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

 DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 198?

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

YOUTHS URGED TO JOIN SOCIAL WORK ............................... 1

HOUSEHOLD SURVEY BEING CARRIED OUT ............................. 1

INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION REPORT ON SALE ........................... 2

CORRECTIONAL SERVICES OFFICERS COMPLETE TRAINING................ 3

CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL APPROACH ROAD TO BE CLOSED ................ 3

TINDERS INVITED FOR TWO PROJECTS .............................

CYCLING NOT ALLOWED AT NT PARKS ............................... **

TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS AT JARDINE'S BA2AAR ....................... 5

CENTRAL SLIP ROAD TO BE CLOSED................................   5

SALT WATER MAINS WORK

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YOUTHS URGED TO JOIN SOCIAL WORK

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THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR JOHN CHAMBERS, TODAY APPEALED TO WELL-MOTIVATED YOUNG PEOPLE TO JOIN THE SOCIAL WORK PROFESSION TO MEET THE RAPID EXPANSION OF WELFARE SERVICES AND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF NEW PROGRAMMES.

HE MADE THE APPEAL AT THE OPENING OF THE +SOCIAL WORK AND YOU* EXHIBITION ORGANISED BY THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG STUDENTS AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL.

+A CAREER IN SOCIAL WORK CAN BE EXTREMELY REWARDING, PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES OF HELPING INDIVIDUALS IN DIFFICULTY AND OF IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF OUR PEOPLE,* HE SAID.

DESPITE A STEADY GROWTH IN THE NUMBER OF SOCIAL WORKERS OVER THE YEARS, MR CHAMBERS SAID THE OUTPUT FROM THE TRAINING INSTITUTIONS WAS INSUFFICIENT TO MEET THE DEMAND AND THERE WAS A SHORTAGE OF TRAINED PERSONNEL.

+TH1S SHORTAGE HAS BECOME A MAJOR CONSTRAINT IN MEETING PLANNED TARGETS AND IN DEVELOPING NEW APPROACHES,* HE SAID.

APART FROM INCREASING THE INTAKE OF SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS INTO THE TRAINING INSTITUTIONS, THE GOVERNMENT WAS ALSO CONSIDERING USING OTHER TYPES OF PERSONNEL IN WELFARE SERVICES, INCLUDING THE UNTRAINED, PART-TIME WORKERS AND VOLUNTEERS, TO HELP SOLVE THE SHORTAGE PROBLEM, HE SAID.

♦THIS WILL ENABLE US TO MAKE THE BEST POSSIBLE USE OF THE SKILLS OF THE FULLY-QUALIFIED SOCIAL WORKERS IN THOSE AREAS WHERE THEIR PARTICULAR EXPERTISE IS NECESSARY,* HE SAID.

HE SAID HONG KONG HAD DEVELOPED A CAREFULLY PLANNED SYSTEM OF WELFARE SERVICES TO MEET THE CHANGING AND GROWING NEEDS OF A HIGHLY URBANISED AND INDUSTRALISED SOCIETY.

THESE SERVICES INCLUDE SOCIAL SECURITY, INTENSIVE COUNSELLING, REHABILITATION OF THE DISABLED, CARE FOR THE YOUNG AND OLD, COMMUNITY BUILDING AND PREVENTIVE PROGRAMMES.

THE EXHIBITION, WHICH FORMS PART OF A SERIES OF PROGRAMMES TO BE TAKEN IN VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THIS MONTH, AIMS TO AROUSE PUBLIC AWARENESS ABOUT SOCIAL WORK AND SOCIAL WORK SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

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HOUSEHOLD SURVEY BEING CARRIED OUT ******

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT IS CONDUCTING, ON A MONTH-TO-MONTH BASIS, A GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY.

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

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SOME 6 OOO HOUSEHOLDS ARE SELECTED IN A RANDOM SAMPLE THROUGHOUT ALL DISTRICTS IN HONG KONG FOR PARTICIPATION IN EACH MONTHLY SURVEY. ABOUT HALF OF THE HOUSEHOLDS ARE INTERVIEWED THREE MONTHS EARLIER AND ARE SELECTED AGAIN, IN ORDER TO MEASURE MORE ACCURATELY THE CHANGES THAT HAVE OCCURRED.

AN OFFICIAL LETTER, IN CHINESE AND ENGLISH, IS BEING SENT TO THE SAMPLED HOUSEHOLDS PRIOR TO THE SURVEY TO EXPLAIN THE PURPOSE OF THE SURVEY AND TO SEEK THEIR COOPERATION IN PARTICIPATING.

ASSISTANT CENSUS AND SURVEY OFFICERS OF THE DEPARTMENT, EACH IDENTIFIED BY A CARD ISSUED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, WILL VISIT THE SAMPLED HOUSEHOLDS TO COLLECT THE INFORMATION.

QUESTIONS ASKED IN THE SURVEY INCLUDE THOSE ON THE PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE POPULATION (SUCH AS AGE, SEX AND EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT) AS WELL AS ON THE LABOUR FORCE CHARACTERISTICS (SUCH AS ACTIVITY STATUS, HOURS OF WORK, INDUSTRY, OCCUPATION, ETC.)

IN ADDITION, SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTIONS ON VARIOUS SOCIOECONOMIC ASPECTS OF THE POPULATION ARE ALSO INQUIRED. FOR THE MONTHS OF OCTOBER TO DECEMBER 1983, QUESTIONS ON TRANSPORT CHARACTERISTICS, LIVING AREA AND TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION, FUEL CONSUMPTION PATTERN, AND THE USE OF PUBLIC WEATHER SERVICE, WILL BE INCLUDED.

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

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INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION REPORT ON SALE M * *

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT HAS PREPARED A STATISTICAL REPORT, ENTITLED +1980 SURVEY OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION*. IN RECOGNITION OF THE IMPORTANCE OF MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES TO THE HONG KONG ECONOMY.

THE SURVEY COVERS ESSENTIALLY THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR. BUT IT ALSO INCLUDES ESTABLISHMENTS ENGAGED IN MINING AND QUARRYING, AND IN THE SUPPLY OF ELECTRICITY, GAS AND WATER.

THE REPORT CONTAINS INFORMATION ON THE STRUCTURAL AND OPERATING CHARACTERISTICS OF THE VARIOUS MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES.

BESIDES PROVIDING INFORMATION TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR POLICY MAKING, THE STATISTICS ARE USEFUL TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR FOR DECISION MAKING, ECONOMIC RESEARCH AND MARKET ANALYSIS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

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THEY CAN BE USED FOR ASSESSING INDUSTRIAL PERFORMANCE IDENTIFYING STRUCTURAL CHANGES AND DRAWING INTRA-AND INTER-INDUSTRY COMPARISONS.

THE REPORT FOR THE 1980 SURVEY IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE, CONNAUGHT PLACE, AT $36 A COPY.

THE RESULTS FROM THE 1981 SURVEY OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION ARE ALSO AVAILABLE.

A REPORT ON THIS SURVEY IS BEING COMPILED AND WILL BE PUBLISHED SOON. BUT SOME SUMMARY STATISTICS ARE INCLUDED IN THE AUGUST ISSUE OF THE HONG KONG MONTHLY DIGEST OF STATISTICS WHICH WILL BE ON -SALE IN THE LATTER HALF OF OCTOBER.

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CORRECTIONAL SERVICES OFFICERS COMPLETE TRAINING * * * *

THIRTY-ONE OFFICERS OF THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT TODAY (SATURDAY) RECEIVED CERTIFICATES AFTER COMPLETING THEIR TRAINING COURSES.

SERGEANT MAJOR S.G. MCNEISH, COMMANDANT OF THE ARMY’S PHYSICAL AND ADVENTUROUS TRAINING CENTRE IN SEK KONG, PRESENTED CERTIFICATES TO THE OFFICERS AT A CEREMONY HELD AT THE DEPARTMENT’S STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE IN STANLEY.

SIXTEEN OF THE OFFICERS ATTENDED AN EIGHT-DAY LEADERSHIP TRAINING COURSE CONDUCTED BY PHYSICAL TRAINING INSTRUCTORS FROM THE BRITISH FORCES.

IT COVERED A WIDE RANGE OF OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES. INCLUDING LAND AND SEA EXPEDITIONS, CANOEING, CAMPING, ROCK CLIMBING AND ORIENTEERING.

THE OTHER OFFICERS COMPLETED A THREE-MONTH PHYSICAL EDUCATION INSTRUCTOR TRAINING COURSE.

PREPARE THE OFFICERS TO BECOME

VARIOUS CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS

THIS COURSE WAS DESIGNED TO PHYSICAL EDUCATION INSTRUCTORS IN

SO FAR OVER 150 CORRECTIONAL SERVICES OFFICERS HAVE COMPLETED SIMILAR TRAINING AND ARE NOW QUALIFIED PHYSICAL EDUCATION INSTRUCTORS.

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CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL APPROACH ROAD TO BE CLOSED * * *

FROM MONDAY (OCTOBER 3) TO SATURDAY (OCTOBER 8), THE SLIP ROAD OFF CANAL ROAD FLYOVER LEADING TO THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 10.30 PM AND 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR ROAD REPAIRS.

VEHICLES HEADING FOR THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL FROM HAPPY VALLEY WILL BE DIVERTED VIA GLOUCESTER ROAD EASTBOUND, VICTORIA PARK ROAD FLYOVER, GLOUCESTER ROAD WESTBOUND AND THE UP RAMP OF THE EASTERN APPROACH ROAD TO THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 1983

TENDERS INVITED FOR TWO PROJECTS * * * *

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

THE FIRST PROJECT INVOLVES THE RECONSTRUCTION OF A PUBLIC TOILET AND BATHHOUSE AT ANCHOR STREET, TAI KOK TSUI, WHICH HAS BEEN SERVING THE AREA SINCE 1953.

THE NEW BUILDING WILL HAVE A PUBLIC TOILET AND BATHHOUSE INCORPORATING A REFUSE COLLECTION POINT, A TOILET COMPARTMENT FOR THE DISABLED, AND A STAFF QUARTER.

WORK WILL START IN NOVEMBER AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN JULY NEXT YEAR.

THE OTHER PROJECT INVOLVES THE CONSTRUCTION OF A REFUSE COLLECTION POINT ON A 120-SQUARE-METRE SITE AT SAI WAN HO STREET, SHAU KEI WAN.

THE FACILITY WILL HAVE A REFUSE LOADING AREA WITH SPACES FOR HANDCARTS, A ROLL CALL OFFICE AND A STOREROOM.

CONSTRUCTION WILL START IN NOVEMBER AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN MAY NEXT YEAR.

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CYCLING NOT ALLOWED AT NT PARKS *****

YOUNGSTERS WERE WARNED TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT CYCLING IS NOT ALLOWED WITHIN PUBLIC RECREATIONAL GROUNDS, GARDENS AND PARKS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE WARNING WAS GIVEN FOLLOWING COMPLAINTS TO THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT ABOUT INCIDENTS AND INJURIES CAUSED BY CYCLISTS.

STAFF OF THE DEPARTMENT’S RECREATION AND AMENITIES SECTION ARE NOW STEPPING UP INSPECTIONS AT ALL REST GARDENS, PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS.

WARNING NOTICES HAVE ALSO BEEN PUT UP AT THESE PLACES THROUGHOUT THE NEW TERRITORIES.

AN NTSD SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT OFFENDERS ARE LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF 8500 AND TWO WEEKS’ IMPRISONMENT.

THE SPOKESMAN URGED CYCLISTS TO USE DESIGNATED CYCLYING TRACKS.

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TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS AT JARDINE’S BAZAAR xxx TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS WILL BE IMPOSED ON JARDINE’S BAZAAR

IN CAUSEWAY BAY FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 3).

THE ROAD’S NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE, BETWEEN HOUSE NO. 38

AND HOUSE NO. 52, WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY WHERE VEHICLES OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES MAY NOT STOP FOR GOODS OR PASSENGERS FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY.

THE ROAD’S NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE BETWEEN HOUSE NO. 52

AND THE JUNCTION WITH YEE WO STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED A 24-HOUR PLB CLEARWAY.

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CENTRAL SLIP ROAD TO BE CLOSED xxx

FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 3), THE SLIP ROAD OFF KENNEDY ROAD LEADING TO THE CAR PARK UNDER THE COTTON TREE DRIVE FLYOVER WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR FOUR WEEKS FOR ROAD WORKS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA COTTON TREE DRIVE SLIP ROAD AND THE ACCESS ROAD TO ST. JOSEPH’S CHURCH.

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SALT WATER MAINS WORK * * *

cait watfr SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN NORTH POINT AND CAUSEWAY BAY WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 9 AM ON TUESDAY (OCTOBER 4) TO to IX the following day for salt water MAINS WORK.

tuc affpctfd PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY HING FAT STREEi, SEA FRONT NOBEL LANE, KINo“ ROAD AND FORTRESS HILL IK CAUSEWAY BAY AND THE WHOLE AREA OF NORTH POINT,

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

QUARTERLY EXPORT STATISTICS ANALYSED ........................... 1

PARENTS REMINDED ABOUT PRIMARY ONE PLACES ...................... 3

MAC MEMBERS PRAISED FOR COMMUNITY WORK ......................... 4

TAI PO ROAD AND NAM CHEDNG STREET TRAFFIC ...................... 5

NEW TRAFFIC PLAN FOR SAI WAN HO ................................ 7

EXHIBITION ON COMMUNICABLE DISEASES IN CHEUNG SHA WAN .......... 9

PUBLIC WARNED ABOUT MOSQUITO THREAT ........................... 10

C.Hres TOURNAMENT FOR WORKERS BEGINS .......................... 10

VOLUNTEERS TO GET UK TRAINING ................................  11

BETTER DAYS AHEAD FOR MADAM NG ................................ 13

LUNCH-TIME MUSIC RENDEZVOUS IN WAN CHAI ....................... 13

TENDERS INVITED FOR AIRPORT SHOPS ....................-........ 14

FOOTBRIDGE PROPOSED FOR LAI KING RILL ROAD .................... 15

PROPOSED ROAD WORKS IN NORTH POINT ............................ 15

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QUARTERLY EXPORT STATISTICS ANALYSED

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY RELEASED DOMESTIC EXPORT STATISTICS ANALYSED BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN FOR THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1983.

THIS SERIES IS DERIVED BY RE-GROUPING ALL SIX-DIGIT COMMODITY EXPORT ITEMS UNDER THE PRESENT EXTERNAL TRADE CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM ACCORDING TO THE INDUSTRIES IN WHICH THESE COMMODITY ITEMS ARE NORMALLY PRODUCED.

SINCE ITS SCOPE IS CONFINED TO MERCHANDISE TRADE, TRANSACTIONS IN GOLD AND SPECIE ARE NOT INCLUDED.

IN TERMS OF THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS, THE SIX MOST IMPORTANT INDUSTRY GROUPS WERE WEARING APPAREL, ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES AND ELECTRONICS, TEXTILES, PROFESSIONAL AND OPTICAL EQUIPMENT, PLASTIC PRODUCTS, AND METAL PRODUCTS. THEY, TOGETHER, ACCOUNTED FOR 86 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL VALUE OF MERCHANDISE DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1983.

THE LARGEST INCREASES IN ABSOLUTE VALUE OVER THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1982 OCCURRED IN ELECTRICAL MACHINERY AND APPLIANCES (INCLUDING ELECTRONICS) ($1 320 MILLION), TEXTILES ($890 MILLION), WEARING APPAREL ($462 MILLION), PROFESSIONAL AND OPTICAL EQUIPMENT ($381 MILLION), AND METAL PRODUCTS ($356 MILLION).

IN PERCENTAGE TERMS, INDUSTRIES WITH THE LARGEST INCREASES WERE i TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT (370 PER CENT), BEVERAGES (217 PER CENT), TOBACCO (16 PER CENT), MINING AND QUARRYING (106 PER CENT), ELECTRICITY (65 PER CENT), AND CHEMICAL PRODUCTS (44 PER CENT).

ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES IN THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS WERE ONLY RECORDED FOR AGRICULTURAL, LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY PRODUCTION (MINUS $6 MILLION) AND PETROLEUM AND COAL PRODUCTS (MINUS $1 MILLION). IN PERCENTAGE TERMS, THE DECREASES IN THESE TWO INDUSTRY GROUPS WERE MINUS 51 PER CENT AND MINUS 100 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

THE CLASSIFICATION OF COMMODITY EXPORT ITEMS BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN IS STRUCTURED UPON THE UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL STANDARD INDUSTRIAL CLASSIFICATION OF ALL ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES (I.S.I.C.), AS DISTINCT FROM THE UNITED NATIONS STANDARD INTERNATIONAL TRADE CLASSIFICATION (S.l.T.C.) WHICH IS ADOPTED IN THE REGULAR TRADE STATISTICS REPORTS.

WHEN INTERPRETING THESE RE-CLASSIFIED FIGURES, IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THE OVERALL EXPORT VALUE OF AN EXPORTED COMMODITY REQUIRING SEVERAL INTERMEDIATE PROCESSING STAGES IS WHOLLY ALLOCATED TO THE INDUSTRY IN WHICH IT IS FINALLY PRODUCED, ALTHOUGH THE INDUSTRY IS NOT REALLY THE SOLE CONTRIBUTOR TO THE VALUE. BESIDES, THE CLASS IFICATION OF AN EXPORTED COMMODITY TO A PARTICULAR INDUSTRY DOES NOT IMPLY THAT THE ENTIRE AMOUNT OF THE COMMODITY IS ACTUALLY PRODUCED BY ESTABLISHMENTS OF THAT INDUSTRY, SINCE SOME MAY BE SECONDARY PRODUCTS PRODUCED BY ESTABLISHMENTS CLASSIFIED UNDER OTHER INDUSTRIES.

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FURTHER DETAILS OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS STATISTICS FOR MERCHANDISE RECLASSIFIED BY INDUSTRIAL ORIGIN MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (AT TEL. NO. 3-7224504). A TABLE ON THESE STATISTICS FOR SELECTED INDUSTRIES IS ALSO INCLUDED IN THE REPORT +HONG KONG EXTERNAL TRADE, JUNE 1983+.

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Value of domestic exports for merchandise, reclassified by industrial origin for the 2nd quarter of 1982 and of 198?

(HKS‘000)

Industrial origin of the Merchandise domestic exports

commodities exported 2nd qtr. 1982 2nd qtr. 1985 % change

Agricultural, forestry and fishing

Agricultural, livestock and

poultry production 11 421 5 600 -51

Ocean and coastal fishing 118 44 569 50

Mining and Quarrying 299 615 106

Manufacturing

food 251 252 318 589 27

Beverages 9 137 28 935 217

Tobacco 27 773 72 443 161

Textiles (including knitting) 5 559 227 4 429 690 25

Wearing apparel, except

footwear and knitwear 5 222 296 5 684 48^ 9

Leather and leather products 126 714 148 595 17

footwear 92 116 101 688 10

Wood and cork products,

furniture and fixtures 122 896 135 626 10

Paper and paper products,

printing and publishing 295 469 350 768 20

Chemicals and chemical products 202 561 291 420 44 ,

Products of petroleum and coal 542 - -100

Rubber products 15 564 15 848 2

Plastic products 1 951 281 1 959 251

Non-metallic mineral products 55 015 71 943 31

Basic metals and fabricated

metal products 1 075 772 1 431 599 33

Machinery, except electrical 210 887 256 816 22

Electrical machinery and

appliances (incl. electronics) 4 079 450 5 399 196 32

Transport equipment 35 840 159 156 370

Professional and optical

equipment 1 706 910 2 087 486 22

Other manufacturing industries 1 105 270 1 256 651 12

Electricity 7 248 11 929 65

Miscellaneous items

(e.g. small postal packages,

developed photographic plates 147 657 288 881 96

and film, antiques, and works

of art)

Total 20 322 715 24 531 574 21

Individual entries of a column may not add up exactly to the corresponding total due to rounding.

• A change of less than 0.%

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PARENTS REMINDED ABOUT PRIMARY ONE PLACES

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THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TODAY (SUNDAY) REMINDED PARENTS WHO WANT TO APPLY FOR A PRIMARY ONE PLACE FOR THEIR CHILDREN IN GOVERNMENT OR AIDED SCHOOLS IN SEPTEMBER 1984 THAT THEY MUST RETURN THEIR APPLICATION FORMS BETWEEN TOMORROW (MONDAY) AND FRIDAY (OCTOBER 7).

PARENTS WHO WISH TO APPLY FOR A DISCRETIONARY PLACE IN A PARTICULAR GOVERNMENT OR AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOL SHOULD RETURN THEIR COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS DIRECTLY TO THAT SCHOOL DURING SCHOOL HOURS.

OTHERWISE, THEY SHOULD RETURN THE FORMS DURING OFFICE HOURS TO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING COLLECTION CENTRES FOR CENTRAL ALLOCATION BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT:

* LUI KEE EDUCATION SERVICES CENTRE (269 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, 2/F, HONG KONG)

* EDUCATION DEPARTMENT KOWLOON SUB-OFFICE (405 NATHAN ROAD, 6/F, KOWLOON)

* EDUCATION DEPARTMENT MA TAU KOK SUB-OFFICE (1 MA TAU KOK ROAD, 1/F, KOWLOON)

* DISTRICT OFFICE, SHA TIN

(2 TUNG LO WAN HILL ROAD, SHA TIN, N.T.)

fc DISTRICT OFFICE, TAI PO (TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, TING KOK ROAD, TAI PO, N.T.)

* DISTRICT OFFICE, TSUEN WAN (FOU WAH CENTRE, 2/F, 210 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN, N.T.)

# DISTRICT OFFICE, TUEN MUN

(201 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TUEN MUN, N.T.)

* DISTRICT OFFICE, YUEN LONG

(269 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, YUEN LONG, N.T.)

* DISTRICT OFFICE, NORTH, FAN LING SUB-OFFICE (JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FANLING, N.T.)

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TODAY REMINDED PARENTS THAT THEY COULD ONLY SUBMIT ONE APPLICATION FORM.

+IF PARENTS ARE FOUND TO HAVE APPLIED FOR MORE THAN ONE GOVERNMENT OR AIDED SCHOOL, THEIR CHILDREN WILL AUTOMATICALLY FORFEIT ELIGIBILITY FOR A DISCRETIONARY PLACE,+ HE SAID.

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MAC MEMBERS PRAISED FOR COMMUNITY WORK

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MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE MEMBERS IN TSZ WAN SHAN WERE TODAY (SUNDAY) PRAISED FOR THEIR ENTHUSIASM AND SUSTAINED EFFORTS IN PROMOTING COMMUNITY WORK DURING THE PAST 10 YEARS.

+THROUGH THEIR EFFORTS, CONSIDERABLE IMPROVEMENTS IN THE AREA OF ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANLINESS, BUILDING MANAGEMENT, AND LAW AND ORDER HAVE BEEN ACHIEVED,* THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER OF WONG TAI SIN, MR STEPHEN FISHER, SAID.

MR FISHER WAS SPEAKING AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF A TWO-WEEK +TSZ WAN SHAN MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE EXTRAVAGANZA* ORGANISED TO PUBLICISE THE WORK OF THE COMMITTEES.

HE NOTED THAT THERE WERE ONLY 19 MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES IN TSZ WAN SHAN 10 YEARS AGO, BUT THE NUMBER HAD RISEN TO 60.

MEMBERS HAVE INVOLVED THEMSELVES IN MANY COMMUNITY PROJECTS, HE SAID.

+FOR INSTANCE, IN RESPONSE TO THE FIGHT CRIME CALL, MOST OF THE COMMITTEES HAVE FORMED THEIR OWN PATROL TEAMS, AND THROUGH THEIR CLOSE CO-OPERATION WITH THE POLICE, THE CRIME RATE HAS • DROPPED CONSIDERABLY.

♦COMMITTEE MEMBERS HAVE ALSO CONTRIBUTED TO THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN BY ORGANISING FREQUENT CLEAN-UP EXERCISES IN BUILDINGS, AND FORMING WORKING TEAMS TO PUT ACROSS THE IMESSAGE OF CLEANLINESS FROM HOUSEHOLD TO HOUSEHOLD,* HE SAID.

MR FISHER ADDED THAT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME HAD BROUGHT FORTH A NEW JOB FOR THE MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, THAT IS, TO HELP BUILD UP A SENSE OF BELONGING AMONG THE RESIDENTS.

*ALONG THIS LINE, THE TSZ WAN SHAN MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES HAVE ORGANISED MANY ACTIVITIES FOR RESIDENTS WITH THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD, AND PRESSED FOR MANY MUCH-NEEDED RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL FACILITIES FOR RESIDENTS WITH THE BOARD’S ASSISTANCE.*

THE *EXTRAVAGANZA* PROGRAMME WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE AREA COMMITTEE IN TSZ WAN SHAN, THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE NEW KOWLOON WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION.

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TAI PO ROAD AND NAM CHEONG STREET TRAFFIC ******

FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (OCTOBER 4), THE FOLLOWING PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY MEASURES AND TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED t

(A) THE EXISTING PUBLIC LIGHT BUS STAND ON THE EASTERN KERBSIDE OF BERWICK STREET BETWEEN SHEK KIP MEI STREET AND NAM CHEONG STREET WILL BE CANCELLED.

TWO EXISTING PUBLIC LIGHT BUS STANDS AT PEI HO STREET BETWEEN TAI PO ROAD AND UN CHAU STREET WILL BE RELOCATED TO THE WESTERN KERBSIDE OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD SECTIONS BETWEEN PEI HO STREET AND YEN CHOW STREET.

(B) THE LEFT TURN MOVEMENT FROM TAI PO ROAD SOUTH BOUND INTO NAM CHEONG STREET EAST BOUND WILL BE BANNED.

THE RIGHT TURN MOVEMENT FROM TAI PO ROAD NORTH BOUND INTO NAM CHEONG STREET EAST BOUND WILL BE BANNED.

THE LEFT TURN MOVEMENT FROM NAM CHEONG STREET EAST BOUND INTO TAI PO ROAD NORTH BOUND WILL BE BANNED.

(C) THE EXISTING BUS STOP OBSERVED BY KOWLOON MOTOR BUS. URBAN ROUTE NO. 2D AT BERWICK STREET ON SECTION BETWEEN PAK TIN STREET AND NAM CHEONG STREET WILL BE RELOCATED TO SOUTH OF BERWICK STREET SECTION BETWEEN NAM CHEONG STREET AND SHEK KIP MEI STREET.

(D) THE EXISTING PRIVATE CAR PARKING SPACES AT THE EASTERN SIDE OF BERWICK STREET BETWEEN PAK TIN STREET AND PEI HO STREET WILL BE CONVERTED INTO ’NO WAITING’ AREA.

(E) SHEK KIP MEI STREET, SECTION BETWEEN UN CHAU STREET AND FUK WING STREET, WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY EAST BOUND TO ONE-WAY WEST BOUND.

FUK WING STREET, SECTION BETWEEN SHEK KIP MEI STREET AND WONG CHUK STREET, WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY NORTH BOUND TO ONE-WAY SOUTH BOUND.

(F) THE FOLLOWING RESTRICTED ZONES WILL BE INTRODUCED i

HOUR ROAD/STREET

7 AM TO 10 AM (I) THE EXISTING URBAN CLEARWAY

AND 4 PM TO 7 PM RESTRICTION ON THE SOUTH

DAILY BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TAI PO

ROAD BETWEEN CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 20 METRES TO THE SOUTH OF THE SOUTHERN KERB OF SHEK KIP MEI STREET WILL BE EXTENDED TO A POINT ABOUT 20 METRES TO THE SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION OF POPLAR STREET.

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(II) THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE OF THE POPLAR STREET BETWEEN TAI PO ROAD AND CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD.

(Ill) SHEK KIP MEI STREET BETWEEN TAI PO ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 20 METRES TO THE EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH BERWICK STREET.

(IV) BERWICK STREET BETWEEN NAM CHEONG STREET AND SHEK KIP MEI STREET.

(G)

THE FOLLOWING PUBLIC LIGHT BUS RESTRICTED ZONES WILL BE INTRODUCED 1

ROAD/STREET

HOUR

7 AM TO 12 (I)

MIDNIGHT DAILY

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(IV)

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PAK TIN STREET BETWEEN TAI PO ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 15 METRES TO THE EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH BERWICK STREET.

BERWICK STREET BETWEEN PAK TIN STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 15 METRES TO THE SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH PAK TIN STREET.

BERWICK STREET BETWEEN SHEK KIP MEI STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 60 METRES FROM THE SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH PAK TIN STREET.

SHEK KIP MEI STREET BETWEEN TAI PO ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 20 METRES TO THE EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH BERWICK STREET.

PEI HO STREET BETWEEN UN CHAU STREET AND TAI PO ROAD.

(H) PEI HO STREET, SECTION BETWEEN BERWICK STREET AND TAI PO ROAD WILL BE PROHIBITED TO ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES EXCEPT THOSE AUTHORISED IN WRITING. BY AUTHORITY.

THE ABOVE-MENTIONED ARRANGEMENTS ARE INTENDED TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC CIRCULATION IN THE AREA.

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- 7 -NEW TRAFFIC PLAN FOR SAI WAN HO

* * *

WITH THE OPENING OF THE SAI WAN HO FERRY CONCOURSE, NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN THE NEIGHBOURING AREA FROM 6 AM ON TUESDAY (OCTOBER 4).

THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS WILL BE PROHIBITED TO ALL MOTOR VEHICLES EXCEPT OMNIBUSESi

* THE EASTBOUND KERBSIDE LANE OF SHAU KEI WAN ROAD FROM HOUSE NO. 49 TO A POINT ABOUT 70 METRES EAST OF THE ROAD’S JUNCTION WITH TAI HONG STREET FROM 7 AM TO 9 AM AND FROM 5 PM TO 7 PM DAILY.

* THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF TAI HONG STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH SHAU KEI WAN ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 27 METRES NORTH OF THE JUNCTION FOR 24 HOURS DAILY.

* THE BUS-ONLY LANE LEADING TO SAI WAN HO FERRY CONCOURSE BUS TERMINUS FOR 24 HOURS DAILY.

A SECTION OF THE WESTBOUND TRAM TRACK OF SHAU KEI WAN ROAD BETWEEN TAI FOO STREET AND TAI CHEONG STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED A TRAM-ONLY LANE.

PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE SECTION OF THE SAI WAN HO FERRY CONCOURSE ACCESS ROAD NORTH OF HONG CHEUNG STREET.

PLB CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS ROAD SECTIONS BETWEEN 7 AM AND

WILL BE IMPOSED ON THE FOLLOWING MIDNIGHT DAILYi

* TAI FOO STREET BETWEEN SHAU KEI WAN ROAD AND SAI WAN HO STREET.

* SAI WAN HO STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTIONS WITH TAI FOO STREET AND TAI CHEONG STREET.

M TAI CHEONG STREET BETWEEN SAI WAN HO STREET AND SHAU KEI WAN ROAD; A SHORT SECTION OF THE WESTERN KERBSIDE TRAFFIC LANE NEAR HONG CHEUNG STREET; AND THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE FROM 50 METRES NORTH OF SHAU KEI WAN ROAD TO HONG CHEUNG STREET.

* HONG CHEUNG STREET BETWEEN TAI CHEONG STREET AND TAI HONG STREET.

M TAI HONG STREET BETWEEN HONG CHEUNG STREET AND SHAU KEI WAN ROAD.

/THE following .......

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THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS WILL BE DESIGNATED AS CLEARWAYS FOR ALL MOTOR VEHICLES FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILYi

* TAI FOO STREET BETWEEN SHAU KEI WAN ROAD AND SAI WAN HO STREET.

M SAI WAN HO STREET BETWEEN TAI FOO STREET AND TAI CHEONG STREET.

* THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF TAI CHEONG STREET BETWEEN SAI WAN HO STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 46 METRES NORTH OF SHAU KEI WAN ROAD; A SHORT SECTION OF THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF TAI CHEONG STREET NEAR HONG CHEUNG STREET; THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF TAI CHEONG STREET BETWEEN SAI WAN HO STREET AND HONG CHEUNG STREET.

H HONG CHEUNG STREET BETWEEN TAI CHEONG STREET AND TAI HONG STREET.

# TAI HONG STREET BETWEEN HONG CHEUNG STREET AND SHAU KEI WAN ROAD.

IN ADDITION, THE SAI WAN HO FERRY CONCOURSE ACCESS ROAD BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH HONG CHEUNG STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 310 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE DESIGNATED A 24-HOUR CLEARWAY FOR ALL MOTOR VEHICLES.

ALL VEHICLES OVER 2-1/2 TONS WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE SECTION OF THE WESTBOUND TRAM TRACK ON SHAU KEI WAN ROAD BETWEEN TAI NING STREET AND TAI LOK STREET.

THE FOLLOWING ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE CANCELLED;

* THE BUS-ONLY LANE ON THE EASTBOUND KERBSIDE LANE OF SHAU KEI WAN ROAD BETWEEN TAI KOO SHING ROAD AND A POINT 33 METRES EAST OF TAI CHEONG STREET.

* THE PLB CLEARWAY RESTRICTION ON A SHORT SECTION OF THE WESTERN KERBSIDE TRAFFIC LANE OF TAI CHEONG STREET ABOUT 50 METRES NORTH OF SHAU KEI WAN ROAD.

M PLB PROHIBITION ON SAI WAN HO STREET. WEST OF TAI FOO STREET.

TAI FOO STREET BETWEEN SHAU KEI WAN ROAD AND SAI WAN HO STREET WILL BE REROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND, AND THE CORRESPONDING SECTION OF TAI CHEONG STREET WILL BECOME ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

WESTBOUND VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES, ON SHAU KEI WAN ROAD WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING RIGHT INTO TAI CHEONG STREET.

/southern vehicles, .......

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SOUTHBOUND VEHICLES, EXCEPT OMNIBUSES, ON TAI HONG STREET WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING LEFT INTO SHAU KEI WAN ROAD EASTBOUND.

THE EXISTING FERRY PIERS AT SHAU KEI WAN AND TAI KOO SHING WILL BE CLOSED UPON THE OPENING OF THE NEW SAI WAN HO FERRY PIERS. HYF FERRY SERVICES TO CENTRAL, KOWLOON CITY, SAM KA TSUEN AND Sun TONG AS WELL AS LICENSED FERRY SERVICES TO RENNIE’S MILL, WILL OPERATE FROM THE NEW SAI WAN HO FERRY PIERS.

THE TERMINI FOR CMB ROUTES 14 AND 83A, LINKING WITH STANLEY FORT AND CHAI WAN, WILL BE RESITED TO THE NEW FERRY CONCOURSE. AT THE SAME TIME, CMB ROUTE 82A FROM QUARRY BAY TO CHAI WAN, ROUTE 83 FROM TAI KOO SHING TO CHAI WAN WILL RUN VIA THE WAN HO FERRY CONCOURSE.

AND

SAI

WAN

MAXICAB ROUTE 19 TO SHING ON VILLAGE AND ROUTE 20 TO CHAI WILL OPERATE FROM THE FERRY CONCOURSE.

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EXHIBITION ON COMMUNICABLE DISEASES IN CHEUNG SHA WAN H M M I*

THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD A FOUR-DAY EXHIBITION ON THE PREVENTION OF COMMUNICABLE DISEASE IN CHEUNG SHA WAN, STARTING ON TUESDAY (OCTOBER 4).

THE EXHIBITION, ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S CENTRAL HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT, WILL BE STAGED IN THE LAI KOK COMMUNITY HALL FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM DAILY.

THE EXHIBITION WILL COMPRISE FOUR SECTIONSi INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICABLE DISEASES; HOW TO INCREASE IMMUNITY TO THEM; THE MODE OF TRANSMISSION, SYMPTOMS, TREATMENT AND PREVENTION; AND THE GOVERNMENT’S CONTROL EFFORTS.

WINNING ENTRIES IN A POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION, WHICH ATTRACTED MORE THAN 1 800 ENTRIES FROM SCHOOL CHILDREN, WILL BE DISPLAYED AT THE EXHIBITION.

STAFF OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT WILL BE PRESENT TO ANSWER ENQUIRIES. PAMPHLETS ON VARIOUS ASPECTS OF HEALTH WILL BE DISTRIBUTED FREE DURING THE EXHIBITION.

SIMILAR EXHIBITIONS HAVE BEEN HELD IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS AT THE CITY HALL, THE KWUN TONG MTRC STATION AND TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL, DRAWING MORE THAN 40 000 PEOPLE.

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PUBLIC WARNED ABOUT MOSQUITO THREAT * * *

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WERE URGED TODAY TO ADOPT CERTAIN MEASURES TO KEEP THEIR SURROUNDINGS FREE FROM MOSQUITOES.

THE CONTINUING HOT WEATHER PROVIDES A FAVOURABLE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT FOR MOSQUITO BREEDING, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT EXPLAINED.

FOR THIS REASON, HE ADDED, THE DEPARTMENT WAS LAUNCHING THE SECOND PHASE OF AN ANT I-MOSQUITO CAMPAIGN.

+PEST CONTROL STAFF ARE NOW STEPPING UP INSPECTIONS OF ALL POTENTIAL MOSQUITO BREEDING SITES THROUGHOUT THE NEW TERRITORIES TO CLEAR THE NUISANCE,* HE SAID.

WHEN LARVAE OR PUPAE OF MOSQUITO ARE DETECTED IN OPEN SPACE, NULLAHS OR STREAM COURSES, PEST CONTROL OFFICERS WILL SPRAY INSECTICIDES TO KILL THEM, HE ADDED.

DURING THE OFFICERS’ VISITS, THEY WILL ALSO DISTRIBUTE POSTERS AND INFORMATION LEAFLETS, ADVISING PEOPLE OF VARIOUS WAYS TO PREVENT MOSQUITO BREEDING.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT MOSQUITOES BREED ONLY IN STAGNANT WATER, AND URGED THE PUBLIC TO TAKE THE FOLLOWING PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES I

M DISCARD ALL EMPTY TINS, BOTTLES, RECEPTACLES AND OLD TYRES

* KEEP WATER STORAGE TANKS COVERED AND IN GOOD CONDITION

M CHECK THAT DRAINS ARE NOT CHOKED

* REGULARLY CHANGE WATER IN FLOWER VASES AND POTS.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO POINTED OUT THAT IT WAS AN OFFENCETO ALLOW MOSQUITO BREEDING IN ANY PRIVATE PREMISES OR CONSTRUCTION SITE, AND THAT THE MAXIMUM FINE FOR THE OFFENCE WAS $10 000.

PEOPLE ENCOUNTERING MOSQUITO NUISANCE ARE WELCOME TO CALL THE PEST CONTROL SECTION OF ANY URBAN SERVICES OFFICES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES FOR HELP, HE ADDED.

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CHESS TOURNAMENT FOR WORKERS BEGINS

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A MONTH-LONG CHINESE CHESS TOURNAMENT FOR TSUEN WAN WORKERS BEGAN TODAY (SUNDAY).

SPEAKING AT AN OPENING CEREMONY, THE DISTRICT OFFICER (KWAI CHUNG AND TSI NG Yl), MR TAM WING-PONG, SAID CHINESE CHESS •♦EXERCISES THE MIND AND PROMOTES FRIENDSHIP*.

+THROUGH THE COMPETITION, IT IS HOPED TO STRENGTHEN LINKS AMONG WORKERS AND PROMOTE THEIR SENSE OF BELONGING TOWARDS THEIR FACTORIES,* HE SAID.

/organisers of .....

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1983

ORGANISERS OF THE COMPETITION INCLUDED THE DISTRICT BOARD’S INDUSTRIAL COMMITTEE, THE FEDERATION OF INDUSTRIES IN TSUEN WAN, AND THE HONG KONG CHESS ASSOCIATION.

MR TAM SAID THE INDUSTRIAL COMMITTEE HAD BEEN VERY ACTIVE IN ORGANISING RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES FOR LOCAL WORKERS.

+LAST YEAR, THE FIRST INDUSTRIAL CHESS COMPETITION WAS HELD WITH VERY ENCOURAGING RESPONSE,* HE SAID.

♦I BELIEVE IT CAN ACHIEVE SIMILAR RESPONSE THIS YEAR, AND I HOPE THE WORKERS WILL CONTINUE TO TAKE PART IN LOCAL ACTIVITIES.*

ABOUT 100 WORKERS HAVE ENTERED THE TOURNAMENT. AFTER TODAY, THE GAMES WILL BE HELD EVERY MONDAY , WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY AT 7.30 PM AT THE SHENG KUNG HUI LADY MACLEHOSE CENTRE IN KWAI CHUNG.

WINNERS WILL BE AWARDED TROPHIES AND CASH PRIZES RANGING FROM $100 TO $2 000.

VOLUNTEERS TO GET UK TRAINING KM*

PART-TIME SOLDIERS OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS) NOW HAVE BETTER CHANCES TO BOOST THEIR MILITARY KNOWLEDGE AND PROFESSIONALISM THROUGH A COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMME OF LOCAL AND OVERSEAS TRAINING.

THE ANNUAL OVERSEAS TRAINING PROGRAMME PROVES ESPECIALLY VALUABLE AS IT OFFERS VOLUNTEERS THE SAME OPPORTUNITY AS THEIR COUNTERPARTS IN THE REGULAR ARMY, TO RECEIVE THEORETICAL AS WELL AS PRACTICAL TRAINING FROM INSTRUCTORS OF INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION.

SENIOR WARRANT OFFICER, C.C. LEUNG, IS ONE OF THE FIVE SENIOR VOLUNTEERS RECENTLY SENT TO UNITED KINGDOM FOR RECONNAISSANCE TRAINING.

DURING AN INTERVIEW BEFORE HIS DEPARTURE, MR LEUNG SAID HE WAS EAGERLY LOOKING FORWARD TO HIS NEW EXPERIENCE.

A HOUSING MANAGER IN THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT’S SQUATTER CONTROL UNIT, MR LEUNG FINDS HIS MILITARY LIFE CHALLENGING AND REWARDING.

♦I JOINED THE REGIMENT 21 YEARS AGO, BEING ATTRACTED BY THE CHANCE TO HANDLE FIRE-ARMS, AND THINKING IT WOULD BE A NICE BREAK FROM THE DULL AND BORING OFFICE ROUTINE,* MR LEUNG SAID.

+BUT AS I STAYED ON, I DISCOVERED THAT THERE WAS FAR MORE TO IT} APART FROM ACQUIRING NEW SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE, I GOT SATISFACTION FROM CONTRIBUTING TO THE COMMUNITY,* HE SAID.

/MH LEONG .......

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MR LEUNG ALSO FINDS IT AN INTRIGUING EXPERIENCE TO DEVELOP A SENSE OF COMRADESHIP WITH CIVIC-MINDED PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE.

+IT IS WONDERFUL TO MEET AND WORK WITH INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE SO DIFFERENT FROM ONE ANOTHER.

♦AND TO LEARN AND FIGHT - AT LEAST DURING MOCK BATTLES -ALONGSIDE EACH OTHER HAS INDEED FOSTERED A STRONG ’ESPRIT DE CORPS’ IN THE REGIMENT,* HE REMARKED.

MR LEUNG POINTED OUT THAT IT COULD BE HARD FOR NEW RECRUITS TO ADAPT TO THE STRICT DISCIPLINE WHEN THEY FIRST JOIN THE REGIMENT.

+IT IS ESSENTIAL FOR VOLUNTEERS TO FOLLOW ORDERS FROM SENIOR OFFICERS, AND THIS HELPS TO DEVELOP A SENSE OF OBEDIENCE,* HE SAID. MR LEUNG STRESSED THAT HIS VOLUNTARY MILITARY SERVICE DID NOT IN ANY WAY CONFLICT WITH HIS CIVILIAN EMPLOYMENT.

+ON THE CONTRARY, THE TWO ARE COMPLEMENTARY AS THE VALUABLE EXPERIENCE I GAINED IN THE REGIMENT HAS HELPED ME ON MY JOB.*

+THROUGH SERVING IN VARIOUS RANKS IN THE REIGMENT,* HE SAID, +l HAVE LEARNT ABOUT PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT AND ADM IN ISTAT ION AND I ALSO ACQUIRED LEADERSHIP SKILLS.*

MR LEUNG IS NOW AN EXPERIENCED SENIOR WARRANT OFFICER, BUT HE CAN NEVER FORGET HIS FIRST CAMP.

HE HAD TO TAKE PART IN A WEEK-LONG CAMP BEFORE HE WAS GIVEN ANY PROPER TRAINING, THE REASON BEING THERE WAS NO FORMAL TRAINING PROGRAMME TWO DECADES AGO.

+DRESSED IN ARMY UNIFORM, I WAS RIGHT-A-WAY REQUIRED TO PERFORM DUTIES WHICH I KNEW NOTHING ABOUT. BEFORE I KNEW WHAT TO DO, I FOUND MYSELF TRAPPED IN THE MIDDLE OF A ’BATTLE’.

+l FELT ABSOLUTELY LOST, NOT EVEN BEING ABLE TO UNDERSTAND A SINGLE WORD THAT WAS PASSED THROUGH THE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM.

+THE ONLY INTELLIGIBLE SOUNDS WERE THE EXPLOSION OF BOMBS AND RATTLE OF RIFLES IN THE PITCHY DARKNIGHT,* HE RECALLED.

MR LEUNG ENDED UP SEEKING REFUGE UNDER A TREE OUTSIDE HIS BASE, TREMBLING AND HALF WISHING THAT HE HAD NEVER JOINED THE FORCE.

HOWEVER, HE SAID, NEW RECRUITS OF THE 80’S NO LONGER NEED TO GO THROUGH SUCH ORDEALS FOR AN INFORMATIVE AND COMPREHENSIVE TRAINING PROGRAMME HAS SINCE BEEN DEVELOPED.

MR LEUNG AND FOUR OF HIS FELLOW VOLUNTEERS STARTED THEIR OVERSEAS TRAINING LAST WEDNESDAY. THEY WILL BE ATTACHED TO 16TH/5TH THE QUEEN’S ROYAL LANCERS IN LONDON FOR TWO WEEKS.

WHEN HE RETURNS, HE WILL BE COMMISSIONED AND PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF LIEUTENANT. HE WILL THEN BE TRANSFERRED TO THE TRAINING WING OF THE REGIMENT.

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BETTER DAYS AHEAD FOR MADAM NG * * X *

JULY 29 WAS A DARK DAY FOR MADAM NG YUN-FONG. HER HUSBAND, THE FAMILY BREADWINNER, DIED IN A FALL AT A SHA TIN CONSTRUCTION SITE.

MADAM NG WAS THEN EXPECTING HER SECOND CHILD IN ABOUT A MONTH’S TIME, AND HAD TO LOOK AFTER HER 18-MONTH OLD SON AT THE SAME TIME. AND SHE COULD NOT AFFORD THE RENT OF THE ROOM IN SHAM SHUI PO WHERE THE FAMILY WERE LIVING.

BUT, WITH HELP FROM RELATIVES, AND.STAFF OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT OFFICE, THINGS ARE NOW BETTER FOR HER.

SHE HAS BEEN ALLOCATED A NEW HOME IN CHAK ON ESTATE IN SHAM SHUI PO, UNDER THE COMPASSIONATE REHOUSING SCHEME, AND HAS BEEN RECEIVING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE SINCE EARLY AUGUST.

LAST MONTH, MADAM NG GAVE BIRTH TO A GIRL. DURING HER CONFINEMENT, SHE RECEIVED SOME DONATIONS FROM THE PUBLIC.

MADAM NG AND HER HUSBAND HAD COME TP HONG KONG FROM CHINA SEVERAL YEARS AGO AND ThEIR FIRST CHILD WAS BORN HERE IN SEPTEMBER 1981. I

WHEN HER HUSBAND DIED IN JULY, MADAM NG HAD VERY LITTLE MONEY LEFT. A BURIAL GRANT OF $3 OOO WAS IMMEDIATELY GIVEN-TO l£R. TO HELP HER MEET RENT PAYMENT AND BUY THINGS FOR HER SECOND CHILD, ADDITIONAL CASH GRANTS OF MORE THAN |1 200 WERE MADE TO THE FAMILY FROM THE LI PO CHUN CHARITABLE TRUST FUND.

AT THE SAME TIME, COUNSELLING SERVICE WAS ALSO PROVIDED TO HER.

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LUNCH-TIME MUSIC RENDEZVOUS IN WAN CHAI * * *

THE +LUNCH-TIME MUSIC RENDEZVOUS*, WHICH HAS PROVED TO BE POPULAR AMONG OFFICE-WORKERS IN WAN CHAI, WILL BE STAGED AGAIN.

ON EIGHT CONSECUTIVE TUESDAYS STARTING ON OCTOBER 4, THE SESSION WILL BE HELD AT THE WAN CHAI SAILORS’ AND SOLDIERS’ CTILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRE BETWEEN 12.30 PM AND 1.45 PM.

A WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID THE PROJECT WOULD^PROVIDE A VENUE FOR WORKING YOUTHS IN THE DISTRICT TO RELAX AND ENJOY MUSIC WHILE HAVING LUNCH.

/+AMATHJB SINGERS........

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♦AMATEUR SINGERS AND INSTRUMENT PLAYERS IN THE DISTRICT WILL BE INVITED TO PERFORM, WHILE MEMBERS OF AREA COMMITTEES WILL TALK ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES,♦ HE SAID.

SPONSORED BY THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD, THE EVENT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE WAN CHAI (WEST) AREA COMMITTEE AND THE SAILORS’ AND SOLDIERS’ CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRE.

A SIMILAR PROGRAMME WAS HELD IN THE HALL OF THE METHODIST CHURCH YOUTH CENTRE IN APRIL AND MAY THIS YEAR, ATTRACTING 'DRE THAN 1 000 PARTICIPANTS.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR AIRPORT SHOPS M * * *

TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED FOR THE TENANCIES OF TWO RETAIL SHOP PREMISES, NOS. D19 AND D26 IN THE DEPARTURES HALL OF THE PASSENGER TERMINAL, HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

THE TENANCIES WILL BE FOR AN INITIAL PERIOD OF TWENTY-THREE MONTHS AND WILL THEREAFTER BE SUBJECT TO ONE MONTH’S NOTICE OF TERMINATION AS THE AREA WILL EVENTUALLY BE REQUIRED FOR THE ' AIRPORT’S STAGE V DEVELOPMENT.

SHOP D19 HAS BEEN DESIGNATED FOR THE SALE OF JEWELLERY AND SHOP D26 FOR RETAILING HIGH-QUALITY GOODS OF ONE BRAND NAME.

TENDER FORMS AND FURTHER PARTICULARS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE TREASURY ACCOUNTANT OF THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT, 10TH FLOOR, UNITED CENTRE, 95 QUEENSWAY, HONG KONG OR FROM THE AIRPORT COMMERCIAL MANAGER.

COMPLETED FORMS MUST BE PLACED IN THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT TENDER BOX ON THE LOWER GROUND FLOOR OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (EAST WING), LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG BEFORE 12 NOON ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1983.

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FOOTBRIDGE PROPOSED FOR LAI KING HILL ROAD * ft * *

THE TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT PROPOSES TO CONSTRUCT A COVERED FOOTBRIDGE ACROSS LAI KING HILL ROAD NEAR THE LAI KING MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY STATION.

THE FOOTBRIDGE WILL PROVIDE ACCESS TO THE NEARBY PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES, A NEWLY COMPLETED HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME, THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY STATION AND SEVERAL SCHOOLS. IT SHOULD ALSO IMPROVE PEDESTRIAN CROSSING AND TRAFFIC IN THE AREA.

A NOTICE CONCERNING THE PROPOSED WORKS IS PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST 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 LOBBY; TSUEN WAN DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, THIRD FLOOR, HONG KONG AND SHANGHAI BANK BUILDING, CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN; AND TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE, 210 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, SECOND FLOOR, TSUEN WAN.

ANY OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL SHOULD REACH THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS BY NOVEMBER 29.

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PROPOSED ROAD WORKS IN NORTH POINT ft ft ft

THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO CLOSE AND ALTER PARTS OF THE FOOTPATHS OFF BRAEMAR HILL ROAD TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW CARRIAGEWAY AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SITE IN THE AREA.

A NOTICE CONCERNING THE PROPOSED WORKS IS PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST 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 DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, HONG KONG NORTH, 12TH FLOOR, HARBOUR CENTRE, 25 HARBOUR ROAD; AND THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, 884-886 KING’S ROAD, GROUND FLOOR, HONG KONG.

ANY OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL SHOULD REACH THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS BY NOVEMBER 29.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, 198?

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

DUKE OF EDINBURGH VISITING HONG KONG .......................... 1

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

COMMISSION'S OVERTIME PROPOSALS ACCEPTED IN PRINCIPLE ......... 2

STUDENTS URGED TO APPLY EARLY FOR STUDY IN UK ................. 3

ONE WEEK LEFT FOR VOTER REGISTRATION .......................... 5

WATCH MAKERS PRAISED .......................................... 5

MILITARY TATTOO TO BE HELD IN YUEN LONG ....................... 6

POSTING DATES CHANGED .......................................   7

SEMINARS ON MORAL EDUCATION..................................... 8 .

SHA TIN LAND OFFERED BY TENDER...............................   8

TENDERS CALLED FOR ROAD WORKS ................................. 9

HAIPHONG ROAD TRAFFIC RE-ROUTED..............................   9

YAU MA TEI TAPS OFF .......................................     9

TWO-WAY TRAFFIC ..............................................   10

WATER STORAGE FIGURES ......................................... 10

MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1983

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DUKE OF EDINBURGH VISITING HONG KONG * # * *

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH, WILL VISIT HONG KONG FROM OCTOBER 10 TO 12 AS PRESIDENT OF WORLD WILDLIFE FUND INTERNATIONAL.

THE DUKE IS SCHEDULED TO ARRIVE FROM LONDON BY BRITISH AIRWAYS AND WILL BE GREETED AT THE AIRPORT BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, AND HIS WELCOMING PARTY.

ON TUESDAY (OCTOBER 11), THE DUKE WILL VISIT THE MAI PO MARSHES NATURE RESERVE. LATER IN THE DAY, HE WILL UNVEIL A PLAQUE FOR THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH TRAINING CAMP IN TAI PO.

IN THE AFTERNOON, HE WILL VISIT THE ZOOLOGICAL AND BOTANICAL GARDENS. HE WILL ATTEND A WILDLIFE FUND BALL FOR THE WORLD WILDLIFE FUND AT THE HILTON HOTEL IN THE EVENING.

THE DUKE WILL LEAVE FOR BANGKOK ON WEDNESDAY (OCTOBER 12) BY AN ANDOVER AIRCRAFT OF THE QUEEN’S FLIGHT.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

A BRIEFING ON SPECIAL FACILITIES AND ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE PRESS TO COVER THE VISIT OF HRH THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH WILL BE HELD AT 4 PM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE GIS THEATRE ON THE FIFTH FLOOR OF BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, CENTRAL.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR ACCREDITATION TO COVER THE DUKE’S VISIT WILL BE DISTRIBUTED AT THE BRIEFING. YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO ATTEND.

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GOVERNOR TO REVIEW HONG KONG AFFAIRS * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, WILL REVIEW THE AFFAIRS OF HONG KONG ON WEDNESDAY (OCTOBER 5) AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THE PROCEEDINGS WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM, AND WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE ON RADIO AND TELEVISION.

RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG WILL BROADCAST THE MEETING ON RADIO ONE (CHINESE SERVICE) AND RADIO THREE (ENGLISH SERVICE). IT WILL ALSO BROADCAST IT LIVE ON TELEVISION — IN ENGLISH ON ATV (ENGLISH), AND IN CHINESE ON TV^ JADE.

COMMERCIAL RADIO WILL ALSO BROADCAST IT LIVE ON CHINESE CHANNEL ONE AND THE ENGLISH CHANNEL.

PRIOR TO THE ADDRESS BY THE GOVERNOR, ONE OF THE NEWLY -APPOINTED UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS, MR CHAN YING-LUN, WILL MAKE THE AFFIRMATION OF ALLEGIANCE.

/AFTER THE

MONDAY, OCTOBER J, 198?

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AFTER THE GOVERNOR’S ADDRESS, THE COUNCIL WILL ADJOURN UNTIL OCTOBER 12 FOR THE FIRST REGULAR MEETING.

THE COUNCIL WILL RESUME ON OCTOBER 26, WHEN THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, WILL MOVE A MOTION TO THANK THE GOVERNOR FOR HIS ADDRESS.

A NUMBER OF UNOFFICIALS WILL SPEAK ON THE MOTION THAT DAY, AND ON THE FOLLOWING DAY IF NECESSARY.

OFFICIAL MEMBERS ARE EXPECTED TO REPLY TO THE POINTS RAISED BY THEIR COLLEAGUES ON NOVEMBER 9 AND ON THE FOLLOWING DAY IF NECESSARY.

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

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COMMISSION’S OVERTIME PROPOSALS ACCEPTED IN PRINCIPLE M * * * * *

THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL HAS ACCEPTED IN PRINCIPLE REPORT NO. 10 OF THE STANDING COMMISSION ON CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE WHICH MAKES A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE PAYMENT OF OVERTIME AND RELATED ALLOWANCES IN THE CIVIL SERVICE.

SUBJECT TO THE PROVISION OF THE NECESSARY FUNDS BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, IT IS INTENDED TO IMPLEMENT THE RECOMMENDATIONS IN STAGES DURING THE 1984/85 FINANCIAL YEAR.

THE STANDING COMMISSION HAS ENDORSED THE BROAD PRINCIPLES GOVERNING THE PAYMENT OF OVERTIME IN THE CIVIL SERVICE. THESE ARE THAT IT SHOULD BE UNDERTAKEN ONLY WHEN UNAVOIDABLE, AND WHEN TIME OFF IN LIEU IS IMPRACTICABLE, AND SHOULD BE KEPT TO THE MINIMUM.

THE COMMISSION RECOMMENDS, AS A NEW DEPARTURE, THAT ELIGIBILITY SHOULD HENCEFORTH BE DETERMINED BY REFERENCE TO WHOLE RANKS, RATHER THAN BY A SALARY CUT-OFF POINT, AND THAT NO STAFF IN MANAGEMENT GRADES SHOULD BE ELIGIBLE. IT ALSO RECOMMENDS THAT OVERTIME SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE PAID AT A RATE BROADLY EQUIVALENT TO TIME-AND-A-HALF. IN RECOMMENDING THESE CHANGES, THE COMMISSION HAS HAD REGARD TO PRACTICE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

OTHER PRINCIPAL RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE REPORT INCLUDE I

* A NEW SPECIAL ALLOWANCE FOR THE DISCIPLINED SERVICES. THIS GROUP OF STAFF HAS TRADITIONALLY BEEN INELIGIBLE FOR NORMAL OVERTIME ALLOWANCE, BUT THE COMMISSION RECOGNISES THAT THE DISCIPLINED STAFF MAY ON OCCASIONS HAVE TO UNDERTAKE ESSENTIAL EXTRA WORK OVER AND ABOVE WHAT MAY REASONABLY BE EXPECTED TO FORM PART OF THEIR NORMAL DUTIES. THE NEW ALLOWANCE IS INTRODUCED TO COMPENSATE FOR SUCH DUTIES. ALL RANK AND FILE STAFF, AND JUNIOR OFFICERS, WILL BE ELIGIBLE PROVIDED THEY MEET THE STRICT CRITERIA WHICH WILL GOVERN PAYMENT OF THE ALLOWANCE;

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* PAYMENT FOR STAND-BY DUTIES AT A LOWER RATE THAN STANDARD OVERTIME ALLOWANCE;

* WIDER ELIGIBILITY FOR SHIFT DUTY ALLOWANCE, WHICH IS PAID TO COMPENSATE STAFF WHO HAVE TO WORK IRREGULAR HOURS, EXCEPT FOR STAFF IN THE DISCIPLINED SERVICES AND THE ADMINISTRATIVE AND PROFESSIONAL GRADES;

* WIDER ELIGIBILITY FOR TYPHOON ALLOWANCE, WHICH IS PAID TO CERTAIN STAFF WHO HAVE TO REMAIN ON OR REPORT FOR DUTY AFTER THE NO. 8 SIGNAL OR HIGHER IS HOISTED. DISCIPLINED SERVICES STAFF ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THIS ALLOWANCE.

* SLIGHT RELAXATIONS IN THE CRITERIA GOVERNING PAYMENT OF *HONORARIA+ FOR PROLONGED OVERTIME WORK IN EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES. +HONORARIA+ MAY BE PAID IN EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES TO STAFF UP TO POINT 37 OF THE MASTER PAY SCALE ($11 410), WHO ARE INELIGIBLE FOR NORMAL OVERTIME ALLOWANCE, FOR PROLONGED EXTRA DUTIES OVER A CONTINUOUS PERIOD OF THREE MONTHS.

THIS IS THE FIRST MAJOR REPORT TO BE PRODUCED BY THE STANDING COMMISSION WHICH DEALS WITH MATTERS CONCERNING ALLOWANCES RATHER THAN PAY. THIS FOLLOWS THE WIDENING LAST YEAR OF THE COMMISSION’S TERMS OF REFERENCE TO ENABLE IT TO TAKE THE INITIATIVE IN REVIEWING SUCH MATTERS.

COPIES OF REPORT NO. 10 IN CHINESE AND ENGLISH ARE ON SALE AT $10 EACH AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES CENTRE AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE.

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STUDENTS URGED TO APPLY EARLY FOR STUDY IN UK ******

APPLICATIONS FOR ENTRY TO COLLEGES OF FURTHER EDUCATION AND POLYTECHNICS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM NOVEMBER 1 THIS YEAR FOR ADMISSION IN SEPTEMBER OR OCTOBER 1984.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID, +APPLICATIONS CAN BE MADE THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT AND ALL RELEVANT DOCUMENTS SHOULD REACH THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION BEFORE JUNE 30, 1984.+

HOWEVER, SPECIAL ATTENTION SHOULD BE PAID TO SPECIFIC APPLICATION DEADLINES REQUIRED BY CERTAIN PROFESSIONAL COURSES IN POLYTECHNICS WHICH COULD BE AS EARLY AS MARCH, HE ADDED.

FURTHERMORE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, APPLICANTS ON +SANDWICH+ COURSES OFFERED BY POLYTECHNICS SHOULD ENSURE THAT THEY HAVE THE PRACTICAL TRAINING PART OF THE COURSES ARRANGED BEFORE LEAVING HONG KONG.

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SANDWICH COURSES INVOLVE ATTENDING CLASSES AT THE POLYTECHNIC AND PRACTICAL TRAINING AT FACTORIES OR OTHER INDUSTRIAL ENTERPRISES.

♦MOREOVER, STUDENTS SHOULD NOTE THAT INDUSTRIAL SPONSORSHIP IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO ARRANGE AND THEY ARE THEREFORE ADVISED TO APPLY FOR FULL-TIME COURSES RATHER THAN SANDWICH COURSES,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

APPLICATIONS FOR ADMISSION TO PUBLIC OR INDEPENDENT (PRIVATE) SCHOOLS IN BRITAIN SHOULD BE MADE EARLY, PREFERABLY ONE YEAR IN ADVANCE.

THESE APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED DIRECTLY TO THE SCHOOLS BY PARENTS OR GUARDIANS.

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE STUDENT ADVISOR, HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICE IN LONDON DO NOT UNDERTAKE TO PLACE BOYS AND GIRLS IN THESE SCHOOLS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦BUT STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS MAY OBTAIN GENERAL INFORMATION AND ADVICE ON THESE SCHOOLS FROM THE DEPARTMENT’S OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION,+ HE ADDED.

APPLICATIONS FOR ADMISSION TO A BRITISH UNIVERSITY SHOULD BE MADE ONE YEAR IN ADVANCE THROUGH THE-UN I VERSITIES CENTRAL COUNCIL ON ADMISSION (U.C.C.A.) IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.

U.C.C.A. FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION FROM EARLY SEPTEMBER EACH YEAR.

APPLICATIONS WHICH INCLUDE OXFORD OR CAMBRIDGE SHOULD BE RETURNED TO U.C.C.A. BEFORE OCTOBER 15 AND THOSE EXCLUDING OXFORD OR CAMBRIDGE BEFORE DECEMBER 15. *

♦STUDENTS PROCEEDING TO THE UNITED KINGDOM SHOULD HAVE SUFFICIENT FUNDS TO MEET ALL THE EXPENSES BECAUSE IT IS NOT POSSIBLE FOR THEM TO WORK THROUGH COLLEGE,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE ANNUAL EXPENSES FOR A STUDENT MAY RANGE FROM 6 500 TO ID 600 POUNDS-STERLING, DEPENDING ON HIS COURSE OF STUDY, HE ADDED.

STUDENTS PURSUING EITHER A FULL-TIME FIRST DEGREE OR HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA COURSE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM CAN APPLY FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE ADMINISTERED BY THE UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNIC GRANTS COMMITTEE.

STUDENTS OVER THE AGE OF 18 MAY APPLY FOR ACCOMMODATION IN THE HONG KONG STUDENTS CENTRE IN LONDON, AND APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE MADE THROUGH THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

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THOSE WHO WISH TO OBTAIN HELP AND ADVICE FROM THE STUDENT ADVISER OR THE BRITISH COUNCIL DURING THEIR STAY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM SHOULD COMPLETE ALL FORMALITIES WITH THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT LEAST ONE MONTH BEFORE THEIR DEPARTURE.

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ONE WEEK LEFT FOR VOTER REGISTRATION * * * *

PEOPLE WHO HAVE REACHED THE AGE OF 21 THIS YEAR AND HAVE SEVEN YEARS’ RESIDENCE ARE BEING URGED TO REGISTER AS VOTERS.

THERE IS ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT FOR THE CURRENT REGISTRATION PERIOD WHICH WILL CLOSE ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11.

THE PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY (GENERAL) OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR C.M. LEUNG, SAID THAT MORE THAN 5 500 APPLICATIONS HAD BEEN RECEIVED BY THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL DIVISION SINCE REGISTRATION BEGAN ON AUGUST 31.

ACCORDING TO THE 1981 CENSUS 113 000 PEOPLE WILL REACH THE AGE OF 21 THIS YEAR.

+ALTHOUGH SOME OF THEM MAY NOT MEET THE SEVEN-YEAR RESIDENTIAL REQUIREMENT, THE NUMBER BECOMING ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER AS VOTERS IS STILL QUITE SUBSTANTIAL,* HE SAID.

♦THIS PARTICULAR GROUP, AND OTHER PEOPLE WHO HAVE NOT REGISTERED YET, SHOULD USE THE OPPORTUNITY SO THAT THEY WILL BE ABLE TO CHOOSE CANDIDATES IN THEIR CONSTITUENCIES DURING DISTRICT BOARD AND URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS IN 1965 AND 1986 RESPECTIVELY.

♦DISTRICT OFFICES ARE COMMUNICATION CHANNELS BETWEEN LOCAL RESIDENTS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WHILE DISTRICT BOARDS HAVE THE STATUTORY RESPONSIBILITY TO ADVISE GOVERNMENT ON MATTERS AFFECTING THE WELL-BEING OF THE PEOPLE, INCLUDING THE PROVISION OF PUBLIC FACILITIES, AND THE ADEQUACY AND PRIORITIES OF GOVERNMENT PROGRAMMES FOR THE DISTRICT.

♦PEOPLE, WHO ARE INTERESTED IN THEIR DISTRICT SHOULD NOT GIVE UP THEIR RIGHT TO ELECT THOSE WHO CAN SPEAK FOR THEM ON DISTRICT BOARDS AND THE URBAN COUNCIL,+ MR LEUNG SAID.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL DISTRICT OFFICES, POST OFFICES, PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE OFFICES, IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT OFFICES, URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT BRANCH OFFICES AND THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL DIVISION AT HARBOUR CENTRE.

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THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR JOHN YAXLEY TODAY (MONDAY) PAID TRIBUTE TO ENTERPRENEURS AND WORKERS HELPING TO MAKE HONG KONG A LEADING EXPORTER OF WATCHES.

♦FOR THE LAST FIVE YEARS, HONG KONG HAS MAINTAINED ITS POSITION AS THE WORLD’S LARGEST EXPORTER OF WATCHES IN TERMS OF QUANTITY. WE ARE ALSO THE THIRD LARGEST EXPORTER IN TERMS OF VALUE FOLLOWING SWITZERLAND AND JAPAN,+ SAID MR YAXLEY OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING OF THE SECOND HONG KONG WATCH AND CLOCK FAIR.

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+THIS IMPRESSIVE RECORD HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED BY ABOUT 1 900 FACTORIES EMPLOYING ALMOST 42 000 PEOPLE PRODUCING AN IMPRESSIVE RANGE OF CONVENTIONAL, DIGITAL QUARTZ AND ANALOGUE QUARTZ WATCHES. IT IS A RECORD OF WHICH THOSE IN THE INDUSTRY CAN BE PROUD,+ HE REMARKED.

DURING THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF WATCHES AND CLOCKS INCREASED BY 17 PER CENT OVER THE SIMILAR PERIOD LAST YEAR, TO A VALUE OF $3 600 MILLION.

♦THIS HAS BEEN ACHIEVED DESPITE A.NUMBER OF DIFFICULTIES WHICH HAVE HAMPERED TRADE, BUT 1 AM CONFIDENT THAT HONG KONG’S DYNAMIC AND RESOURCEFUL INDUSTRIALISTS WILL LEAD THE INDUSTRY TO CONTINUED EXPANSION AND THAT THEY WILL BE ABLE TO ADAPT THEIR PRODUCTS TO SATISFY THE NEEDS OF THE CONTINUALLY CHANGING MARKET FOR WATHCES AND CLOCKS,* MR YAXLEY SAID.

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MILITARY TATTOO TO BE HELD IN YUEN LONG * * * * *

BY THE NEW

A MILITARY TATTOO, WHICH WILL BE SPONSORED ---

TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, AND PRESENTED BY THE GURKHA FIELD FORCE, WILL START AT THE YUEN LONG STADIUM AT 7.30 PM ON SATURDAY (OCTOBER 8).

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SHOW WILL INCLUDE MUSIC BY THE BRIGADE OF GURKHAS, PIPES AND DRUMS BY THE SCOTS GUARDS, A LION DANCE BY THE HONG KONG ARMY DOG UNIT AND DRILL DISPLAY BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS).

HELICOPTER ABSEILING AND MARTIAL ARTS DEMONSTRATIONS WILL ALSO BE STAGED.

RAFFLE TICKETS WILL BE ON SALE AT THE STADIUM TO THE AUDIENCE, OFFERING MANY PRIZES, INCLUDING A ROUND-TRIP AIR PASSAGE TO LONDON.

FREE ADMISSION TICKETS FOR THE MILITARY TATTOO ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING URBAN SERVICES OFFICES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS:

* ISLANDS URBAN SERVICES OFFICE, ROOM 2101-2103, INTERNATIONAL BUILDING, 21ST FLOOR, 141 DES VOEUX ROAD, CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

* KWAI CHUNG URBAN SERVICES OFFICE, 3RD AND 4TH FLOORS, SHING WAH BUILDING, 31 SHING FONG STREET, KWAI CHUNG.

* NORTH URBAN SERVICES OFFICE, GARAGE NO. 1, GROUND FLOOR, TAI YUEN ESTATE, TAI PO.

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* SAI KUNG URBAN SERVICES OFFICE, 1ST FLOOR, 69 MAN NIN STREET, SAI KUNG.

* SHA TIN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE, LOWER GROUND FLOOR, LEK YUEN COMMUNITY HALL, LEK YUEN ESTATE, SHA TIN.

* TAI PO URBAN SERVICES OFFICE, 4TH FLOOR, TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, TING KOK ROAD, TAI PO.

* TSUEN WAN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE, 2ND FLOOR, FAR EAST BANK BUILDING, 135-143 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

* YUEN LONG URBAN SERVICES OFFICE, 3RD FLOOR, DISTRICT BRANCH OFFICE BUILDING, MAIN ROAD, YUEN LONG.

* TUEN MUN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE, 1ST FLOOR, ’TOP COURT’, 60-70 TAK CHING COURT, TUEN MUN.

THEY MAY ALSO BE OBTAINED FROM VARIOUS MAIN DISTRICT OFFICES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND THE OFFICE OF THE YUEN LONG TOWN HALL.

ON FRIDAY (OCTOBER 7), THERE WILL BE A DRESS REHEARSAL AT THE STADIUM FOR 4 000 LOCAL STUDENTS AND UNDER-PRIVILEGED PEOPLE.,

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POSTING DATES CHANGED

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THE POSTMASTER GENERAL ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT OWING TO CHANGE IN SAILING SCHEDULES, THE LATEST DATE OF POSTING FOR SURFACE CHRISTMAS MAIL TO MADAGASCAR, MOZAMBIQUE AND MALAWI HAVE BEEN CHANGED AS FOLLOWSj-

COUNTRY FROM TO

MADAGASCAR 18.10.83 4.10.83

MALAWI 18.10.83 4.10.83

MOZAMBIQUE 18.10.83 4.10.83

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SEMINARS ON MORAL EDUCATION * * *

EIGHT IDENTICAL HALF-DAY SEMINARS ON MORAL EDUCATION WILL BE HELD FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER.

THE SEMINARS, ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DPARTMENT’S RELIGIOUS/ ETHICAL EDUCATION SECTION, WILL INTRODUCE POSSIBLE APPROACHES TO MORAL EDUCATION.

THE SEMINARS WILL BE CONDUCTED IN CANTONESE AT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ADVISORY INSPECTORATE TEACHING CENTRE, PAK FUK ROAD, NORTH POINT ON FOUR CONSECUTIVE FRIDAYS FROM OCTOBER 28 TO NOVEMBER 18.

OWING TO LIMITED SEATING CAPACITY, ONLY 30 TEACHERS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR EACH SEMINAR. APPLICATIONS WILL BE TREATED ON A 4FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED+ BASIS.

EACH SCHOOL MAY NOMINATE NOT MORE THAN TWO TEACHERS FOR THE SEMINARS.

HEADS OF SCHOOLS SHOULD SEND THEIR NOMINATIONS TO THE SENIOR INSPECTOR, RELIGIOUS/ETHICAL EDUCATION SECTION, ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, LEE GARDENS, 5/F, HYSAN ' AVENUE, HONG KONG NOT LATER THAN OCTOBER 15.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE WITH THE RELIGIOUS/ETHICAL EDUCATION SECTION AT 5-8392481.

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SHA TIN LAND OFFERED BY TENDER KOK*

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE PURCHASE OF TWO PIECES OF CROWN LAND IN SHA TIN.

THE TWO SITES, ONE MEASURING ABOUT 700 SQUARE METRES AND THE OTHER 740 SQUARE METRES RESPECTIVELY, ARE FOR PETROL FILLING PURPOSES BUT EXCLUDING VEHICLE REPAIR WORKSHOPS.

THE DEADLINE FOR THE ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERS IS NOON ON OCTOBER 28.

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! DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE (KOWLOON WEST), KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 10TH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON, AND DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES OF SHA TIN, TAI PO, NORTH, YUEN LONG, TSUEN WAN, TUEN MUN, SAI KUNG AND ISLANDS.

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TENDERS CALLED FOR ROAD WORKS *****

THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF ADDITIONAL BURIAL TERRACES AND AN ACCESS ROAD IN WO HOP SHEK CEMETERY.

THE PROJECT INVOLVES EARTH EXCAVATION AND FILLING OF TERRACES, THE CONSTRUCTION OF ABOUT 600 METRES OF ACCESS ROAD AND ASSOCIATED DRAINAGE AND OTHER ANCILLARY WORKS.

WORK WILL START IN DECEMBER AND TAKE ABOUT 15 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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HAIPHONG ROAD TRAFFIC RE-ROUTED * * * *

TRAFFIC ON THE SECTION OF

HAIPHONG ROAD BETWEEN CANTON ROAD AND FROM TWO-WAY TO ONE-WAY EASTBOUND

HANKOW ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED

FROM 10 AM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TO FACILITATE THE LAYING OF WATER mJ?NS. THIS IS EXPECTED TO LAST ABOUT TWO MONTHS.

THE LEFT-TURN MOVEMENT FROM HANKOW ROAD NORTHBOUND INTO HAIPHONG ROAD WESTBOUND WILL BE PROHIBITED. AND TRAFFIC ON HANKOW ROAD NORTHBOUND HEADING FOR HAIPHONG ROAD MAY USE HANKOW ROAD? PEKING ROAD, .KOWLOON PARK DRIVE, CANTON ROAD AND HAIPHONG road'

THE METERED PARKING SPACES ON BOTH SIDES OF HAIPHONG ROAD BETWEEN CANTON ROAD AND HANKOW ROAD WILL BE SUSPENDED.

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN YAU MA TEI WILL. BE CFF FROM 11 PM ON THURSDAY (OCTOBER 6) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

tmf AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY JORDAN ROAD, NATHAN ROAD, AUSTIN ROW AW COVS ROaJ, INCLUDING TAK SHING STREET AND TAK HING STREET.

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TWO-WAY TRAFFIC * * * *

FROM 12 NOON ON WEDNESDAY (OCTOBER 5), TRAFFIC ON THE SECTION OF ON NING ROAD IN YUEN LONG, BETWEEN WANG CHAU ROAD AND PAU CHEUNG STREET, WILL BE REROUTED TO TWO WAYS.

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WATER STORAGE FIGURES M * * *

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 97.5 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 571.319 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 479.204 MILLION CUBIC KeTrIsIfLOaTeJ; REPRESENTING 81.8 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, OCTOBER U, 198?

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

FINANCIAL SECRETARY REAFFIRMS CONFIDENCE IN HK ......... 1

GOVERNOR, EXCO LEAVING FOR UK .......................... 1

PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF JULY EXTERNAL TRADE ...... 2

HK OFFICIALS ATTENDING FLIGHT SAFETY SEMINAR ........... 5

MORE CLASSES ON PLANTING ARRANGED....................... 6

FUNDS OFFERED FOR YOUTH PROJECTS ....................... 6

NEW SAI WAN HO FERRY PIERS OPENED ...................... 7

CLOSURE OF BUILDING SOUGHT ............................. 8

BUILDING DECLARED IN DANGEROUS STATE ................... 9

DEPUTY MARINE DIRECTOR RETIRING ........................ 9

TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURE ............................... 9

FIRING PRACTICE DATES ................................. 10

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1983

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FINANCIAL SECRETARY REAFFIRMS CONFIDENCE IN HK *****

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, SIR JQHN BREMRIDGE, TOLD A GATHERING OF PROMINENT BANKERS AND OTHER BUSINESSMEN TODAY THAT HE HAD NO DOUBT ABOUT THE FUTURE STABILITY AND PROSPERITY OF HONG KONG.

ADDRESSING THE VISITING CHAIRMAN OF CITIBANK AND CITICORP, MR WALTER B. WRISTON, AND GUESTS AT A CEREMONY MARKING THE OPENING OF CITICORP CENTRE ON WHITFIELD ROAD THIS EVENING, SIR JOHN RECALLED THAT THERE WAS A CELEBRATION LAST YEAR MARKING 80 YEARS OF CITICORP’S BANKING PRESENCE IN HONG KONG.

+THAT WAS AN OCCASION FOR BOTH REFLECTION ON THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE PAST AND EXPRESSION OF CONFIDENCE IN, AND COMMITMENT TO, THE FUTURE. I HAVE NO DOUBT ABOUT THE FUTURE STABILITY AND PROSPERITY OF HONG KONG,* SIR JOHN SAID.

HE SAID THESE EXPRESSIONS OF CONFIDENCE AND COMMITMENT WERE MANIFEST IN +THIS SPLENDID NEW BUILDING, THE CITICORP CENTRE.+

THE BANK, SIR JOHN SAID, HAD TAKEN A NOTABLE STEP IN THE CONTINUING DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG’S FINANCIAL SECTOR, WHICH OCCUPIED A SIGNIFICANT AND GROWING POSITION IN THE HONG KONG ECONOMY.

IT HAD ALSO MADE A BOLD MOVE IN DECIDING TO SITE ITS HONG KONG HEADQUARTERS AWAY FROM CENTRAL, WHICH HAD TRADITIONALLY' BEEN REGARDED AS THE FINANCIAL HEARTLAND.

HE CONGRATULATED THE BANK ON THE COMPLETION OF THE PROJECT, AND WISHED IT EVERY SUCCESS IN THIS LOCATION OVER THE YEARS AHEAD.

SIR JOHN ADDED: +MR WRISTON, YOU ARE A WORLD RENOWNED CHAIRMAN OF A WORLD LEADING BANK. YOU CERTAINLY SHARE WITH ME A COMMITMENT TO STABILITY AND A BELIEF THAT AT THIS JUNCTURE IN WORLD ECONOMIC AFFAIRS BOTH BANKS AND BANKING AUTHORITIES NEED TO ACT CAREFULLY AND RESPONSIBLY.

+1 PLEDGE THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT TO THIS POLICY.*

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GOVERNOR, EXCO LEAVING FOR UK

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, AND UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL WILL LEAVE FOR LONDON TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) EVENING FOR FURTHER CONSULTATIONS ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG.

THEY WILL BE LEAVING ON FLIGHT CX 201, ETD 10.50 PM.

A PHOTOGRAPHIC FACILITY HAS BEEN ARRANGED TO COVER THEIR DEPARTURE. PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CAMERAMEN ASSIGNED TO COVER THE EVENT SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE AIRPORT TERMINAL BUILDING NOT LATER THAN 9.45 PM TOMORROW.

GIS OFFICERS WILL ASSIST.

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PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF * * * *

JULY EXTERNAL TRADE

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

MEANWHILE, THE PRICES OF IMPORTS ROSE BY 13 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 FOUR PER CENT.

THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE BY 19 PER CENT AND THAT OF RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY 20 PER CENT SO THAT A 19 PER CENT INCREASE wAS RECORDED IN THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS. MEANWHILE, THE VOLUME OF IMPORTS INCREASED BY NINE PER CENT.

SINCE THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND OF RE-EXPORTS BOTH INCREASED BY SIX PER CENT IN THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF 1983 COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR, DOMESTIC EXPORTS GREW BY 10 PER CENT AND RE-EXPORTS BY EIGHT PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS. AS THE PRICES OF IMPORTS WERE EIGHT PER CENT HIGHER OVER THE SAME PERIOD, IMPORTS RECORDED A FIVE PER CENT GROWTH IN VOLUME TERMS.

EXTENDING THE PERIOD OF COMPARISON TO THE TWELVE MONTHS ENDING JULY THIS YEAR WITH THE TWELVE MONTHS ENDING JULY 1982, THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS, IMPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS ROSE, ON AVERAGE, BY FOUR PER CENT, FIVE PER CENT AND SIX PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCREASED BY FOUR PER CENT AND THAT OF RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY THREE PER CENT, THUS GIVING A FOUR PER CENT INCREASE IN THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS. MEANWHILE, A THREE PERCENT INCREASE WAS ALSO 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 TWO PER CENT FOR FOOTWEAR TO 39 PER CENT FOR ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS. ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES IN EXPORT PRICEo WERE RECORDED FOR RADIOS OF ALL KINDS (-1 PER CENT) AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS (-2 PER CENT).

DOMESTIC EXPORT VOLUME OF ALL COMMODITY GROUPS INCREASED, THE MORE SIGNIFICANT ONES BEING METAL ORES AND SCRAP (+288 PER CtNT), TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD (+60 PER CENT), ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS (+44 PER CENT), AND TEXTILE FABRICS (+43 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 10 PER CENT FOR BOTH CAPITAL GOODo AND FUELS TO 16 PER CENT FOR CONSUMER GOODS.

MANY GF THE MAJOR IMPORTED FOODSTUFFS INCREASED IN VOLUME TERMS, THE MORE SIGNIFICANT ONES BEING SOYA BEAN OIL, PEANUT OIL AND LARD, TEA AND COFFEE, AND CEREALS AND CEREAL PREPARATIONS OTHER THAN RICF, WHEAT AND FLOUR. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF WHEAT AND FLOUR, AND VEGETABLES DECLINED SIGNIFICANTLY.

IN THE CONSUMER GOODS CATEGORY, CONSIDERABLE INCREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE REGISTERED FOR WATCHES, ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, MISCELLANEOUS MADE-UP ARTICLES OF TEXTILE MATERIALS AND CAMERAS, FLASHLIGHT APPARATUS AND SUPPLIES FOR PHOTOGRAPHY. HOWEVER, SIGNIFICANT DECREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE RECORDED FOR 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, YARN OF MAN-MADE FIBRES, THERMIONIC, CATHODE VALVES AND TUBES, DIODES, TRANSISTORS AND ELECTRICAL MICROCIRCUITS, CHEMICAL ELEMENTS AND COMPOUNDS, COTTON YARN AND THREAD, AND WOOL AND OTHER ANIMAL HAIR INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY. HOWEVER, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF CLAY AND REFRACTORY CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS, BUILDING MATERIALS, ETC. EXCEPT GLASS, AND WOOD, LUMBER AND CORK DROPPED MODERATELY.

IMPORTS OF FUELS DROPPED BY 29 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS.

IN THE CAPITAL GOODS CATEGORY, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT DECREASED SUBSTANTIALLY. HOWEVER, SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME OF OFFICE MACHINES AND INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY WERE RECORDED.

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

AS SHOWN IN TABLE 3, THE CHANGES IN RE-EXPORT VOLUME VARIED AMONG THE FIVE END-USE CATEGORIES, RANGING FROM A 17 PER CENT DECREASE FOR FUELS TO A 28 PER CENT INCREASE FOR RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES.

FURTHER DETAILS ARE CONTAINED IN THE JULY 1983 ISSUE OF THE +HONG KONG TRADE INDEX NUMBERS+, AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT HK$2 PER COPY.

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TABLE 1 s CHANGES COMPARING JULY 1983 WITH JULY 1982

COMMODITY GROUP EXPORT VALUE EXPORT UNIT VALUE EXPORT VOLUME

CLOTHING (EXCEPT FUR) * 16% + 8% + 8%

TEXTILE FABRICS + 53% + 7% + 43%

TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD + 67% + 4% + 60%

TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES + 32% + 15% + 15%

RADIOS OF ALL KINDS - 1% - 1% 1 NS 1 GN IF ICANT

ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS +100% +39% + 44%

FOOTWEAR + 4% + 2% + 2^

FETAL MANUFACTURES + 23% + 5% + 17%

FETAL ORES AND SCRAP +404% +30% +288%

WATCHES AND CLOCKS + 33% - 2% + 36% f

TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES + 10% + 8% - + 2%

DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES + 37% + 6% + 29%

ALL COMMODITIES + 28% + 8% + 19%

TABLE 2-: CHANGES COMPARING JULY 1983 WITH JULY 1982

END-USE CATEGORY IMPORT VALUE IMPORT UNIT VALUE IMPORT VOLUME

FOODSTUFFS + 13% +13% INSIGN IFICANT

CONSUMER GOODS + 23% +16% + 6%

RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES + 47% +13% + 30%

FUELS - 22% + 13% - 29%

CAPITAL GOODS - 5% +10% - 14%

ALL COMMODITIES + 23% + 13% + 9%

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TABLE 3 : CHANGES COMPARING JULY 1983 WITH JULY 1982

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

FOODSTUFFS + 28% + 9% + 17%

CONSUMER GOODS + 28% + 10% + 16%

RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES + 39% + 9% + 28%

FUELS - 4% +15% - 17%

CAPITAL GOODS + 28% +10% + 16%

ALL COMMODITIES + 32% + 9% + 20%

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HK OFFICIALS ATTENDING FLIGHT K % M K

SAFETY SEMINAR

TWO SENIOR OFFICERS FROM THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT WILL ATTEND THE ORIENT AIRLINES ASSOCIATION’S 8TH FLIGHT SAFETY SEMINAR TO BE HELD IN MANILA ON OCTOBER 6 AND 7.

THEY ARE MR R.J. CAPERN, DEPUTY CONTROLLER (AVIATION SAFETY), AND MR J.HU I, SENIOR STANDARDS OFFICER OF AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL.

THE THEME OF THE SEMINAR IS +SAFETY IN THE ORIENT SKIES -CHANGING ATTITUDES IN THE FACE OF PROGRESS*.

FOUR WORKING SESSIONS - +PROFESSIONAL GROUPS ATTITUDE TOWARDS SAFETY*, +DEVELOPMENTS+, +AVIATION MEDICINE* AND +OPERATIONAL SAFETY* - WILL BE CONDUCTED.

PARTICIPANTS WILL INCLUDE AIRLINE OPERATORS, AVIATION AUTHORITIES, FLIGHT CREW ASSOCIATION AND OTHER AVIATION ORGANISATION REPRESENTATIVES.

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MORE CLASSES ON PLANTING ARRANGED

* * * *

TSUEN WAN RESIDENTS WILL HAVE ANOTHER CHANCE TO LEARN ABOUT PLANTING AT A HORTICULTURAL COURSE NEXT MONTH.

THE SECOND TSUEN WAN HORTICULTURAL COURSE OF THIS YEAR, ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, WILL BE HELD AT TSUEN WAN YEUNG UK ROAD SPORTS GROUND ON SEVEN CONSECUTIVE SATURDAYS BETWEEN 9 AM AND 11 AM FROM NOVEMBER 5.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING INVITED FOR THE COURSE, WHICH WILL BE FREE FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS AND SCHOOL CHILDREN, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NTSD SAID.

THE SEVEN-SESSION COURSE WILL BASICALLY FOCUS ON MIXING OF COMPOST, DETECTION AND CONTROL OF PLANT PEST AND DISEASE, FERTILISING, PLANT PROPAGATION AND GENERAL MAINTENANCE OF PLANT.

NTSD HORTICULTURALISTS WILL GIVE LECTURES AND DEMONSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT THE COURSE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THERE WILL ALSO BE PRACTICAL PLANTING AND FIELD VISITS TO NTSD’S NURSERIES.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR THE COURSE MAY BE OBTAINED AT TSUEN WAN YEUNG UK ROAD SPORTS GROUND, SHA TSUI ROAD PLAYGROUND AND THE, TSUEN WAN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF FAR EAST BANK BUILDING, 135-143 CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

ACCEPTANCE WILL BE ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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FUNDS OFFERED FOR YOUTH PROJECTS

* * *

YOUNG PEOPLE WILL AGAIN BE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY AND TO BROADEN THEIR KNOWLEDGE - WITH GOVERNMENT SUPPORT.

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WILL HELP THEM FINANCIALLY TO REALISE THEIR INNOVATIVE COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS IN THE NEXT ROUND OF THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH SCHEME.

♦ANY YOUTH GROUP PLANNING FOR SUCH A PROJECT CAN APPLY ID THE DEPARTMENT FOR A SUBSIDY OF UP TO A MAXIMUM OF $4 OOO.+ A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

BUT THE GROUP SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST SEVEN MEMBERS AGED BETWEEN 15 AND 25, AND BE SPONSORED BY A SCHOOL, YOUTH AGENCY CR BUSINESS ORGANISATION.

+GROUPS WITHOUT ANY SPONSORS MAY ALSO APPLY IF THEY ARE APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S SOCIAL WORK OFFICERS (YOUTH AND COMMUNITY),+ HE SAID.

/APPLICATION FORMS

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1983

APPLICATION FORMS AND EXPLANATORY LEAFLETS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THESE OFFICERS AND DETAILED PROJECT PROPOSALS SHOULD REACH THEM BY OCTOBER 15.

+EACH PROJECT WILL BE ASSESSED FOR ITS YOUTH INVOLVEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT, COMMUNITY BENEFITS, FEASIBILITY, OPTIMUM USE OF RESOURCES AND INNOVATION,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE YOUTH SCHEME, INTRODUCED IN 1974, IS TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE TO DEVELOP THEIR POTENTIALS AND AWARENESS IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SERVICES.

THE DEPARTMENT GRANTED $145 □□□ TO 56 APPROVED PROJECTS IN THE LAST EXERCISE IN THE SUMMER, BRINGING THE TOTAL SUBSIDY GIVEN OUT TO OVER $1.34 MILLION SINCE 1974.

PREVIOUS PROJECTS, INVOLVING MORE THAN 27 OOO YOUNG PARTICIPANTS AND BENEFITING MORE THAN 1.4 MILLION PEOPLE, INCLUDED SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY AND THE DISABLED, RECREATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES, MOBILE LIBRARY SERVICE, AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT.

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NEW SAI WAN HO FERRY PIERS OPENED * * *

THE NEW SAI WAN HO FERRY PIERS, WHICH REPLACE THE TAIKOO SHING AND SHAU KEI WAN PIERS, WERE OFFICIALLY OPENED BY THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, MR CHAN NAI-KEONG, TODAY.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, MR CHAN SAID THAT THE COMPLETION OF THE PIERS AND ASSOCIATED CONCOURSE CLEARLY DEMONSTRATED THE CONTINUOUS AND DETERMINED EFFORTS OF THE GOVERNMENT, WITH THE CO-OPERATION OF THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATEI FERRY COMPANY, TO MAINTAIN AND IMPROVE THE CROSS HARBOUR TRANSPORT FACILITIES FOR THE COMMUNITY.

HE SAID, +CONSTRUCTION OF A FERRY PIER OF THIS TYPE NORMALLY TAKES TWO AND A HALF YEARS BUT IN THIS CASE, NOT ONE BUT TWO PIERS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED IN ONLY 21 MONTHS.*

FOR MUCH OF THIS PERIOD, HE SAID, NO LAND ACCESS TO THE SITE HAD BEEN AVAILABLE AND ALL WORKS HAD TO BE UNDERTAKEN FROM MARINE FLOATING PLANT.

THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE PIER, CONSISTING OF CIRCULAR STEEL PILES FILLED WITH CONCRETE, ARE UP TO 47 METRES IN LENGTH, AND THE FIRST ONE WAS DRIVEN INTO THE SEABED JUST 18 MONTHS AGO.

+VERY CLOSE LIAISON AND CO-OPERATION HAVE BEEN NECESSARY, AND IT IS A CREDIT TO ALL PARTIES CONCERNED THAT COMPLETION OF THESE PIERS HAS BEEN ACHIEVED IN SO SHORT A TIME,* M* CHAN ADDED.

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TURNING TO THE FERRY CONCOURSE, MR CHAN POINTED OUT THAT IT HAD BEEN DESIGNED TO MAKE THE FERRY PIERS AS ACCESSIBLE AS POSSIBLE TO COMMUTERS.

♦NEW BUS AND MAXIBUS ROUTES HAVE BEEN DEVISED AND THERE IS AMPLE PROVISION FOR TAXIS AND PRIVATE CARS TO DROP OFF OR PICK UP PASSENGERS USING THE FERRIES,* HE SAID.

+A LARGE VEHICLES WAITING AREA IS AVAILABLE IN READINESS FOR THE PASSENGER - VEHICULAR FERRY SERVICES TO KWUN TONG WHEN IT IS SCHEDULED TO COMMENCE NEXT YEAR.

♦THE POSSIBILITY OF EXPANDING THIS SERVICE TO ENABLE THE USE OF DOUBLE-DECK VEHICULAR FERRIES HAS BEEN TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT SHOULD THE DEMAND WARRANT IT IN THE FUTURE.*

FOR THE COMFORT OF PEDESTRIANS, MR CHAN SAID, EXTENSIVE COVERED WALKWAYS LINKING THE TWO PIERS WITH THE POPULATION CENTRE OF SAI WAN HO HAD BEEN PROVIDED.

MR CHAN CONGRATULATED THE STAFF OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT AND OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION, THE CONSULTANTS AND CONTRACTOR^ WHO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE PROJECT ANO WISHED THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATEI FERRY COMPANY EVERY SUCCESS IN THE OPERATION OF THE SERVICES FROM THE NEW PIERS.

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CLOSURE OF BUILDING SOUGHT * * *

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY DECLARED BUILDING NO. 198 CHA KWO LING ROAD, KOWLOON TO BE IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION.

IN A STATEMENT ISSUED THIS MORNING THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THAT THIS TWO STOREY BUILDING, CONSTRUCTED PARTLY WITH A REINFORCED CONCRETE FRAME AND LOAD BEARING WALLS AND REINFORCED CONCRETE FLOOR AND ROOF, HAD BEEN UNDER OBSERVATION SINCE 1969.

A RECENT INSPECTION INDICATED THAT THE REINFORCED CONCRETE ELEMENTS HAD DETERIORATED TO SUCH AN EXTENT THAT IT IS CONSIDERED NECESSARY TO CLOSE AND DEMOLISH THE BUILDING TO OBVIATE THE RISK OF A COLLAPSE.

A NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER IN KOWLOON DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 AM ON NOVEMBER 1 WAS POSTED TODAY.

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BUILDING DECLARED IN DANGEROUS STATE * * *

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY DECLARED BUILDING NO.199 CHA KWO LING ROAD, GROUND FLOOR, KOWLOON TO BE IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION.

IN A STATEMENT ISSUED TODAY, THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THAT THIS TWO STOREY, PRE-WAR BUILDING, CONSTRUCTED WITH LOAD BEARING WALLS AND TIMBER FLOOR AND ROOF, HAD BEEN UNDER OBSERVATION SINCE 1969.

THE FIRST FLOOR HAD ALREADY BEEN CLOSED BY AN EMERGENCY ORDER ISSUED BY A DISTRICT JUDGE ON SEPTEMBER 16 DUE TO A PARTIAL COLLAPSE OF THE ROOF, HE SAID.

♦A SUBSEQUENT INSPECTION HAS DISCLOSED FURTHER DETERIORATION OF THE ROOF AND ENCLOSING WALLS TO SUCH AN EXTENT THAT IT IS NOW NECESSARY TO CLOSE THE GROUND FLOOR AND DEMOLISH THE WHOLE BUILDING,* HE ADDED.

A NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER IN KOWLOON DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 AM ON OCTOBER 13 WAS POSTED TODAY.

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NOTE TO ED I TORSt

DEPUTY MARINE DIRECTOR RETIRING X X K M K

A PRESENTATION CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT 4 PM ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 10), IN THE GENERAL REGISTRY OF THE MARINE DEPARTMENT, 7TH FLOOR, FAIRMONT HOUSE, TO MARK THE RETIREMENT OF THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF MARINE, MR ALAN LACK.

MR LACK HAS COMPLETED OVER 30 YEARS OF GOVERNMENT SERVICE, HAVING FIRST JOINED THE MARINE DEPARTMENT IN 1953.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CEREMONY.

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TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURE M * *

(OCTOBER 6) THE SECTION OF SHANTUNG AND PORTLAND STREET, '' •‘-L BE CLOSED CONSECUTIVE DAYS TO FACILITATE PIPE-

FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY STREET BETWEEN NATHAN ROAD TO TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT SEVEN

REPAIRING WORKS.

NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC ON STREET wILL BE DIVERTED TO

NATHAN ROAD HEADING FOR PORTLAND SOY STREET.

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FIRING PRACTICE DATES * * * *

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE DATES AND TIMES OF FIRING PRACTICE THAT WILL BE HELD DURING THE MONTH AT THE HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE IN OCTOBER.

THE PUBLIC ARE WARNED NOT TO ENTER THE AREA WHEN RED FLAGS

ARE HOISTED.

DATE TIME

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OCTOBER 5 (WEDNESDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

OCTOBER 6 (THURSDAY) > >

OCTOBER 7 (FRIDAY) f >

OCTOBER 11 (TUESDAY) 9 9

OCTOBER 12 (WEDNESDAY) 9 9

OCTOBER 18 (TUESDAY) 9 9

OCTOBER 19 (WEDNESDAY) 8 AM - 11 PM

OCTOBER 20 (THURSDAY) 9 9

OCTOBER 21 (FRIDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

OCTOBER 24 (MONDAY) 9 9

OCTOBER 25 (TUESDAY) 9 9

OCTOBER 26 (WEDNESDAY) 9 9

OCTOBER 27 (THURSDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

OCTOBER 28 (FRIDAY) 8 AM - 11 PM

OCTOBER 31 (MONDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

GOVERNOR PLEDGES TO CONTINUE WORKING FOR STEADY AND PROGRESSIVE GOVERNMENT ......................... ..........

DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY FOR THE 1990'S AND BEYOND................ 3

GOVERNMENT TAKING FRESH LOOK AT WHOLE EDUCATION SYSTEM .... 4

GOVERNMENT HAVING GREATER ACCESS TO OPINION AND ADVICE .... 5

GOOD EXPORT PROSPECTS SEEN FOR 1984 .......................... 7

NEW BOARD TO PROMOTE INDUSTRY................................. 9

LAND WILL CONTINUE TO BE PROVIDED............................. n

MAJOR ITEMS OF LEGISLATION EXPECTED ......................... 12

LESSONS FROM BANKING EXPERIENCE ............................. 12

NEW ROADS BEING CONSIDERED ................................   13

POWER CHARGES AMONG LOWEST IN ASIA .......................... 15

HOUSING REMAINS HIGH PRIORITY ............................... 16

THREE NEW HOSPITALS PLANNED ................................. 18

WORKER WAGE SECURITY FUND PLANNED ........................... 19

BETTER SERVICES FOR DISABLED CHILDREN ....................... 19

BROADCASTING TO BE REVIEWED................................   20

DRUGS AMONG YOUTHS DISTURBING ............................... 21

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WILL BE SENT BACK ........................ 22

CORRECTIONAL PROGRAMMES EXTENDED ............................ 2J

TRIBUTE PAID TO TWO COUNCIL MEMBERS ......................... 24

GOVERNOR AND EXCO MEMBERS LEAVE FOR LONDON .................... 25

NEW ROAD TRAFFIC RULES DUE .................................... 25

PLAN TO STEP UP CAREERS INFORMATION IN NT ....................  27

YUEN LONG DB MEMBERS MEET TOMORROW ............................ 27

CAS RECRUITS TO PARADE ........................................ 28

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GOVERNOR PLEDGES TO CONTINUE WORKING FOR STEADY AND PROGRESSIVE GOVERNMENT * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT WILL GET ON WITH THE JOB OF MAKING HONG KONG A BETTER PLACE IN WHICH THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG CAN LIVE, WORK AND BRING UP THEIR CHILDREN, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE SAID IN HIS ANNUAL ADDRESS AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

♦IN CONCERT WITH THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS, IT WILL BE MY CONSTANT CONCERN TO ENSURE THAT HONG KONG CONTINUES TO ENJOY STEADY AND PROGRESSIVE GOVERNMENT; AND LET THERE BE NO DOUBT IN ANY QUARTER ABOUT OUR DETERMINATION TO DO OUR UTMOST TO SEEK A SUCCESSFUL OUTCOME TO THE TALKS,+ HE STRESSED.

SIR EDWARD SAID THAT THE YEAR AHEAD WOULD BE A CHALLENGING ONE FOR ALL, AND THAT THE CONCERN AND ASPIRATIONS OF HONG KONG PEOPLE WOULD GOVERN THE THINKING AND ACTIONS OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT.

PATIENCE, CALM AND RESOLUTION WERE THE QUALITIES THAT WOULD BE REQUIRED OF ALL.

♦THESE ARE THE QUALITIES WHICH HAVE BROUGHT HONG KONG THROUGH DIFFICULT TIMES. I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THEY WILL DO SO AGAIN,+ HE SAID.

SIR EDWARD SAID THAT HE FULLY UNDERSTOOD THE ANXIETIES AND CONCERNS OF ALL THE PEOPLE IN HONG KONG AND THEIR WISH TO KNOW, AS FAR AS IT WAS WITHIN THE POWER OF MAN TO JUDGE, WHAT THE FUTURE HELD.

THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, SIR EDWARD SAID, THERE HAD BEEN NO MORE IMPORTANT ISSUE FOR THE GOVERNMENT THAT THE SEARCH FOR A SETTLEMENT OF +THE FUTURE OF THIS TERRITORY WHICH WILL SECURE ITS LONG-TERM STABILITY AND PROSPER ITY+.

THAT SEARCH HAS BEEN THE FIRST AND OVER-RIDING CONCERN OF THE GOVERNMENT, AND WILL REMAIN THE HIGHEST PRIORITY UNTIL A SETTLEMENT IS FOUND THAT IS ACCEPTABLE TO THE UNITED KINGDOM PARLIAMENT, TO CHINA AND TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, THE GOVERNOR SAID.

HE STRESSED THAT IF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WISHED OTHERS TO HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THEM, THEY SHOULD NOT LOSE CONFIDENCE IN THEMSELVES.

IN SPITE OF THE FINANCIAL TURBULENCE FACED BY HONG KONG FROM TIME TO TIME, THIS TERRITORY HAD A STRONG UNDERLYING ECONOMY, A GIFTED AND RESILIENT POPULATION, A HIGHLY MOTIVATED PUBLIC SERVICE AND A WILL TO SUCCEED.

♦AGAINST THIS BACKGROUND, YOUR GOVERNMENT WILL BE GETTING ON WITH THE JOB OF MAKING HONG KONG A BETTER PLACE IN WHICH THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG CAN LIVE, WORK AND BRING UP THEIR CHILDREN,* THE GOVERNOR SAID.

/SIR EDWARD

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SIR EDWARD SAID THE PAST YEAR HAD BEEN AN EVENTFUL ONE.

+ IT HAS BEEN MARKED BY THE COMMENCEMENT OF TALKS IN pficimg nw THE FUTURE OF THIS TERRITORY BY THE IMPACT OF THE WORLD RECESSION ON OUR ECONOMY, FOLLOWED BY A RAPID RECOVERY IN OUR EXPORT $ °N INDUSTRIES; BY_FLUCTUATIONS IN THE EXCHANGE RATE OF OUR CURRENCY’ AND IN CONSEQUENCE AN INTERNATIONAL INTEREST IN OUR AFFAIRS WHICH SURPASSES ANY PREVIOUS PERIOD IN HISTORY,+ THE GOVERNOR SA ID?

HAD ALSO BEEN A YEAR IN WHICH THE GOVERNMENT HAD NOT BEEN DISTRACTED FROM ITS TASK OF SOUND ADMINISTRATION FROM ITS SUSTAINED EFFORT TO IMPROVE THE SERVICES, AND FROM PROVIDING THE ENV RONMENT IN WHICH INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE COULD COMPETE EFFICIENTLY IN THE MARKET PLACES OF THE WORLD, HE SAID.

HE ALSO SAID THAT CONSULTATIONS WITH THE UNITED KINGDOM GOVERNMENT HAD BEEN CONTINUOUS AND INTENSIVE, AND MINISTERS IN LONDON, INCLUDING THE PRIME MINISTER, HAD EMPHASISED THE IMPORTANCE THEY ATTACHED TO THIS PROCESS OF CONSULTATION.

• THE GOVERNOR SAID UNOFFICIALS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL WERE 1!LE|.J2 VIEWS KN0WN D,RECTLY TO THE BRITISH MINISTERS

IN JULY THIS YEAR.

..U! SA,P ALS0 THAT THE MINISTER OF STATE WITH RESPONSIBILITY FOR HONG KONG AFFAIRS, MR RICHARD LUCE, HAD HAD WIDE DISCUSSIONS l£RE AND ^REAFFIRMED ONCE AGAIN THE FIRM COMMITMENT OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT TO THE SEARCH FOR A SOLUTION*.

EDWARD REMINDED THE COUNCIL THAT HE WOULD BE LEAVING TONIGHT WITH UNOFFICIALS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL FOR FURTHER WITH THE PRIME MINISTER, AND WITH OTHER MINISTERS, AS PART OF THE CONTINUING SERIES OF DISCUSSIONS.

ON THIS ISSUE IN HirADDRESS^^ND^DDEDi^l^WI^8^0^^^

“lhFaId<belimr*tio!I!.T"-I<s to be conducted •« *“ atmosphere op

1 HAVE SAID 0N MANY OCCASIONS, IT WAS NOT TO BE EXPECTED REACH 2hc£°!!™I|X!IY AND |MPORTANCE 0F THE ‘SSUES, THAT THEY COULD ncAUn WUlvA nCQULIo.

+BUT WE REMAIN DETERMINED TO DO ALL WITHIN OUR POWER TO PURSUE THEM TO A SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION.*

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DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY FOR THE 199O’S AND BEYOND * * * X X

A DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY TO MEET THE LONG-TERM NEEDS OF HONG KONG INTO THE 1990’S AND THE NEXT CENTURY WILL HAVE TO BE FORMULATED DURING THIS YEAR, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THE GOVERNOR POINTED OUT THAT THE AMBITIOUS NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES STARTED IN THE 1970’S SHOULD BE LARGELY COMPLETED BY THE END OF THE PRESENT DECADE.

HE ADDEDi +THE TIME HAS NOW COME TO LOOK FURTHER AHEAD TO ENSURE THAT WE SHALL BE ABLE TO MAINTAIN THE MOMENTUM OF OUR INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT, AND MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF OUR HOUSING, EDUCATION AND OTHER SOCIAL PROGRAMMES.+

THE GOVERNMENT HAD MADE GOOD PROGRESS WITH MAJOR PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS AND HAD PURSUED ITS LONG-TERM SOCIAL PROGRAMMES.

TOTAL PUBLIC EXPENDITURE ON ALL CAPITAL WORKS THIS FINANCIAL YEAR ARE FORECAST TO BE $13.3 BILLION, AN INCREASE OF 13 PER CENT OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR’S EXPENDITURE WHICH WAS ITSELF THE HIGHEST EVER.

MOST OF THE MONEY WAS DIRECTED TOWARDS THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW TOWNS AND UPGRADING THE ROAD SYSTEM — BUT SOCIAL PROGRAMMES HAD NOT BEEN NEGLECTED, SIR EDWARD SAID.

CAPITAL EXPENDITURE ON NEW PUBLIC HOUSING, INCLUDING THE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME IS EXPECTED TO BE $3.7 BILLION THIS YEAR, WHEN PRODUCTION IS FORECAST TO BE A RECORD 36 500 FLATS.

THE GOVERNOR SAID STEADY ADVANCES HAD BEEN MADE IN MANY OTHER AREAS, AND PARTICULAR ATTENTION WOULD BE PAID IN THE COMING YEAR TO THE FORMULATION OF LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY AND TO EDUCATION.

SIR EDWARD SAID THAT ANOTHER VITAL TASK WOULD BE THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF THE EDUCATION SYSTEM, A SUBJECT TO WHICH THE PEOPLE AND THE COUNCIL ATTACHED GREAT IMPORTANCE.

HE SHARED THE VIEW THAT THE EDUCATION SYSTEM, ITS QUALITY AND DIRECTION, WERE MATTERS OF THE HIGHEST IMPORTANCE FOR THE FUTURE PROSPERITY OF HONG KONG.

THE GOVERNOR SAID IMPROVEMENTS WERE ALREADY BEING MADE IN THE STANDARDS OF TEACHING IN SCHOOLS VOCATIONAL AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING WERE BEING EXPANDED AND THE NUMBER OF DEGREE AND HIGHER DIPLOMA PLACES AT THE TWO UNIVERSITIES AND THE POLYTECHNIC INCREASED.

+IT IS NOW NECESSARY TO TAKE A FRESH LOOK AT THE EDUCATION SYSTEM AS A WHOLE TO ENSURE THAT IT WILL CONTINUE TO MEET THE ASPIRATIONS OF THE COMMUNITY, AND THAT IT REMAINS GEARED TO THE FUTURE NEEDS OF HONG KONG,+ HE SAID.

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GOVERNMENT TAKING FRESH LOOK AT WHOLE EDUCATION SYSTEM *****

IT IS NOW NECESSARY TO TAKE A FRESH LOOK AT THE EDUCATION SYSTEM AS A WHOLE TO ENSURE THAT IT WILL CONTINUE TO MEET THE ASPIRATIONS OF THE COMMUNITY, AND THAT IT REMAINS GEARED TO THE FUTURE NEEDS OF HONG KONG. THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THE EDUCATION SYSTEM AND ITS QUALITY AND DIRECTION WERE HATTERS OF THE HIGHEST IMPORTANCE FOR THE FUTURE PROSPERITY OF HONG KONG, SIR EDWARD STRESSED.

♦IMPROVEMENTS ARE ALREADY BEING MADE IN THE STANDARDS OF TEACHING IN SCHOOLS; VOCATIONAL AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING ARE BEING EXPANDED, AND THE NUMBER OF DEGREE AND HIGHER DIPLOMA PLACES AT THE TWO UNIVERSITIES AND THE POLYTECHNIC INCREASED,+ HE SAID.

HE RECALLED THAT THE GOVERNMENT INITIATED IN 1981 AN OVERALL REVIEW OF THE EDUCATION SYSTEM TO ASSESS THE INTER-RELATIONSHIP OF THE VARIOUS LEVELS OF EDUCATION, AND THE EFFECTIVENESS OF EACH PART OF THE EDUCATION SYSTEM.

THE INTERNATIONAL PANEL WHICH CONDUCTED THE REVIEW IDENTIFIED FIVE AREAS WHICH REQUIRED PRIORITY ATTENTION, HE SAID.

THESE WERE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A COMPREHENSIVE LANGUAGE' POLICY FOR SCHOOLS? THE NEED TO INCREASE BOTH THE NUMBER AND THE QUALITY OF TEACHERS; THE IMPROVEMENT OF SELECTION AND -ALLOCATION PROCEDURES TO REDUCE THE NUMBER AND PRESSURE OF EXAMINATIONS? THE PROVISION OF GREATER ACCESS TO POST-SCHOOL EDUCATION, AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE MEANS OF REGULAR REVIEWS OF THE EDUCATION SYSTEM.

♦THE REPORT, TOGETHER WITH PUBLIC COMMENTS THEREON, SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL FOR DECISION BEFORE THE END OF THIS YEAR.

♦THE FINANCING OF ANY IMPROVEMENTS TO OUR SYSTEM OF EDUCATION WILL NEED TO BE CAREFULLY CONSIDERED, BUT I BELIEVE THAT THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG ATTACH GREAT IMPORTANCE TO EDUCATION, AND ARE PREPARED TO PAY FOR IMPROVEMENTS,* SIR EDWARD SAID.

ON TECHNICAL EDUCATION, SIR EDWARD POINTED OUT THAT THE NUMBER OF PLACES WAS BEING INCREASED BY EXPANDING TWO OF THE EXISTING FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES, AND BUILDING TWO MORE IN SHA TIN AND TUEN MUN BY JULY 1985.

TWO NEW INDUSTRIAL TRAINING COMPLEXES NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION AT KWAI CHUNG AND KOWLOON BAY SHOULD BE IN OPERATION BY LATE 1984 WHILE A SEAMEN’S TRAINING CENTRE IS ALSO SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION BY NEXT YEAR, HE SAID.

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ON THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION, SIR EDWARD SAID THAT PRESENT GOVERNMENT POLICY WAS TO INCREASE THE PROVISION OF FIRST DEGREE PLACES FROM THE PRESENT 3 100 FIRST-YEAR PLACES TO 5 200 BY 1989, AND 7 000 BY 1994.

BY THE END OF THE 1985-88 TRI ENN I UM, THE STUDENT POPULATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG SHOULD BE ABOUT 8 000, AND AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY ABOUT 7 000.

THE UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNIC GRANTS COMMITTEE WAS LOOKING INTO THE POSSIBILITY OF FURTHER EXPANSION OF THE TWO UNIVERSITIES, SIR EDWARD SAID.

AND THE INTRODUCTION OF FIVE DEGREE COURSES AT THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC FOR THE CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR REPRESENTED A MILESTONE IN ITS HISTORY, HE SAID.

ANOTHER DEGREE COURSE WOULD START NEXT YEAR AND, ULTIMATELY, THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC SHOULD HAVE ABOUT 4 000 DEGREE STUDENTS, HE ADDED.

SIR EDWARD ALSO REPORTED THAT +EXCELLENT PROGRESS+ IN PLANNING THE CITY POLYTECHNIC HAD BEEN MADE UNDER SIR S.Y. CHUNG’S ABLE GUIDANCE. *

+IT IS PLANNED THAT THE CITY POLYTECHNIC SHOULD HAVE 8 000 FULL-TIME EQUIVALENT STUDENTS BY OCTOBER 1994, AND THAT IT ALSO WILL OFFER DEGREE COURSES, ULTIMATELY FOR UP TO 30 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL STUDENT POPULATION,+ SIR EDWARD SAID.

THE PLANNING COMMITTEE HAD RECOMMENDED THAT THE NEW POLYTECHNIC SHOULD ACQUIRE TEMPORARY PREMISES IN ORDER TO MAKE A START IN 1984-85, AND A DECISION ON THIS SHOULD BE TAKEN BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL LATER THIS MONTH, HE REPORTED.

A DECISION ON WHETHER PLANNING FOR A THIRD UNIVERSITY SHOULD PROCEED WAS EXPECTED BY THE END OF THE YEAR OR EARLY NEXT YEAR.

SIR EDWARD PAID TRIBUTE TO THE UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNIC GRANTS COMMITTEE WHOSE ROLE IN THE EDUCATION SYSTEM WAS VITAL.

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GOVERNMENT HAVING GREATER ACCESS TO OPINION AND ADVICE X X * X X

THE LARGER MAJORITY OF UNOFFICIALS IN THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS MEANT THAT THE GOVERNMENT NOW HAD ACCESS TO A STILL WIDER RANGE OF OPINION AND ADVICE IN FORMULATING POLICIES AND MAKING LAWS, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THIS OPINION AND ADVICE REFLECT THE AMBITIONS, HOPES AND BEST INTERESTS OF ALL THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, HE SAID.

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I WELCOME THIS WIDER REPRESENTATION, AND THE IMPROVED LINKS WITH THE DISTRICT BOARDS AND THE URBAN COUNCIL WHICH IT PROVIDES.

WITH SUCH A DIVERSE CHAMBER, I HOPE THERE WILL BE EVEN GREATER SCOPE FOR THE SORT OF LIVELY DEBATE WHICH WAS RECENTLY HEARD IN THIS COUNCIL ON THE OVERALL REVIEW OF EDUCATION. FOR IT IS IN DEBATE THAT THE WORK OF THIS COUNCIL FINDS PUBLIC EXPRESSION.

IT BRINGS PROOF TO THE SCEPTICS THAT THE UNOFFICIALS WHO REPRESENT THE PUBLIC DO UNDERSTAND AND CARE ABOUT THE ISSUES lt OUR SOCIETY,* SIR EDWARD SAID.

HE ALSO PAID TRIBUTE TO THE URBAN COUNCIL FOR ITS +VERY IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION* TO THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF THE COMMUNITY, TO THE ENVIRONMENT OF THE CITY, AND TO RECREATION AND MANY ASPECTS OF CULTURAL LIFE.

THE URBAN COUNCIL, SIR EDWARD POINTED OUT, HAD ESTABLISHED CLOSE LINKS WITH DISTRICT BOARDS AND THUS IMPROVED ITS UNDERSTANDING OF PROBLEMS AT DISTRICT LEVEL. •

ON THE URBAN DISTRICT BOARDS, HE SA IDs +AT THE END OF A YEAR’S WORK, I CAN SAY WITH CONFIDENCE THAT THE DISTRICT BOARDS HAVE MORE THAN PROVED THEIR WORTH.

+THEY HAVE ALREADY MADE AN IMPACT ON LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL, PROBLEMS- THEY ARE PRODUCING BALANCED AND CONSTRUCTIVE ADVICE ON MATTERS AFFECTING LIFE IN THE DISTRICTS, AND THEY HAVE PROMOTED LOCAL PARTICIPATION IN RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL EVENTS.*

SIR EDWARD SAID THAT TOGETHER, THE 489 MEMBERS OF THE 18 DISTRICT BOARDS CONSTITUTED THE LARGEST ADVISORY BODY OF OPINION IN HONG KONG.

NOTING THAT THE PRESENT SYSTEM OF LOCAL ADMINISTRATION WAS RELATIVELY NEW, SIR EDWARD SAID, +1 HAVE THEREFORE ASKED THAT THE EXISTING ARRANGEMENTS FOR LOCAL ADMINISTRATION, AND THE_ ORGANISATION OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS TO GIVE EFFECT TO THE DECISIONS OF THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE ADVICE OF DISTRICT BOARDS, SHOULD BE EXAMINED TO CONSIDER WHETHER THEY MIGHT BE IMPROVED.*

HE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT CONSIDERABLE SUCCESS HAD BEEN ACHIEVED IN RESTRAINING THE GROWTH OF THE CIVIL SERVICE.

DEPARTMENTS WERE MEETING DEMANDS FOR NEW OR EXPANDED SERVICES LARGELY FROM EXISTING RESOURCES BY REDEPLOYING STAFF AND BY INCREASING PRODUCTIVITY, HE POINTED OUT, ADDING THAT THIS POLICY WOULD CONTINUE.

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GOOD EXPORT PROSPECTS SEEN FOR 1984

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HONG KONG SHOULD CONTINUE TO BENEFIT FROM IMPROVEMENTS LIKELY TO CONTINUE IN THE ECONOMIES OF ITS MAJOR EXPORT MARKETS IN 1984, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

DEVELOPMENTS SO FAR THIS YEAR INDICATED THAT AN EXPORT-LED RECOVERY WAS UNDERWAY, HE SAID.

+G|VEN NO UNFORESEEN EXTERNAL SHOCKS, DOMESTIC EXPORTS WILL PROBABLY GROW BY 11 PER CENT IN REAL TERM& AND, AS A CONSEQUENCE. HONG KONG’S GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT IS EXPECTED TO GROW BY BETWEEN 5.5 PER CENT AND SIX PER CENT IN 1983.

♦THIS IS VERY ENCOURAGING AND ILLUSTRATES, ONCE AGAIN, THE RESILIENCE OF OUR ECONOMY AND ITS ABILITY TO RESPOND QUICKLY TO A REVIVAL IN DEMAND IN OUR MAJOR EXPORT MARKETS,+ SIR EDWARD SAID.

BUT HE ADDED, +SOME EFFECTS OF THE 1982 RECESSION LINGER ON, AND PRIVATE SECTOR INVESTMENT AND REINVESTMENT — IN PLANT AND MACHINERY AND IN BUILDING AND PROPERTY — HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY ANXIETY ABOUT THE FUTURE.*

WHILE EMPLOYMENT IN THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY HAD FALLEN, REFLECTING THE DEPRESSED STATE OF THE PROPERTY MARKET, THE RECOVERY OF EXPORTS HAD CREATED MORE JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES, SIR EDWARD POINTED OUT.

FOR THE LABOUR FORCE AS A WHOLE, IN THE THREE MONTHS FROM MAY TO JULY THIS YEAR, THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WAS 3.9 PER CENT AND THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE WAS 1.7 PER CENT, BOTH SUBSTANTIALLY BELOW THE PEAKS RECORDED EARLIER THIS YEAR, SIR EDWARD SAID.

THE RATE OF INFLATION, AS MEASURED BY THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX, IS NOW JUST OVER NINE PER CENT A YEAR.

♦IT WOULD HAVE BEEN MUCH LOWER HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR THE DEPRECIATION OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR OVER THE PAST 12 MONTHS.

♦IT MUST BE EXPECTED THAT THE RECENT SHARP FALL IN THE

VALUE OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE AN ADVERSE EFFECT ON THE RATE OF INFLATION FOR THE REST OF THIS YEAR,* HE SAID.

SIR EDWARD SAID THAT HE WOULD NOT DEAL IN HIS ADDRESS WITH THE QUESTION OF THE EXCHANGE VALUE OF THE LOCAL CURRENCY.

♦BUT THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT I DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE ANXIETIES OF THE COMMUNITY ON THIS ISSUE.

♦ON THE CONTRARY, FOR ALL OF US IN GOVERNMENT WHO DEAL WITH THESE MATTERS, IT IS AN ISSUE OF DAILY ATTENTION, AND CONSTANT CONCERN.

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+BUT BECAUSE OF THE IMMEDIATE EFFECT ON SENSITIVE FINANCIAL MARKETS OF EVERYTHING WE MAY SAY AND DO; BECAUSE WE MUST NOT MISLEAD AS TO WHAT IS WITHIN THE POWER OF GOVERNMENT TO ACHIEVE AND WHAT IS NOT; AND BECAUSE WE MUST BE AS SURE AS WE REASONABLY CAN OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF ANY ACTION WE MIGHT TAKE, WE MUST PROCEED WITH CARE AND CAUTION,+ SIR EDWARD STRESSED.

HE REITERATED THAT HE DID NOT BELIEVE THAT THE ERRATIC FLUCTUATIONS OF RECENT WEEKS REFLECTED THE ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL REALITIES OF THE SITUATION, NOR THE STRENGTHS OF HONG KONG’S ECONOMY AND SOCIETY.

ON PUBLIC FINANCES, SIR EDWARD NOTED THAT REVENUE COLLECTIONS SO FAR THIS YEAR HAD BEEN LOWER THAN EXPECTED, DUE MAINLY TO THE DEPRESSED STATE OF THE PROPERTY MARKET AND THE RESULTING SHORTFALL IN THE YIELDS FROM LAND SALES.

BUT HE ADDED THAT THE HIGHER GROWTH RATE OF THE ECONOMY NOW EXPECTED SHOULD BRING ABOUT SOME IMPROVEMENT IN THE SITUATION TOWARDS THE END OF THIS FINANCIAL YEAR.

♦FORTUNATELY, TOTAL EXPENDITURE IS ALSO LOWER THAN ESTIMATED, BECAUSE OF A CONTINUING REDUCTION IN TENDER PRICES FOR LARGE CAPITAL PROJECTS, REDUCED EXPENDITURE ON LAND RESUMPTION, AND TIGHT CONTROL OF RECURRENT EXPENDITURE.

+AS A RESULT, IT SEEMS LIKELY THAT THE DEFICIT ON GENERAL REVENUE ACCOUNT WILL BE IN THE REGION OF THE BUDGETED $3.2 BILLION,* SIR EDWARD REPORTED.

THE RISE IN THE FORECAST RATE OF GROWTH OF THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT, TOGETHER WITH THE EXPECTED REDUCTION IN THE GROWTH OF PUBLIC EXPENDITURE, MEANT THAT THE PUBLIC SECTOR WOULD CONSTITUTE SLIGHTLY LESS THAN 23 PER CENT OF THE GDP THIS YEAR, COMPARED WITH THE ORIGINAL BUDGET ESTIMATE OF 24.1 PER CENT, HE SAID, ADDING THAT THIS WAS AN ENCOURAGING TREND.

♦DESPITE ALL THIS, A DEFICIT STILL EXISTS- A RETURN TO A BALANCED BUDGET WILL DEPEND UPON THE MAINTENANCE OF STRICT CONTROL OVER THE LEVEL AND MANNER OF EXPENDITURE FROM PUBLIC FUNDS.

♦WE INTEND THIS YEAR TO CONTAIN EXPENDITURE ON GENERAL REVENUE ACCOUNT WITHIN THE BUDGETED LIMIT OF $35.5 BILLION- PRESENT INDICATIONS ARE THAT THIS WILL BE ACHIEVED,* SIR EDWARD SAID.

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NEW BOARD TO PROMOTE INDUSTRY * * *

THE GOVERNMENT HAS DECIDED TO AMALGAMATE THE INDUSTRY ADVISORY BOARD AND THE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT BOARD INTO A NEW INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT BOARD, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SIR EDWARD SAID THAT THIS WOULD ENSURE THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE READY ACCESS TO CO-ORDINATED ADVICE ON INDUSTRIAL MATTERS AND THE REQUIREMENTS OF INDUSTRY.

IN HIS ANNUAL ADDRESS, HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONTINUE TO SUPPORT OTHER STATUTORY OR INDEPENDENT BODIES IN THIS FIELD AS THEY PROVIDED VALUABLE SERVICES FOR HONG KONG’S TRADE AND INDUSTRY.

HE CITED AS AN EXAMPLE THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL WHICH HAD SET UP A MICROPROCESSOR APPLICATIONS LABORATORY FOR THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY, AND HAD COMPLETED TWO STUDIES FOR THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY AND THE METALS AND LIGHT ENGINEERING INDUSTRIES.

+THE GOVERNMENT RECOGNISES THE PRACTICAL CONTRIBUTION WHICH OUR ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS CAN MAKE TO INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT THROUGH APPLIED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT WORK,* HE SAID.

IT HAS, HE ADDED, ALLOCATED $3.5 MILLION TO THE UNIVERSITIES AND THE POLYTECHNIC FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS RELATING TO THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY.

THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY STILL EMPLOYED 40 PER CENT OF HONG KONG’S TOTAL LABOUR FORCE, AND ITS OUTPUT CONSTITUTED ONE QUARTER OF THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT, SIR EDWARD SAID.

+IT IS THE FOUNDATION OF OUR TRADE, AND IN MANY RESPECTS THE CATALYST FOR THE OTHER SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY,* SIR EDWARD SAID.

IF THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY WAS TO MAINTAIN THESE ROLES, IT HAD TO CONTINUE TO DIVERSIFY AND TO DEVELOP THE TECHNOLOGY REQUIRED TO MEET CHANGING CONSUMER DEMAND IN HONG KONG’S EXPORT MARKETS, AS WELL AS THE CHALLENGE OF INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION, HE STATED.

THE GOVERNMENT’S ROLE, HE SAID, WAS TO PROVIDE A FAVOURABLE ENVIRONMENT FOR BOTH INDUSTRIAL ENTREPRENEURS AND THE WORK FORCE.

+IN PARTICULAR, IT SEEKS TO PROVIDE AN ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF INDUSTRIAL LAND, AN EFFICIENT INFRASTRUCTURE, A STABLE LOW TAX BASE, GENEROUS DEPRECIATION ALLOWANCES FOR INDUSTRY, AND INDUSTRIAL AND TECHNICAL TRAINING FACILITIES,* SIR EDWARD STRESSED.

THE GOVERNMENT WOULD ALSO SHORTLY DECIDE WHETHER AN EXHIBITION CENTRE SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED IN HONG KONG.

+A CONSULTANCY STUDY HAS PROPOSED A DESIGN FOR A MULTI-STOREY COMPLEX ON A SITE IN WAN CHAI, TO INCLUDE EXHIBITION HALLS, A CONFERENCE CENTRE, A HOTEL AND OFFICE ACCOMMODATION.

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+THE GOVERNMENT IS NOW ASSESSING THE VIABILITY OF THE PROJECT AND THE LIKELY INTEREST OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN PARTICIPATION IN THE PROJECT,+ SIR EDWARD SAID.

IF THE RECOVERY OF THE WORLD ECONOMY IS MAINTAINED, HONG KONG IS WELL PLACED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE RESULTING INCREASED OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRADE, HE SAID.

BUT HE ADDED THAT THE WORLD ECONOMIC RECESSION HAD GENERATED PRESSURES FOR INCREASED PROTECTIONISM.

♦FORTUNATELY FOR HONG KONG, ATTEMPTS TO WEAKEN THE GENERAL AGREEMENT ON TARIFFS AND TRADE AND TO ALLOW THE SELECTIVE RESTRAINT OF IMPORTS MADE NO HEADWAY AT THE 1982 MINISTERIAL MEETING OF THE GATT,+ HE SAID.

ON THE CONTRARY, THE MEETING REAFFIRMED THE SUPPORT OF GOVERNMENTS FOR AN OPEN TRADING SYSTEM AS ESSENTIAL TO WORLD ECONOMIC RECOVERY.

ONE SPECIFIC RESULT OF THIS MEETING WAS THE DECISION THAT THE GATT SECRETARIAT SHOULD CONDUCT AN URGENT STUDY OF THE PROBLEMS RELATING TO TRADE IN TEXTILES AND CLOTHING, SIR EDWARD NOTED.

THE MULTI-FIBRE AGREEMENT, UNDER WHICH HONG KONG’S EXPORTS OF THESE PRODUCTS ARE LIMITED BY BILATERAL RESTRAI NT AGREEMENTS, REPRESENTED A DEROGATION FROM THE PRINCIPLES OF THE GATT, HE SAID.

THE MAIN OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY, DUE FOR COMPLETION IN 1984, IS TO EXAMINE THE POSSIBILITY OF LIBERALISATION, AND THE EVENTUAL REMOVAL OF ALL DISCRIMINATORY RESTRAINTS FROM THIS SECTOR OF WORLD TRADE, HE SAID.

ON THE NEW TEXTILES AGREEMENT WITH THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY, SIR EDWARD SAID THAT ALTHOUGH MORE RESTRICTIVE THAN THE PREVIOUS AGREEMENT, IT WAS A +SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENT* ON THE TERMS ORIGINALLY DEMANDED BY THE EEC.

♦BROADLY, THE AGREEMENT ALLOWS HONG KONG TO MAINTAIN EXISTING LEVELS OF TRADE, BUT THE REDUCED GROWTH RATE PERMITTED UNDER THE AGREEMENT WILL MEAN THAT, WHEN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY AND DEMAND IN THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY PICK UP, HONG KONG’S ABILITY TO INCREASE ITS EXPORTS TO MEET THE HIGHER DEMAND WILL BE RESTRICTED.

♦HOWEVER, THE TERMS WERE THE BEST AVAILABLE TO HONG KONG IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES,* HE SAID.

TO DERIVE MAXIMUM BENEFIT FROM ITS TEXTILE AGREEMENTS, IT IS IMPORTANT FOR HONG KONG TO HAVE AN EFFICIENT TEXTILE QUOTA SYSTEM.

SIR EDWARD SAID THAT A REVIEW HAD CONCLUDED THAT THE PRESENT TEXTILE EXPORT CONTROL SYSTEM HAD GENERALLY SUCCEEDED IN ENSURING THAT HONG KONG MADE FULL USE OF ITS EXPORT RESTRAINT LIMITS.

♦SOME CHANGES HAVE, HOWEVER, BEEN PROPOSED TO THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE SYSTEM TO ACHIEVE A FAIRER ALLOCATION OF QUOTA AND TO DETER SPECULATION.

♦THE RECOMMENDATIONS HAVE RECENTLY BEEN ACCEPTED BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, AND ARE NOW BEING BROUGHT INTO EFFECT,* HE SAID.

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LAND WILL CONTINUE TO BE PROVIDED * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE TO INVEST IN THE INFRASTRUCTURE NECESSARY FOR HONG KONG’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SIR EDWARD POINTED OUT THAT A READY SUPPLY OF LAND WAS ESSENTIAL FOR THIS PURPOSE, +BUT OUR LAND PRODUCTION PROGRAMME SHOULD NOT BE TOO INFLUENCED BY SHORT-TERM MARKET CONDITIONS.♦

THE GOVERNMENT, HE SAID, WOULD CONTINUE TO MAKE AVAILABLE AS MUCH LAND AS WAS REQUIRED FOR GENUINE DEVELOPMENT, LEAVING IT TO THE FREE OPERATION OF MARKET FORCES TO DETERMINE THE DEVELOPMENT VALUE OF LAND.

+WE HAVE NOT HAD AND DO NOT HAVE A ’HIGH LAND PRICE’ POLICY,* HE DECLARED.

