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

 DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, AUGUST 1, 1983

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S232-MILLION CONTRACT FOR GOVERNMENT BUILDING .................. 1

GRANTS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS INCREASED .......................... 2

SIR EDWARD OFF TO PEKING ....................................... 2

NO APPLICATION RECEIVED FOR FREE BUS SERVICE.................... 3

EXPORT CREDIT RISKS TO BE EXPLAINED ............................ 3

MORE FOOD STALLS FOR KWAI CHUNG WORKERS ........................ 4

SUMMER TECHNICAL COURSES PROVE POPULAR ......................... 5

TAPS OFF BRIEFLY IN TWO AREAS .................................. 5

WATER FIGURES

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MONDAY, AUGUST 1, 1983

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$232-MILLI0N CONTRACT FOR GOVERNMENT BUILDING *****

THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT TODAY (MONDAY) AWARDED A $232-MILLION CONTRACT TO GAMMON BUILDING CONSTRUCTION LTD. FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A GOVERNMENT OFFICE BUILDING AT QUEENSWAY.

THE CONTRACT, ONE OF THE BIGGEST LET BY THE DEPARTMENT THIS YEAR, WAS SIGNED THIS MORNING BY MR JOSE LEI, ACTING DIRECTOR OF BUILDING DEVELOPMENT, AND MR G.E. LONG, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE COMPANY.

THE BUILDING, TO BE SITUATED JUST NEXT TO THE NEW SUPREME COURT BUILDING NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION AT QUEENSWAY, WILL BE COMPLETED IN ABOUT 36 MONTHS.

THE NEW BUILDING WILL BE 47 STOREYS HIGH WITH A FOUR-STOREY PODIUM. ADJACENT TO IT WILL BE A SEVEN-STOREY +L+ SHAPE BLOCK.

UPON COMPLETION TOWARDS THE END OF 1986, MR LEI SAID, THE NEW BUILDING WOULD PROVIDE ABOUT 54 OOO SQUARE METRES OF OFFICE ACCOMMODATION AND CAR PARKING FACILITIES.

THIS IS ONE OF THE OFFICE COMPLEXES BEING BUILT BY THE GOVERNMENT TO HELP REDUCE THE SHORTFALL OF GOVERNMENT OFFICE ACCOMMODATION.

ALSO UNDER CONSTRUCTION, HE SAID, WERE AN EIGHT-STOREY BLOCK IN SAI KUNG, A NINE-STOREY BUILDING ABOVE THE SHA TIN RAILWAY STATION, A SEVEN-STOREY BLOCK IN TUEN MUN TOWN CENTRE AND THE 27-STOREY HARBOUR BUILDING IN CENTRAL.

♦THE LARGEST OF ALL WILL BE THE GOVERNMENT COMPLEX AT HARBOUR ROAD ON WAN CHAI RECLAMATION,+ HE SAID.

THE COMPLEX, ESTIMATED TO COST ABOUT $1.5 BILLION, WILL COMPRISE SIX BLOCKS OF GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS - A DISTRICT/ MAGISTRACY BUILDING, A SCIENCE BUILDING, A PUBLIC CAR PARK, A FIRE STATION AND TWO OFFICE TOWERS.

MR LEI SAID THAT THE TWO OFFICE TOWERS, BOTH OF THEM 49 STOREYS HIGH, WOULD PROVIDE A TOTAL OF 200 000 SQUARE METRES OF GOVERNMENT OFFICE SPACE.

♦ALL THESE, WHEN COMPLETED, WILL GO A LONG WAY TOWARD H-ETING THE GOVERNMENT OFFICE SPACE REQUIREMENT,* HE ADDED.

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GRANTS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS INCREASED * * * *

STUDENTS AT TEACHERS TRAINING COLLEGES AND APPROVED POSTSECONDARY COLLEGES WILL BENEFIT FROM A 50 PER CENT INCREASE IN GOVERNMENT GRANTS AND LOANS TO BE EFFECTIVE THIS COMING ACADEMIC YEAR.

AT PRESENT, STUDENTS TAKING COURSES AT THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION, THE TECHNICAL TEACHERS TRAINING COLLEGE AND AT THE APPROVED POST-SECONDARY COLLEGES CAN APPLY EACH YEAR FOR A MAXIMUM GRANT OF $2 000 PLUS A LOAN OF $2 400, OR IN SOME CASES A LOAN OF $4 400. THESE AMOUNTS WILL NOW BE INCREASED TO $3 000, $3 600 AND 16 600 RESPECTIVELY.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THIS INCREASE SHOULD OFFSET THE RISE IN COST OF LIVING SINCE THE PRESENT LEVEL OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE WAS SET IN SEPTEMBER, 1979.

FURTHERMORE, IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT THE REAL VALUE OF ASSISTANCE COULD BE MAINTAINED, THE DEPUTY FINANCIAL SECRETARY WILL HAVE THE AUTHORITY IN FUTURE TO REVISE THE MAXIMUM GRANT AND LOAN EACH YEAR, WITH REGARD TO THE MOVEMENT OF CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A).

SIR EDWARD OFF TO PEKING * * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, LEFT FOR PEKING THIS (MONDAY) AFTERNOON TO CONTINUE TO TAKE PART IN THE SINO-BRITISH TALKS ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG.

HE WAS SEEN OFF AT THE AIRPORT BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, SIR SZE-YUEN CHUNG, THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR ROGER LOBO, AND THE VICE-CHIEF EDITOR OF THE XINHUA NEWS AGENCY (HONG KONG BRANCH), MR TAN GAN.

ACCOMPANYING THE GOVERNOR TO PEKING WERE THE ACTING POLITICAL ADVISER, MR RICHARD MARGOLIS, AND THE GOVERNMENT CHIEF INTERPRETER, W Y.P. CHENG.

SIR PHILIP HAS BEEN APPOINTED DEPUTY TO THE GOVERNOR DURING SIR EDWARD’S ABSENCE.

MONDAY, AUGUST 1, 1983

NO APPLICATION RECEIVED FOR FREE BUS SERVICE * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAS RECEIVED NO APPLICATION FOR A FREE BUS SERVICE TO BE OPERATED BETWEEN TSIM SHA TSUI MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY STATION AND THE SHOPPING CENTRE AT TSIM SHA TSUI EAST.

A SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT THE DEPARTMENT, ON BECOMING AWARE OF PROPOSALS TO PROVIDE A SERVICE, HAD APPROACHED THE COMPANY CONCERNED. ON CONFIRMATION THAT THE COMPANY HAD CONTRACTED TO PROVIDE THE SERVICE, THE DEPARTMENT DREW THE COMPANY’S ATTENTION TO THE LICENSING CONDITIONS. UNDER THESE CONDITIONS, WHICH WERE ACCEPTED BY THE COMPANY IN MAY LAST YEAR, THE COMPANY’S BUSES MUST EXCLUSIVELY BE USED FOR THE CARRIAGE OF COMPANY EMPLOYEES. THE COMPANY WOULD BE BREACHING ITS PRESENT LICENSING CONDITIONS IF IT USED ITS BUSES FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

REPORTS THAT THE DEPARTMENT HAD TAKEN ACTION OR THREATENED ACTION AGAINST THE COMPANY WERE UNFOUNDED, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE ADDED THAT IN CONSIDERING APPLICATIONS FOR THE LICENSING CF PUBLIC OMNIBUSES, OR VARIATIONS IN THE CONDITIONS OF LICENCE, THE DEPARTMENT IS REQUIRED UNDER SECTION 7G (6) OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE NEED FOR THE SERVICE PROPOSED, HAVING REGARD TO THE AVAILABILITY OF OTHER FORMS OF TRANSPORT, FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT ON THE ROUTES PROPOSED AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS AND ROAD CAPACITY.

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EXPORT CREDIT RISKS TO BE EXPLAINED M N * *

A SEMINAR ON EXPORT CREDIT RISKS AND BUSINESS PROMOTION WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON FOR INDUSTRIALISTS IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT.

ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE HONG KONG EXPORT CREDIT INSURANCE CORPORATION (ECIC) THE SEMINAR WILL HIGHLIGHT THE VARIOUS CREDIT RISKS ENCOUNTERED BY EXPORTERS IF THEY TRADE ON CREDIT TERMS, AND HOW THESE RISKS CAN BE REDUCED.

GUEST SPEAKERS AT THE SEMINAR WILL BE THE CUSTOMER SERVICES MANAGER OF ECIC, MR CHOI SHIU-YING, AND THE CORPORATION’S BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, MR PETER MOK.

THEY WILL TALK ON HOW A GOVERNMENT GUARANTEED EXPORT CREDIT INSURANCE SCHEME CAN ASSIST HONG KONG MANUFACTURERS AND EXPORTERS TO PROMOTE AND PROTECT THEIR EXPORT BUSINESS, PARTICULARLY AT THIS CURRENTLY UNCERTAIN AND DIFFICULT TIME IN INTERNATIONAL TRADE.

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THE ADVANTAGE OF EXPORT CREDIT INSURANCE WILL ALSO BE DISCUSSED AT THE SEMINAR TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM AT THE WONG CHUK HANG CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL IN WONG CHUK HANG ESTATE, ABERDEEN.

♦COMPETITION IS SO KEEN THESE DAYS THAT THE EXPORTERS HAVE TO GRANT CREDIT TO OVERSEAS IN ORDER TO SECURE THE BUSINESS, BUT THEY ARE ALWAYS WORRIED ABOUT THE RISKS OF NON-PAYMENT ARISING FROM THE BUYER AND FROM THE BUYER’S COUNTRY,* THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR K.C. KWONG, SAID.

♦I AM SURE THIS SEMINAR WILL PROVE TO BE OF BENEFIT TO MANUFACTURERS AND EXPORTERS WHO INTEND TO GIVE OR ARE ALREADY GIVING CREDIT TO THEIR OVERSEAS BUYERS,* HE SAID.

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MORE FOOD STALLS FOR KWAI CHUNG WORKERS * * * *

TEN MORE STALLS ARE BEING ADDED TO THE KA TING COOKED FOOD CENTRE AT KWAI CHUNG TO PROVIDE FACTORY WORKERS WITH AN ADDITIONAL HYGIENIC EATING PLACE.

BUILT AT A COST OF 8500 000, THE COOKED FOOD CENTRE IS LOCATED AT THE JUNCTION OF KA TING ROAD AND TAI LIN PAI ROAD, AND IS ONE OF THE TWO PROPER EATING PLACES AT THE HEART OF THE INDUSTRIAL AREA, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

THE OTHER COOKED FOOD CENTRE MANAGED BY THE NTSD IS AT TAI LIN PAI ROAD, AND HAS 22 STALLS.

KA TING COOKED FOOD CENTRE NOW HAS 17 STALLS CATERING TO THE NEEDS OF THOUSANDS OF FACTORY WORKERS, PARTICULARLY DURING THE LUNCH HOUR.

EACH STALL OF THE NEW EXTENSION OF KA TING COOKED FOOD CENTRE IS EQUIPPED WITH ITS OWN WORKING AREA, WITH A WATER TAP, SINK AND A BASIN. AND ALL PARTITION WALLS AND FLOOR SURFACES ARE PAVED WITH GLAZED AND MOSAIC TILES.

MEANWHILE, TWO MORE MODERN COOKED FOOD CENTRES ARE NOW BEING BUILT AT KWAI CHUNG, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THERE WILL BE 18 COOKED FOOD STALLS AND TWO FRUIT STALLS AT TAI YUEN STREET COOKED FOOD CENTRE, AND 14 MORE COOKED FOOD STALLS AND FOUR FRUIT STALLS AT A PAVILION STYLE WO Yl HOP ROAD COOKED FOOD CENTRE, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND BEING BUILT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A COMMUNAL MECHANICAL EXHAUST SYSTEM, WITH GREASE FILTERS TO INDIVIDUAL HOODS FOR DRAWING COOKING FUMES, AT THE TWO COOKED FOOD CENTRES.

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SUMMER TECHNICAL COURSES PROVE POPULAR M * K M

SHORT SUMMER COURSES OFFERED BY THE FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES FOR THE FIRST TIME HAVE RECEIVED GOOD RESPONSE.

A TOTAL OF 131 COURSES WERE ORGANISED FOR 5 600 STUDENTS OUT CF 31 300 APPLICANTS, A VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL SPOKESMAN REVEALED.

+THE RESPONSE TO THE SHORT SUMMER COURSES HAS BEEN ENCOURAGING, THOUGH IT IS REGRETTED THAT THE COURSES COULD ONLY MEET A PROPORTION OF THE APPLICANTS,+ HE SAID.

MOST OF THESE COURSES STARTED EARLIER THIS MONTH WHILE THE REST WILL START IN AUGUST.

SUBJECTS ON COMMERCIAL STUDIES AND ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING ARE THE MOST POPULAR, ATTRACTING NEARLY 10 000 AND 9 400 APPLICATIONS RESPECTIVELY. COURSES ON OTHER DISCIPLINES ALSO ENJOY AN OVERWHELMING DEMAND.

THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES HAVE BEEN OFFERING A RANGE OF SHORT COURSES DURING NORMAL TERM TIMES. THE PRIMARY OBJECT IS TO ENABLE PEOPLE IN EMPLOYMENT TO UPDATE THEIR SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE.

THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL FELT THAT SHORT COURSES COULD PROVIDE AN IMPORTANT SERVICE TO INDUSTRY AND THE COMMUNITY AND WAS OFFERING MORE OF THEM DURING SUMMER, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

A SMALL NUMBER OF HOBBY AND LEI SURE-1NTEREST COURSES HAVE BEEN INCLUDED WHICH ARE ALSO WELL SUBSCRIBED.

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TAPS OFF BRIEFLY IN TWO AREAS

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME AREAS IN KWAI CHUNG AND LAM TIN WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVERAL HOURS BETWEEN THURSDAY (AUGUST 4) AND FRIDAY FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

IN KWAI CHUNG, SUPPLY TO AN AREA BOUNDED BY HING SHING ROAD, KWAI SHING CIRCUIT AND KWAI LUEN ROAD, INCLUDING BLOCKS 12-14 KWAI SHING EAST ESTATE AND BLOCKS 6-10 KWAI SHING WEST ESTATE WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 12.01 AM TO 6 AM ON THURSDAY.

IN LAM TIN, SUPPLY WILL BE INTERRUPTED FROM 11 PM ON THURSDAY TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY JUNK BAY ROAD, KAI TIN ROAD, PING TIN STREET, ON TIN STREET AND TAK TIN STREET, INCLUDING BLOCK NO. 1 TO 14 LAM TIN ESTATE AND LAM TIN SAN TSUEN.

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WATER FIGURES

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STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 88.3 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 510.240 MILLION CUBIC l€TRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 380.533 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 65.9 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY-, AUGUST 2, 198?

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HOME CARE FOR ELDERLY ENCOURAGED.............................. 1

WORKERS GOING OVERSEAS ADVISED ABOUT CONTRACTS ............... 1

POPULAR HEALTH DISPLAY MOVES ON .............................. 2

TEXTILE INDUSTRY TRAINING MANUALS PUBLISHED .................. J

HORTICULTURE COURSE FOR SAI KUNG RESIDENTS ................... 4

FRESH AND SALT WATER MAINS WORKS ............................. 4

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF VEHICULAR UNDERPASS

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 1983

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HOME CARE FOR ELDERLY ENCOURAGED M M M M

THE GOVERNMENT AIMS TO PROVIDE A RANGE OF COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES AND CASH ASSISTANCE TO ENCOURAGE FAMILIES TO CARE FOR THEIR ELDERLY MEMBERS IN THE HOME, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, bRS ANSON CHAN, SAID TONIGHT (TUESDAY).

SHE WAS SPEAKING AT THE CANTONESE OPERA PERFORMANCE ORGANISED BY THE ASIA WOMEN’S LEAGUE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR ITS PLANNED CARE-AND-ATTENTION HOME IN KOWLOON TONG.

MRS CHAN SAID THAT IN THE PAST TEN YEARS, HONG KONG’S SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES HAD UNDERGONE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN TERMS OF BOTH THE TYPES AND QUALITY OF SERVICES PROVIDED.

♦TO COPE WITH THE INCREASING PROPORTION OF THE ELDERLY IN THE TOTAL POPULATION, THERE IS A NEED TO PROVIDE MORE AND BETTER SERVICES FOR THEM,+ SHE SAID.

♦THE GOVERNMENT HAS SPARED NO EFFORT TO MEET THIS NEED AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES ARE ALSO PLAYING A VERY IMPORTANT ROLE IN THIS RESPECT.♦

HONG KONG, MRS CHAN SAID, WAS FORTUNATE IN THAT THE FINE TRADITION OF RESPECT AND CARE FOR THE ELDERLY WAS DEEP-ROOTED HERE.

FOR THOSE ELDERLY PEOPLE WHO HAD NO FAMILY TO LOOK AFTER THEM OR WHO .WERE NOT ABLE TO LOOK AFTER THEMSELVES BECAUSE THEY WERE INFIRM, THEY WOULD NEED INSTITUTIONAL CARE, MRS CHAN SAID.

SHE SAID THE ASIA WOMEN’S LEAGUE’S PLANNED CHAN KWAN-TUNG HOME FOR THE AGED WOULD MAKE A USEFUL CONTRIBUTION IN THIS AREA BY PROVIDING MORE PLACES FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE REQUIRING INSTITUTIONAL CARE.

THE NEW PROJECT WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY A $2.5 MILLION DONATION BY MR CHAN KWAN-TUNG.

MRS CHAN PAID TRIBUTE TO MEMBERS OF THE LEAGUE FOR THEIR EFFORTS IN PROVIDING SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY.

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WORKERS GOING OVERSEAS ADVISED ABOUT CONTRACTS

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY (TUESDAY) REMINDED LOCAL MANUAL WORKERS WISHING TO TAKE UP OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT TO ENTER INTO EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS WITH THEIR PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAW TO PROTECT THEIR OWN INTEREST.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT UNDER THE CONTRACTS FOR OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE, THE CONTRACTS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE DEPARTMENT’S OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT SERVICE FOR ATTESTATION BEFORE THE WORKERS GO ABROAD. DULY ATTESTED WRITTEN CONTRACTS WOULD NOT ONLY CLEARLY DEFINE THE RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF THE CONTRACTING PARTIES, BUT ALSO ENSURE THE REASONABLENESS OF THE TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT.

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ALL OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS MUST INCLUDE DETAILS OF PAY NATURE AND HOURS OF WORK, HOLIDAYS, PAYMENT OF OVERTIME, SICKNESS ALLOWANCE, EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION, PROVISIONS FOR FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION, REPATRIATION ARRANGEMENTS AND PROVISIONS FOR DEPENDANTS.

WITHOUT AN ATTESTED CONTRACT, A WORKER WOULD PUT HIMSELF IN A MOST DISADVANTAGEOUS POSITION IN THE EVENT OF A DISPUTE OVER EMPLOYMENT CONDITIONS.

A VERBAL AGREEMENT OR A WRITTEN CONTRACT PRIVATELY ENTERED INTO, WHICH USUALLY DOES NOT ADEQUATELY COVER ALL ASPECTS OF EMPLOYMENT, IS ALWAYS A SUBJECT OF CONTENTION, MOREOVER, THE ABSENCE OF AN ATTESTED CONTRACT WOULD TO A GREAT EXTENT IMPEDE THE DEPARTMENT FROM INTERVENING IN DISPUTES.

+A WORKER SIMPLY CANNOT AFFORD TO WORK IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY WITHOUT THE PROTECTION OF A PROPERLY ATTESTED CONTRACT,* HE OBSERVED.

THE SPOKESMAN CALLED ON THOSE WORKERS WISHING TO TAKE UP OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT TO CONSULT THE OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT SERVICE CF THE DEPARTMENT ON THE PROPER COURSES TO FOLLOW.

THE SERVICE IS SITUATED ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF SINCERE INSURANCE BUILDING AT 4 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI. THE TELEPHONE rOR ENQUIRIES IS 5-281035.

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POPULAR HEALTH DISPLAY MOVES ON

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TMP MFDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT’S CURRENT HEALTH EDUCATION CAMPAIGN ON THE PREVENTION OF COMMUNICABLE DISEASES HAS ATTRACTED STRONG RESPONSE FROM THE PUBLIC OVER THE PAST MONTH.

» MAJOR SIX-DAY EXHIBITION AT THE CITY HALL EARLIER LAST NONTH ATTRACTED MORE THAN 22 000 PEOPLE, AND THERE HAVE NUMEROUS ENQUIRIES ON THE VARIOUS TYPES OF COMMUNICABLE DISEASES MADE BY THE PUBLIC DURING THE PAST MONTH.

ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S CENTRAL HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT, THE CAMPAIGN WILL NOW MOVE TO VARIOUS DISTRICTS THROUGHOUT ™E TERRITORY, WITH SIMILAR EXHIBITION STARTING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) IN KWUN TONG.

THF EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD AT THE KWUN TONG MTR STATION AND W™ BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM DAILY BETWEEN AUGUST 3 (WEDNESDAY) AND AUGUST 8 (MONDAY).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE OBJECTIVES OF THE CAMPAIGN WERE TO ENHANCE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE 2 COMPLETING ALL IMMUNISATIONS FOR CHILDREN FROM BIRTH TO WlSiRY SIX. AND TO EMPHASISE THE IMPORTANCE OF HYGIENE.

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IN RECENT YEARS, A FEW CASES OF COMMUNICABLE DISEASES, SUCH AS POLIOMYELITIS AND VIRAL HEPATITIS WERE REPORTED,♦ HE SAID.

IT WAS FOUND THAT INCOMPLETE IMMUNISATION WAS THEIR MAIN CAUSE,♦ HE ADDED.

THE IMPORTANCE OF FOOD HYGIENE AND PERSONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE ARE ALSO EMPHASISED IN THE HEALTH CAMPAIGN, BECAUSE SOME COMMUNICABLE DISEASES ARE PREVALENT IN THE SUMMER,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE KWUN TONG EXHIBITION WILL FEATURE DISPLAYS ON THE VARIOUS TYPES OF COMMUNICABLE DISEASES, INCLUDING ONE ON GENITAL HERPES WHICH HAS BEEN THE CAUSE OF GREAT PUBLIC CONCERN RECENTLY.

PAMPHLETS ENTITLED +COMPLETE ALL IMMUNISATIONS+ AND +BE A HEALTHY TRAVELLER^ WILL BE DISTRIBUTED FREE TO VISITORS AT THE EXHIBITION.

SIMILAR DISTRICT EXHIBITIONS WILL BE HELD IN THE COMING MONTHS IN TSUEN WAN, CHEUNG SHA WAN, TAI PO AND TUEN MUN.

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TEXTILE INDUSTRY TRAINING MANUALS PUBLISHED

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THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL HAS JUST COMPILED TWO TRAINING MANUALS FOR THE PRINCIPAL JOBS IN THE KNITTING AND FINISHING BRANCHES OF THE INDUSTRY.

THE MANUALS REPRESENT THE LAST TWO IN A SERIES OF FOUR MANUALS SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT

ON THE INDUSTRY, AND WILL SOON BE ON PUBLICATIONS CENTRE IN CENTRAL. THE TEXTURISING AND WEAVING.

FIRST TWO COVER SPINNING AND

THE MANUALS LIST MODEL TRAINING JOBS AT THE TECHNOLOGIST, TECHNICIAN THE TWO BRANCHES.

PROGRAMMES OF THE PRINCIPAL AND CRAFTSMAN LEVELS WITHIN

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, MR FEI LEE, SAID THE PROGRAMMES WOULD ASSIST IN RAISING THE STANDARD OF TRAINING AND RESULT IN

A MORE EFFICIENT WORKFORCE.

MR LEE RECOMMENDED THAT EMPLOYERS IN THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY DRAW UP THEIR OWN TRAINING PROGRAMMES ACCORDING TO THE GUIDELINES SET IN THE MANUALS.

A TRAINEE OR AN APPRENTICE SHOULD HAVE TRAINING NOT ALL, OF THE ACTIVITIES LISTED IN THE PROGRAMMES, SAID.

IN MOST, IF THE CHAIRMAN

THE BILINGUAL MANUALS OF THE KNITTING AND FINISHING BRANCHES ARE PRICED AT $17 AND $27 EACH.

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HORTICULTURE COURSE FOR SAI KUNG RESIDENTS M * * *

A THREE-MONTH LONG HORTICULTURAL COURSE WILL BE HELD AT SAI KUNG TANG SHIU KIN SPORTS GROUND EVERY SATURDAY FROM AUGUST 20, BETWEEN 10 AM AND 1 PM.

THE COURSE IS AIMED AT PROVIDING BASIC HORTICULTURAL KNOWLEDGE TO RESIDENTS SO AS TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO PLAY A ROLE IN BEAUTIFYING THE ENVIRONMENT, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

THE LECTURES WILL PLACE EMPHASIS ON SEED SOWING, FERTILISATION, CUTTING, GRAFTING, LAYERING, PRUNING, WEEDING AND THE PROPAGATION AND MAINTENANCE OF THE SEASONAL FLOWERS.

PRACTICAL PLANTING DEMONSTRATIONS AND FIELD VISITS TO NURSERIES WILL ALSO BE ARRANGED UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF HORTICULTURAL EXPERTS OF THE NTSD.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING INVITED FOR THE HORTICULTURAL COURSE AND ENROLMENT FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED AT THE SAI KUNG URBAN SERVICES OFFICE ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF 69 MAN NIN STREET, SAI KUNG.

ENTRY FORMS OFFICE BY AUGUST

MUST BE RETURNED TO THE SAI KUNG URBAN SERVICES 13 (SATURDAY).

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FRESH AND SALT WATER MAINS WORKS • K X K

FRESH WATER AND RENNIE’S MILL

SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN WAN CHAI, SAI KUNG AND RENNIE’S MILL - WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVERAL HOURS BETWEEN FRIDAY (AUGUST 5) AND SATURDAY FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

IN WAN CHAI, SUPPLY TO PREMISES BOUNDED BY ARSENAL STREET, HENNESSY ROAD, O’BRIEN ROAD AND GLOUCESTER ROAD, INCLUDING ARSENAL STREET POLICE QUARTERS AND POLICE HEADQUARTERS WILL BE INTERRUPTED FROM 11 PM ON FRIDAY TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

IN SAI KUNG AND RENNIE’S MILL, SUPPLY WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 10 PM ON FRIDAY TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT PREMISES ALONG CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD BETWEEN HIRAM’S HIGHWAY AND MANG KUNG UK, INCLUDING SILVERSTRAND, HANG HAU TOWN, SHAW’S STUDIO AND BAYSIDE VILLAS; ALL VILLAGES ALONG HIRAM’S HIGHWAY, INCLUDING THOSE ON-ROUlE VILLAGES AND TAN CHEUNG, AND ALL VILLAGES ALONG PO LAM ROAD, RENNIE’S MILL AND MA YAU TONG.

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AND. SALT WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN THE MID-LEVELS AND WESTERN DISTRICT WILL BE STOPPED FROM 9 AM TO 3.30 PM ON FRIDAY FOR MAINS WORK.

AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY CONDUIT ROAD, KOTEWALL ROAD, LYTTELTON ROAD, BONHAM ROAD, YING WA TERRACE, ROBINSON ROAD, CASTLE ROAD, SEYMOUR ROAD, MACDONNELL ROAD, BOWEN ROAD, KENNEDY ROAD, LADDER STREET, JERVOIS STREET, BURD STREET, PEEL STREET, MOSQUE JUNCTION STREET, MOSQUE STREET AND DEX VOEUX ROAD WEST BETWEEN WESTERN STREET AND WHITTY STREET.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF VEHICULAR UNDERPASS *****

THE WUHU VEHICULAR UNDERPASS WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY (AUGUST 4 AND 5) FROM 1 AM TO 5AM, TO FACILITATE MAINTENANCE WORK.

DURING THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE, MOTORISTS FROM TSIM SHA TSUI, YAU MA TEI, AND THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL, WISHING TO PROCEED TO HUNG HOM AREA, ARE ADVISED TO USE EITHER OF THE FOLLOWING ROUTESi-

(I) CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH, CHEONG WAN ROAD, ON WAN ROAD, CHEONG WAN ROAD AND GILLIES AVENUE; OR

(II) GASCOIGNE ROAD, CHATHAM ROAD NORTH, PAK KUNG STREET, SHUN YUNG STREET, FAT KWONG STREET AND MA TAU WAI ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PROGRESS ON PROPOSED BRIDGE STUDIES ............................. 1

MONETARY STATISTICS FOR JUNE 1983 ............................. 4

GOVERNOR RETURNS FROM PEKING TOMORROW.......................... 7

EXAMINATION AUTHORITY NEW CHAIRMAN APPOINTED .................... 7

SHORT-TERM LAND TENANCIES OFFERED ............................... 8

SHAM SHUI PO EYESORE TO GO ...................................... 8

SEMINAR TO DISCUSS LOCAL PROFIT,EMS ............................. 3

TRAFFIC CURBS AT MAN WA LANE

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3, 1983

PROGRESS ON PROPOSED BRIDGE STUDIES *****

THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT TODAY REPORTED PROGRESS ON STUDIES BEING CONDUCTED FOR GOVERNMENT ON THE PROPOSED LEI YUE MUN BRIDGE.

THE COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORT STUDY OF 1976 RECOMMENDED THAT A SECOND FIXED HARBOUR VEHICULAR CROSSING BE PROVIDED BY THE END CF THE 198OS, IF FEASIBLE IN TRANSPORT AND FINANCIAL TERMS. THE 1981 FOLLOW-UP STUDY +THE STUDY OF ADDITIONAL CROSS HARBOUR FACILITIES-*- EXAMINED 17 INITIAL OPTIONS FOR A SECOND CROSSING, REDUCING THESE TO 9 FOR CLOSE EXAMINATION. THAT REPORT RECOMMENDED THAT TAKING TRANSPORT AND FINANCIAL GROUNDS TOGETHER, A BRIDGE AT LEI YUE MUN SUBJECT TO AVIATION REQUIREMENTS WOULD BE THE FIRST CHOICE? THE SECOND CHOICE WOULD BE AN ADDITIONAL TUBE FOR THE CROSS-HARBOUR TUNNEL; AND THE THIRD CHOICE WOULD BE A SUBMERGED TUBE TUNNEL FROM CENTRAL TO KWAI CHUNG.

GOVERNMENT THEREFORE APPOINTED AN AUSTRALIAN CONSULTANT TO EXAMINE THE FEASIBILITY IN TERMS OF AVIATION REQUIREMENTS OF A NUMBER OF BRIDGE DESIGNS IN THREE LOCATIONS AT LEI YUE MUN. THE BRIEF OF THE CONSULTANT WAS TO TEST THE EFFECTS ON THE INSTRUMENT LANDING SYSTEM (ILS)* OF KAI TAK AIRPORT. THIS HE DID BY CONSTRUCTING A SCALE MODEL OF THE AIRPORT, THE LEI YUE MUN CHANNEL, AND THE VARIOUS BRIDGE DESIGNS, AND TESTING THE RESPONSE OF A MODELLED ILS.

THE CONSULTANT FINALLY REPORTED THAT WITH THE PRESENT ILS AT KAI TAK AIRPORT, THE HIGHEST ACCEPTABLE BRIDGE MUST NOT EXCEED AN OVERALL HEIGHT* OF 36.8 METRES ABOVE PRINCIPAL DATUM (P?D.)*, TO ENSURE THE CONTINUING SAFE OPERATION OF THE INSTRUMENT LANDING SYSTEM.

A BRIDGE OF THIS OVERALL HEIGHT (36.8 METRES), HOWEVER, IS UNACCEPTABLE IN MARINE CLEARANCE TERMS BECAUSE IT WOULD MEAN THAT LEI YUE MUN CHANNEL COULD ONLY BE USED BY FISHING JUNKS, SMALL NAVAL PATROL BOATS, SMALL PLEASURE CRAFT AND SMALL TO MEDI UM COMMERCIAL CRAFT.' IT WOULD BE NECESSARY TO DIVERT LARGER VESSELS INCLUDING SOME LOCAL FERRIES AND OCEAN-GOING SHIPS, VIA THE WESTERN APPROACHES. THIS WOULD INCREASE THE RISKS TO SHIPPING AND THE PROBLEMS OF PORT MANAGEMENT. FOR EXAMPLE, DURING ADVERSE WEATHER, CRAFT OPERATING IN EASTERN WATERS WOULD BE.ABLE TO REACH PORT ONLY BY TAKING THE LONGER AND MORE EXPOSED ROUTE THROUGH THE EAST LAMMA CHANNEL.

VESSELS WOULD HAVE TO TRAVEL FURTHER TO MAKE THE DETOUR, WHICH WOULD REPRESENT A SIGNIFICANT EXTRA COST ON SHORT VOYAGES. THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE POINTS OUT THAT INCREASED TRAFFIC THROUGH THE HARBOUR WOULD INCREASE THE RISK OF COLLISION AND GROUNDINGS.

THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT IN A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY REPORTED THESE RESULTS TO DATE, IN GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS TO ESTABLISH THE FEASIBILITY OF A SECOND FIXED HARBOUR CROSSING.

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HE SAID THAT ALTHOUGH THE RESULTS OF THIS AVIATION CONSULTANCY WERE DISAPPOINTING, THE FIRST DUTY OF GOVERNMENT MUST BE FOR SAFETY BOTH IN THE AVIATION AND THE MARINE CONTEXT. GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN STUDYING ALTERNATIVES, AND THESE INCLUDE THE POSSIBILITY OF A SUBMERGED TUBE TUNNEL IN THE EASTERN HARBOUR, AND THE FURTHER EXAMINATION OF ADVANCED ELECTRONIC AIRCRAFT LANDING SYSTEMS WHICH MIGHT PERMIT A BRIDGE TO BE BUILT AT LEI YUE MUN AT A LATER DATE.

THE SECRETARY SAID THAT THE ACCEPTABILITY OF A BRIDGE AT LEI YUE MUN DEPENDS ON THREE CONDITIONS BEING MET i FIRST, THAT THE INSTRUMENT LANDING SYSTEM SHOULD BE ABLE TO OPERATE SAFELY AND WITHOUT UNDUE INTERFERENCE; SECOND, THAT GOVERNMENT MUST MEET INTERNATIONAL SAFETY AGREEMENTS FOR AIRCRAFT TAKING OFF IN RESPECT OF OBSTACLES IN THE TAKE OFF PLANE; AND THIRD, THAT THE HEIGHT CLEARANCE NECESSARY FOR SHIPPING USING THE LEI YUE MUN CHANNEL TO ENTER THE VICTORIA HARBOUR MUST BE ACCEPTABLE IN MARINE SAFETY AND ECONOMIC TERMS.

THE SECRETARY WENT ON TO EXPLAIN THAT THE TWO MAIN CONSTRAINTS WERE THE PRESENT INSTRUMENT LANDING SYSTEM, WHICH IMPOSES A MAXIMUM OVERALL HEIGHT OF 36.8 METRES ABOVE P.D. FOR ANY BRIDGE- AND THE INTERNATIONAL AVIATION SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OBSTACLE LIMITATION SURFACE* INDICATE A MAXIMUM OVERALL HEIGHT FOR THE BRIDGE OF 58 METRES ABOVE P.D. NATURALLY, THE MORE THE BRIDGE IS MOVED TOWARDS THE WEST, THE LOWER WILL BECOME THE PERMISSIBLE HEIGHT FOR SAFETY REASONS.

WHILE THESE STUDIES WERE GOING ON, A FURTHER DEVELOPMENT HAS TAKEN PLACE IN THE FORM OF NEW MARINE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION REQUIREMENTS WHICH WILL BE INTRODUCED IN OCTOBER 1983. THESE REQUIRE SEGREGATED BALLAST FACILITIES FOR OIL TANKERS, AND WILL INCREASE THE DIMENSIONS OF ALL PETROLEUM PRODUCTS TANKERS OVER 30 000 TONS. THIS WILL INCREASE THE MARINE CLEARANCE REQUIRED FOR SUCH SHIPS FOR ANY BRIDGE AT LEI YUE MUN.

THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE ESTIMATES THAT +THE BRIDGE WOULD REQUIRE A GREATER MARINE CLEARANCE TO ALLOW SAFE PASSAGE CF THESE NEW TANKERS, RESULTING IN AN OVERALL HEIGHT OF AT LEAST 61 METRES, PERHAPS AS MUCH AS 67 METRES ABOVE P.D.+.

IN THE FACE OF THESE PROBLEMS, GOVERNMENT HAS LOOKED INTO THE POSSIBILITY OF MORE ADVANCED INSTRUMENT LANDING SYSTEMS.

TWO SYSTEMS HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED I FIRST, AN M-ARRAY GLIDE PATH SYSTEM (MAGPS); AND SECOND, FOR THE LONGER TERM, A MICROWAVE LANDING SYSTEM (MLS).

MAGPS SYSTEM - IN ORDER TO TEST WHETHER AN MAGPS SYSTEM

WOULD BE COMPATIBLE WITH A BRIDGE AT LEI YUE MUN, IT WOULD BE NECESSARY TO INSTALL THE ACTUAL SYSTEM ON A TEMPORARY BASIS. THE SYSTEM WOULD HAVE TO BE FLIGHT-TESTED UNDER REAL CONDITIONS. IN ADDITION, A STUDY WOULD HAVE TO BE CARRIED OUT ON THE POSSIBLE EFFECTS OF VARIOUS BRIDGE DESIGNS BY MEANS OF A MODEL, AS WAS DONE FOR THE EXISTING INSTRUMENT LANDING SYSTEM.

THE DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION CONCLUDED AFTER CONSIDERING EXPERT ADVICE, THAT + IT IS NOT AT ALL CLEAR THAT THE MAGPS SYSTEM WOULD BE A SUITABLE OR EFFECTIVE SOLUTION, AND WE COULD ONLY SPEAK IN TERMS OF REASONABLE PROBABILITY THAT IT WOULD IN FACT WORK+. IN THE LIGHT OF THIS, THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL RULED THAT FURTHER WORK ON THE MAGPS POSS IBILITY SHOULD NOT BE CONTINUED BECAUSE OF »

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(A) THE LEVEL OF COST INVOLVED, OF UP TO 190 MILLION;

(B) THE FURTHER TIME REQUIRED TO PROVE ITS WORKABILITY OR OTHERWISE, OF TWO YEARS; AND

(C) THE UNCERTAINTY OF SUCCESS.

MLS SYSTEM - THE MICROWAVE LANDING SYSTEM IS AT PRESENT UNDERGOING INTERNATIONAL TESTING AND INTERNATIONAL AUTHORITIES FORESEE THAT IT SHOULD BE IN USE WORLDWIDE IN ABOUT TWELVE YEARS. IT WOULD REPLACE EXISTING INSTRUMENT LANDING SYSTEMS SUCH AS THE ONE AT KAI TAK. THE ACTUAL PROCESS OF REPLACEMENT IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN AROUND THE END OF THIS DECADE. MORE INFORMATION ON PROGRESS SHOULD BE AVAILABLE OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS.

A MICROWAVE LANDING SYSTEM WOULD NOT BE AFFECTED BY THE PRESENCE OF A BRIDGE. THAT IS, WITH AN MLS SYSTEM A BRIDGE LIMITED ONLY BY THE OBSTACLE LIMITATION SURFACE TO AN OVERALL HEIGHT OF 58 METRES, WOULD BE POSSIBLE. BUT THERE ARE POSSIBLE MARINE DIFFICULTIES WITH SUCH A BRIDGE, BECAUSE CERTAIN LARGER SHIPS, INCLUDING THE NEW GENERATION OF TANKERS OF OVER 30 000 TONS, WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO USE THE LEI YUE MUN PASSAGE. THE MARINE AND ECONOMIC IMPLICATIONS OF THIS WILL BE FURTHER STUDIED.

THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT NOTED THE VERY COMPLEX PROBLEMS INVOLVED, WHEN A THIRD TRANSPORT SYSTEM (ROAD) IS TO BE ADDED TO TWO EXISTING SYSTEMS (AIR AND SEA), WITHIN A VERY CONFINED SPACE.

HE SAID ^ALTHOUGH IT MUST BE ACCEPTED THAT AT PRESENT IT IS NOT TECHNICALLY FEASIBLE TO PROCEED WITH THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF A BRIDGE AT LEI YUE MUN, IN THE MANNER AND TIMING WHICH HAD BEEN HOPED, GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE TO EXAMINE THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN IMPROVED ELECTRONIC LANDING SYSTEM FOR THE AIRPORT, AND WILL IDENTIFY THE POSSIBLE PROBLEMS OF DENYING ACCESS TO LARGER SHIPS THROUGH THE LEI YUE MUN PASSAGE*.

HE WENT ON TO SAY THAT +GOVERNMENT WILL FURTHER DEVELOP ITS STUDIES OF OTHER POSSIBLE FIXED CROSSING OPTIONS, INCLUDING AN ADDITIONAL TUBE NEAR THE CROSS-HARBOUR TUNNEL AND A SUBMERGED TUBE TUNNEL IN THE EASTERN HARBOUR AREA*.

* DEFINITIONS

INSTRUMENT LANDING SYSTEM (ILS) t THE RADIO BEAM

SYSTEM WHICH GUIDES AIRCRAFT LANDING AT KAI TAK AIRPORT (FROM THE LEI YUE MUN APPROACH).

OVERALL HEIGHT OF BRIDGE i THE HEIGHT AT THE TOP OF A DOUBLE-DECKER BUS, ON THE BRIDGE, FROM P.D.

PRINCIPAL DATUM (P.D.) » THE BASELINE FOR MEASURING VERTICAL

HEIGHTS ESTABLISHED FOR HONG KONG, BY WHICH HEIGHTS ABOVE IT AND BELOW IT ARE DEFINED.

OBSTACLE LIMITATION SURFACE : THE GRADIENT EXTENDING FOR A

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MONETARY STATISTICS FOR JUNE 1983 M * *

MONETARY STATISTICS FOR JUNE 1983 WERE PUBLISHED TODAY.

THE MONTH MARKS THE END OF THE TWO-YEAR TRANSITIONAL PERIOD FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE THREE-TIER FINANCIAL STRUCTURE.

DURING THE MONTH, FOUR REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES TOOK UP LICENSED STATUS AND SIX HAD THEIR REGISTRATIONS REVOKED AT THEIR OWN REQUEST, MOSTLY DUE TO INABILITY TO MEET THE MINIMUM PAID-UP CAPITAL REQUIREMENT OF $10 MILLION.

THERE WAS THUS A SUBSTANTIAL SHIFT OF DEPOSITS FROM REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES TO BANKS AND LICENSED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES.

DURING THE MONTH, FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS, WHICH INCLUDE ♦SWAP* DEPOSITS, CONTINUED TO INCREASE RAPIDLY.

BUT UNLIKE THE SITUATION IN MAY, ONLY A SMALL PART OF THE INCREASE REFLECTED THE EXCHANGE RATE VALUATION EFFECT AS THE EXCHANGE VALUE OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR HAD STABILISED IN THE SECOND HALF OF JUNE.

HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS REMAINED VIRTUALLY UNCHANGED OVER THE MONTH.

TOTAL MONEY SUPPLY ON ALL DEFINITIONS INCREASED IN JUNE. THE NARROWEST DEFINITION, TOTAL Ml, RECORDED THE BIGGEST RISE, AS SUBSTANTIAL FOREIGN CURRENCY TIME DEPOSITS WHICH MATURED AT THE END OF THE MONTH WERE LEFT ON DEMAND.

WITH THE EXCEPTION OF HK$M3, WHICH CONTINUED TO DECREASE, ALTHOUGH ONLY MARGINALLY, HK$ MONEY SUPPLY INCREASED, REVERSING THE DECREASING TREND IN THE PREVIOUS FOUR OR FIVE MONTHS.

TOTAL LOANS AND ADVANCES GREW ONLY MARGINALLY IN JUNE.

HONG KONG DOLLAR MONEY SUPPLY

THE HK$ MONEY SUPPLY ON THE BROADEST DEFINITION, HK$M3, DROPPED BY 0.2 PER CENT, FOLLOWING THE 1.1 PER CENT FALL IN MAY.

REVERSING THE DECLINING TREND. HK$ MONEY SUPPLY ON THE NARROWER DEFINITIONS, HK$M1 AND HK5M2, ROSE BY 1.4 PER CENT AND 1.3 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, FOLLOWING THE CORRESPONDING FALLS OF 0.8 PER CENT AND 0.6 PER CENT IN MAY.

IN THE THREE MONTHS TO JUNE, HK|M1 FELL BY 1.0 PER CENT, HK|M2 BY 0.5 PER CENT AND HK$M3 BY 2.5 PER CENT. OVER THE TWELVE MONTHS, HOWEVER, INCREASES OF 11.2 PER CENT, 14.9 PER CENT AND 2.1 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY WERE RECORDED.

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TOTAL MONEY SUPPLY

TOTAL MONEY SUPPLY ON ALL DEFINITIONS INCREASED. TOTAL

Ml ROSE BY 5.9 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH A FALL OF 0.1 PER CENT IN MAY. TOTAL M2 ROSE BY 2.8 PER CENT FOLLOWING A RISE OF 2.3 PER CENT IN MAY. TOTAL M3 ROSE BY 1.9 PER CENT, SAME AS IN MAY.

IN THE THREE MONTHS TO JUNE, TOTAL Ml GREW BY 4.7 PER CENT, TOTAL M2 AND TOTAL M3 BY 5.2 PER CENT AND 3.9 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. OVER THE TWELVE MONTHS, THE CORRESPONDING INCREASES WERE 15.2 PER CENT, 40.3 PER CENT AND 28.1 PER CENT.

DEPOSITS

HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS FELL BY 0.1 PER CENT, FOLLOWING A FALL OF 0.9 PER CENT IN MAY.

FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS GREW BY 4.5 PER CENT COMPARED WITH 6.0 PER CENT IN MAY.

OVER THE THREE MONTHS, HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS FELL BY 1.7 PER CENT WHILE FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS GREW BY 12.6 PER CENT. OVER THE TWELVE MONTHS, THE CORRESPONDING INCREASES WERE 1.0 PER CENT AND 80.4 PER CENT.

MUCH OF THE INCREASE IN FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS REPRESENTS AN ADDITION TO THE TOTAL DEPOSIT BASE, BUT SOME REFLECTS A SHIFT AWAY FROM HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS, PART OF WHICH REFLECTS, IN TURN, THE INCREASING POPULARITY OF SO-CALLED +SWAP+ DEPOSITS.

THESE INVOLVE CUSTOMERS BUYING SPOT FOREIGN CURRENCY AND PLACING IT ON DEPOSIT WITH FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, BUT AT THE SAME TIME ENTERING INTO A CONTRACT TO SELL FORWARD SUCH FOREIGN CURRENCY BACK TO THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS ON THE MATURITY OF THE DEPOSIT.

THESE +SWAPS+ HINDER INTERPRETATION OF THE MONETARY STATISTICS, SINCE FOR CERTAIN ANALYTICAL PURPOSES THEY SHOULD BE REGARDED AS HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS: FOR EXAMPLE, A SWAP TRANSACTION DOES NOT ITSELF EXERT PRESSURE ON THE EXCHANGE RATE IN THE WAY THAT AN OUTRIGHT FOREIGN EXCHANGE TRANSACTION MAY.

LOANS AND ADVANCES

TOTAL LOANS AND ADVANCES EXTENDED BY BANKS AND DEPOSITTAKING COMPANIES GREW BY A MARGINAL 0.7 PER CENT AGAINST A 2.3 PER CENT RISE IN MAY.

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IN THE THREE MONTHS TO JUNE, THEY GREW BY 4.4 PER CENT AND OVER THE TWELVE MONTHS BY 23.5 PER CENT.

LOANS TO FINANCE VISIBLE TRADE OF HONG KONG FELL BY 0.2 PER CENT AFTER A RISE OF 4.7 PER CENT IN MAY.

IN THE THREE MONTHS TO JUNE, THEY GREW BY 8.4 PER CENT AND OVER THE TWELVE MONTHS, 13.1 PER CENT.

OTHER LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG GREW BY 1.1 PER CENT AFTER A RISE OF 1.2 PER CENT IN MAY. IN THE THREE MONTHS TO JUNE, THEY ROSE BY 2.3 PER CENT AND OVER THE TWELVE MONTHS, BY 18.3 PER CENT.

QUARTERLY ANALYSIS OF LOANS AND ADVANCES FOR USE IN HONG KONG

IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1983, LOANS AND ADVANCES EXTENDED BY BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES TO WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADE FELL BY 4.1 PER CENT, REFLECTING PRESUMABLY SLACK CONSUMER DEMAND.

LOANS EXTENDED TO BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT ALSO FELL BY 2.1 PER CENT.

LOANS TO PURCHASE FLATS IN THE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME AND PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION SCHEME AS WELL AS TO PURCHASE OTHER RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY, HOWEVER, CONTINUED TO RECORD A RAPID INCREASE OF 7.4 PER CENT.

LOANS TO THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR RECORDED A MODEST GROWTH OF 1.8 PER CENT.

FOREIGN CURRENCY POSITIONS

THE SPOT FOREIGN CURRENCY ASSETS AND LIABILITIES OF THE MONETARY SECTOR INCREASED FURTHER DURING JUNE.

THE NET POSITION AT THE END OF JUNE WAS A LIABILITY OF 126.8 BILLION, COMPARED WITH 123.7 BILLION AT THE END OF MAY.

BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES HAD NET LIABILITIES OF 118.1 BILLION AND 18.7 BILLION RESPECTIVELY.

STATISTICS COLLECTED (ON THE BASIS OF SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT DEFINITIONS) BY THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES SHOWED THAT AT THE END OF JUNE, THE MONETARY SECTOR HAD NET FORWARD FOREIGN CURRENCY ASSETS AMOUNTING TO 148.9 BILLION, WHICH MORE THAN COVERED THE NET SPOT FOREIGN CURRENCY LIABILITIES OF 127.3 BILLION.

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LIQUIDITY RATIOS

THE AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO (AS DEFINED IN S.18 OF THE BANKING ORDINANCE) FOR ALL BANKS ROSE IN JUNE TO 49.1 PER CENT FROM 48.3 PER CENT IN MAY. THE AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO (AS DEFINED IN S.24A OF THE DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ORDINANCE) FOR ALL DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES WAS 61.5 PER CENT IN JUNE, COMPARED WITH 62.8 PER CENT IN MAY.

NUMBER OR REPORTING INSTITUTIONS

THE NUMBER OF REPORTING LICENSED BANKS REMAINED UNCHANGED AT 132. THE NUMBER OF LICENSED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ROSE BY 4 TO 26 WHILE THE NUMBER OF REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES FELL BY 10 TO 326.

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GOVERNOR RETURNS FROM PEKING TOMORROW * ft ft * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, RETURNS FROM PEKING TOMORROW (THURSDAY) ON FLIGHT CA 101 ETA 11.45 AM, AFTER ATTENDING ANOTHER IWO DAYS OF TALKS ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG.

A PRESS PHOTOGRAPHIC FACILITY WILL BE ARRANGED AT KAI TAK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CAMERAMEN ASSIGNED TO COVER THE ARRIVAL OF THE GOVERNOR SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE AIRPORT TERMINAL BUILDING NOT LATER THAN 10.45 AM.

GIS OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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MR GRAHAM C.H. CHENG, A PROMINENT HONG KONG INDUSTRIALIST, HAS BEEN APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR AS CHAIRMAN OF THE INDEPENDENT HONG KONG EXAMINATION AUTHORITY WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT.

MR CHENG, AGED 46, IS CHAIRMAN OF THE TACH I NG PETROLEUM CO LTD AND DOWDA ENTERPRISES CO LTD AND IS DIRECTOR FOR HONG KONG OF THE ASIAN PRODUCTIVITY ORGANISATION AND VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL.

HE IS ALSO CURRENTLY AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE EXAMINATION AUTHORITY AND CHAIRMAN OF THE TECHNICAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL.

MR CHENG TAKES OVER FROM THE CURRENT CHAIRMAN, ™E DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR COLVYN HAYE, WHO HAS BEEN CHAIRMAN SINCE I960.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT MR CHENG’S APPOINTMENT FEANT THAT THE AUTHORITY WOULD NOW BE CHAIRED BY AN UNOFFICIAL.

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SHORT-TERM LAND TENANCIES OFFERED * * *

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SHORT-TERM TENANCY OF TWO PIECES OF CROWN LAND.

THE LARGER SITE IS IN SHA TIN NEW TOWN NEAR SHA KOK ESTATE. IT COVERS ABOUT 4 340 SQUARE METRES AND IS FOR OPEN FEE-PAYING PUBLIC CAR PARK AND OPEN STORAGE FOR GOODS OF A GENERAL NATURE.

THE TENANCY OF THE SITE IS FOR TWO YEARS AND QUARTERLY THEREAFTER.

THE OTHER SITE, COVERING ABOUT 1 370 SQUARE METRES, IS SITUATED AT CARMEL VILLAGE STREET, HOMANTIN. IT IS FOR THE STORAGE OF GOODS, INCLUDING VEHICLES.

THE TENANCY OF THIS SITE IS FOR ONE YEAR AND QUARTERLY THEREAFTER.

THE DEADLINE FOR ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERS FOR BOTH SITES IS 12 NOON ON AUGUST 19.

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, THE DISTR ICT LANDS OFFICE (KOWLOON WEST), KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFF ICES,.10TH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON? AND FOR THE SHA TIN SITE AT THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE (SHA TIN), 2 TUNG LO WAN HILL ROAD, SHA TIN.

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SHAM SHU I PO EYESORE TO GO

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DETAILS OF AN OPERATION TO REMOVE A LONG-STANDING EYESORE — 120 ILLEGAL STRUCTURES — ON KING LAM STREET IN SHAM SHUI PO WILL BE DISCUSSED AT THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD MEETING ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 5).

THESE STRUCTURES WHICH ARE USED AS GARAGES, WORKSHOPS, KITCHENS AND DOMESTIC UNITS HAVE BEEN POSING SERIOUS ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS TO NEARBY RESIDENTS.

AT THE MEETING, THE FINDINGS OF A SURVEY ON THE NOISE NUISANCE AT THE KWAI CHUNG ROAD FLYOVER NEAR MEI FOO SUN CHUEN, TOGETHER WITH COMMENTS BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, WILL ALSO BE TABLED FOR DISCUSSION.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO CONSIDER COMMENTS BY THE DISTRICT BOARD’S AD HOC COMMITTEE ON THE REPORT +A PERSPECTIVE ON EDUCATION IN HONG KONG*.

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OTHER TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION WILL INCLUDE THE PROPOSED URBAN COUNCIL SHAM SHU I PO COMPLEX, THE TAXI POLICY AND A PROPOSAL OF SETTING UP A SECURITY FUND FOR WORKERS BY AN UNOFFICIAL.

THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT 2 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT OFFICE, 39 TONKIN STREET.

TEN SEATS HAVE BEEN RESERVED FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS WHO WISH TO ATTEND AS OBSERVERS, AND ADVANCE BOOKINGS COULD BE MADE BY TELEPHONING MRS JANICE HO AT 3-704251 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE MEETING.

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SEMINAR TO DISCUSS LOCAL PROBLEMS

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OFFICE-BEARERS OF MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, OWNERS CORPORATIONS AND KAIFONG ASSOCIATIONS IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT WILL BE ABLE TO EXCHANGE VIEWS WITH DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS ON LOCAL PROBLEMS AT A SEMINAR TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

IT IS PART OF A SERIES OF SEMINARS ORGANISED FOR VARIOUS TARGET GROUPS BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

A SEMINAR FOR REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE COMMERCIAL SECTOR WAS «LD RECENTLY WHILE SEMINARS FOR MANUFACTURERS, FISHERMEN, TEACHERS, SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS AND CLERGYMEN ARE BEING PLANNED FOR LATER THIS YEAR.

THE SEMINARS WILL TAKE THE FORM OF PANEL DISCUSSION AND A REPORT WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE BOARD AND ITS COMMITTEES CONCERNED FOR CONSIDERATION AND ACTION.

♦SIMILAR SEMINARS HELD LAST YEAR HAD PROVED TO BE VERY USEFUL AND A NUMBER OF FEASIBLE AND APPROPRIATE SUGGESTIONS MADE WERE ADOPTED AND IMPLEMENTED BY VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS,* THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR K.C. KWONG SAID.

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TRAFFIC CURBS AT MAN WA LANE * * * M

FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 5), A 20-METRE SECTION OF MAN WA LANE FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL WILL BE DESIGNATED AS URBAN CLEARWAY BETWEEN 7 AM AND 7 PM DAILY.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE REMAINING SECTION OF MAN WA LANE, BETWEEN CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AND DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL, WILL EE DESIGNATED AS GOODS VEHICLES CLEARWAY DAILY FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR BACK FROM PEKING, LEAVES FOR UK TOMORROW ............. 1

INTELPOST GREETINGS SERVICE EXTENDED TO UK .................... 1

PUBLIC WARNED AGAINST ILLEGAL REQUESTS FOR ADS ................ 2

YEAR-LONG ACTIVITIES PLANNED FOR YOUTHS ....................... 3

MUSIC CAMP HOLDING OPEN DAY.................................... 3

YUEN LONG LAND TENANCY INVITED ................................ 4

CHECKS STEPPED UP ON APPRENTICE TRAINING ...................... 4

WATER SPORTS SAFETY DISPLAY BEING HELD ........................ 5

TREE PLANTING IN CAUSEWAY BAY.................................. 6

MAP SALES CENTRE TO STAY OPEN AT LUNCH TIME ................... 6

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GOVERNOR BACK FROM PEKING, LEAVES FOR UK TOMORROW *****

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) HE HAD ANOTHER TWO BUSY AND USEFUL DAYS IN PEKING.

SPEAKING TO NEWSMEN AT THE AIRPORT ON HIS RETURN TO HONG KONG, SIR EDWARD SAID THAT APART FROM THE TALKS, HE ALSO HAD THE OPPORTUNITY FOR SOME COMPREHENSIVE CONSULTATIONS WITH SIR PERCY CRADOCK, BRITISH AMBASSADOR IN PEKING, AND HIS COLLEAGUES.

♦YOU WILL HAVE NOTED THAT THIS IS THE NINTH TRIP I’VE MADE ON THE QUESTION OF THE FUTURE, FIVE TO LONDON AND FOUR TO PEKING, AND WE SHALL NOW HAVE A RECESS,♦ HE SAID.

♦SO MY TENTH TRIP WILL BE TOMORROW NIGHT WHEN I GO BACK TO LONDON, AND THEN IN EARLY SEPTEMBER WE WILL HAVE THE CONSULTATIONS WITH MINISTERS.

♦BUT I HOPE YOU WILL ALSO NOTE THAT IT’S BEEN A VERY ACTIVE YEAR ON OTHER GOVERNMENT FRONTS TOO, PARTICULARLY ON DOMESTIC MATTERS, AND I SHALL BE REVIEWING THOSE IN THE LEGCO ADDRESS WHICH I AM COMING BACK TO FINALISE IN SEPTEMBER.

♦AND THEN AT THE SAME TIME I WILL OUTLINE PLANS FOR THE COMING YEAR,* HE SAID.

SIR EDWARD WAS MET AT THE AIRPORT BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, SIR SZE-YUEN CHUNG, THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR ROGER LOBO, AND THE VICECHIEF EDITOR OF THE XINHUA NEWS AGENCY (HONG KONG BRANCH), MR TAN GAN.

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INTELPOST GREETINGS SERVICE EXTENDED TO UK

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A SPECIAL INTELPOST GREETINGS SERVICE WILL BE ’NTRODUCED BETWEEN HONG KONG AND GREAT BRITAIN ON MONDAY (AUGUST 8), THE POSTMASTER GENERAL ANNOUNCED TODAY.

THIS NEW SERVICE IS AN EXTENSION OF THE INTELPOST SERVICE LAUNCHED IN DECEMBER, LAST YEAR TO PROVIDE FOR HIGH SPEED FACSIMILE TRANSMISSION OF DOCUMENTS, DRAWINGS AND PERSONAL MESSAGES OVERSEAS WITH DELIVERY TO ADDRESSEES IN A MATTER OF A FEW HOURS.

UNDER THIS SERVICE, GREETINGS WILL BE ENCLOSED IN A SPECIALLY DESIGNED GREETING CARD ON ARRIVAL PRIOR TO DELIVERY. THE SENDER OF THIS MESSAGE WILL BE ABLE TO PICK FROM A SELECTION OF CARDS THE MOST SUITABLE FOR THE OCCASION.

CUSTOMERS WISHING TO MAKE USE OF THIS SERVICE MAY POST GREETING MESSAGES AT EITHER THE GENERAL POST OFFICE IN THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OR TSIH SHA TSUI POST OFFICE AT 10 MIDDLE ROAD, TS1M SHA TSUI.

/the cost .......

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THE COST FOR THIS SERVICE IS *50 FOR A SINGLE PAGE.

A SIMILAR SERVICE IS AVAILABLE FROM GREAT BRITAIN TO HONG KONG.

FURTHER INFORMATION ON THIS SERVICE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE INTELPOST REPRESENTATIVE ON TELEPHONE 5-2671148.

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PUBLIC WARNED AGAINST ILLEGAL REQUESTS FOR ADS *****

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY WARNED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AGAINST PEOPLE POSING AS CIVIL SERVANTS OR USING THE NAMES OF CIVIL SERVANTS’ UNIONS TO CANVASS PAID ADVERTISEMENTS IN PUBLICATIONS.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT CIVIL SERVANTS’ UNIONS MUST FIRST OBTAIN APPROVAL FROM THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE TO CANVASS PAID ADVERTISEMENTS IN PUBLICATIONS.

♦APPROVAL IS GIVEN UNDER STRICT CONDITIONS AND CANVASSING ACTIVITIES ARE RESTRICTED TO A SPECIFIED TIME LIMIT,* HE SAID.

TWO OF THESE CONDITIONS ARE THAT i-

* CANVASSING MUST BE DONE BY LETTER AND NO DIRECT APPROACH EITHER BY TELEPHONE OR IN PERSON SHOULD BE MADE TO THE POTENTIAL ADVERTISERS? AND

* ACCEPTANCE OF CASH PAYMENT IS NOT ALLOWED. ADVERTISERS MUST BE ASKED TO MAKE PAYMENT BY CROSSED CHEQUE PAYABLE TO THE STAFF UNION CONCERNED AND SEND BY MAIL TO THE UNION’S REGISTERED ADDRESS. CHEQUES SHOULD NEVER BE MADE PAYABLE TO A PRIVATE FIRM (OR ANY PERSON) EVEN IF DOCUMENTS ARE PRODUCED SHOWING THAT THE FIRM OR INDIVIDUAL HAS BEEN HIRED BY THE UNION TO SOLICIT ADVERTISEMENTS OR PRINT THE PUBLICATION.

♦MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC SHOULD ALSO NOTE THAT BUYING ADVERTISING SPACE IN PUBLICATIONS PRODUCED BY CIVIL SERVANTS’ UNIONS IS PURELY VOLUNTARY. AGREEMENT OR REFUSAL TO PURCHASE ADVERTISING SPACE WILL CARRY NEITHER ADVANTAGES NOR DISADVANTAGES IN DEALING WITH THE GOVERNMENT OR CIVIL SERVANTS,♦ THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED.

IF THEY WISH TO CHECK WHETHER ANY ORGANISATION, WHICH HAS APPROACHED THEM WITH THE INTENTION TO CANVASS FOR PAID ADVERTISEMENTS, IS A BONA-FIDE CIVIL SERVANTS’ UNION, OR WHETHER PRIOR APPROVAL HAS BEEN GIVEN FOR THE UNION TO DO SO, THEY CAN CONTACT THE STAFF RELATIONS DIVISION OF THE CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH, OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT AT TEL NO. 5-225409

THEY ARE ALSO ENCOURAGED TO MAKE A REPORT TO THE POLICE IF THEY SUSPECT ANY IRREGULARITIES IN BEING SO APPROACHED.

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YEAR-LONG ACTIVITIES PLANNED FOR YOUTHS

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A YEAR-LONG RECREATIONAL PROGRAMME, INCLUDING A GATHERING FOR THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED, VISITS TO FACTORIES, CAMPINGS, AND SPORTS COMPETITIONS, IS BEING ORGANISED FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT.

TO MARK THE" OPEN I NG OF THE PROGRAMME, A CARNIVAL FEATURING A VARIETY SHOW BY TV ARTISTES AND GAME STALLS WILL BE HELD AT 2 PM ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 6) AT THE KIANGSU AND CHEKIANG PRIMARY SCHOOL IN NORTH POINT.

THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR GORDON JONES, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING.

SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AT >95 500, THE PROGRAMME IS BEING ORGANISED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT YOUTH AND RECREATIONAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, FORMED RECENTLY TO ASSESS THE NEED FOR AND PLAN ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT AGES.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO LIAISE WITH LOCAL VOLUNTARY ASSOCIATIONS, COMMUNITY CENTRES AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND EXPLORE POSSIBLE RESOURCES TO ORGANISE DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES.

MORE THAN 60 ITEMS OF ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN ARRANGED FOR THE COMING MONTHS.

THE KOO

THESE INCLUDE A SHOW BY DISC JOCKEYS AND A PERFORMANCE BY EASTERN DISTRICT CHILDREN’S CHOIR AT THE CITY PLAZA IN TAI SHING STARTING AT 1.30 PM ON AUGUST 13.

A GATHERING FOR THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED WILL OCTOBER AT THE LADY MACLEHOSE CENTRE IN POKFULAM.

BE HELD IN

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MUSIC CAMP HOLDING OPEN DAY M M M

AN OPEN DAY OF THE 1983 HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC CAMP WILL BE HELD AT ST. STEPHEN’S COLLEGE, STANLEY ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 6) AFTERNOON.

ABOUT 400 YOUNG MUSICIANS, INCLUDING SOME FROM AUSTRALIA, JAPAN, MACAU AND THE UNITED KINGDOM ARE TAKING PART IN THIS YEAR’S TWO-WEEK CAMP.

ON SATURDAY PARENTS WILL BE ABLE TO MEET THEIR CHILDREN WHO HAVE SPENT ONE WEEK IN THE MUSIC CAMP, AND TO WATCH THEM IN TRAINING UNDER THE BATONS OF LOCAL AND OVERSEAS INSTRUCTORS.

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YUEN LONG LAND TENANCY INVITED * * *

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SHORT TERM TENANCY OF A PIECE OF CROWN LAND IN YUEN.LONG.

THE SITE, MEASURING ABOUT 900 SQUARE METRES IN THE YUEN LONG INDUSTRIAL AREA, IS FOR THE REPAIR OR MAINTENANCE OF MOTOR VEHICLES.

THE TENANCY IS FOR ONE YEAR AND QUARTERLY THEREAFTER.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR THE ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERS IS 12 NOON ON AUGUST 19, 1983.

TENDER FORMS, NOTICES AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, AND TENDER PLAN INSPECTED AT, THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE (YUEN LONG); THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING, 5TH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG; AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE (KOWLOON WEST), KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 10TH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

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CHECKS STEPPED UP ON APPRENTICE TRAINING

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INSPECTORS FROM THE APPRENTICESHIP SECTION OF THE TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING DEPARTMENT ARE STEPPING UP THEIR ROUTINE CHECKS ON FACTORIES TO ENSURE APPRENTICES ARE RECEIVING PROPER TRAINING.

DURING THE SUMMER, A LARGE NUMBER OF SCHOOL LEAVERS AND YOUTHS WHO ARE LOOKING FOR JOBS MIGHT SERVE AS APPRENTICES IN VARIOUS INDUSTRIES AND TRADES.

SOME OF THEM MIGHT NOT REALISE THAT IT IS REQUIRED BY LAW THAT THEIR APPRENTICESHIP SHOULD BE REGISTERED, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

UNDER THE APPRENTICESHIP ORDINANCE, HE EXPLAINED, YOUNG PEOPLE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 14 AND 18, EMPLOYED WITHIN THE 38 DESIGNATED TRADES HAVE TO SIGN CONTRACTS WITH THEIR EMPLOYERS.

THESE APPRENTICE CONTRACTS HAVE TO BE REGISTERED WITH THE DIRECTOR OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦APART FROM ENSURING THAT APPRENTICES WILL BE GIVEN PROPER TRAINING, THE ORDINANCE ALSO ADVOCATES A PERIOD OF STEADY SERVICE DURING THE APPRENTICESHIP.^ HE POINTED OUT.

SINCE THE TEITD WAS ESTABLISHED LAST APRIL, ENFORCEMENT OF THE ORDINANCE HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED FROM THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR TO THE DIRECTOR OF TEIT.

/THE spokesman .......

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THE SPOKESMAN ASKED EMPLOYERS TO GIVE FULL CO-OPERATION TO INSPECTORS OF THE DEPARTMENT WHEN VISITS ARE CONDUCTED.

HE ALSO URGED APPRENTICES TO CONTACT THE APPRENTICESHIP SECTION IF THEY REQUIRE ASSISTANCE IN DRAWING UP OR REGISTERING THEIR CONTRACTS.

REGISTERED APPRENTICES WILL BE ALLOCATED PART-TIME, DAYRELEASE PLACES IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTES OR THE POLYTECHNIC TO RECEIVE TECHNICAL EDUCATION RELATED TO THEIR INDUSTRY.

THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE APPRENTICESHIP SECTION HAS MOVED TO HARBOUR CENTRE, 1OTH FLOOR, 25 HARBOUR ROAD IN WAN CHAI.

CONTRACTS OF APPRENTICES ABOVE THE AGE OF 19 WITHIN THE DESIGNATED TRADES OR FOR NON-DESIGNATED TRADES CAN ALSO BE REGISTERED VOLUNTARILY WITH THE DEPARTMENT, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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WATER SPORTS SAFETY DISPLAY BEING HELD

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SEVENTEEN SWIMMERS LOST THEIR LIVES BETWEEN THE START OF THIS SWIMMING SEASON AND THE END OF JUNE, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS PROVIDED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE.

THE OVERALL NUMBER OF WATER SPORTS ACCIDENTS RECORDED WAS 83 OF WHICH 59 INVOLVED SWIMMERS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COMMITTEE ON SAFETY IN OUTDOOR PURSUITS TODAY ADVISED NOT ONLY SWIMMERS BUT ALSO PEOPLE WHO ENJOY OTHER FORMS OF WATER SPORTS TO EXERCISE BETTER JUDGEMENT AND GREATER CARE WHEN TAKING PART IN SUCH ACTIVITIES.

THE +PLAY SAFE+ MESSAGE WILL BE DRIVEN HOME TO THE PUBLIC IN A TWO-DAY EXHIBITION ON WATER SPORTS SAFETY TO BE HELD AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL IN KOWLOON OVER THE WEEKEND. IT WILL BE OPENED BY MR ANDREW SO, UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AT 10.30 AM ON SATURDAY.

THE EVENT, ORGANISED BY THE S.O.P. COMMITTEE WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF WATER SPORTS BODIES AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, DEMONSTRATES ITS CONTINUING CONCERN TO EDUCATE AND REMIND THE PUBLIC THAT SAFETY RULES SHOULD NOT BE NEGLECTED.

A NUMBER OF AQUATIC SPORTS SUCH AS SWIMMING, DIVING, WATER SKIING, CANOEING, DINGHY SAILING AND WINDSURFING WILL BE FEATURED AT THE EXHIBITION. THERE WILL ALSO BE DEMONSTRATIONS BY EXPERTS IN THESE ACTIVITIES, FOLLOWED BY FILM SHOWS.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FROM 10.30 AM TO 6.30 PM ON BOTH DAYS.

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TREE PLANTING IN CAUSEWAY BAY

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A TREE-PLANTING EXERCISE TO REMIND RESIDENTS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF BEAUTIFYING HONG KONG AND KEEPING THE ENVIRONMENT CLEAN WILL BE FELD IN WAN CHAI ON SUNDAY (AUGUST 7).

AN OPENING CEREMONY, FOLLOWED BY TREE-PLANTING, WILL BE HELD AT 10 AM AT THE TUNNEL APPROACH GARDEN IN CAUSEWAY BAY.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS LOLLY CHIU; THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, MR CHENG HOK-YIN; AND URBAN SERVICES OFFICER FOR WAN CHAI, MR ANTHONY SIU.

THE EVENT IS PART OF THE MEI FA HONG KONG SCHEME AND IS ORGANISED BY THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

MEMBERS FROM THE DISTRICT’S SIX AREA COMMITTEES, THE DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE AND RESIDENTS WILL TAKE PART IN THE EXERCISE.

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MAP SALES CENTRE TO STAY OPEN AT LUNCH TIME M M * X

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT FROM MONDAY (AUGUST 8), ITS MAP SALES CENTRE AT MURRAY BUILDING, 5TH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD WILL BE OPENED DURING THE LUNCH HOUR BETWEEN 1 PM AND 2 PM FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF THE PUBLIC.

THE NEW HOURS OF THE CENTRE WILL BE FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM DAILY, FROM MONDAY TO FR(DAY, AND FROM 9 AM TO 12 NOON ON SATURDAYS.

THE OTHER MAP SALES CENTRE AT 382 NATHAN ROAD, GROUND FLOOR IS ALREADY OPEN DURING LUNCH HOURS.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISH TO MAKE ENQUIRIES ABOUT THEIR MAP REQUIREMENTS MAY ALSO DIAL 5-26702480 OR 3-300981.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR LEAVES FOR LONDON ................................... 1

PASSPORT ENDORSEMENT WORDING CHANGED ........................... 1

BANK, DTC ORDINANCE CHANGES PROPOSED ..........................  1

MASS RALLY AGAINST SMOKING ................................... 5

ANTI-NARCOTICS DRIVE TO BE LAUNCHED ............................ 6

BOARD SPENDING 3400 OOO ON SQUATTER IMPROVEMENTS ............... 7

PENALTIES INCREASED FOR TRADE DECLARATION OFFENCES ............. 8

SEVEN HOUSES IN VILLAGE FDR SALE ............................... 8

SHA TIN BUS SERVICE CHANGES..................................... 9

ACCESS ROADS PLANNED IN TAI PO ................................ 10

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 1983

GOVERNOR LEAVES FOR LONDON * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, LEFT HONG KONG TONIGHT FOR LONDON.

HE WAS SEEN OFF AT THE AIRPORT BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, THE COMMANDER BRITISH FORCES, MAJOR-GENERAL DEREK BOORMAN, THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, SIR SZE-YUEN CHUNG AND THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR ROGER LOBO.

SIR PHILIP HAS BEEN APPOINTED ACTING GOVENOR DURING SIR EDWARD’S ABSENCE.

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PASSPORT ENDORSEMENT WORDING CHANGED

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FOLLOWING REPRESENTATIONS MADE DURING THE VISIT TO LONDON BY THE GOVERNOR AND UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL IN EARLY JULY, HER MAJESTY’S GOVERNMENT HAVE NOW AGREED THAT THE ENDORSEMENT +HOLDER IS SUBJECT TO CONTROL UNDER THE IMMIGRATION ACT 1971+ NEED NO LONGER BE INSERTED ON PAGE 5 OF THE PASSPORTS OF BRITISH DEPENDENT TERRITORIES CITIZENS.

INSTEAD AN ENDORSEMENT WILL BE INSERTED, WHERE APPROPRIATE, BY THE GOVERNMENTS OF DEPENDENT TERRITORIES TO STATE THAT THE HOLDER HAS THE RIGHT OF ABODE IN A PARTICULAR DEPENDENT TERRITORY.

IN THE CASE OF HONG KONG, THE ENDORSEMENT WILL READ +HOLDER HAS THE RIGHT OF ABODE IN HONG KONG+.

THE GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT, WHEN LAST NOVEMBER HMG AGREED TO THE USE OF THE NATIONALITY STATUS BRITISH IN BDTC PASSPORTS, IT HAD DONE SO ON THE ASSUMPTION THAT THE IMMIGRATION CONTROL ENDORSEMENT HAD BEEN INSERTED IN ALL DEPENDENT TERRITORIES PASSPORTS SINCE 1973. IT WAS NOT THEREFORE THOUGHT TO BE A NEW REQUIREMENT.

HOWEVER THE SPOKESMAN ADDED, THIS REQUIREMENT HAD BEEN OVERLOOKED IN HONG KONG AND ITS INCLUSION HAD AROUSED STRONG FEELINGS. IT WAS IN RECOGNITION OF THESE STRONG FEELINGS THAT HMG HAD AGREED NOT ONLY TO THE USE OF THE NATIONALITY DESCRIPTION BUT ALSO THE DELETION OF THE ENDORSEMENT ON PAGE 5 OF THE PASSPORT.

THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, SIR S.Y. CHUNG, SAID HE AND HIS COLLEAGUES WERE VERY GRATIFIED THAT MINISTERS HAD UNDERSTOOD THE CONCERN FELT IN HCNG KONG THAT THERE SHOULD BE NO MISUNDERSTANDING OVERSEAS ABOUT THE STATUS OF BDTC PASSPORTS AND, HAD THEREFORE, AGREED TO THIS CHANGE.

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BANK, DTC ORDINANCE CHANGES PROPOSED *****

AMENDMENTS TO THE DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ORDINANCE AND THE BANKING ORDINANCE ARE PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GAZETTE.

/A GOVERNMENT .......

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A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT SOME OF THESE AMENDMENTS FLOWED FROM THE EXPERIENCE GAINED IN DEALING WITH THE SMALL NUMBER OF DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES WHICH FAILED AROUND THE TURN OF THE YEAR, WHILE THE OPPORTUNITY WAS ALSO BEING TAKEN TO PROPOSE SOME OTHER MINOR CHANGES.

♦THEIR OVERALL THRUST IS TO PRODUCE AN IMPROVED AND SOMEWHAT TOUGHER REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT FOR REGISTERED DTCS, WITH SOME ASSOCIATED CHANGES FOR LICENSED DTCS AND, TO A LESSER EXTENT, BANKS,♦ HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY HAD SAID IN HIS BUDGET SPEECH THIS YEAR THAT HE WOULD BE ENGAGING IN DISCUSSIONS TO ENSURE THAT LEGISLATION CONTINUED TO PROVIDE AN APPROPRIATE DEGREE OF PROTECTION TO DEPOSITORS AND INVESTORS.

♦SO FAR AS THE TWO ORDINANCES ARE CONCERNED, A REVIEW HAS NOW BEEN CARRIED OUT; THE BANKING ADVISORY COMMITTEE, THE DEPOSITTAKING COMPANIES ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HAVE BEEN CONSULTED,+ HE SAID.

THE AMENDMENT BILLS WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 10) AND THE DEBATE ON THEIR SECOND READING WILL BE RESUMED IN THE NEXT SESSION, PROBABLY IN OCTOBER.

THE MAIN CHANGES PROPOSED FOR THE DTC ORDINANCE AREi

(A) REVOCATION AND SUSPENSION

MORE EXTENSIVE POWERS ARE PROVIDED TO REVOKE OR SUSPEND

A DTC LICENCE OR REGISTRATION, INCLUDING:

(I) SOMEWHAT BROADER GROUNDS FOR REVOCATION;

(II) A NEW POWER FOR THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY TO SUSPEND A DTC LICENCE (AT PRESENT ONLY REGISTRATIONS CAN BE SUSPENDED, BY THE COMMISSIONER OF DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES) ;

(III) PROVISION THAT ALL CIRCUMSTANCES WHICH ARE GROUNDS FOR REVOCATION OF A LICENCE OR REGISTRATION SHALL ALSO BE GROUNDS FOR SUSPENSION (AT PRESENT SOME ARE

NOT) ;

(IV) MORE DETAILED PROVISIONS REGARDING SUSPENSION, INCLUDING THAT A SUSPENSION MAY BE IMPOSED, IN URGENT CIRCUMSTANCES, FOR UP TO 14 DAYS WHETHER OR NOT THE COMPANY HAS HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD, AND FOR UP TO SIX MONTHS PROVIDED SUCH AN OPPORTUNITY HAS

BEEN GIVEN.

/(B) LIMITS .......

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(B) LIMITS ON VARIOUS FORMS OF LENDING

THE LIMITATIONS ON LENDING TO SINGLE CUSTOMERS OR GROUPINGS ARE CLARIFIED, AND THE DEFINITION OF SUCH LENDING IS EXTENDED SO THAT GUARANTEES GIVEN BY ONE CUSTOMER, IN RESPECT OF LENDING TO ANOTHER, COUNT TOWARDS THE LIMIT APPLICABLE TO THE FIRST CUSTOMER. THERE IS A NEW DISCRETIONARY POWER FOR THE COMMISSIONER TO LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF FUNDS PLACED BY A DTC WITH A FOREIGN BANK. TIGHTER RESTRICTIONS ARE INTRODUCED ON LENDING TO DIRECTORS, THEIR RELATIVES AND ASSOCIATED ENTITIES! IN PARTICULAR, ALL SUCH LENDING BY REGISTERED DTCS IS TO BE PROHIBITED. AND THE LIMIT ON A REGISTERED DTC’S HOLDINGS OF SHARES AND INTERESTS IN LAND IS TIGHTENED.

(C) SECRECY AND INVESTIGATIONS

THE SECRECY PROVISIONS ARE RELAXED SO AS TO ALLOW THE DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS OR PROCEEDINGS, OR TO THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY IF THE COMMISSIONER CONSIDERS THAT SUCH DISCLOSURE IS IN THE INTERESTS OF DEPOSITORS OR IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST. A NEW PROVISION ENABLES THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY TO APPOINT AN INSPECTOR TO INVESTIGATE THE AFFAIRS OF A DTC OR FORMER DTC AND ITS RELATED COMPANIES, REQUIRING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, ALL THOSE WHETHER INSIDE OR OUTSIDE THE COMPANY BEING INVESTIGATED, WHO HAVE RELEVANT INFORMATION, TO ANSWER QUESTIONS AND PROVIDE PAPERS.

/(d) auditors ....

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(D) AUDITORS

A NEW PROVISION, SIMILAR TO THAT WHICH ALREADY EXISTS IN THE SECURITIES ORDINANCE AND THE COMMODITIES TRADING ORDINANCE, REQUIRES AN AUDITOR TO INFORM THE COMMISSIONER IF, IN THE COURSE OF HIS DUTIES AS AUDITOR, HE BECOMES AWARE OF ANY MATTER ADVERSELY AFFECTING THE COMPANY’S FINANCIAL POSITION TO A MATERIAL EXTENT, OR DISCOVERS EVIDENCE OF CONTRAVENTIONS OF CERTAIN PARTS OF THE ORDINANCE.

(E) COMMODITIES DEALERS

IT IS PROPOSED THAT DEALERS REGISTERED UNDER THE COMMODITIES TRADING ORDINANCE SHOULD BE EXEMPT FROM THE PROVISIONS OF THE DTC ORDINANCE IN RESPECT OF FUNDS HELD FROM CLIENTS IN THE NORMAL COURSE OF BUSINESS, IN THE SAME WAY AS DEALERS REGISTERED UNDER THE SECURITIES ORDINANCE ARE ALREADY EXEMPT.

(F) MISCELLANEOUS

AMONG OTHER AMENDMENTS ARE PROVISIONS TO TIGHTEN SLIGHTLY THE RESTRICTION ON DIVIDEND PAYMENTS WHEN CAPITAL AND RESERVES ARE BELOW TARGET LEVELS; IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES TO DENY LIQUIDITY STATUS TO ANY FUNDS HELD WITH A SUSPENDED DTC;

TO REMOVE A MINOR IMPEDIMENT TO CO-OPERATION IN INTERNATIONAL SUPERVISION ; TO ALLOW A DEFENCE OF DUE DILIGENCE IN THE CASE OF A PROSECUTION FOR A DTC CONTRAVENING ITS STATUTORY DUTIES ; AND, AS IS ALREADY PROVIDED IN THE BANKING ORDINANCE, TO INDEMNIFY PERSONS CONCERNED WITH THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE ORDINANCE AGAINST ANYTHING DONE BONA FIDE IN ITS ADMINISTRATION. /THE SPOKESMAN ........................................

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THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT AMENDMENTS TO THE BANKING ORDINANCE ARE OF A SMALLER NUMBER, ALL OF WHICH MERELY PARALLEL CERTAIN OF THOSE PROPOSED FOR DTCS.

THESE AMENDMENTS INCLUDE CHANGES REGARDING LENDING TO SINGLE CUSTOMERS OR GROUPINGS! THE DISCRETIONARY POWER TO LIMIT AMOUNTS PLACED WITH FOREIGN BANKS! RELAXATION OF SECRECY AND PROVISION FOR INVESTIGATIONS* PROVISION THAT AN AUDITOR SHOULD REPORT CERTAIN THINGS TO THE COMMISSIONER? AND DENIAL OF LIQUIDITY STATUS IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES TO FUNDS PLACED WITH A SUSPENDED DTC.

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MASS RALLY AGAINST SMOKING

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A PUBLIC RALLY TO DENOUNCE THE HABIT OF CIGARETTE SMOKING WILL BE HELD ON AUGUST 14 (SUNDAY) IN VICTORIA PARK.

THE EVENT IS ORGANISED BY THE GOVERNMENT’S ANTI-SMOKING PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN STEERING COMMITTEE AS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE CURRENT PUBLICITY DRIVE AIMED AT PROMOTING PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE HAZARDS OF SMOKING.

ANNOUNCING THE EVENT TODAY (FRIDAY), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE STEERING COMMITTEE SAID THE OBJECTIVE OF THE FUNCTION IS TO MUSTER PUBLIC SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGE ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN THE ANTI-SMOKING CAUSE.

A FULLY-PACKED THREE-HOUR PROGRAMME WILL BE STAGED, BLENDING HEALTH EDUCATION WITH FUN AND GAMES.

THE RALLY WILL BE OPENED AT 2 PM BY DR HARRY FANG, UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND CHAIRMAN OF THE MEDICAL DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A 2O-MINUTE +MASS WALK+ WITHIN THE PARK. LEADING THE WALK WILL BE A CIVIL AID SERVICE MARCHING BAND AND A TEAM OF CELEBRITIES HEADED BY DR FANG.

MEMBERS OF THE CELEBRITY TEAM WILL COMPRISE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, MR HENRY CHING, HEADS OF VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED AS WELL AS POPULAR DISC JOCKEYS, SINGERS AND TV PERSONALITIES INCLUDING ALBERT AU, AGNES CHAN, DANNY CHAN, ERIC NG, KEN CHOI, FANNY, YU MAN-SEE, AND MA MAN-YEE.

THEY WILL BE JOINED BY MORE THAN 20 TEAMS REPRESENTING THE MEDICAL PROFESSION, THE 18 DISTRICTS AND THE YOUTH ORGANISATIONS, ALL OF WHICH WILL BE CARRYING ANTI-SMOKING PLACARDS DESIGNED BY THEMSELVES.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO BRING ALONG THEIR OWN ANTI-SMOKING PLACARDS AND TAKE PART IN THE WALK. THOSE WHO TURN UP WITH OUTSTANDING PLACARDS WILL STAND A GOOD CHANCE OF WINNING ATTRACTIVE PRIZES UP TO A VALUE OF $2 000 IN THE PLACARD DESIGN COMPETITION.

/TO ADD .......

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TO ADD VARIETY TO THE EVENT, SOME 18 GAME STALLS WILL BE SET UP BY THE UNITED CHRISTIAN HOSPITAL AND THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN THE FOOTBALL PITCHES. THE GAMES WILL BE DESIGNED TO CONVEY THE ANTI-SMOKING MESSAGE.

IN ADDITION, THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT WILL OPERATE A HEALTH ADVICE CUM DISPLAY CENTRE TO OFFER ON-THE-SPOT ANTI-SMOKING INFORMATION TO THE VISITORS.

PEOPLE WHO WISH TO QUIT SMOKING BUT DO NOT KNOW HOW MAY TH"KVENUERT ADVICE FR0M THE ADVENTIST HOSPITAL VAN PARKED AT

THE ENTERTAINMENT SEGMENT OF THE EVENT WILL START AT ABOUT 3 PM, WITH PERFORMANCES BY WELL-KNOWN ARTISTES OF RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG. THE PROGRAMME WILL REACH ITS HEIGHT WHEN, TOGETHER ON STAGE, THEY SING A POPULAR SONG CARRYING THE ANTI-SMOKING MESSAGE.

-ror- ™E GAME STALLS AND HEALTH ADVICE CENTRE WILL OPERATE UNTIL THE CLOSE OF THE EVENT AT 5 PM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPRESENTATIVE TO COVER THE ANTISMOKING MASS RALLY TO BE HELD IN THE FOOTBALL PITCHES NO. 4, 5 AND 6 OF VICTORIA PARK FROM 2 PM TO 5 PM ON AUGUST 14 (SUNDAY).

THE EVENT WILL START AT 2 PM SHARP. YOU ARE ADVISED TO ARRIVE AT THE PARK NOT LATER THAN 1.45 PM THROUGH THE ENTRANCE NEAR THE STATUE WHERE YOU WILL BE MET BY GIS OFFICERS.

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ANTI-NARCOTICS DRIVE TO BE LAUNCHED * * * *

AN ENTERTAINING MUSICAL DRAMA ABOUT A YOUNG DRUG ADDICT AND HIS INTEGRATION INTO SOCIETY WILL BE STAGED ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 12) TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE TWO-WEEK ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN IN MONG KOK.

THE CAMPAIGN WILL ALSO FEATURE AN EXHIBITION, A VISIT TO SHEK KWU CHAU FILM SHOWS AND A TELEMATCH. IT IS JOINTLY rccANISFD BY THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD, THE MONG KOK ANTINARCOTICS CAMPAIGN CENTRAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE AND THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS.

nFTAllS OF THE CAMPAIGN WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT A PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11 AM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT OFFICE ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF HOP FAT COMMERCIAL CENTRE.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR RONALD LEUNG, WILL CHAIR THE CONFERENCE.

ai on PRESENT WILL BE THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR STANLEY WONG; THE DISTRICT OPERATIONAL OFFICER OF THE MONG KOK POLICE STATION MR TAM TAK-WING? THE TECHNICAL DIRECTOR OF rm TURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR JAMES MARK; THE HEADMISTRESS OF S^NGt ING-LAI DANCE SCHOOL; MISS NG KING-LAI; AND THE PRINCIPAL INFORMATION OFFICER OF THE NARCOTICS DIVISION, MR HANDRICK NG.

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BOARD SPENDING $490 009 ON SQUATTER IMPROVEMENTS *****

THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD WILL SPEND $499 999 ON ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS IN THE 24 SQUATTER AREAS IN THE DISTRICT THIS FINANCIAL YEAR, THE DISTRICT OFFICER, W PHILIP CHOK, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE LUNCHEON GATHERING OF THE LIONS CLUB OF HONG KONG EAST. MR CHOK SAID THERE WERE 45 000 SQUATTERS, REPRESENTING ABOUT 19 PER CENT OF THE POPULATION IN THE DISTRICT.

♦WHILST AVAILABLE FACILITIES SHOULD NOT BE SUCH AS TO ENCOURAGE SQUATTING, IT IS ESSENTIAL TO REDUCE THE NATURAL HAZARDS AND TO INTRODUCE BASIC SERVICES TO THE MORE PERMANENT SQUATTER AREAS,+ HE SAID.

SINCE LATE 1981, HE SAID, THE DISTRICT BOARD HAD BEEN CARRYING OUT IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS IN THE AREA OF WATER AND ELECTRICITY SUPPLY, FIRE PREVENTION AND THE PROVISION OF COMMUNITY FACILITIES IN THESE SQUATTER AREAS.

SOME OF THE PROJECTS WERE:

* ON WATER SUPPLY, 22 ADDITIONAL PUBLIC STANDPIPES WERE INSTALLED IN NINE SQUATTER VILLAGES BETWEEN LATE 1981 AND LAST NOVEMBER. OF THE 24 SQUATTER AREAS, ONLY THREE ARE WITHOUT A PUBLIC STANDPIPE;

* THE ELECTRIFICATION SCHEMES IN TAI HOM WOR, GOOD HOPE VILLAGE AND PO KONG NEW VILLAGE WERE COMPLETED LAST YEAR. NEARLY ALL SQUATTER VILLAGES IN THE DISTRICT NOW HAVE LEGAL ELECTRICITY SUPPLY;

* FIFTEEN FOOTPATHS IN NINE SQUATTER AREAS AND ANOTHER FOUR UNGAZETTED ROADS WERE REPAIRED LAST YEAR, WHILE 270 ROAD SIGNS WERE INSTALLED IN THE DIAMOND HILL AREA;

* A FORMER LARD-BOILING FACTORY IN CHUNG SHAN VILLAGE WAS CONVERTED INTO A TEMPORARY SITTING-OUT AREA WHILE A BASKETBALL COURT WAS BUILT AT THE FORMER PING YEUNG SUN CHUEN FIRE SITE;

* TWENTY-FIVE FIRE WATCH TEAMS HAD BEEN SET UP SINCE 1978. THE DISTRICT OFFICE IS PLANNING TO SET UP A TEAM IN ALL THE SQUATTER AREAS;

* ALL 24 SQUATTER VILLAGES HAVE EITHER A MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE OR A RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION, AND

* FUNDS WERE PROVIDED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD TO INSTALL COMMUNAL LETTER BOXES IN CONVENIENT LOCATIONS TO FACILITATE REGULAR POSTAL DELIVERIES.

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♦THE LONG-TERM PLAN FOR THE DISTRICT BOARD IS TO BRING THE ENVIRONMENT OF SQUATTER AREAS IN WONG TAI SIN TO AN ACCEPTABLE LEVEL WITHIN EXISTING GOVERNMENT POLICIES,* SAID MR CHOK.

+HOWEVER, AN UPGRADING OF THE FACILITIES IN SQUATTER AREAS COULD NOT NEGATE THE FACT THAT SQUATTER HUTS ARE SUB-STANDARD HOUSING.

+THE REALLY LONG-TERM PLAN SHOULD BE TO CLEAR ALL SQUAT“ER AREAS AND PROVIDE THE SQUATTERS WITH PUBLIC HOUSING,* HE SAID.

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PENALTIES INCREASED FOR TRADE DECLARATION OFFENCES * * * *

THE MAXIMUM FINES AND OTHER PENALTIES FOR OFFENCES IN CONNECTION WITH IMPORT AND EXPORT DECLARATIONS AND MANIFESTS ARE INCREASED FROM $5 OOO TO $10 000 UNDER THE IMPORT AND EXPORT (REGISTRATION) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1983 GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE AMENDED REGULATIONS ALSO EXTEND THE REQUIREMENT TO PRODUCE MANIFESTS TO GOODS IMPORTED AND EXPORTED BY VEHICLES, INCLUDING IRA INS. BEFORE THIS AMENDMENT, ONLY CARGO IMPORTED OR EXPORTED BY SHIP OR AIRCRAFT WAS SUBJECT TO THIS REQUIREMENT.

THE IMPORT AND EXPORT (STRATEGIC COMMODITIES) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1983, ALSO GAZETTED TODAY, INCREASE THE MAXIMUM FINE UNDER THE REGULATIONS’ PROVISIONS FROM $50 000 TO $500 000 AND THE TERM OF IMPRISONMENT FROM ONE YEAR TO TWO YEARS, IN LINE WITH THE PENALTIES FOR TEXTILE LICENSING OFFENCES.

COMMENTING ON THESE LEGISLATIVE AMENDMENTS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE MEASURES WERE INTRODUCED TO INCREASE VIGILANCE OVER IMPORTS AND EXPORTS TO PROTECT HONG KONG’S TRADING INTEREST.

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SEVEN HOUSES IN VILLAGE FOR SALE * * *

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT WILL BE OFFERING SEVEN HOUSES IN NGAU CHI WAN VILLAGE FOR SALE AT AN AUCTION TO BE HELD IN THE CHOI WAN ES1ATE COMMUNITY CENTRE, CHOI WAN ESTATE, ON AUGUST 31 1983 AT 2.30 PM. 9

SIX OF THE HOUSES HAVE A SITE AREA OF 56 SQUARE METRES EACH WHILE THE REMAINING ONE HAS A SLIGHTLY LARGER SITE AREA OF 74 9 SQUARE METRES. '

ALL THE HOUSES ARE FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL BUT EXCLUDING GODOWN CINEMA AND REPAIR OR MAINTENANCE OF MOTOR VEHICLES PURPOSES. ’

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PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, and qai PS PLAN INSPECTED AT THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING, SS FLOOR GARDEN ROAd! HONG KONG >THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (WEST WING), GROUND FLOOR, HONG KONG * the District lands office (kowloon west), kowloon government CPPICFS 1QTH FLOUR 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON» AND THE DISTRICT UMS OFFICES OF SHA TIN, TUEN MUN, YUEN LONG, TSUEN WAN, TAI ------------------- AND ISLANDS.

PO, NORTH, SAI KUNG

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SHA TIN BUS SERVICE CHANGES * * * *

TO IMPROVE BUS SERVICES IN SHA TIN, FROM SUNDAY (AUGUST 7), EXISTING KMB ROUTES NO. 85 AND 89 WILL BE REROUTED AND NEW ROUTES NO. 85A AND 89A WILL BE INTRODUCED.

NO. 85 FROM TAI WAI TO KOWLOON CITY WILL GO VIA TAI PO ROAD, LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD, CHE KUNG MIU ROAD, HUNG MUI KUK ROAD, LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD, WATERLOO ROAD, JUNCTION ROAD, M/ TAU CHUNG ROAD, MA TAU WAI ROAD, TO KWA WAN ROAD AND SAN MA TAU STREET.

THE ROUTE OPERATES DAILY FROM 5.5-3 AM TO MIDNIGHT AT A FREQUENCY OF 10 MINUTES.

ROUTES 89 FROM LEK YUEN TO KWUN TONG OPERATES VIA YUEN WO ROAD, SHA TIN RURAL COMMITTEE ROAD, TAI PO ROAD, LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD, LUNG CHEUNG ROAD, KWUN TONG ROAD, ELEGANCE ROAD, NGAU TAU KOK ROAD AND MUT WAH STREET.

OPERATION TIME WILL BE FROM 5.50 AM TO 11.56 PM, AT A FREQUENCY OF EIGHT MINUTES.

NO. 85A FROM YUEN CHAU KOK TO KOWLOON CITY FERRY WILL GO VIA NGAN SHING STREET, TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD, SHA KCK STREET, LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD, WATERLOO ROAD, JUNCTION ROAD, MA TAU CHUNG ROAD, MOK CHEONG STREET, TO KWA WAN ROAD AND SAN MA TAU STREET.

THIS ROUTE WILL OPERATE FROM 6 AM TO 11.50 PM AT A FREQUENCY OF 12 MINUTES.

NO. 89A WILL RUN FROM YUEN CHAU KOK TO KWUN TONG VIA NGAN SHING STREET, TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD, SHA KOK STREET, JAT MIN CHUEN STREET, CHE KUNG MIU ROAD, HUNG MUI KUK ROAD, LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD, LUNG CHEUNG ROAD, KWUN TONG ROAD, HONG NING ROAD AND MUT wAH STREET, AT A FREQUENCY OF EIGHT MINUTES, FROM 5.50 AM TO 11.56 PM.

FARES FOR THESE FOUR ROUTES WILL BE $1.20.

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ACCESS ROADS PLANNED IN TAI PO

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THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT PLANS TO CONSTRUCT ABOUT 600 METRES OF ACCESS ROADS ON THE RECLAMATION NORTH OF LAM TSUEN RIVER, TAI PO TO SERVE THE NEW PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE THERE.

THE PROJECT WILL ALSO INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW PEDESTRIAN - CYCLIST BRIDGE OVER LAM TSUEN RIVER, THE DEMOLITION OF KWONG FUK ROAD BRIDGE AND A FOOTBRIDGE IN THE AREA, TOGETHER WITH THE ALTERATIONS TO ROADS IN TAI PO MARKET FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE TAI PO CENTRAL AREA TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME.

THE PROJECT FORMS PART OF THE CONTINUING PROGRAMME FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF TAI PO NEW TOWN.

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

A PLAN SHOWING THE PROJECT CAN BE SEEN AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING MAIN ENTRANCE; THE TAI PO DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE AND THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE, TING KOK ROAD, TAI PO, NEW TERRITORIES.

ANY PERSON OBJECTING TO THE PROPOSAL MUST SEND HIS OBJECTION IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS NOT LATER THAN OCTOBER 4.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 198}

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NEW ID CARDS FOR 22 AND 25 YEAR-OLD MEN ........................ 1

MONG KOK TO LAUNCH ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIOJ ..................... 1

AREA COMMITTEES PLAYING IMPORTANT ROLE ......................... 2

NEW STAMPS DEPICT HK BY NIGHT................................... 3

YOUTHS NEEDED FOR LIFE-GUARD WORK ...........................

OPEN DAY AT MUSIC CAMP.......................................... 5

RESTRICTED ZONES IN TO KWA WAN ................................. 5

SUMMER CARNIVAL FOR SHAM SHU I PO YOUTHS........................ 6

TRAFFIC DIVERSION TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS...................... 6

TRANSLATION STUDY IN SINGAPORE................................   7

FOOTBRIDGE FOR KWAI CHUNG ...................................... 7

WATER LEAKAGE TEST IN STANLEY .................................. 8

SALT WATER MAINS WORK.............»...........................   8

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 1983

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NEW ID CARDS FOR 22 AND 23 YEAR-OLD MEN

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MEN BORN IN 1961 AND I960 WERE REMINDED TODAY THAT FROM MONDAY (AUGUST 8), IT WILL BE THEIR TURN TO APPLY FOR NEW IDENTITY CARDS.

DURING A FIVE-WEEK PERIOD ENDING SEPTEMBER 10, MEN IN THESE TWO AGE GROUPS SHOULD CALL AT ANY OF THE EIGHT NEW ID CARD ISSUE OFFICES, BRINGING WITH THEM THEIR OLD CARDS. THESE OFFICES ARE OPEN FROM 8 AM TO 9.30 PM, MONDAY TO SATURDAY.

THE PROCESSING OF AN APPLICATION WILL TAKE ONLY HALF AN HOUR AND APPLICANTS WILL BE ASKED TO RETURN IN 18 WORKING DAYS TO COLLECT THEIR NEW CARDS AND SURRENDER THEIR OLD ONES.

THOSE WHO ARE AWAY FROM HONG KONG DURING THE PERIOD MUST APPLY FOR NEW CARDS WITHIN 30 DAYS OF THEIR RETURN.

