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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES

BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG TEL 5-23319 FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 1984

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GOVERNOR BACK FROM PEKING +WORKING SESSION* ..................... 1

SIR EDWARD OPENS NEW CLINIC IN SHA TIN .......................... 1

DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION - +FOUNDATIQN FOR PROGRESS* ............. 3

HONG KONG - GUANGDONG GROUPS DISCUSS ENVIRONMENT................. 4

STANDING COMMITTEE ON COMPANY LAW REFORM MEETS................... 5

HONG KONG BACKS YOUTH YEAR....................................... 6

DRAGON BOAT RACES TO DRAW THOUSANDS ............................. 7

SHA TIN DRAGON BOAT RACE TRAFFIC PLAN ........................... 9

PUBLIC HOUSING SCHEME EXPANDED ................................. 10

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC PLANS FOR THREE AREAS ........................ 11

BILL DEALS WITH 'DOUBLE PAY' ................................... 12

BILL TO CLEAR DOUBT ABOUT PATIENTS1 DRUGS ...................... 12

+MAP OF HONG KONG* STAJffS OUT JUNE 21 ......................... 13

DRAFT TUEN MUN OUTLINE ZONING PLAN AMENDED...................... 14

OUTSTANDING YOUTH LEADERS REWARDED.............................. 15

EIGHT CLINICS OPEN ON MONDAY MORNING............................ 16

NEED FOR JOINT SAFETY EFFORT STRESSED........................... 16

3 600 CHILDREN TO BENEFIT FROM SUMIER SPORTS SCHEME............. 18

PRISONERS DO WELL IN EXAMS ..................................... 18

BETTER CAREERS GUIDANCE OFFERED YOUTHS ......................... 20

ABERDEEN MARINE POLICE BASE TO BE EXPANDED ..................... 21

HELIPAD FOR CHEUNG CHAU ......................................

FUN GALORE FOR CHILDREN ......................................

ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR BUSES .................................. 23

MORE TREE-PLANTING URGED ......................................... 2 3

SPREADING THE WORK SAFETY MESSAGE................................. 2 3

ANTI-DRUGS VARIETY SHOW ........................................ 24

TAVA SECTION MOVES OFFICE..................................... 24

SQUASH COURTS CONTRACT AWARDED ................................. 25

SIX NEW TERRITORIES SITES FOR SALE.............................. 25

ROAD SAFETY DRIVE.............................................

PRODUCTION TERMINOLOGY CHANGED ................................. 26

FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 1984

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GOVERNOR BACK FROM PEKING +WORKING SESSION* *****

THE GOVERNOR SIR EDWARD YOUDE ARRIVED BACK IN HONG KONG THIS AFTERNOON FOLLOWING THE 15TH ROUND OF TALKS IN PEKING ON THE FUTURE CF HONG KONG.

HE WAS MET AT KAI TAK BY THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, SIR SZE-YUEN CHUNG, EXECUTIVE COUNCILLOR MR LO TAK-SHING AND THE VICE-CHIEF EDITOR OF THE XINHUA NEWS AGENCY (HONG KONG BRANCH), MR TAN GAN.

THE FOLLOWING IS THE TEXT OF SIR EDWARD’S REMARKS TO WAITING hED IA REPRESENTATIVES:

♦GOOD AFTERNOON, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. WELL, I AM GLAD TO SEE THERE ARE SO FEW OF YOU BECAUSE I DON’T REALLY HAVE VERY MUCH TO TELL YOU THIS TIME. THIS WAS VERY MUCH A WORKING SESSION IN WHICH WE HAD A DISCUSSION OF SOME OF THOSE ITEMS WHICH ARE STILL OUTSTANDING AND NEEDING TO BE RESOLVED.

AND, WE FOLLOWED IT WITH A DINNER YESTERDAY EVENING WHICH WAS RATHER A NICE ONE BECAUSE WE WERE ABLE TO SPEND PART OF IT IN THE GARDEN, SINCE PEKING IS MUCH HOTTER THAN IT IS IN HONG KONG, I MAY SAY.

IT’S NOW 10 DAYS BEFORE WE HAVE THE NEXT ROUND. I SHALL BE GOING BACK UP ON THE 11TH FOR THE 12TH AND 13TH. SO THAT WILL GIVE ME A LITTLE TIME TO GET ON WITH SOME OF THE GOVERNMENT BUSINESS HERE.

AND NOW, SINCE I’VE GOT A RATHER BUSY SCHEDULE TODAY AS YOU PROBABLY KNOW, I HAD BETTER BE OFF AND OPEN A CLINIC IN SHA TIN. SEE YOU LATER.*

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SIR EDWARD OPENS NEW CLINIC IN SHA TIN

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THE OPENING OF THE LI KA SHING SPECIALIST CLINIC A MONTH AFTER THE 1446-BED PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL COMMENCED OPERATION IS ANOTHER MILESTONE IN THE GOVERNMENT’S PROGRAMME OF IMPROVING rtDICAL ^ND HEALTH SERVICES FOR THE COMMUNITY.

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE SAID THIS TODAY (FRIDAY) WHEN « OPENED THE CLINIC IN SHA TIN.

SIR EDWARD SAID THAT THE NEW FACILITIES CONSTITUTED AN IMPORTANT ELEMENT IN THE REGIONAL PLAN FOR THE EXPANSION OF MEDICAL SERVICES TO SERVE THE NEW TOWNS-

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♦THE PLAN INCLUDES THE CONSTRUCTION OF A HOSPITAL AT TUEN MUN, WHICH IS WELL UNDERWAY, THE EXPANSION OF THE POK Ol HOSPITAL IN YUEN LONG AND THE YAN CHAI HOSPITAL IN TSUEN WAN,* HE SAID.

THE GOVERNOR EXPLAINED THAT THE AIM OF THE REGIONAL PLAN WAS TC PROVIDE A NETWORK OF MEDICAL FACILITIES WITHIN EASY REACH OF THOSE LIVING IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

HE SAID THAT, DESPITE THE HEAVY STRAIN IMPOSED ON I^DICAL SERVICES BY RAPID POPULATION GROWTH, THE GENERAL HEALTH OF THE COMMUNITY AS REFLECTED IN THE MAJOR HEALTH INDICES WAS SATISFACTORY BY ANY STANDARD.

♦THIS IS AN ACHIEVEMENT IN ITSELF? BUT WE WILL CONTINUE TO UPGRADE OUR EXISTING SERVICES AND SEEK IMPROVEMENTS AS FAR AS □OSSIBLE WITHIN THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO US,+ HE SAID.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR K. L. THONG SAID THAT THE LI KA SHING SPECIALIST CLINIC WOULD PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN SUPPORT OF THE PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL WHICH WAS THE REGIONAL HOSPITAL FOR THE EAST NEW TERRITORIES.

THE CLINIC, WITH A TOTAL OF 49 EXAMINATION AND CONSULTING ROOMS SPREAD OVER FOUR LEVELS, IS NAMED AFTER MR LI KA SHING WHO MADE A GENEROUS DONATION OF $30 MILLION FOR THE PROJECT.

DR THONG SAID THE MODERN SPECIALIST CLINIC WAS NOT ONLY PURPOSE-BUILT, BUT WAS ALSO EQUIPPED WITH THE MOST UP-TO-DATE DIAGNOSTIC EQUIPMENT TO PROVIDE THE BEST KIND OF MEDICAL CARE FOR THE SICK.

THE CLINIC IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE A COMPREHENSIVE RANGE OF SPECIALIST OUT-PATIENT FACILITIES.

TO TIE IN WITH THE FIRST PHASE OF OPERATION OF THE HOSPITAL, CONSULTATION SESSIONS ARE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE IN MEDICINE, SURGERY, OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY, PAEDIATRICS, ORTHOPAEDICS, PSYCHIATRY AND DERMATOLOGY.

WHEN THE HOSPITAL BECOMES FULLY OPERATIONAL, ADDITIONAL SESSIONS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN OTHER SPECIALTIES SUCH AS GERIATRICS, RESPIRATORY MEDICINE, ONCOLOGf, EAR-NOSE-AND-THROAT AND EYE.


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DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION - +FOUNDATION FOR PROGRESS* * * * *

THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SYSTEM, WITH ITS LATEST REFORMS, HAS BECOME A CORNERSTONE OF OUR INSTITUTIONS AND PROVIDED A SOUND FOUNDATION ON WHICH HONG KONG SHOULD BUILD HER SYSTEM, THE PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY (GENERAL) OF CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR C.M. LEUNG, SAID TODAY.

+THE ENHANCED REPRESENTATIVENESS OF THE DISTRICT BOARDS, TOGETHER WITH THE NEW REGIONAL COUNCIL, WILL OPEN UP EVEN GREATER OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE PARTICIPATION OF THE PUBLIC IN THE GOVERNANCE OF HONG KONG,* HE SAID.

♦FOR IT IS ONLY THROUGH PARTICIPATION AND INVOLVEMENT THAT WE BECOME BETTER ABLE TO BUILD A GREAT TRADITION OF OUR OWN AND TO DRAW Uh A BETTER DESIGN FOR OUR FUTURE*.

SPEAKING AT A LIONS CLUB OF HONG KONG CENTRAL LUNCHEON MEETING, M? LEUNG SAID THE FORMULATION OF MORE DEFINITE AND DETAILED PROPOSALS RELATING TO THE REFORMS ON LOCAL ADMINISTRATION WOULD BE CARRIED OUT DURING THE REST OF THIS YEAR.

HE SAID HE BELIEVED THE DOUBLING OF ELECTED MEMBERS, TOGETHER WITH THE ELECTION OF UNOFFICIALS AS CHAIRMAN, WOULD GIVE A NEW IMPETUS TO THE WORK OF THE DISTRICT BOARDS IN MONITORING THE PERFORMANCE OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL.

ON THE NEW REGIONAL COUNCIL, HE SAID ITS MEMBERS WOULD NOT SIT ON DISTRICT BOARDS, BUT RATHER THAT THE BOARDS WOULD EACH FORM AN ELECTORAL COLLEGE TO ELECT THEIR REPRESENTATIVES TO THE COUNCIL.

♦IT IS HOPED THAT THIS WILL HELP DEVELOP AN EFFECTIVE WORKING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE REGIONAL COUNCIL AND THE NT DISTRICT BOARDS ESPECIALLY IN VIEW OF THE PROPOSED DEVOLUTION OF RESPONSIBILITY FROM THE REGIONAL COUNCIL TO THE NT DISTRICT BOARDS,* HE SAID.

THE REGIONAL COUNCIL WOULD HAVE 12 DIRECTLY ELECTED, NINE INDIRECTLY ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE DISTRICT BOARDS, NINE APPOINTED AND THREE EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK.

+THIS MEANS THAT THERE WILL BE AN ELECTED MAJORITY ON THE REGIONAL COUNCIL. THE STRONG REPRESENTATIVE STATUS OF THE NEW REGIONAL COUNCIL AT THE VERY BEGINNING IS THEREFORE SELF-EVIDENT,* HE SAID.

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HONG KONG - GUANGDONG GROUPS DISCUSS ENVIRONMENT # * * #

A DELEGATION LED BY THE DIRECTOR OF THE GUANGDONG ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION BUREAU, MR QIANG BING-HUAN, TODAY COMPLETED AN INTENSIVE WEEK OF VISITS AND DISCUSSIONS ON TECHNICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS AFFECTING BOTH GUANGDONG AND HONG KONG.

IN ADDITION TO THE DIRECTOR OF THE BUREAU, THE DELEGATION INCLUDED THE DIRECTOR OF THE GUANGZHOU ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION OFFICE, MR WU GUANG-LAI, AS WELL AS STAFF FROM THE SHENZHEN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION OFFICE.

♦THE MAIN BUSINESS OF THE VISIT WAS TO REACH BROAD AGREEMENT ON A JOINT MONITORING AND ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING EXERCISE FOR THE DEEP BAY AREA,+ SAID DR STUART REED, THE COMMISSIONER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, TODAY.

+BUT THE DELEGATION ALSO DISCUSSED MATTERS OF MUTUAL INTEREST WITH SPECIALISTS FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY AND FROM OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS. TOPICS COVERED INCLUDED DISPOSAL OF MUNICIPAL WASTES, WATER QUALITY MANAGEMENT IN TOLO HARBOUR, CHEMICAL ANALYSIS OF ENVIRONMENTAL SAMPLES AND PLANNING AGAINST NO ISE.+

THE DELEGATION UNDERTOOK A SERIES OF TECHNICAL SITE VISITS TO SEE THE STEPS BEING TAKEN IN PRACTICE TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT IN HONG KONG. SITE VISITS INCLUDED A LOOK AT THE REHABILITATION WORK ON THE NOW-COMPLETED GIN DRINKER’S BAY CONTROLLED TIP, INTENDED TO PROVIDE FUTURE RECREATIONAL SPACE, AS WELL AS THE CURRENT CONTROLLED TIP AT JUNK BAY.

THE VISITORS WERE SHOWN THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT ARRANGEMENTS AT THE TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE AND AT THE HONG LOK YUEN RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT, TOGETHER WITH THE COMPREHENSIVE STEPS THAT HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO CONTROL POLLUTION FROM HONG KONG ELECTRIC COMPANY’S COAL-FIRED POWER STATION ON LAMMA ISLAND.

DR REED SAID THAT IT HAD BEEN POSSIBLE TO BUILD ON THE LINKS ALREADY ESTABLISHED AS A RESULT OF THE FIRST VISIT FROM THE BUREAU IN JANUARY LAST YEAR. THE PROGRAMME THAT HAD BEEN THRASHED OUT FOR DEEP BAY SHOULD MEAN THAT ANY ADVERSE ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS FROM THE MASS IVE^FUTURE DEVELOPMENT EXPECTED IN THAT AREA WOULD BE KEPT TO A MfNlMUM.

THE JOINT PROGRAMME COVERS BOTH WATER AND AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT.

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DR REED SAID THAT BOTH SIDES WOULD NOW DRAW UP DETAILED ‘TECHNICAL PROGRAMMES WHICH HE HOPED WOULD BE FINALISED AT A MEETING IN SHENZHEN AT THE END OF JULY, WITH A VIEW TO STARTING Y WORK ON THE GROUND IN EARLY AUGUST THIS YEAR.

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STANDING COMMITTEE ON COMPANY law reform MEETS * * * *

the newly-formed standing committee on company law reform MET FOR THE FIRST TIME YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) EVENING, UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE HON MR JUSTICE CONS, JUSTICE OF APPEAL.

THE STANDING COMMITTEE WILL ADVISE THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, FIRSTLY, ON AMENDMENTS TO THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE AS AND WHEN EXPERIENCE SHOWS THEM TO BE NECESSARY, AND, SECONDLY, ON AMENDMENTS REQUIRED TO THE SECURITIES ORDINANCE AND THE PROTECTION OF INVESTORS ORDINANCE WITH THE OBJECTIVE OF PROVIDING SUPPORT TO THE SECURITIES COMMISSION IN ITS ROLE OF ADMINISTERING THOSE ORDINANCES, SAID A SPOKESMAN.

A WIDE-RANGE OF TOPICS DEALING WITH COMPANY LAW HAVE ALREADY BEEN REFERRED TO THE STANDING COMMITTEE BY UMELCO AS A RESULT OF REPRESENTATIONS MADE BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHEN THE BILLS FOR THE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1984 WERE UNDER CONSIDERATION.

DURING THE FIRST MEETING, THE STANDING COMMITTEE CONSIDERED THE QUESTION OF PRIORITIES IN DEALING WITH THESE TOPICS AND INSTRUCTED THE SECRETARY TO PREPARE PAPERS ON THE PROBLEMS ARISING FROM REGISTRATION OF CHARGES AND THE QUESTION OF THE DATE OF COMPANY ACCOUNTS WHEN THEY ARE SUBMITTED TO AN AGM - I.E. HOW OLD COMPANY ACCOUNTS CAN BE WHEN SUBMITTED TO AN AGM. THESE PAPERS WILL BE CONSIDERED AT THE NEXT STANDING COMMITTEE MEETING ON JULY 7.

THE STANDING COMMITTEE CONSISTS OF 11 MEMBERS REPRESENTING THE PROFESSIONS, COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY:-

DR ANDREW CHUANG SIU-LEUNG,

DIRECTOR AND GENERAL MANAGER, CHUANG’S (HOLDINGS) LTD.

MR D.E. CONNOLLY, JP, MESSRS. PEAT, MARWICK, MITCHELL AND CO.

MR KENNETH FANG HUNG,

DIRECTOR, FANG BROTHERS KNITTING LTD.

MR ANDREW LI KWOK-NANG

MR P.J. PEARSON,

MANAGING DIRECTOR,

FIDELITY INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT (HONG KONG) LIMITED

MR C.L. WARREN-SMITH,

CHAIRMAN,

THE ASSOCIATION OF THE INSTITUTE OF CHARTERED SECRETARIES AND ADMINISTRATORS IN HONG KONG

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MR MICHAEL W. WELLS, assistant general manager, the HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION

PROFESSOR P.G. WILLOUGHBY, UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG

MR C.H. WONG, JP,

MESSRS. P.C. WOO AND CO.

THE HON PETER C. WONG, OBE, JP, MESSRS. PETER C. WONG AND CO.

MR CHARLES WRANGHAM,

DIRECTOR,

STANDARD CHARTERED ASIA LTD.

IN ADDITION, THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, •4? P. JACOBS, THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, MR N.M. GLEESON AND THE COMMISSIONER FOR SECURITIES, MR R. FELL, ARE EX OFFICIO MEMBERS OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE.

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HONG KONG BACKS YOUTH YEAR

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NEXT YEAR - 1985 - HAS BEEN DESIGNATED BY THE UNITED NATIONS AS THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR (IYY), AND A SPECIAL COMMITTEE HAS BEEN SET UP IN HONG KONG TO CO-ORDINATE LOCAL ACTIVITIES IN SUPPORT OF THE YEAR.

DETAILS OF THE IYY AND HONG KONG’S CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS IT WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT A PRESS CONFERENCE IN THE 6IS THEATRE, 5/F., BEACONSFIELD HOUSE ON TUESDAY (JUNE 5) AT 3 PM.

SPEAKING AT THE CONFERENCE WILL BE MRS SELINA CHOW, CHAIRPERSON OF THE CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE ON IYY. REPRESENTATIVES OF THE FIVE SUB-COMMITTEES WILL ALSO BE PRESENT.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE. TV CREWS ARE ADVISED TO ARRIVE EARLY TO SET UP THEIR EQUIPMENT.

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DRAGON BOAT RACES TO DRAW THOUSANDS * * *

TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WILL FLOCK TO DRAGON BOAT RACE AND DISPLAYS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY ON MONDAY (JUNE 4) TO CELEBRATE THE TUEN NG FESTIVAL.

AS iN PREVIOUS YEARS, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, AND LADY YOUDE WILL TAKE A BREAK FROM THEIR BUSY SCHEDULES AND SHARE THE FUN WITH PEOPLE AT ONE OF THE RACES.

THIS YEAR THEY WILL GO TO THE YAU MA TEI TYPHOON SHELTER WHERE EIGHT LARGE-SIZED, 36 MEDIUM-SIZED AND 11 PHOENIX DRAGON BOAT TEAMS WILL TAKE PART IN A SERIES OF CONTESTS BEGINNING AT 11.30 AM.

SIR EDWARD WILL PRESENT PRIZES TO THE WINNING TEAMS AT ABOUT 4.40 PM.

IN TAI PO, 50 ROWING TEAMS WILL COMPETE ALONGSIDE THE MAIN DAM OF PLOVER COVE RESERVOIR BETWEEN 9.30 AM AND 1 PM, COVERING A DISTANCE OF 1 000 METRES.

AN EXHIBITION RACE AMONG TEAMS FROM BANKS, LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, A TELEVISION STATION AND A RADIO STATION WILL HIGHLIGHT THE DAY’S EVENT.

THE OFFICIATING GUEST WILL BE THE COMMANDER BRITISH FORCES, MAJOR-GENERAL DEREK BOORMAN.

ON THAT DAY, CYCLISTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO RIDE ON TING KOK ROAD. SPECTATORS ARE ADVISED TO TAKE NO. 75K BUS PLYING BETWEEN TAI PO RAILWAY STATION AND TAI MEI TUK.

MORE THAN 20 000 SPECTATORS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND THE RACES ORGANISED BY THE FISHERMEN’S SOCIETY OF HONG KONG AND THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD AT THE ALDRICH BAY TYPHOON SHELTER IN SHAU KEI WAN WHERE NINE LARGE-SIZED AND THREE MEDIUM-SIZED DRAGON BOATS WILL BE COMPETING BETWEEN 10 AM AND 3 PM. '

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, WILL BE THE GUEST OF HONOUR AND WILL PRESENT TROPHIES TO THE CHAMPIONS.

IN TUEN MUN, THERE WILL BE 51 TEAMS, INCLUDING 14 PHOENIX BOATS, COMPETING BETWEEN 8.45 AM AND 1 PM ALONG THE WATERFRONT GF CASTLE PEAK TYPHOON SHELTER NEAR WU KING ESTATE.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, WILL PRESENT PRIZES, AS WELL AS THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY’S CUP, TO THE WINNING . TEAMS.

SPECTATORS ARE ADVISED TO TRAVEL BY BUS ROUTES NO. 59 AND 61A, TO THE CASTLE PEAK TYPHOON SHELTER.

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IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT, MORE THAN 40 TEAMS, INCLUDING FOUR PHOENIX BOATS, WILL TAKE PART IN THE RACES FROM 10.30 AM TO 5 PM AT TAI SHUE WAN IN FRONT OF OCEAN PARK’S SECOND ENTRANCE.

POUR FISHERWOMEN WILL ALSO COMPETE IN A +PHOENIX SAMPAN+ RACE ^HICH IS A TRADITIONAL EVENT IN ABERDEEN.

THOSE WISHING TO GO TO TAI SHUE WAN ARE ADVISED TO TAKE BUSeS RUNNING BETWEEN ADMIRALTY MTR STATION AND WONG CHUK HANG ESTATE BUS WFM'TNUS.

THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, MR NICKY CHAN, WILL BE THE OFF IC I AT I NG GUEST.

IN SAI KUNG, THE RACES WILL START AT 8 AM ALONG THE SAI KUNG HOI WITH 24 MEN’S TEAMS AND FOUR PHOENIX BOATS TAKING PART.

THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR NEW TERRITORIES, MR PETER NG, WILL PRESENT PRIZES TO THE WINNING TEAMS AT AROUND 12.30 PM.

FOR THE OUTLYING DISTRICTS, RACES WILL BE HELD AT PUI 0 BEACH ON SOUTH LANTAU, WANG KEI AT TAI 0, THE TYPHOON SHELTER IN FRONT OF PAK TAI TEMPLE ON CHEUNG CHAU, AND TUNG WAN AT MJ I WO. %

MOST OF THE RACES WILL LAST TILL THE AFTERNOON, WHILE ON PUI 0 BEACH, RACES WILL BE HELD IN THE MORNING ONLY.

THE RACES ARE ORGANISED BY THE LOCAL RURAL COMMITTEES AND OTHER ORGANISATIONS, AND FINANCED BY THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD AT A’TOTAL OF ABOUT 140 000.

IN OTHER DISTRICTS, DRAGON BOAT RACES WILL BE HELD A DAY OR TWO BEFORE THE FESTIVAL.

ON SUNDAY (JUNE 3), THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR IAN MACPHERSON, WILL ATTEND THE FIRST EVER SHA TIN DRAGON BOAT RACE ALONG SHING MUN RIVER, WHERE 18 TEAMS WILL BE COMPETING.

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MORE THAN 50 000 SPECTATORS ARE EXPECTED TO FLOCK TO SHA

TIN FOR THE RACES TO BE HELD BETWEEN 9 AM AND 11.30 AM.

TOMORROW (SATURDAY), AN INTER-DISTRICT DRAGON BOAT RACE WILL BE HELD AT 3 PM AT THE CHAI WAN CARGO HANDLING BASIN AT THE SEAFRONT IN FRONT OF BLOCK 13 OF CHAI WAN ESTATE.

ALTOGETHER, NINE FISHERMEN TEAMS FROM SHAU KEI WAN, YAU MA TtT,‘ ABERDEEN, CHEUNG CHAU, SAI KUNG AND OTHER PARTS . OF THE TERRITORY WILL TAKE PART IN THE RACE.

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THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR BARRIE WIGGHAM, WILL PRESENT TROPHIES TO THE WINNING TEAMS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE DRAGON BOAT RACES.

PRESS BADGES FOR ADMISSION TO THE VIP STAND IN THE NEW SHAU KEI WAN FISH MARKET ON MONDAY (JUNE 4) FOR THE ALDRICH BAY TYPHOON SHELTER DRAGON BOAT RACES WILL BE ISSUED BY CNTA INFORMATION OFFICERS ON SITE.

FOR THOSE WISHING TO COVER THE TAI PO AND TUEN MUN DRAGON BOAT RACES, GOVERNMENT VANS WILL LEAVE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER FOR TAI PO AT 8.30 AM AND FOR TUEN MUN AT 10.30 AM ON MONDAY.

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SHA TIN DRAGON BOAT RACE TRAFFIC PLAN

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ON SUNDAY (JUNE 3), GOODS VEHICLES WITH AN UNLADEN WEIGHT OVER 2-1/4 TONS WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS FROM 8.30 AM TO 1.30 PM, TO EASE TRAFFIC DURING THE DRAGON BOAT RACE IN SHA TIN:

* TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD BETWEEN SHA TIN WAI ROAD AND SIU LEK YUEN ROAD.

* FO TAN ROAD BETWEEN YUEN WO ROAD AND TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD.

* SIU LEK YUEN ROAD BETWEEN NGAN SHING STREET AND TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD.

GOODS VEHICLES ARE ADVISED TO USE YUEN WO ROAD, SHA TIN RURAL COMMITTEE ROAD OR SHA TIN WAI ROAD.

SPECIAL SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE NO. 84K WILL BE PROVIDED FROM 8 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 12 NOON TO 2 PM BETWEEN SHA TIN KCR STATION AND CITY ONE SHATIN.

AS PARKING SPACES WILL BE EXTREMELY LIMITED, THE PUBLIC ARE ADVISED TO USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT.

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PUBLIC HOUSING SCHEME EXPANDED * * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT IS EXPANDING THE PRIVATE SECTOR PART ICI PAT I ON Mc TO ENABLE PRIVATE DEVELOPERS TO TAKE AN ACTIVE PART IN P BL IC MOUSING DEVELOPMENT AND TO HELP MORE LOWER-MIDDLE INCOME -A^iLIES TO BECOME HOME-OWNERS.

THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, MR DONALD LIAO. SAID THIS TODAY (FRIDAY) WTflLE OFFICIATING AT A TOPPING-OUT CEREMONY FOR THE NEW TAI PO PLAZA - THE FIRST PSPS PROJECT IN TAI PO NEW TOWN.

HE SAID THAT THERE WERE EIGHT OTHER PSPS PROJECTS UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN VARIOUS PLACES INCLUDING TUEN MUN, SHA TIN, KWOLOON BAY, NGAU Cl WAN, QUARRY BAY AND CHAI WAN, WHICH WOULD BE COMPLETED WITHIN THE NEXT THREE YEARS.

♦ WITH THE 5 000 HOS FLATS PRODUCED ANNUALLY BY THE HOUSING AUTHORITY, THEY WILL TOGETHER PRODUCE A TOTAL OF ABOUT 10 000 FLATS A YEAR FOR SALE TO ELIGIBLE FAMILIES.

♦THE GOVERNMENT WILL SHORTLY AWARD ANOTHER PSPS CONTRACT FOR 1 500 FLATS AT NEARBY TAI PO AREA 17 TO ENSURE THE CONTINUATION OF THE PSPS. .

♦FURTHER TENDERS WILL BE INVITED LATER THIS YEAR FOR THE PROVISION OF SIMILAR TYPE OF FLATS IN THE MA ON SHAN AREA.+

REFERRRING TO THE DEVELOPMENTS OF TAI PO, MR LAIO SAID EXTENSIVE CONSTRUCTION WORKS WERE BEING UNDERTAKEN AT THE NEWLY-RECLAIMED AREA WHERE THE TAI PO PLAZA j^AS SITUATED.

HE SAID THE AREA WOULD BECOME THE TOWN CENTRE OF TAI PO, WHERE POPULATION WOULD GROW FROM THE PRESENT 100 000 TO ABOUT 140 000 IN TWO THE THREE YEARS AFTER THE DEVELOPMENTS WERE FULLY COMPLETED.

♦THE HOUSING AUTHORITY HAS ALREADY PROVIDED TWO RENTAL PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES AND TWO HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME ESTATES FOR 50 000' PEOPLE IN TAI PO.

♦ANOTHER RENTAL PUBLIC HOUSING PROJECT AND HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME ESTATE, BEING BUILT ON ADJACENT SITES, ARE ALSO DUE TO BE COMPLETED BY 1986 TO PROVIDE MODERN HOMES FOR 30 000 PEOPLE.

MR LIAO SAID THE TAI PO PLAZA BUILT WAS WELL-DESIGNED AS A MODERN RESIDENTIAL, SHOPPING AND ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX.

♦APART FROM A WIDE RANGE OF SHOPPING FACILITIES, THE TWO-STOREY . COMMERCIAL CENTRE BELOW WILL ALSO HAVE CINEMAS AND A BOWLING

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*THE FIVE DOMESTIC BLOCKS ON TOP OF A ONE-HECTARE LANDSCAPED PODIUM w|TH CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUNDS AND WATER FEATURES PROVIDE A TOTAL OF 1 408 UNITS.

4-THESE TOGETHER WITH ITS PRIMTE LOCATION AND AMPLE TRANSPORT FACILITIES AVAILABLE, ARE ALL ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF COMFORTABLl LIVING FOR ITS RESIDENTS.

+ITS DOMESTIC FLATS WILL CERTAINLY BE WELCOMED BY HOME-BUYERS WHEN APPLICATIONS ARE INVITED LATER THIS MONTH,* HE SAID.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC PLANS FOR THREE AREAS *****

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN WAN CHAI, CENTRAL AND CAUSEWAY BAY OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

IN WAN CHAI, THE FOLLOWING MEASURES WILL BE IN FORCE FROM MIDNIGHT TOMORROW (JUNE 2) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR WORK ON A FOOTBRIDGE :

* THE JUNCTION OF FLEMING ROAD WITH THE UNNAMED ROAD IN FRONT OF THE CHINA RESOURCES BUILDING WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC}

* THE SECTION OF THE ABOVE-MENTIONED UNNAMED ROAD BETWEEN HARBOUR ROAD AND THE CAR PARK ENTRANCE OF THE CHINA RESOURCES BUILDING WILL BE REOUTED TWO WAYS;

* VEHICLES ON HARBOUR ROAD EASTBOUND WILL BE ALLOWED TO TURN RIGHT INTO TONNOCHY ROAD SOUTHBOUND}

* VEHICLES ON FLEMING ROAD SOUTHBOUND FROM WAN CHAI FERRY PIER SHOULD USE HARBOUR ROAD AND TONNOCHY ROAD TO ENTER GLOUCESTER ROAD.

THE ABOVE MEASURES WILL BE REPEATED ON THE NIGHTS OF JUNE 3, 4 AND 5.

IN CENTRAL, THE SLIP ROAD LEADING FROM COTTON TREE DRIVE FLYOVER TO UPPER ALBERT ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 8 AM ON SUNDAY (JUNE 3) TO 7 PM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR ROAD WORK.

DURING THE CLOSURE, VEHICLES ON COTTON TREE DRIVE SOUTHBOUND HEADING FOR UPPER ALBERT ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA KENNEDY ROAD.

ALSO ON SUNDAY (JUNE 3), VICTORIA PARK ROAD EASTBOUND WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES FOR 15 MINUTES FROM 9 AM FOR THE COMMUNITY CHEST WALKATHON ON THE ISLAND EASTERN CORR I DOR. •

DURING THE PERIOD, TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA GLOUCESTER ROAD FLYOVER, CAUSEWAY ROAD, HING FAT STREET AND GORDON-ROAD.

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BILL DEALS WITH 'DOUBLE PAY’ * * *

THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) BILL 1984, DEALING MAINLY WITH THE PRACTICE OF END-OF-YEAR PAYMENT, BETTER KNOWN AS YEAR-END DOUBLE PAY, OR ANNUAL BONUS, IS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY.

IT ALSO STREAMLINES AND RECTIFIES CERTAIN OTHER PROVISIONS IN THE EXISTING LEGISLATION, MR DONALD CHAN, CHIEF LABOUR OFFICER OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT EXPLAINED.

THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION IN REGARD TO END-OF-YEAR PAYMENT WOULD ONLY APPLY TO THOSE CONTRACTS WHICH MADE PROVISION FOR SUCH PAYMENT, AND WOULD NOT IMPOSE ANY ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL BURDEN ON EMPLOYERS.

HE SAID, HOWEVER, THAT THERE WAS AT PRESENT SOME CONFUSION OVER THE ISSUE, PARTICULARLY WHEN AN EMPLOYEE’S CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT IS TERMINATED.

TO AVOID DISPUTES, THE BILL PROPOSES TO PROVIDE SOME GUIDANCE WHEREBY EMPLOYEES WITH NOT LESS THAN 26 WEEKS’ SERVICE, WOULD BE ENTITLED TO END-OF-YEAR PAYMENT ON A PRO-RATA BASIS.

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MR CHAN STRESSED THAT THE PROPOSAL WOULD NOT APPLY TO INCENTIVE OR GRATUITOUS PAYMENTS, AND PAYMENTS MADE ENTIRELY

AT THE DISCRETION OF EMPLOYERS.

THE BILL WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JUNE 27, AND IS EXPECTED TO RECEIVE ITS THIRD READING ON JULY 11. '

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BILL TO CLEAR DOUBT ABOUT PATIENTS' DRUGS * N * *

THE LAW IS TO BE AMENDED TO REMOVE ANY WHIT’ABOUT PATIENTS* RIGHT TO POSSESS CONTROLLED ANTIBIOTICS AND POISONS WHICH THEY HAVE OBTAINED BY PRESCRIPTION.

THIS PROPOSAL IS CONTAINED IN THE ANTIBIOTICS, PHARMACY AND POISONS (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) BILL 1984 PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY.

♦UNDER THE ANTIBIOTICS ORDINANCE AND THE PHARMACY AND POISONS ORDINANCE, POSSESSION OF ANTIBIOTICS AND CERTAIN POISONS IS ALREWr PROHIBITED,+ A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

+EXEAIP THINS ARE GRANTED TO CERTAIN APPROVED CATEGORIES OF PEOPLE BUT PATIENTS WHO HAVE BEEN PRESCRIBED ANTIBIOTICS OR POISONS AS MEB4GINE ARE NOT AT PRESENX-dN INE EXEMPTION LIST,*

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WHEN DELIVERING A JUDGEMENT IN RESPECT OF A CRIMINAL APPEAL IN 1982, THE CHIEF JUSTICE CONSIDERED THAT SUCH PEOPLE, IF CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF ANTIBIOTICS OR POISONS, COULD BE CONVICTED OF TECHNICAL OFFENCE^ UNDER THE ORDINANCES.

THE GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT AS IT HAD NEVER BEEN THE INTENTION TO PREVENT POSSESSION OF ANTIBIOTICS AND POISONS RECEIVED UNDER A PRESCRIPTION, IT WAS PROPOSED TO EXTEND EXEMPTION TO COVER SUCH PATIENTS. THE AMENDMENT BILL WOULD ALLOW A PERSON TO POSSESS ANTIBIOTICS OR POISONS IN MEDICINE OBTAINED FROM A REGISTERED MEDICAL PRACTITIONER, A REGISTERED DENTIST, A VETERINARY SURGEON, OR AN AUTHORISED SELLER OF POISONS

THE BILL WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JUNE 13 AND IS EXPECTED TO RECEIVE ITS THIRD READING ON JUNE 27.

ANYONE WHO WISHES TO COMMENT ON THE BILL MAY WRITE 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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+ MAP

THE HONG KONG THE THEME + MAPS OF

OF HONG KONG+ STAMPS OUT JUNE 21 * * * *

POST OFFICE WILL ISSUE FOUR SPECIAL STAMPS WITH HONG KONG* ON JUNE 21.

+THIS INTERESTING SERIES OF SPECIAL STAMPS DEPICT FOUR MAPS OF HONG KONG DRAWN IN DIFFERENT YEARS. IN 1836 CAPTAIN SIR E. BELCHER CARRIED OUT A SURVEY OF HONG KONG AND THE 40-CENT STAMP DEPICTS THE MAP WHICH HE DREW,* MR C.Y. YAM, ACTING SENIOR CONTROLLER OF POSTS, SAID.

THE $1 STAMP SHOWS A 1929 MAP ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED BY JOHN BARTHOLOMEW AND SON LTD. OF EDINBURGH.

THE EARLIEST KNOWN EUROPEAN STYLE MAP OF HONG KONG WATERS IS REPRODUCED ON THE $1.30 STAMP WHILE THE DESIGN FOR THE $5 STAMP IS BASED ON A CHINESE STYLE MAP DRAWN IN 1819 AND TAKEN FROM AN ORIGINAL HELD IN THE FUNG PING SHAN GALLERY OF THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY.

THE STAMPS, DESIGNED BY MR REDGE SOLLEY, WILL BE ON DISPLAY ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, CONNAUGHT PLACE .AND IN THE TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE, MIDDLE RAOD, DAILY FROM JUNE 14 TO JUNE 20 FROM 9-30 AM TO 4.30 PM.

THE OFFICIAL FIRST DAY COVERS WILL BE ON SALE ON JUNE 7 AND WILL COST 50 CENTS EACH.

/UNLIKE PREVIOUS

FRIDAY, JUN a ’* l9fi4

UNLIKE PREVIOUS ISSUES, INFORMATION ABOUT THE STAMPS WILL BE PRINTED ON THE BACK OF THE FIRST DAY COVERS, INSTEAD OF ON SEPARATE INSERT CARDS.

ADVANCE ORDERS FOR SERVICING FIRST DAY COVERS WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM JUNE 7-19 AT ALL POST OFFICES.

+HONG KONG STAMPS HAVE PROVED POPULAR WITH COLLECTORS BOTH LOCALLY AND OVERSEAS. AND THIS ISSUF, PORTRAYING OLD HONG KONG MAPS, SHOULD PROVE EQUALLY POPULAR, PARTICULARLY WHEN HONG KONG TODAY IS SO WELL KNOWN INTERNATIONALLY,* MR YAM SAID.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE HONG KONG POST OFFICE NORMALLY ISSUES NO MORE THAN FOUR SETS OF SPECIAL STAMPS EACH YEAR, A POLICY FAVOURED BY COLLECTORS, AS IT MEANS THAT HONG KONG STAMPS ARE RELATIVELY INEXPENSIVE TO COLLECT.

HE SAID, +THERE WILL BE TWO MORE SPECIAL. ISSUES THIS YEAR. A SET OF CHINESE LANTERNS STAMPS WILL BE ISSUED ON SEPTEMBER 6 JUST BEFORE THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL. AND ON NOVEMBER 21 A SET OF STAMPS WILL BE ISSUED TO COMMEMORATE THE CENTENARY OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB.*

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DRAFT TUEN MUN OUTLINE ZONING PLAN AMENDED *****

A NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS TO THE DRAFT OUTLINE ZONING PLAN FOR TUEN MUN WERE ANNOUNCED BY THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD TODAY (FRIDAY)

SOME HAVE BEEN MADE IN RESPONSE TO PUBLIC REACTION TO A PREVIOUS DRAFT PLAN.

THE FIRST AMENDMENT INVOLVES REZONING 1.3 HECTARES OF LAND NEAR CASTLE PEAK BEACH AS A COMPREHENSIVE REDEVELOPMENT AREA.

THE SITE IS PRESENTLY OCCUPIED BY A> HOTEL. FURTHER REDEVELOPMENT WILL REQUIRE PLANNING PERMISSION FROM THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD.

ANOTHER SITE ON CASTLE PEAK BEACH, MEASURING 1 100 SQUARE btTRES, HAS BEEN REZONED AS A RESTAURANT-COMMERCIAL COMPLEX.

A FURTHER AMENDMENT IS TO REZONE 2 000 SQUARE METRES OF LAND TO THE NORTHEAST OF THE DESALTING PLANT FOR SUPERMARKET, RESTAURANT AND OTHER COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES TO SERVE EXISTING AND PLANNED RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS IN THE AREA.

THE LAST AMENDMENT INVOLVES REZONING A SITE ON THE WESTERN WATERFRONT OF TUEN MUN HARBOUR FOR INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT.

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THE SITE, COVERING 6 500 SQUARE METRES, IS TO BE USED FOR MARINE-ORIENTED ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED W I TH THE FISHING INDUSTRY.

THE AMENDMENT PLAN CAN BE SEEN AT:

* CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICES, PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING ENTRANCE, HONG KONGi

* TOWN PLANNING DIVISION, MURRAY BUILDING, 4TH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG? AND

* TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE, 201, CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TUEN MUN.

COPIES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE SURVEY DIVISION, LANDS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING, 5TH FLOOR, AND MAP SALES SECTION, 382, NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON, AT $10 PER UNCOLOURED COPY AND $60 PER COLOURED COPY.

ANY OBJECTIONS MUST BE IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD, C/0 LANDS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING, 4TH FLLOR, BY JUNE 14.

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OUTSTANDING YOUTH LEADERS REWARDED

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NINE OUTSTANDING YOUTH LEADERS WERE THIS EVENING (FRIDAY) PRESENTED WITH JOCKEY CLUB SCHOLARSHIPS BY MR CHAM SIU-LEUN, A bEMBER OF THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT.

THEY ARE: CHENG KWOK-KIT; CHENG TZE-TAK? CHEUNG YING-YIN? KWOK WING-TAKI WONG KA-FAI? WONG WING-WA? YUEN KUN-WAI?

MISS HUI WAI-NO AND MISS POON MEI-YUK.

MR CHAM PRAISED THEM FOR THEIR DEDICATED SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY DURING THE 1983 SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

♦COMMUNITY AND GROUP INVOLVEMENT IS ESSENTIAL TO THE SUCCESS OF THE PROGRAMME AND PEOPLE IN EACH DISTRICT ARE ENCOURAGED TO GIVE SUPPORT BY BECOMING ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN THE ACTUAL PLANNING AND RUNNING OF DISTRICT EVENTS,* HE SAID.

♦THESE NINE YOUTH LEADERS ARE SUCH COMMUNITY SPIRITED

• INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED THEIR TIME AND EFFORT IN THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME, ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR EVENTS IN THE YEAR.*

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THE SCHOLARSHIPS, PRESENTED ANNUALLY BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB, ARE IN RECOGNITION OF VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS BY YOUNG PEOPLE DURING THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

EACH SCHOLARSHIP PROVIDES FEES FOR A DIPLOMA COURSE AT THE OUTWARD BOUND SCHOOL, MEDICAL EXAMINATION FEES AND POCKET MONEY FOR MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES, AMOUNTING TO ABOUT $4 500.

THE DIPLOMA COURSE IS AN 18-DAY SEA-BASED COURSE FOR THOSE ABOVE 16 YEARS OF AGE, AND IT IS DESIGNED TO FOSTER THE QUALITIES OF CO-OPERATION, INITIATIVE, AND SELF-AWARENESS THROUGH THE MEDIUM OF A SUSTAINED CHALLENGE.

TRAINEES WILL UNDERGO VIGOROUS TRAINING ON BOARD THE OUTWARD BOUND SHIP, JI-FUNG. THERE WILL BE SCALING, RIGGING AND LONG NIGHT WATCHES ALOFT OR AT THE END OF A DIPPING BOWSPRIT.. LIFE ABOARD THE VESSEL WILL CALL FOR COMMUNITY LIVING, TOLERANCE, LOYALTY AND DEDICATION.

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EIGHT CLINICS OPEN ON MONDAY MORNING * * * *

THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT EIGHT OUT-PATIENT CLINICS WILL BE OPEN IN THE MORNING DURING THE DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL ON MONDAY (JUNE 4).

THE EIGHT OUT-PATIENT CLINICS WILL BE OPEN FROM 9 AM TO 1 PM. THEY ARE: VIOLET PEEL POLYCLINIC AND SHAU KEI WAN JOCKEY CLUB CLINIC ON HONG KONG ISLAND, KWUN TONG JOCKEY CLUB HEALTH CENTRE,

ROBERT BLACK HEALTH CENTRE AND YAU MA TEI JOCKEY IN KOWLOON, AND THE LADY TRENCH POLYCLINIC, YUEN HEALTH CENTRE AND SHEK WU HUI JOCKEY CLUB CLINIC TERR ITOR IES.