TOTAL LAND PRODUCTION FOR THIS FINANCIAL YEAR WAS EXPECTED TO BE 593 HECTARES, INCLUDING 77 HECTARES FOR INDUSTRY AND. IN EACH OF THE FOLLOWING TWO YEARS, TOTAL PRODUCTION WAS EXPECTED TO EXCEED THE FIGURE FOR THIS YEAR, SIR.EDWARD SAID.

ON LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY, THE GOVERNOR SAID THAT BY THE END OF THIS DECADE, THE NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES ALREADY IN TRAIN WOULD BE SUBSTANTIALLY COMPLETE.

+WE MUST NOW DECIDE ON A DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY WHICH BY THE TORN OF THE CENTURY CAN ACCOMMODATE THE NEEDS OF A POPULATION LIKELY TO BE OVER SEVEN MILLION PEOPLE, AS AGAINST JUST OVER FIVE MILLION AT PRESENT, AND A WORKFORCE OF ABOUT 3.4 MILLION PEOPLE, AS AGAINST 2.4 MILLION AT PRESENT,* HE SAID.

SIR EDWARD SAID THAT WORK HAD BEEN PROCEEDING STEADILY FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS WITH SUB-REGIONAL STUDIES OF THE NORTHWEST AND NORTHEAST NEW TERRITORIES, THE HARBOUR AREA, LANTAU AND. JUNK BAY, SUPPLEMENTED BY OTHER STUDIES ON THE FUTURE LAND REQUIREMENTS OF MAJOR GOVERNMENT PROGRAMMES.

♦THE RESULTS OF ALL THESE STUDIES ARE NOW BEING BROUGHT TOGETHER, AND WE INTEND TO MAKE PUBLIC OUR FINDINGS OVER THE COMING MONTHS AND TO TAKE DECISIONS BY THE MIDDLE OF NEXT YEAR.

♦IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE CHOOSE A STRATEGY WHICH WILL BE BOTH RELEVANT TO OUR NEEDS AND WITHIN OUR MEANS,♦ SIR EDWARD ADDED.

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MAJOR ITEMS OF LEGISLATION EXPECTED * * * * *

MANY MAJOR ITEMS OF LEGISLATION ARE EXPECTED TO BE DEALT WITH BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN THIS SESSION, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID TODAY.

THE COUNCIL HAD ALREADY DEALT WITH A NUMBER OF OTHER IMPORTANT PIECES OF LEGISLATION DURING THE LAST SESSION, HE SAID.

AMONG THE LEGISLATION EXPECTED ARE PROVISIONS FOR IMPROVED SICKNESS AND SEVERANCE PAY BENEFITS FOR EMPLOYEES.

OTHER MAJOR ITEMS OF LEGISLATION FOR THE YEAR WOULD INCLUDE AMENDMENTS TO THE BANKING AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ORDINANCES TO IMPROVE THE FRAMEWORK OF REGULATION.OF THESE INSTITUTIONS, LEGISLATION TO REGULATE THE HIRE-PURCHASE AND OUTBOUND TRAVEL INDUSTRIES, AS WELL AS LEGISLATION FOR A SECOND POLYTECHNIC, THE CITY POLYTECHNIC OF HONG KONG.

THERE WILL ALSO BE LEGISLATION TO AMEND THE CROWN LANDS RESUMPTION ORDINANCE TO PROVIDE FOR CERTAIN ADDITIONAL PAYMENTS WHEN LAND IS ACQUIRED FOR A PUBLIC PURPOSE, AND TO REVISE AND UPDATE HONG KONG’S LAWS ON PROPERTY AND CONVEYANCING.

LEGISLATION IN THE LAST SESSION INCLUDED AMENDMENTS TO THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE AND THE PROTECTION OF INVESTORS ORDINANCE, PROVIDING FOR THE BETTER REGULATION OF THE INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT FINANCIAL AND SERVICE INDUSTRIES.

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THE GOVERNMENT WOULD DRAW FROM RECENT EXPERIENCE ANY NECESSARY LESSONS FOR THE BETTER REGULATION OF HONG KONG’S BANKING SYSTEM, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID IN HIS ANNUAL ADDRESS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

RECENT EVENTS INVOLVING CERTAIN LISTED PUBLIC COMPANIES HAD ALSO DEMONSTRATED THE NEED FOR SOME FORM OF REQUIREMENT FOR THE DISCLOSURE OF SHAREHOLDINGS AND DEALINGS, SIR EDWARD SAID.

THE SECURITIES COMMISSION HAD RECENTLY MADE PROPOSALS WHICH IT CONSIDERED WOULD BE IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE FINANCIAL COMMUNITY AND THE INVESTING PUBLIC, HE POINTED OUT.

SIR EDWARD ADDED THAT THESE PROPOSALS HAD BEEN CONSIDERED AND APPROVED IN PRINCIPLE BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, AND THE GOVERNMENT WAS NOW CONSULTING BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANISATIONS ON THEM.

♦AS A RESULT OF HONG KONG’S DEVELOPMENT AS A MAJOR INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE, IT FALLS TO THE GOVERNMENT TO MAINTAIN AND IMPROVE THE LEGAL AND INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK WITHIN WHICH THE FINANCIAL AND ALLIED SERVICES INDUSTRIES CARRY ON BUSINESS,♦ SIR EDWARD SAID.

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HE EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT THE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) BILL, WHICH SEEKS TO MODERNISE HONG KONG’S COMPANY LAW, WOULD BE ENACTED WITHIN THE 1983-84 SESSION OF THE COUNCIL.

AFTER THE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL, A STANDING COMMITTEE ON COMPANY LAW REFORM, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE COMPANIES LAW REVISION COMMITTEE, WOULD BE APPOINTED, SIR EDWARD REPORTED.

THE COMMITTEE WOULD BE CHARGED WITH KEEPING UNDER REVIEW NOT ONLY THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE, BUT ALSO THE SECURITIES ORDINANCE AND THE PROTECTION OF INVESTORS ORDINANCE, AND WITH MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE GOVERNMENT, HE POINTED OUT.

PROPOSALS TO AMEND THE ORDINANCES GOVERNING BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES SHOULD BECOME LAW BY THE END OF THE YEAR AND THE CHANGES SHOULD GIVE BETTER PROTECTION TO DEPOSITORS

AND INVESTORS, SIR EDWARD SAID.

ON CONSUMER PROTECTION, HE SAID MUCH HAD BEEN ACHIEVED BY THE CONSUMER COUNCIL THROUGH THE DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION AND ADVICE, AND THE INVESTIGATION OF COMPLAINTS, AND BY ENCOURAGING BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL BODIES TO ESTABLISH CODES OF PRACTICE.

♦WHERE, HOWEVER, THESE MEASURES PROVE INADEQUATE, AND CONSUMERS ARE UNABLE TO PROTECT THEMSELVES, THE GOVERNMENT WILL, WHERE APPROPRIATE, INTERVENE TO IMPROVE THE PROTECTION OF THEIR INTERESTS,+ HE SAID.

TO GIVE THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC SOME DEGREE OF PROTECTION, LEGISLATION WAS BEING DRAFTED TO PROVIDE FOR THE CONTROL AND REGULATION OF THE OUTBOUND TRAVEL BUSINESS THROUGH REGISTRATION AND LICENSING, SIR EDWARD SAID.

A BILL WAS ALSO BEING DRAFTED TO PROVIDE A STATUTORY FRAMEWORK FOR HIRE PURCHASE TRANSACTIONS, WITH THE AIM OF PREVENTING A VENDOR FROM IMPOSING UNDULY ONEROUS CONDITIONS ON A PURCHASER, HE ADDED.

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THE GOVERNMENT IS STUDYING THE POSSIBILITY OF A NEW ROAD THROUGH TAI MO SHAN LINKING NORTHWEST NEW TERRITORIES WITH TSUEN WAN, AND ANOTHER NEW ROAD THROUGH LION ROCK OR TAI MO SHAN LINKING NORTHEAST NEW TERRITORIES WITH KOWLOON, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID THIS (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON.

ELABORATING ON HONG KONG'S LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY, SIR EDWARD SAID THE COST AND FEASIBILITY OF THE SUPPORTING INFRASTRUCTURE WOULD BE MAJOR FACTORS IN THE CHOICE OF STRATEGY.

HE SAID AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THAT NEW ROADS WERE BEING PLANNED TO SERVE JUNK BAY AND MA ON SHAN, WHICH REPRESENTED POSSIBLE COMPONENTS OF THE FIRST STAGE OF THE STRATEGY.

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SIR EDWARD ALSO SAID THAT IMPROVEMENTS TO THE ROAD SYSTEM, RECOMMENDED IN THE COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORT STUDY AND THE WHITE PAPER ON TRANSPORT POLICY, WERE CONTINUING.

♦LINKS ACROSS THE BORDER, A RECENT FEATURE OF THE PROGRAMME, WILL BE EXPANDED. A SECOND BRIDGE WILL BE BUILT AT MAN KAM TO, THE SHA TAU KOK CROSSING WILL BE IMPROVED, AND PLANNING WILL CONTINUE FOR A ROAD LINK BETWEEN THE LOK MA CHAU CROSSING AND THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD,+ HE SAID.

THE GOVERNOR POINTED OUT THAT ALTHOUGH THE FIRST CHOICE FOR A SECOND VEHICULAR HARBOUR CROSSING, A BRIDGE AT LEI YUE MUN, HAD BEEN FOUND IMPRACTICABLE IN THE NEAR FUTURE FOR TECHNICAL REASONS, OTHER CROSSING OPTIONS WERE BEING INVESTIGATED.

HE SAID THESE INCLUDED BORED OR SUBMERGED TUNNELS AT LEI YUE MUN, BETWEEN TAI KOO SHING AND CHA KWO LING, OR ALONGSIDE THE EXISTING CROSS-HARBOUR TUNNEL.

ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT, SIR EDWARD SAID THAT:

M THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION, WITH ITS ELECTRIFIED SERVICES AND DOUBLE-TRACKING, IS NOW CARRYING 150 □□□ PASSENGERS DAILY, THUS REDUCING CONGESTION ON THE MA,IN TRUNK ROAD IN THE EASTERN NEw TERRITORIES;

* THE TWO MAJOR FRANCHISED BUS COMPANIES HAVE INCREASED THEIR CARRYING CAPACITIES BY ABOUT 15 PER CENT AND INTRODUCED 12 NEW ROUTES AND HAVE ALSO COMPLETED ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS WHICH SHOULD RESULT IN FURTHER SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENTS TO EXISTING SERVICES AND THE OPENING OF ADDITIONAL ROUTES TO SERVE NEW DEVELOPMENT AREAS ;

* WORK ON THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY ISLAND LINE IS CONTINUING ON SCHEDULE AND SHOULD, WHEN COMPLETED IN LATE 1985, BRING ABOUT A MAJOR REDUCTION IN TRAVELLING TIME TO AND FROM THE EASTERN PART OF HONG KONG ISLAND.

ON AIR SERVICES, SIR EDWARD SAID THAT ALTHOUGH HONG KONG COULD NOT. AND NEED NOT ON PRESENT TRAFFIC ESTIMATES, PROCEED WITH PLANS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW AIRPORT, THE AIRPORT TERMINAL BUILDING AT KAI TAK WOULD BE EXPANDED.

+THIS WILL ENSURE THAT THE AIRPORT CAN CONTINUE TO HANDLE EFFICIENTLY OUR FUTURE AIR PASSENGER TRAFFIC: THIS IS FORECAST TO INCREASE FROM SOME 10 MILLION PASSENGERS IN 1984 TO ABOUT 18 MILLION IN 1990,+ HE EXPLAINED.

HE ALSO SAID THAT NEGOTIATIONS WERE PROGRESSING WITH A PRIVATE HELICOPTER COMPANY TO BUILD AN INTERNATIONAL HELIPORT ON THE WAN CHAI RECLAMATION FOR FUTURE FLIGHTS TO MACAU AND THE VARIOUS PARTS OF GUANGDONG.

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THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NETWORK OF HELICOPTER LANDING SITES TO SERVICE DOMESTIC FLIGHTS WAS ALSO BEING CONSIDERED, HE SAID.

ON PORT FACILITIES, SIR EDWARD SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD RECENTLY COMPLETED NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER TERMINAL OPERATORS FOR THE EXPANSION OF THE EXISTING FACILITIES THERE IN LINE WITH THE EXPECTED GROWTH IN FUTURE CONTAINER TRADE.

HE SAID THAT THE FIRST STAGE OF THE EXPANSION, INVOLVING THE RECLAMATION OF THE KWAI CHUNG CREEK, WAS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN 1987, AND SHOULD INCREASE THE CAPACITY OF THE EXISTING TERMINALS BY ABOUT 57 PER CENT.

NEGOTIATIONS WERE EXPECTED TO START SOON FOR THE CONSTRUCTION CF A SIXTH TERMINAL TO BE COMPLETED IN THE LATE 198O’S, HE SAID.

SIR EDWARD ALSO SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS ALSO INCREASING THE CAPACITY OF PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREAS FOR THE HANDLING OF BREAK BULK CARGO WHICH WOULD RAISE THE CAPACITY OF THE EXISTING CARGO WORKING AREAS BY ABOUT 30 PER CENT NEXT YEAR WHEN WORKS WERE COMPLETED AT CHAI WAN AND RAMBLER CHANNEL.

♦ALL THESE DEVELOPMENTS WILL YET FURTHER IMPROVE FACILITIES IN THE HARBOUR, ONE OF HONG KONG’S MOST IMPORTANT AND ENDURING ASSETS,+ HE ADDED.

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POWER CHARGES AMONG LOWEST IN ASIA * * * *

THE TOTAL PLANNED INVESTMENT OF THE TWO ELECTRICITY COMPANIES AMOUNTS TO BILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND YET THE COST OF ELECTRICITY TO THE HONG KONG CONSUMER IS AMONG THE LOWEST IN ASIA, AND IT IS STILL FALLING IN REAL TERMS, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID TODAY.

SIR EDWARD, SPEAKING ON PUBLIC UTILITIES AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, ADDED THAT THE USE OF COAL-FIRED UNITS SHOULD RESULT IN A FURTHER SIGNIFICANT SAVING TO CONSUMERS SINCE THE PRESENT COST OF COAL WAS ABOUT HALF THAT OF OIL.

HE ALSO SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD RECENTLY ENGAGED CONSULTANTS TO STUDY THE EXISTING MONITORING ARRANGEMENTS, AND TO ADVISE WHETHER THE PRESENT SCHEMES OF CONTROL ADEQUATELY SAFEGUARDED THE POSITION BOTH OF THE CONSUMERS AND OF THE POWER COMPANIES, AND WHETHER ANY IMPROVEMENTS WERE REQUIRED.

♦THE CONSULTANCY STUDY SHOULD BE COMPLETED BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR,+ HE SAID.

THE GOVERNOR ALSO SAID THAT THE HONG KONG AND CHINA GAS COMPANY WOULD BY 1986 HAVE EXTENDED ITS DISTRIBUTION NETWORK TO PRACTICABLY ALL UNSERVICED AREAS IN THE MAINLAND NEW TERRITORIES.

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HE SAID THAT TO MEET THE EXPECTED INCREASE IN DEMAND FROM THIS EXPANSION OF NETWORK, THE COMPANY WAS SEEKING A GRANT OF LAND ON WHICH TO BUILD A SECOND PRODUCTION PLANT.

ON THE GUANGDONG NUCLEAR POWER STATION, SIR EDWARD SAID THAT THE LONGER-TERM DEMAND FORECASTS - SUGGESTED THAT HONG KONG'WOULD NEED ADDITIONAL GENERATING CAPACITY IN THE 1990’3.

♦WE HAVE THEREFORE BEEN CONSIDERING POSSIBLE PARTICIPATION IN THE PROJECT BY HONG KONG INTERESTS, AND THE TERMS ON WHICH HONG KONG MIGHT PURCHASE ELECTRICITY FROM THE POWER STATION,+ HE SAID.

SIR EDWARD SAID THE REPORT BY MERCHANT BANKERS COMMISSIONED TO ADVISE ON THE FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS RAISED SOME IMPORTANT ISSUES WHICH WOULD NEED TO BE DISCUSSED WITH THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES.

♦OUR PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT IS, HOWEVER, THAT, PROVIDED THESE DISCUSSIONS PROVE SATISFACTORY, IT OUGHT TO BE POSSIBLE TO NEGOTIATE AN OFF-TAKE AGREEMENT WHICH WILL BE OF BENEFIT TO ALL CONCERNED,♦ HE SAID.

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HOUSING REMAINS HIGH PRIORITY * * * *

HONG KONG SHOULD BE ABLE TO PROVIDE DECENT HOMES FOR MOST IF NOT ALL OF THOSE FAMILIES NOW ELIGIBLE FOR PUBLIC HOUSING BY THE END OF THIS DECADE, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SIR EDWARD SAID THAT THE HOUSING PROGRAMME REMAINED A HIGH PRIORITY, AND RIGHTLY SO SINCE BETTER HOUSING WAS ONE OF THE MAIN ASPIRATIONS OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.

HE SAID THAT ABOUT 240 000 NEW DWELLINGS HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE TOTAL HOUSING STOCK IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS, INCLUDING MORE THAN 111 000 NEW FLATS BUILT BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR, THREE-QUARTERS OF THEM OCCUPIED BY THEIR OWNERS.

IN 1982 ALONE, HE SAID, TOTAL PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR PRODUCTION WAS 67 000 FLATS, JUST BELOW THE RECORD FIGURE FOR 1981 AND, IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR, SOME 130 000 FLATS WERE AT PRESENT UNDER CONSTRUCTION, AND BETWEEN NOW.AND THE END OF THIS DECADE OVER 300 000 FLATS WOULD BE PRODUCED FOR RENT OR SALE.

SIR EDWARD ADDED THAT THE PROBLEMS OF THOSE FAMILIES IN THE OLDEST RESETTLEMENT BLOCKS HAD NOT BEEN IGNORED — REDEVELOPMENT OF SHEK KIP MEI, THE FIRST RESETTLEMENT BLOCK, WOULD BE COMPLETED NEXT YEAR WHILE OTHER OLDER ESTATES HAD ALREADY BEEN LARGELY TRANSFORMED INTO MODERN ESTATES.

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HE SAID THAT ABOUT 303 300 OUT OF HALF A MILLION PEOPLE LIVING IN MARK I AND I I BLOCKS HAVE SINCE BENE-ITED FROM THE REDEVELOPMENT AND IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMMES.

THESE PROGRAMMES, HE EXPLAINED, WERE TO BE STEPPED UP SO THAT BY 1990 ALL THE REMAINING MARK I AND I I ESTATES WOUlD HAVE BEEN REDEVELOPED OR SUBSTANTIALLY IMPROVED.

ON CARE FOR THE ELDERLY, SIR EDWARD SAID THE HOUSING AUTHORITY HAS RESERVED 800 PUBLIC HOUSING FLATS TO ENSURE THAT NO ELIGIBLE APPLICANT OVER THE AGE OF 60 SHOULD NEED TO WAIT FOR MORE THAN TWO YEARS FOR PUBLIC HOUSING.

♦EVERY NEW ESTATE ALSO NOW INCORPORATES A HOSTEL F0» THE ELDERLY, MANAGED BY ONE OF THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES,* HE SAID.

SIR EDWARD ALSO SAID THAT SINCE THE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME STARTED IN 1978, ABOUT 27 000 FLATS HAD BEEN SOLD TO FAMILIES WHO WOULD OTHERWISE HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO BUY THEIR OWN HOMES.

, EVERY SALE, HE SAID, HAD BEEN HEAVILY OVERSUBSCRIBED AND, TO MEET THIS DEMAND, THE HOUSING AUTHORITY HAS DECIDED THAT IN 1984-85 AN ADDITIONAL 5 000 FLATS WOULD BE OFFERED FOR SALE.

♦THE BASIC DESIGN OF THE FLATS NOW BEING BUILT BY THE HOUSING AUTHORITY MAKES THEM SUITABLE FOR EITHER RENT OR FOR' SALE, SO THAT, AS CIRCUMSTANCES DEMAND, THE BALANCE BETWEEN THE PROPORTIONS OF PUBLIC SECTOR HOUSING OFFERED FOR RENT AND FOR SALE CAN READILY BE ADJUSTED,* HE SAID.

T - .joING SOCIETY, ALSO PROVIDING LOW-COST HOUSING FOR RENT AND FOR SALE, LAST YEAR COMPLETED ITS LARGEST ESTATE AT JAT MIN CHUEN, SHA TIN, BRINGING TO ALMOST 30 003 THE NUMBER OF FLATS MANAGED BY THE SOCIETY, HE SAID.

SIR EDWARD ALSO SAID THAT THE SOCIETY WAS INVOLVED IN URBAN RENEWAL, SUCH AS THE RECENTLY COMPLETED WESTERN GARDEN URBAN IMPROVEMENT SCHEME, AND IN THE RURAL HOUSING SCHEME AT SAI KUNG WHICH SHOULD BE COMPLETED IN 1985.

ON SQUATTERS, SIR EDWARD SAID THE AMBITIOUS HOUSING PROGRAMMES SHOULD RESULT IN A STEADY REDUCTION IN THE NUMBERS WHO LIVE IN UNSATISFACTORY TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATION.

HE SAID THAT MORE THAN 34 000 FAMILIES HAD BEEN REHOUSED FROM SQUATTER HUTS DURING THE LAST FOUR YEARS.

THE LATEST CENSUS SHOWED THAT ABOUT 100 300 FAMILIES STILL LIVED IN TEMPORARY HUTS BUT ABOUT HALF OF THESE FAMILIES WOULD BE REHOUSED OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS AND, DURING THE SAME PERIOD, A NEW PROGRAMME TO IMPROVE SAFETY, SANITATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS IN SQUATTER AREAS SHOULD BENEFIT MOST OF THE REMAINING FAMILIES.

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THREE NEW HOSPITALS PLANNED

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THERE ARE PLANS FOR THREE NEW HOSPITALS AT CHAI WAN, EAST KOWLOON AND TAI PO, EACH WITH BETWEEN 1 200 AND 1 500 BEDS AND EACH COSTING OVER ONE BILLION DOLLARS AT CURRENT PRICES, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPORTING GOOD PROGRESS ON HOSPITAL AND CLINIC DEVELOPMENT, SIR EDWARD SAID THAT DESPITE ALL THE DIFFICULTIES OVER THE PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL, ITS CONSTRUCTION WOULD BE COMPLETED BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR AND IT SHOULD BE IN OPERATION BEFORE THE MIDDLE OF NEXT YEAR.

HE ALSO SAID THAT SITE FORMATION WORK HAD STARTED ON THE $752 MILLION PROJECT TO UPGRADE THE FACILITIES AT QUEEN MARY HOSPITA-, AND THAT CONSTRUCTION OF TUEN MUN HOSPITAL WAS DUE TO START NEXT YEAR.

SIR EDWARD SAID THAT IN OTHER DEVELOPMENTS s

* AN EXTENSION OF POK 01 HOSPITAL LATER THIS YEAR WILL PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL 113 BEDS;

* COMPLETION OF THE RED CROSS BLOOD TRANSFUSION CENTRE THIS YEAR WILL PROVIDE HONG KONG WITH A MORE MODERN BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE AND PATHOLOGICAL RESEARCH, AND

* AMONG THE PROJECTS TO BE COMPLETED NEXT YEAR ARE THE 150-BED MACLEHOSE MEDICAL REHABILITATION CENTRE, AND EXTENSION OF YAN CHAI HOSPITAL, AND SIX NEW CLINICS.

HE SAID THAT THESE EXPANSION PLANS, AND THE NEED TO UPGRADE EXISTING SERVICES, WOULD REQUIRE A CORRESPONDING EXPANSION OF MEDICAL TRAINING FACILITIES.

THE INTAKE OF MEDICAL STUDENTS AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY, WOULD RISE FROM 80 THIS YEAR TO 100 IN 1984 WHEN CLINICAL FACILITIES WOULD BE AVAILABLE AT THE PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL.

THE MEDICAL SCHOOL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG WAS ALSO PLANNING TO INCREASE ITS ANNUAL INTAKE FROM THE PRESENT 150 TO 225 AS SOON AS ADDITIONAL CLINICAL TRAINING FACILITIES COULD BE PROVIDED AT THE PROPOSED EAST KOWLOON HOSPITAL, HE SAID.

SIR EDWARD ALSO SAID THERE WERE PLANS FOR FIVE NEW TRAINING SCHOOLS FOR NURSES ; THE INTAKES TO THE PHYSIOTHERAPY, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, LABORATORY TECHNOLOGY AND RADIOTHERAPY SCHOOLS AT THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC WOULD ALSO BE INCREASED, AND THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG DENTAL FACULTY WOULD PRODUCE ITS FIRST GRADUATES IN 1985.

♦OUR MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH SERVICE WILL TAKE A SIGNIFICANT STEP FORWARD LATER THIS YEAR WITH THE EXPANSION OF THE NEO-NATAL SCREENING SERVICE. THE IMPORTANCE OF HEALTH EDUCATION IS ALSO RECOGNISED, AND PLANS ARE IN HAND TO EXPAND THE CENTRAL HEALTH. EDUCATION UNIT OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT,* SIR EDWARD SAID.

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WORKER WAGE SECURITY FUND PLANNED

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THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HAS ACCEPTED IN PRINCIPLE A PROPOSAL TO SET UP A WAGE SECURITY FUND FOR EMPLOYEES OF COMPANIES IN LIQUIDATION, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

SIR EDWARD ALSO SAID THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD WAS NOW FINALISING ITS PROPOSALS FOR AN INCREASE IN THE RATE OF SEVERANCE PAY.

HE SAID THAT THE FIRST PROPOSAL WAS RECOMMENDED BY THE WORKING GROUP ON THE PROBLEMS EXPERIENCED BY EMPLOYEES OF COMPANIES IN RECEIVERSHIP WHICH WAS SET UP LAST YEAR.

♦THESE PROPOSALS RESPOND TO PUBLIC CONCERN THAT THERE SHOULD BE BETTER PROTECTION FOR EMPLOYEES,+ HE SAID.

SIR EDWARD POINTED OUT THAT AN AMENDMENT TO THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE TO IMPROVE SICKNESS BENEFITS HAD BEEN INTRODUCED BUT ITS SECOND READING HAD BEEN DEFERRED FOR COMMENT FROM EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES.

♦CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL WILL BE RESUMED IN THE CURRENT SESSION IN THE LIGHT OF THESE COMMENTS,+• HE SAID.

TURNING TO THE ENVIRONMENT, SIR EDWARD SAID THAT IN A CHOWUtu URBAN COMMUNITY SUCH AS HONG KONG, WHICH RELIED HEAVILY ON MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY, ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION WAS BOUND TC CAUSE PROBLEMS UNLESS THE GOVERNMENT AND THE COMMUNITY WERE DETERMINED TO PREVENT IT.

♦DURING THE PAST YEAR ANOTHER MILESTONE WAS READY WITH THE ENACTMENT OF THE AIR POLLUTION CONTROL ORDINANCE. THIS ORDINANCE WAS BROUGHT INTO FORCE AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS MONTH, REPLACING AND WIDENING THE SCOPE OF THE CLEAN AIR ORD I NANCE,+ HE SAID.

SIR EDWARD SAID PARTICULAR ATTENTION HAD BEEN PAID TO WATER POLLUTION — CONTROLS ON DISCHARGES INTO TOLO HARBOUR, THE FIRST WATER CONTROL ZONE IN THE TERRITORY, WOULD BE BROUGHT INTO FORCE IN 1984.

HE ADDED THAT COMPLEMENTARY PLANS WERE BEING DRAWN UP TO DEAL WITH SPECIFIC TYPES OF WATER POLLUTION, THE MOST SIGNIFICANT BEING ANIMAL WASTE, UPON WHICH A MAJOR CONSULTANCY WAS COMPLETED EARLIER THIS YEAR WHICH WOULD SOON BE STUDIED BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL.

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BETTER SERVICES FOR DISABLED CHILDREN * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, TODAY ANNOUNCED BETTER REHABILITATION SERVICES FOR CHILDREN.

SPEAKING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, SIR EDWARD SAID THAT TO IMPROVE THE IDENTIFICATION AND ASSESSMENT OF DISABILITIES AT AN EARLY STAGE, THE NUMBER OF ASSESSMENT CENTRES WOULD BE INCREASED FROM THE EXISTING TWO TO EIGHT BY 1988.

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AT THE SAME TIME, HE SAID, A WORKING PARTY WAS REVIEWING PRE-SCHOOL CARE, TRAINING AND EDUCATION OF DISABLED CHILDREN, AND WOULD REPORT EARLY NEXT YEAR.

HE ALSO SAID THAT A NEW COMBINED SCREENING PROGRAMME FOR ALL PRIMARY TWO PUPILS TO DETECT CHILDREN WITH VISION, HEARING, SPEECH AND LEARNING DIFFICULTIES, WAS ALREADY ACHIEVING ALMOST 100 PER CENT COVERAGE.

♦ NEW INTENSIVE REMEDIAL SERVICES ARE BEING INTRODUCED IN ORDINARY SCHOOLS TO CATER FOR CHILDREN WITH LEARNING DIFFICULTIES,* SIR EDWARD SAID.

AS FOR THE CARE OF THE ELDERLY, HE SAID THAT 80 FLATS IN PRIVATE HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS TO ACCOMMODATE ABOUT 470 PEOPLE IN SHA TIN HAD ALREADY BEEN PURCHASED, USING FUNDS FROM THE SPECIAL COIN SUSPENSE ACCOUNT.

ANOTHER 23 FLATS HAD BEEN IDENTIFIED FOR PURCHASE IN THE URBAN AREA AND WOULD BE READY FOR OCCUPATION BY NEXT SPRING, HE SAID.

THERE WOULD ALSO BE 385 HOSTEL PLACES, 560 HOME PLACES AND 470 CARE AND ATTENTION PLACES FOR THE ELDERLY NEXT YEAR, SIR EDWARD SAID.

+MUCH OF THE HEADWAY MADE IN THIS FIELD HAS BEEN POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF THE EFFORTS OF THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR. TO COMPLEMENT THEIR EFFORTS, PLANS ARE NOW IN HAND FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO OPERATE SOME OF THESE SERVICES DIRECTLY,* HE SAID.

ON VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION, HE SAID THAT 750 MORE PLACES IN THREE NEW VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRES FOR THE DISABLED WILL BE PROVIDED BY 1988? EXPANSION OF SHELTERED WORKSHOPS TO PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL 550 PLACES A YEAR OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS WAS ALSO PLANNED.

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BROADCASTING TO BE REVIEWED * * *

THE GOVERNMENT HAS DECIDED TO HAVE A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF BROADCASTING WELL BEFORE EXPIRY OF THE PRESENT TELEVISION LICENCES IN 1988 AND THE SOUND BROADCASTING LICENCE IN 1989, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN HIS ANNUAL ADDRESS AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, HE SAID THE REVIEW WOULD ASSESS LONG-TERM NEEDS FOR TELEVISION AND SOUND BROADCASTING, TAKING INTO ACCOUNT MAJOR TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES, AND WOULD RECOMMEND A POLICY FOR THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF BROADCASTING IN HONG KONG.

♦TELEVISION AND RADIO, APART FROM THEIR ENTERTAINMENT VALUE, HAVE AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY IN PUBLIC INFORMATION AND IN EDUCATION,* SIR EDWARD SAID.

+THERE IS GREAT POTENTIAL FOR INCREASING THE CONTRIBUTION WHICH TELEVISION CAN MAKE TO ALL FORMS OF EDUCATION, AND THIS WILL BE ONE OF THE MATTERS WHICH WILL BE INVESTIGATED IN THE REVIEW OF BROADCASTING,* HE ADDED.

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DRUGS AMONG YOUTHS DISTURBING *****

THE INCREASING INVOLVEMENT OF YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN IN DRUGS IS DISTURBING, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN HIS ANNUAL ADDRESS, THE GOVERNOR SAID THE NUMBER OF YOUNG ADDICTS NEWLY REPORTED IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR WAS 589, AN INCREASE OF 55 PER CENT OVER THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

+THEIR AVERAGE AGE WHEN THEY FIRST USED DRUGS WAS SIXTEEN-AND-A-HALF,+ HE SAID.

SEVERAL NEW COURSES OF ACTION RECOMMENDED BY THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS WILL BE TAKEN TO COUNTER THIS TREND.

♦GREATER EMPHASIS IS TO BE GIVEN TO PREVENTIVE EDUCATION IN JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS; SPECIAL ATTENTION IS TO BE PAID TO THE TREATMENT OF YOUNG FIRST-TIME ADDICTS AND TO THEIR AFTER-CARE; THE HELP OF PARENTS IN STEERING THEIR CHILDREN AWAY FROM DRUGS WILL CONTINUE TO BE SOUGHT; AND EVERY ENCOURAGEMENT WILL BE GIVEN TO YOUNG PEOPLE TO TAKE PART IN RECREATIONAL PROGRAMMES AND TO FOLLOW OTHER HEALTHY ACTIVITIES,+ HE SAID.

ON CRIME IN GENERAL, SIR EDWARD SAID 1983 WAS LIKELY TO' SHOW A SLIGHT INCREASE IN CRIME OVER 1982.

♦ON THE OTHER HAND, LAST YEAR’S WELCOME DOWNWARD TREND IN JUVENILE CRIME HAS CONTINUED.

♦THE GOVERNMENT IS, HOWEVER, CONCERNED ABOUT THE HIGH INCIDENCE OF CRIMES, MANY OF A SERIOUS AND VIOLENT NATURE, BEING COMMITTED BY YOUNG MALES AGED BETWEEN 14 AND 23 YEARS.

♦THEY REPRESENT ONLY ABOUT 15 PER CENT OF THE MALE POPULATION, BUT ACCOUNTED FOR ABOUT 31 PER CENT OF ALL MALE CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS BETWEEN 1980 AND 1982.

♦THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE HAS THUS CHOSEN TO TARGET THE 1983-84 FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN AT YOUNG MALES IN THIS AGE GROUP,* HE SAID.

ON THE POLICE FORCE, THE GOVERNOR SAID RECRUITMENT HAD REMAINED SATISFACTORY AND TRAINING CONTINUED TO RECEIVE HIGH PRIORITY.

♦A CRUCIAL FACTOR IN THE EFFECTIVENESS OF ANY POLICE FORCE IS THE ABILITY TO DISSEMINATE ACCURATE INFORMATION QUICKLY SO THAT IT IS AVAILABLE TO POLICE OFFICERS ON THE GROUND AS SOON AS POSSIBLE,+ HE SAID.

/ +AN IMPROVED COMPUTER ASSISTED COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEM TO REPLACE THE EXISTING EQUIPMENT SHOULD BE IN OPERATION BY 1988.

♦AN INTEGRATED RADIO SYSTEM FOR THE JOINT USE OF THE MARINE POLICE, ROYAL NAVY AND OTHER ORGANISATIONS CONCERNED WITH MARITIME SECURITY IS BEING SET UP, AND SHOULD BE FINISHED BY THE END OF THE YEAR,* HE SA ID.

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ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WILL BE SENT BACK

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THERE WILL BE NO AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM CHINA AND THE OPERATIONS OF THE SECURITY FORCES WILL NOT BE RELAXED, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

+WE WILL CONTINUE TO APPREHEND ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, AND THEY WILL BE SENT BACK,+ SIR EDWARD SAID IN HIS ANNUAL ADDRESS AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THERE HAD BEEN A SIGNIFICANT AND WELCOME REDUCTION IN ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION FROM CHINA AS A RESULT OF THE CONTINUED VIGILANCE OF THE SECURITY FORCES AND THE FIRM ADMINISTRATION OF THE REPATRIATION POLICY.

+A VALUABLE ADDITIONAL DETERRENT TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION WAS THE INTRODUCTION IN MAY OF THE NEW, MORE SECURE IDENTITY CARD WHICH SHOULD ELIMINATE THE FORGED CARDS ON WHICH MOST ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS DEPEND,* HE SAID.

+SO FAR, OVER 650 000 NEW CARDS HAVE BEEN ISSUED i ALL MEN UNDER 35 SHOULD HAVE NEW CARDS BY MAY 1984,+ HE ADDED.

SIR EDWARD SAID THE SMUGGLING OF YOUNG CHILDREN BY TRAFFICKERS, WHO HAVE LITTLE REGARD FOR THE SAFETY OF THEIR PASSENGERS, HAD BEEN OF PARTICULAR CONCERN TO THE GOVERNMENT.

+WE ARE CO-OPERATING WITH THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES SO THAT, TOGETHER, WE MAY PUT A STOP TO THIS DEPLORABLE AND DANGEROUS TRAFFIC,* HE SAID.

ON THE PROPERLY REGULATED SCHEME FOR VISITORS FROM CHINA, SIR EDWARD SAID NEW ARRANGEMENTS, INTRODUCED IN DECEMBER 1982 AND AGREED WITH THE AUTHORITIES IN CHINA, HAD WORKED WELL.

+THE GREAT MAJORITY OF VISITORS HAVE RETURNED TO CHINA IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TERMS OF THEIR VISIT PERMITS,* HE SAID.

+THE FEW WHO OVERSTAY ARE DETECTED SOONER OR LATER AND ARE REPATRIATED.*

ON THE PROBLEM OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES, SIR EDWARD SAID THEY HAD CONTINUED TO ARRIVE DESPITE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF CLOSED CENTRES/IN JULY 1982.

X+THE NUMBER OF ARRIVALS HAS FALLEN i 3 900 IN THE 12 MONTHS T3 SEPTEMBER 1983 AS COMPARED WITH 8 220 IN THE PREVIOUS 12 MONTHS,* HE SAID. +BUT SO TOO HAVE THE NUMBERS LEAVING FOR RESETTLEMENT :

3 844 AS AGAINST 10 155 OVER THE TWO PERIODS.*

+0N OCTOBER 1 THIS YEAR THERE WERE 13 462 IN CAMPS HERE AS COMPARED WITH 12 700 A YEAR AGO.

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+S0, FAR FROM BEING RESOLVED, THE PROBLEM HAS BECOME RATHER WORSE, AND WE MUST RELUCTANTLY CONTINUE TO OPERATE THE CLOSED CENTRES.

+WE SHALL ALSO CONTINUE STRONGLY TO SUPPORT THE EFFORTS OF THE UNITED >ATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES TO PERSUADE OTHER GOVERNMENTS TO ACCEPT MORE REFUGEES FOR RESETTLEMENT AND TO TAKE OUR OWN INITIATIVES TO THIS END WHENEVER OPPORTUNITIES

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CORRECTIONAL PROGRAMMES EXTENDED

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MORE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS ARE BEING PROVIDED AND NEW SCHEMES FOR TRAINING AND REHABILITATION INTRODUCED TO COPE WITH THE GROWING POPULATION IN SUCH INSTITUTIONS, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

+LA I SUN CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION, FOR SOME 200 YOUNG OFFENDERS UNDER THE AGE OF 21, WILL EE OPENED LATER THIS YEAR, AND SHEK PIK MAXIMUM SECURITY PRISON WILL BE OPENED EARLY NEXT YEAR,* HE SAID.

♦OTHER IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENTS WILL INCLUDE THE INTRODUCTION OF THE PAROLE AND PRE-RELEASE EMPLOYMENT SCHEMES, WHICH WILL HELP OFFENDERS ON THEIR RELEASE TO INTEGRATE THEMSELVES PROPERLY INTO SOCIETY AND NOT TO TURN AGAIN TO CRIME.

♦THESE SCHEMES REPRESENT AN EXTENSION OF EXISTING CORRECTIONAL PROGRAMMES, AND WILL, WE HOPE, EVENTUALLY LEAD TO A REDUCTION IN OUR PENAL POPULATION.

♦IN ADDITION, A PROGRAMME OF IMPROVED VOCATIONAL TRAINING FOR YOUNG OFFENDERS WILL BE INTRODUCED NEXT YEAR,* HE SAID.

ON THE DRIVE AGAINST CORRUPTION, THE GOVERNOR SAID UNRELENTING . EFFORTS TO ERADICATE THIS SOCIAL EVIL WOULD CONTINUE.

+GONE IS THE SYNDICATED CORRUPTION WHICH CAUSED SO MUCH DISTRESS IN THE SIXTIES AND EARLY SEVENTIES- AND NEW STANDARDS CF PUBLIC CONDUCT HAVE EMERGED,* HE SAID.

♦THERE HAS ALSO BEEN A MARKED CHANGE IN PUBLIC ATTITUDES: THE MANY REPORTS RECEIVED FROM ORDINARY CITIZENS INDICATE THAT THEY ARE NOT PREPARED TO TOLERATE CORRUPTION.

*IN SUSTAINING ITS PRESSURES ON THE CORRUPT, THE 'CAC HAS THE FULL CONFIDENCE AND BACKING CF THE GOVERNMENT,* HE SAID.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 1983

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TRIBUTE PAID TO TWO COUNCIL MEMBERS

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TWO MEMBERS WHO HAVE JUST RETIRED FROM THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WERE PRAISED FOR THEIR SERVICE TODAY BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, AND THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, MR ROGER LOBO.

JUST BEFORE DELIVERING HIS OPENING ADDRESS, THE GOVERNOR POINTED OUT THAT DR HENRY HU HAD SERVED SEVEN YEARS FROM 1976.

+1 WOULD LIKE TO THANK HIM FOR HIS KEEN INTEREST IN ALL ASPECTS OF THIS COUNCIL’S WORK THROUGHOUT THESE YEARS, AND HIS ENTHUSIASM FOR THE WORK DONE BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS THROUGH THE UMELCO ORGANISATION,* SIR EDWARD SAID.

THE GOVERNOR SAID DR RAYSON HUANG HAD BEEN A MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL FOR SIX YEARS, FROM 1977.

+THE WORK OF THIS COUNCIL WAS A SUBSTANTIAL ADDITION TO HIS OTHER MAJOR RESDf>NS IB IL ITIES, BUT DURING THE TIME HE GAVE US GENEROUSLY OF HIS TIME AND COUNSEL,* SIR EDWARD SAID.

MR LOBO SAID UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WISHED TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE GOVERNOR’S WARM TRIBUTE TO DR HU AND DR HUANG.

DR HU HAD BEEN A LOYAL AND DEDICATED MEMBER OF UMELCO AND A GOOD FRIEND TO EVERYONE, HE SAID.

DR HUANG WOULD ALSO BE MISSED, PARTICULARLY FOR HIS WIDE EXPERIENCE AND GREAT KNOWLEDGE, MR LOBO SAID.

AS BOTH WERE NOT LEAVING HONG KONG, UMELCO COULD, THEREFORE, CONTINUE TO DRAW IN FUTURE, FROM THEIR WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE AND MANY FINE QUALITIES, MR LOBO SAID.

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GOVERNOR AND EXCO MEMBERS LEAVE FOR LONDON

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, AND EIGHT UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL LEFT FOR LONDON THIS (WEDNESDAY) EVENING FOR FURTHER CONSULTATIONS ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG.

THE EIGHT UNOFFICIALS ACCOMPANYING THE GOVERNOR ON THE TRIP WERE SIR SZE-YUEN CHUNG, MR ROGER LOBO, MR LI FOOK-WO, MR LO TAK-SHING, NR DAVID NEWBIGGING, MISS LYDIA DUNN, MR CHEN SHOU-LUM AND MISS MARIA TAM.

ANOTHER THREE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS, MR OSWALD CHEUNG, MR MICHAEL SANDBERG, AND MR LEE QUO-WEI, ARE CURRENTLY AWAY FROM HONG KONG AND WILL JOIN THE GROUP IN LONDON.

THE GOVERNOR AND HIS PARTY WERE SEEN OFF AT THE AIRPORT BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE.

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NEW ROAD TRAFFIC RULES DUE * * *

MAJOR REVISIONS IN HONG KONG’S ROAD TRAFFIC LEGISLATION WILL COME INTO EFFECT NEXT AUGUST, MR JAMES SO, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE TSIM SHA TSUI KAIFONG ASSOCIATION.

THE NEW ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE AND ITS SEVEN SETS OF SUBSIDIARY REGULATIONS HAVE TAKEN OVER 10 YEARS TO DRAW UP, HE SAID.

♦THE PURPOSES OF REVISING THE OLD ORDINANCE ARE THREE-FOLD,+ MR SO ADDED.

FIRST, THEY AIM AT UP-DATING AND REPLACING THE EXISTING ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE, AND ITS SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION, WHICH HAS BECOME OUT-DATED AND IS INADEQUATE TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE EVER CHANGING PATTERNS OF TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT IN HONG KONG’S FAST GROWING SOCIETY.

SECOND, THEY ARE DESIGNED TO SIMPLIFY AND TO BETTER INTEGRATE THE MANY DIVERSE PROVISIONS OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC LEGISLATION SO THAT THEY ARE MORE READILY UNDERSTOOD BY THE PUBLIC AND EASIER TO ADMINISTER BY THE AUTHORITIES.

♦MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE MANY TRAFFIC SIGNS WHICH CLUSTERED OUR ROADS AND PAVEMENTS WILL BE GREATLY REDUCED AND SIMPLIFIED BY USING MORE SYMBOLS AND LESS WORDS,+ MR SO SAID.

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THIRD, AND MOST SIGNIFICANTLY, THEY AIM AT PROMOTING GREATER SAFETY ON ROADS THROUGH HEAVIER PENALTIES TO DETER PEOPLE FROM USING OUR ROADS RECKLESSLY AND INCONSIDERATELY AND HIGHER AND SAFER STANDARDS AND EQUIPMENT BEING USED IN VEHICLES.

♦THE NEW LEGISLATION ALSO GIVES POWERS TO THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT TO REQUIRE A DRIVING INSTRUCTOR TO BE RE-TESTED SO AS TO KEEP UP THE TEACHING STANDARD.+

BUT MR SO STRESSED THAT NOT ALL DRIVING INSTRUCTORS ARE REQUIRED UNDER THE NEW LEGISLATION TO BE RE-TESTED - ONLY THOSE WHOSE STANDARD OF INSTRUCTION IS CONSIDERED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TO BE INADEQUATE WOULD BE CALLED UP FOR RE-TESTING.

UNDER THE NEW LEGISLATION, GOODS VEHICLES ARE RECLASSIFIED INTO FOUR CATEGORIES - LIGHT, MEDIUM, HEAVY AND ARTICULATED VEHICLES AND EACH CATEGORY WILL REQUIRE A SEPARATE DRIVING LICENCE.

MR SO SAID THE AIM WAS TO RECOGNISE THAT DIFFERENT DRIVING SKILLS ARE REQUIRED FOR HANDLING DIFFERENT CATEGORIES OF GOODS VEHICLES, AND TO PROMOTE GREATER ROAD SAFETY BY ENSURING DRIVERS OF EACH CATEGORY OF GOODS VEHICLES DO POSSESS THE PROPER SKILLS TO HANDLE THE VEHICLES SAFELY.

BUT EXISTING DRIVERS NEED NOT FEAR THE NEW LEGISLATION WILL AFFECT THEIR LIVELIHOOD - IT ALLOWS ALL HOLDERS OF EXISTING GOODS VEHICLE DRIVING LICENCE TO BE AUTOMATICALLY RELICENSED TO DRIVE ALL LIGHT, MEDIUM AND HEAVY GOODS VEHICLES.

♦ONLY THOSE WHO WANT TO DRIVE ARTICULATED VEHICLES WILL BE REQUIRED TO TAKE A NEW TEST,+ HE SAID.

ALSO UNDER THE NEW LEGISLATIONS, TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE MUCH SIMPLIFIED AND ALTHOUGH SOME 60 ODD NEW SIGNS WILL BE INTRODUCED, MORE OLD ONES WILL BE DROPPED.

THE SPEED LIMIT ON ALL ROADS WILL BE SET AT A UNIFORM 50 KM/H UNLESS OTHERWISE SIGNPOSTED.

THE NEW LEGISLATION ALSO REQUIRES THAT DRIVERS AGED 70 OR ABOVE WILL ONLY BE ISSUED WITH A DRIVING LICENCE IF THEY CAN PRODUCE A MEDICAL CERTIFICATE SHOWING THAT THEY ARE STILL MEDICALLY FIT TO DRIVE.

ON ABANDONED VEHICLES, THE NEW LAWS ALSO HAVE PROVISIONS TO SIMPLIFY AND SPEED UP THE PROCEDURES FOR REMOVING AND DISPOSING ABANDONED VEHICLES.

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PLAN TO STEP UP CAREERS INFORMATION IN NT *****

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IS CONSCIOUS OF THE NEED TO EXPAND THE WORK OF ITS YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE TO COPE WITH THE INCREASING DEMAND FOR CAREERS INFORMATION IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, DR JAMES HAYES, WHEN HE OFFICIATED AT THE OPENING OF A CAREERS EXHIBITION AT THE TAI PO COMMUNITY CENTRE THIS (WEDNESDAY) MORNING.

THE EIGHT-DAY PROJECT IS ORGANISED BY THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE WITH THE ASSISTANCE AND FINANCIAL SPONSORSHIP OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD.

DR HAYES SAID THAT, FUNDS PERMITTING, THE DEPARTMENT WOULD PROVIDE A CAREERS INFORMATION CENTRE IN 1985-86 IN THE EASTERN REGION OF THE NEW TERRITORIES WHICH COVERS TAI PO, SHA TIN AND FANLING.

PENDING THE SETTING UP OF THE CENTRE, THE DEPARTMENT WOULD BE ORGANISING SPECIAL CAREERS PROJECTS FOR THIS REGION, LIKE THE PRESENT EXHIBITION.

DR HAYES POINTED OUT THAT ALONGSIDE ATTRACTIVE DISPLAYS AT THE EXHIBITION WAS A WIDE RANGE OF CAREERS MATERIALS, INCLUDING REFERENCE BOOKS, SLIDES, TAPES AND VIDEO-CASSETTE RECORD INGS' WHI CH WOULD HELP YOUNG PEOPLE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT JOB OPPORTUNITIES AND TO START THINKING ABOUT THEIR FUTURE CAREER.

LABOUR OFFICERS MANNING THE ENQUIRY COUNTER IN THE EXHIBITION WOULD ANSWER ENQUIRIES ABOUT CAREERS AND FURTHER EDUCATION FROM VISITORS. GROUP VISITS BY LOCAL SCHOOLS HAD ALSO BEEN ARRANGED.

♦THIS IS AN EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY TO OBTAIN CAREERS INFORMATION AND KNOWLEDGE OF EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES, AND I CORDIALLY INVITE STUDENTS AND RESIDENTS LIVING IN TAI PO AND THE NEARBY DISTRICTS TO COME TO VISIT US,+ HE ADDED.

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YUEN LONG DB MEMBERS MEET TOMORROW

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THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS THE PROPOSED DESIGN FOR THE TOWN PARK AT THEIR MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

LOCATED AT SHU I NGAU LENG, THE PARK WILL HAVE A LAKE, A CHINESE STYLE GARDEN, A RESTAURANT WITH TERRACED GARDENS, BADMINTON COURTS, BASKETBALL COURTS, AN ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND, AND AN AVIARY.

AT THE MEETING, MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE EXISTING YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD CONSTITUENCY BOUNDARIES.

THEY WILL ALSO BE BRIEFED ON THE SETTING UP OF REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS IN THE TOWN CENTRE BY A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

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n.e-rn^TA^!S!MENT REP0RT ON THE RECENT STUDY TOUR OF EUROPE BY SOME DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE TABLED AT THE MEETING.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA WILL INCLUDE PROGRESS REPORTS OF THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE AND THE BOARD’S COMMITTEES.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AT 9.30 AM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE, 296 "

YUEN LONG.

CASTLE PEAK ROAD,

A GOVERNMENT VEHICLE WILL BE AVAILABLE TO YUEN LONG TO COVER THE MEETING. IT WILL PIER AT 8.20 AM FOR YUEN LONG.

TO TAKE REPRESENTATIVES LEAVE KOWLOON PUBLIC

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CAS RECRUITS TO PARADE

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OVER 360 MEN AND WOMEN CIVIL AID SERVICES ADULT RECRUITS WILL TAKE PART IN A PASSING-OUT PARADE ON SATURDAY (OCTOBER 8) AT THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY POLICE FORCE HEADQUARTERS, HARBOUR ROAD.

THE RECRUITS HAVE JUST COMPLETED THEIR BASIC TRAINING IN FOOT DRILL, DISCIPLINE, FIRST AID, LIGHT RESCUE, FOREST FIRE FIGHTING, COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND TYPHOON DUTIES.

THEY WILL BE POSTED TO VARIOUS CAS UNITS IN HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY.

THE COMMISSIONER OF ST JOHN AMBULANCE BRIGADE, MR LEONARD K P CHIU, WILL INSPECT AND ADDRESS THE PARADE, AND PRESENT SPECIAL CERTIFICATES TO THREE OUTSTANDING RECRUITS.

MR CHIU WILL ALSO PRESENT CIVIL DEFENCE LONG SERVICE CLASPS TO 18 OTHER CAS MEMBERS.

NOTE TO EDITORS :

THE CIVIL AID SERVICES WILL HOLD A PASSING-OUT PARADE CEREMONY ON SATURDAY (OCTOBER 8) AT THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUX IL I ARY POLICE FORCE HEADQUARTERS, HARBOUR ROAD, HONG KONG, AT 7 PM. YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

SIR PHILIP SEES NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT ........................... 1

AUGUST MONETARY STATISTICS PUBLISHED ........................... 2

CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES INSPECTED .............................. 6

FIRST DISTRICT FESTIVAL FOR WONG TAI SIN RRRTDFNTS.............. g

PARENTS TOLD TO RETURN PRIMARY ONE FORMS ....................... 7

ANTI-DRUGS MESSAGE SPREAD THROUGH DRAMA ........................ 8

MORE YUEN LONG LAND BEING FORMED ............................... 9

EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES SURVEY UNDERWAY.......................... 10

LABOUR LAW COURSES ARRANGED ................................... 10

SOUVENIRS FOR EMPLOYERS ....................................... 11

ROAD SAFETY NIGHT BEING HELD .................................. 11

SEMINAR ON CLASS LIBRARIES .................................... 12

SPORTS TRIALS CONTINUE......................................... 12

SWIMMING GALA.................................................. 13

YUEN LONG SWIMMERS TO COMPETE.................................. 13

BOWIN DRIVE TRAFFIC CHANGE..................................... 13

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 1983

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SIR PHILIP SEES NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT

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SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, THE DEPUTY TO THE GOVERNOR, TODAY (THURSDAY) VISITED JUNK BAY NEW TOWN AND SAI KUNG TO SEE HOW DEVELOPMENT IN THE TWO AREAS IS PROGRESSING.

THE VISIT MARKED THE 1OTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, SET UP IN 1973 WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY OF BUILDING THE NEW TOWNS.

DEVELOPMENT SINCE THEN HAS RADICALLY CHANGED THE FACE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES. DURING THIS PERIOD, THE POPULATION OF THE NT HAS INCREASED FROM 680 000 TO 1.6 MILLION.

SIR PHILIP FIRST VISITED JUNK BAY WHERE WORK HAS NOW STARTED TO PROVIDE HOMES FOR 175 000 PEOPLE UNDER PHASE ONE OF THE NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT.

THERE HE VIEWED THE PROGRESS OF THREE CONTRACTS WORTH A TOTAL OF $330 MILLION. HE WAS TOLD THAT FURTHER CONTRACTS, WITH A COMBINED VALUE OF $520 MILLION, WILL BE LET IN THE NEXT FINANCIAL YEAR.

AMONG THE WORKS IN PROGRESS IS THE RECLAMATION OF 37 HECTARES OF LAND AS WELL AS THE FORMATION OF ANOTHER 13 HECTARES OF DEVELOPMENT PLATFORMS.

SITE FORMATION FOR THE FIRST PUBLIC'HOUS ING ESTATE IS WELL IN HAND AND PILING WORK, TO BE CARRIED OUT BY THE HOUSING AUTHORITY, WILL BEGIN EARLY NEXT MONTH.

SIR PHILIP WAS TOLD THAT THE FIRST OF THE 11 000 RESIDENTS WERE EXPECTED TO MOVE INTO THEIR NEW HOMES IN 1986.

SIR PHILIP ALSO VIEWED DEVELOPMENT AT TUI MIN HOI, WHERE WORK IS PROGRESSING ON A RURAL HOUSING ESTATE FOR 1 500 PEOPLE, A SEWAGE PLANT AND SITES FOR LIGHT INDUSTRIES AND VILLAGE HOUSES.

LATER, HE VISITED SAI KUNG TOWN CENTRE WHERE HE WAS BRIEFED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR CHAN SUI-JEUNG, AND THE CHIEF ENGINEER, MR IAN MILLER.

MR CHAN SAID THAT IN THE PLANNING OF THE TOWN CENTRE, HIGH PRIORITY HAD BEEN ACCORDED TO RECREATION ACTIVITIES TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE POPULATION WHICH IS EXPECTED TO RISE FROM THE PRESENT 15 000 TO 40 000 BY 1996.

RECLAMATION WORK IS PROCEEDING WELL TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL LAND FOR THE TOWN CENTRE.

ON THE RECLAIMED LAND WILL BE A TRANSPORT COMPLEX, A TOWN HALL, CLINIC, TWO 12-STOREY COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL BLOCKS, AND A SWIMMING POOL.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER THE VISITS, SIR PHILIP SAID A LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY STRETCHING INTO THE NEXT CENTURY IS EXPECTED TO BE LAID DOWN BY JUNE NEXT YEAR.

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS NOW IN POSSESSION OF A SERIES OF VERY DETAILED SUB-REGIONAL STUDIES.

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THESE STUDIES INCLUDE THE NORTHEASTERN NEW TERRITORIES, THE NORTHWESTERN NEW TERRITORIES, THE HARBOUR AREA, LANTAU, JUNK BAY AND SAI KUNG.

THEY WILL HAVE TO BE CONSIDERED BY THE LAND DEVELOPMENT POLICY COMMITTEE, OF WHICH SIR PHILIP IS CHAIRMAN, SO THAT VARIOUS CONFLICTING CONSIDERATIONS BROUGHT OUT CAN BE RECONCILED.

ASKED HOW OPTIMISTIC HE WAS THAT STAGE TWO OF THE JUNK BAY DEVELOPMENT WOULD GO AHEAD, SIR PHILIP SAID THE LIKELIHOOD OF JUNK BAY PLAYING AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT WAS HIGH.

+WE HAVE COMMITTED OURSELVES TO A DESIGNED POPULATION OF 175 000 FOR JUNK BAY,+ HE SAID.

+WHAT ADDITIONAL ROLE IT WOULD PLAY IN THE LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT REMAINS TO BE SEEN.+

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION ON THE REVIEW OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED BY THE GOVERNOR YESTERDAY, SIR PHILIP SAID IT WAS TIME TO SEE WHETHER ANY IMPROVEMENT SHOULD BE MADE BASED ON EXPERIENCE OF THE 18 DISTRICT BOARDS.

THE REVIEW WILL INCLUDE THE ROLE OF THE DISTRICT BOARDS, THE METHOD OF MANNING THEM, THE METHOD OF SERVICING THEM VIA THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES AND SO ON, HE SAID.

+HAVING INTRODUCED A MEASURE OF REFORM, CLEARLY ONE WISHES TO ASSESS IT.

+ONE MUSTN’T BE COMPLACENT ABOUT THESE THINGS, AND ASSESSMENTS SHOULD BE A CONTINUING PROCESS,+ HE SAID.'

ASKED WHETHER THE ROLE OF THE DISTRICT BOARDS WOULD BE MORE IMPORTANT AFTER THE REVIEW, SIR PHILIP SAIDs +N0 WAY WOULD ANY REVIEW, I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT, DOWNGRADE THE ROLE OF THE DISTRICT BOARDS.+

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AUGUST MONETARY STATISTICS PUBLISHED * * * *

TOTAL MONEY SUPPLY INCREASED FAIRLY RAPIDLY DURING AUGUST, IT IS SHOWN IN MONETARY STATISTICS PUBLISHED TODAY.

HOWEVER, THE ENTIRE INCREASE IN THE BROADEST MEASURE, M3, CAME FROM THE FOREIGN CURRENCY COMPONENT, MUCH OF WHICH WAS DUE TO THE VALUATION EFFECT ARISING FROM THE DEPRECIATION OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR.

THERE WAS NO INCREASE IN HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS DURING THE MONTH BUT THERE WAS A SHIFT OF SUCH DEPOSITS FROM DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES TO BANKS. BY CONTRAST, FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY (EVEN AFTER ALLOWING FOR THE VALUATION EFFECT) WITH THE DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY SECTOR FURTHER INCREASING ITS SHARE OF SUCH DEPOSITS.

TOTAL LOANS AND ADVANCES INCREASED FURTHER, BUT AGAIN MUCH OF THE INCREASE CAME FROM THE FOREIGN CURRENCY COMPONENT, WHICH WAS SUBJECT TO THE VALUATION EFFECT. LOANS TO FINANCE HONG KONG’S VISIBLE TRADE WERE LITTLE CHANGED BUT OTHER LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG, WHICH ARE LARGELY DENOMINATED IN HONG KONG DOLLARS, REPORTED SOME INCREASE.

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HONG KONG DOLLAR MONEY SUPPLY

HK DOLLAR MONEY SUPPLY ON THE NARROWEST DEFINITION, HK$M1, ROSE BY 3 PER CENT FOLLOWING A FALL OF 0.5 PER CENT IN JULY. AS REGARDS THE BROADER DEFINITIONS, HK$M2 INCREASED BY 1.9 PER CENT WHILE HK$M3 REMAINED UNCHANGED. THE CORRESPONDING GROWTH RATES IN JULY WERE 2.7 PER CENT AND 2.8 PER CENT.

IN THE THREE MONTHS TO AUGUST , HK«M1 GREW BY 3.9 PER CENT, HK$M2 BY 6 PER CENT AND HK$M3 BY 2.6 PER CENT. OVER THE TWELVE MONTHS, THE CORRESPONDING GROWTH RATES WERE 13.5 PER CENT, 11.1 PER CENT AND 1.8 PER CENT. IF FOREIGN CURRENCY +SWAP+ DEPOSITS, WHICH SHOULD FOR MOST ANALYTICAL PURPOSES BE REGARDED AS DEPOSITS, WERE INCLUDED IN THE HK$ MONEY SUPPLY SERIES, IT IS LIKELY THAT THE BROADER MEASURES, HK$M2 AND HKSM3, WOULD EXHIBIT CONSIDERABLY STRONGER GROWTH OVER THE PAST YEAR.

TOTAL MONEY SUPPLY

TOTAL Ml DISPLAYED ITS USUAL VOLATILITY, RECORDING AN INCREASE OF 3.4 PER CENT IN AUGUST, FOLLOWING A DECREASE OF 4 PER CENT IN JULY. TOTAL M2 AND TOTAL M3 EXPERIENCED STEADY GROWTH. THE FORMER ROSE BY 3 .1 PER CENT FOLLOWING A RISE OF 2.8 PER CENT IN JULY, WHILE THE LATTER GREW BY 2.9 PER CENT, THE SAME AS IN JULY.

IN THE THREE MONTHS TO AUGUST, TOTAL Ml, M2 AND M3 INCREASED BY 5.1 PER CENT, 9 PER CENT AND 8 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

OVER THE TWELVE MONTHS, THE CORRESPONDING GROWTH RATES WERE ‘12.4 PER CENT, 33 PER CENT AND 25.5 PER CENT.

DEPOSITS

HK DOLLAR DEPOSITS FELL MARGINALLY BY 0.1 PER CENT IN AUGUST FOLLOWING A RISE, THE FIRST SINCE JANUARY, OF 2.9 PER CENT IN JULY. THERE WAS A RELATIVE SHIFT OF SUCH DEPOSITS FROM • DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES TO BANKS. HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS WITH DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES FELL BY 10.1 PER CENT IN AUGUST BUT THOSE WITH BANKS INCREASED BY 2 PER CENT. IN THE THREE MONTHS TO AUGUST, HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS INCREASED BY 2.7 PER CENT. OVER THE TWELVE MONTHS, THESE INCREASED BY ONLY 0.9 PER CENT.

FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS GREW BY 6.4 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH A RISE OF 3.4 PER CENT IN JULY. ADJUSTING FOR THE VALUATION EFFECT ARISING FROM THE DEPRECIATION OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR DURING THE MONTH, THE INCREASE IN AUGUST WAS ABOUT 2.5 PER CENT, WITH THE INCREASE OCCURRING MAINLY WITH DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES. IN THE THREE MONTHS TO AUGUST, FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS INCREASED BY 15 PER CENT. OVER THE TWELVE MONTHS, THESE INCREASED BY 67.4 PER CENT. AS EXPLAINED BEFORE, THESE GROWTH RATES INCLUDE THE VALUATION EFFECT AND WOULD ALSO BE LESS RAPID IF SWAP DEPOSITS WERE EXCLUDED.

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DEPOSITS HELD WITH REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES GREW BY 4.3 PER CENT. THIS WAS THE FIRST MONTHLY INCREASE SINCE NOVEMBER 1982.

LOANS AND ADVANCES

TOTAL LOANS AND ADVANCES EXTENDED BY BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ROSE BY 2.2 PER CENT IN AUGUST, FOLLOWING AN INCREASE CF 1.4 PER CENT IN JULY. IN THE THREE MONTHS TO AUGUST, THEY ROSE BY 4.4 PER CENT AND OVER THE TWELVE MONTHS BY 22.9 PER CENT. LOANS TO FINANCE HONG KONG’S VISIBLE TRADE GREW BY 0.4 PER CENT, LARGELY REFLECTING THE HIGHER HONG KONG DOLLAR VALUE OF THE FOREIGN CURRENCY LOANS OUTSTAND I NG,FOLLOW I NG THE 1 PER CENT DROP IN JULY. IN THE THREE MONTHS TO AUGUST, THEY FELL BY 0.9 PER CENT. OTHER LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG, HOWEVER, GREW BY 1.6 PER CENT, FOLLOWING A RISE OF 1.3 PER CENT IN JULY. AS THESE WERE LARGELY DENOMINATED IN HONG KONG DOLLARS, THE INCREASE IMPLIED SOME UNDERLYING INCREASE IN LENDING. IN THE THREE MONTHS TO AUGUST, THESE INCREASED BY 4 PER CENT.

FOREIGN CURRENCY POSITIONS

THE SPOT FOREIGN CURRENCY POSITION OF THE MONETARY SECTOR AT THE END OF AUGUST SHOWS NET LIABILITIES OF $25 BILLION, COMPARED WITH $25.4 BILLION AT THE END OF JULY. BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES HAD NET LIABILITIES OF $17.1 BILLION AND $7.9 BILLION RESPECTIVELY. STATISTICS COLLECTED (ON THE BASIS OF SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT DEFINITIONS) BY THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES SHOW THAT AT THE END OF AUGUST THE MONETARY SECTOR HAD NET SPOT LIABILITIES OF $25.5 BILLION, WHICH WERE MORE THAN COVERED BY NET FORWARD FOREIGN CURRENCY ASSETS OF $49.6 BILLION.

LIQUIDITY RATIOS

THE AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO (AS DEFINED IN S.18 OF THE BANKING ORDI-NANCE) FOR ALL BANKS FELL MARGINALLY TO 48.5 PER CENT FROM 48.8 PER CENT IN JULY. THE AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO (AS DEFINED IN S.24A OF THE DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY ORDINANCE) FOR ALL DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ROSE SUBSTANTIALLY TO 66.2 PER CENT FROM 62.9 PER CENT IN JULY.

NUMBERS OF REPORTING INSTITUTIONS

THE NUMBER OF REPORTING LICENSED BANKS INCREASED BY 1 TO 133. THE NUMBER OF LICENSED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES REMAINED UNCHANGED AT 29 AND THE NUMBER OF REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES INCREASED BY 1 TO 320.

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Monetary Statistics - August 19gJ

Money Supply August 198? J ul y Earlier months HKSmn August 1982

(% change 19P.3 ♦0 August 1983) tiny IQ®

M1 - HK# Foreign Currency Total 27.351 2,384 29,735 26,560 2,1.% ?«,7*t6 (♦3.0%) (+9.1%) (+3-4%) 26,317 1,971 28,288 (■» 3.9%) (+21.0%) (+ 5.1%) 24,095 2,365 26,460 (+13.5%) (+ 0.8a>) (+12.4%

M2 - EKS Foreign Currency Total 127,299 116,376 244,176 124,922 111,915 236,837 (+1.9%) (+4.4%) (+3.1«) 120,0"3 103,992 224,075 (+ 6.0%) (+12.4%) (+ 9.0%) 114,611 68,986 183,597 (+11.1%) (+69.4%) (+33.0%)

M3 - -IK? Foreign Currency Total 1'♦9,229 139,415 288,643 U9,235 151,211 280,^6 ( = ) ( + 6.314) ( + 2.9.6) 1^5^37 1?1,c94 ?t'7,33C (♦ 2.6%) (+14.4%) (+ 8.0%) 146,597 83,311 229,90? (+ 1.8a. (+67.3*>) (+25.5%)

Deposits

Dornan a deposits 17,811 16,9*48 ( + 5.W 16,724 (+ 6.5%) 16,226 (■4- 9.8)v

Savings deposit 71,487 70,652 (+1.2%) 63,17? (+ 4.9%) 61,652 (+16.0%)

Time deposits with banks 138,051 132,453 (+4.2%) 122,368 (+12.8%) 91,822 (+50.3%)

Time deposits with rttes 43,220 (+1.7%) 42,082 (+ 2.7%) 45,125 (- 4.2%

All HKS deposits 13/4,954 ,043 (-0.1%) 131,375 (+ 2.7%) 133,793 (+ 0.9%)

All ioreign currency deposits 135,615 127,493 (4 117,971 (+15.0%) 81,032 (+67.4%)

Total 270,569 262,r>36 (+3.1%) 249,347 (+ 8.5%) 214,826 (+25.9%

Loans e.nd advances

To finance long Koftg’s visible trade 28,096 27,90? (+0.4%) 28,346 (- 0.9%) 24,956 (+12.6%)

To finance merchandising trade not touching Hong Kong 2,630 2,730 (-3.7%) 2,633 (- 0.1%) 2,770 (- 5.15

Other loans for use in Hong Kong 2'5.825 2<?,674 1 * 1. C*>) 197,O28 (+ 4.0%) 174,859 (+17.7%)

Other loans for use outside Hong Kong i?n,??8 119,840 (+3.8%) 113,333 (4 6.1%) 89,664 ( + 34.1%'

Other loans where the place of use is net known 17,109 V-,712 (♦2.6%) 16,030 (+ 7.0%) 11,905 (+44.o%)

All loans in HKS 194,36-5 194,248 ( +0.1$) 189,730 (♦ 2.4%) 173,057 (+12.3%'

All loans in foreign currencies 17:>,563 1-1,699 (•4.6(6) l68,Mi0 (4 6 • 6%) 131,096 (+37.0%)

Tot al 373, V’ ,9f*7 (+2.2%) 358,170 (4 304,153 (+22.9%)

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CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES INSPECTED * * * *

THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR DAVID JEAFFRESON, VISITED THREE INSTITUTIONS OF THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT TODAY (THURSDAY) TO LOOK OVER VARIOUS FACILITIES AND THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMMES FOR YOUNG OFFENDERS.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, THOMAS GARNER, MR JEAFFRESON FIRST VISITED THE CAPE COLLINSON CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION ON HONG KONG ISLAND, WHERE HE SAW V UNG OFFENDERS BEING GIVEN VOCATIONAL TRAINING IN VARIOUS TRADES, I CLUDING TAILORING, CARPENTRY, ELECTRICAL FITTING AND INSTALLATION.

THE CAPE COLLINSON CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION IS A TRAINING CENTRE FOR YOUNG MALE OFFENDERS BELOW 21 YEARS OF AGE, WHO HAVE TO ATTEND HALF-DAY OF SCHOOLING AND HALF-DAY OF VOCATIONAL TRAINING.

MR JEAFFRESON ALSO TOURED THE CLOSED CENTRE FOR REFUGEES NEXT TO THE INSTITUTION, WHERE HE SAW REFUGEES ATTENDING STUDY CLASSES. HE TALKED TO SOME OF THEM AT THE DORMITORY AND THE SICK BAY. THERE ARE AT PRESENT OVER SIX HUNDRED REFUGEES LIVING THERE.

MR JEAFFRESON THEN PROCEEDED TO THE TAI TAM GAP CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION TO LOOK AT THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMMES AND FACILITIES PROVIDED FOR THE YOUNG FEMALE OFFENDERS, WHICH INCLUDE LAUNDRY AND TAILORING WORKSHOPS, TYPING CLASS, BEAUTY SALOON AND A TRAINING RESTAURANT.

HE CONCLUDED HIS VISIT AT PHOENIX HOUSE IN KOWLOON, WHICH IS A HALF-WAY HOUSE OPENED RECENTLY FOR PEOPLE DISCHARGED FROM ’ TRAINING AND DETENTION CENTRES. HE LOOKED OVER VARIOUS FACILITIES THERE, INCLUDING THE SITTING ROOM, DORMITORY, KITCHEN, LIBRARY AND SICK BAY.

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FIRST DISTRICT FESTIVAL FOR WONG TAI SIN RESIDENTS XXX

„ THE FIRST WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT FESTIVAL, FEATURING 36 ITEMS SUNDAYRfnrTnSrp o^D CULTURAL ACTIVITIES, WILL BE HELD FROM

. ANNOUNCING DETAILS OF THE PROGRAMME OF THE TWO-MONTH FESTIVAL AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (THURSDAY), THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ASS+MEANINGFUL+SING C0MM,TTEE’ MR ALBERT LI, DESCRIBED THE EVENT

w.e ,HE^A'D W?NG TAI SIN DISTRICT, WITH A POPULATION OF 500 000, WAS A BIG FAMILY, AND SUCH A BIG FAMILY +NEEDS A LITTLE EXTRA TO MAKE THEIR LIFE MORE PLEASANT, A LITTLE VARIETY TO BRIGHTEN THEIR DAY.+

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 1983

+THE MAIN THEME OF THE FESTIVAL IS ’WONG TAI SIN IS MY HOME’.

+ITS OBJECTIVES ARE TO ENHANCE INTEREST IN CULTURE, ART, SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, PROMOTE DISTRICT IDENTITY AND SENSE OF BELONGING AMONG LOCAL RESIDENTS, AND FOSTER THE SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY BUILDING THROUGH THE ORGANISATION OF AND PARTICIPATION IN THE PROGRAMME,* HE SAID.

SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FESTIVAL INCLUDE PERFORMANCES BY THE URBAN COUNCIL’S HONG KONG CHINESE ORCHESTRA, THE HONG KONG DANCE COMPANY, THE WONG TAI SIN CHILDREN’S CHOIR AND THE CHOR FUNG MING OPERA TROUPE, WHILE THE RENOWNED PHOTOGRAPHER, WATER POON, WILL GIVE AN EXHIBITION OF HIS WORKS ON THE YELLOW RIVER.

IN ADDITION, THE FESTIVAL WILL INCLUDE THE DAILY PROGRAMME OF THE ASIAN ARTS FESTIVAL WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE MORSE PARK OPEN AIR THEATRE BETWEEN OCTOBER 19 AND NOVEMBER 3. THE PROGRAMME WILL CONSIST OF PHILHARMONIC AND CHORAL CONCERT, MODERN DANCE, PUPPET SHOW, DRAMA, ACROBATIC SHOW AND PERFORMANCE BY VISITING GROUPS.

THE FESTIVAL IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT ARTS COUNCIL, THE URBAN COUNCIL, THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT RECREATION AND SPORTS COUNCIL, THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT, AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR PHILIP CHOK, PRAISED THE DISTRICT ARTS COUNCIL AND THE RECREATION AND SPORTS COUNCIL FOR THEIR CONTINUED EFFORTS IN THE PROMOTION AND ORGANISATION OF RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

HE SAID A TOTAL OF $300 000 HAD BEEN ALLOCATED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD TO THE TWO COUNCILS FOR THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR. OF THIS $150 000 WILL BE CONTRIBUTED TOWARDS ORGANISING THE FESTIVAL.

STARTING TOMORROW, FREE TICKETS FOR MOST OF THE EVENTS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS FROM THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES.

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PARENTS TOLD TO RETURN PRIMARY ONE FORMS

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THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TODAY REMINDED PARENTS WHO WANT TO APPLY FOR PRIMARY 1 PLACES FOR THEIR CHILDREN IN GOVERNMENT OR AIDED SCHOOLS IN SEPTEMBER 1984 THAT THEY. MUST RETURN THEIR APPLICATION FORMS BY TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

PARENTS WHO WISH TO APPLY FOR A DISCRETIONARY PLACE IN A PARTICULAR GOVERNMENT OR AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOL SHOULD RETURN THEIR COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS TO THAT SCHOOL DIRECT DURING SCHOOL HOURS.

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IF PARENTS DO NOT WISH TO APPLY FOR A DISCRETIONARY PLACE IN ANY PARTICULAR SCHOOL, THEY SHOULD RETURN THE COMPLETED APPLICATION FORM DURING OFFICE HOURS TO ONE OF THE FOLLOWING COLLECTION CENTRES FOR CENTRAL ALLOCATION BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT :

* LUI KEE EDUCATION SERVICES CENTRE (269 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, 2/F., HONG KONG)

* EDUCATION DEPARTMENT KOWLOON SUB-OFFICE (405 NATHAN ROAD, 6/F., KOWLOON)

* EDUCATION DEPARTMENT MA TAU KOK SUB-OFFICE (1 MA TAU KOK ROAD, 1/F., KOWLOON)

* DISTRICT OFFICE, SHA TIN

(2 TUNG LO WAN HILL ROAD, SHA TIN, N.T.)

* DISTRICT OFFICE, TAI PO (TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, TING KOK ROAD, TAI PO, N.T.)

* DISTRICT OFFICE, TSUEN WAN (FOO WAH CENTRE, 2/F., 210 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN, N.T.)

M DISTRICT OFFICE, TUEN MUN

(201 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TUEN MUN, N.T.)

H DISTRICT OFFICE, YUEN LONG

(269 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, YUEN LONG, N.T.)

* DISTRICT OFFICE, NORTH, FANLING SUB-OFFICE (JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FANLING, N.T.)

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ANTI-DRUGS MESSAGE SPREAD THROUGH DRAMA * * * * *

AS PART OF THE TERRITORY-WIDE PREVENTIVE EDUCATION PROGRAMME, THREE EPISODES OF A TELEVISION DRAMA ENTITLED +CROSSROAD+, HAVING AN ANTI-NARCOTICS THEME, WILL BE SHOWN ON TVB JADE AT 7.30 PM ON SUCCESSIVE SUNDAYS (OCTOBER 9, 16 AND 23).

THE DRAMA SERIES IS PRODUCED BY RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG.

IN SPREADING THE ANTl-NARCOTICS MESSAGE, THE PRODUCERS USED DIFFERENT APPROACHES TO HIGHLIGHT THE DANGERS OF DRUGS.

THE FIRST STORY FEATURES AN INNOCENT TEENAGE BOY WHO FAILS TO RESIST MATERIAL TEMPTATION AND BECOMES A DRUG COURIER, AND EVENTUALLY A DRUG ADDICT. TO PAY FOR THE DRUGS, HE HAS TO COMMIT CRIME.

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THE SECOND STORY, +POCKET MONEY* APPEALS TO PARENTS TO GIVE THEIR CHILDREN MORE LOVE AND CARE, INSTEAD OF MONEY. A YOUTH FROM A RICH BUT BROKEN FAMILY WITHOUT LOVE AND CARE TURNS TO DRUGS TO ESCAPE THE FRUSTRATION AND DISAPPOINTMENT OF FAMILY LIFE.

THE THIRD STORY DESCRIBES A PROSTITUTE’S TRAGIC LIFE.

A POOR GIRL SELLS HERSELF TO BUY DRUGS. AS A RESULT, SHE LOSES HER HUSBAND, HER SON, HER MOTHER AND HER HEALTH. FINALLY SHE IS ARRESTED. SHE IS GIVEN TREATMENT, AND AFTER A HARD STRUGGLE, - AND REHABILITATION - SHE EVENTUALLY OVERCOMES THE DRUG HABIT.

COMMENTING ON THE SERIES, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NARCOTICS DIVISION, GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, SAID, +WE HOPE THROUGH THIS DRAMA SERIES, THE ANT I-NARCOTICS MESSAGE WILL GET THROUGH TO OUR YOUNG PEOPLE AND THEIR PARENTS.*

PARENTS PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN COMMUNITY ACTION AGAINST DRUGS. THEY ARE IN THE BEST POSITION TO PROVIDE EMOTIONAL SUPPORT AND TO ENCOURAGE THEIR CHILDREN TO ENGAGE IN HEALTHY RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, HE ADDED.

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MORE YUEN LONG LAND BEING FORMED # * # #

A $45.5 MILLION CONTRACT FOR THE FORMATION OF ABOUT 19 HECTARES CF LAND IN YUEN LONG NEW TOWN WAS AWARDED TODAY BY THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT TO NISHIMATSU CONSTRUCTION COMPANY LIMITED.

THE CONTRACT WAS SIGNED THIS MORNING BY MR LEE SHING-SEE, CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT BRANCH OF THE DEPARTMENT, AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE COMPANY.

MR LEE SAID THAT THE LAND FORMED WOULD BE FOR RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT, GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTION AND COMMUNITY USES AND OPEN SPACE PURPOSES.

ALSO INCLUDED IN THE CONTRACT WILL BE THE FORMATION OF THE YUEN LONG WEST TEMPORARY HOUSING SITE AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF ROADS AND DRAINAGE.

WORK ON THE CONTRACT IS EXPECTED TO TAKE ABOUT 24 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES SURVEY UNDERWAY * * * *

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT IS THIS MONTH CONDUCTING A SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL IN MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY.

THE SURVEY COVERS ABOUT 90 000 ESTABLISHMENTS DRAWN FROM VARIOUS SECTORS, INCLUDING THE DISTRIBUTIVE TRADES (WHOLESALE RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS) AND SERVICES (TRANSPORT, STORAGE AND COMMUNICATION; FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES; COMMUNITY, SOCIAL AND PERSONAL SERVICES), WITH FULL ENUMERATION OF INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS (MINING AND QUARRYING, MANUFACTURING, ELECTRICITY AND GAS).

QUESTIONNAIRES HAVE BEEN MAILED TO INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENTS AND REMINDERS ARE NOW BEING SENT TO THOSE THAT HAVE NOT RESPONDED.

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS ORDER 1982 (LEGAL NOTICE NO.69 OF 1982, GAZETTED ON MARCH 5, 1982), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT SAID, ESTABLISHMENTS RECEIVING QUESTIONNAIRES ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AND RETURN THEM TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WITHIN THE SPECIFIED PERIOD

INFORMATION IS BEING SOUGHT ON THE NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED AND EXISTING VACANCIES ON SEPTEMBER 30, 1983 IN EACH ESTABLISHMENT. SOME 10 000 ESTABLISHMENTS HAVE BEEN SELECTED FROM THE SAMPLE TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON PAYROLL-IN EACH OF THE THREE MONTHS DURING THE REFERENCE PERIOD OF JULY - SEPTEMBER 1983.

RESPONDENTS HAVING DIFFICULTY IN COMPLETING THE FORMS ARE WELCOME TO CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT FOR ASSISTANCE AT THE FOLLOWING TELEPHONE NUMBERS (PRINTED AT THE BACK OF THE SURVEY FORMS)

5-436551

5-455661

5-444301

5-455668

LABOUR LAW COURSES ARRANGED * * * *

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WILL RUN A SERIES OF EIGHT COURSES ON THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE IN NOVEMBER, WITH A VIEW TO STRENGTHENING LABOUR RELATIONS IN HONG KONG.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (THURSDAY), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE COURSES WERE BEING ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S LABOUR RELATIONS PROMOTION UNIT AND WERE OPEN TO EMPLOYERS, EMPLOYEES, MANAGEMENT STAFF AND TRADE UNION OFFICIALS.

ALL THE COURSES WOULD BE CONDUCTED IN THE PLAZA HOTEL, CAUSEWAY BAY, WITH THE FIRST TWO STARTING ON NOVEMBER 1.

THE COURSE FEE IS $30 PER PERSON (INCLUDING TEA), AND THE DEADLINE FOR ENROLMENT IS NEXT WEDNESDAY (OCTOBER 12).

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ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE COURSES CAN BE MADE BY CONTACTING hR EDDIE TANG AT 5-291002.

THE COURSES WILL FOCUS ON THE PROVISIONS OF THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE, INCLUDING CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT, SEVERANCE PAY, STATUTORY HOLIDAYS, PAID ANNUAL LEAVE, REST DAYS, SICKNESS ALLOWANCE AND MATERNITY PROTECTION.

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SOUVENIRS FOR EMPLOYERS M * M

THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR RON BRIDGE, WILL PRESENT SOUVENIRS TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO 10 LOCAL EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE EMPLOYED THE LARGEST NUMBER OF DISABLED PEOPLE THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT’S SELECTIVE PLACEMENT SERVICE.

THE PRESENTATION WILL BE HELD IN THE BANQUET HALL, 27TH FLOOR, HOTEL PLAZA, CAUSEWAY BAY, AT 4 PM.

THE EMPLOYERS ARE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, HONG KONG SECURITY LTD., EWIG INTERNATIONAL (FAR EAST) LTD., ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE, FACTORY FOR THE BLIND, LAM SOON CO. LTD., SWANK INTERNATIONAL OPTICAL CO. LTD., UTOPIAN ELECTRONICS LTD., TURRY ELECTRONICS MFC., AND WARP ICON GARMENT LTD.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRESENTATION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

ROAD SAFETY NIGHT BEING HELD

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A ROAD SAFETY NIGHT, FEATURING FOUR HOURS OF GAMES AND COMPETITIONS, WILL BE HELD AT THE SHA TSUI ROAD PLAYGROUND IN TSUEN WAN STARTING AT 6 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE EVENT, SCHEDULED FOR LAST FRIDAY BUT WAS POSTPONED DUE TO THE BAD WEATHER, IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE DISTRICT’S ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE POLICE.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS ELAINE CHUNG; THE POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR D.J. GALLOWAY; AND THE DIVISIONAL SUPERINTENDENT, TRAFFIC DIVISION/NEW TERRITORIES, MR RON CL IBBORN-DYER WILL OFFICIATE AT AN OPENING CEREMONY AT 8 PM.

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE EVENT.

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SEMINAR ON CLASS LIBRARIES XXX

A SEMINAR ON CLASS LIBRARIES WILL BE HELD BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S LIBRARY SECTION FOR HEADS OF PRIMARY SCHOOLS TOWARDS THE END OF THIS MONTH.

THE SEMINAR AIMS AT ACQUAINTING PRIMARY SCHOOL HEADS WITH THE CLASS LIBRARY SCHEME IMPLEMENTED AT PRIMARY 5 AND 6 LEVELS IN ALL GOVERNMENT AND AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOLS SINCE SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR.

HEADS OF TWO PILOT SCHOOLS WILL BE INVITED TO GIVE TALKS ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF CLASS LIBRARY SERVICE IN THEIR RESPECTIVE SCHOOLS.

THE SEMINAR WILL BE CONDUCTED IN THE MORNING OF OCTOBER 29 AT LA SALLE PRIMARY SCHOOL, ID LA SALLE ROAD, KOWLOON.

OWING TO LIMITED ACCOMMODATION, ACCEPTANCE WILL BE ON A ’F IRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED* BASIS.

HEADS OF SCHOOLS WISHING TO ATTEND THE SEMINAR SHOULD SEND THEIR APPLICATIONS TO THE SENIOR INSPECTOR, LIBRARY SECTION, ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, 5/F., HYSAN AVENUE, HONG KONG ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 15.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE AT THE LIBRARY SECTION AT 5-8392258.

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SPORTS TRIALS CONTINUE M X M

THE SECOND AND THIRD HEATS OF THE 1983 INTER-SCHOOL OLYMPIAD ORGANISED IN SUPPORT OF THE ANT I-SMOKING PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN, WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY (OCTOBER 8 AND 9) AT THE MONGKOK STADIUM.

MORE THAN 67 TEAMS FROM SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN KOWLOON WILL BE COMPETING FOR THE RIGHT TO ENTER THE GRAND FINAL WHICH WILL BE HELD AT THE WAN CHAI SPORTS GROUND ON NOVEMBER 5.

REV FR. C.J. BARRETT, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE HONG KONG SCHOOL SPORTS ASSOCIATION, WILL PRESENT PRIZES TO WINNERS OF THE SATURDAY EVENT WHILE DR. S.M. KONG, MEMBER OF THE ANTI-SMOKING PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN STEERING COMMITTEE AND EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER OF THE HONG KONG HEART FOUNDATION, WILL PRESENT PRIZES ON SUNDAY.

BOTH HEATS WILL BEGIN AT 9 AM AND THE PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONIES WILL BE HELD AT 4 PM.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE TWO EVENTS. GIS STAFF WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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NOTE TO EDITORS*

SWIMMING GALA XXX

THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT’S NINTH ANNUAL SWIMMING GALA WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY (OCTOBER 8) AT THE MORRISON HILL SWIMMING POOL IN Ol KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI.

THERE WILL BE 25 EVENTS, INCLUDING SOME FOR FAMILIES OF STAFF.

THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR K.L. THONG, WILL PRESENT THE PRIZES.

THE SWIMMING GALA WILL START AT 1.30 PM, AND THE PRIZE PRESENTATION AT 5.30 PM.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

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YUEN LONG SWIMMERS TO COMPETE

X X X X X

ABOUT 200 SWIMMING ENTHUSIASTS IN YUEN LONG WILL COMPETE IN THE DISTRICT’S FIRST SWIMMING GALA ON SATURDAY (OCTOBER 8).

THE CONTESTANTS WILL TAKE PART IN 75 RACES, INCLUDING FREE STYLE, BACK STROKE, BREAST STROKE, BUTTERFLY AND RELAY.

THE EVENT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE YUEN LONG SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND THE YUEN LONG RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE.

TROPHIES AND MEDALS WILL BE AWARDED TO THE WINNERS WHO REPRESENT YUEN LONG TO COMPETE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES INTER-DISTRICT SWIMMING GALA ON NOVEMBER 17 TO BE HELD IN SHA TIN.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JAMES WILSON, WILL PRESENT THE PRIZES.

NOTE TO EDITORS*

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE FIRST YUEN LONG DISTRICT SWIMMING GALA TO BE HELD BETWEEN 1.30 PM AND 5.30 PM ON SATURDAY (OCTOBER 8) AT THE YUEN LONG PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL.

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BOWEN DRIVE TRAFFIC CHANGE

XXX

FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (OCTOBER 8), TRAFFIC ON BOWEN DRIVE WILL BE RE-ROUTED TWO-WAY FOR ABOUT SIX MONTHS TO ALLOW FOR LANDSLIDE PREVENTIVE MEASURES AT KENNEDY ROAD BESIDE BOWEN SWITCHING STATION.

HOWEVER, ENTRY THROUGH THE SOUTHERN END WILL BE LIMITED TO VEHICLES AUTHORISED IN WRITING BY THE AUTHORITY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 198}

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

BILL ON LAND EASEMENTS GAZETTED ........................... 1

•PRESSURES INCREASE FOR HIGHER TRANSPORT COSTS' ........... 1

UNOFFICIALS TO MOVE 'EMPLOYMENT BILL' AMENDMENTS .......... J

REPORT ON WORKERS' PROBLEMS ............................... J

OLD ID CARDS TO BECOME INVALID............................. 4

HOIMES TO HEAD FIRE SERVICES .............................. U

FEWER YOUNG MALES PROSECUTED FOR CRIME ..................   5

MORE JOBS FOUND FOR DISABLED ....................,......... 6

MTR ISLAND LINE PLAN 15A AMENDED.........................   7

TENDERS CALLED FOR KCR WORKS .............................. 7

PARK FIRE RISK STRESSED ................................... 8

TRADE, INDUSTRY CHIEF VISITS FACTORIES .................... 9

FESTIVAL TRAFFIC PLAN DETAILED ........................... 10

ORCHESTRAL MUSIC TRAINING OFFERED ........................ 11

+SAFETY AT WORK+ TO BE SHOWN ON TV ......................  13

SCHOOLS URGED TO SET UP ROAD SAFETY TEAMS ................ 1J

NEW SPORTS CENTRE PLANNED FOR TSUEN WAN .................. 14

ROAD SAFETY MESSAGE FOR TSUEN WAN RESIDENTS .............. 15

TECHNICAL INSTITUTES OFFER SHORT COURSES ................. 15

SEMINAR ON MEDICAL CAREERS ORGANISED ..................    16

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1983

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BILL ON LAND EASEMENTS GAZETTED

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A BILL, WHICH AIMS TO EXTEND THE POWERS OF THE GOVERNOR TO ACQUIRE EASEMENTS TO THE ACQUISITION OF OTHER PERMANENT RIGHTS AND TO TEMPORARY RIGHTS OF OCCUPATION, WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY.

THE BILL, KNOWN AS THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY (LAND RESUMPTION A*D RELATION PROVISIONS) AMENDMENT BILL 1983, WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON OCTOBER 12.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT UNDER THE EXISTING LEGISLATION THE GOVERNOR COULD ONLY CREATE, BY ORDER, EASEMENTS IN FAVOUR OF THE CROWN IN, UNDER OR OVER THE LAND IN THE RAILWAYS AREA FOR THE PURPOSES OF, AND INCIDENTAL TO, THE RAILWAY.

+THIS MEANS THAT THE POWER OF THE GOVERNOR IS LIMITED TO THE CREATION OF COMMON LAW EASEMENTS, WHEREAS IT MAY SOMETIMES BE NECESSARY TO ACQUIRE TEMPORARY AND PERMANENT RIGHTS, OTHER THAN COMMON LAW EASEMENTS, OVER LEASED LAND FOR THE PURPOSES Cr THE RAILWAY,* HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT AN EXAMPLE OF A PERMANENT RIGHT WHICH MIGHT NEED TO BE CREATED BUT COULD NOT BE PROVIDED BY MEANS OF A COMMON LAW EASEMENT RELATED TO GROUND ANCHORS.

THESE, HE ADDED, WERE ENGINEERING DEVICES WHICH MADE USE OF THE UNDERGROUND STRATA OF NEIGHBOURING LAND TO PROVIDE SUPPORT TO CONSTRUCTION BUT LEAVE IRRETRIEVABLE MATERIALS PERMANENTLY IN THE GROUND AFTER THAT SUPPORT WAS NO LONGER REQUIRED.

/ AN EXAMPLE OF A TEMPORARY RIGHT WHICH MIGHT BE REQUIRED BUT COULD NOT BE PROVIDED BY A COMMON LAW EASEMENT, HE ADDED, WAS WHERE TEMPORARY AND EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS OF ACCESS WERE REQUIRED TO A CONSTRUCTION SITE ON LEASED LAND.

THE AMENDMENTS INCLUDE PROPOSALS TO EXTEND THE PROVISIONS FOR COMPENSATION UNDER THE ORDINANCE.

THE BILL IS EXPECTED TO RECEIVE ITS SECOND AND THIRD READINGS ON NOVEMBER 9.

ANYONE WHO WISHES TO COMMENT ON THE PROVISIONS OF THE BILL CAN WRITE TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

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’PRESSURES INCREASE FOR HIGHER TRANSPORT COSTS’ ******

poccciJRFS ON THE OPERATORS OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES IN HONG KONG ARE INCREASING, SAID THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR PETER LEEDS.

MR LEEDS WAS ADDRESSING THE ROTARY CLUB OF HONG KONG ISLAND WEST TODAY.

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♦WE HAVE REACHED THE SITUATION WHERE EACH INCREMENT OF INVESTMENT IN TRANSPORT WILL GIVE LESS R.EAL RETURN. THE END RESULT IS THAT. WITH BOTH RISING CAPITAL AND OPERATING-COSTS AND DIMINISHING PROFITABILITY, THERE HAS BEEN INCREASED PRESSURE FOR FARES TO GO UP AT A HIGHER RATE THAN IN THE PAST,* PR LEEDS SAID.

FIGURES REVEALED THAT THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PASSENGERS CARRIED ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT INCREASED BY 97 PER CENT OVER THE PAST 20 vgARS — FROM 971 MILLION IN 1962 TO 1 919 MILLION IN 1982.

THE INCREASE IN DEMAND NECESSITATED THE EXPANSION OF THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT NETWORK, AND MUCH INVESTMENT.

♦BUT UNTIL RECENT YEARS FARE INCREASES WERE KEPT WELL BELOW tup RATES AT WHICH PERSONAL INCOMES AND THE CHARGES FOR OTHER SERVICES AND COMMODITIES WERE RIS ING,+ MR LEEDS SAID.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THIS WAS POSSIBLE BECAUSE THERE WERE OPPORTUNITIES FOR CONSIDERABLE SAVINGS IN OPERATING COSTS.

♦IN THE IMMEDIATE POST-WAR YEARS PUBLIC TRANSPORT WAS VERY PROFITABLE, SO PROFITABLE THAT MOST OF THE OPERATORS WERE ABLE TO PAY ROYALTIES TO GOVERNMENT. THE ROYALTIES WERE WAIVED SOME YEARS AGO TO HELP PRESERVE THE LOW FARE STRUCTURE,+ MR LEEDS SAID.

IN RECENT YEARS, MUCH OF THE FAT HAS BEEN TRIMMED OFF SO THAT ♦THERE HAS BEEN LESS OF A BUFFER TO SHIELD FARES FROM THE DIRECT EFFECTS OF INCREASED OPERATING COSTS*.

♦AT THE SAME TIME THERE HAS BEENK THE INCREASING ADVERSE FACTOR OF THE LOSS OF OPERATING EFFICIENCY THROUGH WORSENING ROAD CONGESTION,* MR LEEDS ADDED.

MR LEEDS POINTED OUT THAT IN THE LAST DECADE - 1972 TO 1982 THERE WAS AN UNPRECEDENTED MASSIVE EXPANSION IN THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT NETWORK 1

TWO NEW MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY LINES, WHICH NOW CARRY NEARLY 1.2 MILLION PASSENGERS A DAY. AN IMPROVED KCR SERVICE WHICH, WITH THE COMPLETION OF THE ELECTRIFICATION, IS NOW CARRYING 170 000 PASSENGERS A DAY. THE BUS COMPANIES HAVE INCREASED THEIR NUMBER OF PASSENGERS CARRIED PER DAY FROM 1.83 MILLION TO 3.5 MILLION.

♦THIS RAPID EXPANS ION,♦ SAID MR LEEDS, +WAS NECESSARY TO KET INCREASING DEMAND AND ALSO TO MAKE UP SOME OF THE SHORTCOMINGS IN THE QUALITY OF THE SERVICE THAT WAS EXPERIENCED BEFOREHAND.+

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE POLICY IN HONG KONG HAS BEEN TO KEEP FARES AS LOW AS POSSIBLE WITHOUT RECOURSE TO DIRECT SUBSIDIES. *S0 FAR THIS HAS BEEN ACHIEVED THROUGH THE COMMERCIAL EFFICIENCY THAT REMAINS A FEATURE OF THIS TERRITORY’S FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM,* HE SAID.

♦FOR THE TIME BEING, TRANSPORT COSTS ARE, COMPARED TO THE OTHER ESSENTIALS OF LIFE, STILL RELATIVELY LOW,+ MR LEEDS

SAID.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1983

UNOFFICIALS TO MOVE 'EMPLOYMENT BILL’ AMENDMENTS *****

UNOFFICIAL MEMBER MR T.S. LO WILL MOVE AMENDMENTS CLAUSES OF THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983 DURING COMMITTEE STAGE OF THE BILL IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON WEDNESDAY (OCTOBER 12).

TO FIVE THE MEETING

MR LO IS A MEMBER OF THE AD HOC GROUP OF 22 UNOFFICIAL LEGCO MEMBERS CONSIDERING THE BILL.

THE CONVENOR OF THE AD HOC GROUP IS MR PETER C. WONG.

MR LO WILL MOVE AMENDMENTS TO THE EFFECT THAT THE MAXIMUM ACCUMULATION OF PAID SICK LEAVE TO 120 DAYS BE DIVIDED INTO TWO CATEGORIES. CATEGORY 1 COMPRISES 36 DAYS WHICH AN EMPLOYEE CAN CLAIM IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CURRENT PROVISIONS AND CATEGORY 2 COMPRISES THE REMAINING 84 DAYS WHICH THE EMPLOYEE CAN TAKE ONLY ON PRODUCTION OF A MEDICAL CERTIFICATE ISSUED BY A MEDICAL PRACTITIONER ATTENDING THE EMPLOYEE AS AN OUT-PATIENT OR IN-PATIENT IN A HOSPITAL.

HE WILL ALSO PROPOSE TO REDUCE THE SICK LEAVE EARNING RATE TO TWO DAYS PER MONTH FOR THE FIRST YEAR OF EMPLOYMENT AND FOUR DAYS PER MONTH FOR THE SECOND YEAR ONWARDS.

THE BILL ORIGINALLY PROVIDED FOR TWO DAYS PER MONTH FOR THE FIRST THREE MONTHS AND FOUR DAYS PER MONTH THEREAFTER.

DURING THE COMMITTEE STAGE, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, RON BRIDGE, WILL MOVE AN AMENDMENT THAT THE BILL, IF PASSED, ♦SHALL COME INTO OPERATION OF A DAY TO BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR BY NOTICE IN THE GAZETTE.♦

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REPORT ON WORKERS’ PROBLEMS * * *

A PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF A REPORT SUBMITTED BY THE WORKING GROUP ON PROBLEMS EXPERIENCED BY WORKERS OF COMPANIES IN RECEIVERSHIP WILL BE HELD IN THE GIS THEATRE AT 3.30 PM ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 10).

THE CONFERENCE WILL BE ATTENDED BY MR RON BRIDGE, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR’ MR E.J. DAVISON, DEPUTY PRINCIPAL SOLICITOR OF THE OFFICIAL RECEIVER’S OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT, AND MR ALFRED CHAN, SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CONFERENCE.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1983

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OLD ID CARDS TO BECOME INVALID

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THE OLD IDENTITY CARDS ISSUED TO MALE RESIDENTS BORN BETWEEN 1964 AND 1960 WILL BE DECLARED INVALID AT THE END OF THIS MONTH, THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY).

THESE WILL BE THE FIRST LOT OF OLD ID CARDS TO BE INVALIDATED SINCE THE INTRODUCTION OF THE NEW ID CARD ISSUE SCHEME.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN WARNED THAT ANYONE IN THE ABOVE AGE GROUPS FOUND TO BE HOLDING AN OLD ID CARD AFTER IT HAS BECOME INVALID IS BOUND TO SUFFER INCONVENIENCE AND MAY EVEN BE LIABLE TO PROSECUTION.

HE SAID THAT THESE AGE GROUPS HAD BEEN GIVEN AMPLE TIME TO CHANGE THEIR OLD CARDS FOR NEW ONES DURING VARIOUS PHASES OF THE SCHEME.

THE SPOKESMAN SA IDs +ACCORDING TO OUR RECORDS, MORE THAN 300 000 OUT OF AN ESTIMATED TOTAL OF 313 800 MEN WITHIN THESE AGE BRACKETS HAVE APPLIED FOR NEW ID CARDS, LEAVING AN OUTSTANDING FIGURE OF ABOUT 5 000.+

+APART FROM THOSE WHO ARE BELIEVED TO BE AWAY FROM HONG KONG, THE REST ARE ADVISED TO VISIT THE EIGHT ISSUE OFFICES DURING THE CURRENT PHASE ENDING ON OCTOBER 29,+ HE SAID.

THESE OFFICES ARE OPEN BETWEEN 8 AM AND 9.30 PM, MONDAYS TO SATURDAYS.

THOSE WHO ARE AWAY FROM HONG KONG AND WILL NOT BE BACK BEFORE THE DEADLINE SHOULD APPLY WITHIN 30 DAYS OF THEIR RETURN.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO REMINDED EMPLOYERS THAT UNDER THE IMMIGRATION ORDINANCE, THEY ARE REQUIRED TO UPDATE THE RECORDS OF THEIR EMPLOYEES AND NOTE DOWN THEIR NEW IDENTITY CARD NUMBERS.

+ANY EMPLOYER WHO IS NOT SURE OF HOW TO GO ABOUT IT MAY SEEK ADVICE FROM THE WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS DIVISION OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT,+ HE ADDED.

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HOLMES TO HEAD FIRE SERVICES * * * 4

THE DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES, MR FREDERICK WATSON, WILL BE RETIRING FROM PUBLIC SERVICE IN APRIL 1984.

HE WILL BE SUCCEEDED BY MR ROBERT HOLMES, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES, WHOSE PROMOTION HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE SECRETARY CF .STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS.

/HR WATSON .......

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MR WATSON JOINED THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AS A STATION OFFICER IN MARCH 1955. HE GAINED SUCCESSIVE PROMOTIONS TO BECOME DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES IN SEPTEMBER 1975.

MR HOLMES, AGED 52, JOINED THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT IN AUGUST 1957 AS A STATION OFFICER.

HE WAS PROMOTED TO ASSISTANT DIVISIONAL OFFICER IN DECEMBER 1961, TO DIVISIONAL OFFICER IN MAY 1962, TO SENIOR FIRE OFFICER I IN NOVEMBER 1965, TO ASSISTANT CHIEF FIRE OFFICER IN FEBRUARY 1968 AND TO CHIEF FIRE OFFICER IN JUNE'1970.

HE HAS BEEN DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES SINCE AUGUST 1981 AND HAS ACTED AS DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS.

MR HOLMES WAS AWARDED THE COLONIAL POLICE MEDAL FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE IN 1970 AND THE QUEEN’S FIRE SERVICES MEDAL IN 1974.

HE WAS APPOINTED AN OFFICIAL JUSTICE OF THE PEACE IN JULY 1979.

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FEWER YOUNG MALES PROSECUTED FOR CRIME O * *

thp &UMBER OF YOUNG MALES AGED BETWEEN 14 AND 20 PROSECUTED

the

MCEHTLY RECONSTITUTED EIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE.

tmp COMMITTEE AT ITS THIRD MEETING TO—DAY, WAS TOLD THERE HAD BEEN A 5.84 PER CENT DROP COMPARED WITH THE SAME THREE MONTHS LAST YEAR.

THF MOST SIGNIFICANT DECLINE WAS RECORDED IN SEPTEMBER WHEN A TOTaC 0? 673 YOUNG MALES WERE PROSECUTED, A DECREASE OF 155, OR 18.7 PER CENT, WHEN COMPARED TO SEPTEMBER, 1982.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COMMITTEE SAID I’’THE FIGURES ARE MOST ENCOURAGING AND HOPEFULLY, THE NUMBER OF YOUNG MEN BECOMING Involved in CRIME Sill continue to decline.”

THE COMMITTEE DISCUSSED MATTE^ AS DIVERSE AS SECURITY oAinowiTu amd iPWPL LFRY SHOPS. THE USE OF FIREARMS IN CRIMt, TlvS^P DELINQUENCY TRIADS, ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF HANDCUFFS, IDENTIFICATION^PARADE ?ROCEDURES AND D1STRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEES.

THE COMMITTEE WILL SUBMIT ITS FIRST SIX MONTHLY REPORT TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL IN DECEMBER.

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MORE JOBS FOUND FOR DISABLED * * * *

THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT FOUND JOBS FOR 792 DISABLED PERSONS IN THE YEAR ENDING IN AUGUST — A 53 PER CENT INCREASE OVER THE PREVIOUS 12 MONTHS.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR RON BRIDGE, WHEN HE PRESENTED SOUVENIR PLAQUES TO THE 10 LOCAL EMPLOYERS WHO EMPLOYED THE LARGEST NUMBER OF DISABLED PERSONS THROUGH THE SERVICE.

HE SAID ALSO THAT. THE INCREASED PLACEMENT RATE SHOULD BE SEEN IN THE CONTEXT OF THE DIFFICULT ECONOMIC SITUATION DURING THE YEAR UNDER REVIEW.

+S0 IT IS CLEAR THAT EMPLOYERS HAVE SHOWN GREATER SUPPORT FOR THE EMPLOYMENT OF DISABLED PEOPLE. I AM CONFIDENT THIS IMPROVEMENT WILL CONTINUE AND AM PARTICULARLY GRATEFUL TO’THOSE EMPLOYERS, SUCH AS THOSE REPRESENTED HERE TODAY, -WHO HAVE TAKEN A LEAD.+ HE SAID.

REFERRING TO THE INSCRIPTION, +FRIENDSHIP, A WAY TO INTEGRATION+, — ON THE PLAQUE, MR BRIDGE POINTED OUT THAT THIS HAD BEEN CHOSEN BY THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC EDUCATION ON REHABILITATION AS THE THEME OF ALL ACTIVITIES RELATING TO REHABILITATION WORK FOR 1983.

MR BRIDGE SAID THAT WHEN A DtSABLED PERSON FOUND HIMSELF IN A NEW WORKING ENVIRONMENT HE WOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS ABLE-BODIED FELLOW WORKERS AND SUPERVISORS. HE STRESSED THAT A PATIENT AND UNDERSTANDING ATTITUDE FROM COLLEAGUES AND SUPERVISORS WOULD HELP TO RELIEVE THIS ANXIETY AND HELP HIM TO ADJUST QUICKLY.

HOWEVER, HE POINTED OUT THAT THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR HELPING A DISABLED PERSON ADJUST TO A NEW WORK ENVIRONMENT DID NOT LIE SOLELY WITH HIS EMPLOYER.

THE SERVICE, ON ITS PARTS, HAD RECENTLY PURCHASED NEW WORK SAMPLE KITS TO HELP PLACEMENT OFFICERS UNDERSTAND THE APTITUDES AND CAPABILITIES OF JOB-SEEKERS IN STILL GREATER DETAIL. IN ADDITION, THE SERVICES Or THE MULTI-DISCIPLINARY VOCATIONAL ASSESSMENT CENTRE WERE BEING USED FOR MORE COMPREHENSIVE VOCATIONAL ASSESSMENT OF DISABLED PERSONS.

PLACEMENT OFFICERS ALSO MAINTAINED CLOSE CONTACT WITH THE EMPLOYER AND THE DISABLED PERSON DURING HIS FIRST THREE MONTHS ON THE JOB SO THAT THEY COULD HELP RESOLVE ANY PROBLEMS WHICH MIGHT ARISE.

REFERRING TO THE EMPLOYAID FUND SCHEME SET UP EARLY THIS YEAR. MR BRIDGE SAID THAT EMPLOYERS COULD OBTAIN REFUNDS FROM THE SCHEME FOR EXPENDITURE INCURRED IN ADAPTING THEIR PREMISES 10 TAKE ON DISABLED PEOPLE.

IN CONCLUSION, HE ALSO THANKED 235 OTHER EMPLOYERS EACH OF WHOM HAD GIVEN AN EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY TO AT LEAST ONE DISABLED PERSON DURING THE PAST YEAR.

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MTR ISLAND LINE PLAN 15A AMENDED * * * M

THE EXISTING RAILWAY AREA PLAN NO. 15A FOR THE ISLAND LINE OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY BETWEEN VICTORIA PARK AND SHAU KEI WAN. HAS BEEN AMENDED BY THE DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT in Accordance with the provisions of the mass transit railway (LAND RESUMPTION AND RELATED PROVISIONS) ORDINANCE.

A COPY OF THE SUBSTITUTE PLAN, RAILWAY AREA PLAN NO. 15B, WHICH REPLACES THE PREVIOUSLY GAZETTED RAILWAY AREA PLAN NO. 15A FOR THIS SECTION OF THE ISLAND LINE, HAS BEEN DEPOSITED IN THE LAND OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT. COPIES OF THE SUBSTITUTE PLAN MAY BE INSPECTED FREE OF CHARGE AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, GROUND FLOOR, HONG KONG- AT THE LANDS DEPARTMENT OFFICES, MURRAY BUILDING (5TH FLOOR), GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG AND AT ANY DISTRICT OFFICE.

THE PLAN INCORPORATES ALL LAND PREVIOUSLY SHOWN ON THE REPLACED RAILWAY AREA PLAN NO. 15A AND ADDITIONAL LAND IN MODEL LANE AND PAK FUK ROAD, NORTH POINT.

IT WILL ASSIST PROPERTY OWNERS, WHOSE LAND MAY BE AFFECTED BY RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION, IN IDENTIFYING'THE EXTENT OF THE LAND INCLUDED IN THE RAILWAY AREA.

IN THE EVENT THAT LAND WITHIN THE RAILWAY AREA ARE RESUMED OR EASEMENTS ARE CREATED FOR THE PURPOSES OF BUILDING AND OPERATING THE ISLAND LINE, COMPENSATION WILL BE PAID TO THOSE ELIGIBLE IN ACCORDANCE wlTH THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY (LAND RESUMPTION AND RELATED PROVISIONS) ORDINANCE.

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TENDERS CALLED FOR KCR WORKS

TUC BAILWAY DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT

RAILWAY.

wopk ON THE CONTRACT. AMONG OTHER THINGS, INCLUDES THE

WING WAL^S AND EMBANKMENT WIDENING AND COMPACTION.

nTHFR WORK WILL INVOLVE THE EXTENSION OF AN EXISTING CONCRETE CULVERT AND CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW FOOTBRIDGE NEAR THE SHA TIN STATION.

WORK WILL START IN LATE 1983 AND BE COMPLETED BY MID-1985.

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PARK FIRE RISK STRESSED M * *

DRIED VEGETATION, BRANCHES AND TREES FELLED BY TYPHOON ELLEN WILL BE ADDING TO THE RISK OF FIRES IN THE COUNTRYSIDE THIS YEAR.

AND THE GREATER NUMBER OF VISITORS TO THE COUNTRYSIDE, ESPECIALLY TO THE COUNTRY PARKS, ANTICIPATED DURING FINE AND DRY WEATHER WILL ADD MUCH MORE TO THESE FIRE HAZARDS.

SENIOR COUNTRY PARKS OFFICER OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, MR K.C. IU GAVE THESE OBSERVATIONS DURING A PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE TWISK MANAGEMENT CENTRE IN THE TAI LAM COUNTRY PARK TODAY (FRIDAY) TO LAUNCH THIS YEAR'S COUNTRYSIDE FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN.

MR IU SAID THE AUTUMN WEATHER IS ESPECIALLY WELCOMED BY OLD AND YOUNG ALIKE AFTER A HOT, RAINY SUMMER.

♦CONTRARY TO COMMON BELIEF, A WET SUMMER LIKE THE ONE JUST PAST IS NO REASON FOR COMPLACENCY WHEN IT COMES TO HILLFIRES,+ HE SAID.

A WET SUMMER MEANS ABUNDANT GROWTH OF GRASS AND UNDERGROWTH. ADDED TO THIS ARE THE DRIED VEGETATION, BRANCHES AND TREES FELLED DURING TYPHOON ELLEN’S PASSAGE LAST MONTH WHICH WILL ACT AS NATURAL FUEL IN THE EVENT OF A FIRE, MR IU SAID.

MR IU WARNEDi +ALL IT TAKES ARE A FEW DAYS OF STRONG NORTHERLY WINDS AND ALL THE DAMP AND MOISTURE LAID DOWN DURING THE SUMMER WILL BE EVAPORATED.+

APART FROM THESE NATURAL ELEMENTS, MR IU SAID, THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT HAS ALSO TO GRAPPLE WITH THE HUMAN ELEMENTS WHICH ARE EQUALLY DIFFICULT TO CONTROL.

HE SAIDi +FINE DRY WEATHER WILL BRING FORTH HOLIDAY-MAKERS BY THE THOUSANDS WHO, NATURALLY ENOUGH, WILL WANT TO HAVE THEIR PICNICS AND BARBECUES IN THE OPEN AIR.

♦FARMERS TOO, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE FINE WEATHER TO BURN OFF GRASS AND RUBBISH, THEREBY CONTRIBUTING TO THE FIRE HAZARD.+

ALL FIRES ARE CAUSED BY CARELESSNESS AND CALLOUSNESS OF MAN, MR IU SAID.

♦THE LOSS OF NATURAL HABITAT FOR OUR ALREADY SCANTY BIRD AND ANIMAL LIFE IS INESTIMABLE, AS IS THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY LOSS OF VEGETATION AND SOIL EROSION.♦

HE APPEALED TO THE PUBLIC TO HEED THESE WARNINGS AND PROTECT THE COUNTRYSIDE FROM FIRE, PARTICULARLY DURING THE CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVAL.

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♦OVER THE YEARS THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS DEVELOPED EFFICIENT SYSTEMS OF FIRE PREVENTION, FIRE DETECTION AND FIRE FIGHTING.

♦WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE, THE ROYAL AIR FORCE AND THE CIVIL AID SERVICES, OUTBREAKS OF FI&E AND RESULTANT LOSSES ARE KEPT TO A MINIMUM.

♦BUT I CAN SAY WITH CERTAINTY THAT WITH THE EXERCISE OF GREATER CARE AND RESPONSIBILITY ON THE PART OF THE PUBLIC, THESE LOSSES CAN BE FURTHER REDUCED OR EVEN COMPLETELY AVOIDED.+

MR IU DISCLOSED THAT A TOTAL OF 204 FIRES WERE DEALT WITH BY AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT IN THE COUNTRYSIDE LAST YEAR, WITH AFFECTED AREA TOTALLING 846 HECTARES AND 30 300 TREES DAMAGED.

AFTER THE PRESS CONFERENCE, STAFF OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT DEMONSTRATED HOW HILLFIRES ARE PUT OUT.

THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE ALSO DEMONSTRATED FIRE FIGHTING BY WATER BOMBING FROM A HELICOPTER.

TRADE, INDUSTRY CHIEF VISITS FACTORIES * * M

THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR E.P. HO TODAY (FRIDAY) VISITED A GARMENT FACTORY AND A DYEING AND PRINTING PLANT IN KWAI CHUNG AS PART OF HIS FAMILIARISATION PROGRAMME TO LOCAL INDUSTRY.

ON ARRIVAL AT MANHATTAN GARMENTS LTD. AT KWAI CHEONG ROAD, MR HO WAS GREETED BY THE MANAGING DIRECTOR, MR FRANCIS TIEN.

MANHATTAN GARMENTS HAS FOUR FACTORIES PRODUCING TROUSERS (MAINLY JEANS), SLACKS AND SHORTS. ABOUT 80 PER CENT OF THE COMPANY’S PRODUCTION IS TAKEN BY THE UNITED STATES, WHILE THE REMAINDER IS SOLD LOCALLY AND TO BRITAIN, WEST GERMANY AND THE NETHERLANDS.

MR HO ALSO VISITED ISLAND DYEING AND PRINTING CO. LTD. AT WO YIP HOP ROAD WHERE HE WAS MET AND ACCOMPANIED ON A TOUR OF THE FACTORY BY THE DIRECTOR, MR H.C. YUNG.

ABOUT 85 PER CENT OF FABRICS DYED, PRINTED AND FINISHED BY THE COMPANY IS SOLD LOCALLY, WHILE THE REST IS FOR EXPORT TO BRITAIN, WEST GERMANY, AUSTRALIA, USA AND NEW ZEALAND.

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FESTIVAL TRAFFIC PLAN DETAILED * * * *

TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS WILL

THE FOLLOWING SPECIAL TRAFFIC AND ______

BE IMPLEMENTED IN THE NEW TERRITORIES FOR THE CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVALi

WO HOP SHEK ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL VEHICULAR TRAFFIC, EXCEPT HEARSES AND EMERGENCY VEHICLES, BETWEEN 4 AM AND 8 PM ON OCTOBER 9 (SUNDAY), 14 (FESTIVAL DAY), 15, 16 AND 23.

ON THE SAME DAYS FANLING PLAYGROUND ROAD, THE ROAD LEADING FROM TAI PO ROAD TO THE FANLING STATION FORECOURT AND PAK FUK 1SUEN. WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC EXCEPT KMB BUSES AND RESIDENTS FOR LOCAL ACCESS BETWEEN 6 AM AND 6 PM. THE FANLING STATION FORECOURT WILL BE USED SOLELY BY THE SPECIAL SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE ON ROUTE 70R.

TWO-WAY TRAFFIC WILL BE MAINTAINED ON TAI PO ROAD THROUGHOUT THE FESTIVAL PERIOD. HOWEVER, THE FOLLOWING PROHIBITIONS WILL BE IMPOSED ON GOODS VEHICLES OVER 2-1/2 TONSi

SECTION OF TAI PO ROAD TRAFFIC DIRECTION PROHIBITION PERIOD

BETWEEN FANLING ROUNDABOUT BOTH DIRECTIONS 6 AM - 6 PM

AND LAM KAM ROAD

BETWEEN LAM KAM ROAD AND NORTHBOUND . 6 AM - 12 NOON

SHA TIN RACE COURSE

BETWEEN LAM KAM ROAD AND SOUTHBOUND 12 NOON - 6 PM

SHA TIN RACE COURSE

NO VEHICULAR TRAFFIC, EXCEPT BUSES, EMERGENCY VEHICLES, HEARSES AND VEHICLES WITH CLOSED ROAD PERMITS, WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER MAN KAM TO ROAD AT ITS JUNCTION WITH SAN FUNG AVENUE IN SHEUNG SHU I FROM 6 AM TO 6 PM DURING THE DAYS STATED. THE SAME PROHIBITION WILL ALSO COVER LO WU STATION ROAD.

THE ACCESS ROADS TO TSUEN WAN CEMETERY WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC, EXCEPT HEARSES AND EMERGENCY VEHICLES, ON OCTOBER 14 AND 16 AND ON ANY OTHER DAYS DURING THE FESTIVAL PERIOD IF THE TRAFFIC SITUATION SO REQUIRES.

THE PUBLIC ARE ADVISED TO USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT AS NO PARKING FACILITIES WILL BE AVAILABLE IN WO HOP SHEK. AND PARKING SPACES IN SHEUNG SHUI, FANLING AND TSUEN WAN CEMETERY ARE LIMITED. VEHICLES PARKEf) ILLEGALLY MAY BE TOWED AWAY WITHOUT WARNING. PRIVATE CARS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO SET DOWN OR PICK UP PASSENGERS WITHIN ONE KILOMETRE ON TAI PO ROAD AND ON EITHER SIDE OF WO HOP SHEK ROAD.

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THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION WILL NOT OPERATE SPECIAL TRAINS TO WO HOP SHEK CEMETERY. HOWEVER, TRAIN SERVICES WILL BE AVAILABLE AT FANLING.

A SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE ON ROUTE 7OR WILL OPERATE BETWEEN FANLING KCR STATION AND WO HOP SHEK. KMB ROUTE 69K WILL TERMINATE AT LUEN W) HUI AND BUSES ON ROUTE 78K WILL NOT STOP AT FANLING STATION.

GRAVE-SWEEPERS GOING TO SANDY RIDGE CAN EITHER TAKE ROUTE 73K BUSES RUNNING BETWEEN SHEUNG SHU I AND SAN UK LING, OR TRAVEL BY TRAIN TO LO WU.

GRAVE-SWEEPERS ARE ADVISED NOT TO USE THE VILLAGE FOOTPATHS SOUTH OF THE FANLING STATION AS THESE ARE NOW PART OF A CONSTRUCTION SITE AND ARE NOT SAFE FOR PUBLIC USE. INSTEAD, THEY ARE ADVISED TO FOLLOW THE PEDESTRIAN ROUTES FROM FANLING KCR STATION TO FANLING PLAYGROUND ROAD, FANLING ROUNDABOUT, TAI PO ROAD, WO HOP SHEK INTERCHANGE AND WO HOP SHEK ROAD.

SINCE SEVERE TRAFFIC CONGESTION IS EXPECTED AT TAI PO ROAD ON THE FESTIVAL DAY, IT IS BEST TO VISIT THE CEMETERIES ON NON-FESTIVAL DAYS.

TO ALLEVIATE CONGESTION ON THIS ROAD, THOSE GOING TO THE NORTHERN PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ARE ADVISED TO USE ROUTE TWISK AND FAN KAM ROAD OR CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND TUEN MUN HIGHWAY.

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ORCHESTRAL MUSIC TRAINING OFFERED

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OPPORTUNITY IS OFFERED FOR PEOPLE UNDER 17 YEARS OF RECEIVE ORCHESTRAL MUSIC TRAINING.

AGE TO

THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPAP™ENT WILL si

SIMILAR DISTRICT WIND BANDS AND CHINESE ORCHESTRAS WERE SET £e?Y iM MSI MJ to^part^cipate MEOUS ORCHESTRAL MUSIC TRAINING.

THE DISTRICT YOUTH BANDS AND ORCHESTRAS ALSO SERVE AS A STIMULI TO MUSICAL ACTIVITIES IN VARIOUS LOCALITIES.

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THE THREE DISTRICT YOUTH STRING ORCHESTRAS AND THEIR REHEARSAL VENUES ARE t

* YOUTH STRING ORCHESTRA (HONG KONG)

HONG KONG MUSIC CENTRE,

9TH FLOOR, HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE, 2 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG (TEL. i 5-283257)

* YOUTH STRING ORCHESTRA (KOWLOON)

YAU MA TEI MUSIC CENTRE,

2ND FLOOR, GOLDEN GATE COMMERCIAL BUILDING, 138 AUSTIN ROAD, KOWLOON

(TEL. i 3-7226240)

M YOUTH STRING ORCHESTRA (NEW TERRITORIES)

TSUEN WAN MUSIC CENTRE, 2ND FLOOR, CHEONG YIU BUILDING, 167-173 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN, NEW TERRITORIES (TEL. i 0-428127)

REHEARSALS WILL TAKE PLACE REGULARLY FROM 2.30 PM TO 4.30 PM ON SUNDAY AFTERNOONS.

RECRUITMENT AND ADMISSION ARE OPEN TO THOSE WHO ARE UNDER 17 YEARS OLD (AT SEPTEMBER 30) AND HAVE ATTAINED GRADE I 11 OR ABOVE IN THE ROYAL SCHOOLS OF MUSIC PRACTICAL EXAMINATION IN A STRING INSTRUMENT (I.E. VIOLIN, VIOLA, VIOLONCELLO AND DOUBLE BASS) OR EQUIVALENT. PREVIOUS ORCHESTRAL EXPERIENCE WILL BE AN ADVANTAGE.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT ANY OF THE ABOVE THREE MUSIC CENTRES. APPLICATIONS FROM PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS CHILDREN MUST BE ENDORSED BY THEIR SCHOOL AUTHORITIES.

COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO ANY OF THE ABOVE THREE MUSIC CENTRES ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 31.

QUALIFIED APPLICANTS WILL BE INVITED FOR AN AUDITION AT A LATER DATE, AND SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WILL BE ADMITTED TO ONE OF THE THREE DISTRICT YOUTH ORCHESTRAS.

APART FROM RECEIVING SYSTEMATIC AND INTENSIVE ORCHESTRAL TRAINING, THE YOUNG MUSICIANS WILL HAVE AMPLE OPPORTUNI TIES TO PERFORM IN PUBLIC.

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♦SAFETY AT WORK+ TO BE SHOWN ON TV * * * * *

THE THIRD +SAFETY AT WORK+ TELEVISION PROGRAMME JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, RTHK AND THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES WILL BE SCREENED ON HK-TVB’S JADE CHANNEL EVERY SUNDAY FROM 5.30 TO 6 PM FOR 13 WEEKS STARTING ON OCTOBER 9.

ANNOUNCING THE SCREENING SCHEDULE AT A PRESS CONFERENCE HELD AT RTHK THIS (FRIDAY) MORNING, ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR YIU YAN-NANG, POINTED OUT THAT THE PROGRAMME IS AIMED AT PROMOTING WORK SAFETY AS WIDELY AS POSSIBLE THROUGH TELEVISION AND PARTICIPATION BY WORKERS AND EMPLOYERS.

I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT PARTICIPATION BY WORKERS AND EMPLOYERS IS AN EFFECTIVE WAY OF PROMOTING SAFETY AT WORK,+ HE SAID.

MR YIU STRESSED THAT REDUCING THE NUMBER OF INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS REQUIRED CO-OPERATION AMONG THE PARTIES CONCERNED. IT WAS NOT ENOUGH FOR GOVERNMENT TO LAUNCH PUBLICITY PROGRAMMES AND TO ENACT LEGISLATION; IT ALSO REQUIRED EFFORTS BY EMPLOYERS TO INSTALL SAFETY EQUIPMENT AND TO MONITOR ITS USAGE, AS WELL AS CO-OPERATION BY EMPLOYEES IN OBSERVING SAFETY REGULATIONS.

IN OTHER WORDS, IT’S A TRIPART ITE. EFFORT BY GOVERNMENT, EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES,+ HE NOTED.

MR YIU EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT THROUGH THE PROGRAMME EMPLOYERS AND WORKERS WOULD BECOME MORE AWARE OF THE NEED TO SUPPORT EFFORTS TO UPGRADE THE STANDARD OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY IN HONG KONG.

THE PROGRAMME, HE ADDED, IS AN EXCELLENT TELEVISION PRODUCTION AND ITS CONTENTS ARE BOTH ENTERTAINING AND EDUCATIONAL. EVEN WORKERS WHO ARE NOT ABLE TO TAKE PART IN THE PROGRAMME CAN PARTICIPATE IN A QUIZ ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY FOR HOME VIEWERS.

THE PROGRAMME CARRIES PRIZES WORTH MORE THAN 1300 000, MANY OF WHICH ARE BY COURTESY OF COMMERCIAL FIRMS.

THE FIRST PRIZE IS AN ALL-EXPENSES, 11-DAY TRIP TO THE WEST COAST OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE WINNING TEAM, WITH AIR TICKETS PROVIDED BY SHU I ON CONSTRUCTION COMPANY LTD.

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SCHOOLS URGED TO SET UP ROAD SAFETY TEAMS * * *

ON ALL

SCHOOLS TO SET UP

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAS CALLED THEIR OWN SCHOOL CROSSING PATROL TEAMS, TO HELP . - ..—— NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS ON THE ROAD INVOLVING SCHOOL CHILDREN.

TO REDUCE THE

IN A RECENT CIRCULAR TO ALL SCHOOLS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT NOTED THAT THE AGE GROUP MOST AT RISK IN CROSSING THE ROAD IS BETWEEN SIX AND 14 YEARS.

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+IN THIS RESPECT, SUPERVISORS AND HEADS OF SCHOOLS, PARTICULARLY PRIMARY SCHOOLS, ARE URGED TO SERIOUSLY CONSIDER ESTABLISHING THEIR OWN SCHOOL CROSSING PATROLS,♦ HE SAID.

A SCHOOL WISHING TO OPERATE A SCHOOL CROSSING PATROL SHOULD APPOINT ONE OR MORE SCHOOL CROSSING PATROL OFFICERS FROM AMONG ITS STAFF, AND APPLY FOR A SCHOOL CROSSING PATROL PERMIT FROM THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE THROUGH LOCAL POLICE STATIONS.

IF APPROVED, THE SCHOOL CROSSING PATROL OFFICER(S) WILL BE PROVIDED WITH THE NECESSARY TRAINING BY THE ROAD SAFETY SECTION OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE.

HEADS OF SCHOOLS SHOULD ENSURE THAT CONDITIONS OUTLINED ON THE PERMIT, SUCH AS WEARING DISTINCTIVE CLOTHING AND USING A PRESCRIBED SIGN, ARE COMPLIED WITH, AND THAT PATROL DUTIES ARE NOT ENTRUSTED TO PUP ILS,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THE ROAD SAFETY ASSOCIATION HAS OFFERED TO REGARD THE SCHOOL CROSSING PATROL OFFICERS AS PART OF THE SCHOOL ROAD SAFETY PATROLS ORGANISED BY THE ASSOCIATION AND WILL PROVIDE TH* NECESSARY FUND FOR THE PROVISION OF THE DISTINCTIVE CLOTHING AND THE PRESCRIBED SIGN.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID SCHOOL HEADS WHO HAVE ANY QUERIES ABOUT THE PATROL TEAMS CAN CALL ON MISS SHIRLEY CHOI OF THE ROAD SAFETY ASSOCIATION OR ANY DISTRICT EDUCATION OFFICER.

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NEW SPORTS CENTRE PLANNED FOR TSUEN WAN * * * *

PLANS TO BUILD A S20-MILLI0N SPORTS CENTRE IN THE TSUEN WAN RECLAMATION ARE UNDERWAY, THE DISTRICT COMMISSIONER, MR ADOLF HSU, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE CENTRE, TO BE BUILT BY THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT SPORTS AND RECREATION ASSOCIATION, WILL BE AN EIGHT-STOREY BUILDING WITH A GYMNASIUM, TENNIS COURTS, A CONFERENCE ROOM, AN ADMINISTRATION BLOCK AND A SPORTSGROUND WITH ROOM FOR MORE THAN 1 OOO PEOPLE.

MR HSU WAS SPEAKING AT THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONY OF THE FIFTH TERM OFFICE-BEARERS OF THE ASSOCIATION.

HE SAID THE DISTRICT OFFICE WOULD HELP, WHENEVER NECESSARY, IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SPORTS CENTRE.

THE ASSOCIATION HAD BEEN VERY ACTIVE IN PROMOTING SPORTING ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT, HE SAID.

HE ALSO SAID THAT THE ASSOCIATION’S EXPENDITURE FOR THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR WAS ESTIMATED AT 1370 000, OF WHICH S200 000 WOULD COME FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD.

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ROAD SAFETY MESSAGE FOR TSUEN WAN RESIDENTS ******

THE +ROAD ACCIDENTS WRECK LIVES+ MESSAGE WAS CONVEYED TO TSUEN WAN RESIDENTS THIS (FRIDAY) EVENING THROUGH FOUR HOURS OF EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES HELD AT THE SHA TSUI ROAD PLAYGROUND.

THE ROAD SAFETY NIGHT, WHICH BEGAN AT 6 PM, INCLUDED A CYCLING COMPETITION, A MINI ROAD SAFETY TOWN, A SEAT BELT DEMONSTRATION, AND A PARADE BY THE ROAD SAFETY PATROL TEAMS.

SPEAKING AT AN OPENING CEREMONY, THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS ELAINE CHUNG, SAID THE THEME FOR THIS YEAR’S PUBLICITY DRIVE WAS ON SAFETY FOR THE PEDESTRIANS AND THE TARGET GROUP WAS CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE.

♦STATISTICS FOR THE SECOND QUARTER OF THIS YEAR SHOW THAT 35 PER CENT OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS WERE PEDESTRIANS AND -Jg MAJORITY OF THEM WERE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE,* SHE SAID.

TONIGHT’S EVENT WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE DISTRICT’S ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN BEING ORGANISED BY THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD AND THE POLICE.

ALSO INCLUDED IN THE CAMPAIGN WILL BE AN ON-STREET EDUCATION PROGRAMME BY THE POLICE, TO BE FOLLOWED BY PROSECUTION OF CARELESS MOTORISTS AND JAYWALKERS.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE CEREMONY WERE THE POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR D.J. GALLOWAY, AND THE DIVISIONAL SUPERINTENDENT, TRAFFIC DIVISION (NEW TERRITORIES), MR RON CLIBBORN-DYER.