SINCE THE FOURTH PHASE COVERS TWO AGE GROUPS INSTEAD OF ONE, THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT EXPECTS TWICE AS MANY APPLICANTS TO TURN UP.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID, +WE ARE ANTICIPATING . A TOTAL OF ABOUT 128 000 VISITORS DURING THIS PHASE, WHICH NEANS WE WILL HAVE TO PROCESS AN AVERAGE OF 4 600 APPLICATIONS A DAY.+

♦HOWEVER, OUR STAFF ARE NOW VERY FAMILIAR WITH THE SYSTEM, AND WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT WE CAN COPE WITH THE INCREASED WORK LOAD.+ HE SAID, ADDING THAT CO-OPERATION ON THE PART OF THE APPLICANTS WILL HELP THE SMOOTH RUNNING OF THE SCHEME.

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MONG KOK TO LAUNCH ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN

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THE MONG KOK ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN, FEATURING AN ENTERTAINING MUSICAL DRAMA, A VISIT TO SHEK KWU CHAU, AN EXHIBITION, A FILM SHOW, A COLOURING COMPETITION AND A TELEMATCH, WILL BE HELD FROM AUGUST 12 TO 29.

THE 18-DAY CAMPAIGN IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD, THE MONG KOK ANT I-NARCOTICS CENTRAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE AND THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS.

ANNOUNCING THIS AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (SATURDAY), THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR RONALD LEUNG, SAID THE MAIN GOAL OF THE CAMPAIGN WAS TO PUT ACROSS THE ANT I-NARCOTICS MESSAGE TO THOSE IN THE 15-24 AGE GROUP.

♦THROUGH THIS CAMPAIGN, WE ALSO HOPE TO ENCOURAGE DRUG ADDICTS TO COME FORWARD FOR TREATMENT AND LET THEM KNOW THE TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION SERVICES AVAILABLE,+ HE SAID.

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AN OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT 8 PM ON AUGUST 12 (FRIDAY) AT THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL, TO BE FOLLOWED BY AN EDUCATIONAL AND ENTERTAINING MUSICAL DRAMA - ’TRAUMA OF DRUGS’.

THE MUSICAL DRAMA, PRODUCED BY THE TECHNICAL DIRECTOR OF THE CULTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR JAMES MARK, WILL BE PERFORMED BY STUDENTS OF THE NG KING-LAI DANCE SCHOOL, SINGERS MR ALBERT AU AND MISS ROWENA CORTES AND ARTISTES FROM THE CHUNG YING THEATRE.

OTHER EVENTS IN THE CAMPAIGN WILL INCLUDE AN ANTI-NARCOTICS EXHIBITION AT THE MONG KOK MTR STATION ON AUGUST 14, A VISIT TO SHEK KWU CHAU ON AUGUST 20, AND A FILM SHOW AT THE MAYFAIR THEATRE ON AUGUST 21.

A CLOSING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT THE MACPHERSON PLAYGROUND ON AUGUST 29, DURING WHICH MEMBERS FROM THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD AND ARTISTES FROM ASIA TELEVISION WILL TAKE PART IN A TELEMATCH.

ADMISSION TO MUSICAL DRAMA AND DISTRICT OFFICE.

ALL THE EVENTS IS FREE AND TICKETS TO THE THE FILM SHOW ARE AVAILABLE AT THE MONG KOK

THE CAMPAIGN WILL COST $120 000, FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD.

$35 000 OF WHICH WILL COME

ALSO ATTENDING TODAY’S CONFERENCE WERE THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER MR STANLEY WONG? THE DISTRICT OPERATIONAL OFFICER OF THE MONG KOK POLICE STATION, MR TAM TAK-WING; AND THE PRINCIPAL INFORMATION OFFICER OF THE NARCOTICS DIVISION, MR HANDRICK NG.

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AREA COMMITTEES HAD BEEN PLAYING AN IMPORTANT ROLE AS LINKS BETWEEN THE DISTRICT BOARD AND PEOPLE AT THE GRASS-ROOT LEVEL, THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR DONALD TSANG, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

HE SAID THAT THE ISSUES DEALT WITH BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE GRASS-ROOT ORGANISATIONS - THE MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND VILLAGE REPRESENTATIVES -- VARIED. THERE WAS THUS A NEED FOR A COMMUNITY ORGANISATION TO ACT AS A GO-BETWEEN.

♦AN AREA COMMITTEE IS THE ORGANISATION. IT DOES NOT REPRESENT ANY CONSTITUENCY? IT IS A GO-BETWEEN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND VILLAGE REPRESENTATIVES,+ HE SAID.

MR TSANG WAS SPEAKING AT THE JOINT INAUGURATION CEREMONY CF FOUR AREA COMMITTEES IN THE DISTRICT.

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♦THE WORK OF THIS ’SANDWICHED ORGANISATION’ IS TO LIAISE WITH THE RESIDENTS, CHANNEL PUBLIC VIEWS, EXPLAIN GOVERNMENT POLICIES, SHOW CONCERN TOWARDS PROBLEMS IN THE COMMUNITY AND PROMOTE COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES.

+IN OTHER WORDS, AN AREA COMMITTEE IS A MOVING FORCE BEHIND DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AND IS A GOOD TRAINING GROUND FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY,* HE SAID.

MEMBERS OF AN AREA COMMITTEE COMPRISE BOTH OFFICIALS AND UNOFFICIALS.

THE APPOINTED UNOFFICIALS ARE CHAIRMEN OF MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, VILLAGE REPRESENTATIVES, SCHOOL PRINCIPALS, BUSINESSMEN AND SOCIAL WORKERS.

+WITH MEMBERS FROM ALL SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY, TO LOOK INTO EVERY POSSIBLE PROBLEM

AN AREA IN

COMMITTEE IS ABLE THE DISTRICT,* MR

TSANG SAID.

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NEW STAMPS DEPICT HK BY NIGHT »nnr*

THE HONG KONG POST OFFICE WILL ISSUE FOUR STAMPS ON AUGUST 17 THIS YEAR, DEPICTING TYPICAL HONG KONG NIGHT SCENES.

THEY WILL BE IN DENOMINATIONS OF 30 CENTS, $1.00, $1.30 AND $5.

THE SCENES ARE HONG KONG’S BUSINESS DISTRICT VIEWED FROM THE PEAK (30 CENTS), THE TOURIST DISTRICT OF TSIM SHA TSUI IN THE EVENING (SI), THE LUNAR NEW YEAR FIREWORKS DISPLAY HELD IN THE HARBOUR ($1.30) AND A FLOATING SEA FOOD RESTAURANT MOORED OFF ABERDEEN ($5).

THE NEW STAMPS WILL BE PUT ON DISPLAY ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, CONNAUGHT PLACE AND IN THE TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE DAILY FROM AUGUST 8 TO 13 BETWEEN 9.30 AM AND 4.30 PM.

OFFICIAL FIRST DAY COVERS AT 50 CENTS EACH WILL BE ON SALE AT ALL POST OFFICES ON AUGUST 8.

EACH COVER WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN INSERT CARD CONTAINING INFORMATION ON HONG KONG BY NIGHT AND SOME BRIEF PHILATELIC INFORMATION.

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

ADVANCE ORDERS FOR THE SERVICING OF FIRST DAY COVERS WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM AUGUST 8 TO 5 PM ON AUGUST 12 AT ALL POST OFFICES.

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FOR THIS SERVICE, SELF-ADDRESSED FIRST DAY COVERS MUST BE HANDED IN WITH AN ORDER FORM WHICH IS AVAILABLE AT ALL POST OFFICES DURING THE PERIOD, TOGETHER WITH A REMITTANCE TO COVER THE COST.

THE CHARGE WILL BE >8.60 PER COVER — $7.60 FOR THE STAMPS AND $1 FOR THE SERVICE.

NO LESS THAN 10 COVERS WILL BE ACCEPTED WITH EACH ORDER.

ANY PERSON ORDERING SERVICED COVERS ADDRESSED TO A LOCAL DESTINATION MAY COLLECT THEM ON AUGUST 19 FROM THE POST OFFICE WHERE THE ORDER WAS PLACED. COVERS TO BE SENT OVERSEAS WILL BE FORWARDED AS ADDRESSED.

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YOUTHS NEEDED FOR LIFE-GUARD WORK

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TO COPE WITH THE INCREASING NUMBER OF BEACHGOERS, THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING FOR MORE PART-TIME LIFEGUARDS TO REINFORCE THE NORMAL SERVICE.

QUALIFIED YOUNG PEOPLE LOOKING FOR SUMMER JOBS ARE THEREFORE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO EARN $98 A DAY - AND DO A PUBLIC SERVICE AT THE SAME TIME.

ANY YOUTH POSSESSING AN APPROVED LIFE-SAVING QUALIFICATION MAY APPLY FOR THE JOB OF PART-TIME LIFEGUARDS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

AND $147 WILL BE PAID ON A SUNDAY OR PUBLIC HOLIDAY TO A LIFEGUARD WHO HAS BEEN ON DUTY FOR MORE THAN 48 STANDARD WORKING HOURS WITHIN ONE WEEK, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE PART-TIME LIFEGUARDS WILL BE DEPLOYED AT VARIOUS PUBLIC BATHING BEACHES AND SWIMMING POOL COMPLEXES THROUGHOUT THE NEW TERRITORIES AND ON OUTLYING ISLANDS.

APPLICANTS SHOULD AT LEAST HOLD THE BRONZE MEDALLION AWARDED BY THE ROYAL LIFE-SAVING SOCIETY, BE UNDER 35 YEARS OF AGE, AND HAVE STRONG PHYSIQUE AND GOOD EYESIGHT, WITHOUT HAVING TO WEAR SPECTACLES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO THOSE POSSESSING HIGHER LIFE-SAVING QUALIFICATIONS AND ACTUAL EXPERIENCE, AND TO STUDENTS RECOMMENDED BY THEIR SCHOOL PRINCIPALS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

APPLICATION FORMS (G.F. 340) MAY BE OBTAINED FROM ALL DISTRICT OFFICES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND IN URBAN AREA.

COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE NTSD HEADQUARTERS ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF AUSTIN CENTRE, 19-23 AUSTIN AVENUE, TSIM SHA TSUI, BEFORE AUGUST 23.

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OPEN DAY AT MUSIC CAMP

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CHILDREN AT THE 1983 HONG KONG MUSIC CAMP TODAY MET THEIR PARENTS FOR THE FIRST TIME AFTER ONE WEEK’S CAMPING AT ST. STEPHEN’S COLLEGE IN STANLEY.

ABOUT 400 YOUNG MUSICIANS INCLUDING SOME FROM AUSTRALIA, JAPAN, MACAU AND THE UNITED KINGDOM ARE TAKING PART IN THIS YEAR’S TWO-WEEK CAMP.

THE CAMP’S OPEN DAY TODAY OFFERED PARENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THEIR CHILDREN SINCE THE MUSIC CAMP OPENED A WEEK AGO.

AT THE SAME TIME, THEY WERE ABLE TO WATCH THEM IN TRAINING CLASSES AND REHEARSALS UNDER THE BATONS OF WELL-KNOWN LOCAL AND OVERSEAS INSTRUCTORS.

PARENTS WERE ALSO ABLE TO BUY TICKETS WELL IN ADVANCE FOR THE FINALE CONCERT WHICH WILL BE HELD AT THE CITY HALL CONCERT HALL NEXT SATURDAY AT 8 PM.

THOSE INTERESTED TO WATCH HOW THE YOUNG MUSICIANS PERFORM IN PUBLIC FOLLOWING THEIR INTENSIVE TRAINING AT THE CAMP CAN NOW OBTAIN TICKETS AT $5 EACH FOR THE CONCERT AT ALL MUSIC CENTRES AND THE CITY HALL BOX OFFICE.

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RESTRICTED ZONES IN TO KWA WAN

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FROM 8 AM ON MONDAY (AUGUST 8), CHI KIANG STREET BETWEEN TO KWA WAN ROAD AND YUK YAT STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED AS A RESTRICTED ZONE FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY, TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC CIRCULATION.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE EXISTING 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY RESTRICTION ON KWEI CHOW STREET BETWEEN TO KWA WAN ROAD AND MEI KING STREET WILL BE EXTENDED EASTWARDS TO MEI KWONG STREET.

THE SAME SECTION OF CHI KIANG STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY EASTBOUND.

MOTORISTS WISHING TO TURN LEFT INTO TO KWA WAN ROAD FROM CHI KIANG STREET WESTBOUND WILL HAVE TO TURN AT EITHER LOK SHAN ROAD OR KWEI CHOW STREET VIA YUK YAT STREET.

WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONES, ALL MOTOR VEHICLES EXCEPT THOSE AUTHORISED IN WRITING BY THE AUTHORITY, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING UP OR SETTING DOWN PASSENGERS, OR FROM LOADING OR UNLOADING GOODS.

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SUMMER CARNIVAL FOR SHAM SHU I PO YOUTHS

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YOUNG PEOPLE IN SHAM SHU I PO WILL BE TREATED TO A TWO-HOUR CARNIVAL AT THE MAPLE STREET PLAYGROUND TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE CARNIVAL, FEATURING SINGING AND DANCING PERFORMANCES, ACROBATICS, TAEKWANDO DEMONSTRATIONS AND GAMES STALLS, MARKS THE BEGINNING OF THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR STEPHEN IP, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AT 2 PM.

FOR THIS YEAR’S PROGRAMME, 41 LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS ARE ORGANISING A TOTAL OF 69 ACTIVITIES WITH SUBSIDIES FROM THE SHAM SHU I PO YOUTH RECREATION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE.

THESE ACTIVITIES RANGE FROM INDOOR CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL PROGRAMMES TO POPULAR SPORTS COMPETITIONS AND OUTINGS.

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TRAFFIC DIVERSION TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS * * *

FROM MONDAY (AUGUST 8), DRIVERS OF ALL MOTOR VEHICLES OVER TWO AND A HALF TONS IN UNLADEN WEIGHT WHO WISH TO TURN LEFT FROM BOUNDARY STREET INTO LA SALLE ROAD NORTHBOUND ARE ADVISED TO TRAVEL VIA BOUNDARY STREET, EARL STREET, PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WEST, AND LA SALLE ROAD DURING THE PERIOD FROM 7 PM EACH EVENING TO 7 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

FROM THE SAME DAY, BUSES ON KMB ROUTE NO. 2D WILL TRAVEL ALL DAY VIA BOUNDARY STREET, PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WEST, GRAMPIAN ROAD AND NGA TSIN WAI ROAD ON THEIR WAY TO TUNG TAU ESTATE.

THESE TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED FOR ABOUT 15 DAYS TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS.

DURING THE PERIOD, THE TWO BUS STOPS FOR ROUTE 2D ON LA SALLE ROAD WILL BE SUSPENDED AND A REPLACEMENT STOP WILL BE PROVIDED OUTSIDE BEVERLEY VILLAS AT 16, LA SALLE ROAD.

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TRANSLATION STUDY IN SINGAPORE

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A 21-MEMBER DELEGATION WILL LEAVE HONG KONG FOR SINGAPORE TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON TO STUDY TRANSLATION AND INTERPRETATION wORK.

THE DELEGATION, COMPRISING REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE OF THE HONG KONG YOUTH CULTURAL AND ARTS COMPETITIONS AND THE PENINSULA JAYCEES, WluL SPEND FOUR DAYS IN SINGAPORE.

LED BY THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE’S CHAIRMAN, MR SHUM CHOI-SANG, THE GROUP WILL VISIT THE TRANSLATION SECTION OF THE MINISTRY OF CULTURE, THE PARLIAMENT HOUSE, THE COURTS, THE NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CF SINGAPORE AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS.

THEY WILL ALSO EXCHANGE VIEWS WITH LOCAL ORGANISATIONS ON CULTURAL AND ARTS ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.

THIS IS THE FIRST OVERSEAS DELEGATION OF THE COMMITTEE SINCE IT WAS FORMED EIGHT YEARS AGO.

FOUR WINNERS OF THE TRANSLATION COMPETITIONS HELD LAST YEAR WILL ALSO JOIN THE TOUR ORGANISED BY THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION.

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FOOTBRIDGE FOR KWAI CHUNG fc * *

THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS PROPOSING TO CONSTRUCT A FOOTBRIDGE SYSTEM AT THE JUNCTION OF CHEUNG wING ROAD AND WO Yl HOP ROAD IN KWAI CHUNG.

THE SYSTEM WILL SEPARATE THE VEHICULAR AND PEDESTRIAN MOVEMENTS AT THIS JUNCTION AND WILL IMPROVE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY.

A NOTICE CONCERNING THE PROPOSED WORKS IS PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

A PLAN SHOWING THE SYSTEM CAN BE SEEN AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST * I NG MAIN ENTRANCE? THE TSUEN wAN DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, HONG KONG AND SHANGHAI BANK BUILDING, 1ST - 4TH FLOORS, 455-457, CASTLE PEAK ROAD: AND THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE, 2ND FLOOR, FOU WAH CENTRE, 210 CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

ANY OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL MUST REACH THE SECRETARY ?0R LANDS AND WORKS BY OCTOBER 4, 1983.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 1983

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WATER LEAKAGE TEST IN STANLEY * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN STANLEY WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 9) FOR A LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE LOCATED ALONG STANLEY VILLAGE ROAD, STANLEY BEACH ROAD, STANLEY MOUND ROAD, CARMEL ROAD, STANLEY MARKET ROAD AND STANLEY LINK ROAD.

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SALT WATER MAINS WORK * X *

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO SOME AREAS IN KOWLOON WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 10 AM TO 8 PM ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 9) FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

AFFECTED AREAS ARE HUNG HOM, TO KWA WAN, MA TAU WAI, KOWLOON CITY. MA TAU KOK, KOWLOON TONG, WANG TAU HOM, WONG TAI SIN AND SAN PO KONG, INCLUDING HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (KAI TAK), KOWLOON HOSPITAL, LOK FU, TUNG TAU AND FU SHAN ESTATES.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OE EXTERNAL TRADE FOR MAY ............. 1

PUBLIC URGED NOT TO GAMBLE WITH EYESIGHT ......................... 4

SHA TIN SPORTS GROUND READY SOON ................................. 5

MORE COUNSELLING SERVICE FOR STUDENTS ............................ 6

LAW COURSE FOR JOURNALISTS ....................................... 7

NEW SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME FOR FARMERS' CHILDREN ..................... 7

CALL FOR ROAD SAFETY EFFORT BY ALL USERS ......................... 8

NEW BUILDING TO PROVIDE MORE OFFICE SPACE ........................ 9

SWIMMERS URGED TO FOLLOW SAFETY RULES ............................ 9

TWO-DAY MUSIC CAMP FOR CHILDREN ................................. 10

LAND RECLAMATION AT JUNK BAY...................................   10

NEW ROADS EUR CHAI WAN .......................................... 11

TRAFFIC BAN TO BE LIFTED.......................................   11

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PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE FOR MAY *****

THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS ROSE, ON AVERAGE, BY 6 PER CENT AND 9 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY SO THAT, FOR TOTAL EXPORTS, PRICES WERE UP BY 7 PER CENT IN MAY 1983 AS COMPARED WITH MAY 1982, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

MEANWHILE, THE PRICES OF IMPORTS ROSE BY 9 PER CENT. AS A RESULT, THE TERMS OF TRADE INDEX (EXPRESSED AS A RATIO OF THE TOTAL EXPORT PRICE INDEX TO THE IMPORT PRICE INDEX) DROPPED BY 2 PER CENT.

THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE BY 10 PER CENT AND THAT OF RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY 4 PER CENT SO THAT AN 8 PER CENT INCREASE WAS RECORDED IN THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS. THE VOLUME OF IMPORTS INCREASED BY 13 PER CENT.

SINCE THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND OF RE-EXPORTS BOTH INCREASED BY 4 PER CENT IN THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF 1983 COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR, DOMESTIC EXPORTS GREW BY 6 PER CENT AND RE-EXPORTS BY 4 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS. AS THE PRICES OF IMPORTS WERE 5 PER CENT HIGHER OVER THE SAME PERIOD, IMPORTS RECORDED A 2 PER CENT GROWTH IN VOLUME TERMS.

EXTENDING THE PERIOD OF COMPARISON TO THE 12 MONTHS ENDING MAY THIS YEAR WITH THE 12 MONTHS ENDING MAY 1982, THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND IMPORTS BOTH ROSE, ON AVERAGE, BY 4 PER CENT AND THOSE OF RE-EXPORTS BY 6 PER CENT. NO SIGNIFICANT CHANGE WAS REGISTERED IN THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS, SO THAT THERE WAS NO SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS. HOWEVER, A ONE PER CENT INCREASE WAS RECORDED IN THE VOLUME OF IMPORTS.

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

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY COMMODITY GROUP ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 1.

AS SEEN FROM TABLE 1, THE EXPORT PRICES OF MOST COMMODITY GROUPS INCREASED, FROM 2 PER CENT FOR TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD TO 45 PER CENT FOR ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS. ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES IN EXPORT PRICES WERE RECORDED FOR RADIOS OF ALL KINDS (-3 PER CENT) AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS (-9 PER CENT).

CONSIDERABLE GROWTH IN THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS WAS RECORDED FOR METAL ORES AND SCRAP (+138 PER CENT), TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS (+40 PER CENT FOR EACH CATEGORY). HOWEVER, SLIGHT TO MODERATE DECREASES IN EXPORT VOLUME WERE REGISTERED FOR RADIOS OF ALL KINDS (-1 PER CENT), TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES (-6 PER CENT) AND FOOTWEAR (-14 PER CENT).

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THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 2.

AS PRESENTED IN TABLE 2, IMPORT PRICES OF ALL END-USE CATEGORIES INCREASED, RANGING FROM 6 PER CENT FOR BOTH RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES AND FUELS TO 13 PER CENT FOR CONSUMER GOODS.

MANY OF THE MAJOR IMPORTED FOOD STUFFS INCREASED IN VOLUME TERMS, THE MORE SIGNIFICANT ONES BEING MEAT AND MEAT PREPARATIONS AND SOYA BEAN OIL, PEANUT OIL AND LARD. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF VEGETABLES AND FRUIT DECLINED SLIGHTLY.

IN THE CONSUMER GOODS CATEGORY, CONSIDERABLE INCREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE REGISTERED FOR HOUSEHOLD TYPE ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES, WATCHES, CAMERAS, FLASHLIGHT APPARATUS AND SUPPLIES FOR PHOTOGRAPHY, CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR. HOWEVER, SIGNIFICANT DECREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE RECORDED FOR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, TOBACCO MANUFACTURES AND PASSENGER MOTOR CARS.

THE IMPORT VOLUME OF MOST RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES ROSE, AMONG WHICH SILK FABRICS, YARN OF WOOL AND MIXTURES, WOOL AND OTHER ANIMAL HAIR, WOOD, LUMBER AND CORK, RAW COTTON, FABRICS OF WOOL AND MIXTURES AND THERMIONIC CATHODE VALVES AND TUBES, DIODES, TRANSISTORS AND ELECTRICAL MICROCIRCUITS INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY. HOWEVER, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF LEATHER AND DRESSED FUR SKINS, IRON AND STEEL AND CLAY AND REFRACTORY CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS, BUILDING MATERIALS, ETC. EXCEPT GLASS DROPPED MODERATELY.

IMPORTS OF FUELS INCREASED BY 4 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS.

ALL THE MAJOR IMPORTED CAPITAL GOODS INCREASED IN VOLUME TERMS, THE MORE SIGNIFICANT ONES BEING TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT, OFFICE MACHINES AND TEXTILE MACHINERY.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 3.

AS DEPICTED IN TABLE 3, THE CHANGES IN RE-EXPORT VOLUME VARIED AMONG THE FIVE END-USE CATEGORIES, RANGING FROM A 4 PER CENT DECREASE FOR CAPITAL GOODS TO A 62 PER CENT INCREASE FOR FUELS.

A GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT SPOKESMAN COMMENTED THAT AS THE VOLUME OF IMPORTS OF RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES GREW AT A FASTER RATE THAN THEIR RE-EXPORTS, RETAINED IMPORTS OF RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES CONTINUED TO INCREASE IN VOLUME TERMS. THIS SUGGESTS THAT DOMESTIC EXPORT PERFORMANCE WILL REMAIN STRONG IN THE COMING MONTHS.

FURTHER DETAILS ARE CONTAINED IN THE MAY 1983 ISSUE OF THE +HONG KONG TRADE INDEX NUMBERS*, AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT HKJ2 PER COPY.

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TABLE 1 : CHANGES COMPARING MAY 1983 WI TH MAY 1982

COMMODITY GROUP EXPORT VALUE EXPORT UNIT VALUE EXPORT VOLUME

CLOTHING (EXCEPT FUR) +10% ♦ 5% ♦ 5%

TEXTILE FABRICS +29% ♦ 6% ♦22%

TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND +43% ♦ 2% ♦40%

RELATED ARTICLES +40% +22% ♦15%'

RADIOS OF ALL KINDS - 4% - 3% - 1%

ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS ♦ 57% +45% ♦ 9%

FOOTWEAR -11% ♦ 4% -14%

METAL MANUFACTURES * 6% + 4% ♦ 2%

METAL ORES AND SCRAP +202% ♦27% ♦ 138%

WATCHES AND CLOCKS TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND +28% - 9% ♦40%

SIMILAR ARTICLES - 3% + 4% - 6%

DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES + 19% + 5% ♦ 14%

ALL COMMODITIES TABLE 2 s CHANGES COMPARING + 17% MAY 1983 + 6% WITH MAY 1982 ♦ 10%

IMPORT IMPORT IMPORT

END-USE CATEGORY VALUE UNIT VALUE VOLUME

FOODSTUFFS +20% + 10% + 9%

CONSUMER GOODS + 15% + 13% + 2%

RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES ♦25% ♦ 6% ♦ 18%

FUELS ♦11% ♦ 6% ♦ 4%

CAPITAL GOODS ♦40% +12% ♦26%

ALL COMMODITIES +23% + 9% + 13%

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TABLE 3 : CHANGES COMPARING MAY 1983 WITH MAY 1982

END-USE CATEGORY RE-EXPORT VALUE RE-EXPORT UNIT VALUE RE-EXPORT VOLUME

FOODSTUFFS + 5% + 8% - 2%

CONSUMER GOODS +20% +12% + 7%

RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES + 9% + 5% + 4%

FUELS +75% + 8% +62%

CAPITAL GOODS + 8% +12% - 4%

ALL COMMODITIES +13% + 9% + 4%

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PUBLIC URGED NOT TO GAMBLE WITH EYESIGHT % % % %

STATISTICS SHOW THAT AT LEAST TWO PEOPLE A WEEK SMASH HEAD FIRST THROUGH A VEHICLE WINDSCREEN IN HONG KONG BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT WEARING SEAT BELTS.

AND ACCORDING TO MEDICAL EXPERIENCE, ONE WILL BE BLINDED AND THE OTHER WILL NEVER REGAIN FULL SIGHT.

+TRAFFIC INJURIES ARE MANY AND VARIED AND THE USE OF SEAT BELTS CAN PREVENT A SIZEABLE NUMBER OF THEM. INJURY TO THE EYES IS ONE OF THESE PREVENTABLE ACCIDENTS,* THE CONSULTANT OPTHAMOLOGI ST OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, DR T.K.C. LIU, SAID.

DR LIU HAS HAD EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE IN DEALING WITH SUCH EYE INJURIES.

WHEN A PERSON’S HEAD GOES THROUGH A WINDSCREEN, THE CHANCES ARE THAT RAZOR-SHARP SHARDS OF GLASS WILL PUNCTURE THE EYEBALL LEADING TO A VIRTUAL EXPLOSION OF ITS CONTENTS, SPRAYING INTER-OCCULAR TISSUE OUTWARDS.

+A LOT OF TISSUE JUST GOES OUT THE OPEN WINDOW. IF THIS IS LOST THEN ALL YOU CAN DO IS CLEAN UP THE SOCKETS AND PREPARE FOR THE INSERTION OF GLASS EYES FOR PURELY COSMETIC REASONS. THE PERSON IS BLIND*, HE SAID.

WHERE INTER-OCCULAR TISSUE IS NOT LOST, THE ’LUCKY’ PATIENT HAS SOME CHANCE OF REGAINING SOME SIGHT - BUT AT GREAT COST TO THE COMMUNITY GENERALLY.

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'MMED1ATE SURGICAL ATTENTION TO THE EYES AND A LONG STAY IN HOSPITAL WITH TIME-CONSUMING AND EXPENSIVE OPERATIONS MAY SAVE A DEGREE OF SIGHT.

SUCH WINDSCREEN INJURIES TO THE EYES COULD BE PREVENTED IF THE PERSONS CONCERNED WORE SEAT BELTS.

♦REPAIR OF THE EYE IS ALWAYS DIFFICULT BECAUSE OF THE NATURE CF THESE INJURIES*, SAID DR LIU. +AN ACCIDENT LIKE THIS REQUIRES AN AWFUL LOT OF RESOURCES FROM US AND THE RESULT MOST OF THE TIME IS NOT VERY REWARDING.*

AS HE SPOKE, A CROWDED WAITING ROOM WAS FILLED WITH PATIENTS WAITING FOR APPOINTMENTS WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF EYE CONDITIONS. TREATMENT FOR THESE PATIENTS CAN BE DELAYED BY THE HEAVY DEMANDS THAT TRAFFIC ACCIDENT PATIENTS MAKE ON SCARCE MEDICAL RESOURCES.

♦AND THESE PATIENTS COULD HAVE AVOIDED THEIR PROBLEMS IN MOST CASES BY THE SIMPLE ACT OF WEARING A SEAT BELT*, DR LIU SAID.

THE VERY NATURE OF GLASS MAKES IT SOMETHING OF A NIGHTMARE TO DEAL WITH WHEN IT IS SMASHED INTO THE DELICATE TISSUE OF THE EYE.

BEING EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO SEE, DOCTORS HAVE GREAT PROBLEMS IN ENSURING THAT EVERY MINUTE SLIVER IS REMOVED.

METALLIC FRAGMENTS CAN BE LOCATED WITH THE HELP OF SURGICAL MAGNETS, BUT THESE ARE USELESS WHERE GLASS IS INVOLVED.

♦THE PROGNOSIS, OR CHANCE OF RECOVERY, FOR WINDSCREEN INJURY IS VERY POOR,* SAID DR LIU. +AND THE DAMAGE IS USUALLY VERY EXTENSIVE.*

IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT, WHERE A PERSON HAS NOT BEEN WEARING A SEAT BELT, THE INJURY TO THE EYES MAY ONLY CONSTITUTE PART OF SERIOUS OVERALL PROBLEMS - WITH DOCTORS BATTLING TO MAINTAIN LIFE AND REPAIR LIMBS AS WELL.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID, +WHY GAMBLE WITH YOUR SIGHT? WEAR A SEAT BELT.*

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SHA TIN SPORTS GROUND READY SOON

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CONSTRUCTION OF THE FIRST STANDARD SPORTS GROUND IN SHA TIN IS PROGRESSING STEADILY AND THE COMPLEX IS EXPECTED TO BE READY TOWARDS THE END OF THIS YEAR.

THE $25~MILLION SHA TIN SPORTS GROUND SHOULD PROVE POPULAR WITH THE RESIDENTS OF THE RAPIDLY DEVELOPING NEW TOWN, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE SPORTS GROUND OCCUPIES A 3.2-HECTARE SITE ON THE NORTHERN BANK OF SHING MUN RIVER OPPOSITE WO CHE PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE WHERE A SERIES OF MODERN RECREATIONAL FACILITIES HAVE BEEN BUILT.

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NEXT TO THE SPORTS GROUND ARE THE YUEN WO ROAD PLAYGROUND, SHA TIN JOCKEY CLUB PUBLIC SQUASH COURTS AND TENNIS COURTS, AND THE SHA TIN JOCKEY CLUB PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL.

THE NEW SPORTS GROUND IS DESIGNED AND BEING BUILT BY THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT. ON COMPLETION, IT WILL BE HANDED OVER TO NTSD FOR MANAGEMENT.

ITS MAIN FEATURE WILL BE A STANDARD-SIZE TURFED SOCCER PITCH, SURROUNDED BY A 400-METRE AND ALL-WEATHER RUNNING TRACK WITH EIGHT LANES.

A FULL RANGE OF FACILITIES FOR TRACK AND FIELD EVENTS WILL BE PROVIDED.

THE SPORTS CENTRE WILL HAVE A COVERED STAND FOR 3 OOO SPECTATORS, AN OFFICE BUILDING, TOILETS AND CHANGING ROOMS WITH HOT AND COLD WATER SHOWERS.

FLOODLIGHTS WILL BE INSTALLED FOR EVENING FOOTBALL MATCHES AND OTHER SPORT ACTIVITIES.

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MORE COUNSELLING SERVICE FOR STUDENTS

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CAREERS EDUCATION SERVICE FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL LEAVERS WILL BE EXTENDED NEXT WEEK WHEN RESULTS OF THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE CF EDUCATION EXAMINATION ARE RELEASED, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF CAREERS MASTERS WILL BE STATIONED AT THE DEPARTMENT’S CAREERS EDUCATION CENTRE AT LEE GARDENS, CAUSEWAY BAY, THROUGHOUT THE WEEK TO PROVIDE COUNSELLING AND ADVISORY SERVICE FOR STUDENTS, PARENTS AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

IN ADDITION TO THE CAREERS TEACHERS’ PROFESSIONAL ADVICE, STUDENTS OR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC CAN USE THE CENTRE’S PUBLIC LIBRARY FOR INFORMATION ON FURTHER EDUCATION OR CAREERS.

THE LIBRARY HAS A LARGE VARIETY OF LITERATURES AND JOURNALS ON CAREERS EDUCATION, AS WELL AS SPECIALLY PREPARED MATERIAL ON A WIDE RANGE OF STUDIES, TRAINING AND PROFESSIONS.

FORM FIVE STUDENTS SHOULD FIND A BOOKLET ENTITLED + INFORMAT ION ON MATRICULATION COURSES FOR 1983/84+ ESPECIALLY USEFUL SINCE IT CONTAINS THE SUBJECTS OR COURSES A SCHOOL WILL RUN FOR ITS FORM SIX STUDENTS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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LAW COURSE FOR JOURNALISTS

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JOURNALISTS ARE INVITED TO APPLY FOR AN INTRODUCTORY COURSE ON LAW TO BE OFFERED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EXTRA MURAL STUDIES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG TO WIDEN THEIR PROFESSIONAL PERSPECTIVE.

THE COURSE, ORGANISED AT THE REQUEST OF THE JOURNALISM TRAINING BOARD OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL, COVERS BASIC CONCEPTS ON LAW AND LEGISLATION.

TOPICS SUCH AS COURT PROCEDURE AND REPORTING, ADMINISTRATION OF THE LAW AND THE POWERS OF THE POLICE AND ICAC ARE SOME OF THE ASPECTS TO BE COVERED.

THE COURSE, COMPRISING 17 LECTURES LASTING ONE-AND-A-HALF HOURS EACH, WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAYS FROM SEPTEMBER TO JANUARY.

THE JOURNALISM TRAINING BOARD HAS BEEN CONDUCTING A SERIES OF PRACTICAL COURSES AND SEMINARS DESIGNED TO IMPROVE THE STANDARD OF JOURNALISM IN HONG KONG.

ENGLISH ORAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS AND NEWS TRANSLATION, TWO CF THE COURSES OFFERED EARLIER, WERE WELL RECEIVED BY JOURNALISTS.

AS THE INTRODUCTORY COURSE ON LAW IS SUBSIDISED BY THE COUNCIL, EACH PARTICIPANT WILL ONLY BE REQUIRED TO PAY A NOMINAL FEE OF $100.

ENROLMENT IS LIMITED TO 45 AND THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS SEPTEMBER 1.

ENQUIRIES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO MR FRANK NG, SECRETARY OF THE BOARD, ON 5-8932341, EXT 283 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

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NEW SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME FOR FARMERS’ CHILDREN

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THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT IS INTRODUCING A NEW SCHEME OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR CHILDREN OF FARMING AND FISHING FAMILIES TO ENABLE THEM TO COMPLETE THEIR SECONDARY SCHOOLING AS A PREREQUISITE FOR TERTIARY EDUCATION.

THE ASSISTANCE WILL BE IN THE FORM OF SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS AND GRANTS UNDER THE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS SCHOLARSHIP FUND WD THE MARINE FISH SCHOLARSHIP FUND, BOTH ADMINISTERED BY THE DEPARTMENT.

APPLICATIONS ARE INVITED FROM STUDENTS IN FORMS FOUR TO SEVEN WHOSE FAMILY BACKGROUND SHOULD BE CLOSELY RELATED TO AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURAL MARKET I NG, MAR IINE FISH, OR FISH MARKETING INDUSTRIES IN HONG KONG. THE CLOSING DATE IS AUGUST 31.

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APPLICATION FORMS MAY NOW BE OBTAINED FROM THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS ON THE 12TH FLOOR OF THE CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES AT 393 CANTON ROAD IN KOWLOON.

THEY ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE DEPARTMENT’S AGRICULTURAL AND FISHERIES LIAISON OFFICES THROUGHOUT HONG KONG.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE NEW ASSISTANCE SCHEME IS AN EXTENSION OF THE TWO SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS WHICH HAVE BEEN BENEFITTING STUDENTS PURSUING STUDIES ON AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES AS WELL AS MARKETING AT TERTIARY INSTITUTES.

THE AWARD OF SCHOLARSHIPS OR GRANTS WILL DEPEND ON THE LEVEL OF ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT BY THE INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS.

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CALL FOR ROAD SAFETY EFFORT BY ALL USERS * * * *

ROAD SAFETY DEPENDS ON THE CO-OPERATION OF ALL ROAD USERS, THE POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, WONG TAI SIN, MR KEITH TIDEY SAID TODAY.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE WONG TAI SIN ROAD SAFETY DAY HELD ON A ROOFTOP PLAYGROUND IN CHOI HUNG ESTATE THIS (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON, MR TIDEY URGED THAT DUE CARE SHOULD BE EXERCISED BY ALL WHILE CROSSING THE ROAD.

HE SAID THAT LAST YEAR, PEDESTRIANS ACCOUNTED FOR ABOUT 60 PER CENT OF THE 457 DEATHS CAUSED BY TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS. HOWEVER, IT DID NOT MEAN OTHER ROAD USERS COULD BE LESS CAREFUL THAN PEDESTRIANS.

MR TIDEY SAID THAT IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS, POLICE OFFICERS WOULD BE PRESENT AT THE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT BLACKSPOTS IN WONG TAI SIN TO EDUCATE PEDESTRIANS AS TO HOW BEST TO CROSS THE ROAD.

’’IT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A TWO-WEEK PROSECUTION PERIOD WHEN ACTION WILL BE TAKEN AGAINST ALL ROAD USERS WHO DO NOT CONFORM TO THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATIONS,” HE ADDED.

FOLLOWING THE SPEECH, MR TIDEY, TOGETHER WITH MR PHILIP CHOK, THE DISTRICT OFFICER, WONG TAI SIN, AND MRS NG CHOW MAY-LIN, CHAIRMAN OF THE WONG TAI SIN ROAD SAFETY ORGANISING COMMITTEE PERFORMED A RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY AND PRESENTED PRIZES TO THE WINNERS OF THE ROAD SAFETY SLOGAN COMPETITION, MODEL PEDESTRIANS AND DRIVERS.

THE ROAD SAFETY DAY FEATURED THE PERFORMANCE OF THE POLICE BAND AND THE BAND OF THE ST. BONAVENTURE COLLEGE, A VARIETY SHOW, THE DISPLAY OF A ROAD SAFETY EXHIBITION CENTRE AND A MINIATURE ROAD SAFETY TOWN.

THE WONG TAI SIN ROAD SAFETY DAY MARKED THE END OF THE FIRST PHASE OF THE DISTRICT’S ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN. EDUCATIONAL AND PUBLICITY PROGRAMMES AIMED AT BRINGING HOME THE MESSAGES OF ROAD SAFETY WERE MOUNTED DURING THAT PERIOD WHICH STARTED IN JUNE.

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NEW BUILDING TO PROVIDE MORE OFFICE SPACE * * *

A 10-STOREY GOVERNMENT OFFICE BUILDING WILL SOON BE BUILT AT THE JUNCTION OF LEI YUE MUN ROAD AND JUNK BAY ROAD TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL GOVERNMENT OFFICE ACCOMMODATION IN THE AREA.

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

THE NEW BUILDING WILL HOUSE A POST OFFICE, WITH A SORTING AND A PARCEL DELIVERY OFFICE, ON THE GROUND AND LOWER FLOORS, AND WILL PROVIDE ABOUT 3 200 SQUARE METRES OF GENERAL OFFICE SPACE, A STAFF CANTEEN AND ANCILLARY FACILITIES ON THE UPPER FLOORS.

WORK WILL START IN SEPTEMBER AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF 1984.

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SWIMMERS URGED TO FOLLOW SAFETY RULES

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BEACHGOERS WERE TODAY (SUNDAY) URGED TO OBSERVE WATER SAFETY RULES WHILE PURSUING SEA ACTIVITIES DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS.

THE CALL WAS MADE BY THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICER, W WILLIAM YAP, AT A BEACH CARNIVAL AND A PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY AT TUNG WAN ON CHEUNG CHAU.

HE URGED BEACHGOERS TO REFRAIN FROM SWIMMING AT NON-GAZETTED BEACHES WHERE NO LIFE-GUARD SERVICE IS PROVIDED.

+T0 DO SO WILL BE EXTREMELY RISKY,+ HE SAID.

MR YAP ADDED THAT BEACHGOERS SHOULD BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL WHILE SWIMMING AT GAZETTED BEACHES, ESPECIALLY WHERE THE WAVES AND CURRENTS ARE STRONG.

UNDER UNFAVOURABLE WEATHER CONDITIONS, EVEN EXPERIENCED LIFE GUARDS MIGHT SOMETIMES NOT BE ABLE TO RENDER HELP, HE SAID.

AT TODAY’S CARNIVAL, ABOUT 500 MEMBERS FROM OVER 20 LIFE-SAVING TEAMS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY, TOGETHER WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM AUSTRALIA, TOOK PART IN LIFE-SAVING DEMONSTRATIONS, TELEMATCHES AND OTHER COMPETITIONS.

THE CARNIVAL WAS ORGANISED BY THE CHEUNG CHAU LIFE SAVING ASSOCIATION AND SPONSORED BY THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR TEAM MEMBERS TO EXCHANGE EXPERIENCE IN LIFESAVING.

MR YAP ALSO INSPECTED A PARADE BY 500 PARTICIPANTS BEFORE THE PRIZE-PRESENTATION CEREMONY.

OTHER GUESTS OFFICIATING AT TODAY’S CEREMONY INCLUDED AN ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER, MR FUNG CH I-KANG, AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE CHEUNG CHAU LIFE SAVING ASSOCIATION, MR NG KAU.

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TWO-DAY MUSIC CAMP FOR CHILDREN * * *

MEMBERS OF THE KOWLOON CITY CHILDREN CHORUS THIS (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON GAVE A SINGING PERFORMANCE IN FRONT OF EIGHT DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WHO WERE VISITING THE CHORUS AT THE SUEN DOUH CAMP IN FANLING.

SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE TWO-DAY MUSIC CAMP IS ORGANISED FOR THE CHORUS’ 30 MEMBERS AS WELL AS 90 PRIMARY STUDENTS FROM LOCAL SCHOOLS.

THE DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS, ACCOMPANIED BY AN ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ROGER GARCIA, WERE ALSO BRIEFED ON THE TRAINING PROGRAMME PROVIDED AT THE CAMP.

THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE CHORUS, MISS WONG LAI-FUN, TOLD THE BOARD MEMBERS THAT TALENTS WOULD BE IDENTIFIED AND THOSE WHO WERE INTERESTED WOULD BE RECRUITED INTO THE CHORUS TO FORM A JUNIOR GROUP.

THE CHORUS, FORMED IN JUNE LAST YEAR, HAS GIVEN SIX PERFORMANCES SO FAR. IT WILL GIVE ITS FIRST FULL CONCERT AT THE COMING CHINESE NEW YEAR.

+IT HAS GRADUALLY BUILT UP ITS IMAGE AS A CHORUS REPRESENTING KOWLOON CITY THROUGH THESE PERFORMANCES,* SHE SAID.

AT THE MUSIC CAMP WHICH BEGAN TODAY, THERE ARE SINGING SESSIONS AND A WORKSHOP CONDUCTED BY AN INSTRUCTOR OF THE HONG KONG CHILDREN’S CHOIR, MR TONG SHIU-WAI, AS WELL AS GAMES AND FILM SHOWS FOR THE CHORUS MEMBERS AND THE STUDENTS.

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LAND RECLAMATION AT JUNK BAY * * *

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO CONSTRUCT A PORTION OF A SEAWALL AT JUNK BAY BY RECLAIMING ABOUT 0.93 HECTARE OF FORESHORE AND SEABED.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREA AFFECTED IS DESCRIBED IN A NOTICE PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

ANY OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL AND CLAIMS SHOULD REACH THE DIRECTOR OF LANDS WITHIN TWO MONTHS.

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

THE PLAN MAY ALSO BE SEEN AT THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, 5TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG (WHERE COPIES CAN BE PURCHASED ON ORDER) OR AT THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE, SAN PO KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 1ST FLOOR, SAN PO KONG, KOWLOON.

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NEW ROADS. FOR CHAI WAN

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the engineering development department proposes to construct

TWO NEW ROADS IN THE NORTHERN AREA OF CHAI WAN.

THE PROPOSED ROADS WILL PROVIDE ACCESS TO THE PAK CHAI WAN MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY STATION AND DEPOT AS WELL AS TO THE ADJACENT RESIDENTIAL, INSTITUTIONAL AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENTS.

THE PROJECT WILL ALSO INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A TRUNK SEWER AND ASSOCIATED DRAINAGE WORKS TO SERVE THE SAME AREA.

A NOTICE CONCERNING THE PROPOSAL IS PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

A PLAN SHOWING THE PROPOSED PROJECT CAN BE SEEN AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY; THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, HONG KONG NORTH, 12TH FLOOR, HARBOUR CENTRE, 25 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI, AND THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, 884-886 KING’S ROAD.

ANY OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL MUST REACH THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, MURRAY BUILDING, 2OTH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG BY OCTOBER 4, 1983.

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TRAFFIC BAN TO BE LIFTED * * *

BE LIFTED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, AUGUST 8, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

VIGOROUS GROWTH FOR AIR FREIGHT INDUSTRY ........................ 1

BOARD CANDIDATES TO HOLD FORUM .................................. 3

JAPANESE YOUTH GROUP VISIT +WELL WORTHWHILE* .................... 4

NEW WATER PIPELINE PLANNED FOR TAP MUN ISLAND.................... 5

TWO MORE PRIMARY SCHOOLS FOR HOUSING ESTATES .................... 5

SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX TO BE BUILT..............................   6

GOLD COIN FLATS READY FOR ELDERLY ............................... 6

MONTHLY SURVEY OF RETAIL SALES FOR MAY .......................... 8

NEW GOODS VEHICLES CHECKS START AGAIN ........................   11

ESTATE TO HAVE POST OFFICE..................................... 11

WATER FIGURES ..........................................  ..... 11

SAI YEE STREET SECTION CLOSED FOR MAINS WORK ................... 12

KWUN TONG WATER MAINS WORK...................................... 12

PROHIBITED ZONE AT SHAM SHUT PO FERRY PIER.....................  12

MONDAY, AUGUST 8, 1983

VIGOROUS GROWTH FOR AIR FREIGHT INDUSTRY

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WITH ITS EXTERNAL TRADE ON THE REBOUND, HONG KONG IS EXPERIENCING A BRISK UPSURGE IN ITS AIR FREIGHT INDUSTRY.

STATISTICS FOR THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR SHOW AN ENCOURAGING GROWTH PATTERN. IN ALL, 164 420 TONNES OF AIR FREIGHT PASSED THROUGH THE HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, UP MORE THAN 16 PER CENT OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF LAST YEAR.

♦THE AIR CARGO MOVEMENT IS A GOOD BAROMETER OF HONG KONG'S EXPORT PERFORMANCE, PARTICULARLY IN HIGH-VALUE, TIME-SENSITIVE. GOODS,♦ A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE MONTHLY VOLUME OF OUTGOING AIR CARGOES GREW VIGOROUSLY OVER THE CORRESPONDING MONTH OF 1982, SOARING FROM AN 11 PER CENT INCREASE IN JANUARY TO 39 PER CENT IN JUNE.

EXPORTS, IMPORTS AND TRANSHIPMENT GOODS COMBINE TO MAKE THE HONG KONG TERMINAL THE WORLD’S SECOND LARGEST IN THROUGHPUT, JUST BEHIND THE LUFTHANSA TERMINAL IN FRANKFURT.

AT PRESENT, HONG KONG RANKS 17TH AMONG THE EXPORTING NATIONS OF THE WORLD, INCLUDING THE OIL-EXPORTING COUNTRIES, AND ITS HUGE KWAI CHUNG SEA CONTAINER PORT RANKS THIRD AFTER NEW YORK AND ROTTERDAM.

THE UNITED STATES IS HONG KONG’S LARGEST MARKET FOR EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS BY AIR, WHILE JAPAN IS THE MAJOR SOURCE OF AIR-FREIGHTED IMPORTS. THE LARGEST CUSTOMER IN TRANSHIPMENT IS CHINA.

LAST YEAR, 306 000 TONNES OF GOODS, VALUED AT HK$6i BILLION, WERE CONSIGNED THROUGH THE TERMINAL.

YET, THE DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG’S AIR CARGO TRAFFIC HAS BEEN RELATIVELY RECENT.

ITS REAL GROWTH STARTED IN THE LATE 196O’S WHEN U.S. PLANES WERE FLYING SUPPLIES TO INDO-CHINA.

ON THEIR WAY BACK, THEY WERE CHARTERED BY HONG KONG MERCHANTS TO CARRY GOODS TO THE U.S. AT A CHEAP RATE.

♦WHEN THE WAR ENDED, COMMERCIAL AIRLINES MAINTAINED THE FLOW OF FREIGHT BY INTRODUCING THE ’CONTAINER RATE’ AND THE 'PALLET RATE' WHICH, THOUGH HIGHER THAN THE FORMER RATES, WERE ECONOMICAL AND GENERATED A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF CARGO,♦ THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT.

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TODAY, THE AIR FREIGHT INDUSTRY PLAYS A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN HONG KONG’S INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORT ACTIVITIES.

BY VOLUME, IT ACCOUNTS FOR A MERE 0.8 PER CENT OF THE TRADE, BUT BY VALUE IT TAKES UP 23 PER CENT — AND THERE IS EVERY INDICATION THAT THE TREND TOWARDS AIR FREIGHTING WILL INCREASE.

FOR INSTANCE, BECAUSE OF THE QUOTA LIMITATIONS AS WELL AS LOWER LABOUR COSTS IN SOME NEIGHBOURING ASIAN COUNTRIES, HONG KONG HAS BEEN PRODUCING MORE HIGH-VALUE GARMENTS AND OTHER TEXTILE ITEMS IN ORDER TO STAY AHEAD.

THESE GOODS ARE ALSO TIME-SENSITIVE AND COST-EFFECTIVE FOR SHIPMENT BY AIR. OTHER EXPORTS THAT MAKE UP A GOOD PROPORTION OF AIR CARGOES INCLUDE ELECTRONICS, TV GAMES, PHOTOGRAPHIC AND TELE-COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT.

BY ITS HIGH EFFICIENCY AND STRATEGIC POSITION, HONG KONG HAS ALSO SUCCEEDED IN CAPTURING A CONSIDERABLE VOLUME OF THE AIR TRANSHIPMENT BUSINESS.

LAST YEAR, THIS TRAFFIC ACCOUNTED FOR 15 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL FREIGHT VOLUME RECORDED AT THE AIRPORT.

BESIDES CHINA, HONG KONG’S OTHER CUSTOMERS IN TRANSHIPMENT INCLUDE SOUTH KOREA, JAPAN AND TAIWAN WHICH ALSO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF LOWER RATES OFFERED BY CHARTERED FLIGHTS HERE.

ALL AIR CARGOES PASSING THROUGH HONG KONG ARE HANDLED BY HONG KONG AIR CARGO TERMINALS LIMITED (HACTL), WHICH WAS ESTABLISHED AS THE SOLE OPERATOR IN 1976.

♦PREVIOUSLY, INDIVIDUAL AIRLINES OPERATED THEIR OWN TERMINALS AT THE AIRPORT AND THIS LED TO CONSIDERABLE CONFUSION. AS A SOLUTION, THE GOVERNMENT DECIDED TO CENTRALISE THE MANAGEMENT BY RUNNING A SINGLE FACILITY IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE PRIVATE ENTERPRISE,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THIS CENTRALISED OPERATION USING THE LATEST MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES OFFERS ONE MAJOR ADVANTAGEi AIRLINES USING IT CARRY NO ADDITIONAL OVERHEADS AND HAVE ONLY TO PAY THE RATES FOR USING THE TERMINAL.

THE PRESENT TERMINAL FEATURES MODERN EQUIPMENT OF THE HIGHEST INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS, AND IS CAPABLE OF SERVICING FOUR FREIGHTERS SIMULTANEOUSLY.

IN ANTICIPATION OF FURTHER GROWTH, CONSTRUCTION IS NOW UNDERWAY TO DOUBLE THE CAPACITY OF THE TERMINAL BUILDING TO AN ANNUAL THROUGHPUT OF 700 000 TONNES. WORK ON IT IS EXPECTED TO FINISH BY EARLY NEXT YEAR.

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+THE PRESENT ANNUAL CAPACITY OF 350 000 TONNES WILL BE EXHAUSTED BY THE END OF THE YEAR, AND THE NEW THROUGHPUT CAPACITY WILL BE ADEQUATE TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE NEXT DECADE,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

IN ADDITION, THE CARGO AIRCRAFT PARKING APRON WILL BE EXTENDED TO PROVIDE FOR MORE PARKING FACILITIES.

AT PRESENT, MORE THAN 150 AIR FREIGHT AGENTS OPERATE IN HONG KONG, THRIVING UNDER ITS FREE PORT POLICY WHICH ALLOWS FLEXIBLE RATES FOR COLLECTIVE TRANSPORT.

WHILE COMPETITION IS KEEN, HONG KONG’S STEADY MOVE-UP TOWARDS HIGH-QUALITY MARKETS SHOULD GENERATE MORE AIR TRANSPORT BUSINESS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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X X X X X X

FOUR CANDIDATES CONTESTING IN THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD BY-ELECTION WILL OUTLINE THEIR PLATFORMS AND DISCUSS DISTRICT MATTERS WITH PARTICIPANTS IN AN OPEN FORUM ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 10).

THE FORUM, ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, WILL BE HELD AT 8 PM AT THE DUKE OF WINDSOR SOCIAL SERVICE BUILDING, 15 HENNESSY ROAD, FIRST FLOOR, WAN CHAI.

THE FOUR CANDIDATES ARE MR CHUNG YEE-ON, MR CHAN PAK-CHEUNG, W SZETO CH IK AND MR KWONG HON-WAH. THEY WILL CONTEST ON AUGUST 17 THE SEAT IN THE WAN CHAI WEST CONSTITUENCY MADE VACANT FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF AN ELECTED MEMBER, MR NG SAI-YING.

ELECTORS AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE FORUM.

NOTE TO EDITORS*

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPEN FORUM AT 8 PM ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 10) AT THE DUKE OF WINDSOR SOCIAL SERVICE BUILDING, 15 HENNESSY ROAD, FIRST FLOOR, WAN CHAI.

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JAPANESE YOUTH GROUP VISIT +WELL WORTHWHILE+ * * * *

REPRESENTATIVES OF A VISITING JAPANESE YOUTH GROUP FROM NAGANO PREFECTURE WERE GIVEN A WARM WELCOME THIS (MONDAY) MORNING WHEN THEY PAID A COURTESY VISIT ON THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

IN A WELCOMING SPEECH, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ANSON CHAN, SAID THE VISIT OF 460 YOUNG WORKERS FROM THE NAGANO PREFECTURE WOULD STRENGTHEN THE SOCIAL AND CULTURAL TIES BETWEEN THE TWO PLACES AND HELP TO PROMOTE INTERNATIONAL UNDERSTANDING AND SOLIDARITY.

HONG KONG, SHE SAID, ALREADY HAD TRADING TIES WITH THE PREFECTURE THROUGH THE INVESTMENT OF SOME 22 FIRMS HERE.

+DESPITE OUR GEOGRAPHICAL SEPARATION, ETHNIC AND CULTURAL DIFFERENCES, I THINK YOUTHS EVERYWHERE SHARE THE SAME ASPIRATION OF STRIVING FOR A BETTER WORLD WHERE PEACE, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, GOOD HEALTH, SOCIAL PROGRESS AND PROSPERITY CAN PREVAIL,* SHE SAID.

♦THE VISIT OF THE ’CORAL PRINCESS’ BRINGING ITS MANY YOUNG AMBASSADORS FROM JAPAN TO HONG KONG HAS NOW BECOME AN ANNUAL EVENT AND SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO BY THE YOUTHS CF OUR TWO COMMUNITIES,* SHE ADDED.

MRS CHAN SAID THAT THE EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION AND EXPERIENCES IN YOUTH WORK BETWEEN THE VISITORS AND LOCAL YOUTH WORKERS WOULD BE +WELL WORTHWHILE*.

THE GROUP, ON THEIR TENTH VISIT TO HONG KONG SINCE 1974, ARRIVED HERE ON BOARD THE +CORAL PRINCESS* THIS MORNING AS PART OF THEIR STUDY TOUR, ORGANISED BY THE NAGANO PREFECTURAL GOVERNMENT.

AMONG THE VISITORS WERE THE PREFECTURE’S DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE AND LABOUR DEPARTMENT, MR I. YAMAGISHI, AND THE GROUP’S LEADER MR M. KURASHIMA.

THE NAGANO GROUP IS HOLDING A DINNER RECEPTION AT 6.30 PM TODAY ON BOARD THE +CORAL PRINCESS* FOR 140 STUDENTS STUDYING JAPANESE LANGUAGE AND OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE HERE. AMONG THE GUESTS WILL BE THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS EVELYN DOE, AND SENIOR OFFICERS OF THE DEPARTMENT.

THE SHIP WILL LEAVE HONG KONG TOMORROW NIGHT FOR SHANGHAI.

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NEW WATER PIPELINE PLANNED FOR TAP MUN ISLAND ******

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO LAY A SUBMARINE WATER PIPELINE CF ABOUT 650 METRES LONG FROM KAU LAU WAN TO TAP MUN ISLAND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE PIPELINE IS TO REPLACE AN EXISTING OLD PIPELINE TO PROVIDE FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO RESIDENTS OF THE ISLAND.

A NOTICE CONCERNING THE PROPOSAL IS PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

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

THE PLAN SHOWING THE AREA INVOLVED MAY ALSO BE INSPECTED AT THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, SURVEY DIVISION, 5TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG; DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, KOWLOON WEST, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 10TH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON; AND TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE, TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, TING KOK ROAD, TAI PO, NEW TERRITORIES.

ANY OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL MUST REACH THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS BY OCTOBER 4, 1983.

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TWO MORE PRIMARY SCHOOLS FOR HOUSING ESTATES * * *

THE HOUSING AUTHORITY’S BUILDING COMMITTEE HAS APPROVED TWO TENDERS WITH A TOTAL VALUE OF OVER $16 MILLION FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO MORE PRIMARY SCHOOLS AT TWO PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES.

THE TWO PRIMARY SCHOOLS ARE BOTH STANDARD 24-CLASSROOM TYPES.

+ONE OF THEM WILL BE BUILT AT CHOI YUEN ESTATE IN SHEK WU HUI AND THE OTHER ONE AT CHEUNG HONG ESTATE ON TSI NG Yl ISLAND,* AN AUTHORITY SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

+THEY WILL BRING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PRIMARY SCHOOLS AT CHOI YUEN TO TWO AND AT CHEUNG HONG TO THREE.

♦WORK ON BOTH SCHOOLS WILL START SHORTLY. THE SCHOOL AT CHOI YUEN WILL BE COMPLETED IN AUGUST 1984, AND THE ONE AT CHEUNG HONG IN OCTOBER NEXT YEAR,* THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX TO BE BUILT * * *

A NEW SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX WILL SOON BE BUILT AT LAI CHI KOK ROAD ADJACENT TO THE SHAM SHU I PO PARK.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT ARE BEING INVITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

THE PROJECT INVOLVES THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MAIN BUILDING AND EIGHT SWIMMING POOLS INCLUDING TWO LARGE MAIN POOLS, A DIVING POOL AND TRAINING, TEACHING AND CHILDREN’S POOLS.

FACILITIES SUCH AS A CAFE, SPECTATOR SEATS, CHANGING ROOMS AND TOILETS WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED.

WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL TAKE ABOUT 24 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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GOLD COIN FLATS READY FOR ELDERLY

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THANKS TO THE EAGERNESS OF HONG KONG COIN COLLECTORS, THE FIRST GROUP OF 100 OLD PEOPLE TO BENEFIT UNDER A TRIAL SCHEME TO PROVIDE SHELTER AND HOUSING FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE WILL BE MOVING INTO NEW FLATS IN SHAT IN FROM TOMORROW (TUESDAY). .

THE COST OF THE FLATS HAS BEEN MET FROM A TOTAL OF $35.2 MILLION EARMARKED FROM SURPLUS FUNDS OBTAINED FROM THE SALES OF THE VERY POPULAR GOLD COINS ISSUED BY THE GOVERNMENT EACH YEAR AND STAMPED WITH THE APPROPRIATE ANIMAL OF THE CHINESE ZODIAC.

SO FAR THE GOVERNMENT HAS ISSUED A SERIES OF EIGHT GOLD COINS TO COMMEMORATE THE 12 LUNAR YEARS WHICH FALL IN THE WESTERN CALENDAR YEARS 1976/87.

THE COINS WERE DESIGNED BY LADY HADDON-CAVE. THE LATEST COIN, MARKING THE YEAR OF THE PIG, WAS ISSUED ON DECEMBER 20, 1982.

THE PROJECT, KNOWN AS THE GOLD COIN SHELTERED HOUSING SCHEME FOR THE ELDERLY, WAS ANNOUNCED BY THE GOVERNOR IN HIS ADDRESS AT THE OPENING OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SESSION ON OCTOBER 6, LAST YEAR.

THE GOVERNOR NOTED THAT: +THERE IS IN OUR COMMUNITY A TRADITIONAL AND COMMENDABLE RESPECT FOR THE OLD; AND WE SHOULD NOT FORGET THAT HONG KONG TODAY OWES MUCH TO THEIR HARD WORK IN THE PAST DECADES. THEY DESERVE A DIGNIFIED OLD AGE.

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♦THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO PURCHASE FLATS IN PRIVATE HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS. THIS WILL BE A TRIAL SCHEME WHICH, IN THE FIRST INSTANCE, WILL PROVIDE SOME 700 PLACES ACCOMMODATED IN FLATS SUITABLE FOR FOUR TO SIX ELDERLY PERSONS LIVING TOGETHER IN A FAMILY ENVIRONMENT.*

IN THE FIRST PHASE OF THE SCHEME, THE GOVERNMENT HAS PURCHASED 80 FLATS IN THE SHA TIN CITY ONE COMPLEX. THE FLATS ARE FULLY FURNISHED, SUPPLIED WITH WATER, GAS AND ELECTRICITY, AND COME WITH A REFRIGERATOR, COOKING FACILITIES AND A TELEPHONE.

EACH APARTMENT HAS THREE BEDROOMS — ONE FOR A MARRIED COUPLE — AND TWO BEDROOMS TO ACCOMMODATE FOUR SINGLE PERSONS.

THE FIRST BATCH OF FLATS WILL ACCOMMODATE 470 PERSONS. MEANWHILE, THE GOVERNMENT IS LOOKING AT OTHER HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS TO PROVIDE MORE PLACES FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE IN THE TRIAL SCHEME.

THE GOLD COIN HOUSING SCHEME FOR THE ELDERLY IS INTENDED TO PROVIDE PLACES FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE WHO ARE UNABLE, FOR VARIOUS REASONS, TO LIVE WITH THEIR FAMILIES.

SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC FACTORS IN HONG KONG OFTEN MAKE IT DIFFICULT FOR OLD PEOPLE, WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF A FAMILY, TO AFFORD DECENT SELF-CONTAINED ACCOMMODATION. MANY OF THESE OLD PEOPLE ARE STILL IN GOOD PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH AND, WITH A MINIMUM OF SUPPORT, THEY ARE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS.

THROUGH THE SURPLUS FUNDS OBTAINED FROM THE SALES OF THE GOLD COINS, THE PROVISION OF SHELTERED HOUSING WILL ALLOW THESE PEOPLE TO FOREGO THE MORE INSTITUTIONAL FORMS OF RESIDENTIAL CARE.

THERE ARE CONDITIONS ATTACHED TO ENTRY. THE ELDERLY ACCEPTED FOR THE SCHEME SHOULD BE AGED 60, OR OVER, BUT PREFERABLY NOT OVER 70.

THEY SHOULD HAVE GENUINE HOUSING NEEDS AND HAVE INCOME NOT EXCEEDING THAT SET FOR OTHER APPLICANTS FOR PUBLIC HOUSING. THE OLD PEOPLE SHOULD BE WILLING TO ACCEPT FAMILY-STYLE LIVING, BE PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY HEALTHY AND CAPABLE OF LOOKING AFTER THEMSELVES.

A SOCIAL CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY IS TO BE BUILT WITHIN THE SHA TIN CITY ONE COMPLEX.

THE GOVERNMENT REGARDS THE GOLD COIN SHELTERED HOUSING FOR THE ELDERLY SCHEME AS A ONE-OFF PROJECT BUT THE RESULTS WILL BE CAREFULLY MONITORED. IF IT PROVES A SUCCESS THEN, AS THE GOVERNOR NOTED IN HIS SPEECH LAST YEARi +SUBJECT TO THE AVAILABILITY OF FURTHER FUNDS, THE SCHEME COULD BE EXPANDED BY THE ACQUISITION OF FURTHER PROPERTIES.♦

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MONTHLY SURVEY OF RETAIL SALES FOR MAY

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THE VALUE OF RETAIL SALES FOR THE RETAIL TRADE SECTOR IN MAY 1983 WAS ESTIMATED TO BE $4 643 MILLION, ACCORDING TO THE PROVISIONAL SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (MONDAY).

AT 137, THE OVERALL RETAIL SALES VALUE INDEX FOR MAY 1983 INCREASED BY 7 POINTS OR 5 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH APRIL 1983, AND BY 15 POINTS OR 12 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH MAY 1982.

THE OVERALL RETAIL SALES VOLUME INDEX FOR MAY 1983, AT 106, WAS 5 POINTS OR 5 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THAT FOR APRIL 1983, AND 4 POINTS OR 4 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THAT FOR MAY 1982.

COMPARED WITH APRIL 1983, RETAIL SALES OF CONSUMER DURABLES INCREASED BY 10 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS, FOLLOWED BY CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS, OTHER CONSUMER GOODS AND FUELS, WITH INCREASES OF 6 PER CENT, 6 PER CENT AND 5 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

RETAIL SALES OF FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO ROSE BY 1 PER CENT.

IN VOLUME TERMS, RETAIL SALES OF CONSUMER DURABLES RECORDED THE LARGEST INCREASE OF 7 PER CENT, FOLLOWED BY FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO, AND OTHER CONSUMER GOODS, EACH OF 5 PER CENT, AND FUELS, AND CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS, EACH OF 4 PER CENT.

COMPARED WITH MAY 1982, RETAIL SALES OF CONSUMER DURABLES INCREASED BY 11 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS OR 9 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS, AND THOSE OF FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO INCREASED BY 14 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS OR 7 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS.

WHILE RETAIL SALES OF FUELS, CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS, AND OTHER CONSUMER GOODS WENT UP BY 16 PER CENT, 8 PER CENT AND 11 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN VALUE TERMS, THEIR CORRESPONDING INCREASES IN VOLUME TERMS WERE 3 PER CENT, 2 PER CENT AND 1 PER CENT.

ANALYSED BY SELECTED TRADES, RETAIL SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES, HAVING BEEN STAGNANT FOR A LONG PERIOD, INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS WHEN COMPARED WITH APRIL 1983. SUPERMARKETS AND DEPARTMENT STORES ALSO SHOWED INCREASES IN BOTH THE VALUE AND VOLUME OF RETAIL SALES.

WHEN COMPARED WITH MAY 1982, SUPERMARKETS RECORDED INCREASES IN BOTH THE VALUE AND VOLUME OF SALES. WHILE DEPARTMENT STORES SHOWED AN INCREASE IN SALES VALUE, THERE WAS A MODERATE DECLINE IN SALES VOLUME. RETAIL SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES DROPPED IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS.

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TABLES 1 AND 2 PRESENT THE REVISED FIGURES FOR APRIL 1983

AND THE PROVISIONAL FIGURES FOR MAY 1983 OF TOTAL RETAIL SALES AND RETAIL SALES VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES BY MAJOR TRADE GROUPS AND SELECTED TRADES (WHICH FORM PART OF THE RELEVANT MAJOR TRADE GROUPS).

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY RETAIL SALES IN 1980 ARE TAKEN AS 100.

COMPARISON OF THE MAY RESULTS WITH THOSE OF THE PRECEDING MONTH AND OF THE CORRESPONDING MONTH IN 1982 ARE ALSO GIVEN.

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

TABLE 1 1 VALUE INDEXES OF RETAIL SALES FOR APRIL AND MAY 1983

(MONTHLY AVERAGE OF I960 - 100)

APRIL MAY MAY 1983 COMPARED WITH MAY 1983 COMPARED WITH

ITEM 1983 1983 APRIL 1983 MAY 1982

(REVISED FIGURES) (PROVISION- POINTS % AL FIGURES) POINTS %

TOTAL RETAIL SALES 4 411 4 643

(HK| MILLION)

RETAIL SALES VALUE

INDEXES I

(1) FOR ALL RETAIL TRADES 130 137 7 5 15 12

(ID BY MAJOR TRADE GROUPS FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO 145 146 1 1 18 14

FUELS 171 179 8 5 25 16

CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS 140 148 8 6 11 8

CONSUMER DURABLES 112 123 11 10 12 11

OTHER CONSUMER GOODS 124 131 7 6 13 11

(III) BY SELECTED TRADES J- •

SUPERMARKETS 194 206 12 6 37 22

MOTOR VEHICLES 44 57 13 30 -8 -12

DEPARTMENT STORES 109 117 8 7 8 7

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NOTES I +FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO+ INCLUDES THOSE SOLD AT SUPERMARKETS.

♦CONSUMER DURABLES+ INCLUDES MOTOR VEHICLES.

♦OTHER CONSUMER GOODS+ INCLUDES THOSE SOLD AT DEPARTMENT STORES.

TABLE 2 i VOLUME INDEXES OF RETAIL SALES FOR APRIL AND MAY 1983

(MONTHLY AVERAGE OF 1980 - 100)

ITEM APRIL 1983 (REVISED FIGURES) MAY 1983 MAY COMPARED WITH MAY 1983 COMPARED WITH MAY 1982

1983 (PROVISIONAL FIGURES) APRIL 1983

POI NTS %

POINTS %

RETAIL SALES VOLUME INDEXES i (1) FOR ALL RETAIL TRADES 101 106 5 5 4 4

(II) BY MAJOR TRADE GROUPS FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO 102 107 5 5 7 7

FUELS 119 124 5 4 4 3

CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS 106 110 4 4 2 2

CONSUMER DURABLES 98 105 7 7 9 9

OTHER CONSUMER GOODS 98 103 5 5 1 1

(III) BY SELECTED TRADES SUPERMARKETS 137 145 8 6 11 8

MOTOR VEHICLES 31 40 9 29 -8 -17

DEPARTMENT STORES 86 92 6 7 -2 -2

NOTES! ♦FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO* INCLUDES

THOSE SOLD AT SUPERMARKETS.

♦CONSUMER DURABLES+ INCLUDES MOTOR VEHICLES.

♦OTHER CONSUMER GOODS+ INCLUDES THOSE SOLD AT DEPARTMENT STORES.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 8, 1983

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NEW GOODS VEHICLES CHECKS START AGAIN * * *

FROM MONDAY (AUGUST 15), ALL NEW GOODS VEHICLES ^^L BE REQUIRED TO PASS A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT EXAMINATION BEFORE REGISTRATION. ‘ '

THIS PRACTICE CEASED IN JUNE 1982 BECAUSE OF A SHORTAGE OF VEHICLE EXAMINERS.

♦THE PROBLEM HAS NOW EASED,* SAID A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN.

♦APPOINTMENTS SHOULD BE MADE IN THE USUAL WAY'WITH THE KOWLOON BAY VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRE.♦

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NOTE TO EDITORSi

ESTATE TO HAVE POST OFFICE

X X X X X

A NEW POST OFFICE WILL BE OPENED TO THE PUBLIC AT NOON ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 11) IN UNITS S8 AND S9, ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF SK “Is HOUSE, SHEK HAI KOK ESTATE, TSUEH WAN, NEW TERRITORIES.

IT WILL BE THE 93RD POST OFFICE IN HONG KONG.

TO MARK THE OCCASION THERE WILL BE A SHORT OPENING CEREMONY at 11 am an THE SAME DAY. DR FRANK CHEUNG, A MEMBER Or Int TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING TOGETHER W^TH^THE ACTING POSTMASTER GENERAL, MR T.H. BARMA, AND THE DISTRICT OFFICER, TSUEN WAN, MR LUI KIN-FUN.

EDITORS ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPRESENTATIVE TO THE OPENING CEREMONY.

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WATER FIGURES XXX

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 87.7 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 506.447 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 407.850 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 70.6 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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SAI YEE STREET SECTION CLOSED FOR MAINS WORK

* * *

THE SECTION OF SAI YEE STREET BETWEEN PLAYING FIELD ROAD AND BOUNDARY STREET HAS BEEN CLOSED TO TRAFFIC TO FACILITATE URGENT WATER MAINS REPAIR WORK. 7

DURING THE CLOSURE, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO LAST FOR ABOUT A WEEK, TRAFFIC ON PLAYING FIELD ROAD BETWEEN SAI YEE STREET AND FA YUEN STREET, HAS BEEN REROUTED FROM TWO-WAY TO ONE-WAY EASTBOUND.

ALL TRAFFIC, INCLUDING MAXICAB ROUTES NO. 4 AND NO. 21K ON SAI YEE STREET NORTHBOUND FOR BOUNDARY STREET, HAS BEEN DIVERTED TO SAI YEE STREET, PLAYING FIELD ROAD AND TUNG CHOI STREET.

KMB ROUTES NO. 2C (ON JOURNEYS TO TAI HANG TUNG) AND NO. 104 (ON JOURNEYS TO PAK TIN) HAVE BEEN DIVERTED TO OPERATE VIA SAI YEE STREET NORTHBOUND, PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WESTBOUND, TUNG CHOI STREET NORTHBOUND AND BOUNDARY STREET EASTBOUND.

A TEMPORARY BUS STOP FOR TWO DIVERTED BUS SERVICES HAS BEEN PROVIDED IN TUNG CHOI STREET OUTSIDE THE MONG KOK POLICE STATION.

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KWUN TONG WATER MAINS WORK * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN KWUN TONG WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 11) TO FACILITATE LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AREA TO BE AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY PING TIN STREET AND ON TIN STREET INCLUDING BLOCKS 15 TO 24 LAM TIN ESTATE, LAM TIN FIRST AND SECOND VILLAGES AND LAM TIN THIRD AND FOURTH VILLAGES.

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PROHIBITED ZONE AT SHAM SHU I PO FERRY PIER

* * *

FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 10), THE SHAM SHU I PO FERRY PIER PLB TERMINUS WILL BE DESIGNATED AS A PROHIBITED ZONE.

ALL MOTOR VEHICLES EXCEPT PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES, OMNIBUSES AND THOSE VEHICLES AUTHORISED IN WRITING BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE ZONE.

WITHIN THE PROHIBITED ZONE, ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES AND OMNIBUSES EXCEPT THOSE AUTHORISED IN WRITING BY THE AUTHORITY, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING ITS WESTERN-MOST DEPARTURE BAY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 198?

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MORE JOB VACANCIES IN MANUFACTURING SECTOR ..................... 1

TAC GROUPS REPORT ON CMB PERFORMANCE ........................... 2

LEGCO TO RESUME DEBATE ON 11 BILLS ..........................

BALLOT TO BE HELD FOR LAND-VALUE-FREE FLATS .................

APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR EVENING PART-TIME COURSES ............. 5

SAI KUNG PICTORIAL PUBLISHED ................................... 6

BOARD TO HEAR ABOUT HOUSING POLICIES ........................... 6

CANOE-POLO: NEW SPORT FOR YOUTHS ............................... 7

WINNERS OF WATER SPORTS SAFETY QUIZ ANNOUNCED .................. 7

BUS DIVERSION IN SHAM SHUI PO .................................. 8

CENTRE TESTS PRIVATE CARS ONLY ................................. 9

MEET THE MEDIA ................................................. 9

WATER TAPS OFF IN STANLEY ...................................... 9

TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 1983

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MORE JOB VACANCIES IN MANUFACTURING SECTOR

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THERE HAS BEEN A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF VACANCIES IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR AS A RESULT OF THE RECOVERY OF HONGKONG’S EXPORT SECTOR AND MORE EMPLOYEES ARE NOW WORKING LONGER HOURS.

THIS WAS STATED TODAY (TUESDAY) BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE.

SPEAKING AT THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES, SIR JOHN POINTED OUT THAT IN THE THREE MONTHS ENDING MAY, THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WAS FIVE PER CENT AND THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE WAS 2.2 PER CENT, BOTH BELOW THEIR PEAKS RECORDED EARLIER IN THE YEAR.

+MOREOVER, THERE ARE CLEAR INDICATIONS, WHICH MAY SOON BE CONFIRMED BY STATISTICS, THAT THESE FALLS HAVE CONTINUED,+ HE SAID.

LOOKING AHEAD, SIR JOHN SAID THERE WERE SIGNS THAT HONGKONG’S DOMESTIC EXPORT PERFORMANCE WOULD REMAIN STRONG IN THE COMING MONTHS.

+FIRST, MANY MANUFACTURERS ARE REPORTING A CONTINUED IMPROVEMENT IN THEIR ORDER BOOK POSITIONS. SECOND, THE GROWTH RATE IN REAL TERMS OF.RETAINED IMPORTS OF RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES PICKED UP RAPIDLY IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF THIS YEAR.

+1 THUS EXPECT MANUFACTURING ACTIVITY TO INCREASE FURTHER AS THESE RETAINED IMPORTS ARE PROCESSED INTO FINISHED GOODS FOR EXPORT,* HE SAID.

SIR JOHN DESCRIBED THE ECONOMY AT PRESENT AS BEING IN THE FOOTHILLS OF AN EXPORT-LED RECOVERY.

+ IT IS TOO SOON FOR TOTAL OPTIMISM, FOR THERE REMAIN HEAVY CLOUDS - NOT LEAST OVER THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY SCENE - BUT EVEN A CONSERVATIVE MAN WILL ACCEPT THAT THE SKY IS BRIGHTER,* HE SAID.

HONG KONG’S DOMESTIC EXPORT GROWTH HAS GATHERED MOMENTUM SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR, IMPROVING BY 14 PER CENT IN MONEY TERMS, OR ABOUT NINE PER CENT IN REAL TERMS, IN THE FIRSTSIX MONTHS AGAINST THE SAME PERIOD OF LAST YEAR.

+MORE SIGNIFICANTLY, ALTHOUGH THE YEAR ON YEAR GROWTH RATE IN REAL TERMS WAS ONLY THREE PER CENT IN THE FIRST QUARTER, IT WAS ABOUT 14 PER CENT IN THE SECOND.

+IN PARTICULAR, DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE UNITED STATES, BY FAR OUR LARGEST MARKET, GREW BY 25 PER CENT IN MONEY TERMS, OR ABOUT 16 PER CENT IN REAL TERMS, IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR,* HE SAID.

/SIR JOHN .......

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SIR JOHN NOTED THAT ONCE AGAIN, HONG KONG’S HIGHLY FLEXIBLE AND WELL-MOTIVATED INDUSTRIALISTS TOGETHER WITH THE EXCELLENT LABOUR FORCE HAD DEMONSTRATED THEIR ABILITY TO RESPOND QUICKLY TO A REVIVAL IN EXTERNAL MARKET DEMAND.

+AND, DARE I SAY, GOVERNMENT POLICIES HAVE BEEN VINDICATED. THEY HAVE OF COURSE REMAINED STEADY, CONSISTENT AND PREDICTABLE,+ HE SAID.

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TAC GROUPS REPORT *

ON CMB PERFORMANCE * *

THIS YEAR TO BUS COMPANY SINCE THE

THE WORKING GROUPS WHICH WERE RECONVENED EARLIER TAKE A FURTHER LOOK AT THE PERFORMANCE OF CHINA MOTOR HAVE REPORTED CONSIDERABLE IMPROVEMENTS IN SOME AREAS REVIEW IN 1982 BUT THAT SHORTCOMINGS REMAIN IN OTHER AREAS.

THE FOUR BUS OPERATION REVIEW SUB-GROUPS - ON THE ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (RDP), MAINTENANCE, DEPOT REQUIREMENTS, AND SPARE PARTS - WERE RECONVENED IN MARCH THIS YEAR ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO EXAMINE PROGRESS MADE BY CMB IN MEETING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE 1982 REVIEW.

IN A REPORT TO THE TAC TODAY, THE RDP SUB-GROUP FOUND THAT THE COMPANY WAS NOW ABLE TO MOBILISE SUFFICIENT BUSES TO MEET THE SCHEDULES OF SERVICE. BY THE END OF JUNE THIS YEAR, THE COMPANY WAS ABLE TO ALLOCATE A SCHEDULED NUMBER OF 759 BUSES EACH DAY, WHICH WAS ONLY NINE SHORT OF THE RDP REQUIREMENT, DUE LARGELY TO DEFERRED INTRODUCTION OF SERVICE IN AREAS WHERE POPULATION BUILD-UP HAD BEEN SLOWER THAN EXPECTED.

THE SUB-GROUP ALSO NOTED THAT THE COMPANY HAD TAKEN UP THE SUGGESTION THAT IT SHOULD ECONOMISE BY EMPLOYING MORE HIGH CAPACITY BUSES. AT THE END OF MAY THIS YEAR, 22 THREE-AXLE BUSES WERE IN SERVICE, EACH CAPABLE OF ACCOMMODATING 170 PASSENGERS. ELEVEN MORE OF THESE WERE BEING CONSTRUCTED AND 15 MORE WOULD BE ORDERED.

THE SUB-GROUP FURTHER REPORTED THAT A START HAD BEEN MADE BY THE COMPANY IN DEVELOPING A MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM, IN PARTICULAR A SYSTEM OF ROUTE COSTING FOR MONITORING AND PLANNING PURPOSES.

IT RECOMMENDED THAT THE COMPANY SHOULD CONTINUE THESE EFFORTS AND THAT IT SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO CONSIDER INSTALLING A COMPUTER SYSTEM TO HELP COMPILE AND OBTAIN MANAGEMENT AND OPERATIONAL DATA.

/THE MAINTENANCE .......

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THE MAINTENANCE SUB-GROUP OBSERVED THAT WHILE CERTAIN CHANGES AND IMPROVEMENTS HAD BEEN MADE, CMB STILL FELL SHORT TO SOME EXTENT, ESPECIALLY IN THE PROVISION OF WORKSHOP EQUIPMENT AND THE INTRODUCTION OF CONTROL SYSTEMS AND PROCEDURES.

THE SUB-GROUP RECOGNISED THAT A MAJOR CONSTRAINT ON THE IMPROVEMENT OF MAINTENANCE FACILITIES WAS THE LACK OF ADEQUATE MAINTENANCE SPACE IN DEPOTS. THIS SHORTAGE WAS EXPECTED TO BE ALLEVIATED WITH THE REDEVELOPMENT OF THE COMPANY’S WONG CHUK HANG DEPOT, DUE FOR COMPLETION IN 1985/86, AND THE PROVISION OF A TEMPORARY DEPOT ON THE WESTERN RECLAMATION.

WITH THE FACILITIES OF THE TEMPORARY DEPOT ON THE WESTERN RECLAMATION, BUSES WOULD BE ABLE TO PARK OVERNIGHT IN BUS TERMINI IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICTS, AND WOULD NOT HAVE TO RETURN TO NORTH POINT OR CHAI WAN FOR COIN BOX CHANGING, REFUELLING, PARKING AND MINOR MAINTENANCE.

THE DEPOT REQUIREMENTS SUB-GROUP ALSO NOTED THAT THE NUMBER OF BUSES PARKED OVERNIGHT ON STREET AT CHAI WAN HAD BEEN REDUCED BY 25 PER CENT AND WOULD BE FURTHER REDUCED WITH THE SCRAPPING OF OLD BUSES NOW OCCUPYING SPACE IN A TEMPORARY DEPOT IN THE DISTRICT.

THE SPARE PARTS SUB-GROUP REPORTED TO TAC MEMBERS THAT CMB HAD IMPROVED ITS PURCHASING PROCEDURES BUT THAT THERE HAD NOT BEEN ANY CHANGES IN PROCEDURES FOR STOREHOUSE OPERATIONS AND FOR TRANSFERRING STOCKS BETWEEN DEPOTS, AND FOR THE RETURN OF SURPLUS AND UNSUITABLE MATERIAL FROM WORKSHOPS.

THE SUB-GROUP STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT WRITTEN POLICIES AND PROCEDURES SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED IN ALL AREAS OF THE COMPANY’S STORES FUNCTION.

THE FINDINGS OF THE SUB-GROUPS WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL.

IN THEIR MEETING TODAY, TAC MEMBERS ALSO CONSIDERED A REPORT ON THE CONTRACT HIRE CAR SCHEME FOR THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR.

THEY NOTED THAT +PAK PAI+ OPERATIONS HAD REMAINED AT A LOW LEVEL GENERALLY, ALTHOUGH OPERATORS WERE STILL RELATIVELY ACTIVE IN THE FRONTIER AND YUEN LONG DISTRICTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES. THE COMMITTEE WAS INFORMED THAT THE POLICE WOULD CONTINUE TO ENFORCE THE RELEVANT LAWS IN THESE AREAS.

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LEGCO TO RESUME DEBATE ON 11 BILLS * * * *

DEBATE WILL RESUME ON 11 BILLS TOMORROW, AT THE FINAL SITTING OF THE 1982-83 SESSION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THE BILLS ARE THEN EXPECTED TO GO THROUGH THEIR COMMITTEE STAGE AND FINAL READINGS.

THEY AREi SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION (1982-83) BILL 1983, CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1983, CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (PRELIMINARY PROCEEDINGS ON AN INDICTABLE OFFENCE) BILL 1983, SUPREME COURT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, HONG KONG BAPTIST COLLEGE BILL 1983, HEUNG YEE KUK (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, SMOKING (PUBLIC HEALTH) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENTS BILL 1983. POLICE FORCE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, POLICE SUPERVISION (REPEAL) BILL 1983.

THREE OTHER BILLS ARE SCHEDULED FOR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS, PRIOR TO ADJOURNMENT OF DEBATE TO OCTOBER 12. THEY ARE J THE DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, BANKING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, AND PAWNBROKERS BILL 1983.

IN ADDITION, A MOTION IS TO BE RAISED TO AMEND PART V OF THE SCHEDULE TO THE TELEPHONE ORDINANCE WITH THE ADDITION OF AN ITEM 18, LAYING DOWN A CHARGE FOR VISITS BY TELEPHONE COMPANY TECHNICIANS IN CASES WHERE THE LINE FAULT REPORTED IS FOUND TO TERMINATE ON EQUIPMENT NOT SUPPLIED BY THE COMPANY.

SUCH INSTANCES ARE EXPECTED TO ARISE VERY SELDOM, AND WILL INVOLVE PABX AND OTHER SYSTEMS NOT USUALLY USED BY DOMESTIC SUBSCRIBERS.

OTHER BUSINESS WILL INCLUDE 13 QUESTIONS TO BE ASKED BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS, DEALING WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF MATTERS.

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BALLOT TO BE HELD FOR LAND-VALUE-FREE FLATS H * *

THE HOUSING AUTHORITY WILL HOLD A BALLOT ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 12) TO DECIDE THE SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS FOR 4 925 LAND-VALUE-FREE FLATS BEING SOLD UNDER PHASE VA OF THE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AUTHORITY SAID TODAY THAT OF THE 20 968 APPLICATIONS REGISTERED, 16 543 WERE MADE BY WHITE-FORM PRIVATE SECTOR APPLICANTS AND 4 425 BY GREEN-FORM APPLICANTS WHO WERE HOUSING AUTHORITY OR HOUSING SOCIETY TENANTS.

+ANY APPLICANT WHO STILL HAS NOT RECEIVED A RECEIPT SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CONTACT THE HOME OWNERSHIP CENTRE ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE 01 MAN COMMERCIAL COMPLEX (TEL. NO. 3-7119147),+ HE ADDED.

/MR CHARLES

TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 198?

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MR CHARLES C.C. SIN, CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY’S HOME OWNERSHIP COMMITTEE, IS TO OFFICIATE AT THE BALLOT, AT THE HOME OWNERSHIP CENTRE AT 11 AM ON FRIDAY, IN THE PRESENCE OF AN I.C.A.C. REPRESENTATIVE.

+A COMPUTER WILL BE USED TO DECIDE SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS’ PRIORITY IN THE SELECTION OF FLATS WHICH WILL BE DIVIDED EQUALLY BETWEEN WHITE-FORM AND GREEN-FORM APPLICANTS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE 4 925 FLATS TO BE SOLD UNDER THE CURRENT SALES EXERCISE ARE LOCATED AT SIU SHAN COURT IN TUEN MUN, KING TIN COURT IN SHA TIN, LOK NGA COURT IN NGAU TAU KOK AND YEE KOK COURT IN SHAM SHU I PO, WITH PRICES RANGING FROM 5147 700 TO $318 800 AND GROSS AREAS BETWEEN 48.3 SQUARE METRES AND 62.2 SQUARE METRES.

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APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR EVENING PART-TIME COURSES *****

THE FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES MANAGED BY THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL ARE INVITING APPLICATIONS AGAIN FOR 31 PART-TIME EVENING COURSES DUE TO START IN SEPTEMBER.

A TOTAL OF 92 PART-TIME EVENING COURSES WILL BE OFFERED BY THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES IN THE 1983-84 ACADEMIC YEAR, AND 61 OF THEM WERE FILLED IN MAY WHEN THEY WERE FIRST ANNOUNCED.

+COURSES IN THE DEPARTMENTS OF PRINTING, HOTEL-KEEPING AND TOURISM STUDIES, DESIGN AS WELL AS GENERAL STUDIES ARE FULLY SUBSCRIBED,* A COUNCIL SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

*THERE ARE A SMALL NUMBER OF VACANCIES LEFT FOR THE REMAINING 31 COURSES FROM THE OTHER EIGHT DEPARTMENTS,* HE ADDED.

DETAILS OF THESE COURSES WILL BE ADVERTISED IN TOMORROW’S NEWSPAPERS.

APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES — MORRISON HILL, KWUN TONG, HAKING WONG, KWAI CHUNG AND LEE WAI LEE — AND SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE CONCERNED BY AUGUST 19.

THOSE WHO APPLIED IN MAY, INCLUDING THOSE WHO SAT FOR THE LATEST HKCEE, NEED NOT RE-APPLY, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THESE EVENING COURSES ARE SET MAINLY AT CRAFT AND TECHNICIAN LEVELS, PROVIDING COMPLEMENTARY TECHNICAL EDUCATION TO PEOPLE WORKING IN THE INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL AND SERVICING SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY.

ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS ARE COMPLETION OF FORM THREE FOR CRAFT COURSES AND OF FORM FIVE FOR TECHNICIAN COURSES.

THE EVENING CLASSES ARE CONDUCTED AT THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AND A NUMBER OF OUTLYING CENTRES IN SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 1983

SAI KUNG PICTORIAL PUBLISHED * * *

THE SA! KUNG PICTORIAL, AN 80-PAGE PUBLICATION WITH EXTENSIVE PICTORIAL COVERAGE AND INFORMATIVE DESCRIPTION OF THE NEW TOWN, HAS JUST BEEN PUBLISHED BY THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD.

THIS IS THE FIRST COMPREHENSIVE PUBLICATION OF ITS KIND SPONSORED AND COMPILED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD TO GIVE RESIDENTS AN IN-DEPTH LOOK INTO THE DISTRICT’S HISTORICAL LANDMARKS AND FAMOUS PICNIC SPOTS, THE LIVELIHOOD OF THE VILLAGERS IN THE EARLY DAYS, PRIVATE AND GOVERNMENT ORGANISATIONS, RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES, AND GOVERNMENT SERVICES.

IN THE FOREWORD, THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR CHAN SUI-JEUNG, SAID THAT THE PUBLICATION WOULD ENABLE THE PUBLIC TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DISTRICT’S HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENTS.

+SAI KUNG WAS ONCE AN OLD AND SPARSELY POPULATED FISHING VILLAGE. THE GOVERNMENT HAS UNDERTAKEN MANY DEVELOPMENTS HERE, INCLUDING THE HIGH ISLAND WATER SCHEME, THE MACLEHOSE TRAIL AND COUNTRY PARKS.

♦ IT IS A DISTRICT OF NATURAL BEAUTY AND AN IDEAL PLACE FOR RESIDENCE AND EXCURSION,* HE SAID.

MR CHAN ALSO PAID TRIBUTE TO MEMBERS OF LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS IN THE DISTRICT WHO HAD HELPED IN COMPILING THE PICTORIAL WHICH IS PRINTED IN CHINESE.

THE DISTRICT BOARD HAS SPENT $50 000 TO PRINT 2 000 COPIES FOR FREE DISTRIBUTION TO LOCAL ORGANISATIONS.

BOARD TO HEAR ABOUT HOUSING POLICIES * * * *

NORTH DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL BE BRIEFED ON PUBLIC HOUSING POLICIES BY SIX REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT AT A SPECIAL MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

AT THE MEETING, BOARD MEMBERS WILL ALSO CHANNEL VIEWS OF THE RESIDENTS ON PUBLIC HOUSING POLICIES, WHICH THEY COLLECTED THROUGH THE MEET-THE-PUBLIC SESSIONS, TO THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT REPRESENTATIVES.

THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT 2.30 PM IN THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE’S FANLING SUB-OFFICE IN JOCKEY CLUB ROAD. FANLING. A GOVERNMENT VAN WILL LEAVE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT 1.15 PM TAKING PRESS MEMBERS TO FANLING.

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CANOE-POLOs NEW SPORT FOR YOUTHS * * *

YOUNGSTERS WISHING TO MAKE THE BEST OF THEIR SUMMER HOLIDAYS ARE BEING GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN A NEW SPORT — CANOE-POLO.

A FREE CANOE-POLO TRAINING COURSE, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG CANOE UNION AND THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, WILL BE OFFERED TO KWAI CHUNG RESIDENTS WHO ARE 16 YEARS OF AGE AND ABOVE.

IT WILL BE HELD ON EIGHT SATURDAYS, BEGINNING ON AUGUST 13, AT THE KWAI SHING PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL BETWEEN 6.45 PM AND 7.45 PM, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID.

ENTRIES ARE NOW BEING INVITED. HOLDERS OF THE TWO-STAR AWARD OR ELEMENTARY CERTIFICATE ISSUED BY THE HONG KONG CANOE UNION MAY APPLY FOR ENROLMENT TO THE TRAINING COURSE.

APPLICATION FORMS MAY BE COLLECTED AT THE OFFICES OF THE KWAI SHING PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL AND THE OSMAN RAMJU SADICK MEMORIAL GAMES HALL AT KWAI FONG STREET, KWAI CHUNG.

ENROLMENT WILL BE ACCEPTED ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

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WINNERS OF WATER SPORTS SAFETY QUIZ ANNOUNCED * X *

THE RESULTS OF A WATER SPORTS SAFETY QUIZ COMPETITION WERE ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY).

THE COMPETITION WAS ORGANISED BY THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT IN SUPPORT OF THE TWO-DAY WATER SPORTS SAFETY EXHIBITION HELD AT QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL LAST WEEKEND.

+THE PURPOSE OF THE COMPETITION IS TO AROUSE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF SAFETY IN WATER SPORTS AND TO TEST THEIR KNOWLEDGE IN THE SAFETY RULES,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COUNCIL SAID.

QUIZ FORMS WERE DISTRIBUTED IN ADVANCE THROUGH ALL RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE OFFICES AND AT THE EXHIBITION.

PARTICIPANTS WERE ASKED TO ANSWER SIX SIMPLE MULTIPLE-CHOICE QUESTIONS RELATED TO WATER SPORTS SAFETY. COMPLETED FORMS WERE PUT INTO A BOX AT THE EXHIBITION SITE.

THE COMPETITION ATTRACTED THOUSANDS OF ENTRIES, OUT OF WHICH FIVE WINNERS WERE SELECTED, WITH EACH RECEIVING A SET OF SPORTSWEAR VALUED FROM $100 TO $500, AS A PRIZE.

THE FIRST FIVE PRIZES WENT TO CHENG KAN TONG, AU WING ON, H.C. TSANG, KWAN HUNG HING AND CHEUNG KWOK MUN.

IN ADDITION, 100 CONSOLATION PRIZES WERE GIVEN OUT. THE RECIPIENTS WILL BE NOTIFIED INDIVIDUALLY BY POST BEFORE AUGUST 19, 1983.

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BUS DIVERSION IN SHAM SHU I PO * * * *

FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 11), THE FOLLOWING BUS DIVERSION AND BUS STOPS RELOCATION WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN WONG CHUK STREET, SHAM SHU I PO TO FACILITATE ROAD RECONSTRUCTION WORK AT THE JUNCTION OF WONG CHUK STREET AND YU CHAU STREET FOR ABOUT THREE WEEKS:

BUS DIVERSION

ROUTE NO.

DIRECTION

EXISTING ROUTINGS

DIVERTED ROUTINGS

2 NORTH-BOUND, ON JOURNEYS TO SO UK BUS TERMINUS VIA WONG CHUK STREET, YU CHAU STREET, YEN CHOW STREET AND CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD VIA WONG CHUK STREET, AND CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD TO RESUME NORMAL ROUTING

12B NORTH-BOUND, ON JOURNEYS TO LAI CHI KOK (BRIDGE) - DITTO - - DITTO -

37 NORTH-BOUND, ON JOURNEYS TO KWAI SHING (CENTRAL) - DITTO - - DITTO -

BUS STOPS RELOCATION

A) BUS STOPS TO BE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED:

LOCATION

ROUTES OBSERVED

YU CHAU STREET OUTSIDE HOUSE NO. 135 37

YU CHAU STREET OUTSIDE HOUSE NO. 139 12B

YU CHAU STREET OUTSIDE HOUSE NO. 163/165 2

YU CHAU STREET OUTSIDE HOUSE NO. 207/209 37

YU CHAU STREET OUTSIDE HOUSE NO. 251 YU CHAU STREET 12B

OUTSIDE HOUSE NO. 257 2

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B) BUS STOPS TO BE TEMPORARILY REPROVISIONED:

LOCATION

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FROM MONDAY (AUGUST 15), THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S DRIVING TEST CENTRE AT GOOD SHEPHERD STREET, HO MAN TIN, WILL ONLY GIVIE STS FOR PRIVATE CARS.

ALL GOODS VEHICLE TESTS WILL BE CONDUCTED AT THE TSUEN WAN DRIVING TEST CENTRE.

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THE DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES, MR ROY KILVERT WILL HOLD A +MEET THE MEDIA* SESSION IN THE GIS THEATRE. BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, FIFTH FLOOR, AT 4 PM ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 11).

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO ATTEND.

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO STANLEY WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 12) FOR A LEAKAGE TEST.

AS THE TEST INVOLVES MAJOR SUPPLY PIPES, MOST PREMISES IN STANLEY WILL BE AFFECTED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 198?

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING DTC, BANK BILLS BENEFIT ALL - BRIMRIDGE........................ 1

POLICE FORCE (AMENDMENT) BILL PASSED ......................... 3

YOUTHS OFFERED WIDE RANGE OF FACILITIES ...................... 6

MASSAGE PLACES BILL SUPPORTED ................................ 8

UNOFFICIALS SUPPORT BAPTIST COLLEGE BILL .................... 11

CRITERIA FOR TRANSLATING LAWS INTO CHINESE................... 12

PARENTS FREE TO CHOOSE: HAYE ................................ 13

ACCESS FOR DISABLED TO BUILDINGS STUDIED.................... I2*

SHARP WATCH FOR DOGS IN KOWLOON PARK ...................... 12*-

CHARGE ON PABX USERS EXPLAINED .............................. 15

NEW BILL MAKES PAWNBROKING EASIER ........................... 16

BIRTHS INCREASE VIETNAMESE REFUGEE POPULATION ............... 16

EFFORT MADE TO IMPROVE SECURITY ............................. 17

BILL TO ENABLE KUK TO DISCHARGE DUTIES ...................... 18

NO AIDS REPORTED IN HONG KONG ............................... 19

WATCHMEN'S PARTICULARS CHECKED BY POLICE .................... 19

POLICY ON HOODING OF SUSPECTS EXPLAINED ..................... 19

/EFFORTS CONSTANTLY

EFFORTS CONSTANTLY MADE TO IMPROVE ACCIDENT SERVICES ....... 20

POLICY IS TO ASSIST SPORTS BODIES WITH FUNDS ..............  21

ELEVEN BILLS PASSED.......................................   22

UNOFFICIALS PRAISED FOR LEGCO WORK ......................... 22

FREE MEDICAL CHECK-UP FOR OFFICE WORKERS ..................... 24

HONG KONG NOW +FERTILE LAND FOR ARTISTS+ ...................   24

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KOWLOON AND NT ................... 25

RCD MOVING TO HARBOUR CENTRE...............................    26

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DTC, BANK BILLS BENEFIT ALL - BREMRIDGE * * * * *

TWO BILLS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY WOULD PROVIDE IMPROVED LEGISLATIVE FRAMEWORK FOR DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES AND BANKS, TO THE INTERESTS OF DEPOSITORS AND THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, SAID.