CLUB POLYCLINIC LONG JOCKEY CLUB IN THE NE*

THERE WILL BE NO EVENING CLINIC SERVICES ON

THAT DAY.

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NEED FOR JOINT SAFETY EFFORT STRESSED

> * * *

INDUSTRIAL SAFETY PROMOTION WAS A TRIPARTITE AFFAIR AND ITS SUCCESS DEPENDED ON THE WHOLE-HEARTED CONTRIBUTION AND SUPPORT OF THE GOVERNMENT, THE EMPLOYERS AND THE WORKERS, DR JAMES HAYES DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND HEALTH

EXHIBITION AT THE NEW WORLD PLAZA, DR HAYES SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD BEEN DEVOTING MUCH ATTENTION AND RESOURCE TOWARDS

TRAINING AND AROUSING SAFETY AWARENESS THROUGH A WIDE PUBLICITY ACTIVITIES.

SAFETY

VAR IETY OF

/THIS, HE

FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 1^4

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THIS, HE Sa I . ' ADDITION TO ITS ACTION TO ENFORCE THE

SAFETY REGULAT' N TAKE OUT PROSECUTIONS AGAINST BREACHES.

DR HAYES a HE TRIPARTITE SAFETY MOVEMENT WAS ALSO PROMOTED THROUGH VARIOUS INDUSTRY-BASED SAFETY SUB-COMMITTEES COMPRISING OFFICERS OF THE DEPARTMENT AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE MAJOR EMPLOYERS’ ASSOCIATIONS AND TRADE UNIONS.

HE SAID TH SUB-COMMITTEES SERVED AS A USEFUL FORUM FOR DISCUSSIONS ON PRACTICAL MEANS TO IMPROVE SAFETY AT WORK IN THE INDUSTRIES CONCERNED.

THERE ARE AT PRESENT FIVE SUCH SUB-COMMITTEES, ONE EACH FOR THE CONSTRUCTS INDUSTRY, THE TEXTILES INDUSTRY, THE SHIP-BUILDING AND SHIP-REPAIRING INDUSTRY, THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY AND THE METALWARE INDUSTRY.

DR HAYES SAID THE SUB-COMMITTEE FOR THE METALWARE INDUSTRY WAS FORMED EARLY THIS YEAR AND WAS DRAWING UP A SAFETY CODE OF PRACTICE AND DEVISING A TRAINING COURSE FOR PRESS OPERATORS, IN AN EFFORT TO IMPROVE THE INDUSTRY’S SAFETY RECORD.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY WAS PROFESSOR P.C. LEUNG, PROFESSOR AND CHAIRMAN OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ORTHOPAEDIC AND TRAUMATIC SURGERY AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

PROF. LEUNG SAID HIS STUDY ON OCCUPATIONAL HAND INJURIES HAD INDICATED THAT 50 PER CENT OF THE VICTIMS WERE ABLE TO IDENTIFY A CAUSE TO THEIR INJURY: EITHER MACHINE FAULT, PERSONAL FAULT, ENVIORNMENTAL OR OTHER INTERFERENCE.

+WE HAVE BEEN STRESSING TOO MUCH ON MEDICAL CARE, NOT KNOWING THAT OUR ENVIRONMENTAL SURROUNDINGS AND PERSONAL HABITS, WHICH ARE CLOSELY RELATED TO OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND INJURY PREVENTION, ARE EVEN MORE IMPORTANT FOR MAINTAINING OUR REAL HEALTH,+ HE SAID.

HE STRESSED THAT PREVENTION OF ACCIDENTS AND JOB RELATED OCCUPATIONAL DISEASES AND AILMENTS, PROMOTION OF INDUSTRIAL AND OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND GENERAL WELL-BEING AT WORK, WERE THE CHALLENGING TASKS OF ALL THE PARTIES CONCERNED.

THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND HEALTH EXHIBITION IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC DAILY BETWEEN 10.30 AM TO 6.30 PM UNTIL JUNE 4.

ON DISPLAY ARE A VARIETY OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY EQUIPMENT PUT UP BY SIX PRIVATE COMPANIES, DISPLAY MATERIALS AND AUDIO-VISUAL SLIDE SHOWS ON SAFETY PUT UP THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, AND GRAPHIC MATERIALS ON HAND AND BACK INJURIES PUT UP BY THE DEPARTMENT OR ORTHOPAEDIC AND TRAUMATIC SURGERY, CHINESE UNIVERSITY.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 1984

3 600 CHILDREN TO BENEFIT FROM SUMMER SPORTS SCHEME *****

AN ESTIMATE OF 3 600 SCHOOL CHILDREN ARE EXPECTED TO BENEFIT FROM OVER 150 TRAINING COURSES IN EIGHT DIFFERENT SPORTS IN THIS YEAR’S SUMMER SPORTS SCHEME, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS;, MR JOHN WINFIELD SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCING DETAILS OF THE PROGRAMMES THIS YEAR, MR WINFIELD SAID TWO NEW SPORTS - DIVING AND HANDBALL - WERE ADDED TO THIS YEAR’S ACTIVITIES.

JOINTLY COUNCIL, THE CF DIFFERENT

ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE URBAN SCHEME, WHICH IS IN ITS THIRD YEAR, CATERS FOR PUPILS AGE GROUPS AND SKILL LEVELS, ITS COURSES ARE TAILORED

TO MEET THE SPECIFIC NEEDS OF PUPILS IN VARIOUS SPORTS.

AS IN PREVIOUS YEARS, MR WINFIELD SAID, THE BEST ATHLETE OF EACH COURSE WOULD BE SELECTED ACCORDING TO ATTENDANCE, CONDUCT AND ACHIEVEMENT, AND THEY WOULD BE AWARDED MEDALS.

+IT IS HOPED BY MEANS OF THE SCHEME THAT THE STANDARD OF PERFORMANCE OF PARTICIPANTS IN VARIOUS SCHOOL SPORTS COMPETITIONS WILL BE SUBSTANTIALLY IMPROVED,+ HE SAID.

SOME SPORTS HAD BEEN CANCELLED THIS YEAR. FOOTBALL, FOR INSTANCE, HAD BEEN CANCELLED BECAUSE THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAD BEEN INVITED TO JOIN A MORE COMPREHENSIVE +CHILDREN’S FOOTBALL DEVELOPMENT SCHEME* INITIATED BY THE HONG KONG FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION, HE SAID.

♦FOR FENCING, THE DEPARTMENT HAS NOW ESTABLISHED A YEAR-ROUND COURSE FOR SCHOOLS. THE SWIMMING TRAINING SCHEME WILL FOR THE FIRST TIME BE INCORPORATED INTO THE DEPARTMENT’S WELL-ESTABLISHED SUMMER ’LEARN-TO-SWIM’ SCHEME,+ HE SAID.

UNDER THE SUMMER SPORTS SCHEME LAST YEAR, 2 500 STUDENTS ATTENDED 150 TRAINING COURSES IN 12 SPORTS.

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PRISONERS DO WELL IN EXAMS * * *

TEN PRISONERS FROM STANLEY PRISON WHO DID WELL IN THE CITY AND GUILDS OF LONDON INSTITUTE TELECOMMUNICATION TECHNICIAN EXAMINATIONS WERE TODAY PRESENTED WITH CERTIFICATES BY THE COMM SSI ON ER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR THOMAS GARNER.

THE GROUP SAT 30 PAPERS IN THE EXAMINATIONS, AND EARNED 22 DISTINCTIONS, SIX CREDITS, AND TWO PASSES IN PRACTICAL MATHEMATICS ENGINEERING SCIENCE AND ELEMENTARY TELECOMMUNICATIONS.

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♦A 109 PER CENT PASS IS AN OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AND REFLECTS GREAT CREDIT NOT ONLY ON THEM BUT ALSO ON THEIR TUTORS,+ MR GARNER SAID AT THE CEREMONY, HELD AT STANLEY PRISON.

HE SAID IT ALSO SHOWED THAT THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES TODAY PROVIDES THE FACILITIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT FOR A PERSON SERVING SENTENCE TO USE THE TIME AT HIS DISPOSAL TO GOOD ADVANTAGE.

♦THIS DEMONSTRATES THAT A GOOD CORRECTIONAL PROGRAMME IS NOT A WASTE OF MONEY AND CAN ASSIST THOSE WHO WISH TO CORRECT PREVIOUS ERRORS, + HE SAID.

THE GROUP ARE SERVING SENTENCES RANGING FROM 5 TO 14 YEARS AND ARE BETWEEN 22 AND 34 YEARS OF AGE.

THEY ARE ALL DUE FOR DISCHARGE WITHIN THE NEXT 30 MONTHS.

THEY ARE ALL NOW TAKING THE SECOND YEAR COURSE, AND WILL SIT THE EXAMINATIONS IN MATHEMATICS, COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY AND TELECOMMUNICATION PRINCIPLES LATER THIS MONTH.

THE CEREMONY WAS ATTENDED BY RELATIVES OF THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES AND SENIOR OFFICERS OF THE DEPARTMENT.

EARLIER IN THE DAY, THE COMMISSIONER OPENED A NEWLY-BUILT WORKSHOP COMPLEX AND HOSPITAL WING AT STANLEY PRISON. CONSTRUCTION OF THE S26-MILLI0N PROJECT STARTED IN APRIL 1982 AND WAS COMPLETED IN JANUARY THIS YEAR.

THE THREE-STOREY WORKSHOP COMPLEX CONTAINS EIGHT WORKSHOPS, WHICH IN THE MAIN WILL BE GIVEN OVER TO THE MAKING OF STOCK-SIZE UNIFORMS AND OTHER GARMENTS FOR GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS INCLUDING THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE DEPARTMENT ITSELF.

IT ALSO CONTAINS A WORKSHOP FOR TELEVISION AND RADIO REPAIR ALONG WITH MUCH NEEDED STORAGE SPACE FOR MATERIALS AND FINISHED PRODUCTS, AND THE OFFICES OF THE TECHNICAL AND INDUSTRIAL STAFF.

THE NEW HOSPITAL WING PROVIDES ACCOMMODATION FOR 10 PRISONERS UNDER SECURE CONDITIONS. IT ALSO HAS A DENTAL SURGERY, A CONSULTANT EXAMINATION ROOM, AND A VISITING ROOM FOR THOSE NOT FIT ENOUGH TO USE THE NORMAL VISITING FACILITIES.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, MR GARNER SAID THE NEW WORKSHOPS MARKED YET ANOTHER IMPORTANT STAGE IN THE EXPANSION OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES INDUSTRIES.

♦THE ACCOMMODATION AND THE FACILITIES PROVIDED WILL FILL A DEFINITE NEED AND GIVE ANOTHER BOOST TO INDUSTRIAL OUTPUT,+ HE SAID.

STANLEY PRISON HOLDS 1 487 PRISONERS, AND ENABLES THEM TO SERVE THEIR SENTENCES UNDER-CONDITI ONS WHICH ARE CONDUCIVE TO REFORMATION AND REINTEGRATION IN THE COMMUNITY IN LINE WITH THE POLICY OF THE DEPARTMENT, MR GARNER ADDED.

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BETTER CAREERS GUIDANCE OFFERED YOUTHS * * *

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAS DONE ITS BEST TO KEEP ITS PROMISE OF PROVIDING MORE SOPHISTICATED TRAINING FOR CAREERS TEACHERS IN PARALLEL WI TH THE STRENGTHENING OF CAREERS GUIDANCE TO YOUNG PEOPLE.

THIS WAS STATED TODAY (FRIDAY) BY MR RON BRIDGE, COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, AT THE CERTIFICATE PRESENTATION CEREMONY OF THE FIRST CAREERS TEACHERS TRAINING COURSE JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

MR BRIDGE SAID THE DEPARTMENT HAD OBTAINED THE HELP OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EXTRA-MURAL STUDIES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG IN ORGANISING THE SECOND COURSE WHICH WOULD BEGIN IN AUGUST THIS YEAR.

THE PRACTICAL ELEMENT OF THE COURSE HAD BEEN REINFORCED BY INTRODUCING ADDITIONAL WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS AND LECTURING SESSIONS, AND ARRANGING FOR THE COURSE MEMBERS TO VISIT COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS, HE SAID.

+THESE ITEMS HAVE PROVED MOST EFFECTIVE IN UPDATING THEIR PRACTICAL KNOWLEDGE OF CAREERS WORK.*

MR BRIDGE SAID THE DEPARTMENT HAD ALSO BEEN SENDING OFFICERS TO VARIOUS OVERSEAS COUNTRIES TO STUDY THEIR CAREERS GUIDANCE MACHINERY IN ORDER TO BRING HONG KONG’S CAREERS SERVICE UP TO INTERNATIONAL LEVEL.

+1 AM SURE THESE COLLEAGUES WILL BE ABLE TO CONTRIBUTE GREATLY TOWARDS THE TRAINING OF CAREERS TEACHERS AND OTHER ASPECTS OF CAREERS EDUCATION AS A RESULT OF THESE VISITS,* MR BRIDGE ADDED.

MR BRIDGE APPEALED TO CAREERS TEACHERS AND SCHOOL PRINCIPALS TO GIVE THEIR SUPPORT TO THE SECOND TRAINING COURSE.

ALSO SPEAKING ON THE OCCASION, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, NR COLVYN HAYE SAID CAREERS EDUCATION CENTRE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAD RECENTLY ACQUIRED A COMPUTER, ENABLING STUDENTS TO GAIN MORE READY ACCESS TO CAREERS INFORMATION.

MR HAYE SAID THAT THE USE OF COMPUTERS FACILITATED DATA COLLECTION AND INFORMATION DISTRIBUTION, AND ALSO GREATLY ASSISTED IN CAREERS ADVICE.

+THE APPLICATION OF MODERN TECHNOLOGY TO GUIDANCE IS OF VITAL IMPORTANCE, AND THE USE OF FILM STRIPS, FILMS, SLIDE TAPES AND AUDIO-VISUAL AIDS MUST MAKE PRESENTATION OF CAREERS ADVICE AS IMPRESSIVE AND LIVELY AS POSSIBLE FOR THE BENEFIT OF STUDENTS,* HE SAID.

/;a haye........

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HAYE URGED CAREERS TEACHERS TO KEEP THEMSELVES ABREAST OF A RAPIDLY PROGRESSING TECHNOLOGICAL SPCIETY.

+ONLY IN THIS WAY CAN CAREERS TEACHERS EFFECTIVELY GUIDE THE CHILDREN WHO WILL BE LIVING IN THE MODERN WORLD,* HE SAID.

OVER 7 900 PEOPLE HAD VISITED THE CAREERS EDUCATION CENTRE AT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS SINCE IT WAS OPENED IN APRIL LAST YEAR, AND MORE THAN 6 500 TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES HAD BEEN SPEEDILY DEALT WITH, HE SAID.

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ABERDEEN MARINE POLICE BASE TO BE EXPANDED

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THE GOVERNMENT IS PLANNING TO BUILD A JETTY, PUMP HOUSE AND THREE FUEL TANKS AS PART OF THE ABERDEEN MARINE POLICE BASE EXPANSION PROGRAMME.

THE EXPANSION ALSO INCLUDES BUILDING A 16-STOREY ADMINISTRATION BLOCK UNDER A SEPARATE CONTRACT.

AMONG OTHER FAC IL ITIES> W ILL BE OFFICES, A RADIO AND RADAR ROOM, WORKSHOPS, ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT HOLDING AREAS, BARRACKS, CHANGING ROOMS, A DINING ROOM, A RECREATION ROOM, STOREROOMS AND A LAUNDRY.

WORK ON THE PROJECT IS SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED AT THE END OF 1985.

MARINE TRAFFIC IN THE AREA IS NOT EXPECTED TO BE AFFECTED BY THE CONSTRUCTION WORK.

THE JETTY, PUMP HOUSE AND FUEL TANKS ARE TO BE BUILT OR INSTALLED ON A 1 600 SQUARE METRE AREA OF FORESHORE AND SEABED AT ABERDEEN CHANNEL OFF SHAM WAN ROAD.

THE EXTENT OF THE AFFECTED AREA IS DESCRIBED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE PUBLISHED TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE NOTICE AND ITS PLAN HAVE BEEN POSTED ON NOTICE BOARDS NEAR THE SITE.

THE PLAN CAN ALSO BE SEEN AT :

X LANDS DEPARTMENT, SURVEY DIVISION, 5TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG* AND

* SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE, SHOP 25, GROUND FLOOR, MEI FUNG COURT, ABERDEEN CENTRE, HONG KONG.

ANY OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL OR CLAIMS FOR COMPENSATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE DIRECTOR OF LANDS WITHIN TWO MONTHS.

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HELIPAD FOR CHEUNG CHAU * * *

A HELICOPTER LANDING SITE WILL BE BUILT ON CHEUNG CHAU FOR USE IN EMERGENCIES.

IT WILL BE LOCATED ON A PROPOSED RECLAMATION AREA TO THE WEST OF KWUN YAM WAN.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREA AFFECTED, WHICH IS ABOUT 4 700 SQUARE bETRES, IS PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

THE NOTICE, TOGETHER WITH A RELATED PLAN, HAS BEEN POSTED ON NOTICE BOARDS NEAR THE SITE.

THE PLAN CAN ALSO BE SEEN AT THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING, 5TH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG AND AT ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE, SINCERE BUILDING, 16TH FLOOR, 173 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

ALL OBJECTIONS AND CLAIMS FOR COMPENSATION SHOULD BE SENT TO THE DIRECTOR OF LANDS WITHIN TWO MONTHS.

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FUN GALORE FOR CHILDREN * * *

THE SECOND WONG TAI SIN CHILDREN ARTS FESTIVAL, FEATURING A FILM SHOW, A DRAMA, A PUPPET THEATRE, CHINESE FOLK DANCES AND SONGS, AN ART GALLERY AND A TALENT QUEST, WILL BEGIN TOMORROW (SATURDAY) EVENING.

THE TWO-WEEK FESTIVAL IS ORGANISED BY THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT ARTS COUNCIL AND THE URBAN COUNCIL, AND SPONSORED BY THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD.

THE HIGHLIGHT OF TOMORROW’S OPENING PROGRAMME WILL BE A DRAMA, ♦THE TEN BROTHERS-*-, A STORY BASED ON A POPULAR CHINESE MYTH AND IS THE FIRST TIME BEING USED FOR LOCAL STAGE PERFORMANCE.

OTHER EVENTS IN THE FESTIVAL WILL BE STAGED AT DIFFERENT VENUES IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS. FREE ADMISSION TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES ON A FIRST-COME—F I RST-SERVED BASIS.

' NOTE TO EDITOR-Si

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE IPfi-WONG TAI SIN CHILDREN ARTS FESTIVAL AT 8 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) IN THE HALL OF THE WONG CHUNG MING SECONDARY SCHOOL IN LOK SIK ROAD.

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ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR BUSES * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (JUNE 1) THAT AS AN INTERIM MEASURE PENDING FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF THE FARE SCALE TO BE APPLIED TO BUS SERVICES USING THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR, THE CHINA MOTOR BUS COMPANY HAD BEEN INVITED TO OPERATE FIVE TEMPORARY SERVICES.

THEY ARE ROUTE 20X SHAU KEI WAN - ADMIRALTY? ROUTE 21X TAI SHING - JACKSON ROAD? AND ROUTE 22X QUARRY BAY - ADMIRALTY AT A FARE OF $2.00, AND ROUTE 80X CHAI WAN (SAN HA STREET) - CENTRAL WO STREET); AND ROUTE 81X CHAI WAN (HING WAH) - CENTRAL* MTR STATION (DOUGLAS STREET) AT A FLAT FARE OF $2.50.

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A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT IF THE COMPANY ACCEPTS THIS OFFER, BUSES COULD BE OPERATING ON JUNE 9, 1984 FOLLOWING THE OPENING OF THE NEW ROAD OR SOON AFTERWARDS.

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MORE TREE-PLANTING URGED * * *

THE NEED TO PLANT YOUNG TREES IN THE NEW TOWNS WAS STRESSED TODAY BY THE CHAIRMAN OF NEW TERRITORIES HEUNG YEE KUK, MR LAU WONG-FAT.

SPEAKING AT THE ANNUAL TUEN MUN TREE PLANTING DAY AT THE TSING WAH SOCCER PITCH, MR LAU SAID HE HOPED THE EFFORT WOULD ENCOURAGE THE PUBLIC TO BEAUTIFY THEIR SURROUNDINGS.

MORE THAN 150 COMMUNITY LEADERS AND STUDENTS TOOK PART IN PLANTING 30 YOUNG TREES ON THE OCCASION.

THE EVENT WAS ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN CONNECTION WITH THE CURRENT MEI FA PHASE OF THE

CLEAN HONG KONG

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SPREADING THE WORK SAFETY MESSAGE * * * #

DETAILS

BE ANNOUNCED . WORLD CENTRE

OF AT IN

THE +SAFETY AT WORK+ SERIES IV TV PROGRAMME wILL A PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE NEW WORLD PLAZA, NEW TSIM SHA TSUI, AT 11.30 AM TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE $500 000 TV PRODUCTION, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG AND THE FEDERATION OF HONG 1NDUSTR IES, AND CO-SPONSORED BY MR LAM KIN-MING OF LAI SUN GARMENT CO. LTD., IS AIMED AT INCREASING THE AWARENESS OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AMONG WORKERS.

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SPEAKING AT THE CONFERENCE WILL BE MR R.G.B. BRIDGE, COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR SIMON LUN, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING AND MR T.W. WONG, DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES.

PROGRAMME COMPERES, MR TANG YING-MAN AND MISS HAPPY CHAN, TOGETHER WITH A NUMBER OF GUEST SINGERS, WILL ALSO BE PRESENT AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

AFTER THE CONFERENCE, AN OPEN-TOP DOUBLE-DECKER BUS WILL TOUR THREE INDUSTRIAL AREAS IN HONG KONG AND KOWLOON TO PUBLICISE THE 13-EPISODE SERIES WHICH WILL BE SCREENED ON SUNDAYS FROM 3.30 PM TO 4 PM ON TVB-JADE, STARTING JUNE 3, 1984.

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ANTI-DRUGS VARIETY SHOW

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h VURlET'f SHOW TO SPREAD THE ANT I-NARCOTICS AND CRIME PREVENTION MESSAGE WILL BE STAGED AT THE FANLING PLAYGROUND STARTING AT 7-30 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

COSTING ABOUT $200 000, THE SHOW IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE NORTH DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS AND RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG.

IN CASE OF BAD WEATHER. THE SHOW WILL BE POSTPONED TO THE SAME TIME ON MONDAY (JUNE 4).

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TAVA SECTION MOVES OFFICE

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THE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASSISTANCE - TAVA - SECTION OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WILL OPERATE FROM NEw PREMISES FROM TUESDAY (JUNE 5).

THE NEW OFFICE IS LOCATED ON THE FIRST FLOOR, VICTORIA CENTRE, 15 WATSON ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY.

ALL ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE TAVA SCHEME, AND APPLICATIONS, SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE NEW ADDRESS, OR BY CALLING 5-702410 AND 5-702342 FROM NEXT TUESDAY.

THE SCHEME WHICH IS NOT MEANS TESTED, PROVIDES EARLY FINANCIAL HELP TO TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS OR THEIR DEPENDANTS, REGARDLESS OF WHO WAS AT FAULT.

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SQUASH COURTS CONTRACT AWARDED H * * *

CONSTRUCTION OF TWO SQUASH COURTS AT KWAI CHUNG WILL START SHORTLY.

THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT HAS AWARDED A $643 ODO CONTRACT TO KIN MING AND COMPANY TO BUILD THE COURTS BENEATH THE CAR PARK AT THE KWAI SHING SWIMMING POOL IN KWAI FUK ROAD. THEY WILL BE COMPLETED BY NOVEMBER.

THERE WILL THEN BE SIX SQUASH COURTS IN KWAI CHUNG WHERE THERE IS A GROWING DEMAND FOR SUCH FACILITIES. THE COST OF THE TWO ADDITIONAL COURTS WILL BE MET BY A DONATION FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB.

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SIX NEW TERRITORIES SITES FOR SALE

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THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING APPLICATIONS FROM REGISTERED OWNERS OF LAND EXCHANGE ENTITLEMENTS (LETTERS A AND B) FOR SIX SITES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE SITES — ONE IN SHA TIN, THREE IN YUEN LONG AND TWO IN

TUEN MUN -- COVER A TOTAL AREA OF 31 105 SQUARE METRES.

THE LARGEST, MEASURING ABOUT 10 910 SQUARE METRES, IS IN

SHA TIN AND IS FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT.

THE THREE YUEN LONG SITES OCCUPY AREAS OF 4 387, 2 300 AND 976 SQUARE METRES. TWO ARE FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES WHILE THE THIRD IS FOR NON-1NDUSTRI AL, EXCLUDING GODOWN, PURPOSES.

THE REMAINING TWO SITES — FOR NON-1NDUSTRI AL PURPOSES — ARE IN TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

THEIR AREAS ARE 3 552 AND 8 980 SQUARE METRES.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS NOON ON JUNE 29.

A LANDS DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID APPLICANTS WOULD HAVE THE OPTION OF SUBMITTING A +VINTAGE+ TENDER OR A +MONETISED LETTER B+ TENDER, WITH PRIORITY BEING GIVEN TO +VINTAGE+ TENDERS.

APPLICATION FORMS, NOTICES AND CONDITIONS OF GRANT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM:

* THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, SURVEY DIVISION, MURRAY BUILDING, 5TH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG?

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* DISTRICT LANDS OFF ICE/KOWLOON, YAU MA TEI CAR PARK BUILDING, 1OTH FLOOR, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON; AND

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

SALE PLANS CAN ALSO BE INSPECTED AT THESE LOCATIONS

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

ROAD SAFETY DRIVE

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THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN WILL BE HELD AT 4.30 PM ON SUNDAY (JUNE 3) AT VICTORIA PARK.

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THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR BARRIE WIGGHAM, THE DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT, MR F.E. SHORT, THE DISTRICT COMMANDER EASTERN, MR D.M. HOLDROYD, AND SENIOR STAFF OFFICER TRAFFIC (HONG KONG ISLAND), MR E.J. LOCKEYEAR, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY.

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE EVENT.

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PRODUCTION TERMINOLOGY CHANGED

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THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE ANNOUNCES THAT THE TERMINOLOGY + THE TERMINAL PROCESS OF MANUFACTURE+ AND + THE INTERMEDIATE PROCESS OF MANUFACTURE+, USED FOR DESCRIBING TYPES OF MANUFACTURING PROCESSES, HAVE BEEN CHANGED TO +THE PRINCIPAL PROCESS OF MANUFACTURE* AND +THE SUBSIDIARY PROCESS OF MANUFACTURE* RESPECTIVELY.

THE CHANGES ARE PUBLISHED IN NOTICE TO EXPORTERS, ALL SERIES, DATED JUNE 1.

THE NOTICE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE TRADE DEPARTMENT’S ENQUIRIES SECTION, COUNTER 31, 15/F, OCEAN CENTRE, CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 1984

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

RESULTS OF DRUG INVESTIGATION DISCLOSED ..................... 1

FORMATION OF COUNCIL URGED................................... 3

SURVEY OF STORAGE, COMMUNICATIONS, FINANCING, INSURANCE AND BUSINESS SERVICES FOR 1983 .................................. 4

UB TO KEEP UP COMMUNITY BUILDING EFFORTS .................... 5

HONG KONG ’REGIMENT SEEKS MORE RECRUITS ..................... 6

COMPETITIONS TO BOOST CRAFTSMEN'S STATUS..................... 7

FOURTH +SAFETY AT W0RK+ SERIES STARTS TOMORROW .............. 8

ARTS FESTIVAL FOR CHILDREN .................................. 8

IN-SERVICE COURSE FOR TECHNICAL TEACHERS .................... 9

TRAFFIC MEASURES FOR DRAGON BOAT RACES ...................... 10

STUDENTS TO STAGE SHOW IN AC HALL ........................... 11

ADVANCED LIFE-SAVING COURSE IN YUEN LONG .................... 11

HOLIDAY MAIL SERVICE......................................... 12

'WAR* ON LITTER EXPANDED .................................... 12

SWIMMING POOLS FIT FOR GOLD MEDALLISTS ...................... 13

SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 1Q84

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RESULTS OF DRUG INVESTIGATION DISCLOSED

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AN INVESTIGATION WAS RECENTLY CARRIED OUT IN HONG KONG INTO THE EFFICACY OF THE DRUG BUPRENORPHINE IN THE DETOXIFICATION OF HEROIN ADDICTS.

THE INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE DRUG, THE PRIMARY USE FOR WHICH IS AS AN ANALGESIC, WAS NOT SUITABLE FOR USE ON A MASS SCALE IN THE DETOXIFICATION OF HEROIN ADDICTS WHEN TAKEN IN ITS ORAL FORM.

THIS WAS DISCLOSED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, MR GORDON MORTIMER, TODAY (SATURDAY).

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE DRUG PRECIPITATED WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS IN SUBJECTS SUFFERING FROM CHRONIC HEROIN ADDICTION, MAKING THE DRUG UNACCEPTABLE TO THEM.

+IN OUR EXPERIENCE, THE BEST DRUG AVAILABLE AT THE PRESENT TIME FOR USE ON A MASS SCALE IN THE TREATMENT OF HEROIN ADDICT^ IS METHADONE,* HE SAID.

AT PRESENT ABOUT 8 OOO PATIENTS EACH DAY ARE RECEIVING M-THADONE TREATMENT AT 24 METHADONE CLINICS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG.

A MEDICAL SOCIAL WORKER IS AVAILABLE IN EACH CLINIC TG GIVE COUNSELLING AND ASSISTANCE TO ADDICTS UNDER TREATMENT TO HELP THEM OVERCOME THEIR ADDICTION TO HEROIN.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 1984-85 NORTH DISTRICT ANTI-NARCOTICS AND FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN, MR MORTIMER POINTED OUT THAT HONG KONG’S ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE FIELD OF TREATMENT HAD BEEN RECOGNISED BY THE UNITED NATIONS.

QUOTING FROM THE 1983 REPORT OF THE UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL NARCOTICS CONTROL BOARD, MR MORTIMER SAID:

+A WIDE RANGE OF TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION SERVICES HAu BEEN DEVELOPED OVER THE LAST TWO DECADES, THE MOST EXTENSIVE OF WHICH IS THE METHADONE OUT-PATIENT PROGRAMME RUN BY THE HONG KONG MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT. IN ADDITION, A COMPULSORY TREATMENT PROGRAMME IS OPERATED BY THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND VOLUNTARY IN-PATIENT PROGRAMMES AND A VARIETY OF AFTERCARE SERVICES ARE OFFERED BY THE NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATIONS.*

MR MORTIMER ALSO PAID TRIBUTE TO THE POLICE AND TO THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE FOR THEIR SUCCESSES IN SEIZING LARGE QUANTITIES OF HEROIN, THEREBY LEADING TO AN ACUTE SHORTAGE OF THAT DRUG IN THE MIDDLE OF MARCH.

IN THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF 1984 ALONE, SEIZURES OF nERJII, AND OPIUM AMOUNTED TO OVER 56 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL SEIZED IN THE WHOLE OF 1983, WHICH ITSELF HAD BEEN A RECORD YEAR FOR SEIZURES OF ILLICIT DRUGS.

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ON THE ANTI-NARCOTICS PREVENTIVE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY PROGRAMME, MR MORTIMER SAID THAT IN 1984-85, THE ACTION COMMITTEt AGAINST NARCOTICS (ACAN) wOULD CONTINUE TO MOUNT DISTRICT CAMPaIGNo I TH FULL COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT TO DRIVE HOME THE ANTI-NARCOTICS MESSAGE.

THESE WOULD BE HELD IN WONG TAI SIN, SHAM SHU I PO AND KwUN TONG IN ADDITION TO THE ONE NOW BEING LAUNCHED IN THE NORTH DISTR ICT.

♦THE OBJECTIVES OF OUR ANNUAL DISTRICT CAMPAIGNS ARE NOT ONLY TO CREATE PUBLIC AWARENESS IN OUR COMMUNITY ABOUT THE DRUG MENACE, BUT ALSO TO HELP IN PREPARING OUR YOUNG PEOPLE TO LEAD MEANINGFUL LIVES FREE FROM THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS,+ HE SAID.

MR MORTIMER EXPRESSED PARTICULAR CONCERN OVER THE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE TO THE RISK OF DRUG ABUSE.

HE SAID, +THE GOVERNMENT IS NOW DEVOTING A MAJOR EFFORT TOWARDS PREVENTING YOUNG PEOPLE FROM GETTING INVOLVED IN DRUGo. IN THIS RESPECT, BOTH THE FAMILY AND THE SCHOOL HAVE AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY.+

HE APPEALED TO PARENTS TO DEVOTE AS MUCH TIME AS POSSIBLE TO THE CARE OF THE YOUNGER GENERATION.

+IF A CHILD CAN FIND SECURITY, WARMTH, PARENTAL LOVE AND SOUND GUIDANCE AT HOME, HIS PATH THROUGH THE DIFFICULT YEARS OF ADOLESCENCE WILL BE EASED. THE RISK OF HIS HAVING TO RESORT TO DRUGS AS A MEANS OF ESCAPE FROM REALITY WILL BE MUCH LESS THAN FOR A CHILD WHO IS BROUGHT UP IN AN UNCARING FAMILY ENVIRONMENT,+ HE SAID.

MR MORTIMER SAID THAT IN THE SCHOOLS, STAFF OF THE NARCOTICS DIVISION WERE GIVING DRUG PREVENTION TALKS TO MAKE STUDENTS AWARE OF THE DANGERS OF DRUG ABUSE SO THAT THEY wOULl. STEER AWAY FROM DRUGS.

SINCE THE LAUNCHING OF THE SCHOOL TALKS PROGRAMME IN FEBRUARY THIS YEAR, 37 TALKS HAVE ALREADY BEEN GIVEN AND THESE HAVE BEEN ATTENDED BY OVER 13 500 SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS.

THE CEREMONY TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE 1984-85 NORTH DISTRICT ANTI-NARCOTICS AND FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN WAS FOLLOWED BY A VARIETY SHOW, PRODUCED BY RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG (TELEVISION DIVISION).

THE SHOW INCLUDED OPERAS WITH AN ANT I-NARCOTICS THEME AS WELL AS SINGING AND DANCE PERFORMANCES BY WELL-KNOWN ARTISTES AND STUDENTS FROM LOCAL SCHOOLS, PUNCTUATED BY ANTI-DRUG

• MESSAGES.

THE PROGRAMME WILL BE SCREENED ON TVB JADE TOMORROW (SUNDAY) BETWEEN 9 PM AND 10 PM.

THE EVENT, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE ACAN, NORTH DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE AND RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG (TELEVISION DIVISION) WAS HELD AT THE FANLING RECREATION GROUND AND ATTRACTED AN AUDIENCE OF MORE THAN 10 000 PEOPLE.

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FORMATION OF COUNCIL URGED * * * *

THE DIRECTOR OF ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES, MR GRAHAM OSBORNE, TODAY (SATURDAY) CALLED FOR A COUNCIL OF TECHNICIAN ENGINEER INSTITUTIONS IN HONG KONG.

HE SAID THAT SUCH A COUNCIL WOULD ACT AS A FOCAL POINT FOR TECHNICIAN ENGINEERS AND WOULD BE FOR THE GOOD OF THE PROFESSION IN GENERAL.

MR OSBORNE WAS SPEAKING AT THE SECOND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING CF THE HONG KONG CENTRE OF THE INSTITUTION OF ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS INCORPORATED ENGINEERS, WHOSE COMMITTEE HE SAID SHOULD GIVE CONSIDERATION TO TAKING THE LEAD IN FORMING THE COUNCIL.

+1 THINK SUCH A COUNCIL CAN ONLY BE TO THE INSTITUTION'S GOOD AND THE GOOD OF THE ENGINEERING PROFESSION IN HONG KONG,+ HE SAID.

MR OSBORNE SAID IN THE PAST, TECHNICIAN ENGINEERS AND ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS HERE APPEARED TO HAVE OVERLOOKED THE NEED TO ORGANISE THEMSELVES TOGETHER AS LEARNED SOCIETIES TO ENHANCE THEIR PROFESS IONAL•STATUS.

SINCE ITS INCORPORATION BY ORDINANCE IN 1975, THE HONG KONG INSTITUTION OF ENGINEERS HAD PROVIDED A SOUND LEARNED SOCIETY WHICH PROMOTED THE COMMON INTERESTS OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS HERE.

BEFORE THAT, THE ENGINEERING SOCIETY OF HONG KONG HAD DONE THE SAME, MR OSBORNE SAID.

+IT IS EQUALLY IMPORTANT THAT TECHNICIAN INSTITUTIONS, SUCH AS YOURS, SHOULD ALSO PROMOTE SIMILAR OBJECTIVES AMONG THEIR MEMBERS,+ HE STATED.

+THEREFORE, I WOULD LIKE TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO TAKE THE LEAD AND ESTABLISH GOOD CONTACT WITH OTHER LOCAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTIONS AND SOCIETIES, SO THAT YOU MAY POOL YOUR RESOURCES FOR ACTIVITIES OF COMMON INTEREST AND, IN DUE COURSE, DEVELOP INTO RESPECTED AND INFLUENTIAL LEARNED SOCIETIES IN HONG KONG.+

MR OSBORNE SAID HE HAD RECENTLY BEEN TO PEKING WITH A GROUP OF SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG INSTITUTION OF ENGINEERS AS GUESTS OF THE CHINA ASSOCIATION FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (C.A.S.T.).

DURING DISCUSSIONS WITH C.A.S.T., HE HAD FOUND STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE NEED FOR PROPERLY EDUCATED AND TRAINED TECHNICIANS.

MR OSBORNE SAID HE HAD LONG ARGUED THAT THE THRUST TOWARDS A LARGE NUMBER OF ENGINEERING DEGREE HOLDERS MUST BE SUPPORTED BY AN APPROPRIATE NUMBER OF PROPERLY QUALIFIED TECHNICIAN ENGINEERS

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+THE CHINA ASSOCIATION FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY THEN PUT TO US CERTAIN' PROPOSALS TO IMPROVE THE SITUATION TO OUR MUTUAL BENEFIT AND THAT UNFORTUNATELY IS WHERE THE PROBLEM STARTED,+ HE SAID.

+THE HONG KONG INSTITUTION IS NOT THE APPROPRIATE BODY TO DEAL WITH THE ’ACROSS THE BOARD’ INTERESTS OF TECHNICIAN ENGINEERS, BUT ON THE OTHER HAND I COULD HARDLY SAY THAT ON MY RETURN TO HONG KONG, I WOULD GIVE THE NAMES OF THE 22 TECHNICIAN ENGINEER INSTITUTIONS HERE AND HOPE THAT SOME OR ALL OF THEM WOULD CORRESPOND WITH THEM.+

MR OSBORNE SAID HE WAS IMPRESSED WITH THE GROWTH IN MEMBERSHIP OF THE INSTITUTION FROM 250 IN 1978 TO 450 TODAY.

HE ADDED THAT IT WOULD NOT BE AN IMPOSSIBLE TASK TO DOUBLE THE MEMBERSHIP IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS.

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SURVEY OF STORAGE, COMMUNICATIONS, FINANCING, INSURANCE AND BUSINESS SERVICES FOR 1983 » * * * *

FOLLOWING THE 1982 ANNUAL SURVEY OF STORAGE, COMMUNICATIONS, FINANCING, INSURANCE AND BUSINESS SERVICES, THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT IS NOW CONDUCTING A FOLLOW-UP SURVEY TO COLLECT DATA RELATING TO THE YEAR 1983.

THE SURVEY COVERS THE FOLLOWING SERVICES:

K STORAGE AND WAREHOUSING FACILITIES FOR HIRE BY THE GENERAL PUBLIC;

* POSTAL, TELEPHONE, TELEGRAPH, RADIO AND CABLE COMMUNICATIONS, MESSAGE DELIVERY AND MESSAGE EXCHANGE SERVICES;

* ALL FINANCE (EXCEPT BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES) AND INVESTMENT COMPANIES; LOAN, MORTGAGE AND DISCOUNT COMPANIES; DEALERS-BROKERS AND EXCHANGES IN STOCKS AND SHARES, COMMODITY FUTURES, GOLD BULLION AND FOREIGN EXCHANGE? pawnshops; money changers; and other financial UNDERTAKINGS I

* INSURERS, RE-INSURERS, AGENTS AND BROKERS OF ALL KINDS OF INSURANCE AND RELATED INSURANCE SERVICES; AND

* ACCOUNTING AND AUDITING, ADVERTISING, DATA PROCESSING, EMPLOYMENT AGENCY, EQUIPMENT LEASING AND MACHINERY RENTAL, LEGAL, NEWS AGENCY, SECRETARIAL AND OTHER BUSINESS SERVICES.

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QUESTIONNAIRES ARE BEING SENT TO ABOUT 2 800 ESTABLISHMENTS OUT OF A TOTAL OF SOME 8 000 ESTABLISHMENTS UNDER THE PURVIEW OF THE SURVEY.

DATA TO BE COLLECTED INCLUDE THE TYPE OF OWNERSHIP, FLOOR AREA, EMPLOYMENT, LABOUR COSTS, OPERATING EXPENSES, BUSINESS TURNOVER AND CAPITAL EXPENDITURE.

SUCH ECONOMIC DATA WILL PROVIDE THE BASIC INFORMATION ON THE STRUCTURE AND PERFORMANCE OF THE SECTORS CONCERNED AND WILL EE NEEDED FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF THE SECTORS’ CONTRIBUTION TO HONG KONG’S GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT.

THE SURVEY RESULTS WILL ALSO BE USEFUL TO THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR FOR THE FORMULATION OF DECISIONS AND POLICIES.

RESPONSE TO THE SURVEY IS A LEGAL REQUIREMENT. A CENSUS AND STATISTICS ORDER AUTHORISING THE CONDUCT OF THIS SURVEY WAS MADE BY THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL UNDER SECTION 11 OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS ORDINANCE AND ISSUED AS LEGAL NOTICE NO. 12 IN THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT GAZETTE ON JANUARY 13, 1984.

SELECTED ESTABLISHMENTS ARE REQUIRED TO RETURN THE COMPLETED QUESTIONNAIRES BY JULY 31, 1984.

OFFICERS OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, WHO CARRY A GOVERNMENT IDENTITY CARD WHILE ON DUTY, WILL VISIT THE ESTABLISHMENTS CONCERNED TO ASSIST THEM IN COMPLETING THE QUESTIONNAIRES, IF REQUIRED.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS STRESSED THAT INFORMATION RELATING TO INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENTS WILL BE TREATED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND THAT ONLY AGGREGATE INFORMATION WILL BE RELEASED.

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DB TO KEEP UP COMMUNITY BUILDING EFFORTS *****

THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD WILL CONTINUE ITS EFFORTS IN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT AND COMMUNITY BUILDING TO MEET LOCAL NEEDS AND ASPIRATIONS. THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR RAYMOND WONG, SAID THIS (SATURDAY) EVENING.

SPEAKING AT THE DISTRICT’S AMATEUR SINGING CONTEST, HE SAID THAT SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT, THE DISTRICT BOARD HAD DONE MUCH WORK IN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT, AND IN PROMOTING RECREATIONAL, CULTURAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

HE SAID THAT AS THE DISTRICT BOARD WAS PART OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, FURTHER IMPROVEMENT TO THE BOARD DEPENDED ON RESIDENTS’ CONTINUED SUPPORT, ENCOURAGEMENT AND PARTICIPATION.

/MR WONG........

SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 1984

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MR WONG URGED THE RESIDENTS TO GIVE THEIR FULL SUPPORT TO NEXT YEAR’S DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS.

♦EVERY ONE OF YOU SHOULD EXERCISE YOUR CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY AND REGISTER AS A VOTER THIS AUGUST, PARTICIPATE IN THE COMING ELECTIONS, AND ELECT YOUR IDEAL BOARD MEMBERS TO LOOK AFTER THE DISTRICT’S NEEDS,+ HE SAID.

TONIGHT’S SINGING CONTEST WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE, RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG AND SING TAO NEWSPAPER LTD.

THE CHAMPION WILL REPRESENT THE ISLANDS DISTRICT TO COMPETE WITH WINNERS OF OTHER 17 DISTRICTS IN A SEMI-FINAL ON AUGUST 11.

