT IN AUGUST 1972 AS ASSISTANT TRADE OFFICER. PROMOTED TO ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS IN APRIL 1981 AND TRANSFERRED TO AOSG/C IN JULY 1982. HAS HELD A VARIETY OF POSTS IN THE TRADE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENTS.

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TRANSFER OF ASSETS TO KCR CORPORATION X * * *

THE GOVERNOR HAS DECLARED FEBRUARY 1 AS THE APPOINTED DAY FOR THE TRANSFER OF ASSETS AND THE VESTING OF RAILWAY LAND IN THE KOWLOON CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION.

THIS FOLLOWS APPROVAL BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL OF THE TRANSFER OF RAILWAY ASSETS WORTH $4.2 BILLION TO THE CORPORATION.

THE KCR CORPORATION HAS BEEN IN EXISTENCE SINCE DECEMBER 24, 1982 WHEN THE KCR CORPORATION ORDINANCE 1982 CAME INTO OPERATION. UNTIL FEBRUARY 1 THE FUNCTIONS OF THE CORPORATION HAVE BEEN RESTRICTED TO MATTERS PREPARATORY TO THE FULL ASSUMPTION OF THE UNDERTAKING OF THE RAILWAY. FROM FEBRUARY 1 THE CORPORATION WILL BE FULLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE OPERATION OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY (BRITISH SECTION).

THE $4.2 BILLION WORTH OF RAILWAY ASSETS TO BE TRANSFERRED CONSIST OF LAND, BUILDINGS AND OPERATIONAL ASSETS VALUED AT $1.9 BILLION? ELECTRIFICATION AND MODERNISATION WORKS (SOME STILL IN PROGRESS) AMOUNTING TO $2.2 BILLION; AND A $77 MILLION LOAN FROM THE DEVELOPMENT LOAN FUND FOR USE AS WORKING CAPITAL.

OF THE TOTAL ASSETS OF $4.2 BILLION, $3.2 BILLION IS IN EFFECT GOVERNMENT’S EQUITY AND THE REMAINDER ($1 BILLION) IS A DEBT DUE TO THE GOVERNMENT. THIS DEBT SHALL BE REPAYABLE ON SUCH TERMS AND CONDITIONS AS THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY MAY, AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE CORPORATION, DECIDE.

THE FINANCE COMMITTEE HAS ALSO APPROVED SETTLEMENT TERMS FOR STAFF OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY AS COMPENSATION FOR THEIR RETIREMENT AND ABOLITION OF POSTS BECAUSE OF THE HIVING OFF OF THE KCR.

LEGISLATIVE

THE TERMS WERE RECOMMENDED BY AN EX-GRATIA PAYMENT ASSESSMENT PANEL CHAIRED BY AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL. THE PANEL WAS SET UP NEARLY ONE YEAR AGO TO CONSIDER THE LEVEL OF EX-GRATIA PAYMENTS WHICH SHOULD BE MADE TO THE STAFF IN ORDER THAT THEY WOULD NOT BE WORSE OFF AS A RESULT OF THE CHANGE

IN STATUS OF THE KCR.

A TOTAL OF 1 514 CIVIL SERVANTS DIRECTLY CONCERNED WITH THE OPERATION OF THE RAILWAY WILL BE AFFECTED BY THE TRANSFER OF SERVICE FROM A GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT TO A PUBLIC CORPORATION.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT FOLLOWING AGREEMENT *1™ REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STAFF, INDIVIDUAL LETTERS FROM THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE WILL BE SENT TO EACH OF THESE OFFICERS GIVING THEM THREE MONTHS NOTICE OF THE ABOLITION OF OFFICE TO BEGIN ON FEBRUARY 1. THE LETTERS WILL ALSO INDICATE THE AMOUNT OF EX-GRATIA DISTURBANCE PAYMENT DUE TO THEM ON CONDITION THAT THEY ACCEPT OFFERS OF EMPLOYMENT FROM THE NEW CORPORATION, WITH EFFECT FROM MAY 1.

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FOFx THE PERIOD BETWEEN FEBRUARY 1 AND APRIL 30 THE STAFF WILL BE SECONDED EN BLOC TO THE CORPORATION, STAYING ON THEIR CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES AND CONDITIONS UNTIL THE NOTICE EXPIRES. THE COSTS OF THE STAFF DURING THIS PERIOD WILL BE RECOVERED FROM THE CORPORATION.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE DISTURBANCE PAYMENTS TO THE STAFF ARISING FROM THEIR CIVIL SERVICE CAREERS BEING CUT OFF THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN COMPRISE:

A) A FIXED PAYMENT EQUIVALENT TO THREE MONTHS SALARY FOR EACH OFFICER WHO, UPON RETIRING ON ABOLITION OF OFFICE, ACCEPTS IMMEDIATE EMPLOYMENT WITH THE KCR CORPORATION;

B) AN ADDITIONAL LENGTH OF SERVICE PAYMENT FOR EACH OFFICER CALCULATED AT THE RATE OF THREE MONTHS SALARY FOR EACH 10 YEARS SERVICE AND PRO RATA FOR SHORTER PERIODS.

STAFF WHO ARE ELIGIBLE WILL CONTINUE TO RECEIVE OVERSEAS EDUCATION ALLOWANCES AND SCHOOL PASSAGES AS WELL AS HOME PURCHASE ALLOWANCES AND DOWN-PAYMENT LOANS AS LONG AS THEY REMAIN EMPLOYEES OF THE KCR CORPORATION.

THESE ALLOWANCES, WHICH ARE AVAILABLE TO KCR STAFF AS CIVIL SERVANTS, ARE NOT BEING OFFERED BY THE CORPORATION. AT THE SAME TIME, THE PANEL FOUND IT IMPRACTICABLE FOR CASH COMPENSATION TO BE PAID IN LIEU OF THESE BENEFITS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID ONLY 11 KCR OFFICERS WERE ACTUALLY DRAWING OVERSEAS EDUCATION ALLOWANCE, AND THE TOTAL NUMBER ELIGIBLE FOR THE HOME PURCHASE ALLOWANCE WAS LESS THAN 200.

HE ADDED THAT THE COST WOULD BE NO GREATER THAN IF KCR STAFF CONTINUED AS CIVIL SERVANTS. IN THE CASE OF STAFF WHO ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A PRIVATE TENANCY ALLOWANCE FROM THE CORPORATION BUT JOIN THE HOME PURCHASE SCHEME INSTEAD, THAT ALLOWANCE WILL BE PAID BY THE CORPORATION TO THE GOVERNMENT.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE GOVERNMENT AGREED THAT THE TERMS WERE FAIR AND REASONABLE AND IT WAS HOPED THAT THEIR ACCEPTANCE BY THE STAFF WOULD HELP TO ENSURE A SMOOTH TRANSITION OF THE KCR INTO A PUBLIC CORPORATION.

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CORRECTIONAL SERVICES PRAISED FOR REFUGEE WORK

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, THIS AFTERNOON PAID TRIBUTE TO THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOR THE +EXCELLENT WORK+ IT HAS BEEN DOING IN THE MANAGEMENT OF REFUGEE CAMPS.

SPEAKING AT HIS FIRST ANNUAL INSPECTION OF THE DEPARTMENT, SIR EDWARD SAID IT HAD +RESPONDED TO THIS NEW AND UNUSUAL DEMAND WITH PATIENCE AND EFFICIENCY.*

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♦ IN SIX MONTHS IT HAS ACCEPTED RESPONSIBILITY FCR MORE THAN 3000 REFUGEES. IT HAS PRODUCED, WITH THE HELP OF OTHER DEPARTMENTS, THE ACCOMMODATION FOR THEM AND RECRUITED SPECIALISED STAFF.

+ IN SHORT IT HAS ESTABLISHED WELL RUN CLOSED CAMPS,* SIR EDWARD SAID.

THE GOVERNOR SAID HE READILY UNDERSTOOD THAT THIS TASK WAS NOT ONE TO WHICH THE DEPARTMENT WAS ACCUSTOMED NOR ONE WHICH IT NECESSARILY WELCOMED.

♦BUT THE TASK IS IMPORTANT AND THE RESULTS REFLECT GREAT CREDIT ON THE DEPARTMENT,* HE SAID.

THE GOVERNOR ALSO SAID THE DEPARTMENT PLAYED AN ESSENTIAL ROLE IN THE MAINTENANCE OF LAW AND ORDER IN THE COMMUNITY AND HE WAS GLAD TO HEAR THAT MORALE WAS HIGH AND RECRUITMENT IMPROVING.

RECRUITMENT IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE THE PENAL POPULATION HAS BEEN GROWING, FROM SLIGHTLY UNDER 7 000 IN JANUARY 1982 TO OVER 7 900 TODAY,* HE SAID.

THE GOVERNOR SAID A NEW PENAL INSTITUTION HAD RECENTLY BEEN COMMISSIONED AT TUNG TAU, ADDITIONAL ACCOMMODATION FOR YOUNG OFFENDERS WOULD BE OPENED LATER THIS YEAR ON HEI LING CHAU, AND A MAXIMUM SECURITY PRISON WOULD BE OPENED AT SHEK PIK.

HE SAID THE DEPARTMENT WAS FORWARD LOOKING, +NOT ONLY IN THE HUMANE YET FIRM AND EFFICIENT TREATMENT OF INMATES, BUT ALSO IN ITS SUCCESSFUL REHABILITATION PROGRAMMES.*

THE GOVERNOR ALSO SPOKE OF THE TWO NEW SCHEMES STARTED BY THE DEPARTMENT, THE FIRST BEING A PERMANENT HALF-WAY HOUSE PROVIDING A TEMPORARY HOME FOR FORMER DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTRE INMATES, AND THE SECOND A PRE-RELEASE EMPLOYMENT SCHEME FOR SELECTED PRISONERS TO WORK FOR OUTSIDE EMPLOYERS DURING PRESCRIBED PERIODS BEFORE COMPLETION OF THEIR SENTENCES.

AT THE CEREMONY HELD AT THE PARADE GROUND OF THE STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE IN STANLEY, SIR EDWARD ALSO PRESENTED COLONIAL PRISON SERVICE MEDALS TO 31 OFFICERS FOR HAVING GIVEN 18 YEARS’ EXEMPLARY SERVICE.

SEVEN CONTINGENTS COMPRISING 200 OFFICERS FROM VARIOUS INSTITUTIONS TOOK PART IN THE PARADE, COMMANDED BY SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT, MR WONG WAN-CHIU.

MUSIC AND PERFORMANCES WERE PROVIDED BY THE CAPE COLLINSON MARCHING BAND AND THE TAI TAM GIRLS’ PIPERS AND PRECISION MARCHING TEAM.

FOLLOWING IS THE TEXT Oc THE GOVERNOR’S SPEECH :

*1 AM VERY GLAD TO BE HERE TODAY TO CONDUCT MY FIRST REVIEw OF THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, WHICH PLAY SUCH AN ESSENTIAL ROLl IN THE MAINTENANCE OF LAW AND ORDER IN OUR COMMUNITY.

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BECAUSE OF THIS ESSENTIAL ROLE I AM GLAD TO HEAR THAT MORALE IS HIGH AND THAT RECRUITMENT IS IMPROVING. RECRUITMENT IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE THE PENAL POPULATION HAS BEEN GROWING, FROM SLIGHTLY UNDER 7 000 IN JANUARY 1982 TO OVER 7 900 TODAY. TO MEET THIS INCREASE, A NEW PENAL INSTITUTION ',S COMMISSIONED RECENTLY AT TUNG TAU. ADDITIONAL ACCOMMODATION FOR YOUNG OFFENDERS WILL BE OPENED LATER THIS YEAR ON HEI LING CHAU. AND A MAXIMUM SECURITY PRISON WILL BE OPENED AT SHEK PIK.

+THE DEPARTMENT HAS LONG BEEN RECOGNISED AS FORWARD LOOKING, NOT ONLY IN THE HUMANE YET FIRM AND EFFICIENT TREATMENT OF INMATES, BUT ALSO IN ITS SUCCESSFUL REHABILITATION PROGRAMMES. THE SUCCESS RATES FOR THESE PROGRAMMES ARE HIGH BY WORLD STANDARDS! 94 PER CENT OF THOSE RELEASED FROM DETENTION CENTRES, 61 PER CENT OF DISCHARGEES FROM DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTRES AND 66 PER CENT OF ALL INMATES RELEASED FROM TRAINING CENTRES DID NOT REVERT TO CRIME DURING THE ONE TO THREE YEARS THEY WERE UNDER SUPERVISION. NOTWITHSTANDING THE HIGH SUCCESS RATES, THE DEPARTMENT STILL SEEKS WAYS TO IMPROVE THE REHABILITATION PROGRAMMES.

+1 SHOULD MENTION TWO NEW SCHEMES. THE FIRST IS A PERMANENT HALF-WAY HOUSE WHICH WILL PROVIDE A TEMPORARY HOME FOR FORMER INMATES OF DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTRES, UNTIL SUITABLE ACCOMMODATION CAN BE FOUND FOR THEM. THE SECOND IS A PRE-RELEASE EMPLOYMENT SCHEME WHICH WILL ENABLE SELECTED PRISONERS TO WORK FOR OUTSIDE EMPLOYERS DURING PRESCRIBED PERIODS BEFORE COMPLETION OF THEIR SENTENCES, THUS EASING THEIR REINTEGRATION INTO SOCIETY.

+0F THE MORE CONVENTIONAL METHODS OF REHABILITATION, I ATTACH GREAT IMPORTANCE TO THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMMES. IF A PRISONER BY THE TIME HE IS RELEASED HAS ACQUIRED A RECOGNISED QUALIFICATION, THE LIKELIHOOD OF HIS RETURNING TO CRIME MUST BE REDUCED SUBSTANTIALLY. FOR THIS REASON THE DEPARTMENT’S VOCATIONAL TRAINING SYLLABUSES ARE GEARED TO EXAMINATIONS SET BY EXTERNAL EXAMINING BODIES, THEREBY ACCORDING PROPER RECOGNITION TO THE EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS BEING ACHIEVED BY INMATES. THE DEPARTMENT IS ALSO DISCUSSING WITH THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL HOW TO ACHIEVE WIDER RECOGNITION FOR THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMMES.

+1 WOULD ALSO LIKE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE DEPARTMENT’S EXCELLENT WORK IN THE MANAGEMENT OF REFUGEES CAMPS. IT HAS RESPONDED TO THIS NEW AND UNUSUAL DEMAND WITH PATIENCE AND EFFICIENCY. IN SIX MONTHS IT HAS ACCEPTED RESPONSIBILITY FOR MORE THAN 3 000 REFUGEES. IT HAS PRODUCED, WITH THE HELP OF OTHER DEPARTMENTS, THE ACCOMMODATION FOR THEM AND RECRUITED THE NECESSARY SPECIALISED STAFF. IN SHORT IT HAS ESTABLISHED WELL RUN CLOSED CAMPS. I READILY UNDERSTAND THAT THIS TASK IS NOT ONE TO WHICH THE DEPARTMENT IS ACCUSTOMED NOR ONE WHICH IT NECESSARILY WELCOMES. BUT THE TASK IS IMPORTANT AND THE RESULTS REFLECT GREAT CREDIT ON THE DEPARTMENT.

+T0 CONCLUDE, I CONGRATULATE ALL OF YOU ON PARADE TODAY ON YOUR BEARING AND TURNOUT. I WISH THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE COMPLETED YOUR BASIC TRAINING EVERY SUCCESS IN YOUR CAREERS. YOU HAVE JOINED A SERVICE WHICH IS ESSENTIAL TO THE GOOD OF THE COMMUNITY AND OF WHICH YOU CAN BE JUSTIFIABLY PROUD.+

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TUEN MUN LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM * * *

THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, MR ALAN SCOTT, SAID TODAY THAT DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND KOWLOON WHARF AND GODOWN WITH REGARD TO DEVELOPMENT AND OPERATION OF THE TUEN MUN LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM HAD NOT RESULTED IN A MUTUALLY AGREEABLE SET OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS BEING ACHIEVED BETWEEN THE TWO PARTIES. THIS POSITION WAS REACHED ON JANUARY 7.

MR SCOTT SAID THAT ALTHOUGH THE GOVERNMENT GREATLY REGRETTED THIS OUTCOME TO THE COMPLEX NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE COMPANY, IT DID NOT AFFECT THE GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION TO PROCEED WITH THE LRT, WHICH IS THE PRINCIPAL PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM OF TUEN MUN.

♦VERY RECENT STUDIES INDICATE THAT THE LRT OPERATION IS IN ITSELF FINANCIALLY VIABLE,* HE SAID.

♦PLANNING AND PREPARATIONS ARE SUFFICIENTLY FAR AHEAD FOR IT TO BE CONSTRUCTED BY 1987, WHICH WILL BE SATISFACTORY TIMING IN RELATION TO THE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF TUEN MUN,+ HE ADDED.

MR SCOTT SAID PLANNING HAD FROM THE BEGINNING PROVIDED FOR AN INTERIM BUS SERVICE, UP TO THE DATE AT WHICH THE LRT BEGINS OPERATION, AND THESE PLANS WERE NOT AFFECTED.

HE CONFIRMED THAT DISCUSSIONS HAD ALREADY BEGUN WITH OTHER GROUPS INTERESTED IN THE PROJECT.

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ROAD SECTION TO BE WIDENED

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AS PART OF THE PROGRAMME FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF TUEN MUN NEW TOWN, THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT PLANS TO WIDEN AND REALIGN A SECTION OF LUNG MUN ROAD BETWEEN PAK KOK AND BUTTERFLY BEACH IN THE SOUTHWESTERN PART OF THE TOWN.

THE PROPOSED PROJECT WILL PROVIDE A DUAL CARRIAGEWAY AND IMPROVE VEHICULAR AND PEDESTRIAN ACCESS TO EXISTING AND NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE AREA.

A NOTICE CONCERNING THE PROPOSED WORKS WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

A PLAN SHOWING THE PROPOSED WORKS CAN BE SEEN AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING MAIN ENTRANCE; THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE AND THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE, TUEN MUN BUILDING, CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TUEN MUN.

ANY PERSON OBJECTING TO THE PROPOSAL MUST SEND HIS WRITTEN OBJECTION TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS WITHIN 60 DAYS.

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MORE COURT POWER ON CHILD CUSTODY PROPOSED * * *

UNDER PROPOSED LEGISLATION PUBLISHED TODAY, THE COURT WILL BE ABLE TO AWARD CUSTODY OF A CHILD TO THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, INSTEAD OF EITHER OF ITS PARENTS INVOLVED IN MATRIMONIAL PROCEEDINGS, IF IT THINKS THIS IS BETTER FOR THE CHILD’S WELFARE.

THIS WILL HOWEVER HAVE TO EE IN EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES AND FOLLOWS THE GENERAL PRINCIPLE THAT THE WELFARE OF THE CHILD IS THE FIRST AND PARAMOUNT CONSIDERATION IN ANY MATTER RELATING TO ITS CUSTODY OR UPBRINGING.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE PROPOSAL, IN THE MATRIMONIAL CAUSES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, HAS BEEN FOUND NECESSARY FROM EXPERIENCE, AND THAT-SIMILAR PROVISIONS EXIST IN UNITED KINGDOM LEGISLATION.

IF SUCH A CUSTODY CARE ORDER IS GIVEN, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE WILL LOOK AFTER AND PROVIDE FOR THE CHILD ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS, ALTHOUGH HE WILL NOT BE VESTED WITH PARENTAL RIGHTS OF LEGAL GUARDIANSHIP.

IF SUBSEQUENTLY IT IS CONSIDERED DESIRABLE FOR HIM TO SEEK LEGAL GUARDIANSHIP, HE WILL HAVE TO APPLY TO THE JUVENILE COURT.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT EVERY EFFORT WOULD BE MADE TO MAINTAIN CONTACT BETWEEN THE CHILD AND ITS PARENTS, WITH A VIEW TO RETURNING THE CHILD TO THE CARE OF ONE OF THEM AS SOON AS IT IS IN THE CHILD’S BEST INTERESTS TO DO SO.

THE BILL MAKES IT AN OFFENCE FOR A PARENT OR GUARDIAN TO FAIL TO INFORM THE DIRECTOR OF ANY CHANGE OF ADDRESS, HE SAID.

TO AVOID DOUBT, THE BILL ALSO REITERATES THAT THE FIRST AND PARAMOUNT CONSIDERATION OF THE COURT IS THE WELFARE OF THE CHILD. IT MUST GIVE DUE CONSIDERATION TO THE CHILD’S WISHES IF THIS IS PRACTICAL AND CONSIDER ANY RELEVANT INFORMATION, INCLUDING ANY REPORT FROM THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE.

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SOK KWU WAN RESIDENTS ASSURED OF FERRIES

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAS REASSURED RESIDENTS OF SOK KWU WAN ON LAMMA ISLAND THAT THERE IS NO IMMEDIATE THREAT OF THE HYF SERVICE TO CENTRAL BEING WITHDRAWN.

A SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (JANUARY 21) THAT DISCUSSIONS HAD ALREADY STARTED WITH SMALL FERRY OPERATORS TO TAKE OVER THE ROUTE, OR TO PROVIDE A SHORTER LINK TO CONNECT WITH BUS SERVICES AT ABERDEEN.

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+THE DEPARTMENT IS CONSIDERING PUTTING OUT TO PUBLIC TENDER THE FERRY ROUTE BETWEEN CENTRAL AND SOK KWU WAN, AS HYF HAS BEEN COMPLAINING OF CONTINUOUS LOSS IN OPERATING THE ROUTE DUE TO LOW PASSENGER DEMAND,+ HE ADDED.

HE ALSO STRESSED THAT THE EXISTING SERVICE WILL NOT BE WITHDRAWN UNLESS AN ACCEPTABLE ALTERNATIVE BECOMES AVAILABLE, AND THAT THE WIDER QUESTION OF THE FUTURE SHAPE OF THE FERRY NETWORK WILL BE THE SUBJECT OF A STUDY SHORTLY TO BE UNDERTAKEN BY THE DEPARTMENT.

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SURCHARGE FOR LATE PNEUMOCONIOSIS PAYMENTS * * * *

THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS (COMPENSATION) (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE

1982, WHICH SEEKS TO DISCOURAGE LATE PAYMENTS OF LEVY OR SURCHARGE TO THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS COMPENSATION FUND BOARD, WILL COME INTO OPERATION ON FEBRUARY 1, ACCORDING TO A NOTICE IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT REMINDED BUILDING CONTRACTORS AND QUARRY OPERATORS THAT THE ORDINANCE PROVIDES FOR A FIVE PER CENT PENALTY FOR LEVY OR SURCHARGE NOT PAID WITHIN THE PRESCRIBED PERIOD.

IF THE OUTSTANDING SUM IS STILL NOT PAID WITHIN THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DEADLINE, THE CONTRACTOR OR QUARRY OPERATOR WILL HAVE TO PAY A FURTHER PENALTY OF FIVE PER CENT OF THE TOTAL SUM.

THE ORDINANCE ALSO INTRODUCES PROVISIONS TO ENABLE THE FUND BOARD TO EMPLOY PROFESSIONAL QUANTITY SURVEYORS TO COUNTERCHECK THE VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION WORKS AND TO DIVULGE INFORMATION TO THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY.

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KCRC REGULATIONS 1983

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THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION REGULATIONS ARE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

THE REGULATIONS PROVIDE FOR NOTIFICATION OF ACCIDENTS AND OTHER SPECIFIED OCCURRENCES ON THE KCR BY THE CORPORATION TO GOVERNMENT, AND THE INVESTIGATION OF SUCH INCIDENTS BY SPECIALLY APPOINTED RAILWAY INSPECTORS.

THE REGULATIONS ARE IDENTICAL TO THOSE MADE UNDER THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION ORDINANCE, EXCEPT FOR PENALTIES, WHICH ARE SIMILAR TO THOSE PROVIDED FOR UNDER THE KCR ORDINANCE 1982.

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WARNING ABOUT FIRES AND WINDSURFING AT BEACH2S * * * *

THE LIGHTING OF FIRES, EXCEPT IN AREAS SPECIALLY SET ASIDE FOR BARBECUES OR SIMILAR ACTIVITIES, IS PROHfBI TED AT ALL 29 GAZETTED BEACHES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND OUTLYING ISLANDS AS FROM TODAY (FRIDAY).

WINDSURFING, PARASAILING AND PARACHUTE JUMPING ARE ALSO NOT ALLOWED WITHIN AND OVER AREAS OF WATER INTENDED FOR SWIMMING AND THE AREAS ADJACENT TO GAZETTED BEACHES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, EXCEPT WITH THE WRITTEN PERMISSION OF THE DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES.

THE MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR ANY SUCH OFFENCE IS A FINE OF $500 AND A JAIL SENTENCE OF TWO WEEKS, ACCORDING TO A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THESE PROHIBITIONS ARE PROVIDED FOR UNDER THE BATHING BEACH (NEW TERRITORIES) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1983 OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES ORDINANCE WHICH IS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

FOR GAZETTED PUBLIC BEACHES IN THE URBAN AREA, HE SAID, SIMILAR PROHIBITIONS HAVE BEEN PROVIDED FOR UNDER AN AMENDMENT TO THE BATHING BEACH BY-LAWS WHICH CAME INTO EFFECT IN JULY LAST YEAR.

THE LAWS ARE AIMED AT PROTECTING SWIMMERS AND PROVIDING A BETTER ENVIRONMENT FOR BEACH-GOERS, AS WELL AS MORE EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC BATHING BEACHES, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

♦BARBECUING OUTSIDE DESIGNATED AREAS ON THE BEACH CAN POLLUTE THE BEACH AREA AND CAUSE INJURY TO PEOPLE WHO MAY TREAD ON BURNING CHARCOAL,♦ HE SAID.

AS MORE THAN 180 BARBECUE PITS ARE NOW PROVIDED AT NT BEACHES, THE SPOKESMAN URGED BEACH-GOERS TO MAKE FULL USE OF THEM.

WINDSURFING, PARASAILING AND PARACHUTE JUMPING CLOSE TO PUBLIC BATHING BEACHES COULD ENDANGER SWIMMERS AND OTHER BEACH-GOERS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HOWEVER, HE POINTED OUT THAT THE WINDSURFING ACTIVITIES CURRENTLY ORGANISED BY THE WINDSURFING ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG IN THE WATER OFF STANLEY MAIN BEACH AND SHA HA IN SAI KUNG ARE OUTSIDE THE AREAS OF GAZETTED BEACHES.

THE GAZETTED BEACHES IN THE NT ARE ANGLER’S BEACH, APPROACH BEACH, CASAM BEACH, DRAGON BEACH, GEMINI BEACH, HOI MEI WAN, LIDO BEACH, TING KAU BEACH IN TSUEN WANs NEW AND OLD CAFETERIA BEACH, CASTLE PEAK BEACH AND KADOORIE BEACH IN TUEN MUN! CAMPERS BEACH, FIRST AND SECOND CLEAR WATER BAY, HAP MUN BAY, KIU TSUI, PAK SHA CHAU, SILVERSTRAND BEACH AND TRIO BEACH IN SAI KUNG I UPPER AND LOWER CHEUNG SHA BEACH, PUI 0 BEACH AND SILVERMINE BAY BEACH ON LANTAU ISLANDS HUNG SHING YEH BEACH AND LO SO SHING BEACH ON LAMMA ISLANDS KWUN YAM BEACH AND TUNG WAN BEACH AT CHEUNG CHAU) AND TUNG WAN BEACH ON MA WAN ISLAND.

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CONSTRUCTION OF GLOUCESTER ROAD FlYOVER

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THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT TODAY AWARDED A $14.4 MILLION CONTRACT TO EXPRESS TRANSPORT AND BUILDING CONTRACTOR LTD. FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE GLOUCESTER ROAD FLYOVER NEAR PATERSON STREET.

THE CONTRACT WAS SIGNED THIS MORNING BY MR S.A.W. BOWMAN, ACTING GOVERNMENT HIGHWAY ENGINEER (MANAGEMENT) OF THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE, AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE CONTRACTOR.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE PROJECT WOULD INVOLVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 3OO-METRE LONG ONE-WAY ELEVATED ROAD JOINING GLOUCESTER ROAD NEXT TO VICTORIA PARK WITH THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF VICTORIA PARK ROAD.

THE CONTRACT WILL ALSO INCLUDE THE LANDSCAPING AND DRAINAGE WORKS.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START SHORTLY AND BE COMPLETED IN ABOUT 21 MONTHS.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR BUILDING REMAINING SECTION OF PAK FUK ROAD * * *

THE REMAINING SECTION OF PAK FUK ROAD BETWEEN BRAEMAR TERRACE AND TANNER HILL ROAD POLICE MARRIED QUARTERS WILL SOON BE COMPLETED TO PROVIDE A MORE DIRECT ROUTE BETWEEN TIN HAU TEMPLE ROAD AND THE EASTERN PART OF NORTH POINT, IT WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY.

IN INVITING TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE EASTERN SECTION OF PAK FUK ROAD, FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH HEALTHY STREET WEST TO THE SOUTHWESTERN CORNER OF BRAEMAR TERRACE, HAD BEEN COMPLETED AND WAS OPENED TO THE PUBLIC.

THE WESTERN SECTION, BETWEEN TIN HAU TEMPLE ROAD AND AN ACCESS ROAD LEADING TO BEDFORD GARDENS, HAD ALSO BEEN COMPLETED BY THE DEVELOPER IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LEASE CONDITIONS.

♦THE COMPLETION OF THE REMAINING SECTION OF PAK FUK ROAD WILL HELP EASE TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN THE AREA IN GENERAL,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

A SHORT SECTION OF THE EXISTING PAK FUK ROAD AT BOTH ENDS WILL ALSO BE RE-CONSTRUCTED TO LINK WITH THE NEW ROAD, HE ADDED.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN APRIL THIS YEAR AND TAKE ABOUT 15 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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SECURITY SERVICE FOR CROWN LAND * * * *

SECURITY SERVICE WILL BE PROVIDED TO GUARD ABOUT 210 OPEN OR FENCED CROWN LAND SITES IN HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND NEW KOWLOON, IT WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY.

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, NOW INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SUPPLY OF THIS SERVICE, ALSO REQUIRES SURVEILLANCE BY MOBILE PATROLS AT 120 ADDITIONAL SITES.

THE ANNUAL CONTRACT, TO COMMENCE FROM APRIL 1, CALLS FOR THE SUPPLY OF MOBILE PATROLS, GUARDS ON 12-HOUR BASIS, GUARDS ON 24-HOUR BASIS, SUPERVISORS AND MONTHLY REPORTS IN RESPECT OF EACH CROWN LAND SITE.

TENDERS MUST BE ENCLOSED IN A SEALED ENVELOPE ADDRESSED TO THE CHAIRMAN, CENTRAL TENDER BOARD, AND CLEARLY MARKED ♦TENDER FOR THE SUPPLY OF SECURITY GUARDS FOR MAINTENANCE OF CROWN LAND — HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND NEW KOWLOON+ AND PLACED IN THE TENDER BOX MARKED +GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT TENDER BOX+ IN THE LIFT LOBBY ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (EAST WING), LOWER ALBERT ROAD, BEFORE NOON ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1983.

TENDERERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO GIVE FULL DETAILS OF SERVICES OFFERED. THE SUCCESSFUL TENDERER WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY A CASH DEPOSIT OF 350 000.

A COPY OF THE CONTRACT DOCUMENT IS AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION DURING OFFICE HOURS AT THE LAND REGISTRY, LANDS DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS, MURRAY BUILDING, THIRD FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

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AWARDS FOR PUBLIC-SPIRITED CITIZENS * * * *

TWENTY PUBLIC-SPIRITED CITIZENS, WHO HELPED POLICE ARREST CRIMINALS WILL RECEIVE AWARDS AT THE HO MAN TIN POLICE STATION TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE CITIZENS, WHOSE AGES ARE BETWEEN 20 AND 64, WILL EACH BE GIVEN A CERTIFICATE OF MERIT AND A WATCH, AT THE ’FRIENDS OF POLICE AND CITIZEN AWARD’ PRESENTATION CEREMONY, COINCIDING WITH A 'FIGHT YOUTH CRIME DRAWING COMPETITION’, ORGANISED BY THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE AND SPONSORED BY THE LIONS CLUB OF LION ROCK.

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PRESENT AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER OF KOWLOON CITY, MRS CLARIE LO; THE POLICE DISTR IC I COMMANDER OF KOWLOON CITY, MR GORDON JACK; THE PRESIDENT OF THE LIONS CLUB OF LION ROCK, MR AU SHIU-CHEUNG; AND MEMBERS OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE.

THE DRAWING COMPETITION WILL BE HELD IN THE CARPARK OF THE POLICE STATION AFTER THE PRESENTATION, WITH MORE THAN 300 PRIMARY AND SECONDARY STUDENTS TAKING PART. IT WILL HAVE THE THEME: ’CRIME PREVENTION AT THE APPROACH OF LUNAR NEW YEAR’.

COMMUNICATIONS CONTROLLER AWARDED ISM * * * *

MR FUNG SHUE-CHEONG, COMMUNICATIONS CONTROLLER IN MURRAY BUILDING, HAS BEEN AWARDED THE IMPERIAL SERVICE MEDAL BY THE QUEEN IN RECOGNITION OF HIS LOYAL AND INDUSTRIOUS SERVICE TO THE GOVERNMENT, IT WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY.