THE BILLS ARE THE DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983 AND THE BANKING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983.

ON MOVING THE SECOND READINGS OF THE BILLS, SIR JOHN SAID, ♦NO DOUBT AS THE YEARS GO BY WE SHALL FIND OTHER AREAS THAT REQUIRE IMPROVEMENT.♦

A CAREFUL REVIEW OF THE DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ORDINANCE AND THE BANKING ORDINANCE HAD BEEN CARRIED OUT, AND PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THEM WERE CONTAINED IN THE BILLS, SIR JOHN POINTED OUT.

THESE AMENDMENTS INCLUDE SOME PROPOSALS WHICH ARISE PRINCIPALLY FROM EXPERIENCES AROUND THE TURN OF THIS YEAR, WHEN A SMALL NUMBER OF DTC’S FAILED.

♦LET ME ADD EN PASSANT THAT DESPITE ALARMIST AND OFTEN IRRESPONSIBLE CRITICISM THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE THREE-TIERED BANKING SYSTEM HAS NOW BEEN COMPLETED AS PLANNED WITH LITTLE BANKING ARRANGEMENTS ARE SOUNDER AS A RESULT,+

TROUBLE. OUR HE SAID.

SIR JOHN THEN EXPLAINED THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE DTC ORDINANCE WHERE +THE NEED FOR ACTION WAS MOST CLEARLY IDENTIFIED*.

THE BILL PROVIDES FOR THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY TO SUSPEND A LICENCE IN THE SAME WAY AS THE COMMISSIONER OF DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES MAY ALREADY SUSPEND A REGISTRATION.

♦I PROPOSE MOREOVER THAT ALL THE CIRCUMSTANCES WHICH ARE GROUNDS FOR REVOCATION SHOULD ALSO BE GROUNDS FOR SUSPENSION, WHETHER OF A REGISTRATION OR A LICENCE,+ HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THIS SHOULD AVOID A REPETITION OF AN AWKWARD SITUATION WHICH AROSE AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR, WHEN THE COMMISSIONER FOUND THAT HE COULD NOT SUSPEND A REGISTRATION DURING THE STATUTORY NOTICE PERIOD BEFORE REVOKING IT.

THE BILL ALSO AIMS TO CLARIFY AND TIGHTEN SOME OF THE RESTRICTIONS ON LENDING BY A DTC TO SINGLE CUSTOMERS OR GROUPINGS AND, PARTICULARLY IN THE CASE OF A REGISTERED DTC, TO DIRECTORS, THEIR RELATIVES AND CONNECTED ENTITIES.

IT CONTAINS A NEW PROVISION, GIVING THE COMMISSIONER DISCRETIONARY POWER TO LIMIT PLACEMENTS BY EITHER CATEGORY OF DTC’S WITH FOREIGN BANKS.

UNDER THE BILL, AN ENTIRELY NEW SECTION OF THE ORDINANCE IS PROPOSED, WHEREBY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY MAY APPOINT AN INSPECTOR TO INVESTIGATE THE AFFAIRS OF A DTC, OR A FORMER DTC AND ITS DIRECTLY ASSOCIATED COMPANIES.

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IT WILL BE THE DUTY OF ANYONE WHO POSSESSES RELEVANT INFORMATION, TO COOPERATE WITH THE INVESTIGATION.

♦THE SCOPE OF SUCH AN INVESTIGATION IS THUS CONSIDERABLY WIDER THAN THAT OF ANY EXAMINATION WHICH THE COMMISSIONER IS PERMITTED TO UNDERTAKE, SINCE THE COMMISSIONER IS CONFINED TO EXAMINING AN EXISTING DTC AND ONLY ITS PERSONNEL,♦ SIR JOHN EXPLAINED.

AT THE SAME TIME, A +MODEST BUT IMPORTANT+ RELAXATION OF THE SECRECY PROVISION WAS BEING MADE TO PERMIT THE DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS OR PROCEEDINGS, OR TO THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY IN PARTICULAR INSTANCES, SIR JOHN SAID.

♦I MUST EMPHASISE THAT THIS RELAXATION IS LIMITED TO WHAT I CONSIDER TO BE ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL FOR THE PROPER INVESTIGATION OF OFFENCES AND THE EXECUTION OF OUR RESPONSIBILITIES TO DEPOSITORS.

♦IN GENERAL, DTC’S AND THEIR CUSTOMERS CAN REST ASSURED THAT THE CONFIDENTIALITY OF THEIR DEALINGS WILL CONTINUE TO BE ZEALOUSLY SAFEGUARDED,♦ HE STRESSED.

ANOTHER NEW PROPOSAL IS THAT AN AUDITOR SHOULD REPORT TO THE COMMISSIONER IF, IN THE COURSE OF HIS DUTIES AS AUDITOR, HE BECOMES AWARE OF ANYTHING WHICH MAY ADVERSELY AFFECT THE FINANCIAL POSITION OF THE DTC TO A MATERIAL EXTENT, OR IF HE DISCOVERS CONTRAVENTIONS OF CERTAIN AREAS OF THE ORDINANCE.

HE NOTED THAT HE WAS AWARE THE ACCOUNTANCY PROFESSION HAD RESERVATIONS ABOUT THIS PROPOSAL.

♦I WELL UNDERSTAND THEIR PREFERENCE FOR THEIR DUTY REMAINING SOLELY TO THE SHAREHOLDERS WHO APPOINT THEM.

♦BUT I REALLY CANNOT ACCEPT THAT THIS MODEST REQUIREMENT, BASED ON EXISTING PRECEDENT AND AIMED AT ACHIEVING THE TIMELY REPORTING OF PROBLEMS, PARTICULARLY ONES THAT MAY HAVE ARISEN SINCE THE COMMISSIONER’S EXAMINERS WERE LAST LOOKING AT THE COMPANY, WILL IMPOSE A SIGNIFICANT BURDEN ON AN AUDITOR.

♦MOREOVER, IT IS DIFFICULT TO ACCEPT THAT TIMELY REPORTING TO THE COMMISSIONER IS LIKELY TO BE CONTRARY TO THE INTERESTS OF THE MAJORITY OF SHAREHOLDER,+ SIR JOHN SAID.

THE PROVISION, HE ADDED, WAS +SURELY IN THE INTERESTS OF THE COMMUNITY+.

AS FOR THE BANKING (AMENDMENT) BILL, IT +MERELY INCORPORATES THOSE PROVISIONS OF THE DTC (AMENDMENT) BILL WHICH IT SEEMS APPROPRIATE TO APPLY ALSO TO BANKS+, SIR JOHN SAID.

THESE INCLUDED CLARIFICATION AND +MODEST TIGHTEN ING+ OF CERTAIN LIMITATIONS ON LENDING, THE PROVISION FOR AN INSPECTOR TO BE APPOINTED TO CONDUCT AN INVESTIGATION, +ESSENTIAL BUT VERY LIMITED+ EASING OF THE SECRECY RULES AND THE SAME PROPOSAL REGARDING AUDITORS, HE ADDED.

DEBATE ON THE BILLS WAS ADJOURNED TO OCTOBER 12.

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POLICE FORCE (AMENDMENT) BILL PASSED * * * *

THE CONVENER OF THE LEGISLATION SCRUTINY GROUP OF UNOFFICIAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLORS, THE HON PETER C. WONG, TODAY SUPPORTED THE POLICE FORCE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, SUBJECT TO THREE AMENDMENTS PROPOSED BY UNOFFICIALS.

THREE OTHER UNOFFICIALS, THE HON ANDREW SO, THE HON BILL BROWN AND THE HON MARIA TAM, SPOKE DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BILL.

MR BROWN AND MISS TAM ALSO SUPPORTED THE MOTION WHILE MR SO ABSTAINED FROM VOTING.

MR WONG SAID THAT UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS GENERALLY SUPPORTED THE BILL.

HE SAID THAT, HOWEVER, AFTER CONSULTATION, THE ADMINISTRATION HAD AGREED TO CERTAIN AMENDMENTS WHICH WERE MOVED BY MISS MARIA TAM AT THE COMMITTEE STAGE.

+MR ANDREW SO OPPOSES THE BILL IN PRINCIPLE,* HE SAID.

MR WONG EXPLAINED THAT THE PURPOSE OF THE BILL WAS- TO FACILITATE THE INVESTIGATION OF INDICTABLE OFFENCES-.

MR WONG SAIDi +VERY OFTEN PROCEEDS RESULTING FROM CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES ARE DEPOSITED IN BANKS OR DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES, AND STOLEN OR ILLEGAL GOODS ARE KEPT IN SAFETY DEPOSIT BOXES OR OTHERWISE HELD IN THE SAFE CUSTODY OF A BANK.

+THE BILL THEREFORE SEEKS TO CONFER POWER ON t«£ COMMISSIONER CF POLICE TO REQUIRE BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES TO INFORM HIM WHETHER A SPECIFIED PERSON HAS OR HAD AN ACCOUNT WITH THE BANK CR DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY OR HAS PLACED A SAFETY DEPOSIT BOX OR OTHER THING WITH A BANK.*

MR WONG POINTED OUT THAT THE BILL DID NOT CONFER POWER ON THE COMMISSIONER TO ASK FOR INFORMATION REGARDING THE PRECISE NATURE OF THE ACCOUNTS, SAFETY DEPOSIT BOXES OR STORED ITEMS.

THESE WILL CONTINUE TO REQUIRE THE PRESENTATION OF A SEARCH WARRANT ISSUED BY A MAGISTRATE.

THE INFORMATION LAID BEFORE A MAGISTRATE FOR THE APPLICATION CF A WARRANT MUST BE PRECISE, AND HENCE IT IS ESSENTIAL TO KNOW WHETHER A SUSPECTED PERSON HAS OR HAD AN ACCOUNT WITH A PARTICULAR BANK OR DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY.

THE SAME PRECISE INFORMATION APPLIES TO APPLICATIONS FOR SEARCH WARRANTS RELATING TO SAFETY DEPOSIT BOXES AND OTHER STORED ITEMS, MR WONG SAID.

MR BROWN SAID THAT VIEWS WERE EXPRESSED THAT PROPOSALS IN THE POLICE FORCE (AMENDMENT) BILL WOULD HURT HONG KONG’S PRESTIGE AS A LEADING FINANCIAL CENTRE.

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IN ADDITION, ARGUMENTS HAD BEEN ADVANCED THAT IT WOULD INFRINGE UPON THE RIGHTS AND THE FREEDOM OF THE CUSTOMERS OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS IN HONG KONG.

MR BROWN SAID: ♦DECLARING MY INTEREST AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS, I CAN SAY THAT THE BANKING INDUSTRY DOES NOT SHARE THESE VIEWS, NOR DOES IT BELIEVE THE OTHER ARGUMENTS PUT FORWARD HAVE ANY SUBSTANCE.

♦IN THE FIRST INSTANCE THE ONLY PERSONS WHO CAN BE AFFECTED BY THIS LEGISLATION ARE THOSE SUSPECTED OF HAVING COMMITTED AN INDICTABLE OFFENCE, AND EVEN THEN THE POLICE FORCE IS ONLY EMPOWERED TO ENQUIRE WHETHER A BANK OR A DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY MAINTAINS AN ACCOUNT OR HOLDS ARTICLES IN SAFE CUSTODY FOR THE SUSPECTED PERSON.+

HE POINTED OUT THAT SAFEGUARDS AGAINST ABUSE WERE BUILT INTO THE BILL INSOFAR THAT THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE MAY ONLY DELEGATE HIS POWERS TO OFFICERS OF THE RANK OF ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OR ABOVE.

IT IS ONLY WHEN OFFICERS OF THIS SENIOR RANK ARE SATISFIED THAT A SUSPECT HAS COMMITTED AN INDICTABLE OFFENCE THAT THEIR APPROVAL CAN BE GIVEN TO MAKE ENQUIRIES.

MR BROWN SAID: +IT SEEMS TO BE A COMMON BELIEF THAT PROCEEDS OF CRIMES ARE LAUNDERED THROUGH ACCOUNTS HELD IN BANKS AND DEPOSIT TAKING COMPANIES IN HONG KONG, ALTHOUGH THERE IS VERY LITTLE REAL EVIDENCE THAT THIS IS DONE ON ANY SIGNIFICANT SCALE.

♦HOWEVER, IT WOULD BE SILLY TO SUGGEST THAT THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN IN SOME CASES, AND OUR FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS ARE MORE THAN HAPPY TO CO-OPERATE WITH THE POLICE FORCE IF IT ASSISTS IN THEIR FIGHT AGAINST CRIME.

♦SHOULD THIS BILL RESULT IN CRIMINALS BEING LESS WILLING TO CONDUCT THEIR BUSINESS THROUGH HONG KONG, THEN THE ONLY BUSINESS WE WOULD LOSE IS BUSINESS WE WOULD RATHER NOT HAVE.+

MISS TAM SAID: +IN EXAMINING THE CONTENTS AND PROPOSALS IN THIS BILL, THE LEGISLATION SCRUTINY GROUP MEMBERS HAVE TAKEN PARTICULAR CARE TO ENSURE THAT THE POLICE IS NOT GIVEN EXCESSIVE POWER AND THAT ANY DANGER OF ABUSE SHOULD BE REDUCED TO THE MINIMUM.

♦ON THE OTHER HAND, CRIME DETECTION HAS TO BE BACKED UP BY PROPER AUTHORITY IN ORDER TO BE EFFECTIVE IN ITS OPERATION.*

THE SAFEGUARDS AGAINST ABUSE INCLUDE:

M BEFORE THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE CAN ISSUE A NOTICE TO THE BANK OR DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY, THERE HAS TO BE EVIDENCE TO SHOW AN INDICTABLE AND THEREFORE SERIOUS OFFENCE (I.E. AN OFFENCE PUNISHABLE BY THREE YEARS IMPRISONMENT OR MORE ON CONVICTION) HAS BEEN COMMITTED.

* THERE IS A PARTICULAR PERSON SUSPECTED OF HAVING COMMITTED THAT OFFENCE.

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* THE DISCLOSURE REQUIRED OF THE BANK OR DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY MUST RELATE TO THE SAME PERSON UNDER SUSPICION AND NO ONE ELSE.

* BANK OR DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY NEEDS ONLY DISCLOSE WHETHER THAT SAME PERSON HAS ACCESS TO ANY SAFE DEPOSIT BOX OR ACCOUNT. THEY ARE NOT REQUIRED TO DISCLOSE DETAILS.

K THE COMMISSIONER MUST APPLY TO A MAGISTRATE FOR A WARRANT IF HE WISHES TO GET SUCH DETAILS FROM THE BANK OR DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY UNDER SECTION 50(7) OF THE POLICE FORCE ORDINANCE.

M THE POWER GIVEN IN THIS BILL MUST BE EXERCISED BY A POLICE OFFICER OR AN OFFICER OF THE CUSTOM AND EXCISE SERVICE NOT BELOW THE RANK OF ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER WHO IS AUTHORISED IN WRITING BY HIS COMMISSIONER IN THAT BEHALF.

MISS TAM SAID; +HENCE THE POWER OF INVESTIGATION IS RESTRICTED TO A PARTICULAR PERSON’S INVOLVEMENT IN A PARTICULAR CRIME.*

SHE SAID THAT IN PART I I I OF THE PREVENTION OF BRIBERY ORDINANCE CAP 201, THERE WERE IN FACT FAR MORE EXTENSIVE POWER OF INVESTIGATION THAN WHAT WAS PROPOSED IN THIS BILL.

THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THIS BILL SUGGESTED BY MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATION SCRUTINY GROUP AREj-

* UNDER SECTION 67(1), THE PERIOD SPECIFIED FOR COMPLIANCE WITH A NOTICE FROM THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE SHOULD BE MODIFIED FROM +WITHIN SUCH PERIOD AS MAY BE SO SPECIFIED* TO ALLOW FOR A +REASONABLE+ PERIOD FOR COMPLIANCE;

M UNDER SECTION 67(5)(I) AND (II), THE PENALTY FOR ANY BANK OR DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY OFFICER OR EMPLOYEE IN FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE NOTICE ISSUED UNDER SECTION 67(1) OR GIVING FALSE INFORMATION SHOULD BE REDUCED FROM THREE YEARS IMPRISONMENT TO ONE YEAR ON A CONVICTION ON INDICTMENT, AND FROM ONE YEAR TO SIX MONTHS IMPRISONMENT ON SUMMARY CONVICTION? AND

K UNDER SECTION 67(6)(I) AND (II), THE PENALTY FOR ANY INDIVIDUAL WHO WILFULLY CAUSES OR PROCURES THE BANK OR DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY NOT TO COMPLY WITH A SECTION 67(1) NOTICE IS ALSO REDUCED BY THE SAME SCALE AS (B) ABOVE.

MR SO SAID; +1 CONSIDER IT UNWISE TO SACRIFICE THE STATUS OF HONG KONG AS AN INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE ONLY FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF CATCHING A FEW MORE VILLAINS AS MORE HARM THAN GOOD WOULD BE DONE.

+IT IS NOT BY SHEER GOOD LUCK THAT HONG KONG MANAGES TO ACHIEVE HER PRESENT STATUS AS AN INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE.

+THERE ARE MANY FACTORS ATTRIBUTABLE TO HER SUCCESS, AMONG WHICH ARE CONFIDENTIALITY IN BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS AND TRUST PLACED BY THE CLIENTELE.*

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HE SAID THAT WITH THE PROGRESS OF ELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGY, THERE WERE RAPID CHANGES IN THE WAY BANKS HANDLE BUSINESS OR KEEP THEIR DATA.

THE DAY OF ’DOING AWAY WITH CASH AND BILLS’ WOULD COME SOONER THAN WAS EXPECTED, HE SAID.

THROUGH THE COMPUTER SYSTEM, NOT ONLY WOULD INTER-BANK CONNECTION BE STRENGTHENED, CREDIT COMPANIES, RETAILERS AND CONSUMERS WOULD ALSO BE LINKED UP IN AN EXTENSIVE INFORMATION NETWORK.

♦CONFIDENTIALITY IN BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS AND TRUST OF THE CLIENTELE WILL HAVE TO BE MORE HIGHLY STRESSED,+ MR SO SAID.

THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON PATRICK WILLIAMSON, EXPRESSED GRATITUDE FOR THE SUPPORT GIVEN BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS TO THE BILL AND FOR THE AMENDMENTS SUGGESTED BY MISS MARIA TAM.

♦WHILE APPRECIATING THE WHOLLY COMMENDABLE CONCERN EXPRESSED BY MR ANDREW SO THAT WE SHOULD NOT INTERFERE WITH THE CONFIDENTIALITY THAT IS A NECESSARY PART OF LEGITIMATE BUSINESS, I FULLY ENDORSE THE CONVICTION EXPRESSED BY MR BROWN THAT THE BILL WILL NOT JEOPARDISE THIS CONFIDENTIALITY: IT WILL ONLY PUT AT RISK THOSE WHOSE BUSINESS IS CRIME,+ MR WILLIAMSON SAID.

THE BILL, INCORPORATING THE AMENDMENTS, WAS MOVED BY MR WILLIAMSON THROUGH THE COMMITTEE STAGE AND THE FINAL READING.

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YOUTHS OFFERED WIDE RANGE OF FACILITIES X * * *

A WIDE RANGE OF RECREATIONAL FACILITIES IS AVAILABLE TO YOUNG PEOPLE IN COUNTRY PARKS, THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, DR THE HON JOHN RIDDELL-SWAN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THESE FACILITIES CATERED FOR ALL NEEDS, FROM THE SEDENTARY TO THE VERY ACTIVE, AND TOOK INTO ACCOUNT THE SPECIAL NEEDS OF THE HANDICAPPED, HE ADDED.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON HENRY HU ON WHAT RECREATIONAL FACILITIES WERE AVAILABLE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY PARKS, DR RIDDELL-SWAN ALSO SAID BASIC FACILITIES SUCH AS BARBECUE PITS AND PICNIC BENCHES — AND THERE ARE MORE THAN 2 600 OF EACH — ARE SITED THROUGHOUT THE PARKS.

♦THESE ARE BY FAR THE MOST POPULAR FACILITIES WITH THE EIGHT MILLION PEOPLE WHO VISIT THE PARKS EACH YEAR. MANY OF THE BIGGER PICNIC AND BARBECUE SITES HAVE RAIN SHELTERS, TOILETS AND RECREATIONAL AREAS FOR CHILDREN,* HE SAID.

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A NUMBER OF THESE FACILITIES HAD BEEN SO DESIGNED THAT THEY COULD BE ENJOYED BY THE HANDICAPPED AND THE ABLE-BODIED ALIKE.

DR RIDDELL-SWAN SAID CAMPING WAS BECOMING AN INCREASING POPULAR RECREATION AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE AND 31 PERMANENT CAMP SITES COMPLETE WITH TOILETS, AND IN SOME CASES SHOWERS, AND PICNIC FACILITIES WERE SITUATED IN SUITABLE AREAS WITHIN THE PARKS.

TO CATER FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN HILL-WALKING, THERE WAS A NETWORK OF 130 KILOMETRES OF FOOTPATHS, MOSTLY WAY-POSTED AND INCLUDING THE POPULAR MACLEHOSE TRAIL. THERE WERE ALSO NATURE TRAILS, EDUCATIONAL WALKS, FITNESS TRAILS AND JOGGING TRAILS PROVIDED FOR VISITORS WITH SPECIAL INTERESTS.

SOME 2 000 YOUNG PEOPLE TAKE PART IN FORESTRY WORK CAMPS ORGANISED EACH YEAR BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. AT THESE CAMPS THE YOUNG PEOPLE SPEND A WEEK OR SO ENJOYING THE COUNTRYSIDE WHILE LEARNING ABOUT IT AND CONTRIBUTING TO ITS CARE.

ON THE FUTURE, DR RIDDELL-SWAN SAID, +THE PROVISION OF ADDITIONAL FACILITIES IN COUNTRY PARKS IS A CONTINUING, ONGOING PROCEDURE AND ON THIS, I RECEIVE VALUABLE ADVICE FROM THE COUNTRY PARKS BOARD.+

HE SAID 21 NEW RANGER POSTS, THREE LARGE PUBLIC TOILETS --TWO OF WHICH HAVE BEEN SPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR THE HANDICAPPED — AND THE FIRST MAJOR PURPOSE BUILT VISITOR CENTRE WERE UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

ADDITIONAL CAMP SITES, PICNIC PLACES, BARBECUE PITS AND PLAY FACILITIES WERE BEING PROVIDED AND EXISTING WORN-OUT AREAS AND OVER-USED FACILITIES WERE BEING REGULARLY REDEVELOPED AND REFURBISHED.

DR RIDDELL-SWAN SAID TWO LONG DISTANCE HIKING TRAILS — ONE AROUND HONG KONG ISLAND AND THE OTHER AROUND LANTAU ISLAND — WERE AT AN ADVANCED STAGE OF PLANNING.

HE ADDED THAT CONSIDERATION WAS BEING GIVEN, TOGETHER WITH THE COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF SPECIAL CYCLING TRACKS AND DISCUSSION WAS BEING HELD WITH THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB ABOUT PROVISION OF FACILITIES FOR HORSE RIDING.

+ IT IS HOPED THAT OVER THE NEXT FOUR TO FIVE YEARS, FOUR NEW VISITOR CENTRES WILL BE PROVIDED AND BASIC RECREATIONAL FACILITIES INTRODUCED TO TWO NEW AREAS AT MA ON SHAN AND NORTHERN TAI LAM CHUNG,+ SAID.DR RIDDELL-SWAN.

DETAILS OF ALL FACILITIES AVAILABLE IN THE COUNTRY PARKS ARE PROVIDED IN A WIDE SELECTION OF LEAFLETS OBTAINABLE FREE OF CHARGE FROM THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES OUTLETS AND FROM THE VISITOR CENTRES AND

RANGER POSTS IN THE COUNTRY PARKS.

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MASSAGE PLACES BILL SUPPORTED * * * *

THE MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENTS BILL WAS DEFINITELY A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, UNOFFICIAL MEMBER THE HON PETER C WONG SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR WONG, CONVENER OF THE LEGISLATION SCRUTINY GROUP OF UNOFFICIAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLORS, WAS SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BILL IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING.

TWO OTHER UNOFFICIALS, REV THE HON JOYCE M BENNETT AND THE HON MRS SELINA CHOW ALSO SPOKE IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION.

MR WONG PRAISED THE WORKING PARTY OF THE HOME AFFAIRS BRANCH FOR +SOME POSITIVE AND CLEAR THINKING*.

AT PRESENT, MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENTS COME UNDER THE MISCELLANEOUS LICENCES ORDINANCE, ENACTED 50 YEARS AGO.

MR WONG SAIDi +OBVIOUSLY, THIS ORDINANCE AND THE REGULATIONS MADE THEREUNDER, THOUGH REVISED AND UP-DATED ON NO LESS THAN 14 AND 31 OCCASIONS RESPECTIVELY, ARE HOPELESSLY OUT OF DATE AND BADLY IN NEED OF REPLACEMENT.

♦CIRCUMSTANCES TO-DAY REQUIRE A MORE SOPHISTICATED SYSTEM OF LICENSING AND CONTROL, AND THIS IS WHAT THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION SEEKS TO ESTABLISH.+

HE SAID THE LEGISLATION SCRUTINY GROUP OF THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WERE IN GENERAL AGREEMENT WITH THE NEW PROPOSAL.

♦DETAILED CONSULTATIONS WITH THE ADMINISTRATION RESULTED IN FIVE AGREED AMENDMENTS, MOST OF WHICH ARE OF A TECHNICAL NATURE,+ HE SAID.

MR WONG POINTED OUT THAT THE ADVANTAGES OF THE NEW SYSTEM WERE MANY. AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION WILLi-

X PROVIDE MORE EFFECTIVE AND FLEXIBLE CONTROL OF MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENTS.

* MAKE IT EASIER TO PROSECUTE UNLICENSED MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENTS AND PROVIDE HEAVIER PENALTIES FOR REPEATED OFFENCES.

M ALLOW FOR FLEXIBILITY REGARDING HOURS OF OPERATION. THE LICENSING AUTHORITY, HOWEVER, WILL ONLY FIX THE HOURS OF OPERATION AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE DISTRICT OFFICERS THROUGH THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION. GOVERNMENT HAS AGREED TO GIVE AN UNDERTAKING TO THIS EFFECT.

* DISALLOW FUTURE APPLICATIONS FOR LICENCES IN RESPECT OF MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENTS LOCATED IN DOMESTIC PREMISES. THE FEW LICENSED ESTABLISHMENTS ALREADY IN SUCH PREMISES WILL BE ALLOWED TO REMAIN BUT THEY WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO BENEFIT FROM THE NEW RULES.

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K IMPOSE DUTIES OF PERSONAL SUPERVISION ON LICENSEES.

* PROVIDE FOR APPEAL TO THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL BY ANY PERSON AGGRIEVED BY A DECISION OF THE LICENSING AUTHORITY.

* ALLOW THE ADMINISTRATION OF MASSAGE BY MEMBERS OF THE OPPOSITE SEX.

ON THE LAST POINT, MR WONG SAID THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY HAD RIGHTLY STRESSED THAT CLIENTS SHOULD BE GIVEN THE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE AND THAT IF IT WAS USED AS A COVER FOR VICE, POLICE WOULD TAKE ACTION UNDER THE CRIMES ORDINANCE.

+CAREFUL CONSIDERATION HAS BEEN GIVEN TO THIS NEW RULE AND THE CONSENSUS IS THAT SINCE MASSAGE PER SE BY MEMBERS OF THE OPPOSITE SEX IS SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE IN MOST PARTS OF THE WORLD, THERE IS NO REASON WHY IT SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED IN HONG KONG.

+IT IS NOT THOUGHT THAT THE RELAXATION WOULD GIVE RISE TO OPPORTUNITIES FOR VICE OR CORRUPTION,+ HE SAID.

MR WONG SAID THAT TO ENSURE THE SUCCESS OF THE NEW SYSTEM, THE LICENSING AUTHORITY MUST ADMINISTER IT IN SUCH A MANNER THAT IT WILL REFLECT THE SPIRIT OF THE NEW LEGISLATION.

+WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF MORE REALISTIC RULES, IT IS ENVISAGED THAT BONA FIDE MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENTS, WHICH AT THE MOMENT ARE NOT LICENSED, WILL EE ENCOURAGED TO COME FORWARD AND APPLY FOR A LICENCE UNDER THE NEW LEGISLATION,* SAID MR WONG.

MISS BENNETT SAID SHE WAS GLAD THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS CONTINUING TO TIGHTEN CONTROL OVER SUCH ESTABLISHMENTS WHICH IN THE PAST HAD TOO EASILY BECOME COVERS FOR VICE ESTABLISHMENTS.

♦HOWEVER WE MUST REMAIN DETERMINED TO STAMP OUT ALL UNDESIRABLE UNLAWFUL ESTABLISHMENTS, WHICH HAVE LURED MEN AND WOMEN INTO LIVES THAT ARE UNWHOLESOME AND BY LAW OF THIS TERRITORY TERMED ILLEGAL.

♦I AM DELIGHTED TO SEE THAT THIS BILL WILL MAKE IT MUCH MORE DIFFICULT FOR THE LICENSEE TO SHAKE OFF RESPONSIBILITY FOR WHAT GOES ON AT THE PREMISES OF WHICH HE IS THE LICENSEE,* SHE SAID.

MISS BENNETT NOTED THAT THE LEVEL OF FINES WAS TO BE INCREASED, SO THAT THE PAYMENT OF THE FINE COULD NOT BE REGARDED BY THE PROPRIETOR AS A REGULAR OVERHEAD OF THE BUSINESS.

+l BELIEVE CLAUSE 8 WILL PROVIDE THE LICENSING AUTHORITY SUFFICIENT POWER TO REVOKE,SUSPEND OR REFUSE TO RENEW THE LICENCE OF ANY ESTABLISHMENT RUN CONTRARY TO THE PUBLIC INTEREST,* SHE SAID.

MISS BENNETT DESCRIBED AS +GOOD NEWS* THAT FUTURE APPLICATIONS FOR LICENCE WOULD NOT BE GRANTED IN RESPECT OF MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENTS LOCATED IN DOMESTIC PREMISES. *BUT IT ALSO REVEALS HOW LAX HAS BEEN OUR CONTROL OF THE USES TO WHICH DOMESTIC PREMISES ARE FREQUENTLY PUT.

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+THIS IS A MATTER OF CONCERN AS THE SMALL AND POWERLESS TENANTS OF OTHER FLATS IN THE SAME BUILDING OFTEN FIND THEMSELVES POWERLESS TO PREVENT FLATS IN THEIR BLOCK BEING USED IN BREACH OF THE CONDITIONS OF THE GRANT OF THE SITE.

♦I WOULD LIKE TO PLACE ON RECORD THE NEED FOR FURTHER WORK TO BE DONE TO CLEAN UP OTHER DOMESTIC PREMISES.

+ l THINK WE SHOULD ALSO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK A NUMBER OF DISTRICT BOARDS FOR TAKING ACTION IN THESE MATTERS AND TO ENCOURAGE OTHER DISTRICT BOARDS ALSO TO CLEAR VICE ESTABLISHMENTS FROM OUR TERRITORY,* MISS BENNETT SAID.

MRS CHOW SAID THE BILL PREDEFINES IN LEGAL TERMS THE OPERATION OF MASSAGE PARLOURS AND RENDERS THE CONTROL OF SUCH ESTABLISHMENTS MUCH MORE REALISTIC AND ENFORCEABLE*.

INITIALLY, SHE HAD RESERVATIONS ABOUT CERTAIN OF THE POINTS CONTAINED IN THIS BILL, STEMMING MAINLY FROM THE DISCRETIONARY POWER THAT THE BILL PROVIDED FOR THE LICENSING AUTHORITY TO IMPOSE OPTIONAL LICENSING CONDITIONS.

+THE ADMINISTRATION HAS SINCE EXPLAINED THAT THE IMPOSITION OF SUCH CONDITIONS NEED TO BE GIVEN FLEXIBILITY TO COVER VARYING CIRCUMSTANCES.

+WE HAVE ALSO BEEN INFORMED THAT THE DISTRICT OFFICERS CONCERNED WILL ALSO BE CONSULTED FROM TIME TO TIME WHEN IMPOSITION OF OPTIONAL CONDITIONS IS BEING CONSIDERED.

+HOWEVER AS THERE IS NO LEGAL PROVISION TO NECESSITATE SUCH CONSULTATION, THE ADMINISTRATION HAS AGREED TO UPDATE MEMBERS ON OPTIONAL CONDITIONS AS AND WHEN THEY ARE ADDED ONTO THE LIST.

+THIS HAS GONE SOME WAY TOWARDS ALLAYING MY WORRIES, BUT I WOULD URGE THE ADMINISTRATION TO BE EXTREMELY CAUTIOUS TO PREVENT ABUSE AS WELL AS INCONSISTENCY,* MRS CHOW SAID.

THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON PATRICK WILLIAMSON, THANKED THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THE BILL AND FOR THE CARE WITH WHICH THEY HAD SCRUTINISED ITS PROVISION.

HE SAID THE AMENDMENTS TO THE BILL MENTIONED BY MR PETER WONG HAD HIS FULL SUPPORT, THEY INCLUDED ONE SIGNIFICANT CHANGE: THAT PROVIDED FOR THE MANDATORY REVOCATION OF A LICENCE HELD BY A LICNSEE WHO HAD BEEN CONVICTED OF AN OFFENCE RELATING TO VICE ESTABLISHMENTS UNDER THE CRIMES ORDINANCE.

+THIS IS A NEW PROVISION WHICH REFLECTS OUR RESOLVE TO STOP THE USE OF MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENTS AS COVERS FOR VICE ACTIVITIES,* HE ADDED.

NOTING THAT BOTH MRS CHOW AND MR PETER WONG HAD DRAWN ATTENTION TO THE NEED FOR THE LICENSING AUTHORITY TO CONSULT THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION WHEN FIXING THE CONDITIONS TO BE APPLIED TO ANY PARTICULAR LICENCE, MR WILLIAMSON TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO REASSURE MEMBERS THAT THIS WOULD INVARIABLY BE DONE.

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HE WAS PLEASED THAT MRS CHOW ALSO SUPPORTED THE BILL, HE SAID.

♦OPTIONAL CONDITIONS ARE INDEED NECESSARY TO MEET PARTICULAR: REQUIREMENTS. I CONFIRM THAT THE LICENSING AUTHORITY WILL REGULARLY PASS TO UMELCO LISTS OF THE OPTIONAL CONDITIONS THAT HAVE BEEN IMPOSED.+

HE SAID ALSO THAT, IN ENDORSING THE B,LL, MISS BENNETT DREW ATTENTION TO THE MORE GENERAL QUESTION OF LEASE ENFORCEMENT IN DOMESTIC BUILDINGS. + l WILL ENSURE THAT HER VIEWS ARE DRAWN TO THE ATTENTION OF THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENTS, +HE SAID.

THE BILL, WHEN AMENDED WOULD REPRESENT A SMALL BUT VERY SENSIBLE IMPROVEMENT IN THE CONTINUED EFFORTS TO BRING HONG KONG’S LAWS UP TO DATE, HE SAID.

♦FOR THIS REASON ALONE IT MERITS SUPPORT,+ MR WILLIAMSON SAID.

THE BILL WAS APPROVED WITH AMENDMENTS.

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UNOFFICIALS SUPPORT BAPTIST COLLEGE BILL * * *

INSTITUTIONS THAT WERE OFFERED MORE GOVERNMENT AID BUT

REFUSED IT ON GROUNDS OF ----------

DEPRIVING THEIR STUDENTS EDUCATION, AN UNOFFICIAL SAID TODAY.

INCREASED GOVERNMENT CONTROL WERE OF BETTER FACILITIES AND OF BETTER MEMBER, THE REV THE HON JOYCE BENNETT,

SHE WAS SPEAKING IN

______ SUPPORT OF THE MOTION DURING THE RESUMED

DEBATE ON THE HONG KONG BAPTIST COLLEGE BILL 1983 AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING.

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MISS BENNETT PRAISED THE BAPTIST COLLEGE FOR TAKING A LEAD IN ALLOWING ITSELF TO SUBMIT TO THE NEW BILL.

cdam t-l AM SURE THE C0LLEGE AND ITS STUDENTS WILL BENEFIT rnOM IT.

♦I URGE OTHER CAPUT SCHOOLS TO FOLLOW THEIR EXAMPLE AND TO TAKE UP THE FULL AID WHICH IS STILL OPEN TO THEM," SHE SAID.

BENNETT STRESSED THAT THE BILL WOULD NOT REDUCE THE COLLEGE’S CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE AND ITS CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHY OF THE EDUCATION OF THE WHOLE MAN.

♦I WISH TO PLACE ON RECORD MY BELIEF THAT IN THIS

FREE AND OPEN SOCIETY WHICH WE ENJOY IN HONG KONG TODAY CHRISTIAN OR OTHER RELIGIOUS BODIES DO NOT NEED TO WORRY WHEN THEIR INSTITUTIONS RECEIVE MORE GOVERNMENT AID AND FIND THEMSELVES CONTROLLED BY CODES OF AID.

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♦ALL RELIGIOUS BODIES IN HONG KONG HAVE TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITIES TO INFLUENCE OUR YOUNG PEOPLE FOR THEIR GOOD.

+REGULATIONS AND CODES OF AID ARE INTRODUCED TO ENSURE THAT PUBLIC MONEY IS NOT USED WASTEFULLY, UNMORALLY OR ILLEGALLY.

♦CLEARLY BAPTIST COLLEGE AND THE OTHER INSTITUTIONS TO WHICH I HAVE REFERRED DO NOT WISH TO MISUSE PUBLIC MONEY-THEY DESIRE THE GOOD OF THEIR STUDENTS,* SHE SAID.

MISS BENNETT SAID THAT BAPTIST COLLEGE DESERVED TO BE UPGRADED AND PLACED UNDER THE UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNIC GRANTS COMMITTEE.

DR HO KAM-FAI SAID THAT THE BILL WOULD LEAD TO THE PROVISION OF A BETTER TRAINED MANPOWER TO HONG KONG’S COMMUNITY AND THE ASPIRATIONS OF ITS YOUNG PEOPLE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION BEING MET.

♦FIRSTLY, THE BILL INTRODUCES A LEGISLATIVE FRAMEWORK WHEREBY THE GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE OF THE COLLEGE WILL BE BROUGHT IN LINE WITH OTHER PUBLICLY FUNDED HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS.

♦WITH THAT THE STATUS OF THE COLLEGE WILL BE CONSIDERABLY ENHANCED,+ HE SAID.

TO THE STUDENTS, THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF THE COLLEGE WILL WIDEN THEIR OPPORTUNITIES FOR A RECOGNISED HIGHER EDUCATION; TO THE COLLEGE, IT WILL ENABLE STUDENTS OF THE HIGHER CALIBRE TO BE ATTRACTED.

♦SECONDLY, PUBLIC FUNDS WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE BAPTIST COLLEGE THROUGH THE UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNIC GRANTS COMMITTEE.

♦THIS STEADY SOURCE OF FUNDING WILL ALLOW THE COLLEGE TO RECRUIT AND RETAIN A HIGH QUALITY TEACHING STAFF AND TO BUILD UP A WELL-STOCKED LIBRARY.

♦BOTH IMPROVEMENTS WILL NOT ONLY BENEFIT THE STUDENTS IN THE COLLEGE, BUT ALSO CONSOLIDATE ITS STANDING AS AN INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC INSTITUTION,* DR HO SAID.

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CRITERIA FOR TRANSLATING LAWS INTO CHINESE * * * *

THE GENERAL PRINCIPLE IN DECIDING WHETHER A CERTAIN PIECE OF LEGISLATION SHOULD BE TRANSLATED INTO CHINESE IS WHETHER IT IS CONSIDERED TO BE OF WIDE PUBLIC INTEREST TO ENABLE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE LAW BY THOSE AFFECTED BY IT.

THIS WAS STATED TODAY IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL BY THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON DAVID AKERS-JONES, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON WONG LAM.

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UNDER THIS PRINCIPLE, A NUMBER OF LAWS AND SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATIONS HAD BEEN TRANSLATED INTO CHINESE LARGELY IN RESPONSE TO SPECIFIC REQUESTS BY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, MR AKERS-JONES SAID.

THE TRANSLATED CHINESE VERSION IS SOLELY FOR INFORMATION AND GUIDANCE AND HAS NO LEGAL EFFECT, HE POINTED OUT.

♦UNDER EXISTING POLICY, THERE IS NO REQUIREMENT FOR ALL ORDINANCES AND SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATIONS TO BE TRANSLATED INTO CHINESE EXCEPT IN SPECIAL CASES WHERE THE TRANSLATION WOULD FACILITATE A MUCH LARGER SECTION OF THE COMMUNITY TO UNDERSTAND THE LAW,+ HE EXPLAINED.

ADDITIONALLY, AND INDEPENDENTLY OF THE TRANSLATION OF THE LAWS OF HONG KONG, EXPLANATORY BOOKLETS ARE PRODUCED IN CHINESE CF THE MORE IMPORTANT ORDINANCES TO FACILITATE BETTER UNDERSTANDING CF A PIECE OF LEGISLATION WHICH IS OF GENERAL INTEREST.

♦THE AMOUNT OF TRANSLATION THAT CAN BE DONE IS SUBJECT TO THE MANPOWER RESOURCES AND EXPERTISE AVAILABLE WITHIN THE CHINESE LANGUAGE DIVISION,♦ HE SAID.

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PARENTS FREE TO CHOOSE: HAYE

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PRELIMINARY INDICATIONS WERE THAT ABOUT 900 CHILDREN OF THE 80 000 WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE NEW PRIMARY ONE ADMISSION SYSTEM WOULD NOT TAKE UP PUBLIC SECTOR PLACES OFFERED TO THEM, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, THE HON COLVYN HAYE, SAID AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

HE ADDED THAT THIS WOULD ACCOUNT FOR ABOUT 20 CLASSES IN PRIVATE SCHOOLS.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY REV. THE HON JOYCE BENNETT, MR HAYE NOTED THAT UNTIL THE SEPTEMBER ENROLMENT RETUNS WERE ANALYSED IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO SAY FOR CERTAIN WHETHER THESE CLASSES WOULD BE ADDITIONAL TO THE NORMAL PRIMARY ONE INTAKE IN PRIVATE SCHOOLS WHICH AVERAGED ABOUT 9 000 TO 10 000 EACH YEAR.

HE EMPHASISED THAT UNDER THE NEW. ARRANGEMENTS, PARENTS WERE FREE TO CHOOSE TO SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO EITHER PUBLIC OR PRIVATE SCHOOLS.

HE SA I Di +THIS YEAR WE KNOW THAT THE PARENTS OF 2 100 CHILDREN COVERED BY CENTRAL ALLOCATION HAD ALREADY SECURED PLACES FOR THEM IN PRIVATE SCHOOLS. OF THESE, THE PARENTS OF THE 900 I MENTIONED HAVE SAID THEY PREFER PRIVATE PLACES, WHILE PARENTS OF THE REMAINING MAJORITY, 1 200, HAVE OPTED FOR THE PUBLIC SECTOR.

♦IN THIS SENSE THEN, THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS HAVE GIVEN PARENTS A FAIR CHOICE,+ MR HAYE NOTED.

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THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, MR CHAN NAI-KEONG, SAl| TODAY THAT INVESTIGATION INTO THE POSSIBILITY OF DEVISING AN ELEMENT OF COMPENSATION FOR THE PROVISION OF ACCESS FOR THE DISABLED TO BUILDINGS HAD BEEN COMPLETED.

THE RESULTS, HE ADDED, WOULD SOON BE SUBMITTED TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL.

MR CHAN WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON ANDREW SO AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

HE RECALLED THAT IT WAS AN EXECUTIVE COUNCIL DECISION THAT THE PROVISION OF ACCESS FOR THE DISABLED TO BUILDINGS SHOULD BE MADE MANDATORY, SUBJECT TO IT BEING POSSIBLE TO DEVISE AN ELEMENT OF COMPENSATION WITH RESTRICTED APPLICATION TO THE ACCESS TO A BUILDING AND AWARDED BY WAY OF A BONUS PLOT RATIO FORMULA.

+THE DECISION WAS REACHED, TO THE BEST OF MY BELIEF, AS A KANS OF MINIMISING THE IMPACT OF, AND POSSIBLE OPPOSITION TO, THE INTRODUCTION OF A MANDATORY CODE,+ HE SAID.

IN VIEW OF THE INNUMERABLE DESIGN SOLUTIONS WHICH COULD BE ADOPTED TO MEET ANY ONE DESIGN REQUIREMENT, MR CHAN SAID, INVESTIGATION INTO THE POSSIBILITY OF DEVISING SUCH AN ELEMENT OF COMPENSATION HAD TAKEN SOME TIME.

♦THE INVESTIGATION HAS NOW BEEN CONCLUDED AND THE RESULTS WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL IN THE NEAR FUTURE,+ HE ADDED.

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SHARP WATCH FOR DOGS IN KOWLOON PARK

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KOWLOON PARK IS AT PRESENT A PARTICULAR PROBLEM AREA AND IS VISITED FREQUENTLY BY DOG CONTROL TEAMS, THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, DR THE HON JOHN RIDDELL-SWAN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

HE SAID IT WAS A LARGE OPEN AREA WHERE THE PHYSICAL CATCHING OF ALERT STRAY DOGS WAS DIFFICULT, AND TO AUGMENT THE WORK OF THE DOG CATCHERS, BAITED CAGE-TRAPS WERE BEING USED IN THE PARK, WITH PROMISING RESULTS.

DR RIDDELL-SWAN WAS REPLYING TO THE HON CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, WHO ASKED WHAT ACTION WAS BEING TAKEN TO REMOVE STRAY DOGS FROM PUBLIC PLEASURE GROUNDS SUCH AS KOWLOON PARK.

HE ADDED THAT REPORTS OF STRAY DOGS IN PLEASURE GROUNDS WERE FOLLOWED UP IMMEDIATELY.

SINCE APRIL 1 THIS YEAR, 3 158 STRAY DOGS HAD BEEN CAUGHT IN THE URBAN AREA AND OF THESE, 72 WERE FROM THE PUBLIC PLEASURE GROUNDS, INCLUDING 14 CAUGHT IN KOWLOON PARK DURING THE PAST TWO MONTHS, HE SAID.

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CHARGE ON PABX USERS EXPLAINED M * * M

THE TELEPHONE COMPANY PROPOSED CHARGING THE USER OF PRIVATE AUTOMATIC BRANCH EXCHANGE (PABX) EQUIPMENT FOR AN ABORTIVE VISIT IF A REPORTED FAULT LAY WITH THE EQUIPMENT, THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON K.Y. YEUNG, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

MOVING THE MOTION, MR YEUNG SAID THE PROPOSED CHARGES WOULD APPLY EQUALLY IN RESPECT OF OTHER TYPES OF EQUIPMENT WHICH WOULD ALSO BE AVAILABLE IN THE FUTURE ON A COMPETITIVE BASIS AND CONNECTED TO THE TELEPHONE NETWORK.

AS OF JULY 1 THIS YEAR, THE TELEPHONE COMPANY CEASED PROVIDING PABX’S AS THIS AREA OF ITS ACTIVITIES HAD BEEN REMOVED FROM ITS SCHEME OF CONTROL ON THAT DATE.

CONSEQUENTLY, PABX SUPPLIERS COULD NOW OBTAIN PERMISSION FROM THE TELEPHONE COMPANY TO CONNECT THEIR EQUIPMENT TO THE TELEPHONE NETWORK, BUT MAINTENANCE OF THE EQUIPMENT WAS THE RESPONSIBl LITY OF THE SUPPLIER OR THE USER, AND NOT THE TELEPHONE COMPANY, MR YEUNG EXPLAINED.

WHEN FAULTS ARE REPORTED TO THE TELEPHONE COMPANY BY PABX USERS, THE COMPANY WILL ARRANGE TO TEST THE LINES TO THE PABX IN ACCORDANCE WITH THEIR STANDARD TELEPHONE LINE MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES.

+IF A FAULT PROVES TO BE A LINE FAULT, IT WILL BE THE COMPANY’S RESPONSIBILITY TO RECTIFY IT. HOWEVER, IF THE FAULT LIES WITH THE EQUIPMENT, THE TELEPHONE COMPANY PROPOSE TO LEVY A CHARGE ON THE PABX USER FOR THE ABORTIVE VISIT.

+THE PROPOSED CHARGE WILL APPLY EQUALLY IN RESPECT OF OTHER TYPES OF EQUIPMENT WHICH, IN THE FUTURE, WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE ON A COMPETITIVE BASIS AND CONNECTED TO THE TELEPHONE NETWORK.

♦FOR SUCH VISITS, THE TELEPHONE COMPANY HAVE PROPOSED TWO LEVELS OF STANDARD CHARGE BASED ON AVERAGE MAN-HOURS PER VISIT.

+THE CHARGE PER VISIT OUTSIDE NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS IS JUST OVER TWICE THAT FOR A VISIT DURING NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS AS IT INVOLVES BOTH CALLING OUT STAFF FROM PLACES OTHER THAN THEIR NORMAL PLACE OF WORK AND OVERTIME PAYMENTS,+ MR YEUNG EXPLAINED.

THE POSTMASTER GENERAL HAD EXAMINED THESE CHARGES AND CONSIDERED THEM REASONABLE, HE SAID.

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NEW BILL MAKES PAWNBROKING EASIER * * * *

THE PROPOSED NEW LAW ON PAWNBROKING IS INTENDED TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR PAWNBROKERS AND THEIR CLIENTS TO GO ABOUT THEIR BUSINESS AND WILL NOT INVOLVE ANY SIGNIFICANT STRENGTHENING OR RELAXATION OF POLICE POWERS, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON PATRICK WILLIAMSON, SAID TODAY.

SPEAKING AT THE SECOND READING OF THE PAWNBROKERS BILL 1983, MR WILLIAMSON SAID ALSO THAT TWO IMPORTANT AMENDMENTS PROPOSED BY THE HONG KONG AND KOWLOON PAWNBROKERS ASSOCIATION IN A PETITION TO THE GOVERNOR, HAD BEEN TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT.

THE FIRST PROPOSAL WAS THAT THE LOAN LIMIT SHOULD BE RAISED FROM THE EXISTING LEVEL OF $5 000 SET IN 1970, TO $50 000.

•♦THIS PROPOSAL HAS BEEN CAREFULLY EXAMINED BUT IT IS CONSIDERED THAT A REVISED LIMIT OF $25 000 WOULD BE MORE APPROPRIATE IN VIEW OF THE DEPRECIATION IN VALUE OF MONEY SINCE 1970 AND THE TRADITIONAL CONCEPT OF PAWNBROKING IN MAKING MODEST LOANS TO THE POORER SECTIONS OF THE COMMUNITY,* HE SAID.

THE SECOND PROPOSAL WAS THAT THE RATES OF INTEREST SPECIFIED UNDER S. 13(1) SHOULD BE ABOLISHED AND BE REPLACED BY A STANDARD RATE OF THREE PER CENT PER MONTH. IN ADDITION, IT WAS PROPOSED THAT THE RATES LAID DOWN IN THE SPECIAL RATES REGULATIONS SHOULD BE REPLACED BY A STANDARD RATE OF FIVE PER CENT PER MONTH.

♦THIS BILL PROVIDES FOR A MAXIMUM RATE OF INTEREST OF 3.5 PER CENT PER LUNAR MONTH FOR ALL LOANS. THIS RATE, EXPRESSED AS AN ANNUAL RATE OF INTEREST, IS LESS THAN THE 48 PER CENT PER ANNUM OVER WHICH RATES OF INTEREST ARE PRESUMED TO BE EXTORTIONATE IN THE MONEY LENDERS ORDINANCE,* HE SAID.

♦BECAUSE OF THE SCOPE OF THE REVISIONS,* MR WILLIAMSON ADDED, +IT IS MORE APPROPRIATE TO REPEAL THE EXISTING ORDINANCE, AND THIS IS ALSO PROPOSED.*

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED TILL OCTOBER 12.

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BIRTHS INCREASE VIETNAMESE REFUGEE POPULATION M * * * *

IN THE 12 MONTHS TO JUNE 30, THERE WERE 544 BIRTHS RECORDED IN VIETNAMESE REFUGEE CENTRES, INCREASING THE REFUGEE POPULATION w I 3PER CENT, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON PATRICK WILLIAMSON, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

DURING THE PRECEDING 12 MONTHS, A TOTAL OF 406 BIRTHS WERE RECORDED IN THE CENTRES, AN INCREASE OF 3.3 PER CENT.

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MR WILLIAMSON GAVE THE FIGURES IN REPLY TO QUESTIONS RAISED BY THE HON SELINA CHO*.

TO DATE THE BIRTH RATE IN THE JUBILEE TRANSIT CENTRE HAD BEEN MARGINALLY HIGHER THAN THAT IN THE KAI TAK TRANSIT CENTRE AND THE CLOSED CENTRES, HE SAID.

AMONG OTHER REASONS FOR THIS HIGHER RATE, HE CITED THE AGE AND ORIGINS OF THE REFUGEES IN THIS CENTRE AND THEIR LENGTH OF STAY IN HONG KONG.

MR WILLIAMSON SAID THAT CARITAS MANAGED THE JUBILEE CENTRE ♦VERY WELL IN VERY DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES* .

HE ADDED THAT IT ALSO RAN A FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION PROGRAMME AT THE CENTRE FOR MARRIED COUPLES AS WELL AS FOR GIRLS IN THE RELEVENT AGE BRACKET.

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EFFORT MADE TO IMPROVE SECURITY * * * *

THE RATE OF PERSONAL CRIME IN TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS WAS 39.4 PER THOUSAND OF THE POPULATION AT THE AGE OF 12 YEARS AND ABOVE, ACCORDING TO THE 1961 CRIME VICTIMISATION SURVEY CITED TODAY IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL BY THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON PATRICK WILLIAMSON.

BY COMPARISON, THE RATE WERE 41.3 IN PUBLIC HOUSING AND 37.4 IN PRIVATE HOUSING AREAS.

MR WILLIAMSON CITED THE SURVEY IN REPLY TO A QUESTION ON THE ISSUE BY DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI.

HE POINTED OUT THAT SEPARATE STATISTICS WERE NOT KEPT OF CRIMES IN TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS. HOWEVER, THE SURVEY GAVE SOME INDICATION OF THE SITUATION, THOUGH THE INFORMATION MUST BE TREATED WITH CAUTION, AS THEY INCLUDED UNREPORTED CRIME.

AND, +TEMPORARY HOUSING+ IN THE SURVEY INCLUDED SQUATTER AREAS AS WELL, HE EXPLAINED.

THE STATE OF LAW AND ORDER IN TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS WAS THEREFORE NOT +DRAMATICALLY WORSE* THAN IN OTHER RESIDENTIAL AREAS, MR WILLIAMSON SAID.

♦NEVERTHELESS, THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE IS CONCERNED ABOUT THE HIGHER INCIDENCE OF CERTAIN TYPES OF CRIME, IN PARTICULAR BURGLARY.

♦POLICE AND HOUSING OFFICERS ARE LIAISING ON HOW TO IMPROVE SECURITY IN THESE AREAS,♦ MR WILLIAMSON SAID.

WHILE THERE WAS NO STATISTICAL INFORMATION ON ENFORCEMENT, MR WILLIAMSON SAID THAT IN JUNE OF THIS YEAR, THE COMMISSIONER CF POLICE REQUESTED REGIONAL COMMANDERS TO EXAMINl WAYS OF IMPROVING THEIR METHODS OF POLICING THESE AREAS, WHICH WERt OFTEN REMOTE AND DIFFICULT TO INCLUDE IN NORMAL BEAT SYSTEMS.

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BILL TO ENABLE KUK TO DISCHARGE DUTIES

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THE HEUNG YEE KUK (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983 WOULD ENABLE THE KUK TO DISCHARGE ITS DUTIES PERTAINING TO THE RESPONSIBILITIES WITH WHICH IT IS ENTRUSTED, AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, THE HON BENTON CHEUNG, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

HE WAS SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BILL.

♦FROM THE PREAMBLE OF THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE ENACTED IN DECEMBER 1959, IT WAS APPARENTLY THOUGHT APPROPRIATE THAT THE HEUNG YEE KUK NEED ONLY TO FUNCTION AS AN ADVISORY BODY AND AS A FORUM WHERE LEADERS OF OPINION IN THE TERRITORIES COULD EXCHANGE VIEWS.

♦EVENTS HAVE PROVED THAT THE COMMUNITIES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES HAVE ALSO SEEN FIT TO ENTRUST THE KUK WITH TASKS OTHER THAN THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE HAD PROVIDED FOR,+ HE SAID.

HENCE AMENDMENTS ARE NEEDED TO CLAUSE 2 TO COMPLETE THE KUK’S LEGAL ENTITY AND TO CLAUSE 3 TO ENABLE IT TO DISCHARGE ITS DUTIES PERTAINING TO THE RESPONSIBILITIES WITH WHICH IT IS ENTRUSTED.

♦WHEN THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE WAS ENACTED IN 1959, IT WAS APPARENTLY NOT FORESEEN THAT THE PRIVATELY ACQUIRED OLD BUILDING AT SUNG TAK STREET, NEAR THE OLD RAILWAY STATION AT TAI PO MARKET, HAD WELL SERVED ITS PURPOSES FOR OVER 30 YEARS.

♦THE BUILDING USED TO HOUSE, NOT ONLY THE HEUNG YEE KUK, BUT ALSO THE TAI PO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND A PRIMARY SCHOOL, THE SUNG TAK SCHOOL,+ HE SAID.

IN 1979, MR CHEUNG REPRESENTED THE KUK AND ENTERED INTO A DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT WITH ITS CO-OWNER TO DEVELOP THE SITE.

WHEN REDEVELOPED INTO A SIX-STOREY COMMERCIAL/RESI DENT I AL BUILDING, THE UNITS THEREIN COULD BE SOLD BY THE RESPECTIVE PARTIES.

♦IT WAS ALWAYS THE INTENTION OF THE KUK TO SELL THOSE UNITS IT RIGHTFULLY OWNS AND TO CREDIT THE PROCEEDS REALISED TO THE KUK’S ’EDUCATION PROMOTION FUND’, AFTER REPAYING ITS LAWFUL DEBTS,♦ HE SAID.

MR CHEUNG ALSO TOUCHED ON THE HISTORY OF THE KUK AND ITS AMBITIOUS SECONDARY SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR THE NEW TERR I TOR IES.

HE PAID.TRIBUTE TO THE +FAR-SIGHTED AND RESOURCEFUL^ FOUNDER MEMBERS OF THE KUK AND TO THE PHILANTHROPIST, MR CHU YAN-KIT OF TAI PO WHO DONATED SUBSTANTIAL TRACKS OF AGRICULTURAL LAND IN FANLING/SHEUNG SHUI TO THE KUK FOR THE PROMOTION OF EDUCATION.

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NO AIDS REPORTED IN HONG KONG

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THERE HAD BEEN NO REPORT OF ANY CASE OF THE ACQUIRED IMMUNE DEFICIENCY SYNDROME (AIDS) TO THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT CR IN LOCAL MEDICAL LITERATURE, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR S.F. LAM SAID TODAY.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON CHAN KAM-CHUEN IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, DR LAM SAID THE DEPARTMENT WOULD CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE SITUATION.

♦AIDS HAVE BEEN REPORTED IN HOMOSEXUALS, INTRAVENOUS DRUG ABUSERS, HAITIANS AND PATIENTS WITH BLEEDING DISEASES (HAEMOPHILIACS) NEEDING FREQUENT AND PROLONGED BLOOD REPLACEMENT TREATMENT,♦ HE SAID.

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ALL APPLICANTS FOR A WATCHMAN’S PERMIT ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE WITH THEIR FULL PERSONAL PARTICULARS.

AND BEFORE THEY ARE GIVEN PERMITS, THEY ARE INTERVIEWED AND A CHECK IS MADE TO ESTABLISH WHETHER THEY HAVE A CRIMINAL RECORD, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON PATRICK WILLIAMSON, SAID TODAY, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON ANDREW SO IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

MR SO HAD ASKED THE GOVERNMENT TO STATE HOW IT ENSURED THAT PERSONS REGISTERED WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, AS REQUIRED BY LAW, HAD A RECORD OF GOOD CONDUCT AND WERE SUITABLE TO BE EMPLOYED TO PROTECT THE SAFETY OF OTHER PERSONS.

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THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE’S POLICY IS THAT HOODING OF SUSPECTS SHOULD ONLY BE CARRIED OUT IN CASES WHERE THE IDENTITY OF THE GUILTY PARTY MAY BE A MATTER FOR THE COURT TO RESOLVE, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON PATRICK WILLIAMSON, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON CHAN KAM-CHUEN, MR WILLIAMSON SAID HOODING WAS ALSO RECOMMENDED WHEN THE PREMATURE DISCLOSURE OF A SUSPECT’S IDENTITY COULD PREJUDICE HIS CASE OR HIS SAFETY.

HE POINTED OUT THAT HOODING OF SUSPECTS WAS PROVIDED BY WAY OF POLICE HEADQUARTERS GENERAL ORDER, RATHER THAN BY REGULATIONS.

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MEASURES ARE CONSTANTLY BEING TAKEN BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO IMPROVE ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY SERVICES, IN A BID TO SATISFY THE CONTINUOUS RISING EXPECTATIONS AND INSATIABLE DEMANDS OF THE COMMUNITY, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR S.F. LAM SAID TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON LYDIA DUNN AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, DR LAM SAID THAT ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS IN HOSPITALS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD HAD ONE THING IN COMMONt +THE SERVICES THEY PROVIDE ARE IN SUCH GREAT DEMAND THAT AS A RESULT, THE STAFF ARE USUALLY OVERWORKED, AND HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS ARE NO DIFFERENT.+

THE ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS OF REGIONAL HOSPITALS ACT AS THE +LONG-STOP+ FOR ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY CASES THAT SPILL OVER FROM THE PERIPHERAL AND DISTRICT HOSPITALS, SAID DR LAM.

IN HONG KONG THE GOVERNMENT HAS ADOPTED A POLICY OF NOT TURNING AWAY ANY PATIENT AND ANYONE TAKEN TO A HOSPITAL IS SEEN AND TREATED FIRST AND ASKED QUESTIONS LATER, HE SAID.

ALTHOUGH THE IMPLICATIONS ARE THAT THE STAFF ARE WORKING UNDER A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF PRESSURE, THE PATIENTS ARE PROVIDED WITH AN EFFICIENT SERVICE, HE ADDED.

SHORT TERM MEASURES TO IMPROVE ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY SERVICES INCLUDE STATIONING A NURSING OFFICER AT THE RECEPTION ROOM TO DETERMINE PRIORITIES SO THAT THE MORE SERIOUSLY ILL OR INJURED ARE TAKEN CARE OF FIRST AND WITHOUT DELAY.

DR LAM SAID THAT WHEN AVAILABLE, THE MEDICAL, NURSING, PARAMEDICAL AND TECHNICAL STAFF HAD BEEN INCREASED BOTH IN QUANTITY AND QUALITY.

♦OVER THE PAST TWO TO THREE YEARS, MORE SENIOR POSTS OF CONSULTANTS AND SENIOR MEDICAL AND HEALTH OFFICERS HAVE BEEN CREATED,♦ HE SAID.

♦IN ADDITION TO MEETING THE NEED FOR EXPERTISE IN PATIENT CARE AND JUNIOR STAFF SUPERVISION, THESE SENIOR POSTS ALSO SATISFY THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE ROYAL COLLEGES OF SURGEONS OF EDINBURGH AND ENGLAND IN ORDER THAT THESE ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS CAN BE ACCREDITED AS POST-GRADUATE TRAINING INSTITUTIONS,+ HE ADDED.

♦SUCH RECOGNITION SIGNIFIES THE ATTAINMENT OF THE HIGHEST STANDARD IN BRITISH MEDICINE,♦ SAID DR LAM.

IN THE MEDIUM TERM, MORE SPACIOUS ACCOMMODATIONS HAVE BEEN PLANNED FOR THE ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS IN THE EXTENSIONS OF THE THREE REGIONAL HOSPITALS, THE QUEEN MARY, THE QUEEN ELIZABETH AND THE PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITALS.

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LONG TERM MEASURES INCLUDE THE PROVISION OF ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS IN ALL NEW HOSPITALS AND TO IMPROVE THE HOSPITAL BACK-UP FACILITIES FOR EXISTING A AND E DEPARTMENTS.

THE ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT OF THE PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL IN SHA TIN IS PLANNED TO OPEN IN 1984, AND THE NEW RUTTONJEE HOSPITAL SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION IN 1987 WILL BE AN ACUTE DISTRICT HOSPITAL FOR WAN CHAI, AND WILL PROVIDE BACK-UP SERVICES FOR THE TANG SHIU KIN HOSPITAL’S ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT.

ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS ARE ALSO PLANNED FOR THE TL'EN MUN HOSPITAL IN 1987, THE EASTERN DISTRICT HOSPITAL ON THE ISLAND AND THE EAST KOWLOON HOSPITAL, BOTH OF WHICH ARE SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION AT THE END OF THE DECADE.

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POLICY IS TO ASSIST SPORTS BODIES WITH FUNDS

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THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY FOR TRAINING IN SPORTS IS TO PROVIDE FUNDS TO ASSIST AND TO ENCOURAGE THE GOVERNING SPORTS BODIES TO ORGANISE THEIR OWN TRAINING PROGRAMMES, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY.

THIS POLICY WAS BASED ON THE ADVICE OF THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT WHICH IS GOVERNMENT’S PRINICPAL ADVISORY BODY ON SPORTS AND RECREATION, HE SAID.

SUPERB TRAINING FACILITIES WERE PROVIDED AT THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE AND A SCHEME OF TRANSPORT SUBSIDY HAD BEEN DEVISED TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG SPORTSMEN OF 18 AND BELOW TO UNDERTAKE TRAINING AT THE CENTRE.

FOR THIS FINANCIAL YEAR, $4.61 MILLION WAS MADE AVAILABLE FOR THE GENERAL PROMOTION OF SPORTS, WHICH INCLUDES SUPPORT FOR TRAINING UNDER THE PROMOTION OF SPORTS VOTE, MR AKERS-JONES SAID, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON F.K. HU AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

IN FURTHERANCE OF THIS POLICY OBJECTIVE, THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT HAD RECENTLY PUT FORWARD CERTAIN PROPOSALS WHICH WOULD PROVIDE MORE SUPPORT FOR THE TRAINING OF THE REPRESENTATIVE TEAMS OF THE MAJOR SPORTS IN HONG KONG.

THESE PROPOSALS INCLUDED SUPPORT FOR YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMMES IN SKILL AND FITNESS TRAINING, RESIDENTIAL TRAINING SESSIONS AT THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE, AND MORE INTENSIVE PRE-COMPETITION TRAINING.

THESE PROPOSALS WERE SUPPORTED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND SAVINGS WOULD BE IDENTIFIED AS FAR AS POSSIBLE FROM THE PROMOTION OF SPORTS VOTE TO GO SOME WAY TOWARDS IMPLEMENTATION WITHIN THIS FINANCIAL YEAR, MR AKERS-JONES SAID.

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ELEVEN BILLS PASSED * * *

ELEVEN BILLS WERE APPROVED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THE APPROVED BILLS WERE THE SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION (1982-83) BILL 1983. CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL 1983, CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (PRELIMINARY PROCEEDINGS ON AN INDICTABLE OFFENCE) BILL 1983, SUPREME COURT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, HONG KONG BAPTIST COLLEGE BILL 1983, HEUNG YEE KUK (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, SMOKING (PUBLIC HEALTH) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENTS BILL 1983, POLICE FORCE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983 AND POLICE SUPERVISION (REPEAL) BILL 1983.

THREE BILLS WERE INTRODUCED AND READ A SECOND TIME, AND DEBATE ON THEM WAS ADJOURNED TILL OCTOBER 12.

THEY AREi DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, BANKING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983 AND PAWNBROKERS BILL 1983.

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UNOFFICIALS PRAISED FOR LEGCO WORK * * * *

THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, CLOSING THE 1982-83 SESSION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY, PAID TRIBUTE TO THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE WORK OF THE COUNCIL.

SIR PHILIP SAID ALSO THAT THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS HAD DEMONSTRATED THEIR ABILITY TO RESPOND RAPIDLY AND EFFECTIVELY TO MATTERS OF PUBLIC CONCERN.

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♦DURING THIS SESSION SOME 73 BILLS HAVE BEEN PASSED, OF WHICH 19 WERE AMENDED AT THE COMMITTEE STAGE, A REFLECTION OF THE CRITICAL SCRUTINY OF LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS IN THEIR WORKING GROUPS AND AD HOC GROUPS.

+IN ADDITION, 45 RESOLUTIONS WERE MADE. DURING THE 1981-82 SESSION 75 BILLS WERE PASSED AND 72 RESOLUTIONS MADE. BUT THE COMPLEXITY OF THE LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS BEFORE MEMBERS THIS YEAR WAS PROBABLY GREATER AND, THEREFORE, INVOLVED MORE TIME-CONSUMING EFFORT.

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♦DURING THIS SESSION UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS ASKED 194 QUESTIONS, 34 MORE THAN DURING THE 1981-82 SESSION : AND THESE WERE FOLLOWED UP BY 340 SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTIONS (INCLUDING A REMARKABLE 36 TODAY), AN INCREASE OF 69 ON THE LAST SESSION.

♦UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS ALSO DEALT WITH 326 FINANCE COMMITTEE AGENDA ITEMS AND PAPERS, 289 PUBLIC WORKS SUB-COMMITTEE PAPERS AND 45 ESTABLISHMENT SUB-COMMITTEE PAPERS, ALL OF WHICH ENTAILED MANY HOURS OF PRIVATE STUDY APART FROM MEETINGS.

+3UT THESE STATISTICS ONLY TELL PART OF THE STORY 1 THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL WHAT ONE MIGHT DESCRIBE AS QUALITATIVE DEVELOPMENTS THIS SESSION. TO BEGIN WITH, THIS SESSION WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR A NUMBER OF VIGOROUS, AND AT TIMES IMPASSIONED, DEBATES ON SUBJECTS AS FAR APART AS AIR POLLUTION, DRIVING OFFENCES, SCHEMES OF CONTROL AND EDUCATION, WHICH HAVE ENLIVENED OUR PROCEEDINGS.

♦IF I MAY SAY SO, UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS HAVE ALSO DEMONSTRATED THEIR ABILITY TO RESPOND RAPIDLY AND EFFECTIVELY TO MATTERS OF PUBLIC CONCERN - A RECENT EXAMPLE BEING THE TREATMENT OF CHICKENS WITH HORMONES - AND OFFICIAL MEMBERS WILL REMEMBER THIS SESSION FOR THE BARRAGE OF PENETRATING SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTIONS WHICH, CONTRARY TO BELIEF IN SOME QUARTERS, ARE NOT MADE KNOWN TO THEM IN SECRET CONCLAVE IN ADVANCE.

♦THE AMENDMENTS TO THE STANDING ORDERS WHICH WERE APPROVED AT THE LAST SITTING ALSO REPRESENT A SIGNIFICANT STEP IN THE HISTORY OF THIS COUNCIL AND THEY SHOULD RESULT IN EVEN MORE SPONTANEOUS DEBATE IN THE FUTURE AND HELP TO REFLECT MORE CLEARLY THE VERY CONSIDERABLE CONTRIBUTION MADE BY UNOFFICIALS IN THE FORMULATION OF LEGISLATION AND THE CONTROL OF PUBLIC EXPENDITURE.

♦IN PARTICULAR, THE HOLDING IN PUBLIC OF THOSE MEETINGS OF FINANCE COMMITTEE AT WHICH HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS ARE QUESTIONED IN DETAIL ON THE FUNDS SOUGHT BY THEM IN THE ANNUAL APPROPRIATION BILL SHOULD CONTRIBUTE GREATLY TOWARDS PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF THIS ASPECT OF THE COUNCIL’S WORK.

♦SO, WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, ON BEHALF OF BOTH THE GOVERNOR AND MYSELF AND THE CLERK AND THE DEPUTY CLERK OF COUNCILS MAY I WISH YOU ALL A RELAXING IF NOT RESTFUL RECESS, AND A SAFE RETURN TO THOSE OF YOU TRAVELLING ABROAD.+

SIR PHILIP SAID THE FIRST SITTING OF THE 1983-84 SESSION WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, WHEN THE GOVERNOR WILL ADDRESS THE COUNCIL.

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FREE MEDICAL CHECK-UP FOR OFFICE WORKERS * * * * *

EREE MED,CAL CHECK-UP WILL BE OFFERED TO OFFICE WORKERS IN CENTRAL ON AUGUST 12, 15 AND 17.

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A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY, +OWING TO LONG

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FROM THE DESERT OF THE PAST HONG KONG HAS BECOME A FERTILE LAND TO WHICH ARTISTS FROM MANY COUNTRIES COME TO PERFORM AND FROM WHICH ARTISTS AND PERFORMERS ARE BEGINNING TO BE SEEN AND HEARD AROUND THE WORLD, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY.

THERE IS ALSO A GROWING AWARENESS AMONG THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, PARTICULARLY THE YOUNG, OF THE RICH AND REWARDING WORLD OF CULTURE AND THE ARTS, HE SAID.

SPEAKING AT A ROTARY CLUB OF KOWLOON WEST LUNCHEON MEETING, MR AKERS-JONES POINTED OUT THAT 25 YEARS AGO THE STAR FERRY PIER WAS USED AS A VENUE FOR PROTOTYPE ARTS FESTIVAL, AND IN 1962 THE OPENING OF THE CITY HALL AS THE ONLY MAJOR PERFORMING AND EXHIBITION VENUE MARKED A TURNING POINT IN HONG KONG’S POST-WAR HISTORY.

SINCE THEN THERE HAS BEEN AN EXTENSIVE BUILDING PROGRAMME TO PROVIDE A VARIETY OF VENUES TO MEET A DEMONSTRABLE AND GROWING DEMAND FOR PLACES TO PERFORM OR TO BE A SPECTATOR, HE NOTED.

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HE SAID THERE ARE NOW SOME 800 INDOOR PERFORMANCES A YEAR ATTENDED BY HALF A MILLION PEOPLE AND THIS COMPARED WITH SOME 90 PERFORMANCES ATTENDED BY ABOUT 60 000 PEOPLE IN 1977. IN ADDITION, SOME 800 OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT EVENTS WERE ENJOYED LAST YEAR BY ALMOST A MILLION PEOPLE.

MR AKERS-JONES ALSO SAID TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOCAL PERFORMERS WERE PROVIDED AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL DIRECTLY BY THE GOVERNMENT’S RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT THROUGH ITS MUSIC OFFICE AND THE RECREATION AND SPORTS SERVICE.

♦ AT A CENTRAL LEVEL, ORGANISATIONS LIKE THE HONG KONG CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC, THE HONG KONG ACADEMY OF BALLET ARE GIVEN FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM PUBLIC FUNDS TO MEET A NEED FOR TRAINING OUR FINE MUSICIANS AND DANCERS AT THE TERTIARY LEVEL,* HE SAID.

THE ACADEMY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS DUE TO BE COMPLETED AT THE END OF NEXT YEAR WILL TRAIN 600 STUDENTS IN THE FOUR DISCIPLINES OF DANCE, DRAMA, MUSIC AND TECHNICAL ARTS, NR AKERS-JONES SAID.

HE SAID GRADUATES OF THE ACADEMY WILL BE ABLE TO FORM THE BACKBONE OF HONG KONG’S VARIOUS PERFORMING GROUPS.

MR AKERS-JONES ALSO MENTIONED THE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION CF DISTRICT BOARDS TO THE PROMOTION OF THE ARTS IN THEIR DISTRICTS AND THAT EACH DISTRICT NOW HAS ITS OWN ORGANISATION DEDICATED TO THIS WORK.

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NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KOWLOON AND NT * * *

FROM 10 AM ON AUGUST 12 (FRIDAY), THE FOLLOWING TRAFFIC REGULATIONS WILL COME INTO EFFECT:

THE TELFORD GARDENS BUS TERMINUS WILL BE DESIGNATED A 'PROHIBITION ZONE’. ALL MOTOR VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED OMNIBUSES AND THOSE AUTHORISED IN WRITING BY THE AUTHORITY, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE BUS TERMINUS.

AND THE TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE TERMINUS AT TELFORD GARDENS WILL BECOME A 'PROHIBITED ZONE’. ALL MOTOR VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED OMNIBUSES, TAXIS AND THOSE AUTHORISED IN WRITING BY THE AUTHORITY, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE AREA.

THE ACCESS RAMPS LINKING WAI YIP STREET AND TELFORD GARDENS, AND THE TELFORD GARDENS ACCESS ROAD IN KWUN TONG WILL BE DESIGNATED AS 24-HOUR URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTED ZONES DAILY.

WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONES, ALL MOTOR VEHICLES EXCEPT THOSE AUTHORISED IN WRITING BY THE AUTHORITY WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING UP OR SETTING DOWN PASSENGERS, OR FROM LOADING OR UNLOADING GOODS.

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PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING MAIDSTONE LANE AND MAIDSTONE ROAD BETWEEN MAIDSTONE LANE AND LOK SHAN ROAD, UNLESS AUTHORISED IN WRITING BY THE AUTHORITY.

THE SECTION OF LOK SHAN ROAD BETWEEN MAIDSTONE ROAD AND MA TAU WAI ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED A 24-HOUR PUBLIC LIGHT BUS RESTRICTED ZONE WHERE ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING UP AND SETTING DOWN PASSENGERS.

THE RIGHT TURNING MOVEMENT FROM KWU HANG ROAD SOUTHBOUND ONTO YEUNG UK ROAD WESTBOUND WILL BE BANNED TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC ON YEUNG UK ROAD.

MOTORISTS ON SHA TSUI ROAD HEADING FOR YEUNG UK ROAD WESTBOUND SHOULD USE CHUNG ON STREET INSTEAD OF KWU HANG ROAD BEFORE REJOINING YEUNG UK ROAD WESTBOUND.

ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES EXCEPT THOSE AUTHORISED IN WRITING BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE FANLING KCR STATION FORECOURT SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH PAK FUK TSUEN ROAD.

ALL MOTOR VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES AND TAXIS, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE SECTION OF THE FANLING KCR STATION FORECOURT SOUTH OF THE STATION SERVICE YARD.

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RCD MOVING TO HARBOUR CENTRE * * * *

THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT AT CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (WEST WING) WILL MOVE TO HARBOUR CENTRE IN WAN CHAI ON AUGUST 25.

THE DEPARTMENT WILL OCCUPY THE 11TH FLOOR AND A HALF OF THE 1DTH FLOOR OF THE CENTRE AT 25 HARBOUR ROAD, NEAR THE WAN CHAI FERRY PIER.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE PUBLICITY AND INFORMATION UNIT AND SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT WILL VACATE THE CGO BLOCK ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 12).

FROM SATURDAY (AUGUST 13) ALL ENQUIRIES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TOi

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, AUGUST 11, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

ACTING GOVERNOR VISITS SUMMER YOUTH CAMPS ................... 1

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE PROMOTIONS ANNOUNCED ................. 2

HONG KONG'S EXTERNAL TRADE FOR JANUARY - JUNE 1983........... 2

DROP IN FATAL, SERIOUS TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS .................... 9

MANPOWER SURVEY SET FOR TRANSPORT AND DISTRIBUTION INDUSTRY . 11

PUBLIC DUMP TO BE OPENED IN TAI PO .......................... 11

HANDBOOK ON YUEN LONG PUT OUT FOR RESIDENTS ................. 12

STILL TIME FOR VIEWS ON EDUCATION REPORT .................... 13

ADVENTURE SHIP JI FUNG OPEN TO PUBLIC ....................... 1j

CAS TO HOLD FOOTDRILL COMPETITION ........................... 14

YOUTH ACTIVITY VARIETY SHOW TO BE STAGED..................... 14

TUNNEL TO BE CLOSED FOR COMPUTER SYSTEM TEST

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ACTING GOVERNOR VISITS SUMMER YOUTH CAMPS

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THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE TODAY (THURSDAY) VISITED TWO YOUTH CAMPS TO SEE HOW THE 15TH SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME PROVIDES HEALTHY RECREATIONAL OUTLETS FOR YOUNGSTERS IN HONG KONG.

HE SPENT THE AFTERNOON TOURING A FORESTRY WORK CAMP IN THE PAK TAM AU COUNTRY PARK MANAGEMENT CENTRE BEFORE VISITING THE HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC CAMP AT ST. STEPHEN’S COLLEGE IN STANLEY.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR YOUTH RECREATION (CCCYR), MR F. DE S. OZORIO’ ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS) MRS RUBY LAU’ AND ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, MR K.C. IU, SIR PHILIP ARRIVED BY HELICOPTER AT THE FORESTRY WORK CAMP AT 2.45 PM.

HE WAS BRIEFED ON THE SUMMER FORESTRY WORK CAMP SCHEME JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

THIS YEAR, A TOTAL OF 90 CAMPS HAVE BEEN ARRANGED FOR YOUNGSTERS OVER THE AGE OF 15 AT 18 DIFFERENT COUNTRY PARK MANAGEMENT CENTRES.

AFTER A SITE INSPECTION, SIR PHILIP TALKED TO 20 YOUNG CAMPERS FROM ST. SIMON’S LUI MING CHOI SECONDARY TECHNICAL SCHOOL AND SHOWED MUCH INTEREST IN WATCHING HOW THEY TEND THE PLANTS AND MAINTAIN THE FOOTPATHS.

AT ABOUT 3.40 PM, HE DEPARTED FOR THE MUSIC CAMP ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT FOR 400 RESIDENT AND DAY CAMPERS.

ON ARRIVAL, SIR PHILIP WAS RECEIVED BY THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR CLIVE OXLEY, ASSISTANT MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR (ADMINISTRATION) MR M.W. LOW AND ASSISTANT MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR (PROFESSIONAL) MR THOMAS WANG.

THE HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC CAMP, HELD FOR THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR, AIMS AT PROVIDING YOUNG MUSIC STUDENTS WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO UNDERGO INTENSIVE TRAINING IN A CAREFREE ATMOSPHERE AND AT THE SAME TIME, TO ENJOY A VARIETY OF RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES.

DURING A REHEARSAL SESSION, SIR PHILIP WAS DELIGHTED TO SEE ENTHUSIASTIC YOUNGSTERS PRACTISING WESTERN AND CHINESE ORCHESTRAL MUSIC UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF RENOWNED MUSICIANS, BOTH LOCAL AND FROM OVERSEAS.

HE LEFT THE CAMP BY HELICOPTER SHORTLY AFTER 5 PM.

THE ACTIVITIES WITNESSED BY THE ACTING GOVERNOR TODAY WERE AMONG SOME 8 000 SUMMER YOUTH EVENTS ORGANISED BY THE CCCYR THIS YEAR WITH THE AIM OF HELPING YOUNGSTERS TO DEVELOP THEIR TALENTS AND POTENTIALS, TO ACQUIRE NEW KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS, AND TO GAIN EXPERIENCE IN SERVING THE COMMUNITY.

MORE THAN $12 MILLION IS BEING SPENT ON THE 1983 SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME, OF WHICH $4.5 MILLION IS DONATED BY THt ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB.

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ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE PROMOTIONS ANNOUNCED * * *

THE GOVERNMENT TODAY ANNOUNCED A SERIES OF PROMOTIONS AT VARIOUS LEVELS OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE.

THREE OFFICERS HAVE BEEN PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF ADMINISTRATIVE

OFFICER STAFF GRADE A. THESE ARE MR PETER K.Y. TSAO, DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SERVICES’ MR R.G.B. BRIDGE, COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR? AND MR J.R. TODD, DIRECTOR OF LANDS.

EIGHT OFFICERS HAVE BEEN PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE Bl. THESE ARE MR E.B. WIGGHAM, COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE; MR J.W. HAYES, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR’ MR A.K. CHUI, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES;

WHS GREWAL DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE;

KR J^c'a. HAMMOND, DIRECTOR, COUNCILS AND ADM!NISTRATI ON BRANCH ; MR J F YAXLEY. DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY! MR H.G. ARDLEY, POSTMASTER GENERAL? AND MR P.F. LEEDS, COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT.

SIX OFFICERS HAVE BEEN PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF ADMINISTRATIVE rcFICFR STAFF GRADE B. THESE ARE MR PAUL K.C. WONG, DE.PUi^ DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY’ MR M. PAGLIARI, DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE- MRS S.E. MACE, DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR TRANSPOR. • MR 6 L. MORTIMER, COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS’ MR J.C.C. CHAN DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF TRADE; AND MR J.H. cAMFORTH, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES.

ALL THE PROMOTIONS TOOK EFFECT FROM JULY 1, 1983.

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HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL TRADE FOR JANUARY - JUNE 1983 * * * * *

TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE FOR JANUARY - JUNE 1983, VALUED AT $143 212 MILLION, INCREASED BY 12 PER CENT AS COMPARED WITH THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD IN 1982 ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE BY 14 PER CENT TO $43 160 MILLION, IMPORTS BY 11 PER CENT TO $76 076 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS BY 12 PER CENT TO $23 975 MILLION. DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS TOGETHER INCREASED BY 13 PER CENT.

THE CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE TEN MAJOR OVERSEAS MARKETS ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 1.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE U.S.A. ROSE BY 25 PER CENT IN VALUE. SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN CLOTHING (BY $1 508 MILLION OR 29 PER CENT), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $639 MILLION OR 76 PER CENT) AND OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $629 MILLION OR 84 PER CENT). ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS (BY $359 MILLION OR 24 PER CENT) AND FOOTWEAR (BY $30 MILLION OR 19 PER CENT).

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INCREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE UNITED KINGDOM WERE REGISTERED FOR METALLIFEROUS ORES AND METAL SCRAP (BY $380 MILLION OR 1 383 PER CENT), TEXTILES (BY $53 MILLION OR 26 PER CENT) AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY 33 MILLION OR 29 PER CENT). HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR CLOTHING (BY $134 MILLION OR NINE PER CENT) AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $51 MILLION OR 26 PER CENT).

MOST COMMODITIES EXPORTED TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY INCREASED IN VALUE, INCLUDING OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $75 MILLION OR 320 PER CENT) AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $32 MILLION OR 16 PER CENT). HOWEVER, DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF DECREASED BY $14 MILLION OR NINE PER CENT.

SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE REGISTERED IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO CHINA OF TEXTILES (BY $259 MILLION OR 63 PER CENT) AND FEEDING STUFF FOR ANIMALS (BY $97 MILLION OR 549 PER CENT)5 AND IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO JAPAN OF JEWELLERY, GOLDSMITHS’ AND SILVERSMITHS’ WARES, AND OTHER ARTICLES OF PRECIOUS OR SEMI-PRECIOUS MATERIALS (BY $34 MILLION OR 52 PER CENT).

THE CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS ARE PRESENTED IN TABLE 2.

THE CHANGES IN IMPORTS FROM THE TEN MAJOR SOURCES ARE SUMMARISED IN TABLE 3.

DEMAND FOR IMPORTED GOODS FROM CHINA REMAINED STRONG. INCREASES WERE RECORDED MAINLY IN CLOTHING (BY $609 MILLION OR 30 PER CENT), TEXTILES (BY $424 MILLION OR 15 PER CENT), MEAT AND MEAT PREPARATIONS (BY $152 MILLION OR 27 PER CENT), CRUDE ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE MATERIALS (BY $123 MILLION OR 33 PER CENT), AND PETROLEUM, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND RELATED MATERIALS (BY $109 MILLION OR NINE PER CENT).

AS FOR IMPORTS FROM JAPAN, INCREASES WERE NOTED FOR ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $804 MILLION OR 53 PER CENT), AND TEXTILES (BY $460 MILLION OR 21 PER CENT). HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR ROAD VEHICLES (INCLUDING AIR CUSHION VEHICLES) (BY $342 MILLION OR 24 PER CENT), AND GENERAL INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT, AND MACHINE PARTS (BY S128 MILLION OR 16 PER CENT).

INCREASES IN IMPORTS FROM THE U.S.A. WERE MOSTLY OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $547 MILLION OR 70 PER CENT), PETROLEUM, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND RELATED MATERIALS (BY $398 MILLION OR 912 PER CENT) AND OTHER TRANSPORT EQUIPEMTN (BY S366 MILLION OR 268 PER CENT). ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED IN IMPORTS OF GENERAL INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT, AND MACHINE PARTS (BY $108 MILLION OR 29 PER CENT) AND PEARLS, PRECIOUS AND SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES UNWORKED OR WORKED (BY $78 MILLION OR 18 PER CENT).

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DECREASES WERE REGISTERED IN IMPORTS FROM TAIWAN OF TEXTILES (BY $111 MILLION OR SIX PER CENT) AND IN IMPORTS FROM SINGAPORE CF PETROLEUM, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND RELATED MATERIALS (BY SI 038 MILLION OR 30 PER CENT). HOWEVER, IMPORTS OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF FROM TAIWAN INCREASED (BY $76 MILLION OR 10 PER CENT) AND IMPORTS OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF FROM SINGAPORE ALSO INCREASED (BY $148 MILLION OR 46 PER CENT).

TABLE 4 ILLUSTRATES THE MORE IMPORTANT CHANGES IN IMPORTS BY COMMODITY SECTIONS.

INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN RE-EXPORTS TO THE U.S.A. (BY $729 MILLION OR 28 PER CENT), SINGAPORE (BY $368 MILLION OR 22 PER CENT), REPUBLIC OF KOREA (SOUTH KOREA) (BY $332 MILLION OR 41 PER CENT), SAUDI ARABIA (BY $248 MILLION OR 62 PER CENT), CHINA (BY $182 MILLION OR FOUR PER CENT), TAIWAN (BY $157 MILLION OR 12 PER CENT), MACAU (BY $144 MILLION OR 20 PER CENT) AND NETHERLANDS (BY $131 MILLION OR 154 PER CENT). ON THE OTHER HAND, DECLINES WERE REGISTERED IN RE-EXPORTS TO NIGERIA (BY $189 MILLION OR 36 PER CENT) AND INDONESIA (BY $158 MILLION OR SEVEN PER CENT).

THE CHANGES IN RE-EXPORTS TO THE TEN MAJOR MARKETS ARE GIVEN IN TABLE 5.

MOST COMMODITIES RE-EXPORTED THROUGH HONG KONG EXHIBITED STRONG GROWTH, THE MORE SIGNIFICANT ONES BEING CLOTHING (BY $619 MILLION OR 47 PER CENT), PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $366 MILLION OR 25 PER CENT), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $307 MILLION OR 19 PER CENT), MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (BY $180 MILLION OR 16 PER CENT). DECREASES WERE REGISTERED IN THE RE-EXPORTS OF TEXTILES (BY $197 MILLION OR SIX PER CENT), ROAD VEHICLES (INCLUDING AIR CUSHION VEHICLES) (BY $186 MILLION OR 16 PER CENT) AND NON-METALLIC MINERAL MANUFACTURES (BY $82 MILLION OR SEVEN PER CENT).

THE CHANGES IN RE-EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS ARE GIVEN IN TABLE 6.

THE JUNE 1983 ISSUE OF THE +HONG KONG TRADE STATISTICS -SUMMARY* WILL BE AVAILABLE SHORTLY 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 JUNE 1983 WILL BE AVAILABLE IN EARLY SEPTEMBER, AT H<$10 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES CONCERNING SUBSCRIPTIONS TO THESE REPORTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT BASKERVILLE HOUSE, HONG KONG (TEL. NO. 5-214375). ENQUIRIES CONCERNING TRADE STATISTICS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (TEL. NO. 5-444436).

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FOLLOWING ARE THE SIX TABLES:

TABLE 1 : DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY TEN MAJOR MARKETS

INCREASE/ PERCENTAGE

MAJOR JAN-JUNE 1983 JAN-JUNE 1982 DECREASE CHANGE

MARKETS (S MN) (S MN) ($ MN) (%)

USA 17 465 13 966 +3 499 +25

UK 3 469 3 180 + 289 + 9

F.R. OF GERMANY 3 302 3 075 + 227 + 7

CHINA 2 497 1 819 + 678 +37

JAPAN 1 590 1 360 + 230 +17

CANADA 1 512 1 134 + 378 +33

AUSTRALIA 1 086 1 304 - 218 -17

SINGAPORE 988 906 + 82 + 9

NETHERLANDS 867 762 + 105 +14

SWITZERLAND 746 675 + 71 +10

TABLE 2 : DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS

COMMODITY JAN DIVISIONS -JUNE 1983 (S MN) JAN-JUNE 1982 ($ MN) INCREASE/ DECREASE (S MN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE (%)

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 14 276 13 049 +1 227 + 9

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS, JEWELLERY, GOLDSMITHS’ AND SILVERSMITHS’ WARES, AND ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS) 6 694 6 988 - 295 - 4

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PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS,

EQUIPMENT, SUPPLIES AND OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 3 959 3 426 + 532 +16

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (MAINLY TRANSISTORS AND DIODES AND HOUSEHOLD TYPE APPLIANCES) 3 509 2 965 + 544 +18

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 3 169 2 658 + 511 +19

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 3 021 2 402 + 619 +26

TABLE 3 « IMPORTS FROM TEN MAJOR SOURCES

INCREASE/ PERCENTAGE

JAN-JUNE 1983 JAN-JUNE 1982 DECREASE CHANGE

MAJOR SOURCES ($ MN) ($ MN) ($ MN) (%)

CHINA 17 776 15 307 ♦2 469 ♦ 16

JAPAN 17 519 15 249 ♦2 270 ♦ 15

USA 8 732 7 243 +1 490 ♦21

TAIWAN 5 320 5 131 + 189 ♦ 4

SINGAPORE 4 423 5 078 655 -13

UK 3 551 3 289 + 262 ♦ 8

REPUBLIC OF KOREA (SOUTH KOREA) 2 114 2 306 193 - 8

F.R. OF GERMANY 1 989 1 656 + 332 ♦20

SWITZERLAND 1 454 1 312 + 142 ♦ 11

AUSTRALIA 1 167 1 180 13 - 1

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TABLE 4 s IMPORTS BY COMMODITY SECTIONS

INCREASE/ PERCENTAGE

COMMODITY JAN-JUNE 1983 JAN-JUNE 1982 DECREASE CHANGE

SECTIONS ($ MN) (S MN) ($ MN) (%£

MANUFACTURED GOODS CLASSIFIED CHIEFLY BY MATERIAL (MAINLY TEXTILE PRODUCTS, DIAMONDS, IRON AND STEEL, AND

PAPER) 21 062 19 376 ♦1 186 * 6

MACHINERY AND TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT 17 194 15 325 +1 869 +12 ,

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY WATCHES AND CLOCKS, ARTICLES OF APPAREL) 13 713 11 495 ♦2 218 *19

FOOD AND LIVE ANIMALS CHIEFLY FOR FOOD 8 448 7 405 +1 044 +14

CHEMICALS AND RELATED PRODUCTS, N.E.S. 5 558 4 664 + 894 + 19

MINERAL FUELS, LUBRICANTS AND RELATED MATERIALS 5 221 5 469 - 248 - 5

TABLE 5 1 RE-EXPORTS BY TEN MAJOR MARKETS

MAJOR JAN MARKETS -JUNE 1983 ($ MN) JAN-JUNE 1982 (8 MN) INCREASE/ DECREASE ($ MN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE (%)

CHINA 4 301 4 119 + 182 * 4

USA 3 342 2 613 + 729 +28

INDONESIA 2 036 2 194 - 158 - 7

SINGAPORE 2 005 1 637 + 368 +22

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TAIWAN 1 432 1 275 157 +12

JAPAN 1 3OQ 1 280 + 29 + 2

REPUBLIC OF KOREA (SOUTH KOREA) 1 137 804 + 332 _ +41

MACAU 878 734 144 +20

PHILIPPINES 744 712 32 + 4

SAUDI ARABIA 646 398 + 248 +62

TABLE 6 s RE-EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS

COMMOD1TY DIVISIONS JAN-JUNE 1983 (3 MN) JAN-JUNE 1982 (3 MN) INCREASE/ DECREASE PERCENTAGE CHANGE (%)

(3 MN)

TEXTILE YARN. FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 3 280 3 478 197 - 6

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 1 937 1 318 + 619 +47

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES 1 934 1 627 + 307 +19

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT, SUPPLIES AND OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 1 848 1 482 + 366 +25

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES 1 285 1 104 + 180 + 16

NON-METALLIC MINERAL MANUFACTURES 1 158 1 239 82 - 7

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DROP IN FATAL, SERIOUS TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS

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The NUMBER OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS CAUSING DEATH OR INJURY DURING THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1983 DROPPED BY 10.7 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH THE FIGURE FOR THE CORRESPONDING QUARTER LAST YEAR.

REVIEWING TRAFFIC ACCIDENT STATISTICS FOR THE SECOND QUARTER, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR/TRAFFIC, MR ERIC MCCOSH, TOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT THE NUMBER OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS INVOLVING CASUALTIES FOR THE PERIOD STOOD AT 4 295, A DECREASE OF 514 OVER THE SAME QUARTER IN 1982.

FATAL TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS FELL FROM 108 TO 77, SERIOUS INJURY ACCIDENTS DROPPED FROM 2 173 TO 1 568 WHILE THOSE INVOLVING MINOR INJURY INCREASED FROM 2 528 TO 2 650.

CASUALTIES FOR THE QUARTER AGAINST THE SAME QUARTER IN 1982 DECREASED FROM 6 356 TO 5 828, A DROP OF 8.3 PER CENT, MR MCCOSH SAID.

THE NUMBER OF PERSONS KILLED FELL FROM 110 TO 85, THOSE SERIOUSLY INJURED FROM 2 547 TO 1 902 WHILE THOSE SLIGHTLY INJURED HAS RISEN FROM 3 699 TO 3 841.

’’WE CAN THEREFORE REPORT THAT OUR STATISTICS, BOTH IN THE NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS AND THE NUMBER OF CASUALTIES, ARE DOWN FOR THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE QUARTER, WHICH IS ENCOURAGING, BUT THESE ARE JUST STATISTICS AND I WOULD SUGGEST WE HAVE A CONSIDERABLE WAY TO GO TO IMPROVE OUR ACCIDENT RECORD,” MR MCCOSH SAID.

’’ACCIDENTS DO NOT JUST HAPPEN, THEY ARE CAUSED, USUALLY BY ONE OF THE PARTIES INVOLVED, A MOMENT OF CARELESSNESS, INATTENTION OR AGGRESSIVENESS.

’’BUT THAT MOMENT OF INDISCRETION AFFECTED 5 828 PERSONS LAST QUARTER, SOME OF THEM UNFORTUNATELY, PERMANENTLY,” HE NOTED.

TURNING TO VEHICLES INVOLVED IN ACCIDENTS, MR MCCOSH NOTED THAT PRIVATE CARS REMAINED THE PREDOMINANT CLASS. THEY WERE INVOLVED IN 32.5 PER CENT OF ALL ACCIDENTS AS COMPARED WITH 38.7 PER CENT IN THE SAME QUARTER LAST YEAR.

FATAL ACCIDENTS INVOLVING PRIVATE CARS FELL FROM 44 TO 33, SERIOUS INJURY FROM 1 171 TO 687 AND SLIGHT INJURY FROM 1 476 TO 1 274.

GOODS VEHICLES WERE INVOLVED IN 17.4 PER CENT OF ALL ACCIDENTS AS COMPARED WITH 14.3 PER CENT IN THE SAME QUARTER LAST YEAR. FATAL ACCIDENTS INVOLVING GOODS VEHICLES DROPPED FROM 24 TO 23, WHILST SERIOUS ACCIDENTS FELL FROM 424 TO 389. SLIGHT INJURY ACCIDENTS INCREASED FROM 547 TO 654.

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TAXIS WERE INVOLVED IN 15.7 PER CENT OF ALL ACCIDENTS AS COMPARED WITH 14.3 PER CENT IN THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD IN 1982. FATAL ACCIDENTS INNVOLVEMEENT DECCREEASSED FROM 11 TO 10, AND SERIOS INJURY ACCIDENT INVOLVEMENT FROM 373 TO 272. SLIGHT INJURY INVOLVEMENT ROSE FROM 610 TO 680. DURING THE SAME PERIOD, TAXI REGISTRATION INCREASED BY 1 497 VEHICLES OR 12.5 PER CENT.

MOTOR CYCLES WERE INVOLVED IN 11.3 PER CENT OF ALL INJURY ACCIDENTS AS COMPARED WITH 12.2 PER CENT IN THE SAME QUARTER LAST YEAR. FATAL INVOLVEMENT DECREASED FROM 20 TO 15, SERIOUS INVOLVEMENT FROM 371 TO 237 AND SLIGHT INVOLVEMENT FROM 455 TO 446.

THE NUMBER OF FATAL AND INJURY ACCIDENTS INVOLVING FRANCHISED PUBLIC BUSES INCREASED FROM 436 TO 470 WHEN COMPARED WITH THE SAME QUARTER OF 1982.

REFERRING TO PERSONS INVOLVED IN ACCIDENTS, MR MCCOSH SAID PEDESTRIANS CONTINUED TO ACCOUNT FOR THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF CASUALTIES -- 2 019 OUT OF A TOTAL CASUALTY LIST OF 5 828 OR 34.6 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL. THEY ALSO ACCOUNTED FOR THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF FATALITIES — 54 OUT OF A TOTAL OF 85.

HOWEVER, WHEN COMPARED WITH THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1982 PEDESTRIAN CASUALTIES HAVE DECREASED FROM 2 270 TO 2 019, WHILE PEDESTRIAN FATALITIES HAVE DECREASED FROM 78 TO 54.