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HONG KONG REGIMENT SEEKS MORE RECRUITS * * *

THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS) IS RECRUITING 100 NEW MEMBERS — 20 WOMEN AND 80 MEN — THIS YEAR TO KEEP ITS ESTABLISHMENT IN FULL STRENGTH. %

♦WE ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE OVER 17-1/2 YEARS OF AGE, INTELLIGENT, MATURE, OF GOOD PHYSIQUE AND WITH GREAT INITIATIVE,* A REGIMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

APPLICANTS SHOULD BE BILINGUAL AND HAVE SECONDARY EDUCATION AND A REGULAR CIVILIAN EMPLOYMENT. THEY MUST PASS THE GOVERNMENT MEDICAL EXAMINATION BEFORE THEY CAN BE ENLISTED.

♦JOINING THE VOLUNTEERS IS A REWARDING EXPERIENCE. IT GIVES RECRUITS AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET AWAY FROM THE DAILY ROUTINE, SPEND THEIR LEISURE TIME IN REMOTE AREAS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES, LEARN THE BASIC MILITARY SKILLS, ENJOY COMRADESHIP AND, AT THE SAME TIME, MAKE SOME EXTRA MONEY,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦BUT MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL, THEY WILL BE DOING SOMETHING MEANINGFUL TO THE COMMUNITY,+ HE ADDED.

THE VOLUNTEERS HAD A SUCCESSFUL RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN LAST YEAR, ATTRACTING MORE THAN 1 400 APPLICANTS, MANY OF WHOM WERE OF VERY HIGH CALIBRE.

SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WILL UNDERGO A SIX-MONTH TRAINING PROGRAMME, INCLUDING A NINE-DAY TRAINING CAMP ON WEAPON .HANDLING, MAP READING, RADIO OPERATION, FIRST AID AND DRILL.

APPLICANTS ARE REMINDED THAT THEY MUST SECURE THEIR EMPLOYERS’ APPROVAL BEFORE.THEY APPLY.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL DISTRICT OFFICES AND THE REGIMENTAL HEADQUARTERS AT SPORTS ROAD, HAPPY VALLEY.

COMPLETED FORMS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE REGIMENTAL HEADQUARTERS BY JULY 15.

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COMPETITIONS TO BOOST CRAFTSMEN’S STATUS

* * * *

NINETEEN FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE STUDENTS OF TECHNICAL INSTITUTES WERE AWARDED CERTIFICATES OF MERITS AND PRIZES TODAY (SATURDAY) FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN CRAFT SKILLS COMPETITIONS.

THE CONTESTS WERE HELD RECENTLY BY THE FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL (VTC).

THE MAIN OBJECTIVES OF THE ANNUAL CRAFT SKILLS COMPETITIONS ARE TO GIVE MORAL SUPPORT TO THEIR CRAFT STUDENTS AND TO BOOST THE SOCIAL STATUS OF CRAFTSMEN IN GENERAL.

SPEAKING AT THE PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY, MR H.R. KNIGHT, DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE VTC, SAID THE SKILLS OF CRAFTSMEN HAD BEEN LONG UNDERSTOOD AND APPRECIATED BY PEOPLE ENGAGED IN TECHNICAL EDUCATION.

BUT UNFORTUNATELY IN THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE, CRAFT SKILLS OR CRAFTSMEN HAD NOT ENJOYED THE RECOGNITION THEY DESERVED, HE ADDED.

+THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES HAD RUN CRAFT SKILLS COMPETITIONS FOR SEVERAL YEARS TO HELP PUBLICISE THESE SKILLS WHICH MUST BE LEARNT WITH PATIENCE AND APPLICATION AND CAN TAKE YEARS TO ACQUIRE AND PERFECT,+ MR KNIGHT SAID.

THE COMPETITIONS FOR BOTH FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME DAYRELEASE STUDENTS COVER THE THREE MAJOR FIELDS - MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING.

IN THE COMPETITIONS HELD BETWEEN THIS MARCH AND MAY, PARTICIPANTS WERE ENCOURAGED TO DO THEIR BEST IN BASIC MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL WORKS, MACHINING, BENCH FITTING, ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION AND THE MAKING OF ELECTRONIC ORGANS, WIRELESS MICROPHONES AND RADIO RECEIVERS.

IN VIEW OF THE GROWING SOPHISTICATION AND THE AUTOMATION DEVELOPMENT IN INDUSTRY, MR KNIGHT SAID THAT TODAY’S MECHANICAL ENGINEERING CRAFTSMEN LEARNED TO OPERATE NOT ONLY HAND TOOLS AND SMALL POWER TOOLS, BUT ALSO THE MOST COMPLEX AND EXPENSIVE MACHINE TOOLS, INCLUDING COMPUTER-CONTROLLED MACHINES.

+THE INCREASING DEMAND FOR, AND APPLICATION OF, ELECTRICAL POWER AND THE INCREASING USE OF MICROPROCESSORS IN THE CONTROL OF PLANT AND EQUIPMENT ALSO MEAN THERE WILL BE INCREASING DEMAND FOR SKILLED ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC CRAFTSMEN,* • HE ADDED.

MR KNIGHT THANKED THE CHEN HSONG MACHINERY COMPANY LTD FOR ITS SUPPORT AND DONATION OF PRIZES FOR THE COMPETITIONS.

TWENTY-FIVE OUTSTANDING STUDENTS OF THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES WERE ALSO AWARDED THE CHEN HSONG SCHOLARSHIP AT THE CEREMONY.

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FOURTH +SAFETY AT WORK* SERIES STARTS TOMORROW

X * X

THE FOURTH SERIES OF THE +SAFETY AT WORK+ TELEVISION PROGRAMME WILL BE SCREENED ON HK-TVB JADE EVERY SUNDAY FROM 3.30 PM TO u PM FOR 12 WEEKS, FROM JUNE 3 TO AUGUST 9, 1984.

THE SERIES IS BEING JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG AND THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES.

THE GRAND FINAL, COMPRISI NG AN HOUR-LONG PROGRAMME, WILL BE SHOWN ON TVB-JADE ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, FROM 9.30 PM TO 10.30 PM.

ANNOUNCING THE SCREENING SCHEDULE AT A PRESS CONFERENCE THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR RON BRIDGE, POINTED OUT THAT THE PROGRAMME WAS AIMED AT PROMOTING WORK SAFETY AS WIDELY AS POSSIBLE THROUGH TELEVISION AND THROUGH PARTICIPATION BY WORKERS AND EMPLOYERS.

MR BRIDGE HOPED THAT THROUGH THE PROGRAMME, EMPLOYERS AND WORKERS WOULD BECOME MORE AWARE OF THE NEED TO SUPPORT, AND TO ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN, THE UPGRADING OF THE STANDARD OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY IN HONG KONG.

THE PROGRAMME WAS AN EXCELLENT TELEVISION PRODUCTION AND ITS CONTENTS WERE BOTH ENTERTAINING AND EDUCATIONAL. WORKERS WHO ARE NOT ABLE TO TAKE PART IN THE PROGRAMME CAN PARTICIPATE IN A QUIZ ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY FOR HOME VIEWERS.

+1 FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT PARTICIPATION BY WORKERS AND EMPLOYERS IS AN EFFECTIVE WAY OF PROMOTING SAFETY AT WORK,+ MR BRIDGE SAID.

THE PROGRAMME CARRIES PRIZES WORTH MORE THAN $300 000, MANY OF WHICH HAVE BEEN DONATED BY COMMERCIAL FIRMS WHO BELIEVE IN THE IMPORTANCE OF PROMOTING INDUSTRIAL SAFETY.

THE FIRST PRIZE IS AN ALL-EXPENSES-PAID, 11-DAY TRIP TO THE WEST COAST OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE FIVE MEMBERS OF THE WINNING TEAM, WITH AIR TICKETS SPONSORED BY MR LAM KIN-MING OF LAI SUN GARMENT COMPANY LTD., AN INDUSTRIALIST IN TSUEN WAN.

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ARTS FESTIVAL FOR CHILDREN

* * * *

A TWO-WEEK ARTS FESTIVAL FOR CHILDREN IN WONG TAI SIN OPENED THIS (SATURDAY) EVENING WITH A PLAY BASED ON A CHINESE MYTH -+THE TEN BROTHERS-*-.

THE PLAY WAS HELD IN THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, THE DISTRICT OFFICER, f-R PHILIP CHOK, PRAISED THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT ARTS COUNCIL FOR ITS DEDICATION AND EFFORTS IN PROMOTING CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

/TH A FESTIVAL ......

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THE FESTIVAL WOULD BE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO CHILDREN’S CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT IF IT COULD FOSTER THEIR INTEREST IN THE FINE ARTS, MR CHOK SAID.

♦FURTHERMORE, THE PROVISION OF ART AND CULTURAL PROGRAMMES, LIKE THE CHILDREN ARTS FESTIVAL, MAY ALSO HELP IDENTIFY YOUNG TALENTS,+ HE SAID.

MR CHOK POINTED OUT THAT APART FROM ORGANISING FESTIVALS IN THE DISTRICTS, THE COUNCIL WAS CURRENTLY HOLDING A SERIES OF TRAINING CLASSES ON DANCES, PAINTING AND CALLIGRAPHY.

THE FESTIVAL WILL INCLUDE A FILM SHOW, A PUPPET THEATRE, A CHILDREN'S OPEN-AIR ART GALLERY, CHINESE FOLK SONG AND DANCE PERFORMANCES, A TALENT QUEST AND FUN FAIRS.

FREE ADMISSION TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES.

ALSO PRESENT AT TONIGHT’S CEREMONY WERE MISS CECILIA YEUNG, AN URBAN COUNCILLOR, AND MR ALBERT LI, CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT ARTS COUNCIL.

THE FESTIVAL IS BEING JOINTLY PRESENTED BY THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT ARTS COUNCIL AND THE URBAN COUNCIL, WITH THE DISTRICT BOARD AS THE SPONSOR.

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IN-SERVICE COURSE FOR TECHNICAL TEACHERS

* * * *

ACADEMICALLY QUALIFIED TECHNICAL TEACHERS WHO DO NOT POSSESS PROFESSIONAL TEACHING QUALIFICATIONS ARE INVITED TO APPLY FOR A TWO-YEAR IN-SERVICE COURSE RUN BY THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE IN 1984-86.

THE COURSE CONSISTS OF LECTURES, PRACTICAL WORK AND SUPERVISION OF TEACHING OVER TWO ACADEMIC YEARS ON A PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE BASIS.

UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, CANDIDATES WILL BE AWARDED CERTIFICATES GIVING THEM +QUALIFIED TEACHER* STATUS.

APPLICANTS MUST BE FULL-TIME TEACHERS OF TECHNICAL OR COMMERCIAL SUBJECTS, HAVE TWO YEARS’ RELEVANT TEACHING OR INDUSTRIAL EXPERIENCE AND HAVE ATTENDED AN INITIAL COURSE ON TEACHING SKILLS.

THEY MUST ALSO POSSESS A DIPLOMA, A HIGHER CERTIFICATE, A HIGHER DIPLOMA, A SECRETARIAL CERTIFICATE OR AN OFFICE STUDIES CERTIFICATE AWARDED BY THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC OR A TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, OR AN EQUIVALENT QUALIFICATION.

APPLICANTS MAY BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND AN INTERVIEW.

/SUCCESSFUL applicants .......

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SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND CLASSES ONCE A WEEK FOR A PERIOD OF 30 WEEKS IN THE FIRST YEAR AND 35 WEEKS IN THE SECOND YEAR.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE AT 373 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG. COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE COLLEGE BY JUNE 15-

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE TO THE COLLEGE AT 5-745311.

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TRAFFIC MEASURES FOR DRAGON BOAT RACES

* * * *

*

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL

(JUNE 4) IN

CONNECTION WITH THE DRAGON

BE IMPLEMENTED ON MONDAY BOAT RACES IN YAU MA TEI

AND TAI

PO

IN

YAU

MA TEI :

*

MAN

CHEONG STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC FROM

12.01 AM TO 6 PM. DURING THE CLOSURE, SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC ON FERRY STREET HEADING FOR JORDAN ROAD VEHICULAR FERRY PIER MAY USE FERRY STREET, CANTON ROAD JORDAN ROAD FERRY CONCOURSE AND CANTON ROAD.

*

*

TRAFFIC ON SAIGON STREET WESTBOUND HEADING FOR

JORDAN ROAD VEHICULAR FERRY PIER MAY USE

KANSU STREET, FERRY FERRY CONCOURSE AND

STREET, CANTON ROAD CANTON ROAD.

CANTON

JORDAN

ROAD

ROAD

THE METERED PARKING THE PUBLIC CAR PARK

SPACES AT MAN CHEONG

STREET

ADJACENT TO THE JORDAN ROAD

AND

VEHICULAR

FERRY PIER WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 9 AM TO 6 PM

*

VISITORS TO YAU MA TEI ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT AS PARKING FACILITIES IN THE AREA ARE LIMITED.

IN

TAI PO 1

*

FROM 6 AM TO 6 PM, CYCLING AND LEARNER DRIVING WILL BE PROHIBITED ON THE SECTION OF TING KOK ROAD BETWEEN TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE AND THE ENTRANCE TO PLOVER COVE COUNTRY PARK, AND ON THE ACCESS ROAD TO PLOVER COVE RESERVOIR.


ALL MOTOR VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES AND THOSE AUTHORISED IN WRITING BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE ACCESS ROAD TO THE PLOVER COVE RESERVOIR.

*

THERE WILL BE NO PARKING FACILITIES FOR THE PUBLIC THEY ARE URGED TO MAKE MAXIMUM USE OF KMB ROUTE NO. 75K WHICH RUNS FROM TAI PO KCR STATION TO ' TAI MEI TUK.

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STUDENTS TO STAGE SHOW IN AC HALL * * *

ABOUT 200 STUDENTS FROM 16 SCHOOLS IN SHAM SHU I PO WILL STAGE A VARIETY OF MUSICAL AND CULTURAL PERFORMANCES IN THE ACALEMIC COMMUNITY HALL TOMORROW (SUNDAY) EVENING.

THE SHAM SHUI PO JOINT-SCHOOL PERFORMING ARTS 84 IS JOINTLY PRESENTED BY THE SHAM SHUI PO SCHOOL LIAISON COMMITTEE AND THE MUSIC OFFICE, WITH THE DISTRICT BOARD AS THE SPONSOR.

THE STUDENTS, MOST OF WHOM ARE WINNERS OF THE MUSIC AND DANCE FESTIVALS, WILL GIVE PERFORMANCES ON INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC, CHOIR SINGING, FOLK AND MODERN DANCES, AND PROSE RECITALS.

THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, Nfl ALBERT LAMj THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR SYLVESTER TSEj AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SCHOOL LIAISON COMMITTEE, MR FAN KAM-PING WILL OFrICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AT 8 PM.

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ADVANCED LIFERSAV ING COURSE IN YUEN LONG

* * *

TWO ADVANCED COURSES IN LIFE-SAVING WILL BE OFFERED FREE TO YOUTHS WHO LIVE IN YUEN LONG AND ITS NEIGHBOURING DISTRICTS.

THE COURSES, ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, WILL BE HELD AT THE YUEN LONG PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL.

EACH COURSE WILL COMPRISE 15 SESSIONS AND WILL LEAD TO THE +MERIT AWARD* EXAMINATION OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG LIFE SAVING SOCIETY.

THE FIRST COURSE WILL BE HELD EVERY TUESDAY, THURSDAY AND SATURDAY, STARTING ON JUNE 28, AND THE SECOND COURSE EVERY MONDAY, WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY, STARTING ON SEPTEMBER 17.

CLASSES WILL BE CONDUCTED BETWEEN 6.45 PM AND 8.45 PM FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO MUST WORK OR STUDY DURING THE DAY, AN NTSD SPOKESMAN SAID.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE OFFICE OF THE YUEN LONG PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL.

APPLICANTS MUST BE AT LEAST 14 YEARS OF AGE AND MUST POSSESS A BRONZE MEDALLION AWARD.

APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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HOLIDAY MAIL service * * *

THERE WILL be ONE MAIL DELIVERY ON MONDAY (JUNE 4), WHICH lb -A PUBLIC HOLIDAY, THE POSTMASTER GENERAL ANNOUNCED TODAY (SATURDAY).

THIRTY-SIX POST OFFICES WILL BE OPEN FOR BUSINESS FROM

9 AM TO 12 NOON THAT DAY.

THEY INCLUDE THE GENERAL POST OFFICE ON HONG KONG ISLAND, KOWLOON CENTRAL AND TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICES, AND TSUEN WAN AND TAI PO POST OFFICES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

DETAILS OF THE OTHER POST OFFICES WHICH WILL BE OPEN ON MONDAY AN BE OBTAINED FROM ANY POST OFFICE OR FROM THE POST OFFICE L-QUIRY BUREAU AT 5-231071 OR 5-231072.

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’WAR* ON LITTER EXPANDED

IXI

THE URBAN COUNCIL’S COMPUTERISED RECORDS ON LITTER OFFENDERS ARE TO BE EXPANDED SO THAT MORE INFORMATION CAN BE GLEANED ON The BREAKDOWN OF LITTERBUGS AND HOW SERIOUS LITTERING IS ON A DISTRICT BY DISTRICT BASIS.

THE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL HELP THE COUNCIL TO DECIDE ITS STRATEGY FOR FUTURE ANT I-LITTERI NG CAMPAIGNS AND ATTENDANT PUBLICITY.

HOWEVER THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THE COMPUTERISED RECORDS WILL REMAIN THE DETECTION OF REPEATED OFFENDERS SO THAT THEIR ANTI-SOCIAL ATTITUDES CAN BE MADE KNOWN TO THE COURTS AND TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT SO THAT AN APPROPRIATE FINE CAN BE IMPOSED.

THE FOLLOWING EXTRA INFORMATION WILL IN FUTURE BE PROVIDED IN COMPUTER PRINT-OUTS ON LITTERBUGS:

X A BREAKDOWN OF LITTER OFFENCE CONVICTIONS BY DISTRICT:

* A BREAKDOWN OF LITTER OFFENCE CONVICTIONS BY NATURE OF OFFENCE;

* AN ANALYSIS OF LITTER OFFENCE CONVICTIONS BY SEX RELATING to the nature of the offence and age groups?

* A LIST OF LITTER OFFENCE RECIDIVISTS; AND

* A BREAKDOWN OF LITTER OFFENCE CONVICTIONS BY AGE GROUP AND DISTRICT.

+THE COMPUTERISATION OF LITTER OFFENDERS HAS ENABLED MORE than 2 ooo ’repeater’ offenders to be detected and the information ON this GIVEN to the courts, 4- SAID a council SPOKESMAN.

+AS A RESULT, these RECIDIVISTS HAVE GENERALLY BEEN FINED larger amounts than the customary small fines IMPOSED on first OFFENDERS.*

SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 1984

SWIMMING POOLS FIT FOR GOLD MEDALLISTS * * * *

BEING THE ONLY PUBLIC INDOOR HEATED SWIMMING POOL, THE JkBA' Ci INCIL’S MORRISON HILL COMPLEX HAS BEEN, OVER THE YEARS, ONE C- me AIN VENUES FOR TRAINING BY THE HONG KONG NATIONAL Swimming eam that managed to win 11 medals including three RESOUNDING GOLD SUCCESSES, AT THE SECOND ASIAN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIP.

OF The three gold MEDALS, FENELLA ng bagged TWO WHILE HER TEAM-MATE, TSANG Yl—MING, GOT ONE.

THE COACH FOR THE HONG KONG NATIONAL SWIMMING TEAM, MR DAVID HALLER, SAID THAT AT PRESENT THE FACILITIES AT THE URBAN COUNCIL SWIMMING POOL COMPLEXES ARE ADEQUATE.

WIT THE NATIONAL TEAM TRAINING ALL-YEAR ROUND, IT IS IMPORTA' .HAT WE HAVE INDOOR HEATED SWIMMING POOLS SUCH AS THE MORkIoON HILL SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX AND THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE,* MR HALLER SAID.

GIVEN THE FACT THAT THE SWIMMING POOLS ARE FOR PUBLIC USE, THE SITUATION IS SATISFACTORY.

BUT, OF COURSE, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE DONE TO PROVIDE MORE TRAINING FACILITIES FOR THE MANY SWIMMING CLUBS IN HONG KONG.+

THE HONG KONG NATIONAL SWIMMING TEAM TRAINS ABOUT 22 WEEKS EACH YEAR AT MORRISON HILL.

WHEN THE MORRISON HILL COMPLEX CLOSES DOWN FOR ANNUAL MAINTENANCE, THE TEAM TRAINS IN THE VICTORIA PARK SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX AND AT THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE.

MR HALLER EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT WHEN THE NEW TRAINING POOL COMPLEX AT THE WAN CHAI RECLAMATION RECREATION CENTRE IS COMPLETED IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR, IT WILL HELP BOOST THE TEAM’S TRAINING programme.

THE NEW TRAINING POOL COMPLEX, WHICH IS PART OF THE $46.9 MILLION WAN CHAI RECLAMATION RECREATION CENTRE, IS BEING BUILT AT A COST OF ABOUT $19.5 MILLION.

A COUNCIL SPOKESMAN SAID THE COMPLEX WILL CONSIST OF AN INTERNATIONAL STANDARD-SIZED POOL MEASURING 25 BY 50 METRES WITH A DEPTH OF TWO METRES AT BOTH ENDS OF THE POOL.

♦IT IS SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR TRAINING PURPOSES,+ HE SAID.

THE WAN CHAI RECLAMATION RECREATION CENTRE PROJECT WILL ALSO HAVE AN INDOOR GAMES HALL WHICH IS SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION IN MID-1985, HE ADDED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 1984

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

TRAFFIC CHANGES FOR CORRIDOR OPENING ........................... 1

QUARTERLY SURVEYS OF RESTAURANT SECTOR.......................... 3

STUDENTS URGED TO TAKE PART IN COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES............. 6

REFUSE BARRIER FOK REPULSE BAY.................................. 6

WALKATHON ON EASTERN CORRIDOR .................................. 7

MEASURES TO REDUCE BEACH POLLUTION ............................. 8

GARDEN ROAD FIRE STATION TO BE RELOCATED........................ 8

MORE MANPOWER FOR ELECTRONICS .................................. 9

SLOPE REMEDIAL WORK AT LAI YIU ESTATE.......................... 10

REFRESHER COURSE FOR TEACHERS OF ENGLISH....................... 10

REFRESHMENT KIOSK FOR BIDDING.................................. 11

CLEARANCE OPERATION ........................................... 11

CLOSURE OF GRASS PITCHES ...................................... 12

ADDITION OF MARRIED CHILDREN AND SPOUSES TO PUBLIC HOUSING TENANCIES ..................................................... 12

$10 MILLION SPECIALISED VEHICLES TO JOIN FLEET................. 14

SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 1984

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TRAFFIC CHANGES FOR CORRIDOR OPENING

*****

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IN FORCE IN TAI KOO SHING, NORTH POINT AND CAUSEWAY BAY FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JUNE 8) TO COINCIDE WITH THE OPENING OF THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR.

THE FOUR-KILOMETRE CORRIDOR HAD INTERCHANGES AT HING FAT STREET (CAUSEWAY BAY), TONG SHU I ROAD, HEALTHY STREET WEST (NORTH POINT) AND TAI KOO SHING WHERE TRAFFIC CAN ENTER OR LEAVE THE CORRIDOR.

UNDER THE ARRANGEMENTS, THE FOLLOWING ROApS IN TAI KOO SHING WILL BE REROUTED :

* TAI KOO SHING ROAD BETWEEN TAI FUNG AVENUE AND THE TEMPORARY ACCESS ROAD EAST OF BLOCK T45 WILL BECOME ONE-WAY WESTBOUND.

* TAI FUNG AVENUE BETWEEN TAI KOO SHING ROAD AND TAI KOO WAN ROAD WILL BECOME ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

* TAI WING AVENUE WILL BE REROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

* TAI KOO WAN ROAD BETWEEN TAI FUNG AVENUE AND TAI WING AVENUE WILL BE-REROUTED ONE-WAY EASTBOUND.

* TAI KOO WAN ROAD BETWEEN TAI FUNG AVENUE AND TAI MOU AVENUE WILL BE OPEN TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC.

* A TEMPORARY ACCESS ROAD LINKING TAI KOO WAN ROAD WITH TAI KOO SHING ROAD FRONTING BLOCK T44 WILL BE OPEN TO EASTBOUND TRAFFIC.

THE FOLLOWING TURNING MOVEMENTS WILL BE BANNED :

* RIGHT TURNS FROM TAI KOO SHING ROAD EASTBOUND INTO TAI FUNG AVENUE SOUTHBOUND.

M RIGHT TURNS FROM THE TEMPORARY ACCESS ROAD FRONTING BLOCK T45 INTO TAI KOO SHING ROAD WESTBOUND.

* RIGHT TURNS FROM TAI KOO SHING ROAD SOUTHBOUND INTO KING’S ROAD WESTBOUND, EXCEPT FOR FRANCHISED BUSES.

* RIGHT TURNS FROM SHAU KEI WAN ROAD WESTBOUND INTO TAI KOO SHING ROAD NORTHBOUND AND LEFT TURNS FROM KING’S ROAD EASTBOUND INTO TAI KOO SHING ROAD NORTHBOUND FOR VEHICLES OVER 6 TONNES GROSS, OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES AND VEHICLES REQUIRING LOCAL ACCESS.

MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE TAI WING AVENUE AND TAI FUNG AVENUE SOUTH OF TAI KOO SHING ROAD TO PICK UP OR SET DOWN PASSENGERS.

/all public........

SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 1984

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ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES AND LEARNER DRIVERS WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR AND ITS SLIP ROADS, TAI KOO SHING ROAD AND WESTLANDS ROAD.

TRAFFIC ON THE CORRIDOR WILL BE SUBJECT TO A SPEED LIMIT OF 40 MPH.

IN ADDITION, THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS WILL BE MADE URBAN CLEARWAYS FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY:

* THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF THE NEW ROAD LINKING JAVA ROAD WITH KING’S ROAD NEAR HEALTHY STREET WEST.

* THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TONG SHUI ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH JAVA ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 100 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS WILL BE MADE 24-HOUR URBAN CLEARWAYS :

* THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TONG SHUI ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH MARBLE ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 20 METRES SOUTHWARDS.

* THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TONG SHUI ROAD FROM KING’S ROAD TO 20 METRES SOUTH OF MARBLE ROAD.

* ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR BETWEEN CAUSEWAY BAY AND TAI KOO SHING, INCLUDING ITS SLIP ROADS.

M TAI KOO SHING ROAD FROM SHAU KEI WAN ROAD TO ABOUT 25 METRES WEST OF TAI FUNG AVENUE.

* TAI FUNG AVENUE FROM TAI KOO WAN ROAD TO 25 METRES SOUTH OF TAI KOO SHING ROAD.

* TAI WING AVENUE FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH TAI KOO WAN ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 25 METRES SOUTH OF THE JUNCTION-AND THE SAME AVENUE FROM TAI KOO SHING ROAD TO A -POINT ABOUT 20 METRES NORTH OF THE JUNCTION.

* TAI KOO WAN ROAD FROM TAI WING AVENUE TO 10 METRES EAST OF TAI MOU AVENUE.

* THE TEMPORARY ACCESS ROAD LINKING TAI KOO WAN ROAD WITH TAI KOO SHING ROAD FRONTING BLOCK T44 IN TAI KOO SHING.

NO VEHICLES OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO .STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS DURING THE RESTRICTED PERIODS WITHIN THE ABOVE ROAD SECTIONS.

/MOREOVER, THE........

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MOREOVER, THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS WILL BE RESTRICTED

TO FRANCHISED BUSES :

* THE DECELERATION LANE OF THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TONG SHU I ROAD FLYOVER ABOUT 45 METRES NORTH OF KING’S ROAD.

* A 3O-METRE SECTION OF THE OUTERMOST TRAFFIC LANE ON THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TAI KOO SHING ROAD NEAR SHAU KEI WAN ROAD.

COPIES OF MAPS SHOWING TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS AT THE CORRIDOR'S INTERCHANGES ARE BEING DISTRIBUTED FREE TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AT THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, 884 KING’S ROAD.

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QUARTERLY SURVEYS OF RESTAURANT SECTOR

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THE TOTAL RECEIPTS OF THE ENTIRE RESTAURANT SECTOR IN HONG KONG LAST YEAR WERE ESTIMATED AT $16 029 MILLION AND ITS TOTAL PURCHASES AT $7 025 MILLTON, REPRESENTING INCREASES OF 7 PER CENT AND 9 PER CENT OVER 1982.

THESE FIGURES WERE AMONG THE SURVEY RESULTS FOR THE SECTOR RELEASED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY.

WHEN ADJUSTED FOR PRICE CHANGES, THE SECTOR’S TOTAL RECEIPTS DECLINED BY 1 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS.

IN 1983, FAST FOOD SHOPS RECORDED THE LARGEST INCREASE IN THE VALUE OF RECEIPTS (16 PER CENT), COMPARED WITH 1982.

THEY WERE FOLLOWED BY NON-CHINESE RESTAURANTS (10 PER CENT), CHINESE RESTAURANTS (5 PER CENT), AND OTHER EATING AND DRINKING PLACES (2 PER CENT).

THE VALUE OF TOTAL RECEIPTS OF BARS, HOWEVER, DROPPED BY 3 PER CENT.

IN VOLUME TERMS, TOTAL RECEIPTS ROSE BY 8 PER CENT FOR FAST FOOD SHOPS AND BY 2 PER CENT FOR NON-CHINESE RESTAURANTS.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE VOLUME OF TOTAL RECEIPTS DECLINED BY 14 PER CENT FOR BARS, BY 2 PER CENT FOR CHINESE RESTAURANTS AND BY 3 PER CENT FOR OTHER EATING AND DRINKING PLACES.

ANALYSED BY QUARTER IN 1983, BOTH CHINESE RESTAURANTS AND BARS RECORDED THE LARGEST VOLUME OF RECEIPTS IN THE FOURTH 'QUARTER.

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AT 99 IN THE FIRST QUARTER, THE VOLUME INDEX (WITH 100 AS THE QUARTERLY AVERAGE OF 1982) OF RECEIPTS OF CHINESE RESTAURANTS DROPPED TO 85 IN THE SECOND QUARTER, BUT ROSE TO 99 IN THE THIRD AND TO 109 IN THE FOURTH QUARTER.

A SIMILAR PATTERN WAS OBSERVED FOR BARS. STARTING AT 91 IN THE FIRST QUARTER, THEIR VOLUME INDEX OF RECEIPTS DROPPED TO 77 IN THE SECOND, BUT INCREASED TO 80 IN THE THIRD AND TO 96 IN THE FOURTH QUARTER.

ON THE OTHER HAND, TOTAL RECEIPTS OF OTHER EATING AND DRINKING PLACES (COMPRISING HERB TEA SHOPS, CREAMERIES AND CATERING OUTLETS SELLING BEAN CURD JELLY, ETC.) WERE FOUND TO PEAK AROUND THE MIDDLE OF 1983, WITH VOLUME INDEXES STANDING AT 104 IN BOTH THE SECOND AND THIRD QUARTERS. ITS VOLUME INDEXES FOR THE FIRST AND FOURTH QUARTERS WERE 87 AND 90 RESPECTIVELY.

NOM-CHINESE RESTAURANTS AND FAST FOOD SHOPS RECORDED THE SMALLEST VOLUME INDEXES IN THE FIRST QUARTER (96 AND 98 RESPECTIVELY), AND THE HIGHEST VOLUME INDEXES IN THE THIRD (106 AND 119 RESPECTIVELY).

THE VOLUME INDEXES OF RECEIPTS OF NON-CHINESE RESTAURANTS WERE 101 IN THE SECOND QUARTER AND 103 IN THE FOURTH. THE CORRESPONDING INDEXES OF FA'S! FOOD SHOPS WERE 109 AND 108.

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT CONDUCTED A SERIES OF QUARTERLY SURVEYS OF RESTAURANT RECEIPTS AND PURCHASES IN 1983, COLLECTING DATA RELATING TO 1982 AND EACH QUARTER OF 1983. A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE OBJECTIVE OF THE SURVEY WAS TO PROVIDE AN INDICATOR OF CURRENT ECONOMIC TRENDS IN GENERAL AND CONSUMER SPENDING IN RESTAURANTS IN PARTICULAR, AND TO PROVIDE DATA FOR NATIONAL ACCOUNTS ESTIMATION.

TABLE 1 PRESENTS THE 1982 AND 1983 FIGURES FOR TOTAL RESTAURANT RECEIPTS AND TOTAL PURCHASES OF THE ENTIRE RESTAURANT SECTOR.

TABLE 2 SHOWS THE VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES OF TOTAL-RESTAURANT RECEIPTS FOR EACH TYPE OF RESTAURANT AND THE ENTIRE RESTAURANT SECTOR RESPECTIVELY.

THE SURVEY REPORT IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, CONNAUGHT PLACE, HONG KONG AT $2 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES ON THE PUBLISHED SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE WHOLESALE-RETAIL TRADE STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AT TELEPHONE 3-7216024.

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TABLE 1 :

PERIOD

ANNUAL 1982

ANNUAL 1983

TOTAL RESTAURANT RECEIPTS AND TOTAL PURCHASES OF THE ENTIRE RESTAURANT SECTOR IN 1982 AND 1983

ENTIRE RESTAURANT SECTOR

15

TOTAL

028

RECEIPTS

TOTAL PURCHASES

6 468

7 025

16

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QI 1983 3 853

Q2 1983 3 601

Q3 1983 4 085

Q4 1983 4 490

VALUE AND

VOLUME INDEXES

RECEIPTS FOR QI TO Q4 1983

1

2

655

535

807

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OF total restaurant

TABLE 2

100)

(QUARTERLY AVERAGE

OF 1982

TYPE OF RESTAURANT INDEX OF total RESTAURANT RECEIPTS 1983

QI Q2 Q3 Q4 AVERAGE

CHINESE RESTAURANTS VALUE 103 91 106 121 105

VOLUME 99 85 99 109 98

NON-CHINESE- value 131 109 115 115 110

RESTAURANTS VOLUME 96 101 106 103 102

FAST FOOD SHOPS VALUE 101 114 127 122 116

VOLUME 98 109 119 198 108

BARS VALUE 101 89 91 108 97

VOLUME 91 77 80 96 86

OTHER EATING VALUE 91 110 110 98 102

AND DRINKING VOLUME 87 104 194 90 97

PLACES

ENTIRE RESTAURANT VALUE 103 96 109 120 197

SECTOR VOLUME 98 90 101 107 99

NOTE : THE AVERAGE 1983 INDEXES MAY NOT EQUAL . the ARITHMETIC

MEAN OF THE QUARTERLY 1983 INDEXES DUE : TO ROUNDING.

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STUDENTS URGED TO TAKE PART IN COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES * * *

YOUNG PEOPLE SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR ALBERT LAM, SAID THIS (SUNDAY) EVENING.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE SHAM SHU I PO JOINT-SCHOOL PERFORMING ARTS '84, MR LAM SAID HE WAS HAPPY TO LEARN THAT MORE STUDENTS WERE MAKING USE OF THIER SPARE TIME TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY.

HE SAID THAT STUDENTS SHOULD ALSO BE TAUGHT, THROUGH THE CURRICULUM, THE IMPORTANCE OF CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY.

HE ADDED THAT IT WAS ALSO IMPORTANT FOR STUDENTS TO HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THEIR GOVERNMENT AND SOCIETY.

MR LAM PAID TRIBUTE TO THE ORGANISER OF THE EVENT — THE SCHOOL LIAISON COMMITTEE — FOR ITS SUPPORT TO DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION WORK AS WELL AS FOR ITS EFFORT IN BUILDING A CLOSE TIE AMONG SCHOOL MANAGEMENT, TEACHING STAFF, PARENTS AND STUDENTS.

+TONIGHT’S GATHERING ENABLES OUR PERFORMERS AND AUDIENCE TO APPRECIATE THE ESSENCE OF CHINESE AND WESTERN CULTURE, AND ALSO LEADS THEM A STEP FORWARD TO KNOWING THEIR DISTRICT AND COMMUNITY,* HE ADDED.

THE EVENING’S PROGRAMME FEATURED A SERIES OF DANCES, INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC PERFORMANCES, CHOIR SINGING AND PROSE RECITALS BY MORE THAN 200 STUDENTS FROM 16 LOCAL SCHOOLS.

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REFUSE BARRIER FOR REPULSE BAY

* * * *

THE CITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL LAY A +BOOM LINE* OFF REPULSE BAY BEACH TO PREVENT SEA-BORNE REFUSE FROM REACHING THE SWIMMING AREA.

IF THIS DEVICE PROVED SUCCESSFUL, THE DEPARTMENT WOULD CONSIDER INSTALLING IT AT OTHER BEACHES, MR PAUL CHEUNG, SENIOR AMENITIES OFFICER (SWIMMING), SAID.

THE SYSTEM, WHICH MR CHEUNG DESCRIBED AS +SIMPLE AND PRAGMATIC*, WILL COST ABOUT $250 000.

+THE LINE CONSISTS OF SEVERAL THOUSAND PLASTIC BUOYS, 1 500 f€TRES OF NYLON ROPE, 2 000 SQUARE METRES OF POLYETHYLENE NET, 1 QOO METRES OF GALVANISED IRON CHAIN AND 40 CONCRETE BLOCKS,* W CHEUNG EXPLAINED.

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THE BUOYS WILL BE STRUNG TOGETHER, COVERING THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THE NYLON ROPE, AND THE NETTING WILL BE DRAPED OVER IT TO FORM A DOUBLE-PLY BARRIER.

ABOUT ONE METER OF THE NET WILL BE UNDERWATER AND 2Q CM ABOVE THE SURFACE SO THAT MOST FLOATING AND SEMI-SUBMERGED REFUSE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PASS THROUGH.

THE TRAILING EDGES OF THE NET WILL BE HELD IN PLACE UNDERWATER BY THE GALVANISED CHAIN.

TO KEEP THE SYSTEM FROM DRIFTING, THE BOOM WILL BE ANCHORED BY THE 40 CONCRETE BLOCKS.

WORKERS IN +SEACATS+, SPECIALLY MODIFIED CATAMARANS, WILL COLLECT ANY REFUSE ACCUMULATED AT THE BOOM LINE.

♦ THIS WILL BE DONE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE LINE AS WE ALSO EXPECT SOME REFUSE TO DRIFT OUTwARD FROM THE SWIMMING AREA,+ CHEUNG SAID.

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WALKATHON ON EASTERN CORRIDOR . X X * X

MORE THAN 3 000 PEOPLE TOOK PART IN A WALK AND A RUNNING RACE THIS (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON ON THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR WHICH WILL OPEN TO VEHICULAR TRAFFIC IN A WEEK’S TIME.

MR BARRIE WIGGHAM, REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, OFFICIATED AT THE START-OFF CEREMONY TOGETHER WITH THE DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT, MR F.E. SHORT.

SPEAKING AT THE PRIZE-PRESENTATION CEREMONY AFTER THE RACE, MR WIGGHAM DESCRIBED THE EVENT AS +RARE AND MEANINGFUL* AS NO PEDESTRIANS WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE CORRIDOR AFTER THE OPENING OF ITS CAUSEWAY BAY TO TAI KOO SHING SECTION ON JUNE 9 (FRIDAY^.

HE SAID THAT THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR IS A HUGE GOVERNMENT PROJECT TO EASE TRAFFIC IN EASTERN DISTRICT.

THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD, 10 AREA COMMITTEES AND OTHER ORGANISATIONS ALSO SENT TEAMS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE THREE-KILOMETRt WALK.

PARTICIPANTS WERE IMPRESSED BY THE HARBOUR VIEW AND THE TECHNOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF THE CORRIDOR WITH THE MAJOR PART BUILT ABOVE THE SEA.

ALSO PRESENT AT TODAY’S CEREMONY WERE THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR LUI HAU-TUEN, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR CHOY WING-ON.

THE RACE AND WALKATHON WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD, THE EASTERN DISTRICT RECREATION AND SPORTa ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION, THE POLICE, THE URBAN COUNCIL,.THE EASTERN DISTRICT RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICE, AND THE AMATEUR ATHLETICS ASSOCIATION.

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MEASURES TO REDUCE BEACH POLLUTION

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THE GOVERNMENT IS PLANNING MEASURES TO REDUCE POLLUTION OF STANLEY MAIN BEACH.

A SUBMARINE SEWER OUTFALL IS TO BE LAID IN A 4 7OO-SQUARE-METRE AREA OF FORESHORE AND SEABED TO THE SOUTH-EAST OF THE BEACH.

IT WILL BE 70 METRES LONG AND 375 MILLIMETRES IN DIAMETER.

THE DISCHARGE WILL BE FURTHER AWAY FROM THE BEACH THAN THAT OF AN EXISTING SEWER OUTFALL PIPE WHICH IT WILL REPLACE.

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

THE PROPOSED WORK IS GAZETTED UNDER THE PUBLIC RECLAMATIONS AND WORKS ORDINANCE.

THE NOTICE TOGETHER WITH ITS RELATED PLAN CAN BE SEEN:

* ON NOTICE BOARDS POSTED NEAR THE SI TEI

* AT LANDS DEPARTMENT SURVEY DIVISION, 5TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONGI AND

* AT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE, STANLEY SUB-OFFICE, 88 STANLEY VILLAGE ROAD, STANLEY, HONG KONG.

ALL OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL AND CLAIMS FOR COMPENSATION SHOULD REACH THE DIRECTOR OF LANDS IN WRITING WITHIN TWO MONTHS.

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GARDEN ROAD FIRE STATION TO BE RELOCATED

IKK

THE TEMPORARY FIRE STATION IN GARDEN ROAD IS TO BE RELOCATED AT VICTORIA BARRACKS, AS PART OF THE SITE IT NOW OCCUPIES WILL BE REQUIRED FOR THE BANK OF CHINA BUILDING DEVELOPMENT.

THE VICTORIA BARRACKS SITE IS THE ONLY ONE AVAILABLE WHICH WOULD ENABLE THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO MAINTAIN A MINIMUM SIX-MINUTE RESPONSE TIME IN CENTRAL AND MID-LEVELS, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

IT WAS PREVIOUSLY INTENDED FOR USE AS A CAR PARK.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID STEPS WOULD BE TAKEN TO ENSURE THAT THE FIRE STATION WAS AS UNOBTRUSIVE AS POSSIBLE AND FITTED IN WITH THE BARRACKS ENVIRONMENT.

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HE

SO

♦PARTICULAR CARE a ILL BE TAKEN TO PRESERVE THE TREES,+ SAID.

FURTHERMORE, THE HEIGHT OF THE FIRE STATION WOULD BE LIMITED AS NOT TO SPOIL THE VIEW FROM FLAGSTAFF HOUSE - NOW THE MUSEUM TEA WARE - OR AFFECT A GARDEN, AVIARY AND ZOOLOGICAL

EXHIBITS PLANNED IN THE AREA.

HE SAID THE SITE OF THE TEMPORARY FIRE STATION IN GARDEN ROAD WOULD BE DEVELOPED BY THE BANK OF CHINA AS PART OF A

CIRCULATORY ROAD SYSTEM TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO THE THE SITE IMMEDIATELY TO THE SOUTH.

BANK BUILDING AND

THE SITE TO THE SOUTH WAS EXPECTED TO FETCH

MILLION, THE TRAFF IC FLOW

SPOKESMAN SAID. ONE BENEFIT OF THIS IN THE AREA WOULD BE IMPROVED.

A PREMIUM OF $333 WOULD BE THAT

TENDERS

TO BUILD THE NEW FIRE STATION WILL BE INVITED

IN JULY AND IT IS EXPECTED TO BE READY BEFORE THE END OF NEXT YEAR WHEN THE BANK OF CHINA WILL REQUIRE THE SITE TO BUILD THE CIRCULATORY ROAD SYSTEM.

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MORE MANPOWER FOR ELECTRON’lCS * * * *

THE DEMAND FROM THE ROBUST ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY FOR WELL-TRAINED MANPOWER WILL CONTINUE TO INCREASE, ACCORDING TO THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL.

THEREFORE, A SURVEY IS TO BE CARRIED OUT TO GATHER INFORMATION ON THE INDUSTRY’S PRESENT MANPOWER SITUATION AND ITS TRAINING NEEDS, SAID A BOARD SPOKESMAN.

THE SURVEY WILL HELP THE BOARD FORMULATE TRAINING PLANS AND MAKt. RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE GOVERNMENT AND EMPLOYERS ON HOW THE MANPOWER REQUIREMENTS OF THE INDUSTRY CAN BE MET.

QUESTIONNAIRES AND EXPLANATORY NOTES HAVE BEEN SENT TO ABOUT ’33 OF THE ESTIMATED 2 000 ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY. INTERVIEWERS FROM THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL. VISIT EMPLOYERS FROM JUNE 13 TO 22 TO HELP COMPLETE AND COLLECT THE FORMS.