MR FUNG, WHO IS CURRENTLY RESIDING IN CANADA AFTER RETIRING LAST JULY, FIRST JOINED THE GOVERNMENT IN 1945 AS A MESSENGER WITH THE POLICE. HE BECAME A TELEPHONE OPERATOR IN 1948 AND IN 1953 WAS TRANSFERRED TO THE PORT WORKS OFFICE OF THE THEN PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

IN 1970, SHORTLY AFTER THE OPENING OF MURRAY BUILDING, HE WAS REGRADED AS A COMMUNICATIONS CONTROLLER AND HAD CONTINUED TO SERVE MOST CONSCIENTIOUSLY IN THIS CAPACITY UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT.

AS A COMMUNICATIONS CONTROLLER, MR FUNG WAS THE FIRST TO TAKE PART IN THE COMPREHENSIVE 24-HOUR COMPLAINTS AS WELL AS TYPHOON AND EMERGENCY SERVICES IN THE THEN PWD. HE HAD RENDERED A VERY HIGH STANDARD OF SERVICE TO THE DEPARTMENT AND INITIATED PROPER ACTIONS AFTER OFFICE HOURS TO DEAL WITH EMERGENCY CASES.

ARRANGEMENTS ARE BEING MADE BY THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE FOR THE MEDAL TO BE PRESENTED TO MR FUNG IN CANADA.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 1983

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EXHIBITION OF COUNTRY PARK PHOTOS

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AN EXHIBITION OF SOME 200 PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN IN HONG KONG’S COUNTRY PARKS WILL OPEN ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF THE UNITED CENTRE SHOPPING ARCADE ON MONDAY (JANUARY 24).

THE DISPLAY IS BEING PRESENTED BY THE COUNTRY PARKS AUTHORITY AND ADMINISTERED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, THE PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF HONG KONG AND ELEGANT COLOUR PHOTO CENTRE LTD.

THE PRINTS WERE CHOSEN BY A PANEL OF JUDGES FROM MORE THAN 5 000 ENTRIES SUBMITTED BY PHOTOGRAPHIC ENTHUSIASTS WHO WENT TO THE COUNTRY PARKS ON EIGHT SEPARATE OUTINGS LAST YEAR.

THE COUNTRY PARKS VISITED ARE LOCATED IN SAI KUNG, TAI MO SHAN, SHING MUN, CLEAR WATER BAY, LANTAU, PAT SIN LENG AND MA ON SHAN.

THE PHOTOGRAPHS DEPICT SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SCENERY TO BE FOUND IN THE COUNTRYSIDE.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPENED BY A MEMBER OF THE COUNTRY PARKS BOARD AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD’S PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE, NRS MADELIENE TANG. IT WILL CLOSE CN JANUARY 29.

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'JOINT AREA COMMITTEE NITE’ IN KWUN TONG * * *

THE WELL-BEING AND BETTERMENT OF THE COMMUNITY IN A DISTRICT DEPEND GREATLY ON THE EFFECTIVENESS AND CONTRIBUTIONS OF LOCAL AREA COMMITTEES, ACCORDING TO THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR DAVID TSUI.

AND LIKE EVERY DISTRICT, HE SAID, KWUN TONG’S 13 SUB-DISTRICTS HAD THEIR OWN AREA COMMITTEES TO HELP INSTIL A SENSE OF CIVIC-MINDEDNESS AMONG THE LOCAL RESIDENTS.

IN ORDER TO INTRODUCE THEIR WORK AND FURTHER PROMOTE BETTER RELATIONSHIP WITH THE DISTRICT BOARD, A +JOINT AREA COMMITTEE NITE+, IN THE FORM OF A VARIETY SHOW, WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (SATURDAY) EVENING AT TELFORD GARDENS, KOWLOON BAY.

♦FOR YEARS, THE AREA COMMITTEES HAVE GAINED NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS IN A WIDE SPECTRUM OF ISSUES WHICH INCLUDED SOLVING ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS, HOUSING MANAGEMENT, TRAFFIC PROBLEMS, PROMOTION OF RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, HEALTH EDUCATION AND THt FIGHT AGAINST CRIME,+ MR TSUI SAID.

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♦THEY HAVE. INDEED, SETTLED MANY LOCAL PROBLEMS BY PERIODICALLY HOLDING MEETINGS AND DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES.+

FINANCED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE +JOINT AREA COMMITTEE NITE+ IS EXPECTED TO BE ATTENDED BY MORE THAN 600 PEOPLE, INCLUDING GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, AREA COMMITTEES AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES.

MR TSUI WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

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STRUCTURES CLEARED TO IMPROVE ENVIRONMENT * * *

TWO ILLEGAL BACKLANE STRUCTURES IN WAN CHAI WERE DEMOLISHED TODAY (FRIDAY) AS PART OF THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD'S ON-GOING PROGRAMME TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT.

CLASSIFIED AS ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS, THE STRUCTURES WERE LOCATED AT THE BACKLANES OF 14-20 HENNESSY ROAD AND 94 JAFFE ROAD. THE FORMER WAS SAID TO BE USED FOR DOMESTIC PURPOSES AND THE LATTER FOR STORAGE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE SAID THE TWO STRUCTURES WERE IN FACT INCLUDED IN A PRIORITY LIST RECOMMENDED BY THE DISTRICT’S SIX AREA COMMITTEES.

♦THE OPERATION WAS, HOWEVER, PUSHED AHEAD OF SCHEDULE BECAUSE CF FREQUENT COMPLAINTS FROM RESIDENTS,* HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO ENCOURAGED LOCAL PEOPLE TO APPROACH THE DISTRICT BOARD ON SIMILAR MATTERS IN ORDER TO HELP UP-DATE THE PRIORITY LIST.

♦WE WELCOME SUGGESTIONS AND COMPLAINTS BECAUSE, AFTER ALL, ONE OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD IS TO REFLECT PEOPLE’S OPINIONS, TO SERVE THEM AND TO PROVIDE THEM WITH A BETTER LIVING ENVIRONMENT.+

CO-ORDINATED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, TODAY’S OPERATION WAS CARRIED OUT BY SEVERAL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS INCLUDING THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE, THE URBAN AREA DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATION, THE POLICE, THE LANDS, HOUSING AND URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENTS.

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JANUARY 21, 1983

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BUS TERMINUS REMOVED * * *

tup pmb TERMINUS FOR ROUTES 11A, 11M, 81 AND 23A AT LAI TAK TSUEN HAS BEEN TEMPORARILY MOVED TO A LAY-BY OUTSIDE TRUE LIGHT i£ school"in tai hang road, to permit repair works to be CARRIED OUT FOLLOWING A BUS ACCIDENT YESTERDAY.

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TEMPORARY NIGHT CLOSURE OF HENNESSY ROAD K i i

HENNESSY ROAD BETWEEN PERCIVAL STREET AND LEE GARDEN ROAD IN WAN CHAI WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 1 AM TO 6 AM ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 23) FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MTR CAUSEWAY BAY STATION.

DURING THE CLOSURE, VEHICLES TRAVELLING ALONG HENNESSY ROAD EASTBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED VIA PERCIVAL STREET, LEIGHTON ROAD, PENNINGTON STREET AND YEE WO STREET.

THOSE ALONG CAUSEWAY ROAD WESTBOUND WILL TRAVEL VIA LEIGHTON ROAD, MORRISON HILL ROAD AND TIN LOK LANE TO REJOIN HENNESSY ROAD.

AT THE SAME TIME, PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL BE TEMPORARILY ALLOWED TO USE PENNINGTON STREET FROM LEIGHTON ROAD TO YEE WO STREET, AND THE NORTHBOUND SECTION OF MORRISON HILL ROAD FROM LEIGHTON ROAD TO WAN CHAI ROAD.

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WATER CUT IN NT AND CHAI WAN * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF AREAS IN TUEN MUN AND TAI LAM CHUNG WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR NINE HOURS FROM 10 PM ON MONDAY (JANUARY 24) TO 7 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR A WATER MAIN CONNECTION.

THIS WILL AFFECT ALL PREMISES AND VILLAGES ALONG CASTLE PEAK ROAD BETWEEN FU TEI SHEUNG TSUEN AND TAI LAM CHUNG INCLUDING INDUSTRIAL ZONE AREAS 9 AND 12? AREA 37 IN TUEN MUN; SIU HONG COURT? TAI HING ESTATE; SAN FAT ESTATE; ON TING ESTATE; YAU 01 ESTATE; SAM SHING ESTATE; BUTTERFLY ESTATE AND WU KING ESTATE.

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CHINA CEMENT CO. (HK) LTD., THE CASTLE PEAK POWER STATION IN TAP SHEK KOK AND CASTLE PEAK HOSPITAL WILL ALSO BE AFFECTED.

IN CHAI WAN, FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES WILL ALSO BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM ON MONDAY (JANUARY 24) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR A LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREAS TO BE AFFECTED WILL INCLUDE THE SECTION OF CHAI WAN ROAD IN BETWEEN SAN HA STREET AND SUN YIP STREET, SAN HA STREET, WING PING STREET, HONG PING STREET, LITTLE SAI WAN AND CAPE COLLINSON CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION.

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FIRING PRACTICE WARNING * * * *

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE FOR NINE DAYS NEXT MONTH.

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

THE DATES AND TIMES OF THE PRACTICE ARE :

DATE TIME

FEBRUARY 1 (TUESDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

FEBRUARY 2 (WEDNESDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

FEBRUARY 3 (THURSDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

FEBRUARY 4 (FRIDAY) 8 AM - 4 PM

FEBRUARY 7 (MONDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

FEBRUARY 8 (TUESDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

FEBRUARY 9 (WEDNESDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

FEBRUARY 10 (THURSDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

FEBRUARY 11 (FRIDAY) 8 AM - 4 PM

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 198?

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR'S APPOINTMENT WITH PRIME MINISTER .................... 1

METRIC CAMPAIGN IS BIG SUCCESS ................................ 1

FURTHER SECTION OF KCR ENERGIZED .............................. 2

KWUN TONG ANTI-DRUG CAMPAIGN .................................. J

CONFERENCE ON EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES ..................... J

HONG KONG YOUNG MUSIC-MAKERS' TALENT QUEST .................... 4

CHEUNG CHAU REFUSE BARGE SCHEME EXTENDED ...................... 5

LAND TO BE FORMED FOR HOUSING ESTATE........................... 5

TENDERS SOUGHT FOR ROAD WORKS ................................. 6

291 PARKING METERS FOR SHAM SHUI PO ........................... 6

AIR-SUPPORT STRUCTURE AT FAN LING SWIMMING POOL................ 7

FIRING PRACTICE .............................................   8

WATER SUPPLY CUT

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 1983

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GOVERNOR’S APPOINTMENT WITH PRIME MINISTER * * *

IN ANSWER TO PRESS QUERIES ABOUT THE PROGRAMME OF THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, DURING HIS VISIT TO LONDON FROM JANUARY 22 TO 28, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT THE GOVERNOR WOULD BE DISCUSSING HONG KONG MATTERS WITH OFFICIALS AND MINISTERS IN THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE AND WOULD TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CALL ON THE PRIME MINISTER, MRS MARGARET THATCHER, ON JANUARY 28.

METRIC CAMPAIGN IS BIG SUCCESS

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THE METRICATION COMMITTEE’S +METRIC 10 DAYS+ PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN WILL CLOSE TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

IN THE PAST NINE DAYS, MORE THAN 200 000 PEOPLE PARTICIPATED IN THE VARIOUS METRIC-ORIENTED EVENTS PRESENTED BY THE CAMPAIGN, WHILE MANY THOUSANDS OF OTHERS SHARED THE FUN THROUGH THE MASS MEDIA.

TOMORROW’S FINISH TO THE CAMPAIGN WILL BE MARKED BY TWO MORE EXCITING EVENTS, THE LYRICS COMPETITION FINALS AND THE SCREENING OF THE GRAND FINALE TV VARIETY SHOW.

OUT OF MORE THAN 2 400 ENTRIES TO THE LYRICS COMPETITION, THREE OUTSTANDING PIECES WILL BE SELECTED AS WINNERS. THESE WINNING SONGS WILL THEN BE SUNG BY POPULAR SINGERS, YEUNG SIU-CHING AND JOHNNY YIP ON RADIO ONE, RTHK AT 7 PM TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

THE SONGS WILL ALSO BE USED AS RADIO TRAILERS FOR PROMOTING THE METRIC SYSTEM IN FUTURE.

THE $200 000 +THINK METRIC, GO METRIC* TV VARIETY SHOW, OPENED BY THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, MR P. JACOBS, AND PRODUCED BY RTHK BEFORE A PACKED ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL LAST NIGHT (FRIDAY), WILL BE SCREENED ON TVB-JADE AT 8.30 PM TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

THE HOUR-LONG SHOW STARS SUCH POPULAR ARTISTES AS AGNES CHAN, LESS IE CHEUNG, ROWENA CORTES, ELIZA CHAN, HUNG KAM-PO AND LAM KAR-WAH.

COMMENTING ON THE BIG RESPONSE PARTICULARLY BY THE YOUNGER GENERATION TO THE VARIOUS METRIC EVENTS, A METRICATION COMMITTEE SPOKESMAN SAID, +WE ARE VERY PLEASED THAT WE HAVE APPARENTLY PUT ACROSS OUR DESIRED MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.

♦THOUGH THIS PARTICULAR CAMPAIGN CONCLUDES TCMORRO*, IT IS DEFINITELY NOT THE END OF THE METRICATION ROAD. IT JUST BRINGS US ONE STEP NEARER TO A MORE ADVANCED ERA.+

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THE 3500 000 +METRIC 10 DAYS+ PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN, A RESULT OF NINE MONTHS’ PREPARATION BY THE METRICATION COMMITTEE IN CONJUNCTION WITH VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND COMMERCIAL SPONSORS, WAS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED ON JANUARY 14, AT THE WORLD WIDE PLAZA. OFFICIATING GUESTS INCLUDED THE COMMITTEE’S CHAIRMAN, NR JAMES WU! SENIOR UNOFFICIAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, THE HON R.H. LOBO AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CAMPAIGN'S ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MISS OPHELIA CHEUNG.

APART FROM THE TWO MAJOR FUNCTIONS TO BE STAGED TOMORROW, THE CAMPAIGN INCLUDED TWO METRIC GAMES DAYS, POSTER DESIGN AND GUESS THE CAN COMPETITIONS, NEWSPAPER AND RADIO QUIZZES, A SEMINAR, A TELEVISED NURSERY RHYME CONTEST, A 10-KIL0METRE RACE AND SPECIAL DISPLAYS AT 18 PUBLIC MARKETS IN HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

ONE MAJOR ATTRACTION OF THE CAMPAIGN WAS THE FAMILY QUIZ HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE HK TVB-ORGANISED NURSERY RHYME CONTEST. THE WINNER OF THE POPULAR QUIZ WILL BE AWARDED WITH A GOLD MEDAL WORTH 330 000, DONATED BY CHOW TAI FOOK JEWELLERY LTD.

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FURTHER SECTION OF KCR ENERGIZED

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FURTHER ENERGIZATION OF OVERHEAD LINE EQUIPMENT ON THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY WILL TAKE PLACE AS FROM 0001 HOUR ON MONDAY (JANUARY 24).

THE SECTION TO BE ENERGIZED COVERS THE ENTIRE FO TAN AREA AND NORTHWARDS TO A POINT BEYOND UNIVERSITY STATION, AT KM 15.818 ON THE RAILWAY FROM KOWLOON STATION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE KCR SA'D ALL OVERHEAD WIRES ALONG THIS SECTION MUST BE CONSIDERED LIVE AT 25 000 VOLTS AT ALL TIMES.

+ONCE ENERGIZED IT WILL REMAIN PERMANENTLY ENERGIZED,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID, +AND ANYONE GETTING TOO CLOSE TO THE OVERHEAD WIRES OR TAMPERING WITH THE EQUIPMENT COULD BE SEVERELY INJURED OR KILLED.*

THE SECTION TO BE ENERGIZED WILL BE COMPLETELY FENCED IN.

THE SPOKESMAN WARNED THE PUBLIC, PARTICULARLY SCHOOL CHILDREN, NOT TO ATTEMPT TO DAMAGE THE FENCES IN ORDER TO TAKE SHORT CUTS WHICH COULD EASILY MEAN +A SHORT CUT TO DEATH*.

MEANWHILE, POSTERS ARE BEING PUT UP AT STRATEGIC LOCATIONS TO AROUSE PEOPLE’S AWARENESS OF HIGH VOLTAGE OVERHEAD WIRES.

THE ENERGIZATION OF THIS SECTION IS A STEP CLOSER TO THE COMMISSIONING OF THE SECOND -STAGE OF ELECTRIFIED TRAIN SERVICES BETWEEN SHA TIN AND TAI PO LATER THIS YEAR, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

ENERGIZATION OF THE REMAINDER OF THE RAILWAY WILL FOLLOW IN PHASES AND THE ENTIRE RAILWAY UP TO LO WU IS EXPECTED TO EE COMPLETELY ELECTRIFIED THIS SUMMER.

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THE KCR ALSO ANNOUNCED THE CLOSURE OF AN OVERHEAD FOOTBRIDGE AT TAI PO MARKET STATION AS FROM MONDAY, JANUARY 24 TO FACILITATE PREPARATORY WORK FOR DEMOLISHING THE FOOTBRIDGE AND MAKE WAY FOR ERECTING OVERHEAD WIRES AT THE STATION.

ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE TO GUIDE PASSENGERS TO USE TEMPORARY CROSSINGS AT THE STATION PLATFORMS.

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KWUN TONG ANTI-DRUG CAMPAIGN

X X X X

AN ANT I-NARCOTICS EXHIBITION AND CARNIVAL WILL BE HELD IN KWUN TONG TOMORROW (SUNDAY) TO PUBLICISE THE ILL EFFECTS OF DRUG ABUSE, ESPECIALLY AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT.

THE THREE-HOUR CARNIVAL, BEGINNING AT 2 PM AT THE YUET WAH STREET PLAYGROUND, WILL FEATURE GAME STALLS AND EXHIBITION STALLS ON NARCOTICS, A FILM SHOW AND FREE CONSULTATION ON DRUG MATTERS BY A MEDICAL DOCTOR.

THE EVENT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS, AND THE KWUN TONG COMMUNITY HEALTH PROJECT AS ONE OF THE 20-PLUS EVENTS IN THE MONTH-LONG KWUN TONG ANT I-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN.

OFFICIATING AT THE OFFICER, MR PETER PANG,

OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE ASSISTANT DISTRICT AND THREE DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS.

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CONFERENCE ON EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

X X X X

A TWO-DAY CONFERENCE ON EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL HEADS WILL BE HELD AT THE END OF MARCH.

THE CONFERENCE, ORGANISED BY THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY’S SCHOOL OF EDUCATION AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND CONDUCTED IN CANTONESE, WILL BE HELD ON MARCH 30 AND 31 AT THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION IN GASCOIGNE ROAD, KOWLOON.

SCHOOL HEADS WHO WISH TO TAKE PART IN THE CONFERENCE SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR NAMES TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ADVISORY INSPECTORATE AT 5/F, LEE GARDENS, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY ON OR BEFORE FEBRUARY 4.

PARTICIPANTS ARE LIMITED TO 200 AND WILL BE ACCEPTED ON A FIRST—COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

ENQUIRIES CONCERNING THE CONFERENCE MAY BE MADE TO MR C.L. HO ON TELEPHONE NO. 5-8392451.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 1983

HONG KONG YOUNG MUSIC-MAKERS’ TALENT QUEST

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THE FINAL CONTEST OF THE SECOND HONG KONG YOUNG MUSIC-MAKERS’ TALENT QUEST WAS HELD AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL TONIGHT (SATURDAY).

COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR BARRIE WIGGHAM; DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING, MR STUART WILKINSON? CHAIRMAN OF COMPOSER’ AND AUTHORS’ SOCIETY OF HONG KONG, MR MALCOM BARNETT? AND MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR, MR CLIVE OXLEY, OFFICIATED AT THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY.

THE VOCAL WINNERS, MISS LI SAU-LIN, MISS YUEN MIU-FUN AND MISS LEE YEE-MAN WERE AWARDED CASH PRIZES OF 33 OOO, 31 500 AND $500 RESPECTIVELY.

COMMENTING ON THE PERFORMANCE, AN ADJUDICATOR OF THE PANEL SAID THE STANDARD OF THESE AMATEUR SIGNERS WAS +MOST ENCOURAGING+.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE RCD SAID, +IN VIEW OF THE SUCCESS OF THIS CONTEST, THE THREE CO-ORGANI SERS ARE PLANNING AHEAD FOR THE THIRD HONG KONG YOUNG MUSIC-MAKERS’ TALENT QUEST, TO PROMOTE FURTHER THE TALENTS OF LOCAL AMATEUR MUSICIANS.*

IN THE INSTRUMENTAL COMPOSITION GROUPS, THE WINNING COMPOSERS FOR THE CHINESE SECTION WERE MR. CHAN KAM BIU (COMPOSITION: GAME), MR DU HEY-CHOY (COMPOSITION: LANTERN FESTIVAL REVELRY) AND MR LEE WAN-HIP (COMPOSITION: STARS SO BRIGHT) WHO ALSO GAINED CASH PRIZES FOR THEIR WINNING COMPOSITIONS.

IN THE WESTERN INSTRUMENTS COMPOSITION, MR CHAN WAI-KWONG (COMPOSITION: DIVERTIMENTO FOR TWO FLUTES, CLARINET, BASSOON AND PIANO) WON THE FIRST PRIZE, FOLLOWED BY MR CHAN HAY-WAH (COMPOSITION: WANDERING AT THE PIER) AND MR LEUNG FAI-TO (COMPOSITION: POLIFONICA).

APART FROM THE CASH AWARDS DONATED BY THE COMPOSERS’ AND AUTHORS’ SOCIETY OF HONG KONG, ALL WINNERS OF THE THREE CATEGORIES WERE AWARDED CERTIFICATES.

THE TALENT QUEST WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE, RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG AND THE COMPOSERS’ AND AUTHORS’ SOCIETY OF HONG KONG.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 1983

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CHEUNG CHAU REFUSE BARGE SCHEME EXTENDED * * * *

THE PILOT SCHEME BY WHICH CHEUNG CHAU’S HOUSEHOLD REFUSE IS SENT BY BARGE TO TSI NG Yl ISLAND FOR DISPOSAL, LAUNCHED IN JANUARY LAST YEAR, HAS PROVED SUCCESSFUL.

THE SERVICE WILL, THEREFORE, BE EXTENDED FOR ONE YEAR STARTING APRIL, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

TENDERS ARE NOW BEING INVITED FOR THE SUPPLY OF A MOTORISED BARGE COMPLETE WITH CREW FOR TRANSPORTING REFUSE FROM CHEUNG CHAU TO TSI NG Yl ISLAND.

THE BARGE IS REQUIRED TO TRANSPORT ABOUT 18 TONNES OF REFUSE IN BASKETS EVERYDAY.

THE ONE-YEAR CONTRACT IS WORTH ABOUT $560 000, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

TENDER FORMS FOR THE CONTRACT CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE SOUTH REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS OF THE NTSD AT THE 10TH FLOOR OF FOURSEAS BUILDING, 208-212 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

COMPLETED TENDER FORMS MUST BE PLACED IN THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT TENDER BOX SITUATED IN THE LIFT LOBBY ON THE LOWER GROUND FLOOR OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (EAST WING), LOWER ALBERT ROAD, BEFORE NOON ON FEBRUARY 18 (FRIDAY).

FURTHER ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE WITH THE SOUTH REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS OF THE NTSD ON TELEPHONE 3-7211837.

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LAND TO BE FORMED FOR HOUSING ESTATE * * *

ABOUT 13 HECTARES OF LAND WILL SOON BE FORMED IN SHEK WU HUI FOR A PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE, IT WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY.

THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS NOW INVITING TENDERS FOR THIS PROJECT AS WELL AS FOR THE FORMATION OF A 6D0-METRE LONG EMBANKMENT STRIP ON THE NORTHEAST SIDE OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY TRACKS FOR THE LAYING OF WATER MAINS BY THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT.

WORK ON THE PROJECTS, EXPECTED TO START IN APRIL AND BE COMPLETED 15 MONTHS LATER, IS PART OF THE CONTINUING PROGRAMME FOR DEVELOPMENT OF FANLING/SHEK WU HUI NEW TOWN.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 1985

TENDERS SOUGHT FOR ROAD WORKS

THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF ROADS, DRAINAGE SYSTEMS AND ASSOCIATED LANDSCAPING IN THE KOWLOON BAY RECLAMATION AREA.

THE WORKS WILL INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF ABOUT 1.5 KILOMETRES OF RAISED PLANTING BEDS AND SEWER AND STORMWATER DRAINAGE SYSTEMS IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE RECLAMATION AREA NEAR THE KAI TAK AIRPORT CARGO COMPLEX.

THE PLANTING BEDS WOULD FORM AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE LANDSCAPING WORK IN THE AREA WHILE THE DRAINAGE SYSTEMS WOULD SERVE THE ADJACENT DEVELOPMENT SITES AND THE TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN MARCH THIS YEAR AND BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF THE YEAR.

291 PARKING METERS FOR SHAM SHU I PO K H * *

A TOTAL OF 291 PARKING METERS WILL BE INSTALLED IN SHAM SHU I PO OVER A TWO-DAY PERIOD STARTING MONDAY (JANUARY 24).

THIS IS TO REGULATE THE USE OF ON-STREET PARKING SPACES IN THE AREA, A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE PARKING METERS AT SHUN NING ROAD, FUK WING STREET, FUK WA STREET, HING WAH STREET AND CHEUNG WAH STREET WILL BE IN OPERATION FROM 9 AM THAT DAY.

METERS WILL BE IN OPERATION ALONG KWONG LEE ROAD, WAI WAI ROAD, TONKIN STREET AND CHEUNG FAT STREET FROM 9 AM ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 25).

MORE METERS WILL BE INSTALLED LATER THIS YEAR IN OTHER AREAS CF SHAM SHUI PO, TAI KOK TSUI, MONG KOK, FUNG WONG VILLAGE AND KWUN TONG.

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AIR-SUPPORT STRUCTURE AT FAN LING SWIMMING POOL

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FINISHING TOUCHES ARE NOW BEING PUT TO HONG KONG’S FIRST AIR-SUPPORT STRUCTURE, ERECTED OVER THE MAIN POOL OF THE FAN LING SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX.

WHILE THE STRUCTURE, IN THE FORM OF AN INFLATABLE DOME, HAS NOW COVERED THE MAIN POOL, OTHER CONSTRUCTION WORK IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED EARLY NEXT MONTH, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

THE $2.35 MILLION PROJECT WAS UNDERTAKEN BY THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE NTSD.

THE AIR-SUPPORT STRUCTURE PROVIDES A SHELTER FOR WINTER BATHERS IN THE HEATED MAIN POOL OF THE PUBLIC SWIMMING COMPLEX.

THE RE-OPENING OF THE COVERED AND HEATED POOL WILL BE ANNOUNCED AS SOON AS ALL CONSTRUCTION WORK INSIDE THE INFLATABLE DOME IS COMPLETED.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE PRESS ARE INVITED TO TOUR THE FACILITIES AT 11 AM ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8.

TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED AND MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WISHING TO USE THE TRANSPORT SHOULD CONTACT MR JOSEPH POON OF NTSD ON TELEPHONE 3-675847 BEFORE THE END OF THIS MONTH.

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FIRING PRACTICE

X it X

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE FROM MONDAY (JANUARY 24) TO FRIDAY (JANUARY 28).

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

THE DATES AND TIMES OF THE PRACTICE ARE:

DATE TIME

JANUARY 24 (MONDAY) 8 AM TO 5 PM

JANUARY 25 (TUESDAY) 8 AM TO 5 PM

JANUARY 26 (WEDNESDAY) 8 AM TO 11 PM

JANUARY 27 (THURSDAY) 8 AM TO 5 PM

JANUARY 28 (FRIDAY) 8 AM TO 11 PM

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WATER SUPPLY CUT

* * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO ALL HOUSES IN TA I HOM VILLAGE AND SHEUNG YUEN LENG WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SIX HOURS FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JANUARY 24) FOR WATER MAINS CONNECTION.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, JANUARY 23, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

RUTTONJEE SANATORIUM TO BE REDEVELOPED ......................... 1

16 000 PAY J 1.5 MILLION IN NT LITTER EINES .................... 2

SPECIAL TELEPHONE FOR OUTSIDE OFFICE HOURS ENQUIRIES ........... 3

UK SCHOLARSHIPS FOR HONG KONG STUDENTS ......................... 4

WAN WAH STREET TO BE RE-OPENED

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 23, 196'’

RUTTONJEE SANATORIUM TO BE REDEVELOPED * * * *

WORK WILL SHORTLY BEGIN TO REDEVELOP THE RUTTONJEE SANATORIUM FROM AN ANTI-TUBERCULOSIS INSTITUTION INTO A GENERAL HOSPITAL PROVIDING MUCH NEEDED ACUTE BEDS FOR RESIDENTS ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

FUNDS HAVE BEEN APPROVED FOR THE EXTENSIVE REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT TO BE CARRIED OUT IN THREE PHASES UNTIL SCHEDULED COMPLETION IN 1988.

THE CAPITAL COST OF THE PROJECT IS ESTIMATED AT $158 MILLION, WITH THE GOVERNMENT ALLOCATING $127 MILLION AND THE REST TO BE RAISED BY THE HONG KONG TUBERCULOSIS, CHEST AND HEART DISEASES ASSOCIATION WHICH RUNS THE SANATORIUM.

THE 280—BED RUTTONJEE SANATORIUM WILL BE UPGRADED INTO A 432-BED HOSPITAL WITH PROVISION FOR THE BED-CAPACITY TO BE INCREASED TO 600.

PLANS FOR REDEVELOPMENT OF THE SANATORIUM WERE CONSIDERED AND ENDORSED BY THE MEDICAL DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE DURING RECENT REVIEWS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE CONTINUING EFFORTS OF THE GOVERNMENT AND THE ASSOCIATION, COUPLED WITH IMPROVED SOCIO-ECONOMIC CONDITIONS HAD CONTRIBUTED TO THE DECLINE OF TB CASES.

HAVING CONSIDERED THE FUTURE ROLE OF THE SANATORIUM IN THE PROVISION OF MEDICAL CARE FOR THE COMMUNITY, THE ASSOCIATION PROPOSED TO REDEVELOP THE COMPLEX TO PROVIDE SUPPORTIVE SERVICES TO THE TANG SHIU KIN HOSPITAL. PLANS CALL FOR THE NEW HOSPITAL TO HAVE 190 BEDS FOR TB AND CHEST, 114 BEDS PLUS 50 DAY PLACES FOR GERIATRICS, 64 BEDS FOR MEDICAL CASES AND ANOTHER 64 BEDS FOR SURGERY, MAKING A TOTAL OF 432 BEDS, HE SAID.

AT PRESENT MOST PATIENTS TREATED AT THE CASUALTY DEPARTMENT AT TANG SHIU KIN HOSPITAL WHO REQUIRE HOSPITALISATION ARE ADMITTED TO QUEEN MARY OR TUNG WAH EASTERN HOSPITAL.

IT WAS DECIDED THAT A MORE COMPREHENSIVE AND SYSTEMATIC HOSPITAL SUPPORT COULD BE PROVIDED THROUGH THE ADDITION OF ACUTE BEDS IN THE REDEVELOPED RUTTONJEE SANATORIUM, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

WHEN THE REDEVELOPED HOSPITAL COMES INTO OPERATION, ONLY PATIENTS REQUIRING HIGHLY-SPECIALISED HOSPITAL CARE WOULD BE REFERRED TO QUEEN MARY HOSPITAL, THE REGIONAL HOSPITAL, HE ADDED.

THE FIRST PHASE OF THE REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT WILL CONSIST OF DEMOLITION OF SEVERAL OLD BUILDINGS, TEMPORARY WORKS, SITE FORMATION AND CONSTRUCTION OF SENIOR STAFF QUARTERS.

THE'SECOND PHASE WILL INVOLVE THE ACTUAL CONSTRUCTION OF THE THREE MAIN BLOCKS OF THE NEW HOSPITAL, TWO OF WHICH WILL EE TEN-STOREYS HIGH, AND BUILDING THE MAIN APPROACH ROAD AND WORK ON THE GARDEN.

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: JAY, JANUARY 23, 1963

THE THIRD PHASE WILL BE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE FOURTH BLOCK, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY MARCH, 1988.

THE REDEVELOPMENT OF THE RUTTONJEE SANATORIUM WILL MEAN THE ENTIRE PROFILE OF THE INSTITUTION WILL BE CHANGED, AS THE EXISTING MAIN BUILDING WILL BE TORN DOWN AND THE NEW BLOCKS WILL BE LOCATED ON THE NORTHERN SIDE OF THE HOSPITAL COMPOUND.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A NEW SERVICE ROAD LEADING FROM WAN CHAI ROAD IN ADDITION TO THE WIDENING OF THE EXISTING ACCESS ROAD AT QUEEN’S ROAD EAST.