THERE HAS BEEN A SLIGHT DECREASE IN THE NUMBER OF MOTOR CYCLISTS KILLED OR INJURED THIS QUARTER COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1982, WITH CASUALTIES DROPPING FROM 629 TO 543 AND FATALITIES FROM EIGHT TO SEVEN. THE NUMBER OF CYCLISTS KILLED OR INJURED HAS ALSO DROPPED FROM 216 TO 185.

THE NUMBER OF DRIVER AND PASSENGER CASUALTIES HAVE DECREASED SLIGHTLY, 1 264 AND 1 817 AS OPPOSED TO 1 308 AND 1 933 IN THE SAME QUARTER OF 1982.

TEN DRIVERS AND 12 PASSENGERS WERE AND NINE IN THE SAME QUARTER LAST YEAR.

KILLED COMPARED WITH 12

ADVOCATING THE USE OF SEAT BELTS, MR MCCOSH NOTED THAT NINE DRIVERS AND FOUR FRONT SEAT PASSENGERS IN PRIVATE CARS DIED DURING THE QUARTER, NONE OF THEM WERE WEARING SEAT BELTS.

"I WONDER HOW MANY OF THEM WOULD STILL BE ALIVE HAD THEY BEEN WEARING BELTS ?"

ANOTHER 952 FRONT SEAT OCCUPANTS SUSTAINED HEAD INJURIES. AGAIN HOW MANY OF THESE MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN INJURED OR SUSTAINED LESSER INJURY HAD THEY WORN SEAT BELTS, HE QUESTIONED.

HE ALSO-APPEALED TO PARENTS TO PAY MORE ATTENTION TO THEIR CHILDREN.

’’MY ADVICE TO ALL PARENTS WOULD BE TO MAKE THEIR CHILDREN SIT IN THE REAR SEAT AND EVEN THEN, ALTHOUGH THE LAW DOES NOT AS YET REQUIRE IT, HAVE THEM PROPERLY RESTRAINED," MR MCCOSH SSAIID.

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MANPOWER SURVEY SET FOR TRANSPORT AND DISTRIBUTION INDUSTRY * * * *

THE FIRST SURVEY ON THE MANPOWER AND TRAINING NEEDS OF THE TRANSPORT AND PHYSICAL DISTRIBUTION INDUSTRY WILL BE CONDUCTED FROM AUGUST 25 TO SEPTEMBER 14.

THE PURPOSE OF THE SURVEY IS TO COLLECT AND COLLATE MANPOWER INFORMATION IN THE AIR AND SEA FREIGHT TRANSPORT, WAREHOUSING, TRUCKING AND CARGO HANDLING TERMINAL SECTORS.

IT IS PLANNED BY THE TRANSPORT AND PHYSICAL DISTRIBUTION TRAINING BOARD OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, THE TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING DEPARTMENT AND THE GOVERNMENT DATA PROCESSING AGENCY.

♦INFORMATION SUPPLIED BY EMPLOYERS IS VITAL IN FORMULATING PLANS TO MEET MANPOWER AND TRAINING NEEDS OF THE INDUSTRY. THUS EMPLOYERS’ COOPERATION IN THE SURVEY IS IMPORTANT,+ THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TRAINING BOARD, MR PATRICK TSAI, SAID.

HE ASSURED THEM THAT THE DATA COLLECTED WOULD BE HANDLED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND PUBLISHED IN THE FORM OF STATISTICAL SUMMARIES WITHOUT REFERENCE TO INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENTS.

QUESTIONNAIRES AND EXPLANATORY NOTES IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE WILL BE SENT OUT THIS WEEK TO ESTABLISHMENTS SELECTED BY RANDOM SAMPLING.

OFFICERS OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL VISIT THESE ESTABLISHMENTS DURING THE SURVEY PERIOD TO COLLECT THE QUESTIONNAIRES AND PROVIDE ASSISTANCE IN COMPLETING THEM.

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PUBLIC DUMP TO BE OPENED IN TAI PO * * *

A PUBLIC DUMP WILL BE OPENED FROM SEPTEMBER 21 IN TAI PO, THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY.

ACCESS TO THE DUMPING AREA WILL BE FROM DAI FAT OFF TING KOK ROAD IN THE NEW TOWN.

DUMPING LICENCES MAY BE OBTAINED FREE OF CHARGE TO THE TAI PO AND FANLING DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, 6 TUNG ROAD, SHAT IN.

STREET,

ON APPLICATION LO WAN HILL

LICENCES WOULD ONLY BE ISSUED FOR THE DUMPING OF APPROVED SOFT EARTH WHICH MAY CONTAIN UP TO 25 PER CENT ROCK WHICH IS LIMITED TO 250 MILLIMETRES IN SIZE AND EVENLY DISTRIBUTED THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE MASS OF THE MATERIAL.

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APPLICANTS ARE REQUIRED TO SUPPLY INFORMATION ON VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBERS, POSTAL ADDRESS OF LICENSEES, AND THE ORIGIN, TYPE, AND APPROXIMATE QUANTITY OF MATERIALS TO BE DUMPED.

DUMPING, WHICH MUST BE DONE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE INSTRUCTION OF THE DUMP SUPERVISOR, CAN ONLY BE CARRIED OUT BETWEEN 8 AM AND 6 PM ON WEEKDAYS AND FROM 8 AM TO 12 NOON ON SATURDAYS. DUMPING WILL NOT BE PERMITTED ON SATURDAY AFTERNOONS, SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CANCEL DUMPING LICENCES AT ANY TIME OR TO CLOSE THE DUMP WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.

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HANDBOOK ON YUEN LONG PUT OUT FOR RESIDENTS

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THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD HAS JUST PUBLISHED A RESIDENT’S HANDBOOK GIVING UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON THE ORGANISATIONS, SERVICES AND FACILITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

THE 58-PAGE HANDBOOK, PRINTED IN CHINESE, CONTAINS SPECIAL CHAPTERS ON THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD, THE DISTRICT OFFICE, DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE AND LANDS REGISTRY, AS WELL AS THE RURAL COMMITTEES.

THE HISTORY OF YUEN LONG, POPULAR ATTRACTIONS, LOCATIONS CF COUNTRY PARKS AND DEVELOPMENT PLANS ARE ALSO INCLUDED.

IT ALSO LISTS OUT THE ADDRESSES AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, ASSOCIATIONS, PUBLIC FACILITIES, RURAL COMMITTEES AND SERVICES ORGANISATIONS.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, MR JAMES WILSON, SAID IN THE FOREWORD THAT THE HANDBOOK KEEPS RESIDENTS INFORMED OF THE CHANGES TAKING PLACE, AND PROVIDES USEFUL INFORMATION TO NEW RESIDENTS ON COMMUNITY AND GOVERNMENT SERVICES AVAILABLE IN THE DISTRICT.

+THE YUEN LONG NEW TOWN IS IN A DEVELOPING STAGE AND TREMENDOUS CHANGES WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE COMING YEARS,+ HE SAID.

+BUT THE POTENTIALITIES OF ANY NEW TOWN COME FROM ITS RESIDENTS AND ITS COMMUNITY.

♦THROUGH THIS HANDBOOK, IT IS HOPED THAT RESIDENTS CAN MAINTAIN A CLOSE LINK WITH THE LOCAL ORGANISATIONS.*

SOME 9 000 COPIES WERE PRINTED AND WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND RURAL COMMITTEES. FREE COPIES WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FROM THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE DISTRICT’S PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRES.

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STILL TIME FOR VIEWS ON EDUCATION REPORT

MEMBERS OF THE REPORT OF THE PANEL EDUCATION CAN STILL

PUBLIC WHO WISH TO GIVE THEIR VIEWS ON THE OF VISITORS IN THE OVERALL REVIEW OF DO SO BEFORE THE END OF THIS MONTH.

THE REPORT WAS

PUBLISHED IN MAY THIS YEAR AND THE piiri ir WERE INVITED TO COMMENT ON ALL ASPECTS OF THE COMPREHENSIVE C REPORT BEFORE AUGUST 31. vuMHKhHENS IVE

WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS CAN EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, ROOM

BE SENT TO THE SECRETARY FOR 1322 PRINCE’S BUILDING, HONG KONG.

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ADVENTURE SHIP JI FUNG OPEN TO PUBLIC * * * *

THE OUTWARD BOUND SCHOOL’S TRAINING SHIP JI FUNG WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FOR TWO DAYS FROM SATURDAY (AUGUST 13).

ADMISSION IS FREE, AND THE 132-FEET BRIGANTINE WILL BE BERTHED AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE OCEAN TERMINAL IN TSIM SHA TSUI FROM 10 AM TO 6 PM DAILY.

THE SCHOOL PROVIDES A NUMBER OF COURSES FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS, ONE OF WHICH IS THE ADVENTURE COURSE ON BOARD THE JI FUNG.

EARLIER, THE COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR BARRIE WIGGHAM, ANNOUNCED A SCHEME TO ASSIST YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WISHED TO JOIN OUTWARD BOUND COURSES.

THE SCHEME IS SUBSIDISED BY A GOVERNMENT GRANT OF $670 000.

UNDER THE SCHEME, ABOUT 1 000 YOUNG PERSONS, INCLUDING HANDICAPPED AND UNDERPRIVILEGED PEOPLE, WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE PART IN VARIOUS LAND AND SEA-BASED COURSES.

MEANWHILE, TWO SKILLS COURSES IN INTERMEDIATE CANOEING AND TWO IN INTERMEDIATE SAILING, EACH LASTING FOR THREE DAYS, WILL BE HELD AT THE SCHOOL IN TAI MONG TSAI, SAI KUNG.

THE FIRST CANOEING AND SAILING COURSES WILL START ON SEPTEMBER 24, AND THE SECOND ON SEPTEMBER 30.

A TOTAL OF 80 SUBVENTED PLACES ARE BEING OFFERED AND THOSE WHO WISH TO TAKE PART SHOULD SUBMIT APPLICATIONS BY AUGUST 19.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL THE 19 OFFICES OF THE RECREATION AND SPORTS SERVICE.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

CAS TO HOLD FOOTDRILL COMPETITION

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THE CIVIL AID SERVICES WILL HOLD THEIR INTER-UNIT FOOTDRILL COMPETITION THIS YEAR AT CAS KOWLOON TRAINING CENTRE, 204 ARGYLE STREET, ON SUNDAY (AUGUST 14).

+THE COMPETITION IS INTENDED TO IMPROVE THE STANDARD IN TURNOUT AND SENSE OF DISCIPLINE OF CAS MEMBERS,* A CAS SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE BEST THREE TEAMS OUT OF 18 PARTICIPATING TEAMS WILL ENTER THE FINALS, TO COMPETE FOR THE +KAN YUET-KEUNG CHALLENGE CUP+.

THE CAS NEW TERRITORIES REGIONAL COMMANDER, MR KU HONG-CHEONG, WILL PRESENT THE TROPHY TO THE CHAMPION TEAM AFTER THE COMPETITION, AT ABOUT 3.30 PM.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE COMPETITION, WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 9 AM AND REACH THE FINAL ROUNDS AT ABOUT 2.30 PM.

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YOUTH ACTIVITY VARIETY SHOW TO BE STAGED * * * *

A VARIETY SHOW FEATURING SINGING PERFORMANCES, GAMES AND A QUIZ WILL BE HELD AT THE CITY PLAZA IN TA I KOO SHING ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 13) AS PART OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES.

THE TWO-HOUR SHOW, STARTING FROM 2 PM, WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE ON RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG.

SINGER MR ALBERT AU, AND THE EASTERN DISTRICT CHILDREN’S CHOIR WILL PERFORM AT THE SHOW, WHICH IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD, RTHK AND THE EASTERN DISTRICT YOUTH AND RECREATION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR GORDON JONES’ THE HEAD OF CHINESE PROGRAMME SERVICE OF RTHK, MR P.H. CHU; THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT YOUTH AND RECREATION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, NRS CHOW SUN FONG-CHUNG! AND THE COMMITTEE’S PRESIDENT, MRS LEE CHENG KIT-HOI, WILL OFFICIATE AT AN OPENING CEREMONY AT 1.30 PM.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CEREMONY AND THE SHOW.

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TUNNEL TO BE CLOSED FOR COMPUTER SYSTEM TEST K M M

THE AIRPORT TUNNEL WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 9 PM ON SATURDAY TO 6 AM ON SUNDAY (AUGUST 14) TO FACILITATE THE TESTING OF THE COMPUTERISED TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEM.

MOTORISTS FROM THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL AND HUNG HOM HEADING FOR NGAU TAU KOK AND KWUN TONG ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED VIA EAST KOWLOON WAY, KOWLOON CITY ROAD, SUNG WONG TOI ROAD, MA TAU CHUNG ROAD, PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST AND KWUN TONG ROAD.

MOTORISTS FROM WAI YIP STREET AND KWUN TONG ROAD HEADING FOR HUNG HOM ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED VIA KWUN TONG ROAD AND PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES

BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LABOUR FORCE STATISTICS FOR APRIL-JUNE QUARTER .......... 1

UNHCR TO GIVE MORE FOR REFUGEES' CARE.................... 2

MERC'S FINANCIAL TIES CLARIFIED IN BILL.................. 2

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR MELODY GARDEN FLATS RET,AXED.... 3

CIGARETTES REQUIRED TO CARRY HEALTH WARNING.............. 4

4 925 LAND-VALUE-FREE HOME OWNERSHIP FLATS DRAWN ........ 5

WO PRIVATE SCHOOLS TO BE FULLY-AIDED .................... 6

REVISED FEES COME INTO EFFECT TODAY...................... 6

STREET CLOSURE FOR HER ISLAND LINE WORK ................. 7

COMMUNITY LEADERS VISIT CHILDREN'S CHOIR ................ 7

WATER-SKIING SEMINAR AND SHOW BEING HELD ................ 8

TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE FOR MONG KOK STATION............... 8

WAN CHAI BOARD CANDIDATES TO MEET PRESS ................. 9

SOUVENIRS FOR LONG-TIME WORKERS ......................... 9

BOARD MEMBERS TO VISIT HOUSING ESTATE ................... 10

TAPS OFF FOR LEAKAGE TESTS

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LABOUR FORCE STATISTICS FOR APR IL-JUNE QUARTER » * # »

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY RELEASED THE FOLLOWING LABOUR FORCE STATISTICS FOR THE QUARTER APRIL - JUNE 1983 OBTAINED FROM THE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY.

THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR THE QUARTER APRIL - JUNE 1983 WAS 4.4 PER CENT, WHICH COMPARES WITH 5.1 PER CENT FOR THE PREVIOUS QUARTER ENDING MARCH 1983.

THIS LATEST RESULT CONFIRMS THE POINT NOTED LAST MONTH THAT UNEMPLOYMENT IS NOW DROPPING. THE RATE FOR THE QUARTER ENDING JUNE LAST YEAR WAS 3.2 PER CENT, THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS POINTED OUT TODAY.

THE NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED PERSONS IN THE QUARTER ENDING JUNE 1983 WAS PROVISIONALLY ESTIMATED TO BE 110 000, AS COMPARED WITH 127 300 FOR THE PREVIOUS QUARTER, AND 79 400 FOR THE CORRESPONDING QUARTER LAST YEAR.

THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE FOR THE QUARTER ENDING JUNE 1983 WAS ESTIMATED TO BE 1.9 PER CENT, WHICH COMPARES WITH 2.5 PER CENT FOR THE QUARTER ENDING MARCH 1983.

THE PROVISIONAL ESTIMATE OF THE NUMBER OF UNDEREMPLOYED PERSONS WAS 49 000 FOR THE QUARTER ENDING JUNE, AS COMPARED WITH 63 200 FOR THE PREVIOUS QUARTER. CONSISTENT WITH THE RECOMMENDATIONS CF THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION, 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.

THE UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT STATISTICS WERE OBTAINED FROM A CONTINUOUS GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT. THIS SURVEY COVERS A QUARTERLY SAMPLE OF SOME 15 000 HOUSEHOLDS OR 55 □□□ PERSONS, SELECTED SCIENTIFICALLY TO REPRESENT THE LAND-BASED CIVILIAN NON-INSTITUTIONAL POPULATION IN HONG KONG.

PERSONAL AND LABOUR FORCE DATA WERE OBTAINED IN THE SURVEY BY INTERVIEWING EACH INDIVIDUAL MEMBER IN THE HOUSEHOLDS SAMPLED.

IN COMMENTING UPON THESE FIGURES, THE COMMISSIONER SAID THAT BECAUSE THE PROPORTION OF FIRST-TIME JOB-SEEKERS (E.G. PEOPLE WHO HAVE JUST LEFT SCHOOL) VARIES FROM MONTH TO MONTH, THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATES SEASONALLY ADJUSTED FOR THE VARIATIONS IN FIRST-TIME JOB-SEEKERS SHOULD BE USED IN MAKING COMPARISONS OVER TIME. THE UNADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR THE QUARTER ENDING JUNE 1983 WAS HOWEVER ALSO 4.4 PER CENT.

HE ADDED THAT DETAILED ANALYSIS OF THE LABOUR FORCE CHARACTERISTICS IS GIVEN IN THE REPORT OF THE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY WHICH IS PUBLISHED FOUR TIMES A YEAR.

THE NEXT REPORT COVERING THE QUARTER ENDING JUNE 1983 SHOULD BE AVAILABLE FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE NEXT MONTH.

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UNHCR TO GIVE MORE FOR REFUGEES’ CARE * * *

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAS SECURED THE AGREEMENT OF THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES TO INCREASE HIS CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS THE CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES IN GOVERNMENT-RUN CENTRES IN HONG KONG TO HKS12.8 MILLION FOR THE CURRENT CALENDAR YEAR.

DEPENDING ON THE TOTAL EXPENDITURE ACTUALLY INCURRED DURING THE REST OF THE YEAR, THE AGREEMENT PROVIDES THAT THIS AMOUNT MAY BE FURTHER INCREASED UP TO A TOTAL OF $15.7 MILLION, SUBJECT TO FURTHER DISCUSSION BETWEEN THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AND THE UNHCR.

UNHCR HAS ALREADY AGREED TO CONTRIBUTE HKS7.4 MILLION TO THE COST OF MAINTAINING VRS IN GOVERNMENT CENTRES HERE, AND AN AGREEMENT WAS SIGNED BETWEEN THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AND UNHCR IN DECEMBER 1982 TO COVER EXPENDITURE OVER THE FIRST SIX MONTHS CF THIS YEAR.

THE NEW AGREEMENT WILL COVER ANY ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE FOR THE PERIOD FROM JULY 1 TO DECEMBER 31.

AS IN THE PAST, UNHCR’S CONTRIBUTION COVERS EXPENDITURE ON ITEMS SUCH AS FOOD, MEDICAL SUPPLIES, UTILITIES AND OTHER RELIEF ITEMS FOR VRS DETAINED IN GOVERNMENT CENTRES.

THERE ARE AT PRESENT 5 600 VRS IN GOVERNMENT CENTRES, OF WHOM 5 100 ARE IN THE THREE CLOSED CENTRES AT CHI MA WAN, CAPE COLLINSON, AND HEI LING CHAU AND THE REMAINDER ARE IN THE ARGYLE STREET RECEPTION CENTRE AWAITING DEPARTURE FOR OVERSEAS RESETTLEMENT.

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MTRC’S FINANCIAL TIES CLARIFIED IN BILL

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A BILL TO CLARIFY THE FINANCIAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION IS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT AS THE ONLY SHAREHOLDER CF THE MTRC, THE GOVERNMENT, IN EFFECT, IS THE PARENT COMPANY AND THE CORPORATION IS ITS SUBSIDIARY.

IT IS THEREFORE APPROPRIATE FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO HAVE CONTROL OVER ITS FINANCIAL POSITION, WHICH IS NOT SET OUT SPECIFICALLY IN THE EXISTING LAW, HE SAID.

THE MTRC (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, PUBLISHED TODAY, SEEKS TO ENSURE THAT THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY IS CONSULTED AND HIS APPROVAL OBTAINED BEFORE THE MTRC APPLIES ITS PROFITS IN ANY WAY.

HIS APPROVAL IS ALSO REQUIRED BEFORE ANY GENERAL OR SPECIAL RESERVE FUND IS SET UP OR USED, AND HE WILL BE EMPOWERED TO DIRECT THAT THE WHOLE OR PART OF THE MTRC’S PROFITS BE PAID INTO RESERVE.

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IN ADDITION, THE MTRC WILL BE ABLE TO DECLARE AND PAY DIVIDENDS, AND THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE CORPORATION AND TAKING INTO ACCOUNT ITS LOAN OBLIGATIONS, MAY DiRECT THAT THE WHOLE OR PART OF ANY PROFITS IN ANY FINANCIAL YEAR BE PAID AS DIVIDEND INTO THE GENERAL REVENUE. IN CALCULATING SUCH PROFITS, ALLOWANCE WILL BE MADE FOR ANY SUMS EARMARKED FOR RESERVE FUNDS AND FOR ANY ACCUMULATED LOSS OF PREVIOUS YEARS.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT IT WAS PROPOSED TO EMPOWER THE MTRC TO DECLARE AND PAY DIVIDENDS BECAUSE SUCH POWER COULD NOT BE INFERRED AT PRESENT, ALTHOUGH IT MIGHT BE DESIRABLE AT SOME FUTURE TIME.

THE AMENDMENT BILL IS EXPECTED TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AT THE BEGINNING OF THE NEXT SESSION. ANYONE WHO WISHES TO COMMENT ON ITS PROVISIONS CAN WRITE TO UMELCO, AT SWIRE HOUSE, 12TH FLOOR, CHATER ROAD, OR TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, AT THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG.

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ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR MELODY GARDEN FLATS RELAXED ******

GOVERNMENT HAS DECIDED TO RELAX THE RULES OF* EL IGI BlLITY TO PROMOTE THE SALE OF THE FLATS UNDER THE MIDDLE INCOME HOUSING SCHEME AT MELODY GARDEN, TUEN MUN.

THIS INVOLVES THE REMOVAL OF THE RESTRICTION RELATING TO FAMILY SIZE, FAMILY INCOME, OWNERSHIP OF PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES AND LENGTH OF RESIDENCE IN HONG KONG.

HOWEVER, THE RESTRICTION ON RE-SALE AND THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA STILL REMAIN’UNCHANGED s

* APPLICANT MUST BE 21 YEARS OF AGE OR MORE;

* APPLICANT MUST NOT BE A MEMBER OF ANY GOVERNMENT CO-OPERATIVE HOUSING SCHEME OR SIMILAR;

* APPLICANT MUST NOT BE THE OWNER OF A HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME OR PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION SCHEME FLAT;

* HOUSING AUTHORITY AND HOUSING SOCIETY TENANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO SURRENDER THE EXISTING TENANCIES ON ACQUIRING A FLAT.

FULL DETAILS REGARDING APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND DATE OF SALE WILL BE ANNOUNCED EARLY NEXT WEEK.

COMMENTING ON THE DECISION, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID: ♦THE MIDDLE INCOME HOUSING SCHEME WAS INTRODUCED TO CATER FOR THE HOUSING NEEDS OF MIDDLE INCOME GROUPS. THE SALE OF MELODY GARDEN FLATS UNDER THIS SCHEME WAS NOT VERY SUCCESSFUL LARGELY BECAUSE THEY BECAME AVAILABLE AT A TIME WHEN THE SUPPLY OF FLATS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR HAD INCREASED AND THERE WAS A REDUCTION OF MORTGAGE INTEREST IN THE OPEN MARKET.

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HE ADDED: + A SECOND SALES EXERCISE WAS MOUNTED IN APRIL BUT the result remained unsatisfactory and it was then decided that MIDDLE INCOME HOUSING SCHEMES WOULD NOT BE BUILT IN FUTURE.

IT HAS NOW BEEN DECIDED THAT THE MELODY GARDEN FLATS SHOULD BE MADE AVAILABLE TO MORE PEOPLE BY WIDENING CONSIDERABLY THE ELIGIBILITY RULES.*

THE HOME OWNERSHIP AND PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION SCHEMES CONTINUE TO BE EXTREMELY POPULAR AND EVERY SALES EXERCISE HAS BEEN OVERSUBSCRIBED. IN THE LATEST SALES EXERCISE FOR PHASE VA OF THE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME 20 968 APPLI CAT IONS WERE RECEIVED FOR THE 4 925 FLATS AVAILABLE. THERE IS NO INTENTION OF CH«NGMU THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA OF THESE SCHEMES, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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CIGARETTES REQUIRED TO CARRY HEALTH WARNING * * * *

CIGARETTE MANUFACTURERS AND DISTRIBUTORS WERE REMINDED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT IT WILL BE AN OFFENCE FROM MONDAY (AUGUST 15) TO SELL, OFFER OR POSSESS FOR SALE CIGARETTES IN PACKETS OR RETAIL CONTAINERS WHICH DO NOT CARRY THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HEALTH WARNING AND THE APPROPRIATE TAR GROUP RATING.

IT WOULD ALSO BE AN OFFENCE TO SELL, OFFER OR POSStSS FOR SALE ANY CIGARETTE TOBACCO WHOSE CONTAINER DOES NOT CARRY THE HEALTH WARNING.

THOSE WHO FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENT ARE LIABLE ON SUMMARY CONVICTION TO A FINE OF S5 030.

IN ISSUING THIS REMINDER, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THESE ARE REQUIREMENTS UNDER THE SMOKING (PUBLIC HEALTH) ORDINANCE, PART I I I OF WHICH COMES INTO OPERATION ON AUGUST 15.

DETAILS OF THE STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS AND COMMENCEMENT DATES WERE PUBLISHED ON AUGUST 13, 1982, WHILE THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE WAS GAZETTED ON JULY 30, 1982.

THE FIRST STAGE OF THE ANTI-SMOKING LAW'S, WHICH CAME INTO EFFECT ON NOVEMBER 15, 1982, PROVIDED FOR ADVERTISEMENTS IN LOCAL NEWSPAPERS AND OTHER PRINTED MATTERS PUBLISHED OR DISTRIBUTED IN HONG KONG TO CARRY THE HEALTH WARNING AND THE TAR GROUP DESIGNATION.

AS FROM FEBRUARY 15, MOST OTHER TYPES OF CIGARETTE ADVERTISEMENTS WERE REQUIRED TO CARRY THE HEALTH WARNING, AND THIS WAS EXTENDED TO NEON SIGNS FROM MAY 15.

NO-SMOKING AREAS ARE NOW REQUIRED TO BE DESIGNATED IN FERRIES, TRAINS AND CINEMAS, CONCERT HALLS AND THEATRES.

SMOKING IS ALSO PROHIBITED IN PUBLIC LIFTS, SINGLE-DECKER ROAD PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND ON THE LOWER DECK OF DOUBLE-DECKER BUSES AND TRAMS.

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4 925 LAND-VALUE-FREE HOME OWNERSHIP FLATS DRAWN

the housing authority today held a ballot to decide the SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS FOR THE 4 925 LAND-VALUE-FREE FLATS TO BE SOLD UNDER PHASE VA OF THE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME.

FOR THE A A25 GREEN-FORM APPLICANTS FROM HOUSING AUTHORITY AND HOUSING SOCIETY TENANTS, THE LUCKY NUMBERS REPRESENTING THE LAST DIGIT OF ThEIR REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE A, 5, 3, 7 AND 6, WHILE FOR THE 16 5A3 WHITE-FORM PRIVATE SECTOR APPLICANTS, THE LUCKY NUMBERS REPRESENTING THE LAST TWO DIGITS WERE 67, 91, 70, 65, 59, 61, OA, 36, 27, 73, 15, 55, 77 AND 05.

IN ADDITION, A PROPORTION OF REGISTRATION NUMBERS ENDING IN 2 (GREEN FORM) AND 68 (WHITE FORM) WERE ALSO SUCCESSFUL, MAKING UP THE BALANCE OF ThE EQUAL SHARE OF THE FLATS ON SALE TO BE ALLOCATED TO EACH CATEGORY.

THE REMAINDER OF THESE NUMBERS PLUS 8, 0, 9 AND 1 (GREEN FORM), AND 40, 97, 03, 06, 50, 19, 95, 51, 35, 17, 02, 87, 46, 84, 81, 96, 13, 82, 23, 93, 71, 43, 33, 76, 01, 72, 36, 83, 31,

25, 21, 99, 22, 57, 20, 58, 38, 11, 16, 79, 69, 00, 60, 90, 53,

42, 78, 34, 47, 24, 14, 39, 66, 98, 29, 30, 62, 56, 45, 28, 44,

85, 80, 10, 08, 94, 49, 43, 64, 75, 18, 41, 26, 52, 07, 92, 54,

63, 09, 32, 89, 37, 88, 74 AND 12 (WHITE FORM) WILL FORM THE RESERVE LIST.

A COMBINED PRIORITY LIST OF SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS IN EACH CATEGORY WAS LATER PRODUCED BY A COMPUTER AT THE HOUSING AUTHORITY HEADQUARTERS.

THE LUCKY NUMBERS WERE DRAWN BY MR CHARLES C.C. SIN, CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY’S HOME OWNERSHIP COMMITTEE, AT THE HOME OWNERSHIP CENTRE IN 01 MAN COMMERCIAL COMPLEX, AND THE DRAW WAS WITNESSED BY AN I.C.A.C. REPRESENTATIVE, MR LAI KwOK-CHEE.

RESULTS OF THE BALLOT WILL BE PUBLISHED TOMORROW. THE LISTS OF SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WITH THEIR ORDER OF PRIORITY WILL BE POSTED FROM TOMORROW AT THE HOME OWNERSHIP CENTRE AS WELL AS FROM MONDAY (AUGUST 15) AT ALL HOUSING AUTHORITY AND HOUSING SOCIETY ESTATE OFFICES AND DISTRICT OFFICES.

A COMPLETE LIST OF SUCCESSFUL REGISTRATION NUMBERS WILL ALSO BE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE NEXT FRIDAY (AUGUST 19).

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TkO PRIVATE SCHOOLS TO EE FULLY-AIDED * * *

THE GOVERNMENT HAS RECENTLY GIVEN APPROVAL FOR THE TURNING OF TWO PRIVATE NON-PROFIT-MAKING SECONDARY SCHOOLS INTO FULLY-AIDED INSTITUTIONS FROM SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

THEY ARE THE HONG KONG BUDDHIST SECONDARY SCHOOL IN SHAM SHU I PO AND SUNG LAN MIDDLE SCHOOL IN WAN CHAI.

AFTER ACHIEVING FULLY-AIDED STATUS, THESE TWO SCHOOLS WILL RECEIVE A TOTAL OF NEARLY ®9 MILLION EACH YEAR FROM THE GOVERNMENT.

THE CONVERSION BRINGS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF NON-PROFIT-MAKING PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS WHICH BECAME FULLY-AIDED TO 62 SINCE THE GOVERNMENT OPENED THE DOOR IN JUNE 1979.

THE OFFER WAS MADE AFTER THE 1978 WHITE PAPER ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF SENIOR SECONDARY AND TERTIARY EDUCATION RECOMMENDED THAT IN ORDER TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY Cc SECONDARY EDUCATION, THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD RAISE THOSE PRIVATE NON-PROFIT-MAKING SCHOOLS WHICH WERE SUITABLE AND WILLING, TO FULLY-AIDED STATUS.

ONCE A SCHOOL HAS ACHIEVED THIS STATUS, IT WILL RECEIVE FUNDS FROM THE GOVERNMENT BY WHICH IT WILL BE ABLE TO IMPROVE THE SALARIES OF TEACHERS ‘AND OTHER STAFF, AND TO BUY NEW TEACHING EQUIPMENT.

NEVERTHELESS,'THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT FULLY-AIDED SCHOOLS ARE SUBJECT TO THE CONTROL OF THE CODE OF AID .vHICH, WHILE GIVING THE SCHOOL AUTHORITIES WIDESPREAD FREEDOM IN ACM I N.I STER I NG THEIR INSTITUTES, ENSURES THAT TAXPAYERS’ MONEY ARE PROPERLY SPENT.

REVISED FEES COME INTO EFFECT TODAY

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THE FEES FOR MANUFACTURING, STORING, MOVING OR USING EXPLOSIVES HAVE BEEN INCREASED FROM TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE NEW FEES ARE PRESCRIBED IN THE DANGEROUS GOODS (GENERAL) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1983 AND THE DANGEROUS GOODS (GOVERNMENT EXPLOSIVES DEPOTS) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1983, BOTH OF WHICH WERE PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

THE DANGEROUS GOODS (GENERAL) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS INCREASE THE FEES FOR LICENCES AND PERMITS RELATING TO MANUFACTURING, STORING, MOVING AND USING VARIOUS CATEGORIES OF EXPLOSIVES.

THE OTHER REGULATIONS INCREASE THE FEES IN RESPECT OF THE STORAGE AND DELIVERY OF EXPLOSIVES AND EXPLOSIVES ACCESSORIES IN GOVERNMENT EXPLOSIVES DEPOTS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE OLD FEES, WHICH HAD NOT BEEN CHANGED FOR THE PAST NINE YEARS, wERE REVISED AS A RESULT OF A COST REVIEW aHICH SHOWED THAT THEY WERE INSUFFICIENT TO COVER THE FULL COST OF THE SERVICES.

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TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY ISLAND LINE, A CUL-DE-SAC AT THE END OF MODEL LANE IN NORTH POINT WILL BE PERMANENTLY CLOSED. A NOTICE TO THIS EFFECT IS PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

THE AREA TO BE AFFECTED INCLUDES THE CUL-DE-SAC AND ADJACENT FOOTPATHS ON MODEL LANE WHICH LIE 24 METRES SOUTH OF TSAT TSZ MUI ROAD AND THE DATE TO EFFECT THE CLOSURE WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER. AFTER THE CUL-DE-SAC IS CLOSED, ACCESS TO THE YOUTH CENTRE BEHIND BLOCK F OF MODEL HOUSING ESTATE WILL STILL BE MAINTAINED.

DETAILS OF THE AFFECTED AREA ARE SHOWN ON PLAN MT/G/26O. COPIES OF THE PLAN AND THE GOVERNOR’S ORDER AUTHORISING THE STREET CLOSURE MAY BE INSPECTED DURING NORMAL OFFICE HOURS AT THE ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE (CENTRAL AND WESTERN) AT CGO WEST WING; THE DISTRICT OFFICE (EASTERN) AT 884-886 KING’S ROAD; OR THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, SURVEY DIVISION IN MURRAY BUILDING, COTTON TREE DRIVE.

CLAIMS FOR COMPENSATION IN RESPECT OF THE CLOSURE MUST BE MADE IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT AND MUST REACH HIS OFFICE WITHIN ONE YEAR AFTER THE ROAD IS CLOSED.

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COMMUNITY LEADERS VISIT CHILDREN’S CHOIR

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A GROUP OF SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS THIS (FRIDAY) MORNING VISITED THE DISTRICT CHILDREN’S CHOIR WHO ARE ATTENDING A TWO-DAY MUSIC CAMP AT THE ROTARY YOUTH CAMP IN FANLING.

MORE THAN 80 MEMBERS OF THE CHOIR TOOK PART IN THE MUSIC CAMP, WHICH IS SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE SHAM SHU I PO ARTS ASSOCIATION AND WHICH BEGAN YESTERDAY.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CHOIR, MR FAN KAM-PING, TOLD THE BOARD REMBERS THAT THE CAMP WAS AIMED AT PROVIDING ORIENTATION COURSE FOR THE NEW RECRUITS, AND AT ENRICHING THE MUSICAL KNOWLEDGE OF THE CHOIR MEMBERS.

ACTIVITIES HELD AT THE MUSIC CAMP INCLUDE A TALK ON FAMOUS COMPOSERS AND THEIR WORKS, A LECTURE AND A DEMONSTRATION ON MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, A VOCAL TRAINING, A SINGING CONTEST, AND A MUSIC APPRECIATION SESSION.

THE SHAM SHUI PO CHILDREN’S CHOIR COMPRISES A SENIOR AND JUNIOR VOCAL GROUP, AND A PERCUSSION GROUP AND HAS ABOUT AMBERS AGED BETWEEN EIGHT AND 12.

SINCE IT WAS FORMED LAST YEAR, THE CHOIR HAS GIVEN MORE THAN 10 PERFORMANCES, AND wILL GIVE A FULL CONCERT AT THE END OF THE YEAR.

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WATER-SKIING SEMINAR AND SHOW BEING HELD * * * *

A WATER SKIING SAFETY SEMINAR WILL BE HELD THIS EVENING (FRIDAY) AND A SKI DEMONSTRATION WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY, AS A FOLLOW UP OF THE RECENT WATER SPORTS SAFETY EXHIBITION '83.

TODAY’S SEMINAR WILL BE HELD IN THE CIVIL AID SERVICES HEADQUARTERS LECTURE ROOM IN CAROLINE HILL ROAD BETWEEN 7 PM AND 9 PM. IT IS ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG WATER SKI ASSOCIATION.

THE SKI DEMONSTRATION WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY AT YIM TIN TSAI TYPHOON SHELTER, SAI KUNG, STARTING AT 8.30 AM.

ADMISSION TO THE SEMINAR AND SKI DEMONSTRATION IS FREE.

HOWEVER, THOSE WISHING TO TAKE PART IN THE SKI DEMONSTRATION MUST BE AGED 18 OR ABOVE AND BE ABLE TO SWIM 25 METERS.

ALSO ON SUNDAY, A CANOE PLAY SAFE DAY FOR THE DISABLED WILL TAKE PLACE AT REPULSE BAY, STARTING AT 10 AM.

THE DEPARTMENT’S RECREATION AND SPORTS SERVICE, THE HONG KONG LIFE GUARD CLUB AND THE HONG KONG CANOE UNION ARE THE ORGANISERS OF THE EVENT.

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TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE FOR MONG KOK STATION * * * *

A TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE WILL SOON BE BUILT AT MONG KOK RAILWAY STATION AS PART OF THE REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR THE STATION.

THE RAILWAY DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT.

WORK ON THE INTERCHANGE, WHICH WILL START IN OCTOBER, INCLUDES THE CONSTRUCTION OF A BUS PODIUM, ACCESS RAMP, RETAINING WALL AND ASSOCIATED GROUND LEVEL ROAD AND DRAINAGE WORKS.

CONSTRUCTION WORK IS EXPECTED BE COMPLETED TOWARDS THE MIDDLE CF 1985.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

WAN CHAI BOARD CANDIDATES TO MEET PRESS * * * *

THE FOUR CANDIDATES CONTESTING IN THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD BY-ELECTION WILL OUTLINE THEIR PLATFORMS AND ANSWER QUESTIONS AT A PRESS CONFERENCE ON MONDAY (AUGUST 15).

THE CANDIDATES - MR CHUNG YEE-ON, MR CHAN PAK-CHEUNG, W SZETO CH IK AND MR KWONG HON-WAH - WILL CONTEST ON AUGUST 17 THE SEAT IN THE WAN CHAI WEST CONSTITUENCY MADE VACANT FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF AN ELECTED MEMBER, MR NG SAI-YING.

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11 AM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE AT TUNG WAH MANSION, 201 HENNESSY ROAD, 8TH FLOOR.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

SOUVENIRS FOR LONG-TIME WORKERS * * * *

THIRTY-NINE EMPLOYEES OF THE FISH AND VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATIONS, WHO TOGETHER HAVE COMPLETED 990 YEARS SERVICE WILL RETIRE SOON.

TO MARK THE OCCASION, THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, DR JOHN RIDDELL-SWAN WILL PRESENT SOUVENIRS TO THEM AT A CEREMONY ON MONDAY (AUGUST 15).

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY, IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE VEGETABLE MARKET AT 757 LAI CHI KOK ROAD IN KOWLOON AT 2.45 PM ON MONDAY (AUGUST 15).

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

BOARD MEMBERS TO VISIT HOUSING ESTATE * * * *

UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE HOUSING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD WILL VISIT A TRIDENT-BLOCK PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE AND A TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA IN THE DISTRICT ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 16) MORNING.

ACCOMPANIED BY REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT, MEMBERS WILL FIRST VISIT A MODEL FLAT IN MEI LAM ESTATE AND THEN PROCEED TO MUI LEE TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WISHING TO JOIN THE TOUR SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT 9 AM AT THE DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT OFFICE IN SAU CHUEN HOUSE, LEK YUEN ESTATE.

TAPS OFF FOR LEAKAGE TESTS * * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN AREAS IN QUARRY BAY WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM ON MONDAY (AUGUST 15) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY TO FACILITATE LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE PREMISES TO BE AFFECTED ARE THOSE ALONG THE SECTION OF KING’S ROAD BETWEEN TONG CHONG STREET AND GREIG ROAD, AND INCLUDE 842-888 KING’S ROAD AND 2-16 MOUNT PARKER ROAD; AND THAT OF WESTLANDS ROAD, QUARRY BAY STREET AND PAN HOI STREET.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13, 1983

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$22M IN HOUSING WORKS CONTRACTS SIGNED .................. 1

THREE MARKET STALLS IN KWAI CHUNG UP FOR BIDDING......... 1

FOOTBALL TRAINING FOR HOUSING ESTATE RESIDENTS........... 2

FREE LIFE-SAVING COURSE OFFERED ......................... 2

BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE................... 3

TUEN MUN HEALTH ’WEEK BEGINS TOMORROW.................... 3

COMPUTERISED SYSTEM TO BE TESTED......................... 4

TENDERS SOUGHT FOR ROAD WORKS............................ 4

PROJECT TO IMPROVE WATER SUPPLY ......................... 5

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF CARRIAGEWAY......................... 5

LANE TO BE CLOSED FOR WATER MAINS WORK................... 5

CURTAIN FALLS ON 1983 MUSIC CAMP ........................ 6

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$22M IN HOUSING WORKS CONTRACTS SIGNED * ft ft ft

TENANTS OF THREE NEWLY-COMPLETED PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES WILL BE ABLE TO ENJOY MORE PLEASANT ENVIRONMENT WITH GREEN SURROUNDINGS WHEN FOUR LANDSCAPING CONTRACTS ARE COMPLETED LATER THIS YEAR.

THE CONTRACTS TOTALLING OVER >6.53 MILLION WERE SIGNED TODAY BY THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF HOUSING, MR PANG YUK-LING.

UNDER THE CONTRACTS, THE LANDSCAPING WORKS WILL BE CARRIED OUT AT BUTTERFLY ESTATE IN TUEN MUN NEW TOWN, POK HONG ESTATE IN SHA TIN NEW TOWN AND LOK WAH ESTATE IN NGAU TAU KOK.

ALSO SIGNED TODAY BY MR PANG WERE FIVE CONTRACTS WITH A TOTAL VALUE OF $15.49 MILLION FOR VARIOUS WORKS IN PUBLIC HOUSING AND HOME OWNERSHIP ESTATES.

TWO OF THEM, VALUED AT A TOTAL OF $6.57 MILLION, WERE PILING CONTRACTS TO PROVIDE FOUNDATIONS FOR A 35-STOREY TRIDENT BLOCK WITH 816 FLATS AT CHEUNG WAH ESTATE IN FANLING AND FOR A PRIMARY SCHOOL AT TAI YUEN ESTATE IN TAI PO NEW TOWN.

ANOTHER TWO CONTRACTS, WORTH $1.92 MILLION, WERE FOR THE SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GAS WATER HEATERS FOR THREE RESIDENTIAL BLOCKS AT A NEW HOME OWNERSHIP ESTATE IN SHEK WU HUI AND MECHANICAL VENTILATION SYSTEM FOR A COMMUNITY HALL AND ANCILLARY BUILDINGS AT THE REDEVELOPING SHEK KIP MEI ESTATE IN KOWLOON.

THE LAST ONE WAS AN ANNUAL CONTRACT OF $7 MILLION FOR CORE DRILLING OF REINFORCED CONCRETE MEMBERS IN ESTATE BUILDINGS. --------------------------------o--------

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THREE MARKET STALLS IN KWAI CHUNG WILL BE PUT UP FOR PUBLIC BIDDING ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 16).

THE BIDDING WILL START AT 10 AM AT THE KWAI FONG COMMUNITY HALL, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID.

ONE OF THE STALLS IS FOR THE SALE OF FISH AT TAI LOONG STREET TEMPORARY MARKET. THE UPSET MONTHLY RENT IS $1 400.

THE OTHER STALLS, LOCATED AT TSI NG Yl MARKET, ARE FOR THE SALE OF MEAT. THE UPSET MONTHLY RENT IS $200 EACH.

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS MAY START BUSINESS ON SEPTEMBER 1 ON A THREE-YEAR CONTRACT, AND ARE REQUIRED TO PAY THE RENT QUARTERLY.

BIDDERS ARE REQUESTED TO BRING ALONG THEIR IDENTITY CARDS AND FIVE PHOTOGRAPHS.

FURTHER DETAILS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE HAWKERS AND MARKETS SECTION OF THE KWAI CHUNG URBAN SERVICES OFFICE ON TELEPHONE 0-253624.

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FOOTBALL TRAIMIWG FOR HOUSING ESTATE RESIDENTS » * * .

SCHEME IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE LAUNCHED

AN ESTATE SPORTS PROMOTION

TOMORROW (SUNDAY), PROVIDING EIGHT WEEKS OF FOOTBALL TRAINING AND.

(TOMPETITION FOR Y&JNG PEOPLE IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES. . .

SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AT 1180 000. THE SCHEME AIMS AT PROMOTING INTEREST IN FOOTBALL AMONG YOUTHS IN HOUSING ESTATES, AND MAKING FULL USE OF FACILITIES IN THE ESTATES FOR HEALTHY SPORTS ACTIVITIES. ...........

ALREADY, 52 TEAMS HAVE BEEN FORMED AND WILL TAKE PART IN TRAINING SESSIONS AND COMPETITIONS IN THE COMING WEEKENDS UNTIL EARLY OCTOBER. ...........

TOMORROW, AN OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT THE SHA TSUI ROAD PLAYGROUND AT 9.30 AM.

THE SCHEME’S CHAIRMAN, MR TSOI YUK-WA, THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICER. MR FRANKIE LU IJ AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD’S RECREATION AND SPORTS COMMITTEE, MR CHOW HOW-CHEN WILL.BE PRESENT.

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FREE LIFE-SAVING COURSE OFFERED

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YOUNGSTERS INTERESTED IN LIFE-SAVING ARE BEING GIVEN THE CHANCE TO RECEIVE FORMAL TRAINING AT YUEN LONG PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL.

AN EVENING LIFE-SAVING COURSE, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG LIFE-SAVING SOCIETY AND THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, WILL START AT THE POOL ON NEXT SATURDAY, (AUGUST 20).

THE 15-SESSION TRAINING COURSE WILL THEN BE HELD ON TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND SATURDAYS, EXCLUDING PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, BETWEEN 6.45 PM AND 8.45 PM.

YOUNG PEOPLE WHO CAN SWIM MORE THAN 100 METRES BY BREAST STROKE AND ARE 14 YEARS OLD OR ABOVE ARE WELCOME TO JOIN THE CLASS, AN NTSD SPOKESMAN SAID.

AFTER THE COURSE, TRAINEES WILL SIT FOR A BRONZE MEDALLION TEST HELD BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG LIFE-SAVING SOCIETY.

APPLICATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE YUEN LONG PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL'AT TAI YUK ROAD, YUEN LONG.

ENROLMENT FOR THE COURSE IS FREE AND IS NOW ACCEPTED ON A FIRST—COME—FIRST-SERVED BASIS, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

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ABOUT 1 OOO YOUNG PEOPLE IN KOWLOON CITY ARE TO COMPETE IN A SEVEN-WEEK INTER-AREA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT, STARTING FROM TODAY (SATURDAY).

THE YOUTHS, AGED OVER 14, ARE DIVIDED INTO 64 MEN’S AND 32 WOMEN’S TEAMS, REPRESENTING EIGHT AREAS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE TOP TEAMS FROM EACH OF THE EIGHT AREAS WILL COMPETE IN THE FINALS AND THE WINNER WILL BE AWARDED THE LOK SIN TONG CUP.

THIS EVENING, AN INVITATION MATCH BETWEEN STAFF OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE DISTRICT’S RECREATION AND SPORTS COUNCIL WAS HELD TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE TOURNAMENT.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, THE DISTRICT OFFICER. MR LEE LAP-SUN, SAID THE OBJECTIVES OF THE COMPETITION WERE TO PROMOTE A SENSE OF DISTRICT IDENTITY AND COMMUNITY SPIRIT AMONG THE PARTICIPANTS AND AREAS, AND TO FOSTER INTEREST IN BASKETBALL.

+IT IS ALSO HOPED THAT THE TOURNAMENT WILL HELP TO IDENTIFY THE DISTRICT’S BEST PLAYERS WHO IN FUTURE, COULD REPRESENT KOWLOON CITY IN TERRITORY-WIDE COMPETITIONS,* HE SAID.

MR LEE ADDED THAT SIMILAR COMPETITIONS WOULD BE EXTENDED TO OTHER SPORTS TO CATER FOR VARIED INTERESTS AND TALENTS.

FOR INSTANCE, HE SAID, A DISTRICT MINI-SOCCER COMPETITION WOULD BE HELD THIS WINTER.

SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE, THE DISTRICT’S RECREATION AND SPORTS COUNCIL. AND THE KOWLOON LOK SIN TONG.

ALSO PRESENT AT TODAY’S CEREMONY WERE THE CHIEF RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICER, MR RAYMOND CHANj THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SPORTS COUNCIL, MR TANG TAI-CHUENl AND THE CHAIRMAN OF KOWLOON LOK SIN TONG, MR HUI YIN-YING.

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TUEN MUN HEALTH WEEK BEGINS TOMORROW * * * *

MORE THAN 800 ELDERLY PEOPLE IN TUEN MUN WILL GET FREE ?lSi£lb\CHEC,C“UPS DUR,H® A HEALTH WEEK WHICH STARTS TOMORROW IwUNDAY/•

5e?gEt‘ND urire TESTS>

T0 ‘R0USE PE0PLE’S

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MEDICAL ADVICE WILL ALSO BE GIVEN AND REFERRAL TO HOSPITALS WILL BE MADE WHERE FURTHER CHECKING IS NEEDED.

A TESTING CENTRE WILL BE SET UP AT THE ON TING-YAU 01 COMMUNITY CENTRE TOMORROW. FOLLOWING AN OPENING CEREMONY, IT WILL PROVIDE SERVICES FROM 10.30 AM TO 5 PM DURING THE HEALTH WEEK.

PEOPLE OVER 60 YEARS OF AGE WHO WISH TO USE THE SERVICE ARE REQUESTED TO REGISTER IN ADVANCE AT ONE OF THE FIVE REGISTRATION POINTS - THE YAN 01 TONG COMMUNITY AND INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE, TAI HING COMMUNITY HALL, TUEN MUN RURAL COMMITTEE AND THE TWO.SUB-OFF ICES OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE.

OTHER PROGRAMMES OF THE HEALTH WEEK WILL INCLUDE A SLIDE SHOW TO BE HELD AT ON TING-YAU 01 COMMUNITY CENTRE, AND EXHIBITIONS AT TAI HING COMMUNITY HALL AND YAN 01 TONG COMMUNITY AND INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE.

THE HEALTH WEEK IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT RESPECT FOR THE AGED ASSOCIATION AND KOWLOON HOSPITAL ENROLLED AND PUPIL NURSES* ASSOCIATION, WITH THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD CONTRIBUTING $8 500 FOR THE EVENT.

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THE EAST KOWLOON WAY AND AIRPORT TUNNEL WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC ON MONDAY, TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 15, 16, 17) FROM 9 PM TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY, TO FACILITATE THE TESTING OF THE COMPUTERISED TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEM.

DURING THE ABOVE TEMPORARY CLOSURE, MOTORISTS FROM THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL AND HUNG HOM HEADING FOR NGAU TAU KOK AND KWUN TONG ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED VIA CHATHAM ROAD NORTH, MA TAU WAI ROAD, PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST AND KWUN TONG ROAD.

MOTORISTS FROM WAI YIP STREET, KWUN TONG ROAD HEADING FOR HUNG HOM ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED VIA KWUN TONG ROAD AND PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST.

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TENDERS SOUGHT FOR ROAD WORKS XXX

THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR ROAD IMPROVEMENT AND LANDSCAPING WORKS IN TSIM SHA TSUI EAST.

THE PROJECT INVOLVES THE INSTALLATION OF TRAFFIC LIGHT SIGNALS AT THE JUNCTIONS OF MODY ROAD AND MODY LANE, AND MODY ROAD AND SCIENCE MUSEUM ROAD.

THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO LOADING AND UNLOADING AREAS OFF MODY ROAD AND ROADSIDE LANDSCAPING WORKS WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED UNDER THE CONTRACT.

WORK ON THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO START IN OCTOBER AND TAKE ABOUT SIX MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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PROJECT TO IMPROVE WATER SUPPLY *****

THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE LAYING CF ABOUT 3 950 METRES OF FRESH AND SALT WATER MAINS IN TUEN MUN. ..

THE MAINS, WITH DIAMETERS RANGING FROM 250 MM TO 900 MM, WILL K LAID ALONG TSING WUN ROAD AND TIN HAU ROAD (NORTH AND SOUTH).AND IN THE TUEN MUN TOWN PARK.

THE PROJECT FORMS PART OF A SCHEME TO IMRPOVE THE SUPPLY OF WATER TO THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL EXTENSION OF TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL START IN EARLY OCTOBER AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 20 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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FROM 1 AM TO 5.30 AM ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 16 AND 17). THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF LUNG CHEUNG ROAD BETWEEN HAMMER HILL ROAD AND CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED.

DURING THE CLOSURE, THE RIGHT TURN MOVEMENT FROM LUNG CHEUNG ROAD TO HAMMER HILL ROAD SOUTHBOUND WILL BE OPEN.

EASTBOUND TRAFFIC ON LUNG CHEUNG ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED TO TRAVEL VIA HAMMER HILL ROAD, CHOI HUNG BUS TERMINUS ACCESS ROAD AND PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST.

AND EASTBOUND TRAFFIC ON CHOI HUNG ROAD AND SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC ON HAMMER HILL ROAD HEADING TOWARDS KWUN TONG AREA OR CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED TO TRAVEL VIA CHOI HUNG BUS TERMINUS ACCESS ROAD AND PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST.

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LANE TO BE CLOSED FOR WATER MAINS WORK X K f.

FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (AUGUST 15), THE WESTSIDE LANE ON THE NORTHERN SIDE OF PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WEST BETWEEN YUEN NGA I STREET AND SAI YEE STREET WILL BE CLOSED FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS TO ALL TRAFFIC EXCEPT THOSE GAINING LOCAL ACCESS. THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE IS TO FACILITATE THE LAYING OF WATERMAINS ALONG PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WEST.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE WHOLE LENGTH OF FU HING STREET, LUNG SUM AVENUE AND THE SECTION OF SAN FUNG AVENUE SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH TSUN FU STREET, EXCEPT DESIGNATED PARKING SPACES, PUBLIC LIGHT BUS STAND AND TAXI STAND, WILL BE DESIGNATED AS RESTRICTED ZONES FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM.

ALL VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING UP OR SETTING DOWN PASSENGERS OR LOADING AND UNLOADING GOODS WITHIN THIS ZONE.

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CURTAIN FALLS ON 1983 MUSIC CAMP MUM

A GRAND FINALE CONCERT WAS HELD AT THE CITY HALL THIS EVENING, MARKING THE CLOSE OF THE FOURTH ANNUAL HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC CAMP.

THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, AND LADY HADDON-CAVE ATTENDED THE CONCERT WHICH WAS PERFORMED BEFORE A FULL-HOUSE AUDIENCE BY MORE THAN 500 MUSICIANS, INCLUDING SOME FROM AUSTRALIA, JAPAN, MACAU AND THE UNITED KINGDOM.

THE YOUNG MUSICIANS HAVE COMPLETED AN INTENSIVE MUSIC TRAINING PROGRAMME AT THE TWO-WEEK CAMP ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT.

THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, M? CLIVE OXLEY. SAID THAT THE CONCERT REPRESENTED THE CULMINATION OF TWO WEEKS’ DEDICATED WORK BY INSTRUCTORS AND CAMPERS.

♦SINCE NEARLY 600 YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE CAMP, EITHER ON A RESIDENTIAL OR ON DAY BASIS, WE HAVE GIVEN ALL OF THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO PERFORM IN PUBLIC,* HE SAID.

COMMENTING ON THE OVERSEAS MUSICIANS. MR OXLEY SAID THAT THE COMMITMENT AND PROFESSIONALISM OF THESE GUEST CONDUCTORS AND INSTRUCTORS HAD PRODUCED A REMARKABLE CATALYTIC EFFECT ON ALL THE PARTICIPANTS BOTH CAMPERS AND STAFF OF THE MUSIC OFFICE.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE MUSIC CAMP ACCOUNTED FOR A SIGNIFICANT OUTLAY OF PUBLIC FUNDS EARMARKED FOR SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME ACTIVITIES.

♦WITH THE INEVITABLE IMPROVEMENT IN STANDARDS BY PARTICIPANTS IN THE CAMP, IT HAS CLEARLY BEEN MONEY WELL SPENT,+ MR OXLEY ADDED.

THE TWO-AND-A-HALF-HOUR CONCERT THIS EVENING INCLUDED FIVE CHINESE TUNES PLAYED BY THE MUSIC CAMP CHINESE ORCHESTRA UNDER THE BATON OF XIA FEI-YUN, GUEST CONDUCTOR FROM CHINA.

THE PROGRAMME ALSO INCLUDED PERFORMANCES BY THE MUSIC CAMP STRING ORCHESTRA, THE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND COMBINED YOUTH CHOIR CONDUCTED BY CHRISTOPHER MARTIN FROM AUSTRALIA.

SOPRANO ELLA KIANG, ALTO CYNTHIA YIM, TENOR WONG FANG AND BASS MALCOLM BARNETT ALSO PERFORMED IN THE CONCERT.

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

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A NON-SMOKING GENERATION FOR HONG KONG......................... 1

GROWING PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN POLICE NOTED ..................... 3

VIEWS SOUGHT ON PAID SICK LEAVE PROPOSALS ..................... 4

MORE FOOD MARKETS FOR NT RESIDENTS ............................ 5

APPEAL TO VOTERS IN WAN CHAI ’WEST ............................ 5

TENDERS INVITED FOR ROAD WORKS ................................ 6

LANTERN DESIGN COMPETITIONS TO BE HELD ........................ 6

CLEAN-UP OPERATION HELD IN KU HANG VILLAGE .................... 7

BOARD TO DISCUSS POSTER CONTEST ............................... 8

SITTING-OUT AREA FOR HOUSING ESTaTE ........................... 8

PRAT AVENUE SECTION TO BE CLOSED .............................. 9

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A NON-SMOKING GENERATION FOR HONG KONG X X X X

THE PUBLIC WERE TODAY (SUNDAY) URGED TO WORK HARD TOWARDS THE GOAL OF PRODUCING IN HONG KONG A NON-SMOKING GENERATION - A GENERATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WILL GROW UP UNDERSTANDING THE DANGERS OF CIGARETTE SMOKING AND COMMITTED TO A SMOKE-FREE LIFE.

SPEAKING AT THE ANT I-SMOKING MASS RALLY IN VICTORIA PARK THIS AFTERNOON, DR HARRY FANG, UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS AND CHAIRMAN OF THE MEDICAL DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE POINTED OUT THAT THIS WAS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AIMS OF THE GOVERNMENT’S ANTI-SMOKING PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN.

HE SAID, ♦SMOKING HAS BEEN REFERRED TO AS THE GREATEST SINGLE AVOIDABLE CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE COMMUNITY.*

IN 1982, CIGARETTE SMOKING WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR 1 766 LUNG CANCER DEATHS, 143 BRONCHITIS DEATHS AND 566 DEATHS FROM ISCHEMIC HEART DISEASE. THE TOTAL FIGURE OF 2 475 DEATHS IS MORE THAN FIVE TIMES THE NUMBER OF DEATHS FROM TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS IN THE YEAR.

♦THERE IS NO LONGER ANY DOUBT ABOUT THE HEALTH HAZARDS OF CIGARETTE SMOKING,* DR FANG SAID. +BUT THERE IS ALSO THE COST TO THE COMMUNITY IN TERMS OF LOST PRODUCTIVITY FROM SMOKING RELATED DISEASES, AND THE COST OF ACCIDENTS AND FIRES CAUSED BY SMOKING.*

HE STRESSED THAT THE TASK NOW WAS HOW TO SPREAD THE MESSAGES THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY! TO ENCOURAGE SMOKERS TO STOP SMOKING BOTH FOR THE SAKE OF THEIR OWN HEALTH AND THE HEALTH OF THOSE AROUND THEM! TO RECOGNISE THAT NON-SMOKERS HAVE A RIGHT TO A SMOKE-FREE ATMOSPHERE AT HOME, IN PUBLIC PLACES AND ALSO AT WORK.

♦MOST IMPORTANTLY,♦ HE SAID, *WE MUST AIM TO PREVENT OUR CHILDREN FROM STARTING TO SMOKE. WE CAN BEST DO THIS BY SETTING A GOOD EXAMPLE FOR THEM TO FOLLOW AND THIS IS SOMETHING I URGE ALL PARENTS TO DO.*

HE CONCLUDED HIS SPEECH ON THE FOLLOWING NOTEi

♦LET US GET THE SMOKE OUT OUR LUNGS, OUT OF OUR EYES AND OUT OF OUR LIVES. AND LET US MAKE HONG KONG A HEALTHIER PLACE IN WHICH TO LIVE.*

ELABORATING ON THE HEALTH HAZARDS OF SMOKING, DR RUDY KHOO, MEMBER OF THE ANT I-SMOKING PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN STEERING COMMITTEE AND CHAIRMAN OF THE CANCER EDUCATION SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE ANTI-CANCER SOCIETY EMPHASISED THAT SMOKING DEFINITELY AFFECTS A PERSON’S LIFE SPAN.

HE POINTED OUT THAT ACCORDING TO A STUDY IN THE UNITED STATES, THE AVERAGE LIFE SPAN OF A 25-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO SMOKES TWO PACKETS OF CIGARETTES PER DAY WOULD BE 8.3 YEARS SHORTER THAN A NON-SMOKER CF THE SAME AGE.

♦SMOKING IS A MAJOR CAUSE OF LUNG CANCER,♦ DR KHOO ADDED.

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DEATHS CAUSED BY LUNG CANCER CONSTITUTED 7.3 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF DEATHS IN 1982. SMOKING CAN ALSO CAUSE CANCERS IN THE MOUTH, THE THROAT, THE OESOPHAGUS, THE ANUS, AND THE PANCREAS.

IN ADDITION, DR KHOO POINTED OUT THAT SMOKERS ARE MORE LIKELY TO SUFFER FROM AND DIE OF STOMACH ULCER, THE REASON BEING STOMACH ULCERS IN SMOKERS ARE RELATIVELY HARD TO CURE. AND WOMEN SMOKERS WHO TAKE CONTRACEPTIVE PILLS ARE MORE LIKELY TO HAVE BLOOD CLOT IN THE VEINS.

HOWEVER, DR KHOO POINTED OUT THAT IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO STOP SMOKING, BECAUSE *THE EARLIER A SMOKER GIVES UP SMOKING, THE GREATER IS THE REDUCTION OF HIS RISK OF HAVING THESE DISEASES.*

SMOKING DOES NOT ONLY AFFECT THE SMOKER HIMSELF, BUT MAY HAVE HARMFUL EFFECTS ON THE NEXT GENERATION. TO PROVE HIS POINT, DR KHOO SAID, *A CHILD WHOSE MOTHER SMOKES DURING PREGNANCY WILL BE SMALLER THAN OTHER BABIES AT BIRTH. EVEN AT THE AGE OF SEVEN, HIS PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL ADAPTABILITY WILL BE SLOWER.♦

THE MASS RALLY ORGANISED BY THE ANTI-SMOKING PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN STEERING COMMITTEE AS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE PUBLICITY DRIVE WAS ATTENDED BY MANY SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, DOCTORS AND NURSES, PERSONALITIES FROM THE ENTERTAINMENT FIELD, DISTRICT LEADERS AND VOLUNTARY GROUPS. IT ALSO ATTRACTED THOUSANDS OF SPECTATORS, MANY OF WHOM TURNED UP WITH ANTI-SMOKING PLACARDS DESIGNED BY THEMSELVES AND TOOK PART IN A MASS WALK IN SUPPORT OF THE WORTHY CAUSE.

THE PLACARD DESIGN COMPETITION RECEIVED GOOD RESPONSE FROM THE PUBLIC. OUT OF SOME 100 ENTRIES, THREE BEST ONES WERE SELECTED BY A PANEL OF JUDGES HEADED BY MR HENRY CHING, SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE. THE WINNERS EACH RECEIVED A PRIZE VALUED ' BETWEEN 1500 AND 12 000 IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR CONTRIBUTION.

TROPHIES WERE ALSO PRESENTED TO WINNERS OF THE INTER-TEAM PLACARD COMPETITION, AND GAME STALLS DESIGN COMPETITION.

IN ADDITION, PRIZES WERE AWARDED TO WINNERS OF THE ANTI-SMOKING SLOGAN COMPETITION RUN BY RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG.

VISITORS TO THE RALLY HAD AN ENJOYABLE TIME WATCHING STAGE PERFORMANCES BY WELL-KNOWN SINGERS AND TV ARTISTES, FOLLOWED BY MAGIC AND ACROBATIC SHOWS. THEY ALSO HAD A CHANCE TO TRY OUT 20 DIFFERENT STALL GAMES, ALL OF WHICH WERE DESIGNED TO CONVEY THE ANTI-SMOKING MESSAGE.

THE HEALTH ADVICE CENTRE PUT UP BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND THE QUIT-SMOKING VAN MANNED BY THE ADVENTIST HOSPITAL PROVED EXTREMELY POPULAR, ESPECIALLY AMONG PEOPLE WHO WISHED TO GIVE UP SMOKING.

THE EVENT CAME TO A CLOSE AT 5 PM. IT WAS RECORDED BY RTHK AND WILL BE BROADCAST ON RADIO II BETWEEN 12 NOON AND 1 PM ON AUGUST 21.

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GROWING PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN POLICE NOTED X » I * X

ON AN AVERAGE DAY IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR, THE POLICE DEALT WITH 1 735 REQUESTS FOR VARIOUS FORMS OF ASSISTANCE.

AND, OUT OF THIS TOTAL, 1 270 REQUESTS WERE FOR ASSISTANCE IN MATTERS NOT RELATING TO CRIME AT ALL.

THESE INCLUDED THE MORE ROUTINE CASES LIKE SETTLING DISPUTES, HANDLING FOUND PROPERTY AND NUISANCE COMPLAINTS, ATTENDING TO ACCIDENT VICTIMS, LOOKING AFTER LOST CHILDREN AND TACKLING OTHER DAY-TO-DAY PROBLEMS WHICH INDIVIDUALS COULD NOT SOLVE THEMSELVES.

THEY ALSO INCLUDED THE MORE UNUSUAL AND OFF-BEAT CASES LIKE CATCHING SNAKES AND STRAY DOGS, SEARCHING FOR LOST HIKERS AND SAILORS AND ROUNDING UP A BULL WHICH HAD GONE ON A RAMPAGE IN BUSY STREETS.

”A TOTAL OF 229 852 SUCH REQUESTS WERE DEALT WITH BY THE POLICE IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 1983, REPRESENTING SOME THREE-QUARTERS OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF REQUESTS FOR POLICE ASSISTANCE,” A POLICE SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

”WE FIND THIS A VERY ENCOURAGING TREND BECAUSE IT CLEARLY SHOWS THAT PEOPLE ARE MUCH MORE READY TO TURN TO THE POLICE FOR KLP WHEN FACED WITH DIFFICULTIES.

"THIS MUST INDICATE INCREASING CONFIDENCE AND BETTER RELATIONS WITH THE FORCE,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

APART FROM REQUESTS FOR GENERAL ASSISTANCE, POLICE RECEIVED ANOTHER 39 497 CALLS FOR HELP IN CRIME-RELATED MATTERS AND A FURTHER 44 641 CALLS REPORTING MISCELLANEOUS AND MINOR NARCOTICS OFFENCES DURING THE PERIOD.

A SIGNIFICANT TREND THAT EMERGED IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1983 WAS THAT PATROLLING POLICEMEN WERE BEING APPROACHED BY MORE AND MORE PEOPLE.

BETWEEN JANUARY AND JUNE THIS YEAR, 17 089 PEOPLE APPROACHED POLICEMEN ON THE BEAT FOR VARIOUS KINDS OF HELP, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 31 PER CENT OVER THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD IN 1982.

’’THESE FIGURES ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGING BECAUSE THEY REFLECT GROWING PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN OUR MEN ON THE BEAT.

’’THEY ALSO SHOW THAT INDIVIDUAL POLICE OFFICERS ARE BECOMING MORE AND MORE APPROACHABLE AND DEMONSTRATES THE VALUE OF MAINTAINING A STRONG POLICE PRESENCE IN THE STREETS,” HE ADDED.

THE FACT THAT INDIVIDUAL OFFICERS ARE DEALING WITH THESE REQUESTS PROMPTLY, HAS REFLECTED FAVOURABLY ON THE EFFICIENCY OF THE FORCE AND HAS CONTRIBUTED MUCH TOWARDS IMPROVING THE RAPPORT BETWEEN THE POLICE AND THE PUBLIC THEY SERVE.

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BUT BY FAR, THE LARGEST NUMBER OF REQUESTS FOR ASSISTANCE — ABOUT 41 PER CENT OF A TOTAL OF 313 990 — WERE MADE IN PERSON AT POLICE STATIONS.

NEXT CAME THE NUMBER OF REQUESTS MADE BY TELEPHONE — 91 385 CALLS OR 29 PER CENT. OF THESE, 68 061 OR SOME 75 PER CENT WERE MADE TO THE 999 CONTROL CENTRES.

”IT IS OBVIOUS THAT MORE PEOPLE REALISE THAT THIS IS THE MOST DIRECT AND THE QUICKEST WAY TO GET HELP FROM THE POLICE,” THE SPOKESMAN NOTED.

REPORT CENTRES CONTINUED TO BE HIGHLY UTILISED, WITH 75 358 REQUESTS FOR ASSISTANCE. THIS REPRESENTED 24 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL.

IN THE SIX-MONTH PERIOD, 197 REQUESTS WERE RECEIVED BY MARINE POLICE LAUNCHES ON PATROL.

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VIEWS SOUGHT ON PAID SICK LEAVE PROPOSALS X * * *

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IS INVITING VIEWS OR COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC ON THE BILL WHICH SEEKS TO INCREASE THE RATE OF PAID SICK LEAVE FOR ALL MANUAL WORKERS AND NON-MANUAL WORKERS EARNING NOT MORE THAN-$7 500 A MONTH.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (SUNDAY), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT INTERESTED ORGANISATIONS, INCLUDING EMPLOYERS’ ASSOCIATIONS AND EMPLOYEES’ UNIONS, AS WELL AS INDIVIDUALS MAY FORWARD THEIR VIEWS OR COMMENTS IN WRITING TO THE DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS ON THE FOURTH FLOOR OF LEE GARDENS IN HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY, ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 10, 1983.

A SUMMARY OF THE REPRESENTATIONS RECEIVED WILL BE FORWARDED TO THE UMELCO OFFICE.

THE BILL PROPOSES TO INCREASE THE RATE OF PAID SICK LEAVE FROM ONE DAY PER MONTH TO TWO DAYS PER MONTH IN THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF CONTINUOUS EMPLOYMENT AND TO FOUR DAYS A MONTH THEREAFTER, AND TO INCREASE THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PAID SICK LEAVE DAYS THAT hUY BE ACCUMULATED FROM 36 DAYS TO 120 DAYS. HOWEVER, AN EMPLOYEE MAY ONLY TAKE UP TO 90 DAYS OF PAID SICK LEAVE DURING ANY ONE SICKNESS IF HE DOES NOT REQUIRE HOSPITALISATION, AND UP TO 120 DAYS IF HOSPITALISATION IS REQUIRED.

THE BILL ALSO PROPOSES TO PROHIBIT THE TERMINATION OF SERVICE OF AN EMPLOYEE DURING ANY PERIOD OF PAID SICK LEAVE, UNLESS HIS EMPLOYER PAYS WAGES IN LIEU OF NOTICE, AN ADDITIONAL SUM EQUAL TO SEVEN DAYS’ WAGES AND THE FULL SICKNESS ALLOWANCE TO WHICH HE WOULD HAVE BEEN ENTITLED DURING HIS SICKNESS.

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MORE FOOD MARKETS FOR NT RESIDENTS * * * ft

A PERMANENT COOKED FOOD MARKET IN TUEN MUN HAS JUST BEEN COMPLETED AND TWO SUCH MARKETS ARE UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN KWAI CHUNG TO PROVIDE MORE EATING PLACES FOR RESIDENTS AND FACTORY WORKERS THERE.

THE MARKET IN TUEN MUN, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN THIS NEW TOWN, WILL HAVE 16 COOKED FOOD STALLS AND TWO FRUIT STALLS.

FINISHING TOUCHES ARE BEING PUT TO THIS MODERN, PAVILION-STYLED MARKET AND THE STALLS WILL BE PUT UP FOR PUBLIC BIDDING AT A DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

THE MARKET, WHICH WILL BE MANAGED BY THE DEPARTMENT, WILL HAVE A COMMUNAL VENTILATION AND GREASE FILTERING SYSTEM. PARTITION WALLS AND THE FLOORS OF THE STALLS ARE PAVED WITH MOSAIC TILES FOR EASY CLEANING.

THE MARKET WILL HAVE A SITTING-OUT AREA WITH ARBOURS, FLOWER BEDS AND BENCHES.

THE TWO MARKETS IN KWAI CHUNG, LOCATED AT TAI YUEN STREET AND WO Yl HOP ROAD, WILL HAVE A TOTAL OF 22 COOKED FOOD AND FOUR FRUIT STALLS EACH.

MEANWHILE, A TEMPORARY MARKET WITH 24 COOKED FOOD STALLS IS BEING CONSTRUCTED AT TAK WAH STREET IN TSUEN WAN.

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APPEAL TO VOTERS IN WAN CHAI WEST ux

THE 10 946 REGISTERED ELECTORS IN THE WAN CHAI WEST CONSTITUENCY WERE URGED TO EXERCISE THEIR CIVIC RIGHTS AND VOTE IN WEDNESDAY'S (AUGUST 17) DISTRICT BOARD BY-ELECTION.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS LOLLY CHIU, TODAY (SUNDAY) APPEALED TO ELECTORS TO VOTE FOR THE CANDIDATE OF THEIR CHOICE SO THAT THEIR VIEWS ON THE PROVISION AND ADEQUACY OF FACILITIES AND SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT COULD BE CONVEYED TO THE GOVERNMENT.

THE FOUR CANDIDATES CONTESTING IN THE BY-ELECTION ARE M? CHUNG YEE-ON, MR CHAN PAK-CHEUNG, MR SZETO CH IK AND MR KWONG HON-WAH.

THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE WILL FILL THE SEAT MADE VACANT FOLLOWING THE RECENT DEATH OF AN ELECTED MEMBER, MR NG SAI-YING.

♦THE SUCCESS OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION IN WAN CHAI WEST DEPENDS ON THE ELECTION OF A CANDIDATE WHO REPRESENTS THE VIEWS OF THE MAJORITY OF THE REGISTERED ELECTORS IN THE CONSTITUENCY,* SHE SAID.

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TWO POLLING STATIONS, ONE AT THE HONG KONG METHODIST CHURCH, 36 HENNESSY ROAD, AND THE OTHER AT ST. GLORIA COLLEGE, 9-15 SHIP STREET, WILL BE OPEN FROM 7 AM TO 10 PM.

ELECTORS MUST VOTE AT THE POLLING STATIONS INDICATED ON THE POLL CARDS SENT TO THEM BY THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL DIVISION OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT.

THEY MUST ALSO BRING ALONG THEIR IDENTITY CARDS FOR VOTING AND MAY VOTE FOR ONE CANDIDATE ONLY.

ANYONE WHO HAS ENQUIRIES ABOUT HIS POLL CARD OR THE LOCATION OF HIS POLLING STATION MAY CONTACT THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL DIVISION AT 5-270380 OR 5-270369. - - - - o -------------------------------

TENDERS INVITED FOR ROAD WORKS ft * * ft

THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR ROAD AND DRAINAGE WORKS IN TONG YAN SAN TSUEN, YUEN LONG, TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT IN THE AREA.

THE PROJECT WILL INVOLVE THE WIDENING, REALIGNING, AND RECONSTRUCTION OF THE EXISTING ROADS OR TRACKS IN THE AREA TO PROVIDE TWO-LANE CARRIAGEWAYS WITH FOOTPATHS.

ALSO-INCLUDED IN THE CONTRACT WILL BE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A COMPLETELY NEW SEWAGE SYSTEM AND A RAIN WATER DRAINAGE SYSTEM. IN FUTURE, ALL EXISTING BUILDINGS AND NEW DEVELOPMENTS WILL BE CONNECTED TO THESE SYSTEMS.

IN ADDITION, LANDSCAPING WORK AND FOOTPATHS WILL BE PROVIDED FOR TRADITIONAL BURIAL GROUND OF +MA FUNG LING+ TO IMPROVE ACCESS FOR GRAVE WORSHIPPERS.

WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL START IN OCTOBER AND TAKE ABOUT 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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LANTERN DESIGN COMPETITIONS TO BE HELD

TWO LANTERN DESIGN COMPETITIONS ARE BEING ORGANISED SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS AND RES IDENTS IN KOWLOON CITY?

-i GIANT LANTERN DESIGN COMPETITION IS BEING HELD FOR ^EtSJU2^TS»,T0 STIMULATE THEIR INTEREST IN THE TRADITIONS CF THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL AND TO ENCOURAGE TEAM WORK.

STUDENTS WHO ARE INTERESTED SHOULD SUBMIT THE DESIGN SKETCHES AND WORK PROPOSALS TO THE KOWLOON C TY DISTRICT ^ICE AT 141-143 KAU PUI LUNG ROAD BEFORE AUGUST 20? THE Jot exceeded" IeHtee™EE oime,‘s'ons THE should

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FIFTEEN OF THE BEST ENTRIES WILL BE SELECTED AND GIVEN REIMBURSEMENT GRANTS TO BUILD THEIR LANTERNS.

A SMALL LANTERN DESIGN CONTEST WILL BE OPEN TO ALL RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT. THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED CAN OBTAIN APPLICATION FORMS FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE BE FOR.. SEPTEMBER 5.

* ENQUIRIES ON THE TWO COMPETITIONS CAN BE MADE TO MISS PATRICIA AU AT 3-7110171.

PARTICIPANTS IN BOTH COMPETITIONS SHOULD BRING THEIR WORK TO THE DISTRICT’S LANTERN CARNIVAL AT KO SHAN ROAD PARK ON SEPTEMBER 22 FOR JUDGING.

THE WINNERS OF THE TWO COMPETITIONS WILL BE AWARDED CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION AND BOOK COUPONS.

SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AT A COST OF >20 000, THE COMPETITIONS ARE JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT ARTS AND CULTURE COUNCIL AND THE URBAN COUNCIL.

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CLEAN-UP OPERATION HELD IN KU HANG VILLAGE

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A CLEAN-UP OPERATION WAS HANG VILLAGE IN TSUEN WAN.

HELD THIS (SUNDAY) MORNING,

IN KU

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE VILLAGERS, THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE OPERATION WAS TO AROUSE VILLAGERS’ CONCERN ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE AND TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO EXERCISE SELF-DISCIPLINE AND TO IMPROVE THEIR LIVING ENVIRONMENT.

THERE ARE ABOUT 1 100 PEOPLE LIVING IN SOME 200 SQUATTER HUTS IN THE VILLAGE.

VPEAKING AT A CEREMONY BEFORE THE OPERATION, DISTRICT SOARD MEMBER, DR CHEUNG SAU-CHING, SAID STAFF OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND MEMBERS OF THE BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE HAD PAID NUMEROUS VISITS TO KU HANG VILLAGE TO FIND OUT THE PROBLEMS OF THE VILLAGERS. ’■

♦THE DISTRICT OFFICE HAD SET UP A PUBLIC ENQUIRY CENTRE AT SHEK WAI KOK ESTATE IN MAY THIS YEAR TO IMPROVE SERVICES TO RESIDENTS IN THE ESTATE AND NEARBY KU HANG VILLAGE,* HE SAID.

♦COMPLAINTS AND SUGGESTIONS FROM THE RESIDENTS ARE BEING REFERRED TO GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED FOR NECESSARY ACTION, DR CHEUNG ADDED.

AT THE CEREMONY, DR CHEUNG ALSO PRESENTED PRIZES TO WINNERS CF A COLOURING AND A CROSS-WORD PUZZLE COMPETITIONS HELD EARLIER FOR THE VILLAGERS.

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BOARD TO DISCUSS POSTER CONTEST

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DETAILS OF A +DISTRICT BOARD REHABILITATION POSTER COMPETITION* - A TERRITORY-WIDE CONTEST TO PUBLICISE REHABILITATION OF THE DISABLED - WILL BE TABLED FOR DISCUSSION AT THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD MEETING ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 16). ...

THE COMPETITION IS INITIATED BY THE REHABILITATION DEVELOPMENT CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE OF THE EDUCATION AND MANPOWER BRANCH WHICH IS INVITING EACH DISTRICT BOARD TO ORGANISE THE CONTEST.

THIS YEAR. THE COMMITTEE HAS CHOSEN +FRIENDSHIP - A WAY TO INTEGRATION* AS ITS THEME.

THROUGH THE COMPETITION, IT IS HOPED THAT THE SPECIAL NEEDS AS WELL AS CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE HANDICAPPED WOULD BE BORNE IN MIND BY THE DISTRICT BOARDS WHEN CONSIDERING MATTERS FOR THE LOCAL COMMUNITY SETTING.

AT TUESDAY'S MEETING, BOARD MEMBERS WILL ALSO EXCHANGE VIEWS ON TAXI OPERATIONS IN THE RURAL AND URBAN AREAS, SUCH AS FARES AND EXISTING LEGISLATION.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE A BRIEFING ON THE REPORT ♦A PERSPECTIVE ON EDUCATION IN HONG KONG* AND PROGRESS REPORTS OF THE BOARD'S COMMITTEES.

NOTE TO EDITORS*

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AT 9.30 AM ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 16) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE BOARD’S SECRETARIAT ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF TAI PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE AT KWONG FUK ROAD. A GOVERNMENT VAN WILL LEAVE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT 8.15 AM FOR TAI PO.

SITTING-OUT AREA FOR HOUSING ESTATE * * *

A SITTING-OUT AREA WILL SOON BE BUILT IN SAM SHING HUI, YUEN MUN, TO CATER FOR THE NEEDS OF THE GROWING POPULATION AT SAM SHING ESTATE.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT ARE BEING INVITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

THE SITTING-OUT AREA WILL MEASURE ABOUT 3 000 SQUARE METRES. FACILITIES TO BE PROVIDED INCLUDE FLOWER BEDS, BENCHES AND ARBOURS.

A MEMORIAL PLAQUE WILL ALSO BE AFFIXED TO A ’FUNG SHU I’ ROCK OUTCROP AT THE LOCATION WHICH HAS BEEN RETAINED TO MARK THE ORIGINAL SHORELINE OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD BEFORE RECLAMATION.

WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL START IN OCTOBER AND IS EXPECTED TO TAKE ABOUT SIX MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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PRAT AVENUE SECTION TO BE CLOSED X X X

THE SECTION OF PRAT AVENUE, BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH, AND A POINT ABOUT 30 METRES TO THE WEST OF THAT JUNCTION, WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 2 PM ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 16) FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS TO FACILITATE THE REPAIR OF A DAMAGED SEWAGE DRAIN.

IN CONNECTION WITH THE ROAD CLOSURE, TRAFFIC ON PRAT AVENUE FROM HOUSE NO. 1 TO 36, WILL BE TEMPORARILY RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY EASTBOUND TO TWO-WAY FOR LOCAL ACCESS.

TRAFFIC ON SOUTHBOUND CARNARVON ROAD HEADING FOR CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH VIA PRAT AVENUE WILL BE DIVERTED TO USE CARNARVON ROAD, CORNWALL AVENUE AND MODY ROAD.

AND TRAFFIC ON EASTBOUND HUMPHREYS AVENUE OR ON NORTHBOUND HART AVENUE HEADING FOR CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH WILL BE DIVERTED TO USE CARNARVON ROAD AND GRANVILLE ROAD.

PARKING SPACES ON THE NORTHERN SIDE OF PRAT AVENUE WILL BE SUSPENDED TO FACILITATE TWO-WAY TRAFFIC CIRCULATION.

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN SAI WAN HO WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 10 PM ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 17) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY TAI CHEONG STREET, THE SEA FRONT, SUN SING STREET AND SAI WAN HO STREET, INCLUDING 0 PUI LUNG VILLAGE, SHING ON VILLAGE, WANG HANG TUNG VILLAGE, WANG HANG SAI VILLAGE, HOLY CROSS PATH VILLAGE, MA SHAN VILLAGE AND NAM ON FONG VILLAGE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, AUGUST 15, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

GROWING NEED FOR MICROCOMPUTERS .............................. 1

CAPITATION GRANT FOR SCHOOLS INCREASED ....................... 3

SITE GRANTED FOR BBC RELAY STATION ........................... 3

WATER MAINS TESTS IN TWO AREAS ................................ 4

CHEUNG SHA RESIDENTS GET NEW BASKETBALL COURT ................. 4

PARKING METERS TOR SHA TIN .................................... 5

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF STREET ................................... 5

TRAVEL TIME CUT FOR TAI WAI RESIDENTS ......................... 5

MORE PEAK BUSES AND MAXICABS .................................. 6

WATER FIGURES

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GROWING NEED FOR MICROCOMPUTERS

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THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE SETTING UP A MICROCOMPUTER CENTRE SHORTLY TO SUPPORT THE USE OF MICROCOMPUTERS IN GOVERNMENT OFFICES.

AT PRESENT, MICROCOMPUTERS ARE BEING USED IN A NUMBER OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND THEIR APPLICATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE RAPIDLY OVER THE YEARS.

♦BESIDES LARGE ADMINISTRATIVE DATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS, THERE IS ALSO A GROWING NEED FOR MICROCOMPUTERS AND OFFICE SYSTEMS, AND SPECIAL ATTENTION IS BEING DEVOTED TO THESE FAIRLY NEW BUT IMPORTANT AREAS,+ MR STEPHEN LAU, MANAGER OF THE GOVERNMENT DATA PROCESSING AGENCY (GDPA), SAID.

THE CENTRE, TO BE ESTABLISHED IN GDPA, WILL ADVISE ON CONTRACTS AND EVALUATION, DEVELOP PROGRAMMES, SET UP GUIDELINES AND PROVIDE FOLLOW-UP SERVICES, WITH THE AIM OF DEVELOPING RELEVANT MICROCOMPUTER SYSTEMS FOR GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

♦WELL ORGANISED PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT FROM THE START COULD AVOID SERIOUS OPERATIONAL PROBLEMS WHICH MIGHT OTHERWISE DEVELOP IN THE FUTURE,+ MR LAU STRESSED.

IT IS ENVISAGED THAT IN FUTURE, OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY AT GOVERNMENT OFFICES WILL BE FURTHER IMPROVED WITH SUCH DEVICES AS WORD PROCESSORS, ELECTRONIC FILES, ELECTRONIC MAIL AND FACSIMILE SERVICES WHEREBY INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED, COMPILED, ASSESSED AND TRANSMITTED WITH BETTER EFFICIENCY AND GREATER SPEED.

♦IN ADDITION, MICROCOMPUTERS ARE LESS EXPENSIVE, FLEXIBLE AND EASY TO OPERATE. THEY ARE THUS USEFUL IN AREAS WHERE LARGE COMPUTERS ARE NOT JUST IF I ED,♦ MR LAU EXPLAINED.

AT PRESENT, EXAMPLES OF MICROCOMPUTER USAGE INCLUDE THE RECORDING AND PROCESSING OF PERSONNEL FILES IN THE CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH, ANALYSIS OF STATISTICS IN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE TEACHING OF COMPUTER COURSES IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

APART FROM EXPLOITING THE MICROCOMPUTER REVOLUTION, GDPA WILL CONTINUE TO DEVOTE MAJOR EFFORTS IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF LARGE-SCALE ADMINISTRATIVE COMPUTER SYSTEMS.

CURRENTLY, MORE THAN 70 SYSTEMS FOR OVER 30 GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS ARE IN OPERATION.

AMONG MAJOR SYSTEMS IMPLEMENTED RECENTLY ARE*

* THE IDENTITY CARD INFORMATION SYSTEM WHICH ENABLES THE ISSUE OF NEW ID CARDS FOR MORE THAN FIVE MILLION RESIDENTS OF HONG KONG WITHIN FOUR YEARS.

M THE POLICE NOMINAL INDEX COMPUTER SYSTEM WHICH RECORDS CRIMINAL DATA FOR OPERATIONAL REFERENCE.

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M THE PRIMARY ONE ALLOCATION SYSTEM FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

A SYSTEM WILL BE OPERATIONAL IN NOVEMBER THIS YEAR AT THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TO RECORD ALL PERSONAL PARTICULARS OF SOCIAL SECURITY APPLICANTS AND DEPENDENTS AND TO COMPUTERISE PAYMENT PROCEDURES ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, DISABILITY AND OLD AGE ALLOWANCES.

♦THIS SYSTEM WILL GREATLY SPEED UP THE PAYMENT PROCESSING OF EACH CASE, AVOID DUPLICATION AND PROVIDE ACCURATE MANAGEMENT INFORMATION FOR PLANNING PURPOSES,+ hfi LAU EXPLAINED.

COMPUTER PROJECTS BEING CONSIDERED OR UNDER DEVELOPMENT INCLUDE I

M THE EXTENSION OF THE TEXTILE QUOTA LICENSING SYSTEM FOR COUNTRIES OTHER THAN THE U.S. AND THE EEC IN THE TRADE DEPARTMENT TO ENABLE ALL EXPORT LICENCES TO BE ISSUED WITHIN 48 HOURS.

* ADMINISTRATIVE SYSTEMS FOR HOSPITALS.

M A LAND REGISTRATION RECORD DATABASE FOR THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT FOR EFFICIENT SEARCH OF TITLE DEEDS

M A NEW COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEM FOR THE POLICE FORCE TO’FURTHER ENHANCE OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY.

M AN IMMIGRATION CONTROL SYSTEM TO IMPROVE SECURITY AND EFFICIENCY AT CONTROL POINTS.

M A CENTRAL LAND INFORMATION SYSTEM TO PROVIDE PLANNING AND OPERATIONAL DATA FOR GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

* PERSONNEL INFORMATION SYSTEMS IN LARGE DEPARTMENTS FOR RECORD-KEEPING, TRAINING AND MANAGEMENT PURPOSES.

BECAUSE OF THE FAST-CHANGING COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY, GDPA MUST STAY ABREAST OF NEW DEVELOPMENTS TO ENSURE THAT THE MOST COST-EFFECTIVE SYSTEMS ARE USED BY THE GOVERNMENT.

MR LAU POINTED OUT THAT HONG KONG NOW RANKS FIRST IN SOUTHEAST ASIA IN TERMS OF THE SOPHISTICATION AND THE LEVEL OF COMPUTER USAGE, WITH THE GOVERNMENT, COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY MAKING EXTENSIVE USE OF COMPUTERS.

♦HOWEVER, ATTENTION IS INCREASINGLY BEING DRAWN TO THE ISSUE OF PRIVACY, AND THE GOVERNMENT HAS SET UP A WORKING GROUP ON DATA PROTECTION.

♦THE GROUP WILL CONSIDER WHETHER EXISTING MEASURES ARE ADEQUATE TO PROTECT THE CONFIDENTIALITY OF PERSONAL DATA STORED IN GOVERNMENT COMPUTERS AND, IF NECESSARY, ADDITIONAL MEASURES WILL BE INTRODUCED, ♦ MR LAU SAID.

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CAPITATION GRANT FOR SCHOOLS INCREASED ft ft ft *

CAPITATION GRANT FOR AIDED SECONDARY GRAMMAR SCHOOLS HAS BEEN RAISED FROM AN AVERAGE OF ABOUT $150 PER PUPIL PER ANNUM TO $175 WITH RETROSPECTIVE EFFECT FROM APRIL 1, 1983.

THE GRANTS FOR AIDED TECHNICAL AND PRE-VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS HAVE ALSO BEEN REVISED FROM $180 AND $200 PER PUPIL PER ANNUM TO $240 AND $300 RESPECTIVELY.

PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SPECIAL SCHOOLS OR SCHOOLS RUNNING SPECIAL CLASSES WILL ALSO RECEIVE A REVISED GRANT OF $3 200 AND $7 000 PER CLASS PER ANNUM RESPECTIVELY WITH RETROSPECTIVE EFFECT FROM APRIL 1, INSTEAD OF THE CURRENT $2 210 AND $4 620.

THE CAPITATION GRANT IS PROVIDED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO AIDED SCHOOLS TO ENABLE THEM TO PAY THE ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS IN RELATION TO THE RUNNING OF THE SCHOOLS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID.

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THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAS AGREED TO PROVIDE THE BBC WITH A SITE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FAR EASTERN RELAY STATION.

THE DECISION WAS APPROVED BY EXECUTIVE COUNCIL FOLLOWING INVESTIGATION INTO SEVERAL POSSIBLE SITES BY AN AD HOC WORKING GROUP AND TECHNICAL TEAMS FROM BOTH HONG KONG AND THE BBC.

A SITE AT TSANG TSUI, TUEN MUN HAS BEEN FOUND TO MEET TECHNICAL CRITERIA BEST. IT WILL BE PROVIDED AT A COST TO THE BBC EQUAL TO THE COST OF MAKING THE SITE AVAILABLE.

THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT HAS BUDGETED 8.4 MILLION POUNDS STERLING FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE RELAY STATION, WHICH IS PART OF A ID-YEAR, 100 MILLION POUNDS STERLING PROGRAMME TO IMPROVE THE BBC’S AUDIBILITY AROUND THE WORLD.

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WATER MAINS TESTS IN TWO AREAS M K M M

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN YUEN LONG WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM MIDNIGHT ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 18) TO 6 AM ON FRIDAY FOR MAINS LEAKAGE TEST.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT PREMISES BOUNDED BY YUEN LONG TAI YUK ROAD AND CASTLE PEAK ROAD, INCLUDING SHU I PING TSUEN, SHU I NGAU LENG COTTAGE AREA, LAM HAU, SHAN HA TSUEN, LEI TSUEN AND TWO BEAN CURD PRODUCTS FACTORIES.

AND FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 19) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING MORNING, FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN WONG TAI SIN WILL BE TURNED OFF ALSO FOR LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA TO BE AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY TAI SHING STREET, TUNG TAU TSUEN ROAD, SHEUNG TAK STREET, SHA TIN PASS ROAD AND CHOI HUNG ROAD, INCLUDING KAI MING HOUSE AND BLOCKS 1, 2, 20-25 OF LOWER WONG TAI SIN ESTATE.

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CHEUNG SHA RESIDENTS GET NEW BASKETBALL COURT

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A NEW" BASKETBALL COURT FOR RESIDENTS OF CHEUNG SHA ON SOUTH LANTAU WILL BE OPEN ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 17) MORNING BY THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WILLIAM YAP.

THE BASKETBALL COURT IS BUILT AT A COST OF $100 000 FROM THE SIR DAVID TRENCH FUND FOR RECREATION, WHICH IS ADMINISTERED BY THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORTS.

OTHER GUESTS OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL INCLUDE A MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORTS, MR TANG TAI-CHUEN, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SOUTH LANTAU RURAL COMMITTEE, MR LAU YUNG-FUK.

NOTE TO EDITORS i

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CEREMONY AT 10.30 AM. THE MARINE LAUNCH +CLEMENTI+ WILL LEAVE THE MARINE DEPARTMENT PIER NEXT TO THE OUTLYING ISLANDS FERRY PIER ON CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AT 9.15 AM SHARP.

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PARKING METERS FOR SHA TIN ft ft ft ft

A TOTAL OF 185 PARKING METERS WILL BECOME OPERATIONAL AT FO TAN AND TAI WAI IN SHA TIN FROM 8 AM TOMORROW (TUESDAY), TO FACILITATE A BETTER UTILISATION OF ON-STREET PARKING SPACES.

THERE WILL BE 71 ONE-HOUR GOODS VEHICLE SPACES, 69 TWO-HOUR PRIVATE CAR SPACES AND 45 HALF-HOUR PRIVATE CAR SPACES.

OPERATING HOURS OF THESE METERS WILL BE FROM 8 AM TO 8 PM DAILY, EXCEPT SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF STREET * * ft *

SHIP STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 5 PM AND 10 PM ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 17) TO ALLOW FOR THE BY-ELECTION OF THE WAN CHAI WEST CONSTITUENCY OF WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD.

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TRAVEL TIME CUT FOR TAI WAI RESIDENTS ft ft ft ft ft

RESIDENTS OF TAI WAI, IN THE SOUTH-WESTERN PART OF SHA TIN, WILL NOW ONLY TAKE SIX MINUTES TO TRAVEL TO THE TOWN CENTRE, FOLLOWING THE OPENING OF A TEMPORARY RAILWAY STATION THERE TODAY (MONDAY).

AND TO COPE WITH THE OPENING OF THE STATION, A NEW FEEDER BUS ROUTE, NO. 80K, WILL SOON BE INTRODUCED FROM SUN CHUI ESTATE VIA THE TEMPORARY STATION TO SHA TIN TOWN CENTRE.

THREE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS - MR NG CHAN-LAM, A RESIDENT OF TAI WAI VILLAGE, MRS CHAN LO YIN-BING, CHAIRPERSON OF THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE, AND MR WAI HON-LEUNG -THIS MORNING TOOK THEIR FIRST RIDE FROM THE UNIVERSITY STATION TO TAI WAI.

THERE, THEY WERE PLEASED TO LEARN THAT THE SERVICE WOULD PROVIDE A MORE CONVENIENT MEANS OF TRANSPORT NOT JUST FOR RESIDENTS OF TAI WAI VILLAGE, AND SUN CHUI AND MEI LAM PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES BUT ALSO FOR WORKERS IN TUNG LO WAN INDUSTRIAL AREA.

A PERMANENT RAILWAY STATION IN TAI WAI, ABOUT 300 METRES SOUTH OF THE TEMPORARY ONE, IS EXPECTED TO BE READY IN MID-1986.

ANOTHER NEW STATION WILL BE BUILT IN FO TAN IN EARLY 1985 TO IMPROVE THE TRAFFIC LINK WITH THE INDUSTRIAL AREA.

MONDAY, AUGUST 15, 1983

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MORE PEAK BUSES AND MAXICABS OX

ADDITIONAL BUSES AND MAX I CABS HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED TO COPE WITH INCREASED PASSENGER DEMAND DURING THE PRESENT STOPPAGE OF THE PEAK TRAM.

THE PEAK TRAM SERVICE IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN CLOSED FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS FOR REPAIR WORK TO BE CARRIED OUT.

CHINA MOTOR BUS WILL PROVIDE ADDITIONAL BUSES ON ITS ROUTE 15. WHICH RUNS FROM CENTRAL BUS STATION TO THE PEAK, AND EXTRA VEHICLES WILL BE DEPLOYED ON MAXICAB ROUTE ONE, FROM HMS TAMAR TO THE PEAK.

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STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 87.1 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 503.392 MILLION CUBIC h€TRES. -

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 408.494 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 70.7 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

FLATS TO BE SOLD UNDER REVISED CRITERIA ........................ 1

AIRPORT TUNNEL TUBE TO BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED ................... 2

AVIATION DIRECTOR TO ATTEND TALKS .............................. 3

LABOUR MPS TO VISIT HONG KONG .................................. 3

DECISION CW BETTING CENTRE EXPLAINED ........................

BY-ELECTION SET FOR TOMORROW ..................................  5

MORE STAFF TO MEET RUSH FOR SPECIAL STAMPS ..................... 6

ILLEGAL STRUCTURES CLEARED ..................................... 7

NEW MAXICAB ROUTE FOR LOK MAN SUN CHUEN ........................ 7

SLIP ROAD WORKS ................................................ 7

REFRESHER COURSES FOR ART TEACHERS ............................. 8

TSUEN WAN BOARD MEMBERS TO TOUR UK ...........................   8

TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 1983

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FLATS TO BE SOLD UNDER REVISED CRITERIA

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LAND-VALUE-FREE FLATS AT THE MELODY GARDEN IN TUEN MUN WILL BE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FROM TUESDAY FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

MIDDLE INCOME HOUSING PROJECT AT SOLD UNDER THE READJUSTED (AUGUST 23) ON A FIRST-COME-

ANNOUNCI NG THIS TODAY, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HOUSING AUTHORITY SAID PROSPECTIVE BUYERS WOULD BE REQUIRED TO SELECT THEIR FLATS AT THE HOME OWNERSHIP CENTRE ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF 01 MAN COMMERCIAL COMPLEX IN HO MAN TIN.

♦AT THE SAME TIME, THEY WILL HAVE TO PAY A NOMINATION FEE OF 830 000, OR 10 PER CENT OF PURCHASE PRICE, WHICHEVER IS THE HIGHER.

♦SUCH PAYMENT MUST BE MADE AT THE CENTRE IN THE FORM OF A CASHIER ORDER OR PERSONAL CHEQUE PAYABLE TO +HONG KONG HOUSING AUTHORITY*. CASH WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

+AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THERE WILL NO LONGER BE RESTRICTIONS RELATING TO FAMILY SIZE, FAMILY INCOME, OWNERSHIP OF PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES AND LENGTH OF RESIDENCE IN HONG KONG.

♦HOWEVER, ALL PURCHASERS MUST BE AT LEAST 21 YEARS OLD, AND WILL HAVE TO CONFIRM THAT THEY OR THEIR SPOUSES ARE NOT FLAT OWNERS UNDER THE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME OR PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION SCHEME, OR MEMBERS OR LESSEES OF ANY GOVERNMENT HOUSING SCHEMES.