ALL DATA WILL SUMMARIES, WITHOUT

THE TECHNICAL AND THE GOVERNMENT ' IN THE SURVEY.

BE KEPT IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND ONLY STATISTICAL REFERENCE TO INDIVIDUAL FIRMS, WILL BE RELEASED.

EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING DEPARTMENT, DATA PROCESSING AGENCY, WILL ALSO BE INVOLVcu

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SLOPE REMEDIAL WORK AT LAI YIU ESTATE * * *

SLOPES WITHIN THE BOUNDARY OF LAI YIU ESTATE, KWAI CHUNG, ARE TO BE STRENGTHENED.

THE WORK, INCLUDING IMPROVEMENTS TO DRAINAGE, IS INTENDED TO BRING THE SLOPES UP TO CURRENT GEOTECHNICAL STANDARDS.

LANDSCAPING WORK WILL ALSO BE CARRIED OUT TO ENHANCE THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT WITHIN THE ESTATE AREA.

SIMILAR WORK WILL BE UNDERTAKEN IN THE NEARBY LAI KING TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA.

THE WORK IS PROGRAMMED TO START IN SEPTEMBER AND TAKE 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS BY JUNE 29.

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REFRESHER COURSE FOR TEACHERS OF ENGLISH

* * * * *

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAS COMMISSIONED THE BRITISH COUNCIL TO RUN A REFRESHER COURSE FOR TEACHERS OF ENGLISH IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS.

THE COURSE WILL BE CONDUCTED FROM AUGUST 6 TO AUGUST 24.

LESSONS WILL BE HELD FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY IN TWO SESSIONS: 9 AM TO 12 NOON, AND 2 PM TO 5 PM.

THE MORNING SESSION WILL CATER FOR 225 TEACHERS AND THE AFTERNOON SESSION 125 TEACHERS.

THE MAIN OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE ARE TO IMPROVE TEArCHERS’ ACCURACY AND FLUENCY IN SPOKEN ENGLISH AND TO INTRODUCE TO THEM A RANGE OF COMMUNICATIVE TEACHING TECHNIQUES TAILORED TO THE REVISED SECONDARY ENGLISH SYLLABUS.

SECONDARY SCHOOL HEADS ARE REQUESTED TO NOMINATE TEACHERS TO ATTEND THE COURSE.

APPLICATIONS SHOULD REACH THE PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR (ENGLISH), ENGLISH SECTION, ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, 5TH FLOOR, LEE GARDENS, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG, BY JUNE 13.

ALL CLASSES WILL BE HELD AT THE BRITISH COUNCIL, EASEY COMMERCIAL BUILDING, 255 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE ON TELEPHONE 5-8392440 OR 5-8392441.

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REFRESHMENT KIOSK FOR BIDDING X X X

THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE OPERATION OF A REFRESHMENT KIOSK AT THE YUEN LONG STADIUM.

THE STADIUM IS A POPULAR VENUE FOR ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL MATCHES AND OTHER ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES, AN NTSD SPOKESMAN SAID.

ITS FACILITIES INCLUDE A STANDARD TURFED SOCCER PITCH, A RUNNING TRACK AND SPECTATOR-STANDS FOR 5 000 PEOPLE.

THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER MAY START BUSINESS ON AUGUST 1 ON A 20-M0NTH CONTRACT, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

TENDER FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE YUEN LONG URBAN SERVICES OFFICE, ROOM 314, 3/F, YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE BUILDING, 269 CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

COMPLETED FORMS MUST BE PLACED IN THE TENDER BOX AT THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF SWIRE AND MACLAINE HOUSE (AUSTIN CENTRE), 19-23 AUSTIN AVENUE, BEFORE JUNE 29 (FRIDAY).

FURTHER PARTICULARS CAKl BE OBTAINED FROM THE YUEN LONG URBAN SERVICES OFFICE ON TELEPHONE 0-792261, EXT. 173.

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CLEARANCE OPERATION * * *

A NUMBER OF ILLEGAL STRUCTURES AND OVER-HANGING EXTENSIONS AT SEVEN REAR LANES IN TUEN MUN WILL BE PULLED DOWN ON TUESDAY (JUNE 5).

THE REAR LANES ARE AT TUEN MUN HEUNG SZE WUI ROAD, SAN CHING STREET, KAI MAN PATH, KAI FAT PATH, YAN CHING CIRCUIT, TAK CHING CIRCUIT AND MING NGA I STREET.

THE CLEARANCE HAS BEEN INITIATED BY THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE AS PART OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME FOR THE NEW TOWN. IT WILL BE JOINTLY CONDUCTED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE POLICE, HOUSING, NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES AND LANDq DEPARTMENTS.

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closure of grass pitches * * *

THE URBAN COUNCIL ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THE GRASS PITCHES AT THE ABERDEEN AND HAPPY VALLEY SPORTS GROUNDS AND THOSE AT THE HO MAN TIN EAST SERVICE RESERVOIR PLAYGROUND HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY CLOSED.

THIS IS TO FACILITATE RETURFING WORK TO BE CARRIED OUT AT THESE GROUNDS WHICH HAVE BEEN EXTENSIVELY USED BY THE PUBLIC IN THE PAST MONTHS.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE PITCHES WILL BE RE-OPENED TO THE PUBLIC IN EARLY SEPTEMBER.

MEANWHILE, THE GRASS PITCHES AT MORSE PARK AND TAI HANG TUNG RECREATION GROUND WILL BE CLOSED FOR THREE MONTHS, STARTING FROM MID-JUNE.

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ADDITION OF MARRIED CHILDREN AND SPOUSES TQ PUBLIC HOUSING TENANCIES

X X * X

ALTOGETHER 290 SONS-IN-LAW AND 1 410 DAUGHTERS-IN-LAW WERE ADDED TO PUBLIC HOUSING TENANCIES IN 1983, THUS ALLOWING SOME 1 700 SECOND-GENERATION FAMILIES TO LIVE IN ESTATES WITHOUT GOING THROUGH THE NORMAL WAITING LIST PROCEDURE.

THIS IS REVEALED IN THE CONSULTATIVE DOCUMENT OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY WHICH IS AT PRESENT CONTINUING TO SEEK MORE PUBLIC VIEWS ON VARIOUS ASPECTS OF PUBLIC HOUSING ALLOCATION POLICIES.

AMONG THE ISSUES COVERED BY THE DOCUMENT IS THE ADDITION OF MARRIED CHILDREN AND FAMILIES TO PUBLIC HOUSING TENANCIES, ON WHICH THE AUTHORITY WOULD WELCOME MORE VIEWS.

THE DOCUMENT RAISES THE POINTS OF WHETHER MARRIED CHILDREN, AND THEIR SPOUSES, OF AUTHORISED PUBLIC HOUSING TENANTS SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO MOVE OUT, OR WHETHER THEY SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO STAY UNDER CERTAIN SPECIFIED CONDITIONS.

IT SETS OUT THE BACKGROUND AND EXISTING POLICY, POLICY CONSIDERATIONS AND OPTIONS FOR PUBLIC DISCUSSION.

UNDER PRESENT POLICY, ADDITION IS ALLOWED IF THERE IS SPACE IN THE flat AND NO OVERCROWDING WILL OCCUR AS A RESULT, AND I 17 •THE TENANT OR HIS SPOUSE IS SOCIALY OR FINANCIALLY DEPENDENT ON THE YOUNG PEOPLE.

THE DOCUMENT SAYS: +WHILE THIS POLICY IS GENERALLY WELL ACCEPTED BY TENANTS, IT DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE FAIR TO APPLICANTS ON THE WAITING LIST, BECAUSE THE SECOND-GENERATION FAMILIES ARE NOT SUBJECT TO ANY INCOME TEST.

/+TINANCIES ARE

SUNDAY, JUNS 3, 19^4

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+ a\ClES ARE AT PRESENT IN MOST CASES INHERITED, AND

THE AUTHORITY is COMMITTED to AN OPEN-ENDED RESPONSIBILITY FOR

HO • SUCCESSIVE GENERATION OR FAMILIES, WHO HAVE NO INCENTIVE TO . O'JT OF SUBSIDISED HOUSING OR TO PURCHASE HOME OWNERSHIP SC- . □ - ATS EVEN IF THEY COULD WELL AFFORD TO DO SO.

+l u FOR CONSIDERATION WHETHER MARRIED CHILDREN (AND THEIR SPOuSES) OP AUTHORISED OCCUPANTS OF PUBLIC HOUSING SHOULD BE REQUI RED TO MOVE OUT.

♦ ANY POLICY CHANGE REQUIRING MARRIED CHILDREN TO LEAVE THEIR PARENTS’ P' 3LIC HOUSING FLATS WOULD BE BASED ON THE ASSUMPTION THAT THE FORMER SHOULD BE ABLE TO SET UP THEIR OWN INDEPENDENT HOUSEHOLD LN MARRIAGE AND NOT RELY ON THEIR PARENTS FOR ACCOMMOD-tT I ON .+

Tn DOCUMENT SAYS THAT TO REQUIRE ANY CHILD T&’MOVE OUT UPON ARRIAGE WOULD LIMIT PUBLIC HOUSING COMMITMENT 'STRICTLY TO ONE GENERATION IN RESPECT OF EACH TENANCY. <

fl

♦IT WOULD ALSO OBVIATE THE NEED TO CATER FOR THE EXPANSION OF SECOND GENERATION FAMILIES BY THE OFFER OF LARGER OR ADDITIONAL ACCOMMODATION.

+HOWEVER, THERE ARE LIKELY TO BE PRACTICAL PROBLEMS IN REQUIRING MARRIED CHILDREN TO LEAVE THE ESTATE, SPECIALLY IN CASES WHERE THERE IS GENUINE HARDSHIP.

+IN ADDITION, THE DEPARTURE OF MARRIED CHILDREN WOULD TEND TO ACCELERATE THE ’AGEING’ PROCESS OF THE ESTATE COMMUNITY.*

ALTERNATIVELY, THE DOCUMENT SAYS, MARRIED CHILDREN (AND THEIR SPOUSES) OF AUTHORISED OCCUPANTS OF PUBLIC HOUSING MIGHT BE ALLOWED TO STAY UNDER CERTAIN SPECIFIED CONDITIONS. FOR EXAMPLE:

X COMBINED HOUSEHOLD INCOME SHOULD BE WITHIN THE LIMITS FOR THOSE ON THE WAITING LIST;

X THE WHOLE FAMILY SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO PAY A HIGHER RENT;

X THE WHOLE FAMILY SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT A NEW APPLICATION ON THE WAITING LIST WHILE RETAINING THEIR EXISTING FLAT;

X ALL MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY SHOULD MOVE OUT OF THE PUBLIC RENTAL FLAT WITHIN A REASONABLE PERIOD AFTER THE DEATH OF THE ORIGINAL TENANT OR HIS/HER SPOUSE (WHICHEVER IS LATER) UNLESS THE COMBINED INCOME OF THE REMAINING MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY ARE WITHIN THE WAITING LIST ELIGIBILITY CRITERI A.

COPIES OF THE CONSULTATIVE DOCUMENT ARE AVAILABLE FROM PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE OFFICES, OTHER HOUSING DEPARTMENT OFFICES, DISTRICT OFFICES AND PUBLIC. ENQUIRY COUNTERS.

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*10 MILLION SPECIALISED VEHICLES TO JOIN FLEET * * * * *

’«0 BATCHES OF SPECIALISED VEHICLES WILL BE ARRIVING FROM HRI 7-IN AND JAPAN NEXT MONTH TO JOIN THE URBAN COUNCIL’S CLx-^ING fleet.

PURCHASED AT A COST OF OVER «:!□ MILLION, THE VEHICLES C0> RISE 45 REFUSE COLLECTION VEHICLES AND TWO GULLY CESSPIT EM'rTIERS.

They ARE EITHER TO REPLACE AGING STOCK OR TO COPE WITH THE I NCREASI NG WORKLOAD.

AT PRESENT, THE COUNCIL MAINTAINS SOME 750 VEHICLES, OF WHICH ABOUT 450 ARE SPECIALISED ONES SUCH AS REFUSE COLLECTION VEHICLES, STREET WASHERS, MEAT VANS AND MECHANICAL SWEEPERS. THE REST ARE GENERAL-PURPOSE VEHICLES INCLUDING PICK-UP VANS, MOTOR C'CLES AND LORRIES.

♦SPECIALISED VEHICLES ARE VITAL TO THE SMOOTH OPERATIONS OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

THEIR TASK IS FORMIDABLE BECAUSE DAY IN AND DAY OUT, THEY make their rounds throughout the urban area to gather and dispose OF A HUGE AMOUNT OF REFUSE. *

WITHOUT THEM, CLEANSING WORK IN HONG KONG COULD BE PARALYSED.*

TO ACHIEVE GREATER EFFICIENCY IN CLEANSING WORK, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, THE COUNCIL ORDERS FROM TIME TO TIME MODIFIED VEHICLES WITH THE LATEST IN SPECIALISED EQUIPMENT IN ORDER TO COPE WITH PRACTICAL NEEDS.

FOR EXAMPLE, TRAILER-MOUNTED HIGH COMPRESSION COMPACTORS HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED INTO HONG KONG IN RECENT YEARS,* HE SAID.

ONE FEATURE OF THE COMPACTORS IS TO CUT DOWN ON THE STACKING OF REFUSE IN BASKETS WHILE AWAITING THE ARRIVAL OF VEHICLES.

THEY ALSO REDUCE CONSIDERABLY THE OPERATIONAL NO IS£ AS ELECTRICITY IS USED TO SET THE WHOLE MECHANISM IN ACTION.*

HOWEVER, HE POINTED OUT, MOST SPECIALISED VEHICLES ARE INTRODUCED INTO THE UC FLEET ONLY FOLLOWING EXTENSIVE LOCAL EVALUATION.

EACH OF THE PRESENT APPROVED MODELS IN THE FLEET IS THE RESULT OF EXTENSIVE TESTS AND TRIALS OF VEHICLES MANUFACTURED WORLDWIDE, IN HONG KONG CONDITIONS.

♦THIS IS PARTICULARLY TRUE OF REFUSE COLLECTION VEHICLES WHICH ARE WORKED HARDER IN HONG KONG THAN IN MANY OTHER COUNTRIES,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦EVERY REFUSE COLLECTION VEHICLE IN HONG KONG SERVES ABOUT 12 000 PEOPLE WHEREAS A SIMILAR VEHICLE IN BRITAIN SERVES ONLY ABOUT 5 500 PEOPLE.*

TO KEEP ITS BIG FLEET RUNNING, THE COUNCIL OPERATES TWO DEPOTS - ONE IN KING MING STREET ON THE ISLAND AND THE OTHER IN SAI YEE STREET, KOWLOON. THEY PROVIDE MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR SERVICES.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, JUNE 4, 1984

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

RESULTS OF 1982 SURVEY OF BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE SECTORS ................................................... 1

12TH PEASE OF NEW I.D. CARD SCHEME STARTS TOMORROW................ 3

SCHEME THAT TAPS DANCE TALENT .................................... 4

HELP OFFERED FOR AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES STUDIES .................. 5

WAN CHAI DB MEETS TOMORROW ....................................... 6

EQUIPMENT FOR OPERATING THEATRES IN TUEN MUN HOSPITAL ............ 6

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT FOR KWUN TONG .......................... 7

NEW WATER SUPPLIES ENQUIRIES CENTRE .............................. 7

TSU EM WAN TO HOLD TREE PLANTING DAY ............................. 8

SWIMMING COURSES FOR PRIMARY PUPILS .............................. 8

REFRESHMENT KIOSK FOR RENT ....................................... 9

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE ........................................... 9

WESTERN TAPS OFF................................................. 10

LEAKAGE TEST IN TSUEN WAN ....................................... 10

LARGE PARK FOR CYCLISTS ......................................... 10

THE DADDY OF ’EM ALL ............................................ 11

+GARDEM ROAD FIRE STATION TO BE RE-LOCATEI><- ................... 11

HAWKER PROBLEM - DB'S ASKED FOR VIEWS ........................... 12

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RESULTS OF 1982 SURVEY OF BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE SECTORS * * * * *

THERE WERE 5 396 CONSTRUCTION ESTABLISHMENTS OPERATING IN 1932, ENGAGING A TOTAL OF 106 711 PERSONS, ACCORDING TO SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY.

TOTAL GROSS VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION WORK PERFORMED BY THESE ESTABLISHMENTS AMOUNTED TO $38 082 MILLION, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 12 PER CENT OVER 1981.

BUSINESS RECEIPTS DERIVED FROM SECONDARY ACTIVITIES WERE $535 MILLION. THE TOTAL EXPENDITURES BY THESE ESTABLISHMENTS WERE $35 764 MILLION. THEY COMPRISED $9 826 MILLION ON COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES AND PAYMENT TO LABOUR-ONLY SUB-CONTRACTORS; $11 302 MILLION ON CONSUMPTION OF MATERIALS, SUPPLIES, AND INDUSTRIAL SERVICES ; $12 470 MILLION ON SUB-CONTRACT WORK RENDERED BY FEE SUB-CONTRACTORS; AND $2 167 MILLION ON MISCELLANEOUS OPERATING EXPENSES.

TOTAL VALUE ADDED WAS $13 033 MILLION WHICH WAS 8 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN 1981.

ANALYSED BY TRADE ACTIVITY, OVER ONE-THIRD OF CONSTRUCTION ESTABLISHMENTS WERE ENGAGED IN RENOVATION AND MAINTENANCE OF ERECTED BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES. THEY WERE MOSTLY SMALL CONCERNS ACCOUNTING FOR $1 782 MILLION OR 5 PER CENT OF TOTAL CONSTRUCTION WORK PERFORMED.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE 896 GENERAL TRADE CONTRACTORS PERFORMING AT BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES ACCOUNTED FOR $28 206 MILLION OR 74 PER CENT OF TOTAL CONSTRUCTION WORK PERFORMED.

THE SURVEY ALSO COVERED SPECIAL TRADE CONTRACTORS. AMONG THEM, THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL FITTING TRADE WAS THE MOST PROMINENT, ACCOUNTING FOR $5 133 MILLION, OR 13 PER CENT,.OF THE TOTAL CONSTRUCTION WORK PERFORMED.

FROM APRIL 1983 TO EARLY 1984 THE DEPARTMENT CONDUCTED THE SURVEY OF THE BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE SECTORS IN RESPECT OF THEIR OPERATIONS IN 1982.

THE SURVEY COVERED THE FOLLOWING TRADES :-

* BUILDING AND CIVIL ENGINEERING CONSTRUCTION;

* REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT;

* ARCHITECTURAL, SURVEYING AND PROJECT ENGINEERING; AND

* REAL ESTATE LEASING; BROKERAGE AND MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT.

BESIDES STATISTICS CLASSIFIED BY CONSTRUCTION ESTABLISHMENTS, THE SURVEY ALSO COLLECTED DATA ABOUT CONSTRUCTION SITES.'

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ACCORDING TO THE SURVEY, 2 376 SITE CONTRACTS WERE CARRIED OUT IN 1982, OF WHICH 737 CONTRACTS RELATED TO PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS AND 1 639 RELATED TO PRIVATE CONSTRUCTION.

WOTAL GROSS VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION WORK PERFORMED IN THESE CONTRACTS WERE $22 293 MILLION, 14 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN 1981.

ON THE EXPENDITURE SIDE, $1 399 MILLION WERE SPENT ON WAGES TO DIRECTLY EMPLOYED OPERATIVES; $5 351 MILLION ON BUILDING MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES; AND $11 963 MILLION ON SUB-CONTRACT WORK RENDERED BY OTHER ESTABLISHMENTS.

IN TERMS OF GROSS VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION WORK PERFORMED, THE MOST IMPORTANT CATEGORIES OF PROJECTS WERE RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS, AND COMMERCIAL AND COMPOSITE BUILDINGS.

REGARDING THE REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT SECTOR, THE SURVEY SHOWED AT THERE WERE 1 063 ACTIVE PRIVATE REAL ESTATE PROJECTS IN 198' .

THE TOTAL VALUE ACCRUED TO THESE PROJECTS WAS $27 911 MILLION. WITH AN INCREASE OF 7 PER CENT OVER 1981.

THE PROJECT OUTLAYS WERE $17 639 MILLION. THIS FIGURE COMPRISED $12 528 MILLION ON PAYMENTS TO CONTRACTORS AND BUILDING MATERIALS FOR CONSTRUCTION; $678 MILLION ON ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN AND TECHNICAL CONSULTANCY FEES; $4 095 MILLION ON INTEREST PAYMENTS* AND $338 MILLION ON OTHER PROJECT EXPENSES.

COMPARISON OF THE VARIOUS TYPES OF PROJECTS BY THEIR VALUE ACCRUED SHOWS THAT THE MOST IMPORTANT CATEGORIES WERE MULTI-PURPOSE COMMERCIAL PREMISES AND PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PREMISES.

REGARDING ARCHITECTURAL, SURVEYING AND PROJECT ENGINEERING SERVICES, THE SURVEY INDICATED THAT THERE WERE 518 SUCH ESTABLISHMENTS OPERATING IN 1982 ENGAGING A TOTAL OF 10 268 PERSONS.

THEIR TOTAL BUSINESS RECEIPTS WERE $2 076 MILLION, COMPRISING $2 027 MILLION OF SERVICE INCOME FOR PROVIDING PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AND $50 MILLION OF BUSINESS RECEIPTS FROM SECONDARY ACTIVITIES. THIS REPRESENTED AN INCREASE OF 24 PER CENT OVER 1981.

THEIR TOTAL EXPENDITURES WERE $1 656 MILLION, COMPRISING $926 MILLION ON COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES; $70 MILLION ON CONSUMPTION OF SUNDRY SUPPLIES AND INDUSTRIAL SERVICES; >366 MILLION ON PAYMENTS FOR COMMISSION WORK; AND $294 MILLION ON MISCELLANEOUS OPERATING EXPENSES.

TOTAL VALUE ADDED WAS $1 360 MILLION, AN INCREASE OF 20 PER CENT OVER 1981.

REGARDING REAL ESTATE ’LEAS I NG, BROKERAGE AND MAINTENANCE SERVICES, 2 155 ESTABLISHMENTS WERE ENGAGED IN THESE TRADES IN 1982, AND THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PERSONS DIRECTLY ENGAGED WAS 19 800.

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THE SURVEY DID NOT COVER ACTIVITIES 11 THIS AREA CARRIED OUT BY SELF-EMPLOYED PERSONS OR PRIVATE HOUSEHOLDS.

TOTAL RENTAL INCOME AND BUSINESS RECEIPTS CAME TO $7 374 MILLION, AN INCREASE OF 60 PER CENT OVER 1981.

TOTAL EXPENDITURES WERE $3 995 MILLION, COMPRISING 3686 MILLION ON COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES; $618 MILLION ON CONSUMPTION OF SUNDRY SUPPLIES AND INDUSTRIAL SERVICES; AND $2 691 MILLION ON MISCELLANEOUS OPERATING EXPENSES.

TOTAL VALUE ADDED WAS $6 031 MILLION, 66 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN 1981.

SUMMARY STATISTICS FROM THE 1982 SURVEY OF BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE SECTORS WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED IN THE JUNE 1984 ISSUE OF THE HONG KONG MONTHLY DIGEST OF STATISTICS

A MORE DETAILED ANALYSIS OF THE RESULTS OBTAINED FROM THE 1982 SURVEY WILL BE GIVEN IN ITS SURVEY REPORT TO BE PUBLISHED NEXT MONTH.

IN THE MEANTIME, ENQUIRIES REGARDING THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE STATISTICS SECTION OF THE DEPARTMENT AT TELEPHONE 3-7213846.

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12TH PHASE OF NEW I.D. CARD SCHEME STARTS TOMORROW

* * * *

WOMEN BORN IN 1961 AND 1962 WERE REMINDED TODAY (MONDAY) TO APPLY FOR NEW IDENTITY CARDS BETWEEN TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AND JULY 14.

THE 12TH PHASE OF THE NEW I.D. CARD ISSUE SCHEME WILL LAST FOR SIX WEEKS DURING WHICH MORE THAN 110 000 WOMEN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 22 AND 23 ARE EXPECTED TO TURN UP.

AN IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN URGED APPLICANTS TO VISIT THE ISSUE OFFICES AT THEIR EARLIEST CONVENIENCE.

THE EIGHT ISSUE OFFICES WILL BE OPEN FROM 8 AM TO 9-30 PM, MONDAYS TO SATURDAYS.

A MAIL-IN APPOINTMENT SYSTEM IS AVAILABLE TO THOSE WHO WISH TO VISIT A SPECIFIC ISSUE OFFICE AT A PRE-ARRANGED TIME.

■►APPOINTMENTS CAN BE MADE TO VISIT AN OFFICE BETWEEN 10 AM AND 5.30 PM ON ANY WORKING DAY, EXCEPT MONDAYS,+ THE « SPOKESMAN SAID.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT ANY DISTRICT OFFICE AND IMMIGRATION OFFICE.

COMPLETED FORMS MUST REACH THE OFFICE OF ONE’S CHOICE AT LEAST 10 DAYS BEFORE THE END OF THE PHASE.

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SCHEME THAT TAPS DANCE TALENT * * * *

OUTSTANDING PARTICIPANTS IN THE ANNUAL SCHOOLS DANCE FESTIVAL ARE REWARDED w ITH FREE DANCE TRAINING THAT FULLY TAPS THEIR LATENT TALENTS.

'A DANCE TRAINING SCHEME FOR SCHOOLS, UNDER THE SPONSORSHIP OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, wAS INTRODUCED LAST YEAR TO HELP GIFTED DANCERS DEVELOP THEIR SKILLS,’ SAID MRS CHIU SHUM SHUK-HAAN, PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR (PHYSICAL EDUCATION), OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

SHE SAID THAT 444 PARTICIPANTS IN LAST YEAR’S DANCE FESTIVAL wHO HAD DEMONSTRATED KEEN INTEREST AND POTENTIAL WERE CHOSEN FOR THIS PILOT SCHEME.

COURSES IN CHINESE DANCE, WESTERN FOLK OR NATIONAL DANCE AND CREATIVE DANCE WERE PROVIDED IN THE FIRST PHASE OF TRAINING LAST SUMMER. A TOTAL OF 190 STUDENTS WERE LATER SELECTED TO CONTINUE WITH THE SECOND PHASE OF TRAINING WHICH WILL BE COMPLETED THIS MONTH.

’THEY ALL RECEIVE SKILLS TRAINING FROM LOCAL DANCE EXPERTS AND THE 108 STUDENTS OF WESTERN AND CREATIVE DANCE RECENTLY SAT FOR THE IMPERIAL SOCIETY OF TEACHERS OF DANCING GRADE EXAMINATION,’ SAID MRS CHIU.

ALL OF THEM PASSED THE EXAMINATION, COLLECTING 43 HONOURS, 43 +HIGHLY COMMENDED* AWARDS AND 20 +COMMENDED+ AWARDS.

THE SCHOOLS DANCE FESTIVAL IS A GOOD MEANS TO UNCOVER HIDDEN TALENT, SHE SAID.

MRS CHIU RECALLED THAT WHEN THE FESTIVAL WAS FIRST INTRODUCED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN 1965, ONLY 24 SCHOOLS WITH 240 STUDENTS PARTICIPATED, COMPARED WITH 280 SCHOOLS WITH 3 867 STUDENTS IN THIS YEAR’S EVENT.

TO ENCOURAGE DEVELOPMENT OF MORE DANCE FORMS AND LARGER PARTICIPATION, THE RANGE OF DANCES OFFERED IN THE FESTIVAL HAS BEEN WIDENED TO INCLUDE WESTERN FOLK OR NATIONAL DANCE, CHINESE DANCE, WESTERN DANCE DRAMA, CHINESE DANCE DRAMA, ORIENTAL DANCE AND CREATIVE DANCE.

’BASED ON MARKS GAINED IN THE PERFORMANCES, PRIZES ARE GIVEN IN THE FORM OF HONOURS AWARDS, HIGHLY COMMENDED AwARDS AND COMMENDED award certificates,’ mrs chiu said.

OVERALL CHALLENGE AWARDS wILL ALSO BE PRESENTED TO THREE SECONDARY AND THREE PRIMARY SCHOOLS WITH THE HIGHEST OVERALL SCORES IN THE FESTIVAL.

AFTER THE COMPETITIONS, PRIZE-WINNERS wILL STAGE PUBLIC PERFORMANCES IN THE CITY HALL AND TSUEN wAN TOWN HALi_.

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THEY’ A*E ALSO GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITIES TO PERFORM IN MAJOR CluTJRAL EVENTS, SUCti AS THE ASIAN ARTS FESTIVAL, AND DURING THE ;I 3 ITS OF 'EMBERS OF THE ROYAL FAMILY.

CUTSTANDING DANCERS HAVE BEEN SELECTED TO PERFORM OVERSEAS.

3. -AR TnEY HAVE APPEARED IN EXPO ’70 IN JAPAN, THE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF YOUTH ORCHESTRAS IN SCOTLAND IN 1976, TELEVISION CEST IV AL IN CYPRUS AND THE ISRAEL ARTS FESTIVAL IN 1980.

MR aONG CHI-KEUNG WAS ONE OF THESE STUDENTS. HIS PASSION FOP DANCING HAS SINCE BEEN MAINTAINED AND HE IS NOW WORKING FULL-TIME IN THE DANCING FIELD.

’CHI-KEUNG IS JUST ONE OF THE PROMISING DANCERS THAT HAVE COME TO OUR NOTICE IN THE SCHOOLS DANCE FESTIVAL, AND WE ARE LOOKING FOR MORE TALENTS IN THE YEARS TO COME,’ SAID MRS CHIU.

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HELP OFFERED FOR AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES STUDIES

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STUDENTS WISHING TO STUDY SUBJECTS RELATED TO AGRICULTURE OR THE FISHING INDUSTRY MAY APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS AND INTEREST-FREE LOANS.

THE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE COMES FROM THE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS SCHOLARSHIP FUND AND THE MARINE FISH SCHOLARSHIP FUND ADMINISTERED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE AFD HEADQUARTERS ON TrtE 12TH FLOOR OF THE CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES AT 3»3 CANTON ROAD IN KOWLOON.

THIS YEAR $623 300 HAS BEEN SET ASIDE TO ASSIST STUDENTS.

the awards will be tenable at a university in hong kong, the HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, A TECHNICAL INSTITUTE OR AN ACCEPTABLE OVERSEAS INSTITUTION.

CANDIDATES SHOULD BE HONG KONG RESIDENTS, PREFERABLY UNDER 33 YEARS OF AGE AND STUDENTS WHO MAY BE EXPECTED TO MAKE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO EITHER AGRICULTURAL OR FISHERIES INDUSTRIES OR THEIR MARKETING IN HONG KONG ON QUALIFICATION.

THESE STUDENTS SHOULD NORMALLY STUDY COURSES APPROVED BY TRUSTEES OF THESE FUNDS, SUCH AS AGRICULTURE, VETERINARY SCIENCE, FISHERY SCIENCE, MARINE BIOLOGY, NAVAL ARCHITECTURE OR ANY APPLIED SCIENCE RELEVANT TO LOCAL AGRICULTURE OR FISHERIES OR THIER MARKETING INDUSTRIES.

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

APPLICATIONS FOR ASSISTANCE IN TERTIARY EDUCATION «ILL CLOSE ON JULY 13, WHILE THOSE FROM THE SECONDARY STUDENTS r. IL-CLOSE ON AUGUST 23.

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WAN CHAI

DB MEETS TOMORROW * * * *

MEMBERS WILL BE BRIEFED ON A

YEAR’S BOARD ELECTION AT THEIR

WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD

PUBLICITY PROGRAMME FOR NEXT

MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE THE PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTARY AND AN EXHIBITION ON THE WORKS OF THE BOARD DURING THE PAST TwO YEARS.

TWO URBAN COUNCILLORS, MRS ELSIE ELLIOTT AND

A VIDEO DISTRICT

MR KWAN

LIM-HO, WILL ATTEND THE MEETING TO EXPLAIN THE COUNCIL’S POLICY ON THE MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL OF HAWKERS.

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EQUIPMENT FOR OPERATING THEATRES IN TUEN MUN HOSPITAL * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT IS INVITING CONTRACTORS WITH SPECIAL EXPERTISE TO APPLY FOR PRE-QUALlFl CATIONS TO SUPPLY AND INSTALL EQUIPMENT FOR 13 OPERATING THEATRES AT TUEN MUN HOSPITAL.

THE PACKAGE OF EQUIPMENT FOR EACH THEATRE IS KNOWN AS A +FIXED SERVICE SYSTEM* AND ‘IS OF A HIGHLY SPECIALISED NATURE

APPLICATIONS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE PRE-QUALIFI CAT I ON LIST SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT ARCHITECT, ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE, BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, 15TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG, BY JUNE 29.

THEY SHOULD BE FROM COMPANIES ALREADY ESTABLISHED IN HONG KONG*

THE NEW 1 6OO-BED HOSPITAL WILL BE SITUATED NEAR CASTLE PEAK HOSPITAL IN THE NORTHERN PART OF TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

IT WILL COMPRISE FOUR 10-ST0REY MAIN WARD BLOCKS, A 10-STOREY OPERATING THEATRE BLOCK, A THREE-STOREY PATHOLOGY BLOCK AND A FOUR-STOREY BLOCK TO HOUSE VARIOUS SPECIAL FACILITIES.

IN ADDITION, THERE WILL BE A TRAINING SCHOOL FOR 400 AND STAFF QUARTERS.

CONSTRUCTION OF THE HOSPITAL IS EXPECTED TO START IN this year.

WHEN COMPLETED, IT WILL SERVE THE PEOPLE OF TUEN MUN TOWN AND THE NORTH-WESTERN PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

NURSES

AUGUST

NEW

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ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT FOR KWUN TONG * # *

KwUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TOUR THE DISTRICT TO INSPECT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS COMPLETED LAST FINANCIAL YEAR.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR NIGEL WHITNEY, THEY WILL ALSO VISIT AREAS WITH ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS AND SITES WHICH WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR DEVELOPMENT BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

THE VISIT WAS INITIATED BY THE BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE TO PROVIDE A STRONGER GROUNDWORK FOR BOTH COMMITTEE AND BOARD MEMBERS TO PLAN FOR FUTURE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT WORK.

THE COMMITTEE HAS BEEN ALLOCATED SI MILLION FOR THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR.

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NEW WATER SUPPLIES ENQUIRIES CENTRE

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THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT wILL OPEN ITS FIFTH CONSUMER ENQUIRY CENTRE IN TSUEN WAN TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THE CENTRE, ON THE FIFTH FLOOR OF KwAI HING GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 166-174 HING FONG ROAD, KWAI CHUNG, IS THE SECOND TC BE BROUGHT INTO OPERATION THIS YEAR.

THE BUSINESS MANAGER OF THE DEPARTMENT, MR TOM MCDONOUGH, DESCRIBED THE EXPANSION IN THE PRESENT NETwORK OF ENQUIRY CENTRES AS TIMELY BECAUSE OF THE EVER-INCREASING NUMBER OF CONSUMERS, WHO NOW TOTAL 1.3 MILLION.

DURING THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1984, THE CENTRES HANDLED 79 761 ENQUIRIES, COMPARED WITH 58 911 DURING THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR, AN INCREASE OF 35 PER CENT.

THE NEW CENTRE WILL OPEN FROM 8.30 AM - 4.30 PM ON WEEKDAYS AND FROM 9 AM - 11.30 AM ON SATURDAYS. AS WITH THE OTHER CENTRES, IT WILL DEAL WITH ENQUIRIES ON ALL ASPECTS OF WATER ACCOUNTS.

A COMPUTER VISUAL DISPLAY UNIT HAS BEEN INSTALLED AT THE CENTRE TO SPEED UP HANDLING OF ENQUIRIES.

PAYMENT OF WATER ACCOUNTS SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE MADE EITHER . EY CHEQUE THROUGH THE POST OR AT THE KWAI HING DISTRICT OFFICE ON THE SAME FLOOR OF KWAI HING GOVERNMENT OFFICES, MR MCDONOUGn SAID.

MONDAY, JUNE 4, 1984

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TSUEN WAN TO HOLD TREE PLANTING DAY

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A TREE PLANTING DAY WILL SE HELD AT TSUEN WAN ON THURSDAY (JUNE 7) TO HELP BEAUTIFY THE NEW TOWN.

ThE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT TREE PLANTING DAY, ORGANISED BY THE NE« TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, IS TIMED TO COINCIDE WITH ThE CURRENT MEI FA (BEAUTIFICATION) PHASE OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG EXERCISE.

TO MARK THE OCCASION, A TREE PLANTING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT ThE ROUNDABOUT AT THE JUNCTION OF CHEUNG PEI SHAN ROAD AND ROUTE TWISK,

COMMUNITY LEADERS AND 60 STUDENTS WILL PLANT 100 SPECIES OF YOUNG TREES AT THE ROUNDABOUT.

THE TREES WILL BECOME A GREEN BELT IN THE NEW TOWN.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE, MR CHOW SUM; THE PROJECT MANAGER OF TSUEN WAN, MR NG TECK-SHENG; AND THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER OF TSUEN WAN, MR CHAN YIU-CHEUNG, WILL JOINTLY OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY.

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Swimming courses for primary pupils * * *

MORE THAN 7 900 PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO JOIN ThE +LEARN-TO-SWIM+ SCHEME IN THE COMING SUMMER HOLIDAYS.

UNDER THIS SCHEME, THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL ORGANISE 264 SWIMMING COURSES FOR CHILDREN OVER 10 YEARS OF AGE.

THE FREE COURSES, EACH COMPRISING 12 LESSONS, WILL BE HELD BETWEEN JULY 16 AND AUGUST 25 IN THE PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS AT ABERDEEN, CHAI wAN, MORRISON HILL, VICTORIA PARK, KWUN TONG, LAI CHI KOK, LI CHENG UK, MORSE PARK, TAI WAN SHAN, FANLING, KWAI SHING, SHA TIN AND YUEN LONG.

SCHOOLS WISHING TO TAKE PART IN THE SCHEME ARE INVITED TO APPLY TO THE PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR, PHYSICAL EDUCATION SECTION, AT KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, 7TH FLOOR, KOwLCON, BY JUNE 13.

AS A LARGE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS ARE EXPECTED, IT duL BE NECESSARY TO DRAW LOTS TO SELECT APPLICATIONS.

SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS WILL BE GIVEN A CLASS OF 33 PLACES EACH. PUPILS NOMINATED TO TAKE PART IN THE COURSES MUST AGREE TO ATTEND ALL TWELVE LESSONS, EACH OF ONE HOUR’S DURATION.

THE DEPARTMENT wILL ASSESS THE PARTICIPANTS’ SHIMMING ABILITY FOR DISTANCE CERTIFICATES AND SWIMMING AWARDS.

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REFRESHMENT KIOSK FOR RENT * * * *

A REFRESHMENT KIOSK AT THE SAI KUNG TANG SHIU KIN SPORTSGROUND IS BEING PUT UP FOR BIDDING.

THE SPORTSGROUND HAD PROVED TO BE POPULAR WITH THE RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER MAY START BUSINESS ON AUGUST 1 ON A THREE-YEAR CONTRACT.

TENDER FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE SAI KUNG URBAN SERVICES OFFICE AT 69 MAN NIN STREET, FIRST FLOOR, SAI KUNG.

COMPLETED FORMS MUST BE PLACED IN THE TENDER BOX AT THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF SWIRE AND MACLAINE HOUSE (AUSTIN CENTRE), 19-23 AUSTIN AVENUE, TSIM SHA TSUI, BEFORE 9 AM ON JULY 6 (FRIDAY).

FURTHER ENQUIRIES MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE SAI KUNG URBAN SERVICES OFFICE ON TELEPHONE 3-2813635.

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TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE * * * *

FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE 6), ANDERSON ROAD BETWEEN PIONEER QUARRY AND SUNNYSIDE CHILDREN’S HOSTEL AT MA YAU TONG WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN AND 9 AM AND 5 PM DAILY FOR ABOUT THREE WEEKS TO FACILITATE THE REMOVAL OF BOULDERS.

DURING THE PERIOD, THE FOLLOWING TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT WILL BE IMPLEMENTED:

* TRAFFIC HEADING FOR RENNIE’S MILL WILL BE DIVERTED VIA THE UNNAMED ROAD LEADING TO SAU MAU PING AND THE NEWLY CONSTRUCTED PO LAM ROAD EXTENSION.

* BETWEEN 5 PM AND 9 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY, THE CLOSED SECTION OF ANDERSON ROAD WILL BE REOPENED ONLY TO VEHICLES BOUND FOR RENNIE’S MILL, WHILE THE PO LAM ROAD EXTENSION WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE TRAFFIC IN BOTH DIRECTIONS.

* MAXICAB ROUTE 10 AND KMB ROUTE 9Q WILL OPERATE VIA ANDERSON ROAD ON JOURNEY TO RENNIE’S MILL BEFORE P AM AND AFTER 5 PM, BUT WILL BE DIVERTED VIA THE PO LAM ROAD EXTENSION BETWEEN 9 AM AND 5 PM.

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WESTERN TAPS OFF

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN WESTERN DISTRICT WILL EE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PM ON THURSDAY (JUNE 7) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY HILL ROAD, DES VOEUX ROAD wEST, CHIU KWONG STREET, SIU CHEUNG FONG AND QUEEN’S ROAD WEST, INCLUDING WESTERN POLICE STATION QUARTERS.

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LEAKAGE TEST IN TSUEN WAN

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 11 PM ON THURSDAY (JUNE 7) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY TAI CHUNG ROAD, SHA TSUI ROAD AND CASTLE PEAK ROAD, INCLUDING PAK TIN PAR STREET.

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LARGE PARK FOR CYCLISTS XXX

A LARGE, MODERN, ALL-LEVEL CYCLING PARK, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND FOR PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES, IS BEING BUILT AT LAI KOK ESTATE.

THE 3 500 SQUARE-METRE PARK IS DESIGNED FOR CYCLISTS OF VARYING SKILLS, FROM BEGINNERS TO ADVENTUROUS CYCLISTS,+ SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT TODAY.

HE SAID THE $750 000 PROJECT WOULD BE COMPLETED LATER THIS YEAR AS YET ANOTHER ADDITION TO THE ESTATE’S RECREATIONAL FACILIT IES.

ADJOINING A BEAUTIFUL REST GARDEN COMPLETED ONLY IN APRIL, THE PARK WILL HAVE THREE CYCLING AREAS FOR ADVENTUROUS CYCLISTS, CHILDREN AND LEARNERS.

The area for high-skill cycling will be the largest, COVERING ALTOGETHER 2 400 SQUARE METRES.

IT WILL PROVIDE CIRCUITS OF 3.5-METRE WIDE TRACKS WITH UNDULATING SLOPES, BRIDGES AND TRICK CHANNELS AS FEATURES TO CHALLENGE SKILLS AND GIVE MORE FUN.+

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE PARK HAD BEEN DESIGNED WITH SPECIALIST ADVICE FROM THE HONG KONG CYCLING ASSOCIATION.

THE PROJECT ALSO FEATURES THE USE OF SPECIAL COATING TECHNIQUE IN PLACE OF THE CONVENTIONAL PAVING METHOD.

GOOD-QUALITY CONCRETE MATERIALS WILL BE USED TO GIVE SAFE, CLEAN AND DURABLE CYCLING GROUNDS AND TO FACILITATE MANAGEMENT.+

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THE DADDY OF ’EM ALL

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TwENTY-SIX YEARS OF AGE AND FATHER OF MORE THAN 30 CHICKS -VIRILE IF NOT YOUNG IS THE RIGHT DESCRIPTION FOR THIS VERY SPECIAL 3IRD WHO ACTUALLY IS AN ARGUS PHEASANT.

CALL HIM + AP+, THE +DADDY+ WITH SUCH AN AGGRESSIVE PERSONALITY, WHO IS ONE OF THE OLDEST AND LONGEST-STAYING RESIDENTS IN HONG KONG’S ZOOLOGICAL AND BOTANICAL GARDENS.

HE CAME IN AS A LEGAL IMMIGRANT INTO HONG KONG FROM BANGKOK IN 196A- AND AT THAT TIME, WAS ALREADY AN ADULT IN THE WORLD OF FOWLS.

TOGETHER WITH AP WAS A FEMALE COMPANION AND THEY SHARED MANY HAPPY YEARS IN THEIR GARDEN ROAD SANCTUARY. ONLY TWO YEAR AGO, AP’S LIFELONG MATE PASSED AWAY.

ACCORDING TO HIS KEEPERS, AP (WITH HlS HAREM OF FEMALE ARGUS PHEASANTS) HAS FATHERED AN AVERAGE OF TWO CHICKS A YEAR.