A HUGE GARDEN AND STAFF QUARTERS WILL BE BUILT ON THE SITE WHERE THE EXISTING lOO-YEAR-OLD MAIN BUILDING NOW STANDS.

THE TOTAL AREA OBTAINABLE AS A RESULT OF THE REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME WILL BE 33 880 SQUARE METRES.

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16 000 PAY $1.5 MILLION IN NT LITTER FINES *****

SOME 16 000 LITTERBUGS WERE BROUGHT TO NEW TERRITORIES COURTS IN THE PREVIOUS 15-MONTH-LONG CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN AND FINED A TOTAL OF $1.5 MILLION.

THE OFFENDERS INCLUDED RESIDENTS OF THE NEW TOWNS AND VILLAGES AS WELL AS HOLIDAY-MAKERS FROM THE URBAN AREAS AND THE FINES WERE ORDERED BETWEEN OCTOBER 1981 AND DECEMBER LAST YEAR.

AND DURING THAT PERIOD, A RECORD-HIGH FINE OF $2 000 WAS IMPOSED ON ONE 9FFENDER, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

IN ADDITION TO THE ENFORCEMENT ACTION TAKEN AGAINST LITTER OFFENDERS, VERBAL WARNINGS WERE GIVEN TO ANOTHER 16 000 VISITORS AND NEW TERRITORIES RESIDENTS AT HOLIDAY RESORTS AND BATHING BEACHES.

AND 10 800 NOTICES WERE SENT TO SHOPS OPERATORS AND RESIDENTS REQUIRING THEM TO CLEAR AWAY RUBBISH ACCUMULATED WITHIN THE SIX-METRE BOUNDARIES OF THEIR PREMISES OR ON THE CANOPIES OF THEIR BUILDING.

THE ACTION AGAINST LITTERBUGS HAS STILL BEEN GOING ON SINCE THE 1983 CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN BEGAN EARLY THIS MONTH, THE SPOKESMAN SAID. HE WARNED THE PUBLIC AGAINST LITTERING PUBLIC PLACES AND REMINDED THEM THAT IT COULD LEAD TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $5 000 AND A POSSIBLE JAIL SENTENCE CF SIX MONTHS.

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MEANWHILE, TO HELP RESIDENTS IN THE NEW TOWNS AND VILLAGES CLEAR THEIR SURROUNDINGS BEFORE THE LUNAR NEW YEAR, CLEANSING STAFF OF THE NTSD HAVE BEEN ENGAGED IN CLEAN-UP OPERATIONS THROUGHOUT THE NEW TERRITORIES.

TEMPORARY REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS HAVE ALSO BEEN SET UP AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS.

NEW TERRITORIES RESIDENTS ARE ALSO ADVISED TO MAKE FULL USE OF THE LITTER COMPLAINT HOT-LINE, 0-445555, AND TO REPORT ANY NUISANCE OR HIDDEN RUBBISH-RIDDEN BLACK SPOT TO CLEANING STAFF OF THE NTSD FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION.

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SPECIAL TELEPHONE FOR OUTSIDE OFFICE HOURS ENQUIRIES

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THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE (LRS) OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAS INSTALLED A SPECIAL TELEPHONE LINE TO RECEIVE ENQUIRIES ABOUT LABOUR RELATIONS MATTERS FROM THE PUBLIC OUTSIDE OFFICE HOURS. THE NUMBER IS 3-205638.

THE MOVE IS AIMED AT EXTENDING THE LRS’S ENQUIRY SERVICE TO PEOPLE WHO MAY NOT HAVE TIME DURING THE DAY TO APPROACH THE DEPARTMENT WITH THEIR QUERIES AND PROBLEMS.

CALLERS MAY STATE THEIR PROBLEMS AND LEAVE THEIR NAMES AND CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBERS. THE MESSAGES WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY RECORDED AND A REPLY WILL BE GIVEN BY LRS STAFF ON THE FOLLOWING WORKING DAY, OR APPROPRIATE FOLLOW-UP ACTION TAKEN.

THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE HAS NINE OFFICES ON HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES. DURING NORMAL OFFICE HOURS, ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE ON THE FOLLOWING TELEPHONES:

HK ISLAND EAST :

HK ISLAND WEST s

KOWLOON EAST :

KOWLOON WEST :

KOWLOON SOUTH :

KWUN TONG :

TSUEN WAN :

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TUEN MUN :

TA I PO :

5-282523

5-268671

3-205638

3-201652

3-319454

3-898520

0-4980100

0-818443

0-6577111 EXT. 114.

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SUsMY, u‘«::UaRY 2J, 1983

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT ALREADY HAS TWO OTHER SPECIAL TELEPHONES TO RECEIVE REPORTS OF INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS AND COMPLAINTS RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT OF WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS.

THE TELEPHONE FOR INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT REPORTS IS 3-688756, WHILE THE ONE FOR COMPLAINTS IS 3-684242.

BOTH TELEPHONES ARE MANNED DURING OFFICE HOURS. MESSAGES RECEIVED OUTSIDE OFFICE HOURS ARE ALSO AUTOMATICALLY RFCORDFD.

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UK SCHOLARSHIPS FOR HONG KONG STUDENTS

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HONG KONG STUDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED BY ANY OF BRITAIN’S 99 INSTITUTIONS FOR POSTGRADUATE STUDIES IN THE 1983-84 ACADEMIC YEAR CAN NOW APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS UNDER BRITAIN’S OVERSEAS RESEARCH STUDENTS AWARD SCHEME.

THE INSTITUTIONS INCLUDE THE UNIVERSITIES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, THE LONDON AND MANCHESTER BUSINESS SCHOOLS, THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART AND THE CRANFIELD INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY.

THE OVERSEAS RESEARCH STUDENTS AWARD SCHEME WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1979 TO PROVIDE AWARDS FOR PARTIAL REMISSION OF TUITION FEES TO OVERSEAS POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS OF OUTSTANDING MERIT AND RESEARCH POTENTIAL.

THERE WILL BE 600 AWARDS IN 1983 AND EACH OF THEM WILL COVER THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TUITION FEE FOR A HOME POSTGRADUATE STUDENT AND THE +FULL-COST+ FEE CHARGEABLE TO AN OVERSEAS POSTGRADUATE STUDENT.

THE ONLY CRITERIA FOR THE AWARDS ARE OUTSTANDING MERIT AND RESEARCH POTENTIAL. OTHER FACTORS, SUCH AS FINANCIAL MEANS, NATIONALITY, PROPOSED FIELDS OF STUDY AND INSTITUTIONS, WILL NOT BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE MADE ON THE OFFICIAL FORM (ORS/1), COPIES OF WHICH CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE REGISTRAR OR SECRETARY CF THE ACADEMIC INSTITUTION WHICH HAS ACCEPTED THE STUDENTS.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE REGISTRAR OR SECRETARY BY MAY 3. IF A SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT HAS APPLIED TO MORE THAN ONE INSTITUTION, HE OR SHE IS FREE TO DECIDE AT WHICH INSTITUTION THE AWARD WILL BE HELD.

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SUBJECT TO THE SATISFACTORY PROGRESS OF THE AWARD HOLDER, AN AWARD WILL BE RENEWED FOR A SECOND OR THIRD YEAR, ACCORDING TO THE NORMAL LENGTH OF THE RESEARCH COURSE BEING UNDERTAKEN.

FURTHER INFORMATION OF THE 1983 AWARD SCHEME MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, 15/F, 77 LEIGHTON ROAD, HONG KONG, TELEPHONE 5-7903869.

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WAN WAH STREET TO BE RE-OPENED

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WAN WAH STREET IN TSZ WAN SHAN WILL BE RE-OPENED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 25) WITH THE COMPLETION OF ROAD WORKS.

THE ROAD WAS CLOSED IN DECEMBER LAST YEAR FOLLOWING A BURST OF WATER MAINS.

AFTER THE OPENING, KMB NOS. 3A, 3B AND 15A AND MAXICAB ROUTE 20 WILL RESUME THEIR NORMAL RUNS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, JANUARY 24, 198}

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

HK OFFICIALS TO VISIT GUANGDONG ............................... 1

LAST MONTH WAS THIRD DRIEST DECEMBER ON RECORD................. 1

COUNTRY PARKS POPULAR ......................................... 4

COMMUNICATIONS STRENGTHENED IN CNTA ........................... 5

AVIATION CHIEF OFF FOR TALKS .................................. 5

SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS OFFERED..................................   6

PARTY FOR 600 OLD PEOPLE ....................................   7

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF FLYOVER .................................. 7

WATER FIGURES

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MONDAY, JANUARY 24, 1983

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HK OFFICIALS TO VISIT GUANGDONG *****

A TEAM OF HONG KONG OFFICIALS LED BY THE POLITICAL ADVISER AND INCLUDING THE DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION, AND THE PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR SECURITY (OPERATIONS), WILL BE VISITING GUANGDONG ON JANUARY 25 AND 26 FOR TALKS WITH GUANGDONG OFFICIALS LED BY MR ZHANG JI ANNAN, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE GUANGDONG PUBLIC SECURITY BUREAU.

THE PURPOSE OF THE MEETING WILL BE TO REVIEW THE WORK OF THE BORDER LIAISON OFFICERS APPOINTED BY THE TWO SIDES TO FACILITATE COOPERATION ON CERTAIN PRACTICAL CROSS-BORDER QUESTIONS.

ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF BORDER LIAISON OFFICERS WERE AGREED DURING A MEETING BETWEEN HONG KONG AND GUANGDONG OFFICIALS IN MAY 1981. SINCE THEN, THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR BORDER LIAISON HAVE WORKED WELL. TWO REVIEW MEETINGS HAVE BEEN HELD, IN NOVEMBER 1981 AND IN JUNE 1982. THIS WILL BE THE THIRD OF THESE REGULAR REVIEW MEETINGS.

SUBJECTS LIKELY TO BE DISCUSSED DURING THE MEETING WILL INCLUDE COUNTER-MEASURES AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, AND THE REGULAR EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION RELATING TO POtlCE, IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS MATTERS.

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LAST MONTH WAS^THIRD DRIEST DECEMBER ON RECORD * * * *

MINIMAL RAINFALL MADE LAST MONTH THE THIRD DRIEST DECEMBER ON RECORD, ACCORDING TO THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY’S MONTHLY REVIEW JUST PUBLISHED.

BECAUSE OF ROUGH WEATHER, THREE VESSELS CAPSIZED IN HONG KONG WATERS ON DECEMBER 26, RESULTING IN EIGHT PEOPLE BEING DROWNED.

IT WAS ALSO REPORTED THAT A COLD SPELL LAST MONTH CLAIMED THREE LIVES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

DURING ANOTHER COLD SPELL HOAR FROST WAS REPORTED ON TAI MO SHAN AND IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE REVIEW SAID THE MONTH WAS COOLER THAN NORMAL AND ONLY A TRACE OF RAINFALL WAS RECORDED.

THE WEATHER WAS GENERALLY FINE, APART FROM CLOUDY PERIODS ON THE FIRST THREE DAYS OF THE MONTH. THEN EASTERLY WINDS FRESHENED EARLY ON DECEMBER 4 AND THE WEATHER BECAME CLOUDY.

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A COLD FRONT ARRIVED ON DECEMBER 5 BRINGING SOME LIGUT R&’N, AND STRONG EASTERLY WINDS WERE EXPERIENCED IN OFF-SHORE AREAS FOR SEVERAL HOURS.

THEY GAVE WAY TO STRONG NORTHERLY WINDS AS THE COLD FRONT MOVED INTO THE SOUTH CHINA SEA EARLY ON DECEMBER 6.

THE WEATHER REMAINED CLOUDY UNTIL THE NIGHT OF DECEMBER 8.

THE WEATHER WAS FINE FROM DECEMBER 9 TO 11.

HOWEVER, ANOTHER COLD FRONT ARRIVED ON DECEMBER 11 AND WINDS BECAME FRESH TO STRONG NORTHERLY IN THE EVENING.

THE WEATHER BECAME CLOUDY WITH SOME LIGHT RAIN THE FOLLOWING MORNING WHILE TEMPERATURES DROPPED SIGNIFICANTLY.

TEMPERATURES FELL TO BELOW 10 DEGREE CELSIUS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE YEAR ON DECEMBER 14 WHILE THE WEATHER TURNED FINE.

IT WAS CLOUDY ON DECEMBER 15 BUT FINE WEATHER SET IN THE FOLLOWING DAY AND PERSISTED UNTIL DECEMBER 22.

A SURGE OF THE WINTER MONSOON ARRIVED IN THE AFTERNOON OF DECEMBER 16 AND NORTHERLY WINDS BECAME STRONG OFF SHORE AND IN OTHER EXPOSED LOCATIONS AROUND MIDNIGHT.

TEMPERATURES DROPPED APPRECIABLY ON THE FOLLOWING TWO DAYS AND WERE ONCE AGAIN BELOW 10 DEGREE CELSIUS ON DECEMBER 18.

THIS COLD SPELL REPORTEDLY CLAIMED THREE LIVES, ONE IN TAI WO PING AND TWO IN YUEN LONG.

THE WEATHER BECAME CLOUDY ON DECEMBER 23 WHEN WINDS FRESHENED FROM THE EAST. IT REMAINED CLOUDY WITH SUNNY INTERVALS ON DECEMBER 24 AND 25.

AN INTENSE COLD SURGE ARRIVED IN HONG KONG IN THE AFTERNOON CF DECEMBER 25.

STRONG NORTHERLY WINDS WITH FREQUENT GUSTS OF OVER 40 KNOTS WERE EXPERIENCED IN EXPOSED PLACES ON THE NIGHT OF DECEMBER 25 AND IN THE EARLY HOURS OF DECEMBER 26. DURING THIS PERIOD, A CHINESE FISHING JUNK SANK IN ROUGH SEAS NEAR WAGLAN ISLAND AND A BARGE CAPSIZED NEAR TELEGRAPH BAY. IN THE AFTERNOON OF DECEMBER 26 A SPEED BOAT OVERTURNED NEAR MA WAN. EIGHT PERSONS WERE DROWNED IN THESE INCIDENTS.

THE WEATHER BECAME FINE AND DRY ON DECEMBER 26.

TEMPERATURES ON DECEMBER 27 DROPPED TO 8.9 DEGREE CELSIUS, THE LOWEST FOR THE YEAR.

IT WAS COLD AT NIGHT BETWEEN DECEMBER 26 AND 29 AND HOAR FROST WAS REPORTED ON TAI MO SHAN AND IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

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ON DECEMBER 30 AND 31, THE WEATHER WAS CLOUDY AND MILD.

THE YELLOW FIRE DANGER WARNING WAS ISSUED ON DECEMBER 5, 11, 25, 2Q AND 30 WHILE THE RED FIRE DANGER WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM DECEMBER 12 TO 23 AND FROM DECEMBER 26 TO 29.

THE GAS WATER HEATER SAFETY ALERT WAS ISSUED ON DECEMBER 6, 7, 11 TO 15, 17 TO 20 AND 26 TO 28. FROST WARNINGS WERE ALSO ISSUED ON DECEMBER 12 AND 26.

SIGNALS HOISTED DURING THE MONTH WERE AS FOLLOWS:

DATE AND TIME DATE AND TIME

WEATHER SYSTEM SIGNAL OF HOISTING OF LOWERING

WINTER MONSOON STRONG MONSOON DEC 5 5.10 1 3M DEC 7 6.30 AM

WINTER MONSOON STRONG MONSOON DEC 11 9.15 । =M DEC 12 1 PM

WINTER MONSOON STRONG MONSOON DEC 16 / 11.10 PM DEC 17 12.50 PM

WINTER MONSOON STRONG MONSOON DEC 25 7 PM DEC 26 1 PM

THE MONTH’S FIGURES AND DEPARTURES . FROM NORMAL WERE:

SUNSHINE 176.5 HOURS K 2.8 HOURS BELOW NORMAL

RAINFALL TRACE ns 25.3 MM BELOW NORMAL

CLOUDINESS 47 PER CENT SB 5 PER CENT LESS THAN NORMAL

RELATIVE HUMIDITY 62 PER CENT s 7 PER CENT LOWER THAN NORMAL

MEAN MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE 19.4 DEGREE CELSIUS 1.4 DEGREE CELSIUS BELOW NORMAL

MEAN TEMPERATURE 16.7 DEGREE CELSIUS * 1.0 DEGREE CELSIUS BELOW NORMAL

MEAN MINIMUM TEMPERATURE 14.1 DEGREE CELSIUS 1.1 DEGREE CELSIUS BELOW NORMAL

MEAN DEW POINT 9.2 DEGREE CELSIUS =s 2.2 DEGREE CELSIUS BELOW NORMAL

TOTAL EVAPORATION 117.0 MM s 4.0 MM BELOW NORMAL

THE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 24.0 DEGREE ON DECEMBER 25 WHILE THE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE CELSIUS WAS RECORDED OF 8.9 DEGREE CELSIUS

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COUNTRY PARKS POPULAR

* * *

MORE THAN 40 000 HECTARES OF SCENIC HILL LAND IN HONG KONG HAVE NOW BEEN DESIGNATED AS COUNTRY PARKS, CONSTITUTING ABOUT AO PER CENT OF TOTAL LAND AREA IN THE TERRITORY, AND THESE LAST YEAR ATTRACTED MORE THAN EIGHT MILLION VISITS.

THIS WAS DISCLOSED TODAY (MONDAY) BY MRS MADELEINE TANG, A MEMBER OF THE COUNTRY PARKS BOARD AND CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD’S PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF AN EXHIBITION DISPLAYING ABOUT 200 PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN IN THE COUNTRY PARKS.

THE EXHIBITION, ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF THE UNITED CENTRE IN QUEENSWAY, IS BEING PRESENTED BY THE COUNTRY PARKS AUTHORITY ADMINISTERED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, THE PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF HONG KONG AND ELEGANT COLOUR PHOTO CENTRE LTD.

MRS TANG SAID: +BY CO-SPONSORING THIS EXCELLENT DISPLAY OF PHOTOGRAPHS WE HOPE TO PROMOTE THE DEVELOPMENT OF PHOTOGRAPHY AS A VERY ATTRACTIVE HOBBY, AND VERY APPROPRIATE ACTIVITY IN COUNTRY PARKS.

+LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY DEVELOPS IN PHOTOGRAPHER AND VISITOR ALIKE AN INTEREST IN VEGETATION, LAND FORMS AND ALL OTHER FACTORS WHICH TOGETHER MAKE AN ATTRACTIVE LANDSCAPE,* SHE SAID.

MANY PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY VISITORS FROM OVERSEAS, THINK HONG KONG IS A HIGHLY DEVELOPED CITY WITH A POPULATION OF MORE THAN FIVE MILLION PEOPLE AND HARDLY ANY COUNTRYSIDE, SHE SAID.

+THIS IS FAR FROM THE TRUTH. IN FACT THERE ARE 40 □□□ HECTARES OF SCENIC HILL LAND WHICH ARE NOW DESIGNATED AS COUNTRY PARKS.

♦LAST YEAR MORE THAN EIGHT MILLION VISITS WERE MADE TO THESE COUNTRY PARKS,* SHE SAID.

SHE URGED VISITORS TO PUT THEIR LITTER INTO THE BINS PROVIDED OR ELSE TAKE IT HOME, AND TO EXTINGUISH ALL FIRES BEFORE LEAVING.

REPRESENTATIVES OF THE THREE ORGANISERS PRESENTED PRIZES TO THE WINNERS OF A PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION FROM WHICH THE PHOTOGRAPHS ON DISPLAY WERE CHOSEN.

THE PHOTOGRAPHS ON DISPLAY WERE CHOSEN FROM MORE THAN 5 000 ENTRIES SUBMITTED BY PHOTOGRAPHIC ENTHUSIASTS WHO WENT TO THE PARKS ON EIGHT SEPARATE OUTINGS LAST YEAR. THE EXHIBITION CLOSES ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 29).

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COMMUNICATIONS STRENGTHENED IN CNTA * * * *

THE CHANNEL OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE STAFF AND ANAGEMENT OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HAS tEEN FURTHER STRENGTHENED WITH THE SETTING UP OF A DEPARTMENTAL CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE (DCC).

SPEAKING AT AN INAUGURAL MEETING TODAY, THE SECRETARY FOR CIVIL SERVICE, MR MARTIN ROWLANDS, SAID THE DCC AIMED AT PROMOTING BETTER UNDERSTANDING AND CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE STAFF AND MANAGEMENT THROUGH REGULAR DISCUSSIONS ON MATTERS AFFECTING THE STAFF IN CNTA.

IT WAS ALSO INTENDED THAT THE IMPROVED COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE TWO PARTIES WOULD HELP PROMOTE EFFICIENCY IN THE DEPARTMENT, HE ADDED.

SO FAR, DEPARTMENTAL CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEES HAVE BEEN FORMED IN 41 GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, EXPRESSED SIMILAR REMARKS AND ADDED THAT HE WAS GLAD TO SEE THE BROAD STAFF REPRESENTATION AT DIFFERENT LEVELS.

TODAY’S MEETING WAS CHAIRED BY THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR ALBERT LAM, AND ATTENDED BY FIVE MANAGEMENT MEMBERS AND 20 STAFF MEMBERS REPRESENTING 13 GRADES FROM VARIOUS DISTRICT OFFICES.

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AVIATION CHIEF OFF FOR TALKS K K M

MR B.D. KEEP, DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION, LEFT TODAY FOR TAMPA, FLORIDA, TO ATTEND THE AIRPORT OPERATORS COUNCIL INTERNATIONAL (AOCI) BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING TO BE HELD ON JANUARY 26 AND 27.

DISCUSSIONS WILL DEAL WITH SUCH MATTERS AS AIRPORT ENVIRONMENT, SECURITY AND ECONOMICS, AS WELL AS PUBLIC AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS.

DURING HIS ABSENCE, MR J.T. THORPE, DEPUTY DIRECTOR, WILL ACT AS DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION.

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SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS OFFERED * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD ANOTHER AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR REGISTRATION NUMBERS ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 29) AT 10 AM IN THE CITY HALL RECITAL HALL.

THIRTY FIVE SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS WILL BE OFFERED FOR BIDDING. THEY ARE:

ex 550 ex 411 ex 990 ex 120 AH 3388

ex 522 ex 450 ex 1011 ex 7888 HK 323

ex 521 ex 451 ex 991 CP 595 ex 2138

ex 511 ex 903 AK 8998 CW 7832 329

ex 201 ex 902 AL 1882 AA 383 AX 1132

ex 301 ex 901 BB 8003 CW 8855 CJ 83

ex 410 ex 170 449 ex 489 CW 1

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT PAYMENT MUST EE MADE IN CASH OR BY CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE BIDDING, AND THAT THE 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 GO TO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND.

THE AUCTION WILL BE THE 81ST ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973.

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PARTY FOR 600 OLD * * *

PEOPLE

DISTRICT, NEW TERRITORIES

ABOUT 600 ELDERLY PEOPLE IN NORTH

A VEGETARIAN LUNCH AND A GARDEN PARTY

WILL BE TREATED TO TOMORROW (TUESDAY) FAN LING.

AT FUNG YIN SIN KOON, A

TAOIST MONASTERY IN

THE PARTY, A VARIETY SHOW, KOON.

TO

BE HELD FROM 1.30 PM TO

A LUCKY DRAW AND A TOUR OF

4 PM, WILL INCLUDE THE FUNG YIN SIN

IS ORGANISED BY THE NORTH DISTRICT CO-ORDINATING

THE EVENT

COMMITTEE FOR ELDERLY ACTIVITIES TO PROVIDE RECREATION FOR PEOPLE AGED OVER 60.

THE PARTY HAS BEEN MADE POSSIBLE WITH A CONTRIBUTION OF $17 500 FROM THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD, PLUS $3 000 EACH FROM FUNG YIN SIN KOON AND SHEK WU CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF FLYOVER

K J4 W

PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD FLYOVER IN HO MAN TIN WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 1 AM TO 6 AM ON WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY (JANUARY 26 AND 27) FOR MAINTENANCE WORKS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, TRAFFIC BETWEEN PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD AND WATERLOO ROAD WILL BE MAINTAINED ON GROUND LEVEL ROADS.

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WATER FIGURES * * *

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 72.9 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 420.851 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 252.761 MILLION

CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 43.8 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

I 1

TAG ENDORSES BIGGER PUBLICITY PLAN ............................. 1

RECALIBRATION OF TAXI METERS ..................................  2

Labour law offences..............<.............................. 2

J THREE MORE DAYS FOR U.C. NOMINATIONS............................ 5

HONG KONG EXPORT CREDIT* INSURANCE CORPORATION MOVES TO TSIM SHA TSUI EAST .................................................. 5

ADMINISTRATION COURSES FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL HEADS ................ 4

i SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TOMORROW ........................ 5

CAS HOLDING AIR CRASH DISASTER EXERCISE ......................   5

FRESH AND SALT WATER SUPPLY SUSPENSION ......................... 6

FANLING SWIMMING POOL RE-OPENS ON THURSDAY...................... 6

PARTIAL CLOSURE OF EAST KOWLOON WAY AND AIRPORT TUNNEL ......... 7

PARKING METERS IN'WAN CHAI ..................................

TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, 1983

1

TAC ENDORSES BIGGER PUBLICITY PLAN * * * *

THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE TODAY ENDORSED AN EXPANDED PROGRAMME OF PUBLICITY AND PUBLIC EDUCATION AIMED AT REDUCING THE NUMBER OF ROAD ACCIDENTS AND CASUALTIES.

A TOTAL OF 18 310 PEOPLE DIED OR WERE INJURED IN 13 892 ACCIDENTS DURING THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF 1982.

THIS MEANS THAT ON AVERAGE EACH DAY, ABOUT 67 PEOPLE LOST THEIR LIVES OR WERE INJURED IN 50 ACCIDENTS AS A RESULT OF CARELESSNESS WHICH COULD WELL HAVE BEEN PREVENTED.

THESE FIGURES ARE OVER 6 PER CENT HIGHER THAN FOR THE SAME PERIOD IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR AND PROBABLY WOULD HAVE BEEN EVEN HIGHER IF IT HAD NOT BEEN FOR THE INTENSIVE ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN WHICH WAS CONDUCTED DURING 1982.

ROAD SAFETY HAS AGAIN THEREFORE BEEN CHOSEN BY THE GOVERNMENT AS THE SUBJECT OF A MAJOR PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN IN THE COMING FINANCIAL YEAR 1983/84.

THE ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN PROGRAMME AGREED BY TAC TODAY WAS DRAWN UP BY THE ROAD SAFETY COUNCIL WHICH COMPRISES REPRESENTATIVES OF THE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS INVOLVED AND IS ATTENDED BY MOTORING AND ROAD SAFETY ORGANISATIONS.

THE YEAR-ROUND CAMPAIGN WILL CONTINUE TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THE VULNERABILITY OF PEDESTRIANS AND WILL STRESS THE PROPER WAY TO USE THE ROADS. IT WILL BE BASED ON RESEARCH AND ADVICE FROM PROFESSIONAL ROAD SAFETY ENGINEERS.

IT WILL BE CARRIED FORWARD ON THREE FRONTS: FIRST, MEDIA PUBLICITY, EMPLOYING TELEVISION, RADIO AND OTHER MEANS OF SPREADING SAFETY MESSAGES? SECOND, COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT, TO BE FURTHER HELPED BY THE NEW DISTRICT BOARDS; AND THIRD, EDUCATION, MAINLY DIRECTED AT THE MORE RECEPTIVE YOUNG AUDIENCE.

IN ADDITION, A SPECIAL CAMPAIGN WILL BE CONDUCTED TO PREPARE FOR THE INTRODUCTION OF COMPULSORY WEARING OF SEAT BELTS LATER THIS YEAR.

IN THEIR REGULAR MEETING TODAY, TAC MEMBERS ALSO STUDIED THE PROGRESS OF THE CONTRACT HIRE CAR SCHEME INTRODUCED IN 1981 TO LEGITIMISE PAK PAI HIRE CAR OPERATIONS.

THEY NOTED THAT PAK PAI ACTIVITY HAD REMAINED AT A LOW LEVEL ALTHOUGH IT STILL EXISTED IN THE REMOTER PARTS OF KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES WHERE LAW ENFORCEMENT IS HAMPERED BY THE GREAT CAUTION OF OPERATORS WHO ACCEPT HIRE ONLY FROM KNOWN CUSTOMERS. THE POLICE HAVE BEEN KEEPING A CLOSE WATCH OVER LICENSED HIRE CARS OPERATING IN BREACH OF THE CONDITIONS OF PERMIT. A TOTAL OF 147 PROSECUTIONS WERE TAKEN OUT IN THE 5 MONTHS OF JULY - NOVEMBER LAST YEAR; A HIGH PROPORTION OF THESE WERE OPERATING IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

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RECALIBRATION OF TAXI METERS

* * *

TO SIMPLIFY AND FACILITATE THE RECALIBRATION OF TAXI METERS, MINOR ADJUSTMENT WILL BE INTRODUCED TO THE URBAN TAXI FARE SCALE CW A DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT THE 12.5 PER CENT INCREASE WHICH WAS APPROVED IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED.

THE PURPOSE OF THE ADJUSTMENT IS TO MAKE THE RECALIBRATION OF TAXI METERS CHEAPER AND QUICKER — IN THIS CASE WITHIN SIX MONTHS.

THE FARE WILL STILL BE $4.50 FOR THE FIRST TWO KILOMETRES, 60 CENTS FOR EVERY SUBSEQUENT 266.66 METRES, INSTEAD OF THE PRESENT SCALE OF 90 CENTS FOR EVERY 400 METRES.

HE ADDED THAT SINCE THE NEW MEASURE IS A TECHNICAL ADJUSTMENT, THE CONVERSION TABLE IN CURRENT USE WILL REMAIN VALID UNTIL THE RECALIBRATION OF TAXI METERS.

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LABOUR LAW OFFENCES

XXX

A TOTAL OF 660 PROSECUTION CASES FOR BREACHES OF LABOUR LAWS TAKEN OUT BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT RESULTED IN COURT CONVICTIONS LAST (DECEMBER) MONTH, WITH FINES EXCEEDING $539 000.

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 243, WITH $306 056 IN FINES. THESE INCLUDED 100 CASES (WITH $127 100 IN FINES) FOR BREACH OF THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (GUARDING AND OPERATION OF MACHINERY) REGULATIONS AND 70 CASES (WITH $120 100 IN FINES) FOR BREACH OF THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS.

CASES RELATING TO BREACHES OF THE WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS (INDUSTRY) REGULATIONS TOTALLED 319, WITH $172 450 IN FINES.

OF THE OTHER PROSECUTIONS, 23 CASES CONCERNED FAILURE TO KEEP RECORDS OF EMPLOYEES, LEADING TO $12 050 IN FINES.

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THREE MORE DAYS FOR U.C. NOMINATIONS * * *

THE DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS OF CANDIDATES FOR THE MARCH URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS IS NOW ONLY THREE DAYS AWAY.

♦NOMINATIONS CLOSE AT 5.30 PM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 28), SO THOSE CANDIDATES WHO HAVE NOT YET REGISTERED SHOULD CONTACT THEIR LOCAL DISTRICT OFFICES FOR NOMINATION FORMS NOW.+ THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR GRAHAM BARNES SAID TODAY.

♦THE ELECTIONS PROVIDE A GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR CAPABLE AND ENTHUSIASTIC PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY,* HE ADDED.

UP TO 5 PM TODAY (TUESDAY), 29 CANDIDATES HAD REGISTERED FOR 14 OF THE 15 CONSTITUENCIES.

THE ONLY CONSTITUENCY FOR WHICH NO CANDIDATE HAS YET BEEN NOMINATED IS KOWLOON CITY EAST, WHICH HAS AN ELECTORATE OF 41 812, MR BARNES SAID.

FOUR OTHER CONSTITUENCIES - CENTRAL AND WESTERN, WAN CHAI, KWUN TONG WEST AND WONG TAI SIN SOUTH - HAVE ONLY ONE CANDIDATE EACH.

THE REMAINING 10 CONSTITUENCIES ARE BEING CONTESTED BY BETWEEN TWO AND FOUR CANDIDATES EACH.

MR BARNES REITERATED THAT ANYONE WHO IS A REGISTERED ELECTOR AND WHO HAS LIVED IN HONG KONG FOR AT LEAST 10 YEARS MAY STAND FOR ELECTION. HE HOPED THAT MANY MORE CANDIDATES WOULD COME FORWARD.

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THE URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS ARE BEING HELD ON A CONSTITUENCY BASIS. A TOTAL OF 708 119 RESIDENTS IN THE URBAN AREAS ARE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE IN THE ELECTIONS.

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HONG KONG EXPORT CREDIT INSURANCE CORPORATION MOVES TO TSIM SHA TSUI EAST *****

THE GROWTH OF THE HONG KONG EXPORT CREDIT INSURANCE CORPORATION (ECIC) WAS ILLUSTRATED BY COMPARING ITS $3.8 BILLION INSURED TURNOVER AND ISSUE OF 1 200 POLICIES IN 1981/82, WITH ITS FIRST YEAR TURNOVER OF .>260 MILLION AND 83 POLICIES ISSUED IN 1966/67.

THIS WAS STATED TODAY (TUESDAY) BY THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR BILL DORWARD WHEN OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING OF THE ECIC NEW OFFICES AT SOUTH SEA CENTRE, TSIM SHA TSUI EAST.