+IN THE CASE OF TENANTS OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY AND HOUSING SOCIETY, THEY WILL HAVE TO UNDERTAKE TO SURRENDER THEIR EXISTING TENANCIES ON ACQUIRING A FLAT.+

THE SPOKESMAN SAID ANY OTHER ADULT MEMBER OF A FAMILY OCCUPYING HOUSING AUTHORITY OR HOUSING SOCIETY ACCOMMODATION WAS ALSO ELIGIBLE TO PURCHASE A MELODY GARDEN FLAT PROVIDED HE AGREED TO THE DELETION OF HIS NAME FROM THE TENANCY CARD-TENANCY AGREEMENT.

THE 2 240 TWO-BEDROOM AND THREE-BEDROOM FLATS IN TEN 28-STOREY

MELODY GARDEN BLOCKS HAVE GROSS AREAS OF 63, 73 OR 88 SQUARE METRES, WITH THE LARGEST TYPE HAVING A BATHROOM ATTACHED TO THE MASTER BEDROOM. THEY ARE PRICED FROM $200 200 TO $370 200.

♦ALTOGETHER 365 FLATS HAVE BEEN SOLD TO ELIGIBLE FAMILIES IN THE PREVIOUS SALES EXERCISES,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦THE SALES STARTING FROM TUESDAY WILL BE INITIALLY RESTRICTED TO FLATS IN SIX BLOCKS WHICH ALL FACE THE SCENIC WATERFRONT AND COMPRISE UNITS OF VARIOUS SIZES.

♦THE REMAINING FOUR BLOCKS WILL BE OFFERED FOR SALE AT A LATER STAGE IF DEMAND CONTINUES.+

/SALE BROCHURES .......

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SALE BROCHURES AND A GUIDE TO THE PROJECT AT MELODY GARDEN ARE AVAILABLE FROM TODAY AT THE HOME OWNERSHIP CENTRE, WHERE MODELS AND OTHER DETAILS OF THE PROJECT ARE ALSO DISPLAYED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAIDx +THE OPENING HOURS OF THE CENTRE WILL BE FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM DAILY AND FROM ID AM TO 6 PM ON SUNDAYS.

+IN ORDER TO GIVE PROSPECTIVE BUYERS AN OVERALL IMPRESSION OF MELODY GARDEN, THE ESTATE, TOGETHER WITH THREE TYPES OF SAMPLE FLATS, WILL BE OPEN FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION FROM 10 AM TO 4 PM ON THE COMING SATURDAY AND SUNDAY (AUGUST 20 AND 21).

♦FREE COACH SERVICES WILL BE PROVIDED BETWEEN TUEN MUN FERRY PIER AND THE SITE FROM 9.45 AM TO 3.30 PM ON THE TWO DAYS WHILE AMPLE FREE PARKING SPACES WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR MOTORISTS AT THE SITE.+

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AIRPORT TUNNEL TUBE TO BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED * * *

THE EASTBOUND TUBE OF THE AIRPORT TUNNEL AND THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF EAST KOWLOON WAY WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 9 PM ON THURSDAY TO 6 AM ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 19).

AND THE WUHU VEHICULAR UNDERPASS LEADING FROM CHATHAM ROAD NORTH TO GILLIES AVENUE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 1 AM TO 5 AM ON AUGUST 19.

DURING THE TEMPORARY CLOSURES, MOTORISTS FROM THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL AND HUNG HOM HEADING FOR NGAU TAU KOK AND KWUN TONG ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED VIA CHATHAM ROAD NORTH, MA TAU WAI ROAD, PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST AND KWUN TONG ROAD.

MOTORISTS FROM TSIM SHA TSUI, YAU MA TEI AND THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL HEADING FOR HUNG HOM ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED VIA EITHER OF THE FOLLOWING ROUTES

A. CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH, CHEONG WAN ROAD, ON WAN ROAD, CHEONG WAN ROAD AND GILLIES AVENUE; OR

B. GASCOIGNE ROAD, CHATHAM ROAD NORTH, PAK KUNG STREET, SHUN YUNG STREET, FAT KWONG STREET AND MA TAU WAI ROAD.

WESTBOUND TRAFFIC FROM WAI YIP STREET AND KWUN TONG ROAD TO HUNG HOM VIA THE AIRPORT TUNNEL WILL NOT BE AFFECTED.

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AVIATION DIRECTOR TO ATTEND TALKS

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THE DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION, MR B.D. KEEP LEFT HONG KONG TODAY (TUESDAY) FOR LONDON TO REPRESENT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AT AIR SERVICES TALKS BETWEEN THE AERONAUTICAL AUTHORITIES OF THE UNITED KINGDOM AND INDIA.

THE TALKS, OPENING ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, WILL DEAL WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS OPERATING B747 SCHEDULED PASSENGER SERVICES BETWEEN HONG KONG AND FRANKFURT VIA DELHI.

FOLLOWING THESE TALKS, MR KEEP WILL ATTEND THE BIENNIAL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS CONFERENCE SPONSORED BY THE AIRPORT OPERATORS COUNCIL INTERNATIONAL (AOCI) AND A MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE COUNCIL IN VIENNA FROM AUGUST 22 TO 26.

THE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS CONFERENCE PROVIDES AIRPORT LEADERS WITH A FORUM FOR EXCHANGING VIEWS, EXPERIENCE AND INFORMATION ON AVIATION MATTERS OF MUTUAL CONCERN.

THE AGENDA WILL INCLUDE GENERAL SESSIONS ON AIRPORT PLANNING, FINANCING, TECHNOLOGY AND ECONOMICS.

DISCUSSIONS WILL FOCUS ON INTEGRATED AIRPORT MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING. OPERATING AIRPORTS AS EFFICIENT AND ECONOMICALLY VIABLE ENTERPRISES. THE WORLDWIDE IMPACT OF DEREGULATION, CARGO DEVELOPMENT, ENERGY CONSERVATION, AIRPORT-AIRLINE CONTRACTS AND GROUND ACCESS TO AIRPORTS.

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LABOUR MPS TO VISIT HONG KONG * * * *

TWO LABOUR MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT WILL ARRIVE IN HONG KONG ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 18) FOR A NINE-DAY FAMILIARISATION VISIT AT THE INVITATION OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT.

THEY ARE MR JAMES CALLAGHAN, (HEYWOOD AND MIDDLETON) (NOT THE FORMER PRIME MINISTER OF THE SAME NAME) AND MR JOHN DORMAND (EASINGTON).

DURING THEIR STAY, THEY WILL MEET THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, OTHER SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS.

THEY WILL ALSO ATTEND A DISTRICT BOARD MEETING, VISIT PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES, COMMUNITY CENTRES AND FACTORIES.

BEFORE ENDING THEIR TOUR OF HONG KONG, MR CALLAGHAN AND MR DORMAND WILL GIVE A PRESS CONFERENCE. ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER.

/THE FOLLOWING........

TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 1983

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THE FOLLOWING ARE BRIEF BIOGRAPHIES OF MR JAMES CALLAGHAN AND MR JOHN DORMANDl

MR JAMES CALLAGHAN, MP (LABOUR)

MR JAMES CALLAGHAN HAS BEEN A LABOUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR HEYWOOD AND MIDDLETON, FORMERLY MIDDLETON AND PRESTWICH, SINCE 1974. HE WAS THE PARLIAMENTARY PRIVATE SECRETARY TO M? JOEL BARNETT, CHIEF SECRETARY TO THE TREASURY, IN 1976-77.

MR CALLAGHAN IS 56 YEARS OLD. HE WAS EDUCATED AT MANCHESTER AND LONDON UNIVERSITIES. HE WAS FORMERLY A JUNIOR SCHOOL TEACHER AND THEN A LECTURER IN ART AT MANCHESTER COLLEGE, UNTIL ENTERING PARLIAMENT IN 1974. HE ALSO SERVED AS A LOCAL COUNCILLOR FROM 1971-74.

MR CALLAGHAN IS INTERESTED IN EDUCATION AND ART.

THIS WILL BE HIS FIRST VISIT TO HONG KONG.

MR JOHN DORMAND, MP (LABOUR)

MR JOHN DORMAND HAS BEEN A LABOUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR EASINGTON SINCE 1970. HE WAS AN ASSISTANT WHIP IN 1973-74 AND HAS BEEN THE PAIRING WHIP SINCE 1974.

MR DORMAND IS CHAIRMAN OF THE PARLIAMENTARY LABOUR PARTY AND A MEMBER OF THE ANGLO-HONG KONG GROUP. HE IS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE ANGLO-CHINESE GROUP AND A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS FILM GROUP.

HE IS 63 YEARS OLD AND WAS EDUCATED AT DURHAM UNIVERSITY. HE WAS FORMERLY A TEACHER AND THEN THE LOCAL AUTHORITY EDUCATION ADVISER FROM 1940-70.

MR DORMAND IS MARRIED. HE IS INTERESTED IN EDUCATION, THE FILM INDUSTRY AND FOOTBALL.

MR DORMAND VISITED HONG KONG IN 1979 AT THE INVITATION OF THE SWIMMING TEACHERS ASSOCIATION.

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DECISION ON BETTING CENTRE EXPLAINED *****

THE GOVERNMENT HAS DECIDED TO ASK THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB NOT TO PROCEED WITH THE SETTING UP OF AN OFF COURSE BETTING CENTRE IN THE LOWER WONG TAI SIN ESTATE SHOPPING CENTRE, AFTER CONSIDERING VIEWS EXPRESSED BY MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD AND AREA COMMITTEE ON THE LOCATION OF THE PROPOSED CENTRE.

THE MOVE WAS EXPLAINED TODAY BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT ’’GARD, MR PHILIP CHOK, TO UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS AT A MEETING.

/Be said .......

TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 1983

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HE SAID THE MATTER WOULD BE REVIEWED IN ABOUT A YEAR’S TIME WHEN THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE ABLE TO RE-ASSESS THE EXTENT AND EFFECT OF ILLEGAL GAMBLING IN WONG TAI SIN AND THE LIKELY IMPACT OF THE BETTING CENTRE ON THE COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL PARTS OF THE HOUSING ESTATE ONCE THE PATTERN OF USE AND ACTIVITY IN THE SHOPPING CENTRE WHICH IS NOT YET FULLY OCCUPIED HAD BEEN ESTABLISHED.

IN THE MEANTIME, THE GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE GENERAL LEVEL OF ILLEGAL GAMBLING ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

MR CHOK REAFFIRMED THE GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION TO PURSUE THE GENERAL POLICY ON COMBATTING ILLEGAL GAMBLING BY THE PROVISION OF CONTROLLED OUTLETS, AND HE TOLD THE DB MEMBERS THAT THE DECISION TO DEFER THE APPLICATION WAS MADE PURELY ON THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THIS PARTICULAR CASE.

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BY-ELECTION SET FOR TOMORROW * M * * X

THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD BY-ELECTION WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

TWO POLLING STATIONS, ONE AT THE HONG KONG METHODIST CHURCH IN 36 HENNESSY ROAD, AND THE OTHER AT ST. GLORIA COLLEGE, 9-15 SHIP STREET, WILL BE OPEN FROM 7 AM TO 10 PM.

TO FACILITATE MEDIA COVERAGE OF THE BY-ELECTION, A PRESS CENTRE WILL BE OPEN IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE AT TUNG WAH MANSION, 201 HENNESSY ROAD, 8TH FLOOR, FROM 7 AM UNTIL THE COUNTING OF VOTES IS OVER. THE TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 5-8921239.

MEMBERS OF THE PRESS ARE ALSO WELCOME TO COVER THE COUNTING OF VOTES.

RESULTS OF THE BY-ELECTION WILL BE TRANSMITTED THROUGH THE GIS FACSIMILE NETWORK AS SOON AS THEY ARE AVAILABLE.

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MORE STAFF TO MEET RUSH FOR SPECIAL STAMPS *****

MORE STAFF WILL BE PUT IN POST OFFICES TOMORROW TO COPE WITH THE EXPECTED RUSH FOR THE SPECIAL +HONG KONG BY NIGHT+ STAMP ISSUE BEING PUT ON SALE.

AND TO ASSIST CUSTOMERS WISHING TO TRANSACT NORMAL POSTAL BUSINESS’ SPECIAL COUNTERS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING POST OFFICES;

HONG KONG ISLAND*

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

KOWLOON AND NEW TERRITORIES;

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

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ILLEGAL STRUCTURES CLEARED * * *

THIRTY UNAUTHORISED STRUCTURES ON PODIA OF EIGHT BUILDINGS IN THE NORTHERN PART OF TUEN MUN NEW TOWN WERE CLEARED TODAY.

THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICER (TUEN MUN), MR VICTOR CHAN, SAID THAT OWNERS OF THE STRUCTURES WERE SERVED WARNING LETTERS AND DEMOLITION NOTICES EARLY LAST MONTH.

TWENTY-EIGHT OF THE OWNERS COMPLIED WITH THE DEMOLITION ORDERS.

THE REMAINING TWO STRUCTURES WERE DEMOLISHED BY A GOVERNMENT CONTRACTOR ASSISTED BY THE SQUATTER CONTROL DIVISION OF THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT. THESE WERE USED AS KITCHENS BUILT OVER THE LIGHT WELL AS EXTENSIONS OF TWO FLATS ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF A BUILDING.

OTHER UNAUTHORISED STRUCTURES WERE USED AS STOREROOMS, BEDROOMS, SCHOOL CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND AND LAVATORIES.

MR CHAN SAID THAT MORE CLEARANCES WERE PLANNED FOR NEXT MONTH AND OCTOBER IN OTHER PARTS OF THE NEW TOWN.

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NEW MAXICAB ROUTE FOR LOK MAN SUN CHUEN * * *

A NEW MAXICAB ROUTE - NO. 27M - HAS BEEN OPENED BETWEEN LOK MAN SUN CHUEN AND ARGYLE MTR STATION.

IT GOES VIA MAIDSTONE ROAD, LOK SHAN ROAD, MA TAU WAI ROAD. CHATHAM ROAD NORTH, PING CHI STREET, FAT KWONG STREET, PUI CHING ROAD, SOARES AVENUE, ARGYLE STREET, HAK PO STREET, NELSON STREET, SAI YEE STREET, PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WEST, SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET, BUTE STREET, NATHAN ROAD AND FIFE STREET.

AND THE RETURN JOURNEY FROM ARGYLE MTR STATION BACK TO LOK MAN SUN CHUEN OPERATES VIA FIFE STREET, TUNG CHOI STREET, ARGYLE STREET, YIM PO FONG STREET, WATERLOO ROAD, PUI CHING ROAD, FAT KWONG STREET, SHUN YUNG STREET, PAK KUNG STREET, CHATHAM ROAD NORTH, MA TAU WAI ROAD, CHI KIANG STREET, KAU PUI LUNG ROAD, MAIDSTONE LANE AND MAIDSTONE ROAD.

THE SERVICE RUNS FROM 6.45 AM TO 11 PM ON WEEKDAYS AND 7.30 AM TO 11.45 PM ON WEEKENDS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS. THE FREQUENCY IS SEVEN MINUTES DURING PEAK HOURS AND 15 MINUTES DURING CFF PEAK HOURS. A FARE OF $1.50 IS CHARGED.

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SLIP ROAD WORKS * * * *

FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 18), THE SLIP ROAD OFF COTTON TREE DRIVE LEADING TO THE CAR PARK NEXT TO THE YWCA BUILDING WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR ROAD WORKS.

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REFRESHER COURSES FOR ART TEACHERS * * * * *

THE ART SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL ORGANISE A NUMBER OF COURSES AND WORKSHOPS ON THE TEACHING OF ART AND CRAFT FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS BETWEEN OCTOBER AND DECEMBER THIS YEAR.

THE COURSES AND WORKSHOPS ARE AIMED AT PROVIDING TEACHERS WITH FURTHER TRAINING IN CURRENT THEORIES AND PRACTICES IN ART AND CRAFT EDUCATION. THEY WILL BE CONDUCTED IN CANTONESE.

ALL THE COURSES AND WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD AT ED’S CULTURAL CRAFTS CENTRE AT 4 PAK FUK ROAD, NORTH POINT.

SCHOOL HEADS WISHING TO NOMINATE ART AND CRAFT TEACHERS FOR THE COURSES AND WORKSHOPS SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR NOMINATIONS TO THE INSPECTOR (ART), CULTURAL CRAFTS CENTRE AT PAK FUK ROAD, NORTH POINT BEFORE SEPTEMBER 16.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE AT THE ART SECTION, ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ON 5-621967 OR 5-621006.

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TSUEN WAN BOARD MEMBERS TO TOUR UK * * * *

THIRTEEN TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL LEAVE FOR A STUDY TOUR OF THE UNITED KINGDOM ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 20) EVENING.

THE PARTY COMPRISES THREE OFFICIAL AND 10 UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS, WITH THE DISTRICT COMMISSIONER AND BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR ADOLF HSU, AS THE LEADER.

THE STUDY TOUR WILL COVER VISITS TO NEW TOWNS, LOCAL COUNCILS, MUNICIPALITIES, CIVIC CENTRES, GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS, AND STATUTORY ORGANISATIONS.

♦IT IS HOPED THAT THROUGH CONTACTS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS, WE CAN GET A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE ORGANISATION AND STRUCTURE OF LOCAL ADMINISTRATION IN THAT COUNTRY, THE PROBLEMS THEY FACE AND THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS ON TOWN PLANNING, COMMUNITY BUILDING, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT AND RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES,+ MR HSU SAID.

♦SPECIAL EMPHASIS WILL BE PLACED ON THE WAYS OF GATHERING PUBLIC OPINIONS ON LOCAL ISSUES,+ HE SAID.

THE ITINERARY WILL INCLUDE VISITS TO THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT LONDON OFFICE, THE GREATER LONDON COUNCIL, COUNCIL HOUSES, SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY CENTRES IN LONDON BOROUGH OF NEWHAM, AND THE CITY COUNCIL IN BIRMINGHAM.

THE GROUP WILL RETURN ON AUGUST 30.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

12 SENIOR POSTINGS ANNOUNCED ................................... 1

NEW DIRECTOR OP ROYAL OBSERVATORY NAMED ........................ 5

SIR PHILIP PRAISES HANDICAPPED SPORTS STARS .................... 5

NT TRANSPORT SYSTEM GROWING..................................... 6

MEDICAL PLAN FOR OLD AMD NEEDY ................................. 7

WAN CHAI PREPARES FOR FESTIVAL ................................. 8

ISLANDERS GET BASKETBALL COURT.................................. 8

RESERVOIR FISHING SEASON STARTS SEPTEMBER 1 .................... 9

CONSULTANTS STUDY ON POWER COMPANIES ........................... 9

SHORT TERM CROWN LAND TENANCY OFFERED

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12 SENIOR POSTINGS ANNOUNCED

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THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY ANOTHER SERIES OF SENIOR DIRECTORATE POSTINGS WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE PROGRESSIVELY OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS. THEY ARE IN ACCORDANCE WITH NORMAL POSTINGS POLICY AND HAVE REGARD TO THE PRINCIPLES WHICH THE CHIEF SECRETARY LAID DOWN IN A SPEECH IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JANUARY 19.

THE POSTINGS ANNOUNCED TODAY ARE AS FOLLOWS I

REGIONAL SECRETARY (HONG KONG AND KOWLOON), CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION - MR E.B. WIGGHAM (COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE SINCE DECEMBER 1979) FROM EARLY SEPTEMBER 1983. HE WILL SUCCEED MR LAWRENCE MILLS WHO IS, AS ALREADY ANNOUNCED, RETIRING FROM THE PUBLIC SERVICE.

COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE - MR H.S. GREWAL (DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE SINCE NOVEMBER 1980) FROM EARLY IN 1984 AS ALREADY ANNOUNCED.

COMMISSIONER, EXPORT CREDIT INSURANCE CORPORATION -MR K.Y. YEUNG (DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES SINCE JANUARY 1982) WHO WILL BEGIN A FAMILIARISATION ATTACHMENT TO THE CORPORATION EARLY IN 1984.

COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE - MR P.J. WILLIAMSON (DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR SECURITY SINCE AUGUST 1982) FROM LATE AUGUST 1983.

DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE - MR BRIAN CHAU (COUNSELLOR (HONG KONG AFFAIRS), HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICE, GENEVA SINCE SEPTEMBER 1979) SOME TIME IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1984.

PRIVATE SECRETARY/GOVERNMENT HOUSE - MR A.P. ASPREY (DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF HOUSING SINCE AUGUST 1980 AND RECENTLY ATTACHED TO COUNCILS AND ADMINISTRATION BRANCH) FROM LATE DECEMBER 1983.

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF HOUSING - MR H.H.T. BARMA (FORMERLY DEPUTY SECRETARY (ADMINISTRATION) CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND LATTERLY DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY (NEW TERRITORIES) SINCE JANUARY 1983) FROM EARLY DECEMBER 1983.

DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES - MR G.A. HIGGINSON (PRIVATE SECRETARY/GOVERNMENT HOUSE SINCE MAY 1982) FROM JANUARY 1984.

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF TRADE - MR MICHAEL SZE (DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE SINCE JANUARY 1981) SOME TIME IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1984.

/- DEPUTY REGIONAL ........

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 1983

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DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY (NEW TERRITORIES) - MR PETER NG (ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SINCE FEBRUARY 1980) FROM LATE NOVEMBER 1983.

COUNSELLOR (HONG KONG AFFAIRS), HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICE, GENEVA - MR MICHAEL CARTLAND (DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF TRADE SINCE AUGUST 1982) SOME TIME IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1984.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT TO THE CHIEF SECRETARY -MRS CAROL VALENTINE (ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, TAI PO) FROM LATE OCTOBER 1983.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

FOLLOWING ARE BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES ON THE OFFICERS (EXCEPT NR GREWAL'S, WHICH WAS INCLUDED IN THE ANNOUNCEMENT ON HIS APPOINTMENT AS COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE ISSUED ON JULY 22), AND THE RELEVANT EXTRACTS FROM THE CHIEF SECRETARY'S SPEECHt-

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES

MR EDWARD BARRIE WIGGHAM, JP

AGED 46. GRADUATE OF OXFORD UNIVERSITY. JOINED GOVERNMENT IN SEPTEMBER 1961. PROMOTED TO PRESENT RANK OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE Bl(AOSGBl) IN JULY 1983. HAS SERVED IN URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, THE FORMER CUSTOMS AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT, ECONOMIC SERVICES BRANCH, FINANCE BRANCH, HOME AFFAIRS AND INFORMATION BRANCH, AND IS NOW IN RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT.

M? PATRICK JOHN WILLIAMSON, JP

AGED 42. GRADUATE OF LONDON UNIVERSITY. JOINED GOVERNMENT IN NOVEMBER 1964. PROMOTED TO PRESENT RANK OF AOSGB IN APRIL 1978. HAS SERVED IN NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT, CONSUMER COUNCIL, UMELCO, FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE AND IS NOW IN SECURITY BRANCH.

bfi GERALD ADRIAN HIGGINSON, AE, JP

AGED 40. JOINED GOVERNMENT IN MARCH 1966. PROMOTED TO PRESENT RANK OF AOSGB IN APRIL 1982. HAS SERVED WITH THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE, DEFENCE BRANCH, NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, IN THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT AND IS NOW IN GOVERNMENT HOUSE.

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M? ALISTAIR PETER ASPREY, AE, JP

AGED 39. GRADUATE OF OXFORD UNIVERSITY. JOINED GOVERNMENT IN SEPTEMBER 1965. PROMOTED TO PRESENT RANK OF AOSGB IN APRIL 1981. HAS SERVED IN DEFENCE BRANCH, NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH, URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, HOUSING DEPARTMENT AND IS PRESENTLY ATTACHED TO COUNCILS AND ADMINISTRATION BRANCH.

NR PETER NG KWOK-TAI, JP

AGED 46. GRADUATE OF HKU. JOINED GOVERNMENT IN SEPTEMBER I960. PROMOTED TO PRESENT RANK OF AOSGC IN FEBRUARY 1977. HAS SERVED IN NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, THE FORMER CUSTOMS AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT, SECRETARIAT FOR CHINESE AFFAIRS, HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT, GENERAL BRANCH, SOCIAL SERVICES BRANCH, AND IS NOW IN MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

NR HAIDER HATIN TYEBJEE BARMA, JP

AGED 39. GRADUATE OF HKU. JOINED GOVERNMENT IN FEBRUARY 1966 PROMOTED TO PRESENT RANK OF AOSGB IN APRIL 1981. HAS SERVED IN HOUSING BRANCH, ECONOMIC SERVICES BRANCH, ENVIRONMENT BRANCH, HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT, AND IS NOW IN THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION.

NR MICHAEL DAVID CARTLAND

AGED 37. GRADUATE OF OXFORD UNIVERSITY. JOINED GOVERNMENT IN JULY 1972. PROMOTED TO PRESENT RANK OF AOSGC IN APRIL 1979. HAS SERVED IN SOCIAL SERVICES BRANCH, GOVERNMENT HOUSE, NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, SECURITY BRANCH, THE FORMER TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT, AND IS NOW IN TRADE DEPARTMENT

NR YEUNG KAI-YIN, JP

AGED 42. GRADUATE OF HKU. JOINED GOVERNMENT IN SEPTEMBER 1962. PROMOTED TO PRESENT RANK OF AOSGB IN APRIL 1978. HAS SERVED IN SECRETARIAT FOR CHINESE AFFAIRS, NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, FINANCE BRANCH, THE FORMER TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT AND IS NOW IN ECONOMIC SERVICES BRANCH.

M?S CAROL JUNE VALENTINE

AGED 37. GRADUATE OF LEEDS UNIVERSITY. JOINED GOVERNMENT IN MARCH 1975. PROMOTED TO PRESENT RANK OF SENIOR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER IN APRIL 1983. HAS SERVED IN THE FORMER HOME AFFAIRS AND INFORMATION BRANCH, ENVIRONMENT BRANCH, LANDS AND WORKS BRANCH, CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND IS NOW IN COUNCILS AND ADMINISTRATION BRANCH.

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W SZE CHO-CHEUNG, MICHAEL

AGED 38. GRADUATE OF HKU. JOINED GOVERNMENT IN JUNE 1969. PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF AOSGB IN APRIL 1982. HAS SERVED IN THE FORMER GENERAL BRANCH, RESETTLEMENT DEPARTMENT, HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT AND IS NOW IN CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH.

M? CHAU TAK-HAY, BRIAN

AGED 40. GRADUATE OF HKU. JOINED THE FORMER TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT IN JULY 1967. PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK CF D3 IN JULY 1979 AND TRANSFERRED TO THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE AT THE SAME LEVEL OF AOSGB IN JULY 1982 WHEN THE DIRECTORATE POSTS IN THE FORMER TICD WERE ADMIN I STRATI VISED. HE HAS BEEN COUNSELLOR (1) IN THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICE IN GENEVA SINCE AUGUST 1979.

EXTRACT FROM SPEECH BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY IN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 1983

I RISE TO MOVE THE MOTION STANDING IN MY NAME IN THE ORDER PAPER. THIS MOTION ARISES FROM CERTAIN DECISIONS WHICH I ANNOUNCED IN THIS COUNCIL ON 11 NOVEMBER 1982 TO ACHIEVE MORE APPROPRIATE GROUPINGS OF POLICY PROGRAMMES AND A BETTER BALANCE OF RESPONSIBILITIES BETWEEN POLICY BRANCHES OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETAR AT.

BEFORE I TURN TO THE ACTUAL DETAILS OF THE MOTION, I SHOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY A FEW WORDS ABOUT ANOTHER SUBJECT WHICH IS PARTLY RELATED TO THIS PARTICULAR RE-ORGANISATION EXERCISE, NAMELY, THE POSTINGS OF VARIOUS SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICERS WHICH WERE ANNOUNCED AT THE END OF LAST NOVEMBER AND WHICH SEEM TO HAVE BEEN MISINTERPRETED, IF NOT ACTUALLY MISUNDERSTOOD, IN SOME CIRCLES. AS I SAID AT THE TIME, THERE IS AN OPTIMUM PERIOD FOR SERVICE IN ANY SENIOR ADMINISTRATIVE POST, IF THE BEST USE IS TO BE MADE OF AVAILABLE TALENT. THERE WERE OF COURSE, OTHER REASONS FOR THESE POSTINGS SUCH AS THE APPLICATION OF THE OPEN DIRECTORATE CONCEPT, THE IMMINENT RETIREMENT OF SEVERAL OFFICERS, AND THE ADM IN ISTRATIVISATION OF THE DIRECTORATE STAFF OF THE FORMER TRADE INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT, AS WELL AS THE RE-ORGANISATION EXERCISE IN THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT. SOME COMMENTATORS HAVE QUESTIONED THE WISDOM OF ANNOUNCING A RELATIVELY LARGE NUMBER OF POSTINGS AT THE SAME TIME. THE REASON FOR DOING SO IS QUITE SIMPLE. IT IS PREFERABLE TO ANNOUNCE COMPREHENSIVE AND CAREFULLY PLANNED POSTINGS OF THIS SORT IN TRANCHES - ANOTHER TRANCHE WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY - 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. I STRESSED LAST NOVEMBER, AND I REPEAT NOW, THAT THESE POSTINGS, AND THOSE SHORTLY TO BE ANNOUNCED, WILL TAKE PLACE PROGRESSIVELY OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS OR SO, HAVING REGARD TO VARIOUS PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS. SEVERAL, OF COURSE, HAVE ALREADY TAKEN PLACE.

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THE DIRECTOR OF THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY, MR J.E. PEACOCK, WILL BE RETIRING FROM THE PUBLIC SERVICE IN ABOUT MARCH 1984.

HE WILL BE SUCCEEDED BY MR PATRICK SHAM PAK, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF ROYAL OBSERVATORY, WHOSE PROMOTION HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS.

MR PEACOCK FIRST JOINED THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AS A SCIENTIFIC OFFICER IN APRIL 1950. THROUGH A SERIES OF PROMOTIONS, HE BECAME DIRECTOR OF THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY IN JANUARY 1981.

MR SHAM IS 48 YEARS OLD. HE GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG IN 1958, AND JOINED THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT IN AUGUST THAT YEAR AS A SCIENTIFIC OFFICER IN THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY. HE WAS ELECTED A FELLOW OF THE ROYAL METEOROLOGICAL SOCIETY IN 1959.

MR SHAM GAINED PROMOTION TO SENIOR SCIENTIFIC OFFICER IN MAY 1974 AND TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF ASSISTANT DIRECTOR IN NOVEMBER 1978.

HE HAS ACTED AS DIRECTOR OF THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS PREVIOUSLY.

MR SHAM WAS APPOINTED AN OFFICIAL JUSTICE OF THE PEACE IN JANUARY 1980.

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SIR PHILIP PRAISES HANDICAPPED SPORTS STARS * * ft * *

TWO OF HONG KONG’S HANDICAPPED SPORTS TEXMS, WHO BROUGHT BACK 2D GOLD MEDALS AFTER COMPETING IN TWO INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS, WERE CONGRATULATED BY THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE AND LADY HADDON-CAVE TODAY.

SIR PHILIP AND LADY HADDON-CAVE, ACCOMPANIED BY THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, FLEW BY HELICOPTER TO THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE IN SHA TIN WHERE A WELCOMING RECEPTION WAS HELD FOR THE MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED SPORTS COMPETITORS.

ON ARRIVAL, THE ACTING GOVERNOR AND LADY HADDON-CAVE WERE MET BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SPORTS ASSOCIATION FOR THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED, DR HARRY FANG, AND THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR CLIVE OXLEY.

ALSO PRESENT WAS THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, « KENNETH TOPLEY.

DURING THE RECEPTION THE ACTING GOVERNOR CHATTED WITH THE TEAMS AND PRAISED THEIR PERFORMANCE.

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HE ALSO NOTED THAT TWO GIRLS, MISS FUNG YUET-WAH, AND MISS AU YEUNG SUK-FUN HAD EACH WON THREE GOLD MEDALS. MISS FUNG ALSO WON A SILVER MEDAL.

MISS FUNG LATER PRESENTED ONE OF HER GOLD MEDALS TO SIR PHILIP, AS A SOUVENIR.

A TEAM OF 35 PERSONS AND EIGHT OFFICIALS FROM THE ASSOCIATION FOR THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED TOOK PART IN THE 1983 STOKE MANDEVILLE GAMES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM LAST MONTH.

THEY TOOK PART IN TABLE TENNIS, SHOOTING, FENCING AND ATHLETICS COMPETITIONS AND GAINED 20 MEDALS — NINE GOLD, SEVEN SILVER AND FOUR BRONZE.

HONG KONG TOOK SEVENTH POSITION OUT OF 38 PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES.

WHILE THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED WERE COMPETING IN THE U.K., A TEAM OF MENTALLY HANDICAPPED MEN AND WOMEN, LED BY SIX OFFICIALS OF THE HONG KONG SPORTS ASSOCIATION FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED, TOOK PART IN THE SIXTH INTERNATIONAL SPECIAL OLYMPICS IN THE UNITED STATES.

THIRTY COUNTRIES - AND 4 000 COMPETITORS - TOOK PART IN THE GAMES. THE HONG KONG TEAM WON 19 MEDALS — 11 GOLD, FOUR SILVER AND FOUR BRONZE.

THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORTS, WHICH ADMINISTERS THE PROMOTION OF SPORTS VOTE, APPROVED A SUM OF ABOUT 1339 000 — REPRESENTING 85 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL EXPENSE OF THE TWO TEAMS — FOR THE TWO EVENTS.

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THE NEW TERRITORIES TRANSPORT SYSTEM NOW SERVED MORE THAN 33 PER CENT OF HONG KONG’S TOTAL POPULATION, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S ACTING CHIEF TRANSPORT OFFICER MR DANIEL AU SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR AU SAID THAT IN THE MANAGEMENT OF THE TRANSPORT SERVICES, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT NOTED THE RAPID POPULATION INCREASE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

HE SAID ALSO THAT A PLANNING TEAM IN THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WAS CONDUCTING A COSTING EXERCISE IN COLLABORATION WITH KMB.

UNDER THE AGREED PROGRAMME, KMB WILL BE REQUIRED TO ALLOCATE 1 150 BUSES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES BY THE END OF JULY 1985, ADDING ANOTHER 330 BUSES TO THE PRESENT FLEET.

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AND FOR SHA TIN, 270 BUSES WILL BE RUNNING ON 24 ROUTES BY THE END OF 1985, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 66 PER CENT IN THE NUMBER OF BUSES.

COUPLED WITH THE NEW KCR ELECTRIC TRAIN SERVICE. THIS EXPANSION IN BUS SERVICE IS EXPECTED TO IMPROVE THE TRANSPORT SERVICE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

♦THE AIM IS TO PROVIDE A BALANCED MULTI-MODAL TRANSPORT SERVICE,♦ MR AU SAID.

♦THOSE CARRYING THE BULK OF PASSENGER TRAFFIC ARE THE FRANCHISED BUSES, KMB AND NEW LANTAO BUSES, THE KCR ELECTRIC TRAIN SERVICE AND THE WATERBORNE TRANSPORT.

♦DOWN IN THE HIERARCHY, WE HAVE THE RED PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES, AND THOSE WHICH RUN ON FIXED ROUTES AND FIXED FARES - THE GREEN MAXiCABS.

♦THEN COME THOSE MORE PERSONALISED TRANSPORT - THE TAXIS (URBAN TAXIS, NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS AND LANTAO TAXIS) AND THE RESIDENTIAL COACHES.

♦ON SERVING AREAS OF LOWER DEMAND, WE HAVE THE HIRED CARS AND ’VILLAGE BUSES'.

♦THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT IS CLOSELY MONITORING AND REVIEWING THE TRANSPORT SERVICE,♦ MR AU CONCLUDED.

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MEDICAL PLAN FOR OLD AND NEEDY X X * X

THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR GORDON JONES, WILL ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF A COMMUNITY MEDICAL SERVICE SCHEME AT A PRESS CONFERENCE ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 19).

THE SCHEME WILL BE INTRODUCED ON MONDAY (AUGUST 22) TO PROVIDE CLINICAL SERVICES AT REDUCED FEES FOR ELDERLY AND NEEDY PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11 AM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE, FIRST FLOOR, 884-886 KING’S ROAD.

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WAN CHAI PREPARES FOR FESTIVAL * * * *

THE FIRST DISTRICT FESTIVAL FOR WAN CHAI RESIDENTS WILL BE HELD BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 10 AND 20.

COSTING $580 000, THE FESTIVAL IS JOINTLY LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD, THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT, AND THE WAN RECREATION AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION.

ORGANISED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL, CHAI ARTS, CULTURE,

A PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 19) AFTERNOON. THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS LOLLY CHIU, THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE’S CHAIRMAN, MR CHAM SIU-LEUN, AND DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL BE PRESENT.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE AT 3 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE AT 201 HENNESSY ROAD, EIGHTH FLOOR, TUNG WAH MANSION, HONG KONG.

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A BASKETBALL COURT WAS ADDED TODAY TO THE SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR THE ISLANDERS OF CHEUNG SHA ON SOUTH LANTAO.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WILLIAM YAP SAID THERE HAD BEEN MARKED IMPROVEMENTS IN THE PROVISION OF RECREATIONAL FACILITIES IN THE DISTRICT IN RECENT YEARS.

THE GOVERNMENT HAD INCLUDED THESE FACILITIES IN PLANNING FOR THE PACKAGE OF DEVELOPMENTS FOR THE ISLANDS DISTRICT, HE POINTED OUT.

CHILDREN'S PLAYGROUNDS AND SITTING-OUT AREAS WERE ALSO BEING BUILT UNDER THE LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME.

THE BASKETBALL COURT WAS BUILT AT A COST OF $100 000 FROM THE SIR DAVID TRENCH FUND FOR RECREATION, WHICH WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1970 AND ADMINISTERED BY THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORTS.

ASIDE FROM THE FUNDS FOR THE BASKETBALL COURT, MR YAP SAID, THE COUNCIL HAD ALLOCATED $200 000 FROM THE FUND FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FOOTBALL PITCH AT SHU I HAU ON LANTAO AND ANOTHER $200 000 FOR THE EXTENSION OF THE AQUATIC SPORTS ACTIVITIES CENTRE ON CHEUNG CHAU.

ALSO PRESENT AT TODAY’S CEREMONY WERE A MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORTS, MR TANG TAI-CHUEN, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SOUTH LANTAO RURAL COMMITTEE, MR LAU YUNG-FUK.

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RESERVOIR FISHING SEASON STARTS SEPTEMBER 1 * * * *

HONG KONG’S RESERVOIR FISHING SEASON STARTS ON SEPTEMBER 1, AND RESIDENT ANGLERS MAY APPLY FROM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) FOR THE NECESSARY LICENCE FROM THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT.

ONLY LICENCE HOLDERS WILL BE ALLOWED TO FISH IN THE 16 RESERVOIRS OPEN FOR THE SPORT THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY, THE ACTING BUSINESS MANAGER OF THE DEPARTMENT, MR PAUL TSE EXPLAINED.

THE RESERVOIR FISHING SEASON LASTS UNTIL MARCH 31.

MR TSE STRESSED THAT THE APPLICATION PROCEDURE WAS SIMPLE AND THAT THOSE WHO APPLIED IN PERSON WOULD BE ISSUED WITH LICENCES IMMEDIATELY.

APPLICANTS HAVE ONLY TO SHOW THEIR HONG KONG IDENTITY CARDS, GIVE THEIR NAMES, ADDRESSES AND AGE, AND THEN PAY A $20 FEE WHEN APPEARING AT EITHER ONE OF THE DEPARTMENT’S CONSUMER ENQUIRY CENTRES.

THE CONSUMER ENQUIRY CENTRE ON HONG KONG ISLAND IS ON THE 11 TH FLOOR OF LEIGHTON CENTRE, CAUSEWAY BAY WHILE THE ONE IN KOWLOON IS ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE MAINLAND DEPOT, ARGYLE STREET, MONG KOK.

WHEN APPLYING BY POST, APPLICANTS SHOULD GIVE THEIR NAMES, ADDRESSES, AGE AND IDENTITY CARD NUMBERS, TOGETHER WITH A $20 CROSSED CHEQUE MADE PAYABLE TO THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT. FISHING LICENCES WILL BE MAILED DIRECT TO APPLICANTS.

MR TSE REMINDED ANGLERS OF THE NEED TO ABIDE BY THE RULES WHICH ARE CLEARLY STATED AT THE BACK OF THE LICENCE.

♦BRING ALONG YOUR LICENCE WHEN FISHING IN OUR RESERVOIRS, OBSERVE ALL THE RULES, AND HAVE A HAPPY TIME,+ HE ADDED.

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CONSULTANTS STUDY ON POWER COMPANIES * * * *

A PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AT THE GIS THEATRE'WHEN THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, MR K.Y. YEUNG, WILL PRESENT THE RESULTS OF THE STUDY BY THE CONSULTING FIRM APPOINTED TO ADVISE THE GOVERNMENT ON THE TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF POWER GENERATION BY THE TWO MAJOR POWER COMPANIES.

THE DIRECTOR OF ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES, MR GRAHAM OSBORNE WILL ALSO BE PRESENT.

COPIES OF THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF THE CONSULTANTS’ REPORT WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION BY YOUR REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE GIS DUTY OFFICER, ON THE 6TH FLOOR OF BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, FROM ID AM HOWEVER, THIS SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR PUBLICATION OR BROADCAST UNTIL AFTER 2.30 PM.

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SHORT TERM CROWN LAND TENANCY OFFERED *****

TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED BY THE LANDS DEPARTMENT FOR THE SHORT TERM TENANCY OF A PIECE OF CROWN LAND IN POKFIELD ROAD ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

THE SITE, OCCUPYING AN AREA OF ABOUT 810 SQUARE METRES, IS FOR STORING GOODS, CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS, BUT EXCLUDING THE USE OF A CONCRETE BATCHING PLANT.

THE TENANCY OFFERED IS FOR ONE YEAR AND QUARTERLY THEREAFTER.

THE DEADLINE FOR THE ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERS IS NOON ON SEPTEMBER 2.

TENDER FORMS, NOTICES AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, AND TENDER PLAN INSPECTED AT THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING. 5TH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG; THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, HONG KONG NORTH, HARBOUR CENTRE, 12TH FLOOR, 25 HARBOUR ROAD, HONG KONG; AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, KOWLOON WEST, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 10TH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

POWER COMPANIES1 PLANS WELL FOUNDED - CONSULTANTS............ 1

TENDER AWARDED FOR MAJOR HOUSING DEVELOPMENT................. 5

OVER $126 MILLION IN HOUSING TENDERS APPROVED................ 6

SIR PHILIP HEARS ABOUT MARKET WORKS ......................... 7

CUSTOMS REORGANISATION EXPLAINED ............................ 8

HK TO HOLD TEXTILE TALKS WITH CANADA ........................ 10

YOUNGSTERS HELP WITH FORESTRY WORK........................... 10

TRAINING COURSES ON CLASS LIBRARIES ......................... 11

CLEARWAY RESTRICTION EXTENDED................................ 12

BUS TERMINUS NOW PROHIBITED ZONE............................. 12

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POWER COMPANIES' PLANS WELL FOUNDED - CONSULTANTS

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BURNS AND ROE, INC., THE CONSULTING FIRM APPOINTED TO ADVISE THE GOVERNMENT ON THE TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF POWER GENERATION BY THE IWO MAJOR POWER COMPANIES - NAMELY CHINA LIGHT AND HONKONG ELECTRIC. HAVE CONCLUDED IN THEIR REPORT THAT THE GENERATION EXPANS loft PLANS OF BOTH COMPANIES HAVE BEEN FOUNDED ON GOOD ENGINEERING PRACTICES AND SOUND ECONOMIC JUDGEMENT.

IN THE CONSULTANTS' VIEW, THESE EXPANSION PLANS ARE SUFFICIENTLY FLEXIBLE TO ALLOW FOR CHANGES IN ECONOMIC CONDITIONS WITHOUT THE RISK OF OVER-PROVISION OF GENERATING CAPACITY.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE CONSULTANTS, WHO ARE WELL-ESTABLISHED IN THE ENGINEERING CONSULTANCY FIELD IN THE USA, HAD BEEN ENGAGED IN MARCH LAST YEAR TO PROVIDE SPECIALIST ADVICE TO THE GOVERNMENT ON AN ASSIGNMENT BASIS FOR A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS.

THE FIRST OF THEIR REPORTS WAS SUBMITTED IN APRIL THIS YEAR AND AN EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF ITS FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS IS PUBLISHED TODAY.

IN THIS FIRST ASSIGNMENT, THE CONSULTANTS WERE ASKED TO ASSESS A NUMBER OF TECHNICAL FEATURES OF THE FINANCIAL PLANS OF THE COMPANIES, INCLUDING THE SUITABILITY OF THE METHODS USED BY THE COMPANIES TO ESTIMATE GENERATING CAPACITY, AND THE SUITABILITY -IN TERMS OF TYPE, NUMBER, SIZE AND EFFICIENCY - OF THEIR GENERATING PLANT.

IN ADDITION TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THE COMPANIES’ GENERATING EXPANSION PLANS WERE WELL DRAWN UP, THE CONSULTANTS ALSO ENDORSED IN RETROSPECT THE DECISIONS BY THE COMPANIES IN THE MID-197O’S TO INSTALL GENERATING UNITS WHICH CAN USE THE CHEAPER FUEL, COAL, AS WELL AS OIL. SOME OF THESE DUAL-FUEL UNITS HAVE ALREADY BEEN COMMISSIONED AND ARE ALREADY PRODUCING SAVINGS IN FUEL COSTS.

BOTH COMPANIES AND CONSUMERS ARE ALSO BENEFITING FROM THE INTERCONNECTION BETWEEN CLP’S AND HEC’S SUPPLY SYSTEMS WHICH WAS BROUGHT ABOUT WITH THE ACTIVE ENCOURAGEMENT OF THE GOVERNMENT.

IN THEIR CONCLUSIONS, THE CONSULTANTS NOTED THAT AMONG OTHER BENEFITS THE INTERCONNECTION FACILITY HAD INCREASED THE RELIABILITY OF POWER SUPPLY, AND ALLOWED THE DEFERMENT OF SIGNIFICANT CAPITAL EXPENDITURE.

THE CONSULTANTS CONSIDERED THAT OTHER ASPECTS OF THE TWO POWER COMPANIES’ TECHNICAL PLANNING AND PERFORMANCE WERE GENERALLY SATISFACTORY. A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE CONSULTANTS’ RECOMMENDATIONS HAD BEEN DISCUSSED WITH AND WELL RECEIVED BY THE

COMPANIES.

THE CONSULTANTS WILL NOW BE ASKED TO REPORT ON OTHER TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF POWER GENERATION, SUCH AS WHETHER IT IS FEASIBLE AND DESIRABLE TO UPGRADE THE VOLTAGE OF POWER SUPPLY TO CONSUMERS.

A SUMMARY OF THE CONSULTANTS’ CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOLLOWS THIS RELEASE.

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SUMMARY OF CONSULTANTS’ CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS * X ft ft

THE FOLLOWING IS A SUMMARY OF THE CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS REACHED BY BURNS AND ROE, INC IN THEIR FIRST REPORT ON THE TECHNICAL OPERATIONS OF THE TWO POWER COMPANIES. THE CONSULTANTS’ TERMS OF REFERENCE ARE SET OUT IN APPENDIX A OF THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY.

1. METHODS USED TO ESTIMATE GENERATING CAPACITY AND RESERVE

REQUIREMENTS

CONCLUSIONS

(A) THE TECHNICAL AND ECONOMIC FORMULAE USED BY THE COMPANIES TO ESTABLISH TARGET LEVELS OF SYSTEM RELIABILITY AND ADEQUACY, AND HENCE NECESSARY RESERVE CAPACITY, ARE COMPATIBLE WITH EACH OTHER AND IN GENERAL CONFORM TO THE FORMULAE USED BY EQUIVALENT UTILITY COMPANIES IN OTHER INDUSTRIALISED COUNTRIES;

(B) THE GENERATION EXPANSION PLANS OF BOTH COMPANIES ARE FOUNDED ON GOOD ENGINEERING PRACTICES AND SOUND ECONOMIC JUDGEMENT AND ARE SUFFICIENTLY FLEXIBLE TO ALLOW FOR FUTURE CHANGES IN ECONOMIC CONDITIONS WITHOUT THE RISK OF OVER-PROVISION OF

GENERATING CAPACITY;

(C) THE RELATIVELY HIGH LEVEL OF HEC RESERVE CAPACITY IN THE PAST WAS LARGELY DUE TO THE SMALL AND ISOLATED NATURE OF HEC’S SYSTEM. SINCE THE INTRODUCTION OF INTERCONNECTION BETWEEN THE HEC AND CLP SYSTEMS IN 1981, HEC’S RESERVE CAPACITY HAS BEEN REDUCED TO INTERNATIONALLY ACCEPTED LEVELS; AND

(D) HEC USES RELATIVELY HIGH FORCED OUTAGE RATES (1)* IN FORMULATING ITS GENERATION EXPANSION PLANS (ALTHOUGH THESE PLANS ARE, IN GENERAL JUSTIFIED).

RECOMMENDATIONS

(A) THE COMPANIES REVIEW THEIR TARGET LOSS OF LOAD PROBABILITY (LOLP) INDICES (2)ft, UPON WHICH THEIR EXPANSION PLANS ARE PRIMARILY BASED, AFTER GAINING EXPERIENCE WITH THEIR COAL-FIRED UNITS; AND

(B) HEC REVIEW ITS ASSUMED FORCED OUTAGE RATES, ALSO AFTER GAINING EXPERIENCE WITH ITS COAL-FIRED UNITS.

ft (1) FORCED OUTAGE RATESi ASSUMED UNSCHEDULED PERIODS OF UNAVAILABILITY OF GENERATING UNITS

ft (2) LOLP INDEXi THE NUMBER OF DAYS PER YEAR OR NUMBER OF HOURS PER YEAR WHEN CUSTOMERS’ DEMAND WILL EXCEED GENERATING CAPACITY

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2. IMPROVEMENT TO LOAD FACTOR AND POWER FACTOR

CONCLUSIONS

) IMPROVEMENT TO THE LOAD FACTOR MAY LEAD TO A REDUCTION IN THE REQUIREMENT FOR NEW GENERATING PLANT. BOTH COMPANIES HAVE INTRODUCED SEVERAL PROGRAMMES TO IMPROVE THEIR LOAD FACTORS. BUT THERE IS NO EVIDENCE TO INDICATE THAT THESE PROGRAMMES HAVE RESULTED IN ANY SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS; AND

(B) AS FOR IMPROVEMENTS IN POWER FACTOR, BOTH COMPANIES ARE IMPLEMENTING PROGRAMMES WHICH ARE IN ACCORDANCE WITH ACCEPTED PRACTICES IN THE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY INDUSTRY. FROM THE TECHNICAL POINT-OF-VIEW, THERE ARE FEW MEASURES AVAILABLE FOR ADDITIONAL IMPROVEMENT.

RECOMMENDATIONS

» (A) THE COMPANIES INVESTIGATE ADDITIONAL MEASURES TO IMPROVE ' LOAD FACTOR, INCLUDING CONSUMER EDUCATION AND PRICE INCENTIVES; AND

(B) THE COMPANIES CONTINUE ACTIVELY TO PURSUE POWER FACTOR IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMMES.

3. USE OF THE INTERCONNECTION

CONCLUSIONS

(A) THE INTERCONNECTION FACILITY HAS ALREADY BENEFITTED THE COMPANIES AND CONSUMERS PRINCIPALLY, BUT NOT ONLY, BY -

(I) INCREASING THE RELIABILITY OF SUPPLY;

(II) CREATING SAVINGS FOR BOTH COMPANIES WHICH ARE NOW ABLE TO MAINTAIN A LOWER SPINNING RESERVE (3)*;

M (3) SPINNING RESERVE I MINIMUM MAINTAINED RESERVE CAPACITY OF RUNNING GENERATING UNITS

(III) ALLOWING DEFERMENT OF CAPITAL EXPENDITURE ON GENERATING PLANT; AND

(IV) ALLOWING INSTALLATION OF LARGER GENERATING UNITS WITH CONSEQUENT ECONOMY-OF-SCALE BENEFITS; AND

(B) FURTHER SAVINGS AND OPERATIONAL BENEFITS MIGHT BE OBTAINED

FROM THE INTERCONNECTION FACILITY IF -

(I) BETTER CO-ORDINATED PLANNING AND OPERATIONS MEASURES WERE ADOPTED BY THE COMPANIES; AND

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(II) THE INTERCONNECTION WERE USED SO AS TO PERMIT A FREE FLOW OF ENERGY BETWEEN THE TWO SYSTEMS.

HOWEVER, AN ADDITIONAL FEASIBILITY STUDY WOULD BE NEEDED TO DETERMINE THE COSTS - INCLUDING THE NEW CAPITAL INVESTMENT THAT WOULD BE REQUIRED - AND BENEFITS OF SUCH ADDITIONAL USE OF THE INTERCONNECTION FACILITY AND HOW IT WOULD AFFECT CONSUMERS.

RECOMMENDATIONS

(A) A STUDY OF WHETHER GREATER USE SHOULD BE MADE OF THE INTERCONNECTION BE UNDERTAKEN; AND 3

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(B) THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONSIDER WAYS OF FACILITATING, AND PARTICIPATE IN, INTERCONNECTION PLANNING BY THE COMPANIES WITH THE LONG-TERM AIM OF INCREASING INTEGRATION OF THE TWO SYSTEMS.

4. PLANT SPECIFICATIONS

CONCLUSIONS

(A) THE DECISION MADE IN THE MID-1970S BY THE COMPANIES TO INSTALL GENERATING UNITS USING COAL AS THE PRIMARY FUEL BUT ALSO CAPABLE OF BURNING OIL, WAS SOUND;

(B) BOTH COMPANIES’ CHOICES OF TYPE AND SIZE OF GENERATING UNIT HAVE BEEN BASED ON SOUND ENGINEERING PRACTICE AND ECONOMIC JUDGEMENT; AND

(C) THE THERMAL EFFICIENCY OF THE GENERATING PLANT INSTALLED BY THE COMPANIES COMPARES FAVOURABLY WITH THAT OF

. COAL-FIRED PLANTS IN THE U.S.A.

RECOMMENDATIONS

(A) BOTH COMPANIES CONTINUE TO MAKE SYSTEMATIC SURVEYS OF OPERATING AND PLANNED GENERATING UNITS TO DETERMINE WHETHER THERE IS SCOPE FOR IMPROVEMENT IN THERMAL EFFICIENCY, DESPITE THE FAVOURABLE COMPARISON WITH PLANT OPERATED BY ELECTRICITY UTILTIIES IN OTHER INDUSTRIALISED COUNTRIES;

(B) ON COST-BENEFIT GROUNDS, THE COMPANIES CONSIDER CONVERTING EXISTING OIL-FIRED UNITS TO BURN COAL OR COAL-SLURRY FUELS;

(C) THE COMPANIES ASCERTAIN, WHERE APPROPRIATE, WHETHER THE DISIGNS OF THEIR GENERATING PLANT ARE SUITABLE FOR CYCLING OF BASE LOAD (4)M AND TWO SHIFT OPERATION (5)M AND, IF SO, WHETHER THESE PRACTICES SHOULD BE ADOPTED;

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(D) THE COMPANIES CHECK WHETHER THE ACTUAL GENERATING PLANT EXCEEDS THE NOMINAL CAPACITY, AND, IF SO, ALLOW FOR THIS DIFFERENCE IN THEIR GENERATION EXPANSION PLANS.

5. OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS BY THE CONSULTANTS

IN SECTION 4 OF THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY, IT WILL BE SEEN

THAT THERE ARE ALSO RECOMMENDATIONS RELATING TO -

(A) MORE FREQUENT CHECKING BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE COMPANIES’ LONG-TERM PLANS;

(B) THE INTRODUCTION OF A STANDARD REPORTING FORM ON AN ANNUAL BASIS TO ENSURE UNIFORMITY OF THE MATERIAL SUBMITTED TO MEET THE GOVERNMENT’S REQUIREMENTS;

* (4) CYCLING OF BASE LOAD» KEEPING GENERATING UNITS IN OPERATION BUT CHANGING THEIR LOADS TO MATCH SYSTEM NEEDS

M (5) TWO SHIFT OPERATION! SHUTTING DOWN OF GENERATING UNITS OVERNIGHT AND DURING WEEKENDS

(C)

THE REVIEW BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE COMPANIES’ FUEL CONTRACTS, TAKING INTO ACCOUNT BOTH PRICE AND RELIABILITY OF SUPPLY, IN THE INTERESTS OF CONSUMERS;

(D) THE FEASIBILITY AND DESIRABILITY OF UP-GRADING THE CONSUMER SUPPLY VOLTAGE; AND

(E) THE POSSIBLE REVIEW OF LEGISLATION AND COMPANY RULES GOVERNING STANDARDS OF SUPPLY AND CONSUMER INSTALLATIONS.

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TENDER AWARDED FOR MAJOR HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS AWARDED A TENDER FOR A 45 480-SQUARE-METRE SITE IN KOWLOON BAY TO TRIPROFIT ENTERPRISES LTD. FOR THE DEVELOPMENT CF THE BIGGEST HOME OWNERSHIP HOUSING PROJECT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION SCHEME IN HONG KONG TO DATE.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IRIPROFIT’S $509 MILLION BID FOR THE SITE WAS THE HIGHEST OF THE SIX TENDERS RECEIVED.

UNDER THE SALES CONDITIONS, THE DEVELOPER WILL HAVE TO PROVIDE 5 900 TO 6 100 FLATS RANGING IN SIZE FROM 34 TO 55 SQUARE METRES IN THREE PHASES OVER A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS.

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TRIPROFIT ENTERPRISES LTD. IS ALSO REQUIRED TO PROVIDE, AMONG OTHER THINGSt

ft 9 200 SQUARE METRES OF ACTIVE RECREATIONAL OPEN SPACE WITH AN OPTIONAL GAMES HALL,

ft 4 600 SQUARE METRES OF PASSIVE RECREATIONAL SPACE,

ft A GROSS COMMERCIAL FLOOR AREA OF NOT MORE THAN 8 100 SQUARE METRES,

ft A KINDERGARTEN OR KINDERGARTENS COMPRISING A TOTAL OF 13 CLASSROOMS, AND

ft A NURSERY FOR 100 PLACES.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IN ADDITION TO THE SUBSTANTIAL LUMP SUM PREMIUM, UNDER THE CONDITIONS OF SALE THE DEVELOPER HAS TO SPEND AT LEAST $443 MILLION ON BUILDING WORKS.

♦THE NUMBER OF TENDERS SUBMITTED AND THE SUBSTANTIAL INVESTMENT INVOLVED NOT ONLY INDICATES A CONTINUED KEEN INTEREST ON THE PART OF DEVELOPERS TO INVEST IN HONG KONG BUT ALSO SHOWS A CLEAR CONFIDENCE IN THE FUTURE OF THE TERRITORY,* HE SAID.

THE TENDER WAS FORMALLY SIGNED TODAY BY THE ACTING REGISTRAR GENERAL, MR PATRICK MURPHY AND MR VINCENT LO OF TRIPROFIT ENTERPRISES LTD.

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TENDERS TOTALLING OVER $126 MILLION WERE APPROVED TODAY BY THE HOUSING AUTHORITY’S BUILDING COMMITTEE FOR FURTHER PUBLIC HOUSING PROJECTS.

they include piling works for two new estates, the construction OF AN ESTATE PARK AND THE PROVISION OF LIFTS AND ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION FOR A NUMBER OF NEW RENTAL AND HOME OWNERSHIP PROJECTS.

ALSO ACCEPTED TODAY WAS A TENDER WITH A PREMIUM OF $5.76 MILLION FOR THE SUPPLY AND DISTRIBUTION OF PIPED LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS TO A HOME OWNERSHIP ESTATE IN TUEN MUN.

THE MEETING WAS CHAIRED BY THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, MR DAVID FORD.

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SIR PHILIP HEARS ABOUT MARKET WORKS

K * * *

THE OLD MARKET ON HAU WONG ROAD KOWLOON IS TO BE REDEVELOPED INTO A MULTI-PURPOSE BUILDING WITH SPORTS AND MARKETING FACILITIES.

SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE WAS BRIEFED ON THE PROJECT DURING A TWO-HOUR TOUR OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT THIS AFTERNOON - ONE OF A SERIES OF WEEKLY VISITS WHICH HE MAKES, AS CHIEF SECRETARY, TO DEPARTMENTS AND DISTRICTS TO KEEP HIMSELF UP TO DATE.

THE NEW BUILDING WILL COMPRISE INDOOR GAMES AREAS, SQUASH COURTS, READING ROOMS, COOKED-FOOD STALLS AND A MARKET.

SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED IN 1986, IT WILL ACCOMMODATE STALL OPERATORS FROM THE EXISTING MARKET AS WELL AS COOKED-FOOD STALL OPERATORS IN THE VICINITY. THE COMPLEX WILL BE BUILT AND MANAGED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR LAWRENCE MILLS. AND THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR LEE LAP-SUN, SIR PHILIP WENT TO THE ROOF OF THE HOLY FAMILY SCHOOL FOR A VIEW OF THE SAI TAU VILLAGE WHERE A CLEARANCE WAS CARRIED OUT LAST YEAR.

HE WAS TOLD THAT A SECOND CLEARANCE, INVOLVING THE RE-HOUSING OF SOME A 000 PEOPLE, WOULD TAKE PLACE LATER THIS YEAR TO MAKE WAY FOR A PARK, AND TO FACILITATE THE FUTURE WIDENING OF CARPENTER ROAD.

SIR PHILIP THEN PROCEEDED TO PAK TAI STREET AND WAS JOINED BY THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES. TO INSPECT BACKLANES RECENTLY CLEARED BY THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD.

THERE ARE SOME 200 BACKLANES WITH UNAUTHORISED STRUCTURES IN THIS AREA, AND A PROGRAMME HAS BEEN DRAWN UP BY THE BOARD TO CLEAR THEM WITHIN THE NEXT FEW YEARS.

SIR PHILIP ALSO TOURED SEVERAL PRIVATE STREETS IN TO KWA WAN.

HE WAS TOLD THAT BECAUSE THESE WERE PRIVATE STREETS, IT WAS DIFFICULT FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO CARRY OUT PUBLIC SERVICES SUCH AS RESURFACING, REMOVAL OF ABANDONED VEHICLES, AND DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS.

THE GOVERNMENT HAS A PROGRAMME TO RESUME SOME OF THESE STREETS TO TURN THEM INTO PUBLIC ROADS SO AS TO FACILITATE REPAIRS AND STAFF MANAGEMENT.

AT THE END OF THE TRIP, SIR PHILIP TOLD REPORTERS THAT HE WAS EXTREMELY IMPRESSED WITH THE EFFECTIVE MANNER THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE AND DISTRICT BOARD WERE TACKLING THE PROBLEM OF BACKLANES.

+1 HAVE BEEN BRIEFED ALSO ON WHAT THEY ARE PLANNING TO DO IN THE NEAR FUTURE ABOUT SOME OF THESE PRIVATE STREETS WHICH DO REPRESENT A COMPLICATED LEGAL PROBLEM AND, OF COURSE, THEY ARE ENVIRONMENTALLY MOST UNSATISFACTORY,* HE SAID.

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SIR PHILIP ADDED THAT HE WAS CONCERNED ABOUT DRAINAGE IN THE LOW-LYING SAI TAU VILLAGE WHICH IS KNOWN TO HAVE FLOODING PROBLEMS

PART OF THE VILLAGE WILL BE CLEARED LATER THIS YEAR TO MAKE WAY FOR A PARK AND TO FACILITATE THE FUTURE WIDENING OF CARPENTER ROAD.

COMMENTING ON THE LOCATION OF THE KAI TAK AIRPORT, HE SAID THE PRESENT SITE MIGHT NOT BE THE MOST IDEAL ONE BUT THERE WAS NO PLAN TO REPROVISION THE AIRPORT IN NORTH LANTAU OR ANYWHERE ELSE FOR SOME TIME TO COME FOR A WHOLE VARIETY OF REASONS, ONE OF THEM BEING FINANCIAL.

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CUSTOMS REORGANISATION EXPLAINED * * * * *

THE COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE, MR DOUGLAS JORDAN TODAY (THURSDAY) EXPLAINED THE CHANGES AND IMPROVEMENTS IN THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS.

ADDRESSING THE LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE ZONTA CLUB OF THE NEW TERRITORIES TODAY, MR JORDAN SAID THAT HE WAS SPECIALLY APPOINTED FOR THE REORGANISATION OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT, WHICH WAS FORMERLY ONE OF THREE WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS.

♦REORGANISATION WAS URGENTLY REQUIRED NOT ONLY TO MEET THE COMMITMENTS OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE AT THE TIME OF MY ARRIVAL HERE BUT EQUALLY TO MEET WHAT WERE FORESEEN AS THE GROWING DEMANDS WHICH WOULD BE MADE UPON IT IN SUBSEQUENT YEARS,+ HE SAID.

THE FIRST STEP WAS TO CHANGE THE STRUCTURE OF THE DEPARTMENT.

AS A RESULT, FIELD OPERATIONS WERE REGIONALISED AND DAY-TO-DAY OPERATIONAL DIRECTION WAS LARGELY DEVOLVED TO THE REGIONAL COMMANDERS. +ENTIRELY NEW UNITS WERE CREATED WITHIN THE NEW REGIONS TO DEAL WITH SUCH MATTERS AS LESSER NARCOTICS OFFENCES, MISUSE OF DUTIABLE GOODS, AND TO COUNTER OFFENCES GENERALLY ALONG OUR CONVOLUTED COAST-LINE AND AMONGST OUR 200-0DD ISLANDS,+ JORDAN SAID.

AS FOR THOSE LARGE UNITS WITHIN THE REGIONS SUCH AS THOSE AT THE KWAI CHUNG TERMINAL, THE HARBOUR AND THE AIRPORT, THEY WERE RESTRUCTURED FOR MORE EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT AND TO DEAL WITH THE INCREASING TRAFFIC. AT EACH REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS, REGIONAL COMMANDERS WERE PROVIDED WITH SUITABLE ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT TO ENABLE THEM TO FULFIL THEIR NEW RESPONSIBILITIES WITH EFFICIENCY.

THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE DEPARTMENT WAS ALSO ENTIRELY REBUILT.

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♦NEW STAFF ADMINISTRATION ORGANISATIONS WERE PROVIDED TO LOOK AFTER PERSONNEL AND WELFARE MATTERS,+ HE SAID.

♦APART FROM OBVIOUS PERSONNEL RESPONSIBILITIES ATTENTION WAS GIVEN TO THE NEED FOR ENCOURAGING SUCH EXTRA-MURAL ACTIVITIES AS SPORTING EVENTS AND OTHER LEISURE OCCUPATIONS WHICH DO SO MUCH TO BIND AN ORGANISATION TOGETHER AS A FAMILY FOR ITS DAY-TO-DAY CONTENTMENT AND THUS ITS IMPROVED MORALE.

♦A TRAINING OFFICER WITH SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITIES FOR CAREER DEVELOPMENT WAS INTRODUCED TO COMPLEMENT THE WORK OF THE EXCELLENT RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMS TRAINING SCHOOL AT TAI LAM CHUNG,+ HE ADDED.

MR JORDAN ALSO POINTED OUT THAT AMONG THE MANY CHANGES, TWO WERE HIGHLY SIGNIFICANT.

ONE WAS THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE TECHNICAL BUREAU WHICH WAS A +THINK-TANK+ COMPRISING EXPERIENCED OFFICERS WHO NOT ONLY DEALT CENTRALLY WITH ALL THE TECHNICAL PROBLEMS BUT ALSO PLANNED AHEAD. IT CONDUCTED FIELD INSPECTIONS ON A SYSTEMATIC BASIS TO ENSURE EFFICIENCY AND CONSISTENCY OF APPROACH THROUGHOUT THE ORGANISATION.

♦AS AN ADJUNCT TO THEIR INSPECTION RESPONSIBILITIES, THE INSPECTION TEAMS MEET STAFF ON THE GROUND DOWN TO THE LOWEST LEVEL AND BRING TO THE COMMISSIONER’S NOTICE ANY PROBLEMS AND WORRIES OF THE STAFF WHETHER THEY BE TO DO WITH WORK OR MORE PERSONAL MATTERS,♦ SAID MR JORDAN. +THE LINE OF COMMUNICATION THUS PROVIDED IS INVALUABLE TO THE CENTRAL DIRECTION AND ENSURES AMONGST OTHER THINGS THAT DEGREE OF HUMANITY SO NECESSARY IN GOOD MANAGEMENT.♦

THE OTHER WAS THE CREATION OF TWO STRONG INVESTIGATIVE FORCES* THE NEW CUSTOMS INVESTIGATION BUREAU DEALT WITH MAJOR NARCOTICS CASES AND OTHER FRAUDS OF SUBSTANCE ASSOCIATED WITH REVENUE COLLECTION, PROHIBITIONS AND ALLIED MATTERS, WHILE THE NEWLY CREATED TRADE CONTROLS INVESTIGATION BRANCH DEALT WITH LICENSING AND QUOTA FRAUDS AS WELL AS WITH OFFENCES AGAINST THE TRADE

DESCRIPTIONS ORDINANCE.

♦BOTH UNITS IN THEIR REORGANISED FORM HAVE PROVED INVALUABLE IN FULFILLING THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES WITH GREAT SUCCESS AS THEIR MUCH PUBLICISED RESULTS INDICATE,♦ SAID MR JORDAN.

HE ADDED THAT THIS RESTRUCTURING HAD LED TO MANY STAFFING CHANGES, WITH ENHANCED PROMOTION PROSPECTS AS WELL AS CONSIDERABLE ECONOMIES OF ADMINISTRATION.

CONCLUDING, MR JORDAN SAID* +THE ORGANISATION’S EFFICIENCY AND ACHIEVEMENT^ HAVE NOW SECURED IT A SUBSTANTIAL INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION AMONGST THE 50-ODD OVERSEAS ADMINISTRATIONS WITH WHICH IT HAS AN ON-GOING CLOSE COLLABORATION. IT WILL CONTINUE TO FULFIL ITS RESPONSIBILITIES TO HONG KONG IN THE FUTURE AS WELL AS IT HAS IN THE PAST.+

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HK TO HOLD TEXTILE TALKS WITH CANADA * * * *

CONSULTATIONS WILL BEGIN HERE TOMORROW (FRIDAY) BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CANADA REGARDING HONG KONG’S EXPORTS OF TEXTILE PRODUCTS TO CANADA UNDER THE CURRENT (1982-1986) HONG KONG-CANADA TEXTILES AGREEMENT.

THE CANADIAN DELEGATION WILL BE LED BY MR CAMPBELL STUART, ASSISTANT UNDER-SECRETARY, SPECIAL TRADE RELATIONS OFFICE. THE HONG KONG DELEGATION WILL BE LED BYMR MICHAEL CARTLAND, ACTING DIRECTOR OF TRADE.

THESE CONSULTATIONS HAVE BEEN REQUESTED BY THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT IN CONNECTION WITH PROBLEMS CLAIMED TO BE AFFECTING THE DOMESTIC TEXTILE INDUSTRY IN CANADA. UNDER THE TERMS OF THE CURRENT AGREEMENT, EITHER GOVERNMENT HAS THE RIGHT TO REQUEST CONSULTATIONS ON ANY MATTER ARISING FROM THE IMPLEMENTATION OR OPERATION OF THE AGREEMENT.

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YOUNGSTERS HELP WITH FORESTRY WORK X * *

THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR IAN MACPHERSON TODAY (THURSDAY) SAW HOW YOUNGSTERS SPEND THEIR TIME AT THE FORESTRY WORK CAMPS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

MR MACPHERSON VISITED THREE FORESTRY WORK CAMPS IN SAI KUNG IN WHICH ACTIVITIES WERE ARRANGED FOR SOME 60 YOUNG CAMPERS.

MR MACPHERSON ARRIVED AT THE KEI LING HA COUNTRY PARK MANAGEMENT CENTRE AT 2.30 PM.

HE WAS MET BY MR F. DE S. OZORIO, CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR YOUTH RECREATION (CCCYR); MR JOHN TAAM, DEPUTY CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT; MR WONG WOON CHEUNG, PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S PHYSICAL EDUCATION SECTION; AND THE REPRESENTATIVES CF THE MING YIN COLLEGE.

HE WAS TAKEN TO SEE THE ACCOMMODATION AND ACTIVITIES AND HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO CHAT WITH THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE SIX-DAY CAMP.

THEN MR MACPHERSON PROCEEDED TO THE WORK SITE WHERE HE WATCHED CAMPERS PRUNING AND TENDING PLANTS, PLANTING TREES, CUTTING GRASS AND CLEARING FOOTPATHS.

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AT ABOUT 3.35 PM, MR MACPHERSON LEFT FOR THE TAI TAN. THERE HE SAW CAMPERS FROM THE HOI HA FORESTRY WORK CAMP ENJOYING THE RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THEMSELVES AS A PART OF THE CAMP PROGRAMMES.

BEFORE HIS DEPARTURE AT ABOUT 4 PM, MR MACPHERSON STOPPED FOR A SHORT WHILE AT THE WONG SHEK PIER TO SEE YOUNGSTERS OF THE PAK TAM AU FORESTRY WORK CAMP HAPPILY ENGAGED IN FISHING.

THIS IS THE SECOND IN A SERIES OF VISITS ARRANGED FOR SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS THIS SUMMER TO SEE SOME OF THE SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE CCCYR. THE AIMS OF THESE ACTIVITIES ARE TO HELP YOUNGSTERS DEVELOP THEIR TALENTS AND POTENTIALS; ACQUIRE NEW KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS; AND GAIN EXPERIENCE IN SERVING THE COMMUNITY.

THE FIRST VISIT WAS MADE BY THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, LAST THURSDAY TO PAK TAM AU FORESTRY WORK CAMP AND HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC CAMP AT STANLEY.

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TRAINING COURSES ON CLASS LIBRARIES *****

THE LIBRARY SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL ORGANISE TWO IDENTICAL TRAINING COURSES IN CANTONESE FOR TEACHERS IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS BETWEEN SEPTEMBER AND NOVEMBER THIS YEAR.

THE AIMS OF THE COURSES ARE TO EQUIP PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS WITH THE BASIC KNOWLEDGE OF MANAGING CLASS LIBRARIES AND TO SHOW THEM HOW TO SELECT LIBRARY BOOKS AS WELL AS DEVISE RELEVANT ACTIVITIES.

THESE COURSES WILL BE HELD AT EXTRA-MURAL TOWN CENTRE, UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, 8/F, WING ON CENTRE, CONNAUGHT ROAD, CENTRAL.

OWING TO LIMITED SEATING CAPACITY, EACH SCHOOL CAN ONLY NOMINATE ONE TEACHER TO ATTEND THE COURSE. NOMINATIONS SHOULD REACH THE SENIOR INSPECTOR, LIBRARY SECTION, ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, 5/F, LEE GARDENS, CAUSEWAY BAY ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 7.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE AT THE SECTION ON 5-8392258.

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CLEARWAY RESTRICTION EXTENDED M M

FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 20), THE EXISTING 24-HOUR DAILY CLEARWAY RESTRICTION ON THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD WILL BE EXTENDED EASTWARD FOR ABOUT 100 METRES, FROM A POINT 50 METRES EAST OF THE CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD AND LUNG CHEUNG ROAD JUNCTION.

WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONE, ALL MOTOR VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES AND THOSE AUTHORISED IN WRITING BY THE AUTHORITY, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING UP OR SETTING DOWN PASSENGERS, OR LOADING AND UNLOADING GOODS.

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BUS TERMINUS NOW PROHIBITED ZONE * * M

THE NEW BUS TERMINUS IN AREA 5E NEAR POK HONG ESTATE, SHA TIN, WILL BE DESIGNATED A PROHIBITED ZONE FROM SATURDAY (AUGUST 20).

ALL MOTOR VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED PUBLIC OMNIBUSES AND THOSE AUTHORISED IN WRITING BY THE AUTHORITY, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE BUS TERMINUS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 198}

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

POPULATION ESTIMATED AT 5 313 200 ............................. 1

TSING YI ZONING PLAN AMENDED................................... 1

CONSULTANCY ON MONITORING OF POWER COMPANIES................... 2

MEDICAL SCHEME ARRANGED FOR AGED AND NEEDY..................... 3

BOARD EXAMINES GROUNDING OF TANKER ............................ 4

STEEL FOOTBRIDGE TO BE BUILT................................... 4

CROWN LAND FOR SALE BY TENDER.................................  5

WAN CHAI PREPARES FOR FESTIVAL FUN ............................ 5

AUXILIARIES PRAISED FOR WORK.................................   6

ISLANDERS GET FIRST SITTING-OUT AREA .......................... 6

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME IN SHEK WU HUI ....................   7

ADVICE TO MOTORISTS........................................     8

CAREERS EDUCATION TRAINING COURSE ............................. 8

POST OFFICE 94 OPENING ........................................ 9

SHAU KEI WAN WATER MAINS TEST ................................. 9

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 1983

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POPULATION ESTIMATED AT 5 313 200

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THE ESTIMATED POPULATION OF HONG KONG AT THE END OF JUNE 1983 WAS 5 313 200, ACCORDING TO FIGURES RELEASED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THAT ESTIMATE REPRESENTS AN INCREASE OF 25 400 PEOPLE OR 0.5 PER CENT OVER END-1982.

NET MIGRATION, THAT IS, THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TOTAL ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES FOR THE FIRST HALF OF 1983, CONTRIBUTED A VERY SMALL NET GAIN OF 1 392 PEOPLE TO THE POPULATION GROWTH.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OR BIRTHS IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1983 WAS 38 215, AND THE TOTAL NUMBER OF DEATHS WAS 14 183.

NATURAL INCREASE, THAT IS, THE BALANCE OF BIRTHS AND DEATHS AMOUNTED TO 24 032 OR 95 PER CENT OF THE POPULATION GROWTH.

THIS FACTOR HAS DOMINATED THE SINCE 1981.

TOTAL POPULATION GROWTH EVER

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TSI NG Yl ZONING PLAN AMENDED * M *

THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD TODAY ANNOUNCED AMENDMENTS TO THE DRAFT TSING Yl OUTLINE ZONING PLAN.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BOARD SAID THAT THE AMENDMENTS WERE MADE TO INCORPORATE THE LATEST GOVERNMENT PROPOSALS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF TSING Yl.

ACCORDING TO THE PLAN THE FOLLOWING MAJOR AMENDMENTS ARE BEING PROPOSED!

THE LAYOUT OF THE TOWN CENTRE HAS BEEN REVISED TO INCORPORATE NEW TRANSPORTATION NETWORK AND TOWNSCAPE FEATURES. AN ADDITIONAL SITE FOR PUBLIC HOUSING AND MORE COMMERCIAL-RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS HAVE ALSO BEEN PROPOSED HERE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE WATERFRONT LOCATION. TWO EXISTING INDUSTRIAL LOTS IN THE AREA HAVE ALSO BEEN REZONED COMMERCIAL-RESIDENTIAL SO THAT THEIR RE-DEVELOPMENT MAY ENHANCE RATHER THAN IMPAIR THE ENVIRONMENT OF THE NEW TOWN CENTRE. A WATERFRONT PROMENADE IS ALSO PROPOSED.

PART OF THE GREEN BELT IN NGAU KOK WAN HAS BEEN REZONED TO OTHER SPECIFIED USES AND ANNOTATED ’BOAT-BUILDING-REPAIR YARDS AND ASSOCIATED FACILITIES’ TO PROVIDE FOR THE FUTURE EXTENSION OF THE BOAT BUILDING-REPAIR YARDS TO THE NORTH OF CHEUNG SHUE TAU.

/THE LAYOUT

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THE LAYOUT OF THE AREA TO THE BEEN REVISED TO PROVIDE LAND FOR A PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE FOR ABOUT 12 RESERVOIR.

WEST OF FUNG SHUE WO HAS GENERAL HOSPITAL, A OOO PEOPLE AND A SERVICE

THE SCHEDULE OF NOTES TO THE PLAN HAS ALSO BEEN REVISED.

AT THE TOWN PLANNING

THE AMENDED PLAN MAY BE INSPECTED

DIVISION 4TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD; THE DISTRICT OFF ICE (CENTRAL AND WESTERN), PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES. WEST WING ENTRANCE; AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE (TSUEN WANJ, 2ND FLOOR, FOU WAH CENTRE, 210 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN, NEW TERRITORIES.

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

AND $60 FOR

THE DRAFT AMENDMENT PLAN IS ON SALE AT THE SURVEY DIVISION, LANDS DEPARTMENT, 5TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG AT $10 FOR AN UNCOLOURED COPY AND $60 FOR A COLOUR COPY.

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CONSULTANCY ON MONITORING OF POWER COMPANIES * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT HAS COMMISSIONED THE FIRM OF ERNST AND WHINNEY TO UNDERTAKE THE CONSULTANCY WHICH WILL REVIEW THE GOVERNMENT’S METHOD OF MONITORING THE POWER COMPANIES.

ERNST AND WHINNEY ARE ONE OF THE LEADING PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTING AND MANAGEMENT CONSULTANCY FIRMS IN HONG KONG AND INTERNATIONALLY AND HAVE CONSIDERABLE EXPERIENCE IN DEALING WITH PUBLIC UTILITY COMPANIES.

TO UNDERTAKE THIS ASSIGNMENT THE CONSULTANTS WILL EXAMINE IN DEPTH THE INTER-RELATED WAY IN WHICH THE GOVERNMENT’S ECONOMIC ANALYSIS DIVISION, FINANCIAL MONITORING UNIT AND ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, CURRENTLY UNDERTAKE THE MONITORING PROCESS. ERNST AND WHINNEY WILL THEN ADVISE ON WHETHER THESE ARRANGEMENTS ARE ADEQUATE TO ACCOMPLISH THE PURPOSE FOR WHICH THEY WERE DESIGNED AND WILL COMMENT ON WHAT MEASURES, IF ANY, THEY CONSIDER MIGHT BE ADOPTED TO IMPROVE THE GOVERNMENT’S MONITORING PROCESS.

THE CONSULTANTS ARE EXPECTED TO START ON THEIR ASSIGNMENT ON MONDAY (AUGUST 22) AND AIM TO SUBMIT A REPORT TO THE GOVERNMENT BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR. THIS REPORT WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL WHO, IN THE LIGHT OF ITS FINDINGS, WILL ADVISE ON WHAT ACTION, IF ANY, SHOULD THEN BE TAKEN.

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MEDICAL SCHEME ARRANGED FOR AGED AND NEEDY

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A COMMUNITY MEDICAL SERVICE SCHEME WILL BE LAUNCHED FROM MONDAY (AUGUST 22) TO PROVIDE CLINICAL SERVICES AT REDUCED FEES TOR ELDERLY AND NEEDY PEOPLE IN EASTERN DISTRICT.

PEOPLE AGED 60 AND ABOVE AND OTHERS WHO ARE RECEIVING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND INFIRMITY AND DISABILITY ALLOWANCES WILL BE ABLE TO BENEFIT FROM THE NEW SERVICE.

DETAILS OF THE SCHEME WERE ANNOUNCED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT CFFICER, MR GORDON JONES, AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (FRIDAY).

HE STRESSED THAT THE SCHEME WAS ONE OF THE COMMUNITY BUILDING EFFORTS INITIATED BY THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD TO HELP FURTHER IMPROVE SERVICES TO OLD PEOPLE AND THE NEEDY.

+THE CONCEPT WAS CONCEIVED A YEAR AGO AND HAS RECEIVED AN ENCOURAGING RESPONSE FROM PRIVATE MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS IN THE DISTRICT,* MR JONES SAID.

A +A TOTAL OF 126 PRACTITIONERS, INCLUDING REGISTERED DOCTORS, HERBALISTS, ACUPUNCTURISTS AND BONE-SETTERS, HAVE VOLUNTEERED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SCHEME.

♦A CONFIDENTIAL REGISTER OF THESE PRACTITIONERS WILL BE KEPT IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES IN CAUSEWAY BAY, SHAU KEI WAN AND CHAI WAN.

+AN APPLICANT SHOULD APPLY IN PERSON TO ANY OF THESE OFFICES WITH DOCUMENTARY PROOF OF HIS ADDRESS AND AGE TOGETHER WITH RECEIPTS CF SOCIAL WELFARE BENEFITS, IF RECEIVING SUCH BENEFITS, OR PROOF CF ANY OTHER FORM OF ’NEED’.

♦HE WILL THEN BE REFERRED TO A PRACTITIONER OF HIS CHOICE NEAREST TO HIS ADDRESS AND GIVEN A LETTER OF INTRODUCTION WHICH MUST BE PRODUCED TO THE PRACTITIONER.*

MR JONES ADDED THAT ANY NEEDY PERSON FAILING TO MEET THE ABOVE CRITERIA MIGHT ALSO BE REFERRED TO THE RELEVANT PRACTITIONER WHO WOULD THEN DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT TO TREAT THE APPLICANT AT A REDUCED RATE.

THE SCHEME WILL BE LAUNCHED ON AN EXPERIMENTAL BASIS, SUBJECT TO A REVIEW IN SIX MONTHS’ TIME.

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BOARD EXAMINES GROUNDING OF TANKER * * M

FOLLOWING THE GROUNDING OF THE MOTOR TANKER +CARLA A. HILLS* OFF MA WAN AT ABOUT 2.26 PM ON JANUARY 21, THE PILOTAGE AUTHORITY APPOINTED A BOARD OF INVESTIGATION TO EXAMINE THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE GROUNDING.

THE BOARD CONSISTED OF HIS HONOUR JUDGE WANE, DISTRICT JUDGE AS CHAIRMAN, WITH CAPT. C. ALEXANDER, MASTER MARINER, AND CAPT. CHEUNG TONG-YIN, CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG PILOTS ASSOCIATION LTD. AS MEMBERS.

THE BOARD SAT FROM JULY 25 TO JULY 29. SUBSEQUENT TO THE BOARD REACHING A CONCLUSION AND MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE PILOTAGE AUTHORITY, THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE, MR P.E.J. DAVY, HAS SUSPENDED THE LICENCE OF PILOT MR CHAN CHUNG-FAI FOR A PERIOD OF 12 MONTHS COMMENCING AUGUST 16, 1983.

FURTHERMORE, THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE HAS INSTRUCTED THAT THE AREA BE SURVEYED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO ASCERTAIN WHETHER OR NOT UNCHARTED SHALLOWS EXIST.

IN ADDITION, HE HAS DIRECTED THAT THE FEASIBILITY OF PLACING AN AID TO NAVIGATION ON THE EASTERN END OF A CHARTED 28-F00T SHOAL BE INVESTIGATED.

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STEEL FOOTBRIDGE TO BE BUILT

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THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT PROPOSES TO CONSTRUCT A COVERED STEEL FOOTBRIDGE IN KOWLOON BAY WITH ASSOCIATED FOOTWAYS TO PROVIDE SAFE PEDESTRIANS MOVEMENTS IN THE AREA.

THE PROJECT IS SCHEDULED TO START IN DECEMBER AND TAKE ABOUT A YEAR TO COMPLETE.

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

A PLAN SHOWING THE PROPOSED WORKS CAN BE SEEN AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY, HONG KONG: THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, KOWLOON EAST, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 9TH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON? AND THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE, KWUN TONG DISTRICT BRANCH OFFICES BUILDING, TUNG YAN STREET, 3RD AND 4TH FLOORS, KOWLOON.

ANY PERSON OBJECTING TO THE PROPOSAL MUST SEND HIS OBJECTION IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS NOT LATER THAN OCTOBER 18.

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CROWN LAND FOR SALE BY TENDER * * * *

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS OFFERING A PIECE OF CROWN LAND IN KWUN TONG FOR SALE BY TENDER.

THE SITE, SITUATED AT THE JUNCTION OF HOI YUEN ROAD AND SHING YIP STREET, HAS AN AREA OF ABOUT 2 415 SQUARE METRES. IT IS FOR A MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK WHICH MAY INCLUDE ACCOMMODATION FOR NON-INDUSTRI AL (EXCLUDING RESIDENTIAL, HOTEL AND GODOWN) PURPOSES.

THE DEADLINE FOR THE ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERS IS NOON ON SEPTEMBER 16.

TENDER FORMS, NOTICES AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, AND TENDER PLAN INSPECTED AT THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING, 5TH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG? THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, WEST KOWLOON, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 1OTH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON» AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES OF SHA TIN, TAI PO, NORTH, YUEN LONG, TSUEN WAN, TUEN MUN, SAI KUNG AND ISLANDS.

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WAN CHAI PREPARES FOR FESTIVAL FUN

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A TRAM PARADE, A SWIMMING GALA, AN EXHIBITION AND A VARIETY SHOW ARE SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES TO BE STAGED IN WAN CHAI, BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 10, TO MARK THE FIRST DISTRICT FESTIVAL.

ANNOUNCING DETAILS OF THE 11-DAY FESTIVAL AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (FRIDAY), THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS LOLLY CHIU SAID THE EVENT WAS AIMED AT PROVIDING RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES FOR THE RESIDENTS, ENCOURAGING ORGANISATIONS’ PARTICIPATION IN LOCAL AFFAIRS AND PROMOTING COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT.

ABOUT $580 000 WILL BE SPENT ON THE FESTIVAL, OF WHICH $100 000 COMES FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE REST FROM LOCAL DONATIONS.

THE FESTIVAL’S ORGANISING COMMITTEE IS MADE UP OF DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS, AREA COMMITTEES’ CHAIRMEN, AND MEMBERS OF THE WAN CHAI ARTS, CULTURE, RECREATION AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION.

THERE WILL BE 16 DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING AN EXHIBITION ON WAN CHAI DEVELOPMENT AND HISTORY, A VARIETY SHOW, AN AMUSEMENT DAY, A CALLIGRAPHY AND PAINTING COMPETITION AND A +GET TO KNOW WAN CHAI* QUIZ.

TICKETS FOR MOST EVENTS WILL BE AVAILABLE FREE ON A FIRST COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS AT THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE, 201 HENNESSY ROAD STARTING FROM SEPTEMBER 1.

THE FESTIVAL IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE URBAN COUNCIL, THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT AND THE WAN CHAI ARTS, CULTURE, RECREATION

AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION.

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AUXILIARIES PRAISED FOR WORK

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THE ANNUAL AUXILIARY REFRESHER TRAINING CAMP IS NECESSARY TO MAKE AUXILIARY POLICE OFFICERS MORE AWARE OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES AND TO WIDEN THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF THE CONSTABULARY POWERS WHICH THEY WOULD BE CALLED UPON TO EXERCISE, THE CHIEF STAFF OFFICER, AUXILIARIES, MR ALISTAIR MCNIVAN, SAID THIS (FRIDAY) EVENING.

ADDRESSING A PASSING OUT PARADE OF 119 AUXILIARIES WHO HAVE JUST COMPLETED THEIR WEEK-LONG ANNUAL TRAINING, MR MCNIVAN NOTED THAT THE AUXILIARY POLICE WERE NO LONGER REGARDED MAINLY AS A BACK-UP TO THE REGULAR FORCE IN INTERNAL SECURITY SITUATIONS.

THEY WERE ROUTINELY PROVIDING OFFICERS FOR NORMAL WATCH AND WARD DUTIES, AND IT FOLLOWED OBVIOUSLY THAT THE AUXILIARIES, IN ADDITION TO THEIR CAPACITY TO DEAL WITH EMERGENCY SITUATIONS, MUST ALSO BE MORE PRACTISED IN CONVENTIONAL POLICE WORK, HE SAID.

MR MCNIVAN REMINDED THE AUXILIARIES THAT WHEN THEY WERE ON DUTY, IN THE STREETS, THEY WOULD BE EXPECTED TO HANDLE A VARIETY OF SITUATIONS DECISIVELY, TACTFULLY AND WITH UNDERSTANDING.

’’YOU ARE GIVEN VERY WIDE POWERS WHICH YOU MUST EXERCISE WITH IMPARTIALITY AND WITH RESTRAINT. NEVER ABUSE YOUR AUTHORITY. IF YOU DO, YOU WILL BRING THE WHOLE FORCE INTO DISRESPECT, HE TOLD THEM.

COMMENDING THE OFFICERS ON PARADE FOR THEIR CIVIC MINDEDNESS AND DEVOTION TO LAW AND ORDER DUTIES, MR MCNIVAN ALSO THANKED THEIR EMPLOYERS FOR MAKING IT POSSIBLE FOR THEM TO ATTEND THE TRAINING CAMP.

ME THEN CONGRATULATED THE OFFICERS ON THEIR SMARTNESS AND STEADINESS ON PARADE, AND EXPRESSED CONFIDENCE THAT THEY WOULD CONTINUE TO UPHOLD THE HIGH TRADITIONS OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY POLICE FORCE.

ALL OFFICERS WERE ATTACHED TO THE COMMUNICATIONS UNIT, NEW TERRITORIES AND MARINE (AUXILIARY).

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ISLANDERS GET FIRST SITTING-OUT AREA * * *

A SITTING-OUT AREA WITH BARBECUE PITS AND BENCHES HAS BEEN COMPLETED FOR VILLAGERS OF SHAM WAN TSUEN ON CHEK LAP KOK ISLAND.

THE 4OO-SQUARE-METRE SITTING-OUT AREA IS THE FIRST SUCH FACILITY FOR THE ISLAND’S 600 VILLAGERS.

THE PROJECT WAS UNDERTAKEN BY THE VILLAGERS THEMSELVES, AND ASSISTED BY A GROUP OF 17 PROBATIONARY POLICE INSPECTORS WHO SPENT FIVE DAYS ON THE JOB AS PART OF THEIR TRAINING COURSE.

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THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE HAS ALLOCATED $20 000 FROM THE LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS VOTE FOR THE BUILDING MATERIAL, IN ADDITION TO GIVING ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE ON THE ENGINEERING WORK.

AT A BRIEF CEREMONY TODAY, THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MAXIMUS LI, THANKED THE POLICE INSPECTORS FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION AND EFFORTS TOWARDS MAKING THE PROJECT A SUCCESS.

♦THIS PROJECT IS A GOOD ILLUSTRATION OF GOVERNMENT’S CONCERN TOWARDS IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT AS WELL AS PROVIDING MORE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES TO THE OUTLYING ISLANDS,♦ HE SAID.

AS A GESTURE OF THANKS, THE VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE TUNG CHUNG RURAL COMMITTEE, MR WONG KIT-LAM, PRESENTED BANNERS TO MR LI, AND THE STAFF OFFICER, BASIC TRAINING WING OF \THE POLICE TRAINING SCHOOL, MR PAUL WIDDOWSON.

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TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME IN SHEK WU HUI

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WITH EFFECT FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (AUGUST 22), A TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME INVOLVING THE FOLLOWING CHANGES IN TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED AT SHEK WU HUI TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW i

(I) RE-ROUTING OF LUNG SUM AVENUE ONE-WAY EASTBOUND FROM SAN FUNG AVENUE TO JOCKEY CLUB ROAD.

(II) RE-ROUTING OF SAN SHING AVENUE, SECTION BETWEEN FU HING STREET AND LUNG SUM AVENUE, ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

(Ill) RE-ROUTING OF SAN FAT STREET, SECTION BETWEEN LUNG SUM AVENUE AND FU HING STREET, ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

(IV) RE-ROUTING OF SAN FAT STREET, SECTION BETWEEN SAN TSOI STREET AND FU HING STREET, ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

(V) RE-ROUTING OF FU HING STREET ONE-WAY WESTBOUND FROM JOCKEY CLUB ROAD TO SAN FUNG AVENUE.

(IV) RE-ROUTING OF TSUN FU STREET ONE-WAY EASTBOUND FROM SAN FUNG AVENUE TO SAN SHING AVENUE.

(VID

RE-ROUTING OF SAN TSOI STREET, SECTION BETWEEN TSUN FU STREET AND SAN FAT STREET, ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

(VIII) RE-ROUTING OF SAN CHEUNG STREET AND SAN KUNG STREET ONE-WAY WESTBOUND FROM SAN SHING AVENUE TO SAN HONG STREET.

(IX) BANNING OF RIGHT TURN MOVEMENTS FROM SAN HONG STREET TO SAN FUNG AVENUE, FROM SAN FUNG AVENUE TO SAN KIN STREET AND FROM JOCKEY CLUB ROAD TO ON KWOK VILLA ACCESS ROAD.

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ADVICE TO MOTORISTS * * * *

EAST KOWLOON WAY AND THE AIRPORT TUNNEL WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN AUGUST 22 AND 27 AND BETWEEN AUGUST 29 AND SEPTEMBER 9 FROM 9 PM TO 6 AM.

DURING THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE, MOTORISTS FROM THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL AND HUNG HOM HEADING FOR NGAU TAU KOK AND KWUN TONG ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED VIA CHATHAM ROAD NORTH, MA TAU WAI ROAD, PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST AND KWUN TONG ROAD.

MOTORISTS FROM WAI YIP STREET, KWUN TONG ROAD HEADING FOR HUNG HOM ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED VIA KWUN TONG ROAD AND PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST.

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CAREERS EDUCATION TRAINING COURSE

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THE NEW COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR RON BRIDGE, WILL PERFORM HIS FIRST PUBLIC FUNCTION NEXT WEEK SINCE TAKING UP HIS APPOINTMENT ON MONDAY.

TOGETHER WITH THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR COLVYN HAYE, MR BRIDGE WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING OF A TRAINING COURSE ON CAREERS EDUCATION FOR CAREERS TEACHERS IN WING ON CENTRE, 111 CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, 8TH FLOOR, ROOM 25 AT 3 PM NEXT MONDAY (AUGUST 22).

ORGANISED

AND EXPERTS

JOINTLY

THE ONE-YEAR PART-TIME TRAINING COURSE IS

BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

IN CAREERS GUIDANCE WORK, UNIVERSITY LECTURERS, EXPERIENCED CAREERS TEACHERS AS WELL AS GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN INVITED TO DELIVER

LECTURES TO THE PARTICIPANTS

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE TRAINING COURSE FOR CAREERS TEACHERS TO BE HELD IN WING ON CENTRE, 8TH FLOOR, ROOM 25, AT 3 PM ON MONDAY (AUGUST 22).

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POST OFFICE 94 OPENING ft * *

A NEW POST OFFICE WILL BE OPENED AT NOON ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 24) IN SHOP G3, ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF ALBION PLAZA, 2-6 GRANVILLE ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI, KOWLOON.

IT WILL BE THE 94TH POST OFFICE IN HONG KONG.

TO MARK THE OCCASION, THERE WILL BE A SHORT OPENING CEREMONY AT 11 AM ON THAT DAY.

MR YU LOOK-YAU, CHAIRMAN OF THE TSIM SHA TSUI AREA COMMITTEE WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING TOGETHER WITH THE ACTING POSTMASTER AND THE DISTRICT OFFICER, YAU MA TEI,

GENERAL, MR T.H. BARMA, MR WILFRED WONG.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

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SHAU KEI WAN WATER MAINS TEST ft ft ft ft

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN SHAU KEI WAN WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PM ON MONDAY (AUGUST 22) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TEST.

AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY CHAI WAN ROAD, ALDRICH STREET, SEA FRONT, BASEL ROAD AND A KUNG NGAM ROAD.

ON THE SAME DAY, SALT WATER SUPPLY TO SOME AREAS IN KOWLOON WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 10 AM TO 7 PM FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT KWUN TONG, NGAU TAU KOK, NGAU CHI WAN, SAN PO KONG AND SAU MAU PING, INCLUDING ESTATES OF NGAU TAU KOK, JORDAN VALLEY, SHUN LEE, SHUN CHI COURT, SHUN ON, KAI YIP, SHUN TIN, LAM TIN, KWUN TONG (LEI YUE MUN ROAD), PING SHEK, CHOI WAN, FU SHAN, CHOI HUNG, SAU MAU PING, WO LOK AND KWUN TONG (TSUI PING ROAD) AND HONG LEE ROAD, HONG NING ROAD AND KUNG LOK ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 198}

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HONG KONG-CANADA TEXTILES TALKS ADJOURNED........................ 1

38 TSUEN WAN MARKET STALLS UP FOR AUCTION ....................... 1

ENTRIES INVITED FOR YUEN LONG RUNNING CLINIC .................... 2

SPORTS GROUND FOR TSING YI ISLANDERS............................. 2

PUBLIC LIGHT BUS RESTRICTED ZONE................................. 3

CASTLE PEAK ROAD SPEED LIMIT..................................... 3

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS - TAI PO MARKET................... 3

GOODS VEHICLES PROHIBITED........................................ 4

TAPS OFF FOR MAINS WORK ......................................... 4

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HONG KONG-CANADA TEXTILES TALKS ADJOURNED

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THE TEXTILES CONSULTATIONS BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CANADA, WHICH BEGAN ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 19) WERE ADJOURNED TODAY (SATURDAY) WITHOUT RESULT. THE CANADIAN SIDE MADE CERTAIN PROPOSALS REGARDING ORDERLY MARKETING AND FLEXIBILITY PROVISIONS UNDER THE CURRENT (1982 - 1986) HONG KONG-CANADA TEXTILES AGREEMENT. THE TWO SIDES HAD A FRANK EXCHANGE OF VIEWS BUT WERE UNABLE TO REACH A MEETING OF THE MINDS.

NO DATE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED FOR A RESUMPTION OF THE TALKS.

IN THESE CONSULTATIONS, THE CANADIAN DELEGATION WAS LED BY M? CAMPBELL STUART, ASSISTANT UNDER-SECRETARY, SPECIAL TRADE RELATIONS OFFICE IN THE CANADIAN DEPARTMENT OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS, AND THE HONG KONG DELEGATION BY MR MICHAEL CARTLAND, ACTING DIRECTOR OF TRADE.

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THIRTY EIGHT STALLS AT THE TSUEN WAN MARKET IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE PUT UP FOR PUBLIC AUCTION ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 23).

THE AUCTION WILL BE HELD AT THE CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF TSUEN WAN MARKET, AND WILL START AT 10 AM, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID.

