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

 DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, JULY 1, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PHASE II TALKS TO BEGIN ON JULY 12 ........................ -j

EXCO MEMBERS OFF TO LONDON ................................. 1

CRIMES BY YOUTH CAUSE CONCERN .............................. 2

THIRD PHASE OF ID CARD SCHEME STARTING...................... 4

SIR JOHN SEES TUEN MUN PROJECTS ............................ 5

U.S. IMPORTERS FIGHT PROTECTIONISM.........................  7

NT LICENCE AMD PERMIT FEES REVISED ......................... 8

PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE FOR APRIL 1983 11

SENIOR STAFF CHANGES ...................................... 15

POLICE NOW NEED ID CARDS .................................. 15

WORK ON SECOND TSING YI BRIDGE STARTING NEXT YEAR......... -|6

TSUEN WAN ZONING PLAN AMENDED ............................. 16

NEW SECRETARY VISITS DEPARTMENT ........................... 17

'HONG KONG JING YING' TO TOUR U.K.......................... 18

TONG PRAISED FOR COMMUNITY WORK ........................... 19

YOUTH MUSIC CAMP STARTS JULY 30 ........................... 20

FAREWELL FOR HOUSING DIRECTOR ............................. 21

COMPUTER COURSE FOR TEACHERS .............................. 21

REMOTE-CONTROLLED CAR RACE................................. 22

CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS TO PARADE ........................... 22

EVENING COURSE OFFERED FOR TEACHERS ....................... 23

IMMIGRATION REVISES VISITING SCHEDULE FOR NT .............. 23

TAX RELIEF FOR CHARITABLE DONATIONS ....................... 24

NEW HOLIDAY BUS ROUTE ON LANTAU ........................... 24

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PHASE II TALKS TO BEGIN ON JULY 12

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THE FOLLOWING ANNOUNCEMENT HAS BEEN MADE IN LONDON AND PEKINGl

♦FOLLOWING THE DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN THE LEADERS OF THE TWO COUNTRIES IN SEPTEMBER 1982, AND SUBSEQUENT USEFUL EXCHANGES IT HAS BEEN AGREED THAT A SECOND PHASE OF THE TALKS ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG WILL BEGIN IN PEKING ON 12TH JULY 1983.+

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE GOVERNOR WOULD BE GOING TO PEKING FOR THE START OF THE SECOND PHASE. HE WOULD OF COURSE BE A MEMBER OF THE BRITISH DELEGATION WHICH WOULD BE LED BY THE BRITISH AMBASSADOR IN PEKING, SIR PERCY CRADOCK. HE WOULD BE ACCOMPANIED BY THE POLITICAL ADVISER.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE GOVERNOR WAS LIKELY TO SPEND A FEW DAYS IN PEKING ON THIS FIRST VISIT TO TAKE PART IN THE TALKS. HE WOULD RETURN TO PEKING TO TAKE PART IN THE TALKS AS AND WHEN APPROPRIATE.

ASKED ABOUT THE MEANING OF THE +SECOND PHASE* THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT HE COULD NOT USEFULLY ADD TO THE JOINT STATMENT. BUT THE POINT HAD NOW BEEN REACHED WHEN IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE FOR THE GOVERNOR TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TALKS.

IN RESPONSE TO A QUESTION ON WHETHER THE START OF THE SECOND PHASE OF THE TALKS AND THE GOVERNOR’S ATTENDANCE AT THEM MEANT THAT BRITAIN HAD CONCEDED SOVEREIGNTY THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE BRITISH POSITION ON SOVEREIGNTY WAS WELL KNOWN. HE ADDED THAT THERE WERE MANY SPECULATIVE STORIES IN THE PRESS. THEY DID NOT ACCURATELY REFLECT THE STATE OF THE TALKS OR THE BRITISH POSITION.

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EXCO MEMBERS OFF TO LONDON *****

A GROUP OF UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL LEFT FOR LONDON THIS (FRIDAY) EVENING FOR CONSULTATION WITH THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT.

TOGETHER WITH THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, THEY ARE EXPECTED TO CALL ON THE PRIME MINISTER, MRS MARGARET THATCHER, THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS, SIR GEOFFREY HOWE, AND THE MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR HONG KONG IN THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE, MR RICHARD LUCE.

AT THE AIRPORT TO SEE THEM OFF WAS THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE.

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CRIMES BY YOUTH CAUSE CONCERN * * * *

GOVERNMENT AND THE POLICE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE HIGH NUMBER OF CRIMES, MANY OF THEM SERIOUS AND VIOLENT, BEING COMMITTED BY YOUNG MALES AGED BETWEEN 14 AND 20, THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TO LAUNCH THE 1983/84

FIGHT YOUTH CRIME CAMPAIGN, SIR PHILIP, WHO IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE NEWLY RECONSTITUTED FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, SAID THIS YEAR’S CAMPAIGN WOULD BE TARGETED AT YOUNG MALES IN THAT AGE GROUP WHOSE RECORD OF CRIME WAS VASTLY DISPROPORTIONATE TO THEIR NUMBERS.

’’STATISTICAL ANALYSIS INDICATES THAT IN THE THREE YEARS BETWEEN 1980 AND 1982, YOUNG MALES WITHIN THE 14-20 AGE GROUP WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR ABOUT 33 PER CENT, OR ONE-THIRD, OF ALL MALE CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS IN HONG KONG.

’’WHAT IS EVEN MORE ALARMING IS THAT THIS GROUP REPRESENTS ONLY 15 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL MALE POPULATION AND, THEREFORE, POSES ONE OF THE BIGGEST THREATS TO LAW AND ORDER HERE,” HE SAID.

ANOTHER DISTURBING ASPECT OF THIS CRIME PATTERN HAS BEEN THE NUMBER OF SUCH YOUNG MEN PROSECUTED FOR VIOLENT AND SERIOUS CRIMES.

”IT IS APPALLING WHEN YOU ARE FACED WITH THE STARK FACT THAT THOSE YOUNG MALES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR A CATALOGUE OF SERIOUS CRIMES SUCH AS MURDER, ROBBERY, SERIOUS ASSAULT, BURGLARY, CAR THEFT AND SO ON,” SIR PHILIP ADDED.

DURING 1982 THEY WERE PROSECUTED FOR 34 MURDERS (41% OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF MURDERS); 1 040 SERIOUS ASSAULTS (29$); 776 RROBBEERIES (49$) AND 479 BURGLARIES (44$). THEY ALSO STOLE 257 VEHICLES (54$) AND COMMITTED 348 THEFTS FROM VEHlCLES(46$).

THE FIRST FIGHT YOUTH CRIME CAMPAIGN WAS LAUNCHED IN APRIL 1981 TO COUNTER A SUDDEN AND UNEXPLAINED UPSURGE IN THE NUMBER OF JUVENILES BECOMING INVOLVED IN CRIME.

WITHIN FOUR MONTHS, FIGURES FOR PROSECUTIONS AGAINST THOSE AGED BETWEEN SEVEN AND 15 BEGAN TO DROP AND HAVE CONTINUED TO DO SO.

IN 1982, A TOTAL OF 2 846 JUVENILES WERE PROSECUTED, REPRESENTING A DROP OF 839 CASES OR ABOUT 23 PER CENT. DURING THE FIRST QUARTER OF THIS YEAR THERE WAS A DROP OF ABOUT 35 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH THE CORRESPONDING QUARTER IN 1981 - THE PERIOD IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE LAUNCHING OF THE CAMPAIGN.

"THE MOST HEARTENING POINT ABOUT THOSE FIGURES HAS BEEN THE DECREASE IN THE NUMBER OF JUVENILES PROSECUTED FOR SERIOUS AND KEY CRIME,” SIR PHILIP SAID.

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IN 1982 PROSECUTIONS FOR ROBBERY DROPPED BY 41 PER CENT? FOR BURGLARY BY 36 PER CENT; FOR THEFT BY 34.5 PER CENT AND FOR CRIMINAL DAMAGE BY 26 PER CENT.

THESE FIGURES HAVE DEMONSTARTED CLEARLY WHAT CAN BE ACHIEVED WHEN THE FORCES OF GOVERNMENT AND THE COMMUNITY GET TOGETHER TO TACKLE A SERIOUS PROBLEM WITH COMMITMENT, ENTHUSIASM AND PROFESSIONALISM, THE ACTING GOVERRNOR SAID.

HE APPEALED TO EVERYONE IN THE COMMUNITY - PARTICULARLY YOUNG PEOPLE - TO JOIN IN THE 83/84 CAMPAIGN AND HELP PREVENT OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE FROM BECOMING INVOLVED IN CRIME.

"APART FROM THE DAMAGE IT DOES TO SOCIETY AS A WHOLE, IT IS THE FIRST STEP ALONG THE PATH WHICH INEVITABLY LEADS TO A RUINED AND WASTED LIFE.

"TO YOUNG PEOPLE I WOULD SIMPLY REITERATE THE CAMPAIGN THEMES - ’DON’T GET INVOLVED IN CRIME’ AND ’THERE IS NO GLAMMOUR IN CRIME’.

"TO THE PARENTS, RELATIVES AND FRIENDS OF THE YOUNG, I WOULD SAY THIS s 'if you have any reason to believe that a YOUNG PERSON YOU KNOW MAY BE IN DANGER OF BECOMING INVOLVED IN CRIME, CONSULT THE AUTHORITIES.’ AFTER ALL, PREVENTION IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN CURE," SIR PHILIP SAID.

GIVING DETAILS OF THE CAMPAIGN, THE ACTING GOVERNOR SAID THE PRIMARY TARGET AUDIENCE WOULD BE ALL MALES AGED BETWEEN 14 AND 20 AND ALL OTHER YOUNG PERSONS CONSIDERED TO BE 'AT RISK’ OF BECOMING INVOLVED IN CRIME.

A SECONDARY, BUT IMPORTANT, TARGET AUDIENCE WILL BE PEOPLE MOST CLOSELY CONNECTED WITH THE PRIMARY TARGET AUDIENCE AND THOSE WHO CAN GUIDE OR INFLUENCE THEM AWAY FROM A LIFE OF CRIME.

THE MAIN OBJECTIVES OF THE CAMPAIGN ARE TO DISSUADE THE PRIMARY TARGET AUDIENCE AND OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE FROM BEING INVOLVED IN CRIME, TO PERSUADE THE SECONDARY TARGET AUDIENCE TO EXERT POSITIVE INFLUENCE ON THE YOUNG AND TO ENLIST PUBLIC SUPPORT IN COMBATTING SUCH CRIMES.

"THIS WILL INVOLVE A CAREFULLY BALANCED MIX OF STRONG MEDIA PUBLICITY AND COMMUNITY RELATED ACTIVITIES DIRECTED AT WARNING YOUNG MALES AWAY FROM CRIME AND ENCOURAGING THE REPT OF THE COMMUNITY TO SUPPORT THIS MOVE AND TO REPORT SUCH CRIMINAL ACTIVITY TO THE POLICE," SIR PHILIP SAID.

GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, DISTRICT BOARDS, JUNIOR POLICE CALL, PARTICULARLY JPC LEADERS, OTHER YOUTH ORGANISATIONS, DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEES, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND OWNERS’ INCORPORATIONS AND VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE CAMPAIGN.

FBIDAY, JULY 1, 1983

ONE OF the highlights will be a four-day residential CAMP FOR 300 YOUTHS TO BE HELD AT THE LADY MACLEHOSE HOLIDAY VILLAGE IN SAI KUNG BETWEEN JULY 26 AND 29. THE CAMP WILL BE A MIX OF LECTURES, DISCUSSIONS, SEMINARS, SPORTS EVENTS AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES. PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ENCOURAGED TO RETURN TO THEIR HOME DISTRICTS AND ORGANISE CAMPAIGN ACTIVITIES THERE. SIR PHILIP WILL VISIT THE CAMP ON JULY 28.

A NEW POLICE MOBILE FIGHT CRIME EXHIBITION CENTRE IS BEING TARGETED EXCLUSIVELY AT SECONDARY SCHOOLS, YOUTH ORGANISATIONS, FACTORIES AND OTHER INDUSTRIES WHICH EMPLOY LARGE NUMBERS OF YOUNG PEOPLE. IT WILL ALSO VISIT SUMMER YOUTH CAMPS.

DISTRICT FIGHT YOUTH CRIME CAMPAIGN ACTIVITIES WILL BE the responsibility of the 17 JUNIOR police call district councils WHICH WILL OPERATE THROUGH DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEES TO ORGANISE CAMPAIGN ACTIVITIES AND PROMOTIONS DESIGNED TO MEET THE PARTICULAR NEEDS OF THEIR OWN DISTRICTS.

APART FROM SPEARHEADING DISTRICT ACTIVITIES, JPC WILL LAUNCH ANOTHER MAJOR RECRUITING EXERCISE - FASHIONED TO ATTRACT THOSE WITHIN THE TARGET AUDIENCE TO JOIN THE SCHEME. CURRENT JPC MEMBERSHIP STANDS AT 334 400 - UP 30 000 FROM LAST YEAR.

JPC LEADERS, WHO NOW TOTAL MORE THAN 12 000, WILL BE TASKED TO HIGHLIGHT THE CAMPAIGN DURING THE MORE THAN 13 000 ACTIVITIES THEY WILL ORGANISE THIS YEAR.

A FULL LIST OF OTHER ACTIVITIES SUCH AS A FIGHT YOUTH CRIME COMPETITION WITH THE SIX WINNERS VISITING HOLLAND AND THE UK NEXT YEAR; TV PROGRAMMES AND GOVERNMENT COMMERCIALS AND A SERIES OF SPECIAL BULLETINS ON CRIME PREVENTION, YOUTH INVOLVEMENT IN CRIME AND GUIDELINES FOR PARENTS TO DETECT WHEN YOUNG PEOPLE ARE GOING ASTRAY IS BEING DRAWN UP TO DRIVE HOME THE CAMPAIGN MESSAGE.

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THIRD PHASE OF ID CARD SCHEME STARTING

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THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THE THIRD PHASE OF THE NEW IDENTITY CARD ISSUE SCHEME WILL BE CARRIED OUT BETWEEN JULY 11 AND AUGUST 6.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID, +DURING THE FOUR-WEEK PERIOD, NEN BORN IN 1962 ARE REQUIRED TO EXCHANGE THEIR OLD ID CARDS FOR NEW ONES. FAILURE TO DO SO MAY LEAD TO PROSECUT I ON.+

THE THIRD PHASE WILL COVER ABOUT 62 QOO MALE RESIDENTS IN THIS AGE GROUP.

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♦HOWEVER, IF A PERSON HAPPENS TO BE AWAY FROM HONG KONG AND WILL NOT BE BACK DURING THE SPECIFIED PERIOD, HE MUST APPLY FOR A NEW CARD WITHIN 30 DAYS OF HIS RETURN,+ HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT APPLICATIONS FOR NEW CARDS SHOULD BE MADE IN PERSON TO ANY OF THE EIGHT ISSUE OFFICES IN HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

♦THESE OFFICES ARE OPEN FROM 8 AM TO 9.30 PM MONDAYS TO SATURDAYS, SO THAT THOSE WHO ARE BUSY IN THE DAYTIME DURING WEEKDAYS CAN GO THERE IN THE EVENING OR AT WEEKENDS,+ HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN REMINDED APPLICANTS TO BRING ALONG THEIR OLD ID CARDS WHEN THEY REPORT TO THESE OFFICES.

MEANWHILE, ABOUT 47 000 APPLICATIONS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED FROM PEN BORN IN 1963.

THE SPOKESMAN URGED THOSE 20-YEAR-0LDS WHO HAD NOT YET APPLIED TO COME FORWARD WITHOUT DELAY.

HE SAID, ♦THERE ARE ONLY SEVEN WORKING DAYS LEFT BEFORE APPLICATIONS CLOSE ON JULY 9.+

♦THEY SHOULD APPLY NOW IF THEY WANT TO AVOID THE LAST MINUTE RUSH.*

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE NEW ID CARD SCHEME SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO 5-7956O66 (CHINESE LANGUAGE) OR 5-7909393 (ENGLISH LANGUAGE).

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SIR JOHN SEES TUEN MUN PROJECTS ft * * ft * *

THE RAPID GROWTH OF TUEN MUN IN THE PAST TWO YEARS — WITH A POPULATION INCREASE OF 10 000 — IMPRESSED THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, WHEN HE VISITED THE NEW TOWN THIS (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION M? IAN MACPHERSON; THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR RICKY FUNG; THE PROJECT MANAGER, MR T.D. ARMOUR, AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICER, bR RON CROSS, SIR JOHN FIRST VISITED THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE AND WAS BRIEFED ON THE CHANGES TAKING

PLACE.

SIR JOHN LAST VISITED TUEN MUN IN MAY 1981.

SINCE 1981, THE POPULATION HAS INCREASED FROM 120 000 TO MORE THAN 210 000, AND IS EXPECTED TO GO UP BY 70 000 ANNUALLY OVER THE l£XT TWO YEARS TO REACH HALF A MILLION BY THE END OF THE DECADE.

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DURING THE PERIOD, FOUR PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES, TWO HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME ESTATES AND THREE TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS WERE COMPLETED.

THE NUMBER OF FACTORIES IN THE DISTRICT HAS RISEN FROM 1 155 TO 1 563 AND THE NUMBER OF WORKERS IN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES FROM 17 851 TO NEARLY 21 OOO.

AT THE SAME TIME 11 INDUSTRIAL SITES, SEVEN RESIDENTIAL SITES, A LARGE TOWN CENTRE SITE AND THE SO KWUN WAT MARINA PROJECT WERE SOLD.

SIR JOHN WAS TOLD THAT SOME SI.2 BILLION HAD BEEN EARMARKED FOR DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR.

THESE PROJECTS INCLUDE THE PHASE 1 CONSTRUCTION OF THE TUEN KIN TOWN PARK TO START IN AUGUST, A FERRY PIER WITH A RESTAURANT t£AR THE BUTTERFLY ESTATE, A CIVIC AND CULTURAL COMPLEX COMPRISING AN AUDITORIUM AND GOVERNMENT OFFICES AT THE TOWN CENTRE, A DISTRICT HOSPITAL TO BE READY BY THE END OF 1987, AND A SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX.

AT PRESENT, THERE ARE 27 CIVIL ENGINEERING AND 18 BUILDING CONTRACTS GOING ON, AND 15 CIVIL ENGINEERING AND SEVEN BUILDING CONTRACTS HAVE BEEN OR WILL BE LET.

THE PARTY THEN WENT UP TO THE ROOF OF 01 HEI HOUSE IN YAU 01 ESTATE WHERE THEY HAD A BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF THE NEW TOWN.

SIR JOHN STOPPED BRIEFLY AT A PLASTIC TOY FACTORY BEFORE PROCEEDING TO THE YAN 01 TONG COMMUNITY AND INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE.

THE CENTRE, BUILT AT A COST OF $45 MILLION, WILL BE IN FULL OPERATION IN NOVEMBER.

FACILITIES IN THE CENTRE INCLUDE A 25-METRE HEATED SWIMMING POOL, A CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY, SQUASH AND BADMINTON COURTS, STUDY ROOMS AND A NURSERY.

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U.S. IMPORTERS FIGHT PROTECTIONISM * * * X

THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, MR HAMISH MACLEOD TODAY (FRIDAY) CALLED ON THE DEVELOPED COUNTRIES TO HONOUR THE FREE TRADE PRINCIPLES WHICH HAD BEEN RESTATED SO RECENTLY AT THE WILLIAMSBURG SUMMIT.

SPEAKING AT THE LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE LION’S CLUB OF HONG KONG (HOST), MR MACLEOD SAID SOME HONG KONG EXPORTERS TO THE UNITED STATES WERE NOW EXPERIENCING CONSIDERABLE PROBELMS BECAUSE THE U.S. HAD +CALLED+ HONG KONG ON A NUMBER OF GARMENT CATEGORIES - THAT IS TO SAY, EFFECTIVELY INTRODUCED A LIMIT ON THE EXPORT OF WHAT WERE PREVIOUSLY UNRESTRAINED ITEMS.

♦IMPORTERS IN THE USA ARE NOT HAPPY ABOUT THIS EITHER, AND ARE ATTEMPTING TO EXERT PRESSURE WITHIN THE USA TO COUNTERBALANCE THE PROTECTIONIST EFFORTS OF THEIR DOMESTIC INDUSTRY. WE, TOO, ARE TRYING TO ENSURE THAT THE RIGHT TO +CALL+ HONG KONG IS USED RESPONSIBLY.

♦THE USA HAS, AFTER ALL, NOT YET ABANDONED CAPITALISM: BECAUSE THE PROTECTIONISTS IN THE USA ARE PARTICULARLY STRIDENT AT THIS TIME, WE SHOULD NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE EXTENT TO WHICH THE ARGUMENTS FOR REMOVING TRADE BARRIERS ARE ALSO BELIEVED IN, AND FOUGHT FOR, IN THE USA,+ MR MACLEOD REMARKED.

CONCEDING THAT THERE IS INEVITABLY SOME GAP BETWEEN WORDS AND DEEDS, HE POINTED OUT GOVERNMENTS WOULD LOSE THEIR CREDIBILITY IF THE GAP BACAME TOO WIDE.

♦HENCE THE WORDS OF THE STATEMENT RELEASED ON MAY 30 AFTER THE SUMMIT AT WILLIAMSBURG SHOULD NOT BE SIMPLY DISMISSED AS HYPOCRITICALi THEY REPRESENT AN AIM, AND AN AIM WHICH AT LEAST SOME OF THE COUNTRIES REPRESENTED BELIEVE IN AND WHICH IT IS IN HONG KONG’S INTEREST TO KEEP REMINDING THEM 0F.+

HE CITED TWO SENTENCES WHICH PARTICULARLY STRUCK HIM:

+..... WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO HALT PROTECTIONISM, AND AS

RECOVERY PROCEEDS TO REVERSE IT BY DISMANTLING TRADE BARRIERS .....+

+..... WE SHOULD WORK TO ACHIEVE FURTHER TRADE LIBERALISATION

NEGOTIATIONS IN THE GATT WITH PARTICULAR EMPHASIS ON EXPANDING TRADE WITH AND AMONG DEVELOPING COUNTRIES ......♦

ON THE PUBLICITY BATTLE ON PROTECTIONISM VERSUS FREE TRADE, MACLEOD SAID HE WAS HOPEFUL THAT HONG KONG’S INCREASED REPRESENTATION IN THE USA, WITH THE CREATION OF THE NEW HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICE IN NEW YORK, WOULD ENABLE HONG KONG’S CASE TO BE PUT MORE OFTEN AND MORE EFFECTIVELY IN THE FUTURE, BOTH IN THE MEDIA AND MORE PERSONALLY TO PEOPLE OF INFLUENCE.

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NT LICENCE AND PERMIT FEES REVISED ft ft ft ft

THE GOVERNMENT HAS APPROVED AN INCREASE OF FEES FOR A NUMBER CF LICENCES AND PERMITS ISSUED IN THE NEW TERRITORIES UNDER THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES ORDINANCE AND PLACES OF PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT ORDINANCE, WITH EFFECT FROM TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE REVISED LICENCE FEES APPLY TO GENERAL AND MARINE RESTAURANTS, LIGHT REFRESHMENT RESTAURANTS. FOOD FACTORIES AND OTHER FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS, FACTORY CANTEENS, FRESH PROVISION SHOPS, AND SIU MEI AND LO MEI SHOPS.

THEY ALSO APPLY TO OFFENSIVE TRADES, UNDERTAKERS OF BURIALS, CINEMAS OR THEATRES, PRIVATE SWIMMING POOLS, PUBLIC TABLE TENNIS OR BILLIARD SALOONS, PUBLIC BOWLING-ALLEYS. PUBLIC SKATING RINKS, AND OTHER PLACES OF PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT AS WELL AS RESTRICTED FOOD PERMITS.

THE INCREASES ARE PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THEY WOULD BRING FEES FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES INTO LINE WITH THE FEES ALREADY IN FORCE IN THE URBAN AREA SINCE APRIL 1 THIS YEAR, AS THE SAME STANDARDS OF SERVICES ARE BEING PROVIDED.

EXPLAINING THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THE REVISION OF FEES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID IT WAS TO REFLECT MORE REALISTICALLY GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE ON THESE SERVICES AS ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS OF OPERATING THE LICENSING SYSTEM HAD INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY DURING LAST YEAR.

DESPITE THE INCREASES, THERE WILL STILL BE A GOVERNMENT SUBSIDY OF $3.61 MILLION IN THE PROVISION OF THESE LICENSING SERVICES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

FOR A COMPLETE FINANCIAL YEAR, $7.25 MILLION IS EXPECTED TO BE RECOVERED THRO GH LICENCE FEES AGAINST THE TOTAL EXPENDITURE CF $10.86 MILLION FOR SUCH SERVICES.

THERE ARE AT PRESENT 2 600 LICENSED PREMISES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND 1 200 PERMITS WERE ALSO ISSUED TO VARIOUS TRADES BY THE NTSD.

WITH THE REVISION, THE ANNUAL LICENCE FEE FOR A GENERAL OR MARINE RESTAURANT, FOOD FACTORY, FROZEN CONFECTION FACTORY AND MILK FACTORY RANGES FROM $1 020 TO $51 000 (OLD FEE $840 TO $42 000) WHEREAS THAT FOR A COLD STORE RANGES FROM $2 040 TO $51 000 (OLD FEE $1 680 TO $42 000), DEPENDING ON THE FLOOR AREA OF THE LICENSED PREMISES.

FOR A LIGHT REFRESHMENT RESTAURAMT, BAKERY AND FACTORY CANTEEN, THE ANNUAL NEW LICENCE FEE RANGES FROM $730 TO $36 500 (OLD FEE $600 TO $30 000).

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THE LICENCE FEE FOR A SIU MEI AND LO MEI SHOP 18 8750 (OLD FEE 8600) AND THAT FOR A FRESH PROVISION SHOP IS 8975 (OLD FEE 8800) FOR EACH COMMODITY SOLD.

THE REVISED FEE FOR A CINEMA OR THEATRE IS FROM 8* 600 TO 86 900 A YEAR (OLD FEE 82 *00 TO 83 600) ACCORDING TO ITS SEATING CAPACITY.

LICENCE FEES FOR OTHER PLACES OF PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT RANGE FROM 8*60 (OLD FEE 82*0) FOR A PERIOD OF NOT EXCEEDING ONE MONTH TO 8* 600 (OLD FEE 82 *00) FOR A PERIOD BETWEEN SIX AND 12 MONTHS.

THE INCREASES SHOULD REPRESENT ONLY A FRACTION AND THE TOTAL ANNUAL OPERATING COSTS OF LICENSED BUSINESS ARE NOT LIKELY TO CAUSE HARDSHIP TO THE OPERATORS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE REVISED AND EXISTING ANNUAL FEES OF VARIOUS LICENCES AND PERMITSi

EXISTING FEES REVISED FEES

GENERAL AND NARINE RESTAURANT 8 8*0 - 8*2 000 81 020 - 851 000

LIGHT REFRESHMENT RESTAURANT 8 600 - 830 000 8 730 - 836 500

FOOD FACTORY 8 8*0 - 8*2 000 81 020 - 851 000

FROZEN CONFECTION FACTORY 8 8*0 - 8*2 000 81 020 - 851 000

MILK FACTORY 8 8*0 - 8*2 000 81 020 - 851 000

BAKERY 8 600-830 000 8 730 - 836 500

COLD STORE 81 680-8*2 000 82 0*0 - 851 000

FACTORY CANTEEN 8 600-830 000 8 730 - 836 500

FRESH PROVISION SHOP

PORK 8 800 8 975

MB BEEF 8 800 8 975

■B MUTTON 8 800 8 975

«B FISH (INCLUDING LIVE FISH) 8 800 8 975

«B» POULTRY (INCLUDING LIVE POULTRY) 8 800 8 975

* REPTILES (INCLUDING LIVE REPTILES) 8 800 8 975

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83 200 S3 900

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SIU MEI AND L0 MEI SHOP I 600 $ 750

PERMITS

- TO SELL FOOD BY MEANS OF A MACHINE S 300 $ 365

- ALL OTHER PERMITS I 120 I 150

TRADE AND OTHER LICENCES

- SWIMMING POOL $1 200 SI 680

- OFFENSIVE TRADE SI 125 SI 575

- PUBLIC BOWLING ALLEY S 375 (PER LANE) s 750 (PER LANE)

- PUBLIC TABLE TENNIS

SALOON S 450 s 865

- PUBLIC SKATING RINK S 450 s 865

- PUBLIC BILLIARD SALOON S 750 (PER TABLE) SI 440 (PER TABLE)

- PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT) S 20 -$2 400 s 40 -S4 600

(EXCL. THEATRE/CINEMA)

- THEATRE/CINEMA LICENCE S2 400 - S3 600 S4 600 - S6 900

- UNDERTAKER OF BURIAL Si 000 S4 200

- FUNERAL PARLOUR $3 000 S15 750

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FRIDAY, JULY 1, 1983

PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE FOR APRIL 1983 *****

THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS ROSE, ON AVERAGE, BY 4 PER CENT AND 5 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY SO THAT, FOR TOTAL EXPORTS, PRICES WERE UP BY 4 PER CENT IN APRIL THIS YEAR, AS COMPARED WITH APRIL 1982, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

MEANWHILE, THE PRICES OF IMPORTS ROSE BY 7 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 3 PER CENT.

THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE BY 12 PER CENT AND THAT OF RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY 11 PER CENT SO THAT AN 11 PER CENT INCREASE WAS RECORDED IN THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS. MEANWHILE, THE VOLUME OF IMPORTS INCREASED BY 3 PER CENT.

PUTTING THESE COMPARATIVE FIGURES INTO CONTEXT, A GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT SINCE THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND OF RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 4 PER CENT AND 3 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF 1983 COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR, DOMESTIC EXPORTS GREW BY 5 PER CENT AND RE-EXPORTS BY 4 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS. THESE GROWTH RATES ARE VERY ENCOURAGING, HE ADDED. AS THE PRICES OF IMPORTS WERE 5 PER CENT HIGHER OVER THE SAME PERIOD, IMPORTS RECORDED ZERO GROWTH IN VOLUME TERMS.

EXTENDING THE PERIOD OF COMPARISON TO THE TWELVE MONTHS ENDING APRIL THIS YEAR WITH THE TWELVE MONTHS ENDING APRIL 1982, THE PRICES GF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND IMPORTS BOTH ROSE, ON AVERAGE, BY 4 PER CENT AND THOSE OF RE-EXPORTS BY 6 PER CENT. THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS BOTH DECREASED BY ONE PER CENT, THUS GIVING A ONE PER CENT DECREASE IN THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS. A ONE PER CENT DROP WAS ALSO RECORDED IN THE VOLUME CF 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 5 PER CENT FOR BOTH FOOTWEAR AND CLOTHING (EXCEPT FUR) TO 36 PER CENT FOR ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS. ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES IN EXPORT PRICES WERE RECORDED FOR RADIOS CF ALL KINDS (-1%), DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES (-2%), METAL MANUFACTURES AND TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD (-3% FOR EACH CATEGORY) AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS (-8%).

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CONSIDERABLE GROWTH IN THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS WAS RECORDED FOR TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD (+50%), METAL ORES AND SCRAP (+43%) AND ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS (+22%). HOWEVER, SLIGHT TO MODERATE DECREASES IN EXPORT VOLUME WERE REGISTERED FOR TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES (-3%), TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES (-5%), RADIOS OF ALL KINDS (-8%) AND FOOTWEAR (-17%).

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 3 PER CENT FOR FUELS TO 11 PER CENT FOR CONSUMER GOODS.

MANY OF THE MAJOR IMPORTED FOODSTUFFS INCREASED IN VOLUME TERMS, THE MORE SIGNIFICANT ONES BEING SOYA BEAN OIL, PEANUT OIL, LARD AND FRUIT. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF MILK, BUTTER, CHEESE, EGGS AND TEA AND COFFEE DECLINED MODERATELY.

IN THE CONSUMER GOODS CATEGORY, SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE REGISTERED FOR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, CAMERAS, flashlight apparatus and supplies for photography and radios, TELEVISION SETS, GRAMOPHONES, RECORDS, TAPE RECORDERS AND AMPLIFIERS. HOWEVER, SIGNIFICANT DECREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE RECORDED FOR FOOTWEAR AND MISCELLANEOUS MADE-UP ARTICLES OF TEXTILE MATERIALS.

THE IMPORT VOLUME OF MOST RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES ROSE, AMONG WHICH SILK FABRICS, CRUDE ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE MATERIALS, YARN OF WOOL AND MIXTURES, AND THERMIONIC CATHODE VALVES AND TUBES, DIODES, TRANSISTORS AND ELECTRICAL MICROCIRCUITS INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY. HOWEVER, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF DYEING, TANNING AND COLOURING MATERIALS, IRON AND STEEL, AND CHEMICAL ELEMENTS AND COMPOUNDS DROPPED SIGNIFICANTLY.

IMPORTS OF FUELS DROPPED BY 20 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS.

MANY OF THE MAJOR IMPORTED CAPITAL GOODS DECLINED IN

VOLUME TERMS, THE MORE SIGNIFICANT ONES BEING TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT AND INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY OTHER THAN TEXTILE AND ELECTRICAL TYPES. SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES WERE, HOWEVER, RECORDED IN THE IMPORT VOLUME OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY.

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

AS DEPICTED IN TABLE 3, RE-EXPORT VOLUMES OF ALL END-USE .

CATEGORIES INCREASED, RANGING FROM 7 PER CENT FOR RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES TO 23 PER CENT FOR FUELS.

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

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

TABLE 1 i CHANGES COMPARING APRIL 1983 WITH APRIL 1982

COMMODITY GROUP EXPORT VALUE EXPORT UNIT VALUE EXPORT VOLUME

CLOTHING (EXCEPT FUR) + 9% ♦ 5% + 4%

TEXTILE FABRICS ♦26% + 6% ♦ 19%

TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD +45% - 3% ♦ 50%

TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES + 13% ♦16% - 3%

RADIOS OF ALL KINDS - 8% - 1% - 8%

ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS +67% +36% +22%

FOOTWEAR -13% ♦ 5% -17%

f€TAL MANUFACTURES +10% - 3% ♦13%

f€TAL ORES AND SCRAP +75% +23% ♦43%

WATCHES AND CLOCKS ♦ 9% - 8% +19%

TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES + 5% +11% - 5%

DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES ♦ 13% - 2% +15%

ALL COMMODITIES +16% ♦ 4% + 12%

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TABLE 2 1 CHANGES COMPARING APRIL 1983 WITH APRIL 1982

END-USE CATEGORY IMPORT VALUE IMPORT UNIT VALUE IMPORT VOLUME

FOODSTUFFS +12% +10% ♦ 2%

CONSUMER GOODS ♦ 17% ♦11% ♦ 6%

RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES +16% ♦ 4% ♦11%

FUELS -18% ♦ 3% -20%

CAPITAL GOODS - 7% + 9% -15%

ALL COMMODITIES +10% + 7% + 3%

. TABLE 3 1 CHANGES COMPARING APRIL 1983 WITH APRIL 1982

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

FOODSTUFFS +16% + 3% ♦12%

CONSUMER GOODS ♦20% ' ♦ 7% +12%

raw materials and SEMI-MANUFACTURES ♦ 9% ♦ 1% + 7%

FUELS +27% + 4% +23%

CAPITAL GOODS ♦26% + 9% +15%

ALL COMMODITIES ♦ 16% + 5% +11%

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SENIOR STAFF CHANGES

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THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, TAKES OVER AS SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS AS FROM TODAY (FRIDAY) UNTIL AUGUST 18 DURING THE ABSENCE ON LEAVE OF MR DENIS BRAY.

DURING THIS PERIOD, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR IAN MACPHERSON, WILL ACT AS SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION.

MR ADOLF HSU, DISTRICT COMMISSIONER FOR TSUEN WAN, WILL ACT IN MR MACPHERSON’S PLACE AS WELL AS TAKING UP THE DUTIES CF DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES FROM MR HAIDER BARMA WHO IS ALSO ON LEAVE.

MR FRED TING WILL DOUBLE UP AS TSUEN WAN DISTRICT COMMISSIONER IN ADDITION TO HIS DUTIES AS DISTRICT OFFICER KWAI CHUNG.

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POLICE NOW NEED ID CARDS * X K

POLICE OFFICERS ARE NOW REQUIRED TO REGISTER FOR IDENTITY CARDS AND TO CARRY THEM, AS A RESULT OF REGULATIONS GAZETTED TODAY.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT PREVIOUSLY POLICE OFFICERS WERE ISSUED WARRANT CARDS WHICH ALSO SERVED TO SHOW THEIR IDENTITY, ALTHOUGH MANY OFFICERS THEMSELVES REGISTERED FOR AND CARRIED IDENTITY CARDS.

IN ANTICIPATION OF THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS (AMENDMENT) (NO 2) REGULATIONS 1983 WHICH ARE GAZETTED AND COME INTO OPERATION TODAY (FRIDAY), ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE FOR ALL POLICE OFFICERS TO APPLY FOR NEW IDENTITY CARDS.

NOW THAT POLICE OFFICERS THEMSELVES POSSESS THE NEW FORMAT IDENTITY CARDS IN ADDITION TO THEIR WARRANT CARDS, IT WILL BE EASIER FOR THEM TO DETECT ANY IRREGULARITY IN NEW IDENTITY CARDS IN THEIR ANTI-ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION OPERATIONS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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WORK ON SECOND TSING Yl BRIDGE STARTING NEXT YEAR * * * *

THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT WILL INVITE TENDERS TOWARDS THE END OF THIS YEAR FROM PREQUALIFIED CONTRACTORS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE TSING Yl NORTH BRIDGE AND APPROACHES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE CF THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THAT CONSTRUCTION WORK WOULD START IN THE MIDDLE OF NEXT YEAR AND TAKE ABOUT THREE YEARS TO COMPLETE.

THE NEW BRIDGE WILL SPAN RAMBLER CHANNEL BETWEEN NGA YING CHAU ON TSING Yl SIDE AND SAM PAK TSIN ON KWAI CHUNG SIDE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT WORK ON THE PROJECT WOULD INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BRIDGE AND ITS APPROACHES, TOTALLING ABOUT 1.5 KILOMETRES. SOME 1.1 KILOMETRES WOULD BE ELEVATED STRUCTURE, AND THE LENGTH OF THE BRIDGE OVER RAMBLER CHANNEL WOULD BE ABOUT 260 METRES.

ON COMPLETION, THE BRIDGE WILL FORM ANOTHER DIRECT ROUTE LINK BETWEEN TSING Yl AND TSUEN WAN.

A NOTICE INVITING APPLICATIONS FROM APPROPRIATE CONTRACTORS TO CONTACT THE CONSULTING ENGINEERS, SCOTT WILSON KIRKPATRICK AND PARTNERS, FOR POSSIBLE INCLUSION IN THE PREQUALIFICATION LIST APPEARS IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

THE CONTRACT FOR THE PROJECT IS BEING PREPARED AND THE CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY THE CONSULTING ENGINEERS, SCOTT WILSON KIRKPATRICK AND PARTNERS, ON BEHALF OF THE TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

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TSUEN WAN ZONING PLAN AMENDED *****

THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD TODAY (FRIDAY) ANNOUNCED AMENDMENTS TO THE DRAFT TSUEN WAN OUTLINE ZONING PLAN.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BOARD SAID THAT THE AMENDMENTS WERE MADE TO INCORPORATE NEW DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS WHICH WOULD IMPROVE TRAFFIC AND ENHANCE THE GENERAL AMENITY AS WELL AS ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY OF AREA 25 IN TSUEN WAN. $

MORE BALANCED DEVELOPMENT WITHIN TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN WOULD ALSO BE ACHIEVED AS A RESULT, UE SAID.

ONE MAJOR AMENDMENT RELATES TO THE REZONING OF ABOUT 8.2

HECTARES OF INDUSTRIAL LAND IN AREA 25, CURRENTLY USED MAINLY AS OIL DEPOTS, TO +OTHER SPECIFIED USES*, ANNOTATED *COMPREHENSIVE REDEVELOPMENT AREA*.

THE REZONING WOULD PROVIDE LAND FOP ADDITIONAL MIDDLE- TO UPPER-INCOME HOUSING TO ACCOMMODATE ABOUT 30 000 PERSONS, THUS FURTHER BROADENING THE POPULATION MIX OF TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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AS PART OF THE COMPREHENSIVE REDEVELOPMENT, ABOUT 4.6 HECTARES OF LAND ALONG THE SEAFRONT IS TO BE RECLAIMED FOR OPEN SPACE, RECREATION AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES IN ORDER TO COPE WITH THE REQUIREMENTS GENERATED FROM THE ADDITIONAL POPULATION IN AREA 25 AND TO MAKE UP DEFICITS IN THE ADJACENT CONGESTED CENTRAL AREA OF TSUEN WAN.

THE PROPOSED WATERFRONT PROMENADE WILL LINK UP WITH THE DISTR'CT OPEN SPACE SYSTEM IN TSUEN WAN CENTRAL.

THIS SHOULD ENHANCE THE ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY OF AREA 25 AND THE TOWNSCAPE OF TSUEN WAN IN GENERAL.

THE PROPOSED COMPREHENSIVE REDEVELOPMENT WILL ALSO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONSTRUCT A DISTRICT DISTRIBUTOR ROAD CONNECTING TSUEN WAN CENTRAL TO KWAI CHUNG UNDER THE FUTURE TSI NG Yl NORTH BRIDGE, THUS IMPROVING TRAFFIC IN NEIGHBOURING AREAS.

rHE AMENDED PLAN MAY BE INSPECTED AT THE TOWN PLANNING DIVIS ON, FOURTH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD- THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (CENTRAL AND WESTERN) PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING ENTRANCE; AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE (TSUEN WAN), SECOND FLOOR, FOU WAH CENTRE, 210 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

ANY PERSON AFFECTED BY THE AMENDMENTS MAY SUBMIT HIS OBJECTION IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY, TOWN PLANNING BOARD, C/0 LANDS DEPARTMENT, FOURTH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING BY JULY 21, 1983.

THE PLAN IS ON SALE AT THE SURVEY DIVISION, LANDS DEPARTMENT, FIFTH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING AT $10 FOR AN UNCOLOURED COPY AND $60 FOR A COLOURED COPY.

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NEW SECRETARY VISITS DEPARTMENT *****

THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, MR CHAN NAI-KEONG, THIS MORNING VISITED THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

IT WAS HIS FIRST VISIT TO THE LANDS AND WORKS GROUP OF DEPARTMENTS SINCE ASSUMING HIS NEW POST.

MR CHAN WAS MET AT THE DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS IN MURRAY BUILDING BY THE DIRECTOR OF BUILDING DEVELOPMENT, MR JOSEPH LEI” THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT ARCHITECT, MR PETER CHUNG AND THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR, MR TONY LAWRENCE AND BRIEFED ON THE WORK OF THE DEPARTMENT.

MR CHAN LATER SAW A PHOTO EXHIBITION OF SOME MAJOR PROJECTS AND SHOWED PARTICULAR INTEREST IN A MODEL OF THE CONCERT HALL OF THE CULTURAL COMPLEX TO BE BUILT IN TSIM SHA TSUI.

MR CHAN ENDED HIS TOUR WITH A VISIT TO THE MAINTENANCE BRANCH OF THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE IN SUN HUNG KAI CENTRE AT THE WAN CHAI WATERFRONT.

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'HONG KONG JING YING’ TO TOUR U.K. * * * * *

ON MONDAY (JULY 4) A DELEGATION OF SEVEN YOUNG MUSICIANS, COMPRISING ONE SOPRANO SOLOIST AND SIX CHINESE MUSIC INSTRUMENTALISTS, WILL LEAVE HONG KONG FOR THE UNITED KINGDOM TO TAKE PART IN TWO INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL EVENTS UNDER THE BANNER OF THE ‘HONG KONG JING YING'.

THE DELEGATION IS LED BY MR HOWARD YUNG, A STAFF MEMBER OF THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT.

OTHER MEMBERS ARE MISS LINDA LI (SOPRANO SOLOIST), IESSRS CHEUNG CHOK-TUNG (ER-HU), WAI SING-FAT (Dl-ZI/SOU-NA), CHEUNG KWOK-CHUNG (XIU), SHUM WUN-YIN (PI-PA), CHAN KWAN-PING (YANG-CHIN) AND POON CHI-MING (PERCUSSION).

MISS LI IS THE WINNER OF THE VOCAL COMPETITION OF THE 1982 HONG KONG YOUNG MUSIC-MAKERS' TALENT QUEST AND THE SIX YOUNG INSTRUMENTALISTS WERE SELECTED BY OPEN AUDITION.

ALL ARE THEREFORE WELL-QUALIFIED TO REPRESENT HONG KONG IN THE FOLLOWING EVENTSi

(A) LLANGOLLEN INTERNATIONAL MUSIC EISTEDDFOD LLANGOLLEN, WALES (JULY 6-9) - ORGANISED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE LLANGOLLEN INTERNATIONAL MUSIC EISTEDDFOD.

IT IS AN ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF INTERNATIONAL CHORAL MUSIC, FOLK SONG AND DANCE.

MISS LI, THE SOPRANO SOLOIST, WILL PARTICIPATE IN COMPETITION ITEM 15 - INTERNATIONAL YOUNG SINGER OF THE YEAR.

THE SIX YOUNG MUSICIANS, AS A CHINESE MUSIC ENSEMBLE, WILL PARTICIPATE IN COMPETITION ITEM 18 - INSTRUMENTAL FOLK SOLO OR GROUP.

(B) CARDIFF SINGER OF THE WORLD COMPETITION (JULY 15 - 24) -ORGANISED BY THE BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION, WALES AND THE WELSH NATIONAL OPERA.

THIS IS AN EVENT IN WHICH SINGERS FROM VARIOUS COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD WILL TAKE PART AND COMPETE FOR THE FIRST PRIZE OF 2 OOO POUND STERLING PLUS AN OPTION FOR THREE BROADCAST ENGAGEMENTS.

THE FINAL COMPETITION WILL BE HELD IN ST DAVID’S HALL, CARDIFF, ON JULY 23 AND BROADCAST LIVE ON B.B.C. TELEVISION.

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BETWEEN THESE TWO CULTURAL EVENTS (I.E. FROM JULY 10 TO 14), THE HONG KONG JING YING WILL GIVE THREE CONCERTS OF CHINESE MUSIC IN LONDON. THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICE IN LONDON HAS MADE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THESE PERFORMANCES TO BE HELD AT THE HONG KONG STUDENTS CENTRE ON JULY 11 AND THE COMMONWEALTH INSTITUTE ON THE FOLLOWING DAY (TWO CONCERTS).

THE HONG KONG JING YING WILL RETURN TO HONG KONG ON JULY 21 AND WILL THEN PARTICIPATE IN THE 1983 HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC CAMP TO BE HELD FROM JULY 30 TO AUGUST 14.

(MISS LI WILL, HOWEVER, REMAIN BEHIND ON A BRIEF PRIVATE VISIT IN THE U.K. BEFORE RETURNING TO HONG KONG.)

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A COMMUNITY AND INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE - BUILT BY A CHARITABLE ORGANISATION THE YAN 01 TONG - WILL BE READY FOR USE BY TUEN MUN RESIDENTS IN MID-NOVEMBER.

SPORTING FACILITIES IN THE CENTRE WILL INCLUDE A 25-METRE HEATED SWIMMING POOL, SEVEN BADMINTON COURTS, FIVE SQUASH COURTS, A DANCE AND FITNESS ROOM, A ROLLER SKATING RINK AND A BOWLING ALLEY.

FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE, IT WILL HAVE A CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY, A NURSERY, A READING ROOM AND A GROUP AND COMMUNITY CENTRE.

TODAY, THE FOURTH-TERM BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF YAN 01 TONG TOOK THEIR OATHS AT A CEREMONY AT WHICH THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR IAN MACPHERSON OFFICIATED.

SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, MR MACPHERSON SAID THE GRADUAL OPENING OF THE CENTRE REPRESENTED A PRAISEWORTHY ENDEAVOUR BY THE TONG TO TAKE ON AN ACTIVE ROLE IN PROVIDING COMMUNITY AND SPORTS SERVICES IN TUEN MUN.

♦I AM SURE MANY PEOPLE ARE ALREADY BENEFITING FROM IT,+ HE SAID.

THE TONG HAD ALSO OPENED A KINDERGARTEN IN WU KING ESTATE AND WOULD BE OPENING A PRIMARY SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER, HE SAID.

PLANS FOR ANOTHER PRIMARY SCHOOL, A LEISURE POOL AND A COLUMBARIUM PARK ARE BEING CONSIDERED.

♦ALL THESE FACILITIES ARE MUCH NEEDED BY THE PEOPLE OF THIS RAPIDLY GROWING NEW TOWN,* HE SAID.

MR MACPHERSON APPEALED TO ALL CHARITABLE ORGANISATIONS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES TO ACT WITH FORESIGHT, IMAGINATION AND VITALITY FOR THE BETTERMENT OF THE TUEN MUN RESIDENTS.

MR YIP HING-CHUNG WAS ELECTED CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE TCNG FOR THE YEAR 1983/84.

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YOUTH MUSIC CAMP STARTS JULY 30

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THE 1983 HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC CAMP, ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT, WILL BE HELD AT ST STEPHEN’S COLLEGE IN STANLEY FROM JULY 30 TO AUGUST 14.

MR W.C.L. BROWN, AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY TO BE HELD ON SUNDAY, JULY 31 AT 11 AM.

THE MUSIC CAMP IS PRIMARILY AIMED AT PROVIDING TRAINING TO YOUNG MUSICIANS IN A SUMMER CAMP ATMOSPHERE TO HELP DEVELOP THEIR MUSICAL TALENTS AND TO FOSTER INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL EXCHANGE THROUGH OVERSEAS PARTICIPATION.

RENOWNED OVERSEAS AND LOCAL MUSICIANS HAVE BEEN INVITED TO TAKE PART AS GUEST CONDUCTORS AND INSTRUCTORS.

THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE WORKSHOPS, SEMINARS, MASTER CLASSES, ORCHESTRAL AND SECTIONAL REHEARSALS AND DEMONSTRATION SNCERTS, WITH A FINALE CONCERT AT THE CITY HALL ON SATURDAY UGUST 13).

SOME 250 CAMPERS WILL STAY AT THE MUSIC CAMP WHILE 300 OTHER YOUTHS FROM THE CHILDREN’S MARCHING BAND AND THE MUSIC OFFICE YOUTH CHOIR WILL JOIN AS DAY CAMPERS. AMONG THE RESIDENTIAL CAMPERS WILL BE YOUNG MUSICIANS FROM AUSTRALIA, JAPAN, MACAU AND SINGAPORE.

BETWEEN PERIODS OF INTENSIVE MUSIC TRAINING, THE CAMPERS WILL TAKE PART IN A WIDE RANGE OF RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES TO BE ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION AND SPORTS SERVICE. THESE SPORTS INCLUDE ARCHERY, BADMINTON, CHESS, FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL, TENNIS, TABLE-TENNIS, ROLLER SKATING SWIMMING. DANCE, DARTS, KITE-FLYING AND ORIENTEERING. A PEKING OPERA GROUP BASED IN HONG KONG WILL STAGE AN EVENING PERFORMANCE AT THE CAMP ON AUGUST 11.

PARENTS WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO VISIT THEIR CHILDREN AND VIEW THE ACTIVITIES AT THE CAMP DURING THE OPEN DAY ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 6).

AS WAS THE CASE WITH PREVIOUS MUSIC CAMPS, THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB MADE A BIG DONATION TO THIS YEAR’S EVENT.

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FAREWELL FOR HOUSING DIRECTOR * ft * *

THE DIRECTOR OF HOUSING, MR BERNARD WILLIAMS, IS RETIRING EARLY THIS MONTH AFTER 27 YEARS OF SERVICE WITH THE GOVERNMENT — NEARLY HALF OF THAT IN THE FIELD OF PUBLIC HOUSING.

AT A FAREWELL DINNER LAST NIGHT, MR WILLIAMS RECEIVED SILVER PLATES AS SOUVENIRS FROM THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, MR DONALD LIAO, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT STAFF ASSOCIATION, MR LEE CHEE.

ADDRESSING THE DINNER PARTY, MR LIAO SAID THE PRESENT ACHIEVEMENTS IN HONG KONG’S PUBLIC HOUSING OWED A GREAT DEAL TO W WILLIAMS’S DEVOTION AND CONSTANT ENDEAVOURS.

♦HE IS THE MAN WHO ENSURED THAT THE PUBLIC HOUSING PRODUCTION ACHIEVED ITS TARGETS WITHOUT SLIPPAGE.

♦HE HAS BEEN PARTICULARLY CONCERNED THAT THE GAP BETWEEN HOUSING DEMAND AND SUPPLY SHOULD NOT WIDEN.♦

MR LIAO SAID THAT DURING THE LAST 10 YEARS, MR WILLIAMS HAD REMAINED IN THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT AND MOVED FROM ONE KEY POST TO ANOTHER.

♦AS THE FIRST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (REDEVELOPMENT), HE GOT THE FIRST REDEVELOPMENT SCHEME OFF THE GROUND, AND LATER AS DEPUTY DIRECTOR AND FINALLY AS THE DIRECTOR HE HAS SEEN THE GROWTH OF THE DEPARTMENT AND HAS HELPED TO SHAPE AND RE-SHAPE THE PUBLIC HOUSING PROGRAMME.

AT THE FAREWELL PARTY, MR WILLIAMS WAS ALSO PRESENTED WITH A CHEQUE BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR (ADMINISTRATION AND PLANNING), MR DAVID LAN, FOR THE +WILL I AMS SPORTS FUND* WHICH WAS NEWLY SET UP TO HELP FINANCE SPORTS ACTIVITIES AMONG HOUSING STAFF.

THE CHEQUE WAS LATER HANDED OVER TO MR MOK YIU-KWONG, CHAIRMAN OF THE DEPARTMENT’S STAFF CLUB WHICH ORGANISED THE FAREWELL DINNER.

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COMPUTER COURSE FOR TEACHERS * * * ft

THE GENERAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT OF THE LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE AND THE MATHEMATICS SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL JOINTLY ORGANISE A TWO-WEEK COURSE ON COMPUTER PROGRAMMING IN BASIC IN AUGUST FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS.

THE COURSE, CONSISTING OF 20 SESSIONS TO COVER THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL ASPECTS, WILL BE HELD AT THE LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE BETWEEN AUGUST 15 AND 26.

IT WILL COVER ELEMENTARY OPERATIONS, ARITHMETIC OPERATIONS, BRANCHING AND LOOPING, SUBSCRIPTS AND ARRAYS, CHARACTER STRINGS MANIPULATION AND FILE HANDLING.

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ENROLMENT WILL BE LIMITED TO 40 AND NO FEE WILL BE CHARGED. THE COURSE WILL BE CONDUCTED IN CANTONESE.

INTERESTED TEACHERS ARE REQUESTED TO SUBMIT THEIR APPLICATIONS TO THE PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR (MATHEMATICS), MATHEMATICS SECTION, ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, 4/F, LEE GARDENS, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG ON OR BEFORE JULY 6.

TEACHERS WHO HAVE NO PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE IN COMPUTER PROGRAMME CAN ALSO APPLY.

ENQUIRIES CONCERNING THE COURSE CAN BE MADE ON TELEPHONE 5-8392477.

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REMOTE-CONTROLLED CAR RACE

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MORE THAN 60 MODEL CAR ENTHUSIASTS WILL TAKE PART IN A REMOTE-CONTROLLED CAR RACING COMPETITION AT THE TSUI PING ROAD RECREATION GROUND IN KWUN TONG AT 10 AM ON SUNDAY (JULY 3).

THE EVENT IS PART OF THE DISTRICT’S FIVE WEEK ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED IN JUNE.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A TELEMATCH, A POLICE BAND PERFORMANCE, AND A SCHOOL ROAD SAFETY PATROL PARADE INSPECTION AT 2 PM ON SUNDAY.

AT 4 PM, THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR KEVIN MAK, THE POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR WILSON WU, AND DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS, WILL PRESENT SOUVENIRS AND PRIZES TO WINNERS OF COMPETITIONS AND QUIZZES HELD DURING THE PAST TWO WEEKS.

IN ADDITION, THERE WILL BE DEMONSTRATIONS BY THE HONG KONG CYCLIST ASSOCIATION AND THE GURKHA RIFLES.

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CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS TO PARADE

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THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD A PASSING-OUT PARADE OF RECRUIT OFFICERS AT THE PARADE GROUND OF THE STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE IN STANLEY TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, MR MICHAEL THOMAS WILL TAKE THE SALUTE AND PRESENT SILVER WHISTLES TO THE TWO BEST RECRUITS.

HE WILL ALSO ADDRESS THE PARADE OF 115 ASSISTANT OFFICERS WHO HAVE JUST COMPLETED SIX MONTHS BASIC TRAINING.

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EVENING COURSE OFFERED FOR TEACHERS ft ft ft ft

APPLICATIONS ARE BEING INVITED FROM PRACTISING OR INTENDING PART-TIME TEACHERS FOR A ONE-YEAR EVENING COURSE FOR PART-TIME LECTURERS TO BE OFFERED BY THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS' COLLEGE FROM SEPTEMBER.

THE COURSE IS DESIGNED TO TRAIN EVENING PART-TIME TEACHERS ENGAGED IN FURTHER EDUCATION OR THOSE WISHING TO TAKE UP EVENING PART-TIME TEACHING.

THE COURSE PROVIDES A STUDY OF PRINCIPLES AND METHODS OF TEACHING. IN ADDITION TO THEORETICAL STUDIES, EMPHASIS WILL BE PLACED ON PRACTICAL TEACHING.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND CLASSES IWO EVENINGS A WEEK FOR 30 WEEKS.

APPLICANTS SHOULD HAVE APPROPRIATE TECHNICAL OR ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS AND A GOOD COMMAND OF WRITTEN AND SPOKEN ENGLISH.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE, 373 QUEEN'S ROAD EAST, HONG KONG. COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE ABOVE ADDRESS BY JULY 11.

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THE IMMIGRATION, BIRTHS AND MARRIAGES REGISTRATION MOBILE OFFICE OF THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT WILL OPERATE ON A REVISED VISITING SCHEDULE TO THE NEW TERRITORIES, AS FROM MONDAY (JULY 4).

THE MOBILE OFFICE WILL VISIT*

TUEN MUN DISTRICT EVERY MONDAY, TO PROVIDE IMMIGRATION SERVICES;

SAI KUNG DISTRICT EVERY FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD TUESDAY, TO PROVIDE BIRTHS AND MARRIAGES SERVICES IN THE MORNING AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES IN THE AFTERNOON;

TAI 0 DISTRICT EVERY FOURTH TUESDAY, TO PROVIDE BIRTHS AND MARRIAGES SERVICES;

SHA TIN DISTRICT EVERY WEDNESDAY TO PROVIDE BIRTHS AND MARRIAGE SERVICES AND EVERY FRIDAY, TO PROVIDE IMMIGRATION SERVICES.

CHEUNG CHAU DISTRICT EVERY FIRST AND THIRD THURSDAY TO PROVIDE BIRTHS AND MARRIAGES SERVICES AND EVERY SECOND AND FOURTH THURSDAY TO PROVIDE IMMIGRATION SERVICES.

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IN ADDITION, THE MOBILE OFFICE WILL VISIT HANG HAU DISTRICT EVERY SECOND AND FOURTH SATURDAY TO PROVIDE IMMIGRATION SERVICES.

THE REVISED TIME-TABLE, WHICH INCLUDES THE OFFICE HOURS, IS BEING TRANSMITTED BY FACSIMILE NETWORK.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISH TO MAKE ENQUIRIES MAY TELEPHONE >7333111.

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TAX RELIEF FOR CHARITABLE DONATIONS * * * *

THE INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE PROVIDES, SUBJECT TO CERTAIN LIMITATIONS, TAX RELIEF FOR PERSONS WHO DONATE MONEY TO ANY PUBLIC CHARITABLE INSTITUTION OR TRUST WHICH IS EXEMPT UNDER SECTION 88 OF THE ORDINANCE.

A REVISED LIST OF CHARITABLE INSTITUTIONS AND TRUSTS WHICH HAVE. AS AT MAY 31, BEEN RECOGNISED AS EXEMPT FROM TAX UNDER SECTION 88 OF THE INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE, IS INCLUDED IN SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT NO. 4 TO THIS ISSUE.

THIS REVISED LIST SUPERSEDES ALL PREVIOUS LISTS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT EXPLAINED.

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NEW HOLIDAY BUS ROUTE ON LANTAU * * * *

A NEW BUS ROUTE WILL BE INTRODUCED ON LANTAU FROM SUNDAY (JULY 3) UNTIL THE END OF SEPTEMBER.

THE NEW ROUTE, NO. 8, WILL OPERATE BETWEEN MUI WO AND CHEUNG SHA BEACH VIA SOUTH LANTAU ROAD.

THE BUS ROUTE WILL OPERATE ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS ONLY, FROM 9.15 AM TO 5.45 PM.

THE FARE FOR A SINGLE JOURNEY IS S3.50.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, JULY 2, 1?83

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

BOARD WORKING THROUGH LOCAL BODIES ............................. 1

HIGH HOUSING CARE STANDARD STRESSED ............................ 2

CORRECTIONAL SERVICES PRAISED BY ATTORNEY GENERAL .............. 3

BEACHGOERS SHOULD OBSERVE DANGER SIGNALS ....................... 4

UK POLICE ADVISER ARRIVES ...................................... 4

NEED FOR ROAD SAFETY STRESSED .................................. 5

MORE ROADS FOR SHEUNG SHUT ..................................... 6

NEW LANE FOR TAI HANG ROAD ..................................... 7

PROJECT TO IMPROVE WATER SUPPLY ................................ 7

FARMERS GET $23 MILLION IN LOANS................................ 8

REMTNTIER TO RATEPAYERS ........................................ 8

WOMEN'S SOCIETY FOR MIDDLE INCOME GROUP ........................ 9

TENNIS LESSONS FOR CHILDREN .................................... 10

NORTH POINT AND SAI WAN HO TRAFFIC PLAN ....................... 11

WATER CUT ON PEAK............................................... 11

TAPS OFF IN TAI HANG........................................... 11

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BOARD WORKING THROUGH LOCAL BODIES * * *

A DISTRICT BOARD MIGHT WORK THROUGH A GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT OR LOCAL BODIES TO PROVIDE A BETTER LIVING ENVIRONMENT FOR THE RESIDENTS ALTHOUGH IT HAD ONLY LIMITED MEANS AT ITS DIRECT DISPOSAL.

THIS WAS STATED TODAY BY THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, AT THE OPENING OF THE HONG KONG CHRISTIAN SERVICE NAM SHAN CENTRE IN SHAM SHU I PO.

+THE CENTRE IS TO PROVIDE COMMUNITY AND YOUTH SERVICE BUT WITHIN IT WE HAVE A TOY LIBRARY AND A STUDY ROOM WHICH, TOGETHER WITH THE WALL MURAL OUTSIDE, ARE THE THREE PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN BY THIS CENTRE IN CO-OPERATION WITH THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD,* MR AKERS-JONES SAID.

+SO OFTEN WE HAVE SAID THAT ONE OF THE MAIN PURPOSES OF THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME IS TO PROVIDE A BETTER LIVING ENVIRONMENT FOR THE RESIDENTS AND THAT THE DISTRICT BOARDS ARE TO PROVIDE THE MOMENTUM.

+HOW A DISTRICT BOARD, WITH ONLY LIMITED MEANS AT ITS DIRECT DISPOSAL, IS TO ACHIEVE THIS MUST BE THE QUESTION ON THE MINDS OF MANY.

♦HERE WE HAVE AN EXAMPLE OF THE DISTRICT BOARD MEETING LOCAL NEEDS THROUGH A WELFARE AGENCY AND IN OTHER CASES, THE DISTRICT BOARD MAY WORK THROUGH A GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT, WITH AN AREA COMMITTEE, A KAIFONG ASSOCIATION, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND MANY OTHER LOCAL BODIES,* HE SAID.

♦IN THIS WAY WE HAVE A VIABLE FUSION OF IDEAS AND RESOURCES, ALONG WITH BETTER AND MORE ACTIVE LOCAL PARTICIPATION.

+THIS CO-OPERATION HAS WORKED WELL ACROSS THE DISTRICTS AND I AM SURE THAT THERE CAN BE MANY ADDITIONS AND VARIATIONS TO THE FORMULA.

+A BETTER COMMUNITY IS WHAT WE ARE WORKING FOR, AND IN THIS THE GOALS OF THE GOVERNMENT, THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE WELFARE AGENCIES AND THE LOCAL ORGANISATIONS ARE VERY SIMILAR,* M? AKERS-JONES SAID.

AFTER THE CEREMONY, MR AKERS-JONES TOURED THE CENTRE, ACCOMPANIED BY THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE HONG KONG CHRISTIAN SERVICE, MISS KO SIU-WAH AND THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR STEPHEN IP.

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HIGH HOUSING CARE STANDARD STRESSED * * * * *

ALL HOUSING DEPARTMENT ESTATES ARE MANAGED BY MEMBERS OR ASSOCIATE MEMBERS OF THE INSTITUTE OF HOUSING, AND TO THE SAME CONSISTENT AND HIGH STANDARDS, MR BERNARD WILLIAMS, WHO WILL BE RETIRING AS DIRECTOR OF HOUSING SAID.

IN AN ADDRESS TO THE ANNUAL DINNER OF THE INSTITUTE OF HOUSING, HONG KONG BRANCH, HE RECALLED HOW THE EXPERTISE OF THE INSTITUTE IN PROFESSIONAL HOUSING MANAGEMENT HAD BEEN BROUGHT INTO ESTATES RUN BY THE FORMER RESETTLEMENT DEPARTMENT.

MR WILLIAMS SAID HE WAS POSTED IN 1969 TO THE RESETTLEMENT DEPARTMENT AND FOUND HIMSELF IN CHARGE OF 25 HOUSING ESTATES CONTAINING ABOUT 230 000 FLATS.

♦ALTHOUGH THESE ESTATES VARIED IN QUALITY, THEY ALL SUFFERED, SOME MORE THAN OTHERS, FROM VARIOUS MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS.+

♦THERE SEEMED TO BE NO PARTICULAR SYSTEM OF MANAGEMENT AND MANY DECISIONS WERE TAKEN AD HOC TO MEET PARTICULAR SITUATIONS.

SINCE THEN, MR WILLIAMS SAID SEVERAL RESETTLEMENT OFFICERS HAD ATTENDED TRAINING COURSE, AND AN EXPERIENCED HOUSING MANAGER WAS ALSO SECONDED FROM THE THEN HOUSING AUTHORITY TO SEE WHETHER PROFESSIONAL HOUSING PRINCIPLES COULD BE INTRODUCED.

BY 1972, RESETTLEMENT OFFICERS HAD GRADUATED FROM THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY COURSE AND BECOME FULL MEMBERS OF THE INSTITUTE -- AND A NEW STYLE OF MANAGEMENT WAS INTRODUCED, HE SAID.

♦WITH THE TREMENDOUS GROWTH OF THE PUBLIC HOUSING PROGRAMME SINCE 1973, THE OLD GROUP B ESTATES ARE NOW IN THE MINORITY, AND THEIR ORIGINALLY INTRACTABLE PROBLEMS ARE DISAPPEARING ONE BY ONE.+

AS TO HOW PUBLIC HOUSING WAS LIKELY TO EVOLVE IN THE FUTURE, WILLIAMS SAID HE HIMSELF PREFERRED WHAT MIGHT BE CALLED THE

♦CONSERVATIVE* ALTERNATIVE.

THAT IS AS MANY FAMILIES AS POSSIBLE SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO BECOME HOME-OWNERS.

IN MANY CITIES, THIS IS NOT FEASIBLE BECAUSE OF THE EXORBITANT COST OF LAND, BUT IN HONG KONG, WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO EVOLVE A LOW-INCOME FLAT PURCHASING POLICY WHICH PUTS HOME OWNERSHIP WITHIN THE MEANS OF ABOUT 60 PER CENT OF THE POPULATION -- AND THIS PROPORTION WILL GROW IN THE FUTURE.+

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CORRECTIONAL SERVICES PRAISED BY ATTORNEY GENERAL ******

A PRSIONER IS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY AND IS THEREFORE ENTITLED TO ENJOY HIS SELF-RESPECT, HIS PERSONAL DIGNITY AND HIS HUMAN RIGHTS LIKE ANYONE ELSE, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL MR MICHAEL THOMAS SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

HAVING BEEN ACCUSED OF A CRIMINAL CHARGE, TRIED AND CONVICTED BY THE DUE PROCESS OF THE LAW AND SENTENCED TO A TERM OF IMPRISONMENT, THE PRISONER LOSES HIS FREEDOM BY ORDER OF THE COURT AND BECOMES SUBJECT TO THE RESTRICTIONS OF PRISON RULES WHICH IS A PART OF THE LAW, HE SAID.

SPEAK NG AT THE PASSING-OUT PARADE OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES ASSISTANT OFFICERS AT STANLEY, HE SAID THAT LOSS OF FREEDOM WAS PUNISHMENT IN ITSELF AND THAT WAS ALL A PRISONER MUST SUFFER.

•■MEN COME TO PRISON AS A PUNISHMENT NOT FOR PUNISHMENT,* FR THOMAS SAID, QUOTING A FAMOUS BRITISH PENOLOGIST.

MR THOMAS SAID IT WAS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PUBLIC THAT A PRISONER LOST HIS FREEDOM BY WAY OF PUNISHMENT, BUT IN CONSEQUENCE OF THAT IT WAS A PUBLIC RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE PRISON CONDITIONS BEARABLE AND NOT A DEGRADING OR HUMILIATING EXPERIENCE.

IT WAS THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES OFFICERS’ RESPONSIBILITY TO CARRY OUT THAT PUBLIC DUTY, HE SAID.

QUOTING CHINESE MAXIMS, HE REMINDED THE OFFICERS THAT +AS GOOD OFFICIALS, THEY MUST NOT THROW THEIR WEIGHT ABOUT,* ALSO THAT THEY +MUST BE FAIR AND JUST AND NOT CORRUPT.*

MR THOMAS PRAISED THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOR ITS SUCCESS IN CORRECTIONAL WORK WHICH WAS RECOGNISED AND ADMIRED INTERNATIONALLY. HE ATTRIBUTED THIS SUCCESS TO THE DISCIPLINE AND THE HIGH STANDARDS OF PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY THAT EXISTED THROUGHOUT THE SERVICE FROM TOP TO BOTTOM.

MR THOMAS ALSO PRAISED THE CONDITIONS AT STANLEY PRISON WHICH FE VISITED LAST WEEK. HE REMARKED s +IT IS NO EXAGGERATION TO SAY THAT STANLEY IS STREETS AHEAD OF SOME OF THE LOCAL PRISONS I HAVE VISITED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM IN TERMS OF ACCOMMODATION, SPACIOUSNESS AND WORKSHOP FACILITIES.*

+HONG KONG MUST KEEP ITS PLACE IN SHOWING THE WORLD WHAT CAN BE DONE TO GIVE MEANING TO THE LIFE OF THE PRISONER,* HE ADDED.

MR THOMAS WAS THE INSPECTING OFFICER AT THE PARADE HELD AT THE DEPARTMENT’S STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE IN STANLEY. ON PARADE WERE 115 ASSISTANT OFFICERS WHO HAD COMPLETED THEIR SIX-MONTH BASIC TRAINING.

HE ALSO PRESENTED SILVER WHISTLES TO THE TWO BEST RECRUITS, FESSRS CHENG WAN-PO AND CHIU SHUN-FAN.

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BEACHGOERS SHOULD OBSERVE DANGER SIGNALS * * * *

BEACHGOERS ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO STAY OUT OF WATER AT ANY PUBLIC BEACH WHERE A RED FLAG IS HOISTED.

THIS SIGNAL MEANS THAT IT IS DANGEROUS TO ENTER THE WATER AT THE BEACH, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

THE SIGNAL IS RAISED WHEN THERE IS STRONG WIND OR WHEN THE SEA IS ROUGH.

A BLUE FLAG MEANS THAT THE WAVES MAY BE TOO STRONG FOR LESS EXPERIENCED SWIMMERS AND CHILDREN.

+THOSE WHO FAIL TO OBSERVE EITHER WARNING MAY ENDANGER THEIR LIVES,+ THE SPOKESMAN WARNED.

HE RECALLED THAT THREE BATHERS DROWNED LAST SUNDAY BECAUSE THEY IGNORED THE RED FLAG SIGNAL OR FAILED TO OBSERVE SAFETY RULES.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO WARNED THAT IT IS DANGEROUS TO SWIM OUTSIDE THE SAFETY LIMITS MARKED BY BUOY LINES OR AT UNGAZETTED BEACHES WITH ROCKY HEADLANDS AND STRONG TIDES.

TONG FUK BEACH ON LANTAU ISLAND IS PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

OTHER UNGAZETTED BEACHES WHERE DANGER SIGNALS ARE HOISTED INCLUDE TAI LONG SAI WAN, TAI LONG TUNG WAN AND HAM TIN BAY AT SAI KUNG.

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UK POLICE ADVISER ARRIVES * * *

SIR JAMES CRANE, FORMERLY HER MAJESTY’S CHIEF INSPECTOR OF CONSTABULARY, ARRIVED IN HONG KONG TODAY (SATURDAY) FOR A THREE-WEEK VISIT AT THE INVITATION OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT.

THIS IS SIR JAMES’ FOURTH VISIT TO HONG KONG AND CONTINUES THE USEFUL ASSOCIATION DEVELOPED IN THE COURSE OF HIS PREVIOUS VISITS. HE FIRST CAME TO HONG KONG IN EARLY 1978 TO ADVISE THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE ON THE ORGANISATION AND OPERATION OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE. A WIDE RANGE OF RECOMMENDATIONS WERE MADE AND THE PROGRESS MADE IN THEIR IMPLEMENTATION WAS REVIEWED IN THE COURSE OF HIS TwO SUBSEQUENT VISITS IN 1979 AND 1981.

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DURING HIS CURRENT VISIT, SIR JAMES WILL BE ASKED TO EXAMINE AND ADVISE ON THE PRINCIPLE AND PRACTICE OF DEVOLUTION OF RESPONSIBILITY AND AUTHORITY FROM POLICE HEADQUARTERS TO REGIONAL LEVELS, AND HE WILL AGAIN REVIEW PROGRESS ON PREVIOUS RECOMMENDATIONS. SIR JAMES WILL ALSO BE HAVING DISCUSSIONS WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION AND A MEETING WITH THE UMELCO POLICE GROUP.

SIR JAMES’ TWO STAFF OFFICERS, ASSISTANT CHIEF CONSTABLE

S. PLEECE AND CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT R.C. WILKES, ARRIVED ON JUNE 25 AND HAVE CARRIED OUT ESSENTIAL GROUNDWORK IN CO-OPERATION WITH POLICE HEADQUARTERS STAFF. CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT J.B. GOULDSMITH, THE CHIEF STAFF OFFICER, PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT BRANCH, RHKPF, WILL ASSIST SIR JAMES AND HIS TEAM.

ASSISTANT CHIEF CONSTABLE S. PLEECE ACCOMPANIED SIR JAMES DURING HIS 1981 VISIT, BUT THIS IS THE FIRST VISIT OF CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT R.C. WILKES TO HONG KONG.

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NEED FOR ROAD SAFETY STRESSED * * * * *

...... CHUNG RESIDENTS MUST MAKE ROAD SAFETY AN IMPORTANT PART OF THEIR EVERY DAY LIFE BECAUSE OF THE TREMENDOUS INCREASE IN THE VOLUME OF TRAFFIC IN THE DISTRICT OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, SAID THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD, MR LEE LYON-YUAN.

"THE RAPID DEVELOPMENT IN THE DISTRICT, THE SUBSEQUENT GROWTH IN POPULATION AND THE HEAVY VOLUME OF TRAFFIC SERVICING THE KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER TERMINAL ARE THE MAIN CONTRIBUTORY FACTORS,” HE EXPLAINED.

IN HIS ADDRESS AT THE ROAD SAFETY DAY HELD AT KWAI CHUNG POLICE STATION COMPOUND TODAY (SATURDAY), MR LEE REITERATED THE IMPORTANCE OF HOLDING ROAD SAFETY ADVICE.

THIS ROAD SAFETY DAY MARKED THE END OF THE FIRST PHASE OF THE ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE POLICE AND THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD. PUBLICITY PROGRAMME WHICH COMMENCED EARLY LAST MONTH INCLUDED ROAD SAFETY LECTURES AND FILM SHOWS FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS AND ORGANISATIONS, ROAD SAFETY SLOGAN, DRAWING AND PAINTING COMPETITIONS AND THE SELECTION OF MODEL PEDESTRIANS.

’’THE SECOND PHASE OF THE CAMPAIGN WHICH WILL START ON MONDAY IS A TWO-WEEK ’ON-THE-STREET’ EDUCATION FOR PEDESTRIANS AND DRIVERS. DURING THIS PERIOD, POLICE OFFICERS WILL BE DEPLOYED AT BUSY SPOTS IN KWAI CHUNG TO ADVISE PEDESTRIANS AND DRIVERS ON THE CORRECT WAY OF USING THE ROADS, MR LEE SAID.

’’IN THE FINAL PHASE — ANOTHER TWO-WEEK PERIOD, THE POLICE WILL STEP UP PROSECUTION AGAINST ERRING DRIVERS AND PEDESTRIANS,” HE COMMENTED.

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MR LEE WENT ON TO SAY THAT THE THEME FOR THIS ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN ’PEDESTRIAN SAFETY’ IS VERY APPROPRIATE FOR KWAI CHUNG BECAUSE OF THE LARGE NUMBER OF SCHOOLS AND FACTORIES IN THE DISTRICT. SPECIAL EMPHASIS HAS BEEN PLACED ON YOUNG PEOPLE AND CHILDREN BECAUSE OF THEIR HIGH CASUALTY RATE IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS. WE HOPE TO IMPLANT ROAD SAFETY MESSAGES FIRMLY IN THEIR YOUNG MINDS AND THUS TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS.”

TO MARK THE OCCASION, MR LEE PERFORMED A RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY TOGETHER WITH THE KWAI CHUNG DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR EVAN EVANS; THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, NORTH KWAI CHUNG, MR LAM YIU-TONG. THE SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT OF NEW TERRITORIES TRAFFIC HEADQUARTERS, MR ANTHONY WINBUSH AND A MEMBER OF THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD, MR SZETO WING.

PRIZES WERE ALSO PRESENTED TO THE WINNERS OF THE ROAD SAFETY SLOGAN, DRAWING AND PAINTING COMPETITIONS AND THE MODEL PEDESTRIANS.

DISPLAYS AT THE ROAD SAFETY DAY INCLUDED A MINIATURE ROAD SAFETY TOWN, A ROAD SAFETY BUS, A ROAD SAFETY DISPLAY CENTRE, A SEAT BELT CATAPULT, A MOBILE VISION SCREENING VEHICLE, AND A ROAD SAFETY FILM SHOW. THERE WERE ALSO GAMES STALLS FOR CHILDREN AND BAND AND FOOTDRILL PERFORMANCE.

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THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT WILL BE CARRYING OUT TWO ROAD PROJECTS TO THE NORTH OF THE SHEUNG SHU I RAILWAY STATION AS PART OF A CONTINUING PROGRAMME TO DEVELOP FANLING NEW TOWN.

THE FIRST PROJECT WILL INVOLVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF EXTERNAL DISTRIBUTOR ROADS AND INTERNAL FEEDER ROADS TO PROVIDE VEHICULAR AND PEDESTRIAN ACCESS TO THE NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE SOUTH-EAST Q SHEK WU HUI, INCLUDING TSOI YUEN TSUEN AND SO KWUN PO.

THIS NEW DEVELOPMENT AREA WILL HAVE OPEN SPACES, SCHOOLS, COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL PREMISES, A MARKET COMPLEX, AND OTHER COMMUNITY FACILITIES.

UNDER THE OTHER PROJECT, EXTERNAL DISTRIBUTOR ROADS AND INTERNAL ROADS WILL BE BUILT TO PROVIDE VEHICULAR AND PEDESTRIAN ACCESS TO A PROPOSED PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE EAST OF SHEK WU HUI.

NOTICES ABOUT THE PROJECTS ARE PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST GAZETTE.

THE PROJECT PLANS 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, NORTH AND THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE AT OLD DISTRICT BUILDING, TAI PO MARKET; AND THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE, FANLING SUB-OFFICE AT JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FANLING.

ANY OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSALS MUST BE SENT TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS BY AUGUST 30, 1983.

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NEW LANE FOR TAI HANG ROAD ft ft ft

WORK WILL SOON START ON THE WIDENING OF A SECTION OF TAI HANG ROAD BETWEEN KA NING PATH AND LAI TAK TSUEN ROAD TO PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL LANE.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT ARE BEING INVITED BY THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT INTENSIVE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT IN THE AREAS SERVED BY TAI HANG ROAD HAD GENERATED A HIGH VOLUME OF TRAFFIC ON THIS ROAD NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH LAI TAK TSUEN ROAD, RESULTING IN HEAVY CONGESTION DURING PEAK HOURS.

♦THE TAI HANG ROAD FLYOVER, WHICH WILL PROVIDE DIRECT TWO-WAY TRAFFIC BETWEEN TAI HANG ROAD AND GLOUCESTER ROAD, IS CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION. WHEN COMPLETED, IT WILL ALLEVIATE CONGESTION AT THE JUNCTION OF TAI HANG ROAD AND TUNG LO WAN ROAD.+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦THEREFORE, THE WIDENING OF THE SECTION OF TAI HANG ROAD FROM KA NING PATH TO LAI TAK TSUEN ROAD WILL BE ABLE TO COPE WITH THE TRAFFIC INDUCED BY THE NEW FLYOVER,* HE ADDED.

WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL START IN SEPTEMBER AND IS EXPECTED TO TAKE 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE LAYING OF ABOUT 4 000 METRES OF FRESH AND SALT WATER MAINS.

THE MAINS, WITH DIAMETERS RANGING FROM 200 MM TO 800 MM, WILL BE ALONG LUNG MUN ROAD BETWEEN PAK KOK AND PILLAR POINT.

THE CONTRACT FORMS PART OF A SCHEME TO IMPROVE THE SUPPLY OF WATER TO THE WESTERN EXTENSION OF TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN EARLY SEPTEMBER AND WILL TAKE 15 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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FARMERS GET $23 MILLION IN LOANS * * * *

MORE THAN $22.7 MILLION WAS LENT TO FARMERS AND FISHERMEN LAST YEAR FROM FUNDS ADMINISTERED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, THE ACTING DIRECTOR, DR H.Y. LEE SAID TODAY.

AND ANOTHER $260 500 WAS AWARDED TO STUDENTS TO STUDY AT LOCAL AND OVERSEAS UNIVERSITIES UNDER THE AGRICULTURAL AND MARINE FISH SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS WHICH ARE ALSO ADMINISTERED BY THE DEPARTMENT.

DR LEE MADE THESE HIGHLIGHTS AT THE 61ST INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATIVE DAY CELEBRATIONS.

HE SAID THAT OF THE LOANS GRANTED TO FARMERS, SOME 30 PER CENT WERE CHANNELLED THROUGH THE CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES WHILE OF THE FISHERMEN’S LOANS SOME 60 PER CENT WERE DISTRIBUTED THROUGH THE SOCIETIES.

♦DESPITE THE EXCEPTIONALLY BAD WEATHER WHICH REDUCED LOCAL VEGETABLE PRODUCTION BY 12 PER CENT DURING THE PAST YEAR, THE VEGETABLE CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES CONTINUED TO PLAY THEIR IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE MARKETING OF VEGETABLES,* SAID DR LEE.

DR LEE SAID THE FISHERMEN HAD A GOOD YEAR IN 1982 AND OF THE 172 000 TONNES OF FISH LANDED BY THE FLEET, ABOUT 40 PER CENT WERE MADE BY MEMBERS OF FISHERMEN’S CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES.

MEANWHILE, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THAT SPECIAL LOW INTEREST LOANS WOULD BE MADE AVAILABLE TO CHICKEN FARMERS AS FROM MONDAY.

HE SAID THE DEPARTMENT HAD RECEIVED 1 600 APPLICATIONS FROM CHICKEN FARMERS FOR LOANS AND THESE WERE BEING PROCESSED.

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REMINDER TO RATEPAYERS

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RATEPAYERS ARE REMINDED THAT RATES FOR THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1983 MUST BE PAID BY NOON ON JULY 30.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TREASURY SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT LATE PAYMENTS MAY BE SUBJECT TO A FIVE PER CENT SURCHARGE AND A FURTHER SURCHARGE OF 10 PER CENT ON ACCOUNTS STILL OUTSTANDING SIX MONTHS AFTER THE DUE DATE.

HE SAID RATEPAYERS SHOULD HAVE BY NOW RECEIVED DEMAND NOTES.

THOSE WHO HAVE NOT YET RECEIVED DEMAND NOTES SHOULD APPLY FOR A COPY AT THE RATES SECTION OF THE TREASURY, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (WEST WING), NINTH FLOOR, 11 ICE HOUSE STREET, HONG KONG- OR AT THE YAU MA TEI SUB-TREASURY, FOURTH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

SATURDAY, JULY 2, 19&3

♦WHETHER OR NOT THE DEMAND NOTE IS RECEIVED, IT DOES NOT ALTER THE REQUIREMENT THAT THE RATES SHOULD BE PAID BEFORE THE DUE DATE,* HE POINTED OUT.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT RATES WERE PAYABLE ON VACANT PREMISES BUT WERE REFUNDABLE UNDER CONDITIONS SPECIFIED IN THE RATING ORDINANCE.

HOWEVER, THERE WOULD BE NO REFUNDS IN THE CASE OF A VACANT TENEMENT LAST USED OR INTENDED TO BE USED WHOLLY OR PRIMARILY FOR DOMESTIC PURPOSES OR FOR THE PARKING OF VEHICLES, UNLESS IT IS VACANT BY REASON OF AN ORDER OF THE GOVERNMENT.

TO AVOID QUEUEING, RATEPAYERS ARE URGED TO PAY BY CHEQUE OR MONEY ORDER SENT BY POST OR BY EARLY PERSONAL ATTENDANCE AT ANY OF THE OFFICES LISTED ON THE BACK OF THE DEMAND NOTE.

RATEPAYERS WHO HAVE ALREADY SUBMITTED THEIR AUTOPAY FORMS SHOULD READ THEIR DEMAND NOTES CAREFULLY TO SEE IF THEY CONTAIN THE WORDING +PAYMENT BY AUTOPAY AS AUTHORISED*.

THE ABSENCE OF SUCH WORDING MEANS THEIR FORMS HAVE NOT YET BEEN PROCESSED, IN WHICH CASE THEY SHOULD CONTINUE TO PAY THEIR RATES IN THE NORMAL WAY, I.E. IN PERSON OR BY CHEQUE OR MONEY ORDER.

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WOMEN’S SOCIETY FOR MIDDLE INCOME GROUP *****

THE TIME HAD COME FOR YIN NGA I SOCIETIES’ MEMBERS TO DISCUSS THE FUTURE DIRECTION OF THE MOVEMENT, MRS JANE AKERS-JONES, WIFE CF THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, SAID TODAY.

SHE SAID THE AIM OF THE SOCIETIES WAS TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY CF LIFE FOR WOMEN LIVING IN RATHER UNTRADITIONAL SURROUNDINGS, TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE NEW FRIENDS AND TO ENRICH THEIR LIVES.

♦DIRECTLY AND INDIRECTLY, THROUGH COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT, ACTIVITIES AND SOCIAL SERVICE, YIN NGA I MEMBERS ALSO CONTRIBUTE TO THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE,♦ SHE SAID.

MRS AKERS-JONES WAS SPEAKING AT THE INAUGURATION OF THE CHI FU FA YUEN YIN NGA I SOCIETY - THE FIRST FORMED IN A PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL ESTATE.

THIS ALSO BRINGS TO 10 THE NUMBER OF YIN NGA I SOCIETIES FORMED SINCE 1981 - THE OTHER NINE ARE ALL IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES.

MRS AKERS-JONES SAID EACH YIN NGA I SOCIETY HAD DEVELOPED ITS OWN CHARACTERISTICS - SOME ON LEISURE AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES WHILE OTHERS ON SOCIAL PROJECTS, EDUCATIONAL AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT.

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♦SUCH A WIDE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES REFLECT THE DYNAMIC NATURE OF EACH SOCIETY AND THE WAY IT RESPONDS TO THE NEEDS OF ITS MEMBERS AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY,* SHE SAID.

♦SELF-HELP, SELF-RELIANCE AND MUTUAL HELP IS THE MOTTO FOR EACH YIN NGA I MEMBER TO CHERISH.+

SHE SAID THE WARM RESPONSE AND ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE MEMBERS PROVED THAT YIN NGA I SOCIETIES WERE OF USE TO ALL WOMEN IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR SOCIAL BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE.

♦CLOSE CO-OPERATION AMONGST YIN NGA I SOCIETIES IS ALSO NECESSARY. YOU ARE ALL MAKING THE IDEAL OF YIN NGA I COME TRUE,* SHE SAID.

THE CHI FU FA YUEN YIN NGA I SOCIETY HAS SO FAR RECRUITED SOME 230 MEMBERS - THE LARGEST NUMBER OF MEMBERS AMONG ALL YIN NGAI SOCIETIES.

SINCE LAST OCTOBER, THE SOCIETY’S ORGANISING COMMITTEE HAS BEEN VERY ACTIVE IN RECRUITING MEMBERS AND ORGANISING ACTIVITIES, SEMINARS AND INTEREST CLASSES FOR WOMEN IN CHI FU FA YUEN.

ALSO PRESENT AT TODAY’S CEREMONY WERE MEMBERS FROM OTHER YIN NGAI SOCIETIES AND THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD.

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TENNIS LESSONS FOR CHILDREN

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CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGES OF EIGHT AND 14 WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN TO PLAY TENNIS IN THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION AND SPORTS SERVICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT, THE HONG KONG TENNIS ASSOCIATION AND THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE,THE BEGINNERS’ COURSE WILL BE HELD FROM JULY 25 TO AUGUST 6.

CLASSES CONSISTING OF SIX TWO-HOUR SESSIONS EACH WILL BE HELD AT THE TUEN MUN TAI HING TENNIS COURT AND THE TUEN MUN TEMPORARY TENNIS COURT.

ONE SERIES OF SESSIONS WILL START AT 9 AM AND THE OTHER SERIES AT 11 AM.

A MAXIMUM OF 12 PLACES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR EACH CLASS.

THE FEE FOR THE COMPLETE COURSE IS $20.

ENROLMENT IS ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

APPLICATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE RSS HEADQUARTERS, ITS 19 DISTRICT OFFICES AND THE HONG KONG TENNIS ASSOCIATION.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE AT 5-458511, 5-741546 OR 0-813210.

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NORTH POINT AND SAI WAN HO TRAFFIC PLAN * * * *

TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW IN NORTH POINT, VEHICLES TRAVELLING ALONG TONG SHU I ROAD SOUTHBOUND WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TURN LEFT INTO JAVA ROAD FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JULY 4).

VEHICLES HEADING FOR JAVA ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA MARBLE ROAD AND SHU KUK STREET.

AT THE SAME TIME, SAI WAN HO STREET BETWEEN HOI NING STREET AND HOLY CROSS PATH WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS TO FACILITATE GAS MAIN WORK.

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WATER CUT ON PEAK X K K

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES ON THE PEAK WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM ON TUESDAY (JULY 5) FOR MAINS WORK.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT PREMISES AT 1-78 MOUNT KELLETT ROAD, INCLUDING THE MATILDA AND WAR MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, AND AT 3-5 AND 9 PLUNKETT’S ROAD.

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TAPS OFF IN TAI HANG XXX

FRESH WATE.3 SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN TAI HANG WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM ON TUESDAY (JULY 5) FOR MAINS LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE PREMISES TO BE AFFECTED ARE BOUNDED BY CLEMENTI ROAD, MOUNT BUTLER ROAD AND TAI HANG ROAD, INCLUDING MOUNT BUTLER QUARRY.

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SUNDAY, JUDY 3, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

MORE SCHOOLS NOW USING +ACTIVITY APPROACH* ................... 1

TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN ..................... 2

BOARD TO LEARN ABOUT TRAFFIC PROBLEMS ........................ 3

APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR STUDENT LOANS ....................... 3

ANTI-NARCOTICS DRIVE LAUNCHED IN SOUTHERN .................... 4

FUNDS FOR AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES STUDIES .................. 5

TECHNICAL INSTITUTE GRADUATES IN DEMAND ...................... 6

WEATHER BOOKLET FOR SHIPPING NOW AVAILABLE ................... 6

PRINCIPALS URGED TO SPREAD CLEAN HK MESSAGE .................. 7

ISLANDS TO HOLD TREE PLANTING DAY ............................ 8

KWUN TONG MAINS WORK

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MORE SCHOOLS NOW USING +ACTIVITY APPROACH* * * * * * *

MORE THAN 30 000 PRIMARY PUPILS ARE NOW RECEIVING THEIR EDUCATION IN AN INFORMAL AND STIMULATING ATMOSPHERE THROUGH THE +ACTIVITY APPROACH*.

THIS APPROACH IS DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE SPONTANEOUS LEARNING THROUGH PURPOSEFUL ACTIVITIES.

+THE APPROACH IS PARTICULARLY SUITABLE FOR PUPILS IN PRIMARY I WHO ARE STILL FRESH FROM LEARNING THROUGH PLAY IN THE KINDERGARTEN,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE ACTIVITY APPROACH HAS GAINED WIDE ACCEPTANCE SINCE ITS INTRODUCTION IN 1972.

TODAY, A TOTAL OF 900 CLASSES IN 106 GOVERNMENT, SUBSIDISED AND PRIVATE PRIMARY SCHOOLS ARE USING THIS APPROACH, COMPARED WITH 16 CLASSES IN SIX PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN 1972.

ABOUT 300 CLASSES MORE WOULD ADOPT THE APPROACH IN THE 1983-84 SCHOOL YEAR, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

WITH THE ACTIVITY APPROACH, A CLASS IS DIVIDED INTO GROUPS PURSUING DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES CAREFULLY DESIGNED BY THE TEACHER ACCORDING TO THEIR NEEDS AND ABILITIES.

+IN THIS WAY, PUPILS CAN LEARN AT THEIR OWN PACE ACCORDING TO THEIR ABILITIES WHILE THE TEACHER CAN PAY MORE ATTENTION TO INDIVIDUAL PUPILS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

USUALLY THE CLASS TEACHER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR TEACHING MOST CF THE SUBJECTS. VARIOUS SUBJECT CONTENTS ARE INTEGRATED INTO CLASS ACTIVITIES WHERE APPROPRIATE, AND BROAD TIME-TABLES ARE USED.

A SCHOOL IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR ADOPTING THE ACTIVITY APPROACH RECEIVES AN INITIAL GRANT OF S3 000 PER CLASS FOR THE PURCHASE CF CLASSROOM EQUIPMENT, AND A RECURRENT ANNUAL SUBSIDY OF $600 PER CLASS FOR THE PURCHASE OF CONSUMABLES AND TEACHING MATERIALS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IN-SERVICE TRAINING WAS PARTICULARLY HELPFUL TO TEACHERS ADOPTING THE ACTIVITY APPROACH.

THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT PROVIDES SHORT IN-SERVICE COURSES FOR TEACHERS USING OR PLANNING TO USE THE APPROACH.

THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION IN CO-OPERATION WITH THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE ALSO ORGANISE EIGHT-WEEK SYSTEMATIC RETRAINING COURSES FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS, WITH AN EMPHASIS ON THE ACTIVITY APPROACH.

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TO PROVIDE BETTER LINKAGE WITH THIS EDUCATIONAL METHOD, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT RECOMMENDS A THEMATIC APPROACH IN KINDERGARTEN TEACHING THROUGH THE DRAFT +GUIDE TO THE KINDERGARTEN CURRICULUM* ISSUED RECENTLY.

CHILDREN WILL LEARN THROUGH VARIED AND INTERESTING GAMES WHICH CENTRE ROUND THEMES CLOSELY RELATED TO THEIR DAILY EXPERIENCES.

+KINDERGARTEN CHILDREN WILL THUS GO THROUGH A NATURAL TRANSITION FROM ’LEARNING THROUGH PLAY’ TO THE NEXT STAGE OF 'LEARNING THROUGH ACTIVITIES’ IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS,* THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

THE NEW KINDERGARTEN CURRICULUM ALSO TAKES INTO ACCOUNT THE WIDENING EXPERIENCES OF THE CHILDREN AND DOVETAILS INTO THE PRIMARY SCHOOL SYLLABUSES.

TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN X * * * X *

THE NUMBER OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT LAST YEAR CONSTITUTED A THIRD OF THE TOTAL FIGURE IN THE HONG KONG ISLAND, THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS LOLLY CHIU, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

LAST YEAR, THERE WERE 4 699 TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS RESULTING IN 5 957 CASUALTIES IN THE HONG KONG ISLAND. AND IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT, THERE WERE 1 327 TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS WITH 1 685 CASUALTIES.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE DISTRICT’S ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN, MISS CHIU SAID DIFFERENT AREAS OF THE DISTRICT POSED TRAFFIC HAZARDS TO DIFFERENT SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY.

THE HEAVY TRAFFIC FLOW IN CENTRAL COULD EASILY BRING ABOUT CONFLICTS BETWEEN PEDESTRIANS AND DRIVERS OVER THE USE OF ROADS.

IN THE MID-LEVELS WHERE MOST SCHOOLS WERE LOCATED, THERE WAS A HIGH RISK OF ACCIDENTS INVOLVING STUDENTS.

SHE SAID THE MONTH-LONG CAMPAIGN WAS TO DRIVE HOME AND THE ROAD SAFETY MESSAGE TO PEDESTRIANS AND DRIVERS.

TODAY’S PROGRAMME ALSO INCLUDED A VARIETY SHOW, GAME STALLS, A MINIATURE ROAD SAFETY TOWN, A MOBILE ROAD SAFETY BUS DISPLAY AND A BRASS BAND PERFORMANCE.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE CEREMONY WERE THE DISTRICT POLICE COMMANDERS. MR LAU TO-YEE AND MR D.M. HODSON, AND OTHER DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS.

SUNDAY, JULY 3, 1983

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BOARD TO LEARN ABOUT TRAFFIC PROBLEMS * * * *

REGULAR DISTRICT TOURS TO LOOK INTO THE DIFFERENT TRAFFIC PROBLEMS IN KOWLOON CITY WILL BE MADE BY MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE BEGINNING LATER THIS MONTH.

THE COMMITTEE’S CHAIRMAN, MR WONG WING-PIU, SAID TODAY THAT THE TOURS WOULD BE CONDUCTED ONCE EVERY TWO MONTHS TO ENABLE MEMBERS TO GET TO KNOW THE DISTRICT AND THE TRAFFIC PROBLEMS THERE.

♦MEMBERS WILL BE BETTER EQUIPPED TO SUGGEST VIABLE SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT IF THEY ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE ACTUAL SITUATION CF THE ROADS, IN PARTICULAR THOSE PROBLEMATIC SPOTS, IN THE DISTR ICT,+ HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND URBAN COUNCILLORS WHO WERE NOT COMMITTEE MEMBERS WOULD BE INVITED TO JOIN THE TOURS.

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APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR STUDENT LOANS X * K X

STUDENTS OF POST-SECONDARY COLLEGES, TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS WHO WISH TO APPLY FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR THE 1983-84 ACADEMIC YEAR FROM TWO STUDENT LOAN FUNDS MAY NOW OBTAIN APPLICATION FORMS FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S OVERSEAS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE SAME OFFICE AT LEIGHTON CENTRE, 15TH FLOOR, 77 LEIGHTON ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY BY AUGUST 31 FOR CONSIDERATION BY A JOINT COMMITTEE FOR BOTH FUNDS.

THE INTEREST-FREE LOANS ARE OFFERED ON A YEARLY BASIS.

MAXIMUM LOANS VARY FROM $2 200 A YEAR FOR A POST-SECONDARY STUDENT TO $1 400 A YEAR FOR A SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENT.

PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO APPLICANTS WHO ARE NEARING COMPLETION OF THEIR STUDIES.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO REPAY THEIR LOANS BY INSTALMENTS OF AT LEAST 10 PER CENT OF THEIR MONTHLY SALARY FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF THEIR STUDIES.

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THE TWO FUNDS ARE THE HONG KONG ROTARY CLUB STUDENTS’ LOAN FUND AND THE STANDARD-SING TAO FAT CHOY DRIVE STUDENTS’ LOAN FUND.

STUDENTS ATTENDING OR INTENDING TO ENTER THE TWO UNIVERSITIES, THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC OR THE HONG KONG BAPTIST COLLEGE SHOULD APPLY DIRECTLY TO THE RESPECTIVE INSTITUTIONS BEFORE OCTOBER 16.

THE OFFICIALS OR OFFICE TAKING CARE OF THESE APPLICATIONS ARE THE DEAN OF STUDENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG; THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY, STUDENT AFFAIRS OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY; THE STUDENT WELFARE OFFICER OF THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC; AND THE STUDENT FINANCIAL AID OFFICE OF THE BAPTIST COLLEGE.

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ANTI-NARCOTICS DRIVE LAUNCHED IN SOUTHERN ******

THE PROBLEM OF DRUG TAKING AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT WAS NOT SERIOUS, AS REVEALED IN A RECENT SURVEY, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR LAWRENCE MILLS, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

HE NOTED THAT OF THE 657 YOUTHS INTERVIEWED IN THE SURVEY, ONLY NINE OR 1.3 PER CENT CLAIMED TO HAVE TAKEN DRUGS.

♦WITH NO COMPARABLE FIGURES IN OTHER DISTRICTS AVAILABLE, THE LOW INCIDENCE OF DRUG TAKING WOULD TEND TO INDICATE THAT DRUG ABUSE AMONG YOUTHS IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT IS NOT SERIOUS,* HE SAID.

MR MILLS WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF A TWO-WEEK SOUTHERN DISTRICT ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN HELD AT REPULSE BAY THIS AFTERNOON.

+THIS NOTWITHSTANDING, THE SURVEY DID IDENTIFY A SIGNIFICANT PROPORTION (7.5 PER CENT) OF YOUTHS WHO COULD BE CLASSIFIED AS FALLING WITHIN THE +HIGH RISK* CATEGORY, THAT IS YOUTHS WHO HAVE LITTLE KNOWLEDGE OF DRUGS, WHO MAY HAVE ACCESS TO DRUGS AND WHO HAVE A HIGH MOTIVATION TO TAKE DRUGS.

+THESE YOUTHS ARE GENERALLY THOSE WHO HAVE A LOW LEVEL OF EDUCATION, LIVE IN OVER-CROWDED CONDITIONS, RECEIVE LITTLE CONCERN FROM THEIR FAMILIES AND USUALLY ENGAGE IN NON-CONSTRUCTIVE LEISURE ACTIVITIES,* HE SAID.

MR MILLS SAID IN PLANNING THE CAMPAIGN, THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE HAD TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT THE RECOMMENDATIONS ARISING FROM THE SURVEY.

THE SERIES OF RECREATIONAL, ENTERTAINMENT AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES HELD IN THE COMING FORTNIGHT WOULD TRY TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ON THE DANGER OF DRUG ABUSE AND THE WAYS TO GET AWAY FROM IT. HE SAID.

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THESE WILL INCLUDE SEMINARS, SCHOOL TALKS, VISITS TO DRUG PREVENTION INSTITUTIONS, YOUTH CAMPS, SINGING CONTESTS AND COMPETITIONS.

TODAY’S OPENING CEREMONY WAS FOLLOWED BY A LARGE SCALE BEACH CONCERT FEATURING TWO HOURS OF SINGING BY LOCAL SINGERS AND RADIO PERSONALITIES.

ALSO PRESENT WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT ANT I-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, MR KAN MAN-LEE, THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR K.C. KWONG, THE COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, H? GORDON MORTIMER, AND THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING, MR HAROLD KWOK.

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FUNDS FOR AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES STUDIES

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APPLICATIONS FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM TWO SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS ADMINISTERED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT WILL CLOSE ON FRIDAY (JULY 8).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT MORE THAN 1370 000 WOULD BE AVAILABLE TO SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WHO WANT TO PURSUE STUDIES IN SUBJECTS WHICH MAY INCLUDE AGRICULTURE, VETERINARY SCIENCES, BOTANY, ZOOLOGY OR ANY APPLIED SCIENCES RELEVANT TO AGRICULTURE.

THEY MAY ALSO STUDY SUBJECTS LIKE FISHERY BIOLOGY, MARINE BIOLOGY. FOOD TECHNOLOGY, ECONOMICS, MANAGEMENT OR ADMINISTRATIVE STUDIES, MARINE ENGINEERING, NAVAL ARCHITECTURE OR ANY APPLIED SCIENCES CONSIDERED RELEVANT TO MARINE FISHERIES.

APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN TO PEOPLE WHO ARE EMPLOYED IN AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES AS WELL AS MARKETING INDUSTRIES, OR THEIR FAMILIES AND DEPENDENTS WHO WISH TO PURSUE EDUCATION OR TRAINING IN ANY SUBJECT APPROVED BY THE TRUSTEE OF THE FUNDS.

THE FUNDS ARE THE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS SCHOLARSHIP FUND AND THE MARINE FISH SCHOLARSHIP FUND.

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

SO FAR THE DEPARTMENT HAS DISTRIBUTED ABOUT 1 000 APPLICATION FORMS FOR SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS OR INTEREST-FREE LOANS UNDER THESE FUNDS.

SUNDAY, JULY 3, 1983

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TECHNICAL INSTITUTE GRADUATES IN DEMAND

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TECHNICAL INSTITUTE GRADUATES WERE READILY ACCEPTED BY COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY LAST YEAR DESPITE THE RECESSION.

THIS WAS THE CONCLUSION DRAWN BY THE EMPLOYMENT SURVEY HELD AMONG 1 979 FULL-TIME STUDENTS WHO GRADUATED LAST YEAR FROM THE FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES MANAGED BY THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL.

BY OCTOBER 1982, 1 297 GRADUATES, OR 70.5 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL, HAD OBTAINED JOBS MOST OF WHICH WERE RELATED TO THEIR COURSES OF STUDY.

COMPARED WITH THE FIGURES IN 1981, THERE WAS A 15 PER CENT INCREASE IN THEIR STARTING SALARIES.

THE INCREASE, BY 30 PER CENT, WAS PARTICULARLY NOTICEABLE AMONG GRADUATES IN COMMERCIAL AND SERVICE COURSES RUN AT THE POST-FORM THREE LEVEL.

ALMOST 60 PER CENT OF THE CRAFT GRADUATES JOINED THE APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME FOR FURTHER TRAINING.

THE SURVEY WAS CONSIDERED MORE ACCURATE WITH A TRUE RESPONSE RATE OF 96 PER CENT.

FOLLOW-UP INTERVIEWS OF NON-RESPONSE GRADUATES BY TELEPHONE HELPED TO IMPROVE THE ACCURACY.

OVER 85 PER CENT OF THE GRADUATES WHO HAD OBTAINED EMPLOYMENT WERE EARNEST TO ENHANCE THEIR QUALIFICATIONS AND KNOWLEDGE BY ENROLLING IN PART-TIME COURSES RUN BY THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES OR THE POLYTECHNIC.

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WEATHER BOOKLET FOR SHIPPING NOW AVAILABLE *****

THE ELEVENTH EDITION OF THE +HDNG KONG WEATHER SERVICES FOR SHIPPING*-, CONTAINING INFORMATION OY HONG KONG PORT METEOROLOGICAL SERVICES, WEATHER SERVICES FOR SHIPS IN THE CHINA SEAS, THE WESTERN PACIFIC AND THE PORT OF HONG KONG, IS NOW ON SALE.

PUBLISHED BY THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY, THE BOOKLET ALSO CONTAINS DETAILS OF BROADCAST SCHEDULES OF LEATHER BULLETINS AND WARNINGS FOR SHIPPING, INTERNATIONAL CODES FOR SHIPS’ WEATHER REPORTS AND WEATHER SERVICES FROM NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES.

COPIES MAY BE PURCHASED FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, AT $8 A COPY.

SUNDAY, JULY 3, 1983

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PRINCIPALS URGED TO SPREAD CLEAN HK MESSAGE ******

SCHOOL PRINCIPALS WERE URGED TO SPREAD THE CLEAN HONG KONG AND MEI FA (BEAUTIFICATION) MESSAGE TO THEIR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS TO HELP MAKE THE ENVIRONMENT CLEAN AND GREEN.

THE APPEAL WAS MADE BY THE ASSISTANT STAFF OFFICER (GARDEN) OF THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR HO MAN-CHEUNG, AT A SEMINAR HELD AT THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION TODAY.

MR HO WAS SPEAKING TO A GROUP OF 400 SCHOOL HEADMASTERS ATTENDING THE SEMINAR ON +VICARIOUS LIABILITY AND MEI FA PLANTING+.

AN INTER-SCHOOL POTTED PLANT COMPETITION WILL BE HELD IN THE NEW TERRITORIES LATER THIS YEAR TO ENCOURAGE MORE TEACHERS AND STUDENTS TO JOIN THE CAMPAIGN.

THE CONTEST WOULD BE JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND NTSD, MR HO SAID.

MR HO REPORTED THAT THERE HAD BEEN GOOD PUBLIC RESPONSE TO THE FREE HORTICULTURE COURSES OFFERED BY NTSD IN SHA TIN AND TUEN MUN.

WITH THIS SUCCESS, THE DEPARTMENT WILL RUN MORE HORTICULTURE COURSES IN MORE DISTRICTS LATER THIS YEAR.

ON THE MEI FA SCHEME, MR HO SAID THAT MORE THAN THREE MILLION PLANTS HAD BEEN PLANTED IN NEW TOWNS ALONG HIGHWAYS AND AT RECREATION SPOTS, LANDSCAPED AREAS, PARKS, BEACHES AND PLAYGROUNDS DURING THE LAST PLANTING SEASON.

ANOTHER TWO MILLION PLANTS, INCLUDING TREES, FLOWERING SHRUBS, CREEPERS, GROUND COVERS, CLIMBERS, BAMBOOS AND SEASONAL FLOWERS, WILL BE PLANTED DURING THIS CURRENT SEASON.

AMONG OTHER MEI FA PROJECTS, NTSD WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG, HAS LAUNCHED A SERIES OF 13 EDUCATIONAL RADIO PROGRAMMES ON ENVIRONMENTAL AND HOME IMPROVEMENT.

MEANWHILE, ENFORCEMENT ACTION HAD BEEN STRENGTHENED AGAINST LITTERING OFFENDERS, MR HO SAID.

HE URGED SCHOOL PRINCIPALS TO ENCOURAGE THEIR STUDENTS TO REPORT LITTERING OFFENCES TO THE NEW TERRITORIES LITTER COMPLAINT HOT-LINE (0-445555), OR TO THE URBAN AREA HOT-LINE (5-95555).

SUNDAY, JULY 3, 1983

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ISLANDS TO HOLD TREE PLANTING DAY * * * *

THE ISLANDS DISTRICT WILL HOLD A DISTRICT-WIDE TREE PLANTING DAY ON TUESDAY (JULY 5) IN SUPPORT OF THIS YEAR'S MEI FA (BEAUTIFICATION) SCHEME.

THE TREE PLANTING DAY, ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, IS AIMED AT ENCOURAGING COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT.

TO MARK THE OCCASION, A PLANTING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT A ROADSIDE AMENITY PLOT NEAR UPPER CHEUNG SHA BEACH ON LANTAU ISLAND.

STUDENTS FROM A LOCAL SCHOOL WILL PLANT SOME 50 EVERGREEN YOUNG TREES TO ADD MORE GREENERY TO THE AMENITY PLOT.

THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER OF ISLANDS, MR IP KI-TIT, AND THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER OF ISLANDS, MR MAXIMUS LI, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY.

ALSO TAKING PART IN THE FUNCTION WILL BE THE CHAIRMEN OF FOUR RURAL COMMITTEES OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT. THEY ARE MR TSANG LIN, MR YU YUEN-HEI, MR CHONG CHU-DHOI AND MR LAU YUNG-FUK.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE ISLANDS DISTRICT TREE PLANTING DAY TO BE HELD AT THE ROADSIDE AMENITY PLOT AT SOUTH LANTAU ROAD NEAR UPPER CHEUNG SHA BEACH, LANTAU ISLAND, AT 11.30 AM ON TUESDAY (JULY 5).

A COACH WILL BE LEAVING THE MUI WO FERRY PIER AT 10.30 AM.

AN INFORMATION OFFICER OF NTSD WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST THE PRESS.

KWUN TONG MAINS WORK * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN KWUN TONG WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 6) FOR A LEAKAGE TEST.

PREMISES AFFECTED WILL BE THOSE ALONG JUNK BAY ROAD, KAI TIN ROAD. PING TIN STREET, ON TIN STREET, AND TAK TIN STREET, INCLUDING BLOCK 1-14 LAM TIN ESTATE AND LAM TIN SAN TSUEN.

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MONDAY, JULY 4, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

ELECTRONIC ROAD PRICING: CONSULTANCY AGREEMENT .......... 1

HK-SWISS TEXTILE PACT RENEWED ........................... 1

TAI PO HOME OWNERSHIP FLATS READY SOON .................. 2

THREE CROW LAND LOTS FOR SALE............................ 2

HOUSEHOLD SURVEY BEING CARRIED OUT ...................... 3

BOARD MEMBERS TO HEAR ABOUT BRIDGE WORK ................. 3

CASTLE PEAK ROAD TO BE WIDENED .......................... 4

'JING YING' MUSICIANS LEAVE FOR U.K...................... 4

STUDENTS' DESIGNS TO BE SHOW ............................ 5

WATER FIGURES ........................................... 5

PARKING METERS FOR TO KWa WAN ........................... 5

STREET CLOSURE EXTENDED ................................. 6

REPULSE BAY TRAFFIC PLAN ................................ 6

MONDAY, JULY 4, 1983

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ELECTRONIC ROAD PR IC I NGi CONSULTANCY AGREEMENT * * ft ft

THE GOVERNMENT TODAY ANNOUNCED THAT THE DETAILS OF THE CONTRAC7 FOR THE ELECTRONIC ROAD PRICING PILOT PROJECT HAD BEEN FINALISED.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT AN AGREEMENT HAD BEEN SIGNED BY THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT AND THE MANAGING DIRECTOR OF TRANSPOTECH ON MAY 23. THIS AGREEMENT WAS SUBJECT TO THE CONSULTING ENGINEERS. TRANSPOTECH, MAKING ACCEPTABLE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE FULFILMENT OF CERTAIN CONDITIONS. ARRANGEMENTS SATISFACTORY TO THE GOVERNMENT HAVE NOW BEEN MADE AND THUS THE CONTRACT IS EFFECTIVE.

THE CONDITIONS WERE DESIGNED TO ENSURE THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD RECEIVE EQUIPMENT FREE OF ANY ROYALTY PAYMENTS DURING THE PILOT PROJECT, AND THAT IF A DECISION WERE MADE TO PROCEED WITH A FULL SYSTEM THE EQUIPMENT WOULD BE PROVIDED AT A FAIR AND REASONABLE PRICE.

THE GOVERNMENT HAS ALSO SECURED AN ARRANGEMENT WHEREBY IT WOULD RECEIVE A LEVY FROM EVERY ELECTRONIC NUMBER PLATE SOLD BY THE PILOT PROJECT SUPPLIER IN AN ELECTRONIC PRICING SYSTEM OR VEHICLE LOCATION SYSTEM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD OTHER THAN THE UNITED KINGDOM OR HONG

KONG

TRANSPOTECH HAS BEEN GIVEN APPROVAL TO APPOINT PLESSEY CONTROLS LTD AS THE SUPPLIER OF THE ELECTRONIC NUMBER PLATE AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT FOR THE PILOT PROJECT. PLESSEY WILL OBTAIN THE ENFORCEMENT CAMERAS FROM MARCONI AVIONICS LTD. MVA CONSULTANTS WILL BE PROVIDING THE TRANSPORT PLANNING INPUT.

LOGICA LTD WHICH WAS CLOSELY INVOLVED IN THE VALID SYSTEM (VEHICLE LICENSING AND REGISTRATION SYSTEM BEING USED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT) WILL BE UNDERTAKING THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ACCOUNTING SYSTEM AND ALSO CONTRIBUTING TO THE STUDY ON HOW BUS FLEETS, FOR EXAMPLE, CAN BE BETTER MANAGED THROUGH THE ELECTRONIC DETECTION SYSTEM.

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THE HONG KONG TEXTILE AGREEMENT WITH SWITZERLAND HAS BEEN RENEWED FOR A FURTHER YEAR.

THE NEW AGREEMENT PROVIDES, DURING THE PERIOD JULY 1, 1983 TO JUNE 30, 1984, FOR AN EXPORT AUTHORISATION ARRANGEMENT COVERING SEVEN GARMENT CATEGORIES, AS WELL AS AN ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENT WHEREBY HONG KONG UNDERTAKES TO SUPPLY CERTAIN EXPORT LICENSING STATISTICS TO THE SWISS AUTHORITIES.

IT IS A STRAIGHTFORWARD EXTENSION OF THE PREVIOUS AGREEMENT WHICH EXPIRED ON JUNE 30.

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TAI PO HOME OWNERSHIP FLATS READY SOON * * * *

PURCHASERS OF HOME OWNERSHIP FLATS IN THE FAST-DEVELOPING TAI PO NEW TOWN WILL SOON BE ABLE TO MOVE IN THEIR NEW HOMES FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF THE FIRST FIVE BLOCKS AT WANG FUK COURT LAST WEEK.

♦THE RECENTLY COMPLETED 1 240 FLATS ON BLOCKS A TO E AT WANG FUK BRING TO 24 258 THE TOTAL NUMBER OF FLATS SO FAR COMPLETED IN 22 HOME OWNERSHIP ESTATES,♦ SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HOUSING AUTHORITY TODAY.

HE SAID THE 744 FLATS ON THE REMAINING THREE BLOCKS AT WANG FUK WERE SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION NEXT MONTH.

♦LETTERS HAVE BEEN SENT TO THE PURCHASERS OF THE COMPLETED FIVE BLOCKS ASKING THEM TO COMPLETE THEIR MORTGAGE ARRANGEMENTS OR FINALISE PAYMENTS LATER THIS WEEK AND THEY WILL BE NOTIFIED THE DATE WHEN THEY CAN PICK UP THE KEYS OF THEIR FLATS AFTER THE BALANCE OF THE PURCHASE PRICE IS PAID,+ HE ADDED.

THE 1 984 TWO-BEDROOM FLATS AT WANG FUK WERE VERY POPULAR AMONG THE BUYERS AND SET A RECORD IN THE HIGHEST DAILY SALE OF FLATS IN ONE ESTATE WHEN THEY WERE PUT UP FOR SALE IN MAY UNDER PHASE IVB OF THE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME.

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THREE CROWN LAND LOTS FOR SALE * * * *

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT WILL OFFER THREE LOTS OF CROWN LAND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES FOR SALE AT AN AUCTION IN THE MARINA ROOM

OF THE EXCELSIOR HOTEL ON JULY 28, AT 2.30 PM.

THE LARGEST SITE, MEASURING ABOUT 11 710 SQUARE METRES,

IS NEAR FO TAN COTTAGE AREA IN SHA TIN NEW TOWN. IT IS FOR

PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES.

THE SECOND LOT IS LOCATED NEAR WONG FUNG LEK IN TUEN MUN KEW TOWN. IT HAS AN AREA OF ABOUT 8 530 SQUARE METRES AND IS ALSO FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL USES.

THE LAST ONE, SITUATED AT TUNG TAU INDUSTRIAL AREA IN YUEN LONG, MEASURES ABOUT 1 890 SQUARE METRES, AND IS FOR INDUSTRIAL AND/OR GODOWN PURPOSES.

PARTICULARS AND SALE CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM AND SALE PLANS INSPECTED AT, THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, GROUND FLOOR, HONG KONG I THE SURVEY DIVISION OF THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING, 5TH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD! THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, KOWLOON WEST, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 10TH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON’ AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES OF SHA TIN, TUEN MUN, YUEN LONG, TSUEN WAN, TAI PO, NORTH SAI KUNG AND ISLANDS.

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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 UP-TO-DATE INFORMAT ICN ON THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE POPULATION.

A RANDOM SAMPLE OF SOME 6 OOO HOUSEHOLDS IS SELECTED THROUGHOUT ALL DISTRICTS IN HONG KONG FOR PARTICIPATION IN EACH MONTHLY SURVEY.

ABOUT HALF OF THE HOUSEHOLDS WERE INTERVIEWED THREE MONTHS EARLIER AND ARE SELECTED AGAIN IN ORDER TO MEASURE MORE ACCURATELY THE CHANGES THAT HAVE OCCURRED SINCE THEN.

AN OFFICIAL LETTER, IN CHINESE AND ENGLISH, WILL BE 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 IDENTIFYING HIMSELF WITH A DEPARTMENTAL IDENTITY 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).

IN ADDITION, SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTIONS ON VARIOUS SOCIO-ECONOMIC ASPECTS OF THE POPULATION ARE ALSO ASKED. FOR THE MONTHS OF JULY TO SEPTEMBER 1983, QUESTIONS ON DEMAND FOR AND USE OF MEDICAL SERVICES, AS WELL AS SPORTS AND COUNTRY-SIDE RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, 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 SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT STRESSED.

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BOARD MEMBERS TO HEAR ABOUT BRIDGE WORK * * * *

WORK ON

A CHIEF ENGINEER FROM THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE, MR S.S. TUNG, WILL BRIEF TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS ON THE MAINTENANCE THE TSI NG Yl BRIDGE AT TOMORROW’S (TUESDAY) MEETING.

AND AT THE SAME MEETING, MEMBERS WILL COMMENT ON THE REPORT +A PERSPECTIVE OF EDUCATION IN HONG KONG+.

MEMBERS

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA WILL INCLUDE A BRIEFING BY OF THE ROAD SAFETY COUNCIL ON ITS WORK, THE REHOUSING POLICY OF SINGLE AND TWO-PERSON FAMILIES AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF FOOTBRIDGES AT THE JUNCTION OF CHEUNG WING ROAD AND WO Yl HOP ROAD.

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CASTLE PEAK ROAD TO BE WIDENED * * * *

THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT PLANS TO WIDEN A SECTION OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD BETWEEN SAM SHING HUI AND PUI TO ROAD TO A DUAL TWO-LANE CARRIAGEWAY AND TO CONSTRUCT FIVE NEW ROADS NEAR WONG KA WAI TO SERVE THE FUTURE TUEN MUN TOWN CENTRE AND RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE AREA.

THE SCHEME FORMS PART OF THE CONTINUING PROGRAMME FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

A NOTICE CONCERNING THE PROPOSED WORKS WAS PUBLISHED IN THE RECENT 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 TUEN MUN DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE AND THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE, TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE BUILDING, CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TUEN MUN, NEW TERRITORIES.

ANY PERSON OBJECTING TO THE PROPOSAL MUST SEND HIS OBJECTION IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 30.

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'JING YING' MUSICIANS LEAVE FOR U.K * * * *

SEVEN YOUNG MUSICIANS — ONE SOPRANO SOLOIST AND SIX CHINESE MUSIC INSTRUMENTALISTS •— LEFT HONG KONG BY AIR TONIGHT (JULY 4) FOR THE UNITED KINGDOM TO PARTICIPATE IN TWO INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL EVENTS.

UNDER THE BANNER OF 'HONG KONG JING YING', THE SEVEN WERE LED BY MR HOWARD YUNG, A STAFF MEMBER OF THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT.

OTHER MEMBERS ARE MISS LINDA LI (SOPRANO SOLOIST), MESSRS CHEUNG CHOK-TUNG (ER-HU), WAI SING-FAT (Dl-Zl/SOU-NA), CHEUNG KWOK-CHUNG (XIU), SHUM WUN-YIN (PIPA), CHAN KWAN-PING (YANG-CHIN) AND POON CH I-Ml NG (PERCUSSION).

THEY WERE SEEN OFF AT THE AIRPORT BY MR CLIVE OXLEY, MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR AND ACTING DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE.

APART FROM TAKING PART IN THE LLANGOLLEN INTERNATIONAL MUSIC EISTEDDFOD AND THE CARDIFF SINGER OF THE WORLD COMPETITION, THE YOUNG MUSIC ENVOYS WILL ALSO PERFORM AT THE HONG KONG STUDENTS CENTRE AND THE COMMONWEALTH INSTITUTE DURING THE TOUR.

THE HONG KONG JING YJNG WILL RETURN TO HONG KONG ON JULY 21 AND WILL THEN PARTICIPATE IN THE 1983 HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC CAMP AT ST. STEPHEN'S COLLEGE IN STANLEY FROM JULY 30 TO AUGUST 14.

MISS LI WILL, HOWEVER, RETURN TO HONG KONG AT A LATER DATE.

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STUDENTS* DESIGNS TO BE SHOWN X K X

MORE THAN 100 FORM FIVE STUDENTS OF TECHNICAL SUBJECTS HAVE SUBMITTED ENTRIES TO THIS YEAR’S HONG KONG YOUNG DESIGNER OF THE YEAR AWARD COMPETITION.

ORGANISED FOR THE SECOND YEAR BY THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES, HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL DESIGN COUNCIL AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE COMPETITION IS AIMED AT PROMOTING INDUSTRIAL DESIGN.

THE COMPETITION IS OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS WHO SIT FOR ONE CR MORE TECHNICAL SUBJECTS INCLUDING DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY, ELECTRONICS AND ELECTRICITY, METALWORK, WOODWORK AND PRACTICAL ELECTRICITY IN THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION THIS YEAR.

THE ENTRIES WILL BE JUDGED BY A PANEL OF INDUSTRIALISTS, DESIGNERS AND DESIGN TEACHERS ON WEDNESDAY.

THE BEST ENTRIES WILL BE DISPLAYED AT THE LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE FROM JULY 18 TO 20.

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WATER FIGURES

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STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 89.8 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 518.661 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 347.662 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 60.2 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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PARKING METERS FOR TO KWA WAN X X X

EIGHTEEN PARKING METERS WILL BE INSTALLED ALONG HA HEUNG ROAD NORTH OF SHEUNG HEUNG ROAD IN TO KWA WAN.

THE TWO-HOUR PARKING METERS WILL BE OPERATIONAL FROM 9 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 6), AT A CHARGE OF SI FOR 30 MINUTES.

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DUE TO UNFORSEEN DIFFICULTIES IN SEWAGE REPAIRS, KWAI YUE STREET BETWEEN KWAI HEI STREET AND KWAI TAI ROAD IN KWAI CHUNG WILL CONTINUE TO BE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

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TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW IN THE AREA, VEHICLES TRAVELLING ALONG REPULSE BAY ROAD WESTBOUND WILL BE BANNED FROM TURNING RIGHT INTO SOUTH BAY ROAD FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 6).

VEHICLES HEADING FOR SOUTH BAY ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA BEACH ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, JULY 5, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

IMPORTANCE OF EXCO ADVICE STRESSED ........................ 1

SIR JOHN TO OPEN ABERDEEN COMPLEX .......................   1

PEOPLE'S VIEWS WILL BE FULLY CONSIDERED .................   2

NEW HALF-WAY HOUSE OPENED.................................. 3

+ROAD PRICING+ SEEN AS MOST EFFECTIVE RESTRAINT............ 4

REHOUSING FOR 3 MlO PEOPLE ................................ 5

FIRMS TO BE ASKED ABOUT MOVING FROM CENTRAL AREA........... 6

S9 MILLION FOR SCHOOL AND LANDSCAPE ....................... 6

MEET-THE-PUBLIC SCHEME POPULAR ............................ 7

BOARD TO DISCUSS CLEARANCE AND REHOUSING POLICIES.......... 8

NEW MEMBERS FOR LAW REFORM COMMITTEE....................... 9

PEOPLE REMINDED OF TAX OBLIGATIONS ......................   9

ACCORD ON 3 GARMENT CATEGORIES WITH U.S................... 11

STUDENTS' DESIGNS TO BE DISPLAYED ........................ 12

BENEFITS OF TREE PLANTING STRESSED ....................... 12

PUMPING STATION CONTRACT SIGNED........................... 1J

EXTRA-MURAL COURSES FOR TEACHERS .......................   13

RESIDENTS VISIT CAREERS INFORMATION CENTRE ............... 14

NORTH POINT TRAFFIC CHANGES.............................   14

ROaDS TO BE CLOSED........................................ 14

PARKING METERS FOR KWUN TONG INDUSTRIAL AREA ............. 15

WATER MAINS TEST

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IMPORTANCE OF EXCO ADVICE STRESSED

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AS PART OF THE CONTINUING PROCESS OF CONSULTATION ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG THE GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG ACCOMPANIED BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL ARE VISITING LONDON FOR TALKS WITH MINISTERS ON JULY 4 AND 5.

THEY HAVE HAD MEETINGS WITH THE PRIME MINISTER, THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS, SIR GEOFFREY HOWE, AND THE MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR HONG KONG IN THE FCO, MR RICHARD LUCE.

MINISTERS REAFFIRMED THEIR COMMITMENT TO HONG KONG AND THEIR AIM OF SEEKING ARRANGEMENTS WHICH WOULD BE ACCEPTABLE TO PARLIAMENT, CHINA AND TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.

THEY EMPHASISED THE IMPORTANCE WHICH THEY ATTACH TO THE ADVICE OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL WHICH WOULD CONTINUE TO BE SOUGHT THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THE TALKS.

THE GOVERNOR AND THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS EXPRESSED APPRECIATION FOR THE OPPORTUNITY AGAIN TO MEET THE PRIME MINISTER AND, SO SOON AFTER TAKING UP THEIR NEW RESPONSIBILITIES, SIR GEOFFREY HOWE AND MR LUCE, AND TO CONVEY TO THEM THE VIEWS OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.

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SIR JOHN TO OPEN ABERDEEN COMPLEX *****

SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, WILL OFFICIATE URBAN COUNCIL ABERDEEN COMPLEX ON

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE FRIDAY (JULY 8).

THE COMPLEX IS THE COUNCIL’S FIRST MODERN MULTI-PURPOSE BUILDING TO PROVIDE MARKET, RECREATIONAL, CULTURAL AND LIBRARY FACILITIES ALL UNDER THE ONE ROOF.