MORE THAN 30 SURVIVED to maturity and were sent TO ZOOS OVERSEAS.

SEVERAL OF AP’S +CHILDREN+ ARE NOW RESIDING IN BEIJING’S ZOO.

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♦GARDEN ROAD FIRE STATION TO BE RE-LOCATED* * * *

COMMENTING ON THE GOVERNMENT'S DECISION TO RE-LOCATE THE TEMPORARY FIRE STATION TO A SITE IN VICTORIA BARRACKS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE URBAN COUNCIL SAID TODAY IT WAS +MOST DISAPPOINTING THAT The EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HAD OVER-RULED THE URBAN COUNCIL’S RECENT APPEAL FOR RETENTION OF THE LAND CONCERNED.

FROM THE TIME IT BECAME KNOWN THAT VICTORIA BARRACKS, A MAGNIFICENT SITE IN THE HEART OF CENTRAL, WAS TO BE TURNED OVER TO THE URBAN COUNCIL FOR THE ENJOYMENT OF The PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, THE URBAN COUNCIL HAS BEEN FORMULATING DETAILED PROPOSALS FOR ITS DEVELOPMENT, UNFORTUNATELY DELAYED BY LACK OF FUNDS.

NOW IT SEEMS AS IF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HAS DISREGARDED OUR APPEAL CONCERNING THIS SITE WITH SCANT CONSIDERATION FOR OUR ARGUMENTS, WHICH ARE BASED ON THE FACTS THAT, FIRSTLY, THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE SITE AVAILABLE NEARBY FOR THE FIRE STATION AND, SECONDLY, THAT THE EXCISION OF THIS SITE WILL HAVE A DOMINO-LIKE EFFECT ON THE WHOLE DEVELOPMENT SCHEME FOR VICTORIA BARRACKS.*

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HAWKER PROBLEM - DB’S ASKED FOR VIEWS * * * *

DISTRICT BOARDS IN THE URBAN AREAS HAVE BEEN ASKED TO GIVE their views on the appropriateness of the urban council’s curreN' POL ICY ON HAWKERS.

THIS WAS DECIDED BY THE WORKING PARTY FORMED RECENTLY BY The COUNCIL TO LOOK INTO, AND IDENTIFY Changes to, The COUNCIL’S POLICY ON The MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL OF HAWKERS.

THE WORKING PARTY IS HEADED BY URBAN COUNCILLOR MRS ELSIE ELLIOTT WITH SIX OTHER COUNCILLORS AS MEMBERS - MESSRS. KWAN LIM-HO, STEPHEN LAU, LEE CHlK-YUET, TONG KAM-BlU, LAM CHAK-PIU AND WALTER SULKE.

TO ASSIST THE DISTRICT BOARDS IN THEIR DELIBERATIONS, THE WORKING PARTY, THROUGH THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, HAS PRODUCED A COMPACT YET COMPREHENSIVE PAPER ON THE COUNCIL'S CURRENT POLICY ON HAWKERS.

FURTHERMORE, OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS MEMBERS OF THE WORKING PARTY WILL BE ATTENDING DISTRICT BOARD MEETINGS TO ANSWER QUESTIONS AND DISCUSS WAYS OF DEALING WITH THE HAWKER SITUATION IN HONG KONG-

APART FROM CONSULTING URBAN DISTRICT BOARDS, THE WORKING PARTY WILL SEEK THE VIEWS OF VARIOUS COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS AT GRASSROOTS LEVEL AS WELL AS THOSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF HAWKERS’ ASSOCIATIONS.

the usd-prepared policy paper for the district boards SETS OUT EIGHT MAJOR AIMS OF THE COUNCIL IN THE MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL OF HAWKERS.

THESE ARE:

* TO SEEK A GRADUAL REDUCTION IN STREET TRADING AS CIRCUMSTANCES PERMIT;

* TO OBTAIN SUITABLE OFF-ROAD SITES WHENEVER POSSIBLE AND TO CONSTRUCT APPROPRIATE BUILDINGS, EITHER TEMPORARY OR PERMANENT, INTO WHICH TO MOVE STREET TRADERS;

* TO CONFINE STREET TRADING TO SPECIFIC AREAS NOT DETRIMENTAL TO THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT AND WHERE TRAFFIC AND PEDESTRIAN MOVEMENT WOULD NOT BE UNDULY IMPEDED;

* TO REDUCE TO A MINIMUM ThE NUISANCES CREATED BY STREET TRADING BY PUTTING IT UNDER PROPER CONTROL;

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* TO REDUCE TO A MINIMUM THE NUISANCES CREATED BY STREET TRADING TO SMALL-SCALE BUSINESSES AND TO GIVE ESTABLISHED STREET TRADERS LEGITIMATE STATUS;

* TO CONTINUE TO DISSOCIATE STREET TRADING FROM SOCIAL WELFARE,

* TO REDUCE PROGRESSIVELY THE HEAVY SUBSIDY FOR CONTROL OF HAWKERS FROM PUBLIC FUNDS; AND

* TO FINALISE THE RE-ORDERING OF ON-STREET HAWKING.

the working party will be making PERIODIC REPORTS on its PROGRESS TO the MARKETS AND STREET TRADERS SELECT COMMITTEE, CHAIRED BY MR SHUM CHOI-SANG.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 1984

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF MARCH EXTERNAL TRADE.............. 1

YOUTH URGED TO SNGaGE IN PUBLIC LIFE............................ 5

BOARD MEMBERS LOOK AT IMPROVEMENT WORKS ........................ 6

38 3M MORE FOR NEEDED INDUSTRIAL TRAINING ...................... 7

UMELCO RECEIVE VIEWS ON TAXI POLICY ............................ 8

WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL DaY CLEANSING SCHEME........................ 8

NEY PRICE STATISTICS SYSTEM EXPLAINED........................... 9

SUBMARINE OUTFALL FOR JUNK BAY.................................. 9

LABOUR LAW OFFENDERS FINED .................................... 10

ECOLOGY SEMINARS FOR TEACHERS ................................. 11

WORK BEGINS ON CHATHAM ROAD SUBWAYS............................ 11

SPEEDPOST TO UK SUSPENDED ..................................... 12

WATER STORAGE.................................................. 12

TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 1984

1 PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF MARCH EXTERNAL TRADE * * * *

MARCH 1984 PRICES OF TOTAL EXPORTS, DOMESTIC EXPORTS, RE-EXPORTS, AND IMPORTS ALL ROSE, ON AVERAGE, BY 17 PER CENT COMPARED WITH MARCH 1983 PRICES, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

AS A RESULT, THE TERMS OF TRADE INDEX (EXPRESSED AS A RATIO CF THE TOTAL EXPORT PRICE INDEX TO THE IMPORT PRICE INDEX) REMAINED AT THE LEVEL OF MARCH 1983.

THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY 36 PER CENT AND 42 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, SO THAT THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS INCREASED BY 38 PER CENT.

THE VOLUME OF IMPORTS INCREASED BY 24 PER CENT.

A COMPARISON OF FIGURES FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1984 WITH THOSE FOR THE SIMILAR QUARTER OF LAST YEAR, SHOWS THAT DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS GREW BY 30 PER CENT AND 37 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN VOLUME TERMS.

THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS BOTH INCREASED BY 16 PER CENT. AFTER ALLOWING FOR THE EFFECT OF PRICE INCREASE CF 17 PER CENT, IMPORTS RECORDED A 22 PER CENT GROWTH IN VOLUME TERMS.

A COMPARISON OF THE TWELVE MONTHS ENDING MARCH THIS YEAR WITH THE TWELVE MONTHS ENDING MARCH 1983, SHOWED THE, PR ICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS, RE-EXPORTS AND IMPORTS ROSE, ON AVERAGE, BY 12 PER CENT, 13 PER CENT AND 15 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 23 PER CENT AND 24 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, THUS GIVING A 21 PER CENT INCREASE IN THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS. THE VOLUME OF IMPORTS ROSE BY 15 PER CENT.

A CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT 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 ALL COMMODITY GROUPS INCREASED, FROM SIX PER CENT FOR WATCHES AND CLOCKS TO 28 PER CENT FOR FOOTWEAR.

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THE DOMESTIC EXPORT VOLUME OF NEARLY ALL COMMODITY GROUPS INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY, THE MORE SUBSTANTIAL ONES BEING ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS (+80 PER CENT), DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES (+65 PER CENT), FOOTWEAR (+45 PER CENT), METAL MANUFACTURES (+40 PER CENT), TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD (+39 PER CENT), TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES (+36 PER CENT), CLOTHING (+35 PER CENT), RADIOS OF ALL KINDS (+34 PER CENT) AS WELL AS TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES (+30 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, A SIGNIFICANT DECREASE IN DOMESTIC EXPORT VOLUME WAS RECORDED FOR METAL ORES AND SCRAP (-34 PER CENT).

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 EIGHT PER CENT FOR FUELS TO 21 PER CENT FOR RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES.

MANY OF THE MAJOR IMPORTED FOODSTUFFS DECLINED IN VOLUME TERMS, THE MORE SIGNIFICANT ONES BEING SOYA BEAN OIL, PEANUT OIL AND LARD, RICE, VEGETABLE AS WELL AS CEREALS AND CEREAL PREPARATIONS OTHER THAN RICE, WHEAT AND FLOUR. HOWEVER, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF SWINE, TEA AND COFFEE AS WELL AS MILK, BUTTER, CHEESE AND EGGS INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY.

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

THE IMPORT VOLUME OF NEARLY ALL RAW MATERIALS AND SEMIMANUFACTURES ROSE, AMONG WHICH RAW COTTON, MAN-MADE FIBRES, YARN OF MAN-MADE FIBRES, SILK FABRIC, WOOD, LUMBER AND CORK, COTTON YARN AND THREAD, WOOL AND OTHER ANIMAL HAIR, THERMIONIC CATHODE VALVES AND TUBES, DIODES, TRANSISTORS AND ELECTRICAL MICROCIRCUITS AS WELL AS YARN AND FABRICS OF WOOL AND MIXTURES INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY.

HOWEVER, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF CLAY AND REFRACTORY CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS, AND BUILDING MATERIALS, EXCEPT GLASS DROPPED SLIGHTLY.

IMPORTS AND FUELS ROSE BY 20 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS.

IN THE CAPITAL GOODS CATEGORY, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF ALL COMMODITIES INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY, THE MORE SUBSTANTIAL ONES BEING INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY, OFFICE MACHINES AS WELL AS SCIENTIFIC, MEDICAL, OPTICAL, MEASURING AND CONTROLLING INSTRUMENTS AND APPARATUS.

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

AS DEPICTED IN TABLE 3, THE RE-EXPORT VOLUME OF NEARLY ALL END-USE CATEGORIES INCREASED; RANGING FROM 25 PER CENT FOR CONSUMER GOODS TO 61 PER CENT FOR CAPITAL GOODS. HOWEVER, A DECREASE OF FOUR PER CENT WAS OBSERVED FOR FUELS.

FURTHER DETAILS ARE CONTAINED IN THE MARCH 1984 ISSUE OF THE +HONG KONG TRADE INDEX NUMBERS*, WHICH WILL BE ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT HK$2 PER COPY LATER THIS MONTH.

TABLE 1 : CHANGES COMPARING MARCH 1984 WITH MARCH 1983 OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY COMMODITY GROUP

EXPORT EXPORT EXPORT

COMMODITY GROUP VALUE UNIT VALUE VOLUME

CLOTHING +65% +22% +35%

TEXTILE FABRICS . +49% +21% +23%

TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD +62% +17% +39%

TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND

RELATED ARTICLES +52% +12% +36%

RADIOS OF ALL KINDS +56% +16% +34%

ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS +92% + 7% +80%

FOOTWEAR +85% *28% +45%

METAL MANUFACTURES +61% +14% +43%

METAL ORES AND SCRAP -24% +15% -34%

WATCHES AND CLOCKS +8% +6% +2%

TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS

AND SIMILAR ARTICLES +50% +15% +30%

DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL

APPLIANCES +89% +14% +65%

ALL COMMODITIES +59% +17% +36%

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YOUTH URGED TO ENGAGE IN PUBLIC LIFE

* * * *

YOUNG PEOPLE WERE URGED TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR POTENTIAL AND TAKE AN ACTIVE PART IN PUBLIC LIFE DURING THE 1985 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR AND BEYOND.

THIS CALL WAS MADE TODAY (TUESDAY) AT A PRESS CONFERENCE BY M?S SELINA CHOW IN HER CAPACITY AS CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE ON 1985 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR.

IN THIS CRUCIAL TIME IN HONG KONG’S HISTORY, WHEN ALL OF US ARE SO CONCERNED ABOUT OUR FUTURE, WE SHOULD NO DOUBT PAY MORE ATTENTION TO OUR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WILL HAVE AN INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY IN THIS CONSTANTLY AND RAPIDLY CHANGING SOCIETY,* SHE SAID.

SHE WAS CONFIDENT THAT THE FORTHCOMING SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL CHANGES WOULD HELP YOUNG PEOPLE IN HONG KONG REALISE AND FURTHER DEVELOP THEIR POTENTIAL TO THE BENEFIT OF THE COMMUNITY.

THE UNITED NATIONS HAS DESIGNATED 1985 AS INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR TO HIGHLIGHT THE SPECIFIC NEEDS AND ASPIRATIONS OF YOUNG PEOPLE.

THE GOVERNMENT HAS RESPONDED TO THE U.N. CALL TO OBSERVE THE YOUTH YEAR. A SPECIAL COMMITTEE, COMPRISING UNOFFICIAL AND OFFICIAL MEMBERS, YOUNG PEOPLE AS WELL AS REPRESENTATIVES FROM DIFFERENT ORGANISATIONS, HAS BEEN FORMED TO PLAN AND COORDINATE LOCAL ACTIVITIES IN SUPPORT OF THE YOUTH YEAR. '

THE UNITED NATIONS HAS ADOPTED +PARTICIPATION+, +DEVELOPMENT+ AND +PEACE+ AS THE THEMES OF THE YOUTH YEAR.

SHE SAID PARTICIPATION COULD MEAN TAKING PART IN PUBLIC LIFE AND IN SOCIAL CHANGE, BOTH OF WHICH ARE CENTRAL TO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, ESPECIALLY IN THIS TIME OF HONG KONG’S HISTORY.

WE HOPE YOUNG PEOPLE, WHO ARE CAPABLE OF DECIDING ON MATTERS WHICH CONCERN THEIR OWN LIVES, CAN TAKE AN ACTIVE PART IN OUR DECISION-MAKING PROCESS AND PUT THOSE DECISIONS INTO EFFECT,+ SAID MRS CHOW.

IT IS ALSO HOPED THAT THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR WILL ALLOW OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO INCREASE THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS, FROM THE PERSONAL LEVEL THROUGH TO THE POLITICAL-INTERNATIONAL LEVEL,+ SHE SAID.

IN SUPPORT OF THE YOUTH YEAR, MRS CHOW SUGGESTED THAT THE WIDE VARIETY OF YOUTH-ORIENTED ORGANISATIONS AND COMMUNITY BODIES SHOULD ORGANISE MORE YOUTH ACTIVITIES IN 1985.

SHE ALSO APPEALED TO THE COMMERCIAL SECTOR TO PROVIDE SPONSORSHIP FOR SUCH EVENTS;

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THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE YOUTH YEAR IS SCHEDULED TO BE HELD IN EARLY JANUARY, 1985, BUT A PRELUDE OF EVENTS IS BEING PLANNED BY THE COMMITTEE FOR THE LATTER PART OF 1984, WHICH WILL INCLUDE YOUTH YEAR SONG COMPETITION AND POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION.

THE CENTRAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE IS PLANNING SEVERAL MAJOR EVENTS WHICH WILL BE HELD DURING THE YOUTH YEAR.

♦EACH OF THESE EVENTS IS DESIGNED TO INVOLVE THE ACTIVE AND MEANINGFUL PARTICIPATION OF THE YOUTH OF HONG KONG,+ SHE SAID.

+WE ARE ALL DETERMINED THAT 1985 WILL BE THE LAUNCHING POST CF A CONTINUING PROGRAMME, NOT JUST A ONE-OFF SERIES OF EXTRAVAGANZAS,+ MRS CHOW SAID.

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BOARD MEMBERS LOOK AT IMPROVEMENT WORKS X * *

FIFTEEN MEMBERS OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD AND ITS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE TOURED THE DISTRICT TODAY (TUESDAY) TO LOOK OVER ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT WORK.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR NIGEL WHITNEY, MEMBERS FIRST INSPECTED A DAMAGED BREAKWATER AND A CHOKED DRAIN AT MA WAN VILLAGE IN LEI YUE MUN TO SEE IF ANY IMPROVEMENT COULD BE MADE TO IT.

THEY THEN WENT TO THE YAU TONG INDUSTRIAL AREA'AND WERE TOLD BY THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICER (KOWLOON EAST), MR A.L.A. ALEXANDER-WEBBER, THAT THREE SITES ON CHO YUEN STREET AND A SITE NEAR THE TSUI PING ROAD ESTATE WOULD BE USED AS TEMPORARY RECREATIONAL GROUNDS.

AT LAM TIN THIRD VILLAGE, MEMBERS LOOKED AT TWO PROJECTS CARRIED OUT BY THE COMMITTEE - A CHAIN-LINK FENCING AND INSTALLATION OF STREET LIGHTS.

THEY ALSO VISITED THE BACKLANES OF LUEN ON STREET IN THE TING HONG AREA AND SAW THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS POSED BY THE ILLEGAL STRUCTURES.

SOME 50 STRUCTURES ARE SCHEDULED FOR CLEARNANCE NEXT MONTH UNDER THE +OPERATION FAR FLING+ IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME.

IN THE AFTERNOON, MEMBERS INSPECTED SOME SQUATTER AREA IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS COMPLETED BY THE COMMITTEE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR.

THESE INCLUDED A ROADSIDE AMENITY SPOT NEAR THE SAU MAU PING BUS TERMINUS, AND A SITTING-OUT AREA, GROUP LETTER BOXES AND A NOTICE BOARD IN ON LOK VILLAGE.

TODAY’S VISIT WAS INITIATED BY THE COMMITTEE TO PROVIDE THE GROUNDWORK FOR MEMBERS TO PLAN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT WORKS.

THE COMMITTEE HAS BEEN ALLOCATED $1 MILLION FOR THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR.

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S83M MORE FOR NEEDED INDUSTRIAL TRAINING

*****

MORE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING FACILITIES WILL BE AVAILABLE NEXT YEAR, WHEN THE KWAI CHUNG TRAINING CENTRE COMPLEX IS COMPLETED, DR FRANCIS TIEN, CHAIRMAN OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL SAID TODAY.

A S83-MILLI0N CONTRACT TO BUILD THIS COMPLEX AT TAI LIN PAI ROAD, KWAI CHUNG, HAS BEEN AWARDED TO THE HSIN CHONG CONSTRUCTION COMPANY LIMITED BY THE COUNCIL.

PRESIDING AT THE CONTRACT-SIGNING CEREMONY THIS AFTERNOON, DR TIEN SAID THAT THE KWAI CHUNG COMPLEX IS THE SECOND OF THE TWO COMPLEXES BEING CONSTRUCTED BY THE COUNCIL TO PROVIDE THE NEEDED WELL-TRAINED MANPOWER FOR INDUSTRY.

FIVE TRAINING CENTRES - FOR THE AUTOMOBILE, ELECTRICAL, ELECTRONICS, MACHINE SHOP AND METAL WORKING, AND TEXTILE INDUSTRIES -WILL BE HOUSED IN THE TEN-STOREY BUILDING, PROVIDING A TOTAL OF 4 100 TRAINING PLACES A YEAR.

FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME COURSES AT OPERATIVE, CRAFT AND TECHNICIAN LEVELS WILL BE OFFERED IN THESE CENTRES.

+WORKSHOPS IN THE CENTRES WILL BE DESIGNED AND EQUIPPED TO SIMULATE AS NEARLY AS POSSIBLE ACTUAL WORKING CONDITIONS IN INDUSTRY SO THAT TRAINEES WILL BE EXPOSED TO AN INDUSTRIAL ENVIRONMENT RIGHT FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE TRAINING.

+UPON COMPLETION OF THE COURSES, TRAINEES WILL BE ABLE TO ENTER INDUSTRY FOR FURTHER JOB EXPERIENCE OR BECOME APPRENTICES AND RECEIVE ADDITIONAL TRAINING ON THE JOB+, HE SAID.

HE ALSO SAID THAT CONSTRUCTION WORK ON THE FIRST COMPLEX IN KOWLOON BAY WAS GOING WELL AND THAT ENROLMENT OF TRAINEES WOULD START SOON.

+WHEN THESE TWO INDUSTRIAL TRAINING BUILDING PROJECTS COME INTO FRUITION, HONG KONG WILL BE ABLE TO EMBARK ON A WELL-DEVISED SYSTEM OF MANPOWER TRAINING TO SUSTAIN THE GROWTH OF LOCAL INDUSTRY,* DR TIEN SAID.

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UMELCO RECEIVE VIEWS ON TAXI POLICY * X * X

UMELCO DUTY ROSTER MEMBERS HON Q W LEE. HON WONG LAM AND HON J J SWAINE TODAY (TUESDAY) RECEIVED REPRESENTATIONS FROM THE TRAFFIC SERVICES EMPLOYEES’ ASSOCIATION ON GOVERNMENT’S TAXI POLICY REVIEW.

AT THE MEETING, REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ASSOCIATION PRESENTED TO MEMBERS A PAPER CONTAINING THEIR VIEWS ON THE 1983 TAXI REVIEW REPORT.

IN ADDITION TO OUTLINING THE PRESENT SITUATION OF TAXI OPERATION, THEY ALSO MADE THREE SUGGESTIONS, NAMELY THAT GOVERNMENT SHOULD FREEZE THE ISSUE OF TAXI LICENCES; GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT TREAT TAXIS LIKE PRIVATE CARS BECAUSE TAXI IS A MODE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND GOVERNMENT SHOULD POSTPONE RAISING SUBSTANTIALLY THE FIRST REGISTRATION TAX AND LICENCE FEE SO AS NOT TO INCREASE THE BURDEN OF TAXI OPERATORS.

MEMBERS PROMISED TO CONVEY THEIR VIEWS TO THE ADMINISTRATION FOR CONSIDERATION.

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WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL DAY CLEANSING SCHEME

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ON WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL DAY TODAY THE URBAN COUNCIL APPROVED A $865 000 PILOT SCHEME FOR THE PROVISION OF A PRIVATELY-OPERATED CLEANSING SERVICE FOR THE SHAU KEI WAN SQUATTER AREA.

♦ IT IS A HAPPY COINCIDENCE THAT TODAY’S DECISION WAS MADE ON THIS IMPORTANT DAY, CHOSEN BY THE UNITED NATIONS TO DRAW ATTENTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS,* SAID A COUNCIL SPOKESMAN.

+ N0 ORGANISATION IN HONG KONG IS MORE CONSCIOUS OF 'AND WORKING HARDER TO SOLVE THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS IN THE URBAN AREAS THAN THE COUNCIL, AND TODAY’S DECISION MARKS A FURTHER STEP BY THE COUNCIL TO BRING ABOUT AN IMPORTANT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT.*

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT AS FROM NEXT MONTH, A PRIVATE CLEANSING COMPANY WILL TAKE OVER THE CLEANSING SERVICES IN KAU FU, MA SHAN AND NAM ON FONG VILLAGES IN SHAU KEI WAN FROM THE URBAN COUNCIL, FOR A FOUR-MONTH TRIAL PERIOD.

THEREAFTER, THE SERVICE CONTRACT MAY BE EXTENDED FOR ONE YEAR FOLLOWED BY TWO FURTHER PERIODS OF ONE YEAR EACH, SUBJECT TO THE SCHEME PROVING WORTHWHILE.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE MAIN AIM OF THE EXERCISE IS TO UPGRADE STANDARDS IN’CLEANS ING SERVICES TO SQUATTER AREAS.

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♦ THE SHAU KEI WAN SQUATTER AREA IS IDEAL FOR LAUNCHING THE SCHEME BECAUSE OF THE DENSE CONCENTRATION OF SQUATTER HUTS IN ONE LOCATION,+ HE SAID.

♦FURTHERMORE, CLEANSING IN SUCH PLACES IS COMPARATIVELY SIMPLE, REQUIRING NO SPECIAL VEHICLES AND EQUIPMENT.

♦EFFICIENT MANPOWER IS ALL THAT IS NECESSARY TO CARRY OUT THE WORK AND THE COMPANY CHOSEN IS EXPERIENCED IN THIS FIELD.+

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NEW PRICE STATISTICS SYSTEM EXPLAINED *****

DETAILS OF THE IMPORT AND EXPORT PRICE STATISTICS SYSTEM ARE PUBLISHED IN A SPECIAL REVIEW ARTICLE IN THE MARCH 1984 ISSUE OF THE HONG KONG MONTHLY DIGEST OF STATISTICS.

THE ARTICLE DESCRIBES THE CONCEPTS AND METHODOLOGY USED IN THE PRICE SURVEYS AND IN THE COMPILATION OF PRICE INDEXES. IT ALSO PRESENTS A COMPARISON OF THE PRICE INDEXES AND THE CORRESPONDING UNIT VALUE INDEXES.

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT HAD STARTED PLANNING FOR SUCH STATISTICS, WHICH ARE ESSENTIAL FOR VARIOUS ECONOMIC ANALYSES, SINCE APRIL 1982.

THE MARCH 1984 ISSUE OF THE HONG KONG MONTHLY DIGEST OF STATISTICS IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, HONG KONG AT $25 PER COPY.

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SUBMARINE OUTFALL FOR JUNK BAY * * *

A 3.4 KILOMETRES LONG SUBMARINE OUTFALL IS TO BE BUILT AT AlNK BAY AS PART OF THE NEW TOWN’S SEWAGE DISPOSAL FACILITIES.

CONTRACTORS WITH THE REQUIRED EXPERTISE ARE INVITED IN THE LATEST GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TO APPLY TO QUALIFY TO TENDER AT A LATER STAGE.

THE OUTFALL WILL BE CONSTRUCTED OF CONCRETE-ENCASED STEEL . WITH A DIAMETER OF 1 600 MILLIMETRES.

WORK WILL START NEXT YEAR AND TAKE 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 5

1984

OTHER SEWAGE DISPOSAL FACILITIES BEING PLANNED INCLUDE A

TWO KILOMETRES LONG TUNNEL RUNNING BETWEEN PAK SHEK KOK AND SIU

CHIK SHA AND A SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT NEAR SIU CHIK SHA.

THEY WILL BE COMPLETED BEFORE THE END OF 1986, IN TIME FOR

THE FIRST INTAKE OF POPULATION FOR THE PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE NOW BEING CONSTRUCTED AT JUNK BAY.

UNDER THE FIRST PHASE OF DEVELOPMENT, THE NEW TOWN WILL ACCOMMODATE AN INITIAL POPULATION OF 175 OOO.

THE JUNK BAY NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PLANNING AND UNDERTAKING THE PROJECTS.

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LABOUR LAW OFFENDERS FINED * * *

FINES TOTALLING $562'000 WERE IMPOSED BY COURTS IN APRIL IN 578 CONVICTIONS FOR BREACHES OF LABOUR LAWS.

MOST OF THE CASES, BROUGHT BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, RELATED TO 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 174 CASES CONCERNING VIOLATIONS OF SAFETY REGULATIONS, WITH $263 300 IN FINES. INCLUDED WERE 81 CASES (WITH

$141 350 IN FINES) FOR BREACH OF THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL

UNDERTAKINGS (GUARDING AND OPERATION OF MACHINERY) REGULATIONS

AND 27 CASES (WITH $57 200 IN FINES) FOR BREACH OF THE

CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS.

AND 339 CASES RELATING TO BREACHES OF THE WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS (INDUSTRY) REGULATIONS RESULTED IN $250 350 IN FINES.

OF THE OTHER CONVICTIONS, 17 CASES RELATED TO FAILURE TO KEEP RECORD OF EMPLOYEES, LEADING TO $8 000 IN FINES.

TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 1984

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ECOLOGY SEMINARS FOR TEACHERS

TwO SEMINARS ON ECOLOGY WILL BE HELD ON JULY 31 AND AUGUST 7 BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S FIELD STUDIES CENTRE FOR HIGHER LEVEL AND ADVANCED LEVEL BIOLOGY TEACHERS.

THE AIM OF THE SEMINARS IS TO ACQUAINT TEACHERS WITH THE ECOLOGICAL METHODS AND TECHNIQUES USED IN FIELD STUDIES, AND TO FAMILIARISE TEACHERS WITH THE FACILITIES AND RESOURCES OF THE FIELD STUDIES CENTRE.

THE ENROLMENT FOR EACH SEMINAR IS LIMITED TO 30. PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO NEW GRADUATES WHO TEACH THE SUBJECT, AND ACCEPTANCE WILL BE ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

HEADS OF SCHOOLS WISHING TO NOMINATE THEIR BIOLOGY TEACHERS TO ATTEND THE SEMINARS SHOULD APPLY TO THE INSPECTOR, FIELD STUDIES CENTRE, SAI KUNG OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE, PAi\ KONG, SAI KUNG, NEW TERRITORIES, BY JUNE 15.

ENQUIRIES ON THE SEMINARS MAY BE MADE TO THE FIELD STUDIES CENTRE ON 3-2814009.

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WORK BEGINS ON CHATHAM ROAD SUBWAYS

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WORK BEGAN TODAY ON BUILDING TWO SUBWAYS UNDER CHATHAM ROAD TO REPLACE AN EXISTING UNDERPASS.

A S6-MILLI0N CONTRACT FOR THE WORK WAS RECENTLY AWARDED TO KO’S CONSTRUCTION COMPANY BY THE RAILWAY DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

THE THREE-METRE-WIDE SUBWAYS - ONE 42 METRES AND THE OTHER 35 METRES LONG - WILL BE BUILT CLOSE TO THE UNDERPASS AND CONNECT 01 MAN ESTATE WITH WINSLOW STREET, HUNG HOM.

THE UNDERPASS WILL BE CLOSED FOR WORK ON AN ADDITIONAL RAIL TRACK, AND IMPROVEMENT WORK TO THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION’S KOWLOON STATION GOODS YARDS.

INCLUDED IN THE PROJECT IS CONSTRUCTION OF FOOTPATHS, STAIRCASES AND RETAINING WALLS AND PROVISION OF FLOWER BEDS AND FENCING.

THE WORK IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN 10 MONTHS.

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SPEEDPOST TO UK SUSPENDED * * * *

DUE TO AN INDUSTRIAL DISPUTE AFFECTING THE BRITISH POST OFFICE, THE SPEEDPOST SERVICE BETWEEN HONG KONG AND THE UK IS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED, THE POSTMASTER GENERAL ANNOUNCED TODAY.


WATER STORAGE * K *

STORAGE IN HONG KONGKS RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (TUESDAY) STOOD AT 72.9 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 427.331 MILLION CUBIC METRES

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 495.691 MILLION

CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 84.6 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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I

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 1984

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR TO OPEN ISLAND CORRIDOR................................. 1

SCHEMES TO DEAL WITH CORRIDOR TRAFFIC RUSH ...................... 1

CORRIDOR BUS SERVICES START FRIDAY .............................. 3

BUS FARES EXPLAINED ............................................. 4

821-M COMPUTER PROJECT FOR LAND OFFICE........................... 7

HK SE£N AS BEST PLACE FOR MANUFACTURING ......................... 7

OVER 32 000 ESTABLISHMENTS IN TRANSPORT SECTOR................... 9

EXPERTS TO CONDUCT JOURNALISM COURSES .......................... 10

MJSEUM ACQUIRES WARTIME PAPERS.................................. 11

HOS FLATS ON SALE............................................... 12

FOUR SITES FOR RINT............................................. 13

QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HOLIDAYS....................................... 13

DB TO DISCUSS HAWKER POLICY..................................... 14

LADY YOUDE VISITS SALVATION ARMY PROJECTS ...................... 14

HORTICULTURAL CLASS IN SAI KUNG................................. 15

VOLLEYBALL REFEREE COURSE....................................... 15

STREET TO BE RESUMED FOR REPAIR................................. 16

TRAFFIC SCHEME HOURS EXTENDED .................................. 16

WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM TO BE IMPROVED ............................. 17

RESTRICTED ZONES ............................................... 17

SHA TIN ROAD CLOSURE............................................ 18

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 1984

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NOTE TO EDITORSi

GOVERNOR TO OPEN ISLAND CORRIDOR * * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, WILL OPEN THE FIRST SECTION OF THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AT 3 PM. YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CEREMONY.

A COACH WILL TAKE THE PRESS TO THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR. IT WILL LEAVE MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, AT 1.45 PM. PRESS REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD MEET AT THE LIFT LOBBY OF MURRAY BUILDING BY 1.35 PM. MEMBERS OF THE PRESS WANTING TO MAKE THEIR OWN WAY TO THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR SHOULD ASSEMBLE ON THE TONG SHU I ROAD SLIP ROAD NOT LATER THAN 2.30 PM. THOSE ARRIVING BY VEHICLE SHOULD PARK ON THE TONG SHU I ROAD SLIP ROAD, WITH THE GUIDANCE CF GIS OFFICERS, NOT LATER THAN 2.30 PM.

A MAP SHOWING WHERE TO ASSEMBLE AND WHERE TO PARK WILL BE BOXED FOR COLLECTION TODAY. AS ACCESS TO THE CORRIDOR WILL BE CONTROLLED FOR THE OPENING CEREMONY, PRESS REPRESENTATIVES ARE URGED TO USE THE ABOVE TWO FACILITIES, AT WHICH GIS STAFF WILL BE PRESENT TO ASSIST.

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SCHEMES TO DEAL WITH CORRIDOR TRAFFIC RUSH

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TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEMES WILL BE IMPLEMENTED AT BOTH ENDS CF THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR IMMEDIATELY AFTER ITS OPENING ON JUNE 8 TO EASE EXPECTED TRAFFIC CONGESTION.

THIS WAS STATED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY THE ACTING ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR TSOH MING, IN A TALK TO MEMBERS CF THE ROTARY CLUB OF HONG KONG ISLAND EAST.

MR TSOH SAID THAT THE CORRIDOR WOULD SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVE THE OVERALL TRAFFIC SITUATION, AND SHORTEN JOURNEY TIMES FOR ALL MODES OF TRANSPORT. IT WOULD ALSO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT IN THE KING’S ROAD/JAVA ROAD AREA BY DIVERTING ALL THE THROUGH TRAFFIC ONTO THE CORRIDOR.

GIVING AN EXAMPLE, HE SAID IT WOULD TAKE LESS THAN FOUR MINUTES TO TRAVEL FROM TAI KOO SHING TO VICTORIA PARK ROAD AT NORMAL SPEED.

MR TSOH SAID THAT THE GENERAL CONCERN EXPRESSED ABOUT THE • IMPACT OF THE CORRIDOR ON THE TRAFFIC SITUATION AT BOTH ENDS, PARTICULARLY NEAR THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL, WAS +UNDERSTANDABLE+.

♦HOWEVER THE PROBLEMS.HAVE BEEN ANTICIPATED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT AND REMEDIAL MEASURES HAVE BEEN AND ARE BEING TAKEN TO RECTIFY THE SITUATION,♦ HE SAID.

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AT THE WESTERN END, GLOUCESTER ROAD DOWNSTREAM OF THE CORRIDOR WOULD BE REDUCED TO TWO LANE TRAFFIC BECAUSE ROADWORK ASSOCIATED WITH THE GLOUCESTER ROAD FLYOVER WAS BEING CARRIED OUT.

BUT THIS BOTTLENECK WOULD BE REMOVED AFTER COMPLETION OF THE WORK, WHEN THE CORRIDOR IS OPENED TO TRAFFIC.

MR TSOH SAID THAT PLANS WERE IN HAND TO WIDEN THE CARRIAGEWAY OF VICTORIA PARK ROAD FROM THREE TO FOUR LANES.

FURTHER DOWNSTREAM, IN GLOUCESTER ROAD, THE PROBLEM WAS CAUSED BY THE TAILING BACK OF THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL QUEUE. HOWEVER, THIS COULD BE OVERCOME BY EXTENDING THE EXISTING SCHEME TO DISALLOW VEHICLES FROM USING THE EXIT IN GLOUCESTER ROAD OUTSIDE WORLD TRADE CENTRE TO COVER A LONGER PERIOD, FROM 8 AM TO 7 PM.

THE SCHEME HAD PROVED TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN IMPROVING TRAFFIC FLOW IN THE MAIN CARRIAGEWAY OF GLOUCESTER ROAD TO THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL, HE SAID.

MR TSOH SAID THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WAS CLOSELY MONITORING THE EFFECT OF THE TAX RECENTLY IMPOSED ON THE USE OF THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL WHICH TENDED TO REDUCE THE TUNNEL QUEUE FROM ALL DIRECTIONS.

AT THE EASTERN END OF THE CORRIDOR, TRAFFIC IN SAI WAN HO WOULD LIKELY BECOME HEAVIER UNTIL THE CORRIDOR WAS EXTENDED FURTHER TO SHAU KEI WAN IN 1985, MR TSOH SAID.

TO IMPROVE THE ROAD CAPACITY FOR WESTBOUND TRAFFIC ALONG SHAU KEI WAN ROAD, A SECTION OF THE TRAM TRACK HAD ALREADY BEEN MOVED TO THE NORTH, SO AS TO GIVE AN ADDITIONAL LANE FOR THE CENTRAL-BOUND TRAFFIC.

THE LAYOUT AT THE JUNCTION OF SHAU KEI WAN ROAD WITH TAI KOO SHING ROAD WAS BEING MODIFIED TO ALLOW A BETTER MOVEMENT OF CENTRAL-BOUND TRAFFIC WISHING TO ENTER THE CORRIDOR VIA TAI KOO SHING.

TRAFFIC FLOW IS EXPECTED TO BECOME SMOOTHER WHEN A FOOTBRIDGE ACROSS SHAU KEI WAN ROAD AT THIS JUNCTION IS COMPLETED WITHIN A MONTH’S TIME.

TO REDUCE THE ADVERSE EFFECT OF THE THROUGH TRAFFIC ON THE TAI KOO SHING ESTATE, A NEW TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME WOULD BE IMPLEMENTED IN TAI KOO SHING.

UNDER THE SCHEME, A ONE-WAY GYRATORY TRAFFIC SYSTEM WOULD BE INTRODUCED IN THE TAI KOO SHING AREA.

AND TRAFFIC SIGNALS WLTH PEDESTRIAN PHASES WOULD BE INSTALLED AT TWO JUNCTIONS IN THE ESTATE. ALL THE TRAFFIC SIGNALS IN THE AREA WOULD BE PUT UNDER CENTRAL COMPUTER CONTROL TO REGULATE THE Flow of CORRIDOR TRAFFIC THROUGH TAI KOO SHING TO MANAGEABLE LEVELS, HE SAID.

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CORRIDOR BUS SERVICES START FRIDAY * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT FIVE BUS ROUTES ON THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR WILL START OPERATING ON FRIDAY AT 4 PM.

THE FIVE ROUTES AND THE FARES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

NO. 720 SHAU KEI WAN - CENTRAL (QUEEN VICTORIA STREET)

FARES: SHAU KEI WAN TO CENTRAL — $2.00 FLEMING ROAD TO CENTRAL — $1.00 TAI KOO SHING TO SHAU KEI WAN — $0.80

NO. 721 TAI KOO SHING - CENTRAL (JACKSON ROAD)

FARES: TAI KOO SHING TO CENTRAL — $2.00

FLEMING ROAD TO CENTRAL — $1.00

NO. 722 QUARRY BAY - ADMIRALTY (EAST)

FARES: QUARRY BAY TO ADMIRALTY (EAST) — $2.00

FLEMING ROAD TO CENTRAL — $1.00

HEALTHY STREET TO QUARRY BAY — $0.80

NO. 780 CHAI WAN (SAN HA STREET) - CENTRAL (WING WO STREET)

FARES: CHAI WAN (SAN HA STREET) TO CENTRAL — $2.50 SHAU KEI WAN (ALDRICH STREET) TO CENTRAL — $2.00 FLEMING ROAD TO CENTRAL “ $1.00

TAI KOO SHING TO CHAI WAN (SAN HA STREET) — $0.80

NO. 781 CHAI WAN (HING WAH) - CENTRAL MTR STATION (DOUGLAS STREET)

FARES: HING WAH TO CENTRAL MTR STATION — $2.50 SHAU KEI WAN (ALDRICH STREET) TO

CENTRAL MTR STATION — $2.00

FLEMING ROAD TO CENTRAL MTR STATION ~ $1.00

TAIKOO SHING TO HING WAH — $0.80

THE ROUTES WILL ONLY OPERATE DURING THE MORNING AND EVENING PEAK HOURS — FROM 6 AM TO 9.30 AM AND 4 PM TO 7.15 PM — AT A FREQUENCY RANGING FROM 6 TO 20 MINUTES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT ALL EXISTING +M+ ROUTES. INCLUDING NO. 20M, NO. 22M, NO. 81M AND THE OTHER SERVICES, NO. 20 AND NO. 80 RUNNING PARALLEL TO THE NEW ROUTES BETWEEN THE EASTERN DISTR IC.T AND THE CENTRAL AREA, WILL CONTINUE TO OPERATE VIA KING’S ROAD AT THE USUAL FARE SCALE.

+MOREOVER, THE EXISTING BUS ROUTES, NO. 2, NO. 8, NO. 21, NO. 22, NO. 81 AND NO. 81A WILL ALSO BE RUNNING WITHOUT ANY CHANGE IN FREQUENCIES AND BUSES EMPLOYED,+ HE SAID.

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BUS FARES EXPLAINED * * *

COMMENTING ON THE INTRODUCTION OF EXPRESS BUS ROUTES ON THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT THE FARES HAVE BEEN SET IN ACCORDANCE WITH ROAD

TRAFFIC POLICY AND CONDITIONS AND NOT WITH REGARD TO THE COMPETITIVENESS OF THE MTR.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT IN DETERMINING THE LEVFL OF FARES, THE FOLLOWING POINTS HAVE BEEN TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT x-

(A) THE HIGHER STANDARD OF SERVICE AND THE SHORTER JOURNEY TIMES;

(B) FOR IEC ROUTES THERE ARE A LIMITED NUMBER OF STOPS AND ONCE THE BUSES ARE ON THE CORRIDOR, THEY CANNOT PICK UP FURTHER PASSENGERS;

(C) THEY ARE PEAK-HOUR SERVICES ONLY; AND

(D) THEY ARE ADDITIONAL TO EXISTING ROUTES.

HE EMPHASISED THAT THE*EXISTING BUS SERVICES ON KING’S ROAD WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED. THERE IS NO INTENTION TO RAISE THE FARE LEVELS OF THESE SERVICES, EITHER NOW OR LATER, TO THE LEVELS NOW DETERMINED FOR THE NEW IEC ROUTES. THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE THE EXISTING BUS SERVICES, AND IN ADDITION THE CHOICE OF USING THE IEC ROUTES. THE ANXIETY EXPRESSED BY SOME CRITICS THAT THE NEW IEC ROUTE FARES WILL HAVE AN EFFECT ON THE COST OF LIVING IS THEREFORE WITHOUT FOUNDATION.

IT SHOULD ALSO BE NOTED THAT THE KING’S ROAD SERVICES ARE EXPECTED TO IMPROVE WITH QUICKER TRAVEL TIMES BY THE REDUCTION CF CONGESTION WHEN THE CORRIDOR OPENS.

ON THE CRITICISM BY EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS THAT BUSES USING THE TUEN MUN HIGHWAY AND THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL CHARGE LOWER FARES THAN THOSE USING THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT SUCH ROUTES ARE NOT DIRECTLY COMPARABLE WITH THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR ROUTES. THE IEC ROUTES WILL OFFER SUPPLEMENTARY PEAK HOUR SERVICES ADDITIONAL TO THE EXISTING KING’S ROAD SERVICES. THIS IS LIKELY TO INVOLVE ADDITIONAL COST TO CMB SINCE THERE WILL LIKELY BE LITTLE ADDITIONAL OVERALL BUS PATRONAGE. THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL AND TUEN MUN HIGHWAY ROUTES ARE MAIN ARTERIAL ROUTES OPERATING NORMAL SCHEDULED HOURS AND SERVICES. SINCE THE IEC ROUTES ARE ALTERNATIVES WHICH WILL PROVIDE AN UPGRADED, FASTER SERVICE THAN THE EXISTING KING’S ROAD ROUTES, IT IS CONSIDERED REASONABLE THAT THE IEC FARES SHOULD BE SET AT A HIGHER LEVEL, NOT ONLY TO REFLECT THE ENHANCED NATURE OF THE IEC SERVICES, BUT ALSO WITH A VIEW TO ACHIEVING A REASONABLE BALANCE OF SERVICES BETWEEN THE IEC AND THE KING’S ROAD.