/♦THE FACT ......

TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, 198?

4

+THE FACT THAT THE PREMISES ARE MUCH LARGER THAN 'tHE OL CrFiC. SPACE IN INTERNATIONAL BUILDING IN CENTRAL DISTRICT, REFLECiS iHE GROWTH OF THE CORPORATION AND THE DEMAND FOR ITS SERVICES,*

DORWARD REMARKED.

+THE SECOND SYMBOLIC ASPECT, IT SEEMS TO ME, IS THAT THIS NEW OFFICE IS IN TSIM SHA TSUI, REFLECTING THE WAY IN WHICH THE COMMERCIAL CENTRE OF HONG KONG HAS SPREAD IN RECENT YEARS FROM THE FEW BLOCKS OF CONNAUGHT ROAD, DES VOEUX ROAD AND QUEEN’S ROAD, WHICH ONCE MARKED ITS LIMITS.

♦ IF ANYONE HAS ANY LINGERING DOUBTS ABOUT THE WISDOM OF THIS MOVE, I CAN ONLY SAY THAT OUR EXPERIENCE WHEN WE MOVED THE OLD TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT FROM CENTRAL TO TSIM SHA TSUI SOME YEARS AGO WAS VERY SATISFACTORY AND APPARENTLY APPRECIATED BY MOST OF OUR CUSTOMERS,* SAID MR DORWARD.

+BUT JUST BECAUSE EVERYTHING IS DIFFERENT DOESN’T MEAN ANYTHING HAS CHANGED, AND FOR THE EXPORT CREDIT INSURANCE CORPORATION IT IS VERY MUCH BUSINESS AS USUAL. I AM SURE THE COMMISSIONER AND HIS STAFF WILL ATTEND TO THAT BUSINESS WITH THEIR USUAL ENTHUSIASM, ENHANCED BY THE STIMULATION OF THEIR NEW SURROUNDINGS,* HE CONCLUDED.

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ADMINISTRATION COURSES FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL HEADS

*****

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAS LINED UP FIVE COURSES ON SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL HEADS DURING THE 1983/84 SCHOOL YEAR.

THESE COURSES, EACH OF WHICH WILL LAST FOR TWO WEEKS, ARE AIMED AT HELPING SCHOOL HEADS TO ACQUIRE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS RELATED TO SCHOOL MANAGEMENT AND TO IMPROVE THEIR EFFICIENCY IN SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION.

THE CONTENT OF THE COURSES WILL INCLUDE GENERAL KNOWLEDGE ON EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION, MANAGEMENT CONCEPTS AND APPLICATION OF MANAGEMENT SKILLS WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO SCHOOLS.

THE MAIN EMPHASIS IS ON PARTICIPATION AND DEVELOPMENT THROUGH THE USE OF CASE STUDIES, SIMULATION TECHNIQUES AND GROUP DISCUSSION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID OPPORTUNITIES WILL BE PROVIDED FOR ALL SERVING HEADS OF AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOLS TO TAKE PART IN THESE COURSES, BUT PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN APPOINTED IN THE LAST SIX YEARS.

FOR DETAILS, SUPERVISORS AND HEADS OF SCHOOLS MAY CONTACT THEIR DISTRICT EDUCATION OFFICERS OR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S TRAINING UNIT ON TELEPHONE NO. 5-724379.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, 1903

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SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TOMORROW

* * * *

THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS A PROPOSAL TO SET UP A WORKING GROUP TO REVIEW LAW AND ORDER IN THE DISTRICT AT ITS FIFTH MEETING TOMORROW.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA WILL INCLUDE DISCUSSIONS ON THE DEVELOPMENT PLAN IN SIU LEK YUEN VALLEY AND AN APPLICATION FOR SUPPLEMENTARY FUNDS FOR FESTIVE LIGHTING DECORATIONS.

PAPERS ON SIGNIFICANT CASES FROM THE +MEET THE PUBLIC* SCHEME AND PUBLIC COMPLAINTS RECEIVED ON TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT MATTERS WILL ALSO BE TABLED.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AT 9.30 AM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) IN THE FUNCTION ROOM OF THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE. A 14-SEATER GOVERNMENT VAN AM 5797 WILL LEAVE THE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT 8.15 AM FOR SHA TIN.

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CAS HOLDING AIR CRASH DISASTER EXERCISE * * *

OVER 600 CIVIL AID SERVICES MEMBERS FROM THE KOWLOON REGION WILL BE TAKING PART IN AN OVERNIGHT AIR CRASH DISASTER EXERCISE, FROM 3 PM ON SATURDAY TO 4 AM ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 30), AT THE CAS TRAINING CENTRE IN ARGYLE STREET.

THE EXERCISE OF CAS MEMBERS IN SAID TODAY.

IS AIMED AT TESTING THE SKILLS AND EFFICIENCY DEALING WITH SUCH AN OCCURRENCE, A CAS SPOKESMAN

THE EXERCISE WILL INVOLVE RESCUE, TREATMENT OF CASUALTIES EXTRICATION OF TRAPPED PERSONS AND EVACUATION OF VICTIMS FROM THE SCENE. IT IS EXPECTED TO REACH A PEAK BETWEEN 8 PM AND 9 ON SATURDAY, AND END AT ABOUT 4 AM ON SUNDAY.

PM

NOTE TO EDITORS!

KOWLOON REGION AIR CRASH

YOU ARE INVITED

TO COVER THE CAS

DISASTER EXERCISE WHICH WILL BE HELD FROM 3 PM ON SATURDAY AND END AT 4 AM ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 30), AT THE CAS KOWLOON TRAINING CENTRE AT 204 ARGYLE STREET, NEXT TO THE KOWLOON CITY POLICE

STATION.

CAS TRAINING OFFICER MR NG YIU-LUN WILL ASSIST MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES AT THE CENTRE.

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FRESH AND SALT WATER SUPPLY SUSPENSION X X X

FRESH AND SALT WATER SUPPLY WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR SEVERAL HOURS IN TWO AREAS ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY (JANUARY 28 AND 29) TO ENABLE WATER MAINS WORKS TO BE CARRIED OUT.

THE FRESH WATER SUPPLY SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT PREMISES IN THE AREA BOUNDED BY CHIU KWONG STREET, DES VOEUX ROAD WEST, HILL ROAD AND QUEEN’S ROAD WEST, INCLUDING THOSE ALONG SIU CHEUNG FONG IN THE WESTERN DISTRICT. THE PERIOD OF SUSPENSION WILL LAST FROM 11 PM ON FRIDAY UNTIL 6 AM THE FOLLOWING MORNING.

IN TSUEN WAN, SALT WATER SUPPLY WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR 17 HOURS FROM 9 AM ON FRIDAY UNTIL 2 PM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT PREMISES BOUNDED BY CHUNG ON STREET, MA TAU PA ROAD, TEXACO ROAD AND CASTLE PEAK ROAD. IT WILL ALSO AFFECT BLOCKS ONE TO 19 OF TAI WO HAU ESTATE, KWAI SHING ESTATE (EAST AND WEST), AND ALL THE PREMISES ALONG TAI HA STREET AND KWAI HOP STREET.

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FANLING SWIMMING POOL RE-OPENS ON THURSDAY X X X X X

THE SECONDARY, OPEN-AIR SWIMMING POOL AT THE FANLING SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX WILL BE RE-OPENED FROM THURSDAY (JANUARY 27).

THERE WILL EE THREE OPENING SESSIONS DAILY FROM 9 AM TO 11.30 AM, 12.30 PM TO 3 PM AND 3.30 PM TO 6 PM, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

MEANWHILE, THE HEATED MAIN POOL IN THE COMPLEX WILL BE RE-OPENED IN THE AFTERNOON OF FEBRUARY 8 (TUESDAY) AFTER THE ERECTION OF AN AIR SUPPORT STRUCTURE TO GIVE SHELTER TO WINTER BATHERS. THE MAIN POOL WILL THEN REPLACE THE OPEN-AIR SECONDARY POOL.

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PARTIAL CLOSURE OF EAST KOWLOON WAY AND AIRPORT TUNNEL * * * *

THE NORTHBOUND SECTION OF EAST KOWLOON WAY AND THE AIRPORT TUNNEL’S EASTBOUND TUBE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 12.01 AM ID 5 AM ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY (JANUARY 28 AND 29) FOR INSTALLATION OF GANTRY SIGNS.

CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL AND KWUN TONG WILL HAVE PRINCE EDWARD ROAD

DURING THE CLOSURE, VEHICLES FROM THE AND HUNG HOM AREA HEADING FOR NGAU TAU KOK TO USE CHATHAM ROAD NORTH, MA TAU WAI ROAD, EAST AND KWUN TONG ROAD.

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FOR

PARKING METERS IN WAN CHAI * * *

PARKING METERS WILL BE IN OPERATION ON HUNG HING ROAD IN

CHAI FROM 8 AM ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 27).

THESE ON-STREET SPACES NUMBERING 27 WILL BE EXCLUSIVELY GOODS VEHICLES, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE HOURLY METER CHARGE WILL BE SI.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 198?

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR CONTINUES DISCUSSIONS IN LONDON ....................... 1

CONSUMER PRICE INCREASE SLOWS DOWN ............................. 1

JOB SPECIFICATIONS FOR INSURANCE INDUSTRY PUBLISHED ............ 4

GREAT ACHIEVEMENTS IN EDUCATION ................................ 4

+LIVELY DRAGON JOG+ ATTRACTS 3 OOO ............................. 6

TUEN MUN DB CONTINUES MEET-THE-PUBLIC SCHEME ................... 7

TENDERS INVITED FOR CROWN LAND TENANCIES ....................... 7

ROAD CLOSURES IN WANG TAU HCW AND CENTRAL ...................... 8

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 1983

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GOVERNOR CONTINUES DISCUSSIONS IN LONDON * * * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) CONTINUED HIS ROUND OF DISCUSSIONS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS IN LONDON, MID-WAY THROUGH HIS WEEK-LONG VISIT.

MOST OF THE DAY WAS CONCERNED WITH TRADE MATTERS.

LATE IN THE MORNING SIR EDWARD HAD A MEETING WITH THE MINISTER FOR TRADE, MR PETER REES, WHO WAS RECENTLY IN HONG KONG. AFTER THESE DISCUSSIONS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRADE THE GOVERNOR ATTENDED A LUNCH HOSTED BY MR REES. THIS LUNCH WAS ATTENDED BY OTHER COMMERCIAL PEOPLE FROM THE CITY WHO HAVE AN INTEREST IN RELATIONS BETWEEN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND HONG KONG.

ALSO DURING THE AFTERNOON SIR EDWARD MET WITH THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE, LORD COCKFIELD.

IN THE MORNING, BEFORE HIS LENGTHY TRADE TALKS, THE GOVERNOR CALLED ON THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE AND LATER MET MR ALAN DONALD, HEAD OF THE FAR EAST DEPARTMENT IN THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE.

DURING THE NEXT TWO DAYS BEFORE RETURNING TO HONG KONG ON FRIDAY, SIR EDWARD WILL HAVE FURTHER TALKS WITH TRADE AND OTHER SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS.

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THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) AND CONSUMER PRICE Iudey FOR DECEMBER 1982 WERE BOTH 135, EACH BE ING ONE POINT OR 5 7 PER CENT HIGHER THAN FOR THE PRECEDING MONTH ACCORDING TO FIGURES PUBLISHED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

COMPARED WITH DECEMBER 1981, BOTH CPI (A) AND CPI (Ri INCREASED BY 12 POINTS OR 9.8 PER CENT. ' '

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY CPI (A) AND CPI (B) FOR 1982 wfrf -a rbspectively^hIqhIr^thah'for^thI

M “iVJjBT14T?EREMCE"TU|SNj8LC0RRESP0mlNS INCREASES * 15-‘

PRICES OF FRESH VEGETABLES AND CHARGES FOR MEALS IN ciEA-l-cU^f!NIS«i NCR£ASED DECEMBER. RENTALS FOR SOME RESIDENTIAL AND CIGARETTE PRICES ALSO WENT UP. ON THE OTHER HAND, PRICES OF FRESH FRUITS DECLINED.

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THE CPI (A) AND CPI (B) ARE BASED ON THE EXPENDITURE PAT .-RNS CF PER CENT AND 30 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, OF URBAN HOUSEHOLDS IN HONS KONG, WHICH WERE DERIVED FROM THE 1979/60 HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY. THE CPI (A) REFERRED TO HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN SI 000 AND $3 499 A MONTH AND THE CPI (B) TO HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN $3 500 AND $6 499 A MONTH AT THAT TIME.

THE INDEXES FOR DECEMBER 1982 IN RESPECT OF THE NINE COHMODITY/SERVICE SECTIONS IN THE TWO CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES ARE GIVEN BELOW, TOGETHER WITH THOSE FOR NOVEMBER 1982 AND DECEMBER 1981.

(OCTOBER 1979 TO SEPTEMBER 1980 AVERAGE - 100)

SECTION CPI (A) CPI (B)

DEC. 81 NOV. 82 DEC. 82 DEC. 81 NOV. 82 DEC. 82

FOODSTUFFS 124 138 133 124 138 139

HOUSING 119 129 131 119 129 130

FUEL AND LIGHT 131 140 140 131 140 140

ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO (FOR HOME CONSUMPTION) 118 125 127 117 124 126

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR 124 137 136 125 137 136

DURABLE GOODS 108 108 108 110 110 110

MISCELLANEOUS GOODS 119 126 127 116 125 126

TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES 135 145 145 133 146 146

SERVICES 127 140 141 126 139 141

ALL ITEMS 123 134 135 123 134 135

THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS REMAINED UNCHANGED FOR CPI (A) AND INCREASED BY ONE POINT IN CPI (B). THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES CF FRESH VEGETABLES WENT UP AS A RESULT OF STRONG DEMAND DURING THE MONTH. RISES WERE ALSO RECORDED IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES CF FRESH-WATER FISH AND IN THE AVERAGE CHARGES FOR MEALS IN RESTAURANTS. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH FRUITS DECREASED.

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THE INDEX FOR HOUSING INCREASED BY TWO POINTS IN CPi (A;

AND BY ONE POINT IN CPI (B) BECAUSE OF INCREASED RENTS FOR RESIDENTIAL FLATS IN HOUSING AUTHORITY GROUP B ESTATES AND FOR FORMER GOVERNMENT LOW-COST HOUSING FLATS IN THE GROUP A ESTATES.

THE TWO-POINT INCREASE IN THE INDEX FOR ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO (FOR HOME CONSUMPTION) IN BOTH CPI (A) AND CPI (B) WAS ATTRIBUTABLE TO HIGHER PRICES OF CIGARETTES.

THE INDEX FOR CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR DECREASED BY ONE POINT IN BOTH CPI (A) AND CPI (B) OWING TO LOWER PRICES OF OUTERCLOTHING.

HIGHER PRICES OF MEDICINES AND JEWELLERY CAUSED THE INDEX FOR MISCELLANEOUS GOODS TO INCREASE BY ONE POINT IN BOTH CPI (A) AND CPI (B).

THE INDEX FOR SERVICES INCREASED BY ONE POINT IN CPI (A) AND BY TWO POINTS IN CPI (B) AS A RESULT OF HIGHER CHARGES FOR PACKAGE TOUR AND FOR ADMISSION TO DISCOTHEQUES AND NIGHT CLUBS AROUND THE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS.

PRICE MOVEMENTS IN THE OTHER SECTIONS WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

AS FROM DECEMBER 1982, THE MONTH-TO-MONTH PERCENTAGE CHANGES IN THE ALL-ITEMS AND FOODSTUFFS SECTION SERIES OF THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED CPI (A) AND CPI (B) WILL BE PUBLISHED MONTHLY. THE AVERAGE MONTHLY CHANGES OF THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED CPI (A) AND CPI (B) FOR THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD ENDED IN DECEMBER 1982 WERE 1.1 PER CENT AND ONE PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

TO ASSIST USERS TO INTERPRET THESE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED FIGURES, AN INTRODUCTORY ARTICLE IS ATTACHED AS AN APPENDIX ID THE +CONSUMER PRICE INDEX REPORT* FOR DECEMBER 1982.

DETAILS OF THESE PRICE MOVEMENTS ARE GIVEN IN THE +CONSUMER PRICE INDEX REPORT* FOR DECEMBER 1982. _

BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE VERSIONS OF THIS REPORT ARE AVAILABLE AT $3 A COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE, HONG KONG.

FOR ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES, PLEASE CONTACT THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AT TELEPHONE HO. 3-7216512.

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JOB SPECIFICATIONS FOR INSURANCE INDUSTRY PUBLISHED

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THE INSURANCE TRAINING BOARD OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL HAS PUBLISHED A MANUAL PROVIDING SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE PRINCIPAL JOBS IN THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY.

ON THE BASIS OF THE BOARD’S FINDINGS, THE MANUAL CLASSIFIES JOB SPECIFICATIONS AT VARIOUS LEVELS FOR THE LIFE INSURANCE AND THE GENERAL INSURANCE SECTOR.

THESE JOBS ARE GROUPED INTO MANAGERIAL AND PROFESSIONAL, SUPERVISORY AND TECHNICAL, AND CLERICAL AND SECRETARIAL JOBS.

THE SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND TRAINING REQUIRED FOR EACH OF THE JOBS ARE LAID DOWN IN THE MANUAL.

THE MANUAL ALSO PROVIDES GUIDELINES FOR COURSES AND TRAINING PROGRAMME PLANNING AND FOR TESTING COMPETENCY OF TRAINEES OR STUDENTS ON COMPLETION OF THEIR TRAINING.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TRAINING BOARD, MR ANTHONY KAN, SAID THAT THIS MANUAL SHOULD BE A USEFUL TOOL TO TECHNICAL INSTITUTIONS, TRAINING ORGANISATIONS AND EMPLOYERS ENGAGED IN INSURANCE TRAINING.

HE ALSO SAID IT WOULD HELP UPGRADE MANPOWER TRAINING WHICH IS ESSENTIAL FOR THE CONTINUING DEVELOPMENT OF THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY.

THE MANUAL IS ON SALE AT $19 A COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE.

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GREAT ACHIEVEMENTS IN EDUCATION * * * *

THE YEAR 1982 WILL BE REMEMBERED AS A VERY SIGNIFICANT YEAR IN HONG KONG’S HISTORY OF EDUCATION, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, W COLVYN HAYE, SAID IN A SPEECH TO THE ZONTA CLUB TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

♦FOR IT WAS IN THIS YEAR THAT THERE WAS A NOTICEABLE INCREASE IN THE TEMPO OF QUALITATIVE IMPROVEMENT OF THE EDUCATION SERVICES,+ MR HAYE POINTED OUT.

PLACING THE PRESENT IN ITS HISTORICAL CONTEXT, HE DESCRIBED DRAMATIC EXTENSIONS OF EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY SINCE WORLD WAR II AND ADDED, +THE PROBLEM OF QUANTITY SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN SOLVED. WHAT REMAINS IS THE PROBLEM OF QUALITY.+

/SCHE OF........

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SOME OF THE MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS OF 1982 CITED BY MR HAYE INCLUDEDi

* EXPANSION OF THE PUBLIC SECTOR BY THE ADMISSION OF 93 NON-PROFIT-MAKING SCHOOLS TO FULLY AIDED STATUS, AND THE OPENING OF 21 NEW AIDED SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN THEIR OWN PREMISES IN SEPTEMBER,

* MORE TEACHERS IN SCHOOLS FOR REMEDIAL WORK, CAREERS EDUCATION AND COUNSELLING SERVICES,

* IMPROVEMENT OF THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION THROUGH STEPPED-UP TRAINING OF TEACHERS, CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT, MORE RESOURCES (PARTICULARLY BOOKS, ETV AND AUDIO-VISUAL AIDS), AND BETTER LANGUAGE TEACHING,

* IMPLEMENTATION OF THE 1981 WHITE PAPER ON PRIMARY EDUCATION AND PRE-PRIMARY SERVICES COVERING LEGISLATION, TEACHERS, TRAINING, RESOURCES, CURRICULUMS, FEES, GRANTS, RATES AND RENTS, AND THE MAJOR NEW ARRANGEMENTS FOR PRIMARY ONE ADMISSION,

* INVOLVEMENT IN DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, AND

* THE OVERALL REVIEW OF THE HONG KONG EDUCATION SYSTEM.

♦MEANWHILE THE BUSY DAY TO DAY LIFE OF THE DEPARTMENT WENT ON, WITH AN INCREASING PUBLIC AWARENESS OF WHAT WE WERE DOING,♦ » HAYE SAID.

EDUCATION HAD BEEN IN THE NEWS FOR MUCH OF THE YEAR, AND THE PRESS FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAD BEEN GOOD, +LARGELY BECAUSE WE DEMONSTRATED SOCIAL CONCERN NOT ONLY WITH WORDS BUT IN DEEDS,♦ HE ADDED.

MR HAYE SAID THAT HE HAD NO DIFFICULTY IN DEFENDING EDUCATION POLICIES AND PRACTICES IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND ELSEWHERE.

NOTEWORTHY HAD BEEN THE SUCCESSFUL PARTICIPATION OF PROFESSIONAL STAFF IN SEMINARS, PANEL DISCUSSIONS AND PROGRAMMES ON RADIO AND TELEVISION, HE POINTED OUT.

I THINK WE WERE SEEN NOT ONLY TO CARE BUT TO ARTICULATE OUR CONCERN FOR A HAPPIER, HEALTHIER EDUCATION SYSTEM.♦

MORE IMPORTANT, WE WERE ABLE TO POINT AT WHAT WE WERE DOING AND THE QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE ADVANCES WE WERE MAKING,* HE STATED.

TURNING TO THE PROSPECTS OF 1983, MR HAYE SAID THAT HE AND HIS DEPARTMENT WOULD BE INVOLVED IN PROCESSING SIR JOHN LLEWELLYN’S OVERALL REVIEW OF THE HONG KONG EDUCATION SYSTEM.

I THINK IT IS SAFE TO PROPHESY THAT WE SHALL BE TAKING A VERY HARD LOOK AT WHAT WE HAVE BEEN DOING AND WHERE WE ARE GOING,* HE SAID.

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MR HAYE WAS CONFIDENT THAT HE AND HIS STAFF WOULD ACCOMPLISH AS MUCH IN 1983 AS THEY DID IN 1982.

AS FOR WORRIES ABOUT THE FUTURE, WHICH APPEARED TO BE FASHIONABLE AT THIS TIME, MR HAYE SAID, +THERE IS A WISE SAYING WHICH REMINDS US THAT ’TODAY’ IS THE ’TOMORROW’ WE WORRIED ABOUT YESTERDAY - AND ALL IS WELL.+

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MORE THAN 3 000 PEOPLE HAVE APPLIED TO TAKE PART IN THE ♦LIVELY DRAGON JOG+ ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 30), AN EVENT ORGANISED AS PART OF THE KWUN TONG ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN.

THE RUNNERS, INCLUDING THREE MARATHON RUNNERS, REPRESENTATIVES FROM CIVIC, COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL BODIES AS WELL AS SCHOOLS WILL SET OFF AT 2 PM ON A 4 200 METRE CIRCUIT FROM KWUN TONG RECREATION GROUND, TSUI PING ROAD.

THE ROUTE COVERS TSUI PING ROAD, KWUN TONG ROAD, JUNK BAY ROAD, SAU MAU PING ROAD, HIU KWONG STREET, HIP WO STREET, BACK TO TSUI PING ROAD AND INTO THE KWUN TONG RECREATION GROUND.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS, RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT AND THE KWUN TONG ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, THE EVENT IS INTENDED TO STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING THE BODY HEALTHY AND FREE OF DRUGS.

SOUVENIRS AND BADGES WILL BE AWARDED TO INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS COMPLETING THE COURSE.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE MR DOUGLAS JORDAN, COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE? MR C.M. LEUNG, ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS ? MR EDDIE LAMB, CHAIRMAN OF THE KWUN TONG ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE? MR D. CHIU CF THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE AND MR P. PANG OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE +LIVELY DRAGON JOG+ OPENING CEREMONY AT THE KWUN TONG RECREATION GROUND, TSUI PING ROAD, AT 2 PM ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 30).

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TUEN MUN DB CONTINUES MEET-THE-PUBLIC SCHEME *****

THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD HAS DECIDED TO CONTINUE WITH ITS MEET-THE-PUBLIC SCHEME AS FROM FRIDAY (JANUARY 28).

UNDER THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS, THERE WILL BE ONE SESSION PER WEEK TO BE HELD ON ALTERNATE TUESDAYS AND FRIDAYS.

A DISTRICT BOARD SPOKESMAN SAID THE TUESDAY SESSIONS WOULD BE HELD IN THE AFTERNOON AT THE DISTRICT BOARD OFFICE AT FOO YICK COMMERCIAL BUILDING, SAN ON CIRCUIT, AND THE FIRDAY IHE EVEN,NG AT THE °N TING/YAU 01 COMMUNITY AFFAIRS BRANCH OFFICE.

HE STRESSED THAT THE SCHEME PROVIDED A GOOD CHANNEL OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE PUBLIC AND THE DISTRICT BOARD AND ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC HAVING COMPLAINTS OR SUGGESTIONS FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE WELL-BEING OF THE DISTRICT SHOULD MAKE GOOD USE OF THE OPPORTUNITY TO RAISE THEM.

OPPORTUNITY TO RAISE THEM.

THE SCHEME WAS INTRODUCED LAST YEAR FOR A TRIAL PERIOD OF FOUR MONTHS.

MEMBERS OF

THE PUBLIC WISHING TO MEET DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS ARE REQUESTED TO MAKE APPOINTMENTS WITH THE DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT AT 0-843801 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR CROWN LAND TENANCIES * * *

TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED BY THE LANDS SHORT-TERM TENANCIES OF TWO PIECES OF CROWN

DEPARTMENT FOR THE LAND IN KOWLOON.

THE LARGER SITE, COVERING ABOUT 2.45 HECTARES AT TwF iiiNrrinxi ™ ™ S i^CT,0N

THEREAFTER^ ™,S S’TE ’S F°R S‘X M0NTHS INITIALLY AND MONTHLY

•HE OTHER SITE IS AT CHOI SHEK LANE KWUN TONc it mcaqiidcc

r SQUARE METRES AND IS FOR OPEN STORAGE OF TENANT’S GOODS BATCM^wr’ C0NSTRUCT,0N EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS, EXCLUDING CONCRETE ’ DA I Uni iM (> •

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the tenancy for this site is for one year and quarterly thereafter.

THE DEADLINE FOR THE ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERS FOR THE TAI KOK TSUI SITE IS 12 NOON ON FEBRUARY 11, WHILE THAT FOR THE KWUN TONG SITE IS 12 NOON ON MARCH 11.

TENDER FORMS, NOTICES AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, AND TENDER PLANS INSPECTED AT THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING, 5TH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG, AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES (KOWLOON EAST AND WEST), KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 9TH AND 1OTH FLOORS, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

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ROAD CLOSURES IN WANG TAU HOM AND CENTRAL * * * * *

FU KEUNG STREET IN WANG TAU HOM NORTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH FU WAN STREET WILL BE CLOSED FROM 1 AM TO 5 AM ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY (JANUARY 28 AND 29) FOR DEMOLITION OF A FOOTBRIDGE.

THIS WILL ALSO APPLY TO WANG TAU HOM CENTRAL ROAD NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH FU KEUNG STREET.

DURING THE CLOSURE, FU KEUNG STREET SOUTH OF RE-ROUTED TWO-WAY.

TRAFFIC ON WANG TAU HOM SOUTH ROAD AND ITS JUNCTION WITH FU WAN STREET WILL BE

MEANWHILE, EDINBURGH PLACE EAST IN CENTRAL, OUTSIDE QUEEN’S PIER WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 8.30 AM ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 29) TO 12 MIDNIGHT THE NEXT DAY IN CONNECTION WITH THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE ARTS FESTIVAL.

BRIDGES STREET BETWEEN TANK LANE AND LADDER STREET WILLALSO BE CLOSED, FROM 8 AM TO 6 PM ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 30) FOR A FUN FAIR.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 198?

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR MEETS FOREIGN SECRETARY ................................ 1

GOVERNOR RETURNING FROM LONDON ................................... 1

SAN PO KONG BACKLANES MUCH CLEANER ............................... 2

BORDER LIAISON TEAM RETURNS ..................................... 2

MANAGER WANTED FOR PRINTING INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRE ............. 3

TSING YI LAND CLEARANCE POLICY OUTLINED .......................... 4

LAST DAY FOR URdCO NOMINATIONS ................................... 5

BETTER FACILITY FOR LEARNER DRIVERS SOON ......................... 6

SAI KUNG DB MEETING TOMORROW ..................................... 7

ENTRIES INVITED FOR NEEDLEWORK COMPETITION ....................... 7

GOLD MEDALS FOR ELDERLY TRIO ..................................... 8

YOUTH ORCHESTRA TO PRESENT CONCERT ............................... 8

+MUSIC FROM THE CLASSROOM+ IN KWUN TONG .......................... 9

DB MEMBERS LEARN ABOUT TAI PO, FANLING PROJECTS .................. 9

SATURDAY NIGHT WORK ON TRAM TRACKS .............................. 10

THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 1983

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GOVERNOR MEETS FOREIGN SECRETARY * * *

ON HIS SECOND LAST DAY IN LONDON, THE GOVERNOR SIR EDWARD YOUDE CONTINUED HIS DISCUSSIONS WITH TRADE OFFICIALS AND ALSO HAD A MEETING WITH THE FOREIGN SECRETARY MR FRANCIS PYM.

SIR EDWARD BEGAN HIS DAY BY SEEING MR ROBIN GRAY, DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR TRADE AT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRADE. THIS MORNING’S MEETING FOLLOWED DISCUSSIONS HE HELD YESTERDAY WITH MINISTER FOR TRADE PETER REES AND TRADE SECRETARY LORD COCKFIELD.

LATER IN THE MORNING THE GOVERNOR SAW MR GORDON MANZ IE. DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR INDUSTRY AT THE DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS.

AFTER A PRIVATE LUNCH WITH THE FORMER HONG KONG GOVERNOR. LORD MACLEHOSE, SIR EDWARD MET WITH THE FOREIGN SECRETARY MR FRANCIS PYM.

ON HIS LAST DAY SIR EDWARD WILL PROBABLY SEE THE PRIME MINISTER, MRS THATCHER, AND LORD BELSTEAD AND OTHER OFFICIALS FROM THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE.

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GOVERNOR RETURNING FROM LONDON

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THERE WILL BE A FACILITY FOR PRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CAMERAMEN TO COVER THE RETURN OF THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, FROM LONDON ON FLIGHT BR 382, S.T.A. 6.15 PM ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 29).

PLEASE ADVISE THOSE ASSIGNED BY YOU TO COVER THE EVENT TO ASSEMBLE IN THE PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE AIRPORT TERMINAL BY 5.15 PM.

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SAN PO KONG BACKLANES MUCH CLEANER M *

THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, WAS TODAY PLEASED TO SEE THE VAST IMPROVEMENTS THAT FOLLOWED A SERIES OF CLEARANCE OPERATIONS IN THE BACKLANES OF SAN PO KONG.

DURING AN INSPECTION TOUR OF WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT, HE NOTED THAT GOOD PROGRESS HAD BEEN MADE ALTHOUGH THIS WAS A GRADUAL +STEP-BY-STEP+ ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROCESS INITIATED BY THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE OF THE DISTRICT BOARD.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR GRAHAM BARNES, THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR IAN STRACHAN, AND SENIOR OFFICIALS FROM HOUSING DEPARTMENT AND THE URBAN AREA DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, SIR PHILIP WALKED THROUGH A NUMBER OF BACKLANES AND FOUND THEM MUCH CLEANER THAN WHEN HE VISITED THE AREA TWO YEARS AGO.

EARLIER, THE ACTING GOVERNOR VISITED THE TSZ WAN SHAN SUB-OFFICE FOR A BRIEFING ON THE DISTRICT’S DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES.

THE PARTY THEN VISITED THE CHUNG SHAN SQUATTER VILLAGE AND MET MEMBERS OF THE MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE WHOSE RECENTLY-OPENED OFFICE WAS FUNDED BY THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD.

SIR PHILIP LATER MET MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE SAN PO KONG INDUSTRIAL AREA COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS LOCAL PROBLEMS.

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A TEAM OF HONG KONG OFFICIALS LED BY THE POLITICAL ADVISER, ROBIN MCLAREN, RETURNED TO HONG KONG TODAY AFTER VISITING GUANGDONG FOR TWO DAYS (JANUARY 25 AND 26) FOR TALKS WITH GUANGDONG OFFICIALS LED BY MR ZHANG JIANAN, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE GUANGDONG PUBLIC SECURITY BUREAU AND MR FU FEN, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE PROVINCIAL FOREIGN AFFAIRS OFFICE.

THE HONG KONG TEAM INCLUDED THE DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION, Hl RON BRIDGE AND THE PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR SECURITY (OPERATIONS), MR ALAN MASON.

THE TALKS WERE HELD IN ZHAOQING AT THE INVITATION OF THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE TALKS TOOK PLACE FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE.