BUILT AT A COST OF MORE THAN $41 MILLION, IT IS LOCATED AT THE JUNCTION OF ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD AND CHENGTU ROAD.

THE BASEMENT, GROUND, FIRST AND SECOND FLOORS OF THE EIGHTSTOREY BUILDING ARE OCCUPIED BY THE MARKET.

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THE UPPER FLOORS ARE TAKEN UP BY A PUBLIC LIBRARY, A CULTURAL CENTRE, AN INDOOR GAMES HALL AND THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE OF THE CITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

NOTE TO EDITORS*

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY WHICH WILL START AT 11.45 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 8).

OFFICIAL TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES COVERING THE EVENT SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES CAR PARK, WEST WING, AT 11 AM.

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PEOPLE’S VIEWS WILL BE FULLY CONSIDERED ******

THE FOLLOWING IS THE TEXT OF A WRITTEN REPLY GIVEN BY THE PRIME MINISTER IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS YESTERDAY (JULY 4)i

MR HAL MILLER (CONSERVATIVE, BROMSGROVE AND REDDITCHh TO ASK THE PRIME MINISTER FURTHER TO THE REFERENCE IN THE GRACIOUS SPEECH TO THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG HOW SHE PROPOSES TO CONSULT THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG ON ANY SOLUTION THAT MAY BE REACHED WITH THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, AND IF SHE WILL MAKE A STATEMENT.

THE PRIME MINISTER* THE VIEWS OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WILL CONTINUE TO BE TAKEN FULLY INTO ACCOUNT AT ALL STAGES. AS PART OF THE REGULAR PROCESS OF CONSULTATION, THE GOVERNOR AND UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF HIS EXECUTIVE COUNCIL ARE NOW IN LONDON. OTHER GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS IN HONG KONG REGULARLY MAKE THEIR VIEWS KNOWN TO THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT DIRECTLY OR THROUGH CHANNELS SUCH AS THE DISTRICT BOARDS.

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NEW HALF-WAY HOUSE OPENED * * * *

A NEW HALF-WAY HOUSE FOR PEOPLE DISCHARGED FROM THE TRAINING AND DETENTION CENTRES OF THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WAS OPENED TODAY BY LADY HADDON-CAVE, WIFE OF THE ACTING GOVERNOR.

LADY HADDON-CAVE UNVEILED A PLAQUE TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE $13.2 MILLION HOUSE, PHOENIX HOUSE, AT LUNG CHEUNG ROAD IN KOWLOON.

THE COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR THOMAS GARNER, SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, SAID THE NEW FACILITY ENABLED THE DEPARTMENT TO EXPAND THE HALF-WAY HOUSE CONCEPT TO INCLUDE PERSONS LEAVING DETENTION CENTRES, TRAINING CENTRES AND PRISONS, PARTICULARLY YOUNG PEOPLE UNDER COMPULSORY AFTER-CARE.

FROM 1968 THE SERVICE HAD BEEN RUNNING A SMALL HALF-WAY HOUSE SCHEME FOR FORMER DRUG DEPENDENTS DISCHARGED FROM DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTRES. WELL OVER 3 000 PEOPLE HAD BEEN RESIDENT IN THE HOUSE FOR VARYING PERIODS, HE SAID.

MR GARNER EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT, SUBJECT TO THE GOVERNMENT ENACTING THE NECESSARY LEGISLATION, THE FACILITY WOULD IN FUTURE BE USED IN A PRE-RELEASE SCHEME.

♦A PRE-RELEASE SCHEME PROVIDES STRUCTURED SUPPORT AND THE OPPORTUNITY FOR PARTIAL RE-ENTRY INTO THE COMMUNITY PRIOR TO COMPLETE RELEASE,* HE SAID.

MR GARNER POINTED OUT THAT SUPPORT AND HOUSING WERE CRUCIAL FOR THE RELEASED PRISONERS, PARTICULARLY IN THE FIRST FEW MONTHS FOLLOWING RELEASE.

PHOENIX HOUSE COMPRISES TWO BUILDINGS WITH AN AREA OF 4 180 SQUARE METRES. APART FROM THE STAFF QUARTERS, THERE ARE 15 DORMITORIES PROVIDING ROOM FOR 20 WOMEN AND 100 MEN, TWO DINING ROOMS, BATHING FACILITIES, TWO SITTING AND EXERCISE AREAS, ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES, TWO CLASSROOMS, LIBRARY, SICK BAY AND KITCHEN.

THERE ARE 51 RESIDENTS IN THE HOUSE, THREE OF THEM GIRLS.

THEY HAVE TO GO TO WORK OR SCHOOL AND RETURN TO THE HOUSE AT NIGHT AND STAY THERE DURING WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS. ASSISTANCE AND SUPPORT INCLUDING GROUP COUNSELLING, INDIVIDUAL COUNSELLING AND REMEDIAL EDUCATION CLASSES ARE PROVIDED THROUGHOUT THEIR STAY TO HELP THEM ADJUST TO COMMUNITY LIFE.

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♦ROAD PRICING* SEEN AS MOST EFFECTIVE RESTRAINT * * * *

♦AFTER CAREFUL CONSIDERATION, THE GOVERNMENT HAS COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT ROAD PRICING IS POTENTIALLY PERHAPS THE MOST EFFECTIVE FORM OF RESTRAINT YET DEVISED,+ THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S CHIEF ENGINEER (TRAFFIC ENG I NEER ING/KOWLOON DIVISION) MR PANG HO-CHE SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE ROTARY CLUB OF KOWLOON EAST, MR PANG SAID THAT ROAD PRICING WAS GENERALLY LOOKED UPON AS A MORE EQUITABLE RESTRAINT BECAUSE THE RESTRICTION WAS ON USAGE AND NOT ON OWNERSHIP OF VEHICLES.

HE SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD ONLY DECIDE TO IMPLEMENT THE FULL SCHEME IF THE FINDINGS OF THE TWO-YEAR PILOT STAGE PROVED IT TO BE BOTH PRACTICAL AND BENEFICIAL.

MR PANG OUTLINED THE VARIOUS WAYS IN WHICH GOVERNMENT HANDLED TRAFFIC CONGESTION PROBLEMS. THEY INCLUDE THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE ROAD SYSTEM, THE EXPANSION OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND THE MORE ECONOMIC USE OF ROADS.

BETWEEN 1977 AND 1982, A TOTAL OF HK$2 569 MILLION WAS SPENT IN EXPANDING THE ROAD NETWORK, INCREASING THE TOTAL LENGTH OF ROADS IN HONG KONG FROM 1 088 KILOMETRES TO 1 208 KILOMETRES.

THE GOVERNMENT RECENTLY ANNOUNCED ITS INTENTION TO SPEND HK$6 300 MILLION IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS ON MASSIVE ROAD PROJECTS.

♦WE MUST ALSO CONSIDER EXPANSION AND IMPROVEMENT OF THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM TO CARRY MORE PEOPLE SWIFTLY FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER.

♦THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT MEASURES TO EASE TRAFFIC FLOW AT A CERTAIN PROBLEM SPOT IS ALSO A COMMON TECHNIQUE TO HANDLE CONGEST ION,+ MR PANG SAID.

FOR EXAMPLE THE CLEARWATER BAY ROAD TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT MEASURE INVOLVED THE DIVERSION OF 13 BUS ROUTES AND THE CLOSURE OF A SECTION CF THE CARRIAGEWAY AT THE JUNCTION OF CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD/LUNG CHEUNG ROAD TO ELIMINATE UNDESIRABLE TRAFFIC CONFLICTS PREVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED THERE.

♦AND FOR THE GREATER BENEFIT OF HONG KONG COMMUTERS, PRIORITY HAS TO BE GIVEN TO PUBLIC TRANSPORT MODES OVER THE PRIVATE ONES. A VARIETY OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT PRIORITY MEASURES HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED AND IMPLEMENTED OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS. THE MOST NOTABLE ONE IS THE KING’S ROAD GYRATORY SYSTEM PROJECT, COSTING A TOTAL OF APPROXIMATELY HK$9 MILL I ON,+ MR PANG ADDED.

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THE GOVERNMENT TOOK FIRM MEASURES TO RESTRAIN THE GROWTH IN NUMBERS OF PRIVATE MOTOR VEHICLES. BETWEEN EARLY MAY 1982 AND LATE FEBRUARY 1983 THE ANNUAL LICENCE FEES FOR PRIVATE CARS AND MOTOR CYCLES ROSE BETWEEN 200 PER CENT AND 350 PER CENT, TOGETHER WITH A FURTHER INCREASE IN FUEL TAX FOR ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES. THIS STOPPED +THE RUN-AWAY EXPANSION OF THE CAR POPULATION,* HE SAID.

♦RECORDS INDICATE THAT THE NUMBER OF REGISTERED PRIVATE CARS HAS DECLINED BY ABOUT 3.3 PER CENT FROM 218 570 AT THE END OF APRIL 1982 TO 211 474 AT THE END OF APRIL 1983,+ MR PANG CONCLUDED.

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REHOUSING FOR 3 440 PEOPLE * * *

THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT IS TO CLEAR A TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA IN KWAI CHUNG AND PART OF A TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA IN KOWLOON BAY TO MAKE WAY FOR A FUTURE SCHOOL AND FOR INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT.

♦REHOUSING HAS BEEN ARRANGED FOR ALTOGETHER 973 FAMILIES TOTALLING 3 440 PEOPLE INVOLVED, ACCORDING TO THEIR ELIGIBILITY, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

♦AT HING SHING ROAD THA IN KWAI CHUNG, OUT OF THE 863 PEOPLE IN 276 FAMILIES AFFECTED, 543 PEOPLE IN 153 FAMILIES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR PERMANENT PUBLIC HOUSING WHILE A FURTHER 268 PEOPLE IN 71 FAMILIES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR TEMPORARY HOUSING.

♦THE REMAINING 52 SINGLE PERSONS HAVE ALSO BEEN OFFERED EITHER HOSTEL ACCOMMODATION OR AN EX-GRATIA CASH ALLOWANCE OF $4 500 EACH PLUS AN EXTRA $800 IN DOMESTIC REMOVAL ALLOWANCE,+ HE ADDED.

AT THE FOURTH VILLAGE OF KOWLOON BAY THA, THE SPOKESMAN SAID A TOTAL OF 2 577 PEOPLE FROM 697 FAMILIES WOULD BE AFFECTED BY THE CLEARANCE. OF THEM, 1 395 PEOPLE IN 345 FAMILIES WERE ELIGIBLE FOR PERMANENT PUBLIC HOUSING AND ANOTHER 1 131 PEOPLE IN 302 FAMILIES WERE ELIGIBLE FOR PRIMARY OR TEMPORARY HOUSING.

FORTY-NINE SINGLE PERSONS HAVE ALSO BEEN OFFERED EITHER

HOSTEL OR AN EX-GRATIA CASH ALLOWANCE IN EXCHANGE FOR REHOUSING WHILE A TWO-PERSON FAMILY HAS OPTED FOR CASH ALLOWANCE OF $9 000, HE SAID.

HE SAID 56 FAMILIES OF 168 PEOPLE WERE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR REHOUSING AS THEY HAD ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION OR HAD BEEN LIVING

IN THE THAS WITHOUT AUTHORITIES.

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FIRMS TO BE ASKED ABOUT MOVING FROM CENTRAL AREA * * * *

ABOUT 600 COMMERCIAL FIRMS FROM VARIOUS SECTORS IN DIFFERENT DISTRICTS WILL BE ASKED THEIR VIEWS ABOUT MOVING +T0 LESS CENTRAL LOCATIONS*.

THE VIEWS ARE BEING SOUGHT BY THE STRATEGIC PLANNING UNIT OF THE LANDS AND WORKS BRANCH, WHICH WILL BE CONDUCTING A SURVEY WITH THE AIM OF IDENTIFYING THE TYPES OF BUSINESSES WHICH COULD BE ENCOURAGED TO +DECENTRALISE*, DR TED PRYOR, GOVERNMENT TOWN PLANNER OF THE LANDS AND WORKS BRANCH, SAID TODAY.

THE COMPANIES WILL ALSO BE ASKED ABOUT THEIR BASIC CHARACTERISTICS, THEIR PAST MOBILITY RECORDS, AND THE FACTORS THEY CONSIDERED IN THEIR CHOICE OF LOCATIONS, DR PRYOR SAID.

+THE FINDINGS OF THE SURVEY, WHICH WILL BE HELD BETWEEN JULY 11 AND AUGUST 1, WILL ALSO HELP THE GOVERNMENT IN DETERMINING A LONG TERM DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY FOR THE TERRITORY,* DR PRYOR SAID.

HE STRESSED THAT THE INFORMATION COLLECTED WOULD BE HANDLED IN THE STRICTEST CONFIDENCE AND WOULD BE PRESENTED ONLY IN AGGREGATE IN THE FINAL ANAYLSIS.

DR PRYOR ALSO APPEALED FOR THE COMPANIES’ COOPERATION WHEN THEY ARE APPROACHED BY INTERVIEWERS FOR THE SURVEY.

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$9 MILLION FOR SCHOOL AND LANDSCAPE * * * *

THE HOUSING AUTHORITY IS SPENDING $8.73 MILLION TO PROVIDE MORE EDUCATIONAL AND LANDSCAPED FACILITIES IN ITS NEW PUBLIC HOUSING PROJECTS UNDER FOUR CONTRACTS SIGNED TODAY BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF HOUSING (CONSTRUCTION), MR FRED PANG YUK-LING.

THE LARGEST CONTRACT OF $7.1 MILLION IS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PRIMARY SCHOOL, THE SECOND ONE AT KWONG FUK ESTATE IN TAI PO NEW TOWN.

TAKING ABOUT 12 MONTHS TO COMPLETE, THE PROJECT ALSO INCLUDES DRAINAGE AND ALL ASSOCIATED EXTERNAL WORKS FOR THE SCHOOL.

KWONG FUK ESTATE IS BEING DEVELOPED IN THREE PHASES TO PROVIDE EIGHT RESIDENTIAL BLOCKS WITH 6 314 SELF-CONTAINED FLATS FOR ABOUT 27 600 PEOPLE WHEN FULLY COMPLETED IN 1985.

THE FIRST PRIMARY SCHOOL IN THE ESTATE WILL SOON BE COMPLETED FOR THE COMING ACADEMIC YEAR IN LINE WITH THE COMPLETION OF THREE RENTAL BLOCKS UNDER ITS FIRST PHASE AND EIGHT HOME OWNERSHIP BLOCKS IN ITS ADJOINING WANG FUK COURT NEXT MONTH.

THREE OTHER CONTRACTS TOTALLING $1.59 MILLION SIGNED TODAY ARE FOR LANDSCAPING WORK FOR THE SECOND PHASE OF THE HOME OWNERSHIP SIU HONG COURT AND PHASE IA AND HA OF THE SHUN ON RENTAL ESTATE.

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MEET-THE-PUBLIC SCHEME POPULAR * * * *

THE DISTRICT BOARD MEET-THE-PUBLIC SCHEME PROVIDES AN INFORMAL, EASY, BUT DIRECT ACCESS FOR PEOPLE TO THEIR BOARD MEMBERS, THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR ALBERT LAM, SAID TODAY.

IT ALSO SERVES AS AN ADDITIONAL CHANNEL FOR THE AIRING OF GRIEVANCES AND FOR THE REMEDYING OF MALADMINISTRATION,* HE SAID.

MR LAM WAS SPEAKING ON THE DISTRICT BOARD MEET-THE-PUBLIC SCHEME AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE CITY LIONS CLUB.

THE SCHEME, HE STRESSED, ENABLED DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS TO UNDERSTAND BETTER THE PROBLEMS OF PEOPLE AND TO OBTAIN THEIR VIEWS ON GOVERNMENT POLICIES AND MEASURES.

♦APART FROM PERSONAL CONTACTS THROUGH WORK AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS ARE ABLE TO WIDEN THEIR CONTACTS WITH LOCAL RESIDENTS, TO IDENTIFY MORE LOCAL PROBLEMS, AS WELL AS TO GAIN MORE INSIGHT INTO THE NEEDS AND ASPIRATIONS OF THE POPULATION IN THE DISTRICT,* HE ADDED.

IN THE PAST 20 MONTHS, 2 500 PEOPLE LIVING IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES HAVE TALKED TO THEIR DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS IN MEET-THE-PUBLIC SESSIONS.

+THE SCHEME IS POPULAR AND WELL SUPPORTED, AND HAS PROVED TO BE A GREAT SUCCESS,* HE SAID.

+WITH MORE PUBLICITY, I AM SURE THE SCHEME WILL PLAY AN INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT PART IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF CLOSER TIES BETWEEN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND PEOPLE OF THEIR DISTRICT.

AS THE SCHEME GETS BETTER KNOWN, WE EXPECT MORE PEOPLE WILL MAKE USE OF IT, AND THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION PROPOSES TO CONDUCT A REVIEW OF IT IN ABOUT A YEAR’S TIME TO SEE WHAT FURTHER IMPROVEMENTS CAN BE MADE.+ MR LAM ADDED.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE FIRST MEET-THE-PUBLIC SCHEME, LAUNCHED BY THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD IN NOVEMBER 1981, PROVED POPULAR FROM THE OUTSET.

SIMILAR SCHEMES WERE LAUNCHED BY KWUN TONG AND TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARDS IN FEBRUARY 1982.

BY THE END OF 1982, NINE DISTRICT BOARDS HAD INTRODUCED THE SCHEME. UP TO THE END OF JUNE THIS YEAR, EIGHT MORE DISTRICT BOARDS HAD LAUNCHED THE SCHEME, MAKING A TOTAL OF 17.

AS FOR THE REMAINING ISLANDS DISTRICT, PLANS ARE IN HAND TO LAUNCH THE SCHEME IN CHEUNG CHAU THIS MONTH,+ MR LAM SAID.

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UNDER THE SCHEME, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC CAN EITHER RING UP THE DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARY FOR AN APPOINTMENT, OR GO TO THE DISTRICT OFFICE IN PERSON TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO SEE A DISTRICT BOARD f-EMBER.

THESE SESSIONS ARE HELD MOSTLY IN THE EVENINGS FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF BOTH THE PUBLIC AND DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS.

♦THEY ARE IN THE MAIN HELD IN DISTRICT OFFICES, BUT WHERE PRACTICABLE, THEY ARE ALSO HELD IN LOCATIONS CONVENIENT FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS,* MR LAM ADDED.

+ IF THE MATTER RAISED IS A STRAIGHTFORWARD ONE, THE DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER WILL DEAL WITH IT THERE. IF IT IS MORE COMPLICATED, HE MAY NEED THE DISTRICT OFFICE STAFF TO RESEARCH ON THE ANSWER FIRST,* HE SAID.

+ IN SOME CASES, FURTHER INVESTIGATION IS NECESSARY AND FOLLOW-UP ACTION WILL BE TAKEN BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

+THE COURSE OF ACTION TAKEN WILL BE REPORTED BACK TO THE AEMBER OF THE PUBLIC, AND THIS IS NORMALLY DONE BY CORRESPONDENCE, OR THROUGH THE TELEPHONE, OR BY ANOTHER MEETING, AS APPROPRIATE,* f-R LAM SAID.

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BOARD TO DISCUSS CLEARANCE AND REHOUSING POLICIES *****

CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL BE BRIEFED ON CLEARANCE AND REHOUSING POLICIES BY A SENIOR HOUSING MANAGER, H? CHAN WING-CHEUNG, AT THE MEETING ON THURSDAY (JULY 7).

A PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE EDUCATION AND MANPOWER BRANCH, MR K.J. WOODHOUSE, WILL BRIEF MEMBERS ON THE REPORT +A PERSPECTIVE ON EDUCATION IN HONG KONG*.

AT THE MEETING, MEMBERS WILL ALSO LOOK INTO A NUMBER OF MEASURES TO IMPROVE THE MEET-THE-PUBLIC SCHEME.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC INTERESTED IN ATTENDING THE MEETING SHOULD CONTACT THE BOARD’S SECRETARY AT 5-450868 FOR SEATING ARRANGEMENTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AT 4 PM ON THURSDAY (JULY 7) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF WILLIE BUILDING, 222-224 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

TUESDAY, JULY 5, 1983

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NEW MEMBERS FOR LAW REFORM COMMITTEE KN*

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION, MR MICHAEL THOMAS, Q.C., TODAY (TUESDAY) ANNOUNCED THE APPOINTMENT BY THE GOVERNOR OF THREE NEW MEMBERS OF THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION.

THEY ARE DR THE HON HENRIETTA IP, THE HON MR JUSTICE FUAD AND MR ARJAN SAKHRANI, Q.C.

IN ANNOUNCING THE APPOINTMENTS, MR THOMAS WELCOMED THE WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE THAT THESE MEMBERS ADDED TO THE COMMISSION.

HE STRESSED THAT, UNLIKE MANY OTHER LAW REFORM COMMISSIONS, THE HONG KONG COMMISSION RELIED UPON THE INPUT FROM ♦NON-LEGALLY+ QUALIFIED COMMISSION MEMBERS IN ORDER TO GIVE A DEGREE OF COMMUNITY BALANCE, PARTICULARLY IN AREAS WHERE SOCIAL ISSUES INTERMINGLED WITH THE LAW.

DR IP IS A MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND A WELL-KNOWN FEMBER OF THE HONG KONG COMMUNITY GIVING A LARGE PROPORTION OF FER TIME TO SERVING THAT COMMUNITY.

SHE IS CURRENTLY A MEMBER OF THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION SUB-COMMITTEE ON DAMAGES FOR PERSONAL INJURIES.

MR JUSTICE FUAD IS A MEMBER OF THE COURT OF APPEAL AND HAS ACTED AS THE CHIEF JUSTICE’S ALTERNATIVE ON THE COMMISSION FOR SOME TIME.

HIS POSITION ON THE COMMISSION WAS RECENTLY FORMALISED BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL.

MR JUSTICE FUAD HAS BEEN NOMINATED BY THE COMMISSION AS CHAIRMAN OF A SUB-COMMITTEE WHICH WILL BE APPOINTED SOON TO LOOK INTO CERTAIN ASPECTS OF PRIVACY PROTECTION.

MR ARJAN SAKHRANI, Q.C., HAS ALSO BEEN WORKING ON A SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE COMMISSION DEALING WITH CONTEMPT OF COURT.

HIS APPOINTMENT IS TO FILL A VACANCY CAUSED BY THE RETIREMENT OF MR ANDREW LI AFTER THE EXPIRATION OF HIS TERM AS A COMMISSION FEMBER.

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PEOPLE REMINDED OF TAX OBLIGATIONS * * * *

THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT TODAY (TUESDAY) REMINDED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AND EMPLOYERS OF THEIR OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE.

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A SPOKESMAN OF THE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT UNDER THE ORDINANCE, EVERY PERSON CHARGEABLE TO TAX FOR ANY YEAR OF ASSESSMENT MUST NOTIFY THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE IN WRITING NOT LATER THAN FOUR MONTHS AFTER THE END OF THE BASIS PERIOD FOR THE YEAR IN WHICH HE IS SO CHARGEABLE UNLESS HE HAS ALREADY BEEN REQUIRED TO FURNISH A RETURN FOR THAT YEAR.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO POINTED OUT THAT ANY PERSON WHO CEASED TO CARRY OUT A TRADE, PROFESSION OR BUSINESS* TO HOLD AN OFFICE OR EMPLOYMENT IN RESPECT OF WHICH SALARIES TAX IS CHARGEABLE; OR TO HAVE A SOURCE OF INCOME IN RESPECT OF WHICH HE IS PERSONALLY ASSESSED, MUST ADVISE THE COMMISSIONER IN WRITING WITHIN ONE MONTH OF SUCH CESSATION.

ANY PERSON CHARGEABLE TO SALARIES TAX, PROFITS TAX OR PERSONAL TAX AND IS ABOUT TO LEAVE HONG KONG FOR MORE THAN ONE MONTH MUST NOTIFY THE COMMISSIONER IN WRITING AT LEAST ONE MONTH BEFORE HIS DEPARTURE, HE SAID.

♦THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO PERSONS WHO ARE REQUIRED TO LEAVE HONG KONG FREQUENTLY IN THE COURSE OF BUSINESS OR EMPLOYMENT,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE ALSO REMINDED TAXPAYERS WHO HAVE CHANGED THEIR ADDRESS TO NOTIFY THE COMMISSIONER IN WRITING OF THE PARTICULARS OF THE CHANGE.

EMPLOYERS ARE ALSO REMINDED THAT THEY ARE REQUIRED TO INFORM THE COMMISSIONER IN WRITING THE PARTICULARS OF ANY NEW EMPLOYEE LIKELY TO BE CHARGEABLE TO SALARIES TAX WITHIN THREE MONTHS OF HIS EMPLOYMENT.

AN EMPLOYER WHO IS ABOUT TO CEASE TO EMPLOY IN HONG KONG ANY PERSON LIKELY TO BE CHARGEABLE TO SALARIES TAX MUST ADVISE THE COMMISSIONER IN WRITING AT LEAST ONE MONTH BEFORE THE TERMINATION OF SUCH EMPLOYMENT.

IT IS ALSO THE RESPONSIBILITY OF AN EMPLOYER TO NOTIFY THE COMMISSIONER WHENEVER AN EMPLOYEE WHO IS CHARGEABLE TO SALARIES TAX IS ABOUT TO LEAVE HONG KONG MORE THAN A MONTH AT LEAST ONE MONTH BEFORE HIS DEPARTURE. THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO AN EMPLOYEE WHO IS REQUIRED, IN THE COURSE OF HIS EMPLOYMENT, TO LEAVE HONG KONG AT FREQUENT INTERVALS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID WHEN AN EMPLOYER HAS INFORMED THE COMMISSIONER THAT HE IS ABOUT TO CEASE TO EMPLOY A PERSON CHARGEABLE TO SALARIES TAX, HE MUST NOT MAKE ANY PAYMENT TO THAT EMPLOYEE WITHIN A MONTH FROM THE DATE OF GIVING SUCH NOTICE, EXCEPT WITH THE CONSENT IN WRITING OF THE COMMISSIONER.

*THE EMPLOYER MAY HOWEVER, DURING THAT MONTH PAY TO THE COMMISSIONER OUT OF THE MONEYS DUE TO THE EMPLOYEE SUCH SUM AS THE EMPLOYEE MAY DIRECT HIM TO PAY.*

FORMS FOR GIVING SUCH NOTICES MAY BE OBTAINED AT THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT’S OFFICE ON THE EIGHTH FLOOR, WINDSOR HOUSE, 311 GLOUCESTER ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG.

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ACCORD ON 3 GARMENT CATEGORIES WITH U.S.

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RESTRAINT LIMITS FOR THREE GARMENT CATEGORIES - AT LEVELS CONSIDERABLY ABOVE THE 1982 TRADE LEVELS - HAVE BEEN AGREED FOLLOWING CONSULTATIONS IN WASHINGTON AT THE END OF LAST MONTH REGARDING HONG KONG’S EXPORTS OF SIX GARMENT CATEGORIES TO THE UNITED STATES.

THE AGREED RESTRAINT LEVEL FOR CAT. 434 (WOOL COATS, OTHER THAN SUIT TYPE, M AND B) HAS BEEN INCREASED FROM 1982’S EXPORT CF 5 505 DOZEN TO 8 660 DOZEN; CAT. 647 (MMF TROUSERS, SLACKS AND SHORTS (OUTER), M AND B) FROM 229 573 DOZEN TO 275 400 DOZEN; AND CAT. 636 (MMF DRESSES) FROM 140 576 DOZEN TO 200 000 DOZEN.

HOWEVER, AGREEMENT WAS NOT REACHED IN RESPECT OF THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES, AND THE UNITED STATES ADMINISTRATION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE BILATERAL AGREEMENT, HAS IMPOSED RESTRAINT LEVELS AS FOLLOWS J-

CATEGORY RESTRAINT LIMIT 1982 EXPORTS

DOZEN DOZEN

336 (COTTON DRESSES, INCLUDING UNIFORMS) 137 704 107 793

442 ( WOOL SKIRTS) 62 602 50 076

642 (MMF SKIRTS) 129 178 102 558

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (TUESDAY), A TRADE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT EXPORTS IN THESE CATEGORIES WERE AT PRESENT SUBJECT TO THE EXPORT AUTHORISATION SYSTEM, UNDER WHICH THERE WAS NO SPECIFIC RESTRAINT LIMIT, BUT THE LEVEL OF EXPORTS WAS MONITORED AND THE UNITED STATES MIGHT AT ANY TIME SEEK CONSULTATIONS WITH A VIEW TO REACHING AGREEMENT ON A LEVEL OF RESTRAINT IN THE CURRENT YEAR. %

♦THOSE WHO ALREADY HELD APPROVED EXPORT AUTHORISATIONS IN THESE CATEGORIES WOULD NOT BE AFFECTED BY THE NEW RESTRAINT LEVELS.

HOWEVER, THE RESTRAINTS WOULD LIMIT THE SCOPE FOR NEW ORDERS TO v COME TO HONG KONG DURING THE REMAINDER OF THE YEAR,* THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED.

CALLS HAVE ALSO BEEN MADE BY THE UNITED STATES ON CAT. 604 (MMF SPUN NON-CELLULOSIC YARN); CAT. 644 (MMF SUITS, W, G AND I); CAT. 313 (COTTON SHEETING); AND CAT. 352 (COTTON UNDERWEARS). CONSULTATIONS ON THEM ARE EXPECTED TO BE HELD IN MID-JULY.

AT THE CONSULTATIONS IN WASHINGTON BETWEEN JUNE 27 AND 30, THE HONG KONG DELEGATION WAS LED BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF TRADE, W? MICHAEL CARTLAND.

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STUDENTS’ DESIGNS TO BE DISPLAYED XXX

AN EXHIBITION BY GRADUATES OF THE DESIGN DEPARTMENT OF LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE WILL BE OPENED BY THE DONOR OF THE INSTITUTE, MR LEE WAI LEE, AT THE CITY HALL EXHIBITION HALL, AT 6 PM ON THURSDAY (JULY 7).

AT THE CEREMONY, AN ADDRESS WILL BE DELIVERED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL DESIGN COUNCIL, MR DENNIS TING.

THE EXHIBITION WILL THEN BE OPENED TO THE PUBLIC FOR THE NEXT THREE DAYS, FROM JULY 8 TO 10, BETWEEN 10 AM AND 6 PM.

ENTITLED +T.I. DESIGN+, THE DISPLAY WILL COMPRISE PROJECTS BY GRADUATES OF BOTH FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME COURSES OFFERED BY THE INSTITUTE.

GUESTS OF HONOUR AT THE EXHIBITION WILL BE MR NEIL HENDERSON, COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, AND MR HORACE KNIGHT, ACTING DIRECTOR OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING.

LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE IS ONE OF THE FIVE INSTITUTES MANAGED BY THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL AND IS THE ONLY ONE OF THEM OFFERING DESIGN COURSES.

BENEFITS OF TREE PLANTING STRESSED XXX

TREES WILL HELP CREATE A MORE PLEASANT APPEARANCE ALONGSIDE THE ROADS AND IN OPEN SPACES ON LANTAU ISLAND, THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER OF ISLANDS, MR IP KI-KIT, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

MR IP WAS SPEAKING AT A CEREMONY MARKING THE DISTRICT-WIDE TREE PLANTING DAY AT A ROADSIDE AMENITY PLOT AT SOUTH LANTAU ROAD NEAR UPPER CHEUNG SHA BEACH.

TODAY’S TREE PLANTING DAY WAS ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SECOND PHASE OF THE MEI FA SCHEME OF CLEAN HONG KONG, HE SAID.

THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER OF ISLANDS, MR MAXIMUS LI, STRESSED THAT IT WAS EQUALLY IMPORTANT TO ENCOURAGE THE PUBLIC TO HELP IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT, AS HE JOINED MR IP IN PLANTING A YOUNG TREE TO HIGHLIGHT THE EVENT.

WITH THE HELP OF STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS, SOME

53 EVERGREEN CALLISTEMON VIMINALIS AND CORDYLINE TERMINALIS WERE PLANTED AT THE AMENITY PLOT.

ALSO TAKING PART IN THE EVENT WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF MUI WO RURAL COMMITTEE, MR TSANG LIN, THE CHAIRMAN OF TAI 0 RURAL COMMITTEE, MR YU YUEN-HEI, THE CHAIRMAN OF TUNG CHUNG RURAL COMMITTEE, MR CHONG CHU-CHOI, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF SOUTH LANTAU RURAL COMMITTEE, MR LAU YUNG-FUK.

TUESDAY, JULY 5, 1983

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PUMPING STATION CONTRACT SIGNED * * * *

THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT HAS AWARDED A CONTRACT TO AOKI CONSTRUCTION COMPANY LIMITED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION CF AN INLET PUMPING STATION FOR THE FUTURE EXTENSION OF THE TAI PO SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS.

THE CONTRACT, WORTH ABOUT $21.5 MILLION, WAS SIGNED BY MR CHARLES TAYLOR, CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE DEPARTMENT’S TAI PO AND FANLING NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, AND MR SUNAO HORII OF THE COMPANY.

WORK ON THE CONTRACT COMPRISES THE CIVIL ENGINEERING AND BUILDING WORKS FOR THE INLET PUMPING STATION AND THE CONSTRUCTION CF SURFACE WATER DRAINAGE CULVERT.

THE WORK, FORMING PART OF AN EXTENSION TO THE EXISTING TAI PO SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS, WILL TAKE ABOUT 13 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

TENDERS FOR THE MAIN CIVIL ENGINEERING AND BUILDING CONTRACT FOR THE EXTENSION OF THE TREATMENT WORKS WILL BE INVITED LATER THIS YEAR.

THE CONTRACT CALLS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF PUMP HOUSES, PRIMARY AND FINAL SETTLEMENT TANKS, AERATION TANKS, THICKENING AND DIGESTION TANKS, AND ANCILLARY STRUCTURES AND ASSOCIATED PIPEWORKS AND ROADWORKS.

MR TAYLOR SAID THAT THE EXTENSION WOULD PROVIDE FULL SEWAGE TREATMENT FACILITIES FOR DOMESTIC AND TRADE WASTES FROM TAI PO NEW TOWN. '

WORK ON THE EXTENSION IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN THE MIDDLE OF 1986.

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TEACHERS IN PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS ARE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN ANY OF THE 44 COURSES TO BE ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT CF EXTRA-MURAL STUDIES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG DURING THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

THESE COURSES INCLUDE ADVANCED LEVEL ECONOMICS FOR SIXTH FORM TEACHERS, COPING WITH THE BEHAVIOURAL PROBLEMS OF SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN, TEACHING ENGLISH VOCABULARY AND COUNSELLING SPECIFICS FOR WORKERS IN THE HELPING PROFESSIONS.

TEACHERS WISHING TO ATTEND ANY OF THE COURSES SHOULD APPLY DIRECT TO THE DEPARTMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG AT POKFULAM ROAD, OR THE EXTRA-MURAL TOWN CENTRE AT WING ON CENTRE, 8/F, 111 CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL.

ENQUIRIES CONCERNING THE COURSES CAN BE MADE BY PHONING NO. 5-4O973O7 OR 5-450021.

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RESIDENTS VISIT CAREERS INFORMATION CENTRE

TEN MEMBERS OF THE TAI PO AND TSUEN WAN SOCIAL SERVICE COMMITTEES THIS MORNING VISITED THE TSUEN WAN CAREERS INFORMATION CENTRE OPERATED BY THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE (YEAS) CF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TO LEARN ABOUT THE WORK OF THE CENTRE.

LED BY MR MICHAEL LAI, CHAIRMAN OF THE TAI PO COMMITTEE, AND CHEUNG SAU—CHING, CHAIRMAN OF THE TSUEN WAN COMMITTEE, THE VISITORS WERE MET ON ARRIVAL BY THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER, DR JAMES HAYES, AND WERE BRIEFED ON THE FACILITIES AND SERVICES OFFERED BY THE CENTRE TO YOUNG PEOPLE SEEKING CAREERS INFORMATION.

THE VISIT WAS AIMED AT ACQUAINTING THE MEMBERS WITH THE WORK OF THE CENTRE AND STUDYING THE POSSIBILITIES OF ORGANISING JOINT CAREERS-ORIENTED ACTIVITIES WITH THE YEAS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN TAI PO AND TSUEN WAN, SUCH AS CAREERS EXHIBITION AND TEMPORARY CAREERS INFORMATION CENTRES.

THE YEAS ALSO OPERATES TWO SIMILAR CAREERS INFORMATION CENTRES IN KOWLOON AND ON HONG KONG ISLAND TO PROVIDE INFORMATION AND GUIDANCE TO YOUNG PEOPLE TO HELP THEM TO CHOOSE CAREERS BEST SUITED TO THEIR INTEREST AND ABILITY.

NORTH POINT TRAFFIC CHANGES

FORTRESS HILL ROAD SOUTHBOUND NEAR CHUNG ON TERRACE IN NORTH POINT WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC (EXCEPT CMB NO. 27) FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (JULY 7) FOR ROAD WORKS.

THE ARRANGEMENT WILL LAST ABOUT SIX WEEKS, DURING WHICH TIME CMB NO. 41 AND OTHER TRAFFIC HEADING FOR CLOUD VIEW ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA KING’S ROAD WESTBOUND AND TIN HAU TEMPLE ROAD.

IN CENTRAL, THE CLOSURE OF WING LOK STREET BETWEEN NO. 19 AND 27 WILL REMAIN IN FORCE FOR ANOTHER 10 DAYS FOR THE DEMOLITION CF A BUILDING.

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ROADS TO BE CLOSED * * *

HING BUND

tup ACTION OF MA TIN ROAD SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH ON ZtrfFT IN YUEN LONG, ALONG WITH THE SECTION OF THE NULLAH-II5nEBFTWEEN ITS JUNCTIONS WITH MA TIN ROAD AND THE UNNAMED ?FADIN6 TO TAI YUK ROAD, WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM TOMORROW WEDNESDAY) FOR ABOUT SIX WEEKS TO FACILITATE CONSTRUCTION WORK ON THE MA TIN ROAD EXTENSION.

niiRlNG THE CLOSURE, MOTORISTS TRAVELLING BETWEEN MA TIN TRHFNDAND YUEN LONG TOWN WILL HAVE TO USE KAU YUK ROAD, TAI YUK Sad and the unnamed road linking tai yuk road with the nullah-BUND ROAD.

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PARKINS METERS FOR KWUN TONG INDUSTRIAL AREA *****

A TOTAL OF 153 ONE-HOUR GOODS VEHICLE PARKING METERS WHICH CHARGE 50 CENTS FOR 30 MINUTES WILL BE INSTALLED ON SEVERAL STREETS OF THE KWUN TONG INDUSTRIAL AREA.

THE PARKING METERS WILL BECOME OPERATIONAL AS FOLLOWS

DATE AND TIME

JULY 7, 9 AM (THURSDAY)

LOCATION

HUNG TO ROAD — BETWEEN LAI YIP STREET AND KING YIP STREET

JULY 8, 9 AM (FR IDAY)

CHONG YIP STREET — BETWEEN LAI YIP STREET AND HOW MING STREET

HOW MING STREET — BETWEEN HOI YUEN ROAD AND CHONG YIP STREET

TSUN YIP STREET -- BETWEEN HOW MING STREET AND WAI YIP STREET

SHING YIP STREET — BETWEEN HOI YUEN ROAD and ;nd KING YIP STREET

HING YIP STREET

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WATER MAINS TEST * * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES ON HONG KONG ISLAND WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM ON FRIDAY (JULY 8) FOR A LEAKAGE TEST.

THE PREMISES TO BE AFFECTED ARE BOUNDED BY ABERDEEN CAINE ROAD, KU I IN FONG, LADDER STREET AND HOLLYWOOD ROAD LADDER STREET TERRACE AND U LAM TERRACE.

STREET, , INCLUDING

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR TO GIVE PRESS CONFERENCE ............................... 1

MONETARY STATISTICS FOR MAY 1983 ................................ 1

1983 SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMIE STARTS .............................. 5

YOUTHS TOLD OF HIGHER DEATH RATE FROM SMOKING.................... 6

UN OFFICIAL VISITS CHI MA WAN.................................... 8

60 BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN MAY................................ 8

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U.K.-INDONESIA AIR TALKS TO BE HELD ............................. 9

YOUTH HEALTH PROJECT UNDERWAY.............i..................... 10

BOARD TO DISCUSS DEVELOPMENT PLANS ............................ 11

EDUCATION DIRECTOR PRAISES BRITISH COUNCIL ..................... 11

PROPERTY TAX.................................................... 12

STREET TO BE REOPENED........................................... 12

CAUSEWAY BAY CLEARWAY........................................... 12

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 1983

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GOVERNOR TO GIVE PRESS CONFERENCE * * * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE AND THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL WILL RETURN FROM LONDON ON FLIGHT CX 200. ETA 9 AM ON THURSDAY (JULY 7).

SIR EDWARD WILL GIVE A PRESS CONFERENCE WITH SIR S.Y. CHUNG ON THEIR ARRIVAL AT THE VIP PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM.

PLEASE ADVISE THOSE COVERING THE EVENT TO ASSEMBLE IN THE PRESS ROOM ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE ARRIVAL HALL NOT LATER THAN 7.30 AM. GIS OFFICERS WILL THEN ESCORT NEWSMEN TO THE VIP PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE FIRST FLOOR.

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MONETARY STATISTICS FOR MAY 1983 X X X X K

THERE CONTINUED TO BE SOME SHIFT OUT OF HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS TO FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS DURING MAY, ACCORDING TO MONETARY STATISTICS FOR THE MONTH PUBLISHED TODAY.

WITH THE EXCEPTION OF DEMAND DEPOSITS WITH BANKS, ALL OTHER HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS WITH BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES FELL. BY CONTRAST, FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY, ALTHOUGH PART OF THE INCREASE REFLECTED THE VALUATION EFFECT OF THE DEPRECIATION OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR OVER THE MONTH.

(THE MONETARY STATISTICS ARE PRESENTED IN HONG KONG DOLLARS, REPORTING INSTITUTIONS HAVING CONVERTED FOREIGN CURRENCY AMOUNTS AT THE RELEVANT EXCHANGE RATE ON THE REPORTING DAY.)

REFLECTING THESE CHANGES, AND A DROP IN THE PUBLIC’S HOLDING OF NOTES AND COINS, HONG KONG DOLLAR MONEY SUPPLY ON ALL DEFINITIONS FELL AND TOTAL MONEY SUPPLY ON THE BROADER DEFINITIONS (TOTAL M2 AND TOTAL M3) RECORDED SOME INCREASE.

THERE WAS HEALTHY GROWTH IN TOTAL LOANS AND ADVANCES IN MAY. LOANS FOR FINANCING HONG KONG’S VISIBLE TRADE GREW SUBSTANTIALLY ALONG WITH THE RECOVERY IN EXPORTS. GROWTH OF OTHER LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG WAS, HOWEVER, RELATIVELY MODERATE.

AS THE END OF THE TWO-YEAR TRANSITIONAL PERIOD FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE THREE-TIER MONETARY SYSTEM DREW NEAR, THERE WAS DURING THE MONTH A FURTHER SHIFT OF DEPOSITS AWAY FROM REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES.

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HONG KONG DOLLAR MONEY SUPPLY

THE HK$ MONEY SUPPLY ON ALL DEFINITIONS FELL FURTHER IN MAY. THE NARROWEST DEFINITION, HK$M1 DROPPED BY 0.8 PER CENT FOLLOWING A DROP OF 1.6 PER CENT IN APRIL. THE BROADER DEFINITIONS, H<$M2 AND HK$M3 DROPPED BY 0.6 PER CENT AND 1.1 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, FOLLOWING FALLS OF 1.2 PER CENT IN APRIL.

IN THE THREE MONTHS TO MAY, HK$M1 FELL BY 4.8 PER CENT, rt($M2 BY 3.1 PER CENT AND HK$M3 BY 3.7 PER CENT. OVER THE TWELVE MONTHS, INCREASES WERE RECORDED, AT 11.2 PER CENT, 15.8 PER CENT AND 1.2 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

TOTAL MONEY SUPPLY

TOTAL Ml FELL BY 0.1 PER CENT FOLLOWING A 1.0 PER CENT FALL IN APRIL. TOTAL M2 AND TOTAL M3 GREW BY 2.3 PER CENT AND 1.9 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, COMPARED WITH VIRTUALLY NO CHANGE IN APRIL. IN THE THREE MONTHS TO MAY, TOTAL Ml FELL BY 4.3 PER CENT WHILE TOTAL M2 AND TOTAL M3 GREW BY 4.0 PER CENT AND 3.5 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. OVER THE TWELVE MONTHS, THE CORRESPONDING GROWTH RATES WERE 10.6 PER CENT, 46.8 PER CENT AND 30.1 PER CENT.

DEPOSITS

HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS FELL BY 0.9 PER CENT FOLLOWING A

FALL OF 0.7 PER CENT IN APRIL. FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS GREW BY A SUBSTANTIAL 6.0 PER CENT AFTER A RISE OF 1.7 PER CENT IN APRIL. OVER THE THREE MONTHS, HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS FELL BY 3.3 PER CENT WHILE FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS ROSE BY 13.9 PER CENT. OVER THE TWELVE MONTHS, THE CORRESPONDING CHANGES WERE A DROP OF 0.1 PER CENT AND A RISE OF 97.4 PER CENT.

MUCH OF THE INCREASE IN FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS REPRESENTS AN ADDITION TO THE TOTAL DEPOSIT BASE, BUT SOME REFLECTS A SHIFT AWAY FROM HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS, PART OF WHICH REFLECTS, IN TURN, THE INCREASING POPULARITY OF SO-CALLED +SWAP+ DEPOSITS. THESE INVOLVE CUSTOMERS BUYING SPOT FOREIGN CURRENCY AND PLACING IT ON DEPOSIT WITH FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, BUT AT THE SAME TIME ENTERING INTO A CONTRACT TO SELL FORWARD SUCH FOREIGN CURRENCY BACK TO THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS ON THE MATURITY OF THE DEPOSIT.

THESE +SWAPS+ HINDER INTERPRETATION OF THE MONETARY STATISTICS, SINCE FOR CERTAIN ANALYTICAL PURPOSES THEY SHOULD BE REGARDED AS HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITSi FOR EXAMPLE, A SWAP TRANSACTION DOES NOT ITSELF EXERT PRESSURE ON THE EXCHANGE RATE IN THE WAY THAT AN OUTRIGHT FOREIGN EXCHANGE TRANSACTION MAY. HOWEVER, NO STATISTICS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE VOLUME OF SWAP DEPOSITS.

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LOANS AND ADVANCES

TOTAL LOANS AND ADVANCES EXTENDED BY BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ROSE BY 2.3 PER CENT IN MAY, COMPARED WITH A RISE OF 1.3 PER CENT IN APRIL. IN THE THREE MONTHS TO MAY, THEY ROSE BY 5.9 PER CENT AND OVER THE TWELVE MONTHS BY 25.8 PER CENT. LOANS TO FINANCE HONG KONG'S VISIBLE TRADE GREW FURTHER BY A RAPID 4.7 PER CENT, FOLLOWING A GROWTH OF 3.8 PER CENT IN APRIL. IN THE THREE MONTHS TO MAY, THE INCREASE WAS 7.7 PER CENT AND OVER THE TWELVE MONTHS, 15.2 PER CENT. OTHER LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG GREW BY 1.2 PER CENT AFTER EXPERIENCING VIRTUALLY NO GROWTH IN APRIL. IN THE THREE MONTHS TO MAY, THEY ROSE BY 2.5 PER CENT AND OVER THE TWELVE MONTHS, 19.8 PER CENT.

FOREIGN CURRENCY POSITIONS

DURING MAY, BOTH THE SPOT FOREIGN CURRENCY ASSETS AND LIABILITIES OF THE MONETARY SECTOR INCREASED. THE NET SPOT FOREIGN CURRENCY POSITION SHOWED A LIABILITY OF $23.7 BILLION AT THE END OF MAY COMPARED WITH $23.9 BILLION AT THE END OF APRIL. BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES HAD NET LIABILITIES OF $15.3 BILLION AND $8.4 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 MAY, THE MONETARY SECTOR HAD NET FORWARD FOREIGN CURRENCY ASSETS AMOUNTING TO $46.8 BILLION, WHICH MORE THAN COVERED THE NET SPOT FOREIGN CURRENCY LIABILITIES OF $24.6 BILLION.

LIQUIDITY RATIOS

THE AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO (AS DEFINED IN S.18 OF THE BANKING ORDINANCE) FOR ALL BANKS ROSE IN MAY TO 48.3 PER CENT FROM 47.0 PER CENT IN APRIL. THE AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO (AS DEFINED IN S24A OF THE DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ORDINANCE) FOR ALL DEPOSITTAKING COMPANIES ALSO ROSE TO 62.8 FROM 62.3 PER CENT IN APRIL.

NUMBER OF REPORTING INSTITUTIONS

THE NUMBER OF REPORTING LICENSED BANKS INCREASED BY 2 TO 132. THE NUMBER OF LICENSED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES REMAINED UNCHANGED AT 22, AND THE NUMBER OF REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES INCREASED BY 1 TO 336.

Monetary Statistics - Hay, 1983

WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 1983

(% change

April 1983

Earlier months

to May 1985)

February 1983

HKSmn

May 198?

May 1982

Money Supply

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Ml - HKS Foreign Currency Total 26,317 1,971 28,288 26,531 (- 0.8%) 1,782 (+10.6%) 28,313 (- 0.1%) 27,649 (- 4.8%) 1,919 (+ 2.7%) 29,568 (- 4.3,0) 23,675 (♦ 1,895 ( + 25,570 (♦ 11.2%) 4.0%) 10.6%)

M2 - HKS 120,083 120,794 (- 0.6%) 123,940 (- 3-1%) 103,727 (+ 15.8%)

Foreign Currency 103,992 98,333 (♦ 5.8%) 91,443 (+13.7%) 48,864 (+112.8%)

Total 224,075 219,127 ( + 2.3%) 215,383 (+ 4-0%) 152,591 (+ 46.8%)

M3 - HKS 145,437 147,048 (- 1.1%) 151,002 (- 3.7%) 143,737 (+ 1.2%)

Foreign Currency 121,894 115,200 (+ 5-8%) 107,274 (+13.6%) 61,772 (+ 97.3%)

Total 267,330 262,248 (+ 1.9%) 258,276 (+ 3.5%) 205,509 (♦ 30.1%)

Deposits

Pesund deposits 16,724 16,318 (♦ 2.5%) 16,846 (- 0.7%) 15,613 ( + 7-1%)

Savings deposits 68,172 68,361 (- 0.3%) 69,804 (- 2.3%) 53,799 (+ 26.7%)

Time deposits with bunks 122,368 117,207 (+ 4.4%) 111,019 (+10.2%) 70,035 (+ 74.7%)

Time deposits with dtcs 42,082 41,951 (+ 0.3‘%) 41,717 (♦ 0.9*) 51,870 (- 18.9%)

All HKS deposits 131,375 132,540 (- 0.9%) 135,838 (- 3-3*) 131,551 (- 0.1%)

All foreign currency deposits 117,971 111,297 ( + 6.0*) 103,548 (+13.9%) 59,766 (+ 97.4%)

Total 249,347 243,837 (+ 2.3%) 239,386 (+ 4.2%) 191,317 ( + 30.3*)

Loans and advances *

To finance Hong Kong’s visible trade 28,346 27,073 ( + 4.7%) 26,323 (+ 7.7*) 24,6o6 (♦ 15.2*)

To finance merchandising trade not 2,633 2,483 (+ 6.0$) 2J73 (4-21.2,.) I 3,092 (- 14.8%)

touching Hong Kong

Other loans for use in Hong Kong 197,828 195,53? ( + 1.2$) 193,079 (+ 2.5%) 165,196 (+ 19.8%)

Other loans for use outside Hong Kong 113,333 109,606 (+ 3.4ft) 102,649 (+10.4%) 79,182 (♦ 43.1%)

Other loans where the place of use 16,030 15,314 (+ 4.7#) 14,137 (+13.4%) 12,716 (♦ 26.1%)

is not known

All loans in HKS 189,730 188,016 (+ 0.9%) 185,213 (+ 2.4) 167,523 (♦ 13.3%)

411 loans in foreign currencies 168,440 161,992 (+ 4.0#) 153,147 (+10.0%) 117,269 (♦ 43.6^)

Total 358,170 350,008 (+ 2.3%) 3384360 (+ 5.9%) . 284,792 (♦ 25-8%)

WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 1983

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1983 SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME STARTS * * * *

INCREASING DISTRICT INVOLVEMENT AND PARTICIPATION HAS ENABLED HONG KONG TO HAVE A MORE BALANCED SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME THIS YEAR TO CATER FOR INDIVIDUAL NEEDS OF EACH DISTRICT.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 1983 SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME HELD AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM IN WAN CHAI THIS (WEDNESDAY) EVENING, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES SAID, +LAST YEAR, I MENTIONED THAT THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WOULD BE EXPANDED WITH INCREASED LOCAL INITIATIVE. THIS HAS BEEN DONE.*

THIS YEAR, MORE THAN 8 OOO INDOOR AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES ARE BEING ORGANISED AT TERRITORY-WIDE AND DISTRICT LEVELS FOR YOUNGSTERS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG. THESE ACTIVITIES NOT ONLY PROVIDE HEALTHY RECREATIONAL OUTLET FOR YOUTHS IN THE LONG HOT SUMMER MONTHS BUT ALSO AIM AT DEVELOPING THEIR INDIVIDUAL TALENTS AND ABILITIES.

MORE COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS ARE BUILT INTO THE PROGRAMME TO TIE IN WITH THIS YEAR’S THEME OF ’BETTERING ONESELF THROUGH COMMUNITY SERVICE’.

AT THE CEREMONY, MR AKERS-JONES THANKED MEMBERS OF THE CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR YOUTH RECREATION (CCCYR) FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO THE ANNUAL SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME. ITS MEMBERS INCLUDE THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB (CHARITIES) LTD., HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE, CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT, INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

HE THANKED THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB IN PARTICULAR FOR ITS $4.5 MILLION DONATION TOWARDS THIS YEAR’S PROGRAMME.

A SOUVENIR WAS PRESENTED TO SIR SIDNEY GORDON, STEWARD OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB IN APPRECIATION OF THE CLUB’S GENEROUS CONTRIBUTION.

THE OPENING CEREMONY WAS FOLLOWED BY A ONE-AND-A-HALF HOUR VARIETY SHOW WHICH WAS ATTENDED BY REPRESENTATIVES OF VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND MORE THAN 1 000 YOUNGSTERS.

THE SHOW WAS JOINTLY PRODUCED BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICSES AND RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG (TV DIVISION) AS THE FIRST EPISODE OF THE ^SWINGING SUMMER+ T.V. SERIES.

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THE ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME INCLUDED A RHYTHM DRILL BY ONE HUNDRED STUDENTS AND A PARADE BY REPRESENTATIVES FROM SIX CCCYR hEMBER DEPARTMENTS, FOLLOWED BY LEAD-IN PERFORMANCES SUCH AS TAEKWONDO, FENCING, SKIPPING, ROLLER SKATING, SKATE BOARDING AND CYCLING. THE AUDIENCE WAS THEN TREATED TO SONGS AND DANCES BY FAMOUS SINGERS INCLUDING ELIZA CHAN, ANITA MUI, LESLIE CHEUNG AND STEPHEN CHANG.

THE MOST ATTRACTIVE AND EXCITING PART OF THE PROGRAMME WAS THE +BUMP-BUMP-CART HOCKEY COMPETITION*, +AMERICAN FOOTBALL MATCH* AND +THE GREAT RESCUE* IN WHICH MANY ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS PERSONALITIES TOOK PART. THE OVERALL CHAMPION TEAM OF THE THREE GAMES RECEIVED A TROPHY FROM MRS AKERS-JONES.

THE VARIETY SHOW WILL BE SCREENED ON TVB JADE ON SATURDAY (JULY 9) AT 9.35 PM.

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YOUTHS TOLD OF HIGHER DEATH RATE FROM SMOKING # # # *

THE DEATH RATE AMONG PEOPLE WHO START TO SMOKE BEFORE THE AGE OF 15 IS INCREASED BY TWO TO THREE TIMES THAT OF NON-SMOKERS, THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, MR GEOFFREY BARNES, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR BARNES SAID THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS OF LONDON REPORTED THAT ABOUT 80 PER CENT OF CHILDREN WHO SMOKE REGULARLY CONTINUE TO DO SO WHEN THEY GROW UP AND THAT THE EARLIER IN LIFE A PERSON STARTS TO SMOKE REGULARLY THE GREATER IS THE RISK OF EARLY DEATH.

MR BARNES WAS OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF AN INTER-SCHOOL +SMOKING CONTROL* POSTER DESIGN EXHIBITION AT THE OCEAN TERMINAL MAIN CONCOURSE IN HIS CAPACITY AS CHAIRMAN OF THE ANT I-SMOKING PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN STEERING COMMITTEE.

THE EXHIBITION, WHICH LASTS FOR TWO DAYS, IS THE FIRST OF THREE DISPLAYS ORGANISED BY THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB SECRETARIAT OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AS PART OF THE GOVERNMENT’S ANTISMOKING PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN.

THE OTHER TWO EXHIBITIONS WILL BE HELD IN TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL IN MID-JULY AND AT THE LANDMARK IN EARLY AUGUST.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT TODAY’S OPENING CEREMONY WERE THE DEPUTY CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS, MRS LOUISE MOK, AND SENIOR MEDICAL AND HEALTH OFFICER, DR S.C. LEUNG.

MR BARNES ADVISED YOUNG PEOPLE, PARTICULARLY CHILDREN, NOT TO START SMOKING.

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♦WHEN YOU REMEMBER THAT TOBACCO SMOKING IS A FORM OF DRUG DEPENDENCE DIFFERENT FROM, BUT NO LESS STRONG THAN, THAT OF OTHER ADDICTIVE DRUGS, THE MESSAGE WHICH EMERGES IS CLEAR: YOUR CHANCES OF A HEALTHY AND LONGER LIFE ARE MUCH BETTER IF YOU NEVER START TO SMOKE IN THE FIRST PLACE,+ HE SAID.

TALKING ABOUT THE REASONS WHY PEOPLE START TO SMOKE, MR BARNES SAID THAT A SURVEY CONDUCTED IN 1981 IN HONG KONG INDICATED THAT BY FAR THE MAJORITY PICKED UP THE HABIT EITHER FROM FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS OR AS A RESULT OF CURIOSITY.

♦THE PRESSURE ARE OFTEN PARTICULARLY STRONG ON YOUNG PEOPLE WHO OFTEN WANT TO APPEAR MORE MATURE IN THEIR BEHAVIOUR, OR WHO DO NOT WANT TO SEEM UNADVENTUROUS TO THEIR FRIENDS, OR WHO ARE NATURALLY CUR I OUS,♦ HE ADDED.

MR BARNES POINTED OUT THAT THE MAIN DANGER YEARS FOR THIS TYPE OF EXPERIMENTATION SEEMED TO BE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 10 AND 15.

HE WENT ON TO SAY THAT IT WOULD BE WRONG TO TRY TO PUT THE BLAME ENTIRELY ON THE CHILDREN THEMSELVES.

♦YOUNG PEOPLE, AFTER ALL, LEARN FROM THEIR ELDERS, AND IN THE MATTER OF SMOKING ARE ALSO SUBJECTED TO INFLUENCES THROUGH PED IA ADVERTISING, THROUGH THE SPONSORSHIP BY TOBACCO COMPANIES OF SPORTING EVENTS, AND FROM THE EXAMPLES SET BY PUBLIC FIGURES,♦ M? BARNES SAID.

♦THE INFLUENCE OF PARENTS AND TEACHERS ARE PROBABLY AMONGST THE STRONGEST, AND I WISH TO MAKE A SPECIAL APPEAL TO THEM TO UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT YOUNG PEOPLE SHOULD NOT PICK UP THE SMOKING HABIT.

♦THE GOOD EXAMPLES PARENTS AND TEACHERS CAN SET THEMSELVES WILL NOT ONLY GUIDE CHILDREN ALONG A PATH TO A HEALTHIER AND LONGER LIFE, BUT WILL ALSO ENABLE THEM TO WITHSTAND BETTER THE PRESSURE TO START SMOKING FROM FRIENDS AND CLASSMATES IN SCHOOL.♦

HE STRESSED THAT THE AIM MUST BE TO ENSURE THAT THE IMAGE CHILDREN OBTAINED OF SMOKING + IS NOT SOMETHING WHICH IS GROWN UP, SOPHISTICATED AND GLAMOROUS, BUT SOMETHING WHICH IS IMITATIVE, UNATTRACTIVE, UNHEALTHY AND UNNECESSARY+.

♦IF OUR CHILDREN CAN BE TAUGHT HOW TO SAY ’NO’ WHEN IT COMES TO SMOKING, THE HONG KONG OF TOMORROW WILL BE A HEALTHIER PLACE,♦ MR BARNES CONCLUDED.

ON DISPLAY AT THE EXHIBITION ARE 40 PRIZE WINNING POSTER DESIGNS AND 36 OTHERS OF MERIT, CHOSEN FROM 1 100 ENTRIES FROM SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG.

COPIES OF THE WINNING DESIGNS HAVE BEEN SENT FOR DISPLAY AT THE FIFTH WORLD CONFERENCE ON SMOKING AND HEALTH TO BE HELD FROM JULY 10 TO 15 IN WINNIPEG, CANADA.

THE EXHIBITION WILL CONTINUE UNTIL 4 PM TOMORROW. ADMISSION IS FREE.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 1983

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UN OFFICIAL VISITS CHI MA WAN * * *

THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES’ DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION, MR PAUL-MICHEL NEG IB MOUSSALLI, TODAY VISITED REFUGEES LIVING IN THE CHI MA WAN CLOSED CENTRE.

HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY MR RICHARD HIGGINBOTTOM, ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES; MR CLINTON LEEKS, PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR SECURITY (REFUGEES); AND UNHCR OFFICIALS.

MR MOUSSALLI LATER FLEW BY HELICOPTER TO STANLEY, WHERE HE WAS l€T BY THE COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR THOMAS GARNER.

HE THEN VISITED THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE AND ITS NEWLY OPENED EXTENSION, AND SAW OFFICERS UNDERGOING TRAINING.

AFTER LUNCH AT THE DEPARTMENT'S OFFICERS’ CLUB IN STANLEY, bR MOUSSALLI WENT TO THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT FOR TALKS WITH SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ABOUT THE REFUGEE SITUATION HERE.

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60 BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN MAY XXX

SIXTY NEW BUILDING PLANS WERE APPROVED BY THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IN MAY THIS YEAR, COMPARED WITH 63 IN MAY LAST YEAR AND 39 IN APRIL THIS YEAR.

OF THESE NEW PLANS, 27 WERE FOR NEW BUILDINGS ON HONG KONG ISLAND, NINE FOR KOWLOON AND 24 FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THEY INCLUDE A MARKET AND CLINIC IN TAI PO ROAD, A SCHOOL EXTENSION IN KWAI SHING CIRCUIT, KWAI CHUNG, A CARE AND ATTENTION HOME FOR YAN CHAI HOSPITAL AND AN EXTENSION FOR POK 01 HOSPITAL.

THE DECLARED COST OF ALL THESE NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED DURING THE MONTH WAS $482.7 MILLION, COMPARED WITH $704.9 MILLION IN MAY LAST YEAR.

THE USABLE FLOOR AREA TOTALS 193 974.5 SQUARE METRES, COMPRISING 164 431.0 SQUARE METRES OF NON-DOMESTIC AND 29 543.5 SQUARE METRES OF DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA.

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE ALSO GAVE CONSENT FOR WORK TO START ON 43 PROJECTS. THEY INCLUDE A SCHOOL EXTENSION IN WONG MA KOK ROAD AND A MEDICAL REHABILITATION CENTRE AT SANDY BAY.

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ALTOGETHER, 47 OCCUPATION PERMITS WERE ISSUED FOR NEWLY-COMPLETED BUILDINGS IN MAY.

THEY COMPRISE A POWER STATION IN WONG NAI CHUNG GAP ROAD, A HOME FOR THE AGED AT THE JUNCTION OF KUNG LOK ROAD AND HONG LEE ROAD IN KWUN TONG, AN ELECTRICITY SUBSTATION AT THE JUNCTION OF CONTAINER PORT ROAD AND KWAI HONG STREET IN KWAI CHUNG AND AN INDOOR SPORTS AND COMMUNITY CENTRE IN TUEN MUN.

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE THIS MONTH ALSO GAVE PERMISSION FOR 40 BUILDINGS TO BE DEMOLISHED.

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U.K.-INDONESIA AIR TALKS TO BE HELD

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MR TREVOR THORPE, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION, WILL BE GOING ON A SHORT LEAVE FROM TOMORROW. HE WILL RESUME OFFICE ON SEPTEMBER 2.

DURING HIS ABSENCE, MR N. LATHAM, WILL ACT AS DEPUTY DIRECTOR.

WHILE IN LONDON, MR THORPE WILL REPRESENT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT IN AIR SERVICES TALKS BETWEEN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND INDONESIAN AERONAUTICAL AUTHORITIES.

THE TALKS ARE TO BEGIN ON JULY 18, AND ARE A CONTINUATION OF THE LAST ROUND OF DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN THE TWO PARTIES HELD IN JAKARTA IN MAY.

CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS HAS A LONG STANDING REQUIREMENT FOR ACCESS TO BALI AND THE OPPORTUNITY WILL BE TAKEN TO SEEK THE NECESSARY TRAFFIC RIGHTS, A CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

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YOUTH HEALTH PROJECT UNDERWAY M * * *

YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ARE BEING GIVEN A CHANCE TO SHOW THEIR TALENTS IN COMPETITIONS TO PROMOTE GOOD HEALTH.

ORGANISED BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, THE ADOLESCENT HEALTH PROJECT FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL COMPRISE PHOTOGRAPHIC, POSTER DESIGN AND ESSAY COMPETITIONS.

THE PROJECT IS A PILOT SCHEME TO AROUSE INTEREST IN ADOLESCENT HEALTH AND TO PROMPT YOUNGSTERS TO ACQUIRE POSITIVE HEALTH HABITS.

THE SHA TIN HEALTH EDUCATION CENTRE, WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CONDUCTING THE PROJECT, BEGAN SENDING OUT ENTRY FORMS THROUGHOUT THE NEW TERRITORIES LAST MONTH.

THE PHOTOGRAPHIC CONTEST IS DIVIDED INTO TWO SECTIONS - A JUNIOR SECTION FOR YOUTHS UNDER 15 YEARS OF AGE, AND A SENIOR SECTION FOR THOSE BETWEEN 16 AND 20 YEARS.

THE POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION IS DESIGNED FOR CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 10 AND 14 AND FOR YOUTHS BETWEEN 15 AND 19.

PRIZES WORTH FROM $200 TO $500 WILL BE AWARDED TO WINNERS OF THE DIFFERENT SECTIONS IN BOTH COMPETITIONS.

THE ESSAY COMPETITION IS DIVIDED INTO PRIMARY SCHOOL AND SECONDARY SCHOOL SECTIONS.

STUDENTS FROM PRIMARY 5 AND PRIMARY 6 ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE PRIMARY SCHOOL SECTION. STUDENTS FROM FORM 1 TO FORM 3 MAY ENTER THE JUNIOR SECTION OF THE SECONDARY SCHOOL SECTION, WHILE STUDENTS FROM FORM 4 TO FORM 6 MAY JOIN THE SENIOR SECTION.

PRIZES FOR THE ESSAY COMPETITION WILL BE WORTH FROM $100 TO $500.

ALL WINNING ENTRIES WILL BE DISPLAYED AT A MAJOR EXHIBITION IN OCTOBER THIS YEAR.

PARTICIPANTS SHOULD GIVE THEIR NAME, AGE, SEX, TELEPHONE MJMBER, ADDRESS, NAME OF SCHOOL AND CLASS ATTENDED AND SEND ALL ENTRIES TO THE SHA TIN HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT AT LEK YUEN HEALTH CENTRE, 2ND FLOOR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30.

FURTHER DETAILS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE SHA TIN HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT OR NO. 0-633211 EXT. 213.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 1983

BOARD TO DISCUSS DEVELOPMENT PLANS * * * *

LAYOUT PLANS FOR VILLAGE TYPE DEVELOPMENT IN PAK KONG AND JUNK BAY WILL BE TABLED FOR DISCUSSION AT THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD MEETING ON FRIDAY (JULY 8) MORNING.

REFUSE

AT THE MEETING. MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE BRIEFED ON THE PROPOSED PUBLIC LIGHT BUS TERMINUS, BUS BAY, ZEBRA CROSSING AND ROAD WIDENING AT PAK SHA WAN AND A LOADING AND UNLOADING AREA AND A REFUSE COLLECTION POINT AT FUNG ON VILLAGE.

THEY WILL ALSO GIVE THEIR VIEWS ON EXTENDING THE SCHEME TO HANG HAU AND RENNIE’S MILL. AT PRESENT THE IS BEING HELD IN SAI KUNG TOWN CENTRE ONLY.

MEET-THE-PUBLIC

WEEKLY SESSION

ON THE REPORT

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA WILL INCLUDE BRIEFINGS

HONG KONG LAW SOCIETY’S FREE LEGAL ADVICE SCHEME, THE _v

♦A PERSPECTIVE ON EDUCATION IN HONG KONG+ AND PROGRESS REPORTS BY

THE VARIOUS COMMITTEES.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE SAI K^G _ DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AT 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 8) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE BOARD’S SECRETARIAT ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF AMOY PLAZA,

77 NGAU TAU KOK ROAD, KOWLOON.

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EDUCATION DIRECTOR PRAISES BRITISH COUNCIL * * *

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT OWED A GREAT DEAL TO THE BRITISH COUNCIL FOR RUNNING COURSES FOR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS OF ENGLISH, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR COLVYN HAYE, SAID TODAY.

MR HAYE WAS PRESENTING GRADUATION CERTIFICATES TO PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS WHO HAD ATTENDED THE MOST RECENT REFRESHER TRAINING COURSE LASTING 12 WEEKS.

REFRESHER COURSES FOR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY TEACHERS STARTED FOUR YEARS AGO WHEN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE BRITISH COUNCIL COLLABORATED IN AN AMBITIOUS PROGRAMME OF RETRAINING. THERE WAS A COMMON REALISATION THAT THE KEY TO BETTER ENGLISH IN TEACHING LAY IN RETRAINING TEACHERS OF ENGLISH IN LOCAL SCHOOLS.

THE FIRST PILOT COURSE FOR 25 TEACHERS HAS BEEN EXPANDED BY 330 PER CENT AND TO DATE 750 PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS AND ABOUT 650 SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS HAVE ATTENDED BRITISH COUNCIL COURSES.

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PAYING TRIBUTE TO THE BRITISH COUNCIL, THE DIRECTOR SAID THAT THE NEWLY ESTABLISH’D INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION WOULD CARRY THE BURDEN OF TEACHER RETRAINING IN FUTURE YEARS BUT THAT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WOULD CONTINUE TO WORK VERY CLOSELY WITH THE BRITISH COUNCIL IN THIS VITAL FIELD.

+WHAT WE DO IS COMPLEMENTARY,* MR HAYE EXPLAINED. *BUT WE SHALL CONTINUE TO RELY ON THE COUNCIL FOR VITAL INPUT, RESEARCH AND SUPPORT IN THE YEARS AHEAD,* HE ADDED.

+THE GOVERNMENT IS HAPPY TO PAY FOR THE SERVICES OF THE COUNCIL UNTIL IT IS ABLE TO UNDERWRITE ALL TEACHER RETRAINING IN LANGUAGE.+

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PROPERTY TAX

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A PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE THE NEW PROPERTY TAX ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE HELD AT 4 PM ON FRIDAY (JULY 8) IN THE GIS THEATRE, FIFTH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, CENTRAL.

PRESENT WILL BE THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE, MR VICTOR LADD, AND THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER, MR ANTHONY AUYEUNG.

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

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STREET TO BE REOPENED

X X X

KWAI YUE STREET BETWEEN KWAI HEI STREET AND KWAI TAI ROAD IN KWAI CHUNG WILL BE RE-OPENED TO ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 8).

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MORETON TERRACE, BETWEEN TUNG LO WAN ROAD AND CAUSEWAY ROAD, WILL BE DESIGNATED AS AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 8).

UNDER THE ARRANGEMENT, ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES

WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS FROM 7 AM TO 12 MID-NIGHT DAILY.

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WATER MAINS WORK

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO ALL PREMISES AND VILLAGES IN SHAM TSENG AND TSING LUNG TAU WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 10 PM ON SATURDAY (JULY 9) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JULY 7, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SLR PHILIP VISITS E AND M SERVICES ............................. 1

GOVERNOR'S PRESS OFFICER ....................................... 1

NEW APPOINTMEKTS ANNOUNCED ..................................... 1

NEW TEST SYSTEM WON'T LOWER STANDARD ........................... 2

$68M RECLAMATION CONTRACT SIGNED ............................... 3

OWNERS REMINDED ABOUT VEHICLE EXAMINATION ...................... 3

EMPLOYMENT SURVEY UNDERWAY...................................... 4

JOGGING PATH FOR TSUEN WAN ..................................... 5

AMBULANCE CALLS HIT NEW PEAK ................................... 6

SHORT-TERM LAND TENANCY AVAILABLE .............................. 6

RESIDENTS' POTTERY ON DISPLAY .................................. 7

BUILDING CONSIDERED DANGEROUS .................................. 7

MODEL PEDESTRIANS AND DRIVERS CHOSEN ........................... 8

SEMINAR FOR CHEMISTRY TEACHERS ................................. 9

NEW PHONE NUMBER FOR HOSPITAL................................... 9

STREET SWEEPING - FOR CHARITY................................... 9

YOUTH CHOIR TO GIVE FIRST CONCERT ............................. 10

THURSDAY, JULY 7, 1983

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SIR PHILIP VISITS E AND M SERVICES * * *

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, TODAY VISITED THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

ARRIVING AT THE DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS IN CAROLINE HILL ROAD, SIR PHILIP WAS MET BY THE DIRECTOR OF ELECTRICAL AND hECHANICAL SERVICES, MR GRAHAM OSBORNE.

SIR PHILIP WAS THEN BRIEFED ON THE WORK OF THE DEPARTMENT DURING WHICH HE MET THE ACTING DEPUTY DIRECTOR, MR M.J. HUTTON? THE GOVERNMENT ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEER (PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT), MR MIAO CHI; THE ACTING GOVERNMENT ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEER (WORKS AND SERVICES), MR ARTHUR OLIVIER AND THE DEPARTMENTAL SECRETARY, MR IAN YOUNG.

THE CHIEF SECRETARY THEN TOURED THE DEPARTMENT’S CAROLINE HILL COMPLEX AND VISITED THE DRAWING OFFICE, MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL PLANT SECTIONS, THE VEHICLE WORKSHOPS, THE APPRENTICE TRAINING SCHOOL AND OTHER SECTIONS WHERE HE WAS SHOWN SOME ASPECTS OF THE WORK OF THE DEPARTMENT AND DURING WHICH HE MET AND SPOKE TO A NUMBER OF THE STAFF.

FOLLOWING THE TOUR SIR PHILIP HAD A DISCUSSION WITH SENIOR OFFICERS OF THE DEPARTMENT. DURING HIS TWO AND A HALF HOURS VISIT THE CHIEF SECRETARY SHOWED KEEN INTEREST IN THE DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF THE WORK OF THE DEPARTMENT.

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GOVERNOR'S PRESS OFFICER ' * » * *

HR Y.P. CHENG. THE GOVERNMENT CHIEF INTERPRETER, AND MR PETER TSAO, DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SERVICES, WILL TRAVEL VITM TRE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, TO PEKING NEXT WEEK. MR TSAO WILL SERVE AS THE GOVERNOR'S PERSONAL PRESS OFFICER.

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NEW APPOINTMENTS ANNOUNCED O M X * *

THE GOVERNOR HAS APPOINTED DR KIM Y.S. CHAM AND DR VICTOR K.K. FUNG AS MEMBERS OF THE STANDING COMMISSION ON CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE WITH EFFECT FROM JULY 1, 1983. THE APPOINTMENT IS FOR A PERIOD OF TWO YEARS.

DR CHAM IS AN APPOINTED MEMBER OF THE URBAN COUNCIL AND WAS RECENTLY ELECTED THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF THE HONG KONG COMMODITY EXCHANGE LTD. DR FUNG IS THE GROUP MANAGING DIRECTOR OF LI AND FUNG LTD AND IS SERVING ON A NUMBER OF GOVERNMENT BOARDS INCLUDING THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION.

IT IS ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT MR JOHN L. SOONG, OBE HAS RETIRED FROM THE STANDING COMMISSION ON JULY 1, 1983 AFTER SERVING AS A MEMBER SINCE JANUARY 1979.

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NEW TEST SYSTEM WON’T LOWER STANDARD

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THE ADOPTION OF A MORE ♦COMMON SENSE+ APPROACH TO DRIVING LICENCE ROAD TESTS WILL NOT LEAD TO ANY LOWERING OF STANDARDS, THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR COLIN PRISTON, SAID TODAY.

AT PRESENT, TESTING IS CARRIED OUT BY USING A CHECKLIST CF FAULTS. ONCE A CERTAIN TOTAL IS PASSED THE CANDIDATE IS AUTOMATICALLY FAILED.

THIS SYSTEM IS +A LITTLE TOO RIGID*, HE SAID.

♦A PERSON MIGHT BE A SAFE DRIVER BUT THE ’TICK SYSTEM’ FEANT THAT THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR ANY LEEWAY TO TAKE A COMMON SENSE DECISION TO GIVE HIM, OR HER A LICENCE.*

A TRIAL TEST SYSTEM TO RUN FOR THREE MONTHS FROM JULY 15 WILL ONLY FAIL A CANDIDATE IF SERIOUS FAULTS ARE INDICATED. OTHER MISTAKES WILL STILL BE LISTED AND TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION IN THE PASS-FAIL DECISION.

♦THE REQUIRED STANDARD WILL CERTAINLY NOT BE LOWERED,♦ SAID MR PRISTON. ♦THERE IS NO SUGGESTION THAT PEOPLE WILL HAVE THINGS ANY EASIER DURING THE TESTS. WE ARE JUST ATTEMPTING TO REMOVE SOME OF THE RIGIDITY IN ASSESSMENTS.♦

IT IS HOPED THAT THE PROPORTION OF CANDIDATES WHO PASS THEIR DRIVING TEST WILL INCREASE FROM THE PRESENT 15 PER CENT TO A RATIO CLOSER TO THE LEVEL IN OTHER NATIONS AROUND THE WORLD.

CANDIDATES WILL NOW BE TOLD SHORTLY AFTER THEY HAVE COMPLETED THEIR TEST WHETHER OR NOT THEY HAVE FAILED INSTEAD CF HAVING TO WAIT ABOUT 10 DAYS TO BE NOTIFIED BY POST.

THE DEPARTMENT DEFINES A SERIOUS FAULT IN A TEST AS ONE WHICH INVOLVES EITHER IMMEDIATE OR POTENTIAL DANGER ON THE ROAD AND/OR MANOEUVRES THAT ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE.

MINOR FAULTS ARE MISTAKES SUCH AS FAILURE TO SELECT CORRECT GEAR FIRST TIME.

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THURSDAY, JULY 7, 1983

S68M RECLAMATION CONTRACT SIGNED *****

THE CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT AWARDED A S68-MILLION CIVIL ENGINEERING CONTRACT TO UNIVERSAL DOCKYARD LTD TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE CONTRACT WAS SIGNED BY MR ANTHONY FUNG, ACTING GOVERNMENT CIVIL ENGINEER AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE COMPANY.

WORK ON THE CONTRACT INVOLVES THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 1 230-METRE SEAWALL AND THE RECLAMATION OF ABOUT 16 HECTARES OF LAND OFF THE NORTHERN SHORE OF STONECUTTERS ISLAND.

THE RECLAIMED LAND WILL BE USED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PROPOSED SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS WHICH IS TO SERVE THE NORTH WESTERN PART OF KOWLOON.

WORK ON THE CONTRACT WILL TAKE ABOUT FOUR YEARS TO COMPLETE.

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OWNERS REMINDED ABOUT VEHICLE EXAMINATION X X X X X

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT REMINDED GOODS VEHICLE OWNERS TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT ALL GOODS VEHICLES MANUFACTURED IN 1972 AND 1973, WITH LICENCES THAT EXPIRE ON OR AFTER JUNE 30, THIS YEAR WILL BE REQUIRED TO UNDERGO EXAMINATION.

VEHICLES MANUFACTURED BEFORE 1972 WHICH HAD UNDERGONE INSPECTION PREVIOUSLY WERE EXEMPTED FROM EXAMINATION FROM JULY 1, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE KOWLOON BAY VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRE AT 2 CHEUNG YIP STREET IS NOW ACCEPTING EXAMINATION APPOINTMENTS FROM VEHICLE OWNERS.

APPOINTMENT FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM ALL LICENSING OFFICES AND VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRES OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT. ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE ON 3-7597505.

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EMPLOYMENT SURVEY UNDERWAY

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT IS NOW CONDUCTING A SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL IN MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY.

THE SURVEY COVERS ABOUT 137 OOO ESTABLISHMENTS DRAWN FROM VARIOUS SECTORS, INCLUDING THE INDUSTRIAL AND THE SERVICES SECTORS, WITH FULL ENUMERATION OF ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE WHOLESALE, RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS.

QUESTIONNAIRES WERE MAILED LAST MONTH TO INDIVIDUAL BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENTS AND REMINDERS ARE NOW BEING SENT TO ESTABLISHMENTS THAT HAVE NOT RESPONDED TO THE INITIAL QUESTIONNAIRES.

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS ORDER 1982 (LEGAL NOTICE NO. 69 OF 1982, GAZETTED ON MARCH 5, 1982), ESTABLISHMENTS RECEIVING QUESTIONNAIRES ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AND RETURN THEM TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WITHIN THE SPECIFIED PERIOD, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT EXPLAINED.

INFORMATION IS BEING SOUGHT ON THE NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED AND EXISTING VACANCIES ON JUNE 30, 1983 IN EACH ESTABLISHMENT.

SOME 10 000 ESTABLISHMENTS HAVE BEEN SELECTED FROM THE SAMPLE AND WILL BE ASKED ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON PAYROLL IN EACH OF THE THREE MONTHS DURING THE REFERENCE PERIOD OF APRIL - JUNE 1983.

ESTABLISHMENTS ENGAGED IN THE WHOLESALE, RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR WILL ALSO BE ASKED TO PROVIDE INFORMATION ON THE MAJOR KIND OF BUSINESS ACTIVITIES DURING THE PAST 12 MONTHS.

SHOULD RESPONDENTS FIND DIFFICULTIES IN COMPLETING THE FORMS, THEY ARE WELCOME TO CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT FOR ASSISTANCE AT THE FOLLOWING TELEPHONE NUMBERS (PRINTED AT THE BACK OF THE SURVEY FORMS) i-

5-436551 5-444301 5-455661 5-455668

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JOGGING PATH FOR TSUEN WAN * * * * *

A JOGGING PATH IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE OPENED WITH FANFARE ON SATURDAY (JULY 9) MORNING.

THE FU YUNG PATH IS A CIRCULAR ROUTE OF MORE THAN ONE KILOMETRE, CONNECTING MUDDY TRACKS AROUND THE FU YUNG SHAN AREA. IT WILL PROVIDE ADDITIONAL RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR THE RESIDENTS.

THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, MR ALAN SCOTT. WHO IS PRESIDENT OF THE AMATEUR ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION; THE DISTRICT OFFICER (TSUEN WAN), MISS ELAINE CHUNG AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD’S RECREATION AND SPORTS COMMITTEE, ffi CHAU HOW-CHEN, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AT ID AM.

ALSO PRESENT WILL BE THE FIRST AND SECOND RUNNERS-UP AND MISS FRIENDSHIP OF THE MISS HONG KONG CONTEST, MR VITALITY AND MISS VITALITY, AND OTHER TELEVISION PERSONALITIES.

THE JOGGING PATH RUNS ALONG A NUMBER OF SCENIC SPOTS AND OFFERS, ALONG MOST OF THE WAY, A PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE NEW TOWN.

BUILT AT A COST OF $160 000 AND FUNDED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE PATH TOOK FOUR MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

PRIOR TO THE OPENING CEREMONY, A JOGGING COMPETITION WILL BE HELD.

NOTE TO EDITORS;

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE FU YUNG PATH AT 10 AM ON SATURDAY (JULY 9) AT THE ROTARY PAVILION ON FU YUNG SHAN, TSUEN WAN.

TWO GOVERNMENT VEHICLES WILL LEAVE THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE IN FOU WAH CENTRE, 210 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, AT 9.15 AM, TAKING PRESS MEMBERS TO THE ROTARY PAVILION.

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AMBULANCE CALLS HIT NEW PEAK

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THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) RESPONDED TO A RECORD NUMBER OF 1 002 AMBULANCE CALLS RECEIVED IN A 24-HOUR PERIOD.

♦THIS REPRESENTED AN AVERAGE OF ABOUT 42 CALLS RECEIVED EVERY HOUR BY THE DEPARTMENT,* A SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 978 CALLS WAS SET IN FEBRUARY 28 THIS YEAR AT THE FIRE SERVICES COMMUNICATION CENTRE, HE SAID.

THE NUMBER OF AMBULANCE CALLS HAS BEEN INCREASING STEADILY IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

♦IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR, THE AMBULANCE COMMAND RESPONDED TO 148 037 CALLS, COMPARED WITH 134 355 DURING THE SIMILAR PERIOD IN 1982, AN INCREASE OF APPROXIMATELY 10.4 PER

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SHORT-TERM LAND TENANCY AVAILABLE ******

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS NOW INVITING TENDERS FOR A SHORT-TERM TENANCY OF A SITE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE SITE AT FUNG YAU STREET, YUEN LONG, IS PUBLIC CAR PARK. IT HAS AN AREA OF ABOUT 2 238

FOR A FEE-PAYING SQUARE METRES.

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

THE DEADLINE FOR THE ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERS IS NOON ON JULY 22.

TENDER FORMS, NOTICES AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, AND TENDER PLAN INSPECTED AT THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, PURVEY DIVISION, HJRRAY BUILDING 5TH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG; THE DISTRICT LANDS OFF ICE.KOWLOON WESTKOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 10TH FLOOR 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON; AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, YUEN LONG, YUEN LONG DISTRICT BRANCH OFFICE, CASTLE PEAK ROAD, YUEN LONG, NEW TERRITORIES.

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A THREE-WEEK POTTERY EXHIBITION, FEATURING MORE THAN 50 ITEMS MADE BY RESIDENTS IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT, WILL BE HELD FROM TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE EXHIBITS WILL INCLUDE WORKS BY LOCAL PROFESSIONAL AND AMATEUR ARTISTS AND SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS.

ORGANISED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT ARTS AND CULTURE ASSOCIATION AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE EXHIBITION IS AIMED AT PROMOTING FINE ARTS IN THE DISTRICT.

IT WILL BE OPEN DAILY FROM 10 AM TO 8 PM AT THE EXHIBITION HALL OF THE NEW ABERDEEN MARKET COMPLEX.

ADMISSION IS FREE.

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BUILDING CONSIDERED DANGEROUS * * * *

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY DECLARED A SINGLE STOREY BUILDING, NO. 50 LOK LO HA, SHA TIN TO BE IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION AND A SIMILAR BUILDING NO. 49 LOK-LO HA LIABLE TO BECOME DANGEROUS.

IN A STATEMENT ISSUED THIS MORNING THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THAT THESE SINGLE STOREY BUILDINGS, CONSTRUCTED WITH LOAD-BEARING WALLS AND TIMBER ROOF WERE INSPECTED FOLLOWING A COMPLAINT OF PARTIAL COLLAPSE OF THE ROOF OF NO. 50.

IT IS CONSIDERED THAT THERE IS A SERIOUS RISK OF COLLAPSE.

NO. 49 WHICH SHARES A COMMON WALL WITH NO. 50 WOULD NOT SAFELY WITHSTAND THE DEMOLITION OF NO. 50.

IT IS, THEREFORE, NECESSARY TO CLOSE AND DEMOLISH THESE BUILDINGS,♦ HE SAID.

ACCORDINGLY NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS IN NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT COURT, TSUEN WAN, AT 9.30 AM ON AUGUST 4, 1983 WERE POSTED TODAY.

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MODEL PEDESTRIANS AND DRIVERS CHOSEN

TWENTY-SIX CIVIC-MINDED RESIDENTS IN WONG TAI SIN HAVE BEEN SELECTED AS MODEL PEDESTRIANS AND DRIVERS FOR EXERCISING GREAT CARE ON THE ROADS.

THE SELECTIONS WERE PART OF THE DISTRICT’S THREE-MONTH ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN WHICH STARTED IN EARLY JUNE.

FUNDED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AT $30 000, THE CAMPAIGN IS TO DRIVE HOME THE MESSAGE THAT +ROAD ACCIDENTS WRECK LIVES* AND TO EDUCATE THE RESIDENTS TO BE MORE CAREFUL ON THE ROADS.

AN ORGANISING COMMITTEE, COMPRISING MEMBERS FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE POLICE, HAD BEEN FORMED TO PLAN THE EDUCATIONAL AND PUBLICITY PROGRAMMES ON ROAD SAFETY

A CROSS-WORD PUZZLE, A SLOGAN COMPETITION AND A PHOTO CONTEST HAVE.SINCE BEEN HELD IN THE DISTRICT. AND IN THE NEXT TWO MONTHS THERE WILL BE MOBILE FILM SHOWS IN TSZ WAN SHAN AND MORSE PARK ' OA*n CACCTV CYUIDITIAHC AT TUC UAH. tai s|n and ch HUNG ’

AND ROAD SAFETY EXHIBITIONS AT THE

MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY STATIONS.

WONG TAI

OTHER PROGRAMMES WILL INCLUDE

A MOBILE

_____________________________________________ ROAD SAFETY TOWN TO BE STAGED AT THE CHOI WAN ESTATE PODIUM FOR EIGHT DAYS STARTING JULY 10, AND FOR ANOTHER TWO WEEKS AT THE CHOI HUNG ESTATE BEGINNING AUGUST 7.

CAPTAIN SAFETY WILL POSE FOR A DRAWING COMPETITION AT MORSE PARK ON JULY 17. THE EVENT IS ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT YOUTH RECREATION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE.

ON SUNDAY (JULY 10), A PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY, TO BE FOLLOWED BY A TWO-HOUR VARIETY SHOW JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND A LOCAL TELEVISION STATION, WILL BE HELD AT 2.30 PM IN THE CHOI WAN ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR PHILIP CHOK, THE POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR KEITH TIDEY, AND DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER AND CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MRS PAULINE NG, WILL ATTEND THE CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORS*

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY AND THE VARIETY SHOW OF THE WONG TAI SIN ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN AT 2.30 PM ON SUNDAY (JULY 10) IN THE CHOI WAN ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE.

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SEMINAR FOR CHEMISTRY TEACHERS * * * *

MORE THAN 300 CHEMISTRY TEACHERS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS WILL TAKE PART IN A TWO-DAY SEMINAR ON FUELS, PETROLEUM REFINING AND COMBUSTION OF FUELS AT KEI CHI MIDDLE SCHOOL ON SATURDAY AND NEXT SATURDAY.

JOINTLY ORGAINSED BY THE HONG KONG CHEMICAL SOCIETY AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE SEMINAR IS TO INTRODUCE TO TEACHERS THE SOURCES OF FUELS, THE NEW TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES IN PETROLEUM REFINING, THE IMPORTANCE OF FUELS IN DAILY LIFE AND THE POLLUTION PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH THE USE OF FUELS.

THE SEMINAR WILL INCLUDE ILLUSTRATED TALKS, DISCUSSION SESSIONS AND PRACTICAL DEMONSTRATIONS.

KEI CHI MIDDLE SCHOOL IS SITUATED AT 20 SHU I NING STREET, KWUN TONG, KOWLOON.

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NEW PHONE NUMBER FOR HOSPITAL X * * *

A NEW TELEPHONE EXCHANGE - NO. 3-7102111 - WILL COME INTO OPERATION AT QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL FROM SATURDAY (JULY 9).

IN-COMING CALLS THROUGH THE OLD NUMBER - 3-840111 - WILL, MEANWHILE, STILL BE RECEIVED, A MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

HE ADDED, HOWEVER, THAT THE OLD AND NEW TELEPHONE EXCHANGES WILL BE OPERATING SIMULTANEOUSLY ONLY UNTIL AUGUST 9, WHEN THE NEW PABX SYSTEM WILL BECOME FULLY OPERATIONAL AT THE HOSPITAL.

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STREET SWEEPING - FOR CHARITY * * *

'SWEEPING FOR GOLD’ -- A FUND-RAISING CLEAN-UP OPERATION — WILL BE LAUNCHED IN WAN CHAI ON SATURDAY (JULY 9) MORNING.

STARTING AT 9 AM, MORE THAN 200 STUDENTS FROM THE HONG KONG WAH YAN COLLEGE WILL CLEAN SIX ENVIRONMENTAL BLACKSPOTS IN THE DISTRICT. FOR EACH BAG OF RUBBISH COLLECTED, A SUM OF MONEY WILL BE DONATED BY LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS.

THE MONEY RAISED WILL BE DONATED TO THE COMMUNITY CHEST OF HONG KONG.

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THE FUND-RAISING OPERATION IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE, HONG KONG WAH YAN COLLEGE, THE DISTRICT CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE AND THE WAN CHAI URBAN SERVICES OFFICE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WISHING TO COVER THE EVENT SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT 9 AM ON SATURDAY (JULY 9) AT THE SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND.

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A YOUTH CHOIR HAS BEEN FORMED IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN TO PROMOTE YOUNG PEOPLE’S INTEREST IN MUSIC AND TO DEVELOP THEIR MUSICAL TALENTS WITH PROPER TRAINING.

FORMED IN JANUARY THIS YEAR, THE 53-MEMBER CHOIR WILL GIVE ITS FIRST CONCERT AT 8 PM ON THURSDAY (JULY 14) AT THE CITY HALL CONCERT HALL,

THE CONCERT WILL FEATURE A MIXED CHORUS, GIRLS CHORUS, BOYS CHORUS, GIRLS ENSEMBLE, MEZZO SOPRANO SOLO, VIOLIN SOLO AND BRASS ENSEMBLE.

THE CONDUCTORS WILL BE MISS JANE YUNG, MISS VIVIAN CHIH, MR YUEN BUN-KEUNG AND MR RICHARD TSANG. THE SOPRANO SOLO WILL BE BY MISS LEE BING, THE VIOLIN SOLO BY MR KWAN LAP HOK AND AT THE PIANO WILL BE MISS CHAE MAN-WA.

TICKETS AT $5, $10 AND $15 ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE CITY HALL BOX OFFICE.

A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THEY WERE PLANNING TO EXPAND THE CHOIR TO 100 MEMBERS AND THAT MORE TRAINING COURSES AND SEMINARS WOULD BE ORGANISED.

+IT IS HOPED THAT THE CHOIR WILL PLAY AN ACTIVE ROLE IN FUTURE DISTRICT FUNCTIONS AND TERRITORY-WIDE EVENTS,* HE SAID.

THE CHOIR IS BEING FINANCED BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD AND IS UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE DISTRICT ASSOCIATION FOR CULTURE AND ARTS.

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THURSDAY, JULY 7, 19 8X

GOVERNOR MEETS PRESS ON RETURN FROM LONDON TALKS * * * *

THE FOLLOWING IS THE TRANSCRIPT OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE GIVEN BY H.E. THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, ON HIS RETURN FROM LONDON, JULY 7, 1983, AT THE VIP PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM, KAI TAK AIRPORT, HONG KONG.

H.E.8 GOOD MORNING, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I THINK YOU ALL KNOW THE MAIN LINES OF WHAT WE HAVE BEEN DOING AND FOR THOSE WHO DON’T PERHAPS I SHOULD RECAP THAT WE HAVE JUST SPENT A FEW DAYS IN LONDON. I WENT A DAY EARLY IN ORDER TO SEE MINISTERS AND I SAW THE FOREIGN SECRETARY AND MR LUCE ON FRIDAY; THEN MY UNOFFICIAL COLLEAGUES CAME AND WE SPENT SOME TIME OVER THE WEEKEND IN PREPARATION FOR MEETINGS WHICH WE ALL HAD WITH THE FOREIGN SECRETARY AND WITH THE PRIME MINISTER ON MONDAY.

THEN ON TUESDAY, WE HAD SOME QUITE LONG DISCUSSIONS WITH MR LUCE AFTER LUNCH, AND IN THE EVENING WE GAVE A RECEPTION ON WHICH I AND THE UNOFFICIALS WERE ABLE 'TO MEET QUITE A LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE, PARTICULARLY MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT, QUITE A NUMBER OF MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT CAME ALONG AND MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION, AND OTHER MINISTERS AND FORMER MINISTERS WHO HAVE BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH HONG KONG, OR WHO HAVE AN INTEREST IN HONG KONG. SO IN QUITE A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME, WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SEE THE NEW MINISTERS IN THE FOREIGN OFFICE, THE PRIME MINISTER AND QUITE A CROSS-SECTION OF PEOPLE FROM PARLIAMENT AND BUSINESS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN HONG KONG. I THINK YOU WILL ALL HAVE SEEN THE ANNOUNCEMENT WHICH WAS MADE AT THE END OF OUR TALKS AND SO I NEEDN’T REPEAT THAT TO YOU, AND I THINK ALL I NEED DO AT THIS STAGE IS SAY WHO WOULD LIKE TO ASK A QUESTION?

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QUESTION: COULD YOU SAY WHETHER THE ISSUE OF SOVEREIGNTY HAS BEEN RESOLVED BECAUSE HERE IN HONG KONG WE HAVE VARIOUS SPECULATIONS IN THE PRESS THAT BRITAIN IS QUITE WILLING TO GIVE UP SOVEREIGNTY, BUT AFTER YOUR TALKS WITH MRS THATCHER, COULD YOU TELL US WHAT EXACTLY IS HAPPENING ON THAT ISSUE?

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H.E.: WELL, I THINK PERHAPS I HAD BETTER MAKE QUITE A GENERAL STATEMENT AT THE BEGINNING, WHICH IS, I KNOW OF ALL THIS SPECULATION WHICH IS GOING ON IN THE PRESS AND THE SPECULATION ABOUT POSITIONS WHICH HAVE BEEN TAKEN UP AND WHICH HAVE NOT BEEN TAKEN UP, BUT WE HAVE SAID, AND I REPEAT AGAIN, THAT THE TALKS ARE CONFIDENTIAL AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO COMMENT ON INDIVIDUAL PRESS STORIES. THE GENERAL SPECULATION IS NOT AN ACCURATE ACCOUNT OF THE POSITION, AND THE REASON I MAKE THIS STATEMENT THIS MORNING IS THAT AS YOU ALL KNOW, I SHALL BE GOING TO PEKING NEXT WEEK AND I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THAT WILL LEAD TO ANOTHER WIDE SERIES OF STORIES ABOUT POSITIONS AND WHAT IS HAPPENING. NOW, IT IS NOT GOING TO BE POSSIBLE IF WE ARE GOING TO CONDUCT CONFIDENTIAL TALKS, TO COMMENT ON INDIVIDUAL ISSUES.

QUESTION: HOW WILL THE SECOND ROUND OF TALKS DIFFER FROM THE PREVIOUS ONE?

H.E.: WELL, I THINK THE PHRASE WHICH THE FOREIGN OFFICE USED IN DESCRIBING THEM THE OTHER DAY WAS + A NEW AND MORE DETAILED PHASE+, BUT AS I SAID IN MY TALK ON TELEVISION AT THE END OF MAY, WE HAVE NOT DISTINGUISHED SUBSTANTIVELY BETWEEN THE VARIOUS STAGES OF THE TALKS. I THINK THE ONE WAY IN WHICH IT IS GOING TO DIFFER IS THAT I SHALL BE THERE ON TUESDAY, WHEREAS I HAVEN’T BEEN THERE BEFORE.

QUESTION: CAN YOU TELL US WHY YOU’RE GOING TO PEKING, AND WHOM YOU WILL BE REPRESENTING THERE?

H.E.: I CAN CERTAINLY TELL YOU WHY I’M GOING TO PEKING, IT WAS IN THE ANNOUNCEMENT IF YOU READ IT. I’M GOING TO PEKING TO TAKE PART IN THE TALKS, AND WHAT I SHALL BE DOING THERE IS THIS: I THINK THE CONTRIBUTION I CAN MAKE TO THE TALKS IS FAIRLY CLEAR. I HAVE A VERY DIRECT EXPERIENCE OF HOW HONG KONG WORKS, I HAVE A VERY DIRECT KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT PEOPLE IN HONG KONG ARE SAYING THEY WANT, AND I THINK I CAN ALSO SAY WITHOUT UNDUE MODESTY THAT I HAVE BEEN IN THE DIPLOMATIC BUSINESS FOR THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AND IN REGULAR CONTACT WITH HONG KONG FOR A PERIOD SLIGHTLY LONGER THAN THAT, SO I THINK THAT IS THE CONTRIBUTION WHICH I CAN MAKE TO THE PEKING TALKS.

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QUESTIONS: CAN YOU SUM UP THE SORT OF VIEWS, THE UNOFFICIALS’ VIEWS, WHICH HAS BEEN PRESENTED TO THE PRIME MINISTER AS THE SORT OF GENERAL FEELINGS OF THE PEOPLE IN HONG KONG? WHAT SORT OF FUTURE DO THEY WANT?

H.E.: WELL, WHEN WE WENT TO SEE THE PRIME MINISTER, ALTHOUGH I CAN’T SAY OF COURSE, IN DETAIL THE CONTENT OF OUR TALKS WITH HER, I THINK WHAT THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WANT HAS BEEN VERY CLEARLY DEMONSTRATED AND AGAIN, I HAVE REFERRED TO IT ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS. WHAT THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG ARE SAYING I THINK FAIRLY CLEARLY, IS THAT THEY ATTACH GREAT IMPORTANCE TO THEIR LIFESTYLE, TO THEIR FREEDOM TO COME AND GO AND I THINK I SAID IN A PREVIOUS STATEMENT +TO DO THEIR OWN THING+ AND THEY ARE LOOKING FOR CONTINUITY, AND THOSE WERE THE VIEWS WE REPRESENTED TO MINISTERS IN LONDON. THE OTHER THING WAS, THERE WAS OF COURSE THE QUESTION OF THE STATE OF CONFIDENCE IN HONG KONG AND I THINK WE WERE ABLE TO TELL THEM THAT PEOPLE IN HONG KONG ARE LOOKING FOR PROGRESS IN THE TALKS, AND THAT THEY HAVE TAKEN SOME ENCOURAGEMENT FROM THE FACT THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT HAVE INVITED TO COME TO LONDON THIS DELEGATION OF UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS, AND DURING THAT VISIT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT MADE CLEAR VERY STRONGLY THE IMPORTANCE WHICH THEY ATTACH TO TAKING THE ADVICE OF EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, AND IT IS A FAIRLY DRAMATIC EVENT I THINK, THAT ALL THE UNOFFICIALS OF EXECUTIVE COUNCIL SHOULD GO TO LONDON FOR THAT PURPOSE. B'JT THE SECOND THING IS, I THINK PEOPLE IN HONG KONG HAVE TAKEN SOME ENCOURAGEMENT THAT THE SECOND PHASE OF THE TALKS WILL NOW BEGIN IN PEKING AND WE REPRESENTED THAT TO PEOPLE IN LONDON.

QUESTION: DO YOU FEEL SIR, THAT THE DELEGATION YOIL TOOK WAS REPRESENTATIVE OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG?

H.E.: +YES+ IS THE SHORT ANSWER TO THAT, AND PERHAPS I MIGHT ELABORATE A LITTLE BIT ON IT. I THINK THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL IS REPRESENTATIVE BOTH BECAUSE OF ITS COMPOSITION AND THE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN IT, AND BECAUSE IT TAKES WITH IT NOT ONLY ITS OWN VIEWS BUT THE VIEWS OF A VERY WIDE RANGE OF PEOPLE IN HONG KONG. I THINK YOU ALL KNOW THAT BEFORE WE LEFT LAST WEEK, THERE WAS A LONG DISCUSSION BETWEEN THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AND MYSELF, AND ALL THE OTHER UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. AND BEFORE THAT MEETING TOOK PLACE, THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HAD ALL HAD WIDE CONTACTS IN HONG KONG AT ALL LEVELS - DISTRICT BOARDS, URBAN COUNCIL, THEIR OWN PROFESSIONAL ORGANISATIONS AND SO ON, SO YOU ARE DEALING WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE A WIDE KNOWLEDGE OF HONG KONG, WHO HAVE A WIDE RANGE OF CONTACTS IN HONG KONG AND WHO ARE FULLY COMPETENT TO REPRESENT THOSE VIEWS TO THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT.

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QUESTION: IF CHINA WERE TO TAKE BACK HER SOVEREIGNTY OVER HONG KONG FOR ONE DAY, SAY FOR EXAMPLE, HOW MANY MORE YEARS AT LEAST YOU WOULD THINK THAT HONG KONG SHOULD BE UNDER THE BRITISH FLAG IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN THE PROSPERITY AND STABILITY OF HONG KONG?

H.E.: I THINK YOU’RE SPECULATING WAY DOWN THE LINE, IF I MAY SAY SO. (LAUGHTER)

QUESTION: THE STOCK MARKET HAS RESPONDED VERY POSITIVELY TO THE NEWS OF THE TALKS RESTARTING- WOULD YOU SAY THAT THIS MOOD, SOME HAVE DESCRIBED IT AS ♦EUPHORIA*, IS WELL FOUNDED?

H.E.: I CERTAINLY WOULDN’T CALL IT EUPHORIA: I THINK IT IS INDEED AN ENCOURAGING DEVELOPMENT. YOU SAY THEY HAVE RESTARTED, THAT’S NOT WHAT THE ANNOUNCEMENT SAID, THE ANNOUNCEMENT SAID THAT THE SECOND PHASE WOULD BEGIN.

QUESTION: YOU ARE GOING TO STAY IN PEKING A FEW MORE DAYS BEFORE AND AFTER THE TALKS IN PEKING, OR WHAT?

H.E.: NO, I’M GOING TO PEKING THIS TIME FOR THE TALKS AND THEN I SHALL COME BACK DIRECTLY AFTER THE TALKS, BUT THAT IS OF COURSE ONLY THE BEGINNING PHASE AND IT’S ONLY THE FIRST IN A NUMBER OF VISITS WHICH I EXPECT TO MAKE.

QUESTION: BUT ARE YOU GOING TO STAY FOR A FEW MORE DAYS?

H.E.: THIS TIME, NO. I WOULDN’T MIND A HOLIDAY, I MUST ADMIT. (LAUGHTER)

QUESTION: DO YOU THINK THAT THE BRITISH DELEGATION WILL REPRESENT THE INTERESTS AND WILL OF THE HONG KONG PEOPLE IN THE TALKS', AND DO YOU THINK THERE ARE CONFLICTS BETWEEN THE WILL OF THE HONG KONG PEOPLE AND THE WILL OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT?

H.E.: NO, I THINK WHAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT MADE QUITE CLEAR IS THAT WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR AND THE PHRASE WILL BE FAMILIAR TO ALL OF YOU, THEY ARE LOOKING FOR A SETTLEMENT WHICH IS ACCEPTABLE NOT ONLY TO BRITAIN AND CHINA, BUT TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, SO I SEE NO CONFLICT BETWEEN THE AIMS OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT AND THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.

QUESTION: SIR, WHO REPRESENTS THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG IN THESE TALKS, YOU DIDN’T ANSWER MY QUESTION WHEN I SAID +WHO DO YOU REPRESENT*?

H.E.: I REPRESENT - I AM THE GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG.

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QUESTION: DO YOU REPRESENT THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG?

H.E.: INDEED I REPRESENT THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, WHO ELSE WOULD I REPRESENT?

QUESTION: CHINA SAYS THAT IT DOESN’T WANT...........

H.E.: I DON’T THINK WE CAN HAVE A DEBATE PETER, I THINK WE’LL HAVE SOME QUESTIONS.

QUESTION: GOVERNOR, DID THE EXCO DELEGATION ALSO OFFER OTHER SUGGESTIONS IN ADDITION TO THE OPINIONS OF THE PEOPLE HERE?

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QUESTION: DID THE DELEGATION ALSO OFFER OTHER SUGGESTIONS IN BRITAIN IN ADDITION TO WHAT THEY HAVE DONE, I MEAN WHAT THEY HAVE OR YOU HAVE JUST SAID ABOUT THEIR REPRESENTING THE PEOPLE’S VIEWS HERE?

H.E.: NO, THE PURPOSE OF THEIR VISIT WAS TO REPRESENT TO THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT THE VIEWS OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.

QUESTION: CAN YOU TELL ME WHETHER YOU SEE A LARGER ROLE FOR EXCO IN FUTURE CONSULTATIONS WITH THE HONG KONG PEOPLE?

H.E.: I DON’T THINK THERE’S ANY QUESTION OF THE PEOPLE IN EXCO LOSING TOUCH WITH THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG. THE ONE THING ABOUT HONG KONG IS THAT IT IS NOT A VERY LARGE PLACE, AND THEY ARE IN TOUCH WITH A VERY WIDE -AT LEAST, THE WHOLE OF EXCO IS IN TOUCH WITH A VERY WIDE RANGE OF PEOPLE ALL THE TIME, SO I SEE NO PROSPECT --

QUESTION: DO YOU SEE A BIGGER.ROLE OF EXCO IN FUTURE?

H.E.: NO, I THINK THE ROLE WHICH THEY ARE ALREADY PLAYING IS A VERY CLOSE ONE AND THERE IS A CLOSE AND CONTINUING CONSULTATION. WE HAVE ALREADY REACHED THAT STAGE.

QUESTION: THE CHIEF SECRETARY SAID A NUMBER OF MONTHS AGO, THAT ANY STATEMENTS ON THE DETAILS OF THE TALKS BETWEEN BRITAIN AND CHINA AND YOURSELF WOULD BE MADE IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. WHEN CAN THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG LOOK FORWARD TO SOME SORT OF STATEMENT FROM YOURSELF OR THE CHIEF SECRETARY IN LEGCO ON DETAILS OF THE TALKS?

H.E.: WELL, WE HAVEN’T YET REACHED THAT POINT. I THINK ALL THAT HAS HAPPENED SO FAR, THE ONLY STATEMENT THAT HAS BEEN MADE IS THE OPENING OF THE NEW AND SECOND PHASE, SO WE HAVEN’T YET REACHED THAT POINT AND I WOULDN’T WANT TO SPECULATE ON WHEN WE WOULD.

QUESTION: HOW LONG WILL THE SECOND ROUND OF TALKS LAST AND AT THE END OF THE TALKS WILL THERE EE ANY ANNOUNCEMENT MADE?

H.E.: I CAN’T PREDICT THAT AT THE PRESENT MOMENT, WE’RE ONLY JUST STARTING THEM ON TUESDAY, SO I THINK IT WOULD 3E FOOLISH OF ME TO PREDICT HOW LONG THE NEXT PHASE WOULD LAST.

QUESTION! THE TALKS ARE ONLY FOR ONE DAY, RIGHT?

H.E.: NO, NO, IT ISN’T ONLY A ONE-DAY EVENT, THAT IS THE BEGINNING OF THE NEW PHASE AND I WOULD EXPECT TO BE GOING FROM TIME TO TIME.

QUESTION! IS THE PROBLEM OF FINDING AN ACCEPTABLE SOLUTION AS DIFFICULT AS IT EVER WAS SIR EDWARD, OR DO BOTH SIDES NOW HAVE A MUCH BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF EACH OTHER’S POSITION?

H.E.: I THINK THAT DURING THE FIRST PHASE EACH SIDE HAS ACHIEVED A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF EACH OTHER’S POSITION.

QUESTION! DO YOU KNOW WHETHER MRS THATCHER MAY LATER THIS YEAR VISIT BEIJING AND WHEN, AND WHETHER RICHARD LUCE WILL BE JOINING THE TALKS?

H.E.i I’M NOT EXPECTING A VISIT BY THE PRIME MINISTER TO PEKING. RICHARD LUCE SAID IN HIS MESSAGE TO US THAT HE WAS HOPING TO COME EARLY AND WE’VE HAD A TALK WITH HIM ABOUT WHEN HE MIGHT COME, AND I THINK HE’LL BE WITH US PROBABLY IN THE EARLY AUTUMN.

QUESTION! IT IS SAID THAT YOU ARE GOING TO MEET WITH XU JIATUN BEFORE LEAVING FOR PEKING, WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU WILL BE TALKING WITH HIM ABOUT AT THAT TIME?

H.E.i WELL, SINCE I’M LEAVING'ON MONDAY THERE ISN’T VERY MUCH TIME. WE MIGHT GET IN A COURTESY CALL, BUT I WOULDN’T EXPECT TO HAVE A SUBSTANTIVE MEETING BEFORE I GO, BUT I WOULD OF COURSE BE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING HIM AT SOME LATER STAGE AFTER I GET BACK FROM PEKING.

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CONTENTS PAGE NO.

VISIT OF HRH THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH .............................. 1

XINHUA DIRECTOR CALLS ON GOVERNOR ............................... 1

FIRST HIGH-RISE DISTRICT COMPLEX OPENED ......................... 1

396M TRUNK ROAD SECTION CONTRACT SIGNED ......................... 3

NEW PROPERTY TAX LAWS EXPLAINED ................................. 4

THREEFOLD PAID SICK LEAVE RISE PLANNED........................... 5

NEV/ LAWS FOR ELECTRICAL TRADE PLANNED........................... 6

AIRPORT SHOP TENANCIES AVAILABLE .............................    8

TECHNICAL TEACHERS' COURSE OFFERED .............................. 8

VOLUNTEERS TO HELP BEAUTIFY WANG TAU HOM ........................ 9

NEW IMMIGRANTS TO LEARN ABOUT LABOUR MATTERS ................... 10

WAN CHAI ROAD CLOSURES .......................................   10

FREE VACCINATION FOR FISHERFOLK.....................•........... 11

SQUATTER LIVING CONDITIONS SURVEYED ............................ 11

BUILDING MANAGEMENT SEMINARS HELD .............................. 12

LIBRARIES PLAY A MORE ACTIVE ROLE .............................. 1?

MANY ACTIVITIES ORGANISED FOR YOUTHS ........................... 1^

POST OFFICE COUNTER MOVING ..................................... 1^

SWIMMING COMPETITION FOR YOUTHS ................................ 15

WATER LEAKAGE TEST ...........................................   15

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VISIT OF HRH THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH * * * *

THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH WILL VISIT HONG KONG FROM 1OTH - 12TH OCTOBER AS PRESIDENT OF WORLD WILD LIFE FUND INTERNATIONAL.

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, WHO WILL STAY AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE, WILL HAVE TALKS WITH THE COUNCIL OF WORLD WILD LIFE HONG KONG AND ATTEND A FUND-RAISING BALL ON OCTOBER 11.

DETAILS OF HIS PROGRAMME WILL BE ANNOUNCED NEARER THE TIME.

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XINHUA DIRECTOR CALLS ON GOVERNOR * * * *

MR XU JIATUN, NEWLY APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF XINHUA NEWS AGENCY (HONG KONG BRANCHj, PAID A COURTESY CALL ON THE GOVERNOR AT 4.30 PM TODAY.

MR XU WAS ACCOMPANIED BY MR LI JUSHENG, SECOND DIRECTOR, W LI CHUWEN, DEPUTY DIRECTOR, MR TAN GAN, VICE-CHIEF EDITOR, AND MR JI SHAOXIANG, FOREIGN AFFAIRS SECRETARY.

PRESENT ON THE HONG KONG SIDE WERE THE CHIEF SECRETARY HADDON-CAVE, THE POLITICAL ADVISOR MR ROBIN MCLAREN POLITICAL ADVISOR MR RICHARD MARGOLIS AND THE

SIR PHILIP THE DEPUTY GOVERNMENT

CHIEF INTERPRETER MR Y.P. CHENG

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THE OPENING OF THE ABERDEEN COMPLEX MARKS ANOTHER MILESTONE IN THE URBAN COUNCIL’S SERVICE TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, SAID TODAY.

AND IT REFLECTS THE COUNCIL’S MULTI-FUNCTIONAL ROLE IN LOCAL SOCIETY BY PROVIDING MODERN MARKETING, RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL FACILITIES UNDER ONE ROOF, HE ADDED.

SPEAKING AT THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE COMPLEX TODAY, SIR JOHN SAIDl ♦!« RECENT YEARS THE URBAN COUNCIL HAS BUILT MANY NEW MARKETS OR EXTENDED AND MODERNISED OLD ONES IN ORDER TO MEET THE PUBLIC DEMAND FOR MARKET FACILITIES.

♦THE ABERDEEN COMPLEX REPLACES THE OUTDATED ABERDEEN MARKET IN ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD AS THE LATTER CAN NO LONGER COPE WITH THE PRESENT DEMAND OF THE RESIDENTS IN THE AREA, NOR ABSORB MANY

ON-STREET HAWKERS.♦

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HE NOTED THAT APART FROM THE MARKET, THE COMPLEX ALSO HOUSES A DISTRICT LIBRARY, A CULTURAL CENTRE WHICH IS THE FIRST CULTURAL FACILITY ESTABLISHED BY THE COUNCIL IN THE DISTRICT, AND AN INDOOR GAMES HALL.

♦THE WIDE RANGE OF SERVICES AND FACILITIES AVAILABLE IN THIS BUILDING WILL NOT ONLY BENEFIT THE 85 000 PEOPLE LIVING IN THE TOWN AREA, BUT ALSO THOSE LIVING IN THE SURROUNDING DISTRICT,* SIR JOHN SAID.

IN HIS SPEECH, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL, MR HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, SAID THE SHORTAGE OF LAND HAS NOT DETERRED THE COUNCIL FROM PROVIDING RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL FACILITIES FOR THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.

♦IN FACT, IT IS THE COUNCIL’S POLICY TO UTILISE LAND TO THE MAXIMUM, PARTICULARLY BY THE CONSTRUCTION OF MULTI-PURPOSE COMPLEXES TO ACCOMMODATE CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL AND OTHER CITY SERVICES, AS WELL AS TO PROVIDE RETAIL MARKETING FACILITIES,♦ « SAID.

He SAID THAT SIMILAR COMPLEXES WILL BE EVENLY BUILT THROUGHOUT THE URBAN AREAS FOR THE USE AND ENJOYMENT OF RESIDENTS.

A-TER THE OPENING, SIR JOHN TOURED THE EIGHT-STOREY BUILDING AND LATER VIEWED AN EXHIBITION OF CERAMICS IN THE EXHIBITION HALL.

THE EXHIBITION IS JOINTLY PRESENTED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL, THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD AND THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT ARTS AND CULTURE ASSOCIATION.

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$96M TRUNK ROAD SECTION CONTRACT SIGNED * * * *

THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT TODAY AWARDED A $96-MILLION CONTRACT TO TOBISHIMA CORPORATION FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SECTION OF THE NEW TERRITORIES TRUNK ROAD FROM NORTH TAI PO TO LAM KAM ROAD.

THE CONTRACT WAS SIGNED THIS MORNING BY THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT, MR HAROLD BEATON, AND MR H. SASAKI, GENERAL MANAGER OF TOBISHIMA CORPORATION.

MR BEATON SAID THAT THE NEW SECTION OF ROAD WOULD FORM THE FINAL PART OF ROUTE I - FROM SHA TIN TO FANLING - WITHIN THE NEW TERRITORIES TRUNK ROAD SYSTEM.

WORK ON THE CONTRACT WILL INVOLVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A DUAL THREE-LANE CARRIAGEWAY OF ABOUT ONE AND A HALF KILOMETRES.

MR BEATON SAID THAT SINCE THE NEW CARRIAGEWAY PASSES THROUGH HILLY TERRAIN TO THE WEST OF TAI PO, THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO MAJOR VIADUCTS, EACH ABOUT 230 METRES IN LENGTH, IS ALSO INCLUDED IN THE CONTRACT.

THE WORK FORMS PART OF THE PROGRAMME TO UPGRADE THE NEW TERRITORIES TRUNK ROAD SYSTEM WH’CH IS SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED IN MID-1985 AT A COST OF ABOUT $2 000 MILLION.

♦OTHER SECTIONS OF THE TRUNK ROAD ON THE EASTERN SIDE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ARE ALREADY UNDER CONSTRUCT ION,+ MR BEATON SAID.

FROM SHA TIN TO ISLAND HOUSE THE TRUNK ROAD FOLLOWS THE EXISTING COAST AND WILL BE CONSTRUCTED MA I N.Y ON RECLAIMED LAND.

BETWEEN LAM KAM ROAD AND WO HOP SHEK THE TRUNK ROAD WILL FOLLOW THE LINE OF THE EXISTING TAI PO ROAD. THE INTERCHANGE NOW BEING BUILT AT WO HOP SHEK WILL CONNECT THE NEW ROAD WITH FANLING BY-PASS.

EVENTUALLY A DUAL CARRIAGEWAY WILL LINK FANLING TO AU TAU WITH THE ALIGNMENT FOLLOWING THE EXISTING CASTLE PEAK ROAD. INTERCHANGES WILL BE PROVIDED AS NECESSARY ALONG THE ROUTE AND WHERE MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS ARE INVOLVED.

♦THE NEW TERRITORIES TRUNK ROAD HAS BEEN DESIGNED AS A LIMITED ACCESS DUAL CARRIAGEWAY TO LINK THE NEW TOWNS NOW BEING DEVELOPED,♦ MR BEATON SAID. +IT WILL HAVE SERVICE ROADS AND CYCLE TRACKS WHERE THESE ARE NEEDED.+

THE SECTION OF THE TRUNK ROAD COVERED BY THIS CONTRACT HAS BEEN DESIGNED BY THE HIGHWAYS (NEW TERRITORIES) DIVISION AND THE STRUCTURAL DESIGN DIVISION OF THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE AND THE WORK WILL BE SUPERVISED BY THE HIGHWAYS (NEW TERRITORIES) DIVISION.

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NEW PROPERTY TAX LAWS EXPLAINED * * *

THE NEW PROPERTY TAX LAWS, WHICH PROVIDE THAT PROPERTY TAX WILL BE CHARGED BY REFERENCE TO THE ACTUAL NET RENTAL INCOME INSTEAD OF A NOTIONAL ASSESSABLE VALUE, WILL TAKE EFFECT THIS YEAR.

THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE, MR VICTOR LADD, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THIS NEW BASIS OF ASSESSMENT FOLLOWED THE GOVERNMENT’S ACCEPTANCE OF A RECOMMENDATION OF THE THIRD INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE REVIEW COMMITTEE.

THE OLD SYSTEM OF PROPERTY TAX WAS BASED ON AN ANNUAL VALUE RELATED TO NOTIONAL RENTS, AND ALTHOUGH MANY ASSESSMENTS DID EQUATE WITH THE ACTUAL RENTS, THERE WERE STILL NUMEROUS CASES WHERE THE ASSESSMENT EITHER EXCEEDED OR WAS LESS THAN THE ACTUAL RENT RECEIVED BY THE OWNER.

♦THIS WAS UNSATISFACTORY, BUT THE SYSTEM WAS TOLERATED BECAUSE OF ITS SIMPLICITY,♦ MR LADD SAID.

THE NEW SYSTEM INTRODUCED TWO MAJOR CHANGES WHICH WOULD OPERATE TO THE MUTUAL ADVANTAGE OF PROPERTY OWNERS AND THE GOVERNMENT, MR LADD POINTED OUT.

FIRSTLY, THE LIABILITY FOR PAYMENT OF PROPERTY TAX NOW FALLS SQUARELY ON THE LEGAL OWNER, PREVIOUSLY, THE DEMAND NOTE WAS ADDRESSED TO THE PERSON WHO PAID THE RATES.

SECONDLY, THE AMOUNT OF TAX TO BE PAID IS CALCULATED ON THE ACTUAL RENT RECEIVABLE BY THE OWNER IN RESPECT OF THE YEAR OF ASSESSMENT.

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MR LADD EMPHASISED THAT THE NEW SYSTEM MEANT THAT THE TAX LIABILITY WOULD BE RELATED TO THE OWNERS’ ACTUAL INCOME FROM THE PROPERTY, AND THUS IF NO INCOME WAS RECEIVABLE NO TAX WOULD BE PAYABLE.

THEREFORE, OWNER OCCUPIERS OR OWNERS OF VACANT PREMISES NO LONGER NEED TO MAKE SPECIFIC CLAIMS FOR EXEMPTION OR REFUND. THE ACTUAL INCOME RECEIVED COULD BE NOTIFIED TO THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE ON A SIMPLE RETURN FORM WHICH WOULD BE ISSUED EVERY APRIL TO OWNERS OF PREMISES POTENTIALLY LIABLE TO TAX.

SINCE THE AMOUNT OF PROPERTY INCOME RECEIVED IN ANY YEAR OF ASSESSMENT COULD NOT BE KNOWN WITH CERTAINTY UNTIL AFTER THE YEAR ENDED, THE AMOUNT OF PROPERTY TAX CHARGED WOULD BE ASSESSED ON A PROVISIONAL BASIS, MR LADD SAID.

♦ACCORDINGLY, DURING EACH YEAR OF ASSESSMENT AND COMMENCING WITH THE CURRENT YEAR 1983/84, PROVISIONAL PROPERTY TAX WILL FIRST BE DEMANDED,♦ HE ADDED.

ON RECEIPT OF THE TAX RETURN IN THE FOLLOWING YEAR, THE FINAL AMOUNT OF TAX WOULD BE ASSESSED.

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♦ANY TAX UNDER ASSESSED WILL THEN BE CALLED FOR, WHILE ANY TAX OVERPAID WILL BE USED IN PART SETTLEMENT OF THE NEXT YEAR’S PROVISIONAL PROPERTY TAX BILL,+ HE SAID.

MR LADD STRESSED THAT THE NEW LEGISLATION WAS DESIGNED TO PRODUCE A MORE EQUITABLE SYSTEM OF ASSESSMENT OF INCOME FROM THE OWNERSHIP OF PROPERTY.

THE AIM WAS NOT TO PRODUCE INCREASED YIELDS FROM PROPERTY TAX, ALTHOUGH THE EFFECT WOULD BE TO ENSURE THAT, IN FUTURE, PROPERTY TAX REVENUE WOULD MORE CLOSELY REFLECT THE PATTERN CF ACTUAL INCOME RECEIVED.

♦IT FOLLOWS THAT IN TIMES OF AN UPTURN IN MARKET TRENDS PROPERTY TAX YIELDS WILL INCREASE BUT WHEN RENTAL LEVELS FALL SO WILL THE YIELDS FROM PROPERTY TAX,+ HE SAID.

DEMAND NOTES FOR THE 1983/84 PROVISIONAL PROPERTY TAX WOULD BE ISSUED BETWEEN JULY 11 AND AUGUST THIS YEAR, WITH THE DUE DATES FOR PAYMENT FALLING BETWEEN NOVEMBER 1983 AND FEBRUARY NEXT YEAR,

THIS FOLLOWED THE DUE DATE PATTERN ADOPTED FOR PREVIOUS YEARS AND TAXPAYERS WOULD HAVE AMPLE TIME TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR PAYMENT, HE SAID.

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THREEFOLD PAID SICK LEAVE RISE PLANNED . KOK

THE GOVERNMENT IS PROPOSING TO INCREASE BY MORE THAN THREE TIMES THE AMOUNT OF PAID SICK LEAVE TO WHICH ALL MANUAL WORKERS AND THOSE EARNING LESS THAN $7 500 A MONTH MAY BE ELIGIBLE.

UNDER THE EXISTING EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE, A WORKER IS ENTITLED TO ONE DAY OF PAID SICK LEAVE FOR EVERY COMPLETED MONTH OF SERVICE AND MAY ACCUMULATE UP TO 36 DAYS PAID SICK LEAVE ENTITLEMENT.

AN AMENDMENT BILL PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY SEEKS TO INCREASE THIS ENTITLEMENT BY ALLOWING A WORKER TO EARN TWO DAYS PAID SICK LEAVE A MONTH IN THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF EMPLOYMENT AND TO EARN FOUR DAYS A MONTH AFTER THIS INITIAL PERIOD. THE LEAVE ENTITLEMENT MAY ALSO BE ACCUMULATED UP TO A MAXIMUM OF 120 DAYS.

OF THESE 120 DAYS, UP TO 90 MAY BE TAKEN IF THE WORKER DOES NOT REQUIRE HOSPITALISATION DURING HIS ILLNESS. IF THE WORKER HAS TO GO INTO HOSPITAL AT ANY TIME DURING AN ILLNESS LASTING MORE THAN 90 DAYS, A FURTHER DAY OF PAID SICK LEAVE IS GIVEN FOR EACH DAY HE SPENDS IN HOSPITAL, PROVIDED THAT THE TOTAL LENGTH OF PAID SICK LEAVE DOES NOT EXCEED 120 DAYS OR THE WORKER’S ACCUMULATED ENTITLEMENT IF THAT IS SHORTER.

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FURTHERMORE, DURING ANY PERIOD OF PAID SICK LEAVE, A WORKER MAY NOT BE DISMISSED BY HIS EMPLOYER UNLESS HE IS PAID WAGES IN LIEU OF NOTICE, AN ADDITIONAL SUM EQUAL TO SEVEN DAYS’ WAGES, AND THE SICKNESS ALLOWANCE TO WHICH HE WOULD HAVE BEEN ENTITLED DURING HIS ILLNESS. THE EMPLOYER WILL BE REQUIRED TO MAKE THESE PAYMENTS WITHIN SEVEN DAYS OF TERMINATING THE CONTRACT OR HE MAY BE FINED |5 000.

THE ALLOWANCE PAYABLE FOR THIS SICK LEAVE IS EQUIVALENT TO TWO-THIRDS OF THE WAGES A SICK EMPLOYEE WOULD HAVE RECEIVED HAD HE BEEN AT WORK, AND IS PAYABLE EITHER FOR THE PERIOD OF ACCUMULATED SICK LEAVE, OR FOR THE PERIOD OF LEAVE CERTIFIED AS NECESSARY BY A DOCTOR, IF THIS IS SHORTER.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE PROPOSAL, BY EXTENDING PAID SICK LEAVE TO UP TO FOUR MONTHS, WOULD PROVIDE A SAFEGUARD FOR WORKERS WHO MAY BE ILL FOR QUITE LONG PERIODS AND ARE UNABLE TO WORK. THE FASTER RATE FOR ACCUMULATING PAID SICK LEAVE ENTITLEMENT WOULD BE OF BENEFIT TO ALL WORKERS.

THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983 WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JULY 13 AND ITS THIRD READING IS EXPECTED ON JULY 27.

ANYONE WHO WISHES TO COMMENT ON THE BILL CAN WRITE TO UMELCO, AT SWIRE HOUSE, 12TH FLOOR, CHATER ROAD, OR TO THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, AT PRINCE’S BUILDING, ROOMS 1320-1323, CHATER ROAD, HONG KONG.

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NEW LAWS FOR ELECTRICAL TRADE PLANNED *****

RAISE THE STANDARDS OF THE ELECTRICAL TRADE

NEW LEGISLATION TO ...__ . _

AND TO ENHANCE PUBLIC SAFETY COULD BE ENACTED WITHIN THE NEXT TWO

2 !rector of ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES

MR GRAHAM OSBORNE, SAID TODAY.

AT THE MOMENT, HE SAID, THE GOVERNMENT WAS IN THE PROCESS OF ESTABLISHING ALL THE NECESSARY CONSULTATIVE MACHINERIES FOR THE PURPOSE OF DRAFTING THE NEW LEGISLATION.

MR OSBORNE WAS SPEAKING AT THE INAUGURATION OF THE NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE HONG KONG AND KOWLOON ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS’ ASSOCIATION.

HE RECALLED THAT SINCE THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD TAKE STEPS TO INTRODUCE NEW LEGISLATION TO ENHANCE PUBLIC SAFETY IN THE ELECTRICAL TRADE, HIS DEPARTMENT HAD RECEIVED REPRESENTATIONS AND QUERIES FROM VARIOUS ORGANISATIONS, CONTRACTORS AND INDIVIDUALS EXPRESSING THEIR CONCERN.

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♦SOME WORRIED ABOUT THEIR FUTURE CAREERS AND ENQUIRED ABOUT THE WAYS AND MEANS FOR REGISTRATION? SOME LIKE THE HONG KONG AND KOWLOON ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AND APPLIANCES TRADE WORKERS UNION, HAD PRESENTED THEIR VIEWS BOTH TO OUR DEPARTMENT AND TO THE PRESS WHILE QUITE A NUMBER OF CONTRACTORS AND INDIVIDUALS HAD ASKED TO BE LICENSED AND REGISTERED.+ HE SAID.

♦IT IS VERY REASSURING TO LEARN SUCH SUPPORT EXISTS, ESPECIALLY AS THESE SPONTANEOUS SUPPORTS ARE SO FREELY AND ABUNDANTLY EXPRESSED IN FAVOUR OF THE MANDATORY LICENSING AND REGISTRATION OF CONTRACTORS AND WORKERS ENGAGED IN THE TRADE.+

TURNING TO THE QUALITY OF ELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONS IN HONG KONG, MR OSBORNE SAID IT RANGED FROM THE VERY BEST TO THE VERY POOR.

HE PRAISED THE WORK QUALITY OF MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION, BUT ALSO SAID THAT THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR COMPLACENCY.

♦ELECTRICAL ACCIDENTS DO OCCUR AND FIRES DO HAVE AN ELECTRICAL ORIGIN,* HE SAID. +THEY BOTH HAPPEN FAR MORE FREQUENTLY THAN THEY SHOULD.♦

MR OSBORNE SAID THAT BECAUSE THE TRADE HAD PROBABLY ENJOYED THE FASTEST GROWTH OVER THE PAST TEN YEARS, IT WAS NOW DESPERATELY IN NEED OF TRAINED AND SKILLED CRAFTSMEN AND TECHNICIANS SO THAT INSTALLATIONS COULD BE COMPLETED MORE EFFICIENTLY, EFFECTIVELY AND SAFELY.

REGARDING THE LICENSING AND REGISTRATION ASPECTS OF THE FUTURE LAW, MR OSBORNE REASSURED MEMBERS THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD NOT GO AROUND BREAKING PEOPLE’S RICE-BOWLS.

♦IT IS PLANNED TO GIVE RECOGNITION TO PEOPLE WITH PROVEN EXPERIENCE EVEN IF THEY DO NOT HAVE THE ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS WHICH ONE WOULD NORMALLY EXPECT TO POSSESS,* HE SAID.

♦IT IS ALSO PLANNED THAT TRANSITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE MADE TO ALLOW CONTRACTORS AND WORKERS IN THE TRADE TIME TO GET LICENSED AND REGISTERED.*

IN PROPOSING THE NEW LEGISLATION, MR OSBORNE SAID, IT WAS NOT GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION TO LOOK FOR MORE INTERVENTION BUT, RATHER, JUST THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK WITHIN WHICH A POLICY OF EDUCATION, TRAINING, PREVENTION, SELF-REGULATION AND PROSECUTION COULD BE EFFECTIVELY IMPLEMENTED.

♦EDUCATION IS, OF COURSE, THE EFFORT TO GENERATE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE DANGER AND OF THE NEED AND WAYS TO AVOID IT-TRAINING IS ACCOMPLISHED THROUGH THE WORK OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL AND VOLUNTARY ACTIONS SUCH AS THAT TAKEN BY YOUR ASSOCIATION.

♦PREVENTION NEEDS A SET OF COMPREHENSIVE ENFORCEABLE REGULATIONS AND CONSTANT SURVEILLANCE AND GUIDANCE TO THOSE ENGAGED IN THE TRADE- SELF-REGULATION IS, OF COURSE, THE MAIN OBJECTIVE OF GOVERNMENT, AND PROSECUTION IS ONLY A DETERRENT AND THE LAST MOVE WHICH WE HOPE WE NEVER HAVE TO USE,+ MR OSBORNE

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AIRPORT SHOP TENANCIES AVAILABLE

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THE DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION TODAY (FRIDAY) INVITES TENDERS FOR THE TENANCIES OF TEN RETAIL SHOPS IN THE PUBLIC AREA OF THE EASTERN DEPARTURES HALL OF THE PASSENGER TERMINAL, HONG KONG NTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

THE TENANCIES WILL BE FOR AN INITIAL PERIOD CF 25 MONTHS, ANI WILL THEREAFTER BE SUBJECT TO ONE MONTH’S NOTICE 0- TERMINATION AS THE AREA WOULD EVENTUALLY BE REQUIRED FOR THE AIRPORT’S STAGE V DEVELOPMENT.

THE SHOPS HAVE BEEN DESIGNATED FOR A VARIETY OF TRADES, RANGING FROM THE SALE OF JEWELLERY, PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT TO PHARMACEUTICALS AND PUBLICATIONS.

DETAILS OF THE ITEMS OF GOODS WHICH MAY BE PUT ON SALE AND OTHER CONDITIONS AND REQUIREMENTS OF THE INDIVIDUAL TENANCIES ARE PROVIDED IN THE TENDER DOCUMENTS.

TENDERERS MAY TENDER FOR ONE OR MORE OF THE SHOP PREMISES BUT A SEPARATE TENDER MUST BE SUBMITTED IN RESPECT OF EACH SHOP SPACE.

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

COMPLETED TENDER 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, JULY 29, 1983.

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TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ * * *

COURSE OFFERED *

YOUNG PEOPLE PLANNING TO TEACH MAY NOW APPLY TO TAKE THE THREE-YEAR FULL-TIME TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COURSE BEING OFFERED BY THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE FROM SEPTEMBER.

THE COURSE IS DESIGNED TO TRAIN FORM V SCHOOL-LEAVERS WITH APPROPRIATE TECHNICAL/COMMERCIAL BACKGROUND TO BECOME QUALIFIED TEACHERS OF ♦DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY^ OR COMMERCIAL SUBJECTS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

THE CURRICULUM INCLUDES THEORY OF EDUCATION, EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, TEACHING METHODOLOGY, TEACHING PRACTICE IN SCHOOLS AND FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF SUBJECT MATTER IN +DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY+ OR COMMERCIAL SUBJECTS.

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INDUSTRIAL ATTACHMENT AND VISITS ARE ARRANGED TO PROMOTE STUDENT’S CONTACT WITH THE COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL ENVIRONMENT.

STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO PASS ALL COURSE WORK INCLUDING EXAMINATIONS AND TEACHING PRACTICE IN SCHOOLS BEFORE THEY GRADUATE.

FINANCIAL AID IS AVAILABLE ON APPLICATION, TO HELP STUDENTS TAKE UP THE PRE-SERVICE TRAINING.

APPLICATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE, 373 QUEEN’S ROAD, EAST, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG. COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE COLLEGE ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 12.

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VOLUNTEERS TO HELP BEAUTIFY WANG TAU HOM M * * * X

ABOUT 180 VOLUNTEERS WILL HELP BEAUTIFY WONG TAI SIN ON SUNDAY (JULY 10) - THE LAST PHASE OF A BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT THAT HAS BEEN HELD IN THE DISTRICT SINCE 1981.

THE VOLUNTEERS ARE FROM SECONDARY SCHOOLS, THE LOCAL AREA COMMITTEE, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, THE DISTRICT’S JUNIOR POLICE CALL, THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB, AND THE YOUTH GROUPS OF THE WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE.

STARTING AT 9 AM ON SUNDAY, THEY WILL HELP RESIDENTS OF WANG TAU HOM PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE I AND I I PLANT FLOWERS, COMPLETE TWO MURAL PAINTINGS ON SLOPES, PAINT COMMON PUBLIC FACILITIES AS WELL AS A FEW RESIDENTIAL UNITS OF ELDERLY PEOPLE CR THE DISABLED IN THE ESTATES:

FUNDED AND ORGANISED BY THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD, THE PROJECT HAD SINCE MAY 1981 BEEN HELD IN OTHER PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES IN THE DISTRICT, INCLUDING TUNG TAU, LOK FU, WANG TAU HOM I, TSZ WAN SHAN, AND UPPER AND LOWER WONG TAI SIN.

THE AIM WAS TO IMPROVE THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT IN THESE OLD PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES AND TO FOSTER A SENSE OF BELONGING BY INVOLVING LOCAL VOLUNTEERS IN THE PROJECT.

THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR PAUL WONG, DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS, AND HOUSING DEPARTMENT REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE PRESENT AT AN OPENING CEREMONY AT 9 AM AT THE OPEN SPACE IN FRONT OF WANG FAI HOUSE NEAR BLOCK 9 OF WANG TAU HOM PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE I.

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NEW IMMIGRANTS TO LEARN ABOUT LABOUR MATTERS * * * *

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A SEMINAR ON HONG KONG’S LABOUR SYSTEM WILL BE HELD IN DIAMOND HILL, WONG TAI SIN TOMORROW (SATURDAY) EVENING FOR THE DISTRICT’S NEW IMMIGRANTS.

ABOUT 150 RESIDENTS OF MAN KUK NEW VILLAGE AND TAI KOON NEW VILLAGE, WHO RECENTLY ARRIVED FROM CHINA, HAVE BEEN INVITED TO ATTEND THE SEMINAR.

THE AIM IS TO HELP THESE NEW IMMIGRANTS GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE LOCAL LABOUR LEGISLATIONS AND LABOUR MATTERS.

THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER OF WONG TAI SIN, MR STEPHEN FISHER, WILL CHAIR THE SEMINAR TO BE HELD IN AN OPEN GROUND IN MAN KUK NEW VILLAGE STARTING 8.30 PM.

A LABOUR DEPARTMENT REPRESENTATIVE WILL TALK ON WAGES, PAID ANNUAL LEAVE, SEVERANCE PAY, REST DAYS, STATUTORY HOLIDAYS, SICKNESS ALLOWANCE, MATERNITY LEAVE, TERMINATION OF CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT, AND CONTRACTS OF EMPLOYMENT.

SHORT FILMS ON LABOUR MATTERS WILL ALSO BE SHOWN TO THE PARTICIPANTS, TO BE FOLLOWED BY A QUIZ COMPETITION.

THE SEMINAR IS A PILOT SCHEME JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE NEIGHBOURHOOD ACTION-ADVICE COUNCIL, AND ASSISTED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

FURTHER SEMINARS ON OTHER ASPECTS WILL ALSO BE ORGANISED.

THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD HAD ALLOCATED $2 000 FOR TOMORROW’S SEMINAR.

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WAN CHAI ROAD CLOSURES

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FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JULY 11), THE DOWNHILL LANE OF STUBBS ROAD BETWEEN LINGNAN MIDDLE SCHOOL AND SHIU FAI TERRACE IN WAN CHAI WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT SIX WEEKS FOR WORK ON THE PAVEMENT.

DURING THE CLOSURE, TWO-WAY TRAFFIC WILL BE MAINTAINED ON THE REMAINING LANE.

CONGESTION IS EXPECTED ALONG STUBBS ROAD AND MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE ALTERNATIVE ROUTES SUCH AS VIA THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL.

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MEANWHILE, A SHORT SECTION OF HARBOUR ROAD NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH TONNOCHY ROAD IN WAN CHAI WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR THE FIRST SIX HOURS OF THE FOLLOWING DAYS FOR WORK ON A FOOTBRIDGE:

SUNDAY (JULY 10), MONDAY (JULY 11), TUESDAY (JULY 12), THURSDAY (JULY 14) AND FRIDAY (JUi_Y 15).

MOTORISTS WISHING TO REACH OR LEAVE THIS AREA MAY USE HARBOUR ROAD AND THE FLEMING ROAD FLYOVER.

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FREE VACCINATION FOR FISHERFOLK * * * *

HONG KONG’S FISHERFOLK ARE BEING ADVISED TO BRING THEIR CHILDREN FOR VACCINATION AGAINST VARIOUS CHILDHOOD INFECTIOUS DISEASES.

AN IMMUNISATION CAMPAIGN WILL BE CONDUCTED AT THE YAU MA TEI TYPHOON SHELTER ON SUNDAY (JULY 10) WHEN FREE VACCINATION WILL BE GIVEN TO CHILDREN IN THE FISHING COMMUNITY AGAINST SUCH DISEASES AS MEASLES, DIPHTHERIA, WHOOPING COUGH, TETANUS AND POLIOMYELITIS.

STAFF OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT WILL MAKE BOAT-TO-BOAT VISITS TO COVER ALL DWELLING BOATS IN THE SHELTER.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE CAMPAIGN WILL START AT AROUND 9 AM, AND URGED BOAT RESIDENTS TO STAY AT HOME FOR THE VACCINATION.

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SQUATTER LIVING CONDITIONS SURVEYED

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A SURVEY HAS BEEN CARRIED OUT ON THE LIVING CONDITIONS OF SQUATTERS FROM MORE THAN 400 HOUSEHOLDS IN ON LOK VILLAGE, SAU

MAU PING.

INFORMATION WAS SOUGHT ABOUT THE HEALTH CARE, FAMILY VOCATIONAL TRAINING AND OTHER NEEDS OF THE SQUATTERS.

IT IS HOPED AS A RESULT OF THE SURVEY TO BRING ABOUT IMPROVEMENTS IN THE AREA AND TO INTRODUCE RELEVANT SOCIAL FOR THE SQUATTERS.

PLANNING,

PHYSICAL PROGRAMMES

OFF ICE,

THE PROJECT WAS UNDERTAKEN BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT THE KWUN TONG COMMUNITY HEALTH PROJECT, THE FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG AND THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

A BRIEFING ON THE FINDINGS OF THE SURVEY WILL BE GIVEN TO THE PRESS BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR KEVIN MAK ON SUNDAY (JULY 10).

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ON THE SAME DAY, AN EXHIBITION AND CARNIVAL WILL BE HELD TO HELP INTEGRATE THE SQUATTER COMMUN TY WITH THE LOCAL COMMUNITY AND TO MAKE THEM AWARE OF THE WELFARE SERVICES AVAILABLE IN THE DISTRICT.

THE EXHIBITION AND CARNIVAL, TO BE HELD IN THE BASKETBALL COURT NEAR BLOCK U OF SAU MAU PI NG ESTATE, WILL FEATURE A ON FAMILY PLANNING, GAME STALLS, FREE HEALTH CAREER GUIDANCE AND QUIZ.

PHOTO DISPLAY CONSULTATION,

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BUILDING MANAGEMENT SEMINARS HELD *****

A SEMINAR ON PRIVATE BUILDING MANAGEMENT IS BEING HELD IN TSUEN WAN FOR OFFICE-BEARERS OF MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES (MAC’S) AND OWNERS CORPORATIONS (OC’S).

THE SEMINAR, ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, IS DIVIDED INTO TWO SESSIONS, THE FIRST OF WHICH WAS HELD AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL TONIGHT (FRIDAY).

THE SECOND SESSION WILL BE HELD ON JULY 15, ALSO AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL, STARTING AT 8 PM.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER AND CHAIRPERSON OF THE SEMINAR, MISS ELAINE CHUNG, SAID THE AIM OF THE SEMINAR WAS TO PROVIDE SOME BASIC KNOWLEDGE ON BUILDING MANAGEMENT TO PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE TASK.

SHE SAID PROBLEMS LIKE LAW AND ORDER, CLEANLINESS, MAINTENANCE OF PUBLIC FACILITIES AND MANAGEMENT OF COMMON AREAS, ALL SERIOUSLY AFFECTED THE ENVIRONMENT AND SECURITY CF THE BUILDINGS.

♦THERE HAVE BEEN GREAT IMPROVEMENTS TO THESE PROBLEMS THROUGH THE ABLE LEADERSHIP OF MAC CHAIRMEN AND COOPERATION OF THE RESIDENTS.

♦HOWEVER, SINCE MAC’S ARE NOT STATUTORY BODIES, THERE STILL LACKS A SATISFACTORY SOLUTION TO SOME OF THE PROBLEMS. THEREFORE THE DISTRICT OFFICE HAS BEEN ASSISTING MAC’S TO FORM OC’S, AND TO DATE«, 77 OC’S HAVE BEEN FORMED,♦ MISS CHUNG ADDED.

TOPICS DISCUSSED AT TONIGHT’S SESSION INCLUDED THE DUTIES AND POWERS OF A CORPORATION, DEEDS OF MUTUAL COVENANT, TRIBUNAL PROCEDURES ON SMALL CLAIMS, AND EFFECTIVE BUILDING MANAGEMENT.

TALKS ON THESE SUBJECTS WERE GIVEN BY REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE LAW SOCIETY OF HONG KONG, THE JUDICIARY AND THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT, FOLLOWED BY AN HOUR-LONG OPEN FORUM.

ON JULY 15 WHEN THE SECOND SESSION WILL BE HELD, TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION WILL INCLUDE SECURITY, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT AND FIRE PREVENTION WITH SPEAKERS FROM THE POLICE, NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES AND FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENTS.

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LIBRARIES PLAY A MORE ACTIVE ROLE * * * *

PUBLIC LIBRARIES ARE NOW ACTIVELY ATTRACTING READERS TO GO TO THEM THROUGH A HOST OF EXTENSION ACTIVITIES, INSTEAD OF WAITING PASSIVELY FOR THE READERS TO DROP BY.

THIS WAS SAID TODAY BY MR ALEX NG, CHIEF LIBRARIAN OF THE CULTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S NEW TERRITORIES PUBLIC LIBRARIES, AT THE PRIZE-PRESENTATION OF THE BOOKMARK DESIGN COMPETITION HELD AT KWAI CHUNG PUBLIC LIBRARY.

THESE EXTENSION ACTIVITIES INCLUDE VIDEO CASSETTE VIEWING, HI-FI CONCERTS, SUBJECT TALKS, INTEREST CLUBS AND FILM SHOWS.

MR NG SAID THAT A GREAT EXPANSION PROGRAMME IS UNDERWAY TO SATISFY THE NEED OF READERS AND THAT SEVEN TO EIGHT LIBRARIES WOULD BE OPENED IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WITHIN THE NEXT TWO YEARS.

AT PRESENT, THERE ARE ONE MOBILE AND 11 STATIC PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES. THE LATTER ARE LOCATED IN ALL DISTRICTS AS FAR AS TAI 0, CHEUN'G CHAU AND LAMMA ISLAND.

MR NG EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT STUDENTS WOULD VISIT THESE LIBRARIES MORE OFTEN DURING THE SUMMER VACATION TO JOIN THE EXTENSION ACTIVITIES SUCH AS THE CHILDREN’S LIBRARY WEEK WHICH WILL BE HELD IN ALL THE NEW TERRITORIES PUBLIC LIBRARIES FROM AUGUST 7 TO 13.

THE PROGRAMME FOR THE WEEK WILL INCLUDE SUBJECT TALKS, COLOURING COMPETITION, STORY TELLING, QUIZ AND FILM SHOWS.

AT THE PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY TODAY, MR NG PRESENTED PRIZES TO THE 12 WINNERS OF THE COMPETITION.

IN GROUP A (13 YEARS OF AGE OR ABOVE), TANG KWOK-YIN, CHAN KIN-HING AND CHAN WAI-MING RECEIVED THE FIRST THREE PRIZES. THE MERIT PRIZE WINNERS WERE TAM -OI-LIN, CHEA PING-HUNG AND LEUNG PO-HON.

THE THREE TOP PRIZES OF GROUP B (12 YEARS OF AGE OR BELOW) WERE AWARDED TO LEUNG LIN-SEE, TANG OI-YAN AND CHAN FUNG-LIN, WHILE THE MERIT PRIZES WENT TO LAW MING-WAI, LEE YU-FAN AND MAK SAU-LING.

THE BOOKMARK DESIGN COMPETITION, ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES PUBLIC LIBRARIES EARLIER IN THE YEAR, RECEIVED MORE THAN 2 000 ENTRIES.

MOST OF THE ENTRIES ARE ON DISPLAY AT KWAI CHUNG PUBLIC LIBRARY UNTIL JULY 15.

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MANY ACTIVITIES ORGANISED FOR YOUTHS X X X X

MANY ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN ORGANISED IN VARIOUS DISTRICTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS.

FOUR DISTRICTS, THE SOUTHERN, WAN CHAI, TSUEN WAN AND TUEN MUN, WILL TAKE THE LEAD IN LAUNCHING THEIR SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMES TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

ON SUNDAY, A TELEMATCH GAME BETWEEN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS WILL MARK THE START OF THE PROGRAMME IN TAI PO.

INCLUDED IN THIS YEAR’S PROGRAMMES ARE THOUSANDS ITEMS OF TRAINING COURSES, COMPETITIONS, COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS AND SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES HIGHLIGHTING THE THEME OF +BETTERING ONESELF THROUGH COMMUNITY SERVICE.*

THEY ARE BEING ORGANISED BY DISTRICT YOUTH RECREATION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEES WITH FUNDS FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB, DISTRICT OFFICES, DISTRICT BOARDS AND PRIVATE DONATIONS.

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POST OFFICE COUNTER MOVING

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THE COUNTER SECTION OF THE ABERDEEN POST OFFICE AT 31 TUNG SING ROAD IN ABERDEEN, WILL BE MOVED TO SHOP NO. 7 A ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF ABERDEEN CENTRE SITE ONE ON MONDAY (JULY 11) TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL ACCOMMODATION’FOR THE EXPANSION OF LETTER DELIVERY FACILITIES AT THE OLD OFFICE.

THE NEW PUBLIC COUNTER OFFICE WILL REPLACE THE COUNTER FACILITIES AT THE ABERDEEN POST OFFICE, THE COUNTER FACILITIES AT THE ABERDEEN POST OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED AFTER BUSINESS TOMORROW (SATURDAY) BUT POST OFFICE BOX FACILITIES WILL CONTINUE TO BE PROVIDED AT THE ABERDEEN POST OFFICE, THE POST MASTER GENERAL SAID TODAY.

THE TELEPHONE NUMBER OF THE NEW POST OFFICE IS 5-559960 AND THE EXISTING BUSINESS HOURS WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED.

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SWIMMING COMPETITION FOR YOUTHS * * *

A HONG KONG-WIDE SWIMMING COMPETITION FOR YOUNGSTERS OF DIFFERENT AGE GROUPS WILL START FROM SATURDAY WEEK, JULY 16.•

SCHOOL CHILDREN AND OTHERS AGED 17 AND BELOW SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR APPLICATIONS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

THE COMPETITION IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG AMATEUR SWIMMING ASSOCIATION, THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT, THE URBAN COUNCIL, THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE NEW TERRITORIES SCHOOLS SPORTS ASSOCIATION.

THE CONTESTS WILL BE HELD AT THE MORSE PARK, KWUN TONG, LI CHENG UK, KWAI SHING, SHA TIN AND YUEN LONG SWIMMING POOLS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ORGANISERS SAID THAT OUTSTANDING SWIMMERS FROM THESE COMPETITIONS WOULD BE CONSIDERED FOR SELECTION TO REPRESENT HONG KONG IN AN INTERPORT SCHOOL SWIMMING COMPETITION TO BE HELD IN MACAU LATER THIS YEAR.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM ALL THE DISTRICT OFFICES OF THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE, ALL URBAN SWIMMING POOLS, THE HONG KONG AMATEUR SWIMMING ASSOCIATION AND A NUMBER OF N.T. SWIMMING POOLS. FOR FURTHER ENQUIRIES TELEPHONE 5-728594.

PARTICIPATION IS FREE.

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WATER LEAKAGE TEST * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN CAUSEWAY BAY WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PM ON MONDAY (JULY 11) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TEST.

AFFECTED PREMISES IS BOUNDED BY LOCKHART ROAD, CANAL ROAD EAST, HENNESSY ROAD AND EAST POINT ROAD, INCLUDING CHEE ON BUILDING.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, JULY 9, 19&5

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MEN BORN IN 1962 NEED NEW I.D. CARDS ........................... 1

NEW PATH OPENED FOR JOGGERS .................................... 1

WAN CHAI CLEAN UP NETS 810 000 FOR CHARITY ..................... 3

TAI PO RAPIDLY CHANGING ......................................... 3

WEEKLY CLEAN-UP AT TAI LONG WAN BEACH ........................... 4

HOUSING CHIEF BIDS FAREWELL TO STAFF ............................ 5

CALLIGRAPHY COMPETITION FOR HANDICAPPED STUDENTS ................ 6

FIRE DRILL YARD TO BE EXTENDED .................................. 6

MORE ROAD AND DRAINAGE WORKS .................................... 7

TENDERS INVITED FOR WATER MAINS WORK ...........................  7

CAUSEWAY BAY TRAFFIC CHANGE ..................................... 8

LONG-SERVING POSTMEN ..........................................   8

SATURDAY, JULY 9, 1983

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MEN BORN IN 1962 NEED NEW I.D. CARDS

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MEN BORN IN 1962 WERE TODAY REMINDED TO APPLY FOR THEIR NEW IDENTITY CARDS WHEN THE THIRD PHASE OF THE NEW I.D. CARD SCHEME STARTS ON MONDAY (JULY 11).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE MEN MUST CALL AT ANY OF THE EIGHT ISSUE OFFICES BEFORE APPLICATIONS CLOSE ON AUGUST 6.

HE EXPECTED ABOUT 62 OOO MEN IN THIS AGE GROUP TO TURN UP DURING THE FOUR-WEEK PERIOD.

♦ANYONE WHO FAILS TO EXCHANGE HIS OLD IDENTITY CARD FOR A NEW ONE DURING THE SPECIFIED PERIOD WILL BE LIABLE TO PROSECUT ION,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦HOWEVER, IF A PERSON HAPPENS TO BE AWAY FROM HONG KONG DURING THIS PERIOD, HE MAY APPLY WITHIN 30 DAYS OF HIS RETURN.*

THE SPOKESMAN REMINDED APPLICANTS TO BRING ALONG THEIR OLD I.D. CARDS WHEN THEY REPORT TO ANY OF THE ISSUE OFFICES.

HE SAID. ♦THESE OFFICES OPERATE FROM 8 AM TO 9.30 PM MONDAYS TO SATURDAYS, SO THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE BUSY IN THE DAYTIME CAN 60 THERE IN THE &VENING OR AT WEEKENDS.♦

THE PROCESSING OF AN HOUR. APPLICANTS WILL BE NEW IDENTITY CARDS AND TO

APPLICATION SHOULD TAKE ONLY INFORMED OF THE DATE TO PICK SURRENDER THEIR OLD ONES.

HALF AN UP THEIR

GROUP WANTS TO HAVE HIS LOST OR DAMAGED PARTICULARS CHANGED, HE SHOULD GO TO OF PERSONS OFFICES, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

IF ANYONE IN THE AGE I.D. CARD REPLACED OR HIS THE REGULAR REGISTRATION

NEW PATH OPENED FOR JOGGERS M M M

JOGGING ENTHUSIASTS IN TSUEN WAN HAVE A PURPOSE-BUILT TRACK TO JOG, WITH THE OPENING OF THE FU YUNG PATH THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING BY THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, MR ALAN SCOTT.

THE PATH IS A CIRCULAR ROUTE OF OVER ONE KILOMETRE ROUND THE FU YUNG SHAN AREA. IT WAS BUILT AT A COST OF >160 000, FUNDED BY THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, MR SCOTT, PRESIDENT OF THE HONG KONG AMATEUR ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION, SAID THE PATH WOULD BENEFIT 250 WEEKDAY ENTHUSIASTS AND AN ADDITIONAL 150 VISITORS AT WEEKENDS.

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♦BEFORE THE PATH WAS BUILT, JOGGERS, RUNNERS AND WALKERS IN TSUEN WAN HAD TO BRAVE HAZARDS FACED BY US JOGGERS ELSEWHERE IN HONG KONG, SUCH AS DISCONTINUOUS TRACKS, UNEVEN SURFACES AND FEW RESTING PLACES,♦ HE SAID.

THESE THINGS DO RATHER SPOIL THE ENJOYMENT, AND MAY EVEN DISCOURAGE POTENTIAL CHAMPIONS FROM TRYING IT OUT.

AS WE ALL UNDERSTAND, JOGGING TRAILS HAVE TO TAKE THEIR TURN FOR FUNDS IN THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME, AND WHEN FUNDS ARE TIGHT, I AM AFRAID THEY ARE REGARDED AS NOT IMMEDIATELY NECESSARY AND DO NOT GET PRIORITY,* HE ADDED.

MR SCOTT SAID THE COMPLETION OF THE FU YUNG PATH GAVE HIM PLEASURE IN THREE CAPACITIES.

AS SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, I AM VERY GLAD TO SEE PEOPLE USING THEIR FEET- AS PRESIDENT OF THE HONG KONG AMATEUR ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION, I HOPE TO SEE JOGGERS PERSEVERE AND DEVELOP INTO RUNNERS- ANfi AS A MODEST JOGGER MYSELF I WELCOME THE NEW FACILITY ON BEHALF OF THE JOGGING COMMUNITY,+ HE SAID.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS ELAINE CHUNG, SAID TSUEN WAN WAS AN OVERCROWDED INDUSTRIAL NEW TOWN WHERE THE GOVERNMENT WAS TRYING HARD TO REMEDY PLANNING DEFICIENCIES OF THE PAST ON THE ONE HAND AND TO MEET RISING EXPECTATIONS ON THE OTHER.

I BELIEVE THIS IS THE FIRST JOGGING PATH OF ANY SIZEABLE LENGTH COMPLETED BY A DISTRICT BOARD,♦ SHE SAID.

LAST YEAR, THE BOARD HAD FINANCED THE BUILDING OF AN INDOOR FITNESS CENTRE AND MULTI-PURPOSE GAMES HALL AT MEI WAN STREET, AND A SPORTS CENTRE AT CHEUNG HONG ESTATE ON TSI NG Yl.

WE ARE NOW WORKING WITH THE HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS) TOWARDS THE IDEA OF AN OUTDOOR EXERCISE TRAINING CAMP IN THE NORTHERN HILLS OF TSUEN WAN,+ SHE ADDED.

PRIOR TO THE OPENING CEREMONY, ABOUT 200 JOGGERS TOOK PART IN A COMPETITION ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT.

ALSO PRESENT AT TODAY’S CEREMONY WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD’S RECREATION AND SPORTS COMMITTEE, MR CHAU HOW-CHEN THE GENERAL MANAGER OF TELEVISION BROADCASTS LIMITED, MR ROBERT CHAN THE FIRST AND SECOND RUNNERS-UP AND MISS FRIENDSHIP OF THIS YEAR’S MISS HONG KONG CONTEST AND MR AND MISS VITALITY.

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WAN CHAI CLEAN UP NETS 110 000 FOR CHARITY

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A SUM OF 110 000 WAS RAISED AT THIS MORNING’S ♦SWEEPING FOR GOLD* CLEAN-UP OPERATION IN WAN CHAI.

AT 9 AM, ABOUT 200 STUDENTS FROM THE HONG KONG WAH YAN COLLEGE GROUPED THEMSELVES INTO SIX TEAMS, AND EACH BEGAN CLEANING AN ENVIRONMENTAL BLACKSPOT IN THE DISTRICT.

THESE SIX LOCATIONS ARE STONE NULLAH LANE, CROSS STREET, JAFFE ROAD, BOWRINGTON STREET, TSAP CHEUNG STREET AND SUN CHUEN STREET.

BEFORE NOON, THEY HAD COLLECTED THE RUBBISH INTO DOZENS OF BAGS AND HANDED THEM TO THE NEARBY REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS.

A SUM OF MONEY WAS DONATED BY LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS FOR EACH BAG OF RUBBISH.

THE DONATION WAS PRESENTED TO A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE COMMUNITY CHEST AT A CLOSING CEREMONY HELD AT THE SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND AFTER THE CLEAN-UP OPERATION.

TODAY’S EVENT WAS ORGANISED BY THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE, THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE DISTRICT CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE AND THE HONG KONG WAH YAN COLLEGE.

♦THE PURPOSE OF THE EXERCISE IS TO ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO MAKE GOOD USE OF THEIR SUMMER HOLIDAYS BY PARTICIPATING IN MEANINGFUL COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS,♦ SAID A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN.

♦IT ALSO AIMS AT DRIVING HOME THE CLEAN HONG KONG MESSAGE AND RAISING FUNDS FOR THE COMMUNITY CHEST,♦ HE ADDED.

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TAI PO RAPIDLY CHANGING * * * *

TAI PO IS BEING TRANSFORMED FROM AN OLD MARKET INTO A WELL PLANNED NEW TOWN WHICH WILL EVENTUALLY ACCOMMODATE A QUARTER OF A MILLION PEOPLE.

THIS WAS STATED TODAY BY THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR IAN MACPHERSON, AT THE ANNUAL SPEECH DAY OF THE BUDDHIST TAI KWONG MIDDLE SCHOOL IN TAI PO.

JUST TWO YEARS AGO, THE POPULATION OF TAI PO WAS ONLY 7A 000. TODAY, IT IS ALREADY NEAR THE 100 000 MARK.

♦THIS WILL CONTINUE TO GROW IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS AS MANY MORE NEWCOMERS FROM OUTSIDE THE DISTRICT WILL COME TO LIVE IN THE PUBLICHOUSING ESTATES AND THE PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL BLOCKS THAT ARE NOW BEING CONSTRUCTED,+ MR MACPHERSON SAID.

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♦DEVELOPMENT SYMBOLISES PROGRESS AND IMPROVEMENT. A BETTER LIVING ENVIRONMENT TOGETHER WITH THE PROVISION OF A PROPER INFRASTRUCTURE AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES WILL HELP IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF THE PEOPLE LIVING IN THE DISTRICT.*

HE STRESSED THAT WHILE PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT WAS PROGRESSING SATISFACTORILY, IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT IT HAD TO BE ACCOMPANIED BY EQUALLY GOOD PROGRESS IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT TO ACHIEVE THE OVERALL PROGRESS AND IMPROVEMENT ENVISAGED FOR THE DISTRICT.

IN THIS RESPECT, A GOOD QUALITY EDUCATION, CULTURE AND THE MOTIVATION OF LOCAL RESIDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN DEVELOPING THEIR OWN COMMUNITY WILL ALL CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS THE AIM OF DEVELOPING TAI PO INTO A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE IN,* HE SAID.

MR MACPHERSON SAID THAT THE BUDDHIST TAI KWONG MIDDLE SCHOOL WHICH HAD A HISTORY OF OVER 30 YEARS IN THE DISTRICT HAD MADE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS IN PREPARING YOUNG PEOPLE FOR A FULL ROLE IN THE COMMUNITY BY OFFERING THEM A PROPER ENVIRONMENT FOR THEIR PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT.

APART FROM THE VERY HIGH STANDARD OF THE TEACHING OF KNOWLEDGE MADE AVAILABLE TO ALL THE STUDENTS IN THE SCHOOL, IT HAS ALSO ENCOURAGED ALL-ROUND DEVELOPMENT AND FULL PARTICIPATION IN THE COMMUNITY.

THIS IS AMPLY REFLECTED IN THE EXTENT OF INVOLVEMENT OF YOUR SCHOOL SUPERVISORS, PRINCIPALS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS IN DISTRICT AFFAIRS, COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES AND THE ACTIVITIES OF LOCAL SPORTS AND CULTURAL ADVANCEMENT ASSOC IAT IONS,♦ HE ADDED.

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WEEKLY CLEAN-UP AT TAI LONG WAN BEACH ‘ * M * M

NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT WORKERS ARE NOW ENGAGED IN A WEEKLY OPERATION OF CLEARING AWAY REFUSE WASHED ASHORE AT TAI LONG WAN BEACH ON LANTAU ISLAND.

THE CLEAN-UP WILL BE CARRIED OUT THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER FOR THE BENEFIT OF PEOPLE GOING THERE BY PLEASURE CRAFT AND HIRED FERRY BOATS DURING THE WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NT3D SAID.

IN THE SUMMER MONTHS, THE STRONG TIDAL CURRENTS AND SOUTH WSTERLY WINDS TEND TO WASH FLOATSAM AND JETSAM TO TAI LONG WAN, A NON-GAZETTED BEACH LOCATED AT THE SOUTHERN TIP OF CHI MA WAN PENINSULA, LANTAU.

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A LARGE AMOUNT OF THE RUBBISH IS ALSO LEFT BEHIND BY BEACHGOERS.

EVERY FRIDAY SOME 20 CLEANSING WORKERS PICK UP THE RUBBISH FROM THE BEACH. SIX SUCH OPERATIONS HAVE BEEN CARRIED OUT SINCE EARLY JUNE.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE WORKERS HAVE TO WALK FOR AO MINUTES FROM CHI MA WAN TO REACH THE BEACH. AS THERE IS NO MOTOR VEHICLE ACCESS ROAD TO THE REMOTE AREA.

ON THE RETURN TRIP, THE WORKERS HAVE TO BRING ALONG SOME 300 BASKETS OF WOODEN PLANKS, PLASTIC BAGS, BROKEN BOTTLES, EMPTY BEER AND SOFT DRINK CANS AND OTHER ITEMS TO THE MAIN ROAD OF CHI MA WAN FOR SUBSEQUENT DISPOSAL.

THE SPOKESMAN APPEALED TO BEACHGOERS AND OTHERS CRUISING ON YACHTS TO BE MORE CIVIC-MINDED BY DISPOSING OF THEIR REFUSE PROPERLY.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO HAVE ANY COMPLAINTS ABOUT LITTER SHOULD TELEPHONE THE NEW TERRITORIES LITTER COMPLAINT HOTLINE AT 0-445555 OR CONTACT THE SENIOR HEALTH INSPECTOR OF THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICE OF ISLANDS AT 5-452416 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

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HOUSING CHIEF BIDS FAREWELL TO STAFF

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THE DIRECTOR OF HOUSING, MR BERNARD WILLIAMS, TODAY BADE FAREWELL TO THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT WHERE HE HAD WORKED FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS.

IN A FAREWELL PARTY HELD A’T THE HOUSING AUTHORITY’S HEADQUARTERS, THE HOUSING CHIEF THANKED HIS STAFF FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND DEVOTION THAT HAD CONTRIBUTED MUCH TO THE SUCCESS OF THE AMBITIOUS PUBLIC HOUSING PROGRAMME.

♦WHILE THE ANNUAL PRODUCTION TARGET OF 35 000 PUBLIC ROUSING UNITS HAS BEEN REACHED FOR THREE CONSECUTIVE YEARS, EFFORTS SHOULD NOT BE SPARED IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN, OR EVEN EXCEED, THESE ACHIEVEMENTS,* MR WILLIAMS SAID.

MR WILLIAMS RETIRED TODAY AS DIRECTOR OF HOUSING AFTER 27 YEARS OF SERVICE WITH THE GOVERNMENT. HE IS SUCCEEDED BY MR DAVID FORD.

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CALLIGRAPHY COMPETITION FOR HANDICAPPED STUDENTS T «

ABOUT 200 STUDENTS FROM THE LIONS MORNINGHILL SCHOOL — A SCHOOL FOR MENTALLY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN IN HAPPY VALLEY — WILL PARTICIPATE IN A CALLIGRAPHY COMPETITION ON MONDAY (JULY 11).

ORGANISED BY THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE HAPPY VALLEY AREA COMMITTEE, THE COMPETITION AIMS TO PROVIDE DIVERSIFIED ACTIVITY AND TO PROMOTE COMMUNITY CARE FOR THE UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN.

THE COMPETITION WILL START AT 10 AM AND WILL BE DIVIDED INTO FOUR GROUPS I PRIMARY ONE AND TWO, PRIMARY THREE AND FOUR, PRIMARY FIVE AND SIX, AND SECONDARY GROUP. PARENTS HAVE ALSO BEEN INVITED TO BE PRESENT.

ADJUDICATORS WILL INCLUDE MEMBERS OF THE HAPPY VALLEY AREA COMMITTEE AND THE GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED, MISS DEBRA CHAU.

A PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AFTER THE COMPETITION AND THE WINNING ENTRIES WILL BE PUT ON DISPLAY AT THE SCHOOL.

NOTE TO ED I TORSt

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE COMPETITION TO BE HELD AT 10 AM ON MONDAY (JULY 11) AT THE SCHOOL HALL OF THE LIONS MORNINGHILL SCHOOL AT 159 BLUE POOL ROAD, HAPPY VALLEY.

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fire drill yard to be extended M M M

WORK ON THE EXTENSION OF A F IRE STATION DRILL YARD WILL SOON BE CARRIED OUT AT THE HUNG HOM FHE STATION IN FAT KWONG STREET.

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

THE WORK INVOLVES THE LAYING OF A REINFORCED CONCRETE SLAB, THE ERECTIoS OF A FEicE AND THE INSTALLATION OF LIGHTS.

IT WILL START NEXT MONTH AND TAKE ABOUT THREE MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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MORE ROAD AND ft ft

DRAINAGE WORKS ft ft

THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT WILL BE CARRYING OUT ROADS AND DRAINAGE WORKS WITHIN THE KOWLOON BAY RECLAMATION TO SERVE DEVELOPMENTS IN THE AREA.

THE WORK, SCHEDULED TO START LATER THIS YEAR, WILL INVOLVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF ABOUT 7 500 METRES OF ROADS WITH ASSOCIATED DRAINAGE WORKS. LANDSCAPING WORKS WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED.

A NOTICE CONCERNING THE PROPOSED WORKS THE LATEST GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

WAS PUBLISHED IN

A PLAN SHOWING THE PROPOSED WORKS MAY 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, *35 NATHAN ROAD; AND THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE, KWUN TONG DISTRICT BRANCH OFFICES BUILDING, TUNG YAN STREET, 3RD AND 4TH FLOORS, KOWLOON.

ANY PERSON OBJECTING TO THE PROPOSAL MUST SEND AN OBJECTION IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS NOT LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 6.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR WATER MAINS WORK > ft ft ft

TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED BY THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT FOR THE LAYING OF ABOUT 7 000 METRES OF DUCTILE IRON AND ASBESTOS CEMENT WATER MAINS IN SAI KUNG.

THE MAINS, RANGING FROM 1-50 MM TO 250 MM IN DIAMETER, WILL BE LAID FROM Til MONG TSAI TO PAK TAM CHUNG AND FROM MANG KUNG UK TO TAI AU MUN ALONG TAI MONG TSAI ROAD AND CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD RESPECTIVELY.

THE WORK FORMS PART OF A PROJECT TO BOOST FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SAI KUNG AND CLEAR WATER BAY PENINSULAS.

WORK WILL START IN SEPTEMBER AND TAKE ABOUT 12 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JULY 11) TUNG LO WAN ROAD BETWEEN TAI HANG ROAD AND MORETON TERRACE WILL BE REROUTED ONE-WAY EAST-BOUND TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, WESTBOUND TRAFFIC ALONG TUNG LO WAN ROAD HEADING FOR TAI HANG ROAD UPHILL WILL BE DIVERTED VIA MORETON TERRACE, CAUSEWAY ROAD WESTBOUND AND TUNG LO WAN ROAD EASTBOUND.

BUSES ON CMB ROUTES 2, 5, 19, 23B, 25 WESTBOUND AND MAXICABS ON ROUTES 14, 21, 25 AND 32 WESTBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED VIA MORETON TERRACE, CAUSEWAY ROAD AND LEIGHTON ROAD.

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LONG-SERVING POSTMEN

TWENTY-THREE POSTMEN WERE PRESENTED WITH LONG SERVICE BADGES IN A CEREMONY HELD AT THE POST OFFICE HEADQUARTERS YESTERDAY (FRIDAY).

THE PRESENTATION WAS MADE BY THE POSTMASTER GENERAL, MR HUGH ARDLEY TO THE POSTMEN, EACH OF WHOM HAS COMPLETED MORE THAN 20 YEARS OF SERVICE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, JULY 10, 19&5

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PRESS FACILITY ................................................. 1

EMPLOYMENT AND PAYROLL STATISTICS FOR MARCH .................... 1

IMPROVEMENTS PLANNED IN SQUATTER AREAS ........................ 6

CAS SEEKING SHA TIN RECRUITS ................................... 7

EFFORT MADE TO REDUCE TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS ........................ 8

SAFETY WORKERS CONTEST OFFERS BIG PRIZES ....................... 9

CORRECTIONAL CHIEFS TO MEET ................................... 10

BETTER MAIL SERVICE FOR VILLAGERS ............................. 11

ANTI-DRUG VARIETY SHOW ........................................ 11

TUEN MUN ROAD PROJECT PLANNED ................................. 12

ROAD TO BE REALIGNED .......................................... 12

POST OFFICE NO. 92 ..........................................   1?

MORE ROAD TIME FOR LEARNERS.................................... 15

CENTRAL, WESTERN WATER WORKS .................................. 1^

NT CLEAN BEACH DRIVE LAUNCHED ................................. 15

TRAFFIC TO BE REROUTED......................................... 15

NOTE TO EDITORSi


PRESS FACILITY

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THERE WILL BE A FACILITY FOR PRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CAMERAMEN TO COVER THE DEPARTURE OF THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, FOR PEKING ON MONDAY (JULY 11).

SIR EDWARD, ACCOMPANIED BY THE POLITICAL ADVISER, MR ROBIN MCLAREN, WILL BE LEAVING ON FLIGHT CA1O2 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 ON MONDAY. GIS OFFICERS WILL BE THERE TO ASSIST.

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EMPLOYMENT AND PAYROLL STATISTICS FOR MARCH M M M M M

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY PUBLISHED EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS FOR MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY IN MARCH 1983.

THESE WERE DERIVED FROM THE SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL CONDUCTED EVERY QUARTER BY THE DEPARTMENT COVERING THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, AND THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR.

A SEPARATE EMPLOYMENT SURVEY COVERS BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES.

THE OVERALL FIGURES BY MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS, TOGETHER WITH A COMPARISON WITH THE CORRESPONDING FIGURES FOR MARCH 1982 AND DECEMBER 1982, ARE AS FOLLOWSi

PERSONS ENGAGED

SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY MAR (EMPLOYMENT) IN MAR 83 PERCENTAGE MAR 83 ON MAR 82 CHANGE MAR 83 ON DEC 82

82 DEC 82

MANUFACTURING 886 100 847 200 848 700 - 4.2 ♦ 0.2

BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION (MANUAL WORKERS ON SITES ONLY) 86 500 82 100 76 400 -11.7 - 7.0

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 490 200 517 700 517 200 + 5.5 - 0.1

FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 157 700 166 100 164 500 ♦ 4.3 - 1.0

♦ BASED ON UNROUNDED EMPLOYMENT FIGURES

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’ A COMPARISON OF THE FIGURES FOR MARCH 1983 WITH THOSE FOR MARCH 1982 SHOWS THAT THERE WERE INCREASES IN EMPLOYMENT IN THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, AND IN THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR.

EMPLOYMENT IN THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, AT 517 200, WAS 5.5 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN MARCH 1982.

AT 164 500, EMPLOYMENT IN THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR WAS 4.3 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN MARCH 1982.

ON THE OTHER HAND, EMPLOYMENT IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR AND ON BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES DECREASED BY 4.2 PER CENT AND 11.7 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

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COMPARED WITH DECEMBER 1982, HOWEVER, CHANGES IN EMPLOYMENT IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR AND THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR WERE MARGINAL.

DECREASES OF 7.0 PER CENT AND ONE PER CENT 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 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 J IN MARCH 1983.

THE OVERALL FIGURES BY MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS, TOGETHER WITH A COMPARISON WITH THE CORRESPONDING FIGURES FOR MARCH 1982 AND DECEMBER 1982, ARE AS FOLLOWS I l’AHj 3rATMiMiT<4 3MYO

NUMBER OF REPORTED VACANCIES IN PERCENTAGE CHANGE

SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY rg MAR 82 DEC 82 4 MAR 83 MAR 83 ON MAR 82 MAR 83 - ON DEC 82

MANUFACTURING 0Q4 44 100 C23 800 •38 500 -12.5 +62.1

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 7 200 3 900 4 800 -33.6 +23.3

FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 3 100 1 800 1 900 -37.1 ♦ 7.5

♦ BASED ON UNROUNDED VACANCY FIGURES

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COMPARED WITH THE CORRESPONDING MONTH IN 1982, THE NUMBER OF REPORTED VACANCIES FOR MARCH 1983 DECREASED IN ALL OF THE ABOVE THREE SECTORS. THE DECREASES IN THE MAUFACTURING SECTOR, THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, AND THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR WERE 12.5 PER CENT, 33.6 PER CENT AND 37.1 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

RELATIVE TO DECEMBER 1982, HOWEVER, THE NUMBER OF REPORTED VACANCIES FOR MARCH 1983 INCREASED IN ALL OF THE ABOVE THREE SECTORS. WHILE SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES OF 62.1 PER CENT AND 23.3 PER CENT WERE RECORDED IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR AND THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR RESPECTIVELY, THE NUMBER OF REPORTED VACANCIES FOR THE FINANCE, INSURANCE. REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR INCREASED BY 7.5 PER CENT.

ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE SURVEY ARE STATISTICS ON MONTHLY PAYROLL OUTLAYS IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, AND THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR.

QUARTERLY TOTALS FOR EACH OF THESE SECTORS ARE SHOWN IN THE FOLLOWING TABLEi

TOTAL QUARTERLY PAYROLL IN % CHANGE *

SELECTED MAJOR 1ST QTR. 1ST QTR. 1ST QTR. 1983

SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY 1982 1983 HK $MN HK SMN 5 531 6 011 ON 1ST QTR. 1982

MANUFACTURING ♦ 8.7

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 3 525 4 185 ♦18.7

FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 1 861 2 128 ♦ 14.4

♦ BASED ON UNROUNDED PAYROLL FIGURES

RELATIVE TO THE SAME QUARTER A YEAR AGO, PAYROLL OUTLAYS IN THE ABOVE THREE SECTORS INCREASED BY 8.7 PER CENT, 18.7 PER CENT AND 14.4 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. THE INCREASES IN THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR AND THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR, AT 18.7 PER CENT AND 14.4 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, WERE PARTICULARLY LARGE. THESE INCREASES WERE IN PART DUE TO INCREASED EMPLOYMENT.

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BY ADJUSTING FOR VARIATIONS IN TOTAL PAYROLL OUTLAYS ARISING FROM CHANGES IN THE LEVEL OF EMPLOYMENT, A NOMINAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED IS OBTAINED.

TO ALLOW FOR THE EFFECTS OF PRICE CHANGES, THE NOMINAL INDEX IS DEFLATED BY THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) TO GIVE THE REAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED.

VALUES OF THESE TWO INDICES ARE GIVEN IN THE TABLES BELOWi

NOMINAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED (JUNE 1980 - 100) % CHANGE

SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY MAR 82 MAR 83 MAR 83 ON MAR 82

MANUFACTURING 135.6 149.2 ♦ 10.0

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 136.2 149.3 ♦ 9.6

FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE, BUSINESS SERVICES 132.8 150.8 ♦ 13.6

SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY REAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED (JUNE 1980 - 100) % CHANGE MAR 83 ON MAR 82

MAR 82 MAR 83

MANUFACTURING 108.5 107.6 - 0.8

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 109.0 107.7 - 1.2

FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 106.2 108.8 ♦ 2.4

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COMPARED WITH MARCH 1982, INCREASES OF 10.0 PER CENT, 9.6 PER CENT AND 13.6 PER CENT WERE REGISTERED IN THE NOMINAL INDEX OF

PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED 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 RESPECTIVELY.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE REAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON

ENGAGED SHOWED DECREASES OF 0.8 PER CENT AND 1.2 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, AND THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR. ON THE OTHER HAND, AN INCREASE OF 2.4 PER CENT WAS REGISTERED IN THE FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR.

(TABLES GIVING EMPLOYMENT FIGURES FOR SELECTED INDIVIDUAL INDUSTRIES WITHIN THE FOUR SECTORS ARE BEING TRANSMITTED BY FACSIMILE NETWORK. THE TABLES MAY ALSO BE COLLECTED FROM THE GIS PRESS ROOM).

FURTHER DETAILS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE FOLLOWING OFFICERS OF THE EMPLOYMENT AND EARNINGS STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENTi MR AU HOO-KIT - 5-434185, MR NG KUNG-TAK - 5-455661 AND MR YEUNG MANG-KWONG - 5-439398.

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IMPROVEMENTS PLANNED IN SQUATTER AREAS * * * M

A NUMBER OF IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS ARE BEING PLANNED FOR ALL SQUATTER AREAS IN KWUN TONG, THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR KEVIN MAK, SAID TODAY.

THESE PROJECTS INCLUDE THE INSTALLATION OF SHARED LETTER BOXES BETWEEN TWO HOUSEHOLDS TO REPLACE A COMMUNAL LETTER BOX IN ON LOK VILLAGE, A SITTING-OUT AREA AT THE JUNCTION OF ON LOK VILLAGE AND TAI SHING VILLAGE, AND A MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE OFFICE IN KAM KUK VILLAGE.

♦PLANS TO INSTALL STREET LIGHTINGS IN LAM TIN VILLAGE ARE ALSO UNDERWAY, AND IT IS HOPED TO SET UP MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES IN EACH OF THE 26 SQUATTER AREAS BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR,* HE SAID.

ALREADY, 17 MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES HAD BEEN FORMED IN SQUATTER AREAS WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

MR MAK WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF AN EXHIBITION AND A CARNIVAL ORGANISED FOR RESIDENTS IN ON LOK VILLAGE AND SAU MAU PING PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE.

HE NOTED THAT THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE HAD BEEN TRYING TO IMPROVE THE LIVING CONDITIONS OF THE 50 000 SQUATTERS IN THE DISTRICT.

WORKS COMPLETED SO FAR INCLUDE THE SUPPLY OF ELECTRICITY AND WATER, HYGIENIC IMPROVEMENTS, BUILDING OF FIRE ESCAPE ROUTES, REPAIRING SLOPES, AND DRAINAGE AND SEWAGE IMPROVEMENTS IN THE SQUATTER AREAS.

HE SAID THAT EFFORT SHOULD ALSO BE MADE TO INTRODUCE RELEVANT SOCIAL PROGRAMMES TO THE SQUATTERS TO HELP BUILD UP THEIR COMMUNITY SPIRIT AND INTEGRATE THEM WITH THE NE IGHBOURI NG COMMUNITY.

TODAY’S EXHIBITION AND CARNIVAL WERE ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG, THE HONG KONG CHRISTIAN SERVICE, THE KWUN TONG COMMUNITY HEALTH PROJECT AND THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

THE PURPOSE OF THE EVENT WAS TO MAKE SQUATTERS AND RESIDENTS IN SAU MAU PING AWARE OF THE WELFARE SERVICES AVAILABLE IN THE DISTRICT, AND TO EDUCATE THEM ON HEALTH CARE, FAMILY PLANNING, AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING.

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CAS SEEKING SHA TIN RECRUITS * * *

THE CIVIL AID SERVICES HELD ITS FIRST LOCALISED RECRUITMENT DRIVE IN THE YEAR TODAY (SUNDAY) AT THE SHA KOK ESTATE COMPOUND IN SHA TIN NEW TOWN, WHERE THERE HAS BEEN AN INCREASING DEMAND FOR CAS SERVICES.

THE DAY-LONG RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN IS AIMED AT RECRUITING 110 ADULT MEMBERS OF BOTH SEXES AND 50 MALE CADETS TO JOIN ITS SHA TIN NEW TOWN UNIT, WHICH HAS RECENTLY BEEN RE-ORGANISED AND EXPANDED TO BECOME N.T. EAST DIVISION.

THE EXERCISE WAS STARTED OFF BY MR NG CHAM LAM, A MEMBER OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD THIS MORNING, WHEN HE TOOK THE SALUTE AND INSPECTED A PARADE OF CAS PERSONNEL.

ALSO ATTENDING THE CEREMONY WERE MR HENRY KU HONG-CHEONG, CAS N.T. REGIONAL COMMANDER, AND OTHER LOCAL DIGNITARIES.

SPEAKING AT THE PARADE. MR NG EMPHASISED THE ROLE OF SHA TIN RESIDENTS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITY.

♦THE GROWTH OF SHA TIN IS THE RESULT OF THE CONCERTED EFFORTS OF LOCAL RESIDENTS.

♦IN LINE WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW TOWN, CAS IS EXPANDING ITS ESTABLISHMENT OF BOTH THE ADULT SERVICE AND THE CADET CORPS,* l€ SAID.

HE SAID THAT BY JOINING THE CAS, LOCAL YOUTHS WOULD BE PROVIDED WITH A CHANCE TO ENRICH THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF SOCIETY, AND TO DEVELOP A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN INTERESTING OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES AND TRAINING, AS WELL AS SOCIAL

SERVICES PROJECTS.

YOUTHS WHO WANTED TO JOIN. AS ADULT MEMBERS MUST BE AGED 16 CR ABOVE WHILE APPLICANTS FOR CADET VACANCIES MUST BE BOYS AGED BETWEEN 12 AND 14, WHO HAVE THEIR PARENTS' CONSENT BEFORE ENROLMENT.

THE PARADE WAS FOLLOWED BY A SERIES OF DEMONSTRATIONS BY CAS PERSONNEL ON SILENT DRILL, TRICK CYCLING, AND RESCUE AND CASUALTY HANDLING.

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EFFORT MADE TO REDUCE TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS ft ft ft ft

THE GOVERNMENT HAS OVER THE YEARS TAKEN MEASURES TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS, THE WONG TAI SIN DI STR ICT OFFICER, PHILIP CHOK, SAID TODAY.

THESE INCLUDED MORE STRINGENT LAW ENFORCEMENT, SUCH AS MAKING THE WEARING OF SEAT BELTS COMPULSORY, PUBLICITY AND EDUCATION, TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT AND THE BUILDING OF FOOTBRIDGES AND SUBWAYS TO SEGREGATE PEDESTRIAN AND VEHICULAR TRAFFIC.

MR CHOK WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN AT THE CHOI WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE.

HE NOTED THAT LAST YEAR, THERE WERE 24 297 CASES OF INJURIES AND DEATHS RESULTING FROM TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS, AN INDICATION THAT THE PROBLEM WAS VERY SERIOUS.

PEDESTRIAN AND DRIVER NEGLIGENCE WAS THE MAJOR CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENTS, HE SAID.

MR CHOK ALSO ATTRIBUTED THE TREMENDOUS NUMBER OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS TO THE SEVERE SHORTAGE OF ROAD SPACE, THE GROWTH IN NUMBER OF VEHICLES AND THE DENSITY OF URBAN DEVELOPMENT.

♦IT HAS BEEN FOUND THAT ROAD SAFETY EDUCATION IS AN EFFECTIVE MEANS TO LOWER THE ACCIDENT RATE,+ HE SAID.

♦A ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN IS, THEREFORE, ORGANISED EVERY YEAR TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC TO BE MORE CAREFUL IN THE USE OF ROADS.♦

EDUCATIONAL AND PUBLICITY PROGRAMMES HAVE BEEN PLANNED FOR WONG TAI SIN RESIDENTS.

THEY INCLUDE A MOBILE ROAD SAFETY TOWN, ROAD SAFETY EXHIBITIONS, THE SELECTIONS OF MODEL PEDESTRIANS AND DRIVERS, A SLOGAN COMPETITION, A COLOURLNG CONTEST AND FILM SHOWS.

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SAFETY WORKER CONTEST OFFERS BIG PRIZES ft * ft * ft ft

AN 11-DAY ALL-EXPENSES PAID TRIP TO THE WEST COAST OF THE UNITED STATES, WORTH |12 000 PLUS $2 000 IN CASH, WILL BE AWARDED TO THE WINNERS OF A ^SAFETY WORKER* CONTEST FOR MEN AND WOMEN IN INDUSTRY ORGANISED JOINTLY BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG AND THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES.

THE CONTEST, WHICH WILL BE SPLIT INTO TWO SECTIONS — MEN’S SECTION AND WOMEN’S SECTION — WILL BE HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE THIRD SERIES OF +SAFETY AT WORK* TV PROGRAMME, CURRENTLY UNDER PRODUCTION.

IT IS BEING SPONSORED BY MR LAM KIN-MING OF SING FOOK KNITTING FACTORY LTD, IN HIS CAPACITY AS CHAIRMAN OF THE MISCELLANEOUS TEXTILES GROUP OF THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES.

THE CONTEST AIMS AT STIMULATING WORKERS, EMPLOYERS, AND MANAGMEMENTS TO INVOLVE THEMSELVES MORE DIRECTLY IN THE SAFETY MOVEMENT TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS.

THE CONTEST IS OPEN TO ALL BLUE COLLAR WORKERS IN INDUSTRY. CONTESTANTS WILL BE JUDGED ON THE FOLLOWING STANDARDSi-

(A) KNOWLEDGE OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND HEALTH IN GENERAL (A MAXIMUM OF 30 POINTS OUT OF 100)?

(B) CONTRIBUTION OR SUGGESTION FOR INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND HEALTH IMPROVEMENTS AT CONTESTANT’S PLACE OF WORK OR CONTESTANT’S PARTICULAR INDUSTRY (MAXIMUM 30 POINTS) ;

(C) ABILITY TO EXPRESS OR CONVINCE THE PUBLIC ON THE IMPORTANCE OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND HEALTH (MAXIMUM 30 POINTS); AND

(D) PERSONALITY-POSTURE-PRESENTATION (MAXIMUM 10 POINTS).

CONTESTANTS MUST SATISFY THE FOLLOWING ENTRY REQUIREMENTSi-

(A) BE 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OVER •

(B) BE BLUE COLLAR WORKERS (OFFICE WORKERS WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE) ;

(C) BE ABLE TO SPEAK FLUENT CANTONESE OR MANDARIN;

(D) HAVE SOME BASIC KNOWLEDGE OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ?

(E) MAKE CONTRIBUTIONS AND SUGGESTIONS FOR INDUSTRIAL SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS? AND

(F) BE A RESIDENT OF HONG KONG FOR SEVEN YEARS.

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THE FIRST PRIZE WILL BE AN ALL-EXPENSES PAID 11-DAY TRIP TO THE UNITED STATES WITH FULL BOARD AND LODGING WORTH APPROXIMATELY $12 000 PLUS $2 000 IN CASH.

THE SECOND PRIZE WILL BE A TOUR OF JAPAN INCLUDING TOK-YO’S ♦DISNEYLAND* WORTH APPROXIMATELY $2 900 PLUS $1 000 IN CASH.

THE THIRD PRIZE WILL BE A ’ACKAGE TOUR TO THAILAND WORTH ABOUT $2 500 PLUS 1500 IN CASH.

EMPLOYERS OF BLUE COLLAR WORKERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO NOMINATE OR SPONSOR APPLICANTS, UP TO A MAXIMUM OF TWO FOR EACH SECTION OF THE +SAFETY WORKERS* CONTEST.

THE FIRST PRIZE WINNERS OF EACH SECTION WILL JOIN THE WINNERS OF THE THIRD SERIES OF THE +SAFETY AT WORK* TV PROGRAMME WHO WILL ALSO BE AWARDED AN 11-DAY HOLIDAY TO THE UNITED STATES.

FORMS ARE BEING DISTRIBUTED MAINLY THROUGH THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES, BUT IF ANY EMPLOYERS OF BLUE COLLAR WORKERS WISH TO OBTAIN FORMS THEY CAN DO SO BY CONTACTING THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S PUBLICITY UNIT ON TELEPHONE NUMBER 5-7907020.

THE FORMS SHOULD BE FILLED IN AND RETURNED TO THE PUBLICITY UNIT OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, 4TH FLOOR, LEE GARDENS, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG, NOT LATER THAN JULY 30.

JUDGING OF THE FINALISTS OF THE TWO SECTIONS WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE AUDITORIUM OF THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL ON SEPTEMBER 28, 1983.

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CORRECTS NAL CHIEFS TO MEET M M M

THE COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR THOMAS GARNER, AND SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT PI * ING-LEE, WILL BE LEAVING ON TUESDAY (JULY 12) TO ATTEND THE FOURTI ASIAN AND PACIFIC CONFERENCE OF CORRECTIONAL ADMINISTRATORS II WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND FROM JULY 18 TO 22.

MR GARNER WILL SERVE AS CO-DIRECTOR OF THE CONFERENCE SECRETARIAT.

TWO OTHER OFFICERS OF THE DEPARTMENT, SUPERINTENDENT KAN KWOK-NAM AND SENIOR INFORMATION OFFICER ALEX CHOI, WILL ACCOMPANY THE OFFICIAL HONG KONG DELEGATES AS OBSERVERS.

THE FIVE-DAY CONFERENCE, HOSTED BY THE NEW ZEALAND DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IN COLLABORATION WITH THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF CRIMINOLOGY, WILL BE ATTENDED BY HEADS OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES FROM THE ASIAN AND PACIFIC REGION.

HONG KONG IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF CRIMINOLOGY LAID THE FOUNDATION FOR SUCH CONFERENCES BY HOSTING THE FIRST ONE HERE.

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BETTER MAIL SERVICE FOR VILLAGERS ft ft * ft ft

MAIL DELIVERY TO THE 1 200 RESIDENTS IN TWO CAUSEWAY BAY VILLAGES — MA SHAN AND LIN FA KUNG — HAS BEEN MUCH IMPROVED WITH THE PROVISION OF TWO COMMUNAL LETTER BOXES.

HOUSES IN THE AREA ARE SCATTERED AND NOT NUMBERED AND THE RESIDENTS HAD PREVIOUSLY TO RELY ON THEIR RELATIVES AND NEARBY SHOPS FOR THEIR MAIL. HOWEVER, THROUGH THE COMBINED EFFORTS OF THE VILLAGES’ MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES (MACS), THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE COOPERATION OF THE POST OFFICE, COMMUNAL LETTER BOXES WERE PROVIDED BY VILLAGERS TO RECEIVE LETTERS IN BULK FOR DISPATCH BY THE VILLAGERS TO OTHER SMALLER BOXES.

♦THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF ACHIEVEMENTS BY MACS, WHICH ARE FORMED WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF DISTRICT OFFICES IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES, MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS AND SQUATTER AREAS,♦ SAID THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR GORDON JONES.

♦THEIR AIMS ARE TO PROMOTE A SENSE OF FRIENDSHIP, MUTUAL CARE AND RESPONSIBILITY AMONG MEMBERS, AND TO PROMOTE BETTER SECURITY AND LIVING ENVIRONMENT,* HE ADDED.

AT PRESENT, THERE ARE A TOTAL OF 269 MACS FORMED IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT.

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ANTI-DRUG VARIETY SHOW ft ft ft ft

DETAILS OF THE ♦ANTI-NARCOTICS EDUCATIONAL VARIETY SHOW* WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT A PRESS CONFERENCE ON TUESDAY (JULY 12) AT 2.30 PM AT THE GIS THEATRE, 5TH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, CENTRAL.

SPEAKERS AT THE CONFERENCE WILL INCLUDE THE COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, MR G.L. MORTIMER- THE ACTING DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING, MR SIMON LUN AND AN URBAN COUNCILLOR, MR STEPHEN LAU.

THE SHOW, WHICH IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THIS YEAR’S ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN, WILL BE STAGED AT THE HONG KONG COLISEUM, HUNG HOM, ON JULY 17. IT WILL FEATURE PERFORMANCES BY TOP SINGERS, ROMAN TAM, FRANCES YIP, ELIZA CHAN AND BY THE PAN ASIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND THE HONG KONG CHILDREN’S CHOIR.

THE ARTISTIC CONSULTANT OF THE SHOW, DR YIP WAI-HONG, AND ROMAN TAM WILL ALSO BE ATTENDING THE CONFERENCE.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

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TUEN MUN ROAD PROJECT PLANNED * * X *

THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT INTENDS TO CARRY OUT A ROAD PROJECT IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF TUEN MUN AS PART OF THE CONTINUING DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME OF TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

WORKS WILL INVOLVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A DUAL CARRIAGEWAY INCLUDING AN INTERCHANGE ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF ON TING AND YAU 01 ESTATES TO LINK TUEN MUN ROAD WITH THE NEW TUEN MUN NULLAH ERIDGE NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

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, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING MAIN ENTRANCE, THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE AND THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE, TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE BUILDING, CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TUEN MUN, NEW TERRITORIES.

ANY PERSON OBJECTING TO THE PROPOSAL MUST SEND HIS OBJECTION IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS NOT LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 6, 1983.

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ROAD TO BE REALIGNED X X * X X X

THE CONTAINER PORT ROAD SOUTH OF KAI WAN STREET WILL SOON BE REALIGNED TO FACILITATE THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT AND EXPANSION OF KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER PORT.

ALSO INCLUDED AS PART OF THE SCHEME, WHICH WILL IMPROVE TRAFFIC ACCESS TO THE CONTAINER PORT, WILL BE THE PROVISION OF NEW ROAD LINKS TO KWAI CHUNG ROAD AND THE CLOSURE OF THE EXISTING CONTAINER PORT ROAD SOUTH OF KAI WAN STREET AND KAI WAN STREET ITSELF.

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, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING MAIN ENTRANCE, THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, TSUEN WAN, 9-1/2 MILESTONE, CASTLE PEAK ROAD, HONG KONG AND SHANGHAI BANK BUILDING, 3RD FLOOR, TSUEN WAN OR AT THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE, 2ND FLOOR, FOU WAH CENTRE, 210 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

OBJECTION TO THE PROPOSAL MUST BE SENT IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS NOT LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 6.

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POST OFFICE NO. 92

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A NEW POST OFFICE WILL BE OPENED AT NOON ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE CAUSEWAY BAY KAIFONG WELFARE ASSOCIATION BUILDING, 30 HING FAT STREET.

THIS WILL BRING THE NUMBER OF POST OFFICES IN HONG KONG TO 92.

TO MARK THE OCCASION, THERE WILL BE A SHORT OPENING CEREMONY AT 11 AM ON THE SAME DAY.

MR LI KWAN-HUNG, VICE CHAIRMAN AND DIRECTOR OF CAUSEWAY BAY KAIFONG WELFARE ASSOCIATION, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING TOGETHER WITH THE POSTMASTER GENERAL, MR HUGH ARDLEY, AND THE DISTRICT OFFICER, EASTERN, MR GORDON JONES.

NOTE TO EDITORS t

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPRESENTATIVE TO THE OPENING OF THE POST OFFICE ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE CAUSEWAY BAY KAIFONG WELFARE ASSOCIATION BUILDING, 30 HING FAT STREET, AT 11 AM ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 13.

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MORE ROAD TIME FOR LEARNERS M * * *

LEARNER DRIVERS ARE TO BE GIVEN MORE TIME TO PRACTISE ON THE ROADS.

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAS ANNOUNCED THE FOLLOWING REVISED HOURS FOR LEARNERS AS FROM -JULY 15»

6 AM TO 7.30 AM

9.30 AM TO 4.30 PM

7.30 PM TO 11 PM

AT PRESENT PERMITTED HOURS VARY ACCORDING TO THE DAY OF THE WEEK, BUT THE NEW HOURS WILL APPLY EVERY DAY.

♦SINCE THE EXISTING PERMITTED TIME SCHEDULE WAS DRAWN UP, ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE, TRAFFIC PATTERNS AND WORKING HOURS HAVE CHANGED,♦ SAID A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN.

♦HONG KONG NOW HAS AN IMPROVED SYSTEM OF URBAN CLEARWAYS, MAIN ARTERIES AND FEEDER ROADS.

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♦GENERALLY, TRAFFIC FLOWS FREELY IN COMPARISON WITH MOST CITIES OF COMPARABLE SIZE AND THERE IS SCOPE TO EXTEND THE.TIME WHEN LEARNER DRIVERS CAN BE ON THE ROADS.♦

THE NEW HOURS STILL KEEP ♦LEARNER FREE+ PERIODS DURING THE BUSIEST TIMES OF THE DAY. THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IT WAS THEREFORE UNLIKELY THAT THE CHANGE WOULD LEAD TO A DETERIORATION IN TRAFFIC CONDITIONS.

ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS FOR THE CHANGE IS TO GIVE HONG KONG’S LEARNERS MORE TIME TO PRACTISE, IN AN ATTEMPT TO IMPROVE THE PRESENT VERY LOW PASS RATE IN PRIVATE CAR DRIVING TESTS.

THE PRESENT PERMITTED HOURS ARE«

MONDAY TO FRIDAYl

6 AM TO 7.30 AM

9.30 AM TO 12.30 PM

2.30 PM TO 4.30 PM

8 PM TO 11 PM

SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYSi

6 AM TO 7.30 AM

9.30 AM TO 12.30 PM

8 PM TO 11 PM

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CENTRAL, WESTERN WATER WORKS * * * *

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICTS WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 9 AM TO 4 PM ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 13) FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

AFFECTED PREMISES LIE BETWEEN ICE HOUSE STREET AND SANDS STREET, INCLUDING CONNAUGHT ROADS CENTRAL AND WEST, QUEEN’S ROADS CENTRAL AND WEST, HOLLYWOOD ROAD, FIRST STREET, SECOND STREET, THIRD STREET, HIGH STREET, WATER STREET, ABERDEEN STREET, PEEL STREET, WYNDHAM STREET AND DES VOEUX ROADS CENTRAL AND WEST.

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NT CLEAN BEACH DRIVE LAUNCHED * * *

THE CLEAN-THE-BEACHES PHASE OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG 1983 DRIVE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WAS LAUNCHED TODAY AT A CEREMONY AT THE OLD CAFETERIA BEACH IN TUEN MUN.

MORE THAN 200 MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB FROM 18 TUEN MUN SCHOOLS HELPED CLEAN-UP THE BEACH, AS PART OF THEIR CIVIC EFFORT DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS. THEY COLLECTED ABOUT 50 BASKETS OF REFUSE.

THE EFFORT, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD AND THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, IS AIMED AT AROUSING PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING THE BEACHES CLEAN.

TUEN MUN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE WORKERS HELPED REMOVE THE COLLECTED DEBRIS.

ALSO TAKING PART IN THE OPERATION TODAY WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE OF TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD, ffi NG CHEUK-TAI, AND THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER OF TUEN MUN, W CHOI YING-WAI.

CLEAN-UP OPERATIONS WILL ALSO BE MOUNTED DURING THE NEXT SEVEN WEEKS AT FOUR OTHER BEACHES IN THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT -- NEW CAFETERIA BEACH, KADOORIE BEACH, CASTLE PEAK BEACH AND BUTTERFLY BEACH.

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TRAFFIC TO BE REROUTED * M »

TRAFFIC IN MAN WA LANE IN CENTRAL WILL BE TEMPORARILY REROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JULY 12), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, JULY 11, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

SIR EDWARD OFF TO PEKING FOR TALKS.............................. 1

COUNTRY AND COMMODITY BREAKDOWN FIGURES FOR HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL TRADE FOR JANUARY - MAY 1983 .......................... 1

PROPOSAL FOR MAXICABS TO REPLACE BUS ROUTES..................... 8

GRADUATES GET ADVICE ON TEACHING .............................. 10

300 000 BOYS BENEFIT FROM SCOUT ACTIVITIES..................... 11

HK-US TO DISCUSS EXPORT AUTHORISATION CALLS.................... 12

INDUSTRY’S ROLE IN TECHNICAL TRAINING STRESSED................. 12

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

WORK ON FLYOVER................................................ 1J

WATER LEAKAGE TEST ............................................ 13

MONDAY, JULY 11, 1983

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SIR EDWARD OFF TO PEKING FOR TALKS *****

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, LEFT FOR PEKING THIS AFTERNOON FOR THE SECOND PHASE OF THE SI NO-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 UNOFFIC IAL MEMBER OF TH^ EXECUTIVE COUNCIL. SIR S.Y. CHUNG, THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR ROGER LOBO, AND TWO OFFICIALS FROM THE XINHUA NEWS AGENCY (HONG KONG BRANCH), * TAN GAN, VICE-CHIEF EDITOR AND MR JI SHAOXIANG, FOREIGN AFFAIRS SECRETARY.

ACCOMPANYING THE GOVERNOR TO PEKING WERE THE POLITICAL ADVISER, MR ROBIN MCLAREN AND GOVERNMENT CHIEF INTERPRETER, » Y.P. CHENG.

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COUNTRY AND COMMODITY BREAKDOWN FIGURES FOR HONG KONG'S EXTERNAL TRADE FOR JANUARY - MAY 1983 * * *

TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE FOR JANUARY - MAY 1983, VALUED AT *115 423 MILLION, SHOWED AN INCREASE OF 9 PER CENT AS COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1982, ACCORDING TO SUMMARY TRADE STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (MONDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE BY 11 PER CENT TO $34 241 MILLION, IMPORTS BY 8 PER CENT TO $61 596 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS BY 9 PER CENT TO *19 586 MILLION. DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS TOGETHER SHOWED AN INCREASE OF 10 PER CENT.

THE CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE TEN MAJOR OVERSEAS MARKETS ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 1 AT THE END OF THIS PRESS RELEASE.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE USA ROSE BY 21 PER CENT IN VALUE. SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN CLOTHING (BY *1 098 MILLION OR 27 PER CENT), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY *443 MILLION OR 65 PER CENT), AND OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY *436 MILLION OR 70 PER CENT).

ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS (BY *319 MILLION OR 28 PER CENT) AND FOOTWEAR (BY *30 MILLION OR 22 PER CENT).

DECREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE UK WERE REGISTERED FOR CLOTHING (BY *190 MILLION OR 15 PER CENT) AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY *58 MILLION OR 33 PER CENT).

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HOWEVER, DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF METALLIFEROUS ORES AND METAL SCRAP INCREASED BY $218 MILLION OR 827 PER CENT.

MOST COMMODITIES EXPORTED TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY INCREASED SLIGHTLY IN VALUE, INCLUDING OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $51 MILLION OR 271 PER CENT) AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $31 MILLION OR 19 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF DECREASED BY $13 MILLION OR 10 PER CENT.

SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE REGISTERED IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO CHINA OF TEXTILES (BY $223 MILLION OR 68 PER CENT) AND FEEDING STUFF FOR ANIMALS (BY $86 MILLION OR 715 PER CENT); AND IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO JAPAN OF JEWELLERY, GOLDSMITHS* AND SILVERSMITHS’ WARES, AND OTHER ARTICLES OF PRECIOUS OR SEMI-PRECIOUS MATERIALS (BY $28 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 CLOTHING (BY $465 MILLION OR 29 PER CENT), MEAT AND MEAT PREPARATIONS (BY $138 MILLION OR 30 PER CENT), CRUDE ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE MATERIALS (BY $99 MILLION OR 33 PER CENT), AND PETROLEUM, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND RELATED MATERIALS (BY $77 MILLION OR 8 PER CENT).

AS FOR IMPORTS FROM JAPAN, INCREASES WERE NOTED FOR ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $560 MILLION OR 46 PER CENT), AND TEXTILES (BY $292 MILLION OR 16 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR ROAD VEHICLES (INCLUDING AIR CUSHION VEHICLES) (BY $256 MILLION OR 21 PER CENT), AND GENERAL INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT, AND MACHINE PARTS (BY $74 MILLION OR 12 PER CENT).

INCREASES IN IMPORTS FROM THE USA WERE MOSTLY OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $373 MILLION OR 56 PER CENT), PETROLEUM. PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND RELATED MATERIALS (BY $318 MILLION OR 790 PER CENT), AND OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $179 MILLION OR 34 PER CENT).

ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED IN IMPORTS OF GENERAL INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT, AND MACHINE PARTS (BY $96 MILLION OR 31 PER CENT), AND PEARLS, PRECIOUS AND SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES UNWORKED OR WORKED (BY $65 MILLION OR 17 PER CENT).

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DECREASES WERE REGISTERED IN IMPORTS FROM TAIWAN OF TEXTILES (BY $184 MILLION OR 11 PER CENT) AND IN IMPORTS FROM SINGAPORE OF PETROLEUM, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND RELATED MATERIALS (BY $894 MILLION OR 31 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, IMPORTS OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF FROM TAIWAN INCREASED (BY $28 MILLION OR 4 PER CENT); AND IMPORTS OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF FROM SINGAPORE ALSO INCREASED (BY $114 MILLION OR 44 PER CENT).

TABLE 4 ILLUSTRATES THE MORE IMPORTANT CHANGES IN IMPORTS BY COMMODITY SECTIONS.

INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN RE-EXPORTS TO TIE USA (BY $575 MILLION OR 27 PER CENT), SINGAPORE (BY $289 MILLION OR 21 PER CENT), REPUBLIC OF KOREA (SOUTH KOREA) (BY $232 MILLION OR 34 PER CENT), SAUDI ARABIA (BY $198 MILLION CR 63 PER CENT), VIETNAM (BY $118 MILLION OR 139 PER CENT), MACAU (BY $94 MILLION OR 15 PER CENT), TAIWAN (BY $82 MILLION OR 8 PER CENT) AND UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (BY $79 MILLION OR 54 PER CENT).

ON THE OTHER HAND, DECLINES WERE REGISTERED IN RE-EXPORTS TO CHINA (BY $95 MILLION OR 3 PER CENT) AND JAPAN (BY $66 MILLION OR 6 PER CENT).

THE CHANGES IN RE-EXPORTS TO THE TEN MAJOR MARKETS ARE GIVEN TO TABLE 5.

MOST COMMODITIES RE-EXPORTED THROUGH HONG KONG EXHIBITED STRONG GROWTH, THE MORE SIGNIFICANT ONES BEING CLOTHING (BY $510 MILLION OR 49 PER CENT), PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES. OPTICAL GOODS AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $286 MILLION OR 23 PE& CENT), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL ^ARTS THEREOF (BY $195 MILLION OR 15 PER CENT), AND OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $156 MILLION OR 45 PER CENT).

DECREASES WERE REGISTERED IN THE RE-EXPORTS OF TEXTILES (BY $315 MILLION OR 11 PER CENT), ROAD VEHICLES (INCLUDING AIR CUSHION VEHICLES) (BY $125 MILLION OR 13 PER CENT), AND NON-METALLIC MINERAL MANUFACTURES (BY $84 MILLION OR 8 PER CENT).

THE CHANGES IN RE-EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS ARE GIVEN IN TABLE 6.

THE MAY 1983 ISSUE OF THE +HONG KONG TRADE STATISTICS -SUMMARY* WILL BE AVAILABLE IN MID-JULY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT $5 PER COPY.

A MORE COMPREHENSIVE. REPORT, +HONG KONG EXTERNAL TRADE*, WITH A DETAILED ANALYSIS OF IMPORTS, EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS IN MAY 1983 WILL BE AVAILABLE IN EARLY AUGUST 1983 AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT $10 PER COPY. ENQUIRIES CONCERNING SUBSCRIPTIONS TO THESE REPORTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES AT BASKERVILLE HOUSE, HONG KONG (TEL. NO. 5-214375).

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TABLE 1 1 DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY TEN MAJOR MARKETS

MAJOR JAN-MAY 1983 JAN-MAY 1982 INCREASE/ DECREASE PERCENTAGE

MARKETS ($ MN) (S MN) ($ MN) CHANGE

U.S.A. 13 669 11 251 +2 418 +21

U.K. 2 641 2 671 - 29 - 1

F.R. OF GERMANY 2 602 2 458 + 144 ♦ 6

CHINA 1 988 1 519 + 469 +31

JAPAN 1 298 1 128 + 170 +15

CANADA 1 193 887 + 305 +34

AUSTRALIA 877 1 079 - 202 -19

SINGAPORE 808 740 + 68 + 9

NETHERLANDS 704 635 69 ♦ 11

FRANCE 602 592 + 9 + 2

TABLE 2 t DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS

COMMOD1TY DIVISIONS JAN- IAY 1983 ( ; mn X JAN-MAY 1982 ($ mn) INCREASE/ DECREASE ($ MN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 1 . 216 10 450 + 767 + 7

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS) 5 273 5 578 - 305 - 5

PHOTOGRAPHIC 3 240 2 884 + 355 +12

APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT, SUPPLIES, AND OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS

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ELECTRICAL 2 822 2 469 + 352 +14

MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (MAINLY TRANSISTORS AND DIODES AND HOUSEHOLD-TYPE APPLIANCES)

TELECOMMUNICATIONS 2 489 2 232 + 257 +12

AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT

TEXTILES YARN, 2 443 2 016 + 427 +21

FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS

TABLE 3 1 IMPORTS FROM TEN MAJOR SOURCES

INCREASE/

MAJOR SOURCES JAN-MAY 1983 ($ MN) JAN-MAY 1982 ($ MN) DECREASE ($ MN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

CHINA 14 200 12 632 +1 568 +12

JAPAN 14 000 12 538 +1 462 +12

U.S.A. 7 142 6 031 +1 111 +18

TAIWAN 4 310- 4 320 10 -0.2

SINGAPORE 3 622 4 229 - 607 -14

U.K. 2 937 2 771 + 167 + 6

REPUBLIC OF KOREA 1 700 1 940 - 240 -12

(SOUTH KOREA)

F.R. OF GERMANY 1 640 1 372 + 268 +20

SWITZERLAND 1 161 1 100 + 61 ♦ 6

THAILAND 912 755 + 156 ♦21

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TABLE 4 1 COMMOD1TY SECTIONS IMPORTS BY COMMODITY SECTIONS

INCREASE/ PERCENTAGE CHANGE

JAN-MAY 1983 (S MN) JAN-MAY 1982 (t MN) DECREASE ($ MN)

MANUFACTURED GOODS CLASSIFIED CHIEFLY BY MATERIAL (MAINLY TEXTILE PRODUCTS, DIAMONDS, IRON AND STEEL. AND PAPER) 17 034 16 598 ♦ 436 ♦ 3

MACHINERY AND AND TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT 13 975 12 736 +1 239 +10

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY WATCHES AND CLOCKS, ARTICLES OF APPAREL) 10 948 9 460 +1 487 ♦16

FOOD AND LIVE ANIMALS CHIEFLY FOR FOOD 6 867 6 050 + 817 +13

CHEMICALS AND RELATED PRODUCTS, N.E.S. 4 448 3 874 + 573 ♦15

MINERAL FUELS, LUBRICANTS AND RELATED MATERIALS TABLE 5 1 4 330 RE-EXPORTS BY 4 572 - 242 TEN MAJOR MARKETS INCREASE/ - 5

MAJOR JAN-MAY 1983 JAN-MAY 1982 DECREASE PERCENTAGE

MARKETS ($ MN) ($ MN) ($ MN) CHANGE

CHINA 3 391 3 486 - 95 - 3

U.S.A. 2 712 2 137 + 575 ♦27

INDONESIA 1 759 1 804 - 45 - 2

SINGAPORE 1 649 1 360 + 289 +21

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TAIWAN 1 158 1 □75 + 82 + 8

JAPAN 1 043 1 109 66 - 6

REPUBLIC OF KOREA (SOUTH KOREA) 913 681 232 +34

MACAU 716 622 94 +15

PHILIPPINES 615 599 + 16 + 3

SAUDI ARABIA 511 313 198 +63

RE-EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS

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COMMOD1TY DIVISIONS JAN-MAY 1983 (S MN) JAN-MAY 1982 ($ MN) INCREASE/ DECREASE ($ MN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 2 657 2 972 351 -11

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 1 550 1 040 510 +49

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES 1 530 1 335 195 *15

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT, SUPPLIES AND OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 1 523" 1 238 + 286 +23

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES 1 041 924 + 116 +13

NON-METALLIC MINERAL 959 MANUFACTURES 1 043 •• 34 - 8

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PROPOSAL FOR MAXICABS TO REPLACE BUS ROUTES

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RECENT STUDIES HAVE PRODUCED EVIDENCE THAT TWO BUS ROUTES IN A SPARSELY-POPULATED AREA NEAR YUEN LONG SHOULD BE REPLACED WITH MAXICABS - IN LINE WITH ESTABLISHED TRANSPORT POLICY IN SUCH CASES.

A REPORT PUBLISHED BY THE KOWLOON MOTOR BUS REVIEW GROUP SAYS THE TWO ROUTES - NUMBERS 57 4*0 58, - ARE AMONG THE SERVICES WITH THE BIGGEST LOSSES. THEY SERVE THE COASTAL AREA RUNNING TO THE LEFT AND RIGHT OF LAU FAU SHAl» - THE 57 RUNS DOWN TOWARDS PAX NAI AND THE 58 UP TO TSIM BE I T&UI.

ONE OF THE TASKS OF THE REVIEW GROUP, WHICH CARRIED OUT A STUDY OF THE COMPANY’S OPERATIONS, WAS TO LOOK AT UNECONOMIC ROUTES.

DETAILED STUDIES WERE CARRIED OUT BY THE GROUP’S ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME SUB-GROUP WHICH COMPRISED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AND TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVES AS WELL AS TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS.

THE 57 AND 58 ROUTES WERE AMONG THOSE LOSS-MAKERS LOOKED AT THE SUB-GROUP, AFTER DETAILED CONSIDERATION, RECOMMENDED THAT THE TWO ROUTES BE REPLACED BY MAXICABS.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SUMMED UP THE SITUATION SO FAR AS FOLLOWS*

1. BECAUSE OF THE NARROW ROADS, SMALL ALBION BUSES WITH LIMITED CAPACITY HAVE TO BE USED. THERE ARE FEW OF THESE BUSES LEFT IN SERVICE WITH KMB AND THOSE ON THE 57 AND 58 ROUTES ARE 18-21 YEARS OLD - NEAR THE END OF THEIR SERVICEABLE LIVES.

2. BUS PATRONAGE IN THE AREA IS VERY LOW AND DEMAND DOES NOT JUSTIFY THE OPERATION OF THE PRESENT SERVICES.

IT WAS INITIALLY PROPOSED THAT THE TWO ROUTES SHOULD BE WITHDRAWN AND SERVICE TO PASSENGERS PROVIDED BY MAXICABS. THIS WAS RAISED AT THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR.

AT THE BOARD’S REQUEST A SPECIAL MEETING WAS HELD THE FOLLOWING MONTH TO DISCUSS THE PROPOSAL. DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS SAID THEY WISHED TO SEE THE BUSES RETAINED INDEFINITELY.

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, IN FEBRUARY, CARRIED OUT A DETAILED SURVEY OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN THE AREA TO INVESTIGATE THE CURRENT DEMAND PATTERN. PASSENGER DEMAND ON DEEP BAY ROAD, BETWEEN FUI YIU, PAST PAK NAI, AND SHA KIU AND LAU FAU SHAN ROUNDABOUT WAS RECORDED. EACH BUS WAS BOARDED AND CHECK POINTS WERE SET UP TO RECORD PATRONAGE OF HIRE CARS, ILLEGAL HIRE CARS, GOODS VEHICLES WITH EXCESS PASSENGER PERMITS, TAXIS AND PRIVATE CARS.

THE SURVEY RESULTS SHOWED THAT THE KMB BUSES CARRIED ONLY ABOUT 25 PER CENT OF PASSENGERS GOING TO OR FROM THE. PAK NAI AREA AND ABOUT 33 PER CENT OF THOSE GOING TO OR FROM THE SHA KIU AREA.

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THE PROBLEM WITH THE TWO KMB ROUTES WAS SUMMARISED AS FOLLOWSt A POOR, AO-MINUTE FREQUENCY (FREQUENCY AT MEALBREAK 90 MINUTES), THE SLOW SPEED, POOR STANDARD OF COMFORT, A CAPACITY OF ONLY 30 PASSENGERS PER PEAK HOUR, ROUTE LIMITATIONS, SHORT OPERATING HOURS AND THE FACT THAT AGRICULTURAL PRODUCE COULD NOT BE CARRIED.

ON THE PLUS SIDE HOWEVER, THERE WAS THE ATTRACTION OF THE CHEAP, 90-CENT FARE.

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TOOK THE SURVEY FINDINGS INTO ACCOUNT ALONG WITH THREE PRINCIPLES LAID DOWN BY THE DISTRICT BOARD -THAT ANY REPLACEMENT SERVICE MUST CONNECT DIRECT WITH YUEN LONG, THAT THERE BE FARE STAGES, AND THAT STUDENTS SHOULD TRAVEL AT HALF PRICE.

INITIALLY, IT HAD BEEN PROPOSED THAT THE REPLACEMENT MAXICABS SHOULD RUN FROM PAK NAI TO LAU FAU SHAN AND FROM TSIM BE I TSUI TO LAU FAU SHAN WITH AN INTERCHANGE FOR BOTH WITH A LAU FAU SHAN TO YUEN LONG SERVICE.

BASED ON THE PRINCIPLES RECOMMENDED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, A REVISED PLAN WAS PREPARED WHICH CALLS FOR THREE MAXICAB SERVICES, FROM FUI YIU, TSIM BEI TSUI AND LAU FAU SHAN - ALL GOING RIGHT THROUGH TO YUEN LONG.

FARE STAGES WERE TO BE INTRODUCED. IN ADDITION FARES WERE TO BE LOWEREDi FOR INSTANCE, THE ADULT FARE FROM TSIM BEI TSUI OR FUI YIU TO YUEN LONG WOULD GO DOWN FROM $3 TO $2.20. ALSO, STUDENTS WERE TO BE GIVEN REDUCED RATES.

ALTHOUGH MAX ICABS WOULD COST SLIGHTLY MORE, SAID THE DEPARTMENT'S SPOKESMAN, THIS WOULD BE MORE THAN OUTWEIGHED BY THE GREATLY IMPROVED SERVICE TO PEOPLE LIVING IN THE AREA.

MAXICABS WOULD RUN EVERY 10 MINUTES, WOULD HAVE AN IMPROVED STANDARD OF COMFORT - EACH PASSENGER HAVING A SEAT, WOULD MAINTAIN FAST SERVICE, AND WOULD BE ABLE TO CARRY MORE PASSENGERS EACH HOUR.

THEY WOULD EXTEND THE ROUTE FURTHER - SUCH AS TO FUI YIU, WOULD HAVE LONGER OPERATING HOURS, AND, IN VIEW OF RECENTLY APPROVED CHANGES TO THE APPROVED SIZE OF THE VEHICLES, WOULD HAVE MORE ROOM TO CARRY AGRICULTURAL PRODUCE.

THE MAX ICAB SERVICES WOULD BE INTRODUCED THIS SEPTEMBER. IN ORDER TO GIVE LOCAL RESIDENTS A TRANSITIONAL PERIOD TO GET USED TO THE NEW SERVICES, THE KMB ROUTES 57 AND 58 WOULD CONTINUE TO OPERATE FOR A THREE-MONTH CHANGEOVER PERIOD AFTER WHICH THEY WOULD BE WITHDRAWN.

THE NEW MAX ICAB PROPOSALS MEET WITH ALL THREE OF THE STIPULATIONS LAID DOWN BY THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD LAST YEAR.

♦THE RECOMMENDED REPLACEMENT OF TWO UNECONOMIC ROUTES WITH MAXICABS WHICH WILL PROVIDE GREATLY INCREASED STANDARDS OF SERVICE TO RESIDENTS OF THESE AREAS IS FULLY IN LINE WITH ESTABLISHED TRANSPORT POLICY,* SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

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♦THERE SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN SOME DOUBT AS TO THIS IN PREVIOUS DISCUSSION OF THE ISSUE BUT THIS CASE IS A CLASSICAL EXAMPLE OF WHERE A TRANSPORT ROUTE SHOULD BE CONVERTED FROM SUS TO MAXICAB OPERATION.

♦AS TRANSPORT PLANNER.' WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR THE CORRECT MODE TO DO EACH JOB. IN Th IS CASE, GIVEN THE DENSITY OF TRAFFIC AND, IN PARTICULAR THE POOR ROAD CONDITIONS, MAXICABS ARE FAR MORE APPROPRIATE THAN BUSES.♦

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GRADUATES GET ADVICE ON TEACHING K * K *

THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, MR KENNETH TOPLEY, TODAY (MONDAY) GAVE ADVICE TO SEVERAL HUNDRED PROSPECTIVE TEACHERS ON HOW TO SUCCEED IN THEIR PROFESSION.

SPEAKING AT THE FIRST JOINT GRADUATION CEREMONY OF THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION AT THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL, MR TOPLEY SAID TEACHERS MUST HAVE MASTERY OF WHAT THEY TEACH.

♦IF THEY DO NOT, THEN THE TEACHING APPROACH USUALLY BECOMES ONE OF SLAVISH ADHERENCE TO THE TEXTBOOK WITH HARDLY ANY EXCHANGE BETWEEN PUPIL AND TEACHER DURING LESSONS - A RECIPE FOR FRUSTRATION.+

HE ADDED THAT TEACHERS MUST, IN ADDITION, COMMAND THE PROFESSIONAL SKILLS REQUIRED TO TEACH THEIR SUBJECT TO CHILDREN OF DIFFERENT AGES, APTITUDES AND BACKGROUNDS.

♦YOU HAVE BEEN TRAINED TO MAKE YOUR SUBJECT ACCESSIBLE TO PUPILS OF ALL KINDS AND TO ASSESS THEIR PROGRESS,+ HE SAID.

NOTING THAT QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING DID NOT EXHAUST THE QUALITIES REQUIRED OF A TEACHER, MR TOPLEY SAID THAT PERSONALITY, CHARACTER AND COMMITMENT WERE AS IMPORTANT AS THE SPECIFIC SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE USED IN THE CLASSROOM.

MR TOPLEY SAID THAT AS TEACHERS THEY ALSO NEEDED THOSE SKILLS WHICH WERE VITAL FOR THE EFFECTIVE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR ROLE OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM, IN THE SOCIAL AND CORPORATE LIFE OF THE SCHOOL AND IN RELATIONSHIP TO PARENTS AND TO THE COMMUNITY.

♦YOUR PERSONAL QUALITIES INFLUENCE YOUR EFFECTIVENESS AS A TEACHER VERY DECISIVELY,+ HE SAID.

FINALLY, MR TOPLEY URGED TEACHERS TO LOOK FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO BRING THEMSELVES UP TO DATE AND TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IN-SERVICE TRAINING PROVIDED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE UNIVERSITIES.

♦BOTH THE PRIMARY AND SECONDARY CURRICULUM HAVE TO RESPOND TO NEW IDEAS AND CHANGING EXPECTATIONS,+ HE SAID.

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR COLVYN HAYE, ALSO ATTENDED TODAY’S GRADUATION CEREMONY.

THE PRINCIPAL OF GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, DR Y.F. KONG, REPORTED THAT 670 FULL-TIME COURSE GRADUATES AND 301 PART-TIME COURSE GRADUATES HAD COMPLETED THEIR STUDIES AT THE THREE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION THIS YEAR.

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300 000 BOYS BENEFIT FROM SCOUT ACTIVITIES ******

SCOUTING HAS GIVEN TR-iNING IN CITIZENSHIP VALUES AND ENJOYMENT TO WELL OVER 300 >30 BOYS SINCE THE SCOUT MOVEMENT STARTED IN HONG SONG 72 YEARS AGO.

IN THE PAST 10 YEARS, THE NUMBER OF SCOUTS HAD GROWN FROM 20 000 TO 40 000t THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR LAWRENCE MILLS, SAID TODAY.

♦THIS CLEARLY SHOWS THAT THE MOVEMENT IS GOING FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH AND IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY POPULAR WITH YOUNG PEOPLE, PARENTS AND TEACHERS ALIKE,♦ HE SAID.

RR MILLS WAS SPEAKING AT THE SEVENTH INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF OFFICE-BEARERS OF THE EAST KOWLOON REGIONAL SCOUT COUNCIL THIS EVENING.

HE SAID THE UPSHOT OF DEVELOPMENTS OF NEW TOWNS IN THE NT AND MORE HOUSING ESTATES IN THE URBAN AREA WAS THE BIRTH OF NEW COMMUNITIES OF PEOPLE WHO WERE STRANGERS TO ONE ANOTHER AND CLUSTERED IN HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS.

THE EMPHASIS BY THE SCOUT ASSOCIATION ON GREATER INVOLVEMENT IN COMMUNITY BUILDING AND DEVELOPMENT AND REACHING OUT TO YOUNGSTERS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY, PARTICULARLY IN HOUSING ESTATES AND NEWLY DEVELOPING DISTRICTS, WAS THEREFORE MOST CRUCIAL AND TIMELY, HE SAID.

♦SPECIFICALLY, IT REFLECTS A RECOGNITION OF THE NEED TO ADAPT THE SCOUT MOVEMENT TO THE CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES OF OUR COMMUNITY.

♦YOUR REGIONAL COUNCIL HAS A VITAL ROLE TO PLAY IN THE ONEROUS TASK OF PROVIDING A HEALTHY OUTLET FOR YOUTHFUL ENERGY AND INTEREST, AND IN PREPARING YOUNG PEOPLE FOR THEIR RIGHTFUL PLACE IN SOCIETY AS RESPONSIBLE, THINKING AND USEFUL CITIZENS,♦ HE SAID.

MR MILLS SAID THE GOVERNMENT ATTACHED GREAT IMPORTANCE TO COMMUNITY BUILDING, AND WAS FULLY COMMITTED TO FOSTERING COMMUNITY SPIRIT AND MAKING HONG KONG A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE IN.

♦IN YOUR TASK OF PROMOTING SCOUTING IN EAST KOWLOON, YOU CAN BE SURE THAT THERE IS AN ABUNDANCE OF GOODWILL AND SUPPORT FROM THE DISTRICT BOARDS AND LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS, IN ADDITION TO THE COMMUNITY IN GENERAL,♦ HE SAID.

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HK-US TO DISCUSS EXPORT AUTHORISATION CALLS * * * *

THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF TRADE, MR MICHAEL CARTLAND, WILL LEAVE FOR WASHINGTON TOMORROW (TUESDAY) FOR CONSULTATIONS WITH THE UNITED STATES ADMINISTRATION ON HONG KONG’S EXPORTS OF FOUR CATEGORIES COVERED BY THE PROVISIONS OF THE HONG KONG/US BILATERAL TEXTILES AGREEMENT.

THE TALKS, SCHEDULED TO BE HELD ON JULY 14 AND 15, WILL CONCERN THE US REQUEST FOR LIMITS TO BE ESTABLISHED IN 1983 FOR HONG KONG’S EXPORTS TO THE UNITED STATES IN CAT. 604 (MMF SPUN NON-CELLULOSIC YARN); CAT. 644 (MMF SUITS, W,G AND I); CAT. 313 (COTTON SHEETING) AND CAT. 352 (COTTON UNDERWEAR).

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INDUSTRY’S ROLE IN TECHNICAL TRAINING STRESSED

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INDUSTRY PLAYS AN IMPORTANT PART IN THE TRAINING OF TECHNICIANS IT REQUIRES TO FURTHER DEVELOP AND DIVERSIFY THE MANUFACTURING TRADES.

PRACTICAL TRAINING FOR TECHNICAL INSTITUTE STUDENTS HAS BEEN A VITAL ASPECT OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION, A VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SUCH TRAINING WAS OFTEN ARRANGED DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS WHEN STUDENTS ARE GIVEN A CHANCE TO WORK IN FACTORIES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THIS SYSTEM OF SUPPLEMENTING THE STUDENTS’ ACADEMIC KNOWLEDGE WITH ACTUAL WORKING EXPERIENCE HELPED PROVIDE INDUSTRY WITH SUFFICIENT WELL-TRAINED MANPOWER, HE POINTED OUT.

THE SAME. APPROACH COULD ALSO BE APPLIED TO THE COMMERCIAL AND SERVICES SECTORS, HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THE RESPONSE FROM EMPLOYERS THIS SUMMER HAD BEEN ENCOURAGING — THE NUMBER OF PLACES TO BE FILLED BY STUDENTS IN SEVERAL AREAS OF STUDY HAD BEEN PROVIDED.

THESE INCLUDE THE TOURIST, CLOTHING, PRINTING AND TEXTILE INDUSTRIES.

WITH A FEW MORE OFFERS EXPECTED FROM OTHER INDUSTRIES SUCH AS CONSTRUCTION, DESIGN, ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERING AND THE COMMERCIAL SECTOR, ALL STUDENTS REQUIRING SUMMER TRAINING WILL BE PLACED, HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IT WAS COMMON FOR GRADUATES TO BE OFFERED EMPLOYMENTS BY ESTABLISHMENTS IN WHICH THEY HAD RECEIVED TRAINING DURING THE SUMMER.

EMPLOYERS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN THE SCHEME WERE URGED TO CONTACT THE MORRISON HILL, KWAI CHUNG, HAKING WONG, KWUN TONG OR LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE.

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WATER FIGURES

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STORAGE ,l HONG 'ONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 39.0 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 514.223 MILLION CUBIC ►ETRES.

THIS TIME .AST YEAR th£ RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 372.872 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESEN'ING 64.6 SER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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WORK ON FLYOVER

K H a

THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF THE FLEMING ROAD FLYOVER WILL BE CLOSED FROM 12.30 AM TO 6.30 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 13) FOR ROAD WORKS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, TRAFFIC rRuM WAN CHAI RECLAMATION AREA HEADING FOR LOCKHART ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED V a HARBOUR ROAD EASTBOUND, TONNOCHY ROAD NORTHBOUND, HUNG HING ROAD AND MARSH ROAD.

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES iKWUN TONG WILL BE CUT OFF FROM 11 PM ON THURSDAY (JULY 14) SEVEN HOURS FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AREA TO BE AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY PING TIN STREET AND ON TIN STREET INCLUDING BLOCK 15 TO 24, LAM \ 6STATE AND LAM TIN FIRST' TO FOURTH VILLAGE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, JULY 12, 198?

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MOTION ON EDUCATION REPORT AT LEGCO TOMORROW ............ 1

BIG ANTI-DRUG VARIETY SHOW COMING ....................... 2

U5-M RECLAMATION CONTRACT SIGNED......................... 4

CLOSURE ORDERS SOUGHT FOR FOUR BUILDINGS ................ 4

RAILWAY DEPOT TO BE BUILT ............................... 5

JOINT SCHOOL ECONOMICS EXHIBITION ....................... 5

CALIBRATION TO CAUSE TRAFFIC DIVERSIONS ................. 5

SALT WATER MAINS WORK ..................................  6

DEATH SENTENCES COMMUTED ................................ 6

TUESDAY, JULY 12, 1983

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MOTION ON EDUCATION REPORT AT LEGCO TOMORROW * * * *

AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER’S MOTION ON THE REPORT, +A PERSPECTIVE ON EDUCATION IN HONG KONG*, WILL BE MOVED BY THE REV THE HON PATRICK MCGOVERN AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

A NUMBER OF OTHER UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE SPEAKING ON THE MOTION WHICH IS* +THAT THIS COUNCIL RECEIVES WITH APPROBATION* THE REPORT +AND COMMENDS IT TO GOVERNMENT AS A BASIS ON WHICH THE CONTINUING IMPROVEMENT OF EDUCATION IN HONG KONG SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED.*

AT THE SAME MEETING, THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE ASKED WHETHER IT IS SATISFIED THAT SUFFICIENT POLICE OFFICERS ARE DEPLOYED TO DETER AND COMBAT ARMED ROBBERIES IN HONG KONG.

IN REFERRING TO +THE INCREASING VIOLENCE OF ARMED ROBBERIES*, THE HON WONG LAM WILL ALSO ASK THE GOVERNMENT TO STATE THE NUMBER OF ARMED ROBBERIES THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE SO FAR THIS YEAR, AND TO GIVE A COMPARISON OF THIS FIGURE WITH THE NUMBER THAT TOOK PLACE IN THE SIMILAR PERIOD LAST YEAR.

AND, DEBATE WILL RESUME ON TEN BILLS INTRODUCED AT THE PREVIOUS SITTING ON JUNE 29, PRIOR TO THEIR COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READINGS.

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INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT)(NO. 3) BILL 1983, IMPORT AND EXPORT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, EDUCATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, CHILD CARE CENTRES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATES CORPORATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, LAND ACQUISITION (POSSESSORY TITLE) BILL 1983, INTERPRETATION AND GENERAL CLAUSES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, INTERPRETATION AND GENERAL CLAUSES (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL 1983, PROBATE AND ADMINISTRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983.

IN ADDITION, ONE BILL, THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, WHICH PROVIDES FOR INCREASES IN THE RATE OF SICKNESS ALLOWANCE PAYABLE TO EMPLOYEES UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE, WILL BE INTRODUCED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, THE HON NEIL HENDERSON. DEBATE ON THIS BILL WILL BE ADJOURNED TILL JULY 27.

IN ANOTHER QUESTION, THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE ASKED HOW IT ENSURES THAT THE INTEREST RATES SET BY THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS ARE IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE HONG KONG ECONOMY.

THE GOVERNMENT WILL ALSO BE ASKED IF IT WILL CONSIDER THE FEASIBILITY OF COMPUTERISING THE PASSENGER CHECKING PROCEDURES AT IMMIGRATION CONTROL POINTS.

DUST AND NOISE NUISANCE FROM CONSTRUCTION SITES, AND WHAT MEASURES ARE BEING TAKEN TO REDUCE THEM WILL BE THE SUBJECT OF THE OTHER QUESTION.

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THERE WILL ALSO BE THREE OTHER MOTIONS AT THE MEETING, DEALING WITH THE INCREASE IN THE ISSUE OF TAXI LICENCES FOR URBAN AND NEW TERRITORIES AREAS, AND THE OTHER DEALING WITH CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1983. THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR WILL SEEK APPROVAL OF THE AMENDMENT REGULATIONS, IN AN ATTEMPT TO IMPROVE FURTHER THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE EXISTING REGULATIONS, PARTICULARLY WITH REGARD TO SAFETY

OF WORKING AT HEIGHTS.

THERE WILL BE FIVE SESSIONAL PAPERS. TWO WILL DEAL WITH SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS, AND THE THREE OTHERS ARE1 CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE WELFARE FUND INCOME AND EXPENDITURE ACCOUNT, THE SCHOOL MEDICAL SERVICE BOARD ANNUAL REPORT, AND THE UMELCO POLICE GROUP 1982 REPORT.

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BIG ANTI-DRUG VARIETY SHOW COMING M * M M

THE GOVERNMENT IS WORRIED ABOUT THE INCREASING INVOLVEMENT OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN DRUGS AND IS MAKING EVERY EFFORT TO STOP THIS TREND.

SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (TUESDAY), THE COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, MR G.L. MORTIMER POINTED OUT THAT THE AVAILABILITY OF LOW STREET PRICE HEROIN DURING THE PAST 12 MONTHS AS A RESULT OF THREE SUCCESSIVE BUMPER OPIUM CROPS IN THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE WAS POSING A THREAT TO THE COMMUNITY, ESPECIALLY THE YOUNGER PEOPLE.

AS AT DECEMBER 31, A TOTAL OF 1 685 YOUNG PERSONS UNDER 21 YEARS OF AGE WAS RECORDED IN THE CENTRAL REGISTRY OF DRUG ABUSE, REPRESENTING FOUR PER CENT OF THE TOTAL OF 41 906 REGISTERED PERSONS.

MR MORTIMER SAID, ^ALTHOUGH THE NUMBER OF YOUNG PERSONS WAS NOT GREAT WHEN COMPARED WITH THE TOTAL NUMBER OF REGISTERED PERSONS, IT IS THE INCREASING INVOLVEMENT OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN DRUGS WHICH IS WORRYING.

♦OF 3 464 PERSONS NEWLY REPOR’ED TO THE REGISTRY IN 1982, 927 OR 26.8 PER CENT WERE UNDER 21 YEARS OF AGE.

♦THIS IS AN INCREASE OF 174 OR 23 PER CENT ON THE FIGURE OF 753 FOR 1981, AND MORE THAN DOUBLE THE FIGURE FOR 1980.

♦THE MEAN AGE OF FIRST ILLICIT DRUG USE AMONG INDIVIDUALS UNDER 21 YEARS OF AGE NEWLY REPORTED TO THE REGISTRY HAS FALLEN FROM 17 IN 1980 TO 16.6 IN 1982,+ HE ADDED.

MR MORTIMER SAID THAT THE PRIMARY OBJECTS OF THIS YEAR’S ANT I-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN WAS, THEREFORE, TO DISSUADE AND PREVENT YOUNG PEOPLE FROM HAVING ANYTHING TO DO WITH ILLICIT DRUGS, AND TO ENCOURAGE THOSE ALREADY ADDICTEi) TO COME FORWARD FOR TREATMENT.

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TODAY’S PRESS CONFERENCE WAS TO ANNOUNCE THE DETAILS OF THE ANTI-NARCOTICS EDUCATIONAL VARIETY SHOW, A MAJOR EVENT OF THE CAMPAIGN.

THE SHOW, WHICH WILL BE STAGED AT THE HONG KONG COLISEUM ON JULY 17, IS JOINTLY PRESENTED BY THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS, THE URBAN COUNCIL AND RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG (T.V. DIVISION) TO DRIVE HOME THE ANT I-NARCOTICS MESSAGE AND TO EMPHASISE THE IMPORTANCE OF HEALTH AND WELL-BEING.

THE ACTING DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING, MR SIMON LUN, TOLD THE CONFERENCE THAT IN TERMS OF A SINGLE T.V. PRODUCTION, THE SHOW WILL BE *AN UNPRECEDENTED SPECTACLE*, WITH STAGE, LIGHTING, AUDIO AND OTHER TECHNICAL EFFECTS.

THE VARIETY SHOW WILL BE HOSTED BY SINGER ROMAN TAM, TOGETHER WITH OTHER ARTISTES AND PERFORMING GROUPS COMPRISING FRANCES YIP, ELIZA CHAN, THE PAN ASIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, CHRIS BAB IDA AND HIS ORCHESTRA AND THE HONG KONG CHILDREN’S CHOIR, WHICH WILL BE CONDUCTED BY THE SHOW’S ARTISTIC CONSULTANT, DR YIP WAI-HONG.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A FLIP-BOARD DISPLAY BY 1 OOO CADETS OF THE CIVIL AID SERVICES.

THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE SHOW IS WHEN ALL PERFORMERS APPEAR ON STAGE TO SING THE 1903 ACAN PUBLICITY SONG, +STRIVE FOR A BRIGHT FUTURE*, WITH THE AUDIENCE.

URBAN COUNCILLOR, MR STEPHEN M.L. LAU, SAID AT THE CONFERENCE THAT THE COUNCIL WAS HAPPY TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN.

♦THIS IS A MEANINGFUL COMMUNITY PROJECT WHICH THE URBAN COUNCIL IS ALWAYS READY TO SUPPORT,* MR LAU SAID.

+WE HOPE THAT THROUGH THE JOINT EFFORTS OF ALL ORGANISING PARTIES CONCERNED, THE ANTI-DRUG MESSAGE WILL GET THROUGH TO OUR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO UNDOUBTEDLY WILL HAVE A MOST ENJOYABLE EVENING.*

HE ADDED THAT THE URBAN COUNCIL WAS DELIGHTED TO SEE THE S140 MILLION HONG KONG COLISEUM, ONE OF ASIA’S LARGEST MULTI-PURPOSE INDOOR STADIA, TO BE OF PUBLIC SERVICE ON THIS PARTICULAR OCCASION.

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145-M RECLAMATION CONTRACT SIGNED ft ft ft ft ft

THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT TODAY AWARDED A S45-MILLI0N CONTRACT TO CHINA HARBOURS ENGINEERING COMPANY FOR A CIVIL ENGINEERING PROJECT.

THE CONTRACT WAS SIGNED THIS AFTERNOON BY MR YU KWOK-LEUNG, DEPUTY PROJECT MANAGER OF THE TUEN MUN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE COMPANY.

THE PROJECT INVOLVES THE RECLAMATION OF ABOUT 10.1 HECTARES OF LAND AT PILLAR POINT AND 1.4 HECTARES TO THE SOUTHWEST OF THE TYPHOON SHELTER AS WELL AS THE CONSTRUCTION OF SEA WALLS AND A BREAKWATER.

ALSO UNDER THE CONTRACT, A SECTION OF LUNG MUN ROAD BETWEEN BUTTERFLY BEACH AND PILLAR POINT WILL BE WIDENED TO A DUAL TWO-LANE CARRIAGEWAY TO PROVIDE BETTER ACCESS TO THE DEVELOPMENT AND THE CASTLE PEAK POWER STATION IN T4E SOUTH-WESTERN PART OF THE NEW TOWN.

THE PROJECT WILL TAKE ABOUT 13 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

CLOSURE ORDERS SOUGHT FOR FOUR BUILDINGS ft ft ft ft ft ft

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY (TUESDAY) DECLARED FOUR PRE-WAR BUILDINGS LIABLE TO BECOME DANGEROUS, AND GAVE NOTICE THAT IT WOULD APPLY FOR ORDERS TO CLOSE THEM.

THEY ARE LOCATED AT 27 TSUNG SAU LANE WEST AND 18, 20 AND 22 TSUNG SAU LANE EAST.

IN A STATEMENT ISSUED THIS MORNING, THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THAT THESE THREE-STOREY BUILDINGS, CONSTRUCTED WITH LOAD-BEARING WALLS AND TIMBER FLOORS HAD BEEN UNDER SURVEILLANCE SINCE 1979.

AN INSPECTION OF THESE BUILDINGS WAS MADE FOLLOWING A RECENT COLLAPSE OF THE KITCHEN BLOCK OF NO. 25 TSUNG SAU LANE WEST WHICH WAS CLOSED ON JUNE 27, AND WILL BE DEMOLISHED.

THE BUILDINGS WERE IN A DILAPIDATED CONDITION AND WOULD NOT SAFELY WITHSTAND THE DEMOLITION OF NO. 25 TSUNG SAU LANE WEST.

IT WAS THEREFORE NECESSARY TO CLOSE AND DEMOLISH THESE BUILDINGS, IT WAS STATED.

ACCORDINGLY NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS IN VICTORIA DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 AM ON AUGUST 9, 1983 WAS POSTED TODAY.

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RAILWAY DEPOT TO BE BUILT ******

A 111.7 MILLION CONTRACT WAS AWARDED TODAY BY THE RAILWAY DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT TO CHINA CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING CORPORATION FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PERMANENT WAY DEPOT AT HO TUNG LAU.

THE DEPOT IS FOR THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION.

THE CONTRACT WAS SIGNED THIS MORNING BY MR LEUNG MIN-SUN, GOVERNMENT ENGINEER OF THE RAILWAY DEVELOPMENT OFFICE AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE COMPANY.

THE DEPOT WILL CONSIST OF FACILITIES FOR STORAGE OF PERMANENT WAY MATERIAL AND FOR WELDING OF RAILS INTO CONTINUOUS LONG LENGTHS FOR USE IN TRACK MAINTENANCE.

WORK ON THE CONTRACT, WHICH FORMS PART OF THE MODERNISATION AND ELECTRIFICATION FOR THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY, WILL TAKE ABOUT 12 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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JOINT SCHOOL ECONOMICS EXHIBITION * * * *

A JOINT SCHOOL ECONOMICS EXHIBITION (CERTIFICATE LEVEL) WILL BE HELD BETWEEN JULY 13 AND 15 AT THE HO TUNG TECHNICAL SCHOOL FOR GIRLS AT 1 KA NING PATH, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG.

THE EXHIBITION, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION FOR ECONOMICS EDUCATION AND THE ECONOMIC AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS SECTION OF THE "EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, WILL BE OPEN FROM 11 AM TO 4 PM ON JULY 13, FROM 13 AM TO 4 PM ON JULY 14 AND FROM 10 AM TO 2 PM ON JULY 15.

HEADS OF SCHOOLS, TEACHERS, STUDENTS AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE INVITED TO VISIT THE EXHIBITION. ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE TO THE ECONOMICS AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS SECTION ON 5-8392496 OR 5-83925OO.

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CALIBRATION TO CAUSE TRAFFIC DIVERSIONS * * * *

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC DIVERSIONS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED WHEN VARIOUS APPROACH ROADS TO THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL ARE CLOSED EARLY IN THE MORNINGS ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY (JULY 14 AND 15) FOR THE CALIBRATION OF THE TUNNEL’S ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT.

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FROM 1 AM TO 2.30 AM ON JULY 14, THE ELEVATED ROAD LINKING THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL TO THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL WILL BE CLOSED. HOWEVER, TRAFFIC HEADING FOR THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL MAY USE THE NAI CHUNG ROAD TUNNEL APPROACH RAMP.

WONG

WILL TIME PARK

THE SLIP ROAD LEADING FROM ISLAND ROAD TO THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL BE CLOSED FROM 2.30 AM TO 3.15 AM ON JULY 14, DURING WHICH VEHICLES FROM THE SHOUSON HILL AREA SHOULD TRAVEL VIA OCEAN ROAD TO THE TUNNEL.

FROM

THE TUNNEL APPROACH ROAD AT WONG CHUK HANG WILL BE CLOSED 1 AM TO 2 AM ON JULY 15 AND TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA

NAM FUNG ROAD.

THE TUNNEL APPROACH RAMP LEADING FROM WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FROM 2 AM TO 3 AM ON JULY 15, WITH TRAFFIC TO BE DIVERTED VIA STUBBS ROAD.

. 4 (ALL NIGHT SERVICE) WILL BE DIVERTED WATER BAY ROAD, WONG NAI CHUNG GAP ROAD

VIA NAM AND

MAX ICAB NO FUNG ROAD, DEEP STUBBS ROAD.

POLICE AND TUNNEL CONTROL OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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SALT WATER MAINS WORK MX*

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO SOME AREAS IN KOWLOON WILL BE TURNED CFF FROM 9.30 AM TO 4 PM ON FRIDAY (JULY 15) FOR MAINS WORK.

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

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DEATH SENTENCES COMMUTED

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THE GOVERNOR, AFTER TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE ADVICE OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, HAS DECIDED THAT THE DEATH SENTENCE PASSED ON WONG JOY-TIM ON MARCH 25, 1981 SHOULD BE COMMUTED TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT, AND THAT THE DEATH SENTENCE PASSED ON CHAN KWAI-TIM ON SEPTEMBER 17, 1981 SHOULD BE COMMUTED TO 20 YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT

WONG WAS FOUND GUILTY OF THE MURDER OF A 56-YEAR-OLD WOMAN TO SAI-CHEE ON AUGUST 14, 1979.

CHAN WAS FOUND GUILTY OF THE MURDER OF A 27-YEAR-OLD WOMAN CHAN YUET-WAN IN DECEMBER 1971.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 1983

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LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETDIG:

LEGCO BACKS UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS’S MOTION ..................... 1

UMELCO WELCOMES EDUCATION REPORT ............................ 2

UNOFFICIALS SPEAK ON EDUCATION REPORT ....................... 5

TEACHING QUALITY MUST IMPROVE — T.S. LO...................... 9

GOVERNMENT PRAISED FOR EDUCATION (AMENDMENT) BILL............ 11

MORE SAFETY FOR PEOPLE WORKING AT HEIGHTS.................... 1?

UMELCO POLICE GROUP PRAISED FDR WORK......................... 14

CRIME DETECTION RATE HIGH ................................... 15

+CONSULTATION ON INTEREST RATES ESSENTIAL* .................. 15

NET EXPENDITURE S925M LESS THAN ESTIMATED.................... 16

REVIEW OF INDUSTRIAL ESTATE TERMS URGED...................... 17

CONTRACTORS BOUND BY NOISE LAWS ............................. 18

INCREASE IN PAID SICK LEAVE PROPOSED......................... 19

COMPUTERS FOR IMMIGRATION STUDIED............................ 19

TAXI REGISTRATION PERIODS EXTENDED .......................... 20

TEN BILLS PASSED............................................. 20

GOVERNOR RETURNS FROM PEKING TOMORROW ......................... 21

OVER 83 000 GET SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES ....................... 21

+HARD-WORKING PEOPLE BEHIND HK’S SUCCESS* ...................... 24

PUBLIC HELP SOUGHT IN ANTI-DRUG FIGHT ......................... 24

GATT ACCEPTS PANEL REPORT ..................................... 26

TUEN MUN BOARD MEETING ON FRIDAY............................... 26

NEWS TRANSLATION COURSE OFFERED................................ 27

YUEN LONG SITE AVAILABLE....................................... 27

WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 1983

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LEGCO BACKS UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS’S MOTION

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THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY SUPPORTED THE MOTION BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, THE REV THE HON PATRICK MCGOVERN WELCOMING THE REPORT *A PERSPECTIVE ON EDUCATION IN HONG KONG*.

THE APPROVAL WAS GIVEN IN A VOTE TAKEN AFTER AN AMENDMENT TO THE MOTION HAD BEEN PROPOSED BY THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON KENNETH TOPLEY.

THE OFFICIAL MEMBERS ALSO SUPPORTED FR MCGOVERN’S MOTION ON THE BASIS OF A CONCLUDING STATEMENT BY MR TOPLEY.

MR TOPLEY SA IDi +IT IS CLEAR FROM WHAT FR MCGOVERN AND OTHER KMBERS HAVE SAID ON THE AMENDMENT THAT THE MOTION IS NOT MEANT TO BE INCONSISTENT WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S POSITION. IT IS NOW MADE CLEAR THAT THE MOTION IS NOT MEANT TO EXCLUDE CONSIDERATION OF PUBLIC CONSULTATION THAT IS CONTINUING. IT IS NOW CLEAR THAT THE REPORT IS NOT THE ONLY BASIS FOR FORMULATION OF POLICY NOR IS IT SUGGESTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT MUST PROCEED TOMORROW TO IMPLEMENT THE RECOMMENDATION IN THE REPORT AS A FIXED BLUEPRINT.

I MUST MAKE VERY CLEAR THE GOVERNMENT HAS NO INTENTION OF DRAGGING ITS FEET AND INDEED THERE IS NOTHING IN OUR RECORD IN RECENT YEARS THAT SUGGESTS THAT WE DO NOT PURSUE AGREED POLICIES VIGOROUSLY. FINALLY THE GOVERNMENT HAS MADE IT QUITE CLEAR HOW IT SEES THE SEQUENCE OF EVENTS UNFOLDING, AND NOW I UNDERSTAND THAT THE MOTION IS NOT INCONSISTENT WITH THIS SEQUENCE -- A SEQUENCE OF EVENTS DERIVED FROM THE ADVICE OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, FREELY GIVEN AS RECENTLY AS APRIL THIS YEAR.

IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES I AND MY OFFICIAL COLLEAGUES ARE NOW PREPARED TO VOTE FOR THE MOT I ON.♦

FR MCGOVERN’S MOTION WASt

THAT THIS COUNCIL RECEIVES WITH APPROBATION THE REPORT ’A PERSPECTIVE ON EDUCATION IN HONG KONG,’ AND COMMENDS IT TO GOVERNMENT AS A BASIS ON WHICH THE CONTINUING IMPROVEMENT OF EDUCATION IN HONG KONG SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED.♦

MR TOPLEY HAD SOUGHT AN AMENDMENT OF THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS’ MOTION BY LEAVING OUT THE WORDS —

AS A BASIS ON WHICH THE CONTINUING IMPROVEMENT OF EDUCATION IN HONG KONG SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED.♦, AND INSERTING INSTEAD THE FOLLOWING WORDS -

AS A VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION TO THE CONSIDERATION OF FUTURE POLICY ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF EDUCATION IN HONG KONG.+

SPEAKING EARLIER ON THIS AMENDMENT MOTION, MR TOPLEY SAID THE MOTION PROPOSED BY FATHER MCGOVERN WAS ♦INCONSISTENT WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S POSITION*.

MR TOPLEY SAID THE OBJECT OF THIS AMENDMENT WAS NOT INTENDED TO BE COMBATIVE OR DIVISIVE; ON THE CONTRARY, IT WAS INTENDED TO BROADEN THE BASIS OF CONSENSUS TO PROVIDE A FORM OF WORDS WHICH ALL MEMBERS COULD AGREE UPON WITHOUT EMBARRASSMENT.

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HE SAID IT WAS NOT BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT DID NOT CARE ABOUT EDUCATION THE GOVERNMENT CARED A GREAT DEAL ABOUT EDUCATION, BUT BECAUSE THE ISSUE WAS NOT THE REPORT AS SUCH, BUT RATHER CONSULTATION ON THE REPORT.

THE ADVICE OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL FREELY GIVEN AND WHICH THE GOVERNMENT HAS ACCEPTED IS THAT THE PUBLIC SHOULD BE CONSULTED,+ MR TOPLEY SAID.

THE GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO A SERIES OR A SEQUENCE OF ACTIONS: RECEIVING THE VIEWS OF THE PUBLIC, COLLATING THESE VIEWS AND SEEKING AGAIN THE ADVICE OF EXECUTIVE COUNCIL.

THE GOVERNMENT HAS THE OBLIGATION TO COMPLETE THIS PROCESS OF CONSULTATION.+

MR TOPLEY STRESSED THAT THIS DID NOT MEAN THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS INDIFFERENT TO THE REPORT OR TO EDUCATIONAL PROGRESS.

FATHER MCGOVERN HAS SUGGESTED THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO BURY THE REPORT. THIS IS NOT SO. THE GOVERNMENT WILL EXAMINE ALL THE RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE REPORT IN THE LIGHT OF PUBLIC COMMENTS TO DECIDE WHETHER THEY SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED,♦ HE SAID.