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TECHNICAL INSTITUTES OFFER SHORT COURSES * * *

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW INVITED FOR 76 SHORT COURSES OFFERED BY THE FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES UNDER THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL FOR SESSION 1983/84.

THESE SHORT COURSES COVER A WIDE RANGE OF TECHNICAL AND COMMERCIAL SUBJECTS TO UPDATE THE SKILLS OR KNOWLEDGE OF PEOPLE EMPLOYED.

THE TECHNICAL SUBJECTS INCLUDE CONSTRUCTION, ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, MARINE AND FABRICATION, TEXTILE, CLOTHING AND DESIGN.

LAW, TAXATION, ACCOUNTING, MANAGEMENT THEORY AND COMPUTER PROCESSING ARE SOME OF THE COMMMERCIAL STUDIES OFFERED.

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CLASS MEETINGS ARE NORMALLY HELD IN THE EVENINGS FROM 7 PM TO 9 PM.

DETAILS OF THE SHORT COURSES WILL BE ADVERTISED TOMORROW Saturday) while application forms and guides can be obtained in PERSON FROM THE DISTR CT OFFICES AND THE FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES, ^SeLY, MORRISON HILL, KWAI CHUNG, KWUN TONG, HAKING WONG AND LEE WAI LEE.

COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE TuCHNICAL INSTITUTES CONCERNED BY OCTOBER 22.

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SEMINAR ON MEDICAL CAREERS ORGANISED * * * *

A SEMINAR ON CAREER IN THE MEDICAL FIELD WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (SATURDAY) FOR SECONDARY AND POST-SECONDARY STUDENTS IN WONG TAI SIN.

THE SEMINAR IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY HEALTH PROMOTION ASSOCIATION.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR PHILIP CHOK SAID THE SEMINAR WAS THE FIRST OF ITS TYPE ORGANISED IN THE DISTRICT.

+THE AIM IS TO PROVIDE STUDENTS INTENDING TO CHOOSE A CAREER IN THE MEDICAL FIELD WITH SOME BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROFESSION,* HE SAID.

PARTICIPANTS WILL ALSO BE BRIEFED ON THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS, DURATION A THE CONTENT OF TRAINING, INSTITUTES PROVIDING SUCH TRAINING ANu SALARY STRUCTURE.

ABOUT 500 STUDENTS HAVE BEEN INVITED TO THE SEMINAR TO BE HELD IN THE LOK SIN TONG WONG CHUNG MING SECONDARY SCHOOL STARTING AT 2 PM.

FIVE MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS WILL BE INVITED TO TALK ON THE WORK OF DOCTORS, GENERAL MEDICAL AND ADMINISTRATION STAFF, NURSES, PHARMACISTS, DISPENSERS, RADIOGRAPHERS, LABORATORY TECHNICIANS, AND PHYSIO AND OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS.

FREE ADMISSION TICKETS TO THE SEMINAR ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE MAIN OFFICE AND THE TUNG TAU BRANCH OFFICE OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE. ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE AT 3-222261 OR 3-832368.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

DUKE OF EDINBURGH ARRIVING MONDAY ............................. 1

GOVERNOR, EXCO RETURN SUNDAY .................................. 1

CAMPING NOT ALLOWED AT GAZETTED NT BEACHES .................... 2

LEADERSHIP TRAINING COURSES FOR HOUSEWIVES .................... 2

FESTIVAL FOR THE ELDERLY IN TUEN MUN .......................... 3

ART CONTEST TO MARK ANNIVERSARY................................ 4

FIRE PREVENTION ADVICE FOR GRAVE SWEEPERS ..................... 4

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR NGAU TAU KOK ROAD .................... 5

TWO MORE ROAD PROJECTS FOR KOWLOON ............................ 6

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SHEUNG WAN .................. 7

SALT WATER CUT IN HO MAN TIN AND KING'S PARK................... 7

PRESS CONFERENCE TIME CHANGED ................................. 8

FIRING PRACTICE

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DUKE OF EDINBURGH ARRIVING MONDAY O O

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH, WILL ARRIVE IN HONG KONG ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 10) AFTERNOON FOR A TWO-DAY VISIT AS PRESIDENT OF WORLD WILDLIFE FUND INTERNATIONAL.

HE WILL BE GREETED AT THE AIRPORT BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, AND HIS WELCOMING PARTY.

ON TUESDAY (OCTOBER 11) MORNING, THE DUKE WILL VISIT STOKES CAMP WHERE HE WILL UNVEIL A PLAQUE TO RENAME IT THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH TRAINING CAMP.

IN THE AFTERNOON, HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS WILL VISIT THE ZOOLOGICAL AND BOTANICAL GARDENS.

IN THE EVENING, HE WILL ATTEND A WORLD WILDLIFE FUND BALL AT THE HILTON HOTEL.

THE DUKE WILL DEPART FOR BANGKOK ON WEDNESDAY (OCTOBER 12) BY AN ANDOVER AIRCRAFT OF THE QUEEN’S FLIGHT.

NOTE TO ED I TORSi

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS,THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH, WILL ARRIVE FROM LONDON ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 10) ON FLIGHT BA3, ETA 3.30 PM.

THERE WILL BE A FIXED POSITION FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CAMERAMEN AT THE AIRPORT TERMINAL PIER TO COVER THE DUKE’S ARRIVAL.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE REQUIRED TO ASSEMBLE IN THE AIRPORT PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE AIRPORT TERMINAL BUILDING NOT LATER THAN 2.15 PM. GIS OFFICERS WILL ASSIST.

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GOVERNOR, EXCO RETURN SUNDAY * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, AND UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL WILL RETURN FROM LONDON TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON, AFTER MEETING THE PRIME MINISTER AND THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS.

THEY WILL BE ARRIVING ON FLIGHT BA 3, ETA 3.15 PM.

A PHOTOGRAPHIC FACILITY HAS BEEN ARRANGED TO COVER THEIR ARRIVAL. PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CAMERAMEN ASSIGNED TO COVER THE EVENT SHOULD ASSEMBLE IN THE PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE AIRPORT TERMINAL BUILDING NOT LATER THAN 2.15 PM ON SUNDAY.

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CAMPING NOT ALLOWED AT.GAZETTED NT BEACHES *****

THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT TODAY (SATURDAY) WARNED BEACHGOFRS THAT IT IS AN OFFENCE TO PUT UP TENTS AT GAZETTED BEACHES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND ON OUTLYING ISLANDS.

ACTION AGAINST ILLEGAL CAMPING HAS BEEN STEPPED UP AT VARIOUS GAZETTED BEACHES. INCLUDING SILVERMINE BAY, PUI 0, UPPER CHEUNG SHA AND LOWER CHEUNG SHA ON LANTAU ISLAND, TUNG WAN AND KWUN YAM WAN IN CHEUNG CHAU, OLD AND NEW CAFETERIA BEACHES IN TUEN MUN AND CLEAR WATER BAY (SECOND BEACH) IN SAI KUNG.

AS A RESULT, 70 OFFENDERS WERE SUMMONED RECENTLY, AN NTSD SPOKESMAN SAID.

THIRTY-FIVE OF THE OFFENDERS WERE FINED A TOTAL OF $4 300. THE OTHERS WFLL BE HEARD IN COURT OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO REMINDED HOLIDAY-MAKERS THAT IT IS AN OFFENCE TO LIGHT BARBECUE FIRES OUTSIDE DESIGNATED AREAS AS AT GAZETTED BEACHES.

TWENTY-FOUR PEOPLE WERE CAUGHT COMMITTING THE OFFENCE AT VARIOUS BEACHES RECENTLY, HE SAID.

TWO OF THEM WERE FINED $200 EACH AND THE OTHERS WILL APPEAR IN COURT LATER.

THE NTSD HAS SET UP NOTICE BOARDS AT VARIOUS GAZETTED BEACHES TO WARN THE PUBLIC AGAINST THE OFFENCES.

OFFENDERS ARE LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $500 AND TWO WEEKS’ IMPRISONMENT, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

BEACHGOERS ARE ADVISED TO USE DESIGNATED CAMP SITES AND BARBECUE PITS.

LEADERSHIP TRAINING COURSES FOR HOUSEWIVES x x x x a

COURSES ARE BEING ORGANISED FOR YIN NGA I SOCIETY MEMBERS TO DEVELOP LEADERSHIP POTENTIALS OF HOUSEWIVES IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES.

THEY WILL BE HELD ONCE A WEEK IN THE EVENING FROM NOW TILL MID-NOVEMBER.

THE COURSES, INTRODUCED ON AN EXPERIMENTAL BASIS, ARE SPONSORED BY THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND THE ZONTA CLUB (NEW TERRITORIES) TRUST FUND FOR THE YIN NGA I SOCIETIES.

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PROFESSIONALS WILL TALK ON ACTIVITY PLANNING, DECISION-MAKING ABILITY, GROUP ACTIVITIES AND THE STRUCTURE OF SOCIETY.

A CNTA SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT A ONE-DAY LEADERSHIP TRAINING SEMINAR WAS ORGANISED IN AUGUST FOR THE EXECUTIVE MEMBERS OF THE 13 YIN NGAI SOCIETIES.

+THE SEMINAR WAS FOUND TO BE VERY POPULAR AND IT WAS LZCIDED TO ORGANISE COURSES FOR THE MEMBERS,+ HE SAID.

INITIALLY, THE COURSES WILL BE OFFERED TO YIN NGAI SOCIETY .'EMBERS IN LEI MUK SHUE IN TSUEN WAN, LEK YUEN IN SHA TIN, AND ON TING AND YAU 01 IN TUEN MUN.

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FESTIVAL FOR THE ELDERLY IN TUEN MUN X * X M

A THREE-WEEK FESTIVAL FOR THE ELDERLY WILL BE HELD IN TUEN MUN FROM TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

DURING THE FESTIVAL, A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES WILL BE. ORGANISED FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT, INCLUDING A VEGETARIAN LUNCH, A VISIT TO A CHILDREN’S HOME, A HANDICRAFT CONTEST, A TELEMATCH GAME AND A VARIETY SHOW.

SPONSORED BY THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD, THE EVENT IS BEING JOINTLY ORGANISED BY'THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT RESPECT FOR THE AGED ASSOCIATION AND THE TAI PING SHAN LIONS CLUB.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WILLIAM HUI, WILL OFFICIATE AT AN OPENING CEREMONY AT 10 AM TOMORROW AT THE ON TING - YAU 01 COMMUNITY CENTRE.

ALSO PRESENT WILL BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ASSOCIATION, MR LAU CHI-YUEN, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TUEN MUN RURAL COMMITTEE

FR LAU WONG-FAT.

NOTE TO EDITORS.:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE FESTIVAL FOR THE AGED AT 10 AM TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT THE ON TING - YAU 01 COMMUNITY CENTRE.

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ART CONTEST TO MARK ANNIVERSARY * * * *

THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR DEVELOPING THE NEW TOWNS, IS HOLDING AN AR I COMPETITION TO MARK ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY.

THE COMPETITION IS OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS ATTENDING PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

PARTICIPANTS SHOULD SUBMIT DRAWINGS, PAINTINGS, PRINiS, COLLAGES OR ANY TWO-DIMENSIONAL WORKS THROUGH THEIR SCHOOLS.

FNTRY FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT VARIOUS NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT rvriCFS AND THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT BRANCH, 7TH FLOOR, &PIRE CENTRE,68 MODY ROW, TSIM SHA TSUI, KOWLOON. THE ENTRY DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 7, 1983.

THE THEME OF THE COMPETITION IS OUTLOOK ON NEW TOWNS+.

♦THERE ARE SEVEN NEW TOWNS IN THE MAKING. TOGETHER WITH DEVELOPMENT IN A NUMBER OF RURAL TOWNSHIPS, THEY MAKE THE NEW TOW I DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME ONE OF THE LARGEST IN THE WORLD,* A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

SINCE THE START OF THE PROGRAMME, THE POPULATION IN TERRITORIES HAS INCREASED FROM 680 000 TO 1.6 MILLION.

THE NEW

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FIRE PREVENTION ADVICE FOR GRAVE SWEEPERS k « K

GRAVE SWEEPERS ARE BEING URGED TO TAKE SPECIAL CARE AGAINST FIRE HAZARDS DURING THE CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVAL WHICH FALLS ON OCTOBER 14 (FRIDAY).

♦ACCORDING TO THE STATISTICS RELEASED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, MORE THAN 200 HILL FIRES WERE REPORTED DURING THE LAST DRY SEASON, RESULTING IN 846 HECTARES OF VEGETATION BEING DAMAGED AND 30 300 TREES DESTROYED,♦ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN PUBLICITY WORKING GROUP SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

♦THE ABUNDANT RAINFALL THIS YEAR HAS FACILITATED THE GROWTH OF VEGETATION, AND ANY HiLL FIRES IN THE CURRENT DRY SEASON ARE LIKELY TO SPREAD FASTER,+ HE ADDED.

TO MINIMISE HILL FIRE RISKS, GRAVE SWEEPERS SHOULD OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING RULES i

* BEFORE LIGHTING WORSHIP ITEMS, MAKE SURE THE GRASS NEAR THE GRAVE HAS BEEN REMOVED;

M BURN JOSS STICKS,CANDLES AND JOSS PAPERS IN METAL CONTAINERS;

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* DON’T LEAVE BURNING ITEMS UNATTENDED;

M MAKE SURE ALL FIRES ARE EXTINGUISHED BEFORE LEAVING THE GRAVE SITE; AND

M SOUND OUT AN ALARM AT THE FIRST SIGHT OF A HILL FIRE.

♦PICNICKERS, CAMPERS AND HIKERS SHOULD ALSO EXERCISE GREAT CARE IN DISPOSING OF CIGARETTE ENDS AND MATCHES. THEY SHOULD USE DESIGNATED PITS FOR BARBECUING,* HE SAID.

+ANYONE WHO CAUSES A FIRE IN THE COUNTRYSIDE IS LIABLE TO A HEAVY FINE AND IMPRISONMENT,* THE SPOKESMAN WARNED.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR NGAU TAU KOK ROAD * * * M

FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 10), THE SECTION OF NGAU TAU KOK ROAD BETWEEN JORDAN VALLEY NORTH ROAD AND SHING SHUN ROAD, PREVIOUSLY RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY WESTBOUND, WILL REVERT TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC.

KMB BUS ROUTES 2A, 6D, 13A, 13D AND 89 WILL RESUME THEIR NORMAL ROUTING VIA KWUN TONG ROAD AND NGAU TAU KOK ROAD EASTBOUND.

ADDITIONAL BUS STOPS WILL BE PROVIDED AT s-

LOCATION

OBSERVED BY EXISTING ROUTE NO.

TO BE OBSERVED BY ROUTE NO.

NGAU TAU KOK ROAD EASTBOUND OUTSIDE HOUSE NO. 33

13A, 13D, 89, 2A AND 6D

NGAU TAU KOK ROAD EASTBOUND OUTSIDE 28A

BLOCK 2 UPPER NGAU TAU KOK ESTATE

13A, 13D, AND 89

NGAU TAU KOK ROAD EASTBOUND OUTSIDE HOUSE 14B AND 28A

NO. 243

13A, 13D, AND 89

EASTBOUND TRAFFIC ON PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST AND KWUN TONG ROAD HEADING FOR JORDAN VALLEY SHOULD RESUME THE NORMAL ROUTING VIA NGAU TAU KOK ROAD.

THE FOLLOWING RESTRICTED ZONES WILL BE INTRODUCED AT THE SAME TIMEs-

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24-HOUR ZONE

* THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF NGAU TAU KOK ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH CHO! WAN ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 100 METRES EAST OF THIS JUNCTION.

7 AM TO 10 AM AND 4 PM TO 7 PM ZONE

* THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF NGAU TAU KOK ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH JORDAN VALLEY NORTH ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 200 METRES WEST OF THIS JUNCTION.

M THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF NGAU TAU KOK ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH JORDAN VALLEY NORTH ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 35 METRES WEST OF THIS JUNCTION.

* THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF NGAU TAU KOK ROAD FROM A POINT ABOUT 55 METRES WEST OF THE JUNCTION WITH JORDAN VALLEY NORTH ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 60 METRES WEST OF THE JUNCTION WITH NGAU TAU KOK FIFTH STREET.

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^ AND LOADING OR UNLOADING GOODS.

THE 24-HOUR DAILY RESTRICTIONS ON THE SECTION OF NGAU TAU KOK ROAD FROM JORDAN VALLEY NORTH ROAD TO SHING SHUN ROAD AND ON SHING SHUN ROAD HAVE BEEN LIFTED.

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THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR TWO ROAD PROJECTS IN KOWLOON.

THE FIRST PROJECT INVOLVES THE REALIGNMENT AND WIDENING A SECTION OF TONKIN STREET BETWEEN CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD AND LAI CHI KOK ROAD TO A THREE-LANE CARRIAGEWAY.

WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL START IN NOVEMBER AND TAKE ABOUT NINE MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE OTHER PROJECT INVOLVES THE CONSTRUCTION OF ABOUT FIVE KILOMETRES OF CARRIAGEWAY AND ASSOCIATED DRAINAGE WORK IN CENTRAL KOWLOON BAY RECLAMATION BETWEEN THE EXISTING AIRPORT TUNNEL ROADS AND WAI YIP STREET.

WORK ON THIS 24-MONTH CONTRACT IS EXPECTED TO START IN DECEMBER.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SHEUNG WAN

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN SHEUNG WAN FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 10) FOR ABOUT THREE WEEKS FOR TRAM TRACK WORKS AT CLEVERLY STREET.

THE ARRANGEMENTS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

* CLEVERLY STREET BETWEEN CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AND DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL WILL BE CLOSED TO VEHICLES OVER 2.5 TONS UNLADEN.

* VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO TURN RIGHT FROM MAN WAH LANE INTO DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL WESTBOUND.

* EASTBOUND VEHICLES ALONG CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL MAY USE MAN WAH LANE OR GILMAN STREET TO REACH DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL.

* EASTBOUND BUSES ON ROUTES 5,5A, 5B, 10 AND 79M ALONG CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL WILL BE DIVERTED VIA GILMAN STREET TO ENTER DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL EASTBOUND. THOSE ON ROUTE 44 ALONG CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL EASTBOUND WILL PROCEED VIA MAN WAH LANE AND DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL.

X THE BUS STOP OUTSIDE 273 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL WILL BE RELOCATED TO THE KERBSIDE OF EASTBOUND CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL IN FRONT OF THE RUMSEY STREET MULTI-STOREY CAR.PARK.

X TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS AT THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL BETWEEN MAN WAH LANE AND CLEVERLY STREET, AND AT THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL BETWEEN MAN WAH LANE AND CLEVERLY STREET WILL BE TEMPORARILY LIFTED.

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SALT WATER CUT IN HO MAN TIN AND KING’S PARK

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SALT WATER SUPPLY TO PREMISES IN HO MAN TIN AND KING’S PARK WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 8 AM TO 9 PM ON TUESDAY (OCTOBER 11) FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

THE PREMISES INCLUDE KING GEORGE V SCHOOL AND HO MAN TIN, 01 MAN AND VALLEY ROAD ESTATES.

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NOTE TO EDITORS j

PRESS CONFERENCE TIME CHANGED * * *

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FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY (OCTOBER 11 AND 12) FROM 8 AM TO 5 PM.

THE PUBLIC ARE WARNED NOT TO ENTER THE AREA WHEN RED FLAGS ARE HOISTED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR REITERATES DETERMINATION ............................. 1

JUNE EMPLOYMENT VACANCIES AND PAYROLL STATISTICS .............. 2

HOTEL AMONG NEW BUILDING PLANS APPROVED........................ 8

EMPLOYERS REMINDED ABOUT FESTIVAL HOLIDAY ..................... 9

WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT FESTIVAL STARTS ........................ 10

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN CAUSEWAY BAY ..................... 11

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS FOR STUDENTS ON OUTING..................... 12

PROPOSAL TO WIDEN CANTON ROAD................................. 12

MARKET STALLS FOR PUBLIC BIDDING.............................. 13

TENDERS INVITED FOR BATHHOUSE REFURBISHMENT................... 14

GUINNESS RECORD PLAN FOR SAND SCULPTURE CONTEST .............. 14

POSTER CONTEST IN EASTERN AND TSUEN WAN ...................... 15

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF NGAU TAU KOK ROAD........................ 16

NO HOLIDAY MAIL SERVICE.................................. ... 17

WATER CUT IN KWUN TONG

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GOVERNOR REITERATES DETERMINATION

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDwARD YOUDE, TODAY (SUNDAY) REITERATED THE := ERM I NATION THAT THE UTMOST WOULD EE DONE TO BRING THE TALKS ON TrE FUTURE OF HONG KONG TO A SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AT KAI TAK AIRPORT ON HIS RETURN FROM L.NDON AFTER FURTHER CONSULTATIONS ON THE TALKS, SIR EDWARD SAID r- Ai,D THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL WERE VERY w^RMLY RECEIVED.

+THE ATMOSPHERE WAS POSITIVE AND OUR DISCUSSIONS SHOWED COMPLETE AGREEMENT ON THE ISSUES INVOLVED,* HE SAID.

+1 THINK IT WILL BE EVIDENT TO YOU AS YOU LOOK AROUND THAT WE’VE ALL COME BACK IN VERY GOOD SPIRITS.

+vE WERE VERY GRATEFUL TO THE PRIME MINISTER AND TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE AND HER OTHER MINISTERIAL COLLEAGUES FOR THIS FURTHER OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS THINGS WITH THEM,* HE SAID.

SIP EDWARD ADDED THAT SIR PERCY CRADOCK, THE BRITISH AMBASSADOR TO PEKING, WAS VERY FULLY INVOLVED IN THE DISCUSSIONS.

+HE WILL BE RETURNING TO PEKING EARLY NEXT WEEK AND I SHALL BE JOINING HIM THERE FOR THE NEXT ROUND THE FOLLOWING WEEK,* HE SAID.

RETURNING WITH THE GOVERNOR THIS AFTERNOON WERE EIGHT UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL --SIR SZE-YUEN CHUNG, MR OSWALD CHEUNG, MR ROGER LOBO, MR LI FOOK-WO, MR LO TAK-SHING, MISS LYDIA DUNN, MR CHEN SHOU-LUM AND MISS MARIA TAM.

THE PARTY WAS MET AT THE AIRPORT BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE.

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JUNE EMPLOYMENT VACANCIES AND PAYROLL STATISTICS

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EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS FOR MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY IN JUNE 1983, WERE PUBLISHED TODAY (SUNDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THESE WERE DERIVED FROM THE SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES D PAYROLL CONDUCTED EVERY QUARTER BY THE DEPARTMENT COVERING THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXDORT AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, AND THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR.

A SEPARATE EMPLOYMENT SURVEY COVERS BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES.

THE OVERALL FIGURES BY MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS, TOGETHER WITH A COMPARISON WITH THE CORRESPONDING FIGURES FOR JUNE 1982 AND MARCH 1983, ARE AS FOLLOWS:

SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY JUNE 82 PERSONS ENGAGED (EMPLOYMENT) IN 1 PERCENTAGE CHANGE* JUNE 83 ON JUNE 83 ON

MAR. 83 JUNE 83 JUNE 82 MAR. 83

MANUFACTURING 903 □00 848 700 903 400 * +6.4

BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION (MANUAL WORKERS ON SITES ONLY) 84 300 76 400 74 400 -11.8 -2.6

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 498 700 517 200 520 400 +4.3 +0.6

FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 164 100 164 500 163 300 -0.5 -0.7

* CHANGE OF LESS THAN O.O5'/

+ BASED ON UNROUNDED EMPLOYMENT FIGURES

/A COMPARISON .......

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A COMPARISON OF THE FIGURES FOR JUNE 1983 WITH THOSE FOR JUNE 1982 SHOWS THAT EMPLOYMENT IN THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, Import and export, and restaurants and hotels sector, at 52a 4oo, WAS 4 3% HIGHER THAN IN JUNE 1982. AS FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, EMPLOYMENT WAS STABLE COMPARED WITH JUNE 1982.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THERE WERE DECREASES IN EMPLOYMENT ON BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES AND IN THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR.

EMPLOYMENT ON BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES DECREASED BY 11~8% AT 163 3OO, EMPLOYMENT IN THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR DECREASED SLIGHTLY BY 0.5%.

COMPARED WITH MARCH 1983, INCREASES OF 6.4% AND 0.6% WERE RECORDED FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR AND WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR RESPECTIVELY.

HOWEVER. DECREASES OF 2.6% AND 0.7% WERE REGISTERED FOR BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES AND FOR THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR RESPECTIVELY.

TOGETHER WITH THE EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS, THE SURVEY ALSO PROVIDED VACANCY STATISTICS FOR THESE SECTORS, OTHER THAN FOR BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION.

THE OVERALL FIGURES BY MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS, TOGETHER WITH A COMPARISON WITH THE CORRESPONDING FIGURES FOR JUNE 1982 AND MARCH 1983, ARE AS FOLLOWS :

NUMBER OF REPORTED VACANCIES IN PERCENTAGE CHANGE

SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY JUNE 82 MAR. . 83 JUNE JUNE 83 83 ON JUNE 82 JUNE 83 ON MAR. 83

MANUFACTURING 26 950 38 550 32 940 +22.2 -14.6

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 5 249 4 750 4 010 -23.5 -15.6

FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 1 870 1 930 1 940 +3.9 ♦0.8

+ BASED ON UNROUNDED VACANCY FIGURES

/COMPARED WITH

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rnMPARFD WITH THE CORRESPONDING MONTH IN 1982, THE Nl'B FOR JUNE 1983 INCREASED IN THE MANUFACTURING ?ND tSe FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES BUT DECREASED IN THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND .

Vagrants AND HOTELS SECTOR. WHILE THE INCREASES IN I Hz manh^CTUR^NG SECTOR AND THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND rjSINESS SERVICES SECTOR WERE 22.2% AND 3.9% RESPECTIVELY, HE DECREASE IN THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR WAS 23.5%.

RELATIVE TO MARCH 1983, HOWEVER, DECREASES OF 14.6%

AND 15 6% WERE REGISTERED FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR

D WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND nOTELS SECTOR RESPECTIVELY. A SLIGHT INCREASE OF 0.8% AS RECORDED FOR THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR.

ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE SURVEY ARE STATISTICS ON MONHILY PAYRCcL OUTLAYS IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, AND THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR. QUARTERLY TOTALS FOR EACH OF THESE SECTORS ARE SHOWN IN THE FOLLOWING TABLE.

SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY TOTAL QUARTERLY PAYROLL IN % CHANGE*

2ND QTR. 1982 HK$ MN 2ND QTR. 1983 HK3 MN 2ND QTR. 1983 ON 2ND QTR. 1982

MANUFACTURING 5 091 5 613 +10.3

WHOLESALE AND 3 056 3 542 +15.9

RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND 1 694 1 905 +12.4

BUSINESS SERVICES

+ BASED ON UNROUNDED PAYROLL FIGURES

RELATIVE TO THE SAME QUARTER A YEAR AGO, PAYRC:i r ;r IN THE ABOVE THREE SECTORS INCREASED 3Y b .3%, 1 . ■ . . b

RESPECTIVELY. THE LARGE INCREASE IN THE WHOLESALE ^TAIi IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR \i 15 WAS IN PART DUE TO INCREASED EMPLOYMENT IN THIS SECTOR

BY ADJUSTING FOR VARIATIONS IN TOTAL PAYROLL 0"’ -R ./'/■ FROM CHANGES IN THE LEVEL OF EMPLOYMENT, A NOMINAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED IS OBTAINED. TO ALLOW FOR THE EFFECTS OF PRICE CHANGES, THE NOMINAL INDEX IS DEFLATED BY THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) TO GIVE THE REAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED. VALUES OF THESE TWO INDICES ARE GIVEN IN THE TABLES BELO*

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NOMINAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED (JUNE 1980 - 100)

SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY JUNE 82 JUNE 83 % CHANGE JUNE 83 ON JUNE 82 1 III । । Ml —

MANUFACTURING 134.8 150.4 ♦11.6

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 140.5 152.5 + 8.5

FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 139.1 155.1 ♦ 11.5

REAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED (JUNE 1980 - 100) % CHANGE

SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY JUNE 82 JUNE 83 JUNE 83 ON JUNE 82

MANUFACTURING 104.8 107.4 +2.5

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 109.3 108.9 -0.4

FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 108.2 110.8 *2.4

8.5% AND 11.5%

1982, INCREASES OF 11.6%, NOMINAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED

COMPARED WITH JUNE

WERE REGISTERED IN THE ...... _ ---- - Aun

IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, THE WHOLESALE AND RtTAIL, I-PORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, AND THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR RESPECTIVELY. OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE REAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED SHOWED INCREASES OF 2.5% AND 2.4% RESPECTIVELY I 1 THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR AND THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR. ON THE OTHER HAND, A SLIGHT DECREASE OF 0.4% WAS REGISTERED IN THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS

AND HOTELS SECTOR.

EMPLOYMENT FIGURES FOR SELECTED INDIVIDUAL INDUSTRIES WITHIN THE FOUR SECTORS ARE GIVEN IN THE FOUR TABLES THAT ARE BEING TRANSMITTED BY FACSIMILE NETWORK.

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FURTHER DETAILS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE FOLLOW ING OFF ICERS OF THE EMPLOYMENT AND EARNINGS STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUo AMD STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

MR AU HOO-KIT - 5-434185, MR NG KUNG-TAK - 5-455661, AND MR CHIU FOOK-CHING - 5-439398.

DETAILS OF EMPLOYMENT IN SELECTED INDUSTRIES

I. MANUFACTURING SECTOR

industry group EMPLOYMENT IN F 'ERCENTAGE CHANGE+

JUN. 82 MAR. 83 JUN. 83 JUN. 83 <■ ON JUN. 82 JUN. 83 ON MAR. 83

WEARING APPAREL (EXCLUDING KNITWEAR FROM YARN) 260 900 254 900 261 700 +0.3 +2.7

TEXTILES ( INCLUDING KNITWEAR FROM YARN) 117 600 110 700 117 300 -0.2 ♦6.0

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY APPLIANCES AND SUPPLIES, INCLUDING ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS f 124 300 116 500 137 190 +10.3 +17.7

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 94 300 83 500 94 900 + 0.7 +13.7

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS 81 100 79 700 73 800 - 9.0 ♦ 4.4

II. BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SECTOR

(MANUAL WORKERS ON SITES ONLY)

EMPLOYMENT IN PERCENTAGE CHANGE+

CONTRACTING PARTY JUN. 82 ♦ MAR. 83 JUN. 83 JUN. 83 ON JUN. 82 JUN. 83 ON MAR. 83

HOUSING DEPARTMENT 14 500 15 900 16 500 +13.9 +3.6

OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS + 19 700 17 800 17 800 - 9.9 -0.4

REA ILWAY CONSTRUCTION +♦ 3 000 5 800 6 000 +99.2 +4.8

PRIVATE SECTOR+++ 47 100 36 800 34 100 -27.6 -7.4

/+ALL SITES ..

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 1983

+ ALL SITES UNDER THE CHARGE OF BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT OR WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT; ALSO INCLUDING KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION SITES NOT REGISTERED ...TH THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE, FOR WHICH CONSTRUCTION WORK WAS COMMITTED, CONTRACTED OR STARTED BEFORE 1.2. 1983.

++ CONSTRUCTION SITES CONTRACTED OUT BY MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION AND KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION THAT ARE NOT REGISTERED WITH BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE. IN THE CASE OF KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION SITES, ONLY THOSE CONTRACTED OUT AFTER 1.2.1983 ARE INCLUDED. THOSE CONTRACTED OUT BEFORE 1.2.1983 ARE INCLUDED UNDER OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT.

+++ INCLUDING THOSE SUPER-STRUCTURES ON SITES ABOVE THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY STATIONS OR THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY STATIONS WHICH WERE REGISTERED WITH THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE, E.G. THOSE REAL-ESTATE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS DEVELOPED JOINTLY WITH PRIVATE DEVELOPERS.

III. WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT,

AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR

EMPLOYMENT IN PERCENTAGE CHANGE*

JUN. 83 ON JUN. 83 ON

INDUSTRY GROUP JUN. 82 MAR. 83 JUN. 83 JUN. 82 MAR. 83

WHOLESALE TRADE 55 800 58 000 58 000 +4.0 *

RETAIL TRADE 159 200 165 300 163 000 +2.4 -1.4

IMPORT/EXPORT BUSINESS 130 400 133 200 136 000 ♦4.3 +2.1

RESTAURANTS, CAFES AND BARS 131 700 138 100 141 000 +7.0 +2.1

HOTELS AND BOARDING HOUSES 21 600 22 600 22 300 +3.2 -1.4

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IV. FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND

BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR

INDUSTRY GROUP EMPLOYMENT IN PERCENTAGE CHANGE+

JUN. 82 MAR. 83 JUN. 83 JUN. 83 ON JUN. 82 JUN. 83 ON MAR. 83

MONETARY INSTITUTIONS INCLUDING BANKS 51 009 52 500 51 100 +0.1 -2.6

REAL ESTATE COMPANIES 25 500 26 800 27 500 *7.8 +2.5

CTHER FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS 26 500 24 900 23 900 -10.0 -4.3

ACCOUNTING AND AUDITING FIRMS 6 700 6 300 6 600 -1.4 +6.0

ENGINEERING, ARCHITECTURAL AND TECHNICAL SERVICES 11 700 10 400 10 200 -12.6 -2.3

+ BASED ON UNROUNDED EMPLOYMENT FIGURES

* CHANGE OF LESS THAN 0.05% --------------------------------c--------

HOTEL AMONG NEW BUILDING PLANS APPROVED % * % * %

FORTY-EIGHT NEW BUILDING PLANS WERE APPROVED E< THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IN AUGUST THIS YEAR, COMPARED WITH 42 IN JULY.

OF THESE NEW PLANS, 28 WERE FOR NEW BUILDINGS ON HONG KONG ISLAND, SIX FOR KOWLOON AND 14 FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THEY INCLUDE A KINDERGARTEN AND NURSERY AT THE JUNCTION OF LEIGHTON ROAD AND TUNG LO WAN ROAD IN CAUSEWAY BAY, A HOTEL AT DES VOEUX ROAD WEST, A PETROL FILL I NG .STAT I ON AT CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD, SAI KUNG, AN ELECTRICITY SUB-STATION AT THE JUNCTION OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND CHING CHEUNG ROAD AND A SCHOOL IN TAI PO.

THE DECLARED COST OF ALL NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED DURING THE MONTH WAS $1 877.2 MILLION, COMPARED WITH $559.6 MILLION IN AUGUST LAST YEAR.

THE USABLE FLOOR AREA OF THESE BUILDINGS TOTALLED 423 329.9 SQUARE METRES, COMPRISING 266 009.1 SQUARE METRES OF NON-DOMESTIC AND 157 320.8 SQUARE METRES OF DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA.

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IN THE SAME MONTH, THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE ALSO GAVE CONSENT FOR WORK TO START ON 39 NEW PROJECTS. THEY INCLUDE A CARGO-SHIPPING TERMINAL IN KENNEDY TOWN AND AN ELECTRICITY SUB-STATION AT THE JUNCTION OF KWONG FUK ROAD AND PO YICK STREET. TAI PO.

ALTOGETHER, 64 OCCUPATION PERMITS WERE ISSUED FOR NEWLY-COMPLETED BUILDINGS IN AUGUST. THEY COMPRISE THREE SCHOOLS AT BRAEMAR HILL ROAD, YUK WAH STREET AND AUSTIN ROAD, A CHURCH IN FANLING, A PETROL FILLING STATION AT HIU KWONG STREET IN SAU MAU PING, AND AN ELECTRICITY SUB-STATION AT SHING MUN ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE THIS MONTH ALSO GAVE PERMISSION FOR 27 BUILDINGS TO BE DEMOLISHED.

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EMPLOYERS REMINDED ABOUT FESTIVAL HOLIDAY * * * *

A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY (SUNDAY) REMINDED EMPLOYERS THAT THE CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVAL WHICH FALLS ON FRIDAY (OCTOBER 14), IS ONE OF THE 11 STATUTORY HOLIDAYS APPOINTED UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE.

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.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THEY MUST ALSO BE PAID FOR THE DAY-OFF IF THEY HAVE WORKED CONTINUOUSLY FOR THREE MONTHS IMMEDIATELY PRECEEDING THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY.

HOLIDAY PAY SHOULD BE EQUIVALENT TO THE EMPLOYEE’S EARNINGS, INCLUDING WAGES AND ALLOWANCES BUT EXCLUDING OVERTIME P..Y, ON A NORMAL WORKING DAY. WHERE THE EARNINGS VARY FROM DAY TO DAY HOLIDAY PAY SHOULD BE THE AVERAGE OF THE DAi_Y EARNINGS DURING A PERIOD OF 28 DAYS PRECEDING THE HOLIDAY. PAYMENT SHOULD BE MADE ON THE NORMAL PAY DAY.

IF AN EMPLOYEE IS REQUIRED TO WORK ON A STATUTORY HOLIDAY, HE MUST BE GIVEN AN ALTERNATIVE DAY-OFF WITHIN 60 DAYS BEFORE OR AFTER THAT DAY.

IF THE ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY IS TO BE GRANTED BEFORE THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY, THE EMPLOYER MUST NOTIFYTHE EMPLOYEE 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY.

WHERE AN ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY IS : 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 t 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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wONG TAI SIN DISTRICT FESTIVAL STARTS

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A PACKED AUDIENCE OF 1 503 WERE ENTERTAINED TO TWO HOURS OF MUSICAL AND DANCING PERFORMANCES THIS (SUNDAY) EVENING TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE FIRST WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT FESTIVAL, AT THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL.

HIGHLIGHTING THE EVENING’S REPERTOIRE WERE POPULAR PIECES BY THE HONG KONG CHINESE ORCHESTRA AND THE WONG TAI SIN CHILDREN’S CHOIR, AND A DRAMA BY THE HONG KONG DANCE COMPANY.

SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR BARRIE WIGGHAM, SAID THE THEME OF THE FESTIVAL - WONG TAI SIN IS MY HOME - WAS IN LINE WITH THE OBJECTIVE OF THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SYSTEM WHICH ADVOCATES A SENSE OF BELONGING AND CONCERN FOR LOCAL AFFAIRS AMONG THE RESIDENTS.

+WITH A DENSE POPULATION AND AN EXTENSIVE AREA, WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT IS IN GREAT NEED OF RECREATIONAL, CULTURAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES.

+1 AM MOST HAPPY TO SEE THE DISTRICT BOARD, TOGETHER WITH THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT ARTS COUNCIL AND THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT RECREATION AND SPORTS COUNCIL, WORKING HAND IN HAND TO PROVIDE A MULTIFARIOUS FESTIVAL FOR THE RESIDENTS,♦ HE SAID.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE CEREMONY WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL, MR HILTON CHEONG-LEEN; THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR PHILIP CHOK; AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FESTIVAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR ALBERT LI.

FOR THE NEXT TWO MONTHS, RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT WILL BE TREATED TO A VARIETY OF CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL PERFORMANCES, EXHIBITIONS, CONCERTS AND CONTESTS.

FREE TICKETS AND DETAILS OF THE FESTIVAL PROGRAMME ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE MAIN OFFICE AND SUB-OFFICES OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE.

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NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN CAUSEWAY BAY

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NEW ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN* CAUSEWAY BAY FROM ID AM ON TUESDAY (OCTOBER 11) TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC IN THE AREA.

THE FOLLOWING ROADS WILL BE DESIGNATED URBAN CLEARWAYS FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY DURING WHICH NO VEHICLES OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS:

* KAI CHIU ROAD BETWEEN HOUSE NO. 16 AND JARDINE’S CRESCENT.

* JARDINE’S CRESCENT BETWEEN KAI CHIU ROAD AND JARDINE’S BAZAAR.

* YUN PING ROAD BETWEEN HOUSE NO. 54 AND KAI CHIU ROAD.

# THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF PERCIVAL STREET FROM 15 METRES SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH HENNESSY F?OAD TO LEIGHTON ROAD.

* THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF PERCIVAL STREET FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH LEIGHTON ROAD TO A POINT 25 METRES NORTH OF THIS JUNCTION.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE FOLLOWING ROADS WILL BECOME URBAN CLEARWAYS BETWEEN 7 AM AND 7 PM DAILY:

* THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF LEIGHTON ROAD FROM 100 METRES WEST TO 70 METRES EAST OF PERCIVAL STREET.

M THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF LEIGHTON ROAD BETWEEN HOUSE NO. 30 AND HOUSE NO. 54.

* HYSAN AVENUE BETWEEN LEIGHTON ROAD AND SUN WUI ROAD.

LAN FONG ROAD WILL BE REROUTED ONE-WAY EASTBOUND, FOO MING STREET ONE-WAY EASTBOUND AND RUSSELL STREET BETWEEN PERCIVAL STREET AND LEE GARDEN ROAD ONE-WAY WESTBOUND.

A NUMBER OF TWO-HOUR PARKING METERS ALONG HOI PING ROAD AND SUNNING ROAD WILL BE CONVERTED TO THE HALF-HOUR TYPE.

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SAFETY PRECAUTIONS FOR STUDENTS ON OUTING * * * *

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE HAVE JOINTLY DRAWN UP A SIMPLE SET OF REPORTING PROCEDURES AIMED AT HELPING SCHOOLS TO ENSURE THEIR STUDENTS’ SAFETY DURING OUTINGS.

ACCORDING TO THE PROCEDURES, SCHOOL AUTHORITIES SHOULD

WRITE TO THE POLICE DIVISIONAL COMMANDER OF THE AREA WHICH THE SCHOOL PARTY INTENDS TO VISIT, OR TO THE STAFF OFFICER OPERATIONS, MARINE POLICE, IF THE OUTING INVOLVES HIRED MARINE CRAFT OTHER IHAN REGULAR FERRY SERVICES.

THE NOTICE SHOULD BE GIVEN AT LEAST ONE WEEK IN ADVANCE GIVING SUCH DETAILS AS THE DATE, TIME AND LOCALITY.

THE SCHOOLS SHOULD ADVISE THEIR PUPILS TO CARRY THEIR IDENTITY CARDS ON OUTING. THOSE UNDER THE AGE OF 11 SHOULD CARRY SOME FORM OF IDENTIFICATION PAPERS.

SCHOOL AUTHORITIES SHOULD ALSO ENSURE THAT THE TEAM LEADER, OR PUPILS RETURNING INDEPENDENTLY, WILL REPORT TO THE DUTY OFFICER AT THE LOCAL POLICE STATION UPON COMPLETION OF THE VISIT.

♦WITH THIS ARRANGEMENT, THE POLICE WILL INITIATE SEARCH ACTIONS FOR OVERDUE OUTINGS. IT WILL ALSO KEEP THE LOCAL POLICE INFORMED OF THE SITUATION,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID.

♦WHILE A KNOWLEDGE OF SUCH TRIPS BY THE POLICE IS AN IMPORTANT SAFETY PRECAUTION, THE PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE SAFETY OF PUPILS ON OUTINGS MUST BE WITH THE SCHOOLS THEMSELVES, IN THAT THEY MUST PROVIDE COMPETENT LEADERS AND PROPERLY BRIEF THE PUP ILS,+ THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED.

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PROPOSAL TO WIDEN CANTON ROAD * * *

THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT PROPOSES TO WIDEN A SECTION OF CANTON ROAD TO A DUAL THREE-LANE CARRIAGEWAY.

THE SECTION IS FROM THE ROAD’S JUNCTION WITH KOWLOON PARK DRIVE TO THE JORDAN ROAD BUS TERMINUS.

THE EXISTING TRAFFIC SIGNAL INSTALLATIONS AT CANTON ROAD -KOWLOON PARK DRIVE AND CANTON ROAD - AUSTIN ROAD JUNCTIONS WILL BE MODIFIED TO INCORPORATE CONTROLLED CROSSING FACILITIES FOR PEDESTRIANS.

LANDSCAPING WORKS WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED IN THE SCHEME.

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

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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, HONG KONG THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE (KOWLOON WEST), KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 1OTH FLOOR, 435 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON; AND THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT OFFICE, 490-492 NATHAN ROAD, HOP FAT COMMERCIAL CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, KOWLOON.

ANY OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL MUST REACH THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS BY DECEMBER 6.

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MARKET STALLS FOR PUBLIC BIDDING * * *

FORTY STALLS AT SHA TIN MARKET, TAI WAI TEMPORARY MARKET AND FO TAN WEST COOKED FOOD MARKET IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE PUT UP FOR PUBLIC BIDDING ON TUESDAY (OCTOBER 11).

THE BIDDING WILL START AT 10 AM AT THE LEK YUEN COMMUNITY HALL AT LEK YUEN ESTATE IN SHA TIN, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID.

SEVEN OF THE STALLS ARE AT SHA TIN MARKET — T*0 FOR SELLING FISH, FOUR FOR SELLING WET GOODS AND ONE FOR SELLING DRY GOODS. THE UPSET MONTHLY RENTS RANGE FROM 32 300 TO $5 000.

TWENTY-SEVEN STALLS ARE AT TAI WAI TEMPORARY MARKET, DESIGNATED FOR THE SALE OF VARIOUS FOODSTUFFS AND GOODS. THE UPSET MONTHLY RENTS ARE FROM $1 250 TO S3 000.

THE REMAINING SIX STALLS ARE AT FO TAN WEST COOKED FOOD MARKET THE UPSET MONTHLY RENT FOR FIVE STALLS IS $4 000 EACH AND THAT FOR THE REMAINING ONE IS 34 300.

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS MAY START BUSINESS ON NOVEMBER 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 ENQUIRIES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE HAWKERS AND MARKETS SECTION OF THE SHA TIN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE ON TELEPHONE 0-623467.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR BATHHOUSE REFURBISHMENT X * *

THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE REFURBISHMENT OF A NUMBER OF TOILETS AND BATHHOUSES IN KOWLOON.

THEY ARE LOCATED AT KWUN CHUNG STREET, MA TAU KOK ROAD AND FAT TSEUNG STREET.

EXISTING TROUGH-TYPE TOILETS WILL BE REPLACED BY THE SQUATTING-TYPE WITH INDIVIDUAL FLUSHING UNITS WHERE APPLICABLE.

THE WORK WILL ALSO INVOLVE TILING OF INTERNAL WALLS AND FLOORS, THE REPLACEMENT OF RUSTY PIPES, THE INSTALLATION OF FIBRE-GLASS DOORS, SOAP DISPENSERS AND DRYERS, AND LIGHTING IMPROVEMENT.

WORK WILL START IN NOVEMBER AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY NEXT MARCH.

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GUINNESS RECORD PLAN FOR SAND SCULPTURE CONTEST

X X X X X

FOR THE FRIST TIME IN HONG KONG, A SAND SCULPTURING COMPETITION WILL BE HELD AT A BEACH CARNIVAL AT THE CLEAR WATER BAY (SEOND BEACH) IN SAI KUNG NEXT MONTH.

PARTICULARS OF THE EVENT WILL BE SENT TO THE GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS FOR WORLDWIDE COMPARISON AS TO THE NUMBER Oi-PEOPLE TAKING PART, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG. THE CHAMPION CLUB AND THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE ON NOVEMBER 13 (SUNDAY) STARTING 2 PM.

THE COMPETITION IS AIMED AT PROVIDING AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO EXPLORE THEIR CREATIVITY AND ALSO TO PROMOTE UNDERSTANDING AND FRIENDSHIP AMONG VARIOUS COMMUNITIES.

COMPETITORS ARE REQUIRED TO BUILD SAND SCULPTURES AND MODELS IN AN AREA OF THREE METRES BY FIVE METRES ALLOCATED WITH SAND CF THE BEACH AS THE ONLY BUILDING MATERIAL.

TWO PLASTIC SPADES AND TWO BUCKETS WILL BE SUPPLIED TO EACH TEAM, WHICH WILL BE ALLOWED TO BRING ALONG ITS OwN TOOLS, OTHER THAN ELECTRICAL OR MECHANICAL TOOLS, AND MATERIALS FOR SUPPORTING THE SCULPTURES FOR DECORATION PURPOSE INCLUDING SHELLS AND EMPTY CANS.

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A PANEL OF JUDGES COMPRISING FAMOUS SCULPTORS AND ARTISTS WOULD BE INVITED TO ASSESS THE ENTRANTS AND PRIZES a ILL BE awarded to the grandest and most beautiful sculptures in TnE EVENT.

THE COMPETITION WILL BE DIVIDED INTO FOUR AGE GROUPS - UNDER 12 SECTION, 12 TO 15 SECTION, 15 TO 17 SECTION AND OVER 17 ' ;TION. EACH GROUP SHOULD NOT COMPRISE MORE THAN FIVE MEMBERS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ENTRIES FOR THE SAND SCULPTURING COMPETITION ARE NOW BEING •NVITED AND ONLY SCHOOLS, REGISTERED CLUBS OR ORGANISATIONS ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY. TWO TEAMS OF EACH SCHOOL, CLUB OR ORGANISATION CAN BE ACCEPTED, ADDED THE SPOKESMAN.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR THE SAND SCULPTURING COMPETITION ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION AT ALL URBAN SERVICES OFFICES THROUGHOUT THE NEW TERRITORIES.

COMPLETED ENTRY FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED BEFORE SUNDAY (OCTOBER 30) TO THE SAI KUNG URBAN SERVICES OFFICE AT 69 MAN NIN STREET, SAI KUNG, OR TO THE CHAMPION CLUB AT ROOM 1405, BANK CENTRE, 636 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

TO HIGHLIGHT THE BEACH CARNIVAL, WELL-KNOWN DISC JOCKEYS wILL PRESENT ON-SPOT MUSIC PROGRAMME FOR THE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ENJOYING FUN THERE.

A PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION WILL ALSO BE HELD SIMULTANEOUSLY AT THE BEACH IN A JOINT FUNCTION WITH THE UNITED ARTIST PHOTOGRAPHIC ASSOCIATION.

THOSE TAKING PART IN THE PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION ARE FREE TO TAKE ANY TOPIC OF THE EVENT THROUGHOUT THE CARNIVAL.

GIFTS WILL ALSO BE PRESENTED TO THE WINNING PHOTOGRAPHERS BY THE ORGANISING BODIES.

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POSTER CONTEST IN EASTERN AND TSUEN WAN

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ENTRIES FOR A REHABILITATION POSTER DESIGN CONTEST ARE BEING INVITED FROM RESIDENTS IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT AND TSUEN WAN.

THE CONTEST IS ONE OF A SERIES BEING ORGANISED IN ALL THE 18 DISTRICTS BY THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARDS.

THE OBJECTIVE IS TO ENCOURAGE THE PUBLIC TO ACCEPT THE HANDICAPPED PEOPLE AS EQUAL AND CONTRIBUTING MEMBERS Or THE COMMUNITY.

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IN EACH DISTRICT, THE COMPETITION WILL BE DIVIDED INTO FOUR SECTIONS COVERING PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS; SECONDARY STUDENTS; POST-SECONDARY AND TERTIARY STUDENTS AND ADULTS; AND JOINT ABLE-BODIED AND DISABLED PARTICIPANTS.

EACH DISTRICT WILL HAVE ITS OWN PANEL OF ADJUDICATORS TO SELECT THREE WINNERS FROM EACH DIVISION, AND ALL 12 WINNING ENTRIES WILL BE SUBMITTED, BEFORE NOVEMBER 15 TO THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC EDUCATION IN REHABILITATION FOR A TERRITORY-WIDE CONTEST.

THE CLOSING DATE IS OCTOBER 17 FOR RESIDENTS IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT AND OCTOBER 24 FOR THOSE IN TSUEN WAN.

WINNERS OF THE DISTRICT CONTEST WILL BE GIVEN SOUVENIRS AND BOOK COUPONS WHILE THOSE OF THE TERRITORY-WIDE COMPETITION WILL RECEIVE AWARDS WORTH S3OO TO $1 500.

THERE IS NO LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF ENTRIES FROM EACH PARTICIPANT.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF NGAU TAU KOK ROAD * * *

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN NGAU TAU KOK FOR TWO CONSECUTIVE MORNINGS FROM 1 AM TO 5.15 AM ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY (OCTOBER 11 AND 12) TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF SOUTHERN ELEVATED ROAD.

THE ARRANGEMENTS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

* THE SECTION OF NGAU TAU KOK ROAD BETWEEN NGAU TAU KOK FIRST STREET AND THE UNNAMED ROAD NEAR BLOCK 1 OF LOWER NGAU TAU KOK ESTATE WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO ALL VEHICULAR TRAFFIC.

* EASTBOUND TRAFFIC ON NGAU TAU KOK ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA ON TAK ROAD AND ON SHIN ROAD.

# WESTBOUND TRAFFIC ON NGAU TAU KOK ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA ELEGANCE ROAD AND KWUN TONG ROAD OR VIA THE UNNAMED ROAD NEAR BLOCK 1 OF LOWER NGAU TAU KOK ESTATE.

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NO HOLIDAY MAIL SERVICE * * *

THERE WILL BE NO MAIL DELIVERY AND ALL POST OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED ON FRIDAY (OCTOBER 14), WHICH IS A GENERAL HOLIDAY.

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WATER CUT IN KWUN TONG it X X

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN KWUN TONG WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 10 PM ON WEDNESDAY (OCTOBER 12) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR MAINS WORK.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT THE FOLLOWING :

* LAM TIN, SAU MAU PING, SHUN LEE TSUEN, SHUN ON ESTATE, SHUN TIN ESTATE, SHUN CHI COURT, CHOI WAN ESTATE, HIU KWONG STREET, HONG NING ROAD, KUNG LOK ROAD, HONG LEE ROAD, AND UPPER NGAU TAU KOK ESTATE.

M PREMISES ALONG CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD BETWEEN HIRAM’S HIGHWAY AND MANG KUNG UK, SILVER STRAND, HANG HAU TOWN, SHAW’S STUDIO AND BAY SIDE.

* VILLAGES ALONG PO LAM ROAD, RENNIES MILL AREA AND MA YAU TONG.

* VILLAGES ALONG HIRAM’S HIGHWAY AND TAN CHEUNG AREA.

* SAI KUNG TOWN AREA.

MEANWHILE, SALT WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN MONG KOK WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PM THE SAME DAY (OCTOBER 12) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY LAI CHI KOK ROAD, TAI KOK TSUI ROAD, FUK TSUEN STREET AND TONG MEI ROAD, INCLUDING SYCAMORE STREET, TUNG CHAU STREET, BEDFORD ROAD, LARCH STREET, MAPLE STREET, WALNUT STREET, LIME STREET, ASH STREET, FIR STREET, OAK STREET, MAN ON STREET AND LOK KWAN STREET.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 15*83

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

DUKE OF EDINBURGH ARRIVES ...................................... 1

PUBLIC INTEREST PUT FIRST - BRAY................................ 2

GOVERNMENT HELPS IMPROVE PRODUCT QUALITY........................ 2

EXTERNAL TRADE FIGURES FOR JANUARY TO AUGUST.................... 4

TRAFFIC PLAN FOR FIRWORKS DISPLAY.............................. 11

PRIMARY SCHOOLS REMINDED ABOUT PLACES SCHEME................... 12

NEW ROAD PLANNED............................................... 13

ACCOUNTANCY TRAINING PLAN PROPOSED............................. 14

DB LOOKING OVER PRIVATE STREETS ............................... 15

SPORTS GROUND KIOSK AVAILABLE.................................. 15

WATER FIGURES ................................................. 15

MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1983

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DUKE OF EDINBURGH ARRIVES

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HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH, ARRIVED FROM LONDON TODAY (MONDAY) FOR A TWO-DAY VISIT AS PRESIDENT OF WORLD WILDLIFE FUND INTERNATIONAL.

THE DUKE WAS GREETED AT THE AIRPORT BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE. ALSO PRESENT TO MEET HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS WERE THE CHIEF JUSTICE, SIR DENYS ROBERTS; 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; THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR ROGER LOBO AND THE PRESIDENT OF WORLD WILDLIFE FUND HONG KONG, SIR KENNETH FUNG.

THE DUKE WILL BE STAYING AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE DURING HIS VISIT.

FOLLOWING IS A SUMMARY OF HRH THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S PROGRAMME FOR TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AND PRESS FACILITIES ARRANGED:

11.00 AM

UNVEILING PLAQUE FOR DUKE OF EDINBURGH TRAINING CAMP, TAI PO

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES COVERING THE EVENT SHOULD BRING ALONG THEIR SPECIAL PRESS BADGES. TRANSPORT FOR THE PRESS PARTY WILL LEAVE CGO, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, AT 9.15 AM. PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CAMERAMEN ARE ADVISED TO BRING ALONG TELEPHOTO/ZOOM LENSES. THERE WILL BE ONE FIXED PRESS POSITION AT THE CAMP. GIS OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

4.30 PM VISIT TO ZOOLOGICAL AND BOTANICAL GARDENS

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD BRING ALONG THEIR SPECIAL PRESS BADGES AND ASSEMBLE AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE WESTERN SECTION OF THE GARDENS AT ALBANY ROAD AT 4 PM SHARP. PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CAMERAMEN ARE ADVISED TO BRING ALONG TELEPHOTO/ZOOM LENSES. GIS OFFICERS WILL ESCORT THEM TO THEIR PRESS POSITIONS.

8.10 PM WORLD WILDLIFE FUND BALL AT HILTON HOTEL

THERE WILL BE A FIXED PRESS POSITION FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CAMERAMEN OUTSIDE THE MAIN ENTRANCE TO THE HILTON HOTEL. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD BE IN POSITION NOT LATER THAN 7.50 PM. GIS OFFICERS WILL BE THERE TO ASSIST.

NOTE:

THE AND THEY HIGHNESS.

USE OF FLASH LIGHTS SHOULD BE KEPT TO THE MINIMUM MAY NOT BE USED WITHIN CLOSE PROXIMITY OF HIS ROYAL SUN GUN FLASHES ARE NOT ALLOWED.

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PUBLIC INTEREST PUT FIRST - BRAY * * *

THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR DENIS BRAY SAID TODAY THAT HONG KONG WAS FORTUNATE IN HAVING A HIGHLY MOTIVATED CIVIL SERVICE AND ONE WHICH WAS CREATED TO SERVE THE PUBLIC.

♦THE HONG KONG STYLE OF CIVIL SERVICE PUTS THE PUBLIC INTEREST FIRST. IT IS QUITE THE REVERSE OF THE ROLE OF OFFICIALDOM ELSEWHERE WHERE THE OFFICIAL IS REGARDED WITH APPREHENSION IF NOT FEAR,* HE SAID.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF A CAREERS EXHIBITION AT THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY, MR BRAY ASKED CIVIL SERVANTS NOT TO FORGET THIS, ALTHOUGH FROM TIME TO TIME SOME DO.

+THIS IS EXCEPTIONAL AND QUITE RIGHTLY PUBLIC INDIGNATION IS EXPRESSED OVER THESE LAPSES. IT IS PRECISELY BECAUSE THE GENERAL STANDARD OF SERVICE AND INTEGRITY IS HIGH THAT SUCH LAPSES STAND OUT,+ HE SAID.

HE ASKED GRADUATES TO REMEMBER THAT INTEREST IN THEIR WORK SHOULD BE THE MOST IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION IN CHOOSING A CAREER.

+UNLESS THEY FIND THEIR WORK INTERESTING THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GIVE IT THE SORT OF DEVOTION THAT IS REQUIRED IN PUBLIC SERVICE AND THIS DEVOTION IS NECESSARY FOR THE HONG KONG STYLE OF CIVIL SERVICE,* HE SAID.

MR BRAY EXPLAINED THAT THERE WERE AT PRESENT 59 DEPARTMENTS OFFERING A WIDE RANGE OF CHALLENGING JOBS SUITABLE FOR UNIVERSITY GRADUATES.

♦EACH FIELD OFFERS A CHALLENGING AND SATISFYING CAREER WITH GOOD PROSPECTS OF ADVANCEMENT TO THE MOST SENIOR RANKS IN THE CIVIL SERVICE,* HE SAID.

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GOVERNMENT HELPS IMPROVE PRODUCT QUALITY

THE GOVERNMENT IS ACTIVELY HELPING TO UPGRADE THE QUALITY CF HONG KONG PRODUCTS, THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR JOHN YAXLEY, SAID TODAY.

HE SAID THAT, ON THE ADVICE OF THE INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT BOARD, THE GOVERNMENT RECENTLY INTRODUCED A NUMBER OF SERVICES AIMED AT PROVIDING MANUFACTURERS WITH CERTAIN FACILITIES WHICH WILL HELP THEM TO CONTINUE TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF THEIR PRODUCTS.

MR YAXLEY WAS OPENING A THREE-DAY CONFERENCE ON QUALITY ASSURANCE AT WHICH A NUMBER OF EXPERTS FROM JAPAN, THE UNITED STATES AND UNITED KINGDOM WILL SPEAK.

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MR YAXLEY POINTED OUT THAT DESPITE THE RAPID GROWTH OF THE SERVICES SECTOR IN THE HONG KONG ECONOMY, MANUFACTURING FOR EXPORT REMAINED +VERY MUCH THE MAJOR FEATURE OF THE ECONOMY*.

IT ACCOUNTED FOR 25 PER CENT OF THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT LAST YEAR AND 40 PER CENT OF EMPLOYMENT, HE ADDED.

HE SAID IT WAS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT THAT AS HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING OUTPUT MOVED UP MARKET, AS A RESULT OF COMPETITION AND AN INCREASINGLY SOPHISTICATED AND DEMANDING PURCHASING PUBLIC, WORLD WIDE, IT SHOULD DEVOTE MUCH MORE ATTENTION TO IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF THE GOODS PRODUCED.

♦IF WE DO NOT DO SO THEN OUR CONTINUING SUCCESS AND PROSPERITY WILL MOST CERTAINLY BE JEOPARDISED,* HE SAID.

HE SAID THAT THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE GOVERNMENT INCLUDED THE SETTING UP BY THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT OF A STANDARDS AND CALIBRATION LABORATORY WITH A STAFF OF ABOUT 40 AND WITH EQUIPMENT COSTING ABOUT $16 MILLION.

♦IT WILL INITIALLY PROVIDE MEASUREMENT STANDARDS AND CALIBRATION FACILITIES FOR THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS INDUSTRIES. IN ADDITION, PROVISION HAS BEEN MADE FOR THE ACCOMMODATION OF CERTAIN MASS, LENGTH AND FORCE STANDARDS TO SUPPORT A SYSTEM OF TESTING LABORATORIES ACCREDITATION IN HONG KONG.

MR YAXLEY ALSO SAID THE DEPARTMENT WAS EXAMINING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SYSTEM TO ASSESS THE COMPETENCE OF THE LABORATORIES TO UNDERTAKE VARIOUS TYPES OF TESTS SO THAT TEST CERTIFICATES ISSUED BY THEM .ERE ACCEPTED INTERNATIONALLY.

♦CONSULTANTS TO ADVISE US AS TO HOW WE SHOULD PROCEED HAVE BEEN APPOINTED AND ARE WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT. AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON LABORATORY ACCREDITATION WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE TESTING INDUSTRY AND INDUSTRIAL ORGANISATIONS, IS NOW BEING FORMED TO ADVISE THE DEPARTMENT ON THE DETERMINATION OF APPROPRIATE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE ACCREDITATION SYSTEM,+ HE SAID.

PAYING TRIBUTE TO THE PRODUCT TESTING INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS OVER THE YEARS TO THE ECONOMY OF HONG KONG, PARTICULARLY TO THE UPGRADING OF THE QUALITY OF HONG KONG’S EXPORT PRODUCTS, MR YAXLEY SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT LOOKED FORWARD TO CONTINUED GOOD RELATIONS WITH THESE LABORATORIES AND TO THEIR ASSISTANCE IN THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ACCREDITATION SYSTEM.

DISCUSSING PRODUCT STANDARDS, MR YAXLEY SAID SO FAR THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT’S INVOLVEMENT HAD BEEN LIMITED TO THE COLLECTION AND DISSEMINATION OF OVERSEAS STANDARDS, AND CONSULTATION WITH TRADE AND INDUSTRY ON THE POSSIBLE IMPLICATIONS OF SUCH STANDARDS ON THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY.AND, UPON REQUEST FROM INDUSTRY AND INDUSTRIAL ORGANISATIONS, THE DEPARTMENT MADE REPRESENTATION TO OVERSEAS STANDARDS BODIES WHERE SUCH STANDARDS UNREASONABLY AFFECT HONG KONG’S INTEREST.

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♦THE DEPARTMENT IS NOW REVIEWING THIS ROLE TO SEE WHETHER ANY STRENGTHENING AND EXPANSION OF ITS ROLE IN THIS FIELD IS NEEDED,* HE ADDED.

MR YAXLEY SAID HE FELT THERE WAS A GOOD DEAL MORE THAT THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR COULD DO IN THE AREA OF QUALITY ASSURANCE.

♦PUBLIC FUNDS HAVE BEEN PROVIDED FOR THIS CONFERENCE IN THE HOPE THAT FURTHER QUALITY IMPROVEMENTS CAN BE MADE.

♦IT IS OUR HOPE THAT, THROUGH THIS CONFERENCE, WE SHALL BE ABLE TO DETERMINE THE RESPECTIVE ROLES OF THE GOVERNMENT, THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR INCLUDING THE WORK FORCE, AND THE TERTIARY EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS IN HONG KONG’S CAMPAIGN FOR BETTER QUALITY PRODUCTS AND TO DEVISE A CONCERTED PLAN OF ACTION FOR THE FUTURE,* M? YAXLEY SAID.

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EXTERNAL TRADE FIGURES FOR JANUARY TO AUGUST * K * *

TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE FOR JANUARY - AUGUST 1983, VALUED AT $202 905 MILLION, INCREASED BY 16 PER CENT AS COMPARED WITH THE SIMILAR PERIOD IN 1982, ACCORDING TO SUMMARY TRADE STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

DOMESTIC EXPORT ROSE BY 18 PER CENT TO $62 979 MILLION, IMPORTS BY 15 PER CENT TO $106 377 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS BY 17 PER CENT TO $33 548 MILLION.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS TOGETHER INCREASED BY 18 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 31 PER CENT IN VALUE.

SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN CLOTHING (BY $2 383 MILLION OR 32 PER CENT); TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $1 176 MILLION OR 92 PER CENT) AND OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $993 MILLION OR 100 PER CENT). ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS (BY $327 MILLION OR 15 PER CENT) AND TRANSISTORS AND DIODES (BY $61 MILLION OR 42 PER CENT).

INCREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE UNITED KINGDOM WERE REGISTERED FOR METALLIFEROUS ORES AND METAL SCRAP (BY $560 MILLION OR 1 877 PER CENT); TEXTILES (BY $73 MILLION OR 25 PER CENT) AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $50 MILLION OR 28 PER CENT). HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR CLOTHING (BY $84 MILLION OR FOUR PER CENT) AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCT. APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $39 MILLION OR 15 PER CENT).

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MOST COMMODITIES EXPORTED TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY INCREASED IN VALUE, INCLUDING OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $100 MILLION OR 317 PER CENT) AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $52 MILLION OR 19 PER CENT). HOWEVER, DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF DECREASED BY $24 MILLION OR 11 PER CENT.

SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE REGISTERED IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO CHINA OF TEXTILES (BY $376 MILLION OR 65 PER CENT) AND FEEDING STUFF FOR ANIMALS (BY $106 MILLION OR 374 PER CENT); AND IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO JAPAN OF METALLIFEROUS ORES AND METAL SCRAP (BY $66 MILLION OR 47 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 TEXTILES (BY $1 111 MILLION OR 29 PER CENT); CLOTHING (BY $877 MILLION OR 30 PER CENT); MEAT AND MEAT PREPARATIONS (BY $186 MILLION OR 24 PER CENT); PETROLEUM, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND RELATED MATERIALS (BY $174 MILLION OR 11 PER CENT), AND VEGETABLES AND FRUIT (BY $166 MILLION OR 16 PER CENT).

AS FOR IMPORTS FROM JAPAN, INCREASES WERE NOTED FOR ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $1 248 MILLION OR 61 PER CENT); AND TEXTILES (BY $829 MILLION OR 30 PER CENT). HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE REGISTEkED FOR ROAD VEHICLES (INCLUDING AIR CUSHION VEHICLES) (BY $440 MILLION OR 23 PER CENT), AND GENERAL INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT, AND MACHINE PARTS (BY $145 MILLION OR 13 PER CENT).

INCREASES IN IMPORTS FROM THE U.S.A. WERE MOSTLY OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $921 MILLION OR 86 PER CENT), PETROLEUM, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND RELATED MATERIALS (BY $578 MILLION OR 1 209 PER CENT) AND OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $272 MILLION OR 32 PER CENT). ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED IN IMPORTS OF GENERAL INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT, AND MACHINE PARTS (BY $167 MILLION OR 32 PER CENT) AND PEARLS, PRECIOUS AND SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES UNWORKED OR WORKED (BY $79 MILLION OR 14 PER CENT).

DECREASES WERE REGISTERED IN IMPORTS FROM TAIWAN OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $21 MILLION OR FIVE PER CENT) AND IN IMPORTS FROM SINGAPORE OF PETROLEUM, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND RELATED MATERIALS (BY $1 361 MILLION OR 29 PER CENT). HOWEVER, IMPORTS OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF FROM TAIWAN INCREASED (BY $226 MILLION OR 21 PER CENT); AND IMPORTS OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF FROM SINGAPORE ALSO INCREASED (BY $244 MILLION OR 55 PER CENT).

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TABLE 4 ILLUSTRATES THE MORE IMPORTANT CHANGES IN IMPORTS BY COMMODITY SECTIONS.

INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN RE-EXPORTS TO CHINA (BY §1 212 MILLION OR 23 PER CENT), U.S.A. (BY $1 089 MILLION OR 30 PER CENT), SINGAPORE (BY $546 MILLION OR 24 PER CENT), REPUBLIC OF KOREA (SOUTH KOREA) (BY $466 MILLION OR 43 PER CENT), SAUDI ARABIA (BY ($324 MILLION OR 55 PER CENT), TAIWAN (BY $322 MILLION OR 19 PER CENT), MACAU (BY $196 MILLION OR 20 PER CENT) AND UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (BY $180 MILLION OR 80 PER CENT). ON THE OTHER HAND, DECLINES WERE REGISTERED IN RE-EXPORTS TO INDONESIA (BY $316 MILLION OR 11 PER CENT) AND NIGERIA (BY $226 MILLION OR 37 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 $878 MILLION OR 46 PER CENT), PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $605 MILLION OR 31 PER CENT)I ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $590 MILLION OR 27 PER CENT) AND MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (BY $315 MILLION OR 21 PER CENT). DECREASES WERE REGISTERED IN THE RE-EXPORTS OF ROAD VtHICLES (INCLUDING AIR CUSHION VEHICLES) (BY $272 MILLION OR 18 PER CENT), METALLIFEROUS ORES AND METAL SCRAP (BY $119 MILLION OR 52 PtR CENT) AND NON-METALLIC MINERAL MANUFACTURES (BY $118 MILLION OR SEVEN PER CENT).

THE CHANGES IN RE-EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS ARE GIVEN IN TABLE 6.

THE AUGUST 1983 ISSUE OF +HONG KONG TRADE STATISTICS-SUMMARY* WILL BE ON SALE LATER THIS MONTH 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 AUGUST 1983 WILL BE AVAILABLE IN EARLY NOVEMBER 1983 AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT HK$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. i 5-444436).

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'Vie " : ~i: ■' — t- te-. -:.Jor r.srketr

Major v-n' Mar’. :ets .-•U’. 19?7 r • • J-.n.- .ur. 1982 (• Mn) .1 ncrease -Decrease i v-.) I ereertare change (.) ■

u.i:. F.3. of Germany China Japan Canada Australia Singapore Netherlands Saudi Arabia 2 ,02? r ,213 1,01.* ;,57^ 2,19? 2,2 - t - "*• 1,227 1,051 O CC KX -3 Q' CV «- r- OC, m cc c hx 0 ~r -j --t C" v.0 «. UX - J 0 VC c . ( J 0 (A Ox -A’ (X: (V k r- r- V- * ,_:c + 725 + v-?8 41 ,*•< + 289 4. 639 - 221 4 + 11c + 137 4-16 4 9 +1? '• ■

>-3 r„r ru • • o o rJ A. er^ort? by t.s jor commodity di ■ • r visi-ns

Commodity dan divisions .-us, 19?5 Jan«-*uze 19°2 ( .’n) ' j । < ■-x ' *S . C) (J •i J - c 5 :j a » ' ' m cn n <t> • ■?ro e ' t "*e c .r. *e <.)

.articles of apparel and clothing accessories 1n,750 - , ’ - c

Miscell-- eous rrini ac“ured rticles (mainl? 'Mastic toys and dolls, jevallery, goldsmiths* and silvers 'ths* wares, and artifici-1 “lr-^rs' . :r-? 10,170 ■4 -X

Photographic a■••.-^1:3, • iuit-ment, supplies^.?.? c'M? 1 goods, watches ..3 c r -,7°1 u 4- ,

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Commodity divisions r n.- J '9 ( J -ur. 19-2 ( Yr.) Increase/ Decrease t • . - •. • F-; ?ereentare change ( .)

JI ec t r i c ul machi ne r;*, apparatus and 1- nces (mainly trar.si tors and diodes and household type appliances) -, 7,933 + 977 4.O/1

Telecommunications and sound recording and reproducing ar*uratus and equipment ,: 12 *,6C5 u- ' , X *•*

Textile yarn, fabrics, e- uu articles an ~el- te’d products 77C 1 X 1 - + "

T hie ’’ • ' major sources

Increase/ I ere ent are

C n,.--.u . 1-r’7 J’‘7..- UT. 1982 Decrease change

Major sources ( :-n) (’ Mn) Mn) (.)■

China 2',' 20,855 4-,7?9 + 21

Japan 20,462 +5,8^8 +V

U.S.A. V ,117 10,098 - , i"9 +

Taiwan 5,804- * :^5 + •••

Singapore 6,057 ",7n5 - 75? -11

U.K. *S727 ‘,488 •r ‘ T.O -r C

Republic of Korea

(South Korea) 3,021 2,952 + ?9 + 7-

F.R. of Germany 2,225 4. -'46 4-'r

Switzerland 1,98.7 -,722 x OL

Australia 1,6c! -,530 4- “1

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Commodity Jan.-rtUg. 1983 Jan.-Aug* 1982 Increase/ Decrease Percentage change

sections (5 Mn) (* Mn) ($ Mn) (*)

Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material (mainly textile products, diamonds, iron and steel, and paper) 29,7?4 26,194 +3,540 +14

Machinery and

transport equipment 24,024 21,097 +2,927 +14

Miscellaneous manufactured articles (mainly watches and clocks, articles of apparel) 19,129 15,621 +5,508 +22

Food and live animals

chiefly for food 11,626 10,206 +1,421 +14

Chemicals and related

products, n.e.s. 7,937 6,226 +1,712 +27

Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials 7,023 7,3M - *58 - 5

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Table 5 : Re-exports by ter. major markets

Increase/ Percentage

Maier Jan.-Aug. 1983 Jan.-Aug. 1982 Decrease change

markets C Mn) ($ Mn) (3 Mn) (;S)

China 6,529 5,317 +1,212 +23

U.S.A. 4,769 5,680 +1,089 +30

Singapore 2,791 2,245 + $46 +24

Indonesia 2,606 2,925 - 516 -11

Taiwan 2,0=0 1,728 + 522 +19

Japan 1,830 1,699 + 152 + 8

Republic of Korea

(South Korea) 1,540 1,074 + 466 +43

Macau 1,195 1,000 + 196 +20

Philippines 1,025 957 + 67 * 7

Saudi Arabia 910 586 + 324 *55

Table 6 : Re-c?:rorts by major commodity divisions

Commodity divisions Jan.-Aug. 1983 ( ‘ Mn) Jan.-^ug. 1982 (S Mn) Increase/ Decrease (-- Mn) Percentage change

Textile yarn, fabrics, made-up articles and related products 4,602 4,435 + 166 + 4

Electrical machinery apparatus and appliances 2,804 2,214 + 590 *27

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories 2,791 1,914 + 878 +46

Photographic anparatus, equipment, supplies and optical goods, watches and clocks 2,557 * 1,952 + 605 *51

Miscellaneous manufactured articles 1,810 1,496 + 515 +21

Non-metallic mineral manufactures 1,5*8 ' '1,686 -'■''118 •**

MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1983

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TRAFFIC PLAN FOR FIREWORKS DISPLAY * * *

SPECIAL TRANSPORT AND TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE FIREWORKS DISPLAY TO BE HELD ON SUNDAY (OCTOBER 16) WERE ANNOUNCED TODAY.

THE DISPLAY, ORGANISED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL, IS TO TAKE PLACE IN VICTORIA HARBOUR. IT WILL START AT 9 PM AND .ILL LAST FOR ABOUT 25 MINUTES.

ON BOTH HONG KONG ISLAND AND KOWLOON THERE WILL BE SPECIAL PEDESTRIAN-ONLY AREAS TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO VIEW THE FIR-WORKS FR M GOOD VANTAGE POINTS.

THERE WILL BE EXTRA BUS, TRAM, FERRY AND MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY SERVICES TO COPE WITH THE EXPECTED INCREASED PUBLIC DEMAND BEFORE AND AFTER THE DISPLAY.

TO ENSURE THAT THERE IS AMPLE SPACE FOR ALL WHO WISH 70 SEE THE DISPLAY, AND THAT DISRUPTION TO TRANSPORT AND TRAFFIC IS KEPT TO A MINIMUM, A NUMBER OF ROAD CLOSURES AND OTHER ALTERATIONS AND RESTRICTIONS ARE REQUIRED.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN GAVE DETAILS OF THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE DISPLAY. THESE WILL BE PUBLISHED IN FULL AGAIN IN ADVERTISEMENT SECTIONS OF MAJOR NEWSPAPERS ON FRIDAY (OCTOBER 14).

IN CENTRAL, THE SUNDAY-PUBLIC HOLIDAY PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT AT CHATER ROAD AND ICE HOUSE STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 7 AM TO MIDNIGHT.

IN THE PEAK AREA, UPHILL TRAFFIC EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES, MAXICABS, PRIVATE OMNIBUSES AND TAXIS WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE SECTION OF PEAK ROAD BEYOND THE MAGAZ INE GAP ROAD JUNCTION FROM 7 PM UNTIL CROWDS HAVE DISPERSED. HOWEVER, DOWNHILL TRAFFIC WILL NOT BE AFFECTED.

PEAK RESIDENTS REQUIRING EMERGENCY ACCESS TO THE AREA DURING THE CLOSURE MAY CONTACT THE PEAK POLICE STATION ON 5-96242.

A NUMBER OF ROADS IN THE WAN CHAI WATERFRONT WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 7.30 PM. MANY OTHERS ON COASTAL TSIM SHA TSUI WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 8.30 PM AND 10.30 PM. MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO WATCH TRAFFIC SIGNS.

ADDITIONAL TRIPS WILL BE OPERATED ON CMB ROUTE AND 15.

A SPECIAL ROUTE, NO. 15M, FROM ADMIRALTY MTR STATION TO THE PEAK WILL RUN FROM 6.30 PM. HOWEVER, SERVICES ON KMB ROUTE 5M WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 7 PM.

HYF WILL CANCEL ITS 8.40 PM, 9 PM AND 9.20 PM SAILINGS BETWEEN WAN CHAI AND JORDAN ROAD.

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FROM 7 PM TO 9 PM, ALL ENTRANCES OF THE TSIM SHA TSUI

MTR STATION EXCEPT THE CAMERON ROAD ENTRANCE WILL BE RESERVED

FOR OUT-GOING PASSENGERS ONLY. AFTER 9 PM, ALL EXCEPT

THE CARNARVON ROAD ENTRANCE WILL EE AVAILABLE TO IN-COMING PASSENGERS ONLY. THE HUMPHREYS AVENUE ENTRANCE WILL BE CLOSED THROUGHOUT THE EVENING. TO AVOID CONGESTION PASSENGERS ARE ADVISED TO USE JORDAN STATION.

SPECIAL ENTRY AND EXIT ARRANGEMENTS WILL ALSO BE IMPLEMENTED AT JORDAN STATION IN THE EVENT OF OVERCROWDING.

THE STAR FERRY BUS TERMINUS IN TSIM SHA TSUI WILL BE

CLOSED BETWEEN 8 PM AND 10.30 PM, AND TERMINAL FACILITIES WILL BE PROVIDED AT THE KMB COACH TERMINUS AT PEKING ROAD AND THE

TEMPORARY LAY-OVER AREAS AT SCIENCE MUSEUM ROAD AND GRANVILLE ROAD.

ACCESS TO CAR PARKS AT THE OCEAN TERMINAL, NEW WORLD CENTRE, KOWLOON RAILWAY STATION AND MIDDLE ROAD WILL BE BANNED BETWEEN 8.15 PM AND 10.30 PM.

ALL PARKING FACILITIES AT THE PEAK AND IN TSIM SHA TSUI COASTAL AREAS WILL BE SUSPENDED AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE ADVISED TO USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT.

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PRIMARY SCHOOLS REMINDED ABOUT PLACES SCHEME * * * *

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAS AGAIN INVITED ALL PRIMARY SCHOOLS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ALLOCATION OF JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES SYSTEM IN 1985 FOR THEIR CURRENT PRIMARY 5 PUPILS.

THE DEPARTMENT HAS ISSUED CIRCULARS TO ALL SCHOOLS REMINDING THEM OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO INFORM PARENTS IF THEY CHOOSE NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SCHEME.

THE CLOSING DATE OF APPLICATION FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS WILL BE OCTOBER 24.

AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT PRIMARY 6 LEAVERS OF A PARTICIPATING PRIMARY SCHOOL WOULD BE PROVIDED WITH A THREE-YEAR FREE SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACE, AND WOULD HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF CHOOSING THEIR SECONDARY SCHOOL, BUT THIS WAS NOT SO FOR NON-PARTICIPANTS.

♦SCHOOLS NOT TAKING PART IN THE.SCHEME SHOULD CLEARLY INFORM PARENTS OF THE CONSEQUENCE,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

EXPLAINING THE SCHEME, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT A PRIMARY 6 PUPIL’S CHANCES OF BEING ALLOCATED A SECONDARY SCHOOL OF riIo CHOICE DEPEND ON THE SCHOOL’S INTERNAL ASSESSMENT AT THE ENv OF HIS PRIMARY 5 YEAR, AND AT THE END OF THE FIRST AND TOWARDS THE END OF THE SECOND TERM OF HIS PRIMARY 6 YEARS ON ALL SUBJECT^, EXCEPT PHYSICAL EDUCATION IN ALL SCHOOLS AND BIBLICAL KNOWLEDGE IN SOME SCHOOLS.

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TO ENSURE FAIRNESS, PUPILS OF ALL PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS HAVE TO TAKE THE DEPARTMENT’S ACADEMIC APTITUDE TEST, RESULTS OF WHICH WILL BE USED TO SCALE AND CONVERT INTERNAL ASSESSMENT INTO AN OVERALL ORDER OF MERIT.

+THE ACADEMIC APTITUDE TEST IS NECESSARY AS DIFFERENT SCHOOLS MAY HAVE DIFFERENT CURRICULUMS AND THE STANDARD OF MARKING ASSESSMENT MAY VARY,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

UNDER THE SCHEME, THE WHOLE OF HONG KONG IS DIVIDED INTO 25 +SCHOOL NETS* BASED ON THE LOCATION OF PRIMARY SCHOOLS.

IN EACH NET IS A COMPARABLE MIX OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF --CONDARY SCHOOL PLACES IN TECHNICAL SCHOOLS, GOVERNMENT SECONDARY GRAMMAR SCHOOLS, AIDED SECONDARY GRAMMAR SCHOOLS, PRIVATE NON-orCF।t-mAKI NG SECONDARY GRAMMAR SCHOOLS, AND PRIVATE INDEPENDENT SECONDARY GRAMMAR SCHOOLS. PRE-VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS, HOWEVER, Ar" NOT LIMITED TO PARTICULAR NETS.

EACH PRIMARY 6 PUPILS HAS A CHOICE OF UP TO 30 SECONDARY SCHOOLS WITHIN HIS NET.

ALL THE PUPILS LISTED IN THE ORDER OF MERIT ARE THEN GROUPED INTO FIVE BANDS AND FED INTO A COMPUTER FOR ALLOCATION OF A FLACE IN A SECONDARY SCHOOL BASED ON PARENTAL CHOICE.

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NEW ROAD PLANNED * * *

THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT PLANS TO CONSTRUCT A 1.5-KILOMETRE-LONG EMERGENCY ACCESS ROAD FROM HOI HA TO WAN TSAI PENINSULA IN THE SAI KUNG WEST COUNTRY PARK.

THE SCHEME FORMS PART OF A PROJECT FOR THE RECLAMATION OF LAND IN MA ON SHAN, SHA TIN NEW TOWN.

A NOTICE CONCERNING THE PROPOSED ROAD WORKS WAS PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST 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, THE TAI PO DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE AND THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE, TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 1 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 DECEMBER 6.

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ACCOUNTANCY TRAINING PLAN PROPOSED * * * *

A PROPOSED ACCOUNTING TRAINEESHIP SCHEME DESIGNED TO H J CLERICAL STAFF TO BECOME ACCOUNTING SUPERVISORS, IS BEING STL .

THE ACCOUNTANCY TRAINING BOARD OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING i'UNCIL HAS RECOMMENDED THAT AN INDUSTRY-WIDE TRAINEESHIP SCHEME : .OULD BE SERIOUSLY CONSIDERED.

THERE IS A LACK OF TRAINING FACILITIES FOR EMPLOYEES ENGAGED .» THIS FIELD OF WORK, SAID MR R.S. SHELDON, CHAIRMAN OF THE ACCOUNTANCY TRAINING BOARD IN THE 1982 ACCOUNTANCY MANPOWER SURVEY REPORT PUBLISHED RECENTLY.

THESE EMPLOYEES USUALLY JOIN THE FIELD OF WORK AFTER COMPLETING MATRICULATION OR FORM FIVE, WITHOUT FIRST TAKING A COURSE IN ANY CF THE REQUIRED SUBJECTS IN OR RELATING TO ACCOUNTANCY.

♦UNDER THE PROPOSED SCHEME, THE SERVING STAFF COULD EE TDAR.. D FOR HIGHER QUALIFICATIONS,* THE CHAIRMAN REVEALED.

EMPLOYERS WILL THUS ALSO BENEFIT FROM A CONTINUOUS SUPPLY CF WELL-TRAINED MID-LEVEL PERSONNEL, HE ADDED.

THE AIM IS TO PROVIDE A FOUR-YEAR, ON-THE-JOB TRAINING PROGRAMME, COMPLEMENTED BY RELATED COURSES ON A PART-TIME DAY RELEASE BASIS.

THOSE COMPLETING THE COURSE ARE EXPECTED TO BE COMPETENT FOR A SUPERVISORY POSITION IN THE FIELD OF ACCOUNTANCY.

AT THE SAME TIME, THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO COMPETE IN RECOGNISED PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS AT INTERMEDIATE PROFESSIONAL LEVEL.

♦EMPLOYERS’ RESPONSE TO THE PROPOSED SCHEME IS ENCOURAGING MR SHELDON SAID.

APART FROM THE ACCOUNTANCY TRAINING BOARD, OTHER TRAINING BOARDS IN THE SERVICING SECTORS ARE ALSO INTERESTED IN THIS COMMERCIAL TRAINEESHIP SCHEME FOR FORM FIVE GRADUATES.

EACH SUMMER, THERE ARE ABOUT 70 000 FORM FIVE SCHOOL-LEAVER i-AND IT IS ESTIMATED THAT HALF OF THEM ARE EMPLOYED AS JUNIOR CLERKS IN COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENTS.

DETAILS OF THE PROPOSAL ARE CONTAINED IN THE 1982 MANPOWER SURVEY REPORT ON ACCOUNTANCY, ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATION CENTRE, G.P.O. BUILDING IN CENTRAL, AT $12.50 A COPY.

¥

THE REPORT ALSO GIVES, IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE, AN OVERALL REVIEW OF THE MANPOWER AND TRAINING SITUATION IN THE ACCOUNTING SECTOR.

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NOTE TO EDITORS*

DB LOOKING OVER PRIVATE STREETS * * *

MEMBERS OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD’S WORKING GROUP ON PRIVATE STREETS WILL TOUR A NUMBER OF PRIVATE STREETS IN THE DISTRICT TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE ITINERARY WILL INCLUDE VISITS TO THE FOUR PRIVATE STREETS IN TO KWA WAN NORTH WHICH WILL BE RESUMED FOR BETTER MANAGEMENT UNDER A PILOT SCHEME. THEY ARE SHIM LUEN STREET, YIN ON STREET, TSUN FAT STREET AND HOK LING STREET.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO VISIT SOME OF THE PRIVATE STREETS IN TO KWA WAN SOUTH, HUNG HOM NORTH AND HUNG HOM SOUTH.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WISHING TO JOIN THE TOUR SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT 2 PM AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE, 141-143 KAU PUI LUNG ROAD.

TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED.

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SPORTS GROUND KIOSK AVAILABLE

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TENDERS ARE NOW BEING INVITED FOR THE SALE OF LIGHT REFRESHMENTS AT THE SAI KUNG TANG SHIU KIN SPORTS GROUND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

SINCE ITS OPENING IN MARCH THIS YEAR, THE SPORTS GROUND HAS BECOME A POPULAR RECREATIONAL AND SPORTING VENUE FOR THE RESIDENTS OF THE RAPIDLY DEVELOPING SAI KUNG NEW TOWN, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER MAY START HIS BUSINESS ON JANUARY 1 NEXT YEAR ON A THREE-YEAR CONTRACT.

TENDER FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE SAI KUNG URBAN SERVICES OFFICE AT FIRST FLOOR, 69 MAN NIN STREET, SAI KUNG AND MUST BE SUBMITTED BEFORE OCTOBER 28.

FURTHER INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED BY TELEPHONING 3-2813635.

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WATER FIGURES * * * *

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 97.4 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 570.791 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 479.257 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 81.8 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

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Wtent; page no.'

PRINCE PHILIP'S MESSAGE......».............................. 1

DUKE OF EDINBURGH VISITS MAI PO MARSHES .................... 2

CAMP RENAMED AFTER DUKE OF EDINBURGH ....................... 2

DUKE INAUGURATES CONSERVATION EDUCATION PROJECT ............ 3

SICKNESS LEAVE BILL DUE FOR FINAL READING .................. 4

JULY RETAIL SALES VALUE INDEX UP ........................... 5

SIR PHILIP SEES WORK ON ID CARD SCHEME...................... 9

MODERN HOMES FOR 3 500 MORE AT ESTATE....................... 9

ELLEN WAS WORST STORM IN FOUR YEARS ........................ 10

SIMULATOR DRIVING COURSE OFFERED ........................... 11

GROUP LOOKS INTO SHOP SECURITY ............................. 11

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

SPORTS AND GAMES FOR ALL AGES .............................. 12

FIRE PREVENTION TEACHING KITS .............................. 13

FESTIVAL TO PROMOTE LOCAL IDENTITY ......................... 13

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 1983

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PRINCE PHILIP’S MESSAGE * * * *

THE FOLLOWING IS THE TEXT OF A MESSAGE DELIVERED BY HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH AT THE WORLD WILDLIFE FUND HONG KONG BALL THIS (TUESDAY) EVENINGS

♦I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN DELIGHTED TO VISIT HONG KONG AND I HAVE BEEN IMPRESSED BY ITS DEVELOPMENT EVER SINCE I FIRST CAME HERE IN 1946. BUT ON THIS OCCASION I FEEL RATHER LIKE A MIDWIFE OR A GODPARENT, SINCE THE LAST TIME I WAS HERE I HAD THE PLEASURE OF HELPING TO BRING WWF-HONG KONG INTO THE WORLD.

♦THE ORGANISATION OF THIS GREAT PANDA BALL SHOWS THAT IT HAS RAPIDLY DEVELOPED INTO AN EFFECTIVE FUND-RAISING ORGANISATION. I COULD SEE FROM THE PLANS FOR THE MAI-PO MARSHES WHICH I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO VISIT THIS MORNING, THAT WWF-HONG KONG IS INVOLVED IN AT LEAST ONE VERY WORTHWHILE CONSERVATION PROJECT.

♦BUT THIS IS A PANDA BALL AND THAT IS SIGNIFICANT IN MORE SENSES THAN ONE. WWF-HONG KONG SHARES THE PANDA SYMBOL WITH ALL THE OTHER WWF ORGANISATIONS WORLDWIDE AND IS THEREFORE PART OF The WORLDWIDE EFFORT TO GIVE WILDLIFE A CHANCE TO SURVIVE IN A WORLD WHERE THE HUMAN POPULATION IS STILL EXPLORING AND EXPANDING ITS HABITAT, AND WHERE DEVELOPMENT, EXPLOITATION AND POLLUTION ARE THREATENING AN INCREASING NUMBER OF SPECIES WITH EXTINCTION.

♦IT IS ALSO SIGNIFICANT BECAUSE A SIZEABLE PROPORTION OF THE FUNDS GENERATED THIS EVENING WILL BE SPENT IN CHINA IN AN EFFORT TO ENSURE THE SURVIVAL OF AN UNIQUELY CHINESE ANIMAL, BUT WHICH ALSO HAPPENS TO BE THE WWF SYMBOL.

♦SO THAT THIS EVENING, IN SPITE OF ALL THE ANXIETIES AND UNCERTAINTIES, WHICH I KNOW THAT YOU FACE HERE, ALL OF YOU PRESENT WHO HAVE BEEN GENEROUS ENOUGH TO SUPPORT WWF HAVE DEMONSTRATED THAT COME WHAT MAY, THE CONSERVATION OF WILDLIFE MUST GO ON। YOU HAVE DEMONSTRATED YOUR PARTICULAR CONCERN FOR THE CONSERVATION OF NATURE IN HONG KONG’ YOU HAVE DEMONSTRATED YOUR GENERAL SUPPORT FOR THE INTERNATIONAL EFFORT TO CONSERVE NATURE WORLDWIDE, BUT MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL, YOU HAVE MADE A PRACTICAL CONTRIBUTION TO THE RESCUE OF THE GIANT PANDA, A SPECIES THAT HAS GAINED A SPECIAL PLACE FOR ITSELF IN THE HEARTS OF PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD, BUT WHICH ALSO HAS SUCH A PARTICULAR AND EMOTIONAL SIGNIFICANCE FOR ALL CHINESE PEOPLE.+

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DUKE OF EDINBURGH VISITS MAI PO MARSHES

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HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH, STARTED HIS BUSY PROGRAMME EARLY THIS (TUESDAY) MORNING WITH A VISIT TO MAI PO MARSHES NATURE RESERVE NEAR YUEN LONG WHERE A RECREATIONAL AND WILDLIFE EDUCATION PROJECT IS BEING IMPLEMENTED.

HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF WORLD WILDLIFE FUND INTERNATIONAL, MR CHARLES DE HAES, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF WORLD WILDLIFE FUND HONG KONG, DR PHILIP KWOK.

ON ARRIVAL, HE WAS INTRODUCED BY DR KWOK TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE HONG KONG BIRDWATCHING SOCIETY, MR CLIVE VINEY.

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS TOURED THE RESERVE WHERE HE ALSO SAW VARIOUS FACILITIES UNDER CONSTRUCTION, INCLUDING OBSERVATION TOWERS, A TEMPORARY WILDLIFE EDUCATION CENTRE, FOOTPATHS, A BOARDWALK INTO THE RESERVE’S MANGROVE AREA AND CAR PARKS.

THE CONSTRUCTION COST OF ABOUT $3.5 MILLION IS BEING BORNE BY WORLD WILDLIFE FUND HONG KONG.

THE MAI PO MARSHES, LOCATED ON THE-EASTERN SHORE OF DEEP BAY, COMPRISE 208 HECTARES OF SHALLOW SHRIMP PONDS AND 85 HECTARES OF A MANGROVE STRIP.

THE DUKE LEARNT THAT MANGROVE IS A RARITY IN HONG KONG, SUPPORTING A RICH DIVERSITY OF PLANT AND ANIMAL LIFE AT THE MARSHES.

AS THE NATURE RESERVE IS ALSO A RESTING PLACE FOR BIRDS ON MIGRATORY PASSAGE ALONG THE SOUTH CHINA COAST, IT IS IDEAL FOR ORNITHOLOGICAL STUDIES.

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CAMP RENAMED AFTER DUKE OF EDINBURGH

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HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE PHILIP TODAY (TUESDAY) UNVEILED A PLAQUE TO MARK THE RENAMING OF STOKES CAMP AT TAI PO AS THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH TRAINING CAMP.

THE CAMP IS IMPORTANT TO THE OPERATION OF THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD SCHEME IN HONG KONG AS IT PROVIDES AN EXPEDITION TRAINING GROUND FOR SCHEME PARTICIPANTS AND ADULT HELPERS.

ON ARRIVAL AT THE CAMP WITH THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS WAS WELCOMED BY SCHOOL CHILDREN AND BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD COMMITTEE, MR ALEX WU.

MR WU THEN PRESENTED TO THE DUKE THE VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE AWARD COMMITTEE, MR J.P. LEE, THE CAMP WARDEN, MR RAYMOND LAM, AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE.

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AFTER UNVEILING THE PLAQUE, PRINCE PHILIP TOURED THE CAMP AND SAID THAT HE WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH ITS FACILITIES. THEY INCLUDE DORMITORIES, CONFERENCE ROOMS, A KITCHEN AND OPEN SPACE FOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES.

HE ALSO SAW A MODEL SHOWING FUTURE DEVELOPMENT PLANS FOR THE CAMP.

OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS ALONE, MORE THAN 5 500 PEOPLE HAVE USED THE CAMP WITH ITS EASY ACCESS TO VARIOUS POPULAR EXPEDITION SPOTS.

THE CAMP IS OPEN NOT ONLY TO SCHEME PARTICIPANTS, BUT ALSO TO OTHER SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS, WELFARE ORGANISATIONS, VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND SCHOOLS.

THE AWARD SCHEME CHALLENGES PEOPLE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 14 AND 25 THROUGHOUT THE COMMONWEALTH TO SERVE OTHERS, ACQUIRE NEW SKILLS, EXPERIENCE ADVENTURES AND MAKE NEW FRIENDS.

THE DUKE WAS PLEASED TO LEARN THAT YOUNG PEOPLE IN HONG KONG WERE KEEN PARTICIPANTS IN THE SCHEME.

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DUKE INAUGURATES CONSERVATION EDUCATION PROJECT

* X * *

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH, UNVEILED A PLAQUE AT THE ZOOLOGICAL AND BOTANICAL GARDENS THIS (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON TO INAUGURATE A CONSERVATION EDUCATION PROJECT.

UNDER THIS PROJECT, ALL ENDANGERED SPECIES OF MAMMALS AND BIRDS HELD AT THE GARDENS WILL BE IDENTIFIED FROM TODAY WITH A PANDA SYMBOL OF WORLD WILDLIFE FUND.

THE DUKE’S VISIT ALSO COINCIDED WITH THE CENTENNIAL YEAR OF THE URBAN COUNCIL WHICH MANAGES THE GARDENS.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS WAS RECEIVED ON ARRIVAL BY THE PRESIDENT OF WORLD WILDLIFE FUND HONG KONG, SIR KENNETH FUNG. HE ALSO MET THE CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL, MR HILTON CHEONG-LEEN AND THE HONORARY ZOOLOGICAL CURATOR, DR KENNETH SEARLE.

IN A SPEECH WELCOMING HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, MR CHEONG-LEEN POINTED OUT THAT IN RECENT YEARS, HONG KONG’S ZOOLOGICAL COLLECTION HAD EXPANDED APPRECIABLY.

THE NUMBER OF VISITS MADE BY THE PUBLIC TO THE GARDENS NOW EXCEEDED THREE MILLION A YEAR, MR CHEONG-LEEN SAID.

IN HIS SPEECH, DR SEARLE SAID THAT THE GARDENS HAD CONTRIBUTED TO THE PROPAGATION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES IN CAPTIVITY.

♦TO THE MAN IN THE STREET, AN ’ENDANGERED SPECIES’ IS SOMETHING OF A MYTHICAL CREATURE AND EDUCATION IS ANOTHER PRIME RESPONSIBILITY OF ZOOLOGICAL COLLECTIONS.____

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+FOR THIS REASON IT IS A VERY GREAT HONOUR FOR US TO HAVE THE PRESIDENT OF WORLD WILDLIFE FUND INTERNATIONAL, HRH PRINCE PHILIP THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH, TO INAUGURATE THE IDENTIFICATION OF ALL ENDANGERED SPECIES IN THESE GARDENS WITH THE WORLD WILDLIFE FUND PANDA SYMBOL,+ DR SEARLE SAID.

AFTER THE CEREMONY, THE DUKE TOURED THE GARDENS AND WAS SHOWN SOME OF THE ENDANGERED SPECIES, INCLUDING THE ORANG-UTANS, RED-CHEEKED CRESTED GIBBONS AND WHITE-NAPED CRANES.

THE GARDENS,

THE AND BIRD BREEDING

FIVE ORANG-UTANS, THE MOST PRECIOUS SPECIES OF THE CAME FROM ZOOS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.

DUKE LEARNT THAT THE GARDENS COOPERATE WITH OTHER ZOOS COLLECTION ORGANISATIONS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD IN CAPTIVE PROGRAMMES FOR RARE AND ENDANGERED SPECIES.

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SICKNESS LEAVE BILL DUE FOR FINAL READING *****

THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, PROVIDING FOR INCREASED PAID SICK LEAVE FOR WORKERS, WILL GO THROUGH ITS FINAL READING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TOMORROW.

PRIOR TO THAT, AMENDMENTS WILL BE MOVED BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, T.S. LO, TO FIVE CLAUSES OF THE BILL IN THE COMMITTEE STAGE.

MR LO WILL MOVE AMENDMENTS WHICH WILL DIVIDE THE PROPOSED MAXIMUM ACCUMULATION OF 120 DAYS OF PAID SICK LEAVE, INTO TWO CATEGORIES.

CATEGORY ONE WILL COMPRISE 36 DAYS WHICH AN EMPLOYEE CAN CLAIM IN ACCORDANCE WITH EXISTING PROVISIONS, AND CATEGORY TWO WILL COMPRISE THE REMAINING 84 DAYS WHICH AN EMPLOYEE CAN TAKE ONLY ON PRODUCTION OF A MEDICAL CERTIFICATE ISSUED BY A MEDICAL PRACTITIONER ATTENDING THE EMPLOYEE AS AN OUT-PATIENT OR INPATIENT IN HOSPITAL.

HE WILL ALSO PROPOSE THAT SICK LEAVE BE EARNED AT A RATE OF TWO DAYS PER MONTH FOR THE FIRST YEAR OF EMPLOYMENT, AND FOUR DAYS PER MONTH FOR THE SECOND YEAR ONWARDS.

THE BILL ORIGINALLY PROVIDES FOR TWO DAYS PER MONTH FOR THE FIRST THREE MONTHS AND FOUR DAYS PER MONTH THEREAFTER.

DURING THE COMMITTEE STAGE, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR WILL MOVE AN AMENDMENT PROVIDING FOR THE BILL TO COME INTO OPERATION ON A DAY TO BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR BY NOTICE IN THE GAZETTE.

IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF BILL IN THE COUNCIL ON JULY 13, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR POINTED OUT THAT THE AMENDMENT LEGISLATION WAS TO IMPLEMENT THE PROPOSAL TO EXTEND SICKNESS BENEFIT FOR THOSE EMPLOYEES WHO MAY BE SICK FOR QUITE A LONG PERIOD.

UNDER EXISTING PROVISIONS OF THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE, AN EMPLOYEE IS ENTITLED TO ONE DAY’S PAID SICK LEAVE FOR EVERY COMPLETED MONTH OF SERVICE, UP TO AN ACCUMULATED MAXIMUM OF 36 DAYS.

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EARLIER AT THE MEETING TOMORROW, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR WILL ALSO MOVE A MOTION INCREASING THE COVERAGE UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE TO ALL NON-MANUAL WORKERS EARNING NOT MORE THAN $8 500 A MONTH, FROM THE PRESENT $7 500 A MONTH WAGE LEVEL.

THIS IS IN ADDITION TO ALL MANUAL WORKERS WHO ARE COVERED BY THE ORDINANCE, IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR MONTHLY EARNINGS.

FOUR OTHER BILLS ARE EXPECTED TO BE INTRODUCED AND READ A SECOND TIME AT THE MEETING, PRIOR TO ADJOURNMENT OF DEBATE TILL NOVEMBER 9 OR 10.

THEY ARE: MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, PENSIONS (INCREASE) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, BUILDINGS (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1983, AND THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY (LAND RESUMPTION AND RELATED PROVISIONS) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983.

IN ADDITION, THREE QUESTIONS WILL BE ASKED BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS CONCERNING DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, THE INCIDENCE OF MALARIA, AND, THE INCREASING PRICES IN THE DOMESTIC ECONOMY.

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JULY RETAIL SALES VALUE INDEX UP

X X X X X X

THE VALUE OF RETAIL SALES FOR THE RETAIL TRADE SECTOR IN JULY WAS ESTIMATED TO BE $4 652 MILLION, ACCORDING TO THE PROVISIONAL SURVEY RESULTS PUBLISHED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY.

AT 137. THE OVERALL RETAIL SALES VALUE INDEX FOR JULY ROSE BY THREE POINTS OR TWO PER CENT COMPARED WITH THE JUNE FIGURE, AND BY 14 POINTS OR 11 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH JULY 1982.

THE OVERALL RETAIL SALES VOLUME INDEX, AT 105, WAS TWO POINTS OR TWO PER CENT HIGHER THAN THAT FOR JUNE, AND THREE POINTS OR THREE PER CENT HIGHER THAN THAT FOR JULY 1982.

COMPARED WITH THE JUNE FIGURE, RETAIL SALES OF CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS INCREASED BY FOUR PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS OR FIVE PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS. ON THE OTHER HAND, RETAIL SALES OF CONSUMER DURABLES, OTHER CONSUMER GOODS, FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO, AND FUELS INCREASED BY FOUR PER CENT TWO PER CENT, ONE PER CENT AND ONE PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS.

RETAIL SALES OF FUELS ROSE BY 19 OF CONSUMER DURABLES BY 13 PER CENT CENT, FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED

COMPARED WITH JULY 1982, PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS, THOSE OTHER CONSUMER GOODS BY 12 PER AND TOBACCO BY 11 PER CENT AND

PRODUCTS BY SEVEN PER CENT.

IN VOLUME TERMS, THE MOST SIGNIFICANT INCREASE WAS REGISTERED IN RETAIL SALES OF CONSUMER DURABLES (EIGHT PER CENT), FOLLOWED BY INCREASES IN FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO (FOUR PER CENT), FUELS (THREE PER CENT), CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS (TWO PER CENT). AND OTHER CONSUMER GOODS (ONE PER CENT).

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ANALYSED BY SELECTED TRADES, RETAIL SALES OF SUPERMARKETS INCREASED SLIGHTLY, WHILE THOSE OF DEPARTMENT STORES INCREASED TO A LARGER EXTENT IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS WHEN COMPARED WITH JUNE. MOTOR VEHICLES, HOWEVER, RECORDED DECLINES IN BOTH THE VALUE AND VOLUME OF SALES. WHEN COMPARED WITH JULY 1982, SUPERMARKETS RECORDED SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES IN BOTH THE VALUE AND VOLUME OF RETAIL SALES. DEPARTMENT STORES RECORDED A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN SALES VALUE BUT A MODERATE RISE IN SALES VOLUME. RETAIL SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES DROPPED IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS.

TABLES 1 AND 2 PRESENT THE REVISED FIGURES FOR JUNE AND THE PROVISIONAL FIGURES FOR JULY OF TOTAL RETAIL SALES, AND OF 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. COMPARISONS OF THE JULY 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/RETAIL TRADE STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, TEL. NO.i 3-7216024.

TABLE 1 t VALUE INDEXES OF RETAIL SALES FOR JUNE AND JULY 1983

(MONTHLY AVERAGE OF 1980 - 100)

JULY 1983 JULY 1983

JUNE JULY COMPARED WITH COMPARED WITH

ITEM 1983 1983 JUNE 1983 JULY 1982

(REVISED F IGURES) (PROVISIONAL FIGURES) POINTS % POINTS %

TOTAL RETAIL 4 560 SALES (HKS MILLION) 4 652

RETAIL SALES VALUE INDEXES i «

(1) FOR ALL 134 RETAIL TRADES 137 3 2 14 11

(II) BY MAJOR TRADE GROUPS

FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND 145 TOBACCO 146 1 1 14 11

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FUELS 177 178 1 1 29 19

CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS 134 139 5 4 9 7

CONSUMER DURABLES 127 132 5 4 15 13

OTHER CONSUMER GOODS 127 130 3 2 14 12

(HI) BY SELECTED TRADES

SUPERMARKETS 221 223 2 1 42 23

MOTOR VEHICLES 59 57 -2 -3 -6 -10

DEPARTMENT STORES 112 119 7 6 13 12

NOTES* FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO INCLUDES SUPERMARKETS.

CONSUMER DURABLES INCLUDES MOTOR VEHICLES.

OTHER CONSUMER GOODS INCLUDES DEPARTMENT STORES.

TABLE 2 i VALUE INDEXES OF RETAIL SALES FOR JUNE AND JULY 1983

(MONTHLY AVERAGE OF 1980 - 100)

ITEM

JUNE JULY

1983 1983

JULY 1983 COMPARED WITH JUNE 1983

JULY 1983 COMPARED WITH JULY 1982

(REVISED (PROVISIONAL

FIGURES) FIGURES)

POINTS

POINTS %

RETAIL SALES

VOLUME INDEXES t

/(I) FOR ALL

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(ID

FOR ALL RETAIL TRADES

103

105

2 2 3 3

BY MAJOR TRADE GROUPS

FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO 104 105 1 1 4 4

FUELS 119 120 1 1 4 3

CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS 99 104 5 5 2 2

CONSUMER DURABLES 106 110 4 * 4 8 8

OTHER CONSUMER GOODS 99 101 2 2 1 1

(III) BY SELECTED TRADES

SUPERMARKETS 154 155 1 1 16 12

MOTOR VEHICLES 40 39 -1 -3 -7 -15

DEPARTMENT STORES 87 93 6 7 2 2

NOTESi FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO INCLUDES SUPERMARKETS.

CONSUMER DURABLES INCLUDES MOTOR VEHICLES.

OTHER CONSUMER GOODS INCLUDES DEPARTMENT STORES.

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SIR PHILIP SEES WORK ON ID CARD SCHEME * * *

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, SPENT THIS (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON VISITING THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT TO SEE THE PROGRESS OF THE NEW IDENTITY CARD ISSUE SCHEME.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION, MR ALAN CARTER, SIR PHILIP WENT TO CARR IAN CENTRE IN GLOUCESTER ROAD - ONE OF THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT’S EIGHT IDENTITY CARD ISSUE CENTRES -AND TOOK A FIRST HAND LOOK AT THE REPLACEMENT PROCESS.

THE AVERAGE TIME NOW NEEDED TO REPLACE AN OLD IDENTITY CARD IS LESS THAN 30 MINUTES.

SIR PHILIP WAS TOLD THAT THE IDENTITY CARD ISSUE SCHEME, WHICH STARTED IN MAY THIS YEAR, WAS PROGRESSING SMOOTHLY AND THAT CLOSE TO 400 000 PEOPLE HAD REPLACED THEIR OLD IDENTITY CARDS WITH NEW ONES.

BY MAY NEXT YEAR, ALL MEN UNDER THE AGE OF 35 WILL HAVE BEEN ISSUED WITH NEW IDENTITY CARDS.

IN VIEW OF THIS GOOD PROGRESS, ALL OLD IDENTITY CARDS ISSUED TO MALE RESIDENTS BORN BETWEEN I960 AND,1964 WILL BE DECLARED INVALID AT THE END OF THIS MONTH.

ALL THE EIGHT IDENTITY CARD ISSUE OFFICES ARE NOW GEARED UP TO DEAL WITH ANY LAST-MINUTE RUSH.

DURING THE VISIT, SIR PHILIP ALSO CHATTED WITH IMMIGRATION STAFF INVOLVED IN THE REPLACEMENT EXERCISE.

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MODERN HOMES FOR 3 500 MORE AT ESTATE

X X X

A NEW BLOCK PROVIDING MODERN HOMES FOR 3 500 PEOPLE WILL RISE ON THE LOWER WONG TAI SIN ESTATE UNDER ANOTHER PHASE OF A REDEVELOPMENT SCHEME TO RELIEVE OVERCROWDING AND UPGRADE LIVING CONDITIONS IN THE OLDER ESTATE.

WORK WILL BEGIN SHORTLY UNDER A $38.6 MILLION TENDER JUST APPROVED BY THE BUILDING COMMITTEE OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY.

THE TENDER COVERS THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWIN-H TOWER BLOCK, TWO COOKED-FOOD STALLS ROADS, DRAINAGE AND EXTERNAL WORKS.

A 26-28-STOREY AND ASSOCIATED

♦THE NEW BLOCK WILL PROVIDE 778 MODERN, SELF-CONTAINED FLATS,* SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AUTHORITY TODAY.

HE SAID THE FIRST TWO PHASES OF THE REDEVELOPMENT SCHEME HAD BEEN COMPLETED, WITH 6 000 TENANTS HAVING MOVED INTO 1700 FLATS IN THR^E NEW BLOCKS BUILT ON THE SITES OF OLD ONES.

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ELLEN WAS WORST STORM IN FOUR YEARS ******

ELLEN WAS THE WORST TYPHOON TO STRIKE HONG KONG SINCE HOPE IN 1979, THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY REPORTED TODAY.

SEVERAL PEOPLE WERE KILLED, SOME OTHERS WERE REPORTED MISSING, AND ABOUT 330 MORE WERE INJURED AS A RESULT OF THE TYPHOON.

SIGNAL NO. 10, HOISTED WHEN TYPHOON ELLEN STRUCK ALMOST DIRECTLY ON SEPTEMBER 9, LASTED FOR EIGHT HOURS, AS MANY HOURS AS WHEN DISASTROUS TYPHOON WANDA STRUCK IN 1962.

ELLEN’S HURRICANE FORCE WINDS LASTED FOR FIVE HOURS AT CHEUNG CHAU, LONGER THAN THE TIME WHEN WANDA STRUCK IN 1962, TYPHOON ROSE IN 1971 OR TYPHOON HOPE IN 1979.

A MAXIMUM GUST OF 128 KNOTS WAS RECORDED AT CHEUNG CHAU, THE HIGHEST RECORDED THERE SINCE 1953. AT WAGLAN ISLAND, GUSTS REACHED 122 KNOTS, THE HIGHEST SINCE TYPHOON RUBY IN 1964.

ELLEN ORIGINATED AS A TROPICAL DEPRESSION NEAR THE MARSHALL ISLANDS OVER THE PACIFIC ON AU.GUST 29. IT MOVED WESTWARDS AND INTENSIFIED INTO A TYPHOON ON SEPTEMBER 4, ABOUT 520 NAUTICAL MILES EAST OF MANILA.

ELLEN ATTAINED ITS MAXIMUM INTENSITY DURING THE MORNING OF SEPTEMBER 6, AND ENTERED THE SOUTH CHINA SEA THE NEXT MORNING. IT CONTINUED WEST-NORTHWESTWARDS AT 8 KNOTS, APPROACHING THE SOUTH CHINA COAST ON SEPTEMBER 8. ELLEN PASSED TO THE SOUTH OF HONG KONG. MOVING IN A NORTHWEST DIRECTION. IT CAME CLOSEST TO HONG KONG AROUND 7 AM ON SEPTEMBER 9, WITH ITS CENTRE ABOUT SEVEN NAUTICAL MILES OFF FAN LAU, THE SOUTHWESTERN TIP OF LANTAU ISLAND.

TYPHOON ELLEN THEN MOVED OVER MACAU, AGAIN CAUSING DEATH AND DESTRUCTION. IT LATER MOVED NORTH-NORTHWEST INTO GUANGDONG, CAUSING TREMENDOUS DAMAGE TO EIGHT COUNTIES IN THE PROVINCE.

FINALLY, MOVING FURTHER INLAND, ELLEN WEAKENED INTO A TROPICAL STORM AND DISSIPATED RAPIDLY DURING THE NIGHT.

IN HONG KONG, THE STAND-BY SIGNAL NO. 1 WAS HOISTED AT 5 AM ON SEPTEMBER 7 WHEN ELLEN WAS ABOUT 420 NAUTICAL MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF HONG KONG. WINDS WERE LIGHT AND MAINLY FROM THE EAST, BUT BECAME NORTHERLY THE NEXT MORNING.

THE STRONG WIND SIGNAL NO. 3 WAS HOISTED AT 7.45 AM AND THE WINDS BECAME FRESH TO STRONG DURING THE AFTERNOON. THE NORTHEASTERLY GALE OR STORM SIGNAL NO. 8 NE WAS HOISTED AT 4.45 PM. BY 9 PM, WINDS OVER HONG KONG WERE GENERALLY STRONG FROM THE NORTH TO NORTHEAST AND GALE WAS REPORTED AT WAGLAN ISLAND.

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BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND 1 AM, THE HOURLY MEAN WIND SPEED AT WAGLAN ISLAND INCREASED RAPIDLY FROM 59 KNOTS TO 76 KNOTS. THE INCREASING GALE OR STORM SIGNAL NO. 9 WAS HOISTED AT 1 AM ON SEPTEMBER 9 WHILE THE HURRICANE SIGNAL NO. 10 WAS HOISTED AN HOUR LATER.

AS ELLEN PASSED TO THE SOUTH OF HONG KONG, MOVING IN A NORTHWEST DIRECTION, IT FIRST BROUGHT HURRICANE FORCE WINDS TO WAGLAN ISLAND, REACHING A MAXIMUM HOURLY MEAN WIND OF 86 KNOTS FROM THE SOUTHEAST BETWEEN 4 AM AND 5 AM. IT BROUGHT MAXIMUM HOURLY MEAN WINDS OF 90 KNOTS TO CHEUNG CHAU, AND A MAXIMUM GUST OF 128 KNOTS FROM THE SOUTH-SOUTHEAST, BETWEEN 6 AM AND 7 AM.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS CONTINUED TO AFFECT HONG KONG FOR THE NEXT FEW HOURS BUT WEAKENED AT CHEUNG CHAU AROUND 10 AM. THE NO. 10 SIGNAL WAS REPLACED BY THE SOUTHEASTERLY GALE OR STORM SIGNAL NO. 8 SE AFTER BEING HOISTED FOR EIGHT HOURS.

WINDS VEERED FROM SOUTHEAST TO SOUTHWEST AS ELLEN

MOVED FURTHER AWAY ON A NORTHWESTERLY TRACK AND THE NO. 8 SE SIGNAL WAS REPLACED BY THE SOUTHWESTERLY GALE OR STORM SIGNAL NO. 8 SW AT 2 PM. IT WAS REPLACED BY THE NO. 3 SIGNAL AT 5.37 PM WHEN GALES SUBSIDED.

WINDS REMAINED GUSTY FRESH TO STRONG FOR MOST OF THE NIGHT AND ALL SIGNALS WERE LOWERED AT 9.20 PM ON SEPTEMBER 9.

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SIMULATOR DRIVING COURSE OFFERED * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT IS TO OFFER SIMULATOR DRIVING COURSES FOR ENGLISH-SPEAKING LEARNERS AT THE DEPARTMENT’S INDOOR INSTRUCTION CENTRE, PUI CHING ROAD, KOWLOON, STARTING FROM SUNDAY (OCTOBER 16).

THE FIRST TEN-DAY COURSE WILL BE GIVEN DAILY BETWEEN 4.15 PM AND 5.15 PM. THE FEE WILL BE $250.

CANDIDATES WHO HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE COURSE WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO ENROL AT THE HONG KONG SCHOOL OF MOTORING AT WONG CHUK HANG FOR OFF-STREET AND ON-STREET TRAINING.

APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE SENT TO THE DRIVING TEST SECTION OF THE DEPARTMENT’S KOWLOON LICENSING OFFICE, 9TH FLOOR, PARK-IN COMMERCIAL CENTRE, DUNDAS STREET.

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GROUP LOOKS INTO SHOP SECURITY

*****

MEMBERS OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE TODAY (TUESDAY) VISITED SOME LOCAL GOLDSMITH AND JEWELLERY SHOPS TO SEE THEIR GENERAL SECURITY MEASURES.

THE IDEA OF THE VISIT WAS INITIATED AT A COMMITTEE MEETING WHEN MEMBERS EXPRESSED THEIR CONCERN OVER THE RECENT INCREASE IN ROBBERY AND BURGLARY CASES INVOLVING GOLDSMITH SHOPS.

/THE ASSISTANT .......

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THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR FRANCIS HO SAID, +THE COMMITTEE IS VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THESE CRIMES AND, WITH THE HELP OF THE POLICE, WE ORGANISED A SEMINAR IN JULY FOR THE STAFF OF LOCAL GOLDSMITH AND JEWELLERY SHOPS ON SECURITY MEASURES.

♦THE SEMINAR WAS WELL RECEIVED AND PARTICIPANTS AGREED TO OPEN AND CLOSE THEIR SHOPS AT FIXED HOURS TO BETTER FACILITATE POLICE PATROLLING.

♦DURING TODAY’S VISIT WE LISTENED TO THE VIEWS OF SHOP OPERATORS AND TRIED TO WORK OUT A TIGHTER SECURITY MEASURE,* HE ADDED.

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DEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED * * *

THE GOVERNOR, AFTER TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE ADVICE OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, HAS DECIDED THAT THE DEATH SENTENCE PASSED ON CHOW SUK-SANG ON SEPTEMBER 10, 1982 SHOULD BE COMMUTED TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT.

CHOW WAS FOUND GUILTY OF THE MURDER OF A 14-YEAR-OLD BOY IN JANUARY 1982.

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SPORTS AND GAMES FOR ALL AGES XIX

A ’KOWLOON WEST CARNIVAL’ WILL BE HELD ON OCTOBER 23 (SUNDAY) BRINGING AN AFTERNOON OF SPORTS AND GAMES FOR PEOPLE OF ALL AGES, AT MONG KOK’S MACPHERSON PLAYGROUND.

THE CARNIVAL WHICH WILL START AT 1.30 PM, IS BEING ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION AND SPORTS SERVICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE URBAN COUNCIL.

URBAN COUNCILLOR, MR LEE CHIK-YUET, AND CHIEF RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICER, MR RAYMOND CHAN, TOGETHER WITH OTHER COMMUNITY LEADERS FROM THE REGION, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

SOME 5 000 PEOPLE, INCLUDING THE ELDERLY, ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE PART IN THE CARNIVAL. THOSE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING SHOULD CONTACT THE RECREATION AND SPORTS SERVICE OFFICES AT MONG KOK (3-326449), SHAM SHU I PO (3-860945) AND YAU MA TEI (3-7235789).

ACTIVITIES PLANNED INCLUDE BMX CYCLING PERFORMANCES, A FOOTBALL SKILL TEST, A THREE-A-SIDE BASKETBALL KNOCKOUT TOURNAMENT, POTTED GAMES FOR CHILDREN AND A MARTIAL ARTS DISPLAY.

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NOTE TO EDITORS!

FIRE PREVENTION TEACHING KITS

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FIRE PREVENTION TEACHING KITS WILL BE PRESENTED TO SOME 500 PRIMARY SCHOOL HEADMASTERS AND TEACHERS AT A CEREMONY AT THE WONG TAI SIN FIRE STATION AT 10.30 AM ON THURSDAY (OCTOBER 13).

THE KITS HAVE BEEN PREPARED JOINTLY BY THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES AND SPONSORED BY MCDONALD’S RESTAURANTS (HK) LTD., AS A COMMUNITY SERVICE.

CHIEF FIRE OFFICER LAM LOK-BUN WILL SPEAK AT THE CEREMONY, AND DEPUTY CHIEF INSPECTOR OF EDUCATION, MRS RUBY LAU, WILL MAKE THE PRESENTATIONS.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A FIRE FIGHTING DEMONSTRATION.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

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NOTE TO EDITORSi

FESTIVAL TO PROMOTE LOCAL IDENTITY

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A DISTRICT FESTIVAL WILL BE STAGED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN TO PROMOTE A GREATER SENSE OF LOCAL IDENTITY.

THE MONTH-LONG FESTIVAL, TO BE LAUNCHED ON OCTOBER 30, WILL FEATURE 18 RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES FOR PEOPLE WHO WORK, STUDY OR LIVE IN THE DISTRICT.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER A PRESS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY (OCTOBER 13) AT 3 PM AT THE PENTHOUSE, 37TH FLOOR, BANK OF AMERICA TOWER, 12 HARCOURT ROAD, HONG KONG.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FESTIVAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR LIU LIT-FOR, WILL ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE EVENT AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE CONFERENCE WILL BE THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS LOLLY CHIU, DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS, CHAIRMEN OF THE ORGANISING SUB-COMMITTEES, AND REPRESENTATIVES OF HONG KONG UNIVERSITY AND THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 1983

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LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING:

NO DEPASTURE FROM BILL'S INTENTION ........................ 1

AMENDMENTS WERE A COMPROMISE — T.S. LO .................... 1

UNOFFICIALS SUPPORT INCREASED SICK LEAVE ENTITLEMENT ...... 2

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-(-EMPLOYERS MENTALITY-*- CRITICISED....................... 5

AD HOC UNOFFICIAL GROUP MEMBERS SPEAK ON BILL ............. 6

ORDINANCE WAGE CEILING NOW $8 500 ......................... 9

EXCHANGE RATE DEPRECIATION 3XPLAINSD....................... 10

PRINCE PHILIP DENTAL HOSPITAL AMONG FOREMOST .............. 11

SUCCESSFUL YEAR FOR FUND BOARD ............................ 12

AMENDMENTS APPROVED ....................................... 13

ACTIONS TO COMBAT MALARIA ................................. 13

BILL TO MAKE PENSIONS ELIGIBLE FOR INCREASES .............. 14

BILL TO GIVE BUILDING AUTHORITY MORE POWERS ............... 14

■RTT.T. ATMS TO EXTEND POWERS TO CREATE EASEMENTS ......... 15

BILL CLARIFIES RELATIONSHIP WITH MPRC ..................... 15

MTR LOAN GUARANTEED........................................ 16

FOUR BILLS INTRODUCED ..................................... 16

/INDUSTRIAL TRAINING

INDUSTRIAL TRAINING FOR MORE PEOPLE

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DUKE LEAVES FOR BANGKOK ....................................... 18

HRH INSPECTS GUARD ............................................ 18

BACK-UP SERVICES FOR ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY ..................... 1?

DB MEMBERS LEARN FROM STUDY TRIPS ...........................

DBS HAVE STRONG LINKS WITH OTHERS ............................. 21

REVISION OF LIQUOR LICENCE FEES FOR NT ........................ 21

ENTRIES INVITED FOR DRAWING CONTEST ........................... 22

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVAL ................. 22

ANTI-NARCOTICS DRIVE PLANNED .................................. 23

SHAU KEI WAN MAINS WORK.......................................... 2 3

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NO DEPARTURE FROM BILL’S INTENTION * * *

THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR RON BRIDGE, STRESSED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT THE AMENDMENTS TO THE PAID SICK LEAVE BILL PROPOSED BY THE UMELCO INVOLVED NO DEPARTURE FROM THE BILL’S ORIGINAL INTENTION TO PROVIDE MORE PROTECTION FOR EMPLOYEES SUFFERING FROM PROLONGED SICKNESS.

SPEAKING AT THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BILL IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, HE POINTED OUT THAT THE PROPOSED NEW 120-DAY MAXIMUM OF SICK LEAVE AND THE NEW MAXIMUM SICK LEAVE EARNING RATE OF FOUR DAYS A MONTH REMAINED UNCHANGED.

♦WHILE THE MAIN AIM OF THE AMENDMENTS IS TO PROVIDE SAFEGUARDS AGAINST POSSIBLE ABUSES, THE SAFEGUARDS NOW PROPOSED ARE IN SOME WAYS LESS RESTRICTIVE AND MORE REALISTIC THAN THOSE INCLUDED IN THE ORIGINAL BILL AS GAZETTED,♦ HE ADDED.

THANKING UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS FOR THE TROUBLE THEY HAD TAKEN IN EXAMINING THE BILL AND PROPOSING WORKABLE AMENDMENTS, MR BRIDGE SAID THAT IN HIS VIEW THE AMENDED BILL REPRESENTED A REASONABLE COMPROMISE BETWEEN SHARPLY CONFLICTING VIEWS AND HAD BEEN WELCOMED AS SUCH IN A NUMBER OF NEWSPAPER EDITORIALS.

♦IF EXPERIENCE OF THE PRACTICAL WORKING OF THE NEW SCHEME PROVES THAT FURTHER CHANGES ARE NECESSARY, I WILL RECOMMEND FURTHER AMENDMENTS AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD, ♦ HE NOTED.

REFERRING TO CRITICISM BY EMPLOYERS ASSOCIATIONS OF THE WORKING OF THE BOARD, MR BRIDGE OBSERVED THAT ON A BOARD WHICH DEALT WITH CONTROVERSIAL SUBJECTS ON WHICH THERE WERE SHARPLY DIVIDED VIEWS, THERE WERE BOUND TO BE SOME TENSIONS.

♦NEVERTHELESS THE BOARD DOES, IN MY VIEW, SERVE A USEFUL PURPOSE IN BRINGING TOGETHER EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES FOR A FRANK AND INFORMAL EXCHANGE OF VIEWS AND I VERY MUCH HOPE THAT BOTH SIDES WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT IT WITH A REASONABLE DEGREE OF TOLERANCE AND GOODWILL,* HE NOTED.

LATER AT THE COMMITTEE STAGE, MR BRIDGE PROPOSED THAT THE BILL SHOULD COME INTO EFFECT ON NOVEMBER 1 THIS YEAR.

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AMENDMENTS WERE A COMPROMISE — T.S. LO * * * *

THE HON T.S. LO SAID TODAY THAT THE AMENDMENTS TO THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL, 1983, WHICH HE PROPOSED MOVING AT THE COMMITTEE STAGE, WERE MADE AGAINST THE BACKDROP THAT IN THE LONGER TERM THE INTERESTS OF EMPLOYER AND EMPLOYEE DO NOT CONFLICT BUT ARE IDENTICAL.

SPEAKING AT THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BILL IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR LO SAID, +THESE AMENDMENTS ARE MADE WITHOUT THE WISDOM GF SOLOMON BUT MERELY THE INDUSTRY OF MAN.*

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♦THEY REPRESENT A TYPICAL HONG KONG COMPROMISE BETWEEN THE IMMEDIATE SHORT TERM INTERESTS OF EMPLOYER AND EMPLOYEE,* HE ADDED.

MR LO OUTLINED THE OBJECTIVES OF THE AMENDMENTS AS FOLLOWS 1

* TO EXTEND THE PERIOD DURING WHICH SICK LEAVE IS EARNED AT TWO DAYS EACH MONTH FROM THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF EMPLOYMENT TO THE FIRST 12 MONTHS;

ft TO MAKE TRANSITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS BY INTRODUCING A FORM OF RETROACTIVE LEGISLATION GOVERNING THE RATE BUT ONLY THE RATE AT WHICH SICK LEAVE IS TO BE EARNED;

* TO REMOVE THE HOSPITAL STAY REQUIREMENT FOR SICK LEAVE IN EXCESS OF 90 CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF CLAIMED SICK LEAVE; BUT TO PROVIDE THAT A MEDICAL CERTIFICATE CERTIFYING THE EMPLOYEE’S TREATMENT AT A HOSPITAL MAY BE REQUIRED BY THE EMPLOYER IF THE EMPLOYEE HAS TAKEN SICK LEAVE IN EXCESS OF HIS 36 DAYS ENTITLEMENT;

* TO INCLUDE GOVERNMENT SPECIALIST CLINICS IN THE DEFINITION OF A HOSPITAL TO PROVIDE FOR THE MEDICAL CERTIFICATE REFERRED TO EARLIER TO BE ACCOMPANIED BY A BRIEF RECORD Of INVESTIGATION AND TREATMENT WHERE REQUIRED BY THE EMPLOYER;

* TO REQUIRE EMPLOYERS TO KEEP A SICK LEAVE RECORD TO SHOW THE SICK LEAVE POSITION OF EACH EMPLOYEE;

* TO DIVIDE SICK LEAVE ENTITLEMENT INTO 2 CATEGORIESi CATEGORY 1 TO CONTAIN THE SICK LEAVE EARNED UP TO 36 DAYS AND CATEGORY 2 TO CONTAIN THE SICK LEAVE EARNED OTHER THAN CATEGORY 1 UP TO A MAXIMUM OF 84 DAYS; AND

* TO REQUIRE THE SICK LEAVE BE FIRST DEDUCTED FROM CATEGORY 1 AND FINALLY TO MAKE ALL CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS.

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THE AD HOC GROUP OF THE UNOFFICIAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLORS CONSIDERING THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983 SUPPORTED THE PROPOSAL TO INCREASE SICK LEAVE ENTITLEMENT TO A MAXIMUM OF 120 DAYS, THE HON PETER C WONG SAID AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TODAY.

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION AT THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BILL, MR WONG, CONVENER OF THE GROUP, SAID, +AFTER HEARING VIEWS FROM EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES. WE ARE SATISFIED THAT THE SPIRIT OF THE BILL IS NOT IN DISPUTE.

♦THERE IS GENERAL AGREEMENT THAT SICKNESS BENEFITS SHOULD BE EXTENDED TO COVER WORKERS WHO MAY BE SICK FOR LONG PERIODS.*

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TEN OTHER MEMBERS OF THE GROUP ALSO SPOKE AT THE RESUMED DEBATE.

THE HON T.S. LO, THE HON WONG LAM, THE HON F.K. HU, THE HON WONG PO-YAN, THE HON K.C. CHAN, THE HON STEPHEN CHEONG, THE HON PRS SELINA CHOW AND DR THE HON HENRIETTA IP SUPPORTED THE MOTION WHILE THE REV THE HON PATRICK MCGOVERN AND THE HON ANDREW SO ABSTAINED FROM VOTING.

MR WONG, SAID THE AD HOC GROUP AFTER CAREFUL CONSIDERA.ic , MADE THREE MAIN RECOMMENDATIONS, ALL OF WHICH HAVE BEEN ACC3Pi\-BY GOVERNMENT.