OF THE STALLS TO BE AUCTIONED, 23 ARE DESIGNATED FOR THE SALE OF VEGETABLES, FIVE FOR GROCERIES, FOUR FOR HABERDASHERY, FOUR FOR FLOWERS, ONE FOR FRUIT AND THE REMAINING ONE FOR ICE.

THE UPSET MONTHLY RENTAL FOR THE STALLS RANGES FROM 1550 TO 12 500, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS CAN START THEIR BUSINESS ON SEPTEMBER 1 ON A THREE-YEAR CONTRACT, AND RENTS MUST BE PAID ON A QUARTERLY BASIS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

BIDDERS MUST BE OVER 21 YEARS OF AGE AND MUST BRING ALONG THEIR IDENTITY CARDS AND FIVE PHOTOGRAPHS TO THE AUCTION VENUE.

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ENTRIES INVITED FOR YUEN LONG RUNNING CLINIC *****

A THREE-MONTH RUNNING CLINIC WILL BE HELD FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS, AT YUEN LONG STADIUM FROM SEPTEMBER 1 (THURSDAY).

THE YUEN LONG RUNNING CLINIC IS ORGANISED FREE OF CHARGE BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

IT WILL BE OPENED TO THE PARTICIPANTS BETWEEN 7 AM AND 8 AM DAILY UNTIL THE END OF NOVEMBER, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NTSD SAID.

PARTICIPANTS WILL ALSO BE ALLOWED TO USE THE EIGHT-LANE, ALL-WEATHER RUNNING TRACK FOR ANY KIND OF PHYSICAL FITNESS EXERCISE DURING THE ONE-HOUR SESSION.

HOWEVER, COURSE MEMBERS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR PROPER RUBBER SHOES AND ARE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE TURFED AREA OF THE STADIUM, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE COURSE, EACH PARTICIPANT WILL BE AWARDED A COMMEMORATIVE T-SHIRT AS A SOUVENIR.

ENTRIES ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE RUNNING CLINIC AND APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED AT THE OFFICE OF THE YUEN LONG STADIUM AT TAI YUK ROAD OR THE YUEN LONG URBAN SERVICES OFFICE.

COMPLETED ENTRY FORMS, TOGETHER WITH A RETURN, SELF-ADDRESSED ENVELOPE AND TWO PHOTOGRAPHS, SHOULD BE SENT TO THE YUEN LONG URBAN SERVICES OFFICE ON THIRD FLOOR, DISTRICT OFFICE BUILDING, MAIN ROAD, YUEN LONG, BEFORE WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 24).

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SPORTS GROUND FOR TSI NG Yl ISLANDERS

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A SPORTS GROUND WILL SOON BE BUILT ON TSI NG Yl ISLAND TO PROVIDE MORE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR RESIDENTS THERE.

THE SPORTS GROUND, TO BE BUILT ON AN AREA OF ABOUT 3 200 SQUARE METRES, WILL BE SITUATED ON CHING HONG ROAD NEAR CHEUNG CHING ESTATE.

THERE WILL BE TWO MINI-SOCCER PITCHES WITH FLOODLIGHTS, AND A SERVICE BUILDING WITH CHANGING ROOM FACILITIES AND TOILETS FOR PLAYERS AND THE DISABLED.

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

WORK ON THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO START IN OCTOBER AND BE COMPLETED IN JULY NEXT YEAR.

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PUBLIC LIGHT BUS RESTRICTED ZONE

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THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS WILL BE DESIGNATED AS 24-HOUR PUBLIC LIGHT BUS RESTRICTED ZONES FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (AUGUST 22).

(I) THE SECTION OF SHING CHUEN ROAD NORTH OF SHING HING STREET 5

(II) SHING HING STREET ; AND

(III) THE SECTION OF SHING WAN ROAD BETWEEN SHING HING STREET AND SHING CHUEN ROAD.

WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONE, ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING UP OR SETTING DOWN PASSENGERS.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE EXISTING PUBLIC LIGHT BUS PROHIBITION AT THE SECTION OF SHING CHUEN ROAD NORTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH SHING HING STREET WILL BE RESCINDED.

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FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (AUGUST 22), THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS SHALL BE RESTRICTED ROADS SUBJECT TO A SPEED LIMIT OF 40 MILES PER HOUR i

(A) CASTLE PEAK ROAD, THE SECTION BETWEEN A POINT 190M EAST OF YUEN LONG EAST ROUNDABOUT AND A POINT ABOUT 150M NORTH OF AU TAU ROUNDABOUT;

(B) KAM TIN ROAD, THE SECTION BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH AU TAU ROUNDABOUT AND A POINT ABOUT 130M EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

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FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (AUGUST 22), THE FOLLOWING TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN PO HEUNG STREET AND PLOVER COVE ROAD TO FACILITATE ROAD RECONSTRUCTION WORK FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKSt-

(I) THE SECTION OF PO HEUNG STREET BETWEEN PO YICK STREET AND PLOVER COVE ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC;

(II) THE SECTION OF PLOVER COVE ROAD BETWEEN PO HEUNG STREET AND TUNG MAU SQUARE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC;

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THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY BETWEEN KWONG FUK ROAD AND BE CLOSED TO ALL VEHICULAR

OF PO HEUNG STREET PO YICK STREET WILL TRAFFIC; AND

(IV) ALL TRAFFIC WILL HAVE TO TURN RIGHT FROM THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF PO HEUNG STREET INTO

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GOODS VEHICLES PROHIBITED * * *

THE BRIDGE ACROSS THE NULLAH AT A POINT NEAR THE JUNCTION OF MA WANG ROAD AND MA MIU ROAD WILL BE PROHIBITED TO ALL GOODS VEHICLES FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (AUGUST 22).

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN KOWLOON CITY WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 10 PM ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 23) FOR EIGHT HOURS FOR REPAIR WORK.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES INCLUDE NO. 11 - 25 JUNCTION ROAD, THE SECTION OF JUNCTION ROAD BETWEEN HENG LAM STREET AND TUNG TAU TSUEN ROAD, INVERNESS ROAD, DUMBARTON ROAD, LAI CHI YUEN, HO KAR YUEN AND BLOCKS 1 - 12, LOK FU ESTATE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 198?

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

JULY: HOTTER AND DRIER THAN USUAL.............................    1

END OF TAI HANG TRAFFIC JAMS SEEN ............................... 3

EMPLOYERS REMINDED ABOUT FLOATING HOLIDAY ...................

MORE MARKET FACILITIES FDR SAI KUNG.............................. 5

TENDERS CALLED FOR BRIDGE, ROAD PROJECT.......................... 5

EARLY WELFARE PAYMENT ........................................... 6

HOUSEHOLD REFUSE POINTS TO BE OPENED ............................ 6

’COLOURED ROWING BOATS’ TO COMPETE .............................. 7

DISTRICT OFFICE HELPS DISTRIBUTE TICKETS ...................• 7

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 1983

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JULYi HOTTER AND DRIER THAN USUAL * * K * *

LAST MONTH WAS THE SECOND HOTTEST JULY SINCE 1884, WITH 33.6 DEGREES CELSIUS ON JULY 11 AS THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH, ACCORDING TO THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY’S MONTHLY WEATHER REPORT PUBLISHED TODAY.

THE TOTAL RAINFALL IN JULY, MEASURING 131.2 MM, WAS ONLY ABOUT 41 PER CENT OF THE NORMAL FIGURE. IT WAS THE FIRST MONTH IN THE YEAR WITH BELOW AVERAGE RAINFALL AND WAS THE FOURTH LOWEST ON RECORD FOR THE MONTH.

BUT THE ACCUMULATED RAINFALL FOR THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS CF THIS YEAR, MEASURING 1 865.9 MM, WAS STILL 42 PER CENT ABOVE NORMAL.

JULY WAS HOTTER AND LESS HUMID THAN USUAL, WITH THE MEAN MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 27.5 DEGREES CELSIUS BEING THE HIGHEST, AND THE MEAN RELATIVE HUMIDITY OF 78 PER CENT THE THIRD LOWEST ON RECORD FOR THE MONTH.

THE MONTH STARTED WITH A FINE SPELL WHICH PERSISTED UNTIL JULY 11, WITH ISOLATED SHOWERS DURING THE FIRST NINE DAYS.

SCATTERED SHOWERS OCCURRED ON JULY 12 AND 13 AS SEVERE TROPICAL STORM TIP MOVED ACROSS THE NORTHERN PART OF THE SOUTH CHINA SEA.

THE SHOWERS BECAME LIGHT AND ISOLATED ON JULY 14 AND THE WEATHER WAS FINE THE FOLLOWING DAY.

THE WEATHER ON JULY 16-17 WAS AFFECTED BY TYPHOON VERA. SCATTERED SHOWERS OCCURRED ON THE MORNING OF JULY 16 AND WINDS WERE FRESH EAST-NORTHEASTERLY. SHOWERS BECAME MORE FREQUENT DURING THE DAY AND THERE WERE ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS AT NIGHT. MEANWHILE, WINDS VEERED TO THE EAST AND BECAME STRONG IN EXPOSED AREAS.

SHOWERS CONTINUED ON JULY 17 WHILE WINDS TURNED SOUTHEASTERLY AND GRADUALLY MODERATED.

THE WEATHER REMAINED SHOWERY ON JULY 18. HOWEVER, IT WAS FINE FROM JULY 19 TO 24 APART FROM SOME ISOLATED SHOWERS BETWEEN JULY 22 AND 24.

CLOUDY WEATHER SET IN DURING THE DAY ON JULY 25. SHOWERS STARTED AROUND MIDNIGHT ON JULY 26 AND BECAME HEAVY AND THUNDERY THE FOLLOWING MORNING.

MORE SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS OCCURRED ON JULY 28, BUT THE WEATHER IMPROVED RAPIDLY IN THE AFTERNOON.

APART FROM SOME ISOLATED SHOWERS, THE WEATHER WAS FINE FOR THE REST OF THE MONTH.

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DURING THE MONTH, THREE TROPICAL CYCLONES FORMED OVER THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC AND CAME WITHIN 400 NAUTICAL MILES OF HONG KONG. TROPICAL CYCLONE SIGNALS WERE HOISTED ON ALL THREE OCCASIONS.

SEVERE'TROPICAL STORM TIP DEVELOPED OVER THE PHILIPPINES ABOUT 130 NAUTICAL MILES SOUTHEAST OF MANILA ON JULY 10. IT MOVED NORTHWESTWARDS, ACROSS THE NORTHERN PART OF THE SOUTH CHINA SEA AND EVENTUALLY DISSIPATED NEAR ZHANJIANG ON JULY 13.

TYPHOON VERA ORIGINATED OVER THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC ABOUT TOO NAUTICAL MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF MANILA ON JULY 12. IT SWEPT ACROSS THE PHILIPPINES AND THE SOUTH CHINA SEA BETWEEN JULY 14 AND 16 AND LANDED AT NORTH-EASTERN HAINAN ON JULY 17. IT FINALLY DISSIPATED ABOUT 200 NAUTICAL MILES WEST OF HANOI EARLY ON JULY 19.

TYPHOON WAYNE DEVELOPED OVER THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC ABOUT 510 NAUTICAL MILES WEST OF GUAM ON JULY 22. IT PASSED THROUGH THE BASH I CHANNEL EARLY ON JULY 25 AND LANDED NEAR XIAMEN IN SOUTHEAST CHINA LATER DURING THE DAY. IT EVENTUALLY DISSIPATED INLAND EARLY ON JULY 26.

THERE WERE NO REPORTS OF DAMAGE IN HONG KONG.

DURING THE MONTH, NO AIRCRAFT WERE DIVERTED FROM HONG KONG DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER.

THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS WERE ISSUED ON JULY 16, 17, 27 AND 28 WHILE A FLOOD WARNING WAS IN EFFECT ON JULY 27. NO FIRE DANGER WARNINGS WERE ISSUED.

SIGNALS HOISTED DURING THE MONTH WERE AS FOLLOWS :

WEATHER SYSTEM SIGNAL DATE AND TIME DATE AND TIME

OF HOISTING OF LOWERING

SEVERE TROPICAL STORM TIP 1 JULY 12 6 AM JULY 13 2 PM

TYPHOON VERA 1 JULY 16 6.30 AM JULY 16 4 PM

3 JULY 16 4 PM JULY 17 4.05 PM

TYPHOON WAYNE 1 JULY 24 9.50 PM JULY 25 4.10 PM

THE MONTH’S FIGURES AND DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL WERE :

SUNSHINE 268.4 HOURS - 37.5 HOURS ABOVE NORMAL

RAINFALL 131.2 MM - 185.6 MM BELOW NORMAL

CLOUDINESS 63 PER CENT - 3 PER CENT LESS THAN

NORMAL

RELATIVE HUMIDITY 78 PER CENT - 3 PER CENT LOWER THAN

NORMAL

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MEAN MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE 32 DEGREES CELSIUS - 0.4 DEGREE CELSIUS ABOVE NORMAL

MEAN TEMPERATURE 29.4 DEGREES CELSIUS - 0.8 DEGREE

CELSIUS ABOVE NORMAL

MEAN MINIMUM TEMPERATURE 27.5 DEGREES CELSIUS - 1.2 DEGREES

CELSIUS ABOVE NORMAL

MEAN DEW POINT 25.2 DEGREES CELSIUS - 0.2 DEGREE

CELSIUS ABOVE NORMAL

TOTAL EVAPORATION 174.3 MM - 4.3 MM BELOW NORMAL

THE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 33.6 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS RECORDED ON JULY 11 AND THE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 24.4 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS RECORDED ON JULY 17.

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TRAFFIC CONGESTION AT THE BOTTOM OF TAI HANG ROAD DURING PEAK HOURS WILL END WHEN THE NEW TAI HANG ROAD FLYOVER IS COMPLETED IN JUST OVER TWO MONTHS.

MR H.S. KWONG, GOVERNMENT HIGHWAY ENGINEER OF THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE SAIDi +WORK ON THE 550-METRE FLYOVER, WHICH RUNS FROM THE LOWER END OF TAI HANG ROAD, THROUGH MORETON TERRACE, ACROSS CAUSEWAY ROAD TO JOIN GLOUCESTER ROAD ON THE WEST SIDE OF VICTORIA PARK, IS SUBSTANTIALLY COMPLETE.

♦IT IS EXPECTED TO BE OPENED TO TRAFFIC AT THE END OF OCTOBER,* HE SAID.

IN RECENT YEARS, MR KWONG SAID, INTENSIVE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT IN AREAS SERVED BY TAI HANG ROAD HAD GENERATED A CONSIDERABLE INCREA'SE IN TRAFFIC AT THE JUNCTION OF TAI HANG ROAD, TUNG LO WAN ROAD AND EASTERN HOSPITAL ROAD.

HE SAID THAT THE SITUATION WOULD IMPROVE FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF THE FLYOVER, AS TRAFFIC COMING DOWN OR GOING UP TAI HANG ROAD COULD AVOID A NUMBER OF ROAD JUNCTIONS AND TRAFFIC LIGHTS IN THE AREA.

THE PROJECT INCLUDES THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 35-METRE PEDESTRIAN FOOTBRIDGE SPANNING CAUSEWAY ROAD AT ITS JUNCTION WITH SHELTER STREET.

MR KWONG SAID IT WOULD ALSO BE COMPLETED AT THE SAME TIME AS THE FLYOVER.

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EMPLOYERS REMINDED ABOUT FLOATING HOLIDAY

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A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY (SUNDAY) REMINDED EMPLOYERS THAT IF THEY HAVE NOT ALREADY FIXED THE DATE OF THE SECOND FLOATING HOLIDAY FOR THIS YEAR AND THEIR EMPLOYEES HAVE NOT REQUESTED THAT IT BE ADDED TO THEIR PAID ANNUAL LEAVE, THEY SHOULD GIVE EMPLOYEES THE SECOND FLOATING HOLIDAY ON MONDAY (AUGUST 29).

UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE, EMPLOYERS HAD TO FIX THE TWO FLOATING HOLIDAYS AND NOTIFY EMPLOYEES BY A NOTICE PLACED AT A CONSPICUOUS PLACE BEFORE THE END OF THE PRECEDING YEAR, THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

UNDER THE ORDINANCE ALL MANUAL EMPLOYEES, INCLUDING DOMESTIC SERVANTS EMPLOYED LOCALLY OR FROM OVERSEAS COUNTRIES, IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR EARNINGS, AND ALL NON-MANUAL EMPLOYEES EARNING NOT MORE THAN $7 500 A MONTH, ARE ENTITLED TO THE HOLIDAY.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THEY MUST ALSO BE PAID FOR THE DAY-OFF IF THEY HAVE WORKED CONTINUOUSLY FOR THREE MONTHS IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY.

HOLIDAY PAY SHOULD BE EQUIVALENT TO THE EMPLOYEE’S EARNINGS, INCLUDING WAGES AND ALLOWANCES, BUT EXCLUDING OVERTIME PAY, ON A NORMAL WORKING DAY. WHERE THE EARNINGS VARY FROM DAY TO DAY, HOLIDAY PAY SHOULD BE THE AVERAGE OF THE DAILY EARNINGS DURING A PERIOD OF 28 DAYS PRECEDING THE HOLIDAY, PAYMENT SHOULD BE MADE ON THE NORMAL PAY DAY.

IF AN EMPLOYEE IS REQUIRED TO WORK ON A STATUTORY HOLIDAY, THE SPOKESMAN CONTINUED, HE MUST BE GIVEN AN ALTERNATIVE DAY-OFF WITHIN 60 DAYS BEFORE OR AFTER THAT DAY.

IF THE ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY IS TO BE GRANTED BEFORE THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY, THE EMPLOYER MUST NOTIFY THE EMPLOYEE 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY.

IR THE CASE WHERE AN ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY IS TO BE GIVEN AFTER THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY, THE EMPLOYEE MUST BE NOTIFIED OF THE ARRANGEMENT AT LEAST 48 HOURS BEFORE THE HOLIDAY.

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

ENQUIRIES ABOUT STATUTORY HOLIDAYS MAY BE MADE TO THE NEAREST BRANCH OFFICE OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE. THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS ARE: FOR KOWLOON EAST 3-205638; KOWLOON WEST 3-201652; KOWLOON SOUTH 3-319454; KWUN TONG 3-898520; TSUEN WAN 0-4980100; TAI PO 0-6577111 EXT. 114; TUEN MUN 0-818443; HONG KONG ISLAND (WEST) 5-268671 AND HONG KONG ISLAND (EAST) 5-282523.

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MORE MARKET FACILITIES FOR SAI KUNG * * *

A TWO-STOREY MARKET-BAZAAR BUILDING WILL SOON BE BUILT IN Yl CHUN STREET, SAI KUNG, TO MEET THE INCREASING LOCAL DEMAND FOR MARKET FACILITIES AND TO REDUCE ON-STREET TRADING IN THE TOWN.

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

THE NEW BUILDING, OCCUPYING A SITE AREA OF ABOUT 2 500 SQUARE METRES, WILL REPLACE THE EXISTING MARKET NEAR HOI PONG STREET,

FACILITIES TO BE PROVIDED IN THE BUILDING WILL INCLUDE A TOTAL OF 230 DRY AND WET GOODS STALLS, A MARKET MANAGEMENT OFFICE, A STORE ROOM AND A STAFF QUARTERS.

A GOODS LIFT AND A PASSENGER ESCALATOR WILL ALSO BE INSTALLED TO FACILITATE GOODS AND PASSENGER MOVEMENT BETWEEN THE TWO FLOORS.

WORKS WILL START IN OCTOBER AND TAKE ABOUT A YEAR TO COMPLETE.

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THE SHA TIN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SITE FORMATION AND CONSTRUCTION OF A BRIDGE, ROADS AND THE ASSOCIATED DRAINAGE SYSTEM.

THE PROJECT FORMS PART OF THE CONTINUING PROGRAMME FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF SHA TIN NEW TOWN.

THE CONTRACT COVERS THE FORMATION OF ABOUT 12 HECTARES OF LAND AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF ROADS IN SIU LEK YUEN VALLEY AND A BRIDGE OVER SIU LEK YUEN NULLAH.

THE LAND FORMED WOULD BE USED TO ACCOMMODATE ABOUT 30 □□□ PEOPLE FOR A PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE AND HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME PROPOSED BY THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT.

THE PROVISION OF ROADS AND A BRIDGE WOULD HELP ENHANCE THE ACCESSIBILITY OF THE AREA AS WELL AS IMPROVE ROAD FACILITIES FOR THE EXISTING VILLAGES IN THE VALLEY.

WORK ON THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN NOVEMBER AND TAKE ABOUT 22 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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EARLY WELFARE PAYMENT * * *

RECIPIENTS OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCES HOLDING CASH COUPONS MAY BE PAID EARLIER IF THEIR PAYMENT DATES FALL ON THE PUBLIC HOLIDAYS TOWARDS THE END OF THE MONTH.

A SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT THOSE WHO ARE TO RECEIVE PAYMENT ON AUGUST 27, 28 AND 29 CAN CASH THEIR COUPONS ON AUGUST 24, 25 AND 26 RESPECTIVELY OR AFTER AT DESIGNATED POST OFFICES, NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT OFFICES OR TREASURY SUB-OFFICES.

PEOPLE WHO ARE RECEIVING SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCES THROUGH BANKS WILL BE PAID ACCORDING TO THEIR ORIGINAL PAY DATES, HE ADDED.

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HOUSEHOLD REFUSE POINTS TO BE OPENED *****

FROM TOMORROW (MONDAY), SOME 700 REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS, JUNK COLLECTION POINTS AND BIN SITES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE OPENED TO THE PUBLIC FOR DISPOSAL OF THEIR HOUSEHOLD JUNK AND BULKY ARTICLES.

HOWEVER, TRADE OR INDUSTRIAL WASTES FROM BUSINESS FIRMS AND FACTORIES WOULD NOT BE ACCEPTED, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC MAY DISPOSE OF ANY KIND OF HOUSEHOLD JUNK AT ANY NEARBY REFUSE OR JUNK COLLECTION POINT OR BIN SITE IN THEIR DISTRICTS.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT HOUSEHOLD JUNK INCLUDED USED FURNITURE, SUCH AS WOODEN OR METAL SOFAS, CHAIRS, TABLES, CABINETS SPRING MATTRESS OR RUG.

NEW TOWN RESIDENTS AND RURAL VILLAGERS MAY ALSO DISCARD SUCH ARTICLES AS TV AND RADIO SETS, AIR CONDITIONERS, REFRIGERATORS, AND WASHING MACHINES, THE SPOKESMAN CONTINUED.

THE NEW ARRANGEMENT IS AIMED AT FURTHER IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE IN THE NEW TOWNS AND VILLAGES THROUGHOUT THE NEW TERRITORIES.

IT IS NOT UNCOMMON FOR RESIDENTS TO DISCARD ARTICLES ON THE STAIRCASE AND COMMON PARTS OF THEIR MULTI-STOREY BUILDING OR AT STREET CORNERS, THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT.

THIS NOT ONLY CAUSES NUISANCE TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD, BUT ALSO CREATES AN UNHYGIENIC ENVIRONMENT, AND FIRE HAZARDS.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO SAID THAT IT IS AN OFFENCE TO DISCARD ANY HOUSEHOLD JUNK IN PUBLIC PLACE AND AN OFFENDER FACED A MAXIMUM FINE OF $5 000 AND A POSSIBLE SIX-MONTH JAIL SENTENCE.

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’COLOURED ROWING BOATS’ TO COMPETE * * * * *

OVER 1 600 ■♦COLOURED BOAT* 18 (SUNDAY).

PARTICIPANTS ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE PART IN ROWING COMPETITIONS TO BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER

,Q__. J9'NTL-Y ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT (RCD) AND CHEUNG CHAU COLOURED BOAT RACING ASSOCIATION, THE EVENT WILL BE HELD AT CHEUNG CHAU BAY FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM.

♦IT IS A RIGOROUS SPORT DEMANDING SKILL, STRENGTH AND COOPERATION AMONG CREW MEMBERS*, SAID A RCD SPOKESMAN?

?EARS AG0 IT WAS AN ACTIVITY KNOWN TO CHEUNG CHAU RESIDENTS, ANB NOW IT HAS ATTRACTED TERRITORY-WIDE PART ICI PATION.+

^..,.^IHE.C0MPETITI0N« SPONSORED BY LIU CHONG HING BANK WILL BE DIVIDED INTO TWO CATEGORIES. THE OPEN TEAM CATEGORY W*ILL BE FOR MADE UPMOF*TENUMEMBERS?D F,SHERMEN’S GR0UPS- EACH TEAM WILL BE

INVITATIONAL TEAM CATEGORY WILL INCLUDE TEAMS FROM BANKS AQCrtc!at^a2S DISTRICTS» SOCIAL ORGANISATIONS AND COLOURED dUAT ASSOCIATION.

EACH APPLICANT CAN ENROL INVITATIONAL TEAM.

IN ONE OPEN GROUP TEAM AND ONE

DCD CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATION IS AUGUST 26.

PER TEAM IS $5.

THE ENTRY FEE

APPLICATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED SPORTS SERVICE (ISLAND OFFICE) ON 2/F, CONNAUGHT ROAD, CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

FROM THE RECREATION AND CONNAUGHT BUILDING, 55

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE AT 5-423085 OR 5-423609.

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DISTRICT OFFICE HELPS DISTRIBUTE TICKETS * * *

TICKETS FOR FREE PERFORMANCES ORGANISED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL IN THE KO SHAN ROAD THEATRE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE.

FOR EACH PERFORMANCE, 200 TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE, AND THERE WILL BE AN AVERAGE OF 10 PERFORMANCES EVERY MONTH, THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ROGER GARCIA, SAID.

THE TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE LAST 10 DAYS OF EACH MONTH AT THE MAIN OFFICE’S PUBLIC ENQUIRY COUNTER AT 141-143 KAU PUI LUNG ROAD IN TO KWA WAN.

TICKETS FOR OTHER ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE DISTRICT’S ARTS AND CULTURE COUNCIL, RECREATION AND SPORTS COUNCIL AND THE COUNCIL FOR THE WELFARE AND RECREATION OF THE ELDERLY WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE.

♦WE SHALL ASSESS THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE SERVICE AFTER 12 MONTHS AND MAKE ANY CHANGES OR IMPROVEMENTS IF NECESSARY,♦ HE SAID. -----o______

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

REPORT ON QUARTERLY BUSINESS SURVEY ............................ 1

CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR JULY PUBLISHED ...................... 3

$314.6 MILLION IN TWO PUBLIC HOUSING CONTRACTS SIGNED .......... 6

GOVERNMENT BACKS QUALITY ASSURANCE PROMOTION ................... 6

CAREERS TEACHERS TRAINING COURSE LAUNCHED....................... 8

MELODY GARDEN FLATS ON SALES TOMORROW .......................... 9

WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD TO MEET................................ 10

HK ATTENDS AERIAL TRAMWAYS TALKS IN U.S........................ 10

■MEET-THE-PUBLIC’ SESSION EXTENDED TO KENNEDY TOWN ............ 10

HORTICULTURE CLASS FOR TAI PO RESIDENTS ....................... 11

ANYONE FOR TENNET? ............................................ 12

FOOTBRIDGE FOR ROUTE TWISK .................................... 12

TENDERS SOUGHT FOR LAND RECLAMATION WORK....................... 13

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT FOR KO SHAN ROAD........................... 13

WATER FIGURES ................................................. 13

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REPORT ON QUARTERLY BUSINESS SURVEY ft ft ft

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY RELEASED THE RESULTS OF THE QUARTERLY BUSINESS SURVEY CONDUCTED IN JULY 1983.

ABOUT 800 FIRMS FROM VARIOUS INDUSTRIES AND BUSINESSES, FORMING A CROSS-SECTION OF THE ECONOMIC COMMUNITY, WERE ASKED ABOUT THEIR BUSINESS EXPERIENCE IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1983, AND THEIR BUSINESS EXPECTATIONS FOR THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1983.

RESULTS OF THE SURVEY INDICATE THAT FIRMS IN THE ’MANUFACTURING’ SECTOR EXPERIENCED A SHARP RECOVERY IN BUSINESS IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1983.

THE IMPROVEMENT IN BUSINESS TURNED OUT TO BE CONSISTENT WITH

THE EXPECTATIONS OF FIRMS SHOWN IN THE PREVIOUS ROUND OF SURVEY

AND THE OUTLOOK FOR THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1983 IS OPTIMISTIC WITH VIEWS OF RESPONDING FIRMS ACROSS DIFFERENT MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES INDICATING FURTHER IMPROVEMENT IN BUSINESS PERFORMANCE.

ON THE OTHER HAND, FIRMS IN THE ’CONSTRUCTION’ AND ’WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADE, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS’ SECTORS EXPERIENCED DETERIORATION IN BUSINESS IN THE SECOND QUARTER.

THE BUSINESS OUTLOOK FOR THE THIRD QUARTER AS INDICATED BY RESPONDENTS IN THE ’CONSTRUCTION’ SECTOR CONTINUES TO BE RATHER PESSIMISTIC AND A DETERIORATION IS PREDICTED, BUT AN IMPROVEMENT IN THE BUSINESS SITUATION IS ANTICIPATED BY FIRMS IN THE ’WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADE, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS’ SECTOR.

AS FOR OTHER SERVICES, FIRMS EXPERIENCED MODERATE IMPROVEMENT IN BUSINESS IN THE SECOND QUARTER AND PROSPECTS FOR THE THIRD QUARTER ARE BETTER.

"HE BUSINESS OF FIRMS ACROSS ALL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES PICKED UP STRONGLY IN THE SECOND QUARTER WITH MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS REPORTED BY FIRMS IN THE ’PLASTICS’, ’ELECTRONICS’ AND ’ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPLIANCES AND SUPPLIES’ INDUSTRIES.

WHILE RESPONDENTS IN THE ’TEXTILES’ INDUSTRY PREDICT THAT THEIR BUSINESS SITUATION IN THE THIRD QUARTER WILL BE SIMILAR TO THAT IN THE SECOND QUARTER, FIRMS IN ALL THE OTHER MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES ARE CONFIDENT OF CONTINUING IMPROVEMENT IN BUSINESS IN THE THIRD QUARTER.

FIRMS IN THE ’WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADE’ BUSINESS, AFTER EXPERIENCING A BUSINESS DOWNTURN IN THE SECOND QUARTER, FORESEE BETTER BUSINESS PROSPECTS FOR THE THIRD QUARTER.

THE DETERIORATION IN BUSINESS REPORTED BY FIRMS IN THE 'RESTAURANTS’ BUSINESS IN THE SECOND QUARTER WAS ATTRIBUTABLE TO SEASONAL FACTORS. AN IMPROVEMENT IN BUSINESS IS ANTICIPATED FOR THE THIRD QUARTER.

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FIRMS IN THE ’HOTELS’ BUSINESS REPORTED AN IMPROVEMENT IN BUSINESS IN THE SECOND QUARTER BUT THEY EXPECT A DECLINE IN THE THIRD QUARTER DUE TO SEASONAL FACTORS.

’BANKS’ HAD RATHER UNFAVOURABLE BUSINESS PERFORMANCE IN THE SECOND QUARTER WHICH WAS CONTRARY TO THEIR EARLIER EXPECTATION OF SOME IMPROVEMENT OVER THE FIRST QUARTER.

HOWEVER, VIEWS OF THE RESPONDENTS ARE THAT BUSINESS PROSPECTS FOR THE THIRD QUARTER ARE QUITE FAVOURABLE.

FIRMS IN THE ’TRANSPORTATION’ BUSINESS EXPERIENCED A SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENT IN THE SECOND QUARTER WHICH WAS NOT EXPECTED EARLIER. THE OUTLOOK FOR THE THIRD QUARTER IS FOR A CONTINUED IMPROVEMENT.

THE PREDOMINANT PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED BY THE ’MANUFACTURING’ SECTOR IN THE SECOND QUARTER WERE UNCERTAINTIES THROUGH EXCHANGE RATE FLUCTUATIONS AND HIGH MATERIAL PRICES.

THESE WERE PINPOINTED BY A LARGE PROPORTION OF FIRMS ACROSS ALL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES, AND ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE IN THE THIRD QUARTER WITH A SIMILAR LEVEL OF INTENSITY.

THE ORDERS POSITION IN THE ’MANUFACTURING’ SECTOR IMPROVED SIGNIFICANTLY IN THE SECOND QUARTER WITH THE PROPORTION OF FIRMS CITING INSUFFICIENT ORDER AS A PROBLEM DRASTICALLY REDUCED.

THE SITUATION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TO IMPROVE IN THE THIRD QUARTER.

AS REGARDS THE ’CONSTRUCTION’ INDUSTRY, APART FROM THE PERSISTING PROBLEMS OF INSUFFICIENT BUSINESS ORDERS AND STRONG PRICE COMPETITION OVER THE PAST QUARTERS, UNCERTAINTIES THROUGH EXCHANGE RATE FLUCTUATIONS, HIGH INTEREST RATES AND HIGH MATERIAL PRICES ARE EMERGING AS SIGNIFICANT PROBLEMS.

FIRMS IN THE ’WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADE’ BUSINESS QUOTED UNCERTAINTIES THROUGH EXCHANGE RATE FLUCTUATIONS AND PRICE COMPETITION AS LEADING PROBLEMS IN THE SECOND QUARTER WITH LITTLE PROSPECT OF THESE PROBLEMS EASING IN THE COMING QUARTER.

PRICE COMPETITION AND INSUFFICIENT BUSINESS WERE REPORTED AS MAJOR PROBLEMS BY FIRMS IN THE ’RESTAURANTS’ AND ’HOTELS’ BUSINESS FOR BOTH THE SECOND AND THIRD QUARTERS; HIGH STAFF TURNOVER, ON THE OTHER HAND, IS EASING SOMEWHAT IN THE ’RESTAURANTS’ SECTOR.

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE SURVEY RESULTS OBTAINED WITH A MINIMUM TIME LAG, WERE BASICALLY INTENDED TO PROVIDE ONE SOURCE OF REFERENCE FOR MAKING A QUICK ASSESSMENT OF THE CURRENT ECONOMIC SITUATION OF HONG KONG.

PARTICIPATING FIRMS WERE ASKED TO INDICATE WHETHER IN THEIR OPINIONS, THE GENERAL BUSINESS SITUATION AND LEVEL OF CAPACITY UTILISATION HAD ’IMPROVED’, ’REMAINED THE SAME’ OR ’DETERIORATED’ IN THE IMMEDIATELY PAST QUARTER AS COMPARED WITH THE QUARTER BEFORE.

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FOR THE FORTHCOMING QUARTER, THEY WERE ASKED TO INDICATE WHETHER THE SITUATION WOULD ’IMPROVE’, ’REMAIN THE SAME’ OR ’DETERIORATE’.

THE BALANCE OF OPINIONS OF RESPONDENTS WERE TABULATED AND ANALYSED.

THE SURVEY REPORT ALSO CONTAINS A SECTION ON BUSINESS PROBLEMS EXPERIENCED AND EXPECTED BY FIRMS IN DIFFERENT ECONOMIC SECTORS AND A BREAKDOWN OF VIEWS OF FIRMS BY SIZE GROUPS.

THE DEPARTMENT CAUTIONED THAT FOR A SURVEY OF THIS NATURE, THE RESULTS SHOULD BE INTERPRETED WITH CARE AS IT WAS DIFFICULT TO ESTABLISH PRECISELY THE EXTENT TO WHICH RESPONDENTS’ PERCEPTION OF THE PAST AND THE FUTURE ACCORDS WITH THE UNDERLYING TRENDS.

COPIES OF THE REPORT, CONTAINING AN ANALYSIS OF THE SURVEY FINDINGS AND STATISTICAL TABLES, HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED TO FIRMS TAKING PART IN THE SURVEY AND TO OTHER BUSINESS ORGANISATIONS.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC MAY OBTAIN COPIES FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, AT $3 PER COPY.

FURTHER DETAILS ON THE QUARTERLY BUSINESS SURVEY MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE NATIONAL INCOME BRANCH OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AT 5-423*01.

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CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR JULY PUBLISHED 4

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THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) AND CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (B) JULY 1983 WERE BOTH 142t ACCORDING TO FIGURES PUBLISHED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY.

FOR

COMPARED WITH THE PRECEDING MONTH, CPI(A) REMAINED UNCHANGED AND CP 1(B) INCREASED BY ONE POINT OR 0.7 PER CENT.

WHEN COMPARED WITH JULY 1982, BOTH CPI(A) AND CPI(B) ROSE BY 11 POINTS OR 8.4 PER CENT.

DURING THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD ENDED IN JULY 1983, THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED CP I(A) WAS VIRTUALLY STATIONARY WHILE THE SEASONALLY ADUSTED CP 1(B) INCREASED AT AN AVERAGE RATE OF 0.2 PER CENT EACH MONTH.

DURING JULY, PRIVATE DWELLING RENTALS AND ADMISSION CHARGES FOR CINEMAS ROSE. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE PRICES OF FRESH VEGETABLES DECREASED AS A RESULT OF ABUNDANT SUPPLY.

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THE CP I (A) AND CPI(B) ARE BASED ON THE EXPENDITURE PATTERNS CF 50 PER CENT AND 30 PER CENT, RESPECTIVELY, OF URBAN HOUSEHOLDS IN HONG KONG, WHICH WERE DERIVED FROM THE 1979/80 HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY. THE CPI(A) REFERRED TO HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN SI 000 AND S3 499 A MONTH AND THE CP 1(B) TO HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN S3 500 AND $6 499 A MONTH AT THAT TIME.

THE INDEXES FOR JULY 1983 IN RESPECT OF THE NINE COMMODITY/ SERVICE SECTIONS IN THE TWO CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES ARE GIVEN BELOW, TOGETHER WITH THOSE FOR JUNE 1983 AND JULY 1982.

SECTION (OCTOBER 1979 TO SEPTEMBER 1980 AVERAGE - 100)

JUL 82 CP 1(A) CPI(B)

JUN 83 JUL 83 JUL 82 JUN 83 JUL 83

FOODSTUFFS 136 144 143 136 144 144

HOUSING 126 135 138 126 135 137

FUEL AND LIGHT 134 144 144 135 145 145

ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO (FOR HOME CONSUMPTION) 124 185 184 123 179 177

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR 132 141 140 132 142 141

(OCTOBER 1979 TO SEPTEMBER 1980 AVERAGE - 100)

SECTION JUL 82 CPI(A) JUN 83 JUL 83 JUL 82 CP 1(B) : JUN 83 JUL 83

DURABLE GOODS 108 112 113 110 115 116

MISCELLANEOUS GOODS 121 132 132 118 131 131

TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES 140 155 156 141 157 158

SERVICES 134 149 152 133 147 150

ALL ITEMS 131 142 142 131 141 142

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FOODSTUFFS DECREASED PRICES OF FRESH SUPPLY DURING THE

COMPARED WITH JUNE 1983, THE INDEX FOR BY ONE POINT IN CPI(A). THE AVERAGE RETAIL VEGETABLES DECLINED AS A RESULT OF ABUNDANT MONTH THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF LIVE POULTRY WENT DOWN DUE TO LOWER PRICES OF CHICKENS, AS PEOPLE WERE STILL CONCERNED ABOUT THE CARCINOGENIC EFFECT OF HORMONE RESIDUES IN THE MEAT OF CHICKENS IMPLANTED WITH GROWTH STIMULANTS.

REDUCTIONS WERE ALSO RECORDED IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES CF FRESH FRUITS, SUCH AS WATER MELONS, LYCHEE AND HONEYDEW MELONS. THE EFFECT OF MOVEMENTS IN THE RETAIL PRICES OF OTHER FOOD ITEMS ON THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS WAS INSIGNIFICANT.

THE INDEX FOR HOUSING INCREASED BY THREE POINTS IN CP I(A) AND BY TWO POINTS IN CPI(B) OWING TO INCREASED RENTS AND RATES FOR PRIVATE DWELLINGS AND HIGHER WATER CHARGES AS MORE HOUSEHOLDS WERE AFFECTED BY THE NEW RATES OF WATER CHARGES INTRODUCED IN APRIL.

THE INDEX FOR ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO (FOR HOME CONSUMPTION) DECREASED BY ONE POINT IN CPI(A) AND BY TWO POINTS IN CPI(B) AS THE PRICES OF SOME BRANDS OF CIGARETTES WERE LOWERED.

THE INDEX FOR CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR DECREASED BY ONE POINT IN BOTH CPI(A) AND CPI(B) DUE TO LOWER PRICES OF MEN’S AND WOMEN’S OUTERCLOTHING.

HIGHER PRICES OF TELEVISION SETS, SOUND EQUIPMENT, RECORDS AND TAPES AND ELECTRICAL CONSUMER DURABLES CAUSED THE INDEX FOR DURABLE GOODS TO INCREASE BY ONE POINT IN BOTH CP I (A) AND CPI(B).

THE ONE POINT INCREASE IN THE INDEX FOR TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES IN BOTH CP I(A) AND CPI(B) WAS ATTRIBUTABLE TO HIGHER TRAM AND TRAIN FARES AND HIGHER PRICES OF MOTOR VEHICLES.

THE INDEX FOR SERVICES WENT UP BY THREE POINTS IN BOTH CPI(A) AND CPI(B) DUE TO HIGHER ADMISSION CHARGES FOR CINEMA ENTERTAINMENT AND HIGHER CHARGES FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT AND PACKAGE TOURS.

PRICE MOVEMENTS IN THE OTHER SECTIONS WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

DETAILS OF THESE PRICE MOVEMENTS ARE GIVEN IN THE +CONSUMER PRICE INDEX REPORT+ FOR JULY 1983. BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE VERSIONS OF THIS REPORT ARE AVAILABLE AT $3 PER 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 NO. 3-7216512.

(FIGURES PRESENTED IN THIS PRESS RELEASE REFER TO CPI SERIES NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED)

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$314.6 MILLION IN TWO PUBLIC HOUSING CONTRACTS SIGNED ******

THE HOUSING AUTHORITY TODAY SIGNED TWO CONTRACTS TOTALLING $314.6 MILLION FOR THE PROVISION OF 4 726 PUBLIC HOUSING FLATS FOR ABOUT 20 500 PEOPLE IN THREE YEARS’ TIME.

OF THE CONTRACTS SIGNED BY THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF HOUSING, MR PANG YUK-LING, ONE IS THE FIRST MECHANISED BUILDING CONTRACT AWARDED IN THIS FINANCIAL YEAR.

VALUED AT $282.7 MILLION, IT IS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO TRIDENT BLOCKS AT THE FU HSIN RENTAL ESTATE IN TAI PO AND THREE WINDMILL BLOCKS IN AN ADJOINING HOME OWNERSHIP ESTATE.

THESE BLOCKS WILL BE BUILT BY USING A MECHANISED METHOD WHICH NOT ONLY SAVES TIME BUT ALSO GIVES BETTER FINISHES.

THE CONTRACTORS WILL USE A SYSTEM OF WALL AND TABLE STEEL FORMS TOGETHER with the PRECASTING OF SOME NON-STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS.

IT IS THE SECOND MECHANISED BUILDING CONTRACT APPROVED SO FAR FOR HOUSING AUTHORITY PROJECTS. THE FIRST WAS AWARDED LAST DECEMBER FOR THE THIRD PHASE OF KWONG FUK ESTATE, ALSO IN TAI PO.

THE FIVE RENTAL AND HOS BLOCKS WILL HOUSE ALTOGETHER 17 000 PEOPLE IN J 948 MODERN FLATS ON COMPLETION BY 1986.

WORKS WILL ALSO INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PRIMARY SCHOOL, A TWO-STOREY CARPARK, A NURSERY, A COVERED PLAY AREA AND TWO COOKED-FOOD STALL BUILDINGS.

THE OTHER CONTRACT, WORTH $31.9 MILLION, IS FOR THE BUILDING OF A MODERN BLOCK AT TUNG TAU ESTATE UNDER THE SECOND PHASE OF A REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME TO UPGRADE THE LIVING CONDITIONS AND RELIEVE OVERCROWDING ON THE ESTATE.

THE 26-28-STOREY TWIN-H BLOCK WILL PROVIDE 778 SELF-CONTAINED FLATS FOR 3 500 PEOPLE ON COMPLETION BY 1985.

THIS FOLLOWS AN INITIAL PHASE OF THE REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR THE OLDER ESTATE WHERE 3 800 PEOPLE HAVE MOVED INTO TWO MODERN BLOCKS COMPLETED LAST YEAR. (

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GOVERNMENT BACKS QUALITY ASSURANCE PROMOTION *****

A CONFERENCE ON QUALITY ASSURANCE, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT AND SIX ORGANISATIONS REPRESENTING ACADEMIC, TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MANAGEMENT, PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL BACK-UP SERVICES FIELDS, WILL BE HELD IN HONG KONG IN OCTOBER.

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THE CONFERENCE IS SUPPORTED BY THE GOVERNMENT ON THE ADVICE OF THE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT BOARD, CHAIRED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY.

+THE GOVERNMENT CONSIDERS THAT IT WOULD BE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST FOR QUALITY ASSURANCE TO BE MORE EXTENSIVELY INTRODUCED INTO MANUFACTURING ENTERPRISES THROUGH HONG KONG’S TERTIARY EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS AND INDUSTRIAL ORGANISATIONS AND HAS THEREFORE PROVIDED A SUM OF HKS1OO 000 FOR FUNDING THIS CONFERENCE,* THE ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR THOMAS YIU SAID AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (MONDAY).

THE THREE-DAY CONFERENCE, FROM OCTOBER 10 TO 12, IS INTENDED TO AROUSE THE QUALITY CONSCIOUSNESS OF INDUSTRIALISTS IN HONG KONG WITH A VIEW OF ENCOURAGING THE PRACTICE OF QUALITY ASSURANCE IN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY ON A MUCH WIDER SCALE, AND TO IDENTIFY THE NEEDS OF INDUSTRY WITH A VIEW TO CHARTING A FUTURE COURSE OF ACTION BY THE GOVERNMENT AND INDUS'RY-SUPPORT ORGANISATIONS.

THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE OF THE CONFERENCE, WHICH INCLUDES THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT, THE CHINESE MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG, FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES. HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF CERTIFICATION LABORATORIES LTD., HONG KONG INSTITUTION OF ENGINEERS, HONG KONG MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION AND THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY CENTRE, WIL#, SUBMIT A REPORT TO THE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT BOARD AFTER THE CONCLUSION OF THE CONFERENCE, AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON MEASURES NEEDED TO PROMOTE QUALITY ASSURANCE IN HONG KONG. >

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ALSO SPEAKING AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE WERE THE TWO CO-CHAIRMEN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR J.P. LEE, REPRESENTING THE CHINESE MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION OF HONG kONG AND MR CECIL CHAN, REPRESENTING THE FEDERATION OF HOIG KONG INDUSTRIES.

WHILE BOTH AGREED THAT QUALITY ASSURANCE WAS IMPORTANT * IN MAINTAINING HONG KONG’S COMPETITIVENESS IN INTERNATIONAL MARKETS, MR J.P. LEE ADDED THAT PRIVATE INSTITUTIONS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE GOVERNMENT CAN PLAY A VERY USEFUL ROLE IN THE PROMOTION OF AWARENESS AND ADOPTION OF QUALITY ASSURANCE BY MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG, AND THE CONFERENCE WAS THE FIRST CONCERTED EFFORT TOWARDS THIS GOAL.

MR CECIL CHAN NOTED THAT LOCAL EXPERTS, AS WELL AS EXPERTS FROM JAPAN, THE UNITED KINGDOM AND UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WHERE THE PRACTICE OF QUALITY ASSURANCE HAD BEEN HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL, WOULD SPEAK AT THE CONFERENCE.

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CAREERS TEACHERS TRAINING COURSE LAUNCHED * * * * *

GIVEN SUFFICIENT RESOURCES, THE LABOUR AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENTS HOPE TO ORGANISE A TRAINING COURSE FOR CAREERS TEACHERS Oil A YEARLY BASIS.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR RON BRIDGE, THIS (MONDAY) AFTERNOON AT THE OPENING OF THE FIRST ONE-YEAR, PART-TIME TRAINING COURSE FOR CAREERS TEACHERS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE TWO DEPARTMENTS.

THE COURSE COVERS VIRTUALLY EVERY IMPORTANT ASPECT OF CAREER EDUCATION, INCLUDING CAREERS GUIDANCE, COUNSELLING AND ORGANISING CAREERS PROGRAMMES.

♦I MUST EMPHASISE THAT THIS COURSE IS ONLY THE FIRST IN WHAT WE HOPE WILL BE A CONTINUING SERIES,* HE SAID.

MR BRIDGE THEN OUTLINED THE DEPARTMENT’S CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS CAREERS EDUCATION.

THE'JfOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, HE EXPLAINED, WORKED CLOSELY WITH THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG’jkSSOC IATION OF CAREERS MASTERS TO PROVIDE CAREERS TEACHERS WITH A FUU0-RANGE OF SERVICES TO HELP THEM IN THEIR WORK.

IN ADDITION TO GIVING CAREERS INFORMATION TO STUDENTS BY TALKS, CONVENTIONS AND EXHIBITIONS, THE DEPARTMENT MAINTAINS THROUGH ITS THREE REGIONAL CAREERS INFORMATION CENTRES A CONTINUING SUPPLY OF THE MOST UP-TO-DATE MATERIALS IN THE FORM OF BOOKS, PAMPHLETS, SLIDES, TAPES AND VIDEO CASSETTE RECORDINGS TO HELP STUDENTS DECIDE ON THEIR FUTURE CAREER.

THE DEPARTMENT ALSO HAS SPECIFIC REFERENCE MATERIALS FOR -CAREERS TEACHERS INCLUDING RESOURCE GUIDEBOOKS AND BOOKS ON THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF VOCATIONAL GUIDANCE, COUNSELLING, AND APTITUDE TESTS.

MR BRIDGE POINTED OUT THAT THE CENTRES HAD ALREADY PROVED VERY POPULAR WITH STUDENTS AND CAREERS TEACHERS AND HAD ABOUT 30 000 VISITORS THIS YEAR.

SPEAKING EARLIER AT THE OPENING, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, Ml COLVYN HAYE, STRESSED THAT CAREERS EDUCATION WAS IMPORTANT TO YOUNG PEOPLE LEAVING THE CLASSROOM FOR THE REAL WORLD.

FOR MANY YEARS NOW, HE SAID, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF CAREERS MASTERS >HA& BEEN ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN THE PREPARATION AND DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION AND RESOURCE MATERIALS CONCERNING CAREERS AND JOB OPPORTUNITIES TO STUDENTS AND THE PUBLIC.

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MR HAYE EXPLAINED THAT 86 PER CENT OF ALL SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN HONG KONG HAD A FORMALISED CAREERS PROGRAMME AND A TEAM OF CAREERS TEACHERS, AND THE TRAINING COURSE HAD BEEN SPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR THEM SO THAT THEY WOULD BE WELL EQUIPPED FOR THEIR

AND THIS YEAR WAS PARTICULARLY APPROPRIATE FOR PROMOTING THE TRAINING OF CAREERS TEACHERS BECAUSE THE PROVISION OF AN ADDITIONAL GRADUATE TEACHER FOR EACH STANDARD-SIZED AIDED AND GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER WOULD MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR SCHOOLS TO MAKE MORE TIME AVAILABLE TO THEIR CAREERS TEACHERS.

^-LOWING THE SPEECHES, THE COURSE COMMENCED WITH DR M.P. LAM AND MISS ADA WONG, BOTH CO-ORDINATORS OF THE COURSE, CONDUCTING AN INTRODUCTORY SESSION FOR PARTICIPANTS.

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MELODY GARDEN FLATS ON SALES TOMORROW * * * *

n 0F THE FLATS AT MELODY GARDEN IN TUEN MUN WILL OPEN AT 9 AM T°F0RR0W UNDER RELAXED ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS AT THE HOME OWNERSHIP CENTRE, HO MAN TIN.

♦PROSPECTIVE BUYERS CAN SELECT THEIR FLATS ON THE SPOT AT THE CENTRE ON PAYMENT OF A NOMINATION FEE OF $30 000 OR 10 PER CENT OF THE PURCHASE PRICE, WHICHEVER IS HIGHER,♦ SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HOUSING AUTHORITY TODAY.

HE SAID PAYMENT MUST BE MADE IN THE FORM OF A CASHIER ORDER OR PERSO ML CHEQUE PAYABLE TO +HONG KONG HOUSING AUTHOR ITY+ — CASH WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

♦THEY SHOULD BRING ALONG THEIR IDENTITY CARDS AND, IF MARRIED, A COPY OF THEIR SPOUSE’S IDENTITY CARD AS WELL.+

AS FOR THE HUNDREDS OF POTENTIAL BUYERS QUEUING UP TODAY CUTSIDE "HE CENTRE ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF 01 MAN COMMERCIAL COMPLEX, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THEIR NAMES HAD BEEN TAKEN DOWN TO HELP MAINTAIN ORDER AND TO AVOID POSSIBLE SPECULATION.

♦WHEN SALES OPEN TOMORROW, HOUSING STAFF WILL DISTRIBUTE TO THEM REGISTRATION CARDS WHICH INDICATE THE PRIORITY FOR FLAT SELECTION AND APPOINTMENT TIMES.♦

IN VIEW OF THE ENCOURAGING RESPONSE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID IT WAS NOW DECIDED TO OFFER BLOCKS 7 AND 8 FOR SALES AS WELL TOMORROW, IN ADDITION TO THE ORIGINAL SIX BLOCKS.

♦THE REMAINING TWO BLOCKS WILL BE SOLD AT A LATER STAGE SHOULD DEMANDS CONTINUE.♦

THE THREE TYPES OF LAND-VALUE-FREE FLATS AT MELODY GARDEN RANGE IN GROSS AREAS OF 63, 73 AND 88 SQUARE METRES AND ARE PRICED FROM $200 200 TO $370 200 EACH.

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NOTE TO EDITORS i

WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD TO MEET * * * *

THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD MEETING WILL BE HELD AT 4 PM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE, TONG WAH MANSION, EIGHTH FLOOR, 201 HENNESSY ROAD.

AT THE MEETING, MEMBERS WILL REVIEW THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT STRATEGY AND DISCUSS THE REPORT BY THE BOARD’S AD HOC WORKING GROUP ON THE REPORT +A PERSPECTIVE ON EDUCATION IN HONG KONG*.

A PRESENTATION OF CONDOLENCE MONEY DONATED BY THE FAMILY MEMBERS OF THE LATE BOARD MEMBER, MR NG SAI-YING, WILL BE HELD PRIOR TO THE MEETING.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING.

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HK ATTENDS AERIAL TRAMWAYS TALKS IN U.S

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THE DIRECTOR OF ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES, MR GRAHAM OSBORNE, LEFT OVER THE WEEKEND FOR THE UNITED STATES TO ATTEND A SEMINAR ORGANISED BY VAIL ASSOCIATES INC. IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION FOR TRANSPORTATION BY ROPE.

THE SIX-DAY SEMINAR HELD IN COLORADO IS BEING ATTENDED BY EXPERTS IN THE FIELD OF AERIAL TRAMWAYS.

MR OSBORNE, WHOSE DEPARTMENT IS THE AUTHORITY FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE AERIAL ROPEWAYS (SAFETY) ORDINANCE IN HONG KONG, WILL BE PRESENTING A PAPER ON THE OPERATION OF THE HONG KONG OCEAN PARK AERIAL ROPEWAYS.

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’MEET-THE-PUBLIC’ SESSION EXTENDED TO KENNEDY TOWN MX*

THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD ’MEET-THE-PUBLIC’ SCHEME WILL BE EXTENDED TO KENNEDY TOWN AS FROM TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THE EXTENDED SERVICE WILL MAKE IT MORE CONVENIENT FOR RESIDENTS IN THE SAI YING PUN AND KENNEDY TOWN AREAS TO CHANNEL THEIR VIEWS AND SUGGESTIONS ON LOCAL PROBLEMS TO THE BOARD MEMBERS.

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—.•J W,LL BE CONDUCTED ONCE EVERY TWO WEEKS ON PM AND 9 PMi on the GROUND floor of the TOWN BRANCH OFFICE, 8^-84 BELCHER’S STREET.

TUESDAY KENNEDY

THE NEW ARRANGEMENT WILL BE ON A TRIAL BASIS FOR TWO MONTHS.

■me MEET"THE"PUBLIC’ SESS,ON IS BEING HELD IN

AND WESTERN MAIN OFFICE AT 222 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL, 6 PM AND 8 PM EVERY TUESDAY. STARTING TOMORROW, IT

WILL BE FELD ONCE A FORTNIGHT.

SINCE THE SCHEME WAS INTRODUCED IN APRIL THIS YEAR TOTAL OF 32 CASES HAVE BEEN DEALT WITH.

MEANWHILE, AN AUTOMATIC TELEPHONE ANSWERING AND RECORDING MACHINE HAS BEEN INSTALLED IN BOTH THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN AND THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICES TO TAKE DOWN ENQUIRIES, COMPLAINTS AND REQUESTS FOR APPOINTMENTS WITH BOARD MEMBERS AFTER OFFICE HOURS.

THE TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR CENTRAL AND WESTERN IS 5-418025 AND 5-8933292 FOR WAN CHAI.

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HORTICULTURE CLASS FOR TAI PO RESIDENTS * * * X

RESIDENTS OF TAI PO WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO LEARN HOW TO PLANT AFRICAN VIOLETS AND HONG KONG ORCHIDS AT A HORTICULTURAL CLASS STARTING NEXT MONTH.

THE CLASS IS OPEN TO THOSE WHO A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES

LIVE, WORK OR STUDY IN TAI PO, SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE COURSE, ORGANISED BY THE TAI PO URBAN SERVICES OFFICE, WILL BE HELD BETWEEN 9.30 AM AND 12 NOON ON EIGHT CONSECUTIVE SATURDAY MORNINGS, BEGINNING ON SEPTEMBER 3.

HORTICULTURAL EXPERTS OF THE NTSD WILL GIVE GENERAL INTRODUCTION TO PLANTS AND LECTURES ON THEIR MAINTENANCE AND PROPAGATION METHODS ON THE FOURTH FLOOR OF TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES AT TING KOK ROAD.

SPECIAL EMPHASIS WOULD BE PLACED ON SOME POPULAR INDOOR PLANTS, INCLUDING AFRICAN VIOLETS AND HONG KONG ORCHIDS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE COURSE WILL INCLUDE PLANTING DEMONSTRATIONS AS WELL AS FIELD VISITS TO TAI PO KAU REST GARDEN.

ENTRY FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE TAI PO URBAN SERVICES OFFICE, RECREATION AND AMENITIES SECTION.

COMPLETED FORMS MUST BE RETURNED BEFORE AUGUST 24 (WEDNESDAY) AND APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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ANYONE FOR TENNET?

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AN ELEMENTARY TENNET TRAINING COURSE IS BEING ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION AND SPORTS SERVICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE HONG KONG TENNET ASSOICATION.

CLASSES OF 30 TRAINEES WILL BE HELD IN KWUN TONG, KOWLOON CITY, WONG TAI SIN, ISLANDS, TUEN MUN AND NORTHERN DISTRICT, FROM SEPTEMBER.

COACHES WILL BE APPOINTED BY THE TENNET ASSOICATION AND TRAINEES WILL HAVE TO COMPLETE 10 SESSIONS, EACH LASTING TWO HOURS.

RACKETS AND BALLS WILL BE SUPPLIED BY THE ORGANISERS.

PEOPLE WHO ARE 14 AND ABOVE AND WHO ARE INTERESTED ARE URGED TO APPLY IMMEDIATELY.

THE COURSE FEE FOR EACH PARTICIPANT IS $5.

APPLICATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED AT THE SIX RSS DISTRICT OFFICES.

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■ ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING NS TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A ROUTE TWISK NEAR SEK KONG VILLAGE.

DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT FOOTBRIDGE OVER

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TENDERS SOUGHT FOR LAND RECLAMATION WORK

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ANOTHER NINE HECTARES OF LAND WILL SOON BE RECLAIMED AT TUI MIN HOI, SAI KUNG, TO PROVIDE MORE LAND FOR HOUSING, AN ABATTOIR, MARINE QUARTERS, LIGHT INDUSTRIES AND A SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS.

THE JUNK BAY DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE ABOVE PROJECT.

THE CONSTRUCTION OF ABOUT 450 METRES OF A SINGLE TWO-LANE CARRIAGEWAY, SOME 840 METRES OF SEAWALL, ASSOCIATED DRAINS AND LANDSCAPING WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED IN THE CONTRACT.

WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL START IN NOVEMBER AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN 30 MONTHS.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT FOR KO SHAN ROAD

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FROM 10 AM ON AUGUST 24 (WEDNESDAY), THE SECTION OF KO SHAN ROAD BETWEEN SHANSI STREET AND KIANG HSI STREET WILL BE OPENED TO TRAFFIC.

TRAFFIC ON KO SHAN ROAD BETWEEN SHANSI STREET AND CHI KIANG STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED TWO-WAY.

TRAFFIC ON ANHUI STREET BETWEEN KO SHAN ROAD AND MA TAU WAI ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY EASTBOUND TO ONE-WAY WESTBOUND.

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WATER FIGURES

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STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 88.3 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 509.937 MILLION CUBIC hETRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 458.774 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 79.4 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, AUGUST 2J, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNMENT KEEPING UP BUILDING PROJECTS ....................... 1

JUNE SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL AND ORDERS-ON-HAND ......... 2

VISITORS IMPRESSED BY HOUSING QUALITY ......................... 5

CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS TESTING SERVICES STUDIED ............... 6

NEW ROLE OF LIAISON OFFICERS OUTLINED ......................... 7

JUNIOR POLICE CALL PRAISED TOR PUBLIC SERVICE ................. 8

SURVEY WORK ON TRANSPORT INDUSTRY STARTING ................... 10

TWO CROWN LAND LOTS SOLD...................................... 11

MAIL DELAY EXAMINED .......................................... 11

CHESS COMPETITION FOR TSUEN WAN WORKERS ...................... 11

TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 1983

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GOVERNMENT KEEPING UP BUILDING PROJECTS * M * *

DESPITE THE DIFFICULT ECONOMIC CLIMATE, THERE WILL BE NO REDUCTION IN EXPENDITURE IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS ON GOVERNMENT BUILDING PROJECTS.

THIS WAS STATED BY MR JOSE LEI, DIRECTOR OF BUILDING DEVELOPMENT. AT A LUNCHEON TALK TO THE ROTARY CLUB OF HONG KONG NORTHWEST TODAY.

MR LEI SAID THAT THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR ABOUT 2 000 BUILDING PROJECTS WITHIN THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME, URBAN COUNCIL PROGRAMME, DEFENCE COST AGREEMENT AND FITTING-OUT OF LEASED PREMISES PROGRAMME AS WELL AS FOR WORKS OF OTHER DEPARTMENTS.

♦THESE GENERATE, AS A RESULT, AT ANY ONE TIME ABOUT 750 CONTRACTS, ANOTHER 350 READY TO GO OUT TO TENDERS AND ABOUT 15 TERM CONTRACTS, THE MOST IMPORTANT OF WHICH ARE THE MAINTENANCE AND FITTING-OUT TERM CONTRACTS,+ HE SAID.

♦THE MAINTENANCE BRANCH OF THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR TAKING CARE OF SOME 3 500 BUILDINGS FROM THE DAY THEY ARE HANDED OVER BY THE ARCHITECT, OR LEASED BY GOVERNMENT, TO THE DAY THEY ARE FINALLY DEMOLISHED TO BE REPLACED WITH NEW ONES.+

THEREFORE, HE SAID, THE BRANCH HAD TO HANDLE AN AVERAGE OF 170 000 INDIVIDUAL JOBS ANNUALLY. THIS YEAR ABOUT $197 MILLION WOULD BE SPENT ON MAINTENANCE AS WELL AS ALTERATION AND IMPROVEMENT WORKS.

ON THE SUBJECT OF GOVERNMENT ARCHITECTURE, MR LEI SAID THAT THE PRINCIPAL OBJECT OF GOVERNMENT ARCHITECTURE WAS TO PRODUCE FUNCTIONAL BUILDINGS AT A MINIMUM COST AND BUILDINGS THAT FUNCTIONED WITHOUT FRILLS.

THIS FUNCTIONAL AND ECONOMIC APPROACH, HE ADDED, DEMANDED STANDARDISATION FOR BUILDINGS SUCH AS SCHOOLS, POLICE STATIONS AND QUARTERS.

♦THE ECONOMIC MASS PRODUCTION APPROACH TENDS TO INHIBIT EXCITING ARCHITECTURE,+ MR LEI SAID.

NEVERTHELESS, OCCASIONS DID ARISE WHEN AN INDIVIDUAL PROJECT PROVIDED SCOPE FOR IMAGINATIVE DESIGN, HE ADDED.

WHILE STRESSING THAT ANY ASSESSMENT OF GOVERNMENT ARCHITECTURE HAD TO BE BASED ON HOW BEST THE DESIGN SOLUTION MET THE CRITERIA WITHIN THE PARAMETERS IN THE GOVERNMENT CONTEXT, HE WAS OF THE OPINION THAT MORE SHOULD BE DONE TO ENCOURAGE ARCHITECTS IN HIS DEPARTMENT TO SEEK IMAGINATIVE SOLUTION TO DESIGN PROBLEMS WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF FUNCTIONAL ECONOMIC APPROACH.

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MR LEI THEN TURNED TO PROBLEMS OF UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS, PARTICULARLY IN COMPLETED BUILDINGS, AND THE RAPID DETERIORATION OF STRUCTURES GENERALLY DUE TO LACK OF PROPER MAINTENANCE.

HE SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE PROBLEMS WITH A VIEW TO IDENTIFYING AREAS OF DEFICIENCY IN THE BUILDING LAW AND SYSTEM WITHIN WHICH CONTROL AND ENFORCEMENT ARE CARRIED OUT.

♦IT MAY WELL BE NECESSARY TO MAKE SUITABLE CHANGES TO COMBAT THESE CONTROL AND MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS,+ HE ADDED.

REFERRING TO INCIDENTS CAUSING DANGER DURING THE COURSE OF CONSTRUCTION, MR LEI SAID THAT OFTEN IT WAS THE RESULT OF A RISK TAKEN IN AN ATTEMPT TO SAVE TIME OR MONEY OR BOTH.

♦IF SERIOUS OFFENCES ARE ESTABLISHED,* HE SAID, ♦ACTION AGAINST THE GUILTY PARTY IS INSTIGATED BY THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE THROUGH THE COURTS WHICH COULD RESULT IN EITHER THE CONTRACTOR, ARCHITECT OR ENGINEER OR IN SOME CASES ALL RECEIVING PRISON TERMS, HEAVY FINES OR DEREG ISTRATION.♦

MR LEI PROSECUTION

SAID THAT THERE WERE ABOUT 40 CASES INVOLVING OR DISCIPLINARY ACTION EACH YEAR.

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JUNE SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL AND ORDERS-ON-HAND *****

THE AVERAGE VOLUME OF ORDERS-ON-HAND (IN TERMS OF MONTHS) CONTINUED TO INCREASE IN JUNE 1983, ACCORDING TO MANUFACTURERS SURVEYED.

THIS IS REPORTED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, WHICH RELEASED STATISTICS FROM THE MONTHLY SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL AND ORDERS-ON-HAND FOR JUNE.

MORE ORDERS-ON-HAND WERE RECORDED FOR THE FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS, PLASTIC PRODUCTS, ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS, AND WEARING APPAREL INDUSTRIES, WHILE A DECLINE WAS EXPERIENCED IN THE TEXTILES INDUSTRY AND THE +OTHERS+ CATEGORY OF THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR.

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THERE WAS A FAIRLY LARGE INCREASE IN EMPLOYMENT FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR WHEN COMPARED WITH THE PRECEDING MONTHS. EMPLOYMENT INCREASED IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS, FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS AND ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES DUE TO THE RECRUITMENT OF SUMMER WORKERS TO COPE WITH INCREASES IN CRDERS-ON-HAND.

INCREASES IN EMPLOYMENT WERE ALSO REPORTED BY SOFT DRINKS AND BEER MANUFACTURERS BECAUSE OF HEAVY DEMAND DURING THE SUMMER. IN THE CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES SURVEYED, EMPLOYMENT CONTINUED TO DECLINE.

PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS INCREASED IN THE FOOD AND DRINKS AND WEARING APPAREL INDUSTRIES ON ACCOUNT OF MORE OVERTIME WORK AND MORE COMMISSION FOR EMPLOYEES IN SEVERAL FACTORIES. WHILE PAYROLL INCREASED. PER CAPITA EARNINGS DECLINED IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS, FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS AND ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES BECAUSE OF THE LOWER WAGES PAID TO THE LESS SKILFUL STUDENT WORKERS EMPLOYED DURING THE SUMMER.

IN THE SERVICES SECTOR, PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS INCREASED IN PUBLIC UTILITIES FOLLOWING THE PAYMENT OF GRATUITIES AND SALARY REVISIONS BY A FEW COMPANIES.

THE PERCENTAGE CHANGES IN ORDERS-ON-HAND, EMPLOYMENT AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS FOR THE LAST THREE MONTHS ARE SHOWN IN THE ACCOMPANYING TABLE.

WHEN RELEASING THE SURVEY RESULTS, THE DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT THE SURVEY COVERED A PANEL OF THE 200 LARGEST MANUFACTURING COMPANIES AND THE 50 LARGEST COMPANIES IN THE CONSTRUCTION AND SELECTED SERVICES SECTORS.

AS FROM JUNE THIS YEAR, THE PANEL FOR THIS SURVEY HAS BEEN UPDATED, AND THE SELECTION OF THE PANEL MEMBERS IS NOW BASED ON THEIR EMPLOYMENT IN MARCH 1983. HOWEVER, THE STATISTICS COMPILED FOR JUNE HAVE BEEN SUITABLY ADJUSTED TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE CHANGE IN THE COMPOSITION OF THE PANEL SO THAT THE OLD SERIES AND NEW SERIES OF DATA ARE SMOOTHLY LINKED TO ENSURE COMPARABILITY.

AS THE SAMPLE WAS NOT DRAWN ON A RANDOM BASIS, THE DEPARTMENT CAUTIONED THAT RESULTS ON MAGNITUDE OF CHANGE MIGHT NOT REFLECT THE EXPERIENCE OF THE ECONOMY AS A WHOLE, ALTHOUGH IT SHOULD GIVE A USEFUL INDICATION OF THE DIRECTION OF CHANGE FOR A QUICK ASSESSMENT OF DEVELOPMENTS IN THE ECONOMY IN THE SHORT TERM.

THE SURVEY REPORT FOR JUNE 1983 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. ORDERS-ON-HAND IN MANUFACTURING

INDUSTRY (% CHANGE OVER THE PRECEDING MONTH) ORDERS-ON-HAND (IN TERMS OF MONTHS) FOR JUNE 1983

APR. 1983 MAY 1983 JUNE 1983

WEARING APPAREL, EXCEPT FOOTWEAR 3 1 1 5.00

TEXTILES, EXCEPT WEARING APPAREL 1 2 -4 2.40

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 16 1 3 3.94

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS 10 -1 7 2.92

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS 4 2 4 5.19

OTHERS 2 1 -2 3.56

ALL ABOVE INDUSTRIES 4 1 3 4.32

B. EMPLOYMENT AND EARNINGS

PERSONS ENGAGED BY PER

THE COMPANIES SURVEYED PER CAPITA EARNINGS CAPITA    EARNINGS (% CHANGE OVER THE PRECEDING MONTH) FOR

INDUSTRY/ APR. MAY JUNE APR. MAY JUNE JUNE 1983

SERVICE 1983 1983 1983 1983 1983 1983 (HK$)

MANUFACTURING M 1 4 7 -5 -1 2 296

FOOD AND DRINKS 1 2 5 8 5 2 3 374

WEARING APPAREL, EXCEPT FOOTWEAR * -1 1 * 1 2 2 074

TEXTILES, EXCEPT WEARING APPAREL * 1 1 6 -4 1 2 315

PLASTIC PRODUCTS -1 5 9 2 -1 -2 1 932

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS 1 3 7 -1 * -2 1 879

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ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS 1 2 6 21 -17 -3 2 102

OTHERS -1 1 1 2 1 * 3 158

CONSTRUCTION** -3 -2 -2 5 * -1 3 735

SERVICES * * * 5 -3 1 4 213

BANKS * * * 3 1 -1 3 866

HOTELS * -1 * 17 -14 4 2 828

PUBLIC UTILITIES * * * 6 -5 4 4 155

OTHERS 1 1 3 -2 -4 5 853

* CHANGES WITHIN - 0.5 %

** PERSONS ENGAGED COVER COMPANY EMPLOYEES EMPLOYED BY LABOUR-ONLY SUB-CONTRACTORS ONLY NOT -SITE WORKERS INCLUDED.

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TWO VISITING MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT FROM BRITAIN WERE TODAY DEEPLY IMPRESSED WITH THE HOUSING AUTHORITY’S EFFORTS TO UPGRADE THE QUALITY OF ITS PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES.

♦TENANTS HAVE UNDOUBTEDLY PROFITED BY THE RISING STANDARDS OF ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNS FOR THE ESTATES,+ SAID ONE OF THE MP’S, MR JACK DORMAND.

MR DORMAND AND MR JAMES CALLAGHAN, ACCOMPANIED BY SENIOR HOUSING OFFICIALS, WERE TOURING THE TAI YUEN RENTAL ESTATE AND THE HOME OWNERSHIP TING NGA COURT IN TAI PO LOOKING AT ITS VARIOUS FACILITIES.

♦ALSO DESERVING FULL PRAISE IS THE ENTHUSIASM AND DEDICATION OF HOUSING STAFF TO PROVIDE FIRST-CLASS ESTATE MANAGEMENT SERVICES FOR THE TENANTS,* MR DORMAND SAID.

MR CALLAGHAN, ON THE OTHER HAND, WAS IMPRESSED WITH THE ADEQUATE PROVISION OF COMMUNITY FACILITIES ON THE ESTATES WHICH HE SAID WERE OBVIOUSLY MEETING THE NEEDS OF THE TENANTS.

THE VISIT TO TAI PO FOLLOWED AN IN-DEPTH BRIEFING BY THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF HOUSING, MR FRED PANG YUK-LING, ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG’S PUBLIC HOUSING SINCE THE 195O’S.

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CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS TESTING SERVICES STUDIED * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT IS ACTIVELY CONSIDERING THE QUESTION OF VETTING AND ACCREDITATION OF LABORATORIES PROVIDING TESTING SERVICES FOR CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS.

THIS WAS DISCLOSED TONIGHT BY THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, MR CHAN NAI-KEONG, AT THE THIRD ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF CERTIFICATION LABORATORIES.

HE SAID THAT THE IMPORTANCE OF QUALITY CONTROL WAS FULLY RECOGNISED AND THE FACILITIES FOR TESTING OF CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS USED IN GOVERNMENT CONSTRUCTION WORKS WERE BEING EXPANDED BY THE SETTING UP OF REGIONAL LABORATORIES.

+NOT ONLY IS IT VITAL TO ENSURE THAT THE QUALITY OF MATERIALS INCORPORATED INTO A STRUCTURE COMPLY WITH OUR SPECIFICATIONS BUT ALSO ECONOMIES OF DESIGN CAN BE ACHIEVED BY BEING ABLE TO PREDICT MORE ACCURATELY THE PERFORMANCE OF ITS COMPONENTS,♦ HE SAID.

♦WITH REGARD TO BUILDING CONSTRUCTION IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR IT WILL BE READILY APPRECIATED THAT AN ADEQUATE DEGREE OF GOVERNMENT CONTROL IS NECESSARY WHERE PUBLIC SAFETY IS INVOLVED.*

FOR THIS PURPOSE, HE ADDED, THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE MADE PROVISION FOR THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TO PRESCRIBE SPECIFICATIONS AND STANDARDS FOR BUILDING MATERIALS AND FOR DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF SITE FORMATION WORKS.

♦IN FURTHERANCE OF THIS, THE ACCURACY AND RELIABILITY OF TEST RESULTS OF CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS, AS WELL AS SOILS AND ROCKS ARE OF VITAL IMPORTANCE AND THOSE RESPONSIBLE IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY AS WELL AS BUILDING AUTHORITY MUST HAVE FULL CONFIDENCE IN THE TEST LABORATORY,* W CHAN SAID.

♦WITH THIS IN VIEW, ACTIVE CONSIDERATION IS NOW BEING GIVEN BY THE RELEVANT DEPARTMENTS UNDER MY BRANCH ON THE QUESTION OF VETTING AND ACCREDITATION OF LABORATORIES PROVIDING SUCH SERVICE.*

IN THIS CONNECTION, MR CHAN SAID, HE WAS GLAD TO SEE THAT THE ASSOCIATION WAS ACTIVELY AND ENERGETICALLY PROMOTING THE QUALITY AND RELIABILITY OF TESTING AND CERTIFICATION SERVICES.

HE ASSURED THE ASSOCIATION THAT IT WOULD HAVE HIS FULL SUPPORT IN ITS ENDEAVOURS TO ACHIEVE THESE GOALS.

MR CHAN THANKED THE ASSOCIATION FOR INVITING HIM TO BE AN ADVISER TO THE ASSOCIATION.

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NEW ROLE OF LIAISON OFFICERS OUTLINED *****

THE ROLE OF LIAISON OFFICERS HAS TAKEN ON A NEW CONVICTION SINCE THE PUBLICATION OF THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION WHITE PAPER, WHICH ADVOCATES THE AIM TO OBTAIN LOCAL ADVICE AND PARTICIPATION ON ALL GOVERNMENT RELATED ISSUES.

AND TO MEET THIS CHALLENGE, THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE HAS UNDERGONE A THOROUGH REORGANISATION, THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JOHN TSANG, SAID AT A DINNER GATHERING OF THE NEW TERRITORIES LIONS’ CLUB THIS (TUESDAY) EVENING.

♦TWO-THIRDS OF THE LIAISON OFFICERS’ TOTAL STRENGTH WERE REDEPLOYED TO INTENSIFY HOUSEHOLD AND INSTITUTIONAL LIAISON WHILE THE REMAINING ONE-THIRD CONTINUED TO MAINTAIN A COGENT AND CREATIVE PROGRAMME OF ARTS AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES,♦ HE SAID.

♦THE IMPETUS OF THIS REDEPLOYMENT WAS TO ENABLE THE DISTRICT OFFICE TO GET CLOSE TO THE PULSE OF THE SILENT MAJORITY AND TO BECOME THE EYES AND EARS OF THE COMMUNITY.+

MR TSANG SAID THIS WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY ASSIGNING TWO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OFFICERS, COMMONLY KNOWN AS LIAISON OFFICERS, TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FOUR AREA CONSTITUENCIES IN SHA TIN.

ONE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FO TAN AND THE TOWN CENTRE AREAS AND THE OTHER FOR THE SIU LEK YUEN AND THE TIN SUM KUK AREAS.

THEY ARE INVOLVED IN THE SERVICING OF THE RESPECTIVE AREA COMMITTEES WHICH ACT AS THE CO-ORDINATING BODY OF AREA ACTIVITIES AND CAMPAIGNS.

THEY ALSO SUPERVISE A TEAM OF JUNIOR OFFICERS, THE ASSISTANT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OFFICERS WHO ARE ASSIGNED GEOGRAPHICAL RESPONSIBILITIES. THESE INCLUDE BUILDING UP CONTACTS AND MAINTAINING CLOSE LIAISON WITH ALL THE RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATIONS AND AREAS ORGANISATIONS.

♦AS THE GEOGRAPHICAL EXPERTS, THE ASSISTANT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OFFICERS WILL PROVIDE REGULAR REPORTS ON THE STATE OF BEING OF THEIR AREAS,♦ MR TSANG SAID.

♦AT THE SAME TIME, THEY WILL TRANSMIT GRASSROOT INPUT THROUGH THE EXISTING CONSTRUCT TO THE ATTENTION OF VARIOUS POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS, SUCH AS THE AREA COMMITTEES, THE SEVEN DISTRICT BOARD COMMITTEES, THE DISTRICT BOARD ITSELF AND PERTINENT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.♦

MR TSANG EXPRESSED THE BELIEF THAT IN PROPERLY DIRECTING THE FOCUS OF ITS LIAISON STAFF, THE DISTRICT OFFICE WOULD BE A STEP CLOSER IN BECOMING THE ♦EYES AND EARS+ OF THE COMMUNITY.

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JUNIOR POLICE CALL PRAISED FOR PUBLIC SERVICE * * X *

THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, MR. ROY HENRY TODAY (TUESDAY) SAID 1981 AND 1982 WERE BIG YEARS FOR THE JUNIOR POLICE CALL.

SPEAKING AT A LUNCH PRECEDING THE JPC CENTRAL COUNCIL MEETING, HENRY SAID THIS WHEN HE REFERRED TO THE LAUNCHING OF THE FIRST FIGHT YOUTH CRIME CAMPAIGN AND GOVERNMENT’S DECISION THAT IT SHOULD BE SPEARHEADED BY JPC.

HE SAID THE CAMPAIGN TARGETED AT YOUTHS UNDER 16 WENT ON FOR TWO YEARS AND WAS ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL AND INNOVATIVE EVER INTRODUCED BY THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE.

HE SAID JUVENILE PROSECUTIONS BEGAN TO DROP WITHIN FOUR MONTHS OF THE LAUNCHING OF THE CAMPAIGN IN APRIL 1981 AND HAD CONTINUED TO DO SO EVER SINCE.

IN 1982, A TOTAL OF 2 846 JUVENILES WERE PROSECUTED, REPRESENTING A DROP OF 23 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH 1981.

IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR THAT DROP HAD GROWN TO 32 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD IN 1981.

THE MOST HEARTENING RESULT, HE SAID, HAD BEEN THE SIGNIFICANT DECREASE IN THE NUMBER OF JUVENILES PROSECUTED FOR SERIOUS CRIMES SUCH AS ROBBERY, BURGLARY, THEFT AND CRIMINAL DAMAGE.

•’THOSE FIGURES DEMONSTRATE CLEARLY WHAT CAN BE ACHIEVED WHEN THE EFFORTS OF GOVERNMENT, POLICE AND THE COMMUNITY — PARTICULARLY THE YOUNGER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY — GET TOGETHER AND TACKLE A SERIOUS PROBLEM WITH COMMITMENT, PROFESSIONALISM AND ENTHUSIASM.”

’’THEY HAVE ALSO HIGHLIGHTED THE NEED TO EXTEND THE FIGHT YOUTH CRIME THEME TO OLDER TEENAGERS AND, THIS YEAR, THE CAMPAIGN WILL BE CONCENTRATED ON YOUNG BOYS AND MEN, AGED BETWEEN 14 AND 20 --THE AGE GROUP FROM WHICH A THREAT TO LAW AND ORDER IS VASTLY DISPROPORTIONATE TO ITS NUMBER,” HE SAID.

MR. HENRY WAS HAPPY TO SEE THAT THE 1983-84 CAMPAIGN, ONCE AGAIN, WOULD BE SPEARHEADED BY JPC, WITH THE HELP OF OTHER HONG KONG YOUTH ORGANISATIONS.

’’WITH THE PROGRAMMES AND ACTIVITIES WHICH HAVE BEEN PLANNED, THERE IS EVERY REASON TO BELIEVE IT WILL BE AS SUCCESSFUL AS THE JUVENILE CAMPAIGN,”HE SAID.

APART FROM PROMOTING THE FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN, JPC HAD ALSO ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN COMMUNITY SERVICE.

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’’DURING THE LAST YEAR, JPC RAISED OVER $700 000 FOR THE FESPIC OLYMPIC GAMES FOR THE DISABLED — THE LARGEST SINGLE DONATION? OVER HALF A MILLION DOLLARS THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN FLAG DAYS FOR 13 VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS? $36 000 FOR THE COMMUNITY CHEST? 63 800 MILLIGRAMMES OF BLOOD FOR THE RED CROSS AND DONATED A NEW CUSTOM BUILT VAN TO THE ASSOCIATION FOR PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED ATHLETES.”

ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF JPC, MR. HENRY SAID SINCE AUGUST LAST YEAR, JPC MEMBERSHIP HAD RISEN FROM 307 802 TO 347 405 AND JPC LEADERS FROM 5 601 TO 11 557.

THOSE JPC LEARDERS, ALL OVER THE AGE OF 17, WERE PLAYING A VITAL ROLE IN ORGANISING THE SOME 12 000 DIFFERENT JPC ACTIVITIES WHICH TOOK PLACE EACH YEAR.

’’MOST POLICE FORCES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD FIND THEY CAN ATTRACT THE INTEREST OF THE YOUNG BUT LOSE THEM WHEN THEY REACH THEIR UPPER TEENAGE YEARS. HOW FORTUNATE WE ARE THAT THE REVERSE IS THE CASE IN HONG KONG,” HE SAID.

MR. HENRY WAS ALSO PLEASED TO SEE THAT A TOTAL OF 294 JPC CLUBS HAD BEEN FORMED WITHIN SCHOOLS PARTICULARLY SECONDARY SCHOOLS. SUCH CLUBS WERE PLAYING A KEY ROLE IN COMBATTING ANY TRIAD INFLUENCE OR BULLY BOY TACTICS WHICH MIGHT BE GOING ON.

ON THE JPC CLUBHOUSES FRONT, HE SAID BY THE END OF 1984, JPC WOULD HAVE COMPLETED ITS OBJECTIVE OF HAVING A JPC CLUBHOUSE IN ALL 17 POLICE DISTRICTS.

MR. HENRY DISCLOSED THAT NEXT YEAR JPC WOULD CELEBRATE ITS TENTH BIRTHDAY. IT HAD ALREADY STARTED WORKING ON PLANS WHICH WOULD ENSURE THAT WOULD BE ONE OF THE LARGEST AND MOST COLOURFUL YOUTH CELEBRATION EVER TO BE HELD IN HONG KONG.

UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, MRS. SOPHIA HO- DR. HO KAM FAI AND MR. CHARLES YEUNG ALSO ATTENDED THE LUNCHEON GATHERING TO SHOW THEIR SUPPORT TO THE JPC MOVEMENT.

THE JPC CENTRAL COUNCIL COMPRISING A JPC REPRESENTATIVE FROM EACH DISTRICT AND THE 17 POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICERS MEETS TWICE EVERY YEAR TO PROVIDE JPC MEMBERS AN OPPORTUNITY TO VOICE THEIR OWN AFFAIRS AND PUT FORWARD IDEAS WHICH HAVE BEEN RESEARCHED AND DEVELOPED FOR THE GOOD OF THE JPC SCHEME.

TODAY’S MEETING WAS CHAIRED BY CHIEF STAFF OFFICER OF POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS, MR. DREW RENNIE.

CHIEF POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICER, MR. LAI KWOK-LEUNG-ASSISTANT CHIEF POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICER, MR. TSE CHAN-FAI AND CHIEF INSPECTOR, MR. BOB SULLIVAN WERE ALSO PRESENT.

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SURVEY WORK ON TRANSPORT INDUSTRY STARTING

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FIELD WORK ON THE FIRST MANPOWER SURVEY OF THE TRANSPORT AND PHYSICAL DISTRIBUTION INDUSTRY WILL START TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AND LAST UNTIL SEPTEMBER 14.

THE SURVEY, ARRANGED BY THE TRANSPORT AND PHYSICAL DISTRIBUTION INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL, COVERS THE AIR AND SEA FREIGHT TRANSPORT, WAREHOUSING, CARGO HANDLING TERMINAL AND THE TRUCKING SECTORS.

♦AS FAR AS THE TRUCKING SECTOR IS CONCERNED, THE SURVEY IS CONSIDERED TIMELY SINCE THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE WILL BE ENACTED NEXT AUGUST TO ENSURE SAFETY ON THE ROAD,+ THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TRAINING BOARD, MR PATRICK TSAI SAID.

UNDER THE NEW ORDINANCE, TRUCKS WILL BE CLASSIFIED INTO FOUR CATEGORIES — LIGHT VEHICLE, MEDIUM GOODS VEHICLE, HEAVY GOODS VEHICLE AND ARTICULATED VEHICLE, HE POINTED OUT.

DATA COLLECTED FROM THE SURVEY WOULD HELP TO ASCERTAIN THE TRAINING NEEDS OF TRUCK DRIVERS EMPLOYED IN THE TRUCKING BUSINESS, AND IN PARTICULAR, ARTICULATED VEHICLE DRIVERS.

♦THE RECOVERY IN THE LOCAL IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADE HAS REVIVED THE ACTIVITIES OF THE AIR AND SEA FREIGHT TRANSPORT, WAREHOUSING AND CARGO HANDLING SECTORS AS WELL,+ MR TSAI SAID.

PROJECTION ON THE MANPOWER DEMAND AND SUPPLY RESULTING FROM THE ANTICIPATED GROWTH COULD BE MADE BASED ON THE INFORMATION COLLECTED FROM THE SURVEY, HE SAID.

OFFICERS OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL VISIT ABOUT 1 000 ESTABLISHMENTS DURING THE SURVEY TO COLLECT QUESTIONNAIRES AND ASSIST IN COMPLETING THEM IF REQUIRED.

MR TSAI GAVE ASSURANCE THAT THE DATA COLLECTED WOULD BE HANDLED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND PUBLISHED IN THE FORM OF STATISTICAL SUMMARIES WITHOUT REFERENCE TO INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENTS. HE ALSO URGED EMPLOYERS OF THESE ESTABLISHMENTS TO COOPERATE FULLY BY PROVIDING ACCURATE INFORMATION.

ALSO ASSISTING IN THE SURVEY ARE THE TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING DEPARTMENT AND THE GOVERNMENT DATA PROCESSING AGENCY.

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TWO CROWN LAND LOTS SOLD * * * *

TWO PIECES OF CROWN LAND WERE SOLD BY THE LANDS DEPARTMENT AT AN AUCTION HELD AT THE EXCELSIOR HOTEL THIS AFTERNOON.

THE FIRST SITE, A 725-METRE PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL LOT IN STANLEY, WAS SOLD TO WITHERS LIMITED FOR |1.6 MILLION, OR $2 206.29 PER SQUARE METRE.

THE OTHER LOT, WHICH IS ABOUT 3 834 SQUARE METRES, IN SHA TIN, f IS FOR INDUSTRIAL AND GODOWN PURPOSES.

IT WAS SOLD TO VARONA CO. LTD. FOR $6 MILLION, OR $1 564.95 PER SQUARE METRE.

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MAIL DELAY EXAMINED * * *

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT SURFACE MAIL RECEIVED BY THE POST OFFICE ON AUGUST 19 FROM AUSTRALIA WERE SUBJECTED TO CONSIDERABLE DELAY IN TRANSIT PRIOR TO THEIR DELIVERY BY THE SHIPPING COMPANY TO THE HONG KONG POST OFFICE.

+INVESTIGATIONS ARE BEING CONDUCTED TO FIND OUT THE CAUSE OF DELAY. ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED TO THE ADDRESSEES CONCERNED IS REGRETTED,♦ HE SAID.

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CHESS COMPETITION FOR TSUEN WAN WORKERS * * *

A CHINESE CHESS COMPETITION FOR WORKERS IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE HELD IN EARLY OCTOBER.

SPONSORED BY THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD, THE EVENT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD’S INDUSTRIAL COMMITTEE, » THE FEDERATION OF INDUSTRIES IN TSUEN WAN, AND THE HONG KONG CHESS ASSOCIATION.

THE COMPETITION, FIRST LAUNCHED LAST YEAR, IS AIMED AT PROVIDING RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES FOR WORKERS IN THE DISTRICT AND AT PROMOTING THE ART OF CHINESE CHESS.

IT IS OPEN TO ALL FACTORY WORKERS IN THE DISTRICT.

ENTRY FORMS AND DETAILS OF THE COMPETITION ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL THE 11 PUBLIC ENQUIRY CENTRES IN THE DISTRICT.

COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD REACH THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF FOU WAH CENTRE BY SEPTEMBER 20.

THE COMPETITION WILL BE HELD EVERY MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, AND FRIDAY BETWEEN 7.30 PM AND 9.30 PM AT THE SHENG KUNG HUI LADY MACLEHOSE CENTRE IN WO Yl HOP ROAD, KWAI CHUNG, STARTING FROM OCTOBER 2.

CASH PRIZES AND CUPS WILL BE AWARDED TO THE WINNERS.

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CONTENTS PAGE NO.

WAY BEING SOUGHT TO CONTROL VILLAGE VEHICLES .................... 1

SIR PHILIP TO VISIT FIRE SERVICES ............................... 1

ADVICE ON USE OF NEW MACHINERY .................................. 2

FINANCIAL SECRETARY VISITS FACTORIES ............................ 3

NORTH DISTRICT BOARD TO DISCUSS RURAL LAND USE .................. J

SEMINAR TO BE HELD ON KWUN TONG DEVELOPMENT ..................... 4

CULTURAL AND SPORTS CENTRE FOR MONG KOK ......................... 4

POT FLOWER GROWING CONTEST FOR SCHOOLS .......................... 5

500 TO TAKE PART IN SWIMMING GALA ............................... 5

TALK ON AMERICAN GSP ............................................ 6

CAUSEWAY BAY, WAN CHAI TRAFFIC CHANGES .......................... 6

RESTRICTED ZONE IN TAI WAI ...................................... 7

CLEARWAY HOURS EXTENDED ......................................... 7

HOLIDAY MAIL..................................................... 7

FIRE SERVICES SWIMMING GALA ..................................... 7

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 1983

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WAY BEING SOUGHT TO CONTROL VILLAGE VEHICLES

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THE GOVERNMENT HOPES SOON TO COME UP WITH A WAY OF CONTROLLING THE VILLAGE VEHICLES THAT HAVE RECENTLY ATTRACTED SO MUCH ATTENTION ON CHEUNG CHAU AND ELSEWHERE.

THE OBJECTIVE IS TO REGULATE THOSE ASPECTS WHICH ARE OF SERIOUS CONCERN SUCH AS SAFETY AND NOISE, BUT WITHOUT IMPOSING RESTRICTIONS WHICH WOULD UNREASONABLY HAMPER THE USEFUL OPERATION OF THESE VEHICLES IN RURAL AREAS WHERE THEY ARE THE ONLY MEANS OF MOVING HEAVY GOODS.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT THE INTENTION WAS TO DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN VILLAGE VEHICLES WHICH ARE PEDESTRIAN CONTROLLED AND THOSE WITH A SEATED DRIVER. THE FORMER WOULD BE ISSUED WITH A PERMIT AND REQUIRED TO CONFORM TO SIMPLE STANDARDS, SUCH AS DIMENSIONS AND THE FITTING OF BRAKES AND AN ENGINE SILENCER.

MOTOR DRIVEN VILLAGE CARS WOULD BE REQUIRED TO COMPLY WITH THE BASIC PROVISIONS OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC (CONSTRUCTION AND USE) REGULATIONS SO FAR AS THEY APPLIED TO SAFETY AND ROAD WORTHINESS.

LEGAL ADVICE IS BEING SOUGHT ON HOW THESE TWO PROPOSED NEW CATEGORIES OF VEHICLE CAN BE DEALT WITH UNDER THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE.

AS THE PROPOSALS WOULD FIRST BE SUBJECT TO THE ADVICE OF THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, AND AS AMENDMENTS TO THE LEGISLATION WOULD BE REQUIRED, THE CHANGES WOULD TAKE SOME TIME TO INTRODUCE.

THE INTERVAL WOULD SERVE AS A SUITABLE PERIOD OF GRACE FOR OWNERS TO ENSURE THEIR VEHICLES MET THE STANDARDS SET.

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SIR PHILIP TO VISIT FIRE SERVICES

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THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, WILL VISIT THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT TOMORROW (THURSDAY) TO SEE THE VARIOUS FUNCTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT AND SOME OF ITS RESCUE AND FIRE FIGHTING EQUIPMENT AND FACILITIES.

SIR PHILIP WILL START HIS HALF-DAY TOUR FROM HMS TAMAR AT 2.15 PM, WHERE HE WILL BOARD A HELICOPTER WITH THE DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES, MR F.M. WATSON, FOR THE FLIGHT TO FIRE SERVICES TRAINING SCHOOL AT PAT HEUNG, NEW TERRITORIES.

AFTER SEEING HOW THE RECRUITS ARE TRAINED AT THE SCHOOL, SIR PHILIP WILL FLY TO THE SHA TIN, NEW TERRITORIES FIRE COMMAND HEADQUARTERS AND TOUR THE COMPLEX.

HE WILL THEN LEAVE BY HELICOPTER FOR HONG KONG ISLAND, TO VISIT OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE SPECIAL MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY STRIKE FORCES DIVISION AT HARBOUR ROAD FIRE STATION.

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ADVICE ON USE OF NEW MACHINERY * M *

FACTORY OPERATORS HAVE BEEN ADVISED TO STUDY CAREFULLY THE DO’S AND DON’TS AND LIMITATIONS LISTED IN THE MANUAL OF INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USING A NEW PIECE OF MACHINERY OR EQUIPMENT

THE ADVICE WAS GIVEN BY MR T.K. CHAN, A SUPERINTENDENT OF FACTORY INSPECTORS OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, IN A TALK ON PREVENTION CF INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS TO THE LIONESS CLUB OF MT. PHOENIX, HONG KONG.

HE STRESSED THAT INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS, WHICH HAD COST INDUSTRY NEARLY $334 MILLION IN COMPENSATION PAYOUT AND COURT FINES IN THE PAST THREE YEARS +HAVE TO BE TACKLED FROM ALL FRONTS IF WE WANT TO ACHIEVE THE BEST RESULT*.

TRAINING AND EDUCATION ON SAFETY, LEGISLATIVE CONTROL AND FAMILY INFLUENCE WERE HARDLY ENOUGH TO KEEP ACCIDENTS AT BAY, HE SAID.

DUE ATTENTION HAD TO BE GIVEN TO THOSE HIDDEN DANGERS ASSOCIATED WITH USING A WRONG PIECE OF EQUIPMENT FOR A JOB OR IGNORING A MAKER’S WARNING AGAINST CERTAIN PROHIBITED USE.

MR CHAN POINTED OUT THAT NOT ALL IMPORTED PLANT AND MACHINERY WERE MADE TO CATER FOR LOCAL CONDITIONS AND NEEDS.

MANY OF THEM HAD APPARENTLY NEVER BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTED WITH DUE REGARD TO SUCH ALIEN FACTORS AS CLIMATIC CONDITIONS, GENERAL WORKING HABITS AND SPACE PROBLEMS AT THE USERS’ END.

♦THE DIFFERENT VOLTAGE REQUIREMENTS, THE DIFFERENT COLOURING CODE IN ELECTRICAL WIRINGS, AND THE ABSENCE OF SUITABLE INSTRUCTION MANUALS OR DATA SHEETS IN CHINESE, JUST TO NAME A FEW, ARE EVIDENCE OF SUCH LACK OF CONSIDERATION IN THIS RESPECT,* HE SAID.

AS A RESULT +WRONG+ TYPES OF EQUIPMENT WERE FREQUENTLY BROUGHT IN, WITH THE USERS NOT BEING FULLY AWARE OF THEIR OPTIMUM OPERATING CONDITIONS.

AND, WORST OF ALL. THEY WERE UNAWARE OF THE EQUIPMENT, LIMITATIONS IN APPLICATION, AND USED THEM IN A ♦MAKE-DO SITUATION,* H? CHAN ADDED.

MR CHAN POINTED OUT THAT PEOPLE INTERVIEWED IN A PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY ON THE BEST WAYS AND MEANS OF REDUCING ACCIDENTS AT WORK PLACED FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT AFTER TRAINING - EDUCATION AND LAW ENFORCEMENT.

♦THEREFORE WE SHOULD ALSO MOTIVATE INDIVIDUAL FAMILIES TO REMIND AND ENCOURAGE THEIR WORKING MEMBERS TO ADOPT THE SAFE METHOD AT WORK.

♦INDEED, A FEW TENDER WORDS WHISPERED INTO ONE’S EAR BEFORE LEAVING HOME FOR WORK, LIKE ’COME HOME SAFELY, LOVE’ OR 'DADDY, DON’T GET HURT, PLEASE*, MIGHT WORK MAGIC AND WOULD SAVE A THOUSAND WARNINGS IN FACTORY OR IN A TRAINING SESSION,* HE SAID.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 1983

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FINANCIAL SECRETARY VISITS FACTORIES *****

THE-FINANCIAL SECRETARY, SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE TODAY CONTINUED HIS REGULAR VISITS TO LOCAL FACTORIES.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR PETER KIANG, SIR JOHN ARRIVED AT FANG BROTHERS TEXTILES LTD. AT KWAI WING ROAD, KWAI CHUNG, WHERE HE WAS WELCOMED BY THE FACTORY’S DIRECTORS, MR JEFFREY FANG AND MR LAWRENCE FANG.

ESTABLISHED IN 1966, FANG BROTHERS TEXTILES LTD. IS A LOCALLY OWNED LIMITED FACTORY POSSESSING A SELF-OWNED, MULTI-STOREY INDUSTRIAL BUILDING. ITS PRODUCTS, MAINLY COTTON FABRICS AND KNITWEAR MADE OF COTTON, MAN-MADE FIBRES AND SILK, ARE MAINLY EXPORTED TO THE UNITED STATES AND THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY.

SIR JOHN ALSO VISITED POLYWAY LTD. AT CHEUNG SHUN STREET, CHEUNG SHA WAN AND WAS GREETED BY THE MANAGING DIRECTOR, MR TONY LEUNG AND THE GENERAL MANAGER, MR ANDREW LEUNG. HE WAS THEN _ SHOWN AROUND THE FACTORY AND SAW THE OPERATION OF THE FACTORY S BRAND NEW COMPUTER NUMERICAL CONTROLLED MILLING MACHINES.

POLYWAY LTD., ALSO A LOCALLY OWNED LIMITED COMPANY AND SET IP IN 1978 PRODUCES STEEL MOULDS FOR PLASTIC MOULDING AND STEEL DIES FOR METAL STAMPING. APART FROM BEING SOLD LOCALLY, THE PRODUCTS OF THE COMPANY ARE ALSO EXPORTED

THE UNITED

TO SINGAPORE

STATES AND THE EEC

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NORTH DISTRICT BOARD TO DISCUSS RURAL LAND USE

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USE OF RURAL LAND AS PROPOSED IN THE NORTH EASTERN NEW TERRITORIES STUDY WILL BE TABLED FOR DISCUSSION AT THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

ON RURAL LAND USE, THE STUDY TAKES INTO ACCOUNT THOSE AREAS WHERE AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND MARICULTURE ARE PRACTISED, AND THOSE AREAS WHICH SHOULD BE DEVELOPED FOR RECREATIONAL USES.