IN A VERY

WORKING OF

THESE

THE PURPOSE OF THE DISCUSSIONS WAS TO REVIEW THE THE BORDER LIAISON ARRANGEMENTS BETWEEN HONG KONG AND GUANGDONG SINCE THE LAST REVIEW MEETING IN JUNE 1982. WRANGEMENTS WERE FIRST ESTABLISHED IN MAY 1981 AND PROV DE FOR EXCHANGES OF INFORMATION AND DISCUSSION OF PRACTICAL MATTERS IN THE POLICE, IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS FIELDS THROUGH A SYSTEM OF NOMINATED LIAISON OFFICERS ON BOTH SIDES.

AT THE MEETING THERE WAS AGREEMENT THAT THE LIAISON ARRANGEMENTS HAD WORKED WELL AND THAT COOPERATION HAD DEVELOPED IN A MANNER SATISFACTORY TO BOTH SIDES.

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WAS DECIDED THAT THE PRESENT SYSTEM SHOULD CONTINUE, WITH THE ADDITION OF CUSTOMS LIAISON OFFICERS ON BOTH SIDES, AND THA‘: A FURTHER REVIEW MEETING SHOULD BE HELD IN HONG KONG TOWARDS THE END OF 1983.

MATTERS DISCUSSED AT THE MEETING INCLUDED MEASURES TO COMBAT ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, IN PARTICULAR THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION OF CHILDREN, AND SMUGGLING.

THE DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION GAVE A PRESENTATION ON THE NEW HONG KONG IDENTITY CARD TO BE INTRODUCED ABOUT THE MIDDLE OF THIS YEAR. IT WAS STRESSED BY THE HONG KONG SIDE THAT THERE WAS NO QUESTION THAT THIS EVENT WOULD BE THE OCCASION FOR AN AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

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MANAGER WANTED FOR PRINTING INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRE

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THE PRINTING INDUSTRY WILL HAVE ITS FIRST TRAINING CENTRE IN KOWLOON BAY, EXPECTED TO BE OPERATIONAL BY SEPTEMBER NEXT YEAR, WITH AN ANNUAL CAPACITY OF 300.

IT WILL PROVIDE BASIC TRAINING IN LETTER ASSEMBLY, GRAPHIC REPRODUCTION, OFFSET PRINTING AND PRINT FINISHING.

ACCORDING TO THE 1982 MANPOWER SURVEY, THE PRINTING INDUSTRY WILL NEED TO RECRUIT ABOUT 125 TECHNICIANS, 420 CRAFTSMEN AND 180 SEMI-SKILLED WORKERS ANNUALLY FOR THE NEXT FEW YEARS.

TO ASSIST IN BRINGING ABOUT SUFFICIENT ADEQUATELY-TRAINED WORKERS IN VARIOUS INDUSTRIES, THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL IS ESTABLISHING NINE TRAINING CENTRES, TO BE HOUSED IN TWO TRAINING CENTRE COMPLEXES LOCATED IN KOWLOON BAY AND KWAI CHUNG.

AND TO CO-ORDINATE THE PLANNING AND SETTING UP OF THE PRINTING CENTRE, THE COUNCIL IS LOOKING FOR A MANAGER WITH A PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION OR AN APPROPRIATE TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION BACKED BY MANY YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN TRAINING OR PRODUCTION.

THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE COUNCIL, MR MORRIS MORGAN SAID THAT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE TRAINING CENTRE IS A MILESTONE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF INDUSTRIAL TRAINING IN THE PRINTING INDUSTRY.

♦THE CENTRE WILL HAVE THE MUCH NEEDED AND YET HITHERTO UNAVAILABLE OFF-THE-JOB TRAINING FACILITIES TO PROVIDE FUTURE WORKERS WITH A GOOD GROUNDING IN THE BASICS OF PR I NT I NG,+ HE SAID.

MR MORGAN ASKED PEOPLE WITH THE QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE TO APPLY FOR THE POST.

♦THERE IS NO BETTER WAY OF SERVING THE PRINTING INDUSTRY THAN TO BE THE MANAGER OF ITS FIRST TRAINING CENTRE AND SEE THAT THE INDUSTRY IS PROVIDED WITH PROPERLY-TRAINED WORKFORCE,+ HE ADDED.

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TSI NG Yl LAND CLEARANCE POLICY OUTLINED *****

DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES ON TSI NG Yl ISLAND ARE BEING REVIEWED ARD CLEARANCES OF SITES FOR LESS URGENT PROJECTS MAY HAVE TO BE DEFERRED TO TIME WITH THE AVAILABILITY OF PUBLIC HOUSING FOR THE PEOPLE INVOLVED.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR TAM WING-PONG, SAID THIS TODAY IN A SPEECH ON THE HUMAN ASPECT OF ACQUISITION AND CLEARANCE OF LAND FOR DEVELOPMENT AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE Y’S MEN’S CLUB OF HONG KONG.

HE ADDED THAT FOR ESSENTIAL PROJECTS THAT COULD NOT BE DEFERRED, HOUSING DEPARTMENT STAFF WOULD HAVE TO PERSUADE AFFECTED FAMILIES TO ACCEPT REHOUSING IN OTHER DISTRICTS.

HE POINTED OUT THAT IT WAS GOVERNMENT POLICY TO REHOUSE THOSE AFFECTED BY CLEARANCES IN THE SAME DISTRICT AS FAR AS POSSIBLE TO' MINIMISE DISTURBANCE TO THEIR NORMAL WAY OF LIVING.

♦HOWEVER, GIVEN THE MOST METICULOUS PLANNING IN THE WORLD, THERE MIGHT BE TIME WHEN GAPS DO OCCUR BETWEEN THE DEMAND AND SUPPLY OF HOUSING STOCKS,+ HE SAID.

FOR INSTANCE, THE LAST BLOCK OF SHEK WAI KOK ESTATE IN TSUEN WAN HAD BEEN COMPLETED AND OCCUPIED, AND THERE WOULD NOT BE ANY MORE HOUSING ESTATE COMING UP IN THE DISTRICT.

THOSE AFFECTED BY FUTURE CLEARANCES IN TSUEN WAN THEREFORE WOULD HAVE TO BE REHOUSED IN HOUSING ESTATES ON TSI NG Yl WHICH, FORTUNATELY, WAS ACCEPTABLE TO MOST PEOPLE.

BUT, FOLLOWING THE OCCUPATION OF CHING TAO HOUSE IN CHEUNG CHING ESTATE NEXT MONTH, ANOTHER NEW BLOCK WOULD NOT BE READY AT LEAST UNTIL LATE NEXT YEAR.

♦IN OTHER WORDS, THERE WILL NOT BE ANY SUPPLY OF SUITABLE PUBLIC HOUSING UNITS IN THE DISTRICT FOR CLEARANCE PURPOSES,♦ HE ADDED.

TURNING TO THE PROBLEM OF IMPOSTORS AND HUT-SELLERS, MR TAM ADVISED PEOPLE +NOT TO TAKE THE CLEVER SHORT-CUT OF GETTING A PUBLIC HOUSING UNIT BY MOVING INTO A CLEARANCE AREA.*

OTHERWISE, THEY WOULD BE RISKING THEIR MONEY AND HOPE OF A COMFORTABLE HOME EARLIER, HE SAID.

HE CITED AN EXAMPLE ON TSI NG YI IN WHICH A HUT OF 93 SQUARE METRES, FORMERLY USED AS QUARTERS OF A DEFUNCT TANNERY, WAS FOUND TO BE OCCUPIED BY 23 FAMILIES WITH SOME 80 PEOPLE WHEN HOUSING DEPARTMENT STAFF WENT TO START REGISTRATION AND SCREENING.

IN THE END, 17 FAMILIES WERE PUT INTO A TRANSIT CENTRE AWAITING FURTHER SCREENING, WHILE THE OTHERS WERE EVICTED WITHOUT ANY FORM OF REHOUSING ARRANGEMENT.

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♦I CAN UNDERSTAND PERFECTLY WELL PEOPLE’S WISH TO ESTABLISH A HOME, BUT FAIRNESS MUST BE MAINTAINED,* HE SAID.

♦THERE HAVE BEEN QUITE A NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS THAT HOUSING DEPARTMENT STAFF WERE TOO HARSH DURING THE SCREENING SESSIONS, ASKING FOR TOO MANY DETAILS AND DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE.

♦THIS MAY WELL BE SO, BUT I REGRET TO SAY IT IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO EXERCISE EXTREME CARE IN THE ALLOCATION OF PUBLIC HOUSING, OTHERWISE IT WOULD BE MOST UNFAIR FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR YEARS TO MOVE INTO THE ESTATE OF THEIR CHOICE,+ HE SAID.

ON LAND ACQUISITION, MR TAM SAID THERE WAS A SET RESUMPTION PROCEDURE UNDER THE CROWN LANDS ORDINANCE, AND A LANDS TRIBUNAL TO DEAL WITH APPEAL CASES.

HOWEVER, HE STRESSED THAT AS FAR AS TSUEN WAN WAS CONCERNED, MOST OF THE RESUMPTION CASES IN RECENT YEARS HAD BEEN SETTLED IN AN AMICABLE MANNER.

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LAST DAY FOR URBCO NOMINATIONS * * * *

TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IS THE LAST DAY FOR NOMINATION OF CANDIDATES FOR THE FIRST CONSTITUENCY BASED URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS TO BE HELD ON MARCH 8.

REGISTERED VOTERS WITH 10 YEARS’ RESIDENCE IN HONG KONG ARE ELIGIBLE TO STAND AS CANDIDATES, AND A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION URGED POTENTIAL CANDIDATES TO MAKE USE OF THIS LAST CHANCE.

♦THE ELECTIONS PROVIDE A GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR CAPABLE AND ENTHUSIASTIC PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT PUBLIC AFFAIRS TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY,* HE ADDED.

UP TO 5 PM TODAY (THURSDAY) A TOTAL OF 37 CANDIDATES, INCLUDING ID SERVING URBAN COUNCILLORS AND 8 DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS, HAVE BEEN NOMINATED FOR THE ELECTIONS.

THERE ARE 15 VACANCIES, ONE IN EACH OF THE CONSTITUENCIES IN THE URBAN AREAS OF HONG KONG AND KOWLOON.

FOUR CONSTITUENCIES - CENTRAL AND WESTERN, WAN CHAI, KWUN TONG WEST AND WONG TAI SIN SOUTH - STILL HAVE ONLY ONE CANDIDATE EACH AND THEY WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY ELECTED IF NO FURTHER NOMINATIONS ARE RECEIVED TOMORROW.

AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF HONG KONG NORTH TODAY, THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR K.C. KWONG, OUTLINED THE DIFFERENT ASPECTS BETWEEN THE PREVIOUS AND THE COMING URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS.

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♦THE SIZE OF ELIGIBLE ELECTORATE HAS INCREASED FOUR TIMES FROM 5)0 000 PEOPLE IN 1981 TO TWO MILLION.

♦ALL THE 700 000 PLUS REGISTERED VOTERS IN THE LAST URBAN DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS CAN VOTE IN THE COMING URBAN ELECTIONS. THERE WERE ONLY 34 381 REGISTERED VOTERS IN THE LAST URBCO ELECTIONS TWO YEARS AGO.

♦VOTERS IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF HONG KONG AND KOWLOON WILL BE ELECTING THEIR OWN LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES AS THE ELECTIONS WILL BE HELD ON A CONSTITUENCY, INSTEAD OF TERRITORY WIDE, BASIS.

♦TO ENABLE ELECTORS TO CAST THEIR VOTES NEAR THEIR HOMES, A TOTAL OF 168 POLLING STATIONS WILL BE SET UP THROUGHOUT THE URBAN AREAS ON ELECTION DAY.

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BETTER FACILITY FOR LEARNER DRIVERS SOON * * * * *

AGREEMENT HAS BEEN REACHED BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE HONG KONG SCHOOL OF MOTORING LIMITED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION OF AN OFF-STREET DRIVER TRAINING CENTRE AT A 1.25 HECTARE SITE IN WONG CHUK HANG, A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (LICENSING), MR C.J. PRISTON, STATED THAT THE CENTRE WILL HAVE THE CAPACITY OF TRAINING 12 000 STUDENTS A YEAR.

IT WILL OFFER LEARNER DRIVERS COMPREHENSIVE TUITION COMPRISING INITIAL TRAINING ON A DRIVING SIMULATOR, FOLLOWED BY A SPECIALLY LAID OUT OFF-STREET COURSE AND FINALLY BY ON-STREET PRACTICE.

THE ENTIRE COURSE WILL BE SPREAD OVER A 15-WEEK PERIOD, DURING WHICH THE STUDENTS WILL BE EXAMINED IN ALL PARTS OF THE DRIVING TEST BY TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT EXAMINERS WHO WILL BE STATIONED AT THE CENTRE.

THE HONG KONG SCHOOL OF MOTORING IS A JOINT VENTURE BETWEEN THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL CO. LTD. AND RICHARDS MYTTON SYSTEMS LTD. BOTH COMPANIES HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN TRANSPORT-RELATED ACTIVITIES FOR SEVERAL YEARS.

MR PRISTON SAID HE WAS CONFIDENT THAT THIS TYPE OF TRAINING WOULD BE MOST SUITABLE FOR HONG KONG WITH ITS CONGESTED ROADS AND LIMITED FACILITIES FOR DRIVER TUITION.

WITH GREATER CONTROL OVER THE TUITION AND A CAREFULLY PLANNED TRAINING PROGRAMME, MR PRISTON SAID HE EXPECTED A MUCH HIGHER FIRST-TIME PASS RATE THAN THE CURRENT 15 PER CENT.

THE INCLUSION OF CLASSROOM TRAINING, HE ADDED, SHOULD PRODUCE SAFER AND MORE CONSIDERATE DRIVERS.

THE CENTRE, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN HONG KONG, IS EXPECTED TO BE OPENED IN MID-1983.

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SAI KUNG DB MEETING TOMORROW * * * *

A PROPOSAL FOR RE-DEMARCATING THE BOUNDARY OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD CONSTITUENCY WILL BE DISCUSSED BY LOCAL BOARD MEMBERS AT A MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

B0ARD WILL ALS0 D’SCUSS THE PROPOSED ROADWORKS FROM PAK SHEK KOK TO SIU CH IK SHA IN JUNK BAY NEW TOWN, AND EXAMINE THE NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME 1982 EDITION.

IN ADDITION, THE BOARD WILL REVIEW THE +MEET-THE-PUBLIC+ SCHEME STARTED LAST SEPTEMBER.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA WILL INCLUDE THE HISTORICAL STUDY SAI KUNG 1940-1950, DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE AND ITS PROGRESS REPORT.

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ALL JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL PUPILS ARE ENCOURAGED JO TAKE PART IN A NEEDLEWORK COMPETITION ORGANISED BY THE HOME ECONOMICS SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

THE COMPETITION AIMS AT STIMULATING PUPILS’ INTEREST IN CREATIVE SEWING AND DRESS DESIGN.

ENTRIES SHOULD BE ORIGINAL WORKS OF THE PARTICIPANTS AND MAY EITHER BE IN THE FORM OF A PROJECT OR A SINGLE ITEM, WITH NO RESTRICTIONS ON THE MATERIALS USED.

EACH SCHOOL MAY SUBMIT A MAXIMUM OF SIX ENTRIES WITH THE NAME OF THE PUPIL, CLASS AND THE SCHOOL NAME LABELLED ON EACH.

ENTRIES WILL BE JUDGED BY A PANEL OF ADJUDICATORS AND RESULTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE END OF JUNE.

CERTIFICATES OF MERIT WILL BE AWARDED TO ALL OUTSTANDING ENTRIES AND SOUVENIRS WILL BE AWARDED TO SCHOOLS WITH THE BEST RESULTS.

A PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY AND AN EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD LATER.

SCHOOL HEADS SHOULD SEND IN THEIR ENTRIES TO THE SENIOR INSPECTOR^HOME ECONOMICS), CULTURAL CRAFTS CENTRE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, 4 PAK FUK ROAD, NORTH POINT BY MAY 31.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE AT THE HOME ECONOMICS SECTION ON 5-621009.

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GOLD MEDALS FOR ELDERLY TRIO K O * O

THREE ELDERLY WOMEN IN WAN CHAI WHOSE AGES TOTAL 300 YEARS OLD WILL EACH RECEIVE A GOLD MEDAL TO CELEBRATE THEIR LONGEVITY.

THE TRIO - CHAN HA (106), TSOR SAM-MUI (97) AND WONG FOON (97) - ARE THE OLDEST AMONG 300 LOCAL RESIDENTS, OVER 81 YEARS OF AGE, WHO WILL BE TREATED TO A DINNER PARTY TOMORROW'(FRI DAY) EVENING AT THE

CHINA RESTAURANT ON HENNESSY ROAD.

THE PARTY, STARTING AT 3 PM WITH PERFORMANCES BY TELEVISION AND MOVIE STARS, WILL MARK THE END OF THE *WAN CHAI RESPECT FOR THE AGED MONTH+ WHICH WAS ORGANISED BY A SPECIAL COMMITTEE, OF WHICH THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR FRANCIS HO, IS THE HONORARY PRESIDENT.

THE EVENT, HELD ANNUALLY SINCE 1968, SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO THE SENIOR CITIZENS WHO GREATLY TO THE COMMUNITY.

IS AIMED AT PAYING HAVE CONTRIBUTED

OTHER ACTIVITIES ORGANISED DURING THE MONTH INCLUDED A VISIT TO A HOME FOR THE AGED IN CHAI WAN, A FREE FILM SHOW AND A TEA PARTY FOR MORE THAN 1 300 PEOPLE AGED BETWEEN 65 AND 80.

ALSO ATTENDING THE DINNER PARTY WILL BE CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL, MR HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, THE DISTRICT OFFICER, M? TONY COOPER, AND SEVERAL DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE GOLD MEDAL PRESENTATION CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT 7 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT THE CHINA RESTAURANT ON HENNESSY ROAD.

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YOUTH ORCHESTRA TO PRESENT CONCERT * * *

THE ISLAND YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRA OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT’S MUSIC OFFICE WILL PRESENT A CONCERT ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 29) IN CELEBRATION OF ITS THIRD ANNIVERSARY.

THE CONCERT WILL BE HELD AT SHOUSON THEATRE, HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE, STARTING AT 8 PM. THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE POPULAR CHINESE ORCHESTRAL WORKS AND SOLO ITEMS ON THE ER-HU, YANG-CHIN, CHENG AND LIEU-YI-CH IN, WITH MR LAM SI-KWAN AND NR QIAN YONG-LI AS CONDUCTORS.

FREE ADMISSION TICKETS MAY BE OBTAINED AT ALL MUSIC CENTRES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE. FOR ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CALL 5-283257.

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♦MUSIC FROM THE CLASSROOM* IN KWUN TONG

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THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT AND THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD WILL JOINTLY HOLD A GALA CONCERT ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 29) WITH A VIEW TO PROMOTING MUSIC IN THE DISTRICT.

THE CONCERT, ENTITLED ♦MUSIC FROM THE CLASSROOM*, WILL ALSO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN THE DISTRICT TO EXCHANGE MUSICAL VIEWS AND EXPERIENCES.

THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE CHORAL WORK AND FOLK SONG SINGING, HARMONICA AND VIOLIN DEMONSTRATIONS AS WELL AS CHINESE DANCES.

IN ADDITION, THE TRAINEES’ STRING QUARTET OF THE MUSIC OFFICE WILL GIVE A PERFORMANCE.

THE CONCERT WILL START AT 7.30 PM AT LEUNG SHEK CHEE COLLEGE, 80 HIU KWONG STREET, SAU MAU PING, KOWLOON.

FREE ADMISSION TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE KWUN TONG MUSIC CENTRE OF THE MUSIC OFFICE.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO 3-7561328.

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DB MEMBERS LEARN ABOUT TAI PO, FANLING PROJECTS XXX

DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS OF THE NORTH DISTRICT WERE BRIEFED ON THE EXISTING AND FUTURE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS OF FANLING NEW TOWN WHEN THEY CALLED AT THE TAI PO/FANLING DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT THIS MORNING.

ACCOMPANIED BY MR S.W. HARB INSON, THE DISTRICT OFFICER (NORTH), THE BOARD MEMBERS WERE MET BY THE PROJECT MANAGER OF TAI PO/FANLING DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, MR J.W. THOMAS, DEPUTY PROJECT MANAGER, l*R R.B. HANNA AND CHIEF TOWN PLANNER, MR K.W. YU.

FOLLOWING A SHORT INTRODUCTION BY MR THOMAS ON THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE FANLING NEW TOWN, MR YU POINTED OUT TO . THE MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD THAT THE TOWNSHIP WOULD HAVE fl A BALANCED DEVELOPMENT OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE HOUSING, JOB 1 OPPORTUNITIES AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES. ''J

♦IT COVERS AN AREA OF ABOUT 780 HECTARES AND OF THESE, ABOUT 280 HECTARES IS PLANNED FOR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE HOUSING, 50 HECTARES

INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AND 125 HECTARES FOR MAJOR COMMUNITY USES,* HE SAID.

♦MAJOR RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL FACILITIES TO BE PROV’DED IN THE NEW TOWN WILL INCLUDE A COMMUNITY CENTRE AND TOWN HALL, A TOWN PARK, A SPORTS COMPLEX, A SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX, AN INDOOR GAMES HALL, AND A CIVIC CENTRE.*

MR YU ALSO TOLD THE MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD THAT THE POPULATION OF FANLING NEW TOWN 'S,^P^TED TO R ISE FOURFOLD, FROM THE PRESENT 60 000 TO ABOUT 240 000 IN THE NEXT TEN YEARS.

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SATURDAY NIGHT WORK ON TRAM TRACKS

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TRAM SERVICES WILL EE CURTAILED ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 29) FOR THE REALIGNMENT OF TRAM TRACKS IN CENTRAL.

THE LAST DEPARTURE FROM HAPPY VALLEY TO KENNEDY TOWN WILL BE AT 10.30 PM, TO WHITTY STREET AT 10.40 PM, AND TO WESTERN MARKET AT 11 PM.

THE SERVICE FROM NORTH POINT TO WHITTY STREET WILL OPERATE UNTIL 10.30 PM AND TO WESTERN MARKET UNTIL 10.55 PM.

THE LAST TRAM WILL LEAVE FROM SHAU KEI WAN FOR WESTERN MARKET AT 10.40 PM.

TRAVELLING EASTBOUND, TRAM SERVICES FROM WESTERN MARKET TO SHAU KEI WAN, NORTH POINT AND HAPPY VALLEY WILL OPERATE UNTIL 11.28 PM.

THE LAST DEPARTURES FROM KENNEDY TOWN AND WHITTY STREET TO HAPPY VALLEY WILL BE AT 11.10 PM, AND THE DEPARTURE FRO.. WHITTY STREET TO NORTH POINT AT 11.15 PM.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, JANUARY 28, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NEW ID CARD BILL PUBLISHED ............................... 1

MORE PROTECTION PLANNED FOR PAPER GOLD INVESTORS ......... 2

PROPOSAL TO BASE PROPERTY TAX ON ACTUAL RENT ............. 3

BIG POTENTIAL SEEN IN ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY ............... k

KEEN COMPETITION EXPECTED IN U.C. ELECTIONS .............. 5

PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY ............... 7

HONG KONG-SWEDEN TEXTILE TALKS START ON MONDAY ........... 8

SECURITY FORCES EXERCISES ................................ 9

NEW ROADS TO SERVE TUEN MUN INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENTS ...... 9

COMMON JURORS LIST .................................... 10

4 PIECES CROWN LAND AND A FLAT FOR SALE ................. 10

WONG NAI CHUNG OUTLINE ZONING PLAN AMENDMENT ............ 11

DB MEMBERS VISIT LABOUR DEPARTMENT ...................... 11

COURSES OFFERED ON REMEDIAL TEACHING .................... 12

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN MID-LEVELS ............. 12

URBAN CLEARWAYS IN TAI KOK TSUI ......................... 13

FRESH WATER CUT IN WAN CHAI

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NEW ID CARD BILL PUBLISHED * * * *

PROPOSED LEGISLATION EMPOWERING THE GOVERNMENT TO INTRODUCE A NEW, MORE SECURE IDENTITY CARD WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON WEDNESDAY (FEBRUARY 2).

AS STATED BY THE GOVERNOR IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON OCTOBER 6, THE REPLACEMENT IDENTITY CARD WILL BE AN IMPORTANT FACTOR IN DETERRING AND DETECTING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN STRESSED TODAY THAT THIS EVENT WOULD NOT BE THE OCCASION FOR AN AMNESTY.

HE SAID THE INTENTION WAS TO START ISSUING THE NEW CARDS IN THE SPRING OF THIS YEAR. EXACT DETAILS OF THE REPLACEMENT PROGRAMME, WHICH WILL BE PHASED OVER A FOUR-YEAR PERIOD, WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT A LATER DATE.

THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY, ENABLES THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL TO MAKE REGULATIONS PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUE AND PERIODIC FRESH ISSUE OF THE NEW CARDS AND THE PHASING OUT OF THE OLD TYPES.

THE BILL ALSO ENABLES REGULATIONS TO BE MADE TO PROVIDE FOR FINES OF UP TO $20 000 INSTEAD OF THE PRESENT MAXIMUM OF $5 000 AND FOR CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS TO BE INSTITUTED UP TO FIVE YEARS INSTEAD OF THE PRESENT THREE YEARS FROM THE TIME OF THE COMMISSION OF AN OFFENCE.

ANYONE WHO FAILS TO APPLY FOR A NEW CARD IN ACCORDANCE WITH A SPECIFIED PROGRAMME OR IS IN POSSESSION OF A CARD DECLARED INVALID WOULD BE LIABLE TO A FINE OF S3 000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR ONE YEAR.

COMMENTING ON THE NEED FOR NEW IDENTITY CARDS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID ALTHOUGH THE RATE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION HAD FALLEN SIGNIFICANTLY SINCE THE ENDING OF THE 'REACHED BASE’ POLICY IN 1980, HONG KONG COULD NOT DROP ITS GUARD AS THE URGE TO ENTER THE TERRITORY ILLEGALLY APPEARED TO BE AS STRONG AS EVER. THE GOVERNMENT HAD EVERY INTENTION, THEREFORE, OF MAINTAINING ITS COUNTER MEASURES AND ADDING TO THEM AS NECESSARY.

EXPERIENCE HAS SHOWN THAT MOST ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ARE MALES AGED BETWEEN 18 AND 35. CONSEQUENTLY IT IS PLANNED TO ISSUE THE NEW CARD FIRST TO THIS AGE GROUP.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID EVERY EFFORT WOULD BE MADE TO REDUCE ANY INCONVENIENCE TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC IN THE REPLACEMENT EXERCISE.

IT IS ESTIMATED THAT THE EXERCISE WILL COST $76 MILLION IN NDN-RECURRENT EXPENDITURE AND $318 MILLION IN RECURRENT EXPENDITURE SPREAD OVER A SIX-YEAR PERIOD FROM 1981-82 TO 1986-87. AND ABOUT 900 ADDITIONAL STAFF WILL BE REQUIRED.

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MORE PROTECTION PLANNED FOR PAPER GOLD INVESTORS * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT IS PROPOSING TO PROVIDE GREATER PROTECTION TO AMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO MAY BE LURED BY INVESTMENT SCHEMES WHICH FALL OUTSIDE THE SCOPE OF THE EXISTING PROTECTION OF INVESTORS ORDINANCE.

IF THE PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE ORDINANCE IS ACCEPTED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO CONTROL THE MARKETING AND ADVERTISING OF PAPER GOLD SCHEMES WHICH ALLOW BUYERS TO DEFER TAKING DELIVERY OF GOLD COINS OR GOLD BULLION AND SELL BACK THE GOLD.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT VARIOUS TYPES OF GOLD TRANSACTIONS ARE AVAILABLE AT PRESENT WHICH PROVIDE DIRECT SALE, STORAGE, GOLD CERTIFICATE OR GOLD ACCUMULATION SERVICES.

THOSE BUYING FROM DEALERS WHO ARE SUBJECT TO PRUDENTIAL SUPERVISION, SUCH AS THE BANKS, ARE WELL PROTECTED IN THEIR INVESTMENT, BUT THERE IS NO WAY TO KNOW FOR CERTAIN THAT OTHER DEALERS ARE KEEPING ADEQUATE STOCKS OF GOLD OR ARE MAINTAINING SUFFICIENT LIQUIDITY TO MEET THEIR LIABILITY.

THE DECISION TO PROVIDE PROTECTION TO BUYERS OF PAPER GOLD IS TAKEN AFTER THE GOVERNMENT HAS CAREFULLY CONSIDERED THE JUSTIFICATIONS FOR INTERVENTION IN THIS PARTICULAR CONSUMER MARKET, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE EMPHASISED THAT NORMAL GOLD TRADING, INCLUDING SPOT TRADING IN GOLD BULLION AND COINS AND GOLD ORNAMENT BUSINESS, WILL NOT BE AFFECTED BY THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION, WHICH HAS BEEN WELCOMED BY THE CHINESE GOLD AND SILVER EXCHANGE SOCIETY AND THE HONG KONG AND KOWLOON JEWELLERS’ AND GOLDSMITHS’ ASSOCIATIONS.

UNDER THE PROTECTION OF INVESTORS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983 PUBLISHED TODAY, THE MEANING OF ♦INVESTMENT ARRANGEMENTS+ IS WIDENED AND THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL WILL BY ORDER BE ABLE TO SPECIFY, WITHIN THE LIMITS SET OUT IN THE BILL, WHICH INVESTMENT ARRANGEMENTS ARE CAUGHT BY THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE. A PROTECTION CF INVESTORS (GOLD PURCHASE) ORDER HAS BEEN APPROVED IN PRINCIPLE AND WILL BE MADE IF THE BILL IS PASSED INTO LAW.

ANYONE WHO WISHES TO ADVERTISE OR INVITE THE PUBLIC TO TAKE PART IN SUCH INVESTMENT ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO OBTAIN THE PRIOR PERMISSION OF THE SECURITIES COMMISSION, UNLESS EXEMPTED UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE ORDINANCE. THE EXISTING MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR FAILING TO OBTAIN THAT PERMISSION IS A FINE CF $500 000 AND THREE YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT.

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PROPOSAL TO BASE PROPERTY TAX ON ACTUAL RENT * X * X

A BILL PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GAZETTE SEEKS TO AMEND THE INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE TO CHANGE THE EXISTING NOTIONAL BASIS FOR CHARGING PROPERTY TAX.

UNLIKE THE OTHER TAXES UNDER THE ORDINANCE, PROPERTY TAX IS NOW CHARGED BY REFERENCE TO NOTIONAL OR CONTROLLED RENTS, RATHER THAN THE ACTUAL INCOME FOR THE YEAR OF ASSESSMENT.

DESPITE PROVISIONS FOR RELIEF FOR OWNER-OCCUPIED OR VACANT PREMISES, MANY CASES ARISE WHERE THE ASSESSABLE VALUE IS MORE OR LESS THAN THE ACTUAL RENT RECEIVABLE.

THIS IS UNSATISFACTORY FOR BOTH THE TAXPAYER AND THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE BILL PROPOSES THAT PROPERTY TAX SHOULD BE CHARGED ON THE ACTUAL RENT RECEIVED.

HOWEVER, IT RETAINS A FIXED DEDUCTION OF 20 PER CENT FROM THE RENT TO COVER REPAIRS AND OTHER RECURRENT EXPENSES.

THIS WILL AVOID THE NEED FOR THE TAXPAYER TO RECORD AND SUBSTANTIATE SUCH ITEMS AND FOR THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT TO EXAMINE LARGE NUMBERS OF INDIVIDUAL EXPENSE CLAIMS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE BILL ALSO PROVIDES FOR PROPERTY TAX TO FOLLOW THE SALARIES AND PROFITS TAXES BY INTRODUCING A PROVISIONAL TAX SYSTEM.

THIS MEANS THAT A PROVISIONAL PAYMENT IS MADE DURING EACH YEAR AND THE FINAL LIABILITY IS ASSESSED IN THE FOLLOWING YEAR, WHEN THE ACTUAL INCOME IS KNOWN, WITH THE PROVISIONAL PAYMENT BEING SET AGAINST THE FINAL LIABILITY.

FOR THE YEAR OF ASSESSMENT 1983-84 THE PROVISIONAL PAYMENT WILL BE BASED UPON EXISTING ASSESSABLE VALUES ASCERTAINED UNDER THE PRESENT SYSTEM.

AFTER MARCH 31, 1984, RETURNS WILL BE ISSUED REQUIRING TAXPAYERS TO STATE THE ACTUAL RENT RECEIVED IN THE YEAR UP TO THAT DATE AND THE FINAL ASSESSMENT WILL THEN BE MADE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ACTUAL RENT.

RETURNS WILL THEREAFTER BE ISSUED ON AN ANNUAL BASIS.

THE BILL INCLUDES PROVISION FOR THE DEDUCTION OF IRRECOVERABLE RENT BY REASON OF DEFAULT.

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BIG POTENTIAL SEEN IN ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY * * * *

HONG KONG’S INDUSTRY WOULD UNDERGO CONSIDERABLE CHANGES IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE, AS SHOWN BY ITS DEVELOPMENTS IN THE PAST THREE DECADES, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR HUGH BOYLE SAID TODAY.