HE SAID TO BESTOW UPON THE REPORT THE STATUS OF AGREED POLICY AS FATHER MCGOVERN’S MOTION IMPLIED WOULD HAVE THE EFFECT OF SHUTTING OFF FURTHER PUBLIC CONSIDERATION AND DISCUSSION.

MR TOPLEY SAID HE BELIEVED THAT MEMBERS HAD BEEN MISLED, NOT BY FATHER MCGOVERN, BUT PERHAPS BY THEIR EAGERNESS FOR EDUCATIONAL PROGRESS AND REFORMS INTO REDUCING THE OPPORTUNITY OF THE PUBLIC TO BE HEARD IN THIS IMPORTANT DEBATE.

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UMELCO WELCOMES EDUCATION REPORT

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THE REV THE HON PATRICK MCGOVERN TODAY MOVED A MOTION WELCOMING THE PANEL OF OVERSEAS VISITORS’ REPORT ENTITLED +A PERSPECTIVE ON EDUCATION IN HONG KONG+ AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING.

THE MOTION READS:

♦THAT THIS COUNCIL RECEIVES WITH APPROBATION THE REPORT ’A PERSPECTIVE ON EDUCATION IN HONG KONG’ AND COMMENDS IT TO GOVERNMENT AS A BASIS ON WHICH THE CONTINUING IMPROVEMENT OF EDUCATION IN HONG KONG SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED.+

TWELVE OTHER UNOFFICIALS SPOKE IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION.

FATHER MCGOVERN, CONVENER OF THE UMELCO EDUCATION AND MANPOWER PANEL, OUTLINED 24 POINTS UNANIMOUSLY AGREED UPON BY THE UMELCO PANEL, ADDING THAT THIS WAS +A RARE ACHIEVEMENT+.

HE SAID THAT THE UMELCO PANEL HAD MET SEVERAL TIMES AT SOME LENGTH.

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♦IT MUST BE SOMEWHAT UNUSUAL THAT I AM ABLE TO REPORT THAT THE 12 UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WHO ATTENDED THE PANEL MEETINGS ON WHAT IS A BROAD AND CONTROVERSIAL SUBJECT, REACHED UNANIMOUS AGREEMENT ON NO LESS THAN 20 POINTS SPECIFICALLY COVERED IN THE REPORT AS WELL AS ON A GENERAL PRINCIPLE AND THREE OTHER POINTS NOT DIRECTLY REFERRED TO IN THE REPORT,♦ HE ADDED.

SUMMARIES OF THE POINTS AREt

(1) THE REPORT SHOULD NOT BE SHELVED. APPROPRIATE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO THE EDUCATION SYSTEM SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED AS AN ON-GOING PROCESS (GENERAL PRINCIPLE).

(2) THE LACK OF HARMONY AND OVER-ADMINISTRATION IN THE EXISTING EDUCATION SYSTEM SHOULD BE REMEDIED (ASPECTS COVERED IN THE REPORT).

(3) AN EDUCATION COMMISSION WITH STATUTORY STATUS SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED TO OVERSEE THE FORMULATION OF EDUCATION POLICY IN HONG KONG. THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS SHOULD BE REINFORCED BY ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL INPUT WHILE THE NUMBER OF OFFICIAL MEMBERS SHOULD BE REDUCED.

(4) THE USE OF CHINESE AS THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION FROM PRIMARY 1 TO FORM III, WITH A WHOLEHEARTED PUSH TOWARDS GENUINE BILINGUALISM AFTER PRIMARY 6 IS SUPPORTED. CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT, TEXTBOOK SELECTION AND PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS SHOULD BE RATIONALISED UP TO FORM 7 TO ALLOW SCHOOLS AND STUDENTS OPPORTUNITIES TO USE CHINESE IF THEY SO WISH.

(5) THE USE OF CHINESE AS A MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION SHOULD NOT BE COMPULSORY. GOVERNMENT SHOULD ENCOURAGE IT BY STATING PUBLICLY THAT THERE IS NO NEED TO USE ENGLISH ALONE FOR TEACHING IN SCHOOLS.

(6) THE JUNIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION ASSESSMENT SYSTEM (JSEA) SHOULD BE ABOLISHED AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. SUBSIDISED SENIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION SHOULD BE AVAILABLE TO ANY ONE WHO WANTS IT. A COMPREHENSIVE RANGE OF SUBJECTS SHOULD BE OFFERED UP TO FORM 5.

(7) BOUGHT PLACES SHOULD BE PHASED OUT IN THE LONG TERM. THE QUALITY OF SCHOOLS CONCERNED SHOULD BE IMPROVED IN THE MEANTIME.

(8) THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE NEEDS TO BE OVERHAULED AND STRENGTHENED. THE CURRICULUM SHOULD NOT BE DOMINATED BY EXAMINATION REQUIREMENTS.

(9) KINDERGARTENS SHOULD BECOME PART OF THE AIDED SECTOR.

(10) SIXTH FORM COLLEGES SHOULD ONLY SUPPLEMENT BUT NOT REPLACE THE EXISTING MATRICULATION CLASSES IN SCHOOLS. ADDITIONAL FORM 6-7 PLACES CAK THUS BE PROVIDED FOR STUDENTS WHO CAN ADVANCE TO THAT LEVEL.

(11) A MULTI-OPTION TWO-YEAR CURRICULUM FOR FORM 6-7, UNINTERRUPTED FORMAL EXAMINATIONS SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED.

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(12) OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDY AT DEGREE LEVEL SHOULD BE EXPANDED.

(13) ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS TO POST SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS SHOULD BE HARMONISED.

(14) HONG KONG IS WELL SUITED FOR A SYSTEM OF EDUCATION BY RADIO AND TV.

(15) THE WHOLE QUESTION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION SHOULD BE STUDIED IN GREATER DEPTH THAN THAT ACHIEVED IN THE REPORT.

(16) EDUCATION FOR HANDICAPPED CHILDREN SHOULD NOT BE A ♦SERVICE*. IT SHOULD BE INTEGRATED INTO THE MAIN STREAM OF EDUCATION.

(17) INDIVIDUAL NEEDS OF HANDICAPPED CHILD EN, RATHER THAN THEIR CATEGORISATION, SHOULD BE THE FOCUS OF EDUCATION FOR THE HANDICAPPED.

(18) THE CAREER STRUCTURE OF TEACHERS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION SHOULD BE IMPROVED TO ATTRACT AND RETAIN SUITABLE PERSONNEL.

(19) THE QUALITY OF TEACHERS SHOULD BE IMPROVED.

(20) THE CONCEPT OF THE HONG KONG TEACHING SERVICES IS SUPPORTED AS ONE OF THE WAYS TO MPROVE TEACHER QUALITY.

(21) AGREED THAT THERE IS A STRONG CASE FOR EXPANSION OF TRAINING AT THE TECHNIC IAN/CRAFTSMAn LEVEL.

(22) THE IMPORTANCE OF ARTS SUBJECTS SHOULD BE EMPHASISED. THEY SHOULD NOT BE TREATED AS INFERIOR TO SCIENCE SUBJECTS (POINTS NOT COVERED IN THE REPORT).

(23) THE SEVERE LACK OF PROPERLY MANAGED SCHOOL LIBRARIES, PUBLIC READING AND STUDY ROOMS SHOULD BE REMEDIED.

(24) WITHOUT BEING IN BREACH OF STANDING ORDER NO. 23, AS A GENERAL OBSERVATION, WE AGREE THAT MONEY SPENT ON EDUCATION IS MONEY WELL INVESTED IN THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG.

FATHER MCGOVERN ALSO GAVE HIS PERSONAL VIEWS ON THE REPORT BY QUOTING A LETTER TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST (MAY 13, 1983) BY MRS E. ELLIOT.

MRS ELLIOT WAS QUOTED AS SAYING*

♦IT IS NOT OFTEN THAT A COMMISSION INVITED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO MAKE A REPORT DISCLOSES THE TRUTH, RATHER THAN WHAT IT IS GUIDED BY ITS TERMS OF REFERENCE TO PROPOSE.

♦THE FOUR-MAN TEAM OF EDUCATIONAL EXPERTS IS THERE TO BE CONGRATULATED ON THE SINCERITY OF ITS FINDINGS AND PROPOSALS. AND THE GOVERNMENT IS TO BE CONGRATULATED ON PERMITTING THE TRUTH TO EMERGE BY NOT PLACING LIMITATIONS IN TERMS OF REFERENCE.*

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UN0FF1CIALS SPEAK ON EDUCATION REPORT ******

MEMBERS OF THE UMELCO EDUCATION AND MANPOWER PANEL SPOKE IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION ON THE REPORT ENTITLED *A PERSPECTIVE ON EDUCATION IN HONG KONG* AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TODAY.

THE UNOFFICIALS WERE DR THE HON HARRY FANG, REV THE HON JOYCE BENNETT, DR THE HON RAYSON HUANG, THE HON CHARLES YEUNG, DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI, THE HON ANDREW SO, THE HON K.C. CHAN, THE HON SELINA CHOW, THE HON MARIA TAM AND DR THE HON HENRIETTA IP.

THEY WERE JOINED BY TWO OTHER UNOFFICIALS, THE HON T.S. LO AND THE HON PETER C. WONG WHO SPOKE IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION MOVED BY THE CONVENER OF THE UMELCO PANEL, REV THE HON PATRICK MCGOVERN.

DR HARRY FANG URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO PUT AWAY THE IDEA THAT THE PROVISION OF EDUCATION TO DISABLED CHILDREN WAS A +SERVICE+.

♦THE Y SHOULD ENJOY THE FULL RANGE OF FACILITIES AVAILABLE TO OTHER CHILDREN.

♦AS I SEE IT, THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO DO SO,+ DR FANG SAID.

HE AGREED WITH THE SECTION OF THE REPORT WHICH SAYS +THERE ARE NO TWO POPULATIONS OF CHILDREN IN HONG KONG SCHOOLS - THE ABLE AND THE DISABLED - BUT A SINGLE POPULATION OF CHILDREN- AND THAT INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES ARE MATTERS OF DEGREE, DISTRIBUTED ALONG A CONTINUUM*.

THE REV JOYCE BENNETT DESCRIBED THE MOTION AS *ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT WHICH THIS COUNCIL HAS HAD BEFORE IT FOR SOME TIME*.

♦IT INVOLVES THE WHOLE FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN- THEIR FUTURE IS IN OUR HANDS TODAY AS WE CONSIDER WHETHER OR NOT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD USE THE REPORT AS A BASIS FOR CONTINUING ITS IMPROVEMENTS IN THE EDUCATION OF OUR CHILDREN,♦ SHE SAID.

MISS BENNETT POINTED OUT THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD ALREADY TAKEN SOME STEPS TO IMPROVE LANGUAGE TEACHING.

♦NOW WE NEED TO GO FURTHER AND HAVE THE GOVERNMENT GIVE POSITIVE ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE USE OF CHINESE AS THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION.

♦BETTER CHINESE TEXTBOOKS MUST BE PRODUCED BEFORE MANY SCHOOLS WILL VENTURE TO CHANGE TO EDUCATION IN THE MOTHER-TONGUE,♦ SHE SAID.

SHOULD SPONSOR TRANSLATORS

SHE SUGGESTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT

FOR SOME OF THE BEST ENGLISH MATERIAL AND THE SERVICES OF THE PRINTING WORKSHOPS OF THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT SHOULD

BE ENLISTED.

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♦I AM CONVINCED THAT MANY SECONDARY SCHOOLS WOULD WILLINGLY TURN TO TEACHING IN THE MEDIUM OF CHINESE IN FORMS ONE TO THREE IF SUFFICIENT GOOD CHINESE BOOKS WERE AVAILABLE,* MISS BENNETT SAID, ADDING THAT ’A’ LEVEL COURSES IN THE CHINESE LANGUAGE SHOULD ALSO BE PROVIDED.

MISS BENNETT SAID THAT SIXTH FORM COLLEGES WOULD HELP MANY STUDENTS WHO HAD GAINED ADEQUATE FORM FIVE RESULTS, BUT WHOSE SCHOOLS DID NOT PROVIDE A SIXTH FORM COURSE.

♦HOWEVER, SUCH SPECIALISED SIXTH FORM COLLEGES SHOULD SUPPLEMENT THE PRESENT SYSTEM, NOT REPLACE THE EXISTING MATRICULATION CLASSES IN OUR SECONDARY SCHOOLS,* SHE SAID.

MISS BENNETT SAID THAT SHE HAD TO ENDORSE THE ESTABLISHMENT CF AN EDUCATIONAL COMMISSION ANSWERABLE TO THE GOVERNOR HIMSELF.

♦THIS PATTERN OF ADMINISTRATION HAS MUCH TO COMMEND IT AND I TRUST THAT THERE WILL BE AN INDEPENDENT PROFESSIONAL TO HEAD IT UP.

♦WE NEED SOMEONE WITH SUFFICIENT AUTHORITY TO ENSURE THAT THE FINANCIAL PURSE STRINGS ARE LOOSENED TO ENABLE THESE GREAT IMPROVEMENTS TO BE PUT INTO EFFECT,♦ MISS BENNETT SAID.

DR RAYSON HUANG SAID THAT IT WOULD BE A GREAT PITY IF THE ♦SHEER COMPREHENSIVENESS OF THE REPORT WAS USED AS JUSTIFICATION FOR DELAY AND OBFUSCATION.♦

♦WE ALL KNOW THAT JUST NOW FUNDS ARE IN SHORT SUPPLY BUT WE HOPE THAT THIS WILL NOT CONTINUE TO BE THE CASE FOR TOO LONG.

♦SOME OF THE AREAS OF DEFICIENCY REVIEWED BY THE REPORT ARE SO GLARING THAT THEY DESERVE PRIORITY ACTION WHATEVER THE FINANCIAL SITUATION,♦ DR HUANG STRESSED.

AS AN EXAMPLE, HE QUOTED THE FOLLOWING FROM THE REPORTi

♦MOST OF THE SCHOOLS WE VISITED WERE SPARTAN TO SAY THE LEAST WITH PUPILS FILLING THE ENTIRE ROOM - 40 TO 45 PER CLASS. SOME WERE BLIGHTED BY HIGH NOISE AND WE WITNESSED TEACHERS USING LOUDSPEAKERS AND SUSPENDING THEIR TEACHING SEVERAL TIMES IN THE COURSE OF A LESSON.♦

DR HUANG SAID THAT STATEMENTS LIKE THIS SHOWED THAT IN PHYSICAL FACILITIES ALONE, HONG KONG’S EDUCATION SYSTEM HAD YET A LONG WAY TO GO DESPITE IMPROVEMENTS MADE OVER THE YEARS.

HE SAID IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT THE GOVERNMENT ESTABLISH WHICH CF THE PRINCIPLES AND RECOMMENDATIONS CONTAINED IN THE REPORT SHOULD BE ADOPTED AND ♦MOVE INEXORABLY TO A PHASED IMPLEMENTATION CF THEM*.

♦WHATEVER OUR OTHER PRIORITIES, EDUCATION MUST BE AMONG THEM AS HONG KONG FACES AN INCREASINGLY COMPETITIVE WORLD OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE.

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♦FOR HONG KONG’S ONLY RESOURCES ARE ITS HUMAN ONES. THESE ARE THE RESOURCES WHICH HAVE BROUGHT ABOUT HONG KONG’S PROSPERITY IN THE PAST AND WILL DETERMINE HOW WE FARE IN THE FUTURE,♦ DR HUANG ADDED.

HE VOICED SUPPORT FOR THE RECOMMENDATION THA-T THE ENTRANCE QUALIFICATION TO THE UNIVERSITIES AND POLYTECHNICS SHOULD BE HARMONISED, AND SUGGESTED THAT IN DUE COURSE, THERf SHOULD BE ONE SINGLE AGENCY FOR THE WHOLE OF HONG KONG TO RECEIVE AND PROCESS APPLICATIONS FOR ADMISSION TO THESE INSTITUTIONS.

HE ALSO SUPPORTED THE RECOMMENDATION THAT FORMS SIX AND SEVEN SHOULD FORM AN INTEGRATED TWO-YEAR COURSE IN A COMPREHENSIVE RANGE OF SUBJECTS.

HE ENDORSED THE PANEL’S VIEW THAT ♦THERE IS AN OVERWHELMING CASE FOR THE EXPANSION OF OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDY AT THE DEGREE LEVEL*.

HE SAID THAT FOR A POPULATION OF NEARLY SIX MILLION, 12 OOO UNIVERSITY PLACES HAD TO BE CONSIDERED *QUITE INADEQUATE*.

♦EVEN AMONG SOME UNDER-DEVELOPED COUNTRIES, THE YOUNG HAVE GREATER ACCESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION THAN OURS HAVE IN HONG KONG,* DR HUANG SAID.

HE ALSO EXPRESSED THE VIEW THAT THE MOTHER TONGUE WAS THE MOST EFFECTIVE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION FOR FORMS ONE TO THREE.

VARIOUS OF THE VIEWS WERE SHARED BY OTHER UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS.

MR CHARLES YEUNG, HOWEVER, SAID THAT THE USE OF CANTONESE AS A MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION IN THE PRIMARY SCHOOLS SHOULD BE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE SCHOOL AUTHORITY, AS UNIFORMITY OFTEN FAILED TO CATER FOR DIFFERENT SITUATIONS.

HE ALSO NOTED THAT THE REPORT DID NOT DEAL WITH THE SPECIAL SITUATION OF EDUCATION IN AREAS OUTSIDE METROPOLITAN HONG KONG.

I WOULD THEREFORE LIKE TO MAKE A PLEA THAT THE EDUCATION COMMISSION MAY BE DISPOSED TO LOOK INTO DETAILS OF THE SCHOOLS IN THE NT,* HE SAID.

DR HO KAM FAI CONSIDERED THE RECOMMENDATIONS CONTAINED IN THE REPORT TO BE GENERALLY *SOUND, PRAGMATIC AND WORTHY OF IMPLEMENTATION*.

WHILE ENDORSING THE REPORT’S RECOMMENDATION ON THE ISSUE OF THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION, DR HO SAID THAT SCHOOLS WITH PROVEN SUCCESS IN THE USE OF ENGLISH AS SUCH A MEDIUM SHOULD BE PERMITTED

TO CONTINUE THEIR TRADITION.

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MR ANDREW SO SPOKE OF THE GENERALLY CROWDED AND NOISY ENVIRONMENT IN HONG KONG, AND SUGGESTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT SET UP SUFFICIENT NUMBERS OF LIBRARIES, STUDY ROOMS AND READING ROOMS TO CATER FOR THE NEEDS OF STUDENTS AND AS PART OF AN OVERALL EFFORT TO IMPROVE EDUCATION IN HONG KONG.

MR CHAN KAM CHUEN SAID THAT PRIORITIES HAD TO BE SORTED OUT AND THOSE ITEMS WHICH WERE VITAL AND WHICH HONG KONG COULD AFFORD SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED.

ON THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION, MR CHAN SAID THAT WITH THE DETERIORATING STANDARD OF ENGLISH, THE USE OF THE MOTHER TONGUE HAD TO BE ACCEPTED.

MRS SELINA CHOW SAID THAT TOP PRIORITY SHOULD BE GIVEN TO THE BUILDING AND DEVELOPMENT OF SCHOOLS, GIVING CONSIDERATION FIRST AND FOREMOST TO THE NINE YEARS OF COMPULSORY EDUCATION.

I AM ECHOING THE THINKING OF THE PANEL OF VISITORS WHO MADE THE POINT THAT EMPHASIS, IN PER CAPITA EXPENDITURE TERMS, SHOULD BE TILTED MORE FAVOURABLY TOWARDS THE JUNIOR BRANCHES OF EDUCATION SHE ADDED.

SHE ALSO URGED THAT A PUBLIC-SECTOR OPEN UNIVERSITY, EFFECTIVELY USING THE MASS MEDIA, BE ACTIVELY EXPLORED.

MISS MARIA TAM ALSO EXPRESSED SUPPORT FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN EDUCATION COMMISSION AND FOR OTHER SUGGESTIONS MADE BY FATHER MCGOVERN.

AMONG OTHER POINTS, MISS TAM SAID THAT THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE NEEDED TO BE OVERHAULED AND STRENGTHENED.

WHILE PAYING TRIBUTE TO HONG KONG’S +REMARKABLE FEAT* IN EDUCATION, DR HENRIETTA IP SAID, +WE MUST CONSOLIDATE AND RESHAPE OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM TO ADAPT TO THE CHANGING DEMANDS.*

MR PETER C. WONG, ALSO SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION, REPEATED HIS EARLIER CALL FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A THIRD UNIVERSITY, EMPHASISING THAT THE TIME WAS RIPE TO SET IN MOTION THE PLANNING OF SUCH AN INSTITUTION.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 1983

TEACHING QUALITY MUST IMPROVE — T.S. LO ******

HONG KONG MUST IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF TEACHING IN SCHOOLS, THE HON T.S. LO TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION ON THE REPORT ENTITLED *A PERSPECTIVE ON EDUCATION IN HONG KONG*.

MR LO POINTED OUT THAT HIS PROPOSAL FOR INCREASING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE TEACHING SERVICE WAS BASED ON RECOMMENDATIONS MADE IN THE REPORT AND WAS DIVIDED INTO THREE PARTSt-

* AN IMPROVEMENT OF THE QUALITY OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE ENTERING THE TEACHING PROFESSION, BY MEANS OF HIGHER ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION, AND SIMULTANEOUS UPGRADING OF THE COURSES PROVIDED BY THE COLLEGES TO THE STATUS OF A BACHELOR OF EDUCATION (B. ED.) DEGREE CONFERRED BY THE UNIVERSITIES.

* A CONTINUING PROGRAMME OF MODULAR IN-SERVICE EDUCATION AND TRAINING (INSET) COURSES FOR PRACTISING TEACHERS, SUPPORTED BY CAREER AND SALARY INCENTIVES, WHICH EVENTUALLY LEAD TO THE AWARD OF A B. ED. DEGREE.

M A REQUIRED DISCLOSURE OF STAFF STANDARDS BY SCHOOLS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR LEADING ULTIMATELY TO A SCHEME OF ACCREDITATION.

REFERRING TO THE FIRST PART OF HIS PROPOSAL, HE UNDERLINED THE NEED FOR A MUCH HIGHER QUALITY IN PRE-SERVICE TEACHER PREPARATION AND SAID IT WAS DESIRABLE THAT THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION SHOULD RAISE THEIR ENTRY REQUIREMENTS TO A SPECIFIED NUMBER OF PASSES AT ADVANCED LEVEL (TAKEN AFTER TWO YEARS IN THE SIXTH FORM).

♦THERE IS SOME INDICATION, INDEED, THAT A GROWING NUMBER OF SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS TO THE COLLEGES DO ALREADY HAVE AN ADVANCED LEVEL QUALIFICATION.

♦THE OBJECT OF THIS MOVE IS TO INCREASE THE ACADEMIC QUALITY CF THE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WHO WILL BE TEACHERS OF FUTURE GENERATIONS OF SCHOOL CHILDREN FOR THIRTY TO FORTY YEARS OF THEIR PROFESSIONAL LIVES,* MR LO SAID.

THE REPORT CRITICIZES THE FACULTY OF THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION AS BEING DRAWN FROM TOO NARROW A CATCHMENT AREA (TEACHERS IN GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS ONLY), AND AS HAVING TOO FEW SALARY AND STATUS INCENTIVES TO UPGRADE THEIR PROFESSIONAL SKILLS, HE SAID.

♦ONE WAY OF IMPROVING THIS SITUATION IS TO INSTITUTE A COURSE LEADING TO A B. ED. DEGREE BASED IN THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION BUT EXTFRNAI I Y VALIDATED BY THE UNIVERSITIES,* HE SAID.

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THE SECOND PART OF MR LO’S PROPOSAL DEALT WITH THE PROBLEM CF EXISTING TEACHERS AND THE METHODS BY WHICH THEY COULD BE ENCOURAGED TO UPGRADE THEIR SKILLS.

WHILE AN IMPROVEMENT IN THE INTAKE AND THE STANDARDS OF PRE-SERVICE TEACHER TRAINING COURSES WOULD IN THE LONG RUN PRODUCE A BENEFICIAL EFFECT ON THE STANDARD OF TEACHING IN SCHOOLS, HE SAID, IT WAS DESIRABLE AT THE SAME TIME TO INCREASE THE EFFICIENCY OF THE TEACHERS AT PRESENT PRACTISING THEIR SKILLS IN SCHOOLS FOR TWO REASONS.

♦IF IN-SERVICE TRAINING COURSE ARE TO REALISE THEIR FULL POTENTIAL, TWO CONDITIONS MUST BE MET. FIRSTLY, THERE NEEDS TO BE A SYSTEM OF INCENTIVES TO ENCOURAGE ALL TEACHERS TO ATTEND IN-SERVICE COURSES AND NOT JUST THE ENTHUSIASTIC MINORITY WHO ATTEND AT PRESENT.

♦THESE INCENTIVES COULD BE EITHER OF THE POSITIVE VARIETY, SUCH AS AWARDING ADDITIONAL POINTS ON THE SALARY SCALE TO THOSE TEACHERS WHO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE SUBSTANTIAL IN-SERVICE TRAINING, OR OF THE NEGATIVE VARIETY WHEREBY A BAR TO INCREMENTS ON THE SALARY IS PLACED FOR THOSE TEACHERS WHO DO NOT ATTEND COURSES OR A LITTLE OF BOTH.

♦SECONDLY, IN-SERVICE EDUCATION AND TRAINING (INSET) COURSES NEED TO BE CO-ORDINATED INTO A MODULAR SYSTEM IN WHICH SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF A SPECIFIED NUMBER OF INSET MODULES WOULD LEAD TO THE CONFERRAL BY THE UNIVERSITIES OF A B. ED. DEGREE OF EQUIVALENT STATUS TO THE PRE-SERVICE B. ED. DEGREE THAT I REFERRED TO IN THE FIRST PART OF MY PROPOSAL,* HE SAID.

INDIVIDUAL INSET MODULES SHOULD BE OFFERED IN A VARIETY OF FORMATS — DAY-RELEASE, PART-TIME, SUMMER SCHOOL OR FULL-TIME — AT A VARIETY OF INSTITUTIONS -- THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION, THE UNIVERSITY SCHOOLS OF EDUCATION, THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE CENTRES, THE INSTITUTE FOR LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION AND THE BRITISH COUNCIL.

THEY SHOULD ALSO COVER A WIDE RANGE OF TOPICS JUDGED TO BE PROFESSIONALLY RELEVANT TO HONG KONG TEACHERS, SUCH AS LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN THEIR SUBJECTS (E.G. COMPUTER STUDIES FOR MATHEMATICS TEACHERS), MORE EFFICIENT PEDAGOGICAL APPROACHES (E.G. ACTIVITY LEARNING AND SMALL GROUP TEACHING), AND THE LINGUISTIC SKILLS REQUIRED TO TEACH SUBJECTS EFFECTIVELY THROUGH THE MEDIUM OF ENGLISH IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS (E.G. SPECIALISED COURSES IN ENGLISH FOR TEACHERS OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY).

TURNING TO THE THIRD PART, MR LO SAID IT DEALT WITH THE PROBLEM OF PRIVATE SCHOOLS AND THE METHODS BY WHICH THEY COULD BE ENCOURAGED TO UPGRADE THE QUALITY OF THE TEACHING STAFF.

♦GIVEN THE SYSTEM OF PRE»SERVICE AND IN-SERVICE CERTIFICATION CF TEACHERS PROPOSED IN PARTS I AND II, IT IS DESIRABLE TO MAKE USE OF THIS SYSTEM IN THE ACCREDITATION OF PRIVATE SCHOOLS.

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♦IF PRIVATE SCHOOLS WERE REQUIRED TO MAKE PUBLIC THE QUALIFICATIONS HELD BY ALL TEACHERS ON THEIR STAFF, THEN, ON ONE HAND PARENTS WOULD HAVE A CLEARER IDEA OF THE RELATIVE QUALITY OF THE SCHOOLS THEY MERE CONSIDERING SENDING THEIR CHILDREN TO +ON THE OTHER HAND, THERE WOULD £E A STRONG NCENTIVE FOR PRIVATE SCHOOLS TO UPGRADE THE QUALIFICATIONS OF THEIR TEACHERS.

♦MOREOVER, AND THIS IS AN ADDED BONUS TO THE SCHEME, AT A CERTAIN POINT IN THIS UPGRADING PROCESS, WHEN THE SCHOOL MANAGEMENT BUILDING AND TEACHERS COULD BE SHOWN TO BE OF TH? DESIRES QUALITY, THEN A CERTIFICATE OF ACCREDITATION COULD BE GRANTED TO THE SCHOOL TO SHOW THAT IN ALL RESPECTS IT WAS OF AN EQUIVALENT STANDARD TO SCHOOLS IN THE GOVERNMENT-AIDED SECTOR,♦ HE SAID.

MR LO SAID THAT SCHOOLS, UNLIKE UNIVERSITIES AND POLYTECHNICS, AFFECTED ALL CHILDREN AND THEIR QUALITY WOULD HAVE A PROFOUND EFFECT ON OUR FUTURE GENERATIONS AND THUS OUR FUTURE.

THUS OUR FUTURE.

♦I FULLY APPRECIATE THAT UPGRADE THAT QUALITY. LET US

IT WOULD BE AN MONUMENTAL TASK TO BEGIN AT ONCE,* HE SAID.

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GOVERNMENT PRAISED FOR EDUCATION (AMENDMENT) BILL M M * M * M

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE EDUCATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983 AT ITS RESUMED DEBATE IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY), THREE UNOFFICIALS PRAISED THE GOVERNMENT FOR ITS WILLINGNESS TO LISTEN TO PROBLEMS AND ITS PROMPTNESS TO TAKE REMEDIAL MEASURES.

THEY WERE DR THE HON HARRY FANG, REV THE HON JOYCE BENNETT AND THE HON SELINA CHOW.

DR FANG CONGRATULATED THE GOVERNMENT ON ITS SPEEDY RESPONSE TO PROBLEMS AND SUCCESS IN PRODUCING ACCEPTABLE SOLUTIONS.

♦ITS WILLINGNESS TO LISTEN, READINESS TO APPRECIATE PROBLEMS, AND PROMPTNESS IN TAKING REMEDIAL MEASURES ASSURE US THAT WE HAVE A GOOD PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND AN OPEN GOVERNMENT,* HE SAID.

HE SAID THAT THE INCLUSION OF NURSERY CLASSES FOR THREE-YEAR OLDS UNDER THE AMBIT OF EDUCATION, AS PROPOSED IN THE BILL, WOULD STREAMLINE THE ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENTS ON THE PROVISION OF PRE-PRIMARY EDUCATION TO YOUNG CHILDREN.

HE ADDED THAT IT WOULD BE WELCOMED BY KINDERGARTEN OPERATORS AND PARENTS ALIKE.

THE REV JOYCE BENNETT ALSO THANKED +THE CIVIL SERVANTS CONCERNED WITH THIS BILL FOR LISTENING TO THE CRITICISMS OF THE OPERATORS OF KINDERGARTENS WHO RESENTED THE PROPOSALS TO SEPARATE THE EDUCATION OF THE YOUNGEST CHILDREN FROM THE TWO YEARS OF KINDERGARTEN SCHOOLING.*

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♦BASICALLY WE SHOULD LEARN FROM THIS BILL THAT THE GOVERNMENT CANNOT MAKE CHANGES IN LONG-EXISTING INSTITUTIONS WITHOUT CONSULTING THOSE INSTITUTIONS,♦ SHE SAID.

♦LET US NOTE WITH PLEASURE THAT OUR OFFICIALS DO LISTEN TO THEIR CRITICS AND CHANGE THEIR PROPOSALS.+ MISS BENNETT ADDED.

MISS BENNETT SAID THAT SHE WAS GLAD ALL THREE YEARS OF KINDERGARTEN EDUCATION WOULD NOW BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

BUT SHE URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO EXERCISE PROPER SUPERVISION OF THE KINDERGARTENS.

♦THERE MUST BE A RAPID INCREASE NOT ONLY OF THE TRAINING OF KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS, BUT ALSO OF THE EXPERTISE IN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND IN THE NUMBER OF KINDERGARTEN INSPECTORS,♦ SHE SAID.

MRS CHOW ALSO THANKED THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION AND THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE FOR THE +PROMPT AND RESPONSIVE WAY+ IN WHICH THEY HANDLED THE REACTION TRIGGERED BY THE EDUCATION (AMENDMENT) BILL AND THE CHILD CARE CENTRES (AMENDMENT) BILL, BOTH OF 1982.

♦NOW WE WELCOME THE FACT THAT THIS MOST RECENT LEGISLATION NOT ONLY REMOVES THE KINDERGARTEN OPERATORS’ FEARS, BUT ALSO BRINGS THE ADMINISTRATION OF SUCH CLASSES UNDER THE CORRECT UMBRELLA -THAT OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT,♦ MRS CHOW SAID.

BUT SHE ADDED THAT THERE WAS A NEED FOR SOME FLEXIBILITY IN APPLYING THE LOWER AGE LIMIT OF THREE-YEAR OLDS FOR ENTRY TO NURSERY CLASSES AS THE LOWEST AGE LIMIT FOR ENTRANCE TO KINDERGARTENS IS THREE YEARS AND EIGHT MONTHS.

♦OBVIOUSLY, THIS WILL HAVE TO BE APPROACHED WITH COMMONSENSE ON THE PART OF THE PARENTS, THE OPERATORS OF THE NURSERY CLASSES AND THE AUTHORITIES,* MRS CHOW SAID.

IN MOVING THE BILL THROUGH THE COMMITTEE STAGE AND THE FINAL READING, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, THE HON COLVYN HAYE, THANKED THE THREE UNOFFICIALS FOR THEIR +HELPFUL SUGGESTIONS AND SUPPORT OF THIS BILL+.

♦I AM PARTICULARLY GRATIFIED THAT THEY SEE THE BILL AS TRIBUTE TO A RESPONSIVE AND RESPONSIBLE ADMINISTRATION, AND I CAN ASSURE THEM THAT WHAT THEY HAVE SAID TODAY WILL BE VERY MUCH IN MIND AS WE SEEK TO IMPLEMENT THE IMPROVEMENTS TO NURSERY AND KINDERGARTEN EDUCATION ENVISAGED IN THE WHITE PAPER AND GIVEN FORCE BY THIS LEGISLATION,+ MR HAYE SAID.

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MORE SAFETY FOR PEOPLE WORKING AT HEIGHTS ******

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THIS (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON APPROVED A SET OF NEW REGULATIONS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE MORE PROTECTION FOR PEOPLE WORKING AT HEIGHTS.

MOVING THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1983, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, THE HON NEIL HENDERSON, POINTED OUT THAT THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY CONTINUES TO ACCOUNT FOR THE LARGEST NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS IN ANY SINGLE INDUSTRY. IN 1982, THERE WERE 19 198 ACCIDENTS, INCLUDING 74 FATALITIES, IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY. +FALLS OF PERSONS* ACCOUNTED FOR 2 874, INCLUDING 35 FATALITIES.

THE *FALLS OF PERSONS* ACCIDENTS LARGELY INVOLVED WORKERS FALLING FROM SCAFFOLDS OR PLATFORMS WITHOUT ADEQUATE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS, OR WORKING NEAR UNFENCED OPENINGS, CORNERS OR EDGES.

AN ANALYSIS OF THE 35 FATAL ACCIDENTS REVEALED THAT 10 PERSONS FELL FROM SCAFFOLDS, SEVEN FROM WORKING PLATFORMS, SIX OVER FLOOR EDGES OR FLOOR OPENINGS AND THREE FROM LADDERS.

HE SAID THAT THESE ASPECTS OF SAFETY ARE AT PRESENT DEALT WITH BY REGULATION 45 OF THE PRINCIPAL REGULATIONS, WHICH REQUIRES GENERALLY THAT WORKING PLATFORMS, FLOOR OPENINGS AND OTHER DANGEROUS PLACES SHOULD BE SECURELY FENCED TO A HEIGHT OF NOT LESS THAN THREE FEET OR TO BE ’OTHERWISE PROTECTED TO THE SATISFACTION OF THE COMMISSIONER'.

THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THE AMENDMENT REGULATIONS, MR HENDERSON EXPLAINED, WERE TO MAKE MORE DETAILED PROVISIONS Bi' CREATING 19 MORE SPECIFIC REGULATIONS FOR SAFETY OF WORKING AT HEIGHT TO REPLACE REGULATION 45.

UNDER THE NEW REGULATIONS, THERE MUST BE SAFE ACCESS TO AND EXIT FROM EVERY WORKPLACE AND SUITABLE SCAFFOLDS OR LADDERS FOR WORKING AT HEIGHT. ANY ERECTION ALTERATION AND DISMANTLING OF SCAFFOLDS MUST BE UNDERTAKEN BY COMPETENT WORKERS AND UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF COMPETENT PERSONS.

PROPER CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF VARIOUS TYPES OF SCAFFOLDS AND LADDERS, AND OF BOATSWAIN’S CHAIRS WERE SPECIFIED.

A SCAFFOLD MUST BE INSPECTED AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH BY A COMPETENT PERSON WHO SHOULD REPORT IN THE PRESCRIBED FORM TO THE CONTRACTOR CONCERNED.

WORKING PLATFORMS AND GANGWAYS, MR HENDERSON ADDED, MUST BE PROPERLY CONSTRUCTED AND GUARDED BY RAILINGS AND OPENINGS, CORNERS, EDGES AND OTHER DANGEROUS PLACES MUST BE SECURELY FENCED TO PREVENT WORKERS FROM FALLING.

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IN SITUATIONS WHERE IT WAS IMPRACTICABLE TO PREVENT WORKERS FROM FALLING BY FENCING AND OTHER MEASURES, SAFETY BELTS AND SAFETY NETS WOULD HAVE TO BE PROVIDED, AND WORKERS MUST USE THE BELTS.

MR HENDERSON ALSO POINTED OUT THAT REGULATION 43 OF THE PRINCIPAL REGULATIONS HAD BEEN AMENDED TO REQUIRE ANY EXCAVATION, SHAFT. PIT OR OPENING TO BE FENCED OR COVERED WHENEVER PRACTICABLE, EVEN THOUGH WORK WAS ACTUALLY IN PROGRESS.

A NEW REGULATION WAS ALSO INTRODUCED TO PROHIBIT THE OPERATION OF MECHANICAL EARTH MOVING EQUIPMENT AT CONSTRUCTION SITES BY UNTRAINED OR YOUNG PEOPLE.

THE OPPORTUNITY WAS ALSO TAKEN TO CONVERT THE IMPERIAL UNITS OF MEASUREMENT IN THE PRINCIPAL REGULATIONS INTO METRIC UNITS IN ACCORDANCE WITH GOVERNMENT’S METRICATION POLICY.

MR HENDERSON PROPOSED THAT THE NEW REGULATIONS SHOULD COME INTO OPERATION ON FEBRUARY 1, 1984, TO ENABLE CONTRACTORS TO MAKE THE NECESSARY ADJUSTMENTS TO COMPLY WITH THE NEW LEGISLATION.

MEANWHILE, THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE WOULD PUBLICISE DETAILS OF THE NEW REGULATIONS AND TO AMEND THE EXISTING GUIDE TO THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS TO INCLUDE THE NEW PROVISIONS, HE ADDED.

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UMELCO POLICE GROUP PRAISED FOR WORK

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MEMBERS OF THE UMELCO POLICE GROUP WERE PRAISED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY FOR THEIR WORK.

♦WE AS A COMMUNITY ARE MOST FORTUNATE TO HAVE PEOPLE WHO ARE PREPARED TO PUT ASIDE SO MUCH OF THEIR OWN TIME FOR THIS TASK,* THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON PATRICK WILLIAMSON, SAID.

MR WILLIAMSON WAS SPEAKING ON THE UMELCO POLICE GROUP REPORT FOR 1982, WHICH WAS TABLED AT THE COUNCIL.

MR WILLIAMSON SAIDi ♦ANYONE READING THE REPORT CANNOT BUT BE STRUCK BY TWO THINGSi THE CONTINUING DYNAMISM OF THE GROUP IN SEEK ING TO IMPROVE BOTH ITS OWN AND CAPO’S EXECUTION OF ITS TERMS OF REFERENCE, AND THE TIME AND EFFORT REQUIRED BY THE GROUP’S MEMBERS TO d£aL WITH THE EVER-INCREASING WORKLOAD.

HE ALSO PAID TRIBUTE TO THE STAFF OF THE COMPLAINTS AGAINST POLICE OFFICE — CAPO.

♦INVESTIGATING COMPLAINTS AGAINST ONE’S COLLEAGUES IS AN OFTEN THANKLESS AND UNPLEASANT DUTY. THE HIGH AND IMPARTIAL STANDARDS THEY CONTINUE TO MAINTAIN ARE A CREDIT NOT ONLY TO THEMSELVES BUT TO THE FORCE AS A WHOLE,* MR WILLIAMSON SAID.

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CRIME DETECTION RATE HIGH

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THE COMMISSIONER OF °OL!CE IS SATISFIED THAT WITHIN PRESENT RESOURCES, SUFFICIENT POLICE OFFICERS ARE EMPLOYED TO DETER AND COMBAT ARMED ROBBERIES.

THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON PATRICK WILLIAMSON, SAID THIS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY IN REPLY TO QUESTIONS BY THE HON WONG LAM.

HE ALSO DISCLOSED THAT SINCE JANUARY THIS YEAR, 160 ROBBERIES HAD BEEN REPORTED IN WHICH FIREARMS OR PISTOL-LIKE OBJECTS WERE USED, WITH 21 CASES INVOLVING REAL FIREARMS.

THESE FIGURES COMPARED WITH 148 SUCH CASES IN THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR, IN 17 OF WHICH FIREARMS WERE USED.

♦THE GOVERNMENT CAN NEVER BE COMPLACENT ABOUT A SITUATION LIKE THIS.

♦HOWEVER, THE DETECTION RATE FOR THESE CRIMES IS RELATIVELY HIGH,* HE SAID.

ELEVEN OF LAST YEAR’S 17 CASES WHICH INVOLVED REAL FIREARMS AND FIVE OF THIS YEAR’S HAD BEEN DETECTED SO FAR, HE ADDED.

♦CONSULTATION ON INTEREST RATES ESSENTIAL*

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PRIOR CONSULTATION WITH THE CF THE PROCESS BY WHICH THE HONG ■DIE MAXIMUM INTEREST RATES FOR A THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

GOVERNMENT IS AN ESSENTIAL PART KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS SETS RANGE OF HONG KONG DEPOSITS, SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, SAID IN THE

SIR JOHN SAID THAT IN HIS OPINION, THIS PROCESS WAS WORKING WELL.

♦I CONFIRM THAT THERE IS PRIOR DISCUSSION IN EVERY RELEVANT INSTANCE BETWEEN THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HKAB AND THE SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS (WHO IS PARTY TO MY VIEWS) AND THAT I, AS FINANCIAL SECRETARY, TAKE DIRECT PART WHENEVER IT SEEMS NECESSARY.

♦I ALSO CONFIRM, THEREFORE, THAT THE COMMITTEE OF THE HKAB TAKES FULL ACCOUNT OF GOVERNMENT’S VIEWS, WHICH MAY BE HARD OR SOFT ACCORDING TO THE CIRCUMSTANCES,♦ SIR JOHN STATED.

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON ANDREW SO AS TO HOW THE GOVERNMENT ENSURED THAT DEPOSIT RATES SET BY THE ASSOCIATION WERE IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF HONG KONG’S ECONOMY.

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♦MR SO WILL APPRECIATE THAT THE CURRENT CHAIRMAN OF THE IKAB IS A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THIS COUNCIL AND I PAY TRIBUTE TO HIS AND THE COMMITTEE’S DEEP SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY IN AN AREA OF MAXIMUM IMPORTANCE TO HONG KONG AS A WHOLE,* SIR JOHN SAID.

MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE DID CONSIDER NOT ONLY THEIR OWN INTERESTS AS BANKERS BUT THE BROADER INTERESTS OF THE TOTAL COMMUNITY, HE ADDED.

HE POINTED OUT THAT PRIME RATE IS ESTABLISHED FOLLOWING A DECISION BY THE HKAB ON DEPOSIT RATES BY A STATEMENT OF INTENT FROM THE HONG KONG AND SHANGHAI BANK AND THE CHARTERED BANK.

WHILE THEIR PRIME RATE IS NORMALLY OBSERVED BY OTHER BANKS, THERE IS NO RESTRICTION ON BANKS TO QUOTE ANY RATE FOR THEIR LOANS, SO THAT LOANS MIGHT BE AT RATES HIGHER OR LOWER THAN PRIME, SIR JOHN ADDED.

♦MOREOVER, THER IS A GROWING TENDENCY FOR MAJOR BORROWERS TO PRESS FOR PRESENTLY LOW ♦HI BOR* RATES, I.E. REFLECTING INTER-BANK RATES,♦ HE SAID.

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NET EXPENDITURE

I925M LESS THAN ESTIMATED

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NET EXPENDITURE AT >34.6

BILLION FOR THE FULL FINANCIAL YEAR 1982-83 WAS ACTUALLY 1925 MILLION LESS THAN THE OR’GINAL ESTIMATE, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, TOLD THE

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY

HE SAID THIS RESULTED FROM ♦SAVINGS FOUND UNDER OTHER SUBHEADS — TN OTHER WORDS REDUCED EXPENDITURE ARISING OUT OF MANY REASONS.♦

I BELIEVE THAT MEMBERS WILL RECOGNISE THE BITE OF CONTROLS, AND THE STERLING EFFORTS OF MANY VOTE-CONTROLLERS TO WHOM I EXTEND MY THANKS,♦ SIR JOHN SAID.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY WAS MOVING A MOTION FOR APPROVAL OF SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION AMOUNTING TO >1.8 BILLION FOR THE FOURTH AND FINAL QUARTER OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR.

SIR JOHN SAID THE FINANCE COMMITTEE HAD APPROVED ALL THE ITEMS IN THE SCHEDULES OF THE PROVISION.

MAJOR ITEMS UNDER THE PROVISION INCLUDEi

* >1.09 BILLION FOR VARIOUS SALARY ADJUSTMENTS FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE AND STAFF OF SUBVENTED ORGANISATIONS ARISING FROM THE 1982 PAY TREND SURVEY AND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE STANDING COMMISSION;

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M *251 MILLION TO MEET ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE ARISING FROM A REVISION OF THE BASIC RATES OF PAYMENT AND AN INCREASE IN CASELOADS FOR BOTH PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCES

M *134 MILLION FOR INCREASED EXPENDITURE ARISING FROM THE PENSIONS AND GRATUITIES ADJUSTMENTS AND

* *96 MILLION TO MEET INCREASED EXPENDITURE ARISING FROM A HIGHER LEVEL OF GOVERNMENT DONATION TO THE GRANT AND SUBSIDIZED SCHOOLS PROVIDENT FUND SCHEMES.

THE SCHEDULES BRING THE TOTAL SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION FOR 1982-83 TO *3.4 BILLION.

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REVIEW OF INDUSTRIAL ESTATE TERMS URGED MM

AN OBJECTIVE REVIEW SHOULD BE CONDUCTED FOR THE PURPOSE OF ATTRACTING INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENTS INTO THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATES CORPORATION. THE HON ALLEN LEE SUGGESTED AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR LEE WAS SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATES CORPORATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983.

HE SAID THE OBJECT OF THE BILL WAS TO EXPAND THE PRESENT PURPOSES AND POWERS OF THE CORPORATION TO ENABLE IT TO GRANT SHORT TERM LEASES OF LAND WITHIN THE ESTATES FOR NON-INDUSTRI AL PURPOSES.

IT WILL ALLOW ANY LAND HELD BY THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATES CORPORATION WHICH IS NOT IMMEDIATELY SALEABLE FOR INDUSTRIAL USE, TO BE MADE TEMPORARILY AVAILABLE FOR OTHER PURPOSES SUCH AS OPEN STORAGE AND POSSIBLY, TEMPORARY HOUS I NG,♦ HE SAID.

HE SAID THAT HE HAD EARLIER EXPRESSED CONCERN THAT PROGRESS HAD BEEN TOO SLOW IN ATTRACTING INVESTMENTS INTO THE ESTATES AND SUGGESTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD RE-EXAMINE THE QUESTION OF ’ROMOTION, CRITERIA AND CONDITIONS OF LEASE.

I AM GLAD TO SEE SOMETHING HAS BEEN DONE BUT UNFORTUNATELY IT IS NOT FOR THE PURPOSE OF ATTRACTING INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENTS.

IN MY OPINION, IT IS AS CRITICAL AS EVER THAT WE NEED INVESTMENTS IN OUR INDUSTRIAL ESTATES,♦ HE STRESSED.

THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON CHAN NAI-KEONG, THANKED MR LEE FOR SUPPORTING THE BILL.

HE SAID THAT, AS A MEMBER OF THE CORPORATION BOARD, HE KNEW THAT THE QUESTION OF HOW TO ATTRACT MORE INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENTS WAS VERY MUCH IN THE MINDS OF THE BOARD.

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HE SAID A RANGE OF VARYING LOT SIZES AND PLOT RATIOS WERE BEING OFFERED AT THE YUEN LONG ESTATE AND TENDERERS NEEDED ONLY TO FULFIL THE DEFINITIVE CRITERIA FOR SELECTION.

THE CRITERIA WERE THAT THE UNDERTAKINGS!

(A) MUST BE OF A NATURE OR REQUIREMENT WHICH PROHIBITS THEM FROM BEING CARRIED ON IN AN ORDINARY MULTI-STOREY INDUSTRIAL BUILDING; AND

(B) MUST NOT BE DECLARED TO BE OFFENSIVE TRADES UNDER THE OFFENSIVE TRADES (NEW TERRITORIES) REGULATIONS.

IT WAS ALSO INTENDED THAT THERE WOULD BE NO REQUIREMENT FOR PRIOR COMMITMENT IN RESPECT OF MACHINERY INVESTMENT AND ANNUAL PRODUCTION.

HE SAID THE CORPORATION WOULD CONTINUE TO KEEP THE LETTING POLICIES UNDER OBJECTIVE REVIEW.

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CONTRACTORS BOUND BY NOISE LAWS

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ALL CONTRACTORS WORKING ON CONSTRUCTION SITES ARE BOUND BY THE EXISTING LAWS GOVERNING NOISE AND DUST NUISANCE, THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON CHAN NAI-KEONG, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

ANSWERING A QUESTION BY DR THE HON HENRY HU, MR CHAN SAID THAT IN THE CASE OF CONTRACTORS EMPLOYED ON GOVERNMENT PROJECTS, THE NEED TO COMPLY WITH THE LAW WAS REITERATED AS A CONDITION OF CONTRACT.

♦IN ADDITION, GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS INCLUDE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CONTRACTOR TO MUFFLE PLANT AND EQUIPMENT WHICH MIGHT CREATE A NOISE NUISANCE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND IN RESPECT OF DUST NUISANCE, TO TAKE MEASURES SUCH AS WATERING AND WHEEL WASHING, AND fOR DEMOLITION WORKS, THE ERECTION OF DUST SCREENS,♦ HE SAID.

IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, CONTRACTORS ARE BOUND ONLY BY EXISTING LAWS AND BY SUCH CONDITIONS AS RESPONSIBLE DEVELOPERS MIGHT IMPOSE UPON THEM OR WHICH RESPONSIBLE CONTRACTORS MIGHT VOLUNTARILY ADOPT.

♦THE GOVERNMENT, THROUGH THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY. IS GIVING THE UTMOST ENCOURAGEMENT TO A WELCOME. INITIATIVE TAKEN BY THE BUILDING CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION IN PRODUCING A PROGRAMME OF SELF-RESTRAINT AIMED AT TIGHTENING UP ITS MEMBERS’ COMPLIANCE WITH THE EXISTING LAW, AND AT INTRODUCING A VOLUNTARY CODE OF PRACTICE TO DEAL WITH CONSTRUCTION NOISE WHICH IS AT PRESENT LEGAL BUT NONETHELESS ANNOY ING,♦ MR CHAN SAID.

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INCREASE IN PAID SICK LEAVE PROPOSED

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A BILL, WHICH SEEKS TO INCREASE THE RATE OF PAID SICK LEAVE FOR ALL MANUAL WORKERS AND NON-MANUAL WORKERS EARNING NOT MORE THAN $7 500 A MONTH, WAS INTRODUCED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THIS (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON,

MOVING THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, THE HON NEIL HENDERSON, POINTED OUT THAT THE AMENDMENT LEGISLATION WAS TO IMPLEMENT THE PROPOSAL TO EXTEND SICKNESS BENEFITS FOR THOSE EMPLOYEES WHO MAY BE SICK FOR QUITE A LONG PERIOD.

UNDER THE EXISTING PROVISIONS OF THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE, HE ADDED, AN EMPLOYEE IS ENTITLED TO ONE DAY’S PAID SICK LEAVE FOR EVERY COMPLETED MONTH OF SERVICE AND THE LEAVE CAN BE ACCUMULATED TO A MAXIMUM OF 36 DAYS.

THE BILL NOW PROPOSES THAT THE LEAVE MAY BE EARNED AT THE RATE OF TWO DAYS A MONTH IN THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF CONTINUOUS EMPLOYMENT AND FOUR DAYS A MONTH THEREAFTER, AND THAT IT MAY BE ACCUMULATED TO A MAXIMUM OF 120 DAYS.

HOWEVER, AN EMPLOYEE MAY ONLY TAKE UP TO 90 DAVS OF PAID SICK LEAVE DURING ANY ONE SICKNESS IF HE DOES NOT REQUIRE HOSPITALISATION, AND UP TO 120 DAYS IF HOSPITALISATION IS NECESSARY.

THE BILL ALSO PROPOSES TO PROHIBIT THE TERMINATION OF THE SERVICE OF AN EMPLOYEE DURING ANY PERIOD OF PA’D SICK LEAVE UNLESS HIS EMPLOYER PAYS HIM WAGES IN LIEU OF ■•IOTIC’., AN ADDITIONAL SUM EQUAL TO SEVEN DAYS’ WAGES AND THE FULL SICKNESS ALLOWANCE TO WHICH HE WOULD HAVE BEEN ENTITLED DURING HIS SICKNESS.

IT ALSO PROPOSES THAT THESE PAYMENTS SHOULD BE MADE WITHIN SEVEN DAYS OF THE TERMINATION OF HIS SERVICE.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED TILL JULY 27.

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COMPUTERS FOR IMMIGRATION STUDIED ft ft ft ft

THE FEASIBILITY OF COMPUTERISING CHECKING PROCEDURES AT IMMIGRATION CONTROL POINTS WAS BEING STUDIED, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON PATRICK WILLIAMSON, SAID TODAY.

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

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TAXI REGISTRATION PERIODS EXTENDED KI#

THE PERIODS LIMITING THE NUMBER OF MOTOR VEHICLES WHICH MAY BE REGISTERED AS URBAN TAXIS AND AS NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS HAVE BEEN EXTENDED.

THE PERIOD FOR URBAN TAXIS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 1, 1984 AND FOR NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS TO JANUARY 31, 1984.

MOVING THE MOTION AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON ALAN SCOTT, SAID THIS WOULD PERMIT URBAN TAXI LICENCES TO CONTINUE TO BE ISSUED AT THE RATE OF 100 PER MONTH AND NEW TERRITORIES TAXI LICENCES AT THE RATE OF 50 PER MONTH.

THE PRESENT LIMIT ON URBAN TAXIS IS 15 000, AND ON NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS IS 3 000.

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TEN BILLS PASSED * * X

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

THEY ARE: THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) BILL 1983, THE IMPORT AND EXPORT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, THE EDUCATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, THE CHILD CARE CENTRES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATES CORPORATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, THE LAND ACQUISITION (POSSESSORY TITLE) BILL 1983, THE INTERPRETATION AND GENERAL CLAUSES (AMENDMENT) BILL, 1983, THE INTERPRETATION AND GENERAL CLAUSES (AMENDMENT) (NO 2) BILL 1983 AND THE PROBATE AND ADMINISTRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983.

ONE BILL -- THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983 — WAS INTRODUCED AND READ A SECOND TIME. DEBATE ON THIS WAS ADJOURNED TILL JULY 27.

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GOVERNOR RETURNS FROM PEKING TOMORROW M * * *

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

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

PLEASE ADVISE THOSE ASSIGNED TO COVER THE ARRIVAL OF THE GOVERNOR TO ASSEMBLE AT THE PRESS ROOM ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE ARRIVAL HALL NOT LATER THAN 10.30 AM. GIS OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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OVER 83 000 GET SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES ******

ALL 83 638 PUPILS PARTICIPATING IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES ALLOCATION SYSTEM HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED FORM I OR MIDDLE I PLACES IN GOVERNMENT, AIDED OR PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS, AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

♦ALL PLACES ALLOCATED ARE THREE-YEAR PLACES FOR WHICH NO TUITION FEES WILL BE CHARGED,♦ HE ADDED.

RESULTS OF ALLOCATION WILL BE RELEASED TO ALL PARTICIPATING PRIMARY SCHOOLS ON FRIDAY (JULY 15).

WHEN INQUIRING ABOUT THEIR RESULTS OF ALLOCATION, PUPILS SHOULD FOLLOW THE ARRANGEMENTS SET DOWN BY THEIR RESPECTIVE PRIMARY SCHOOLS.

THEY SHOULD ALSO TAKE ALONG WITH THEM THEIR PRIMARY 6 IDENTIFICATION FORMS SO THAT THEIR INDIVIDUAL ALLOCATION SLIPS MAY BE ATTACHED TO THE FORMS.

♦ALL PUPILS SHOULD REPORT DURING THE FIRST REGISTRATION PERIOD TO THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO WHICH THEY HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE DATES AND TIMES SPECIFIED,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦THIS INFORMATION HAS BEEN SUPPLIED TO ALL PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS,♦ HE ADDED.

WHEN REPORTING TO THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS FOR INTERVIEW AND REGISTRATION, PUPILS MUST BRING THE FOLLOWINGi-

(A) PRIMARY 6 IDENTIFICATION FORMS, TO WHICH THEIR INDIVIDUAL ALLOCATION SLIPS HAVE BEEN STAPLED OR GLUED,

(B) THE ADMISSION SLIPS,

(C) BIRTH CERTIFICATES OR OTHER DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE OF THEIR DATE OF BIRTH AND THEIR STATUS AS PERMANENT RESIDENTS OF HONG KONG,

(D) LATEST SCHOOL REPORTS, IF ANY, AND

(E) TWO RECENT PASSPORT-SIZE PHOTOGRAPHS.

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♦PUPILS WHO FAIL TO REPORT TO THEIR SECONDARY SCHOOLS ALLOCATED DURING THE FIRST REGISTRATION PERIOD WHICH FALLS ON JULY 19 AND 20 ARE DEEMED TO HAVE CHOSEN NOT TO TAKE UP THE PLACES ALLOCATED,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THEREFORE THOSE PUPILS OR THEIR PARENTS WHO HAVE GENUINE DIFFICULTY IN REPORTING TO THEIR ALLOCATED SECONDARY SCHOOLS DURING THE FIRST REGISTRATION PERIOD ARE URGED TO CONTACT THE SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES ALLOCATION SECTION BEFORE JULY 19 SO THAT OTHER ARRANGEMENTS MAY BE MADE.

THE SECOND REGISTRATION DAY (JULY 27) IS MAINLY FOR PUPILS WHO HAVE TO SEEK TRANSFER DUE TO HOME-MOVING OR REASONS OF ACCESSIBILITY^ THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

THEY, OR THEIR PARENTS, SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT COUNCIL SECRETARY OR HIS ASSISTANT, OR THE DISTRICT EDUCATION OFFICER OF THE NET/AREA TO WHICH THEY WISH TO TRANSFER.

THE SECRETARY OR HIS ASSISTANT, UPON BEING SATISFIED WITH THE GENUINE NATURE OF THE CASE, MAY THEN GRANT APPROVAL FOR TRANSFER AND ASSIST THEM IN SECURING PLACES IN THE NETS CONCERNED,♦ IE ADDED.

ALTERNATIVELY, THE PUPILS OR THEIR PARENTS MAY CONTACT A SECONDARY SCHOOL OF THEIR CHOICE IN THE NET TO WHICH THEY WISH TO TRANSFER, AND THE PRINCIPAL OF THE SCHOOL SHOULD THEN SEEK APPROVAL FROM THE DISTRICT COUNCIL SECRETARY OF HIS NET ON BEHALF OF THE PUPILS BEFORE ADMITTING THE PUPILS.

IN CASES OF A TYPHOON AFFECTING HONG KONG DURING THE REGISTRATION PERIODS, HEADS OF SCHOOLS AND PARENTS ARE ADVISED TO WATCH OUT FOR ANNOUNCEMENTS IN THE MED’A FOR ANY NECESSARY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ANY ENQUIRIES CONCERNING THE ALLOCATION RESULTS SHOULD BE REFERRED TO THE SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES ALLOCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT TELEPHONE 5-8912200.

THE NAMES, OFFICE ADDRESSES AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF THE DISTRICT COUNCIL SECRETARIES ARE AS FOLLOWSi-

(A) DISTRICT COUNCIL SECRETARIES

SCHOOL NET/AREA

HONG KONG

1 CENTRAL, WESTERN AND SOUTHERN

2 WAN CHA I

3 EASTERN

4 CENTRAL, WESTERN AND SOUTHERN

SECRETARY ADDRESS TEL. NO. EXT

MR W.K. SIU ) MR K.K. TSANG) LEE GARDENS, HYSAN 5-8392356 5-8392345

MS S.C. MEE j AVENUE, 3/F, 5-8392334

MS K.F. LAM j HK 5-8392353

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KOWLOON

1 YAU MA TEI MS Y.C. LAM ) 264

2 MONG KOK MR T.T. LIU 263

3 KOWLOON CITY MS C.M. KWAN 275

4 SHAM SHUI PO MR S.K. HO ) KOWLOON GOVT. 262

OFFICES,

5 SHAM SHUI PO MS K.L. LI 405 NATHAN 236

ROAD, 6/F 3-884111

6 KOWLOON CITY MR P.K. CHIU j AND 7/F, 288

KOWLOON

7 WONG TAI SIN MR P.W. TAM 252

8 WONG TAI SIN MS W.F. MAK ' 256

9 KWUN TONG MS Y.S. CHOW 298

ID KWUN TONG MS C.Y. YIH ’ 1 297

11 KWUN TONG MR W.Y. CHENG 253

NEV < TERRITORIES

1 TSUEN WAN MS Y.H. WONG 1 3-7152420

2 TSUEN WAN MS F.P. LAM l 3-7150444

3 TSUEN WAN MR C.C. TAI 1 3-7132794

TUEN MUN MR M.Y. CHENG* 1 3-7158274

MA TAU KOK

5 YUEN LONG MS W.Y. YEUNG( 1 GOVT. 3-7130851

1 OFFICES,

6 TAI PO MR S.L. LEE 1 MA TAU 3-7112824

KOK ROAD

7 SHA TIN MR T.K. AU 3-7133795

8 SAI KUNG MR T.S. HA i 3-7139949

9 ISLANDS MR S.N. LAU ( 3-7125015

ID NORTH MR W.M. CHOI j 3-7127848

(B) SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES ALLOCATION SECTION

LUI KEE EDUCATION SERVICES CENTRE

269 QUEEN’ S ROAD EAST , 5/? 9 5-8912200

WAN CHAI, HONG KONG.

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♦HARD-WORKING PEOPLE BEHIND HK’S SUCCESS* M M M M

THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR JOHN YAXLEY TODAY (WEDNESDAY) SAID THAT HONG KONG’S STRENGTH AND SUCCESS AS A LEADING INDUSTRIAL AND TRADING ENTITY, WAS DUE VERY MUCH TO ITS HARD-WORKING ENTREPRENEURS WITH THEIR FLAIR, IMAGINATION AND INNOVATIVE AND FLEXIBLE OUTLOOK, MATCHED BY AN INTELLIGENT AND EQUALLY HARD WORKING LABOUR FORCE.

HE WAS ADDRESSING THE GRADUATION CEREMONY OF THE COTTON SPINNERS ASSOCIATION PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOL.

HE TOLD THE GRADUATES THAT EVEN THOUGH HONG KONG WAS FACING PROBLEMS, INCLUDING SEVERE IMPORT RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED BY SOME MAJOR IMPORTING COUNTRIES ON CERTAIN CATEGORIES OF EXPORTS AND INCREASING COMPETITION FROM OTHER EAST ASIAN COUNTRIES, THE FUTURE WAS FAR FROM GLOOMY ESPECIALLY IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR.

♦THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE GRADUATING TODAY AND INDEED ALL STUDENTS WHO ARE ALREADY IN THE SCHOO. OR WHO WILL BE COMING TO IT IN THE YEARS TO COME, CAN LOOK FORMRD TO SOME EXCITING CHANGES WHICH WILL BE THE ANSWER TO 7iE PROBLEMS WHICH CURRENTLY CONFRONT US,+ SAID MR YAXLE(.

♦IN ORDER TO SURVIVE AND PROSPER HONG KONG WILL CONTINUE TO ADAPT THROUGH THE PROCESS OF DIVERSIFICATION BY PRODUCING A WHOLE NEW RANGE OF UP-MARKET GOODS, IN PARTICULAR IN THE GARMENT, ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS AMD TOYS AND PLASTICS INDUSTRIES.

♦THESE GOODS WILL BE TECHNICALLY MORE SOPHISTICATED AND YOU WILL FIND, I AM SURE, THAT THE SO.ID FOUNDATION OF GENERAL KNOWLEDGE WHICH YOU HAVE GAINED HERE AT THIS SCHOOL, COMBINED WITH YOUR INTRODUCTION TO BROAD-BASED TECHNICAL SKILLS, WILL ENABLE YOU TO PROVIDE HONG KONG’S NEEDS FOR WELL TRAINED AND HIGHLY SKILLED MANPOWER,♦ MR YAXLEY CONCLUDED.

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PUBLIC HELP SOUGHT IN ANT I-DRUG FIGHT M M M

HONG KONG PEOPLE WERE URGED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, MR GORDON MORTIMER, TO JOIN ACTIVELY IN THE FIGHT AGAINST NARCOTICS.

SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE LIONS CLUB OF HONG KONG NORTH, MR MORTIMER SAID COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT WAS A CORNERSTONE CF THE STRATEGY FOR COMBATING DRUG ABUSE IN HONG KONG THROUGH PREVENTIVE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY.

♦THE PREVENTIVE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN HAD THREE MAIN OBJECTIVES.♦ HE SAID.

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THE FIRST WAS TO KEEP THE DRUG ABUSE ISSUE CONSTANTLY BEFORE THE PUBLIC. THE SECOND WAS TO PREVENT DRUG ABUSE AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE. THE THIRD WAS TO INFORM DRUG ADDICTS OF THE TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION FACILITIES AVAILABLE AND TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO COME FORWARD FOR TREATMENT.

♦THE PREVENTIVE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY CAMPAIGNS ARE MOUNTED ON A DISTRICT BASIS EACH YEAR. IT IS THROUGH THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THESE CAMPAIGNS EITHER AS ORGANISERS, SPONSORS OR SPECTATORS THAT MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY CAN AND DO BECOME ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN THE FIGHT AGAINST NARCOTICS,+ HE SAID.

THE CAMPAIGNS MAY INCLUDE VARIETY CONCERTS, HIKING AND WALKING FOR HEALTH EVENTS, ESSAY COMPETITIONS, SEMINARS AND SCHOOL TALKS.

A FEATURE OF THE CAMPAIGNS WAS THE GREAT EXTENT TO WHICH VOLUNTARY SERVICE CONTRIBUTED TO THEIR SUCCESS, HE ADDED.

MR MORTIMER SAID THAT THROUGH THE MEDIUM OF THE DISTRICT CAMPAIGN WITH COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION AND INVOLVEMENT, AND THROUGH THE ON-GOING PREVENTIVE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN, A HIGH DEGREE OF COMMUNITY AWARENESS TO THE PROBLEM OF DRUG ABUSE WAS PROMOTED.

PARENTS WERE NATURALLY IN THE BEST POSITION TO PROVIDE EMOTIONAL SUPPORT AND TO IMPART A SENSE OF SECURITY TO YOUNG PEOPLE, HE SAID. THEY COULD ENCOURAGE THEIR CHILDREN TO ENGAGE IN HEALTHY RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO EXPERIMENTING WITH DRUGS.

HE SUGGESTED THAT VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS, SUCH AS THE LIONS CLUB, MIGHT HELP PARENTS TO DEAL WITH THEIR CHILDREN BY ARRANGING SEMINARS AND TALKS TO PROVIDE THEM WITH INFORMATION, ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE.

MR MORTIMER PRAISED THE WORK OF THE JOINT PROJECT IN DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION AND EDUCATION SPONSORED BY SOME LIONS CLUBS, IN COLLABORATION WITH SARDA.

LEAVERS OF DRUG

♦THIS PROJECT COULD DO MUCH TO REACH YOUNG SCHOOL WITH SOCIO-EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS WHO MAY BE ON THE FRINGE ABUSE- TO PERSUADE YOUNG EXPERIMENTAL DRUG USERS TO GIVE UP DRUGS AND TO ARRANGE PROMPT TREATMENT FOR DRUG ABUSING YOUTHS,♦ HE SAID.

MR MORTIMER THEN OUTLINED THE VARIOUS PROJECTS ORGANISED BY THE GOVERNMENT IN EDUCATING THE YOUTH OF THE DANGERS AND HARMFUL EFFECTS OF DRUG ABUSE.

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GATT ACCEPTS PANEL REPORT ft * ft

THE COUNCIL OF THE GENERAL AGREEMENT ON TARIFFS AND TRADE (GATT) YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) ACCEPTED WITHOUT RESERVATION ITS PANEL’S REPORT ON QUANTITATIVE RESTRICTIONS MAINTAINED BY FRANCE ON QUARTZ WATCHES AND OTHER PRODUCTS EXPORTED BY HONG KONG.

♦WE ARE DELIGHTED AT THE OUTCOME,♦ THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, W HAMISH MACLEOD, SAID. +THE COUNCIL ADOPTED THE FINDINGS AND CONCLUSIONS OF THE PANEL. INCLUDING THE RECOMMENDATION THAT FRANCE TERMINATES THE RESTRICTIONS. WE NOW AWAIT INFORMATION FROM FRANCE ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DEC IS ION,♦ HE SAID.

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TUEN MUN BOARD MEETING ON FRIDAY ft ft ft ft

LAYOUT PLANS FOR DEVELOPING THREE SITES IN TUEN MUN, TOTALLING AN AREA OF 38 HECTARES, WILL BE TABLED FOR DISCUSSION AT THE DISTRICT BOARD MEETING ON FRIDAY MORNING (JULY 15).

TWO SITES, LOCATED SOUTH OF SAN HUI, WILL BE FOR A VILLAGE RESITE AREA, WHILE THE OTHER NEAR SAN SHING HUI WILL BE FOR A SITTING-OUT AREA AND A PLAYGROUND.

MEMBERS’ VIEW WILL ALSO BE SOUGHT ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PROPOSED NEW ROAD LINKING THE EXISTING ROAD LEADING TO LAM TEI QUARRY WITH THE WESTERN LAM TEI QUARRY EXTENSION AREA.

THE GROWING POPULARITY OF CYCLING ACTIVITIES IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES WILL ALSO BE DISCUSSED AT THE MEETING.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA WILL INCLUDE A BRIEFING ON THE REPORT +A PERSPECTIVE ON EDUCATION IN HONG KONG+ AND PROGRESS REPORTS ON THE BOARD’S COMMITTEES.

SOME SEATS HAVE BEEN RESERVED FOR THE PUBLIC ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS, AND ANYONE WISHING TO ATTEND SHOULD TELEPHONE THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT AT 0843801.

NOTE TO EDITORSl

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AT 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 15) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE BOARD’S SECRETARIAT ON THE NINTH FLOOR OF FOOK YICK COMMERCIAL BUILDING, SAN ON CIRCUIT.

A GOVERNMENT VEHICLE, AM 5797, WILL LEAVE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT 8.50 AM FOR TUEN MUN.

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NEWS TRANSLATION COURSE OFFERED * * *

THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, AT THE REQUEST OF THE JOURNALISM TRAINING BOARD OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL, WILL OFFER A COURSE IN NEWS TRANSLATION FOR WORKING JOURNALISTS NEXT MONTH.

THE COURSE IS ONE OF A SERIES OF PRACTICAL COURSES AND SEMINARS PLANNED BY THE BOARD TO IMPROVE THE STANDARD OF JOURNALISM IN HONG KONG.

IT WILL BE HELD FROM AUGUST 22 TO SEPTEMBER 22 WITH TWO THREE-HOUR SESSIONS PER WEEK.

THE COURSE IS SUBSIDISED MAINLY BY THE COUNCIL AND PARTICIPANTS OR THEIR EMPLOYERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY A NOMINAL FEE OF $100.

ENROLMENT IS LIMITED TO 25 AND THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS AUGUST 8.

ENQUIRIES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO MR FRANK NG, SECRETARY OF THE JOURNALISM TRAINING BOARD, ON 5-284783 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

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YUEN LONG SITE AVAILABLE MM*

DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR

THE SHORT TERM

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TENANCY OF A SITE IN YUEN LONG.

THE SITE SITUATED IN FUNG KAM STREET, HAS AN AREA OF ABOUT 2 659 SOUWE METRES. IT IS FOR THE OPEN STORAGE OF GOODS EXCLUDING CONTAINERS.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR THE ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERS IS 12 NOON

ON JULY 29.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JULY 14, 198?

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

TALKS CONTINUE ON JULY 25, GOVERNOR SAYS .................. 1

WAGE INDEXES FOR MARCH 198? ............................... 1

LABOUR FORCE STATISTICS FOR QUARTER ....................... 5

CHIEF SECRETARY SEES TUNG WAH WORK ........................ 6

THIRD REFUGEE CLOSED CAMP BEING BUILT  .................... 7

NEW LEGISLATION ON TRAFFIC SIGNS .......................... 8

AMENDMENT TO CONSPIRACY LAW SOUGHT ........................ 9

VISIT TO MUSIC OFFICE ..................................... 9

JING YING SCORES A HIT IN WALES .......................... 10

TENANCIES INVITED FOR TWO N.T. SITES ..................... 11

NOMINATION FOR WAN CHAI BOARD BY-ELECTION OPENS .......... 11

NEW OFFICES FOR LANDS DEPARTMENT.......................... 12

NEW MTR BUS FEEDER ROUTES ................................ 12

TWO MAXICAB ROUTES STARTING .............................. 14

DRAWING WORKSHOP FOR ART TEACHERS ........................ 14

TECHNICAL INSTITUTE HEAD RETIRES ......................... 15

WAN CHAI TRAFFIC DIVERSION ............................... 15

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF UNDERPASS

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TALKS CONTINUE ON JULY 25, GOVERNOR SAYS

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT HE WOULD BE GOING BACK TO PEKING TO CONTINUE THE SECOND PHASE OF THE TALKS BETWEEN THE BRITISH AND CHINESE GOVERNMENT DELEGATIONS ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG ON JULY 25.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AT THE AIRPORT ON HIS RETURN FROM PEKING, HE SAID IT WAS A WORKING VISIT AND THAT HIS TIME WAS VERY FULLY OCCUPIED.

♦I THINK YOU WILL ALL HAVE NOTED THE STATEMENT WHICH WAS ISSUED YESTERDAY WHICH INDICATED THAT THERE HAD BEEN USEFUL AND CONSTRUCTIVE TALKS AND THAT WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE ON THE 25TH, AND I SHALL GO BACK FOR THAT,* HE SAID.

POINTING OUT THAT THE TALKS WERE CONFIDENTIAL AND THAT HE COULD NOT ADD TO THE STATEMENT WHICH HAD BEEN MADE, SIR EDWARD ADDED THAT *THIS MEANS THAT I AM NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO BRING YOU NEWS EVERY TIME I COME BACK FROM PEKING, NOR AM I GOING TO COMMENT ON THE VERY LARGE NUMBER OF SPECULATIVE REPORTS WHICH I KNOW ARE CIRCULATING.*

THE GOVERNOR WAS MET AT THE AIRPORT BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE ; THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, SIR SZE-YUEN CHUNG? THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR ROGER LOBO, AND TWO OFFICIALS OF THE XINHUA NEWS AGENCY (HONG KONG BRANCH), W TAN GAN, VICE CHIEF EDITOR, AND MR JI SHAOXIANG, FOREIGN AFFAIRS SECRETARY.

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WAGE INDEXES FOR MARCH 1983

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (THURSDAY) PUBLISHED WAGE INDEXES FOR MARCH 1983.

WITH 100 AS THE INDEX FOR MARCH 1982, THE OVERALL NOMINAL WAGE INDEX STOOD AT 108 FOR MARCH 1983, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 3 PER CENT OVER DECEMBER 1982 AND OF 8 PER CENT OVER MARCH 1982.

THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEXES FOR JUNE, SEPTEMBER,‘DECEMBER 1982 AND MARCH 1983 FOR SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS ARE GIVEN IN TABLE 1.

WHEN MARCH 1983 IS COMPARED WITH DECEMBER 1982, THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEXES FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR INCREASED BY 3 PER CENT (PLEASE SEE TABLE 3 FOR MORE DETAILED BREAKDOWNS), FOR THE WHOLESALE/RETAIL, IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR BY 2 PER CENT, FOR THE TRANSPORT SERVICES SECTOR BY 5 PER CENT, FOR THE BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR BY 5 PER CENT AND FOR THE PERSONAL SERVICES SECTOR BY 3 PER CENT.

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WHEN MARCH 1983 IS COMPARED WITH MARCH 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 6 PER CENT, FOR THE TRANSPORT SERVICES SECTOR BY 16 PER CENT, FOR THE BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR BY 8 PER CENT AND FOR THE PERSONAL SERVICES SECTOR BY 7 PER CENT.

WITH THE MARCH 1982 INDEX AT 1OO, THE OVERALL REAL WAGE INDEX STOOD AT 97 FOR MARCH 1983, A DECLINE OF 2 PER CENT OVER DECEMBER 1982 AND OF 3 PER CENT OVER MARCH 1982.

THE REAL WAGE INDEXES FOR JUNE, SEPTEMBER AND DECEMBER 1982 AND MARCH 1983 FOR SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS ARE GIVEN IN TABLE 2.

WHEN MARCH 1983 IS COMPARED WITH DECEMBER 1982, THE REAL WAGE INDEXES FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR DECLINED BY ONE PER CENT, WHILE THOSE FOR THE WHOLESALE/RETAIL, IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR AND PERSONAL SERVICES SECTOR DECLINED BY 2 PER CENT EACH. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE REAL WAGE INDEXES FOR THE TRANSPORT SERVICES SECTOR AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR INCREASED BY ONE PER CENT EACH.

WHEN MARCH 1983 IS COMPARED WITH MARCH 1982, THE REAL WAGE INDEXES FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR AND THE BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR DECLINED BY 3 PER CENT EACH WHILE THOSE FOR THE WHOLSALE/RETAIL, IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR AND PERSONAL SERVICES SECTOR DECLINED BY 4 PER CENT EACH. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE REAL WAGE INDEX FOR THE TRANSPORT SERVICES SECTOR INCREASED BY 4 PER CENT.

THESE WAGE 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 PATTERN OF THE LABOUR FORCE WITH RESPECT TO INDUSTRY, OCCUPATION, SEX AND MODE OF PAYMENT THE SAME AS THAT OF MARCH 1982, WHICH IS THE BASE PERIOD OF THE WAGE INDEXES. WHILE THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEX MEASURES CHANGES IN WAGE RATES IN MONEY TERMS, THE REAL WAGE INDEX, WHICH IS OBTAINED BY DEFLATING THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEX BY THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A), MEASURES 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.

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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 CHANGES 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 SUCH OTHER FACTORS 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.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE WAGE INDEXES HAY BE DIRECTED TO THE WAGES AND LABOUR COSTS STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON 5-452703.

TABLE 1 x NOMINAL WAGE INDEXES BY SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS

INDEXES (MARCH 1932-100)

SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS JUNE SEPT DEC MAR

1982 1982 1982 1983

MANUFACTURING 102 103 105 108

WHOLESALE/RETAIL, IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 100 102 104 106

TRANSPORT SERVICES 106 110 110 116

BUSINESS SERVICES 102 103 103 108

PERSONAL SERVICES 102 103 104 107

ALL SECTORS ABOVE 102 103 105 108

TABLE 2 s REAL WAGE INDEXES BY SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS

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INDEXES (MARCH 1982-100)

SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS JUNE SEPT DEC MAR 1982 1982 1982 1983

MANUFACTURING 99 98 98 97

WHOLESALE/RETAIL, 1MPORT/EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 98 97 98 96

TRANSPORT SERVICES 103 105 103 104

BUSINESS SERVICES 99 98 96 97

PERSONAL SERVICES 99 98 98 96

ALL SECTORS ABOVE 99 99 99 97

TABLE 3 1 NOMINAL WAGE INDEXES FOR MAJOR INDUSTRIES IN THE

MANUFACTURING SECTOR

INDEXES (MARCH 1982-100)

INDUSTRY JUNE 1982 SEPT 1982 DEC 1982 MAR 1983

GARMENTS 102 103 105 106

GLOVES 102 103 105 107

HANDBAGS 100 101 102 105

COTTON SPINNING/WEAVING 101 102 102 108

KNITTING 104 104 106 108

BLEACHING AND DYEING 102 103 103 107

PRINTING 104 105 106 108

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 102 102 105 107

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METAL PRODUCTS 101 102 103 107

ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES 101 103 102 106

ELECTRONICS 101 103 105 109

WATCHES AND CLOCKS 100 103 106 111

MANUFACTURING 102 103 105 108

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LABOUR FORCE STATISTICS FOR QUARTER

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LABOUR FORCE STATISTICS FOR THE QUARTER MARCH TO MAY 1983, OBTAINED FROM THE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY, WERE RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR THE QUARTER MARCH TO MAY 1983 WAS 5 PER CENT.

GIVEN THAT THE RATE FOR FEBRUARY TO APRIL 1983 WAS 5.2 PER CENT, IT APPEARS THAT UNEMPLOYMENT HAS NOW PEAKED OUT AND IS FALLING, THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS SAID.

THE RATE OF 5 PER CENT FOR MARCH TO MAY 1983 COMPARES WITH 4.5 PER CENT FOR THE PREVIOUS QUARTER ENDING FEBRUARY 1983, AND 3.3 PER CENT FOR THE QUARTER ENDING MAY LAST YEAR.

THE NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED PERSONS IN THE QUARTER ENDING MAY 1983 WAS PROVISIONALLY ESTIMATED TO BE 125 OOQ, AS COMPARED WITH 112 700 FOR THE PREVIOUS QUARTER, AND 80 700 FOR THE SAME QUARTER LAST YEAR.

THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE FOR THE QUARTER ENDING MAY 1983 WAS ESTIMATED TO BE 2.2 PER CENT, WHICH WAS LOWER THAN THAT RECORDED FOR THE QUARTER ENDING FEBRUARY 1983, AT 2.6 FER CENT. THE PROVISIONAL ESTIMATE OF THE NUMBER OF UNDEREMPLOYED PERSONS WAS 54 000 FOR THE QUARTER ENDING MAY 1983, AS COMPARED WITH 64 500 FOR THE PREVIOUS QUARTER.

CONSISTENT WITH THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION, PERSONS WHO WORKED LESS THAN 35 HOURS A WEEK WERE REGRADED AS UNDEREMPLOYED ONLY IF THEY WERE SEEKING MORE WORK OR WERE NOT SEEKING MORE WORK BECAUSE THEY BELIEVED MORE WORK WAS NOT AVAILABLE.

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THE UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT STATISTICS WERE OBTAINED FROM A CONTINUOUS GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT. THIS SURVEY COVERS A QUARTERLY SAMPLE OF SOME 15 000 HOUSEHOLDS OR 55 000 PERSONS, SELECTED SCIENTIFICALLY TO REPRESENT THE LAND-BASED CIVILIAN NON-INSTITUTIONAL POPULATION IN HONG KONG.

PERSONAL AND LABOUR FORCE DATA WERE OBTAINED IN THE SURVEY BY INTERVIEWING EACH INDIVIDUAL MEMBER IN THE HOUSEHOLDS SAMPLED.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS SAID THAT BECAUSE THE PROPORTION OF FIRST-TIME JOB-SEEKERS (E.G. PEOPLE WHO HAVE JUST LEFT SCHOOL) VARIES FROM MONTH TO MONTH, THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATES SEASONALLY ADJUSTED FOR THE VARIATIONS IN FIRST-TIME JOB-SEEKERS SHOULD BE USED IN MAKING COMPARISONS OVER TIME. THE UNADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR THE QUARTER ENDING MAY 1983 WAS 4.9 PER CENT.

HE ADDED THAT DETAILED ANALYSIS OF THE LABOUR FORCE CHARACTERISTICS IS GIVEN IN THE REPORT OF THE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY WHICH IS PUBLISHED FOUR TIMES A YEAR. THE NEXT REPORT COVERING THE QUARTER ENDING JUNE 1983 SHOULD BE AVAILABLE FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE IN SEPTEMBER.

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THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE TODAY (THURSDAY) WENT TO SEE SOME OF THE FACILITIES PROVIDED BY THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS.

ACCOMPANIED BY MR EDWIN LEUNG CHUNG-CHING, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, HE VISITED KWONG WAH HOSPITAL, THE GROUP’S LARGEST HOSPITAL, AND THE LO MAN HUEN HOSTEL FOR THE ELDERLY IN SHA TIN.

SIR PHILIP WAS FIRST BRIEFED ON THE HISTORY OF TUNG WAH AND ON THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE GROUP, AT THE MUSEUM LOCATED AT KWONG WAH HOSPITAL. HE WAS IMPRESSED BY THE DIVERSITY OF CHARITABLE SERVICES DEVELOPED BY THE GROUP SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT IN 1870.

THE CHIEF SECRETARY WAS THEN ESCORTED ON A VISIT TO SOME SERVICE UNITS OF KWONG WAH HOSPITAL — THE X-RAY DEPARTMENT, THE PHYSIOTHERAPY DEPARTMENT, THE GERIATRIC UNIT AND THE PAEDIATRIC INTENSIVE CARE UNIT. HE ALSO SAW A NURSING CLASS IN PROGRESS AND SPOKE TO SOME OF THE STUDENT NURSES. SIR PHILIP NOTED THE IMPORTANT ROLE PLAYED BY KWONG WAH HOSPITAL IN PROVIDING MEDICAL SERVICES FOR THE DENSELY POPULATED AREA OF WEST KOWLOON.

THE VISIT TO THE KWONG WAH HOSPITAL WAS FOLLOWED BY A VISIT TO THE LO MAN HUEN HOSTEL FOR THE ELDERLY. LOCATED IN MEI LAM ESTATE, SHA TIN. SIR PHILIP WAS SHOWN THE FACILITIES PROVIDED THERE FOR SOME 100 ELDERLY RESIDENTS. HE WAS TOLD THAT THE TUNG WAH GROUP PLANS TO PROVIDE ABOUT 1 000 ADDITIONAL PLACES IN FIVE NEW HOSTELS AND HOMES FOR THE ELDERLY IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

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THIRD REFUGEE CLOSED CAMP BEING BUILT

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THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT, FOLLOWING THE AGREEMENT OF THE BRITISH FORCES TO RELEASE PART OF THE BOWRING ARMY CAMP IN TUEN MUN, A CLOSED CENTRE WILL BE BUILT ON THE SITE TO PROVIDE ACCOMMODATION FOR VIETNAMESE REFUGEES ARRIVING IN HONG KONG.

THE 17-ACRE CAMP, SITUATED TWO KILOMETRES NORTH OF TUEN MUN WILL BE THE THIRD CLOSED CENTRE SINCE THE INTRODUCTION OF THE CLOSED CENTRE POLICY ON JULY 2, 1982. IT WILL BE COMPLETELY SEGREGATED FROM THE SURROUNDING AREA.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT AS OF TODAY, THERE WERE 13 074 VIETNAMESE REFUGEES IN HONG KONG, OF WHOM 5 159 WERE DETAINED IN CLOSED CENTRES.

THE FIRST CLOSED CENTRE IN CHI MA WAN HAS A CAPACITY OF 3 500 AND AN ADDITIONAL 2 500 PLACES WILL BE AVAILABLE IN AUGUST WHEN THE NEW HEI LING CHAU CLOSED CENTRE IS COMPLETED, HE ADDED.

♦AS HONG KONG IS NOW IN THE MIDDLE OF ITS TRADITIONAL ARRIVALS SEASON AND DEPARTURES FOR RESETTLEMENT FROM HONG KONG HAVE DROPPED, ADDITIONAL CLOSED CENTRE ACCOMMODATION IS NECESSARY,+ THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT.

♦IN PROVIDING AN ADDITIONAL CLOSED CENTRE WE ARE MAKING CLEAR TO FUTURE ARRIVALS FROM VIETNAM WHO PERSIST IN COMING HERE THAT THEY WILL BE DETAINED, AND THAT HONG KONG WILL MAINTAIN ITS CURRENT POLICY TO DISCOURAGE ARRIVALS AS FAR AS IS HUMANELY POSSIBLE.

SCHEDULED FOR OCCUPATION IN JANURAY 1984, THE BOWRING CENTRE WILL INITIALLY PROVIDE ACCOMMODATION FOR 1 400 REFUGEES, TO BE INCREASED TO 2 000 WHEN THE ARMY VACATES THE REST OF THE CAMP.

THE COST OF CONVERTING THE SITE INTO A CLOSED CENTRE IS ESTIMATED AT ABOUT >15.4 MILLION.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE USE OF BOWRING AS A CLOSED CENTRE WOULD BE TEMPORARY - UP TO APRIL 1986, IN ORDER TO ALLOW A MAJOR ROAD EXTENSION PROJECT IN THE AREA TO PROCEED.

♦CAREFUL CONSIDERATION HAS BEEN GIVEN TO THE SELECTION OF THE SITE FROM ALL THE ALTERNATIVES AVAILABLE,+ HE SAID, +AND SECURITY MEASURES IN THE VICINITY WILL BE STRENGTHENED. A DOUBLE PERIMETER FENCE WILL BE CONSTRUCTED, AND THE CENTRE WILL BE FULLY MANNED BY SPECIALLY RECRUITED OFFICERS OF THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT+.

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NEW LEGISLATION ON TRAFFIC SIGNS * * *

NEW LEGISLATION SHOULD REDUCE THE PRESENT PROLIFERATION OF TRAFFIC SIGNS ON HONG KONG’S ROADS.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT THE DEPARTMENT WAS AWARE OF COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE LARGE NUMBER OF SIGNS, PARTICULARLY IN THE AREA OF ROAD JUNCTIONS.

+AT PRESENT, NOT MUCH CAN BE DONE AS THE SIGNS ARE REQUIRED BY EXISTING ROAD TRAFFIC LEGISLATION,* HE SAID.

FOR EXAMPLE, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO COMBINE A PEAK HOUR 'NO STOPPING’ SIGN WITH A ’NO WAITING’ SIGN. EACH MUST HAVE ITS OWN POLE, AS THE LAW STATES THAT THE SIGNS MUST BE MOUNTED ON POSTS OF DIFFERENT COLOURS.

THIS IS THE KIND OF ANOMALY THAT WILL BE REMOVED BY NEW LEGISLATION WHICH IS EXPECTED TO BE INTRODUCED NEXT YEAR,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

OTHER AMENDMENTS, HE SAID, WILL ALSO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF ROAD SIGNS - SUCH AS THE INTRODUCTION OF A YELLOW LINE ROAD MARKING SYSTEM TO INDICATE STOPPING RESTRICTIONS, PURPOSE-DESIGNED PLB 'NO STOPPING’ SIGNS AND BUS ONLY-LANE SPECIFICATIONS.

♦UNDER THE NEW LEGISLATION, ALL TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE BASED ON THE SAME PRINCIPLES, ENABLING UNIFORM AND CLEAR ADVICE TO BE GIVEN ON THE USE, LOCATION AND ORIENTATION OF SIGNS. A TECHNICAL MANUAL ON TRAFFIC SIGNS IS NOW BEING PREPARED*, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

GIVEN THE VAST NUMBER OF SIGNS ON HONG KONG’S ROADS. IT WAS INEVITABLE THAT THERE WOULD BE SOME PROBLEMS AND THE PUBLIC HAD AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY IN IDENTIFYING THESE, HE SAID.

COMPLAINTS ARE MADE IN THE PRESS, ON RADIO PROGRAMMES, BY LETTER AND VIA SUCH BODIES AS DISTRICT BOARDS.

♦OBVIOUSLY WE TRY TO ENSURE THAT PROBLEMS DON’T ARISE IN THE FIRST PLACE.

♦IN ADDITION TO CAREFUL INITIAL PLANNING, EACH DEPARTMENTAL REGION, HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES, HAS A TEAM WHICH CARRIES OUT INSPECTIONS TO CHECK FOR DAMAGED OR IMPROPERLY POSITIONED SIGNS,♦ HE SAID.

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AMENDMENT TO CONSPIRACY LAW SOUGHT * * X *

A PERSON CHARGED WITH CONSPIRACY WILL NOT BE AUTOMATICALLY ACQUITTED IF HIS CO-CONSPIRATORS ARE ACQUITTED, UNDER A CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (AMENDMENT) (NO 2) BILL 1983 TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT AT PRESENT, IF HIS CO-CONSPIRATORS HAD BEEN ACQUITTED, A PERSON CHARGED WITH CONSPIRACY MIGHT NOT BE CONVICTED REGARDLESS OF THE STRENGTH OF EVIDENCE AGAINST HIM.

♦THE REASONING IS THAT IF A PERSON IS ACQUITTED OF AN OFFENCE, HE DID NOT COMMIT THAT OFFENCE AND, AS THE ACCUSED CANNOT CONSPIRE WITH HIMSELF, HE CANNOT BE GUILTY OF CONSPIRING WITH THOSE WHO DID NOT CONSPIRE WITH HIM,+ HE SAID.

THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT THEREFORE SEEKS TO REMOVE AN ACCUSED PERSON’S ENTITLEMENT TO BE ACQUITTED ONLY BECAUSE HIS ALLEGED CO-CONSPIRATORS HAVE BEEN ACQUITTED. A SIMILAR PROVISION HAS BEEN IN FORCE IN ENGLAND UNDER THE CRIMINAL LAW ACT 1977.

THE BILL IS SCHEDULED TO RECEIVE ITS FIRST READING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JULY 27. IT IS EXPECTED TO BE MOVED THROUGH THE COMMITTEE STAGE AND FINAL READING IN THE COUNCIL ON AUGUST 3.

ANYONE WHO WISHES TO COMMENT ON THE BILL CAN WRITE TO UMELCO, AT SWIRE HOUSE, 12TH FLOOR, CHATER ROAD, OR THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S CHAMBERS, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (MAIN WING), LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG.

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VISIT TO MUSIC OFFICE

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THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES SPENT THE WHOLE MORNING TODAY VISITING THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT.

THE MUSIC OFFICE WAS ESTABLISHED IN OCTOBER 1977 AIMED AT RUNNING AN INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC TRAINING PROGRAMME, PROMOTING INTEREST IN MUSIC, AND ENCOURAGING AND ASSISTING IN ORGANISING MUSIC ACTIVITIES IN ALL DISTRICTS.

MR AKERS-JONES FIRST VISITED THE KWUN TONG MUSIC CENTRE WHERE HE WAS MET BY THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR AND ACTING DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR CLIVE OXLEY, THE ASSISTANT MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR (ADMINISTRATION), MR M.W. LO AND THE ASSISTANT MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR (PROFESSIONAL), MR THOMAS WANG.

MR AKERS-JONES THEN PROCEEDED TO YAU MA TEI MUSIC CENTRE, BEFORE GOING ON TO THE HONG KONG MUSIC CENTRE AT ARTS CENTRE.

MR AKERS—JONES ALSO SAW VARIOUS TRAINING CLASSES IN PROGRESS AND TRAINEES AT REHEARSALS.

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JING YING SCORES A HIT IN WALES

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THE ’HONG KONG JING YING’ HAS SCORED ITS FIRST MAJOR SUCCESS IN THIS YEAR’S OVERSEAS TOUR BY WINNING THE THIRD PRIZE IN THE 1983 INTERNATIONAL MUSICAL EISTEDDFOD, HELD AT LLANGOLLEN, WALES.

THE FIRST TWO PLACES WERE FILLED BY GROUPS FROM SWITZERLAND AND TURKEY.

ABOUT 15 GROUPS, INCLUDING SOME FROM OTHER ASIAN COUNTRIES, TOOK PART IN THIS COMPETITION.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR BARRIE WIGGHAM, WHO IS CURRENTLY ON LEAVE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, ATTENDED THE CONTEST TO GIVE HIS SUPPORT TO THE YOUNG MUSICIANS.

THE WINNING HONG KONG ITEMS WERE TWO SOLO PIECES IN THE FOLK INSTRUMENTAL SECTION — +MORNING SCENE AT MOUNTAIN* AND +NIGHT THOUGHTS* — WHICH WERE PLAYED ON THE KOU DI AND THE DRUM RESPECTIVELY, ACCOMPANIED BY OTHER CHINESE INSTRUMENTS.

THESE WERE DESCRIBED BY THE ADJUDICATORS AS +VERY ARTISTIC AND CLEVER PERFORMANCES OF TWO SOLOS WITH THE ACCOMPANIMENT OF VARIOUS INTERESTING INSTRUMENTS WHICH MAKE THEM VERY IMPRESSIVE ... AND THE ACCOMPANYING INSTRUMENTS MADE THE PERFORMANCE FASCINATING

THE EISTEDDFOD IS ONE OF THE OLDEST AND MOST FAMOUS MUSIC FESTIVALS IN THE WORLD AND IS NOW IN ITS 37TH YEAR.

THIS YEAR, NO LESS THAN 10 000 MUSICIANS FROM 34 OVERSEAS COUNTRIES PARTICIPATED IN THE WEEK LONG PROGRAMME OF COMPETITIONS AND CONCERTS. IN AN EVENING CONCERT, THE HONG KONG JING YING ATTRACTED AN AUDIENCE OF MORE THAN FIVE THOUSAND.

IT IS THE FIRST TIME THAT A GROUP FROM HONG KONG HAS PARTICIPATED IN THE EISTEDDFOD, AND THEREFORE ITS SUCCESS IS EVEN MORE NOTEWORTHY.

THE LEADER OF THE JING YING GROUP, MR HOWARD YUNG FROM THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT, SAID THE MEMBERS WERE OVERWHELMED BY THE HOSPITALITY OF THE PEOPLE OF WALES AND THE WARMTH OF THEIR RECEPTION BY FELLOW MUSICIANS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES.

DURING THEIR STAY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, THE JING YING HAVE ALSO GIVEN TWO PERFORMANCES IN LONDON — AT THE COMMONWEALTH INSTITUTE AND THE HONG KONG STUDENT CENTRE. BOTH CONCERTS WERE WELL ATTENDED AND ENTHUSIASTICALLY RECEIVED.

THE FINAL ENGAGEMENTS OF THE GROUP’S TOUR TAKE THEM TO CARDIFF, WALES, BETWEEN JULY 15 AND 19 WHERE THEIR SOPRANO SOLOIST, MISS LINDA LI WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE 1983 SINGER OF THE WORLD COMPETITION, AND THE GROUP WILL GIVE SEVERAL CONCERTS.

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TENANCIES INVITED FOR TWO N.T. SITES * * * * *

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SHORT TERM TENANCIES OF TWO SITES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE FIRST SITE, LOCATED NEAR CITY NO. 1 IN SHA TIN NEW TOWN, IS FOR THE PARKING OF GOODS VEHICLES AND MINOR VEHICLE REPAIR WORK. IT HAS AN AREA OF ABOUT 1 116 SQUARE METRES.

THE TENANCY FOR THIS SITE IS FOR THREE YEARS AND QUARTERLY . THEREAFTER.

THE OTHER SITE

MEASURING

ABOUT 1 881 SQUARE METRES, IS

SITUATED NEAR SHEK KOK TSUI

TUEN MUN NEW TOWN

AND IS FOR OPEN

STORAGE.

THE TENANCY FOR THIS SITE IS FOR NINE MONTHS, AND MONTHLY THEREAFTER.

THE DEADLINE FOR THE ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERS FOR BOTH SITES IS NOON ON JULY 29.

TENDER FORMS, NOTICES AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, AND TENDER PLANS INSPECTED AT THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, SURVEY DIVISION, MURRAY BUILDING, 5TH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG" THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, KOWLOON WEST, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES. 1OTH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, SHA TIN, 2 TUNG LO WAN HILL ROAD, SHA TIN, NEW TERRITORIES FOR THE SHA TIN LOT AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, TUEN MUN BUILDING, 201 CASTLE PEAK ROAD

TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE, TUEN MUN, NEW TERRITORIES

FOR THE TUEN MUN SITE.

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NOMINATION FOR WAN CHAI BOARD BY-ELECTION OPENS *****

NOMINATION OF CANDIDATES FOR THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD BY-ELECTION WILL BE OPEN FOR TWO WEEKS AS OF TOMORROW (FRIDAY), THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS LOLLY CHIU, SAID TODAY.

THE BY-ELECTION WILL TAKE PLACE ON AUGUST 17 TO FILL THE SEAT ON THE BOARD WHICH HAS BECOME VACANT FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF AN ELECTED MEMBER FOR THE WAN CHAI WEST CONSTITUENCY, M? NG SAI-YING, LAST MONTH.

♦ANYONE WHO HAS REGISTERED AS AN ELECTOR AND HAS LIVED IN HONG KONG FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS IS QUALIFIED FOR NOMINATION,♦ MISS CHIU SAID.

♦A CANDIDATE MUST BE NOMINATED BY 10 REGISTERED VOTERS IN THE WAN CHAI WEST CONSTITUENCY, AND A DEPOSIT OF $1 000 IS REQUIRED, SHE ADDED.

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NOMINATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL DISTRICT OFFICES AND SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE IN PERSON BEFORE JULY 29.

A CANDIDATE MAY PROMOTE HIMSELF THROUGH TELEVISION, RADIO AND PAMPHLETS, BUT THE CAMPAIGN EXPENSES CANNOT EXCEED >10 OOO.

THERE ARE 10 946 REGISTERED VOTERS IN THE WAN CHAI WEST CONSTITUENCY.

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NEW OFFICES FOR LANDS DEPARTMENT

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S1?OON THEY WILL BE JOINED ONE WEEK LATER BY THE DISTRICT LANDS CFFICE/HONG KONG (NORTH), WHICH WILL OCCUPY THE ENTIRE 12TH FLOOR OF HARBOUR CENTRE, 25 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI.

ALSO MOVING BY JULY 25 IS THE DISTRICT SURVEY OFFICE/HONG KONG, WHICH WILL BE LOCATED ON THE 13TH FLOOR OF THE SAME BUILDING.

THE NEW 5-722637 FOR HONG KONG.

TELEPHONES WILL BE 5-722103

DLO/HK (SOUTH) AND 5-732825

FOR DLO/HK (NORTH)

FOR DISTRICT SURVEY OFFICE

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NEW MTR BUS FEEDER ROUTES * * *

DETAILS WERE ANNOUNCED TODAY OF THE NEW MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY FEEDER BUS ROUTES TO BE OPERATED BY KOWLOON MOTOR BUS AND CHINA MOTOR BUS.

THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HAS DECIDED THAT KMB SHOULD OPERATE THREE ROUTES AND CMB TWO, PRIMARILY SERVING MTR PASSENGERS, FOR A SIX-MONTH TRIAL PERIOD, STARTING ON AUGUST 1.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN GAVE DETAILS OF THE NEW ROUTESi-

KOWLOON MOTOR BUS

ROUTE 5Mi THIS BUS WILL RUN A CIRCULAR ROUTE FROM TSIM SHA TSUI MTR STATION TO TSIM SHA TSUI EAST, VIA MIDDLE ROAD, KOWLOON PARK DRIVE, SALISBURY ROAD, SCIENCE MUSEUM ROAD, GRANVILLE ROAD, CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH, SALISBURY ROAD, NATHAN ROAD AND MIDDLE ROAD. THE SERVICE WILL OPERATE FROM 7 AM TO 1.30 AM AT INTERVALS OF FIVE TO 10 MINUTES. THE SINGLE FARE WILL BE 60 CENTS AND AVERAGE JOURNEY TIME WILL BE 16 MINUTES.

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ROUTE UM 1

THIS BUS WILL RUN A CIRCULAR ROUTE FROM DIAMOND HILL MTR STATION TO SAN PO KON(, VIA LUNG CHEUNG ROAD, HAMMER HILL ROAD, CHOI HUIG ROAD, TAI YAU STREET, TSEUK LUK STREET, KING FUI STREET, SHUNG LING STREET, TSEUK LUK STREET, TAI YAU STREET, CHOI HUNG ROAD, PO KONG VILLAGE ROAD AND LUNG CHEUNG ROAD. THE SERVICE WILL OPERATE AT IC-MINUTE INTERVALS BETWEEN 7 AM AND 7 PM, MONDAY TO SATURDAY, EXCLUDING PUBLIC HOLIDAYS. THE FARE WILL BE 60 CENTS FOR A SINGLE JOURNEY AND THE AVERAGE JOURNEY TIME WILL BE 25 MINUTES.

ROUTE 40Mi THIS BUS WILL RUN A CIRCULAR ROUTE FROM TSUEN WAN MTR STATION TO CHAI WAN KOK, VIA SAI LAU KOK ROAD, CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TAI HO ROAD, SHA TSUI ROAD, KWU HANG ROAD, YEUNG UK ROAD, TAI HO ROAD, SHA TSUI ROAD, CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND SAI LAU KOK ROAD. THE SERVICE WILL OPERATE FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM, MONDAY TO SATURDAY, EXCLUDING PUBLIC HOLIDAYS. THE SINGLE FARE WILL BE 60 CENTS. THE BUS WILL RUN AT INTERVALS OF SEVEN TO EIGHT MINUTES AND AVERAGE JOURNEY TIME WILL BE 25 MINUTES.

CHINA MOTOR BUS

ROUTE 23Mi

ROUTE 24Mi

THIS WILL OPERATE A CIRCULAR ROUTE BETWEEN ADMIRALTY MTR STATION AND CITY GARDEN, VIA QUEENSWAY, HENNESSY ROAD, YEE WO STREET, CAUSEWAY ROAD, HING FAT STREET, GORDON ROAD, ELECTRIC ROAD, JAVA ROAD, KAM HONG STREET, KING’S ROAD, CAUSEWAY ROAD, IRVING STREET, PENNINGTON STREET, YEE WO STREET, HENNESSY ROAD, FENWICK STREET, GLOUCESTER ROAD, HARCOURT ROAD AND ADMIRALTY. THE SERVICE WILL OPERATE SEVEN DAYS A WEEK BETWEEN 7 AM (8 AM ON SUNDAY) AND 11.10 PM AT INTERVALS OF EIGHT TO 10 MINUTES. THE FARE WILL BE 60 CENTS PER JOURNEY AND THE AVERAGE JOURNEY TIME WILL BE 47 MINUTES.

THIS BUS WILL RUN A CIRCULAR ROUTE FROM ADMIRALTY MTR STATION TO WAN CHAI RECLAMATION VIA QUEENSWAY, ARSENAL STREET, GLOUCESTER ROAD, TONNOCHY ROAD, HARBOUR ROAD, FLEMING ROAD, HENNESSY ROAD, FENWICK STREET, GLOUCESTER ROAD, HARCOURT ROAD AND ADMIRALTY. THE SERVICE WILL OPERATE FROM 7.30 AM TO 7 PM AT 10—MINUTE INTERVALS, MONDAY TO SATURDAY (EXCLUDING PUBLIC HOLIDAYS). THE FARE WILL BE 60 CENTS PER JOURNEY AND THE AVERAGE JOURNEY TIME WILL BE 25 MINUTES.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT DURING THE SIX-MONTH TRIAL PERIOD PATRONAGE WOULD BE ASSESSED TO SEE WHETHER THE SERVICES SHOULD BE CONTINUED.

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TWO MAX ICAB ROUTES STARTING MMX

ANOTHER TWO MAXICAB ROUTES WILL OPEN TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

CIRCULAR ROUTE 26, RUNNING BETWEEN KWUN TONG AND KAI FUK TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA WILL OPERATE VIA YAN 01 COURT, TUNG YAN

NING

STREET, YUE MAN SQUARE, HONG NING ROAD, NGAU TAU KOK ROAD, ELEGANCE ROAD, LAI YIP STREET, WAI YIP STREET, ROAD H, ROAD T ROAD H, WAI YIP STREET, LAI YIP STREET, KWUN TONG ROAD, HONG ROAD, YUE MAN SQUARE, FU YAN STREET AND YAN 01 COURT.

7 AM WILL PEAK

THE SERVICE WILL RUN FROM 6.20 AM TO 11 PM ON WEEKDAYS AND TO 10.30 PM ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS. THE FREQUENCY BE SIX MINUTES DURING PEAK HOURS AND 10 MINUTES DURING OFF HOURS. A FARE OF Si WILL BE CHARGED.

C,RCULAR ROUTE 16 WHICH LINKS JATS INCLINE (CHOI WAN ESTATE) WITH PING SHEK ESTATE WILL GO VIA NGAU CHI WAN STREET JATS INCLINE, CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD, LUNG CHEUNG ROAD, CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD, FUNG SHING STREET AND NGAU CHI WAN STREET.

• u— ,’T2 SERVICE WILL RUN FROM 6.20 AM TO 11.30 PM ON WEEKDAYS 0N SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS. THE FREQUENCY WILL BE THREE MINUTES DURING PEAK HOURS AND FIVE MINUTES DURING OFF PEAK HOURS. A FARE OF 80 CENTS WILL BE CHARGED.

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DRAWING WORKSHOP FOR ART TEACHERS it M M

THE ART SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE DEPARTMENT OF EXTRA-MURAL STUDIES OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY WILL JOINTLY ORGANISE A SIX-SESSION DRAWING WORKSHOP FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL ART TEACHERS IN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER.

THE WORKSHOP WILL START ON SEPTEMBER 17 AND CONTINUE ON THE FOLLOWING FIVE SATURDAYS AT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S CULTURAL CRAFTS CENTRE AT 4 PAK FUK ROAD, NORTH POINT.

MR MUI CHEONG-KI, AN ARTIST, WILL BE THE LECTURER OF THE COURSE WHICH WILL BE CONDUCTED IN CANTONESE.

A MAXIMUM OF 40 TEACHERS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

A CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE WILL BE ISSUED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TO THE PARTICIPANTS WITH SATISFACTORY ATTENDANCE.

THOSE WHO WISH TO JOIN THE COURSE SHOULD APPLY THROUGH THEIR SCHOOL HEADS TO THE ART SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT 4 PAK FUK ROAD, NORTH POINT.

ENQUIRIES CONCERNING THE COURSE MAY BE MADE AT THE SECTION ON TEL. NO. 5-621006.

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TECHNICAL INSTITUTE HEAD RETIRES

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A FAREWELL PARTY WAS HELD TODAY (THURSDAY) FOR THE PRINCIPAL OF THE MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, MR ALICK FONG-YAN, WHO HAS RETIRED AFTER 33 YEARS OF SERVICE.

THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING, MR HORACE KNIGHT, REPRESENTING THE STAFF OF THE DEPARTMENT AND THE FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES, THANKED MR FONG-YAN FOR HIS DEVOTION TO DUTY AND FOR HIS CONTRIBUTION TO TECHNICAL TRAINING IN HONG KONG.

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WAN CHAI TRAFFIC DIVERSION M * * M

FROM 8 AM ON SATURDAY (JULY 16), WAN CHAI ROAD BETWEEN JOHNSTON ROAD AND MORRISON HILL ROAD WILL BE REROUTED ONE-WAY EASTBOUND FOR ABOUT 12 DAYS TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS.

DURING THE PERIOD, TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA TIN LOK LANE AND HENNESSY ROAD.

AT THE SAME TIME, RIGHT TURNS INTO WAN CHAI ROAD FROM ALL STREETS NORTH OF THE RE-ROUTED ROAD SECTION WILL BE BANNED. LEFT TURNS INTO WAN CHAI ROAD FROM WOOD ROAD AND THE SOUTHERN SECTION CF BURROWS STREET WILL ALSO BE PROHIBITED.

BUSES ON CMB ROUTES 1, 75, 90M, 101 AND 111 ON MORRISON HILL ROAD NORTHBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED VIA TIN LOK LANE AND HENNESSY ROAD WESTBOUND.

MAXICABS ON ROUTES 6, 7, 25 AND 32 ALONG MORRISON HILL ROAD NORTHBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED VIA TIN LOK LANE, MARSH ROAD AND LOCKHART ROAD WESTBOUND, WHILE THOSE ON ROUTE 4 WILL BE DIVERTED VIA TIN LOK LANE AND HENNESSY ROAD.

THE SECTION OF WAN CHAI ROAD BETWEEN MORRISON HILL ROAD AND TAK YAN STREET WILL BE REOPENED TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC FROM 8 AM ON MONDAY (JULY 18).

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF UNDERPASS * * * *

THE KWUN TONG ROAD UNDERPASS NEAR THE JUNCTION WITH HIP WO STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 11 PM ON SATURDAY TO 6 AM ON SUNDAY (JULY 17), TO FACILITATE MAINTENANCE WORKS.

DURING THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF THE UNDERPASS, BOTH THE EASTBOUND AND WESTBOUND TRAFFIC ON KWUN TONG ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED TO PROCEED ON GROUND LEVEL.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, JULY 15, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HE'S RAILJAY COMPARES WITH BEST - SIR EDWARD.................... 1

NEARLY 5 000 FLATS BEING OFFERED FOR SALE....................... 2

TRADE LINKS WITH CANADA STRONGER ............................... 3

OVER 20 REFLECTIVE PLATE SUPPLIERS APPROVED .................... 4

NEW BAPTIST COLLEGE BILL DRAFTED ............................... 4

BILL SEEKS TIGHTER CONTROL ON MASSAGE PARLOURS ................. 5

EVEN-HANDED APPROACH TO PRISON SENTENCES ....................... 7

SUPREME COURT BUSINESS CLARIFIED ............................... 8

BILL SEEKS TO REDUCE DELAY IN JUDICIAL PROCESS ................. 8

MORE FLEXIBILITY SOUGHT FOR HEUNG YEE KUK....................... 9

BILL ON ATTEMPTED OFFENCES .................................... 10

DISTRICT JUDGE PROMOTED........................................ 11

BERTHING FEES PROVIDED IN REGULATIONS ......................... 11

PLEASURE CRAFT OWNERS REMINDED ABOUT LAW....................... 12

NEW LINK ROAD FOR SHA TAU KOK PLANNED.......................... 13

FILM WARNS YOUNGSTERS ABOUT CRIME ............................. 14

SUMMER EVENTS BEING HELD FOR YOUTHS ........................... 15

SAFETY AWARD SCHEME FDR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS .................. 16

TAPS OFF FOR MAINS WORK........................................ 17

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HK’S RAILWAY COMPARES WITH BEST - SIR EDWARD HMM

HONG KONG’S MODERN SUBURBAN RAILWAY STANDS COMPARISON WITH ANY OTHER IN THE WORLD, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE SAID TODAY.

SIR EDWARD WAS SPEAKING JUST BEFORE UNVEILING A PLAQUE TO COMMEMORATE THE COMPLETION OF THE ELECTRIFICATION OF THE RAILWAY FROM KOWLOON TO LO WU.

SIR EDWARD SAID THAT WITH THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY, IT PROVIDES A HIGH-QUALITY AND HIGH SPEED LINK BETWEEN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND THE URBAN AREA.

♦OF EQUAL SIGNIFICANCE IS THE ROLE OF THE NEW RAILWAY IN IMPROVING COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CHINA BY MAKING POSSIBLE A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN THE THROUGH MOVEMENT OF BOTH PASSENGER AND FREIGHT TRAFFIC,* SIR EDWARD SAID.

SIR EDWARD SAIDi

♦I AM VERY PLEASED TO OFFICIATE TODAY AT THE OPENING OF THE FINAL STAGE OF THE REBUILT AND ELECTRIFIED KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY.

♦THE NEW RAILWAY HAS ALREADY BEGUN TO MAKE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO THE SPEED, EASE AND QUALITY OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE NORTH-EASTERN NEW TERRITORIES AND THE URBAN AREAS. COMMISSIONING OF THE SECTION FROM TAI PO MARKET TO LO WU MARKS THE COMPLETION OF THE GREATER P*RT OF THE MODERNISATION PROGRAMME. FROM TOMORROW, THE ELECTRIFIED ERV ICE WILL OPERATE ALONG ITS FULL LENGTH.

♦THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN VER MUCH A CORPORATE EFFORT INVOLVING THE RAILWAY ITSELF, A NUMBER OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS; CONSULTANTS; AND MANY CONTRACTORS. I WHOLLY ENDORSE YOUR REMARKS, MR CHAIRMAN, THAT GREAT CREDIT IS DUE TO EVE >’YONE WHO HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THIS COMPLEX AND DEMANDING TASK, A T ISK MADE MORE DIFFICULT BY THE NEED TO KEEP RAIL SERVICES IN OPERATION THROUGHOUT THE PERIOD OF RECONSTRUCTION. THEY MUST ALL FEEL TODAY A DEEP SENSE OF PRIDE IN THE PRODUCT OF THEIR EFFORTS.

♦THE NEW CORPORATION WHICH CAME INTO BEING IN FEBRUARY IS TAKING OVER A MODERN SUBURBAN RAILWAY WHICH STANDS COMPARISON WITH ANY IN THE WORLD. WITH THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY, IT PROVIDES A HIGH QUALITY AND HIGH SPEED LINK BETWEEN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND THE URBAN AREA. OF EQUAL SIGNIFICANCE IS THE ROLE OF THE NEW RAILWAY IN IMPROVING COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CHINA BY MAKING POSSIBLE A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN THE THROUGH MOVEMENT CF BOTH PASSENGER AND FREIGHT TRAFFIC.

♦MR CHAIRMAN, THIS IS INDEED A MEMORABLE DAY FOR THE CORPORATION AND FOR ITS STAFF. I CONGRATULATE YOU ON WHAT YOU HAVE ACHIEVED t AND I WISH YOU ALL EVERY SUCCESS IN THE FUTURE.

♦I NOW HAVE MUCH PLEASURE IN UNVEILING THIS PLAQUE TO COMMEMORATE THE COMPLETION OF THE ELECTRIFICATION OF THE RAILWAY FROM KOWLOON TO LO WU.+

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NEARLY 5 000 FLATS BEING OFFERED FOR SALE * M *

APPLICATIONS FOR 4 925 HOME OWNERSHIP FLATS, THE FOURTH LOT TO BE SOLD UNDER THE LAND-VALUE-FREE POLICY, WILL BE INVITED FROM TUESDAY (JULY 19). .......

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HOUSING AUTHORITY SAID THE TWO-BEDROOM FLATS WERE LOCATED AT SIU SHAN COURT IN TUEN MUN NEW TOWN, KING TIN COURT IN SHA TIN NEW NEW TOWN., LOK NGA COURT IN NGAU TAU KOK AND YEE KOK COURT IN SHAM SHU I PO.

HE SAID THE 1 872 FLATS, EACH WITH A GROSS AREA OF 62.2 SQUARE KTRES IN TWELVE 20-ST0REY BLOCKS AT SIU SHAN COURT, WERE PRICED FROM 1147 700 TO $180 900.

♦PRICES FOR THE 1 424 FLATS IN SIX 31-STOREY BLOCKS AT KING TIN COURT RANGE FROM $171 800 FOR A UNIT WITH A GROSS AREA OF 48.3 SQUARE METRES TO $231 000 FOR A UNIT OF 54.3 SQUARE METRES WHILE PRICES FOR THE 1 331 FLATS IN SIX 28/29-STOREY BLOCKS AT LOK NGA COURT RANGE FROM $191 500 TO $254 200 WITH GROSS AREAS BETWEEN 48.6 SQUARE METRES AND 54.6 SQUARE METRES.

♦THE 298 FLATS, EACH WITH A GROSS AREA OF 61.7 SQUARE METRES IN THREE 13-STOREY BLOCKS BEING BUILT UNDER THE SECOND PHASE OF YEE KOK COURT. ARE PRICED FROM $279 900 TO $318 800.+

THE SPOKESMAN SAID LAND VALUES WERE AGAIN EXCLUDED FROM THE FLAT PRICES IN THIS PHASE, PHASE VA, AS IN THE PREVIOUS PHASES, PHASES 11 IB, IVA AND IVB.

♦ALL ELIGIBILITY RULES. INCLUDING THE MAXIMUM MONTHLY INCOME LIMIT OF $6 500 FOR FAMILIES IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, WILL REMAIN THE SAME AS FOR PREVIOUS PHASES.

♦HOUSING SOCIETY TENANTS CAN APPLY FOR HOME OWNERSHIP FLATS BY USING GREEN FORMS PROVIDED THEY AGREE TO SURRENDER THEIR EXISTING TENANCIES ON ACQUIRING A FLAT,* HE SAID.

AN EXHIBITION SHOWING DETAILS OF THE FOUR PROJECTS TO BE ON SALE WILL OPEN ON TUESDAY AT THE HOME OWNERSHIP CENTRE ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF 01 MAN COMMERCIAL COMPLEX, HO MAN TIN.

COPIES OF A SALES BROCHURE, APPLICATION FORMS AND A GUIDE TO THE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE THERE.

OTHER OUTLETS FOR THE APPLICATION FORMS AND THE GUIDE WILL

BE AT THE APPLICATIONS SECTION OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY HEADQUARTERS, ALL HOUSING AUTHORITY AND HOUSING SOCIETY ESTATE OFFICES AND DISTRICT OFFICES.

THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF APPLICATION FORMSi GREEN FOR TENANTS OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY AND HOUSING SOCIETY, AND WHITE FOR ALL OTHER APPLICANTS.

APPLICATIONS WILL CLOSE ON AUGUST 1 AND A PUBLIC BALLOT TO DECIDE SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE HELD LATER.

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TRADE LINKS WITH CANADA STRONGER * * *

THERE ARE 45 CANADIAN CORPORATIONS IN HONG KONG, INCLUDING SEVEN BANKS, ESTIMATED TO BE THE LARGEST NUMBER OUTSIDE CANADA EXCEPT FOR THE UNITED STATES AND POSSIBLY LONDON, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

AND THERE IS ALSO A SUBSTANTIAL FLOW OF INVESTMENT FROM HONG KONG TO CANADA AS WELL AS IN THE REVERSE DIRECTION, HE ADDED.

SPEAKING TO THE CANADIAN BUSINESS ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG, SIR JOHN SAIDi ^WHILST THE QUESTION OF THE LONG-TERM FUTURE OF HONG KONG IS NATURALLY OF INTEREST TO OVERSEAS BUSINESSMEN, THERE IS NO SIGN THAT THIS IS HAVING ANY EFFECT ON OUR TRADING RELATIONSHIP WITH CANADA.+

IN THIS CONTEXT, HE QUOTED FROM THE RECENT ’HONG KONG REPORT’ BY THE STANFORD RESEARCH INSTITUTE, WHICH SAID THE PRAGMATISM AND COMMON SENSE EVIDENCED ON THE PART OF BOTH BRITAIN AND CHINA PROVIDED THE BEST ASSURANCES THAT HONG KONG’S PAST SUCCESS WAS ONLY THE PRELUDE TO THE STH L MORE IMPORTANT ROLE ANTICIPATED FOR IT IN EAST ASIA’S FUTURE.

SIR JOHN POINTED OUT THAT 1HE TREND IN THE TRADE WITH CANADA WAS STRONGLY UPWARDS - CANADA RECORDED AN INCREASE OF 25 PER CENT IN HER EXPORTS TO HONG KONG IN 1982, DESPITE THE GENERAL WORLD-WIDE RECESSION IN THAT YEAR.

♦THUS WHILE THE BALANCE OF TRADE IS STILL IN HONG KONG’S FAVOUR - WE EXPORTED HKI2.6 BILLION TO CANADA LAST YEAR AS AGAINST IMPORTS OF HKSl.l BILLION - THE PROSPECTS FOR EXPANSION OF CANADIAN EXPORTS HERE ARE BRIGHT.

♦AND LET IT NOT BE FORGOTTEN THAT WE IMPOSE NO RESTRICTIONS ON CANADIAN EXPORTS - OR INDEED ON EXPORTS TO HONG KONG BY ANY COUNTRY. UNFORTUNATELY THIS OPEN MARKET FOR VARIOUS REASONS IS NOT ALWAYS RECIPROCATEDi IN PARTICULAR PROGRESSIVELY MORE RESTRICTIVE LIMITS HAVE BEEN IMPOSED ON HONG KONG’S EXPORTS OF TEXTILES AND GARMENTS TO CANADA,♦ HE SAID.

SIR JOHN ALSO MENTIONED CANADA’S CONTRIBUTION TO HONG KONG IN OTHER FIELDS, PARTICULARLY HER CONSIDERABLE INTAKE OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES, THE PROVISION OF PLACES FOR MANY THOUSANDS OF HONG KONG STUDENTS AND THE VALIANT EFFORTS OF THE CANADIAN BATTALIONS IN HONG KONG IN 1941.

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OVER 20 REFLECTIVE PLATE SUPPLIERS APPROVED *****

THERE ARE NOW MORE THAN 20 SUPPLIERS WHO HAVE OBTAINED TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT APPROVAL FOR THE REFLECTIVE NUMBER PLATES THEY DISTRIBUTE.

UNDER REGULATIONS INTRODUCED IN MARCH THIS YEAR, ALL VEHICLES REGISTERED ON OR AFTER JUNE 1 MUST CARRY REFLEXREFLECTING NUMBER PLATES. OWNERS OF VEHICLES REGISTERED BEFORE THAT DATE HAVE TWO YEARS TO SWITCH TO REFLECTING PLATES.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT THE EASIEST WAY FOR VEHICLE OWNERS TO IDENTIFY PLATES APPROVED FOR USE IN HONG KONG WAS TO LOOK FOR THE BRITISH STANDARDS INSTITUTE SPECIFICATION NUMBER BS AU 145A WHICH MUST BE CARRIED ON EVERY PLATE TOGETHER WITH THE MANUFACTURERS NAME OR TRADEMARK.

IF A PURCHASER HAS ANY QUERIES ABOUT THE ACCEPTABILITY OF A PLATE HE IS CONSIDERING BUYING, HE CAN ASK FOR TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT GUIDANCE BY CALLING ANY OF THE LICENSING OFFICES.

THE MAGAZINE OF THE CONSUMER COUNCIL, ’CHOICE’, WILL SOON CARRY A FEATURE ARTICLE ON REFLECTING NUMBER PLATES WITH A LIST OF APPROVED SUPPLIERS.

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NEW BAPTIST COLLEGE BILL DRAFTED * * *

AS A MAJOR PART OF THE PROCESS OF BRINGING THE HONG KONG BAPTIST COLLEGE WITHIN THE TERTIARY SECTOR, NEW LEGISLATION GOVERNING THE COLLEGE HAS BEEN PREPARED AND IS PUBLISHED IN A BILL IN THE GAZETTE TODAY.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT AS WITH MANY TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS, THE EXECUTIVE BODY OF THE COLLEGE WILL BE A COUNCIL, TO BE SET UP UNDER THE HONG KONG BAPTIST COLLEGE BILL 1983.

THE COUNCIL, WITH 27 MEMBERS, WOULD HAVE A PREDOMINANCE OF LOCAL COMMUNITY FIGURES IN INDUSTRY, COMMERCE AND THE PUBLIC SECTOR.

♦IT IS REGARDED AS ESSENTIAL TO THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF THE COLLEGE THAT STUDENTS SHOULD RECEIVE AN ACADEMIC AWARD THAT HAS A SOUND REPUTATION AND THAT HIGH QUALITY TEACHING STAFF AND OTHER STAFF SHOULD BE ATTRACTED BOTH LOCALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY.

♦TO ACHIEVE THIS, AN INTERNATIONALLY ACCEPTED AND RECOGNISED FORM OF GOVERNANCE WITH COMMUNITY INTERESTS PREDOMINATING IS ESSENTIAL, HENCE THE PROVISION TO /EST THE GOVERNANCE OF THE COLLEGE IN THE COLLEGE COUNCIL COM’OSED MAINLY OF INDEPENDENTLY APPOINTED MEMBERS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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HE ADDED THAT THE BILL ALSO PROVIDES FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT CF A BOARD OF GOVERNORS AND AN ACADEMIC BOARD.

THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS IS GIVEN POWER TO APPOINT A PRESIDENT AND VICE-PRESIDENTS OF THE COLLEGE ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE COUNCIL.

THE ACADEMIC BOARD WILL REGULATE ALL MATTERS RELATING TO EDUCATION IN THE COLLEGE. IT WILL REVIEW AND DEVELOP ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES AND SUPERVISE TEACHING, RESEARCH, ADMISSIONS AND EXAMINATIONS.

THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT THE BILL WAS DRAWN UP IN CONSULTATION WITH THE UPGC AND THE COLLEGE. IT STATES THAT THE OBJECTS OF THE COLLEGE WILL BE TO PROVIDE FOR STUDIES, TRAINING AND RESEARCH IN SCIENCE, COMMERCE, SOCIAL SCIENCE, ARTS AND OTHER SUBJECTS OF LEARNING.

THE BILL WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JULY 27 AND IS EXPECTED TO PASS ITS THIRD READING ON AUGUST 3.

ANYONE WHO WISHES TO COMMENT ON THE BILL CAN WRITE TO UMELCO, AT SWIRE HOUSE, 12TH FLOOR, CHATER ROAD OR TO THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, AT PRINCE’S BUILDING, ROOMS 1320 - 1323A, CHATER ROAD, HONG KONG.

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BILL SEEKS TIGHTER CONTROL ON MASSAGE PARLOURS X X X X X

THE GOVERNMENT IS SEEKING MORE POWERS TO REGULATE THE BUSINESS OF MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENTS AND WILL GRANT NO NEW LICENCES FOR THEIR OPERATION IN DOMESTIC PREMISES BECAUSE OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL NUISANCE THEY CAUSE.