THE FIRST RECOMMENDATION IS TO DELETE THE HOSPITALISATION ELEMENT AS CONTAINED IN THE BILL.

♦WE FELT THAT CONSIDERING THE CURRENT ACUTE SHORTAGE OF HOSPITAL BEDS, THIS PROVISION MIGHT WORK AGAINST WORKERS SUFFERING FROM SERIOUS ILLNESS BUT UNABLE TO GAIN ADMISSION TO HOSPITALS OR ARE REQUIRED TO STAY AT HOME FOR LONG PERIODS AFTER MAJOR OPERAT ONS,+ MR WONG EXPLAINED.

THE SECOND RECOMMENDATION IS THAT ANY CLAIM BY A WORKER FOR SICKNESS BENEFITS IN EXCESS OF THE EXISTING MAXIMUM OF 36 DAYS WOULD HAVE TO BE SUPPORTED BY A MEDICAL CERTIFICATE FROM A HOSPITAL-BASED DOCTOR.

♦AND IF SO REQUIRED BY HIS EMPLOYER, THE MEDICAL CERTIFICATE SHALL CONTAIN OR BE ACCOMPANIED BY A BRIEF RECORD OF THE INVESTIGATION CARRIED OUT AND THE TREATMENT PRESCRIBED BY THE MED ICAI PRACTITIONER,^ MR WONG SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT IN THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS, ’HOSPITAL’ WOULD BE DEFINED TO INCLUDE A GOVERNMENT OR PRIVATE HOSPITAL OR SPECIAL 1ST CLINIC.

MF WONG EXPLAINED THAT IN ESSENCE, THE 120 DAYS WILL BE DIVIDE! INTO TWO CATEGORIES. CATEGORY 1 COMPRISES 36 DAYS WHICH A WORKER MAY CLAIM AS SICKNESS BENEFITS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CURRENT PROVISIONS.

CATEGORY 2 COMPRISES THE REMAINING 84 DAYS WHICH THE WORKER MAY CLAIM AS SICKNESS BENEFITS ONLY ON PRODUCTION OF A MEDICAL CERTIFICATE TO SHOW THAT HE HAS BEEN TREATED AS AN IN-PATIENT OR OUT-PATIENT IN A HOSPITAL.

MR WONG SAID, +WE CONSIDERED THAT TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE EXISTING REQUIREMENTS THAT SICKNESS ALLOWANCE IS PAYABLE ONLY FOR SICK LEAVE OF AT LEAST FOUR CONSECUTIVE DAYS AND THAT SICKNESS ALLOWANCE IS AT TWO-THIRDS PAY, THE NEW COMPROMISE COMPRISING TWO CATEGORIES WOULD BE A SUFFICIENT SAFEGUARD AGAINST ANY POTENTIAL ABUSE ON THE INCREASED BENEFITS.^

THE THIRD RECOMMENDATION IS THAT THE SICK LEAVE EARNING RATE BE MODIFIED TO TWO DAYS PER MONTH FOR THE FIRST YEAR OF EMPLOYMENT WITH THE SAME EMPLOYER. AND FOUR DAYS PER MONTH FROM THE SECOND YEAR ONWARDS, SO THAT THE MAXIMUM OF 120 DAYS WILL BE EARNED IN THREE YEARS.

MR WONG POINTED OUT THAT THIS WAS EQUIVALENT TO THE TIME REQUIRED FOR THE CURRENT MAXIMUM OF 36 DAYS TO BE EARNED.

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♦REGARDING TRANSITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS, THE ADMINISTRATION HAS CONFIRMED THAT SICK LEAVE ENTITLEMENT ACCRUED BY A WORKER BEFORE THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE BILL WILL NOT BE AFFECTED AND THAT HIS SERVICE WITH THE SAME EMPLOYER WILL BE COUNTED IN CALCULATING SICK LEAVE BENEFITS AT THE RATE APPLICABLE TO HIS LENGTH OF SERVICE,* F€ SAID.

MR WONG EXPRESSED HIS THANKS TO THE 22 MEMBERS OF THE GROUP FOR THEIR CONCERTED EFFORTS AND VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION AND TO HR T.S. LO WHO HAS AGREED TO MOVE THE VARIOUS AMENDMENTS AGREED WITH THE ADMINISTRATION.

MR WONG SAID, +WE DO NOT PRETEND FOR A MOMENT THAT THE RECOMMENDATIONS WE PROPOSED WOULD PRESENT A PANACEA.

♦FAR FROM IT; WE ARE FULLY CONSCIOUS OF THE DIFFICULTIES AND COMPLEXITIES INHERENT IN THE MATTERS AT ISSUE.

♦HOWEVER, WE HAVE PUT FORWARD A PACKAGE WHICH IN OUR VIEWS IS REASONABLE AND WORKABLE.♦

SINCE THE REVIEW OF LABOUR LEGISLATION IS AN ON-GOING PROCESS, HE EXPRESSED THE BELIEF THAT THE ADMINISTRATION WOULD NO DOUBT INTRODUCE FURTHER AMENDMENTS, SHOULD PROBLEMS ARISE IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEW PROVISIONS.

HE RECALLED THAT THE BILL WAS INTRODUCED ON JULY 13, 1983 AND THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BILL, ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR JULY 27, WAS DEFERRED TO AUGUST 10 SO THAT ALL INTERESTED PARTIES AS WELL AS THE PUBLIC COULD HAVE MORE TIME TO STUDY THE BILL AND PRESENT THEIR VIEWS.

♦IN THE LIGHT OF THESE CONFLICTING VIEWS, UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS DECIDED THAT THE BILL SHOULD BE FURTHER DEFERRED SO THAT THE REPRESENTATIONS PUT FORTH BY ALL INTERESTED PARTIES COULD BE STUDIED THOROUGHLY.

♦AS THIS COUNCIL WENT INTO RECESS AFTER AUGUST 10, THE EARLIEST DATE AVAILABLE FOR THE DEBATE TO RESUME IS TODAY. AS SCHEDULED, WE HAVE RESUMED DEBATE THIS AFTERNOON AND THIS WAS MADE POSSIBLE BECAUSE WE CONTINUED OUR DISCUSSIONS AND CONSULTATIONS THROUGHOUT THE RECESS,♦ HE SAID.

MR WONG STRESSED THAT THE DEFERMENT HAD PROVED TO BE FRUITFUL. UMELCO HAD RECEIVED A TOTAL OF 28 REPRESENTATIONS FROM EMPLOYERS’ AND EMPLOYEES’ ASSOCIATIONS AS WELL AS FROM CONCERNED INDIVIDUALS.

♦TO GIVE SOME IDEA OF THE EFFORTS PUT IN BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS, I NEED ONLY SAY THAT THE AD HOC GROUP HELD NO LESS THAN 16 MEETINGS DURING THE LAST TWO MONTHS,♦ HE SAID.

TWO RELATED ISSUES WHICH DID NOT DIRECTLY AFFECT THE PROVISIONS OF THE BILL HAD ALSO BEEN BROUGHT UP IN THE REPRESENTATIONS TO UMELCO.

THEY CONCERNED THE SETTING UP OF A COMPREHENSIVE SOCIAL SECURITY SCHEME AND THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE CONSULTATIVE PROCESS IN THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD.

THESE VIEWS HAD BEEN MADE KNOWN TO THE ADMINISTRATION, WONG SAID.

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♦EMPLOYERS MENTALITY* CRITICISED M M M

UNOFFICIAL MEMBER REV HON PATRICK MCGOVERN WAS CRITICAL OF THE MENTALITY DISPLAYED BY EMPLOYERS OVER THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983.

SPEAKING AT THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BILL IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TODAY (WEDNESDAY), FATHER MCGOVERN SAIDi ♦THERE WAS A PRESUMPTION, SOMETIMES OPENLY STATED, BUT MORE OFTEN IMPLIED, THAT CONSIDERABLE NUMBERS OF OUR WORKFORCE ARE ONLY WAITING FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENGAGE IN LARGE SCALE MALINGERING AT THE EXPENSE OF THE JR EMPLOYERS.

♦THIS IS SIMPLY NOT GROUNDED ON FACTS UNDER OUR PRESENT LIMITED LEGISLATION.♦

HE EXPLAINED THAT WHAT WAS GROUNDED ON FACT WAS WHAT HAPPENED IN SOME DEVELOPED COUNTRIES. MANAGEMENT, BY CREATING AN ATMOSPHERE OF DISTRUST, OF GRUDGING RELUCTANCE TO CONCEDE WORKERS RIGHTS WRECKED THE POSSIBILITY OF BUILDING UP DECENT AND HARMONIOUS INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, AND DROVE THE WORKERS INTO THEIR PRESENT STATE OF APATHY OR NON-COOPERATION.

NOT TO MENTION OF COURSE DRIVING THEM INTO THE HANDS OF THOSE WHO ARE ONLY TOO HAPPY TO EXPLOIT THEIR DISCONTENT FOR +THEIR OWN UNDEMOCRATIC POLITICAL ENDS,* HE ADDED.

FATHER MCGOVERN SAIDi ♦DEJA VU OR NOT, I REPEAT THAT OUR HARDWORKING EMPLOYEES ARE FAR FROM THAT STAGE.

♦BUT IF THE PRESENT INSENSITIVE ATTITUDE OF ORGANISED EMPLOYERS CONTINUES TO IMPLY THAT OUR WORKERS ARE A LAZY LOT OF POTENTIAL MALINGERERS, NOT TO BE TRUSTED WITH BETTER CONDITIONS, THEN THOSE EMPLOYERS DESERVE THE SORT OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS THEY WILL GET.

♦THEY WILL GET THEM BECAUSE, AS IN SOME DEVELOPED COUNTRIES, THEY HAVE ASKED FOR THEM,* HE SAID.

FATHER MCGOVERN SAID ♦THERE WAS A FURTHER INSULTING IMPLICATION IN SOME EMPLOYERS’ ATTITUDE.*

♦THE PURPOSE OF THIS BILL - TO MAKE LIFE BETTER FOR THE FEW WORKERS WHO MAY HAVE THE MISFORTUNE TO SUFFER A LONG ILLNESS -WAS ALMOST SMOTHERED IN AN FRANTIC ENDEAVOUR TO CLOSE POSSIBLE LOOPHOLES WHICH MIGHT LEAD TO ABUSE.

♦THE IMPLICATION WAS THAT THE MEDICAL PROFESSION BY AND LARGE ARE ONLY TOO READY TO SIGN MEDICAL CERTIFICATES FOR OVER-LONG SICK LEAVE.

♦THEY, NOT JUST A FEW, BUT AS A PROFESSION, ARE NOT TO BE TRUSTED, IS THE ONLY POSSIBLE MEANING OF REQUIRING HOSPITAL DOCUMENTATION.*

♦ IF I WERE-A DOCTOR I WOULD BE VERY LOATHE TO WASTE ANY TIME COOPERATING WITH SUCH A SCHEME.♦

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FATHER MCGOVERN SAID HE WOULD ABSTAIN FROM VOTING AT ALL FURTHER STAGES OF THE BILL IN ORDER NOT TO OPPOSE ^WHATEVER GOOD IS LEFT IN THIS BILL.*

HE WENT ON *TO REGISTER HIS DISGUST NOT ONLY AT THE WAY THE BILL HAS BEEH MANGLED BY AMENDMENT, BUT BY THE DAMAGE THAT HAS BEEN rel‘tions at this

-ATHER MCGOVERN POINTED OUT THAT THE CHANGES TO BE MADE BY AMENDMENTS WERE UNFAVOURABLE TO WORKERSi-

* THE i.CREASE IN THE HUMBER OF DAYS PAID SICK LEAVE FROM 2 TO 4 FOR NEW WORKERS IS DELAYED FROM 3 MONTHS TO

12 MONTHS.

* THE HOSPITAL CLAUSE, WHICH WAS DROPPED IN JULY, IS REINTRODUCED IN A LESS DEMANDING BUT MORE COMPLICATED AND DIFFICULT TO ADMINISTER FORM.

* THE BASIC HON-HOSPITAL SICK LEAVE IS REDUCED FROM 120 OR 90 DAYS BACK TO THE PRESENT 36 DAYS.

ANOTHER MEMBER OF THE AD HOC GROUP, THE HON ANDREW SO, ALSO ABSTAINED FROM VOTING.

HI SAID HE HAD WELCOMED THE ORIGINAL BILL BECAUSE IT WAS IN ESSENCE DESIGNED TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR SICK WORKERS IN THE ABSENCE OF A COMPREHENSIVE SOCIAL SECURITY SCHEME.

THE COMMITTEE STAGE AMENDMENTS SOUGHT TO PREVENT EMPLOYEES WHO WERE NOT GENUINELY ILL, FROM OBTAINING PAID SICK LEAVE, AND TO PROVIDE GREATER SICK LEAVE BENEFITS FOR WORKERS WITH LONGER SERVICE.

HL FELT HOWEVER THAT THERE WERE PROVISIONS IN THE EXISTING LEGISL/TION TO FORESTALL ABUSE.

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AD HOC UNOFFICIAL GROUP MEMBERS SPEAK ON BILL * * * *

SEVEN MEMBERS OF THE AD HOC GROUP OF UNOFFICIAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLORS CONSIDERING THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) SPOKE AT THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BILL.

HON WONG LAM, HON F.K. HU, HON WONG PO-YAN, HON K.C. CHAN, HON STEPHEN CHEONG, HON MRS SELINA CHOW AND DR HON HENRIETTA IP SUPPORTED THE MOTION.

MR WONG SAID THAT THE EXISTING PROVISION OF 36 DAYS OF ANNUAL PAID SICK LEAVE WAS ♦INSUFFICIENT FOR WORKERS SUFFERING FROM MORE CHRONIC OR SERIOUS DIESASES,+ AND IT WAS THEREFORE ♦IN PRINCIPLE VERY APPROPRIATE TO INCREASE PAID SICK LEAVE AT AN EARLIER DATE TO AFFORD BETTER PROTECTION TO WORKERS.+

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THE BURDEN ON EMPLOYERS OF PROVIDING INCREASED PAID SICK LEAVE FOR WORKERS WAS *NOT AS GREAT AS MIGHT HAVE BEEN THOUGHT.*

MR WONG ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THE INCREASE IN PAID SICK LEAVE WOULD BRING GREATER PRESSURE TO SMALLER FACTORIES, THROUGH ♦PRODUCTION COSTS, OR LONG SICK LEAVE TAKEN BY ONE OR TWO OF THEIR EMPLOYEES.*

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE INCREASE WOULD LOWER MOBILITY OF WORKERS AMONG FACTORIES *BECAUSE THE POSSIBILITY OF WORKERS WHO HAVE ACCUMULATED LONG PAID SICK LEAVE RESIGNING WILL BE DIMINISHED.*

♦THIS WILL BE BENEFICIAL TO THE SMALL FACTORIES AND HELP TO CUSHION THE IMPACT OF THE NEW LEGISLATION ON THEM,* HE SAID.

MR HU SAID THE BILL WAS CERTAINLY AN ENCOURAGING AND WELCOME MOVE TO HELP EMPLOYEES WHO, THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN, MAY 3EC0ME VICTIMS OF SERIOUS ILLNESS AND THUS BE AFFECTED IN THEIR INCOME AND FAMILIES’ LIVELIHOOD.

♦HOWEVER, THIS SHOULD BE SEEN AS THE FIRST STEP IN THE RIGHT MOVE,* HE SAID.

+IN DUE COURSE IMPROVEMENT SHOULD BE INTRODUCED TO OFFER FURTHER BENEFITS TO EMPLOYEES, TO SAY 60 DAYS SICK LEAVE WITHOUT THE NEED FOR HOSPITALISATION, AND A FURTHER 60 DAYS WITH AN ELEMENT OF HOSPITALISATION,* HE ADDED.

MR HU EXPRESSED CONCERN FOR THE WELFARE OF NON-MANUAL WORKERS NOT PROTECTED BY THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE.

+l WOULD LIKE TO SUGGEST THAT THE ADMINISTRATION SHOULD LOOK INTO THIS ASPECT AND INTRODUCE APPROPRIATE MEASURES TO PROTECT THIS GROUP OF EMPLOYEES WHO ALSO MAKE THEIR CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS THE WELL-BEING OF OUR ECONOMY, AND SHOULD THUS BE ADEQUATELY LOOKED AFTER BY THEIR EMPLOYERS,* K SAID.

*WE THEREFORE NEED TO REVIEW THE MATTER REGULARLY AND MONITOR IT TO GIVE THE BEST POSSIBLE EFFECT.*

MR WONG PO-YAN POINTED OUT THAT IN THE AREA OF SICK LEAVE BENEFITS, THE NEED TO FIND AN EQUITABLE EQUILIBRIUM WAS OBVIOUS.

♦IT WOULD NOT, HOWEVER, BE PRUDENT TO USE PROVISIONS OF OTHER COUNTRIES AS A YARDSTICK FOR COMPARISON AS EACH COUNTRY HAS ITS OWN SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM THAT PERTAINS TO ITS OWN INDIVIDUAL REQUIREMENTS,* HE WARNED.

HE SAID THAT ALTHOUGH WE HAD NO OFFICIAL STATISTICS THAT INDICATED CONCLUSIVELY THE PATTERN OF SICK LEAVE TAKEN BY EMPLOYEES IN RECENT YEARS. RESULTS OF SURVEYS CONDUCTED BY TRADE ASSOCIATIONS AND INDUSTRIAL ORGANISATIONS CONFIRMED THAT THERE WERE WORKERS, THOUGH SMALL IN NUMBER, WHO REQUIRED SICK LEAVE IN EXCESS OF THE CURRENT PROVISION.

THE BILL AND AMENDMENTS TO BE MOVED WERE HONEST ATTEMPTS TO BALANCE THE INTEREST OP ALL PARTIES CONCERNED, HE SAID.

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MR K.C. CHAN SAID HE SUPPORTED THE AMENDMENTS USING THE ♦HOSPITAL* ELEMENT TO SAFEGUARD ABUSE.

HE NOTED THAT GOOD EMPLOYERS ALSO SUPPORTED THE 120 DAYS BUT VOICED SOME CONCERN ON SAFEGUARDING ABUSE.

♦AFTER ALL, IT IS THE EMPLOYERS WHO FOOT THE BILL. IT IS THEREFORE IMPORTANT THAT WHEN WE VENTURE INTO SOMETHING NEW IN LABOUR LEGISLATIONS, WE SHOULD TRY TO ALLAY THEIR FEARS FIF‘ .

♦OTHERWISE, THE RESISTANCE FROM EMPLOYERS WOULD HARDEN IF THEY FELT THAT NEW PROPOSALS ARE RAMMED DOWN THEIR THROAT.

♦THIS IN THE END WOULD HINDER THE PROGRESS IN IMPROV lb? BENEFITS FOR EMPLOYEES IN THE FUTURE,* HE SAID.

MR STEPHEN CHEONG DESCRIBED THE BILL AS *A VERY BALANCED PIECE OF LEGISLATION* AND SAID THAT ITS PASSAGE WOULD MAKE ANOTHER STEP FORWARD IN THE PROGRESS OF OUR SOCIETY.

HE SAID, ♦SOME MIGHT DRAW THE CONCLUSION THAT THE PROPC ED AMENDMENTS IN THE COMMITTEE STAGE WERE THE RESULT OF EMPLOYERS' LOBBY.

♦THIS DOES NOT REALLY GIVE JUSTICE TO MEMBERS WHOSE DELIBERATIONS ON THIS BILL HAVE BEEN BOTH EXTENSIVE AND THOROUGH.

♦WE MUST NOT LOOSE SIGHT OF THE FACT THAT THE SPIRIT OF THE BILL HAS NOT BEEN WATERED DOWN AT ALL BY ANY OF THE PROPOS: 3 AMENDMENTS.*

MRS SELINA CHOW SAID THE MEMBERS OF THE AD HOC GROUP SUPPORTED THE SPIRIT OF THE BILL.

SHE SAID THAT THE JUMP FROM 36 TO 120 DAYS, THOUGH QUITE SUBSTANTIAL, WAS CONSIDERED REASONABLE AND SUCH EXTENSION WAS REGARDED AS PARTICULARLY NECESSARY FOR SERIOUS OR PROLONGED ILLNESSES.

SHE POINTED OUT THAT AS THE AMENDED BILL STANDS, OUT-PATIENTS CF HOSPITALS WOULD QUALIFY FOR ALLOWANCES TO WHICH THEY ARE ENTITLED SO LONG AS THEY CAN OBTAIN THE NEC^oSARY MEDICAL CERTIFICATE.

♦THIS MIGHT MEAN THAT INSTEAD OF PROTECTING THE EMPLOYEES WHO SUFFER FROM SERIOUS ILLNESSES, WE ARE ALLOWING THE POSSIBILITY CF MORE CASUAL SICK LEAVE FOR SUCH MINOR INDISPOSITION AS THE COMMON COLD TO INCREASE.

♦THIS IS NOT A MATTER OF ABUSE, BUT MORE A MATTER OF WHERE TO DRAW THE LINE, AND IT IS UP TO EMPLOYEES TO GUARD AGAINST THE RELAXATION OF SELF-DISCIPLINE, WHICH COULD UNDERMINE PRODUCTIVITY AND EFFICIENCY HITHERTO CHARACTERISTIC OF OUR WORK FORCE,♦ MRS CHOW SAID.

DR THE HON HENRIETTA IP SAID THE BILL ALLOWED AN ILL WORKER, WHOSE FAMILY’S LIVELIHOOD DEPENDED ON HIS INCOME, TO RECOVER FROM HIS ILLNESS WITHOUT THE ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL BURDEN OF LOSS OF INCOME.

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♦ALL DOCTORS ARE AWARE, THAT SUCH FINANCIAL BURDEN PROLONGS AN ILLNESS, WHETHER IT IS DUE TO THE ELEMENT OF PSYCHOLOGICAL STRESS OR OF PHYSICAL STRESS WHICH RESULTS FROM A PREMATURE RETURN TO WORK.

♦IN THIS RESPECT, THIS BILL FACILITATES, THE ACCEPTANCE OF DOCTORS’ ADVICE ON TREATMENT AND REST AS IT NOW BECOMES FINANCIALLY AND PRACTICALLY POSSIBLE TO DO SO,+ SHE SAID.

DR IP POINTED OUT THAT THE BILL HAD ASCENDED THE STATUS OF ANY DOCTOR REGISTRABLE IN HONG KONG.

DOCTORS WERE NOW GIVEN THE PRIVILEGE TO RECOMMEND AND THEN TO BE ACCEPTED BY LAW A TOTAL OF 120 DAYS SICK LEAVE, WITH TWO-THIRDS PAY, TO ANY ILL WORKER, SHE SAID.

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ORDINANCE WAGE CEILING NOW $8 500 * * * *

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THIS (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON APPROVED A MOTION TO RAISE THE WAGE CEILING FOR NON-MANUAL EMPLOYEES IN THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE FROM $7 500 TO |8 500.

MOVING THE MOTION, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, THE HON RON BRIDGE, POINTED OUT THAT THE CEILING WAS BEING REVISED DUE TO AN INCREASE IN NOMINAL WAGES.

HE RECALLED THAT IN 1980 THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD SUGGESTED THAT THE WAGE CEILING SHOULD BE REVIEWED ANNUALLY AND THAT IT SHOULD BE REVISED WHERE NECESSARY.

THE LAST REVISION WAS IN MAY 1982 WHEN THE CEILING WAS RAISED FROM $6 000 TO $7 500.

MR BRIDGE POINTED OUT THAT A REVIEW MADE LAST MONTH INDICATED THAT THE MONTHLY LEVEL OF S7 500 IN MARCH 1982 WOULD BE EQUIVALENT TO 18 200 IN MARCH THIS YEAR.

NOMINAL WAGES HAD CONTINUED TO INCREASE SINCE THEN, AND IT COULD BE ASSUMED THAT BY THIS MONTH A MONTHLY WAGE LEVEL OF $8 500 WAS EQUIVALENT TO S7 500 PER MONTH IN MAY 1982, HE ADDED.

IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT AFTER THE REVISION, ABOUT TWO PER CENT OF EMPLOYEES WOULD REMAIN OUTSIDE OF THE SCOPE OF THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE, MR BRIDGE SAID.

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THE REGENT SHARP DEPRECIATION OF THE EXCHANGE RATE OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR ARISES FROM EXTRANEOUS FACTORS AND RUNS COUNTER TO THE STATE OF THE ECONOMY, WHICH IS BOTH FUNDAMENTALLY SOUND AND IMPROVING RAPIDLY, THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON PIERS JACOBS SAID TODAY.

MH JACOBS WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON ANDREW SO, who waited to know about measures being taken by the government ♦TO CONTROL THE INCESSANT PRICE SPIRAL IN THE DOMESTIC ECONOMY*.

WHILE NOTING THAT HONG KONG HAD EXPERIENCED PRICE INFLATION, Li KE H.aNY OTHER PLACES, MR JACOBS POINTED OUT THAT THE AVERAGE R- E INFLATION IN TERMS OF THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX HAD BEEN FALLING . N THE PAST YEARS — FROM OVER 16 PER CENT IN 1980 AND 6 TO ,JST UNDER 11 PER CENT LAST YEAR.

HI- ADDED, HOWEVER, THAT THE NINE PER CENT INFLATION FORECAST BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY FOR 1983 IN HIS BUDGET SPEECH ♦MIGHT pf OVE \ LITTLE OVER-OPTIMISTIC, HAVING REGARD TO THE RECENT SHARP DEPRECIATION OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR, WHICH WILL PUT UP THE PRICE OF IMPORTS*.

THERE WAS LITTLE THE GOVERNMENT COULD OR SHOULD DO IN THE CASE 01' EXTERNALLY CAUSED INFLATION, AND GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION WOULD 40T BE DESIRABLE IN THE CASE OF DOMESTICALLY GENERATED INFLAT ON, HE SAID.

♦IF THE GOVERNMENT WERE TO INTERFERE DIRECTLY WITH THE COST-PRICE STRUCTURE THROUGH PRICE CONTROLS OR SUBSIDIES, THE COST WOULD HAVE TO BE BORNE SOMEWHERE, EITHER THROUGH THE REDUCED PROFITABILITY OF FIRMS LEADING TO REDUCED INVESTMENT IN NEW PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, REDUCED AVAILABILITY OF CERTAIN GOODS AND SERVICES, OR INCREASED TAXATION, OR A REDUCTION IN THE FLEXIBILITY AND EFFICIENCY OF THE ECONOMY GENERALLY, OR ALL TOGETHER,♦ HE SAID.

MJt JACOBS SAID SOME ACTION MIGHT BE APPROPRIATE WHERE INFLATION AROSE FROM EXCESSIVE CREATION OF CREDIT.

♦THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY INDICATED IN HIS RECENT MID-YEAR REVIEW SPEECH THAT DISCUSSIONS OF POSSIBLE NEW MEASURES TO IMPROVE THE CONTROL OF MONEY SUPPLY WERE CONTINUING,* HE SAID.

MEANWHILE, HOWEVER, THE MONEY SUPPLY FIGURES DID NOT SUGGEST THAT THERE WAS MUCH DANGER OF FURTHER INFLATION FROM THIS SOURCE AT PRESENT.

REFERRING TO THE HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPRECIATION, HE SAID,

♦I AM UNABLE TO ELABORATE ON FURTHER STEPS WHICH THE GOVERNMENT MIGHT TAKE BECAUSE THE MATTER IS STILL UNDER ACTIVE EXAMINATION, AND MUST BE CONF IDENT I AL.♦

MR JACOBS SAID ALSO THAT THE GOVERNMENT* HAS DONE MUCH IN CUTTING COSTS AND IMPROVING PRODUCTIVITY IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR.*

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HE POINTED OUT THAT SUBMISSIONS TO EXECUTIVE COUNCIL FOR INCREASES IN FEES FOR SERVICES HAD TO SHOW ALSO WHAT MEASURES HAD BEEN TAKEN TO CUT COSTS AND TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCY AND PRODUCTIVITY PRIOR TO THE PROPOSAL.

ALSO, HE SAID, THE GOVERNOR HAD MADE IT CLEAR THAT THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO ALLOW FOR NO GROWTH IN THE CIVIL SERVICE FOR 1984-85, +EXCEPT WHERE IT IS ESSENTIAL TO PROVIDE STAFF FOR NEW FACILITIES AND WHERE SUCH STAFF CANNOT BE PROVIDED BY DEPLOYMENT.*

IN ADDITION, THE FINANCE BRANCH HAD INTRODUCED A PROGRAMME OF VALUE FOR MONEY STUDIES, AND HAD, TO DATE DURING THE FINANCIAL YEAR, IDENTIFIED SAVINGS OF SOME $60 MILLION IN ANNUALLY RECURRENT EXPENDITURE.

AS FOR PUBLIC UTILITIES, THEY WERE AS VULNERABLE AS ANYONE TO THE EFFECT OF INCREASED OPERATING COSTS.

♦THE FINANCIAL MONITORING UNIT OF THE ECONOMIC SERVICES BRANCH OR THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT ARE IN REGULAR CONTACT WITH THE PUBLIC UTILITY COMPANIES TO SATISFY THEMSELVES THAT THE COMPANIES DO, IN FACT, REVIEW THEIR OPERATING COSTS AND REDUCE THEM WHERE THEY CAN,+ HE SAID.

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THE PRINCE PHILIP DENTAL HOSPITAL IS ALREADY RECOGNISED AS ONE OF THE FOREMOST DENTAL TEACHING HOSPITALS IN THE WORLD, THE HON LYDIA DUNN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

SHE MADE THE REMARK WHEN TABLING A REPORT ON THE ACTIVITIES OF THE HOSPITAL AND A STATEMENT OF ACCOUNTS FOR THE 1982-83 FINANCIAL YEAR.

MISS DUNN SAID, ♦IN THE PRINCE PHILIP DENTAL HOSPITAL, HONG KONG HAS AN INSTITUTION OF WHICH IT SHOULD BE PROUD.

♦I HAVE EVERY CONFIDENCE THAT THE HOSPITAL WILL MAKE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY IN THE YEARS AHEAD.♦

DURING THE YEAR THE HOSPITAL PROVIDED TRAINING FACILITIES FOR FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD YEAR STUDENTS READING FOR THE BACHELOR OF DENTAL SURGERY DEGREE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, AS WELL AS FOR A FULL RANGE OF DENTAL ANCILLARY STAFF.

♦THE FIRST CLASS OF GRADUATES WILL COMPLETE THEIR STUDIES AND BE READY TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY IN EARLY 1985 AS ORIGINALLY PLANNED.

♦THAT A PROJECT OF THIS MAGNITUDE IS REACHING FRUITION ON SCHEDULE IS DUE TO THE HARD WORK AND DEDICATION OF THE UNIVERSITY AND HOSPITAL STAFF, VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, AND, OF COURSE, THE DILIGENCE OF THE STUDENTS,♦ SHE SAID.

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IN THE ACADEMIC YEAR 1982-83, 94 PER CENT OF THE STUDENTS SITTING THE FIRST BACHELOR OF DEnIaL SURGERY DEGREE EXAMINATION AND 97 PERCENT OF THE CLASS SITTING THE SECOND DEGREE EXAMINATION PASSED AT THE FIRST ATTEMPT.

SUCH RESULTS CLEARLY EXEMPLIFIES THE ABILITY AND THE COMMITMENT OF THE DENTAL STUDENTS TO THEIR STUDIES - A FACT WHICH HAD RECEIVED THE COMMENDATION OF SEVERAL EXTERNAL EXAMINERS, SHE POINTED OUT.

IT HAS THEREFORE BEEN PARTICULARLY DISTRESSING TO BOTH THE FACULTY AND THE STUDENTS THAT MOVES WERE MADE ON THE PART OF CERTAIN PEOPLE TO PETITION THE GENERAL DENTAL COUNCIL OF THE UNITED KINGDOM TO WITHHOLD RECOGNITION AND REGISTRATION OF THE GRADUATES HOLDING THE DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF DENTAL SURGERY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

SUCH MOVES, PROMPTED BY MATTERS OVER WHICH THE STUDENTS HAD NO CONTROL WHATSOEVER, COULD HAVE JEOPARDISED THE FUTURE PROFESSIONAL CAREERS OF THESE YOUNG PEOPLE AND WERE MANIFESTLY UNFAIR TO BOTH THE STUDENTS AND THEIR TEACHERS.

I AM. THEREFORE, HAPPY TO REPORT THAT THE GENERAL DENTAL COUNCIL OF THE UNITED KINGDOM IS TAKING NO ACTION ON THIS PETITION, MISS DUNN SAID.

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SUCCESSFUL YEAR FOR FUND BOARD M M M M

THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS COMPENSATION FUND BOARD HAS ACHIEVED CONSIDERABLE PROGRESS IN ITS SECOND YEAR OF OPERATION DESPITE THE SLOW-DOWN IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, THE HON RON BRIDGE, STATED THIS THE BO‘R1>‘S 1982 iNNU‘L REP0RT • » THE IMISUTIVe

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HE POINTED OUT THAT IN 1982 THE BOARD COLLECTED $21 MILLION IN LEVY FROM THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY - SIX TIMES MORE THAN IN 1981.

YEAR» COMPENSATION PAYMENTS FROM THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS COMPENSATION FUND AMOUNTED TO $22 MILLION, THREE TIMES THE FIGURE FOR THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

WITH MORE CLAIMS, THE BOARD WAS UNABLE TO MAKE A SURPLUS AS FORECAST IN ITS PREVIOUS REPORT.

HOWEVER, IT WAS EXPECTED THAT WITH THE CASELOAD STABLISING AT THE PRESENT LEVEL AND A CONTINUING INCREASE IN LEVY INCOME FROM CONSTRUCTION WORK, THE BOARD SHOULD BE ABLE TO BALANCE ITS INCOME AND EXPENDITURE DURING THE COMING YEAR.

MR BRIDGE SAID THAT THE AMENDMENT ORD I NACE WHICH IMPOSES A PENALTY FOR LATE PAYMENT OF LEVY AND RAISES THE LEVEL OF FINES FOR SOME OFFENCES UNDER THE MAIN ORDINANCE HAD PUT THE BOARD INTO A MUCH STRONGER POSITION TO DISCHARGE ITS STATUTORY DUTIES.

HE THANKED THE CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS OF THE BOARD FOR ITS ACHIEVEMENTS.

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AMENDMENTS APPROVED X K X

THE LEGAL AID IN CRIMINAL CASES (AMENDMENT) RULES 1983 WERE APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

MOVING THE MOTION FOR APPROVAL, THE ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON. GERALD NAZARETH, EXPLAINED THAT THE RULES HAD BEEN MADE BY THE CHIEF JUSTICE ON SEPTEMBER 15, AND EFFECT A NUMBER OF MINOR IMPROVEMENTS TO THE PRINCIPLE RULES, WHICH REGULATE THE GRANT OF LEGAL AID IN CRIMINAL CASES.

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ACTIONS TO COMBAT MALARIA * * *

AN INTER-DEPARTMENTAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE HAS BEEN SET UP TO FACILITATE THE UPDATING OF PLANS TO MEET ANY POSSIBLE OUTBREAK OF MALARIA, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON HENRY CHING TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM DR THE-HON HO KAM-FAI, MR CHING SAID THERE WERE 62 CASES OF MALARIA IN 1981 AND 80 CASES IN 1982. EACH FIGURE INCLUDED ONLY ONE INDIGENOUS CASE.

EIGHTY-ONE CASES OF MALARIA INCLUDING SIX INDIGENOUS ONES HAD BEEN REPORTED SO FAR THIS YEAR, HE REPORTED.

HE SAID THAT WHILE THE SIX INDIGENOUS CASES REPRESENTED AN OBVIOUS INCREASE, IN ABSOLUTE NUMBERS THEY DID NOT AMOUNT TO AN OUTBREAK.

THE SITUATION, HE ADDED, WAS BEING CAREFULLY MONITORED.

ON MEASURES TAKEN TO PREVENT THE TRANSMISSION OF THE DISEASE, W CHING SAID THE MOST IMPORTANT WAS THE ACTION TAKEN AGAINST THE BREEDING OF VECTOR MOSQUITOES AND THE PROSECUTION OF PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR MOSQUITO BREEDING.

HE SAID THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS 20 ANTI-MOSQUITO TEAMS, COMPRISING 186 MEN, ENGAGED FULL-TIME THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY IN THE ELIMINATION OF MAN-MADE MOSQUITO-BREEDING CONDITIONS, PARTICULARLY THOSE ON BUILDING SITES.

ANOTHER 20 TEAMS OF 275 MEN WORK TO PREVENT MOSQUITO BREEDING IN NATURAL CONDITIONS, SUCH AS FOUND IN STREAMS AND CATCHMENT AREAS, HE ADDED.

MR CHING SAID ADVICE WAS ALSO GIVEN TO OWNERS OF PRIVATE PREMISES TO AVOID THE CREATION OF POSSIBLE MOSQUITO-BREEDING GROUNDS.

THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAD ESTABLISHED A SPECIAL TEAM RESPONSIBLE FOR CASE INVESTIGATIONS AND BIOLOGICAL STUDIES OF VECTOR MOSQUITOES, WHILE THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT WAS KEEPING CLOSE WATCH ON THE INCIDENCE OF MALARIA IN HONG KONG, CHING SAID.

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BILL TO MAKE PENSIONS ELIGIBLE FOR INCREASES *****

THE PENSIONS (INCREASE) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, WAS INTRODUCED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF BILL, THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE, THE HON MARTIN ROWLANDS SAID THE BILL SEEKS TO MAKE CERTAIN PENSIONS ELIGIBLE FOR PENSION INCREASES.

♦FOLLOWING AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 18 OF THE PENSIONS ORDINANCE IN JUNE 1980, MALE CHILDREN AGED OVER 18 AND FEMALE CHILDREN AGED OVER 21 OF SERVING OFFICERS WHO DIE AS A RESULT OF THEIR DUTIES MAY BE GRANTED PENSIONS UNTIL THEY REACH THE AGE OF 23, PROVIDED THEY ARE RECEIVING FULL TIME EDUCATION. ♦HOWEVER, NO PROVISION WAS MADE AT THE TIME FOR SUCH PENSIONS TO ATTRACT PENSION INCREASES,♦ MR ROWLANDS SAID.

♦THIS BILL REMEDIES THE POSITION BY MAKING SUCH PENSIONS ELIGIBLE FOR PENSION INCREASES, AS IS ALREADY THE CASE WITH ALL OTHER PENSIONS PAID TO DEPENDANTS OF FORMER OFFICERS,♦ HE EXPLAINED

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED TO NOVEMBER 9 OR 10.

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BILL TO GIVE BUILDING AUTHORITY MORE POWERS * * * *

THE BUILDINGS (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL 1983 WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON CHAN NAI-KEONG, SAID THE BILL SEEKS TO GIVE THE BUILDING AUTHORITY POWERS TO DEAL WITH BUILDING WORKS, IN THE SAME MANNER AS HE IS EMPOWERED TO DEAL WITH DANGEROUS BUILDINGS.

THESE WORKS INCLUDE SCAFFOLDING AND SHORING WHICH HAVE BECOME DANGEROUS AND OVER WHICH THERE IS CURRENTLY NO CONTROL.

MR CHAN SAID THAT THE NEW BILL ALSO SEEKS TO ENABLE THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TO OBTAIN THE CLOSURE OF A BUILDING, OR PART OF A BUILDING, WHICH IS NOT IN ITSELF DANGEROUS.

THIS IS TO ALLOW THE AUTHORITY TO CARRY OUT WORK IN THE EXERCISE OF HIS STATUTORY POWERS, SUCH AS THE DEMOLITION OF UNAUTHORISED STRUCTURES, WITHOUT DANGER TO THE OCCUPANTS OR TO THE PUBLIC, MR CHAN EXPLAINED.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED TO NOVEMBER 9 OR 10

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BILL AIMS TO EXTEND POWERS TO CREATE EASEMENTS * * * * *

THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY (LAND RESUMPTION AND RELATED PROVISIONS)(AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, WHICH AIMS TO EXTEND THE POWERS OF THE GOVERNOR TO CREATE EASEMENTS IN FAVOUR OF THE CROWN, WAS INTRODUCED TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON CHAN NAI-KEONG, SAID THE POWER WHICH SECTION 6 OF THE EXISTING ORDINANCE CONFERS IN RELATION TO LAND IN THE RAILWAY AREA AND FOR THE PURPOSES OF, AND INCIDENTAL TO, THE RAILWAY IS HELD TO BE ONLY SUFFICIENT TO ENABLE THE GOVERNOR TO CREATE COMMON LAW EASEMENTS.

♦EXPERIENCE SINCE THE ORDINANCE WAS ORIGINALLY ENACTED IN 1974 HAS SHOWN, HOWEVER, THAT OTHER PERMANENT AND TEMPORARY RIGHTS ARE REQUIRED TO FACILITATE RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION. THESE CAN BE PROVIDED BY EXTENDING THE POWERS CONFERRED BY SECTION 6,+ rt? CHAN SAID.

HE SAID THAT AN EXAMPLE OF PERMANENT RIGHTS WHICH MIGHT NEED TO BE CREATED BUT COULD NOT BE PROVIDED BY MEANS OF A COMMON LAW EASEMENT RELATED TO GROUND ANCHORS.

THESE, HE ADDED, WERE ENGINEERING DEVICES WHICH MADE USE OF THE UNDERGROUND STRATA OF NEIGHBOURING LAND TO PROVIDE SUPPORT TO CONSTRUCTION BUT LEFT IRRETRIEVABLE MATERIALS PERMANENTLY IN THE GROUND AFTER THAT SUPPORT WAS NO LONGER REQUIRED.

♦AN EXAMPLE OF TEMPORARY RIGHTS WHICH MAY BE NEEDED BUT CANNOT BE PROVIDED BY A COMMON LAW EASEMENT IS WHERE TEMPORARY AND EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS OF ACCESS TO A CONSTRUCTION SITE ON LEASED LAND ARE REQUIRED,* HE SAID.

♦THE EXISTING PROVISIONS OF THE ORDINANCE IN RELATION TO COMPENSATION WILL BE EXTENDED BY MEANS OF CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS TO PROVIDE FOR COMPENSATION AS A RESULT OF THE CREATION OF ANY PERMANENT OR TEMPORARY RIGHTS UNDER SECTION 6,+ HE ADDED.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED TO NOVEMBER 9 OR 10.

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BILL CLARIFIES RELATIONSHIP WITH MTRC * * *

A BILL CLARIFYING THE FINANCIAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION, WAS READ A SECOND TIME BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

SIR JOHN, MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, SAID THAT AS SOLE SHAREHOLDER THE GOVERNMENT IS IN EFFECT THE PARENT COMPANY AND THE CORPORATION ITS SUBSIDIARY.

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♦IT IS THEREFORE APPROPRIATE FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO HAVE CONTROL MECHANISMS WHICH ARE NORMAL BETWEEN PARENT AND SUBSIDIARY AND WHICH ARE NOT SET OUT SPECIFICALLY IN THE EXISTING LAW,+ SIR JOHN SAID.

HE EXPLAINED FURTHER THAT THE AMENDMENTS ENSURE THAT THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY IS CONSULTED AND HIS APPROVAL OBTAINED BEFORE THE MTRC APPLIES ITS PROFITS IN ANY WAY, AND ALSO MAKE CLEAR THAT THE ESTABLISHMENT AND USE OF ANY GENERAL OR SPECIFIC RESERVE FUND REQUIRES THE PRIOR APPROVAL OF THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, WHO WILL HAVE POWER TO DIRECT THAT THE WHOLE OR PART OF THE MTRC'S PROFITS BE CARRIED TO RESERVE A SECTION WAS ALSO INCLUDED TO i

(1) EMPOWER THE MTRC TO DECLARE AND PAY DIVIDENDS, AND

(2) PROVIDE THAT MTRC MAY BE DIRECTED TO PAY AS DIVIDEND INTO THE GENERAL REVENUE THE WHOLE OR PART OF ANY PROFITS IN ANY FINANCIAL YEAR.

THE AMENDMENTS HAD BEEN AGREED WITH THE MTRC AFTER EXTENSIVE CONSULTATION AND DISCUSSION, SIR JOHN SAID.

DEBATE ON THE MOTION WAS ADJOURNED UNTIL NOVEMBER 9 OR 10.

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THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY APPROVED A GOVERNMENT GUARANTEE TO THE MASS TRANS IT RA ILWAY CORPORATION TO COVER THE PAYMENT OF A >100 MILLION LOAN.

THE SUM BORROWED UNDER THIS GUARANTEE WILL BE USED TO FINANCE THE ISLAND LINE CONTRACTS FOR THE SUPPLY, INSTALLATION AND COMMISSIONING OF DUAL MODE LOCOMOTIVES, ADDITIONAL ROLLING STOCK, AN ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL SYSTEM, CHILLERS, STATION AND TUNNEL ANCILLIARIES AND DEPOT SERVICES.

THIS BRINGS THE GOVERNMENT’S TOTAL GUARANTEE COMMITMENT IN RESPECT OF THE OUTSTANDING LOANS AVAILABLE TO THE MTR CORPORATION TO $10 738 MILLION.

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THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983 WAS PASSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THE FOLLOWING FOUR BILLS WERE INTRODUCED AND READ A SECOND TIME i THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, THE PENSIONS (INCREASE) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, THE BUILDINGS (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1983, AND THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY (LAND RESUMPTION AND RELATED PROVISIONS) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983.

DEBATE ON THESE BILLS WAS ADJOURNED TILL NOVEMBER 9 OR 10.

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INDUSTRIAL TRAINING FOR MORE PEOPLE * * M N

CONSTRUCTION OF THE SECOND CLOTHING INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRE SHOULD BE COMPLETED EARLY NEXT YEAR, AND A THIRD TRAINING CENTRE IS BEING PLANNED BY THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY.

THESE TWO EXPANSION PROJECTS WILL ENSURE THE ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF WELL-TRAINED MANPOWER FOR THE INDUSTRIES CONCERNED, THE HON FRANCIS TIEN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

HE WAS SPEAKING WHILE TABLING THE ANNUAL REPORTS OF THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY AND THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY FOR THE YEAR 1982.

♦DESPITE THE WORLD-WIDE RECESSION IN 1982. THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRE EXPERIENCED LITTLE DIFFICULTY IN FINDING SUITABLE EMPLOYMENT FOR ITS TRAINEES,* HE SAID.

AND THE RECENT BUSINESS UPTURN HAS PROMPTED THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY TO ESTABLISH, AT FULL SPEED, A SECOND TRAINING CENTRE AT KOWLOON BAY, HE SAID.

MEANWHILE AN APPLICATION HAD BEEN SUBMITTED TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE GRANT OF A PIECE OF LAND ON HONG KONG ISLAND FOR THE THIRD CONSTRUCTION TRAINING CENTRE, HE ADDED.

THE AUTHORITY HAD ALSO DECIDED TO PROVIDE TRAINING COURSES FOR ADULT WORKERS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY.

♦THIS IS TO UPGRADE THEIR SKILL AND TO IMPROVE THEIR SAFETY KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICES,♦ HE SAID.

ALTHOUGH 1982 WAS A DIFFICULT YEAR FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, ENROLMENT AT THE EXISTING TWO CONSTRUCTION TRAINING CENTRES WAS ENCOURAGING.

EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS FOR THE TRAINEES WAS ALSO SATISFACTORY, THE REPORT STATED, j

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DUKE LEAVES FOR BANGKOK M * *

AFTER A MINOR FAULT IN HIS ANDOVER AIRCRAFT WAS CORRECTED, HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH, LEFT FOR BANGKOK THIS (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE AIRCRAFT RETURNED TO HONG KONG ABOUT ONE HOUR AND 15 MINUTES AFTER TAKE-OFF BECAUSE OF A FAULT IN ITS CABIN PRESSURE SYSTEM.

REPAIRS WERE CARRIED OUT BY ENGINEERS OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE AND THE AIRCRAFT LEFT AGAIN AT 12.30 PM.

THE DUKE WAS SEEN OFF AT THE AIRPORT BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE AIRPORT WEREi 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; THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR ROGER LOBO; THE CONSUL-GENERAL OF THAILAND MR PRABHATSORN SUNTHRARAKS; AND THE PRESIDENT OF WORLD’wILDLIFE FUND, HONG KONG, SIR KENNETH FUNG.

HRH INSPECTS GUARD XXX

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH, THIS (WEDNESDAY) MORNING INSPECTED A GUARD AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE SHORTLY BEFORE HE LEFT HONG KONG.

THE GUARD, DRAWN FROM THE CORPS OF ROYAL ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERS WAS ON DUTY THROUGHOUT HIS VISIT.

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BACK-UP SERVICES FOR ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY

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THE GOVERNMENT WILL PRESS AHEAD THROUGH THE NEW, RESTRUCTURED INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT BOARD, WITH WORK ALREADY UNDERWAY TO PROVIDE TECHNICAL BACK-UP SERVICES AND INDUSTRIAL SUPPORT FACILITIES FOR THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY.

THIS WAS STATED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR E.P. HO, IN OPENING THE 1983 HONG KONG ELECTRONICS FAIR.

HE SAlDs +AMONG OTHER THINGS, A TECHNO-ECONOMIC STUDY ON THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY HAS RECENTLY BEEN CONDUCTED WITH A VIEW TO ESTABLISHING A DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY FOR THE INDUSTRY AND MEANS OF COORDINATING RESOURCES TO PROMOTE COLLABORATIVE TECHNICAL DEVELOPMENT. A WORKING GROUP WITH GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY PARTICIPATION IS NOW CONSIDERING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE REPORT ON THE STUDY.♦

MR HO SAID THAT THE IMPORTANCE AND THE FAST PACE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT WAS PERHAPS MORE KEENLY FELT IN THE ELECTRONICS BUSINESS THAN OTHER MANUFACTURING SECTORS BECAUSE OF THE TECHNOLOGYINTENSIVE NATURE OF THE INDUSTRY.

♦IN THIS RESPECT, OUR INSTITUTES OF HIGHER EDUCATION ARE NOW BEGINNING TO PLAY A MORE ACTIVE ROLE IN MEETING THE INDUSTRY’S NEEDS.♦

AS A START, THE TWO UNIVERSITIES AND THE POLYTECHNIC ARE NOW ENGAGED IN THREE PROJECTS ON INTEGRATED CIRCUITS, SEMI-CONDUCTORS AND THE APPLICATION OF COMPUTERS IN THE DESIGN AND MANUFACTURE OF ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS.

IN ADDITION THE POLYTECHNIC HAD THIS YEAR INTRODUCED A FOUR-YEAR SANDWICH COURSE LEADING TO A DEGREE IN ELECTRONICS ENGINEERING.

MR HO ALSO CALLED UPON ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURERS TO GIVE GREATER SUPPORT TO THE ENGINEERING GRADUATE TRAINING SCHEME INTRODUCED EARLIER THIS YEAR BY THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL.

THE SCHEME WILL PROVIDE UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNIC GRADUATES FROM ENGINEERING DISCIPLINES WITH PRACTICAL TRAINING ON THE SHOPFLOOR, THUS PROVIDING THEM WITH THE ESSENTIAL PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE, HE SAID.

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DB MEMBERS LEARN FROM STUDY TRIPS

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OVERSEAS STUDY TOURS BY DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WERE WELL WORTH MAKING PROVIDED MEMBERS WERE AWARE OF THEIR OWN LIMITATIONS AND WERE SELECTIVE IN THE IMPORTING OF NEW IDEAS, THE YAU MA TEI AND MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WILFRED WONG, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR WONG WAS SPEAKING ON THE EXPERIENCES BOARD MEMBERS GAINED THROUGH THESE TRIPS AT A LUNCHEON GATHERING OF THE LIONS CLUB OF VICTORIA HONG KONG.

IN JUNE THIS YEAR, MR WONG AND 16 UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS FROM THE TWO DISTRICT BOARDS SPENT TWO WEEKS IN BRITAIN AND VISITED LONDON, BIRMINGHAM, MANCHESTER AND COVENTRY.

♦NO DOUBT HONG KONG IS LAGGING BEHIND BRITAIN AS FAR AS THE EXTENT AND QUALITIES OF SOME OF THE GOVERNMENT SERVICES ARE CONCERNED.

♦BUT IT WOULD ONLY BE APPROPRIATE IF WE ARE TO REGULATE THE PACE AT WHICH THE IMPROVEMENTS ARE TO BE ACHIEVED ACCORDING TO OUR OWN MEANS AND ABILITIES,♦ HE SAID.

MR WONG SAID BOARD MEMBERS HAD BROUGHT HOME SOME IDEAS THEY CONSIDERED WORTH FURTHER EXAMINATION IN THE HONG KONG CONTEXT.

ON HOUSING IMPROVEMENT, HE SAID IN BIRMINGHAM A LARGE PROPORTION OF FUNDS HAD BEEN ALLOCATED FOR IMPROVING OLD PRIVATE AND COUNCIL-OWNED HOUSES.

♦THERE ARE COMPREHENSIVE SCHEMES IN HONG KONG TO IMPROVE

AND REDEVELOP OLD PUBLIC HOUSING BUT NOT ENOUGH ATTENTION HAS BEEN GIVEN TO PRIVATE BUILDINGS, PARTICULARLY MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS IN THE INNER URBAN AREAS,♦ HE SAID.

MR WONG SAID THE WARDEN SCHEME FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE IN BIRMINGHAM, IN WHICH WARDENS WERE EMPLOYED TO LOOK AFTER OLD PEOPLE IN PUBLIC HOUSINGS OR PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION, COULD BE CONSIDERED IN HONG KONG THROUGH VOLUNTARY PART IC I PAT ION BY OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES OR WELFARE ORGANISATIONS.

ON TRAFFIC, HE REFERRED TO THE TWO COMPUTERISED TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEMS IN COVENTRY WHICH HAD CONTRIBUTED SIGNIFICANTLY TO THE REDUCTION IN DELAYS AND ROAD CONGESTIONS.

THE URBAN TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEM IS BASED ON THE USE OF FIXED PLAN SIGNALS PRESET TO SUIT AVERAGE TRAFFIC CONDITIONS, WHILE THE SPLIT CYCLE OFFSET OPTIMISATION TECHNIQUE IS FULLY RESPONSIVE TO ON-STREET TRAFFIC DEMANDS AND REQUIRES NO PRE-CALCULATED SIGNAL TIMINGS.

MR WONG SAID THE ♦HOME-SCHOOL LIAISON OFFICER^ SCHEME, IN WHICH A TEACHER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR FAMILY VISITS AND FOR KEEPING IN TOUCH WITH PARENTS, COULD HELP PROMOTE MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING AND CO-OPERATION BETWEEN FAMILY AND SCHOOL IN EDUCATING THE STUDENTS.

HE SAID THE VISIT HAD ACHIEVED ITS OBJECTIVES AND ALL DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WHO TOOK PART AGREED THAT IT WAS MEMORABLE AND WORTHWHILE.

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DBS HAVE STRONG LINKS WITH OTHERS * * *

STRONG LINKS HAVE ALREADY BEEN FORGED BETWEEN THE DISTRICT BOARDS AND OTHER CONSULTATIVE BODIES IN HONG KONG WITHIN THE SHORT SPAN OF A YEAR AND THIS TREND WILL CONTINUE, THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, THE HON DAVID AKERS-JONES TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE ADDED THAT WORK WAS IN HAND TO REVIEW THE EXISTING ARRANGEMENTS FOR LOCAL ADMINISTRATION TO CONSIDER WHETHER THEY MIGHT BE IMPROVED.

MR AKERS-JONES WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, THE HON WONG LAM, ON THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AND MEASURES TAKEN TO STRENGTHEN LIAISON BETWEEN DISTRICT BOARDS AND THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS.

♦THERE ARE ALREADY STRONG DIRECT LINKS BETWEEN DISTRICT BOARDS AND THEIR MEMBERS WITH OTHER COUNCILS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES, AND THESE ARE BEING STRENGTHENED,* HE SAID.

HE SAID IN THE NEW TERRITORIES THE BOARDS WERE LINKED DIRECTLY WITH RURAL COMMITTEES AND THUS WITH THE HEUNG YEE KUK AND IN THE CITY WITH THE URBAN COUNCIL.

IN ADDITION, THERE ARE 17 BOARD MEMBERS SERVING ON THE HOUSING AUTHORITY AND ITS COMMITTEES, AND SOME MEMBERS ON THE LEGISLATIVE AND EXECUTIVE COUNCILS.

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REVISION OF LIQUOR LICENCE FEES FOR NT ft ft ft ft

LIQUOR LICENCE FEES FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE REVISED FROM NOVEMBER 1 THIS YEAR TO BRING THEM MORE INTO LINE WITH THOSE FOR THE URBAN AREAS.

THE REVISION IS THE FIRST IN 27 YEARS AND FOLLOWS CONSULTATIONS WITH THE LIQUOR LICENSING BOARD FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES AND THE HEUNG YEE KUK.

THE NEW FEES FOR NT LIQUOR LICENCES WILL BE Si 000 FOR ESTABLISHMENTS WITH A BAR AND $500 FOR THOSE WITHOUT A BAR, COMPARED WITH THE EXISTING FEES OF $500 AND $250, RESPECTIVELY. NT CLUB LIQUOR LICENCES WILL ALSO BE REVISED FROM $250 TO $375.

COMMENTING ON THE REVISED FEES, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THE INCREASES WERE NECESSARY TO ESTABLISH CLOSER UNIFORMITY BETWEEN NT AND URBAN LIQUOR LICENCE FEES.

HE POINTED OUT THAT EXISTING LIQUOR LICENCE FEES FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, SET IN 1956, WERE NOW ONLY ONE-THIRD OF THOSE IN THE URBAN AREAS.

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ENTRIES INVITED FOR DRAWING CONTEST *****

CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 16 ARE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN AN ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL DRAWING COMPETITION WITH THE FINAL JUDGING BEING HELD IN INDIA.

THOSE WISHING TO TAKE PART IN THE SHANKAR’S INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S COMPETITION 1984 SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR WORKS THROUGH THEIR SCHOOL TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT FOR PRELIMINARY SELECTION BEFORE DECEMBER 3.

THE COMMISSION OF INDIA WILL BE REPRESENTED IN THE LOCAL SELECTION, WHILE THE FINAL SELECTION WILL BE MADE BY A PANEL OF JUDGES IN INDIA.

EACH STUDENT CAN SUBMIT SIX PAINTINGS OR DRAWINGS, WHICH CAN BE PRESENTED IN ANY MEDIUM EXCEPT BLACK LEAD PENCIL, AS SPECIFIED BY THE ORGANISERS, AND MUST NOT BE MOUNTED. GROUP WORK WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED BY THE ORGANISERS.

THE MINIMUM SIZE OF EACH DRAWING OR PAINTING IS 300 MM X 400 MM AND ENTRANTS SHOULD STATE ON THE BACK OF EACH ENTRY THEIR NAME, SEX, AGE AND DATE OF BIRTH, NATIONALITY, NAME AND ADDRESS OF SCHOOL, TITLE OF ENTRY AND THEIR ART TEACHER’S SIGNATURE TO CERTIFY THAT THE SUBMISSION IS THE ORIGINAL AND UNAIDED WORK OF THE ENTRANT DURING 1983.

ENTRIES SHOULD BE SENT TO THE INSPECTOR (ART), EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT 4 PAK FUK ROAD, 4/F, HONG KONG. ENQUIRIES CONCERNING THE COMPETITION CAN BE MADE AT 5-621967.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVAL

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THE FOLLOWING SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN KOWLOON FOR THE CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVAL ON FRIDAY AND SUNDAY (OCTOBER 14 AND 16)I

* THE ’NO WAITING’ RESTRICTION ON CHING CHEUNG ROAD WILL BE ENFORCED THROUGHOUT THE FESTIVAL.

* WING MING STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL VEHICULAR TRAFFIC BETWEEN 7 AM AND 7 PM.

* THE PARKING SPACES FOR GOODS VEHICLES IN KING LAM STREET, WING HONG STREET AND YU CHAU WEST STREET WILL BE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED BETWEEN 7 AM AND 7 PM.

* A TAXI STAND WILL BE TEMPORARILY SET UP AT YU CHAU WEST STREET, BETWEEN WING HONG STREET AND KING LAM STREET. THE PARKING SPACES THERE WILL BE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED.

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THOSE GOING TO THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CEMETERY ABOVE CHING CHEUNG ROAD ARE ADVISED TO TRAVEL VIA CASTLE PEAK ROAD, YEE KUK WEST STREET AND KING LAM STREET. PARKING FACILITIES ARE LIMITED AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE URGED TO USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT.

THOSE VISITING THE HAMMER HILL CEMETERY SHOULD TRAVEL VIA LUNG CHEUNG ROAD, THE PO KONG VILLAGE INTERCHANGE AND PO KONG VILLAGE ROAD TO AVOID TRAFFIC CONGESTION.

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NOTE TO EDITORS :

ANTI-NARCOTICS DRIVE PLANNED MH*

A PRESS BRIEFING TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE FORTH-COMING ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN IN WONG TAI SIN WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (THURSDAY) MORNING.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE AND AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS, MR MICHAEL CHENG, WILL TALK ON THE LATEST SITUATION OF DRUG ADDICTION AND OFFENCES IN THE DISTRICT.

HE WILL ALSO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE EVENTS TO BE ORGANISED DURING THE TWO-WEEK ANT I-DRUG DRIVE.

REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE POLICE AND THE NARCOTICS DIVISION WILL ALSO BE PRESENT.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE BRIEFING AT 11 30 AM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE, ON THE FOURTH FLOOR OF THE SAN PO

KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES

BUILDING.

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SHAU KEI WAN MAINS wORK * * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM ON DAY FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

TO SOME PREMISES IN SHAU KEI WAN WILL BE SATURDAY (OCTOBER 15) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT PREMISES BOUNDED BY TAI ON STREET, SEA FRONT, SUN SING STREET AND SHAU KEI WAN ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1?83

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

ONLY ONE HOLIDAY LIST PLANNED ................................. 1

TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS GAZETTED ................................. 1

SCHOOLS LEFT TO DECIDE ON TRADITION ........................... 2

SDA OPENS BREWERY IN TAI PO ................................... 2

CENTRE OFFERS NEW IDEAS ABOUT KINDERGARTENS

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ONLY ONE HOLIDAY LIST PLANNED ft * * *

l&E GOVERNMENT IS PROPOSING TO AMEND THE HOLIDAYS ORDINANCE TO SIMPLIFY THE PROCEDURE FOR APPOINTING PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

AT PRESENT, THERE IS NO PROVISION FOR DIRECT AMENDMENT TO THE LIST OF PUBLIC HOLIDAYS IN THE ORDINANCE, AND ALL ADDITIONS AND SUBSTITUTIONS TO THIS LIST ARE SEPARATELY RECORDED BY ADDITIONAL SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION.

THE AMENDMENT WILL REPLACE THE EXISTING LIST OF HOLIDAYS WITH A SCHEDULE WHICH CAN BE DIRECTLY AMENDED BY RESOLUTION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, THUS AVOIDING ACCUMULATION OF SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION.

THE HOLIDAYS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983 PUBLISHED TODAY ALSO ALLOWS THE GOVERNOR TO APPOINT AN ALTERNATIVE DATE TO THE SECOND SATURDAY IN JUNE AS THE DAY ON WHICH THE BIRTHDAY OF HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN IS CELEBRATED.

IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, THE BIRTHDAY OF HER MAJESTY MAY BE CELEBRATED EITHER ONE SATURDAY EARLIER OR LATER THAN THE SECOND SATURDAY.

THE BILL WILL BE INTRODUCED FOR FIRST READING AND COMMENCEMENT OF SECOND READING ON NOVEMBER 9 AND IS EXPECTED TO COMPLETE ALL LEGISLATIVE STAGES ON NOVEMBER 23.

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TWO TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS WHICH WERE OMITTED AT THE COMMITTEE STAGE OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC (DRIVING OFFENCE POINTS) BILL IN THE LAST SESSION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ARE GAZETTED TODAY.

THESE AMENDMENTS ARE CONSEQUENTIAL UPON THE CHANGE MOVED BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS TO REDUCE FROM THREE TO TWO YEARS THE PERIOD WITHIN WHICH OFFENCES HAD TO BE COMMITTED FOR A PERSON TO BE DISQUALIFIED FROM DRIVING.

THE BILL WAS PASSED ON JUNE 8 WITHOUT THESE AMENDMENTS AND THE NEW LEGISLATION IS TO BE BROUGHT INTO OPERATION IN AUGUST NEXT YEAR.

THE AMENDMENT BILL PUBLISHED TODAY TO RECTIFY THIS OMISSION WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON NOVEMBER 9 AND IS EXPECTED TO RECEIVE ITS THIRD READING ON NOVEMBER 23.

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SCHOOLS LEFT TO DECIDE ON TRADITION * * *

THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR DENIS BRAY SAID TODAY THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S ROLE IN THE RUNNING OF SCHOOLS WAS TO ARRANGE FINANCE AND PROVIDE SOME REGULATION OF EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS AND CURRICULUM.

♦IT LEAVES TO THE SCHOOLS THEMSELVES FREEDOM TO INSTIL IDEALS CF SERVICE AND MORALITY IN WHATEVER TRADITION THEY BELIEVE APPROPRIATE,♦ HE SAID.

IN A SPEECH DELIVERED BY MRS BRAY ON HIS BEHALF AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AND JOINT SPEECH DAY OF THE LUNG KONG WORLD FEDERATION SCHOOLS, MR BRAY SAID THE GOVERNMENT DID NOT FORCE CONFORMITY WITH ANY POLITICAL OR DOCTRINAL STRAIGHT JACKET.

♦THIS IS A FEATURE OF HONG KONG EDUCATION THAT IS NOT FOUND EVERYWHERE OUTSIDE HO®® KONG AND ONE WHICH I BELIEVE IS GREATLY VALUED,♦ HE ADDED.

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SDA OPENS BREWERY IN TAI PO * * *

THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES TODAY (THURSDAY) DOTTED THE EYES OF A LION TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE EXPANSION OF FACILITIES AT THE CARLSBERG BREWERY IN THE TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE.

SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES SAID THE ADDITIONAL FACILITIES, WHICH INCREASE PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY 50 PER CENT, WOULD BENEFIT THE ECONOMY OF HONG KONG.

♦THIS EVENT IS SYMBOLIC OF THE HISTORY OF THE TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE WHICH HAS BEEN BUILT DURING A PERIOD OF INDUSTRIAL RECESSION THROUGHOUT THE WORLD,♦ HE SAID.

♦IT IS CONTINUING TO GROW AS WE KNOW TODAY NOT ONLY IN THIS PLANT BUT AS WE SEE FROM OTHER FACTORIES WHICH ARE DEVELOPING AROUND US.+

ALSO PRESENT AT TODAY’S CEREMONY WERE MRS JANE AKERS-JONES AND THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR NEW TERRITORIES, MR IAN MACPHERSON.

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CENTRE OFFERS NEW IDEAS ABOUT KINDERGARTENS ft ft ft ft

KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS WHO WISH TO FIND SOME NEW IDEAS TO ENRICH THEIR CURRICULUM ARE WELCOME TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S KINDERGARTEN RESOURCE CENTRE WHICH WILL BE OPEN FROM SATURDAY (OCTOBER 15) TO JUNE 15 NEXT YEAR.

THE CENTRE, LOCATED AT THE DEPARTMENT’S ADVISORY INSPECTORATE TEACHING CENTRE AT 4 PAK FUK ROAD, NORTH POINT, WILL BE OPEN TO HEADS AND TEACHERS OF KINDERGARTENS EVERY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON BETWEEN 2 PM AND 4.30 PM AND SATURDAY MORNING BETWEEN 9 AM AND 12 NOON, EXCEPT PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

THE CENTRE FEATURES VARIOUS PLAY FACILITIES FOR THE ALL-ROUND DEVELOPMENT OF CHILDREN, TEACHING PACKAGES.AND SUPPORTING CURRICULUM MATERIALS PRODUCED BY THE KINDERGARTEN CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT TEAM AND TRAINEES OF A 12-WEEK PART-TIME IN-SERVICE TRAINING COURSE ORGANISED FOR KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS ON +THEMATIC APPROACH*.

TEACHERS WHO HAVE ANY ENQUIRIES CONCERNING THE RESOURCE CENTRE CAN CONTACT THE KINDERGARTEN SECTION ON 5-8392487.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DECLINES ................................... 1

MISSION WELL RECEIVED IN AUSTRALIA ............................ 2

NAM CHEONG STREET TRAFFIC PLAN ................................ 3

ILLEGAL SIGNBOARDS TO BE REMOVED .............................. 3

SELECTION OF MODEL WORKERS .................................... 4

LION ROCK MOUNTAIN CLIMBING COMPETITION ....................... 5

BIRTHS REGISTRATION SERVICE IN TSIM SHA TSUI .................. 6

U.S. CALLS ON CATEGORIES 319 AND 361 .......................... 6

PAINTING EXHIBITION IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT ...................... 6

TAPS OFF IN CENTRAL AND TAI PO ................................ 7

CENTRAL TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS .................................. 7

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1983

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DECLINES * * *

THE UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT SITUATION CONTINUES TO IMPROVE, ACCORDING TO LABOUR FORCE STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE FIGURES WERE OBTAINED FROM THE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY FOR THE QUARTER JUNE - AUGUST 1983.

THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR JUNE - AUGUST 1983 WAS 3.7 PER CENT, WHICH COMPARES FAVOURABLY WITH FIVE PER CENT FOR THE PREVIOUS QUARTER ENDING MAY 1983. GIVEN THAT THE FIGURE FOR MAY - JULY 1983 WAS 3.9 PER CENT, THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE MAY HAVE BEGUN TO STABILISE AFTER THE SIGNIFICANT DECLINE IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1983. THE RATE FOR THE QUARTER ENDING AUGUST LAST YEAR WAS 3.5 PER CENT.

THE NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED PERSONS IN THE QUARTER ENDING AUGUST 1983 wAS PROVISIONALLY ESTIMATED TO BE 94 009, AS COMPARED WITH 125 100 FOR THE PREVIOUS QUARTER, AND 87 500 FOR THE SAME QUARTER LAST YEAR.

THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE FOR THE QUARTER ENDING AUGUST 1983 WAS ESTIMATED TO BE 1.5 PER CENT, WHICH WAS SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER THAN THAT RECORDED FOR THE QUARTER ENDING MAY 1983, AT 2.2 PER CENT. THE PROVISIONAL ESTIMATE OF THE NUMBER OF UNDEREMPLOYED PERSONS WAS 39 009 FOR THE QUARTER ENDING AUGUST, AS COMPARED WITH 54 100 FOR THE PREVIOUS QUARTER.

CONSISTENT WITH THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF 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. .

IN COMMENTING UPON THESE FIGURES, THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS SAID THAT BECAUSE THE PROPORTION OF FIRST-TIME JOE-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 AUGUST 1983 WAS 3.9 PER CENT.

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 15 090 HOUSEHOLDS OR 55 090 PERSONS, SELECTED SCIENTIFICALLY TO REPRESENT THE LAND-EASED CIVILIAN NON-INSTITUTIONAL POPULATION IN HONS KONG. PERSONAL AND LABOUR FORCE DATA V.ERE OBTAINED IN THE SURVEY EY INTERVIEWING EACH INDIVIDUAL MEMBER IN HOUSEHOLDS SAMPLED.

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DETAILED ANALYSIS OF THE LABOUR FORCE CHARACTERISTICS IS GIVEN IN THE REPORT OF THE GENERAL HOLD SURVEY WHICH IS PUBLISHED FOUR TIMES A YEAR.

THE NEXT REPORT COVERING THE QUARTER ENDING SEPTEMBER 1983 SHOULD BE AVAILABLE FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE IN DECEMBER.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE LABOUR FORCE STATISTICS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, TEL. NO. 5-452586.

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MISSION WELL RECEIVED IN AUSTRALIA * * * *

A HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT PROMOTION MISSION RECEIVED AN ENCOURAGING RESPONSE FROM AUSTRALIAN COMPANIES DURING A RECENT VISIT TO AUSTRALIA.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THAT EIGHT AUSTRALIAN COMPANIES WOULD SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO HONG KONG SOON TO FURTHER EXPLORE THE OPPORTUNITIES THE TERRITORY OFFERS TO INDUSTRIAL INVESTORS.

THE VISIT WAS THE SECOND SUCH MISSION TO AUSTRALIA THIS YEAR, AS PART OF THE DEPARTMENT’S CONTINUING PROGRAMME OF PROMOTING OVERSEAS INVESTMENT IN HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES.

♦THIS MISSION, LED BY PRINCIPAL CONSULTANT MR D.L.C. CHEUNG, SPENT THREE WEEKS IN MELBOURNE, ADELAIDE AND PERTH,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID. +THEY MET SENIOR EXECUTIVES OF 40 AUSTRALIAN COMPANIES TO DISCUSS BUSINESS AND INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN HONG KONG.

♦THE RESPONSE WAS MOST ENCOURAGING. SOME OF THE COMPANIES WERE INTERESTED IN ESTABLISHING WHOLLY-OWNED MANUFACTURING ESTABLISHMENTS IN HONG KONG, WHILE OTHERS WANTED TO ESTABLISH SUB-CONTRACTING OR LICENSING ARRANGEMENTS WITH HONG KC'<G COMPANIES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

OF THE 40 AUSTRALIAN COMPANIES, 11 WERE ENGAGED IN METAL PRODUCTS MANUFACTURING, EIGHT IN ENGINEERING-MACHINERY PRODUCTION, FIVE IN AUTOMOTIVE COMPONENTS, THREE IN ELECTRONICS AND THE REMAINDER IN A VARIETY OF OTHER INDUSTRIES.

AUSTRALIAN INVESTMENT IN HONG KONG INDUSTRY NOW AMOUNTS TO $160 MILLION, PLACING AUSTRALIA SEVENTH AMONG COUNTRIES WITH INVESTMENT IN THE TERRITORY.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1983

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NAM CHEONG STREET TRAFFIC PLAN * * * *

THE FOLLOWING TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN NAM CHEONG STREET AND ITS VICINITY WILL BECOME EFFECTIVE FROM 10 AM TOMORROW (SATURDAY):

* THE ESTATE ROAD OUTSIDE BLOCK 1 OF CHAK ON ESTATE WILL BE PROHIBITED TO ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES EXCEPT THOSE AUTHORIZED IN WRITING BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT.

* PUBLIC LIGHT BUS RESTRICTED ZONES (7 AM TO 12 MIDNIGHT DAILY) WILL ALSO BE INTRODUCED AT THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

(I) THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF NAM CHEONG STREET BETWEEN CORNWALL STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 150 METRES TO THE EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH CORNWALL STREET;

(II) THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF NAM CHEONG STREET BETWEEN CORNWALL STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 150 METRES TO THE WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH CORNWALL STREET;

(III) THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF CORNWALL STREET BETWEEN NAM CHEONG STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 50 METRES TO THE NORTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH NAM CHEONG STREET; AND

(IV) THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF NAM CHEONG STREET BETWEEN A POINT ABOUT 50 METRES FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH LUNG CHEUNG ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 400 METRES FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH LUNG CHEUNG ROAD.

WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONES, ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING UP OR SETTING DOWN PASSENGERS.

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ABOUT 40 OBJECTIONABLE AND OVER-SIZED SIGNBOARDS WILL BE REMOVED TOMORROW (SATURDAY) FROM THE FUJI BUILDING, A RESIDENTIAL BUILDING LOCATED AT 331-383 LOCKHART ROAD, IN WAN CHAI.

SIGNBOARDS WHICH ARE PUT UP OUTSIDE THE BUILDING, AT THE ENTRANCE HALL, STAIRWAY, CORRIDORS AND OTHER COMMON AREAS WILL BE REMOVED BY PRIVATE CONTRACTORS EMPLOYED BY THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE OF THE BUILDING’S OWNERS’ CORPORATION.

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A WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID THE OPERATION WAS MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH THE INITIATIVE OF THE BUILDING’S OWNERS’ CORPORATION WHO HAD ALSO APPROACHED THE DISTRICT OFFICE FOR LEGAL ADVICE AND CO-ORDINATION.

IT IS THE FIRST TIME IN OUR DISTRICT THAT ILLEGAL SIGNBOARDS ARE TO BE REMOVED UNDER THE DEED OF MUTUAL COVENANT,♦ HE SAID.

HE SAID THE CLEARANCE OPERATION WAS TAKEN IN THE INTERESTS OF PEOPLE LIVING IN WAN CHAI, AND PARTICULARLY THOSE IN THE BUILDING.

IT IS MOST ENCOURAGING TO SEE THE TENANTS THEMSELVES STEPPING UP MEASURES TO IMPROVE THEIR OWN LIVING ENVIRONMENT BEFORE THE SITUATION RUNS OUT OF CONTROL.

RESIDENTS OF FUJI BUILDING HAVE MADE THEIR FIRST MOVE, AND WE SINCERELY HOPE OTHERS WILL FOLLOW SUIT,+ HE SAID.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE CLEARANCE OPERATION STARTING AT 9.30 AM ON SATURDAY (OCTOBER 15) AT 381-383 LOCKHART ROAD, HONG KONG.

THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE, NR DAVID LEUNG, WILL BE PRESENT TO ASSIST THE MEDIA.

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SELECTION OF MODEL WORKERS * * *

FACTORY OPERATORS IN TSUEN WAN ARE INVITED TO NOMINATE THEIR WORKERS TO COMPETE IN THIS YEAR'S MODEL WORKER AWARD SCHEME.

THE AWARD SCHEME, IN ITS FOURTH YEAR, IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE DISTRICT BOARD’S INDUSTRIAL COMMITTEE, THE FEDERATION OF INDUSTRIES IN TSUEN WAN, AND COMMERCIAL RADIO 1.

EACH EMPLOYER CAN NOMINATE NOT MORE THAN TWO WORKERS WHO HAVE WORKED CONTINUOUSLY IN THE FIRM FOR FIVE YEARS. THE CLOSING DATE FOR THE NOMINATION IS NOVEMBER 11.

SELECTION OF MODEL WORKERS WILL BE BASED ON THEIR ABILITY, PERFORMANCE, SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY, AND THEIR EMPLOYERS’ COMMENTS.

ADJUDICATION WILL BE HELD ON DECEMBER 11 WHEN 10 MODEL WORKERS WILL BE SELECTED. THE WINNERS WILL BE AWARDED CASH PRIZES OF $2 000 EACH, A TROPHY AND A CERTIFICATE.

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A DISTRICT BOARD SPOKESMAN SAID THE AWARD SCHEME WAS AIMED AT STRENGTHENING WORKERS’ SENSE OF BELONGING TOWARDS THE FIRMS AND RECOGNISING THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TOWARDS THE LOCAL INDUSTRY.

ASIDE FROM THE AWARD SCHEME, A SINGING COMPETITION FOR WORKERS IN THE DISTRICT WILL ALSO BE HELD.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS OCTOBER 31. THE SEMI-FINAL WILL BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 27 AND THE FINAL ON DECEMBER 4.

WINNERS OF THE SINGING CONTEST WILL BE AWARDED CASH PRIZES RANGING FROM $300 TO S2 000.

ENTRY FORMS FOR THE SINGING CONTEST AND THE NOMINATION FORMS FOR THE MODEL WORKER AWARD SCHEME CAN BE OBTAINED FROM ALL THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY CENTRES OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE.

COMPLETED FORMS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE DISTRICT OFFICE ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF FOU WAH CENTRE, 210 CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

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LION ROCK MOUNTAIN CLIMBING COMPETITION * * * * *

A LION ROCK MOUNTAIN CLIMBING COMPETITION, SPONSORED BY THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD, IS OPEN TO ALL RESIDENTS OVER THE AGE OF 16.

THE CLIMB, TO START AT 9 AM ON NOVEMBER 6 (SUNDAY), WILL COVER 3 500 METRES FROM TSZ WAN SHAN PLAYGROUND TO A PAVILION ON THE HILL VIA TSZ WAN SHAN ROAD AND SHA TIN PASS ROAD.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT RECREATION AND SPORTS COUNCIL, THE EVENT AIMS AT PROMOTING INTEREST IN CLIMBING AS A SPORT AND LEISURE ACTIVITY, AND AT DEVELOPING SELF-RELIANCE.

THE COUNCIL CHAIRMAN, MR TANG TAI-CHUEN, THAT PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES WOULD BE TAKEN TO CF ALL CONTESTANTS.

SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) ENSURE THE SAFETY

♦VOLUNTARY WORKERS AND FIRST-AID TEAMS WILL BE STATIONED AT SITES WHERE THE PATHS ARE NARROW OR DANGEROUS,♦ HE SAID.

IN ADDITION, DIRECTIONAL SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP ALONG THE ROUTE.

APPLICANTS MUST PASS MEDICAL CHECK-UPS TO QUALIFY FOR THE COMPETITION.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR THE CONTEST ARE AVAILABLE TILL OCTOBER 31 AT THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, 141-143 KAU PUI LUNG ROAD; THE HUNG HOM BRANCH OFFICE, 32 WUHU STREET; THE HO MAN TN BRANCH OFFICE, BLOCK 8, HO MAN TIN ESTATE; AND THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE (KOWLOON CITY), 1 MA TAU KOK ROAD.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 3-7110171 Cn 3-71285' ’.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1983

BIRTHS REGISTRATION SERVICE IN TSIM SHA TSUI K X if K K

FROM MONDAY (OCTOBER 17), THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT WILL ALSO PROVIDE BIRTHS REGISTRATION SERVICE AT ITS NEW TSIM SHA TSUI RE-ENTRY PERMIT OFFICE AND BIRTHS REGISTRY.

THE OFFICE IS LOCATED AT 14 SCIENCE MUSEUM ROAD, TOWER A, SECOND FLOOR, MANDARIN PLAZA, EAST TSIM SHA TSUI.

FROM THE SAME DAY, THE BIRTHS REGISTRIES AT QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL, KWONG WAH HOSPITAL AND SHAM SHUI PO WILL CEASE OPERATION.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY (FRIDAY) REMINDED THE PUBLIC THAT THE RE-ENTRY PERMIT FACILITIES PREVIOUSLY PROVIDED BY THE KWUN TONG OFFICE HAD BEEN SUSPENDED.

BUT THE OFFICE WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS AND OTHER IMMIGRATION FACILITIES.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE SERVICES MAY BE OBTAINED BY DIALLING 3-7333111.

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U.S. CALLS ON CATEGORIES 319 AND 361

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HONG KONG AND THE UNITED STATES HAVE REACHED AN AGREEMENT ON A RESTRAINT LEVEL FOR CATEGORY 319 (COTTON DUCK) FOLLOWING CONSULTATIONS IN WASHINGTON EARLIER THIS MONTH ON U.S. CALLS ON TWO EXPORT AUTHORISATION CATEGORIES.

THE AGREED LIMIT FOR CATEGORY 319 OF 31 MILLION SQ. YDS. FOR 1983 IS 39 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THE 1982 TRADE LEVEL.

HOWEVER, CONSULTATIONS ON CATEGORY 361 (COTTON SHEETS) HAVE BEEN ADJOURNED WITHOUT REACHING AN AGREEMENT.

PAINTING EXHIBITION IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT * * *

A TWO-WEEK EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY CHINESE INK PAINTINGS WILL START ON SUNDAY (OCTOBER 16) AFTERNOON AT THE EXHIBITION HALL OF THE ABERDEEN MARKET COMPLEX.

THE EXHIBITS WILL INCLUDE PAINTINGS BY NINE OF THE MEMBERS OF THE ONE ART GROUP FORMED BY LOCAL ARTISTS TO HELP DEVELOP A NEW STYLE IN CHINESE INK PAINTING.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT ARTS AND CULTURE ASSOCIATION, THE ONE ART GROUP AND THE URBAN COUNCIL AND SPONSORED BY THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD, THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN DAILY FROM 10 AM TO 8 PM.

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♦THE EVENT IS DESIGNED TO FURTHER PROMOTE INTEREST IN FINE ART FOLLOWING GOOD RESPONSE TO TWO EXHIBITIONS ON ARTS AND HANDICRAFT AND POTTERY HELD IN MAY AND JULY THIS YEAR,* A , SPOKESMAN FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT ARTS AND CULTURE ASSOCIATION SAID.

ADMISSION TO THE EXHIBITION IS FREE.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR K.C. KWONG, THE VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE ASSOCIATION, MR LAW WAI, AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE ONE ART GROUP, MR CHENG WEI-KWOK, WILL OFFICIATE AT AN OPENING CEREMONY ON SUNDAY.

NOTE TO EDITORS c

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE EXHIBITION AT 2 PM ON SUNDAY (OCTOBER 16) AT THE EXHIBITION HALL, FIFTH FLOOR, ABERDEEN MARKET COMPLEX, ABERDEEN.

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TAPS OFF IN CENTRAL AND TAI PO

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN CENTRAL DISTRICT WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PM ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 17) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

THESE PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY ABERDEEN STREET, WELLINGTON STREET, QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL, POTTINGER STREET, LYNHURST TERRACE AND GAGE STREET.

MEANWHILE, FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO PREMISES ALONG KWONG FUK ROAD FROM TING KOK ROAD TO TAI PO KAU WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 8 PM THE SAME DAY TO 4 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

THE SUSPENSION WILL ALSO AFFECT TAI PO MARKET, KAM SHAN TSUEN, PUN CHUNG, PUN CHUNG SAN TSUEN, MA WO, PAK KIU TSUEN, TO YUEN TUNG, YIU TSZ KIN, LAI CHI SHAN, TAI PO KCR STATION, KWONG FUK ESTATE, ISLAND HOUSE, WONG Yl AU, MEI WOON SAN TSUEN, YIU TSZ LANE, TAI PO KAU, TAI PO KAU SAN WAI, THE LOOK-OUT AND ST CHRISTOPHER’S HOME.

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CENTRAL TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS * * * *

WESTBOUND VEHICLES ALONG CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL HAVE BEEN PROHIBITED FROM TURNING LEFT INTO CLEVERLY STREET SOUTHBOUND.

THE RESTRICTION WILL LAST FOR ABOUT THREE WEEKS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

STATEMENT BY FINANCIAL SECRETARY ................................ 1

GOVERNOR'S COMMENTS ON CURRENCY MEASURES ........................ 3

GOVERNOR VISITS VOLUNTEERS ...................................... 3

GOVERNOR TO OPEN CONFERENCE MONDAY .............................. 4

SOCIAL WORK OFFICER PAY SCALES IMPROVED.......................... 4

NT DWELLERS URGED NOT TO SMOKE................................... 5

AVIATION CHIEF OFF TO TALKS ..................................... 6

KWAI CHUNG MARKET STALLS FOR AUCTION ............................ 7

MORE HORTICULTURAL COURSES OFFERED .............................. 7

POSTER CONTEST FOR ISLANDERS .................................... 8

STUDENTS INVITED TO COMPETITIONS ................................ 9

SONGS AND DANCES FOR CHILDREN ................................... 9

FLYOVER TRAFFIC TO CLOSE FOR ROAD WORK........................... 9

ABERDEEN WATER MAINS WORK ...................................... 1°

BUS TERMINUS MOVES ............................................ "1°

SECTION OF MARBLE ROAD CLOSED .................................. 1°

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STATEMENT BY FINANCIAL SECRETARY * * * *

FOLLOWING IS THE STATEMENT MADE BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE TODAYt

+1 WANT TO TELL YOU ABOUT TWO STEPS WHICH THE GOVERNMENT IS TAKING NOW TO STABILISE THE EXCHANGE RATE OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR.

♦FIRST LET ME GIVE YOU SOME BACKGROUND. FOR 37 YEARS FROM 1935 TO JULY 1972 THE HONG KONG DOLLAR WAS PEGGED TO STERLING. IN THOSE DAYS THE STERLING AREA EXISTED AND FOR MOST OF THAT PERIOD THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY SYSTEM WAS CHARACTERISED BY FIXED EXCHANGE RATES. FROM 1972 TO NOVEMBER 1974 THE HONG KONG DOLLAR WAS PEGGED TO THE U.S. DOLLAR. SINCE 1974 HONG KONG IN COMMON WITH OTHER MAJOR MARKET ECONOMIES HAS HAD A FREELY FLOATING EXCHANGE RATE. THIS FLOATING SYSTEM HAS SERVED US WELL. IT HAS GIVEN US A MEASURE OF INSULATION FROM THE UPS AND DOWNS OF OTHER ECONOMIES, AND UNDER IT HONG KONG HAS RECORDED VERY HIGH RATES OF ECONOMIC GROWTH. LIVING STANDARDS HAVE RISEN ACCORDINGLY.

♦TOWARDS THE END OF LAST YEAR THE EXCHANGE RATE STARTED MARKEDLY TO WEAKEN, REFLECTING AMONGST OTHER FACTORS UNCERTAINTIES ABOUT HONG KONG’S FUTURE.

♦BEFORE THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED THREE WEEKS AGO THAT IT WAS CONSIDERING PROPOSALS TO STABILISE THE EXCHANGE RATE, CURRENCY DEPRECIATION WAS TENDING INCREASINGLY TO FEED ON ITSELF IN AN UNSTABLE AND IRRATIONAL MANNER. THIS DEPRECIATION WAS NOT JUSTIFIED BY EITHER CURRENT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS OR FUTURE PROSPECTS. THE ECONOMY HAS REBOUNDED AND IS DOING VERY WELL. THERE IS LITTLE UNEMPLOYMENT AND EXPORTS ARE BOOMING. HONG KONG HAS SUBSTANTIAL FOREIGN CURRENCY RESERVES, A GENERALLY LIQUID BANKING SYSTEM AND VIRTUALLY NO GOVERNMENT DEBT.

♦THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN CONCERNED BY THE FALLING EXCHANGE RATE AND HAS DONE EVERYTHING IN REASON, WITHIN THE ESTABLISHED FRAMEWORK, TO ATTEMPT TO STABILISE IT. THESE EFFORTS HAVE ACHIEVED ONLY LIMITED SUCCESS.

♦THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF HONG KONG PRECLUDE EXCHANGE CONTROL. AFTER A THOROUGH EXAMINATION OF REALISTIC OPTIONS, WE HAVE NOW DECIDED TO ALTER THE FRAMEWORK WITHIN WHICH THE EXCHANGE RATE IS DETERMINED. WITH EFFECT FROM MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, THE TWO NOTEISSUING BANKS WILL PAY THE GOVERNMENT’S EXCHANGE FUND FOR ADDITIONAL CERTIFICATES OF INDEBTEDNESS, WHICH THEY ARE REQUIRED TO HOLD AS BACKING FOR ANY INCREASE IN THEIR NOTE ISSUES, IN FOREIGN EXCHANGE AT A FIXED RATE OF HKS7.8O EQUALS US$1.

♦FROM THE SAME DATE, WHEN NOTES ARE WITHDRAWN FROM CIRCULATION AND THE NOTE-ISSUING BANKS SURRENDER CERTIFICATES OF INDEBTEDNESS THE EXCHANGE FUND WILL PAY THEM THE EQUIVALENT FOREIGN EXCHANGE AT THE SAME FIXED RATE. IT IS OUR INTENTION TO HOLD THIS RATE UNCHANGED.

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♦THE RATES OF EXCHANGE WHICH A BANK CUSTOMER WILL OBTAIN, WHETHER EXCHANGING BANK NOTES OR MAKING ANY OTHER FOREIGN CURRENCY TRANSACTIONS, WILL CONTINUE TO BE DETERMINED BY MARKET FORCES, BUT WILL IN PRACTICE BE CLOSE TO THE FIXED RATE OF HKS7.8O EQUALS US$1. THIS WILL BE THE CASE BECAUSE FROM NEXT MONDAY MARKET FORCES WILL operate against the background of the fixed rate for certificates CF INDEBTEDNESS. I MUST EMPHASISE THAT THESE NEW ARRANGEMENTS WILL MEAN BUSINESS AS USUAL BETWEEN BANKS AND THEIR CUSTOMERS AT STABILISED RATES.

♦YOU WILL ASK ABOUT THE IMPLICATIONS FOR THE ECONOMY OF STABILISING THE EXCHANGE RATE IN THIS WAY. IN THE SHORT TERM THERE MAY BE SOME UPWARD PRESSURES ON HONG KONG DOLLAR INTEREST RATES ONCE THE STABILITY OF THE EXCHANGE RATE BECOMES EVIDENT AND ACCEPTED, INTEREST RATES SHOULD FALL BELOW PRESENT LEVELS. LOOKING FURTHER AHEAD, CHANGES IN THE EXCHANGE RATE WILL NO LONGER BE AN ELEMENT IN OUR ECONOMY’S ADJUSTMENT PROCESS. FACTORS SUCH AS INTEREST RATES AND MONEY SUPPLY WILL ADJUST TO BALANCE OF PAYMENTS PRESSURES AUTOMATICALLY WITHOUT GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION.

♦THE GOVERNMENT BELIEVES THAT THIS NEW ARRANGEMENT MUST NOW BE PREFERRED TO THE FREELY FLOATING EXCHANGE RATE SYSTEM. WE CANNOT RUN THE RISK OF FURTHER SPIRALLING DEPRECIATION, WITH THE RAMPANT INFLATION AND DISTRESS WHICH THAT WOULD BRING TO ALL OUR COMMUNITY. A RETURN OF CONFIDENCE IN OUR CURRENCY IS ESSENTIAL.

♦I SAID THAT I HAD TWO MEASURES TO ANNOUNCE. THE SECOND IS THIS. AS FROM MONDAY (OCTOBER 17) INTEREST ON HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS WITH FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS WILL NO LONGER BE TAXED. THIS MEANS THAT THERE WILL NO LONGER BE A TAX ADVANTAGE IN HOLDING FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS OR IN HOLDING HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS OFFSHORE.

♦AS I SAID LAST MONTH, THE GOVERNMENT MUST TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE POSSIBLE EROSION OF PROFITS TAX REVENUE ARISING FROM THE REMOVAL OF INTEREST TAX. WE ARE STILL STUDYING THIS COMPLEX ISSUE. IN REMOVING INTEREST TAX ON HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS WITH FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, WE ARE DOING THE MOST THAT IS POSSIBLE, PENDING THE OUTCOME OF OUR STUDY. I HOPE TO BE IN A POSITION TO PROPOSE MORE LASTING REFORMS IN THESE FIELDS OF TAXATION IN THE BUDGET NEXT FEBRUARY.

♦THESE MEASURES ARE DESIGNED TO STABILISE THE EXCHANGE VALUE OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR, AND THUS TO PROVIDE A CLIMATE FOR GROWING PROSPERITY WITH RESTRAINED INFLATION. THE GOVERNMENT HAS CONFIDENCE IN THE STABILISED EXCHANGE RATE. SO CAN THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG. LET US NOW GET ON WITH OUR BUS I NESS.+

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GOVERNOR’S COMMENTS ON CURRENCY MEASURES

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COMMENTING ON THE NEW MEASURES, AND RECALLING WHAT HE HAD SAID IN HIS LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ADDRESS, THE GOVERNOR SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID THAT THEY WERE THE RESULT OF THE MOST CAREFUL CONSIDERATION.

THEY REPRESENTED A FIRM EXPRESSION OF CONFIDENCE IN THE CURRENCY AND THE STRENGTH OF THE ECONOMY WHICH UNDERLIES IT-AND WERE A FURTHER EXAMPLE OF THE GOVERNMENT’S DETERMINATION TO DO EVERYTHING IN THEIR POWER TO ASSURE THE STABILITY AND PROSPERITY OF THE TERRITORY AND THE WELL-BEING OF ITS PEOPLE.

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GOVERNOR VISITS VOLUNTEERS

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, TODAY (SATURDAY) VISITED OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT WHO ARE CURRENTLY DEPLOYED FOR DUTIES AT THE BORDER.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE HONORARY COLONEL OF THE REGIMENT, DR SOLOMON BARD, AND THE VOLUNTEERS’ COMMANDING OFFICER, LIEUTENANT COLONEL TIM VILLIERS, THE GOVERNOR FIRST WENT TO PAK FU SHAN TO TALK TO SOLDIERS WHO ARE CARRYING OUT ANTI-ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION DUTIES.

HE LATER FLEW BY HELICOPTER TO THE CREST HILL OBSERVATION POST WHERE HE MET VETERAN OFFICERS OF THE REGIMENT’S HOME GUARDS WHO ARE ON DUTY THERE.

FROM CREST HILL, SIR EDWARD PROCEEDED TO LOWU CAMP — HEADQUARTERS OF THE REGIMENT DURING THEIR CURRENT DEPLOYMENT — AND HAD LUNCH IN THE OFFICERS’ MESS.

SINCE LAST SUNDAY (OCTOBER 9), THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT HAVE TAKEN OVER DUTIES AT THE BORDER IN AN ANNUAL EXERCISE DESIGNED TO RELIEVE THE REGULAR ARMY AND TO GIVE THE VOLUNTEERS MORE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE.

DURING THE WEEK, SOME 600 SOLDIERS OF THE REGIMENT, INCLUDING 18 NEWLY RECRUITED WOMEN SOLDIERS, HAVE BEEN MOUNTING PATROLS, MANNING OBSERVATION POSTS AND LAYING AMBUSHES FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

UP TO THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING, THEY HAVE ARRESTED 27 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS AND TWO SUSPECTED AIDERS AND ABETTORS.

THE VOLUNTEERS WILL HAND BACK BORDER DUTIES TO THE REGULAR ARMY TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

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GOVERNOR TO OPEN CONFERENCE MONDAY * * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE THIRD CONFERENCE OF COMMONWEALTH ARTS ADMINISTRATORS AT HOTEL FURAMA AT 11.15 AM ON MONDAY.

SIR EDWARD WILL GIVE AN ADDRESS OF WELCOME FOLLOWING THE OPENING SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE CONFERENCE, MR ALEX WU.

THE GOVERNOR WILL THEN PROCEED TO MEET THE DELEGATES AT A PRIVATE RECEPTION. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE REQUESTED TO REFRAIN FROM FOLLOWING SIR EDWARD TO THE RECEPTION.

THE FIRST TWO SESSIONS OF THE CONFERENCE WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE AFTERNOON, WITH SPEECHES ENTITLED +THE ARTS AND CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT: AN EDUCATION FOCUS+ AND +ARTS EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS.+

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER BOTH THE OPENING CEREMONY AND THE AFTERNOON SESSIONS WHICH WILL BE HELD IN THE JADE BALLROOM AND PACIFICA ROOM, HOTEL FURAMA. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE REQUESTED TO ARRIVE EARLY AND BE SEATED 15 MINUTES BEFORE THE OPENING CEREMONY. TELEVISION STATIONS ARE REQUESTED TO ARRIVE EARLY TO SET UP THEIR EQUIPMENT.

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SOCIAL WORK OFFICER PAY SCALES IMPROVED * X * *

THE GOVERNMENT TODAY (SATURDAY) ANNOUNCED THAT IT HAD ACCEPTED RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE STANDING COMMISSION ON CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE AFFECTING SOCIAL WORK OFFICERS IN THE PUBLIC AND SUBVENTED SECTORS.

THE RECOMMENDATIONS COVER IMPROVEMENTS TO THE PAY SCALES OF THE SOCIAL WORK OFFICER GRADE AS WELL AS A CHANGE IN THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS TO THE GRADE. THEY TAKE EFFECT FROM NOVEMBER 1.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID: +THESE MEASURES ARE DESIGNED TO ALLEVIATE THE SHORTAGE OF MANPOWER IN THE SOCIAL WORK FIELD AND ALSO TO ASSIST IN RETAINING QUALIFIED STAFF.*

THE IMPROVED PAY SCALES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

RANK

ASSISTANT SOCIAL

WORK OFFICER

SOCIAL WORK

OFFICER

SENIOR SOCIAL

WORK OFFICER

EXISTING

MPS 20 - 34 ($5 120 - $9 910)

MPS 35-40 (510 410 - 513 360)

MPS 41 - 47 ($14 010 - $18 170)

NEW

MPS 20 - 37 ($5 120 - $11 410)

MPS 38 - 43 ($12 060 - $15 310)

M°S 44 - 47 (515 960 - $18 170)

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IN ADDITION, THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SOCIAL WORK OFFICER GRADE WILL BE MODIFIED SO AS TO RE-OPEN IT TO ALL DEGREE HOLDERS AS RECOMMENDED BY THE WORKING PARTY ON SOCIAL WELFARE MANPOWER.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE PRESENT ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE GRADE WERE A DEGREE IN SOCIAL WORK FROM A HONG KONG OR BRITISH UNIVERSITY OR EQUIVALENT, OR ALTERNATIVELY A DEGREE IN A SUBJECT OTHER THAN SOCIAL WORK PLUS APPROVED POST-GRADUATE TRAINING IN SOCIAL WORK.

UNDER THE REVISED ENTRY REQUIREMENTS, GRADUATES IN SUBJECTS OTHER THAN SOCIAL WORK WILL BE PERMITTED TO ENTER THE GRADE AND WILL THEN BE GIVEN IN-SERVICE TRAINING LEADING TO AN ACCEPTABLE QUALIFICATION IN THE SOCIAL WORK FIELD.

♦OBTAINING SUCH A QUALIFICATION WOULD BE A PRE-REQUISITE OF PROMOTION OR ADVANCEMENT BEYOND A CERTAIN LEVEL IN THE ASSISTANT SOCIAL WORK OFFICER RANK,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

TRAINING FOR NON-SOCIAL WORK GRADUATES RECRUITED TO THE GRADE WILL INITIALLY TAKE THE FORM OF PART-TIME IN-SERVICE TRAINING AT THE TWO UNIVERSITIES. THIS IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN OCTOBER 1984.

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URBAN DWELLERS WHO RECENTLY MOVED TO THE NEW TERRITORIES WERE TODAY (SATURDAY) URGED TO JOIN THE INDIGENOUS VILLAGERS IN CONSERVING THE RUSTIC AND CLEAN ATMOSPHERE OF THE RURAL COMMUNITY BY NOT SMOKING.

THE APPEAL CAME FROM THE PERMANENT HONORARY PRESIDENT OF THE NEW TERRITORIES SCHOOL SPORTS ASSOCIATION, MR LAU WONG-FAT WHEN HE OFFICIATED AT THE PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY IN THE NEW TERRITORIES REGION HEAT OF THE 1983 INTER-SCHOOL OLYMPIAD AT KWAI CHUNG SPORTS GROUND.

THE NEW TERRITORIES REGION HEAT IS THE FINAL OF FOUR PRELIMINARIES FOR THE TERRITORY-WIDE ATHLETIC MEET DESIGNED TO PROMOTE HEALTHY PURSUITS AMONG YOUNGSTERS AND TO DISCOURAGE THEM FROM TAKING UP SMOKING.

IT WAS ORGANISED BY THE ANT I-SMOKING PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN STEERING COMMITTEE, ASSISTED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES, THE HONG KONG SCHOOL SPORTS ASSOCIATION, THE NEW TERRITORIES SCHOOL SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND THE HONG KONG SCHOOL SPORTS COUNCIL.

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MR LAU SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S ANTI-SMOKING PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN AIMS AT DECREASING THE NUMBER OF SMOKERS IN HONG KONG, THUS REDUCING SMOKING-RELATED DISEASES AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION.

♦RESIDENTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN KNOWN FOR THEIR SIMPLE AND UNCOMPLICATED WAY OF LIFE,* HE SAID. +THOUGH NO SUPPORTING DATA IS AVAILABLE, IT IS MY FIRM BELIEF THAT THE PROPORTION OF SMOKERS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES IS NOT HIGH, AND THE PROBABILITY OF YOUTHS BEING IN TOUCH WITH CIGARETTES IS EVEN SMALLER.*

HOWEVER, MR LAU POINTED OUT THAT DUE TO THE MARKED INCREASE IN POPULATION IN THE NEW TERRITORIES IN RECENT YEARS RESULTING FROM AN INFLUX OF RESIDENTS FROM THE URBAN AREAS, A CHANGE IS UNDERWAY IN THE LIVING PATTERN OF THE RURAL COMMUNITY.

HE SAID: +THE GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS TO PROMOTE THE ANTISMOKING CAMPAIGN CAN CERTAINLY AROUSE THE AWARENESS OF THE HAZARDS OF SMOKING AMONG LOCAL PEOPLE.

♦I HOPE THAT THE NEW-COMERS AND THE INDIGENOUS VILLAGERS COULD WORK TOGETHER TO CONSERVE THE RUSTIC AND CLEAN ATMOSPHERE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES, AND MAKE IT A HEALTHY COMMUNITY FOR ALL.*

THREE BEST TEAMS IN EACH OF THE BOYS AND GIRLS DIVISIONS WERE CHOSEN IN TODAY’S HEAT TO COMPETE WITH THE 18 WINNING TEAMS FROM PREVIOUS HEATS AT THE GRAND FINAL TO BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 5 AT WAN CHAI SPORTS GROUND.

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AVIATION CHIEF OFF TO TALKS ******

THE DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION, MR BRIAN KEEP, LEFT YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) FOR VANCOUVER, CANADA, TO ATTEND THE 36TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE AIRPORT OPERATORS COUNCIL INTERNATIONAL (AOCI) AND MEETINGS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE COUNCIL.

THE AOCI ANNUAL MEETING, TO BE HELD FROM OCTOBER 16 TO 21, WILL FOCUS ON ASPECTS OF AIRPORT OPERATIONS, MANAGEMENT, SAFETY AND MARKETING.

THESE TOPICS WILL BE BROADLY DEALT WITH IN THREE GENERAL CONFERENCE SESSIONS AND FIVE WORKSHOPS FOR PARTICIPATING MEMBERS.

MR KEEP WILL GIVE A TALK ON THE HONG KONG AIRPORT MANAGEMENT’S EFFORTS TO ENSURE SAFETY OF WORKERS.

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KWAI CHUNG MARKET STALLS FOR AUCTION * * * *

FORTY-TWO STALLS AT WING FONG STREET MARKET, TSI NG Yl MARKET AND KA TING COOKED FOOD MARKET IN KWAI CHUNG DISTRICT WILL BE PUT UP FOR PUBLIC AUCTION ON TUESDAY (OCTOBER 18).

THE AUCTION WILL START AT 9.30 AM AT THE KWAI FONG COMMUNITY HALL AT LAI FONG STREET IN KWAI CHUNG, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

OF THE 40 STALLS AT WING FONG STREET MARKET, ONE IS FOR THE SALE OF FISH, SIX ARE FOR THE SALE OF FRESH MEAT, THREE FOR FROZEN MEAT, TWO FOR POULTRY, 19 FOR DRY GOODS, EIGHT FOR WET GOODS AND THE REMAINING ONE FOR ICE. THE UPSET MONTHLY RENTAL OF THE STALLS RANGE FROM $600 TO $3 000.

AT TSI NG Yl MARKET, THE UPSET MONTHLY RENTAL OF THE FRESH MEAT STALL IS S200 WHILE THE STALL AT KA TING COOKED FOOD MARKET IS AT $8 000.

FURTHER PARTICULARS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE HAWKERS AND MARKETS SECTION OF THE KWAI CHUNG URBAN SERVICES OFFICE ON TELEPHONE 0-253624.

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MORE HORTICULTURAL COURSES OFFERED * * * *

NORTH DISTRICT AND SAI KUNG RESIDENTS WILL HAVE ANOTHER CHANCE TO LEARN HOW TO PLANT AFRICAN VIOLETS AND BONSAI IN TWO HORTICULTURAL COURSES TO BE HELD NEXT MONTH.

ENTRIES FOR THE TWO FREE COURSES ARE NOW BEING INVITED AND ENROLMENT WILL BE ACCEPTED ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THESE ADDITIONAL COURSES ARE BEING ORGANISED BY THE NORTH DISTRICT AND SAI KUNG URBAN SERVICES OFFICES, AS A RESULT OF +ENCOURAGING RESPONSE FROM LOCAL RESIDENTS+.

TALKS WILL BE GIVEN ON SOIL KNOWLEDGE, FERTILISATION, WATERING, DETECTION OF PLANT DISEASE AND CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF VARIOUS KINDS OF INDOOR PLANTS.

THERE WILL ALSO BE PLANTING LESS IONS AND FIELD VISITS.

THE NORTH DISTRICT HORTICULTURAL CLASS WILL BEGIN ON NOVEMBER 19 (SATURDAY) AND THE FOLLOWING FOUR SATURDAY MORNINGS BETWEEN 9 AM AND 11.30 AM AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE FANLING SUB-OFFICE OF THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE.

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APPLICATION FORMS FOR THE CLASS MAY BE OBTAINED AT THE FANLING RECREATION GROUND, THE FANLING NEW TOWN SQUASH COURTS AND THE NORTH URBAN SERVICES OFFICE AT GROUND FLOOR, GARAGE NO. 1, TAI YUEN ESTATE, TAI PO.

THE SAI KUNG HORTICULTURAL COURSE WILL BE HELD AT THE SAI KUNG TANG SHIU KIN SPORTS GROUND EVERY SATURDAY MORNING BETWEEN 9.30 AM AND 12 NOON FOR ABOUT THREE MONTHS, STARTING NOVEMBER 25.

ENTRY FORMS FOR THIS COURSE CAN BE COLLECTED AT THE SAI KUNG URBAN SERVICES OFFICE ON THE FIRST FLOOR, 69 MAN NIN STREET, SAI KUNG.

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POSTER CONTEST FOR ISLANDERS M M M

ISLANDS DISTRICT RESIDENTS AND STUDENTS WERE REMINDED TODAY (SATURDAY) TO SUBMIT THEIR ENTRIES FOR A REHABILITATION POSTER DESIGN CONTEST AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE ON OCTOBER 29.

SPONSORED BY THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD, THE COMPETITION IS DIVIDED INTO PRIMARY, SECONDARY, POST-SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS AND ADULTS SECTIONS, AND A JOINT GROUP SECTION FOR BOTH HANDICAPPED AND ABLE-BODIED PEOPLE.

THERE IS NO LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF ENTRIES THAT MAY BE SUBMITTED BY EACH PARTICIPANT.

THE POSTERS MAY BE PAINTED IN EITHER POSTER COLOUR OR OIL PASTEL AND SHOULD BE SUBMITTED, TOGETHER WITH THE APPLICATION FORMS, TO THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE AT 173 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL, SINCERE BUILDING, THE CHEUNG CHAU COMMUNITY AFFAIRS BRANCH OFFICE AT 22 SAN HING STREET, AND THE MUI WO COMMUNITY AFFAIRS BRANCH OFFICE AT GRANDVIEW MANSION.

WINNING DESIGNS WILL BE FORWARDED TO THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC EDUCATION IN REHABILITATION TO COMPETE WITH WINNING ENTRIES FROM OTHER 17 DISTRICTS.

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SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE BEING INVITED TO TWO ANNUAL INTER-SCHOOL ATHLETIC COMPETITIONS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE HONG KONG SCHOOLS SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND THE NEW TERRITORIES SCHOOLS SPORTS ASSOCIATION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ORGANISERS SAID THE COMPETITION IN 1RAMPOLINING WOULD BE HELD ON DECEMBER 20 AND 21, AND THAT IN GYMNASTICS ON MARCH 2, 3, 9 AND 10 NEXT YEAR.

SCHOOLS WISHING TO SEND PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUESTED TO SUBMIT ENTRY FORMS TO THE PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR (PHYSICAL EDUCATION), THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, SEVENTH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD, BEFORE OCTOBER 22.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE WITH MR H.Y. SUN ON 3-884111, EXT. 280.

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SONGS AND DANCES FOR CHILDREN

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THERE WILL BE AN EVENING OF SONGS AND DANCES TO PROVIDE FUN AND ENTERTAINMENT FOR CHILDREN ON CHEUNG CHAU TODAY.

THE TWO-HOUR PROGRAMME, STARTING AT 8 PM AT THE TUNG WAN BASKETBALL PITCH, IS BEING ORGANISED BY THE CHEUNG CHAU CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION, THE CHEUNG CHAU SINGING CHILDREN’S GROUP AND THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD.

IT WILL FEATURE CHINESE AND WESTERN FOLK SONG SINGING BY THE CHEUNG CHAU SINGING CHILDREN’S GROUP, DANCING PERFORMANCE BY STUDENTS FROM A NUMBER OF SCHOOLS ON THE ISLAND, AND UNICORN AND LION DANCES.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WILLIAM YAP, WILL BE PRESENT.

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FROM MONDAY (OCTOBER 17) TO FRIDAY (OCTOBER 21), THE FLYOVER LEADING FROM GLOUCESTER ROAD WESTBOUND TO CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 11.30 PM AND 6.30 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR ROAD RESURFACING WORKS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, VEHICLES ON GLOUCESTER ROAD WESTBOUND HEADING FOR THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL WILL BE DIVERTED VIA O’BRIEN ROAD, LOCKHART ROAD, FLEMING ROAD FLYOVER, FLEMING ROAD, GLOUCESTER ROAD EASTBOUND AND THE APPROACH ROAD TO THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL.

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ABERDEEN WATER MAINS WORK

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN ABERDEEN WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 9 PM ON TUESDAY (OCTOBER 18) TO 9 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR MAINS WORK.

ALL PREMISES ALONG YUE KWONG ROAD, INCLUDING YUE KWONG CHUEN, SHEK PAI WAN ESTATE, YUE FAI COURT, ABERDEEN CENTRE AND TIN WAN ESTATE WILL BE AFFECTED.

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BUS TERMINUS MOVES * * *

THE TERMINUS FOR CMB ROUTE 24M WILL BE RELOCATED FROM ADMIRALTY MTR STATION TO JACKSON ROAD AS FROM MONDAY (OCTOBER 17).

BUSES FROM THE NEW JACKSON ROAD TERMINUS WILL OPERATE VIA CHATER ROAD, MURRAY ROAD, QUEENSWAY, TAMAR STREET AND DRAKE STREET BEFORE ENTERING COTTON TREE DRIVE SLIP ROAD. ON THE RETURN JOURNEY THEY WILL RUN VIA QUEENSWAY AND JACKSON.ROAD INSTEAD OF FENWICK STREET.

HOWEVER, SERVICES WILL BE SUSPENDED AFTER 2 PM ON SATURDAYS.

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SECTION OF MARBLE ROAD CLOSED

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FROM 2 PM ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 17), MARBLE ROAD BETWEEN TONG SHU I ROAD AND SHU KUK STREET IN NORTH POINT WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT A WEEK FOR WORK ON THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 198}

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

ROLE OF CLOTHING INDUSTRY STRESSED ..................... 1

ANTI-DRUG DRIVE STARTS IN WONG TAI SIN ................. 2

WAGE INDEXES FOR JUNE 198} ............................ . 3

WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOUNDARIES TO BE REVIEWED............. 7

FOUNTAINS BRIGHTEN NT SITTING OUT SPOTS ................ 7

INDUSTRIAL SAFETY SEMINAR ORGANISED .................... 8

75 OOO STUDENTS TAKING PART IN CAREERS QUIZ............. 8

STUDENTS INVITED TO POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION .......... 9

DANCING COMPETITION FOR ALL............................ 10

TRAFFIC CHANGES DUE IN THREE AREAS..................... 10

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1983

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ROLE OF CLOTHING * *

INDUSTRY STRESSED * *

HONG KONG’S CLOTHING INDUSTRY HAS CONSISTENTLY ACCOUNTED FOR WELL OVER A THIRD OF THE TOTAL VALUE OF OUR DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND HAS EMPLOYED OVER A QUARTER OF OUR INDUSTRIAL WORK FORCE, REMARKED THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE AT THE FASHION PRESENTATION FOR HONG KONG WOOL KNITWEAR ’84 ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL THIS EVENING.

SIR PHILIP SAID THE FACT THAT THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY HAD RETAINED ITS RELATIVE IMPORTANCE IN THIS WAY, DESPITE A 27-FOLD INCREASE IN THE TOTAL VALUE OF HONG KONG’S DOMESTIC EXPORTS OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF 20 YEARS WHICH REFLECTED THE VIGOROUS RESPONSE OF LOCAL MANUFACTURERS TO UNHINDERED MARKET FORCES.

♦WHEN FACED WITH LOW COST COMPETITION FROM OTHER SUPPLIERS IN THE REGION AND ELSEWHERE, INSTEAD OF PLEADING DISTRESS — AND RUNNING THE RISK OF THE GOVERNMENT BEING SYMPATHETIC -- OUR MANUFACTURERS HAVE CONTINUOUSLY INVESTED AND REINVESTED IN THE LATEST EQUIPMENT, REVAMPED THEIR PRODUCTION LINES, RESPONDED TO CHANGING FASHIONS AND EXPLORED THE USE OF NEW FIBRES AND FABRICS,* HE SAID.

COMMENTING ON THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY’S TOTAL EXPORT EARNINGS, SIR PHILIP SAID, +IN 1982 OUR TOTAL DOMESTIC EXPORTS WERE VALUED AT A RECORD 383 BILLION, EXPORTS OF HONG KONG MADE CLOTHING WERE VALUED AT A RECORD 328.8 BILLION AND EXPORTS OF HONG KONG MADE KNITWEAR WERE VALUED AT A RECORD $9.4 BILLION.

SIR PHILIP ALSO SAID THERE COULD BE NO DOUBT THAT FREE TRADE WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST BLESSINGS WHICH GOVERNMENTS COULD CONFER ON MANKIND.

+1 ACCEPT THAT, IN HONG KONG, OUR VERY CIRCUMSTANCES DICTATE THE CASE FOR FREE TRADE.

+BEING SO EXTERNALLY ORIENTED, SO RESOURCELESS, WE HAVE TO BUY IN ORDER TO PRODUCE SO THAT WE MAY SELL IN ORDER TO EARN OUR LIVING.

+BUT WE ARE PHILOSOPHICALLY COMMITTED TO FREE TRADE TOO, BE IT PRINCIIPLE OR EXPEDIENT, JUST AS WE ARE COMMITTED TO THE FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM,* HE SAID.

THE FASHION SHOW AND OTHER EVENTS OF THE HONG KONG WOOL KNITWEAR ’84, ORGANISED BY THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL IN COLLABORATION WITH THE HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL WOOL SECRETARIAT, WAS EVIDENCE OF THIS COMMITMENT TO FREE TRADE, HE ADDED.

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ANTI-DRUG DRIVE STARTS IN WONG TAI SIN

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THE ULTIMATE SOLUTION TO THE DRUG ADDICTION PROBLEM LIES IN THE LONG-TERM PREVENTIVE EDUCATION TO INSTIL IN YOUNG PEOPLE’S MIND A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF THE GRAVE CONSEQUENCES OF DRUG ABUSE.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT ANTI-NARCOTICS COMMITTEE, MR MICHAEL CHENG, SAID THIS AT THE OPENING CEREMONY CF THE TWO-WEEK DISTRICT CAMPAIGN BEGINNING AT MORSE PARK TODAY (SUNDAY).

THE WONG TAI SIN CAMPAIGN, HE SAID, WAS PART OF GOVERNMENT’S PUBLICITY EFFORTS TO ALERT PEOPLE ABOUT THE SERIOUSNESS OF DRUG ADDICTION.

MR CHENG POINTED OUT THAT THERE HAD BEEN AN UPSWING IN THE DRUG PROBLEM INVOLVING YOUNG PEOPLE DURING THE PAST FIVE YEARS.

ACCORDING TO THE CENTRAL REGISTRY OF DRUG ABUSE, HE SAID, THERE WERE ONLY 388 YOUNG ADDICTS AGED UNDER 21 IN 1978, REPRESENTING A MERE 5.9 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL NUMBER. OF CASES RECEIVED BY THE CENTRE.

♦HOWEVER, THE NUMBER HAD INCREASED TO A STAGGERING 939 PEOPLE OR 26.8 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL CASES IN 1982,+ MR CHENG SAID.

+DURING THE SAME PERIOD, PROSECUTIONS ON VARIOUS DRUG OFFENCES INVOLVING YOUNG PEOPLE HAD ALSO RISEN FROM 294 IN 1978 TO 1 016 IN 1982.+

MORE THAN 5 000 YOUNG PEOPLE ATTENDED THE EDUCATIONAL AND ENTERTAINMENT-PACKED PROGRAMME AT MORSE PARK TODAY.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE EVENT INCLUDED AN ANTI-NARCOTICS SLOGANS FLASH BOARDS PERFORMANCE, A LION DANCE, POLICE BAND PERFORMANCES AND A CARNIVAL FEATURING MORE THAN 25 GAMES STALLS.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WERE A LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, REV PATRICK MCGOVERN? THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR H.T. LUI? THE DISTRICT OFFICER, W PHILIP CHOK; AND THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR K.K. LAM.

IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS, WONG TAI SIN RESIDENTS WILL BE TAKING PART IN A SERIES OF INTERESTING AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES OFFERED BY THE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE.

THESE WILL INCLUDE AN ESSAY COMPETITION, A CROSS WORD PUZZLE, A VARIETY SHOW, A ROUND-THE-DI STR I CT WALK AND AN EXCURSION TO THE MACLEHOSE TRAIL. DETAILS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE.

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WAGE INDEXES FOR JUNE 1983 * * *

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY PUBLISHED THE WAGE INDEXES FOR JUNE 1983.

TAKING MARCH 1982 AS 100, THE OVERALL NOMINAL WAGE INDEX STOOD AT 110 FOR JUNE 1983, REPRESENTING INCREASES OF 2 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH MARCH 1983 AND OF 8 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH JUNE 1982.

THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEXES FOR THE PERIOD BETWEEN JUNE 1982 AND JUNE 1983 FOR SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS ARE GIVEN IN TABLE 1.

COMPARING JUNE 1983 WITH MARCH 1983, THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEXES FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR INCREASED BY 2 PER CENT (PLEASE REFER TO TABLE 3 FOR MORE DETAILED BREAKDOWNS), FOR THE WHOLESALE/RETAIL, IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR BY 1 PER CENT, FOR THE TRANSPORT SERVICES SECTOR BY 4 PER CENT AND FOR THE BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR BY 1 PER CENT. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEX FOR THE PERSONAL SERVICES SECTOR DECREASED BY 1 PER CENT.

COMPARING JUNE 1983 WITH JUNE 1982, THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEXES FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR INCREASED BY 8 PER CENT, FOR THE WHOLESALE/RETAIL, IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR BY 7 PER CENT, FOR THE TRANSPORT SERVICES SECTOR BY 11 PER CENT, FOR THE BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR BY 7 PER CENT AND FOR THE PERSONAL SERVICES SECTOR BY 4 PER CENT.

TAKING MARCH 1982 AS 109, THE OVERALL REAL WAGE INDEX STOOD AT 98 FOR JUNE 1983. THE INDEX INCREASED BY 1 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH MARCH 1983, BUT DECLINED BY 1 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH JUNE 1982.

THE REAL WAGE INDEXES FOR THE PERIOD BETWEEN JUNE 1982 AND JUNE 1983 FOR SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS ARE GIVEN IN TABLE 2.

COMPARING JUNE 1983 WITH MARCH 1983, THE REAL WAGE INDEXES FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR INCREASED BY 1 PER CENT AND FOR THE TRANSPORT SERVICES SECTOR BY 2 PER CENT. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE REAL WAGE INDEXES FOR THE BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR REMAINED UNCHANGED, WHILE THOSE FOR THE WHOLESALE/RETAIL, IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR AND THE PERSONAL SERVICES SECTOR DECLINED, EACH BY 1 PER CENT.

COMPARING JUNE 1983 WITH JUNE 1982, THE REAL WAGE INDEXES FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR DECLINED BY 1 PER CENT FOR THE WHOLESALE/RETAIL, IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR BY 3 PER CENT, FOR BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR BY 2 PER CENT AND FOR THE PERSONAL SERVICES SECTOR BY 4 PER CENT. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE REAL wAGE INDEX FOR THE TRANSPORT SERVICES SECTOR INCREASED BY 2 PER CENT.

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THESE '/.AGE INDEXES ARE DERIVED FROM THE SURVEY OF WAGES, SALARIES AND EMPLOYEE BENEFITS CONDUCTED EVERY QUARTER BY THE DEPARTMENT COVERING BOTH MANUAL AND NON-MANUAL WORKERS (EXCLUDING WORKERS AT THE ADMINISTRATIVE AND PROFESSIONAL LEVELS) IN SELECTED INDUSTRIES IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, THE WHOLESALE/ RETAIL, IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, THE TRANSPORT SERVICES SECTOR, THE BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR AND THE PERSONAL SERVICES SECTOR.

SUCH WAGE INDEXES MEASURE CHANGES IN WAGE RATES BY HOLDING THE STRUCTURAL PATTERNS OF THE LABOUR FORCE WITH RESPECT TO INDUSTRY, OCCUPATION, SEX AND MODE OF PAYMENT THE SAME AS THAT OF MARCH 1982, WHICH IS THE BASE PERIOD OF THE WAGE INDEXES.

WHILE THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEX MEASURES CHANGES IN WAGE RATES IN MCNEY TERMS, THE REAL WAGE INDEX, WHICH IS OBTAINED BY DEFLATING THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEX BY THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX(A), MEASURES CHANGES IN THE PURCHASING POWER OF WAGES (ALTHOUGH THE SAME DEFLATOR IS USED FOR EACH INDUSTRY TO DERIVE THE REAL WAGE INDEX FROM ITS NOMINAL COUNTERPART, THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE MOVEMENTS OF THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEX AND THE REAL WAGE INDEX BETWEEN ANY TWO TIME PERIODS MAY VARY SLIGHTLY FROM INDUSTRY TO INDUSTRY DUE TO ROUNDING.)

APART FROM BASIC WAGES AND SALARIES, WAGE RATE IS DEFINED TO INCLUDE ALSO COST-OF-LIVING ALLOWANCE, MEAL BENEFITS, COMMISSION AND TIPS, GOOD ATTENDANCE BONUS, NIGHT SHIFT ALLOWANCE, YEAR-END BONUS AND OTHER GUARANTEED AND REGULAR BONUSES AND ALLOWANCES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT DREW ATTENTION TO THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE WAGE INDEXES AND THE INDEXES OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED WHICH ARE ALSO PUBLISHED AT QUARTERLY INTERVALS.

ESSENTIALLY THE WAGE INDEXES, WHICH MEASURE THE CHANGE OF THE PRICE OF LABOUR, ARE CONCERNED WITH THE MOVEMENTS OF WAGE RATES WHICH INDICATE THE AMOUNT OF RENUMERATION FOR NORMAL TIME OF WORK.

ON THE OTHER HAND, INDEXES OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED ARE AFFECTED BY CHANGES IN WAGE RATES, AS WELL AS CHANGES IN CTHER FACTORS SUCH AS THE AMOUNT OF TIME ACTUALLY WORKED, THE COMPOSITION OF THE LABOUR FORCE AND THE INCIDENCE OF THE PAYMENT OF BONUSES AND BACK-PAY. AS A RESULT, THE MOVEMENTS OF THE WAGE INDEXES DO NOT NECESSARILY AGREE WITH THOSE OF THE INDEXES OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED.

FOR ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE WAGE INDEXES, PLEASE CONTACT THE WAGES AND LABOUR COSTS STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AT TELEPHONE NO. 5-452703.

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TABLE li NOMINAL WAGE INDEXES BY SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS

INDEXES (MARCH 1982-100)

SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS JUNE SEPT DEC MAR JUNE

1982 1982 1982 1983 1983

MANUFACTURING 102 103 105 i 108 110

WHOLESALE/RETAIL, IMPORT/EXPORT 100 102 104 106 107

TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS

TRANSPORT SERVICES 106 110 110 114 118

BUSINESS SERVICES 102 103 103 108 109

PERSONAL SERVICES 102 103 104 107 106

ALL SECTORS ABOVE • 102 103 105 108 110

TABLE 2j REAL WAGE INDEXES BY SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS

INDEXES (MARCH 1982-100)

SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS JUNE SEPT DEC MAR JUNE

1982 1982 1982 1983 1983

MANUFACTURING 99 98 98 97 98

WHOLESALE/RETAIL, IMPORT/EXPORT 98 97 98 96 95

TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS TRANSPORT SERVICES 103 105 103 103 105

BUSINESS SERVICES 99 98 96 97 97

PERSONAL SERVICES 99 98 98 96 95

ALL SECTORS ABOVE 99 99 99 97 98 •

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TABLE 3x NOMINAL WAGE INDEXES FOR MAJOR INDUSTRIES IN THE

MANUFACTURING SECTOR

INDEXES (MARCH 1982-100)

INDUSTRY JUNE 1982 SEPT 1982 DEC 1982 MAR 1983 JUNE 1983

GARMENTS 102 103 105 106 108

GLOVES 102 103 105 107 107

HANDBAGS 100 101 102 105 106

COTTON SP 1 NN 1NG/WEAV1 NG 101 ' 102 102 108 111

KNITTING 104 104 106 108 112

BLEACHING AND DYEING 102 103 103 107 109

PRINTING 104 105 106 108 113

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 102 102 105 107 113

METAL PROUCTS 101 102 103 107 110

ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES 101 103 102 106 109

ELECTRONICS 101 103 105 109 110

WATCHES AND CLOCKS 100 103 106 111 112

MANUFACTURING 102 103 105 108 110

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WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOUNDARIES TO BE REVIEWED IU m

WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS THE EXISTING DISTRICT BOUNDARIES AT THEIR MEETING ON TUESDAY (OCTOBER 18).

MEMBERS WILL CONSIDER WHETHER THE DISTRICT BOUNDARIES OF WAN CHAI BE EXPANDED TO TAKE UP SOME OTHER CONSTITUENCIES FROM HER NEIGHBOURING DISTRICTS, OR BE PARTIALLY MERGED WITH OTHERS.

AT THE MEETING, MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE BRIEFED ON THE BACKGROUND OF SAM PAN STREET WHICH HAS BEEN INCLUDED IN A PILOT SCHEME TO RESUME PRIVATE STREETS FOR BETTER MANAGEMENT.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA WILL INCLUDE A REVIEW OF THE ’MEET THE PUBLIC’ SCHEME, AND PROGRESS REPORTS ON STREET MANAGEMENT AND THE BOARD’S COMMITTEES.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AT 4 PM ON TUESDAY (OCTOBER 18) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE 'ON THE EIGHTH FLOOR OF TUNG WAH BUILDING, 201 HENNESSY ROAD, HONG KONG.

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SEVERAL ATTRACTIVELY DESIGNED FOUNTAINS HAVE BEEN BUILT AT SITTING OUT SPOTS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES TO PROVIDE A MORE PLEASANT ENVIRONMENT FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ENJOYING THEIR LEISURE TIME.

THOSE THAT BEGAN FUNCTIONING ARE LOCATED AT YAN 01 TOwN SQUARE IN TUEN MUN AND AT TAI YUK ROAD REST GARDEN ADJACENT TO YUEN LONG PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE FOUNTAINS ARE BUILT IN THE MIDST OF LANDSCAPED AREAS, FLOWER BEDS, WOODEN ARBOURS, BENCHES, TABLES AND PARK LIGHTING ♦FOR AN EYE-CATCHING AND HARMONIOUS EFFECT,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE SAID THAT THE FOUNTAIN AT TSI NG YEUNG REST GARDEN ARE BEING BUILT LIKE WATER FALLS IN THREE DIFFERENT LEVELS.

THERE ARE SIX FOUNTAIN BOWLS EQUIPPED WITH COLOURED LIGHTING — THE FIRST OF THEIR KIND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES. THIS FOUNTAIN IS EXPECTED TO BE READY VERY SOON, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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INDUSTRIAL SAFETY SEMINAR ORGANISED * * * *

EMPLOYERS WERE URGED TODAY (SUNDAY) TO SEND THEIR MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL TO ATTEND AN INDUSTRIAL SAFETY SEMINAR TO BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 9.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE ONE-DAY SEMINAR IS ORGANISED BY THE COMMITTEE ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND ACCIDENT PREVENTION OF THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD WITH A VIEW TO MAKING THE PARTICIPANTS MORE AWARE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF SAFETY AT WORK.

THE SEMINAR WILL BE HELD IN THE SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, TSIM SHA TSUI EAST,'AND MR ALLEN LEE PENG-FEI, AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WILL BE GIVING TALKS ON VARIOUS TOPICS AT THE SEMINAR.

AMONG THE SPEAKERS ARE MR CHAN SHIU-LAP, CHIEF FACTORY INSPECTOR, LABOUR DEPARTMENT; PROFESSOR P.C. LEUNG, DEPARTMENT CF ORTHOPAEDIC AND TRAUMATIC SURGERY OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY CF HONG KONG; MR CHAN WING-HONG, SENIOR MANAGER, INDUSTRIAL CENTRE OF HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC; MR S.S. WONG, CHIEF SAFETY AND SECURITY ADVISOR OF THE SHELL COMPANY OF HONG KONG LTD.; MR KO YING, GENERAL MANAGER OF ASIA INSURANCE COMPANY LTD. AND MR HOUDINI HO, SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

THE REGISTRATION FEE FOR THE SEMINAR IS $200 PER PERSON, AND THIS INCLUDES TEA AND LUNCH.

PEOPLE WISHING TO JOIN THE SEMINAR SHOULD CONTACT THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE DIVISION OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT ON 3-688111 EXT 401.

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75 000 STUDENTS TAKING PART IN CAREERS QUIZ * * * *

ABOUT 75 000 FORMS III, IV AND V STUDENTS FROM 150 SCHOOLS ARE TAKING PART IN A CAREERS QUIZ ORGANISED BY THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

DISCLOSING THIS TODAY (SUNDAY), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT THE QUIZ IS AIMED AT MAKING THE STUDENTS MORE AWARE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF CHOOSING CAREERS AND ENCOURAGING THEM TO SEARCH FOR RELEVENT USEFUL INFORMATION MATER I AL.

THE QUIZ, ORGANISED FOR THE FIRST TIME LAST YEAR, WAS SO WELL RECEIVED BY STUDENTS AND SCHOOL AUTHORITIES THAT THE DEPARTMENT DECIDED TO REPEAT IT THIS YEAR.

THIS YEAR’S QUIZ, IS SPONSORED BY WANG PACIF<C LTD., WHICH HAS CONTRIBUTED BOOK ALLOWANCES, SOUVENIRS AND TROPHIES FOR THE QUIZ.


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IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE TWO-ROUND QUIZ STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO ANSWER 50 QUESTIONS WITHIN 15 MINUTES ABOUT CAREERS INFORMATION, INDUSTRIAL TRAINING, FURTHER STUDIES, AND EMPLOYMENT LAWS.

THE STUDENT SCORING THE HIGHEST MARKS IN HIS CLASS WILL BE AWARDED A SOUVENIR, AND THE THREE SCHOOLS HAVING THE HIGHEST MARKS WILL BE GIVEN TROPHIES.