THE CHANGES WOULD BE +MORE EVOLUTIONARY THAN REVOLUTIONARY+, MR BOYLE SAID, ADDRESSING A SEMINAR ORGANISED BY THE BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT STUDIES STUDENTS’ SOCIETY OF THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC.

OUTLINING THE DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG’S INDUSTRIES SINCE THE EARLY 50’S, MR BOYLE POINTED OUT THAT THE PRESENT TREND WAS TOWARDS THE MANUFACTURE OF HIGH QUALITY, MORE SOPHISTICATED CONSUMER AND INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS.

ALTHOUGH HONG KONG COULD EXPECT CONSIDERABLE DIVERSIFICATION AND A WIDENING OF ITS INDUSTRIAL BASE, TEXTILES AND GARMENTS WOULD REMAIN AN IMPORTANT, OR EVEN DOMINANT, SECTOR FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE, HE PREDICTED.

THIS WAS BECAUSE OF THE SECTOR’S UNDERLYING STRENGTH, ITS GUARANTEED ACCESS INTO THE MAJOR DEVELOPED COUNTRIES AND THE FACT THAT IT WAS PROFITABLE AND IDEALLY SUITED TO HONG KONG’S INDUSTRIAL ENVIRONMENT, HE EXPLAINED.

♦THERE WILL UNDOUBTEDLY BE A NEED FOR CHANGE, NEW, MORE EFFICIENT MACHINERY WILL HAVE TO BE INTRODUCED IN MANY FACTORIES, OPPORTUNITIES TO INTRODUCE NEW TECHNOLOGY WILL HAVE TO BE EXPLORED, MANAGEMENT AND PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES WILL HAVE TO BE UPDATED AND CONSTANT ENDEAVOURS MADE TO CAPTURE AN INCREASING SHARE OF THE HIGH FASHION MARKET,+ HE ADDED.

TURNING TO THE RELATIVELY NEW ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY, MR BOYLE SAID, IT WAS, IN WORLD TERMS, +THE GROWTH INDUSTRY+.

MOST OF THE WORK OF THE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT BOARD, THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY CENTRE AND THE TERTIARY EDUCATION SECTOR WAS DIRECTED TOWARDS THIS INDUSTRY, SIMPLY BECAUSE THE REWARDS FOR HONG KONG COULD BE ENORMOUS.

♦RECOMMENDATIONS WHICH ARE AIMED TO STRENGTHEN THE INDUSTRIAL INFRASTRUCTURE TO SUPPORT THIS INDUSTRY ARE BEING DRAWN UP BY THE CONSULTANTS ON THE TECHNO-ECONOMIC STUDY OF THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY.

♦THESE ARE LIKELY TO INCLUDE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A PRECISION MACHINERY INSTITUTE AND AN ELECTRONICS DEVELOPMENT LABORATORY WHICH WILL - TOGETHER WITH RELEVANT TRAINING COURSES AT OUR INSTITUTES OF TERTIARY EDUCATION - GO A LONG WAY TO MEETING GAPS IN OUR PRESENT INFRASTRUCTURE,+ HE SAID.

MR BOYLE EXPLAINED THAT THE GAPS EXISTED BECAUSE THE INDUSTRY WAS IN A TRANSITIONAL STAGE BETWEEN TRADITIONAL, COMPARATIVELY LOW TECHNOLOGY PRODUCTS AND THE HIGH-TECHNOLOGY, HIGH-QUALITY PRODUCTS WHICH WERE BEGINNING TO BE PRODUCED HERE.

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IN HIS VIEW, SOPHISTICATED PERSONAL COMPUTERS, VIDEO GAMES INTEGRATED WITH THESE COMPUTERS, GAME WATCHES AND BUSINESS COMPUTERS AND OTHER ELECTRONIC CONSUMER PRODUCTS WERE LIKELY TO ENJOY THE BEST GROWTH IN THE YEARS TO COME.

TO HELP ACHIEVE THE SPEED OF GROWTH DESIRABLE, THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMEN-T’S INDUSTRIAL PROMOTION DIVISION AND ITS OVERSEAS OFFICES HAD THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY AS ITS PRIME TARGET FOR INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT, HE SAID.

TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER IS A HIGH PRIORITY, AND OVERSEAS COMPANIES HAVE ALREADY IMPLANTED SOME RELATIVELY HIGH TECHNOLOGY INTO HONG KONG.

♦A TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER STUDY IS SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED BY THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY CENTRE THIS YEAR, WHEN CONSIDERATION WILL BE GIVEN TO THE RECOMMENDATION IN THE REPORT OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON DIVERSIFICATION ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AGENCY IN HONG KONG.

♦THIS STUDY WILL COMPLEMENT THE STUDY ON THE METALS AND LIGHT ENGINEERING INDUSTRIES ALREADY COMPLETED AND ON THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY TO BE COMPLETED THIS YEAR,* HE ADDED.

♦MUCH OF WHAT IS BEING DONE NOW WAS GIVEN IMPETUS BY THE GOVERNMENT-APPOINTED ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON DIVERSIFICATION, WHICH HAD COME UP WITH 47 RECOMMENDATIONS, ALL OF WHICH WERE ACCEPTED BY GOVERNMENT AND WHICH ARE NOW AT VARIOUS STAGES OF IMPLEMENTATION.

♦WHEN THEY HAVE BEEN FULLY IMPLEMENTED WE SHOULD HAVE GONE A LONG WAY TOWARDS THE DIVERSIFICATION OF HONG KONG’S ECONOMY AND UPGRADING OF HONG KONG MADE PRODUCTS,+ MR BOYLE SAID.

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THE STAGE IS SET FOR AN INTERESTING CONTEST IN THE MARCH 8 URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS, EVEN THOUGH THREE OF THE 15 CONSTITUENCIES ARE ALREADY SETTLED.

THE THREE — WAN CHAI, KWUN TONG WEST AND WONG TAI SIN SOUTH — STILL HAD ONLY ONE CANDIDATE EACH WHEN NOMINATIONS CLOSED AT 5.30 PM TODAY (FRIDAY). THE UNOPPOSED CANDIDATES, MR HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, MRS ELSIE ELLIOTT AND MR AUGUSTINE CHUNG SAI-KIT, ALL SERVING URBAN COUNCILLORS, WILL THEREFORE BE AUTOMATICALLY DECLARED ELECTED.

THIS LEAVES A FIELD OF 39

CANDIDATES IN THE RACE FOR THE STAKE AND SHOULD MAKE FOR AN

REMAINING 12 CONSTITUENCIES AT _.....

INTERESTING CONTEST, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES

ADMINISTRATION SAID TODAY.

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♦MUCH DEPENDS ON INDIVIDUAL CANDIDATES TO WIN THE CONFIDENCE OF VOTERS, AND NO DOUBT WE SHOULD BE SEEING SOME KEEN CAMPAIGNING PARTICULARLY IN SUCH LARGE DISTRICTS AS SHAM SHU I PO, EASTERN AND KOWLOON CITY WHERE FROM SIX TO EIGHT CANDIDATES ARE STANDING FOR ELECTION,♦ HE SAID.

FIVE MORE CANDIDATES RUSHED IN THEIR NOMINATIONS TODAY BEFORE THE 5.30 PM DEADLINE, BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CANDIDATES TO 42.

THESE INCLUDE 39 MEN AND THREE WOMEN FROM A WIDE BACKGROUND, INCLUDING TEACHERS, ENGINEERS, SOCIAL WORKERS, SOLICITORS, A FACTORY WORKER, DOCTORS AND BUSINESSMEN.

THE FINAL LINE UP OF CANDIDATES IN THE 15 CONSTITUENCIES

ARE AS FOLLOWS 1

NORTH POINT - 4; SHAU KEI WAN - 3? SOUTHERN - 3« CENTRAL AND WESTERN - 2? WAN CHAI - H KOWLOON CITY EAST - 3? KOWLOON CITY WEST - 4 5 MONG KOK - 2'< SHAM SHU I PO EAST - 3 ’ SHAM SHU I PO WEST - 5; KWUN TONG EAST - 3: KWUN TONG WEST - 1 ; WONG TAI SIN SOUTH - 1 5 WONG TAI SIN NORTH - 3; AND YAU MA TEI - 4.

THIS WILL BE THE FIRST TIME THAT THE URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS WILL BE HELD ON A CONSTITUENCY BASIS, THE CNTA SPOKESMAN SAID.

IN EFFECT, THIS MEANS THAT VOTERS IN A CONSTITUENCY WILL BE ELECTING THEIR OWN REPRESENTATIVE WHO WILL THUS BE DIRECTLY ANSWERABLE TO THAT CONSTITUENCY.

AS SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WILL ALSO AUTOMATICALLY SIT ON THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARDS, THEY WILL BE ABLE TO REFLECT THE WISHES AND ASPIRATIONS OF THE PEOPLE THEY REPRESENT TO THE URBAN COUNCIL.

IT IS IMPORTANT THEREFORE THAT VOTERS IN EACH CONSTITUENCY SUPPORT THE CANDIDATE OF THEIR CHOICE BY CASTING THEIR VOTE ON ELECTION DAY - MARCH 8,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

MORE THAN 700 000 REGISTERED VOTERS IN THE URBAN AREA ARE ENTITLED TO VOTE IN THE COMING ELECTIONS.

THERE WILL BE 134 POLLING STATIONS THROUGHOUT THE URBAN AREA. POLLING HOURS WILL BE FROM 7 AM TO 11 PM.

SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WILL ASSUME OFFICE FROM APRIL 1 FOR THREE YEARS.

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PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY * * * *

HONG KONG PEOPLE, GENERALLY, HAVE STRONG AND CLEAR-CUT FEELINGS ABOUT INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AS A SOCIAL ISSUE OR PROBLEM.

THIS IS ONE OF THE FINDINGS FROM A PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY CONDUCTED AMONG 1 OOO PEOPLE REPRESENTING A CROSS SECTION OF ADULTS OF 18 YEARS AND ABOVE, FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT BY INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATES (ASIA) LTD.

THE SURVEY WAS PRIMARILY DESIGNED TO MEASURE AND EVALUATE PREVAILING OPINIONS, ATTITUDES AND PERCEPTIONS AMONG ADULTS CONCERNING INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AS A SOCIAL ISSUE OR PROBLEM, AND THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S INDUSTRIAL SAFETY CAMPAIGN.

THE SURVEY SHOWED THAT 83 PER CENT OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC VIEW INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AS A SERIOUS PROBLEM, WITH THE MAJORITY CONSIDERING THE PRESENT SITUATION AS HAVING IMPROVED. EIGHTY PER CENT ARE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT FURTHER IMPROVEMENTS IN THE FUTURE.

THE GENERAL PUBLIC, FEEL ALSO THAT THE MOST COMMON CAUSES CF INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS ARE LACK OF SAFETY EQUIPMENT, LACK OF TRAINING IN THE USE OF MODERN MACHINERY, AND PLAIN CARELESSNESS ON THE PART OF THE WORKERS THEMSELVES.

AND ABOUT EIGHT IN TEN BELIEVE THAT ALCOHOLISM, INEXPERIENCED WORKERS, AND INADEQUATE LAW ENFORCEMENT ARE COMMON CAUSES OF INDUSTRIAL MISHAPS.

ABOUT 25 PER CENT OF THE PUBLIC CONSIDER FATALISM OR SUPERSTITION AS A CAUSE OF INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS.

THE SURVEY FINDS THAT THE GENERAL PUBLIC TEND TO AGREE THAT ♦ INCONVENIENCE/DISCOMFORT+ AND ♦I MPAIRMENT/OBSTRUCTION+ IN WORK FLOW ARE REASONS WHY WORKERS DO NOT USE OR WEAR SAFETY EQUIPMENT. MOST REJECT +EMBARRASSMENT+ AS A REASON FOR NOT USING SAFETY EQUIPMENT.

WHILE 60 PER CENT FEEL THAT THERE ARE NOW MORE INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS THAN IN THE PAST, 54 PER CENT BELIEVE THAT THE NUMBER CF INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS IN THE FUTURE WILL DECREASE.

ON THE QUESTION OF WHERE RESPONSIBILITY LIES IN INDUSTRIAL SAFETY, OPINION IS DIVIDED AS FOLLOWS: MANAGEMENT/EMPLOYERS -AO PER CENT; LABOUR/WORKERS - 33 PER CENT; AND GOVERNMENT -27 PER CENT.

THE GENERAL PUBLIC FEEL THAT THE +BEST+ WAYS AND MEANS OF REDUCING OR MINIMISING INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS ARE:

X TO TRAIN WORKERS IN THE PROPER USE OF MODERN EQUIPMENT AND MACHINERY ;

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* TO HAVE THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT CONDUCT MORE INSPECTIONS FOR THE PURPOSE OF MONITORING AND POLICING COMPLIANCE WITH SAFETY STANDARDS; AND,

* TO MOTIVATE THE FAMILY TO REMIND AND ENCOURAGE WORKING MEMBERS TO USE/WEAR SAFETY EQUIPMENT.

ON THE SUBJECT OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S INDUSTRIAL SAFETY CAMPAIGN, THE SURVEY SHOWS 97 PER CENT AGREEMENT THAT A GOVERNMENT INDUSTRIAL SAFETY PUBLICITY PROGRAMME IS +IMPORTANT AND NECESSARY*.

THE GOVERNMENT’S INDUSTRIAL SAFETY PUBLICITY PROGRAMME RECEIVES THE PUBLIC’S +VOTE OF CONFIDENCE* ON BEING EFFECTIVE IN PROMOTING SAFETY CONSCIOUSNESS AMONG THE PUBLIC AT LARGE, AND IN EDUCATING WORKERS TO WORK THE SAFE WAY.

ACCORDING TO THE SURVEY, AWARENESS OF ANY INDUSTRIAL SAFETY PUBLICITY MATERIALS OR ACTIVITIES IS FAIRLY HIGH — 76 PER CENT.

WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ONE MINOR PUBLICITY VEHICLE, ALL PROJECTS EVALUATED, NAMELY, TELEVISION ANNOUNCEMENTS (API’S), EXHIBITS AT THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE IN CANTON ROAD, THE +SAFETY AT WORK* TV PROGRAMME, +SAFETY EXTRAVAGANZA*, INDUSTRIAL SAFETY POSTERS AND +QUIZ COMPETITIONS*, WERE MOST HIGHLY RATED AS ♦EFFECTIVE*.

THE DATA COLLECTION FOR THIS SURVEY WAS CARRIED OUT BY MEANS CF IN-HOME PERSONAL INTERVIEWS AMONG A REPRESENTATIVE SAMPLE OF HONG KONG CHINESE ADULT POPULATION OF 18 YEARS AND OVER WITH THE USE OF A STRUCTURED QUESTIONNAIRE WHICH WAS DEVELOPED BY INRA USING INPUTS FROM FOUR QUALITATIVE FOCUS GROUP DISCUSSIONS COMPLETED IN MAY LAST YEAR.

THE INTERVIEWS WERE CARRIED OUT AND COMPLETED DURING THE WHOLE OF JULY LAST YEAR.

THE SURVEY SAMPLE CONSISTED OF 1 OOO HONG KONG ADULTS OF 18 YEARS AND ABOVE, SCIENTIFICALLY SELECTED SO AS TO BE REPRESENTATIVE OF, AND PROJECT IBLE TO, THE UNIVERSE OF 3.5 MILLION ADULT POPULATION.

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HONG KONG-SWEDEN TEXTILE TALKS START ON MONDAY I * K «

CONSULTATIONS WITH SWEDEN REGARDING A NEW AGREEMENT ON HONG KONG’S EXPORTS OF TEXTILES AND GARMENTS TO SWEDEN WILL BEGIN IN HONG KONG ON MONDAY (JANUARY 31).

A SPOKESMAN OF THE TRADE DEPARTMENT SAID THE CURRENT HONG KONG/SWEDEN TEXTILE AGREEMENT IS DUE TO EXPIRE ON MARCH 31 THIS YEAR. THE CURRENT AGREEMENT PROVIDES FOR EXPORT REST. AINT ON 18 GROUPS OF TEXTILE PRODUCTS AND WAS CONCLUDED UNDER THE MULTIFIBRE ARRANGEMENT.

THE SWEDISH DELEGATION IS BEING LED BY MR CURT WIIK, DIRECTOR, SWEDISH MINISTRY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS. MR JUSTIN YUE, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF TRADE, HEADS THE HONG KONG DELEGATION.

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SECURITY FORCES EXERCISES

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THE GURKHA FIELD FORCE HAS NOW CONCLUDED ITS PERIOD OF GENERAL MILITARY TRAINING CULMINATING IN A LARGE SCALE EXERCISE HELD ON LANTAU. THIS WAS THE FIRST MAJOR EXERCISE OF 1983.

THE EMPHASIS FOR TRAINING NOW CHANGES TO PRACTISING DEPLOYMENT IN SUPPORT OF THE POLICE - THE PRIMARY ROLE FOR THE SERVICES IN HONG KONG.

AS IN PAST YEARS, THERE WILL BE AN EXERCISE IN THE SPRING WITH THE GOVERNMENT AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE TO TEST THE COMMAND, CONTROL AND COMMUNICATION PROCEDURES. THIS EXERCISE WILL NOT AFFECT THE PUBLIC.

THERE WILL THEN BE A SERIES OF SMALL SCALE EXERCISES INVOLVING INDIVIDUAL UNITS TO BE HELD DURING THE PERIOD JULY TO SEPTEMBER. THIS PATTERN FOR 1983 FOLLOWS THE NORMAL ANNUAL PATTERN FOR TRAINING IN HONG KONG WITH THE EXERCISES TESTING THE ABILITY OF THE SECURITY FORCES TO REACT TO TERRORIST INCIDENTS, HIJACKINGS OR OTHER EMERGENCIES.

THE LAST SUCH EXERCISE WAS AN ANTI-TERRORIST EXERCISE HELD IN NOVEMBER 1982.

FURTHER DETAILS OF THE UNIT EXERCISES TO BE HELD IN THE SUMMER WHERE THE PUBLIC MAY BE AFFECTED WILL BE ISSUED NEARER THE TIME.

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NEW ROADS TO SERVE TUEN MUN INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENTS I * K K

THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT PLANS TO CONSTRUCT A NUMBER OF ROADS TO SERVE PROPOSED NEW INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENTS AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF TUEN MUN.

THE SCHEME FORMS PART OF THE CONTINUING PROGRAMME FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

A NOTICE CONCERNING THE PROPOSED WORKS WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY) UNDER THE ROADS (WORKS, USE AND COMPENSATION) ORDINANCE.

A PLAN SHOWING THE PROPOSED WORKS CAN BE SEEN AT THE

CENTRAL

AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING MAIN ENTRANCE ; THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE AND THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE, TUEN MUN BUILDING, CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TUEN MUN, NEW TERRITORIES.

lkl uO^T^Ex«°L93^ECTINS T0 THE PROPOSAL MUST SEND HIS OBJECTION > I«EJECRETAR Y F0R LANDS AND WORKS WITHIN THE

w °F S,XTY DAYS FR0M F,RST PUBLICATION REQUIRED

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COMMON JURORS LIST MX * *

THE LIST OF COMMON JURORS, FINALLY SETTLED BY THE REGISTRAR CF THE SUPREME COURT, WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION FROM TUESDAY (FEBRUARY 1).

COPIES OF THE LIST MAY BE INSPECTED DURING OFFICE HOURS AT THE SUPREME COURT REGISTRY, OR AT THE JURY SECTION OF THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS HEADQUARTERS ON THE 8TH FLOOR OF PARK COMMERCIAL CENTRE AT 6 SHELTER STREET, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG.

COMPRISING TWO VOLUMES, THE LIST IS ALSO ON SALE AT $618 A VOLUME AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, HONG KONG.

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4 PIECES CROWN LAND AND A FLAT FOR SALE * * *

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT WILL BE OFFERING FOUR PIECES OF CROWN LAND AND A FLAT FOR SALE BY AUCTION ON FEBRUARY 24 AT 2.30 PM IN THE JADE BALLROOM OF HOTEL FURAMA, CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

TWO OF THE SITES ARE IN STANLEY, AND THE OTHER TWO SITES ARE IN YUEN LONG INDUSTRIAL AREA.

BOTH SITES IN STANLEY ARE FOR NON-INDUSTRI AL (EXCLUDING GODOWN) PURPOSE.

ONE OF THE SITES IS IN STANLEY NEW STREET AND HAS AN AREA CF ABOUT 135 SQUARE METRES, WHILE THE OTHER IS OF ABOUT 117.2 SQUARE METRES IN STANLEY MAIN STREET.

THE TWO YUEN LONG SITES ARE FOR INDUSTRIAL/GODOWN PURPOSES. BOTH ARE OF ABOUT 926.4 SQUARE METRES.

AT THE SAME AUCTION, A 43.3-SQUARE-METRE FLAT AT 13 IVY STREET, 5TH FLOOR, KOWLOON, WILL ALSO BE OFFERED FOR SALE.

INSPECTION OF THE FLAT MAY BE MADE BY CONTACTING THE LANDS DEPARTMENT ON TEL. NO. 5-26702184 FOR APPOINTMENT.

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS ALSO INVITING TENDERS FOR A SITE IN KOWLOON BAY RECLAMATION, MEASURING ABOUT 911.6 SQUARE METRES, FOR A PETROL FILLING STATION.

FULL PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE FOR THE SITES MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING, 5 >'H FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONGi DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE (KOWLOON WEST), KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 10TH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD; AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES OF SHA TIN, TAI PO, TSUEN WAN, TUEN MUN, YUEN LONG, NORTH, SAI KUNG AND ISLANDS.

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WONG NAI CHUNG OUTLINE ZONING PLAN AMENDMENT

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AN AMENDMENT TO THE DRAFT OUTLINE ZONING PLAN FOR WONG NAI CHUNG HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE BY THE TOWN “LANNING BOARD.

THE AMENDMENT IS TO INCORPORATE A SET OF NEW NOTES TO THE PLAN AND THERE IS NO CHANGE TO THE LAND USE ZONINGS.

THE AMENDED PLAN MAY BE INSPECTED AT THE DISTRICT OFFICES (CENTRAL AND WESTERN) ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICE, WEST WING ENTRANCE, HONG KONG, THE TOWN PLANNING DIVISION, 17TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE (WAN CHAI), TUNG WAH MANSION, 201 HENNESSY ROAD, GROUND, 1ST AND 8TH FLOORS, HONG KONG UNTIL FEBRUARY 17, 1983.

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

COPIES OF THE DRAFT PLAN TOGETHER WITH A REVISED SET OF SCHEDULE OF NOTES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE SURVEY DIVISION, LANDS DEPARTMENT, 5TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG AT $10 FOR AN UNCOLOURED COPY.

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DB MEMBERS VISIT LABOUR DEPARTMENT

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UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD THIS (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON TOOK A CLOSE LOOK AT SOME ASPECTS OF THE WORK OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, DR J.W. HAYES, THE MEMBERS VISITED THREE DIVISIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT WITH A VIEW TO GAINING A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE MANY SERVICES OFFERED BY THE DEPARTMENT.

THEY FIRST VISITED THE SAN PO KONG BRANCH OFFICE OF THE LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE SHORTLY AFTER 2 PM AND STAYED FOR ABOUT HALF AN HOUR OBSERVING HOW THE STAFF ASSISTED JOB-SEEKERS.

THE PARTY THEN PROCEEDED TO THE CAREERS INFORMATION CENTRE CF THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE IN MA TAU KOK GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WHERE MEMBERS WERE BRIEFED ON COUNSELLING SERVICES ON CAREERS OFFERED TO YOUNG PEOPLE.

THE VISIT CONCLUDED WITH A TOUR OF THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE OF THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE DIVISION AT CANTON , 3AD GOVERNMENT OFFICES.

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COURSES OFFERED ON REMEDIAL TEACHING

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CHINESE LANGUAGE TEACHERS IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS ARE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN EIGHT IDENTICAL ONE-DAY COURSES ON REMEDIAL TEACHING CF CHINESE IN MARCH aND APRIL.

THE COURSES, ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S CHINESE LANGUAGE TEACHING CENTRE, WILL BE HELD ON MARCH 16, 18, 21, 23 AND AT 1 MA TAU KOK ROAD, MA TAU KOK ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 2/F, KOWLOON AND ON APRIL 18, 20 AND 22 AT 9A BONHAM ROAD, 1/F, HONG KONG

PARTICIPANTS WILL BE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS AND EXCHANGE THEIR VIEWS ON REMEDIAL TEACHING WITH SCHOOL INSPECTORS CF CHINESE AND TEACHERS OF CHINESE LANGUAGE FROM OTHER SCHOOLS.

AS EACH COURSE CAN ONLY ACCOMMODATE 30 PARTICIPANTS, EACH SCHOOL MAY NOMINATE ONLY ONE TEACHER, AND PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO THOSE ENGAGED IN REMEDIAL TEACHING OF THE SUBJECT.

NOMINATIONS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE CHINESE LANGUAGE TEACHING CENTRE AT 1 MA TAU KOK ROAD, MA TAU KOK ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 2/F, KOWLOON BY FEBRUARY 28.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE TO THE CENTRE AT TEL. 3-7128476 OR 5-488230.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN MID-LEVELS * * * *

A TRAFFIC LANE ON MAGAZINE GAP ROAD BETWEEN GARDEN ROAD AND BREWIN PATH WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 8.30 PM AND 12.30 AM DAILY FROM MONDAY (JANUARY 31) FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FLYOVER.

THIS ARRANGEMENT WILL LAST FOUR DAYS, DURING WHICH PERIOD TWO-WAY TRAFFIC WILL BE MAINTAINED ON THE ADJACENT LANE.

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URBAN CLEARWAYS IN TA I KOK TSUI > * * k

ASH STREET IN TAI KOK TSUI BETWEEN ANCHOR STREET AND FUK TSUN STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED AS AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 4 PM ON MONDAY (JANUARY 31).

THIS WILL ALSO APPLY TO POK MAN STREET NEAR TAI KOK TSUI ROAD.

wiTHIN THESE ROADS, VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 P-v DAILY.

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FRESH WATER CUT IN WAN CHAI * * «

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN WAN CHAI WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM ON MONDAY (JANUARY 31) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR A LEAKAGE TEST.

BY

WILL BE THOSE IN THE AREA BOUNDED

THE AFFECTED PREMISES--------- -----

CANAL ROAD EAST. HENNESSY ROAD, PERCIVAL STREET AND LcIGHTON ROAD. THIS WILL INCLUDE PREMISES IN LEIGHTON LANE ocrlucuT.t HOUSE NOS 42-64 LEIGHTON ROAD, PO LEUNG KUK, AND THE REGIMENTAL HEADQUARTERS OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THc VOLUNTEERS).

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

Saturday, January 29, -1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR RETURNS FROM LONDON TALKS ............................ 1

TENDERS CALLED FOR CONSTRUCTION OF ACCESS ROAD ................ 2

NEW CLINIC FOR TAI PO.......................................... ,

84 PASS EXAMINATION FOR UNREGISTRABLE DOCTORS ................. 3

NEW MAXICAB ROUTE INTRODUCED .................................. 4

HONG KONG BAND TO GIVE THREE CONCERTS IN MACAU ................ 4

OPEN DANCE CONTEST ..... c

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TRAFFIC ARRANGUIENTS IN TAI PO hND POK FU Lam ................. 5

YAN 01 MARKET IN TUEN MUN TO OPEN SOON ........................ £

SALE OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS ................................... g

FIRING PRACTICE ............................................... n

SATURDAY, JANUARY 29, 1983

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GOVERNOR RETURNS FROM LONDON TALKS * * * *

SPEAKING TO THE PRESS ON HIS RETURN FROM LONDON THIS EVENING, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAIDi

♦GOOD EVENING. I’M VERY GLAD TO BE BACK IN HONG KONG, AND I THINK SOME OF YOU KNOW THAT I WENT TO LONDON WITH THREE PURPOSES.

♦THE FIRST WAS TO CONDUCT SOME NORMAL HONG KONG GOVERNMENT BUSINESS? THE SECOND WAS TO SEE QUITE A NUMBER OF PEOPLE, MEMBERS CF PARLIAMENT, INDUSTRIALISTS AND PEOPLE OF THAT KIND WHO ARE INTERESTED IN HONG KONG, AND, THE THIRD WAS TO TALK ABOUT THE FUTURE.

♦NOW ON THE FIRST ONE, I SAW MINISTERS IN THE FOREIGN OFFICE AND I SAW THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR TRADE, AND THE MINISTER FOR TRADE, AND I ALSO WENT OVER AND SAW OFFICIALS IN THE DEPARTMENT CF INDUSTRY AND IN THE HOME OFFICE TO TALK ABOUT VARIOUS PIECES OF BUSINESS.

♦AMONG THOSE PIECES OF BUSINESS WERE THE QUESTION YOU WILL NOT BE SURPRISED TO HEAR, OF THINGS LIKE STUDENT FEES, WHERE I EXPECT A DECISION BEFORE LONG? AND I ALSO TOOK UP OUR CONCERN ON VIETNAMESE REFUGEES, WHERE I EXPLAINED OUR CONTINUING NEED FOR COUNTRIES TO TAKE MORE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES FROM HONG KONG AND TO UNDERSTAND OUR CONCERN ABOUT DETERRING VIETNAMESE REFUGEES WHO CANNOT BE RESETTLED ELSEWHERE FROM COMING HERE.

♦I TOOK UP A NUMBER OF TRADE ISSUES WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND ALSO TALKED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRY.

♦THEN WITH MY TALKS WITH THE MP’S AND WITH THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION, AND WITH THE INDUSTRIALISTS, MY CONCERN THERE WAS TO EXPLAIN TO THEM THE PRESENT SITUATION IN HONG KONG AND TO ENLIST THEIR CONTINUING INTERST IN IT’’ AND ON THE PART OF THE INDUSTRIALISTS THEIR INTEREST IN INVESTMENT AND

AND BANKING PEOPLE OF COURSE TRADE HERE.

♦ON THE FUTURE, YOU WILL KNOW THAT I SAW THE PRIME MINISTER AND ALSO HAD A LONG TALK WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE AND WE DON’T REVEAL THE CONTENT OF OUR DISCUSSIONS, OF COURSE, BUT YOU MAY BE ASSURED THAT THEY WERE VERY USEFUL AND CONSTRUCTIVE DISCUSSIONS.♦

REPORTERi +WOULD YOU LIKE TO COMMENT ON THE REPORT SAYING THAT YOU WILL GO TO PEKING SHORTLY AFTER THE CHINESE LUNAR NEW YEAR7+

SIR EDWARDi +WELL, THE PLAN HAS ALWAYS BEEN THAT I WILL GO TO PEKING AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME AND I DON’T WANT TO PUT A DATE ON IT.+

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REPORTER* +WHEN WILL THE TALKS RESUME?*

SIR EDWARD: +WELL, I THINK YOU ARE ASSUMING THAT THE TALKS HAVE STOPPED. I THINK THE THING IS THAT AS LORD BELSTEAD SAID, WE DON’T REVEAL THE CONTENT OR THE STATE OF THE TALKS BECAUSE AS I SAID JUST BEFORE I LEFT FOR LONDON, THE BEST WAY OF MAKING A SUCCESS OF THE TALKS AND IT IS OUR AIM TO MAKE A SUCCESS OF THE TALKS, IS TO CONDUCT THEM IN CONFIDENCE, AND THAT WE ARE CONTINUING TO DO.*

REPORTER: +WOULD THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HAVE THE POWER TO SPEAK ON THIS ISSUE?*

SIR EDWARD: +THE GOVERNOR IS REQUIRED, AS I THINK YOU KNOW, BY THE LETTERS PATENT AND ROYAL INSTRUCTIONS, TO TAKE THE ADVICE CF EXECUTIVE COUNCIL ON MAJOR ISSUES OF POLICY AND THAT, OF COURSE, NATURALLY INCLUDES AN ISSUE AS IMPORTANT AS THE FUTURE CF HONG KONG.*

REPORTER: +WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE HEUNG YEE KUK MEMBERS HAD MADE A PROPOSAL TO YOU BEFORE YOU WENT TO ENGLAND. DID YOU PUT THIS PROPOSAL TO MRS THATCHER?*

SIR EDWARD: +THE HEUNG YEE KUK MEMBERS CERTAINLY MADE A REPORT TO VE BEFORE I LEFT FOR LONDON AND I WAS GRATEFUL TO THEM FOR DOING THAT AND I WAS AWARE OF THE REPORT, THEREFORE, I TOOK IT INTO ACCOUNT IN MY DISCUSSIONS IN LONDON.

♦NOW, I THINK PERHAPS WE COULD LEAVE IT AT THAT AND SAY I AM w^RY GLAD TO BE BACK WITH YOU ALL. GOODNIGHT.*

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TENDERS CALLED FOR CONSTRUCTION OF ACCESS ROAD

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A NEW ROAD WILL BE CONSTRUCTED OFF BRAEMAR HILL ROAD SHORTLY TO PROVIDE AN ACCESS TO NEARBY DEVELOPMENTS IN THIS PART OF NORTH POINT, IT WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT ARE NOW BEING INVITED BY THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE WORK WILL ALSO INVOLVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A STEPPED FOOTWAY AND ASSOCIATED DRAINS IN THE AREA.