UNDER A MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENTS BILL 1983 PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY, THE LICENSING AUTHORITY WILL BE ABLE TO SET CONDITIONS FOR ANY LICENCE HE ISSUES. THIS WILL GIVE THE LICENSING AUTHORITY GREATER FLEXIBILITY IN VARYING THE RESTRICTIONS ON THE OPERATION OF ESTABLISHMENTS DEPENDING ON THEIR PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCES, SUCH AS THEIR LOCATION AND TYPE OF SERVICE.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE LICENSEE WILL BE MADE PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY BREACH OF THE LICENCE CONDITIONS AND WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PLEAD, AS IN THE PAST, THAT HE WAS NOT ON THE PREMISES WHEN THE OFFENCE OCCURRED.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT BEFORE THE LICENSING AUTHORITY WOULD GRANT ANY APPLICATION FOR A LICENCE, HE WOULD CONSULT THE DISTRICT OFFICER ON WHAT CONDITIONS TO IMPOSE, AND ONE CONDITION THAT IS CERTAIN TO BE IMPOSED IN FUTURE ON NEW LICENCES WILL BE THE REQUIREMENT TO LOCATE THE ESTABLISHMENT IN A NON-DOMESTIC BUILDING.

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FURTHERMORE, ALL MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENT LICENCES ALREADY ISSUED UNDER THE MISCELLANEOUS LICENCES ORDINANCE AT PRESENT WILL BE REGARDED AS HAVING BEEN ISSUED UNDER THIS NEW LAW ON THE DAY THE BILL COMES INTO EFFECT, AND THE LICENSING AUTHORITY WILL BE ABLE TO VARY THE CONDITIONS ATTACHED TO THESE LICENCES.

THE SPOKESMAN FURTHER POINTED OUT THAT MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENTS WHICH PROVIDE GENUINE SERVICE BUT WHICH MAY CHOOSE TO OPERATE WITHOUT A LICENCE WILL BE ENCOURAGED TO COMPLY WITH THE LAW.

THE EXISTING REQUIREMENT FOR ALL MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENTS TO CONFINE THEIR BUSINESS HOURS TO BETWEEN 8 AM AND 8 PM WILL BE REPLACED BY THE INTRODUCTION OF OPERATION FOR DIFFERENT ESTABLISHMENTS IN CONSULTATION WITH THE DISTRICT OFFICER, AND ■THE REQUIREMENT FOR MASSAGE TO BE ADMINISTERED BY A PERSON OF THE SAME SEX WILL NO LONGER BE A CONDITION. HOWEVER, THESE MEASURES WILL ONLY APPLY TO NEW ESTABLISHMENTS AND EXISTING ESTABLISHMENTS IN NON-DOMESTIC PREMISES.

THE PURPOSE IS TO PERMIT A GREATER DEGREE OF FLEXIBILITY IN RECOGNITION OF THE FACT THAT MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENTS OPERATE IN VERY DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCES.

FOR EXAMPLE, AN ESTABLISHMENT IN AN INTERNATIONAL HOTEL CATERING FOR BUSINESSMEN AND TOURISTS CLEARLY REQUIRES TO BE OPEN FOR LONGER HOURS THAN AT PRESENT PERMITTED.

IT HAS NOW ALSO BECOME MORE SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE FOR MASSAGE TO BE GIVEN BY MEMBERS OF THE OPPOSITE SEX ALTHOUGH, OF COURSE, CLIENTS WILL STILL BE FREE TO CHOOSE TO BE MASSAGED BY A MEMBER OF THE SAME SEX IF THEY SO WISH.

THE SPOKESMAN REITERATED THAT THESE MEASURES ARE INTENDED TO HELP LEGITIMISE BONA FIDE ESTABLISHMENTS AND EMPHASISED THAT THERE WILL BE NO RELAXATION OF POLICE ACTION AGAINST ILLEGAL MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENTS WHICH ARE ONLY COVERS FOR VICE ESTABLISHMENTS AND ARE OPEN TO PROSECUTION UNDER THE CRIMES ORDINANCE.

IN FACT, UNDER THE BILL, THE PENALTY FOR OPERATING ILLEGAL ESTABLISHMENTS WILL BE A FINE OF 150 000 AND SIX MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT ON FIRST CONVICTION. ON A SECOND OR SUBSEQUENT CONVICTION, THE PENALTY WILL BE MUCH TOUGHER AND WILL BE INCREASED TO A FINE OF 1100 000 AND TWO YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT, HE SAID.

THE MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENTS BILL WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JULY 27. ITS SECOND READING IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED AND ITS THIRD READING TAKEN AT THE SITTING ON AUGUST 3.

ANYONE WHO WISHES TO COMMENT ON ITS PROVISIONS CAN WRITE TO UMELCO, AT SWIRE HOUSE, 12TH FLOOR, CHATER ROAD, OR TO THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY AT THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG.

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EVEN-HANDED APPROACH TO PRISON SENTENCES

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS PROPOSED A MORE EVEN-HANDED APPROACH TO THE SENTENCING OF PRISONERS UNDER A CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983 PUBLISHED TODAY.

UNDER THIS BILL, IT WILL BE MADE CLEAR THAT IN ALL CASES THE PERIOD A PRISONER SPENT IN CUSTODY AS A RESULT OF A COURT ORDER PRIOR TO BEING SENTENCED WILL BE COMPUTED AS PART OF HIS TERM OF IMPRISONMENT.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE PRESENT LAW DOES NOT WITHOUT A SPECIAL ORDER TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE TIME A PRISONER SPENT IN CUSTODY BEFORE HIS COMMITTAL FOR TRIAL. THIS LEADS TO DISPARITY OF TREATMENT BETWEEN OFFENDERS AND A FEELING OF INJUSTICE CAN BE THE RESULT.

NOW THE RULE WILL BE CHANGED AND THERE WILL BE A CLEAR RULE THAT ALL PRE-TRIAL CUSTODY ORDERED BY A COURT WILL COUNT TOWARDS A SENTENCE.

AS A RESULT OF THIS PROPOSED CHANGE, THE PRISON RULES WOULD ALSO BE AMENDED TO ADJUST THE CALCULATION OF REMISSION PERIODS, HE ADDED.

ANOTHER REFORM IN THE BILL IS THAT THE COURT IN PASSING SENTENCES OF IMPRISONMENT ON A PERSON FOR MORE THAN ONE OFFENCE WILL BE ABLE TO ORDER THAT THE SENTENCES SHOULD OVERLAP PARTLY.

AT PRESENT SUCH SENTENCES RUN EITHER CONCURRENTLY OR CONSECUTIVELY.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT AT PRESENT IN PASSING SENTENCES FOR SEVERAL OFFENCES, THE COURT WILL SCALE DOWN WHAT WOULD OTHERWISE BE APPROPRIATE SEPARATE SENTENCES SO THAT THE TOTAL IMPRISONMENT WILL BE THE APPROPRIATE PERIOD FOR THE PARTICULAR OFFENDER ON ALL THE OFFENCES FOR WHICH HE IS BEFORE THE COURT.

♦ONE RESULT OF THIS IS THAT IF A CONVICTION IS UPSET ON APPEAL, THE CALCULATION IS UPSET AND A PERSON MAY SERVE A SHORTER PERIOD OF IMPRISONMENT THAN IS APPROPRIATE,* HE SAID.

FOR EXAMPLE, A COURT MAY IMPOSE SENTENCES OF FIVE YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT EACH FOR A RAPE AND A ROBBERY BECAUSE, ALTHOUGH SEVEN YEARS FOR EACH OFFENCE MAY BE OTHERWISE APPROPRIATE, TEN YEARS IS A PROPER TOTAL PERIOD OF IMPRISONMENT. IF ONE CONVICTION IS UPSET ON APPEAL, THE OFFENDER SERVES ONLY FIVE YEARS INSTEAD OF SEVEN YEARS.

IF THE SENTENCE CAN BE ORDERED TO RUN PARTLY CONCURRENTLY AND PARTLY CONSECUTIVELY, AS IS PROPOSED BY THE BILL, THIS SITUATION WOULD NOT HAVE ARISEN, AND THE COURT WOULD HAVE GOT THE TOTAL SENTENCE RIGHT AS WELL THE APPROPRIATE SENTENCE FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL OFFENCE.

THE BILL WILL BE INTRODUCED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JULY 27.

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SUPREME COURT BUSINESS CLARIFIED * * M *

A BILL TO CLARIFY WHAT BUSINESS MAY BE CONDUCTED IN THE SUPREME COURT DURING ITS VACATIONS IS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT SOME CONFUSION HAD ARISEN AS TO THE BUSINESS THAT MAY BE CONDUCTED IN THE SUPREME COURT DURING ITS VACATIONS. THIS WAS BECAUSE THERE ARE CONFLICTING DEFINITIONS OF THE TERM +PLEADING+ IN THE SUPREME COURT ORDINANCE AND THE RULES OF THE SUPREME COURT.

THE AMENDMENT BILL PUBLISHED TODAY REMOVES THIS CONFLICT AND PROVIDES THAT APART FROM THE HOLDING OF CRIMINAL TRIALS AND DETERMINING CRIMINAL APPEALS AND INCIDENTAL BUSINESS, WHAT MAY BE CONDUCTED DURING VACATIONS OF THE SUPREME COURT WILL BE PRESCRIBED BY RULES OF COURT.

THE OPPORTUNITY IS ALSO TAKEN TO CHANGE THE TITLE OF COMMISSIONER OF THE HIGH COURT* TO +DEPUTY JUDGE*, IN LINE WITH UK PRACTICE AND A SIMILAR CHANGE ALREADY MADE TO THE TITLE OF TEMPORARY JUDGE IN THE DISTRICT COURT.

THE FIRST READING OF THE BILL AND COMMENCEMENT OF ITS SECOND READING WILL TAKE PLACE ON JULY 27. IT IS EXPECTED TO BE PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON AUGUST 3.

COMMENTS ON THE BILL MAY BE ADDRESSED TO UMELCO, AT SWIRE HOUSE, 12TH FLOOR, CHATER ROAD, OR TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’^, . CHAMBERS, AT THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG. v* j BDUcI TH 32^ 9 TA

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.01 A2 A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT AS THE LAW STANDS, COMMITTAL TO THE HIGH COURT FOR TRIAL MUST BE ORDERED BY A MAGISTRATE IF, AFTER HEARING EVIDENCE, HE IS OF THE OPINION THAT THERE IS SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE TO PUT THE DEFENDANT ON TRIAL IN THE HIGH COURT.

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AT THE HEARING, EVIDENCE IS ADDUCED EITHER BY WAY OF WRITTEN STATEMENTS, WHICH MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY CERTIFIED TRANSLATIONS, OR BY CALLING SOME OR ALL OF THE WITNESSES TO GIVE ORAL TESTIMONY. DEFENDANTS HAVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE WITNESSES CALLED OR TO CALL WITNESSES THEMSELVES AND TO CROSS-EXAMINE ANY CROWN WITNESSES, A RIGHT VERY RARELY EXERCISED AT PRESENT.

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FURTHERMORE, THE REQUIREMENT FOR ALL WITNESS STATEMENTS TO BE ACCOMPANIED BY CERTIFIED TRANSLATIONS, REGULATED BY COMPLEX RULES IN THE PRESENT LEGISLATION, IS CAUSING SERIOUS DELAYS.

♦THE COMMITTAL PROCEDURE THEREFORE HAS BECOME IN NEARLY EVERY CASE A WASTEFUL EMPLOYMENT OF COURT TIME, AND SERVES TO LENGTHEN THE PERIOD BETWEEN ARREST AND TRIAL IN THE HIGH COURT,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSAL, UNDER A CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (PRELIMINARY PROCEEDINGS ON AN INDICTABLE OFFENCE) BILL 1983 PUBLISHED TODAY, IS FOR AUTOMATIC COMMITTAL OF THE DEFENDANT TO THE HIGH COURT, AFTER HE HAS BEEN SERVED THE STATEMENTS OF WITNESSES AND COPIES OF THE DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE UNLESS HE ELECTS FOR A PRELIMINARY INQUIRY. IN THE LATTER CASE, THE PROCEDURE TO BE FOLLOWED WILL BE THE SAME AS AT PRESENT, ALTHOUGH THE NEED FOR CERTIFICATION OF TRANSLATIONS OF WITNESS STATEMENTS WILL NO LONGER BE REQUIRED.

TO HELP THE ACCUSED, LEGAL AID WILL BE AVAILABLE TO ELIGIBLE DEFENDANTS AT THIS IMPORTANT STAGE OF ELECTING WHETHER OR NOT TO AGREE TO AN AUTOMATIC COMMITTAL.

♦THE BILL WILL THUS RETAIN THE RIGHT OF THE INDIVIDUAL TO DEMAND SOME FORM OF JUDICIAL SCREENING OF THE CROWN’S CASE AGAINST HIM, AND FOR THE FIRST TIME, A DEFENDANT ELIGIBLE FOR LEGAL AID MAY HAVE THE BENEFIT OF ADVICE PRIOR TO COMMITTAL,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE BILL WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JULY 27 AND IS EXPECTED TO PASS ITS COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READING ON AUGUST 3.

ANYONE WHO WISHES TO COMMENT ON ITS PROVISIONS CAN WRITE TO UMELCO, AT SWIRE HOUSE, 12TH FLOOR, CHATER ROAD, OR THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S CHAMBER, AT THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG.

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MORE FLEXIBILITY SOUGHT FOR HEUNG YEE KUK X X X X

A BILL TO PROVIDE MORE FLEXIBILITY TO THE HEUNG YEE KUK IN MANAGING ITS PROPERTY WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JULY 27.

AT PRESENT. THE HEUNG YEE KUK IS ONLY AUTHORISED TO ACQUIRE AND HOLD PROPERTY IN TRUST AND IS CONSTRAINED WHEN IT WISHES TO DISPOSE OF ITS PROPERTY.

THE PROVISIONS OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983 PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY) SEEK TO ENABLE THE KUK TO SELL, LET OR OTHERWISE DISPOSE OF ITS PROPERTY AND TO MORTGAGE IT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE DIRECTIVES OF ITS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROMOTING ITS OBJECTIVES ONLY.

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THE COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL WILL TAKE PLACE ON AUGUST 3.

ANYONE WHO WISHES TO COMMENT ON THE BILL CAN WRITE TO UMELCO, - SWIRE HOUSE, 12TH FLOOR, CHATER ROAD, OR THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AT WORLD SHIPPING CENTRE, 13TH FLOOR, CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON.

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BILL ON ATTEMPTED OFFENCES *****

iHE MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR THOSE WHO ATTEMPT, CONSPIRE WITH OTHERS, INCITE OTHERS, TO COMMIT AN OFFENCE MAY IN FUTURE BE SIMILAR TO THAT FOR THE SUBSTANTIVE OFFENDERS, IF AN INTERPRETATION AND GENERAL CAUSES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) BILL 1983 PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY IS PASSED INTO LAW.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT AT PRESENT, ATTEMPTS, CONSPIRACIES AND INCITEMENTS TO COMMIT OFFENCES WHICH ARE MISDEMEANORS BY COMMON LAW ARE PUNISHABLE BY IMPRISONMENT FOR SEVEN YEARS AND A FINE OF 150 000.

♦IN OTHER WORDS, A PERSON WHO IS CONVICTED OF ATTEMPTED ROBBERY IS LIABLE TO IMPRISONMENT FOR A MAXIMUM PERIOD OF SEVEN YEARS ALTHOUGH, IF HE HAD BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN HIS ATTEMPT, HE WOULD HAVE BEEN LIABLE TO IMPRISONMENT FOR LIFE,* HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT A PERSON WHO ATTEMPTED TO COMMIT AN OFFENCE BUT FAILED DESPITE HIS EFFORTS WAS AS BLAMEWORTHY MORALLY AS IF HE •IAD BEEN SUCCESSFUL, AND THOSE WHO CONSPIRED TO COMMIT OFFENCES, OR iNCITED OTHERS TO DO SO SHOULD NOT BE TREATED MORE LENIENTLY THAN THOSE WHO SUCCEEDED IN IMPLEMENTING THEIR PLANS.

♦THIS PRINCIPLE SHOULD ONLY GIVE WAY WHERE THE PUNISHMENT FOR THE SUBSTANTIVE OFFENCE IS DEATH,♦ HE SAID.

UNDER THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION, THE MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR ATTEMPTS, CONSPIRACIES AND INCITEMENTS, IN THE ABSENCE OF A SPECIFIC PENALTY, SHALL BE THE MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR THE SUBSTANTIVE OFFENCE EXCEPT WHERE THE PENALTY IS DEATH, IN WHICH CASE THE MAXIMUM PENALTY SHALL BE IMPRISONMENT FOR LIFE.

THE BILL WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JULY 27 AND WILL BE MOVED THROUGH THE COMMITTEE STAGE AND FINAL READING ON AUGUST 3.

ANYONE WHO WISHES TO COMMENT ON THE BILL CAN WRITE TO UMELCO, AT SWIRE HOUSE, 12TH FLOOR, CHATER ROAD, OR TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S CHAMBERS, AT CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG.

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DISTRICT JUDGE PROMOTED * * *

THE QUEEN HAS APPROVED THE APPOINTMENT OF DISTRICT JUDGE PHILIP GERARD CLOUGH AS A JUDGE OF THE HIGH COURT.

THE APPOINTMENT, GAZETTED TODAY, WAS EFFECTIVE FROM MAY 9.

MR CLOUGH HAD BEEN SERVING AS A DISTRICT JUDGE IN HONG KONG SINCE AUGUST 1981.

BORN IN 1924, MR CLOUGH STUDIED LAW AT KING’S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE AFTER COMPLETING WAR SERVICE IN 1946. HE WAS CALLED TO THE BAR IN 1949.

HE TOOK UP THE POST OF FEDERAL COUNSEL IN MALAYA IN 1951 AND WAS ADDITIONALLY THE LEGAL ADVISER OF SELANGOR FROM 1956 TO 1958.

FOR THE NEXT 20 YEARS, HE PRACTISED AT THE CHANCERY BAR AND SAT ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS AS DEPUTY CIRCUIT JUDGE.

BEFORE JOINING THE HONG KONG JUDICIARY, HE WAS THE LEGAL AFFAIRS ADVISER IN THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S CHAMBERS IN BRUNEI.

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BERTHING FEES PROVIDED IN REGULATIONS *****

THE GOVERNMENT HAS AMENDED EXISTING LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE FOR THE CHARGING OF BERTHING AND EMBARKATION FEES AT THE SHAM SHU I PO -MACAU FERRY TERMINAL FOR VESSELS AND PASSENGERS LEAVING FOR MACAU.

THE AMENDMENT IS CONTAINED IN THE SHIPPING AND PORT CONTROL (HONG KONG - CHINA AND MACAU FERRY TERMINALS) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1983 PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE AMENDMENT WAS MADE FOLLOWING PASSENGER THROUGHPUT PROJECTIONS THAT THERE WAS A NEED FOR A SECOND TERMINAL FOR MACAU FERRY SERVICES, EITHER IN KOWLOON OR IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

PASSENGER THROUGHPUT AT THE CURRENT TEMPORARY TERMINAL IN CENTRAL REACHED EIGHT MILLION IN 1982, ONE MILLION MORE THAN IT WAS ORIGINALLY BUILT FOR.

THE PRINCIPAL REGULATIONS, MADE UNDER THE SHIPPING AND PORT CONTROL ORDINANCE (CHAPTER 313), PROVIDED FOR BERTHING AND EMBARKATION FEES TO BE CHARGED AT THE HONG KONG - MACAU FERRY TERMINAL IN CENTRAL.

THE PRESENT AMENDMENT EXTENDS THESE REGULATIONS TO COVER ALSO THE SHAM SHUI PO - MACAU FERRY TERMINAL.

IT IS ESTIMATED THAT MACAU PASSENGER THROUGHPUT FOR 1983-84 WILL BE 6.63 MILLION AT THE CENTRAL TERMINAL AND 2.63 MILLION AT THE SHAM SHUI PO TERMINAL.

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PLEASURE CRAFT OWNERS REMINDED ABOUT LAW ******

A MARINE POLICE SPOKESMAN TODAY (FRIDAY) REMINDED OWNERS OF PLEASURE CRAFT THAT THEY MUST COMPLY WITH THE VARIOUS REGULATIONS ON SAFETY AT SEA AND SPEED LIMITS.

UNDER THE SHIPPING AND PORT CONTROL (SPEED RESTRICTED ZONES FOR PLEASURE VESSELS) REGULATIONS 1981, A SPEED LIMIT OF FIVE KNOTS IS IMPOSED IN A NUMBER OF AREAS IN HONG KONG WATERS.

THESE INCLUDE AREAS NEAR ALL GAZETTED BEACHES WHERE SPEEDING BOATS MAY ENDANGER THE LIVES OF SWIMMERS.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO DREW ATTENTION TO THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (PLEASURE VESSELS) REGULATIONS WHICH STIPULATE THAT , WHILE SAILING, ALL PLEASURE CRAFT MUST HAVE A CERTIFICATED MASTER AND AN ENGINEER ON BOARD. THE LAW ALSO REQUIRES THAT PLEASURE VESSELS MUST BE INSURED AGAINST THIRD PARTY RISKS.

»»TO ENFORCE THESE REGULATIONS, WE CARRY OUT DAILY SPOT CHECKS IN VARIOUS LOCATIONS TO SEE IF THE CRAFT ARE FITTED WITH ADEQUATE SAFETY EQUIPMENT AND IF THEY SATISFY LICENSING AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ON SPEEDING, HE NOTED THAT THE MARINE °OLICE AND THE MARINE DEPARTMENT WERE WORKING CLOSELY ON THE USE Or RADAR TO DETECT SUCH OFFENCES AND TO PROVIDE SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE FOR PROSECUTION.

SO FAR THIS YEAR, SUSTAINED POLICE EFFORT IN ENFORCING THE LAW HAS RESULTED IN SUMMONS ACTION BEING TAKEN IN 59 CASES AGAINST PLEASURE CRAFT WHICH HAD NO MASTER OR ENGINEER ON BOARD. FIVE OWNERS WERE SUMMONSED FOR NOT HAVING ADEQUATE LIFE-SAVING OR FIRE-FIGHTING EQUIPMENT.

THE MASTER OF A ”KAI TO” WHICH COLLIDED WITH A CANOE IN HALF MOON BAY IN SAI KUNG LAST SUNDAY WAS CHARGED WITH ENDANGERING LIFE AT SEA.

A NUMBER OF OTHERS HAD BEEN WARNED FOR SPEEDING AND OTHER MINOR OFFENCES.

MEANWHILE, THE SPOKESMAN REMINDED OWNERS OF LARGER TYPE PLEASURE CRAFT THAT THEY SHOULD ENSURE THAT CREW MEMBERS WERE PROPERLY LICENSED FOR THE VARIOUS TYPES OF VESSELS.

HE ALSO APPEALED TO ALL PLEASURE CRAFT OPERATORS TO OBSERVE THE SAFETY CODE EVEN WHEN THEY ARE SAILING OUTSIDE RESTRICTED ZONES.

'IT IS GOOD SEAMANSHIP FOR OPERATORS TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE SAFETY OF OTHERS AT ALL TIMES,’ HE ADDED.

IN ADDITION TO ITS LAW ENFORCEMENT ROLE, THE MARINE POLICE RESCUED 42 PEOPLE SO FAR THIS YEAR, INCLUDING SWIMMERS, CANOERS, AND WIND SURFERS. THEY ALSO WENT TO THE ASSISTANCE OF SOME 20 PLEASURE VESSELS WHICH HAD RUN OUT OF FUEL. BROKEN DOWN, OR OBSCURED BY FOG.

AT THE END OF 1982, THERE WERE 4 005 LICENSED PLEASURE CRAFT, 1 500 TO 2 000 OF WHICH ARE SPEED BOATS FITTED WITH OUT-BOARD ENGINES. HE POINTED OUT THAT UNDER THE LAW ALL VESSELS WITH AN ENGINE MUST BE LICENSED. THESE INCLUDE WATER SCOOTERS AND WIND SURFERS WITH ENGINES.

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NEW LINK ROAD FOR SHA TAU KOK PLANNED H * * *

THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT PROPOSES TO CONSTRUCT A NEW ROAD TO LINK UP SHA TAU KOK ROAD TO the NEW SHA TAU KOK ERIDGE.

THE PROPOSED NEW ROAD, WITH TWO-METRE WIDE FOOTPATHS ON BOTH SIDES, WILL BE ABOUT 800 METRES LONG. ABOUT 400 METRES OF THE ROAD WILL BE 7.3 METRES WIDE, AND THE REMAINING SECTION WILL WIDEN TO 70.0 METRES TO CATER FOR THE ASSOCIATED CUSTOMS AND IMMIGRATION FACILITIES.

IT WILL BE ENCLOSED BY A SECURITY FENCE ABOUT 3.5 METRES HIGH.

INCLUDED IN THE PROJECT WILL BE THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO VEHICLE HOLDING AREAS AND A PEDESTRIAN SUBWAY.

THE NEW ROAD, UPON COMPLETION, WILL PROVIDE ANOTHER BORDER CROSSING FACILITY IN ADDITION TO THE MAN KAM TO CROSSING.

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

A PLAN SHOWING THE PROPOSED WORKS CAN BE SEEN AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING MAIN ENTRANCE; THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, NORTH, AND THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE, OLD DISTRICT OFFICE BUILDING, TAI PO MARKET, NEW TERRITORIES.

ANY PERSON OBJECTING TO THE PROPOSAL MUST SEND HIS OBJECTION IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS NOT LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 13.

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FILM WARNS YOUNGSTERS ABOUT CRIME * * * * * M

HONG KONG YOUTH WILL BE WARNED IN A DRAMATISED DOCUMENTARY FILM OF THE HIGH PRICE ONE HAS TO PAY FOR CRIME.

CO-ORD INATEDBY THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE AND PRODUCED BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES AS PART OF THIS YEAR’S FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN, THE FILM ENTITLED +THERE IS NO GLAMOUR IN CRIME* IS AIMED AT DISSUADING YOUNG PEOPLE FROM GETTING INVOLVED IN CRIME.

A PRE-VIEW OF THE FILM WAS HELD FOR MEMBERS OF THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE AND MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES IN THE GIS THEATRE TODAY (FRIDAY).

FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE MEMBERS ATTENDING THE PRE-VIEW INCLUDED THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR PATRICK WILLIAMSON, SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, MR KENNETH TOPLEY, THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR CHAN WA-SHEK, THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, MR MIKE HAMMETT, MR HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, MRS SOPHIA HO, AND MR CHARLES YEUNG.

DURING THE FILM SHOW. THE CHIEF STAFF OFFICER OF POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS. MR ANDREW RENNIE SAID THE STORIES IN THE FILM WERE BASED ON ACTUAL CRIME CASES PROVIDED BY THE POLICE.

THE FILM TELLS IN 25 MINUTES THE TRAGIC STORIES OF FOUR YOUNGSTERS. COMING FROM THE LOWER STRATUM OF SOCIETY AND WITHOUT PROPER GUIDANCE AND DISCIPLINE FROM THE FAMILY, THE YOUNGSTERS LACKED INTEREST IN THEIR STUDIES, BECAME INVOLVED IN CRIME, AND INVARIABLY FACED SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES.

LAM TIN LEUNG, AGED 16, WAS SENTENCED TO A DETENTION CENTRE FOR THEFT. LUCKILY HE DECIDED TO TURN OVER A NEW LEAF. ON LEAVING THE CENTRE, HE FOUND A JOB AND RESUMED HIS STUDIES IN A NIGHT SCHOOL. LAM’S FRIENDS, LEE KA WAI, AGED 14, WHO HAD EXTORTED PROTECTION MONEY FROM HIS SCHOOLMATES, AND CHEUNG YAT BOR, AGED NINE, WHO HAD ESCAPED FROM A BOYS’ HOME, WERE ARRESTED BY THE POLICE. LAM’S SISTER, AGED 14, WAS ARRESTED BY THE POLICE DURING A POLICE RAID ON A VICE ESTABLISHMENT.

THE DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES OF THE FOUR YOUNGSTERS CONVEY ONE COMMON MESSAGE - THAT THEY ALL HAD TO PAY DEARLY FOR THEIR FOOLISH DEEDS.

♦IT IS HOPED THAT THE TARGET GROUP OF OUR CAMPAIGN - THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF HONG KONG - WILL GET THE MESSAGE*, SAID MR RENNIE.

THE ACTING CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER OF THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES, MRS BETTY SHUM, SAID THE FILM WAS WELL RECEIVED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TELEVISION AND LICENSING, WHO REMARKED, +WITH THE RIGHT CAST, THE SHOW STRIKES THE EXPECTED DRAMATIC IMPACT AND DELIVERS A FORCEFUL MESSAGE.*

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MRS SHUM SAID THE FILM WHICH IS IN CHINESE ONLY, WILL BE SCREENED ON TVB JADE TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT 10.30 PM.

THE FILM WILL ALSO BE MADE AVAILABLE TO SCHOOLS, YOUTH CLUBS, JPC CLUBHOUSES AND VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS.

COPIES OF THE FILM WILL BE KEPT IN GIS» FILM LIBRARY FOR LOAN TO INTERESTED ORGANISATIONS WHICH NEED ONLY CONTACT THE FILM LIBRARIAN ON 13/F, UNITED CENTRE, QUEENSWAY, HONG KONG OR TELEPHONE HER ON 5-275115 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

THE FILM WILL ALSO BE SHOWN TO THE 300 YOUTHS WHO WILL BE JOINING THE FIGHT YOUTH CRIME SEMINAR CAMP TO BE HELD AT THE LADY MACLEHOSE HOLIDAY VILLAGE IN SAI KUNG BETWEEN JULY 26 AND 29.

ANOTHER OUTLET FOR THE FILM IS THE GIS MOBILE FILM VAN WHICH ARRANGES FREQUENT FILM SHOWS AT SQUATTER AREAS AND TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS IN THE EVENINGS. WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE CIVILIAN INFORMATION TEAM OF THE CITY AND DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT, THE FILM CAN ALSO BE SHOWN IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

SUMMER EVENTS BEING HELD FOR YOUTHS * * * *

A CHILDREN'S SPORTS DAY, A KNITTING CONTEST, A CLEAN-UP IN A HOUSING ESTATE, AND A CANOE AND SWIMMING DEMONSTRATION ARE SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES TO BE HELD IN SEVEN DISTRICTS TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AND ON SUNDAY TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME, BEING HELL IN EACH OF THE 18 DISTRICTS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY, GIVES YOUNG PEOPLE AND STUDENTS A WIDE CHOICE OF ACTIVITIES AND ENSURES THAT THERE IS SOMETHING OF INTEREST FOR EVERYONE.

TOMORROW, STUDENTS AT SHA TIN WILL GIVE TWO HOURS OF SINGING, DANCING AND CHINESE MUSICAL INSTRUMENT PERFORMANCES AT THE KIANGSU-CHEKIANG COLLEGE STARTING AT 10 AM. A TOTAL OF 362 ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN ORGANISED FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE NEW TOWN THIS SUMMER.

AT 1 PM, THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME’S OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT THE OPEN SPACE OUTSIDE 01 MAN COMMERCIAL COMPLEX WITH GAMES AND SINGING PERFORMANCES BY POPULAR DISC JOCKEYS. THE CEREMONY WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE ON RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG.

AN HOUR LATER, A CANOE PERFORMANCE AND A SWIMMING DEMONSTRATION AT THE KENNEDY TOWN SWIMMING POOL WILL BE THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT’S OPENING CEREMONY.

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ON SUNDAY (JULY 17), ABOUT 200 CHILDREN WILL TAKE PART IN A SPORTS DAY, AT THE TANG SHIU KIN SPORTS GROUND IN SAI KUNG AT 9.30 AM. THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FOLK DANCES AND BALLET PERFORMANCES BY STUDENTS FROM SAI KUNG.

RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE FROM KWUN TONG AND SHAM SHU I PO WILL START AT 2 PM.

TO FULFIL THIS YEAR’S THEME OF +BETTERING ONESELF THROUGH COMMUNITY SERVICE*, ABOUT 300 YOUNG PEOPLE IN KWUN TONG WILL HELP CLEAN THE TSUI PING ROAD ESTATE.

AND AT THE ESTATE’S PLAYGROUND, 10 GAME STALLS WILL BE PUT UP AND GIRL GUIDES WILL TAKE PART IN A COMPETITION, TO KNIT WOOLLEN SCARVES FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT.

IN SHAM SHUI PO, THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL FEATURE ACROBATICS PERFORMANCES, TAEKWANDO DEMONSTRATION, AND DANCING AT THE MAPLE STREET PLAYGROUND.

TO ROUND-OFF THE DAY’S EVENT, A TWO-HOUR VARIETY SHOW STAGED BY A LOCAL TELEVISION STATION WILL BE HELD AT 5.30 PM AT THE MORSE PARK OPEN AIR THEATRE IN WONG TAI SIN.

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A SAFETY AWARD SCHEME, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND DESIGNED FOR WORKERS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, WILL BE HELD FROM JULY TO NOVEMBER THIS YEAR.

ANNOUNCING DETAILS OF THE +CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY SAFETY AWARD SCHEME* AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (FRIDAY), MR CHEUNG LUN, CHAIRMAN OF THE WORKING PARTY OF THE SCHEME SAID THAT THE AIM OF THE SCHEME WAS TO PROMOTE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AMONG WORKERS AND EMPLOYERS.

MR CHEUNG, WHO IS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY SAFETY SUB-COMMITTEE, SAID THE SCHEME IS OPEN TO ALL WORKERS AND CONTRACTORS IN THE INDUSTRY. IT IS DIVIDED INTO THREE CATEGORIES -A SAFETY SLOGAN AWARD, A SAFETY EMPLOYEE AWARD AND A SAFETY CONTRACTOR AWARD.

THERE WILL BE THREE PRIZES EACH FOR THE SAFETY SLOGAN AWARD AND SAFETY EMPLOYEE AWARD AND THE WINNERS WILL BE GIVEN PACKAGE TOURS TO JAPAN, THAILAND AND THE PHILIPPINES.

THE THREE WINNERS OF THE SAFETY CONTRACTOR AWARD WILL BE PRESENTED WITH ROAST PIGS, WHICH TO CONSTRUCTION WORKERS ARE A SIGN OF SAFETY. SPECIALLY DESIGNED SOUVENIRS WILL ALSO BE AWARDED.

THE SCHEME IS ORGANISED BY THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY SAFETY SUB-COMMITTEE AND SPONSORED BY KONO INSURANCE CO. LTD.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR ALL ENTRIES WILL BE AUGUST 31, 1983 AND APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S FACTORY INSPECTORATE DIVISION AND THE BUILDING CONTRACTORS’ ASSOCIATION.

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TAPS OFF FOR MAINS WORK * * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN WAN CHAI WILL BE DAYNFOR°LEAKAGE TESTS °N M°NDAY (JULY 18) T0 6 AM THE BLOWING

WA41 PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY HEARD STREET, JOHNSTON ROAD,

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, JULY 16, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SCHOOL ALLOCATION RESULTS TO BE ANNOUNCED ................... 1

20 PER CENT RISE IN ACCIDENT PAYMENT RATES .................. 1

SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL AND ORDERS-ON-HAND FOR MAY .... 2

POLLUTION-FREE DEVICE FOR CREMATORIUM IN SHA TIN ............ 5

LEARNING IS CONTINUING PROCESS FOR POLICE.................... 6

YUEN LONG SITE FOR SALE...................................... 7

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF AIRPORT TUNNEL ......................... 7

GRANTHAM SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED ............................... 8

NE.V OFFICES FOR VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL ................ 9

HORTICULTURE COURSE FOR SHA TIN RESIDENTS ................... 9

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT AT PEAK ROAD .................. 10

PUBLIC LIGHT BUS RESTRICTION ZONE

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SCHOOL allocation results to be announced * * * 4

RESULTS OF THIS YEAR’S ALLOCATION OF GOVERNMENT AND AIDED FORM FOUR PLACES UNDER THE JUNIOR SECONDARY ASSESSMENT SYSTEM WILL BE RELEASED ON TUESDAY (JULY 19), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODA'*' (SATURDAY).

STUDENTS PARTICIPATING IN THE SYSTEM MAY GO BACK TO THEIR SCHOOLS ON THAT DAY FOR THE ALLOCATION RESULTS.

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20 PER CENT RISE IN ACCIDENT PAYMENT RATES * * *

PAYMENT RATES FOR PERSONAL INJURIES AND DEATH UNDER THE EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND, WHICH PROVIDES GRANTS TO PEOPLE IN NEED OF RELIEF AS A RESULT OF NATURAL DISASTERS, HAVE BEEN INCREASED BY ABOUT 20 PER CENT.

THE NEW RATES APPLY ALSO TO THE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASSISTANCE SCHEME AND THE CRIMINAL AND LAW ENFORCEMENT INJURIES COMPENSATION SCHEME AS THEIR SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS IS BASED OF: TH.U CF THE FUND.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT THE INCREASE IN PAYMENT RATES CAME INTO EFFEC ON JULY 6.

♦THE REVISION REPRESENTS AN IMPROVEMENT IN THE LEVEL OF PAYMENT BASED ON INCREASES IN WAGES AS WELL AS PRICES,* HE SA D.

DIFFERENT CATEGORIES OF GRANTS UNDER THE EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND ARE AVAILABLE TO COVER DEATH OR PERSONAL INJURY.

UNDER THE REVISED RATES, THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT FOR DEATH GRA.iTS INVOLVING THE LOSS OF SOLE WAGE-EARNERS HAS BEEN RAISED FROM $26 700 TO 133 150, COMPRISING $23 400 FOR ONE SURVIVING DEPENDENT FAMILY MEMBER AND $1 950 FOR EACH ADDITIONAL SURVIVING DEPENDENT FAMILY MEMBER.

FOR LOSS OF A WAGE-EARNER WHERE THERE ARE OTHER WAGE-EARNERS IN THE FAMILY, THE MAXIMUM GRANT HAS BEEN INCREASED FROM $17 400 70 $21 450.

IN THE CASE OF THE LOSS OF HUSBAND OR WIFE WHO IS NOT A WAGE-EARNER WHERE THERE ARE CHILDREN, THE MAXIMUM GRANT HAS ALSO GONE UP FROM $17 400 TO $21 450.

THE MAXIMUM LEVEL OF DISABILITY GRANTS HAS BEEN RAISED FROM $22 440 TO $28 080. FOR INJURY GRANTS, THE NEW PAYMENT RATE IS $190 UP TO A MAXIMUM OF $8 460, DEPENDING ON THE GRAVITY OF THE INJURY. PREVIOUSLY, THE MAXIMUM WAS $7 080.

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THE EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND IS MANAGED BY THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, WHO ACTS ON THE ADVICE OF THE EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND COMMITTEE, COMPRISING BOTH UNOFFICIAL AND OFFICIAL MEMBERS.

IN THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR, S19.8 MILLION, S32.8 MILLION AND 12.6 MILLION WERE PAID OUT FROM THE EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND, THE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASSISTANCE FUND, AND THE CRIMINAL AND LAW ENFORCEMENT INJURIES COMPENSATION SCHEME RESPECTIVELY.

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SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL AND ORDERS-ON-HAND FOR MAY * * M M

THE AVERAGE VOLUME OF ORDERS-ON-HAND (IN TERMS OF MONTHS) INCREASED SLIGHTLY IN MAY 1983, ACCORDING TO THE MANUFACTURERS SURVEYED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

SMALL IMPROVEMENTS OCCURRED IN MOST INDUSTRIES EXCEPT THE FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRY WHERE A SLIGHT DECLINE WAS RECORDED, FOLLOWING A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN THE PRECEDING MONTH.

TAKING ALL THE MANUFACTURERS SURVEYED AS A WHOLE, EMPLOYMENT INCREASED SLIGHTLY IN MAY 1983 COMPARED WITH THE PRECEDING MONTH.

EMPLOYMENT INCREASED IN THE FOOD AND DRINKS INDUSTRY DUE TO A HIGHER SEASONAL DEMAND FOR SOFT DRINKS AND BEER.

INCREASES WERE ALSO NOTED IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS, FABRICATED l€TAL PRODUCTS AND ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES AS SOME MANUFACTURERS, WITH SUFFICIENT ORDERS-ON-HAND, BEGAN TO RECRUIT STUDENTS AS SUMMER WORKERS.

IN THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR, EMPLOYMENT DECLINED SLIGHTLY WHEN A FEW COMPANIES REDUCED THE NUMBER OF THEIR EMPLOYEES UPON COMPLETION OF SOME CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS.

PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS ROSE IN THE FOOD AND DRINKS INDUSTRY BECAUSE OF MORE OVERTIME WORK AND MORE COMMISSION FOR EMPLOYEES IN SEVERAL BEVERAGES FACTORIES. HOWEVER, THEY DROPPED IN THE TEXTILES AND ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES, BECAUSE OF PAYMENTS FOR MORE OVERTIME WORK IN THE PRECEDING MONTH.

IN THE SERVICES SECTOR, PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS DECLINED GENERALLY AS BONUSES WERE ISSUED BY A FEW COMPANIES IN THE PRECEDING MONTH.

THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF DmYS WORKED PER WEEK BY OPERATIVES DECREASED SLIGHTLY IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS AND ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES, BUT INCREASED IN THE FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRY AS A FEW FACTORIES REVERTED TO A SIX-DAY WORKING WEEK IN MAY.

THE PERCENTAGE CHANGES iN EMPLOYMENT, PER CAPITA EARNINGS AND ORDERS-ON-HAND FOR THE LAST THREE MONTHS ARE SHOWN IN THE ACCOMPANYING TABLE.

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WHEN RELEASING THE SURVEY RESULTS, THE DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT THE SURVEY COVERED A PANEL OF THE 200 LARGEST MANUFACTURING COMPANIES (CHOSEN BY REFERENCE TO THEIR EMPLOYMENT SIZE IN SEPTEMBER 1979) AND THE 43 LARGEST COMPANIES IN THE CONSTRUCTION AND SELECTED SERVICES SECTORS.

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 MAY 1983 IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE, AT 11.5 A COPY.

ENQUIRIES ON THE SURVEY RESULTS PRODUCTION STATISTICS SECTION OF THE DEPARTMENT (AT 3-7212832).

MAY BE MADE TO THE INDUSTRIAL CENSUS AND STATISTICS

A EMPLOYMENT AND EARNINGS

PERSONS ENGAGED BY THE COMPANIES SURVEYED PER CAPITA EARNINGS PER CAPITA EARNINGS FOR MAY 1983 (HK$)

INDUSTRY/ SERVICE (% MAR. 1983 CHANGE APR. 1983 OVER THE MAY 1983 PRECEDING MONTH) MAR. APR. MAY 1983 1983 1983

MANUFACTURING 1 * 1 -19 7 - 5 2 328

FOOD AND DRINKS * 1 2 - 9 8 5 3 301

WEARING APPAREL, EXCEPT FOOTWEAR 1 * - 1 - 5 * 1 2 □31

TEXTILES, EXCEPT WEARING APPAREL - 1 * 1 -10 6 - 4 2 302

PLASTIC PRODUCTS - 1 - 1 5 -29 2 - 1 1 981

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS * 1 3 -25 - 1 * 1 921

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS 2 1 2 -26 21 -17 2 172

OTHERS * - 1 1 -27 2 1 3 169

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** 3 5 M 3 781

CONSTRUCTION - 1 -3 - 2

SERVICES M * * -3 5 -3 4 167

BANKS M * * M 3 1 3 891

HOTELS 1 M - 1 -18 17 -14 2 723

PUBLIC

UTILITIES M * * 2 6 -5 3 986

OTHERS M 1 M -9 3 -2 6 105

B ORDERS-ON-HAND IN MANUFACTURING

(% CHANGE OVER THE

PRECEDING MONTH) ORDERS-ON-HAND

( IN TERMS OF

MAR. APR. MAY MONTHS) FOR

INDUSTRY 1983 1983 1983 MAY 1983

FARING APPAREL,

EXCEPT FOOTWEAR M 3 1 4.95

TEXTILES, EXCEPT

WEARING APPAREL 4 1 2 2.49

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 9 16 1 3.84

FABRICATED METAL

PRODUCTS 3 10 - 1 2.74

ELECTRICAL AND

ELECTRONIC

PRODUCTS 3 4 2 4.98

OTHERS M 2 1 3.64

ALL ABOVE INDUSTRIES 2 4 1 4.21

M CHANGES WITHIN ♦ 0.5%

MM

PERSONS ENGAGED COVER COMPANY EMPLOYEES ONLY; SITE WORKERS EMPLOYED BY LABOUR-ONLY SUB-CONTRACTORS NOT INCLUDED.

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POLLUTION-FREE DEVICE FOR CREMATORIUM IN SHA TIN * * * *

FOUR COMPUTERISED CREMATORS, COSTING $4.3 MILLION, WILL BE INSTALLED AT A PUBLIC CREMATORIUM IN SHA TIN WHICH WILL Be READY FOR USE BY AUTUMN NEXT YEAR.

THE BRITISH-MADE, GAS-OPERATED CREMATORS ARE SPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR SMOKE CONTROL AREAS, AND CREMATION PROCEDURES WILL BE REGULATED BY COMPUTERS TO ENSURE SMOKELESS, ODOURLESS AND NOISE-FREE OPERATION.

EACH CREMATOR, WHEN IN FULL OPERATION, CAN HANDLE FOUR CREMATIONS DAILY.

A SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT HONG KONG WOULD BE THE FIRST IN THE FAR EAST TO USE COMPUTERISED CREMATORS.

HE SAID CREMATION HAD BECOME VERY POPULAR AND IT WAS GOVERNMENT POLICY TO HAVE A CREMATORIUM IN EACH NEW TOWN.

ASIDE FROM THE FOUR COMPUTERISED CREMATORS, THE CREMATORIUM IN LOWER SHING MUN, ESTIMATED TO COST $25.6 MILLION, WILL ALSO HAVE TWO CEREMONIAL HALLS, A GARDEN AND A COLUMBARIUM.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE LOCATION OF THE CREMATORIUM HAD BEEN DECIDED FOLLOWING CLOSE CONSULTATIONS WITH THE LOCAL POPULATION, PARTICULARLY MEMBERS OF THE SHA TIN RURAL COMMITTEE AND THE THEN DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD.

♦EXTENSIVE AMENITY WORKS WILL BE CARRIED OUT TO MAKE THE CREMATORIUM FALL IN LINE WITH THE NATURAL GREEN BELT SKIRTING THE ENTIRE SHA TIN NEW TOWN.+ HE SAID.

HE SAID THAT THE CREMATORIUM, LOCATED AT LOWER SHING MUN ROAD AND SURROUNDED BY HILL SLOPES AND EMBANKMENT, WOULD HAVE MINIMUM VISUAL IMPACT ON RESIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT IN THE NEW TOWN.

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LEARNING IS CONTINUING PROCESS FOR POLICE *****

THERE ARE ALWAYS NEW TECHNIQUES, NEW TACTICS, NEW METHODS AND NEW LAWS OF WHICH POLICE OFFICERS MUST BE AWARE AND MUST LEARN THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, MR. ROY HENRY, SAID THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING.

ADDRESSING 223 RECRUITS AT A PASSING OUT PARADE AT THE POLICE TRAINING SCHOOL, MR. HENRY STRESSED THERE WAS A VAST AMOUNT OF LEARN NG AHEAD OF EACH FULLY FLEDGED POLICE OFFICER AND NO ONE COULD TRULY SAY THAT THERE WAS NOTHING MORE FOR HIM TO LEARN.

HE TOLD THEM THAT VERY SHORTLY, THEY WOULD BE EXERCISING THE FULL DUTIFS OF A POLICE OFFICER WHICH COULD BE HEAVY, AND IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT THEY TOOK THE RIGHT ACTION.

NOTIKG THAT IT WAS ONLY HUMAN TO AVOID PROFESSING IGNORANCE BY EMBARKING BLINDLY ON A TASK WHICH WAS NEW TO THEM, MR. HENRY URGED THE GRADUATES NOT TO BE AFRAID OF SEEKING GUIDANCE WHEN NECESSARY.

’’MY ADVICE TO YOU IS TO ASK OPENLY AND FRANKLY FOR GUIDANCE AND EXPLANATION FROM YOUR SENIORS OR YOUR MORE EXPERIENCED COLLEAGUES WHEN YOU ARE NOT SURE EXACTLY WHAT IS EXPECTED OF YOU.

’’NO ONE WILL CRITICISE OR DESPISE YOU FOR THAT- ON THE CONTRARY SUCH ACTION WILL BE REGARDED AS SENSIBLE AND WISE,” HE ASSURED THEM.

TURN NG TO THE FIELD OF COMMUNITY RELATIONS ON WHICH POLICE HAVE ALWAYS LAID EMPHASIS, MR. HENRY SAID THE FORCE COULD NOT POSSIBLY OPERATE EFFECTIVELY UNLESS IT HAD THE GOODWILL AND THE SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY IT SERVED.

ACCORDING TO MR. HENRY, THE SERVICE POLICE RENDERED WAS AIMED AT ENSURING THAT PEOPLE LIVE, WORK AND RELAX WITHOUT THE FEAR OF THEIR LIBERTY BEING AFFECTED BY THE CRIMINAL. IT WAS ALSO AIMED AT AIDING THOSE WHO NEEDED OR ASKED FOR HELP.

” IN THIS TASK. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE GET TO KNOW OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND THAT THEY KNOW AND UNDERSTAND US,” HE SAID.

WHILE DISTRICT POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICERS AND THEIR STAFF DO MUCH TO FURTHER THIS AIM, EACH AND EVERY POLICEMAN SHOULD CONTRIBUTE IN THIS EFFORT, HE WENT ON.

”WE ARE ALL COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICERS, NO MATTER WHETHER WE ARE WALKING A BEAT OR SITTING IN AN OFFICE”.

WARNING THE RECRUITS AGAINST RUDENESS AND LACK OF CONSIDERATION FOR THE PUBLIC, MR. HENRY SAID AN ACT OF ASSISTANCE, COMPASSION OR EFFICIENCY WOULD DO MUCH TO ENHANCE NOT ONLY THE INDIVIDUAL POLICE OFFICER’S REPUTATION BUT THAT OF THE FORCE.

HE EXPRESSED CONFIDENCE NEVERTHELESS THAT THEY WOULD CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS THE SUCCESS OF THE POLICE’S IMPROVEMENT PLANS.

LASTLY, HE PRAISED THEIR SMART AND WELL CONDUCTED PARADE, AND WISHED THEM GOOD LUCK AND GREAT SATISFACTION IN THEIR CHOSEN CAREER

SATURDAY, JULY 16, 1983

YUEN LONG SITE FOR SALE * * *

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS OFFERING A PIECE OF CROWN LAND IN YUEN LONG FOR SALE BY TENDER.

THE SITE, OF ABOUT 1 990 SQUARE METRES, IS SITUATED IN SHU I CHE KWAN STREET, AND IS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A BUILDING, WITH ■DIE GROUND FLOOR TO BE USED FOR NON-1NDUSTRI AL (EXCLUDING RESIDENTIAL, GODOWN AND CAR-PARKING) PURPOSES AND THE UPPER FLOORS AS A MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK.

THE DEADLINE FOR THE TENDERS IS 12 NOON ON AUGUST 12, 1983.

TENDER FORMS, NOTICES AND CONDITIONS OF SALE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, AND THE BUILDING PLAN INSPECTED AT, THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING, FIFTH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG; THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, KOWLOON WEST, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 10TH FLOOR, A05 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON; AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES OF SHA TIN, TAI PO, NORTH, YUEN LONG, TSUEN WAN, TUEN MUN, SAI KUNG AND ISLANDS.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF AIRPORT TUNNEL

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THE EAST KOWLOON WAY AND AIRPORT TUNNEL WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR TWO CONSECUTIVE NIGHTS ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY (JULY 18, 19) FROM 9 PM TO 6 AM TO FACILITATE THE TESTING OF THE COMPUTERISED TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEM.

DURING THE CLOSURE, EASTBOUND VEHICLES FROM THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL AND HUNG HOM HEADING FOR NGAU TAU KOK, KWUN TONG AND KOWLOON BAY ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED ON GROUND LEVEL ROADS, NAMELY CHATHAM ROAD NORTH, MA TAU WAI ROAD, PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST AND KWUN TONG ROAD.

AND WESTBOUND TRAFFIC HEADING FOR HUNG HOM FROM KWUN TONG SHOULD PROCEED VIA KWUN TONG ROAD AND PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST.

LOCAL ACCESS IN THE KOWLOON BAY RECLAMATION AREA WILL NOT BE AFFECTED.

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GRANTHAM SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED * * *

A LIMITED NUMBER OF GRANTHAM SCHOLARSHIPS FOR THE 1983-84 SCHOOL YEAR ARE BEING OFFERED TO STUDENTS OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS, TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AND THE APPROVED POST-SECONDARY COLLEGES.

THESE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AWARDED BY THE GRANTHAM SCHOLARSHIPS FUND COMMITTEE, AND ARE INTENDED FOR STUDENTS PURSUING THE FOLLOWING FULL-TIME COURSES OF STUDYi

* ANGLO-CHINESE SECONDARY COURSE AT THE FORM FOUR AND FORM FIVE LEVEL;

* CHINESE MIDDLE SECONDARY COURSE AT THE MIDDLE FOUR AND FIVE LEVEL;

* ONE-YEAR OR TWO-YEAR MATRICULATION COURSE;

* TECHNICAL OR VOCATIONAL COURSE AT A TECHNICAL INSTITUTE!

* DIPLOMA COURSE AT THE HONG KONG BAPTIST COLLEGE, HONG KONG SHUE YAN COLLEGE AND HONG KONG LINGNAN COLLEGE.

APPLICANTS MUST REACH A MINIMUM REQUISITE ACADEMIC STANDARD FOR PROMOTION TO THE NEXT HIGHER STAGE WITHIN THE SAME COURSE OF STUDY OR FOR ADMISSION TO A HIGHER COURSE OF STUDY.

BUT THE OVERRIDING CRITERION FOR AWARDS WILL BE THE FINANCIAL NEED OF APPLICANTS.

THE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE TENABLE FOR ONE ACADEMIC YEAR.

HOWEVER, HOLDERS MAY RE-APPLY FOR THEIR COURSE OF STUDY SUBJECT TO CONTINUING FINANCIAL NEED AND SATISFACTORY PROGRESS AND CONDUCT.

THEY MAY ALSO RECEIVE OTHER FORMS OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROVIDED THAT THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE RECEIVED IS NOT EXCESSIVE.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR THE SCHOLARSHIPS MAY NOW BE OBTAINED ON PRESENTATION OF HONG KONG IDENTITY CARDS AND STUDENT IDENTITY CARDS FROM THE TRUST FUNDS SECTION, HOME AFFAIRS BRANCH, GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, YARDLEY COMMERCIAL BUILDING, 6TH FLOOR, CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST, HONG KONG.

THE COMPLETED FORM, TOGETHER WITH A SWORN STATUTORY DECLARATION CF FAMILY CIRCUMSTANCES SIGNED BY THE PARENT OR GUARDIAN, MUST BE RETURNED THROUGH THE HEAD OF THE APPLICANT’S SCHOOL TO THE SAME OFFICE BY AUGUST 31.

ENQUIRIES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE GRANTHAM SCHOLARSHIPS FUND COMMITTEE ON TEL. NO. 5-422569.

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NEW OFFICES FOR VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL * * * * *

THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL SECRETARIAT AND THE TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS WILL BE MOUSED UNDER ONE ROOF IN NEW OFFICES FROM MONDAY (JULY 10).

THE NEW OFFICES ARE ON THE 1OTH, 14TH AND 15TH FLOORS OF HARBOUR CENTRE, 25 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI, A COUNCIL SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

THE OFFICE HOURS WILL BE FROM 8.45 AM TO 5.15 PM ON WEEKDAYS AND FROM 9 AM TO 12 NOON ON SATURDAYS.

THE MAIN EXCHANGE TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 5-8932341.

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HORTICULTURE COURSE FOR SHA TIN RESIDENTS ******

A THREE-MONTH HORTICULTURE COURSE WILL BE OFFERED FREE OF CHARGE BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOR SHA TIN

RESIDENTS.

THE COURSE WILL BE HELD AT AN OPEN SPACE NEXT TO THE SHA TIN PUBLIC SQUASH COURTS ON TEN CONSECUTIVE SATURDAY MORNINGS, STARTING ON JULY 30.

EMPHASIS FOR THIS YEAR’S COURSE WOULD BE ON PRACTICAL RATHER THAN THEORETICAL ASPECTS OF HORTICULTURE, AN NTSD SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE COURSE, WHICH WILL BE CONDUCTED BY HORTICULTURE EXPERTS OF THE NTSD, IS OPEN TO SHA TIN RESIDENTS WHO ARE 16 YEARS OF AGE OR ABOVE, ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

APPLICATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE SHA TIN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE ON THE LOWER GROUND FLOOR OF LEK YUEN COMMUNITY HALL IN LEK YUEN ESTATE.

THE SUBJECTS WILL INCLUDE SEED SOWING, FERTILISING, CUTTING, GRAFTING, LAYERING, PRUNING. WEEDING AND THE DETECTION OF PLANT DISEASES AND THEIR TREATMENT.

THE COURSE WILL ALSO INCLUDE FIELD VISITS TO TWO NTSD NURSERIES IN SHA TIN.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT AT PEAK ROAD

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A SHORT SECTION OF PEAK ROAD OPPOSITE HOUSE NO. 71 WILL BE RESTRICTED TO ONE LANE FOR TWO-WAY TRAFFIC BETWEEN 9.30 AM AND 4.30 PM DAILY FROM JULY 18 TO AUGUST 3, EXCEPT SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS.

THE ARRANGEMENT IS TO FACILITATE SLOPE STABILIZATION WORK THERE.

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PUBLIC LIGHT BUS RESTRICTION ZONE * * *

FROM MONDAY (JULY 18) AT 10 AM, THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF YUEN LONG HONG LOK ROAD BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH CASTLE ^iA>K AB0UT 15 METRES SOUTH OF THAT JUNCTION

7 AM TO 9EPMGDaIl? * PUBLIC LIGHT BUS RESTRICTED ZONE FROM OOrtU“!JR*N_THE Restricted ZONE, ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING UP OR SETTING DOWN PASSENGERS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, JULY 17, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MANY ENJOY ANTI-NARCOTICS CONCERT ............................ 1

COUNSELLING SERVICE FOR SCHOOL LEAVERS ....................... 2

TRAIL OPEN FOR HIKING AND COUNTRY WALKING .................... 4

TV AUDIENCE ATTITUDE SURVEY STARTING TOMORROW................. 5

FOOTBRIDGE FOR KOWLOON BAY ................................... 5

YOUTHS FOCUS ON ANTI-CRIME MESSAGE ........................... 6

SAFETY MEASURES FOR SHIPBUILDING WORKERS URGED ............... 7

FORMS BEING SENT TO RATEPAYERS ............................... 8

WRE PROJECTS UNDERWAY TO BEAUTIFY KOWLOON CITY ............... 9

GOVERNMENT MULTI-STOREY CAR PARKS OPEN FOR BIDDING............ 9

TENDERS SOUGHT FOR AIRPORT MONEY CHANGERS..................... 10

OFFICE-AND-MARKET BUILDING IN TO KWA WAN...................... 11

EXHIBITION ON -(-ACTIVITY APPROACH+ .......................... 11

AUXILIARY WARDENS HELP KEEP BEACHES CLEAN .................... 12

TAI PO WATER MAINS WORK

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MANY ENJOY ANTI-NARCOTICS CONCERT M K K

PERSUASION IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT WEAPON IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE ABUSE OF NARCOTIC DRUGS, BOTH hi int NaiiONAL AND COMMUNITY LEVEL, MR KARL STUMPF, CHAIRMAN OF THE SUB-COMMITTEE ON PREVENTIVE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY OF THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS SAID AT THE OPENING OF THE ANTI-NARCOTICS EDUCATIONAL VARIETY SHOW HELD AT THE HONG KONG COLISEUM IN HUNG HOM TONIGHT (SUNDAY).

MR KARL STUMPF WAS READING FROM THE SPEECH WHICH THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE WAS TO HAVE GIVEN AT THE OPENING OF THE SHOW. SIR PHILIP WAS INDISPOSED AND WAS UNABLE TO ATTEND THE FUNCTION.

BEYOND THE NATIONAL OR COMMUNITY LEVEL, MR STUMPF SAID, ♦IT IS A PROBLEM THAT CANNOT BE SOLVED BY ONE COMMUNITY OR ONE GOVERNMENT ALONE, A UNITED INTERNATIONAL EFFORT IS REQUIRED.+

HE SAID THAT IT WAS WIDELY RECOGNISED THAT THE COMMUNITY AND GOVERNMENT OF HONG KONG WERE PLAYING THEIR PART IN THIS INTERNATIONAL EFFORT TO COMBAT THE EVIL.

TO BACK-UP THIS REMARK, MR STUMPF SAID, +ADDICTS ARE COMING FOR TREATMENT, THE AMOUNT OF ILLICIT DRUGS SEIZED IS GROWING, AND THE NUMBER OF TRAFFICKERS BROUGHT TO JUSTICE IS INCREASING.+

♦BUT THE FACT THAT BECAUSE OF THE DEVIOUS AND EVER-CHANGING (•ETHODS ADOPTED BY DRUG SMUGGLERS, THE SUPPLY OF ILLICIT DRUGS TO THE MARKET PERSISTS,+ HE SAID.

IT WAS THEREFORE VERY IMPORTANT, HE SAID, TO HELP YOUNGSTERS TO RESIST THE TEMPTATION OF USING DRUGS THROUGH PREVENTIVE EDUCATION.

HE SAID THIS YEAR’S TERRITORY-WIDE ANT I-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN WAS TO SPREAD THE MESSAGE THAT +DRUGS MEAN A LIVING DEATH+.

MR STUMPF ADDED THAT APART FROM HAVING TERRITORY-WIDE AND DISTRICT CAMPAIGNS, A SPECIAL TEAM WAS BEING FORMED ON THE ADVICE OF THE ACAN TO GET ACROSS THIS MESSAGE TO ALL LOCAL STUDENTS

♦GOOD HEALTH,+ HE SAID, +IS A PRICELESS GIFT, AND FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO SACRIFICE THEIR HEALTH AND THEIR FUTURE BY TAKING DRUGS IS A TRAGEDY.+

WHEN YOUNGSTERS ARE FACED WITH TEMPTATION OF DRUGS, THEY HAVE A CHOICE.

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♦THE CHOICE WHICH WE MUST TRY TO ENSURE THEY MAKE IS THE ONE WHICH WILL MAINTAIN THEIR GOOD HEALTH, SELF-RESPECT AND SELF-CONFIDENCE,* HE SAID.

TONIGHT’S CONCERT WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS, THE URBAN COUNCIL AND RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG (T.V. DIVISION).

DURING THE SHOW, MR STUMPF, JOINED BY OTHER GUESTS, PRESENTED SOUVENIRS TO PERFORMING ARTISTES AND SPONSORS, IN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS. THE GUESTS INCLUDED MR HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL, MR G.L. MORTIMER, COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS AND MR HAROLD KWOK, ACTING DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING.

HOSTED BY POPULAR SINGER ROMAN TAM, AND SUPPORTED BY OTHER WELL-KNOWN ARTISTES AND PERFORMING GROUPS SUCH AS FRANCES YIP, ELIZA CHAN, THE PAN ASIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, CHRIS BABIDA AND HIS ORCHESTRA AND THE HONG KONG CHILDREN’S CHOIR CONDUCTED BY DR YIP WAI-HONG, THE ENTERTAINMENT-PACKED PROGRAMME ATTRACTED A LARGE AUDIENCE.

THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE CONCERT*-CAME WHEN ALL PERFORMERS APPEARED ON STAGE TO SING THE 1983 ACAN PUBLICITY SONG +STRIVE FOR A BRIGHT FUTURE*, JOINED BY THE ENTHUSIASTIC AUDIENCE.

THE SHOW WILL BE SCREENED ON TVB JADE NETWORK ON TWO CONSECUTIVE SUNDAYS, JULY 24 AND 31 BETWEEN 7.00 PM AND 8.90 PM.

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COUNSELLING SERVICE FOR SCHOOL LEAVERS * M * *

SECONDARY SCHOOL LEAVERS PLANNING THEIR FUTURE CAN NOW SEEK GUIDANCE AND ADVICE FROM THE CAREERS EDUCATION CENTRE RECENTLY SET UP BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

ACCORDING TO STATISTICS, ABOUT 190 000 SCHOOL LEAVERS ICED GUIDANCE ON THEIR FUTURE NOW THAT THE CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR HAS ENDED.

THE CENTRE, LOCATED IN THE IN LEE GARDENS, IS SUPPORTED BY BY THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF A SUBVENTED ORGANISATION WITH A PROFESSIONAL CAREER TEACHERS.

EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS AN ENQUIRY SERVICE OPERATED CAREERS MASTERS AND MISTRESSES, MEMBERSHIP OF OVER 350

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♦STUDENTS OR THEIR PARENTS MAY RING H-839254O OR H-8392538 TO DISCUSS THEIR PROBLEMS WITH SPECIALISTS. IN-DEPTH FACE-TO-FACE ADVICE MAY ALSO BE ARRANGED,+ MR LEUNG HO-WING, SENIOR EDUCATION OFFICER OF THE DEPARTMENT’S CAREERS EDUCATION SECTION, SAID.

CURRENTLY, THE CENTRE IS OPEN SIX DAYS A WEEK WHILE THE ENQUIRY SERVICE OPERATES EVERY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND SATURDAY MORNING. THE LATTER WILL GRADUALLY EXTEND ITS SERVICE AS THE SUMMER VACATION BEGINS.

THE CAREERS EDUCATION CENTRE HAS A PUBLIC LIBRARY EQUIPPED WITH LITERATURE AND JOURNALS ON CAREERS EDUCATION, AS WELL AS SPECIALLY PREPARED MATERIAL ON A WIDE RANGE OF STUDIES, TRAINING AND PROFESSIONS.

AT THE CENTRE, PROFESSIONAL CAREERS EDUCATION OFFICERS ARE AVAILABLE TO GIVE PERSONAL CONSULTATIONS AND ADVICE TO STUDENTS AND PARENTS REFERRED BY SCHOOL CAREERS TEACHERS.

MR LEUNG NOTED THAT SOME OF THE MATERIALS IN THE CENTRE WERE NOT AVAILABLE FROM OTHER PLACES AS THEY HAD BEEN SPECIALLY PREPARED TO MEET THE NEEDS ANTICIPATED FROM EARLIER ENQUIRIES.

AS AN EXAMPLE, HE CITED A PAMPHLET — +OPPORTUNI TIES FOR FORM 3 SCHOOL LEAVERS* — CONTAINING DETAILED INFORMATION ON STUDYING, TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES, INCLUDING PART-TIME AND EVENING STUDIES.

SOME OF THE VIDEO AND AUDIO CASSETTE TAPES ON TALKS GIVEN BY PROFESSIONALS AND SCHOOL TEACHERS ARE ALSO DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN FROM OTHER SOURCES.

♦MANY PARENTS ALSO NEED CAREERS EDUCATION. VERY OFTEN, BECAUSE OF OVER-ANXIETY, THEY FORCED THEIR CHILDREN INTO DECISIONS OR CAREERS NOT SUITED TO THEIR PERSONALITY OR POTENTIAL, THEREBY CAUSING UNHAPPINESS OR FRUSTRATION,* MR LEUNG SAID.

THE CENTRE ALSO SERVES ANOTHER FUNCTION : PROVIDING CAREERS TEACHERS WITH UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON COUNSELLING TECHNIQUES AND A VENUE FOR THE EXCHANGE OF IDEAS.

OF THE MORE THAN 650 PEOPLE WHO HAVE USED THE CENTRE’S FACILITIES SINCE ITS OPENING IN APRIL, MANY WERE CAREERS TEACHERS.

BECAUSE OF ITS INITIAL SUCCESS, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WAS PLANNING A SECOND CAREERS EDUCATION CENTRE, SCHEDULED TO BE SET UP IN KOWLOON BY THE END OF THE YEAR, MR LEUNG SAID.

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TRAIL OPEN FOR HIKING AND COUNTRY WALKING *****

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THE TAI PO COUNTRY TRAIL, A 25-KILOMETRE SYSTEM OF DISTRICT TRAILS AND FOOTPATHS, IS OPEN FOR HIKING AND COUNTRY WALKING.

FUNDED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE TRAIL RUNS FROM TAI PO KAU AND LAI CHI SHAN TO TAI PO VALLEY, UP AND ALONG THE HIGH RIDGES OVERLOOKING TAI PO FROM THE WEST, DESCENDING TO MA WO AND PUN CHUNG YUEN.

IT ALSO LINKS UP WITH THE MACLEHOSE TRAIL AND THE TAI MO SHAN AND SHING MUN COUNTRY PARKS.

THIS RECREATIONAL FACILITY IS A JOINT EFFORT OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE TAI PO AND FANLING DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, THE SURVEY OFFICE, THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES AND THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENTS.

ACCESS TO THE TRAIL FROM THE TOWN AREA CAN BE MADE AT KAM SHAN, WAN TAU STREET UNDERPASS, THE NEW KCR TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE, HA WONG Yl AU AND TAI PO KAU.

INFORMATION BOARDS SHOWING A DETAILED MAP OF THE ROUTE AND THE LOCATION OF REST AREAS AND VIEW POINTS ARE BEING PUT UP AT THESE ENTRANCES.

ALONG THE TRAIL, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF SPOTS OF INTEREST TO PICNICKERS. THEY ARE:

* THE LAI CHI SHAN HILL WHICH OFFERS A PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE MANY LANDMARKS OF TAI PO AND TOLO HARBOUR;

* THE WUN YIU VILLAGE WHICH WAS FOUNDED IN 1650 AND ONCE FAMOUS FOR POTTERY MANUFACTURING;

* YUEN TUN HA, DESERTED VILLAGE BUILT IN THE MID 17TH CENTURY AND HAS BEEN LEFT EMPTY SINCE 1980;

* THE TAOIST FUNG WONG MONASTERY, A PLACE OF WORSHIP ON FESTIVALS SUCH AS THE BIRrHDAYS OF THE JADE EMPEROR (IN EARLY JANUARY) OR THE EI 3HT IMMORTALS (BEGINNING OF AUGUST); AND

* LIN AU, A CLASSICAL EXAMPLE )F A SMALL TRADITIONAL VILLAGE IN WHICH THE BUILDINGS ARE ALL SINGLE OR TWO-STOREY, WHITE-PAINTED WITH TRADITIONAL TILED ROOFS AND ARRANGED IN TERRACES.

AN INFORMATION LEAFLET GIVING A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE COUNTRY TRAIL, ILLUSTRATED WITH A ROUTE MAP, MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT.

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TV AUDIENCE ATTITUDE SURVEY STARTING TOMORROW x a x

A SAMPLE SURVEY OF TELEVISION AUDIENCE ATTITUDES WILL BE LAUNCHED TOMORROW (MONDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON BEHALF OF THE TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING AUTHORITY (TELA).

THE PURPOSE OF THIS SURVEY IS TO SOLICIT PUBLIC OPINIONS ON VARIOUS ASPECTS OF TV PROGRAMMES AND COMMERCIALS.

SUCH INFORMATION WILL BE OF VALUE TO THE TELA IN ASSESSING THEIR CURRENT CENSORSHIP STANDARDS.

SOME 3 OOO HOUSEHOLDS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY HAVE BEEN RANDOMLY SELECTED FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS SURVEY AND PERSONS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 6 AND 64 WILL BE INTERVIEWED FROM EACH HOUSEHOLD.

THEY WILL BE ASKED QUESTIONS ON SUCH ISSUES AS THEIR USUAL PATTERNS OF TELEVISION VIEWING, OPINIONS ON VARIOUS KINDS OF PROGRAMMES AND VIEWS ON COMMERCIALS AND CENSORSHIP STANDARDS.

ENUMERATORS WHO WILL IDENTIFY THEMSELVES WITH OFFICIAL IDENTITY CARDS ISSUED BY THE TELA, WILL VISIT THE SELECTED HOUSEHOLDS DURING THE SURVEY PERIOD FROM JULY 19 TO JULY 31.

FOR OPERATIONAL REASONS, THEY WILL ALSO WORK OUTSIDE NORMAL OFFICE HOURS AND ON SUNDAYS.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS TODAY CALLED FOR ACTIVE SUPPORT FROM THE PUBLIC TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SURVEY.

+ALL FACTS AND OPINIONS FROM INDIVIDUALS WILL BE KEPT IN STRICT CONFIDENCE,* HE SAID.

ENQUIRIES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AT 5-438344 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

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FOOTBRIDGE FOR KOWLOON BAY

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THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT PLANS TO CONSTRUCT A COVERED CONCRETE FOOTBRIDGE ACROSS THE EXISTING ROAD A IN THE KOWLOON BAY RECLAMATION AREA.

THE FOOTBRIDGE WILL CONNECT THE TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA WITH THE PROPOSED NEW DEVELOPMENTS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF ROAD A.

A NOTICE ON THE PROPOSED WORKS WAS 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 EAST, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 9TH FLOOR, AO5 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 SHOULD FOR LANDS AND WORKS BY SEPTEMBER 13, 1983.

BE SENT TO THE SECRETARY

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YOUTHS FOCUS ON ANT I-CRIME MESSAGE ******

YOUNG PEOPLE WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN SOPHISTICATED PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT BY TAKING PICTURES OF OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE AT WORK OR PLAY.

CAMERAS WITH A TOTAL VALUE OF MORE THAN $50 000 WILL BE AWARDED TO WINNERS OF A PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION ORGANISED BY THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE AND THE POLICE AS PART OF THE 1983 FIGHT YOUTH CRIME CAMPAIGN. THE COMPETITION IS SPONSORED BY THE MINOLTA HONG KONG LIMITED.

’’THE COMPETITION IS AIMED AT AROUSING YOUNG PEOPLE’S INTEREST IN PHOTOGRAPHY THROUGH WHICH THEY CAN OBSERVE VARIOUS ASPECTS OF LIFE OF OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE. IT IS HOPED THAT THIS OBSERVATION THROUGH THEIR LENSES WOULD INSPIRE THEM TO DIFFERENTIATE THE GOOD FROM THE EVIL,” A POLICE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ENTITLED ’’YOUNG PEOPLE AT WORK AND PLAY”, THE COMPETITION IS OPEN TO ALL YOUNG HONG KONG RESIDENTS AGED BETWEEN 14 AND 20. EACH ENTRANT IS REQUIRED TO SUBMIT PHOTOGRAPHS OR COLOUR TRANSPARENCIES DEPICTING VARIOUS ASPECTS OF LIFE OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN HONG KONG.

’’AS A GUIDE, THE PHOTOGRAPHS MAY DEPICT YOUNG PEOPLE AT SCHOOL, TAKING PART IN SPORTS OR CULTURAL ACTIVITIES, AT HOME WITH THEIR FAMILY, STUDYING, AT WORK, TAKING PART IN ANY FORM OF VOLUNTARY CR COMMUNITY SERVICE,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE COMPETITION IS DIVIDED INTO JUNIOR DIVISION WHICH IS OPEN TO YOUNG PEOPLE AGED BETWEEN 14 AND 16 AND THE SENIOR DIVISION WHICH IS OPEN TO THOSE AGED BETWEEN 17 AND 20.

PARTICIPANTS OF EACH DIVISION CAN SUBMIT THEIR ENTRIES IN 3R SIZE IN ONE OR MORE OF THE THREE SECTIONS—THE BLACK/WHITE, COLOUR PHOTOGRAPH AND COLOUR TRANSPARENCIES. HOWEVER, EACH PARTICIPANT IS ONLY ALLOWED TO ENTER NOT MORE THAN FIVE PHOTOGRAPHS IN EACH SECTION.

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THE PARTICIPANTS ARE FREE TO ENTER ANY ONE OR ALL THE THREE SECTIONS BUT ALL THE ENTRIES MUST BE PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN BY THE PARTICIPANTS THEMSELVES AND HAVE NOT BEEN ENTERED PREVIOUSLY IN ANY OTHER PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION.

’’THE WINNING ENTRIES WILL BE DISPLAYED AT PUBLIC PLACES, COMMUNITY AND YOUTH CENTRES OR USED IN FIGHT YOUTH CRIME PUBLICITY CAMPAIGNS,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

WINNERS, AND RUNNERS-UP OF EACH SECTION WILL EACH BE AWARDED A CAMERA VALUED BETWEEN $1 360 TO $2 200. CAMERAS VALUED AT $360 EACH WILL BE AWARDED TO THE 20 OUTSTANDING ENTRIES.

ENTRY FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM ALL POLICE STATIONS, POLICE REPORT CENTRES, NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICE UNITS, JUNIOR POLICE CALL CLUBHOUSES AND THE MINOLTA SHOWROOM IN TSIM SHA TSUI.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS AUGUST 31.

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SAFETY MEASURES FOR SHIPBUILDING WORKERS URGED

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THE SHIPBUILDING AND SHIPREPAIRING INDUSTRY WAS URGED TO PROVIDE SAFETY MEASURES FOR WORKERS WORKING AT HEIGHTS ON BOARD VESSELS.

THE APPEAL WAS MADE BY THE SHIPBUILDING AND SHIPREPAIRING INDUSTRY SAFETY SUB-COMMITTEE TODAY (SUNDAY) FOLLOWING AN ANALYSIS OF ACCIDENTS WHICH HAPPENED IN THE INDUSTRY IN 1982.

A SPOKESMAN OF THE SUB-COMMITTEE POINTED OUT THAT ACCIDENTS INVOLVING FALLS OF PERSONS IN THE INDUSTRY TOTALLED 162 LAST YEAR, INCLUDING ONE FATALITY, WHILE THOSE INVOLVING STEPPING ON OR STRIKING AGAINST OBJECTS TOTALLED 283.

THESE TWO TYPES OF ACCIDENTS ALONE ACCOUNTED FOR NEARLY HALF OF ALL THE ACCIDENTS WHICH OCCURRED IN THE INDUSTRY LAST YEAR.

♦A LARGE NUMBER OF THESE ACCIDENTS MIGHT HAVE BEEN AVOIDED HAD SOME SIMPLE SAFETY MEASURES BEEN ADOPTED,* HE NOTED.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT ADEQUATE FENCING AND SUFFICIENT LIGHTING SHOULD BE PROVIDED TO PREVENT WORKERS FROM FALLING THROUGH UNCOVERED HATCHWAYS OR TWEEN-DECK OPENINGS. WORKERS SHOULD CARRY TORCH LIGHTS WHENEVER THEY ENTER WORKPLACES WITHOUT ADEQUATE DIRECT LIGHTING.

THE MANAGEMENT SHOULD ALSO LAY DOWN STANDARD SAFE WORKING PRACTICES AND WORKERS SHOULD OBSERVE THESE SAFETY MEASURES.

+THE SHIPBUILDING AND SHIPREPAIRING INDUSTRY SAFETY SUB-COMMITTEE WHICH COMPRISES REPRESENTATIVES OF EMPLOYERS AND WORKERS IN THE INDUSTRY AND MEMBERS OF THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE MARINE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY SECTION OF THE MARINE DEPARTMENT WILL CONTINUE TO WORK OUT PRACTICAL MEASURES TO PROTECT THE SAFETY AND HEALTH OF WORKERS IN THE INDUSTRY*, HE SAID.

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FORMS BEING SENT TO RATEPAYERS

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THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT WILL BE SENDING SOME 31 000 R.1A FORMS TO RATEPAYERS OF DOMESTIC PREMISES FROM TOMORROW (MONDAY), REQUIRING THEM TO FURNISH INFORMATION ON RENTS AND OTHER PARTICULARS OF THEIR PROPERTY.

THE FORMS MAY BE COMPLETED IN CHINESE OR ENGLISH.

RECALLING THAT THE SAME FORMS WERE SENT OUT IN AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT IT IS NECESSARY TO OBTAIN DETAILS OF RECENTLY AGREED RENTS DUE TO THE CHANGES IN RENTAL LEVELS WHICH HAVE OCCURRED SINCE THE ORIGINAL FORMS WERE COMPLETED LAST YEAR.

HE STRESSED THAT IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE NEW RATEABLE VALUES TO BE ASCRIBED IN THE NEW VALUATION LISTS SHOULD BE AS UP TO DATE AS POSSIBLE AND THAT THE INFORMATION GIVEN SHOULD PROVIDE THE DEPARTMENT’S VALUERS WITH THE NECESSARY EVIDENCE TO ACHIEVE THIS.

THE PREMISES IN RESPECT OF WHICH THE FORMS ARE BEING SENT HAVE BEEN SELECTED AS BEING THE MCST LIKELY TO PROVIDE INFORMATION OF USE TO THE VALUERS.

FOR INSTANCE, A FORM WILL BE SENT WHERE THE DEPARTMENT’S RECORDS SHOW THAT A LEASE HAS RECENTLY EXPIRED OR THAT A PREMISES WAS VACANT LAST YEAR AND MAY HAVE BEEN LET OUT BY NOW.

THE SPOKESMAN REQUESTED THE CO-OPERATION OF RATEPAYERS IN COMPLETING THESE FORMS.

HE REMINDED THEM THAT FAILURE TO COMPLETE AND RETURN THE FORMS WITHIN 21 DAYS IS AN OFFENCE UNDER THE RATING ORDINANCE.

A POSTAGE PRE-PAID RETURN ENVELOPE IS ENCLOSED WITH EACH FORM SENT.

ANYONE WHO NEEDS HELP IN COMPLETING THE FORM MAY VISIT THE DEPARTMENT ON THE 17TH FLOOR OF HENNESSY CENTRE, 500 HENNESSY ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY, OR DIAL 5-7957888.

ASSISTANCE MAY ALSO BE OBTAINED \T ANY DISTRICT OFFICE.

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MORE PROJECTS UNDERWAY TO BEAUTIFY KOWLOON CITY

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SEVERAL BEAUTIFICATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS, COSTING $200 000 IN ALL, ARE BEING CARRIED OUT IN KOWLOON CITY.

THE PROJECTS, FUNDED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, INCLUDE THE PLACING OF A CUBE-SHAPED DISTRICT LOGO INSIDE A REST GARDEN AND HUGE FLOWER POTS ALONG SOME PAVEMENTS, AS WELL AS THE ERECTION CF GUARD RAILS ALONG A SLIPPERY SLOPE.

SOME 130 000 HAS ALREADY BEEN SPENT ON TURFING A SITE AT SUNG WONG TOI ROAD OPPOSITE THE JUNCTION TO KOWLOON CITY ROAD. FLOWERS HAVE ALSO BEEN PLANTED.

AND, A TWO-METRE HIGH CUBE-SHAPED DISTRICT LOGO WILL BE SET IP SHORTLY IN THE SUNG WONG TOI AMENITY AREA.

IN LINE WITH THE +ME I FA+ SCHEME, A SUM OF $110 000 WILL BE SPENT ON INSTALLING 23 RECTANGULAR FLOWER POTS ALONG THE PAVEMENT AT RENFREW ROAD, AND ANOTHER 50 HEXAGONAL FLOWER POTS AT FAT KWONG STREET BETWEEN THE JUNCTION WITH CHUNG HAU STREET.

ON IMPROVEMENT WORKS, GUARDRAILS WILL BE PUT UP TO FENCE OFF A SLIPPERY SLOPE AT HO MAN TIN HILL ROAD TO PREVENT STROLLERS OR CHILDREN PLAYING THERE FROM FALLING OFF THE SLOPE.

IN ADDITION, STEPS NEXT TO THE SLOPE, LINKING HO MAN TIN HILL ROAD TO PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD, WILL BE WIDENED AND HANDRAILS WILL BE PUT UP.

COMMENTING ON THESE PROJECTS, THE DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN M? LEE LAP-SUN SAID THEY WERE AIMED AT BEAUTIFYING THE ENVIRONMENT AND INSTILLING A SENSE OF PRIDE AMONG THE COMMUNITY.

+ IT WILL ALSO HELP PUBLICISE THE WORK OF THE DISTRICT BOARD AND ESTABLISH THE CREDIBILITY OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION,* HE SAID.

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GOVERNMENT MULTI-STOREY CAR PARKS OPEN FOR BIDDING X * * M *

PRE-QUALIFIED APPLICANTS ARE BEING INVITED TO BID FOR THE OPERATION AND MANAGEMENT OF 10 GOVERNMENT MULTI-STOREY CAR PARKS.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (SUNDAY), A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID, +TENDERERS WILL BE ABLE TO BID FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF CAR PARKS LOCATED ON HONG KONG ISLAND; OR IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES; OR FOR ALL THE CAR PARKS.*

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+TENDERS WILL BE SUBMITTED ON THE BASIS THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHALL BE PAID THROUGHOUT THE PERIOD OF THE AGREEMENT A FIXED MONTHLY PAYMENT BASED ON THE TO"AL NUMBER OF CAR PARKING SPACES AVAILABLE, TOGETHER WITH AN ADD TIONAL PAYMENT REPRESENTING A PROPORTION OF THE TOTAL GROSS MONTHLY RECEIPTS FROM THE OPERATION OF THE CAR PARKS (INCLUDING ADVERTISING REVENUE) CALCULATED ON A PERCENTAGE BASIS TO BE SPECIFIED BY THE TENDERER.

+EXISTING CAR PARKING CHARGES ARE TO BE MAINTAINED DURING THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF COMMERCIAL MANAGEMENT AFTER WHICH THEY MAY BE REVISED SUBJECT TO THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT’S AGREEMENT,+ HE SAID.

MANAGEMENT CONTRACT WILL BE FOR THREE YEARS INITIALLY.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR THE TENDER IS SEPTEMBER 15, 1983.

+IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE CAR PARKS WILL BE HANDED OVER TO COMMERCIAL MANAGEMENT IN JANUARY NEXT YEAR,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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TENDERS SOUGHT FOR dRPORT MONEY CHANGERS * *

THE DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVATION TODAY (SUNDAY) INVITED TENDERS FOR THE TENANCIES OF FOUR SHO5 PREMISES IN THE PASSENGER TERMINAL OF HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL Al PORT FOR THE BUSINESS OF MONEY CHANGING.

THE TENANCIES WILL BE FO A THREE-YEAR PERIOD, STARTING ON OR ABOUT SEPTEMBER 1, 1983

TWO OF THE SHOP PREMISES ARE LOCATED IN THE PUBLIC AREA OF THE DEPARTURE HALL AND THE OT ER TWO ARE INSIDE THE RESTRICTED BUFFER AREA FOR ARRIVING PASS NGERS.

TENDERERS MAY TENDER FOR ONE OR MORE OF THE SHOP PREMISES BUT A SEPARATE TENDER MUST BE SUB ilTTED IN RESPECT OF EACH SHOP SPACE.

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.

COMPLETED FORMS MUST BE PLACED IN THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAL^ TENDER BOX ON THE LOWER GROUND FLOOR OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (EAST WING), LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG BEFORE 12 NOON ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 5.

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OFF ICE-AND-MARKET BUILDING IN TO KWA WAN

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A COMBINED GOVERNMENT OFF ICE-AND-MARKET BUILDING IN TO KWA WAN WILL BE READY TOWARDS THE END OF THE YEAR.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT SAID ABOUT 80 PER CENT OF THE BUILDING WORK ON THE ELEVEN-STOREY BUILDING HAS BEEN COMPLETED AND THE REST IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF THE YEAR.

THE BUILDING, OCCUPYING AN AREA OF ABOUT 3 400 SQUARE METRES, IS SITUATED AT KOWLOON CITY ROAD.

+THE BUILDING WILL PROVIDE ADDITIONAL OFFICE ACCOMMODATION FOR THE GOVERNMENT AND ALSO REPLACE THE EXISTING MARKET IN TO KWA WAN,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+MARKET FACILITIES TO BE PROVIDED IN THE BASEMENT AND ON

THE GROUND AND FIRST FLOORS WILL COMPRISE A TOTAL OF 492 STALLS OF VARIOUS SIZES FOR THE RETAILING OF MEAT, FISH, POULTRY, VEGETABLES AND FRUITS,+ HE SAID.

THE UPPER NINE FLOORS WILL PROVIDE SPACE FOR AN URBAN COUNCIL LIBRARY AND OFFICES FOR OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

PART OF THE SECOND FLOOR WILL BE USED FOR A REPROVISIONED AND ENLARGED HUNG HOM CLINIC TO PROVIDE BETTER MEDICAL SERVICES TO THE RESIDENTS OF THE DENSELY-POPULATED DISTRICT.

♦THIRTY-EIGHT CAR PARKING SPACES WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED IN THE BASEMENT FOR GOVERNMENT VEHICLES,* THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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EXHIBITION ON +ACTIV TY APPROACH* * * *

AN EXHIBITION ON THE ACTIVITY APPROACH TO PRIMARY SCHOOL EDUCATION WILL BE HELD AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL IN MONG KOK BETWEEN JULY 19 AND 21.

ORGANISED BY THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE EXHIBITION IS AIMED AT INTRODUCING THE RELEVANT SOURCE INFORMATION MATERIALS AVAILABLE TO FACILITATE THE ADOPTION CF THE ACTIVITY APPROACH IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS.

THE SENIOR ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT), MR Y.T. LI, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE EXHIBITION WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT 9.30 AM ON JULY 19.

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THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC BETWEEN 10.30 AM TO 4.30 PM ON JULY 19 AND 9.30 AM AND 4.30 PF ON JULY 20 AND 21.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOUR ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE EXHIBITION ON THE ACTIVITY APPROACH AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL IN MONG KOK ON JULY 19 AT 9.30 AM.

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AUXILIARY WARDENS HELP KEEP BEACHES CLEAN ******

TEAMS OF AUXILIARY LITTER WARDENS ARE BEING DEPLOYED TODAY (SUNDAY) AT EIGHT PUBLIC BATHING BEACHES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND OUTLYING ISLANDS TO HELP KEEP THE BEACHES CLEAN.

TEAMS OF 15 TO 20 SUCH WARDENS WILL ADVISE BEACHGOERS NOT TO LITTER THE BEACHES AND WATERS, AS PART OF THE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROGRAMME OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG 1983 DRIVE.

WEARING BEACH CAPS AND T-SHIRTS, THE VOLUNTEERS WILL ALSO ASSIST ANTI-LITTER FOREMEN OF THE NTSD IN CARRYING OUT ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST LITTER OFFENDERS ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS UNTIL THE END OF NEXT MONTH 'AUGUST).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SER\ICES DEPARTMENT, WARNED THAT A LITTER OFFENDER WAS LIABLE TO Z MAXIMUM FINE OF 15 000 AND A JAIL SENTENCE OF SIX MONTHS.

THE TARGET BEACHES ARE LIDO AND CASAM BEACH AT TSUEN WAN, KADOORIE BEACH, OLD CAFETERIA BEACH AND NEW CAFETERIA BEACH AT TUEN MUN, CLEAR WATER BAY (1ST) BEACH, CLEAR WATER BAY (2ND) BEACH AND SILVERSTRAND BEACH AT SAI KUNG, AND TUNG WAN BEACH AT CHEUNG CHAU, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE AUXILIARY LITTER WARDEN SCHEME IS IN ITS FIFTH YEAR, AND IS MADE UP OF STUDENTS FROM HONG KONG UNIVERSITY, THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC AND FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES.

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TAI PO WATER HAINS WORK * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN TAI PO WILL BE TURNED CFF FROM 11 PM ON TUESDAY (JULY 19) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT ALL PREMISES ALONG TAI PO ROAD FROM TING KOK ROAD TO TAI PO KAU, INCLUDING TAI PO MARKET, PUN CHUNG, PUN CHUNG SAN TSUEN, MA WO, PAK KIU TSUEN, TO YUEN TUNG, YIU TSZ KIN, LAI CHI SHAN, TAI PO POLICE STATION, TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE, TAI PO PRIMARY SCHOOL, WONG SHIU CHI MIDDLE SCHOOL, TAI PO RAILWAY STATION, KWONG FUK ESTATE, ISLAND HOUSE, WONG Yl AU, NE I WOON SAN TSUEN, RURAL LODGE, TAI PO KAU, TAI PO KAU SAN WAI, LOOK OUT AND ST. CHRISTOPHER’S HOME.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, JULY 18, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

CONTRACT FOR OVER 8 000 FLATS SIGNED ........................ 1

OVER 50 000 GIVEN AIDED FORM FOUR PLACES..................... 2

CAREERS DISPLAY TO HELP GUIDE SCHOOL LEAVERS ................ 4

RETAIL SALES VALUE INDEX UP ................................. 5

TSUEN WAN STATION CAR PARK OPENS ............................ 9

BOARD TO HEAR ABOUT NT STUDY ................................ 9

ENTRIES SOUGHT FOR YUEN LONG SQUASH CONTEST ................. 10

NEW SCHOOL FOR TAI PO ....................................... 11

BOARD TO MEET CHEUNG CHAU RESIDENTS ......................... 11

FOOTBRIDGE IN THEN MUN TO BE EXTENDED ....................... 12

RECREATIONAL GROUND PLANNED ................................. 12

CENTRAL TAXI STAND MOVED ................................... 13

WATER FIGURES ............................................... 13

FIRE STATION TO BE OPENED .................................. 13

MONDAY, JULY 18, 1983

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CONTRACT FOR OVER 8 OOO FLATS SIGNED * * * *

THE DIRECTOR OF HOUSING, MR DAVID FORD, TODAY SIGNED SIX BUILDING CONTRACTS TOTALLING OVER $598 MILLION FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF 8 338 PUBLIC HOUSING FLATS FOR ABOUT 35 600 PEOPLE.

THESE ARE THE FIRST CONTRACTS SIGNED BY MR FORD, WHO TOOK OVER AS DIRECTOR A WEEK AGO. THEY BRING THE TOTAL VALUE OF PUBLIC HOUSING CONTRACTS SIGNED BY THE HOUSING AUTHORITY SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE CURRENT FISCAL YEAR TO WELL OVER $1 161 MILLION.

THE CONTRACTS ARE FOR CONSTRUCTION WORKS FOR VARIOUS PHASES OF CHUK YUEN, CHEUNG HONG, SUN CHUI, POK HONG AND SAU MAU PING RENTAL ESTATES, AND A NEW HOME OWNERSHIP ESTATE.

THE LARGEST CONTRACT OF $192 MILLION IS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO 12-STOREY TRIPLE SLAB BLOCKS AND ONE 26-28-STOREY TWIN H-BLOCK UNDER THE SECOND PHASE OF CHUK YUEN ESTATE IN CENTRAL KOWLOON, PROVIDING A TOTAL OF 2 933 SELF-CONTAINED FLATS FOR ABOUT 10 600 PEOPLE WHEN COMPLETED IN 1986.

INCLUDED IN THE CONTRACT ARE A SEVEN-STOREY COMMERCIAL CENTRE, AN ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE, A GAMES HALL, AN ELECTRIC POWER SUBSTATION, TWO COOKED-FOOD STALL STRUCTURES, AND VARIOUS OTHER COMMUNITY FACILITIES.

THE CHUK YUEN ESTATE IS THE LARGEST PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE IN CENTRAL KOWLOON AND IS BEING BUILT IN FIVE PHASES.

IT WILL HAVE 14 BLOCKS FOR ABOUT 54 000 PEOPLE WHEN FULLY DEVELOPED.

ANOTHER LARGE CONTRACT, VALUED AT $165 MILLION, IS FOR FOUNDATION AND CONSTRUCTION WORK FOR THE FIFTH PHASE OF THE CHEUNG HONG ESTATE ON TSI NG Yl ISLAND. TWO 35-STOREY TRIDENT BLOCKS CONTAINING 2 004 FLATS FOR ABOUT 8 000 PEOPLE WILL BE BUILT.

WORK ALSO INCLUDES THE CONSTRUCTION OF A COMMERCIAL CENTRE, TWO COOKED-FOOD STALL STRUCTURES, A SECONDARY SCHOOL, A PRIMARY SCHOOL AND A MARKET BUILDING WITH CAR PARKING FACILITIES AND COVERED GAMES AREA AS WELL AS ASSOCIATED ROADS, DRAINAGE AND EXTERNAL WORKS.

THE THIRD CONTRACT OF $88 MILLION IS FOR THE BUILDING OF THE FIRST TWO 34/38-STOREY DOMESTIC BLOCKS, COVERED WALKWAYS AND ASSOCIATED ROADS AT HOME OWNERSHIP SAN WAI COURT, NEXT TO WU KING ESTATE, IN TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

ON COMPLETION IN OCTOBER 1985, THE TWO BLOCKS WILL HOUSE ABOUT 4 500 PEOPLE IN 1 120 SELF-CONTAINED FLATS.

TWO OTHER CONTRACTS, OF $68 MILLION AND $55 MILLION, ARE FOR THE THIRD PHASE OF SUN CHUI AND POK HONG ESTATES RESPECTIVELY IN SHA TIN NEW TOWN.

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AT SUN CHUI, ONE 26-28-STOREY TWIN-H BLOCK, TWO SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND A PRIMARY SCHOOL WILL BE BUILT WHEREAS AT POK HONG, WORKS WILL INCLUDE THE BUILDING OF ONE 26-28 TWIN-H BLOCK AND A TWO-STOREY COMMERCIAL CENTRE WITH CAR PARKING FACILITIES.

BOTH CONTRACTS, TO BE COMPLETED BY EARLY 1985, WILL PROVIDE A TOTAL OF 1 550 FLATS FOR ABOUT 8 400 PEOPLE.

THE LAST CONTRACT, VALUED AT S27 MILLION, IS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 21-24-STOREY TWIN-TOWER BLOCK ON TOP OF A RECENTLY-COMPLETED CAR-PARK AT SAU MAU PING ESTATE UNDER THE FIRST PHASE OF AN IMPROVEMENT SCHEME FOR THE ESTATE.

WHEN COMPLETED IN EARLY 1985. THE NEW BLOCK WILL PROVIDE 731 MORE FLATS FOR ABOUT 4 100 PEOPLE AT SAU MAU PING TO IMPROVE THE LIVING CONDITIONS OF THE RESIDENTS THERE.

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OVER 50 000 GIVEN AIDED FORM FOUR PLACES

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A TOTAL OF 51 861 STUDENTS WHO TOOK PART IN THE JUNIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION ASSESSMENT SYSTEM WERE ALLOCATED AIDED FORM FOUR PLACES THIS YEAR, AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

ORIGINALLY, 79 579 PUPILS ENTERED FOR THE SYSTEM THIS YEAR. AMONG THEM. 1 096 ACCEPTED PLACES ON FULL-TIME CRAFT COURSES IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AND ANOTHER 2 238 OPTED OUT DURING THE YEAR. OF THE REMAINING 76 245 PUPILS, 68 PER CENT HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED

SUBSIDISED FORM FOUR PLACES.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID OVER 80 PER CENT OF THE PUPILS HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED BACK TO THEIR OWN ’FEEDER’ SCHOOLS. AND 82.3 PER CENT OF THE PUPILS WERE ALLOCATED TO SCHOOLS OF THEIR FIRST CHOICE (81.3 PER CENT IN 1982 AND 80.2 PER CENT IN 1981). A TOTAL OF 96.5 PER CENT WERE ALLOCATED TO SCHOOLS WITHIN THEIR CHOICES (95.4 PER CENT IN 1982 AND 92.2 PER 3ENT IN 1981).

THE RESULTS OF ALLOCATION WILL BE RELEASED TO ALL PARTICIPATING SECONDARY SCHOOLS FOR COLLECTION BY ’UP ILS TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

REGISTRATION OF FEEDER PUPILS (I.E. PUPILS ALLOCATED PLACES IN THEIR OWN SCHOOLS) WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE SAME DATE THE ALLOCATION RESULTS ARE RELEASED. FOR THIS PURPOSE PUPILS ARE REMINDED THAT THEY SHOULD LEAVE THEIR REGISTRATION FORMS WITH THE SCHOOL OFFICE.

PUPILS WHO HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED TO OTHER SCHOOLS SHOULD REPORT FOR REGISTRATION ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 20. WHEN REPORTING FOR REGISTRATION, SUCH PUPILS SHOULD BR NG THE FOLLOWING:

(A) PUPIL IDENTIFICATION FORM, OR IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENT PREPARED BY THE SCHOOL AND ENDORSED BY THE JSEA SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT;

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(B) REGISTRATION FORM;

(C) INDIVIDUAL RESULT SLIP;

(D) PUPIL’S HONG KONG IDENTITY CARD;

(E) A NOTE SHOWING HIS CORRESPONDENCE ADuRESS, AND THE NAME, ADDRESS AND TELEPHONE NUMBER OF HIS PARENTS/ GUARDIANS;

(F) TWO RECENT PASSPORT-SIZE PHOTOGRAPHS WHICH MAY BE REQUIRED BY THE SCHOOL.

PUPILS WHO HAVE ACCEPTED A PLACE OFFERED BY A TECHNICAL INSTITUTE SHOULD REPORT FOR REGISTRATION ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 20.

A PUPIL UNABLE TO COLLECT HIS ALLOCATION RESULT OR TO GO FOR REGISTRATION BY JULY 20, SHOULD AUTHORISE, IN WRITING, A REPRESENTATIVE TO COLLECT THE RESULT OR REPORT TO THE SCHOOL FOR REGISTRATION ON HIS BEHALF. THE LETTER OF AUTHORISATION MUST BE ENDORSED BY THE ORIGINAL SCHOOL AND SHOULD BE PRODUCED AT THE TIME OF COLLECTION OR REGISTRATION BY THE APPOINTED REPRESENTATIVE.

IN REGISTERING WITH A SCHOOL, A PUPIL MUST SURRENDER HIS REGISTRATION FORM TO THE SCHOOL. IN THE EVENT OF A SUBSEQUENT TRANSFER, THE PUPIL MUST RETRIEVE HIS REGISTRATION FORM FROM THE ORIGINAL SCHOOL WHICH WILL THEN CANCEL HIS REGISTRATION IN THAT SCHOOL.

+SCHOOLS MAY NOT ADMIT ANY PUPIL WITHOUT HIS REGISTRATION FORM.+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

PUPILS WHO HAVE MOVED TO ANOTHER DISTRICT AND WISH TO TRANSFER TO A SCHOOL NEARER TO HIS NEW RESIDENCE AFTER ALLOCATION MUST COMPLETE AN APPLICATION FORM WHICH IS AVAILABLE FROM THE SCHOOL IN WHICH HE COMPLETED HIS FORM THREE.

THE COMPLETED FORM MUST BE RETl RNED TO THE SCHOOL FOR ONWARD TRANSMISSION TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. THE DEPARTMENT WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY FORM NOT ROUTED THROUGH PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID. APPLICATION FOR TRANSFER WILL CLOSE ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 20 AND ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUPPORTED BY DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE.

PUPIL REALLOCATED TO OTHER SCHOOLS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY STAFF OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT BY PHONE DURING OFFICE HOURS BETWEEN JULY 24 AND 25, 1983. REGISTRATION OF TRANSFERRED PUPILS WILL TAKE PLACE ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 27.

PUPILS WHO ARE NOT ALLOCATED A SUBSIDISED FORM FOUR PLACE WILL BE PROVIDED BY THEIR SCHOOLS W'TH AN INFORMATION SHEET OUTLINING THE ALTERNATIVE LEARN IN6>OPPORTUNITIES OPEN TO THEM. THE SHEET CONTAINS ADDRESSES AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS FROM WHICH PUPILS MAY OBTAIN FURTHER INFORMATION.

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APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION INTO GOVERNMENT EVENING SECONDARY CLASSES WILL BE EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, JULY 29. APPLICANTS MUST CALL IN PERSON AT THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, 1 MA TAU KOK ROAD, 4TH FLOOR, KOWLOON (TEL. 3-7130311), BRINGING WITH THEM THEIR JSEA RESULT SLIPS.

SHOULD TYPHOON SIGNAL NO. 8 OR ABOVE BE HOISTED ON JULY 19 OR 20, PUPILS SHOULD WATCH OUT FOR SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS OR MAKE ENQUIRIES WITH THE SCHOOL TO WHICH THEY ARE ALLOCATED FOR ANOTHER DATE OF REGISTRATION.

ALL ENQUIRIES CONCERNING ALLOCATION RESULTS SHOULD BE REFERRED TO THE JUNIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION ASSESSMENT SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT TELEPHONE NUMBER 5-8919099.

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CAREERS DISPLAY TO HELP GUIDE SCHOOL LEAVERS M * * M

AN EIGHT-DAY SPECIAL CAREERS GUIDANCE PROJECT WILL BE LAUNCHED ON FRIDAY (JULY 22) FOR SCHOOL LEAVERS LIVING IN THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT.

IT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE CENTRE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE CF WESTERN DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WITH SPONSORSHIP BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD. THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT THE WESTERN DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE, 36A WESTERN STREET, AT 9.15 AM THAT DAY.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE MR LEUNG SIK-WAH, CHAIRMAN CF THE BUILDING COMMUNITY COMMITTEE OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT} MRS LEE TANG YEE-LIN, CHAIRWOMAN OF THE CENTRE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE} MISS CHAN JOY-YIN, DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER OF CENTRAL, WESTERN AND ISLANDS} AND MR SIT YUM-CHO, SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER OF THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE.

THE AIM OF THE PROJECT, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (MONDAY), WAS TO PROVIDE FIRST HAND INFORMATION ON CHOOSING A CAREER AND ON VARIOUS TRAINING INSTITUTIONS TO SCHOOL LEAVERS.

THE PROGRAMME WILL CONSIST OF A SERIES OF TALKS, A DISPLAY AS WELL AS A TELEPHONE ENQUIRY SERVICE — ALL TO BE HELD IN THE COMMUNITY CENTRE.

THE CONTENTS OF THE TALKS WILL COVER EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR FORM FIVE AND MATRICULATION STUDENTS, FURTHER STUDIES IN LOCAL POST-SECONDARY COLLEGES, TECHNICAL INSTITUTES, COLLEGES OF EDUCATION AND THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING, AND OVERSEAS STUDIES.

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THE DISPLAY WILL FEATURE, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG AND MATRICULATION CLASSES, HOW TO CHOOSE A CAREER, JOB-SEEKING TECHNIQUES, PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS AND ATTITUDE TOWARDS WORK.

STUDENTS INTERESTED IN JOINING THE PROJECT MAY CONTACT MISS LOURDES CHOW OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT ON 5-7956067 OR MR Y.T. CHAN OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT ON 5-495141 FOR ENROLMENT.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE CAREERS GUIDANCE PROJECT.

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RETAIL SALES VALUE INDEX UP * * *

THE ESTIMATED VALUE OF RETAIL SALES FOR THE RETAIL TRADE SECTOR IN APRIL 1983 WAS $4 424 MILLION, ACCORDING TO PROVISIONAL SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED TODAY (MONDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

AT 130, THE OVERALL RETAIL SALES VALUE INDEX FOR APRIL 1983 INCREASED BY ONE POINT OR ONE PER CENT OVER MARCH 1983, AND BY 12 POINTS OR 10 PER CENT OVER APRIL 1982.

THE OVERALL RETAIL SALES VOLUME INDEX FOR APRIL 1983, AT 1D1, WAS ONE POINT OR ONE PER CENT HIGHER THAN THOSE FOR MARCH 1983 and'APR IL 1982.

RETAIL SALES OF CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS INCREASED BY FIVE PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS OR THREE PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS OVER MARCH 1983, WHILE THOSE OF FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO INCREASED BY FOUR PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS OR TWO PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS.

SLIGHT OR NO CHANGES WERE RECORDED IN THE VALUES AND VOLUMES OF RETAIL SALES OF CONSUMER DURABLES, FUELS AND OTHER CONSUMER GOODS.

COMPARED WITH APRIL 1982, RETAIL SALES OF CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS ROSE BY 19 PE* CENT IN VALUE TERMS OR 14 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS.

WHILE RETAIL SALES OF FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO AND OTHER CONSUMER GOODS WERE UP BY 18 PER CENT AND 11 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS RESPECTIVELY, THEIR CORRESPONDING INCREASES IN VOLUME TERMS WERE TWO PER CENT AND ONE PER CENT.

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FUELS, THOUGH RECORDING AN INCREASE OF 15 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS, DROPPED BY TWO PER CENT IN VOLUME.

RETAIL SALES OF CONSUMER DURABLES WERE, HOWEVER, LOWER BY TWO PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS OR FOUR PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS.

ANALYSED BY SELECTED TRADES, DEPARTMENT STORES, SUPERMARKETS AND THE MOTOR VEHICLE TRADE SHOWED SLIGHT DECLINES IN RETAIL SALES IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS WHEN COMPARED WITH MARCH 1983.

WHEN COMPARED WITH APRIL 1982, SUPERMARKETS, HOWEVER, RECORDED SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME OF SALES. DEPARTMENT STORES HAD A SIGNIFICANT RISE IN VALUE BUT A MODERATE INCREASE IN VOLUME OF SALES. RETAIL SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES DROPPED SUBSTANTIALLY IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS.

TABLES 1 AND 2 PRESENT THE REVISED FIGURES FOR MARCH 1983 AND THE PROVISIONAL FIGURES FOR APRIL 19«3 OF TOTAL RETAIL SALES, AND OF RETAIL SALES VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES BY MAJOR TRADE GROUPS AND SELECTED TRADES (WHICH FOFM PART OF THE RELEVANT MAJOR TRADE GROUPS).

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY RETAIL SALES IN 1980 ARE TAKEN AS 100. COMPARISON OF THE APRIL RESULTS WITH THOSE OF THE PRECEDING MONTH AND OF THE CORRESPONDING MONTH IN 1982 ARE ALSO GIVEN.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SURVEY RESUITS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADE STATISTIC*. SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, TEL. NO.i 3-71 16024.

TABLE 1 i

VALUE INDEXES OF RETAIL SALES FOR MARCH AND APRIL 1983

(MONTHLY AVERAGE OF 1980 - 100)

ITEM

MARCH 1983

APR I _ 198;

APRIL 1983 COMPARED WITH

MARCH 1983

APRIL 1983 COMPARED WITH

APRIL 1982

(REVISED FIGURES)

(PROVISIONA. FIGURES)

POINTS

POINTS

%

%

TOTAL RETAIL

SALES (HK$ MILLION) 4 376

4 424

RETAIL SALES VALUE INDEXES!

(I) FOR ALL

RETAIL TRADES 129 130 1

1 12 10

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(II) BY MAJOR TRADE GROUPS

FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO 140 145 5 4 22 18

FUELS 173 170 -3 -2 22 15

CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS 135 142 7 5 23 19

OTHER CONSUMER GOODS 124 124 SAME SAME 12 11

CONSUMER DURABLES 112 113 1 1 -2 -2

(III) BY SELECTED TRADES

MOTOR VEHICLES 48 46 -2 -4 -43 -48

DEPARTMENT STORES 110 109 -1 -1 13 14

SUPERMARKETS 203 194 —9 -4 48 33

NOTESi ♦FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO* INCLUDES ----- THOSE SOLD AT SUPERMARKETS

♦OTHER CONSUMER GOODS+ INCLUDES DEPARTMENT STORES

♦CONSUMER DURABLES+ INCLUDES MOTOR VEHICLES

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

(MONTHLY AVERAGE OF 1980 - 100)

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ITEM MARCH 1983 APRIL 1983 APRIL 1983 COMPARED WITH MARCH 1983 APRIL 1983 COMPARED WITH APRIL 1982

(REVISED FIGURES) (PROVISIONAL FIGURES) POINTS % PO1 NTS %

RETAIL SALES VOLUME INDEXESi

(I) FOR ALL RETAIL TRADES 100 101 1 1 1 1

(II) BY MAJOR TRADE GROUPS

FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS, AND TOBACCO 100 102 2 2 2 2

FUELS 119 118 -1 -1 -2 -2

CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS 105 1 108 3 3 13 14

OTHER CONSUMER GOODS 99 98 -1 -1 1 1

CONSUMER DURABLES 97 98 1 1 —4 -4

(III) BY SELECTED TRADES

MOTOR VEHICLES 33 32 -1 -3 -44 -58

DEPARTMENT STORES 87 86 -1 -1 3 4

SUPERMARKETS 143 137 -4 21 18

NOTESi +FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO* INCLUDES ----- THOSE SOLD AT SUPERMARKETS

♦OTHER CONSUMER GOODS* INCLUDES DEPARTMENT STORES

♦CONSUMER DURABLES* INCLUDES MOTOR VEHICLES

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MONDAY, JULY 18, 1983

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TSUEN WAN STATION CAR PARK OPENS O *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S SECOND MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK IN THE NEW TERRITORIES OPENED TODAY (JULY 18), PROVIDING MOTORISTS OF TUSEN WAN WITH 618 OFF-STREET PARKING SPACES.

SITUATED AT SAI LAU KOK ROAD OPPOSITE THE TSUEN WAN MTR STATION, THE CAR PARK IS EXPECTED TO PROVIDE PARK AND RIDE ACCESS TO THE RAILWAY, BESIDES MEETING GENERAL PARKING NEEDS IN THE AREA.

AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, THE CHAIRMAN OF MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION, MR WILFRED NEWTON POINTED OUT THAT THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE CAR PARK IS BEING USED AS A TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE FOR BOTH MAXICABS AND TAXIS WHICH WILL ALSO PROVIDE FEEDER SERVICES FOR THE DISTRICT AS A WHOLE WITH THE MTR.

♦THE NEED FOR PARK AND RIDE FACILITIES WAS RECOGNISED SOME TIME AGO AND SHORTLY AFTER THE OPENING OF THE TSUEN WAN LINE, WE BEGAN OPERATING A TEMPORARY CAR PARK ON THE TAI HO ROAD FLYOVER ABOVE TSUEN WAN STATION.

♦THIS HAS PROVED TO BE SUCCESSFUL AND POPULAR, AND WILL CONTINUE TO OPERATE AS A SUPPLEMENT TO THIS FACILITY, UNTIL TAI HO ROAD FLYOVER OPENS FOR GENERAL TRAFFIC USE.

♦IN A BROADER SENSE, SUCH FACILITIES WILL HELP REDUCE ROAD CONGESTION AND, BY DOING SO, CONTRIBUTE TO AN IMPROVEMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT IN HONG KONG,+ MR NEWTON SAID.

AMONG THE OFFICIATING GUESTS WERE MR JAMES SO, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT AND MR JOSEPH LEI, DIRECTOR OF BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

CHARGES OF THE TSUEN WAN STATION CAR PARK HAVE BEEN SET

AT A RELATIVELY LOW LEVEL, SAME AS THE KWAI FONG CAR PARK OPENED A FEW MONTHS AGO, TO ACHIEVE MAXIMUM UTILISATION: $2 PER HOUR FROM 8 AM TO 6 PM AND $1 AN HOUR FROM 6 PM TO 8 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY. THE MONTHLY TICKET WILL COST $400.

THE TSUEN WAN STATION CAR PARK AND OTHER GOVERNMENT CAR PARKS ARE LIKELY TO BE PUT TO PRIVATE MANAGEMENT BY THE END OF THE YEAR.

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BOARD TO HEAR ABOUT NT STUDY

X X X

TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS W LL BE BRIEFED ON THE NORTH EAST NEW TERRITORIES STUDY AT A SPEC AL MEETING ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 20).

THE CHIEF TOWN PLANNER OF THE TAI PO AND FANLING DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, MR K.W. YU, WILL TALK ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE STUDY, WITH EMPHASIS ON THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENTS OF THE TAI PO NEW TOWN.

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AT THE MEETING, MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE BRIEFED ON THE PROPOSAL TO BAN PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES FROM USING THE TING KOK ROAD. THE BAN IS TO HELP ALLEVIATE THE OVERUSE OF THIS ROAD WHICH IS ONE OF THE MAIN ROADS IN THE NEW TOWN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE MEETING AT 9 ”30 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 20) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF TAI PO COMMERCIAL

PO COMMERCIAL

OF TAI

CENTRE, KWONG FUK ROAD.

A GOVERNMENT VAN WILL LEAVE KOWLOON AT 8.15 AM.

PUBLIC PIER FOR TAI PO

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ENTRIES SOUGHT FOR YUEN LONG SQUASH CONTEST M * M *

YUEN LONG SQUASH PLAYERS WILL HAVE THE CHANCE TO PROVE THEIR SKILLS AT A COMPETITION TO BE HELD NEXT MONTH.

AND THE BEST OF THEM MAY BE CHOSEN TO PLAY FOR THE YUEN LONG TEAM IN FUTURE DISTRICT-WIDE TOURNAMENTS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

ENTRIES FOR THE YUEN LONG SQUASH OPEN COMPETITION ARE NOW BEING INVITED.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND THE NTSD, THE COMPETITION IS AIMED AT PROMOTING THE SPORT AND RAISING THE STANDARD OF PLAYERS.

THE COMPETITION WILL START FROM AUGUST 1 (MONDAY) AND WILL BE HELD EVERY EVENING AT THE SIR DENYS ROBERTS SQUASH COURTS, BETWEEN 7 PM AND 11 PM, UNTIL AUGUST 13. THERE WILL BE THREE SECTIONS — MEN’S SINGLES, WOMEN’S SINGLES AND A MEN’S NOVICE SECTION FOR THOSE UNDER 21.

ENTRY FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE SIR DENYS ROBERTS SQUASH COURTS IN MA WANG ROAD AND AI THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT SPORTS ASSOCIATION IN TAI YUK ROAD.

CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS SUNDAY (JULY 24).

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MONDAY, JULY 18, 1983

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NEW SCHOOL FOR TAI PO

* * *

A SECONDARY SCHOOL WITH A LARGE HALL AND FOYER WILL SOON BE BUILT IN TAI PO NEW TOWN.

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

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID 1HAT THE SCHOOL, OCCUPYING ABOUT 9 261 SQUARE METRES, WILL BE LOCATED ON THE RECLAMATION OFF TAI PO OLD MARKET.

THERE WILL BE A MAIN TEACHING BLOCK COMPRISING 24 CLASSROOMS, ADMINISTRATION OFFICES AND CHANGING ROOMS.

FACILITIES FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNICAL SUBJECTS WILL BE HOUSED IN A SEPARATE BLOCK.

♦THE SCHOOL WILL ALSO HAVE A LARGE ASSEMBLY HALL BOTH FOR SCHOOL FUNCTIONS AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES FOR THE PUBLIC,+ HE SAID.

ALSO INCLUDED IN THE PROJECT IS THE LANDSCAPING OF THE SCHOOL AND THE PUBLIC AREAS AROUND THE FOYER.

WORK ON THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO START IN OCTOBER AND BE COMPLETED IN MID-1985.

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BOARD TO MEET CHEUNG CHAU RESIDENTS K * H X

ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL START MEETING RESIDENTS FROM WEDNESDAY (JULY 20) TO EXCHANGE VIEWS ON DISTRICT AFFAIRS AND MATTERS AFFECTING THE WELFARE OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.

THIS MEET-THE-PUBLIC SCHEME WILL BE FIRST INTRODUCED TO CHEUNG CHAU AND ALL FIVE UNOFFICIAL BOARD MEMBERS REPRESENTING THE ISLAND WILL TAKE TURNS TO MEET THE RESIDENTS EVERY WEDNESDAY BETWEEN 2 PM AND 5 PM.

MEETING SESSIONS WILL BE HELD AT THE COMMUNITY AFFAIRS BRANCH OFFICE (CABO) AT 22 SAN HING STREET, CHEUNG CHAU.

IN EACH SESSION, A BOARD MEMBER WILL BE ON DUTY WITH SUPPORTING STAFF FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

APPOINTMENTS MAY BE MADE IN WRITING, IN PERSON OR BY TELEPHONE DURING OFFICE HOURS WITH THE CHEUNG CHAU CABO OR THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT ON THE 10TH FLOOR OF SINCERE BUILDING AT 173 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL.

THE TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR CHEUNG CHAU CABO IS 5-9811060 AND THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT 5-414094.

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A DISTRICT BOARD SPOKESMAN SAID THE SCHEME, INTRODUCED FOR A TRIAL PERIOD OF THREE MONTHS, IS AIMED AT PROVIDING ADDITIONAL CONTACT BETWEEN LOCAL RESIDENTS AND BOARD MEMBERS.

♦ THIS WILL HELP MEMBERS UNDERSTAND DISTRICT PROBLEMS MORE FULLY AND ENABLE THE PUBLIC TO KNOW MORE ABOUT DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION,-*- THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+ANY SUGGESTION OR COMPLAINT MADE WILL BE RECORDED AND PUT TO APPROPRIATE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS FOR ACT I ON,+ HE ADDED.

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FOOTBRIDGE IN TUEN MUN TO BE EXTENDED * * *

THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT INTENDS TO EXTEND AN EXISTING FOOTBRIDGE OVER CASTLE PEAK ROAD SOUTH OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE IN TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

THE PROJECT FORMS PART OF A CONTINUING PROGRAMME FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

DETAILS OF THE PROPOSAL WERE PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST GOVERNMENT GAZETTE AND A NOTICE, IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE, CAN BE SEEN ON NOTICE BOARDS NEAR THE SITE OF THE PROPOSED WORKS.

A PLAN SHOWING THE PROJECT CAN BE SEEN AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING MAIN ENTRANCE; AND THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE AND THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE, TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE BUILDING, CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TUEN MUN, NEW TERRITORIES.

ANY OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL SHOULD REACH THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS BY SEPTEMBER 13, 1983.

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RECREATIONAL GROUND PLANNED * * *

A RECREATIONAL GROUND WILL SOON BE ADDED TO SHEK KIP MEI.

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

THE GROUND WILL OCCUPY TWO SITES, WITH A TOTAL AREA OF ABOUT 4 550 SQUARE METRES, IN WAI CHI STREET NEAR LOWER SHEK KIP MEI ESTATE.

THE LARGER SITE WILL HAVE A MINI-SOCCER PITCH, PUBLIC TOILETS, AND A STOREROOM; THE OTHER WILL HAVE A SITTING-OUT AREA, A PAVILION, PLANTING BOXES, AND BENCHES.

WORK WILL START IN AUGUST AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN APRIL NEXT YEAR.

MONDAY, JULY 18, 1983

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CENTRAL TAXI STAND MOVED * * X

THE TAXI STAND ON CHATER ROAD IN CENTRAL NEAR ALEXANDRA HOUSE, WILL BE MOVED TO NEAR PRINCE’S BUILDING FROM 10 AM TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THIS WILL LAST NINE MONTHS, TO ALLOW FOR CONSTRUCTION WORK ON THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY.

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WATER FIGURES * * *

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 88.8 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 512.895 MILLION CUBIC NETRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 374.930 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 64.9 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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FIRE STATION TO BE OPENED

IKI

THE MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR CHAI WAN SUB-DIVISIONAL FIRE STATION AT KA YIP STREET NEAR THE CHAI WAN FERRY PIER, WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED BY THE CHIEF FIRE OFFICER, HONG KONG FIRE COMMAND, MR BRIAN FENDER AT 10.30 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 20). .

THE NEW COMPLEX IS THE SUB-DIVISIONAL FIRE STATION PROVIDING COVER FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY.

FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT INFORMATION OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, JULY 19, 198?

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

AIR CARGO COMPLEX TO BE EXPANDED............................... 1

BAN ON HORMONE SALE CONFIRMED.................................. 2

BIGGER FLATS FOR LARGER FAMILIES .............................. 2

ANOTHER EXCITING YEAR, POLICE CHIEF SAYS ...................... 5

GREAT IMPORTANCE ATTACHED TO LEADERSHIP TRAINING .............. 5

SIMULATOR DRIVING COURSE OFFERED .............................. 6

MORE BURSARIES GIVEN JUNIOR POLICE CHILDREN ................... 7

SUB-OFFICE MOVING

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1

AIR CARGO COMPLEX TO BE EXPANDED ******

THE AIR CARGO COMPLEX AT MONG KC’ie 'ntcq^aTIONAL AIRPORT IS TO BE EXPANDED TO A THROUGHPUT CAP . OOO TONNES OF

CARGO ANNUALLY, MAKING IT ONE OF THE LARGEST IN THE WORLD.

TO FACILITATE THE EXPANSION, AN AREA GF 13 000 SQUARE METRES OF LAND IMMEDIATELY TO THE NORTH-EAST OF THE CARGO TERMINAL HAS BEEN GRANTED TO THE HONG KONG AIR CARGO TERMINALS LTD (HACTL) FOR THE DEVELOPMENT.

IN ADDITION, AN AREA OF 3 900 SQUARE METRES OF LAND HAS BEEN GRANTED TO HACTL BY PRIVATE TREATY FOR A VEHICLE HOLDING AREA.

THE GRANTING OF THE LAND WILL ENABLE THE COMPANY TO EXPAND ITS TERMINAL BUILDING BY ABOUT 32 000 SQUARE METRES IN FLOOR AREA AND PROVIDE ABOUT 4 000 SQUARE METRES FOR ROOMS FOR AIR CARGO HANDLING AGENTS.

HACTL WILL INJECT ABOUT $280 MILLION INTO THIS LARGE-SCALE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT.

A THREE-STORY EXTENSION WILL BE BUILT JOINING UP WITH THE EXISTING CARGO COMPLEX.

A SPECIAL AREA FOR THE HANDLING OF PERISHABLE CARGO AND ANOTHER FOR THE LOADING AND UNLOADING OF PREPACKED CARGO FROM VEHICLES WILL BE PROVIDED.

AN AIR CARGO HOIST FOR THE CONVEYANCE OF AIR CARGO TO AND FROM THE AIRCRAFT PARKED NEARBY WILL BE CONSTRUCTED.

THIS NEW SYSTEM WILL BE ADOPTED AS RECENT RESEARCH INDICATES THAT IT WOULD BE MORE EFFICIENT TO LOAD AND UNLOAD BY THE SIDE-DOORS OF MOST MODERN AIRCRAFT.

WITH THE COMPLETION OF THE 1EVEL0PMENT IN MARCH NEXT YEAR, HACTL WILL HAVE ADEQUATE THROUGHOUT CAPACITY TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE NEXT DECADE.

A TOTAL OF 164 420 TONNES 01 AIR CARGO WAS HANDLED FROM JANUARY TO JUNE THIS YEAR COMPARI D WITH 141 108 TONNES FOR THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD LAST YEAR, >N INCREASE OF MORE THAN 16 PER CENT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR HACTL SAID THE GROWTH IN AIR FREIGHT TRAFFIC FOR THE FIRST HALF YEAR HAD BEEN MUCH STRONGER THAN THEIR ORIGINAL FORECAST OF SEVEN PER CENT.

♦THIS IS A MOST WELCOME SIGN OF RECO :RY,+ HE SAID.

♦THE PRESENT CAPACITY OF THE AIR CARGO TERMINAL OF 350 003 TONNES A YEAR WILL BE REACHED BEFORE THE END OF THIS YEAR AND THE EXPANSION IS THEREFORE JUST IN TIME TO EASE OUT THE OPERATION OF THE TERMINAL WHICH WOULD OTHERWISE BE STRESSED,* THE SPOKESMAN

ADDED.

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BAN ON HORMONE SALE CONFIRMED * * * *

THE PHARMACY AND POISONS BOARD HAD RECEIVED NO APPEAL AGAINST ITS DECISION TO DEREGISTER STILBENE DERIVATIVES FOR VETERINARY USE WHEN THE STATUTORY PERIOD FOR APPEAL ENDED YESTERDAY.

THE BOARD'S DECISION TO BAN THE SALE AND IMPORTATION OF THESE HORMONES IS NOW CONFIRMED ALTHOUGH, IN PRACTICE, VIRTUALLY ALL LOCAL FARMERS HAD ALREADY STOPPED USING THEM FOR NEARLY TWO MONTHS.

THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT TODAY ASSURED THE PUBLIC THAT IT SHOULD NOW BE SAFE TO EAT CHICKEN.

♦POULTRY FARMERS REACTED RESPONSIBLY TO THE DECISION TO BAN THE USE OF HEXOESTROL AND AS FAR AS WE KNOW VIRTUALLY ALL FARMERS HAVE ABANDONED THE USE OF THE HORMONE SINCE JUNE 8, WHEN THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED ITS INTENTION TO PROHIBIT ITS USE,+ A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦CHICKENS IMPLANTED WITH HEXOESTROL BEFORE THAT DATE ARE NOW SAFE TO EAT AS IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN FULLY METABOLISED AND EXCRETED,* HE ADDED.

HE NOTED THAT THE DEMAND FOR CHICKEN BY THE PUBLIC IS SLOWLY RECOVERING AND PRICES ARE IMPROVING. THE DROP IN THE SALE OF CHICKEN HAS SEVERELY AFFECTED LOCAL POULTRY FARMERS AND THE DEPARTMENT IS ARRANGING LOW-INTEREST LOANS TO HELP THEM. SO FAR, SOME $5 MILLION HAS BEEN PAID.

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BIGGER FLATS FOR LARGER FAMILIES

* * *

LARGE FAMILIES LIVING AT OLDER CHEUNG SHA WAN PEI ESTATES CAN NOW HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MOVE TO IN CENTRAL KOWLOON.

AND SHEK KIP BIGGER FLATS

♦APPLICATIONS ARE INVITED FROM FAMILIES WITH NINE TO 12 PERSONS, WHOSE HOUSEHOLD INCOMES DO NOT EXCEED THE MAXIMUM LIMIT OF $6 500 A MONTH, FOR THE FLATS AVAILABLE IN TAI HANG TUNG ESTATE,* SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT TODAY.

HE SAID ALL THE FLATS AVAILABLE WERE 52 SQUARE METRES IN SIZE, WITH MONTHLY RENTS INCLUSIVE OF RATES AT $310.

+THESE OFFERS OF BETTER ACCOMMODATION AND LIVING ENVIRONMENTS ARE BEING MADE UNDER A DECANTATION SCHEME TO RELIEVE OVERCROWDING OF FAMILIES LIVING IN OLDER ESTATES.*

APPLICATIONS WOULD BE CLOSED ON MONDAY (JULY 25), HE SAID.

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ANOTHER EXCITING YEAR, POLICE CHIEF SAYS * * *

LAST YEAR WAS YET ANOTHER EXCITING AND CHALLENGING YEAR FOR THE POLICE FORCE, THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, MR. ROY HENRY, SAID IN THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE REVIEW 1982 ISSUED TODAY.

PROBLEMS WERE TACKLED WITH DEDICATION, IMAGINATION, AND RESOLVE AND THE POLICE HAD SOME SPECTACULAR SUCCESSES, PARTICULARLY AGAINST ARMED GANGS AND DRUG TRAFFICKERS, THE COMMISSIONER ADDED.