REPRESENTATIVES OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES AND THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENTS WILL ATTEND THE MEETING TO BRIEF THE BOARD MEMBERS.

AT THE MEETING, MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE INFORMED OF THE PROGRESS ON CLEARANCE OPERATIONS IN IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT OF THE DISTRICT, PARTICULARLY IN LUEN WO HUI AND SHEK WU HUI.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE PROGRESS REPORTS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMITTEES AND A BRIEFING ON THE REPORT ♦A PERSPECTIVE ON EDUCATION IN HONG KONG+.

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SEMINAR TO BE HELD ON KWUN TONG DEVELOPMENT

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A SEMINAR TO DISCUSS THE PROVISION OF GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE INSTITUTIONS AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES IN KWUN TONG, AS PROPOSED IN THE DISTRICT’S 10-YEAR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 26) EVENING.

THE PROGRAMME, WHICH HAS A DIRECT BEARING ON THE LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT OF KWUN TONG, INCLUDES PLANS ON CIVIL ENGINEERING WORKS, HIGHWAYS, WATERWORKS, PUBLIC HOUSING AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

ABOUT 150 MEMBERS FROM THE DISTRICT’S 13 AREA COMMITTEES HAVE BEEN INVITED TO THE SEMINAR TO BE HELD AT 8.30 PM IN THE TELFORD GARDENS COMMUNITY HALL.

AT THE SEMINAR, REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE NORTH EAST KOWLOON DEVELOPMENT OFFICE WILL GIVE A SLIDE PRESENTATION ON THE MAJOR DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS.

THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A GROUP DISCUSSION, AND VIEWS OF THE AREA COMMITTEES’ MEMBERS WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE DEVELOPMENT OFFICE.

THE SEMINAR IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE NORTH EAST KOWLOON DEVELOPMENT OFFICE.

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NOTE TO EDITORS!

CULTURAL AND SPORTS CENTRE FOR MONG KOK

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THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, WILL LAY THE FOUNDATION STONE OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB MONG KOK DISTRICT CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION’S LIM POR YEN CENTRE TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

THE $6-MILLI0N PROJECT IS THE FIRST MULTI-STOREY CULTURAL AND SPORTS CENTRE TO BE BUILT IN THE MONG KOK DISTRICT AND ALSO THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN THE URBAN AREA.

THE JOCKEY CLUB HAS DONATED $3 MILLION AND THE BALANCE WILL BE SUPPORTED AND RAISED BY MR LIM POR-YEN AND THE ASSOCIATION.

ALSO ATTENDING THE CEREMONY WILL BE THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WILFRED WONG; A STEWARD OF THE JOCKEY CLUB, MR GORDON MACWHINNIE, AND MR LIM.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE FOUNDATION STONE LAYING CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT 4 PM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AT THE MONG KOK KAIFONG ASSOCIATION, 45, FUK TSUN STREET, TAI KOK TSUI.

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POT FLOWER GROWING CONTEST FOR SCHOOLS * * *

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE URBAN COUNCIL ARE JOINTLY ORGANISING A SCHOOL CHILDREN POT FLOWER GROWING COMPETITION, IN CONNECTION WITH THE ANNUAL URBAN COUNCIL FLOWER SHOW TO BE HELD IN MARCH NEXT YEAR AT THE CITY HALL.

THE COMPETITION AIMS TO PROVIDE SCHOOL CHILDREN WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PLANTS, AND WILL STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF BEAUTIFYING THE ENVIRONMENT. IT WILL BE DIVIDED INTO URBAN PRIMARY SCHOOLS CLASS AND RURAL PRIMARY SCHOOLS CLASS.

SCHOOLS WISHING TO TAKE PART IN THE COMPETITION SHOULD SUBMIT AN ENTRY FORM TO THE INSPECTOR (PRIMARY SCIENCE), SCIENCE SUBJECTS SECTION, ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT LEE GARDENS, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY BEFORE SEPTEMBER 23.

THE URBAN COUNCIL WILL SUPPLY SEEDS TO THE PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS. AND A SEMINAR WILL BE HELD AT A LATER DATE WITH TALKS ON ’FLOWER GROWING AND THE PRIMARY SCIENCE CURRICULUM’ AND ’PLANTING TECHNIQUES’ GIVEN BY SCIENCE INSPECTORS OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT OFFICERS.

THREE POTS OF FLOWERS OF THE SAME SPECIES WILL FORM ONE ENTRY UNIT, AND A SCHOOL’S MAXIMUM PRESENTATION IS THREE UNITS OF THREE DIFFERENT SPECIES.

PRIZES WILL BE GIVEN TO THE BEST THREE ENTRIES TO EACH SPECIES, AS WELL AS TO THE WINNER OF EACH CLASS. AN OVERALL CHAMPIONSHIP WILL ALSO BE AWARDED TO THE BEST ENTRY TO THE COMPETITION.

ENQUIRIES CONCERNING THE COMPETITION CAN BE MADE AT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT 5-8392466 OR THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT 5-95741.

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500 TO TAKE PART IN SWIMMING GALA M M M

THE SEVENTH KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT SWIMMING GALA WILL BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 24 AT TAI WAN SHAN SWIMMING POOL.

THE GALA IS BEING ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION AND SPORTS SERVICE (KOWLOON DISTRICT) OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT, AND SPONSORED BY THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD AND KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT RECREATION AND SPORT COUNCIL.

OPEN TO ALL WHO ARE 10 YEARS OF AGE AND OVER, THE EVENT WILL BE DIVIDED INTO MEN’S AND WOMEN'S SECTIONS.

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WEENESDAY, AUGUST 24, 198>

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THE MEN’S SECTION WILL BE DIVIDED INTO THREE GROUPS - THOSE WHO ARE ABOVE 19, BETWEEN 15 AND 18 AND UNDER 15 YEARS OLD.

THE WOMEN’S SECTION WILL BE DIVIDED INTO TWO GROUPS - A SENIOR GROUP FOR COMPETITORS WHO ARE 15 OR ABOVE, AND A JUNIOR SECTION FOR THOSE UNDER 15.

♦OVER 500 PARTICIPANTS ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE PART IN THE EIGHTHOUR EVENT STARTING AT 9 AM,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR RSS SAID.

♦KOWLOON CITY RESIDENTS ARE WELCOME TO JOIN THE COMPETITION AND ADMISSION IS FREE,* HE ADDED.

APPLICATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE KOWLOON CITY RECREATION AND SPORTS SERVICE, THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS HUNG HOM AND HOMANTIN SUB-OFFICES.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE AT 3-7128500.

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NOTE TO EDITORS!

TALK ON AMERICAN GSP * * * *

THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF TRADE, MR JOHN CHAN WILL SPEAK AT THE DINNER MEETING OF THE LIONS CLUB OF KWUN TONG TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AT THE HONG KONG HOTEL, 6/F, FUNG SHU I ROOM.

MR CHAN WILL DELIVER HIS SPEECH ENTITLED +THE SIGNIFICANCE TO HONG KONG OF THE US GENERALISED SYSTEM OF PREFERENCE* AFTER THE DINNER, AT ABOUT 8 PM.

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CAUSEWAY BAY, WAN CHAI TRAFFIC CHANGES * * *

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN CAUSEWAY BAY AND WAN CHAI OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

IN

IN CAUSEWAY BAY. THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF CAUSEWAY ROAD, RFTWEFN HING FAT STREET AND MORETON TERRACE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 PM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR WORK ON A FLYOVER.

DURING THE CLOSURE, TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA TUNG LO WAN ROAD AND MORETON TERRACE.

IN WAN CHAI, THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF WOOD WAN CHAI ROAD AND WING CHEUNG STREET WILL BE CLOSED ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 26) FOR ABOUT THREE DAYS FOR WORK

ROAD BETWEEN

FROM 10 AM ON THE

MTR ISLAND LINE.

DURING THE CLOSURE, MOTORISTS WILL HAVE TO USE TAK YAN STREET, 01 KWAN ROAD AND WING CHEUNG STREET.

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RESTRICTED ZONE IN TAI WAI

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FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 26), SHING TSUEN ROAD AND THE UNNAMED ROAD CONNECTING SHING TSUEN ROAD AND TSUEN NAM ROAD IN TAI WAI, SHA TIN WILL BE DESIGNATED A RESTRICTED ZONE FROM 7 AM TO MIDNIGHT DAILY.

WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONE, ALL MOTOR VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING UP OR SETTING DOWN PASSENGERS OR LOADING OR UNLOADING GOODS.

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CLEARWAY HOURS EXTENDED * * *

FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 26), CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS AT THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF TUNG LO WAN ROAD BETWEEN ITS WESTERN JUNCTION WITH CAUSEWAY ROAD AND A POINT 60 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE EXTENDED TO COVER THE PERIOD BETWEEN 7 AM AND 7 PM DAILY.

NO VEHICLE OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS DURING THE PROHIBITED PERIOD WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONE.

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HOLIDAY MAIL * * *

THERE WILL BE ONE MAIL DELIVERY ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 27), WHICH IS A HOLIDAY, THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY.

AND ON THAT DAY, 36 POST OFFICES, INCLUDING THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, THE KOWLOON CENTRAL POST OFFICE, AND THE TSIM SHA TSUI, TSUEN WAN AND TAI PO POST OFFICES WILL BE OPEN FOR BUSINESS FROM 9 AM TO 12 NOON.

THERE WILL BE NO MAIL DELIVERY ON MONDAY (AUGUST 29), LIBERATION DAY, AND ALL POST OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED ON THAT DAY.

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FIRE SERVICES SWIMMING GALA

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THE FINALS OF THE FIRE SERVICES ANNUAL SWIMMING GALA ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG FIRE SERVICES SPORT AND WELFARE CLUB WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 26), AT MORRISON HILL SWIMMING POOL, HONG KONG, STARTING AT 1 PM.

SOME 200 OFFICERS AND MEN AND CIVILIAN STAFF WILL TAKE PART IN MORE THAN 20 EVENTS, WHICH WILL BE HIGHLIGHTED BY AN INTER-DEPARTMENTAL INVITATION RELAY RACE.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE GALA.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

WE ARE A LISTENING GOVERNMENT — SIR PHILIP ................ 1

+FIRE SERVICES AMONG BEST IN WORLD+ ....................... 5

EXPORT-LED RECOVERY IS UNDERWAY ........................... 3

HK RESISTING AMERICAN GSP EXCLUSION MOVES ................. 6

CLOTHING INDUSTRY MANPOWER SURVEY STARTS SEPTEMBER ........ 9

CULTURAL AND SPORTS CENTRE FOR MONG KOK RESIDENTS........  10

BOARD TO DISCUSS REPORT ON DISCOS ........................ 11

YOUNGSTERS TO HELP BEAUTIFY YUEN LONG .................... 12

TRAFFIC PAUSE FOR FOOTBRIDGE WORK ........................ 12

QUEENSWAY TO BE CLOSED FOR WORKS .......................   13

THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 1983

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WE ARE A LISTENING GOVERNMENT — SIR PHILIP

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THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, STRESSED AGAIN TODAY THAT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT IS RESPONSIVE TO PUBLIC OPINION.

HE WAS SPEAKING TO REPORTERS DURING HIS VISIT TO THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO LOOK OVER ITS FACILITIES.

THE FOLLOWING IS THE TRANSCRIPT OF SIR PHILIP’S REMARKS ON

A WIDE RANGE OF SUBJECTSi

CONCERNING HIS REPLY TO A LETTER BY A STUDENT GROUP ON THE QUESTION OF GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC OPINION, THE ACTING GOVERNOR SAID:

A. +1 AM VERY SURPRISED TO HEAR THAT THEY ARE UNSATISFIED. I WROTE THE LETTER CAREFULLY AND I AM DISAPPOINTED THAT THE MESSAGE I TRIED TO GET ACROSS DIDN’T GET THROUGH.

THEY SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT ISN’T RESPONSIVE TO PUBLIC OPINION AND I SAID THE GOVERNMENT IS RESPONSIVE TO PUBLIC OPINION.

THERE’S NOTHING MORE TO BE SAID. THAT’S MY VIEWS AND THAT’S THEIRS. AND I BELIEVE MINE TO BE RIGHT.

Q. HOW CAN YOU EXPLAIN THAT THE HEUNG YEE KUK PEOPLE SAID THEIR OPINIONS ARE ALWAYS NEGLECTED?

A. WELL THAT’S THE OPINION OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK. NOT MINE.

IN FACT I'LL BE SEEING THE HEUNG YEE KUK, I THINK, ON FRIDAY MORNING BECAUSE THEY RECENTLY SAW THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES AND HAD A DISCUSSION WITH HIM AND THEY WERE APPARENTLY NOT VERY SATISFIED WITH THE OUTCOME OF THE DISCUSSION. I DO NOT KNOW WHY. SO I’VE AGREED TO SEE THEM, BECAUSE WE’RE A LISTENING GOVERNMENT, AND WE LISTEN TO PUBLIC OPINION.

Q. BUT THEY ARE THREATENING THAT IF THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT LISTEN TO PUBLIC OPINION THEY WILL RUN THE NT BY THEMSELVES.

A. I SEE. WELL I NOTE THE THREAT, I’LL SAY NO MORE.

Q. I KNOW A LOT OF LEGCO MEMBERS’ TERMS WILL EXPIRE THIS YEAR ...

A. THE TERMS OF APPOINTMENT OF ALL MEMBERS OF EXCO AND LEGCO EXPIRE AT THE END OF THIS MONTH AND THEREFORE THERE WILL BE AN ANNOUNCEMENT IN DUE COURSE OF APPOINTMENTS AND REAPPOINTMENTS.

Q. WILL THERE BE A LOT OF YOUNG PEOPLE RECRUITED ?

THINK YOU SHOULD WAIT UNTIL

WE MAKE THE ANNOUNCEMENT.

Q. WHEN WILL THE ANNOUNCEMENT BE MADE ?

A. BEFORE THE END OF THIS MONTH. BECAUSE THEIR PRESENT APPOINTMENTS EXPIRE AT THE END OF THIS MONTH.

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WOULD YOU COMMENT ON THE SUCCESS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD AND WILL DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS BE INCLUDED IN THE APPOINTMENT?

I WON’T COMMENT ON THE SECOND HALF OF YOUR QUESTION. THE FIRST PART OF YOUR QUESTION .... ABOUT DISTRICT BOARD. I THINK THE DISTRICT BOARD IS WORKING EXTREMELY WELL AND OF COURSE THIS IS PARTLY DUE TO THE GREAT SUPPORT GIVEN TO THE D.STR ICT BOARD BY THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES WHICH BRING TOGETHER ALL EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS IN A COOPERATIVE SPIRIT AND THEY SERVICE THE DISTRICT BOARDS AND RESPOND TO THE OPINIONS OF DISTRICT BOARDS, IN MY VIEW, IN THE MOST IMAGINATIVE WAY.

WILL THE DISTRICT BOARDS’ POWERS BE EXPANDED TO POLICY MAKING ?

THE DISTRICT BOARDS HAVE ONLY RECENTLY BEEN SET UP, I DON’T THINK WE WANT TO THINK IN TERMS OF CHANGING THE CONSTITUTION OF THE DISTRICT BOARD YET, WE MUST LEARN BY EXPERIENCE. I’VE NO DOUBT THAT THERE’D BE ADJUSTMENTS TO THE ROLE OF DISTRICT BOARD IN THE FUTURE, TO THEIR COMPOSITION, TO THE TERRITORIAL BOUNDARIES AND SO ON. BUT WE MUST TAKE THESE THINGS QUITE SLOWLY. THERE’S NO NEED TO RUSH.

WHAT KIND OF ADJUSTMENT?

I’M SIMPLY SAYING THE DISTRICT BOARDS HAVE ONLY BEEN WITH US FOR A FAIRLY SHORT TIME. I’VE NO DOUBT THAT IN DUE COURSE THERE’D BE SOME ADJUSTMENTS. WHAT THEY WILL BE I’VE NO IDEA.

THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD WILL BE DISCUSSING THE QUESTION OF 1997 TOMORROW. WOULD YOU ENCOURAGE THE DISTRICT BOARD TO DO THAT....

THERE’S BEEN A LOT OF MISUNDERSTANDING ABOUT THE RIGHTS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD TO DISCUSS SUBJECTS. THE DISTRICT BOARDS HAVE CERTAIN FUNCTIONS. THEIR MAIN ROLE IS TO ADVISE THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AND THE GOVERNMENT GENERALLY ON MATTERS AFFECTING THE WELFARE OF PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT BUT IF THEY WISH TO RAISE ANY SUBJECT AT ALL RELATING TO THEIR LIVELIHOOD UNDER ANY OTHER BUSINESS, IN A DISTRICT BOARD MEETING, IN ANY OF THEIR REGULAR MEETINGS THEY MAY DO SO. AND I UNDERSTAND THAT THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD WILL RAISE THE QUESTION OF THE FUTURE UNDER ANY OTHER BUSINESS AT THEIR NEXT MEETING. THERE’S NO REASON WHY THEY SHOULDN’T.

THE DIRECTOR OF THE NEW CHINA NEWS AGENCY, MR XU JIA TUN WILL LISTEN TO THE OPINION CONCERNING THE FUTURE OF HK FROM THE HEUNG YEE KUK. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THAT?

MR XU IS AT LIBERTY TO THAT IF HE WISHES.

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+FIRE SERVICES AMONG BEST IN WORLD*

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HONG KONG HAS ONE OF THE BEST TRAINED, BEST EQUIPPED AND BEST MOTIVATED FIRE SERVICES IN THE WORLD, THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, SAID TODAY.

SIR PHILIP WAS SPEAKING DURING HIS HALF-DAY VISIT TO THE FIRE SERVICES TODAY, TO SEE THE VARIOUS FUNCTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT, AND SOME OF ITS LATEST RESCUE AND FIRE FIGHTING EQUIPMENT AND FACILITIES.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES, MR F.M. WATSON, SIR PHILIP FIRST FLEW BY HELICOPTER TO THE FIRE SERVICES TRAINING SCHOOL AT PAT HEUNG, NEW TERRITORIES WHERE HE WAS MET ON ARRIVAL BY THE COMMANDANT.

SIR PHILIP THEN TOURED THE SCHOOL AND SPOKE WITH RECRUITS UNDER TRAINING.

LATER SIR PHILIP LEFT FOR SHA TIN AND VISITED THE NEW TERRITORIES FIRE COMMAND HEADQUARTERS, SHA TIN FIRE STATION AND AMBULANCE DEPOT AND THE NEW TERRITORIES REGIONAL FIRE PROTECTION OFFICE.

HE THEN RETURNED TO HONG KONG ISLAND WHERE HE MET PERSONNEL OF THE FIRE SERVICES MTR STRIKE FORCE AT HARBOUR ROAD FIRE STATION, AND HEARD ABOUT THE VARIOUS FUNCTIONS AND WORK OF THIS SPECIALISED UNIT. HE ALSO SAW HOW THE STRIKE FORCE MOUNTS A RESCUE OPERATION IN AN MTR TUNNEL.

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EXPORT-LED RECOVERY IS UNDERWAY KO

ACCORDING TO THE HALF-YEARLY ECONOMIC REPORT 1983 PUBLISHED TODAY BY THE GOVERNMENT, DOMESTIC EXPORTS HAVE BEEN GROWING AT AN INCREASINGLY RAPID RATE SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR, AS THE ECONOMIES OF SEVERAL OF HONG KONG’S MAJOR EXPORT MARKETS CONTINUED TO IMPROVE.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1983 GREW BY ABOUT NINE PER CENT IN REAL TERMS OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF LAST YEAR, INDICATING THAT A RECOVERY OF THE EXPORT SECTOR IS ALREADY UNDERWAY.

THE REPORT. HOWEVER, NOTES THAT DOMESTIC DEMAND WAS STILL WEAK IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1983. WHILE STATISTICS ON RETAINED IMPORTS OF CONSUMER GOODS SUGGEST THAT CONSUMER DEMAND MAY HAVE PICKED UP SLIGHTLY IN THE SECOND QUARTER, RETAINED IMPORTS OF CAPITAL GOODS CONTINUED TO FALL, ALBEIT AT A SLOWER RATE IN THE SECOND QUARTER THAN IN THE FIRST QUARTER.

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THE REPORT POINTS OUT THAT, ON PRESENT INDICATIONS, ECONOMIC GROWTH IN 1983 WILL BE EXPORT-LED.

COMMENTING ON THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION, THE REPORT SAYS THAT AS A RESULT OF THE STRENGTHENING IN DOMESTIC EXPORT PERFORMANCE AND A REVIVAL IN MANUFACTURING ACTIVITY, BOTH THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AND THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE FELL IN THE SECOND QUARTER, TO 4.4 PER CENT AND 1.9 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

"HE CORRESPONDING RATES IN THE FIRST QUARTER WERE 5.1 PER CENT AND 2.5 PER CENT.

THE RATE OF INFLATION, IN TERMS OF THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A), PICKED UP SLIGHTLY, FROM A YEAR-ON-YEAR RATE OF INCREASE OF NINE PER CENT IN THE FIRST QUARTER TO 10 PER CENT IN THE SECOND QUARTER.

iN THE FIRST HALF, THE INCREASE WAS 9.4 PER CENT. THE REPORT, HOWEVER, COMMENTS THAT THE DEPRECIATION OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 1983 MAY RESULT IN A RATHER FASTER RATE OF CONSUMER PRICE INCREASE IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR.

THE REPORT REVIEWS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR. APART FROM GIVING AN OVERALL VIEW, IT ALSO CONTAINS INDIVIDUAL CHAPTERS ON THE EXTERNAL SECTOR, THE FINANCIAL SECTOR, THE LABOUR SECTOR, ACTIVITY IN SELECTED SECTORS AND PRICES.

ON THE EXTERNAL SECTOR, THE REPORT POINTS OUT THAT THE YEAR-ON-YEAR GROWTH RATE IN REAL TERMS OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS ACCELERATED FROM THREE PER CENT IN THE FIRST QUARTER TO ROUGHLY 14 PER CENT IN THE SECOND QUARTER.

AS THE ECONOMIES OF HONG KONG’S MAJOR EXPORT MARKETS ARE EXPEC'ED TO CONTINUE TO IMPROVE DURING THE REST OF THE YEAR, DOMESTIC EXPORT PERFORMANCE IS LIKELY TO REMAIN STRONG IN THE COMING MONTHS.

CONSISTENT WITH THIS VIEW IS THE SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN RETAINED IMPORTS OF RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES IN THE SECOND QUARTER AND THE CONTINUED IMPROVEMENT IN MANUFACTURERS’ ORDER-BOOK POSITIONS.

THE REPORT FURTHER NOTES THAT RE-EXPORTS IN THE FIRST HALF WERE ABOUT SEVEN PER CENT HIGHER IN REAL TERMS THAN IN THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

THE YEAR-ON-YEAR GROWTH RATE IN REAL TERMS INCREASED FROM IWO PER CENT IN THE FIRST QUARTER TO AN ESTIMATED 11 PER CENT IN THE SECOND QUARTER.

IMPORTS ALSO RECOVERED IN THE FIRST HALF, RECORDING A YEAR-ON-YEAR GROWTH RATE IN REAL TERMS OF ABOUT FOUR PER CENT. THIS WAS MADE UP OF A DECLINE OF ONE PER CENT IN THE FIRST QUARTER ANE AN INCREASE OF ABOUT NINE PER CENT IN THE SECOND QUARTER.

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COMPARING THE FIRST HALF OF 1983 WITH THE FIRST HALF OF 1982, THE REPORT POINTS OUT THAT THE GROWTH RATE OF THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS (DOMESTIC EXPORTS PLUS RE-EXPORTS), AT 13 PER CENT, WAS FASTER THAN THAT OF IMPORTS, AT 11 PER CENT. THE VISIBLE TRADE GAP THUS NARROWED TO 12 PER CENT, FROM 14 PER CENT IN THE FIRST HALF CF 1982.

ON THE FINANCIAL SECTOR, THE REPORT NOTES THE FOLLOWING DEVELOPMENTS DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR.

FIRST, THE GROWTH RATE OF THE MONEY SUPPLY WAS SLOWING DOWN, REFLECTING SLOWER GROWTH OF LOANS AND ADVANCES. BUT THE FOREIGN CURRENCY COMPONENT OF THE MONEY SUPPLY, WHICH WAS BUOYED BY +SWAP* DEPOSITS AND BY THE WEAKNESS OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR, GREW AT A FASTER RATE THAN ITS HONG KONG DOLLAR COMPONENT.

SECOND, THE SWITCH OF DEPOSITS FROM REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES TO BANKS CONTINUED, ALBEIT AT A SLOWER RATE THAN DURING 1982, AS THE TWO-YEAR TRANSITIONAL PERIOD FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE THREE-TIER STRUCTURE CAME TO AN END.

THIRD, AFFECTED BY NERVOUS POLITICAL SENTIMENT, THE GENERAL STRENGTH OF THE US DOLLAR AND SPECULATIVE ACTIVITIES, THE HONG KONG DOLLAR WAS UNDER CONSIDERABLE DOWNWARD PRESSURE, PARTICULARLY DURING THE SECOND QUARTER. THE EXTENT OF THE DEPRECIATION WAS GENERALLY CONSIDERED TO BE EXCESSIVE IN TERMS OF THE UNDERLYING ECONOMIC FUNDAMENTALS WHICH HAVE BEEN CLEARLY INDICATING AN EXPORT-LED RECOVERY.

FOURTH, TO LEND SUPPORT TO THE HONG KONG DOLLAR, LOCAL INTEREST RATES WERE ADJUSTED UPWARDS TWICE IN THE SECOND QUARTER.

ON THE LABOUR SECTOR, THE REPORT SAYS THAT BOTH THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AND THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE FELL IN THE SECOND QUARTER, FROM THE PEAKS RECORDED EARLIER IN THE YEAR.

REFLECTING THE RECOVERY OF THE EXPORT SECTOR, MANUFACTURING EMPLOYMENT HAS CEASED TO DECLINE SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR.

EMPLOYMENT ON BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES, HOWEVER, CONTINUED TO FALL IN THE SECOND QUARTER.

THE REPORT FURTHER NOTES THAT DURING THE TWELVE MONTHS ENDING MARCH 1983, MANUFACTURING WAGE RATES AND CONSTRUCTION WAGE RATES INCREASED IN MONEY TERMS, BUT DECLINED IN REAL TERMS- WHEREAS WAGES AND SALARIES IN THE TERTIARY SERVICES SECTORS, IN TERMS OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED, ROSE IN BOTH MONEY TERMS AND REAL TERMS.

THE REPORT OBSERVES THAT THERE WAS A CONSIDERABLE REVIVAL IN MANUFACTURING ACTIVITY IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR, AS SHOWN BY THE LATEST STATISTICS ON DOMESTIC EXPORTS, RETAINED IMPORTS OF RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES, OUTWARD CARGO MOVEMENTS BY SEA AND BY AIR, AND THE QUANTITY OF ELECTRICITY CONSUMED BY THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR.

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A QUALITATIVE ASSESSMENT BASED ON FACTORY VISITS AND CONTACTS WITH LOCAL INDUSTRIALISTS ALSO INDICATES GREATER OPTIMISM AMONG MANUFACTURERS ABOUT EXPORT PROSPECTS IN THE COMING MONTHS.

THE GENERAL IMPRESSION IS THAT TEXTILES AND CLOTHING AND ELECTRONIC INDUSTRIES ARE SHOWING THE FASTEST RECOVERY, FOLLOWED BY FOOD AND BEVERAGES, PLASTICS, METAL FABRICATION, WATCHES AND CLOCKS, AND TOYS.

SOME MANUFACTURERS OF PLASTIC PRODUCTS, ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS AND ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES HAVE, HOWEVER, REPORTED DIFFICULTIES IN OBTAINING RAW MATERIALS AND COMPONENT PARTS.

ON THE PROPERTY SECTOR, THE REPORT POINTS OUT THAT THE VACANCY POSITION FOR MOST TYPES OF PROPERTY WAS HIGH IN RELATION TO THE EXISTING STOCK.

AS DEMAND FOR PROPERTY REMAINED DEPRESSED (EXCEPT FOR SMALL FLATS IN CONVENIENT LOCATIONS), PRICES AND RENTALS OF FINISHED PROPERTY GENERALLY EASED FURTHER IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1983.

REFLECTING THE EFFECT OF THIS ON THE BUILDING INTENTIONS OF PRIVATE DEVELOPERS, THE NUMBER OF BUILDING PLANS WITH CONSENT TO COMMENCE WORK IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR WAS SUBSTANTIALLY LOWER THAN IN THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

ON PRICES, THE REPORT COMMENTS THAT DESPITE THE DEPRECIATION CF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR SINCE THE END OF 1982, THE RATE OF INFLATION INCREASED ONLY MODERATELY IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR.

IT ATTRIBUTES THIS TO SEVERAL RATHER FAVOURABLE FACTORS, SUCH AS THE RELATIVELY WEAK DOMESTIC DEMAND, THE SLOWING DOWN IN THE GROWTH RATE OF THE MONEY SUPPLY, THE MODERATE RATE OF INCREASE IN WORLD COMMODITY PRICES AND THE EASING OF THE RATE OF INFLATION IN HONG KONG'S MAJOR TRADING PARTNERS.

THE HALF-YEARLY ECONOMIC REPORT 1983 IS NOW ON SALE AT $12 A COPY.

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HK RESISTING AMERICAN GSP EXCLUSION MOVES

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HONG KONG WAS RESISTING MOVES WHICH COULD RESULT IN THE TERRITORY BEING EXCLUDED FROM THE UNITED STATES’ GENERALISED SYSTEM OF PREFERENCES (GSP). THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF TRADE, MR JOHN CHAN, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE US GSP HAD BROUGHT CONSIDERABLE BENEFITS TO HONG KONG.

HE TOLD A DINNER MEETING OF THE LIONS CLUB OF KWUN TONG.

MR CHAN SAID THAT ABOUT 15 PER CENT OF HONG KONG’S TO* L EXPORTS TO THE U.S. BENEFITED FROM THE GSP.

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+0F COURSE THE BENEFITS WOULD HAVE BEEN MUCH GREATER - AND HONG KONG WOULD HAVE BEEN MUCH HAPPIER - IF 100 PER CENT OF OUR EXPORTS TO THE US HAD ENJOYED GSP TREATMENT, BUT WE RECOGNISE THAT THIS IS NOT REALISTIC,* MR CHAN SAID.

HE SAID THAT EVEN WHEN WE CONSIDERED ONLY THE 3 000 CATEGORIES INCLUDED IN THE GSP, THE PROPORTION OF HONG KONG’S EXPORTS BENEFITING FROM THE GSP WAS NO MORE THAN 30 PER CENT.

*'NEVERTHELESS, THE DUTY-FREE TRADE WAS WORTH ABOUT US$800 MILLION IN 1982. FURTHERMORE, THE GSP HAS CONTRIBUTED DIRECTLY TOWARDS THE DIVERSIFICATION OF OUR EXPORTS TO THE U.S.,+ MR CHAN SAID.

MR CHAN SAID HE HAD THREE REASONS FOR CHOOSING TO SPEAK ON THE TOPIC: 'THE SIGNIFICANCE TO HONG KONG OF THE US GSP’.

FIRST, IT WAS IMPORTANT, BECAUSE THE U.S. WAS THE LARGEST SINGLE MARKET FOR HONG KONG’S DOMESTIC EXPORTS. IN 1982, HONG KONG EXPORTED ABOUT HK$30 BILLION WORTH OF GOODS TO THE U.S. UNDER THE GSP, SOME 15 PER CENT OF THESE GOODS ENTERED THE U.S. DUTY-FREE.

♦SECOND, IT IS A TOPICAL SUBJECT,* MR CHAN SAID. +CURRENT U.S. LEGISLATION ON THE GSP WILL EXPIRE IN JANUARY 1985. THE U.S. ADMINISTRATION HAS RECENTLY SUBMITTED A BILL TO CONGRESS SEEKING TO EXTEND THE SYSTEM FOR 10 YEARS AND CONGRESS IS HOLDING PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THE BILL.*

+THIRDLY, IT IS A CONTROVERSIAL SUBJECT. THERE IS A STRONG SENTIMENT IN THE U.S. CONGRESS THAT HONG KONG, SOUTH KOREA AND TAIWAN, AND POSSIBLY ONE OR TWO OTHERS, ARE ALREADY TOO ADVANCED AND SHOULD NOT CONTINUE TO BE GIVEN GSP TREATMENT. WITH THIS WE STRONGLY DISAGREE,* MR CHAN SAID.

MR CHAN SAID THAT THE U.S. GSP BEGAN IN 1976. BASICALLY, IT PROVIDED FOR IMPORTS INTO THE U.S. FROM DEVELOPING COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES TO BE ADMITTED DUTY FREE, PROVIDED THEY MET CERTAIN ORIGIN RULES.

THERE WERE, HOWEVER, SOME IMPORTANT EXCEPTIONS:

NOT ALL PRODUCTS WERE INCLUDED IN THE GSP. ITEMS OF WHICH IMPORTS FROM DEVELOPING COUNTRIES WERE CONSIDERED TO POSE A THREAT TO U.S. INDUSTRY WERE EXCLUDED. FOR EXAMPLE, THE U.S. GSP DID NOT COVER TEXTILES AND CLOTHING ITEMS SUBJECT TO TEXTILE AGREEMENTS, CERTAIN TYPES OF FOOTWEAR, WATCHES, CERTAIN ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS, AND SO ON.

UNDER A ^COMPETITIVE NEED* RULE, ONCE U.S. DUTY-FREE IMPORTS OF A PRODUCT FROM A BENEFICIARY REACHED 50 PER CENT OF TOTAL U.S. IMPORTS OF THAT PRODUCT, OR A CERTAIN VALUE (AT PRESENT US$53.3 MILLION), THE BENEFICIARY WAS AUTOMATICALLY DENIED FURTHER DUTY-FREE ENTRY OF THE PRODUCT.

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SINCE 1981, THE U.S. GOVERNMENT HAD APPLIED A +GRADUATION+ POLICY TO THE MAJOR GSP BENEFICIARIES, INCLUDING HONG KONG. THIS GAVE THE PRESIDENT POWER TO EXCLUDE A BENEFICIARY FROM GSP TREATMENT FOR A PRODUCT IN WHICH THAT BENEFICIARY WAS REGARDED AS BEING SUFFICIENTLY COMPETITIVE, EVEN IF THE BENEFICIARY HAD NOT REACHED THE +COMPETITIVE NEED* LIMIT.

MR CHAN SAID THAT HONG KONG HAD ALWAYS ACCEPTED THAT SOME PRODUCTS MIGHT HAVE TO BE EXCLUDED FROM THE SYSTEM TO PROTECT THE INTERESTS OF U.S. INDUSTRY.

+WE HAVE NEVER COMPLAINED ABOUT THE COMPETITIVE NEED CRITERION WHICH IS BASED ON OBJECTIVE - ALBEIT PERHAPS ARBITRARY -YARDSTICKS,* MR CHAN SAID.

*WE ARE MUCH LESS HAPPY ABOUT THE ’GRADUATION POLICY’ WHICH, IN OUR VIEW, CONTAINS AN ELEMENT OF DISCRIMINATION, AND WE HAVE MADE REPRESENTATIONS TO THE U.S. GOVERNMENT ABOUT THIS.

+INSTEAD OF REMOVING THAT ELEMENT OF DISCRIMINATION, SOME MEMBERS OF THE U.S. CONGRESS ARE SUGGESTING THAT IT SHOULD BE MADE EVEN WORSE. THEY ARE SUGGESTING THAT HONG KONG SHOULD BE EXCLUDED FROM THE U.S. GSP ALTOGETHER. WE CANNOT ACCEPT THIS,* MR CHAN SAID.

THOSE WHO ADVOCATED HONG KONG’S TOTAL EXCLUSION ARGUED THAT HONG KONG WAS TOO ADVANCED AND TOO COMPETITIVE TO RECEIVE GSP TREATMENT, AND THAT GSP BENEFITS SHOULD BE CONCENTRATED MORE ON THE LESS-DEVELOPED BENEFICIARIES.

♦THESE ARGUMENTS DO NOT STAND UP TO CRITICAL EXAMINATION. ALTHOUGH HONG KONG IS RELATIVELY MORE ADVANCED THAN MANY OTHERS IN THE DEVELOPING CAMP, IT IS NEVERTHELESS A DEVELOPING TERRITORY BY ALL THE INTERNATIONALLY ACCEPTED MEASURES OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT,* MR CHAN SAID.

♦FOR EXAMPLE, HONG KONG’S PER CAPITA GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT IS ONLY ABOUT HALF THAT OF JAPAN AND LITTLE MORE THAN ONE THIRD THAT OF THE U.S.*

MR CHAN POINTED OUT THAT IN THE CASE OF TEXTILE RESTRICTIONS, NO-ONE HAD EVER SUGGESTED THAT HONG KONG BE TREATED LIKE A DEVELOPED TERRITORY AND BE ALLOWED TO EXPORT WITHOUT ANY LIMITS.

+IS HONG KONG TOO COMPETITIVE TO RECEIVE GSP TREATMENT ? IN SOME CASES, MAYBEj BUT WHERE WE ARE TRULY COMPETITIVE THE EXISTING RULES OF THE GSP ALREADY RESULT IN OUR EXCLUSION,* MR CHAN SAID.

+THERE IS AMPLE EVIDENCE THAT, IN MANY PRODUCTS (INCLUDING SOME FOR WHICH IT IS CURRENTLY EXCLUDED FROM THE U.S. GSP), HONG KONG JUST CANNOT COMPETE IN THE U.S. MARKET WITHOUT THE HELP OF THE GSP.

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+AND HAS THE MARKET SHARE WHICH WE HAVE LOST GONE TO THE LESS DEVELOPED BENEFICIARIES? HARDLY EVER. THOSE WHO HAVE BENEFITED FROM HONG KONG’S EXCLUSION ARE EITHER THE OTHER MAJOR BENEFICIARIES OR, MORE OFTEN THAN NOT, THE DEVELOPED COUNTRIES,* MR CHAN SAID.

MR CHAN SAID THAT OF TOTAL U.S. IMPORTS OF THE 3 OOO CATEGORIES OF PRODUCTS INCLUDED IN THE GSP, THE DEVELOPED COUNTRIES STILL ACCOUNTED FOR MORE THAN 70 PER CENT.

+IN OTHER WORDS, EVEN WITH THE HELP OF THE GSP, THE DEVELOPING COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES AS A GROUP HAVE SECURED LESS THAN A 30 PER CENT SHARE OF TOTAL IMPORTS.

+AND DUTY-FREE IMPORTS FROM HONG KONG REPRESENT NO MORB-THAN 1.3 PER CENT OF TOTAL U.S. IMPORTS OF GSP-ELIGIBLE PRODUCTS FROM THE WORLD IN 1982,+ MR CHAN SAID.

+CAN ANYONE REASONABLY CONCLUDE THAT HONG KONG SHOULD NOT CONTINUE TO BE GRANTED GSP TREATMENT BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, AT LEAST TO THE SAME EXTENT AS PRESENT?* MR CHAN CONCLUDED.

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CLOTHING INDUSTRY MANPOWER SURVEY STARTS SEPTEMBER ******

A MANPOWER SURVEY TO CLOTHING INDUSTRY WILL BE

COLLECT UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON THE CONDUCTED FROM SEPTEMBER 8 TO 16.

THE SURVEY IS ORGANISED BY THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, THE GOVERNMENT DATA PROCESSING AGENCY AND THE TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING DEPARTMENT.

*0N THE BASIS OF THE DATA COLLECTED, THE BOARD CAN FORMULATE hEANINGFUL TRAINING PLANS FOR THE INDUSTRY,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COUNCIL SAID.

QUESTIONNAIRES AND EXPLANATORY LETTERS WILL BE SENT OUT THIS WEEK TO THE CLOTHING FACTORIES RANDOMLY SELECTED FOR THE

SURVEY.

EMPLOYERS WILL BE REQUESTED TO SUPPLY DATA RELATED TO MANPOWER AND TRAINING.

DURING THE SURVEY PERIOD, INTERVIEWERS FROM THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL VISIT THE FACTORIES CONCERNED TO COLLECT THE QUESTIONNAIRES AND PROVIDE ASSISTANCE IN COMPLETING THEM.

♦THE INFORMATION COLLECTED WILL BE HANDLED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND PUBLISHED ONLY IN THE FORM OF STATISTICAL SUMMARIES WITHOUT REFERENCE TO INDIVIDUAL FACTORIES,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE URGED EMPLOYERS TO CO-OPERATE BY SUPPLYING ACCURATE INFORMATION.

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CULTURAL AND SPORTS CENTRE FOR MONG KOK RESIDENTS * * * * *

A CULTURAL AND SPORTS CENTRE WILL BE READY FOR USE IN MONG KOK IN A YEAR’S TIME, PROVIDING A MUCH NEEDED COMMUNITY PROJECT FOR THE RESIDENTS.

THE LIM POR YEN CENTRE IN IVY STREET, BEING BUILT AT A COST OF $6 MILLION, WILL HAVE A GYMNASTIC HALL, A SQUASH COURT, A FITNESS TRAINING CENTRE, A TABLE-TENNIS HALL, AND DANCING AND MUSIC ROOMS.

THE CENTRE IS A JOINT PROJECT OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB.

THE CLUB HAS DONATED $3 MILLION FOR THE PROJECT, WITH THE BALANCE BEING RAISED BY MR LIM POR-YEN AND THE ASSOCIATION.

SPEAKING AT THE FOUNDATION STONE LAYING CEREMONY OF THE CENTRE THIS (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON, THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, DESCRIBED THE CENTRE AS AN + INVALUABLE ASSET* TO THE RESIDENTS.

HE SAID IT WOULD PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF CULTURAL AND SPORTS POTENTIAL OF THE DISTRICT.

+IN DISTRICTS SUCH AS MONG KOK WHERE DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES ARE SCANTY, THE PROVISION OF ADEQUATE CULTURAL AND SPORTS FACILITIES HAS ALWAYS BEEN SOMETHING OF A LUXURY,* HE SAID.

HE SAID THE JOINT EFFORT OF THE ASSOCIATION AND THE CLUB WAS A FINE EXAMPLE OF WHAT COULD BE ACHIEVED IF ORGANISATIONS WITH THE COMMON INTEREST OF SERVING THE PUBLIC PUT THEIR EFFORTS TOGETHER.

♦THE IDEA TO BUILD A CULTURAL AND SPORTS CENTRE HAS BEEN IN THE MIND OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION FOR MANY YEARS,* HE SAID.

THE ASSOCIATION HAD COME A LONG WAY IN OVERCOMING MANY OBSTACLES — FROM IDENTIFYING A SITE, OBTAINING IT FROM THE LAND AUTHORITY, DESIGNING THE BUILDING, AND PILING TO AWARDING TENDERS FOR THE SUPERSTRUCTURE, HE POINTED OUT.

+THE IMAGINATION AND INITIATIVE OF THE ASSOCIATION UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF MR LAM KIN-MING, HAVE MET WITH THE GENEROUS AND ENCOURAGING SUPPORT OF THE JOCKEY CLUB CHARITIES FUND WHICH DONATED A SUM OF S3 MILLION TO GET THIS PROJECT OFF THE DRAWING BOARD.*

MR AKERS-JONES ALSO PAID TRIBUTE TO MR LIM POR-YEN AND THE ASSOCIATION FOR THEIR *UNFAILING AND EQUALLY GENEROUS SUPPORT, WITHOUT WHICH THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CENTRE WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE.*

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BOARD TO DISCUSS REPORT ON DISCOS M * * * *

FINDINGS OF A SURVEY ON SOME DISCOTHEQUES IN TSIM SHA TSUI WILL BE TABLED FOR DISCUSSION AT TOMORROW’S (FRIDAY) YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD MEETING.

THE SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE EARLY THIS YEAR TO ASSESS THE ILL-EFFECTS OF DISCOS ON YOUNG PEOPLE AND TO RECOMMEND WAYS TO ALLEVIATE THE PROBLEMS.

AT THE MEETING TO BE HELD AT 3 PM, THE BOARD MEMBERS WILL ALSO LOOK INTO A NUMBER OF MEASURES TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT OF THE SHEK LUNG STREET FRUIT MARKET AND STREET LIGHTING IN YAU MA TEI.

THEY WILL ALSO BE BRIEFED ON THE LAYOUT PLAN OF THE PROPOSED KOWLOON PARK SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX AND INDOOR GAMES HALL.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE DISTRICT STRATEGY FOR 1983-86 AND PROGRESS REPORTS ON THE BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT AND COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEES.

EARLIER IN THE MORNING, THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL GIVE THEIR ASSESSMENT ON BOARD MEMBERS’ OVERSEAS STUDY TOURS AT THEIR MEETING.

PROGRESS REPORTS ON THE BOARD’S CULTURE AND SPORTS, SOCIAL SERVICES, TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT, AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEES WILL ALSO BE DISCUSSED.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVERi

(A) THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AT 10 AM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE BOARD SECRETARIAT ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF AMOY PLAZA, 77 NGAU TAU KOK ROAD-AND

(B) THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AT 3 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF HOP FAT COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 490-492 NATHAN ROAD.

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YOUNGSTERS TO HELP BEAUTIFY YUEN LONG * * * *

ABOUT 60 YUEN LONG YOUNGSTERS WILL PAINT THE HOARDINGS OUTSIDE A CONSTRUCTION SITE AT TAI TONG ROAD ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 27).

THE PROJECT IS BEING ORGANISED BY THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE, WITH THE CHEUNG KONG (HOLDINGS) LIMITED COMPANY PROVIDING $10 000 FOR IT.

THE THEME OF THE PAINTING IS +DEVELOPMENT OF YUEN LONG.+

THE PAINTING SESSION WILL START WITH AN OPENING CEREMONY AT 11 AM IN FRONT OF THE KWONG WAH THEATRE AT TAI TONG ROAD.

AN ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR DAVID SKINNER; THE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR TANG CHI-LEUNG? CHAIRMAN OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG YUEN LONG DISTRICT COMMITTEE, MR MAN PING-NAM; AND TWO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE CHEUNG KONG (HOLDINGS) LIMITED COMPANY WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE PAINTING SESSION AND THE OPENING CEREMONY AT 11 AM ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 27) IN FRONT OF THE KWONG WAH THEATRE AT TAI TONG ROAD. A GOVERNMENT VAN FOR THE PRESS, AM 5797, WILL LEAVE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT 9.45 AM FOR YUEN LONG.

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TRAFFIC PAUSE FOR FOOTBRIDGE WORK * * *

THE SECTION OF TAI HO ROAD OUTSIDE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY (AUGUST 27 AND 28) BETWEEN 1.30 AM AND 5 AM, TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A TEMPORARY FOOTBRIDGE.

TRAFFIC ON YEUNG UK ROAD HEADING FOR TSUEN WAN TOWN CENTRE WILL HAVE TO USE KWU HANG ROAD AND SHA TSUI ROAD.

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QUEENSWAY TO BE CLOSED FOR WORKS * * * *

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY (AUGUST 27) TO MONDAY TO FACILITATE WORKS IN CONNECTION WITH THE VICTORIA BARRACKS DEVELOPMENT.

THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF QUEENSWAY BETWEEN RODNEY STREET AND QUEEN’S ROAD EAST WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 1 AM AND 5 AM DURING THE THREE-DAY PERIOD.

QUEENSWAY’S WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH QUEEN’S ROAD EAST AND A POINT 50 METRES WEST OF THIS JUNCTION WILL ALSO BE CLOSED DURING THE SAME HOURS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, EASTBOUND TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, HARCOURT ROAD, GLOUCESTER ROAD, FLEMING ROAD NORTHBOUND AND THE FLEMING ROAD FLYOVER. WESTBOUND TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA THE NEWLY CONSTRUCTED VICTORIA BARRACK ACCESS ROAD.

BUSES ON CMB ROUTE 2 WHICH RUN DURING THE HOURS OF THE CLOSURE WILL PROCEED VIA HARCOURT ROAD, GLOUCESTER ROAD, FLEMING ROAD NORTHBOUND AND THE FLEMING ROAD FLYOVER ON THEIR EASTBOUND JOURNEY.

THOSE ON CMB ROUTES 10 AND 121 ON DES VOEUX ROAD

CENTRA- EASTBOUND WILL TAKE PEDDER STREET, CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRA-, HARCOURT ROAD, GLOUCESTER ROAD, FLEMING ROAD NORTHBOUND, THE FLEMING ROAD FLYOVER, WAN CHAI ROAD AND MORRISON HILL ROAD.

BJSES ON ROUTE 121 ON HENNESSY ROAD WESTBOUND WILL PROCEED VIA FENWICK STREET, GLOUCESTER ROAD, HARCOURT ROAD AND CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL.

DURING THE THREE NIGHTS, TRAM SERVICES WILL END AT MIDNIGHT AND START AT 6.30 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 198?

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

EXCO AND LEGCO APPOINTMENTS ..................................... 1

ACTING GOVERNOR MEETS HEUNG YEE KUK ............................. 6

CLEAN UP WORK AT POLLUTED STREAMS INSPECTED ..................... 6

COMMUNITY SERVICE FOR NEW RESIDENTS ............................. 7

WOMEN CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS COMPLETE COURSE ...................   8

TENDERS SOUGHT FOR ABERDEEN ROAD PROJECT ........................ 8

NORTH POINT ZONING PLAN CHANGES PUBLISHED ....................... 9

SUMMER FUN TREAT FOR KWUN TONG RESIDENTS ........................ 9

ONE LION ROCK TUNNEL LANE CLOSED ...................•........... 10

RECLAIMED LAND OFFERED.......................................... 10

CARRIAGEWAY SECTION CLOSED ..................................... 10

LOCAL YOUTHS TO ATTEND OMAN CELEBRATIONS ....................... 11

FIRING PRACTICE WARNING ........................................ 11

'CARING ROLE' OF WOMEN AUXILIARY POLICE STRESSED............* 12

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EXCO AND LEGCO APPOINTMENTS * * * *

THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, TODAY ANNOUNCED THREE NEW APPOINTMENTS TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AND FIVE NEW APPOINTMENTS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. THE APPOINTMENTS FOLLOW RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE MADE BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE.

LEAVING THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL IS DR HARRY FANG SIN-YANG, WHO COMPLETES FIVE YEARS’ SERVICE ON THE COUNCIL. DR FANG, ONE OF HONG KONG’S LEADING SURGEONS AND CHAIRMAN OF THE MEDICAL DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE, REMAINS THE SECOND RANKING UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN PAID TRIBUTE TO DR FANG FOR HIS CONTRIBUTION TO THE WORK OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, NOTING IN PARTICULAR HIS INTEREST AND CONCERN IN THE FIELD OF SOCIAL SERVICES.

RETURNING TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, AFTER AN ABSENCE OF FIVE YEARS, IS MR LEE QUO-WEI. MR LEE, A MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL BETWEEN 1968 AND 1978, AND OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL BETWEEN 1972 AND 1978, IS A WELL KNOWN, SENIOR PUBLIC FIGURE IN HONG KONG. MR LEE, A BANKER, WAS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION FOR SEVEN YEARS AND IS CURRENTLY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE UNIVERSITY COUNCIL OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

TWO SERVING MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL HAVE ALSO BEEN APPOINTED TO EXCO. MR CHEN SHOU-LUM, GENERAL MANAGER OF THE HONG KONG ELECTRIC COMPANY, WAS APPOINTED TO LEGCO IN 1976. HE IS CURRENTLY CHAIRMAN OF THE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE, AND DEPUTY CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC COUNCIL. MISS MARIA TAM WAI-CHU IS AN ELECTED MEMBER OF THE URBAN COUNCIL. A BARRISTER BY PROFESSION, MISS TAM HAS BEEN A LEGCO MEMBER SINCE 1981. SHE IS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY COUNCIL.

THE NEW APPOINTMENTS RAISE THE TOTAL MEMBERSHIP OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, EXCLUDING THE GOVERNOR, TO SEVENTEEN, OF WHICH ELEVEN MEMBERS ARE UNOFFICIALS. A FURTHER CHANGE ANNOUNCED TODAY IS THAT THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS WILL CEASE TO BE AN EX-OFFICIO MEMBER, ALTHOUGH MR D.C. BRAY IS TO CONTINUE TO SERVE ON THE COUNCIL IN HIS PERSONAL CAPACITY. THERE WILL NOW BE TWO NOMINATED OFFICIAL MEMBERS ON EXCO, MR BRAY AND MR D. AKERS-JONES.

COMMENTING ON THESE CHANGES THE GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS, AND THE BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE OF THE THREE NEW MEMBERS, WOULD STRENGTHEN THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AND EXTEND THE GOVERNOR’S ACCESS TO ADVICE ABOUT ISSUES AFFECTING HONG KONG.

THE FIVE NEW APPOINTMENTS TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL OFFSET THE RETIREMENT OF THE REV JOYCE BENNETT (WHO LEAVES HONG KONG THIS SUMMER), DR HENRY HU HUNG-LICK AND DR RAYSON HUANG. DR HU HAS BEEN A LEGCO MEMBER SINCE 1976, AND DR HUANG SINCE 1977, AND ARE AMONG THE LONGER SERVING MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL.

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THE NEW APPOINTMENTS ARE MR POON WING-CHEUNG, AN ACCOUNTANT, AGE 49, AND A MEMBER OF BOTH THE SECURITIES COMMISSION AND THE COMMODITIES TRADING COMMISSION; MR YEUNG PO-KWAN, AGE 44, PRINCIPAL OF THE MING YIN COLLEGE, AN AIDED SECONDARY SCHOOL, AND A LAY ASSESSOR IN THE MAGISTRATES’ COURTS? MRS PAULINE NG CHOW MAY-LIN, AN ELECTED MEMBER OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD, A SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHER AND CHAIRMAN OF THE WANG TAU HOM AREA COMMITTEE? MR CHAN YING-LUN, AGE 32, AN ELECTED MEMBER OF EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD, A PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER AND MRS RITA FAN HSU LAI-TAI, THE HEAD OF THE STUDENT AFFAIRS UNIT OF THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC AND AN EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST.

FOUR OFFICIAL POSTS HAVE ALSO BEEN DROPPED FROM LEGCO, THOSE OF THE TWO REGIONAL SECRETARIES, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE AND THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES. THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT IT WAS FELT THAT THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE AND THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES REPRESENTED ADEQUATELY THE AREAS OF INTEREST COVERED BY THE FOUR POSTS DROPPED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS WILL IN FUTURE BE A NOMINATED OFFICIAL MEMBER RATHER THAN AN EX-OFFICIO MEMBER.

THE TOTAL MEMBERSHIP OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, EXCLUDING THE GOVERNOR AS PRESIDENT, WILL NOW STAND AT 29 UNOFFICIALS, THREE EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS AND 15 OFFICIALS.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

A LIST OF ALL MEMBERS OF BOTH THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS FOLLOWS FOR EASY REFERENCE.

LIST A THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

LIST B THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL (LIST A)

PRESIDED OVER BY HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE.

G.C.M.G., M.B.E.

EX OFFICIO MEMBERS

(1) THE HONOURABLE THE CHIEF SECRETARY SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, K.B.E., C.M.G., J.P.

(2) THE HONOURABLE THE COMMANDER BRITISH FORCES MAJOR GEN. D. BOORMAN, C.B.

(3) THE HONOURABLE THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, K.B.E.

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(4) THE HONOURABLE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL MR M.D. THOMAS, Q.C.

NOMINATED MEMBERS

(1) THE HONOURABLE SIR SZE-YUEN, CHUNG, C.B.E., J.P.

(2) THE HONOURABLE D.C. BRAY, C.M.G., C.V.O., J.P.

(3) THE HONOURABLE OSWALD CHEUNG, C.B.E., Q.C., J.P.

(4) THE HONOURABLE D. AKERS-JONES, C.M.G., J.P.

(5) THE HONOURABLE R.H. LOBO, C.B.E., J.P.

(6) THE HONOURABLE LI FOOK-WO, C.B.E., J.P.

(7) THE HONOURABLE M.G.R. SANDBERG, C.B.E., J.P.

(8) THE HONOURABLE LO TAK-SHING, C.B.E., J.P.

(9) THE HONOURABLE D.K. NEWBIGGING, O.B.E., J.P.

(10) THE HONOURABLE LYDIA DUNN, C.B.E., J.P.

(11) THE HONOURABLE Q.W. LEE, C.B.E., J.P.

(12) THE HONOURABLE S.L. CHEN, O.B.E., J.P.

(13) THE HONOURABLE MARIA TAM WAI-CHU, J.P.

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL (LIST B)

PRESIDED OVER BY HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, G.C.M.G., M.B.E.

EX OFFICIO MEMBERS

(1) THE HONOURABLE THE CHIEF SECRETARY

SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, K.B.E., C.M.G., J.P.

(2) THE HONOURABLE THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, K.B.E.

(3) THE HONOURABLE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL MR MICHAEL DAVID THOMAS, Q.C.

NOMINATED MEMBERS

(1) THE HONOURABLE ROGERIO HYNDMAN LOBO, C.B.E., J.P.

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(2) THE HONOURABLE DENIS CAMPBELL BRAY, C.M.G., C.V.O., J.P. SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS

(3) THE HONOURABLE DAVID AKERS-JONES, C.M.G., J.P. SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION

(4) DR THE HONOURABLE HARRY FANG SIN-YANG, C.B.E., J.P.

(5) THE HONOURABLE LO TAK-SHING, C.B.E., J.P.

(6) THE HONOURABLE FRANCIS YUAN-HAO TIEN, O.B.E., J.P.

(7) THE HONOURABLE KENNETH WALLIS JOSEPH TOPLEY, C.M.G., J.P. SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER

(8) THE HONOURABLE ALEX WU SHU-CHIH, C.B.E., J.P.

(9) THE HONOURABLE CHEN SHOU-LUM, O.B.E., J.P.

(10) THE HONOURABLE LYDIA DUNN, C.B.E., J.P.

(11) THE REV THE HONOURABLE PATRICK TERENCE MCGOVERN, O.B.E., S.J., J.P.

(12) THE HONOURABLE ALAN JAMES SCOTT, C.B.E., J.P. SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT

(13) THE HONOURABLE PETER C. WONG, O.B.E., J.P.

(14) THE HONOURABLE WONG LAM, O.B.E., J.P.

(15) DR THE HONOURABLE THONG KAH-LEONG, C.B.E., J.P. DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES

(16) THE HONOURABLE ERIC PETER HO, C.B.E., J.P. SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY

(17) THE HONOURABLE CHARLES YEUNG SIU-CHO, O.B.E., J.P.

(18) THE HONOURABLE JOHN MARTIN ROWLANDS, C.B.E., J.P. SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE

(19) DR THE HONOURABLE HO KAM-FAI, O.B.E., J.P.

(20) THE HONOURABLE ALLEN LEE PENG-FEI, O.B.E., J.P.

(21) THE HONOURABLE ANDREW SO KWOK-WING, J.P.

(22) THE HONOURABLE GERALD PAUL NAZARETH, O.B.E., Q.C., J.P. LAW DRAFTSMAN

(23) THE HONOURABLE HU FA-KUANG, J.P.

(24) THE HONOURABLE WONG PO-YAN, O.B.E., J.P.

(25) THE HONOURABLE DONALD LIAO POON-HUAI, C.B.E., J.P. SECRETARY FOR HOUSING

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(26) THE HONOURABLE WILLIAM CHARLES LANGDON BROWN, O.B.E., J.P.

(27) THE HONOURABLE CHAN KAM-CHUEN, J.P.

(28) THE HONOURABLE JOHN JOSEPH SWAINE, O.B.E., Q.C., J.P.

(29) THE HONOURABLE COLVYN HUGH HAYE, C.B.E., J.P. DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

(30) THE HONOURABLE STEPHEN CHEONG KAM-CHUEN, J.P.

(31) THE HONOURABLE CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, M.B.E., J.P.

(32) THE HONOURABLE MRS SELINA CHOW LIANG SHUK-YEE, J.P.

(33) THE HONOURABLE MARIA TAM WAI-CHU, J.P.

(34) DR THE HONOURABLE HENRIETTA IP MAN-HING

(35) THE HONOURABLE PIERS JACOBS, O.B.E., J.P.

SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES

(36) THE HONOURABLE DAVID GREGORY JEAFFRESCN, C.B.E., J.P. SECRETARY FOR SECURITY

(37) THE HONOURABLE HENRY CHING, C.B.E., J.P.

SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE

(38) THE HONOURABLE CHAN NAI-KEONG, J.P.

SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS

(39) THE HONOURABLE RONALD GEORGE BLACKER BRIDGE, J.P. COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR

(40) THE HONOURABLE CHAN YING-LUN

(41) THE HONOURABLE MRS RITA FAN HSU LA I-TA I

(42) THE HONOURABLE MRS PAULINE NG CHOW MAY-LIN

(43) THE HONOURABLE PETER POON WING-CHEUNG, M.B.E., J.P.

(44) THE HONOURABLE YEUNG PO-KWAN, C.P.M.

** (THE HONOURABLE K.W.J. TOPLEY WILL CEASE TO BE A MEMBER ON RETIREMENT AND WILL BE REPLACED BY MR J.N. HENDERSON, O.B.E., J.P., SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER WITH EFFECT FROM SEPTEMBER 20, 1983).

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ACTING GOVERNOR MEETS HEUNG YEE KUK

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THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, MET TODAY WITH SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK.

THE MEETING WAS HELD AT THE INVITATION OF THE ACTING GOVERNOR TO DISCUSS THE KUK’S CONCERN ABOUT ITS CONSULTATIVE ROLE.

REPRESENTING THE KUK WERE ITS CHAIRMAN, MR LAU WONG-FAT, AND MR LIU CHING-LEUNG, MR TSANG LIN, MR CHAN YAT-SAN, MR WONG YUEN-CHEUNG AND MR CHARLES YEUNG SIU-CHO.

ALSO PRESENT WERE THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, M? DAVID AKERS-JONES, AND THE ACTING REGIONAL SECRETARY (NEW TERRITORIES), MR HAIDER BARMA.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THERE WAS A FRANK AND USEFUL EXCHANGE OF VIEWS BETWEEN SIR PHILIP AND MEMBERS OF THE KUK.

AMONG THE SUBJECTS DISCUSSED WERE THE PRESENT LAND ADMINISTRATION SYSTEM FOLLOWING THE SETTING UP OF THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, AND THE ROLE OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND DISTRICT OFFICERS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE GOVERNMENT ACKNOWLEDGED THE KUK’S STATUTORY CONSULTATIVE ROLE AND CONSULTED IT ON ALL MATTERS AFFECTING THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

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CLEAN UP WORK AT POLLUTED STREAMS INSPECTED * X X X

AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN, MR AUGUSTINE NG, SAID TODAY HE WAS IMPRESSED WITH THE CLEAN-UP EFFORTS AT THE ESTUARY OF TWO POLLUTED STREAMS LINKING BUTTERFLY BEACH.

MR NG VISITED THE BEACH AND THE STREAM COURSES AS PART OF HIS INSPECTION PROGRAMME TO LOOK INTO THE ACTUAL STATE OF CLEANLINESS IN TUEN MUN.

HE IS ALSO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE OF TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD.

MR NG WAS TOLD THAT CLEARANCE OF SILT AT TWO LOCATIONS OF THE STREAM NEAR THE BEACH HAD BEEN CARRIED OUT REGULARLY BY WORKERS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOR THE LAST 10 MONTHS.

THE WORK WOULD BE CONTINUED AS THE ACCUMULATED POLLUTING WASTE WAS STILL BEING WASHED DOWN BY RAINFALL FROM THE UPPER STREAM COURSES. THE WASTE HAD BEEN DUMPED THERE BY FORMER PIG FARMERS BEFORE THEY WERE REMOVED FROM THE HINTERLAND OF THE BEACH LAST OCTOBER, MR NG WAS TOLD.

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WITH MR NG ON THE VISIT WERE THE ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (OPERATIONS) OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR ARTHUR ^NSON.AND THE ACTING URBAN SERVICES OFFICER OF TUEN MUN, MR NG SHUI-LUN.

THE PARTY THEN WENT TO LUNG KWU TAN VILLAGE TO INSPECT THE WORK CARRIED OUT BY THE LOCAL VILLAGE CLEANSING SERVICE SINCE MAY LAST YEAR.

THE PARTY LATER WENT TO TUEN TZE WAI TO SEE THE RESULTS OF RURAL TREE PLANTING IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE MEI FA PHASE OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG EXERCISE.

MORE THAN 78 OOO TREES, SHRUBS, SEASONAL FLOWERS, GROUND COVERS AND CREEPERS HAD BEEN PLANTED IN TUEN MUN SINCE THE LAST PLANTING SEASON, MR NG WAS TOLD.

THEY NEXT WENT TO TO YUEN WAI NULLAH TO LOOK OVER ANOTHER EFFORT OF THE NTSD IN CARRYING OUT WATERCOURSE CLEANSING WORK.

THF PARTY THCN CALLED AT HEUNG SZE HANG VILLAGE WHERE MR NG LEBRwS THAT TWO BIN SITeS SId RECENTLY BEEN SET UP TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE IN THE SQUATTER AREA.

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A THREE-DAY +NEW-TOWN-NEW-LIFE+ COMMUNITY SERVICE FOR 20 000 RESIDENTS OF THE WU KING AND BUTTERFLY PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES IN TUEN MUN WILL BE HELD FROM TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE PROJECT, WHICH OFFERS VARIOUS KINDS OF MEDICAL, SOCIAL AND RECREATIONAL SERVICES, AIMS AT ORIENTATING THE RESIDENTS OF THE TWO NEW HOUSING ESTATES AND INTEGRATING THEM INTO A NEW LIVING ENVIRONMENT.

ON THE THREE AFTERNOONS, BETWEEN 1.30 PM AND 5.30 PM, FREE FCDICAL CHECK-UPS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT 20 TEMPORARY CLINICS SET UP INSIDE THE TUNG WAH GROUPS OF HOSPITALS SUN HOI DIRECTORS’ COLLEGE IN WU KING ESTATE.

IN THE CAMEL BUNNAN TONG MEMORIAL SECONDARY SCHOOL, SEMINARS AND EXHIBITIONS ON FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION AND CAREER PLANNING WILL ALSO BE HELD ON THE AFTERNOONS.

OTHER PROGRAMMES WILL INCLUDE CLEAN UP OF THE TWO ESTATES, PAINTING OF LIVING UNITS OF THE HANDICAPPED AND ELDERLY RESIDENTS, AND A VARIETY SHOW TO BE HELD AT 7 PM ON SUNDAY IN THE WU KING ESTATE’S PLAYGROUND.

THE PROJECT, COSTING $50 000, IS JOINTLY ORGANISED 3Y THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH OF CHINA WATERLOO HILL CHAPEL AND THE HON aONG CHRISTIAN FED I CAL FELLOWSHIP.

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WOMEN CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS COMPLETE COURSE * * * K

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। HE CERTIFICATES WERE PRESENTED BY THE NURSING DIRFCTAR af AFrirFoeCAT ^ND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, MISS LYDIA CHEUNG TO THE OFFICERS AT A CEREMONY AT THE DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS.

eT.ec1™CONDENSED COURSE, CONDUCTED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE AND THE AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICE INCLUDED THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL TRAINING IN FIRST AID HOME NURSING AND GENERAL NURSING. IN ADDITION THE OFFICERS RECEIVED FIVE DAYS OF TRAINING IN EMERGENCY CH LD BIRTH CONDUCTED BY ™? QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL SCHOOL OF GENERAL NURSING. E

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TENDERS SOUGHT FOR ABERDEEN ROAD PROJECT * * *

THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR A ROAD PROJECT WHICH WILL FORM THE FINAL STAGE OF A LONG-TERM SCHEME TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW ALONG THE ABERDEEN WATERFRONT.

IT INVOLVES THE CONSTRUCTION OF ABOUT 950 METRES OF DUAL THREE-LANE CARRIAGEWAY BETWEEN SHEK PAI WAN ROAD AND AP LEI CHAU BRIDGE.

ALSO INCLUDED IN THE CONTRACT WILL BE THE BUILDING OF TWO FOOTBRIDGES, A SUBWAY AND A FLYOVER WHICH WILL LINK UP WITH ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD.

WORK ON THIS CONTRACT IS EXPECTED TO START IN DECEMBER AND TAKE ABOUT 29 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE IS ALSO INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PEDESTRIAN SUBWAY ON NATHAN ROAD AT ITS JUNCTION WITH BUTE STREET.

THE SUBWAY WILL PROVIDE SAFE PEDESTRIAN CROSSING AT THE LOCATION AND IS ALSO EXPECTED TO HELP IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW BY ELIMINATING THE PRESENT SIGNAL-CONTROLLED CROSSING.

INCLUDED IN THE SAME CONTRACT WILL BE THE DIVERSION OF SOME UNDERGROUND STORM WATER AND FOUL WATER DRAINS.

DURING CONSTRUCTION, TWO LANES OF TRAFFIC IN BOTH DIRECTIONS ALONG NATHAN ROAD WILL BE MAINTAINED AT ALL TIMES.

WORK ON THIS PROJECT WILL START IN NOVEMBER AND BE COMPLETED IN ABOUT 15 MONTHS’ TIME.

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NORTH POINT ZONING PLAN CHANGES PUBLISHED

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AMENDMENTS TO THE DRAFT OUTLINE ZONING PLAN FOR NORTH POINT ARE PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE BY THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD.

THE AMENDMENTS INCLUDE THE REZONING OF A SITE AT OIL STREET FROM ♦INDUSTRIAL* TO +OTHER SPECIFIED USES* ANNOTATED •♦COMPREHENSIVE REDEVELOPMENT AREA* ; THE ADJUSTMENT OF THE BOUNDARIES OF THE ♦INDUSTRI AL* SITE ON THE NORTH-EASTERN CORNER TO SHOW THE LOCAL ROADS; AND THE ADJUSTMENT OF THE ALIGNMENT AND THE POSITION OF STATIONS FOR THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY.

IN ADDITION, A SET OF NEW NOTES TO THE PLAN HAS BEEN INCORPORATED.

THE AMENDED PLAN MAY BE INSPECTED AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE (EASTERN), 884-886 KING’S ROAD, GROUND FLOOR, HONG KONG, AND THE TOWN PLANNING DIVISION, 4TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

ANY PERSON AFFECTED BY THE AMENDMENTS MAY SUBMIT HIS OBJECTION IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY, TOWN PLANNING BOARD, C/O LANDS DEPARTMENT, 4TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

COPIES OF THE DRAFT PLAN AVAILABLE AT THE SURVEY DIVISION OF THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, 5TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG CAN BE PURCHASED AT $10 FOR AN UNCOLOURED COPY AND $60 FOR A COLOURED COPY.

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SUMMER FUN TREAT FOR KWUN TONG RESIDENTS

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RESIDENTS OF KAI YIP AND PING SHEK PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES IN KWUN TONG WILL BE TREATED TO AN ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME ENTITLED ♦SUMMER PALACE 783+ TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE TWO-HOUR PROGRAMME FEATURING SINGING, QUIZ, GAMES AND FOLK SINGING PERFORMANCE BY A YOUTH GROUP, WILL BE HELD AT THE BASKETBALL COURT OF KAI YIP ESTATE STARTING FROM 2 PM. IT WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE ON RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG.

THE ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME IS FUNDED BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD AND IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, RTHK, THE PING SHEK-KAI YIP AREA COMMITTEE AND KAI YIP ESTATE’S MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES.

IT IS THE LAST OF A TOTAL OF 10 SIMILAR SUMMER RECREATIONAL EVENTS HELD IN THE URBAN DISTRICTS EVERY SATURDAY AFTERNOON SINCE LATE JUNE TO PROMOTE COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES AND INTEGRATION OF THE RESIDENTS.

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ONE LION ROCK TUNNEL LANE CLOSED it * .•

ONE LANE OF THE NORTHBOUND TUBE OF THE LION ROCK TUNNEL WILL REMAIN CLOSED FOR ABOUT A WEEK TO ALLOW ROAD SURFACE REPAIRS TO BE CARRIED OUT.

MOTORISTS ARE ASKED TO DRIVE WITH CARE AND PATIENCE AND TO USE ALTERNATIVE ROUTES IF POSSIBLE.

TO FACILITATE REPAIR WORKS, GOODS VEHICLES OVER 2-1/2 TONS IN UNLADEN WEIGHT WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO ENTER THE NORTHBOUND TUBE OF LION ROCK TUNNEL AS FROM TODAY.

GOODS VEHICLES FROM KOWLOON TO SHA TIN ARE ADVISED TO USE TAI PO ROAD INSTEAD.

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RECLAIMED LAND OFFERED ¥■ * X

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS OFFERING A PIECE OF CROWN LAND AT KOWLOON BAY RECLAMATION FOR SALE BY TENDER.

THE SITE, MEASURING ABOUT 2 703 SQUARE METRES, IS FOR NONINDUSTRIAL (EXCLUDING PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL, HOTEL AND GODOWN) PURPOSES.

THE DEADLINE FOR THE ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERS IS NOON ON SEPTEMBER 3.

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» THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, KOWLOON WEST, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 10TH FLOOR, 435 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON 5 AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES OF SHA TIN, TAI PO, NORTH, YUEN LONG, TUEN MUN, TSUEN WAN, SAI KUNG AND ISLANDS.

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CARRIAGEWAY SECTION CLOSED * * *

THE SECTION OF SOUTH-BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD, NORTH OF FO TAN ROAD HAS BEEN CLOSED TO TRAFFIC AS FROM TODAY (FRIDAY) TO FACILITATE MAINTENANCE WORK.

THIS ARRANGEMENT IS EXPECTED TO LAST UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30.

MOTORISTS HEADING FOR TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD FROM SIU LEK YUEN ROAD ARE ADVISED TO USE NGAN SHING STREET AND SHA TIN WAI ROAD.

DURING THE CLOSURE KMB BUS ROUTES NO. 69, 84K, 85A, 86 AND 89A HAVE BEEN DIVERTED TO GO VIA NGAN SHING STREET, SIU LEK YUEN ROAD, CHAP WAI KON STREET, NGAN SHING STREET AND SHA TIN WAI ROAD.

THE TWO BUS STOPS AT TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD NEAR BELAIR GARDEN AND RIVERSIDE PLAZA HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED.

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LOCAL YOUTHS TO ATTEND OMAN CELEBRATIONS

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A NINE-MEMBER YOUTH DELEGATION FROM HONG KONG WILL BE HEADING FOR THE SULTANATE OF OMAN IN MID-NOVEMBER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COUNTRY’S NATIONAL CELEBRATIONS AT THE INVITATION OF THE OMANIAN GOVERNMENT.

THE DELEGATES, AGED BETWEEN 20 AND 22, HAVE BEEN SELECTED BY THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION FROM NOMINATIONS BY VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUBS AND OTHER VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS.

THEY ARE CHOSEN ON THE BASIS OF THEIR COMMUNITY SERVICE, THEIR COMMAND OF THE ARABIC OR ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND THE ABILITY TO TAKE ON THE ROLE AS AMBASSADORS TO PROMOTE THE IMAGE OF HONG KONG.

THE YEAR 1983 IS BEING OBSERVED IN THE SULTANATE OF OMAN AS YOUTH YEAR, AND THE NATIONAL CELEBRATIONS WHICH TAKE PLACE ON NOVEMBER 19 AND 20 ARE PARTICULARLY DEDICATED TO YOUTHS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

THE HONORARY CONSUL OF THE SULTANATE OF OMAN IN HONG KONG, M? ANTHONY ASHWORTH SAID THE SPECTACULAR EVENT IS AIMED AT FOSTERING BETTER UNDERSTANDING AND GOODWILL AMONG YOUTHS OF ALL RACES, COLOUR OR CREED.

YOUTH DELEGATIONS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD WILL SPEND NINE DAYS IN THE SULTANATE, VISITING PLACES OF INTEREST AND MEETING OMANIAN PEOPLE FOR CULTURAL EXCHANGES, APART FROM ATTENDING THE TWO-DAY GRAND NATIONAL CELEBRATIONS WHEN ALL DELEGATES WILL PUT ON THEIR NATIONAL COSTUMES.

ALL EXPENSES WILL BE PAID BY THE OMANIAN GOVERNMENT TO COVER THE ENTIRE PROGRAMME, LASTING FROM NOVEMBER 13 UNTIL NOVEMBER 22.

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FIRING PRACTICE WARNING

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FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE ON 17 DAYS IN SEPTEMBER.

THE PUBLIC ARE WARNED NOT TO ENTER THE AREA WHEN RED FLAGS ARE HOISTED.

THE PRACTICE DATES AREi SEPTEMBER 1, 2, 7, 12-16, 19-20, 23-24 AND 26-30, AND PRACTICE TIMES ARE BETWEEN 8 AM AND 5 PM DAILY.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 1985

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’CARING ROLE’

OF WOMEN AUXILIARY POLICE STRESSED

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THE POTENTIAL OF A WOMAN AUXILIARY POLICE OFFICER CAN BE DEMONSTRATED NOT JUST BY MAINTAINING LAW AND ORDER BUT BY SETTING UP A FINE EXAMPLE OF CARE AND CONCERN FOR OTHER WOMEN AND JUVENILES.

WA$ STATED BY A MEMBER OF THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY

MR CHAN PAK-KEUNG THIS (FRIDAY) EVENING WHEN ADDRESSING ATTAruInGTMUJ £ARADE 0E !32 WOMEN AUXILIARY POLICE OFFICERS ATTACHED TO THE KOWLOON COMMUNICATIONS UNIT.

HE TOLD THEM THAT AS WOMAN AUXILIARY POLICE OFFICERS, THEY WERE IN A POSITION TO GIVE A HELPING HAND TO THOSE IN DISTRESS, AND THEIR SHOW OF KINDNESS WOULD IN MANY CASES BE REASSURING AND APPRECIATED.

TURNING TO THE HISTORY OF THE AUXILIARY POLITE womem mo womanNpart-ti<mersIfor thf5f'irIt ^meEXE?cise was launched to recruit FROM 35 TO MORE THAN 4Oo! ’ E'R NUMBER HAS INCREASED

THE OFFICERS CAME FROM VARIOUS WALKS OF LIFE BUT SHARED EQUAL ENTHUSIASM IN DEDICATING THEMSELVES TO LAW AND ORDER DUTIES AND IN FACT VOLUNTARILY GAVE UP THEIR LEISURE IN PURSUIT OF THEM.

AS MANY WOULD AGREE, HE ADDED, THEY HAVE COME A LONG WAY FROM THE TIME WHEN ONE OF THEIR MAIN DUTIES WAS BOOKING VEHICLES IN THE STREET.

IN CONCLUSION, MR CHAN CONGRATULATED THE OFFICERS ON PARADE FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE. HE ALSO WISHED THEM A VERY SUCCESSFUL VOLUNTARY CAREER WITH THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY POLICE FORCE.

THE OFFICERS HAVE ALL JUST COMPLETED A WEEK-LONG REFRESHER TRAINING AT AUXILIARY POLICE HEADQUARTERS IN HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

REMEMBRANCE CEREMONIES TO BE HELD................................. 1

SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CLOSING ................................... 2

ANTI-FLY OPERATION LAUNCHED IN SHA TIN .......................

YUEN LONG YOUNGSTERS PAINT A MAMMOTH PICTURE ..................... 3

PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE PLANNED ....................................

RESTRICTED ZONES IN KOWLOON TONG

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REMEMBRANCE CEREMONIES TO BE HELD * * * *

HONG KONG WILL OBSERVE THIS YEAR'S LIBERATION DAY WITH A WREATH-LAYING CEREMONY AT THE CITY HALL ON MONDAY (AUGUST 29).

DURING THE CEREMONY, WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 10.45 AM IN THE GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE, REPRESENTATIVES OF THE HONG KONG BRITISH FORCES, HONG KONG PRISONERS OF WAR ASSOCIATION, ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS), THE MIDDLESEX REGIMENT AND HONG KONG WAR MEMORIAL FUND COMMITTEE WILL LAY WREATHS AT THE SHRINE IN MEMORY OF MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG VOLUNTEER DEFENCE CORPS WHO DIED IN THE BATTLE OF HONG KONG IN DECEMBER 1941 OR LATER AS PRISONERS OF WAR.

THE COMMANDER BRITISH FORCES, MAJOR-GENERAL DEREK BOORMAN, WILL LAY A WREATH ON BEHALF OF THE HONG KONG BRITISH FORCES.

THE WREATH OF THE PRISONERS OF WAR ASSOCIATION WILL BE LAID BY ITS CHAIRMAN, MR J.V.G. MITCHELL.

REGIMENTAL WREATHS OF THE VOLUNTEERS WILL BE LAID BY ITS HONORARY COLONEL, DR S.M. BARD, AND ITS COMMANDING OFFICER, UEUTENANT-COLOnL T.C. VILLIERS, AND THAT OF THE MIDDLESEX REGIMENT BY WARRANT OFFICER SECOND CLASS T.W. SAUNDERS.

THE MIDDLESEX REGIMENT AND THE VOLUNTEERS FOUGHT SIDE BY SIDE IN THE BATTLE OF HONG KONG.

THE WREATH OF THE HONG KONG WAR MEMORIAL FUND COMMITTEE WILL BE LAID BY MR F.M. CASTRO, ON BEHALF OF ITS CHAIRMAN, SIR ALBERT RODRIGUES.

THE WREATH-LAYING CEREMONY WILL BE FOLLOWED BY THE SOUNDING OF THE LAST POST, A TWO-MINUTE SILENCE AND REVEILLE, AND THE FIRING OF THREE VOLLEYS OF SALUTE.

THE FIRING PARTY, BUGLER AND SENTRIES, WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE VOLUNTEERS.

MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG POLICE SAI WAN AND STANLEY CEMETERIES.

REMEMBRANCE CEREMONIES FOR RESERVE WILL BE HELD AT LITTLE

PARADES WILL BE STAGED AT BOTH CEMETERIES BY MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY POLICE, AND WREATHS WILL BE LAID ON BEHALF OF THE COMMANDANT AND OFFICERS OF THE FORCE.

CONTINGENTS WILL ARRIVE AT LITTLE SAI WAN CEMETERY AT 10.30 AM AND AT STANLEY CEMETERY AT 11.30 AM.

CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT/HONG KONG ISLAND (AUX), MR A.M. DA COSTA, WILL GIVE A BRIEF ADDRESS.

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SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CLOSING ft ft ft ft

THE TWO-MONTH SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME BEING HELD IN WONG TAI SIN, NORTH DISTRICT, KWUN TONG AND TAI PO WILL END TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

AT 4.30 PM TOMORROW, THE WONG TAI SIN SUMMER VOUTH PROGRAMME CLOSING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT THE S.K.H. CHING SHAN PRIMARY SCHOOL IN CHOI HUNG ESTATE.

PRIOR TO THE CEREMONY, A MODEL CAR RACE AND A PAINTING EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD.

MORE THAN 800 ITEMS OF ACTIVITIES , ATTRACTING SOME 140 000 PARTICIPANTS

FOR THE PAST TWO MONTHS, HAVE BEEN HELD IN THE DISTRICT

IN THE NORTH DISTRICT, A CLOSING CEREMONY IN THE FORM OF A VARIETY SHOW WILL BE HELD AT 7 PM AT THE SHEK WU HUI PLAYGROUND IN SHEUNG SHU I.

FOR THE PAST TWO MONTHS, MORE THAN 200 ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN HELD WITH WATER SPORTS BEING THE MOST POPULAR AMONG THE YOUNGSTERS IN THE DISTRICT.

AT 7 30 PM A PERFORMANCE BY THE KWUN TONG CHILDREN CHORUS AND A LUCKY DRAW AT THE OCEAN PALACE RESTAURANT IN TSIM SHA TSUI WILL MARK THE CLOSING OF THE SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES IN KWUN TONG.

IN TAI PO, THE SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN HELD BETWEEN iiiy 10 AND AUGUST 28 ATTRACTING ABOUT 30 000 PARTICIPANTS. A CLOSING CEREMONY WILLIE HELD AT 8 PM AT THE TAI PO PLAYGROUND.

ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 30), BOTH THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN AND SHA TIN WILL HOLD THEIR CLOSING CEREMONY.

FOR CENTRAL AND WESTERN, A VARIETY SHOW AND A LUCKY DRAW WILL

BE HELD AT 10.30 AM AT THE CITY HALL CONCERT HALL.

IN SHA TIN, A VARIETY SHOW WITH SINGING AND DANCING PERFORMANCES

WILL BE HELD AT 7.30 PM AT THE KIANGSU-CHEKIAN6 COLLEGE IN WO CHE ESTATE.

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ANTI-FLY OPERATION LAUNCHED IN SHA TIN ft ft ft ft

TEAMS FROM THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAVE APPLIED LARVICIDE TO MORE THAN 150 POTENTIAL FLY-BREEDING SPOTS THROUGHOUT SHA TIN OVER THE LAST THREE WEEKS IN AN ANTI-FLY OPERATION.

THE FOUR WEEK-LONG OPERATION WILL END NEXT WEEK. BUT ALREADY, IT HAS IMPROVED THE ENVIRONMENT OF THE NEW TOWN AND THE SURROUNDING VILLAGES, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

♦THIS FIRST ANTI-FLY OPERATION IN SHA TIN IS ALSO AIMED AT PROTECTING THE PUBLIC AGAINST DISEASES, PARTICULARLY THOSE TRANSMITTED THROUGH FLIES DURING THE HOT, HUMID SUMMER,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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SPECIAL ANT I-FLY TREATMENT IS ALSO BEING GIVEN TO REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS, BIN SITES. OPEN SPACE, RURAL VILLAGES, TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS, HOUSING ESTATES, AND MARKETS.

NEXT WEEK, PEST CONTROL STAFF WOULD EXTEND THIS TREATMENT TO SUI WO COURT, WORLD WIDE GARDEN, SUN TSUI ESTATE, MA ON SHAN VILLAGE, HUNG MUI KOK, HEUNG FAN LIU VILLAGE AND PAK TIN, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

DURING THE EXERCISE THESE OFFICERS WILL ALSO VISIT RESIDENTS TO OFFER TECHNICAL ADVICE ON EFFECTIVE MEASURES TO DEAL WITH THE NUISANCE PRESENTED BY FLIES.

AS FLIES ONLY BREED IN UNHYGIENIC ENVIRONMENTS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE MOST EFFECTIVE MEASURE AGAINST THEM IS TO KEEP ALL PLACES CLEAN.

HE URGED THE PUBLIC TO MAKE FULL USE OF LITTER CONTAINERS AND TO DISPOSE OF DOMESTIC REFUSE PROPERLY.

MEANWHILE, HEALTH STAFF OF ALL THE NINE DISTRICTS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ARE READY TO ASSIST THE PUBLIC IN DEALING WITH THE FLY NUISANCE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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YOUNGSTERS IN YUEN LONG SPENT THREE HOURS TODAY (SATURDAY) PAINTING A MAMMOTH PICTURE OF CARTOON CHARACTERS ON A 70-METRE HOARDING OUTSIDE A CONSTRUCTION SITE AT TAI TONG ROAD.

ABOUT 60 BOY SCOUTS, GIRL GUIDES AND JUNIOR POLICE CALL MEMBERS TOOK PART IN THE PAINTING OF THE PICTURE, WHICH GIVES SOME ASPECTS OF THE DEVELOPING NEW TOWN.

THE BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT WAS ORGANISED BY THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE AND WAS FUNDED BY THE CHEUNG KONG (HOLDINGS) LIMITED COMPANY AT *10 000.

SPEAKING AT A BRIEF CEREMONY BEFORE THE PAINTING SESSION, THE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR TANG CHI-LEUNG SAID A SIMILAR PROJECT HELD IN MAY THIS YEAR HAD PROVED TO BE VERY POPULAR.

♦BY ENCOURAGING YOUNG PEOPLE TO TAKE PART IN THIS BEAUTIFICATION EXERCISE, IT WILL HELP BUILD UP THEIR SENSE OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT,♦ HE SAID.

IN MAY, A PICTURE OF THE TIN HAU FESTIVAL GRAND PROCESSION WAS PAINTED ON A 60-METRE HOARDING AT THE JUNCTION OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND HONG LOK ROAD.

ALSO PRESENT AT TODAY’S CEREMONY WERE THE ASSISTANT DISTR!T1 OFFICER, MR DAVID SKINNER; CHAIRMAN OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG YUEN LONG COMMITTEE, MR MAN PING-NAM; AND TWO REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE CHEUNG KONG (HOLDINGS) LIMITED COMPANY.

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PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE PLANNED ft ft ft ft

THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT PROPOSES TO CONSTRUCT A PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE ACROSS CLEARWATER BAY ROAD NEAR PING SHEK ESTATE.

THE COVERED FOOTBRIDGE WILL LINK THE PROPOSED NGAU CHI WAN MARKET WITH PING SHEK ESTATE AND THE SOUTHERN FOOTPATH OF CLEARWATER BAY ROAD NEAR THE ENTRANCE TO THE CHOI HUNG M.T.R. STATION.

IT WILL PROVIDE AN UNRESTRICTED, SAFE PEDESTRIAN FACILITY ACROSS CLEARWATER BAY ROAD.

A NOTICE CONCERNING THE PROPOSED WORKS IS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

A PLAN SHOWING THE PROPOSED WORKS CAN BE SEEN AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY; THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, KOWLOON EAST, KOWLOON CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 9TH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD AND THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFF ICE, SAN PO KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 4TH AND 5TH FLOORS, KING FUK STREET, SAN PO KONG, KOWLOON.

ANY PERSON OBJECTING TO THE PROPOSAL MUST SEND HIS OBJECTION IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, MURRAY BUILDING, 30TH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG, NOT LATER THAN OCTOBER 25.

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RESTRICTED ZONES IN KOWLOON TONG ft ft ft ft

FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (AUGUST 29), ROADS WILL BE DESIGNATED AS RESTRICTED

THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS OF ZONES FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM

AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILYi-

(1)

HEREFORD ROAD BETWEEN OXFORD ROAD AND LA SALLE ROADl AND

(2) LA SALLE ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH HEREFORD ROAD TO ABOUT 35 METRES SOUTH OF THE JUNCTION.

WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONES, ALL MOTOR VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES AND THOSE AUTHORISED IN WRITING BY THE AUTHORITY, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING UP OR SETTING DOWN PASSENGERS, OR LOADING OR UNLOADING GOODS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

OPEN GOVERNMENT PREVAILS IN HONG KONG..................... 1

DB TO CONSIDER SETTING UP CONCERN GROUP .................. 3

DEVELOPMENT PROJECT FOR FANLING .......................... 4

CARE URGED IN USE OF ELECTRICITY ......................... 4

SHAM SHUT PO ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN STARTING................ 5

SOCIAL SECURITY RECIPIENTS WARNED AGAINST IMPERSONATORS .. 5

MURAL ART AT SAI KUNG SPORTS GROUND ...................... 6

REFRESHER COURSES FOR SCIENCE TEACHERS ................... 7

RESTRICTED ZONES TO BE INTRODUCED ........................ 7

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN NORTH POINT ............ 8

CT.FARWAY FOR NAM FUNG ROAD .............................. 8

WAN CHAI WATER LEAKAGE TESTS ............................. 8

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OPEN GOVERNMENT PREVAILS IN HONG KONG

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AN OPEN GOVERNMENT MEANS MUCH MORE THAN THE SIMPLE HOLDING OF ELECTIONS, AND IT IS MORE IMPORTANT TO DEVISE A SYSTEM WHICH WILL WORK IN HONG KONG AND WHICH WILL COMMAND THE RESPECT AND CONFIDENCE OF THE PEOPLE, THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY.

HE ALSO STRESSED THAT IF HONG KONG WERE TO MAINTAIN ITS POSITION IN THE WORLD OF TODAY IT MUST ENSURE THAT ADVICE IS READILY AND DIRECTLY AVAILABLE TO THE GOVERNMENT FROM EXPERIENCED AND KNOWLEDGEABLE MEN IN SUCH FIELDS AS INDUSTRY, COMMERCE’, INTERNATIONAL FINANCE, SHIPPING AND CONSTRUCTION AS WELL AS OTHER FORMS OF SOCIAL ACTIVITY.

SPEAKING ON +OPEN GOVERNMENT IN HONG KONG+ AT THE HONG KONG WEEK SEMINAR ORGANISED BY THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG STUDENTS. HE SA IDi ♦THUS THE APPOINTED MEMBERS OF OUR SENIOR COUNCILS MUST REFLECT THESE BASIC INGREDIENTS OF OUR COMMUNITY.

♦THE NAMES OF THE APPOINTED MEMBERS ARE KNOWN, THEY ARE IN TOUCH WITH A WIDER PUBLIC, THEY ARE OPEN TO DISCUSSION, THEY, TOO, ARE PART OF THE PROCESS OF OPEN GOVERNMENT.♦

AT A MORE GENERAL LEVEL, MR AKERS-JONES SAID, ANOTHER LAYER WAS ADDED LAST YEAR TO THE METHODS OF CONSULTATION BY THE CREATION OF PARTLY ELECTED DISTRICT BOARDS.

ALL HONG KONG BELONGERS OVER THE AGE OF 21 HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE AT DB AND URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS AND THERE ARE MORE THAN 900 000 PEOPLE ON THE REGISTER OF VOTERS.

♦THE NEXT DB ELECTIONS TAKE PLACE IN 1985 a4d BEFORE THEN THE REGISTER OF VOTERS WILL BE REVISED,* HE SAID.

♦THE BOARDS CAN ADVISE ON ANY MATTER THEY BELIEVE IS AFFECTING THE WELL-BEING OF THE PEOPLE.

♦RECENTLY THEY HAVE BEEN CONSULTED DIRECTLY ON FAR-REACHING QUESTIONS OF EDUCATION POLICY BECAUSE THIS WAS A MATTER WHICH AFFECTS THE WELL-BEING OF US ALL AND HAS A DIRECT RELEVANCE TO OUR DAILY LIVES AND THE INTERNAL ADMINISTRATION OF HONG KONG.

♦ALREADY THE BOARDS ARE MAKING A DISTINCT AND DIFFERENT CONTRIBUTION TO THE OPEN GOVERNMENT OF HONG KONG.+

MR AKERS-JONES NOTED THAT THE HONG KONG STYLE OF GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN MOULDED AND CONDITIONED BY TIME AND CIRCUMSTANCES, AND SA IDi ♦! BELIEVE IT HAS SHOWN A CAPAC ITv TO ADAPT ITSELF TO CHANGE, TO DEVELOP ITS OWN SYSTEMS OF OPEN COMMUNICATION WITH THE PEOPLE, TO RESPOND TO THE WISHES OF THE PEOPLE WHEN IT CAN, AND TO EXPLAIN TO THEM WHEN IT CANNOT.♦

♦NO GOVERNMENT CAN CONDUCT ITS AFFAIRS ENTIRELY IN THE PUBLIC VIEW AND NO GOVERNMENT IS ABLE TO SHARE ALL INFORMATION AT EVERY STEP OF THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS WITH ITS PEOPLE.

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♦WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS THAT THE PEOPLE, THE CITIZENS, SHOULD KNOW HOW DECISIONS ARE ARRIVED AT AND THE REASONS FOR THEM. THE GOVERNMENT MUST BE ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PEOPLE AND WILL BE JUDGED BY THE RESULTS OF ITS GOVERNANCE.*

MR AKERS-JONES SAID THAT THE GOVERNOR STANDS AT THE SUMMIT OF THE GOVERNMENT IN HONG KONG BUT IN THE EXECUTION OF THE ULTIMATE POWER AND AUTHORITY GRANTED TO HIM *HE SHALL, IN ALL CASES, CONSULT WITH THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL*, AND IT IS IN EXECUTIVE COUNCIL THAT THE PROCESS OF GOVERNMENT BEGINS.

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL PAPERS ARE PUT TO IT FOR DECISION WHICH HAVE ARRIVED ON THE TABLE FROM A WIDE VARIETY OF SOURCES, MANY OF WHICH ARE THE OUTCOME OF PUBLIC DISCUSSION OR CONSULTATION, AND MOST OF THE REMAINDER WILL RESULT IN PUBLIC DISCUSSION AND CONSULTATION OR IN DEBATE IN THE LEGISLATURE.

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♦AND I SHOULD EMPHASISE, THAT THE POLICIES AND PAPERS AND PIECES OF LEGISLATION WHICH ARE PUT BEFORE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, ORIGINATE IN HONG KONG. THEY ARE NOT WRITTEN ANYWHERE ELSE,* HE SAID.

♦IF THE DECISIONS OF EXECUTIVE COUNCIL REQUIRE LEGISLATION, THEN THE PROPOSED LAWS ARE PUBLISHED FOR PUBLIC COMMENT AND THERE FOLLOWS A VERY PROLONGED PROCESS OF DISCUSSION.

♦THE PROPOSALS ARE REFERRED TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND THE PROCESS OF OPEN GOVERNMENT HAS BEGUN.

♦LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETS IN PUBLIC BUT MOST OF ITS WORK TAKES PLACE IN THE OFFICES OF THE COUNCIL.

♦THERE, COUNCILLORS DISCUSS AMONG THEMSELVES AND WITH DELEGATIONS AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AND ONLY WHEN THE MEMBERS, WHO ARE ALL PRIVATE CITIZENS, ARE SATISFIED THAT THE LAWS PROPOSED ARE SENSIBLE AND SOUND, ARE THEY PASSED FORMALLY INTO LAW IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBER.

♦NEITHER THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL NOR THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL CONTAINS DIRECTLY ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES, ALTHOUGH SOME MEMBERS HAVE BEEN ELECTED TO OTHER REPRESENTATIVE BODIES SUCH AS THE URBAN COUNCIL OR DISTRICT BOARDS.

♦MEMBERS BRING A WIDE RANGE OF UNDERSTANDING, ABILITY AND KNOWLEDGE TO THEIR WORK. THEY ARE REQUIRED TO THINK A„D PLAN AND SPEAK FOR THE INTERESTS OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG AS THEY SEE IT.

♦THEY DO NOT FOLLOW A PARTY LINE NOR DO THEY SPEAK FOR THE NARROW INTERESTS OF A PROFESSION OR A CLASS.

♦AND BECAUSE OF OUR TRADITION OF FREE SPEECH, EVERYTHING THEY DO IS SUBJECT TO PUBLIC CRITICISM AND COMMENT.

♦QUESTIONS ARE ASKED IN PUBLIC IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ABOUT ANY MATTER WHICH IS WORRYING THE PEOPLE AND THE REPLIES ARE GIVEN IN PUBLIC.

♦HERE THEN YOU HAVE THE MACHINERY OF AN OPEN GOVERNMENT; IT IS NOT AN ELECTED GOVERNMENT, BUT THE OPPORTUNITY IS AVAILABLE TO THE PEOPLE PUBLICLY TO EXPRESS THEIR MINDS AND TO I AKE REPRESENTATIONS TO IT. AND THIS THEY DO.+

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MR AKERS-JONES SAID THAT INSTEAD OF HAVING AN ELECTED GOVERNMENT, HONG KONG HAD DEVELOPED A PROCESS OF CONSULTATION AND THE RECONCILIATION OF DIFFERENT OPINIONS THROUGH A BROAD SYSTEM OF ADVISORY BOARDS AND COMMITTEES.

♦THREE HUNDRED AND TWENTY OF THEM, ALL CONTAINING MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC. THEY DO NOT FOLLOW ANY POLITICAL THEORY WHEN THEY GIVE THEIR ADVICE. THEY SEEK TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS! WILL IT WORK IN HONG KONG? IS IT BEST FOR HONG KONG?+

HE ALSO DREW ATTENTION TO THREE ASPECTS OF OPEN GOVERNMENT WHICH ARE SOMETIMES FORGOTTEN, NAMELY!

* THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION IS TO MONITOR AND MAINTAIN A HIGH STANDARD OF PROBITY IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE TRANSACTIONS AND TO ENSURE THAT THE GOVERNMENT ACTS FAIRLY AND WITHOUT GIVING OR RECEIVING ADVANTAGE, THAT THERE ARE NO SECRET TRANSACTIONS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS;

* THE JUDICIARY IS INDEPENDENT OF THE EXECUTIVE AND ANY INDIVIDUAL HAS A RIGHT TO CHALLENGE THE LEGALITY OF ANY OF THE ACTS OF THE EXECUTIVE IN AN OPEN COURT; AND

* THERE ARE TWO INDEPENDENT TELEVISION STATIONS, AND OVER 1OO NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES WHICH REPRESENT EVERY SPECTRUM OF PUBLIC OPINION-ACT AS THE ACTIVE CRITICS OF GOVERNMENT AND ENSURE THAT ISSUES OF PUBLIC CONCERN ARE FREELY AND OPENLY DISCUSSED.

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THE PROPOSED SETTING UP OF A CONCERN GROUP TO HELP RESIDENTS IN WONG TAI SIN WILL BE DISCUSSED AT THE DISTRICT BOARD MEETING ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 30).

UNDER THE PROPOSAL, MEMBERS OF THE CONCERN GROUP WILL TAKE TURNS TO VISIT LOCAL RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY NATURAL DISASTERS, ACCIDENTS AND MISHAPS, AND WILL HELP ORGANISE ASSISTANCE AND RELIEF IF NECESSARY.

AT THE MEETING, MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE PROPOSED CONVERSION OF A SITE OFFICE AT NORTHERN LUNG CHEUNG ROAD INTO AN AIR-CONDITIONED STUDY ROOM FOR SQUATTER RESIDENTS IN DIAMOND HILL.

THE POSSIBILITY OF BUILDING BUS PASSENGER SHELTERS BY USING DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS OR DONATIONS FROM LOCAL RESIDENTS, THE LAYOUT PLAN OF THE 2.9-HECTARE URBAN COUNCIL MA CHAI HANG SPORTS GROUND, AND THE DETAILED PROGRAMME OF THE FORTHCOMING WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT FESTIVAL WILL ALSO BE TABLED FOR COMMENTS.