THE FOOTWAY WILL PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL PEDESTRIAN LINK FROM THE DEVELOPMENT SITES IN BRAEMAR HILL ROAD TO CLOUD VIEW ROAD, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN APRIL AND BE COMPLETED BY THE BEGINNING OF NEXT YEAR.

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NEW CLINIC FOR TAI PO *****

A NEW CLINIC WILL SOON BE BUILT IN TAI AND EXPAND MEDICAL SERVICE IN THE AREA.

PO NEW TOWN TO IMPROVE

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THAT THE NEW CLINIC WHICH WILL BE BUILT AT PLOVER COVE ROAD WILL BE A TWO-STOREY BLOCK.

UPON COMPLETION, THE CLINIC WILL PROVIDE GENERAL OUT-PATIENT FACILITIES AND A FAMILY HEALTH SERVICE.

A DONATION OF |3 MILLION TOWARDS THE CAPITAL CONSTRUCTION COST CF THE CLINIC HAS BEEN PLEDGED BY MADAM WONG SIU-CHING.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT ARE BEING INVITED AND WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN APRIL AND TAKE ABOUT 12 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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84 PASS EXAMINATION FOR UNREGISTRABLE DOCTORS *****

THE LICENTIATE COMMITTEE OF THE MEDICAL COUNCIL OF HONG KONG ANNOUNCED TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT 84 CANDIDATES HAVE PASSED PART I CF THE LICENTIATE EXAMINATION FOR UNREGISTRABLE DOCTORS.

THE PART I EXAMINATION, A MULTIPLE-CHOICE QUESTION PAPER ON PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE, IN WHICH 347 CANDIDATES SAT, WAS HELD ON JANUARY 11.

THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES ARE REQUIRED TO SIT FOR THE SECOND PART OF THE EXAMINATION ON MARCH 8 AND MAY 3.

IN ADDITION TO THE 84 CANDIDATES, A FURTHER 13 CANDIDATES WHO FAILED PART II EXAMINATION IN PREVIOUS YEARS, WILL ALSO RE-SIT THIS PART.

CANDIDATES MAY CHOOSE TO TAKE THIS PART OF THE EXAMINATION ON EITHER ONE OF THE TWO DAYS.

THE SECOND PART OF THE EXAMINATION IS A WRITTEN ENGLISH PAPER TO TEST CANDIDATES’ COMPREHENSION OF THE LANGUAGE FOR CLINICAL USE.

CANDIDATES WHO HAVE SUCCESSFULLY PASSED THE FIRST TWO PARTS CF THE EXAMINATION ARE ELIGIBLE TO SIT FOR PART III WHICH IS AN CRAL TEST ON PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE OF MEDICINE.

SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES OF ALL THREE PARTS OF THE EXAMINATION WILL THEN HAVE TO COMPLETE AN EXTERNSHIP OF ABOUT 18 MONTHS BEFORE RECEIVING THE AWARD OF A LICENCE TO PRACTISE IN HONG KONG.

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A TOTAL OF 266 MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS HAVE BECOME LICENTIATE DOCTORS AFTER PASSING THE THREE-PART EXAMINATION AND SATISFACTORILY COMPLETING AN EXTERNSHIP SINCE THE INTRODUCTION OF THE TEST IN 1977. AT PRESENT ANOTHER 141 ARE UNDERGOING THE 18-MONTH PERIOD OF EXTERNSHIP IN GOVERNMENT-DESIGNATED HOSPITALS.

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NEW MAX ICAB ROUTE INTRODUCED * * X *

A NEW MAX ICAB ROUTE - NO. 20 - RUNNING BETWEEN TAI PO MARKET AND SAM MUN TSAI WILL BE IN OPERATION FROM TUESDAY (FEBRUARY 1).

THE OPERATING HOURS WILL BE FROM 6 AM TO A PEAK PERIOD FREQUENCY OF EVERY FIVE MINUTES. SI.50 WILL BE CHARGED.

10.30 PM DAILY, WITH A FLAT FARE OF

SPECIAL TRIPS WILL ALSO BE ARRANGED TO TERMINATE AT SHUFN WAN

H0US,MG AREA INSTEAD OF SAM MUN TSAI TO BETTER SERVE *

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HONG KONG BAND TO GIVE THREE CONCERTS IN MACAU X X X

THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONIC BAND WILL PRESENT TWO INDOOR CONCERTS IN MACAU LATER TODAY TO BE FOLLOWED BY AN OPEN-AIR CONCERT TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

HEADED BY THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR, MR CLIVE OXLEY, THE 6D-MEMBER BAND WILL GIVE THE CONCERTS AT THE CINETEATRO MACAU -ONE IN THE AFTERNOON AND ANOTHER IN THE EVENING. TOMORROW’S CONCERT WILL BE GIVEN AT THE COLEGIO DE SANTA ROSA DE LIMA IN THE MORNING.

SHORTLY BEFORE LEAVING FOR MACAU THIS MORNING, MR OXLEY SAID THE AIM OF THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT ORGANISING THE TOUR IS TO PROMOTE BAND MUSIC AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE IN HONG KONG AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE BETWEEN THE TWO PLACES.

THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONIC BAND VISITED MACAU IN MAY 1979 AND GAVE TWO PUBLIC PERFORMANCES.

PROGRAMMES OF THE THREE CONCERTS IN MACAU INCLUDED CLASSICAL MUSIC, POPULAR TELEVISION THEME SONGS, LIGHT MUSIC FROM FILM SHOWS AND CHILDREN’S SONGS.

THE BAND WILL RETURN FROM MACAU TOMORROW.

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OPEN DANCE CONTEST * * *

WINNERS AND RUNNERS-UP OF THE 12TH OPEN DANCE CONTEST WERE PRESENTED WITH PRIZES AT THE CITY HALL THIS (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON.

OFFICIATING AT THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY WAS THE COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR BARRIE WIGGHAM, WHO DESCRIBED THE ANNUAL EVENT AS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR ACTIVITIES ENJOYED BY RESIDENTS.

J0INTLY ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE, KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE AND KWUN TONG CULTURE RECREATION PROMOTION ASSOCIATION, IS SPONSORED BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD.

ABOUT 2 000 DANCERS IN 172 TEAMS TOOK PART IN THE COMPETITION WHICH WAS HELD IN DECEMBER LAST YEAR.

♦THE JUDGING LASTED FOR ONE WEEK,+ MRS WONG LEUNG CHIU-BING, THE RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICER OF THE DISTRICT SAID.

♦THE COMPETITION WAS AN OPEN ONE AND THERE WERE ALL SORTS OF DANCES, RANGING FROM ORIENTAL TO WESTERN FOLK PERFORMANCES.♦

AS PART OF THE CEREMONY, MORE THAN 20 DANCES WERE ALSO PERFORMED.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TAI PO AND POK FU LAM ft ft ft ft ft

TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW IN TAI PO, ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL BE BANNED FROM ENTERING WAI Yl STREET AND THE ACCESS ROAD TO SAM MUN TSAI FROM 10 AM THIS TUESDAY (FEBRUARY 1).

AT THE SAME TIME, THE RAMP OF THE LOWER POKFULAM GARDEN INTERCHANGE LEADING TO THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF POK FU LAM ROAD WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR ROAD WORKS.

THIS ARRANGEMENT WILL LAST ABOUT A WEEK, DURING WHICH TIME, VEHICLES HEADING FOR ABERDEEN WILL HAVE TO USE THE UPPER POKFULAM GARDEN INTERCHANGE.

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YAN 01 MARKET IN TUEN MUN TO OPEN SOON *****

THE THIRD NEW MARKET IN TUEN MUN, MANAGED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, IS NEARING COMPLETION AND WILL OPEN IN APRIL THIS YEAR.

COSTING ABOUT 14.25 MILLION, THE YAN 01 MARKET IS LOCATED ON A 1 744-SQUARE-METRE SITE ADJACENT TO CHI LOK FA YUEN.

IT WILL HAVE 28 STALLS FOR SELLING FISH, MEAT, POULTRY, SIU l€l AND LO MEI AND 80 MINI STALLS FOR SELLING VEGETABLES, FRUITS AND OTHER DRY GOODS.

THE STALLS WILL BE ALLOCATED AT A RESTRICTED AUCTION TO ELIGIBLE TRADERS CURRENTLY IN THE TEMPORARY MARKET AND A HAWKER BAZAAR IN TUEN MUN WHICH WILL BE DEMOLISHED TO MAKE WAY FOR DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS.

ON THE ROOF OF THE MARKET COMPLEX, THERE WILL BE A REST GARDEN WITH FLOWER BEDS, ARBOURS, BENCHES AND A NUMBER OF PLAY EQUIPMENT FOR THE LOCAL RESIDENTS AND CHILDREN TO ENJOY.

THE MARKET WILL ALSO HAVE AN ICE STALL WHICH WILL BE LET BY PUBLIC AUCTION TO BE HELD AT THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE MARKET ON THURSDAY (FEBRUARY 3) AT 11.30 AM.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER WILL BE ABLE TO START BUSINESS ON APRIL 1 ON A THREE-YEAR CONTRACT. THE UPSET MONTHLY RENTAL WILL BE $900.

POTENTIAL BIDDERS WHO MUST BE OVER 21 ARE REQUIRED TO BRING ALONG THEIR IDENTITY CARDS AND FIVE PHOTOGRAPHS TO THE AUCTION VENUE.

FURTHER DETAILS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE HAWKERS AND MARKETS SECTION OF THE TUEN MUN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE, TELEPHONE 0-820800 EXT. 231.

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SALE OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS * * *

TH|RTY-flVE SPECIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE SOLD BY AUCTION THIS MORNING (SATURDAY) FOR A TOTAL OF $262 300 WHICH WILL GO INTO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND FOR CHARITY PURPOSES.

THE AUCTION, HELD AT THE RECITAL HALL OF THE CITY HALL, 8TH FLOOR. SAW THE REGISTRATION NUMBER 329 FETCH THE HIGHEST PRICE OF $87 000.

ANOTHER NUMBER CW 1 WAS SOLD AT THE SECOND HIGHEST PRICE OF $38 000 WHILE THE LOWEST PRICE WAS $1 000 EACH FOR CX 550, CX 522, CX 521, CX 511, CX 410, CX 411, CX 450, CX 451, CX 902, CX 901, CX 1011, CX 489 AND AX 1132.

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THE OTHER SPECIAL FOLLOWING PR ICESi REGISTRATION 1 NUMBERS WERE SOLD AT THE

S S $

CX 201 2 000 CX 170 2 100 CW 7832 1 500

ex - 301 1 600 CX 990 2 600 AA 383 22 000

CX 903 1 200 CX 991 1 200 CW 8855 2 500

AK 8998 4 000 AH 3388 7 500 HK 323 30 000

AL 1882 1 800 CX 2138 1 700 CJ 83 12 800

BB 8003 2 000 449 21 500 CX 120 1 800

CX 7888 2 000 CP 595 2 500

THE NUMBERS AUCTIONED WILL BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO VEHICLES REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF THE DATE OF AUCTION.

TODAY’S SALE, THE 81ST ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973, BROUGHT THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR CHARITY REALISED SO FAR TO |26 706 432.

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FIRING PRACTICE * * *

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE RANGE FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY (JANUARY

IN THE HA TSUEN—CASTLE PEAK 31 - FEBRUARY 4).

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

THE DATES AND TIMES OF THE PRACTICE AREt

DATE

JANUARY 31 (MONDAY)

FEBRUARY 1 (TUESDAY)

FEBRUARY 2 (WEDNESDAY) FEBRUARY 3 (THURSDAY) FEBRUARY 4 (FRIDAY)

TIME

8 AM - 5 PM

8 AM - 5 PM

8 AM - 5 PM

8 AM - 5 PM

8 AM - 4 PM

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

SUNDAY, JANUARY }O, 198}

CONTENTS PAGE NO*

COMPUTERS FOR STORAGE OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH DATA................ 1

1982 EVENTFUL YEAR OF WEATHER RECORDS........................... 3

NEW GENERAL NURSE TRAINING SCHOOL .............................. 6

SUB-DIVISIONAL FIRE STATION FOR SAI WAN HO ..................

PUBLICITY EFFORTS TO PROMOTE URBCO ELECTIONS ................... 7

NEW EDITION OF 'NAMES OF BUILDINGS' BOOK ....................... 7

RESIDENTS URGED TO REPORT CRIMES .............................

YUEN LONG COOKED FOOD AND FROZEN MEAT STALL FOR LETTING .... 8

CHONG HING HIKING SCHEME ....................................

SHA TIN PHOTO COMPETITION DRAWS BIG RESPONSE .................. 10

TUEN MUN YOUTH TENNIS COMPETITION ...........................   10

WATER CUT IN TSIM SHA TSUI AND KWUN TONG ...................... 11

SUNDAY, JANUARY 30, 1983

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COMPUTERS FOR STORAGE OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH DATA

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THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS TO MODERNISE ITS RECORDKEEPING, INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION PROCEDURES WITH THE USE OF COMPUTERS IN STORING VITAL MEDICAL AND HEALTH DATA.

ABOUT SI-MILL ION HAVE BEEN APPROVED BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE FOR A COMPREHENSIVE STUDY ON THE COMPUTERISATION OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH INFORMATION SYSTEMS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THERE IS A PRESSING NEED TO USE COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY FOR A MORE ACCURATE, RELIABLE AND ffFICIENT MEDICAL INFORMATION SYSTEM.

WITH THE RAPID DEVELOPMENT AND EXPANSION OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS, THE TOTAL NUMBER OF INPATIENTS AND OUTPATIENTS TREATED IN GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS HAVE INCREASED BY 1D3 PER CENT AND 63 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

♦THIS, TOGETHER WITH THE COMPLEXITY OF TREATMENTS AND EXAMINATIONS AND ACCUMULATION OF RECORDS, HAS DRASTICALLY INCREASED THE COST OF INFORMATION HANDLING AND COMMUNICATION IN TERMS OF MONEY AND TIME,+ HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THERE ARE THREE POTENTIAL AREAS FOR COMPUTER DEVELOPMENT — PATIENT CARE, HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATION, AND PLANNING AND EVALUATION — THE FIRST TWO OF WHICH WILL BE GIVEN URGENT PRIORITY CONSIDERATION.

THE GOVERNMENT DATA PROCESSING AGENCY IS CURRENTLY INVITING COMPUTER CONSULTANTS TO CARRY OUT THE STUDY.

THE OBJECTIVES AND SCOPE OF THE CONSULTANT STUDY INCLUDEi

* RECOMMENDING HOSPITAL PROCEDURES WHICH COULD BE EFFECTIVELY IMPROVED BY COMPUTER AIDS TO PROVIDE MORE EFFICIENT SERVICES.

M PREPARING FUNCTIONAL SPECIFICATION OF THE PROCEDURES, PARTICULARLY THE ADMISSION/DISCHARGE/TRANSFER (ADT) FOR PATIENTS.

ft PROVIDING A DETAILED COST AND BENEFIT ANALYSIS FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROPOSED PROCEDURE.

ft ESTABLISHING THE VIABILITY, WITH REFERENCE TO ITS PROBLEMS AND BENEFITS, OF CAPTURING PATIENTS’ DATA RELATED TO THEIR MEDICAL HISTORY FOR INCLUSION IN THE COMPUTERISED MEDICAL REPORTS.

X CONSIDERING THE PORTABILITY OF THE PROPOSED SYSTEM FOR OTHER HOSPITALS IN HONG KONG.

/THE SPOKESMAN .......

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THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE COSTS OF HEALTH CARE HAVE BEEN STEADILY RISING OVER THE YEARS WITH AN IMPORTANT PART OF IT HAVING TO DO WITH THE PROCESSING OF MEDICAL INFORMATION AS WELL AS COMMUNICATIONS.

•♦•ALTHOUGH SUCH COSTS HAVE NOT BEEN QUANTIFIED IN THE HONG KONG SETTING. OVERSEAS STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT BETWEEN 25 AND 40 PER CENT OF A HOSPITAL’S COSTS ARE RELATED TO INFORMATION HANDLING,* HE SAID.

IN ADDITION, HE SAID, THERE ARE IMMEASURABLE BUT POTENTIALLY HIGH COSTS OF COMMUNICATION AND COMPUTATION ERRORS, WHICH INCLUDE THE LOSS OF DATA, ADVERSE EFFECTS OF MEDICATIONS SUCH AS DRUG INTERACTION, AND UNNECESSARILY PROLONGED HOSPITAL STAYS AND OTHER EXCESSIVE PATIENT EXPOSURE TO MEDICAL CARE PROCESS.

♦WITH THE USE OF COMPUTERS SUCH ERRORS CAN BE EITHER MINIMISED OR ERADICATED AS THE MACHINES CAN ACCURATELY AND RELIABLY PROCESS MEDICAL DATA AND SPEED UP THE COMMUNICATION OF SUCH INFORMATION,* HE ADDED.

THE USE OF A COMPUTER SYSTEM IN HOSPITALS WILL PROVIDE AN EFFICIENT MEANS OF KEEPING TRACK OF ADMISSIONS AND BEDSPACE, ESPECIALLY IN A REGIONAL HOSPITAL WHERE SOME 200 PATIENTS ARE ADMITTED AND DISCHARGED DAILY, IN ADDITION TO THE LARGE NUMBERS OF PATIENT TRANSFERS.

A COMPUTERISED SYSTEM IN HOSPITALS WILL HANDLE PATIENT ADMISSION, TRANSFER, RE-ADMISSION AND DISCHARGE PROCEDURES.

IT WILL ALSO CREATE AN ADMINISTRATIVE PATIENT RECORD AND UPDATE IT THROUGHOUT THE PATIENT’S STAY IN THE INSTITUTION.

PROVIDING ENQUIRY CAPABILITY FOR LOCATING PATIENTS UPON REQUEST AND PRODUCING VARIOUS CENSUS SUMMARIES AND REPORTS WILL BE ANOTHER FUNCTION OF THE COMPUTER.

IN THE HOSPITAL OUTPATIENT DEPARTMENT THE COMPUTER WILL HANDLE BOOKING OF APPOINTMENTS, CANCELLATIONS AND REQUESTS FOR CHARTS, X-RAY AND LABORATORY TESTS.

ADDITIONALLY IT WILL PRODUCE VARIOUS WORKLISTS, CREATE AND PRINT PATIENT IDENTIFICATION RECORDS, PROVIDE CAPABILITY TO SEARCH FOR AVAILABLE APPOINTMENTS, AND HANDLE BOOKED ADMISSION PROCEDURES AND PRODUCE STATISTICAL REPORTS ON THE WAITING LISTS.

THE TERMS OF REFERENCE OF THE CONSULTANCY STUDY WILL BE TO EXAMINE THE FEASIBILITY AND COST-EFFECTIVENESS OF DEVELOPING A MEDICAL DATA BASE TO SERVICE INITIALLY THE OUTPATIENT APPOINTMENT AND SCHEDULING SUBSYSTEM AND THE HOSPITAL ADMISSION-BED CENSUS SUBSYSTEM.

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1982 EVENTFUL YEAR OF WEATHER RECORDS X * * *

THE WEATHER MADE 1982 AN EVENTFUL YEAR, CAUSING A NUMBER OF RECORDS AND NEAR RECORDS, INCLUDING THE HIGHEST YEARLY RAINFUL FIGURE OF 3 247.5 MM AND THE FIRST RECORDED TORNADO TO HIT HONG KONG.

IT ALSO BROUGHT HONG KONG THE WETTEST SINGLE MONTH OF AUGUST, WHEN 872 MM OF RAIN FELL, AS WELL AS THE WETTEST SINGLE DAY IN AUGUST, WHEN RAINFALL ROSE TO 334.2 MM ON AUGUST 16.

THE YEAR’S RAINFALL FIGURE WAS 46 PER CENT ABOVE NORMAL.

THESE ARE AMONG SOME OF THE WEATHER STATISTICS CONTAINED IN THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY’S ANNUAL REVIEW JUST RELEASED.

A NEAR-RECORD WAS ESTABLISHED WHEN 653.9 MM OF RAIN FELL FROM MAY 28 TO 31, THE SECOND HIGHEST FIGURE ON RECORD FOR A CONTINUOUS FOUR-DAY PERIOD IN MAY.

AS A RESULT OF THIS HEAVY RAINFALL, ROUND-THE-CLOCK WATER SUPPLY WAS RESUMED AFTER EIGHT MONTHS OF WATER RESTRICTIONS, THE REVIEW RECALLS.

BUT THE RAINSTORMS ALSO CAUSED SERIOUS FLOODING IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES, AS WELL AS LANDSLIDES IN MANY AREAS OF HONG KONG, KILLING 25 PEOPLE, INJURING 100 OTHERS AND MAKING OVER 8 000 PEOPLE HOMELESS.

IN ADDITION, ABOUT 700 000 HEAD OF POULTRY AND 10 000 PIGS WERE DROWNED, AND 1 000 HECTARES OF CROPS AND 400 HECTARES OF FISH PONDS INUNDATED.

ON JUNE 2, THE FIRST TORNADO EVER RECORDED IN HONG KONG STRUCK IN YUEN LONG, KILLING TWO PEOPLE AND INJURING FIVE OTHERS.

WIDESPREAD FLOODING AND NUMEROUS LANDSLIDES AGAIN OCCURRED BETWEEN AUGUST 15 AND 19 BECAUSE OF HEAVY RAINSTORMS.

FIVE PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND 1 460 RENDERED HOMELESS DURING THE PERIOD. FLOODING DISRUPTED ROAD AND FERRY SERVICES IN TSUEN WAN AND INUNDATED 450 HECTARES OF CROPS AND 310 HECTARES OF FISH PONDS IN THE NORTHWESTERN PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE TOTAL RAINFALL OF 872 MM IN AUGUST AND THE SINGLE-DAY RAINFALL OF 334.2 MM ON AUGUST 16 WERE BOTH NEW RECORDS FOR THE MONTH.

ON AUGUST 18, A WATERSPOUT LANDED ON TSI NG Yl ISLAND, DAMAGING A SHIPYARD.

TURNING TO OTHER WEATHER ISSUES, THE REVIEW REPORTS THAT 28 TROPICAL CYCLONES THAT RAGED OVER THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC AND THE CHINA SEAS DURING THE YEAR CAUSED HEAVY LOSSES OF LIFE AND PROPERTY IN SEVERAL ASIAN COUNTRIES.

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BUT THEY BROUGHT NO PERSISTENT GALES AND LITTLE DAMAGE TO HONG KONG, ALTHOUGH WARNING SIGNALS WERE DISPLAYED FOR FIVE OF THE CYCLONES.

JANUARY WAS WARMER AND DRIER THAN USUAL, WITH THE TEMPERATURE STAYING ABOVE 11.5 DEGREES CELSIUS AND THE MEAN TEMPERATURE OF 16.9 DEGREES CELSIUS, BEING 1.3 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. EVEN THOUGH FIRE DANGER WARNINGS WERE ISSUED ON 22 DAYS, FIRE BROKE OUT IN VARIOUS SQUATTER AREAS, MAKING ABOUT 9 OOO PEOPLE HOMELESS.

FEBRUARY WAS CLOUDY AND HUMID. FOG DEVELOPED IN THE EVENING OF FEBRUARY 19 AND PERSISTED FOR SEVERAL DAYS, DIVERTING AIRCRAFT FROM HONG KONG AND DISRUPTING FERRY AND HOVERCRAFT SERVICES.

A FISHING JUNK SANK AFTER COLLIDING WITH A CONTAINER SHIP IN FOG SOUTH OF PO TOI ISLAND ON FEBRUARY 23. ON FEBRUARY 24, A COLD FRONT ARRIVED IN HONG KONG AND CLEARED THE FOG.

A FISHING JUNK SANK IN ROUGH SEAS IN TATHONG CHANNEL ON FEBRUARY 25 WHILE THE STRONG MONSOON SIGNAL WAS HOISTED.

THE MEAN TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 15.9 DEGREES CELSIUS AND THE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE WAS 10.2 DEGREES CELSIUS.

MARCH WAS WARMER, CLOUDIER AND MORE HUMID THAN USUAL. FOG WAS REPORTED AT HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT EVERY MORNING FROM MARCH 5 TO 7, DIVERTING SEVEN AIRCRAFT FROM HONG KONG AND AFFECTING FERRY SERVICES.

THE FOLLOWING MONTH WAS THE SEVENTH WETTEST APRIL ON RECORD. THUNDERSTORMS AND HEAVY SHOWERS DURING THE LAST NINE DAYS BROUGHT THE MONTH’S RAINFALL TO A TOTAL OF 310 MM, MORE THAN DOUBLE THE NORMAL AMOUNT.

AFTER MAY, THE FOURTH WETTEST ON RECORD FOR THE MONTH, THE TOTAL RAINFALL OF 205.9 MM FOR JUNE WAS HALF THE NORMAL FIGURE.

TOWARDS THE END OF THE MONTH, TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING SIGNALS WERE DISPLAYED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE YEAR DURING THE APPROACH OF TROPICAL STORM TESS WHICH FORMED OVER THE SOUTH CHINA SEA ON JUNE 27, RECURVED NEAR HAINAN ON JUNE 29 AND DISSIPATED NEAR DONGSHA ON JULY 2.

IN JULY, TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING SIGNALS WERE HOISTED ON IWO OCCASIONS DURING THE APPROACH OF SEVERE TROPICAL STORM WINONA AND TYPHOON ANDY.

WINONA FORMED OVER THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC TO THE EAST OF THE PHILIPPINES ON JULY 12, AND CROSSED LUZON AND THE NORTHERN PART OF THE SOUTH CHINA SEA BEFORE REACHING LEI ZHOU PENINSULA ON JULY 17.

ANDY FORMED NEAR GUAM ON JULY 22, CROSSED SOUTHERN TAIWAN AND LANDED IN SOUTHEAST CHINA ON JULY 30.

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THERE WAS NO REPORT OF DAMAGE IN HONG KONG.

THE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 34.8 DEGREES CELSIUS RECORDED ON JULY 29 WAS THE HIGHEST OF THE YEAR.

AFTER AUGUST, SEPTEMBER CONTINUED TO BE WETTER THAN NORMAL, WITH THE TOTAL RAINFALL OF 466.8 MM, BEING 46 PER CENT ABOVE NORMAL.

THE STRONG MONSOON SIGNAL WARNING WAS DISPLAYED FOR A RECORD DURATION OF 74 HOURS FROM 3.45 AM ON SEPTEMBER 5 TO 5.45 AM ON SEPTEMBER 8.

TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING SIGNALS WERE HOISTED DURING THE APPROACH OF TYPHOON IRVING WHICH CAME WITHIN 4OO NAUTICAL MILES OF HONG KONG ON SEPTEMBER 11 AND LANDED IN GUANGXI ON SEPTEMBER 15 AFTER CROSSING THE LEI ZHOU PENINSULA.

ALTHOUGH WINDS IN HONG KONG WERE GENERALLY STRONG OFF SHORE ON SEPTEMBER 13, THERE WERE NO REPORTS OF DAMAGE.

OCTOBER WAS ALSO WETTER THAN NORMAL. THE ACCUMULATED RAINFALL CF 3 151.7 MM FOR THE FIRST TEN MONTHS OF THE YEAR WAS LARGER THAN THE PREVIOUS RECORD ANNUAL RAINFALL OF 3 100.4 MM ESTABLISHED IN 1973. TYPHOON NANCY CAME WITHIN 400 NAUTICAL MILES OF HONG KONG ON OCTOBER 15 AFTER CROSSING NORTHERN LUZON AND LANDED IN VIETNAM ON XTOBER 19.

IT WAS THE LAST TROPICAL CYCLONE IN THE YEAR FOR WHICH TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING SIGNALS WERE DISPLAYED IN HONG KONG.

NOVEMBER WAS THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE MONTH WITH ABOVE-AVERAGE RAINFALL. THE FIGURE OF 95.8 MM WAS 176 PER CENT ABOVE NORMAL.

THE MONTH WAS ALSO MORE HUMID THAN NORMAL WITH AN AVERAGE RELATIVE HUMIDITY OF 77 PER CENT, THE THIRD HIGHEST RECORD FOR NOVEMBER.

FOUR COLD SURGES AFFECTED HONG KONG AND TEMPERATURES DROPPED APPRECIABLY ON NOVEMBER 30 TO THE MONTH’S LOWEST OF 12.9 DEGREES CELSIUS.

DOMINATED BY THE CONTINENTAL ANTICYCLONE OVER CHINA, THE WEATHER DURING DECEMBER WAS DRIER AND COOLER THAN NORMAL.

THERE WAS ONLY A TRACE OF RAINFALL AND THE MONTH WAS THE THIRD DRIEST DECEMBER ON RECORD.

A MAJOR SURGE OF THE WINTER MONSOON ARRIVED IN HONG KONG ON CHRISTMAS DAY AND BROUGHT THE TEMPERATURE AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY DOWN TO 8.9 DEGREES CELSIUS ON DECEMBER 27, THE LOWEST OF THE YEAR.

DURING THIS COLD SPELL, THE LOWEST TEMPERATURES AT TATE’S CAIRN AND TAI MO SHAN WERE 2.4 DEGREES CELSIUS AND ZERO DEGREE CELSIUS AND HOAR FROST WAS REPORTED IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE NEW TERR I TOR IES.

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NEW GENERAL NURSE TRAINING SCHOOL

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MORE NURSE TRAINING FACILITIES WILL BE PROVIDED WHEN A GENERAL NURSE TRAINING SCHOOL ADJACENT TO THE PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL IS COMPLETED IN 1985.

TENDERS FOR THE SITE FORMATION AND CAISSON FOUNDATION WORKS FOR THE PROJECT ARE BEING INVITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE SCHOOL AND QUARTERS WILL BE A 16-STOREY BUILDING.

HE SAID THAT THE NEW NURSE TRAINING SCHOOL WILL OCCUPY THE LOWER THREE STOREYS WHILE THE UPPER FLOORS WILL BE USED AS QUARTERS TO ACCOMMODATE ABOUT 780 GENERAL AND STUDENT NURSES.

WORK ON THE CONTRACT WILL START IN MARCH AND TAKE ABOUT SIX MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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SUB-DIVISIONAL FIRE STATION FOR SAI WAN HO * * *

A SUB-DIVISIONAL FIRE STATION AND AN AMBULANCE DEPOT WILL BE □ hit im WAI HANG STREET SAI WAN HO. TO CATER TO THE NEEDS Or THE RAPIDLY DEVELOPING RESIDENTIAL AND INDUSTRIAL AREAS OF QUARRY BAY AND SAI WAN HO.

THE FIRE STATION WHICH WILL BE OF A STANDARD DESIGN WILL HAVE AN APPLIANCE ROOM FOR FOUR FIRE ENGINES, A DRILL YARD, SERVICE ROOMS, OFFICES, CANTEEN, RECREATIONAL ROOM, BARRACKS AND OTHER FACILITIES.

THE AMBULANCE DEPOT WILL BE BUILT ON THE SAME STANDARD DESIGN AS THAT OF THE FIRE STATION WITH SIMILAR FACILITIES, SUCH AS SERVICE ROOMS, OFFICES, CANTEEN, RECREATIONAL ROOM AND BARRACKS. IT WILL ALSO HAVE AN AMBULANCE YARD FOR FOUR AMBULANCES.

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

WORK WILL START IN APRIL AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN NOVEMBER 1984.

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PUBLICITY EFFORTS TO PROMOTE URBCO ELECTIONS

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A SERIES OF PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES TO HELP PUBLICISE THE FIRST CONSTITUENCY-BASED URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS ON MARCH 8 HAVE BEEN ARRANGED BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE.

TO ORCHESTRATE THE ELECTIONS, BANNERS AND SIGNBOARDS WILL BE DISPLAYED AND VANS WILL BE USED TO BROADCAST MESSAGES TO ELECTORS TO CAST THEIR VOTES ON POLLING DAY.

IN ADDITION, TWO +U.C. ELECTION PROMOTION NITES* AND TWO DISCUSSION FORUMS WILL BE HELD LATE NEXT MONTH AND EARLY MARCH, ENABLING CANDIDATES STANDING IN KWUN TONG’S TWO CONSTITUENCIES TO PUT FORTH THEIR PLATFORM.

FURTHERMORE, 120 000 COPIES OF AN INFORMATIVE SPECIAL ELECTIONS SUPPLEMENT BY THE DISTRICT NEWSPAPER WILL BE PUBLISHED AND DISTRIBUTED TO ALL REGISTERED ELECTORS IN THE AREA.

DETAILS OF THE PUBLICITY EFFORTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR DAVID TSUI, AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TOMORROW (MONDAY) MORNING.

MR TSUI WILL ALSO INTRODUCE THE CANDIDATES IN KWUN TONG TO THE PUBLIC AT THE NEWS CONFERENCE DURING WHICH EACH CANDIDATE WILL BE ABLE TO DELIVER THEIR PLATFORM.

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NEW EDITION OF 'NAMES OF BUILDINGS’ BOOK

BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE.

THE BOOK PRICED $75 PER COPY, CONTAINS A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF BUILDING NAMES WITH THE OFFICIAL ADDRESSES. WHERE APPROPRIATE, WE CHINESE VERSION OF THE NARES have also been included.

rnp FASf OF REFERENCE THE BOOK IS DIVIDED INTO TWO PARTS. PART ONE COMPRISES BUILDING NAMES IN HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND NEW SnSiOON AND PART TWO THOSE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES INCLUDING THt OUTLYING ISLANDS. AN INDEX OF CHINESE NAMES PRECEDES EACH PAR .