’’LESS DRAMATIC, BUT EQUALLY IMPORTANT, WAS THE INROAD MADE IN REDUCING JUVENILE CRIME AND THE CONTINUING EVIDENCE OF INCREASED PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN, AND SUPPORT FOR, THE WORK OF THE FORCE. X

’’WITH THE FIRM FOUNDATION NOW BEING LAID, THE SOPHISTICATED TECHNICAL SUPPORT AVAILABLE, THE PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE AND ENTHUSIASM BEING DISPLAYED AT ALL LEVELS IN THE FORCE AND WITH THE CONTINUED SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT OF THE PUBLIC, I AM CONFIDENT THAT WE SHALL BE ABLE TO MEET THE CHALLENGES IN THE FUTURE,” HE NOTED.|

MR. HENRY SAID THE YEAR SAW THE FORCE EMBARK UPON ITS PLANNED MAJOR RESTRUCTURING AND REORGANISATION.

THE FOUR MAJOR OPERATIONAL COMMANDS OF THE TERRITORY CHANGED FROM DISTRICTS TO REGIONS, 11 DIVISIONS TO DISTRICTS AND A NUMBER OF SUB-DIVISIONS TO DIVISIONS. THE FINAL PHASE OF THIS TRANSFIGURATION WAS FULLY IMPLEMENTED IN APRIL THIS YEAR.

THE COMMISSIONER SAID THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS EXERCISE WAS TO ENHANCE COMMAND CAPABILITY AT NEW-STYLE REGIONAL, DISTRICT AND DIVISIONAL LEVELS, TO STRENGTHEN MANAGEMENT CAPABILITY, TO IMPROVE OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY AND TO PARTICIPATE MORE FULLY IN DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION.

THE YEAR ALSO SAW THE MARINE REGION REVAMPED TO PROVIDE A STRONGER AND MORE RATIONALISED COMMAND STRUCTURE AND TO EXPAND AND UPDATE THE FLEET OVER A PERIOD OF TEN YEARS TO BETTER EQUIP IT TO POLICE THE WATERS OF HONG KONG.

A NUMBER OF OTHER STUDIES AND REVIEWS ALSO TOOK PLACE IN 1982. THESE INCLUDED A REVIEW OF REGIONAL BOUNDARIES TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF POPULATION CHANGES AND OTHER PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS; A STUDY OF FORCE AND REGIONAL COMMAND STRUCTURES? AN EXAMINATION OF UNIFORM BRANCH DEPLOYMENT 5 AND A REVIEW OF CRIME FORMATIONS IN TERMS OF STRUCTURE, ESTABLISHMENT AND PROCEDURES.

’’ALTHOUGH ALL HAS NOT YET BEEN ACHIEVED MUCH HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED AND, WHEN FINISHED, THE FORCE WILL BE BETTER STRUCTURED TO MEET THE DEMANDS OF THE 8O’S AND BEYOND,” MR. HENRY SAID.

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ON THE ANTI-CRIME FRONT, THE YEAR’S FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN CONTINUED TO BE AIMED AT LOWERING THE INCIDENCE OF JUVENILE CRIME, WHICH HAD SHOWN A MARKED INCREASE IN 1979 AND 1980.

’’HAPPILY THIS EFFORT WAS PRODUCTIVE AND THE DOWNWARD TREND EXPERIENCED LAST YEAR CONTINUED IN 1982, THE NUMBER OF JUVENILES PROSECUTED FOR CRIME REPRESENTING A DECREASE OF 22.8 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH THE 1981 FIGURE,” THE COMMISSIONER SAID.

CRIME OVERALL SHOWED A 9.9 PER CENT INCREASE AND THERE WERE INDICATIONS THAT DRUG ADDICTS AND RECENT IMMIGRANTS HAVE HAD SOME BEARING ON THIS STATE OF AFFAIR.

’’INVOLVEMENT OF THE FIRST CATEGORY STEMMED FROM THE ESCALATION IN STREET LEVEL PRICES OF DRUGS FOLLOWING RECORD SEIZURES BY THE POLICE AND CUSTOMS EARLY IN THE YEAR. THE LATTER GROUP CONTINUED TO BE DISPROPORTIONATELY INVOLVED IN CRIME,” MR. HENRY NOTED.

ANTI-DRUG EFFORTS REMAINED AT A HIGH LEVEL LAST YEAR, RESULTING IN AN INCREASED NUMBER OF PERSONS BEING ARRESTED FOR BOTH MINOR AND MAJOR DRUG OFFENCES AND A RECORD AMOUNT OF 254 KILOGRAMMES OF HEROIN BASE BEING SEIZED.

ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, MR. HENRY SAID A DISTURBING TREND WHICH EMERGED IN LATE 1981 WAS THE SMUGGLING OF CHILDREN FROM CHINA TO JOIN RELATIVES HERE.

’’LEGISLATION WAS INTRODUCED TO COVER A LEGAL LOOPHOLE AND THIS COUPLED WITH INCREASED SECURITY AT KNOWN ENTRY POINTS HAS REDUCED SUCH ACTIVITIES.

TURNING TO TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT, HE SAID A WELCOME TREND HE HOPED WOULD CONTINUE WAS A SLOWING DOWN IN THE INCREASE IN ACCIDENTS AND CASUALTY RATES.

IN 1980 THE FIGURES WERE 7.2 PER CENT AND 7.6 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY AND IN 1981 10.9 PER CENT AND 12.7 PER CENT- IN 1982, ACCIDENTS INCREASED BY 1.7 PER CENT AND CASUALTIES 2.9 PER CENT.

ANOTHER HEARTENING DEVELOPMENT IN 1982 WAS THE CONTINUOUS RISE IN THE NUMBER OF REQUESTS FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC FOR POLICE ASSISTANCE, WITH OVER 74 PER CEO CONCERNING MATTERS UNRELATED TO CRIME - A FIRM INDICATOR THAT EFFORTS TO GAIN PUBLIC CONFIDENCE AND SUPPORT ARE PAYING DIVIDENDS.

’’THIS EVIDENCE OF PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IS ALSO REFLECTED IN THE NUMBER AND QUALITY OF YOUNG MEN WHO SEE THE POLICE AS AN EXCITING AND CHALLENGING CAREER,” MR. HENRY SAID.

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GREAT IMPORTANCE ATTACHED TO LEADERSHIP TRAINING ******

YOUNG PEOPLE IN HONG KONG NOW HAVE MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO DEVELOP THEIR LEADERSHIP POTENTIALS THROUGH A WIDE RANGE OF PROGRAMMES BEING OFFERED BY DIFFERENT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

SOME OF THESE PROGRAMMES ARE HELD REGULARLY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR WHILE OTHERS ARE TIMED FOR HOLIDAY PERIODS.

THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME, AN ANNUAL EVENT JOINTLY ORGANISED BY SEVEN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE, IS HELD DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS.

THIS TWO-MONTH PROGRAMME IS AIMED AT PROVIDING RECREATIONAL OUTLETS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND INSTILLING IN THEM A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY TO THE COMMUNITY.

THE PROGRAMME COVERS RECREATIONAL, CULTURAL, ATHLETIC AND ENTERTAINMENT ACTIVITIES.

LEADERSHIP TRAINING IS ALSO OFFERED IN THESE FIELDS, COMBINING CAMPING, FIELD STUDIES, AS WELL AS THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL EXPOSURE.

A NUMBER OF BASIC LEADERSHIP TRAINING COURSES AND CAMPS LASTING FROM TWO DAYS TO THREE WEEKS IN SUMMER ARE ALSO BEING ORGANISED IN VARIOUS DISTRICTS AND CAMP SITES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

♦THE GOVERNMENT ATTACHES GREAT IMPORTANCE TO LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO, AFTER ALL, ACCOUNT FOR HALF OF OUR POPULATION,♦ THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE (RECREATION AND SPORT), MR DICKEN YUNG, SAID.

APART FROM SUMMER AND OTHER HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES, REGULAR TRAINING COURSES ARE BEING PROVIDED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO DEVELOP THE POTENTIALS OF YOUTHS.

MANY OF THESE COURSES ARE OFFERED BY THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT, MR YUNG POINTED OUT.

THEY RANGE FROM PRELIMINARY TO ADVANCED COURSES TO DEVELOP DIFFERENT SKILLS, MAINLY IN THE FIELDS OF RECREATION AND SPORT.

MANY PARTICIPANTS IN THESE COURSES HAVE BECOME INSTRUCTORS OF THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE.

OTHERS PROVIDE VOLUNTARY SERVICES AS SPORTS ORGANISERS, CAMP COUNSELLORS AND EXCURSION OR EXPEDITION LEADERS.

AT PRESENT THERE ARE ABOUT 10 000 VOLUNTEERS, ABOUT 74 PER CENT OF THEM UNDER THE AGE OF 30.

♦THERE ARE ALSO MANY EXAMP.ES OF INTROVERTS WHO BECAME ACTIVE LEADERS AFTER COMPLETING THEIR FRA IN ING,+ MR YUNG SAID.

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THERE ARE A TOTAL OF 19 RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE OFFICES THROUGHOUT HONG KONG, OFFERING ACTIVITIES FROM EXCURSIONS, POTTED SPORTS AND DANCING TO CANOEING, FENCING, TENNIS, SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING, AND GYMNASTICS.

SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS ARE ALSO ORGANISED REGULARLY ON LEADERSHIP SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES, SAFETY PRECAUTIONS, RECREATION MANAGEMENT AND SPORTS PROMOTION.

IN ADDITION, THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT HAD DECIDED TO SUBVENT A NUMBER OF OUTWARD-BOUND COURSES SO THAT STILL MORE YOUNG PEOPLE MAY DEVELOP THEIR LEADERSHIP QUALITIES.

YOUTHS ARE ALSO BEING ENCOURAGED TO DEVELOP THEIR OWN PROJECTS UNDER A SCHEME ADMINISTERED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

UNDER THIS SCHEME, YOUTH GROUPS WITH SEVEN OR MORE MEMBERS BETWEEN THE AGES 15 AND 25 MAY APPLY FOR UP TO $4 OOO TO FUND THEIR OWN COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS.

♦SINCE THE SCHEME WAS INTRODUCED IN 1974, OVER $1.2 MILLION HAS BEEN GRANTED FOR SOME 800 PROJECTS.

♦IN 1982-83 ALONE, MORE THAN $200 000 WAS ALLOCATED FOR 93 PROJECTS,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

MEANWHILE, EACH YEAR 20 TO 30 LEADERSHIP TRAINING COURSES AND CAMPS ARE BEING ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S COMMUNITY

YOUTH CLUB FOR ITS MEMBERS.

CURRENTLY, THE CLUB HAS MORE THAN 86 000 STUDENTS FROM 655 SCHOOLS.

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SIMULATOR DRIVING COURSE OFFERED * * * *

THE HONG KONG AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION HAS REOPENED ITS INDOOR DRIVING SCHOOL AT NATHAN ROAD TO PROVIDE SIMULATOR INSTRUCTION COURSES FOR LEARNER DRIVERS.

AS PART OF THE WONG CHUK HANG DRIVER TRAINING SCHEME, LEARNER DRIVERS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THE ASSOCIATION’S INDOOR SIMULATOR COURSE AND PASSED A ’FILM’ TEST WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR ENROLMENT WITH THE HONG KONG SCHOOL OF MOTORING IN WONG CHUK HANG FOR PART B AND PART C TRAINING.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN

SAID: +STUDENTS HAVING ENROLLED MAY BE GIVEN EARLY PART A

WITH THE HONG KONG SCHOOL OF MOTORING

TESTS. THEY WILL ALSO BE GRANTED EARLY PART B AND PART C DRIVING

TESTS ON COMPLETION OF THE COURSES.+

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THE HONG KONG SCHOOL OF MOTORING, WHICH IS A PRIVATE ORGANISATION, WILL ONLY ACCEPT CANDIDATES (I) WHO ARE AT LEAST Ifi YEARS OF AGE; (II) WHO APPLY FOR ENROLMENT WITH THE SCHOOL WITHIN SIX MONTHS FROM THE DATE OF PASSING THE SIMULATOR ’FILM’ TEST; AND (III) WHO ARE NOT SUFFERING FROM ANY PHYSICAL HANDICAP OR MENTAL DISORDER.

THE INDOOR SIMULATOR COURSE IS ALSO OFFERED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S INDOOR DRIVING SCHOOL AT PUI CHING ROAD.

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MORE BURSARIES GIVEN JUNIOR POLICE CHILDREN X * * X X'*

BURSARIES TOTALLING SOME $1.4 MILLION HAVE BEEN AWARDED THIS YEAR TO CHILDREN OF JUNIOR POLICE OFFICERS NOW STUDYING AT SECONDARY SCHOOLS OR POST-SECONDARY COLLEGES, THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, MR ROY HENRY, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

MR HENRY WAS SPEAKING AT THE 16TH ANNUAL BURSARY PRESENTATION OF THE POLICE CHILDREN’S EDUCATION TRUST HELD AT THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL.

HE POINTED OUT THAT AMONG THIS YEAR’S 1 425 BURSARY-HOLDERS, 350 WERE STUDYING AT LOCAL AND OVERSEAS UNIVERSITIES OR COLLEGES OF HIGHER EDUCATION.

’’THIS SHOWS AN INCREASE OF SIX OVER THE FIGURE FOR LAST YEAR AND I AM SURE THE NUMBER OF BURSARIES AWARDED FOR HIGHER EDUCATION WILL CONTINUE TO INCREASE IN THE YEARS TO COME,” HE NOTED.

HE REGARDED THIS RISE AS A VERY GRATIFYING TREND AND ANT Cl-PATED A GREATER NEED IN FUTURE TO USE THE TRUST’S FUNDS TO ASSIST POLICE CHILDREN STUDYING AT THE HIGHER LEVELS OF EDUCATION WITH THE GOVERNMENT PROVIDING MORE ASSISTANCE TOWARDS PRIMARY AND SECONDARY

EDUCATION.

THE COMMISSIONER THEN TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO THANK THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE AND THE INVESTMENT ADVISORY BOARD FOR ENSURING THAT ALL APPLICATIONS WERE DEALT WITH IN A FAIR MANNER AND THAT THE FUNDS WERE SOUNDLY AND PROFITABLY INVESTED.

HE SAID SINCE THE TRUST WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1967 FROM DONATIONS MADE BY THE PUBLIC IN RECOGNITION OF POLICE OFFICERS’ OUTSTANDING WORK IN MAINTAINING LAW AND ORDER, ITS ASSETS HAD GROWN FROM $2.7 MILLION TO $19 MILLION.

TURNING TO THE 322 NEW BURSARY-HOLDERS WHO WERE JUST STARTING THEIR SECONDARY OR TERTIARY EDUCATION, MR HENRY ADVISED THEM TO MAKE THE MOST OF THE OPPORTUNITIES THEY HAVE BEEN GIVEN AND STRIVE HARD TO ACHIEVE A FULL AND SUCCESSFUL EDUCATION SO THAT THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO ASSUME THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE COMMUNITY.

THE STUDENTS WERE LATER PRESENTED WITH BURSARY CERTIFICATES BY MRS A.H. VINE, WIFE OF MR PETER VINE J/HO IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE INVESTMENT ADVISORY BOARD.

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SUB-OFFICE MOVING M M M

THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE’S SUB-OFFICE IN TAI HING ESTATE WILL OPERATE FROM NEW PREMISES IN HING FAI HOUSE FROM FRIDAY (JULY 22).

THE NEW OFFICE, LOCATED AT UNITS 17-20 ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF HING FAI HOUSE, WILL PROVIDE SERVICES TO THE 70 000 RESIDENTS OF TAI HING AND SAN KING PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES AS WELL AS THE SIU HONG COURT HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME.

AT THE NEW OFFICE, RESIDENT CAN TAKE STATUTORY DECLARATIONS, FILE COMPLAINTS, MAKE ENQUIRIES, OBTAIN GOVERNMENT FORMS AND PAMPHLETS, AND SEEK FREE LEGAL ADVICE.

THE OFFICE HOURS ARE FROM 8.45 AM TO 5.15 PM ON WEEKDAYS AND FROM 9 AM TO 12 NOON ON SATURDAYS.

THE TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 0-824104.

THERE ARE TWO OTHER SUB-OFFICES IN THE NEW TOWN SERVING RESIDENTS OF ON TING, YAU 01 AND BUTTERFLY PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

COMPUTERISED TRAFFIC CONTROL EXTENDED ......................... 1

MORE FIRE STATIONS FOR EASTERN DISTRICT........................ 2

GOVERNOR LEAVING FOR PEKING SUNDAY............................. 2

CLEAN-UP DRIVE SHOWS GOOD RESULTS ............................. 3

SEMINAR ARRANGED FOR MOBILE FOOD VAN OPERATORS................. 3

BOARD MEMBERS GOING ON STUDY TOUR.............................. 4

MONG KOK PARKING METERS OPERATE FROM FRIDAY.................... 5

CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS COMPLETE HOSPITAL COURSE................. 5

CONTRACT ON SEWAGE PLANT SIGNED ............................... 6

TWO NT SITES FOR RENT.......................................... 6

TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 1983

COMPUTERISED TRAFFIC CONTROL EXTENDED * * * * *

THE COMPUTERISED AREA TRAFFIC CONTROL - ATC - SYSTEM NOW COVERS THE WHOLE OF THE KOWLOON PENINSULA WEST OF KAI TAK AIRPORT, AND THE EASTERN SECTION OF THE HONG KONG ISLAND NORTH CORRIDOR.

IT HAS BEEN EXTENDED FROM THE 120 JUNCTIONS PREVIOUSLY COVERED IN WEST KOWLOON.

DISCLOSING THIS TODAY (WEDNESDAY), A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THERE ARE NOW 215 SIGNAL JUNCTIONS IN KOWLOON AND 62 SIGNAL JUNCTIONS ON HONG KONG ISLAND UNDER COMPUTER CONTROL. THE ALTERATIONS OF SIGNAL TIMINGS AT THESE JUNCTIONS ARE CARRIED OUT AUTOMATICALLY BY THE COMPUTER.

♦THE ROUTINE OF AUTOMATIC PLAN SELECTION CAN, IF NECESSARY, BE OVERRIDDEN BY THE COMPUTER OPERATOR, WHO CAN ADJUST TIMINGS TO CATER FOR ABNORMAL TRAFFIC CONDITIONS,♦ HE SAID.

THE EXTENSION IN KOWLOON COSTS $38 MILLION.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID ALSO THAT A NEW ATC COMPUTER HAD BEEN MANUFACTURED AND INSTALLED IN THE KOWLOON TRAFFIC CONTROL CENTRE IN THE KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING IN NATHAN ROAD, TO FACILITATE CONTROL OF AN ADDITIONAL 34 JUNCTIONS IN THE HUNG HOM AND TO KWA WAN AREA, AND UP TO 77 JUNCTIONS ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

THE NEW COMPUTER TOOK 15 MONTHS TO DESIGN, MANUFACTURE AND INSTALL AT A COST OF $10 MILLION. THE CONTRACT FOR THE COMPUTER WORK, WHICH WAS UNDERTAKEN BY GEC TRAFFIC AUTOMATION LIMITED OF UK, WAS COMPLETED ON SCHEDULE, HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT COMPUTER CONTROL OF SIGNALS ON HONG KONG ISLAND FROM THE KOWLOON CONTROL CENTRE WAS AN INTERIM MEASURE TO ALLEVIATE AN IMMEDIATE TRAFFIC CONTROL PROBLEM IN THE EASTERN SECTION OF THE ISLAND CORRIDOR, UNTIL AN INDEPENDENT SYSTEM IS AVAILABLE ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

♦A FULL ATC COMPUTER SYSTEM ON THE NORTH SHORE OF THE ISLAND HOUSED IN A NEW COMPUTER CONTROL IN A BUILDING ADJACENT TO RUMSEY IE ADDED.

TO CONTROL ALL THE SIGNALS IS PLANNED ALSO. IT WILL BE CENTRE ON HONG KONG ISLAND STREET MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK.+

THE OLD TYPE TRAFFIC SIGNAL HEADS AT JUNCTIONS THAT ARE UNDER COMPUTER CONTROL ARE BEING REPLACED BY BRIGHTER TRAFFIC SIGNALS, HE SAID.

IN ADDITION, THE CLOSED CIRCUIT TELEVISION SYSTEM INSTALLED IN WEST KOWLOON IN APRIL LAST YEAR IS BEING EXPANDED FROM ITS PRESENT 10 CAMERAS TO ITS FULL CAPACITY OF 20 CAMERAS. THIS WILL ENABLE THE CONTROL ROOM OPERATORS TO VISUALLY MONITOR THE SITUATION AT OVER 100 KEY JUNCTIONS IN KOWLOON PENINSULA AREA.

A SIMILAR CCTV SYSTEM 1$ ALSO !’LANN£D FOR HONG KONG ISLAND.

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MORE FIRE STATIONS FOR EASTERN DISTRICT ft ft ft ft

TWO MORE FIRE STATIONS WOULD BE COMPLETED NEXT YEAR TO SERVE THE EASTERN DISTRICT, THE CHIEF FIRE OFFICER OF THE HONG KONG FIRE COMMAND, MR BRIAN FENDER SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE NEW STATIONS ARE SITUATED IN SAI WAN HO AND QUARRY BAY.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE CHAI WAN FIRE STATION, MR FENDER RECALLED THAT OVER 20 YEARS AGO THE FIRST PROMINENT BUILDINGS IN THE AREA WERE THE CHAI WAN RESETTLEMENT AND CHAI WAN FACTORY ESTATES.

♦SINCE THEN AS LAND IN THE BAY HAS BEEN RECLAIMED, CHAI WAN HAS GROWN INTO A VERY BUSY, LIVELY TOWNSHIP IN ITS OWN RIGHT+.

♦AT PRESENT CHAI WAN HAS A RESIDENTIAL POPULATION OF ABOUT 130 000 PEOPLE HOUSED IN SOME 46 HOUSING AND HOME OWNERSHIP ESTATES, PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS, TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS AND COTTAGE AND SQUATTER AREAS, AND ITS WORK-FORCE IS APPROXIMATELY 21 000 PERSONS,♦ MR FENDER SAID.

HE PREDICTED THAT THE POPULATION WOULD GROW WITH THE OPENING OF THE EASTERN CORRIDOR AND THE MTR ISLAND LINE EXTENSION.

♦THE COMPLETION OF THE CHAI WAN FIRE STATION PROVIDES IMMEDIATE AND EFFECTIVE FIRE COVER TO THE TOWNSHIP. I HAVE NO DOUBT IT WILL BE WELCOMED BY ALL WHO LIVE AND WORK IN THIS AREA.+ MR FENDER ADDED.

HE CALLED ON THE RESIDENTS OF CHAI WAN TO CONSIDER THE FIREMEN AS THEIR FRIENDS ON WHOM THEY COULD RELY FOR ASSISTANCE AT ALL TIMES.

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GOVERNOR LEAVING I OR PEKING SUNDAY ft ft ft ft

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOU'E, AND THE POLITICAL ADVISER, W ROBIN MCLAREN, WILL LEAVE FOR 'EKING ON SUNDAY (JULY 24).

THE GOVERNOR’S PRESENT INTENTION IS TO RETURN ON WEDNESDAY ( ’LY 27).

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CLEAN-UP DRIVE SHOWS GOOD RESULTS * * * *

AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE NEW TERRITORIES ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN, MR HO TZE-PING, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) CALLED ON BATHERS TO HELP KEEP THE BEACHES CLEAN.

HE MADE THE CALL DURING A VISIT TO THE GEMINI BEACH AS PART CF A TWO-HOUR TOUR OF TSUEN WAN.

MR HO WAS IMPRESSED WITH THE STANDARD OF CLEANLINESS AND WITH THE GENERAL ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE CLEAN-UP CAMPAIGN IN TSUEN WAN.

MR HO IS ALSO CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMUNITY INFORMATION COMMITTEE CF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD.

ACCOMPANYING HIM ON THE TOUR WERE THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR JOHN TELFORD, AND THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER OF TSUEN WAN, MR CHAN YIU-CHEUNG.

AT THE GEMINI BEACH, THEY SAW NTSD WORKERS REMOVING MORE THAN 50 BASKETS OF REFUSE LEFT BEHIND BY BEACHGOERS.

EARLIER, THE PARTY VISITED SAM TUNG UK RESITE VILLAGE TO SEE THE CLEANSING SERVICES BEING PROVIDED THERE FOR 1 300 VILLAGERS.

NEXT THEY TOURED KWU HANG VILLAGE WHERE MR HO WAS BRIEFED OF A REFUSE COLLECTION PROJECT TO IMPROVE THE GENERAL ENVIRONMENT AT THE VILLAGE.

THE PARTY THEN PROCEEDED TO HEUNG CHE STREET AND INSPECTED A NEWLY BUILT REFUSE COLLECTION POINT.

MR HO WAS TOLD THAT SOME 110 TONNES OF REFUSE AND DISCARDED ARTICLES WERE BEING REMOVED DAILY IN TSUEN WAN.

HE ALSO LEARNED THAT MORE THAN 72 000 TREES, SHRUBS AND OTHER PLANTS HAD BEEN PLANTED IN TSUEN WAN DURING THE LATEST PLANTING

SEASON.

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SEMINAR ARRANGED FOR MOBILE FOOD VAN OPERATORS

*****

PEOPLE INTERESTED IN OPERATING MOBILE FOOD VANS ARE BEING INVITED TO A SEMINAR ON JULY 28 DURING WHICH THEY WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE NEW LICENSING CONDITIONS AND THE APPLICATION PROCEDURES.

THE SEMINAR, ORGANISED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, IS IN LINE WITH THE INTRODUCTION CF MOBILE FOOD VAN SERVICE TO THE WONG CHUK HANG INDUSTRIAL AREA LATER THIS YEAR.

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AT THE SEMINAR, A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE DEPARTMENT’S LICENSING UNIT WILL TALK ON THE LICENSING CONDITIONS FOR MOBILE FOOD VANS AS WELL AS FOR FACTORY CANTEENS AND FOOD FACTORIES, AND THE APPLICATION PROCEDURES.

THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A QUESTION-ANSWER SESSION.

A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID THE SEMINAR SHOULD GIVE PARTICIPANTS A BETTER UNDERSTANDING ON THE OPERATION OF MOBILE FOOD VANS.

LICENCES TO OPERATE FOUR MOBILE FOOD VANS IN WONG CHUK HANG WILL BE ISSUED SHORTLY BY OPEN TENDER AND THESE VANS WILL BE IN OPERATION AT TONG BIN LANE, WONG CHUK HANG ROAD AND HEUNG YIP ROAD.

THE SEMINAR WILL BE HELD AT 3 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF MEI FUNG COURT IN ABERDEEN CENTRE.

PEOPLE WISHING TO ATTEND THE SEMINAR SHOULD CONTACT MR CHARLES CHAN AT 5-540271 BEFORE JULY 26.

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BOARD MEMBERS GOING ON STUDY TOUR

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FOURTEEN YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL LEAVE FOR EUROPE ON FRIDAY (JULY 22) NIGHT FOR A NINE-DAY STUDY TOUR.

MEMBERS WILL SPEND THE FIRST SIX DAYS IN ENGLAND, AND THEN GO ON TO HOLLAND. DURING THE VISIT THEY WILL LEARN ABOUT NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT WORKS, ADMINISTRATION, AS WELL AS MAJOR PUBLIC WORKS.

THE ITINERARY HAS BEEN ARRANGED BY THE CENTRAL OFFICE OF INFORMATION IN LONDON AND THE NETHERLANDS PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE VISIT IS TO ENRICH MEMBERS’ KNOWLEDGE ON NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT AND DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION.

THE BOARD’S CHAIRMAN, MR JAMES WILSON, WHO IS NOW ON LEAVE IN LONDON, WILL JOIN THE MEMBERS THERE.

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MONG KOK PARKING METERS OPERATE FROM FRIDAY

* * *

A TOTAL OF 130 TWO-HOUR, PRIVATE CAR PARKING METERS, WHICH CHARGE SI FOR 30 MINUTES, WILL BE INSTALLED IN MONG KOK DISTRICT, AND WILL COME INTO OPERATION AT 9 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 22).

THE METERS ARE LOCATED ATi

* TAI NAN STREET - BETWEEN MAPLE STREET AND PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WEST

ft KI LUNG STREET - BETWEEN PORTLAND STREET AND CEDAR STREET

ft CEDAR STREET - BETWEEN LAI CHI KOK ROAD AND YU CHAU STREET

ft PORTLAND STREET - BETWEEN BOUNDARY STREET AND YU CHAU STREET

ft TAI TSUN STREET - BETWEEN KOK CHEUNG STREET AND TAI KOK TSUI ROAD AND

ft IVY STREET - BETWEEN WONG TAI STREET AND TAI KOK TSUI ROAD.

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SIXTEEN ASSISTANT OFFICERS OF THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WHO HAVE COMPLETED AN IN-SERVICE HOSPITAL TRAINING OTURSE AND PASSED THE FIRST AID AND HOME NURSING EXAMINATIONS, RECEIVED CERTIFICATES TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

AT A CEREMONY HELD AT SIU LAM PSYCHIATRIC CENTRE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, THE SUPERINTENDENT OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, W STEPHEN NG PRESENTED THE CERTIFICATES TO THE OFFICERS.

THE SIX-MONTH COURSE, CONDUCTED BY THE ST. JOHN AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION, INCLUDED THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL TRAINING IN FIRST AID HOME NURSING, AND PSYCHIATRIC NURSING, AS WELL AS PRACTICAL’WORK IN THE FIELD AT THE SIU LAM PSYCHIATRIC CENTRE WHERE THE OFFICERS WILL ALSO BE POSTED FOR DUTY.

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CONTRACT ON SEWAGE PLANT SIGNED M * *

THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT TODAY AWARDED A $6.95 MILLION CONTRACT TO GILMAN AND CO. LTD. FOR THE SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT FOR THE CHAI WAN SEWAGE SCREENING PLANT.

THE CONTRACT WAS SIGNED THIS AFTERNOON BY THE DIRECTOR OF ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES, MR G.J. OSBORNE, AND THE MANAGING DIRECTOR OF GILMAN AND CO. LTD., MR T.P. BOWTLE.

THE SCREENING PLANT. OCCUPYING AN AREA OF ABOUT 7 000 SQUARE METRES, IS SITUATED AT SUN YIP STREET NEXT TO THE EXISTING REFUSE COMPOSTING PLANT.

THE CIVIL ENGINEERING WORK, WHICH STARTED EARLY THIS MONTH, IS BEING CARRIED OUT BY THE CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

THE PLANT WILL REMOVE GRIT AND SUSPENDED SOLIDS FROM THE SEWAGE COLLECTED FROM THE CHAI WAN AREA BEFORE DISCHARGING IT TO THE SEA VIA SUBMARINE OUTFALLS.

WHEN THE PLANT IS COMPLETED IN TWO YEARS, THE WATER CONDITION IN EASTERN VICTORIA HARBOUR SHOULD BE GREATLY IMPROVED.

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THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SHORT TERM TENANCY OF TWO SITES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE LARGER SITE MEASURES ABOUT 4 885 SQUARE METRES IN FUNG KAM STREET, YUEN LONG.

IT IS TO BE USED AS A FEE-PAYING PUBLIC CAR PARK.

THE TENANCY FOR THIS SITE IS FOR 18 MONTHS AND QUARTERLY THEREAFTER.

THE OTHER SITE IS IN SHA TIN NEW TOWN NEAR CITY NO. 1. IT HAS AN AREA OF ABOUT 2 095 SQUARE METRES AND IS FOR EITHER CONCRETE BATCHING OR OPEN STORAGE OF GOODS, VEHICLES, CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS.

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THE TENANCY FOR THIS SITE IS FOR THREE YEARS AND QUARTERLY THEREAFTER.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERS FOR BOTH SITES IS 12 NOON ON AUGUST 5.

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 OFFICE (?UEN LONG) FOR THE YUEN LONG SITE AND DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE (SHA TIN) FOR THE SHA TIN SITE

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TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS * * * *

FROM FRIDAY (JULY 22), ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE NEW BUS TERMINUS IN SHEK PIK, LANTAU ISLAND.

FROM 10 AM THE SAME DAY, LEARNER DRIVERS WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING MOUNT BUTLER DRIVE AND PRICE ROAD IN TAI HANG.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JULY 21, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SOME $1.6 BILLION BEING SPENT ON ROADS THIS YEAR ............... 1

ACCORD REACHED ON SOME TEXTILE EXPORTS TO U.S................... 3

CHANGE OF PACE FOR HOME AFFAIRS CHIEF .......................... 4

SEAT BELT DEADLINE APPROACHING.................................. 5

NEW COMMUNITY CENTRE OPENING FRIDAY............................. 6

PRESS FACILITY TO COVER GOVERNOR'S DEPARTURE.................... 6

POLICE TO BOOST TELECOMMUNICATIONS EXPERTISE ................... 7

POLICE ADVISER TO MEET PRESS SATURDAY........................... 8

DB MEMBERS INSPECT WELFARE FACILITIES .......................... 9

CONTRACTORS PRAISED FOR EFFORTS IN REDUCING NOISE............... 9

JOBS FOUND FOR REDUNDANT TEACHERS ............................. 11

MUSIC STUDENT LEAVES FOR UK.................................... 11

OPEN FORUM ON EDUCATION ....................................... 12

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF POOL ..................................... 12

PARKING FOR OMNIBUSES ONLY .................................... 13

THURSDAY, JULY 21, 1983

SOME $1.6 BILLION BEING SPENT ON ROADS THIS YEAR

MM**

SOME $1.6 BILLION WILL BE SPENT ON HONG KONG’S ROADS THIS YEAR, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, MR ALAN SCOTT SAID TODAY.

THIS IS *AN IMPRESSIVE FIGURE IN A YEAR WHEN FOR OBVIOUS REASONS GOVERNMENT IS BEING VERY CAREFUL WITH PUBLIC EXPENDITURE,* SCOTT ADDED.

LAST YEAR, IT SPENT ONE BILLION DOLLARS ON HIGHWAY PROJECTS AND THE IMPROVEMENT OF EXISTING ROADS, INCLUDING THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL, THE WIDENING OF THE ISLAND ROAD BETWEEN WONG CHUK HANG AND DEEP WATER BAY, STUBBS ROAD FLYOVER, AND THE AIRPORT TUNNEL, AMONG OTHER SUCH PROJECTS, MR SCOTT SAID, IN A TALK AT THE TUNG WAH LUNCHEON MEETING.

MR SCOTT EXPLAINED THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS PHYSICALLY LIMITED AS WELL AS FINANCIALLY LIMITED IN WHAT IT COULD DO IN THE URBAN AREAS, BECAUSE OF THEIR DENSITY.

♦ALSO WE HAVE TO LIMIT ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION THROUGH THE GROWTH OF VEHICLES IN THE URBAN AREAS. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT IN TERMS OF PROVIDING NEW ROADS IN THE URBAN AREAS, WE ARE WELL INTO THE ERA OF DECREASING RETURNS ON EXPENDITURE,* HE SAID.

GOVERNMENT’S POLICY ON INTERNAL TRANSPORT, MR SCOTT SAID, WAS PUBLISHED IN THE 1979 WHITE PAPER, WHICH STATED THREE MAIN OBJECTS — FIRST, TO IMPROVE THE ROAD SYSTEM, SECOND TO EXPAND AND TO UPGRADE THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM, AND, THIRD, TO ENSURE THE MOST ECONOMIC USE OF THE ROAD SYSTEM.

♦BUT NOTHING STANDS STILL, PARTICULARLY IN TRANSPORT? AND I EXPECT TO SEE A CAREFUL RE-DEFINEMENT OF PROGRAMMES TO ENSURE THAT THE COMMUNITY DERIVES THE GREATEST BENEFIT FROM THE CONSIDERABLE EXPENDITURE ON THE TRANSPORT PROGRAMMES,* HE SAID.

SPEAKING OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT, MR SCOTT SAID THE OPENING OF THE LAST STAGE OF THE ELECTRIFIED AND MODERNISED SERVICE OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION MARKED ANOTHER IMPORTANT MILESTONE IN HONG KONG’S TRANSPORT HISTORY AND WAS FURTHER EVIDENCE OF THE GOVERNMENT’S DETERMINATION TO IMPROVE THE MOBILITY OF PEOPLE AND GOODS IN HONG KONG.

AS FOR BUSES, HE SAID MUCH WORK HAD GONE INTO RESTRUCTURING BUS ROUTES SERVING THE NORTH-WEST NEW TERRITORIES, TO GET RIGHT THE COMPLEMENTARY ROLE BETWEEN RAIL AND TRANSPORT AND TO AVOID WASTEFUL DUPLICATION. THIS RESULTED IN A GROWING NETWORK OF FEEDER BUS ROUTES WHICH PROVIDE AN EFFICIENT MEANS OF SERVICE FOR THE VARIOUS RAILWAY STATIONS. NEW FEEDER ROUTES ARE BEING INTRODUCED TO PROVIDE LINK SERVICES TO THE MONG KOK AND KOWLOON STATIONS OF THE KCR.

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HE EXPLAINED THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S ROLE IN THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM IS TO MONITOR, WITHOUT ACTUALLY SUPERVISING, THE DAY-TO-DAY MANAGEMENT OF THE COMPANIES CONCERNED.

WE MUST REMEMBER THAT THEY ARE PRIVATE COMPANIES BUT SUBJECT TO PROFIT CONTROL SCHEMES,+ HE SAID.

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT WOULD TAKE ALL SENSIBLE MEASURES TO ENSURE THAT THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM REMAINED RESPONSIVE TO THE DEMANDS OF RISING EXPECTATIONS, AND TO THE MOVEMENTS OF POPULATION IN HONG KONG, AND THE NEW TERRITORIES, WHILE KEEPING FARES AT ACCEPTABLE LEVELS.

DISCUSSING THE THIRD OBJECTIVE — THE MOST ECONOMIC USE OF THE ROAD NETWORK -- MR SCOTT SAID PERHAPS TOO MUCH HAD BEEN SAID RECENTLY ABOUT THE ELECTRONIC ROAD PRICING PILOT STAGE. BUT HE NOTED THAT MOST COMMENTATORS SEEMED TO HAVE ACCEPTED THE RATIONAL BASIS OF THE PROPOSITION AND WERE PREPARED TO AWAIT THE OUTCOME OF THE PILOT STAGE.

IT IS STRANGE THAT THIS PILOT STAGE IS ATTACKED, OFTEN IRRATIONALLY, BY PEOPLE WHO BOAST OF THEIR OWN COMMERCIAL JUDGMENT AND THEIR ABILITY TO TAKE RISKS AS THE BASIS OF HONG KONG’S SUCCESS; THEY CRITICISE THE GOVERNMENT FOR BEING A NEGATIVE BUREAUCRACY, AND THEN TURN ROUND AND CRITICISE A PROPOSAL WHICH HAS CAUGHT THE ATTENTION OF AUTHORITIES CONCERNED WITH TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

LET ME JUST ADD THAT WE SHALL GO ON RESPONDING FACTUALLY AND CAREFULLY TO ALL ENQUIRIES,+ HE SAID.

MR SCOTT ALSO ATTACHED IMPORTANCE TO THE VIEWS CHANNELLED THROUGH DISTRICT BOARDS ON GOVERNMENT’S TRANSPORT POLICY.

HE SAID MOST ADVICE IS EITHER ACCEPTED IN POLICY TERMS AND SUBJECT TO RESOURCES, OR RUNS PARALLEL WITH CURRENT PROPOSALS AND IDEAS.

BUT INEVITABLY, HE SAID, EITHER IN THE LIGHT OF PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT OR BECAUSE OF THE WIDER IMPLICATION OF PARTICULAR DISTRICT LEVEL PROPOSALS, THE GOVERNMENT SOMETIMES CANNOT ACCEPT AND TAKE FORWARD A PROPOSAL.

I ALWAYS URGE MY STAFF IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES TO TAKE PARTICULAR CARE TO EXPLAIN GOVERNMENT’S POSITION AND IF AT ALL POSSIBLE TO MOVE TOWARDS THE DISTRICT BOARD’S POSITION,+ MR SCOTT SAID, +BUT WITH THE BEST WILL IN THE WORLD, IT MAY NOT BE POSSIBLE.+

AGAINST THAT, WE MUST SET THE MANY TIMES WHEN ADVICE IS ACCEPTED AND IMPLEMENTED. THE PART WHICH DISTRICT BOARDS PLAY WILL CONTINUE TO GROW, TO THE BENEFIT OF ALL CONCERNED,♦ HE ADDED.

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ACCORD REACHED ON SOME TEXTILE EXPORTS TO U.S. *****

THE TRADE DEPARTMENT TODAY (THURSDAY) ANNOUNCED THAT RESTRAINT LIMITS FOR HONG KONG EXPORTS TO THE UNITED STATES OF COTTON SHEETING, COTTON UNDERWEAR, AND WOMEN’S MMF SUITS - AT LEVELS CONSIDERABLY ABOVE THE 1982 TRADE LEVELS - HAVE BEEN AGREED FOLLOWING CONSULTATIONS IN WASHINGTON ON JULY 14-15.

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313 (COTTON SHEETING) 50 288 529 SYD 36 790 863 SYD

352 (COTTON UNDERWEAR) 4 450 000 DZN 3 874 938 DZN

644 (MMF SUITS, W,

G AND 1) 25 000 DZN 11 540 DZN

+HOWEVER, HONG KONG DOES NOT AGREE THAT THE UNITED STATES HAS AN ACCEPTABLE CASE FOR IMPOSING RESTRAINT ON MMF NON-CELLULOSIC YARN (CATEGORY 604),+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID. THE UNITED STATES ADMINISTRATION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE BILATERAL AGREEMENT, IMPOSED ON THIS CATEGORY A RESTRAINT LIMIT OF 342 455 LB. FOR 1983. THIS LIMIT, REPRESENTING 115 PER CENT OF 1982 EXPORTS, IS THE MINIMUM ENTITLEMENT STIPULATED IN THE BILATERAL AGREEMENT.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT EXPORTS IN THESE FOUR CATEGORIES ARE AT PRESENT SUBJECT TO THE EXPORT AUTHORISATION SYSTEM, UNDER WHICH THERE IS NO SPECIFIC RESTRAINT LIMIT, BUT THE LEVEL OF EXPORTS IS MONITORED AND THE UNITED STATES MAY AT ANY TIME SEEK CONSULTATIONS WITH A VIEW TO REACHING AGREEMENT ON A LEVEL OF RESTRAINT IN THE CURRENT YEAR.

+THOSE WHO ALREADY HOLD APPROVED EXPORT AUTHORISATIONS IN THESE CATEGORIES WILL NOT BE AFFECTED BY THE NEW RESTRAINT LEVELS. HOWEVER, THE RESTRAINT WILL LIMIT THE SCOPE FOR NEW ORDERS TO COME TO HONG KONG DURING THE REMAINDER OF THE YEAR.+ THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

CALLS HAVE BEEN MADE BY THE UNITED STATES ON TEN EXPORT AUTHORISATION (EA) CATEGORIES SO FAR THIS YEAR. SIX OF THEM WERE COVERED BY AN EARLIER ROUND OF CONSULTATIONS IN WASHINGTON AT THE END OF JUNE, FOLLOWING WHICH RESTRAINT LIMITS WERE AGREED IN RESPECT OF THREE CATEGORIES AND THE UNITED STATES IMPOSED LIMITS ON THE OTHER THREE CATEGORIES.

FOLLOWING THE WASHINGTON CONSULTATIONS, THE LEADER OF THE HONG KONG TEAM, MR MICHAEL CARTLAND, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF TRADE, PROCEEDED TO GENEVA TO DELIVER A STATEMENT TO THE TEXTILES SURVEILLANCE BODY (TSB).

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IN THAT STATEMENT, HE EXPRESSED HONG KONG’S CONCERN ABOUT THE UNPRECEDENTEDLY LARGE NUMBER OF ACTIONS TAKEN BY THE USA THIS YEAR TO LIMIT ITS IMPORTS OF TEXTILES AND CLOTHING FROM HONG KONG, AND THE INADEQUACY OF JUSTIFICATION FOR RESTRAINT UNDEP THE CRITERIA OF THE MFA IN FOUR OF THE TEN CASES INVOLVED.

WHILE HE DID NOT REQUEST THE TSB TO TAKE ANY SPECIFIC ACTION AT THIS STAGE, MR CARTLAND RESERVED HONG KONG’S RIGHT TO REFER DETAILS OF SOME OR ALL OF THE EA CALLS TO THE TSB AT SOME FUTURE DATE.

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CHANGE OF PACE FOR HOME AFFAIRS CHIEF * * * *

THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, WENT ON A WALKING TOUR OF WAN CHAI THIS (THURSDAY) EVENING, IN A CHANGE OF PACE FROM HIS REGULAR VISITS TO VARIOUS PARTS OF HONG KONG TO KEEP HIMSELF UP TO DATE.

DURING A TWO-HOUR WALKABOUT, MR AKERS-JONES SAW THE CONTRASTING SCENES OF WAN CHAI BY NIGHT — FROM THE BUSY, GLITTERING SHOPPING AND ENTERTAINMENT AREAS TO THE RELAXED ATMOSPHERE OF THE OPEN-AIR SITTING-OUT AREAS OF QUIET CHESS GAMES AND CASUAL SOCIAL CHIT CHAT.

ACCOMPANYING HIM WERE THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR ALBERT LAM, THE DISTRICT OFFICER FOR CENTRAL AND WESTERN/WAN CHAI, MISS LOLLY CHIU, AND ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICERS, MR FRANCIS HO AND MR FRANK YUE.

THE PARTY SET OFF AT 8 PM FROM GREAT GEORGE’S STREET AND PATERSON STREET — THE HEART OF CAUSEWAY BAY’S EATING OUT AND ENTERTAINMENT AREA — PASSING THROUGH FOOD STREET WITH ITS RICH VARIETY OF CUISINES.

THEY TOURED THE OLDER AND LESS GLAMOROUS ENTERTAINMENT AREA ALONG JAFFE ROAD DOTTED WITH DANCE HALLS, MAHJONG PARLOURS, VIDEO GAMES CENTRES AND ITINERANT HAWKERS.

MR AKERS-JONES, WHO AS SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS HAS POLICY RESPONSIBILITY FOR VIDEO GAMES CENTRES, ENTERED ONE OF THEM TO OBSERVE ACTIVITIES THERE.

VIDEO GAMES ARE A POPULAR ATTRACTION WITH THE YOUNG AND THE LICENSING CONDITIONS OF SUCH CENTRES HAVE BEEN THE SUBJECT OF MUCH DISCUSSION BY THE DISTRICT BOARDS.

ON THE WAY TO SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND, MR AKERS-JONES WAS BRIEFED ON THE CONSTRUCTION WORKS FOR THE MTR ISLAND LINE AT PERCIVAL STREET AND THE EFFECT ON TRAFFIC IN THE AREA.

AT SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND, HE SAW THE MORE SEDATE SIDE OF WAN CHAI’S NIGHT LIFE WITH YOUNGSTERS ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN SOCCER AND BASKETBALL MATCHES, WHILE THEIR ELDERS PASSED TIME ON QUIET CHESS GAMES OR CASUAL SOCIAL CHATS.

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THE PARTY THEN PROCEEDED BY CAR TO CENTRAL AND WESTERN, MAKING A BRIEF CALL AT THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S WESTERN DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE WHICH PROVIDES A RANGE OF SERVICES ON COMMUNITY WORK, REHABILITATION AND FAMILY CASEWORK TO RESIDENTS.

MR AKERS-JONES ALSO JOINED THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE AT THE ♦POOR MAN’S NIGHTCLUB* OUTSIDE THE TEMPORARY MACAU FERRY TERMINAL, A POPULAR SHOPPING BAZAAR WHICH COMES ALIVE IN THE EVENING WITH HUNDREDS OF FOOD STALLS AND SHOPPING STALLS OFFERING A VARIETY CF BARGAIN GOODS.

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SEAT BELT DEADLINE APPROACHING * * * *

THERE ARE ONLY 10 WEEKS LEFT BEFORE DRIVERS AND FRONT SEAT PASSENGERS IN CARS AND CERTAIN LIGHT VANS MUST WEAR SEAT BELTS BY LAW.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT FAILURE TO WEAR A BELT AFTER OCTOBER 1 COULD LEAD TO A $500 FINE AND IMPRISONMENT FOR UP TO THREE MONTHS ON FIRST CONVICTION.

♦BUT IT IS NOT THE FEAR OF PUNISHMENT THAT SHOULD CONVINCE PEOPLE TO WEAR BELTS. EACH YEAR MORE THAN 4 000 CAR DRIVERS AND FRONT SEAT PASSENGERS ARE KILLED OR INJURED ON HONG KONG’S ROADS,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦THERE SEEMS TO BE AN IMPRESSION THAT BECAUSE OUR TRAFFIC IS OFTEN RELATIVELY SLOW MOVING, THERE IS LESS NEED TO WEAR A SEAT BELT HERE THAN ELSEWHERE IN THE WORLD.+ THIS IS JUST NOT THE CASE. EVEN IF TWO VEHICLES TRAVEL AT ONLY 15 MILES AU HOUR, THEIR COMBINED IMPACT SPEED IN A HEAD-ON CRASH IS 30 MILES AN HOUR.

♦THIS HAS ABOUT THE SAME EFFECT AS WHEN A PERSON FALLS HEAD-FIRST FROM THE THIRD-FLOOR WINDOW OF A BUILDING INTO A SHEET OF PLATE GLASS,* HE SAID.

IN HONG KONG FRONT-SEAT BELTS HAVE HAD TO BE FITTED IN CARS SINCE 1976.

THE LAW STATES THAT FROM OCTOBER 1, THEY MUST NOT ONLY BE FITTED, BUT ALSO BE WORN.

STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT WEARING A SEAT BELT REDUCES THE CHANCE OF DEATH OR INJURY IN A CRASH BY MORE THAN HALF.

IN THE UNITED KINGDOM THE WEARING OF SEAT BELTS HAS BEEN COMPULSORY SINCE JANUARY 1 THIS YEAR.

THE NEW REQUIREMENT IN HONG KONG ALSO APPLIES TO DUAL PURPOSE LIGHT VANS WHICH ARE REGISTERED AS PRIVATE CARS.

THE RESPONSIBILITY TO §EE THAT SEAT BELTS ARE WORN RESTS WITH THE DRIVER OF THE VEHICLE AND WITH INDIVIDUAL PASSENGERS OVER 15 YEARS OF AGE.

♦ALTHOUGH THE LAW IS NOT YET IN EFFECT, PEOPLE SHOULD ALREADY BE WEARING THEIR BELTS. PLAIN COMMON SENSE SHOULD BE ENOUGH TO CONVINCE THEM THAT SEAT BELTS SAVE LIVES,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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NEW COMMUNITY CENTRE OPENING FRIDAY * * * *

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S ON TING/YAU 01 COMMUNITY CENTRE IN TUEN MUN WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED AT A CEREMONY AT 4 PM TOMORROW (FR I DAY).

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, WHO WAS TO HAVE OFFICIATED AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, IS UNFORTUNATELY INDISPOSED AND IS UNABLE TO DO SO NOW. MRS SELINA CHOW, LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, WILL OFFICATE IN HIS PLACE.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ANSON CHAN; THE ACTING REGIONAL SECRETARY (NEW TERRITORIES), MR ADOLF HSU; THE DIRECTOR OF HOUSING, MR DAVID FORD; THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TUEN MUN RURAL COMMITTEE, MR LAU WONG-FAT; THE SWD REGIONAL OFFICER (NEW TERRITORIES), MR HENRY AU; THE DISTRICT OFFICER (TUEN MUN), MR RICKY FUNG AND THE WARDEN OF THE CENTRE, MR LIU KWONG-YUEN.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT. TRANSPORT HAS BEEN ARRANGED TO TAKE MEMBERS OF THE PRESS TO THE COMMUNITY CENTRE. THE PRESS TRANSPORT WILL PICK UP MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES AT THE CAR PARK AT THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, MAIN WING, AND WILL LEAVE AT 2.15 PM SHARP.

PRESS REPRESENTATIVES GOING TO THE COMMUNITY CENTRE ON THEIR OWN SHOULD ARRIVE THERE BY 3.30 PM, HALF AN HOUR BEFORE THE OPENING CEREMONY.

THE CENTRE IS LOCATED IN ON TING ESTATE.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

PRESS FACILITY TO COVER GOVERNOR’S DEPARTURE X X X X

THERE WILL BE A FACILITY FOR PRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CAMERAMEN TO COVER THE DEPARTURE OF THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, FOR PEKING 061 SUNDAY (JULY 24).

' SIR EDWARD, ACCOMPANIED BY THE POLITICAL ADVISER, MR ROBIN MCLAREN, WILL BE LEAVING ON FLIGHT CA 102, ETD 12.45 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 ON SUNDAY. GIS OFFICERS WILL BE THERE TO ASSIST.

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POLICE TO BOOST TELECOMMUNICATIONS EXPERTISE

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THE POLICE FORCE IS LOOKING FOR TALENT TO BOOST ITS EXPERTISE IN TELECOMMUNICATIONS FOLLOWING A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF ITS COMMUNICATIONS AND TRANSPORT BRANCH.

DISCLOSING THIS TODAY (THURSDAY). THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF MANAGEMENT SERVICES, MR KEITH LOMAS, SAID THE FORCE WOULD SHORTLY BE ADVERTISING LOCALLY FOR TWO SENIOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS ENGINEERS AND SEVEN TELECOMMUNICATIONS ENGINEERS.

THE NEW POSTS WERE CREATED UNDER THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF A STEERING GROUP SET UP LATE LAST YEAR TO STUDY THE VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THE WORK OF THE COMMUNICATIONS AND TRANSPORT BRANCH.

"FOLLOWING THE TRANSFER OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE BRANCH FROM THE OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT TO THE MANAGEMENT AND INSPECTION SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN OCTOBER 1982, A STEERING GROUP AND A SUBORDINATE WORKING PARTY WERE ESTABLISHED TO DETERMINE HOW FAR THE BRANCH’S OBJECTIVES AND DUTIES WERE BEING MET WITH EXISTING RESOURCES, AND TO RECOMMEND CHANGES WHERE APPROPRIATE," MR LOMAS SAID.

"AT AN EARLY STAGE IN ITS DELIBERATIONS, THE STEERING GROUP RECOGNISED THE NEED FOR SPLITTING UP THE COMMUNICATIONS AND TRANSPORT BRANCH INTO ITS COMPONENT PARTS, THERE BEING NO LONGER A LOGICAL REASON FOR ’TRANSPORT’ TO BE COMBINED WITH ’COMMUNICATIONS’," NR LOMAS SAID.

THE REVIEW WAS SUBSEQUENTLY CONDUCTED IN TWO PARTS.

"SO FAR AS COMMUNICATIONS WAS CONCERNED, THE BRANCH WAS FOUND TO HAVE CARRIED OUT A VERY GOOD JOB DESPITE BEING SERIOUSLY UNDERSTAFFED.

"HOWEVER, IT WAS RAPIDLY REACHING A POINT WHERE EXISTING RESOURCES COULD NOT MEET THE INCREASING DEMANDS BROUGHT ABOUT BY NEW COMMITMENTS AND EXPANSION OF THE FORCE.

"THE BRANCH IS CURRENTLY ENGAGED IN MANY TELECOMMUNICATION PROJECTS SUCH AS A JOINT MARITIME COMMUNICATION PROJECT, A CONSULTANCY ON THE EXTENSION OF THE BEAT RADIO SCHEME TO THE NEW TERRITORIES POLICE DISTRICTS, THE UPGRADING OF RADAR FACILITIES FOR MARINE POLICE LAUNCHES AND A SECOND GENERATION COMPUTER ASSISTED COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEM, TO MENTION BUT A FEW."

THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE ACCEPTED THE STEERING GROUP’S RECOMMENDATIONS THAT THE COMMUNICATIONS AND TRANSPORT BRANCH BE SPLIT INTO A ’COMMUNICATIONS BRANCH’ AND A 'TRANSPORT BRANCH’, BOTH REMAINING SUBORDINATE TO THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF MANAGEMENT SERVICES.

THE RECOMMENDATION WAS SUBSEQUENTLY IMPLEMENTED ON JUNE 22 THIS YEAR.

THE COMMISSIONER ALSO ENDORSED PROPOSALS THAT THE COMMUNICATIONS BRANCH SHOULD BE HEADED BY A SPECIALIST CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT

OF POLICE WITH FOUR SUBORDINATE SENIOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS ENGINEERS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FOUR DIVISIONS WITHIN THE BRANCH, AND WITH AN INCREASED NUMBER OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS ENGINEERS.

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’’SOME OF THE NEW POSTS CREATED WILL SOON BE ADVERTISED AND PLANS ARE IN HAND TO RECRUIT THE SPECIALIST CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT WHO WILL BE A PROFESSIONALLY QUALIFIED TELECOMMUNICATIONS ENGINEER,” MR LOMAS SAID.

TRANSPORT MANAGEMENT OF THE FORCE WAS FOUND TO BE EFFECTIVE BUT THE STEERING GROUP BELIEVED THAT SIGNIFICANT COST EFFECTIVE IMPROVEMENTS IN EFFICIENCY COULD BE MADE IF THE BRANCH WAS HEADED BY A PROFESSIONALLY QUALIFIED SPECIALIST AND THERE WAS A SMALL ADDITION IN JUNIOR STAFF TO DEAL WITH FINANCIAL CONTROL AND VEHICLE RECORDS.

THIS RECOMMENDATION WAS ALSO ACCEPTED BY THE COMMISSIONER AND ENDORSED BY THE DEPARTMENTAL ESTABLISHMENT COMMITTEE.

TURNING TO THE ROLE OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS IN THE FORCE, MR LOMAS SAID, ’’THE EFFECTIVENESS OF ANY LARGE ORGANISATION RELIES TO A LARGE EXTENT ON THE AVAILABILITY OF RIGHT INFORMATION AT THE RIGHT TIME, AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE IS NO EXCEPTION. IT IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT IN THE OPERATIONAL AREA WHERE IT IS ESSENTIAL IF RESOURCES ARE TO BE DEPLOYED EFFECTIVELY, AND THE POLICE OFFICERS IN THE FIELD GIVEN MAXIMUM SUPPORT.”

’’INEVITABLY, THE COMPLEXITY OF POLICING MODERN HONG KONG HAS HIGHLIGHTED THE NEED FOR US TO KEEP PACE WITH DEVELOPMENTS IN THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS FIELD TO RETAIN THE INITIATIVE AND THUS CONTINUE TO FULFIL OUR OBLIGATIONS TO THE COMMUNITY,” HE SAID.

MR LOMAS WENT ON TO EXPLAIN THAT TELECOMMUNICATION FACILITIES WOULD HELP COMMANDERS MAKE OPTIMUM USE OF EXISTING RESOURCES, PARTICULARLY MANPOWER, WHICH IS AN EXPENSIVE RESOURCE.

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POLICE ADVISER TO MEET PRESS SATURDAY

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SIR JAMES CRANE, FORMERLY HER MAJESTY’S CHIEF INSPECTOR OF CONSTABULARY, WHO HAS BEEN ADVISING THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE ON THE ORGANISATION AND OPERATION OF THE RHKP, WILL MEET THE PRESS AT THE END OF HIS CURRENT VISIT TO HONG KONG.

THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT 10 AM ON SATURDAY (JULY 23) AT THE GIS THEATRE, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, 5TH FLOOR.

THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, MR ROY HENRY AND THE COMMISSIONER OF THE ICAC, MR PETER WILLIAMS WILL ALSO BE PRESENT.

SIR JAMES ARRIVED IN HONG KONG ON JULY 2 FOR A THREE WEEK VISIT AND DURING THIS TIME HE EXAMINED AND ADVISED ON THE PRINCIPLE AND PRACTICE OF DEVOLUTION OF RESPONSIBILITY AND AUTHORITY FROM POLICE HEADQUARTERS TO REGIONAL LEVELS.

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DB MEMBERS INSPECT WELFARE FACILITIES * * * *

A GROUP OF KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS THIS (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON INSPECTED SOME OF THE WELFARE FACILITIES AVAILABLE IN THE DISTR ICT.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE BOARD’S CHAIRMAN, MR LEE LAP-SUN, MEMBERS FIRST HAD A BRIEFING SESSION WITH THE DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMEI'TRS HENR,ETTA CHAN» 0N THE W0RK 0F THE SOCIAL WELFARE

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VISITED THE MA TAU WAI GIRLS’ HOME IN SHEUNG SHING TIN TO SEE ITS FACILITIES.

THE HOME, WITH A CAPACITY FOR 192, SERVES AS A PROBATION AND DETENTION CENTRE, A PLACE OF REFUGE, AND A REMAND HOME FOR PROBLEM GIRLS.

AT THE HOME, GIRLS ARE BEING TAUGHT SUCH SUBJECTS AS CHINESE, ENGLISH, ARITHMETIC AND SOCIAL STUDIES. PRE-VOCATIONAL TRAINING IS ALSO CONDUCTED IN DRESS-MAKING, HANDICRAFT, HOMECARE AND DOMESTIC SCIENCE.

RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING FOLK-DANCING, BASKETBALL, VOLLEYBALL, BADMINTON AND MUSIC ARE ALSO ORGANISED.

THE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE HOME, MRS SHUM YU YIM-LAN, SAID THAT ACADEMIC AND PRE-VOCATIONAL TRAINING WAS BEING PROVIDED TO EQUIP THE GIRLS WITH BASIC KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS NECESSARY TO DEVELOP A HEALTHY WAY OF LIVING AND TO REINTEGRATE INTO THE COMMUNITY.

THE BOARD MEMBERS LATER WENT TO THE MA TAU CHUNG STREET SLEEPERS’ SHELTER WHICH OPENS FROM 6 PM TO 8 AM DAILY.

FACILITIES IN THE SHELTER CAN ACCOMMODATE UP TO 110 PEOPLE.

AN AVERAGE OF 50 STREET SLEEPERS ARE STAYING AT THE SHELTER BUT IT HAS A CAPACITY FOR 110 PEOPLE.

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CONTRACTORS PRAISED FOR EFFORTS IN REDUCING NOISE

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THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, MR CHAN NAI-KEONG, TONIGHT URGED BUILDING CONTRACTORS, WHO HAVE NOT TAKEN POSITIVE STEPS TO REDUCE NOISE AT CONSTRUCTION SITES, TO START INVESTIGATING WHAT IMPROVEMENTS COULD BE MADE.

HE WAS ADDRESSING THE BUILDING CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION AT ITS ANNUAL DINNER.

MR CHAN PRAISED THE ASSOCIATION FOR INSTITUTING A PROGRAMME OF ACTIONS AND MEASURES AIMED AT ACHIEVING QUIETER CONSTRUCTION OPERATIONS.

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♦PROPOSALS ARE IN TRAIN FOR INTRODUCING LEGISLATION WHICH WOULD EXTEND THE CONTROL OF CONSTRUCTION NOISE TO NORMAL WORKING HOURS AS WELL AS TIGHTENING UP CONTROL IN RESPECT OF OPERATIONS OUTSIDE NORMAL WORKING HOURS,* MR CHAN SAID.

HE EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT ALL CONTRACTORS WOULD TAKE EARLY NOTE OF THE IMPLICATIONS AND WOULD NOT LEAVE IT UNTIL THE LAST MOMENT BEFORE TAKING ACTION TO MAKE ANY NECESSARY MODIFICATIONS TO THEIR PLANT AND EQUIPMENT.

♦WHILE IT IS NOT INTENDED TO IMPOSE AN UNDUE BURDEN ON THE INDUSTRY THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THE PRESENT LEVEL OF NOISE PRODUCED, SUCH AS THAT FROM PERCUSSIVE PILING, WILL HAVE TO BE REDUCED,* HE ADDED.

MR CHAN SAID THAT THOSE MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION WHO HAD NOT TAKEN POSITIVE MEASURES TO REDUCE NOISE AT CONSTRUCTION SITES SHOULD DO SO NOW.

ON SAFETY MEASURES, MR CHAN COMMENDED THE ASSOCIATION FOR ITS ACHIEVEMENT DURING THE PAST YEAR, RESULTING IN A 20 PER CENT REDUCTION IN THE NUMBER OF FATALITIES ON CONSTRUCTION SITES.

THE SECRETARY NOTED THAT THERE HAD BEEN A DRAMATIC INCREASE OVER THE LAST YEAR OR TWO IN THE SIZE AND NUMBER OF CLAIMS ON GOVERNMENT CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS.

HE RECALLED THAT PREVIOUSLY CLAIMS WERE ONLY SUBMITTED, DISPUTES PROLONGED AND ARBITRATION OR LITIGATION PROCEEDINGS CONSIDERED WHEN CONTRACTORS HAD SUFFERED LOSSES WHICH THEY COULD NOT OTHERWISE ABSORB.

HOWEVER, HE FOUND THE RECENT PHENOMENON MORE DISTURBING.

♦ I SUSPECT MUCH OF THE PROBLEM HAS ARISEN BECAUSE CONTRACTORS HAVE BEEN FAILING TO RECOGNISE THE DEGREE OF RISK WHICH IS LEGITIMATELY THEIRS WHEN PRICING A TENDER.

♦WHATEVER MAY BE THE REAL CAUSES, THE SITUATION DOES DEMAND ATTENTION BY THE PARTIES CONCERNED,+ MR CHAN SAID.

HE ADDED THAT A DIALOGUE WAS NOW IN PROGRESS BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE BUILDING CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION ON MATTERS RELATING TO THE EFFICIENT ADMINISTRATION AND EXECUTION OF CIVIL ENGINEERING CONTRACTS, INCLUDING THE SUGGESTION AND CONSIDERATION OF IMPROVEMENTS TO THE CONTRACT DOCUMENTS.

ON THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME, MR CHAN REASSURED THE GOVERNMENT'S COMMITMENT TO THE CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG.

♦THE NEW TOWNS PROGRAMME WILL CONTINUE UNABATED. SIMILARLY, WE MUST ALSO PRESS AHEAD WITH THE PROVISION OF ESSENTIAL INFRASTRUCTURE SUCH AS TRANSPORT PROJECTS AND WATER SUPPLY,+ HE SAID.

AMONG THE MAJOR PROJECTS ARE THE TUEN MUN HOSPITAL, SHA TIN AND TUEN MUN CULTURAL COMPLEXES AND THE SEWAGE TREATMENT PROJECT FOR NORTH WEST KOWLOON.

HE SAID THAT THE ESTIMATED TOTAL EXPENDITURE ON NEW PROJECTS AND THOSE ALREADY UNDER WAY WAS ABOUT 37.6 B.'LLION (EXCLUDING LAND COSTS).

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JOBS FOUND FOR REDUNDANT TEACHERS * * * *

ALL OF THE 401 REDUNDANT TEACHERS IN AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOLS, WHO REGISTERED WITH THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S PLACEMENT SERVICE IN MAY HAVE BEEN PLACED IN VARIOUS SCHOOLS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

♦THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IS EXTREMELY GRATEFUL TO THE MANY SCHOOL AUTHORITIES FOR THEIR CO-OPERATION TO BRING THIS ABOUT,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE PLACEMENT SERVICE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1975 TO ASSIST REDUNDANT TEACHERS IN AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN SEEKING ALTERNATIVE JOBS AS A RESULT OF THE DROP IN POPULATION OF PRIMARY SCHOOL AGE AS WELL AS A SHIFT OF POPULATION FROM THE URBAN AREAS TO THE NEW TOWNS.

SINCE 1975, THE SERVICE HAS HELPED A TOTAL OF 3 137 REDUNDANT TEACHERS TO SECURE ALTERNATIVE TEACHING POSTS. LAST YEAR THE NUMBER OF REDUNDANT TEACHERS WAS 271.

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MUSIC STUDENT LEAVES FOR UK

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THE 1983 WINNER OF THE LADY MACLEHOSE PRIZE, MR CHOW LAP-CHUNG HAS JUST LEFT FOR THE UNITED KINGDOM TO ATTEND THE DARTINGTON SUMMER SCHOOL OF MUSIC AT DEVON.

THE PRIZE, IN THE FORM OF A TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP, IS AWARDED EACH YEAR TO THE MOST OUTSTANDING SECOND-YEAR MUSICIAN ATTENDING THE HONG KONG CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC.

THE PRIZE THIS YEAR AMOUNTS TO $15 000 AND IS ADMINISTERED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT.

THE PRIZE WILL ENABLE THE SELECTED STUDENT TO TRAVEL ABROAD DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS TO ATTEND SUMMER SCHOOLS AND MUSIC FESTIVALS IN EUROPE OR NORTH AMERICA.

MR CHOW, A 19-YEAR-OLD SECOND-YEAR VIOLIN STUDENT OF THE CONSERVATORY AND A MEMBER OF THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (A) WILL ATTEND THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL AFTER COMPLETING THE SUMMER COURSE.

MR CHOW HAS BEEN PLAYING THE VIOLIN FOR ELEVEN YEARS AND IS ALSO GOOD AT SOME CHINESE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.

HE WAS A PRIZE WINNER OF THE 1981 HONG KONG SCHOOLS MUSIC FESTIVAL AND WAS ALSO AWARDED A JOCKEY CLUB MUSIC FUND SCHOLARSHIP THIS YEAR.

MR CLIVE OXLEY, MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR AND ACTING DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, WAS AT THE AIRPORT TO BID MR CHOW FAREWELL.

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OPEN FORUM ON EDUCATION

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RESIDENTS IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT ARE BEING INVITED TO AN OPEN FORUM ON SUNDAY (JULY 24) TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON HONG KONG’S EDUCATION SYSTEM AND THE REPORT ’A PERSPECTIVE ON EDUCATION IN HONG KONG’, COMPILED BY A PANEL OF VISITING EXPERTS.

ORGANISED BY AN AD HOC COMMITTEE OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE FORUM WILL BE HELD AT 2.30 PM ON THE NINTH FLOOR OF THE CARITAS CENTRE, 16 CAINE ROAD.

THE COMMITTEE HAS BEEN FORMED TO STUDY AND REVIEW THE PANEL’S REPORT AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE DISTRICT BOARD. ITS MEMBERSHIP COMPRISES SCHOOL PRINCIPALS, LECTURERS AND BOARD MEMBERS.

THE CONVENOR OF THE COMMITTEE, MRS MARGARET LI, SAID THAT ANY PEOPLE, PARTICULARLY, PARENTS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS, WOULD BE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE FORUM.

♦WRITTEN COMMENTS ON ANY ASPECTS OF THE REPORT OR THE EXISTING EDUCATION SYSTEM ARE ALSO WELCOME AND SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE DISTRICT OFFICE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE,* SHE SAID.

THE COMMITTEE WILL HOLD ITS LAST MEETING ON JULY 29 WHEN MEMBERS WILL STUDY ALL THE OPINIONS GATHERED AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO BE SUBMITTED TO THE EDUCATION AND MANPOWER BRANCH.

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THE SECONDARY POOL OF THE KWAI SHING PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX IN KWAI CHUNG WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED IN THE EVENING, STARTING TODAY (THURSDAY).

BUT THE POOL WILL REMAIN OPEN BETWEEN 6.30 AM AND 6.45 PM.

THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE IS TO FACILITATE REPAIR WORK ON THE FLOODLIGHT SYSTEM AT THE COMPLEX, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE MAIN POOL AND THE OTHER SECONDARY POOLS OF THE COMPLEX WILL NOT BE AFFECTED.

THE REPAIR WORK IS EXPECTED TO TAKE SIX WEEKS TO COMPLETE.

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PARKING FOR OMNIBUSES ONLY * * *

TAXIS AND PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE PARKING, PICKING UP AND SETTING DOWN AREA ON CHEONG WAN ROAD OUTSIDE THE HONG KONG COLISEUM FROM SATURDAY (JULY 23) AT 10 AM.

THE ABOVE PARKING AREA WILL BE PROHIBITED TO ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT PUBLIC OMNIBUSES.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE EXISTING PROHIBITION IN THE NORTHERN SECTION OF THE LAY-BY AT ON WAN ROAD WEST OF THE KCR KOWLOON STATION WILL BE RESCINDED.

AND AT 10 AM ON SATURDAY, EIGHT HALF-HOUR PUBLIC OMNIBUS PARKING METERS WHICH CHARGE $1 FOR 30 MINUTES WILL BECOME OPERATIONAL AT THE CHEONG WAN ROAD AREA.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, JULY 22, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

DISTRICT BOARDS DOING GOOD JOB - SIR PHILIP ................. 1

PARTNERS IN COMMUNITY WORK .................................. 3

GREWAL NAMED SUCCESSOR TO CUSTOMS POST ...................... 4

CUSTCMS POWER TO SEIZE CIGARETTES PROPOSED .................. 4

BILL SEEKS TO HELP POLICE INVESTIGATIONS .................... 5

POWER TO OVERRULE SOUGHT FOR APPEAL COURT ................... 6

POLICE SUPERVISION SYSTEM MAY BE ENDED  ..................... 7

POLICE JOB NOT EASY, BLUE BERETS TOLD........................ 8

TECHNICAL INSTITUTES OFFER NEW COURSES ...................... 9

CAREERS GUIDANCE OFFERED .................................... 10

COLLEAGUES SAY GOODBYE TO MRS MOK ........................... 11

THREE HOUSES AND SITE SOLD................................... 11

DISPLAY SHOWS HOW TO PREVENT CAR THEFTS ..................... 12

HONG KONG JING YING RETURNS ................,................ 12

NEW ACCESS ROAD TO BE BUILT ..........................      . 13

URBAN CLEARWAY AT CAUSEWAY BAY .............................. 13

CENTRAL WATER LEAKAGE TEST .................................. 13

FRIDAY, JULY 22, 1983

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DISTRICT BOARDS DOING GOOD JOB - SIR PHILIP UMM*

THE PROVISION OF COMMUNITY CENTRE FACILITIES COMPLEMENTS THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SYSTEM, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

HE SAID THIS IN A SPEECH READ OUT ON HIS BEHALF BY LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MRS SELINA CHOW, AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S ON TING/YAU 01 COMMUNITY CENTRE IN TUEN MUN.

SIR PHILIP WAS INDISPOSED AND WAS UNABLE TO BE PRESENT, AND MRS CHOW WAS OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY ON HIS BEHALF.

THE SUPPORT DEMONSTRATED BY THE COMMUNITY AT THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS LAST YEAR, SIR PHILIP SAID, HAD PUT THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SYSTEM ON A FIRM FOOTING.

THERE ARE NOW 18 DISTRICT BOARDS - EIGHT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND 10 IN THE URBAN AREAS.

♦THEY ARE DOING MUCH TO IDENTIFY AND RESOLVE PROBLEMS THAT AFFECT THE WELL BEING OF THE PEOPLE AND YOUR GOVERNMENT IS CONFIDENT THAT THEY WILL PLAY AN INDISPENSABLE ROLE IN IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN HONG KONG AND ENCOURAGING WIDER COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT,* SIR PHILIP SAID.

REFERRING TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW TOWNS, HE SAID THE PROVISION OF DECENT HOUSING, EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, HEALTH CARE, TRANSPORTATION AND RECREATION FOR THE COMMUNITY WAS THE GOVERNMENT’S MAIN PREOCCUPATION.

THE LESS TANGIBLE ASPECT OF BUILDING A NEW TOWN, LAY IN THE EFFORTS TO BRING TOGETHER LARGE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE NEWLY THROWN TOGETHER AND WHO HAD FEW NATURAL TIES OR AFFILIATIONS OF THEIR OWN, HE SAID.

+A PHYSICAL BASE IS REQUIRED FOR THIS WORK AND IT IS YOUR GOVERNMENT’S AIM TO PROVIDE IN EACH NEW TOWN AND CENTRE OF POPULATION A COMMUNITY CENTRE WHICH CAN SERVE AS THE FOCUS FOR SOCIAL ACTIVITIES AND PARTICIPATION IN THE COMMUNITY LIFE,* HE SAID.

SIR PHILIP SAID THAT WHILE THE GOVERNMENT COULD PROVIDE THE NECESSARY PHYSICAL AND MANPOWR RESOURCES TO BUILD A STABLE AND CARING COMMUNITY, ULTIMATELY COMMUNITY BUILDING MUST DEPEND ON LOCAL INITIATIVES AND PARTICIPATION.

HE HOPED THAT THE LOCAL PEOPLE WOULD ALL TAKE AN ACTIVE PART IN THE PROGRAMMES AND SERVICES OFFERED AT THE ON TING/YAU 01 COMMUNITY CENTRE.

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NOTING THAT OVER 40 PER CENT OF THE TUEN MUN POPULATION WERE UNDER 15, THE CHIEF SECRETARY SAIDj +THIS RELATIVELY YOUNG POPULATION WILL REQUIRE A DIFFERENT MIX OF SERVICES THAN A COMMUNITY WITH A PREDOMINANTLY OLDER AGE STRUCTURE.

♦THIS COMMUNITY CENTRE, TOGETHER WITH THE EXISTING TAI HING COMMUNITY HALL AND TWO OTHER PLANNED COMMUNITY CENTRE FACILITIES IN NEIGHBOURING AREAS, WILL ENABLE THE APPROPRIATE SERVICES TO BE ORGANISED AND I AM SURE THAT THEY WILL SOON DEVELOP A LIFE AND CULTURE WHICH IS CHARACTERISTIC OF THE TUEN MUN COMMUNITY.+

EARLIER, IN HER WELCOMING REMARKS, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ANSON CHAN, SAID THE COMMUNITY CENTRE HAD BEEN NAMED AFTER THE SURROUNDING HOUSING ESTATES WHOSE CHINESE NAMES STOOD FOR STABILITY, HARMONY, FRATERNITY, LOVE AND CARE.

+THESE QUALITIES,* SHE SAID, +SUM UP VERY WELL OUR AIMS IN PROVIDING COMMUNITY CENTRESi THAT IS, TO PROMOTE NEIGHBOURLINESS AND MUTUAL CARE AND TO PROVIDE APPROPRIATE SOCIAL SERVICES FOR THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.*

♦JUDGING BY THE RESPONSE SO FAR, I AM SURE THAT THIS COMMUNITY CENTRE WILL SOON BECOME A HOME AWAY FROM HOME FOR THE PEOPLE OF TUEN MUN,+ SHE SAID.

THE ON TING/YAU 01 COMMUNITY CENTRE CONSISTS OF TWO BLOCKS. THE LOW BLOCK CONTAINS A MULTI-PURPOSE HALL WHICH PROVIDES A VENUE FOR MEETINGS AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES.

THE HIGH BLOCK IS A SIX-STOREY BUILDING WHICH HOUSES A VARIETY OF SERVICES INCLUDING A DAY NURSERY RUN BY THE HONG KONG YMCA, A SOCIAL CENTRE FOR EX-MENTAL PATIENTS RUN BY THE NEW LIFE PSYCHIATRIC REHABILITATION ASSOCIATION, AND A SOCIAL CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY TO BE RUN BY THE HONG KONG LUTHERAN SERVICE.

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT MANAGES THIS CENTRE AND PROVIDES GROUP AND COMMUNITY WORK SERVICES.

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PARTNERS IN COMMUNITY WORK * M * M

THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS ALWAYS WORKED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH LOCAL BODIES TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE PUBLIC.

♦THERE HAS BEEN A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PEOPLE, BETWEEN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INTERESTS IN ENSURING THE PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL HEALTH OF OUR COMMUNITY, AND THIS HAS MANIFESTED ITSELF IN THE PROVISION OF SOCIAL SERVICES OF ALL KINDS AND IN THE FIELDS OF CARE FOR THE SICK AND EDUCATION, AND THIS PROCESS HAS NEVER STOPPED,+ HE SAID.

SPEAKING AT THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE AGENCY FOR VOLUNTEER SERVICE,! MR AKERS-JONES SAID THE COMMON AIM WAS TO BUILD A COMMUNITY |IN WHICH THERE WAS MUTUAL CONCERN AND CARING.

♦THIS COMMUNITY SPIRIT IS FOSTERED THROUGH A VAST COMPLEXITY OF COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS - OF OWNERS AND TENANTS, AREA COMMITTEES, KAIFONG ASSOCIATIONS AND LOCAL ARTS AND SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

♦THE EXISTENCE OF THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES POINTS TO THE FACT THAT THERE IS A FRAMEWORK ON WHICH A MORE COHESIVE COMMUNITY CAN BE BUILT,♦ HE SAID.

IN HIS SPEECH, MR AKERS-JONES GAVE EXAMPLES OF THE CONTRIBUTION OF VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS OVER THE YEARS.

IN 1953, THERE WERE 32 GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS COMPARED WITH OVER 3DO SCHOOLS RECEIVING GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE. THERE WERE SEVEN GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS PROVIDING 1 800 BEDS COMPARED WITH FIVE SUBVERTED HOSPITALS PROVIDING 1 600 BEDS.

IN 1963, THE NUMBER OF GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SCHOOLS WAS IN THE RATIO OF Ii5, SLIGHTLY OVER 100 GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS COMPARED WITH OVER 500 GRANT AND SUBSIDISED SCHOOLS. ON THE MEDICAL SIDE, GOVERNMENT AND SUBVENTED HOSPITALS TOGETHER PROVIDED ALMOST ID 000 BEDS, WITH EACH PARTY RESPONSIBLE FOR ABOUT HALF THE PROVISION.

IN 1973, THERE WERE 136 GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS AND 741 GRANT AND SUBSIDISED SCHOOLS. MEDICAL SERVICES CONTINUED TO INCREASE IN BOTH GOVERNMENT AND SUBVENTED HOSPITALS, NOW PROVIDING 6 500 AND 7 600 BEDS RESPECTIVELY.

IN 1983, ON THE EDUCATION SIDE, THERE HAS BEEN AN EVEN GREATER INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF SCHOOLS IN THE AIDED SECTOR. THE NUMBER HAS GROWN FROM 741 TEN YEARS AGO TO 917 NOW. HOSPITAL BED NUMBERS INCREASED TO 10 300 IN GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS AND 9 222 IN SUBVENTED HOSPITALS.

♦I DO NOT NEED TO MENTION THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES ON THE WELFARE SIDE, WHICH THROUGHOUT THE YEARS HAVE COLLABORATED WITH THE GOVERNMENT IN THE PROVISION OF FAMILY WELFARE SERVICES, CHILD CARE, CARE FOR THE ELDERLY, COUNSELLING OF YOUNG PEOPLE AND REHABILITATION SERVICES,♦ MR AKERS-JONES SAID.

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GREWAL NAMED SUCCESSOR TO CUSTOMS POST M * *

MR HARNAM GREWAL WILL SUCCEED MR DOUGLAS JORDAN AS COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE WHEN THE LATTER RETIRES FROM THE SERVICE OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT NEXT YEAR.

MR JORDAN FIRST JOINED THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AS DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF CONTROLS AND CUSTOMS IN NOVEMBER 1977, AFTER 39 YEARS OF SERVICE IN HER MAJESTY’S CUSTOMS AND EXCISE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.

HE HAS BEEN COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SINCE MAY 1979.

MR GREWAL IS 45 YEARS OF AGE AND WAS BORN IN HONG KONG.

HE GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG WITH A B.A. (HONS) DEGREE IN 1959.

AFTER OBTAINING A SECOND DEGREE AT CAMBRIDGE IN 1962, HE JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE AS AN ASSISTANT EDUCATION OFFICER IN SEPTEMBER THAT YEAR.

TWO YEARS LATER HE WAS APPOINTED ON TRANSFER TO THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE AND IS NOW AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE B.

HE HAS SERVED AS DISTRICT OFFICER, TAI PO AND YUEN LONG-DEPUTY COMMISSIONER, NEW TERRITORIES; DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE environment; and director of new territories services.

HE HAS BEEN DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE (APPOINTMENTS) SINCE NOVEMBER 1980 AND IS AT PRESENT ACTING AS SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE WHILE MR J.M. ROWLANDS IS ABSENT FROM HONG KONG.

MR GREWAL IS A RESERVE OFFICER IN THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS) WHICH HE JOINED IN 1963. HE WAS AWARDED THE EFFICIENCY DECORATION IN 1976 AND PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF MAJOR IN 1977.

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THE GOVERNMENT IS SEEKING TO ALLOW STAFF OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE TO SEIZE AND KEEP AS COURT EXHIBITS, CIGARETTES AND CIGARETTE TOBACCO IN PACKETS OR CONTAINERS WHICH DO NOT CARRY THE HEALTH WARNING OR TAR GROUP DESIGNATION.

UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF A SMOKING (PUBLIC HEALTH)(AMENDMENT) BILL 1983 PUBLISHED TODAY, MAGISTRATES WILL ALSO BE ABLE TO ORDER FORFEITURE OF THE SEIZED ARTICLES, WHICH ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE SOLD OR POSSESSED FOR SALE IN HONG KONG.

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A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT AT PRESENT, CUSTOMS AND EXCISE STAFF CAN ONLY LAY INFORMATION, IF IN THE COURSE OF DUTY, THEY CAME ACROSS CIGARETTES OR CIGARETTE TOBACCO IN RETAIL OUTLETS AND OTHER PLACES WHICH DO NOT COMPLY WITH THE LEGISLATIVE REQUIREMENTS.

♦THEY WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE MORE DIRECT ENFORCEMENT ACTION IF THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION IS ACCEPTED,+ HE SAID.

THE BILL WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 27) AND IS EXPECTED TO PASS ITS THIRD READING ON AUGUST 10.

PUBLIC COMMENTS MAY BE SENT IN WRITING TO UMELCO, AT SWIRE HOUSE, 12TH FLOOR, CHATER ROAD, OR TO THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, AT THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG.

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THE GOVERNMENT IS PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE POLICE FORCE ORDINANCE TO HELP LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS INVESTIGATE INDICTABLE OFFENCES WHERE IT IS SUSPECTED THAT PROCEEDS OF CRIME ARE LAUNDERED THROUGH BANK ACCOUNTS, OR THAT STOLEN GOODS OR DRUGS ARE KEPT IN SAFETY DEPOSIT BOXES OR ELSEWHERE IN BANKS.

THE AMENDMENT BILL EMPOWERS THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE TO REQUIRE BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES TO LET HIM KNOW WHETHER PARTICULAR PERSONS BEING INVESTIGATED HAVE OR HAVE HAD ACCESS TO AN ACCOUNT OR SAFETY DEPOSIT BOX OR ANY ITEMS OTHERWISE STORED IN THEIR CUSTODY.

IF THE POLICE WANT DETAILS OF THE ACCOUNTS OR STORED ITEMS, THEY WILL STILL BE REQUIRED TO OBTAIN IN THE NORMAL WAY A SEARCH WARRANT ISSUED BY A MAGISTRATE.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT IT IS ESSENTIAL IN SUCH INVESTIGATIONS FOR THE POLICE TO ASCERTAIN AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE WHETHER — AND, IF SO, EXACTLY WHERE — THE SUSPECTS ARE HOLDING THE PROCEEDS OF THEIR CRIME.

♦IF THE POLICE CANNOT OBTAIN THIS INFORMATION, THEN IT IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE FOR THEM TO APPLY FOR A SEARCH WARRANT BECAUSE IT MUST REFER TO SPECIFIC PREMISES,♦ HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED THAT AS A SAFEGUARD AGAINST ABUSE, BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES WILL BE REQUIRED TO ACT ONLY UPON THE WRITTEN REQUEST OF THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, WHO CANNOT DELEGATE HIS POWER TO OFFICERS BELOW THE RANK OF ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER IN THE POLICE AND THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE.

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FURTHERMORE. SUCH A REQUEST CAN BE MADE ONLY WHEN THE COMMISSIONER OR AN ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER HAS REASONABLE CAUSE TO Aspect an indictable offence has been committed or when he CONSIDERS THAT THE INFORMATION WOULD HELP IN THE INVESTIGATION OF SUCH AN OFFENCE.

THE SPOKESMAN FURTHER POINTED OUT THAT THIS POWER IS OF MUCH NARROWER SCOPE THAN THAT GIVEN TO THE COMMISSIONER OF THE ICAC TO REQUIRE BANK MANAGERS TO PROVIDE COPIES OF THE ACCOUNTS OF PERSONS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

♦IT IS HOPED THAT WITH THIS AMENDMENT TO THE ORDINANCE, THE INVESTIGATION OF COMMERCIAL AND DRUG-RELATED CRIMES IN PARTICULAR WILL BECOME MORE EFFECTIVE,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE BILL WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JULY 27. ITS COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READING WILL TAKE PLACE ON AUGUST 10.

ANYONE WHO WISHES TO COMMENT ON ITS PROVISION CAN WRITE TO UMELCO, AT SWIRE HOUSE, 12TH FLOOR, CHATER ROAD, OR TO THE J CHAMBERS, AT CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES,

ATTORNEY GENERAL’S

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TO OVERRULE SOUGHT FOR APPEAL COURT * * * M

THE COURT OF APPEAL WILL BE GIVEN THE POWER TO OVERRULE AN EARLIER DECISION AND CORRECT THE LAW STATED IN THAT CASE IF A SUPREME COURT (AMENDMENT) (NO 2) BILL 1983 PUBLISHED TODAY IS PASSED INTO LAW.

UNDER THIS BILL, A COURT OF APPEAL CONSISTING OF FIVE OR MORE JUDGES WILL BE ABLE TO OVERRULE, IN PRESCRIBED CIRCUMSTANCES, A PREVIOUS DECISION MADE BY A COURT OF APPEAL CONSISTING OF FEWER THAN FIVE JUDGES.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT AT PRESENT THE COURT OF APPEAL REGARDS ITSELF AS BOUND TO APPLY THE LAW DECIDED BY ITS OWN EARLIER DECISIONS, EXCEPT IN CERTAIN LIMITED CIRCUMSTANCES SET BY A PRECEDENT IN ENGLAND IN 1944.

IN HONG KONG, THE PROPOSED CHANGES HAVE BEEN UNDER CONSIDERATION SINCE MID-1981 AND THE BILL ITSELF, SUPPORTED BY THE JUSTICES CF APPEAL, WAS INITIATED BY THE CHIEF JUSTICE.

ITS FIRST READING AND COMMENCEMENT OF ITS SECOND READING DEBATE WILL TAKE PLACE ON JULY 27, AND ITS REMAINING LEGISLATIVE STAGES ARE EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED ON AUGUST 10.

ANYONE WHO WISHES TO COMMENT ON ITS PROVISIONS CAN WRITE TO UMELCO, AT SWIRE HOUSE, 12TH FLOOR, CHATER ROAD, OR TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S CHAMBERS, AT THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG.

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POLICE SUPERVISION SYSTEM MAY BE ENDED ft ft ft ft

LEGISLATIVE PROVISION FOR THE POLICE TO SUPERVISE PERSONS WHO HAVE BEEN CONVICTED OF CERTAIN CRIMES, SUCH AS FELONY AND COUNTERFEITING, WILL BE SCRAPPED IF A POLICE SUPERVISION (REPEAL) BILL 1983 PUBLISHED TODAY IS ACCEPTED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THIS SYSTEM WAS INTRODUCED IN 1922 IN THE POLICE SUPERVISION ORDINANCE BECAUSE IT WAS FELT THAT IT COULD HELP THE POLICE KEEP TRACK OF BAD CHARACTERS AND OBTAIN CRIMINAL INTELLIGENCE.

THE ORDINANCE WAS REPEALED AND RE-ENACTED IN 1956, PROVIDING ALSO FOR THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL TO ORDER POLICE SUPERVISION OF PERSONS INSTEAD OF DEPORTATION.

PERSONS UNDER SUPERVISION WERE REQUIRED TO REPORT TO THE POLICE AT CERTAIN TIMES AND TO REMAIN AT THEIR RESIDENCES BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND 5 AM.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE COURTS HAVE TENDED TO FAVOUR OTHER MORE +REHABILITATIVE+ SCHEMES OF SUPERVISION.

IN 1964, FOR EXAMPLE, THERE WERE 1 347 SUPERVISION ORDERS IN FORCE. IN 1980 THERE WERE 99, IN 1981, 82 AND AT THE END OF LAST YEAR, 67.

FURTHERMORE, THE POLICE ARE FINDING THAT THE SUPERVISION ORDERS ARE OF LITTLE VALUE AS A SOURCE OF CRIMINAL INTELLIGENCE AND CONSIDER THAT THEIR MANPOWER COULD BE MORE PRODUCTIVELY DEPLOYED IN OTHER AREAS OF CRIME FIGHTING.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IF THE ORDINANCE WAS REPEALED, THE SOCIAL WELFARE AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENTS, THROUGH THEIR PROBATIONARY AND AFTER-CARE SERVICES, AND THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT COULD ADEQUATELY FULFIL OTHER USEFUL FUNCTIONS.

THE REPEAL BILL WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 27) AND IS EXPECTED TO PASS ITS COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READING ON AUGUST 10.

PUBLIC COMMENTS CAN BE ADDRESSED TO UMELCO AT SWIRE HOUSE, 12TH FLOOR, CHATER ROAD, OR THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, AT THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG.

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POLICE JOB NOT EASY, BLUE BERETS TOLD * X X « XX

THE ROLE OF A POLICE OFFICER IN HONG KONG IS NOT AN EASY ONE, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SUPPORT, MR MIKE HAMMETT, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY). HE DESCRIBED IT AS 'A DEMANDING AND OFTEN DANGEROUS PROFESSION WHICH REQUIRES PATIENCE, FIRMNESS AND COMMON SENSE’.

ADDRESSING A PASSING OUT PARADE AT THE POLICE TACTICAL UNIT, MR HAMMETT REMINDED THE ’BLUE BERETS’ OF ’ECHO’ COMPANY THAT WHATEVER THEY DID THEY WOULD BE UNDER CLOSE PUBLIC SCRUTINY.

”BY THE VERY NATURE OF YOUR DUTIES YOU AND THE FORCE AS A WHOLE WILL OFTEN BE THE SUBJECT OF CRITICISM — MOST OF THIS WILL BE VALID AND WELL MEANING, PART WILL BE MISINFORMED AND EVEN MALICIOUS.

’’WE MUST ACCEPT CRITICISM WHERE THIS IS WELL FOUNDED AND ENDEAVOUR TO IMPROVE OUR SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC.

”IT IS YOU, THE POLICE OFFICERS ON THE GROUND, MORE OFTEN THAN NOT WORKING ON YOUR OWN, WHOSE DECISIONS AND ACTIONS ARE UNDER CONTINUAL EXAMINATION,” HE NOTED, STRESSING THAT THIS WAS A CONSIDERABLE RESPONSIBILITY TO BEAR.

MR HAMMETT ADVISED THE OFFICERS TO DO THEIR DUTY IN GOOD FAITH AND ASSURED THEM THAT THEY WOULD HAVE THE SUPPORT AND UNDERSTANDING OF THEIR SENIOR OFFICERS AND THAT OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

’’PUBLIC CO-OPERATION AND ASSISTANCE ARE ESSENTIAL IF WE ARE TO EFFECTIVELY MAINTAIN LAW AND ORDER IN HONG KONG,” HE ADDED.

PRAISING THE POLICE TACTICAL UNIT FOR HAVING PLAYED A VERY SIGNIFICANT PART IN THE MAINTENANCE OF LAW AND ORDER IN THE TERRITORY, HE SAID THE COMPANIES WHO HAD BEEN TRAINED AT THE PTU BASE HAD JUSTIFIABLY EARNED A HIGH REPUTATION FOR SMARTNESS, DISCIPLINE AND THE ABILITY TO PERFORM ANY GIVEN TASK.

’’THE INSTRUCTION YOU HAVE RECEIVED OVER THE PAST 10 WEEKS FORMS AN IMPORTANT PART OF YOUR OVERALL TRAINING AS POLICE OFFICERS AND YOU WILL NOW BE BETTER EQUIPPED TO FACE THE VARIED AND CHALLENGING TASK THAT AWAIT YOU,” MR HAMMETT SAID.

HE EARLIER PRESENTED AWARDS TO OUTSTANDING OFFICERS ON THE INTERNAL SECURITY TRAINING COURSE.

INSPECTORS WAN PO-SHING AND JOHN COX, COMMANDERS OF THE NO. 4 PLATOON, RECEIVED FROM MR HAMMETT THE TROPHY FOR THE BEST-ALLROUND PLATOON.

SERGEANT WONG CHUN-WING WAS SELECTED THE BEST-ALL-ROUND SERGEANT WHILE POLICE CONSTABLE TSE LAI-KEUNG WAS THE BEST AMONG THOSE OF HIS RANK IN THE COMPANY.

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THE LESLIE GUYATT TROPHY FOR PISTOL SHOOTING WENT TO THE NO. 1 PLATOON AND WAS PRESENTED TO INSPECTORS LAM TING-KON AND WONG CHI-HUNG.

SERGEANT FONG KIN-WAH WON THE TITLE OF THE ’BEST INDIVIDUAL SHOT’.

THE ’ECHO’ COMPANY IS MADE UP OF 169 OFFICERS UNDER THE COMMAND OF SUPERINTENDENT KEITH RATCLIFFE. AFTER PASSING OUT, THE MARINE PLATOON WILL BE DISBANDED AND RETURN TO THEIR NORMAL DUTIES WHILE THE OTHER THREE PLATOONS WILL BEGIN A 20-WEEK ATTACHMENT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

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TECHNICAL INSTITUTES OFFER NEW COURSES *****

A NEW DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLE ENGINEERING WILL BE SET UP IN THE LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE IN SEPTEMBER, BRINGING THE NUMBER OF DEPARTMENTS RUN BY THE FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES TO 13.

AND TWO OTHER NEW COURSES — ON COMPUTING STUDIES AND METAL FINISHING — ARE ALSO BEING INTRODUCED INTO THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES’ CURRICULUM IN THE COMING ACADEMIC YEAR.

REVEALING THIS TODAY, A VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL SPOKESMAN SAID THAT APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING INVITED FOR ENTRY TO THE THREE NEW COURSES AND ABOUT 140 OTHER FULL-TIME, PART-TIME DAY RELEASE AND BLOCK RELEASE COURSES.

APPLICATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM MONDAY (JULY 25) FROM THE FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AS WELL AS ALL DISTRICT OFFICES OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION.

DETAILS OF THESE COURSES ARE BEING ADVERTISED IN NEWSPAPERS TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE SPOKESMAN REMINDED APPLICANTS THAT THEY SHOULD NOTE THE MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COURSES.

THE COURSES ARE SET MAINLY AT CRAFT AND TECHNICIAN LEVELS, SUITABLE FOR ENROLMENT BY STUDENTS WHO HAVE COMPLETED FORM THREE AND FORM FIVE RESPECTIVELY.

ENTRY TO ALL OF THE PART-TIME DAY RELEASE AND BLOCK RELEASE COURSES MUST BE SPONSORED BY EMPLOYERS.

SEVERAL RECENTLY-INTRODUCED COURSES, INCLUDING WATCHMAKING, OPTICAL CRAFT AND EXECUTIVE SECRETARIAL STUDIES HAVE RECEIVED GOOD RESPONSE FROM YOUNG PEOPLE SEEKING JOB-TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ALL APPLICATION FORMS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES CONCERNED BY AUGUST 19.

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CAREERS GUIDANCE OFFERED

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FORM V AND MATRICULATION STUDENTS WERE URGED TODAY (FRIDAY) TO TAKE PART IN A SPECIAL CAREERS GUIDANCE PROJECT TO OBTAIN INFORMATION ON CHOOSING A CAREER AND ON FURTHER STUDIES.

THE CALL WAS MADE BY MR LEUNG SIK-WAH, CHAIRMAN OF THE BUILDING COMMUNITY COMMITTEE OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD, AT THE OPENING OF THE PROJECT AT THE WESTERN DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE.

THE EIGHT-DAY PROJECT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE CENTRE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE OF WESTERN DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WITH SPONSORSHIP BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD.

MR LEUNG POINTED OUT THAT, FOLLOWING THE RECENT EXAMINATIONS, MORE SCHOOL LEAVERS AND MATRICULATION STUDENTS WOULD BE LOOKING FOR CAREERS AND SEEKING INFORMATION ON FURTHER STUDIES.

THIS WAS THE RIGHT TIME FOR THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TO LAUNCH THE PROJECT, HE SAID.

THE PROJECT CONSISTS OF A SERIES OF TALKS, A DISPLAY AS WELL AS A TELEPHONE ENQUIRY SERVICE - ALL TO BE HELD IN THE COMMUNITY CENTRE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE OF THE PROJECT SAID THAT IN THE FIRST TWO DAYS STARTING FROM TODAY (FRIDAY), SPECIALISTS WOULD BE TALKING ON EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR FORM V AND MATRICULATION STUDENTS, AS WELL AS PROSPECTS FOR FURTHER STUDIES IN LOCAL POST-SECONDARY COLLEGES AND THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

THE TOPICS OF THE TALKS TO BE DELIVERED ON THE THIRD AND FOURTH DAYS - ON AUGUST 5 AND 6 - WILL COVER FURTHER STUDIES IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AND COLLEGES OF EDUCATION, APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING AND OVERSEAS STUDIES.

AND FROM AUGUST 5, A SIX-DAY DISPLAY FEATURING THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS TO MATRICULATION CLASSES, AND THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, HOW TO CHOOSE A CAREER, AS WELL AS JOB-SEEKING TECHNIQUES, WILL BE HELD IN THE COMMUNITY CENTRE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

IN ADDITION, A TELEPHONE ENQUIRY SERVICE TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE TO INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS WILL BE OPERATED FROM AUGUST 8 TO 10. THE SERVICE WILL BE MANNED BY SOCIAL WORKERS AND OFFICERS FROM THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

STUDENTS INTERESTED IN JOINING THE PROJECT MAY CONTACT MISS LOURDES CHOW OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT ON 5-7956067 OR M? Y.T. CHAN OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT ON 5-495141 FOR ENROLMENT.

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COLLEAGUES SAY GOODBYE TO MRS MOK * * * *

THE DEPUTY CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS, MRS LOUISE MOK, WILL BE GOING ON PRE-RETIREMENT LEAVE AT THE END OF THIS MONTH, AFTER SERVING NEARLY 30 YEARS IN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

NOTED FOR HER GOOD WORK IN SCHOOL INSPECTION AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT, MRS MOK WAS ONE OF THE PIONEERS OF THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB, ESTABLISHED IN 1977.

♦LOUISE HAS DONE A GREAT DEAL FOR THE IMAGE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND SHE WILL BE SORELY MISSED BY HER FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES,♦ THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR COLVYN HAYE SAID AT A FAREWELL PARTY HELD FOR HER TODAY (FRIDAY) AT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

MRS MOK JOINED THE GOVERNMENT AS AN ASSISTANT EDUCATION OFFICER IN 1954. SHE WAS PROMOTED TO EDUCATION OFFICER IN 1962, TO PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR IN 1972 AND TO HER PRESENT RANK IN 1978.

HER LONG CAREER COVERED CLASSROOM TEACHING, SCHOOL INSPECTION, CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT AND IN-SERVICE TRAINING.

IN ALL THESE AREAS SHE WON THE RESPECT OF ALL WHO CAME INTO CONTACT WITH HER FOR HER HIGH PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS, DEDICATION AND INTEGRITY, MR HAYE SAID.

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THREE HOUSES AND SITE SOLD

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THREE HOUSES AND A SITE IN NGAU CHI WAN VILLAGE WERE SOLD TODAY AT AN AUCTION HELD BY THE LANDS DEPARTMENT AT THE CHOI WAN ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE.

THE HOUSES, EACH WITH A SITE AREA OF ABOUT 56 SQUARE METRES, WERE SOLD FOR $760 000, $780 000 AND $750 000.

THE SITE, FOR NON-INDUSTRI AL USE, HAS AN AREA OF ABOUT 74.3 SQUARE METRES.

IT WAS SOLD TO DONWARD ENTERPRISES LTD FOR $500 000.

THREE OTHER HOUSES, EACH ALSO WITH A SITE AREA OF 56 SQUARE METRES, WERE WITHDRAWN BECAUSE THERE WERE NO BIDDERS.

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DISPLAY SHOWS HOW TO PREVENT CAR THEFTS * M * *

AN EXHIBITION AND A VARIETY SHOW TO EDUCATE CAR OWNERS ON PREVENTIVE MEASURES AGAINST THEFTS, WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON IN MEI FOO SUN CHUEN, SHAM SHUI PO. . .

THE EXHIBITION FEATURES PHOTOGRAPHS AND BURGLARY ALARM SYSTEM, SHOWING PEOPLE HOW TO PREVENT THEIR CARS FROM BEING STOLEN OR USED ILLEGALLY.

WELL-KNOWN DISC JOCKEYS AND SINGERS WILL PERFORM IN THE SHOW, AND A QUIZ ON CRIME PREVENTION WILL ALSO BE HELD ON THE SPOT.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD AND THE DISTRICT’S FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, THE EVENT WILL BE HELD BETWEEN 1 PM AND 5 PM AT THE OPEN GROUND OUTSIDE THE MEI FOO SUN CHUEN NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICE UNIT.

THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER AND CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, MISS REBECCA KO, THE DISTRICT POLICE COMMANDER, MR LEE LAM-CHUEN, AND DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER, MR TU KUEI-YU, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

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HONG KONG JING YING RETURNS

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THE HONG KONG JING YING, WHICH WON THIRD PRIZE IN THE 1983 INTERNATIONAL MUSICAL EISTEDDFOD HELD AT LLANGOLLEN IN WALES EARLIER THIS MONTH, RETURNED TODAY.

GREETING THE ENSEMBLE AT THE AIRPORT WERE THE ACTING DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR CLIVE OXLEY; AND ASSISTANT MUSIC ADMINISTRATORS, MR THOMAS WANG AND MR M.W. LO.

TO GAIN THE PRIZE, THE JING YING PLAYED TWO SOLO PIECES IN THE FOLK INSTRUMENTAL SECTION, ON THE KOU DI AND THE DRUM ACCOMPANIED BY OTHER CHINESE INSTRUMENTS.

IT WAS THE FIRST TIME A HONG KONG GROUP HAD PARTICIPATED IN THE EISTEDDFOD, WHICH IS ONE OF THE OLDEST AND BEST KNOWN MUSIC FESTIVALS IN THE WORLD.

THE DELEGATION WAS LED BY MR HOWARD YUNG, A STAFF MEMBER OF THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT.

OTHER MEMBERS ARE MESSRS. CHEUNG CHOK-TUNG (ER-HU), WAI SING-FAT (Dl-ZI/SOU-NA), CHEUNG KWOK-CHUNG (XIU), SHUM WUN-YIN (PI-PA), CHAN KWAN-PING (YANG-CHIN) AND POON CHI-MING (PERCUSSION).

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NEW ACCESS ROAD TO BE BUILT * * *

A NEW ROAD WHICH WILL FORM AN EXTENSION OF TIN WAN PRAYA ROAD, WILL BE CONSTRUCTED TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO A NEARBY AGGREGATE AND CEMENT HANDLING SITE.

THE ROAD PROJECT, AS WELL AS THE RECLAMATION OF PART OF THE FORESHORE AND SEABED AT KELLET BAY, WILL BE CARRIED OUT BY THE PURCHASER OF THE SITE UNDER THE LEASE CONDITIONS.

A NOTICE CONCERNING THE PROPOSED WORKS IS PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

AND 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 DISTR ICT LANDS OFFICE, HONG KONG SOUTH, HARBOUR CENTRE, 12TH FLOOR,_ 25 HARBOUR ROAD, HONG KONG, AND THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE, NOS. 7-11 NAM NlNG STREET, 2ND FLOOR, ABERDEEN CENTRE, HONG KONG.

ANY PERSON OBJECTING TO THE PROPOSAL MUST SEND HIS OBJECTION IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS NOT LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 20.

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URBAN CLEARWAY AT CAUSEWAY BAY * * * *

FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JULY 26), THE SOUTHBOUND CARR AGEWAY CF PERCIVAL STREET BETWEEN LOCKHART ROAD AND JAFFE ROAD IN CAUSEWAY BAY, WILL BE DESIGNATED AS AN URBAN CLEARWAY.

ma wpuiri nTHFR THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR GOODS OR PASSENGERS BETWEEN 7 AM AND MIDNIGHT DAILY WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONE.

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CENTRAL WATER LEAKAGE TEST M H M

PRPSH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN CENTRAL DISTRICT WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PH ON MONDAY (JULY P5) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TEST.

iPPPCTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY THE SEAFRONT, PEDDER STREET DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL, LI YUEN STREET r.EST, QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL, JUBILEE STREET, RUMSEY STREET, CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AND GILMAN STREET.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, JULY 23, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE HO.

DEREGULATION PROVIDES FOR MORE COMPETITION .................... 1

DRAGNET FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TIGHTENS .....................

STONERS URGED TO EXERCISE CARE................................. 3

WINNING DESIGN ON DISPLAY ..................................... 4

AMENDMENTS PROPOSED FOR OUTLINE ZONING PLAN ................... 5

SPECIAL EDUCATION WEEK FOR TEACHERS ........................... 6

NEW RAILWAY STATION BUILDING IN SHA TIN ....................... 7

TAXI RESTRICTED ZONE AT HAM TIN STREET ........................ 7

ROAD PROJECT FOR FANLING ...................................... 7

MORE PARKING SPACES IN YAU MA TEI ............................. 8

FIRING PRACTICE IN AUGUST ...................................

SATURDAY, JULY 23, 1983

DEREGULATION PROVIDES FOR MORE COMPETITION

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IN DECEMBER LAST YEAR, THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED ITS AGREEMENT TO THE EXCLUSION FROM THE TELEPHONE COMPANY SCHEME OF CONTROL OF THOSE SERVICES WHICH DID NOT FORM PART OF THE PUBLIC TELEPHONE SERVICE.

THIS DEVELOPMENT HAS PROVIDED THE OPPORTUNITY FOR A NUMBER OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES, SUCH AS PABX SYSTEMS, TO BE PROVIDED ON A COMPETITIVE BASIS, A POST OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

HOWEVER, IN ORDER TO PROTECT THE INTEGRITY OF THE PUBLIC TELEPHONE NETWORK, IT IS NECESSARY FOR ALL EQUIPMENT INTENDED TO BE CONNECTED TO THE NETWORK TO COMPLY WITH A +PERMISSION TO CONNECT* PROCEDURE OPERATED BY TELCO.

IF AGREEMENT ON THE ACCEPTABILITY OF EQUIPMENT CANNOT BE REACHED BETWEEN TELCO AND THE SUPPLIERS, THE LATTER CAN APPEAL TO THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY.

AS OF JULY 1, 1983, A WELL-DOCUMENTED +PERMISSION TO CONNECT* PROCEDURE HAS BEEN INTRODUCED IN RESPECT OF PABX’S, THUS ENABLING FREE COMPETITION IN THE SALE, INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE OF THIS TYPE OF EQUIPMENT.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT DETAILED DISCUSSIONS WERE BEING HELD BETWEEN TELCO AND THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY TO ENABLE SIMILAR PROCEDURES TO BE INTRODUCED FOR ITEMS SUCH AS DATA MODEMS AND TELEPHONE INSTRUMENTS WHICH ARE CURRENTLY SUBJECT TO TELCO’S MORE INTENSIVE +TYPE APPROVAL* PROCESS.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE NEW PROCEDURES WILL REQUIRE A RESPONSIBLE PERSON FROM THE SUPPLIER’S OR AGENT’S ORGANISATION TO CERTIFY COMPLIANCE WITH CERTAIN BASIC REQUIREMENTS ON SAFETY, NETWORK COMPATIBILITY AND FREEDOM FROM INTERFERENCE.

IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THESE PROCEDURES WILL BE SPEEDIER AND CHEAPER AND WILL RESULT IN THE AVAILABILITY TO ™E PUBLIC CF A WIDE RANGE OF COMPETITIVE ITEMS WHICH ARE KNOWN TO BE SAFE AND TROUBLE-FREE.

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT MANY OF THE SERVICES NOW OPEN TO COMPETITION, PARTICULARLY THOSE USING RADIO, REQUIRE A LICENCE ISSUED BY THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY, AND INTERESTED PARTIES SHOULD MAKE ENQUIRIES BEFORE TAKING ANY STEPS TO SET

PARTIES SHOULD MAKE ENQUIRIES BEFORE TAKING ANY

UP SUCH SERVICES.

THE FOLLOWING TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES, OTHERWISE SHOWN, HAVE BEEN DEREGULATED i

EXCEPT AS

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SATURDAY, JULY 23, 1983

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PROVISION OF SUBSCRIBER’S APPARATUS PABX’S DATA MODEMS PREMIUM TELEPHONES ECIS (FROM JULY 1, 1984)

RADIO PAGING

VIEWDATA

DATEL MESSAGE , _

MOBILE RADIO TELEPHONE (WHEN INTRODUCED)

PACKET SWITCHED DATA (WHEN INTRODUCED)

CENTRALISED ALARM AND MONITORING (WHEN INTRODUCED)

FACS IMILE

TROPICAL CYCLONE, THUNDERSTORM AND HEAVY RAIN WARNING

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DRAGNET FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TIGHTENS

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THE DRAGNET FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS HIDING IN HONG KONG PULLED TIGHTER THIS WEEK AS 25 SUSPECTS WERE ROUNDED UP IN A THREE-DAY

OPERATION.

THE OPERATION, CARRIED OUT JOINTLY BY THE POLICE AND THE LABOUR AND IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENTS, WAS P*RJ °F THE GOVERNMENT S ONGOING TERRITORY-WIDE EFFORT TO STAMP OUT ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.

THE 25 PERSONS SUSPECTED OF BEING HERE ILLEGALLY HAVE BEEN REFERRED TO THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT FOR FURTHER INVESTIGATION. THOSE FOUND TO BE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WILL BE REPATRIATED.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT THERE WAS NO QUESTION OF ANY SLACKENING OF EFFORTS AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.

♦THE SECURITY FORCES AND THE POLICE WILL CONTINUE TO MAINTAIN A HIGH STATE OF VIGILANCE BOTH AT THE BORDER AND THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY.

THERE IS NO PLACE FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IN HONG KONG. SOONER OR LATER, THEY WILL BE DETECTED AND SENT BACK,+ HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT RUMOURS THAT THERE WOULD BE AN AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WHEN THE GOVERNMENT STARTED ISSUING NEW IDENTITY CARDS HAD ALREADY BEEN PROVED FALSE.

AS HAVE BEEN SHOWN TIME AND AGAIN, ALL SUCH RUMOURS ARE DELIBERATELY SPREAD BY SNAKEHEADS WHOSE SOLE AIM IS TO MAKE A FAST DOLLAR. ANYONE FOOLISH ENOUGH TO BELIEVE IN THEM IS ONLY CHEATING HIMSELF,♦ HE SAID.

THE NEW IDENTITY CARDS WILL MAKE LIFE EVEN MORE DIFFICULT FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS AS THEY ARE EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO FORGE,+ FE ADDED.

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DURING THE SPECIAL OPERATION, POLICE INCREASED THEIR IDENTIFICATION SPOT CHECKS IN PUBLIC PLACES AND ALSO CARRIED OUT SPECIAL OPERATIONS IN SUSPECT LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY.

THEY ARRESTED TWO SUSPECTED ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WITH FORGED IDENTITY CARDS. ANOTHER 303 PEOPLE WERE SUMMONSED FOR FAILING TO PRODUCE PROPER PROOF OF IDENTITY, AND A FURTHER 141 WERE WARNED IN RESPECT OF THIS OFFENCE, WHICH CARRIES A MAXIMUM FINE OF $1 000.

ON THE LABOUR FRONT, INSPECTORS OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT VISITED 10 451 ESTABLISHMENTS TO WEED OUT ANY ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WHO MAY BE WORKING, AND TO CHECK THAT EMPLOYERS FULFIL THEIR LEGAL OBLIGATION OF KEEPING PROPER RECORDS OF THEIR EMPLOYEES.

A TOTAL OF 10 PERSONS IN NINE ESTABLISHMENTS WERE FOUND WITHOUT PROPER PROOF OF IDENTITY AND HAVE BEEN REFERRED TO THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT FOR FURTHER INVESTIGATION.

ANOTHER THREE ESTABLISHMENTS WERE FOUND TO BE KEEPING EITHER NO RECORD OR IMPROPER RECORDS OF EMPLOYEES. THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT ALSO SUMMONSED 82 ESTABLISHMENTS TO PRESENT THEIR EMPLOYEE RECORDS FOR INSPECTION AT THE DEPARTMENT.

THE SPOKESMAN REMINDED EMPLOYERS THAT THEY COULD BE FINED UP TO $50 □□□ AND JAILED FOR UP TO A YEAR IF THEY WERE FOUND TO BE EMPLOYING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

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SWIMMERS URGED TO EXERCISE CARE K M M

BEACHGOERS WERE URGED TO BE CAREFUL WHEN SWIMMING AT NON-GAZETTED BEACHES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND ON OUTLYING ISLANDS WHERE NO LIFE GUARD SERVICE IS PROVIDED.

NON-GAZETTED BEACHES ARE POTENTIAL DANGER SPOTS FOR SWIMMERS AS WAVES AND CURRENTS THERE CAN BE STRONG, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT CAUTIONED.

WARNING SIGNS HAVE BEEN ERECTED AT A NUMBER OF NON-GAZETTED BEACHES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, INCLUDING TONG FUK BEACH AND TAI LONG WAN ON LANTAU ISLAND AND TAI LONG SAI WAN, TAI LONG TUNG WAN AND HAM TIN IN SAI KUNG.

A NUMBER OF PEOPLE HAVE DROWNED AT VARIOUS NON-GAZETTED BEACHES, INCLUDING TSIN YUE WAN, TONG FUK BEACH AND DISCOVERY BAY, OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS.

EVEN AT GAZETTED BEACHES. SWIMMERS SHOULD SWIM WITHIN THE SAFE LIMITS MARKED BY LINES OF BUOYS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+WHERE THE RED FLAG IS HOISTED, BEACHGOERS SHOULD STAY OUT OF THE WATER AS THE SIGNAL INDICATES THAT IT IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS FOR EVEN EXPERIENCED SWIMMERS TO BATHE THERE,* HE WARNED.

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WINNING DESIGN ON DISPLAY ft ft ft ft

THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, MR CHAN NAI-KEONG, TODAY (SATURDAY) OPENED THE EXHIBITION OF THE WINNING SUBMISSION FOR THE ARCHITECTURAL COMPETITION OF THE CITY POLYTECHNIC.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, HE SAID THAT THE COMPETITION HAD TWO MAJOR ADVANTAGES.

FIRST, IT PROVIDES ARCHITECTS OR ARCHITECTURAL FIRMS WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO COMPETE WITH ONE ANOTHER, THEREBY STIMULATING NEW IDEAS AND NEW APPROACHES TO DESIGN.

SECOND, IT ENABLES THE PROMOTOR, IN THIS CASE THE PLANNING COMMITTEE, TO CHOOSE BETWEEN DIFFERENT DESIGN APPROACHES WHICH HELP ENSURE THAT THE BEST POSSIBLE EXPERTISE IS BROUGHT TO THE PROJECT.

OUT OF SOME 40 PARTICIPANTS, IN THE INITIAL PRE-QUALIFICATION ROUND, SIX WERE SUBSEQUENTLY SHORTLISTED FOR THE FINAL COMPETITION.

MR CHAN SAID THAT THE DEVELOPMENT OF A DESIGN FOR A TERTIARY-LEVEL INSTITUTION WAS A COMPLEX PLANNING EXERCISE AS IT CALLED FOR A MASTER PLAN FOR CAMPUS DEVELOPMENT, NOT JUST A BUILDING.

♦THE ACCOMMODATION PROVIDED MUST INCLUDE BOTH SPECIALIST AND NON-SPECI AL 1ST TEACHING ACCOMMODATION TOGETHER WITH ALL THE OTHER FACILITIES REQUIRED TO SUPPORT A LARGE STUDENT BODY.

♦THESE INCLUDE A LIBRARY, A COMPUTER CENTRE, SPORTS FACILITIES, STUDENT AND STAFF AMENITIES AND ADMINISTRATION OFFICES,♦ HE SAID.

ALL THESE ELEMENTS, MR CHAN ADDED, HAD TO BE ARRANGED IN A DESIGN WHICH WOULD ENABLE THE INSTITUTION TO FULFIL ITS FUNCTION IN AN EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT MANNER AS WELL AS PROVIDE SUFFICIENT FLEXIBILITY TO ACCOMMODATE THE EVER CHANGING REQUIREMENTS FOR TERTIARY-LEVEL EDUCATION.

MR CHAN CONGRATULATED THE WINNER, FITCH AND CHUNG IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE PERCY THOMAS PARTNERSHIP, FOR MEETING THESE COMPLEX REQUIREMENTS WITHIN THE VERY SEVERE CONSTRAINTS IMPOSED BY THE SITE.

MR CHAN PRAISED SIR S.Y. CHUNG AND MEMBERS OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE FOR THE SPEED WITH WHICH THE COMMITTEE HAD RESPONDED TO THE GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION TO ESTABLISH A SECOND POLYTECHNIC AND CONGRATULATED THEM FOR THE INTENSIVE EFFORTS THEY HAD DEVOTED TO THE PROJECT.

THE WINNING SUBMISSION IS NOW ON DISPLAY AT THE LANDMARK.

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SATURDAY, JULY 23, 1983

AMENDMENTS PROPOSED FOR OUTLINE ZONING PLAN

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THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD PROPOSES A NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS TO THE DRAFT SHEK KIP MEI OUTLINE ZONING PLAN.

ONE OF THE MAIN AMENDMENTS INVOLVES THE DESIGNATION OF A SITE OF ABOUT 12 HECTARES TO THE NORTHEAST OF NAM SHAN ESTATE IN THE TAT CHEE AVENUE DEVELOPMENT AREA FOR GOVERNMENT/INSTITUTION/COMMUNITY USE. THE SITE IS RESERVED FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CITY POLYTECHNIC.

UNDER ANOTHER AMENDMENT, A SITE OF ABOUT 1.9 HECTARES TO THE WEST OF KOWLOON TONG RAILWAY STATION IS DESIGNATED FOR COMMERCIAL/ RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS IN WHICH A PUBLIC TRANSPORT TERMINUS, A MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK AND A POST OFFICE WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED.

OTHER AMENDMENTS INCLUDE THE DESIGNATION OF A 1.6 HECTARES SITE TO THE WEST OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY AND TO THE SOUTH OF CORNWALL STREET FOR OPEN SPACE DEVELOPMENT, AN ADJUSTMENT OF BOUNDARIES OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY, AND THE DESIGNATION OF A SITE OF ABOUT 300 SQUARE METRES AT BEGONIA ROAD FOR GOVERNMENT/ INSTITUTION/COMMUNITY USE.

PROPOSALS ARE ALSO MADE TO REVISE THE SCHEDULE OF NOTES OF THE PLAN.

THE AMENDED PLAN MAY BE INSPECTED AT THE TOWN PLANNING DIVISION OF THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, 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 (SHAM SHU I PO), GROUND FLOOR, 37-39 TONKIN STREET, KOWLOON.

ANY PERSON AFFECTED BY THE AMENDMENTS MAY SUBMIT HIS OBJECTION IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY, TOWN PLANNING BOARD, C/0 THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, 4TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING.

THE DRAFT AMENDMENT PLAN IS ON SALE AT THE SURVEY DIVISION OF THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, 5TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING AT S10 FOR A BLACK-AND-WHITE COPY AND 160 FOR A COLOURED COPY.

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SPECIAL EDUCATION WEEK FOR TEACHERS *****

ABOUT 130 TEACHERS IN PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS WILL PARTICIPATE IN A ’SPECIAL EDUCATION WEEK’ TO BE HELD BY THE SPECIAL EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT FROM JULY 25 TO 29.

THE ’SPECIAL EDUCATION WEEK’ IS AIMED AT PROMOTING BETTER UNDERSTANDING AMONG TEACHERS ON AVAILABLE RESOURCES AND PROVISIONS FOR HANDICAPPED CHILDREN.

IT IS ALSO AIMED AT PROVIDING PARTICIPANTS WITH THE BASIC KNOWLEDGE FOR IDENTIFYING AND HELPING CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS IN ORDINARY SCHOOLS.

THE WEEK-LONG PROGRAMME INCLUDES LECTURES AND DISCUSSIONS ON VARIOUS MODES AND CHANNELS FOR DELIVERING SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES.

THE LECTURES AND DISCUSSIONS WILL BE HELD IN THE MORNING IN THE MAIN HALL OF HOMANTIN GOVERNMENT MIDDLE SCHOOL, PERTH STREET, KOWLOON.

♦TEACHERS WILL FIND THE PROGRAMME PARTICULARLY USEFUL AS THERE WILL BE AN EXHIBITION ON SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES AT THE PERTH STREET SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES CENTRE WHICH IS SITUATED NEXT TO HOMANTIN GOVERNMENT MIDDLE SCHOOL,♦ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE EXHIBITION WILL ILLUSTRATE THE ♦SISTER SCHOOLS SCHEME* DESIGNED TO BETTER INTEGRATE PUPILS WITH SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS INTO THE COMMUNITY.

THE SCHEME CURRENTLY INVOLVES ORDINARY SCHOOLS.

39 SPECIAL SCHOOLS AND 41

DURING THE 'SPECIAL EDUCATION WEEK’, PARTICIPANTS MAY VISIT THE PERTH STREET SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES CENTRE IN THE AFTERNOON TO SEE SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES BEING PROVIDED.

THE DISTRICT GOVERNOR OF LIONS CLUB INTERNATIONAL, DISTRICT 303, MR P.C. PI, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING OF THE ’SPECIAL EDUCATION WEEK’ AT 10 AM ON MONDAY (JULY 25) AT THE PERTH STREET SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES CENTRE, 6 PERTH STREET, HOMANTIN, KOWLOON.

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SATURDAY, JULY 23, 1983

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NEW RAILWAY STATION BUILDING IN SHA TIN ft * ft *

THE RAILWAY DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE TAI WAI STATION IN SHA TIN NEW TOWN.

THE PROJECT FORMS PART OF THE MODERNISATION AND ELECTRIFICATION PROGRAMME OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY.

IT INVOLVES THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW STATION BUILDING, A SUBWAY AND A RAILWAY MAINTENANCE BUILDING, AND THE REMOVAL OF THE TEMPORARY RAIL DIVERSION.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN NOVEMBER AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 33 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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TAXI RESTRICTED ZONE AT HAM TIN STREET ft ft ft ft

FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JULY 25) THE SECTION OF HAM TIN STREET BETWEEN TAK WAH STREET AND SHA TSUI ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED AS A 24-HOUR TAXI RESTRICTED ZONE.

WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONE, TAXIS WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING UP OR SETTING DOWN PASSENGERS OR LOADING OR UNLOADING GOODS.

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ROAD PROJECT FOR FANLING

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THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT WILL CARRY OUT A ROAD PROJECT TO THE EAST OF LUEN WO MARKET AS PART OF A CONTINUING PROGRAMME TO DEVELOP FANLING NEW TOWN.

THE PROJECT WILL INVOLVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF INTERNAL FEEDER ROADS, FOOTPATHS, BICYCLE TRACKS AND LORRY-CAR PARKS, TOGETHER WITH ASSOCIATED DRAINAGE.

UPON COMPLETION, THE PROJECT WILL GIVE VEHICULAR AND PEDESTRIAN ACCESS TO THE EXISTING AND FUTURE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENTS 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, NORTH AND THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE, AT OLD DISTRICT OFFICE BUILDING, TAI PO MARKET; AND THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE, FANLING SUB-OFFICE AT JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FANLING.

ANY OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL MUST BE SENT TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS BY SEPTEMBER 20, 1983.

SATURDAY, JULY 23, 1903

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MORE PARKING SPACES IN YAU MA TEI * * *

THE NEWLY COMPLETED 442 PARKING SPACES IN YAU MA TEI CAR PARK STAGE II WILL BE OPEN FROM 9 AM ON MONDAY (JULY 25).

WITH THIS ADDITION, THE ENLARGED YAU MA TEI CAR PARK WILL HAVE A TOTAL OF 804 PARKING SPACES

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FIRING PRACTICE IN AUGUST

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FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE FOR 16 DAYS IN AUGUST.

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

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE DATES AND TIMES OF THE PRACTICESi

DATE TIME

AUGUST 3 (WEDNESDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

AUGUST 4 (THURSDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

AUGUST 5 (FRIDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

AUGUST 8 (MONDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

AUGUST 9 (TUESDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

AUGUST 10 (WEDNESDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

AUGUST 11 (THURSDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

AUGUST 12 (FRIDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

AUGUST 15 (MONDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

AUGUST 16 (TUESDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

AUGUST 17 (WEDNESDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

AUGUST 18 (THURSDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

AUGUST 23 (TUESDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

AUGUST 24 (WEDNESDAY) 8 AM - 11 PM

AUGUST 25 (THURSDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

AUGUST 31 (WEDNESDAY) 8 AM - 11 PM

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, JULY 24, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SIR EDWARD OFF TO PEKING ....................................... 1

HIGHEST RAINFALL FOR FIRST SIX MONTHS..........................  1

NEW I .D. CARD SCHEME MAKES GOOD PROGRESS....................... 4

REMINDER ON TYPHOON ARRANGEMENTS..............................   4

ALL DISTRICTS TO RUN MEET-THE-PUBLIC SESSIONS................... 5

PES STAFF HANDLE 280 COO TENANCY ENQUIRIES.....................  6

WELFARE PREMISES RESERVED FOR NURSERIES........................  7

CHANGE IN SHIPBUILDING MANPOWER STRUCTURE ...................... 7

FOOTBRIDGE TO IMPROVE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY ........................ 8

HORTICULTURE COURSES FOR KWAI CHUNG AND NORTH DISTRICT ......... 8

ROAD CLOSURE PROPOSED.........................................   9

TRAFFIC CHANGES IN SAI YING PUN ............................... 10

WATER CUT IN KWAI CHUNG ..................................      10

SUNDAY, JULY 24, 1983

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SIR EDWARD OFF TO PEKING

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, LEFT FOR PEKING THIS (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON TO CONTINUE THE SECOND PHASE OF 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 bEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR ROGER LOBO, AND TWO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE XINHUA NEWS AGENCY (HONG KONG BRANCH), W TAN GAN, VICE-CHIEF EDITOR, AND MR JI SHAOXIANG, FOREIGN AFFAIRS SECRETARY.

ACCOMPANYING THE GOVERNOR TO PEKING WERE THE POLITICAL ADVISER, MR ROBIN MCLAREN, AND THE GOVERNMENT CHIEF INTERPRETER, bfi Y.P. CHENG.

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

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HIGHEST RAINFALL FOR FIRST SIX MONTHS

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ACCUMULATED RAINFALL FOR THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR IS THE HIGHEST IN HONG KONG FOR THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD SINCE 1889, ACCORDING TO THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY’S MONTHLY WEATHER REPORT PUBLISHED TODAY.

AT 1 734.7 MM, THE TOTAL RAINFALL IS 75 PER CENT ABOVE NORMAL.