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ON CONSULTATION WITH THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD WAS CONSULTED ON MAY 24 ON THE GENERAL QUESTION OF POSSIBLE IEC BUS SERVICES, THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE HAVE PREVIOUSLY DISCUSSED THE MATTER IN MARCH. HOWEVER, IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO CONSULT THE DISTRICT BOARD ON FARES AT THAT STAGE SINCE NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE CHINA MOTOR BUS COMPANY WERE STILL UNDER WAY. SINCE AGREEMENT WAS ONLY SUBSEQUENTLY REACHED WITH THE COMPANY ON THE FIVE ROUTES AND RELATED FARES FOR BUSES OPERATING VIA THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR, THERE WAS INSUFFICIENT TIME TO FURTHER CONSULT THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD ON THIS MATTER IN VIEW OF THE IMMINENT OPENING OF THE IEC AND THE NEED TO AVOID DEPRIVING THE PUBLIC OF BUS SERVICES ON THIS CORRIDOR. THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT INFORMED THE DISTRICT OFFICER, EASTERN ON MAY 29, 1984, AS SOON AS AGREEMENT WAS REACHED, AND HE PROMPTLY INFORMED THE DISTRICT’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE AND WRITTEN INFORMATION WAS GIVEN TO EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS.

THE GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED THAT THE FIVE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR BUS ROUTES ARE TEMPORARY AND WILL BE REVIEWED NOT ONLY IN THE LIGHT OF THEIR PATRONAGE BUT ALSO IN THE LIGHT OF THE OVERALL PATTERN OF PATRONAGE OF OTHER TRANSPORT MODES.

NOTE :

THE FOLLOWING IS THE REPLY BY THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT TO A LETTER ADDRESSED TO HIM BY THE PEOPLE’S COALITION FOR THE MONITORING OF PUBLIC UTILITIES AND THE COMMITTEE OF CONCERN ON PEOPLE’S LIVELIHOOD IN CHAI WAN ON THE IEC BUS FARES:

+DEAR SIR,

THANK YOU FOR YOUR LETTER OF THE 2ND JUNE ABOUT THE FARES OF THE FIVE TEMPORARY BUS SERVICES ON THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR.

THE ANXIETY YOU EXPRESS THAT HIGH BUS FARES ARE BEING IMPOSED IN ORDER TO WEAKEN THE COMPETITIVENESS OF BUS SERVICES IS BASED ON A MISUNDERSTANDING OF THE POSITION. THE FARES SET ON A TEMPORARY BASIS FOR THE FIVE SERVICES TO OPERATE VIA THc IEC TWO BETWEEN CENTRAL AND SHAU KEI WAN, ONE BETWEEN CENTRAL AND TAI KOO SHING AND TWO BETWEEN CENTRAL AND CHAI WAN, HAVE BEEN SET IN ACCORDANCE WITH ROAD TRAFFIC POLICY AND CONDITIONS,

AND NOT WITH REGARD TO THE COMPETITIVENESS OF THE MTR.

FURTHER,. THE EXISTING BUS SERVICES ON THE KING’S ROAD WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED AND THERE IS NO INTENTION TO RAS IE THE FARE LEVELS OF THOSE SERVICES, EITHER NOW OR LATER, TO THE LEVELS NOW DETERMINED FOR THE NE.-. IEC ROUTES. THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE THE EXISTING BUS SERVICES, AND IN ADDITION THE CHOICE OF USING THE IEC ROUTES. YOUR ANXIETY THAT THE NEW IEC ROUTE FARES WILL HAVE AN EFFECT ON THE COST OF LIVING IS THEREFORE WITHOUT FOUNDATION.

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IT IS WORTH NOTING THAT OF THE TRAFFIC ON THE KING’S ROAD AT PRESENT, ABOUT 10 PER CENT ARE BUSES, AT PEAK HOURS. THEREFORE, THE TRAFFIC WHICH WILL TRANSFER TO THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR FROM THE KING’S ROAD WILL BE ALMOST TOTALLY VEHICLES OTHER THAN BUSES, AND THE EFFECT WILL BE TO IMPROVE THE MOVEMENT OF THE TRAFFIC REMAINING ON THE KING’S ROAD.

THE ACTUAL FARE LEVELS FOR THESE FIVE TEMPORARY IEC ROUTES WILL BE REVIEWED IN THE LIGHT OF THEIR PATRONAGE (WHICH IS VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO PREDICT IN THIS CASE) AND IN THE LIGHT OF THE OVERALL PATTERNS OF PATRONAGE OF OTHER TRANSPORT MODES. IF CHANGES TO ROUTES OR THE FARE LEVELS THEN SEEM TO BE NECESSARY, THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD WILL BE CONSULTED.

THE FARES FOR THE NEW TEMPORARY ROUTES ON THE IEC REFLECT THE FOLLOWING POINTS:

(A) THE HIGHER STANDARD OF SERVICE AND THE QUICKER JOURNEY TIMES ;

(B) FOR IEC ROUTES THERE ARE A LIMITED NUMBER OF STOPS AND ONCE THE BUSES ARE ON THE CORRIDOR, THEY CANNOT PICK UP FURTHER PASSENGERS;

(C) THEY ARE PEAK-HOUR SERVICES ONLY;

(D) THEY ARE ADDITIONAL TO EXISTING ROUTES. THE KING’S

ROAD ROUTE FARES WILL NOT BE INCREASED. THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC WILL HAVE A CHOICE OF SERVICES AND AS I POINTED OUT ABOVE THE KING’S ROAD SERVICES ARE EXPECTED TO IMPROVE WITH QUICKER TRAVEL TIMES BY THE REDUCTION OF CONGESTION WHEN THE CORRIDOR OPENS.

I WOULD ALSO COMMENT ON YOUR SUGGESTION THAT AS A RESULT CF THE IEC FARES BEING SET LOWER (AS YOU REQUEST), ANY DECREASE IN REVENUE SHOULD BE MET FROM CMB’S DEVELOPMENT FUND. YOU SEEM TO HAVE OVERLOOKED THE FACT THAT THE CONTENTS OF THAT FUND DERIVE FROM THE REVENUE OF THE COMPANY, IN OTHER WORDS, FARES PAID BY PASSENGERS. SO YOU SEEM TO BE SUGGESTING THAT PASSENGERS ON OTHER ORDINARY BUS ROUTES SHOULD SUBSIDISE THOSE TRAVELLING ON EXPRESS ROUTES.

I HAVE MADE AVAILABLE COPIES OF THIS LETTER TO THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD AND TO THE MEDIA, TO ENABLE FULLER PUBLIC UNDERSTAND ING.+

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$21-M COMPUTER PROJECT FOR LAND OFFICE

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WORK HAS BEGUN ON A S21-MILLI0N PROJECT TO COMPUTERISE THE LAND RECORDS OF THE LAND OFFICE OVER A FOUR-YEAR PERIOD, THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, MR NOEL GLEESON, SAID TODAY.

WHEN COMPLETED, THE PROJECT WILL MEAN CONSIDERABLE SAVINGS IN BOTH WORK TIME AND ANNUAL STAFF AND ACCOMMODATION COSTS, HE SAID.

THE COST WILL INCLUDE THE PURCHASE OF HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE, AT $8.5 MILLION AND COMPUTER SITE PREPARATION, AT $1.4 MILLION.

WORK ON THE PROJECT INCLUDES THE DEVISING OF A WORK SCHEDULE, THE PREPARATION OF TENDER DOCUMENTS FOR HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE, COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, THE DESIGNING OF WORK PROCEDURES, THE DRAWING UP OF COMPUTER SITE PLANS, THE COMPILATION OF WORK MANUALS AND THE DRAFTING OF AMENDMENTS TO THE LAND REGISTRATION REGULATIONS.

A PART OF THE PROJECT INVOLVES THE TECHNICAL CONVERSION OF INFORMATION ON SOME 1.2 MILLION LAND OFFICE REGISTER CARDS INTO COMPUTER DATA.

THE TECHNICAL CONVERSION, WHICH WILL TAKE ABOUT TWO YEARS TO COMPLETE AND REQUIRE A TEAM OF 66 STAFF, IS EXPECTED TO START IN EARLY 1986.

BY THAT TIME THE WHOLE OF THE REGISTRAR GENERAL'S DEPARTMENT, INCLUDING THE LAND OFFICE, WILL HAVE MOVED TO NEW AND IMPROVED GOVERNMENT ACCOMMODATION IN QUEENSWAY, NEXT TO THE NEW SUPREME COURT BUILDING.

COMPUTERISATION OF LAND OFFICE REGISTER CARDS WILL ENABLE THE LAND OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT TO PROVIDE A BETTER SERVICE, BY REDUCING THE TIME REQUIRED FOR MAKING A LAND SEARCH FROM ABOUT 20 MINUTES TO ABOUT FIVE MINUTES, BY SIMPLIFYING SEARCH PROCEDURES AND BY REDUCING THE TIME FOR REGISTRATION OF A DEED FROM TWO WEEKS TO ABOUT TWO DAYS.

THE COMPUTERISATION WOULD ALSO RESULT IN SAVINGS OF ABOUT $6 MILLION IN STAFF COST PER ANNUM AND ABOUT $1.3 MILLION IN ACCOMMODATION COST PER ANNUM, MR GLEESON SAID.

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HK SEEN AS BEST PLACE FOR MANUFACTURING

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THE DECISION BY A HONG KONG-BASED INTERNATIONAL COMPANY TO OPEN A NEW BRANCH FACTORY IN TAI PO SHOWS THAT HONG KONG IS RECOGNISED AS THE BEST PLACE IN WHICH TO LOCATE A MANUFACTURING FACILITY.

THIS WAS STATED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR JOHN YAXLEY, WHEN HE OFFICIATED AT THE OPENING OF THE BRANCH FACTORY OF LAWS FASHION KNITTERS LTD IN TAI PO.

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THE COMPANY, WHICH BEGAN OPERATIONS IN 1975, HAS IN THE PAST FOUR YEARS ESTABLISHED NEW PLANTS AND SUBSIDIARY FACTORIES IN CHINA, SRI LANKA, TAIWAN AND MACAU.

♦SINCE THE COMPANY IS ALREADY ESTABLISHED OVERSEAS, ITS DECISION TO OPEN ITS NEWEST BRANCH FACTORY IN HONG KONG ASSUMES GREATER SIGNIFICANCE. THIS SHOWS A CLEAR PREFERENCE FOR HONG KONG AS A BASE FOR EXPANSION IN THE LIGHT OF ITS MANUFACTURING EXPERIENCE ELSEWHERE IN THE REGION, AND IN THE FACE OF SOME ALARMIST TALK ABOUT THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG.

♦ THIS IS NOT MERELY A SENTIMENTAL ATTACHMENT TO HONG KONG. IT IS A STRICTLY COMMERCIAL DECISION WHICH RECOGNISES THAT THIS IS SIMPLY THE BEST PLACE, TAKING ALL THE FACTORS INTO CONSIDERATION, TO LOCATE A MANUFACTURING FACILITY,* MR YAXLEY SAID.

THE 3 717-SQUARE-METRE NEW PLANT IN TAI PO, MAKING SWEATERS AND KNITTED SHIRTS, IS THE FOURTH FACTORY OF LAWS FASHION IN HONG KONG. IT WILL EMPLOY SOME 600 WORKERS AT THE END OF THIS MONTH, INCREASING THE COMPANY’S TOTAL LOCAL WORKFORCE TO ABOUT 2 000.

*1 AM PLEASED TO ALSO NOTE THAT THE TAI PO FACTORY FORMS ONLY PART OF THE COMPANY’S PLANS FOR EXPANSION LOCALLY, AND WE MAY EXPECT TO HEAR OF MORE PRODUCTION SPACE BEING ACQUIRED IN THE NEAR FUTURE,* MR YAXLEY REMARKED.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WAS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE LAWS FASHION, MR T.P. LAW.

HE SAID THAT THE DECISION TO EXPAND PRODUCTION FACILITIES WAS NEVER AN EASY ONE, BUT THE REASONS FOR CHOOSING HONG KONG FOR THE EXPANSION WERE SIMPLE.

+FIRSTLY, WE BELIEVE THAT FROM HERE WE CAN PROVIDE OUR CUSTOMERS WITH A BETTER PRODUCT AND BETTER SERVICE.

♦SECONDLY, WE HAVE DEVELOPED A PROGRAMME OF EXPANSION AND DIVERSIFICATION DESIGNED TO PUT OUR COMPANY IN THE FOREFRONT OF THE KNITTING AND GARMENT INDUSTRY, AND WHERE BETTER TO DO THAT THAN IN THE WORLD’S LARGEST CENTRE OF KNITWEAR AND APPAREL.

♦THIRDLY AND PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANTLY, JUST AT THE PRESENT TIME, WE HAVE PUT OUR FACTORY HERE BECAUSE WE BELIEVE HONG KONG REMAINS, AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE, THE ONE PLACE WHERE ALL THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEUR - WHETHER HE BE TRADER, FINANCIER OR MANUFACTURER - CAN BE FULLY MET,+ MR LAW STRESSED.

♦WE SPEAK WITH SOME EXPERIENCE BECAUSE THE LAWS GROUP EMPLOYS NEARLY 8 000 PEOPLE WORLD-WIDE WITH FACTORIES IN CHINA AND SRI LANKA BESIDES HONG KONG, AND SALES OFFICES IN THE UNITED STATES.

♦BUT OUR PRINCIPAL FACTORIES ARE HERE, OUR INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS IS HERE, WE PLAN NO MOVES TO BERMUDA, AND WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT WE SHALL CONTINUE TO PROSPER,+ MR LAW SAID.

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OVER 32 000 ESTABLISHMENTS IN TRANSPORT SECTOR * * * *

THERE WERE 32 756 ESTABLISHMENTS ENGAGED IN TRANSPORT AND RELATED SERVICES IN HONG KONG FOR THE WHOLE OR PART OF 1982, A DECREASE OF ONE PER CENT OVER 1981, ACCORDING TO SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

BUT THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED ROSE BY ABOUT ONE PER CENT TO 124 960.

IN 1982, TOTAL BUSINESS RECEIPTS AND OTHER INCOME OF THESE ESTABLISHMENTS WERE ESTIMATED AT $36 000 MILLION, UP 15 PER CENT OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

THEY SPENT $5 054 MILLION ON COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES (AN INCREASE OF 26 PER CENT), AND $27 324 MILLION ON OPERATING EXPENSES (AN INCREASE OF 17 PER CENT).

THEIR GROSS ADDITIONS'TO FIXED ASSETS (BEING ACQUISITION CF FIXED ASSETS LESS PROCEEDS FROM SALES OF FIXED ASSETS) WERE $5 603 MILLION (AN INCREASE OF 12 PER CENT).

VALUE ADDED GENERATED BY THE ENTIRE TRANSPORT SECTOR IN 1982 WAS $9 616 MILLION, UP 10 PER CENT OVER 1981.

THE MORE IMPORTANT MAJOR TRANSPORT GROUPS, RANKED ACCORDING TO THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO VALUE ADDED, WERE : +LAND PASSENGER TRANSPORT* ($2 819 MILLION OR 29 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL), +OCEAN AND COASTAL WATER TRANSPORT* ($1 785 MILLION OR 19 PER CENT), +AIR TRANSPORT* AND +LAND FREIGHT TRANSPORT* ($1 330 MILLION OR 14 PER CENT EACH).

THE LARGEST INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED WAS RECORDED IN +SUPPORTING SERVICES TO WATER TRANSPORT*. THE INCREASE, AT NINE PER CENT, WAS FOLLOWED BY +LAND FREIGHT TRANSPORT* AT SEVEN PER CENT AND +AIR TRANSPORT* AT FIVE PER CENT.

ON THE OTHER HAND, DECLINES WERE REGISTERED IN *OCEAN AND COASTAL WATER TRANSPORT* (SEVEN PER CENT), +IN LAND WATER TRANSPORT* (FOUR PER CENT), AND +SUPPORTING SERVICES TO LAND TRANSPORT* (TWO PER CENT).

DESPITE THE SLUGGISH GROWTH IN THE NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED, THE INCREASE IN COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES WAS SUBSTANTIAL, PARTICULARLY FOR +LAND PASSENGER TRANSPORT* (42 PER CENT), +LAND FREIGHT TRANSPORT* (30 PER CENT), AND +SERVICES INCIDENTAL TO TRANSPORT* (22 PER CENT).

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IN TERMS OF INCOME AND RECEIPTS, +LAND FREIGHT TRANSPORT* HAD THE MOST SIGNIFICANT GROWTH (28 PER CENT) OVER 1981. THIS MAJOR GROUP ALSO HAD THE HIGHEST INCREASE IN OPERATING EXPENSES (46 PER CENT).

ON GROSS ADDITIONS TO FIXED ASSETS, LARGE INCREASES WERE FOUND IN +INLAND WATER TRANSPORT* (68 PER CENT) AND +LAND PASSENGER TRANSPORT* (65 PER CENT). AN INCREASE OF 10 PER CENT WAS ALSO REGISTERED IN +LAND FREIGHT TRANSPORT*. ALL OTHER MAJOR GROUPS SHOWED DECLINES WHEN COMPARED TO 1981.

FIELD WORK FOR THE 1982 SURVEY WAS UNDERTAKEN BY THE DEPARTMENT BETWEEN MAY 1983 AND JANUARY 1984.

THE SURVEY WAS ONE IN A SERIES OF ANNUAL SURVEYS CONDUCTED FOR THE PURPOSE OF ASCERTAINING THE STRUCTURE AND OPERATING CHARACTERISTICS OF THE TRANSPORT SECTOR AND UPDATING ITS CONTRIBUTION TO THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT OF HONG KONG.

DATA COLLECTED IN THE SURVEY INCLUDED TYPE OF OWNERSHIP, NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED, COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES, OPERATING EXPENSES, BUSINESS RECEIPTS AND OTHER INCOME, AND CAPITAL EXPEND ITURE.

A TABLE COMPARING THE‘PR INCI PAL STATISTICS BY MAJOR TRANSPORT GROUP BETWEEN 1981 AND 1982 WILL BE ISSUED BY FACSIMILE AND BOXED FOR COLLECTION.

THE DEPARTMENT IS NOW IN THE PROCESS OF PREPARING A REPORT ON THE 1982 SURVEY, WHICH WILL CONTAIN A MORE DETAILED ANALYSIS OF THE RESULTS BY MAJOR TRANSPORT GROUP AND A DESCRIPTION CF THE SURVEY METHODOLOGY.

ENQUIRIES ON THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE TRANSPORT AND SERVICES STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AT TELEPHONE 3-661045.

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EXPERTS TO CONDUCT JOURNALISM COURSES

* * * * *

TWO OVERSEAS EXPERTS IN COMMUNICATION WILL BE BROUGHT IN FOR THE FIRST TIME BY THE JOURNALISM TRAINING BOARD OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL (VTC) TO CONDUCT COURSES HERE.

THE TWO CANADIAN EXPERTS, PROFESSORS LINDSAY CRYSLER AND GRAEME DECARIE OF CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY, WILL CONDUCT A THREE-WEEK •+JOURNALISM WORKSHOP AND SEMINARS* FROM JULY 23 TO AUGUST 10 AT THE COUNCIL’S OFFICE IN WAN CHAI.

+WE ARE INVITING WORKING JOURNALISTS TO ENROL IN THIS INTENSIVE TRAINING PROGRAMME,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRAINING BOARD SAID.

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HE SAID HE FELT IT WOULD BE A GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR LOCAL JOURNALISTS TO LEARN ABOUT THE LATEST COMMUNICATION THEORY AND TECHNIQUES.

THE COURSE WILL INCLUDE INTERVIEWING TECHNIQUES, FEATURE WRITING, MAGAZINE JOURNALISM, PROFESSIONAL ETHICS, INTERPRETATIVE REPORTING, BUSINESS JOURNALISM AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY.

WITH A $40 000 SUBSIDY FROM THE COUNCIL, THE BOARD IS ABLE TO OFFER THE FULL COURSE AT $2 000 A PARTICIPANT.

AND TO PROVIDE FOR JOURNALISTS UNABLE TO TAKE THE FULL COURSE, THE BOARD HAS ARRANGED SEPARATE AFTERNOON SEMINARS AT FEES OF $100 TO $300 EACH.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATION IS JULY 3.

FURTHER DETAILS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM MR FRANK NG, SECRETARY FOR THE BOARD DURING OFFICE HOURS AT 5-8932341, EXT. 283.

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MUSEUM ACQUIRES WARTIME PAPERS X * *

FIFTY ENGLISH AND CHINESE NEWSPAPERS PRINTED DURING THE JAPANESE OCCUPATION OF HONG KONG HAVE BEEN ACQUIRED BY THE MUSEUM OF HISTORY.

SOME WERE PUBLISHED IN THE LAST WEEKS OF THE OCCUPATION, WHICH ENDED IN AUGUST 1945 WITH THE ARRIVAL OF ADMIRAL HARCOURT’S ROYAL NAVY FLEET.

THE NEWSPAPERS ARE: 20 COPIES OF WAH KIU YAT PO DATED FROM SEPTEMBER 30, 1944, TO AUGUST 6, 1945; 10 COPIES OF WAH KIU MAN PO DATED FROM JULY 12 TO AUGUST 10, 1945; AND 20 ISSUES OF THE SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST DATED FROM NOVEMBER 21, 1941 - ABOUT TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE JAPANESE ATTACK - TO DECEMBER 12, 1945. ANOTHER INTERESTING OLD NEWSPAPER IN THE COLLECTION IS A COPY OF THE NOW DEFUNCT CHINA MAIL DATED DECEMBER 11, 1924.

ANOTHER ACQUISITION MADE RECENTLY BY THE MUSEUM WAS A COLLECTION OF 523 USED HONG KONG STAMPS KINDLY DONATED BY MR RICHARD CHAN.

OTHER MUSEUM ACTIVITIES RECENTLY INCLUDED A VISIT BY STAFF TO NG HOP GAI, YUEN LONG, WHERE THEY COLLECTED SOME INTERESTING SMALL ETHNOGRAPHICAL OBJECTS.

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ANOTHER party went to tung lung fort on tung lung island, SOUTH OF CLEAR WATER BAY, TO TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE INSTALLATIONS AND OF THE EXCAVATION WORK BEING DONE AT PRESENT. these will be used as display material when an exhibition on THE OLD CHINESE COASTAL FORT IS STAGED LATER THIS YEAR AT THE MUSEUM OF HISTORY.

THE OLD FORT IS ON THE NORTHERNMOST POINT OF TUNG LUNG ISLAND AND IN OLDER TIMES HELD A COMMANDING POSITION OVER FAT TONG MUN, THE STRAIT SEPARATING THE ISLAND FROM THE SOUTHERNMOST POINT OF THE CLEAR WATER BAY PENINSULAR, AND NEARBY JOSS HOUSE BAY.

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HOS FLATS ON SALE * X X

THE NEWLY-REVISED MONTHLY INCOME LIMIT OF $7 500 WILL APPLY TO APPLICANTS FOR RETURNED HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME FLATS UNDER THE FIFTH RESALE EXERCISE WHICH WILL BEGIN TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AT THE HOME OWNERSHIP CENTRE IN HO MAN TIN.

+0N 13 ESTATES IN VARIOUS PARTS OF URBAN AREAS AND THE NE^ TOWNS, THE FLATS ARE OFFERED TO APPLICANTS FROM BOTH THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND TENANTS OF HOUSING AUTHORITY AND HOUSING SOCIETY ESTATES,+ SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AUTHORITY TODAY.

TO ESTABLISH ELIGIBILITY, HE SAID APPLICANTS SHOULD BRING ALONG THEIR IDENTITY CARDS, COPIES OF FAMILY MEMBERS’ IDENTITY CARDS, HOUSEHOLD INCOME PROOF AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS.

♦APPLICANTS FROM PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES WILL HAVE TO PRODUCE THEIR TENANCY CARD AS WELL.

♦WITH GROSS AREAS RANGING BETWEEN 43.3 AND 65.3 SQUARE METRES THE FLATS WILL BE SOLD ON A FlRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

♦THEY ARE PRICED FROM #183 600 TO $358 700. SOME OF THEM ARE LAND-VALUE-FREE.

♦FULL DETAILS OF THE FLATS, TOGETHER WITH APPLICATION FORMS AND COPIES OF AN HOS GUIDE, ARE NOW OBTAINABLE DURING OFFICE HOURS AT THE HOME OWNERSHIP CENTRE.+

THE SPOKESMAN SAID COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED IN PERSON TO THE CENTRE FROM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) WHEN ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS WOULD BE INVITED TO SELECT THEIR FLATS.

+A NUMBER OF NEW FLATS AT SIU SHAN COURT AND SIU HONG COURT PHASE III IN TUEN MUN ARE ALSO CURRENTLY ON SALE AT THE CENTRE WHERE DETAILS OF THE FLATS ARE OBTAINABLE.

♦THEY ARE PRICED FROM $124 600 TO $185 000, WITH GROSS AREAS RANGING BETWEEN 43.3 AND 62.2 SQUARE METRES.+

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FOUR SITES FOR RENT

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FOUR SITES ARE BEING OFFERED ON SHORT-TERM TENANCIES BY THE LANDS DEPARTMENT.

THREE ARE AT KWAI CHUNG AND ONE IS AT SHEK 0.

THE KWAI CHUNG SITES, MEASURING 933, 576 AND 600 SQUARE METRES AND BEING BOUNDED BY KWAI HEI STREET, WING KIN ROAD AND WING KEI ROAD, ARE FOR SPRAYING, REPAIRING AND MAINTAINING MOTOR VEHICLES.

THE INITIAL TENANCY FOR THESE SITES IS ONE YEAR, RENEWABLE QUARTERLY AFTERWARDS.

THE SHEK 0 SITE AT HEADLAND ROAD, MEASURING 36 SQUARE METRES. IS FOR USE AS A LOCK-UP SHOP. THE INITIAL TENANCY OF THREE YEARS IS RENEWABLE FOR QUARTERLY PERIODS AFTERWARDS.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS JUNE 22.

TENDER FORMS, NOTICES AND CONDITIONS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM, AND PLANS INSPECTED AT :

* LANDS DEPARTMENT, SURVEY DIVISION, MURRAY BUILDING, 5TH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG;

* DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, KOWLOON, YAU MA TEI CAR PARK BUILDING, 10TH FLOOR, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON;

* DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, TSUEN WAN, TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BUILDING, 10TH FLOOR, 174-208 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN, NEW TERRITORIES FOR THE KWAI CHUNG SITES; AND

* DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, HONG KONG SOUTH, 12TH FLOOR, HARBOUR CENTRE, 25 HARBOUR ROAD, HONG KONG FOR THE SHEK 0 SITE.

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QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HOLIDAYS

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A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN AGAIN REMINDED THE PUBLIC TODAY THAT THE DATES OF THIS YEAR’S QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY PUBLIC HOLIDAYS HAD BEEN CHANGED.

THE CHANGE TO HONG KONG’S LIST OF GENERAL HOLIDAYS HAD BEEN MADE NECESSARY BY THE DECISION IN THE UNITED KINGDOM THAT THIS YEAR’S QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY WOULD FALL ON THE THIRD SATURDAY IN JUNE INSTEAD OF, AS NORMALLY, THE SECOND SATURDAY, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE ACTUAL SATURDAY BIRTHDAY PUBLIC HOLIDAY WILL THEREFORE FALL ON JUNE 16 AND THE FOLLOWING MONDAY PUBLIC HOLIDAY ON JUNE 18 RATHER THAN ON JUNE 9 AND JUNE 11.

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DB TO DISCUSS HAWKER POLICY * * * *

THE URBAN COUNCIL’S CURRENT POLICY FOR THE MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL OF HAWKERS WILL BE DISCUSSED AT THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

BOARD MEMBERS WILL COMMENT ON THE ADEQUACY OF THE POLICY TO DEAL WITH THE HAWKER PROBLEMS AND SUGGEST IMPROVEMENTS.

AT THE MEETING, MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE ALLOCATION CF FUNDS FOR TWO ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS — THE CONVERSION OF A CANTON ROAD SITE INTO AN AMENITY SPOT AND THE LANDSCAPING OF THE JUNCTION OF NATHAN ROAD AND LAI CHI KOK ROAD.

THEY WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE RECONSTITUTED FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE AND THE NEWLY RE-ORGANISED MONG KOK DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE.

THEY WILL ALSO COMMENT ON THE URBAN COUNCIL CAPITAL WORKS PROGRAMME, THE WORK PLAN OF ICAC CHAK FUNG OFFICE, AND THE DISTRICT STRATEGY FOR 1984T87.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA WILL INCLUDE THE 1984 SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME, AND PROGRESS REPORTS OF THE BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING AND ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEES.

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LADY YOUDE VISITS SALVATION ARMY PROJECTS * * * *

LADY YOUDE SPENT THIS (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON LOOKING OVER TWO SALVATION ARMY SOCIAL SERVICE PROJECTS IN KWAI CHUNG.

SHE FIRST VISITED THE ARMY’S LAI KING HOME, WHICH PROVIDES RESIDENTIAL, EDUCATIONAL AND NURSING SERVICES FOR 126 HANDICAPPED CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE.

DURING THE VISIT, SHE WAS SHOWN VARIOUS FACILITIES DESIGNED FOR THE HANDICAPPED, INCLUDING FIVE DORMITORIES, A SCHOOL, A TRAINING CENTRE, A PLAYGROUND, A SWIMMING POOL AND A MULTIPURPOSE HALL.

LADY YOUDE LATER WENT TO THE ARMY’S KWAI CHUNG GIRLS’ HOME WHICH ACCOMMODATES GIRLS WITH BEHAVIOURAL AND EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS, REFERRED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

SHE TOURED THE HOME AND WAS BRIEFED ON THE RESIDENTIAL CARE AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING PROVIDED FOR 40 GIRLS BETWEEN THE AGE OF 12 AND 18.

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HORTICULTURAL CLASS IN SAI KUNG

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TWENTY-FIVE EXPATRIATE RESIDENTS IN SAI KUNG TODAY (WEDNESDAY) ATTENDED THE FIRST SESSION OF A HORTICULTURAL CLASS CONDUCTED IN ENGLISH AT THE SAI KUNG TANG SHIU KIN SPORTS GROUND.

THE FREE COURSE, ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, IS HELD BETWEEN 9.30 AM AND 12 NOON ON FIVE CONSECUTIVE WEDNESDAYS UNTIL JULY 4.

THE COURSE IS BEING OFFERED IN RESPONSE TO REQUESTS FROM EXPATRIATE RESIDENTS WHO HAD LEARNED THAT THE DEPARTMENT HAD HELD SIMILAR COURSES IN CANTONESE.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE CLASS, THE STAFF OFFICER (GARDEN) OF THE DEPARTMENT, MR FARLEY MA, SAID HORTICULTURE COULD HELP DEVELOP PATIENCE AND CREATIVITY.

THE COURSE, WHICH COMBINES THEORIES WITH PRACTICE, IS BEING CONDUCTED BY HORTICULTURAL EXPERTS OF THE DEPARTMENT.

AT THE END TRANSIT NURSERY

OF THE COURSE, A FIELD TRIP TO THE TUI MIN HOI WILL BE ARRANGED.

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VOLLEYBALL *

REFEREE COURSE * * *

A FOUR-DAY

TRAINING COURSE

ON HOW TO REFEREE VOLLEYBALL GAMES

WILL BE HELD FROM JULY 23.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION AND SPORTS SERVICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG AND KOWLOON VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION, IT WILL BE HELD AT THE TAI PO SPORTS ASSOCIATION LI FOOK LAM INDOOR GAMES HALL.

IT WILL BE LIMITED TO 40 STUDENTS WHO MUST BE AT LEAST IS YEARS OF AGE, AND WILL COST $20 A PERSON.

APPLICATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM ALL THE 19 DISTRICT OFFICES OF THE RECREATION AND SPORTS SERVICE.

FURTHER INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED BY CALLING TELx 5-458511.

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STREET TO BE RESUMED FOR REPAIR I X X

ANOTHER STREET IS TO BE RESUMED UNDER THE PILOT SCHEME TO REPAIR DILAPIDATED STREETS IN PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL AREAS.

SHIM LUEN STREET IN MA TAU KOK IS ONE OF SEVEN STREETS INVOLVED IN THE SCHEME, AND A RESUMPTION NOTICE OF THIS HAS APPEARED IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE AND HAS BEEN POSTED AT THE SITE.

THE STREET WILL REVERT TO THE CROWN TOWARDS THE END OF THE MONTH SO THAT HIGHWAYS OFFICE CAN CARRY OUT THE REPAIR WORK.

ANYONE ENTITLED TO COMPENSATION UNDER THE ROADS (WORKS, USE AND COMPENSATION) ORDINANCE SHOULD SUBMIT A CLAIM IN WRITING

SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS

TO THE

A

PLAN CAN BE SEEN AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS

*

CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY, HONG KONG.

*

DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, KOWLOON WEST, YAU MA TEI CAR PARK BUILDING, 1OTH FLOOR, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON : AND

*

KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, 141 ROAD, GROUND FLOOR, KOWLOON.

LAST MONTH, THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED COMFORT TERRACE, YUET YUEN STREET AND SAM HONG KONG ISLAND, UNDER THE PILOT SCHEME.

KAU PUI LUNG

THAT IT WAS RESUMING PAN STREET, ALL ON

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TRAFFIC SCHEME HOURS EXTENDED * * * *

FROM 8 AM ON FRIDAY (JUNE 8), THE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME AT VICTORIA PARK ROAD WESTBOUND NEAR THE CROSS-HARBOUR TUNNEL ENTRANCE WILL BE EXTENDED TO COVER THE PERIOD FROM 8 AM TO 7 PM DAILY, EXCEPT SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

THE SCHEME INVOLVES CLOSURE OF THE VEHICULAR EXIT LEADING FROM INNER GLOUCESTER WESTBOUND TO VICTORIA PARK ROAD OUTSIDE WORLD TRADE CENTRE, AND THE PROVISION OF A NEW EXIT ABOUT 80 PETRES WEST OF THE EXISTING ONE.

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DURING THE CLOSURE OF THE EXIT, VEHICLES ON INNER GLOUCESTER ROAD WESTBOUND OUTSIDE WORLD TRADE CENTRE HEADING FOR THE CROSS-HARBOUR TUNNEL WILL BE DIVERTED VIA STEWART ROAD SOUTHBOUND, LOCKHART ROAD EASTBOUND, MARSH ROAD FLYOVER, HUNG HING ROAD WESTBOUND, TONNOCHY ROAD SOUTHBOUND AND GLOUCESTER ROAD EASTBOUND.

AN ALTERNATIVE ROUTE WILL BE PERCIVAL STREET SOUTHBOUND, LEIGHTON ROAD WESTBOUND, WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD AND CANAL ROAD FLYOVER NORTHBOUND.

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M M M

ABOUT 3 100 METRES OF FRESH WATER MAINS ARE TO BE LAID ALONG LUNG CHEUNG ROAD, WONG TAI SIN ROAD, SHATIN PASS ROAD AND YUK WAH STREET, EAST KOWLOON.

WORK WILL START IN JULY AND BE COMPLETED IN ONE YEAR.

THE PROJECT IS PART OF A SCHEME TO BOOST THE CAPACITY OF THE FRESH WATER TRUNK FEED SYSTEM IN EAST KOWLOON TO COPE WITH DEMAND.

THE SYSTEM IS AT PRESENT FED FROM THE LION ROCK HIGHER LEVEL FRESH WATER SERVICE RESERVOIR, AND WILL LATER BE CONNECTED TO THE PAK KONG PUMPING STATION NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

TENDERS FOR THE WORK ARE BEING INVITED BY THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS JUNE 22.

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RESTRICTED ZONES M M M

FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JUNE 8), THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS OF ROADS WILL BE DESIGNATED RESTRICTED ZONES FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY

M THE SECTION OF PORTLAND STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH PRINCE EDWARD ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 20 METRES TO THE NORTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH PRINCE EDWARD ROAD.

M THE EASTBOUND SECTION OF PRINCE EDWARD ROAD BETWEEN PORTLAND STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 7 METRES TO THE WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH PORTLAND STREET.

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

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SHA TIN ROAD CLOSURE * * *

THE SOUTHBOUND SLIP ROAD AT JUNCTION J 7 CONNECTING TAI PO ROAD AND YUEN WO ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 1 AM TO 6 AM ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY (JUNE 8 AND 9) TO ENABLE CONSTRUCTION WORK TO BE CARRIED OUT.

DRIVERS HEADING FOR YUEN WO ROAD FROM TAI PO ROAD ARE ADVISED TO USE TAI PO ROAD AND SHA TIN RURAL COMMITTEE ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 1984

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR OPENS FIRST SECTION OF ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR ......... 1

BUS FARE RATIONALE EXPLAINED TO UMELCO .......................... 3

INVESTMENT IN 'MOST MODERN MACHINERY' URGED ..................... 5

SIR PHILIP LOOKS OVER INDUSTRIAL ESTATE ......................... 7

TRAFFIC MEASURES FOR ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR .................... 8

U.S. MAKES EXPORT AUTHORISATION CALL............................. 8

BOARD TO CHECK ON ENVIRONMENTAL WORK ............................ 9

DISTRICT ORGANISATION PRAISED FOR COMMUNITY WORK................ 10

REMINDER ON FLOATING HOLIDAYS .................................. 10

UNLICENSED FOOD OPERATOR FINED ................................. 11

TALKS ON COUNCIL'S ROLE......................................... 12

TREE PLANTING DAY IN TSUEN WAN ................................. 1J

COURSES FOR TEACHERS OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION ..................... 1?

TEXTILE PACT WITH NORWAY IN EFFECT.............................. 14

TREATMENT WORKS LAB TO BE EXTENDED ...........................   14

CROWN RENTS DUE SOON ........................................... 15

S11.4M PILING TENDER APPROVED FOR TIN PING ESTATE .............. 15

KWAI CHUNG NULLAH COLUMNS TO BE STREAMLINED .................... 16

SPEEDPOST TO UK RESUMED ........................................ 16

TRAFFIC NOTES .................................................. 16

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GOVERNOR OPENS FIRST SECTION OF ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR

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THE FIRST SECTION OF HONG KONG’S MOST AMBITIOUS ROAD PROJECT TO DATE - THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR - WAS OPENED TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, JUST UNDER THREE AND A HALF YEARS AFTER WORK ON BUILDING IT STARTED.

THE SECTION RUNS FROM CAUSEWAY BAY TO TAIKOO SHING, A DISTANCE OF 3.7 KILOMETRES.

THERE ARE INTERSECTIONS AT HING FAT STREET, TONG SHUI ROAD AND HEALTHY STREET AND AN INTERCHANGE AT TAIKOO SHING.

THE SECOND STAGE WILL RUN FROM TAIKOO SHING TO SHAU KEI WAN AND IS DUE TO OPEN NEXT YEAR, WHILE THE FINAL STAGE TO CHAI WAN WILL OPEN TOWARDS THE END OF 1987.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING, SIR EDWARD SAID THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR WAS AN IMPORTANT COMPONENT OF THE GOVERNMENT’S LONG-TERM PROGRAMME TO IMPROVE HONG KONG’S TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE.

♦OUR POPULATION DENSITY AND OUR SUSTAINED ECONOMIC GROWTH HAVE RESULTED IN A TRAFFIC DENSITY THOUGHT TO BE AMONG THE HIGHEST IN THE WORLD,+ HE SAID.

TO IMPROVE THE ROAD NETWORK IS THEREFORE A PRIORITY TASK.+

IN THE PAST FEW YEARS, THE GOVERNMENT HAD SPENT SOME $1 400 MILLION PER YEAR ON IMPROVING THE ROAD SYSTEM, AND IT FULLY INTENDED TO MAINTAIN THE MOMENTUM OF THE PROGRAMME IN FUTURE YEARS.

SIR EDWARD SAID APART FROM THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR SEVERAL OTHER MAJOR HIGHWAY PROJECTS WERE IN TRAIN.

IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, THE CIRCULAR ROAD FROM SHA TIN TO SHEUNG SHUI WOULD BE COMPLETED NEXT YEAR, SO ALSO WOULD THE TSUEN WAN BY-PASS.

IN KOWLOON, THE MAJOR ROAD LINKS AND INTERCHANGES WITH THE AIRPORT TUNNEL HAD BEEN COMPLETED OR WERE NEARING COMPLETION, AND WORK WAS CONTINUING ON THE CORNWALL STREET INTERCHANGE AND THE WEST KOWLOON CORRIDOR.

THESE ARE ALL LONG-TERM PROJECTS, WHICH EXEMPLIFY THE GOVERNMENT’S DETERMINATION TO INVEST IN THE FUTURE,+ SIR EDWARD SAID.

THE OPENING OF THE FIRST SECTION OF THE CORRIDOR WOULD BE ■ WELCOMED BY THE HALF A MILLION PEOPLE LIVING IN EASTERN DISTRICT.

FOR A LONG TIME, THEY HAVE HAD TO PUT UP WITH TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN KING’S ROAD AND JAVA ROAD.

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THE COMPLETION OF THE EASTERN CORRIDOR, TOGETHER WITH THE MASS TRANSIT ISLAND LINE WHICH WILL BE OPERATIONAL IN THE MIDDLE CF NEXT YEAR, SHOULD PUT AN END TO THIS PROBLEM.+

THE GOVERNOR SAID AS AN ENGINEERING PROJECT THE EASTERN CORRIDOR WAS SPECTACULAR.

I SHOULD LIKE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE ENGINEERS WHO CONCEIVED, PLANNED AND DESIGNED THE PROJECT, AND THE CONTRACTORS WHO BUILT IT.

I CONGRATULATE THEM ON A JOB WELL DONE.+

THE DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT, MR EDDIE SHORT, SAID THE NEED FOR ADDITIONAL ROADS TO SERVE THE MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS IN EASTERN DISTRICT AND CHAI WAN WAS RECOGNISED 10 YEARS AGO WHEN A STUDY WAS MADE TO DETERMINE HOW BEST TO MEET THE NEED.

ALTERNATIVES CONSIDERED INCLUDED A HILLSIDE ROUTE, AN ELEVATED ROAD ALONG KING’S ROAD AND A COASTAL ROUTE,+ HE SAID.

THE COASTAL ROUTE WAS ADOPTED AND NAMED THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR.+

MR SHORT SAID THE ROAD WOULD MEET THE TRANSPORT DEMANDS OF EASTERN DISTRICT WELL INTO THE NEXT DECADE.

ALSO PRESENT AT TODAY’S OPENING CEREMONY WERE LADY YOUDE, THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, MR NICKY CHAN, AND SEVERAL (AMBERS OF THE CONTRACTORS’ STAFF.

AFTER HIS SPEECH, THE GOVERNOR UNVEILED A PLAQUE AND LOOKED AT A DISPLAY OF THE VARIOUS STAGES OF BUILDING THE CORRIDOR.

HE THEN OFFICIALLY OPENED THE ROAD BY DRIVING THROUGH A RIBBON STRETCHED ACROSS ONE CARRIAGEWAY.

THE TOTAL COST OF THE EIGHT KILOMETRES LONG HIGHWAY WILL BE $1 720 MILLION.

IT IS MAINLY DUAL THREE-LANE CARRIAGEWAY, ALTHOUGH BETWEEN THE HING FAT STREET AND TONG SHU I ROAD INTERSECTIONS AN EXTRA LANE HAS BEEN PROVIDED IN EACH DIRECTION.

CONSTRUCTION OF THE FIRST SECTION BEGAN IN JANUARY, 1981, ALTHOUGH A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF PREPARATORY WORK WAS COMPLETED BEFORE THIS, INCLUDING LARGE-SCALE RECLAMATION AT CAUSEWAY BAY AND QUARRY BAY.

IN BUILDING THE FIRST SECTION 1 400 PILES WERE USED, TOTALLING 55 KILOMETRES IN LENGTH.

THE VOLUME OF CONCRETE USED WAS 185 000 CUBIC METRES.

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THE SECTION HAS 108 SPANS AND THERE ARE 4.5 KILOMETRES OF SLIP ROAD.

AT THE PEAK OF CONSTRUCTION 1 600 WORKERS WERE EMPLOYED ON THE SITE AT ANY ONE TIME.

CONTRACT PAYMENTS AMOUNTED TO $1.5 MILLION PER DAY.

CONSTRUCTION OF THE HIGHWAY HAS MEANT THE RELOCATION OF FIVE PIERS.