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Ht‘o%^VERPOPUlSp"n“LJnLYC?;Th“oIeRnSe“t DEPARTMENTS BUT SS ^aMnKs tSI WJJ.E BRAHES, THE BOOK SHOULD ASSIST AN OWNER OR DEVELOPER TO AVOID DUPLICATION WHEN CHOOSING A NAME FOR HIS BUILDING.

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RESIDENTS URGED TO REPORT CRIMES

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BURGLARY, PICKPOCKETING AND THEFT FROM VEHICLES ARE TOPPING THE CRIME LIST IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT, ACCORDING TO THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR LEE KAI-FAT.

POINTING OUT THAT THE DISTRICT’S CRIME RATE IN THE FIRST THREE QUARTERS OF 1982 HAD INCREASED BY TWO PER CENT, HE ADVISED RESIDENTS TO BE MORE CAREFUL WITH THEIR PROPERTIES SO AS TO AVOID UNNECESSARY LOSS.

SPEAKING AT THE DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME VARIETY SHOW HELD TODAY (SUNDAY) AT THE CHATER ROAD PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT, MR LEE SAID PEOPLE WERE STILL RELUCTANT TO REPORT CRIME.

♦IN THIS CONNECTION, THE POLICE HAVE RECENTLY FURTHER SIMPLIFIED CRIME REPORTING PROCEDURES IN ORDER TO ENCOURAGE AND FACILITATE RESIDENTS TO DO S0,+ HE SAID.

MR LEE ALSO APPEALED FOR CLOSER CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE PUBLIC AND THE POLICE SO THAT CRIMINALS WOULD BE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE.

HIGHLIGHTS OF TODAY’S EVENT INCLUDED MAGIC AND PUPPET SHOWS AND PERFORMANCES BY POPULAR SINGERS.

THE FIGHT CRIME VARIETY SHOW WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

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YUEN LONG COOKED FOOD AND FROZEN MEAT STALL FOR LETTING *****

TWO STALLS FOR SELLING COOKED FOOD AND FROZEN MEAT AT TWO YUEN LONG MARKETS WILL BE PUT UP FOR LETTING BY PUBLIC AUCTION ON FRIDAY (FEBRUARY 4).

ONE OF THE STALLS IS AT THE KIK YEUNG ROAD COOKED FOOD BAZAAR WHILE THE OTHER IS AT KAM TIN MARKET.

THE AUCTION WILL BE HELD AT THE OFFICE OF PING SHAN RURAL COMMITTEE AT ON NING ROAD IN YUEN LONG STARTING AT 10 AM.

THE UPSET MONTHLY RENTAL FOR THE KIK YEUNG ROAD COOKED FOOD BAZAAR STALL IS $2 500 AND $150 FOR THE KAM TIN MARKET STALL.

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS FOR THE STALLS CAN START BUSINESS ON MARCH 1 FOR A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS. THEY WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY THE BID RENTAL ON A QUARTERLY BASIS.

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POTENTIAL BIDDERS WHO MUST BE OVER 21 SHOULD BRING ALONG THEIR IDENTITY CARDS AND FIVE PHOTOGRAPHS TO THE AUCTION VENUE, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS, THE HAWKERS AND MARKETS SECTION OF THE YUEN LONG URBAN SERVICES OFFICE MAY BE CONTACTED BY TELEPHONING 0-792261 EXT. 112, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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CHONG HING HIKING SCHEME

THE FINAL WALK OF THE 1982/83 CHONG HING HIKING SCHEME WAS HELD THIS (SUNDAY) MORNING IN TSUEN WAN TOGETHER WITH A CLOSING CEREMONY OFFICIATED BY A MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR ANDREW SO.

DURING THE CLOSING CEREMONY WHICH WAS HELD AT A PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL’S PLAYGROUND AND ATTENDED BY MORE THAN 2 000 PEOPLE, PRIZES WERE AWARDED TO OUTSTANDING PARTICIPANTS OF VARIOUS AGES.

IN HIS SPEECH, MR SO SAID THE CHONG HING HIKING SCHEME WAS A POPULAR OUTDOOR ACTIVITY AND BENEFICIAL TO PARTICIPANTS.

THE SCHEME — ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT WAS SPONSORED BY THE LIU CHONG HING BANK. THE BANK’S VICE-CHAIRMAN, MR LIU LIT-FOR ALSO ATTENDED THE CLOSING CEREMONY AND HIKE.

DURING THE YEAR, 400 HIKING ACTIVITIES WERE ORGANISED FOR RESIDENTS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG. THESE WALKS COVERED 32 DIFFERENT PLACES IN THE COUNTRYSIDE AND OUTLYING ISLANDS.

TEN THOUSAND PEOPLE HAD SUCCEEDED IN JOINING THE SCHEME AND EACH INDIVIDUAL HAD AT LEAST TAKEN PART IN FIVE TREKS, JOHNNY CHAN, RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICER IN CHARGE OF OUTDOOR PURSUITS, SAID.

♦THERE IS A LIMIT ON THE NUMBER OF PERSONS WE CAN ACCOMMODATE IN THESE WALKS,+ HE SAID.

♦OF COURSE WE WISH TO TAKE IN MORE PEOPLE, BUT THERE IS ALWAYS A PROBLEM OF TRANSPORT AND GETTING ENOUGH MANPOWER TO LEAD THE GROUPS.

♦THE SCHEME WAS THE SECOND IN TWO CONSECUTIVE YEARS, AND THE NUMBER WE ACCEPTED, OUT OF A TOTAL OF 25 000 APPLICANTS, WAS A 100 PER CENT INCREASE OVER THE 1981 SCHEME.+

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SHA TIN PHOTO COMPETITION DRAWS BIG RESPONSE * * * *

A TOTAL OF 697 ENTRIES WAS RECEIVED FOR A FESTIVE LIGHTING PHOTO COMPETITION ORGANISED BY THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD.

THE COMPETITION, WHICH WAS DIVIDED INTO A YOUTH SECTION FOR UNDER 18 AND AN OPEN SECTION, WAS AIMED AT DRAWING SHUTTER-BUGS TO THE LIVELY DECORATED SHA TIN NEW TOWN DURING THE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS.

WINNING ENTRIES WERE SELECTED BY A PANEL OF JUDGES COMPRISING MR DONALD TSANG OF SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE, MR M. CHAN OF SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, MR HO PUI-CHEUNG OF CARITAS PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY, MR T.O. LEE OF CANON CAMERA AND MR RAYMOND TENG OF REGAL MERIDIEN HOTEL GROUP.

TSANG YUN-SAU RECEIVED FIRST PRIZE FOR THE BEST PHOTO IN THE OPEN SECTION, WHILE YAM WAI-HONG WAS THE OVERALL WINNER IN THE YOUTH SECTION. THEIR PRIZES WILL BE CANON Al CAMERA WITH 7O-21OMM F4 ZOOM LENS AND CANON AE1 CAMERA WITH 50MM Fl.4 LENS RESPECTIVELY.

THE TWO WINNERS, WITH THE RUNNERS-UP, WILL BE GIVEN THEIR PRIZES AT THE SWITCHING-ON CEREMONY FOR THE LUNAR NEW YEAR LIGHTING DECORATIONS WHICH WILL BE HELD AT SHA TIN RURAL COMMITTEE ROAD BRIDGE ON FEBRUARY 10.

ALL WINNING ENTRIES WILL BE PUT ON DISPLAY AT THE LOBBY OF THE SHA TIN RAILWAY STATION FROM FEBRUARY 10 TO 17.

TUEN MUN YOUTH TENNIS COMPETITION *****

TENNIS NOVICES IN TUEN MUN WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR SKILL AT A FORTHCOMING OPEN COMPETITION TO BE HELD NEXT MONTH.

THE COMPETITION, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE AND THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, IS AIMED AT RAISING THE TENNIS STANDARD IN THE DISTRICT AS WELL AS SPOTTING YOUNG TALENTS IN THE SPORT.

THE FOUR-DAY TOURNAMENT WILL BE HELD AT THE TUEN MUN TEMPORARY TENNIS COURT ON TWO SATURDAY AFTERNOONS AND TWO SUNDAYS BETWEEN FEBRUARY 19 AND 27, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NTSD SAID.

/ENTRIES

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ENTRIES FOR THE COMPETITION, WHICH ARE FREE, ARE NOW OPENED TO TUEN MUN YOUNGSTERS AGED FROM 14 TO 25 ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

THE TOURNAMENT WILL BE DIVIDED INTO FOUR SECTIONS — MAN’S SINGLE, MAN’S DOUBLE, WOMAN’S SINGLE AND WOMAN’S DOUBLE.

ENTRY FORMS MAY NOW BE OBTAINED AT THE OFFICE OF TUEN MUN TEMPORARY TENNIS COURT, THE NORTH REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS OF THE NTSD ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF GARAGE NO. 1, TAI YUEN ESTATE, TAI PO AND THE TUEN MUN OFFICE OF THE RSS.

ALL COMPLETED FORMS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE TUEN MUN OFFICE CF THE RSS AT ROOM 012, TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE BUILDING, BEFORE NOON ON THURSDAY (FEBRUARY 3).

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WATER CUT IN TSIM SHA TSUI AND KWUN TONG * * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN THE TSIM SHA TSUI AREA WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR SIX HOURS ON WEDNESDAY (FEBRUARY 2) FOR A LEAKAGE TEST WHILE SALT WATER SUPPLY TO SOME OTHERS IN KWUN TONG WILL BE CUT OFF FOR EIGHT HOURS FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

IN THE TSIM SHA TSUI AREA, THE PREMISES AFFECTED WILL BE THOSE BOUNDED BY NATHAN ROAD, MODY ROAD, CHATHAM ROAD, HART AVENUE AND CARNARVON ROAD, INCLUDING THOSE IN CORNWALL AVENUE AND HANOI ROAD. THEY WILL HAVE NO FRESH WATER SUPPLY FROM MIDNIGHT TO 6 AM.

IN KWUN TONG, SALT WATER SUPPLY TO SAU MAU PING ESTATE, LAM TIN ESTATE, CHOI WAN ESTATE, SHUN LEE ESTATE, SHUN ON ESTATE, SHUN TIN ESTATE AND PREMISES ALONG HONG LEE ROAD, HONG NING ROAD AND KUNG LOK ROAD WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 10 AM TO 6 PM ON THE SAME DAY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

Monday, January 31, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR DECEMBER 1982 ................... 1

VIEWS ON FACTORY AND JOB LOCATIONS BEING SURVEYED.............. 3

TIME LIMIT FOR OBJECTING PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENTS ............. 5

NEW SCHOOL FOR TSUEM WAN ...................................... 6

ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD TO HOLD SIXTH MEETING .................. 6

ADVANCE COURSE IN EDUCATION FOR NON-GRADUATE TEACHERS ......... 7

LUNAR NEW YEAR DECORATIONS IN TSUEN WAN . . . ~................ 8

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF VICTORIA PARK ROAD FLYOVER................ 9

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

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PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR DECEMBER 1982 ft ft * * ft ft

THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS FOR DECEMBER 1982 WAS $12 887 MILLION, MADE UP OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AT $8 391 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS AT $4 496 MILLION, ACCORDING TO PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES PUBLISHED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY.

WITH IMPORTS AT $14 045 MILLION, THE VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT FOR DECEMBER WAS $1 158 MILLION.

FOR 1982 AS A WHOLE, THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS WAS $127 385 MILLION, MADE UP OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AT $83 032 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS AT $44 353 MILLION. WITH IMPORTS AT $142 894 MILLION, THE VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT FOR 1982 WAS $15 509 MILLION.

A COMPARISON OF 1982 WITH 1981 SHOWS THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS INCREASED BY $5 222 MILLION OR FOUR PER CENT, COMPRISING INCREASES OF $2 609 MILLION OR THREE PER CENT FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND $2 613 MILLION OR SIX PER CENT FOR RE-EXPORTS. THE VALUE OF IMPORTS INCREASED BY $4 519 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) NARROWED TO 10.9 PER CENT FROM 11.7 PER CENT IN 1981.

COMMENTING ON THE FIGURES, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT, INFLUENCED BY THE WORLD RECESSION, THE GROWTH RATES OF THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS AND OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS HAD BOTH SLOWED DOWN IN 1982. BUT AS THE GROWTH RATE OF THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS WAS STILL SLIGHTLY FASTER THAN THAT OF IMPORTS, THE VISIBLE TRADE GAP HAD NARROWED.

A COMPARISON OF DECEMBER 1982 WITH DECEMBER 1981 SHOWS THE THE FOLLOWING INCREASES IN VALUE i $593 MILLION OR EIGHT PER CENT FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS, $594 MILLION OR 15 PER CENT FOR RE-EXPORTS, $1 187 MILLION OR 10 PER CENT FOR TOTAL EXPORTS AND $1 028 MILLION CR EIGHT PER CENT FOR IMPORTS.

THESE PERCENTAGE INCREASES WERE HIGHER THAN THE CORRESPONDING AVERAGES FOR THE WHOLE YEAR.

ALTHOUGH THIS COULD BE TAKEN AS THE FIRST SIGN OF RECOVERY, THE GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN CAUTIONED THAT TOO MUCH SHOULD NOT BE READ INTO ONE MONTH’S FIGURES. THE VISIBLE TRADE GAP WAS 8.2 PER CENT IN DECEMBER 1982, COMPARED WITH 10.1 PER CENT IN DECEMBER 1981.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 31, 198?

THE FOLLOWING ARE DECEMBER, 19821 PROVISIONAL MERCHANDISE : TRADE F IGURES FOR

MERCHANDISE! DOMESTIC EXPORTS $ 8 391 MILLION

RE-EXPORTS $ 4 496 MILLION

TOTAL EXPORTS $12 887 MILLION

IMPORTS $14 045 MILLION

TRADE BALANCE $ 1 158 MILLION

( IN DEFICIT)

COMPARATIVE FIGURES

LATEST 3 MONTHS OCT.-DEC. 1982 OCT.-DEC. 1981 INCREASE OR DECREASE

$ MN. S MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 22 608r 22 334 + 274 ♦ 1.2

RE-EXPORTS 12 039 11 526 ♦ 513 + 4.5

TOTAL EXPORTS 34 647 33 860 + 787 + 2.3

IMPORTS 38 456 37 516 + 940 + 2.5

TRADE BALANCE •% SAME MONTH LAST YEAR - 3 809 DECEMBER 1982 - 3 656 DECEMBER 1981 - 153 INCREASE OR DECREASE

S MN. S MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 8 391 (65.1%) 7 798 (66.6%) + 593 + 7.6

RE-EXPORTS 4 496 3 902 ♦ 594 +15.2

TOTAL EXPORTS 12 887 11 700 ♦1 187 +10.1

IMPORTS 14 045 13 017 +1 028 ♦ 7.9

TRADE BALANCE - 1 158 - 1 317 * 159

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LAST MONTH DECEMBER 1982 NOVEMBER 1982 INCREASE OR DECREASE

% $ MN. S MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 8 391 (65.1%) 7 148 (64.5%) +1 243 +17.4

RE-EXPORTS 4 496 3 940 + 556 +14.1

TOTAL EXPORTS 12 887 11 088 ♦1 799 +16.2

IMPORTS 14 045 12 199 +1 846 +15.1

TRADE BALANCE - 1 158 - 1 111 - 47

LAST 12 MONTHS JAN.-DEC. 1982 JAN.-DEC. 1981 INCREASE OR DECREASE

S MN. S MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 83 032 (65.2%) 80 423 (65.8%) ♦2 609 +3.2

RE-EXPORTS 44 353 41 740 +2 613 +6.3

TOTAL EXPORTS 127 385' 122 163 +5 222 +4.3

IMPORTS 142 894 138 375 ♦4 519 +3.3

TRADE BALANCE -15 509 -16 212 + 703

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VIEWS ON FACTORY AND JOB LOCATIONS BEING SURVEYED ft ft ft ft ft

A SURVEY IS TO BE COMMISSIONED BY THE GOVERNMENT ON ESTABLISHED MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES TO FIND OUT THE VIEWS OF INDUSTRIALISTS AND THEIR EMPLOYEES ON THE PROS AND CONS OF INDUSTRIAL JOB DECENTRALISATION.

THE SIX-MONTH SURVEY, WHICH WILL BEGIN TOMORROW, WILL BE CONDUCTED BY THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY CENTRE IN ASSOCIATION WITH ROGER TYM AND PARTNERS.

AN AGREEMENT FOR THE UNDERTAKING WAS SIGNED THIS AFTERNOON BY THE GOVERNMENT TOWN PLANNER OF THE STRATEGIC PLANNING UNIT OF THE LANDS AND WORKS BRANCH, DR TED PRYOR, AND THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CF THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY CENTRE, MR S.K. CHAN.

DR PRYOR SAID THAT A RANDOM SAMPLE OF MANUFACTURING ESTABLISHMENTS WOULD BE SELECTED FROM TUEN MUN NEW TOWN AS WELL AS DEVELOPED INDUSTRIAL ZONES IN THE URBAN AREA.

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+ABOUT 900 INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS AND 3 500 WORKERS EMPLOYED IN THESE COMPANIES WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE SURVEY WHICH WILL COVER VARIOUS GROUPS OF MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES, RANGING FROM LIGHT ELECTRONIC INDUSTRY TO HEAVIER ELECTRICAL MACHINERY INDUSTRY,* HE ADDED.

INFORMATION SOUGHT FROM INDUSTRIALISTS WILL INCLUDE THEIR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT PROSPECTS, PLANS AND VIEWS ON DECENTRALISATION IN A NEW TOWN INDUSTRIAL ZONE, REASONS FOR LOCATIONAL CHOICES, PAST MOBILITY RECORDS, MAJOR PROBLEMS THAT HAVE BEEN ENCOUNTERED IN SETTING UP OPERATIONS IN NEW TOWNS AND THE IMPACT OF SUCH A MOVE ON PRODUCTION INVESTMENT AND WORKER RETENTION AND RELATIONS.

THE ENQUIRY ON WORKERS WILL COVER SUCH MATTERS AS THEIR PRINCIPAL SOCIO-ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS, PAST MOBILITY RECORDS, VIEWS ON BENEFITS OR DISADVANTAGES OF THE PRESENT JOB, PREFERENCE FOR WORKING IN A NEW TOWN INDUSTRIAL ZONE, ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CRITERIA FOR CHOOSING FUTURE JOBS AND EXISTING KNOWLEDGE ABOUT EMPLOYMENT, HOUSING AND OTHER CONDITIONS IN NEW TOWNS.

♦THE DATA COLLECTED WILL BE HANDLED IN THE STRICTEST CONFIDENCE AND NO RESULTS OR FINDINGS OF THE SURVEY CAN BE IDENTIFIED TO INDIVIDUAL RESPONDENTS,* DR PRYOR STRESSED.

♦QUESTIONNAIRES CONTAINING SUCH DATA WILL BE DESTROYED AFTER ANALYSIS OF THE SURVEY RESULTS HASrBEEN COMPLETED.*

THE RESULTS OF THE SURVEY ARE EXPECTED TO THROW NEW LIGHT ON THE NUMEROUS ISSUES RELATING TO NEW TOWN PLANNING, SUCH AS TO WHAT EXTENT INDUSTRIALISTS WOULD BE WILLING TO RELOCATE THEIR FACTORIES TO NEW TOWNS IN RESPONSE TO GOVERNMENT’S HOUSING PROGRAMMES.

IT WILL ALSO HELP ASCERTAIN TO WHAT EXTENT PEOPLE WHO HAVE MOVED INTO NEW TOWNS WOULD BE WILLING TO GIVE UP THEIR PRESENT JOBS IN THE URBAN AREAS TO TAKE UP LOCAL EMPLOYMENT.

DR PRYOR URGED INDUSTRIALISTS AND WORKERS, WHO WERE SELECTED FOR INTERVIEWS, TO COOPERATE IN PROVIDING THE NECESSARY ANSWERS AS THE FINDINGS FROM THE SURVEY WOULD PROVIDE GOVERNMENT WITH A SOLID BASE FOR HELPING TO DETERMINE ITS DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY AND VARIOUS INVESTMENT PRIORITIES.

THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY CENTRE HAS BEEN CHOSEN TO UNDERTAKE THIS LARGE-SCALE STRATEGIC STUDY BECAUSE OF ITS LONG EXPERIENCE IN CARRYING OUT LOCAL INDUSTRIAL SURVEYS AND TECHNO-ECONOMIC STUDIES.

IN VIEW OF THE IMPORTANCE AND THE SPECIALISED NATURE OF THE PROJECT, THE CENTRE WILL REINFORCE ITS RESEARCH CAPABILITIES BY ENLISTING THE SERVICES OF ROGER TYM AND PARTNERS (HK), A U.K. BASED CONSULTANCY RENOWNED FOR ITS SUCCESS IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND PLANNING RESEARCH FOR CENTRAL, REGIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT BODIES.

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TIME LIMIT FOR OBJECTING PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENTS

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THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT TODAY (MONDAY) REMINDED MEMBERS CF THE PUBLIC THAT IF THEY OBJECT TO PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENTS THEY SHOULD DO SO WITHIN ONE MONTH OF THE DATE OF THE NOTICE OF ASSESSMENT.

AS TO CLAIMS FOR PROPERTY TAX REFUND, THE TIME LIMIT IS 90 DAYS AFTER THE END OF THE RELEVANT YEAR OF ASSESSMENT, OR 90 DAYS AFTER THE PROPERTY TAX NOTICE IS GIVEN, WHICHEVER IS THE LATER.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID OBJECTIONS AND CLAIMS FOR REFUND FOR OWNER-OCCUPIED PROPERTY AND UNOCCUPIED PREMISES SHOULD BE MADE IN WRITING WITHIN THESE TIME LIMITS TO THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE.

HE SAID THE DEADLINE WOULD BE EXTENDED IF THE COMMISSIONER IS SATISFIED THAT, OWING TO ABSENCE FROM HONG KONG, SICKNESS OR OTHER REASONABLE CAUSE, THE PERSON OBJECTING TO ASSESSMENTS AND CLAIMING FOR REFUNDS WAS PREVENTED FROM DOING SO WITHIN THE SPECIFIED TIME.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID VACANCY CLAIMS CAN ALWAYS BE MADE WITHOUT SUPPORTING EVIDENCE TO MEET THE TIME LIMIT, BUT SUCH EVIDENCE WOULD BE NECESSARY SUBSEQUENTLY.

PROPERTY OWNERS, AGENTS AND OCCUPIERS OF DOMESTIC PREMISES SHOULD BE PREPARED TO FORWARD SUCH EVIDENCE AS ELECTRICITY, GAS AND WATER BILLS TO SUPPORT THEIR VACANCY CLAIMS.

FOR NON—DOMESTIC PREMISES, HE SAID, THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT WOULD ISSUE VACANCY CERTIFICATES IN ALL APPROPRIATE CASES AND THESE FORMS MUST BE PRODUCED TO SUPPORT CLAIMS FOR REFUND.

FURTHER INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE ASSESSOR (PROPERTY TAX) OF THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT AT 5-7959-5219 OR BY WRITING TO THE DEPARTMENT THROUGH GPO BOX 132, HONG KONG.

ADVICE, IN PERSON, MAY BE OBTAINED FROM INLAND REVENUE OFFICES AT WINDSOR HOUSE, 17TH FLOOR, 311 GLOUCESTER ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG 5 PARK-IN COMMERCIAL BUILDING, 12TH FLOOR, 56 DUNDAS STREET, MONG KOK, KOWLOON » AND FOU WAH CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, 210 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN, NEW TERRITORIES.

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NEW SCHOOL FOR TSUEN WAN * M * *

THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT S NOW INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SECONDARY SCHOOL IN TSUEN WAN.

SCH00L’ T0 BUILT ON A SITE OF 0.56 HECTARE AT WO YI HOP ROAD NEAR LEI MUK SHUE ESTATE, WILL BE OF THE STANDARD 24-CL ASSROOM TYPE.

IN ADDITION TO THE MAIN TEACHING BLOCK, IT WILL ALSO HAVE A SPECIAL BLOCK CATERING FOR VARIOUS SUBJECTS AND AN ASSEMBLY HALL WITH COVERED PLAYGROUND.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO COMMENCE IN APRIL AND BE COMPLETED IN 16

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ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD TO HOLD SIXTH MEETING * * * *

A PROPOSED PROGRAMME TO PHASE OUT UNLICENSED FOOD BUSINESS IN UNDEVELOPED AREAS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE DISCUSSED AT INE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD’S SIXTH MEETING ON WEDNESDAY (FEBRUARY 2). r

THE PROGRAMME FOLLOWS SIMILAR ACTION IN EARLY 1981 BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT ON ALL TOLERATED FOOD PREMISES IN DEVELOPED TOWNSHIPS AND NEW TOWNS.

BOARD MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE INFORMED OF THE NEED TO MAINTAIN FIRE SAFETY IN CONSIDERING THE PROVISION OF ON-STREET VEHICLE PARKING SPACES IN THE DISTRICT.

A TALK ON THE +ROLE AND FUNCTIONS OF THE STANDING CONFERENCE ON ROAD SAFETY* WILL BE GIVEN BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR (TRAFFIC), ROYAL H.K. POLICE FORCE, MR R.C. SMALLSHAW AND THE CHIEF ENGINEER (ROAD SAFETY DIVISION), TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, MR D.G.

WILLDAY.

NOTE TO ED I TORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SIXTH MEETING OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD TO BE HELD AT 2 PM ON WEDNESDAY (FEBRUARY 2) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE, SINCERE BUILDING, 16TH FLOOR, 173 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 31, 1983

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ADVANCE COURSE IN EDUCATION FOR NON-GRADUATE TEACHERS *****

NON-GRADUATE TEACHERS IN GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SECONDARY OR PRIMARY SCHOOLS ARE INVITED TO APPLY FOR AN ADVANCE COURSE OF TEACHER EDUCATION OFFERED BY THE THREE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION IN 1983/&4.

TEACHERS AT PRESENT ON ATTACHMENT OR SECONDMENT TO GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS MAY ALSO APPLY FOR THE COURSE.

♦TEACHERS IN AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOLS, HOWEVER, SHOULD NOTE THAT THEY WILL ONLY BE CONSIDERED IF A SPONSORING BODY IS ABLE TO GUARANTEE TRANSFER TO A TEACHING POST IN A SECONDARY SCHOOL ON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE,♦ AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

EACH SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT FROM AIDED'SCHOOLS WILL BE REQUIRED TO GIVE A FORMAL UNDERTAKING TO TEACH FULL-TIME FOR A PERIOD OF NOT LESS THAN THREE YEARS IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING SATISFACTORY COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, HE SAID.

THE COURSE WILL HAVE A CORE OF STUDIES IN EDUCATION, EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, LANGUAGE SKILLS AND COMPLEMENTARY PROGRAMMES.

IN ADDITION, EACH STUDENT WILL STUDY IN DEPTH, ON AN ELECTIVE BASIS, ONE AREA OF SUBJECT SPECIALISATION.

APPLICANTS SHOULD BE TWO-YEAR TRAINED TEACHERS AND HAVE STUDIED THE SUBJECT APPLIED FOR THROUGHOUT THE TWO YEARS OF HIS COLLEGE OF EDUCATION COURSE. THEY SHOULD ALSO HAVE TWO YEARS FULL-TIME POST-TRAINING TEACHING EXPERIENCE.

THEY WILL BE REQUIRED TO DEMONSTRATE PROFICIENCY IN ENGLISH ADEQUATE TO PURSUE THE ADVANCE COURSE, AND EITHER TO SIT FOR A TEST OR ATTEND AN INTERVIEW DEPENDING ON THE SUBJECT APPLIED FOR.

GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION IS OFFERING COURSES IN ART AND DESIGN, AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION; NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION IS OFFERING HOME ECONOMICS (HOME MANAGEMENT); SIR ROBERT BLACK COLLEGE OF EDUCATION IS OFFERING HOME ECONOMICS (DRESS AND DESIGN) AND MUSIC; WHILE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE IS OFFERING DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY.

♦THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE PREPARED TO PAY THE SALARY OF A TEMPORARY TEACHER OF THE APPROPRIATE OR A LOWER GRADE, TO SUBSTITUTE FOR AN AIDED SCHOOL TEACHER ACCEPTED FOR A COURSE,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦DURING THE PERIOD OF THE COURSE, ALL SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL CONTINUE TO RECEIVE THEIR SALARY AND INCREMENT IN THE NORMAL WAY AND THE COURSE WILL COUNT AS SERVICE OR EXPERIENCE,* HE SAID.

/APPLICATION .......

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APPLICATION FORMS WILL BE AVAILABLE VIA HEADS OF SCHOOLS OR SECTIONS WHO MAY OBTAIN THE FORMS FROM THE THREE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION, THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE OR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS IN LEE GARDENS, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG.

NO FEES WHATSOEVER IS PAYABLE IN CONNECTION WITH THE APPLICATIONS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

IN THE CASE OF TEACHERS IN GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS OR ON SECONDMENT AND ATTACHMENT, COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED BY 5 PM ON MARCH 15 TO THE SENIOR EDUCATION OFFICER (SERVICING UNIT), SCHOOLS DIVISION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, LEE GARDENS, HONG KONG.

FOR AIDED SCHOOL TEACHERS, COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED BY THE SAME TIME TO THE CHAIRMAN, JOINT SELECTION BOARD, C/O GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, 42-44 GASCOIGNE ROAD, KOWLOON.

SELECTION OF APPLICANTS WILL BE CONDUCTED BY THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION JOINT SELECTION BOARD.

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LUNAR NEW YEAR DECORATIONS IN TSUEN WAN ******

SEASONAL DECORATIONS, INCLUDING TWO FIVE-METRE-TALL +GODS OF PROSPERITY*, AND LIGHT DISPLAYS IN THE SHAPES OF A PIG AND A POT OF PEACH BLOSSOMS, WILL BE PUT UP IN TSUEN WAN TO GREET THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

COSTING $90 000 AND FUNDED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE LIGHTS AND DECORATIONS WILL BE SWITCHED ON BETWEEN 6 PM AND MIDNIGHT EVERY DAY FROM FEBRUARY 9 TO 27.

A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID THE LIGHTS AND ACTIVITIES STAGED DURING CHRISTMAS WERE WELCOMED BY LOCAL RESIDENTS. SIMILAR ARRANGEMENTS, WITH AN ADDITIONAL ARRAY OF SEASONAL ITEMS, WOULD BE PUT ON FOR THE COMING FESTIVITY.

THE DECORATIONS WILL INCLUDE t

* TWO +GODS OF PROSPERITY* PAINTED ON WOOD AND PERCHED ON BOTH SIDES OF THE PEDESTRIAN FOOTBRIDGE OUTSIDE THE FOU WAH CENTRE AND A PAIR OF CHINESE NORTHERN LIONS AT THE WALKWAY ACROSS KWAI CHUNG ROAD?

* LIGHT DISPLAYS IN THE FORM OF A POT OF PEACH BLOSSOMS AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL ROUNDABOUT, AND IN THE SHAPE OF A PIG, THE SYMBOL FOR THE COMING LUNAR NEW YEAR, AT THE KWAI CHUNG ROUNDABOUT;

* SOME 30 PAIRS OF ILLUMINATED RED AND GOLD LANTERNS ALONG TAI HO ROAD FROM THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY TERMINUS TO THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL; AND

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* COLOURFUL BANNERS WITH SEASONAL GREETINGS AND CHINESE LANTERNS ALONG SAI LAU KOK ROAD, A SECTION OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD BETWEEN TAI HO ROAD AND KWAI CHUNG ROAD, AND ON TSI NG Yl BRIDGE.

THE UNVEILING OF THE TWO +GODS OF PROSPERITY* AND A SWITCH-ON CEREMONY WILL BE HELD ON FEBRUARY 9.

THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY SOME 60 ACTIVITIES TO BE STAGED AT THE DISTRICT’S TOWN HALL, PLAYGROUNDS AND COMMUNITY HALLS UNTIL MARCH 3.

THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE CONCERTS, HORSE RIDING AT SHA TIN, ANEW YEAR WALK, FUNFAIR, CAMPINGS, FLOWER EXHIBITION, DINNERS FOR THE ELDERLY AND A VARIETY SHOW TO BE STAGED BY A LOCAL TELEVISION STATION.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF VICTORIA PARK ROAD FLYOVER * * * *

THE FLYOVER LEADING FROM VICTORIA PARK ROAD EASTBOUND TO GLOUCESTER ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 11 PM AND 6.30 AM DAILY FROM TUESDAY (FEBRUARY 1) FOR ROAD WORKS.

THE ARRANGEMENT WILL LAST 10 DAYS, DURING WHICH PERIOD TRAFFIC ON GLOUCESTER ROAD HEADING FOR CAUSEWAY BAY WILL BE DIVERTED VIA CANAL ROAD FLYOVER.

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WATER FIGURES * * *

'S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) CAPACITY OR 415.769 MILLION CUBIC

STORAGE IN HONG KONG STOOD AT 72.0 PER CENT OF

METRES.

I NED 251.304 MILLION CENT OF CAPACITY.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTA CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 43.5 PER

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