THE SECOND ROUND OF THE QUIZ WILL BEGIN NEXT MONTH. STUDENTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO RETURN THEIR QUESTIONNAIRES AT A CAREERS EXHIBITION TO BE HELD BY THE DEPARTMENT IN THE CITY . HALL EXHIBITION HALL FROM NOVEMBER 12 TO 21,

A BOOK ALLOWANCE OF $2 000 WILL BE PRESENTED TO EACH OF THE FIRST THREE STUDENTS IN THE SECOND ROUND, AND SOUVENIRS WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE NEXT 100 STUDENTS WITH HIGH MARKS.

STUDENTS INVITED TO POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION

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ALL SECONDARY AND PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE BEING INVITED TO TAKE PART IN A ROAD SAFETY POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB SECTION.

THE THEME OF THE COMPETITION WILL BE CAPTAIN SAFETY. HOWEVER, STUDENTS MAY ALSO FEATURE IN THEIR POSTERS OTHER ROAD SAFETY MESSAGES SUCH AS THE WEARING OF SEAT-BELT.

SELECTED POSTERS WILL BE DISPLAYED AT THE ROAD SAFETY CHILDREN’S RALLY TO BE HELD AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM, WAN CHAI, ON NOVEMBER 11 THIS YEAR.

THE COMPETITION IS DIVIDED INTO TWO DIVISIONS - SECONDARY AND PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS, AND EACH PARTICIPANT CAN SUBMIT ANY NUMBER OF DESIGNS.

ALL ENTRIES MUST CONFORM TO THE STANDARD A2 SIZE OF 420 MM X 594 MM AND THEY MUST BEAR ON THE BACK IN CHINESE AND ENGLISH THE NAME, AGE AND THE NAME OF SCHOOL OF THE PARTICIPANT, AND BE ACCOMPANIED BY THE SCHOOL’S ENTRY FORM.

THE WINNER OF EACH DIVISION WILL BE GIVEN A BOOK OR STATIONARY TOKEN WORTH $200 WHILE THE FIRST AND SECOND RUNNERS-UP WILL BE AWARDED BOOK OR STATIONARY TOKENS WORTH $150 AND $100 RESPECTIVELY.

THERE WILL ALSO BE 20 MERIT PRIZES IN EACH DIVISION.

ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED THROUGH HEADS OF SCHOOLS TO THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB SECTION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT ROOM 437, LEE GARDENS, 4TH FLOOR, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY BEFORE NOVEMBER 7.

S ENQUIRIES CONCERNING THE COMPETITION CAN BE MADE AT THE CYC SECTION ON 5-8392376-80.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1983*

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DANCING COMPETITION FOR ALL * * *

A TWO-DAY DANCING COMPETITION FOR ALL KOWLOON CITY RESIDENTS WILL BE HELD BEGINNING NOVEMBER 12.

THE COMPETITION, SPONSORED BY THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD AT A COST OF $10 000, IS DIVIDED INTO THREE DIVISIONS FOR GROUPS OR INDIVIDUALS, CHILDREN AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 12, AND KINDERGARTEN PUPILS.

PARTICIPANTS CAN COMPETE IN EITHER THE ORIENTAL DANCE OR THE WESTERN DANCE SECTION.

THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ROGER GARCIA, SAID: +DANCING IS A VERY GOOD EXERCISE TO HELP STIMULATE OUR INTUITIVE MUSICAL SENSE AND CULTIVATE A SPIRIT OF COOPERATION.

+1 HOPE ALL SCHOOL PRINCIPALS WILL ENCOURAGE THEIR STUDENTS TO TAKE PART IN SUCH A MEANINGFUL ACTIVITY.+

HE SAID WINNERS FROM THE THREE DIVISIONS WILL BE INVITED TO PERFORM, TOGETHER WITH OTHER LOCAL DANCE GROUPS, AT A +FOLK DANCE NITE+ AT THE KO SHAN THEATRE IN DECEMBER.

ENTRY FORMS FOR THE COMPETITION ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AT 141-143 KAU PUI LUNG ROAD, THE HUNG HOM BRANCH OFFICE AT 32 WUHU STREET, AND THE HO MAN TIN BRANCH OFFICE AT BLOCK 8, HO MAN TIN ESTATE.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE AT 3-7110171.

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TRAFFIC CHANGES DUE IN THREE AREAS * * *

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN WONG CHUK HANG, CENTRAL AND SHAU KEI WAN FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (OCTOBER 18).

IN WONG CHUK HANG, ALL VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES, LEAVING THE WESTERN END OF HEUNG YIP ROAD WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING LEFT INTO WONG CHUK HANG ROAD DURING THE PERIODS FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY.

HOWEVER, THESE VEHICLES MAY TURN LEFT INTO THE UP-RAMP OF AP LEI CHAU BRIDGE ROAD.

IN CENTRAL, THE EXISTING 24-HOUR CLEARWAY FOR PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES AT CONNAUGHT PLACE WILL BE EXTENDED TO COVER THE SECTION OF CONNAUGHT PLACE NORTH OF HARBOUR VIEW STREET UP TO THE ENTRANCE CF BLAKE PIER.

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ALL PLBS WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM STOPPING FOR PASSENGERS OR

goods within the restricted zone.

IN SHAU KEI WAN, THE FOLLOWING MEASURES WILL BE IMPLEMENTED FOR ABOUT 18 MONTHS I

* ALDRICH STREET BETWEEN FACTORY STREET AND PO MAN STREET WILL BE REROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND;

* PO MAN STREET BETWEEN ALDRICH STREET AND MONG LUNG STREET WILL BE REROUTED ONE-WAY EASTBOUND ;

* MONG LUNG STREET BETWEEN PO MAN STREET AND KAM WAH STREET WILL BECOME ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND;

* KAM WAH STREET BETWEEN ALDRICH STREET AND MONG LUNG STREET WILL BE REROUTED ONE-WAY EASTBOUND.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR STRESSES NEED FOR ARTISTIC ACTIVITIES ............ 1

GOVERNOR TO LEAVE FOR PEKING .............................. 2

ORTigy SECRETARY EXAMINES HONG KONG'S DECISION-MAKING PROCESS

OF GOVERNMENT...........................................

ARTS ACADEMY '.TILL HELP BRING OUT TALENT: BRAY............ 5

SURVEY OF TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS COMPLETED......... 5

CHINA BEING ASKED TO REDUCE WATER SUPPLY................

WORK RULES FOR CHILDREN EXPLAINED ......................... 8

TWO RECLAMATION SITE TENANCIES OFFERED .................

TENDERS INVITED FOR SUBSTRUCTURE WORK..................... 10

THE HONG KONG LAWN BOWLS INTERNATIONAL CLASSIC PAIRS 1983 • •• 10

NAXICAB FARES TO RISE..................................... 11

CHOI HUNG WATER MAINS WORK ............................... 11

EDINBURGH PLACE TRAFFIC PLAN ............................. 11

Mu.ijaY, OCTOBER 17, 1983

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GOVERNOR STRESSES NEED FOR ARTISTIC ACTIVITIES * * * *

THE SUCCESS OF HONG KONG OWES MUCH TO THE ENTHUSIASM AND HARD WORK OF ITS PEOPLE BUT ECONOMIC GROWTH AND PROSPERITY, THOUGH ESSENTIAL FOR A STABLE SOCIETY, CANNOT ALONE MEET HUMAN NEEDS, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE THIRD CONFERENCE OF COMMONWEALTH ARTS ADMINISTRATORS AT THE FURAMA HOTEL, THE GOVERNOR SAID THAT IN RECENT YEARS, THERE HAS BEEN A MARKED EXPANSION OF ARTISTIC ACTIVITIES IN HONG KONG, WITH GROWING PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AND APPRECIATION.

+WE ARE DOING OUR BEST TO RESPOND TO THIS DEVELOPMENT AND WE SHALL DO ALL WE CAN TO ENCOURAGE THE CREATIVE SPIRIT OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG,* HE SAID.

HONG KONG IS HOSTING THE THREE-DAY CONFERENCE, WHICH IS BEING ATTENDED BY 28 DELEGATES FROM 14 COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES. PREVIOUS CONFERENCES WERE HELD IN ENGLAND IN 1979 AND CANADA IN 1981.

SIR EDWARD SAID THE CONFERENCE IS BY NOW A WELL-ESTABLISHED BIENNIAL EVENT, WHOSE VIEWS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ARE AS RESPECTED AND INFLUENTIAL AS ITS DELEGATES.

HE SAIDi +THE CONFERENCE PROVIDES AN INVALUABLE FORUM FOR A WIDE-RANGING DISCUSSION ON THE ARTS, AND A RARE CHANCE FOR ARTS ADMINISTRATORS FROM EVERY CORNER OF THE COMMONWEALTH TO SHARE THEIR VIEWS.

♦HONG KONG IS INDEED VERY HAPPY TO HOST THIS CONFERENCE. WE ARE KEEN TO LEARN, AND AT THE SAME TIME, WE FEEL THAT WE HAVE OUR OWN CONTRIBUTION TO MAKE. WE ARE A PLACE WHERE THE CULTURES OF EAST AND WEST SUCCESSFULLY COMBINE AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SHARING OUR EXPERIENCE WITH YOU.+

EARLIER, THE PRESIDENT OF THE CONFERENCE, MR ALEX WU, SAID ALTHOUGH ARTS ADMINISTRATION COULD HARDLY BE CALLED A HIGHLY DEVELOPED PROFESSION HERE, THE PEOPLE WERE PROBABLY MORE CONSCIOUS OF THE NEED FOR A PROFESSIONAL APPROACH TO THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE ARTS THAN MOST SOCIETIES, AND MORE APPRECIATIVE OF WHAT AN ENLIGHTENED ADMINISTRATION COULD DO FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ARTS.

♦WE KNOW VERY WELL THAT IN HONG KONG ESPECIALLY, WHERE WE MUST LOOK AT ARTS ADMINISTRATION SO VERY MUCH FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF THE ALLOCATION OF RESOURCES, THE TIME HAS COME FOR AN ENTIRELY PROFESSIONAL APPROACH.

♦WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS WE SHALL BE ABLE TO ADVANCE THE TRAINING OF OUR PEOPLE IN THE ARTS WITH EVERY PROSPECT OF REWARDING CAREERS,♦ HE POINTED OUT.

MR WU ALSO READ OUT A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMONWEALTH SECRETARY-GENERAL, SIR SHRIDATH RAMPHAL, WHO EXPRESSED HIS REGRETS AT BEING UNABLE TO ATTEND THE CONFERENCE.

THE SECOND SESSION OF THE CONFERENCE WILL CONTINUE TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

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GOVERNOR TO LEAVE FOR PEKING * * *

A FACILITY HAS BEEN ARRANGED FOR PRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CAMERAMEN TO COVER THE DEPARTURE OF THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, FOR PEKING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

SIR EDWARD, ACCOMPANIED BY THE POLITICAL ADVISER, MR ROBIN MCLAREN, WILL BE LEAVING ON FLIGHT CA 102, ETD 1 PM.

PLEASE ADVISE THOSE ASSIGNED TO COVER THE DEPARTURE TO ASSEMBLE IN THE PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE AIRPORT TERMINAL BUILDING NOT LATER THAN 11.45 AM TOMORROW. GIS OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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CHIEF SECRETARY EXAMINES HONG KONG’S DECISION-MAKING PROCESS OF GOVERNMENT

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THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, TODAY SPOKE IN DETAIL ON +THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS OF GOVERNMENT IN HONG KONG SET, AS IT IS, IN THE CONTEXT OF A SYSTEM OF CONSULTATION AND CONCENSUS.♦

ADDRESSING THE 25TH CONGREGATION OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, SIR PHILIP SAIDs +WHETHER ONE REGARDS THAT SYSTEM AS AN ENTIRELY ADEQUATE SUBSTITUTE FOR PARLIAMENTARY STYLE DEMOCRACY, THERE CAN BE NO DOUBT THAT IT IS, TOGETHER WITH THE CONSTITUTION AND THE LEGAL SYSTEM, ONE OF THE THREE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF THIS FREE SOCIETY, THE FUTURE OF WHICH IS OF SUCH CONCERN TO US ALL.+

AT THE CONGREGATION, SIR PHILIP AND SIR SZE-YUEN CHUNG, SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, WERE CONFERRED WITH THE HONORARY DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF LAWS.

SIR PHILIP SAID THAT THE WAY IN WHICH HONG KONG IS GOVERNED HAS ATTRACTED MUCH ATTENTION RECENTLY, AND THAT WAS ONE OF THE TWO REASONS HE CHOSE TO SPEAK ON THE SUBJECT.

THE FIRST REASON WAS THAT IT HAPPENS TO BE RELEVANT TO HIS PRESENT DUTIES AS CHIEF SECRETARY.

SIR PHILIP SAID THE ENSUING DEBATE HAS CENTRED ON RATHER VAGUE CALLS FOR GREATER PUBLIC PARTICIPATION, THE CONCEPT OF ACCOUNTABILITY, THE EFFECTIVENESS OF EXISTING CHANNELS FOR PUBLIC EXPRESSION OF VIEWS, THE GOVERNMENT’S RESPONSIVENESS TO PUBLIC OPINION AND A VAGUE FEELING OF UNEASE STEMMING FROM EXTERNAL CRITICISM AT THE LACK OF AN ELECTIVE SYSTEM.

HE SAID THAT THERE HAS BEEN A TENDENCY TO OVERLOOK THE ULTIMATE DECISION-MAKING OBLIGATIONS OF THE GOVERNMENT, ♦DEFINED FOR THIS PURPOSE TO BE THE GOVERNOR AND THE CIVIL SERVICE, THAT IS TO SAY, THE ADMINISTRATION.*

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SIR PHILIP EXPLAINED THAT BENEATH THE GOVERNOR AS THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE THE ADMINISTRATION IS HEADED BY HIS THREE PRINCIPAL ADVISERS* THE CHIEF SECRETARY, WHO HEADS THE CIVIL SERVICE, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, WHO IS THE GOVERNOR’S ADVISER ON BUDGETARY AND FISCAL POLICY, AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, WHO IS THE GOVERNOR’S LEGAL ADVISER.

SIR PHILIP, HOWEVER, STRESSED THAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL +DOES NOT OPERATE WITHIN THE SYSTEM OF CONSULTATION AND CONSENSUS, BUT UNDER THE GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF THE LAW.+

HE MAY BE PERSUADED BY ARGUMENT, BUT NOT BY PUBLIC OPINION,+ ...THE CHIEF SECRETARY SAID.

IT IS UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THESE THREE PRINCIPAL ADVISERS THAT THE CIVIL SERVICE PLAYS ITS ROLE IN THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS, HE SAID.

THIS ROLE COULD BE DIVIDED INTO FIVE TASKS.

* THE FIRST IS TO PRESENT IDEAS FOR CONSIDERATION

* THE SECOND IS TO ENSURE THAT THE RESULTANT POLICY PROPOSALS GO FORWARD TO ADEQUATE CONSULTATION, WITH THE RIGHT PUBLICITY

X THE THIRD IS TO ASSESS PUBLIC OPINION ON POLICY PROPOSALS AND EXECUTIVE ACTION AND TO EXAMINE IT CAREFULLY AND LOGICALLY

M THE FOURTH IS TO PUT FORWARD PROPOSALS FOR ACTION TO THE CHOSEN INSTRUMENT FOR ADVICE TO THE GOVERNOR, AND

* THE FIFTH IS TO CARRY OUT WHATEVER DECISIONS ARE MADE OR IMPOSED FAITHFULLY, INTELLIGENTLY AND WITH DUE REGARD TO THEIR POSSIBLE IMPLICATIONS FOR POLICY DECISIONS THAT MAY BE TAKEN LATER ON.

PRESENTLY,+ SIR PHILIP SAID, +WE ALL LIVE UNDER THE STRAIN OF MANY ANXIETIES, BUT THE CIVIL SERVICE IS DUTY BOUND TO CARRY ON WITH ITS DAILY TASKS REGARDLESS AND IT CAN BE RELIED UPON, SIR, TO DO SO.+

SIR PHILIP SAID THAT BECAUSE THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG BY AND LARGE DIRECT VERY LITTLE OF THEIR MENTAL ENERGIES TOWARDS POLITICAL THEORY, +IT IS AT LEAST ARGUABLE THAT THEIR SENSE OF IDENTIFICATION WITH THEIR GOVERNMENT IS RATHER LIMITED.+

BUT IN MODERN TIMES, GOVERNMENT HAS BECOME SUCH AN INFLUENCE IN THE DAILY LIVES OF PEOPLE IN HONG KONG AS TO GENERATE AN ALMOST INTUITIVE RECOGNITION OF THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE ROLE OF CONSULTATION IN THE ORDERING OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS HERE.+ SIR PHILIP SAID.

THERE HAS ALSO EMERGED A PUBLIC EXPECTATION OF CONSULTATION IN RESPECT OF SPECIFIC MAJOR ISSUES AND THE GENERALITY OF GOVERNMENT POLICIES AND PROGRAMMES THAT DETERMINES THE NATURE AND QUALITY OF LIFE IN HONG KONG.

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SIR PHILIP EXPLAINED THE TWO LEVELS AND AREAS OF DECISION-MAKING IN GOVERNMENT - LOWER LEVEL AND UPPER LEVEL - AND HOW CONSULTATION IS A PART OF EACH.

AT THE LOWER LEVEL, DECISIONS ARE FOUNDED ON ADVICE FROM FUNCTIONAL, OR SUBJECT-ORIENTED, ADVISORY COMMITTEES AND FROM GEOGRAPHICALLY BASED ADVISORY COMMITTEES.

HE ALSO SAID THAT A REVIEW OF THE PRESENT PATTERN OF LOCAL ADMINISTRATION TO SEE WHETHER IT NEEDS TO BE ADJUSTED IN THE LIGHT OF EXPERIENCE AND CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES IS NOW IN HAND.

AT THE UPPER LEVEL, THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS IS FOUNDED ' ON THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THE POWERS OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE, HE SAID, ARE A CHECK EVEN ON THE'EXECUTIVE COUNCIL — SINCE THERE ARE FEW MAJOR POLICY DECISIONS THAT CAN BE IMPLEMENTED WITHOUT RESOURCES.

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, SIR PHILIP POINTED OUT, IS*

M A CREATIVE BODY, GIVING UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS A CHANCE TO HELP FORMULATE PUBLIC POLICY

* A CRITICAL BODY, ALLOWING UNOFFICIALS TO QUESTION OFFICIALS, AND

* A SUPREME BODY, WITH POWERS TO VOTE FUNDS AND MAKE LEGISLATION.

AS FOR THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, LIKE, FOR EXAMPLE, THE BRITISH CABINET, ITS DELIBERATIONS +ALWAYS LIE BEHIND A SHROUD OF CONFIDENTIALITY.+

THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, SIR PHILIP ADDED, ALSO HAS A LARGER NUMBER OF UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS — 11 OUT OF 17 -- AND ALL OF THEM ARE BOUND TO GIVE THEIR ADVICE FREELY FOR THE GOOD GOVERNANCE OF HONG KONG.

+THE GOVERNOR IS REQUIRED TO SEEK THE ADVICE OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL ON ALL MAJOR ISSUES OF POLICY- AND, SHOULD HE EVER FEEL OBLIGED TO GO AGAINST THAT ADVICE, HE MUST REPORT HIS DECISION TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE IN LONDON,* SIR PHILIP SAID.

THE CHIEF SECRETARY CONCLUDED BY SAYING THAT WHATEVER MAY BE THE PERCEPTION OF OUR SYSTEM OF CONSULTATION AND CONCENSUS IN THEORY, HE BELIEVES THAT THE SYSTEM +HAS NURTURED AND SUSTAINED THE LEGITIMATE SOCIO-POLITICAL AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC ASPIRATIONS OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.+

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ARTS ACADEMY WILL HELP BRING OUT TALENT: BRAY * * * *

THE HONG KONG ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS, WHICH WILL BE READY IN 1985 IS DESTINED TO BECOME NOT ONLY A MAJOR ADDITION TO HONG KONG’S CULTURAL LIFE, BUT ALSO TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY OF TEACHING CENTRES, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR DENIS BRAY, SAID THIS (MONDAY) EVENING.

SPEAKING AT A DINNER MEETING OF THE THIRD CONFERENCE OF COMMONWEALTH ARTS ADMINISTRATORS, MR BRAY SAID THE AIM WAS TO +GIVE TALENTED YOUNG PEOPLE THE CHANCE TO DEVELOP THEIR ARTISTIC POTENTIAL, AND TO EQUIP THEM WITH THE SKILLS NEEDED TO ENTER THE WORLD OF THE PERFORMING ARTS AS PROFESSIONALS.*

MR BRAY SAID THAT ONE OF THE UNIQUE FEATURES OF THE ACADEMY WOULD BE THAT WESTERN AND CHINESE ARTS FORMS WOULD BE TAUGHT THERE WITH EQUAL EMPHASIS.

MR BRAY SAID THE DEVELOPMENT OF MUSIC, DRAMA AND DANCE HAD ALL BENEFITED FROM POSITIVE SUPPORT FROM ALL SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY AND THE GOVERNMENT.

♦THIS SUPPORT CAN BE SEEN NOT ONLY AS A PROOF OF OUR BELIEF IN THE INTRINSIC VALUE OF CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT, BUT ALSO AS AN INDICATION OF OUR COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY BUILDING,* HE SAID.

THE ARTS BROUGHT PEOPLE TOGETHER AND HONG KONG HAD SUCCESSFULLY BROUGHT HEARTS AND MINDS TOGETHER THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT OF A WIDE RANGE OF CULTURAL ACTIVITIES.

♦ART CANNOT BE CREATED BY GOVERNMENT FIAT NOR CAN GENUINE ART BE SUBORNED TO SERVE STATE PROPAGANDA FOR IT THEN CEASES TO HAVE REAL MEANING.

+THE TRADITION OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN THE ARTS IS TAKEN FOR GRANTED IN THE COMMONWEALTH BUT IS NOT FOUND EVERYWHERE,* M* BRAY SAID.

*WE ARE FORTUNATE TO ENJOY IT IN HONG KONG,* HE ADDED.

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SURVEY OF TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS COMPLETED * * X X

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT HAS RECENTLY COMPLETED A SURVEY ON WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT-EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS.

THE SURVEY COLLECTED DATA RELATING TO THE YEAR 1981 AND WAS THE THIRD ANNUAL FOLLOW-UP ENQUIRY AFTER THE BENCHMARK CENSUS FOR 1977.

DATA COLLECTED IN THE SURVEY INCLUDED TYPE OF OWNERSHIP, NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED, COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES, OPERATING EXPENSES, PURCHASES OF GOODS FOR SALE, STOCK, SALES AND OTHER RECEIPTS, AND CAPITAL EXPENDITURE.

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ACCORDING TO THE SURVEY, 79 470 WHOLESALE, RETAIL AUD IMPORT/ EXPORT ESTABLISHMENTS, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS WERE IN OPERATION DURING THE WHOLE OR PART OF 1981, WITH A TOTAL OF 508 910 PERSONS ENGAGED. THEY GENERATED $303 356 MILLION IN SALES AND OTHER RECEIPTS, AND SPENT $13 773 MILLION ON COMPENSATION TO EMPLOYEES, $24 441 MILLION ON OPERATING EXPENSES, AND $252 994 MILLION ON PURCHASES OF GOODS FOR SALE. WHEN COMPARED WITH 1980, SALES AND OTHER RECEIPTS INCREASED BY 22 PER CENT, WHILE THE EXPENDITURES ON COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES, OPERATING EXPENSES AND PURCHASES OF GOODS FOR SALE WENT UP BY 27 PER CENT, 25 PER CENT AND 21 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

THE VALUE ADDED BY THE SECTOR, COMPRISING COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES, INTEREST PAYMENTS AND OPERATING SURPLUS, GREW BY 19 PER CENT TO $31 528 MILLION IN 1981 FROM $26 570 MILLION IN 1980. THIS VALUE ADDED REPRESENTED THE SECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT OF HONG KONG.

THE SURVEY ALSO REVEALED THAT IN 1981, IMPORT-EXPORT TRADE RECORDED THE LARGEST SALE AND OTHER RECEIPTS AT $194 857 MILLION OR 64 PER CENT OF THE SECTOR TOTAL. RETAIL TRADE ACCOUNTED FOR ANOTHER 18 PER CENT, WHILE WHOLESALE TRADE TOOK UP 13 PER CENT, RESTAURANTS FOUR PER CENT, AND HOTELS/BOARDI NG HOUSES ONE PER CENT OF THE SECTOR TOTAL.

IMPORT/EXPORT TRADE CONTRIBUTED 50 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL VALUE ADDED IN THE SECTOR. THE REMAINING CONTRIBUTION WAS ACCOUNTED FOR BY RETAIL TRADE (22 PER CENT), RESTAURANTS (14 PER CENT), WHOLESALE TRADE (NINE PER CENT) AND HOTELS/BOARDI NG HOUSES (FIVE PER CENT).

WHEN COMPARED WITH 1980, RESTAURANTS ATTAINED THE LARGEST INCREASE OF 31 PER CENT IN SALES AND OTHER RECEIPTS, FOLLOWED BY HOTELS-BOARDI NG HOUSES (30 PER CENT), IMPORT-EXPORT TRADE (23 PER CENT), RETAIL TRADE (22 PER CENT) AND WHOLESALE TRADE (12 PER CENT).

IN TERMS OF VALUE ADDED, RESTAURANTS AGAIN RECORDED THE LARGEST INCREASE OF 32 PER CENT, FOLLOWED BY HOTELS-BOARDI NG HOUSES (25 PER CENT), IMPORT-EXPORT TRADE (17 PER CENT), RETAIL TRADE (16 PER CENT) AND WHOLESALE TRADE (12 PER CENT).

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT IS NOW PREPARING A REPORT ON THE 1981 SURVEY OF WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT/EXPORT TRADE, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS, WHICH WILL CONTAIN A DETAILED ANALYSIS OF THE RESULTS BY MAJOR TRADE GROUP AND ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS.

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

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Su—ary atetlathee for >1) c».tebS i.;.8<nts aralyaed by activity for 1?80 and 1981

Activity No. of persona engaged « Million 1urchaaea of gooda for sale S Million Changes in atock.8 t Million Value added S Mill Ito Interest* pr«y»ent< 1 Million

of eaployeea 1 Million Operating expenses $ Million other receipts 1 Million

•noleaale trade 198v 55.881 1.059 1.637 31.577 608 35.000 2.500 18*

1981 57.766 1.2*3 1.69* 35.578 *99 39.302 2.797 320

% change ♦ ** ♦ 17> ♦ 3* ♦ 13% - 18* ♦ 12% ♦ 12# ♦ 7**

Retell trade 1980 1*8,197 2.396 3.867 35,709 1,*58 *3,700 5,821 366

1981 156.922 2.976 •♦,7*7 92.987 1.096 53.101 6,767 9*0

% change ♦ 6* ♦ 29% ♦ 25% ♦ 2W - 25% ♦ 22* ♦ 16% e 20*

leporUexport trade 1980 123,281 9,2*6 11.195 136.651 2.692 158,076 13.523 2.517

1981 136,827 5. *78 19.08C 168,5*1 ■2,926 199.857 15.81* 2.917

» change ♦ 11* ♦ 29* ♦ 26x ♦ 23* - 8* ♦ 23* ♦ 17> ♦ 16%

Re&tauranta 1980 I29,8i6 2,671 2.065 9.569 36 10,035 3,**8 28

1981 135.182 3. *38 2,916 5.775 33 13,186 *.558 *9

% rhange ♦ 8* ♦ 29* ♦ *1% ♦ 27X . 8* ♦ 31% ♦ 32> ♦ 7>

Hotela/boarding houeee 1980 19,620 *53 717 257 7 2,232 1,277 *5

1981 22,213 638 1,00* 31* 12 2.910 1,591 9*

* change ♦ 13% ♦ *1* r ♦ *0* ♦ 22* • ♦ 7U ♦ 30% ♦ 2% ♦ 109%

Total 198c 971,59* 10.825 19.981 208.758 *.751 2*9,0*3 26.570 3.139

1981 508.910 13,773 2*,**1 252.99* 9.066 303,356 31.528 3.820

change ♦ 8> ♦ 27* ♦ 2% ♦ 21* - 19* ♦ 22% ♦ 19* ♦ 22%

Included in operating expeneee.

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CHINA BEING ASKED TO REDUCE WATER SUPPLY X X X

THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT HAS APPROACHED THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES REQUESTING THEM TO REDUCE THE PRESENT LEVEL OF WATER SUPPLY FROM CHINA.

THE REQUEST WAS MADE OVER THE WEEKEND FOLLOWING RECENT RAINS WHICH HAVE FURTHER IMPROVED THE STORAGE IN THE RESERVOIRS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT DESCRIBED THE REDUCTION AS A TEMPORARY MEASURE.

♦AS WE ARE ENTERING THE DRY SEASON, WHEN FURTHER HEAVY RAINFALL IS UNLIKELY AND THE RESERVOIRS WILL BE DRAWN DOWN, WE EXPECT TO CATCH UP WITH THE ORIGINAL LEVEL OF SUPPLY FROM CHINA LATER IN THE YEAR.+ HE SAID.

AT 9 AM TODAY, THE STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS STOOD AT 580.884 MILLION CUBIC METRES OR 99.1 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

OF HONG KONG’S 17 RESERVOIRS, 12 ARE FULL.

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WORK RULES FOR CHILDREN EXPLAINED * * *

CHILDREN WITHIN THE COMPULSORY EDUCATION AGE GROUP WHO HAVE REACHED 13 YEARS, MAY WORK PART-TIME OUTSIDE SCHOOL HOURS IN NON-INDUSTRI AL UNDERTAKINGS, WITH THE CONSENT OF THEIR PARENTS OR GUARDIANS AND ON PRODUCTION OF VALID SCHOOL ATTENDANCE CERTIFICATES.

UNDER THE EDUCATION (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1979, ALL CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGES OF SIX AND 15 WHO HAVE NOT COMPLETED FORM III, MUST ATTEND SCHOOL, AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

IN ORDER TO ASSIST THE ENFORCEMENT OF SCHOOL ATTENDANCE, THE EMPLOYMENT (MISCELLANEOUS PROVISION) ORDINANCE 1979 AND THE EMPLOYMENT OF CHILDREN REGULATIONS 1979 HAVE BEEN ENACTED WHICH PROHIBIT THE EMPLOYMENT OF CHILDREN BELOW THE AGE OF 15 IN INDUSTRIAL AND NON-INDUSTRI AL UNDERTAKINGS.

HOWEVER, 13-YEAR OLD CHILDREN MAY WORK PART-TIME IN NONINDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS, WITH THE WRITTEN CONSENT OF THEIR PARENTS OR GUARDIANS AND ON PRODUCTION OF VALID SCHOOL ATTENDANCE CERTIFICATES.

♦BUT THESE CHILDREN SHOULD NOT BE EMPLOYED IN ANY PROHIBITED OCCUPATIONS AS SPECIFIED IN THE EMPLOYMENT OF CHILDREN REGULATIONS,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

CHILDREN UNDER 13 YEARS OF AGE MAY BE EMPLOYED IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY, SUBJECT TO STRINGENT CONTROLS AND WITH PRIOR APPROVAL FROM THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, HE SAID.

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ALL CHILDREN WITHIN THE COMPULSORY EDUCATION AGE GROUP, INCLUDING ENTERTAINERS, WHO WISH TO WORK PART-TIME MUST POSSESS VALID SCHOOL ATTENDANCE CERTIFICATES ISSUED BY THE SCHOOLS WHERE THEY ARE ATTENDING A FULL SECONDARY OR PRIMARY COURSE.

THEY MUST ALSO HAVE THE WRITTEN CONSENT OF THEIR PARENTS OR GUARDIANS. APPLICATIONS FOR SCHOOL ATTENDANCE CERTIFICATES MUST ALSO BE MADE BY PARENTS OR GUARDIANS DIRECT TO THE SCHOOL PRINCIPALS.

ALL SCHOOL ATTENDANCE CERTIFICATES, IRRESPECTIVE OF THE DATES OF ISSUE, ARE VALID ONLY UP TO SEPTEMBER 30 EACH YEAR, AFTER WHICH RE-APPLICATION WILL BE NECESSARY.

CERTAIN RESTRICTIONS HAVE BEEN PRESCRIBED BY LAW REGARDING THE WORKING HOURS AND CONDITIONS TO SAFEGUARD THE HEALTH AND STUDIES OF CHILDREN WHO ARE WORKING PART-TIME.

A CHILD SHOULD NOT BE AT WORK BEFORE 7 AM OR AFTER 7 PM ON ANY DAY, AND DURING SCHOOL HOURS ON ANY SCHOOL DAY.

DURING THE SCHOOL TERM, A CHILD SHOULD NOT WORK FOR MORE THAN TWO HOURS ON ANY SCHOOL DAY OR MORE THAN FOUR HOURS ON OTHER DAYS. DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS THE CHILD SHOULD NOT WORK FOR MORE THAN EIGHT HOURS ON ANY DAY.

HOWEVER, CHILDREN WORKING AS ENTERTAINERS MAY BE EMPLOYED BETWEEN 7 AM AND 12 MIDNIGHT BUT NOT DURING SCHOOL HOURS OR FOR MORE THAN EIGHT HOURS ON ANY DAY. THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE EMPLOYED FOR MORE THAN FOUR DAYS IN A WEEK, AND DURING SCHOOL TERM, MORE THAN THREE DAYS FROM MONDAY TO SATURDAY.

♦CHILDREN SHOULD NOT BE AT WORK CONTINUOUSLY FOR MORE THAN FIVE HOURS AFTER WHICH THEY MUST HAVE AN INTERVAL OF NOT LESS THAN ONE HOUR FOR A MEAL OR REST.

♦ALSO, THEY MUST NOT LIFT OR CARRY ANY LOAD EXCEEDING 18 KILOGRAMS,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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TWO RECLAMATION SITE TENANCIES OFFERED * * * *

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SHORT TERM TENANCIES OF TWO SITES AT KOWLOON BAY RECLAMATION AND A SITE IN YUEN LONG.

ONE OF THE SITES AT KOWLOON BAY RECLAMATION COVERS AN AREA OF ABOUT 4 750 SQUARE METRES AND IS FOR OPEN STORAGE.

THE OTHER KOWLOON BAY LOT, WHICH IS FOR THE STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION, AND SALE OF CEMENT AND NATURAL SAND AND AGGREGATE, MEASURES ABOUT 3 180 SQUARE METRES.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 1983

THE REMAINING SITE IS SITUATED AT TUNG TAU INDUSTRIAL AREA OF YUEN LONG. IT IS OF ABOUT 400 SQUARE METRES AND IS FOR THE STORAGE AND REPAIR OF TENANT’S GOODS AND THE REPAIR OR MAINTENANCE (INCLUDING PAINT SPRAYING) OF MOTOR VEHICLES.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR THE ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERS FOR THE ABOVE SITES IS 12 NOON ON OCTOBER 28.

TENDER FORMS, NOTICES AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, AND TENDER PLANS INSPECTED AT, THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE (KOWLOON EAST), KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 9TH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON AND THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING, 5TH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

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THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SUBSTRUCTURE OF A MULTI-STOREY URBAN COUNCIL COMPLEX IN WESTERN.

THE SITE, COVERING AN AREA OF ABOUT 3 000 SQUARE METRES, IS SITUATED AT THE JUNCTION OF QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL, MORRISON STREET, AND BONHAM STRAND.

THE PRESENT CONTRACT INCLUDES THE CARRYING OUT OF FOUNDATION ANO DRAINAGE WORK AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE LOWER GROUND FLOOR AND GROUND FLOOR.

WORK ON THE SUBSTRUCTURE WILL START IN DECEMBER AND IS EXPECTED TO TAKE ABOUT SIX MONTHS.

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THE HONG KONG LAWN BOWLS INTERNATIONAL CLASSIC PAIRS 1983 * * * * * *

HONG KONG WILL ONCE AGAIN STAGE A LAWN BOWLS INTERNATIONAL CLASSIC PAIRS TOURNAMENT, FROM NOVEMBER 22 TO 27, AT THE KOWLOON BOWLING GREEN CLUB.

A PRESS LUNCH ANNOUNCING DETAILS OF THE EVENT WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY (OCTOBER 20) AT 12.30 PM AT THE CRAIGENGOWER CRICKET CLUB (C.C.C.) IN HAPPY VALLEY.

THE PRESIDENT OF THE HONG KONG LAWN BOWLS ASSOCIATION, MR KEN WALLIS, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PUBLICITY COMMITTEE FOR THE TOURNAMENT-DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SERVICES, MR PETER TSAO WILL SPEAK AT THE LUNCH.

THE TOURNAMENT IS ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG LAWN BOWLS ASSOCIATION AND JOINTLY SPONSORED BY THE HONGKONG BANK FOUNDATION, THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT AND THE URBAN COUNCIL.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE EVENT.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 1983

MAXICAB FARES TO RISE * * *

FARES ON MAXICAB ROUTES 4, 5 AND 35, LINKING SHEK PAI WAN WITH YUN PING ROAD AND ABERDEEN WITH CAUSEWAY BAY AND WAN CHAI RESPECTIVELY, WILL BE INCREASED FROM $2.5 TO $3 AS FROM WEDNESDAY (OCTOBER 19).

HOWEVER, THE NEW FARE WOULD STILL BE WITHIN THE MAXIMUM FARE LIMIT APPROVED BY GOVERNMENT IN JULY 1982 FOR THESE ROUTES, WHICH IS $3, A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN CHOI HUNG ESTATE wILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PM ON THURSDAY (OCTOBER 20) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY HUNG MUI AVENUE, LUK LAU AVENUE, CHANG FA AVENUE, CHING YEUNG AVENUE, LAM CHUNG AVENUE, WONG KUK AVENUE AND TSE WAI AVENUE, INCLUDING HUNG NGOK HOUSE, KAM HON HOUSE, KAM WAN HOUSE, KAM PIK HOUSE, CHUI KING HOUSE, PAK SUET HOUSE, TAN FUNG HOUSE, KAM WAH HOUSE, LUK CHING HOUSE AND CHI MEI HOUSE.

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EDINBURGH PLACE EAST BETWEEN THE EASTERN END OF URBAN COUNCIL CHAMBERS AND QUEEN’S PIER WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM TO 7 PM TOMORROW (OCTOBER 18) FOR THE EIGHTH ASIAN ARTS FESTIVAL.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 19^3

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR LEAVES FOR PEKING ..................................... 1

COMMUNITY PRAISED FOR EFFORT ................................. 1

AUGUST SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL AND ORDERS-ON-HAND...... 2

LAMMA WATER SUPPLY PROJECT...................................... 5

MEET THE MEDIA ...............................................   5

COMMENTS INVITED ON CONVERSION OF U.S. TARIFF................... 5

BUILDINGS DECLARED DANGEROUS ................................... 6

SHA TAU KOK TO BE REDEVELOPED................................... 7

PEDESTRIAN SUBWAY FOR MONGKOK .................................. 7

RESCUE BOAT TRAINING OFFERED ON ................................ 8

SHUTTLECOCK REFEREES’ COURSE.................................... 8

SITTING OUT AREA TO BE BUILT ................................... 9

YAU MA TEI TAXI STAND LOCATIONS CHANGED......................... 9

WATER MAINS WORKS IN TWO AREAS ................................ 10

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GOVERNOR LEAVES FOR PEKING OK

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, LEFT FOR PEKING THIS (TUESDAY) 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 WERE THE POLITICAL ADVISER, MR ROBIN MCLAREN, AND THE GOVERNMENT CHIEF INTERPRETER, MR Y.P. CHENG.

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COMMUNITY PRAISED FOR EFFORT

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THERE HAVE BEEN SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS IN MANY AREAS AFFECTING THE LIVELIHOOD AND WELL-BEING OF ALL DISTRICTS THROUGH THE CONCERTED EFFORTS OF DISTRICT BOARDS AND DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, W BARRIE WIGGHAM, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

♦THIS, I MUST SAY, IS DUE VERY MUCH TO THE SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE AND TO ENTHUSIASTIC PEOPLE WHO HAVE DEVOTED SO MUCH OF THEIR TIME AND EFFORT IN IT,+ HE TOLD THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AT THEIR BI-MONTHLY MEETING.

♦THE PAST TWO YEARS HAD BEEN A PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT TIME FOR ALL OF US WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRAT ON SCHEME AND GREATER PARTICIPATION OF LOCAL PtOPLE IN THEIR DISTRICT AFFAIRS,+ HE SAID.

HE SAID HE WAS PLEASED TO SEE CONTINUING DEVELOPMENT AND EXPANSION OF WORK IN THE DISTRICTS.

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THE RECENT DISTRICT FESTIVAL HAS SUCCEEDED IN CREATING A GREATER SENSE: OF DISTRICT IDENTITY AMONG LOCAL RESIDENTS,

N OF THE CONCERN FOR THE AGED WORKING GROUP ED THE NEEDS OF ELDERLY PEOPLE,

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* DISCUSSIONS ARE IN HAND TO REMEDY THE SHORTFALL IN COMMUNITY CENTRE FACILITIES,

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* CLEARANCES WORK ON REAR LANES IN TAI HANG AREA IMPROVED RECREATIONAL FACILITIES IN BOWEN ROAD BEEN COMPLETED. A PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT WILL SOON BE BUILT IN THOMSON ROAD; AND

* THE INTRODUCTION OF TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT MEASURES HAS EASED THE CONGESTION IN WAN CHAI ROAD, AND THE DISTRICT BOARD IS CLOSELY MONITORING THE PROVISION OF A COMPREHENSIVE FOOTBRIDGE SYSTEM IN THE DISTRICT.

+| AM SURE THAT IN THE MONTHS AND YEARS AHEAD OF US, THE DISTRICT BOARD WILL HAVE MUCH MORE TO CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS THE COMMUNITY,* SAID MR WIGGHAM.

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AUGUST SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL AND ORDERS-ON-HAND *****

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY RELEASED STATISTICS FROM THE MONTHLY SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL AND ORDERS-ON-HAND FOR AUGUST 1983.

ACCORDING TO THE SURVEY, THE AVERAGE VOLUME OF ORDERS-ON-HAND (IN TERMS OF MONTHS) IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR AS A WHOLE REMAINED STABLE.

MORE ORDERS-ON-HAND WERE RECORDED FOR THE WEAR I NG APPAREL, FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS, AND THE 'OTHERS’ CATEGORY OF INDUSTRIES.

ON THE OTHER HAND, A SLIGHT DECLINE IN ORDERS-ON-HAND WAS EXPERIENCED IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS AND ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES.

A SMALL DECREASE IN EMPLOYMENT WAS REPORTED BY THE RESPONDENTS IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR. THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS AND ELECTRI CAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES HAD MORE NOTABLE DECREASES AS SUMMER STUDENT WORKERS BEGAN TO LEAVE THE FACTORIES.

IN THE CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES SURVEYED, THE NUMBER OF COMPANY EMPLOYEES FELL AGAIN IN AUGUST AFTER REMAINING RATHER STABLE IN 5uLY. HOWEVER, EMPLOYMENT IN THE SERVICES SECTOR INCREASED SLIGHTLY.

BOTH PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN THE FOOD AND DRINKS INDUSTRY DECREASED. ON THE OTHER HAND, PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN THE WEARING APPAREL, TEXTILES, PLASTIC PRODUCTS AND FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES INCREASED.

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IN THE SERVICES SECTOR, PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN BANKS AND PUBLIC UTILITIES DECREASED, FOLLOWING THE PAYMENT OF GRATUITIES BY SOME FIRMS IN JULY.

THE PERCENTAGE CHANGES IN ORDERS-ON-HAND, EMPLOYMENT AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS FOR THE PERIOD FROM JUNE TO AUGUST ARE SHOWN IN THE ACCOMPANYING TABLES.

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 CHOSEN BY REFERENCE TO THEIR EMPLOYMENT IN MARCH 1983.

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 AUGUST 1983 IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE, AT JI.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.

A. ORDERS-ON-HAND IN MANUFACTURING

INDUSTRY (% CHANGE OVER THE PRECEDING MONTH) ORDERS-ON-HAND (1N TERMS OF MONTHS) FOR AUGUST 1983

JUNE 1983 JULY 1983 AUG. 1983

WEARING APPAREL, EXCEPT FOOTWEAR 1 -1 1 5.01

TEXTILES, EXCEPT WEARING APPAREL -4 X * 2.40

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 3 1 -1 3.91

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS 7 2 2 3.05

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS 4 4 -2 5.32

OTHERS -2 1 5 3.77

ALL ABOVE INDUSTRIES 3 3 * 4.46

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B. EMPLOYMENT AND EARNINGS

PERSONS ENGAGED BY

THE । COMPANIES SURVEYED PER CAPITA 1 EARNINGS PER CAPITA EARNINGS FOR AUG. 1983 (HK$)

INDUSTRY/ SERVICE JUNE 1983 (% CHANGE JULY 1983 OVER THE AUG. 1983 PRECEDING MONTH) JUNE JULY AUG. 1983 1983 1983

MANUFACTURING 4 3 -2 *-4 1 1 1 -1 4 2 366

FOOD AND DRINKS 5 2 -1 2 1 -1 3 388

WEARING APPAREL, EXCEPT FOOTWEAR 1 1 -2 2 -1 5 2 148

TEXTILES, EXCEPT WEARING APPAREL 1 2 -1 1 1 5 2 461

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 9 11 -3 -2 -1 8 2 □58

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS 7 6 -2 -2 -1 4 1 941

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS 6 4 -3 -3 2 2 2 180

OTHERS 1 * -1 % -1 2 3 211

CONSTRUCTION -2 % -3 -1 -3 1 3 643

SERVICES * M 1 1 6 -3 4 342

BANKS % % * -1 5 -3 3 949

HOTELS * % % 4 -1 2 891

PUBLIC UTILITIES K K M 4 10 -5 4 371

OTHERS 1 1 5 —4 —4 5 636

* CHANGES WITHIN ♦ 0.5%

PERSONS ENGAGED COVER COMPANY EMPLOYEES ONLY- SITE WORKERS EMPLOYED BY LABOUR-ONLY SUB-CONTRACTORS NOT INCLUDED.

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NOTE TO EDITORS*

LAMMA WATER SUPPLY PROJECT

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THE DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES, MR T.H. TOMLINSON, WILL TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) OFFICIATE AT THE INAUGURATION OF THE LAMMA ISLAND WATER SUPPLY PROJECT.

THE S47-MILLION PROJECT AIMS AT PROVIDING FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO MOST VILLAGES ON LAMMA ISLAND.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CEREMONY WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE LAMMA ISLAND PRIMARY SERVICE RESERVOIR AT 11 AM.

A LAUNCH WILL TAKE PRESS MEMBERS FROM HONG KONG ISLAND TO LAMMA ISLAND.

PRESS MEMBERS COVERING THE CEREMONY SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE QUEEN’S PIER NOT LATER THAN 9.15 AM TOMORROW.

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NOTE TO EDITORS*

MEET THE MEDIA * * *

THE MANAGER OF THE GOVERNMENT DATA PROCESSING AGENCY, STEPHEN LAU. WILL MEET THE MEDIA ON THURSDAY (OCTOBER 20) AT 4 PM IN THE GIS THEATRE ON FIFTH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.

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COMMENTS INVITED ON CONVERSION OF U.S. TARIFF

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tuc TOAnc nPPARTMENT HAS INVITED TRADERS AND MANUFACTURERS TO COMMENT J5 THE“PROPPED cSnJeRS ION OF U.S TAR IFFS TO THE HARMONISED COMMODITY DESCRIPTION AND CODING SYST (HARMONISED SYSTEM).

AwuniiNriNG THIS TODAY. A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT pyPLA^E? THAT THE HARMONISED SYSTEM IS DESIGNED TO MEET ALL SSS SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED INTERNATIONALLY ON JANUARY 1, 1987.

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THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION (ITC) OF THE UNITED STATES HAS COMPLETED ITS CONVERSION REPORT AND THE TRADE POLICY STAFF COMMITTEE WILL CONDUCT PUBLIC HEARINGS IN VARIOUS U.S. CITIES IN NOVEMBER TO RECEIVE COMMENTS.

THE SPOKESMAN, COMMENTING ON THE PROPOSED CONVERSION, SAID THAT THE EXERCISE WOULD INVOLVE THE RECLASSIFICATION OF NUMEROUS TARIFF CATEGORIES, AND TARIFF RATES FOR INDIVIDUAL PRODUCTS WOULD CHANGE. HOWEVER, THE GENERAL LEVEL OF PROTECTION PROVIDED BY TARIFFS SHOULD NEITHER BE GREATER NOR LESS THAN BEFORE.

+THE TRADE DEPARTMENT IS SEEKING TO IDENTIFY ANY POSSIBLE -PROBLEM AREAS. INTERESTED PARTIES SHOULD ALSO EXAMINE THE PROPOSALS RELATING TO THEIR OWN SECTORS AND MAKE THEIR VIEWS KNOWN TO THE DEPARTMENT,* HE SAID.

A COPY OF THE ITC REPORT WHICH COMPRISES ANNEXES ON (A) CONVERTED U.S. TARIFF SCHEDULE, (B) CROSS-REFERENCE FROM PRESENT TSUSA TO CONVERTED TARIFF SCHEDULE, (C) CROSSREFERENCE FROM CONVERTED TARIFF SCHEDULE TO PRESENT TSUSA, IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION AT THE TRADE DEPARTMENT’S COMMERCIAL RELATIONS BRANCH REGISTRY OF THE NORTH AMERICA DIVISION ROOM 1413, 14/F., OCEAN CENTRE, CANTON ROAD.

VIEWS AND COMMENTS FROM TRADERS SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE DEPARTMENT BEFORE NOVEMBER 17, 1983.

BUILDINGS DECLARED DANGEROUS

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY DECLARED BUILDING NOS. Ill AND 113 JERVOIS STREET. HONG KONG TO BE IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION AND BUILDING NO. 115 JERVOIS STREET, HONG KONG LIABLE TO BECOME DANGEROUS.

IN A STATEMENT ISSUED THIS MORNING THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THAT THESE WERE THREE-FOUR STOREY PRE-WAR BUILDINGS MAINLY CONSTRUCTED WITH LOAD-BEARING BRICK WALLS AND TIMBER FLOORS AND ROOFS.

A RECENT INSPECTION INDICATED THAT THERE WAS A RISK OF A COLLAPSE OF NOS. Ill AND 113 JERVOIS STREET DUE TO THE WEAKNESS IN THE FRONT WALL BRICKWORK AND FRACTURES IN THE COMMON PARTY WALL.

+IT IS THEREFORE NECESSARY TO CLOSE AND DEMOLISH THESE BUILDINGS,* HE SAID.

+WITH REGARD TO NO. 115 JERVOIS STREET, THE CONDITION OF THE PARTY WALL COMMON WITH NO. 113 JERVOIS STREET IS SUCH THAT THE BUILDING IS NOT LIKELY TO WITHSTAND THE DEMOLITION OF NOS. Ill AND 113 JERVOIS STREET. IT IS THEREFORE ALSO NECESSARY TO CLOSE AND DEMOLISH THIS BUILDING,* HE ADDED.

NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS IN VICTORIA DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 AM ON NOVEMBER 15, 1983 WERE POSTED TODAY.

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SHA TAU KOK TO BE REDEVELOPED

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NORTH DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE FIRST PHASE OF A REDEVELOPMENT SCHEME IN SHA TAU KOK AT THEIR MEETING ON THURSDAY (OCTOBER 20).

THE FIRST PHASE OF THE SCHEME INCLUDES A TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA FOR ABOUT 3 000 PEOPLE, A SPORTS GROUND, AND PARKING SPACES FOR PRIVATE CARS AND GOODS VEHICLES.

AT THE MEETING, MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE PROPOSED RECREATION AND SPORTS PROGRAMMES FOR RESIDENTS OF CHOI YUEN ESTATE IN SHEUNG SHU I.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE PROGRESS REPORTS OF THE BOARD’S ARTS AND CULTURE, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT, RECREATION AND SPORTS, AND TRANSPORT AND TRAFFIC COMMITTEES.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AT 9.30 AM ON THURSDAY (OCTOBER 20) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF TAI PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE, KWONG FUK ROAD. A GOVERNMENT VAN WILL LEAVE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT 8.15 AM FOR TAI PO.

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PEDESTRIAN SUBWAY FOR MONGKOK * * *

THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT PROPOSES TO CONSTRUCT A PEDESTRIAN SUBWAY UNDER NATHAN ROAD AT SOY STREET IN MONGKOK TO PROVIDE PEDESTRIANS WITH EASY AND SAFE CROSSING AT THE BUSY ROAD JUNCTION.

UPON COMPLETION OF THE NEW 60-METRE-L0NG SUBWAY, THE SECTION OF SOY STREET BETWEEN PORTLAND STREET AND SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET WILL BE CONVERTED TO A PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT.

AMENITY AREAS WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED IN THE PRECINCT.

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

A PLAN SHOWING THE PROPOSED WORKS CAN BE SEEN AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, WEST WING MAIN ENTRANCE; THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE (KOWLOON WEST), KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 10TH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD, AND THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE, TUNG PING BUILDING, GROUND, 1ST AND 2ND FLOORS, 157 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD.

ANY OBJECTION TO THE PROPOSAL MUST BE SENT IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS NOT LATER THAN DECEMBER 12.

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RESCUE BOAT TRAINING OFFERED ON *****

A TRAINING COURSE ON THE USE OF INFLATABLE RESCUE BOATS VwILL BE HELD FOR AMATEUR LIFEGUARDS FROM SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29.

THE COAST GUARD TRAINING COURSE, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG LIFE GUARD CLUB AND THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT. IS BEING OFFERED TO TRAIN PEOPLE TO OPERATE RESCUE BOATS IN OPEN WATERS AND THE HIGH SEAS, AND WILL BE HELD AT THE LIDO BEACH AT 11-1/2 MILESTONE OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD IN TSUEN WAN, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NTSD SAID.

THE FREE, FOUR-DAY COURSE WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN 9 AM AND 5 PM ON TWO WEEKENDS - OCTOBER 29 AND 30 AND NOVEMBER 5 AND 6.

ENTRIES FOR THE COURSE ARE NOW BEING INVITED, AND ENROLMENT WILL BE ACCEPTED ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

APPLICANTS MUST BE OVER 17 AND SHOULD ALSO POSSESS A DISTINCTION AWARD ISSUED BY THE ROYAL LIFE SAVING SOCIETY (HONG KONG) WITHIN THE LAST THREE YEARS.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR THE COURSE MAY BE OBTAINED EITHER AT HONG KONG LIFE GUARD CLUB AT 223A QUEEN’S ROAD, CENTRAL, LEE KEE COMMERCIAL BUILDING, FLAT 3B, HONG KONG, OR AT THE TSUEN WAN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE ON SECOND FLOOR, FAR EAST BANK BUILDING, 135-143 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATION IS MONDAY (OCTOBER 24), THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

THE NTSD AT PRESENT USES FOUR INFLATABLE RESCUE BOATS WITH OUT-BOARD ENGINES AT VARIOUS GAZETTED BEACHES DURING SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS. TWO LIFEGUARDS ARE ON DUTY IN EACH RESCUE BOAT. ------------------------------o-------

SHUTTLECOCK REFEREES’ COURSE * * *

FOR EXPERIENCED AND SPORTS SERVICE

COURSE

A SHUTTLECOCK REFEREES’ TRAINING

P! AYERS IS BEING ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION

OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT, TOGETHER WITH THE AMATEUR SHUTTLECOCK ASSOCIATION.

ci hqqcq wii I TAKE PLACE AT THREE VENUES — THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STAD UM BOUNDARY STREET INDOOR GAMES HALL AND CHEUNG sh! 0a5 indJo? gaAes hall, from November 14 to December 12.

THEORY AND PRACTICAL LESSONS WILL BE PROVIDED.

AFTER COMPLETING THE PRACTICAL SESSIONS AND PASS I NG A WRITTEN TEST THE TRAINEES WILL BE REQUIRED TO REFEREE THREE COMPETITIONS’ARRANGED BY THE SHUTTLECOCK ASSOCIATION.

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THE FEE IS $20 AND THE COURSE IS LIMITED TO 40 PERSONS. CERTIFICATE WILL BE AWARDED TO THOSE WHO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THE COURSE.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE RECREATION AND SPORTS SERVICE HEADQUARTERS IN WING ON CENTRE, CENTRAL.

FOR FURTHER INQUIRIES TELEPHONE 5-458511.

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THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SITTING-OUT AREA NEAR MAN SUN SCHOOL IN SHEK 0 TO PROVIDE PASSIVE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES IN THE AREA.

UPON COMPLETION, THE 190 SQUARE METRE SITE WILL INCLUDE A REST GARDEN WITH ARBOURS, SEATING AND PLANTING AREAS AND CHILDREN’S PLAY EQUIPMENT.

WORK WILL START IN DECEMBER AND BE COMPLETED IN MARCH NEXT YEAR.

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FOUR NEW TAXI STANDS WILL BE DESIGNATED AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS FROM THURSDAY (OCTOBER 20) TO FACILITATE THE PICKING UP AND SETTING DOWN OF PASSENGERS.

* CAMERON ROAD NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH CAMERON LANE.

* BOWRING STREET NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH NATHAN ROAD.

* WING SING LANE BETWEEN ARTHUR STREET AND NATHAN ROAD.

* PAK HOI STREET BETWEEN WOOSUNG STREET AND NATHAN ROAD.

THE FIVE TAXI STANDS BELOW WILL BE CANCELLED FROM FRIDAY (OCTOBER 21) AND CONVERTED INTO METERED PARKING SPACES FOR PUBLIC USE.

* CARNARVON ROAD NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH KIMBERLEY ROAD.

* OBSERVATORY ROAD BETWEEN KIMBERLEY STREET AND KIMBERLEY ROAD.

* BATTERY STREET NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH PAK HOI STREET.

* CHI WO STREET OUTSIDE HOTEL FORTUNA NEAR GASCOIGNE ROAD.

* WOOSUNG STREET NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH PAK HOI STREET.

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WATER MAINS WORKS IN TWO AREAS * * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN KENNEDY TOWN WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PM ON FRIDAY (OCTOBER 21) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY FORBE§ STREET, KA WAI MAN ROAD AND SAI NING STREET, INCLUDING 1-7 AND 32-60 VICTORIA ROAD, 25-71 AND 22-60 CADOGEN STREET, 12-12T SMITHFIELD ROAD, SAI WAN ESTATE, KENNEDY TOWN INCINERATOR, SWIMMING POOL, WHOLESALE MARKET AND MORTUARY IN SAI NING STREET AND MOUNT DAVIS COTTAGE AREA.

AND ON THE SAME DAY, FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN ABERDEEN WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM ON FRIDAY, FOR MAINS WORK.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY OLD MAIN STREET, ABERDEEN ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD, WU PAK STREET AND WU NAM STREET, INCLUDING 118-178 ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

WATER SUPPLY SCHEME FOR LAMMA ISLAND COMPLETED .................  1

ROAD TOLL ON DOWNWARD TREND ..................................... 2

ARTS ADMINISTRATORS CONFERENCE ENDS ............................. 3

TRANSPORT SERVICES SURVEY CARRIED OUT ........................... 4

RENT ALLOWANCES INCREASED ....................................... 5

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN WAN CHAI RECLAMATION AREA............ 6

DISTRICT FESTIVAL PLANNED ....................................... 7

TUEN MUN HOLDING FIRST SWIMMING GALA ............................ 7

CHINESE ESSAY COMPETITION ....................................... 8

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WATER SUPPLY SCHEME FOR LAMMA ISLAND COMPLETED * * * *

THE COMPLETION OF THE I47-MILLI0N LAMMA ISLAND WATER SUPPLY SCHEME WAS PART OF THE GOVERNMENT’S EFFORT TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE WATER SUPPLY FOR THE WHOLE OF HONG KONG, THE DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES, MR TOM TOMLINSON, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR TOMLINSON WAS SPEAKING AT THE INAUGURATION OF THE SCHEME WHICH TOOK TWO YEARS TO COMPLETE.

THE PROJECT COMPRISES TWO SUBMARINE MAINS, ONE MEASURING 3.8 KILOMETRES FROM SANDY BAY AND THE OTHER 2.1 KILOMETRES FROM WAH FU.

WATER IS DRAWN FROM THE MOUNT DAVIS SERVICE RESERVOIR SUPPLY SYSTEM VIA THE TWO SUBMARINE MAINS TO A 6 OOO-CUBIC-METRE SERVICE RESERVOIR NEAR YUNG SHUE WAN AND A 250-CUBIC-METRE SECONDARY SERVICE RESERVOIR NEAR SO KWU WAN ON LAMMA ISLAND.

MR TOMLINSON SAID, +WATER IS THEN DISTRIBUTED THROUGH A NETWORK OF DISTRIBUTION MAINS TOTALLING ABOUT 7.8 KILOMETRES AND RANGING FROM 100 MILLIMETRES TO 400 MILLIMETRES IN DIAMETER TO PROVIDE FILTERED SUPPLY TO 15 OF THE 19 VILLAGES ON THE ISLAND.*

HE SAID THAT AT THE PRESENT STAGE, SUPPLY COULD NOT BE EXTENDED TO THE REMAINING FOUR VILLAGES DUE TO THEIR GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION AND TECHNICAL RESTRAINTS ON THE SYSTEM.

♦HOWEVER, THE DEPARTMENT WILL CONTINUE WITH INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE FEASIBILITY OF PROVIDING WATER TO THOSE VILLAGES AND HOPEFULLY IN THE NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE THE PROBLEM WILL BE RESOLVED,♦ HE ADDED.

MR TOMLINSON SAID THAT IN RECENT YEARS GREAT STEPS HAD BEEN TAKEN TO EXTEND FILTERED WATER SUPPLIES TO VILLAGES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND METERED SUPPLIES TO SQUATTERS IN URBAN AREAS.

AT THE SAME TIME, HE ADDED, MAJOR PROJECTS WERE BEING CARRIED OUT IN THE BORDER AREA AND THE WESTERN PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES FOR THE RECEPTION AND DISTRIBUTION OF THE INCREASING QUANTITIES OF WATER FROM CHINA.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THESE PROJECTS WERE WELL UNDER WAY AND OTHERS WOULD FOLLOW SOON. THEY INCLUDE PUMPING STATIONS, TREATMENT WORKS, PIPELINES AND TUNNELS.

MR TOMLINSON EXPRESSED GRATITUDE TO RESIDENTS ON THE ISLAND WHO HAD CO-OPERATED WITH THE CONTRACTORS AND SITE STAFF DESPITE INCONVENIENCE CAUSED DURING THE CONSTRUCTION PERIOD.

HE EXPLAINED THAT SITE CONDITIONS FOR LAYING MAINS WERE DIFFICULT AND PIPE ALIGNMENTS HAD IN MANY CASES TO BE TRACED ALONG NARROW FOOTPATHS AND THROUGH AGRICULTURAL LOTS.

TURNING TO THE PRESENT WATER STORAGE LEVEL, MR TOMLINSON SAID THAT HE WAS VERY PLEASED WITH THE SUPPLY SITUATION WHICH HE DESCRIBED AS MOST FAVOURABLE.

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up <?AID +WE HAVE SEEN OUR LARGEST RESERVOIR AT HIGH ISLAND FILL FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE ITS CONSTRUCTION.*

MR TOMLINSON AND MR FONG LAI, CHAIRMAN OF THE NORTH LAMMA RURAL COmrfTEE, THEN JOINTLY TURNED THE VALVE, ALLOW I NG THE WATER ni“Xto th£ new service reservoir.

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THE ROAD TOLL SEEMED AT LAST TO BE ON A REGULAR DOWNWARD TREND, WITH FATALITIES REDUCED BY 13.3 PER CENT AND SERIOUS INJURIES BY 7.4 PER CENT DURING THE 12 MONTHS ENDING IN JUNE THIS YEAR, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, MR ALAN SCOTT, SAID TODAY.

♦BY MAINTAINING CONSTANT PRESSURE ON ROAD SAFETY, I HOPE THAT WE SHALL SEE A CONTINUING REDUCTION,* HE SAID.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE HONG KONG SCHOOL GF MOTORING, MR SCOTT SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT ACCEPTED ITS RESPONSIBILITY FOR IMPROVING THE DRIVING ENVIRONMENT, AND FOR SAFEGUARDING DRIVERS AND OTHER ROAD USERS.

ON THE GOVERNMENT’S ROAD SAFETY STRATEGY, HE SAID IT WAS MOST ENCOURAGING THE WEARING RATES OF FRONT SEAT BELTS HAD BEEN RECORDED AT 97 PER CENT AT URBAN MONITORING POINTS.

♦RESPONSIBLE DRIVERS WHO FORM THE GREAT MAJORITY WILL IN DUE COURSE BENEFIT FROM THE DRIVING OFFENCE POINTS SYSTEM WHICH WILL ENCOURAGE HIGHER STANDARDS OF DRIVING, AND IF AND AS NECESSARY, REMOVE DANGEROUS DRIVERS FROM THE ROADS BY DISQUALIFICATION,* HE ADDED.

MR SCOTT SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS ALSO VERY CONSCIOUS OF THE NEED FOR LEARNER DRIVERS TO MASTER THE NEW ROAD TRAFFIC LEGISLATION AND, IN PARTICULAR, THE NEW TRAFFIC SIGNS WITH METRIC MEASURES.

IT HAD PREPARED A ROAD USERS’ CODE TO IMPROVE ON AND REPLACE THE HIGHWAY CODE, AND THIS WOULD BE AVAILABLE IN ADVANCE OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEW LEGISLATION IN AUGUST 1984.

MR SCOTT NOTED THAT THE SCHOOL OF MOTORING WAS ACTUALLY OPENED TO STUDENTS SOME WHILE AGO, AND THE SPEED WITH WHICH THIS WAS ACHIEVED - 18 MONTHS - WAS A TRIBUTE TO THE VITALITY OF HONG KONG’S PRIVATE ENTREPRENEURS AND TO CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THEM AND THE GOVERNMENT.

♦ON THE GOVERNMENT’S SIDE, THIS SITE WAS MADE AVAILABLE FOR A REASONABLE PERIOD AND A SENSIBLE PREMIUM- AND THE STUDENT NUMBERS JUSTIFY THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT ASSIGNING UP TO SIX EXAMINERS TO THE SCHOOL FOR TESTING DRIVERS ON THE WRITTEN AND MANOEUVRING PARTS OF THE DRIVING TEST,+ HE SAID.

♦ABOUT 1 OOO LEARNERS WILL USE THE SCHOOL EACH DAY, AND THE REDUCTION IN CONGESTION WILL BE NOTICEABLE IN CERTAIN AREAS. OFF-STREET TRAINING WILL ALSO CONTRIBUTE TO SAFETY BECAUSE THE INEVITABLE MISTAKES WE ALL MAKE WHEN STARTING TO LEARN TO DRIVE CAN BE MADE IN THE SCHOOL COMPOUND, WITHOUT ENDANGERING ROAD USERS,♦ HE POINTED OUT.

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ARTS ADMINISTRATORS CONFERENCE ENDS

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THE DIRECTOR OF THE COMMONWEALTH INSTITUTE, MR JAMES PORTER, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT THE COMMONWEALTH SHOULD ESTABLISH A PERMANENT ORGANISATION TO ENCOURAGE AND PROMOTE THE ARTS IN THE COMMONWEALTH.

SPEAKING AS CHAIRMAN AT THE CLOSING SESSION OF THE CONFERENCE, MR PORTER SAID THE DELEGATES STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT MORE SUPPORT BE GIVEN TO THE INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE OF PEOPLE WORKING IN THE ARTS.

+IN PARTICULAR, THERE SHOULD BE GREATER OPPORTUNITY FOR ARTISTS AND ARTS ADMINISTRATORS WHO LIVE IN THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES OF THE COMMONWEALTH,* HE ADDED.

HONG KONG HOSTED THE THREE-DAY CONFERENCE AT THE FURAMA HOTEL WHICH WAS ATTENDED BY 28 DELEGATES FROM 14 COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES. THE TWO PREVIOUS CONFERENCES WERE HELD IN ENGLAND IN 1979 AND CANADA IN 1981.

MR PORTER SAID, +THE CONFERENCE WISHES TO RECORD ITS DEEPEST THANKS TO THE HON ALEX WU, CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS IN HONG KONG; AND THE GOVERNMENT AS WELL AS THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG FOR MAKING SUCH OUTSTANDING PROVISION FOR THE DELEGATES, FOR THE GREAT WARMTH OF THE WELCOME RECEIVED AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN FROM THE UNIQUE EXPERIENCE OF THOSE INVOLVED IN THE ARTS OF HONG KONG.+

THE CONFERENCE ALSO ACCEPTED THE FOLLOWING RECOMMENDATIONS:

* THAT STEPS BE TAKEN TO IMPROVE THE EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION BETWEEN THOSE CONCERNED WITH THE ARTS IN THE COMMONWEALTH.

* THAT STRONG SUPPORT BE GIVEN TO THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF THE EXCHANGE OF ARTS WORKERS WHO SHOULD HAVE THE TIME AND OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A FULL CONTRIBUTION TO ASPECTS OF CULTURAL LIFE IN THE COUNTRIES TO WHICH THEY TRAVEL.

* THAT COUNTRIES SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO EXTEND THE DEVELOPMENT OF REGIONAL AND PAN-COMMONWEALTH ARTS PROGRAMME.

X THAT APPROPRIATE ORGANISATIONAL ARRANGEMENTS BE MADE TO ENSURE CONTINUING ENCOURAGEMENT AND PROMOTION OF THE ARTS OF THE COMMONWEALTH.

* THAT THE CONFERENCE CONFIRMS ITS STRONG SUPPORT FOR INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS AND WELCOME EFFORTS TO IMPROVE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THEM TO REALISE THEIR POTENTIAL.

* THAT THERE SHOULD BE INCREASED ACCESS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO ENJOY AND PARTICIPATE IN THE ARTS.

THE CONFERENCE ALSO AGREED THAT A FOURTH CONFERENCE OF COMMONWEALTH ARTS ADMINISTRATORS SHOULD BE HELD WITHIN THE NEXT TWO YEARS AND THAT THE VENUE SHOULD PREFERABLY BE IN THE CARIBBEAN, AFRICA OR THE PACIFIC.

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TRANSPORT SERVICES SURVEY CARRIED OUT

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PROVISIONAL RESULTS OF THE 1981 SURVEY OF TRANSPORT AND RELATED SERVICES WERE RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THIS SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED FROM APRIL 1982 TO MARCH 1983 WITH THE AIM OF COLLECTING INFORMATION ON THE STRUCTURE AND OPERATING CHARACTERISTICS OF THE TRANSPORT SECTOR IN 1981 SO AS TO ASSESS THE SECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE ECONOMY’S OUTPUT, AND TO ANALYSE ANY CHANGES SINCE 1980, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

DATA COLLECTED IN THE SURVEY INCLUDED TYPE OF OWNERSHIP, TYPE OF BUSINESS ACTIVITY, NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED INCLUDING NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES IN HONG KONG OFFICES AND NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES WORKING ON BOARD SHIPS (FOR SHIPOWNERS AND SHIP OPERATORS), COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES, OTHER OPERATING EXPENSES, INCOME AND RECEIPTS, CAPITAL EXPENDITURE AND CAPITAL STOCK.

THE PROVISIONAL RESULTS INDICATED THAT 33 215 TRANSPORT ESTABLISHMENTS WERE IN OPERATION FOR THE WHOLE OR PART OF 1981, ENGAGING A TOTAL OF 124 208 PERSONS, REPRESENTING INCREASES OF 17 PER CENT IN TERMS OF ESTABLISHMENTS AND SIX PER CENT IN TERMS OF PERSONS ENGAGED OVER 1980.

IN 1981, THE TOTAL INCOME AND RECEIPTS OF THESE ESTABLISHMENTS WERE ESTIMATED TO BE $31 309 MILLION. UP BY 33 PER CENT OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR. THEY SPENT $4 017 MILLION ON COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES (AN INCREASE OF 26 PER CENT) AND $23 302 MILLION ON OTHER OPERATING EXPENSES (AN INCREASE OF 29 PER CENT). THEIR GROSS ADDITIONS TO FIXED ASSETS (BEING ACQUISITION OF FIXED ASSETS LESS PROCEEDS FROM RESALES OF FIXED ASSETS), WHICH WERE WORTH $5 021 MILLION, SHOWED A DECREASE OF EIGHT PER CENT. THEIR TOTAL BOOK VALUE OF FIXED ASSETS AS AT THE END OF 1981 AMOUNTED TO $20 849 MILLION.

THE LARGEST INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED WAS RECORDED IN +SUPPORTING SERVICES TO LAND TRANSPORT* AT 19 PER CENT. FOLLOWED BY +SERVICES INCIDENTAL TO TRANSPORT* AT 10 PER CENT AND +LAND FREIGHT TRANSPORT* AT NINE PER CENT. ON THE OTHER HAND, +SUPPORTING SERVICES TO WATER TRANSPORT* SHOWED A DECLINE OF SIX PER CENT.

♦SUPPORTING SERVICES TO LAND TRANSPORT* ALSO HAD THE LARGEST INCREASE IN COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES AT 43 PER CENT. OTHER MAJOR TRANSPORT GROUPS WITH SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES WERE *LAND FREIGHT TRANSPORT* AT 36 PER CENT, +OCEAN AND COASTAL WATER TRANSPORT* AT 31 PER CENT AND +SERVICES INCIDENTAL TO TRANSPORT* AT 30 PER CENT.

IN TERMS OF INCOME AND RECEIPTS, MAJOR TRANSPORT GROUPS WITH SIGNIFICANT GROWTH BETWEEN 1980 AND 1981 WERE +AIR TRANSPORT* (39 PER CENT), ^SERVICES INCIDENTAL TO TRANSPORT* (36 PER CENT) AND +OCEAN AND COASTAL WATER TRANSPORT* (33 PER CENT). THE OPERATING EXPENSES OF THESE MAJOR GROUPS ALSO ROSE CONSIDERABLY BY 31 PER CENT, 35 PER CENT AND 33 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

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ON GROSS ADDITIONS TO FIXED ASSETS, LARGE INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN +SUPPORTING SERVICES TO WATER TRANSPORT* (214 PER CENT). +SUPPORTING SERVICES TO LAND TRANSPORT* (104 PER CENT), AND +OCEAN THE COASTAL WATER TRANSPORT* (86 PER CENT).

OTHER MAJOR TRANSPORT GROUPS SHOWED A DECLINE IN GROSS ADDITIONS TO FIXED ASSETS IN 1981.

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT IS NOW PREPARING A REPORT ON THE 1981 SURVEY, WHICH WILL CONTAIN A DETAILED ANALYSIS OF THE RESULTS BY TRANSPORT GROUP AND A DESCRIPTION CF THE SURVEY METHODOLOGY.

ENQUIRIES ON THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE TRANSPORT AND SERVICES STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (TEL. NO. 1 3-661045).

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RENT ALLOWANCES INCREASED

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RENT ALLOWANCES UNDER THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE SCHEME HAVE BEEN INCREASED FROM SEPTEMBER 1 TO COVER RENT RISES FOR A NUMBER CF PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE REVISED MAXIMUM RENT ALLOWANCE FOR A SINGLE PERSON HAS BEEN RAISED FROM $172 TO $276, AND FOR A FAMILY OF EIGHT OR MORE ELIGIBLE MEMBERS FROM $828 TO $1 626.

THE ADJUSTMENTS WERE MADE AFTER RENTS FOR 25 POST-1973 PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES WERE RAISED ON SEPTEMBER 1.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT NEARLY 4 800 PUBLIC ASSISTANCE HOUSEHOLDS WOULD BENEFIT FROM THE REVISION CF THE RENT ALLOWANCE RATES.

THE REVISION IS EXPECTED TO RESULT IN ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE CF ABOUT $3.2 MILLION FOR THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR AND SOME $5.6 MILLION FOR THE WHOLE OF 1984/85.

THE EXISTING AND REVISED MAXIMUM RENT ALLOWANCES PAYABLE

UNDER THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE SCHEME ARE AS FOLLOWS 1

OLD RATE REVISED RATE

FOR A SINGLE PERSON $172 $276

FOR A FAMILY OFt

2 - 3 ELIGIBLE MEMBERS $387 $623

4 - 5 ELIGIBLE MEMBERS $663 $953

6 - 7 ELIGIBLE MEMBERS $771 $1 058

8 AND MORE ELIGIBLE MEMBERS $828 $1 626

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NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN WAN CHAI RECLAMATION AREA *****

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN WAN CHAI RECLAMATION AREA FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (OCTOBER 21).

THE'ROAD ALONG THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF CHINA RESOURCES BUILDING, LEADING FROM FLEMING ROAD TO HARBOUR ROAD WILL BE OPEN TO EASTBOUND TRAFFIC.

EASTBOUND VEHICLES ON HARBOUR ROAD WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING RIGHT INTO TONNOCHY ROAD SOUTHBOUND.

THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS WILL BE DESIGNATED AS URBAN CLEARWAYSt

* FLEMING ROAD BETWEEN GLOUCESTER ROAD AND THE FERRY CONCOURSE ROAD IN FRONT OF WAN CHAI FERRY PIER.

* THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY AND NORTHERN SIDE OF THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF THE FERRY CONCOURSE ROAD IN FRONT OF WAN CHAI FERRY PIER.

* HARBOUR ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH FLEMING ROAD TO A POINT 45 METRES EAST OF THE JUNCTION.

* A 70-METRE SECTION ON THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF HARBOUR ROAD, STARTING FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH TONNOCHY ROAD.

* A 175-METRE SECTION ON THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF HARBOUR ROAD, STARTING FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH TONNOCHY ROAD.

* THE SOUTHERN AND EASTERN SIDES OF THE ROAD NEAR CHINA RESOURCES BUILDING, LEADING FROM FLEMING ROAD TO HARBOUR ROAD, AS WELL AS A 30-METRE SECTION ON THE NORTHERN SIDE OF THE ROAD, STARTING FROM THE JUNCTION WITH FLEMING ROAD.

WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONES, NO MOTOR VEHICLES OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS BETWEEN 7 AM AND MIDNIGHT DAILY.

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NOTE TO EDITORSi

DISTRICT FESTIVAL PLANNED * * * *

DETAILS OF A MONTH-LONG DISTRICT FESTIVAL, TO BE LAUNCHED IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN BEGINNING OCTOBER 30, WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT A PRESS CONFERENCE AT 3 PM ON FRIDAY (OCTOBER 21) AT THE BANK OF AMERICA PENTHOUSE, 37TH FLOOR, BANK OF AMERICA TOWER, 12 HARCOURT ROAD.

ATTENDING THE CONFERENCE WILL BE DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS LOLLY CHIU, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FESTIVAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR LIU LIT-FOR.

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ABOUT 300 SWIMMING ATHLETES IN TUEN MUN WILL COMPETE IN THE DISTRICT’S FIRST SWIMMING GALA ON SATURDAY (OCTOBER 22).

THE FIVE-HOUR EVENT WILL START AT 1 PM AT THE YUEN LONG PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL. THE CONTESTANTS WILL TAKE PART IN 70 RACES INCLUDING FREE STYLE, BACK STROKE, BREAST STROKE, BUTTERFLY AND RELAY.

TROPHIES AND MEDALS WILL BE AWARDED TO THE WINNERS WHO WILL REPRESENT TUEN MUN TO COMPETE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES INTER-DISTRICT SWIMMING GALA ON NOVEMBER 17 TO BE HELD IN SHA TIN.

THE GALA IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE TUEN MUN SPORTS ASSOCIATION, TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE, RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICES, TUEN MUN RURAL COMMITTEE AND THE NEW TERRITORIES SCHOOL SPORTS ASSOCIATION.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WILLIAM HUI, THE PRESIDENT OF THE TUEN MUN SPORTS ASSOCIATION, MR LAU WONG-FAT, AND THE CHIEF RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICER, MR RAYMOND CHAN, WILL BE PRESENT AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE FIRST TUEN MUN SWIMMING GALA AT 1 PM ON SATURDAY (OCTOBER 22) AT THE YUEN LONG PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL.

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CHINESE ESSAY COMPETITION * * M

A CHINESE ESSAY WRITING COMPETITION FOR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL CHILDREN WILL BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 13.

THE EVENT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE LIONS CLUB OF HONG KONG ISLAND AND THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMPETITION’S SUB-COMMITTEE, MR JOHNSON LAI. WILL ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE CONTEST TO SCHOOL PRINCIPALS AT A RECEPTION AT 4 PM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AT THE JADE GARDEN RESTAURANT, CONNAUGHT CENTRE.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE RECEPTION WILL BE THE PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY (HONG KONG AND KOWLOON), MR KEITH KWOK, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG YOUTH CULTURAL AND ARTS COMPETITIONS, MR SHUM CHO I-SANG.

YOU ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE RECEPTION.

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FROM 10 AM TOMORROW (THURSDAY), THE CIRCUIT BETWEEN ON YAT STREET AND ON YUN ONE-WAY EASTBOUND FOR ABOUT FIVE MONTHS, LAYING OF WATER MAINS.

SECTION OF TSUEN KING STREET WILL BE ROUTED TO FACILITATE THE

WESTBOUND TRAFFIC HEADING FOR ALLWAY GARDENS WILL BE RE-ROUTED VIA ON YIN STREET.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 198}

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SIR PHILIP VISITS LAND TRANSPORT AGENCY ......................... 1

GOVERNOR RETURNS TOMORROW ...................................... 1

U.S. WITHDRAWS RESTRAINT REQUEST ................................ 2

HONG KONG TO HOST LAWN BOWLS CLASSIC PAIRS CONTEST............... 2

TEACHERS INVITED TO RESOURCE CENTRE............................. 4

YAU MA TEI COURTESY DRIVE PLANNED...............................  4

YOUTH ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM IN TSUEN WAN.........................  5

SCHOOLS GET FIRE PREVENTION TEACHING KITS........................ 5

MARKET STALL OPERATORS WIN PRIZES ............................... 6

JURY LIST TO BE POSTED........................................... 7

SHA TIN BASEBALL TEAM FORMED....................................  7

AMS DINNER .....................................................  8

40 MPH SPEED LIMIT SET .......................................... 8

SHEUNG SHU I URBAN CLEARWAY ..................................... 8

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 1983

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SIR PHILIP VISITS LAND TRANSPORT AGENCY *****

SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, DEPUTY TO THE GOVERNOR. TODAY VISITED THE GOVERNMENT LAND TRANSPORT AGENCY. HE WAS BRIEFED BY MR JOHN GRAY, CONTROLLER, GOVERNMENT LAND TRANSPORT AND HIS SENIOR STAFF ON THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE AGENCY.

SIR PHILIP THEN VISITED THE KAI TAK AND HONG KONG TRANSPORT POOLS. HE MET THE TRANSPORT SUPERVISORS AND THEIR STAFF, AND SAW TRANSPORT OPERATIONS AND TRAINING ACTIVITIES.

THE GOVERNMENT LAND TRANSPORT AGENCY WAS FORMED IN MAY 1978 UNDER SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE WHEN HE WAS THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY. THE AIM WAS TO ENSURE THAT ALL THE RESOURCES OF THE GOVERNMENT VEHICLE FLEET, CONSISTING OF SOME 5 000 VEHICLES AT THE TIME, WERE MANAGED EFFICIENTLY, AND TO CO-ORDINATE TRANSPORT RESOURCES IN THE MOST ECONOMICAL WAY.

IN 1979, THE GOVERNMENT LAND TRANSPORT AGENCY BECAME INDEPENDENT AND TOOK OVER THE MANAGEMENT OF THE GOVERNMENT TRANSPORT POOLS FROM THE THEN ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL OFFICE. THE CONTROLLER, GOVERNMENT LAND TRANSPORT NOW ADMINISTERS ALL THE TRANSPORT MANAGEMENT AND DRIVER GRADES OF OVER 3 000 PERSONNEL.

THE GOVERNMENT LAND TRANSPORT AGENCY HAS INTRODUCED MODERN TECHNIQUES INTO THE MANAGEMENT OF THE GOVERNMENT VEHICLE FLEET WHICH NOW HAS A TOTAL OF 6 000 VEHICLES WITH A CAPITAL COST OF $650 MILLION. THE GROWTH OF THE GOVERNMENT VEHICLE FLEET HAS BEEN REDUCED FROM 9.8 PER CENT IN 1978/79 TO 4.5 PER CENT IN 1983/84, ESSENTIALLY BY ADVISING DEPARTMENTS HOW TO MAKE MORE EFFECTIVE USE OF EXISTING RESOURCES. IN 1984 IT IS INTENDED TO INTRODUCE COMPUTER SYSTEMS WHICH WILL IMPROVE THE CURRENT TRANSPORT MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM.

THIS IN TURN WILL ENHANCE THE ABILITY OF THE AGENCY TO MAXIMISE THE UTILISATION OF GOVERNMENT VEHICLES.

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NOTE TO EDITORSi

GOVERNOR RETURNS TOMORROW * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, WILL RETURN FROM PEKING TOMORROW (FRIDAY) ON FLIGHT CA 103, ETA 1.55 PM, AFTER ATTENDING ANOTHER TWO DAYS OF TALKS ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG.

A PHOTOGRAPHIC FACILITY WILL BE ARRANGED AT THE AIRPORT FOR PRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CAMERAMEN TO COVER HIS RETURN. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD ASSEMBLE IN THE PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE AIRPORT TERMINAL BUILDING NOT LATER THAN 12.40 PM.

GIS OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 1983

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U.S. WITHDRAWS RESTRAINT REQUEST * * * *

FOLLOWING RECENT INCONCLUSIVE CONSULTATIONS IN WASHINGTON, THE TRADE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN NOTIFIED THAT THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT HAS DECIDED TO WITHDRAW THE REQUEST FOR RESTRAINT ON HONG KONG’S EXPORTS OF COTTON SHEETS (CATEGORY 361).

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF TRADE, M? MICHAEL CARTLAND, SAID THAT HONG KONG HAD BEEN PREPARING TO MAKE A COMPLAINT ABOUT THE CASE AT THE NEXT MEETING OF THE TEXTILES SURVEILLANCE BODY IN GENEVA, BUT IN VIEW OF THE UNITED STATES’ WITHDRAWAL, THIS WOULD NO LONGER BE NECESSARY.

♦NEVERTHELESS THIS CASE DEMONSTRATES THE NEED TO MAINTAIN CONSTANT VIGILANCE TO ENSURE THAT HONG KONG’S RIGHTS UNDER THE l-FA ARE UPHELD AND ARE NOT OVERLOOKED BY THE UNITED STATES OR OTHER IMPORTING COUNTRIES IN AN ATTEMPT TO APPEASE THEIR DOMESTIC TEXTILE LOBBIES,+ HE SAID.

THE TRADE DEPARTMENT HAS RESUMED THE ISSUE OF EXPORT AUTHORISATIONS FOR CATEGORY 361 WITH EFFECT FROM TODAY.

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HONG KONG TO HOST LAWN BOWLS CLASSIC PAIRS CONTEST

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FOLLOWING THE RESOUNDING SUCCESS OF ITS FIRST INTERNATIONAL LAWN BOWLS PAIRS TOURNAMENT IN 1981, HONG KONG IS TO HOST AN INTERNATIONAL CLASSIC PAIRS COMPETITION SCHEDULED TO BE PLAYED BETWEEN NOVEMBER 22 AND 27 AT THE KOWLOON BOWLING GREEN CLUB.

NATIONAL PAIRS FROM AUSTRALIA, ENGLAND, HONG KONG, IRELAND, NEWCASTLE DISTRICT FROM NEW SOUTH WALES, NEW ZEALAND, SCOTLAND AND WALES PLUS EIGHT LOCAL CLUB PAIRS WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE TOURNAMENT.

DURING THE WEEKEND BEFORE THE MAIN TOURNAMENT, 18 LOCAL BOWLERS FROM HONG KONG CLUBS WILL JOIN THE 14 OVERSEAS STARS IN A KNOCK-OUT SINGLES COMPETITION TO BE PLAYED AT CRAIGENGOWER CRICKET CLUB (C.C.C.) AND HONG KONG FOOTBALL CLUB. ON NOVEMBER 19 AND 20 (SATURDAY AND SUNDAY), GAMES WILL START AT 9.30 AM, OFFERING THE PROMISE OF TWO GREAT DAYS OF BOWLING.

THE 1981 CLASSIC PRODUCED A MAGNIFICENT WEEK OF TOP CLASS BOWLING WHICH ENDED IN A HARD-FOUGHT FINAL WITH ROBBIE DOBBINS AND DARBY ROSS OF N.S.W. EDGING OUT TWO WORLD BOWLS GOLD MEDALLISTS, JIMMY HOBDAY AND TONY ALLCOCK OF ENGLAND.

ROBBIE AND DARBY, AS HOLDERS, WILL RETURN TO DEFEND THEIR TITLE AGAINST A TRULY INTERNATIONAL ARRAY OF BOWLING TALENT WHICH WILL INCLUDES

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 198}

M RON TAYLOR (AUSTRALIA)

WORLD BOWLS REPRESENTATIVE IN 1980 AND WINNERS OF THE PRESTIGIOUS 'JACK HIGH SINGLES’ TITLE THE SAME YEAR.

* JOHN BELL (ENGLAND)

AN INTERNATIONAL SINCE 1978 AND WORLD BOWLS GOLD MEDALLIST IN 1980.

M GEORGE SOUZA, JR (HONG KONG)

1983 KODAK MASTERS SINGLES CHAMPION AND HONG KONG’S BOWLER OF THE YEAR.

M PAUL MCVEIGH (IRELAND)

IRISH OPEN SINGLES CHAMPION IN 1982 AND FINALIST IN THE 1983 BRITISH ISLES OPEN SINGLES.

M ROBBIE DOBBINS (NEWCASTLE DISTRICT, N.S.W.)

WINNER (WITH HIS PARTNER DARBY ROSS) OF THE FIRST HONG KONG CLASSIC PAIRS AND A COMMONWEALTH GAMES GOLD MEDALLIST IN 1982.

DOUGLAS COPLAND (SCOTLAND)

SCOTTISH RERESENTATIVE IN THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES AND CAPPED SIX TIMES BY HIS COUNTRY.

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DUNCAN COOK (WALES) WELSH SINGLES CHAMPION COUNTRY SINCE 1981.

IN 1979 AND LEAD FOR HIS

PHIL SKOGLUND (NEW ZEALAND)

HE HAS WON MORE NEW ZEALAND TITLES THAN ANY OTHER PLAYER, WON MEDALS IN 1974, 1978 AND WORLD BOWLS MELBOURNE 1980. HE WILL BE REPRESENTING NEW ZEALAND IN THE NEXT WORLD BOWLS TOURNAMENT IN 1984.

* PETER BELLISS (NEW ZEALAND)

A REGULAR NEW ZEALAND REPRESENTATIVE SINCE 1981.

MEDALLIST WINNER IN THE BRISBANE GAMES 1982. HIS OVERSEAS SUCCESS INCLUDE KODAK MASTERS AND THE MAZDA JACK HIGH SERIES. ALSO REPRESENTING THE COUNTRY IN WORLD BOWLS IN 1984.

ALSO IN THE DISTINGUISHED LINE-UP WILL BE STEVE SRHOY (AUSTRALIA), GARY SMITH (ENGLAND), PHILIP CHOK (HONG KONG), PAUL SMYTHE (IRELAND), DARBY ROSS (NEWCASTLE DISTRICT), FRAZER MUIRHEAD (SCOTLAND) AND ROBERT MORGAN (WALES) ALL COUNTRY, NATIONAL, DISTRICT OR STATE CHAMPIONS.

IN ADDITION, 16 CLUB BOWLERS FROM HONG KONG, INCLUDING O.K. DALLAH AND M.B. HASSAN JR, BOTH WORLD BOWLS GOLD MEDALLISTS IN 1980, AND ROBERTO DA SILVA, PASf COMMONWEALTH GAMES AND WORLD BOWLS GOLD MEDALLIST, WILL BE TAKING PART.

THE HONG KONG LAWN BOWLS INTERNATIONAL CLASSIC PA IRS 1983 IS ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG LAWN BOWLS ASSOCIATION AND JOINTLY SPONSORED BY THE HONGKONG BANK FOUNDATION, THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT AND THE URBAN COUNCIL.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 1983-

TEAGHERS INVITED TO RESOURCE CENTRE * * * *

TEACHERS OF PRIMARY SCHOOLS ADOPTING ACTIVITY APPROACH ARE INVITED TO VISIT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ACTIVITY APPROACH RESOURCE CENTRE WHICH WILL BE OPEN ON SATURDAY (OCTOBER 22).

THE CENTRE, LOCATED AT THE DEPARTMENT’S ADVISORY INSPECTORATE TEACHING CENTRES AT 4 PAK FUK ROAD, NORTH POINT, WILL BE OPEN TO TEACHERS BETWEEN 9 AM AND 12 NOON EVERY SATURDAY.

IT HAS A WIDE RANGE OF TEACHING MATERIAL ON DISPLAY AS WELL AS EXAMPLES OF PUPILS’ WORK WHICH ILLUSTRATES LEARNING TECHNIQUES IN CLASSES IMPLEMENTING THE ACTIVITY APPROACH.

SCHOOL HEADS OR TEACHERS WHO WISH TO VISIT THE CENTRE ON OTHER DAYS OF THE WEEK CAN MAKE ARRANGEMENTS WITH THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT SECTION OF THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE ON 5-8392452 OR WITH THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE TEACHING CENTRE ON 5-614364.

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NOTE TO EDITORS!

YAU MA TEI COURTESY DRIVE PLANNED

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A LARGE-SCALE CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE COURTESY AMONG THE GENERAL PUBLIC WILL BE HELD NEXT MONTH IN YAU MA TEI.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WILFRED WONG, WHO IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COURTESY CAMPAIGN CENTRAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE, WILL ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE CAMPAIGN AT A PRESS CONFERENCE AT 2 PM ON SATURDAY (OCTOBER 22) AT THE FOUR SEASON SUITE, NEW WORLD HOTEL IN TSIM SHA TSUI.

THE CAMPAIGN IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD, THE KOWLOON MOTOR BUS COMPANY LIMITED, THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION, NEW WORLD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LIMITED, EAST TSIM SHA TSUI PROPERTY DEVELOPERS ASSOCIATION, THE HONG KONG AND KOWLOON WHARF AND GODOWN COMPANY LIMITED, AND COMMERCIAL RADIO.

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

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YOUTH ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM IN TSUEN WAN * * * *

THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (B) WILL GIVE A CONCERT IN TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL ON SUNDAY (OCTOBER 23) AT 8 PM.

TICKETS AT $5 EACH ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT ALL MUSIC CENTRES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE AND THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL BOX OFFICE.

THE YSO(B) IS THE SECOND YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA FORMED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE IN 1978 WITH THE AIM OF PROVIDING ORCHESTRAL TRAINING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.

AT PRESENT. IT HAS ABOUT 90 MEMBERS, MOSTLY STUDENTS, WHO REHEARSE EVERY SUNDAY UNDER THE TUTELAGE OF CONDUCTORS AND INSTRUCTORS.

THE ORCHESTRA HAS GIVEN A NUMBER OF WELL-RECEIVED CONCERTS IN HONG KONG AND MACAU.

THE CONCERT WILL BE CONDUCTED BY MR THOMAS WANG AND MR YAM HAK-CHON AS WELL AS A GUEST CONDUCTOR, DOCTOR SOLOMON BARD.

THE PROGRAMME INCLUDES CARL MARIA VON WEBER’S OVERTURE TO OBERON, GEORGE BIZET’S SELECTIONS FROM L’ARLESIENNE SUITE NO. I AND II, ANTON DVORAK’S SLAVONIC DANCES OP. 45 NO. IV AND VIII, ARCANGELO CORELLI'S MOVEMENTS FROM CONCERTO GROSSO OP. 6 NO. IV, AND PETER ILLYITCH TCHAIKOVSKY’S NUTCRACKER SUITE.

FURTHER INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED BY DIALLING 0-428127.

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SCHOOLS GET FIRE PREVENTION TEACHING KITS X * *

FIRE PREVENTION TEACHING KITS WERE TODAY DISTRIBUTED TO MORE THAN 500 SCHOOL REPRESENTATIVES AT A CEREMONY HELD IN THE WONG TAI SIN FIRE STATION.

THE 67-PAGE Bl-LINGUAL TEACHING KIT, JOINTLY PRODUCED BY THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES, PROVIDES INFORMATION ABOUT FIRE PREVENTION, AND CONTAINS ILLUSTRATIONS, PHOTOGRAPHS, SLIDES AND CASSETTE TAPES.

ONE THOUSAND SETS OF THE KIT WERE RECENTLY PREPARED, WITH THE SUPPORT OF S200 000 FROM MCDONALD’S RESTAURANTS (HK) LTD. THESE WERE IN ADDITION TO THE FIRST LOT OF 120 SETS DISTRIBUTED TO THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION AND KEPT IN THE VISUAL EDUCATION SECTION OF ED.

SPEAKING AT THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY, MR LAM LOK-BUN, CHIEF FIRE OFFICER OF FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT CARELESSNESS IS ONE OF THE MAJOR CAUSES OF FIRES.

HE SAID THAT THE DEPARTMENT, IN CONJUNCTION WITH GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES HAS BEEN CONSTANTLY MAKING EFFORT, THROUGH THE MEDIA TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ON FIRE SAFETY.

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♦UNDOUBTEDLY, FIRE PREVENTION PUBLICITY WILL BE EVEN MORE EFFECTIVE IF WE CAN GET TEACHERS AND SCHOOL CHILDREN TO HELP US,* HE ADDED.

ALTHOUGH THE FIRE RECORD IN HONG KONG WAS GOOD IN COMPARISON WITH OTHER BIG CITIES WITH SIMILAR FIRE RISKS, MR LAM SAID, THERE SHOULD BE NO ROOM FOR COMPLACENCY.

♦ONLY BY APPROPRIATE PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES CAN WE KEEP FIRE RECORDS LOW AND LESSEN THE DANGER IN SOME CASES,* HE ADDED.

FOLLOWING MR LAM’S SPEECH, MRS RUBY LAU, DEPUTY CHIEF INSPECTOR. EDUCATION DEPARTMENT RECEIVED A KIT FROM THE MANAGING DIRECTOR OF MCDONALD’S, MR DANIEL NG, SYMBOLISING THE OFFICIAL HAND-OVER OF THE 1 000 SETS.

A CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION WAS PRESENTED TO MCDONALD’S REPRESENTATIVE IN RECOGNITION OF THE FIRM’S SUPPORT.

MR NG THEN BRIEFLY INTRODUCED TO THE TEACHERS THE SUPPLEMENT AND SLIDES ON HOME SAFETY PRODUCED BY MCDONALD’S FOR INCLUSION IN THE KIT.

A LIVE FIRE FIGHTING DEMONSTRATION WAS STAGED BY FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT AFTER THE CEREMONY.

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MARKET STALL OPERATORS WIN PRIZES *****

NINE MARKET STALL OPERATORS IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT WERE TODAY AWARDED PRIZES FOR KEEPING THEIR STALL CLEAN AND TIDY.

THEY ARE THE WINNERS OF A +CLEAN MARKET STALL* COMPETITION HELD RECENTLY BY THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD’S CLEAN HONG KONG WORKING GROUP AND THE CITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOR STALL OPERATORS IN THE ABERDEEN, TIN WAN AND YUE KWONG ROAD MARKETS.

BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 26 AND 30, STAFF FROM THE CITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT INSPECTED ALL THE STALLS AT THE THREE MARKETS AND NOMINATED 62 STALLS TO ENTER THE FINAL.

THE FINAL WAS HELD ON OCTOBER 1 WHEN A PANEL OF ADJUDICATORS TOURED THE 62 STALLS AND SELECTED THREE WINNERS FROM EACH MARKET.

THIS MORNING, PRIZE-PRESENTATION CEREMONIES WERE HELD SEPARATELY AT THE THREE MARKETS DURING WHICH COUPONS AND PENNANTS WERE GIVEN TO THE WINNERS.

SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY HELD IN THE ABERDEEN MARKET, THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR EDWARD YAU SAID THE COMPETITION WAS ONE OF A SERIES OF EXERCISES TO REMIND RESIDENTS TO KEEP THE DISTRICT CLEAN.

♦LATER THIS MONTH, WE WILL HOLD ANOTHER COMPETITION TO CHOOSE A PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE IN THE DI STR ICT WHICH IS CONSIDERED TO BE THE CLEANEST AMONG ALL,* HE SAID.

GUESTS AT THE THREE PRIZE-PRESENTATION CEREMONIES INCLUDED THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WORKING GROUP, MR TSE KIT-TO, AND A CHIEF HEALTH INSPECTOR, MR TO SAU-PONG.

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JURY LIST TO BE POSTED * * *

A FURTHER LIST OF COMMON JURORS WILL BE POSTED ON THE NOTICE BOARD OF THE SUPREME COURT BUILDING AT JACKSON ROAD ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 24), THE REGISTRAR OF THE SUPREME COURT, MR NICHOLAS BARNETT ANNOUNCED TODAY.

THE LIST WILL REMAIN POSTED FOR 14 DAYS, AND DURING THIS PERIOD ANY PERSON MAY APPLY BY NOTICE IN WRITING TO THE REGISTRAR REQUIRING THAT HIS NAME OR THE NAME OF SOME OTHER PERSON BE POSTED OR REMOVED UPON CAUSE DULY ASSIGNED IN SUCH NOTICE.

THE REGISTRAR SHALL AT HIS DISCRETION. POST OR REMOVE SUCH NAME ACCORDINGLY AND SHALL IF NECESSARY ALTER THE LIST.

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SHA TIN BASEBALL TEAM FORMED * * *

A BASEBALL TEAM OF SHA TIN SCHOOLBOYS HAS RECENTLY BEEN FORMED THROUGH THE JOINT EFFORTS OF THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD AND THE SHA TIN SPORTS ASSOCIATION.

THERE ARE SO FAR 30 MEMBERS, BETWEEN EIGHT AND 11 YEARS OF AGE, IN THE TEAM KNOWN AS THE ♦SHA TIN MARTINS*.

A DISTRICT BOARD SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) SHA TIN IS THE FIRST TO HAVE A BASEBALL TEAM FOR YOUNGSTERS ON A DISTRICT BASIS.

♦MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE INTENSIVE TRAINING AND TAKE PART IN TERRITORY-WIDE BASEBALL TOURNAMENTS,+ HE SAID.

AN INAUGURATION CEREMONY, TO BE FOLLOWED BY A BASEBALL DEMONSTRATION, WILL BE HELD AT 3 PM ON SATURDAY (OCTOBER 22) AT THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE IN SHA TIN.

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR NEW TERRITORIES, MR HAIDER BARMA, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORS*

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY AT 3 PM ON SATURDAY (OCTOBER 22) AT THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE.

A GOVERNMENT VEHICLE FOR THE PRESS WILL LEAVE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT 2.15 PM FOR SHA TIN.

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NOTE TO EDITORS s

AMS DINNER * *

THE AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICES ANNUAL OFFICERS MESS DINNER WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT THE LEE GARDENS HOTEL AT 7 PM.

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, WILL BE THE GUEST OF HONOUR. HE WILL BE MET ON ARRIVAL BY THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR K.L. THONG, WHO IS ALSO A.M.S COMMISSIONER.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A PHOTOGRAPHER OR CAMERAMAN TO THE FUNCTION.

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40 MPH SPEED LIMIT SET * * *

POK FU LAM ROAD, STARTING FROM A JUNCTION WITH CHI FU ROAD (NORTH)

THE SOUTHERN SECTION OF

ALONG W°THETHESWESTERN°SECTION OF SHEK PAI WAN ROAD FROM 60 METRES WEST OF THE JUNCTION WITH ABERDEEN PRAYA ROAD, WILL BE SUBJECT TO A SPEED LIMIT OF 40 MILES PER HOUR FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY

(OCTOBER 22).

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FROM 10 AM ON OF ROADS IN SHEUNG ZONES FROM 7 AM TO

SHEUNG SHU I URBAN CLEARWAY

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SATURDAY (OCTOBER 22), THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS SHUI WILL BE DESIGNATED URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTED 12 MIDNIGHT DAILY i

* ROAD D4, SECTION BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH ROAD L6 AND SHEUNG SHUI MINI-ROUNDABOUT.

* ROAD L6 SECTION BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH SAN FUNG AVENUE AND A POINT 30 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH ROAD D4.

aii vPMiriF<? EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING UP OR SETTING DOWN PASSENGERS OR LOADING AND UNLOADING GOODS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONES.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR PT,RASED ABOUT EXCHANGE RATE ........................... 1

AMS PRAISED FOR COMMUNITY WORK .................................. 2

NEW I.D. CARD DEADLINE - OCTOBER 29 ............................. 5

AMENDMENTS TO OUTLINE ZONING PLAN ANNOUNCED .................. 4

BROAD RANGE OF SERVICES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE ........................ 6

STUDENTS NOT ALL BOOK-WORMS: HAYE ............................... 6

SPEEDPOST PICK-UP SERVICE OFFERED ............................... 7

FESTIVAL FOR CENTRAL AND WESTERN RESIDENTS ...................... 7

FIRE SERVICES OFFICERS PARADE ................................... 8

DB MEMBERS TO SEE POLICE AT WORK...............................   8

ROAD PROJECT TENDERS INVITED .................................... 9

MUSIC ROUND THE YAU MA TEI CORNER................................ 9

SECOND SPORTS FESTIVAL PLANNED..............................     10

FLYOVER TO BE CLOSED ........................................... 11

WATER MAINS WORK

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1983

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GOVERNOR PLEASED ABOUT EXCHANGE RATE

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) HE WAS VERY PLEASED TO SEE THAT THE EXCHANGE RATE HAD BEEN SETTLING DOWN — *AS WE WERE CONFIDENT THAT IT WOULD*.

HE SAID THAT WHILE IN PEKING, HE HAD BEEN GETTING REPORTS FROM HONG KONG, AND IN PARTICULAR FROM THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY ON THE SCHEME FOR THE STABILISATION OF THE EXCHANGE RATE.

SIR EDWARD WAS SPEAKING TO REPORTERS ON HIS RETURN FROM PEKING AFTER TAKING PART IN ANOTHER TWO DAYS OF SI NO-BRITISH TALKS ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG.

♦I’VE HAD ANOTHER TWO BUSY DAYS IN PEKING. WE HAD TALKS ON WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY, AND THE AMBASSADOR (SIR PERCY CRADOCK) WAS HOST TO A VERY FRIENDLY DINNER FOR THE TWO DELEGATIONS YESTERDAY EVENING,+ HE SAID.

♦YOU WILL HAVE SEEN FROM THE JOINT STATEMENT THAT WE ISSUED THAT THE TALKS WERE NOT ONLY USEFUL, THEY WERE CONSTRUCTIVE AND WE ARE MEETING AGAIN ON NOVEMBER 14 AND 15.

♦YOU MAY THINK THAT IS A LITTLE FAR AHEAD BUT THE EXPLANATION IS THAT THE VICE MINISTER (MR YAO GUANG) AND SIR PERCY AND I HAVE A NUMBER OF COMMITMENTS AND THAT IS THE EARLIEST WE CAN MANAGE.

♦BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN THAT NOTHING WILL BE HAPPENING MEANWHILE.

♦SIR PERCY AND THE VICE MINISTER WILL BE MAINTAINING INFORMAL CONTACTS AND I AM SURE THOSE CONTACTS WILL BE VERY USEFUL PREPARATION FOR THE NEXT ROUND,♦ HE SAID.

THE GOVERNOR POINTED OUT THAT HE WAS VERY WELL AWARE THAT THERE HAD BEEN A LOT OF SPECULATIVE STORIES AROUND IN THE PAST FEW DAYS.

♦BUT I AM GOING TO DISAPPOINT YOU AND TELL YOU I AM NOT GOING TO COMMENT ON THEM BECAUSE I DON’T THINK THAT SPECULATION IS VERY l£LPFUL,+ HE TOLD NEWSMEN AT THE AIRPORT.

SO I WILL ONLY REPEAT THAT WE HAVE HAD VERY USEFUL AND CONSTRUCTIVE MEETINGS, AND I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT ROUND.*

MEETING THE GOVERNOR AT THE AIRPORT WERE 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.

SIR EDWARD WAS ACCOMPANIED ON HIS TRIP BY THE POLITICAL ADVISER, MR ROBIN MCLAREN, AND THE GOVERNMENT CHIEF INTERPRETER, hfi Y.P. CHENG.

BEFORE LEAVING THE AIRPORT FOR GOVERNMENT HOUSE, SIR EDWARD WENT OUT TO THE END OF THE RUNWAY TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE DAMAGED BOEING 747 FREIGHTER.

HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY SIR PHILIP, SIR SZE-YUEN, MR LOBO AND THE AIRPORT GENERAL MANAGER, MR DICK SEIGEL.

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AMS PRAISED FOR COMMUNITY WORK * * * *

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, SAID TODAY THAT THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG SHOULD BE PROUD OF THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICES.

SPEAKING AT THE AMS ANNUAL OFFICERS’ MESS DINNER AT THE LEE GARDENS HOTEL, HE SAID THAT THE FACT THAT SO MANY MEN AND WOMEN FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE ARE PREPARED TO DEVOTE MUCH OF THEIR SPARE TIME TO VOLUNTARY COMMUNITY SERVICE REFLECTS THE VALUE THEY PLACE ON THIS FREE SOCIETY IN WHICH THEY LIVE AND WORK.

THE AMS, HE SAID CARRIED OUT ITS TASKS, OFTEN UNDER DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES, EFFICIENTLY AND QUIETLY.

QUIET PEOPLE MAY NOT ATTRACT AS MUCH ATTENTION AS NOISY ONES THESE DAYS, BUT IT IS THE QUIET WORKERS OF THE WORLD WHO MATTER IN THE LONG RUN, NOT THE COMMENTATORS, NECESSARY AFFLICTION THOUGH THEY MAY BE,+ SIR PHILIP ADDED.

EARLIER, THE COMMISSIONER OF THE AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICES, DR K.L. THONG, TOLD THE GATHERING ABOUT THE ROLES AND FUNCTIONS OF THE AMS.

HE SAID THAT IN THE 33 YEARS SINCE ITS INCEPTION, THE AMS HAD UNDERGONE MANY CHANGES AND HAD ALSO GROWN FROM A MEMBERSHIP OF A FEW HUNDRED TO THE PRESENT STRENGTH OF 6 OOO MEN AND WOMEN.

THE AMS ORGANISATION COVERS NOT ONLY URBAN AREAS BUT ALSO DISTRICTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES AND ALSO OUTLYING ISLANDS WHERE KN AND WOMEN WHO ARE RESIDENTS LOCALLY HAVE JOINED TO SERVE THEIR OWN DISTR ICTS,♦ DR THONG SAID.

HE SAID THE AMS IS GEARED NOT ONLY TOWARDS PROVIDING SERVICES IN NORMAL TIMES BUT ALSO FOR EMERGENCIES.

CITING A RECENT EXAMPLE, DR THONG SAID THAT DURING THE PASSAGE CF TYPHOON ELLEN LAST MONTH, MEMBERS OF AMS, IN ASSISTING THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO MAN THE EMERGENCY CENTRES AND AMBULANCc. DEPOTS, RESPONDED TO NO LESS THAN 249 CALLS.

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NEW I.D. CARD DEADLINE - OCTOBER 29

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THE OLD IDENTITY CARDS ISSUED TO MALE RESIDENTS BORN BETWEEN 1960 AND 1964 WILL CEASE TO BE LEGAL DOCUMENTS OF IDENTITY AS FROM OCTOBER 30, 1983, THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY).

THERE ARE ONLY EIGHT DAYS LEFT FOR THOSE AGE GROUPS TO APPLY FOR NEW ID CARDS.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THEY HAD BEEN GIVEN AMPLE TIME TO CHANGE THEIR OLD CARDS FOR NEW ONES DURING VARIOUS PHASES OF THE NEW I.D. CARD ISSUE SCHEME, BUT THEY HAVE A LAST CHANCE TO DO SO DURING THE CURRENT PHASE ENDING ON OCTOBER 29.

♦ANYONE WITHIN THIS AGE BRACKET FOUND TO BE HOLDING AN OLD I.D. CARD AFTER IT HAS BECOME INVALID IS BOUND TO SUFFER INCONVENIENCE AND MAY EVEN BE LIABLE TO PROSECUT ION,+ HE ADDED.

THE OLD CARDS ISSUED TO THE ABOVE AGE GROUP WILL BE THE FIRST BATCH TO BE INVALIDATED SINCE THE INTRODUCTION OF THE SCHEME IN MAY THIS YEAR. A SECOND BATCH WILL BE INVALIDATED IN SIX MONTHS’ TIME.

MEANWHILE, MEN BORN IN 1958 AND 1959 ARE REMINDED TO COME FORWARD FOR THEIR NEW CARDS BEFORE THE CURRENT PHASE CLOSES ON OCTOBER 29.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT UP TO LAST (THURSDAY) NIGHT, A TOTAL CF 110 000 APPLICATIONS HAD BEEN RECEIVED, LEAVING AN ESTIMATED 18 000 YET TO COME.

HE URGED THE REMAINDER TO APPLY FOR THEIR NEW CARDS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. +IF THEY APPLY NOW, THEY CAN AVOID THE LAST MINUTE RUSH.+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

APPLICANTS MUST BRING ALONG THEIR OLD I.D. CARD AND REPORT IN PERSON TO ANY OF THE EIGHT ISSUE OFFICES BETWEEN 8 AM AND 9.30 PM, MONDAYS TO SATURDAYS.

THE SPOKESMAN REITERATED THAT THOSE WHO ARE AWAY FROM HONG KONG AND WILL NOT BE BACK BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE SHOULD APPLY WITHIN 30 DAYS OF THEIR RETURN.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1983

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AMENDMENTS TO OUTLINE ZONING PLAN ANNOUNCED * * * * *

THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD TODAY ANNOUNCED AMENDMENTS TO THE DRAFT TAI PO OUTLINE ZONING PLAN.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD SAID THAT THE AMENDMENTS WERE MADE FOLLOWING MORE DETAILED PLANNING STUDIES AND WERE NECESSARY IN ORDER TO MEET CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES AND NEW PLANNING REQUIREMENTS IN THE TAI PO NEW TOWN.

MAJOR AMENDMENTS INCLUDEt

* REZONING AN AREA OF ABOUT 8.6 HECTARES OF LAND WEST OF SHU I WAI VILLAGE AND NORTH OF THE REALIGNED LAM TSUEN RIVER FROM 'VILLAGE TYPE DEVELOPMENT’ TO ’RESIDENTIAL (GROUP B)’ USE. THE LAND IMMEDIATELY TO THE SOUTH OF THE RIVER, ABOUT 9.9 HECTARES IN AREA, IS REZONED FROM ’GREEN BELT’ TO ’OPEN SPACE’.

* REVISING THE LAND USE PATTERN AND PRINCIPAL ROAD ALIGNMENT IN THE AREA TO THE NORTHWEST OF TAI PO OLD MARKET. THE ’GOVERNMENT/1NSTI TUTION/COMMUNITY’ ZONE IN THE AREA IS RELOCATED AND EXTENDED TO ACCOMMODATE A LARGE SPORTS STADIUM AND SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX. ABOUT 9.5 HECTARES OF LAND IN AND AROUND CHUK HANG AND YING PUN HA IS REZONED ’OPEN SPACE’ FOR DISTRICT RECREATIONAL USES.

* REZONING TAI PO OLD MARKET FROM ’INDUSTRIAL’ AND ’COMMERCIAL/RESIDENTIAL’ USES TO ’GOVERNMENT/ INSTITUTION/COMMUNITY’ AND ’RESIDENTIAL (GROUP A)’ USES.

* REZONING AN AREA OF ABOUT 22 HECTARES SOUTH OF TAI YUEN ESTATE FROM ’COMMERCIAL/RESIDENTIAL’ TO 'RESIDENTIAL (GROUP A)’ WHERE COMMERCIAL USES ARE NORMALLY RESTRICTED TO THE LOWER THREE FLOORS OF BUILDINGS ONLY.

* REZONING ABOUT 52 HECTARES OF LAND IN THE GENERAL AREA OF WAN TAU TONG, PAK KIU AND TO YUEN TUNG TO ’UNDETERMINED’ USE IN VIEW OF THE NEED FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENT INVESTIGATION IN THE AREA. IN THE INTERIM, ALL DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS IN THE AREA WILL REQUIRE SPECIAL PERMISSION FROM THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD.

* REZONING ISLAND HOUSE AT YUEN CHAU TSAI TO ’OTHER SPECIFIED USES’ AND ANNOTATED ’OPEN SPACE - EXISTING BUILDING TO BE PRESERVED FOR GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTION AND COMMUNITY USES’ SO THAT THE PARK SETTING OF ISLAND HOUSE CAN BE MAINTAINED AND THE EXISTING HISTORIC BUILDING PRESERVED.

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* A GENERAL LAND USE ZONING REVIEW FOR THE TAI PO KAU AREA FOLLOWING A DETAILED PLANNING STUDY. AN ADDITIONAL 21.5 HECTARES OF LAND IS FOUND SUITABLE FOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT AND REZONED ’RESIDENTIAL (GROUP O’. ABOUT 18.6 HECTARES OF LAND, ON THE OTHER HAND, IS REZONED ’GREEN BELT’ FOR PROTECTION FROM DEVELOPMENT.

* DESIGNATION OF A NEW ’RECREATION PRIORITY AREA’ ZONE OF ABOUT 36 HECTARES NEAR TAI PO KAU VILLAGE WHERE THE AREA BASED AROUND THE EXISTING FISH PONDS IS FOUND SUITABLE FOR A VARIETY OF RECREATIONAL USES, INCLUDING WATER RECREATION, P ICNICKING/BARBEQUI NG AND OTHER RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

* REVISING THE LAYOUT OF THE GENERAL AREA OF ST CHRISTOPHER’S HOME AND ITS ADJACENT AREA IN TAI PO KAU, INCLUDING THE DESIGNATION OF TWO +COMPREHENSIVE REDEVELOPMENT AREAS* WHICH TOTAL ABOUT 13.7 HECTARES IN AREA.

THE SCHEDULE OF NOTES TO THE PLAN HAS ALSO BEEN REVISED.

THE AMENDMENT PLAN MAY BE INSPECTED AT THE TOWN PLANNING DIVISION 4TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD ; THE DISTRICT OFFICE (CENTRAL AND WESTERN) PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING ENTRANCE; AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE (TAI PO), TING KOK ROAD, TAI PO MARKET, NEW TERRITORIES.

ANY PERSON AFFECTED BY THE AMENDMENTS TO THE PLAN MAY SUBMIT HIS OBJECTION IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY, TOWN PLANNING BOARD, C/O LANDS DEPARTMENT, 4TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

THE DRAFT AMENDMENT PLAN IS ON SALE AT THE SURVEY DIVISION, LANDS DEPARTMENT ON THE 5TH FLOOR OF MURRAY BUILDING AND THE KOWLOON MAP SALES SECTION, 382 NATHAN ROAD, AT $10 FOR A BLACK-AND-WHITE COPY AND S60 FOR A COLOURED COPY.

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BROAD RANGE OF SERVICES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

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HONG KONG IS FORTUNATE IN HAVING A WIDE RANGE OF SERVICES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WHICH AIM TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO BECOME THOUGHTFUL AND CONSIDERATE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY.

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR JOHN CHAMBERS, SAID THIS TODAY (FRIDAY) WHEN HE OPENED THE GIRL GUIDES ASSOCIATION’S CECILIA MAR VENTURE HOUSE AT TAI TAM ROAD.

HE PRAISED THE ASSOCIATION FOR MAKING A MOST VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION TO THESE PROGRAMMES BY PROMOTING AMONG ITS MEMBERS THE IDEALS OF SELF-DISCIPLINE, COMRADESHIP AND COMMUNITY SERVICE.

♦ABOVE ALL, HOWEVER, THE GREAT STRENGTH OF THE GUIDE MOVEMENT IS THAT IT PLACES SUCH A HIGH VALUE ON THOSE BASIC INGREDIENTS OF A HAPPY CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCEl FRIENDSHIP AND FUN,* HE SAID.

THE VENTURE HOUSE WAS CONVERTED FROM AN OLD POLICE POST AND RENOVATED FOR USE AS A TRAINING AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITY CENTRE FOR GIRL GUIDES.

IT IS EQUIPPED WITH VARIOUS FACILITIES, ENABLING THE GUIDES TO ENJOY HEALTHY ACTIVITIES IN THE FRESH AIR.

♦IN THE CROWDED AND NOISY ENVIRONMENT OF URBAN HONG KONG,+ MR CHAMBERS SAID, ♦SUCH AN OPPORTUNITY WILL FOR MANY BE A RARE AND VALUED TREAT.*

THE NEW CENTRE WAS MADE AVAILABLE WITH DONATIONS FROM MRS CECILIA MAR AND MRS NELLIE FONG. A GRANT FROM THE LOTTERIES FUND WAS MADE FOR THE PURCHASE OF FURNITURE AND EQUIPMENT.

ALSO ATTENDING TODAY’S OPENING CEREMONY WAS MRS JANE AKERS-JONES, CHIEF COMMISSIONER OF THE GIRL GUIDES ASSOCIATION.

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STUDENTS NOT ALL BOOK-WORMSi HAYE * * * *

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR COLVYN HAYE, TODAY (FRIDAY) SPOKE AGAIN OF THE IMPORTANCE OF EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES IN MODERN EDUCATION.

SPEAKING AT THE INAUGURATION OF THE SCHOOL CHESS CLUB ON THE OCCASION OF THE 1OTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TRUE LIGHT GIRLS’ COLLEGt, MR HAYE SAID THE DAYS WHEN SCHOOLS CONCENTRATED ONLY ON BOOK WORK WERE GONE.

♦NOW I AM HAPPY TO SAY EVERY GOOD SCHOOL TRIES TO BALANCE STUDY IN THE CLASSROOM WITH HEALTHY ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM.

♦VISITORS TO HONG KONG WHO HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE FALSE IMPRESSION THAT OUR CHILDREN ARE SINGLE-MINDED BOOK-WORMS ARE SURPRISED TO SEE THE VARIETY OF CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES PROMOTED BY PROGRESSIVE SCHOOL AUTHORITIES,* THE DIRECTOR SAID.

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SPEEDPOST PICK-UP SERVICE OFFERED * * * *

FROM MONDAY (OCTOBER 24), THE POST OFFICE WILL PICK UP AT NO EXTRA CHARGE SPEEDPOST ITEMS FROM CUSTOMERS PREMISES, THE POSTMASTER GENERAL ANNOUNCED.

♦THE FACILITY WILL BE AVAILABLE INITIALLY TO CUSTOMERS IN THE CENTRAL AND EASTERN PARTS OF THE ISLAND (FROM WESTERN STREET TO WATSON ROAD) BY DIALLING 5-229221, AND SOUTH OF JORDAN ROAD ON KOWLOON PENINSULA BY DIALLING 3-331177.

♦THESE SPEEDPOST ON-DEMAND TELEPHONE IED FROM-9 AM TO 5 PM DAILY, EXCEPT ON

CENTRES WILL BE SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC

HOLIDAYS

♦ALL CUSTOMERS ARE REQUIRED TO DO IS MAINTAIN A DEPOSIT ACCOUNT WITH THE POST OFFICE FOR THE SETTLEMENT OF POSTAGE.

♦FURTHER INFORMATION ON THIS FACILITY AND THE SPEEDPOST SERVICE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM POSTAL SERVICE REPRESENTATIVES ON TELEPHONE 5-2671108,+ HE SAID.

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FESTIVAL FOR CENTRAL AND WESTERN RESIDENTS M * M *

EIGHTEEN ITEMS OF CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES WILL BE STAGED IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN BEGINNING OCTOBER 30 TO MARK THE FIRST DISTRICT FESTIVAL.

THESE WILL INCLUDE A VARIETY SHOW, AN EXHIBITION ON LOCAL HISTORY, A CELEBRITY CONCERT, A LONG DISTANCE RUN, A CHILDREN’S CARNIVAL AND A BANQUET FOR THE AGED.

AN EXHIBITION ON THE PAST AND PRESENT OF THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS, AND THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY’S TRIENNIAL OPEN DAY WILL ALSO BE HELD DURING THE FESTIVAL.

SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY, THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS LOLLY CHIU SAID THE MONTH-LONG FESTIVAL IS AIMED AT PROVIDING ENTERTAINMENT FOR ALL WALKS OF LIFE, PROMOTING COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AMONG RESIDENTS AND LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, AND ENHANCING A BETTER

SENSE OF DISTRICT IDENTITY.

AN ORGANISING COMMITTEE, CHAIRED BY MR LIU LIT-FOR AND COMPRISING DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS, AREA COMMITTEES’ CHAIRMEN, AND LOCAL DIGNITARIES HAS BEEN FORMED.

THERE ARE 10 WORKING GROUPS WITHIN THE COMMITTEE, AND MEMBERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ORGANISING THE PROGRAMME FOR THE FESTIVAL, ARRANGING PUBLICITY AND VENUES, AND PRODUCING A COMMEMORATIVE BULLETIN.

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ABOUT $600 000 WILL BE SPENT ON THE FESTIVAL, OF WHICH $100 000 IS FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE REST FROM LOCAL DONATIONS.

ADMISSION TO MOST OF THE FESTIVAL PROGRAMME IS FREE. TICKETS FOR EACH PROGRAMME WILL BE AVAILABLE TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, AND THE CENTRAL ENQUIRY AND KENNEDY TOWN SUB-OFFICES.

THE FESTIVAL IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE URBAN COUNCIL, RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG, AND THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT.

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FIRE SERVICES OFFICERS PARADE

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THE REPUTATION OF THE HONG KONG FIRE SERVICES IS EXTREMELY HIGH AND ITS PROFESSIONALISM RESPECTED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

THIS WAS SAID BY THE DEPUTY CHIEF FIRE OFFICER, HONG KONG FIRE COMMAND, MR JOHN BREDBURY TODAY.

SPEAKING AT A PASSING OUT PARADE AT THE FIRE SERVICES TRAINING SCHOOL AT PAT HEUNG, NEW TERRITORIES, MR BREDBURY TOLD THE GRADUATING OFFICERS TO KEEP UP THE REPUTATION OF THE SERVICES.

♦YOU HAVE NOW EMBARKED ON A DANGEROUS AND DEMANDING OCCUPATION, W HOURS OF DUTY ARE LONG AND DISCIPLINE IS STRICTLY OBSERVED,* HE SAID.

♦THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE READ ABOUT THE FIRE SERVICES INVOLVEMENT IN TYPHOON ELLEN, WHICH STRUCK HONG KONG RECENTLY, WILL ALSO BE AWARE OF THE SACRIFICES YOU MAY IN THE FUTURE BE CALLED UPON TO MAKE,+ HE ADDED.

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DB MEMBERS TO SEE M * *

POLICE AT WORK *

ABOUT 15 SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL VISIT THE CHEUNG SHA WAN POLICE STATION TOMORROW (SATURDAY) MORNING TO SEE ITS OPERATION AND FACILITIES.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE BRIEFED ON THE CRIME SITUATION IN SHAM SHU I PO BY THE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR PETER LEE.

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE VISIT WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 9.30 AM AT THE POLICE OFFICERS’ MESS ON THE 9TH FLOOR, CHEUNG SHA WAN POLICE STATION, 888 LAI CHI KOK ROAD.

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ROAD PROJECT TENDERS INVITED

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THE TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR A ROAD PROJECT IN TSI NG Yl AS PART OF THE CONTINUING PROGRAMME FOR THE DEVELOPMENT CF TSUEN WAN.

THE CONTRACT CALLS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF SEVERAL NEW ROADS IN TSI NG Yl NEAR THE EXISTING TOWN CENTRE AND THE CHEUNG HONG ESTATE AND FIVE FOOTBRIDGES TO FACILITATE PEDESTRIAN MOVEMENTS.

THE WORK FORMS PART OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF TSI NG Yl TO SERVE THE NEARBY HOUSING ESTATES, A HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME, AND THE FUTURE TOWN CENTRE.

WORK WILL START IN FEBRUARY 1984 AND TAKE ABOUT 20 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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MUSIC ROUND THE YAU MA TEI CORNER XXX

MUSIC WILL BE AROUND VIRTUALLY EVERY CORNER IN THE YAU MA TEI AND TSIM SHA TSUI DISTRICTS DURING THE NEXT NINE DAYS STARTING FROM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AND LASTING UNTIL OCTOBER 30.

FOLLOWING THE SUCCESS OF THE MID-AUTUMN CONCERT IN LATE SEPTEMBER, THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT AND THE YAU MA TEI/TSIM SHA TSUI DISTRICT CULTURE AND ARTS ASSOCIATION WILL JOINTLY ORGANISE A MUSIC WEEK IN THE TWO

DISTRICTS.

THE MUSIC OFFICE FREQUENTLY ORGANISES MUSIC ACTIVITIES IN DISTRICTS ALL OVER HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES TO PROMOTE MUSIC AND STIMULATE INTEREST ESPECIALLY AMONG THE YOUNG.

THE-FORTHCOMING MUSIC WEEK WILL COMPRISE A SERIES OF EVENTS WITH AN OPENING CEREMONY AND CONCERT TO BE HELD AT 8 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE HENRY G. LEONG YAUMATEI COMMUNITY CENTRE, WHICH IS ALSO ONE OF THE CO-ORGANI SERS OF THE OPENING CONCERT.

UNDER THE BATONS OF DR SOLOMON BARD, MR THOMAS WANG AND JOHNNY REN. THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (B) WILL PERFORM SUCH MASTERPIECES AS OBERON OVERTURE BY WEBER, SELECTIONS FROM L* AARLESIENNE BY BIZET, SLAVONIC DANCES OP. 46 NO. IV AND VIII BY DVORAK, CONCERTO GROSSO OP. 6 NO. IV BY CORELLI AND NUTCRACKER SUITE BY TCHAIKOVSKY. THIS IS ALSO THE FIRST TIME THAT SYMPHONIC MUSIC WILL BE PERFORMED IN THE HENRY G. LEONG YAUMATEI COMMUNITY CENTRE.

ON SUNDAY (OCTOBER 23).AI 2. PM AT NEW WORLD PLAZA, THREE PERFORMING GROUPS MUSIC OFFICE SYMPHONIC BAND, YMCA HARMONICA BAND AND HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC SOCIETY CHINESE ORCHESTRA — WILL PROVIDE AN AFTERNOON OF CHINESE AND WESTERN MUSIC ON LIGHT CLASSICS AND POPULAR SONGS UNDER THE SPONSORSHIP OF THE NEW WORLD CENTRE.

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A THOUGHT PROVOKING SEMINAR, ENTITLED +RACIAL NATURE OF MUSIC+, WILL BE HELD ON OCTOBER 28 AT 8 PM AT MONG KOK MUSIC CENTRE. THE SPEAKER,MRS Hl KUM-POR, IS THE DEAN OF MUSIC DEPARTMENT. AT TSING HUA COLLEGE AND VICE-cAaIRMAN OF HONG KONG COMPOSERS’ GUILD, AND IS A WELL-KNOWN LOCAL COMPOSER WHOSE PIECES HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED, RECORDED AND CHOSEN AS SET PIECES FOR COMPETITION AT THE HONG KONG SCHOOL MUSIC FESTIVAL.

AN EXHIBITION ON CHINESE AND WESTERN MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS WILL BE HELD AT THE NEW WORLD CENTRE FROM 1 PM TO 6 PM ON OCTOBER 30. ABOUT 50 MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, FULL COLOUR ILLUSTRATION PLACARDS WITH EXPLANATORY NOTES WILL BE DISPLAYED. LIVE DEMONSTRATION WILL ALSO BE CONDUCTED FROM TIME TO TIME.

APART FROM THESE PROGRAMMES, FOUR DIFFERENT PERFORMING GROUPS CF THE MUSIC OFFICE WILL PRESENT THE ♦MUSIC FOR THE MILLIONS CONCERTS TO EIGHT PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN THE YAU MA TEI AND TSIM SHA TSUI DISTRICTS DURING THE NINE-DAY PERIOD.

ADMISSION TO ALL THE MUSICAL EVENTS WILL BE FREE. HOWEVER, ADMISSION COUPONS ARE REQUIRED FOR TOMORROW’S OPENING CONCERT AND THE SEMINAR ON OCTOBER 28 AND MAY BE OBTAINED AT YAU MA TEI MUSIC CENTRE, 138 AUSTIN ROAD, THIRD FLOOR; MONG KOK MUSIC CENTRE, 84 WATERLOO ROAD, SECOND FLOOR; AND THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT OFFICE, 490 NATHAN ROAD, GROUND FLOOR; THE HENRY G. LEONG YAUMATEI COMMUNITY CENTRE, 60 PUBLIC SQUARE STREET. FOR ENQUIRIES, PLEASE TELEPHONE 3-7226240.

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FESTIVAL PLANNED M * *

THE SECOND KWUN TONG SPORTS FESTIVAL, FEATURING A VARIETY OF BALL GAMES AND WATER SPORTS ACTIVITIES, WILL BE HELD BETWEEN OCTOBER 30 AND NOVEMBER 13.

THE PRESIDENT OF THE FESTIVAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR LAM HANG-FAI AND THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR KEVIN MAK WILL ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE PROGRAMME AT A PRESS CONFERENCE AT 3 PM ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 24) AT THE FUNG SHU I ROOM OF THE HONG KONG HOTEL, TSIM SHA TSUI.

THE TWO-WEEK FESTIVAL IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE URBAN COUNCIL, THE RECREATION AND SPORTS SERVICE, THE KWUN toNG SPORTS PROMOTION ASSOCIATION AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

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FLYOVER TO BE CLOSED

XXX

THE VICTORIA PARK ROAD FLYOVER WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 11.30 PM ON SUNDAY (OCTOBER 23) AND 6.30 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR ROAD REPAIRS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, VEHICLES ON GLOUCESTER ROAD EASTBOUND HEADING FOR GLOUCESTER ROAD WESTBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED VIA VICTORIA PARK ROAD EASTBOUND, WING HING STREET, ELECTRIC ROAD, YACHT STREET, NGAN MOK STREET, LAU LI STREET, KING’S ROAD WESTBOUND, HING FAT STREET AND VICTORIA PARK ROAD WESTBOUND.

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WATER MAINS WORK

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN CAUSEWAY BAY WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PM ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 24) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY LOCKHART ROAD, CANAL ROAD EAST, HENNESSY ROAD AND EAST POINT ROAD, INCLUDING CHEE ON BUILDING.