THE HIGHWAY WILL OPEN TO TRAFFIC TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON.

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BUS FARE RATIONALE EXPLAINED TO UMELCO X * * *

IN REPLY TO PRESS QUESTIONS TODAY, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT CONFIRMED THAT HE HAD HAD A MOST HELPFUL DISCUSSION WITH UMELCO THIS MORNING ABOUT THE NEW TEMPORARY ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR BUS ROUTES AND THEIR FARES.

HE SAID THAT HE HAD EXPLAINED IN DETAIL TO UMELCO THE RATIONALE FOR DETERMINING THE FARE LEVELS AT $2 AND $2.50 FOR THE FIVE ROUTES. THE FARES HAD BEEN DETERMINED FOR THE TEMPORARY ROUTES (AND HE EMPHASISED THAT THEY ARE TEMPORARY ROUTES) BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT WITH REFERENCE TO THE EXISTING SCALE OF FARES FOR GROUPS OF ROUTES. THE IEC ROUTES, OF COURSE, ARE NEW AND THEREFORE THERE IS NO EXACT PRECEDENT. THE COMMISSIONER HAD THEREFORE BASED THE FARES BETWEEN APPROVED +SUBURBAN EXPRESS* FARE LEVELS AND +EXPRESS COACH* LEVELS AS ALREADY APPLIED TO CMB SERVICES.

THE DIFFERENTIAL FARES IN THE VARIOUS GROUP OF FARES REFLECT THE DIFFERENCE IN THE QUALITY OF SERVICE, MAINLY SPEED. THE BASIC ROUTES ARE URBAN AND SUBURBAN, WHICH HAVE MANY STOPS AND CONSEQUENTLY SLOWER SPEEDS AND THEREFORE LOWER FARE STRUCTURES.

THE +SUBURBAN EXPRESS* GROUPS OF FARES, OF WHICH EXAMPLES ARE THE ABERDEEN TO CENTRAL ROUTE AND ALSO THE CHl FU FA YUEN TO NORTH POINT ROUTE, HAVE SOME STOPS, BUT RELATIVELY FEW. THE NEW IEC ROUTE WILL, OF COURSE, HAVE NO STOPS ON THE CORRIDOR ITSELF AND ITS AVERAGE SPEED WILL THEREFORE BE EVEN FASTER THAN THE SUBURBAN EXPRESS. HOWEVER, IN TERMS OF CONVENIENCE AND COMFORT, IT WILL NOT BE AS GOOD AS +EXPRESS COACH* FARES. THE COMMISSIONER THEREFORE SET THE TEMPORARY FARES BETWEEN THE TWO. FOR EXAMPLE, AT THE +EXPRESS COACH* FARE LEVEL, THE FARES WOULD COME OUT AT $2 TO $4, WHEREAS UNDER THE SUBURBAN EXPRESS LEVELS THEY COME OUT AT $1.70 AND $2.50. THE COMMISSIONER ESTIMATED THAT $2 AND $2.50 WOULD BE REASONABLE.

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THE SECRETARY EMPHASISED That the PRESENT KING’S ROAD SERVICES WILL BE MAJNTAINED AT THEIR PRESENT LEVEL OF SERVICE AND THAT THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT AND THE DEPARTMENT WILL MONITOR CMB’S PERFORMANCE ACCORDINGLY, TO MAKE ABSOLUTELY SURE THAT THE STANDARD IS MAINTAINED. THE NEW SERVICE, HE NOTED, WOULD ALSO OFFER AN ALTERNATIVE TO PLB PASSENGERS WHO PAY FOR EXAMPLE $6 FOR THE RIDE FROM CHAI WAN TO CENTRAL.

THE COMMISSIONER WILL ALSO MONITOR THE NEW IEC TEMPORARY ROUTES, AS HE DOES ALL TEMPORARY ROUTES. AFTER DISCUSSION WITH UMELCO THIS MORNING, THE COMMISSIONER HAS AGREED TO MAKE A SPECIAL REVIEW AFTER THREE MONTHS AND THE RESULTS WILL BE FORWARDED TO UMELCO AND THE DISTRICT BOARD AND MADE PUBLIC. THE COMMISSIONER WILL ACTUALLY MONITOR THE SITUATION ON A WEEKLY BASIS, BUT OBVIOUSLY A PERIOD OF TIME IS NECESSARY BEFORE ANY FIRM CONCLUSIONS CAN BE DRAWN.

ASKED WHY THE DISTRICT BOARD HAD NOT BEEN CONSULTED IN THIS CASE, AS THEY REGULARLY ARE UNDER THE AGREED PROCEDURES, THE SECRETARY REPEATED WHAT HAD ALREADY BEEN SAID ON THIS POINT-NAMELY THAT DISCUSSIONS WITH CMB HAD NOT PROCEEDED SATISFACTORILY ENOUGH TO ENABLE THE FULL NORMAL PROCEDURE TO BE FOLLOWED. THE DISTRICT BOARD HAD CONSIDERED THE ROUTES, BUT IT HAD NOT BEEN POSSIBLE TO GET THE PROPOSED FARES TO THEM IN TIME. THE COMMISSIONER CONSIDERED THAT IN THE INTERESTS OF TRAVELLERS, THE ROUTES SHOULD BE OPERATING ON THE DAY THAT THE IEC OPENED, AND HENCE THE DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS COULD ONLY BE INFORMED ALMOST AT THE LAST MINUTE. THE DISTRICT BOARDS WILL BE CONSULTED ABOUT ANY CHANGES IN THE TEMPORARY ROUTES AND ABOUT ANY PERMANENT ROUTES WHICH MAY BE PROPOSED.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION ABOUT CMB’S VIEWS OF FARE LEVELS, THE SECRETARY SAID THAT CMB (LIKE OTHER BUS COMPANIES) HAD FOR A LONG TIME ACCEPTED AND OPERATED PREMIUM FARES ON DIFFERENT GROUPS OF ROUTES, AND HAD ADVANCED NO REASON WHY THESE NEW PREMIUM ROUTES SHOULD BE SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFERENT FROM EXISTING PREMIUM ROUTES. CMB HAD SUGGESTED VARIOUS OTHER FARE LEVELS, BUT HAD NOT PUT FORWARD ANY EXPLANATION OR DETAILS TO JUSTIFY THEM. THEY HAD NOT EXPLAINED FOR EXAMPLE WHY THEY THINK IT POSSIBLE TO RUN THE IEC ROUTES AT LOWER FARE LEVELS, WITHOUT INVESTIGATING THE POSSIBILITY OF DOING THE SAME FOR OTHER PREMIUM ROUTES.

THE SECRETARY EMPHASISED THAT THE ROUTES ARE TEMPORARY, THAT THE DEVELOPMENT OF PASSENGER TRAFFIC WILL BE MONITORED CLOSELY AND APPROPRIATE CHANGES, AS NECESSARY, WILL BE PROPOSED TO THE DISTRICT BOARDS. FLEXIBILITY IS THE KEYNOTE IN THIS TEMPORARY SITUATION.

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INVESTMENT IN ’MOST MODERN MACHINERY’ URGED * M * *

HONG KONG INDUSTRIALISTS WERE URGED TODAY BY THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR JOHN YAXLEY, TO INVEST IN THE MOST MODERN AND SOPHISTICATED MACHINERY AVAILABLE, SO AS TO MOVE UP MARKET.

IN MAKING HIS CALL, MR YAXLEY SAID THAT WHATEVER THE FUTURE FELD IN STORE, MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY WOULD REMAIN +THE BEDROCK ON WHICH THE ECONOMY IS BUILT,+ AND THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONTINUE TO PROVIDE THE BEST POSSIBLE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR IT TO PROSPER.

+1 BELIEVE,* MR YAXLEY SAID, +THE OPPORTUNITIES HERE FOR A RESOURCEFUL AND ENERGETIC MANUFACTURER WILL CONTINUE TO BE, INCOMPARABLY BETTER THAN ELSEWHERE IN THE REGION, SIMPLY BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT KNOWS FULL WELL THAT — TO BORROW A PHRASE — ’THE BUSINESS OF HONG KONG IS BUSINESS’.

+WE KNOW THAT OUR WHOLE COMMUNITY PROSPERS FROM THIS PHILOSOPHY, AND OUR POLITICAL ASPIRATIONS HAVE NO WIDER HORIZONS,* MR YAXLEY SAID.

SPEAKING AT A DINNER PARTY OF THE K IWAN IS CLUB OF KOWLOON, W YAXLEY SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD ACCEPTED ALL 47 PROPOSALS IN THE 1979 REPORT OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON DIVERSIFICATION AND THAT THESE PROPOSALS WERE IN VARIOUS STAGES OF IMPLEMENTATION.

THERE WERE THREE MAIN AREAS OF GOVERNMENT’S POSITIVE INVOLVEMENT IN THE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT, HE SAID.

FIRSTLY THERE WAS THE NEED FOR A MORE ACTIVE GOVERNMENT ROLE IN THE IMPROVEMENT OF INDUSTRIAL SUPPORT FACILITIES AND TECHNICAL BACK-UP SERVICES.

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POSITIVE ACTION TAKEN TO DATE, HE SAID, INCLUDED:

THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A GOVERNMENT LABORATORY ACCREDITATION SYSTEM AS PART OF AN IMPROVED AND MORE CLEARLY INDEPENDENT RANGE OF QUALITY CERTIFICATION SERVICES;

THE SETTING UP OF A GOVERNMENT STANDARDS AND CALIBRATION LABORATORY. THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT HAD TAKEN OVER THE PREMISES FOR SUCH A LABORATORY AND EQUIPMENT WHICH HAD COST THE TAXPAYER $15 MILLION WAS BEING COMMISSIONED.

THE LABORATORY SHOULD BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FOR THE CALIBRATION OF EQUIPMENT LATER THIS YEAR;

THE ENLARGEMENT OF THE MICROPROCESSOR DEVELOPMENT LABORATORY IN THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY CENTRE, TO PROMOTE THE APPLICATION OF MICROPROCESSORS IN INDUSTRY;

/THE PROVISIGN .......

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THE PROVISION OF $4 MILLION AT THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY, CHINESE UNIVERSITY AND THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC FOR RESEARCH INTO VARIOUS PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH THE FABRICATION AND USE OF INTEGRATED CIRCUITS AND INTO THE COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN OF ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS.

SECONDLY A NEED WAS IDENTIFIED FOR A PROGRAMME OF EXPANSION AND IMPROVEMENT OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING.

♦THIS WAS TACKLED BY THE ESTABLISHMENT IN FEBRUARY 1982 OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A COMPREHENSIVE SYSTEM OF INDUSTRIAL TRAINING FOR THE NEEDS OF INDUSTRY, THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THREE NEW TECHNICAL INSTITUTIONS WITHIN THE NEXT FEW YEARS, IN ADDITION TO THE FIVE EXISTING ONES AND THE SETTING UP OF TWO INDUSTRIAL TRAINING CENTRE COMPLEXES,* HE SAID.

THIRDLY THERE WAS THE RECOMMENDATION FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF THE INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT BOARD TO PLAN, MONITOR AND ADVISE GOVERNMENT ON INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES.

♦THE BOARD INCLUDES A.NUMBER OF PROMINENT INDUSTRIALISTS IN ITS MEMBERSHIP, AND IT KEEPS THE GOVERNMENT AND IN PARTICULAR THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT ON ITS TOES, SO AS TO ENSURE THAT THE IMPETUS GAINED BY SETTING UP THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON DIVERSIFICATION IS MAINTAINED.

♦RIGHT NOW THE INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT BOARD IS SEEKING THE VIEWS OF THE PUBLIC AS TO HOW AND TO WHAT EXTENT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD BECOME INVOLVED IN SUPPORT FOR THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY THROUGH A GOVERNMENT-FUNDED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTRE,♦ M? YAXLEY SAID.

THESE WERE ONLY A FEW EXAMPLES OF THE GOVERNMENT’S INCREASING SUPPORT FOR INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT, MR YAXLEY SAID.

ON THE PROVISION OF INDUSTRIAL LAND, MR YAXLEY SAID THAT TO ENSURE THAT THE GOVERNMENT DID NOT OVERLOOK THE NEEDS AND PROBLEMS OF INDUSTRY, HIS DEPARTMENT’S INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT DIVISION HELPED IN THE EVALUATION OF APPLICATIONS FOR LAND UNDER THE SPECIAL INDUSTRIES POLICY.

THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT ALSO HAD AN EXECUTIVE ROLE IN THE PROMOTION OF OVERSEAS INVESTMENT IN HONG KONG.

♦THIS ARISES FROM THE RECOGNITION BY THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON DIVERSIFICATION THAT ONE WAY TO BROADEN OUR INDUSTRIAL BASE ‘AND TO INTRODUCE HIGHER TECHNOLOGY TO OUR INDUSTRY WAS TO ATTRACT OVERSEAS INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT TO HONG KONG.

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♦WE WELCOME ANY FIRM WHICH IS ABLE TO OPERATE IN LOCAL CONDITIONS, BUT NATURALLY WE ARE ESPECIALLY INTERESTED IN HI-TECH ENTERPRISES WHOSE PRESENCE HERE HELPS TO BOOST THE OVERALL LEVEL OF SOPHISTICATION OF OUR INDUSTRY,+ HE SAID.

HIS DEPARTMENT’S INDUSTRIAL PROMOTION CONSULTANTS HAD ASSISTED MANY OF THE OVER 530 INDUSTRIAL ENTERPRISES NOW OPERATING IN HONG KONG, WHICH WERE FULLY OVERSEAS-OWNED OR JOINT VENTURES AND WHICH TOGETHER EMPLOYED ABOUT 11 PER CENT OF HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING WORKFORCE.

MR YAXLEY SAID OFFICERS FROM HIS DEPARTMENT MADE REGULAR CALLS ON FACTORY OPERATORS TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH WHAT WAS GOING ON, AND TO GIVE FACTORY MANAGERS THE CHANCE TO SPEAK ABOUT ANYTHING THEY THOUGHT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE DOING FOR THEM.

♦SEVERAL HUNDRED FACTORIES ARE VISITED IN THIS WAY EVERY YEAR, AND WHEN THIS IS AGGREGATED WITH OUR CLOSE CONTACT WITH MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATIONS AND THE REPRESENTATION ON OUR VARIOUS COMMITTEES BY INDUSTRIALISTS, IT ADDS UP TO VERY WIDESPREAD CONSULTATION^ HE SAID.

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SIR PHILIP LOOKS OVER INDUSTRIAL ESTATE * * * *

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, TODAY (THURSDAY) VISITED THE TAI PO ESTATE OF THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATES CORPORATION.

THE CORPORATION WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1977 TO DEVELOP AND MANAGE ESTATES TO ACCOMMODATE INDUSTRIES WHICH, BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF THEIR MANUFACTURING PROCESSES, ARE UNABLE TO FIND SUITABLE LAND OR FACTORY PREMISES ELSEWHERE.

SIR PHILIP WAS BRIEFED AT TAI PO BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CORPORATION, MR LI FOOK-WO, AND THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE, W V.W. MILLER. HE THEN TOURED THE ESTATE AND VISITED THE FACTORY OF RCL SEMICONDUCTORS LTD WHERE HE SAW THE MANUFACTURE OF INTEGRATED ELECTRONIC MICRO CIRCUITS ON SILICON WAFER CHIPS.

A TOTAL OF 40 FIRMS HAVE BEEN GRANTED FACILITIES AT TAI PO, AND 30 OF THESE, EMPLOYING ABOUT 5 □□□ WORKERS, HAVE STARTED MANUFACTURING.

STAGES ONE AND TWO OF THE DEVELOPMENT HAVE BEEN COMPLETED AND THE THIRD WILL BE FINISHED IN 1987.

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TRAFFIC MEASURES FOR ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR **.***

THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR BETWEEN CAUSEWAY BAY AND TAI KOO SHING WHICH WILL BE OPEN TO TRAFFIC FROM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON, HAS A NUMBER OF SLIP ROADS LINKING WITH THE LOCAL ROAD NETWORK.

EASTBOUND TRAFFIC MAY ENTER THE CORRIDOR VIA VICTORIA PARK ROAD OR HING FAT STREET IN CAUSEWAY BAY OR VIA JAVA ROAD EAST OF THE NORTH POINT FERRY PIER. IT MAY LEAVE THE CORRIDOR AT TONG SHU I ROAD OR JAVA ROAD IN NORTH POINT, OR AT TAI KOO WAN ROAD IN TAI KOO SHING.

WESTBOUND TRAFFIC MAY ENTER THE CORRIDOR VIA TAI KOK WAN ROAD. TONG SHU I ROAD OR KING’S ROAD NEAR HEALTHY STREET CENTRAL, AND LEAVE VIA JAVA ROAD EAST OF THE NORTH POINT FERRY PIER, HING FAT STREET OR VICTORIA PARK ROAD.

STOPPING ON THE CORRIDOR OR ITS SLIP ROADS WILL BE BANNED. PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES, LEARNER DRIVERS, CYCLISTS AND PEDESTRIANS WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING.

TRAFFIC MEASURES SUCH AS THE REROUTING OF ROADS, STOPPING AND TURNING RESTRICTIONS WILL BE IN FORCE NEAR THE CORRIDOR’S INTERCHANGES, PARTICULARLY IN TAIKOO SHING, AND MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO WATCH OUT FOR TRAFFIC SIGNS.

EXISTING ROUTINGS ON JAVA ROAD AND KING’S ROAD IMPLEMENTED IN 1982 AS PART OF THE KING’S ROAD GYRATORY SCHEME REMAIN UNCHANGED.

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THE UNITED STATES MADE AN EXPORT AUTHORISATION CALL ON PART CF CATEGORY 359 (COTTON OUTER VESTS) AT 8.45 AM TODAY (THURSDAY), THE TRADE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED.

THIS BRINGS THE NUMBER OF CALLS BY THE UNITED STATES ON HONG KONG IN 1984 TO 11.

PENDING CONSULTATIONS WITH THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, THE DEPARTMENT HAS SUSPENDED THE ISSUE OF FURTHER EXPORT AUTHORISATION FOR THIS CATEGORY AS FROM THE TIME OF CALL.

BUT THE DEPARTMENT WILL, AS USUAL, CONTINUE TO APPROVE AND ISSUE EXPORT LICENCES FOR THIS CATEGORY AGAINST VALID EXPORT AUTHORISATIONS APPROVED BEFORE THE SUSPENSION.

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MEANWHILE, A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE DIRECTOR CF TRADE, MR HAMISH MACLEOD, WILL LEAVE FOR WASHINGTON ON SATURDAY (JUNE 9) TO HOLD TALKS WITH THE U.S. ADMINISTRATION REGARDING THE FIVE EXPORT AUTHORISATION CALLS MADE IN MAY.

THEY COVER:

(1) CATEGORY 337 (COTTON PLAYSUITS, SUNSUITS, WASHSUITS, CREEPERS, ROMPERS);

(2) CATEGORY 649 (MAN-MADE FIBRE BRASSIERES, ETC);

(3) PART OF CATEGORY 359 (COTTON COVERALLS/JUMP SUITS/ HUNTING SUITS AND COTTON OVERALLS);

(4) CATEGORY 650 (MAN-MADE FIBRE DRESSING GOWNS); AND

(5) PART OF CATEGORY 659 (MAN-MADE FIBRE SWIMSUITS)

THE CONSULTATIONS, DUE TO START ON JUNE 12, WILL FURTHER DISCUSS THE RE-CLASSIFICATION OF GARMENT PARTS BY THE UNITED STATES.

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BOARD TO CHECK ON ENVIRONMENTAL WORK * * * *

EIGHTEEN MEMBERS OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD AND ITS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE WILL TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON VISIT THE DISTRICT’S RURAL AREAS AND VILLAGES WHERE IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS ARE BEING PLANNED FOR THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR GERALD CAVANAGH, MEMBERS WILL FIRST VISIT BUTTERFLY BEACH, WHERE BENCHES AND BARBECUE PITS WILL BE INSTALLED FOR THE PICNICKERS.

THEY WILL THEN PROCEED TO NAI WAI AND TO YUEN WAI VILLAGES TO SEE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM, A STREAM EMBANKMENT AND OTHER PROTECTION WORKS.

AT TIN SUM VILLAGE IN HUNG SHU I KIU, MEMBERS WILL WALK ALONG A DILAPIDATED ROAD WHICH SERVES AS A MAJOR LINK TO THE CASTLE PEAK ROAD A SUM OF $250 000 HAS BEEN ENDORSED BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE FOR THE CONVERSION OF THE ROAD INTO A VAN TRACK.

MEMBERS WILL END THEIR TOUR AT THE TAI HING TENNIS COURT IN TAI HING ESTATE. FUNDS WILL BE ALLOCATED FOR IRON FENCING OUTSIDE THE TENNIS COURT.

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DISTRICT ORGANISATION PRAISED FOR COMMUNITY WORK

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A PRIMARY SCHOOL AND A COLUMBARIUM PARK ARE BEING PLANNED FOR TUEN MUN BY A LOCAL CHARITABLE ORGANISATION, THE YAN 01 TONG. THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR NEW TERRITORIES, MR IAN MACPHERSON, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

HE SAID THAT THE TONG HAD MADE CONSIDERABLE CONTRIBUTIONS IN THE PROVISION OF COMMUNITY SERVICES, INCLUDING A POLYCLINIC, TWO KINDERGARTENS, AN ESTATE INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE, A PRIMARY SCHOOL, A SECONDARY SCHOOL AND A COMMUNITY AND INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE.

A LEISURE POOL IN TUEN MUN, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN HONG KONG, WAS RECENTLY COMPLETED WITH THE COOPERATION AND SUPPORT OF THE TONG, HE ADDED.

MR MACPHERSON WAS SPEAKING AT THE INAUGURATION OF THE TONG’S FIFTH-TERM BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

+THE RAPID EXPANSION OF YAN 01 TONG SINCE THE TURN OF THE DECADE HAS REFLECTED, ON THE ONE HAND, THE GROWTH AND DIVERSITY OF TUEN MUN AS A SUCCESSFUL NEW TOWN, AND ON THE OTHER, THE DEVOTION AND ENTHUSIASM THAT THE PAST AND PRESENT DIRECTORS HAVE PUT IN TO MAKE THE TONG SUCH A SUCCESS IN THE PROVISION OF COMMUNITY SERVICES,* HE SAID.

+TUEN MUN OWES A DEBT OF GRATITUDE TO THE COMMITMENT OF THE TONG OVER THE YEARS, TO THE GENEROSITY OF ITS BENEFACTORS, TO THE EXCELLENCE OF THEIR SERVICES AND TO THEIR FORWARD LOOKING BOARDS OF DIRECTORS.*

MR MACPHERSON SAID HE WAS CONFIDENT THAT UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF THE NEW BOARD AND WITH THE CONTINUED DEDICATION OF ITS SUPPORTING STAFF, THE TONG WOULD KEEP UP ITS GOOD WORK IN THE YEAR AHEAD.

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REMINDER ON FLOATING HOLIDAYS * * * *

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY (THURSDAY) REMINDED EMPLOYERS THAT IF THEY HAVE NOT ALREADY FIXED THE DATES OF THE TWO FLOATING HOLIDAYS FOR THIS YEAR AND THEIR EMPLOYEES HAVE NOT REQUESTED THAT THESE HOLIDAYS BE ADDED TO THEIR PAID ANNUAL LEAVE, THEY SHOULD GIVE

. EMPLOYEES THE FIRST FLOATING HOLIDAY ON JUNE 18, THE MONDAY FOLLOWING THE QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY.

IN THIS CASE, THE SECOND FLOATING HOLIDAY WILL FALL ON AUGUST 27, THE LAST MONDAY IN AUGUST.

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A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE, EMPLOYERS MUST FIX THE TWO FLOATING HOLIDAYS AND INFORM EMPLOYEES BY A NOTICE PLACED AT A CONSPICUOUS PLACE BEFORE THE END OF THE PRECEDING YEAR.

HE SAID ALL MANUAL EMPLOYEES AND THOSE NON-MANUAL EMPLOYEES EARNING NOT MORE THAN $8 500 A MONTH ARE ENTITLED TO THE HOLIDAYS AND MUST BE PAID FOR THE DAY-OFF IF THEY HAVE WORKED CONTINUOUSLY FOR THREE MONTHS IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY.

HOLIDAY PAY SHOULD BE EQUIVALENT TO AN EMPLOYEE’S EARNINGS ON A NORMAL WORKING DAY AND SHOULD INCLUDE BASIC WAGES AS WELL AS ALLOWANCES THAT CAN BE EXPRESSED IN MONEY TERMS, SUCH AS MEALS AND COST OF LIVING ALLOWANCES.

WHERE THE EARNINGS VARY FROM DAY TO DAY, HOLIDAY PAY SHOULD BE THE AVERAGE DAILY EARNINGS DURING THE PERIOD OF 28 DAYS PRECEDING THE HOLIDAY. PAYMENT SHOULD BE MADE ON THE NORMAL PAY DAY.

IF AN EMPLOYEE IS REQUIRED TO WORK ON A STATUTORY HOLIDAY, HE MUST BE GIVEN AN ALTERNATIVE DAY-OFF WITHIN 60 DAYS BEFORE OR AFTER THAT DAY, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT STATUTORY HOLIDAYS MAY BE MADE TO THE NEAREST BRANCH OFFICE OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE.

THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS ARE: 3-205638 FOR KOWLOON EAST? 3-201652 FOR KOWLOON WEST? 3-319454 FOR KOWLOON SOUTH; 3-898520 FOR KWUN TONG; 0-234496 FOR KWAI CHUNG I 0-4980100 FOR TSUEN WAN? 0-6577111, EXT. 114 FOR TAI PO? 0-818443 FOR TUEN MUN; 5-268671 FOR HONG KONG ISLAND (WEST); AND 5-282523 FOR HONG KONG ISLAND (EAST).

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UNLICENSED FOOD OPERATOR FINED

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A SPOKESMAN FOR THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT TODAY (THURSDAY) WARNED THAT ANY PERSON WHO WISHES TO OPERATE A RESTAURANT OR OTHER FOOD PREMISES MUST FIRST APPLY TO THE DEPARTMENT FOR A LICENCE.

THE WARNING WAS GIVEN FOLLOWING A RECENT COURT CASE IN WHICH A WOMAN WAS FINED $5 000 AT THE SAN PO KONG MAGISTRACY FOR ILLEGALLY OPERATING A FACTORY CANTEEN IN SAN PO KONG.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID ANY PERSON WHO CARRIES ON A FOOD BUSINESS WITHOUT A LICENCE OR PERMIT IS LIABLE UPON CONVICTION TO A FINE OF $10 000 AND IMPRISONMENT OF SIX MONTHS.

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♦WHERE THE OFFENCE IS A CONTINUOUS ONE, AN ADDITIONAL DAILY FINE OF $250 WILL BE IMPOSED,+ HE ADDED.

DURING THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, THE DEPARTMENT PROSECUTED 151 OPERATORS OF UNLICENSED FOOD PREMISES IN THE URBAN AREAS, RESULTING IN TOTAL FINE OF MORE THAN $161 800.

THE UNLICENSED FOOD PREMISES INVOLVED WERE MAINLY GENERAL RESTAURANTS, FOOD FACTORIES AND LIGHT REFRESHMENT RESTAURANTS.

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TALKS ON COUNCIL’S ROLE

* * * *

WHETHER THE URBAN COUNCIL SHOULD BE ALTERED IN MEMBERSHIP AND OTHER ASPECTS -- AND IJ SO, WHAT FORM SUCH CHANGES MIGHT TAKE — WAS LENGTHILY DISCUSSED TODAY AT A MEETING OF THE COUNCIL'S STANDING COMMITTEE, DURING WHICH A WIDE RANGE OF VIEWS WAS EXPRESSED BY BOTH APPOINTED AND ELECTED MEMBERS.

BECAUSE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SUBJECT IT WAS AGREED THAT THE COUNCIL’S WORKING PARTY ON THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE EXPANDED IN MEMBERSHIP WHILE AT THE SAME TIME CONTINUING TO KEEP THE COUNCIL ABREAST OF COUNCIL-RELATED DEVELOPMENTS IN THE GOVERNMENT’S PLANS FOR THE EVOLUTION OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT GENERALLY.

MUCH WILL DEPEND UPON THE CONTENTS OF THE COMING GREEN PAPER ON THESE EVOLUTIONARY PLANS, IN PARTICULAR CONCERNING ANY PROPOSALS TOUCHING ON THE COUNCIL,+ SAID A SPOKESMAN.

IT WAS AGREED THEREFORE THAT IT WOULD BE PREMATURE TO ANTICIPATE THE GREEN PAPER'S CONTENTS, AND RATHER THAT THE COUNCIL SHOULD WAIT TO SEE AND WEIGH WHATEVER PROPOSALS THERE MIGHT BE CONCERNING ITS FUTURE MAKE-UP AND ANY OTHER POINTS.

IN THE MEANTIME, MEMBERS OF THE WORKING PARTY WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE VIEWS OF THE PUBLIC AT ALL LEVELS CONCERNING THE COUNCIL'S EXPANDING CIVIC ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES.*

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TREE PLANTING DAY IN TSUEN WAN * * * *

BESIDES PROVIDING GREENERY, TREES SERVE AS A SHIELD AGAINST NOISE AND DUST, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE, MR CHOW SUM, SAID TODAY (Thursday).

SPEAKING AT THE DISTRICT’S FIFTH ANNUAL TREE PLANTING DAY, I4? CHOW SAID TREES ALSO PROTECT HILLSLOPES.

TREE PLANTING WAS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT IN TSUEN WAN BECAUSE OF ITS RAPID DEVELOPMENT IN RECENT YEARS, HE SAID.

TODAY’S DISTRICT-WIDE TREE PLANTING DAY WAS ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN CONNECTION WITH THE CURRENT MEI FA (BEAUTIFICATION) PHASE OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG DR IVE.

AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, MR CHOW, THE PROJECT MANAGER OF TSUEN WAN, MR NG TACK-SHENG, AND THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER OF TSUEN WAN, MR CHAN YIU-CHEUNG, PLANTED A YOUNG TREE TOGETHER AT THE JUNCTION OF CHEUNG PEI SHAN ROAD AND ROUTE TWISK.

ALSO TAKING PART IN THE CEREMONY WERE LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS AND 60 STUDENTS, WHO PLANTED ABOUT 100 EVERGREENS AT THE SAME LOCATION.

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COURSES FOR TEACHERS OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION * * * *

TEACHERS OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION ARE BEING INVITED TO ENROL IN A VARIETY OF SPORTS COURSES BEING ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT FOR THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS.

TWENTY-FOUR COURSES WILL BE HELD THIS YEAR FOR TEACHERS FROM PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS. THEY INCLUDE THE TEACHING OF BASKETBALL, TENNIS, SOCCER, SQUASH, TABLE-TENNIS, VOLLEYBALL AND BADMINTON.

THERE WILL ALSO BE COURSES ON INTERMEDIATE FENCING, SWIMMING, VARIOUS TYPES OF DANCING, FIRST-AID AND LIFE-SAVING.

A REFRESHER CLASS FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHERS IN SPECIAL SCHOOLS AND A JUDGE’S COURSE IN TRAMPOLINING WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED.

THE COURSES, WHOSE DURATION WILL BE FROM SIX TO 12 DAYS, WILL BE HELD BETWEEN JULY 16 AND AUGUST 21.

MOST OF THEM WILL BE HELD AT THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE IN SHA TIN.

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FOR THE RESIDENTIAL COURSES, PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO PAY A LODGING AND LAUNDRY FEE OF $30 PER DAY.

CIRCULARS GIVING DETAILS OF THE COURSES HAVE BEEN SENT TO ALL SCHOOLS.

TEACHERS WHO WISH TO ATTEND THE COURSES CAN OBTAIN APPLICATION FORMS FROM MR H.F. LI, INSPECTOR (PHYSICAL EDUCATION), EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 7TH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED BY JUNE 20.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE TO THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION SECTION ON 3-884111, EXT. 271 OR 278.

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TEXTILE PACT WITH NORWAY IN EFFECT M * *

THE TRADE DEPARTMENT WILL ANNOUNCE TO THE TRADE TOMORROW (FRIDAY) THE DE FACTO IMPLEMENTATION OF THE HONG KONG/NORWAY TEXTILE AGREEMENT INITIALLED IN JANUARY THIS YEAR.

THE FIRST RESTRAINT PERIOD UNDER THE AGREEMENT BEGINS ON JULY 1, 1984. QUOTAS FOR TEXTILE PRODUCTS SUBJECT TO RESTRAINT WILL BE ISSUED TO ELIGIBLE COMPANIES EARLY NEXT WEEK.

DETAILS REGARDING THE PRINCIPLES OF QUOTA ALLOCATION AND CONTROL ARRANGEMENTS ARE SET OUT IN THE NOTICE TO EXPORTERS, SERIES 3 (COUNTRIES OTHER THAN USA AND EEC) NO. 40/84 AND NO. 43/84, COPIES OF WHICH ARE AVAILABLE AT THE TRADE DEPARTMENT’S RECEPTIONIST COUNTER, GROUND FLOOR, OCEAN CENTRE, CANTON ROAD.

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TREATMENT WORKS LAB TO BE EXTENDED

* * *

THE MAINLAND EAST LABORATORY AT SHA TIN WATER TREATMENT WORKS IS TO BE EXTENDED.

THE WORK COMPRISES BUILDING AN EXTENSION ABOVE PART OF THE EXISTING FILTER BLOCK TO PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL FLOOR AREA OF ABOUT 440 SQUARE METRES.

IT WILL ALSO INCLUDE SUPPLYING AND INSTALLING ALL SERVICES AND FIXED FURNITURE.

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THE EXISTING LABORATORY WILL BE MODIFIED.

THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS BY JUNE 22.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN AUGUST AND WHEN COMPLETED IN 15 MONTHS THE EXTENSION WILL RELIEVE THE PRESENT OVERCROWDED SITUATION AT THE EXISTING LABORATORY.

THE MAIN FUNCTION OF THE LABORATORY IS TO CARRY OUT CHEMICAL, BACTERIOLOGICAL, BIOLOGICAL AND PHYSICAL TESTS FOR QUALITY CONTROL AND MONITORING OF WATER.

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CROWN RENTS DUE SOON

* * * *

DEMAND NOTES FOR CROWN RENTS FOR THE HALF YEAR ENDING ON JUNE 24 HAVE ALL BEEN ISSUED, A TREASURY SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

THE NOTES INCLUDE THOSE NOT EXCEEDING $100 A YEAR, AND WHICH ARE TO BE PAID ONLY ONCE EVERY FIVE YEARS.

ANY CROWN LESSEE WHO HAS NOT RECEIVED A DEMAND NOTE SHOULD ENQUIRE AT THE CROWN RENT AND PREMIUM SECTION OF TREASURY, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (WEST WING), 9TH FLOOR, 11 ICE HOUSE STREET, HONG KONG, HE SAID.

FAILURE TO RECEIVE THE DEMAND NOTE DOES NOT ALTER THE REQUIREMENT THAT CROWN RENTS MUST BE PAID BY JUNE 24, HE SAID.

PAYMENT MAY BE MADE BY POST.

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$11.4M PILING TENDER APPROVED FOR TIN PING ESTATE

******

TIN PING ESTATE, THE THIRD PUBLIC HOUSING PROJECT IN FANLING/ SHEK WU HUI NEW TOWN, IS ENTERING ITS FINAL STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT AND WILL PROVIDE HOMES FOR 22 400 PEOPLE ON FULL COMPLETION BY 1987.

♦UNDER A NEWLY APPROVED TENDER WORTH OVER $11.4 MILLION, PILING WORKS WILL SOON BEGIN FOR TWO TRIDENT III BLOCKS AND TWO ‘ SLAB BLOCKS IN ITS SECOND PHASE,+ SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HOUSING AUTHORITY TODAY.

HE SAID THESE FOUR BLOCKS WOULD HOUSE 11 100 PEOPLE IN 2 594 MODERN, SELF-CONTAINED FLATS.

/♦THE PILING ....

THURSDAY, JUNE 7» 19&4

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+THE PILING TENDER ALSO COVERS A FIVE-STOREY MULTI-PURPOSE COMPLEX PROVIDING SHOPS, MARKETS, A RESTAURANT, A CARPARK AND AN INDOOR-GAMES HALL.

+TIN PING ESTATE IS BEING DEVELOPED IN TWO PHASES, WITH CONSTRUCTION WORK NOW WELL UNDERWAY ON THREE TRIDENT II BLOCKS

FOR SOME

11 UOO PEOPLE.+

the

BUILDING

PILING TENDER WAS APPROVED BY THE COMMITTEE AT ITS LAST MEETING.

HOUSING AUTHORITY’S

THE

KWAI CHUNG NULLAH COLUMNS * * * *

SHAPE OF THE COLUMNS IN KWAI

FROM SQUARE TO TRIANGULAR TO SPEED UP

TO BE

CHUNG

STREAMLINED

NULLAH WILL BE CHANGED

THE FLOW OF WATER

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THE STREAMLINING WILL REDUCE THE INCREASING THE CAPACITY OF THE NULLAH SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

DANGER OF FLOODING BY A LANDS AND WORKS BRANCH

A $8.9-MILL ION CONTRACT FOR THE WORK WAS AWARDED TODAY (THURSDAY) TO NISHIMATSU CONSTRUCTION COMPANY LIMITED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

THE 16-METRE-WIDE NULLAH RUNS 2.7 KILOMETRES FROM THE JUNCTION OF KWAI CHUNG AND CASTLE PEAK ROADS TO KWAI CHUNG CREEK.

WORK WILL START NEXT WEEK AND TAKE 20 MONTHS TO COMPLETE

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SPEEDPOST TO UK RESUMED * * *

THE POST OFFICE TODAY ANNOUNCED THE RESUMPTION OF THE SPEEDPOST SERVICE BETWEEN HONG KONG AND THE UNITED KINGDOM.

THE SERVICE HAD BEEN SUSPENDED SINCE JUNE 5.

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TRAFFIC NOTES * X *

TRAFFIC ON THE SECTION OF TSUEN KING CIRCUIT, BETWEEN ON YAT STREET AND ON YIN STREET, TSUEN WAN W>J-L BE RE-ROUTED TWO WAYS FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (JUNE 9), FOL;L-OWING COMPLET ION OF ROAD WORKS, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY.

AT THE SAME TIME, LEARNER DR I VERS WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM

IN THE VICINITY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES

BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 1984

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNMENT TO CONTINUE EFFORTS FOR HK'S SUCCESS: GOVERNOR .... 1

SECOND +CALL+- ON CATEGORY 637 ................................... 2

NEED FOR NEW IDEAS, MACHINERY STRESSED ........................... 2

INDUSTRY'S SUPPORT FOR BOARDS URGED .............................. 3

MUSICAL MARATHON TO MARK QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY ........................ 4

BOARD TO REVIEW ILLEGAL STRUCTURE PROBUM ......................... 4

VITAL ROLE OF RURAL COMMITTEES STRESSED .......................... 5

UMELCO STILL TALKING ............................................. 5

HOUSEWIFE WINS S10 OOO METRICATION PRIZE ......................... 6

TWO MORE JAPANESE BANKS LICENSED HERE ......................«• 6

UMELCO TO VISIT KOWLOON CITY ....................................  7

CAREERS GUIDANCE FOR STUDENTS...................................   7

PUBLICISING ELECTIONS BY SONG .................................... 8

LEARN MORE ABOUT DEMOCRACY, STUDENTS URGED ....................... 9

NEW SERVICE RESERVOIR FOR TAI PO.................................. 9

MP'S COMING ON SOCIAL STUDY VISIT ............................... 10

MONASTERY ACCESS ROADS TO BE WIDENED ............................ 11

SUMMER TECHNICAL COURSES POPULAR ................................ 12

NEW BUS TERMINUS FOR CHAI WAN .................................... U

FLUSHING MAINS TO BE LAID IN SHA TIN ............................ 13

ROAD SECTION TO BE CLOSED FOR EARLY WORK......................... 13

TSING YI BRIDGE TRAFFIC ......................................... 14

FOR BUSES ONLY .................................................. 14

WORK DELAYS SUNDAY TRAM RUNS .................................... 14

COUNCILLORS SEE SQUATTER IMPROVEMENT SCHEME ..................... 15

FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 1984

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GOVERNMENT TO CONTINUE EFFORTS FOR HK’S SUCCESS! GOVERNOR *****

IT WILL BE THE GOVERNMENT’S CONSTANT CONCERN THAT THE ESSENTIAL ATTRIBUTES OF HONG KONG’S ECONOMIC SUCCESS SHOULD CONTINUE, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID TODAY.

SPEAKING AT THE TOPPING-OUT CEREMONY OF EXCHANGE SQUARE THIS AFTERNOON, SIR EDWARD SAIDi

♦I AM VERY GLAD TO BE HERE THIS AFTERNOON FOR THE TOPPINGOUT OF EXCHANGE SQUARE.

♦WE ARE STANDING HERE ON THE ROOF OF WHAT WILL BECOME THE UNIFIED STOCK EXCHANGE OF HONG KONG. NEXT YEAR OUR FOUR STOCK EXCHANGES WILL COME TOGETHER IN THIS BUILDING. TODAY’S CEREMONY THEREFORE IS SYMBOLIC OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG AS THE WORLD’S THIRD LARGEST FINANCIAL CENTRE.

♦WHILE WE CELEBRATE TODAY THE TOPPING-OUT OF THIS MAJOR COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT, WE SHOULD ALSO REFLECT WHY INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND FINANCE FINDS HONG KONG SO ATTRACTIVE. THE SECRET OF HONG KONG’S COMMERCIAL SUCCESS LIES IN A COMBINATION OF FACTORS.

♦THERE ARE THE TRADING AND FINANCIAL SKILLS OF OUR PEOPLE, WHICH ARE ALLOWED FULL SCOPE IN-A FREE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT. THERE IS THE BUSINESS ACUMEN OF OUR ENTREPRENEURS. THERE ARE HONG KONG’S EXCELLENT COMMUNICATIONS WHICH MAKE IT A NATURAL REGIONAL CENTRE.

♦THERE IS THE FREE FLOW OF MONEY IN AND OUT OF THE TERRITORY. THERE IS A STABLE AND LOW TAXATION SYSTEM. AND, THERE IS A RESPECTED AND LONG-STANDING PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS COMMUNITY AIMED AT THE CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG AS A FINANCIAL CENTRE. IT WILL BE OUR CONSTANT CONCERN THAT THESE ESSENTIAL ATTRIBUTES OF HONG KONG’S SUCCESS SHOULD CONTINUE.

♦I CONGRATULATE THE HONG KONG LAND COMPANY LIMITED AND ALL ASSOCIATED WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF EXCHANGE SQUARE. THEY HAVE IN ONLY TWO YEARS TRANSFORMED THE SITE INTO THE MAGNIFICENT BUILDING WHICH WE TOP OUT TODAY, AND WHICH IS A WELCOME AND ATTRACTIVE ADDITION TO HONG KONG’S FAMOUS WATERFRONT SKYLINE.

♦I WISH HONG KONG LAND WELL WITH ITS BOLD PLANS FOR EXCHANGE SQUARE; AND I WISH THE NEW UNIFIED STOCK EXCHANGE SUCCESS AND PROSPERITY WHEN IT STARTS OPERATING IN THESE PREMISES.+

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SECOND +CALL+ ON CATEGORY 637 M * * ft

THE UNITED STATES TODAY (FRIDAY) MADE AN EXPORT AUTHORISATION *CALL + ON CATEGORY 637 (MAN-MADE FIBRE PLAYSUITS, SUNSUITS, ETC) -THE SECOND CALL ON THIS CATEGORY THIS YEAR, THE TRADE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED.

THIS CATEGORY WAS FIRST CALLED IN FEBRUARY, BUT THE UNITED STATES WITHDREW THE CALL ON MAY 15, AFTER THE TEXTILES SURVEILLANCE BODY HAD EXAMINED THE CASE AT HONG KONG’S REQUEST.

THE CALL MADE AT 12.15 PM TODAY BRINGS THE TOTAL OF CALLS BY THE UNITED STATES ON HONG KONG IN 1984 TO 12.

PENDING CONSULTATIONS WITH THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, THE DEPARTMENT HAS SUSPENDED THE ISSUE OF FURTHER EXPORT AUTHORISATION FOR THIS CATEGORY AS FROM 12.15 PM TODAY.

THE DEPARTMENT WILL HOWEVER AS USUAL CONTINUE TO APPROVE AND ISSUE EXPORT LICENCES FOR THIS CATEGORY AGAINST VALID EXPORT AUTHORISATIONS APPROVED PRIOR TO THE SUSPENSION.