JUNE WAS HOTTER AND LESS HUMID THAN USUAL, WITH THE MEAN MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 27.0 DEGREES CELSIUS BEING THE HIGHEST ON RECORD FOR THE MONTH, THE REPORT SAYS.

THE RELATIVE HUMIDITY OF 79 PER CENT IS THE SECOND LOWEST FOR JUNE.

TOTAL RAINFALL OF THE MONTH, MEASURING 445.8 MM, WAS SLIGHTLY ABOVE THE NORMAL FIGURE.

ABOUT THREE QUARTERS OF THIS TOTAL WERE RECORDED ON JUNE 17, MAKING IT THE SECOND HIGHEST DAILY RAINFALL FOR JUNE.

THE MONTH STARTED WITH FINE WEATHER ON JUNE 1. FRESHENING SOUTH-WESTERLY WINDS BROUGHT CLOUDY WEATHER AND ISOLATED SHOWERS THE FOLLOWING DAY.

THE WEATHER DETERIORATED FURTHER ON JUNE 3 AS A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE WITH ASSOCIATED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS MOVED CLOSE TO HONG KONG FROM THE NORTH. THE TROUGH PASSED THROUGH HONG KONG SHORTLY AFTER MIDNIGHT AND THE WEATHER IMPROVED. WINDS TURNED EASTERLY IN THE AFTERNOON OF JUNE 4 WHEN TRACES OF RAIN WERE RECORDED.

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FROM JUNE 5 TO 7, THE WEATHER WAS FINE. CLOUDY CONDITIONS RETURNED ON JUNE 8, WITH OCCASIONAL SHOWERS DURING THE NIGHT. THE WEATHER REMAINED SHOWERY ON JUNE 9 AND 10.

FINE WEATHER SET IN ON JUNE 11 AND CONTINUED UNTIL JUNE 14. THERE WERE A FEW ISOLATED SHOWERS ON JUNE 15 AND THE WEATHER BECAME INCREASINGLY UNSETTLED WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS ON JUNE 16.

A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE MOVED SOUTHWARDS TO SOUTH CHINA ON JUNE 17, RESULTING IN FREQUENT HEAVY SHOWERS AND WIDESPREAD THUNDERSTORMS IN HONG KONG.

THE DOWNPOUR WAS HEAVIEST DURING THE FIVE HOURS BETWEEN 5 AM AND 10 AM WHEN 274.4 MM OF RAIN WERE RECORDED AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY.

THIS FIVE-HOURLY RAINFALL WAS THE SECOND HIGHEST ON RECORD FOR JUNE AND THE FOURTH HIGHEST FOR ANY MONTH.

THE MAP SHOWING RAINFALL FOR 24 HOURS ENDING AT 3 PM ON JUNE 17 REVEALED THAT RAIN WAS HEAVIEST ON HONG KONG ISLAND WHERE AMOUNTS EXCEEDING 400 MM WERE RECORDED.

THERE WERE A TOTAL OF 393 REPORTS OF FLOODING AND 134 REPORTS OF LANDSLIPS. THE MAJORITY, 261 CASES OF FLOODING AND 92 LANDSLIPS, OCCURRED ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

DURING THE DELUGE A MAN WAS KILLED, 12 OTHERS INJURED AND MORE THAN 600 MADE HOMELESS. THE MAN WAS CARRIED AWAY BY FLOOD WATER AT SOUTH BAY CLOSE ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND WAS LATER FOUND DEAD.

THE MOST SERIOUS FLOODING OCCURRED IN THE EASTERN AND SOUTHERN DISTRICTS OF HONG KONG ISLAND AND THE EASTERN PART OF KOWLOON WHERE FLOOD WATER OF OVER ONE METRE WAS REPORTED IN MANY PLACES. TWENTY-TWO HECTARES OF FARMLAND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WERE INUNDATED.

THE MOST SERIOUS LANDSLIP OCCURRED IN THE MORNING AT PEAK ROAD NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH MAGAZINE GAP ROAD AND COOMBE ROAD WHERE A SECTION OF THE ROAD SLID DOWN THE SLOPE. THE LANDSLIP CUT OFF WATER, ELECTRICITY AND GAS SUPPLY AS WELL AS TELEPHONE LINKS TO THE PEAK.

ANOTHER SERIOUS LANDSLIP OCCURRED IN THE EVENING AT TIN WAN HILL ROAD IN ABERDEEN WHERE ABOUT 50 TONNES OF MUD SLID DOWN THE HILLSIDE, BURYING SIX MOTOR VEHICLES, BUT NO ONE WAS HURT.

FOLLOWING THE DOWNPOUR, RESERVOIRS IN HONG KONG BECAME ABOUT 90 PER CENT FULL. EIGHT BUILDINGS WERE THREATENED BY LANDSLIPS ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND WERE CLOSED BY THE AUTHORITIES.

THERE WERE OCCASIONAL LIGHT SHOWERS ON JUNE 18 AS THE TROUGH CF LOW PRESSURE GRADUALLY MOVED NORTHWARDS AWAY FROM HONG KONG. DURING THE FOLLOWING TWO DAYS, THE LEATHER REMAINED CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS. SUNNY PERIODS DEVELOPED ON JUNE 21 AND 22 BUT THERE WERE ALSO SOME ISOLATED SHOWERS.

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FROM JUNE 23 TO 25, A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE COVERED THE SOUTH CHINA COAST, RESULTING IN FINE AND SUNNY WEATHER IN HONG KONG. A MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 32.8 DEGREES CELSIUS, THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH, WAS RECORDED ON JUNE 24.

APART FROM OCCASIONAL LIGHT SHOWERS, THE WEATHER CONTINUED FINE FOR THE REST OF THE MONTH.

THE FIRST TROPICAL CYCLONE THIS YEAR FORMED AS A TROPICAL DEPRESSION OVER THE SOUTH CHINA SEA NEAR NANSHA ON JUNE 24. IT INTENSIFIED INTO A TROPICAL STORM LATER AND WAS NAMED SARAH. IT EVENTUALLY DISSIPATED OVER VIETNAM ON JUNE 26 ABOUT 150 NAUTICAL MILES NORTHWEST OF DANANG.

DURING THE MONTH, TWO AIRCRAFT WERE DIVERTED FROM HONG KONG DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER.

THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS WERE ISSUED ON JUNE 3, 16, 17 AND 19 WHILE A FLOOD WARNING AND A LANDSLIP WARNING WERE IN EFFECT ON JUNE 17.

THE MONTH’S FIGURES AND DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL WERE*

SUNSHINE 214.3 HOURS

RAINFALL 445.8 MM

CLOUDINESS 70 PER CENT

RELATIVE HUMIDITY 79 PER CENT

MEAN MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE 30.7 DEGREES CELSIUS

MEAN TEMPERATURE 28.6 DEGREES CELSIUS

bEAN MINIMUM TEMPERATURE 27.0 DEGREES CELSIUS

MEAN DEW POINT 24.6 DEGREES CELSIUS

TOTAL EVAPORATION 155.5 MM

MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 32.8 ON JUNE 24.

MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 24.0 ON JUNE 5.

i 55.1 HOURS ABOVE NORMAL

: 14.0 MM ABOVE NORMAL

j 5 PER CENT LESS THAN NORMAL

i 5 PER CENT LOWER THAN NORMAL

l 0.3 DEGREE CELSIUS ABOVE NORMAL

i 0.9 DEGREE CELSIUS ABOVE NORMAL

. 1.4 DEGREES CELSIUS ABOVE NORMAL

: 0.1 DEGREE CELSIUS ABOVE NORMAL

i 3.0 MM ABOVE NORMAL

DEGREES CELSIUS WAS RECORDED

DEGREES CELSIUS WAS RECORDED

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NEW I.D. CARD SCHEME MAKES GOOD PROGRESS

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ABOUT 58 PER CENT OF AN ESTIMATED TOTAL OF 62 OOO MEN BORN IN 1962 HAS COME FORWARD FOR THEIR NEW IDENTITY CARDS SINCE THE THIRD PHASE OF THE NEW I.D. CARD SCHEME STARTED TWO WEEKS AGO.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT BETWEEN JULY 11 AND 9.30 PM LAST FRIDAY, 36 000 APPLICATIONS HAD BEEN RECEIVED, REPRESENTING AN AVERAGE TURN-UP RATE OF 3 270 PER WORKING DAY.

♦THE LATEST FIGURE IS INDEED AN ENCOURAGING SIGN OF SUPPORT AND CO-OPERATION FROM THE PUBLIC,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE URGED THE REMAINING 42 PER CENT TO HAND IN THEIR APPLICATIONS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

+UNLIKE THE LAST TWO PHASES, THE CURRENT PHASE GIVES THE TARGET GROUP ONLY FOUR WEEKS TO EXCHANGE THEIR OLD IDENTITY CARDS FOR NEW ONES,* THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT.

IN FACT, THERE ARE ONLY 12 WORKING DAYS LEFT BEFORE THE DEADLINE OF AUGUST 6.

THOSE WHO HAVE NOT YET APPLIED SHOULD DO SO NOW. FAILURE TO OBTAIN A NEW IDENTITY CARD WITHIN THE SPECIFIED PERIOD MAY LEAD TO PROSECUTION,♦ HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN REMINDED APPLICANTS TO BRING ALONG THEIR OLD IDENTITY CARDS WHEN THEY REPORT TO ANY OF THE EIGHT ISSUE OFFICES IN HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THESE OFFICES ARE OPEN BETWEEN 8 AM AND 9.30 PM FROM MONDAYS TO SATURDAYS SO THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE BUSY IN THE DAYTIME CAN GO THERE IN THE EVENING OR AT WEEKENDS,+ HE SAID.

PEOPLE IN THIS AGE GROUP WHO ARE AWAY FROM HONG KONG DURING THIS PERIOD MUST APPLY WITHIN 30 DAYS UPON THEIR RETURN, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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REMINDER ON TYPHOON ARRANGEMENTS * * *

EMPLOYERS WERE ADVISED TODAY (SUNDAY) TO REACH PRIOR UNDERSTANDING WITH THEIR EMPLOYEES ON WORKING ARRANGEMENTS ON THE APPROACH OF OR DURING A TROPICAL STORM.

DEPARTMENT SAID THE AGREEMENT RELEASE FROM WORK, THE METHOD UNDER VARIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR SHOULD INCLUDE RULES FOR WORK, CF CALCULATING WAGES TO BE PAID

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♦ALTHOUGH THE LAW DOES NOT LAY DOWN ANY PARTICULAR PROCEDURES TO FOLLOW, IT IS BASICALLY A MATTER OF DECISION BETWEEN EACH EMPLOYER AND HIS EMPLOYEES, WITH THE NATURE OF EMPLOYMENT AND THE INDIVIDUAL EMPLOYEE’S PLACE OF RESIDENCE, AVAILABILITY OF TRANSPORT AND OTHER FACTORS, TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT,* HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT CONFUSION, OR EVEN DISPUTES, COULD ARISE IF THERE WAS A LACK OF PRIOR UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES AS TO WHAT TO DO DURING A TYPHOON.

HE SAID THAT ONE IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION ON SUCH OCCASIONS WAS THE EMPLOYEES’ SAFETY, BOTH AT THE PLACE OF WORK AND DURING THE JOURNEY TO AND FROM HOME.

+FOR EXAMPLE, EMPLOYERS SHOULD SEND THEIR EMPLOYEES HOME WHEN TYPHOON SIGNAL NUMBER EIGHT OR HIGHER IS HOISTED, OR WHEN PUBLIC TRANSPORT IS ABOUT TO STOP.

+OF COURSE, EMPLOYEES WHO*ARE REQUIRED TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL AND EMERGENCY DUTIES DURING A TYPHOON WILL BE EXCEPTIONS,* HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID EMPLOYERS COULD ALWAYS APPROACH THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE OF THE DEPARTMENT FOR ADVICE WHEN DRAFTING OR PREPARING AGREEMENTS CONCERNING TYPHOON ARRANGEMENTS.

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ALL DISTRICTS TO RUN MEET-THE-PUBLIC SESSIONS H * * *

THE +MEET-THE-PUBLIC+ SCHEME WILL BE FULLY IMPLEMENTED IN ALL THE 18 DISTRICTS WHEN THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS START MEETING LOCAL RESIDENTS TOMORROW (MONDAY) TO EXCHANGE VIEWS ON DISTRICT AFFAIRS.

A DISTRICT BOARD SPOKESMAN-SA ID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT MEMBERS HAD BEEN MAKING THEIR OWN ARRANGEMENTS TO MAINTAIN CLOSE CONTACTS WITH THE RESIDENTS, USING SUCH VENUES AS THEIR OWN OFFICES OR THE RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICES.

+THE DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT, WHICH HAS BEEN MOVED TO A MORE SPACIOUS OFFICE RECENTLY, CAN NOW PROVIDE INTERVIEW ROOMS AS WELL AS SUPPORTING STAFF FOR MEMBERS,* HE SAID.

*THIS WILL PROVIDE MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR MEMBERS TO HEAR SUGGESTIONS OR COMPLAINTS FROM RESIDENTS ON LOCAL MATTERS.+

UNDER THE SCHEME, BOARD MEMBERS WILL TAKE TURNS TO MEET RESIDENTS FROM 10 AM TO 12 NOON ON MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS, AND FROM 6 PM TO 8 PM ON TUESDAYS AT THE SECRETARIAT’S NEW OFFICE ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE TAI PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE IN KWONG FUK ROAD.

APPOINTMENTS CAN BE MADE IN WRITING, IN PERSON, OR BY TELEPHONE DURING OFFICE HOURS WITH THE BOARD SECRETARIAT. ITS TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 0-6584018 OR 0-6585018.

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PES STAFF HANDLE 280 000 TENANCY ENQUIRIES ******

SOME 280 000 ENQUIRIES ON TENANCY MATTERS WERE MADE AT THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION’S 61 PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE (PES) CENTRES DURING THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR.

THIS REPRESENTED 6.9 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL FOUR MILLION ENQUIRIES HANDLED BY THE PES STAFF.

THE MORE COMMON PROBLEMS COVERED WERE RENT INCREASES, RECOVERY CF PREMISES, REFUSAL TO ACCEPT RENT, TENANCY AGREEMENTS AND RENT ARREARS.

A CNTA SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT LANDLORDS OR TENANTS WHO WERE IN DOUBT OF THEIR STATUTORY RIGHTS OR OBLIGATIONS COULD ALWAYS SEEK ADVICE FROM THE PES STAFF.

♦IF FURTHER ACTIONS ARE REQUIRED, THE STAFF WILL ARRANGE FOR THE ENQUIRER TO MEET RENT OFFICERS STATIONED AT SELECTED DISTRICT OFFICES,♦ HE SAID.

A RENT OFFICER SCHEME, RUN BY THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT, WAS LAUNCHED IN APRIL 1978.

UNDER THE SCHEME, RENT OFFICERS ARE PRESENT AT SPECIFIED DISTRICT OFFICES ON FIXED DAYS EACH WEEK TO DISCUSS WITH THE PUBLIC THEIR TENANCY PROBLEMS.

THEY ALSO ADVISE ON TENANCY MATTERS RELATED TO THE VARIOUS PROVISIONS OF THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) ORDINANCE, THE DEMOLISHED BUILDING (RE-DEVELOPMENT OF SITES) ORDINANCE, AND OTHER LAWS CONCERNING LANDLORD AND TENANT RELATIONSHIP.

DURING THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR, THE RENT OFFICERS DEALT WITH 13 000 ENQUIRIES — A 3.5 PER CENT INCREASE OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

THE SPOKESMAN REMINDED THE PUBLIC THAT THEY COULD APPROACH ANY OF THE 61 PES CENTRES OR CONTACT THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT FOR ADVICE ON ANY RENTAL PROBLEMS.

OTHER SERVICES AVAILABLE AT THE' PES CENTRES INCLUDE THE ADMINISTERING OF STATUTORY DECLARATIONS, ANSWERING ENQUIRIES ON GOVERNMENT SERVICES, DISTRIBUTION OF FORMS AND INFORMATION PAMPHLETS, AND FREE LEGAL ADVICE.

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WELFARE PREMISES RESERVED FOR NURSERIES

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MORE THAN 2 400 SQUARE METRES OF PREMISES ARE BEING RESERVED FOR THE SETTING UP OF NURSERIES.

VOLUNTARY AGENCIES ARE BEING INVITED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TO APPLY FOR THE PREMISES, WHICH ARE LOCATED IN FIVE HOUSING ESTATES AND ONE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME DUE FOR COMPLETION OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS.

THESE ESTATES WILL PROVIDE HOMES FOR SOME 160 000 PEOPLE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SUNDAY), +T0 BE IN LINE WITH THE FIVE YEAR PLAN ON SOCIAL WELFARE DEVELOPMENT AND TO ENABLE MORE REALISTIC PLANNING, ONLY THOSE PREMISES WHICH WILL BE COMPLETED BEFORE JULY 1988 ARE INCLUDED.*

A LIST OF THE PREMISES HAS BEEN SENT TO VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

THE PREMISES, RANGING IN AREA FROM 320 TO 550 SQUARE METRES, WILL BE IN ESTATES PLANNED FOR SHA TIN, JUNK BAY, TUEN MUN, TAI PO AND TSI NG Yl.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT APPLICATIONS FOR THE PREMISES SHOULD REACH THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTRE, 19TH FLOOR, 280 GLOUCESTER ROAD, BY SEPTEMBER 8, 1983.

HE URGED INTERESTED AGENCIES TO APPLY AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICATIONS FOR WELFARE PREMISES, HE SAID, WERE NOT AUTOMATICALLY ENTITLED TO SUBVENTIONS OR LOTTERIES FUND GRANTS.

♦SEPARATE APPLICATIONS FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE SHOULD BE MADE IN DUE COURSE AND EACH CASE WILL BE CONSIDERED ON ITS MERITS,* HE ADDED.

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CHANGE IN SHIPBUILDING MANPOWER STRUCTURE

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THE SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP-REPAIR INDUSTRY’S TECHNICAL MANPOWER STRUCTURE HAS CHANGED WITH THE EMERGING NEED FOR HIGH-GRADE WELDERS AND METALLURGICAL TECHNICIANS.

THIS CHANGE IS AMONG THE FINDINGS CONTAINED IN THE INDUSTRY’S 1982 MANPOWER SURVEY REPORT JUST PUBLISHED.

ACCORDING TO THE REPORT, THE CHANGE WAS DUE TO THE SECURING OF CONTRACTS RELATED TO THE OFF-SHORE OIL INDUSTRY.

THE SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED IN SEPTEMBER 1982 BY THE SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP-REPAIR INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL.

/IT COVERED .......

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IT COVERED ALL SHIPYARDS, BOATYARDS, SHIPPING FIRMS, SHIP SURVEYOR AND CONSULTANT FIRMS AND ESTABLISHMENTS ENGAGED IN MARINE ENGINEERING AND ELECTRICAL WORKS.

ALTHOUGH THE RECOVERY OF SEA TRANSPORTATION WAS DELAYED BY GLOBAL RECESSION, AN UPTURN OF THE INDUSTRY WOULD BE LIKELY IF IT COULD OBTAIN A LARGER SHARE OF WORK IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA OFF-SHORE OIL EXPLORATION ACTIVITIES, THE REPORT SAYS.

DURING THE SURVEY PERIOD, THERE WERE 10 739 WORKERS EMPLOYED IN THE INDUSTRY, AN INCREASE OF TWO PER CENT OVER 1980.

THE REPORT SAYS THAT ON THE BASIS OF ITS MANPOWER TREND, THE INDUSTRY WILL NEED TO RECRUIT AN ADDITIONAL 240 CRAFTSMEN, 60 TECHNICIANS AND 22 TECHNOLOGISTS A YEAR BETWEEN 1983 AND 1987.

THE REPORT, WHICH ALSO CONTAINS STATISTICAL ANALYSES OF THE INDUSTRY’S MANPOWER, IS ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, CONNAUGHT PLACE, AT $14.50 A COPY.

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FOOTBRIDGE TO IMPROVE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY

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THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT PLANS TO CONSTRUCT A FOOTBRIDGE ACROSS POK FU LAM ROAD NEXT TO HONG KONG UNIVERSITY.

THE FOOTBRIDGE WILL REPLACE THE EXISTING SIGNAL-CONTROLLED CROSSING TO FURTHER IMPROVE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY.

A NOTICE ABOUT THE PROPOSAL 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), HARBOUR CENTRE, 12TH FLOOR, 25 HARBOUR ROAD, HONG KONG; AND THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, 222-224 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

ANY OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL MUST BE SENT TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS BY SEPTEMBER 20, 1983.

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HORTICULTURE COURSES FOR KWAI CHUNG AND NORTH DISTRICT X * *

COURSES ON HORTICULTURE WILL BE OFFERED FREE OF CHARGE IN KWAI CHUNG AND NORTH DISTRICT.

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THE LECTURES WILL FOCUS ON SOIL KNOWLEDGE, FERTILISING, PROPAGATION OF INDOOR PLANTS, DETECTION OF PLANT DISEASES, WATERING AND GENERAL MAINTENANCE OF PLANTS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID.

IN KWAI CHUNG, THE COURSE WILL BE HELD AT THE OSMAN RAMJU SADICK MEMORIAL GAMES HALL ON EIGHT CONSECUTIVE SATURDAY MORNINGS, STARTING ON JULY 30.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE GAMES HALL AND AT THE KWAI CHUNG URBAN SERVICES OFFICE, FOURTH FLOOR, SHING WAH BUILDING, 31 SHING FONG STREET, KWAI CHUNG.

IN THE NORTH DISTRICT, THE COURSE WILL BE HELD IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE NORTH URBAN SERVICES OFFICE ON FIVE SATURDAY MORNINGS BETWEEN AUGUST 6 AND SEPTEMBER 3.

ENTRY FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE FANLING RECREATION GROUND, FANLING NEW TOWN PUBLIC SQUASH COURTS AND THE NORTH URBAN SERVICES OFFICE, GROUND FLOOR, GARAGE NO. 1, TAI YUEN ESTATE, TAI PO.

APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

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ROAD CLOSURE PROPOSED * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO CLOSE PERMANENTLY PARTS OF AN UNNAMED ACCESS ROAD AND FOOTWAY LEADING FROM THE JUNCTION OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND CHING CHEUNG ROAD TO THE 0 PUI SHAN BOYS’ HOME.

THE PROPOSED CLOSURE IS TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN ELECTRICITY SUBSTATION AT THE JUNCTION.

THE DEVELOPER OF THE ELECTRICITY SUBSTATION SITE WILL BE REQUIRED TO CONSTRUCT AN ALTERNATIVE ROAD.

DURING THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW ROAD AND FOOTWAY, VEHICULAR AND PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC WILL BE MAINTAINED.

A NOTICE CONCERNING THE PROPOSAL 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 (KOWLOON WEST), KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 10TH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD; AND THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE, 2ND FLOOR, FOU WAH CENTRE, 210 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN? AND THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE, KWAI CHUNG SUB-DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS (FORMERLY KNOWN AS TOWN MANAGEMENT OFFICE, KWAI CHUNG), KWAI KING BUILDING, 31 KWONG FAI CIRCUIT, KWAI CHUNG.

ANY OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL MUST BE SENT TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS BY SEPTEMBER 20, 1983.

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TRAFFIC CHANGES IN SAI YING PUN

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NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN SAI YING PUN FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JULY 26) TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW IN THE AREA.

UNDER THE NEW MEASURES, TRAFFIC ON EASTERN STREET BETWEEN QUEEN’S ROAD WEST AND FIRST STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

TRAFFIC ON FIRST STREET BETWEEN EASTERN STREET AND WESTERN STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY WESTBOUND.

IN ADDITION, A NUMBER OF ROADS WILL BE DESIGNATED AS URBAN CLEARWAYS, WHERE VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS FROM 5 PM TO 8 PM DAILY.

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* QUEEN’S ROAD WEST FROM 30 METRES EAST OF WILMER STREET TO 20 METRES WEST OF POK FU LAM ROAD,

* CENTRE STREET NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH QUEEN’S ROAD WEST,

* EASTERN STREET NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH QUEEN’S ROAD WEST,

* WESTERN STREET FROM 30 METRES NORTH OF QUEEN’S ROAD WEST TO FIRST STREET,

* POK FU LAM ROAD BETWEEN FIRST STREET AND QUEEN’S ROAD WEST, AND

* FIRST STREET NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH EASTERN STREET.

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SALT WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN KWAI CHUNG WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 10 PM ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 27) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY HING SHING ROAD, KO FONG STREET, WING FONG ROAD, SHING FONG STREET AND HING FONG ROAD, INCLUDING BLOCKS 9, 10 AND 11 OF KWAI FONG ESTATE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, JULY 25, 198?

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES UP SLIGHTLY ....................... 1

1980 BENCHMARK ECONOMIC CENSUS REPORT ON SALE ............ 3

HOUSING AUTHORITY COMPLETES RENT REVIEW .................. 5

OBSCENE SIGNBOARDS TO BE PULLED DOWN ..................... 6

CLOSURE APPLICATION GRANTED .............................. 6

EDUCATION SYSTEM +DOING PRETTY WELL+ — HAYE .............. 7

107 PASS LICENTIATE MEDICAL EXAMS.......................   7

LABOUR LAW OFFENDERS PROSECUTED .......................... 8

•THEMATIC APPROACH' IN KINDERGARTENS TO BE SHOWN ......... 8

ANTI-SMOKING POSTER DISPLAY DRAWS CROWDS ................. 9

BOARD MEMBERS TO DISCUSS TRANSPORT STUDY ................. 9

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

WATER FIGURES

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CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES UP SLIGHTLY * * * *

THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) AND CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (B) FOR JUNE WERE 142 AND 141 RESPECTIVELY, ACCORDING TO FIGURES RELEASED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY.

COMPARED WITH THE PRECEDING MONTH, CP 1(A) INCREASED BY TWO POINTS OR 1.4 PER CENT AND CPI(B), BY ONE POINT OR 0.7 PER CENT. WHEN COMPARED WITH JUNE LAST YEAR, CP 1(A) ROSE BY 12 POINTS OR 9.2 PER CENT AND CP 1(B), BY 11 POINTS OR 8.5 PER CENT. DURING THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD ENDED IN JUNE 1983, BOTH THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED CPI(A) AND CP 1(B) INCREASED AT AN AVERAGE RATE OF 0.7 PER CENT EACH MONTH.

THE PRICES OF FRESH VEGETABLES AND SALT-WATER FISH WENT UP. HOWEVER, THE PRICES OF LIVE POULTRY, MAINLY CHICKEN, DECREASED.

THE CPI(A) AND CPI(B) ARE BASED ON THE EXPENDITURE PATTERNS CF 50 PER CENT AND 30 PER CENT, RESPECTIVELY, OF URBAN HOUSEHOLDS IN HONG KONG, WHICH WERE DERIVED FROM THE 1979/80 HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY. THE CPI(A) REFERRED TO HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN $1 000 AND $3 499 A MONTH AND THE CP 1(B) TO HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN $3 500 AND $6 499 A MONTH AT THAT TIME.

THE INDEXES FOR JUNE IN RESPECT OF THE NINE COMMODITY/SERVICE SECTIONS IN THE TWO CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES ARE GIVEN BELOW, TOGETHER WITH THOSE FOR MAY 1983 AND JUNE 1982.

SECTION (OCTOBER 1979 TO SEPTEMBER 1980 AVERAGE - 100)

JUNE 82 CPI(A) MAY 83 JUNE 83 CP 1(B) JUNE 82 MAY 83 JUNE 83

FOODSTUFFS 135 141 144 135 142 144

HOUSING 124 135 135 124 135 135

FUEL AND LIGHT 133 140 144 134 141 145

ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO (FOR HOME CONSUMPTION) 124 185 185 123 179 179

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR 132 141 141 132 143 142

DURABLE GOODS 108 110 112 110 113 115

MISCELLANEOUS GOODS 121 131 132 117 130 131

TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES 140 154 155 141 156 157

SERVICES 134 148 149 133 146 147

ALL ITEMS 130 140 142 130 140 141

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COMPARED WITH MAY, THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS INCREASED BY THREE POINTS IN CP I(A) AND BY TWO POINTS IN CPI(B).

THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH VEGETABLES ROSE AS A RESULT CF AN INADEQUATE SUPPLY OF LOCALLY-GROWN FRESH VEGETABLES CAUSED BY THE HEAVY RAINSTORMS IN LATE MAY AND MID-JUNE.

THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF SALT-WATER FISH ALSO WENT UP, DUE TO REDUCED SUPPLY, AS SOME FISHERMEN STAYED AT HOME TO CELEBRATE THE DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL.

INCREASES WERE ALSO RECORDED IN THE AVERAGE CHARGES FOR MEALS IN RESTAURANTS.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF LIVE POULTRY, MAINLY CHICKEN, DECREASED AS A RESULT OF NEWS REPORTS ABOUT THE CARCINOGENIC EFFECT OF HORMONES IMPLANTED IN CHICKENS. 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 FOUR POINTS IN BOTH CPI(A) AND CPI(B) AS A RESULT OF HIGHER CHARGES FOR ELECTRICITY DUE TO FUEL COST ADJUSTMENT AND THE FULL IMPACT OF RISES IN THE PRICES CF KEROSENE AND LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS.

THE TWO-POINT INCREASE IN THE INDEX FOR DURABLE GOODS IN BOTH CP I (A) AND CPI(B) WAS ATTRIBUTABLE TO HIGHER PRICES OF TELEVISION SETS, SOUND EQUIPMENT AND ELECTRICAL CONSUMER DURABLES.

THE INDEX FOR MISCELLANEOUS GOODS INCREASED BY ONE POINT IN BOTH CPI(A) AND CPI(B) OWING TO HIGHER PRICES OF MEDICINES, JEWELLERY, TOYS AND HOBBIES.

THE INDEX FOR TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES INCREASED BY ONE POINT IN BOTH CPI(A) AND CPI(B), REFLECTING THE FULL IMPACT OF RISES IN GASOLINE PRICES AND IN BUS AND MTR FARES.

HIGHER CHARGES FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT, PACKAGE TOURS AND HAIR-DRESSING CAUSED THE INDEX FOR SERVICES TO INCREASE BY ONE POINT IN BOTH CP I(A) AND CPI(B).

PRICE MOVEMENTS IN THE OTHER SECTIONS WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

DETAILS OF THESE PRICE MOVEMENTS ARE GIVEN IN THE +CONSUMER PRICE INDEX REPORT* FOR JUNE 1983. BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE VERSIONS OF THIS REPORT ARE AVAILABLE AT S3 A COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE, HONG KONG. FOR ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES, PLEASE CONTACT THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AT TELEPHONE NO. 3-7216512.

(FIGURES PRESENTED IN THIS PRESS RELEASE REFER TO CPI SERIES NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED)

MONDAY, JULY 25, 1983

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1980 BENCHMARK ECONOMIC CENSUS REPORT ON SALE ******

A REPORT ON THE FIRST BENCHMARK ECONOMIC CENSUS OF HONG KONG’S STORAGE, COMMUNICATIONS, FINANCING, INSURANCE AND BUSINESS SERVICES FOR THE REFERENCE YEAR 1980, IS NOW ON SALE.

PUBLISHED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, THE REPORT PROVIDES ECONOMIC STATISTICS ON THE STRUCTURE, OPERATING CHARACTERISTICS AND PERFORMANCE OF THE SECTORS CONCERNED.

THE REPORT IS PUBLISHED IN TWO PARTS, PART I ON STORAGE, COMMUNICATIONS, FINANCING AND BUSINESS SERVICES AND PART II ON INSURANCE SERVICES. BOTH PARTS OF THE REPORT CONTAIN DESCRIPTIONS OF THE BACKGROUND AND METHODOLOGY, STATISTICAL CONCEPTS AND MEASURES USED, AND DETAILED ANALYSES OF THE SALIENT FEATURES OF THE SECTORS CONCERNED.

WHILE PART I PROVIDES 40 ANALYTICAL TABLES OF PRINCIPAL/ DETAILED STATISTICS FOR REPORTING ESTABLISHMENTS CLASSIFIED BY SECTOR/GROUP AND ANALYSED BY NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED. TYPE OF OWNERSHIP, CENSUS DISTRICT, INCOME AND RECEIPTS, VALUE ADDED, AND CAPITAL STOCK, PART II CONTAINS 19 ANALYTICAL TABLES OF PR INCIPAL/DETAILED STATISTICS FOR REPORTING ESTABLISHMENTS ANALYSED BY GROUP, NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED, TYPE OF OWNERSHIP, CENSUS DISTRICT, NET PREMIUMS AND INVESTMENT.

SUMMARY RESULTS OF THE SURVEY OF BANKS, DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES AND REPRESENTATIVE OFFICES OF FOREIGN BANKS, 1980 ARE INCLUDED IN PART I.

A DETAILED ANALYSIS OF PREMIUMS AND CLAIMS, FUNDS AND RESERVES BY TYPE OF INSURANCE POLICY IS ALSO PROVIDED IN PART II.

AS REVEALED IN PART I OF THE REPORT, THERE WERE 183 REPORTING ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE STORAGE SECTOR IN 1980, WITH A WORKFORCE OF 4 064 PERSONS. THESE ESTABLISHMENTS GENERATED $665 MILLION OF INCOME AND RECEIPTS, PAID OUT $117 MILLION IN COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES AND $350 MILLION IN OPERATING EXPENSES, AND CONTRIBUTED $354 MILLION TO VALUE ADDED.

THEIR CAPITAL STOCK WAS $820 MILLION. WHILE AN AVERAGE EMPLOYEE IN THE STORAGE SECTOR EARNED ABOUT $29 000 PER ANNUM, EACH ESTABLISHMENT, ON AVERAGE, HAD $3.6 MILLION OF INCOME AND RECEIPTS.

IN THE COMMUNICATIONS SECTOR, THERE WERE 50 REPORTING ESTABLISHMENTS IN 1980, ENGAGING 16 010 PERSONS. TOTAL INCOME AND RECEIPTS GENERATED BY THE SECTOR WERE $2 814 MILLION, WITH $643 MILLION SPENT ON COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES AND $1 074 MILLION ON OPERATING EXPENSES. VALUE ADDED CONTRIBUTED BY THESE ESTABLISHMENTS WAS $1 730 MILLION WHILE THEIR CAPITAL STOCK WAS WORTH $3 222 MILLION. AVERAGE COMPENSATION PER EMPLOYEE IN THE COMMUNICATIONS SECTOR WAS $40 000 PER ANNUM. INCOME AND RECEIPTS PER ESTABLISHMENT AMOUNTED TO $56.3 MILLION.

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THERE WERE 1 847 REPORTING ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE FINANCING SECTOR IN 1980, INCLUDING BILL DISCOUNTING COMPANIES, CREDIT INSTITUTIONS, LOAN AND MORTGAGE COMPANIES, PAWNSHOPS, INVESTMENT AND HOLDING COMPANIES, SECURITY, COMMODITY AND GOLD BULLION BROKERS AND DEALERS, MONEY CHANGERS, AND FOREIGN EXCHANGE BROKERS AND DEALERS, BUT EXCLUDING BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES.

THIS SECTOR, WITH A WORKFORCE OF 15 580 PERSONS. GENERATED $8 417 MILLION OF INCOME AND RECEIPTS, AND PAID OUT 1647 MILLION IN COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES AND $1 931 MILLION IN OPERATING EXPENSES. THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO VALUE ADDED WAS $1 568 MILLION. CAPITAL STOCK WAS $506 MILLION. PER CAPITA EMPLOYEE INCOME IN THE FINANCING SECTOR WAS $46 000 PER ANNUM. INCOME AND RECEIPTS PER ESTABLISHMENT WERE $4.6 MILLION.

IN THE BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR, THERE WERE 1 885 REPORTING ESTABLISHMENTS IN 1980. THIS SECTOR, WITH A WORKFORCE OF 26 482 PERSONS, COMPRISED LEGAL, ACCOUNTING, AUDITING AND DATA PROCESSING FIRMS') BUSINESS MANAGEMENT AND CONSULTING, ADVERTISING, DESIGNING, SECRETARIAL AND EMPLOYMENT SERVICES; AND MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT RENTAL AND LEASING SERVICES. THEIR TOTAL INCOME AND RECEIPTS AMOUNTED TO $3 629 MILLION. SOME $940 MILLION WAS SPENT ON COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES AND $1 652 MILLION ON OPERATING EXPENSES. VALUE ADDED OF THE SECTOR TOTALLED $1 957 MILLION AND CAPITAL STOCK $744 MILLION. AN AVERAGE EMPLOYEE IN THE BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR EARNED ABOUT $38 000 PER ANNUM. THE SECTOR HAD ON AVERAGE INCOME AND RECEIPTS OF $1.9 MILLION PER ESTABLISHMENT.

PART II OF THE REPORT SHOWS THERE WERE 540 REPORTING ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE INSURANCE SECTOR IN 1980, WITH A WORKFORCE OF 7 016 PERSONS. THIS SECTOR GENERATED A TOTAL OF $3 431 MILLION OF INCOME AND RECEIPTS OF WHICH, 60 PER CENT WAS PREMIUMS RECEIVED (GROSS RETAINED PREMIUMS), 16 PER CETN WAS REINSURANCE COMMISSIONS RECEIVED, 13 PER CENT WAS INVESTMENT INCOME AND 11 PER CENT WAS OTHER BUSINESS RECEIPTS WHICH CONSISTED MAINLY OF COMMISSIONS AND BROKERAGES AND SERVICE FEES.

THESE ESTABLISHMENTS INCURRED $327 MILLION ON COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES AND $242 MILLION ON OPERATING EXPENSES. WHILE $807 MILLION WAS PAID OUT AS NET CLAIMS, $908 MILLION WAS SPENT ON INSURANCE INTERMEDIARY SERVICES. INSURANCE FUNDS AND RESERVES PUT UP BY INSURERS AS LIFE FUNDS AND RESERVES FOR UNEARNED PREMIUMS AND OUTSTANDING CLAIMS TOTALLED $3 371 MILLION.

THE VALUE OF INVESTMENTS GENERATED OR ADMINISTERED BY RESIDENT INSURERS WAS ESTIMATED TO BE $3 836 MILLION.

CAPITAL STOCK AT THE END OF 1980, OTHER THAN THOSE FIXED ASSETS HELD FOR INVESTMENT PURPOSES, WAS ESTIMATED TO BE $107 MILLION.

REMUNERATION PER EMPLOYEE WAS ABOUT $48 000 PER ANNUM. INSURANCE ESTABLISHMENTS HAD AN AVERAGE INCOME OF $6.3 MILLION PER ESTABLISHMENT.

BOTH PART I AND PART I I OF THE REPORT ARE NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE, CONNAUGHT PLACE AT THE FOLLOWING PR ICES«-

PART I $44 PER COPY

PART I I $23 PER COPY.

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HOUSING AUTHORITY COMPLETES RENT REVIEW * * * *

THE HOUSING AUTHORITY HAS COMPLETED AFTER CAREFUL CONSIDERATION A RENT REVIEW FOR 25 POST-1973 ESTATES WHERE RENTS WILL BE REVISED FROM SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR.

♦THE RENT REVISION IS CONSIDERED REASONABLE AND HAS BEEN MADE NECESSARY BY THE CONSIDERABLE INCREASE IN MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE/ IMPROVEMENTS COSTS OVER THE YEARS,+ SAID AN AUTHORITY SPOKESMAN TODAY.

♦FURTHERMORE, A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN RATES HAS ALSO BEEN IMPOSED UPON THESE PROPERTIES SINCE APRIL THIS YEAR.

♦EVEN AFTER THE SEPTEMBER REVISION, RENTS WHICH ALREADY INCLUDE RATES AND MANAGEMENT FEES WILL REMAIN LOWER THAN IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, BUT THERE WILL STILL BE SUBSTANTIAL DEFICITS IN THIS AND COMING YEARS.

♦AT PRESENT, TENANTS AT THESE ESTATES ARE PAYING VERY LOW RENT WHICH REPRESENTS ONLY A SMALL PROPORTION, AVERAGING ABOUT 6.8 PER CENT, OF THEIR HOUSEHOLD INCOME COMPARED WITH ABOUT 21 PER CENT IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR.+

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE RENT REVIEW HAD BEEN MADE AFTER CAREFUL CONSIDERATION OF THE ESTATE VALUES IN TERMS OF LOCATION, FACILITIES AND SERVICES PROVIDED.

IN THE SEPTEMBER REVISION, RENTS IN THE 25 POST-1973 ESTATES, INVOLVING 42 783 FLATS, WILL BE INCREASED GENERALLY BY $2.30 PER SQUARE METRE (OR 21 CENTS PER SQUARE FOOT).

IT IS THE POLICY OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY TO REVIEW RENTS EVERY TWO YEARS. OF THE FLATS AFFECTED BY THE PRESENT RENT REVIEW EXERCISE, 17 259 OR ABOUT 40 PER CENT HAVE HAD A RENT INCREASE IN 1981, AND THE REMAINING 25 524 FLATS WHICH HAVE BEEN OCCUPIED SINCE SEPTEMBER 1981, HAVE NOT PREVIOUSLY HAD ANY RENT INCREASE.

♦THESE ESTATES ARE GENERALLY CONSIDERED TO BE AMONG THE BEST OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY ESTATES.

♦THEIR FACILITIES ARE OF THE SAME STANDARD AS THOSE FOR NEWLY CONSTRUCTED ESTATES.

♦IN ACTUAL MONEY TERMS, THE RENT INCREASES ARE QUITE SMALL AS THE GREAT MAJORITY OF TENANTS WILL PAY NOT MORE THAN $80 EXTRA PER MONTH, WHILE FOR SOME OTHERS THE INCREASES ARE EVEN SMALLER RANGING FROM ONLY $26 TO $42 PER MONTH.

♦EVEN AFTER THE REVISION, RENTS FOR THE MAJORITY OF FLATS AT THESE ESTATES WILL RANGE FROM ONLY $7.86 PER SQUARE METRE TO $13 PER SQUARE METRE A MONTH, EXCEPT FOR THE NEW-TYPE FLATS IN ONE ESTATE WHICH ARE OF BETTER DESIGN WHERE THE RENT WILL BE INCREASED FROM $15.06 PER SQUARE METRE TO $17.36 PER SQUARE METRE A MONTH.+

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OBSCENE SIGNBOARDS TO BE PULLED DOWN * ft * *

A TOTAL OF 65 OBJECTIONABLE SIGNBOARDS WILL BE REMOVED FROM FOUR RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS IN YIN HING STREET AND FOO YUEN STREET, SAN PO KONG ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 27).

OF THESE, 20 WILL BE REMOVED UNDER THE OBJECTIONABLE PUBLICATIONS ORDINANCE AND THE REST UNDER THE MULTI-STOREY BUILDING ORDINANCE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE SAID THAT VICE ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE DISTRICT WERE STILL IN THE INFANT STAGE AND WERE CONFINED TO THE SAN PO KONG AREA.

♦IT IS THEREFORE ADVISABLE TO STEP UP THE CONTROL NOW BEFORE THEY PROLIFERATE INTO OTHER AREAS,+ HE SAID.

THE OPERATION WAS INITIATED BY THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE AND WILL BE CARRIED OUT JOINTLY BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE POLICE, AND THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

TEN ILLEGAL STRUCTURES, MAINLY FOR STORAGE AND DOMESTIC USE, IN SUNG HING LANE, SAI YING PUN WILL ALSO BE DEMOLISHED ON WEDNESDAY.

IT WILL BE THE FIRST PHASE OF A STREET MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE TO CLEAR THE DISTRICT’S 2 200 ILLEGAL STRUCTURES COMPRISING WALL STALLS, SHOP EXTENSIONS, WORKSHOPS, STORAGE ROOMS AND DOMESTIC UNITS.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE CLEARANCE OPERATIONS IN SAN PO KONG AND SAI YING PUN STARTING AT 9.30 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 27).

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THE APPLICATION BY THE BUILDING AUTHORITY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER FOR 112-114 SHAU KEI WAN ROAD WAS GRANTED BY THE VICTORIA DISTRICT COURT THIS AFTERNOON.

TENANTS OF THE BUILDING WERE EVACUATED LAST SATURDAY FOLLOWING THE SUBSIDENCE OF A PART OF THE PAVEMENT OUTSIDE THE BUILDING.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE SAID THAT IT WAS NOT SAFE FOR RESIDENTS TO MOVE BACK TO THE BUILDING UNTIL AN INVESTIGATION AND POSSIBLE REMEDIAL WORKS TO THE GROUND HAD BEEN CARRIED OUT BY THE MTRC.

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EDUCATION SYSTEM +DOING PRETTY WELL* — HAYE * * * *

CRITICS OF HONG KONG’S EDUCATION SYSTEM SHOULD LOOK AT THE SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST’S +STUDENT OF THE YEAR* ANNUAL SELECTIONS, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR COLVYN HAYE, SAID AT THE PRESENTATION OF AWARDS AT THE SCMP TODAY (MONDAY).

♦EVERY YEAR HUNDREDS OF NOMINATIONS FROM SECONDARY SCHOOLS ARE SHORTLISTED AND I HAVE BEEN LUCKY TO MEET THE TOP TEN STUDENTS EACH YEAR IN FINAL INTERVIEWS TO FIND THE 'STUDENT OF THE YEAR*,* MR HAYE WENT ON.

THESE OUTSTANDING YOUNG GIRLS AND BOYS ARE PRODUCTS OF A SYSTEM ANY COUNTRY SHOULD BE PROUD OF, MR HAYE SAID.

♦THEY ARE THE LIVING PROOF OF THE VITALITY OF THE EDUCATION SYSTEM SOME FIND IT FASHIONABLE TO KNOCK.

♦IF WE CAN PRODUCE GIRLS AND BOYS LIKE THIS YEAR AFTER YEAR WE ARE DOING PRETTY WELL,* MR HAYE SAID.

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COUNCIL OF HONG KONG

THE LICENTIATE COMMITTEE OF THE

ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT 107 OUT OF A TOTAL OF 126 CANDIDATES.

PASSED THE FINAL PART OF THE LICENTIATE EXAMINATION FOR UNREGISTRABLE

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DOCTORS.

THIS PART OF THE EXAMINATION, HELD BETWEEN JULY 12 AND 14, WAS AN ORAL EXAMINATION OF ABILITY TO APPLY PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE TO CLINICAL PROBLEMS.

CANDIDATES WERE GIVEN A 30-MINUTE EXAMINATION BY TWO PANELS OF EXAMINERS IN EACH OF THE THREE DISCIPLINES — MEDICINE, SURGERY AND OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY.

THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WILL NOW BE REQUIRED TO UNDERGO AN 18-MONTH PERIOD OF ASSESSMENT AND TRAINING IN HOSPITALS APPROVED BY THE MEDICAL COUNCIL, STARTING FROM SEPTEMBER.

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LABOUR LAW OFFENDERS PROSECUTED *****

A TOTAL OF 735 PROSECUTIONS FOR BREACHES OF LABOUR LAWS TAKEN OUT BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT RESULTED IN CONVICTIONS BY THE COURTS LAST MONTH AND FINES IMPOSED AMOUNTED TO MORE THAN $690 025.

MOST OF THE CASES CONCERNED BREACHES OF THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS ORDINANCE AND ITS VARIOUS SUBSIDIARY REGULATIONS, THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE AND THE WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS (INDUSTRY) REGULATIONS.

THERE WERE 264 CASES CONCERNING VIOLATIONS OF SAFETY REGULATIONS, WITH $288 200 IN FINES. THESE INCLUDED 96 CASES (WITH $102 650 IN FINES) FOR BREACH OF THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (GUARDING AND OPERATION OF MACHINERY) REGULATIONS AND 88 CASES (WITH $218 850 IN FINES) FOR BREACH OF THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS.

CASES RELATING TO BREACHES OF THE WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS (INDUSTRY) REGULATIONS ACCOUNTED FOR 395 WITH $232 575 IN FINES.

OF THE OTHER PROSECUTIONS, 16 CASES WERE RELATED TO FAILURE 70 KEEP RECORDS OF EMPLOYEES, LEADING TO $7 300 IN FINES.

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’THEMATIC APPROACH* IN KINDERGARTENS TO BE SHOWN * * * *

A TWO-DAY EXHIBITION, ILLUSTRATING THE USE OF THEMATIC APPROACH IN KINDERGARTENS, WILL BE HELD AT QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL, SAI YEE STREET, MONG KOK, ON JULY 27 AND 28.

ORGANISED BY THE KINDERGARTEN SECTION OF THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE EXHIBITION IS OPEN 70 THE PUBLIC FROM 9.30 AM TO 4.30 PM ON BOTH DAYS.

EXHIBITS INCLUDE PROJECT WORK BY TEACHERS WHO HAVE JOINED THE PART-TIME IN-SERVICE TRAINING COURSES HELD BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, AND BY MEMBERS OF THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT TEAM, AS WELL AS TEACHING MATERIALS AND CHILDREN’S WORK ILLUSTRATING THE THEMATIC APPROACH.

DURING THE EXHIBITION, THERE WILL BE FOUR DEMONSTRATION SESSIONS ON MUSIC MOVEMENT ACTIVITIES FOR KINDERGARTENS — ONE IN ENGLISH AND THREE IN CHINESE. THE ENGLISH DEMONSTRATION WILL BE HELD AT 10.15 AM ON JULY 27- WHILE THE CHINESE DEMONSTRATIONS WILL BE HELD AT 3 PM ON JULY 27, AND AT 10.30 AM AND 3 PM ON JULY 28.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MRS LOUISE MOK, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE EXHIBITION ON THEMATIC APPROACH AT 9.30 AM, JULY 27. YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT WHICH WILL BE HELD AT QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL, SAI YEE STREET, MONG KOK, KOWLOON.

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MONDAY, JULY 25, 1983

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ANT I-SMOKING POSTER DISPLAY DRAWS CROWDS

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AN INTER-SCHOOL POSTER DESIGN EXHIBITION ON SMOKING CONTROL HELD AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL TODAY (MONDAY) ATTRACTED CONSIDERABLE INTEREST AMONG TSUEN WAN RESIDENTS.

THE TWO-DAY EXHIBITION IS THE SECOND IN A SERIES OF THREE ORGANISED BY THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB SECRETARIAT OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AS PART OF THE GOVERNMENT’S ANTI-SMOKING PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN.

THE FIRST EXHIBITION WAS STAGED AT THE OCEAN TERMINAL EARLIER THIS MONTH. THE THIRD WILL BE HELD AT LANDMARK FROM AUGUST 1 TO 3.

THE EXHIBITIONS AIM TO WARN YOUNG PEOPLE, PARTICULARLY SCHOOL CHILDREN, OF THE HEALTH HAZARDS THAT SMOKING PRESENTS AND TO ADVISE THEM NOT TO START SMOKING.

ON DISPLAY AT TODAY’S EXHIBITION WERE 76 PR I ZE-WI NN I NG POSTER DESIGNS CHOSEN FROM 1 1OO ENTRIES FROM SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG.

COPIES OF THESE WINNING DESIGNS WERE DISPLAYED AT THE FIFTH WORLD CONFERENCE ON SMOKING AND HEALTH HELD FROM JULY 10 TO 15 IN WINNIPEG, CANADA.

THEY DREW ACCLAIM FROM VARIOUS NATIONAL DELEGATIONS ATTENDING THE CONFERENCE.

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BOARD MEMBERS TO DISCUSS TRANSPORT STUDY * * * *

THE MA ON SHAN TRANSPORT STUDY WILL BE TABLED FOR DISCUSSION AT THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 27) MORNING.

THR PROJECT MANAGER OF THE SHA TIN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, hfl KEITH AUSTIN, WILL BRIEF BOARD MEMBERS ON THE STUDY.

A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION, MR A.N. WATSON-BROWN, WILL BE PRESENT TO HEAR MEMBERS’ VIEWS ON THE LEGAL EFFECT OF AGE.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE NAMING OF A TOWN PARK, AND A REVIEW OF THE MEET-THE-PUBLIC SCHEME AND AN EDUCATION REPORT COMPILED BY A PANEL OF VISITING EXPERTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AT 9.30 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 27) IN THE FUNCTION ROOM OF THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF FLYOVER * * M *

THE PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD FLYOVER WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 12.01 AM TO 6 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 27) TO FACILITATE MAINTENANCE WORKS. '

DURING THE CLOSURE, NORTHBOUND AND SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC ON PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD FLYOVER WILL BE DIVERTED TO USE THE GROUND LEVEL ROADS.

WATER FIGURES * * M *

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 88.3 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 510.059 MILLION CUBIC hETRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 374.100 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 64.8 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, JULY 26, 198?

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HOUSING PRIORITY FOR FAMILIES JUSTIFIED - FORD .................. 1

POLYTECHNIC TO OFFER DEGREE COURSE IN DESIGN .................... 1

PUBLIC WARNED AGAINST EATING PUFFER FISH ........................ 2

LEGCO TO DEAL WITH 13 BILLS, 8 QUESTIONS ........................ 3

DEBATE ON BILL RESUMING AUGUST 10 ............................... 3

GOVERNOR RETURNS FROM PEKING TOMORROW ........................... 4

DISTRICT BOARDS TO DISCUSS VARIOUS MATTERS ...................... 4

SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS TO BE AUCTIONED ............................. 5

RESIDENTS SET TO DISCUSS EDUCATION REPORT ....................... 5

JURY LIST TO BE POSTED........................................... 6

TWO JAPANESE SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED ............................... 6

WAN CHAI TRAFFIC CHANGES ........................................ 7

BOOST IN USE OF CAR PARK EXPECTED................................ 7

CHANGE OF VENUE FOR SEMINAR ..................................... 7

WATER LEAKAGE TESTS ...........................................   8

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

STATISTICS CHIEF TO MEET MEDIA.................................   9

YOUTH MUSIC CAMP TO BE OPENED..................................   9

TUESDAY, JULY 26, 198j

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HOUSING PRIORITY FOR FAMILIES JUSTIFIED - FORD

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THE PRESENT POLICY OF GIVING PRIORITY TO FAMILIES IS WELL JUSTIFIED IN A SITUATION WHERE SUBSIDISED PUBLIC HOUSING IS LIMITED.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, MR DAVID FORD, AT A MEETING WITH A GROUP Or URBAN COUNCILLORS AND DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS THIS AFTERNOON.

+EVEN THOUGH WE PRODUCE 35 030 FLATS A YEAR WE HAVE TO ESTABLISH PRIORITY AND SOME DESERVING GROUPS OF PEOPLE WILL BE DISAPPOINTED,* MR FORD ADDED.

+THIS IS NOT TO SAY THAT WE HAVE IGNORED THE HOUSING NEEDS OF SINGLE PEOPLE. WE DO PROVIDE PERMANENT HOUSING FOR SINGLE PEOPLE ON A SHARED BASIS WHEN THEY ARE ELDERLY OR IN COMPASSIONATE CASES.

+SOME 17 PER CENT OR ABOUT 30 000 OF THE 190 000 SINGLE PERSONS IN HONG KONG ARE LIVING IN OUR ESTATES AND ABOUT 30 TO AO PER CENT OF THE SINGLE PERSONS AFFECTED BY OUR DEVELOPMENT CLEARANCES ARE PROVIDED WITH PERMANENT HOUSING ON THE SAME BASIS.

♦FOR THOSE SINGLE PEOPLE WHO DO NOT FALL INTO THESE CATEGORIES AND WISH TO BE HOUSED BY THE GOVERNMENT, DECENT HOSTEL ACCOMMODATION IS PROVIDED,+ MR FORD SAID.

THE SECRETARY POINTED OUT THAT EVEN THE AGED, INFIRMED OR HANDICAPPED WERE CARED FOR BY WELFARE AGENCIES IN HOSTELS, AND ABLE-BODIED SINGLE PEOPLE COULD HARDLY CLAIM BETTER TREATMENT.

REFERRING TO A GROUP OF SINGLE PEOPLE STAGING A PROTEST OUTSIDE THE SECRETARIAT, MR FORD NOTED THAT SOMc OF THE PROTESTERS HAD CLAIMED THE HOSTELS MADE AVAILABLE WERE TOO FAR FROM THEIR PLACES OF WORK. HE THEREFORE SUGGESTED THAT THESE PEOPLE WOULD HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY, ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS, TO

TO A HOSTEL WHICH WOULD BE BUILT AT TSUEN WAN LATER TH IS MEANWHILE, THEY COULD MOVE INTO TRANSIT ACCOMMODATION IN ' -------------- COMPLETION OF THE NEW HOSTEL.

MOVE YEAR. TSUEN

WAN PENDING THE

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POLYTECHNIC

TO OFFER DEGREE COURSE IN DESIGN

APPROVAL HAS BEEN

GIVEN FOR A FURTHER DEGREE COURSE TO BE CONDUCTED AT THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC.

THE THREE-YEAR COURSE IN DESIGN (GRAPHIC DESIGN AND INDUSTRIAL DESIGN) WILL LEAD TO THE AWARD OF A BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE. DUE TO START IN 1984-85, IT WILL INITIALLY CATER TO 63 STUDENTS.

IT IS GEARED TOWARDS HELPING THE STUDENTS DEVELOP PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE IN VARIOUS AREAS O'7 DESIGN WORK AND SHOULD CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS HONG KONG’S EFFORTS TO PRODUCE MORE OR IG NAL CONSUMER PRODUCT DESIGNS AND TO IMPROVE STANDARDS '• GRAPHIC DESIGN SUCH AS ILLUSTRATION, AUDIO-VISUAL DESIGN AND PHOTOGRAPHY.

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THE DEGREE PROGRAMME HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE GOVERNMENT ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNIC GRANTS COMMITTEE AND FOLLOWING THE ADVICE OF THE COUNCIL FOR NATIONAL ACADEMIC AWARDS.

APPROVAL WAS GIVEN EARLIER FOR FIVE OTHER DEGREE COURSES TO BE OFFERED AT THE POLYTECHNIC, BEGINNING IN 1983-84. THESE ARE IN SOCIAL WORK, COMPUTER STUDIES, APPLIED SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS, ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERING.

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PUBLIC WARNED AGAINST EATING PUFFER FISH

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THE PUBLIC ARE TODAY WARNED AGAINST EATING PUFFER FISH WHICH CAN RESULT IN FATAL CASES OF FOOD POISONING.

The WARNING WAS REPEATED BY A SPOKESMAN FOR THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOLLOWING A COMPLAINT THAT THE FISH IS AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN THE LOCAL MARKET.

THE SPOKESMAN RECALLED THAT IN FEBRUARY THIS YEAR, A MAN DIED AND TWO OTHERS BECAME SERIOUSLY ILL AFTER EATING PUFFER Fl SH.

+THE POISON IN THE FISH CONCENTRATES IN THE INTERNAL ORGANS AND DIFFUSES INTO THE FLESH,+ HE EXPLAINED.

♦NORMALLY, THE POISON IS MORE CONCENTRATED IN SUMMER AND THE MORE COLOURFUL THE SPEClES ARE, THE MORE POISONOUS THE FISH IS LIKELY TO BE.

+AS THE TOXIN LEVEL PRESENT IN PUFFER FISH VARIES FROM FISH TO FISH AND FROM SEASON TO SEASON, THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO GUARANTEE OF SAFETY FOR ANY PERSON WHO EATS SUCH FISH.+

THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT HEALTH STAFF OF THE DEPARTMENT

ARE KEEPING A CLOSE WATCH ON THE SALE OF THE FISH IN THE MARKET.

CIRCULAR LETTERS HAVE ALSO BEEN SENT TO FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS ADVISING THEM NOT TO OFFER THE FISH FOR SALE AS FOOD ON DISHES.

UNDER THE FOOD AND DRUGS OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES ORDINANCE, HE WARNED, ANY PERSON WHO SELLS PUFFER FISH FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION IS LIABLE TO BE PROSECUTED.

HOWEVER, HE POINTED OUT, THOSE IMPORTED PUFFER FISH MAY BE ALLOWED FOR SALE SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:

(I) THAT THEY ARE ACCOMPANIED WITH AN OFFICIAL HEALTH CERTIFICATE ISSUED BY THE COMPETENT HEALTH AUTHORITY OF THE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN CERTIFYING THAT THE FISH DO NOT CONTAIN ANY HARMFUL SUBSTANCES :

(II) THAT THEY ARE FIT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION; AND

(I in THAT THEY ARE PERMITTED TO BE SOLD AS FOOD FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION IN THE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN.

IN ANY CASE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, ANYONE FEELING UNWELL AFTER EATING FISH OR FISHMEAT SHOULD CONSULT A DOCTOR AT ONCE.

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LEGCO TO DEAL WITH 13 BILLS, 8 QUESTIONS X rc x

THIRTEEN BILLS WILL BE INTRODUCED AND READ A SECOND TIME AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TOMORROW.

DEBATE ON THE BILLS WILL THEN BE ADJOURNED TILL THE FINAL MEETING OF THE CURRENT SESSION ON AUGUST 10.

IN ADDITION, EIGHT QUESTIONS WILL BE ASKED BY UNOFFICIALS ON

A VARIETY OF MATTERS. £

THE BILLS TO BE CONSIDERED WBRE RECENTLY GAZETTED AND ARE AS FOLLOWS:

SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION (1982-83) BILL 1983 ; CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (AMENDMENT) BILL 19835 CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (PRELIMINARY PROCEEDINGS ON AN INDICTABLE OFFENCE) BILL 1983; SUPREME COURT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983? SUPREME COURT (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1983; HONG KONG BAPTIST COLLEGE BILL 1983: HEUNG YEE KUK (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983’ SMOKING (PUBLIC HEALTH) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983; CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1983; INTERPRETATION AND GENERAL CLAUSES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) BILL 1983; MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENTS BILL 1983: POLICE FORCE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983; POLICE SUPERVISION (REPEAL) BILL 1983.

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DEBATE ON BILL RESUMING AUGUST 10 * * *

DEBATE ON THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, WHICH WAS INTRODUCED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JULY 13, WILL RESUME ON AUGUST 10, INSTEAD OF TOMORROW (JULY 27), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

THE BILL SEEKS TO INCREASE THE RATE OF PAID SICK LEAVE FOR ALL MANUAL WORKERS AND NON-MANUAL WORKERS EARNING N£T MORE THAN $7 500 A MONTH, AND TO IMPLEMENT PROPOSALS TO EXTEND SICKNESS BENEFITS FOR THOSE EMPLOYEES WHO MAY BE SICK FOR QUITE A LONG

PERIOD.

THE PURPOSE OF THE POSTPONEMENT IS TO ALLOW MORE TIME FOR UMELCO AND THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TO CONSIDER THE REPRESENTATIONS RECEIVED FROM VARIOUS BODIES h" ORGANISATIONS SINCE THE BILL WAS GAZETTED, THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

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GOVERNOR RETURNS FROM PEKING TOMORROW

MM * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, RETURNS FROM PEKING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) ON FLIGHT CA 103 ETA 1.55 PM AFTER ATTENDING TWO DAYS OF TALKS ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG.

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

PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CAMERAMEN ASSIGNED TO COVER THE ARRIVAL OF THE GOVERNOR SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE PRESS ROOM ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE ARRIVAL HALL NOT LATER THAN 12.45 PM. GIS OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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DISTRICT BOARDS TO DISCUSS VARIOUS MATTERS * * * *

KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE WHAMPOA DOCKYARD REDEVELOPMENT SCHEME IN HUNG HOM AT A MEETING ON THURSDAY (JULY 28).

THE PROPOSALS INCLUDE THE REZONING OF 2.1 HECTARES OF LAND ALONG THE SOUTHERN WATERFRONT FOR COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT, THE BUILDING OF MORE FLATS AND THE PROVISION OF A PRIMARY AND A SECONDARY SCHOOL.

AT THE MEETING MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE MANAGEMENT OF PRIVATE STREETS IN THE DISTRICT AND THE PROPOSED FACILITIES IN THE TO KWA WAN RECREATION GROUND.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE REVIEW OF A REPORT OF THE BOARD’S AD HOC COMMITTEE ON +A PERSPECTIVE OF EDUCATION IN HONG KONG+ AND A STUDY INTO THE POSSIBILITY OF IMPROVING TRAFFIC CONDITIONS IN NGA TSIN WAI ROAD AND JUNCTION ROAD.

TEN SEATS HAVE BEEN RESERVED FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AND THOSE WHO WISH TO ATTEND THE MEETING SHOULD CONTACT THE SECRETARY, MR KWAN WAI-HAY, AT 3-7110171.

ON THE SAME AFTERNOON, THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS TAXI OPERATIONS AND THE PROGRESS REPORTS OF THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT AND COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEES AT THEIR MEETING.

ON FRIDAY (JULY 29), MEMBERS OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD WILL BE BRIEFED AT THEIR MEETING ON THE SURVEILLANCE MEASURES TAKEN BY THE CITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO MONITOR WATER QUALITY AT GAZETTED BEACHES.

THEY WILL ALSO REVIEW THE PROGRAMME + MY SUGGESTION TO THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD+ AND DISCUSS THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT OF A NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE AND COMMUNITY HALL IN THE POKFULAM AREA.

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SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS TO BE AUCTIONED * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD ANOTHER AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR REGISTRATION NUMBERS AT 10 AM ON SATURDAY (JULY 30). IN THE CITY HALL RECITAL HALL.

THIRTY-FIVE SPECIAL BIDDING. THEY ARE : CAR NUMBERS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR

DA 821 CZ 8676 DA 628 BB 306 AR 317

CZ 891 CZ 729 AA 731 DA 1500 7007

CZ 2218 CZ 8886 CZ 8122 DA 1283 CH 1000

BE 2 CJ 888 CM 8 CZ 3998 DA 938

DA 911 DA 348 DA 511 CV 1 CY 10

BH 3618 3 DA 5111 AH 9500 CJ 85

BE 3 DA 133 BM 6668 CZ 8283 BH 216

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN REMINDED BIDDERS THAT THE VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBER WOULD BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO A VEHICLE REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER WITHIN 12 MONTHS CF THE AUCTION.

HE ALSO SAID THAT PAYMENT MUST BE MADE IN CASH OR BY CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE BIDDING.

PROCEEDS OF THE AUCTION WILL AS USUAL GO TO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND.

THE AUCTION WILL BE THE 86TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973.

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RESIDENTS SET TO DISCUSS EDUCATION REPORT * * * * *

RESIDENTS IN TSUEN WAN WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON THE REPORT +A PERSPECTIVE ON EDUCATION IN HONG KONG+ AT AN OPEN FORUM ON SATURDAY (JULY 33).

THE FORUM, TO BE HELD AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL AT 2.30 PM, IS BEING ORGANISED BY AN AD HOC WORKING GROUP OF THE DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, DR CHEUNG SAU-CHING, WILL CHAIR THE FORUM. THE GUEST SPEAKERS WILL INCLUDE A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE EDUCATION AND MANPOWER BRANCH, MR FRANCIS LEUNG; A SENIOR LECTURER OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY’S SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, DR BENJAMIN CHAN; AND A PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAMME COMMENTATOR FROM RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG, MR LO CHI-KIN.

MEMBERS OF ALL VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND SCHOOL STAFF IN THE DISTRICT HAVE BEEN INVITED TO THE FORUM. RESIDENTS ARE ALSO WELCOME TO ATTEND.

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TUESDAY, JULY 26, 198?

VIEWS ON THE REPORT CAN ALSO BE SENT TO THE COMMITTEE IN WRITING BEFORE AUGUST 5.

ALL VIEWS AND RECOMMENDATIONS MADE WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE EDUCATION AND MANPOWER BRANCH THROUGH THE DISTRICT BOARD.

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 FRIDAY

I(JULY 29), THE ACTING REGISTRAR OF THE SUPREME COURT, MR COLIN JAMES PERRIOR, ANNOUNCED TODAY.

THE LIST WILL REMAIN POSTED FOR 14 DAYS DURING WHICH PERIOD ANY PERSON MAY APPLY BY NOTICE IN WRITING TO THE REGISTRAR REQUIRING THAT HIS NAME OR THE NAME OF SOME OTHER PERSON BE POSTED OR REMOVED UPON CAUSE DULY ASSIGNED IN SUCH NOTICE. THE REGISTRAR SHALL IN HIS DISCRETION, POST OR REMOVE SUCH NAME ACCORDINGLY AND SHALL IF NECESSARY ALTER THE LIST.

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TWO JAPANESE SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED ******

HONG KONG STUDENTS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 18 AND 22 CAN NOW APPLY FOR TWO JAPANESE GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED UNDER THE MONBUSHO SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME.

THE SCHOLARSHIPS PROVIDE FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES IN SOCIAL SCIENCE AND HUMANITIES AT A JAPANESE UNIVERSITY.

THE APPLICANTS SHOULD HAVE COMPLETED THE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS CF EITHER OF THE TWO UNIVERSITIES IN HONG KONG I OR PASSED IN TWO RELEVANT SUBJECTS AT THE ADVANCED LEVEL AND IN THREE RELEVANT SUBJECTS AT THE ORDINARY LEVEL* OR PASSED IN THREE RELEVANT SUBJECTS AT THE ADVANCED LEVEL AND IN ONE RELEVANT SUBJECT AT ORDINARY LEVEL IN THE GCE.

THE AWARDS ARE NORMALLY TENABLE FOR FIVE YEARS FROM APRIL, 1984 TO MARCH, 1989 AND WILL COVER TUITION, ACCOMMODATION, LIVING EXPENSES AND RETURN PASSAGE.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE ENROLLED AT THE JAPANESE LANGUAGE SCHOOL ATTACHED TO THE TOKYO UNIVERSITY OF FOREIGN STUDIES AND WILL BE GIVEN A ONE-YEAR COURSE ON THE JAPANESE LANGUAGE AND OTHER NECESSARY SUBJECTS TO PREPARE THEM FOR THE FOUR-YEAR DEGREE COURSE.

APPLICATION FORMS AND FURTHER INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT ROOM 1522, LEIGHTON CENTRE, 77 LEIGHTON ROAD, HONG KONG.

COMPLETED FORMS AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE SAME OFFICE NOT LATER THAN AUGUST 19.

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WAN CHAI TRAFFIC CHANGES MO

FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (JULY 28), NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN WAN CHAI FOLLOWING THE INTRODUCTION OF SIGNAL-CONTROLLED PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS ON WAN CHAI ROAD.

TRAFFIC ON MALLORY STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE WAY NORTHBOUND AND VEHICLES WILL HAVE TO TURN LEFT ONTO JOHNSTON ROAD.

TRAFFIC ON BURROWS STREET WILL ONLY BE ALLOWED TO TURN LEFT ONTO WAN CHAI ROAD.

HOWEVER, EASTBOUND TRAFFIC ON WOOD ROAD WILL HAVE TO TURN RIGHT ONTO WAN CHAI ROAD.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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BOOST IN USE CF CAR PARK EXPECTED

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MONTHLY TICKETS FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM 8 AM, THURSDAY (JULY 28).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT SINCE ITS OPENING ON JULY 18, THE UTILISATION OF THE CAR PARK HAD BEEN ON THE INCREASE.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE SALE OF MONTHLY TICKETS, COMBINED WITH THE OPERATION AGAINST ILLEGAL PARKING IN THE VICINITY AND THE COMPLETION OF THE NEARBY COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT, WILL FURTHER BOOST THE USE OF THE CAR PARK.

THE TICKETS, AT $400 EACH, WILL EE ON SALE AT THE CAR PARK’S SHROFF OFFICE.

HOURLY CHARGES OF THE TSUEN WAN STATION CAR PARK HAVE BEEN SET AT A RELATIVLEY LOW LEVEL, TO ACHIEVE MAXIMUM UTILISATION: S2 PER HOUR FROM 8 AM TO 6 PM AND $1 AN HOUR FROM 6 PM TO 8 AM.

BESIDES MEETING THE GENERAL PARKING NEEDS IN THE AREA, THE CAR PARK IS EXPECTED TO PROVIDE PARK-AND-RIDE ACCESS TO THE RAILWAY.

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CHANGE OF VENUE FOR SEMINAR * * * x

THE SEMINAR FOR MOBILE FOOD VAN OPERATORS WILL BE HELD AT A DIFFERENT VENUE ON THURSDAY (JULY 23) IN VIEW OF THE LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO WISH TO ATTEND, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

THE NEW VENUE WILL BE THE ASSEMBLY HALL ON THE FIFTH FLOOR CF THE ABERDEEN MARKET COMPLEX.

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JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE SEMINAR IS IN LINE WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF A MOBILE FOOD VAN SERVICE TO THE WONG CHUK HANG INDUSTRIAL AREA LATER THIS YEAR.

AT THE SEMINAR, A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE DEPARTMENT’S LICENSING UNIT WILL TALK ON THE NEW LICENSING CONDITIONS AND THE APPLICATION PROCEDURES FOR MOBILE FOOD VANS, FACTORY CANTEENS AND FOOD FACTORIES.

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WATER LEAKAGE TESTS KMX

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN WAN CHAI AND SAN PO KONG WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVERAL HOURS BETWEEN FRIDAY (JULY 29) AND SATURDAY FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

IN WAN CHAI, WATER SUPPLY TO PREMISES BOUNDED BY HENNESSY ROAD, CANAL ROAD WEST LEIGHTON ROAD, MORRISON HILL ROAD, WAN CHAI ROAD AND HEARD STREET WILL BE INTERRUPTED FROM 11 PM ON FRIDAY TO 6 AM ON SATURDAY.

IN SAN PO KONG, WATER SUPPLY WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 10 PM ON FRIDAY TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY.

JUNCTION ROAD, TUNG TAU TSUEN , INCLUDING TUNG TSI NG ROAD, (PUI MAN TSUEN) AND BLOCK

AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY ROAD, TUNG LUNG ROAD AND TUNG WOR ROAD hEI TUNG ESTATE, TUNG TAU COTTAGE AREA NO. 5 TUNG TAU ESTATE.

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SALT WATER MAINS WORK X X X X X

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO SOME AREAS IN KOWLOON WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 10 AM TO 7 PM ON FRIDAY (JULY 29) FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

AFFECTED AREAS AREt KWUN TONG, NGAU TAU KOK, NGAU CHI WAN AND SAN PO KONG, INCLUDING CHOI HUNG, PING SHEK, SAU MAU PING, LAM TIN, CHOI WAN, SHUN LEE, SHUN ON AND SHUN TIN ESTATES AS WELL AS HONG LEE ROAD, HONG NING AND KUNG LOK ROADS.

TUESDAY, JULY 26, 1983

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NOTE TO ED I TORS»

STATISTICS CHIEF TO MEET MEDIA * K X

THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS, MR COLIN GREENFIELD. WILL HOLD A +MEET THE MEDIA* SESSION IN THE GIS THEATRE, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, FIFTH FLOOR, AT 4 PM ON THURSDAY (JULY 28).

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO ATTEND.

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YOUTH MUSIC CAMP TO BE OPENED * * *

THE 1983 HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC CAMP, ORGAN!SED BY THE MUS!C OFFICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT, WILL BE HELD AT ST. STEPHEN’S COLLEGE IN STANLEY FROM SATURDAY, JULY 30 TO SUNDAY, AUGUST 14.

MR W.C.L. BROWN, UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT 11 AM ON SUNDAY (JULY 31).

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY. TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WISHING TO TAKE OFF IC I AL TRANSPORT^ SHOULD ARRIVE AT QUEEN’S PIER NOT LATER THAN 9.45 AM ON SUNDAY (JULY 31).

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING:

LEGCO APPROVES CHANGES TO STANDING ORDERS ................. 1

BUDGET DEFICIT SMALLER BY S3OO M .......................... 3

CARGO HANDLING CAPACITY BEING EXPANDED .................... 4

GOVERNMENT AGAIN CONSIDERING. BAN ON TOY GUNS ............. . 5

BILL SEEKS POWER TO OVERRULE FOR APPEALS COURT ............ 6

BILL TO IMPROVE CONTROL OF MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENTS.......... 7

CONSTRUCTION WORK DAMAGE TO ROADS SMALL.................... 8

LACK OF JOBS FOR SEAMEN 'REFLECTS MARKET FORCES' .......... 8

BILL PROVIDES FOR BAPTIST COLLEGE BOARD ................... 9

RESOLUTIONS ON FIVE FUNDS APPROVED......................... 10

GOVERNMENT BOOSTS MUSIC EDUCATION: HAYE ................... 11

REPORT ON POWER COMPANIES TO BE PUBLISHED ................. 13

DECLINE NOTED IN USE OF POLICE SUPERVISION ORDERS.......... 13

USEFUL CHANGES IN SENTENCING SEEN IN BILL ................. 14

BILL TO REDUCE DELAY IN COURT CASES ....................... 15

SAME PUNISHMENT SOUGHT FOR ATTEMPTED OFFENCES ............. 15

BILL REQUIRES BANKS TO PROVIDE INFORMATION ................ 16

AMENDMENT TO CONSPIRACY LAW SOUGHT ........................ 16

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MOSQUITO BREEDING FINES INCREASED ......................... 17

BILL TO CLEAR UP UNCERTAINTY............................... 18

ENERGY CONSERVATION DRIVE KEPT UP...........*.............. 18

EVENING CLINICS HANDLE 3 500 PATIENTS DAILY................ 19

BILL TO ENABLE HEUNG YEE KUK TO SELL PROPERTY ............. 20

NEW 'SUPER STAR' INTERCOM SYSTEM OFFERED ...».............. 2.1

QUICK ACTION NEEDED FOR SEIZURE - CHING . ,..j ....... . ,^...23.^.

TRIBUTE TO BENNETT . AND TQPLEY............................ 22

GOVERNOR TO REPORT ON'TALKS'TO'EXCO.......................... . 73

GOVERNMENT'S'ROLE IN CAREERS EDUCATION STRESSED ............. 23

DISTRICT BOARDS STRENGTHEN FIGHT AGAINST DRUGS............ 24

TENDERS SOUGHT TO 'CROWN LAND TENANCY........................ 25

URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS FOR PO ON ROAD .................. 25


WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 1983

LEGCO APPROVES CHANGES TO STANDING ORDERS ******

A NUMBER OF CHANGES TO THE STANDING ORDERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WERE APPROVED BY MEMBERS TODAY.

THE CHANGES WERE BASED ON THE REPORT OF A WORKING PARTY WHOSE APPOINTMENT WAS ANNOUNCED BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, LAST OCTOBER.

THE OBJECTIVE OF THE WORKING PARTY, SIR EDWARD SAID AT THE TIME, WAS TO +REVIEW THE STANDING ORDERS, CONVENTIONS AND PRACTICES OF THIS COUNCIL SO AS TO ACHIEVE, AMONG OTHER THINGS, A MORE STRUCTURED PUBLIC DEBATE OF LEGISLATION AND AN EASIER EXCHANGE OF QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS, RESULTING IN A TRUER REFLECTION OF THE COUNCIL’S ESSENTIALLY REPRESENTATIVE ROLE*.

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON MICHAEL THOMAS, IN MOVING THE RESOLUTION TODAY, CITED TWO CHANGES WHICH SHOULD BRING ABOUT A ♦NOTICEABLE DIFFERENCE* IN THE WAY THE COUNCIL OPERATES*

FIRST, THE PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL MEETING WOULD BE GIVEN THE DISCRETION TO EXTEND THE PERIOD OF 20 MINUTES WITHIN WHICH AN EX-OFFICIO OR AN UNOFFICIAL MUST BE CALLED UPON TO REPLY, AND THE OVERALL PERIOD OF 30 MINUTES WITHIN WHICH THE QUESTION MUST BE PUT TO CONCLUDE THE DEBATE. IT WAS FELT THAT THE PRESENT TIME LIMITS TENDED TO DISCOURAGE DEBATE.

SECOND, THE FINANCE COMMITTEE WOULD BE PERMITTED TO SIT IN PUBLIC FOR ITS EXAMINATION OF THE DRAFT ESTIMATES BEFORE THE APPROPRIATION BILL IS CONSIDERED IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE COUNCIL. THE WORKING PARTY FELT THAT THIS STEP WOULD HELP IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF OPEN GOVERNMENT, AND WOULD DEMONSTRATE TO THE PUBLIC THE ACCOUNTABILITY OF CONTROLLING OFFICERS.

ANOTHER MAJOR CHANGE RAISED THE QUORUM OF THE COUNCIL FROM 10 TO 20 TO REFLECT THE GROWTH OF THE COUNCIL’S MEMBERSHIP, MR THOMAS POINTED OUT.

AND, NOTICE OF PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO A BILL IN A COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE COUNCIL WOULD BE GIVEN FOUR, INSTEAD OF THREE, CLEAR DAYS IN ADVANCE OF THE BILL’S REFERRAL TO THE COMMITTEE.

THIS WOULD PROVIDE MORE TIME FOR PUBLICITY TO BE GIVEN TO PROPOSED AMENDMENTS, AND WOULD BRING THE REQUIREMENTS FOR NOTICE INTO LINE WITH THE PROVISIONS FOR MOTIONS AND QUESTIONS, HE SAID

♦ANOTHER AMENDMENT WHICH SHOULD NOT BE GIVEN HEADLINES BUT SHOULD BE PUT IN CONTEXT WAS THE DELETION OF REFERENCES TO HONG KONG AS A COLONY,* HE STRESSED.

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THIS, HE ADDED, FOLLOWED THE PRACTICE WITH REGARD TO LEGISLATION AND OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS AND HAD NO SPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE.

MR THOMAS ALSO SPOKE OF VARIOUS PROPOSALS MADE BY THE WORKING PARTY IN RELATION TO THE PASSAGE OF BILLS, QUESTIONS, PROVISIONS FOR DEBATE AND GENERAL PROCEDURE.

ON BILLS, THE PARTY RECOMMENDED OR PROPOSED THATi

* WHERE AMENDMENTS HAVE BEEN PROPOSED OR PROMPTED BY UNOFFICIALS, THE MOVING OF THOSE AMENDMENTS IN A COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE COUNCIL SHOULD BE UNDERTAKEN BY THE UNOFFICIALS TO ENSURE THAT CREDIT GOES WHERE IT IS DUE.

* THE ADMINISTRATION SHOULD BE PERMITTED TO MAKE INFORMALLY MINOR CORRECTIONS OF TYPOGRAPHY, CROSS REFERENCE AND OTHER SIMPLE ERRORS IN A BILL, AFTER ITS APPROVAL BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AND BEFORE ITS INTRODUCTION INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. THIS LIBERTY, MR THOMAS SAID, WILL BE TAKEN BY THE LAW DRAFTSMAN IN CONSULTATION WITH THE CLERK TO THE COUNCIL.

M WHERE POSSIBLE, AMENDED CLAUSES SHOULD BE BATCHED AT THE COMMITTEE STAGE TO ALLOW THE SPONSOR OF A BILL OR AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER TO SPEAK ONCE TO COVER ALL THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS, AND TO ALLOW ALL THE AMENDMENTS TO BE VOTED ON TOGETHER. MR THOMAS SAID THAT THIS PRACTICE HAD ALREADY STARTED, STREAMLINING THE COUNCIL’S WORK.

AS FOR DEBATES, HE SAID, THE WORKING PARTY NOTED THAT THE PRESENTATION OF A SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION BILL ON THE UNAUDITED ACCOUNTS IN JUNE OR JULY OF EACH YEAR WOULD PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR A THIRD GENERAL DEBATE.

SUCH A DEBATE, HE ADDED, WOULD ROUND OFF THE WORK OF THE SESSION AND MIGHT PROVIDE USEFUL GUIDELINES ON WHICH THE ADMINISTRATION COULD WORK DURING THE RECESS BEFORE THE GOVERNOR’S NEXT ANNUAL ADDRESS.

FINALLY, THE PARTY EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT STILL MORE USE MIGHT BE MADE OF CANTONESE IN THE COUNCIL DEBATE, MR THOMAS SAID.

SPEAKING ON THE RESOLUTION, THE HON ROGER LOBO SAID THAT UNOFFICIALS OF THE COUNCIL HAD BEEN CONSULTED AND HAD CONTRIBUTED TO THE WORKING GROUP’S REPORT.

HE SAID THAT THE UNOFFICIALS WELCOMED THE CHANGES PROPOSED.

THE AMENDMENTS WILL COME INTO EFFECT ON SEPTEMBER 1.

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BUDGET DEFICIT SMALLER BY 1300 M *****

THE BUDGET DEFICIT FOR FISCAL 1982-83 WAS MORE THAN $300 MILLION BELOW THE ESTIMATE ANNOUNCED IN THE BUDGET DEBATE LAST APRIL, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

ACTUAL REVENUE FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR WAS $31 098 MILLION AND THE FINAL DEFICIT WAS $3 500 MILLION, COMPARED WITH AN ESTIMATED DEFICIT OF $3 828 MILLION, SIR JOHN SAID, IN MOVING THE SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION (1982-83) BILL 1983 THROUGH A SECOND READING.

THE BILL SEEKS TO GIVE FINAL LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY TO THE SUPPLEMENTARY FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF RESOLUTIONS PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL FOR THE SERVICE OF THE LAST FISCAL YEAR.

THE TOTAL NET SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION REQUIRED IS $1 974 MILLION UNDER 53 HEADS.

SIR JOHN SAID THAT THIS EXCESS WAS ALMOST ENTIRELY ACCOUNTED FOR BY THE 1982 SALARIES REVISION FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE ($1 655 MILLION) AND GOVERNMENT SUBVERTED ORGANISATIONS ($181 MILLION), AND FOR THE PAYMENT OF PENSIONS, RETIRING ALLOWANCES AND GRATUITIES TO CONTRACT OFFICERS ($134 MILLION).

♦NEVERTHELESS, BECAUSE OF SAVINGS MADE IN OTHER SUBHEADS ACTUAL EXPENDITURE AT $34 598 MILLION FOR THE FULL FINANCIAL YEAR WAS $925 MILLION LESS THAN THE ORIGINAL ESTIMATE,♦ HE SAID.

TOWARDS THE END OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR, THERE WAS A SHARP DROP IN CAPITAL EXPENDITURE RESULTING FROM DELAYS IN BUILDING PROGRAMMES AND FROM LOWER THAN ANTICIPATED RESUMPTION COSTS UNDER THE LAND ACQUISITION PROGRAMME, HE EXPLAINED.

THE DELAYS, SIR JOHN ADDED, WERE OCCASIONED MAINLY BY MUCH HIGHER THAN AVERAGE RAINFALL.

EXPENDITURE FROM THE CAPITAL WORKS RESERVE FUND AT $7 603 MILLION WAS $769 MILLION LESS THAN THE ORIGINAL ESTIMATE.

♦CONSEQUENTLY, THERE HAS BEEN A MUCH LARGER CARRY FORWARD OF $3.2 BILLION INTO 1983-84, WHICH WILL BE MOST HELPFUL IN THE MAINTENANCE OF IMPETUS,♦ SIR JOHN SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED TO AUGUST 10.

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CARGO HANDLING CAPACITY BEING EXPANDED ******

THE CAPACITY OF ALL PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREAS AND PUBLIC WATERFRONTS WOULD BE EXPANDED BY 25 PER CENT BY 1986, SUFFICIENT TO COPE WITH THE EXPECTED INCREASE IN THE LEVEL OF ACTIVITY OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS, THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON K.Y. YEUNG, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THIS WOULD BE ACHIEVED BY EXTENDING TWO OF THE SIX EXISTING PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREAS, AT TSUEN WAN AND RAMBLER CHANNEL, AND BY BUILDING A SEVENTH CARGO AREA LOCATED IN CHAI WAN, M? YEUNG SAID.

THE EXTENSION PROJECT WOULD BE COMPLETED AT THE END OF THIS YEAR WHILE THE NEW AREA WAS EXPECTED TO BE IN OPERATION BY 1986, MR YEUNG SAID IN REPLY TO QUESTIONS BY THE HON WONG PO-YAN.

TOTAL THROUGHPUT IN 1982 AT THE SIX PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREAS AND THREE PUBLIC WATERFRONTS OPERATED BY THE MARINE DEPARTMENT REACHED 4.9 MILLION TONNES, ABOUT 70 PER CENT OF THEIR MAXIMUM CAPACITY UNDER THE SYSTEM OF MANAGEMENT IN FORCE LAST YEAR.

MR YEUNG SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS NOT COMPLACENT ABOUT THE PROVISION OF THE ADDITIONAL FACILITIES.

+THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE IS ACTIVELY EXAMINING THE FEASIBILITY OF BUILDING A FURTHER THREE PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREAS.

+BUT GIVEN THE SCARCITY OF SUITABLE WATERFRONT SITES AND THE RELATIVELY LONG LEAD TIMES INVOLVED IN THEIR CONSTRUCTION, IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT WE SEEK TO MAXIMISE THE CAPACITY OF EXISTING FACILITIES BY IMPROVING THE EFFICIENCY OF CARGO HANDLING OPERATIONS,* MR YEUNG POINTED OUT.

THE NEW BERTH ALLOCATION SYSTEM INTRODUCED LAST JANUARY HAD BROUGHT ABOUT A FASTER AND LARGER TURNOVER OF VESSELS USING THE PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREAS AND PUBLIC WATERFRONTS, HE ADDED.

IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR, 25 000 VESSELS BERTHED AT THESE WATERFRONTS, COMPARED WITH 20 500 IN THE SAME PERIOD IN 1982.

THE SURCHARGE ON BERTHING FEES HAD SUCCESSFULLY REDUCED THE BERTHING PERIOD OF MOST VESSELS TO WITHIN TWO DAYS, AND HAD ALSO PREVENTED PROLONGED OCCUPATION OF WATERFRONT BY IDLE LIGHTERS, HE SAID.

THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE WAS CURRENTLY REVIEWING THE NEW BERTH ALLOCATION SYSTEM IN THE LIGHT OF THE EXPERIENCE GAINED OVER THE PAST SIX MONTHS, WITH A VIEW TO PROPOSING NECESSARY IMPROVEMENTS, MR YEUNG ADDED.

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ON THE FIVE CONTAINER TERMINALS IN KWAI CHUNG, HE NOTED THAT LAST YEAR’S TOTAL THROUGHPUT OF 1.5 MILLION TEU’S (TwENTY-FOOT EQUIVALENT UNITS) EXCEEDED THEIR EFFICIENT WORKING CAPACITY OF 1.2 MILLION TEU’S.

HOwEVER, THE GOVERNMENT HAD APPROVED A PRIVATE TREATY GRANT OF LAND TO TWO OF THE THREE TERMINAL OPERATORS TO ENABLE THEM TO RECLAIM KWAI CHUNG CREEK, MR YEUNG REPORTED.

THE AIM WAS TO HAVE THIS PROJECT COMPLETED IN 1986 WHEN THE EFFICIENT WORKING CAPACITY WOULD BE RAISED BY 80 PER CENT TO 2.2 MILLION TEU’S A YEAR AGAINST A THROUGHPUT OF 2.05 MILLION TCU’S ESTIMATED FOR THAT YEAR, HE SAID.

THE PROJECT WOULD ALSO IMPROVE VEHICULAR MOVEMENT TO AND FROM THE CONTAINER TERMINALS.

THE RECLAMATION OF THE CREEK WOULD BE FOLLOWED IN DUE COURSE BY ADDITIONAL TERMINALS IN KWAI CHUNG, WITH THEIR PLANNING AND CONSTRUCTION TO BE CLOSELY MONITORED BY THE CONTAINER PORT EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, MR YEUNG SAID.

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GOVERNMENT AGAIN CONSIDERING BAN ON TOY GUNS

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THE GOVERNMENT WAS ONCE AGAIN CONSIDERING WHETHER IT WOULD BE FEASIBLE TO BAN TOY GUNS, IN SOME WAY, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON PATRICK WILLIAMSON, SAID TODAY.

♦BECAUSE Or THE RAMIFICATIONS FOR OUR INTERNATIONAL TRADE WE HAVE TILL NOW TRIED TO CONTROL THE USE OF IMITATION FIREARMS THROUGH STATUTORY RESTRICTIONS ON THEIR POSSESS ION,♦ W WILLIAMSON SAID.

BUT THIS HAD NOT PROVED EFFECTIVE, HE SAID.

MR WILLIAMSON SAID THE MATTER WOULD INITIALLY BE PUT TO THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE.

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON T.S. LO.

MR LO HAD ASKED WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONSIDER BANNING THE IMPORT, MANUFACTURING EXCEPT FOR EXPORT, SALE, OR POSSESSION WITHOUT AUTHORITY OF TOY GUNS SO THAT THEY COULD NOT BE USED:

M IN CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES BY CRIMINALS PRETENDING THAT THEY ARE REAL FIREARMS, OR

M BY BEING CONVERTED UNLAWFULLY INTO REAL FIREARMS.

♦YES, SIR,+ MR WILLIAMSON REPLIED.

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BILL SEEKS POWER TO OVERRULE FOR APPEALS COURT * # * *

THE SUPREME COURT (AMENDMENT) (NO 2) BILL 1983 SEEKS TO EMPOWER A COURT OF APPEAL COMPRISING FIVE OR MORE JUDGES TO OVERRULE AN EARLIER DECISION BY THE COURT WITH LESS THAN FIVE JUDGES, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON MICHAEL THOMAS, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THIS IS PROVIDED THAT IT IS SATISFIED THE LAW APPLIED IN THE EARLIER DECISION WAS WRONG OR CONFLICTS WITH A DECISION OF THE HOUSE OF LORDS, THE PRIVY COUNCIL OR ANOTHER DECISION OF THE COURT OF APPEAL.

THE COURT WILL BE ABLE TO APPLY THE CORRECTED LAW TO THE CASE BEFORE IT OR GIVE NOTICE THAT IT WILL APPLY THAT LAW IN THE FUTURE.

THIS POWER IS FOR THE PURPOSE OF AVOIDING UNDUE DISTURBANCE TO THE AFFAIRS OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE ACTED ON THE BASIS OF THE HITHERTO ACCEPTED VIEW OF THE LAW.

♦IN EXERCISING ITS POWERS, THE COURT IS DIRECTED TO HAVE REGARD TO THE DANGER OF THIS DISTURBANCE AND THE DESIRABILITY OF CERTAINTY IN THE LAW,+ MR THOMAS SAID ON THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL.

TWO ACADEMIC LAWYERS WHO HAD BEEN CONSULTED SUPPORTED THE BILL IN PRINCIPLE WHILE THE LAW SOCIETY HAD STATED IT HAD NO OBJECTION TO THE PROPOSALS, HE POINTED OUT.

BUT THE BAR COMMITTEE HAD DECIDED BY A MAJORITY THAT THE BILL COULD NOT BE SUPPORTED, HE ADDED.

THE BAR COMMITTEE’S MAIN OBJECTIONS WERE THAT THE PROPOSALS WOULD GIVE THE JUDGES THE POWER OF LEGISLATION, LEADING TO UNCERTAINTY IN THE LAW.

THE BILL WILL ENABLE A SPECIALLY CONSTITUTED COURT OF APPEAL TO ADOPT A STRAIGHT-FORWARD APPROACH AND THROW OFF THE FETTERS CF A PREVIOUS DECISION WHICH IS CLEARLY WRONG,♦ MR THOMAS SAID.

UNDER THE BILL, A PREVIOUS DECISION OF DOUBTFUL MERIT COULD BE PUT RIGHT IN HONG KONG WITHOUT THE SUBSTANTIAL EXPENSE AND ~ TIME INVOLVED IN AN APPEAL TO THE PRIVY COUNCIL, HE ADDED.

I AM CONFIDENT THAT A COURT OF FIVE JUDGES WILL NOT ACT ON A WHIM OR A FANCY WHERE IT CHOOSES TO EXERCISE THIS NEW POWER AND I VENTURE TO THINK IT WILL BE SPARINGLY USED.

I HAVE CAREFULLY CONSIDERED THE OBJECTIONS OF THE BAR COMMITTEE AND MY VIEW IS THAT THE BILL SHOULD NONETHELESS BE SUPPORTED,♦ MR THOMAS SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED TO AUGUST 10.

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BILL TO IMPROVE CONTROL OF MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENTS * * *

THE PURPOSE OF THE MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENT BILL 1983 WAS TO INTRODUCE AN IMPROVED SYSTEM FOR THE LICENSING AND CONTROL Or MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENTS, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON PATRICK WILLIAMSON, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THE BILL, IF PASSED, WOULD ALLO* LAWFUL MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENTS TO FLOURISH WHILE STRICT CURBS WOULD CONTINUE TO EE APPLIED TO UNLICENSED ONES, MR WILLIAMSON SAID IN MOVING THE BILL THROUGH ITS SECOND READING.

UNDER THE BILL, THE LICENSEE WILL BE REQUIRED TO EXERCISE PERSONAL SUPERVISION AND WILL BE HELD L.ABLE IF HE FAILS TO KEEP HIS STAFF IN ORDER.

HE WILL COMMIT AN OFFENCE UNLESS ABLE TO SHOW THAT, DESPITE PROPER DISCHARGE OF THIS DUTY C17 PERSONAL SUPERVISION, THE OFFENCE WAS CAUSED BY SOMEONE ELSE’S CONDUCT AND COULD NOT HAVE BEEN AVOIDED,♦ MR WILLIAMSON EXPLAINED.

THE BILL DELETES THE REGULATION WHICH REQUIRES THAT CUSTOMERS BE MASSAGED ONLY BY MEMBERS OF THE SAME SEX.

MR WILLIAMSON SAID THAT THE INTENTION WAS THAT CUSTOMERS SHOULD BE FREE TO CHOOSE AS IT HAD BECOME SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE FOR MASSAGE PER SE TO BE ADMINISTERED BY A MEMBER OF THE OPPOSITE SEX.

ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST LICENSED ESTABLISHMENTS WHICH ACT AS A COVER FOR VICE WILL CONTINUE UNDER THE CRIMES ORDINANCE — AND IF CONVICTED THEIR CHANCES OF RETAINING THEIR LICENCE WILL BE VIRTUALLY NON-EXISTENT,+ HE SAID.

THE CLOSE CONNECTION BETWEEN +MASSAGE+ AND +VICE* MEANT THAT GREATER PENALTIES AND STRICTER LAWS WERE NEEDED TO ASSIST THE POLICE IN PROSECUTING UNLICENSED ESTABLISHMENTS WHERE ♦MASSAGc* WAS A COVER FOR +VICE+, MR WILLIAMSON ADDED.

TO THIS END, OPERATORS OF SUCH ESTABLISHMENTS WILL BE LIABLE TO GREATLY INCREASED PENALTIES RISING TO A FINE OF $100 000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR TWO YEARS ON A SECOND OR SUBSEQUENT CONVICTION,♦ HE SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED TILL AUGUST 10.

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CONSTRUCTION WORK DAMAGE TO ROADS SMALL Kam**

WATER SPRAYED ON ROAD SURFACE AND ON WHEELS OF VEHICLES LEAVING CONSTRUCTION SITES CAUSED NO SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO ROADS, PROVIDED THE ROAD SURFACE WAS IN GOOD CONDITION, THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, MR CHAN NAI-KEONG, SAID TODAY.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL BY THE HON K.C. CHAN, HE SAID THAT ROADS ADJOINING CONSTRUCTION SITES VERE, HOWEVER, VULNERABLE TO DAMAGE.

♦THE MERE WEIGHT OF EARTH-MOVING LORRIES SHOULD NOT CAUSE ANY SERIOUS DAMAGE TO ROADS WHICH ARE DESIGNED FOR HEAVY WEAR. WHAT CAN HAPPEN, HOWEVER, IS THAT MATERIALS SUCH AS GRIT AND STONES WHICH FALL FROM LORRIES MAY BE GROUND INTO THE ROAD SURFACE, BREAKING IT AND RENDERING IT MORE VULNERABLE TO FURTHER DAMAGE,* MR CHAN SAID.

IF A ROAD SURFACE WHICH IS ALREADY DAMAGED IS SUBJECTED TO SPRAYING IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THE WATER MIGHT SEEP THROUGH THE CRACKS IN THE SURFACE AND AFFECT THE ROAD FOUNDATION, WHICH WOULD IN TURN RESULT IN FURTHER DAMAGE TO THE SURFACE.*

MR CHAN SAID THE AMOUNT OF DAMAGE ATTRIBUTABLE TO CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES WAS CONSIDERED VERY SMALL.

IN ANY CASE, REPAIRS TO THE ROAD SURFACE AND ANY OTHER RELATED DAMAGE IS CHARGED TO THOSE RESPONSIBLE,* MR CHAN SAID.

IN RESPECT OF GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS, THE CONTRACTOR IS REQUIRED to MAKE GOOD ANY DAMAGE CAUSES TO GOVERNMENT PROPERTY INCLUDING ROADS WHEREAS FOR PRIVATE SITES, THE STANDARD LEASE CONDITIONS PROVIDE FOR THE LESSEE TO REIMBURSE GOVERNMENT THE COST OF MAKING GOOD ANY DAMAGE CAUSED TO ADJOINING ROADS.♦

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FROM 1980 TO 1982, THE NUMBER OF POSTS FILLED BY HONG KONG SEAMEN ON FOREIGN-GOING SHIPS FELL BY ABOUT 20 PER CENT - FROM ABOUT 18 200 TO 14 030, THE HON K.Y. YEUNG SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, THE NUMBER DECLINED BY ANOTHER 1 251 POSTS.

THE INFORMATION WAS SUPPLIED BY EMPLOYERS OF HONG KONG SEAMEN TO THE SEAMEN’S RECRUITING OFFICE, MR YEUNG SAID, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI.

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♦THIS IRE. REFLECTS THE OPERATION OF MARKET FORCES IN A RECESSIONARY PERIOD AND A GROWING TENDENCY WORLD-WlDc TOWARDS EMPLOYING SEAMEN WITH A BROADER RANGE OF SKILLS,* MR YEUNG POINTED OUT.

HE SAID THAT GOVERNMENT ATTEMPTS TO INTERFERE WITH THE OPERATION OF MARKET FORCES WERE NORMALLY FUTILE OR INEFFECTIVE, AND COULD BE DAMAGING TO THE ECONOMY.

♦FOR THIS REASON, THE GOVERNMENT HAS ALWAYS LEFT ENTREPRENEUR I A1 DECISIONS, INCLUDING EMPLOYMENT DECISIONS, TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR,* HE SAID. THE EMPLOYMENT OF LOCAL SEAMEN DID NOT APPEAR TO JUSTIFY DEVIATION FROM THIS GENERAL PRINCIPLE.

HOWEVER, THE GOVERNMENT SUPPORTED INSTITUTIONS WHICH SOUGHT TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF THE WORK FORCE.

TRAINING FOR OFFICERS IS ALREADY AVAILABLE IN THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC; FOR RATINGS, A TRAINING CENTRE AT LITTLE SAI WAN IS EXPECTED TO START OPERATION NEXT JANUARY UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL.

*THE OBJECT IS TO PROVIDE REMEDIAL TRAINING FOR REGISTERED RATINGS, TO BRING THEM UP TO THE STANDARDS REQUIRED UNDER THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION ON STANDARDS OF TRAINING, CERTIFICATION AND WATCHKEEPING OF 1978.

♦IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THE EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS OF HONG KONG SEAMEN WHO HAVE UNDERGONE SUCH TRAINING WILL BE IMPROVED,* MR YEUNG SAID.

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A BILL WHICH PROVIDES FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A BOARD OF GOVERNORS, A COUNCIL AND AN ACADEMIC BOARD OF THE HONG KONG BAPTIST COLLEGE WAS INTRODUCED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE HONG KONG BAPTIST COLLEGE BILL 1983, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON KENNETH TOPLEY, SAID THE PURPOSE OF THE BILL WAS TO REPLACE THE HONG KONG BAPTIST COLLEGE BOARD OF GOVERNORS INCORPORATION ORDINANCE IN ORDER TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE NEW ROLE OF THE COLLEGE AND TO CREATE A NEW FRAMEWORK FOR THE GOVERNANCE OF THE COLLEGE.

UNDER THE BILL, THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS WOULD BE THE SUPREME GOVERNING BODY, BUT ITS ROLE WOULD BE AKIN TO THAT OF A UNIVERSITY COURT, REACTING TO PROPOSALS FROM THE COUNCIL.

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THE GOVERNANCE OF THE COLLEGE WOULD BE VESTED IN THE COUNCIL, WHICH WOU.D BE THE EXECUTIVE BODY SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF THE COLLEGE AND WOULD BE MADE UP CHIEFLY OF INDEPENDENTLY APPOINTED MEMBERS.

♦THIS IS IN LINE WITH THE OTHER PUBLICLY FUNDED HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS, AND THIS FORM OF GOVERNANCE WITH COMMUNITY INT£RESTS PREDOMINATING IS INTERNATIONALLY ACCEPTED AND RECOGNISED, MR TOPLEY SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THE BAPTIST CONVENTION OF HONG KONG WAS REPRESENTED BOTH ON THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS AND ON THE COUNCIL IN RECOGNITION OF ITS TRADITIONAL LINK WITH THE COLLEGE WHICH IT FOUNDED 27 YEARS AGO.

THE ACADEMIC AFFAIRS OF THE COLLEGE, MR TOPLEY CONTINUED, WOULD BE REGULATED BY THE ACADEMIC BOARD, EMPOWERED TO REVIEW AND DEVELOP ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES, SUPERVISE TEACHING, RESEARCH, ADMISSIONS AND EXAMINATIONS.

AS REGARDS THE FINANCING OF THE COLLEGE, MR TOPLEY SAID, PROVISION WAS MADE FOR THE SUBMISSION TO THE UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNIC GRANTS COMMITTEE OF +A PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES AND ESTIMATES OF INCOME AND EXPENDITURE* BY THE COLLEGE SO THAT DECISIONS COULD BE MADE REGARDING ALLOCATION OF FUNDS.

PROVISIONS TO ENABLE THE COUNCIL TO MAKE RULES SUBJECT TO ANY REGULATIONS MADE BY THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL WERE ALSO INCLUDED IN THE BILL, HE ADDED.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED TO AUGUST 10.

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THE PURPOSE OF THE RESOLUTIONS FOR THE CAPITAL WORKS RESERVE FUND, THE MASS TRANSIT FUND, THE STUDENT LOAN FUND, THE DEVELOPMENT LOAN FUND AND THE HOME OWNERSHIP FUND WAS TO ENABLE THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY TO ADMINISTER THESE FUNDS IN ACCORDANCE WITH HIS DUTY UNDER THE NEW PUBLIC FINANCE ORDINANCE.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, SAID THIS IN MOVING THE MOTIONS ON THE FIVE FUNDS THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THE PROVISION IN EACH OF THE PREVIOUS RESOLUTIONS RELATING TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THESE FUNDS WOULD REMAIN IN FORCE. SIR JOHN SAID.

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BUT THOSE aRAGRAPHS RELATING TO THE COMPOSITION, EXPENDITURE AND ADMINISTRATION OF EACH FUND WOULD BE SUPERSEDED BY THE PROVISIONS OF The NEW RESOLUTIONS, HE POINTED OUT.

UNDER THE NEW RESOLUTIONS, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY MAY DELEGATE HIS POWER OF ADMINISTRATION TO OTHER PUBLIC OFFICERS IN ACCORDANCE WITH CURRENT PRACTICE.

THEY ALSO PROVIDE FOR MONEYS TO BE CREDITED TO THE FUND FROM THE SAME SOURCES AS WERE PROVIDED FOR UNDER THE ORIGINAL RESOLUTIONS.

♦HOWEVER, THE PURPOSES FOR WHICH MONEYS MAY BE EXPENDED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY UNDER EACH FUND HAVE BEEN RE-EXPRESSED IN GENERAL TERMS TO ENABLE THESE PURPOSES TO BE VARIED TO MEET CHANGING REQUIREMENTS,* SIR JOHN EXPLAINED.

THE RESOLUTIONS ALSO REQUIRE THAT THIS EXPENDITURE BE IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUCH CONDITIONS, EXCEPTIONS AND LIMITATIONS AS MAY BE SPECIFIED BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE.

THE RESOLUTIONS ENABLE THE DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING SERVICES UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF A FUNDS WARRANT TO MAKE PAYMENTS TO MEET EXPENDITURE INCURRED AGAINST EACH FUND. THEY ALSO ENABLE THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY TO AUTHORISE THE INVESTMENT OF ANY UNEXPENDED BALANCE IN ANY OF THE FUNDS.

A NEW PROVISION ENABLES THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY TO TRANSFER FROM A FUND TO GENERAL REVENUE ANY BALANCE NOT REQUIRED FOR THE PURPOSES OF THAT FUND.

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IT IS GOVERNMENT POLICY TO ENCOURAGE MUSIC EDUCATION BOTH IN AND OUT OF CLASSROOMS, MR COLVYN HAYE, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, SAID IN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE REV JOYCE BENNETT WHO HAD ASKED WHETHER GOVERNMENT HAD ANY POLICY REGARDING THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF MUSIC EDUCATION IN ADVANCED LEVEL AND POST-SECONDARY CLASSES.

MR HAYE SAID THAT OVER AND ABOVE THE PROVISION OF MUSIC IN SCHOOLS THROUGH PRIMARY AND JUNIOR SECONDARY YEARS, SCHOOLS MADE THEIR OWN ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE STUDY OF MUSIC TO CERTIFICATE CF EDUCATION LEVEL AND BEYOND.

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FOR SCHOOLS WHICH COULD NOT OFFER MUSIC AT THE CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION AND ABOVE, A CENTRALISED SCHEME OF MUSIC TEACHING HAD BEEN STARTED AND POLICY APPROVAL SECURED TO EXPAND IT TO TAKE PUPILS THROUGH FORM SIX MUSIC COURSES. A PROPOSAL HAD ALSO BEEN MADE TO THE HONG KONG EXAMINATIONS AUTHORITY FOR A LOCAL ADVANCED LEVEL EXAMINATION OF MUSIC, AND IF APPROVED IT WAS HOPED THAT THE PRESENT CENTRALISED SCHEME WOULD BE EXPANDED FURTHER TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR THE EXAMINATION.

IF ACADEMIC STUDY OF MUSIC IN SCHOOLS AND POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS WAS LIMITED BY SMALL NUMBERS, THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR MUSIC EDUCATION OUTSIDE THE FORMAL SYSTEM WERE ENORMOUS, MR HAVE SAID.

THE ROYAL SCHOOLS OF MUSIC EXAMINATIONS THIS YEAR HAD ATTRACTED NEARLY 26 OOO ENTRIES, OF WHICH NEARLY 2 □□□ WERE AT SENIOR LEVELS.

"HE HONG KONG SCHOOLS’ MUSIC FESTIVAL HAD ATTRACTED 57 000 COMPETITORS IN 70 CATEGORIES MAKING IT THE BIGGEST THING OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD.

AND MR HAYE DESCRIBED AS +PHENOMENAL+ THE SUCCESS OF THE GOVERNMENT MUSIC OFFICE IN PROMOTING INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC AND DISTRICT YOUTH ORCHESTRAS. THE JING YING YOUTH ORCHESTRA SELECTED BY OPEN COMPETITION HAD JUST TAKEN THIRD PLACE IN A PRESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL IN WALES.

♦•BOTH THE SCHOOLS’ MUSIC FESTIVAL AND THE MUSIC OFFICE WERE INITIATIVES OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT,♦ MR HAYE SAID, ADDING HE ANO HIS OFFICERS WERE PLAYING AN ACTIVE ROLE IN THE PLANNING OF THE ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS.

HE ALSO SAID THAT IT WAS IMPORTANT TO PRESERVE BALANCE AND PERSPECTIVE IN LOOKING AT MUSIC EDUCATION, WHICH WAS MORE THAN PREPARATION FOR EXAMINATIONS IN CLASSROOMS.

♦THERE IS A GREAT DEAL OF HEALTHY AND ENJOYABLE MUSIC EDUCATION GOING ON OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM, WHERE THE EMPHASIS ON PERFORMANCE DOES NOT PRECLUDE MUSIC LITERACY.

♦THE ENTHUSIASM AND SUCCESS OF OUR TENS OF THOUSANDS OF YOUNG PERFORMERS IS SOMETHING WE SHOULD BE PROUD OF AND NEVER FORGET IN ANY MUSIC DEBATE,+ MR HAYE CONCLUDED.

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REPORT ON POWER COMPANIES TO BE PUBLISHED ft * ft ft

THE CONSULTANTS APPOINTED TO EXAMINE THE TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF POWER GENERATION BY THE TWO MAJOR POWER COMPANIES SUBMITTED THEIR REPORT IN APRIL THIS YEAR, THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON K.Y. YEUNG, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

♦THEIR FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS HAVE BEEN DISCUSSED BY THE DIRECTOR OF ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES WITH THE POWER COMPANIES AND WITH THE ECONOMIC SERVICES BRANCH,* MR YEUNG SAID IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON ANDREW SO.

ON THE ADVICE OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, THE GOVERNMENT HAD DECIDED THAT THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF THE REPORT SHOULD BE PUBLISHED, HE SAID.

BARRING UNFORESEEN DIFFICULTIES, THIS DOCUMENT WOULD BE MADE PUBLIC NEXT MONTH, HE ADDED.

«AS REGARDS THE CONSULTANCY TO ADVISE THE GOVERNMENT ON THE ADEQUACY OF ITS MONITORING OF THE POWER COMPANIES’ ACTIVITIES, I HAVE EXAMINED THE PROPOSALS MADE BY A NUMBER OF FIRMS, AND WILL SHORTLY BEGIN NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE PREFERRED FIRM, WITH A VIEW TO CONCLUDING A CONTRACT,* MR YEUNG SAID.

♦SUBJECT TO A CONTRACT BEING AGREED, I EXPECT THE CONSULTANTS TO BEGIN THEIR WORK IN SEPTEMBER AND TO SUBMIT THEIR FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO ME BY THE END OF THE YEAR,* HE ADDED.

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DECLINE NOTED IN USE OF POLICE SUPERVISION ORDERS ft ft ft

THERE HAD BEEN A SUBSTANTIAL DECLINE IN THE USE OF POLICE SUPERVISION ORDERS SINCE THE 196O’S, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON PATRICK WILLIAMSON, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

HE WAS MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE POLICE SUPERVISION (REPEAL) BILL 1983.

THE DECLINE IN THE USE OF SUCH POWER WAS THE RESULT OF MANY FACTORS, INCLUDING THE FACT THAT THE COURTS FAVOUR ALTERNATIVE SCHEMES OF SUPERVISION WHICH ARE MORE REHABILITATIVE IN NATURE, HE SAID.

ANOTHER FACT WAS THAT THE SOCIAL WELFARE AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENTS NOW HAD SUITABLE ALTERNATIVES TO ANY REMAIN I NG USEFUL FUNCTIONS OF THE POLICE SUPERVISION ORDINANCE, HE SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED TO AUGUST 10.

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USEFUL CHANGES IN SENTENCING SEEN IN BILL *****

USEFUL IMPROVEMENTS IN SENTENCING PROCEDURES ARE PROVIDED IN THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON MICHAEL THOMAS SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, MR THOMAS SAID ONE OF THE CHANGES PROVIDES THAT ALL TIME IN CUSTODY PURSUANT TO ANY COURT ORDER WILL COUNT TOWARDS SENTENCE.

IT HAS BEEN A GRIEVANCE OF CONVICTED PRISONERS FOR SOME TIME THAT DISPARITY OF TREATMENT EXISTS ON WHETHER TIME SPENT PRIOR TO COMMITTAL COUNTS TOWARDS SENTENCE.

EACH JUDGE HAS A DISCRETION AND JUDICIAL PRACTICE DIFFERS FROM COURT TO COURT. SINCE TIME SPENT IN CUSTODY BEFORE COMMITTAL CAN BE AS MUCH AS THREE MONTHS, IT IS NOT UNIMPORTANT TO THE PRISONER IF IT HAS BEEN LEFT OUT OF ACCOUNT,* MR THOMAS SAID.

ANOTHER PROPOSED CHANGE WILL ENABLE A JUDGE TO GIVE PARTLY CONSECUTIVE AND PARTLY CONCURRENT SENTENCES IN CERTAIN CASES, AT PRESENT A JUDGE MAY MAKE SENTENCES CONCURRENT, OR MAKE THEM CONSECUTIVE, HE SAID.

IN THOSE CASES WHERE HE MAKES THEM CONSECUTIVE (FOR EXAMPLE, FOR DISSIMILAR OFFENCES COMMITTED ON DIFFERENT OCCASIONS), THE REQUIREMENT TO MAKE THE TOTAL RIGHT WILL OFTEN INVOLVE GIVING LESS FOR A PARTICULAR OFFENCE THAN IT REALLY DESERVES.

IT WOULD AVOID THIS RESULT IF JUDGES WERE ABLE TO GIVE PARTLY CONSECUTIVE AND PARTLY CONCURRENT SENTENCES IN SUCH CASES. THEN INDIVIDUAL SENTENCES WOULD EACH BE CORRECT AND THE TOTAL SENTENCE COULD ALSO BE MADE APPROPRIATE BY ORDERING SOME OVERLAP WHERE SENTENCES ARE TO BE CONSECUTIVE,♦ HE SAID.

MR THOMAS SAID THAT THE REFORM WILL HAVE A NUMBER OF KRI TOR I OUS CONSEQUENCES.

A CO-ACCUSED FACING SENTENCE FOR ONE OFFENCE WILL NO LONGER FEEL CHEATED WHEN THE MULTIPLE OFFENDER GETS AN APPARENTLY SHORTER SENTENCE FOR THE SAME OFFENCE. CRIMINAL RECORDS WILL REFLECT THE TRUE GRAVITY OF ALL INDIVIDUAL OFFENCES. THE ANOMALY OF SUCCESSFUL APPEALS ON ONE OFFENCE FOR WHICH A LONG SENTENCE WAS GIVEN, LEAVING ONLY AN ARTIFICIALLY LIGHT SENTENCE ON THE OTHER OFFENCE OR OFFENCES WILL BE AVOIDED.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED TILL AUGUST 10.

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BILL TO REDUCE DELAY IN COURT CASES ft ft ft ft

COMMITTAL PROCEEDINGS HAD BEEN DECLINING IN IMPORTANCE IN Ef(?£NLY?ARS» THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON MICHAEL THOMAS, SAID TODAY.

«m»mJ?,5°2LCA8E8* THEY WERE rEALLY NO MORE THAN A TIME-CONSUMING KR.?^,TLWH,CHA BECAUSE OF CONGESTION OF THE LISTS IN MAGISTRATES COURTS, SERVED ONLY TO DELAY THE TRIAL ITSELF, HE SAID.

♦THIS DECLINE HAS ALREADY BEEN RECOGNISED BY THE USE OF WITTEN STATEMENTS TO AVOID CALLING PROSECUTION WITNESSES,♦ THOMAS SAID.

MR THOMAS WAS MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (PRELIMINARY PROCEEDINGS ON AN INDICTABLE OFFENCE) BILL 1983. WHICH WILL REDUCE THE DELAY IN THE JUDICIAL PROCESS BY PROVIDING FOR AUTOMATIC COMMITTAL OF DEFENDANTS WHO ARE CHARGED WITH AN INDICTABLE OFFENCE, UNLESS THEY ELECT THAT THERE SHOULD BE A PRELIMINARY INQUIRY.

TO HELP THE ACCUSED, LEGAL AID WILL BE AVAILABLE TO ELIGIBLE DEFENDANTS AT THIS STAGE OF ELECTING WHETHER OR NOT TO AGREE TO AN AUTOMATIC COMMITTAL.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED TO AUGUST 10.

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SAME PUNISHMENT SOUGHT FOR ATTEMPTED OFFENCES ft ft ft ft

A BILL ALLOWING THE COURTS TO IMPOSE THE SAME PUNISHMENT IN RESPECT OF ATTEMPTS, CONSPIRACIES AND INCITEMENTS AS IT MAY IMPOSE IN RESPECT OF THE SUBSTANTIVE OFFENCE, WAS READ A SECOND TIME IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE INTERPRETATION AND GENERAL CLAUSES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) BILL, THE ACTING LAW DRAFTSMAN, THE HON JAMES FINDLAY, POINTED OUT THAT AN EXCEPTION TO THIS WOULD BE IN THE CASE OF CAPITAL OFFENCES WHERE LIFE IMPRISONMENT MAY BE IMPOSED.

♦PUNISHMENT SHOULD BE DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE MORAL BLAMEWORTHINESS OF THE OFFENDER. GENERALLY, THE INEFFICIENT OR UNLUCKY CRIMINAL SHOULD NOT BE ENTITLED TO A DISCOUNT ON THAT SCORE.

♦THOSE WHO ATTEMPT OR CONSPIRE TO COMMIT OFFENCES, OR INCITE OTHERS TO DO SO, SHOULD NOT, AS A GENERAL RULE, BE TREATED MORE LENIENTLY THAN THOSE WHO SUCCEED IN IMPLEMENTING THEIR PLANS.

♦THIS PRINCIPLE SHOULD GIVE WAY ONLY WHERE THE PUNISHMENT FOR THE SUBSTANTIVE OFFENCE IS DEATH,♦ HE SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED TO AUGUST 10.

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BILL REQUIRES BANKS TO PROVIDE INFORMATION *****

IN MANY CASES INVOLVING COMMERCIAL CRIME, DRUG TRAFFICKING OR KIDNAPPING PROCEEDS OF THE CRIME ARE LAUNDERED THROUGH BANKS OR DEPOSIT TAKING COMPANIES, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON PATRICK WILLIAMSON, SAID TODAY.

STOLEN OR ILLEGAL GOODS CAN ALSO BE STORED IN SAFETY DEPOSIT BOXES OR OTHERWISE HELD IN THE CUSTODY OF A BANK, W WILLIAMSON SAID, MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE POLICE FORCE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983, IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

HE SAID THAT IN ORDER TO INVESTIGATE SUCH CASES, THE POLICE MAY APPLY TO A MAGISTRATE FOR A SEARCH WARRANT UNDER THE POLICE FORCE ORDINANCE.

♦BEFORE SUCH A WARRANT IS OBTAINED, HOWEVER, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO FIND OUT WHETHER, AND IF SO PRECISELY WHERE, A PERSON mAS AN ACCOUNT OR STORAGE FACILITY WITH A BANK OR DTC.

♦WITHOUT THIS INFORMATION IT IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE POLICE TO OBTAIN A SEARCH WARRANT,♦ HE SAID.

THE PURPOSE OF THE BILL WAS TO EMPOWER THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE TO REQUIRE BANKS AND DEPOSIT TAKING COMPANIES TO REVEAL WHETHER PARTICULAR PERSONS SUSPECTED OF HAVING COMMITTED AN INDICTABLE OFFENCE, HAVE OR HAD AN ACCOUNT WITH THEM.

BANKS WOULD ALSO BE REQUIRED TO REVEAL WHETHER SUCH A PERSON HAS OR HAD ACCESS TO A SAFETY DEPOSIT BOX OR ANY PROPERTY OTHERWISE STORED WITH THEM, HE POINTED OUT.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED TO AUGUST 10.

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AMENDMENT TO CONSPIRACY LAW SOUGHT

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THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL WOULD ALLOW THE COURTS TO JUDGE A PERSON ACCUSED OF CONSPIRACY ON THE MERITS OF HIS OWN CASE AND NOT ON THE BASIS OF THE EVIDENCE ADDUCED AGAINST THE OTHER ALLEGED CONSPIRATORS, THE ACTING LAW DRAFTSMAN. THE HON JAMES FINDLAY, SAID TODAY.

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR FINDLAY EXPLAINED THAT WHERE ALL THE PERSONS WITH WHOM AN ACCUSED WAS ALLEGED TO HAVE CONSPIRED HAD BEEN ACQUITTED. THE LAW OF HONG KONG REQUIRED THAT HE ALSO BE ACQUITTED NO MATTER HOW STRONG THE EVIDENCE MIGHT BE AGAINST HIM.

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♦THE REASON FOR THIS RULE IS THAT, BECAUSE A PERSON CANNOT CONSPIRE WITH HIMSELF, HIS CONVICTION WOULD BE INCONSISTENT WITH THE ACQUITTALS OF THE CO-CONSPIRATORS I THESE ACQUITTALS DECREEING THEIR INNOCENCE.

♦THAT IS WHAT THE LAW SAYS. IN REAL LIFE, WE KNOW THAT ACCUSED ARE SOMETIMES ACQUITTED, NOT BECAUSE THEY ARE INNOCENT, BUT BECAUSE THE EVIDENCE AGAINST THEM IS INSUFFIC I ENT,+ HE SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED TILL AUGUST 10.

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MOSQUITO BREEDING FINES INCREASED M * *

THE MAXIMUM FINE FOR MOSQUITO BREEDING WAS DOUBLED TO $10 000, AND THE MAXIMUM DAILY FINE INCREASED FROM $100 TO $250 BY A RESOLUTION IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

MOVING THE MOTION TO INCREASE FINES IN THE NINTH SCHEDULE TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES ORDINANCE, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON HENRY CHING, SAID THAT MALARIA CASES HAD GRADUALLY INCREASED FROM 47 IN 1978 TO 80 LAST YEAR.

♦ALTHOUGH THIS INCREASE IS DUE TO A HIGHER NUMBER OF IMPORTED CASES, THE EXISTENCE OF VECTOR MOSQUITOES MAKES EVERY MALARIA CASE, IMPORTED OR LOCALLY CONTRACTED, A POTENTIAL RESERVOIR FOR A MAJOR OUTBREAK,♦ MR CHING SAID.

♦THE INCREASING NUMBER OF MALARIA CASES THEREFORE MAKES THE ELIMINATION OF VECTOR MOSQUITOES MORE IMPORTANT, AND THERE IS THUS A NEED TO STRENGTHEN MEASURES TAKEN AGAINST THE BREEDING OF MOSQUITOES,♦ HE SAID.

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION, THE HON ANDREW SO, UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, SAID THE BEST METHOD OF PREVENTING MALARIA WAS TO STOP THE BREEDING OF MOSQUITOES BY KEEPING THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT CLEAN AND BY DISPOSING OF ALL STAGNANT WATER.

♦THE URBAN COUNCIL, THE DISTRICT BOARDS AND ALL UNITS CONCERNED HAVE SPARED NO EFFORT IN CLEANING HONG KONG AND HOLDING ANT I-MOSQUITO CAMPAIGNS AND THE RESULTS HAVE BEEN QUITE SATISFACTORY,♦ HE SAID.

MR SO SAID THE HIGHER FINES WERE NECESSARY BECAUSE THEY COULD HAVE *A DETERRENT EFFECT*.

HE SAID STATISTICS, FOR THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THE YEAR SHOWED THERE WERE 254 PROSECUTIONS INVOLVING CONSTRUCTION SITES AND DOMESTIC PREMISES WHERE WATER HAD BEEN ALLOWED TO GO STALE, RESULTING IN THE BREEDING OF MOSQUITOES - AND 90 PER CENT OF THESE INVOLVED CONSTRUCTION SITES.

♦WE HAVE TO MAKE A STILL GREATER EFFORT, THEREFORE, TO FIGHT THE BREEDING OF MOSQUITOES, EDUCATE THE PUBLIC AND PROSECUTE OFFENDERS,♦ MR SO SAID.

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BILL TO CLEAR UP UNCERTAINTY ft ft ft ft

THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THE SUPREME COURT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983 WAS TO CLEAR UP THE UNCERTAINTY CONCERNING THE BUSINESS WHICH MAY BE TRANSACTED IN THE SUPREME COURT DURING ITS VACATIONS, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON MICHAEL THOMAS, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

AT THE MOMENT THE SUPREME COURT ORDINANCE PRESCRIBES WHAT BUSINESS MAY BE CONDUCTED DURING VACATIONS.

BUT THE RULES OF THE SUPREME COURT ALSO DEAL WITH VACATION BUSINESS.

THE UNCERTAINTY HAD ARISEN BECAUSE DIFFERENT DEFINITIONS OF THE WORD +PLEADING* WERE USED IN THE ORDINANCE AND THE RULES, MR THOMAS SAID ON THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL.

THE BILL PROPOSES THAT, APART FROM CRIMINAL TRIALS, CRIMINAL APPEALS AND INCIDENTAL BUSINESS, THE BUSINESS WHICH MAY BE TRANSACTED DURING VACATIONS WILL BE AS PRESCRIBED BY THE RULES CF COURT, SO AS TO REMOVE OVERLAPPING OF THE ORDINANCE AND THE RULES.

THE OPPORTUNITY WAS ALSO TAKEN TO CHANGE THE TITLE OF •COMMISSIONER OF THE HIGH COURT* TO +DEPUTY JUDGE OF THE HIGH COURT*, MR THOMAS SAID.

COMMISSIONERS ARE PEOPLE APPOINTED FROM AMONG ELIGIBLE PERSONS TO ACT AS HIGH COURT JUDGES WHEN THERE IS A VACANCY ON THE BENCH OR WHEN A TEMPORARY APPOINTMENT IS NECESSARY.

♦THEY ARE KNOWN AS DEPUTY JUDGES IN ENGLAND AND WALES AND IT IS PROPOSED THAT WE FOLLOW SUIT IN HONG KONG,+ HE SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED TO AUGUST 10.

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ENERGY CONSERVATION DRIVE KEPT UP ft ft ft

THE GOVERNMENT CONTINUED TO ATTACH IMPORTANCE TO THE PROMOTION CF ENERGY CONSERVATION DESPITE THE CURRENT WORLD SURPLUS OF OIL, THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON K.Y. YEUNG, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON ANDREW SO, MR YEUNG SAID THAT IN THE PAST, THE TIGHTENING OF THE GLOBAL OIL SUPPLY HAD BEEN BEHIND HONG KONG’S INTRODUCTION OF ENERGY CONSERVATION MEASURES, INCLUDING INTENSIVE PUBLICITY CAMPAIGNS.

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BECAUSE OF THE WORLD OIL SURPLUS SINCE 1980, IT HAD NOT BEEN NECESSARY FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO REPEAT THESE CAMPAIGNS.

INSTEAD, THE GOVERNMENT HAD CARRIED OUT A NUMBER OF INVESTIGATIONS ON SEVERAL MAJOR BUILDINGS AND INSTALLATIONS THAT ARE LARGE CONSUMERS OF ELECTRICITY, WITH A VIEW TO DETERMINING WHETHER SAVINGS IN POWER CONSUMPTION COULD BE ACHIEVED, W YEUNG SAID.

THESE STUDIES INCLUDE MURRAY BUILDING, THE KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, QUEEN ELIZABETH AND OTHER HOSPITALS, THE AIRPORT AND THE INCINERATOR PLANTS.

♦MOST OF THESE STUDIES HAVE BORNE FRUIT, AND IT IS ON THE BASIS OF THIS ACCUMULATED EXPERIENCE THAT THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE DREW UP, IN 1981, A PAMPHLET ON ENERGY CONSERVATION IN BUILDINGS,* MR YEUNG SAID.

THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS GUIDELINES FOR AN ENERGY CONSCIOUS BUILDING DESIGN, AND HAS BEEN MADE FREELY AVAILABLE TO FIRMS AND PROFESSIONAL PEOPLE ASSOCIATED WITH PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT AND BUILDING MANAGEMENT.

MR YEUNG SAID THAT A SUSTAINED EFFORT WAS ALSO BEING MADE IN PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS WHERE ENERGY CONSERVATION FEATURES IN THE CURRICULUM, WITH THE OBJECT OF CULTIVATING PROPER CONCEPTS OF ENERGY CONSERVATION IN THE MINDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE.

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EVENING CLINICS HANDLE 3 500 PATIENTS DAILY

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UP TO 3 500 PATIENTS ARE TAKEN CARE OF DAILY BY THE 15 GOVERNMENT EVENING MEDICAL CLINICS WHICH OPERATE THROUGHOUT HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES, THE ACTING DIRECTOR CF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR S.F. LAM, SAID TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON DR HENRIETTA IP, DR LAM SAID EVENING MEDICAL CLINICS WERE STARTED BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO RELIEVE THE OVERWORKED ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY SERVICES BY TAKING CARE OF NON-EMERGENCY CASES.

♦THESE CLINICS WERE INITIALLY IN THOSE DISTRICTS WHERE THE REGIONAL HOSPITALS WITH THE ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS VERE,* HE SAID.

♦SUBSEQUENTLY, WITH THE EXPANSION OF THE EMERGENCY SERVICES IN DISTRICT HOSPITALS AND HEALTH CENTRES, MORE SUPPORTING CLINICS VERE OPENED,♦ HE ADDED.

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DR LAM SAID THESE CLINICS ALSO SUPPLEMENT THE DAY OUT-PATIENT SERVICES, PROVIDING A MEANS FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND CLINICS DURING THE DAY BECAUSE OF THEIR WORK, OR FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT AFFORD THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN THE EVENINGS.

THERE ARE 15 GOVERNMENT EVENING CLINICS PROVIDING 43 DOCTOR SESSIONS.

FIVE CLINICS ARE ON HONG KONG ISLAND WITH 14 DOCTOR SESSIONS PER EVENING, SIX ARE LOCATED IN KOWLOON WITH 19 SESSIONS AND FOUR ARE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WITH TEN SESSIONS.

•>A TOTAL OF 3 000 TO 3 500 PATIENTS ARE TAKEN CARE OF EVERY EVENING,* SAID DR LAM.

♦IN THE SUBVENTED HOSPITALS, AS PART AND SERVICE, ONE HOSPITAL ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND PROVIDE A TOTAL OF SIX DOCTOR SESSIONS IN THE SEE BETWEEN 350 TO 400 PATIENTS,* HE SAID.

PARCEL OF THEIR THREE IN KOWLOON, EVENING AND THEY

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BILL TO ENABLE HEUNG YEE KUK TO SELL PROPERTY M * * M

THE HEUNG YEE KUK WAS PLANNING TO SELL ITS PROPERTY IN TAI PO AND USE THE PROCEEDS TO BUILD A SECONDARY SCHOOL THERE, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, THE HON IAN MACPHERSON, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

MR MACPHERSON WAS SPEAKING ON THE SECOND READING OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983 WHICH SEEKS TO PROVIDE MORE FLEXIBILITY FOR THE KUK IN MANAGING ITS PROPERTY.

HE SAID THE KUK HAD RECENTLY COMPLETED THE REDEVELOPMENT OF ITS PROPERTY IN TAI PO AND INTENDED TO SELL OR LET REDEVELOPED PROPERTY, USING THE PROCEEDS TO PROMOTE ITS OBJECTIVES.

+SPECIFICALLY THE KUK WILL PUT PART OF THIS MONEY TOWARDS THE CAPITAL COST OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK TAI PO SECONDARY SCHOOL,* HE SAID.

AT PRESENT, THE KUK IS ONLY AUTHORISED TO ACQUIRE AND HOLD ITS PROPERTY IN TRUST AND CANNOT DISPOSE OF OR MORTGAGE ITS PROPERTY.

THE BILL, IF PASSED, WILL ENABLE THE KUK TO SELL ITS PROPERTY OR MORTGAGE IT AS SECURITY FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROMOTING ITS OBJECTIVES.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED TILL AUGUST 10.

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NEW ’SUPER STAR’

INTERCOM SYSTEM OFFERED * * *

THE HONG KONG TELEPHONE COMPANY IS NOW ABLE TO OFFER, FOR SALE OR RENT, A NEW EXCHANGE CONNECTED INTERCOMMUNICATION SYSTEM, KNOWN AS THE ’SUPER STAR’ SYSTEM, THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON K.Y. YEUNG, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

HE WAS SPEAKING ON THE MOTION TO ADD TO PART THREE OF THE SCHEDULE TO THE TELEPHONE ORDINANCE THE CHARGES PROPOSED BY THE COMPANY FOR THE INSTALLATION, RENTING, MAINTENANCE AND REMOVAL OF THE SYSTEM AND ITS ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT.

THE CHARGES WERE CONSIDERED REASONABLE BY THE POSTMASTER GENERAL, MR YEUNG SAID.

THE NEW SYSTEM, HE EXPLAINED, IS AN IMPROVEMENT ON, AND HAS THREE ADVANTAGES OVER, THE SYSTEMS AVAILABLE.

FIRST, IT IS QUICKER TO INSTALL, IS MORE RELIABLE AND REQUIRES LESS ROOM- SECOND, IT WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THREE CAPACITIES WITH UP TO 60 EXTENSIONS, AND THIRD, IT WILL BE ABLE TO PERFORM A NUMBER OF TELEPHONIC TASKS, SUCH AS LAST NUMBER RE-DIAL AND ABBREVIATED DIALLING, THAT WERE BEYOND THE SCOPE OF EARLIER SYSTEMS, HE SAID.

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THE SMOKING (PUBLIC HEALTH) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1983 IS TO EMPOWER THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION WHERE THERE ARE CLEAR BREACHES OF THE LAW CONCERNING HEALTH WARNINGS ON PACKETS OF CIGARETTES, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON HENRY CHING, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN MOVING THE BILL THROUGH ITS SECOND READING, MR CHING SAID THAT ITS PURPOSE WAS SIMPLY TO EMPOWER THE SERVICE TO SEIZE, AND TO DETAIN AS EXHIBITS, PACKETS OF CIGARETTES, INCLUDING THE CIGARETTES IN THEM, WHICH DO NOT CARRY THE HEALTH WARNINGS AND TAR GROUPS RATINGS.

THE LAW WHICH MAKES THESE REQUIREMENTS WILL COME INTO FORCE FROM AUGUST 15 THIS YEAR.

♦EXISTING LEGISLATION DOES NOT GIVE THIS POWER TO THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE, AND THE DIFFICULTY IS THAT BY THE TIME THE ASSISTANCE OF THE POLICE HAS BEEN OBTAINED, THE OFFENDING GOODS MAY HAVE BEEN REMOVED,♦ MR CHING EXPLAINED.

THE BILL, IF ENACTED, WILL ALSO ENABLE THE SERVICE TO APPLY TO A MAGISTRATE FOR THE FORFEITURE OF PACKETS OF CIGARETTES WHICH DO NOT COMPLY WITH THE LEGISLATIVE REQUIREMENTS, HE ADDED.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED TILL AUGUST 10.

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TRIBUTE TO BENNETT AND TOPLEY

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, TODAY PAID TRIBUTE TO TWO MEMBERS WHO WILL BE RETIRING FROM THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL --UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, THE REV. JOYCE BENNETT, AND THE SECRETARY FOR EDUATION AND MANPOWER, MR KENNETH TOPLEY.

SIR EDWARD SAID MISS BENNETT WOULD BE LEAVING HONG KONG THIS SUMMER AFTER +34 YEARS OF SELFLESS DEVOTION TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, INCLUDING SEVEN YEARS OF STALWART SERVICE TO THE COUNCIL*.

♦ I THINK THAT THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WOULD READILY AGREE THAT HER CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF EDUCATION IN HONG KONG HAS BEEN INCALCULABLE. SHE HAS ALSO BROUGHT TO OUR PROCEEDINGS A PASSION AND A WARMTH WHICH HAS CAPTURED THE IMAGINATION OF THE PUBLIC AND DEMANDED THE ATTENTION OF OFFICIALS CHARGED WITH RESPONSIBILITY FOR EDUCATION, AND THROUGH HER USE OF THE SEARCHING SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION, FREQUENTLY KEPT THEM ON THEIR FEET TO PROVE IT,+ SIR EDWARD SAID.

CONTINUING, SIR EDWARD SAID: +IT WAS ONLY APPROPRIATE THEN THAT I SHOULD MOVE ON TO MR TOPLEY WHO HAS, ONLY RECENTLY, SHOWN THIS COUNCIL WHAT FLAIR HE HAS FOR PUBLIC DEBATE.

+MR TOPLEY HAS SERVED THE ADMINISTRATION IN MANY FIELDS, BUT ON THIS COUNCIL HIS ASSOCIATION HAS BEEN, AGAIN, PRIMARILY EDUCATION — FIRST AS DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, THEN AS CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE TO REVIEW POST-SECONDARY AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND NOW AS SECRETARY FOR EDUATION AND MANPOWER,* THE GOVERNOR SAID.

SIR EDWARD SAID +THE TOPLEY YEARS* HAVE SEEN GREAT PROGRESS IN EDUCATION IN HONG KONG, MARKED BY THE ADVENT OF FREE AND COMPULSORY EDUCATION IN FORM THREE, THE 1978 WHITE PAPER AND THE OVERALL REVIEW OF EDUCATION.

♦GREAT PROGRESS, AND THE PROMISE OF MORE, A COMMITMENT WHICH WE SHALL KEEP,* THE GOVERNOR ADDED.

HE WISHED THEM CONTINUED SUCCESS AND EVERY HAPPINESS.

THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, HON ROGER LOBO, SPEAKING OF MISS BENNETT, SAIDi +AS A MISSIONARY, SCHOOL PRINCIPAL, PRIEST AND MEMBER OF THIS COUNCIL, MISS BENNETT HAS LEFT HER MARK IN MANY FIELDS OF PUBLIC SERVICE. SHE IS ALSO A GOOD COLLEAGUE.

♦YOUNG PEOPLE IN PARTICULAR, OWE A GREAT DEAL TO MISS BENNETT’S TIRELESS EFFORTS BOTH,- INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THIS COUNCIL.*

♦CONSCIENCE, CONVICTION, COURAGE AND COMMITMENT ARE QUALITIES WHICH HAVE MARKED MISS BENNETT’S CONTRIBUTION TO OUR BUSINESS. WE SHALL MISS HER AND HER PLACE WILL NOT BE EASILY FILLED.♦

MR LOBO SAID MR TOPLEY HAD STEERED THE EDUATION SYSTEM IN HONG KONG.

♦NO ONE WOULD PRETEND MR TOPLEY HAS HAD AN EASY TASK, AND HIS STOUT DEFENCE OF HIS POLICIES AND HIS WILLINGNESS TO ACCOUNT FOR THEM IN THIS COUNCIL HAS ENRICHED AS ELL AS ENLIVENED OUR PROCEED INGS,♦ MR LOBO SAID.

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GOVERNOR TO REPORT ON TALKS TO EXCO

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT HE WOULD BE REPORTING TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL ON THE SINO-BRITISH TALKS ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG.

SPEAKING TO NEWSMEN AT THE AIRPORT ON HIS RETURN FROM PEKING, SIR EDWARD SAID THERE HAD BEEN ANOTHER TWO USEFUL DAYS OF TALKS.

♦AND IT IS ALREADY ANNOUNCED THAT THE NEXT SESSION WILL BE NEXT WEEK,+ HE SAID. ♦! SHALL BE GOING BACK TO PEKING ON MONDAY.♦

SIR EDWARD SAID HE WOULD BE TAKING SOME LEAVE AFTER NEXT WEEK’S SESSION, BUT THAT HE AND THE BRITISH AMBASSADOR TO CHINA, SIR PERCY CRADOCK, WOULD BE IN LONDON EARLY IN SEPTEMBER TO REVIEW THE POSITION WITH MINISTERS.

♦AFTER THAT, I PLAN TO RETURN TO HONG KONG QUITE QUICKLY BECAUSE THE TALKS RESUME IN SEPTEMBER AND I ALSO HAVE TO MAKE MY FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR THE ANNUAL STATEMENT TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL,♦ HE SAID.

♦SO ONE WAY OR THE OTHER, I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO A BUSY AUTUMN,♦ HE ADDED.

SIR EDWARD WAS MET AT THE AIRPORT BY SI' SZE-YUEN CHUNG, SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, AND MR TAN GAN, VICE-CHIEF EDITOR OF THE XINHUA NEWS AGENCY (HONG KONG BRANCH).

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GOVERNMENT’S ROLE IN CAREERS EDUCATION STRESSED

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THE GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE MORE CAREERS RESOURCES FOR CAREERS EDUCATION AND WILL STEP UP TRAINING FOR CAREERS TEACHERS.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE ACTING COMMISSION FOR LABOUR, DR JAMES HAYES, WHEN HE AND THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR COLVYN HAYE, JOINTLY OFFICIATED AT THE OPENING OF A TWO-DAY RESIDENTIAL SEMINAR ON CAREERS EDUCATION AT THE CHINESE UNIVERStTv OF HONG KONG THIS MORNING.

THE SEMINAR IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF CAREERS MASTERS.

THE PURPOSE OF THE SEMINAR, DR HAYES EXPLAINED, WAS TO PROVIDE PARTICIPANTS WITH THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON CAREERS EDUCATION AND AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO EXCHANGE VIEWS AND TO DISCUSS PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED IN DAY-TO-DAY WORK.

AT A SIMILAR SEMINAR HELD LAST YEAR, IT WAS GENERALLY AGREED THAT A SIGNIFICANT ELEMENT IN CAREERS EDUCATION WAS THE IMPORTANCE Of PROVIDING RESOURCE MATERIALS TO HELP GENERATE CAREERS AWARENESS AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE, AND THIS YEAR’S SEMINAR IS A FOLLOW UP OF THIS IMPORTANT SUBJECT.

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PRIOR TO THE SEMINAR, THE PARTICIPANTS VERE ISSUED WITH PRACTICAL EXERCISES FOR STUDENTS IN THE AREA OF CAREERS PREPARATION, COVERING JOB SATISFACTION, JOB EXPLORATION AND CAREERS DECISIONMAKING. TO FURTHER IMPROVE THE LAYOUT OF THESE EXERCISES, A FULL DISCUSSION SESSION WILL TAKE PLACE TOMORROW.

+IN FACT, TAKEN AS A WHOLE, THIS fcUBJEv. -ill ALSO FORM THE THEME OF TODAY’S LECTURES AND OPEN FORUM. HOPEFULLY, THIS YEAR’S SEMINAR WILL PAVE THE WAY FOR THE PRODUCTION C? A LOCAL CAREERS RESOURCE GUIDE BOOK AVAILABLE TO ALL CAREERS ’EACHERS.+ HE SAID.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE SEMINAR, MR COLVYN HAYE POINTED OUT THAT THIS YEAR EACH STANDARD-SIZED AIDED AND GOVERNMENT SCHOOL WILL BE GETTING AN ADDITIONAL GRADUATE TEACHER TO PERMIT THE TIME-TABLING OF CAREERS EDUCATION AND GUIDANCE.

SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN ADVISED THAT WITHIN L HITS OF THE TIME-TABLE EFFORTS SHOULD BE MADE TO ALLOT CAREER TEACHERS ADDITIONAL NON-TEACHING PERIODS TO ENA3LE THEM TO CARRY OUT DUTIES SUGGESTED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

♦AT LONG LAST WE HAVE SECURED OFFICIAL RECOGNITION OF THE VITAL NATURE OF CAREERS EDUCATION BY THIS ADD TION OF STAFF TO ALL STANDARD AIDED AND GOVERNMENT SECONDARY S IOOLS,+ HE ADDED.

MR HAYE FURTHER POINTED OUT THAT HIS DEPARTMENT HAD EXPANDED ITS CAREERS EDUCATION SECTION AND ITS CAREER FFICERS WERE WORKING WITH RENEWED ENTHUSIASM AND DEDICATION.

PAYING TRIBUTE TO THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF CAREERS MASTERS, MR HAYE SAID: +TOGETHER WE ARE DOING MUCH TO PROVIDE A VITAL SERVICE IN CAREERS EDUCATION AND YOUTH EMPLOYMENT FOR SCHOOLS.i

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THE SETTING UP OF DISTRICT BOARDS HAD HELPED STRENGTHEN THE WORK IN THE FIGHT AGAINST DRUGS, THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT COMMISSIONER, MR FRED TING, SAID TONIGHT (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY, MR TING SAID THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HAD TAKEN ON A HEAVIER RESPONSIBILITY IN THE FIGHT AGAINST DRUGS.

THROUGH THE MANPOWER AND FINANCIAL RESOURCES RENDERED BY THE DISTRICT BOARDS, ANTI-NARCOTICS WORK AND PULL’CITY AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL HAD BEEN STRENGTHENED, HE ADDED.

♦THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN ATTACHING GREAT SIGNIFICANCE TO ANTI-NARCOTICS WORK AND PUT IN GREAT EFFORT 'N EDUCATING THE YOUNG PEOPLE,+ HE SAID.

HE SAID THAT THIS YEAR’S ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN IN TSUEN WAN EMPHASISED THE EDUCATIONAL ASPECT.


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FOUR EDUCATIONAL COMPETITIONS ON SLOGAN, POSTER DESIGN, ESSAY WRITING AND SINGING WERE HELD DURING THE MONTH-LONG CAMPAIGN.

+THE WINNING ENTRIES IN THE POSTER DESIGN AND SLOGAN COMPETITIONS WILL BE USED TO DRIVE HOME THE ANTI-DRUG MESSAGE TO LOCAL STUDENTS,* HE SAID.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE CEREMONY, WHICH WAS FOLLOWED BY A FOLK SONG CONCERT, WERE THE COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, MR GORDON MORTIMER, AND THE PROGRAMME DIRECTOR OF COMMERCIAL RADIO 1, MR CHOW CHUNG.

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TENDERS SOUGHT TO CROWN LAND TENANCY * * * *

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

THE FUNG CHEUNG ROAD SITE, MEASURING ABOUT 930.3 SQUARE METRES, IS FOR A FEE PAYING PUBLIC CARPARK.

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

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

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

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URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS FOR PO ON ROAD *****

FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 29), THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS OF PO ON ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED AS RESTRICTED ZONES FROM 7 AM TO 12 MIDNIGHT DAILY!

* THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY BETWEEN HING WAH STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 25 METRES TO THE WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH PO ON ROAD.

* THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY BETWEEN HING WAH STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 25 METRES TO THE EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH PO ON ROAD.

WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONES, ALL MOTOR VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES AND THOSE WITH WRITTEN PERMISSIONS FROM THE AUTHORITY, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING UP AND SETTING DOWN PASSENGERS AND FROM LOADING OR UNLOADING GOODS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JULY 28, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

EXPORTS ON TAKE-OFF ........................................... •]

PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR JUNE 1983 ........................ 2

$1.2-BILLI0N WORTH OF BUILDINGS COMPLETED ...................... 5

SIR PHILIP LOOKS OVER FISHERIES FACILITIES ..................... 5

SAI WAN HO ROAD WORK CONTINUES...............................

'PORTABLE COMPUTERS COMMON IN NEXT DECADE' ..................... 8

HK TAKING PART IN TYPHOON STUDY PROJECT ........................ 9

MEEP-THE-PUBLIC SESSION EXTENDED ............................... 9

ROAD CLOSED FOR WORKS ......................................... 10

SWIMMING LESSONS FOR CHILDREN ................................. 11

CROWN LAND SOLD ............................................... 11

TRAFFIC CHANGES FOR MTR WORKS ................................. 12

NEW TRAFFIC PLAN FOR NORTH POINT .............................. 12

WATER LEAKAGE TEST

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EXPORTS ON TAKE-OFF * * * *

HONG KONG’S EXPORT TRADE IS NOW CLEARLY ON THE TAKE-OFF AND INDICATIONS ARE 1983 WILL BE A YEAR OF VIGOROUS GROWTH.

THIS COMMENT WAS MADE TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE ANT INDUSTRY, MR E.P. HO, ON THE BASIS OF THE LATEST STATISTICS.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS AT $8 920 MILLION LAST MONTH WERE A HEFTY 28 PER CENT INCREASE OVER THE SAME MONTH IN 1982 AND RE-EXPORTS OF $4 389 MILLION WERE 27 PER CENT UP OVER THE YEAR-EARLIER LEVEL, MAKING A COMBINED GROWTH OF 28 PER CENT.

+THIS IS BY FAR THE LARGEST MONTHLY INCREASE FOR THE FIRST HALF OF 1983 AFTER A RATHER MILD AND TENTATIVE RECOVERY AT THE TURN OF THE YEAR,* MR HO POINTED OUT.

IN JANUARY, HONG KONG’S DOMESTIC EXPORTS NOTCHED A MERE 3.2 PER CENT INCREASE OVER THE SAME MONTH IN 1982 AMID GLIMMERING SIGNS THAT THE U.S. ECONOMY WAS EMERGING FROM THE RECESSIONARY WOOD.

BUT AS THE U.S. RECOVERY BECAME MORE SUSTAINED, PULLING UP SOME OF THE OTHER MAJOR ECONOMIES, HONG KONG RESPONDED WITH A STEADY MONTH-TO-MONTH INCREASE IN ITS EXPORTS, MR HO SAID.

+UNLIKE THE EARLY MONTHS OF THE YEAR, THE EXPANSION OF OUR EXTERNAL TRADE HAS BECOME MORE WIDELY SPREAD GEOGRAPHICALLY OVER THE PAST THREE MONTHS, WHICH IN ITSELF IS HEALTHY.

H +THIS IS CLEARLY SHOWN BY OUR QUARTERLY DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO OUR THREE LARGEST MARKETS — THE U.S., WEST GERMANY AND THE UK — WHEN COMPARED WITH THE PERFORMANCE IN THE SAME QUARTER LAST YEAR,* NF HO SAID.

ON THIS COMPARATIVE BASIS, HONG KONG’S DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE U.S. IN THE FIRST QUARTER GREW BY 10.2 PER CENT AND TO WEST GERMANY BY 2.3 PER CENT. BUT EXPORTS TO THE UK WERE DOWN BY 4.9 PER CENT.

IN THE SECOND QUARTER, THE FIGURES SHOW AN INCREASE OF 14 PER CENT TO THE U.S., 5.7 PER CENT TO WEST GERMANY AND, IMPORTANTLY, 8.6 PER CENT TO BRITAIN.

THE TURN-AROUND IN THE CASE OF BRITAIN WAS PARTICULARLY ENCOURAGING, MR HO REMARKED.

LOOKING AHEAD, MR HO SAID THAT HE WAS CONFIDENT THAT THE UPSURGE WOULD BE MAINTAINED.

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♦THE OUTLOOK FOR THE U.S. MARKET, WHICH ACCOUNTS FOR SOME AO PER CENT OF HONG KONG’S EXPORTS, IS PARTICULARLY FAVOURABLE,* HE SAID.

FORECASTS POINT TO A STEADY EXPANSION OF THE U.S..CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURE! AN EQUIVALENT OF HK$5 308.7 MILLION FOR THE FIRST QUARTER, 15 370 MILLION FOR THE SECOND, $5 432 MILLION FOR THE THIRD AND $5 482 MILLION FOR THE FINAL QUARTER OF THE YEAR.

+MUCH OF THIS CONSUMER DEMAND WOULD HAVE TO BE MET BY IMPORTS WHICH SHCULD GIVE US SUBSTANTIAL ROOM FOR OUR EXPORTS TO THE U.S. MARKET,* MR HO SAID.

+CLEARLY, OUR ECONOMY IS AGAIN SHIFTING BACK TO AN EXPORT-LED GROWTH. AS THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY IS STILL A MAJOR PILLAR CF OUR ECONOMY, THE AUSPICIOUS SIGNS ARE ALREADY WITH US,+ MR HO SAID.

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IN JUNE 1983, DOMESTIC EXPORTS GREW BY 28 PER CENT OR $1 967 MILLION OVER THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR, TO REACH $8 920 MILLION, ACCORDING TO PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES PUBLISHED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

RE-EXPORTS, AT $4 389 MILLION, GREW BY 27 PER CENT OR $938 MILLION.

TOTAL EXPORTS — DOMESTIC EXPORTS PLUS RE-EXPORTS — REACHED $13 309 MILLION IN JUNE, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 28 PER CENT OR $2 905 MILLION OVER THE SAME MONTH IN 1982.

WITH IMPORTS AT $14 481 MILLION, AN INCREASE OF 24 PER CENT OR $2 767 MILLION OVER JUNE 1982, THE VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT FOR JUNE THIS YEAR WAS $1 172 MILLION.

THE VISIBLE TRADE GAP — THE PROPORTION OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS NOT COVERED BY THAT OF TOTAL EXPORTS — NARROWED TO EIGHT PER CENT FROM 11 PER CENT IN JUNE LAST YEAR.

EXTENDING THE PERIOD OF COMPARISON TO THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS WAS 13 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

THIS OVERALL GROWTH COMPRISED A 14 PER CENT INCREASE FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND 12 PER CENT INCREASE FOR RE-EXPORTS.

AS THE GROWTH RATE OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS WAS 11 PER CENT, THE VISIBLE TRADE GAP IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR STOOD AT 12 PER CENT, WHICH WAS NARROWER THAN THE 14 PER CENT RECORDED IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1982.

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COMMENTING ON THESE COMPARATIVE FIGURES, THE GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID, +DOMESTIC EXPORTS HAVE SHOWN A CLEAR SIGN OF RECOVERY, AS THE ECONOMIES OF SEVERAL OF HONG KONG’S MAJOR MARKETS CONTINUE TO IMPROVE. THE RAPID GROWTH IN THE VALUE OF IMPORTS IN JUNE WAS PROBABLY DUE, IN PART, TO A CONTINUED INCREASE IN RETAINED IMPORTS OF RAW MATERIALS AND SEMIMANUFACTURES, INDICATING THAT DOMESTIC EXPORT PERFORMANCE IS LIKELY TO REMAIN STRONG IN THE COMING MONTHS.*

THE FOLLOWING TABLE SHOWS THE PROVISIONAL MERCHANDISE TRADE FIGURES FOR JUNE 1983i -

MERCHANDISE! COMPARATIVE FIGURES DOMESTIC EXPORTS RE-EXPORTS TOTAL EXPORTS IMPORTS TRADE BALANCE i $ 8 920 MILLION i $ 4 389 MILLION i $13 309 MILLION : $14 481 MILLION i $ 1 172 MILLION (IN DEFICIT)

LATEST 3 MONTHS APR IL-JUNE 1983 APR IL-JUNE 1982 INCREASE OR DECREASE

DOMESTIC EXPORTS $ MN. 24 531 $ MN. 20 323 4- $ MN. % 4 208 ♦20.7

RE-EXPORTS 12 824 10 790 4- 2 034 +18.9

TOTAL EXPORTS 37 355 31 113 6 242 +20.1

IMPORTS 41 937 35 306 +• 6 631 +18.8

TRADE BALANCE - 4 582 - 4 193 389

SAME MONTH LAST YEAR JUNE 1983 JUNE 1982 INCREASE OR DECREASE

DOMESTIC EXPORTS $ MN. 8 920 $ MN. 6 953 4- $ MN. % 1 967 +28.3

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) RE-EXPORTS (67.0%) 4 389 (66.8%) 3 451 938 +27.2

TOTAL EXPORTS 13 309 10 404 4- 2 905 +27.9

IMPORTS 14 481 11 714 4 2 767 +23.6

TRADE BALANCE - 1 172 - 1 310 4- 138

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LAST MONTH JUNE 1983 MAY 1983 INCREASE OR DECREASE

$ MN. S MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 8 920 8 003 917 +11.5

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (67.0%) (65.3%)

RE-EXPORTS 4 389 4 258 + 131 +3.1

TOTAL EXPORTS 13 309 12 261 + 1 048 + 8.5

IMPORTS 14 481 13 933 + 548 ♦ 3.9

TRADE BALANCE - 1 172 - 1 672 500

JAN-JUNE JAN-JUNE INCREASE OR

CALENDAR YEAR TO-DATE 1983 1982 DECREASE

$ MN. S MN. 3 MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 43 160 37 826 + 5 334 +14.1

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (64.3%) (63.8%)

RE-EXPORTS 23 976 21 417 ♦ 2 559 +11.9

TOTAL EXPORTS 67 136 59 243 ♦ 7 893 +13.3

IMPORTS 76 077 68 718 + 7 359 +10.7

TRADE BALANCE - 8 941 - 9 475 534

JULY 1982 JULY 1981

TO TO INCREASE OR

LAST 12 MONTHS JUNE 1983 JUNE 1982 DECREASE

S MN. $ MN. S MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 88 365 82 646 + 5 719 + 6.9

RE-EXPORTS 46 912 43 620 + 3 292 +7.5

TOTAL EXPORTS 135 277 126 266 + 9 011 + 7.1

IMPORTS 150 252 141 472 + 8 780 + 6.2

TRADE BALANCE - 14 975 - 15 206 231

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S1.2-BILLI0N WORTH OF BUILDINGS COMPLETED

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THE TOTAL DECLARED COST OF NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED IN JUNE AMOUNTED TO $1 220.7 MILLION, ACCORDING TO FIGURES ISSUED TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

THIS COMPARES WITH 1880.4 MILLION IN THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR.

THE USABLE FLOOR AREA TOTALLED 436 276.9 SQUARE METRES, COMPRISING 166 122.6 SQUARE METRES OF NON-DOMESTIC AND 270 154.3 SQUARE METRES OF DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA.

BUILDING PLANS FOR A SCHOOL IN KOWLOON BAY AND AN ELECTRICITY SUBSTATION AT THE JUNCTION OF HUNG HING ROAD, WAN SHING STREET AND MARSH ROAD IN WAN CHAI AND THIRTY OTHER BUILDING PROJECTS WERE APPROVED IN JUNE BY THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE.

OF THESE NEW PLANS, 11 WERE FOR NEW BUILDINGS ON HONG KONG ISLAND, SIX FOR KOWLOON AND 15 FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

DURING THE SAME MONTH, THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE ALSO GAVE CONSENT FOR WORK TO START ON 32 NEW BUILDING PROJECTS, INCLUDING A MARKET IN SAI WAN HO, A RECREATION HALL IN SHEK PIK ON LANTAU ISLAND AND THREE ELECTRICITY SUBSTATIONS IN TAI PO, TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG.

ALTOGETHER, 45 OCCUPATION PERMITS WERE ISSUED FOR NEWLY-COMPLETED BUILDINGS BY THE OFFICE IN JUNE. THEY INCLUDE ONE SCHOOL IN CAUSEWAY BAY AND ANOTHER IN TUEN MUN, A CINEMA AT THE LAI CHI KOK AMUSEMENT PARK AND A HOTEL IN CHEUNG CHAU.

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE THIS MONTH ALSO GAVE PERMISSION FOR 34 BUILDINGS TO BE DEMOLISHED.

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THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, TODAY (THURSDAY) LOOKED OVER THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT’S COUNTRY PARKS AND FISHERIES FACILITIES IN ABERDEEN.

SIR PHILIP, ACCOMPANIED BY THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, DR JOHN RIDDELL-SWAN, SAW A DISPLAY OF INDIGENOUS FLORA AND FAUNA AT THE VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE AT ABERDEEN COUNTRY PARK BEFORE MEETING STAFF AT THE PARK’S MANAGEMENT CENTRE.

HE ALSO HAD A LOOK AT THE CONSTRUCTION OF FACILITIES FOR THE DISABLED IN THE COUNTRY PARK.

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HE THEN WENT TO THE DEPARTMENT’S FISHERIES RESEARCH STATION AT ABERDEEN TO SEE THE FISH REFERENCE COLLECTION, HYDROGRAPHY LABORATORY, COMPUTER TERMINALS, FISHERIES RESEARCH LIBRARY AND THE CHEMISTRY/MICROBIOLOGY LABORATORY.

IN THE CAPTURE FISHERIES DIVISION IN THE SAME BUILDING, SIR PHILIP SAW FISHING GEAR DEVELOPMENT WORK AND THE ENGINE TRAINING WORKSHOP.

BAD WEATHER HOWEVER, FORCED SIR PHILIP TO CANCEL A HELICOPTER VISIT TO A FOUR-DAY FIGHT YOUTH CRIME SEMINAR CAMP AT THE LADY MACLEHOSE VILLAGE IN SAI KUNG.

SIR PHILIP, CHAIRMAN OF THE NEWLY FORMED FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, WAS TO HAVE FLOWN FROM HMS TAMAR ACCOMPANIED BY LADY HADDON-CAVE, ATTORNEY GENERAL MR MICHAEL THOMAS. ACTING SECRETARY FOR SECURITY MR PATRICK WILLIAMSON AND COMMISSIONER OF POLICE MR ROY HENRY.

SHORTLY BEFORE 8 AM, A THUNDERSTORM WARNING AND HEAVY RAIN AND MIST AT SAI KUNG, FORCED THE DUTY PILOT AT THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE TO CANCEL THE FLIGHT.

LATER IN THE MORNING, AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, DR HO KAM-FAI, READ THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM SIR PHILIP TO THE 300 CAMPERS FROM JUNIOR POLICE CALL AND OTHER YOUTH ORGAN I SAT IONS«-

’’THE CAMP IS ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF A MAJOR CAMPAIGN AIMED AT COMBATTING THE CURRENT HIGH LEVEL OF CRIME, PARTICULARLY SERIOUS AND VIOLENT CRIME, AMONG YOUNG MALES IN THE 14 - 20 AGE GROUP. THE MANY YOUNG CAMPERS HERE TODAY ARE PLAYING A KEY ROLE IN HELPING GOVERNMENT AND THE POLICE TO DISSUADE YOUNG PEOPLE FROM BECOMING INVOLVED IN CRIME.

YOU WILL, OF COURSE, BE ENJOYING MANY RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES BUT THERE IS ALSO A SERIOUS SIDE TO THE TIME YOU WILL SPEND HERE. YOU WILL BE TAKING PART IN LECTURES AND SEMINARS IN WHICH YOU WILL HAVE THE CHANCE TO LEARN ABOUT AND DISCUSS TOPICS AS DIVERSE AS YOUTH CRIME AS A SOCIAL PROBLEM; TRIAD INFLUENCE AND THE PROBLEMS CREATED BY DRUGS; THE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF YOUTH IN SOCIETY; HOW TO HELP THE POLICE PREVENT CRIME; AND HOW TO ORGANISE AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO BECOME INVOLVED IN HEALTHY SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

THE CENTRAL THEME OF ALL THE LECTURES AND SEMINARS WILL BE : ’DON’T GET INVOLVED IN CRIME’ AND ’THERE’S NO GLAMOUR IN CRIME’.

A YEAR AGO WE RAN SIMILAR CAMP AT THE YMCA VILLAGE AT WU KAI SHA IN CONNECTION WITH THE CAMPAIGN TO CUT THE RISE IN JUVENILE CRIME. IT WAS A GREAT SUCCESS AND I HAVE EVERY REASON TO BELIEVE THIS CAMP WILL ACHIEVE SIMILAR RESULTS.

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BUT THE REAL RESULTS WILL COME ONLY AFTER YOU LEAVE THE CAMP AND RETURN TO YOUR HOME DISTRICTS. I WOULD ASK ALL OF YOU TO PASS ON WHAT YOU LEARN HERE AND TO DO EVERYTHING IN YOUR POWER TO ASSIST IN THE 1983/84 FIGHT YOUTH CRIME CAMPAIGN AND DISCOURAGE YOUNG MEN FROM BECOMING INVOLVED IN CRIME.

I TRUST YOU ALL HAVE A HAPPY AND REWARDING TIME AND, I WANT TO THANK YOU, ON BEHALF OF THE GOVERMENT, FOR VOLUNTEERING TO HELP US TO TACKLE A SERIOUS AND DISTURBING PROBLEM.”

LATER IN THE DAY MR HO AND ANOTHER UNOFFICAL MEMBER OF THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, MRS SOPHIA HO TOURED THE HOLIDAY VILLAGE, TALKED TO THE CAMPERS AND SAW THEM ATTENDING LECTURES AND TAKING PART IN A WIDE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES.

THEY WERE ACCOMPANIED BY THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR CLIVE OXLEY- THE ACTING COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR CHAN WA-SHEK AND THE CHIEF POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICER, MR STEWART LAI.

A FILM, SHOT BY RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG, WILL BE SHOWN ON THE JUNIOR POLICE CALL TELEVISION PROGRAMME ON BOTH CHINESE CHANNELS ON SUNDAY.

THE CAMP WILL CLOSE TOMORROW (FRIDAY) WHEN MR RICHARD QUINE, ACTING DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, WILL PRESENT CERTIFICATES TO THE CAMPERS.

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SAI WAN HO ROAD WORK CONTINUES * * * *

THE TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR ROAD REPAIRS IN SAI WAN HO WILL REMAIN IN FORCE FOR ANOTHER FOUR WEEKS, A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

TAI NING STREET BETWEEN SAI WAN HO STREET AND SHAU KEI WAN ROAD HAS BEEN CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC.

SHAU KEI WAN ROAD WESTBOUND BETWEEN HOLY CROSS PATH AND TAI FOO STREET WILL REMAIN CLOSED TO TRAFFIC EXCEPT BUSES, TRAMS AND GOODS VEHICLES EXCEEDING FIVE TONS UNLADEN.

DURING THE CLOSURE, TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA HOLY CROSS PATH, SAI WAN HO STREET AND TAI FOO STREET.

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’PORTABLE COMPUTERS COMMON IN NEXT DECADE’ K M M * M

IT IS LIKELY THAT PORTABLE COMPUTERS WILL, WITHIN THE NEXT DECADE, BE AS COMMON AS HANDHELD CALCULATORS ARE RIGHT NOW, THE GOVERNMENT SCIENCE ADVISER, DR J.C. WRIGHT, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

DR WRIGHT WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE MICROCOMP ’83 --- MICROCOMPUTER EXHIBITION AND CONFERENCE 1983 ---- AT THE

CITY HALL.

DR WRIGHT SAID MICROCOMPUTERS WERE BECOMING INCREASINGLY POPULAR BECAUSE THEY WERE +VERSATILE, HIGHLY EFFICIENT, RELATIVELY CHEAP AND ABOVE ALL ’TRANSPARENT' TO THE USER.*

♦THIS TRANSPARENCY, OR EASY MENU APPROACH TO COMPUTERS IN ALMOST EVERYDAY LANGUAGE, HAS RE INTERESTED THE VETERANS (LIKE ME I) AND INTRODUCED MILLIONS MORE PEOPLE, PARTICULARLY SCHOOL CHILDREN, STUDENTS AND YOUNG GRADUATES TO COMPUTERS FOR THE FIRST TIME WITHOUT THEM EVER EXPERIENCING THE DIFFICULTIES OF MACHINE OR MEDIUM LEVEL LANGUAGES,♦ HE SAID.

ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE MICROCOMPUTER MARKET IN THE LAST TWO YEARS, DR WRIGHT POINTED OUT, HAD BEEN THE INTRODUCTION OF MICROCOMPUTERS INTO SECONDARY AND TERTIARY EDUCATION.

♦BEARING IN MIND THAT THIS IS THE IMPRESSIONABLE AGE GROUP WHERE IT IS PROBABLY MOST EFFICIENT TO INTRODUCE YOUNG PEOPLE TO COMPUTER SYSTEMS, THIS IS PROBABLY A USEFUL AND COST-EFFECTIVE THING TO DO,+ HE SAID.

DR WRIGHT SAID THAT THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY OF EXPANDING COMPUTER FAMILIARISATION WAS THROUGH COMPUTER ASSISTED LEARNING.

THIS, HOWEVER, REQUIRED PLENTY OF SOPHISTICATED SOFTWARE AND VERY FEW SCHOOLS HAD STAFF OR SENIOR STUDENTS CAPABLE OF WRITING SOFTWARE THAT WAS HIGHLY EFFECTIVE, HE CONTINUED.

♦IT -OLLOWS THAT SCHOOLS NEED ACCESS TO AN ADVISORY BODY OR A CENTRE THAT CAN MAINTAIN A LIBRARY OF SOFTWARE AND GENERAL INFORMATION ON COMPUTERS FOR SCHOOLS.

♦IT IS BETTER STILL IF THE CENTRE CAN DEVELOP AND LOCALISE CURRICULA THAT, IN TURN, DEVELOP COMPUTER AWARENESS AND RUN COURSES ON WAYS TO INSTRUCT CHILDREN ABOUT COMPUTERS,+ HE ADDED.

DR WRIGHT SAID THERE WAS A NEED FOR CAREFUL CHOICE AND EFFICIENT USE OF MICROCOMPUTERS AND HE PAID TRIBUTE TO THE ORGANISERS AND PARTICIPANTS OF MICROCOMP ’83 FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO COMPUTER LITERACY IN HONG KONG.

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HK TAKING PART IN TYPHOON STUDY PROJECT M M * * *

TWO OFFICERS FROM THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY WILL REPRESENT HONG KONG IN THE FOLLOW-UP PHASE OF THE INTER-GOVERNMENTAL, TYPHOON OPERATIONAL EXPERIMENT - TOPEX - TO BE HELD BETWEEN AUGUST 1 AND OCTOBER 15 THIS YEAR.

IN THIS FIELD PHASE OF THE EXPERIMENT, THE TWO HONG KONG OFFICERS WILL WORK IN THE INTERNATIONAL EXPERIMENT CENTRE IN TOKYO, JAPAN.

AT THE SAME TIME, AN EXPERIMENT SUB-CENTRE WILL BE SET UP AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY IN HONG KONG, ENABLING HONG KONG TO LIAISE WITH THE TOKYO-BASED MAIN CENTRE IN CARRYING OUT A PROGRAMME OF OBSERVATIONS, ANALYSES AND FORECASTS DURING ACTUAL TYPHOON CONDITIONS.

THE AIM OF THE EXPERIMENT, IS TO IMPROVE THE CAPABILITIES IN THE REGION TO ANALYSE, FORECAST AND ISSUE WARNINGS SO THAT THE COMMUNITY MAY BE BETTER PREPARED AGAINST THE DAMAGE THAT CAN BE CAUSED BY FLOODING AND THE STORMS, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY.

♦UNDER THIS EXPERIMENT, MORE OBSERVATIONAL DATA WILL BE COLLECTED ON THE MOVEMENT, GENERATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF TYPHOONS IN THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC AND THE SOUTH CHINA SEA, HE SAID.+

THE PROJECT, TOPEX, IS LAUNCHED BY AN INTER-GOVERNMENTAL TYPHOON COMMITTEE ESTABLISHED JOINTLY BY THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMISSION FOR ASIA AND THE PACIFIC (ESCAP) AND THE WORLD METEOROLOGICAL ORGANISATION (WMO). ITS AIM IS TO HELP MINIMISE TYPHOON DAMAGE.

THE PARTICIPATING MEMBERS ARE CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, MALAYSIA, THE PHILIPPINES, REPUBLIC OF KOREA, THAILAND AND VIETNAM.

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MEET-THE-PUBLIC SESSION EXTENDED

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THE MEET-THE-PUBLIC SESSION IN SAI KUNG WILL BE EXTENDED TO TWO REMOTE PLACES IN THE DISTRICT STARTING NEXT MONTH, MAKING IT MORE CONVENIENT FOR RESIDENTS TO CHANNEL THEIR VIEWS AND SUGGESTIONS TO THE DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS.

AT PRESENT, MEMBERS ARE MEETING THE RESIDENTS ONCE A WEEK AT THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE BRANCH OFFICE IN MAN NIN STREET.

STARTING FROM AUGUST, THE SESSIONS WILL ALSO BE HELD IN THE HANG HAU RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICE AND THE RENNIE’S MILL SERVICE CENTRE ON A ROTATION BASIS.

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MEETING TIME IS BETWEEN 2.30 PM AND 4.30 PM EVERY MONDAY.

A DISTRICT BOARD SPOKESMAN SAID THE MEET-THE-PUBLIC SCHEME WOULD SERVE BETTER PURPOSE AND BE MORE USEFUL IF THE SESSIONS WERE ALSO HELD IN VARIOUS PARTS OF THE DISTRICT INSTEAD OF ONLY IN THE SAI KUNG TOWN.

♦THE POPULATION IN SAI KUNG IS SPARSELY DISTRIBUTED, AND RESIDENTS IN FAR-OFF PLACES HAVE TO TRAVEL A LONG WAY TO THE TOWN CENTRE IF THEY WANT TO MEET THE BOARD MEMBERS,+ HE SAID.

RESIDENTS WHO WISH TO ATTEND THESE SESSIONS CAN MAKE APPOINTMENT WITH THE BOARD SECRETARIAT AT 3-7557916.

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ROAD CLOSED FOR WORKS * M * *

FROM 4 PM ON SATURDAY (JULY 30) TO 6 AM ON MONDAY (AUGUST 1) THE U-TURN SLIP ROAD AT COTTON TREE DRIVE, OPPOSITE THE BANK OF AMERICAN TOWER WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR ROAD WORKS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA HARCOURT ROAD WESTBOUND, CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL WESTBOUND, PEDDER STREET, CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL EASTBOUND AND HARCOURT ROAD EASTBOUND.

BUSES ON CMB ROUTES 12M, 17 AND 40M WILL BE DIVERTED VIA QUEENSWAY, ARSENAL STREET AND HARCOURT ROAD.

THOSE ON ROUTE 103 ON QUEENSWAY WESTBOUND WILL ENTER COTTON TREE DRIVE DIRECT, AND THE ROUTE’S TWO BUS STOPS AT QUEENSWAY OPPOSITE MURRAY ROAD CAR PARK AND AT JACKSON ROAD OUTSIDE THE SUPREME COURT WILL BE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED.

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SWIMMING LESSONS FOR CHILDREN * * K

SWIMMING CLASSES ARE BEING ORGANISED FOR CHILDREN AGED BETWEEN THREE AND 13 IN THE TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS IN YUE WAN, CHAI WAN.

STARTING FROM MONDAY (AUGUST 1), THE ONE-MONTH CLASSES WILL BE HELD AT THE CHAI WAN SWIMMING POOL EVERY TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND SATURDAYS FROM 7 AM TO 9 AM.

SPONSORED BY THE LIONS CLUB OF HONG KONG NORTH, THE CLASSES ARE BEING ORGANISED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, THE RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICE AND THE NEIGHBOURHOOD ADVICE ACTION COUNCIL.

+SWIMMING IS A FAVOURITE SPORT FOR CHILDREN DURING THE HOT SUMMER VACATION AND GOOD AND PROPER TRAINING IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT IN THE INTEREST OF THEIR SAFETY,* THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR GORDON JONES SAID.

HE RECALLED A TRAGIC ACCIDENT RECENTLY IN WHICH TWO CHILDREN, AGED THREE AND FIVE, DROWNED AT CHAI WAN.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR THE CLASSES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE’S CHAI WAN SUB-OFFICE AT BLOCK 2 OF HING WAH ESTATE.

AT A BRIEF CEREMONY TODAY, MR JONES RECEIVED A CHEQUE FOR $2 909 FOR ORGANISING THE CLASSES FROM THE VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE LIONS CLUB OF HONG KONG NORTH, MR LARRY LAW.

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CROWN LAND SOLD * X *

A PIECE OF CROWN LAND IN TUEN MUN NEW TOWN WAS SOLD BY THE LANDS DEPARTMENT AT AN AUCTION HELD IN THE EXCELSIOR HOTEL THIS AFTERNOON.

THE SITE, WITH AN AREA OF ABOUT 8 531 SQUARE METRES, IS FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES.

IT WAS SOLD TO GLORYLAND LTD. FOR S12.6 MILLION, OR $1 476.97 PER SQUARE METRE.

TWO OTHER SITES, ONE IN SHA TIN AND ONE IN YUEN LONG, WERE WITHDRAWN FROM THE AUCTION BECAUSE THERE WERE NO BIDDERS.

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TRAFFIC CHANGES FOR MTR WORKS * * * *

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN NORTH POINT AND SAI WAN HO FROM 10 AM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO ALLOW FOR WORK ON THE MTR ISLAND LINE.

IN NORTH POINT, THE EXISTING +TRAM-ONLY+ LANE ON THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF KING’S ROAD BETWEEN SHU KUK STREET AND KAM HONG STREET WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR ABOUT 16 MONTHS.

THIS EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY SECTION WILL BE DESIGNATED AS AN URBAN CLEARWAY BETWEEN 7 AM AND 7 PM DAILY.

A NUMBER OF ROAD SECTIONS IN SAI WAN HO WILL ALSO BE DESIGNATED AS URBAN CLEARWAYS BETWEEN 7 AM AND MIDNIGHT DAILY FOR ABOUT FOUR WEEKS.

THESE INCLUDE HOLY CROSS PATH BETWEEN SHAU KEI WAN ROAD AND SAI WAN HO STREET, SAI WAN HO STREET BETWEEN HOLY CROSS PATH AND TAI CHEONG STREET, AND TAI CHEONG STREET BETWEEN SAI WAN HO STREET AND SHAU KEI WAN ROAD.

WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONES, NO VEHICLES OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS DURING THE SPECIFIED PERIODS.

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NEW TRAFFIC PLAN FOR NORTH POINT

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FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 29), NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN NORTH POINT TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW.

TRAFFIC ON NORTH VIEW STREET BETWEEN FORT STREET AND KIN WAH STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE WAY SOUTHBOUND, AND THOSE ON CHEUNG HONG STREET BETWEEN FORT STREET AND KIN WAH STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE WAY NORTHBOUND.

HOWEVER, TRAFFIC ON KIN WAH STREET BETWEEN CHEUNG HONG STREET AND NORTH VIEW STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE WAY WESTBOUND.

THE PARKING SPACES ON BOTH SIDES OF CHEUNG HONG STREET SOUTH OF FORT STREET WILL BE CANCELLED.

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WATER LEAKAGE TEST K K M

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN NORTH POINT WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PM ON MONDAY (AUGUST 1) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TEST.

AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY SHU KUK STREET, KING’S ROAD, TIN CHIU STREET AND THE SEA FRONT, INCLUDING 395-423 KING’S ROAD, NORTH POINT ESTATE, NORTH POINT PASSENGER AND VEHICULAR FERRY PIERS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, JULY 29, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

ZONING PLAN FOR THEN MUN OUT ................................... 1

1982-83 ACCOUNTS PUBLISHED ..................................... 2

SECOND READING OF BILL DEFERRED ................................ 3

ANOTHER CORRIDOR SECTION TO BE BUILT ........................... 3

BILL TO IMPROVE CONVEYANCING SYSTEM............................. 4

SOME SUNDAY TRAMS TO START HOUR LATER .......................... 5

PAV/NBROKING LAWS TO BE UPDATED................................. 5

DARK SMOKE REGULATIONS GAZETTED ................................ 6

YOUTHS URGED TO HELP IN FIGHT CRIME DRIVE....................... 7

STUDENTS TO CLEAN BEACHES ...................................... 7

FOUR TO CONTEST BOARD SEAT ..................................... 8

GRATUITY MULTIPLYING FACTOR REVISED ............................ 9

SUMMER ACTIVITIES TO BE LAUNCHED................................ 9

CHILDREN'S DRAWINGS SHOWN AT MPR STATION ...................... 10

STREET SECTION TO BE RESUMED .................................. 10

OFFICE OPEN DURING LUNCH HOUR.................................. 11

TAPS OFF FOR MAINS WORK ....................................... 11

TALK GIVEN ON WATER SYSTEM...................................... n

TENNIS COURSE FOR CHILDREN .................................... 12

PRISONERS DO WELL IN BOOK-KEEPING EXAMS ....................... 12

FRIDAY, JULY 29, 1983

ZONING PLAN FOR TUEN MUN OUT

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A DRAFT OUTLINE ZONING PLAN FOR TUEN MUN NEW TOWN IS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY BY THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD SAID THAT THE AIM OF BUILDING TUEN MUN NEW TOWN wAS TO PROVIDE A REASONABLY WELL-BALANCED DEVELOPMENT WITH ADEQUATE PROVISION OF SUPPORTING FACILITIES FOR 550 QOO PEOPLE.

THE DRAFT OUTLINE ZONING PLAN IS INTENDED TO ESTABLISH A STATUTORY PLANNING FRAMEWORK TO GUIDE AND CONTROL DEVELOPMENT WITHIN THE NEW TOWN.

HE SAID, +THE BASIC DESIGN CONCEPT OF THE NEW TOWN ENVISAGES A ’CORRIDOR’ OF DEVELOPMENT RUNNING NORTH-SOUTH FLANKED BY THE TAI LAM FOOTHILLS TO THE EAST AND THE CASTLE PEAK RIDGE TO THE WEST.*

THE INNER CORE OF THE TOWN ACCOMMODATING RELATIVELY HIGH-DENSITY RESIDENTIAL, INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT IS ON THE FLAT VALLEY FLOOR AND RECLAIMED LAND IN CASTLE PEAK BAY.

ON THE LOWER SLOPES OF THE VALLEY ARE LOWER-DENSITY DEVELOPMENTS FORMING A ZONE OF TRANSITION BETWEEN THE INNER CORE AND THE RURAL HINTERLAND OF THE NEw TOWN.

TO THE SOUTHWEST IS A BELT OF LAND DEVOTED LARGELY TO MAJOR UTILITY USES, SUCH AS THE TAP SHEK KOK POWER STATION, AND TO SPECIAL INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT INAPPROPRIATE TO AN URBAN CENTRE LOCATION, SUCH AS THE CEMENT PLANT AND OTHER LAND-EXTENSIVE AND MARINE-ORIENTED INDUSTRIES.

TO THE SOUTHEAST IS AN AREA FOR LOW-DENSITY RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT, A PROPOSED MARINA WITH A YACHT CLUB AND OTHER ASSOCIATED FACILITIES, AND A NUMBER OF SWIMMING BEACHES, ALL MERGING WITH THE NATURAL SCENERY.

THE DRAFT PLAN COVERS A TOTAL AREA OF 2 152 HECTARES.

OF THIS, 338 HECTARES WILL BE FOR VARIOUS TYPES OF RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT, 114 HECTARES FOR VILLAGE-TYPE DEVELOPMENT AND 172 HECTARES FOR GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTION AND COMMUNITY USES WHICH INCLUDE A NEW HOSPITAL, A TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, A SPORTS STADIUM, SWIMMING POOL COMPLEXES AND OTHER FACILITIES.

ANOTHER 26 HECTARES OF LAND ARE EARMARKED FOR A COMMERCIAL-RESIDENTIAL ZONE, INCLUDING THE TOwN CENTRE IN AREA 11, 110 HECTARES FOR GENERAL INDUSTRIAL USES, 151 HECTARES FOR OPEN SPACE INCLUDING THE TOWN PARK, 685 HECTARES FOR GREEN BELT AND 251 HECTARES FOR OTHER SPECIFIC USES.

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THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT ABOUT 138 HECTARES OF LAND HAD BEEN RESERVED TO MEET ANY FUTURE UNFORESEEN REQUIREMENTS AND, WHERE FUTURE DETAILED PLANNING STUDY IS REQUIRED, TO IDENTIFY FUTURE USES OF LAND.

COP-’ES OF THE DRAFT PLAN, TOGETHER UI TH A SET OF NOTES SETTING OUT THE USES ALWAYS PERMITTED IN THE VARIOUS LAND USE ZONES AND THE OTHER USES FOR WHICH THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD’S PERMISSION MUST BE SOUGHT, MAY BE INSPECTED AT THE TOWN PLANNING DIVISION OF THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, 4TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD; THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (CENTRAL AND WESTERN) ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING ENTRANCE; AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE (TUEN MUN), 201 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TUEN MUN, NEW TERRITORIES.

ANY PERSON AFFECTED BY THE DRAFT PLAN MAY SUBMIT HIS OBJECTION IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY, TOWN PLANNING BOARD, C/0 LANDS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD BY SEPTEMBER 29, 1983.

THE DRAFT PLAN IS ON SALE AT THE SURVEY DIVISION OF THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, 5TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG AT $10 FOR A BLACK-AND-WHITE COPY AND $120 FOR A COLOURED COPY.

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1982-83 ACCOUNTS PUBLISHED

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THE GOVERNMENT’S ACCOUNTS FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1982-83 ARE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

EXPENDITURE ON THE MAIN ACCOUNT WAS $34.6 BILLION WHILE REVENUE WAS $31.1 BILLION. THE NET RESULT WAS A FINAL DEFICIT FOR LAST YEAR OF $3.5 BILLION.

REVENUE IMPROVED MARGINALLY WITH THE BUDGET INCREASES IN DUTIES AND LATE RECEIPTS FROM LAND SALES.

OWING LARGELY TO THE VERY POOR WEATHER TOWARDS THE END CF THE FINANCIAL YEAR SPENDING ON CAPITAL WORKS WAS DOWN, THE FINAL OUTTURN AT $7.6 BILLION BEING SOME 15 PER CENT BELOW THE REVISED ESTIMATE.

AS A RESULT THE CAPITAL WORKS RESERVE FUND INCLUDED A CARRY FORWARD OF $3.2 BILLION AS COMPARED WITH THE FEBRUARY FORECAST OF ABOUT $1.6 BILLION.

THE GROWTH RATE IN TOTAL GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE IN REAL TERMS FOR 1982-83 AS COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS YEAR WAS THUS ABOUT 10 PER CENT, WHICH IS LOWER THAN FORECAST.

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SECOND READING OF BILL DEFERRED

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS ACCEDED TO REPRESENTATIONS FROM THE UMELCO LEGISLATION SCRUTINY GROUP THAT THE SECOND READING OF THE SUPREME COURT (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL 1983 SHOULD BE DEFERRED UNTIL THE AUTUMN, IN ORDER TO GIVE FURTHER TIME FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY INTERESTED PARTIES, INCLUDING THE BAR ASSOCIATION.

AS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, MR MICHAEL THOMAS, QC, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, THE BILL WAS BROUGHT FORWARD AT THE REQUEST CF THE JUDICIARY IN ORDER TO FACILITATE APPELLATE BUSINESS BY ENABLING A COURT CF APPEAL OF FIVE JUDGES TO REVERSE EARLIER DECISIONS OF A COURT OF LESS THAN FIVE JUDGES.

THE BILL IS NOT CONSIDERED TO BE AN URGENT ONE AND THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL HAS A HEAVY BURDEN OF BUSINESS TO COMPLETE THIS SESSION, WITH ONLY ONE MEETING AVAILABLE BEFORE THE SUMMER RECESS. BECAUSE OF THE NUMBER OF VIEWS THAT HAVl BEEN EXPRESSED ON THE BILL, THE ONLY WAY IN WHICH T.-EY CAN ALL PROPERLY BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT IS BY aLLC*!NG THE BILL TO GO OVER INTO THE NEXT SESSION.

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ANOTHER CORRIDOR SECTION TO BE BUILT

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THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT PROPOSES TO CONSTRUCT ANOTHER SECTION OF THE WEST KOwLOON CORRIDOR WHICH WILL PROVIDE A MAJOR HIGH CAPACITY TRAFFIC ROUTE FROM HUNG HOM TO LAI CHI KOK.

THE PROPOSED ELE i’ ' DUAL CARRIAGEWAY WILL RUN FROM THE WESTERN END OF THE G4SC . iNE ROAD -YOVER NEAR KANSU STREET ALONG FERRY STREET AND *1— BRANCH OUT NEAR cHAN TUNG STREET.

ONE CARRIAGEWAY WILL FOLL *' ALONG TONG MEI ROAD AND TUNG CHAU STREET TO MAPlE S’REET, *HIL£ ’< OTHER WILL CROSS THE YAU MA TEI RECLAMATION TO POK MAN STREET.

ALSO INCLUDED IN THE PROJEC’ -ILL THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PEDESTRIAN SUBWAY ACROSo FERRY 2 TREE: .AR SHAN TUNG STREET TO FACILITATE PEDESTRIAN MOVEMENT ,N T< aREa AND THE RECONSTRUCTION AND MODIFICATIONS OF THE EXISTING GROUND LEVEL ROADS.

WORK ON THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN 1987.

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

A PLAN SHOWING THE PROPOSED WORKS CAN BE SEEN AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING MAIN ENTRANCE; THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE (KOWLOON WEST), 1OTH FLOOR, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD; THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT OFFICE, HOP FAT COMMERCIAL CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, 490-492 NATHAN ROAD, AND THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE, TUNG PING BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, 157 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD, KOWLOON.

ANY PERSON OBJECTING TO THE PROPOSAL MUST SEND HIS OBJECTION IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS NOT LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 27, 1983.

FRIDAY, JULY 29, 1983

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BILL TC IMPROVE CONVEYANCING SYSTEM *****

A BILL WHICH SEEKS TO IMPROVE THE SYSTEM OF CONVEYANCING IN HONG KONG IS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

UNDER THE CONVEYANCING AND PROPERTY BILL 1983, THE LAWS ON IMMOVABLE PROPERTY AND CONVEYANCING WILL BE BROUGHT IN LINE WITH THE RAPID DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG AS A MODERN FINANCIAL AND INVESTMENT CENTRE, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE BILL PROPOSES TO ACHIEVE THIS OBJECTIVE BYt

* REVISING AND CONSOLIDATING VARIOUS ORDINANCES RELATING TO LAND;

* INCORPORATING SELECTED PROVISIONS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM LAW OF PROPERTY ACT 1925;

* INTRODUCING IMPLIED COVENANTS FOR TITLE;

* PROVIDING OTHER STANDARD COVENANTS AND CONDITIONS WHICH MAY BE INCORPORATED INTO CONVEYANCING DOCUMENTS BY REFERENCE;

* PROVIDING STANDARD FORMS OF CONVEYANCING INSTRUMENTS SUITABLE FOR USE IN HONG KONG;

* INTRODUCING A NEW SYSTEM OF MORTGAGING BY WAY OF LEGAL AND EQUITABLE CHARGE INSTEAD OF BY WAY OF ASSIGNMENT; AND

* INTRODUCING OTHER PROVISIONS TO CLARIFY AND AUGMENT THE LAW AND SIMPLIFY DEALINGS IN LAND.

♦INTERESTED PERSONS AND ORGANISATIONS CAN DIRECT ANY COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS ON THE BILL TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL FOR CONSIDERATION WITHIN THREE MONTHS OF ITS PUBLICATION,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

AFTER THIS PERIOD, THE BILL WITH ANY PROPOSED AMENDMENTS WILL BE REFERRED BACK TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION BEFORE ITS INTRODUCTION INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL LATER THIS YEAR, HE ADDED.

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FRIDAY, JULY 29, 1983

- 5 -SOME SUNDAY TRAMS TO START HOUR LATER * * * *

TRAM SERVICES BETWEEN TIN LOK LANE AND KENNEDY TOWN WILL START ABOUT AN HOUR LATER ON SUNDAY (JULY 31).

DEPARTURE TIMES FOR THE FIRST TRAMS FROM THE VARIOUS TERMINI WILL BE AS FOLLOWSi-

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FROM TO DEPARTURE TIME

HAPPY VALLEY KENNEDY TOWN 7 AM

SHAU KEI WAN WESTERN MARKET 6.30 AM

NORTH POINT WHITTY STREET 6.50 AM

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FROM TO DEPARTURE TIME

KENNEDY TOWN HAPPY VALLEY 7.35 AM

WHITTY STREET NORTH POINT 7.30 AM

WESTERN MARKET SHAU KEI WAN 7.25 AM

TRAM SERVICES BETWEEN SHAU KEI WAN AND HAPPY VALLEY WILL BEGIN AS USUAL AT ABOUT 6.30 AM, AND WILL BE AUGMENTED TO PROVIDE A FOUR-MINUTE FREQUENCY DURING THE FIRST HOUR OF ITS OPERATION.

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PAWNBROKING LAWS TO BE UPDATED

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THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR CONDUCTING THE BUSINESS OF PAWNBROKING WILL BE BROUGHT UP TO DATE AND IMPROVED UNDER A PAWNBROKERS BILL 1983 PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY, WHICH IS INTENDED TO REPLACE THE EXISTING ORDINANCE.

THE MAIN BODY OF THE EXISTING LEGISLATION DATES FROM 1930 AND IN THE LAST 20 YEARS, AMENDMENTS TO THE ORDINANCE HAVE MAINLY BEEN LIMITED TO INCREASING THE LOAN LIMIT.

UNDER THE BILL, APPLICATIONS FOR A PAWNBROKERS LICENCE WILL CONTINUE TO BE PROCESSED FOR APPROVAL BY THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE WHO WILL ADDITIONALLY BE EMPOWERED TO CANCEL A LICENCE.

THE PENALTY FOR BREACH OF A LICENCE CONDITION, LAST SET IN 1950, HAS BEEN REVISED FROM A FINE OF $500 TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $10 000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR SIX MONTHS.

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THE BILL ALSO REVISES THE LOAN LIMIT FOR PAWNBROKING TRANSACTIONS FROM THE PRESENT LEVEL OF $5 OOO, FIXED IN 1970, TO $25 000.

IT ALSO PRESCRIBES A STANDARD MAXIMUM RATE OF INTEREST, IN LIEU OF DIFFERENT RATES FOR PARTICULAR CLASSES OF GOODS, WHICH IS TO BE 3.5 PER CENT PER LUNAR MONTH FOR ALL LOANS. THIS RATE EXPRESSED AS AN ANNUAL RATE OF INTEREST IS LESS THAN THE 48 PER CENT PER ANNUM LIMIT PRESCRIBED BY THE MONEY LENDERS ORDINANCE, OVER WHICH RATES OF INTEREST ARE CONSIDERED TO BE EXTORTIONATE.

THE FIRST AND SECOND READING OF THE BILL WILL TAKE PLACE ON AUGUST 10. ITS LEGISLATIVE STAGES WILL BE COMPLETED IN THE NEW SESSION ON OCTOBER 12.

COMMENTS ON ITS PROVISIONS CAN BE ADDRESSED TO UMELCO, AT SWIRE HOUSE, 12TH FLOOR, CHATER ROAD, OR TO THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, AT THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG.

DARK SMOKE REGULATIONS GAZETTED

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REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE EMISSION OF DARK SMOKE AND THE CONDUCTING OF APPEALS AGAINST DECISIONS BY THE CONTROL AUTHORITY OR THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE UNDER THE AIR POLLUTION CONTROL ORDINANCE ARE GAZETTED TODAY.

THEY WILL COME INTO OPERATION ON THE DAY APPOINTED FOR THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE AIR POLLUTION CONTROL ORDINANCE 1983.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE AIR POLLUTION CONTROL (SMOKE) REGULATIONS 1983 REPLACE IN SUBSTANCE PROVISIONS UNDER THE CLEAN AIR ORDINANCE, WHICH IS TO BE REPEALED.

THE REGULATIONS ALSO RAISE THE PENALTY RELATING TO DARK SMOKE EMISSION FROM A FINE OF S2 000 TO $5 000. FOR EVERY ONE QUARTER OF AN HOUR OF EMISSION, THE ADDITIONAL FINE WILL BE 3100 INSTEAD OF $50.

THE AIR POLLUTION CONTROL (APPEAL BOARD) REGULATIONS 1983, ALSO IN THE GAZETTE, SET OUT THE PROCEDURE FOR THE INITIATION AND PROCESSING OF APPEALS, THE RIGHT TO WHICH IS EXTENSIVELY CONFERRED UNDER THE AIR POLLUTION CONTROL ORDINANCE.

AN APPEAL BOARD WILL BE CHAIRED BY A PERSON QUALIFIED FOR APPOINTMENT AS A DISTRICT JUDGE AND COMPOSED OF MEMBERS DRAWN FROM A PANEL TO BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR.

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F3IDAY, JULY 29, 1983

YOUTHS URGED TO HELP IN FIGHT CRIME DRIVE X X * X

THE mCTING DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, OPERATIONS, MR RICHARD QUINE, TODAY (FRIDAY) URGED 300 YOUNGSTERS WHO HAD JUST ATTENDED A FOUR-DAY FIGHT YOUTH CRIME SEMINAR CAMP TO HELP THE GOVERNMENT AND THE POLICE MAKE HONG KONG A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE IN.

AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE SEMINAR CAMP HELD AT THE LADY MACLEHOSE VILLAGE IN SAI KUNG, MR QUINE TOLD THE CAMPERS THAT HE HOPED THAT THEY WOULD MAKE GOOD USE OF WHAT THEY HAD LEARNED AT THE CAMP IN THEIR EVERYDAY LIFE AND PASS ON THE FIGHT YOUTH CRIME MESSAGE TO THEIR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBOURS.

REITERATING THE AIM OF THIS YEAR’S FIGHT YOUTH CRIME CAMPAlGN-TO REDUCE THE LEVEL OF SERIOUS AND VIOLENT CRIME COMMITTED BY YOUNG MEN IN THE 14 - 20 AGE GROUP, MR QUINE SAID THAT THE YOUNG MEN WHO HAD TAKEN PART IN THE SEMINAR CAMP SHOULD NOW HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE DIFFICULTIES FACED BY THE AUTHORITIES IN TACKLING THE PROBLEM.

” IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT METICULOUS CARE IS GIVEN TO PLANNING FIGHT CRIME MEASURES. THIS IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT WHEN APPLIED TO YOUTH CRIME.

”1 AM INDEED DELIGHTED TO HEAR FROM THE CAMP STAFF ABOUT THE GREAT ENTHUSIASM AND KEEN INTEREST YOU HAVE SHOWN DURING THE TALKS AND SEMINARS. I FEEL SURE THAT YOU WOULD BE ABLE TO MAKE GREAT CONTRIBUTIONS TOWARDS DISSUADING OTHER YOUNGSTERS FROM STRAYING INTO A LIFE OF CRIME,” HE CONTINUED.

MOREOVER, MR QUINE FELT THAT THE SEMINAR CAMP HAD GIVEN JPC MEMBERS AND LEADERS AN EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY TO GET IN TOUCH WITH MEMBERS OF OTHER YOUTH ORGANISATIONS AND ENABLED THEM TO FOSTER BETTER TIES AND COMMUNICATION.

HE CONCLUDED HIS SPEECH BY REMINDING THE CAMPERS OF THE THEME OF THIS SEMINAR CAMP - 'DON’T GET INVOLVED IN CRIME’ AND ’THERE IS NO GLAMOUR IN CRIME’.

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STUDENTS TO CLEAN BEACHES

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SOME 50 CIVIC-MINDED STUDENTS FROM THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT WILL SPEND TOMORROW (SATURDAY) MORNING COLLECTING RUBBISH AT THE REPULSE BAY BEACH.

ORGANISED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD’S CLEAN HONG KONG WORKING GROUP, THE EVENT IS THE FIRST OF A SERIES OF BEACH CLEANING EXERCISES TO BE LAUNCHED IN THE COMING WEEKENDS.

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ON SUNDAY (JULY 31) AND THE FOLLOWING WEEKEND, STUDENTS, MEMBERS OF THE JUNIOR POLICE CALL AND FACTORY WORKERS IN THE DISTRICT WILL CLEAN THE BEACHES AT DEEP WATER BAY, STANLEY AND SHEK 0.

BEACH-GOERS ARE ALSO ENCOURAGED TO JOIN IN, AND THOSE WHO WISH TO HELP WILL BE PROVIDED WITH PLASTIC BAGS ON SITE.

+AS A GESTURE OF THANKS, SOFT DRINKS WILL BE GIVEN TO THE BEACH-GOERS WHO HELP IN THE CLEAN-UP,+ A DISTRICT BOARD SPOKtSMAN SAID.

MEANWHILE, PARENTS AND CHILDREN FROM ABOUT 100 FAMILIES IN KOWLOON CITY WILL CLEAN THE SHEK 0 BEACH ON SUNDAY (JULY 31) MORNING, TO BE FOLLOWED BY A PICNIC THERE.

THE ONE-DAY FAMILY OUTING IS ORGANISED BY THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, THE HUNG HOM KAIFONG ASSOCIATION AND THE HUNG HOM SOUTH AREA COMMITTEE.

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FOUR TO CONTEST BOARD SEAT * * * *

A VACANT SEAT ON THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD WILL BE CONTESTED BY FOUR CANDIDATES IN A BY-ELECTION TO BE HELD ON AUGUST 17.

THE FOUR CANDIDATES - MR CHUNG YEE-ON (56). MR CHAN PAK-CHEUNG (52), MR SZETO CH IK (51) AND MR KWONG HON-WAH (46) - WILL CONTEST THE SEAT MADE VACANT FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF AN ELECTED MEMBER FOR THE WAN CHAI WEST CONSTITUENCY, MR NG SAI-YING, LAST MONTH.

NOMINATION OF CANDIDATES CLOSED THIS (FRIDAY) EVENING.

TWO POLLING STATIONS, ONE AT THE HONG KONG METHODIST CHURCH, 36 HENNESSY ROAD, AND THE OTHER AT ST. GLORIA COLLEGE, 9-15 SHIP STREET, WILL BE OPEN FROM 7 AM TO 10 PM ON ELECTION DAY.

THE 10 946 REGISTERED VOTERS IN THE WAN CHAI WEST CONSTITUENCY WILL EACH RECEIVE A POLL CARD SHORTLY INFORMING THEM OF THE BY-ELECTION AND THE LOCATIONS OF THEIR POLLING STATIONS.

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FRIDAY, JULY 29, 1983

GRATUITY MULTIPLYING FACTOR REVISED * * *

THE MULTIPLYING FACTOR USED FOR CALCULATING THE COMMUTED PENSION OF CIVIL SERVANTS HAS BEEN REVISED FROM 12-1/2 TO 14 AS FROM TODAY.

THIS AMENDMENT IS CONTAINED IN THE PENSION (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1983 PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT A RETIRING CIVIL SERVANT MAY COMMUTE UP TO 25 PER CENT OF HIS ANNUAL PENSION INTO A LUMP SUM GRATUITY, AND THEN RECEIVE A CORRESPONDINGLY REDUCED PENSION THEREAFTER.

THE LUMP SUM GRATUITY WAS 12-1/2 TIMES OF THE ANNUAL PENSION COMMUTED. THIS FACTOR HAD BEEN IN USE SINCE 1954. THE NEW FACTOR OF 14 TAKES INTO ACCOUNT THE IMPROVEMENT IN LIFE EXPECTANC SINCE 1954.

THE FACTOR IS DESIGNED TO ENSURE THAT THE LUMP SUM GRATUITY IS BROADLY COMPARABLE IN VALUE TO THE PORTION OF THE ANNUAL PENSION IT REPLACES.

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SUMMER ACTIVITIES TO BE LAUNCHED M * I

A SERIES OF RECREATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL EVENTS WILL BE UNVEILED FOLLOWING THE LAUNCHING OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME IN MONG KOK AND KWUN TONG THIS WEEKEND.

TOMORROW (SATURDAY), THE MONG KOK DI STR CT OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT 1.15 PM AT THE CHAN HING SOCIAL SERVICES CENTRE IN FUK TSUEN STREET WITH GAMES STALLS, SINGING PERFORMANCES BY POPULAR SINGERS AND THE MONG KOK DISTRICT CHILDREN’S CHOIR. THE EVENT WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE ON RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG.

TO FULFIL THIS YEAR’S THEME OF ♦BETTERING ONESELF+ THROUGH COMMUNITY SERVICES, MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE HAS ORGANISED A VOLUNTEER AWARD SCHEME TO ENCOURAGE VOLUNTEERS IN THE DISTRICT TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY.

ON SUNDAY (JULY 31), THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME OPENING WILL BE HELD AT THE TSUI PING ROAD RECREATION GROUND FROM 2 PM TO 5 PM.

ABOUT 200 YOUNG PEOPLE WILL HELP CLEAN THE KAI LIM ROAD IN TSUI PING ROAD ESTATE, WHILE GIRL GUIDES WILL TAKE PART IN A COMPETITION TO KNIT WOOLLEN SCARVES FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT.

TEN GAME STALLS WILL BE PUT UP IN THE PLAYGROUND FOR THE RESIDENTS.

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CHILDREN’S DRAWINGS SHOWN AT MTR SiAT I ON * # H M

ILDREN’S DRAWING CONTEST

RAILWAY STATION IN

WINNING ENTRIES OF AN INTERNATIONAL CH u/ii i rf PUT ON DISPLAY Ai THc MASS TSaN^i! CENTRAL FOR FOUR DAYS FROM SUNDAY (JULY 31)

PARTICIPANTS AGED BETWEEN FOUR AND 13.

THE TITLES FOR THE DRAWING CONTEST WERE: +HONG KONG AS I SEE IT* AND +THE FUTURE WORLD AS I SEE IT*.

WINNERS WILL RECEIVE THEIR PRIZES AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AT 11 AM ON SUNDAY.

THE CONTEST WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD AND THE HARBOUR JAYCEES.

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STREET SECTION TO BE RESUMED X M M N

THE GOVERNMENT IS TO RESUME A SECTION OF MING YUEN WESTERN STREET AT NORTH POINT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY ISLAND LINE.

A NOTICE TO THIS EFFECT HAS BEEN GAZETTED TODAY. THE SECTION OF MING YUEN WESTERN STREET INVOLVED IS ADJACENT TO NOS. 404 AND 436 KING’S ROAD AND NOS. 1, 2, 3 AND 4 MING YUEN WESTERN STREET.

THE LAND IS REQUIRED FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A VENT-SHAFT AND WORK IS EXPECTED TO COMMENCE SHORTLY.

ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE MADE TO ENSURE THAT VEHICULAR AND PEDESTRIAN ACCESS WILL BE MAINTAINED TO THE REMAINDER OF MING YUEN WESTERN STREET DURING THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE VENT SHAFT.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE WORK WILL BE COMPLETED IN EARLY 1985 WHEN THIS SECTION OF THE ROAD WILL BE REINSTATED.

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OFFICE OPEN DURING LUNCH HOUR

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FROM MONDAY (AUGUST 1), THE BIRTHS AND DEATHS GENERAL REGISTER OFFICE OF THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT - SITUATED AT 92 CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, LI PO CHUN CHAMBERS, 2ND FLOOR - WILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS DURING THE LUNCH HOUR BETWEEN 1 PM AND 2 PM.

THE NEW WORKING HOURS OF THIS OFFICE ARE AS FOLLOWSi

MONDAY TO FRIDAY 1 8.45 AM — 4.45 PM

SATURDAY i 9.00 AM — 11.45 AM

ON SUNDAY AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, THE OFFICE HANDLES ONLY DEATH REGISTRATION AND THE WORKING HOURS ARE FROM 10 AM TO 12.30 PM.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISH TO MAKE ENQUIRIES MAY TELEPHONE 3-7333111.

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TAPS OFF FOR MAINS WORK * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN THE FANLING - SHEUNG SHU I AREA WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR 10 HOURS FROM 8 PM ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 2) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY TO FACILITATE MAINS WORK.

ALL PREMISES ALONG CASTLE PEAK ROAD FROM THE SHEUNG SHU I ROUNDABOUT TO SAN TIN WILL BE AFFECTED, INCLUDING TSUNG PAK LONG TSUEN, YIN KONG TSUEN, KAM TSIN TSUEN, HANG TAU TSUEN, KWU TUNG TSUEN, HO SHEUNG HEUNG TSUEN, DILLS CORNER, CHAU TAU AND SAN TIN.

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TALK GIVEN ON WATER SYSTEM

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THE CHIEF ENGINEER (DESIGN) OF THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT, W TANG KWOK-YIU, TODAY SPOKE ON THE SUPPLY AND DISTRIBUTION OF WATER IN HONG KONG TO ABOUT 40 DELEGATES FROM CHINA AT A SEMINAR ORGANISED BY THE CHINESE GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

THE TALK WAS SUPPLEMENTED BY A SLIDE SHOW ON HONG KONG'S WATER.

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TENNIS COURSE FOR CHILDREN ft * *

OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR CHILDREN BETWEEN EIGHT AND 14 YEARS OF AGE TO LEARN TO PLAY TENNIS.

THF RECREATION AND SPORTS SERVICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT, THE HONG KONG TENNIS ASSOCIATION AND THE 1JRILFE SPORTS CENTRE ARE JOINTLY ORGANISING A +LEARN TO PLAY TENNIS* COURSE TO BE HELD AT TUEN MUN TEMPORARY TENNIS COURT FROM MONDAY (AUGUST 1).

TWO-HOUR SESSIONS WILL BE HELD DAILY FROM MONDAY JO SATURDAY. CLASSES GIVEN BY INSTRUCTORS APPOINTED BY THE HONG KONG TENNIS ASSOCIATION, WILL START AT 9 AM AND 11 AM.

THE COURSE FEE FOR EACH PARTICIPANT IS $20.

APPLICATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE RECREATION AND SPORTS SERVICE HEADQUARTERS AND ITS TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE AT 5-458511, 5-741546 OR 0-813210.

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PRISONERS DO WELL IN BOOK-KEEPING EXAMS ft ft ft

NINE YOUNG PRISONERS WHO PASSED THE LONDON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRIES EXAMINATION ON ELEMENTARY BOOK-KEEPING +WITH REMARKABLE RESULTS*, WERE PRESENTED WITH CERTIFICATES BY THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR PATRICK WILLIAMSON, AT A CEREMONY HELD AT THE PIK UK CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION TODAY.

THE RECIPIENTS, WHO ARE BETWEEN 20 AND 23 YEARS OF AGE, SAT FOR THE ELEMENTARY EXAMINATION IN NOVEMBER LAST YEAR AND OBTAINED FIVE DISTINCTIONS AND FOUR PASSES.

THE BOOK-KEEPING COURSE WAS INTRODUCED IN PIK UK CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION IN 1981 IN LINE WITH THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S CONTINUOUS EFFORTS TO IMPROVE CORRECTIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMMES FOR YOUNG OFFENDERS BY PROVIDING THEM WITH EDUCATIONAL AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING.

THIS COURSE IS AIMED AT GIVING INMATES A BASIC CONCEPT OF BUSINESS MANAGEMENT TO ENABLE THEM TO TAKE UP JOBS AFTER RELEASE OR TO ATTAIN HIGHER QUALIFICATIONS.

IT COMPRISES THREE 10-M0NTH STAGES — ELEMENTARY, INTERMEDIATE AND HIGHER STAGES — AND INCLUDES LESSONS IN CHINESE, ENGLISH, MATHEMATICS AND SOCIAL STUDIES.

THREE OF THE RECIPIENTS HAVE SINCE BEEN DISCHARGED FROM THE INSTITUTION, ONE OF WHOM HAS ENROLLED IN THE SUMMER COURSE OF BUSINESS MANAGEMENT AT A POST-SECONDARY COLLEGE.

TODAY’S CEREMONY WAS ALSO ATTENDED BY THE ACTING COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR CHAN WA-SHEK, OFFICERS AND MASTERS OF THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AS WELL AS PARENTS AND RELATIVES OF THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, JULY 30, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PRESS FACILITY TO COVER GOVERNOR'S DEPARTURE................... 1

CAR REGISTRATION NO. 3 FETCHES 31 030 000 FOR CHARITY........ 1

CONCESSIONS TO DISABLED DRIVERS ............................... 2

IDENTITY CARD SCHEME ENTERING FOURTH PHASE..................... 3

FEWER COMPLAINTS ABOUT PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES .............. 3

BEACHGOERS WARNED ABOUT ILLEGAL CAMPING ....................... 4

NEW ADDRESSES FOR TWO SWD UNITS ............................... 5

NEW OFFICE BUILDING IN FANNING ................................ 5

SPORTING ACTIVITIES FOR OFFICE WORKERS ........................ 5

PLB RESTRICTIONS IN TAI WAI AND SHA TIN ....................... 6

PLAYGROUND FOR CENTRAL ........................................ 7

TRAFFIC RESTRICTION IN CENTRAL ................................ 8

SATURDAY, JULY 30, 1983

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NOTE TO EDITORSi

PRESS FACILITY TO COVER GOVERNOR’S DEPARTURE M M M

THERE WILL BE A FACILITY FOR PRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CAMERAMEN TO COVER THE DEPARTURE OF THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, FOR PEKING ON MONDAY (AUGUST 1).

SIR EDWARD, ACCOMPANIED BY THE ACTING POLITICAL ADVISER, RICHARD MARGOLIS, 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 12 NOON ON MONDAY. GIS OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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CAR REGISTRATION NO. 3 FETCHES $1 030 000 FOR CHARITY

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THIRTY-FOUR SPECIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE SOLD BY AUCTION THIS MORNING (SATURDAY) FOR A TOTAL OF $1 406 150 WHICH WILL GO INTO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND FOR CHARITY PURPOSES.

THE AUCTION HELD AT RECITAL HALL OF THE CITY HALL, 8TH FLOOR, SAW THE REGISTRATION NUMBER 3 FETCH THE HIGHEST PRICE OF $1 030 000.

ANOTHER NUMBER 7007 WAS SOLD AT THE SECOND HIGHEST PRICE OF $65 000 WHILE THE LOWEST PRICE WAS $1 000.

THE OTHER SPECIAL REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE SOLD AT THE FOLLOWING PR ICES I

$ $ $

DA 821 2 000 CZ 891 2 000 CZ 2218 1 000

BE 2 12 000 DA 911 9 500 CZ 3618 1 000

BE 3 33 000 CZ 8676 1 000 CZ 729 1 000

CZ 8886 1 100 CJ 888 30 000 DA 348 3 500

DA 133 5 500 DA 628 3 500 AA 731 2 750

CZ 8122 1 000 CM 8 56 000 DA 511 1 000

DA 5111 1 000 BM 6668 21 500 BB 306 5 000

DA 1500 1 000 DA 1283 4 100 CZ 3998 3 400

CV 1 53 000 AH 9500 1 000 CZ 8283 3 300

AR 317 1 500 CH 1000 7 500 DA 938 3 500

CY 10 37 500 CJ 85 (WITHDRAWN) BH 216 1 000

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THE NUMBERS AUCTIONED WILL BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO VEHICLES REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WITHIN 12 MONTHS CF THE DATE OF AUCTION.

TODAY’S SALE, THE 86TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973, BROUGHT THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR CHARITY REALISED SO FAR TO $29 072 282.

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CONCESSIONS TO DISABLED DRIVERS

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TODAY (SATURDAY) ANNOUNCED THAT ALL APPLICATIONS FOR EXEMPTION FROM LICENSING FEES AND PRIVILEGED PARKING LABELS FOR DISABLED PERSONS WOULD BE DEALT WITH BY THE KOWLOON DRIVING TEST SECTION AT PUI CHING ROAD FROM MONDAY (AUGUST 1).

FOR APPLICATIONS IN PERSON, APPOINTMENTS SHOULD BE MADE IN ADVANCE BY DIALLING 3-7134881 OR 3-7137262.

THE EXEMPTION FROM PAYMENT OF LICENSING FEES FOR THE DISABLED WITH CONSIDERABLE WALKING DIFFICULTIES COVERSi

* PROVISIONAL DRIVING LICENCES,

* DRIVING TESTS,

* FULL DRIVING LICENCES,

* ANNUAL VEHICLE LICENCE OF A PRIVATE CAR WITH ENGINE CYLINDER CAPACITY NOT EXCEEDING 1 500 C.C. WHICH IS OWNED AND DRIVEN BY THE DISABLED PERSON, AND

* FIRST REGISTRATION TAX OF A PRIVATE CAR WITH TAXABLE VALUE NOT EXCEEDING $30 000, IF HE HAS NOT WITHIN THE PREVIOUS FIVE YEARS REGISTERED A MOTOR VEHICLE WITHOUT PAYMENT OF TAX.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID, +0N RECEIPT OF THE APPLICATIONS, THE DEPARTMENT WILL ARRANGE A MEDICAL EXAMINATION APPOINTMENT FOR THE APPLICANTS TO ASCERTAIN THEIR DEGREE OF WALKING DIFFICULTIES.

THE EXEMPTION WILL BE CONSIDERED ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH OFFICER.

IN ADDITION, A DISABLED DRIVER WITH A FULL DRIVING LICENCE MAY APPLY FOR A PRIVILEGED PARKING LABEL FOR HIS CAR IF IT IS REGISTERED IN HIS NAME AND SOLELY DRIVEN BY HIM,+ HE SAID.

THE PRIVILEGED PARKING LABEL WILL EXEMPT HIM FROM PARKING CHARGES AT METERS DESIGNATED FOR PRIVATE CARS,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN MEDICALLY EXAMINED AND BEEN EXEMPTED FROM PAYMENT OF THE LISTED LICENSING FEES SHOULD MAKE THEIR APPLICATIONS FOR EXEMPTION FROM PAYMENT OF FIRST REGISTRATION TAX AT THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S LICENSING OFFICE, 2 MURRAY ROAD, HONG KONG.

SATURDAY, JULY 30, 1983

IDENTITY CARD SCHEME ENTERING FOURTH PHASE *****

THE FOURTH PHASE OF THE NEW IDENTITY CARD SCHEME WILL BEGIN ON AUGUST 8, TWO DAYS AFTER THE CLOSE OF THE CURRENT PHASE, THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY.

UNLIKE THE FIRST THREE PHASES, THE COMING PHASE WILL COVER TWO AGE GROUPS INSTEAD OF ONE, I.E. MEN BORN IN 1961 AND 1960.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT DURING THE FIVE-WEEK PERIOD ENDING SEPTEMBER 10, ABOUT 128 000 MEN ARE EXPECTED TO TURN UP FOR NEW IDENTITY CARDS — AN AVERAGE OF 4 600 PEOPLE A DAY.

WE HAVE GEARED UP RESOURCES TO COPE WITH THE INCREASED WORKLOAD. NEVERTHELESS, WE WOULD APPRECIATE FULL CO-OPERATION FROM THE APPLICANTS TO FACILITATE THE SMOOTH IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS PHASE,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT APPLICATIONS MUST BE MADE IN PERSON TO ANY CF THE EIGHT NEW I.D. CARD ISSUE OFFICES WHICH ARE OPEN FROM 8 AM TO 9.30 PM MONDAYS TO SATURDAYS.

APPLICANTS WERE ALSO REMINDED TO BRING ALONG THEIR OLD IDENTITY CARDS TO THESE OFFICES.

THE PROCESSING WILL TAKE ONLY HALF AN HOUR AND APPLICANTS WILL BE INFORMED OF THE DATE TO PICK UP THEIR NEW CARDS AND TO SURRENDER THEIR OLD ONES,* THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

MEANWHILE, 49 000 APPLICATIONS HAD BEEN RECEIVED IN THE CURRENT PHASE OF THE SCHEME, AIMED AT MEN BORN IN 1962.

THE SPOKESMAN URGED THE REMAINING 13 000 TO COME FORWARD BEFORE APPLICATIONS CLOSE ON AUGUST 6.

HE REITERATED THAT THOSE WHO ARE AWAY FROM HONG KONG DURING THE SPECIFIED PERIOD MUST MAKE THEIR APPLICATIONS WITHIN 30 DAYS UPON THEIR RETURN.

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FEWER COMPLAINTS ABOUT PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES * * * *

THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE’S TRANSPORT COMPLAINTS UNIT HAD BEEN RECEIVING FEWER COMPLAINTS AGAINST PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES.

IN ITS LATEST QUARTERLY REPORT, COVERING APRIL 1 TO JUNE 30, THE TCU RECORDED 1 208 DIRECT COMPLAINTS - SOME 550 OF THEM (45 PER CENT) BEING ABOUT PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES. IN THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR, 760 CASES WERE IN THIS CATEGORY, AMOUNTING TO SOME 57 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL OF 1 328 DIRECT COMPLAINTS.

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THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF THE UNIT, MR STEPHEN PANG, SAID THAT FEWER COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE FRANCHISED BUS SERVICES WERE THE MAJOR CAUSE FOR THE DOWNWARD TREND. COMPARED WITH THE FIGURES FOR THE SAME PERIOD OF LAST YEAR, THE COMPLAINTS DIRECTED TOWARDS CMB AND KMB HAD DROPPED FROM 521 TO 365.

♦THE DECREASE IN THESE COMPLAINTS CAN PROBABLY BE ATTRIBUTED TO THE IMPROVEMENT IN BUS ALLOCATION. RECENT SURVEYS BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT REVEALED THAT CMB’S VEHICLE ALLOCATION WAS UP TO THE SCHEDULED REQUIREMENT AND THE TOTAL OUT-TURN OF KMB BUSES IN SERVICE WAS ABOVE THE SCHEDULED ALLOCATION REQUIREMENT,♦ SAID MR PANG.

HOWEVER THE NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS AGAINST CMB STAFF IN THE QUARTER UNDER REVIEW WAS STILL RELATIVELY HIGH. SEVENTY-FOUR COMPLAINTS WERE REFERRED TO THE COMPANY FOR INVESTIGATION AGAINST

58 IN THE LAST QUARTER.

THE NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS AGAINST KMB STAFF HAD ALSO INCREASED FROM 31 IN THE LAST QUARTER TO 36 IN THE CURRENT QUARTER.

ROAD HAVE THAT

♦ANOTHER OBVIOUS CHANGE IN TREND IS THAT COMPLAINTS ABOUT CONGESTION, TRAFFIC AIDS, PEDESTRIAN AND PARKING FACILITIES INCREASED. IT IS LIKELY THAT MORE PEOPLE HAVE BECOME AWARE THE TCU DOES NOT ONLY DEAL WITH PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES,*

SAID MR PANG.

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BEACHGOERS WARNED ABOUT ILLEGAL CAMPING * * * *

THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT TODAY (SATURDAY) WARNED BEACHGOERS THAT IT IS AN OFFENCE TO PUT UP TENTS OUTSIDE DESIGNATED AREAS AT ANY GAZETTED BEACHES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND ON OUTLYING ISLANDS.

THE MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR THE OFFENCE IS A $500 FINE AND IMPRISONMENT OF UP TO TWO WEEKS, A SPOKESMAN SAID.

NTSD STAFF ARE STEPPING UP THEIR OPERATION AGAINST ILLEGAL CAMPING AT THE GAZETTED BEACHES, PARTICULARLY AT SILVERMINE BAY, PUI 0, UPPER CHEUNG SHA AND LOWER CHEUNG SHA ON LANTAU.

MAKING BARBECUE FIRE OUTSIDE DESIGNATED AREAS AT GAZETTED BEACHES IS ALSO PROHIBITED UNDER THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES ORDINANCE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HOLIDAY-MAKERS WERE URGED TO MAKE USE OF DESIGNATED CAMP SITES AND BARBECUE PITS AT GAZETTED BEACHES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

WINDSURFING, PARA-SAILING AND WATER-SKIING ARE NOT ALLOWED WITHIN THE AREA MARKED OUT FOR SWIMMERS.

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NEW ADDRESSES FOR TWO SWD UNITS * * *

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S WONG TAI SIN SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNIT AND TUNG TAU SHELTERED WORKSHOP WILL OPERATE FROM NEW PREMISES FROM NEXT MONDAY (AUGUST 1).

THE NEW OFFICE OF THE WONG TAI SIN FIELD UNIT WILL BE AT YUE TUNG HOUSE, NO. 1-6, GROUND FLOOR, TUNG TAU ESTATE, AND THE TELEPHONE NUMBER WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED AT 3-823738.

THE TUNG TAU SHELTERED WORKSHOP WILL BE AT BLOCK 6, WANG TAU HOM ESTATE, GROUND FLOOR, WONG TAI SIN, AND THE NEW TELEPHONE NUMBERS WILL BE 3-368623 AND 3-367197.

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NEW OFFICE BUILDING IN FANLING ft ft ft

A TEMPORARY OFFICE WILL BE PROVIDED FOR BOTH THE DISTRICT OFFICE, NORTH, AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, NORTH, NEAR THE FANLING ROUNDABOUT.

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

THE PROJECT INVOLVES THE CONSTRUCTION OF FIVE TWO-STOREY OFFICE BUILDINGS ON A 4 600-SQUARE-METRE SITE AT JOCKEY CLUB ROAD NEAR THE FANLING MAGISTRACY.

UPON COMPLETION, THE FIVE BUILDINGS WILL PROVIDE A TOTAL OF ABOUT 2 500 SQUARE METRES OF TEMPORARY OFFICE ACCOMMODATION FOR THE TWO OFFICES.

WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL START IN SEPTEMBER AND IS EXPECTED TO TAKE ABOUT EIGHT MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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STAFF OF 16 BUSINESS AND COMMERCIAL FIRMS IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN WILL BE COMPETING IN VARIOUS SPORTING ACTIVITIES IN THE COMING FOUR MONTHS.

AN INTER-HONG SPORTS PROGRAMME, SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE DISTRICT’S RECREATION AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND SEVEN AREA COMMITTEES, WILL START OFF WITH A SWIMMING GALA AT 2 PM TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT THE KENNEDY TOWN SWIMMING POOL.

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AND IN THE FOLLOWING WEEKENDS UNTIL NOVEMBER, A BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT, A SOCCER MATCH, A TABLE TENNIS COMPETITION AND A LONG-DISTANCE RUN WILL BE HELD.

EACH COMPANY CAN SEND TEAMS TO TAKE PART IN NOT MORE THAN THREE EVENTS AND THE TEAM WITH THE HIGHEST ACCUMULATED SCORE WILL BE THE CHAMPION.

THE PROGRAMME IS AIMED AT AROUSING THE STAFF’S INTEREST IN SPORTS AND AT GIVING THEM A BREAK FROM THE MONOTONOUS NINE-TO-FIVE OFFICE WORK.

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PLB RESTRICTIONS IN TAI WAI AND SHA TIN MM * *

FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (AUGUST 1) UNTIL MIDNIGHT ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING UP OR SETTING DOWN PASSENGERS AT THE SECTION OF TAI WAI ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH CH IK CHUEN STREET TO A POINT ABOUT 40 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION. THEREAFTER THE PROHIBITION WILL LAST FROM 7 AM TO MIDNIGHT EACH DAY.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE EXISTING 24 HOUR DAILY PUBLIC LIGHT BUS RESTRICTIONS ON SHING HO ROAD AND TAI WAI ROAD WILL BE RESCINDED.

FROM THE SAME DAY AT 10 AM, PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL ALSO BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE FOLLOWING ROADS UNLESS AUTHORISED IN SITING BY THE AUTHOR ITYt-

(I) KENG HAU ROAD;

(II) THE SECTION OF LOWER SHING MUN ROAD EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH TAI PO ROAD;

(HI) THE SECTION OF TSUEN NAM ROAD SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH TAI WAI ROAD;

(IV) THE SECTION OF TSUEN NAM ROAD NORTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH CHIK LUK LANE;

(V) SHING CHUEN ROAD;

(VI) CHIK TAK LANE;

(VII) THE SECTION OF CHIK FUK STREET BETWEEN TAI WAI ROAD AND CHIK LUK LANE;

(VIII) THE SECTION OF CHIK FUK STREET BETWEEN SHING HO ROAD AND CHIK SHUN STREET;

(IX) CHIK SHUN STREET, AND

(X) MAN LAM ROAD.

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AND ON THE SAME DAY AND TIME, THE FOLLOWING ROADS IN SHA TIN WILL BE DESIGNATED AS 7 AM TO MIDNIGHT DAILY RESTRICTED ZONESi-

(I) THE SECTION OF TAI PO ROAD BETWEEN LOWER SHING MUN ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 170 METRES SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH SHING TSUEN ROAD;

(II) THE SLIP ROADS ON TAI PO ROAD LEADING TO ROAD P3 AND TAI WAI ROADS

(III) THE SLIP ROAD FROM ROAD P3 TO NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TAI PO ROAD;

(IV) THE SECTION OF ROAD P3 FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH THE ACCESS ROAD TO MEI LAM ESTATE TO A POINT ABOUT 150 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION;

(V) THE SECTION OF SHING HO ROAD BETWEEN TAI PO ROAD AND CH IK SHUN STREET;

(VI) THE SECTION OF CHIK CHUEN STREET FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH SHING HO ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 25 METRES FROM THE SAME JUNCTION!

(VII) THE SECTION OF ROAD P3 BETWEEN LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD AND ROAD Pl, AND

(VIII) THE SECTION OF ROAD Pl BETWEEN SHA TIN TAU ROAD AND ROAD P3.

WITHIN THE ABOVE RESTRICTED ZONES, ALL MOTOR VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING UP OR SETTING DOWN PASSENGERS AND LOADING OR UNLOADING GOODS DURING THE SAID HOURS DAILY.

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PLAYGROUND FOR CENTRAL X M M

A TEMPORARY CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND WILL SOON BE BUILT AT ABERDEEN STREET, CENTRAL DISTRICT.

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

THE PLAYGROUND WILL OCCUPY A SITE OF ABOUT 380 SQUARE METRES AND WILL PROVIDE FACILITIES SUCH AS BENCHES, A STOREROOM AND PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT.

WORK WILL START IN SEPTEMBER AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED EARLY NEXT YEAR.

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TRAFFIC RESTRICTION IN CENTRAL

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FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (AUGUST 1), THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY CF DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL BETWEEN DOUGLAS STREET AND REDDER STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED AS A 24-HOUR URBAN CLEARWAY.

NO VEHICLES OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONE.

ALSO FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY, THE EASTBOUND TRAM TRACK ON DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL BETWEEN DOUGLAS STREET AND PEDDER STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED AS A TRAM-ONLY LANE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, JULY 31, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

SEAT BELT : GOOD SAFETY FACTOR.............................. 1

LARGEST SINGLE DONATION BOOSTS PHOTO ARCHIVES ............... 2

SEASONAL ADJUSTMENT OF PRICE INDEXES EXPLAINED ............. 4

OFF-HOUR LABOUR ENQUIRY SERVICE ............................. 5

1983 HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC CAMP OPENS ...................... 6

CIVIL AVIATION DIRECTOR TO ATTEND CONFERENCES ............... 7

PUBLIC COUNTER HOURS EXTENDED ............................... 8

BEST DESIGN FOR PLAYGROUND .................................. 9

SEMINAR CAMP TO CONVEY FIGHT CRIME MESSAGE.................. 10

PARKING APRON TO BE EXTENDED ................................ 10

TWO LAND SITES FOR AUCTION .................................. 11

TUEN MUN ROAD WORK........................................... 11

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SEAT BELT i GOOD SAFETY FACTOR X * * *

FROM OCTOBER 1 THIS YEAR, DRIVERS AND FRONT-SEAT PASSENGERS IN PRIVATE VEHICLES WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR SEAT BELTS.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT STUDIES SHOWED A VERY LOW USAGE OF SEAT BELTS AT PRESENT.

OBSERVATION AT 14 PLACES THROUGHOUT HONG KONG GAVE USAGE RATES RANGING FROM 4.12 PER CENT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES TO 7.32 PER CENT AT THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL.

♦THESE RATES, TOGETHER WITH THE ACTUAL ACCIDENT RECORDS OF BOTH BELTED AND UNBELTED PRIVATE CAR FRONT SEAT OCCUPANTS, WERE USED TO ASSESS THE CASUALTY RATES FOR BOTH CATEGORIES.+ HE SAID.

♦THE CONCLUSION WAS THAT THE CHANCE OF A FRONT SEAT OCCUPANT OF BEING SERIOUSLY OR FATALLY INJURED IN AN ACCIDENT IS 3.3 PER CENT FOR A BELTED OCCUPANT, COMPARED WITH 8.7 PER CENT FOR AN UNBELTED ONE.+

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT SUCH FINDINGS WERE FULLY SUPPORTED BY EXPERIENCE IN OTHER COUNTRIES.

IN BRITAIN, THE WEARING OF SEAT BELTS HAS BEEN COMPULSORY SINCE JANUARY 1 THIS YEAR AND THE EFFECTS HAVE BEEN DRAMATIC.

IN THE WEST MIDLANDS AREA AROUND BIRMINGHAM AND COVENTRY. THERE WAS A 22 PER CENT FALL IN ROAD CASUALTIES DURING THE FIR MONTH ALONE.

GOVERNMENT VEHICLE USERS HAVE ALREADY BEEN INSTRUCTED TO SET AN EXAMPLE, AND, FROM JULY 1, ALL DRIVERS AND FRONT-SEAT PASSENGERS IN GOVERNMENT VEHICLES FITTED WITH BELTS HAVE BEEN INSTRUCTED TO WEAR THEM.

THE NEW LAW, WHICH COMES INTO EFFECT IN OCTOBER, STATES THAT SEAT BELTS MUST BE WORN BY DRIVERS OR FRONT-SEAT PASSENGERS CF ALL CARS, OR DUAL-PURPOSE LIGHT VANS REGISTERED AS PRIVATE CARS.

FAILURE TO DO SO COULD RESULT IN A FI NE OF UP TO S5O3 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR UP TO THREE MONTHS ON FIRST CONVICTION, OR A FINE OF $1 OOO AND IMPRISONMENT FOR UP TO SIX MONTHS ON ANY SUBSEQUENT CONVICTION.

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LARGEST SINGLE DONATION BOOSTS PHOTO ARCHIVES ******

HONG KONG’S PHOTO ARCHIVES HAVE BEEN ENRICHED BY THE LARGEST SINGLE PRIVATE COLLECTION DONATED RECENTLY BY MRS IRIS JOHNSTON, THE DAUGHTER OF SIR HENRY MAY, GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG FROM 1912 TO 1919.

THE PUBLIC RECORDS OFFICE HAS RECEIVED FROM MRS JOHNSTON 630 PHOTOGRAPHS OF HONG KONG, BOOSTING ITS COLLECTION TO MORE THAN 5 000 PICTURES WITH A VIVID PANORAMA OF HONG KONG’S HISTORY.

WHILE IN ENGLAND RECENTLY, THE ARCHIVIST IN CHARGE OF THE PRO. MR IAN DIAMOND, VISITED MRS JOHNSTON TO SEE THE MAY FAMILY COLLECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHS OF HONG KONG. DURING THE VISIT, MRS JOHNSTON OFFERED TO PRESENT THE COLLECTION TO THE OFFICE.

♦MANY OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS RECEIVED ARE UNIQUE AND OF CONSIDERABLE HISTORICAL INTEREST, AND MOST WERE TAKEN DURING AND JUST BEFORE SIR HENRY MAY’S TERM OF OFFICE AS GOVERNOR,* MR DIAMOND SAID.

THEY INCLUDE COVERAGE OF SUCH EVENTS AS THE OPENING OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY, THE CELEBRATIONS TO MARK THE CORONATION OF KING GEORGE V, THE PEACE CELEBRATIONS OF 1919 AND THE LAYING OF THE FOUNDATION STONE OF THE KRC CANTON TERMINUS. THERE ARE ALSO PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE OPENING OF THE HELENA MAY INSTITUTE — ONE OF HONG KONG’S OLDEST LANDMARKS STILL IN EXISTENCE TODAY — AND VARIOUS RACE MEETINGS AT HAPPY VALLEY.

THERE ARE MANY INTERESTING VIEWS OF TAI PO, SHA TIN AND OTHER PLACES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES TAKEN AT A TIME WHEN THESE AREAS WERE STILL ENTIRELY RURAL.

THE MAY COLLECTION ALSO INCLUDES NUMEROUS UNIQUE INTERIOR PICTURES OF GOVERNMENT HOUSE, THE GOVERNOR’S PEAK RESIDENCE MOUNTAIN LODGE, THE OLD CITY HALL AND OTHER HONG KONG BUILDINGS LONG DEMOLISHED.

♦THE PHOTOS SHOWING THE OPENING OF THE KCR TSIM SHA TSUI TERMINUS IN 1910 AND AN OFFICIAL PARTY TAKING THE TRAIN TO LOWU PROBABLY EXIST NOWHERE ELSE. THEY PRESENT A DRAMATIC CONTRAST TO THE KCR WITH ITS ELECTRIC TRAINS WHICH ONLY RECENTLY MADE THEIR DEBUT TO THE LOWU BORDER,+ MR DIAMOND POINTED OUT.

OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OFFICE’S 5 OOO-PLUS PHOTOS, SOME 3 □□□ WERE TAKEN AFTER WORLD WAR I I AND THE REST COVER A LONG SPAN OF HONG KONG’S HISTORY, WITH THE EARLIEST DATING TO 1859, SHORTLY AFTER PHOTOGRAPHY WAS FIRST INTRODUCED TO HONG KONG, MR DIAMOND SAID.

♦MANY OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS VIVIDLY CHRONICLE THE LIFE STYLES OF HONG KONG IN DIFFERENT PERIODS, ITS EVOLVING TRANSPORT MODES AND ITS SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS,* HE SAID.

♦EARLY PHOTOS OF WHAT BECAME THE NEW TERRITORIES ARE RELATIVELY RARE AS ACCESS WAS DIFFICULT AND BANDITRY IN THE AREA WAS STILL PRETTY COMMON,♦ HE EXPLAINED.

/THE PHOTO .......

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THE PHOTO ARCHIVES ALSO CONTAIN A RICH ALBUM OF CENTRAL DISTRICT DRESSED UP IN CELEBRATION OF THE TREATY OF VERSAILLES MARKING THE END OF WORLD WAR I.

♦WITHIN THE SPACE OF ONE WEEK, PHOTOGRAPHERS TOOK PICTURES OF PRACTICALLY EVERY STREET IN CENTRAL. BY DOING SO THEY PROVIDED A UNIQUE AND DETAILED RECORD OF THE ARCHITECTURE AND GENERAL APPEARANCE OF DOWNTOWN VICTORIA AT ONE MOMENT IN TIME,+ MR DIAMOND POINTED OUT.

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE OLD PHOTOGRAPHS SHOULD BE SET AGAINST THE BACKGROUND OF PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE 19TH CENTURY AND THE EARLY DECADES OF THE 2OTH CENTURY.

IN 1899, A NOTED PHOTOGRAPHER ACTIVE ON THE CHINA COAST COMMENTED ON WHAT THE PROFESSION WAS LIKE: +MY IMPEDIMENTA (CAMERA EQUIPMENT) REQUIRED FOR ITS TRANSPORT A RETINUE OF FROM BETWEEN EIGHT TO 10 BEARERS.+

THE COMPLEXITY OF PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE OLD DAYS MADE IT ALMOST CERTAIN THAT THE OWNER OF A CAMERA WAS EITHER A PROFESSIONAL OR A KEEN AMATEUR.

MANY OF THE PHOTOS IN THE MAY FAMILY COLLECTION WERE PROBABLY TAKEN BY SIR HENRY’S WIFE.

♦MRS JOHNSTON TOLD ME HER MOTHER WAS A KEEN PHOTOGRAPHER,+ W DIAMOND SAID.

THE MANY MAY PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE INTERIORS OF FORMER FAMOUS BUILDINGS CAPTURE THE DECOR POPULAR IN THE OLD DAYS. AND SUCH PICTURES ARE RARE BECAUSE IN THE DAYS OF MAGNESIUM FLASH, INDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY WAS A CHALLENGING AND OFTEN HIT-OR-MISS PROPOSITION.

THE PUBLIC RECORDS OFFICE HAS IDENTIFIED VIRTUALLY EVERY PHOTOGRAPH IN ITS CUSTODY. THIS HAS BEEN A DAUNTING TASK AS MANY OF THE OLD PHOTOS CAME WITHOUT ANY INFORMATION.

THROUGH PAINSTAKING RESEARCH, WHICH INVOLVED STUDYING OLD GAZETTES, MAPS, NEWSPAPERS, RATE COLLECTION BOOKS AND BUSINESS DIRECTORIES, PRACTICALLY EVERY LOCATION IN THE PHOTOS HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AND DATED, MR DIAMOND EXPLAINED.

THE OFFICE STARTED GATHERING OLD PHOTOS IN A SMALL WAY IN 1972 WHEN THE OFFICE WAS ESTABLISHED.

♦THROUGH PURCHASES IN LONDON AND THROUGH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM PRIVATE COLLECTIONS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, WE HAVE BUILT UP OUR PHOTO ARCHIVES AT A COMPOUND RATE SO THAT TODAY HONG KONG IS FAIRLY WELL REPRESENTED THROUGHOUT ITS HISTORY,♦ MR DIAMOND SAID.

INEVITABLY, GAPS STILL EXIST AND THE SEARCH CONTINUES.

♦WE ARE ALWAYS INTERESTED IN PHOTOS OF HONG KONG FROM ANY QUARTER AND SHOULD BE GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK AT PRIVATE ALBUMS. WE CAN ALWAYS MAKE COPIES OF THESE PICTURES AND RETURN THE ORIGINALS TO THE OWNERS,♦ MR DIAMOND SAID.

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SEASONAL ADJUSTMENT OF PRICE INDEXES EXPLAINED M M M M

A SPECIAL REVIEW ARTICLE ENTITLED +AN INTRODUCTION TO THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES* IS PUBLISHED IN THE MAY 1983 ISSUE OF THE HONG KONG MONTHLY DIGEST OF STATISTICS.

THIS EXPOSITORY PAPER EXPLAINS WHAT SEASONAL ADJUSTMENT IS AND PRESENTS THE OBJECTIVES, METHODS AND RESULTS OF SEASONAL ADJUSTMENT ON THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES.

IT ALSO PROVIDES A GUIDE-LINE FOR INTERPRETING THE RESULTANT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED FIGURES CORRECTLY.

THE PRICES OF MANY COMPONENT ITEMS IN THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX ARE SUBJECT TO SEASONAL INFLUENCES WHICH ARE USUALLY CAUSED BY WEATHER CHANGES AND SOCIAL AND COMMERCIAL CUSTOMS.

THESE SEASONAL VARIATIONS IN PRICES ARE PERIODIC IN NATURE AND RECUR REGULARLY WITHIN A PERIOD OF ONE YEAR. THIS MEANS THAT PRICES ARE RELATIVELY HIGH DURING SOME MONTHS OF THE YEAR BUT RELATIVELY LOW DURING OTHERS. SEASONAL ADJUSTMENT TAKES OUT THE SEASONAL VARIATIONS IN THE OBSERVED PRICE INDEXES.

THE RESULTANT CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES ARE THEN DESCRIBED AS SEASONALLY ADJUSTED AND PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE ANALYSIS OF CURRENT ECONOMIC CONDITIONS.

THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED SERIES REVEAL A CLEARER AND MORE ACCURATE TREND MOVEMENT THAN THE UNADJUSTED SERIES. BETTER MONTH-TO-MONTH COMPARISON TO DEPICT CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS IN CONSUMER PRICES AND MORE ACCURATE ANALYSIS FOR THE FORMULATION OF ECONOMIC POLICY CAN THUS BE MADE.

THE METHOD EMPLOYED IS +THE X-ll-ARIMA SEASONAL ADJUSTMENT METHOD* DEVELOPED BY STATISTICS CANADA WHICH IS ADOPTED BY MANY COUNTRIES FOR THIS PURPOSE.

FURTHER DETAILS ON THE SEASONAL ADJUSTMENT OF CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES ARE CONTAINED IN THE REVIEW ARTICLE.

THE HONG KONG MONTHLY DIGEST OF STATISTICS WILL BE ON SALE SHORTLY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, HONG KONG AT $25 PER COPY.

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OFF-HOUR LABOUR ENQUIRY SERVICE ******

PEOPLE WHO HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT LABOUR RELATIONS MATTERS AFTER OFFICE HOURS, ARE INVITED TO DIAL NO. 3-205638 TO REACH AN AUTOMATIC TELEPHONE RECORDING SYSTEM INSTALLED BY THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE (LRS) OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

A PERSON DIALLING THIS NUMBER SHOULD THEN ASK THE QUESTIONS AND LEAVE A CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBER. A LABOUR DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL WILL GIVE A DETAILED REPLY OVER THE PHONE ON THE FOLLOWING WORKING DAY.

A LABOUR DEPARTIONT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT THIS AUTOMATIC TELEPHONE RECORDING SYSTEM WAS SET UP ON JANUARY 1 THIS YEAR, IN RESPONSE TO DISTRICT BOARDS’ REQUESTS FOR SERVICE AFTER OFFICE HOURS.

SINCE ITS INCEPTION UP TO JULY 15, 198 ENQUIRIES HAD BEEN RECEIVED AND DEALT WITH, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

HE SAID THAT ABOUT 40 PER CENT OF THE ENQUIRIES WERE RELATED TO DISMISSALS AND RESIGNATIONS, INCLUDING QUESTIONS ON SEVERANCE PAY ABOUT 30 PER CENT WERE ON STATUTORY HOLIDAYS, ANNUAL LEAVE AND REST DAYS I 10 PER CENT ON SICKNESS BENEFITS, AND THE REMAINDER WERE ON MATERNITY LEAVE PAY, ARREARS OF WAGES, WAGE DEDUCTIONS AND OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT.

♦THE SYSTEM HAS TURNED OUT TO BE POPULAR FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, WHO CAN MAKE THEIR ENQUIRIES FROM HOME,* HE NOTED.

THE LRS HAS NINE OFFICES IN HONG KONG, KOWLOON TERRITORIES. DURING NORMAL OFFICE HOURS, ENQUIRIES ON THE FOLLOWING TELEPHONESi AND THE NEW CAN BE MADE

HONG KONG ISLAND EAST i 5-282523

HONG KONG ISLAND WEST I 5-268671

KOWLOON EAST « 3-205638

KOWLOON WEST » 3-201652 1 i

KOWLOON SOUTH » 3-319454

KWUN TONG : 3-898520

TSUEN WAN « 0-4980100

TUEN MUN « 0-818443

TA 1 PO « 0-6577111, EXT. 114.

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1983 HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC CAMP OPENS

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THE 1983 HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC CAMP - NOW IN ITS FOURTH YEAR -WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED TODAY (SUNDAY) BY MR W.C.L. BROWN, AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

MR BROWN POINTED OUT THAT STAGING A RESIDENTIAL MUSIC CAMP OF THIS SIZE WAS AN EXPENSIVE UNDERTAKING.

HE THANKED THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB FOR ITS GENEROUS DONATION OF »24O OOO AND THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT FOR ITS SUBSTANTIAL FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE INPUT.

ABOUT 400 YOUNG MUSIC ENTHUSIASTS INCLUDING SOME FROM AUSTRALIA, JAPAN, MACAU AND THE UNITED KINGDOM ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE TWO-WEEK CAMP BEING HELD AT ST. STEPHEN’S COLLEGE, STANLEY. J

IN ADDITION, NINE WELL-KNOWN GUEST MUSICIANS — FOUR FROM CHINA, FOUR FROM AUSTRALIA AND ONE FROM THE UK — ARE JOINING THE CAMP AS CONDUCTORS AND INSTRUCTORS TO ENSURE THAT HIGH STANDARDS WILL BE ACHIEVED BY THE CAMPERS.

HEADING THE OVERSEAS MUSICIANS ARE CHRISTOPHER MARTIN WHO WILL CONDUCT THE CAMP’S SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, SIMONE DE HAAN WHO WILL PROVIDE BRASS COACHING FOR THE CAMPERS, RICHARD MCINTYRE WHO WILL TEACH WOODWIND TECHNIQUE, AND DETLEF HAHN AND GEORG PEDERSEN WHO WILL BE PRINCIPAL INSTRUCTORS OF UPPER AND LOWER STRINGS.

THE FOUR VISITING MUSICIANS FROM CHINA ARE XIA FEI YUN (GUEST CONDUCTOR) AND INSTRUCTORS ZHAO SUNG TING (DI-ZI), WU SU HUA (ER-HU) AND HU TIAN QUAN (SHENG).

THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR CLIVE OXLEY, SAID THE MUSIC CAMP WAS AN INTERNATIONAL EVENT WITH MOST OF THE TEACHERS AND SOME OF THE YOUNG MUSICIANS COMING FROM ABROAD.

WE WELCOME THEM, THANK THEM IN ADVANCE FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION AND HOPE THAT THEY WILL MAKE MANY FRIENDS HERE,* HE ADDED.

MR OXLEY SAID THAT THE RANGE OF MUSICAL ACTIVITIES TO BE OFFERED OVER THE NEXT TWO WEEKS IS VERY WIDE.

WE HAVE MUSIC FOR WESTERN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, CHINESE ORCHESTRA, SYMPHONIC BAND, STRING ENSEMBLE AND CHOIR; WE HAVE CHAMBER MUSIC, MASTER CLASSES, WORKSHOPS, INSTRUMENTAL I

DEMONSTRATIONS, PEKING OPERA AND MUSICAL FILMS,♦ HE SAID.

WE DEPEND VERY MUCH ON THE COOPERATION OF THE STUDENTS, THE STAFF AND THE INSTRUCTORS TO MAKE THIS CAMP SUCCESSFUL.

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♦HOWEVER, WE SHOULD NOT FORGET THE ROLE OF PARENTS, PARTICULARLY DURING THE EARLY STAGES OF INSTRUMENTAL TRAINING WHEN PRACTICE IS SO IMPORTANT BUT OFTEN DISCORDANT, AND OF SCHOOL PRINCIPALS AND TEACHERS WHO CAN DO SO MUCH TO ENCOURAGE AND INSPIRE. HE ADDED.

DURING THE TWO WEEKS, THE YOUNG CAMPERS WILL, APART FROM RECEIVING INTENSIVE MUSIC TRAINING, HAVE AMPLE OPPORTUNITY TO ENJOY A VARIETY OF PURSUITS ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION AND SPORTS SERVICE. THESE INCLUDE SWIMMING, ARCHERY, TENNIS, VOLLEYBALL, CANOEING AND CYCLING, AMONG OTHER ACTIVITIES.

THE TWO-WEEK MUSIC CAMP WILL CULMINATE IN A CONCERT TO BE HELD AT THE CITY HALL ON AUGUST 13.

THE CONCERT IS INTENDED TO GIVE ALL YOUNG MUSICIANS AN OPPORTUNITY TO PERFORM IN PUBLIC FOLLOWING THEIR INTENSIVE TRAINING AT THE CAMP.

ADMISSION TICKETS AT $5 EACH FOR THE CONCERT ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT ALL MUSIC CENTRES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE AND THE CITY HALL BOX OFFICE.

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CIVIL AVIATION DIRECTOR TO ATTEND CONFERENCES ******

THE DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION, MR B.D. KEEP, WILL BE ATTENDING TWO INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES FOR AVIATION CHIEFS TO BE HELD THIS MONTH (AUGUST).

THESE ARE THE 19TH ANNUAL MEETING OF DIRECTORS GENERAL OF CIVIL AVIATION, ASIA PACIFIC REGION TO BE HELD IN DENPASAR, INDONESIA FROM AU&UST 4 TO 9, AND THE AIRPORT OPERATORS COUNCIL INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS CONFERENCE 1983 IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA FROM AUGUST 22 TO 26.

THE PURPOSE OF THESE MEETINGS IS TO PROVIDE THE DIRECTORS WITH A FORUM FOR EXCHANGING VIEWS, EXPERIENCE AND INFORMATION ON AVIATION MATTERS OF MUTUAL CONCERN AND INTEREST.

THE DENPASAR MEETING WILL DEAL WITH MATTERS RELATING TO AIR NAVIGATION, AVIATION SECURITY, AIR TRANSPORT AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMME.

MR KEEP WILL PRESENT FOUR PAPERS AT THE MEETING FOR INFORMATION AND DISCUSSION.

THEY ARE I ^CLEARANCE DELIVERY SYSTEM FOR HONG KONG AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL*, *ADMINISTRATION OF AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL LICENCES AND DUTY ROSTERING*, *FACILITATION - ITS ROLE AIRPORT TERMINALS*, AND *REGULATION OF NON-SCHEDULED SERVICES*.

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PUBLIC COUNTER HOURS EXTENDED

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THE TRADE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT WITH EFFECT FROM SATURDAY (AUGUST 6), ALL PUBLIC COUNTERS OF THE DEPARTMENT AT OCEAN CENTRE, CANTON ROAD, WILL WORK HALF AN HOUR LONGER ON SATURDAYS TO PROVIDE A MORE CONVENIENT SERVICE TO THE TRADE.

THE EXTENDED SATURDAY WORKING HOURS WILL BE FROM 9 AM TO 12.30 PM INSTEAD OF FROM 9 AM TO 12 NOON.

HOWEVER, OFFICE HOURS FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY REMAIN UNCHANGED, I.E. FROM 8.45 AM TO 12.30 PM AND FROM 1.30 PM TO 5.15 PM.

A SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE NEW MEASURE, WHICH IS ON AN EXPERIMENTAL BASIS FOR THREE MONTHS, WILL APPLY TO THE COUNTERS OF THE FOLLOWING DIVISIONS AND BRANCHES:-

NORTH AMERICA DIVISION

TEXTILES CONTROLS BRANCH (15/F)

COMMERCIAL RELATIONS BRANCH (14/F)

EEC DIVISION

TEXTILES CONTROLS BRANCH (15/F)

COMMERCIAL RELATIONS BRANCH (14/F)

OTHER REGIONS DIVISION

TEXTILES CONTROLS BRANCH (15/F)

COMMERCIAL RELATIONS BRANCH (14/F)

SYSTEMS DIVISION

SYSTEMS AND COMMON SERVICES BRANCH (15/F, 13/F, G/F)

CERTIFICATION BRANCH (1/F)

RESERVED COMMODITIES AND TRADE

LICENSING (NON-TEXTILES) BRANCH (13/F)

ADMINISTRATION BRANCH

HONG KONG SUB-OFFICE (1/F, ASIAN HOUSE)

ENQUIRIES COUNTERS 3-7222333

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BEST DESIGN FOR PLAYGROUND *****

A HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC STUDENT HAS DESIGNED A PLAN FOR IMPROVING THE SAM PEI SQUARE CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND IN TSUEN WAN.

THE PLAN, DESIGNED BY A FIRST-YEAR STUDENT OF THE SWIRE SCHOOL OF DESIGN OF THE POLYTECHNIC, MISS YUEN SUK-WAN, WOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT FOR CONSIDERATION.

MISS YUEN’S DESIGN WAS SELECTED BY A PANEL OF JUDGES AS THE BEST OUT OF 80 ENTRIES INVITED RECENTLY FROM STUDENTS OF THE SCHOOL BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, A NTSD SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

THIS DESIGN PROJECT WAS INTENDED TO IMPROVE THE SAM PEI SQUARE CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND.

THE PANEL COMPRISED A LECTURER OF THE SWIRE SCHOOL OF DESIGN, MISS CHOI YAN-CHH THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, MR JOHN TELFORD; AND THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (OPERATIONS) OF NTS, MR BOWEN LEUNG.

MISS YUEN ATTEMPTED TO CREATE AN ATTRACTIVE ENVIRONMENT FOR THE PLAYGROUND WITH A LARGE MURAL PAINTING ON A MULTI-STOREY BUILDING AS A BACKGROUND.

A CENTRAL AREA WITH MULTI-PURPOSE PLAY EQUIPMENT AND SIX UNIQUELY DESIGNED ARBOURS WITH BENCHES ARE PROVIDED IN THE DESIGN.

♦THIS IS THE FIRST DESIGN OF ITS KIND IN HONG KONG IN WHICH THE CONCEPT OF ENVIRONMENTAL ART IS APPLIED,* MISS CHOI SAID.

OTHER DESIGNS AMONG THE ENTRIES MIGHT ALSO BE ADAPTED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUNDS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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SEMINAR CAMP TO CONVEY FIGHT CRIME MESSAGE * * *

A TWO-DAY SEMINAR CAMP IS BEING ORGANISED TO PUT ACROSS THE FIGHT CRIME MESSAGE TO YOUNG PEOPLE IN KWUN TONG.

ORGANISED BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, THE CAMP IS AIMED AT AROUSING PARTICIPANTS’ AWARENESS OF YOUTH CRIME AND PREVENTION WORK.

IT WILL BE HELD ON AUGUST 12 AND 13 AT THE CHINESE YOUNG NEN’S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION WONG Yl CHAU YOUTH CAMP IN SAI KUNG.

A RANGE OF ACTIVITIES WILL BE ORGANISED, INCLUDING SPORTS, FILM AND SLIDE SHOWS, YOUTH NIGHT, BARBECUE, TALKS AND GROUP DISCUSSIONS.

APPLICATION IS NOW OPEN TO YOUNG PEOPLE, AGED BETWEEN 14 AND 25, WHO LIVE, STUDY OR WORK IN KWUN TONG. THE FEE IS $20 PER PERSON.

THOSE INTERESTED MAY OBTAIN APPLICATION FORMS FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE AT THE KwUN TONG DISTRICT BRANCH OFFICES BUILDING IN TUNG YAN STREET OR THE SUB-OFFICES.

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PARKING APRON TO BE EXTENDED * * *

THE CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE EXTENSION OF THE CARGO AIRCRAFT PARKING APRON AT KAI TAK AIRPORT.

THE CONTRACT INVOLVES THE CONSTRUCTION OF ABOUT 21 000 SQUARE METRES OF CONCRETE APRON SLABS AND A 700 METRE ROAD.

UPON COMPLETION, ADDITIONAL PARKING FACILITIES WILL BE PROVIDED TO HANDLE THE EVER-INCREASING AIR CARGO TRAFFIC.

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

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TWO LAND SITES FOR AUCTION ft ft ft ft

TWO PIECES OF CROWN LAND WILL BE OFFERED FOR SALE AT AN AUCTION NEXT MONTH.

THE AUCTION WILL START AT 2.30 PM ON AUGUST 23 IN THE MARINA ROOM OF THE EXCELSIOR HOTEL AT CAUSEWAY BAY.

THE FIRST SITE, OF ABOUT 725 SQUARE METRES AT HOI FUNG PATH IN STANLEY, IS FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES.

THE OTHER SITE, COVERING AN AREA OF ABOUT 3 834 SQUARE METRES IN SHA TIN NEW TOWN NEAR CHAP WAI KON, IS FOR INDUSTRIAL AND GODOWN PURPOSES.

FULL PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, AND SALE PLANS INSPECTED AT, THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING, 5TH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG 5 THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (WEST WING), GROUND FLOOR, HONG KONG; THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE (KOWLOON WEST), KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 10TH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES OF SHA TIN, TUEN MUN, YUEN LONG, TSUEN WAN, TAI PO, NORTH, SAI KUNG, AND ISLANDS.

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TUEN MUN ROAD WORK ft ft ft

THE KOWLOON BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TUEN MUN ROAD, SECTION BETWEEN SHAM TSENG INTERCHANGE AND CHAI WAN KOK, WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 8.30 PM ON TUESDAY TO 5.30 AM ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 3) IN ORDER TO FACILITATE THE LAYING OF ANTI-SKID MATERIAL.

DURING THE HOURS OF CLOSURE, TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA CASTLE PEAK ROAD AT THE SHAM TSENG INTERCHANGE.

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