ON THE SAME DAY, FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN AREAS IN SHA TAU KOK WILL BE CUT OFF FROM 10 PM TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

ALL PREMISES ALONG SHA TAU KOK TAU KOK MARKET WILL BE AFFECTED —•

LENG TSAI TSUEN, LOI TUNG TSUEN, HA MA TSEUK LENG

LENG PEI TSUEN, MAN UK PIN TSUEN , SHEK KIU TAU,

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ROAD FROM TAN CHUK HANG TO SHA INCLUDINGi TAN CHUK HANG TSUEN, MEI HA TSUEN, TAI TONG WU,

, AU HA TSUEN, SHEUNG MA TSEUK LENG YIM TSO HA TSUEN, SHEK CHUNG AU,

SAN TSUEN, HA TAM SHU I HANG

KONG HA AND SHA TAU KOK MARKET

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1?83

CONTENTS RAGE NO.

GOVERNOR OPENS YOUTH HOSTEL ................................... 1

PRESENTATION OF INSIGNIA ...................................... 2

SIXTH PHASE OF NEW I.D. CARD SCHEME A1INOUNCED................. 3

COURTESY CAMPAIGN TO START NEXT MONTH.......................... 3

BENEFITS OF SPORTS STRESSED ................................... 5

NE<V ACTIVITIES FOR SHA TIN RESIDENTS ......................... 6

HORTICULTURAL COURSES POPULAR ................................. 6

TENDERS INVITED FOR SERVICING BEACH RAFTS ..................... 7

REEUSE COLLECTION FACILITY TO BE IMPROVED ..................... 7

ROAD CLOSURE Di KWUN TONG PROPOSED ............................ 8

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN NORTH POINT AND CHAI WAN ............

MAINS WORK IN ABERDEEN AND KWUN TONG......•.................... 9

FIRING PRACTICE

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1983

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GOVERNOR OPENS YOUTH HOSTEL * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, TODAY (SATURDAY) OFFICIALLY OPENED THE MONG TUNG WAN YOUTH HOSTEL IN CHI MA WAN, LANTAU ISLAND.

THE 1OO-BED HOSTEL IS THE EIGHTH PROJECT COMPLETED BY THE HONG KONG YOUTH HOSTELS ASSOCIATION AND IS BUILT WITH A $4 MILLION DONATION FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB.

IN HIS ADDRESS TO GUESTS AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, SIR EDWARD NOTED THAT SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 1975, THE HONG KONG YOUTH HOSTELS ASSOCIATION HAS DONE MUCH TO PROVIDE LEISURE OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.

♦THE HOSTELS ENABLE THEM TO GET AWAY FROM THE BUILT-UP URBAN AREAS, TO STAY IN THE COUNTRYSIDE AND TO ENJOY THEMSELVES IN NATURAL SURROUNDINGS AT A VERY LOW COST,* HE SAID.

BUT THE HOSTELS ALSO MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR YOUNG AND ENTHUSIASTIC BUDGET TRAVELLERS FROM ABROAD TO VISIT HONG KONG AND GET TO KNOW ABOUT OUR CITY; AND IN RETURN AN EVER INCREASING NUMBER OF YOUR MEMBERS MAKE USE OF THE FACILITIES AVAILABLE TO THEM IN 66 COUNTRIES OVERSEAS WHEN THEY GO ON THEIR HOLIDAYS.

THIS IS AN ENCOURAGING TREND AND REFLECTS BOTH THE STEADY IMPROVEMENT IN LIVING STANDARD AND THE DEEP INTEREST OF OUR YOUNGSTERS IN BROADENING THEIR OUTLOOK THROUGH TRAVEL,+ HE SAID.

SPEAKING AT THE SAME CEREMONY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG YOUTH HOSTELS ASSOCIATION, MR JOHN MCLEAN, GAVE GUESTS A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ASSOCIATION.

THE YOUTH HOSTEL ASSOCIATION IN HONG KONG BEGAN WITH NO MONEY, ONLY AN IDEA, AN IDEA THAT SOMETHING MORE COULD SURELY BE DONE TO PROVIDE MEANS FOR THE YOUTH OF HONG KONG TO HAVE ACCESS TO THE COUNTRYSIDE,+ HE SAID.

AND SO THE CONCEPT OF THE OLD YOUTH HOSTEL SYSTEM OF EUROPE THAT SOME OF US IN THAT FIRST COMMITTEE HAD OURSELVES EXPERIENCED BECAME THE FRAMEWORK AROUND WHICH WE WORKED IN HONG KONG.*

THE FIRST HOSTEL WAS BUILT FROM AN ABANDONED DORMITORY FOR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS AT PLOVER COVE DAM WITH A S1OO QOO DONATION FROM THE HONG KONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION.

+WE NOW HAVE EIGHT OPERATING HOSTELS, WITH A CAPACITY OF 606 BEDS,* MR MCLEAN SAID.

♦FIVE YEARS AGO WE HAD ABOUT 6 500 MEMBERS. HAVE 20 000 MEMBERS.+

THIS YEAR WE

THE ASSOCIATION HAD PROGRESSED SO FAR THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO THINK THAT SOON IT WOULD BE ABLE TO ASSIST CHINA IN EITHER THE PROVISION OF FACILITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE VISITING HONG KONG OR IN THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SIMILAR SYSTEM IN CHINA TO ASSIST BOTH The YOUNG PEOPLE OF CHINA AND OF OTHER COUNTRIES, HE ADDED.

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THE MONG TUNG WAN YOUTH HOSTEL, SET IN TRANQUIL SURROUNDINGS IN THE CHI MA WAN PENINSULA, HAS TWO DORMITORIES, A COMMUNAL BLOCK, SITTING OUT AREAS, CAMPING SITES AND BARBECUE PITS.

IT HAS BEEN SPECIALLY DESIGNED TO FIT HARMONIOUSLY INTO THE SURROUNDINGS, WITH STEEP PITCHED ROOFS BLENDING INTO THE BACKDROP OF STEEP HILLS BEHIND.

ALSO PRESENT AT TODAY’S OPENING CEREMONY WERE MR HAIDER BARMA ACTING REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, AND NR WILLIAM YAP, ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICER.

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PRESENTATION OF INSIGNIA * * * *

SEVENTY-SIX PEOPLE DECORATED BY THE QUEEN FOR SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC WILL RECEIVE THEIR INSIGNIA FROM THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, AT A PRESENTATION CEREMONY TO BE HELD IN GOVERNMENT HOUSE AT 6 PM ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 24).

HEADING THE LIST OF RECIPIENTS ARE MISS LYDIA DUNN, UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS, AND MR COLVYN HAYE, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, BOTH OF WHOM WILL RECEIVE THE CBE.

NOTE TO ED I TORS«

A LIST OF THE RECIPIENTS AT THE INSIGNIA PRESENTATION MAY BE COLLECTED FROM THE GIS NEWS DIVISION AT 4 PM ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 24).

ONLY PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CAMERAMEN WITH SPECIAL PASSES WILL BE ADMITTED TO GOVERNMENT HOUSE. THEY SHOULD MEET GIS OFFICERS IN THE GUARD ROOM NOT LATER THAN 5.30 PM.

NEWSPAPERS WITHOUT SUCH PASSES WILL BE ABLE TO OBTAIN POTOGRAPHS BY MAKING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE SUPPLY OF PRINTS WITH MING YUEN STUDIO, 22 QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL, TEL. 5-224310.

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SIXTH PHASE OF NEW I.D. CARD SCHEME ANNOUNCED X * *

MEN BORN IN 1957 AND 1956 WILL BE REQUIRED TO CHANGE THEIR OLD CARDS FOR NEW ONES DURING THE SIXTH PHASE OF THE NEW IDENTITY CARD ISSUE SCHEME, STARTING ON OCTOBER 31 (MONDAY).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT DURING THE FIVE-WEEK PERIOD TO DECEMBER 3, MEN IN THESE AGE GROUPS SHOULD CALL AT ANY OF THE EIGHT NEW I.D. CARD ISSUE OFFICES BETWEEN 8 AM AND 9.30 PM, MONDAYS TO SATURDAYS.

HE ESTIMATED THAT A TOTAL OF 120 000 APPLICANTS WILL TURN UP DURING THE NEW PHASE.

+THE PUBLIC HAVE BEEN VERY CO-OPERATIVE IN COMING FORWARD IN PREVIOUS PHASES. WE WOULD APPRECIATE SIMILAR SUPPORT DURING THE COMING PHASE,* HE SAID.

APPLICANTS SHOULD BRING ALONG THEIR OLD IDENTITY CARDS TO ANY OF THE ISSUE OFFICES.

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

ANY ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SCHEME SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO 5-7956066 (CHINESE LANGUAGE) OR 5-7909393 (ENGLISH LANGUAGE).

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COURTESY CAMPAIGN TO START NEXT MONTH * * *

A LARGE-SCALE COURTESY CAMPAIGN WILL BE LAUNCHED BY THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD NEXT MONTH.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CAMPAIGN INCLUDE NOMINATIONS FOR COURTEOUS HOTEL EMPLOYEES, COSMETIC SALESGIRLS, BUS DRIVERS AND STUDENTS, A POP CONCERT, A FASHION SHOW, AND A SLOGAN AND COLOURING COMPETITIONS.

BEGINNING ON NOVEMBER 6, A SPECIALLY CREATED CARTOON CHARACTER, +COURTESY BO B0+, WILL ALSO BE VISITING SCHOOLS, COMMERCIAL FIRMS, AND MAJOR LOCATIONS TO DISTRIBUTE SOUVENIRS AND PAMPHLETS.

ANNOUNCING DETAILS OF THE MONTH-LONG CAMPAIGN AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY, THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WILFRED WONG, SAID THE AIM WAS TO PROMOTE COURTESY AMONG THE PUBLIC THROUGH EDUCATIONAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

♦WE ARE LEADING A VERY BUSY LIFE AND QUITE OFTEN WE TEND TO NEGLECT THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING POLITE TO ONE ANOTHER,+ SAID W WONG, WHO IS ALSO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CAMPAIGN’S ORGANISING COMMITTEE.

/+0UH SLOGAN

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1983

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OUR SLOGAN IS ’A COURTEOUS HONG KONG, A BETTER HONG KONG’. WE HOPE THE DRIVE WILL STIMULATE BETTER AWARENESS OF COURTESY, AND BECOME AN ON-GOING TERRITORY-WIDE CAMPAIGN,* HE ADDED.

THE CAMPAIGN WILL START OFF AT 8 PM ON NOVEMBER 6 WITH POP CONCERT FEATURING EIGHT LOCAL AND OVERSEAS SINGERS AT THE HONG KONG COLISEUM.

THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL, MR HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, WILL BE PRESENT AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

TICKETS FOR THE CONCERT AT $20, $40, $60 AND $80 EACH ARE AVAILABLE AT THE CENTRAL AND TSIM SHA TSUI BRANCH OFFICES OF THE TOM LEE COMPANY LIMITED.

AS A RUN-UP TO THE CAMPAIGN, THE FOLLOWING COMPETITIONS ARE ALREADY IN PROGRESS:

* COURTEOUS HOTEL EMPLOYEES — LETTERS HAVE BEEN SENT TO 30 HOTELS IN THE DISTRICT INVITING NOMINATIONS;

* COURTEOUS BUS DRIVERS — THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO NOMINATE THE DRIVER OF THEIR CHOICE BEFORE NOVEMBER 5;

M COURTEOUS COSMETIC SALESGIRLS -- A PANEL OF ADJUDICATORS HAVE BEEN VISITING COSMETIC COUNTERS IN DEPARTMENT STORES TO SELECT POLITE GIRLS;

M A COURTEOUS STUDENTS MONTH IS BEING HELD IN ALL LOCAL SCHOOLS SINCE OCTOBER 14; AND

M A SELECTION OF COURTEOUS PEDESTRIANS WILL BE HELD BETWEEN NOVEMBER 6 AND 27.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CAMPAIGN WILL INCLUDE:

* A WEEK-LONG EXHIBITION OF THE ENTRIES FOR A +COURTESY CARTOON CHARACTER* DESIGN CONTEST BEGINNING AT 3.30 PM TODAY (SATURDAY) IN THE NEW WORLD CENTRE LOBBY;

M A COURTESY FAMILY DAY AT THE OCEAN TERMINAL CONCOURSE ON NOVEMBER 19;

* A +COURTESY CARTOON CHARACTER* COLOURING COMPETITION FOR CHILDREN ON NOVEMBER 13 AT THE TSIM SHA TSUI EAST PROMENADE;

* A SLOGAN COMPETITION FOR STUDENTS IN THE DISTRICT; AND

M BROADCASTING OF A SPECIALLY-WRITTEN COURTESY SONG AND DISPLAY OF COURTESY POSTERS AT MTR STATIONS.

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SATURDAY, 0CT03Sa 22, 19^3

MR WONG SAID THAT IN ORDER TO FIND OUT RESIDENTS’ ATTITUDE TOWARDS COURTESY, A TOTAL OF 20 000 QUESTIONNAIRES WILL BE DISTRIBUTED AT ALL MTR BRANCHES OF THE HANG SENG BANK.

THOSE WHO RETURN THE COMPLETED FORMS BEFORE NOVEMBER 5 WILL RECEIVE A BOOK-CLIP AND A CHANCE TO WIN VALUABLE PRIZES, INCLUDING A DEPARTMENT STORE CASH COUPON WORTH S5 000, A WATCH AND A DINNER FOR 12.

THE GRAND FINALE OF THE CAMPAIGN WILL BE HELD AT THE NEW WORLD PLAZA ON NOVEMBER 27, FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY RADIO AND TELEVISION ARTISTES, AND PRESENTATION OF PRIZES TO WINNERS OF THE COMPETITIONS.

THE CAMPAIGN, COSTING S700 000, IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD, COMMERCIAL RADIO, MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORTATION, KOWLOON MOTOR BUS COMPANY, HONG KONG AND KOWLOON WHARF AND GODOWN COMPANY, EAST TSIM SHA TSUI PROPERTY DEVELOPERS ASSOCIATION AND NEW WORLD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY.

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BENEFITS OF SPORTS STRESSED X X * X

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR COLVYN HAYE, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT HE WAS HAPPY TO QUOTE THE SAGES ON THE IMPORTANCE OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION.

SPEAKING AT THE FIRST JOINT SWIMMING GALA OF THE PO LEUNG KUK COLLEGES AT KOWLOON TSAI SWIMMING POOL, MR HAYE SAID CONFUCIUS HAD REMARKEDi +A KIND-HEARTED MAN ENJOYS WALKING IN THE MOUNTAINS WHILE AN INTELLIGENT MAN ENJOYS WATER SPORTS*.

♦STUDENTS ARE NOT CONTENT MERELY WITH EXAMINATION RESULTS, AND THIS PROMPTS ME TO QUOTE ANOTHER SAGE, THE LATIN JUVENAL: 'YOUR PRAYER MUST BE FOR A SOUND MIND IN A SOUND BODY’,+ THE DIRECTOR SAID.

SWIMMING WAS UNDOUBTLY SUITED TO PUPILS IN HONG KONG WHERE WE HAVE SUCH A PLEASANT CLIMATE AND MAGNIFICENT BEACHES, MR HAYE OBSERVED.

♦THE URBAN COUNCIL IN RECENT YEARS HAS PROVIDED ADDITIONAL FACILITIES BY BUILDING SWIMMING COMPLEXES SUCH AS THIS. MORE AND MORE SCHOOLS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES ARE ORGANISING LESSONS IN SWIMMING AND LIFE-SAVI NG,+ MR HAYE ADDED.

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NEW ACTIVITIES FOR SHA TIN RESIDENTS * * * *

NEW AND CREATIVE ACTIVITIES MIGHT BE DIFFICULT TO START BUT WERE OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE IN COMMUNITY BUILDING, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR HAIDER BARMA SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

♦WHILE TRADITIONAL ACTIVITIES READILY ATTRACT SUPPORT AND ARE EASY TO ORGANISE, IT IS THROUGH NEW AND CREATIVE ACTIVITIES THAT MORE RESIDENTS MAY COME FORWARD TO PROVIDE A BROAD BASE UPON WHICH A LIVELY AND HEALTHY COMMUNITY MAY BE BUILT,* HE SAID.

MR BARMA WAS SPEAKING AT THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF THE NEWLY-FORMED BASEBALL TEAM, THE +SHA TIN MARTINS+, HELD AT THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE.

THE +SHA TIN MARTINS+, THE FIRST BASEBALL TEAM SET UP IN THE NEW TERRITORIES FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN, IS FUNDED BY THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD AND COMES UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE SHA TIN SPORTS ASSOCIATION.

♦NEW ACTIVITIES ARE DIFFICULT TO START: THEY NEED IMAGINATION AND PATIENCE,♦ SAID MR BARMA.

♦SHA TIN MARTINS IS EVIDENCE THAT THE SHA TIN COMMUNITY NOT ONLY HAS SUCH IMAGINATION AND PATIENCE, BUT ALSO A DYNAMIC LEADERSHIP THROUGH THE DISTRICT BOARD.

♦I HOPE TEACHERS ALL OVER THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL QUICKLY SET UP TEAMS OF THEIR OWN IN THEIR SCHOOLS,+ HE ADDED.

MR BARMA ALSO PRAISED THE SPORTS ASSOCIATION FOR THEIR EFFORT IN PROMOTING ACTIVITIES FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS.

WITHIN LESS THAN TWO YEARS, HE SAID, THE ASSOCIATION HAD ACQUIRED LAND TO PROVIDE A LOCAL BASEBALL GROUND AND A CYCLE PARK IN SHA TIN.

THE ASSOCIATION IS ALSO ACTIVELY ORGANISING DRAGON BOAT RACES ON SHING MUN RIVER FOR NEXT YEAR AND PROMOTING SWIMMING AS THE COMMUNITY SPORT IN SHA TIN.

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HORTICULTURAL COURSES POPULAR

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A THIRD HORTICULTURAL COURSE WILL BE HELD AT SHA TIN BY NEXT MONTH IN RESPONSE TO DEMAND.

ENTRIES FOR THE THIRD SHA TIN HORTICULTURAL COURSE ARE NOW BEING INVITED AND ENROLMENT WILL BE ACCEPTED ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE FREE TRAINING COURSE WILL BE HELD AT THE SHA TIN SPORTS GROUND CONFERENCE ROOM, THERE WILL BE 10 SESSIONS EVERY SATURDAY, BETWEEN 10 AM AND 1 PM.

SATURDAY, OCTOEER 22, 1983

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THE LECTURES WILL MAINLY FOCUS ON SEED SOWING, FERTILISING, CUTTING, GRAFTING, LAYERING, PRUNING AND WEEDING, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

OTHER TOPICS WILL INCLUDE THE PROPAGATION OF SEASONAL FLOWERS, ORCHIDS INDOOR PLANTS AS WELL AS THEIR COMMON SYMPTOMS AND METHOD OF RECTIFICATION.

PARTICIPANTS WILL ALSO HAVE THE CHANCE TO PRACTISE FLOWER PLANTING, AND WILL BE MAKING FIELD VISITS TO NTSD’S NURSERIES.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR THE COURSE CAN BE OBTAINED AT THE SHA TIN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE ON THE LOWER GROUND FLOOR OF LEK YUEN COMMUNITY HALL IN LEK YUEN ESTATE, SHA TIN.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR SERVICING BEACH RAFTS

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TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED FOR THE SERVICING OF 20 RAFTS AT GAZETTED BEACHES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND ON OUTLYING ISLANDS.

THE SERVICES REQUIRED INCLUDE THE REMOVING, CLEANING, REPAIRING AND REMOORING OF THE RAFTS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID.

TENDER FORMS MAY NOW BE OBTAINED FROM THE NTSD HEADQUARTERS ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF SWIRE AND MACLAINE HOUSE, AUSTIN CENTRE, 19-23 AUSTIN AVENUE, TSIM SHA TSUI.

COMPLETED FORMS MUST BE PLACED IN THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT TENDER BOX LOCATED AT THE LIFT LOBBY ON THE LOWER GROUND FLOOR OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (EAST WING), LOWER ALBERT ROAD, BEFORE NOON ON NOVEMBER 18.

FURTHER DETAILS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE RECREATION AND AMENITIES SECTION OF THE NTSD HEADQUARTERS ON 3-678715.

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REFUSE COLLECTION FACILITY TO BE IMPROVED

X * *

THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR IMPROVEMENT WORK ON AN OFF-STREET REFUSE COLLECTION POINT AT SHING ON STREET IN SHAU KEI WAN.

THE CONTRACT WILL INCLUDE THE ADDITION OF A CORRUGATED STEEL ROOFING, RESURFACING, FORMATION OF AN ACCESS ROAD AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF A RETAINING WALL.

WORK WILL START IN DECEMBER AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY NEXT APRIL.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1983

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ROAD CLOSURE IN KWUN TONG PROPOSED

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THE HONG KONG HOUSING AUTHORITY IS PROPOSING TO CLOSE PERMANENTLY THE PORTION OF KAI LIM ROAD FRONTING THE SITE OF THE FORMER BLOCK 12, AND OF AN UNNAMED ROAD, FOOTPATH AND STEPS PAST THE SITE OF THE FORMER BLOCK 14 OF KWUN TONG (TSUI PING ROAD) ESTATE, KOWLOON.

THE PROPOSED CLOSURES ARE REQUIRED IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO NEW HOUSING BLOCKS, A MARKET.AND A BUS TERMINUS WHICH FORM PHASE 3 OF THE REDEVELOPMENT SCHEME FOR KWUN TONG (TSUI PING ROAD) ESTATE.

A NOTICE CONCERNING THE PROPOSAL IS PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST 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- THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, KOWLOON EAST, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 9TH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD; AND THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE, KWUN TONG DISTRICT BRANCH OFFICES BUILDING, TUNG YAN STREET, 3RD AND 4TH FLOORS, KOWLOON.

ANY OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS NOT LATER THAN DECEMBER 20, 1983.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN NORTH POINT AND CHAI WAN * * * *

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN NORTH POINT AND CHAI WAN FROM MONDAY (OCTOBER 24) TO FACILITATE CONSTRUCTION WORKS.

IN NORTH POINT, JAVA ROAD BETWEEN NORTH POINT ROAD AND SHU KUK STREET. NORTH POINT ROAD BETWEEN CHUN YEUNG STREET AND JAVA ROAD ALONG WITH THE JUNCTION OF WHARF ROAD WITH TONG SHU I ROAD, WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 11 PM ON MONDAY AND 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

DURING THE CLOSURE, THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF KING’S ROAD BETWEEN NORTH POINT ROAD AND SHU KUK STREET WILL BE OPEN TO ALL VEHICLES, AND TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA TIN CHONG STREET, KING’S ROAD, SHU KUK STREET AND JAVA ROAD.

THE MEASURES WILL BE REPEATED ON TUESDAY (OCTOBER 25) NIGHT.

IN CHAI WAN, A 170-ZiETRE SECTION OF NING FOO STREET, ABOUT 110 METRES FROM LEE CHU/G STREET, WILL BE CLOSED FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY FOR ABOUT 3 MONTHS.

DURING THE CLO/JRE, A TEMPORARY VEHICULAR ACCESS LINKING WING TAI ROAD WITH HING FOO STREET WILL BE PROVIDED TO ENABLE MOTORISTS TO REACH NING FOO STREET FROM CHAI WAN ROAD.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1983

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MAINS WORK IN ABERDEEN AND KWUN TONG * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN ABERDEEN AND IN KWUN TONG WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVERAL HOURS BETWEEN TUESDAY (OCTOBER 25) AND WEDNESDAY FOR MAINS WORK.

IN ABERDEEN, SUPPLY TO ALL PREMISES IN TIN WAN HILL ROAD, HING WO STREET, TIN WAN CLOSE, KA WO STREET, TIN WAN STREET, TANG FUNG STREET, YUE WOK STREET, YUE LEI STREET AND YUE KO STREET WILL BE INTERRUPTED FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM ON TUESDAY.

ALSO AFFECTED WILL BE THE ABERDEEN FISHERIES AND MARINE OFFICES, THE ABERDEEN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET AS WELL AS PREMISES AT 40-100 AND 43-103 SHEK PAI WAN ROAD.

IN KWUN TONG, SUPPLY WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 10 PM ON TUESDAY TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY, AFFECTING SHUN LEE ESTATE, SHUN ON ESTATE, SHUN TIN ESTATE, SHUN CHI COURT AND CHOI WAN ESTATE.

PREMISES ALONG CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD BETWEEN FEI NGO SHAN AND TA KU LING SAN TSUEN, INCLUDING FEI NGO SHAN ROAD AND PIK UK PRISON, WILL ALSO BE AFFECTED.

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FIRING PRACTICE M M * *

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY (OCTOBER 24 TO 28).

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

THE DATES AND TIMES OF THE PRACTICE AREi

DATE

OCTOBER 24 (MONDAY)

OCTOBER 25 (TUESDAY)

OCTOBER 26 (WEDNESDAY)

OCTOBER 27 (THURSDAY)

OCTOBER 28 (FRIDAY)

TIME

8 AM - 5 PM

8 AM - 5 PM

8 AM - 5 PM

8 AM - 5 PM

8 AM - 11 PM

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HONG KONG SEEKING TO JOIN CONVENTION ON MARINE POLLUTION ......... 1

NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT CONTINUING UNABATED ......................... 2

GREAT DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL FOR SHAM TSENG ....................... L

TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA IN SAI KUNG TOWN .......................... 5

KAI FONGS PRAISED FOR COMMUNITY WORK ............................. 6

HEALTH EXHIBITION FOR TAI PO ..................................... 7

SCHOOLS DANCE FESTIVAL ENTRIES INVITED ........................... 7

'ANTI-DRUG WALK' IN WONG TAI SIN ................................. 8

FREE TRIPS ABROAD FOR SAFETY SLOGAN WINNERS ...................... 9

JAPANESE GARDEN AT KWAI CHUNG .................................... 9

FLYOVER TO BE PARTLY CLOSED ...................................... 9

NT WATER MAINS WORK ............................................. 10

CORRECTIONAL SERVICES STAFF CELEBRATE ANNIVERSARY ............... 10

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1983

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HONG KONG SEEKING TO JOIN CONVENTION ON MARINE POLLUTION

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THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HAS DECIDED IN THE INTERESTS OF HONG KONG TO SEEK EXTENSION TO THE TERRITORY OF AN INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION ON SEA POLLUTION.

THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION FOR THE PREVENTION OF POLLUTION FROM SHIPS 1973, AS MODIFIED BY THE PROTOCOL OF 1978, AIMS TO ELIMINATE COMPLETELY THE DELIBERATE OR NEGLIGENT DISCHARGE OF OIL AND OTHER HARMFUL SUBSTANCES BY SHIPS.

ALL PARTIES TO THE CONVENTION ARE REQUIRED TO GIVE EFFECT TO THE PROVISIONS FOR THE PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF SUCH POLLUTION.

BRITAIN IS ONE OF THESE PARTIES, AND AS A PORT OF BRITISH REGISTRY, HONG KONG MUST ADOPT UK STANDARDS AND REQUIREMENTS FOR SHIP REGISTRATION.

♦THE IMPLICATIONS ARE THAT IF HONG KONG DOES NOT COMPLY WITH ALL THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS TO WHICH UK IS A PARTY, IT COULD LOSE ITS STATUS AS A PORT OF BRITISH REGISTRY.

♦FAILURE TO GIVE EFFECT TO THE CONVENTION AND THE PROTOCOL COULD ALSO RESULT IN HONG KONG BEING LABELLED AS A 'FLAG OF CONVENIENCE’ TERRITORY, WITH THE CONNOTATION OF SUB-STANDARD SHIPPING AND RUNNING GREATER RISKS OF SANCTIONS BY PORT STATES AND SEAMEN’S UNIONS,* A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

WITHOUT JOINING THE CONVENTION, HONG KONG CANNOT ISSUE VALID INTERNATIONAL OIL POLLUTION PREVENTION CERTIFICATES TO ITS OCEANGOING SHIPS EVEN IF THEY COMPLY WITH THE STANDARDS OF THE CONVENTION.

THESE SHIPS WILL THEN BE LIABLE TO DETENTION FOR INSPECTION AT THE PORTS OF CONTRACTING PARTIES, THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

THE UNITED STATES HAS DECLARED THAT IT WILL REQUIRE ALL SHIPS CALLING AT ITS PORTS TO CONFIRM TO THE STANDARDS AND REQUIREMENTS OF THE CONVENTION.

ALSO, 14 EUROPEAN COUNTRIES HAVE PLEDGED UNITY OF ACTION IN GIVING EFFECT TO THE CONVENTION AND THE PROTOCOL.

♦TO AVOID THE PORTS OF THOSE COUNTRIES WOULD REDUCE THE BUSINESS PROSPECTS AND COMPETITIVENESS OF HONG KONG-REGISTERED SHIPS IN THE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING MARKET, ESPECIALLY SINCE MANY OF THE CONTRACTING PARTIES ARE MAJOR TRADING NATIONS,+ THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT.

EXTENSION OF THE CONVENTION TO HONG KONG WILL ALSO HELP ENSURE THAT SHIPS CALLING AT THE PORT HERE DO NOT POSE ANY UNREASONABLE POLLUTION THREAT.

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NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT CONTINUING UNABATED

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THE POPULATION IN THE NEW TERRITORIES HAS MORE THAN DOUBLED OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS AS A RESULT OF THE SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AMBITIOUS NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT, MR BRYAN O’RORKE, TODAY IN A REVIEW OF THE WORK CARRIED OUT BY HIS DEPARTMENT OVER THE LAST DECADE.

HE RECALLED THAT FOLLOWING THE GOVERNMENT’S DECISION TO LAUNCH AN AMBITIOUS HOUSING PROGRAMME, THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT (NTDD) WAS SET UP IN 1973 AND CHARGED WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY OF DEVELOPING NEW TOWNS.

THE AIM IS TO PROVIDE BALANCED COMMUNITIES IN THESE NEW TOWNS WITH THE FULL RANGE OF MEDICAL, EDUCATIONAL, EMPLOYMENT AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES.

+T0 THIS END, THE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS IN ASSESSING AND PLANNING THE NEEDS OF COMMUNITIES WHO WILL INHABIT THESE NEW TOWNS,* MR O’RORKE SAID.

+THE POPULATION IN THE NEW TERRITORIES THEN WAS 680 000 AND THIS HAS INCREASED TO MORE THAN 1.5 MILLION TODAY,* MR O’RORKE SAID.

+SINCE 1973, THE GOVERNMENT HAS SPENT MORE THAN $10 BILLION ON LAND FORMATION AND THE PROVISION OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES IN THE NEW TOWNS.*

IN ADDITION, $5.5 BILLION HAS BEEN SPENT ON PUBLIC HOUSING.

DURING THE PERIOD UNDER REVIEW, NO LESS THAN 108 SCHOOLS, SIX POLICE STATIONS, SIX FIRE AND AMBULANCE STATIONS, 12 HOSPITALS AND CLINICS, 205 HECTARES OF DISTRICT PARKS AND RECREATION GROUNDS, 18 COMMUNITY HALLS AND 150 KILOMETRES OF ROADS WERE BUILT IN THE NEW TOWNS.

+BEFORE THE DUST SETTLES ON COMPLETION OF ONE PROJECT, IT IS STIRRED AFRESH BY THE COMMENCEMENT OF WORK ON ANOTHER. THIS IS THE KIND OF PACE THAT IS BEING SET BY THE AMBITIOUS PROGRAMME THAT HAS BEEN CHANGING THE FACE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES,* MR O’RORKE SAID.

HE DESCRIBED THE SCALE AND THE PACE OF DEVELOPMENT AS UNRIVALLED ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD.

HE PAID TRIBUTE TO THE MULTI-DISCIPLINARY TEAMS OF STAFF IN THE NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICES FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION WHICH HAD MADE THE NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME SO SUCCESSFUL.

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ON THE SCALE OF WORK TO BE CARRIED OUT THIS FINANCIAL YEAR, MR O’RORKE SAID THAT THE FUNDS PROVIDED FOR EACH OF THE NEW TOWNS, APART FROM PUBLIC HOUSING, FOR THE 12-MONTH PERIOD WAS:

* SHA TIN $927 MILLION

* TAI PO AND FANLING $853 MILLION

* TSUEN WAN $849 MILLION

* TUEN MUN $727 MILLION

* JUNK BAY $235 MILLION

RURAL DEVELOPMENT $210 MILLION

♦ALTOGETHER THIS IS SOME 20 PER CENT UP ON LAST YEAR'S PROVISION,* HE SAID.

MAJOR PROJECTS COMPLETED SINCE THE START OF THE ’V TOWN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME OR NEARING COMPLETION INCLUDE:

* TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL (223 MILLION)

* TUEN MUN ROAD ($500 MILLION)

M SHA TIN SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT STAGE I ($365 MILLION)

# PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL ($780 MILLION)

AMONG THE MAJOR PROJECTS UNDERWAY AT PRESENT ARE:

K TUEN MUN CULTURAL COMPLEX AND TOWN PARK ($180 MILLION)

* SHA TIN CULTURAL COMPLEX AND TOWN PARK ($150 MILLION)

K SHA TIN - TAI PO COASTAL ROAD ($608 MILLION)

* TSUEN WAN BYPASS STAGE I I AND TRANSPORT COMPLEX ($560 MILLION)

MR O’RORKE SAID THAT WORK WOULD ALSO START SHORTLY ON THE TUEN MUN HOSPITAL ($900 MILLION), PILING WORK FOR WHICH HAS ALREADY BEGUN, TSING Yl NORTH BRIDGE AND APPROACHES ($250 MILLION), IMPROVEMENTS TO THE SECTION OF THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD BETWEEN FAN KAM ROAD AND LOK MA CHAU ($168 MILLION) AND A MAGISTRACY IN SHA TIN ("60 MILLION).

LOOKING TOWARDS THE FUTURE, MR O’RORKE SAID THAT THE PACE WOULD CONTINUE UNABATED AND THAT GOVERNMENT WOULD MAINTAIN A HIGH LEVEL OF EXPENDITURE ON NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT IN THE YEARS TO COME.

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ON THE LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY FOR THE WHOLE TERRITORY, HE SAID THAT A DECISION WOULD BE MADE IN THE MIDDLE OF NEXT YEAR AFTER CAREFULLY EXAMINING THE REPORTS ON SUB-REGIONAL STUDIES SUCH AS THE NORTH-EAST NEW TERRITORIES STUDY, THE NORTH-WEST NEW TERRITORIES STUDY, THE HARBOUR AREA STUDY, THE NORTH LANTAU STUDY AND JUNK BAY STUDY.

+THE DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY TO BE FORMULATED WILL MEET THE LONGTERM NEEDS OF HONG KONG INTO THE 199OS AND THE NEXT CENTURY,+ HE ADDED.

BETWEEN NOW AND 1990, MR O’RORKE SAID, THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT WOULD FORM MORE THAN 2 800 HECTARES OF LAND, BRINGING TO 6 400 HECTARES THE TOTAL AREA OF LAND FORMED SINCE 1973.

ALSO, THE NUMBER OF RESIDENTIAL FLATS BUILT BY BOTH THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS IN THE NEW TOWNS WILL INCREASE FROM THE PRESENT 326 000 TO ABOUT 700 000 FLATS BY 1990.

+WITH THE REVISED POPULATION TARGET FOR THE NEW TOWNS SET AT OVER 3 MILLION, THE -'TDD WILL FACE MORE CHALLENGES IN THE YEARS TO COME,+ SAID MR O’RORKE.

GREAT DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL FOR SHAM TSENG

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SHAM TSENG, A RURAL AREA IN TSUEN WAN, HAD GREAT DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL, THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS ELAINE CHUNG, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

SHE POINTED OUT THAT IN RECENT YEARS, THE GOVERNMENT HAD BEEN ATTACHING SIGNIFICANCE TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF RURAL AREAS TO COINCIDE WITH POPULATION GROWTH AND COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT.

+AND SHAM TSENG IS ONE OF THE GOVERNMENT’S RURAL DEVELOPMENT TARGETS. EARLY THIS YEAR, THE GOVERNMENT APPOINTED A CONSULTANCY FIRM TO STUDY THE POSSIBILITY OF DEVELOPING THE AREA,+ SHE SAID.

+ACCORDING TO A REPORT SUBMITTED BY THE CONSULTANTS RECENTLY, SHAM TSENG HAS THE POTENTIAL OF BEING DEVELOPED INTO A RESIDENTIAL AREA FOR 60 000 PEOPLE, + SHE POINTED OUT.

AND WHEN IT IS DEVELOPED, PROBLEMS SUCH AS TRANSPORT, EDUCATION, RECREATIONAL FACILITIES, WATER SUPPLY AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION WOULD BE GREATLY IMPROVED, SHE SAID.

ANY RESIDENTS OR SHOP OWNERS AFFECTED BY THE DEVELOPMENT WOULD BE LOOKED AFTER, SHE ADDED.

MISS CHUNG WAS SPEAKING AT THE RIBBON-CUTTING AND PRIZE PRESENTAT!?\ CEREMONY OF THE TSUEN WAN RURAL AREA DAY HELD AT SHAM TSENG.

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SHE SAID THAT TSUEN WAN HAD A LARGE RURAL AREA WITH THE POPULATION WIDELY SCATTERED SO THAT VILLAGERS HAD LITTLE CHANCE TO MEET EACH OTHER.

♦ THE RURAL AREA DAY, THEREFORE, PROVIDES A GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR VILLAGERS TO GET TOGETHER, TO ENJOY THE COLOURFUL ACTIVITIES AND TO BUILD UP A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP AMONG THEMSELVES,+ SHE ADDED.

THE TSUEN WAN RURAL AREA DAY IS SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

THE PROGRAMME, WHICH STARTED YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) AND WILL LAST UNTIL NOVEMBER 6, INCLUDE AN OUTING FOR THE ELDERLY, A CANTONESE OPERA, A FIVE-A-SIDE FOOTBALL COMPETITION, GAME STALLS FOR CHILDREN AND A BEER-DRINKING COMPETITION.

PARTICIPATING BODIES INCLUDE LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE AND OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

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TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA IN SAI KUNG TOWN * * * * *

SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE PROPOSED TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA AT SHA KOK MEI AT THEIR MEETING ON TUESDAY (OCTOBER 25) MORNING.

THE PROJECT WILL BE BUILT ON A 4.38-HECTARE SITE NEAR THE SAI KUNG TOWN CENTRE AND WORK WILL START NEXT APRIL.

ON COMPLETION, THE TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA WILL PROVIDE ACCOMMODATION FOR 4 400 PEOPLE.

AT THE MEETING, A PAPER PREPARED BY A BOARD MEMBER ON THE ALLOCATION OF A SITE IN THE DISTRICT FOR A FISHERMEN’S ESTATE WILL BE TABLED FOR DISCUSSION.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA WILL INCLUDE A TALK ON THE CURRENT ANTI-SMOKING CAMPAIGN, THE ALLOCATION OF FUNDS FOR THE DISTRICT’S FIGHT CRIME CARNIVAL AND A +ME I FA+ (BEAUTIFICATION) PROJECT, AND PROGRESS REPORTS OF THE BOARD’S COMMITTEES.

IN THE SAME MORNING, THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL REVIEW THE CONSTITUENCY BOUNDARIES AT THEIR MEETING.

MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS WHETHER THE TWO DOUBLE-SEAT CONSTITUENCIES — TAI PO CENTRAL AND TAI PO SOUTH -- CAN BE SPLIT INTO FOUR, EACH WITH ONE ELECTED MEMBER, TO ELIMINATE ADMINISTRATIVE AND OPERATIONAL DIFFICULTIES.

MEANWHILE, THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL CONTINUE THEIR DISCUSSION ON THE GOLDFISH TRADERS IN LUEN WAN ROAD AT THEIR MEETING TOMORROW (MONDAY).

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THE ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE RE-MODELLING OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY MONG KOK STATION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE WELCOME TO COVER :

(I) THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AT 3 PM TOMORROW (MONDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT OFFICE, SECOND FLOOR, 490-492 NATHAN ROAD;

(II) THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AT 9.30 AM ON TUESDAY (OCTOBER 25) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE BOARD’S SECRETARIAT ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF TAI PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE, KWONG FUK ROAD ? AND

(III) THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AT 10 AM ON TUESDAY IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE BOARD’S SECRETARIAT ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF AMOY PLAZA, 77 NGAU TAU KOK ROAD.

A GOVERNMENT VEHICLE WILL LEAVE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT 8.15 AM ON TUESDAY FOR TAI PO.

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KAI FONGS PRAISED FOR COMMUNITY WORK

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THE GOVERNMENT HAD BEEN ENCOURAGING MORE ACTIVE PARTICIPATION BY RESIDENTS IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS AND THE FORMATION OF NEW COMMUNITY AND CIVIC ORGANISATIONS, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR BARRIE WIGGHAM, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE TSIM SHA TSUI DISTRICT KAIFONG WELFARE ASSOCIATION, MR WIGGHAM SAID THAT THIS WAS TO CATER FOR AN INCREASING POPULATION AND CHANGING NEEDS.

THE GOVERNMENT HAD BEEN WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE KAIFONG ASSOCIATIONS, HE SAID, ADDING THAT MANY OF THEM +ARE WELL-ESTABLISHED, HAVE A LONG HISTORY OF SUCCESSFUL PROVISION OF WELFARE SERVICES AND CAN FUNCTION INDEPENDENTLY AND SMOOTHLY IN ACHIEVING THEIR SOCIAL OBJECTIVES.+

+IN FACT, THESE ASSOCIATIONS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN OUR MOST IMPORTANT LIAISON TARGETS WHILE MOST OF THE KAIFONG LEADERS ARE ENJOYING THE CLOSEST WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR STAFF.+

+LET ME ASSURE YOU THAT WE ARE NO LESS COMMITTED TODAY THAN IN THE PAST TO SUPPORTING THE GOOD WORK OF THE KAIFONG ASSOCIATIONS,* HE SAID.

MR WIGGHAM SAID THAT THE TSIM SHA TSUI DISTRICT KAIFONG WELFARE ASSOCIATION HAD, SINCE THE 194O’S, DEVELOPED INTO A FULL-GROWN ORGANISATION ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN PROVIDING A WIDE RANGE OF COMMUNITY SERVICES AND CONTRIBUTING TO THE PROMOTION OF SPORTS AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

+N0 DOUBT, SUCH ACHIEVEMENT IS THE FRUIT OF MUCH HARD WORK BY THE OFFICE-BEARERS AND MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION WHO HAVE PROVED THEIR COMPETENCE IN SURMOUNTING COUNTLESS CHALLENGES AND ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT BY RESPONDING TO CHANGING SOCIAL CONDITIONS,* HE SAID. ,n

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HEALTH EXHIBITION FOR TAI PO * * * *

THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD A FOUR-DAY EXHIBITION ON THE PREVENTION OF COMMUNICABLE DISEASES IN TAI PO.

ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S CENTRAL HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT THE EXHIBITION WILL BE STAGED AT THE TAI PO COMMUNITY HALl’fROM TUESDAY (OCTOBER 25) TO FRIDAY BETWEEN 10 AM AND 4 PM DAILY.

THE EXHIBITION WILL COVER FOUR TOPICS, INTRODUCTION TO rnMMHNICABLE D SEASES HOW TO INCREASE IMMUNITY AGAINST THEM; tSe MWE OF TrIn^ISS ION? SYMPTOMS, TREATMENT AND PREVENTION; AND THE GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS AT CONTROL AND HOW THE PUBLIC CAN HELP.

A COLOURING COMPETITION FOR CHILDREN UNDER 10 YEARS OF AGE WILL ALSO BE HELD DURING THE EXHIBITION PERIOD AND THE RESULTS ANNOUNCED ON OCTOBER 28.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR THE CONTEST WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE TAI PO COMMUNITY HALL ON OCTOBER 25 AND 26.

DURING THE EXHIBITION, STUDENTS WILL BE INVITED TO ATTEND LECTURES ON THE IMPORTANCE OF PREVENTING COMMUNICABLE DISEASES.

• IMILAR EXHIBITIONS HAVE BEEN HELD IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS, DRAWING MORE THAN 42 500 PEOPLE.

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SCHOOLS DANCE FESTIVAL ENTRIES INVITED

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SECONDARY AND PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN ARE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN THE 20TH SCHOOLS DANCE FESTIVAL TO BE HELD BETWEEN JANUARY 16 AND FEBRUARY 18 NEXT YEAR.

THE FESTIVAL IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE HONG KONG SCHOOLS SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND THE NEW TERRITORIES SCHOOLS SPORTS ASSOCIATION.

DANCE ITEMS WILL INCLUDE WESTERN FOLK OR NATIONAL DANCE, WESTERN DANCE DRAMA, CHINESE DANCE, CHINESE DANCE DRAMA, ORIENTAL DANCE AND CREATIVE DANCE.

ENTRIES WILL BE CLASSIFIED INTO A LOWER PRIMARY SECTION FOR STUDENTS FROM PRIMARY 1 TO 3, AN UPPER PRIMARY SECTION FOR STUDENTS FROM PRIMARY 4 TO 6, A SECONDARY SECTION AND A SECTION FOR HANDICAPPED CHILDREN.

ON HONG KONG ISLAND, THE FESTIVAL WILL TAKE PLACE AT CLEMENTI MIDDLE SCHOOL IN FORTRESS HILL ROAD, NORTH POINT. IN KOWLOON, IT WILL BE HELD AT THE HONG KONG SZE YAP COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION WONG TAI SHAN MEMORIAL COLLEGE IN NAM CHEONG STREET' AND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, THE VENUE IS TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL IN TAI HO ROAD.

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EACH SCHOOL WILL HAVE TO PAY A FEE OF $30 FOR TAKING PART IN ONE OR MORE THAN ONE DANCE ITEM.

PRIZES WILL BE IN THE FORM OF AWARDS, WHICH WILL BE PRESENTED TO SCHOOLS ACCORDING TO MARKS GAINED.

OVERALL CHALLENGE AWARDS WILL BE PRESENTED TO THREE SECONDARY AND THREE PRIMARY SCHOOLS WHICH HAVE THE HIGHEST OVERALL SCORES IN THE FESTIVAL’ AND A CERTIFICATE WILL BE AWARDED TO EACH PERFORMING STUDENT y ' WHICH ACHIEVES A COMMENDED STANDARD OR ABOVE.

EACH PARTICIPATING SCHOOL WILL BE GIVEN A SOUVENIR P?

ENTRY FORMS AND FEES MUST BE FORWARDED TO THE PR I AC I. ...

INSPECTOR (PHYSICAL EDUCATION) (ATTNs MRS MABEL LI), PHYSICAL EDUCATION SECTION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 6/F., 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON, BEFORE NOVEMBER 23.

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I-DRUG WALK’ IN WONG TAI SIN *****

PARTICIPATION IN HEALTHY OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES IS A Eri '.

MEANS TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE DISPEL THEIR FRUSTRATIONS ‘.ND F.LSI' i THE TEMPTATION OF DRUGS.

THIS REMARK WAS MADE TODAY (SUNDAY) BY MR MICHAEL CHE. . CHAIRMAN OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT ANTI-NARCOTIC CAMPA! COMMITTEE AT THE START-OFF CEREMONY OF THE ROUND-THE-DI STR I CT WALK.

HE SAID THAT TODAY’S WALK, A HIGHLIGHT OF THE TWO-WEEK ANT I-NARCOTICS DRIVE IN WONG TAI SIN, WAS IN LINE WITH THIS OBJECTIVE.

ACCORDING TO STATISTICS GATHERED BY THE CENTRAL REGISTRY OF DRUG ABUSE FOR THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR, IQ PER CENT OF DRUG ADDICTS WERE COMPLETELY UNEDUCATED, WHILE 60 PER CENT HAD RECEIVED SCHOOLING VARYING FROM PRIMARY ONE TO SIX.

+0N TOP OF THAT, 73 PER CENT OF THE ADDICTS HAVE NEVER HAD ANY KIND OF VOCATIONAL TRAINING,+ MR CHENG SAID.

♦THESE FIGURES INDICATE THAT THE UNDERPRIVILEGED ARE MOST SUSCEPTIBLE TO DRUG ABUSE AND THERE IS AN URGENT NEED TO STEP UP OUR EFFORTS ON PREVENTIVE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY AT THE GRASSROOT LEVEL,+ HE SAID.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE CEREMONY WERE THE DISTRICT OFFICER, l*R PHILIP CHOK; THE COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, MR GORDON MORTIMER; AND THE POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR PEDRO CHING.

OVER 2 000 OFFICIALS FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD, AREA COMMITTEES, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, KAI FONG ASSOCIATIONS, SCHOOLS AND VOLUNTARY aGENCIE- IN THE DISTRICT TOOK PART IN THE EVENT.

BEARING COLOURFUL BANNERS, THE PARTICIPATING TEAMS TALKED THROUGH A 10-KIL0METRE ROUTE COVERING 12 STREETS IN THE DISTRICT.

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 198?

FREE TRIPS ABROAD FOR SAFETY SLOGAN WINNERS * * * *

MR KWONG LAI-CHUEN, AN EMPLOYEE OF OKUMURA CORPORATION, HAS WON THE FIRST PRIZE OF AN INDUSTRIAL SAFETY SLOGAN COMPETITION ORGANISED BY THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY SAFETY SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD.

MR KWONG’S ENTRY, WHICH EMPHASISES THE IMPORTANCE OF SAFETY AT CONSTRUCTION SITES, HAS EARNED HIM A FREE TRIP TO JAPAN.

THE SECOND PRIZE, A FREE TRIP TO THAILAND, GOES TO MR POON YAU-CHEONG OF GAMMON BUILDING CONSTRUCTION LTD, AND THE THIRD PRIZE, A FREE TRIP TO THE PHILIPPINES, GOES TO MR FUNG TIM OF LOK’S CONSTRUCTION COMPANY LTD.

THE PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY IS SCHEDULED TO BE HELD AT THE I CLUB IN THE BANK OF AMERICA TOWER, CENTRAL, ON DECEMBER 6.

THE SLOGAN COMPETITION IS PART OF A CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY SAFETY AWARD SCHEME ORGANISED BY THE SUB-COMMITTEE.

THE SCHEME’S TWO OTHER COMPETITIONS - THE SAFETY EMPLOYEE AWARD AND THE SAFETY CONTRACTOR AWARD - ARE IN PROGRESS AND THE RESULTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY.

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JAPANESE GARDEN AT KWAI CHUNG * * *

A SMALL JAPANESE GARDEN WAS RECENTLY OPENED TO THE PUBLIC AT THE KWAI CHUNG CREMATORIUM.

THE ATTRACTIVE JAPANESE GARDEN IS LOCATED AT A 60-SQUARE-METRE FORMER BARREN OPEN SPACE ADJACENT TO THE COLUMBARIUM OF THE CREMATORIUM, AND IS TO SERVE ALSO AS A PUBLIC SITTING-OUi AREA, EVEN THOUGH IT IS IN THE COMPOUND OF THE CREMATORIUM, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE JAPANESE DECOR IN THE GARDEN INCLUDES A STONE FOOTPATH, A JAPANESE STONE LANTERN, AND A PEBBLE PATCH, IN PLACE OF A POND, OVER WHICH A WOODEN BRIDGE WILL BE BUILT AT A LATER STAGE, TO COMPLEMENT THE LANDSCAPE, SAID THE NTSD SPOKESMAN.

IN ADDITION, MORE THAN 20 SPECIES OF JAPANESE AND LOCAL PLANTS HAVE BEEN PLANTED THERE.

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FLYOVER TO BE PARTLY CLOSED * * *

FROM TUESDAY (OCTOBER 25) TO FRIDAY (OCTOBER 28), THE DOWN RAMP LEADING FROM CANAL ROAD EAST FLYOVER TO LEIGHTON ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 0.01 AM AND 6 AM FOR ROAD RESURFACING.

DURING THE CLOSURE, TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA THE DOWN RAMP TO MORRISON HILL ROAD, THE U-TURN SLIP ROAD AT THE JUNCTION OF SPORTS ROAD WITH MORRISON HILL ROAD, MORRISON HILL ROAD NORTHBOUND AND LEIGHTON ROAD.

MEANWHILE, FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (OCTOBER 25), ALL SOUTHBOUND VEHICLES ALONG FLEMING ROAD WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING RIGHT INTO LOCKHART ROAD WESTBOUND.

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NT WATER MAINS WORK * * X

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN THE NORTH DISTRICT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 9 PM ON WEDNESDAY (OCTOBER 26) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR MAINS WORK.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT THOSE ON-ROUTE VILLAS, VILLAGES AND ALL PREMISES ALONG’ Ta I PO ROAD BETWEEN SHAM TO HANG AND SHEUNG SHUI CROSS ROAD, INCLUDING HONG LOK YUEN’ CASTLE PEAK ROAD BETWEEN SHEUNG SHUI CROSS ROAD AND LOK MA CHAU, SAN TIN’ FAN KAM ROAD BETWEEN SHEUNG SHUI CROSS ROAD AND CHIU KENG? JOCKEY CLUB ROAD BETWEEN FANLING ROUND-ABOUT AND SAN FUNG AVENUE, INCLUDING SHEK WU HUI AND SHEUNG SHUI TSUEN.

AFFECTED ALSO WILL BE MAN KAM TO ROAD BETWEEN SAN FUNG AVENUE AND MAN KAM TO POLICE STATION, INCLUDING LO WU RAILWAY STATION AND MUK WU PUMPING STATIONS? SHA TAU KOK ROAD BETWEEN FANLING ROUND-ABOUT AND SHA TAU KOK MARKET, INCLUDING LUEN WO HUI AND ON LOK TSUEN? PING CHE ROAD BETWEEN SHA TAU KOK AND TA KWU LING POLICE STATION? AND LAM KAM ROAD FROM WAI TAU TSUEN TO PING LONG.

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CORRECTIONAL SERVICES STAFF CELEBRATE ANNIVERSARY

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OVER 600 OFFICERS OF THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THEIR GUESTS CELEBRATED THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE OFFICERS’ ANNUAL DINNER AT A HOTEL IN TSIM SHA TSUI LAST (SAii AY) NIGHT.

DURING THE DINNER, THE COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR THOMAS GARNER, SPOKE ON THE LATEST DEVELOPMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT’S CORRECTIONAL PROGRAMMES AND BUILDING PROJECTS.

MR GARNER ALSO PRESENTED THE ’SO SHUI BOR’ MEMORIAL TROPHY TO A SENIOR INFORMATION OFFICER, MR ALEX CHOI FOR HIS OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE DEPARTMENT’S OFFICERS’ CLUB OVER THE PAST YEAR.

THE TROPHY WAS DONATED BY DR AND MRS J.H. YAP IN MEMORY OF MRS YAP’S BROTHER, MR SO SHUI BOR, AN OFFICER OF THE DEPARTMENT WHO WAS KILLED DURING A PRISONER ESCAPE ATTEMPT IN 1958.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE EVENING INCLUDED A SINGING PERFORMANCE BY A LOCAL BAND AND A LUCKY DRAW.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR PRESENTS INSIGNIA .................................. 1

CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR SEPTEMBER ........................ 4

GAZETTE NOTICE ON INVESTIGATION INTO FREIGHTER ACCIDENT...... 6

SCHOOLS REMINDED TO OBSERVE FUND-RAISING RULES .............. 7

OVERSEAS TEAMS IN SPORTS FESTIVAL ........................... 8

RESERVOIRS ALMOST FULL ...................................... 9

SPORTS FESTIVAL FOR KHUN TONG RESIDENTS ..................... 9

BAZAAR FOR YAU MA TEI ....................................... 10

PRE-WAR BUILDING IN DANGEROUS CONDITION ..................... 10

SITTING-OUT AREA FOR WONG TAI SIN ........................... 11

ANNUAL GAMES STARTING NEXT MONTH............................. 11

WATER LEAKAGE TEST IN TAI KOK TSUI .......................... 12

MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1983

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GOVERNOR PRESENTS INSIGNIA

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SEVENTY-FIVE PEOPLE DECORATED BY THE QUEEN FOR SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC RECEIVED THEIR INSIGNIA FROM THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, AT A PRESENTATION CEREMONY IN GOVERNMENT HOUSE THIS (MONDAY) EVENING.

THE FOLLOWING IS THE LIST OF INSIGNIA RECIPIENTS i CBE (COMMANDER OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE)

THE HON LYDIA DUNN

THE HON COLVYN HUGH HAYE

OBE (OFFICER ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE)

MR LEO LEE TUNG-HAI

MR FRANK EDMUND SHORT

ISO (IMPERIAL SERVICE ORDER)

MR FRANK AU SHIU-WAI

MR PATRICK ANTHONY WARD

MBE (MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE)

MRS JENNY HO LAM CHA I-NEE

MR LAM CHIK-SUEN

MR LAU CHI-YUEN THE HON PETER POON WING-CHEUNG MR WONG KAN-HO

MBE (MIL) (MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE)(MILITARY)

MAJOR NG KING-CHEUNG

BEM (BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL)

MR AU WONG-CHEUNG MR AU YEUNG-WUN MRS CELIA MARIA DA CRUZ MRS FONG LEE KWAN-YING /MR LAM HANG................................

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MR LAM HANG MRS MORLEY LEUNG WONG YIN-YIN MR LIANG PEI-MAN MR LO SHIU-KAU MR MARK TING-YUET MR MOW LUNG-FAT MR NG KI-BIU MR NG KWOK-HUNG MR TANG YIU-KEE MR TSUI PAK-LAM MR WONG KING-TUNG

BEM (MIL) (BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL) (MILITARY DIVISION)

WARRANT OFFICER II BOMBAHADUR THAPA SERGEANT LALBAHADUR GURUNG SERGEANT HARI BAHADUR RAI MR FREDERICK FURNISS

ISM (IMPERIAL SERVICE MEDAL)

MR CHIU SHING-YIU QUEEN’S COMMENDATION FOR BRAVE CONDUCT

MR CHAN CHUNG-HING

MR KO WING-WAH

MR ROBERT YING KA-WONG

QUEEN’S COMMENDATION FOR VALUABLE SERVICE IN THE AIR

FLIGHT LIEUTENANT PETER DICKY YIP

FLIGHT LIEUTENANT PAUL HENRY ROSENTALL

QPM (QU/EN’S POLICE MEDAL) /-----------------MR GEORGE HINDHAUGH

MR KEITH HARRY LOMAS

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CPM (COLONIAL POLICE MEDAL)

MR CHING KWOK-HOO MR BRIAN ELEY MR JOHN HENRY TUDOR GRIFFITHS MR LAI KING-YUEN MR LAU YUK-KUEN MR BRIAN THOMAS WIGLEY

CPM (FIRE) (COLONIAL POLICE MEDAL) (FIRE SERVICE)

MR CHENG KWONG-TAK MR LEE KWOK-FUN BADGE OF HONOUR

MISS CHAN MO-CHING MR CHAN TIN-KEI MR CHEUNG YAU-YUNG REVEREND CHIANG PAO-LIN MR CHU KWOK-WAI MR HO FAI MR KAN MAN-LEE MR LEE WAI-KWONG MR LEUNG KWOK-WAI MISS MONA LO BO-NA MR LO KAM MADAM MA YUET-HAR MR NG HOK-SHING MR TAM MAN-KWAN MRS WAN LEE TSE-HUEN MR WONG TAK-YAN MR WU KWOK-HUNG

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ORDER OF ST JOHN

COMMANDER I MR STANLEY HO

OFFICER (BROTHER) 1 MR SIU KAM-PING

SERVING BROTHER 1 MR PETER P.F. CHAN MR LEO LEE TUNG-HAI MR CHAN CH I-YIN MR CHOW CHUN-YIN MR FUNG KAN MR LAI HON-KWAN DR WATT KWONG-KEE MR YUEN YAT-MING

SERVING SISTER 1 MISS KWOK SUK-CHUN MISS WINNIE YU YUET-WAH

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CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR SEPTEMBER ft ft ft ft

THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) AND CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (B) FOR SEPTEMBER 1983 WERE 146 AND 145 RESPECTIVELY, EACH BEING THREE POINTS OR 2.1 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN THE PRECEDING MONTH, THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT REPORTED TODAY (MONDAY).

COMPARED WITH SEPTEMBER 1982, CP I(A) ROSE BY 14 POINTS OR 10.6 PER CENT AND CP 1(B) BY 13 POINTS OR 9.8 PER CENT.

DURING THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD ENDING IN SEPTEMBER 1983, BOTH THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED CP I(A) AND CP 1(B) INCREASED AT AN AVERAGE RATE OF 0.8 PER CENT EACH MONTH.

DURING SEPTEMBER, FOOD PRICES, ESPECIALLY THOSE OF FRESH VEGETABLES AND PORK, WERE HIGHER. CHARGES FOR MEALS IN RESTAURANTS AND PRICES OF ELECTRICAL DURABLES ALSO WENT UP.

THE CP I(A) AND CP 1(B) ARE BASED ON THE EXPENDITURE PATTERNS OF 33 PER CENT AND 30 PER CENT, RESPECTIVELY, OF URBAN HOUSEHOLDS IN HONG KONG, WHICH WERE DERIVED FROM THE 1979/80 HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY.

THE CP I(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 S6 499 A MONTH AT THAT TIME.

THE INDEXES FOR SEPTEMBER 1983 IN RESPECT OF THE NINE COMMODITY/SERVICE SECTIONS IN THE TWO CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES ARE GIVEN BELOW, TOGETHER WITH THOSE FOR AUGUST 1983 AND SEPTEMBER 1982. /(OCTOBER 1979 ....................................................

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(OCTOBER 1979 TO SEPTEMBER 1980 AVERAGE-100)

CP 1(A) CP 1(B)

SECTION SEP.82 AUG.83 SEP.83 SEP.82 AUG.83 SEP.83

FOODSTUFFS 138 144 151 138 144 150

HOUSING 127 138 138 127 138 138

FUEL AND LIGHT 134 145 148 134 145 149

ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO (FOR HOME CONSUMPTION) 124 183 184 124 177 178

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR 130 138 141 130 139 142

DURABLE GOODS 108 113 116 110 116 119

MISCELLANEOUS GOODS 125 133 135 123 132 134

TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES 142 156 158 142 158 160

SERVICES 135 153 154 134 151 152

ALL ITEMS 132 143 146 132 142 145

COMPARED WITH AUGUST, THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS INCREASED BY SEVEN POINTS IN CPI(A) AND BY SIX POINTS IN CPI(B).

THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICE OF FRESH VEGETABLES ROSE DUE TO INADEQUATE SUPPLY CAUSED BY ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS BROUGHT ABOUT BY TYPHOON ELLEN.

THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICE OF LIVE POULTRY WENT UP AS A RESULT OF HEAVY DEMAND AROUND THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL.

INCREASES WERE ALSO RECORDED IN THE AVERAGE CHARGES FOR MEALS IN RESTAURANTS AND IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF PORK, MOON CAKES AND FRESH FRUITS, SUCH AS ORANGES, APPLES AND MANGOES.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICE OF SALT-WATER FISH DECREASED.

THE EFFECT OF MOVEMENTS IN THE RETAIL PRICES OF OTHER FOOD ITEMS ON THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS WAS INSIGNIFICANT.

THE INDEX FOR FUEL AND LIGHT INCREASED BY THREE POINTS IN CPI(A) AND BY FOUR POINTS IN CPI(B) DUE TO HIGHER FUEL COST ADJUSTMENTS IN ELECTRICITY AND TOWNGAS CHARGES.

HIGHER PRICES OF CIGARETTES CAUSED THE INDEX FOR ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO (FOR HOME CONSUMPTION) TO INCREASE BY ONE POINT IN BOTH CP I(A) AND CP 1(B).

THE THREE-POINT INCREASE IN THE INDEX FOR CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR IN BOTH CP I(A) AND CP 1(B) WAS ATTRIBUTABLE TO HIGHER PRICES OF OUTERCLOTHING.

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THE INDEX FOR DURABLE GOODS INCREASED BY THREE POINTS IN BOTH CPI(A) AND CPI(B) AS A RESULT OF HIGHER PRICES OF TELEVISION SETS, SOUND EQUIPMENT AND ELECTRICAL CONSUMER GOODS.

THE INDEX FOR MISCELLANEOUS GOODS INCREASED BY TWO POINTS IN BOTH CPI(A) AND CPI(B) BECAUSE OF HIGHER PRICES OF MEDICINES, JEWELLERY, TOILET REQUISITES AND COSMETICS.

THE INDEX FOR TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES INCREASED BY TWO POINTS IN BOTH CP I (A) AND CPI(B) DUE TO HIGHER SCHOOL BUS FARES AND HIGHER PRICES OF MOTOR VEHICLES AS WELL AS THE FULL IMPACT OF RISES IN GASOLINE PRICES.

THE ONE-POINT INCREASE IN THE INDEX FOR SERVICES WAS MAINLY DUE TO HIGHER CHARGES FOR PACKAGE TOURS AND MEDICAL TREATMENT.

PRICE MOVEMENTS IN THE HOUSING SECTION WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

DETAILS OF THESE PRICE MOVEMENTS ARE GIVEN IN THE +CONSUMER PRICE INDEX REPORT* FOR SEPTEMBER 1983.

BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE VERSIONS OF THE REPORT ARE AVAILABLE AT S3 PER COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE, HONG KONG.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES MAY BE MADE WITH THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON 3-7216512.

(FIGURES PRESENTED IN THIS PRESS RELEASE REFER TO CPI SERIES NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED)

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GAZETTE NOTICE ON INVESTIGATION INTO FREIGHTER ACCIDENT X * * * *

ANY'PERSONS WISHING TO MAKE REPRESENTATIONS AS TO THE CIRCUMSTANCES OR CAUSE OF THE RECENT ACCIDENT OF A BOEING 747F FREIGHTER SHOULD DO SO IN WRITING TO THE CHIEF INSPECTOR OF ACCIDENTS, C/0 THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT.

THEY MAY ALSO MAKE THEIR REPRESENTATIONS BY TELEPHONE TO THE DEPARTMENT.

THIS CALL IS CONTAINED IN A NOTICE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE EXTRAORDINARY TODAY.

THE REPRESENTATIONS SHOULD BE MADE WITHIN 14 DAYS OF THE PUBLICATION OF THE NOTICE.

THE DEPARTMENT’S ADDRESS IS 10TH FLOOR, UNITED CENTRE, 95 QUEENSWAY, HONG KONG.

THE NOTICE ALSO STATES THAT AN INSPECTOR’S INVESTIGATION IS TAKING PLACE INTO THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT WHICH OCCURRED ON OCTOBER 18 AT THE SOUTHEAST END OF THE RUNWAY PROMONTORY AT THE HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1983

SCHOOLS REMINDED TO OBSERVE FUND-RAISING RULES

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SCHOOLS ARE BEING REMINDED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT OF CERTAIN RULES AND REGULATIONS GOVERNING FUND-RAISING ACTIVITIES.

IN A CIRCULAR TO SCHOOLS, A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE ONLY FUND-RAISING ACTIVITIES PERMITTED TO SCHOOLS ARE THE ANNUAL CAMPAIGNS OF THE ANTI-TUBERCULOSIS AND THORACIC DISEASES ASSOCIATION AND THE COMMUNITY CHEST; AND COLLECTIONS FOR SPECIFICALLY APPROVED SCHOOL PROJECTS OR CHARITABLE PURPOSES.

CERTAIN PERMITS AND LICENCES MUST BE OBTAINED FOR ORGANISING SUCH FUND-RAISING ACTIVITIES AS CONCERTS, STAGE PLAYS, FILM SHOWS AND BAZAARS.

♦A PERMIT MUST BE OBTAINED FROM THE COMMISSIONER FOR TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING TO ADVERTISE, PRESENT OR CARRY ON SUCH ACTIVITIES. A LICENCE FROM THE LICENSING AUTHORITY (THE URBAN COUNCIL FOR THE URBAN AREAS, AND THE DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES) MUST ALSO BE OBTAINED TO KEEP OR USE ANY PLACE OF PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

APPLICATIONS FOR A PERMIT OR LICENCE MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE AUTHORITIES CONCERNED AT LEAST 18 DAYS BEFORE THE FUNCTIONS WITH COPIES TO THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE IF FUND-RAISING IS HELD IN A PUBLIC PLACE.

SPECIAL PERMISSION FROM THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE IS ALSO REQUIRED IF THE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE THE SELLING OF LIQUOR, THE USE OF STARTING PISTOLS, OR THE OPERATION OF A SHOOTING STALL INVOLVING THE USE OF AIR RIFLES.

FIRE SERVICES REQUIREMENTS MUST BE COMPLIED WITH IN CONNECTION WITH PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT OR STAGE PERFORMANCES IN HALLS.

IF SCHOOLS WISH TO HOLD ANY WALKATHON, PRIOR PERMISSION MUST BE OBTAINED FROM THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE.

A PERMIT FROM THE COMMISSIONER FOR TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING IS NEEDED FOR EVENTS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC WHILE PERMISSION FROM THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE IS ALSO REQUIRED FOR FUNDRAISING IN A PUBLIC PLACE.

MOREOVER. IF SCHOOLS WISH TO PUBLICISE THE ACTIVITIES WITH BILLS OR POSTERS, THEY ARE ADVISED TO OBSERVE THE SECTION OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES ORDINANCE REGARDING THE DISPLAY OF BILLS OR POSTERS.

IN ADDITION, DOOR-TO-DOOR COLLECTIONS AND PUBLIC SOLICITATION OF SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE PROHIBITED UNLESS THEY ARE COVERED BY A PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION PERMIT ISSUED BY THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE.

SCHOOLS ARE ALSO ADVISED TO SUBMIT TO THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION FOR REFERENCE A STATEMENT OF RECEIPTS, EXPENSES AND DISPOSAL OF NET PROCEEDS WITHIN TWO MONTHS AFTER THE ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN COMPLETED.

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♦ALL FUND-RAISING ACTIVITIES MUST BE ON AN ENTIRELY FREE AND VOLUNTARY BASIS. IN COMMUNICATIONS TO PARENTS THERE MUST BE NO SUGGESTION THAT A STUDENT’S OR APPLICANT’S STANDING IS IN ANY WAY RELATED TO THE CONTRIBUTIONS THE PARENTS MIGHT MAKE, NOR SHOULD ANY PARTICULAR AMOUNT BE SUGGESTED,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE ALSO ADDED THAT WHILE PUPILS MAY ASSIST IN FUND-RAISING EFFORTS FOR OUTSIDE CHARITABLE ORGANISATIONS, THEY MAY NOT CONDUCT THESE ACTIVITIES WITHIN SCHOOL PREMISES.

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OVERSEAS TEAMS IN SPORTS FESTIVAL M * * *

OVERSEAS ATHLETIC TEAMS HAVE BEEN INVITED TO TAKE PART IN IMIS YEAR’S TSUEN WAN SPORTS FESTIVAL WHICH WILL BE HELD BETWEEN OCTOBER 29 AND NOVEMBER 26.

THEY WILL INCLUDE THE CHINESE NATIONAL ACROBATIC AND RHYTHM GYMNASTIC TEAM, THE NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL TEAM, THE SHANGHAI TABLE TENNIS TEAM AND THE MACAU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM.

LOCALLY. THE SEIKO AND EASTERN FIRST DIVISION SOCCER TEAMS will play a Demonstration match, the 29 squadron royal corps of TRANSPORT WILL GIVE A MOTOR-CYCLING PERFORMANCE AND TOP LOCAL BADMINTON PLAYERS WILL ALSO BE INVITED.

SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY, THE DISTRICT COMMISSIONER, ADOLF HSU, SAID THAT THIS WOULD PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS TO ENJOY HIGH STANDARD PERFORMANCE AND FOR LOCAL ATHLETES TO LEARN FROM FOREIGN PLAYERS.

MR HSU. WHO IS ALSO THE PRESIDENT OF THE FESTIVAL’S ORGANISING COMMITTEE, SAID THAT THE AIM OF THE FESTIVAL WAS TO PROVIDE SPORT EVENTS FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS AND PROMOTE THEIR INTEREST IN SPORTS.

HE SAID THAT SINCE THE FESTIVAL WAS FIRST HELD IN 1979, IT HAS BEEN WARMLY WELCOMED BY LOCAL RESIDENTS AND HAS SINCE BECOME AN ANNUAL ATTRACTION.

♦SINCE TSUEN WAN IS THE FIRST DISTRICT TO HOLD A SPORTS FESTIVAL AND HAS ACHIEVED VERY GOOD RESULTS, OTHER DISTRICTS ARE ORGANISING SIMILAR ACTIVITIES,* MR HSU POINTED OUT.

THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD’S CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS THE FESTIVAL HAS INCREASED FROM |100 000 IN 1979 TO 1300 000 THIS YEAR.

THIS SHOWED THAT THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE DISTRICT BOARD WERE ATTACHING GREAT SIGNIFICANCE TO THE EVENT, HE SAID.

ON OTHER ACTIVITIES, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FESTIVAL’S EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, MR CHAU HOW-CHEN, SAID THAT THEY WOULD INCLUDE BALL GAMES, WAtER SPORTS, ARCHERY, FENCING, ROLLER-SKATING, DANCING, QO-KA&T RACING AND A MOTORCYCLING DEMONSTRATION.

/MR CHAU .......

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MR CHAU SAID THAT MEMBERS FROM ALL 18 DISTRICT BOARDS WOULD BE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN A MEN’S BASKETBALL INVITATION TOURNAMENT.

IN ADDITION. THERE WILL BE A TABLE-TENNIS COMPETITION FOR THE DISABLED AND A DANCE PERFORMANCE BY MENTALLY RETARDED PERSONS.

EXPENDITURE FOR THIS YEAR’S SPORTS FESTIVAL IS ESTIMATED AT IA50 000 WITH $300 000 BEING PROVIDED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE BALANCE BY LOCAL DONATIONS.

THE FESTIVAL IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE FEDERATION OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT SPORTS AND RECREATION ASSOCIATION, THE DISTRICT BOARD THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE, AND THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.


RESERVOIRS ALMOST FULL * * *

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 98.6 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 578.148 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 473.187 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 80.7 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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SPORTS FESTIVAL FOR KWUN TONG RESIDENTS M * M

A SWIMMING GALA, A CHINESE MARTIAL ART DEMONSTRATION AND A GO-KART RACE ARE AMONG THE 37 SPORTS ACTIVITIES TO BE STAGED IN THE SECOND KWUN TONG SPORTS FESTIVAL BETWEEN OCTOBER 30 AND NOVEMBER 13.

OTHER ACTIVITIES IN THE TWO-WEEK FESTIVAL INCLUDE BADMINTON, FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL, VOLLEYBALL AND TABLE TENNIS COMPETITIONS.

THE FESTIVAL WILL ALSO FEATURE ROLLER-SKATING, FENCING, SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING DEMONSTRATIONS AND A FRIENDLY SOCCER MATCH.

THE EVENTS WILL BE HELD IN PLAYGROUNDS, INDOOR GAMES HALLS, SWIMMING POOLS AND COMMUNITY CENTRES IN THE DISTRICT, AND ADMISSION TO MOST OF THEM IS FREE.

ANNOUNCING DETAILS OF THE FESTIVAL AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (MONDAY), THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR KEVIN MAK SAID, *THE MAIN OBJECTIVE IS TO PROMOTE FRIENDSHIP AND CO-OPERATION AMONG KWUN TONG RESIDENTS THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN SPORTS.♦

A FESTIVAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE, COMPRISING DISTRICT BOARD KMBERS, COMMUNITY LEADERS, SCHOOL PRINCIPALS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, WAS SET UP IN JULY.

SEVEN WORKING GROUPS HAVE BEEN FORMED UNDER THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE.

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AN OPENING CEREMONY AND A VARIETY SHOW WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY (OCTOBER 30), STARTING AT 2 PM, AT THE KWUN TONG RECREATION GROUND.

THE BUDGET FOR THE FESTIVAL IS 1250 000, $150 000 OF WHICH IS BEING PROVIDED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE REST THROUGH LOCAL DONATIONS.

THE FESTIVAL IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE URBAN COUNCIL, THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE, THE KWUN TONG SPORTS PROMOTION ASSOCIATION AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

THE FESTIVAL PROGRAMME AND ENTRY FORMS FOR THE EVENTS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE KWUN TONG RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE OFFICE, THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS BRANCH OFFICES.

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BAZAAR FOR YAU MA TEI K * *

THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A TEMPORARY COOKED FOOD BAZAAR AT THE JUNCTION OF TEMPLE STREET, PAK HOI STREET AND WOOSUNG STREET IN YAU MA TEI.

THE BAZAAR WILL OCCUPY AN 890-SQUARE-METRE SITE AND WILL ACCOMMODATE ABOUT 24 COOKED FOOD STALLS.

THE PRESENT ON-STREET COOKED FOOD STALLS IN THE AREA ARE EXPECTED TO MOVE TO THE BAZAAR UPON ITS COMPLETION.

WORK WILL START IN DECEMBER AND SHOULD BE COMPLETED IN APRIL NEXT YEAR.

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PRE-WAR BUILDING IN DANGEROUS CONDITION X X X

iHE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY (MONDAY) DECLARED A FOUR-STOREY PRE-WAR BUILDING AT 50 WING LOK STREET ON HONG KONG ISLAND TO BE IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION.

IN A STATEMENT, THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THAT THE BUILDING, CONSTRUCTED WITH LOAD-BEARING BRICK WALLS AND TIMBER FLOORS AND ROOF, HAD BEEN UNDER OBSERVATION SINCE 1974.

RECENT INSPECTIONS HAVE INDICATED SUBSTANTIAL MOVEMENT IN THE LOAD-BEARING BRICKWORK.

THIS, COUPLED WITH AN ALREADY WEAK ROOF DUE TO THE DECAY OF THE TIMBER SUPPORTS, HAS LED TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THERE IS A RISK OF A COLLAPSE.

+IT IS THEREFORE NECESSARY TO CLOSE AND DEMOLISH THIS BUILDING,+ HE SAID.

A NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER IN VICTORIA DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 AM ON NOVEMBER 21, 1983 WAS POSTED

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SITTING-OUT AREA FOR WONG TAI SIN

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THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SITTING-OUT AREA IN WONG TAI SIN AND THE PROVISION OF PRECAST CONCRETE FLOWER POTS IN VARIOUS PARTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE SITTING-OUT AREA OF ABOUT 520 SQUARE METRES IS SITUATED AT KAM FUNG STREET, FUNG WONG NEW VILLAGE.

THE AREA WILL HAVE TREE PITS, BENCHES, CONCRETE FLOWER BEDS, AN ORNAMENTAL RAILING AND WOODEN ARBOURS.

THE SECOND PROJECT INVOLVES THE PROVISION OF A TOTAL OF ABOUT 100 PRECAST CONCRETE FLOWER POTS IN ALL THE EIGHT DISTRICTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THOSE FLOWER POTS WILL BE INSTALLED IN SUCH LOCATIONS AS ROAD SIDES, PLAYGROUNDS AND RECREATIONAL AREAS TO IMPROVE THEIR ENVIRONMENT.

WORK ON BOTH CONTRACTS WILL START IN DECEMBER AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY MARCH NEXT YEAR.

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ANNUAL GAMES STARTING NEXT MONTH

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THE SIXTH COLGATE WOMEN’S GAMES — AN ANNUAL ATHLETIC PROGRAMME — WILL START ON DECEMBER 3, WITH THE FINALS SET FOR FEBRUARY 12 NEXT YEAR.

THE GAMES — ORGANISED JOINTLY BY THE HONG KONG AMATEUR ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION AND THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT — ARE DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AS WELL AS TO DISCOVER AND DEVELOP ATHLETES WITH TALENT.

SPONSORING THE GAMES IS COLGATE PALMOLIVE (HK) LTD.

AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (MONDAY), THE GENERAL MANAGER OF COLGATE PALMOLIVE, MR FREDERICK DAEL, SAID THAT MORE THAN 10 000 FEMALE ATHLETES HAD TAKEN PART IN THE GAMES SINCE THEY BEGAN IN 1977.

ALSO AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE WERE SENIOR RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICER, MR TSIN YAN-PUI, AND RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICER, WS SIMMY WHITTAKER.

MR DAEL SAID THAT THE PROGRAMME WOULD AGAIN FOLLOW THE PREVIOUS FORMAT OF FIVE TRAINING SESSIONS TO BE HELD AT DIFFERENT VENUES THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY.

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HE SAID I +OVER THE PAST YEARS THE GAMES HAVE CLEARLY DONE MUCH TO STIMULATE PUBLIC INTEREST IN SPORTS AND HELPED RAISE LOCAL STANDARDS. THESE ATHLETIC ACHIEVEMENTS ARE MATCHED BY THE RECREATIONAL AND SOCIAL ADVANTAGES, AND IN ALL THESE ASPECTS, WE ARE SURE THE SIXTH COLGATE WOMEN’S GAMES WILL BE MORE SUCCESSFUL THAN EVER.*

TWO OUTSTANDING PERFORMERS AT THE FIFTH GAMES HAVE MADE THEIR MARK ON THE NATIONAL ATHLETIC SCENE.

TO YUEN YEE, WHO BROKE THE GAMES RECORD FOR THE 1OO-METRE HURDLES LAST FEBRUARY, LATER TOOK THE HONG KONG NATIONAL RECORD FOR THE 400-METRE HURDLES AT THE JUNIOR ATHLETIC CHAMPIONSHIPS.

NG KE YEE BROKE THE 1OO-METRE SPRINT RECORD AND THEN WENT ON TO CLAIM THE HONG KONG RECORD FOR THE SAME EVENT AT AN OPEN MEET.

SEVEN GAMES’ RECORDS WERE BROKEN AT THE FIFTH GAMES LAST FEBRUARY.

OVER 3 000 GIRLS ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE PART IN THE COMING COMPETITION.

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WATER LEAKAGE TEST IN MX X

TAI KOK TSUI

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN TAI KOK TSUI WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PM ON THURSDAY (OCTOBER 27) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY LAI CHI KOK ROAD, TAI KOK TSUI ROAD, FUK TSUN STREET AND TONG MEI ROAD, INCLUDING SYCAMORE STREET, TUNG CHAU STREET, BEDFORD ROAD, LARCH STREET, MAPLE STREET, WALNUT STREET, LIME STREET, FIR STREET, ASH STREET, OAK STREET, MAN ON STREET AND LOK KWAN STREET.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

DEBATE ON MOTION OF THANKS ..................................   1

MACAU GOVERNOR TO VISIT H.K.................................... 1

GROUP LOOKS OVER SHA TIN PROJECTS ............................. 2

IMPORTANCE OF INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT STRESSED .................. 3

REPORT ON UNLICENSED VEHICLES STUDIED ......................... 4

OFFICER TO MEET VILLAGERS ..................................... 5

UNHCR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETS IN GENEVA ..................... 6

YOUTH ORCHESTRA TO HOLD ANNIVERSARY CONCERT ................... 6

NEW TRAFFIC PLAN FOR KWUN TONG - KOWLOCN BAY .................. 7

SOCCER MATCHES FOR THE DEAF ................................... 8

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1983

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DEBATE ON MOTION OF THANKS * * *

A TWO-DAY DEBATE ON THE MOTION OF THANKS FOR THE GOVERNOR’S ADDRESS, TO BE MOVED BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE. WILL BEGIN IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

TWENTY-FIVE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WILL SPEAK ON THE MOTION TOMORROW AND ON THURSDAY.

STARTING OFF THE DEBATE TOMORROW WILL BE THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL (EMBER, THE HON ROGER LOBO. HE WILL BE FOLLOWED BY THE HON T.S. LO, THE HON LYDIA DUNN, THE HON FRANCIS TIEN, THE HON ALEX WU, THE HON S.L. CHEN, THE HON PETER C. WONG, THE HON CHARLES YEUNG, DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI, THE HON ALLEN LEE PENG-FEI, THE HON ANDREW SO, THE HON F.K. HU AND THE HON WONG PO-YAN.

ON THURSDAY, 12 OTHER UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WILL SPEAK ON THE MOTION. THEY ARE DR THE HON HARRY FANG, THE HON W.C.L. BROWN, THE HON K.C. CHAN, THE HON J.J. SWA I NE, THE HON STEPHEN CHEONG, THE HON SELINA CHOW, THE HON MARIA TAM, DR THE HON HENRIETTA IP, THE HON Y.L. CHAN, THE HON RITA FAN, THE HON PAULINE NG AND THE HON PETER POON.

THE SPEECHES WILL BROADCAST LIVE ON RTHK’S CHINESE AND ENGLISH SERVICES RADIO 1 AND 3.

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MACAU GOVERNOR TO VISIT H.K. M * *

THE GOVERNOR OF MACAU WILL BE CALLING ON THE GOVERNOR TOMORROW (OCTOBER 26) MORNING. AFTER THE CALL SIR EDWARD WILL ENTERTAIN REAR ADMIRAL ALMEIDA E COSTA TO LUNCH.

REAR ADMIRAL ALMEIDA E COSTA’S VISIT IS PART OF THE REGULAR EXCHANGES BETWEEN THE GOVERNORS OF THE TWO TERRITORIES ON MATTERS OF MUTUAL INTEREST. SIR EDWARD VISITED MACAU ON MAY 19. REAR ADMIRAL ALMEIDA E COSTA HAS VISITED HONG KONG ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS.

THERE IS NO AGENDA FOR THE DISCUSSIONS. THE TWO GOVERNORS WILL EXCHANGE VIEWS ON DEVELOPMENTS IN THEIR RESPECTIVE TERRITORIES.

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OCTOBER

GROUP LOOKS OVER SHA TIN PROJECTS * * * M

BY THEIR

mfmrfrs OF THE PUBLIC WORKS SUB—COMM ITTEE, LED cmaIrSan SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, THIS AFTERNOON TOOK A ------- ......

LOOK AT VHE PROGRESS OF SOME OF THE MAJOR GOVERNMENT PROJECTS

under construction in sha tin new town.

FIRST HAND

THEY WERE ACCOMPANIED ON THE VISIT BY THE SECRETARY FOR

LANDS AND WORKS, MR CHAN NAI-KEONGj THE DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT, MR BRYAN O’RORKE AND THE DIRECTOR OF BUILDING DEVELOPMENT, MR JOSE LEI.

IN NOVEMBER EACH YEAR THE SUB-COMMITTEE HOLDS A MEETING TO REVIEW ALL PROJECTS IN THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME, AND TO CONSIDER PROJECTS TO START IN THE COMING YEAR.

THE VISIT THIS YEAR COINCIDES WITH THE 1OTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, SET UP IN 1973 WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY OF BUILDING THE NEW TOWNS.

THE PARTY FIRST WENT TO A LOOKOUT POINT WHERE THEY WERE BRIEFED ON SHA TIN DEVELOPMENT IN GENERAL BY THE PROJECT MANAGER (SHA TIN), MR C.K. CHOW.

♦SINCE THE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME STARTED IN 1973, MORE THAN $5.2 BILLION HAS BEEN SPENT,+ MR CHOW SAID.

DURING THE PAST 10 YEARS, SIX PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES AND FOUR HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEMES WERE COMPLETED. IN ADDITION, THREE OTHER PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES ARE NEARING COMPLETION.

THE PRESENT POPULATION REACHES 240 000 MORE THAN 10 TIMES OF THAT IN 1973.

ON TRANSPORTATION, THE NEW TOWN IS SERVED BY THE ELECTRIC TRAINS OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION AND BOTH EXTERNAL AND INTERNAL BUS ROUTES.

TWENTY-SEVEN PRIMARY AND 15 SECONDARY SCHOOLS WERE BUILT.

ALSO COMPLETED WERE TWO CLINICS, FOUR ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRES, AND FIVE CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRES.

TURNING TO MA ON SHAN, MR CHOW SAID IT WAS AN EXTENSION OF SHA TIN NEW TOWN AND WOULD ULTIMATELY PROVIDE A BALANCED COMMUNITY FOR A POPULATION OF 300 000.

HE ADDED THAT CONSTRUCTION OF THE FIRST PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE, CAPABLE OF HOUSING 30 000 PEOPLE WOULD BEGIN THERE EARLY NEXT YEAR.

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THE GROUP THEN PROCEEDED TO THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY HOUSE, A NINE-STOREY OFFICE COMPLEX ON THE PODIUM OF THE SHA TIN RAILWAY STATION WHERE THEY HAD A BIRD’S-EYE VIEW OF THE TOWN CENTRE, WHICH IS STEADILY TAKING SHAPE, AND THE SHA TIN CENTRAL PARK.

SITUATED IN THE HEART OF SHA TIN AND OCCUPYING A SITE OF ABOUT 20 HECTARES, THE TOWN CENTRE WILL BE COMPLETED IN 1986.

THE SHA TIN CENTRAL PARK, WHICH COVERS AN AREA OF ABOUT EIGHT HECTARES, LIES BETWEEN THE TOWN CENTRE AND THE SHING MUN RIVER.

WORK ON THE PROJECT STARTED IN MAY THIS YEAR AND IS SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED IN EARLY 1985.

THE NEXT PROJECT VISITED WAS THE PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL.

THERE PWSC MEMBERS WERE BRIEFED BY THE GOVERNMENT ARCHITECT, MR S.C. KWAN.

MR KWAN SAID THE 1 400-BED HOSPITAL, BUILT ON A 10-HECTARE SITE WAS BEING HANDED OVER THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES DEPARTMENT BY PHASES.

THE HAND-OVER, WHICH BEGAN EARLY THIS MONTH, WOULD BE COMPLETED WITHIN A WEEK, HE ADDED.

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IMPORTANCE OF INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT STRESSED * * * M

THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR E.P. HO TODAY (TUESDAY) STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF CONTINUED INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT AND RE-INVESTMENT FOR HONG KONG’S FUTURE PROSPERITY.

♦THE STATE OF OUR MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY TOMORROW WILL DEPEND LARGELY ON INVESTMENT MADE TODAY,♦ HE SAID.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE 9 300-SQUARE METRES NEW SAN PO KONG HEADQUARTERS FOR ELEC AND ELTEK COMPANY, WHICH HAS GROWN FROM A MODEST BEGINNING 10 YEARS AGO TO ONE OF THE LARGEST SUPPLIERS OF PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARDS (PCB) TO MULTINATIONAL COMPANIES IN THE UNITED STATES AND EUROPE.

DIVERSIFYING INTO HIGHER TECHNOLOGY, THE COMPANY, WITH BRANCH FACTORIES LOCATED IN TO KWA WAN, KWAI CHUNG, TSUEN WAN AND YUEN LONG, HAS STARTED MANUFACTURING COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT, 8-LAYER PCB AND COMPUTERS.

MR HO CONGRATULATED THE COMPANY FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS OVER THE PAST YEARS.

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HE SAID THAT THE DECISION TO INVEST IN UP-TO-DATE MACHINERY AND DIVERSIFY INTO NEW PRODUCTS HELPED TO BROADEN THE BASIS OF LOCAL INDUSTRY.

♦IT ALSO REPRESENTS A STEP FORWARD IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION OF PRODUCTS REQUIRING NEW AND HIGHER TECHNOLOGY,* HE SAID.

MR HO SAID THAT THERE HAD BEEN AN ENORMOUS INCREASE IN HIGH TECHNOLOGY FIXED INVESTMENT IN THE INDUSTRIALLY ADVANCED COUNTRIES, ESPECIALLY IN HONG KONG’S MAJOR EXPORT MARKET - THE UNITED STATES.

- +THIS TREND IS CONTINUING, AND OUTSTRIPPING THE RATE OF INVESTMENT IN MANY MORE TRADITIONAL INDUSTRIES. WE MUST BE AWARE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF AND POSSIBILITIES OFFERED BY NEW TECHNOLOGY IF OUR ECONOMIC GROWTH IS TO CONTINUE TO INCREASE, AND IF WE ARE TO REMAIN COMPETITIVE, NOT JUST IN ELECTRONICS, BUT IN MANUFACTURING GENERALLY.

♦THE STATE OF OUR MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY TOMORROW WILL DEPEND LARGELY ON INVESTMENT MADE TODAY. I SHOULD THEREFORE LIKE TO STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF CONTINUED INVESTMENT AND RE-INVESTMENT FOR OUR FUTURE PROSPERITY,* MR HO SAID.

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REPORT ON UNLICENSED VEHICLES STUDIED M * * * *

MEMBERS OF THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE TODAY STUDIED A REPORT ON UNLICENSED VEHICLES COMPILED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT IN RESPONSE TO THEIR EARLIER QUERY ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF A GROWING PROBLEM.

THE REPORT SHOWS THAT IN MOST CASES, VEHICLES WERE UNLICENSED BECAUSE OF LEGITIMATE REASONS.

THESE INCLUDED LAPSED LICENCES PRIOR TO SCRAPPING, VEHICLES HELD BY DEALERS FOR RESALE, OWNERS ABSENT FROM THE TERRITORY, AND THE 15-DAY RENEWAL PERIOD OF GRACE UNDER THE ROAD TRAFFIC (REGISTRATION AND LICENSING OF VEHICLES) REGULATIONS.

PRIVATE CARS REPRESENTED THE MAIN CATEGORY OF UNLICENSED VEHICLES, BUT PAST FIGURES INDICATED THAT ONLY 7.6 PER CENT OF THESE VEHICLES REMAINED UNLICENSED FOR A PERIOD OF TWO TO 12 MONTHS.

SPOT CHECKS WERE CONDUCTED AT ABERDEEN AND LION ROCK TUNNELS AND IN GOVERNMENT CAR PARKS IN JUNE THIS YEAR. OF THE 15 396 VEHICLES EXAMINED, ONLY 115 HAD EXPIRED LICENCES, OF WHICH 74 WERE WITHIN THE 15-DAY GRACE PERIOD.

THERE WILL BE A FURTHER DETERRENT AGAINST ILLEGAL NON-LICENSING FROM AUGUST 1984 WHEN HEAVIER PENALTIES WILL COME INTO FORCE UNDER THE NEW ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE.

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THE NEW PENALTY WILL BE A MAXIMUM FINE OF 85 □□□ AND IMPRISONMENT FOR THREE MONTHS IN THE CASE OF FIRST CONVICTION. OFFENDERS WILL BE LIABLE TO A FINE OF $10 000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR SIX MONTHS FOR A SECOND OR SUBSEQUENT CONVICTION.

THE COMMITTEE NOTED THE SITUATION AND ASKED THAT THE SITUATION CONTINUE TO BE MONITORED CLOSELY.

ON ANOTHER ITEM ALSO RELATING TO THE NEW ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE THE TAC ENDORSED A PROPOSAL TO UPDATE THE HIGHWAY CODE XS TO REPLACE IT WITH A NEW ROAD USERS’ CODE.

THE NEW CODE SETS DOWN ADVICE AND REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL ROAD USERS INCLUDING DRIVERS, PUBLIC TRANSPORT PASSENGERS, PEDESTRIANS, CYCLISTS AND PARENTS WITH YOUNG CHILDREN. THE NEW CODE WAS EARLIER ENDORSED BY THE ROAD SAFETY COUNCIL.

IT IS DIVIDED INTO TWO PARTS. THE FIRST PART, WHICH IS DESIGNED ESSENTIALLY FOR NON-DRIVERS, CONTAINS ADVICE FOR PEDESTRIANS AND WILL BE ESPECIALLY USEFUL FOR TEACHERS, PARENTS AND OTHERS WHO HAVE TO TRAIN CHILDREN TO USE THE ROADS SAFELY. THERE IS ALSO DETAILED ADVICE FOR CYCLISTS.

THE SECOND PART IS DESIGNED FOR ALL DRIVERS. IT SETS OUT THE RULES FOR DRIVERS AND INCLUDES SPECIAL SECTIONS FOR COMMERCIAL DRIVERS AND MOTOR CYCLISTS. BOTH PARTS CONTAIN DETAILS OF THE NEW ROAD TRAFFIC SIGNS.

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THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR THOMAS CHAN, WILL VISIT A NUMBER OF VILLAGES IN LAM TSUEN TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON TO EXCHANGE VIEWS WITH VILLAGE REPRESENTATIVES ON LOCAL AFFAIRS.

ACCOMPANIED BY MEMBERS OF THE TAI PO RURAL COMMITTEE, MR CHAN WILL VISIT NG TUNG CHAI, PAK NGAU SHEK, SHU I WO AND TAI MONG CHE.

THE TRIP WILL BE THE FIRST OF A SERIES OF VILLAGE VISITS TO BE MADE IN THE COMING MONTHS.

THERE ARE ABOUT 80 VILLAGES IN TAI PO WITH A POPULATION OF 30 000 PEOPLE.

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE VISIT. A GOVERNMENT VAN WILL LEAVE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT 1.15 PM FOR TAI PO.

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UNHCR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETS IN GENEVA * * * *

THE 34 TH SESSION OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF Tur iiuiTcn NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES MET IN GENEVA^ETWfJI OCTOBER 10 AND 19 THIS YEAR. tatNtVA BETWEEN

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ON AND FINANCE FUTURE PROJECTS. AND T0 ADV,SE

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN CONFIRMED THAT FOR THE SECONn vfao RUNNING A HONG KONG REPRESENTATIVE, MR P.J. WILLIAMSON Mpuncn AS A MEMBER OF THE UK DELEGATION. WILLIAMSON, ATTENDED

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE PURPOSE OF A HONG KONG GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVE ATTENDING EXCOM WAS TO ENSURE THAT HONG KONG’S CURRENT PROBLEMS WITH THE REFUGEES REMAINED IN THE LIMELIGHT WHENEVER THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY REVIEWED THE WORLDWIDE REFUGEE SITUATION; AND TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE APPROACHES TO OTHER DELEGATIONS IN AN EFFORT TO SECURE A GREATER RESETTLEMENT OFFTAKE FROM HONG KONG. scuucrwui


HE NOTED, HOWEVER, THAT OPINION AT THE COMMITTEE HAD STRESSED VOLUNTARY REPATRIATION AS AN ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION TO THE INDOCHINESE REFUGEE PROBLEM WHICH HAD NEVER BEEN FULLY UTILISED.

HE STRESSED THAT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT WOULD CONTINUE TO SUPPORT ALL MOVES BY THE UNHCR TO RELIEVE HONG KONG OF ITS CONTINUING REFUGEE BURDEN, WHETHER BY A GREATER LEVEL OF RESETTLEMENT OVERSEAS OR BY REPATRIATION TO VIETNAM.

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THE HONG KONG YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRA WILL STAGE A CONCERT AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL ON SUNDAY (OCTOBER 30) TO CELEBRATE ITS FIFTH ANNIVERSARY.

THE CONCERT, WHICH WILL START AT 8 PM, WILL BE JOINTLY PRESENTED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT AND THE CULTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT (NT DIVISION).

THE ORCHESTRA HAS 85 MEMBERS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 13 AND 23, DRAWN FROM VARIOUS DISTRICTS OF HONG KONG.

A NUMBER OF THEM ARE PRIZE WINNERS OF THE HONG KONG SCHOOLS MUSIC FESTIVAL.

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THE AIM OF THE ORCHESTRA IS TO PROVIDE YOUNG MUSICIANS IN HONG KONG WITH ORCHESTRAL TRAINING AND TO BROADEN THEIR MUSICAL EXPERIENCE BY EXPOSING THEM TO VARIOUS TYPES OF CHINESE MUSIC.

DURING THE PAST FEW YEARS, OUTSTANDING MEMBERS OF THE ORCHESTRA HAVE GIVEN WELL-RECEIVED PERFORMANCES OVERSEAS.

THE ORCHESTRA PERFORMS IN VARIOUS LOCAL ANNUAL EVENTS SUCH AS THE QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION CONCERT, AS WELL AS OTHER CONCERTS.

FIVE CONDUCTORS SPECIALISING IN DIFFERENT FIELDS OF CHINESE MUSIC, WILL TAKE PART IN THE CONCERT.

THEY ARE MR TONG LEUNG-TAK, THE PRINCIPAL CONDUCTOR- AND MADAM CHAN MAN-CHONG, MR AIK YEW-GOH, MR WONG SHU-WING AND MR HO MAN-CHUEN, ASSISTANT CONDUCTORS OF THE ORCHESTRA.

THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE WORKS SPECIALLY WRITTEN BY FAMOUS LOCAL COMPOSERS FOR THE OCCASION AND A VARIETY OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE PIECES.

TICKETS AT $5 EACH ARE NOW ON SALE AT THE BOX OFFICE OF TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL AND ALL MUSIC CENTRES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE.

FURTHER INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED BY DIALLING 3-7561328.

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NEW TRAFFIC PLAN FOR KWUN TONG - KOWLOON BAY M * * *

FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (OCTOBER 27), THE FOLLOWING ROAD OPENING AND TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE EFFECTED TO FACILITATE TRAFFIC CIRCULATION IN KWUN TONG - KOWLOON BAYi

ft THE MAIN FLYOVER LINKING KAI CHEUNG ROAD IN KOWLOON BAY WITH NGAU TAU KOK ROAD WILL BE OPEN TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC.

ft THE SLIP ROAD LEADING FROM KAI CHEUNG ROAD NORTHBOUND IN KOWLOON BAY TO WAI YIP STREET EASTBOUND WILL BE OPEN TO ONE-WAY EASTBOUND.

* THE SLIP ROAD LINKING WAI YIP STREET EASTBOUND WITH KAI CHEUNG ROAD SOUTHBOUND WILL BE OPEN TO ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

ft MOTORISTS FROM THE AIRPORT TUNNEL AND KOWLOON BAY RECLAMATION AREA HEADING FOR NGAU TAU KOK OR VICE VERSA ARE ADVISED TO TRAVEL VIA THE NEWLY OPENED MAIN FLYOVER.

* RIGHT-TURNING TRAFFIC FROM KAI CHEUNG ROAD TO WAI YIP STREET AND RIGHT-TURNING TRAFFIC FROM WAI YIP STREET TO KAI CHEUNG ROAD ARE ADVISED TO MAKE USE OF THE RESPECTIVE SLIP ROADS NOW OPEN TO USE.

* CYCLISTS AND PEDESTRIANS WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE NEW FLYOVER AND SLIP ROADS.

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A SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP FOR THE DEAF IS TO BE LAUNCHED NEXT MONTH.

THE il-A-SIDE MATCHES ARE BEING ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION AND SPORTS SERVICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT AND THE Y’S KN’S CENTRE FOR THE DEAF.

TEAMS INTERESTED IN TAKING PART SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR APPLICATIONS NOW.

ONLY 12 TEAMS WILL BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE KNOCK-OUT ROUNDS WHICH WILL START ON NOVEMBER 6 (SUNDAY), WITH THE SEMI-FINALS AND FINALS HELD ON NOVEMBER 13 AND 20. THE MATCHES ARE TO BE HELD AT THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE IN SHA TIN.

MRS BESS FONG, A RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICER SAID THAT THE CHAMPIONSHIP IS A PILOT PROJECT AIMED AT TRYING OUT THE RESPONSE FROM THE DEAF AND PARTIALLY DEAF.

♦PREVIOUSLY, ONLY SEVEN-A-SIDE MATCHES WERE ORGANISED,* SHE SAID.

♦IF THE 11-A-SIDE MATCHES PROVE TO BE POPULAR, WE’LL CONSIDER ORGANISING THE CHAMPIONSHIP EVERY YEAR.+

FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE CHAMPIONSHIP MAY BE OBTAINED BY TELEPHONING 3-7171754 AND 5-458511.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING:

LOBO CALLS FOR ’LIVELY ACTION’ ............................ 1

DEATH SENTENCE RITUAL ’A MOCKERY’: DUNN ................... 2

CALL FOR AN EDUCATION COMMISSION - FRANCIS TIEN ........... 4

IMPORTANCE OF FREEDOM TO ENJOY ARTS STRESSED - ALEX WU ... 4

GOVERNMENT URGED TO CONSIDER EDUCATION DIRECTION -

S.L. CHEN ................................................. 6

PRIORITY URGED FOR EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT - PETER C. WONG 8

LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT PLAN WELCOMED - CHARLES YEUNG........ 10

’OCCASIONAL STATEMENTS’ ON TALKS CALLED FOR - HO KAM-FAI 11

PEOPLE TOLD NOT TO SPECULATE ON TALKS - ALLEN LEE.......... 13

GOVERNMENT PRAISED FOR MONETARY ACTION - ANDREW SO ........ 14

HU CALLS FOR FRESH LOOK AT HOUSING POLICY.................. 15

PROBLEMS OF SMALL CREDITORS RAISED - WONG PO-YAN .......... 1?

MACAU GOVERNOR VISITS HONG KONG............................... 19

TRADE FIGURES SHOW BIG EXPORT RISE............................ 19

MOTHER OF TRIPLETS MEETS LADY YOUDE........................... 21

VALUE OF CAREERS GUIDANCE STRESSED ........................... 21

LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD HOLDING ELECTION ....................... 22

DB MEMBERS VISIT DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS ........................ 23

BOARD TO REVIEW SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY...................... 24

N.T. STUDENTS GIVING CONCERT ................................. 24

MAINS LEAKAGE TEST............................................ 25

TSUEN WAN TRAFFIC PLAN ....................................... 25

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LOBO CALLS FOR ’LIVELY ACTION’

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THE HON ROGER LOBO, SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, STRESSED TODAY THAT THIS WAS A TIME FOR LIVELY AND DETERMINED ACTION ON THE PART OF THE ADMINISTRATION RATHER THAN A TIME TO WAIT FOR MORE MOMENTOUS MATTERS TO BE RESOLVED.

SPEAKING ON THE MOTION OF THANKS FOR THE GOVERNOR’S ADDRESS, Mi LOBO SAID THAT THOUGH LITTLE COULD BE SAID AT THIS TIME ABOUT THE NEGOTIATIONS ON OUR FUTURE, MUCH COULD BE USEFULLY SAID AND DONE ABOUT THE BUSINESS OF GOVERNMENT INTO THE NEXT CENTURY.

HE SAID, +AFTER ALL, AN IMPORTANT QUESTION MUST BE THE PERFORMANCE OF THIS ADMINISTRATION’’ ITS RELEVANCE TO THE STABILITY AND PROSPERITY WHICH EVERYONE IS PLEDGED TO PRESERVE; AND THE EXTENT TO WHICH IT IDENTIFIES AND IS IDENTIFIED WITH THE HOPES AND AMBITIONS OF OUR PEOPLE.

WE WILL MAKE NO SMALL CONTRIBUTION TO THAT FUTURE IF WE ADDRESS OURSELVES SERIOUSLY AND URGENTLY TO THE PERFORMANCE OF THE ADMINISTRATION IN THESE TERMS.♦

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE QUALITY OF ADMINISTRATION WAS LIKELY TO COME UNDER MORE, RATHER THAN LESS, CRITICAL APPRAISAL IN THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE AND JUDGEMENT WOULD BE MADE UPON PERFORMANCE, NOT PROMISES.

WE SHALL HAVE TO DELIVER THE HOMES THAT ARE PROMISED IN OUR PROGRAMMES- WE SHALL HAVE TO PRODUCE DEMONSTRABLE IMPROVEMENTS IN AN EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM WHICH HAS BEEN TINKERED WITH FOR TOO LONG-AND WE SHALL HAVE TO PRODUCE LABOUR LEGISLATION WHICH IS WORKABLE AND REALISTIC,+ MR LOBO SAID.

NOTING THAT ECONOMIC AS WELL AS POLITICAL CIRCUMSTANCES WERE PUTTING OUR ADMINISTRATION TO AN UNPRECEDENTED TEST, HE SAID, ♦I DON’T THINK ANYONE SERIOUSLY QUESTIONS THE SINCERE DEDICATION OF THIS ADMINISTRATION TO A FAIR AND JUST SOCIETY WHICH BALANCES OPPORTUNITIES FOR THOSE WHO ARE ABLE AND VIGOROUS WITH PROTECTION FOR THOSE WHO ARE WEAK OR DISADVANTAGED.+

WE ARE NOW OBLIGED TO DO MORE THAN DECLARE THESE GOOD INTENTIONS. WE MUST DEMONSTRATE THAT THIS IS ALSO AN EFFICIENT, EFFECTIVE AND EXPEDITIOUS ADMINISTRATION WHICH DELIVERS THE GOODS ON TIME, AS ADVERTISED AND AS EXPECTED,♦ HE STRESSED.

♦NOTHING WEAKENS THE REPUTATION OF A GOVERNMENT MORE THAN NEGLECT IN THIS AREAi THE PERSISTENCE OF EVEN PETTY ABUSE IN APPARENT DEFIANCE OF THE LAW, THE PREVALENCE OF SQUALOR IN THE PRESENCE OF EXTRAVAGANCE, ABOVE ALL, THE GAP BETWEEN PROMISE AND PERFORMANCE, AS IT IS PERCEIVED BY THE MAN IN THE STREET,* HE WARNED.

IN CONCLUSION, MR LOBO SAID THAT THE GOVERNOR COULD COUNT ON THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS FOR THEIR WHOLE-HEARTED SUPPORT FOR HIS EFFORTS TO SECURE OUR FUTURE AND OUR PRESENT.

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DEATH SENTENCE RITUAL ’A MOCKERY’: DUNN *****

THE RECENT DEBATE ON CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT HAS BEEN A GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT, SA ID MISS LYDIA DUNN IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MISS DUNN CALLED FOR THE REMOVAL OF THE DEATH SENTENCE IN THE STATUTE BOOK.

GIVEN THAT THERE IS NO LIKELIHOOD OF THE DEATH SENTENCE BEING CARRIED OUT, SHE SAID, + IT IS A MOCKERY OF OUR SYSTEM OF JUSTICE FOR JUDGES TO GO THROUGH THE RITUAL OF PRONOUNCING THE DEATH SENTENCE, WHEN EVERYONE KNOWS THAT IT WILL NOT BE CARRIED

OUT.*

♦THE DEATH SENTENCE SHOULD BE FORMALLY ABOLISHED AND REPLACED BY A LIFE SENTENCE AND IN HONG KONG THAT SHOULD MEAN IMPRISONMENT FOR LIFE,* SHE SAID.

EARLIER MISS DUNN SPOKE ABOUT THE DETERIORATION IN LAW AND ORDER SHE SAID THAT THERE WERE TWO REQUIREMENTS TO REDUCE THE CRIME RATE: THE DETERRENT FEAR OF BEING CAUGHT PLUS THE DETERRENT FEAR OF SEVERE PUNISHMENT FOR THOSE WHO ARE CAUGHT.

IT WAS UNFAIR AND UNREASONABLE TO BLAME THE POLICE FORCE FOR A SITUATION THAT IT DID NOT BRING ABOUT BUT MUST TRY TO REMEDY.

+NO POLICE FORCE IN A FREE SOCIETY CAN BE EFFECTIVE WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF THE PUBLIC. THAT SUPPORT HAS OFTEN BEEN CONSPICUOUSLY LACKING,* SHE SAID.

THE MAIN THEME OF MISS DUNN’S SPEECH WAS ON GOVERNMENT PROCEDURES AND ORGANISATION.

SHE SAID THAT THERE WAS *A FAILURE TO REVIEW AND UPDATE OLD ESTABLISHED PROCEDURES, A LACK OF INTELLIGENT ANTICIPATION AND A LACK OF URGENCY ABOUT PURSUING NECESSARY PROPOSALS.*

SHE CITED AS EXAMPLES THE +LYEMUN NON-BRIDGE+ AND THE +TRAGIC AND UNNECESSARY* DEATHS OF TWO CHILDREN IN THE PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL.

ON THE LYEMUN BRIDGE, SHE SAID THAT THE WHOLE IDEA WAS PIGEON-HOLED UNTIL 1980, LONG AFTER THE TREND OF INCREASING TRAFFIC HAD RESUMED, AND EVEN THEN ONLY A STUDY OF OPTIONS WAS COMMISSIONED AND THE STUDY TOOK TWO YEARS TO COMPLETE.

*AND NOW WE HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT THE LYEMUN BRIDGE WAS ALWAYS A NON-STARTER SO THAT ALL WE CAN DO IS INVESTIGATE OTHER OPTIONS, WHICH WILL NO DOUBT TAKE ANOTHER COUPLE OF YEARS. MEANWHILE CROSS-HARBOUR TRAFFIC CONGESTION HAS ALREADY REACHED INTOLERABLE LEVELS,* SHE SAID.

ON THE DEATHS OF THE CHILDREN, SHE NOTED THAT CONDITIONS IN GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS HAD BEEN THE SUBJECT OF COMPLAINTS BY STAFF, DOCTORS AND PATIENTS ALIKE FOR MANY YEARS.

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+YET APPARENTLY NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE TO IMPROVE AND UPDATE THE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES IN OUR HOSPITALS,* SHE SAID.

SHE MAINTAINED THAT WHEN HOSPITAL STAFF WERE LARGELY YOUNG AND INEXPERIENCED AND WORKING UNDER EXTREME PRESSURE, TO FOLLOW PRECEDENT AND TRADITION WOULD NOT SUFFICE. CLEAR AND CLEARLY UNDERSTOOD SYSTEMS AND PROCEDURES WERE ESSENTIAL.

SHE ALSO QUOTED THE +NON-EXI STENT EXHIBITION CENTRE* AS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF LACK OF URGENCY.

SHE BELIEVED NOW WAS THE TIME TO DECIDE +HOW+ TO ESTABLISH AN EXHIBITION CENTRE AND NOT +WHETHER+ SUCH A CENTRE SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED.

I THINK THAT IT BECAME SELF-EVIDENT LONG AGO - IT CERTAINLY DID TO THOSE OF US IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR - THAT HONG KONG NEEDS AN EXHIBITION CENTRE AND THAT IT MUST HAVE OFFICIAL BACKING.

WE NEED NOW FEWER WORDS AND MORE ACTION FOR IN ALL THESE YEARS OF TALK AND REPORTS, WITHOUT REAL PROGRESS, THE ECONOMIC BENEFITS, VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE, THAT WE HAVE LOST ARE QUITE UNQUANT IF I ABLE,* SHE SAID.

MISS DUNN QUESTIONED WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WAS SO ORGANISED AND TRAINED AS TO MINIMISE MISTAKES.

SHE SAID THAT THERE WAS A NEED FOR A STAFF COLLEGE TO PROVIDE TRAINING AT VARIOUS LEVELS FOR PROFESSIONAL, ADMINISTRATIVE AND EXECUTIVE OFFICERS.

HOWEVER, TRAINING, EVEN IF THERE WAS MORE OF IT, WOULD NOT DO MUCH GOOD UNLESS THE PROCEDURES IT TAUGHT WERE SOUND AND THE ORGANISATION WAS APPROPRIATE.

IT APPEARS THAT OUR BUREAUCRATIC PROCEDURES ARE STILL TOO COMPLEX - AND HENCE TOO SLOW - AND THAT THE ORGANISATION OF GOVERNMENT IS OVER-CENTRALISED AND TOP-HEAVY,♦ SHE SAID.

I BELIEVE THAT WE NEED A FUNDAMENTAL REAPPRAISAL OF THE CENTRAL MACHINERY OF GOVERNMENT AND ITS MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE GENERALLY, A CONTINUING REVIEW OF POLICIES AND PROCEDURES AND A MUCH IMPROVED TRAINING ORGANISATION.+

THESE THINGS WOULD LEAD TO A BETTER USE OF THE REAL TALENT THAT WAS AVAILABLE IN THE PUBLIC SERVICES WHICH WAS ALL THE MORE NECESSARY IF RESTRAINT ON THE GROWTH OF THE CIVIL SERVICE WAS TO CONTINUE, SHE SAID.

I ALSO BELIEVE THAT A GREATER DECENTRALISATION OF AUTHORITY WOULD BRING THE GOVERNMENT INTO CLOSER CONTACT WITH THE PEOPLE IT EXISTS TO SERVE.

THIS IN TURN WOULD PROMOTE THAT UNITY IN THE COMMUNITY THAT IS SO NECESSARY IN THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES,+ SHE ADDED.

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CALL FOR AN EDUCATION COMMISSION

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DR THE HON FRANCIS TIEN PROPOSED AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY THAT AN EDUCATION COMMISSION BE ESTABLISHED TO CO-ORDINATE AN INCREASINGLY COMPLEX AND COSTLY EDUCATION SYSTEM.

HOWEVER, HE SAID, THE PURPOSE OF THE COMMISSION SHOULD BE CAREFULLY CONSIDERED BECAUSE IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT ITS CREATION SHOULD NOT MERELY RESULT IN AN INCREASE IN THE SIZE OF THE BUREAUCRACY.

+BUT MUCH COULD BE GAINED IF THE VARIOUS STRANDS OF OUR SYSTEM ARE PULLED TOGETHER BY ONE COORDINATING AUTHORITY TO ADVISE ON THE PRIORITIES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF EDUCATION AT ALL LEVELS AND TO DEFINE OUR EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES,* HE SAID.

HE NOTED THAT THE DEVELOPMENT OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING AT THE TECHNICIAN AND CRAFT LEVELS HAD LAGGED BEHIND IN THE PAST, RESULTING IN THESE TWO LEVELS OF WORKFORCE NOT BEING SO WELL TRAINED AS REQUIRED BY THE NEEDS OF THE ECONOMY.

+THIS DEFICIENCY IS BEING CORRECTED NOW, BUT WE MUST NOT RISK THIS HAPPENING AGAIN AND A CO-ORDINATING BODY SUCH AS THAT PROPOSED COULD ENSURE THAT THIS WOULD NOT HAPPEN,* HE STRESSED.

DR TIEN, WHO IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL. NOTED THAT THE MAJOR EXPANSION OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING NOW TAKING PLACE WOULD ENSURE THAT MORE TRAINED AND EDUCATED PERSONS WITH GREATER PRODUCTIVITY ENTER THE WORKFORCE.

♦CONSEQUENTLY, OUR INDUSTRIES WILL BE ABLE TO DIVERSIFY MORE READILY TO DEVELOP MORE TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED PRODUCTS AS WELL AS TO RESPOND TO THE CHANGING DEMANDS OF OUR CUSTOMERS.*

THE ABILITY OF INDUSTRIES TO DO THIS WOULD NOT ONLY CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS THE MAINTENANCE OF STABILITY AND PROSPERITY BUT TO ENHANCE THEM, HE ADDED.

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IMPORTANCE OF FREEDOM TO ENJOY ARTS STRESSED

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THE FREEDOM TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES IN TERMS OF THE ARTS IS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THE WAY OF LIFE THAT THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WANT TO ENJOY, THE HON ALEX WU SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

SPEAKING ON THE MOTION OF THANKS FOR THE GOVERNOR’S ADDRESS, WU RECALLED THAT SIR EDWARD YOUDE HAD SPOKEN, IN HIS ANNUAL ADDRESS RECENTLY, OF THE NEED *TO GET ON WITH THE JOB OF MAKING HONG KONG A BETTER PLACE IN WHICH TO LIVE, WORK AND BRING UP OUR CHILDREN.*

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♦WE WILL ALSO SHARE YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THOSE ESSENTIALS OF A FREE SOCIETY AND OUR DEEP DESIRE TO MAINTAIN THEM,* HE SAID.

MR WU SAID HE BELIEVED THAT HONG KONG +WILL BENEFIT IN AN ENTIRELY PRACTICAL WAY FROM THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF THESE ARTS,* AND HE THOUGHT THAT *THIS IS A GOOD TIME TO REMIND OURSELVES OF THAT.*

♦ART IS NOT DIVORCED FROM LIFE AND EXPERIENCE IN THAT WAY1 IT IS THE EXPRESSION OF OUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS OUR LIVES AND OUR EXPERIENCES,+ HE SAID.

♦WE WANT TO SHOW WHAT SATISFACTIONS OUR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC SYSTEM PROVIDES AND EVEN MORE WE WANT OTHERS TO UNDERSTAND WHAT MAKES IT SATISFYING.

♦THE ARTS, IN ALL THEIR FORMS WILL HELP US TO DO THAT, AND WOULD DESERVE OUR SUPPORT FOR THAT REASON ALONE,♦ HE ADDED.

MR WU CONGRATULATED THE GOVERNMENT FOR HAVING SPONSORED THE THIRD CONFERENCE OF COMMONWEALTH ARTS ADMINISTRATORS AND SAID THAT A FULL REPORT OF THE DELIBERATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS WOULD SHORTLY BE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT.

COMMENTING ON EDUCATION, MR WU URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO PROCEED WITH THE IMPROVEMENT OF LANGUAGE STANDARDS NOW WITHOUT WAITING FOR THE RESOLUTION OF OTHER PROBLEMS.

♦ALL OF US WHO HAVE THIS MATTER AT HEART AND WHO REALISE HOW CRUCIAL LANGUAGE IS TO THE ADVANCEMENT OF OUR INTELLECTUAL AND EVEN OUR ECONOMIC LIFE WOULD LIKE TO SEE A START MADE BEFORE STANDARDS DETERIORATE FURTHER AS THEY WILL CERTAINLY DO.

♦MUCH HAS BEEN SAID ABOUT THE GENERAL STANDARD OF ENGLISH IN HONG KONG AND WHAT SHOULD BE DONE ABOUT IT, BUT THE QUESTION OF CHINESE OUGHT NOT BE FORGOTTEN,+ HE SAID.

♦AND I HOPE THAT WE CAN HAVE AN INDICATION IN THIS DEBATE OF THE FATE OF THE REPORT OF THE WORKING PARTY ON THE CHINESE LANGUAGE FOUNDATION WHICH I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF CHAIR I NG,♦ HE ADDED.

HE ALSO STRESSED THAT OUR EFFORTS IN IMPROVING LANGUAGE STANDARDS MUST START WITH THE SCHOOLS, BUT IT MUST NOT END WITH THE SCHOOLS. ♦THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE SHOULD ALSO BE A TARGET IF WE WISH TO ACHIEVE A MULTIPLYING EFFECT,* HE SAID.

ON THE SUBJECT OF MEDICAL TRAINING, MR WU NOTED THAT THERE HAD BEEN REPORTS OF DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE UNIVERSITIES AND THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT OVER THE USE OF HOSPITALS FOR TEACHING.

HE SAID THAT THERE WAS A POINT OF PRINCIPLE AT STAKE WHICH INVOLVED THE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE IN HOSPITALS ADMINISTERED BY THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES BUT STAFFED IN PART BY THE UNIVERSITIES.

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♦THESE PROBLEMS ARISE OUT OF THE CONFLICT BETWEEN THE ROLE OF THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES WHICH IS TO PROVIDE MEDICAL CARE TO THE POPULATION - AND HE HAS DISCHARGED HIS RESPONSIBILITIES MAGNIF ICIENTLY WITH THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO HIM - AND THE ROLE OF THE UNIVERSITIES WHICH IS TO PROVIDE MORE DOCTORS, TO MEET THE MANPOWER REQUIREMENTS OF THE MEDICAL SERVICES.

♦THE DOCTORS WHO STAFF THESE HOSPITALS, WHICHEVER ORGANISATION THEY BELONG TO, ARE ENTITLED TO THEIR PRIVILEGES AND THEIR CAREER OPPORTUNITIES BUT WE CANNOT AFFORD TO LET ANY DEMARCATION DISPUTE, AS SEEMS NOW TO EXIST, TO HOLD UP THE EXPANSION OF MEDICAL EDUCATION,+ HE SAID.

HE HOPED THAT THE SECRETARIES FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, AND FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE, RECOGNISING THEIR JOINT RESPONSIBILITIES, WOULD GET TOGETHER TO PRODUCE A SOLUTION, PERHAPS WITH THE HELP OF A SEMINAR ON THE INTERFACE BETWEEN TEACHING AND SERVICE, AT THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE OPPORTUNITY.

♦IF WE DO NOT WANT TO REPRODUCE THE PATTERN OF THE PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL WHICH SERVES AS A TEACHING HOSPITAL FOR THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY, AND I RECOGNISE WE MAY NOT WANT TO DO SO, THEN WE MAY HAVE TO LOOK AT A HOSPITAL AUTHORITY PROVIDING FOR THE NEEDS OF BOTH THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG MEDICAL FACULTY,+ HE SAID.

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GOVERNMENT URGED TO CONSIDER EDUCATION DIRECTION X K * X X

THE HON S.L. CHEN TODAY CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO CONSIDER THE DIRECTION HONG KONG SHOULD PROCEED WITH ITS SECONDARY EDUCATION.

SPEAKING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, HE SAID THAT IN RECENT YEARS HONG KONG HAD MADE RAPID AND CONSIDERABLE PROGRESS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF SECONDARY EDUCATION.

♦PERHAPS NOW IS THE TIME TO PAUSE TO REFLECT AND TO CONSIDER VERY CAREFULLY THE DIRECTION WE SHOULD PROCEED FROM THE PRESENT POSITION, THAT IS TO SAY WHETHER TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION FOR THOSE WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM IT, OR TO CONTINUE TO PRODUCE FORM V GRADUATES JUST FOR THE SAKE OF PRODUCING THEM IN QUANTITY,+ HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT ACCORDING TO THE 1982 STATISTICS, OF THE FORM V STUDENTS WHO SAT THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION, ONLY 36 PER CENT ATTAINED GRADE E IN FIVE SUBJECTS.

THESE RESULTS, HE ADDED, WERE ONLY THE MINIMUM BUT NOT SUFFICIENT REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO FORM VI OR POLYTECHNIC.

♦IN OTHER WORDS, ABOUT 64 PER CENT OF THE FORM V LEAVERS WERE UNFIT FOR CONTINUATION TO A HIGHER LEVEL OF EDUCATION.

♦THE FACT THAT THEY HAD SPENT THE TWO YEARS IN THE SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS CAN ONLY BE SEEN AS EDUCATION FOR THE SAKE OF EDUCATION,* HE SAID.

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HE WONDERED IF SOME OF THEM WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN BETTER SERVED HAD THEY BEEN GUIDED TO TAKE UP VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR A CAREER IN INDUSTRY AS CRAFTSMEN OR TECHNICIANS.

MR CHEN EXPRESSED CONCERN ABOUT PARENTS’ RELUCTANCE TO LET THEIR CHILDREN TAKE UP VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING AFTER COMPLETING FORM III.

+UNFORTUNATELY PARENTS, ESPECIALLY CHINESE PARENTS AND NOT INFREQUENTLY EVEN TEACHERS, HAVE A BIASED CONCEPTION THAT VOCATIONAL EDUCATION IS A SUB-STANDARD OPTION, FIT ONLY FOR THOSE WHO FAIL TO OBTAIN A PLACE IN SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS, AND THAT THERE IS NO FUTURE IN THEIR CHILDREN BECOMING TECHNICIANS OR SKILLED CRAFTSMEN,* MR CHEN REMARKED.

+IT IS TIME THAT PARENTS SHOULD BE EDUCATED AND FACE THE REALITY THAT WE LIVE IN A MODERN INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY IN WHICH CRAFTSMEN PLAY AN IMPORTANT AND DOMINANT ROLE,* HE ADDED.

HE WARNED THAT WITH THE PROPOSED ABOLITION OF THE JUNIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION ASSESSMENT (JSEA), THE PRESSURE ON SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES WOULD EVEN BE HIGHER.

♦UNLESS WE HAVE ADEQUATE RESOURCES TO MEET WITH THE ADDITIONAL SURGE IN DEMAND FOR FURTHER SUBSIDISED PLACES, THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION IS BOUND TO FURTHER SUFFER,* HE SAID.

HE SAID THAT HE WAS NOT OPPOSED IN PRINCIPLE TO THE PROPOSED ABOLITION OF JSEA, BUT HE ADDED : +NEVERTHELESS, WE MUST BE MINDFUL OF THE POSSIBLE PROBLEMS AND REPERCUSSIONS WHICH THE ABOLITION COULD CREATE.*

MR CHEN ALSO EXPRESSED CONCERN ABOUT THE FUTURE ENROLMENT IN CRAFT COURSES OPERATED BY THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AND THE INCREASINGLY SMALLER NUMBER OF FORM III LEAVERS TAKING UP CRAFT APPRENTICESHIP.

IN THE CURRENT YEAR, 27 PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE CRAFT CLASSES HAD BEEN CANCELLED BECAUSE OF LACK OF APPLICANTS, AND THE PROPORTION OF STUDENT ENROLMENT IN THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES FOR TECHNICIAN AND CRAFT COURSES WAS FAR FROM SATISFACTORY, HE SAID.

+FOR EXAMPLE, THE TECHNICIAN : CRAFT RATIO FOR FULL-TIME COURSES IS AT PRESENT APPROXIMATELY 3t2. EVEN TAKING ALL MODES OF ATTENDANCE INTO CONSIDERATION, THE RATIO OF TECHNICAN TO CRAFT IS 2i3.

+THERE IS, THEREFORE, A HUGE BUILT-IN IMBALANCE WHICH WOULD AT THE END OF THE DAY LEAD TO OUR INDUSTRIES HAVING AN INADEQUATE SUPPLY OF SKILLED CRAFTSMEN BUT FLOODED WITH TECHNICIANS SOME OF WHOM WOULD HAVE TO PERFORM CRAFT LEVEL WORK FOR WHICH THEY HAVE NOT BEEN TRAINED,* HE SAID.

+THE PROPOSED ABOLITION OF THE JSEA IS LIKELY TO WORSEN WHAT IS ALREADY A SERIOUS SITUATION IN THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES. AS THE POOL OF FORM Hi LEAVERS, OTHER THAN THE FEW FROM PREVOCATI ONAL SCHOOLS, FOR CRAFT COURSES WOULD BE COMPLETELY DRAINED, THE VERY SURVIVAL OF THE CRAFT COURSES IN THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AND CRAFT APPRENTICESHIP WOULD BE DANGEROUSLY THREATENED.

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+THIS WOULD BE A HIGHLY UNDESIRABLE SITUATION AND SHOULD THIS HAPPEN, INDUSTRY WOULD BE DEPLETED OF SKILLED CRAFTSMEN,* MR CHEN warned’

ON HONG KONG’S ECONOMY, MR CHEN SAID THAT IT WAS OF VITAL IMPORTANCE THAT THE TERRITORY’S INDUSTRY MUST CONTINUE TO INVEST IN MODERN PLANT AND MACHINERY TO KEEP ABREAST WITH ADVANCING TECHNOLOGY, INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY AND UPGRADE PRODUCTS.

HE SAID, +TO DO THIS, INDUSTRY NEEDS CONFIDENCE, FAITH IN ITSELF AND FAITH IN THE FUTURE.*

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE CONTINUATION OF MASSIVE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES BY THE MAJOR PUBLIC UTILITY COMPANIES AND THE RECENT OVER-SUBSCRIPTION OF THE S2-BILLI0N LOAN FOR THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION BY AN INTERNATIONAL SYNDICATE OF BANKS WERE INDICATIONS OF CONFIDENCE IN HONG KONG.

+THESE MAJOR INVESTMENT DECISIONS, WHICH ARE SUBSTANTIAL EVEN BY INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS, SHOULD INSPIRE CONFIDENCE IN OUR BUSINESS COMMUNITY, PARTICULARLY OUR INDUSTRIAL SECTOR, ON WHOSE PERFORMANCE MUCH OF OUR FUTURE SURVIVAL DEPENDS,* HE SAID.

HE ALSO SAID THAT IT WAS REASSURING TO HEAR THAT GOVERNMENT, TOO. HAD NOT BEEN DISTRACTED FROM ITS SUSTAINED EFFORT TO IMPROVE THE SERVICES AND TO PROVIDE THE ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH HONG KONG’S INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE COULD COMPETE EFFICIENTLY IN THE MARKET PLACES OF THE WORLD.

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PRIORITY URGED FOR EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT

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THE HON PETER C. WONG TODAY WELCOMED THE GREAT IMPORTANCE THE GOVERNMENT ATTACHED TO HONG KONG'S SYSTEM OF EDUCATION.

SPEAKING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR WONG SAID, ♦HONG KONG’S MOST IMPORTANT RESOURCES ARE ITS PEOPLE AND IT WOULD BE IMPRUDENT NOT TO ACCORD THE HIGHEST PRIORITY TO ITS DEVELOPMENT THROUGH AN EFFECTIVE EDUCATION SYSTEM.*

HE SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD WASTE NO TIME IN IMPLEMENTING THE VARIOUS RECOMMENDATIONS WHICH RECEIVES POPULAR SUPPORT.

♦ON A PERSONAL NOTE, I AM PLEASED THAT THE UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNIC GRANTS COMMITTEE HAS ADVISED THAT A THIRD UNIVERSITY BE ESTABLISHED WITH AN EMPHASIS ON PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL STUDIES.

♦AS A STAUWH ADVOCATE FOR A THIRD UNIVERSITY, I WOULD MAKE A FURTHER ■’LEA FOR THE MANY DISAPPOINTED STUDENTS WHO ARE UNABLE TO RECF,<VE UNIVERSITY EDUCATION BECAUSE OF SHORTAGE OF PLACES.

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♦A DECISION ON WHETHER PLANNING FOR A THIRD UNIVERSITY SHOULD PROCEED IS EXPECTED BY THE END OF THE YEAR OR EARLY NEXT YEAR.

♦EXPERTS IN THE FIELD OF HIGHER EDUCATION AS WELL AS THE PUBLIC WILL BE DELIGHTED IF THE DECISION IS IN FAVOUR OF EARLY ACTION,* MR WONG SAID.

ON THE LABOUR FRONT, MR WONG SAID THAT THERE WERE MERITS IN THE PROPOSAL FOR A CONTRIBUTORY SICKNESS INSURANCE SCHEME AND DESCRIBED THE PROPOSED WAGE SECURITY FUND AS +SIMPLE AND INEXPENSIVE TO OPERATE*.

HE ADDED, +IN CONSIDERING FURTHER BENEFITS AND PROTECTION FOR OUR WORK FORCE, GOVERNMENT MUST ENSURE THAT ANY INCREASE WOULD NOT ADVERSELY AFFECT THE COMPETITIVENESS OF OUR PRODUCT AND THE ECONOMY AS A WHOLE.*

TURNING TO HOUSING, HE WELCOMED THE GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO REHOUSE ABOUT HALF OF THE SOME 100 000 FAMILIES LIVING IN TEMPORARY HUTS OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS AND THE PROGRAMME TO IMPROVE SAFETY, SANITATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS IN SQUATTER AREAS.

IN VIEW OF THE RISING CRIME RATE, MR WONG SAID THAT THERE WAS A STRONG CASE FOR FURTHER STRENGTHENING THE POLICE FORCE, ESPECIALLY IN CRIME PREVENTION AND DETECTION.

ON THE IMPRISONMENT OF CIVIL DEBTORS, HE REITERATED THAT THEY SHOULD NOT BE COMMITTED TO PRISON.

♦IN SHORT, APART FROM THE GLARING INJUSTICE, CRIMINAL SANCTION SHOULD HAVE NO PLACE IN THE CIVIL JURISDICTION OF OUR COURTS,♦ HE ADDED.

HE NOTED THAT THE MATTER HAD ATTRACTED ATTENTION EVEN AS FAR AWAY AS CANADA, AND THANKED THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND HIS PREDECESSOR FOR THEIR PERSONAL INTEREST AND ATTENTION.

♦I AM SURE THE FINAL OUTCOME WILL DO JUSTICE TO OUR IMAGE AND OUR SYSTEM OF LAW,+ HE SAID.