OTHER TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION WILL INCLUDE A REVIEW ON HONG KONG’S TAXI POLICY, THE FREE LEGAL ADVICE SCHEME IN WONG TAI SIN AND THE PUBLICATION OF A DISTRICT REPORT.

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DEVELOPMENT PROJECT FOR FANLING

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THE TAI PO AND FANLING DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR A LAND FORMATION AND ROAD PROJECT IN FANLING SOUTH AS PART OF THE CONTINUING PROGRAMME FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF FANLING AND SHEK WU HUI.

THIS CONTRACT INVOLVES THE FORMATION OF ABOUT 12 HECTARES OF LAND, THE CONSTRUCTION OF ABOUT 1.5 KILOMETRES OF DISTRIBUTORY ROADS AND ASSOCIATED DRAINAGE AND SEWERAGE WORKS TO THE SOUTH-WEST OF THE WO HOP SHEK INTERCHANGE WHICH IS NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

ON COMPLETION, THE AREA WILL PROVIDE LAND, ROAD ACCESS AND DRAINAGE AND SEWERAGE CONNECTIONS TO ENABLE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA AND ASSOCIATED FACILITIES BY EARLY 1985.

THE AREA WILL ULTIMATELY BE DEVELOPED TO PROVIDE A WIDE RANGE OF LAND USES INCLUDING PUBLIC HOUSING, PRIVATE AND COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT, INDUSTRIAL AREAS, COMMUNITY FACILITIES AND RECREATIONAL SPACE.

WORK ON THE CONTRACT WILL START IN NOVEMBER AND IS EXPECTED TO TAKE ABOUT 15 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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FACTORY PROPRIETORS AND BUILDING CONTRACTORS WERE REMINDED TODAY (SUNDAY) TO ADOPT SAFETY MEASURES WHEN USING ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT AND APPLIANCES.

THE REMINDER WAS ISSUED BY A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN IN THE WAKE OF SEVERAL ACCIDENTS INVOLVING ELECTROCUTION, WHICH OCCURRED RECENTLY.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE MEASURES INCLUDED PROPER INSTALLATION, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT AND APPLIANCES, ESPECIALLY PORTABLE APPARATUS- EFFECTIVE INSULATION, PROTECTION OF CONDUCTORS, CORRECT USE OF FUSES AND CIRCUIT BREAKERS.

HE ADDED THAT THE PROPRIETORS AND CONTRACTORS SHOULD ALSO COMPLY WITH THEIR LEGAL OBLIGATIONS SPECIFIED BY THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (ELECTRICITY) REGULATIONS. GUIDES TO THESE REGULATIONS ARE AVAILABLE AT BRANCH OFFICES OF THE DEPARTMENT’S FACTORY INSPECTORATE.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO URGED THE PROPRIETORS AND CONTRACTORS TO SEND STAFF TO ATTEND TRAINING COURSES ON THE SAFE USE OF ELECTRICITY OFFERED BY THE FACTORY INSPECTOR’S INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE.

THOSE INTERESTED MAY CONTACT THE CENTRE AT 3-688111 EXT. 3*7.

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SHAM SHUI PO ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN STARTING *****

A MONTH-LONG ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN WILL BE LAUNCHED FOR SHAM SHUI PO RESIDENTS AT AN OPENING CEREMONY AT THE MAPLE STREET PLAYGROUND TOMORROW (MONDAY) MORNING.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD AND THE POLICE, THE CAMPAIGN WILL FEATURE A SERIES OF EDUCATIONAL AND ENTERTAINMENT ACTIVITIES INCLUDING A ROAD SAFETY TOWN DISPLAY, A CROSS WORD PUZZLE, AND A QUIZ.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CAMPAIGN’S ORGANISING COMMITTEE SAID THE ROAD SAFETY MESSAGE WOULD BE MAINLY DIRECTED AT PEDESTRIANS, WHO ACCOUNTED FOR 36 PER CENT OF LAST YEAR’S ROAD ACCIDENT VICTIMS.

HE SAID A TWO-WEEK STREET EDUCATION PROGRAMME CONDUCTED BY THE POLICE AT BUSY SPOTS IN THE DISTRICT, FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER TWO WEEKS’ ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST JAYWALKERS WOULD BE HELD DURING THE CAMPAIGN PERIOD.

TOMORROW’S OPENING CEREMONY WILL BEGIN AT 10 AM WITH A SHOW BY POLICE DOGS, A +CAPTAIN SAFETY AND ROAD SAFETY PATROLS* PARADE, A DRIVING DEMONSTRATION, AND MOTORCYCLE STUNT RIDING.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A FUN FAIR AND GAMES STALLS FOR THE CHILDREN.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR STEPHEN IP, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR STEPHEN CHENG AND THE ACTING POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER (SHAM SHUI PO), MR R.J. IRVINE WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

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SOCIAL SECURITY RECIPIENTS WARNED AGAINST IMPERSONATORS

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RECIPIENTS OF SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS ARE ADVISED TO BE ON THE ALERT AGAINST PEOPLE POSING AS STAFF OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

THE DEPARTMENT GAVE THIS ADVICE FOLLOWING A CASE IN WHICH AN OLD AGE ALLOWANCE RECIPIENT GAVE S40 TO A MAN CLAIMING TO BE A SWD STAFF MEMBER.

THE OLD MAN WAS WALKING IN CENTRAL RECENTLY WHEN HE WAS APPROACHED FOR A LOAN BY A MAN CLAIMING TO BE AN OFFICER OF THE DEPARTMENT.

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THE OLD MAN BECAME SUSPICIOUS THE FOLLOWING DAY AND ENQUIRED WITH THE CHAI WAN SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNIT.

WHEN IT WAS ESTABLISHED THAT THE MAN IN QUESTION WAS NOT A MEMBER OF THE FIELD UNIT, A REPORT WAS MADE TO THE POLICE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT ADVISED SOCIAL SECUR ITY RECIPIENTS THAT IF THEY WERE IN DOUBT ABOUT PURPORTED SWD STAFF WHO APPROACH THEM AT HOME OR IN THE STREET, THEY SHOULD ASK TO SEE THEIR GOVERNMENT IDENTITY CARD.

+IF THEY ARE STILL IN DOUBT, THEY SHOULD TELEPHONE THEIR CASEWORKER OR THE SUPERVISOR OF THE FIELD UNIT,* HE SAID.

♦UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD THEY GIVE MONEY TO STAFF OF THE DEPARTMENT,♦ THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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MURAL ART AT SAI KUNG SPORTS GROUND

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PEOPLE ENTERING THE SAI KUNG TANG SHIU KIN SPORTS GROUND WERE RECENTLY ATTRACTED BY A LARGE MURAL ON THE IRON FENCE OF THE SPORTS VENUE.

IT WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT A MURAL WAS PUT UP AT A PUBLIC SPORTING FACILITY IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE MURAL, CONSISTING OF 28 PIECES OF 1.5-SQUARE-METRE ALUMINIUM SHEETS, WAS THE WORK OF 20 STUDENTS OF THE SWIRE SCHOOL OF OESIGN, HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC.

THE STUDENTS TOOK SEVERAL HOURS TO FINISH THE ART WORK, UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF THEIR LECTURER, MISS CHOI YAN-CHI.

THE MURAL DEPICTS A NUMBER OF ABSTRACT FIGURES ENGAGED IN SPORTING ACTIVITIES.

ITS PURPOSE IS TO ACHIEVE HARMONY WITH THE NATURAL LANDSCAPE AND THE IMMEDIATE SURROUNDINGS OF THE SPORTS GROUND, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE MURAL HAS WON THE APPRECIATION OF RESIDENTS OF SAI KUNG, AND WILL LATER BE PUT UP AT OTHER SPORTS GROUNDS OR SWIMMING POOL COMPLEXES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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REFRESHER COURSES FOR SCIENCE TEACHERS

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THE PRIMARY SCIENCE SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL ORGANISE SEVEN IDENTICAL WHOLE-DAY REFRESHER COURSES FROM SEPTEMBER 1983 TO JANUARY 1984 FOR TEACHERS OF PRIMARY SCIENCE AND NATURE STUDY.

THE COURSES WILL BE CONDUCTED IN CANTONESE AND WILL BE HELD AT THE DEPARTMENT’S ADVISORY INSPECTORATE TEACHING CENTRES AT 4 PAK FUK ROAD, NORTH POINT.

OWING TO LIMITED SEATING CAPACITY FOR THE COURSE, EACH SCHOOL IS REQUESTED TO NOMINATE ONLY ONE TEACHER. TEACHERS WHO HAVE ATTENDED A SIMILAR COURSE HELD IN THE SECOND TERM OF 1982/83 SCHOOL YEAR SHOULD NOT BE NOMINATED.

APPLICATIONS WILL BE TREATED ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS AND SHOULD REACH THE INSPECTOR (PRIMARY SCIENCE), ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, LEE GARDENS, 5/F, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 16.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE AT THE PRIMARY SCIENCE SECTION ON 5-8392466.

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RESTRICTED ZONES TO BE INTRODUCED X X K

FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 30), THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS OF ROADS WILL BE DESIGNATED AS RESTRICTED ZONES FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY:

* CAMERON ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH NATHAN ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 50 METRES TO THE EAST OF THE JUNCTION;

* KIMBERLEY ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH NATHAN ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 65 METRES TO THE EAST OF THE JUNCTION;

* MODY ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH NATHAN ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 25 METRES TO THE EAST OF THE JUNCTION;

* NANKING STREET FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH NATHAN ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 27 METRES TO THE EAST OF THE JUNCTION; AND

* PITT STREET FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH NATHAN ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 32 METRES TO THE EAST OF THE JUNCTION.

WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONES, MOTOR VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES AND THOSE AUTHORISED IN WRITING BY THE AUTHORITY WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING UP OR SETTING DOWN PASSENGERS, OR LOADING OR UNLOADING GOODS. ------------------------------------0--------

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN NORTH POINT * * * * *

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN NORTH POINT FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 30) FOR ABOUT FOUR WEEKS TO ALLOW FOR EMERGENCY ROAD WORK AT JAVA ROAD.

TRAFFIC ON JAVA ROAD EASTBOUND WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING RIGHT INTO TONG SHUI ROAD. TRAFFIC HEADING FOR KING’S ROAD WESTBOUND SHOULD TURN RIGHT AT KAM HONG STREET.

VEHICLES REQUIRING ACCESS TO DEVELOPMENTS ON TONG SHUI ROAD SHOULD TURN LEFT AT SHU KUK STREET AND THEN PROCEED VIA THE UNNAMED ROAD NORTH OF THE GOVERNMENT PRESS.

VEHICLES IN CHUN YEUNG STREET EASTBOUND WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING LEFT INTO TONG SHUI ROAD. THEY SHOULD TURN RIGHT ALONG THE TRAM TRACK AND THEN ENTER KING’S ROAD WESTBOUND.

VEHICLES OVER TWO AND A HALF TONS SHOULD AVOID USING CHUN YEUNG STREET DURING THIS PERIOD.

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CLEARWAY FOR NAM FUNG ROAD * * * *

FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 30), NAM FUNG ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH DEEP WATER BAY ROAD TO A POINT 150 METRES NORTH OF WONG CHUK HANG PATH WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY.

NO VEHICLES OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS BETWEEN 7 AM AND 7 PM DAILY WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONE.

WAN CHAI WATER LEAKAGE TESTS a X X

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN WAN CHAI WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR SEVEN HOURS - FROM 11 PM ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 30) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY - FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY SHIP STREET, JOHNSTON ROAD, WAN CHAI ROAD AND QUEEN’S ROAD EAST.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

51.75- BILLION PROJECT TO MEET WATER DEMAND ................... 1

DEADLINE FOR PAID SICK LEAVE VIEWS NEARS ...................... 2

REGISTER OF ELECTORS OPENING ON WEDNESDAY ..................... 3

REMINDER ON NEW I.D. CARD APPLICATION ......................... 4

MAJOR ROAD INTERCHANGE READY SOON ............................. 5

JUNK COLLECTION SERVICE OFFERED IN NT.......................... 5

SHAM SHUI PO ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN OPENS ....................... 6

COUNCILLOR AND STEWARD VISIT WATER SPORTS CENTRE .............. 7

VEGETABLE GROWING COMPETITION ................................. 7

RESTRICTED ZONE ON ARGYLE STREET .............................. 8

WAI HANG STREET TO BE CLOSED .................................. 8

WATER LEAKAGE TESTS IN WONG TAI SIN ........................... 8

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S1.75-BILL ION PROJECT TO MEET WATER DEMAND M * *

AN EXTENSIVE 12-YEAR CONSTRUCTION PROJECT TO RECEIVE AND DISTRIBUTE ADDITIONAL WATER SUPPLY FROM CHINA IS GOING FULL STEAM AHEAD.

THE S1.75-BILL ION PROJECT, THE LARGEST WATER WORKS PROJECT SO FAR CARRIED OUT IN HONG KONG, IS TO BE IMPLEMENTED IN THREE STAGES TO MEET ANTICIPATED INCREASES IN WATER CONSUMPTION IN THE FUTURE YEARS.

IT INVOLVES THE CONSTRUCTION OF SEVEN PUMPING STATIONS AND 32 KILOMETRES OF TUNNELS PLUS THE LAYING OF 31 KILOMETRES CF PIPELINES.

THE $724.5-MILL ION STAGE ONE SCHEME COMPRISES 12 MAJOR CONTRACTS, SEVEN OF WHICH HAVE BEEN COMPLETED AND THE REST ARE IN PROGRESS.

THE LARGEST ELEMENT IN STAGE ONE IS A $22O-MILLION CONTRACT FOR BUILDING A MASSIVE AQUEDUCT SYSTEM FROM MUK WU TO TAI LAM CHUNG IN THE WESTERN NEW TERRITORIES.

♦UPON COMPLETION BY EARLY 1985, THE SYSTEM WILL COMPRISE 14 KILOMETRES OF TUNNELS LARGE ENOUGH FOR INSPECTION VEHICLES TO PASS THROUGH, A FOUR-KILOMETRE ACCESS ROAD AND A 5.5 — KILOMETRE PIPELINE OF 2.2 METRES IN DIAMETER, THE LARGEST EVER USED IN HONG KONG,+ SAID MR AU MAN-YIU, THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT’S ACTING CHIEF ENGINEER RESPONSIBLE FOR RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT.

THE SYSTEM WILL PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL CAPACITY OF 910 000 CUBIC METRES DAILY TO THE WESTERN REGION OF THE NEW TERRITORIES, DELIVERING WATER FROM CHINA TO THE TAI LAM CHUNG RESERVOIR.

♦DUE TO THE SHEER SIZE OF THE SCHEME, TUNNELS ARE USED WHEREVER PRACTICABLE, TO KEEP DISTURBANCE TO THE LAND SURFACE TO THE MINIMUM,* MR AU EXPLAINED.

AS THESE TUNNELS MUST BE DRIVEN THROUGH DIFFERENT SOIL AND ROCK FORMATIONS, ADVANCED GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING MUST BE APPLIED.

IN FISCAL YEAR 1982-83, WATER SUPPLIED BY CHINA ACCOUNTED FOR SOME 40 PER CENT OF HONG KONG’S CONSUMPTION.

UNDER AN AGREEMENT SIGNED IN 1980, WATER SUPPLY FROM CHINA FROM 1983 ONWARDS WILL INCREASE ANNUALLY, RAISING THE CURRENT SUPPLY OF 182 MILLION CUBIC METRES A YEAR BY EQUAL INCREMENTS TO 620 MILLION CUBIC METRES. THE QUANTITY FROM THIS SOURCE WILL THUS BE MORE THAN TREBLED OVER THE NEXT 12 YEARS TO MEET RISING NEEDS INTO THE NEXT DECADE, MR AU SAID.

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HONG KONG’S AVERAGE ANNUAL RAINFALL OF 2 224.7 MILLIMETRES IS INSUFFICIENT TO MEET GROWING DEMAND - THE 1982-83 CONSUMPTION WAS 541 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THE RESERVOIRS IN HONG KONG HAVE A COMBINED STORAGE CAPACITY OF 577 MILLION CUBIC METRES. WITH THE COMPLETION OF THE HIGH ISLAND RESERVOIR IN 1979, THE LARGEST IN HONG KONG, THE TERRITORY’S LAST MAJOR CATCHMENTS WERE FULLY TAPPED.

+THE LACK OF SUITABLE SITES FOR MORE RESERVOIRS PLUS THE HIGH OPERATION COSTS OF THE DESALTER SEEM TO INDICATE THAT THE LONG-TERM ARRANGEMENT WITH CHINA FOR ADDITIONAL SUPPLY OF WATER IS THE MOST ADVANTAGEOUS SOLUTION,* MR AU POINTED OUT.

STAGE II OF THE PROJECT IS ESTIMATED TO COST $725 MILLION. MAJOR WORK WILL BEGIN NEXT YEAR AND IS SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION IN 1987.

IT WILL INVOLVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW PUMPING STATIONS AND IMPROVEMENT OF EXISTING ONES, AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN AQUEDUCT BETWEEN THE PLOVER COVE RESERVOIR AND PAK KONG, INCLUDING A SUBMARINE PIPELINE ACROSS THE TOLO CHANNEL, TO SUPPLY MORE WATER TO EASTERN KOWLOON, JUNK BAY AND SAI KUNG.

AN AQUEDUCT WILL BE CONSTRUCTED FROM TAI PO TAU TO NGAU TAM MEI AND A PIPELINE LAID BETWEEN SHEUNG SHU I AND TAU PASS.

STAGE THREE WILL BE IMPLEMENTED BETWEEN 1988 AND 1992 AT AN ESTIMATED COST OF $300 MILLION.

WORKS INCLUDED IN THIS STAGE ARE MAINLY CONCERNED WITH PROVISION OF ADDITIONAL PUMPING PLANTS AT THE NEW STATIONS.

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DEADLINE FOR PAID SICK LEAVE VIEWS NEARS * * * *

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT REMINDED THE PUBLIC TODAY (MONDAY) THAT SEPTEMBER 10 IS THE LAST DAY FOR FORWARDING COMMENTS ON THE PAID SICK LEAVE BILL TO THE DEPARTMENT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID INTERESTED ORGANISATIONS, INCLUDING EMPLOYERS’ ASSOCIATIONS AND EMPLOYEES’ UNIONS, AS WELL AS INDIVIDUALS ARE WELCOME TO FORWARD THEIR VIEWS OR COMMENTS IN WRITING TO THE DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS ON THE FOURTH FLOOR OF LEE GARDENS IN HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY.

A SUMMARY OF THE REPRESENTATIONS RECEIVED WILL BE FORWARDED TO THE UMELCO OFFICE.

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THE BILL PROPOSES TO INCREASE THE RATE OF PAID SICK LEAVE FROM ONE DAY PER MONTH TO TWO DAYS PER MONTH IN THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF CONTINUOUS EMPLOYMENT AND TO FOUR DAYS A MONTH THEREAFTER, AND TO INCREASE THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PAID SICK LEAVE DAYS THAT MAY BE ACCUMULATED FROM 36 DAYS TO 120 DAYS. HOWEVER, AN EMPLOYEE MAY ONLY TAKE UP TO 90 DAYS OF PAID SICK LEAVE DURING ANY ONE SICKNESS IF HE DOES NOT REQUIRE HOSPITALISATION, AND UP TO 120 DAYS IF HOSPITALISATION IS REQUIRED.

THE BILL ALSO PROPOSES TO PROHIBIT THE TERMINATION OF SERVICE OF AN EMPLOYEE DURING ANY PERIOD OF PAID SICK LEAVE UNLESS HIS EMPLOYER PAYS WAGES IN LIEU OF NOTICE, AN ADDITIONAL SUM EQUAL TO SEVEN DAYS’ WAGES AND THE FULL SICKNESS ALLOWANCE TO WHICH HE WOULD HAVE BEEN ENTITLED DURING HIS SICKNESS.

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REGISTER OF ELECTORS OPENING ON WEDNESDAY *****

THE REGISTER OF ELECTORS FOR THE DISTRICT BOARDS AND THE URBAN COUNCIL WILL BE OPENED TO NEW APPLICANTS ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 31).

THOSE WHO ARE ELIGIBLE BUT HAVE NOT REGISTERED PREVIOUSLY CAN DO SO IN THE NEXT SIX WEEKS AND NOT LATER THAN OCTOBER 11.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT’S REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL DIVISION EXPLAINED THAT SUCH REGISTRATION EXERCISES ARE CONDUCTED ANNUALLY, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER AN ORDINARY ELECTION IS l£LD THE FOLLOWING YEAR.

THOSE WHO APPLY NOW WILL HAVE THEIR NAMES INCLUDED IN THE NEXT FINAL REGISTER OF ELECTORS TO BE PUBLISHED EARLY IN 1984.

THOSE WHO ARE ALREADY REGISTERED NEED NOT APPLY AGAIN ALTHOUGH THEY ARE REQUESTED TO INFORM THE REGISTRATION OFFICER AT THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL DIVISION OF ANY CHANGE OF ADDRESS.

GENERALLY, ANYONE HOLDING A HONG KONG IDENTITY CARD WHO WILL BE 21 YEARS OF AGE OR OVER ON NOVEMBER 30, 1983 AND WHO WILL HAVE LIVED IN HONG KONG FOR SEVEN YEARS OR MORE, IS ELIGIBLE FOR REGISTRATION.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE APPLICATION PROCEDURE WAS SIMPLE.

+ALL THAT THE PERSON HAS TO DO IS TO GIVE HIS NAME, SEX, RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS AND IDENTITY CARD NUMBER ON A FORM, IN EITHER ENGLISH OR CHINESE, AND HAVE IT RETURNED POSTAGE FREE TO THE REGISTRATION OFFICER,+ HE SAID.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE OBTAINABLE FREE OF CHARGE AT ALL DISTRICT OFFICES OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, POST OFFICES, PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE OFFICES, IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT OFFICES, URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT BRANCH OFFICES, AND THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL DIVISION, AT HARBOUR CENTRE, 10TH FLOOR, 25 HARBOUR ROAD, HONG KONG.

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♦THE APPLICANT’S RESIDENTIAL AND NOT BUSINESS ADDRESS IS REQUIRED BECAUSE ELECTORS ARE REGISTERED TO VOTE IN CONSTITUENCIES WHERE THEY LIVE,+ THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE OCCUPATION OR EDUCATION STANDARD OF THE APPLICANT HAD NO RELEVANCE AT ALL TO HIS APPLICATION AND EVERY ELIGIBLE MEMBER OF A HOUSEHOLD COULD REGISTER SEPARATELY.

♦FOR EXAMPLE, IF THE FATHER OF A FAMILY IS ALREADY A REGISTERED ELECTOR, IT DOES NOT MEAN THAT HIS WIFE OR HIS GROWN-UP CHILDREN CANNOT APPLY INDIVIDUALLY FOR REGISTRATION,* HE SAID.

REGISTERED ELECTORS LIVING IN THE URBAN AREAS CAN CAST THEIR VOTES AT BOTH URBAN AREA DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS AND AT THE URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS, WHEREAS RESIDENTS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE ABLE TO VOTE AT NT DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS.

THEY WILL BE ADVISED IN WRITING IN DUE COURSE OF THE CONSTITUENCY AND THE POLLING STATION WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN REGISTERED TO VOTE.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC CAN TELEPHONE 5-270369 OR 5-270380 DURING OFFICE HOURS IF THEY HAVE ANY ENQUIRY ON THE REGISTRATION PROCEDURE OR RELATED MATTERS.

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REMINDER ON NEW I.D. CARD APPLICATION

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ABOUT 60 PER CENT OF THE ESTIMATED MALE POPULATION BORN IN 1960 AND 1961 HAVE APPLIED FOR THEIR NEW IDENTITY CARDS SINCE THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE FOURTH PHASE OF THE NEW I.D. CARD SCHEME THREE WEEKS AGO.

AN IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (MONDAY) THAT BETWEEN AUGUST 8 AND LAST FRIDAY EVENING, 78 300 APPLICATIONS WERE RECEIVED.

♦THIS FIGURE REPRESENTS AN AVERAGE DAILY TURN-UP RATE OF 4 606, WHICH REFLECTS CO-OPERATION AND SUPPORT ON THE PART OF THE PUBLIC,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE URGED THE REMAINING 40 PER CENT TO MAKE THEIR APPLICATIONS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, AS THERE ARE ONLY 11 WORKING DAYS LEFT BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE OF SEPTEMBER 10.

AS MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE TURNING UP AT THE ISSUE OFFICES AFTER 5 PM, THE SPOKESMAN ADVISED FUTURE APPLICANTS TO VISIT THESE OFFICES IN THE DAY TIME OR DURING WEEKENDS TO AVOID THE EVENING RUSH.

♦IT TAKES ABOUT HALF AN HOUR TO PROCESS AN APPLICATION. APPLICANTS WILL BE INFORMED OF THE DATE TO RETURN FOR THEIR NEW CARDS AND SURRENDER THEIR OLD ONES.+ HE SAID.

HE REMINDED APPLICANTS TO BRING ALONG THEIR OLD IDENTITY CARDS WHEN THEY REPORT TO THE ISSUE OFFICES.

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MAJOR ROAD INTERCHANGE READY SOON M * # *

THE WO HOP SHEK INTERCHANGE, ONE OF THE MAJOR ROAD PROJECTS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROUTE, IS NEARING COMPLETION.

MR P.W. WONG, CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, SAID THAT THE PROJECT, WHEN COMPLETED AT THE END OF THE YEAR, WILL CONNECT TAI PO ROAD WITH FANLING BYPASS NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

THE PROJECT INCLUDES A GRADE-SEPARATED INTERCHANGE WITH TWO BRIDGES, VARIOUS APPROACH ROADS AND SLIP ROADS AS WELL AS A BRIDGE FOR PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS.

THERE WILL ALSO BE FOOTPATHS AND CYCLE TRACKS ON EITHER SIDE OF THE INTERCHANGE.

♦AS PART OF THE PROJECT, A BRIDGE SEPARATING TRAFFIC FLOW FROM THE RAILWAY WAS COMPLETED AND OPENED TO TRAFFIC IN AUGUST LAST YEAR. THIS HAS ELIMINATED THE PREVIOUS LEVEL CROSSING IN TAI PO ROAD FOR THE FULL ELECTRIFICATION OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RA ILWAY,♦ MR WONG SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THE WO HOP SHEK INTERCHANGE IS PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED IN 1985 AT A COST OF ABOUT $2 OOO MILLION.

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JUNK COLLECTION SERVICE OFFERED IN NT * * *

NEW TERRITORIES RESIDENTS ARE BEING URGED TO USE THE HOUSEHOLD JUNK REMOVAL SERVICE PROVIDED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOR DISPOSAL OF BULKY ARTICLES.

THE SERVICE PROVIDES FOR NTSD STAFF MEMBERS TO CALL ON RESIDENTS UPON REQUEST TO COLLECT THEIR ARTICLES FOR DISPOSAL, FOR A FEE TO COVER OPERATIONAL COSTS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE CHARGES WILL DEPEND ON THE JOB, NUMBER OF STAFF AND VEHICLES REQUIRED, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE SERVICE HELPS PEOPLE TO DISPOSE OF THEIR BULKY UNWANTED TV OR RADIO SETS, AIR CONDITIONERS, REFRIGERATORS, WASHING MACHINES, AND FURNITURE, INCLUDING SPRING MAT, WOODEN OR METAL CABINETS, TABLES AND CHAIRS FROM THEIR HOME.

AT THE SAME TIME IT IS INTENDED TO IMPROVE FURTHER THE ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE IN THE MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS AND LIVING SURROUNDINGS IN THE NEW TOWNS AND RURAL VILLAGES.

PEOPLE WHO WISH TO USE THE SERVICE SHOULD CONTACT THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICES IN THEIR RESPECTIVE DISTRICTS.

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♦THEY MAY WRITE TO THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICE OF THEIR OWN DISTR ICT,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦HOWEVER, IN THE LETTER, THEY MUST INCLUDE A STATEMENT AGREEING TO PAY THE NECESSARY EXPENSES INVOLVED,* HE ADDED.

IF THE REQUEST IS MADE BY TELEPHONE, NTSD STAFF WOULD ADVISE THEM TO SIGNIFY ACCEPTANCE OF CHARGES IN WRITING.

UPON THE RECEIPT OF THE REQUEST, THE NTSD STAFF WILL ARRANGE TO COLLECT THE JUNK DURING OFFICE HOURS.

PAYMENT IS MADE OUT TO THE TREASURY ON RECEIPT OF THE DEMAND NOTE, AND NO CASH IS INVOLVED, HE STRESSED.

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SHAM SHU I PO ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN OPENS K * * *

THE MONTH-LONG ROAD SAFETY DRIVE IN SHAM SHU I PO WILL BE DIRECTED MAINLY TO PEDESTRIANS IN THE DISTRICT, CHAIRMAN OF THE CAMPAIGN’S ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR STEPHEN CHENG, SAID TODAY

(MONDAY).

HE NOTED THAT OF THE 8 253 TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS WHICH OCCURRED IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR, 2 183 CASES WERE CAUSED BY NEGLIGENCE OF THE PEDESTRIANS WHILE CROSSING THE ROADS.

MR CHENG WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE DISTRICT’S ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN AT THE MAPLE STREET PLAYGROUND j-THIS MORNING.

♦TO ALLEVIATE THE SITUATION, WE ARE DIRECTING OUR ROAD SAFETY MESSAGE TO PEDESTRIANS, MAINLY CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGES OF FIVE AND 11, HOUSEWIVES, OLD PEOPLE AND FACTORY WORKERS,+ HE SAID.

AT TODAY’S CEREMONY, SPECTATORS WERE TREATED TO A TWO-HOUR VARIETY PERFORMANCE FEATURING A POLICE DOG SHOW, A +CAPTAIN SAFETY AND ROAD SAFETY PATROLS+ PARADE, A DRIVING DEMONSTRATION AND MOTORCYCLE STUNT RIDING.

CHILDREN ALSO HAD A HAPPY TIME AT THE FUN FAIR AND THE VARIOUS GAME STALLS.

IN THE COMING MONTH, A SERIES OF EDUCATIONAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELD TO DRIVE HOME THE ROAD SAFETY MESSAGE TO THE RESIDENTS.

THE CAMPAIGN IS BEING ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE POLICE.

ALSO PRESENT AT TODAY’S CEREMONY WERE THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MT STEPHEN IP, AND THE ACTING POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER (SHAM SHUI PO), MR R.J. IRVINE.

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COUNCILLOR AND STEWARD VISIT WATER SPORTS CENTRE *****

THE HON ANDREW SO KWOK-WING, AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND DR DOUGLAS LAING, A JOCKEY CLUB STEWARD, VISITED THE TAI MEI TUK WATER SPORTS CENTRE THIS (MONDAY) AFTERNOON TO SEE HOW THE 1983 SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME PROVIDES HEALTHY AND RECREATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT FOR YOUNGSTERS IN HONG KONG.

THE WATER SPORTS PROGRAMME AT THE CENTRE WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SHA TIN DISTRICT YOUTH RECREATION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE (SDYRCC), SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THE CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR YOUTH RECREATION (CCCYR).

ON ARRIVAL AT 2.30 PM, MR SO AND DR LAING WERE MET BY THE CHAIRMAN OF CCCYR, MR FRANCIS DE S. OZORIO? CHIEF RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICER (FACILITIES MANAGEMENT) OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT, MR STANLEY LEE; CHAIRMAN AND VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE SDYRCC, MR LAU HON-KIT AND MR YEUNG KA-YUEN; AND SENIOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OFFICER OF SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE, LEE KWING-WING.

THEY WERE TAKEN TO SEE SOME 50 CAMPERS, AGED BETWEEN 16 AND 27, TAKING PART IN SAILING AND CANOEING ACTIVITIES.

THE TAI MEI TUK WATER SPORTS CENTRE, SITUATED BESIDE THE SCENIC MAIN DAM OF PLOVER COVE RESERVOIR, IS MANAGED BY THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE. IT CAN ACCOMMODATE 52 CAMPERS AND OFFER A WIDE RANGE OF EXCITING ACTIVITIES SUCH AS ROWING AND WIND-SURFING.

THE VISITORS TOURED THE CENTRE, INSPECTED THE DORMITORY AND OTHER FACILITIES BEFORE LEAVING AT 4 PM.

TODAY’S VISIT IS THE THIRD IN A SERIES OF VISITS ARRANGED THIS SUMMER FOR SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND UMELCO MEMBERS TO GAIN INSIGHT INTO THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

THE TOTAL BUDGET FOR THE PROGRAMME IS OVER $12 MILLION, OF WHICH $4.5 MILLION IS DONATED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB.

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VEGETABLE GROWING COMPETITION * * * *

PRIMARY SCHOOLS ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND KOWLOON PENINSULA ARE BEING INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE URBAN PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN VEGETABLE GROWING (IN POTS) COMPETITION JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT.

PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS MAY SUBMIT A MAXIMUM OF EIGHT POTS COMPRISING FOUR SPECIES, ALL OF WHICH SHOULD BE ABLE TO GROW IN POTS UNDER THE WINTER CLIMATE OF HONG KONG.

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ENTRIES MUST REACH THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE TEACHING CENTRE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT 4 PAK FUK ROAD, NORTH POINT, ON JANUARY 17, 1984.

THE COMPETITION IS ORGANISED TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR URBAN PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN TO LEARN THE SHAPE, STRUCTURE AND GROWTH OF PLANTS THROUGH PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE.

TO PROVIDE TEACHERS WITH THE INFORMATION AND TECHNIQUES ON VEGETABLE GROWING IN POTS, A SEMINAR WILL BE HELD AT A LATER DATE.

ENQUIRIES CONCERNING THE COMPETITION MAY BE MADE TO MR C.S. PAO, HORTICULTURIST OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT ON 0-901161 OR TO MR Y.Y. CHAN, INSPECTOR OF THE PRIMARY SCIENCE SECTION, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ON 5-8392466.

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RESTRICTED ZONE ON ARGYLE STREET * * * *

FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 31), THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF ARGYLE STREET BETWEEN RECLAMATION STREET AND TONG MEI ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED AS A RESTRICTED ZONE FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY.

WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONE, MOTOR VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES AND THOSE AUTHORISED IN WRITING BY THE AUTHORITY WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING UP OR SETTING DOWN PASSENGERS, OR LOADING OR UNLOADING GOODS.

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WAI HANG STREET TO BE CLOSED KM*

FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 31), WAI HANG STREET BETWEEN TAI FOO STREET AND TAI LOK STREET IN SAI WAN HO WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR WORK ON A NEW ACCESS ROAD.

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WATER LEAKAGE TESTS IN WONG TAI SIN * M * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN WONG TAI SIN WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PM ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 1) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY TAI SHING STREET, TUNG TAU TSUEN ROAD, SHEUNG TAK STREET, SHAT IN PASS ROAD AND CHOI HUNG ROAD, INCLUDING KAI MING LAU AND BLOCKS 1, 2 AND 20 TO 25 OF LOWER WONG TAI SIN ESTATE.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, AUGUST 30, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

1983 EXPECTED TO BE RECORD YEAR EDR SHIPPING TRADE......... 1

PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES EDR JULY 1983 ................... 2

DRIVE STEPPED UP AGAINST ILLICIT DRUG DEALINGS ............ 4

RESIDENTS TOLD OF WORK SITE DANGERS ....................... 5

STUDENT TRAVEL CARDS AVAILABLE............................. 6

COURT'S CIVIL JURISDICTION RAISED ......................... 6

CONCERT TO HFIT,P ANTI-NARCOTICS DRIVE..................... 6

NEW BUILDING PLANS APPROVED ............................... 7

RESITE HOUSES TO BE BUILT ...............................

TENDERS INVITED FOR FILTER WORKS .......................... 8

NEW MAXICAB SERVICES FOR YUEN LONG ........................ 8

CHAI WAN TRAFFIC PLANS ..................................

TRAFFIC CHANGES FOR FLYOVER WORK........................... 9

URBAN CLEARWAY EXTENDED .................................. 1°

NEW BUS ROUTE FOR LANTAU ................................. 10

BUILDINGS DECLARED IN DANGEROUS CONDITION ................ 10

WATER MAINS WORK IN THREE AREAS .......................... 11

TRAINING CENTRE YOUTHS DO WELL IN EXAMS .................. 11

WATER FIGURES

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1983 EXPECTED TO BE RECORD YEAR FOR SHIPPING TRADE * * * *

THE VOLUME OF CARGO HANDLED BY THE PORT OF HONG KONG SOARED IN THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, AND 1983 LOOKS SET TO BE A RECORD YEAR FOR HONG KONG’S SHIPPING TRADE, A MARINE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

OUTBOUND CARGO BY OCEAN-GOING SHIPS TOTALLED 5.9 MILLION TONNES, AN INCREASE OF 21.5 PER CENT OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF LAST YEAR, WHILE CARGO DISCHARGED INCREASED BY 7.4 PER CENT TO MORE THAN 14.9 MILLION TONNES.

ALTHOUGH THE NUMBER OF OCEAN-GOING SHIPS ENTERING HONG KONG DURING THE PERIOD INCREASED BY ONLY 2.5 PER CENT, THEIR AVERAGE TONNAGE WAS CONSIDERABLY HIGHER, THE SPOKESMAN POINTED 0UT.

OUTGOING CARGO BY RIVER TRADE VESSELS TOPPED 540 000 TONNES, up more than 39 per cent over the first seven months of last year,

WITH DISCHARGED CARGO GROWING BY OVER 30 PER CENT TO ABOUT

2.45 MILLION TONNES.

THE TOTAL VOLUME OF INCOMING AND OUTGOING CARGO HANDLED BY

THE PORT REACHED 23.8 MILLION TONNES, AN INCREASE OF OVER 19 PER

CENT.

+JUDGING BY THE GROWTH MOMENTUM FOR THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS WE EXPECT OUR PORT TO SET AN ALL-TIME RECORD FOR ITS THROUGHPUT THIS YEAR,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

LAST YEAR, THE TOTAL THROUGHPUT WAS 37.1 MILLION TONNES.

TO MEET THIS RAPID GROWTH IN PORT ACTIVITIES, THE MARINE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN PLANNING THE PROVISION OF ADDITIONAL PUBLIZ CARGO WORKING AREAS, THE FIRST OF WHICH WILL BE OPENED IN TSJE WAN NEXT MONTH (SEPTEMBER).

+ AT PRESENT, THE FRONTAGE OF THE EXISTING AREAS IN TS’J-N ..AN IS 340 METRES. THE NEW AREA WILL PROVIDE A SEA FRONTAGE 0-610 METRES,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

A NEW AREA MEASURING SOME 500 METRES IN LENGTH IS EXPECTED TO OPEN IN CHAI WAN NEXT JANUARY. TO BE READY AT ABOUT T^E SA -TIME WILL BE AN ADDITIONAL AREA IN RAMBLER CHANNEL, WHICH WlL INCREASE THE EXISTING FRONTAGE THERE FROM 500 METRES TO 1 04Q METRES.

+THIS EXPANSION WILL INCREASE ThE SEA FRONTAGE OF PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREAS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG BY OVER 30 PER CENT FROM 4 336 METRES TODAY TO 5 646 METRES BY NEXT JANUARY + ’ SPOKESMAN SAID.

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PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR JULY 1983 * * X *

IN JULY 1983, DOMESTIC EXPORTS GREW BY 28 PER CENT OR $2 173 MILLION OVER THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR, TO REACH $9 853 MILLION, ACCORDING TO PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES PUBLISHED TODAY (TUESDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

RE-EXPORTS, AT $4 718 MILLION, GREW BY 32 PER CENT OR $1 140 MILLION.

TOTAL EXPORTS — DOMESTIC EXPORTS PLUS RE-EXPORTS — REACHED $14 571 MILLION IN JULY, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 29 PER CENT CR $3 313 MILLION OVER THE SAME MONTH IN 1982.

WITH IMPORTS AT $15 184 MILLION, AN INCREASE OF 23 PER CENT OR $2 808 MILLION, THE VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT FOR JULY THIS YEAR WAS $613 MILLION.

THE VISIBLE TRADE GAP -- THE PROPORTION OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS NOT COVERED BY THAT OF TOTAL EXPORTS -- NARROWED SIGNIFICANTLY TO FOUR PER CENT FROM NINE PER CENT IN JULY LAST YEAR.

PUTTING LAST MONTH’S TRADE FIGURES INTO CONTEXT, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS IN THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF 1983 WAS 16 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD A YEAR AGO.

THIS OVERALL INCREASE WAS MADE UP OF AN INCREASE OF 17 PER CENT FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND AN INCREASE OF 15 PER CENT FOR RE-EXPORTS.

AS THE GROWTH RATE OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS WAS 13 PER CELT, THE VISIBLE TRADE GAP IN THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF THIS YEAR NARROWED TO 10 PER CENT, FROM 13 PER CENT RECORDED IN THE SAME PERIOD IN 1982.

COMMENTING ON THESE COMPARATIVE FIGURES, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE JULY TRADE FIGURES CONFIRM A RECOVE Y IN THE EXPORT SECTOR, WHICH HAS GATHERED STRENGTH SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR.

EVEN AFTER DISCOUNTING THE EFFECTS OF PRICE INCREASES, DOMESTIC EXPORTS STILL SHOWED A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN REAL TERMS.

THE FOLLOWING TABLE GIVES THE PROVISK FIGURES FOR JULY 1983s DNAL MERCHANDISE TRADE

MERCHANDISE: DOMESTIC EXPORTS : s 9 853 MILLION

RE-EXPORTS : » 4 718 MILLION

TOTAL EXPORTS : S14 571 MILLION

IMPORTS : 515 184 MILLION

TRADE BALANCE : 3 613 MILLION (IN DEFICIT)

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COMPARATIVE FIGURES

LATEST 3 MONTHS MAY - JULY 1983 MAY - JULY 1982 INCREASE OR DECREASE

$ MN. S MN. $ MN. %

domestic EXPORTS 26 773 21 456 + 5 317 +24.8 • . r* .... •’ J

RE-EXPORTS 13 371 1G 776 + 2 595 +24.1

TOTAL EXPORTS 40 144 • 32 232 + 7 912 +24.5

IMPORTS 43 591 35 353 + 8 238 +23.3

TRADE BALANCE - 3 447 - 3 121 326

SAME MONTH JULY JULY INCREASE OR

LAST YEAR 1983 1982 DECREASE

. MN. S MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 9 853 7 680 + 2 173 +23.3

(% OF TOTAL (67.6%) (68.2%)

EXPORTS)

RE-EXPORTS 4 718 ♦ 3 578 + 1 140 +31.9

TOTAL EXPORTS 14 571 11 258 + 3 313 +29,4

IMPORTS 15 18.4 12 376 + 2 308 +22.7

TRADE BALANCE - 613 - 1 118 + .505

JULY JUNE INCREASE OR

LAST MONTH 1983 1983 DECREASE

$ MN. S MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 9 853 8 920 + 933 +10.5

(% OF TOTAL (67.6%) (67.0%)

EXPORTS)

RE-EXPORTS 4 718 4 389 329 +7.5

TOTAL EXPORTS 14 571 13 309 * 1 262 +9.5

IMPORTS 15 184 14 481 + 703 + 4.9

TP ADE BALANCE - 613 - 1 172 55°

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CALENDAR YEAR JANUARY - JULY JANUARY - JULY INCREASE : OR

TO-DATE 1983 1982 DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. S MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 53 014 45 497 + 7 517 ♦ 16.5

(% OF TOTAL (64.9%) (64.5%)

EXPORTS)

RE-EXPORTS 28 693 24 990 ♦ 3 703 +14.8

TOTAL EXPORTS 81 707 70 487 +11 220 +15.9

IMPORTS 91 260 81 064 +10 196 + 12.6

TRADE BALANCE - 9 553 -10 577 + 1 024

AUGUST 1982 AUGUST 1981

LAST TO TO INCREASE OR

12 MONTHS JULY 1983 JULY 1982 . . DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 90 548 82 965 * 7 583 + 9.1

RE-EXPORTS 48 057 43 816 + * 2 1 + 9.7

TOTAL EXPORTS 138 605 126 781 +11 824 + 9.3

IMPORTS 153 088 141 517 +11 571 + 8.2

TRADE BALANCE -14 483 -14 736 + 253

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DRIVE STEPPED UP AGAINST ILLICIT DRUG DEALINGS M * M * * M

DEPARTMENT HAS STEPPED UP ACTION TO

THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH ...........

COMBAT ILLICIT DEALINGS IN PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS, RESULTING IN A RECORD NUMBER OF PROSECUTIONS IN THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS Or THIS

YEAR.

THE DEPARTMENT’S FORENSIC PHARMACY DIVISION HAS INITIATED A TOTAL OF 83 PROSECUTIONS AGAINST SELLERS AND DEALERS FOR ALLEGED INFRINGEMENTS OF THE PHARMACY AND POISONS ORDINANCE — COMPARED WITH 55 CASES FOR THE WHOLE OF 1982.

IN THE SAME PERIOD, THE INSPECTION AND LICENSING SECTION OF THE DIVISION CARRIED OUT 6 183 INSPECTIONS, COMPARED WITH 5 743 FOR THE WHOLE OF LAST YEAR.

+S0 FAR, OF THE 83 PROSECUTIONS, WE HAVE ACHIEVED 51 CONVICTIONS, COMPARED WITH 68 FOR 1982,+ A SPOKE3VAN FOR THE NEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAID.

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♦OUR EFFORTS ARE MAKING IT INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO BUY ILLICIT DRUGS OVER THE COUNTER WITHOUT A DOCTOR’S PRESCRIPTION,* HE SAID.

+WE CONSTANTLY MONITOR THE SITUATION AND MAKE RANDOM INSPECTIONS TO ENSURE THAT PRESCRIBED DRUGS ARE NOT SOLD IN THIS WAY,* HE ADDED.

WHILE MOST CASES ARISE FROM DIRECT INVESTIGATION BY OFFICERS CF THE SECTION, A FEW ARE AS A RESULT OF COMPLAINTS FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, AND CO-OPERATION WITH THE POLICE AND CUSTOMS AND EXCISE.

THE INSPECTION AND LICENSING SECTION ALSO CARRIES OUT CHECKS ON FER BAL MEDICINE TO ENSURE THAT IT IS NOT ADULTERATED WITH WESTERN MEDICINE.

+WE CHECK TO FIND OUT WHETHER SOME HERBAL MEDICINES CONTAIN HEAVY METALS SUCH AS ARSENIC, MERCURY AND LEAD,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, OFFICERS OF THE FORtNSIC PHARMACY DIVISION HAVE BEEN UNDERGOING TRAINING IN INVESTIGATION METHODS, WHICH HAVE PROVED HELPFUL IN THEIR WORK.

♦WE NOW HAVE MORE PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE IN THE FIELD OF INVESTIGATION AND DETECTION,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦HIGH MORALE WITHIN THE DIVISION IS ANOTHER REASON FOR OUR GREATER SUCCESS IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS,* HE ADDED.

+THE OFFICERS RECOGNISE THAT THEY HAVE ONE GOAL — TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC FROM THE UNDESIRABLE EFFECTS OF SUB-STANDARD PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS AVAILABLE ON THE MARKET, AS WELL AS ILLEGAL DEALINGS WITHIN THE INDUSTRY,* HE SAID.

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RESIDENTS TOLD OF WORK SITE DANGERS

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TAI PO RESIDENTS WERE TODAY (TUESDAY) BEING URGED TO STAY AWAY FROM CONSTRUCTION SITES WHICH HAVE BEEN USED BY MANY PEOPLE AS SHORT CUTS FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER.

THE CALL CAME FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR THOMAS CHAN, wHO SAID THAT PEOPLE ENTERING THESE SITES WOULD FACE SUCH LIKELY DANGERS AS FALLING OBJECTS AND POOLS OF WATER.

+THEY WILL HAVE ONLY THEMSELVES TO BLAME IN CASE OF ANY MISHAP. ALSO, THEY WILL BE TREATED AS TRESPASSERS,* HE SAID.

THERE ARE MANY CONSTRUCTION SITES IN TAI PO AS THE NEW TOWN IS UNDERGOING MASSIVE DEVELOPMENT.

MR CHAN ALSO ADVISED PARENTS TO STOP THEIR CHILDREN FROM SWIMMING IN THE LAM TSUEN RIVER OR IN THE “ATER ALONG THE COASTAL ,<.EA BETWEEN SHA TIN AND TAI PO WHERE CONSTRUCTION WORKo ARE UNDER WAY.

HE SAID THE DISTRICT OFFICE HAD ALREADY ADVISED CONTRACTORS TO TAKE PREVENTIVE MEASURES TO KEEP PEOPLE CUT OF CONSTRUCTION

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STUDENT TRAVEL CARDS AVAILABLE

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FULL-TIME STUDENTS AGED 12 TO 25 MAY APPLY FOR THE CONCESSIONARY STUDENT TRAVEL CARD WHEN THE NEW SCHOOL TERM BEGINS ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 1).

THEY SHOULD SUBMIT APPLICATIONS THROUGH THEIR SCHOOLS.

THE CARD, ISSUED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT AT A FEE OF $10 AND VALID FOR 13 MONTHS, ENTITLES THE HOLDER TO TRAVEL ON BUSES, TRAMS, FERRIES, TRAINS AND MTR AT CONCESSIONARY RATES.

LAST YEAR, 474 800 STUDENT TRAVEL CARDS WERE ISSUED.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE TRAVEL SCHEME MAY BE MADE ON 5-7954631

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COURT’S CIVIL JURISDICTION RAISED * * *

THE CIVIL JURISDICTION OF THE DISTRICT COURT WILL BE RAISED FROM THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 1), ENABLING THE COURT TO HEAR CASES WITH MONETARY CLAIMS UP TO $40 000.

CASES WITH AN ANNUAL RENT OR RATEABLE VALUE NOT EXCEEDING $30 000 WHERE THE CLAIMS ARE FOR RECOVERY OF LAND WILL ALSO BE HEARD IN THE DISTRICT COURT.

THE NEW JURISDICTION WILL COME INTO EFFECT AS A RESULT OF THE PASSING OF AN AMENDMENT TO THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) ORDINANCE, 1981.

UNTIL THEN, MONETARY CLAIMS UP TO $20 000 OR $15 000 WHEN INVOLVING LAND ARE BEING HEARD BY THE DISTRICT COURT.

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CONCERT TO HELP ANTI-NARCOTICS DRIVE XXX

A BEACH CONCERT AND AN EXHIBITION TO HIGHLIGHT THE ISLANDS DISTRICT ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 4) AT TUNG WAN ON CHEUNG CHAU.

THE TWO-HOUR CONCERT WILL FEATURE DRAMAS, SONGS AND GAMES BY POPULAR SINGERS, TELEVISION PERSONALITIES, AND DISC JOCKEYS TO DRIVE HOME THE ANTI-NARCOTICS MESSAGE. IT WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE ON RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG, STARTING AT 2 PM.

ON THE SAME AFTERNOON, THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO VISIT A LAUNCH BERTHED AT THE CHEUNG CHAU PUBLIC PIER WHERE A PHOTO EXHIBITION ON DRUG SEIZURE AND RAIDS WILL BE HELD.

WINNING ENTRIES OF THE COLOURING, ESSAY-WRITING, AND CROSSWORD PUZZLE COMPETITIONS, HELD IN JUNE FOR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS, WILL ALcJ BE PUT ON DISPLAY, TOGETHER k I TH INFORMATION ON DRUGS PROVIDED BY THE SOCIETY FOR THE a ID AND REHABILITATION DRUG ABUSERS (SARDA).

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THE DISTRICT OFFFCER, MR WILLIAM YAP; THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, MR LAM KAM KWONG; THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR KWONG PING-YAU; AND THE HEAD OF THE CHINESE PROGRAMME SERVICE OF .>THK, MR CHU PUI-HING WILL OFFICIATE AT A PRIZEPRESENTATION CEREMONY AT 1.30 PM, PRIOR TO THE CONCERT.

ABOUT $63 000 HAS BEEN SPENT ON THE CAMPAIGN, OF WHICH $30 000 COMES FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD.

THE CAMPAIGN IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS, RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG, AND THE ISLANDS DISTRICT ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN ORGANISING COMMITTEE.

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NEW BUILDING PLANS APPROVED * * * *

FORTY-TWO BUILDING PLANS WERE APPROVED BY THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IN JULY THIS YEAR, COMPARED WITH 66 IN THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR.

THESE NEW PLANS COVER NINE NEW BUILDINGS ON HONG KONG ISLAND SIX IN KOWLOON AND 27 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THcY INCLUDE PHASE I IB OF THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, A PETROL FILLING STATION IN SHA TIN, A SQUASH CENTRE AND A HOTEL AT TAI LONG WAN ON LANTAU ISLAND, A POWER SUBSTATION AT WO YI HOP RO-^D, KWAI CHUNG, A CONTAINER FREIGHT STATION FOR THE KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER TERMINAL AND A FOOTBRIDGE IN TUEN MUN.

THE DECLARED COST OF NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED DURING THE MONTH WAS $1 269.6 MILLION, COMPARED WITH 3532.2 MILLION IN JULY LAST YEAR.

THE USABLE FLOOR AREA TOTALLED 290 953.9 SQUARE METRES, COMPRISING 214 571.3 SQUARE METRES OF NON-DOMESTIC AND 76 3 2.6 SQUARE METRES OF DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA.

IN THE SAME MONTH, THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE ALSO GAVE CONSENT FOR WORK TO START ON 29 PROJECTS.

THEY INCLUDE A SCHOOL AT BRAEMAR HILL ROAD, A HOME FOR THE AGED AT TUNG LO WAN HILL ROAD, SHA TIN, A PETROL FILLING STATION IN MUI WO, LANTAU ISLAND, A SCHOOL EXTENSiO I CHEUNG SHA . -J, AND A STAFF QUARTER FOR POK 01 HOSPITAL IN YUEN LONG.

ALTOGETHER, 40 COMPLETED BUILDINGS

OCCUPATION PERMITS WERE ISSUED FOR NEWLY IN JULY.

THEY INCLUDE A SCHOOL EXTENSION AT STUBBS ROAD, BRIDGE LF'KS AT THE HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, AN INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE AND A SCHOOL IN TAI PO AND A SWIMMING POOL IN SHEUNG SHU I.

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE ALSO GAVE PERMISSION FOR 40 BUILDINGS TO EE DEMOLISHED I JULY.

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RESITE HOUSES TO BE BUILT X H X

THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF FOUR BLOCKS OF THREE-STOREY HIGH VILLAGE RESITE HOUSES IN TAI PO NEAR SHEK KWU LUNG VILLAGE.

EACH BLOCK WILL CONSIST OF FOUR UNITS WITH A TOTAL GROSS AREA OF ABOUT 195 SQUARE METRES.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN OCTOBER AND BE COMPLETED IN AUGUST NEXT YEAR.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR FILTER WORKS M * *

THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF CIVIL ENG INEER I.' 3 ..CRKS AT YAU KOM TAU TREATMENT WORKS IN TSUEN WAN.

THE PROJECT, WHICH FORMS PART OF STAGE I OF THE YAU KOM TAU WATER TREATMENT'AND TRANSFER FACILITIES, MAINLY INVOLVES THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FILTER BLOCK WITH CLEAR WATER TANK BENEATH, A PUMPING STATION, WASHWATER RECOVERY TANKS, CHEMICAL HOUSE AND A SERVICE RESERVOIR.

THE STRUCTURES ARE INTERCONNECTED BY PIPEWORK, CHEMICAL AND SERVICE LINES AND REINSTATEMENT WILL INCLUDE SECURITY FENCING AND LIGHTING.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN DECEMBER AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 15 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE DEPARTMENT IS ALSO INVITING TENDERS FCR THE LAYING Cr ABOUT 570 METRES OF MILD STEEL FLUSHING WATER MAINS NEAR THE SHA TIN SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT.

THESE WATER MAINS WILL FORM PART OF THE FLUSHING WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM TO SHA TIN NEW TOWN.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN OCTOEEI „ D * ILL TAKE ABOUT THREE MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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NEW MAXICAB SERVICES FCR YUEN LONG * * * *

THREE NEW MAXICAB ROUTES, NO. 33, 3- AND 35, WILL BE I’TDODUCED IN YUEN LONG ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 1), SERVING LAU FAI' , P K b » • AND SHA KIU.

ALL THE THREE ROUTES WILL STA?T AT TAI FUNG STREET IN YUEN LONG T3*N AND RUN VIA SAI TAI STREET, K'JK TING STREET, CaSTLE PEAK 0..., PING nA ROAD AND LAU FAU SHAN ROAD.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 30, 1983

ROUTE 34 WILL TERMINATE IN LAU FAU SHAN. ROUTES 33 AND 35 WILL CONTINUE VIA DEEP BAY ROAD TO REACH PAK NAI AND SHA KIU RESPECTIVELY.

RETURN JOURNEYS ON ALL THE THREE ROUTES WILL EE VIA CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TUNG LOK STREET, ON MING ROAD, TAI KIU ROAD, ON LOK ROAD, WANG CHAU ROAD, ON NING ROAD, TAI HAi.G STREET, TUNG TAI STREET AND TAI FUNG STREET.

ROUTES 33 AND 35 WILL OPERATE FROM 5.45 AM TO 8.30 PM AND ROUTE 34 FROM 6 AM TO 10 PM. FARE WILL BE FROM SI TO $2.20, DEPENDING ON THE DISTANCE TRAVELLED.

FROM 8 AM ON THE SAME DAY, TAI FUNG STREET, PING HA ROAD AND TIN HA ROAD IN YUEN LONG WILL BE PROHIBITED TO ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES EXCEPT THOSE AUTHORISED IN WRITING BY THE AUTHORITY.

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CHAI WAN TRAFFIC PLANS

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL EE INTRODUCED !!' C- I WAN BETWEEN 0.15 AM AND 6.15 AM ON THURSDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 1, 2 AND 3) TO FACILITATE CONSTRUCTION WORK CW THE f.TR ISLAND LINE.

DURING THOSE HOURS, KUT SHING STREET, ALONG WITH A SECTION OF LEE CHUNG STREET BETWEEN NING FCO STREET AND CHAI WAN ROAD, W LL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

AND THE SECTION OF HONG MAN STREET BETWEEN CHEUNG LEE STREET AND LEE CHUNG STREET, AND THE SECTION CF LEE CHUNG STREET BET EEH HONG MAN STREET AND HING WAH ROAD, WILL BE RE-ROUTED TWO Y.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL EE I. CEMENTED IN CAUSEWAY BAY FROM 10 AM TOMORROW (WEDNESD-Y) 'C FINAL STAGE OF CONSTRUCTION WORK AT T-E TAI HANG C-D FLYOVE .

AS A RESULT, TAI HANG ROAD, SOUTHBOUND BESEEM THE "Al H.A G ROAD FLYOVER AND TUNG LO WAN ROAD, WILL DE G-.'SED. UPnILL TP FFIC FROM TUNG LO WAN ROAD WILL ENTER T.« I imKG PC I T-E NE FLYOVER’S SLIP ROAD WHICH IS ALREADY CPE'..

TUNG LO WAN ROAD BETWEEN MORETON TE=R-CE ' *■ T E - . -HENTIONED SLIP ROAD WILL BE ■ E—’ 'TED T.J >

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URBAN CLEARWAY EXTENDED K A J£

FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 1), THE EXISTING URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTION IN UN CHAU STREET WILL BE EXTENDED BY ABOUT 50 METRES TO COVER THE SOUTHERN SECTION OF THE U-SHAPED ROAD STARTING FROM THE ENTRANCE OF THE UN CHAU ESTATE ROAD TO ITS JUNCTION WITH UN CHAU STREET.

ALL MOTOR VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES AND THOSE AUTHORISED IN WRITING BY THE AUTHORITY WILL EE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING UP AND SETTING DOWN PASSENGERS, OR LOADING AND UNLOADING GOODS. WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONE.

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NEW BUS ROUTE FOR LANTAU X ?. K

A NEW BUS ROUTE BETWEEN MUI WO AND PUI 0 ON LANTAU ISLAND WILL BE IN SERVICE FROM THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 1).

THE NEW ROUTE, NO. 7, WILL RUN VIA SOUTH LANTAU ROAD BET..EEN 8.15 AM AND 5 PM ON WEEKDAYS, CHARGING SI.

THE SERVICE WILL BE FROM 8.50 AM TO 6 PM ON SUNDAYS AND PULL IQ HOLIDAYS, CHARGING $1.7.

PASSENGERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY THE EXACT FARE AS THEr-WILL BE NO CONDUCTOR FOR THE BUSES ON THIS ROUTE.

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BUILDINGS DECLARED IN DANGEROUS CONDITION .W X X X &

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY DECLARED THREE BUILDINGS — NOS. 119, 121 AND 123 ON QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL TO BE IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION.

IN A STATEMENT ISSUED THIS MORNING, THE RRTCIP^L COVER: ’ BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THAT THESE THREE-STOREY.. ■ ~

BUILDINGS, CONSTRUCTED WITH LOAD-BEARING BRICK _.S IT! FBI *0'CED CONCRETE FLOORS AND ROOF IN NOS. 119 AND 121 QUE:’S ROAD Ci' .AL AND TIMBER FLOORS AND ROOF IN NO. 123, HAD BEEN L..L -SURVEILLANCE SINCE 1975.

♦RECENT INSPECTION HAS SHOWN THAT THE EXTERNAL PRICK WALLS CF NOS. 119 AND 121 WERE BADLY BULGED WITH VERTICAL FRACTURE. NEW FRACTURES IN NO. 123 QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL INDICATED ECENT MOVEMENT.

♦ AS THERE IS A SERIOUS RISK GF COLLAPSE IT IS NECESSARY TD CLOSE AND DEMOLISH THESE BUILDINGS,+ HE SAID.

ACCORDINGLY, NOTICES IN’E’^ION T0 APPLY ' OR CLCSU" ORDERS IN VICTORIA DISTRICT COU^T .30 AM ON SEPTEMBE-WERE POSTED TODAY.

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WATER MAINS WORK IN THREE AREAS * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN CENTRAL DISTRICT, SHA TIN AND NORTH DISTRICT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVERAL HOURS BETWEEN FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 2) AND SATURDAY FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

IN CENTRAL DISTRICT, SUPPLY TO PREMISES ON BOTH SIDES 0-HOLLYWOOD ROAD BETWEEN SHI ' HING STREET AND LADDER STREET, INCLUDING CIRCULAR PATHWAY AND CENTRAL MANSION WILL BE STOPPED FROM 11 PM ON FRIDAY TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

IN SHA TIN, SUPPLY WILL-BE INTERRUPTED FROM 9 PM ON FRIDAY TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

THE INTERRUPTION WILL AFFECT THOSE ON-ROUTE VILLAS, VILLAGES AND ALL PREMISES ALONG TAI PO ROAD FROM WO CHE ESTATE TO THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY CF HONG KONG, INCLUDING FO TAN INDUSTRIAL ARcA, FO TAN VILLAGE, WO LIU HANG TSUEN, MAFOO QUARTERS, SHA TIN RACE COURSE, SHA TIN SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS, SEAVIEW VILLA, RED BRIDGE BUNGALOWS, AND THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

IN NORTH DISTRICT, SUPPLY WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 10 PM ON FRIDAY TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY FOR WATER MAINS WORK.,

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT THOSE ON-ROUTE VILLAS, VILLAGES AND ALL PREMISES ALONG: SHA TAU KOK ROAD BETWEEN FANLING ROUND-ABOUT AND SHA TAU KOK MARKET, INCLUDING LUEN WO MARKET AI.D ON LOK TSUEN; AND PING CHE ROAD BETWEEN SHA TAU KOK AND TA K«U LING POLICE STATION.

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TRAINING CENTRE YOUTHS DO-WELL IN EXAMS X * X *

SEVEN YOUTHS WHO RECENTLY PASSED THE PITMAN ELEMENTARY ENGLISH EXAMINATION WERE PRESENTED WITH CERTIFICATES BY A TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER, MR CHOW SUM AT A CEREMONY HELD AT THE LAI KING TRAINING CENTRE TODAY (TUEGD-;').

THE YOUTHS, WHO ARE BETWEEN 17 AND 19 YEARS OF AGE, HAD TAKEN THE ELEMENTARY COURSE IN THE +FITMAN EXAMINATIONS INSTITUTE ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE* IN MAY THIS YEAR. THREE OF THEM HAVE SINCE BEEN DISCHARGED FROM THE INSTITUTION.

THE COURSE WAS INTRODUCED AT THE LAI KING TRAINING CENTRE IN 1982 IN LINE WITH THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S CONTINUOUS EFFORTS TO IMPROVE CORRECTIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMMES FOR YOUNG OFFENDERS BY PROVIDING T-EM WITH EDUCATIONAL AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING.

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CLASSES FOR INMATES ARE CONDUCTED BY QUALIFIED TEACHERS AND THE SUBJECTS TAUGHT INCLUDE CHINESE, ENGLISH, MATHEMATICS AND SOCIAL STUDIES. THE STANDARDS OF THE CLASSES RANGE FROM PRIMARY TO SECONDARY LEVEL.

THE DEPARTMENT HAS ALSO ORGANISED OTHER COURSES, SUCH AS THE CITY AND GUILDS OF LONDON INSTITUTE TELECOMMUNICATION TECHNICIANS COURSE AND THE LONDON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRIES EXAMINATION ON ELEMENTARY BOOK-KEEPING, FOR INMATES OF OTHER INSTITUTIONS.

TODAY’S CEREMONY WAS ALSO ATTENDED BY OFFICERS AND MASTERS OF THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AS WELL AS PARENTS AND RELATIVES OF THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES.

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WATER FIGURES * * X *

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (TUESDAY) STOOD AT 90.6 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 523.219 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 462.192 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 80.0 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HONG KONG'S RE-EXPORT TRADE FOR JANUARY TO JUNE.............. 1

OVER 500 COMMENTS ON EDUCATION NOTED......................... 4

SEAT BELT DEADLINE - OCTOBER 1 .............................. 4

TEXTBOOKS ASSISTANCE CONTINUES .............................. 5

FINANCIAL SECRETARY TOURS FACTORIES ......................... 6

RESIDENTS INTERESTS PROTECTED ............................... 7

TWO DISTRICT BOARDS MEET TOMORROW ........................... 7

BOARD MEMBERS TO MEET VILLAGERS ............................. 8

PRESS INVITED TO JOIN SEMINARS ON LIBEL, ETHICS ............. 9

ELECTRIC WIRES AND CABLES INDUSTRY GOING METRIC ............. 10

LABOUR LAW BREACHES LEAD TO FINES ........................... 11

TWO LAND LOTS FOR RENT ...................................... 11

CONTRACT SIGHED FOR LIGHTING SCHEME.......................... 12

TWO HOUSES SOLD AT AUCTION ..................................

ABERDEEN TUNNEL COMPUTER TESTS .............................. 12

SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS PRESENTING PRIZES ................ 13

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF TSING YI BRIDGE......................... 13

SECOND CARRIAGEWAY TO OPEN .................................. 13

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HONG KONG’S RE-EXPORT TRADE FOR JANUARY TO JUNE * * * *

THE VALUE OF HONG KONG’S RE-EXPORT TRADE REACHED HK$23 975 MILLION FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY TO JUNE, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF $2 559 MILLION OR 12 PER CENT, AS COMPARED WITH THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD LAST YEAR.

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT RELEASED TODAY A DETAILED ANALYSIS OF RE-EXPORTS BY MARKET AND BY COUNTRY OF ORIGIN FOR THE FIRST HALF OF 1983.

RE-EXPORTS BY MARKET

THE CHANGES IN RE-EXPORTS BY 10 MAJOR MARKETS ARE GIVEN IN TABLE 1 AT THE END OF THIS PRESS RELEASE.

CHINA WAS AGAIN THE LARGEST MARKET FOR HONG KONG’S RE-EXPORTS, WITH A SLIGHT INCREASE OF $182 MILLION OR FOUR PER CENT. INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN IRON AND STEEL (BY $93 MILLION OR 119 PER CENT) AND ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS, APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS (BY $86 MILLION OR 55 PER CENT). ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED IN TEXTILES (BY $256 MILLION OR 17 PER CENT) AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $66 MILLION OR 26 PER CENT).

SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN RE-EXPORTS TO THE U.S.A. (BY $729 MILLION OR 28 PER CENT), THE SECOND LARGEST MARKET FOR HONG KONG’S RE-EXPORTS. THE COMMODITIES WITH SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE CLOTHING (BY $381 MILLION OR 63 PER CENT) AND MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES, MAINLY BASKET WORK, WICKERWORK AND WORK OF PLAITING MATERIALS (BY $58 MILLION OR 19 PER CENT), AND TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR CONTAINERS (BY $57 MILLION OR 86 PER CENT). NOTABLE DECREASES IN RE-EXPORTS TO THE U.S.A. WERE RECORDED FOR FISH, CRUSTACEANS AND MOLLUSCS, AND PREPARATIONS (BY $35 MILLION OR 34 PER CENT) AND PEARLS, PRECIOUS AND SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES (BY $34 MILLION OR 13 PER CENT).

A DECREASE WAS RECORDED FOR ROAD VEHICLES (INCLUDING AIR CUSHION VEHICLES) (BY $207 MILLION OR 24 PER CENT) TO INDONESIA. INCREASES WERE REGISTERED IN RE-EXPORTS OF CRUDE ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE MATERIALS (BY $47 MILLION OR 285 PER CENT), OIL SEEDS AND OLEAGINOUS FRUIT (BY $39 MILLION OR 52 PER CENT), AND IRON AND STEEL (BY $18 MILLION OR 44 PER CENT).

AN OVERALL INCREASE OF $368 MILLION OR 22 PER CENT IN RE-EXPORTS WAS REGISTERED FOR SINGAPORE. COMMODITIES WITH SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $74 MILLION OR 75 PER CENT) AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $64 MILLION OR 24 PER CENT). A DECREASE OF $24 MILLION OR 51 PER CENT WAS RECORDED FOR PETROLEUM, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND RELATED MATERIALS.

SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE REGISTERED IN RE-EXPORTS OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS (BY S87 MILLION OR 30 PER CENT) AND DYEING, TANNING AND COLOURING MATERIALS (BY $20 MILLION OR 35 PER CENT) TO TAIWAN. A DECREASE OF $35 MILLION OR 30 PER CENT WAS RECORDED FOR NON-FERROUS METALS.

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RE-EXPORTS BY COUNTRY OF ORIGIN

RE-EXPORTS BY 10 MAJOR COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN ARE GIVEN IN TABLE 2.

CHINA REMAINED THE LARGEST SOURCE OF HONG KONG’S RE-EXPORTS. INCREASES IN RE-EXPORTS WERE NOTED FOR CLOTHING (BY $583 MILLION OR 50 PER CENT), WOVEN FABRICS OF MAN-MADE FIBRES (BY $91 MILLION OR 37 PER CENT), SILK (BY $87 MILLION OR 168 PER CENT), TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR CONTAINERS (BY $86 MILLION OR 55 PER CENT), MISCELLANEOUS CRUDE VEGETABLE MATERIALS, MAINLY PLANTS AND SEEDS USED IN PERFUMERY OR IN PHARMACY (BY $73 MILLION OR 26 PER CENT), AND OIL SEEDS AND OLEAGINOUS FRUIT, WHOLE OR BROKEN, OF A KIND USED FOR THE EXTRACTION OF ’SOFT’ FIXED VEGETABLE OILS (BY $66 MILLION OR 66 PER CENT).

JAPAN WAS THE SECOND MAJOR SOURCE OF RE-EXPORTS. INCREASES WERE REGISTERED IN WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $289 MILLION OR 48 PER CENT), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $116 MILLION OR 22 PER CENT), THERMIONIC, COLD CATHODE AND PHOTO-CATHODE VALVES AND TUBES, PHOTOCELLS, DIODES, TRANSISTORS AND PARTS (BY $85 MILLION OR 50 PER CENT) AND MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, PARTS AND ACCESSORIES (BY $73 MILLION OR 56 PER CENT).

OVERSEAS PURCHASES OF U.S.A. PRODUCTS THROUGH HONG KONG REMAINED ACTIVE FOR THE FIRST HALF OF 1983. INCREASES WERE REGISTERED IN AIRCRAFT AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT, AND PARTS (BY $69 MILLION OR 121 PER CENT), MANUFACTURED TOBACCO (BY $62 MILLION OR 98 PER CENT) AND PARTS AND ACCESSORIES OF OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $37 MILLION OR 22 PER CENT).

ON THE OTHER HAND, RE-EXPORTS OF TAIWAN ORIGIN DECLINED. SIGNIFICANT DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN WOVEN FABRICS OF MAN-MADE FIBRES (BY $277 MILLION OR 65 PER CENT), TEXTILE YARN (BY $86 MILLION OR 35 PER CENT) AS WELL AS TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $46 MILLION OR 62 PER CENT).

RE-EXPORTS OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA (SOUTH KOREA) ORIGIN ALSO DECLINED PARTICULARLY FOR WOVEN FABRICS OF MAN-MADE FIBRES (BY $84 MILLION OR 40 PER CENT).

RE-EXPORTS BY ORIGIN AND DESTINATION

WHEN ANALYSED BY COUNTRY OF ORIGIN AND THEN BY DESTINATION, INCREASES WERE REGISTERED IN RE-EXPORTS OF CHINA ORTGTN TO THE U.S.A. (BY $637 MILLION OR 40 PER CENT), SAUDI ARABIA (BY $180 MILLION OR 87 PER CENT), CHINA (BY $162 MILLION OR 72 PER CENT) AND THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA (SOUTH KOREA) (BY $159 MILLION OR 60 PER CENT).

INCREASES IN RE-EXPORTS OF JAPAN ORIGIN WERE MAINLY TO CHINA (BY $244 MILLION OR 31 PER CENT), SINGAPORE (BY $190 MILLION OR 44 PER CENT) AND NETHERLANDS (BY $110 MILLION OR 504 PER CENT).

SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES WERE ALSO NOTED IN RE-EXPORTS OF U.S.A. ORIGIN TO CHINA (BY $94 MILLION OR 20 PER CENT) AND U.S.A. (BY $48 MILLION OR 13 PER CENT).

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TABLE 1 I RE-EXPORTS BY 10 MAJOR MARKETS

JAN-JUNE 1983 (HK$ MN.) JAN-JUNE 1982 (HK$ MN.) INCREASE/ DECREASE (HK$ MN.) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

CHINA 4 301 4 119 + 182 + 4

U.S.A. 3 342 2 613 + 729 +28

INDONESIA 2 036 2 194 - 158 - 7

SINGAPORE 2 005 1 637 + 368 +22

TAIWAN 1 432 1 275 * 157 +12

JAPAN 1 309 1 280 + 29 + 2

REPUBLIC OF KOREA

(SOUTH KOREA) 1 137 804 + 332 +41

MACAU 878 734 + 144 +20

PHILIPPINES 744 712 + 32 + 4

SAUDI ARABIA 646 398 + 248 +62

TABLE 2 t RE-EXPORTS BY 10 MAJOR COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN

z. JAN-JUNE JAN-JUNE INCREASE/

1983 1982 DECREASE PERCENTAGE

(HK$ MN.) (HK$ MN.) (HKS MN.) CHANGE

CHINA 8 403 6 918 +1 485 +21

JAPAN 5 061 4 227 + 834 +20

U.S.A. 2 591 2 334 ♦ 257 +11

TAIWAN 1 034 1 482 - 448 -30

REPUBLIC OF KOREA

(SOUTH KOREA) 584 778 - 195 -25

SWITZERLAND 528 545 - 17 - 3

FEDERAL REPUBLIC

OF GERMANY 496 381 + 115 +30

UNITED KINGDOM 388 327 + 6D +18

MALAYSIA, WEST 290 276 + 14 + 5

FRANCE 283 200 83 +42

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OVER 500 COMMENTS ON EDUCATION NOTED * * *

A TOTAL OF 523 COMMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE BY 315 INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANISATIONS ON THE REPORT BY THE PANEL OF VISITORS WHO CONDUCTED AN OVERALL REVIEW OF EDUCATION IN HONG KONG.

THE REPORT WAS PUBLISHED IN MAY THIS YEAR AND THE PUBLIC WERE INVITED TO COMMENT ON THE WIDE-RANGE OF ISSUES IT RAISED BY THE END OF AUGUST.

Of THE COMMENTS RECEIVED BY THE END OF TODAY, 145 WERE WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS, 266 WERE NEWS REPORTS OF VIEWS GIVEN IN SEMINARS AND OTHER PUBLIC OCCASIONS, AND 112 WERE EDITORIALS AND FEATURE ARTICLES.

THE COMMENTS DEALT MOSTLY WITH THE SETTING UP OF AN EDUCATION COMMISSION, USE OF MOTHER TONGUE AS THE LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION, ABOLITION OF JUNIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION ASSESSMENT, AND MAKING KINDERGARTEN EDUCATION A PART OF THE AIDED SECTOR.

OTHER COMMENTS WERE ON THE NEED FOR THE MORE AND BETTER TRAINING FOR KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS, MORE RESOURCES FOR THE TRAINING OF TEACHERS, SUBSIDISED POST-COMPULSORY EDUCATION UP TO FORM V FOR ALL WHO WANT IT, AND EXPANSION OF STUDY OPPORTUNITIES AT DEGREE AND HIGHER TECHNICIAN LEVEL.

THE EDUCATION AND MANPOWER BRANCH HAS ALREADY BEEN COLLATING THESE PUBLIC VIEWS AND DISCUSSIONS WITHIN THE ADMINISTRATION WILL SOON BEGIN TO COMPLETE THE PROCESS OF CONSULTATION WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT, WITH A VIEW TO FINALISING A COMPREHENSIVE BRIEF TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL FOR ITS ADVICE BEFORE THE END OF THIS YEAR.

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SEAT BELT DEADLINE - OCTOBER 1

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FROM OCTOBER 1, DRIVERS OF PRIVATE CARS REGISTERED AFTER MID-1976 WILL HAVE TO WEAR SEAT BELTS.

THE NEW REQUIREMENT ALSO APPLIES TO FRONT-SEAT PASSENGERS.

EACH YEAR, MORE THAN 4 000 CAR DRIVERS AND FRONT-SEAT PASSENGERS ARE KILLED OR INJURED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS IN HONG KONG, AND IT IS BELIEVED THE NEW SEAT-BELT LAW WILL HELP SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE THIS TOLL.

+ALTHOUGH SEAT BELTS MUST BE WORN BY MANY PEOPLE BY LAW FROM OCTOBER 1, COMMON SENSE SHOULD BE ENOUGH TO CONVINCE EVERYONE TO BELT-UP AND CUT THE CHANCES OF THEIR BEING KILLED OR SERIOUSLY INJURED IN AN ACCIDENT,+ SAID A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN.

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SEAT BELTS WILL HAVE TO BE WORN BY DRIVERS AND FRONT-SEAT PASSENGERS OF PRIVATE CARS FIRST REGISTERED ON OR AFTER AUGUST 1, 1976. SUCH VEHICLES HAVE BEEN REQUIRED, SINCE THAT DATE, TO HAVE BELTS FITTED BUT THERE WAS NO OBLIGATION THAT THEY BE WORN.

THE LAW DOES ALLOW SOME EXEMPTIONS.

ONE EXEMPTION IS WHERE REVERSING IS INVOLVED, IF A CAR WAS MANUFACTURED BEFORE MID-1964 BUT WAS NOT REGISTERED UNTIL AFTER AUGUST 1, 1976 - AS MIGHT HAPPEN WITH A VINTAGE CAR.

ANOTHER IS IF A PERSON IS SITTING IN THE MIDDLE POSITION OF A BENCH-TYPE SEAT. AND THERE IS PROVISION FOR CERTAIN MEDICAL EXEMPTIONS.

DRIVERS MUST ENSURE THAT THEY, AND THE FRONT-SEAT PASSENGER, WEAR BELTS.

OFFENDERS ARE LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $500 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR UP TO THREE MONTHS ON FIRST CONVICTION.

ON SUBSEQUENT CONVICTION, THIS COULD RISE TO A MAXIMUM OF $1 000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR UP TO SIX MONTHS.

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THE SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS ASSISTANCE SCHEME, WHICH WAS INTRODUCED LAST YEAR WITH GREAT SUCCESS, WILL CONTINUE TO BE ADMINISTERED IN THE 1983-84 SCHOOL YEAR, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

UNDER THE SCHEME, THE GOVERNMENT WILL PAY, VIA BANK AUTOPAY SYSTEMS, A CASH GRANT TO THE PARENTS AND GUARDIANS OF ELIGIBLE PUPILS STUDYING IN PRIMARY AND JUNIOR SECONDARY CLASSES IN GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SCHOOLS AND THOSE OCCUPYING BOUGHT PLACES IN PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THOSE WHO ARE RECEIVING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, HOWEVER, WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY. OLD AGE ALLOWANCE AND DISABILITY ALLOWANCE ARE NOT REGARDED AS PUBLIC ASSISTANCE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID A FULL GRANT WILL BE $135 PER PUPIL PER ANNUM FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPILS AND $325 PER PUPIL PER ANNUM FOR JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL PUPILS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE CUT-OFF DATE FOR APPLICATION FOR THE GRANT IS SEPTEMBER 15 FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR 1983-84. THIS MEANS THAT ANY NEW PUPIL JOINING A SCHOOL AFTER THIS DATE WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THE GRANT THIS YEAR.

SCHOOLS MAY AWARD FULL OR HALF GRANTS BASED ON A POINTS SYSTEM GIVEN IN A TEXTBOOKS ASSISTANCE RECKONER.

THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT SCHOOLS MAY AWARD GRANTS TO ELIGIBLE PUPILS UP TO 25 PER CENT OF THEIR ACTUAL TOTAL ENROLMENT. FOR SCHOOLS WITH BOUGHT PLACES, THE CEILING IS CALCULATED AT 25 PER CENT OF THE NUMBER OF BOUGHT PLACES IN THE CLASSES.

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HE SAID HEADS OF SCHOOLS MAY AT THEIR DISCRETION AWARD GRANTS FOR CASES OF EXCEPTIONAL FAMILY CIRCUMSTANCES INVOLVING HARDSHIP NOT COVERED BY THE RECKONER.

♦THESE DISCRETIONARY GRANTS, HOWEVER, WILL HAVE TO BE WITHIN THE SCHOOL’S OVERALL 25 PER CENT ENTITLEMENT AND ARE SUBJECT TO AN OVERALL MAXIMUM NUMBER CALCULATED AT THE RATE OF THREE FULL GRANTS PER CLASS,* HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS MAY, IN EXCEPTIONAL CASES. SEEK APPROVAL FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TO AWARD AN ADD IT ONAL NUMBER OF GRANTS OVER THE 25 PER CENT CEILING. SUCH ADDIT'ONAL GRANT, HOWEVER, WILL ONLY BE POSSIBLE IF THERE ARE ’SAVINGS’ RESULTING FROM SOME SCHOOLS NOT REQUIRING TO TAKE UP THEIR FULL QUOTA.

PUPILS WHO WISH TO BENEFIT FROM THE SCHEME CAN APPLY THROUGH THEIR SCHOOLS USING A STANDARDISED FORM TO BE COMPLETED AND SIGNED BY THEIR PARENTS OR GUARDIANS. THE GRANTS WILL BE PAID DIRECT TO THE BANK ACCOUNTS OF PARENTS OR GUARDIANS OF SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS AND NOT TO THE PUPILS THEMSELVES.

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FINANCIAL SECRETARY TOURS FACTORIES *****

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) VISITED AN ELECTRONICS FACTORY AND A CAN MANUFACTURING PLANT IN TAI PO.

ON ARRIVAL AT VIDEO TECHNOLOGY LTD., SIR JOHN, ACCOMPANIED BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR PETER KIANG, WAS WELCOMED BY THE COMPANY’S CHAIRMAN, MR STEPHEN LEUNG.

SIR JOHN WAS BRIEFED ON THE COMPANY’S EXPANSION SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT IN 1976 AND ITS DIVERSIFICATION FROM ELECTRONIC GAMES TO HOME COMPUTERS. THE COMPANY NOW OPERATES ON 9 300 SQUARE METRES CF FLOOR AREA AND EMPLOYS 1 000 WORKERS.

HE ALSO LEARNED THAT THE COMPANY HAD A STRONG TEAM TO DESIGN CIRCUITS, KEYBOARDS AND SOFTWARE AND MICROPROCESSOR APPLICATION.

THE COMPANY’S PRODUCTS, INCLUDING COMPUTERS, MICROPROCESSORS AND COMPUTER PERIPHERALS, AND TV GAMES, ARE MAINLY FOR EXPORT TO EUROPE AND NORTH AMERICA.

SIR JOHN NEXT VISITED M.C. PACKAGING (HONG KONG) LTD. AT THE TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE AND TOURED THE PLANT IN THE COMPANY OF THE DIRECTOR AND GENERAL MANAGER, MR LO FOO-CHEUNG.

THE FACTORY WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1978 WITH HONG KONG AND SINGAPORE INTERESTS.

THE PLANT, LOCATED IN A 26 OOO-SQUARE METRE PURPOSE-BUILT INDUSTRIAL BUILDING, PRODUCES ON HIGHLY AUTOMATED MACHINERY ALUMINIUM CANS FOR SOFT DRINKS AND BEER, +PULL-RING+-TYPE EASY-TO-OPEN LIDS, CANISTERS AND PLASTIC CONTAINERS.

IT CATERS FOR THE LOCAL MARKET AS WELL AS SOUTHEAST ASIA, TAIWAN, CHINA AND THE MIDDLE EAST.

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RESIDENTS INTERESTS PROTECTED * * *

IMMENSE DEVELOPMENTS ARE TAKING PLACE IN TSUEN WAN AND AFFECTED RESIDENTS WILL HAVE THEIR INTERESTS PROTECTED, THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS ELAINE CHUNG, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THESE DEVELOPMENTS INCLUDE THE TSUEN WAN BY-PASS STAGE II NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION, THE RECLAMATION OF TSUEN WAN BAY WHICH WILL PROVIDE LAND FOR A NEW FERRY PIER, A BUS TERMINUS, AND GOVERNMENT OFFICES, AND THE PLANNED DEVELOPMENT OF SHAM TSENG INTO A TOWN CENTRE.

♦WHILE THESE DEVELOPMENTS WILL BRING A NEW FACE TO TSUEN WAN, THEY WILL ALSO AFFECT SOME RESIDENTS IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER,+ SAID MISS CHUNG.

♦THE GOVERNMENT WILL, AS IT HAS BEEN DOING ALL ALONG, ENSURE THAT THE INTERESTS OF THE AFFECTED RESIDENTS ARE PROTECTED,♦ SHE ADDED.

MISS CHUNG WAS SPEAKING AT AN OPENING CEREMONY OF THE PAK TIN PA NEW VILLAGE AND ITS VILLAGE OFFICE. THE OLD PAK TIN PA VILLAGE WAS CLEARED IN 1979 TO MAKE WAY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY TSUEN WAN EXTENSION.

♦FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC, THE VILLAGERS HAD MOVED OUT FROM THEIR VILLAGE OF MORE THAN 200 YEARS OLD.

♦AT THAT TIME THEY HAD A LOT OF DIFFICULTIES AND PROBLEMS, AND IT WAS GRATIFYING TO SEE THAT ALL THESE PROBLEMS WERE SOLVED THROUGH SINCERE DISCUSSIONS AND CONSULTATIONS BETWEEN THE VILLAGERS AND THE GOVERNMENT,* SHE SAID.

OTHER GUESTS ATTENDING TODAY’S CEREMONY INCLUDED A DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER, MR CHAN PO-FONG, THE ACTING CHAIRMAN OF THE TSUEN WAN RURAL COMMITTEE, MR HO WING-KWONG, AND THE VILLAGE REPRESENTATIVE, MR HO YAN-YAN.

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TWO DISTRICT BOARDS MEET TOMORROW * * *

YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS THE LONG-TERM PROVISION OF CAR PARKING FACILITIES IN THE TOWN CENTRE AT THEIR MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY) MORNING.

THEY WILL ALSO REVIEW THE +MEET-THE-PUBLIC SCHEME+ AND DISCUSS PREPARATORY WORK FOR THE FOURTH YUEN LONG ARTS FESTIVAL.

THE MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE BRIEFED ON A REPORT ON THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN EXISTING AND PLANNED COMMUNITY, WELFARE AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

OTHEr ITEMS ON THE AGENDA WILL INCLUDE NAMING OF STREETS IN THE YUEN LONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, AND THE REPORT +A PERSPECTIVE ON EDUCATION IN HONG KONG+.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 19&3

IN THE AFTERNOON, THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL HEAR ABOUT THE CONSTRUCTION OF A MULTI-STOREY MARKET COMPLEX IN QUEEN STREET AT THEIR MEETING.

FACILITIES TO BE PROVIDED IN THE COMPLEX WILL INCLUDE A MARKET, A COOKED FOOD CENTRE, AN INDOOR SPORTS ACTIVITIES ROOM, AN INDOOR GAMES HALL AND SQUASH COURTS.

AT THE MEETING, MEMBERS WILL ALSO LOOK INTO THE MATTER OF CHILDREN’S AND YOUTH CENTRES IN THE DISTRICT.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC INTERESTED IN ATTENDING THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING SHOULD CONTACT THE BOARD’S SECRETARY AT 5-450868 FOR SEATING ARRANGEMENTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER:

(A) THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AT 9.30 AM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE, 296 CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND

(B) THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AT 4 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF WILLIE BUILDING, 222-224 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL.

A GOVERNMENT VAN, AM 5797, WILL LEAVE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT 8.15 AM FOR YUEN LONG.

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BOARD MEMBERS TO MEET VILLAGERS

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THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR DONALD TSANG, AND FOUR DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL VISIT FIVE VILLAGES IN TIN SUM VALLEY ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 2) MORNING.

BOARD MEMBERS WILL MEET VILLAGE REPRESENTATIVES AND ENQUIRE ABOUT THEIR LIVING CONDITIONS AND ANY PROBLEMS THEY MAY ENCOUNTER.

THIS WILL BE THE SECOND OF A SERIES OF VISITS TO MAINTAIN CLOSE CONTACT BETWEEN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND THE VILLAGERS.

THE FIVE VILLAGES ARE HIN TIN, SHEUNG KENG HAU, HA KENG HAU, KAK TIN AND TIN SUM.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WHO WISH TO JOIN THE TOUR SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT 8.45 AM AT THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT OFFICE IN SAU CHUEN HOUSE, LEK YUEN ESTATE.

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PRESS INVITED TO JOIN SEMINARS ON LIBEL, ETHICS

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WORKING JOURNALISTS ARE INVITED TO ENROL IN TWO SEMINARS -ONE ON THE LAW OF LIBEL TO BE HELD IN OCTOBER, AND THE OTHER ON PRESS ETHICS TO BE HELD IN NOVEMBER.

THE TWO SEMINARS, CONDUCTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION, HONG KONG BAPTIST COLLEGE, ARE PART OF A TRAINING PROGRAMME SERIES FOR JOURNALISTS ORGANISED BY THE JOURNALISM TRAINING BOARD OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL.

THE SYLLABUS OF THE SEMINAR ON LAW OF LIBEL CONSISTS OF 11 LECTURES, AND TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION WILL INCLUDE CIVIL LIBEL, SLANDER, CRIMINAL LIBEL, LOCAL AND OVERSEAS PRECEDENT LIBEL CASES AND THE DEFENCE OF LIBEL CASES.

CODES AND ENFORCI Bl LITY OF ETHICS, AS WELL AS INTERESTING CASES INVOLVING THE OBSERVANCE AND BREAKING OF PROFESSIONAL PRINCIPLES, ARE TOPICS TO BE COVERED IN THE TEN TALKS IN THE SECOND SEMINAR ON PRESS ETHICS.

THE SEMINARS ARE OPEN TO JOURNALISTS WHO ARE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND AND, PREFERABLY, SPEAK ENGLISH.

AND THOSE WHO WISH TO ENROL IN THE SEMINAR ON THE LAW OF LIBEL SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST THREE YEARS’ REPORTING OR EDITING EXPERIENCE.

PARTICIPANTS WILL PAY A NOMINAL FEE OF S1OC EACH - AS THE REST OF THE SEMINAR FEES, WHICH IS SI jOOO PER PERSON, WILL BE BORNE BY THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL.

HOWEVER, PARTICIPANTS MAY HAVE TO PAY FOR THE FULL COURSE FEES IF THEIR ATTENDANCE RATE IS LESS THAN 70 PER CENT, A JOURNALISM TRAINING BOARD SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT.

APPLICATION FORMS SHOULD REACH THE BAPTIST COLLEGE’S COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT BY SEPTEMBER 20.

ENQUIRIES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE DEPARTMENT, AT 3-374161 OR 3-370265 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

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ELECTRIC WIRES AND CABLES INDUSTRY GOING METRIC ******

THE ELECTRIC WIRES AND CABLES INDUSTRY IS JOINING OTHER LOCAL INDUSTRIES IN GOING METRIC.

THE METRICATION COMMITTEE ANNOUNCED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT FROM TOMORROW, METRIC UNITS WILL BE USED IN THE ELECTRIC WIRES AND CABLES TRADE.

AS AN AID FOR TECHNICIANS AND APPRENTICES OF THE TRADE AND THE CUSTOMERS, A REFERENCE CARD ON ’METRIC SIZED WIRES AND CABLES’ HAS BEEN PRODUCED BY THE COMMITTEE. ITS PRINTING IS SPONSORED BY AN ELECTRICAL COMPANY.

FIFTY THOUSAND COPIES OF THIS REFERENCE CARD WILL BE DISTRIBUTED MAINLY THROUGH THE HONG KONG AND KOWLOON ELECTRICAL TRADE ASSOCIATION AND THE HONG KONG AND KOWLOON ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS’ ASSOCIATION TO THEIR MEMBERS AND THROUGH THE LOCAL ELECTRIC WIRES AND CABLES MANUFACTURERS AND RETAILERS TO THEIR CUSTOMERS. MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC MAY ALSO GET COPIES FROM THE METRICATION COMMITTEE SECRETARIAT AT 31/F, UNITED CENTRE, 95 QUEENSWAY, HONG KONG.

THE ELECTRIC WIRES AND CABLES INDUSTRY IS ONE OF THE IMMEDIATE TARGETS OF OUR METRICATION PROGRAMME,+ SAID A METRICATION COMMITTEE SPOKESMAN.

IT IS MOST ENCOURAGING TO SEE THAT THE MANUFACTURERS AND RETAILERS OF THE INDUSTRY HAVE REALISED THE IMPORTANCE AND ADVANTAGES OF GOING METRIC,+ HE SAID.

A PANEL CONSISTING OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE INDUSTRY WAS FORMED UNDER THE METRICATION COMMITTEE IN AUGUST 1979 TO COORDINATE MATTERS ARISING FROM THE TRADE’S CHANGEOVER PROCESS.

THE PANEL HAS MADE A LOT OF CONTRIBUTIONS AND EFFORTS IN THIS MATTER. WITHOUT ITS SUPPORT, THE TRADE’S METRICATION PROGRAMME COULD NOT HAVE PROCEEDED SO SMOOTHLY,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THE TWO LOCAL POWER COMPANIES HAD ALSO HELPED BY ISSUING A CIRCULAR TO CONTRACTORS, REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS, CONSULTANT ENGINEERS, ARCHITECTS AND OTHER RELATED PROFESSIONALS, ENCOURAGING THEM TO ADOPT THE METRIC UNITS WHERE ELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONS ARE INVOLVED.

AT THE PRESENT RATE OF PROGRESS, I AM OPTIMISTIC THAT THE ELECTRIC WIRES AND CABLES INDUSTRY WILL BE FULLY METRICATED BY THE LATTER HALF OF 1984,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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LABOUR LAW BREACHES LEAD TO FINES * * * *

A TOTAL OF 649 PROSECUTIONS TAKEN OUT LAST MONTH BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT FOR BREACHES OF LABOUR LAWS RESULTED IN CONVICTIONS AND FINES OF MORE THAN $559 OOO BEING IMPOSED BY THE COURTS.

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.

THERE WERE 252 CASES CONCERNING VIOLATIONS OF SAFETY REGULATIONS, WITH $293 650 BEING IMPOSED IN FINES. THESE INCLUDED 119 CASES (WITH $145 500 IN FINES) FOR BREACH OF THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (GUARDING AND OPERATION OF MACHINERY) REGULATIONS AND 29 CASES (WITH $55 500 IN FINES) FOR BREACH OF THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS.

THERE WERE 316 CASES RELATING TO BREACHES OF THE WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS (INDUSTRY) REGULATIONS, WITH $220 100 IN FINES IMPOSED FOR THE OFFENCES.

OF THE OTHER PROSECUTIONS, SIX CASES WERE RELATED TO FAILURE TO KEEP RECORDS OF EMPLOYEES, LEADING TO $3 250 IN FINES.

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TWO LAND LOTS FOR RENT M * *

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SHORT-TERM TENANCIES OF TWO PIECES OF CROWN LAND.

ONE SITE, SITUATED AT THE JUNCTION OF SCIENCE MUSEUM ROAD AND MODY ROAD IN TSIM SHA TSUI EAST, IS FOR THE PARKING OF FEE-PAYING COACHES AND GOODS VEHICLES. IT HAS AN AREA OF ABOUT 2 875 SQUARE METRES.

THE TENANCY OFFERED IS FOR SIX MONTHS, AND THEREAFTER MONTHLY.

THE OTHER SITE, MEASURING ABOUT 755 SQUARE METRES, IS AT TUNG TAU INDUSTRIAL AREA, YUEN LONG, AND IS FOR THE REPAIR OR MAINTENANCE (INCLUDING PAINT SPRAYING) OF MOTOR VEHICLES.

THE TENANCY OF THIS SITE IS FOR TWO YEARS AND THEREAFTER QUARTERLY.

THE DEADLINE FOR THE ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERS FOR BOTH SITES IS NOON ON SEPTEMBER 16.

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 OFFICE (KOWLOON WEST), KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 10TH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON. PARTICULARS OF THE YUEN LONG SITE MAY ALSO BE OBTAINED FROM THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE (YUEN LONG) AT CASTLE PEAK ROAD, YUEN LONG.

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CONTRACT SIGNED FOR LIGHTING SCHEME X £ K

THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) AWARDED A $1.16-MILL ION CONTRACT TO GENERAL ELECTRIC CO. OF HONG KONG LTD. FOR THE INSTALLATION OF HIGH MAST LIGHTING FOR AN INTERCHANGE OF THE FANLING BYPASS CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

THE CONTRACT WAS SIGNED BY THE CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE TAI PO AND FANLING DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, MR M.G. GARRETT, AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE COMPANY.

THE WORK INVOLVES THE FABRICATION AND ERECTION OF A 3O-METRE HIGH MAST LIGHT SCHEME TOGETHER WITH ASSOCIATED CABLING AND ELECTRICAL WORKS.

IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT A TOTAL OF 13 HIGH MAST UNITS WILL BE INSTALLED.

WORK WILL START IN SEPTEMBER AND BE COMPLETED IN STAGES BY APRIL 1985.

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TWO HOUSES SOLD AT AUCTION KMX

TWO HOUSES AT NGAU CHI WAN VILLAGE WERE SOLD AT AN AUCTION HELD BY THE LANDS DEPARTMENT AT THE CHOI WAN ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE THIS (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE FIRST HOUSE, WITH A SITE AREA OF ABOUT 74.9 SQUARE hETRES, WAS SOLD FOR $850 OOO.

THE OTHER HOUSE, WITH A SITE AREA OF ABOUT 56 SQUARE METRES, WAS SOLD FOR $700 000.

BOTH HOUSES ARE FOR NON-1NDUSTRI AL USES.

FIVE OTHER HOUSES, WITH A SITE AREA OF 56 SQUARE METRES EACH, WERE WITHDRAWN BECAUSE THERE WERE NO BIDDERS.

ABERDEEN TUNNEL COMPUTER TESTS * * 4

THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL IS TO BE CLOSED BETWEEN 0.30 AM AND 5.30 AM ON SEPTEMBER 2, 6 AND 7 FOR TESTS ON THE COMPUTER AND TRAFFIC SIGNALS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC MAY USE NAM FUNG ROAD WHILE SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC MAY USE STUBBS ROAD. MAXICAB ROUTE 4 AND CMB ROUTES 38 AND 72 WILL BE DIVERTED VIA NAM FUNG ROAD, DEEP WATER BAY ROAD, WONG NAI CHUNG GAP ROAD AND STUBBS ROAD.

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NOTE TO EDITORS «

SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS PRESENTING PRIZES

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THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR DENIS BRAY, WILL PRESENT PRIZES TO WINNERS OF THE 1983 CHAMPION CLUB FOR ROWING AT THE FIRE SERVICES RECREATION CLUB AT THE KAI TAK AIRPORT ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 2).

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRIZE-PRESENTATION CEREMONY, STARTING AT 2.45 PM. THE FIRE SERVICES RECREATION CLUB’S ENTRANCE IS NEAR THE H.A.E.C.O. AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE COMPLEX.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF TSI NG Yl BRIDGE

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TO FACILITATE RADIOGRAPHIC INSPECTION, TSING Yl BRIDGE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC EVERY ALTERNATIVE 20 MINUTES BETWEEN 1 AM AND 5.30 AM ON VARIOUS DAYS IN SEPTEMBER.

THESE DAYS ARE SEPTEMBER 2, SEPTEMBER 6 TO 9, SEPTEMBER 13 TO 16, SEPTEMBER 20 TO 22, AND SEPTEMBER 27 TO 30.

DURING THE HOURS OF CLOSURE, THE BRIDGE WILL BE OPEN FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES.

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SECOND CARRIAGEWAY TO OPEN

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THE SECOND CARRIAGEWAY OF ROAD D7 BETWEEN SHEK PAI TAU ROAD AND PUI TO ROAD IN TUEN MUN WILL BE OPEN TO NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC FROM FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 2).

SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC WILL CONTINUE TO USE THE EXISTING CARRIAGEWAY OF ROAD D7.