COMMENTING ON THE GOVERNMENT’S CONSULTATIVE MACHINERY, W WONG SAID THAT THE DISTRICT BOARDS HAD ADDED A NEW DIMENSION TO THE CONSULTATIVE PROCESS.

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♦AND THE RECENT APPOINTMENT OF ELECTED DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS THE TWO HIGHEST COUNCILS HAS FURTHER STRENGTHENED THE CHANNEL COMMUNICATION AND CONSULTATION BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PEOPLE. CERTAINLY, ANOTHER STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION,* W WONG SAID.

ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG, MR WONG SAID THAT THE TERRITORY’S PROSPERITY OWED MUCH TO A SOUND INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK, AN EQUITABLE LEGAL SYSTEM AND AN INDEPENDENT JUDICIARY.

IT WAS ESSENTIAL FOR HONG KONG’S CONTINUED PROSPERITY THAT THESE BE PRESERVED, HE SAID.

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LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT PLAN WELCOMED * * * *

GOVERNMENT’S LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY FOR THE TERRITORY AS A WHOLE WAS WELCOMED TODAY BY THE HON CHARLES YEUNG.

SPEAKING AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, HE DESCRIBED THIS STRATEGY AS ♦UNINHIBITED BY HISTORIC FACTS, UNAFFECTED BY FUTURE POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT AND UNFETTERED BY THE UNCERTAINTIES ARISING FROM THE NEGOTIATIONS ON OUR FUTURE.+

♦INSTEAD GOVERNMENT IS TO CONCENTRATE ON THE FULL UTILISATION OF HONG KONG’S UNIQUE GEO-ECONOMIC ADVANTAGE AND SKILLED MANAGEMENT AND WORK FORCE SO AS TO CREATE ANOTHER ECONOMIC MIRACLE TO THE CREDIT OF BRITAIN, CHINA AND HONG KONG,+ HE SAID.

♦IN THE LONG-TERM HONG KONG’S STRATEGY HAS ON THE ONE HAND AIMED AT IMPROVING BOTH THE QUALITY AND AVAILABILITY OF EDUCATION AND ON THE OTHER HAND AT CONTINUING TO STRENGTHEN THE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE ECONOMY,+ HE ADDED.

HE NOTED THAT DESPITE ECONOMIC RECESSION, PUBLIC EXPENDITURE ON CAPITAL WORK WOULD BE INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY.

♦IT IS HEARTENING TO LEARN THAT FEASIBILITY TO TRAVERSE THE NEW TERRITORIES AND KOWLOON WITH TUNNELLING THROUGH MOUNTAINS PASSING THROUGH TAI SHAN.

STUDIES ARE AFOOT HIGHWAYS BY PO AND MA ON

♦HOWEVER, ONE REGRET IS THAT THE CONSTRUCTION OF A RAILWAY NETWORK TO LINK THE WEST PART OF NT HAS NOT BEEN MENTIONED,+ HE SAID.

MR YEUNG POINTED OUT THAT GOVERNMENT ALSO PLANNED TO EXPAND SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES AND COMMUNITY BUILDING BY IMPROVING THE hEDICAL SERVICES, LABOUR WELFARE AND SERVICES TO WOMEN, CHILDREN AND THE AGED SO AS TO MEET THEIR NEEDS.

ON THE HOUSING FRONT, HE SAID, +THE PRESENT SUCCESS AND THE FUTURE OBJECTIVES OF OUR PUBLIC HOUSING SCHEME ARE ACHIEVEMENTS WE CAN BE PROUD 0F.+

MR YEUNG ALSO NOTED THAT THE ECONOMIC SUCCESS AND THE HIGH STANDARD OF LIVING IN HONG KONG HAD CREATED MORE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE PEOPLE.

HE SAID, +AS THE GENERAL STANDARD OF EDUCATION IMPROVES AND THE AWARENESS OF SOCIAL VALUES BY THE COMMUNITY INCREASES, THE PERSONAL IDEALS AND THE DUALITY OF LIFE OF THE COMMUNITY WILL CORRESPONDINGLY RISE.

♦IN ORDER TO REAL'SE THESE PERSONAL IDEALS AND TO SATISFY THE ASPIRATIONS OF THE COMMUNITY, THE NEW GENERATION WILL SHOW A KEEN INTEREST IN THEIR PEfSONAL RIGHTS AND IN THEIR COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENT WITH A DESIRE TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY BUILDING.

♦THUS IT IS EXACTED THAT THE DISTRICT BOARDS WILL BECOME THE LARGEST ADVISOR/ BODY OF OPINION IN THE ADMINISTRATIVE SYSTEM WITHIN A SHORT SPAI OF TIME.+

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HE ADDED +THE GENERATION BORN AND BRED HERE WERE BORN WITH FREEDOM AND INALIENABLE HUMAN RIGHT TO THEM THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND THOUGHT IS AS IMPORTANT AS THE EXISTENCE OF AIR AROUND THEM AND AS IMPORTANT TO LIFE AS BREATHING THAT AIR.-+-

FOR THE PURPOSE OF ACHIEVING A STABLE AND PROSPEROUS HONG KONG THEIR EXPRESSION OF ASPIRATION SHOULD BE VALUED, MR YEUNG STRESSED.

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’OCCASIONAL STATEMENTS’ ON TALKS CALLED FOR *****

DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI TODAY ASKED THE GOVERNMENT TO CONSIDER MAKING BRIEF OCCASIONALLY ABOUT THE TALKS ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG TO RECTIFY MISGUIDED PRESS REPORTS AND SPECULATION.

SPEAKING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, HE SAID, ♦ ! AM AWARE OF COURSE THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS TO BE CAREFUL NOT TO BREACH THE CONFIDENTIALITY RULE OF THE NEGOTIATION NOR ENGAGE IN A COLD WAR OF WORDS, BUT EXPERIENCE SHOWS THAT POSITIVE STATEMENTS FROM THE OFFICIAL SIDES OF THE TALKS, LIKE THE ONE WE HEARD AT THE END OF THE LAST ROUND OF TALKS IN BEIJING, COULD CLEAR A LOT OF PESSIMISM.*

HE SAID THAT IT WAS COMFORTING TO KNOW LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES, AIMED AT MEETING THE NEEDS OF HONG KONG INTO THE 199O’S AND THE NEXT CENTURY, WOULD CONTINUE TO BE FORMULATED.

♦AS I SEE IT, THE CONTINUATION OF LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT PLANNING IS THE MOST CONVINCING SHOW OF OUR GOVERNMENT’S CONFIDENCE IN THE TERRITORY,* HE SAID.

COMMENTING ON THE GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSAL ON DEVELOPING OTHER FORMS OF HIGHER EDUCATION ALTERNATIVE TO THE TRADITIONAL, FULL-TIME DAY STUDIES, HE SAID THAT THIS WOULD ONLY BENEFIT THOSE STUDENTS GRADUATING FROM SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

♦WE MUST NOT FORGET, HOWEVER, THAT THERE IS A VAST POOL OF TALENTED PEOPLE WHO MAY HAVE MISSED THEIR OPPORTUNITY TO PURSUE A UNIVERSITY EDUCATION BUT WHO ARE DESIROUS AND INTELLECTUALLY QUALIFIED TO DO SO AT A LATER STAGE OF THEIR LIVES.

♦THESE MATURE LEARNERS NEED AN UNCONVENTIONAL FORM OF EDUCATION AT FIRST-DEGREE LEVEL, RUN ON FLEXIBLE TIMETABLING AND MODES OF INSTRUCTION,♦ HE SAID.

♦SOME MAY NEED MORE SPECIALISED TRAINING TO ENHANCE THEIR PRESENT CAREER, OTHERS MAY WANT TO CHANGE TO A NEW CAREER AND THEREFORE SEEK WAYS TO PREPARE THEMSELVES FOR IT, STILL OTHERS MAY WISH TO EXPAND THEIR MENTAL HORIZONS AND INTELLECTUAL POTENTIALS BY ENGAGING THEMSELVES IN A SYSTEMATIC, STRUCTURED, AND DEGREE-CONFERRING SCHEME OF STUDIES AT THEIR LEISURE TIME,* HE SAID.

♦REGARDLESS OF THE REASONS FOR WHICH THIS FORM OF PART-TIME FIRST-DEGREE LEVEL EDUCATION IS REQUIRED, ITS PROVISION WILL REAP CONSIDERABLE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DIVIDENDS FOR THE COMMUNITY.

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♦THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE FOR HONG KONG, WHICH MUST CONSTANTLY HARNESS ITS HUMAN RESOURCES INTO MAINTAINING ITS COMPETITIVE POSITION IN THIS WORLD OF EVER-ADVANCING TECHNOLOGY, PRODUCTIVITY AND EFFICIENCY,* HE STRESSED.

DR HO SAID THAT THE THREE MOST COMMON MODELS OF THIS SECOND-CHANCE, UNDERGRADUATE-LEVEL EDUCATION WERE THE PART-TIME EVENING COURSES, THE EXTERNAL DEGREE MODEL AND THE OPEN UNIVERSITY MODEL.

HE STRESSED THAT THE PROVISION OF AN ALTERNATIVE FORM OF HIGHER EDUCATION FOR MATURE LEARNERS WAS FEASIBLE AND NECESSARY.

♦I THEREFORE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THAT A WORKING PARTY BE FORMED UNDER THE AEGIS OF THE UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNIC GRANTS COMMITTEE TO GIVE CAREFUL CONSIDERATION TO THIS WORTHWHILE PROPOSAL,* HE SAID.

SPEAKING OF REHABILITATION SERVICES FOR THE EX-MENTALLY ILL, DR HO URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE ACTUAL PROVISION OF PLACES IN HALF-WAY HOUSES AND THE STAFFING OF THESE INSTITUTIONS.

HE SAID THAT ACCORDING TO HIS KNOWLEDGE, ONLY TWO HALF-WAY HOUSES, EACH WITH A CAPACITY OF 40 PLACES, HAD BEEN APPROVED FOR 1984-85.

DR HO ADDED THAT HE THUS SUSPECTED THE PLANNED PROVISION OF 150 PLACES EACH YEAR COULD NOT BE REALISED UNLESS CONSIDERABLY MORE RESOURCES WERE TO BE ALLOCATED.

+A SIGNIFICANT SPIN-OFF EFFECT OF HALF-WAY HOUSE PROVISION IS THE RELIEF IT WILL BRING TO THE DEMAND ON HOSPITAL BEDS, WHICH ARE VERY COSTLY TO MAINTAIN.

+FURTHERMORE, AN ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF HALF-WAY HOUSE PLACES WILL SPEED UP THE DISCHARGE RATE FROM PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITALS, THUS MAKING IT POSSIBLE TO START THE PROCESS OF SOCIAL REHABILITATION EARLIER FOR MENTAL PATIENTS,* HE SAID.

AS FOR STAFFING, DR HO SAID, *A REVIEW OF THE STAFF STANDARDS IS IMMINENT, IF THE HALF-WAY HOUSES ARE TO TAKE IN EX-MENTAL PATIENTS WITH A DISPOSITION TO VIOLENCE AND TO PERFORM THE ENLIGHTENED FUNCTIONS RECOMMENDED BY THE WORKING GROUP.*

THE PRESENT STAFF ESTABLISHMENT FOR A HALF-WAY HOUSE WITH A STANDARD CAPACITY OF 40 PLACES IS ONE SENIOR SOCIAL WORK ASSISTANT, THREE WELFARE WORKERS WHO WORK ON SHIFTS AND ONE WORKMAN.

ALMOST ALL THE HALF-WAY HOUSES EXERCISE VERY RESTRICTIVE ADMISSION CRITERIA IN THAT THEY DO NOT ADMIT RESIDENTS WITH A HISTORY OF CRIMINAL RECORD OR VIOLENCE OR SERIOUS ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR.

DR HO SAID, +GIVEN THE CURRENT INADEQUATE STAFFING POSITION, THIS CONSERVATIVE ADMISSION POLICY IS UNDERSTANDABLE. ANY RELAXATION OF ADMISSION GUIDELINES MUST THEREFORE BE PRECEDED BY SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS IN THAT AREA, BOTH IN QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE TERMS.* --------------------------------0--------

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PEOPLE TOLD NOT TO SPECULATE ON TALKS * * * *

WE SHOULD NOT SPECULATE ON THE OUTCOME OF THE TALKS ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG AT THIS POINT IN TIME BUT SHOULD GET ON WITH OUR WORK, THE HON ALLEN LEE SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

♦AS THE BILATERAL NEGOTIATIONS ARE CONTINUING IN SEARCH OF A SOLUTION WHICH IS ACCEPTABLE TO THE UNITED KINGDOM PARLIAMENT, TO CHINA AND TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, AND THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT BOTH SIDES WOULD LIKE TO ACHIEVE THE COMMON AIM OF CONTINUING STABILITY AND PROSPERITY, IT IS MY OPINION THAT WE SHOULD NOT SPECULATE ON THE OUTCOME AT THIS POINT IN TIME AND WE SHOULD SIMPLY GET ON WITH OUR WORK,+ HE SAID.

HE NOTED THAT THE MAIN INGREDIENTS CONTRIBUTING TO HONG KONG’S PAST SUCCESS WERE FREEDOM OF SPEECH, THE INDEPENDENT JUDICIARY AND THE GOVERNMENT’S READINESS TO LISTEN TO PUBLIC OPINION.

MR LEE OUTLINED WHAT THE GROUP OF PROFESSIONALS, COMPRISING HIMSELF, HON STEPHEN CHEONG, HON MRS SELINA CHOW AND PROFESSIONALS OF VARIOUS DISCIPLINES HAD DONE IN PREPARING THEIR PRESENTATION PAPER ON OUR FUTURE FOR THE BEIJING VISIT.

HE ALSO MENTIONED THE GROUP HAD MET MR RICHARD LUCE IN HONG KONG AND EXPRESSED THEIR OPINION TO HIM. +WE FEEL WE OWE IT TO OURSELVES TO BE TRUE TO OURSELVES AND WE WANT TO BE AT EASE WITH OUR OWN CONSCIENCE THAT WE DID OUR BIT FOR HONG KONG WHEN THE OCCASION ARISES.

♦MOST OF ALL, WE WANT TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION, NO MATTER HOW INSIGNIFICANT, TOWARDS THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE IN HONG KONG’S HISTORY,♦ HE SAID.

HE FELT GREAT PRIDE IN PARTICIPATING IN A NUMBER OF GOVERNMENT BOARDS AND COMMITTEES AND TO BE ABLE +TO MAKE CONTRIBUTIONS, HOWEVER SMALL, TOWARDS THE BETTERMENT OF THIS PLACE,+ HE SAID.

MR LEE SAID THAT LIKE THE 2 OOO OR SO OTHER PEOPLE SERVING ON VARIOUS BOARDS AND COMMITTEES, THEY MUST ALL FEEL THAT THEIR SUGGESTIONS HAVE BEEN TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION WHEN GOVERNMENT FORMULATES POLICIES.

HE SAID THAT HE WAS +AS MUCH A CRITIC AS ANYONE ON QUITE A NUMBER OF ISSUES*.

♦RIGHTLY OR WRONGLY, MY VIEWS WILL BE HEARD BY GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS. THIS IS TRUE FOR ALL CITIZENS OF HONG KONG.

♦THE OUTSPOKENNESS OF OUR PEOPLE IS ONE OF THE ESSENTIAL FEATURES OF OUR SUCCESS,* HE SAID.

JUDGING FROM THE NUMBER OF NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES ON THE NEWS-STANDS,♦ ONE COULD EASILY SAY THAT THIS IS ONE OF THE FREEST PLACES IN THE WORLD,+ MR LEE SAID.

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♦OUR PEOPLE TAKE THIS FREEDOM FOR GRANTED BECAUSE THEY HAVE IT. AS LONG AS THEY ABIDE BY THE LAW, THEY ARE FREE TO EXPRESS WHATEVER OPINION THEY HAVE.

♦WE HAVE AN INDEPENDENT JUDICIARY WHICH PROTECTS THE RIGHTS OF EACH INDIVIDUAL. WE ARE FREE FROM ARBITRARY GOVERNMENT DECISIONS. +DO WE CHERISH THIS SYSTEM? I CAN ANSWER YES,+ MR LEE SAID.

ME LEE ALSO SAIDi +WE WERE GLAD TO SEE THE START OF SUBSTANTIVE BILATERAL NEGOTIATIONS IN JULY AND WE ARE EQUALLY GLAD TO SEE THE RECENT MEASURES TAKEN BY GOVERNMENT IN STABILISING THE HONG KONG DOLLAR.+

♦AFTER ALL THE STRENGTH OF OUR EXPORT PERFORMANCE DOES NOT JUSTIFY THE WEAKNESS IN OUR ECONOMY,+ HE SAID.

ON THE SUBJECT OF INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT, MR LEE STRESSED THE NEED FOR INDUSTRY TO CONTINUE TO DIVERSIFY AND TO ACQUIRE HIGH TECHNOLOGY.

MR LEE ALSO SAID THAT THE PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL, OF WHICH IE IS CHAIRMAN, WOULD CONTINUE TO MAKE ITS CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS PRODUCTIVITY TO STRENGTHEN HONG KONG’S COMPETITIVENESS. HE ALSO FELT THAT INDUSTRY MUST MOVE TOWARDS AUTOMATION.

♦WE WILL PUT THE SUGGESTION FORWARD TO GOVERNMENT SHORTLY OF ESTABLISHING AN AUTOMATION UNIT WITHIN THE PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL IN SUPPORT OF INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT,+ HE SAID.

MR LEE SAID ALSO THAT THERE WAS NEED FOR AN EXHIBITION CENTRE IN HONG KONG, WHICH DID NOT HAVE TO BE A COMPLEX WITH HOTEL AND OFFICE ACCOMMODATION.

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GOVERNMENT PRAISED FOR MONETARY ACTION

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THE RECENTLY INTRODUCED MONETARY PACKAGE TO SALVAGE THE DOLLAR COULD BE SEEN AS A DEMONSTRATION OF THE GOVERNMENT’S CONFIDENCE IN HONG KONG’S CURRENCY, ECONOMY AND FUTURE, THE HON ANDREW SO SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THE PACKAGE ALSO SHOWED THE GOVERNOR SIR EDWARD YOUDE’S DETERMINATION +TO MATCH WORDS WITH DEEDS,+ AND RECEIVED WIDE PUBLIC SUPPORT, MR SO SAID.

WHILE NON-INTERVENTION WAS UNDERSTANDABLE IN VIEW OF THE VIGOUR AND RESILIENCE OF HONG KONG’S ECONOMY, GALLOPING INFLATION AND PRICE RISES WITH THEIR VICIOUS CIRCLE WOULD MAKE IT IMPERATIVE FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO INTERVENE, HE SAID.

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CITING THE MONETARY PACKAGE AS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF SUCH INTERVENTION, MR SO POINTED OUT THAT +BESIDES GIVING THE FLAGGING HONG KONG DOLLAR A SHOT IN THE ARM, IT HAS SUCCEEDED IN BRINGING PRICES DOWN.*

♦ IT IS MY FIRM CONVICTION THAT BOTH THE COMMERCIAL COMMUNITY AND THE PUBLIC WOULD RESPOND TO THE GOVERNMENT’S SHOW OF FAITH IN OUR DOLLAR, OUR ECONOMY AND THE STRUCTURE OF OUR SOCIETY BY LOWERING COMMODITY PRICES AND REFRAINING FROM EXCESSIVE SPECULATION.

♦FURTHERMORE, AS THERE IS A UNITED CALL FROM THE PUBLIC FOR ACTION TO BE TAKEN TO STOP UTILITY CHARGE INCREASES AND PRICE RISES, THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD TAKE THE LEAD AND SET AN EXAMPLE BY NOT ONLY REDUCING COSTS AND IMPROVING PRODUCTIVITY IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR BUT ALSO TEMPORARILY FREEZING ALL CHARGES IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR,* MR SO SAID.

HE ALSO URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO REPORT CASES OF HOARDING AND SPECULATION AS WELL AS STAGGERING PRICE INCREASES TO THE CONSUMER COUNCIL OR IN THE READERS’ COLUMNS IN NEWSPAPERS.

♦THIS CAN BE AN EFFECTIVE WAY TO CHECK PRICE ESCALATION. IT CAN ALSO DEMONSTRATE THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICIES AND ACTIONS ARE GOVERNED BY THE CONCERN AND ASPIRATIONS OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG,+ HE SAID.

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HU CALLS FOR FRESH LOOK AT HOUSING POLICY * X * *

A FRESH LOOK SHOULD BE TAKEN AT LONG-TERM PUBLIC HOUSING POLICY IN ALL RESPECTS, INCLUDING ESTABLISHMENT OF A REALISTIC RATIO BETWEEN RENTAL HOUSING AND HOME OWNERSHIP, THE HON F.K. HU SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

♦THIS RATIO SHOULD BE UNDER CONSTANT REVIEW WITH THE EMPHASIS ON MAKING AVAILABLE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEMES TO THOSE WHO REQUIRE THEM AND AT THE SAME TIME ARE ABLE TO AFFORD THEM,+ HE SAID.

HE EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT OVER TIME PUBLIC HOUSING WOULD BE MADE AVAILABLE TO TWO-MEMBER FAMILIES, GROUPS OF SINGLETONS AND EVENTAULLY SINGLE PERSONS INDIVIDUALLY.

♦FOR OUR HOUSING PROGRAMME TO SUCCEED, WE SHOULD EVENTUALLY REDUCE THE ELEMENT OF SUBSIDY FROM PUBLIC FUNDS AND GENERATE SUFFICIENT SURPLUS TO FINANCE FUTURE RE-DEVELOPMENT AND IMPROVEMENT SCHEMES IN ALL CATEGORIES OF PUBLIC HOUS I NG,+ HE SAID.

HE SUGGESTED THAT SUBJECT TO REVIEW OF LONG-TERM HOUSING POLICY, THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD GIVE AN INDICATION ON WHAT LONG-TERM PLANS IT HAD TOWARDS THE TOTAL RE-DEVELOPMENT OF THE REMAINING MARK I AND II ESTATES, AND ON THE IMPROVEMENT WORKS THAT WERE CONSIDERED NECESSARY FOR OTHER OLD ESTATES.

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AT THE SAME TIME, HE SAID, TRANSIT CENTRES, TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS AND SQUATTER AREAS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO EXIST ONLY AS INTERIM ARRANGEMENTS.

♦SUCH PROVISIONS SHOULD, HOWEVER, BE ACCEPTED AS TEMPORARY ARRANGEMENTS AND WE CANNOT EXPECT LIVING AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS TO BE COMPARABLE TO THOSE IN PERMANENT HOUSING.

♦THE OVERALL POLICY REMAINS TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE MAJORITY WHILE ENDEAVOUR TO HELP IN INDIVIDUAL CASES WITHIN REASON SHOULD BE OFFERED WITH FLEX IBILITY,+ HE ADDED.

COMMENTING ON SOCIAL WELFARE, MR HU SAID THAT THERE WAS A NEED FOR THE PRIVATE AND PROFIT-MAKING HOMES FOR THE ELDERLY TO COMPLY WITH CERTAIN MINIMUM STANDARDS IN TERMS OF REQUIREMENTS FOR HEALTH CARE, SAFETY, MEALS AND SUPERVISION.

♦EVENTUALLY THESE MINIMUM STANDARDS SHOULD BE INCORPORATED INTO LEGISLATION REQUIRING THE PRIVATELY RUN HOMES TO REGISTER ALONG THE LINES OF THE CHJLD CARE CENTRES ORDINANCE.

♦THIS IS INTENDED TO PROVIDE MINIMUM PROTECTION TO THOSE IN CARE AND NOT TO DISCOURAGE THE SETTING UP OF THESE PRIVATE AND PROFIT-MAKING HOMES FOR WHICH THERE IS DEFINITELY A NEED+ HE EXPLAINED.

MR HU ALSO URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO REVIEW THE SCALES OF

THE VARIOUS SOCIAL SECURITY PAYMENTS WHICH WERE LAST REVISED 16 MONTHS AGO.

REFERRING TO A PROPOSAL TO SET UP A COMPULSORY CONTRIBUTORY CENTRAL PROVIDENT FUND SCHEME, MR HU SAID HE HOPED THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD RE-CONSIDER THE FEASIBILITY OF SUCH A SCHEME IN THE LIGHT OF CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES.

♦THE SCHEME TO BE FUNDED BY CONTRIBUTIONS FROM EMPLOYEES AND EMPLOYERS AND MANAGED BY GOVERNMENT WOULD BE AVAILABLE TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE IN EMERGENCIES AND IN THE PURCHASE OF HOMES IN THE FORM OF LOANS.

♦OUR AIM IS TO PROVIDE IMPROVED BENEFITS AND BETTER PROTECTION FOR EMPLOYEES TO ENSURE DEDICATION TO WORK, WITHOUT NECESSARILY GOVERNMENT STEPPING IN TO HELP OUT WHENEVER EMPLOYERS ARE IN FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES.+ HE SAID.

ON THE PRESENT LOCAL ADMINISTRATION SYSTEM, MR HU WELCOMED

THE SUGGESTION TO EXAMINE AND REVIEW THE EXISTING ARRANGEMENTS AND THE ORGANISATION OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS TO GIVE EFFECT TO THE DECISIONS OF THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE ADVICE OF DISTRICT BOARDS.

HE SAID, +CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR CONSULTATION BETWEEN THE TWO BODIES STILL HAVE ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT AND SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED WITH A VIEW TO ACHIEVING BETTER RESULTS IN THE PROVISION OF ADDITIONAL SERVICES AND FACILITIES AND IN THE PROCESS OF MAKING FUTURE PLANS.*

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HE POINTED OUT THAT IN THE AREA OF RECREATION AND CULTURE THERE WAS STILL SOME DUPLICATION OF EFFORTS AND PROVISION SO THAT SOME CO-ORDINATION AND STREAMLINING WOULD BE BENEFICIAL TO THE URBAN COUNCIL, THE DISTRICT BOARDS AND THE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG, MR HU SAID, +WE HAVE BEEN RE-ASSURED OVER AND OVER AGAIN BY BOTH THE UNITED KINGDOM AND CHINA THAT THEY ARE DETERMINED TO MAINTAIN THE STABILITY AND PROSPERITY OF HONG KONG.

+TO ACHIEVE THIS AIM HONG KONG MUST DO ITS OWN PART BY GETTING ON WITH THE JOB IN ORDER TO ENSURE SUCCESS IN A HIGHLY COMPETITIVE WORLD MARKET AND TO ASSIST CHINA IN HER MODERNISATION PROGRAMME.*

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THE HON WONG PO-YAN URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO LOOK INTO CREDIT FACILITIES EXISTING BETWEEN TRADERS THEMSELVES AND THE LEGISLATIVE FRAMEWORK REGULATING THEM.

SPEAKING AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY, MR WONG WELCOMED THE GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION TO IMPROVE THE LEGAL AND INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK OF HONG KONG BUT SAID THAT THESE EFFORTS WERE DIRECTLY EFFECTIVE ON CERTAIN SECTORS OF OUR ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES ONLY.

♦CREDIT FACILITIES AMONG MEDIUM AND SMALL TRADERS AND MANUFACTURING UNDERTAKINGS FORM AN INTERGRAL PART OF OUR DAILY ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES AND ARE SUPPLEMENTARY TO THE OPERATIONS OF THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS.

♦THEY INCLUDE CREDIT IN VARIOUS FORMS OF PAYMENT TERMS IN COMMERCIAL TRANSACTION, AND ARE ESTABLISHED PRACTICES BETWEEN IMPORTERS, MANUFACTURERS AND EXPORTERS, DISTRIBUTORS AND RETAILERS, AND VENDORS OF RAW MATERIALS AND MANUFACTURERS.

♦IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THESE ESTABLISHMENT PAYMENT TERMS OR CREDIT FACILITIES ARE USUALLY NOT SECURED AND ARE WITHOUT COVERAGE OF COLLATERAL SECURITY - AS DISTINCT FROM THE PRACTICE OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS.♦

THESE CREDITORS WERE THEREFORE EXTREMELY VULNERABLE TO MALPRACTICE AND DEFAULT, HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE TOTAL NUMBER OF 115 BANKRUPTCY CASES AND 239 CASES OF COMPULSORY LIQUIDATION IN 1982-83 WERE THE HIGHEST RECORDED IN THE PAST TEN YEARS AND BELIEVED THAT THERE WERE MANY MORE UNREVEALED CASES THAT HAD NOT BEEN BROUGHT TO THE HANDS OF THE OFFICIAL RECEIVER.

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+IN THESE CASES OF BUSINESS FAILURES, THE ULTIMATE BURDEN FALLS ON INVESTORS AND CREDITORS,* HE SAID.

♦IT SHOULD NOT BE FORGOTTEN. HOWEVER, THAT THESE SMALL PRIVATE COMPANIES ARE VITAL LINKS IN OUR ECONOMY, ACCOUNTING FOR A SIGNIFICANT COMPONENT OF OUR GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCTION.

♦THIS TYPE OF TRADING CREDIT IS VITAL FOR THEIR OPERATION AND THE SMOOTH FUNCTIONING OF OUR DAY-TO-DAY ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES.

♦ THE AMOUNT AND VOLUME EXTENDED TO THESE SMALL PRIVATE COMPANIES, TAKEN IN AGGREGATION, MUST BE VERY SUBSTANTIAL.

♦THE DANGER OF A CREDIT CONTRACTION AND THE RESULTANT CHAIN EFFECT ON THESE SMALL COMPANIES AND THE PACE OF OUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CANNOT BE OVERLOOKED,* HE SAID.

HE SAID THAT EXISTING LEGISLATIVE FRAMEWORK PROVIDED UNDER THE WINDING UP RULES AND BANKRUPTCY ORDINANCE WAS +BY AND LARGE* COMPREHENSIVE AND, MOSTLY SENSIBLE.

♦WHAT I SUGGEST IS THAT, PERHAPS THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION COULD LOOK INTO THE AREA WHEN IT DEEMS APPROPRI ATE.+

MR WONG ALSO EXPRESSED CONCERN.ABOUT THE EFFECT OF INCREASES IN THE COST OF ENERGY, INCLUDING POWER AND FUEL.

MR WONG SAID THAT AS HONG KONG IS CONSTANTLY IN WORLD FOCUS IT IS IMPORTANT THAT AN ACCURATE IMAGE OF HONG KONG IS PROJECTED ABROAD.

THEREFORE THE PROMOTIONAL EFFORTS OF HONG KONG’S +VARIOUS OFFICIAL AND QUAS I-OFF IC I AL REPRESENTATIVES IN MAJOR CITIES ABROAD SHOULD BE ALLOTTED HIGHER PRIORITY. THIS WOULD ENABLE THEM TO ASSUME +AN ACTIVE ROLE IN FOSTERING A FAVOURABLE ENVIRONMENT CONDUCIVE TO BETTER COMMUNICATION AND CLOSER CO-OPERATION IN TRADE AND ECONOMIC, AND CULTURAL MATTERS,+ HE SAID.

MR WONG ALSO SAID THAT HE WAS PLEASED TO SEE THE GOVERNMENT LOOKING AHEAD FOR MANY YEARS TO COME IN FORMULATING LONG TERM PLANNING STRATEGY.

♦WHILE GOVERNMENT IS LOOKING AFTER THE INTERESTS OF THIS TERRITORY OVER A PERIOD MUCH LONGER THAN WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT EVERY DAY, I EXPECT THAT EVERY ONE IN HONG KONG WOULD REAFFIRM HIS OWN CONFIDENCE AND WORK HARD FOR OUR BRIGHT FUTURE,♦ HE SAID.

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MACAU GOVERNOR VISITS HONG KONG * * * *

THE GOVERNOR OF MACAU, REAR ADMIRAL ALMEIDA E COSTA, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) CALLED ON THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, AND HAD LUNCH WITH HIM IN GOVERNMENT HOUSE.

REAR ADMIRAL ALMEIDA E COSTA’S VISIT IS PART OF THE REGULAR EXCHANGES BETWEEN THE GOVERNORS OF THE TWO TERRITORIES ON MATTERS OF MUTUAL INTEREST.

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TRADE FIGURES SHOW BIG EXPORT RISE * » M *

DOMESTIC EXPORTS, AT $9 665 MILLION IN SEPTEMBER 1983, WERE 34 PER CENT OR $2 447 MILLION HIGHER THAN IN SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR, ACCORDING TO THE PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES PUBLISHED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

RE-EXPORTS, AT S5 068 MILLION, ALSO INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY, BY 36 PER CENT OR Si 346 MILLION OVER THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

♦THUS, TAKING DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS TOGETHER, TOTAL EXPORTS ROSE BY 35 PER CENT OR $3 793 MILLION TO REACH S14 733 MILLION IN SEPTEMBER,+ A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT.

WITH IMPORTS AT S15 494 MILLION, AN INCREASE OF 31 PER CENT OR S3 668 MILLION, THE VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT FOR SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR WAS S761 MILLION.

THE VISIBLE TRADE GAP, THAT IS THE PROPORTION OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS NOT COVERED BY THAT OF TOTAL EXPORTS, DECREASED SIGNIFICANTLY TO FIVE PER CENT FROM SEVEN PER CENT IN SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT PUTTING LAST MONTH’S TRADE FIGURES INTO CONTEXT, THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS IN THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF 1983 WAS 20 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD LAST YEAR.

BOTH DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS, WHICH MAKE UP TOTAL EXPORTS, INCREASED BY 20 PER CENT. AS THE GROWTH RATE OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS WAS 17 PER CENT, THE VISIBLE TRADE GAP IN THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF THIS YEAR NARROWED CONSIDERABLY TO NINE PER CENT, FROM 11 PER CENT IN THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD OF 1982.

COMMENTING ON THESE LATEST COMPARATIVE VALUES OF EXPORTS, RE-EXPORTS AND IMPORTS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE INCREASES IN REAL TERMS (AFTER ALLOWING FOR THE EFFECTS OF PRICE INCREASES) WOULD ALSO BE SUBSTANTIAL.

♦THESE FIGURES POINT TO A CONTINUATION OF THE EXPORT-LED ECONOMIC RECOVERY,+ HE SAID.

A TABLE GIVING THE PROVISIONAL MERCHANDISE TRADE FIGURES FOR SEPTEMBER 1983 IS ATTACHED.

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Bw and Statistics Department has relearned the following provisional ■erehandime trade figures for September;- XBCHAXPia: Export. : 1 9,665 ■llli<x> (^StV Be—exports * 1 5.063 Billion . Total Exports » 114,735 million Import- 1 115.494 million Tra** balance I 1 761 million (in deficit) CCMPABATIVl EwUMB July-September July-Sa ptember Increase or 3 Mtlw 198? 198? d.cr.M» - * 2" ~— l >to.CS«*4r) 1 D—tU fxporf4^^>*'0 29.483 221597 * 6,886 * 50,5 Export. 10,898 * 5,765 **■> ToUlExporU^Avt^ 66,126 55,695 ‘ “'“9 *’1,7 *5,795 55,720 * 10,075 ,28-2 tr— UI— - 1,671 - 2.225 * 55* September September Increase or

same aor.v, ,|X. $ । Mn % i^rt.*^^ 5,068 5,722 41,566 4562 TotU Export. l<m K>.*0 ♦ 5.795 * 34.7 15.496 11,826 4 5,668 4 31-0 TmUUUnc. *&>'!& - ' 886 * 125 — R - K’$ A ft . rt September Annual Increase or >_Uc Mporu^w 9.6^ 9.9« - 501 - 5.0 (% of Total firporta) . (65.6*) (67.2%) ^xpcrU^o^^^^ 5.068 *.856 . 212 .4.9 Total Export. i*-755 16,822 - 89 - 0’6 X5,6* 15,119 4 375 4 2-5 TrwU balaww - 761 - 297 - J“-f^b,r J“-f4T’b*r a”TJr

Calmdax j.tf to-aat. * to. i Exp^^WtO (72.« “£* * 12,220 -20,2 (* of Total Export.) ^ (65.3)0 <65.2») E^rt.^oW'^* ^ 58.616 52.514 *6.302 * 19.5 Total Export. A 111.260 92,738 * 18,522 * 20.0 I^ortaxo^S, LZl.STl 104,437 * 17.434 * 16.7 trad. b^. - 10.6H - H.699 ♦ 1.088 Ootobar 1982 Octob«r 1981 ■' >A -*«)-t 1. - (e) fl to to Increase or uit U '■oath. S.pt.ob.r 1985 Sapt..b.r_1282 drer.M. — t Mn. 1 Mn. • Mn. » I>oaa.tle Exp»t^,P£'AXO 95.252 82,758 * 12.494 * 15-1 port.rtuU^, 50,655 45,841 * 6,814 15.5 Total Export. ^7.«,0145,907 126,599 • 19.308 * 15-3 laport. X^n< ' 160,526 161,956 * 18,572 *U'9 T«l. tal^w. ' 16,619 * 15,355 4 956 0

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MOTHER OF TRIPLETS MEETS LADY YOUDE * ie7* *

THE PROUD MOTHER OF RECENTLY BORN TRIPLETS RECEIVED A VIP VISITOR TODAY AT THEIR NEW HOME IN THE HONG KONG HOUSING SOCIETY’S CHO YIU CHUEN IN KWAI CHUNG.

MRS LEUNG LEE SAU-CHUN, WHO GAVE BIRTH TO TWO GIRLS AND A BOY ON SEPTEMBER 12, PLAYED HOST TO LADY YOUDE WHEN SHE VISITED THE ESTATE THIS AFTERNOON TO SEE SOME OF THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE HOUSING SOCIETY.

LADY YOUDE WAS TOLD THAT MR AND MRS LEUNG, WHO ALSO HAVE A TWO-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER, WERE FACED WITH ACCOMMODATION PROBLEMS AFTER THE TRIPLETS WERE BORN.

THE CASE CAME TO THE NOTICE OF THE HOUSING SOCIETY AND ITS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AGREED THAT THE FAMILY SHOULD BE TREATED AS A SPECIAL CASE.

SINCE MRS LEUNG’S PARENTS ARE ALREADY LIVING IN CHO YIU CHUEN, IT WAS DECIDED THAT A FLAT IN THE SAME BLOCK, WHICH BECAME VACANT AT THE END OF LAST MONTH, SHOULD BE ALLOCATED TO THEM.

THE LEUNG FAMILY MOVED INTO THEIR NEW HOME EARLIER THIS MONTH.

DURING HER VISIT THIS AFTERNOON, LADY YOUDE ALSO MET A NUMBER OF OTHER TENANTS, INCLUDING SOME OF THE 200 SENIOR CITIZENS HOUSED IN 130 FLATS IN THE ESTATE.

THESE SELF-CONTAINED FLATS ARE OCCUPIED BY ONE OR TWO ELDERLY PERSONS AND COMMUNAL LOUNGES ARE PROVIDED IN THE COMPLEXES. A WARDEN LOOKS AFTER THEIR INTERESTS AND ORGANISES ACTIVITIES FOR THEM IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE MANAGEMENT STAFF.

LADY YOUDE LATER TOOK A LOOK AT THE SWIMMING POOL AND OTHER RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR THE 16 000 TENANTS OF THE ESTATE.

LADY YOUDE WAS ACCOMPANIED ON HER VISIT BY MISS SHEILA SERSALE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG HOUSING SOCIETY, MRS MABEL HO, CHIEF HOUSING MANAGER, MRS P.L. LAM, HOUSING MANAGER OF CHO YIU CHUEN, AND MISS JANET WONG, ASSISTANT HOUSING MANAGER OF CHO YIU CHUEN.

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TODAY’S YOUNG PEOPLE ADVICE AND EXHORTATION AS DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR

ARE VERY FORTUNATE TO RECEIVE AS MUCH THEY DO IN THE CHOICE OF CAREERS, THE COLVYN HAYE, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE CAREERS EXHIBITION JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH AND THE HONG KONG WPTIST COLLEGE’S APPOINTMENT SERVICE AT THE COLLEGE’S CAMPUS MR HAYE RECALLED THAT IN HIS DAY, THERE WAS NO CAREERS GUIDANCE.

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HE SAIDi +WE WERE CREATURES OF CIRCUMSTANCE. IF THERE WAS A WAR ON WE AUTOMATICALLY WENT INTO THE FORCES. IF THERE WAS NOT, WE LOOKED AROUND TO SEE WHAT CONNECTIONS WE HAD IN BUSINESS OR THE PROFESSIONS.

WE WERE VERY LUCKY IF OUR PARENTS WERE ABLE TO AFFORD POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION OF SOME KIND OR ANOTHER WHICH OPENED UP FURTHER AVENUES.♦

MR HAYE SAID ALL OF THAT SEEMED TO HAVE CHANGED TODAY. ♦YOUR TEACHERS ARE VERY MUCH MORE CONSCIOUS OF THE IMPORTANCE CF CAREERS GUIDANCE, AND EXHIBITIONS LIKE THIS ARE DESIGNED TO HELP YOU MAKE UP YOUR MIND.+

THE DIRECTOR SAID STUDENTS OF THE BAPTIST COLLEGE WOULD SEE FROM TODAY’S EXHIBITION SOME OF THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT EXIST IN THE CIVIL SERVICE.

THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT IS PERHAPS THE BIGGEST EMPLOYER IN TOWN AND GRADUATES OF BAPTIST WOULD DO WELL TO ENQUIRE CLOSELY AT THE VARIOUS ATTRACTIVE STANDS IN THIS HALL, WHERE OFFICERS OF THE DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED WILL BE ONLY TOO HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.♦

MR HAYE ALSO INVITED BAPTIST STUDENTS TO CONSIDER TEACHING AS A CAREER.

IN FACT, LAST YEAR ABOUT 40 PER CENT OF THE GRADUATES DID JUST THIS. GOING INTO OUR AIDED AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS AS PERMITTED TEACHERS, THERE TO DISCOVER WHETHER OR NOT THEY WISHED TO REMAIN IN THE PROFESS ION.♦

WHEN THE BAPTIST COLLEGE PRODUCES GRADUATES WITH RECOGNISED UNIVERSITY DEGREES THE FRONT DOOR OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL BE OPEN TO THEM.

I LOOK FORWARD TO THAT DAY,* HE SAID.

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THE ANNUAL ELECTION OF EMPLOYEES’ REPRESENTATIVES TO THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOAP^ WILL TAKE PLACE BY SECRET BALLOT ON FRIDAY (OCTOBER 28)<AT 10.30 AM IN QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL, KOWLOON.

THE BOARD ISA NON-STATUTORY BODY WHICH ADVISES THE COMMISSIONER FOR <ABOUR ON MATTERS REFERRED TO IT BY HIM, INCLUDING LEGISLATION AND INTERNATIONAL LABOUR CONVENTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIANS. IT COMPRISES SIX EMPLOYERS’ REPRESENTATIVES AND SIX EMPLOYEES’ REPRESENTATIVES, WITH THE COMMISSIONER AS CHAIRMAN.

OF THE /'4PL0YEES’ REPRESENTATIVES, THREE ARE ELECTED BY REGISTEP/'J EMPLOYEES’ UNIONS AND THE OTHER THREE ARE APPOINTED BY THE GO'ZRNOR.

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A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT SIX CANDIDATES HAD BEEN NOMINATED FOR ELECTION AND THEIR NAMES HAD BEEN SENT TO ALL REGISTERED EMPLOYEES’ UNIONS FOR CONSIDERATION.

♦A REGISTERED EMPLOYEES' TRADE UNION WISHING TO VOTE SHOULD SEND A REPRESENTATIVE, WHO IS EITHER AN OFFICE-BEARER, PAID STAFF OR PAID-UP MEMBER, TO THE ELECTION. THE REPRESENTATIVE MUST BRING A LETTER OF AUTHORISATION FROM THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF HIS UNION AND A COPY OF THE CIRCULAR LETTER DATED OCTOBER 7, 1983 FROM THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT ON THE SUBJECT,* THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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MEMBERS OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD SPENT THIS (WEDNESDAY) MORNING LOOKING AT VARIOUS DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN THE DISTRICT.

THEY WERE LED BY THE DISTRICT COMMISSIONER AND BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR ADOLF HSU, AND ACCOMPANIED ON THE VISIT BY THE PROJECT MANAGER (TSUEN WAN), MR NG TECK-SHENG; THE DEPUTY PROJECT MANAGER, MR LO CHAI-WAN? AND THE CHIEF ARCHITECT, MR THOMAS KU.

THEY FIRST VISITED A SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX PROJECT NEXT TO SHEK YAM ESTATE AT WO Yl HOP ROAD WHERE THEY WERE BRIEFED ON ITS PROGRESS BY STAFF OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

THE MEMBERS WERE TOLD THAT THE S26-MILLI0N COMPLEX, WHEN COMPLETED NEXT YEAR, WOULD HAVE A MAIN POOL MEASURING 50 METRES BY 25 METRES , A TEACHING AND TRAINING POOL, A DIVING POOL AND A PADDLING POOL.

THEY NEXT PROCEEDED TO THE MARKET AND LIBRARY COMPLEX BEING BUILT BY THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT NEAR THE JUNCTION OF SHEK YAM ROAD AND TUNG CHI STREET.

THE I12-MILLI0N FOUR STOREY COMPLEX, SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION NEXT YEAR, WILL HAVE 225 STALLS FOR THE RETAILING OF MEAT, FISH, POULTRY, VEGETABLES, FRUITS AND SUNDRY GOODS.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A LIBRARY, A CHILDREN’S PLAY AREA AND A REST GARDEN ON THE ROOFTOP.

THE PARTY THEN VISITED A PRIMARY SCHOOL UNDER CONSTRUCTION ON THE PODIUM OF THE TSUEN WAN MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY DEPOT. THE SCHOOL WILL HAVE 24 CLASSROOMS TOGETHER WITH OTHER TEACHING FACILITIES AND A PLAY AREA.

THE MEMBERS ENDED THEIR TOUR WITH A VISIT TO AN OPEN SPACE AT TSUEN KING CIRCUIT.

FACILITIES TO BE PROVIDED IN THE SPACE WILL INCLUDE FOUR TENNIS COURTS, A MODEL BOAT POND WITH A CASCADE FOUNTAIN, A CHILDREN’S PLAY AREA AND A REST GARDEN.

THE OPEN SPACE, WHICH WILL BE HANDED OVER TO THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN ABOUT TWO WEEKS WILL HELP MAKE UP FOR THE SHORTAGE OF SUCH FACILITIES IN THE AREA.

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BOARD TO REVIEW SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY *****

THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS THE SETTING UP OF A WORKING GROUP TO REVIEW SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY IN THE DISTRICT AT THEIR MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

MEMBERS WILL ALSO CONSIDER THE NEED TO PROMOTE COMMUNITY CONCERN FOR THE ELDERLY IN THE DISTRICT WHERE MORE THAN ONE-FIFTH OF THE POPULATION ARE OVER THE AGE OF 50.

AT THE MEETING, MEMBERS WILL ALSO REVIEW THE BOUNDARIES OF THE KENNEDY TOWN AND MOUNT DAVIS CONSTITUENCIES.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA WILL INCLUDE THE RESITING OF THE DISTRICT’S COOKED FOOD STALLS TO A MULTI-STOREY COMPLEX, A REVIEW OF THE ‘MEET THE PUBLIC’ SCHEME, AND PROGRESS REPORTS ON THE BOARD’S COMMITTEES.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AT 4 PM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF WILLIE BUILDING, 222-224 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

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THE ANNUAL NEW TERRITORIES STUDENT CONCERT WILL BE HELD IN THE SCHOOL HALL OF ST SIMON’S LUI MING CHOI SECONDARY TECHNICAL SCHOOL IN TUEN MUN ON SATURDAY (OCTOBER 29), STARTING AT 3 PM.

MR TANG TUNG-CHIU, CHAIRMAN OF THE CULTURE, RECREATION AND SPORTS COMMITTEE OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD AND THE TUEN MUN ARTS PROMOTION ASSOCIATION, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE FUNCTION.

THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR, MR CLIVE OXLEY, AND MEMBERS OF THE CULTURAL ORGANISATIONS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL ALSO ATTEND.

THE CONCERT WILL PROVIDE TRAINEES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE WITH THE CHANCE OF PERFORMING IN PUBLIC AND THE AUDIENCE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE GENERAL STANDARD OF THE TRAINEES.

THE STUDENTS WILL PLAY A WIDE RANGE OF WESTERN AND CHINESE INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC AT THE CONCERT TO AN AUDIENCE CONSISTING MAINLY OF PARENTS, SCHOOL PRINCIPALS, MUSIC TEACHERS AND PUPILS FROM SCHOOLS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

A GUEST PERFORMING GROUP FROM THE CHINESE ORCHESTRA OF THE TUEN MUN ARTS PROMOTION ASSOCIATION WILL ALSO PERFORM AT THE CONCERT.

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MAINS LEAKAGE TEST X X X

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN CAUSEWAY BAY WILL BE TURNFD OFF FROM 11 PM ON SATURDAY (OCTOBER 29) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY LOCKHART ROAD, CANAL ROAD EAST, HENNESSY ROAD AND EAST POINT ROAD, INCLUDING CHEE ON BUILDING.

TSUEN WAN TRAFFIC PLAN * * ft

FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (OCTOBER 28), THE ACCESS ROAD LEADING TO THE NEW TSUEN WAN FERRY BUS TERMINUS WILL BE DESIGNATED A PUBLIC LIGHT BUS PROHIBITED ZONE. ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES, EXCEPT THOSE AUTHORISED IN WRITING BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE ACCESS ROAD.

THE KERBSIDE LANE OF THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF THE ACCESS ROAD LEADING TO THE NEW TSUEN WAN FERRY BUS TERMINUS, FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH YEUNG UK ROAD TO THE ENTRANCE OF THE BUS TERMINUS, EXCEPT FOR A 40 METRES LONG SETTING DOWN-PICKING UP AREA ABOUT 130 METRES SOUTH OF YEUNG UK ROAD, WILL BE DESIGNATED A 24-HOUR RESTRICTED ZONE.

THE KERBSIDE LANE OF THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF THE ACCESS ROAD LEADING TO THE NEW TSUEN WAN FERRY BUS TERMINUS, FROM THE EXIT OF THE BUS TERMINUS TO ITS JUNCTION WITH YEUNG UK ROAD, WILL BE DESIGNATED A RESTRICTED ZONE FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM 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, AND LOADING OR UNLOADING GOODS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING

BROAD STUDY OF MEDICAL SYSTEM PROPOSED - HARRY FANG ........... 1

GOVERNMENT PRAISED FOR 'POSITIVE ATTITUDE' - W.C.L. BROWN .. 2

CONFIDENCE EXPRESSED IN H.K. DOLLAR - CHAN KAM-CHUEN .......... 3

HK LEGAL SYSTEM MUST CONTINUE: SWAINE.......................

CONCERN FELT OVER LABOUR LEGISLATION GROWTH - STEPHEN CHEONG 6 'STRATEGY FOR YOUTH' SUGGESTED - SELINA CHOW .................. 8

MARIA TAM SUGGESTS FUND TO HELP LITIGANTS .................... 10

REVIEW OF HEALTH PROGRAMME URGED - HENRIETTA IP .............. 11

BIGGER ROLE SOUGHT FOR DISTRICT BOARDS - CHAN YING-LUN ....... 13

FLEXIBLE EDUCATION SYSTEM URGED - RITA FAN ................... 14

STRONGER LINKS URGED FOR BOARDS, COMMITTEES - NG CHOW MAY-LIN 16

CONSTANT CHECKS ON FINANCIAL SECTOR URGED PETER W.C. POON 18

NOTED EXPERT HEADS LANGUAGE INSTITUTE .......................... 20

ROAD WORKS IMPRESS VISITOR ..................................... 21

DB TO DISCUSS BUILDING MANAGEMENT .............................. 21

LABORATORY SAFETY SEMINARS ARRANGED ............................ 22

VARIETY SHOW IN CENTRAL......................................... 23

GARDEN CONCERTS IN SHAM SHUI PO ................................ 23

FOLK MUSIC FROM CLASSROOMS ..................................... 24

SWIMMERS TO RECEIVE PRIZES ..................................... 25

PLB PROHIBITED ZONES ........................................... 25

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 1983

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BROAD STUDY OF MEDICAL SYSTEM PROPOSED

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DR THE HON HARRY FANG TODAY URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO APPOINT A PANEL OF OVERSEAS AND LOCAL EXPERTS TO TAKE A BROAD LOOK AT HONG KONG’S MEDICAL AND HEALTH SYSTEM.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL DEBATE ON THE MOTION OF THANKS FOR THE GOVERNOR SIR EDWARD YOUDE’S ANNUAL ADDRESS.

DR FANG SAID, +THE QUALITY AND QUANTITY OF OUR MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES ARE IMPORTANT TO OUR COMMUNITY, AS WITNESSED BY THE RECENT PUBLIC AGITATION FOR THE EARLY CONSTRUCTION OF THE EASTERN HOSPITAL AND THE INCREASING NUMBER OF CIVIL ACTIONS AGAINST ALLEGED NEGLIGENCE OF HOSPITAL STAFF.♦

HOWEVER, HE FELT THAT THE MEDICAL DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE CHAIRED BY HIM WAS NOT WELL PLACED TO UNDERTAKE THE REVIEW.

♦THIS COMMITTEE IS INVALUABLE IN MANY WAYS AND HAS RECEIVED EXCELLENT SUPPORT FROM THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES AND HIS STAFF.

♦BUT NEARLY A DECADE HAS PASSED SINCE THE PUBLICATION OF THE 1974 WHITE PAPER WHICH SET DOWN THE BLUE PRINT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT CF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES IN HONG KONG.

♦ THE PLAN HAS BEEN ROLLED FORWARD EACH YEAR BY MDAC BUT THE TIME HAS COME FOR A FRESH MANDATE AND IMPETUS.

♦HENCE MY SUGGESTION FOR AN OVERALL REVIEW BY A SEPARATE BODY,* HE SAID.

WHILE CONCEDING THAT HONG KONG’S HEALTH INDICES WERE ENCOURAGING AND STEADY PROGRESS HAD BEEN MADE IN VARIOUS MEDICAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS, HE SAID THAT THESE ACHIEVEMENTS WERE MODEST COMPARED WITH OTHER SOCIAL SERVICE PROGRAMMES.

HE NOTED THAT THE SHARE OF GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE IN THIS PROGRAMME AREA DID NOT COMPARE WITH THOSE FOR HOUSING AND EDUCATION.

HE ADDED, *OUR MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES SUFFERS FROM LONG STANDING OPERATIONAL PROBLEMS: TOO MANY CAMP BEDS IN REGIONAL HOSPITALS, LONG QUEUES AT GOVERNMENT CLINICS AND UNRELENTING PRESSURE ON OUR ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY UNITS.

♦SOME OF THESE PROBLEMS MAY BE TRACED BACK TO THE BASIC PHILOSOPHY GOVERNING THE PROVISION AND FUNDING OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES IN HONG KONG AND THE ROLES ENVISAGED FOR GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR.+

♦TOO OFTEN WE FALL BACK ON THE DEFENCE THAT THE DEMAND IS INSATIABLE WITHOUT REALLY GETTING TO THE ROOTS OF THE PROBLEM,♦ DR FANG SAID.

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+WE MUST ATTEMPT TO ESTABLISH GENUINE DEMAND AND TO WORK TOWARDS SATISFYING THIS DEMAND,* HE STRESSED.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE +SANDWICH+ CLASS, IN PARTICULAR, FELT LEFT OUT.

+THEY ARE TOO RICH TO BE SATISFIED WITH THE STANDARD OF SERVICES AVAILABLE IN OUR GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS AND NOT RICH ENOUGH TO AFFORD PRIVATE HOSPITALISATION,* HE SAID.

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GOVERNMENT PRAISED FOR ’POSITIVE ATTITUDE’ * * * *

THE CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT OF INFRASTRUCTURE, TOGETHER WITH THE PLANNED EXPANSION IN SOCIAL PROGRAMMES, ENDORSES GOVERNMENT’S DETERMINATION TO PURSUE THE TALKS TO A SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION, THE HON W.C.L. BROWN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (THURSDAY).

IT ALSO INDICATES CONSIDERABLE CONFIDENCE THAT THE FUTURE WILL INDEED, MIRROR OUT ASPIRATIONS, HE ADDED.

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION OF THANKS FOR THE GOVERNOR’S ADDRESS, MR BROWN SAID, +THIS POSITIVE AND OPTIMISTIC ATTITUDE IS COMFORTING.

+IT ILLUSTRATES THAT INTELLIGENT ANTICIPATION REFERRED TO BY MY COLLEAGUE, MISS DUNN, YESTERDAY AND I FEEL CERTAIN GOVERNMENT WILL MATCH PROMISES WITH PERFORMANCE AS REQUESTED BY THE SENIOR MEMBER.*

HE CONGRATULATED THE GOVERNMENT ON THE RECENT MEASURES TAKEN IN REGARD TO THE STABILISATION OF THE VALUE OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR, THOUGH CRITICISM HAD BEEN VOICED IN SOME QUARTERS AS TO THE TIME IT TOOK TO INTRODUCE SUCH MEASURES.

*THE RADICAL CHANGE THEY REPRESENT JUSTIFIES THE CARE TAKEN IN THEIR DELIBERATION AND METHOD OF IMPLEMENTATION.

+THE MEASURES HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL AND AS MEMBERS WILL BE AWARE THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS WAS ABLE THIS MORNING TO REDUCE INTEREST RATES - A FURTHER SIGN THAT MATTERS ARE TURNING OUT AS ANTICIPATED,* HE SAID.

PROVIDED ALL CONCERNED WORK TOGETHER WITH A COMMON PURPOSE, MR BROWN SAID, HE WAS CONFIDENT THAT NEW ARRANGEMENTS WOULD CONTINUE TO BE SUCCESSFUL.

HE SAID, +WITH THE STABILITY OF THE EXCHANGE RATE RESTORED OUR MAIN OBJECTIVES NOW MUST BE TO REDUCE THE LEVEL OF INFLATION AND ACHIEVE AN INCREASE IN THE REAL LEVEL OF WAGES OF THE LABOUR FORCE.*

AS THE EXPORT-LED RECOVERY GATHERED MOMENTUM, MR BROWN SAID, THESE TWO OBJECTIVES HAD TO BE GIVEN PRIORITY.

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ON THE PROPOSED NUCLEAR POWER STATION IN DAYA BAY, MR BROWN URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO MAKE A PROMPT DECISION ON THE PROJECT.

+l AM PLEASED TO NOTE THAT PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENTS OF CONSULTANTS’ REPORTS INDICATE IT OUGHT TO BE POSSIBLE TO NEGOTIATE AN OFF-TAKE AGREEMENT WHICH wILL BE OF BENEFIT TO BOTH CHINA AND HONG KONG.

+THIS IS A DECISION THAT MUST BE MADE QUICKLY, FOR WE MUST NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS PROJECT WHICH OFFERS HONG KONG A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR DESIRE TO CO-OPERATE WITH CHINA TOWARDS THE FULFILMENT OF THEIR FOUR MODERNISATIONS PROGRAMME,+ HE SAID.

HE SHARED LORD KADOORIE’S BELIEF THAT +THIS NUCLEAR POWER STATION, DESIGNED, MANUFACTURED AND OPERATED WITHIN THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY REGULATIONS, OFFERS A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO ILLUSTRATE THAT THE OFT QUOTED MUTUALITY OF INTERESTS BETWEEN PEKING, LONDON AND HONG KONG DOES INDEED EX 1ST.+

AS FOR THE CONCERN OVER THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND POSSIBLE DANGERS TO HEALTH WHICH A NUCLEAR POWER STATION ON OUR DOORSTEP WOULD ENTAIL, MR BROWN NOTED THAT THE STATION WOULD BE BUILT WITHIN INTERNATIONAL SAFETY STANDARDS.

♦ON THE BASIS THAT THE HONG KONG CONSUMER WILL NOT HAVE TO PAY MORE FOR HIS ELECTRICITY THAN FROM OTHER SOURCES, AND THIS IS THE BASIS ON WHICH WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO UNDERSTAND THE COMMERCIAL VIABILITY OF THE PROJECT IS BASED, THEN WE SHOULD GRASP THE OPPORTUNITY OFFERED AND WE SHOULD GRASP IT NOW.+

TURNING TO THE SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT, MR BROWN SAID THAT IT WAS CLEARLY DESIRABLE THAT WE SHOULD MAINTAIN A CLOSE EXAMINATION OF OUR SYSTEM AND PROCEDURES.

HE ALSO WELCOMED THE CHANGES IN THE COMPOSITION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND SAID A LITTLE MORE LIVELY DEBATE WOULD DO A LOT OF GOOD.

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CONFIDENCE EXPRESSED IN H.K. DOLLAR

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THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD ADOPT A CONSERVATIVE BUDGET AND ASSIST SUCH FOREIGN EXCHANGE EARNERS AS EXPORT AND TOURISM, THE HON CHAN KAM-CHUEN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

+WE SHOULD ALSO PAY ATTENTION TO INTERNAL STABILITY, THE CONTINUANCE OF OUR HOUSING PROGRAMME, CREATION OF EMPLOYMENT, AND CONTAIN INFLATION,+ HE ADDED.

SPEAKING OF THE RECENT CURRENCY PROBLEMS AND THE +PANIC+ SHOWN BY SOME PEOPLE ABOUT THE LOCAL DOLLAR, MR CHAN SAID: +WHAT THEY HAVE OVERLOOKED IS THE VITAL FACT THAT OUR DOLLAR IS SOLIDLY BACKED BY A BASKET OF FOREIGN CURRENCIES.+

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MR CHAN RECALLED +THE SWIFT AND EFFECTIVE ’ EASURES+ RECENTLY TAKEN BY THE GOVERNMENT TO PEG THE HONG KONG DOLLAR AT $7.80 TO THE U.S. DOLLAR.

HE FELT CONFIDENT, HE SAID, THAT THE HK DOLLAR WOULD GRADUALLY STRENGTHEN TO $6.50 TO THE U.S. DOLLARS — +PROVIDED THE PUBLIC DOES NOT STAMPEDE AGAIN AND OUR EXPORTS CONTINUE TO INCREASE.+

HE SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S ABILITY IN MAINTAINING INTERNAL STABILITY ALLOWED FOR MORE CONCENTRATION OF ATTENTION ON THE DIPLOMATIC FRONT.

MR CHAN SAID THAT +A STABLE HONG KONG DOLLAR WOULD BENEFIT NOT ONLY HONG KONG BUT ALSO ALL HER TRADING PARTNERS, IN PARTICULAR CHINA IN HER MODERNISATION PROGRAMME.

+BEING GOOD NEIGHBOURS, WE WISH CHINA EVERY SUCCESS IN HER MODERNISATION PROGRAMME WHICH WE ARE HELPING WITH OUR FOREIGN EXCHANGE, EXPERTISE AND OTHER FACILITIES,+ HE SAID.

MR CHAN SAID HE HAD HEARD CRITICISMS ABOUT GOVERNMENT SPENDING +0N GRAND PLANS IN THE PAST FEW YEARS, + BUT HE WISHED TO POINT OUT THAT, AT A TIME WHEN THE WORLD WAS GOING THROUGH A LONG PERIOD OF RECESSION, HONG KONG WOULD HAVE BEEN IN DEEP TROUBLE WITH RISING UNEMPLOYMENT* IF WE HAD SPENT LESS ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY AND OTHER MAJOR BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION WORKS.+

SPEAKING OF +CRIMINALS WHO ARE NOT HONG KONG BELONGERS,* W CHAN CALLED FOR A REVIEW OF THE DEPORTATION POLICY.

+THIS COULD BE AN EFFECTIVE DETERRENT, NOW THAT WE ALL KNOW THAT CHINA IS ADOPTING STIFF PENALTIES TOWARDS CRIMINALS.

♦THIS DONE, THE POLICE WOULD BE IN A BETTER POSITION TO HANDLE UNFORSEEN EMERGENCIES,* HE SAID.

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HK LEGAL SYSTEM MUST CONTINUEi SWA INE * * * *

THE HON JOHN SWA INE TODAY REAFFIRMED HIS VIEW THAT THE FUTURE STABILITY AND PROSPERITY OF HONG KONG COULD ONLY BE ACHIEVED BY THE CONTINUATION OF BRITISH ADMINISTRATION AND OF THE PRESENT SYSTEM OF THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE.

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION OF THANKS FOR THE GOVERNOR SIR EDWARD YOUDE’S ANNUAL ADDRESS, MR SWAINE SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THAT HONG KONG OWED MUCH OF ITS SUCCESS TO THE SYSTEM BY WHICH THE LAWS OF THE TERRITORY ARE ADMINISTERED.

-FOCUSSING HIS ATTENTION ON THE RULE OF LAW, MR SWAINE DESCRIBED IT AS +THE SINGLE BEST DESCRIPTION OF THE SYSTEM* UNDER wHICH HONG KONG OPERATES.

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HE SAID THAT FOR THE WELL BEING OF HONG KONG, THERE SHOULD BE ENSHRINED IN ANY FUTURE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE TERRITORY PROVISIONS THAT WOULD:

* SAFEGUARD THE RIGHTS OF INDIVIDUALS AND RIGHTS OF PROPERTY,

* SUBJECT THE GOVERNMENT OF THE TERRITORY TO THE JURISDICTION OF ORDINARY COURTS, AND

* ENABLE THE CITIZEN TO QUESTION THE EXECUTIVE ACTS OF THE GOVERNMENT BEFORE THE ORDINARY COURTS IN SO FAR AS THEY AFFECT HIS PERSON OR HIS PROPERTY.

♦IT MUST BE APPARENT THAT THE RULE OF LAW REQUIRES FOR ITS IMPLEMENTATION AN INDEPENDENT JUD IC I ARY| FOR NO MATTER HOW SOUND A PRINCIPLE, IT IS OF ACADEMIC VALUE IF THERE IS LACKING MACHINERY FOR ITS IMPLEMENTATION.

♦THE INDIVIDUAL MUST BE CONFIDENT THAT IF HE TAKES THE GOVERNMENT TO COURT, WHETHER FOR REDRESS OF A PRIVATE WRONG, OR IN ORDER TO QUESTION THE LEGALITY OF A GOVERNMENT ACT WHICH AFFECTS HIS PERSON OR HIS PROPERTY, HE WILL HAVE HIS COMPLAINT HEARD AND DETERMINED BY A TRIBUNAL THAT IS COMPLETELY IMPARTIAL,+ MR SWAINE SAID.

THE RULE OF LAW ALSO REQUIRES FOR ITS IMPLEMENTATION AN INDEPENDENT LEGAL PROFESSION WHEREBY ADVOCATES ARE EXPECTED TO BE FEARLESS IN DEFENCE OF THEIR CLIENTS, HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT WITHIN THE JUDICIARY, THE FINAL APPEAL FROM HONG KONG IS TO THE JUDICIAL COMMITTEE OF THE PRIVY COUNCIL IN LONDON, WHOSE MEMBERS ARE EMINENT JUDGES DRAWN FROM THE LAW LORDS OF THE HOUSE OF LORDS.

♦IT CANNOT BUT ENHANCE OUR LEGAL SYSTEM THAT OUR FINAL JUDICIAL ARBITER IS SO ILLUSTRIOUS A BODY.

♦BUT I THINK THAT OUR SYSTEM CAN WITHSTAND THE SHOCK OF LOSING THIS FINAL RECOURSE TO THE JUDICIAL COMMITTEE, ALTHOUGH I THINK IT WOULD BE A GREAT PITY.

♦WHAT I DO NOT THINK WE COULD WITHSTAND, HOWEVER, IS THE SHOCK OF HAVING THE DECISIONS OF THE COURTS OF HONG KONG SUBJECT TO APPEAL IN PEKING,+ MR SWAINE SAID.

HE STATED THAT QUITE APART FROM THUS ENGRAFTING ONTO HONG KONG’S SYSTEM +A HEAD THAT DOES NOT UNDERSTAND OUR LAW+, THERE WOULD BEAT WITHIN IT +A HEART THAT IS ALIEN TO OUR TRADITIONS*.

FOR THE FUTURE PROSPERITY AND STABILITY OF HONG KONG, THERE SHOULD BE THE CLEAREST PROVISIONS FOR SAFEGUARDING THE INDEPENDENCE CF ITS JUDICIARY AND OF ITS LEGAL PROFESSION, AND FOR ENSURING THAT THE DECISIONS OF THAT JUDICIARY ARE NOT SUBJECT TO APPEAL IN PEKING,

HE SAID.

THESE PROVISIONS, MR SWAINE SAID, SHOULD BE INCORPORATED INTO ANY FUTURE ARRANGEMENTS FOR HONG KONG.

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THE PROSPECT OF MORE LABOUR LEGISLATION WHICH MAY HAVE THE EFFECT OF INCREASING PRODUCTION COSTS, CONTINUED TO BE A MAJOR CONCERN TO MANUFACTURERS, THE HON STEPHEN CHEONG SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

ANOTHER MATTER OF CONCERN WAS THE +NEVER-ENDI NG UPWARD REVISION OF ENERGY BASIC TARIFFS,+ HE SAID.

SPEAKING ON THE MOTION OF THANKS FOR THE GOVERNOR’S ANNUAL ADDRESS, MR CHEONG SAID THAT NO RESPONSIBLE MANUFACTURER WOULD * "‘COMPLAIN ABOUT THE EFFECT ON PRODUCTION COSTS OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY LEGISLATION.

HOWEVER, HE ADDED, +BUT THE GROWING BODY OF LABOUR LEGISLATION, INVOLVING AS IT DOES A VARIETY OF CASH PAYMENTS AND NON-CASH BENEFITS, HAS THE EFFECT OF REDUCING INFLOW AND SUPPLY OF LABOUR, AND THE CUMULATIVE EFFECT OF THE’ LEGISLATION LEADS ONLY ONE WAY TOWARDS INCREASING PRODUCTION COSTS.+

HE ALSO QUESTIONED THE *NOTION OF EXPANDING THE SCOPE AND INCREASING THE RATES OF SEVERANCE PAY IN A PERIOD OF UNCERTAIN AND AS YET UNSUSTAINED RECOVERY.*

+1 SAY THIS BECAUSE ANY INCREASE IN LABOUR OVERHEADS REQUIRED BY LAW WOULD RESULT NOT ONLY IN PROFIT MARGINS BEING SQUEEZED, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY IN MANUFACTURERS HAVING TO TAKE A MUCH MORE AUSTERE VIEW ABOUT EMPLOYING MORE WORKERS AND’ABOUT GRANTING INCREASES IN REAL WAGES.

+ULTIMATELY, IT IS THE WORKERS WHO MIGHT LOSE OUT,+ HE SAID.

+| HOPE THAT BEFORE THE ADMINISTRATION INTRODUCES INTO THIS COUNCIL ITS PROPOSALS FOR EXPANDING THE SCOPE AND INCREASING THE RATE OF SEVERANCE PAY, VERY CAREFUL CONSIDERATION WILL HAVE BEEN GIVEN, FIRST, TO THE CUMULATIVE EFFECT ON PRODUCTION COSTS OF LABOUR LEGISLATION ALREADY IN FORCE AND THE EXTENT TO WHICH THIS PARTICULAR MEASURE ADDS TO SUCH COSTS- SECOND, TO THE TIMING OF THE INTRODUCTION OF THIS MEASURE IN RELATION TO THE FORESEEABLE GROWTH PATH OF THE ECONOMY} AND, THIRD, TO WHETHER THIS MEASURE WOULD NOT ULTIMATELY REDOUND TO THE DISADVANTAGE OF EMPLOYEES,* HE ADDED.

HE SAID HE HOPED THAT THE ADMINISTRATION WOULD UNDERTAKE VERY FULL CONSULTATIONS ON THE PRINCIPLES INVOLVED IN THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION AND ITS DETAILED PROVISIONS.

IN CONTRAST TO LABOUR LEGISLATION, MR CHEONG SAID GOVERNMENT’S MONITORING OF THE ACTIVITIES OF THE TWO POWER COMPANIES «AS +PRIMA FACIE LIGHT-WEIGHT*.

+GIVEN THE DEEP DISSATISFACTION THAT HAS BEEN EXPRESSED OVER TARIFF INCREASES DESPITE THE POWER COMPANIES’ RECORD PROFIT YEAR AFTER YEAR, AND THE EVEN DEEPER RESENTMENT WITH THE NOTION THAT CONSUMERS SHOULD PAY WELL IN ADVANCE FOR ADDITIONAL GENERATING CAPACITY, PUBLIC OPINION APPEARS TO BE HIGHLY CRITICAL OF THE COMPLACENT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE POWER COMPANIES, WHILE DISCOUNTING THE FACT THAT THEY MAY BE EFFICIENT

ENTERPRISES.

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+ IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES, I HOPE THAT THE GOVERNMENT r.DULD TREAT ITS CONSULTANCY ON THE MONITORING OF THE POWER COMPANIES AS SOMETHING MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THAN PURELY PUBLIC RELATIONS EXERCISE, HE SAID.

+EVEN IF FUNDAMENTAL CHANGES TO THE SCHEMES OF CONTROL MAY NOT BE FEASIBLE, IT IS NOT UNREASONABLE TO ASSUME THAT THE GENERAL PUBLIC EXPECT TO SEE A CRITICAL AND CONSTRUCTIVE APPRAISAL OF THE APPROPRIATENESS OF THE GOVERNMENT’S ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE POWER COMPANIES, AND THE EFFECTIVENESS OR OTHERWISE OF THE EXISTING MONITORING ARRANGEMENTS,+ HE ADDED.

COMMENTING ON THE EXHIBITION CENTRE WHICH MISS DUNN, MR LEE AND MR WONG MENTIONED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL YESTERDAY, MR CHEONG SAID, + l ONLY PLEAD THAT OUR HOPES THIS TIME WOULD NOT AGAIN BE FRUSTRATED BY RED TAPE. +

ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG, MR CHEONG SAID THAT THE PATH 8T0WARDS A SUCCESSFUL OUTCOME OF THE TALKS COULD NOT BE EXPECTED TO BE A SMOOTH ONE.

HE SAID THE TALKS WERE BASICALLY ABOUT POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC ATTITUDES AND WERE THEREFORE VERY DIFFICULT TO MANAGE.

+IT IS AN UNDENIABLE FACT THAT ALL OUR CITIZENS ENJOY ALL THE RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES, CONFIRMED BY THE RULE OF LAW, THAT EXIST IN ANY DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY IN THE WEST, AND THAT WE HAVE -BY ANY STANDARD - AN EFFICIENT, EFFECTIVE, PROGRESSIVE AND, ABOVE ALL, RESPONSIVE ADMINISTRATION,* HE SAID.

NEVERTHELESS, GIVEN THAT HONG KONG AND CHINA TODAY HAVE VERY DIFFERENT SOCIO-ECONOMIC SYSTEMS AND VERY DIFFERENT SENSE OF VALUES, THE FACTORS BEHIND OUR SUCCESS UNDERSTANDABLY DEFY EASY UNDERSTANDING AND READY ACCEPTANCE.

♦ THE PROCESS OF UNDERSTANDING US MUST BE ALLOWED TO RUN ITS NATURAL COURSE AND THE UNDERSTANDING BE GIVEN ADEQUATE TIME TO MATURE.

+IT IS ONLY AFTER BOTH SIDES HAVE WELL AND TRULY MASTERED AND ACCEPTED THE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF HONG KONG’S VIABILITY THAT THE NEGOTIATORS COULD BEGIN TO DEVISE A FRAMEWORK WHICH WOULD SAFEGUARD OUR STABILITY AND PROSPERITY,* MR CHEONG SAID.

MR CHEONG SAID THAT THE NEED FOR CONFIDENTIALITY ON THE TALKS MUST BE RESPECTED AND ACCEPTED.

♦THEREFORE, HOWEVER ANXIOUS WE ALL ARE ABOUT THE OUTCOME OF THE TALKS WE MUS'*' REFRAIN FROM BEING RATTLED OR GOADED INTO MAKING INCORRECT ASSESSMENTS BY PRONOUNCEMENTS WE READ IN THE MEDIA.

+WE MUST (ALWAYS BE MINDFUL OF A SIMPLE TRUTH AND THAT IS WHILST THE NEGOTIATION IS GOING ON, EITHER SIDE CAN HARDLY BE EXPECTED TO PUBLICLY COMPROMISE THEIR RESPECTIVE NEGOTIATING POSITIONS,* 'HE SAID.

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+THUS, IF AND WHEN OFFICIALS FROM E HIGH RANKING THEY MAY BE, WERE QUIZZED 0 DIRECT BEARING ON THEIR RESPECTIVE NEGOT ANSWERS, IN THE FORM OF PRONOUNCEMENTS I NECESSARILY REFLECT ONLY A REITERATION 0 HAS BEEN MADE PUBLIC.*

HE WARNED THAT +IT WOULD THEREFORE

TOO MUCH INTO ANYTHING OTHER THAN OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS.

+IT WOULD CERTAINLY BE COUNTER PRODUCTIVE FOR US TO JUMP, EITHER PESSIMISTICALLY OR OPTIMISTICALLY, INTO PREMATURE CONCLUSIONS.*

HE URGED THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, +NOT TO LOSE HEART*.

+FOR IF WE, AS A FREE AND HARD WORKING COMMUNITY LOSE CONFIDENCE, THE BASIC PROPOSITION OF PRESERVING OUR STABILITY AND FOSTERING OUR PROSPERITY WILL FALL AWAY,* HE ADDED.

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’STRATEGY FOR YOUTH’ SUGGESTED * * * *

A CALL FOR A CO-ORDINATED STRATEGY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG’S YOUNG PEOPLE WAS MADE BY THE HON MRS SELINA CHOW IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE PURPOSE OF THIS SHOULD BE TO REBUILD IN YOUNG PEOPLE A PROPER VALUE SYSTEM, MORAL JUDGEMENT, A SENSE OF PURPOSE, CONSIDERATION FOR OTHERS AND A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY TOWARDS THEMSELVES AND THE COMMUNITY, SHE SAID.

AND THIS SHOULD BE CARRIED OUT NOT ONLY BY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED, BUT ALSO BY PEOPLE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR WHO ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE PROBLEMS, SHE SAID.

MRS CHOW SAID THERE WERE THREE DIFFERENT PROBLEM AREAS OF LAW AND ORDER INVOLVING YOUNG PEOPLE - YOUNG CRIMINALS, NEW ADDICTS AND CORRUPT YOUTHS.

A CO-ORDINATED STRATEGY WOULD ENSURE THAT +EFFORTS ARE COMPLEMENTARY AND NOT WASTED THROUGH UNNECESSARY DUPLICATION,* SHE ADDED.

CITING VARIETY SHOWS AS ONE POPULAR WAY OF PROMOTING PUBLICITY, SHE SAID IT MIGHT BE +REVEALING+ TO STUDY THOSE THAT HAD BEEN HELD IN THE PAST TWO YEARS TO FIND OUT HOW COST-EFFECTIVE THEY WERE.

+WE NEED MORE IDEAS WHICH WOULD CAPTURE THE IMAGINATION OF THE YOUNG. WE NEED TO OFFER THEM MORE OPPORTUNITY FOR PARTICIPATION AND ORGANISATION WHICH WOULD NOT ONLY INVOLVE THEM MORE BUT WOULD HOPEFULLY PROVIDE THEM WITH THE SATISFACTION CF KNOWING THAT THEY HAVE DONE SOMETHING MEANINGFUL,* SHE SAID.

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SHE SAID THAT WHILE CAMPAIGNS THROUGH THE MASS MEDIA OR IN PUBLIC PLACES WERE NECESSARY AND EFFECTIVE IN REACHING THE MASS SHE OFTEN FOUND THERE WAS +TOO MUCH CONCENTRATION ON THE PUBLICITY ASPECT AND NOT ENOUGH ON THE PERSONAL APPROACH WHICH COULD BE PARTICULARLY EFFECTIVE WITH YOUTHS.+

MRS CHOW SAID THAT APART FROM THEIR OWN FAMILIES, THE PEOPLE WHO SHOULD HAVE THE MOST INFLUENCE ON THE YOUNG WERE TEACHERS, SOCIAL WORKERS AND YOUTH LEADERS.

MRS CHOW SAID THE LLEWELYN REPORT ADVOCATED THE NEED FOR A PROFESSIONAL BODY TO BE FORMED TO UPGRADE THE TECHNICAL AND ETHICAL PRACTICE OF TEACHERS, SHE SAID.

+THE SHORTAGE OF SOCIAL WORKERS IN SCHOOLS IS UNSATISFACTORY, BUT TEACHERS CAN TO A CERTAIN EXTENT MAKE UP THE SHORTFALL BY TAKING UP THE RESPONSIBILITY OF OVERSEEING THE MORAL AS WELL AS ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR STUDENTS,* MRS CHOW SAID.

SPEAKING OF A RECENT NEWS REPORT, SHE SAID IT WAS A *SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS* THAT OUT OF 46 RECENT GRADUATES IN SOCIAL WORK, 44 HAD CHOSEN SOME OTHER EMPLOYMENT.

IF THIS WERE TRUE, +THEIR DECISION TO ABANDON THE FIELD FOR WHICH THEY HAVE STUDIED CAN SET BACK YOUTH WORK, PARTICULARLY IN OUT-REACH PROGRAMMES FOR YOUTHS AT RISK WHICH CALL FOR THE MORE FLEXIBLE AND SENSITIVE APPROACH OF THE TRUE PROFESSIONALS.*

AS FOR YOUTH LEADERS, MRS CHOW SAID, THEY HAD PROVED TO BE VERY EFFECTIVE IN CONSTRUCTIVE YOUTH WORK SUCH AS JUNIOR POLICE CALL, SCOUTS, POLICE CADETS, ROAD SAFETY PATROL AND OTHER VOLUNTEER SERVICES.

*THIS IS NOT SURPRISING AS YOUTHS CAN IDENTIFY MORE EASILY WITH HEROES OF THEIR OWN AGE GROUP AND BACK-GROUND THAN WITH OLDER PEOPLE, AND ARE THEREFORE MORE EASILY INFLUENCED BY THEM.

+THE SCOUTING AND TRAINING OF YOUTH LEADERS IN VARIOUS FIELDS OF WORK AND RECREATION IS CERTAINLY A WORTHWHILE POLICY THAT DESERVES SUPPORT,* SHE SAID.

SPEAKING +IN THE LIGHT OF THE PRESENT POLITICAL UNCERTAINTY* OF HONG KONG’S FUTURE, MRS CHOW SAID, +IT IS NATURAL FOR OUR YOUNG GENERATION’S OUTLOOK IN LIFE TO BE ADVERSELY AFFECTED BY THEIR FEAR THAT ALL VALUES WE HAVE HELD SO DEAR WILL HAVE BEEN LOST WHEN THEY EVENTUALLY COME TO HOLD THE REINS.

+IT IS THEREFORE MOST IMPORTANT FOR THEM TO SEE THAT WE ARE DOING OUR UTMOST TO PROTECT THE MUCH VALUED CHARACTERISTICS OF OUR COMMUNITY: OUR PROSPERITY, OUR STABILITY, OUR MANY FREEDOMS, AND OUR RESPECT FOR THE RIGHTS OF THE INDIVIDUAL.*

SHE SAID THAT IF THE PEOPLE LOSE THESE FREEDOMS OR LEGAL PROTECTION THEY WILL BE +UNABLE TO PRESERVE THEIR PRESENT LIFE-STYLE, EVEN IF THE PROSPERITY OF HONG KONG IS MAINTAINED.*

+IN MY VIEW, AND IN THE VIEW OF MANY WHO UNDERSTAND THE COMPLEXITIES OF HONG KONG, THE ONLY WAY WE CAN BE CONFIDENT THAT THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN IS THAT A CONTINUATION OF OUR PRESENT SYSTEM OF ADMINISTRATION, LAW, AND JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE CAN BE GUARANTEED BEYOND THE YEAR 1997,+ MRS CHOW STRESSED.

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MARIA TAM SUGGESTS FUND TO HELP LITIGANTS

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A FUND SHOULD BE SET UP TO HELP THOSE WHO HAVE A REASONABLE CHANCE TO SUCCEED BUT CANNOT AFFORD THE COSTS OF LITIGATION TO PURSUE THEIR CLAIMS IN COURT REPRESENTED BY LAWYERS.

* . ? • . THIS SUGGESTION WAS MADE BY THE HON MARIA TAM IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

♦AFTER THE CASE IS HEARD THE AIDED CLIENT WILL REPAY THIS FUND’A SUM OUT OF THE DAMAGES HE RECOVERS SO THAT THE FUND WOULD 'BE SELF-SUFFICIENT IN FINANCING OTHER LITIGANTS,* SHE EXPLAINED.

SHE FELT THAT SUCH A FUND WAS NEEDED BECAUSE +HAVING THE RULE OF LAW IN OUR LEGAL SYSTEM IS ONE THING, MAKING ITS PROTECTION AVAILABLE TO THE MEN IN THE STREET IS ANOTHER.*

SHE NOTED THAT AT PRESENT, THE LEGAL AID SCHEME IN CIVIL CASES COVERED AN ESTIMATED TWO-THIRDS OF HONG KONG’S POPULATION, LEAVING OVER 1.4 MILLION PEOPLE UNPROTECTED.

SHE CITED THE RESULTS OF A STUDY TO SHOW THAT THERE WERE PEOPLE WHO WERE UNABLE TO AFFORD A LAWYER PRIVATELY, BUT WHO THEN FAILED THE MEANS TEST OF THE LEGAL AID SCHEME ALTHOUGH THEIR CASES HAD MERITS.

MISS TAM SAID THAT THE ADVANTAGES OF SUCH A FUND, WHICH COULD BE SET UP WITH A LOAN FROM THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT, WERE THAT:

* LITIGANTS COULD RECOVER SOME DAMAGES (MINUS A PERCENTAGE OF REPAYMENT TO THE FUND) INSTEAD OF RECOVERING NOTHING AT ALL,

* SUITORS OF THIS CATEGORY COULD ASSIST EACH OTHER IN OVERCOMING A DIFFICULT SITUATION,

* CASES WITH MERITS WOULD BE GIVEN A JUST AND FAIR TRIAL, AND

* THESE LITIGANTS WOULD NOT HAVE TO EXHAUST THEIR SAVINGS IN THE FIRST PLACE BY ENGAGING A LAWYER’S SERVICE ON A PRIVATE BRIEF AND THEN REVERT TO LEGAL AID.

♦USUALLY FOR A PERSONAL INJURY CASE ONE CAN EASILY ESTIMATE THE DAMAGES RECOVERABLE BY THE PLAINTIFF, AND CASES ONCE STARTED CAN BE QUICKLY SETTLED.

+WHERE THERE IS A BREACH OF CONTRACT OR NEGLIGENCE CASE IT MAY TAKE UP TO TWO YEARS TO COMPLETE.

+HENCE THE REPAYMENT OF THE INITIAL LOAN CAN BE MADE WITHIN A MATTER OF, SAY, THREE YEARS AND THE FUND WOULD BECOME SELF-FINANCING,+ SHE ADDED.

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MISS TAM ENVISAGED THAT THERE WOULD STILL BE SOME KIND OF MEANS TEST FOR THIS FUNDING SCHEME THE LEVEL OF WHICH COULD BE MORE FLEXIBLE THAN THE EXISTING LEGAL AID SCHEME.

♦ASSISTANCE HAS TO BE GIVEN STRICTLY ON MERIT BASIS SO AS TO ENSURE THAT PUBLIC FUNDS ARE NOT WASTED ON FRUITLESS LITIGATION,* SHE STRESSED.

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REVIEW OF HEALTH PROGRAMME URGED

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DR THE HON HENRIETTA IP TODAY CALLED FOR A REVIEW OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH PROGRAMME FOR THE NEXT TEN YEARS.

DR IP SAID THAT IN THE LAST 10 YEARS, WHILE TRYING TO PROVIDE EVERY TYPE OF MEDICAL SERVICE FOR TOO MANY, THE GOVERNMENT HAD ENDED UP BY NOT PROVIDING ENOUGH AND SATISFACTORILY FOR ANYONE.

SHE SUGGESTED THAT IN PLANNING THE PROGRAMME, THE GOVERNMENT COULD 1

M CONSIDER CHARGING PATIENTS WITH MEDICAL INSURANCE THE FULL COST OF THE GOVERNMENT MEDICAL SERVICE OFFERED,

* ENCOURAGE INDIVIDUALS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO BUY MEDICAL INSURANCE BY MAKING PREMIUM TAX FREE SO AS TO REDUCE THE GOVERNMENT’S EXPENDITURE AND COMMITMENT FOR THIS SECTOR OF THE COMMUNITY,

* OFFER PROFIT OR NON-PROFIT-MAKING PRIVATE HOSPITALS FREE LAND, AND

* CONTRACT MEDICAL SERVICES OUT TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO REDUCE THE GOVERNMENT’S NEED TO PLAN FOR THE WHOLE OF THE COMMUNITY.

ON MEDICAL PROJECTS, DR IP SAID THAT HONG KONG SHOULD BE CONGRATULATED FOR THE COMPLETION OF THE 150-BED MACLEHOSE MEDICAL REHABILITATION CENTRE.

BUT SHE STRESSED THAT THERE WAS A NEED FOR A PAEDIATRIC MEDICAL CENTRE-CUM-HOSPITAL.

AMONG OTHER ADVANTAGES OF HAVING SUCH A CENTRE, SHE CITED THE FOLLOW I NGt

* CHILDREN WOULD ENTER SUCH A HOSPITAL WITHOUT FEAR BUT WITH A REASSURANCE THAT THEY WOULD GET BETTER;

K FRIGHTENED NOVICE PARENTS WOULD BECOME CONFIDENT ON REALISATION THAT, WHATEVER THE STATE OF THEIR CHILDREN’S HEALTH, THEY WOULD HAVE A PAEDIATRIC HOSPITAL TO TURN TO; AND

* WITH THE POOLING OF RESOURCES, RANGING FROM EQUIPMENT TO MEDICAL AND PARAMEDICAL PERSONNEL, THEY WOULD BE MORE EFFICIENTLY UTILISED.

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ON THE FINANCIAL AS°ECT, SHE POINTED OUT THAT THE REASON WHY A PAEDIATRIC HOSPITAL MIGHT APPEAR TO BE MORE EXPENSIVE TO RUN THAN A GENERAL HOSPITAL WAS THAT ONE WAS NOT COMPARING LIKE WITH LIKE.

DR IP SAID THAT:

* FIRST A PAEDIATRIC HOSPITAL PROVIDES QUALITY IMPROVEMENT ON THE EXISTING SERVICt WHICH IS BELOW STANDARD SO THAT THE INCREASED EXPENDITURE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH A

* PAEDIATRIC HOSPITAL PER SE.

* SECOND, THE NATURE OF PAEDIATRIC MEDICAL CARE MAKES IT MORE COSTLY BECAUSE CHILDREN NEED TO BE FED, CARED FOR, PLAYED WITH, TALKED TO AND RESTRAINED MORE SO THAN ADULTS.

SHE ADDED, +WITH THE ECONOMICAL CLIMATE AS IT IS AT THE MOMENT I ONLY URGE THAT GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONSIDER ASSISTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF A PAEDIATRIC MEDICAL CENTRE IN MONEY OR IN KIND, IF AND WHEN A NON-PROFIT-MAKING CHARITABLE ORGANISATION, SUCH AS THE PO LEUNG KUK, OFFERS A VIABLE PLAN.

+THIS OUGHT NOT BE AT THE EXPENSE OF OTHER MORE NEEDY PROJECTS BUT SHOULD BE IN LINE WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF PROPOSED PROJECTS OR SCHEMES, SUCH AS THE SCHOOL MEDICAL SCHEME, MATERNITY AND CHILD HEALTH CLINICS, GENERAL OUTPATIENT CLINICS, CHILD ASSESSMENT

CENTRES, CHILD DENTAL CLINICS.

+AND TO BE EVEN MORE FAR SIGHTED, I HOPE THE GOVERNMENT COULD WHEN OPPORTUNITY ARISES, CONVERT AND CONSOLIDATE EXISTING PAEDIATRIC MEDICAL PROJECTS SO AS TO GIVE BIRTH TO THE CONCEPT OF A PAEDIATRIC MEDICAL CENTRE.*

DR IP CRITICISED THE GOVERNMENT FOR FAILING TO IMPLEMENT THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE MANAGEMENT REVIEW TEAM SET UP IN JULY 1979 TO LOOK INTO THE ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

THE TEAM RECOMMENDED THE INCLUSION OF ONE DEPUTY DIRECTOR, THE DIVISION OF MINOR STAFF IN HOSPITALS INTO NURSES AID/wARD ASSISTANTS AND DOMESTIC ASSISTANTS TO IMPROVE CONTROL OVER THEM, THE INTRODUCTION OF A WARD CLERKS SYSTEM TO RELIEVE DOCTORS AND NURSES OF THE BULK OF THEIR CLERICAL DUTIES, EXAMINATION OF THE POSSIBILITY OF USING PART-TIME NURSES, A CAREER STRUCTURE WHICH OFFERS HIGH LEVELS OF PROMOTION IN CLINICAL NURSING AND IMPROVEMENTS IN THE APPOINTMENT SYSTEM.

DR IP CONSIDERED THESE RECOMMENDATIONS TO BE SOUND AND SAID, +THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT MAY REFUSE TO LISTEN TO THE COMPLAINTS OF PATIENTS, OR THE ADVICE OF DOCTORS AND NURSES BUT OUGHT AT LEAST TO CONSIDER THE ADVICE FROM THE MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT.*

TURNING TO EDUCATION, DR IP SAID, +WE MUST HAVE AN OPEN UNIVERSITY IN HONG KONG TO CO-ORDINATE ALL THE CONTINUING EDUCATION WHICH ALREADY EXISTS, TO STANDARDISE AND ACCREDIT EXISTING PART-TIME POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION PROGRAMMES, TO EXTEND AND DEVELOP HIGHER EDUCATION THROUGH TELEVISION, AND TO CONFER RECOGNITION TO HIGHER STUDIES WITHIN A HIGHLY FLEXIBLE FRAMEWORK,* SHE SAID. -------------------------------0 ------

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 1983

BIGGER ROLE SOUGHT FOR DISTRICT BOARDS

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DISTRICT BOARDS WOULD BE MERE WINDOW DRESSING UNLESS THEIR ADVICE WAS CONSIDERED, AND WHERE APPROPRIATE, ACTED UPON PROMPTLY AND WITH IMAGINATION, THE HON CHAN YING-LUN SAID AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

HE POINTED OUT THAT SOME DB MEMBERS FELT THAT THEIR SUGGESTIONS SOMETIMES DID NOT RECEIVE THE ATTENTION THEY DESERVED. HE ALSO SAID THAT DEPARTMENTAL REPRESENTATIVES APPEARED TO BE UNDULY BOUND BY EXISTING OR OUTDATED POLICIES WHICH MIGHT NOT SUIT THE PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCES OF INDIVIDUAL DISTRICTS.

HOWEVER, HE ADDED, *DI STR I CT BOARDS ARE A NEW SET-UP AND THAT TIME MUST BE ALLOWED FOR GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS TO GEAR THEMSELVES UP TO MEET LOCAL DISTRICT NEEDS.+

REGARDING GOVERNMENT’S REPRESENTATION ON DISTRICT BOARDS.

MR CHAN SAID THAT THE DEPARTMENTAL REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD BE GIVEN FULL AUTHORITY TO SPEAK FOR THEIR DEPARTMENTS AND AT THE SAME TIME, BE ENCOURAGED TO ’THINK DISTRICT’ AND ’ACT DISTRICT’ WITHIN THE PERIMETER OF THEIR DEPARTMENTAL POLICIES.

HE ALSO SAID THAT ADVICE OF DISTRICT BOARDS SHOULD BE SOUGHT ON ISSUES OF TERRITORY-WIDE INTEREST AND SIGNIFICANCE.

♦I BELIEVE AN UNUSUALLY GOOD START HAS BEEN MADE OF DISTRICT BOARDS AS A MECHANISM FOR PUBLIC CONSULTATION IN THE RECENT DISCUSSION OF THE LLEWELLYN REPORT ON EDUCATION THROUGHOUT THE EIGHTEEN DISTRICT BOARDS.

♦THIS, TO MY MIND, REPRESENTS A MAJOR STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND I DO HOPE THAT FUTURE ISSUES OF TERRITORY-WIDE IMPORTANCE WOULD CONTINUE TO BE DEBATED AT THE DISTRICT BOARDS,+ HE SAID.

HE SAID ALSO THAT DISTRICT BOARDS SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MANAGEMENT OF LOCAL COMMUNITY AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES.

HE ALSO SUGGESTED THAT A +MORE FORMAL LINK CAN BE ESTABLISHED BETWEEN THE DISTRICT BOARDS, URBAN COUNCIL, AND THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.*

MR CHAN SAID HE BELIEVED THAT DISTRICT BOARDS COULD ASSUME A MORE SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN WORKING FOR IMPROVEMENTS IN SQUATTER AREAS.

♦SUCH IMPROVEMENTS SHOULD BE CARRIED OUT IN AS MANY AREAS AS POSSIBLE, TO BE FOLLOWED BY THE PROVISION OF METERED WATER SUPPLY AND IMPROVED SANITATION FACILITIES,* HE SAID.

HE SAID THAT DISTRICT OFFICES COULD ALSO HELP IN THE PROCESS BY ENCOURAGING RESIDENTS TO ORGANISE THEMSELVES INTO MUTUAL AID GROUPS TO BRING ABOUT IMPROVEMENTS THROUGH THEIR OWN EFFORTS.

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FLEXIBLE EDUCATION SYSTEM URGED * * * *

HONG KONG’S EDUCATION SYSTEM MUST BE SUFFICIENTLY FLEXIBLE AND RESPONSIVE 70 TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE ASPIRATIONS OF THE COMMUNITY WHICH CHANGE OVER TIME, THE HON RITA FAN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

AT-THF 7AME TIME, THE SYSTEM MUST BE ADEQUATELY PRAGMATIC TO ■ STRIKE A RFAL-ISTIC BALANCE BETWEEN SOCIAL DEMANDS AND ECONOMIC NEEDS, MRS FAN SAID.

• ■

REF PRli-G TQJTHE LLEWELLYN REPORT, SHE SAID, +THE GOVERNMENT’S

IMPLEMENTED, WhOW TO TAP THE NECESSARY RESOURCES.*

♦THIS IS ' TALI ORDER, AND ONE CAN EASILY BE SO INVOLVED IN ONE AREA AMD LOSE SIGHT OF OTHER NEEDS.

♦TO AVOID THIS, IT IS HELPFUL TO REMIND OURSELVES OF WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO ACHIEVE THROUGH THE EDUCATION SYSTEM, SO THAT WE CAN ALWAYS REi Ek TO IT TO ENSURE THAT THE WAYS AND MEANS WE DEVELOPED ARE ACHIEVING THE AIM, RATHER THAN BECOMING +ENDS+ IN THEMSELVES.

A SIFni ' VERSION OF THE AIM OF OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM IS TO DEVELOP US i CONTRIBUTING MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY,+ SHE ADDED.

FOR iND IV(DUAL TO BECOME SUCH A MEMBER, SHE LISTED THE FOLLOWING Pi'tREQUISITESt

M FIRST, THE PERSON MUST HAVE A SENSE OF BELONGING TO THE COMMUNITY. IN OTHER WORDS THERE SHOULD EXIST A MUTUAL B. > -• PARE AND CONCERN BETWEEN THAT PERSON AND THE PEOPLE AROUND HIM.

* SI cr D TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE IMPROVEMENT AND PROGRESS OF SOCIETY, HE MUST HAVE THE ABILITY TO ADAPT TO CHANGE (' ilCH IS SOMETIMES OUTSIDE HIS OWN CONTROL), TO MAKE THE BEST OF SITUATIONS AS THEY ARISE, AND TO USE HIS ANALYTICAL POwER AND ORGANISING SKILLS TO ARRIVE AT INNOVATIVE IDEAS — , ■ WHICH CAN BE REALISTICALLY IMPLEMENTED.

* THIRD, THE PERSON MUST ACQUIRE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS.

IF YOUNG PEOPLE ARE TO HAVE THE FIRST TWO PREREQUISITES, MRS FAN S'A'O, -WE HAVE TO DEPEND ON INTERACTION AMONG OUR TEACHERS, PARENTS AND STUDENTS.

♦WHEN THE TIME COMES FOR US TO EMBARK ON THE TASK OF INCREASING THE NUMBER AND UPGRADING THE QUALITY OF TEACHERS, I WOULD PLEAD FOR EMPHASIS TO BE PLACED ON STIMULATING TEACHERS TO RE-CONSIDER THEIR PROFESSIONAL ROLE IN INFLUENCING STUDENTS’ .BEHAVIOUR AND VALUES, AND TO CLARIFY THEIR OWN ATTITUDES,,

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♦I SINCERELY BELIEVE THAT ALL OF US INVOLVED IN EDUCATION bEED TO, IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, TAKE SOME TIME TO REFLECT ON OUR OWN BEHAVIOUR AND ASSESS HONESTLY HOW SUCH BEHAVIOUR MAY AFFECT THOSE UNDER OUR CHARGE.*

ON MORAL EDUCATION, SHE SUGGESTED THAT SOME RESEARCH BE UNDERTAKEN TO EVALUATE THE RESULT OF WHAT WAS CURRENTLY BEING DONE IN SCHOOLS.

THE DATA WOULD BE USEFUL FOR IDENTIFYING AREAS OF NEED, AND COULD LEAD TO A REVIEW OF METHODS USED AS WELL AS TO CHANGES IN THE SYSTEM, SHE SAID.

SHE FURTHER SUGGESTED THAT A +GENERAL STUDIES* COURSE SHOULD BE INTRODUCED AT FORM VI LEVEL TO GIVE STUDENTS AN INSIGHT INTO DISCIPLINES WHICH ARE NOT THEIR MAIN COURSES OF STUDY. AS EXAMPLES, SHE MENTIONED SCIENTIFIC METHODS FOR ARTS STUDENTS AND HUMANITIES FOR SCIENCE STUDENTS.

SHE SAID, +THE AIM OF THIS COURSE WOULD BE TO WIDEN THEIR HORIZON, TO STIMULATE THEIR SOCIAL AWARENESS, AND TO ENCOURAGE THEM IN RATIONAL ANALYSIS OF CURRENT AFFAIRS.*

SHE ENVISAGED THAT AS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE COURSE, STUDENTS IN GROUPS WOULD HAVE TO PLAN AND EXECUTE A PROJECT IN COMMUNITY SERVICE AND THE PROGRESS MADE BY INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS COULD BE DETERMINED THROUGH CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT BY TEACHERS RATHER THAN BY EXAMINATION.

ON THE THIRD PREREQUISITE, SHE FELT THAT YOUNG PEOPLE SHOULD BE GIVEN MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO ACQUIRE TECHNOLOGICAL SKILL.

SHE COMMENDED THE INTRODUCTION OF THE TWO-YEAR PILOT SCHEME IN COMPUTER STUDIES IN 30 SCHOOLS AND SAID, +IF WE ARE TO KEEP PACE WITH MODERN TECHNOLOGY, OUR STUDENTS MUST BE IN CONSTANT CONTACT WITH THE BASIC SKILLS AT AN EARLY AGE SO THAT THEY CAN DEVELOP CONFIDENCE AND LITERACY IN NEW TECHNOLOGIES.*

TURNING TO THOSE WHO NEED CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR BETTER QUALIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL TRAINING, MRS FAN SUGGESTED THAT ENCOURAGEMENT BE GIVEN TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF STUDENT-CENTRED, SELF-LEARNING PROGRAMMES.

THIS METHOD, SHE SAID, WOULD ALLOW THE STUDENTS TO STUDY AND PROGRESS AT HIS OWN PACE.

SHE ALSO PROPOSED THAT CONSIDERATION BE GIVEN TO THE POSSIBILITY OF GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIES FOR SUITABLY QUALIFIED STUDENTS ON +APPROVED+ TRAINING COURSES.

+THE SUBSIDY SHOULD GO TO THE INDIVIDUAL STUDENT RATHER THAN ORGANISATIONS IN THE FORM OF REHMBURSEMEN^O^ ^CERTA I N^ORTIO^OF

SUCCESSFULLY

THE FEES AFTER A STUDENT HAS COURSE.

+THIS METHOD OF SUBSIDY

MAY PROVE TO

BE LESS COSTLY THAN

GOVERNMENT HAS THE

OTHER ALTERNATIVES IN THE SHORT TERM, AND GOVERNMENT HAS THE FLEXIBILITY OF GEARING ITS SUPPORT TO SPECIFIC AREAS OF NEED FOR

ECONOMIC PURPOSES,* SHE SAID.

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COMMENTING ON THE FUNDING OF IMPROVEMENTS IN HONG KONG’S EDUCATION SYSTEM, SHE NOTED THAT THE FORMATION OF AN EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT FUND THROUGH PRIVATE DONATIONS WAS A POSSIBLE SOURCE.

♦HOWEVER, TO ENSURE THAT THE EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT FUND HAS A GOOD START, CONSIDERATION SHOULD BE GIVEN TO OFFER BETTER INCENTIVES, SUCH AS A MORE GENEROUS TAX EXEMPTION SCHEME AND APPROPRIATE RECOGNITION FOR DONORS,+ SHE ADDED.

♦EDUCATION IS OUR INVESTMENT IN FUTURE, AND A SOUND ALLROUND EDUCATION IS ONE OF THE MOST MEANINGFUL AND SUBSTANTIAL INHERITANCE THAT IS WITHIN OUR CAPABILITY TO GIVE TO OUR NEXT GENERATION,* MRS FAN CONCLUDED.

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STRONGER LINKS URGED FOR BOARDS, COMMITTEES X X * X X

THE ADMINISTRATION SHOULD UNDERTAKE A REVIEW TO ENSURE THAT THE TIES BETWEEN THE DISTRICT BOARDS AND THE AREA COMMITTEES ARE STRENGTHENED TO FURTHER IMPROVE THE OPERATION OF THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME.

THIS SUGGESTION WAS MADE BY THE HON MRS NG CHOW MAY-LIN IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

SHE SAID THAT THE ROLE PLAYED BY AREA COMMITTEES HAD BEEN STEADILY GAINING IMPORTANCE SINCE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME.

SHE POINTED OUT THAT AREA COMMITTEES WITH MEMBERS DRAWN FROM A WIDE SOCIAL SPECTRUM WERE SUITED TO REFLECT THE VIEWS AND WISHES OF THE PEOPLE OF THE SUB-DISTRICTS.

MRS NG DESCRIBED AN AREA COMMITTEE AS A +DISTRICT BOARD IN MINIATURE+.

IN RECENT YEARS THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, IN AN ATTEMPT TO SYNCHRONISE THE FUNCTIONS OF THE AREA COMMITTEE AND THE DISTRICT BOARD, HAS VESTED THE FORMER WITH WIDER POWERS TO ADVISE ON WELFARE, PUBLIC AMENITIES, ENVIRONMENT, COMMUNITY SERVICES AND RECREATIONAL MATTERS OF THE SUB-DISTRICT.

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE AREA COMMITTEE IS ALL TOO APPARENT FROM ITS TERMS OF REFERENCE.

THE AREA COMMITTEES SHOULD THEREFORE MAINTAIN CLOSE TlfcS WITH THEIR RESPECTIVE DISTRICT BOARDS, IN ORDER TO GET THE MAXIMUM EFFECTS OF THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME,♦ MRS NG SAID.

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+IN THE FORMAL ADVISORY FRAMEWORK, THE RELATIONSHIP OF THE AREA COMMITTEE VIS-A-VIS THE DISTRICT BOARD AND OTHER DISTRICT ORGANISATIONS SHOULD BE CLEARLY DEFINED SO THAT THE AREA COMMITTEE CAN BE ACCORDED A RECOGNISED ADVISORY STATUS,+ SHE ADDED.

EARLIER ON MRS NG SPOKE ABOUT EDUCATION AND HOUSING FOR THE +SANDWICHED CLASS+.

SHE NOTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT IMPLEMENTED FREE PRIMARY EDUCATION FOR ALL CHILDREN IN 1971, EXTENDED IT TO JUNIOR SECONDARY IN 1978, AND SUCCESSFULLY ATTAINED THE PLANNED OBJECTIVE OF SENIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION IN 1981.

NOW SHOULD BE THE TIME TO QUICKEN THE PACE BY PROVIDING SUBSIDISED PLACES TO ALL SCHOOL CHILDREN WHO ASPIRE TO STUDY IN FORM IV AND V,+ SHE SAID.

MRS NG CITED STATISTICS TO SHOW THAT AN INCREASING NUMBER OF STUDENTS WHO HAD COMPLETED FORM III WENT ON TO COMPLETE THEIR STUDIES IN FORM V, EITHER ON GOVERNMENT SUBSIDY OR AT THEIR OWN EXPENSE.

WITH THIS RISING TREND, IT COULD BE SEEN THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF HONG KONG PARENTS WISHED THEIR CHILDREN TO COMPLETE THE ENTIRE FIVE-YEAR SECONDARY COURSE, SO AS TO PREPARE THEM FOR THE FUTURE.

ALSO THE PRESENT YOUNG GENERATION SHOWS A STRONG DESIRE TO ACQUIRE KNOWLEDGE,* SHE SAID.

IN HER VIEW, THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD SATISFY THE ASPIRATIONS OF THE PEOPLE AND PROVIDE SUBSIDISED PLACES FOR ALL SCHOOL CHILDREN WHO WISH TO RECEIVE SENIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION, SO THAT THEY COULD COMPLETE THE FIVE-YEAR SECONDARY COURSE ’IN PLEASANT SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT’.

ON HOUSING, MRS NG SAID IT WAS +SOMEWHAT ARBITRARY+ FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO CONCLUDE THAT THE MIDDLE CLASS DID NOT NEED SUBSIDISED HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME HOUSING AND THUS CANCEL FUTURE HOUSING SCHEME FOR THIS +SANDWICHED CLASS+.

THIS MOVE, SHE SAID, WAS THE RESULT OF THE COOL RESPONSE TO THE SALE OFFER ON FLATS IN MELODY GARDENS IN TUEN MUN.

SHE SAID THAT THE FAILURE OF THIS SCHEME WAS NO SURPRISE AS THE GOVERNMENT HAD CONCENTRATED ON THE DESIGN OF THE PREMISES WITHOUT CONSIDERING SUCH FACTORS AS EMPLOYMENT, SCHOOLS AND TRANSPORT.

♦I EARNESTLY HOPE THAT THE GOVERNMENT WILL REVIEW THE NEEDS OF THE MIDDLE INCOME CLASS, AND PROVIDE THEM AGAIN WITH HOS HOUSING SPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR THEM,+ MRS NG SAID.

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CONSTANT CHECKS ON FINANCIAL SECTOR URGED X H H K

THE HON PETER W.C. POON TODAY WELCOMED THE GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT TO MAINTAIN AND IMPROVE THE LEGAL AND INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK OF THE FINANCIAL SECTOR.

HE SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THAT THE GROWTH OF THE FINANCIAL SECTOR, IN SCALE AND SOPHISTICATION, HAD BEEN PHENOMENAL.

+CONSEQUENTLY, CONSTANT ATTENTION AND SUPERVISION BY PROPER AUTHORITIES ARE REQUIRED.

+| AM PLEASED TO HEAR THAT THE LONG-AWAITED COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) BILL IS EXPECTED TO BECOME LAW WITHIN THIS SESSION,+ HE SAID.

THIS WAS VERY MUCH NEEDED TO BRING THE COMPANY LEGISLATION UP TO DATE AND SHOULD RESULT IN A CORRESPONDING IMPROVEMENT IN FINANCIAL REPORTING, HE ADDED.

MR POON POINTED OUT THAT THE EARLY ESTABLISHMENT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON COMPANY LAW REFORM WOULD PROVIDE A PROPER BODY TO REVIEW AND SUGGEST AMENDMENTS TO MODERNISE THE COMPANY LAW FROM TIME TO TIME.

HE ALSO NOTED THAT THE RECENT PROBLEMS OF SOME BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES HAD CAUSED MUCH PUBLIC CONCERN.

♦THOUGH THE PRESENT PRUDENTIAL SUPERVISION SYSTEM IS BASICALLY SOUND, THERE ARE AREAS WHICH NEED FREQUENT REVIEW.

+IN THE LIGHT OF PAST EXPERIENCE, THE AMENDMENTS RELATING TO RESTRICTIONS OF LOANS TO DIRECTORS AND DIRECTOR-CONTROLLED COMPANIES ARE URGENTLY REQUIRED,* HE SAID.

MR POON AGREED THAT THERE WAS A NEED FOR SOME FORM OF REQUIREMENT FOR THE DISCLOSURE OF SHAREHOLDINGS AND DEALINGS BY LISTED COMPANIES IN THE INTERESTS OF THE PUBLIC.

HE SAID THAT MANY CHINESE BUSINESSMEN BY TRADITION AND OVERSEAS INVESTORS BY CIRCUMSTANCES DESIRED TO KEEP A LOW BUSINESS PROFILE AND WERE RELUCTANT TO DISCLOSE THEIR FINANCIAL AFFAIRS.

+HOWEVER, IF OUR STOCK MARKET IS TO BE PROPERLY REGULATED AND HAVE CREDIBILITY HERE AND OVERSEAS, SUCH RELEVANT INFORMATION SHOULD BE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC.

♦THE MANNER AND EXTENT OF DISCLOSURE, HOWEVER, SHOULD BE DETERMINED BY WHAT IS SUITABLE AND NECESSARY IN HONG KONG AND NEED NOT BE UNDULY STRINGENT AS IN SOME PART OF THE WORLD.

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♦IT IS HOPED THAT CONSENSUS OF VIEWS CAN BE REACHED SO THAT THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION CAN BE INTRODUCED AS SOON AS PRACTICABLE,+ HE SAID.

TO PROTECT HONG KONG’S REPUTATION AS A FINANCIAL CENTRE, MR POON URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO BE FIRM AND INTRODUCE MEASURES AND LEGISLATION SPEEDILY WHERE THE PUBLIC INTEREST CLEARLY OVERRODE ANY SECTIONAL INTEREST.

ON THE SUBJECT OF EDUCATION, MR POON SAID HE WAS PLEASED TO HEAR THE GOVERNMENT’S PLANS FOR THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN HONG KONG.

HE SAID THAT THERE WERE INSUFFICIENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO RECEIVE HIGHER EDUCATION IN HONG KONG SO THAT MANY PARENTS HAD TO SEND THEIR CHILDREN ABROAD FOR FURTHER STUDIES, SHOULDERING A GREAT FINANCIAL BURDEN.

♦THE JOINT FUNDING ARRANGEMENT BY THE HONG KONG AND BRITISH GOVERNMENTS TO HELP LOCAL STUDENTS STUDYING IN BRITAIN NO DOUBT HELPS MANY STUDENTS FROM HONG KONG BUT IS NOT THE ANSWER TO OUR PROBLEMS,* HE SAID.

NOTING THAT THE AMOUNT OF MONEY USED TO PROVIDE OVERSEAS EDUCATION FOR LOCAL STUDENTS WAS VERY SUBSTANTIAL, MR POON SAID THAT THERE WAS THE LIKELIHOOD THAT MANY OF THE STUDENTS MIGHT EVENTUALLY CHOOSE NOT TO RETURN TO HONG KONG.

♦IT IS THEREFORE GRATIFYING TO NOTE THAT THE CITY POLYTECHNIC MAY BECOME A REALITY IN THE NOT-TOO-DISTANT FUTURE. THE THIRD UNIVERSITY, THE INTRODUCTION OF EXTERNAL DEGREES AND THE OPEN UNIVERSITY TYPE OF FURTHER EDUCATION WILL ALSO BE WELCOME BUT MUCH WILL NECESSARILY DEPEND ON OUR FINANCIAL RESOURCES.

♦WITH THE POLITICAL UNCERTAINTY AT PRESENT AND THE RECOVERY CF THE WORLD ECONOMY, WE MAY FACE ANOTHER BRAIN DRAIN SOON. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE HAVE AND DO IMPLEMENT OUR OWN PLANS TO PROVIDE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION,+ HE SAID.

MR POON ALSO EXPRESSED CONFIDENCE THAT THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WOULD ONCE AGAIN OVERCOME THE MANY DIFFICULTIES THEY WERE FACING AND WOULD CONTINUE TO PROSPER IN THE YEARS TO COME BY TAKING HEED OF THE GOVERNOR’S ADVICE TO BE PATIENT, CALM AND RESOLUTE.

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NOTED EXPERT HEADS LANGUAGE INSTITUTE K **

AN INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED ENGLISH LANGUAGE EXPERT HAS BEEN APPOINTED TO HEAD THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION. HE IS DR VERNER C. BICKLEY, FORMER DIRECTOR OF THE EAST-WEST CENTRE’S CULTURE LEARNING INSTITUTE IN HONOLULU.

DR BICKLEY FIRST VISITED HONG KONG IN 1965, AS A KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT AN ENGLISH CONFERENCE ORGANISED BY THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, AND LATER VISITED THIS CITY ON A NUMBER OF OTHER OCCASIONS.

DR BICKLEY OBTAINED HIS FIRST DEGREE AND SUBSEQUENTLY HIS M.A. IN EDUCATION FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF WALES, AND HIS PH. D. FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF LONDON. THROUGHOUT HIS 30-YEAR CAREER HE HAS BEEN INVOLVED EITHER IN THE TEACHING OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE OR IN RELATED AREAS OF TRAINING AND RESEARCH.

DR BICKLEY STARTED HIS CAREER AS A TEACHER OF ENGLISH IN SINGAPORE IN 1951, AND IN 1954 HEADED THE DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH AT WHAT IS NOW THE INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION.

HE LATER JOINED THE BRITISH COUNCIL AND SERVED IN BURMA, INDONESIA AND JAPAN, SPECIALISING IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE EDUCATION. HE WAS AWARDED AN M.B.E. FOR HIS SERVICES IN 1964.

IN 1971 HE WAS APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF THE EAST-WEST CENTRE’S CULTURE LEARNING INSTITUTE IN HONOLULU, RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DESIGN AND ADMINISTRATION OF AN INTEGRATED MULTI-DISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOCUSING ON INTERNATIONAL, CROSS-CULTURAL RELATIONS. UNDER HIS DIRECTORSHIP, PROJECTS ON BILINGUAL EDUCATION, LANGUAGE POLICY AND PLANNING AND ENGLISH AS AN INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE WERE INITIATED.

IN 1981, HE TOOK LEAVE FROM THE CENTRE TO HELP SAUDI ARABIAN AIRLINES IMPROVE THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY CF THEIR EMPLOYEES AND TRAINEES. DURING THIS TIME, DR BICKLEY ADMINISTERED AN ENGLISH TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR THE AIRLINE’S 25 000 EMPLOYEES.

DR BICKLEY IS THE AUTHOR OF 15 BOOKS AND MANY ARTICLES AND PAPERS ON LANGUAGE, LANGUAGE EDUCATION AND CROSS-CULTURAL RELATIONS.

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ROAD WORKS IMPRESS VISITOR * * * *

MR MICHAEL HARDY, PRESIDENT OF THE INSTITUTION OF HIGHWAYS AND TRANSPORTATION, WHO IS VISITING HONG KONG, TODAY SPOKE HIGHLY OF THE ROAD PROJECTS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY.

MR HARDY TODAY VISITED THE SHA TIN-TAI PO COASTAL ROAD AND THE TAI PO BYPASS, A SECTION OF THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD CONNECTING NORTH TAI PO WITH LAM KAM ROAD.

HE SAID THAT HE WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE SCALE AND PACE OF ROAD CONSTRUCTION IN HONG KONG.

MR HARDY WAS ACCOMPANIED ON THE VISIT BY MR MARTIN RUDIN, TECHNICAL SECRETARY OF THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE? MR ROBERT DICKIE OF THE TAI PO AND FANLING NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE; MR TONY BOWLEY FROM THE CONSULTANTS, PETER FRAENKEL AND PARTNERS AND MR M.T. PANG, SENIOR ENGINEER, HIGHWAYS OFFICE (NEW TERRITORIES), OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

YESTERDAY, MR HARDY INSPECTED MAJOR ROAD PROJECTS SUCH AS THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR AND THE AIRPORT TUNNEL.

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DB TO DISCUSS BUILDING MANAGEMENT ******

A REPORT ON A PILOT SCHEME ON PRIVATE BUILDING MANAGEMENT WILL BE DISCUSSED AT THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON.

MEMBERS WILL REVIEW A RECENT STUDY TOUR TO BRITAIN BY SOME BOARD MEMBERS FROM YAU MA TEI AND MONG KOK.

THEY WILL ALSO COMMENT ON THE PUTTING UP OF A SIGNPOST AT THE NEW JADE MARKET AND A CONCRETE FENCE WALL AT THE SHEK LUNG STREET FRUIT MARKET.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA WILL INCLUDE THE ELECTION OF CHAIRMEN TO THE BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT AND COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEES, AND A REVIEW ON DB FUNDS.

IN THE SAME AFTERNOON, THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FOOTBRIDGE AT THE JUNCTION OF SHAU KEI WAN ROAD, SHING ON STREET AND TAI ON STREET, WHICH WILL FORM AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY STATION’S DEVELOPMENT.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE BRIEFED ON THE PROPOSED LAU SIN STREET FLYOVER PROJECT DESIGNED TO ALLEVIATE TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN TIN HAU TEMPLE ROAD AND THE TUNG LO WAN AREA.

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INFORMATION PAPERS ON A PILOT SCHEME ON THE REPAIRS OF PRIVATE STREETS AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF A BUS TERMINUS AT BRAEMAR HILL ROAD WILL BE TABLED FOR DISCUSSION AT THE MEETING.

OTHER ITEMS TO BE DISCUSSED WILL INCLUDE THE EASTERN DISTRICT SPORTS FESTIVAL AND PROGRESS REPORT OF THE BOARD’S COMMITTEES.

NOTE TO EDITORS*

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER*

(I) THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE’S CONFERENCE ROOM AT 884-886 KING’S ROAD- AND

(2) THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AT 3 PM IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE’S CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF HOP FAT COMMERCIAL CENTRE AT 490-492 NATHAN ROAD.

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LABORATORY SAFETY SEMINARS ARRANGED ******

A SERIES OF IDENTICAL SEMINARS ON SAFETY IN SCHOOL LABORATORIES WILL BE HELD IN DECEMBER THIS YEAR AND JANUARY NEXT FOR LABORATORY TECHNICIANS WORKING IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

THE SEMINARS WILL BE CONDUCTED IN CANTONESE AND WILL BE HELD IN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S SCIENCE TEACHING CENTRE AT 4 PAK FUK ROAD, NORTH POINT.

THEY WILL COVER A VARIETY OF TOPICS, RANGING FROM THE GENERAL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS OF SCHOOL LABORATORIES TO THE HANDLING OF DANGEROUS CHEMICALS.

DUE TO LIMITED SPACE, 30 PERSONS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR

EACH SEMINAR. APPLICATIONS WILL BE TREATED ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS, BUT PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO UNTRAINED LABORATORY TECHNICIANS.

SCHOOL HEADS WISHING TO SEND LABORATORY TECHNICIANS TO ATTEND THE SEMINARS SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR NOMINATIONS TO THE PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR (CHEMISTRY), ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, LEE GARDENS, 5/F, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY BEFORE NOVEMBER 9.

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VARIETY SHOW IN CENTRAL

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A 9O-MINUTE VARIETY SHOW, ENTITLED 'SPARKLING EVENING OF SONGS AND DANCES’, WILL BE STAGED AT THE CHATER ROAD PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT AND STATUE SQUARE ON SUNDAY (OCTOBER 30) TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE MONTH-LONG CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT FESTIVAL.

BEGINNING AT 7.15 PM, THE VARIETY SHOW WILL FEATURE A PERFORMANCE BY THE CAPE COLLINSON MARCHING BAND, A TRADITIONAL DANCE BY STUDENTS OF A LOCAL SECONDARY SCHOOL, AND SINGING AND DANCING BY FAMOUS SINGERS AND TELEVISION ARTISTES.

THE SHOW, WHICH IS PRODUCED BY RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG, WILL BE TELEVISED ON TVB JADE AT 9.30 PM ON NOVEMBER 5.

FREE ADMISSION TICKETS TO THE VARIETY SHOW ARE AVAILABLE ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, AND THE CENTRAL ENQUIRY AND KENNEDY TOWN SUB-OFFICES.

THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, WILL BE THE OFFICIATING GUEST.

ALSO PRESENT WILL BE THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS LOLLY CHIU; THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FESTIVAL’S ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR LIU LIT-FOR? THE CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL, W HILTON CHEONG-LEEN; THE DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING, MR STUART WILKINSON; AND DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS.

NOTE TO EDITORS*

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT FESTIVAL AT 7.15 PM ON SUNDAY (OCTOBER 30) AT THE CHATER ROAD PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT AND STATUE SQUARE IN CENTRAL.

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GARDEN CONCERTS IN SHAM SHU I PO

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THREE OUTDOOR GARDEN CONCERTS WILL BE HELD AT DIFFERENT VENUES IN SHAM SHU I PO DURING THE NEXT FORTNIGHT.

THE CONCERTS ARE BEING JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT, THE PERFORMING ARTS COMMITTEE OF THE SHAM SHU I PO ARTS ASSOCIATION AND THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT OFFICE TO PROMOTE INTEREST AMONG LOCAL RESIDENTS IN VARIOUS' TYPES OF MUSIC.

THE FIRST CONCERT WILL BE GIVEN BY THE MUSIC OFFICE SYMPHONIC BAND AT MEI FOO SUN CHUEN STAGE 5 MALL (NEXT TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICE UNIT) ON SATURDAY (OCTOBER 29), STARTING AT 4 PM.

THE PROGRAMME WILL FEATURE LIGHT AND POPULAR MUSIC, INCLUDING WASHINGTON POST MARCH, STAR AND STRIPES FOREVER, TV FILM SONGS AND POP MUSIC.

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THE SECOND CONCERT WILL BE HELD AT THE LAI KOK ESTATE RECREATION GROUND ON NOVEMBER 5, BEGINNING AT 4 PM.

SEVERAL PART-TIME INSTRUCTORS OF THE MUSIC OFFICE WILL GIVE A VARIETY OF CHINESE INSTRUMENTAL SOLO AND ENSEMBLE ITEMS, WHILE A SOPRANO WILL PRESENT CHINESE FOLK MELODIES.

THE FINAL CONCERT WILL BE HELD AT THE NAM SHAN ESTATE RECREATION GROUND ON NOVEMBER 12 AT 4 PM, WITH FOLK SONG GROUPS AND WINNERS OF THE AMATEUR SINGING CONTEST PRESENTING BOTH POPULAR AND FOLK TUNES.

ADMISSION TO THE THREE CONCERTS WILL BE FREE.

PROGRAMME HANDBILLS ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT OFFICE SUB-OFFICES AND THE MONG KOK MUSIC CENTRE, 84 WATERLOO ROAD, FIRST FLOOR, CAMBRIDGE COURT, KOWLOON.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE DIRECTED TO TELEPHONE 3-7149255 OR 3-704251.

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FOLK MUSIC FROM CLASSROOMS * * *

FOLK MUSIC GROUPS FORMED BY SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS STUDYING OR LIVING IN KOWLOON CITY ARE INVITED TO AUDITION FOR A CONCERT.

THE AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD FROM 9 AM TO 1 PM ON NOVEMBER 26 AND 27, AND DECEMBER 3 AT THE YAU MA TEI MUSIC CENTRE OF MUSIC OFFICE. ABOUT 12 GROUPS WILL BE SELECTED.

APART FROM THE CONCERT TO BE STAGED AT THE KO SHAN THEATRE ON DECEMBER 30, THE SELECTED GROUPS WILL ALSO PERFORM IN A SERIES OF SATURDAY MATINEES IN PUBLIC PLACES IN THE DISTRICT DURING JANUARY AND FEBRUARY.

THE +FOLK MUSIC FROM THE CLASSROOM* PROJECT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT ARTS AND CULTURE COUNCIL, WITH DISTRICT BOARD SPONSORSHIP AT $10 000.

THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ROGER GARCIA, SAID THE PROJECT WAS VALUABLE IN PROMOTING FOLK MUSIC AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE AND DEVELOPING THEIR TALENT.

+ IN THE DISTRICT, WE ARE INTERESTED IN DEVELOPING A FRAMEWORK OF ACTIVITIES WHICH WILL ALLOW PEOPLE TO COME FORWARD AND SHOW THEIR TALENTS AND SKILLS: A KIND OF SELF-HELP APPROACH TOWARDS THE ARTS,* HE SAID.

HE SAID THE CONCERT WOULD GIVE YOUNG PEOPLE A CHANCE TO PERFORM IK PUBLIC WHILE THE AFTERNOON RECITALS WOULD TAKE MUSIC OFF THE STAGE AND INTO EVERYDAY PLACES SUCH AS THE HOUSING ESTATES.

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♦THE SATURDAY MATINEES ARE MEANT TO BE SMALL-SCALE, INFORMAL RECITALS FOR THE CURIOUS AND THE INTERESTED — IN FACT, ANY PASSERBY WHO CARES TO STOP AND LI STEN,♦ HE SAID.

STUDENTS WHO ARE INTERESTED CAN OBTAIN APPLICATION FORMS FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE AT 141-143 KAU PUI LUNG ROAD; THE HUNG HOM BRANCH OFFICE AT 32 WUHU STREET; THE HO MAN TIN BRANCH OFFICE AT BLOCK 8 HO MAN TIN ESTATE; THE YAU MA TEI MUSIC CENTRE, GOLDEN GATE COMMERCIAL BUILDING, 138 AUSTIN ROAD; AND THE MONG KOK MUSIC CENTRE, CAMBRIDGE COURT, 84 WATERLOO ROAD.

THE CLOSING DATE IS NOVEMBER 11.

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NOTE TO EDITORSi

SWIMMERS TO RECEIVE PRIZES * * * *

WINNERS OF THE SUMMER AQUATIC PROGRAMME WILL BE PRESENTED WITH TROPHIES AT THE VICTORIA PARK SWIMMING POOL TOMORROW (FRIDAY) NIGHT.

THE AQUATIC PROGRAMME WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT AND THE URBAN COUNCIL.

THE WINNERS WERE AMONG SOME 2 500 WHO TOOK PART IN VARIOUS AQUATIC EVENTS SUCH AS SNORKELLING, DIVING AND SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING.

DURING THE CEREMONY AT WHICH URBAN COUNCILLOR, MR KWAN LIM-HO WILL OFFICIATE — THERE WILL BE A DISPLAY OF SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING AND DIVING.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR PATRICK WILLIAMSON, WILL BE PRESENT TO WELCOME MR KWAN.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY WHICH WILL START AT 7.30 PM.

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PLB PROHIBITED ZONES

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FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (OCTOBER 29), ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES EXCEPT THOSE AUTHORISED IN WRITING BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING ROAD LIO WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH ROAD D4, SHEUNG SHU I.

FROM THE SAME DAY, THE NEW BUS TERMINUS IN SUN TIN WAI ESTATE SHA TIN, WILL ALSO BE DESIGNATED A PROHIBITED ZONE. ALL MOTOR VEHIct.ES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED PUBLIC OMNIBUSES AND THOSE AUTHORISED IN WRITING BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, 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, OCTOBER 28, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PAID SICK LEAVE LAW EFFECTIVE TUESDAY........................ 1

85O-MILLION TUEN MUN CONTRACT SIGNED ........................ 2

INTEREST ON TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES ........................ 2

INJURED FIREMEN PRAISED ..................................... 4

UNION MEMBERS ELECTED TO LABOUR BOARD ....................... 4

PRISONERS NEED VISITORS - GARNER............................. 5

FIRST TEACHERS TO GET RSA DIPLOMAS .......................... 6

DISABLED YOUTHS GET SKILLS CERTIFICATES ..................... 7

EASTERN DB PRAISED FOR WORK.................................. 8

STREET ALTERATIONS FOR MTR ISLAND LINE....................... 8

TOOTWEAR EXPORT LICENSING LIFTED ............................ 9

FRENCH VISITORS LOOK OVER TREATMENT WORKS.................... 10

TROPHIES FOR AQUATIC WINNERS ................................ 10

SPORTS FESTIVAL FOR KWUN TONG RESIDENTS ..................... 11

OLD ID CARDS TO BE BURNED ................................... 12

TUEN MUN STARTS ROAD SAFETY DRIVE ...........................

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC CHANGES ................................... 13

GAS CADETS TO PARADE SUNDAY ................................. 15

RESIDENTS URGED TO KEEP TOWN CLEAN .......................... 15

ILLEGAL STRUCTURES TO BE CLEARED ............................ 1$

COUNTRY PARKS GUIDED VISITS ORGANISED ....................... 17

PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN COUNTRY PARK ............................ 17

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SWIMMING POOL REPAIR WORK...................................... 18

HEUNG YIP ROAD TRAFFIC.................*....................... 18

SALT WATER MAINS WORK.......................................... 18

MEET THE MEDIA..........................  *.................... 19

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PAID SICK LEAVE LAW EFFECTIVE TUESDAY M * M

THE LAW INCREASING THE RATE OF PAID SICK LEAVE COMES INTO OPERATION ON TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 1), ACCORDING TO A NOTICE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT THE LAW, KNOWN AS THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1983, APPLIES TO ALL MANUAL EMPLOYEES AND ALSO TO NON-MANUAL EMPLOYEES EARNING NOT MORE THAN $8 500 A MONTH.

UNDER THE ORDINANCE, AN EMPLOYEE IS ENTITLED TO SICKNESS ALLOWANCE AT AN IMPROVED RATE OF TWO DAYS PAID SICK LEAVE FOR EACH MONTH OF SERVICE DURING THE FIRST 12 MONTHS OF EMPLOYMENT AND FOUR DAYS FOR EACH MONTH THEREAFTER.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF PAID SICKNESS DAYS I

THE FIRST TYPE IS MADE UP OF PAID SICK LEAVE ACCUMULATED UP TO 36 DAYS, WHICH MAY BE TAKEN BY PRODUCING A CERTIFICATE ISSUED BY ANY MEDICAL PRACTITIONER,

THE SECOND TYPE IS MADE UP OF LEAVE IN EXCESS OF 36 DAYS AND MAY BE ACCUMULATED UP TO A MAXIMUM OF 84 DAYS.

WHEN THE FIRST TYPE OF PAID SICKNESS DAYS IS EXHAUSTED AND THE EMPLOYEE HAS TO TAKE THE SECOND TYPE OF PAID SICKNESS DAYS, THE EMPLOYER MAY REQUIRE HIM TO PRODUCE A CERTIFICATE ISSUED BY A HOSPITAL DOCTOR.

AN EMPLOYER IS NOT ALLOWED TO TERMINATE THE EMPLOYMENT OF AN EMPLOYEE DURING SICK LEAVE UNLESS HE PAYS HIM WAGES IN LIEU OF NOTICE, THE FULL SICKNESS ALLOWANCE TO WHICH HE WOULD HAVE BEEN ENTITLED AND AN ADDITIONAL SUM EQUAL TO SEVEN DAYS’ WAGES.

THE ORDINANCE, HE ADDED, ALSO REQUIRES AN EMPLOYER TO RECORD THE PAID SICKNESS DAYS ACCUMULATED AND TAKEN AS WELL AS ALLOWANCE PAID TO EACH EMPLOYEE. A SPECIMEN FORM FOR RECORD-KEEPING HAS BEEN POSTED UP IN ALL OFFICES OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE.

A GUIDE TO THE SICKNESS BENEFITS PROVISIONS IN THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE WILL BE AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE IN THOSE OFFICES AND THE TWO REGIONAL OFFICES OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT EARLY NEXT MONTH.

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t50-MILLION TUEN MUN CONTRACT SIGNED

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A B50-MILLION CONTRACT WAS AWARDED TODAY BY THE TUEN MUN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFF ICE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT TO TOBISHIMA CORPORATION FOR A ROAD PROJECT IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF TUEN MUN.

THE CONTRACT WAS SIGNED BY MR YU KWOK-LEUNG, CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE TUEN MUN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE COMPANY.

THE CONTRACT INVOLVES THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SECTION OF DUAL CARRIAGEWAY, INCLUDING AN INTERCHANGE, ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF ON TING AND YAU 01 ^STATES TO LINK TUEN MUN ROAD WITH A NEW RIVER BRIDGE NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

UPON COMPLETION, THE NEW SECTION, TOGETHER WITH OTHER SECTIONS OF THE CARRIAGEWAY, WILL PROVIDE DIRECT ACCESS FROM TUEN MUN ROAD TO THE WESTERN PART OF THE TOWN, INCLUDING BUTTERFLY AND WUKING ESTATES.

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

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INTEREST ON TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES MN*

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY HAS AUTHORISED AN INCREASE IN THE RATE OF INTEREST PAYABLE ON TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES, IT IS ANNOUNCED IN A LEGAL NOTICE PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

FROM TODAY OCTOBER 28, 1983, THE NEW ANNUAL RATE OF INTEREST WILL BE 12 PER CENT (TAX FREE) AS AGAINST THE CURRENT RATE OF 10.2 PER CENT (TAX FREE).

INTEREST ON TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES IS CALCULATED IN MONTHLY STEPS AND THE NEW RATE WILL BE Si.00 PER MONTH PER 1100. INTEREST WILL BE CRED I TED-AS BEFORE IN RESPECT OF COMPLETED MONTHS BETWEEN PURCHASE/AND SURRENDER IN PAYMENT OF TAX.

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

THE NEW RAT/'WILL APPLY TO ALL CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER TODAY (OC/JBER 28, 1983).

CERTIFIC//ES WHICH WERE ISSUED BEFORE OCTOBER 28, 1983 WILL CONTINUF/iO EARN INTEREST AS FOLLOWS t-

8.4 % P<Z ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER f/TH OCTOBER 1979 AND BEFORE 11TH APRIL 1980s

10.5 %(’ER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER ’IITH APRIL 1980 AND BEFORE 30TH MAY 1980;

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9% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER 3OTH MAY 1980 AND BEFORE 27TH JUNE 1980 ;

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

6.24% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER 30TH JULY 1980 AND BEFORE 16TH OCTOBER 1980;

8.16% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER 16TH OCTOBER 1980 AND BEFORE 21ST NOVEMBER 1980;

9.84% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER 21ST NOVEMBER 1980 AND BEFORE 31ST JULY 1981;

13.2% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER 31ST JULY 1981 AND BEFORE 16TH OCTOBER 1981;

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

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

10.8% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER 4TH JUNE 1982 AND BEFORE 27TH AUGUST 1982;

9% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER 27TH AUGUST 1982 AND BEFORE 3RD DECEMBER 1982;

7.8% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER 3RD DECEMBER 1982 AND BEFORE 27TH MAY 1983; AND

10.2% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER 27TH MAY 1983 AND BEFORE 28TH OCTOBER 1983

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

EXAMPLE l $1 000 CERTIFICATES PURCHASED ON 28TH OCTOBER 1983, —— 28TH NOVEMBER 1983 AND 28TH DECEMBER 1983

RESPECTIVELY, SURRENDER IN PAYMENT OF TAX DUE ON 28TH JANUARY 1984 WILL HAVE INTEREST CALCULATED AS FOLLOWS l-

ON $1 000, 28TH OCTOBER 1983 TO 28TH JANUARY 1984, 3 COMPLETE MONTHS AT $10 PER MONTH - $30

ON Si 000, 28TH NOVEMBER 1983 TO 28TH JANUARY 1984, 2 COMPLETE MONTHS AT $10 PER MONTH - $20

ON $1 000 28TH DECEMBER 1983 TO 28TH JANUARY 1984, 1 COMPLETE MONTH AT $10 PER MONTH - $10

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DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES, MR FREDERICK WATSON, ACTING CHIEF FIRE OFFICER OF KOWLOON FIRE COMMAND ROY WHEATLEY, AND SENIOR D VISIONAL OFFICER OF KOWLOON EAST PAUL CHAN HOI TODAY VISITED FIREMEN AND OFFICERS INJURED WHILE FIGHTING A FIRE AT A SQUATTER AREA IN ON LOK TSUEN, KWUN TONG, THIS MORNING.

ALSO VISITING THE INJURED MEN WERE DISTRICT OFFICER OF KWUN TONG. MR KEVIN MAK AND SEVERAL MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE MEMBERS. THEY PRAISED THE FIREMEN FOR THEIR FIRE-FIGHTING EFFORTS UNDER HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS.

THE FIRE BROKE OUT AT 3 AM AND WAS PUT OUT ABOUT AN HOUR LATER.

THERE WERE NO REPORTS OF INJURIES AMONG THE RESIDENTS.

THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS BEING INVESTIGATED, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

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UNION MEMBERS ELECTED TO LABOUR BOARD * * * *

THREE EMPLOYEES’ UNION MEMBERS WERE ELECTED TODAY (FRIDAY) AS EMPLOYEES’ REPRESENTATIVES TO BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR AS MEMBERS OF THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD FOR THE YEAR 1984.

THEY ARE MR SZETO WAH OF HONG KONG PROFESSIONAL TEACHERS’ UNION, MR POON CH I-CH I NG OF HONG KONG AND KOWLOON LITHOGRAPHIC WORKERS UNION AND MR WONG WAI-HUNG OF ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENT LAND AND ENGINEERING SURVEYING OFFICERS.

THE ELECTION, HELD BY SECRET BALLOT AT THE SCHOOL HALL OF QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL, KOWLOON, WAS SUPERVISED BY OFFICERS OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

THE BOARD IS A NON-STATUTORY BODY WHICH ADVISES THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR ON MATTERS REFERRED TO IT BY HIM, INCLUDING LEGISLATION AND INTERNATIONAL LABOUR CONVENTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS. IT COMPRISES SIX EMPLOYERS’ REPRESENTATIVES AND SIX EMPLOYEES’ REPRESENTATIVES, WITH THE COMMISSIONER AS CHAIRMAN.

THREE OF THE EMPLOYEES’ REPRESENTATIVES ARE ELECTED BY REGISTERED EMPLOYEES’ UNIONS AND THE OTHER THREE ARE DIRECTLY APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR.

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PRISONERS WITH NO RELATIVES OR FRIENDS TO VISIT THEM HAVE A DIFFICULT TIME IN PRISON, THE COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR THOMAS GARNER SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

PRISONERS NEED FRIENDLY CONTACT FROM OUTSIDE THE PRISON AS SUCH ASSOCIATION KEEPS THEM IN TOUCH WITH THE COMMUNITY AS WELL AS DEMONSTRATES SOCIETY’S INTEREST IN HELPING THEM BECOME BETTER PERSONS, MR GARNER SAID.

♦NOT EVERYONE WILL AGREE WITH THIS PHILOSOPHY BUT FOR THOSE OF US WHO ARE PROFESSIONALS IN THE FIELD OF CORRECTIONS WE KNOW IT TO BE IMPORTANT,♦ HE ADDED.

MR GARNER, WHO IS ALSO PRESIDENT OF THE PRISONERS FRIENDS’ ASSOCIATION, WAS ADDRESSING THE ASSOCIATION’S ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING HELD AT THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS IN WAN CHAI.

BY MEETING VISITORS FROM OUTSIDE, A PRISONER WILL SERVE HIS SENTENCE WITH THE KNOWLEDGE THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE OUTSIDE WHO CARE FOR HIM AND HIS FUTURE, HE SAID.

MR GARNER ALSO PAID TRIBUTE TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ASSOCIATION, Mt MICHAEL TAYLOR FOR HIS CONTRIBUTION TO THE ASSOCIATION OVER THE PAST YEARS.

MR TAYLOR WILL BE RETURNING TO THE UNITED KINGDOM AFTER MORE THAN 16 YEARS IN HONG KONG.

DURING THE MEETING, MR TAYLOR COMMENDED THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOR ITS SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE TO THE ASSOCIATION AND EXPRESSED HIS GRATITUDE PARTICULARLY TO MR GARNER.

♦IT WAS BECAUSE OF HIS STRONG ENCOURAGEMENT THAT WE CAME TO EXIST AS A GROUP IN THE FIRST PLACE,♦ HE SAID.

THE ASSOCIATION, FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE ♦ASSOCIATION OF PRISON VISITORS*, WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1980.

ITS OBJECTIVE IS TO MAINTAIN CONTACT BETWEEN PRISONERS AND THE WORLD OUTSIDE. MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION PAY REGULAR VISITS TO PRISONERS WHO ARE IN NEED OF FRIENDSHIP, THEREBY HELPING THEM ADJUST IN PRISON AND LATER TO NORMAL LIFE IN SOCIETY AFTER DISCHARGE.

MR TAYLOR APPEALED PARTICULARLY TO MATURE CANTONESE-SPEAKING MEN OVER 21 YEARS OF AGE TO JOIN THE ASSOCIATION.

APPLICANTS MAY WRITE TO THE ASSOCIATION C/0 GUARDIAN HOUSE 11TH FLOOR, 32 01 KWAN ROAD, HONG KONG.

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FIRST TEACHERS TO GET RSA DIPLOMAS ft ft ft ft

EIGHTEEN PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE HAVE TODAY BECOME THE FIRST GROUP IN HONG KONG TO RECEIVE THE DIPLOMA FOR OVERSEAS TEACHERS OF ENGLISH AWARDED BY THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF ARTS (RSA).

ALL OF THESE TEACHERS ARE FORMER COURSE MEMBERS OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION (ILE).

TO MARK THE OCCASION, A CEREMONY WAS HELD TODAY AT THE ILE, DURING WHICH THE TEACHERS WERE PRESENTED WITH THE DIPLOMAS BY THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR COLVYN HAYE.

SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, MR HAYE SAID THE DIPLOMA WAS AN INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED TEACHING DIPLOMA WHICH WAS RAPIDLY GAINING MORE STATUS IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD.

MANY ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING INSTITUTIONS NOW DEMANDED THE DIPLOMA AS A PREREQUISITE FOR EMPLOYMENT, HE ADDED.

IN ORDER TO SIT FOR THE DIPLOMA EXAMINATION, TEACHERS MUST FOLLOW A COURSE WHICH HAS TO BE RECOGNISED AND VALIDATED BY RSA.

MR HAYE SAID THE ILE COURSE WAS OFFICIALLY APPROVED BY AN RSA ASSESSOR SOON AFTER IT STARTED LAST YEAR, AND SO ILE BECAME THE FIRST INSTITUTION IN HONG KONG TO OFFER THE RSA’S OVERSEAS TEACHERS’ COURSE.

HE SAID IT WAS VERY RARE FOR 100 PER CENT OF THE CANDIDATES TO PASS ANY EXAMINATION, BUT IT HAPPENED TO THE 18 TEACHERS THIS TIME.

ONE TEACHER WAS AWARDED A DISTINCTION IN THE PRACTICAL TEST AND ONE A DISTINCTION IN THE WRITTEN EXAMINATION, HE SAID.

HE PRAISED THE TEACHERS FOR THE REMARKABLE PERFORMANCE AND THEIR HARD WORK IN PREPARING FOR THE EXAMINATION, AND COMMENDED TUTORS AT THE ILE FOR ASSISTING THE CANDIDATES.

TURNING BACK TO THE ILE, MR HAYE SAID SINCE ITS INCEPTION, 100 TEACHERS OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE HAD COMPLETED THEIR REFRESHER COURSE AND WERE NOW BACK IN THEIR SCHOOLS TEACHING IN ENGLISH AND HELPING CHILDREN TO COMMUNICATE REAL MEANINGS IN THE LANGUAGE BY TEACHING ITS SOUNDS, WORDS AND GRAMMAR THROUGH CONTEXTUALISED AND MEANINGFUL LANGUAGE ACTIVITIES, TASKS AND GAMES.

♦IT IS VERY EXCITING TO REALISE THAT BY THE END OF THIS COURSE THE NUMBER OF THESE ’REFORMERS’ WILL BE DOUBLED TO 200 AND BY THE SUMMER IT WILL BE TRIPLED TO 300,+ HE NOTED.

MR HAYE ADDED THAT REPORTS FROM ILE TUTORS WHO OBSERVED PAST COURSE MEMBERS’ PERFORMANCE IN THEIR CLASSROOMS DURING FOLLOW-UP VISITS SHOWED AN ENORMOUS IMPROVEMENT IN TEACHING STANDARDS.

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♦THOSE TEACHERS’ LESSONS ARE NOW VERY LIVELY AND THE PUPILS ENJOY ENGLISH FAR MORE THAN BEFORE,♦ HE SAID.

DURING TODAY’S CEREMONY MR HAYE ALSO INTRODUCED TO THE GATHERING THE NEW HEAD OF THE ILE, DR VERNER BICKLEY.

AN INTERNATIONALLY-RENOWNED LINGUIST, DR BICKLEY IS THE FORMER HEAD OF THE EAST-WEST CENTRE’S CULTURE LEARNING INSTITUTE AT HONOLULU.

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DISABLED YOUTHS GET SKILLS CERTIFICATES *****

NINE DISABLED YOUNG PERSONS HAVE OBTAINED SKILLS CERTIFICATES OF COMPETENCE, WHICH SERVE AS A RECOGNITION OF THEIR ATTAINMENT IN VOCATIONAL TRAINING.

THEY HAVE RECENTLY COMPLETED A TWO-YEAR SYSTEMATIC SKILL TRAINING PROGRAMME AT THE KWUN TONG SKILLS CENTRE FOR THE DISABLED AND HAVE SUCCESSFULLY PASSED A TEST SET AT INDUSTRIAL STANDARDS.

♦THE SUCCESS OF GRADUATES HAS PROVED BEYOND DOUBT THAT, GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY AND APPROPRIATE RESOURCES, MANY DISABLED PERSONS CAN OBTAIN AN EMPLOYABLE SKILL,* MR MORRIS MORGAN, DIRECTOR OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING, SAID AT THE PRESENTATION OF THE CERTIFICATES TODAY.

TWENTY TRAINEES ENROLLED IN THE PART-TIME EVENING TRAINING PROGRAMMES ON ELECTRONICS, CLOTHING AND BASIC COPYTYPING HAD TAKEN A TEST. NINE TRAINEES PASSED IN CLOTHING AND BASIC COPYTYPING.

THE TEST PAPERS WERE PRESENTED TO THE RELEVANT INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARDS OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL FOR COMMENTS AND WERE MARKED BY INDEPENDENT EXPERTS SKILLED IN THE SUBJECTS.

EACH GRADUATE HAD TO ATTEND AN INTENSIVE COURSE ON PRACTICAL SKILL AND THEORY.

♦A CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCE IS A PROOF THAT THE DISABLED HOLDER POSSESSES A SKILL WHICH IS COMPETITIVE ALONGSIDE THAT OF HIS ABLE-BODIED COUNTERPART IN THE SEARCH FOR NEW EMPLOYMENT IN INDUSTRY OR COMMERCE,+ MR MORGAN SAID.

EMPLOYERS’ CONFIDENCE ON THE CAPABILITIES OF THE CERTIFICATE HOLDERS WILL BE STRENGTHENED AS WELL, HE ADDED.

THIS MILESTONE IN THE CERTIFICATION FOR DISABLED TRAINEES WILL ENHANCE AND EXTEND THEIR EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS.

EXAMINATION FOR TRAINEES ENROLLED IN FULL-TIME TRAINING COURSES WILL BE ARRANGED IN NEXT SUMMER.

THERE ARE ABOUT 250 TRAINEES AT THE CENTRE RECEIVING VARIOUS LEVELS OF FULL-TIME OR PART-TIME TRAINING IN CLOTH I NG. BUS I NESS PRACTICE, ELECTRICAL WORK, ELECTRONICS, FABRICATION, ETC.

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EASTERN DB PRAISED FOR WORK ft ft ft *

THE RAMIFICATION OF DEVELOPMENTS IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT WILL REPRESENT A CHALLENGE TO THE DISTRICT BOARD. WHICH HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ADVISING GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS TO ENSURE THAT THESE DEVELOPMENTS ARE ANSWERING THE DEMANDS OF THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR BARRIE WIGGHAM, WHEN EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS h£T TODAY.

♦THERE HAVE BEEN LARGE SCALE DEVELOPMENTS IN ITS TRANSPORT AND TRAFFIC INFRASTRUCTURE, AS IS MANIFESTED IN THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR AND THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY ISLAND LINE, AS WELL AS OTHER DEVELOPMENTS SUCH AS THE EASTERN DISTRICT HOSPITAL AND OTHER DEVELOPMENTS IN CHAI WAN,+ HE SAID.

MR WIGGHAM SAID THE INTRODUCTION OF THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME WAS TO MEET THE CHANGING NEED OF THE SOCIETY AND, IN RECENT YEARS, THE EASTERN DISTRICT HAD EXPERIENCED RAPID CHANGES.

HE SAID FROM THE BOARD’S ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE PAST, HE WAS CONFIDENT THAT IT WOULD BE ABLE TO MAINTAIN ITS REPUTATION AND GIVE THE GOVERNMENT ITS CONTINUED WHOLE-HEARTED SUPPORT, NOT ONLY FOR THE WELL-BEING OF THE PEOPLE OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BUT ALSO FOR THE WHOLE HONG KONG COMMUNITY.

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AT THE SAME TIME, A TEMPORARY FOOTPATH OF A MINIMUM WIDTH OF TWO METRES WILL BE PROVIDED NEXT TO THE SOUTHERN BOUNDARY OF NO. 957 KING’S ROAD AND NOS. 3-5 FINN IE STREET.

AFTER THE M.T.R. ENTRANCE AND FOOTBRIDGE IS COMPLETED, PERMANENT ALTERATIONS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED.

UNDER THE ALTERATION SCHEME, THE SECTION OF THE WESTERN FOOTPATH OF KING’S ROAD IMMEDIATELY UNDER THE FOOTBRIDGE WILL BE WIDENED AND THE EASTERN FOOTWAY OF KING’S ROAD ADJACENT TO THE FOOTBRIDGE WILL BE EXTENDED TO THE SOUTHERN BOUNDARY OF NO. 957 KING’S ROAD AND NOS. 3-5 FINNIE STREET.

A NOTICE ABOUT THE STREET ALTERATIONS WAS GAZETTED TODAY.

COPIES OF IT, TOGETHER WITH THE STREET ALTERATION PLAN (NO. MT/G/266), MAY BE INSPECTED DURING 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 ALTERATIONS MUST BE MADE IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT AND MUST REACH HIS OFFICE WITHIN ONE YEAR AFTER THE ROAD IS REINSTATED IN THE CASE OF THE TEMPORARY ALTERATION OR BEFORE THE EXPIRATION OF ONE YEAR FROM THE COMPLETION OF THE ALTERATION IN THE CASE OF PERMANENT ALTERATION.

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FOOTWEAR EXPORT LICENSING LIFTED ft ft ft ft

WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT, EXPORTS OF FOOTWEAR ARE EXEMPT FROM LICENSING CONTROL.

THIS HAS BEEN GIVEN EFFECT BY THE IMPORT AND EXPORT (GENERAL) REGULATIONS (AMENDMENT OF SECOND SCHEDULE) ORDER 1983 GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY).

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, A SPOKESMAN OF THE TRADE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT EXPORT LICENSING OF FOOTWEAR WAS REQUIRED PREVIOUSLY BECAUSE IT WAS AN IMPORT-SENSITIVE ITEM IN THE DEVELOPED COUNTRIES. HOWEVER, RECENT DEVELOPMENTS INDICATED THAT SUCH CONTROL WAS NO LONGER NECESSARY.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE REMOVAL OF FOOTWEAR FROM EXPORT LICENSING CONTROL WAS IN LINE WITH THE DEPARTMENT’S POLICY TO MINIMISE IMPORT AND EXPORT FORMALITIES UNLESS THERE WAS A POSITIVE REASON NOT TO DO SO.

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FRENCH VISITORS LOOK OVER TREATMEM WORKS * * * *

A SEVEN-MEMBER FRENCH DELEGATION, ON THE FINAL DAY OF THEIR THREE-DAY VISIT TO HONG KONG, TODAY VISITED THE SHA TIN SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS.

THE VISITORS. LED BY SENATOR R. POUILLE, WERE MET BY THE GOVERNMENT ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEER, MR MICHAEL HUTTON AND BRIEFED BY THE WORKS MANAGER, MR GORDON TAYLOR.

EARLIER IN THE DAY, THE PARTY MET THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES, MR K.L. WONG.

AMONG THOSE IN THE GROUP WERE MR ANDRE ROSS I NOT, MAYOR OF NANCY IN EAST FRANCE; MR JEAN CLAUDE COLIN, CHAIRMAN OF THE NANCY DISTRICT POTABLE AND WASTE WATERS COMMISSION AND MR ANDRE LEFEBVRE, SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE NANCY DISTRICT WATER BOARD.

THE VISITORS ARRIVED IN HONG KONG ON WEDNESDAY, AFTER VISITING CHINA AND MACAU AND WILL LEAVE TONIGHT FOR NEW DELHI.

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TROPHIES FOR AQUATIC WINNERS * * *

SIXTY-TWO WINNERS OF THIS YEAR’S SUMMER AQUATIC PROGRAMME WERE THIS EVENING PRESENTED WITH TROPHIES AT A CEREMONY IN VICTORIA PARK SWIMMING POOL, CAUSEWAY BAY.

THE CEREMONY CONCLUDED A SERIES OF AQUATIC EVENTS, RANGING FROM PLATFORM DIVING TO SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING, LAUNCHED DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS.

THE PROGRAMME STARTED IN MAY THIS YEAR AND WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE (RSS) OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT AND THE URBAN COUNCIL.

ABOUT 2 500 PEOPLE APPLIED TO TAKE PART IN THE PROGRAMME, WHICH CONSISTED OF 09 DIFFERENT AQUATIC COURSES HELD IN SWIMMING POOLS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY.

IN HIS WELCOMING ADDRESS, THE COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR PATRICK WILLIAMSON, SAID THE SUMMER AQUATIC PROGRAMME, WHICH WAS LAUNCHED IN 1978, HAD BECOME EVER MORE POPULAR AS INTEREST IN SUCH SPORTS HAD DIVERSIFIED.

HE SAID THE RESPONSE TO THIS YEAR’S PROGRAMME HAD BEEN TREMENDOUS, WITH MORE THAN HALF OF THE PARTICIPANTS INTRODUCED TO THE SPORTS FOR THE FIRST TIME.

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♦I AM SURE ALL THOSE WHO COMPLETED THE TRAINING HAVE IMPROVED THEIR SKILL FOR THE SPORTS AS WELL AS THEIR PHYSICAL BEING,* MR WILLIAMSON SAID.

THE COMMISSIONER ALSO PAID TRIBUTE TO THE HONG KONG AMATEUR SWIMMING ASSOCIATION, THE HONG KONG UNDERWATER FEDERATION, THE ROYAL LIFE SAVING SOCIETY AND HONG KONG LIFE GUARD CLUB FOR HELPING MAKE THE PROGRAMME A SUCCESS.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY, URBAN COUNCILLOR, MR KWAN LIM-HO, SAID THE WINTER AQUATIC PROGRAMME WILL START NEXT MONTH.

EARLIER, THE WINNERS OF VARIOUS EVENTS GAVE A DEMONSTRATION OF THEIR SKILL.

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SPORTS FESTIVAL FOR KWUN TONG RESIDENTS * * *

A TWO-WEEK KWUN TONG SPORTS FESTIVAL WILL BE OPENED AT THE KWUN TONG RECREATION GROUND ON SUNDAY (OCTOBER 30).

STARTING AT 2 PM, A VARIETY OF SPORTS ACTIVITIES, FEATURING DANCING, GYMNASTIC DISPLAY, AND CYCLING DEMONSTRATION BY THE CIVIL AID SERVICES’ CYCLING TEAM, WILL BE STAGED.

MORE THAN 300 RESIDENTS WILL ALSO TAKE PART IN A VITALITY WALK IN THE DISTRICT.

PARTICIPANTS WHO CAN COMPLETE THE FIVE-KILOMETRE WALK WILL BE AWARDED SOUVENIRS.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR BARRIE WIGGHAM; THE DIRECTOR OF CULTURAL SERVICES, MR RANDOLPH 0’ HARA; AND URBAN COUNCILLOR, MR STEPHEN LAU.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE KWUN TONG SPORTS FESTIVAL AT 2 PM ON SUNDAY (OCTOBER 30) AT THE KWUN TONG RECREATION GROUND IN TSUI PING ROAD.

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THE OLD IDENTITY CARDS I960 WILL BECOME INVALID ON

CARDS TO BE BURNED * * *

ISSUED TO MEN BORN BETWEEN 1964 AND SUNDAY (OCTOBER 30).

THESE CARDS WILL BE DESTROYED AT THE KENNEDY TOWN INCINERATION PLANT ON SUNDAY MORNING, UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF SENIOR IMMIGRATION OFFICERS.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SYMBOLIC BURNING AT 10 AM. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE REQUESTED TO ASSEMBLE AT THE MAIN ^TRANCE OF KENNEDY TOWN INCINERATION PLANT AT 9.50 AM, WHERE THEY WILL BE MET BY G.I.S. STAFF AND THE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER OF THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT.

PRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS AND TV CAMERAMEN ARE ADVISED TO BRING THEIR FLASHLIGHTS AND HAND-HELD CAMERAS.

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TUEN MUN STARTS ROAD SAFETY DRIVE * * *

A MONTH-LONG ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN WILL BE HELD IN TUEN MUN FROM SUNDAY (OCTOBER 30).

THE CAMPAIGN, COSTING $10 000, AIMS AT ENCOURAGING SAFE DRIVING HABITS AND HIGHLIGHTING THE DANGER OF JAYWALKING THROUGH PUBLICITY, EDUCATION AND PROSECUTION.

DURING THE CAMPAIGN PERIODS, A MINIATURE ROAD SAFETY TOWN WILL BE STAGED AT THE BASKETBALL COURT OF THE ON TING/YAU 01 COMMUNITY CENTRE TO TEACH CHILDREN ABOUT ROAD SAFETY RULES AND CODES.

BANNERS AND SIGNBOARDS WITH ROAD SAFETY SLOGANS WILL ALSO BE PUT UP AT PROMINENT PLACES TO REMIND DRIVERS AND PEDESTRIANS OF THE VARIOUS TRAFFIC BLACKSPOTS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE POLICE WILL DISTRIBUTE PAMPHLETS AND BROADCAST THE ROAD SAFETY MESSAGE TO THE RESIDENTS AT MAJOR PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS.

ENFORCEMENT ACTION WILL BE TAKEN AT A LATER STAGE OF THE CAMPAIGN WHEN JAYWALKERS AND CARELESS DRIVERS WILL BE PROSECUTED.

ON SUNDAY, A ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN EXHIBITION AND A TELEMATCH GAMES DAY WILL BE HELD AT 2 PM AT THE TUEN MUN PLAYGROUND TO MARK THE OPENING.

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AT THE EXHIBITION, THERE WILL BE A DEMONSTRATION OF A SEAT BELT CATAPULT, A ROAD SAFETY BUS, A POLICE ARMOURED PERSONNEL CARRIER, A RADAR POLICE CAR, DISPLAY OF WRECKED CARS, A ROAD SAFETY DISPLAY CENTRE AND A MOBILE VISION SCREENING VEHICLE.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WILLIAM HUI; THE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR WONG HOK-YEE; THE CHAIRMAN OF TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE, MR LAU WONG-FAT; THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT COMMANDER OF ROYAL HK POLICE FORCE, MR VINCE CHAPMAN; AND THE SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT (TRAFFIC), NT

MR RON CLIBBORN-DYER WILL OFFICIATE

AT THE CEREMONY.

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YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE TUEN MUN ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN AT 2 PM ON SUNDAY (OCTOBER 30) AT THE TUEN MUN PLAYGROUND.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC CHANGES * * * *

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN CENTRAL AND TIN WAN, STARTING FROM SATURDAY (OCTOBER 29) AND SUNDAY (OCTOBER 30).

TO ALLOW FOR CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES, THE SUNDAY - PUBLIC HOLIDAY PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT AT CHATER ROAD AND ICE HOUSE STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR A LONGER PERIOD, FROM 0.01 AM ON SUNDAY (OCTOBER 30) UNTIL 5 AM ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 31).

ALL PARKING SPACES IN JACKSON ROAD BETWEEN CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AND CHATER ROAD WILL BE SUSPENDED BETWEEN 10 AM ON SATURDAY (OCTOBER 29) AND MIDNIGHT ON SUNDAY.

IN ADDITION, THE FOLLOWING TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED BETWEEN 7 AM AND 5 PM ON SUNDAY FOR ROAD REPAIRS AT DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL i

* THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL BETWEEN POTTINGER STREET AND PEDDER STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC;

M DOUGLAS STREET BETWEEN DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL AND CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC;

X ALL VEHICLES, EXCEPT BUSES, TRAVELLING ALONG DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL EASTBOUND ARE ADVISED TO USE JUBILEE STREET TO REACH CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL;

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* THE TERMINUS FOR BUS ROUTES 81M AND 9OM AT DOUGLAS STREET WILL BE RELOCATED TO THE BUS BAY ON THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL NEAR THE JUNCTION WITH POTTINGER STREET. BUSES ON THESE TWO ROUTES WILL BE DIVERTED VIA POTTINGER STREET, QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL, JUBILEE STREET, CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, COTTON TREE DRIVE AND QUEENSWAY;

* EASTBOUND BUSES ON ROUTES 5B, 10, 21, 101, 104, 105, 111 AND 113 ALONG DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL WILL BE DIVERTED VIA JUBILEE STREET, CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, COTTON TREE DRIVE AND QUEENSWAY;

# BUS ROUTES 11, 25 AND 75 WILL BE DIVERTED VIA CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, COTTON TREE DRIVE AND QUEENSWAY;

ft BUSES ON ROUTE 20 WILL BE DIVERTED VIA JUBILEE STREET, CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, COTTON TREE DRIVE AND QUEENSWAY;

* ALL BUS STOPS LOCATED ON THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL BETWEEN QUEEN VICTORIA STREET AND JACKSON ROAD WILL BE SUSPENDED, AND A TEMPORARY BUS STOP WILL BE PROVIDED AT CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL EAST OF CITY HALL MAIN BUILDING TO SERVE THE DIVERTED ROUTES MENTIONED ABOVE;

ft TRAM SERVICES WILL NOT BE AFFECTED DURING THE ROAD CLOSURE.

MEANWHILE, FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, THE FOLLOWING TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN TIN WAN TO FACILITATE SLOPE STABILISATION WORK AT TIN WAN HILL ROAD:

ft TIN WAN HILL ROAD FROM TIN WAN STREET TO A POINT ABOUT

50 METRES NORTH OF SHEK PAI WAN ROAD WILL BE CLOSED;

ft TIN WAN STREET WILL BE REROUTED TWO WAYS;

ft SHEK PAI WAN ROAD BETWEEN TIN WAN HILL ROAD AND TIN WAN STREET WILL BE REROUTED TWO-WAY;

ft TIN WAN HILL ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH SHEK PAI WAN ROAD TO A POINT 50 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE REROUTED TWO-WAY;

* BUSES ON CMB ROUTES 79M AND 48 FROM TIN WAN WILL BE DIVERTED VIA TIN WAN STREET, SHEK PAI WAN ROAD AND TIN WAN HILL ROAD;

* BUSES ON CMB ROUTE 78 FROM TIN WAN WILL BE DIVERTED VIA TIN WAN STREET AND SHEK PAI WAN ROAD;

* MAXICABS ON ROUTES 11 AND 31 FROM TIN WAN WILL BE DIVERTED VIA SHEK PAI WAN ROAD AND TIN WAN HILL ROAD;

* ALL PARKING SPACES ON TIN WAN HILL ROAD AND TIN WAN STREET WILL BE SUSPENDED.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

CAS CADETS TO PARADE SUNDAY

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THE CIVIL AID SERVICES WILL HOLD A CADET GRAND PARADE ON SUNDAY (OCTOBER 30) AT FOOTBALL PITCHES 4, 5 AND 6 IN VICTORIA PARK, CAUSEWAY BAY, TO MARK ITS 15TH YEAR.

THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR DENIS BRAY, WILL ADDRESS THE ASSEMBLY AND INSPECT THE PARADE.

THIRTY-SIX SQUADS WITH 756 CADETS AND 38 OFFICERS FROM 21 CADET UNITS WILL BE ON PARADE. THE PROGRAMME WILL' START AT 11 AM.

AFTER THE PARADE AND THE PROCESSION,' THE HON R.H. LOBO, CAS COMMISSIONER, WILL OFFICIATE AT A CAKE CUTTING CEREMONY, AT ABOUT 12.20 PM AT THE CAS HEADQUARTERS, 100 CAROLINE HILL ROAD, HONG KONG.

THE CAS CADET CORPS, ESTABLISHED IN 1968, AIMS TO TRAIN YOUNG PEOPLE BETWEEN 12 TO 18 YEARS TO BECOME GOOD CITIZENS BY DEVELOPING THEIR PERSONALITIES, PERSONAL TALENTS, PHYSICAL STRENGTH AND SENSE OF CO-OPERATION.

IT OFFERS TO ITS 2 570 MEMBERS MANY ACTIVITIES, SUCH AS CAMPING, BOATING, WORK PROJECTS, COMMUNITY SERVICES AND SKILLTRAINING COURSES.

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RESIDENTS URGED TO KEEP TOWN CLEAN

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SHEK WU HUI RESIDENTS WERE URGED TODAY TO USE THE PERMANENT COLLECTION POINT FOR DISPOSAL OF THEIR REFUSE AND JUNK.

THE REQUEST WAS'MADE BY AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN, MR LIU CHING-LEUNG.

MR LIU SAID HE LOOKED FORWARD TO MORE PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING CF THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING THE NEW TOWN CLEAN AND OF IMPROVING THE GENERAL ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE.

HE URGED THE RESIDENTS NOT TO DUMP THEIR DAILY REFUSE IN OR NEAR LITTER CONTAINERS OR AT STREET CORNERS, BUT TO TAKE IT TO THE >1 MILLION OFF-STREET REFUSE COLLECTION POINT, WHEN IT COMES INTO USE NEXT MONTH.

MR LIU SPOKE WHILE TOURING THE NEWLY COMPLETED PROJECT AT FU HING STREET TODAY AS PART OF HIS TWO-HOUR VISIT TO THE NORTH DISTRICT TO SEE HOW FAR THE CLEAN HONG KONG DRIVE WAS GOING ON.

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HE WAS ACCOMPANIED ON THE VISIT BY THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR BOWEN LEUNG, AND THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER OF NORTH DISTRICT, MR LAW WAI-MlNG.

MR LIU WAS TOLD ABOUT THE FACILITIES TO BE PROVIDED BY THE REFUSE COLLECTION POINT, AND WAS INFORMED THAT ALL REFUSE WOULD BE STORED IN COVERED BINS AND THAT COLLECTION WOULD BE CARRIED OUT INSIDE THE BUILDING.

HE THEN WENT TO KAM TSIN CHUEN TO SEE THE GENERAL CONDITION OF THE VILLAGE AND THE CLEANSING SERVICES BEING PROVIDED TO SOME 1 OOO VILLAGERS THERE.

HE ALSO VISITED A SECTION OF A STREAM OF THE RIVER INDUS AT HANG TAU TAI PO, WHERE HE SAW WORKERS OF THE NTSD CARRYING OUT CLEARING OPERATION ALONG THE 24-KILOMETRE RIVER ON A REGULAR BASIS.

BEFORE LEAVING, MR LIU ALSO VISITED A NEWLY COMPLETED AMENITY PLOT AT HO SHEUNG HEUNG TO SEE THE RESULTS OF TREE PLANTING IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE MEI FA PHASE OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN.

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ILLEGAL STRUCTURES TO BE CLEARED K M K

KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL BE BRIEFED ON A MAJOR ENVIRONMENTAL CLEARANCE +OPERATION FAR-FLING+ AT THEIR MEETING ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 31) AFTERNOON.

THE OPERATION IS DESIGNED TO CLEAR 1 086 ILLEGAL STRUCTURES ON CROWN LAND IN THE WHOLE DISTRICT OVER A PERIOD OF TWO TO THREE YEARS.

AT THE MEETING, BOARD MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE PROPOSED EXTENSION OF THE UNITED CHRISTIAN HOSPITAL WHICH WILL INCREASE THE NUMBER OF BEDS FROM 647 TO ABOUT 1 400.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA WILL INCLUDE PROGRESS REPORTS OF THE BOARD’S COMMITTEES AND THE NOMINATION OF A CO-OPTED MEMBER FOR THE SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE.

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR 3ARRIE WIGGHAM, WILL ATTEND THE MEETING.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AT 2.30 PM ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 31) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE AT 6, TUNG YAN STREET, THIRD FLOOR.

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COUNTRY PARKS GUIDED VISITS ORGANISED * * * *

THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT IS ORGANISING GUIDED VISITS TO THE COUNTRY PARKS FOR SENIOR FORM STUDENTS AND SIMILAR AGE GROUPS FROM NOVEMBER 1.

THE FIVE-MONTH PROGRAMME IS BEING LAUNCHED TO PROMOTE A HEATER AWARENESS OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION IN THE COUNTRYSIDE, StER ITS SUCCESS IN RECENT YEARS IN DRIVING HOME THE MESSAGE AMONG PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

THE GUIDED VISITS WILL BE AT FIVE SCENIC SPOTS - KEI LING HA, TWISK TAI MEI TUK, ABERDEEN, AND NAM SHAN COUNTRY PARKS MANAGEMENT CENTRES - EVERY FRIDAY FROM 10 AM TO 12.30 PM, EXCLUDING PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

EVERY GUIDED VISIT WILL START WITH A BRIEF BY A COUNTRY PARK RANGER AND WILL BE FOLLOWED BY WALKS IN THE COUNTRYSIDE. SUBJECTS INCLUDE TREES IN THE COUNTRY PARKS, PLANTATIONS IN TAI LAM CHUNG, LANDSCAPE OF PAT SIN LENG, COUNTRY PARKS ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND LAND USE ON LANTAU.

THE BOOKING FOR THESE VISITS WILL BE TREATED ON A +FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED+ BASIS.

ENQUIRIES REGARDING THE PROGRAMME CAN BE MADE BY TELEPHONING 3-688111 EXT. 219 OR 306 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN COUNTRY PARK

X X X X

FROM SUNDAY (OCTOBER 30), N.T. MAXICAB ROUTE NO. 6 FROM LADY MACLEHOSE HOLIDAY VILLAGE TO PAK TAM CHUNG AND NT MAXICAB ROUTE NO. 8 FROM LADY MACLEHOSE HOLIDAY VILLAGE TO WONG SHEK PIER WILL BE CANCELLED.

N.T. MAXICAB ROUTE NO. 7 FROM LADY MACLEHOSE HOLIDAY VILLAGE TO HOI HA WILL BE RE-ROUTED TO OPERATE BETWEEN PAK TAM CHUNG AND HOI HA ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS ONLY, WITH A FARE OF $2.50 PER SINGLE JOURNEY.

THE FARE OF N.T. MAX I CAB ROUTE NO. 9 FROM LADY MACLEHOSE HOLIDAY VILLAGE TO SAI KUNG WILL BE INCREASED FROM $2 TO $2.50 PER SINGLE JOURNEY, AND KMB ROUTE NO. 95R FROM PAK TAM CHUNG TO HOI HA/WONG SHEK PIER WILL BE RE-ROUTED TO OPERATE BETWEEN PAK TAM CHUNG AND WONG SHEK PIER ONLY.

THE ABOVE CHANGES ARE INTRODUCED TO IMPROVE PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES INSIDE THE SAI KUNG COUNTRY PARK FOR VISITORS ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

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SWIMMING POOL REPAIR WORK

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THE KWAI SHING PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL IN KWAI CHUNG WILL BE CLOSED FOR PUBLIC USE ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY (OCTOBER 29-30).

THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF THE SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX IS TO FACILITATE URGENT REPAIRS OF PLUMBING, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE POOL WILL BE RE-OPENED TO THE PUBLIC ON MONDAY AS USUAL, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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HEUNG YIP ROAD TRAFFIC

X X X

FROM 10 AM TOMORROW (SATURDAY), THE WESTERN SECTION OF HEUNG YIP ROAD BETWEEN NAM LONG SHAN ROAD AND WONG CHUK HANG ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED AS A PUBLIC LIGHT BUS PROHIBITED ZONE. ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES EXCEPT THOSE AUTHORISED IN WRITING BY THE AUTHORITY WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE ZONE.

THE EXISTING TERMINUS FOR MAXICAB ROUTE 29 AT THE EASTERN END OF HEUNG YIP ROAD WILL BE RESITED TO THE WESTERN SECTION OF THE SAME ROAD.

A TAXI STAND WILL BE PROVIDED NEAR THE EASTERN END OF HEUNG YIP ROAD.

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SALT WATER MAINS WORK * * *

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN TUEN MUN WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 31) FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT ALL PREMISES AND VILLAGES BETWEEN FU TEI SHEUNG TSUEN AND SAM SHING ESTATE, INCLUDING SIU HONG AND SIU ON COURTS; AREAS AB, 10, 37A AND 37B; TAI HING, SAN FAT, ON TING, YAU 01, SHAN KING, SAM SHING, BUTTERFLY AND WU KING ESTATES AND MELODY GARDEN.

ALSO AFFECTED WILL BE CHINA CEMENT CO (HK) LTD, THE CASTLE PEAK POWER STATION IN TAP SHEK KOK, CASTLE PEAK HOSPITAL, TUEN MUN CLINIC, YAN 01 POLYCLINIC AND INDUSTRIAL ZONE AREAS 9 AND 12.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEET THE MEDIA * * *

THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF LEGAL AID, MR PATRICK MOSS, WILL MEET THE MEDIA ON TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 1) AT 4 PM IN THE GIS THEATRE, FIFTH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2g, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NEW TT1 CARDS SCHEME: PHASE SIX .............................. 1

ELLEN, A TORNADO, AND HAILSTONES TOO! ........................ 1

SPUMIPOST EXTENDED TO SWEDEN ................................. 4

SEMINAR ON MORAL EDUCATION ................................... 5

FESTIVAL HELPS IMPROVE SPORTING SKILLS........................ 6

BOOKLET TELLS ABOUT ADULT COURSES ............................ 7

SHA TIN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE MOVING .........................

HORTICULTURAL CLASS IN TaI PO ................................

CHINESE MUSIC FESTIVAL .......................................

TRAFFIC MEASURES FOR CAUSEWAY BAY............................. 9

NEW RESTRICTED ZONES ......................................... 10

TERMINUS TO BECOME PROHIBITED ZONE............................ 10

WATER MAINS WORK

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SATURDAY, CCTC 29, 1983

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NEW ID CARD SCHEME« PHASE SIX * X * *

MEN BORN IN 1957 AND 1956 WERE TODAY REMINDED NEW IDENTITY CARDS WHEN THE SIXTH PHASE OF THE NEW STARTS ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 31).

TO APPLY FOR ID CARD SCHEME

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THEY MUST CALL AT ANY OF THE EIGHT ISSUE OFFICES BEFORE APPLICATION CLOSES ON DECEMBER 3.

HE EXPECTED ABOUT 120 000 MEN IN THESE TWO AGE GROUPS TO APPLY FOR NEW CARDS. \

♦ANYONE WITHIN THIS AGE BRACKET WHO FAILS TO OBTAIN A NEW ID CARD DURING THE SPECIFIED PERIOD IS BOUND TO SUFFER INCONVENIENCE AND MAY EVEN BE LIABLE TO PROSECUTION ONCE THE OLD CARDS ARE DECLARED INVALID,+ HE SAID.

♦HOWEVER, THOSE WHO ARE AWAY FROM HONG KONG AND WILL NOT BE BACK BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE MAY APPLY WITHIN 30 DAYS OF THEIR RETURN,♦ HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN REMINDED APPLICANTS TO BRING ALONG THEIR OLD IDENTITY CARDS TO THE ISSUE OFFICES WHICH WILL BE OPEN FROM 8 AM TO 9.30 PM, FROM MONDAY TO SATURDAY.

♦IF ANYONE IN THESE AGE GROUPS WANTS TO HAVE HIS LOST OR DAMAGED CARD REPLACED OR HIS PARTICULARS CHANGED, HE SHOULD GO TO THE REGULAR REGISTRATION OF PERSONS OFFICES,♦ THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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ELLEN, A TORNADO, AND HAILSTONES TOO.’ X X X

IN ADDITION TO THE DESTRUCTIVE TYPHOON ELLEN, WHICH HIT HONG KONG IN SEPTEMBER, TWO SEVERE WEATHER PHENOMENA WERE REPORTED IN THE MONTH — A TORNADO ON SEPTEMBER 9, AND A HAILSTORM ON SEPTEMBER 24.

SEPTEMBER WAS ALSO HOTTER AND WETTER THAN NORMAL, THE ROYAL REPORTS. IT WAS THE THIRD HOTTEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD TEMPERATURE AT 28.3 DEGREES CELSIUS, AND ITS MONTHLY ’ 447.4 MM WAS 40 PER CENT ABOVE NORMAL.

OBSERVATORY WITH A MEAN RAINFALL AT

BY THE NINE MONTHS NORMAL.

END OF THE MONTH, THE ACCUMULATED RAINFALL FOR OF THE YEAR CAME TO 2 659.0 MM, OR 30 PER CENT

ru, -ruJH^r?NTH STARTED W,,TH A FEW ISOLATED SHOWERS. IT WAS

afteSnotS of“septeAbErU3.SC,TTE,!ED thunderst,:"’ms developed

THE

ABOVE

FINE IN THE

/ON SEPTEMBER

SATURDAY, OCTO.. 29, 1983

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ON SEPTEMBER 4, IT WAS FINE, BUT ON THE FOLLOWING TWO DAYS IT WAS SHOWERY.

SHORTLY AFTER MIDNIGHT ON SEPTEMBER 6, THUNDERSTORMS WERE REPORTED.

APART FROM MORNING SHOWERS, IT WAS FINE ON SEPTEMBER 7, HOWEVER, THE WEATHER DETERIORATED RAPIDLY ON SEPTEMBER 8 AS TYPHOON ELLEN APPROACHED.

IN THE MORNING OF THAT DAY, THERE WERE FRESHENING NORTHERLY WINDS ACCOMPANIED BY OCCASIONAL SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. LATER, THE WINDS STRENGTHENED, AND THE SHOWERS BECAME MORE FREQUENT AND WIDESPREAD DURING THE NIGHT.

AS TYPHOON ELLEN PASSED CLOSEST TO HONG KONG ON SEPTEMBER 9, MEAN WINDS OF HURRICANE FORCE WERE RECORDED FOR EIGHT HOURS AT WAGLAN ISLAND. THE LONGEST DURATION OF HURRICANE FORCE WINDS AT THE STATION SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT IN DECEMBER 1952.

GUST OF OVER 100 KNOTS WERE RECORDED AT MOST OF THE METEROLOGICAL STATIONS IN HONG KONG DURING THAT PERIOD.

AND. AT 1.15 PM THAT DAY, A TORNADO HIT SHEK WU WAI TSUEN IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, DESTROYING SEVERAL HUTS, BUT OTHERWISE CAUSING NO HUMAN CASUALTIES.

DURING THE NIGHT, SHOWERS BECAME LIGHT AND INFREQUENT WHILE WINDS MODERATED.

ON SEPTEMBER 10, AND THERE WERE ISOLATED SHOWERS, AND THE NEXT DAY THERE WERE OCCASIONAL SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.

THE WEATHER IMPROVED ON SEPTEMBER 12 WHEN IT WAS MAINLY FINE APART FROM BRIEF SHOWERS, AND THIS CONTINUED TO SEPTEMBER 23, EXCEPT FOR ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS ON THE AFTERNOON OF SEPTEMBER 20.

HOWEVER, ON SEPTEMBER 24, GUSTS UP TO 43 KNOTS WERE RECORDED AT CHEUNG CHAU AND UP TO 54 KNOTS AT TAI 0 IN SQUALLY THUNDERSTORMS WHICH OCCURRED IN THE EVENING.

ON THAT SAME DAY, HAILSTONES ABOUT THE SIZE OF MARBLES FELL ON YUEN LONG, SHEUNG SHU I, FANLING AND TAI PO DURING THE THUNDERSTORMS.

IT TURNED FINE ON SEPTEMBER 25 ALTHOUGH ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS WERE REPORTED IN THE NIGHT.

FINE AND HOT WEATHER PERSISTED UNTIL THE AFTERNOON OF SEPTEMBER 28 WHEN TEMPERATURES REACHED 33.9 DEGREES CELSIUS, THE HIGHEST IN THE MONTH. HOWEVER, THE HEAT WAS TEMPERED LATER IN THE AFTERNOON BY SCATTERED HEAVY SHOWERS.

IT BECAME UNSETTLED WITH THE INFLUENCE OF SEVERE TROPICAL STORM GEORGIA, AS ON SEPTEMBER 29, AND 30 THERE WERE OCCASIONAL HEAVY SHOWERS. WINDS FRESHENED FROM THE NORTHEAST EARLY ON SEPTEMBER 29 WERE STRONG AT TIMES OFF SHORE.

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WINDS BECAME STRONG OFF SHORE IN THE AFTERNOON AND VEFRED TO (THE EAST THE FOLLOWING DAY.

IN SEPTEMBER, THREE TROPICAL CYCLONES DEVELOPED OVER THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC AND THE SOUTH CHINA SEA.

TYPHOON ELLEN PASSED NEAR DONGSHA ON SEPTEMBER 8 AND STRUCK HONG KONG AND MACAU THE FOLLOWING DAY. HOWEVER, IT DISSIPATED v .NEAR GUANGZHOU - THAT NIGHT.

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ON SEPTEMBER 20 TYPHOON FORREST ORIGINATED NEAR GUAM. AND

CAME CLOSE TO OKINAWA ON SEPTEMBER 25, INJURING 31 PEOPLE*

THE TYPHOON BROUGHT TORRENTIAL RAIN TO SOUTHWESTERN AND PMB0ITRAL JAPAN, AFFECTING 29 PREFECTURES, AND KILLING 21 PEOPLE WITH 17 REPORTED MISSING AND 86 INJURED.

TYPHOON FORREST BECAME AN EXTRA-TROPICAL CYCLONE SOUTH OF ■ TOKYO ON LATE SEPTEMBER 28.

MEANWHILE SEVERE TROPICAL STORM GEORGIA FORMED OVER THE SOUTH CHINA SEA ON SEPTEMBER 28, IT CROSSED HAINAN ON SEPTEMBER 30 AND DISSIPATED NEAR HANOI ON OCTOBER 1.

DURING THE MONTH, 17 AIRCRAFT WERE DIVERTED FROM HONG KONG DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER.

THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS WERE ISSUED ON SEPTEMBER 3, 7, 8. 11 12 20 AND 24 RESPECTIVELY.

ON SEPTEMBER 9 THREE WARNINGS WERE ISSUED BY THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY, NAMELY, FLOOD WARNING, LANDSLIP WARNING AND STORM SURGE WARNING.

THE YELLOW FIRE DANGER WARNING WAS IN EFFECT ON SEPTEMBER 27 AND 28.

SIGNALS HOISTED DURING THE MONTH WERE AS FOLLOWS*

WEATHER SYSTEM SIGNAL DATE AND TIME OF HOISTING DATE AND TIME OF LOWERING

TYPHOON ELLEN 1 SEPT. 7 5 AM SEPT. 8 7.45 AM

3 SEPT. 8 7.45 AM SEPT. 8 4.45 PM

8 NE SEPT. 8 4.45 PM SEPT. 9 1 AM

9 SEPT. 9 1 AM SEPT. 9 2 AM

10 SEPT. 9 2 AM SEPT. 9 10 AM

8 SE SEPT. 9 10 AM SEPT. 9 2 PM

8 SW SEPT. 9 2 PM SEPT. 9 5.37 PM

3 SEPT. 9 5.37 PM SEPT. 9 9.20 PM

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SEVERE TROPICAL 1 SEPT. 29 6.08 AM SEPT. 29 7.20 PM

STORM GEORGIA

3 SEPT. 29 7.20 PM SEPT. 30 1.40 PM

THE MONTH’S FIGURES AND DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL WEREs SUNSHINE 203.6 HOURS- 15.1 HOURS ABOVE NORMAL

RAINFALL 447.4 MM- 127.0 MM ABOVE NORMAL

CLOUDINESS 63 PER CENT- ONE PER CENT MORE THAN

NORMAL

RELATIVE HUMIDITY 78 PER CENT- ONE PER CENT LOWER THAN

NORMAL

MEAN MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE 31.4 DEGREES CELSIUS- 0.9 DEGREE CELSIUS ABOVE NORMAL

MEAN TEMPERATURE 28.3 DEGREES CELSIUS- 0.8 DEGREE CELSIUS ABOVE NORMAL

MEAN MINIMUM TEMPERATURE 26.1 DEGREES CELSIUS- 0.9 DEGREE CELSIUS ABOVE NORMAL

MEAN DEW POINT 24.1 DEGREES CELSIUS- 0.9 DEGREE CELSIUS ABOVE

NORMAL

TOTAL EVAPORATION 146.3 MM- 14.7 MM BELOW NORMAL

MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 33.9 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS RECORDED ON SEPTEMBER 28

MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 23.5 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS RECORDED ON SEPTEMBER 8

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SPEEDPOST EXTENDED TO SWEDEN * * * *

FROM TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 1) THE SPEEDPOST SERVICE WILL BE AVAILABLE TO SWEDEN, THE POSTMASTER GENERAL ANNOUNCED TODAY.

♦THIS WILL BRING TO 23 THE NUMBER OF COUNTRIES INCLUDED IN THE SPEEDPOST NETWORK SERVED FROM HONG KONG,* HE SAID.

THE SPEEDPOST WILL SERVE THE WHOLE COUNTRY, AND THE SERVICE WILL ACCEPT BUSINESS PAPERS, DOCUMENTS, SAMPLES AND MERCHANDISE.

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THE MAXIMUM WEIGHT LIMIT PER ITEM IS 20 KG AND THE POSTAGE RATES AS FOLLOWSi-

ITEM WEIGHING UNDER 250 G

ITEM WEIGHING BETWEEN 250 G AND

500 G

ITEM WEIGHING MORE THAN 500 G

175

•95

•95 FOR THE FIRST 500 G AND <18 FOR EACH 500 G THEREAFTER.

BOTH *C0NTRACT* AND +0N DEMAND* SERVICES WILL BE AVAILABLE.

ITEMS POSTED BEFORE 5 PM WILL BE DELIVERED IN STOCKHOLM THE NEXT WORKING DAY AND THOSE FOR OTHER CITIES THE FOLLOWING MORNING.

CUSTOMERS REQUIRING MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SERVICE SHOULD CONTACT THE POSTAL SERVICES REPRESENTATIVES ON 5-2671108 OR THE TELEPHONE ENQUIRY BUREAU ON 5-2671222, HE SAID.

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SEMINAR ON MORAL EDUCATION * * *

A HALF-DAY SEMINAR ON ETHICAL-MORAL EDUCATION WILL BE NEXT MONTH FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS.

HELD

THE SEMINAR IS ORGANISED BY THE RELIGIOUS-ETHICAL EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ADVISORY INSPECTORATE FOR SCIENCE TEACHERS AND TEACHERS CONCERNED WITH ETHICAL-MORAL EDUCATION.

THE AIM OF THE SEMINAR IS TO ACQUAINT TEACHERS WITH SOME SUGGESTED APPROACHES TO THE PROMOTION OF ETHICAL-MORAL EDUCATION THROUGH THE TEACHING OF SCIENCE SUBJECTS.

PARTICIPANTS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXCHANGE VIEWS AND EXPERIENCE WITH PANEL SPEAKERS AND AMONG THEMSELVES.

THE f/iMINAR WILL INCLUDE TALKS, SLIDE SHOWS AND PANEL DISCUSSIONS.

[

DR AHME CHARLTON, CANCER RESEARCH CAMPAIGN FELLOW OF THE MANCHESTER] REGIONAL COMMITTEE FOR CANCER EDUCATION, WILL SPEAK ON +THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MORAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH SCIENCE* AND MR CF/>NG CHOI MAN, A LECTURER OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY’S SCHOOL 0'/ EDUCATION, ON ’PROMOTING MORAL EDUCATION THROUGH SCIENCE TEACHING/ .

/THE SEMINAR........

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THE SEMINAR WILL BE HELD IN THE MORNING OF NOVEMBER 17 AT THE HONG KONG SZE YAP COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATION WONG ™| Sh!!S MEMORIAL COLLEGE, 250 NAM CHEONG STREET, KOWLOON.

TEACHERS WHO WISH TO PARTICIPATE SHOULD SUBMIT APPLICATIONS THROUGH THEIR PRINCIPALS BY NOVEMBER 8 TO SENIOR INSPECTOR, RELIGIOUS-ETHICAL EDUCATION SECTION, ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, LEE GARDENS, HYSAN AVENUE, HONG KONG.

OWING TO LIMITED ACCOMMODATION, APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE AT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S RELIGIOUS-ETHICAL EDUCATION SECTION ON 5-8392483.

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FESTIVAL HELPS IMPROVE SPORTING SKILLS * * M *

SPORTS ACTIVITIES IN TSUEN WAN HAVE BEEN RAISED TO AN INTERNATIONAL STANDARD AS A RESULT OF THE ANNUAL SPORTS FESTIVAL, THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

♦THE OPPORTUNITY IS ALSO TAKEN TO INVITE OVERSEAS NATIONAL SPORTS GROUPS OF A HIGH STANDARD SO THAT THEIR PERFORMANCES CAN BE SEEN WITH A VIEW THAT THE LOCAL STANDARD MAY BE RAISED AND THE INTEREST OF THE PUBLIC AROUSED,♦ HE SAID.

MR AKERS-JONES WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE FIFTH TSUEN WAN SPORTS FESTIVAL AT THE LAI CHI KOK PARK INDOOR GAMES HALL.

HE SAID SINCE THE HOLDING OF THE SPORTS FESTIVAL IN TSUEN WAN FOUR YEARS AGO, NUMEROUS SPORTS ACTIVITIES HAD BEEN BROUGHT TO RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT EVERY YEAR.

♦MANY HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FESTIVAL WILL ALSO BE BROUGHT TO RESIDENTS IN VARIOUS DISTRICTS BY MEANS OF TELEVISION FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR.+ HE SAID.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FESTIVAL’S EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, MR CHAU HOW-CHEN, SAID RESPONSE TO THE FESTIVAL HAD BEEN VERY ENCOURAGING.

♦APART FROM LOCAL ATHLETES, FOREIGN SPORTS ORGANISATIONS HAVE ALSO BEEN INVITED TO PERFORM AT THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL, PROVIDING AN OPPORTUNITY FOR SPORTSMEN TO EXCHANGE SKILLS, AND FOR LOCAL SPORTSMEN TO LEARN FROM OTHERS,+ HE SAID.

AFTER THE OPENING, THE CHINESE NATIONAL ACRO SPORT AND RHYTHMIC SPORTIVE GYMNASTIC TEAM PUT ON A SHOW.

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SATURDAY, 'X'TOBER 29, 1983

OTHER FOREIGN TEAMS TAKING PART IN THE FESTIVAL INCLUDE THE NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL TEAM, THE SHANGHAI TABLE TENNIS TEAM AND THE MACAU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM.

LOCALLY, THERE WILL BE A DEMONSTRATION MATCH BETWEEN FIRST DIVISION SOCCER TEAMS SEIKO AND EASTERN, AND A MOTOR-CYCLING PERFORMANCE BY THE 29 SQUADRON ROYAL CORPS OF TRANSPORT.

OTHER ITEMS OF ACTIVITIES WILL INCLUDE BALL GAMES, WATER SPORTS, ARCHERY, FENCING, ROLLER-SKATING, DANCING, GO-KART RACING, A TABLE-TENNIS COMPETITION FOR THE DISABLED AND A DANCE PERFORMANCE BY THE MENTALLY RETARDED.

ALSO, MEMBERS FROM NINE DISTRICT BOARDS WILL TAKE PART IN A KN’S BASKETBALL INVITATION TOURNAMENT.

THE TOTAL EXPENDITURE FOR THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL IS $450 000, OF WHICH 1300 000 COMES FROM THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD.

THE FESTIVAL IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE FEDERATION OF TSUEN WAN DISTRICT SPORTS AND RECREATION ASSOCIATION, THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT, AND THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

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BOOKLET TELLS ABOUT ADULT COURSES * X * *

A BOOKLET ON ADULT EDUCATION IN TAI PO HAS JUST BEEN PUBLISHED.

n.BY THE SOC,AL SERVICES COMMITTEE OF THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD, THE BOOKLET GIVES DETAILS OF THE COURSES AVAILABLE IN THE DISTRICT IN THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR. AVAILABLE

THESE COURSES COVER LANGUAGE, BOOK-KEEPING, ACCOUNTING BUSINESS TYP,NQ> COMPUTER SCIENCE, GRAPHIC DESIGNS AND DOMESTIC

SC IENCE•

IN ADDITION, THERE ARE CLASSES ON GUITAR PLAYING. FENCING, JUDO AND FIRST-AIDS FOR ADULTS.

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THE BOOKLET ALSO LISTS THE VENUES, HOURS AND DATES, TUITION FEES, AND ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COURSES.

THE

THE COURSES ARE BEING ORGANISED BY THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY’S EXTRA MURAL STUDIES, THE SALVATION ARMY’S TAI YUEN COMMUNITY CENTRE, THE LIONS’ CLUB TAI PO YOUTH CENTRE AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ADULT EDUCATION SECTION.

ABOUT 3 000 COPIES OF THE BOOKLET, PRINTED IN CHINESE, ARE AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE AT THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE OR THE PARTICIPATING ORGANISATIONS.

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SHA TIN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE MOVING * * * * *

THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICE OF SHA TIN WILL BE MOVING FROM LOWER GROUND FLOOR, LEK YUEN COMMUNITY CENTRE, LEK YUEN ESTATE, SHA TIN, TO LEVEL 4, KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN STATION.

IT WILL OPERATE AT THE NEW OFFICE FROM TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 1), SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE BY DIALLING 0-6065713 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

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HORTICULTURAL CLASS IN TAI PO M * * *

A SECOND HORTICULTURAL CLASS WILL BE HELD NEXT MONTH IN TAI PO.

THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS ORGANISING THIS COURSE AS AN EARLIER ONE PROVED TO BE POPULAR.

THE SEVEN-SESSION COURSE WILL BE HELD ON ALTERNATE SATURDAYS BETWEEN 9.30 AM AND 12 NOON, STARTING ON NOVEMBER 5, A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE SESSIONS WILL BE CONDUCTED IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE FIFTH FLOOR OF TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES AT TING KOK ROAD.

HORTICULTURAL EXPERTS OF THE DEPARTMENT WILL GIVE A GENERAL INTRODUCTION TO PLANTS AND TALK ON THEIR MAINTENANCE AND PROPAGATION METHOD.

THERE WILL ALSO BE TWO OPTIONAL PRACTICAL LESSONS AT TAI PO KAU REST GARDEN.

THE COURSES ARE OPEN TO THOSE WHO LIVE, WORK OR STUDY IN TAI PO.

ENTRY FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE TAI PO URBAN SERVICES OFFICE ON THE FOURTH FLOOR OF TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES, AND APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 1983

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NOTE TO EDITORS!

CHINESE MUSIC FESTIVAL * * *

A PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE FIRST CHINESE MUSIC FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD IN THE GIS THEATRE ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 31) AT 3 PM.

HOSTING THE PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR, MR CLIVE OXLEY; TwO ASSISTANT MUSIC ADMINISTRATORS, M W LO ANf) MR THOMAS WANG; AND THE SENIOR MUSIC OFFICER (CHINESE), MR TONG LEUNG-TAK.

MEMBERS OF SOME PARTICIPATING MUSIC GROUPS WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR PRESS INTERVIEWS.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

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TRAFFIC MEASURES FOR CAUSEWAY BAY K a «

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC MEASURES WILL BE IN FORCE IN CAUSEWAY BAY FROM MONDAY (OCTOBER 31).

THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF VICTORIA PARK ROAD BETWEEN THE VICTORIA PARK ROAD FLYOVER AND HING FAT STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 11 PM ON MONDAY AND 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR WORK ON THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR.

THE NORTH POINT EXIT FROM THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL WILL ALSO BE CLOSED DURING THE SAME PERIOD.

TRAFFIC ON VICTORIA PARK ROAD EASTBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED VIA THE VICTORIA PARK ROAD FLYOVER, GLOUCESTER ROAD WESTBOUND, CLEVELAND STREET, KINGSTON STREET, GLOUCESTER ROAD SOUTHBOUND AND CAUSEWAY ROAD DURING THE CLOSURE.

THE MEASURES WILL BE REPEATED ON NOVEMBER 1, 3, 7, 8, 10, 14, 15, 17, 21, 22 AND 24.

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SATURDAY, OCTrc£R 2?, 1983

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NEW RESTRICTED ZONES XXX

FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 31), THE UNNAMED ACCESS ROAD LINKING MODY ROAD AND THE AUTO PLAZA BUILDING WILL BE DESIGNATED A RESTRICTED ZONE FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY. DESIGNATED

___ ALSO FROM THE SAME DAY, THE SECTION OF SAN MA TAU STREET BETWEEN TO KWA WAN ROAD AND ME I KING STREET WILL BE MADE A RESTRICTED ZONE FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY.

WITHIN THESE ZONES, ALL MOTOR VEHICLES EXCEPT THOSE AUTHOR ivn WRITING BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, WILL BE PROHIBITED UNLOAD Nf’rnnnq 0R SETT,NG D0WN PASSENGERS, OR FROM LOADING OR UNLUADINb bUUDo.

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TERMINUS TO BECOME PROHIBITED ZONE * * *

FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 31), THE NEW TUEN MUN AREA 16 TEMPORARY BUS TERMINUS WILL BE DESIGNATED A PROHIBITED ZONE.

ALL MOTOR VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED OMNIBUSES AND THOSE AUTHORISED IN WRITING BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE TERMINUS.

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WATER MAINS WORK * * *

WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN PING SHAN WILL BE MY FOR%*TE»°H*IMMWORKyUESDA¥ <N0''EMB£R »> T° 8 *" THE FOLLOWING from fui sha wai to p,ng SH‘N'

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PEOPLE'S PUBLIC SERVICE +VERY SPECIAL)- — SIR PHILIP ......... 1

DISTRICT FESTIVALS HELP DEVELOP COMMUNITY SPIRIT — AKERS-JONES .................................................. 2

CAS PRAISED FOR COMMUNITY WORK................................ 3

MORE INDUSTRIAL MISSIONS GOING OVERSEAS ..................... 4

PES CENTRES PROVIDE FREE LEGAL aDVICE......................... 4

KWUN TONG BOARD PRAISED FOR SPORTS PROJECT ................... 6

BOARD TO HEAR ABOUT CLEARANCE WORK............................ 7

WORKSHOPS FOR TEACHERS OF ENGLISH ............................ 8

WONG TAI SIN ANTI-DRUG DRIVE CLOSES .......................... 8

LIFE-SAVING COMPETITION IN NT ................................ 9

GARDEN FOR KOWLOON CITY....................................... 10

TWO NT CONTRACTS FOR TENDERING................................ 10

BATHHOUSE TO BE REDEVELOPED .................................. 11

SHORT-TERM TENANCY FOR CROWN LAND ............................ 11

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES ...................................... 12

ROAD CLOSURE IN TAI PO ....................................... 12

WAN CHAI ROAD CLOSURE......................................... 12

PUBLIC WARNED ABOUT FIRING PRACTICE .......................... 13

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF KWAI YUE STREET ......................... 14

TAPS OFF AT WONG TAI SIN, SAI KUNG............................ 14

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 1983

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PEOPLE’S PUBLIC SERVICE *VERY SPECIAL* — SIR PHILIP

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HONG KONG PEOPLE’S WILLINGNESS TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY IS A ♦VERY SPECIAL CHARACTERISTIC OF OUR FREE SOCIETY AND OUR SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT AT ALL LEVELS,* THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE SAID TODAY.

THIS WAS PROOF THAT PEOPLE IN HONG KONG DO CARE ABOUT THE SOCIETY IN WHICH THEY LIVE AND WISH TO WORK TOGETHER TO PRESERVE AND TO IMPROVE IT, HE SAID.

IT IS A TRADITION OF WHICH WE SHOULD ALL BE PROUD, SIR PHILIP ADDED.

SPEAKING THIS AFTERNOON AT THE FOUNDER’S DAY PARADE OF THE BOYS’ BRIGADE, THE CHIEF SECRETARY TOLD THE YOUTHS THAT THEY ALL HAVE A CONTRIBUTION TO MAKE TO THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG.

♦AND THE VALUES WHICH YOU ARE LEARNING AS MEMBERS OF THE BOYS’ BRIGADE WILL HELP YOU TO REALISE THIS CONTRIBUTION IN THE YEARS TO COME,* SIR PHILIP SAID.

SIR PHILIP, WHO WAS OFFICIATING AT THE PARADE, SAID THE BOYS’ BRIGADE IN HONG KONG FULFILS TWO IMPORTANT ROLES IN THE SOCIETY.

♦IT PROVIDES OUR YOUNG PEOPLE WITH THE OPPORTUNITY FOR HEALTHY RECREATION TO COMPLEMENT NORMAL SCHOOL ACTIVITIES. THIS IS, <F COURSE, A WORTHWHILE END IN ITSELF.

♦BUT IT ALSO SEEKS TO INSTIL THOSE QUALITIES OF DISCIPLINE, TEAMWORK AND SELF RESPECT WHICH ARE ESSENTIAL TO SUCCESS AND HAPPINESS IN LATER LIFE, AND SO LAYS THE FOUNDATION FOR THEIR FUTURE INVOLVEMENT IN THE RUNNING OF OUR COMMUNITY,* HE SAID.

SIR PHILIP NOTED THAT THE FIRST COMPANY OF THE BOYS’ BRIGADE IN HONG KONG WAS FORMED IN 1959, AND NOW CONSISTS OF 31 COMPANIES, COVERING THE WHOLE OF HONG KONG ISLAND, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES, WITH OVER 1 000 MEMBERS FROM THE AGE OF EIGHT UPWARDS.

THE BAND OF THE BOYS’ BRIGADE, HE SAID, IS OF A VERY HIGH STANDARD AND JUSTIFIABLY ENJOYS A FINE REPUTATION.

IN ADDITION TO ITS TRADITION OF MUSIC TRAINING, THE BRIGADE PROVIDES AN OPPORTUNITY FOR MEMBERS TO PARTICIPATE IN MANY REWARDING ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING ATHLETICS, SWIMMING AND SAILING. THROUGH ITS AWARD COURSES, IT ENCOURAGES MEMBERS TO MEET THE CHALLENGES OF THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD SCHEME, AND TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY SERVICE, SIR PHILIP SAID.

HE CONGRATULATED ITS MEMBERS ON THEIR FINE TURNOUT.

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DISTRICT FESTIVALS HELP DEVELOP COMMUNITY SPIRIT — AKERS-JONES

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DISTRICT FESTIVALS WILL HELP RESIDENTS DEVELOP A GREATER INTEREST IN THE AFFAIRS OF THEIR COMMUNITY, AND JOIN TOGETHER TO IMPROVE THEIR LIVING ENVIRONMENT AND THE QUALITY OF LIFE.

THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID THIS AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE MONTH-LONG CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT FESTIVAL HELD AT THE CHATER ROAD PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT THIS (SUNDAY) EVENING.

THE FESTIVAL, THE FIRST IN THE DISTRICT, PROVIDES A VARIETY OF CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE.

THESE INCLUDE AN EXHIBITION ON HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT, A CHILDREN’S CARNIVAL AND A NUMBER OF POP CONCERTS.

♦THE LAUNCHING OF THIS FESTIVAL OWES VERY MUCH TO THE DEDICATION OF MEMBERS OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE AND THE SUB-COMMITTEES WHICH HAVE DEVOTED SO MUCH OF THEIR VALUABLE TIME AND EFFORT IN LIAISING WITH THE LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, IN PLANNING AND ORGANISING THIS EXCITING PROGRAMME.

♦I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THEM MOST SINCERELY FOR THEIR INVOLVEMENT AND THEIR COMMUNITY SPIRIT,+ HE SAID.

THE FESTIVAL, COSTING $600 000, IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE URBAN COUNCIL, RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG, AND THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT.

ALSO ATTENDING THE OPENING CEREMONY WERE THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS LOLLY CHIU J THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FESTIVAL’S ORGANISING COMMITTEE. MR LIU LIT-FORs CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL, MR HILTON CHEONG-LEEN; THE DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING, MR STUART WILKINSON; THE CENTRAL DISTRICT POLICE COMMANDER, MR LAU TO-YEE; AND DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS.

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CAS PRAISED FOR COMMUNITY WORK ft ft ft

A CHARACTERISTIC OF HONG KONG’S FREE SOCIETY IS THE WAY PEOPLE GATHER TOGETHER FREELY WITHOUT COMPULSION TO GIVE COMMUNITY SERVICE, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR DENIS BRAY, SAID THIS MORNING.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY PARADE OF THE CIVIL AID SERVICES CADET CORPS AT VICTORIA PARK.

THE CIVIL AID SERVICES IS A VOLUNTARY SERVICE WHOSE MEMBERS JOIN TOGETHER — NOT CASUALLY — BUT WITH PURPOSE, HE SAID

THE CAS’ SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY IS VALUABLE IN ITSELF. IN THESE TIMES IT IS ALSO A VALUABLE REMINDER THAT +FREEDOM TO DO AS WE PLEASE WITH OUR FREE TIME GENERATES IN MANY HONG KONG PEOPLE A DESIRE TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY WHICH SUPPORTS THEM,+ MR BRAY SAID.

THE CAS HAD A PROUD 31-YEAR RECORD OF ACHIEVEMENT. ITS MEMBERS COME FROM EVERY WALK OF LIFE AND COMMIT THEMSELVES TO THE SERVICE OF THE COMMUNITY WITH ENTHUSIASM, HE SAID.

PRAISING IT FOR ITS ^EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE* DURING TYPHOON ELLEN, HE EXPLAINED THAT THIS WORK WAS IN ADDITION TO THE EMERGENCY DUTIES AND DAY TO DAY WORK CARRIED OUT BY CAS MEMBERS.

MR BRAY SAID THE CAS’ SERVICES DISPLAY THE TRADITIONAL SPIRIT OF MUTUAL HELP AMONG THE CHINESE, FOR WHICH THE CAS WAS TO BE CONGRATULATED.

HE ALSO EXPRESSED HIS ADMIRATION FOR THE CAS LEADERS’ UNFAILING EFFORTS TO HELP CADET CORPS MEMBERS.

THROUGH TRAINING, CADET CORPS MEMBERS ARE HELPED TO DEVELOP THEIR OWN POTENTIAL FOR LEADERSHIP AND FOR ADULT LIFE. THEY ARE GIVEN TRAINING IN A DISCIPLINED ENVIRONMENT SO THAT THEY MAY BECOME RESPONSIBLE YOUNG PEOPLE, MR BRAY SAID.

♦AND IT IS THE CADET CORPS ON PARADE TODAY,+ MR BRAY ADDED.

HE WISHED THE CADET CORPS EVERY SUCCESS FOR THE FUTURE.

ON PARADE TODAY WERE SOME 750 CADETS AND 38 OFFICERS FROM 21 CADET UNITS.

ESTABLISHED IN 1968, THE CAS CADET CORPE AIMS TO TRAIN YOUNG PEOPLE BETWEEN 12 TO 18 YEARS TO BECOME GOOD CITIZENS BY DEVELOPING THEIR PERSONALITIES, TALENTS, PHYSICAL STRENGTH AND SENSE OF COOPERATION. IN DOING SO, IT ALSO OFFERS TO ITS MEMBERS MANY ACTIVITIES, SUCH AS CAMPING, BOATING, WORK PROJECTS, COMMUNITY SERVICES AND SKILL-TRAINING COURSES.

AFTER THE PARADE, MR ROGER LOBO, CAS COM I SSI ONER, PERFORMED A CAKE-CUTTING CEREMONY AT THE CAS HEADQUARTERS, 100 CAROLINE HILL ROAD.

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MORE INDUSTRIAL MISSIONS GOING OVERSEAS ft * * ft

HONG KONG’S INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT IS ORGANISING ANOTHER SERIES OF OVERSEAS INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT PROMOTION MISSIONS.

THE MISSIONS WILL VISIT JAPAN, THE UNITED STATES AND THE UNITED KINGDOM EARLY NEXT YEAR, FOLLOWING A SUCCESSFUL SERIES (F INDUSTRIAL PROMOTION TRIPS EARLIER THIS YEAR.

SENIOR OFFICIALS OF THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT WILL LEAD THE MISSIONS, WHICH CONSIST OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIALISTS.

MISSION MEMBERS PAY THEIR OWN EXPENSES.

THE MISSIONS PROVIDE OPPORTUN(TIES FOR HONG KONG INDUSTRIALISTS TO MEET POTENTIAL OVERSEAS PARTNERS AND DISCUSS POSSIBLE MANUFACTURING PROJECTS. THE AIM IS TO HELP LOCAL BUSINESSMEN FIND NEW PRODUCTS AND TO DIVERSIFY AND IMPROVE THEIR TECHNOLOGY THROUGH COOPERATION WITH OVERSEAS COMPANIES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT SAID THAT MEMBERS OF PREVIOUS MISSIONS HAD ALL FOUND THE EXPERIENCE EXTREMELY USEFUL.

♦THE MISSION MEMBERS EMPHASISED THE VALUE OF THE EXPERIENCE, AND THEIR EXPOSURE TO ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY AND PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES.

♦OFFICERS OF THE DEPARTMENT HELP THE MISSION MEMBERS WITH TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS AND MAKE APPOINTMENTS FOR THEM IN THE CITIES THEY VISIT. WE HAVE FOUND THAT SUCH ASSISTANCE FROM THE MAN-ON-THE-SPOT HELPS TO OPEN DOORS WHICH OTHERWISE MIGHT HAVE REMAINED CLOSED,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE MISSION CAN BE MADE TO THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT’S ONE-STOP UNIT AT 3-7222434.

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PES CENTRES PROVIDE FREE LEGAL ADVICE * * ft ft ft ft

ABOUT 17 000 ENQUIRIES AND CASES IN CONNECTION WITH FREE LEGAL ADVICE WERE HANDLED BY THE 59 PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICES (PES) CENTRES OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION LAST FINANCIAL YEAR.

A CNTA SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT OF THESE, 3 070 ICRE REFERRED TO THE DUTY LAWYERS UNDER THE FREE LEGAL ADVICE SCHEME PROVIDED JOINTLY BY THE LAW SOCIETY AND CNTA.

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THE FIVE COMMON CASES REFERRED WERE THOSE OH MOVE* AND COMMERCIAL MATTERS (22.8 PER CENT), MATRIMONIAL MATTERS (20.6 PER CENT), COMPENSATION (13.1 PER CENT), LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) ORDINANCE (12.8 PER CENT), AND CRIMINAL CASES (5.5 PER CENT).

THE FREE LEGAL ADVICE SCHEME, INTRODUCED FIVE YEARS AGO. OFFERS FREE LEGAL CONSULTATION ON CIVIL MATTERS TO THOSE WHO CANNOT AFFORD TO CONSULT SOLICITORS.

APPLICANTS TO THE SCHEME ARE REFERRED THROUGH THE PES CENTRES AS WELL AS OTHER GOVERNMENT AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES TO MEET THE VOLUNTARY DUTY LAWYERS.

THE LAWYERS, EITHER FROM GOVERNMENT SERVICE, THE BAR OR PRIVATE PRACTICE, ARE ON DUTY ROSTER FROM 6.30 PM TO 8.30 PM WEEKLY AT THE PES CENTRES OF SIX DISTRICT OFFICES. THESE OFFICES ARE IN EASTERN, WAN CHAI, MONG KOK, WONG TAI SIN, TSUEN WAN AND SHA TIN.

LAST YEAR, ABOUT 200 LAWYERS PARTICIPATED IN THE SCHEME.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISH TO SEEK FREE LEGAL ADVICE MAY APPROACH ANY OF THE PES CENTRES. THE STAFF THERE WILL IDENTIFY THE NEEDS OF THE APPLICANTS AND MAKE REFERRALS WHERE NECESSARY.

A BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE CASE WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE LAW SOCIETY SO THAT DUTY LAWYERS COULD CARRY OUT RESEARCH AND MAKE PREPARATION.

AN APPOINTMENT WITH A LAWYER WILL BE ARRANGED WITHIN 10 DAYS AT THE CENTRE IN ANY ONE OF THE SIX DISTRICTS OF THE APPLICANTS’ CHOICE.

BESIDES THE FREE LEGAL ADVICE SCHEME, THE PES CENTRES ALSO OFFER SUCH SERVICES AS ADMINISTERING OF STATUTORY DECLARATION, REFERRING CASES TO THE RENT OFFICER SCHEME, ANSWERING GENERAL ENQUIRIES ON GOVERNMENT SERVICES AS WELL AS DISTRIBUTING FORMS AND PUBLICITY LEAFLETS.

ANY ENQUIRIES ON THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE PES CENTRES CAN BE MADE TO THE CNTA HEADQUARTERS ON THE 13TH FLOOR OF WORLD SHIPPING CENTRE, 7 CANTON ROAD OR BY DIALLING 3-692255.

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KWUN TONG BOARD PRAISED FOR SPORTS PROJECT * * M

THE KWUN TONG SPORTS FESTIVAL UNDERLIES THE DISTRICT BOARD’S DETERMINATION TO PROMOTE MUCH NEEDED SPORTS ACTIVITIES IN THE DENSELY POPULATED DISTRICT, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR BARRIE WIGGHAM SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

♦THIS DETERMINATION IS VITAL IN CULTIVATING A BETTER COMMUNICATION AND UNDERSTANDING AMONG THE RESIDENTS, A BETTER APPRECIATION OF THEIR COMMON PROBLEMS AND WHAT, THROUGH THEIR PARTICIPATION, THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME CAN AND SHOULD DO IN THE RESOLUTION OF THESE PROBLEMS,♦ HE SAID.

HE SAID THE KWUN TONG COMMUNITY WAS OF AN ♦EVER CHANGING NATURE*, CHARACTERISED BY THE CONTINUAL REDEVELOPMENT OF THE OLD PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES AND THE EMERGENCE OF THE NEW PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES.

MR WIGGHAM WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE TWO-WEEK KWUN TONG SPORTS FESTIVAL AT THE KWUN TONG RECREATION GROUND.

HE SAID THE FESTIVAL WAS THE LARGEST COMMUNITY-BUILDING PROJECT ORGANISED AND UNDERTAKEN BY THE DISTRICT BOARD THIS YEAR WITH A BUDGET OF $250 000.

♦I AM ALSO PLEASED TO NOTE THAT THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THE URBAN COUNCIL HAS JOINED HANDS WITH AN URBAN DISTRICT BOARD IN HOLDING SUCH A LARGE SCALE AND MEANINGFUL PROJECT.

♦I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THIS WILL FURTHER CEMENT THE EXCELLENT WORKING RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE URBAN COUNCIL,♦ HE SAID.

FOLLOWING THE OPENING CEREMONY, A VARIETY OF SPORTS ACTIVITIES, FEATURING DANCING, GYMNASTIC DISPLAY AND CYCLING DEMONSTRATION BY THE CIVIL AID SERVICES’ CYCLING TEAM, WERE STAGED.

A VITALITY WALK, A BASKETBALL COMPETITION, ROLLER-SKATING AND A TENNET DEMONSTRATION MATCH WERE ALSO HELD.

EARLIER IN THE DAY, A SWIMMING GALA FEATURING DIVING, SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING DEMONSTRATIONS AND A CANOE WATER POLO WAS HELD AT THE KWUN TONG SWIMMING POOL STARTING AT 9 AM.

MORE THAN 300 YOUNG PEOPLE ALSO COMPETED IN VARIOUS RACES AT THE SWIMMING GALA.

THE FESTIVAL IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE URBAN COUNCIL, THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE, THE KWUN TONG SPORTS PROMOTION ASSOCIATION AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

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BOARD TO HEAR ABOUT CLEARANCE WORK * * * *

WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE CLEARANCE OF 214 STREET TRADERS AT WANG TAU HOM CENTRAL ROAD AT THEIR MEETING ON TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 1).

SCHEDULED FOR MARCH NEXT YEAR, THE CLEARANCE IS TO MAKE WAY FOR A PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT IN THE AREA.

PLANS ARE NOW UNDER WAY TO RESITE ON-STREET TRADERS TO MARKET STALLS IN THE LOK FU SHOPPING CENTRE.

AT THE MEETING, MEMBERS WILL REVIEW THE ATTENDANCE RATE OF STUDY ROOMS IN THE DISTRICT WITH A VIEW TO EXTENDING THEIR OPENING HOURS.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE CONSULTED ON THE PROPOSED FORMATION OF A SCHOOL LIAISON COMMITTEE TO STRENGTHEN THE ROLE OF THE DISTRICT’S 82 SCHOOLS IN COMMUNITY BUILDING.

OTHER TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION WILL INCLUDE THE 1983-84 DISTRICT KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN, THE CLEARANCE OF ILLEGAL BACKLANE STRUCTURES AND THE BOARD’S MEET-THE-PUBLIC SCHEME.

IN THE SAME AFTERNOON, TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE CLEANSING OF THE OUTER WALL OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY VIADUCT NEAR THE KWAI FONG STATION AT THEIR MEETING.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO CONSIDER COMPOSING A SONG FOR TSUEN WAN AND APPROVE FUNDS FOR THE CHRISTMAS AND LUNAR NEW YEAR LIGHTING DISPLAY IN THE DISTRICT.

NOTE TO EDITORS*

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVERi

(A) THE WONG TA' SIN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AT 2.30 PM ON TUESDAY .NOVEMBER 1) AT THE FUNG MING HALL, SIK SIK YUEN, WO'Z TAI SIN TEMPLE; AND

(B) THE TS/iN WAN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AT 2.30 PM IN THE C/-TURAL ACTIVITIES HALL OF THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL

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TWO IDENTICAL WORKSHOPS ON THE TEACHING OF LISTENING COMPREHENSION WILL BE HELD FOR TEACHERS OF ENGLISH IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS NEXT MONTH.

THE WORKSHOPS, ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING CENTRE, WILL CONSIST OF TWO WHOLE-DAY SESSIONS EACH.

THE FIRST WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 15 AND 17 AT THE KOWLOON OFFICE OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING CENTRE, 2/F, MA TAU KOK GOVERNMENT OFFICES, MA TAU KOK ROAD, AND THE SECOND ON NOVEMBER 22 AND 24 AT THE CENTRE’S HONG KONG OFFICE, 9A BONHAM ROAD.

THE WORKSHOPS WILL INCLUDE SHORT TALKS ON THE TEACHING OF LISTENING COMPREHENSION AND DEMONSTRATIONS OF VARIOUS LISTENING COMPREHENSION EXERCISES.

PARTICIPANTS WILL BE GIVEN A CHANCE TO DESIGN A LISTENING COMPREHENSION EXERCISE SUITABLE FOR USE IN THEIR OWN CLASSES.

THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS FOR EACH WORKSHOP WILL BE LIMITED TO 20.

HEADS OF SCHOOLS SHOULD LIST THE NAMES OF THE TEACHERS WHO WISH TO ATTEND THE WORKSHOPS IN ORDER OF PRIORITY AND SEND THE APPLICATIONS BY NOVEMBER 3 TO THE SENIOR INSPECTOR, ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING CENTRE, 9A BONHAM ROAD, HONG KONG.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE AT THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING CENTRE ON 5-482537.

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INCREASED SOCIAL AWARENESS AND BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE DRUG PROBLEM AMONG THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS THE KEY TO THE ULTIMATE SUCCESS OF THE ANT I-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, MR MICHAEL CHENG, AT THE CLOSING OF THE TWO-WEEK PUBLICITY DRIVE THIS (SUNDAY) EVENING.

HE CALLED ON THE 50 000 YOUNG PEOPLE WHO TOOK PART IN THIS YEAR’S CAMPAIGN ACTIVITIES TO FURTHER CONTRIBUTE THEIR EFFORTS BY PASSING ON THE ANTI-DRUG MESSAGE TO THEIR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES.

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♦IN SO DOING, WE WILL BE ABLE TO AROUSE VIRTUALLY EVERYONE IN THE DISTRICT TO THE EVILS OF DRUG-TAKING,* MR CHENG SAID.

OVER THE PAST TWO WEEKS, A SERIES OF EDUCATIONAL AND RECREATIONAL EVENTS WERE HELD, INCLUDING A ROUND-THE-DI STR ICT WALK, A HIKING TO THE MACLEHOSE TRAIL, AND A CARNIVAL.

AT TODAY’S CEREMONY, PRIZES WERE PRESENTED TO THE WINNERS OF A CROSS-WORD PUZZLE, A QUIZ, AN ESSAY AND A SLOGAN COMPETITION HELD DURING THE CAMPAIGN.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE CEREMONY WERE THE DISTRICT OFFICER, PHILIP CHOK, AND THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR C.C. CHAN.

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LIFE-SAVING COMPETITION IN NT ******

THE 1983 NEW TERRITORIES LIFE-SAVING OPEN COMPETITION WILL BE HELD AT THE YUEN LONG PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL ON NOVEMBER 20.

PROFESSIONAL AND AMATEUR LIFEGUARDS ARE WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COMPETITION WHICH IS AIMED AT UPGRADING LIFE-SAVING TECHNIQUES AND MAKING THE PUBLIC AWARE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF TAKING SAFETY MEASURES.

THE CONTEST, ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, IS DIVIDED INTO MEN’S AND WOMEN’S SECTION.

THE MEN’S SECTION WILL BE FURTHER DIVIDED INTO SEPARATE EVENTS FOR PROFESSIONALS AND AMATEURS.

PARTICIPANTS SHOULD EITHER BE OVER 16 YEARS OF AGE AND POSSESS A BRONZE MEDALLION OR BE RECOMMENDED BY ACCREDITED SPORTS ASSOCIATION OR LIFE SAVING CLUBS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

PARTICIPANTS MAY TAKE PART IN ANY TWO INDIVIDUAL RACES AND ONE RELAY RACE, AN NTSD SPOKESMAN SAID.

IN ADDITION, THEY ARE REQUIRED TO BRING ALONG THEIR OWN PARTNERS AS MOCK-UP DROWNERS.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL THE DISTRICT URBAN SERVICES OFFICES AND PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS THROUGHOUT THE NEW TERRITORIES.

COMPLETED FORMS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE YUEN LONG PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL BEFORE NOVEMBER 14 (MONDAY), THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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SUNDAY, OcTuJER >u, 1983

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GARDEN FOR KOWLOON CITY X X X

THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A GARDEN S THE JUNCTION OF JUNCTION ROAD AND TUNG TAU TSUEN ROAD IN

KOWLOON CITY.

THE GARDEN WILL HAVE SITTING-OUT AREAS WITH ARBOURS AND SEATS, CHINESE PAVILION AND PLAY AREAS TO FORM PART OF THE CARPENTER ROAD PARK.

WORK WILL BEGIN IN DECEMBER AND BE COMPLETED BY JUNE NEXT YEAR.

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TWO NT CONTRACTS FOR TENDERING ft ft ft ft

TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED FOR SITE FORMATION AND THE SUPPLYING AND LAYING OF TURF, TOPSOIL AND SUBSOIL AT VARIOUS FACILITIES UNDER THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

ANOTHER CONTRACT, FOR THE CUTTING OF UNDERGROWTH, IS ALSO OPEN TO BIDDING, A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS MAY START WORK ON FEBRUARY 1 NEXT YEAR ON A 12-MONTH CONTRACT.

TENDER FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE NTSD HEADQUARTERS ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF SWIRE AND MACLAINE HOUSE, AUSTIN CENTRE, 19-23 AUSTIN AVENUE, TSIM SHA TSUI.

COMPLETED FORMS MUST BE PLACED IN THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT TENDER BOX SITUATED AT THE LIFT LOBBY ON THE LOWER GROUND FLOOR OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (EAST WING), LOWER ALBERT ROAD, BEFORE NOON ON NOVEMBER 25.

FURTHER DETAILS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE RECREATION AND AMENITIES SECTION AT THE NTSD HEADQUARTERS ON 3-678715.

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SUNDAY, OCTu~Lk J, 1!a

BATHHOUSE TO

BE REDEVELOPED * * *

OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT

THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE

DEPARTMENT WILL REBUILD THE PUBLIC TOILET AND BATHHOUSE IN

NELSON STREET, KOWLOON.

THE EXISTING FACILITIES TOGETHER WITH THE ATTENDANTS’ QUARTERS, OCCUPY AN AREA OF 150 SQUARE METRES AND WERE COMPLETED IN 1955.

THE PROJECT INVOLVES THE DEMOLITION OF THE OLD BUILDING AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF A MODERN STRUCTURE.

THIS STRUCTURE WILL HAVE A STANDARD REFUSE COLLECTION POINT WITH A REFUSE LOADING AREA, A HANDCART WASHING SPACE AND A ROLL-CALL OFFICE, A PUBLIC TOILET AND BATHHOUSE PLUS QUARTERS FOR OPERATIONAL STAFF.

REDEVELOPMENT IS EXPECTED TO START IN DECEMBER AND BE COMPLETED BY AUGUST 1984.

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SHORT-TERM

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT

TENANCY FOR CROWN LAND IKKI

IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SHORT-TERM

TENANCY OF A PIECE OF CROWN LAND IN YUEN LONG.

THE 4OO-SQUARE-METRE SITE, SITUATED IN THE TUNG TAU INDUSTRIAL AREA. IS TO BE USED FOR THE STORAGE AND REPAIR OF THE TENANT’S GOODS AND THE REPAIR OR MAINTENANCE OF MOTOR VEHICLES.

THE TENANCY WILL BE FOR TWO YEARS INITIALLY, RENEWABLE QUARTERLY THEREAFTER.

THE DEADLINE FOR THE TENDERS IS 12 NOON ON NOVEMBER 11, 1983.

TENDER FORMS, NOTICES AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, AND THE TENDER PLAN INSPECTED AT, THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE (YUEN LONG), THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING, 5TH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD HONG KONG! OR THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE (KOWLOON WEST), KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 1OTH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD.

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SUNDAY, OCTCb:.R 30, 1983

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TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES

X X X

FROM TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 1), THE SECTION OF WOH CHAI STREET BETWEEN PAK TIN STREET AND MAN CHEONG STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC FROM 1 AM TO 5 AM FOR TWO CONSECUTIVE NIGHTS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, DRIVERS HEADING FOR PAK TIN STREET ARE ADVISED TO USE NAM CHEONG STREET AND WAI CHI STREET.

AND FROM THURSDAY (NOVEMBER 3), THE SECTION OF NAM CHEONG STREET BETWEEN BERWICK STREET AND WOH CHAI STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC FROM 1 AM TO 5 AM FOR FOUR CONSECUTIVE NIGHTS.

TRAFFIC HEADING FOR LUNG CHEUNG ROAD SHOULD USE BERWICK STREET, SHEK KIP MEI STREET AND WOH CHAI STREET.

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ROAD CLOSURE IN TAI PO * * *

AM ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 31), THE SECTION OF KAU HUI

FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 31), THE SELIIUN Uf KAU hui CHI KAI BETWEEN LOT NO. 1211 AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB CLINIC IN TAI PO WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC TO FACILITATE

DRAINAGE WORKS.

THE CLOSURE WILL LAST ABOUT ONE MONTH.

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WAN CHAI ROAD CLOSURE

X X X

THE SLIP ROAD FROM THE CANAL ROAD WEST FLYOVER TO GLOUCESTER ROAD WESTBOUND WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 11.30 PM ON TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 1) AND 6.30 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR ROAD RESURFACING.

DURING THE CLOSURE, VEHICLES ON THE CANAL ROAD WEST FLYOVER HEADING FOR GLOUCESTER ROAD WESTBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED VIA THE SLIP ROAD LEADING TO NORTH POINT, GLOUCESTER ROAD EASTBOUND, THE VICTORIA PARK ROAD FLYOVER AND GLOUCESTER ROAD WESTBOUND.

THESE MEASURES WILL BE REPEATED FROM NOVEMBER 2 TO 6.

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PUBLIC WARNED ABOUT FIRING PRACTICE ft ft *

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE RANGE ON 26 DAYS IN NOVEMBER.

PLACE AT THE HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK

THE PUBLIC ARE WARNED NOT ARE HOISTED.

TO ENTER THE AREA WHEN RED FLAGS

DATE TIME

NOVEMBER 1

NOVEMBER 2

NOVEMBER 3

NOVEMBER 4

NOVEMBER 5

NOVEMBER 7

NOVEMBER 8

(TUESDAY) (WEDNESDAY) (THURSDAY)

(FRIDAY) (SATURDAY)

(MONDAY) (TUESDAY)

8 AM - 5 PM

8 AM - 11 PM

8 AM - 5 PM

8 AM - 11 PM

8 AM - 5 PM

8 AM - 5 PM

8 AM - 5 PM

NOVEMBER 9

NOVEMBER 10

NOVEMBER 11

NOVEMBER 12

NOVEMBER 14

NOVEMBER 15

NOVEMBER 16

NOVEMBER 17

NOVEMBER 18

NOVEMBER 19

NOVEMBER 21

NOVEMBER 22

(WEDNESDAY) (THURSDAY) (FRIDAY) (SATURDAY) (MONDAY) (TUESDAY)

8 AM - 11 PM

8 AM - 5 PM

8 AM - 11 PM

8 AM - 5 PM

8 AM - 5 PM

8 AM - 11 PM

PM

8 AM - 5 PM

8 AM - 11 PM

8 AM - 5 PM

8 AM - 6 PM

8 AM - 6 PM

(WEDNESDAY) 8 AM - 5

(THURSDAY) (FRIDAY) (SATURDAY) (MONDAY) (TUESDAY)

NOVEMBER 23 (WEDNESDAY) 8 AM - 6 PM

NOVEMBER 24 (THURSDAY) 8 AM - 6 PM

NOVEMBER 25 (FRIDAY) 8 AM - 6 PM

NOVEMBER 26 (SATURDAY) 8 AM - 6 PM

NOVEMBER 28 (MONDAY) 8 AM - 6 PM

NOVEMBER 29 (TUESDAY) 8 AM - 6 PM

NOVEMBER 30 (WEDNESDAY) 8 AM - 6 PM

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SUNDAY, OCTC. R 30, 1933

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF KWAI YUE STREET

X X X

FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 1), THE SECTION OF KWAI YUE STREET BETWEEN KWAI HEI STREET AND KWAI TAI ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT SIX MONTHS, TO FACILITATE REPAIR WORKS OF AN UNDERGROUND SEWER.

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TAPS OFF AT WONG TAI SIN, SAI KUNG * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN WONG TAI SIN AND SAI KUNG WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVERAL HOURS BETWEEN WEDNESDAY (NOVEMBER 2) AND THURSDAY FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

IN WONG TAI SIN, SUPPLY TO PREMISES BOUNDED BY LUNG CHEUNG ROAD. TUNG TAU TSUEN ROAD, MING TAK STREET, MA CHAI HANG ROAD AND WONG TAI SIN ROAD, INCLUDING SHEUNG TAK STREET, CHING TAK STREET. BLOCKS 1-12 UPPER WONG TAI SIN ESTATE, BLOCK 8 LOWER WONG TAI SIN ESTATE, LUNG KWONG AND LUNG FAI HOUSES WILL BE INTERRUPTED FROM 11 PM ON WEDNESDAY TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY.

IN SAI KUNG, SUPPLY WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 10 PM ON WEDNESDAY TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT PREMISES ALONG CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD BETWEEN SHAW’S STUDIO AND HIRAM’S HIGHWAY, INCLUDING TAI PO TSAI TSUEN AND TAI PO TSAI; AND HIRAM’S HIGHWAY BETWEEN CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD AND HO CHUNG, INCLUDING NAM WAI, WO MEI, NAM PIN WAI AND HO CHUNG.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES

BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL 5-233191

MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 1983

CONTENTS PaGE NO.

CITY POLYTECHNIC COURSES START NEXT OCTOBER ................. 1

HK GETS WORLD RECOQIITION IN LIGHTING ....................... -j

PAID SICK LEAVE LAW EXPLAINED................................ 2

OWNERS REMINDED ABOUT PROPERTY TAX .......................... 3

MORE SUPPORT SOUGHT FOR TRAINING SCHEME ..................... 4

NW METRIC PUBLICITY DRIVE STARTS ............................ 4

MORE BUILDING PLANS APPROVED ................................... 6

FORMER CHIEFS AMAZED AT AIRPORT GROWTH ......................... 7

CROWN LAND FOR AUCTION ......................................... 8

ROAD PROJECT PROPOSED FOR ABERDEEN ............................. 8

BOARDS’ PUBLIC LIAISON ROLE STRESSED ........................... 9

SEAWALL FOR JUNK BAY TIP SITE................................... 9

LABOUR RELATIONS COURSES OFFERED .............................. 10

FESTIVAL BOOST FOR CHINESE MUSIC .............................. 10

SCHOOLS GET +FLAG DAY+ REMINDER................................ 11

AIRPORT SLIP ROAD READY ....................................... 11

TRAFFIC MEASURES IN TAI HANG................................... 12

FRESH WATER LEAKAGE TESTS ..................................... 12

WATER FIGURES ................................................. 12

Monday, >;r r 31, 1933

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CITY POLYTECHNIC COURSES START NEXT OCTOBER XXX*

THE CITY POLYTECHNIC OF HONG KONG WILL BEGIN TO PROVIDE COURSES FROM OCTOBER NEXT YEAR.

FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE PLANNING COMMITTEE OF THE POLYTECHNIC TO ACQUIRE TEMPORARY PREMISES WITH A BANK LOAN HAVE BEEN ENDORSED BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AND THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

A SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THE GOVERNMENT WOULD UNDERTAKE TO INCLUDE THE ANNUAL FINANCING CHARGES AS PART OF THE POLYTECHNIC’S ANNUAL RECURRENT EXPENDITURE AND TO MAKE GOOD ANY CAPITAL LOSS, IF ANY, AT THE TIME OF DISPOSAL OF THE BUILDING.

THE COMMERCIAL BLOCK, TO BE ACQUIRED AT A COST OF OVER $200 MILLION, WILL BE USED AS TRANSITORY ACCOMMODATION FOR THE POLYTECHNIC UNTIL ITS PERMANENT CAMPUS ON TAT CHEE AVENUE IN KOWLOON TONG BECOMES AVAILABLE FOR USE BY 1988, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE POLYTECHNIC WILL CATER FOR SOME 700 FULL-TIME AND EQUIVALENT PART-TIME (FTE) STUDENTS IN 1984-85, AND BUILD UP ITS CAPACITY TO THE APPROVED TARGET OF 8 000 FTE STUDENTS IN 1994-95, HE SAID.

ITS FIRST STUDENTS WILL BEGIN TO JOIN THE WORKFORCE IN 1987, AND BY 1990 SOME 9 500 GRADUATES AT VARIOUS LEVELS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO MEET THE STRONG DEMAND FOR TECHNICALLY TRAINED MANPOWER.

THE INSTITUTION WILL BE FUNDED THROUGH THE UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNIC GRANTS COMMITTEE, AND FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 1983-84, THE COMMITTEE HAS RECOMMENDED A RECURRENT GRANT TOTALLING ABOUT $73 MILLION, INCLUDING THE COST OF FINANCING THE LOAN.

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HK GETS WORLD RECOGNITION IN LIGHTING X * X X

THE HONG KONG ILLUMINATION COMMITTEE HAS RECENTLY BEEN ELECTED A FULL MEMBER OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION ON ILLUMINATION (C.I.E.), GIVING HONG KONG WORLD RECOGNITION IN THE FIELD OF LIGHTING.

AS A RESULT, HONG KONG CAN NOW JOIN THE 35 MEMBER COUNTRIES ON THE COMMISSION IN PUBLISHING INTERNATIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS AND TECHNICAL REPORTS, AND GENERALLY PROMOTING THE SCIENCE AND APPLICATION OF LIGHTING IN ALL ITS FORMS.

/THE ELECTION .......

MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 1963

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THE ELECTION WAS HELD AT THE QUADRENNIAL SESSION OF THE COMMISSION IN AMSTERDAM IN AUGUST THIS YEAR. THE HEAD OF THE BUILDING SERVICES DEPARTMENT OF THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, DR A.M. MARSDEN, WAS ELECTED A VICE-PRESIDENT OF C.I.E. AT THE MEETING.

THE ELECTION ALSO MEANS THAT H.K.I.C. WILL NOW REPRESENT HONG KONG AT INTERNATIONAL LEVEL ON LIGHTING MATTERS, INFORMING C.I.E. hEMBERS OF INTERNATIONAL WORK IN THE VARIOUS FIELDS OF LIGHTING AND RENDERING TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO THEM, AS WELL AS RETAILING C.I.E. PUBLICATIONS.

H.K.I.C. WAS FORMED IN MARCH 1982 TO SERVE AS A FORUM FOR ALL ASPECTS OF LIGHTING, COLOUR AND VISION. TECHNICAL PAPERS ARE PRESENTED AND DISCUSSED AT ITS MEETINGS.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE IS MR K.T.O. COX, CHIEF LIGHTING ENGINEER IN THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE, ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT. BEFORE COMING TO HONG KONG IN 1977, MR COX ALSO REPRESENTED BRITAIN ON C. I.E. MATTERS.

PARTIES INTERESTED IN THE WORK OF H.K.I.C. MAY CONTACT MR COX AT 5-7905187 OR H.K.I.C.’S SECRETARY, MR C.Y. TONG, AT 5-283298.

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PAID SICK LEAVE LAW EXPLAINED

* * X

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAS PRODUCED A GUIDE TO THE AMENDED PROVISIONS FOR SICKNESS BENEFITS IN THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THAT COPIES OF THE GUIDE ARE NOW AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE TO THE PUBLIC IN THE DEPARTMENT’S REGIONAL OFFICES IN HENNESSY CENTRE, CAUSEWAY BAY, AND CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, YAU MA TEI, AS WELL AS ALL BRANCH OFFICES OF ITS LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE.

THE SPOKESMAN REMINDED THE PUBLIC THAT THE PROVISIONS COME INTO EFFECT TOMORROW (TUESDAY), ENTITLING MANUAL EMPLOYEES AND THOSE NON-MANUAL EMPLOYEES EARNING LESS THAN $8 500 A MONTH, TO TWO DAYS’ SICK LEAVE A MONTH DURING THE FIRST 12 MONTHS OF EMPLOYMENT, AND FOUR DAYS A MONTH THEREAFTER.

PAID SICK LEAVE CAN BE ACCUMULATED TO A MAXIMUM OF 120 DAYS. AN EMPLOYEE MAY TAKE SICK LEAVE UP TO 36 DAYS BY PRODUCING A CERTIFICATE ISSUED BY ANY MEDICAL PRACTITIONER. IF THE SICK LEAVE EXCEEDS 36 DAYS, AN EMPLOYEE WILL HAVE TO PRODUCE A CERTIFICATE ISSUED BY A HOSPITAL DOCTOR, IF THE EMPLOYER SO REQUIRES.

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MONDAY, OCTO R 31, 1983

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OWNERS REMINDED ABOUT PROPERTY TAX X * * *

OWNERS OF PROPERTY WERE REMINDED TODAY BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR INLAND REVENUE, MR VICTOR LADD, THAT THEY ARE LIABLE TO PAY PROVISIONAL PROPERTY TAX ON PROPERTY IN THE HONG KONG ISLAND, KOWLOON, NEW KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES (INCLUDING OUTLYING ISLANDS) FROM APRIL 1.

DEMAND NOTES FOR PROVISIONAL PROPERTY TAX 1983/84 WERE ISSUED IN JULY AND AUGUST TO OWNERS (EXCLUDING CORPORATION OWNERS) WHO WERE ASSESSED TO PROPERTY TAX FOR THE YEAR OF ASSESSMENT 1982/83 AND WHO HAD NOT BEEN GRANTED EXEMPTION FROM PROPERTY TAX, HE SAID.

♦ANY OWNER (EXCLUDING A CORPORATION OWNER) WHO IS LIABLE TO PAY PROVISIONAL PROPERTY TAX BUT HAS NOT RECEIVED A DEMAND NOTE FOR PROVISIONAL PROPERTY TAX 1983/84 SHOULD APPLY FORTHWITH TO THE PROPERTY TAX SECTION, INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT, 15TH FLOOR, 311, GLOUCESTER ROAD, HONG KONG FOR A COPY,+ HE SAID.

OWNERS WERE ALSO REMINDED THAT THE AMOUNT OF PROVISIONAL PROPERTY TAX 1983/84 SHOULD BE PAID ON OR BEFORE THE DUE DATE SHOWN ON THE DEMAND NOTE.

TO AVOID THE POSSIBLE INCONVENIENCE OF QUEUEING, OWNERS WERE URGED TO PAY BY CHEQUE OR CASHIER ORDER SENT BY POST TO:-

COMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE,

WINDSOR HOUSE,

311, GLOUCESTER ROAD,

CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG

OR BY EARLY PERSONAL ATTENDANCE AT ANY OF THE TREASURY’S COLLECTION OFFICES OR INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT’S COLLECTION OFFICES LISTED ON THE BACK OF THE DEMAND NOTE. CHEQUES SHOULD BE MADE PAYABLE TO HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AND CROSSED.

ANY APPLICATION FOR HOLDING OVER THE PROVISIONAL PROPERTY TAX ON VALID SHOWN ON THE BACK OF THE DEMAND NOTE) THE DEPARTMENT NOT LATER THAN 28 DAYS PAYMENT OF TAX.

OF THE WHOLE OR PART OF GROUNDS (DETAILS ARE MUST BE RECEIVED BY BEFORE THE DUE DATE FOR

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 1983

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MORE SUPPORT SOUGHT FOR TRAINING SCHEME * * *

DETAILS OF THE ENGINEERING GRADUATES TRAINING SCHEME WERE EXPLAINED AT A SEMINAR TODAY TO REPRESENTATIVES FROM 100 FIRMS.

THE PURPOSE OF THE SEMINAR WAS TO PROMOTE THE SCHEME, LAUNCHED IN FEBRUARY THIS YEAR BY THE COMMITTEE ON TRAINING OF TECHNOLOGISTS OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL (VTC).

IT WAS EXPECTED THAT THROUGH THE SEMINAR MORE EMPLOYERS WOULD GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE SCHEME AND BE INDUCED TO OFFER PRACTICAL TRAINING PLACES FOR ENGINEERING GRADUATES, A VTC SPOKESMAN SAID.

SO FAR 50 EMPLOYERS HAVE JOINED THE SCHEME, OFFERING ABOUT 220 ON-THE-JOB TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATES TO COMPLETE THEIR TRAINING TO BECOME QUALIFIED ENGINEERS.

BUT THE SCHEME HAS ALREADY ATTRACTED 570 GRADUATES FROM THE TWO UNIVERSITIES, HOLDERS OF ASSOCIATESHIP OF THE POLYTECHNIC AND OVERSEAS GRADUATES IN HONG KONG WITH EQUIVALENT QUALIFICATIONS.

+THE SHORTFALL OF TRAINING PLACES IS ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE ECONOMIC RECESSION. HOWEVER, THE COMMITTEE ON TRAINING TECHNOLOGISTS HAS MADE EVERY EFFORT TO CALL UPON EMPLOYERS TO INCREASE THEIR INTAKES,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

AS AN INCENTIVE TO EMPLOYERS, THE GOVERNMENT SUBSIDISES EACH TRAINING PLACE WITH $1 600 PER MONTH. THE TOTAL COST OF THE SCHEME IS ESTIMATED AT $6.8 MILLION FOR THE FIRST YEAR.

THE SCHEME IS INTENDED TO PROVIDE ENGINEERING GRADUATES WITH 18 MONTHS’ PRACTICAL TRAINING OF A STANDARD ACCEPTABLE FOR CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP OF THE HONG KONG INSTITUTION OF ENGINEERS.

IT ALSO ENSURES AN ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF WELL-TRAINED ENGINEERS FOR HONG KONG’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

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NEW METRIC PUBLICITY DRIVE STARTS * * X *

FROM NOW ON, THE CHINESE TERMS +GUNG GUN* AND +GUNG LEI+ WILL BE PROMOTED FOR USE IN EVERYDAY LIFE, MARKET TRANSACTIONS AND MEDIA REPORTING SO AS TO GAIN THE PUBLIC’S READY ACCEPTANCE CF THE METRIC SYSTEM.

THE DECISION TO ADOPT TERMS THAT ARE MORE SUITED TO THE LINGUISTIC HABITS OF THE CHINESE POPULATION WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY BY MR JAMES WU, CHAIRMAN OF THE METRICATION COMMITTEE, AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TO DISCLOSE THE NEW APPROACH TO THE METRICATION PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN.

MR WU SAID THAT THE USE OF THE TERMS +CHIN HAK+ AND +CHIN MAI+ WILL BE LIMITED TO EDUCATIONAL, TECHNICAL AND SCIENTIFIC DOCUMENTS.

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MR WU IS CONVINCED THAT THE PUBLIC ARE GENERALLY WILLING TO ACCEPT THE METRIC SYSTEM, BUT THE PROBLEM IS THEY DO NOT KNOW HOW TO CHANGE FROM THE TRADITIONAL SYSTEM TO THE NEW ONE.

IN MR WU’S OPINION, LEARNING THE CONVERSION FACTORS FOR METRIC AND NON-METRIC UNITS IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE AND PRACTICAL WAY TO LEARN THE METRIC SYSTEM.

A UNIQUELY DESIGNED, POCKET-SIZE METRIC DIAL, PAMPHLETS, AND STICKERS WILL BE PRODUCED TO ACQUAINT THE PUBLIC WITH METRIC TERMS AND FACILITATE THE CONVERSION BETWEEN METRIC AND TRADITIONAL UNITS E.G. IMPERIAL AND CHINESE UNITS.

FOR THE BENEFIT OF TRADERS AND CONSUMERS, THE METRICATION COMMITTEE WILL MAKE WEIGHING AND MEASURING EQUIPMENT, READILY AVAILABLE, INITIALLY WITH DUAL SCALE CALIBRATIONS AND EVENTUALLY WITH UNITARY METRIC SCALE CALIBRATIONS.

MR WU POINTED OUT THAT THE WORKING GROUPS OF THE METRICATION COMMITTEE WILL MAINTAIN CLOSE CONTACT WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND TRADE ASSOCIATIONS TO ASSIST THEM IN WORKING OUT THEIR IRRIGATION PROGRAMMES.

HE SAID THAT A SERIES OF PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES WILL BE LAUNCHED TO COMPLEMENT THE COMMITTEE’S NEW APPROACH.

FOUR NEW PUBLICITY SHORT FILMS HAVE BEEN PRODUCED TO STRESS THE REASONS FOR AND ADVANTAGES OF THE METRIC CHANGE-OVER.

OTHER ACTIVITIES INCLUDE THE PRODUCTION OF NEW RADIO TRAILERS, THE PUBLICATION OF PRINTED MATERIAL FOR DISTRIBUTION TO THE PUBLIC, THE SETTING UP OF METRIC SCALE COUNTERS IN MARKETS, THE LAUNCHING OF A METRIC FAMILY LUCKY DRAW IN MID-APRIL NEXT YEAR AND PUBLICITY FOR THE CHANGE FROM MILE TO KILOMETRE ON ROAD SIGNS INDICATING SPEED LIMIT IN AUGUST, 1984.

MR IP YEUK-LAM, A MEMBER OF THE METRICATION COMMITTEE AND W ARTHUR HACKER, CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER, CREATIVE SUBDIVISION OF GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES, ALSO SPOKE.

MR IP SAID THAT THE COMMITTEE’S LATEST PRINCIPLE IS TO ’POPULARISE’ METRICATION AND APPLY THE METRIC SYSTEM +AS A MATTER OF FACT* TO DAILY LIFE.

IN ORDER TO INTRODUCE THE METRIC SYSTEM TO PEOPLE AT THE GRASS ROOTS LEVEL, METRIC SCALE COUNTERS WILL BE SET UP IN MARKETS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG, SO THAT THE PUBLIC CAN MAKE USE OF THE SCALES DURING THEIR PURCHASES, HE POINTED OUT.

WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE URBAN COUNCIL, THE FIRST METRIC SCALE COUNTER WILL BE SET UP FOR A PERIOD OF TWO WEEKS AT BOWRINGTON ROAD MARKET, WAN CHAI FROM NOVEMBER 11. THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY THE ESTABLISHMENT OF FIVE SIMILAR COUNTERS AT CENTRAL MARKET, ABERDEEN MARKET, NGAU TAU KOK MARKET, YAUMATI MARKET AND MONGKOK MARKET ON A ROTATION BASIS.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 1983

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REFERRING TO THE DIFFICULTIES OF PROMOTING METRICATION AT RETAILER AND HAWKER LEVELS, MR IP FELT THAT BOTH RETAILERS AND CONSUMERS WILL NEED TIME TO GET ACCUSTOMED TO THE METRIC SYSTEM, AND TO USE WEIGHING EQUIPMENT WITH DUAL SCALE CALIBRATIONS AS WELL AS EQUIPMENT WITH UNITARY METRIC CALIBRATION. BUT HE IS CONVINCED THAT THE BENEFITS TO TRADES AND CONSUMERS BROUGHT BY A SUCCESSFUL CHANGEOVER WILL OFFSET THE PRESENT INCONVENIENCE.

MR HACKER EXPLAINED THE 'TWO PRONGED’ APPROACH IN THE NEW PUBLICITY DRIVE.

+THE FIRST PHASE IS AN UMBRELLA CAMPAIGN TO PERSUADE PEOPLE THAT METRICATION IS A GOOD THING, WHILE THE SECOND PHASE IS AN INFORMATION AND EDUCATION CAMPAIGN+, HE SAID.

THE CAMPAIGN AIMS TO CREATE A SITUATION WHERE HONG KONG HAS BECOME A METRIC SOCIETY WITHIN A LARGELY METRIC WORLD. DURING THIS PHASE, FOUR TELEVISION FILMS WILL BE SCREENED AS FROM TODAY TO PERSUADE PEOPLE THAT METRICATION IS A HUNDRED TIMES BETTER.

+THESE FILMS WILL BE COMPLEMENTED BY A SERIES OF SHORT SNAPPY INSERTS ON BASIC CONVERSIONS AND A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF POSTERS, LEAFLETS AS WELL AS OTHER USEFUL PROMOTIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL,* MR HACKER SAID.

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MORE BUILDING PLANS APPROVED X * *

THIRTY-SEVEN NEW BUILDING PLANS WERE APPROVED BY THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR, COMPARED WITH 48 IN AUGUST.

OF THESE PLANS, 18 ARE FOR NEW BUILDINGS ON HONG KONG ISLAND, THREE FOR THOSE IN KOWLOON AND 16 FOR THOSE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE NEW BUILDINGS INCLUDE AN ELECTRICITY SUBSTATION IN CHUNG HOM KOK AND ANOTHER IN WAN CHAI AND A VOCATIONAL TRAINING SCHOOL AT LAI YIP STREET, KOWLOON BAY.

THE DECLARED COST OF ALL NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED DURING THE MONTH WAS $676.58 MILLION, COMPARED WITH $699.83 MILLION IN SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR.

THE USABLE FLOOR AREA OF THESE NEW BUILDINGS TOTALLED 129 514.70 SQUARE METRES, COMPRISING 88 536 SQUARE METRES OF NON-DOMESTIC AND 40 978.7 SQUARE METRES OF DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA.

IN THE SAME MONTH, THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE ALSO GAVE CONSENT FOR WORK TO START ON 35 NEW PROJECTS. THEY INCLUDE A SCHOOL EXTENSION AT KWAI CHUNG CIRCUIT AND A FOOTBRIDGE IN TUEN MUN.

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ALTOGETHER, 41 OCCUPATION PERMITS WERE ISSUED FOR NEWLY-COMPLETED BUILDINGS DURING THE MONTH. THESE BUILDINGS INCLUDE A HOTEL AT THE JUNCTION OF WANG TAK STREET AND PO SHIN STREET, TWO SCHOOLS AT NAM FUNG ROAD AND TAI PAK TIN STREET IN KWAI CHUNG AND A SCHOOL EXTENSION AT CORNWALL STREET, KOWLOON.

IN SEPTEMBER, THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE ALSO GAVE PERMISSION TO DEMOLISH 21 BUILDINGS.

FORMER CHIEFS AMAZED AT AIRPORT GROWTH * * * *

TWO FORMER CIVIL AVIATION CHIEFS SPOKE TODAY OF HOW TIME FLIES -- AND HOW THE AIRPORT HAD DEVELOPED SO MUCH SINCE THEY WERE LAST HERE.

THE TWO, MR R.E. DOWNING AND MR T.R. THOMSON, WERE EXCHANGING RECOLLECTIONS WITH THE PRESENT DIRECTOR, MR BRIAN KEEP AND SOME 100 OTHER PEOPLE WHO HAD ALSO BEEN WORKING IN THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT WITH THEM.

THE OCCASION WAS A TEA PARTY GIVEN IN THE VISITORS’ HONOUR BY MR KEEP.

HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT’S +AMAZING+ DEVELOPMENT WAS PARTICULARLY FELT BY MR THOMSON, WHO RETIRED FROM THE CIVIL SERVICE IN 1973, WHEN THE AIRPORT TERMINAL BUILDING WAS ONLY ABOUT HALF ITS PRESENT SIZE.

AT THAT TIME, THE AIRPORT DEALT WITH ABOUT THREE MILLION PASSENGERS A YEAR.

TODAY, MR THOMSON NOTED, THE AIRPORT HANDLES ABOUT NINE MILLION PASSENGERS A YEAR, THREE TIMES THE VOLUME OF TRAFFIC OF TEN YEARS AGO.

MR THOMSON WAS DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION FROM 1966 TO 1973.

HE WAS SUCCEEDED BY MR DOWNING, WHO HELD THE POST UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 1979, AFTER A 32-YEAR ASSOCIATION WITH THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT.

MR DOWNING RECALLED THAT HE HAD JOINED THE DEPARTMENT IN DECEMBER 1947, FROM THE EARLY DAYS OF CIVIL AVIATION IN HONG KONG.

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CROWN LAND FOR AUCTION * * X *

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS OFFERING FOUR PIECES OF CROWN LAND FOR SALE AT AN AUCTION TO BE HELD IN THE CITY HALL THEATRE ON NOVEMBER 25, STARTING AT 2.30 PM.

THE LARGEST SITE OF ABOUT 3 800 SQUARE METRES IN RAZOR HILL, SAI KUNG IS FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES.

THE OTHER THREE SITES ARE ALL FOR INDUSTRIAL AND GODOWN PURPOSES.

ONE OF THEM, MEASURING ABOUT 1 777 SQUARE METRES IS IN TUNG TAU INDUSTRIAL AREA, YUEN LONG. ^iKtb, IS

ANOTHER SITE COVERING ABOUT 3 425 SQUARE METRES, IS IN SHATIN NEW TOWN.

THE THIRD LOT WITH AN AREA OF ABOUT 2 977 SQUARE METRES IS AT CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD IN LAI CHI KOK.

FULL PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, AND SALE PLANS INSPECTED AT, THE SURVEY DIVISION OF THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING, 5TH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD; THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (WEST WING), GROUND FLOOR; THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE (KOWLOON WEST) KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 10TH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD; OR ANY OF THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES IN SHA TIN, TUEN MUN, YUEN LONG TSUEN WAN, TAI PO, NORTH, SAI KUNG AND ISLANDS.

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ROAD PROJECT PROPOSED FOR ABERDEEN XXX

ACCA^T^rn0VERNMENT IS PROPOSING TO CONSTRUCT A NEW ROAD AND “th !J THE ABERDEEN Area!” FU"G "0AD AND “°NG CHUK HANS

THE WORKS WILL PROVIDE ACCESS TO A PROPOSED HOSPITAL DEVELOPMENT ON A SITE AT NAM FUNG ROAD AND TO SERVE AS ACCESS TO ADJOINING AREAS.

A NOTICE CONCERNING THE PROPOSED WORKS IS PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST 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 LOBBY; THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, HONG KONG SOUTH, 25 HARBOUR ROAD, HARBOUR CENTRE, 12TH FLOOR, HONG KONG; OR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE, NOS. 7-11 NAM NING STREET, SECOND FLOOR, ABERDEEN CENTRE, HONG KONG.

ANY OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL MUST REACH THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS BY DECEMBER 27, 1983.

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BOARDS’ PUBLIC LIAISON ROLE STRESSED * * * *

THE SPEED OF GROWTH AND THE MATURITY OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION DEPENDS ON THE ACTIVE PARTICI PAT I ON OF THE PUBLIC AND THE UNCEASING EFFORTS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR BARRIE WIGGHAM SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD MEETING, HE SAID:

♦THE MAJOR FUNCTION OF THE BOARD IS TO ESTABLISH MORE AND BETTER CHANNELS THROUGH WHICH RESIDENTS AND THE GOVERNMENT CAN EXCHANGE VIEWS.♦

HE SAID RESIDENTS CAN PUT FORWARD THEIR VIEWS ON DISTRICT MATTERS TO THE GOVERNMENT THROUGH THE BOARD MEMBERS.

IF THE PROPOSAL IS FEASIBLE, IT WILL BE IMPLEMENTED BY DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED AND THE PROGRESS AND RESULTS WILL BE MONITORED BY THE BOARD.

ON THE WORK DONE BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD IN THE PAST TWO YEARS, MR WIGGHAM SAID MEMBERS HAD CONTRIBUTED MUCH IN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT, WELFARE SERVICES, PUBLIC FACILITIES AND RECREATION AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES.

SOME EXAMPLES WERE THE CLEARANCE OF ILLEGAL BACKLANE STRUCTURES IN THE DISTRICT’S INDUSTRIAL AREA, SQUATTER AREA IMPROVEMENT SCHEME, PROVISION OF EVENING CLINIC SERVICE, AND TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENT SCHEME AT YUE MAN SQUARE.

♦WHEN IMPLEMENTING THESE PROJECTS, BOARD MEMBERS HAVE UNDOUBTEDLY PUT IN MUCH EFFORTS AND A LOT OF TIME,+ HE SAID.

SEAWALL FOR JUNK BAY TIP SITE

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THE GOVERNMENT PLANS TO CONSTRUCT A SEAWALL OFF SAN SHEK WAN IN JUNK BAY FOR THE CONTROLLED TIP SITE THERE.

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

A NOTICE (IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE) WITH ITS RELATED PLAN CAN BE SEEN ON NOTICE BOARDS POSTED NEAR THE SITE. THE PLAN MAY ALSO BE SEEN AT THE LANDS DEPARTMENT SURVEY DIVISION, FIFTH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG (WHERE COPIES CAN BE PURCHASED ON ORDER) AND AT THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE, SAN PO KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, FIRST FLOOR, SAN PO KONG, KOWLOON.

ALL OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL AND CLAIMS FOR COMPENSATION SHOULD REACH THE DIRECTOR OF LANDS WITHIN TWO MONTHS.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

LABOUR RELATIONS COURSES OFFERED * * * *

THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR RON BRIDGE, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING OF A SERIES OF COURSES ON LABOUR RELATIONS IN THE BANQUET ROOM, HOTEL PLAZA, 27TH FLOOR, CAUSEWAY BAY, AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

** THE COURSES ARE BEING ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR RELATIONS PROMOTION UNIT OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT FOR EMPLOYERS, MANAGEMENT STAFF AND TRADE UNION OFFICIALS, TO STRENGTHEN LABOUR RELATIONS IN HONG KONG.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CEREMONY.

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FESTIVAL BOOST FOR CHINESE MUSIC

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THE CHINESE MUSIC FESTIVAL, ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT, WILL BE HELD FROM NOVEMBER 19 TO 27.

IT IS BEING HELD FOR THE FIRST TIME AND HAS ITS ORIGINS IN THE VERY WELL-RECEIVED CHINESE MUSIC WEEK ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE IN MARCH LAST YEAR.

THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR, MR CLIVE OXLEY, EXPLAINED TODAY THAT THE FESTIVAL IS AIMED AT STIMULATING INTEREST IN CHINESE MUSIC AND IN RAISING THE STANDARD OF PERFORMANCE.

+IT IS ALSO HOPED THAT THE FESTIVAL WILL SERVE AS A MEANS OF ENCOURAGING LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND SCHOOLS TO FORM CHINESE ORCHESTRAS,* HE SAID.

THE FESTIVAL WILL FEATURE A SERIES OF CONCERTS, SEMINARS AND MASTER CLASSES, IN WHICH RENOWNED MUSICIANS FROM CHINA AND HONG KONG WILL TAKE PART. IN ADDITION TO THREE ETHNIC CHINESE MUSIC GROUPS WHICH WILL PLAY TRADITIONAL CANTONESE, CHIU CHOW AND FUKIEN MUSIC, TEN LOCAL CHINESE ORCHESTRAS WILL ALSO BE PERFORMING IN THIS FESTIVAL.

AND APART FROM THE OPENING CONCERT AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL ON NOVEMBER 19, TWO OTHER CONCERTS - THE DEMONSTRATION CONCERT AND THE FINALE CONCERT WILL BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 24 AND 27 AT THE SAME PLACE.

UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, DR HENRIETTA IP, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CONCERT.

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PERFORMERS AT THE FINALE CONCERT WILL INCLUDE CHINESE INSTRUMENTAL GROUPS OF HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC STUDENTS’ UNION, HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC SOCIETY, KING’S COLLEGE CHINESE INSTRUMENTAL GROUP, MUSIC LOVERS CHINESE ORCHESTRA, PUI SING MUSIC ASSOCIATION CHINESE ORCHESTRA, TSUEN WAN YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRA, WAH SING CHINESE FOLK ORCHESTRA, WANG KWONG CHINESE ORCHESTRA, YAO YUEH CHINESE MUSIC ASSOCIATION, YWCA CHINESE INSTRUMENTAL ORCHESTRA, MUSIC OFFICE YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRA, AND THE MUSIC OFFICE TRAINEES CHINESE ORCHESTRA.

TICKETS FOR THE THREE CONCERTS AT $5 EACH ARE NOW ON SALE AT THE TSUEN WAN HALL AND ALL MUSIC CENTRES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE.

FOR ENQUIRIES PLEASE TELEPHONE 0-428127.

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SCHOOLS GET +FLAG DAY+ REMINDER * * * *

SCHOOLS ARE REMINDED TO OBTAIN THE CONSENT OF PARENTS BEFORE SENDING THEIR STUDENTS TO ASSIST IN SELLING FLAGS OR FLOWERS FOR CHARITABLE ORGANISATIONS ON APPROVED FLAG AND FLOWER DAYS.

IN A GENERAL CIRCULAR TO SCHOOLS, AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID: +HEADS OF SCHOOLS ARE REMINDED THAT STUDENT PARTICIPATION IN THESE ACTIVITIES MUST BE ENTIRELY VOLUNTARY AND THAT THE PRIOR CONSENT OF PARENTS SHOULD BE OBTAINED.*

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO ADVISED SCHOOL HEADS THAT ONLY STUDENTS AGED 14 OR ABOVE SHOULD BE SENT TO ASSIST IN SELLING FLAGS OR FLOWERS AND THAT APPROPRIATE INSURANCE COVER AGAINST ACCIDENTS AND ROBBERY IS PROVIDED FOR THE STUDENTS.

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AIRPORT SLIP ROAD READY XK K

FROM 10 AM TOMORROW (TUESDAY), THE SLIP ROAD CONNECTING THE EASTBOUND TUBE OF THE AIRPORT TUNNEL AND SUNG WONG TOI ROAD WILL BE OPEN TO TRAFFIC TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC CIRCULATION IN THE AREA.

WITH THE OPENING OF THE SLIP ROAD, MOTORISTS ON EAST KOWLOON WAY HEADING FOR THE AIRPORT VIA SUNG WONG TOI ROAD MAY USE EITHER EAST KOWLOON WAY EASTBOUND, KOWLOON CITY ROAD AND SUNG WONG TOI ROAD; OR EAST KOWLOON WAY EASTBOUND, AIRPORT TUNNEL, THE NEWLY OPENED SLIP ROAD AND SUNG WONG TOI ROAD.

SIGNS WILL BE PROVIDED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS USING THE SLIP ROAD.

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TRAFFIC MEASURES IN TAI HANG

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FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (NOVEMBER 2), TRAFFIC LIGHTS WILL BE SWITCHED OFF AND A ROUNDABOUT PROVIDED AT THE WESTERN JUNCTION OF TAI HANG ROAD WITH BLUE POOL ROAD FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS.

DURING THE PERIOD, ALL VEHICLES OVER 2-1/2 TONS UNLADEN WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING RIGHT FROM TAI HANG ROAD INTO BLUE POOL ROAD OR TURNING LEFT FROM BLUE POOL ROAD INTO TAI HANG ROAD.

FRESH WATER LEAKAGE TESTS * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN SHAM SHU I PO AND TAI KOK TSUI AREA WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM ON THURSDAY (NOVEMBER 3) TO 6 AM ON THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY LAI CHI KOK ROAD, PRINCE EDWARD ROAD, TUNG CHAU STREET, BOUNDARY STREET, TAI KOK TSUI ROAD, INCLUDING SYCAMORE STREET, MAPLE STREET, WALNUT STREET, LIME STREET, AND WILLOW STREET.

WATER FIGURES

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STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 98.0 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 574.665 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 473.588 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 80.8 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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