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NEED FOR NEW IDEAS, MACHINERY STRESSED

* * X *

HONG KONG INDUSTRY MUST MODERNISE ITS MACHINERY, USE BETTER QUALITY MATERIALS AND DEVELOP NEW DESIGN AND PACKAGING IDEAS TO ENSURE ITS SURVIVAL AND COMPETITIVENESS, THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, W JOHN YAXLEY STRESSED TODAY (FRIDAY).

HE WAS OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING OF THE 5TH MACHINERY AND MATERIALS EXHIBITION AND THE ELECTRONICS AND ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING EXHIBITION HELD AT THE HONG KONG EXHIBITION CENTRE IN WAN CHAI.

HE SAID THAT THE INCREASED INDUSTRIALISATION IN OTHER DEVELOPING COUNTRIES AND THE IMPROVED SOPHISTICATION OF AUTOMATED PROCESSES IN THE INDUSTRIALISED WORLD POSED *AN ENORMOUS CHALLENGE TO HONG KONG’S INDUSTRY.*

+WE CAN NO LONGER RELY ON LABOUR INTENSIVE ASSEMBLY LINES, SUPER-EFFICIENT AS THEY MAY HAVE BECOME IN HONG KONG. OUR WORKERS’ SKILLS MUST NOW BE SUPPLEMENTED BY THE LATEST TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS IF WE ARE TO PRODUCE MORE EFFECTIVELY THAN OUR COMPETITORS,* HE SAID.

A MANUFACTURER, MR YAXLEY SAID, SHOULD NO LONGER ASK HIMSELF WHETHER HE CAN AFFORD TO UPGRADE HIS MACHINERY, INSTEAD, HE MUST ASK HIMSELF WHETHER HE CAN AFFORD NOT TO.

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LAST YEAR, HONG KONG’S RETAINED IMPORTS OF RAW MATERIALS, SEMI-MANUFACTURES AND CAPITAL GOODS AMOUNTED TO HKS69 BILLION, REPRESENTING ALMOST 58 PER CENT OF HONG KONG’S TOTAL RETAINED IMPORTS AND A 28 PER CENT INCREASE OVER 1982.

HONG KONG INDUSTRY'S DEMAND FOR MATERIALS AND MACHINERY WOULD CONTINUE TO GROW AS HONG KONG NEEDED TO BROADEN ITS INDUSTRIAL BASE AND STRENGTHEN ITS LINKAGE AND SUPPORT INDUSTRIES, HE REMARKED.

MR YAXLEY PAID TRIBUTE TO THOSE OVERSEAS COMPANIES WHICH HAVE TRANSFERRED THEIR TECHNOLOGY HERE BY SUPPLYING HONG KONG WITH THEIR MATERIALS, MACHINERY, AND SERVICES, AND INVITED THEM +TO TAKE ONE STEP FURTHER BY DIRECT PARTICIPATION IN HONG KONG INDUSTRY*.

*BY THE END OF LAST YEAR, WE ALREADY HAD A TOTAL OF 530 WHOLLY OVERSEAS-OWNED OR JOINT-VENTURE FACTORIES KNOWN TO THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT TO BE OPERATING IN HONG KONG. WE WOULD WELCOME MORE COMPANIES TO JOIN THEIR RANKS AND SHARE HONG KONG’S SUCCESS,* f'R YAXLEY SAID.

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INDUSTRY'S SUPPORT FOR BOARDS URGED

* * *

FURTHER DEVELOPMENT IN DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION WILL PROVIDE MORE CHANCES FOR RESIDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN LOCAL AFFAIRS AND WILL MAKE DISTRICT BOARDS MORE REPRESENTATIVE, THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR K.C. KWONG, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

BUT THIS COULD ONLY BE SUCCESSFUL IF PEOPLE BECAME MORE ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS.

THEIR ACTIVE PARTICIPATION WOULD ALSO ENSURE THAT GOVERNMENT POLICIES WERE IN LINE WITH THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE AND WOULD HELP IMPROVE EFFICIENCY IN LOCAL ADMINISTRATION, HE SAID.

SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT INDUSTRIALISTS ASSOCIATION, MR KWONG SAID DISTRICT BOARDS HAD BEEN DOING A LOT SINCE 1981 TO IMPROVE THE LIVELIHOOD OF RESIDENTS.

♦THE BOARD’S ACHIEVEMENTS HAVE LAID A GOOD FOUNDATION FOR A FURTHER DEVELOPMENT IN LOCAL ADMINISTRATION, INCLUDING THE INCREASE IN ELECTED SEATS IN DISTRICT BOARDS AND THE ELECTION CF UNOFFICIAL BOARD CHAIRMAN,* HE SAID.

WHILE IT WAS IMPORTANT TO INCREASE REPRESENTATION ON THE ’DISTRICT BOARDS, IT WAS ALSO IMPORTANT THAT THERE BE BALANCED REPRESENTATION FROM EVERY SECTOR OF THE COMMUNITY.

TO ACHIEVE THIS, ALL ELIGIBLE VOTERS, INCLUDING THE 900 000 PEOPLE FROM THE INDUSTRIAL SECTOR THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY, SHOULD REGISTER AS VOTERS AND VOTE ON ELECTION DAY, HE SAID.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 1934

4

MUSICAL MARATHON TO MARK QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY * * *

THE FIRST MUSICAL MARATHON OF ITS KIND IN HONG KONG FELD AT THE NEW WORLD PLAZA ON JUNE 16, TO CELEBRATE THE BIRTHDAY.

-WILL BE QUEEN’S

THE EVENT, JOINTLY PRESENTED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE OF

RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT AND THE NEW WORLD CENTRE

THE

WILL START AT 12

NOON

LEGISLATIVE COMMISSIONER FOR OFFICIATE AT THE

COUNCILLOR, DR HENRIETTA IP AND THE DEPUTY RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR CLIVE OXLEY WILL OPENING CEREMONY.

THIRTEEN YOUTH CHINESE AND WESTERN ORCHESTRAS, BANDS AND CHILDREN’S CHOIR OF THE MUSIC OFFICE WILL PROVIDE FIVE HOURS CF UNINTERRUPTED MUSICAL SELECTIONS.

A MUSIC OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THE AUDIENCE WOULD, FOR THE FIRST TIME, BE ABLE TO SAMPLE THE VARIED AND COLOURFUL REPERTOIRE OF THE PERFORMING GROUPS. +THE MARATHON WILL PROMISE TO BE A WORTHWHILE EVENT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY TO SPEND A HOLIDAY AFTERNOON,+ HE ADDED.

A BEAUTIFULLY DESIGNED BOOKMARK BIRTHDAY WILL EE DISTRIBUTED FREE TO

MARK ING

THE OCCASION

FEATURING THE QUEEN’S THE AUDIENCE AS A SOUVENIR

CONCERT AT 8 PM

THE EVENING, ANOTHER QUEEN’S

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

WILL BE HELD AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWNHALL AUDITORIUM

A NUMBER OF UMELCO MEMBERS, SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND DIGNITARIES FROM TSUEN WAN WILL ATTEND.

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BOARD TO REVIEW ILLEGAL STRUCTURE PROBLEM * * * *

SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL REVIEW THE PROBLEMS OF ILLEGAL STRUCTURES AND EXTENSIONS IN PRIVATt BUILDINGS AT THEIR MEETING ON MONDAY (JUNE 11).

A GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR WILL TALK ON NEW PLANS TO STEP UP CONTROL AND ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS AGAINST CONTRAVENTIONS CF THE BUILDING ORDINANCE.

THE URBAN COUNCIL’S FIVE-YEAR CAPITAL WORKS PROGRAMME FOR THE DISTRICT WILL ALSO EE TABLED FOR DISCUSSION.

AT THE MEETING MEMBERS WILL COMMENT ON THE URBAN COUNCIL o PRESENT POLICY FOR THE MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL OF HAWKERS AND SUGGEST MEASURES FOR IMPROVEMENT.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS OBJECTIONS BY RESIDENTS 0--ME I FOO SUN CHUEN AGAINST THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT OF THE KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER TERMINAL.

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FR IDAY, JUNE 8, 1934

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VITAL ROLE OF RURAL COMMITTEES STRESSED X * *

RURAL COMMITTEES HAVE CHANGED THEIR ROLE, BUT THEY REMAINED VERY IMPORTANT IN THE EFFORTS TO PROVIDE A MORE REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT FOR HONG KONG, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR NEW TERRITORIES, MR IAN MACPHERSON, SAID THIS (FRIDAY) EVENING.

HE SAID THE COMMITTEES’ SUPPORT AND ADVICE WERE STILL GREATLY VALUED AND GOVERNMENT HAD ENSURED THAT THEY COULD PARTICIPATE IN THE DISTRICT BOARDS ALONGSIDE THEIR ELECTED

AND APPOINTED

COLLEAGUES.

+WHEN WE

HEUNG YEE KUK BUSINESS,* HE

HAVE THE NEW REGIONAL COUNCIL, THE NEW TERRITORIES

WILL PLAY SAID.

AN ACTIVE ROLE IN THE COUNCIL’S

+ALL THESE CHANGES RURAL COMMITTEES, AND I

WILL PRESENT NEW CHALLENGES TO THE

HAVE BEEN GREATLY PLEASED AND ENCOURAGED

TO SEE HOW WELL RURAL COMMITTEES HAD SUCCEEDED IN PARTICIPATING

IN THIS NEW SYSTEM HEUNG YEE KUK WILL COUNC IL.+

AND I AM SURE THAT THE NEW TERRITORIES

BE EQUALLY SUCCESSFUL IN THE NEW REGIONAL

MR MACPHERSON

25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TAI PO RURAL

WAS SPEAKING AT THE CELEBRATION OF THE

COMMITTEE.

HE SAID THAT THOUGH THE 25-YEAR WAS RELATIVELY YOUNG, HE WAS GREATLY COULD BE ACHIEVED IN A SHORT PERIOD.

OLD TAI PO RURAL COMMITTEE IMPRESSED AT WHAT

+1 AM PLEASED TO SEE THAT THIS YOUNG RURAL COMMITTEE IS ALSO A PROGRESSIVE RURAL COMMITTEE, FOR IT HAS NOT ONLY SUCCEEDED IN REPRESENTING THE INDIGENOUS POPULATION AND THE RURAL AREAS IN THE DISTRICT, BUT HAS ALSO SERVED THE NEW POPULATION WHO HAVE COME TO SETTLE IN TAI PO IN ITS NEWLY DEVELOPED AREAS.*

UMELCO STILL TALKING X * *

THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT WAS ISSUED AFTER THE UMELCO MEETING THIS (FRIDAY) MORNING:

REGARDING THE PROPOSED UMELCO TRIP TO PEKING, WE ARE STi_. DISCUSSING WITH RELEVANT PARTIES B> LI Ty AND FEAol Bl L I Y

OF MAKING THE VISIT. WHEN A FINAL DECISION IS MADE, WE WILL MAKi A PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT. IN THE MEANTIME WE HAVE NOTHING 10 ADD '0 EARLIER STATEMENTS.

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HOUSEWIFE WINS $10 000 METRICATION PRIZE * * * *

A HOUSEWIFE’S INTEREST IN METRICATION HAS MADE HER $10 000 RICHER.

THIS WAS THE SUM MRS NG HO VIN~KUEN RECEIVED TODAY AS THE FIRST PRIZE IN THE +METRIC FAMILY LUCKY DRAW+, ORGANISED BY THE METRICATION COMMITTEE IN CONJUNCTION WITH OVER 30 SUPERMARKETS.

HER ENTRY WAS AMONG 30 000 ENTRIES IN THE CONTEST WHICH WAS DESCRIBED BY THE METRICATION COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR JAMES WU, AS +HAVING PROVED SUCCESSFUL IN PROMOTING PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE COMMON USE OF METRIC UNITS IN THE PURCHASE OF DAILY SUNDRIES.*

PRESENTING THE $10 000 BANK DEPOSIT TO MRS NG, MR WU SAID THAT EFFORTS WOULD BE STEPPED UP IN PROMOTING THE USE OF METRIC UNITS IN THE CONSUMER GOODS AND SERVICES SECTOR.

+OUR COMMITTEE WILL SOON JOIN HANDS WITH THE CONSUMER

COUNCIL IN CONDUCTING A SURVEY ON THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF WEIGHING EQUIPMENT, AND A SPECIAL ARTICLE WILL BE PUBLISHED IN ’CHOICE MAGAZINE’ TO INCREASE PEOPLE’S KNOWLEDGE IN THIS AREA,* HE SAID.

THE COMMITTEE WAS ALSO WORKING WITH THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ON A PROGRAMME TO PUBLICISE METRIC ROAD SIGNS.

SEVEN OTHER WINNERS OF THE LUCKY DRAW RECEIVED PRIZES RANGING FROM A COMPACT DISC PLAYER, A COMPANY GIFT COUPON OF $1 000 TO A CASSETTE TAPE RECORDER.

MORE THAN 150 OTHER PARTICIPANTS WERE AWARDED SHOPPING VOUCHERS OF $200 EACH.

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TWO MORE JAPANESE BANKS LICENSED HERE * * * *

TWO MORE OVERSEAS BANKS HAVE BEEN GRANTED LICENCES TO CONDUCT BUSINESS IN HONG KONG.

THEY ARE THE HOKKAIDO TAKUSHOKU BANK LIMITED AND THE KYOWA BANK LIMITED, BOTH INCORPORATED IN JAPAN.

+THEY HAVE SATISFIED THE REQUIREMENTS UNDER THE BANKING ORDINANCE WHICH INCLUDE MINIMUM TOTAL ASSETS, LESS CONTRA ITEMS, EQUIVALENT TO US$12 000 MILLION AND EFFECTIVE SUPERVISION BY THE MONITORING AUTHORITIES IN THE COUNTRY OF THEIR INCORPORATION,* A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

*THE CONTINUING INTEREST BY FOREIGN BANKS IN ESTABLISHING BRANCHES IN HONG KONG IS A DEMONSTRATION OF OVERSEAS CONFIDENCE IN HONG KONG’S FUTURE, PARTICULARLY AS A MAJOR FINANCIAL CENTRE,* HE SAID.

/ALSO ANNOUNCED ...

FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 1984

JI!~nN£ED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY IS THE REVOCATION OF A

uiycNCE GRANTtD TO THE HONG KONG BRANCH OF SEATTLE-FIRST NATIONA1 ^T*R BECOMINCSACl^?nT?DvR^S?CT BANKING BUSINESS IN HONG KONQL BECOMING A SUBSIDIARY OF THE BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION.

IN HONGTKHONTGHESE LATEST CHANGES> thERE ARE NOW 137 LICENSED BANKS

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UMELCO TO VISIT KOWLOON CITY K X X X X

A PARTY OF ELEVEN UMELCO MEMBERS WILL VISIT KOWLOON CITY ON MONDAY (JUNE 11) MORNING TO SEE FOR THEMSELVES THE LATEST

DEVELOPMENTS IN THE DISTRICT DI STRI CT BOARD MEMBERS.

AND TO DISCUSS LOCAL AFFAIRS WITH

HEADED BY HON WONG LAM, YEUNG, HON ANDREW SO, HON F. YAN-LUNG, DR HON HENRIETTA IP, HON'CHAN YING-LUN, HON MRS RITA FAN. HON MRS PAULINE NG AND HON YEUNG PO-KWAN.

THE PARTY WILL COMPRISE HON CHARLES K. HU, HON WONG PO-YAN, HON CHEUNG

THEY WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY HONG KONG AND KOWLOON), Mfi ALBERT LAM| THE DISTRICT OFFICER KOWLOON CITY), MR GORDON JONES AND THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE UMELCO OFFICE, MR JOSEPH W. P. WONG.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WHO WISH TO COVER THE VISIT ARE REQUESTED TO ASSEMBLE AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE, KOWLOON CITY, 141-143 KAU PUI LUNG ROAD, 1ST FLOOR, KOWLOON, AT 9.15 AM. INFORMATION OFFICERS OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND THE UMELCO OFFICE WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSI ST.

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CAREERS GUIDANCE FOR STUDENTS * * it-

A MONTH-LONG FURTHER STUDIES AND CAREERS GUIDANCE PROJECT FOR

SECONDARY STUDENTS WILL BE LAUNCHED NEXT MONTH DISTR ICT.

IN THE SOUTHERN

IT WILL BE JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE YOUTH SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, THE ABERDEEN ASSOCIATION AND THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT STUDENTS •AND WILL BE SPONSORED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT

EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY KAIFONG WELFARE SERVICES COMMITTEE, BOARD.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES WILL BE ORGANISED FOR STUDENTS IN THE DISTRICT STARTING ON JULY 2.

/THE ACTIVITIES

FRIDAY, JUKE 8, 1984

THE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE A CAREERS INFORMATION CENTRE AfclD A MINI EXHIBITION TO BE SET UP BY THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE AT THE COMMUNITY SERVICE CENTRE OF THE ABERDEEN KAIFONG WELFARE ASSOCIATION, CAREERS FORUMS AND MOCK JOB INTERVIEWS, AN OUTING TO TAI PO AND WESTERN NEW TERRITORIES, AND A FREE HANDBOOK ON FURTHER STUDIES.

STUDENTS WHO WISH TO TAKE PART IN THE CAREERS FORUMS, MOCK INTERVIEWS AND THE OUTING SHOULD CALL THE ORGANISERS AT 5-538035 CR 5-546321.

SCHOOLS WHICH WISH TO ARRANGE GROUP VISITS FOR THEIR STUDENTS TO THE CAREERS INFORMATION CENTRE AND THE MINI EXHIBITION MAY CONTACT THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISTORY SERVICE AT 5-7956067.

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PUBLICISING ELECTIONS BY SONG * * * *

TWELVE YOUNG AMATEURS IN SHAM SHU I PO WILL COMPETE AT THE DISTRICT’S PRELIMINARY SINGING CONTEST TOMORROW (SATURDAY) EVENING.

THE CONTESTANTS WERE CHOSEN FROM 350 ENTRANTS RECEIVED IN SHAM SHU I PO - THE 11TH DISTRICT TO HOLD THE TERRITORY-WIDE CONTEST.

THE WINNER OF THE NIGHT WILL REPRESENT THE DISTRICT IN A SEMI-FINAL ON AUGUST 11 IN THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL.

A GRAND FINAL WILL BE HELD AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM ON SEPTEMBER 2, WHEN NINE FINALISTS WILL CONTEND FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP.

THE BEST PERFORMER IN THE GRAND FINAL WILL BE AWARDED A RECORDING CONTRACT WITH A LEADING LOCAL COMPANY, WHILE OTHER WINNERS WILL RECEIVE PRIZES WORTH MORE THAN $40 000.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG AND SING TAO NEWSPAPERS LIMITED, THE 18-DISTRICT AMATEUR SINGING CONTEST IS AIMED AT BOOSTING REGISTRATION OF VOTERS FOR NEXT YEAR’S DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS.

TOMORROW’S CONTEST WILL START AT 8 PM IN THE LAI KOK COMMUNITY HALL IN LAI KOK ESTATE. THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER (SHAM SHUI PO), MISS REBECCA KO, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SHAM SHU I PO ARTS ASSOCIATION, MR KWOK CHEONG WILL BE THE OFFICIATING GUESTS.

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LEARN MORE ABOUT DEMOCRACY, STUDENTS URGED

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SECONDARY SCHOOL LEAVERS WERE URGED TODAY (FRIDAY) TO LEARN MORE ABOUT DEMOCRACY AND ELECTIONS AND TO HELP PROMOTE VOTER REGISTRATION.

THE APPEAL WAS MADE BY THE YUEN LONG ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR RICHARD YUEN, AT A JOINT GRADUATION CEREMONY OF THE KOWLOON AND YUEN LONG LUTHERAN MIDDLE SCHOOLS.

MR YUEN SAID THAT NEXT YEAR’S DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS WOULD BE A MILESTONE IN HONG KONG HISTORY, AS THERE WOULD BE MORE ELECTED SEATS AND THE BOARD CHAIRMEN WOULD BE ELECTED AMONG THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS.

+EVERY VOTE WILL BE OF VITAL IMPORTANCE,* HE SAID.

HE CALLED UPON THE STUDENTS TO PASS ON THE ELECTION MESSAGE TO THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS AND TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO REGISTER AS VOTERS AND VOTE ON ELECTION DAY.

MR YUEN SAID THAT THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD HAD DONE A LOT TO IMPROVE THE LIVELIHOOD OF THE RESIDENTS.

FOR INSTANCE, HE SAID, ABOUT $1.3 MILLION WAS SPENT LAST YEAR ON ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT, AND FUNDS WERE ALLOCATED FOR ORGANISING THE ANNUAL ARTS FESTIVAL FOR THE RESIDENTS.

+THE BOARD NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT TO CONTINUE ITS WORK FOR THE COMMUNITY,* HE SAID.

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NEW SERVICE RESERVOIR FOR TAI PO * * * *

A NEW SERVICE RESERVOIR IS TO BE CONSTRUCTED AT TAI PO TO hEET THE NEW TOWN’S INCREASING DEMAND FOR WATER.

THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS BY JUNE 29 TO BUILD THE PUN CHUN YUEN FRESH WATER SERVICE RESERVOIR, WHICH WILL BE LOCATED ON THE HILLSIDE IMMEDIATELY SOUTH OF TAI PO TAU SERVICE RESERVOIR.

WITH A STORAGE CAPACITY OF 68 000 CUBIC METRES, THE RESERVOIR IS TO BE BUILT OF REINFORCED CONCRETE.

THE SITE WILL BE LANDSCAPED TO MINIMISE THE VISUAL IMPACT OF THE RESERVOIR ON TAI PO AND THE SURROUNDING AREA.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN AUGUST AND BE COMPLETED IN THREE YEARS. .

TAI PO TAU SERVICE RESERVOIR HAS A STORAGE CAPACITY OF 18 538 CUBIC METRES AND WILL CONTINUE IN USE AFTER THE NEW ONE HAS BEEN COMPLETED.

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MP’S COMING ON SOCIAL STUDY VISIT * * * *

FIVE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS SUB-COMMITTEE ON RACE RELATIONS AND IMMIGRATION (SCORRI) WILL VISIT HONG KONG FROM JUNE 10 TO 16 TO HELP IN THEIR INQUIRY INTO THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC PROBLEMS FACED BY THE CHINESE COMMUNITY IN BRITAIN.

THEIR PROGRAMME IS DESIGNED TO GIVE THE MP’S AS CLEAR AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE BACKGROUND OF THE CHINESE COMMUNITY IN THE UK AS IS POSSIBLE WITHIN THE TIME AVAILABLE.

THEY ARE MR JOHN WHEELER (CHAIRMAN), MR ROBIN CORBETT, W JEREMY HANLEY, MR JOHN HUNT, AND MS CLARE SHORT.

SINCE MOST OF THE CHINESE IN THE UK COME FROM THE NEW TERRITORIES, THE PROGRAMME FOR THE SUB-COMMITTEE WILL CONCENTRATE ON THAT AREA. THE'FIVE MP’S WILL MEET THE HEUNG YEE KUK AND OTHER NEW TERRITORIES RESIDENTS, AND CALL AT VILLAGES IN YUEN LONG, TAI PO AND NORTH SAI KUNG.

THE MP’S WILL ALSO TOUR YAU MA TEI AND MONG KOK URBAN DISTRICTS. THEY WILL MEET MEMBERS OF UMELCO AND THE URBAN COUNCIL, AS WELL AS DB MEMBERS AND OTHER LOCAL RESIDENTS. THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT'AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL BE VISITED. THEY WILL ALSO HAVE LUNCH WITH THE GOVERNOR. THE VISITORS WILL GIVE A PRESS CONFERENCE ON JUNE 15 (FRIDAY).

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAfD, +THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME THE SUB-COMMITTEE HAS EXTENDED ITS INQUIRIES OUTSIDE THE UK. HONG KONG WAS CHOSEN AS PART OF THE PRESENT STUDY BECAUSE MOST OF THE CHINESE IN BRITAIN HAVE CLOSE CULTURAL AND ECONOMIC LINKS WITH K)NG KONG. THE STUDY IS NOT RELATED TO DISCUSSIONS ON HONG KONG’S FUTURE.+

THE FOLLOWING IS THE TEXT OF A PRESS NOTICE ISSUED TODAY BY THE SUB-COMMITTEE ON RACE RELATIONS AND IMMIGRATION ON THEIR HONG KONG VISIT:

+IN JANUARY 1983 THE SUB-COMMITTEE ON RACE RELATIONS AND IMMIGRATION DECIDED TO HOLD AN INQUIRY INTO THE CHINESE COMMUNITY IN BRITAIN. THE GENERAL ELECTION IN JUNE 1983 BROUGHT THEIR WORK TO A HALT AND THEIR PROPOSED VISIT TO HONG KONG IN MAY 1983 HAD ALSO TO BE CANCELLED. THE NEW SUB-COMMITTEE, SET UP IN JANUARY 1984, AGREED THAT THEY SHOULD CONTINUE THE INQUIRY INTO THE CHINESE COMMUNITY IN BRITAIN.

+IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THIS INQUIRY DOES NOT INCLUDE THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG WITHIN ITS REMIT. THE OBJECT OF THIS INQUIRY IS TO ASSESS THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC PROBLEMS THE CHINESE COMMUNITY IN BRITAIN FACE. THE SUB-COMMITTEE HAVE BEEN EXAMINING THE NATURE OF ANY DISTINCT DISADVANTAGES - FOR EXAMPLE IN EMPLQYMENT, HOUSING, HEALTH, EDUCATION.- AND WHETHER GOVERNMENT AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES ARE SUFFICIENTLY AWARE OF AND RESPONSIVE TO THEIR NEEDS IN AREAS SUCH AS GRANTS AND FUNDING, PROVISIONS OF INTERPRETATION FACILITIES, SOCIAL SERVICES, ETC.

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♦IN THE COURSE OF ITS INQUIRY THE SUB-COMMITTEE HAVE VISITED CHINESE COMMUNITIES IN VARIOUS PARTS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM, CARD IFF, i GLASGOW, MANCHESTER, LIVERPOOL AND THE LONDON BOROUGHS OF WESTMINSTER AND TOWER HAMLETS.

♦PAST INQUIRIES OF THE SUB-COMMITTEE HAVE TAKEN THEM ABROAD TO THE.’INDIAN SUB-CONTINENT, THE CARIBBEAN, THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA. AS PART OF THE PRESENT INQUIRY THEY WILL VISIT HONG KONG, ARRIVING ON SUNDAY 10 JUNE AND DEPARTING ON SATURDAY 16 JUNE. IT ISA FACT THAT MOST CHINESE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM EITHER COME FROM OR MAINTAIN STRONG LINKS WITH HONG KONG AND MANY OF THEIR ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES ARE LINKED TO HONG KONG. CLEARLY THEIR ATTITUDES. .TOWARDS WORK,' HOUSING, FAMILY STRUCTURE, EDUCATION. ETC., ARE VERY MUCH MOULDED BY THEIR HONG KONG BACKGROUND. GIVEN THAT MANY COME FROM THE NEW TERRITORIES, THAT HAS A DISTINCT EFFECT UPON THEM. DURING THEIR VISIT THEY INTEND TO GET AN IMPRESSION OF THESE ASPECTS OF OUR CHINESE COMMUNITY’S BACKGROUND. THIS WILL ENHANCE THE SUB-COMMITTEE’S ABILITY TO UNDERSTAND THE ASPIRATIONS AND ATTITUDES OF THE CHINESE COMMUNITY IN BRITAIN, AND ENABLE IT TO CONSIDER THE COMMUNITY’S PROBLEMS MORE EFFECT IVELY.+

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MONASTERY ACCESS ROADS TO BE WIDENED .23!GUT -1 Hi ••* * *

SECTIONS. OF SHAM,WAT ROAP AND NGONG PING ROAD ON LANTAU ISLAND WILL’BE WIDENED TO ENABLE NEW LANTAU BUS COMPANY^ STANDARD SINGLE-DECK BUSES TO REACH PO LIN MONASTERY.

THE1ENGINEERING DEVELOPME^T'DEPARTMEnT'PpOPDSES TO wfDEN THE'ROADS TO.SIX METRES WHEREVER POSSIBLE AND PROVIDE PASSING PLACES WHERE'THEY CANNOt BE W1DENED.

A .l,.6. ^EiTRE WIDE ,FOQTWAYHWILL BE BUILT ON ONE SM^OF THE R0ADS’ ■ 63MIT MH3T JAMHUyi D’AlR'jQ Ss^-iVliV i Ml ;■ Y JTSC^ HA

WORK IS EXPECTED TO COMMENCE TOWARDS THE END OF VHIS YEAR AND BE COMPLETED INJL2 ^THS. >1jM .

ACCESS TO PO LIN MONASTERY IS VIA A s'hORT SECTION OF t cu ' SHAM WAT ROAD LEADING TO NGONG PING ROAD. * * '

THE ROADS ARE OF' SUBSTANDARD MtDTH AND- CAN ONLY. ACCOMODATE

mi ni-bUsescp elated by NeJS. ,lXni;au bus company".

A +GOLDEN BUDDHA+. IS NOW BEING BUILT CLOSE TO TjHE MONASTERY, AND THE NUMBER OF VISITORS TO THE MONASTERY- IS EXPECTED TO g INCREASE WHEN'IT IS COMPLETED,.-, ' : , , .a '.

A'NOTICE CONCERNING’ THE PROPOSED WORK IS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY) UNDER THE ROADS (WORKS, USE AND COMPENSATION) ORDINANCE.

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A PLAN CAN BE SEEN AT:

* CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY;

* ISLANDS DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, 4TH FLOOR, INTERNATIONAL BUILDING, 141, DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL; AND

X ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE, SINCERE BUILDING, 16TH FLOOR, 173, DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL SHOULD REACH THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS IN WRITING BY AUGUST 7.

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SUMMER TECHNICAL COURSES POPULAR

X * X *

THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL TECHNICAL INSTITUTES WILL BE OFFERING 154 SUMMER SHORT COURSES PROVIDING 6 000 PLACES FOR PEOPLE OVER 15 YEARS OF AGE TO UPGRADE THEIR SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW‘BE ING INVITED FOR A WIDE RANGE OF SHORT TECHNICAL, COMMERCIAL AND LEISURE INTEREST STUDIES.

THE COURSES WILL RANGE FROM EIGHT HOURS TO 60 HOURS AND WILL BE HELD BETWEEN JULY AND AUGUST.

THEY WILL BE IN COMMERCIAL AND GENERAL STUDIES, DESIGN, INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY, TEXTILE, CLOTHING, CONSTRUCTION, MARINE AND FABRICATION, AND ELECTRICAL, MECHANICAL, AND MOTOR VEHICLE ENGINEERING.

THE SUMMER CLASSES WILL HELP SUPPORT THE SHORT COURSES WHICH ARE MOSTLY HELD IN THE EVENINGS DURING NORMAL TERM TIMES,+ A VTC SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE COUNCIL HAD STARTED RUNNING SUMMER SHORT COURSES LAST YEAR, THEY HAD ATTRACTED 31 000 APPLICATIONS, PROVIDING THEIR POPULARITY, HE SAID.

COURSE FEE, MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION AND OTHER DETAILS OF THE SUMMER PROGRAMME WILL BE ADVERTISED IN TOMORROW’S (SATURDAY) PAPERS. THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATION IS JUNE 23.

APPLICATION FORMS AND GUIDES MAY BE OBTAINED FROM DISTRICT OFFICES, THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL, AS WELL AS THE FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES NAMELY MORRISON HILL, KWAI CHUNG, KWUN TONG, HAKI NG WONG AND LEE WAI LEE.

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NEW BUS TERMINUS FOR CHAI WAN *****

A BUS TERMINUS WILL BE BUILT AT THE JUNCTION OF CHAI WAN ROAD AND SHEUNG ON STREET TO PROVIDE A MORE SATISFACTORY SERVICE TO COMMUTERS.

IT WILL CONSIST OF SIX TO 43 METRES, SIX PASSENGER

BAYS VARYING IN LENGTH FROM 19 METRES PLATFORMS, AND FOOTWAYS.

THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE

THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT WORK, WHICH WILL START IN SEPTEMBER

AND TAKE SIX MONTHS TO COMPLETE

SHELTERS FOR THE PASSENGER PLATFORMS, A KIOSK AND A FOR BUS REGULATORS WILL BE BUILT BY THE BUS COMPANY AT A STAGE AFTER THE GOVERNMENT CONTRACT HAS BEEN COMPLETED.

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CANTEEN LATER

FLUSHING MAINS TO BE * *

LAID IN SHA TIN *

WORK ON LAYING 1 160 A SECTION OF TAI PO ROAD, START EARLY NEXT WEEK.

METRES OF

FLUSHING WATER MAINS

NtAR HO TUNG LAU, SHA TIN, WILL

ALONG

A $1.1 MILLION CONTRACT WAS AWARDED RECENTLY TO SHUN HING CONSTRUCTION COMPANY LIMITED BY THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT.

THE MAINS, OF 700 AND 800 MILLIMETRES DIAMETER, WILL BE CONNECTED TO THE EXISTING FLUSHING WATER MAINS SYSTEM.

THEY FORM PART OF A SCHEME TO EXTEND FLUSHING WATER SUPPLIES TO THE WHOLE OF SHA TIN NEW TOWN, WHICH HAS A RAPIDLY EXPANDING POPULATION.

THE WORK IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN FOUR MONTHS.

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ROAD SECTION TO BE CLOSED FOR EARLY WORK * * * *

WORK ON THE MTR ISLAND LINE.

DURING THE CLOSURE WILL BE IMPLEMENTED!-

THE FOLLOWING TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT^

m vcuiriFQ nw HENNESSY ROAD EASTBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED VIA

* PEROVA® STREET? LEIGHTON ROAD, PENNINGTON STREET AND

YEE WO STREET

VEHICLES ON

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X VEHICLES ON CAUSEWAY ROAD WESTBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED VIA LEIGHTON ROAD, MORRISON HILL ROAD, TIN LOK LANE AND HENNESSY ROAD.

X THE PROHIBITION ON PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES FROM ENTERING PENNINGTON STREET BETWEEN LEIGHTON ROAD AND YEE WO STREET, AND MORRISON HILL ROAD NORTHBOUND BETWEEN LEIGHTON ROAD AND WAN CHAI ROAD WILL BE LIFTED.

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TSI NG Y! BRIDGE TRAFFIC * * *

FOR THREE ONE-HOUR PERIODS ON SUNDAY (JUNE 10), TSI NG Yl BRIDGE WILL BE OPEN TO TRAFFIC AT INTERVALS OF FIVE MINUTES ONLY, TO ALLOW MAINTENANCE WORK TO BE CARRIED OUT.

THESE ONE-HOUR PERIODS WILL START FROM 12.30 AM, 6.30 AM AND 3 PM.

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FOR BUSES ONLY * * *

THE NEW BUS TERMINUS AT ROAD D5 IN SHA TIN WILL BE DESIGNATED A PROHIBITED ZONE FROM 10 AM ON SUNDAY (JUNE 10).

ALL MOTOR VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED PUBLIC OMNIBUSES AND THOSE AUTHORISED IN WRITING BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE BUS TERMINUS.

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WORK DELAYS SUNDAY TRAM RUNS * X * *

TRIM SERVICES WILL START LATER ™AN USUAL ON SUNDAY (JUNE 10) MORNING TO ALLOW MTR CONSTRUCTION WORK TO BE CARRIED OUT AT HENNESSY ROAD.

THE FIRST TRAMS WILL LEAVE SHAU KEI WAN FOR WESTERN MARKET AT 6.25 AM, AND NORTH POINT FOR WHITTY STREET AT 6.15 AM.

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COUNCILLORS SEE SQUATTER IMPROVEMENT SCHEME

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THE CLOSE CO-ORDINATION BETWEEN THE URBAN COUNCIL AND VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, INCLUDING THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT AND THE FIRE SERVICES, HAS GREATLY IMPROVED THE LIVING CONDITIONS OF FOUR SQUATTER AREAS IN EAST KOWLOON.

THIS WAS THE OBSERVATION MADE TODAY BY THE URBAN COUNCIL CHAIRMAN, MR HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, AFTER VISITING TAI SHING VILLAGE, SAU ON VILLAGE, ON LOK VILLAGE AND SEI WO YUEN IN KWUN TONG.

ACCOMPANYING HIM ON THE TOUR WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL’S CLEAN HONG KONG COMMITTEE, MR HOWARD YOUNG, COUNCILLORS MR STEPHEN LAU AND MR TONG KAM-BIU, AND THE DIRECTOR OF CITY SERVICES, MR MICHAEL SUEN.

+UNDER AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT SCHEME FOR THE YEAR, THE COUNCIL WILL SPEND $4.5 MILLION TO PROVIDE SOME 100 TOILET COMPARTMENTS, 60 BATH UNITS AND 60 REFUSE DRUMS FOR THE 6 000 RESIDENTS IN THE FOUR VILLAGES,+ MR CHEONG-LEEN SAID.

4-APART FROM THESE, THE COUNCIL WILL ALSO ENDEAVOUR TO TURN THE OPEN SPACE IN THE VILLAGES INTO PLAYGROUNDS OR SITTING-OUT ARE AS.+ ♦

DURING THE VISIT WHICH LASTED FOR ABOUT TWO HOURS, THE COUNCILLORS MET MEMBERS OF THE VILLAGES’ MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND DISCUSSED WITH THEM THE SANITATION AND RELATED PROBLEMS.

THEY ALSO TALKED TO LOCAL RESIDENTS AND LISTENED TO THEIR VIEWS ON HOW TO FURTHER IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS THERE.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 1984

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CALL FOR VOTER REGISTRATION .................................... 1

URBCO WORKING NELL WITH DISTRICT BOARDS ........................ 2

YOUTHS PRAISED FOR ANTI-DRUG WORK .............................. 3

MORE REHABILITATION SERVICES FOR CHILDREN PLANNED............... 4

PUBLIC WARNED ABOUT SUMMER DISEASES ............................ 5

IMPROVED DESIGN FOR HOS BLOCKS ................................. 6

SWIWERS TOLD NOT TO RELY ON SWIMMING AIDS ...................... 7

FACILITIES TO BE PROVIDED ON RECLAIMED LAND .................... 8

MORE TREES NEEDED IN SHA TIN ................................... 8

ENTRIES INVITED FOR SEOUL ART EXHIBITION ....................... 9

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN ABERDEEN ..................... 9

WATER CUT IN REPULSE BAY, MID-LEVELS .......................... 10

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CALL FOR VOTER REGISTRATION * * * *

REGISTERING AS A VOTER IS THE FIRST PRACTICAL STEP TO SHOW ONE’S SUPPORT TOWARDS THE EXPANDED DISTRICT BOARDS AND A MORE DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM IN HONG KONG, THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER OF SHAM SHUI PO, MISS REBECCA KO, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE DISTRICT’S PRELIMINARY SINGING CONTEST, SHE REFERRED TO THE RECENT DECISION TO FURTHER DEVELOP LOCAL ADMINISTRATION IN WHICH DISTRICT BOARDS WOULD HAVE MORE ELECTED MEMBERS AND A WIDER MANAGEMENT ROLE AFTER NEXT YEAR’S ELECTIONS.

THE WIDENING OF THE SCOPE OF THE BOARDS WILL ENABLE MORE PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE IN DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION WORK AND MORE bEMBERS’ VIEWS COULD BE HEARD,+ SHE SAID.

REFERRING TO SHAM SHUI PO WHICH IS ONE OF THE MOST DENSELY POPULATED DISTRICTS, WITH 5OO 000 RESIDENTS, SHE SAID THE DISTRICT HAD HAD VARIOUS ENVIRONMENTAL AND TRAFFIC PROBLEMS, AND WAS FACED WITH AN ACUTE SHORTAGE OF PUBLIC FACILITIES AND AMENITIES.

1981 SAW THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A DISTRICT BOARD HERE.

SINCE THEN, THROUGH ITS CLOSE COOPERATION WITH VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, TREMENDOUS ACHIEVEMENTS HAVE BEEN BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE BOARD -IN THE AREA OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT, AND THE PROVISION OF CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES,+ SHE SAID.

SUCH ACHIEVEMENTS COULD NOT HAVE BEEN ATTAINED WITHOUT THE PARTICIPATION AND SUPPORT OF OUR RESIDENTS WHOSE CONCERN AND ADVICE PLAY A KEY ROLE.

YOUR ACTIVE RESPONSE TO THE CALL FOR REGISTRATION AND VOTING FOR NEXT YEAR’S DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS WILL, ON THE ONE HAND, MEAN EXERCISING YOUR CIVIL RIGHT AND, ON THE OTHER HAND, MANIFEST YOUR FAITH AND SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR HONG KONG.+

TWELVE AMATEUR SINGERS PERFORMED IN TONIGHT’S GATHERING, WHICH ALSO FEATURED A MAGIC SHOW AND MODERN DANCES.

THE WINNER WILL REPRESENT SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT IN A SEMIFINAL TO BE HELD ON AUGUST 11 AT THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SHAM SHUI PO ARTS ASSOCIATION, MR KWOK CHEONG, WAS ALSO PRESENT AT TONIGHT’S CONTEST WHICH WAS ORGANISED BY THE LOCAL DISTRICT OFFICE, RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG AND SING TAO NEWSPAPERS LIMITED.

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URBCO WORKING WELL WITH DISTRICT BOARDS * X *

THE URBAN COUNCIL’S CONSULTATIVE PROCESS WITH DISTRICT BOARDS HAS BEEN WORKING VERY WELL IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF COUNCIL PROJECTS IN URBAN AREAS, MR AUGUSTINE CHUNG, CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL’S CAPITAL WORKS SELECT COMMITTEE, SAID TODAY.

+THROUGH INFORMATION FROM THE DISTRICT BOARDS, WE HAVE LEARNED A LOT OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS ABOUT THE NEEDS OF SPECIFIC DISTRICTS AND THE TYPES OF FACILITIES BEST SUITED FOR DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENTS,* HE SAID.

MR CHUNG’S COMMENTS CAME DURING A SITE VISIT TO FOUR URBAN COUNCIL PROJECT SITES ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

THE PARTY, INCLUDING URBAN COUNCIL CHAIRMAN, MR HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, AND OTHER COUNCILLORS, VISITED THE NAM LONG SHAN COOKED-FOOD CENTRE PROJECT AT ABERDEEN, THE SITE OF A TWO-PHASE PARK PROJECT AT WAH FU ESTATE, THE NEW WESTERN COMPLEX IN QUEEN’S ROAD AND THE LOCKHART ROAD COMPLEX IN WAN CHAI.

ONE EXAMPLE OF THE CLOSE CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE URBAN COUNCIL AND DISTRICT BOARDS WAS TODAY’S OUTCOME OF A PROPOSAL FOR A SOCCER PITCH AT THE PLAYGROUND PROJECT IN WAH FU ESTATE, MR CHUNG SAID.

♦ FROM OUR SITE VISIT TODAY WE DISCOVERED THAT THE AREA IS JUST NOT LARGE ENOUGH TO BUILD EVEN A MINI-SOCCER PITCH,* HE ADDED.

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+ONE OF OUR COUNCILLORS, WHO ALSO HAPPENS TO BE A DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER, CAME ON THE VISIT AND AGREED THAT A FREE-KICK AREA SHOULD BE BUILT INSTEAD.*

OF THE FOUR SITES INSPECTED TODAY, THE NEW WESTERN COMPLEX BEING BUILT AT AN ESTIMATED COST OF ABOUT $170 MILLION, IS THE LARGEST PROJECT IN THE COUNCIL’S CURRENT DEVELOPMENT PLAN.

THE COMPLEX WILL HAVE MARKET STALLS, A COOKED-FOOD CENTRE, A DISTRICT LIBRARY, A DISTRICT CULTURAL CENTRE AND INDOOR RECREATIONAL FACILITIES. IT IS SCHEDULED FOP COMPLETION IN LATE 1936.

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YOUTHS PRAISED FOR ANTI-DRUG llORK

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YOUNG PEOPLE ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE TO THE RISK OF DRUG ABUSE, THE COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, MR GORDON MORTIMER, SAID THIS EVENING (SATURDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS (ACAN) YOUTH VOLUNTEER GROUP CLUBHOUSE.

MR MORTIMER PRAISED THE GOOD WORK OF THE YOUTH VOLUNTEERS.

+NOW, WE HAVE THE YOUTH VOLUNTEERS WHO USE THEIR SPARE TIME TO SPREAD THE ANTI-DRUG ABUSE MESSAGE TO THEIR PEERS.

+THEIR DEVOTION TO SERVICE AND HIGH STANDARD OF RESOURCEFULNESS AND INITIATIVE HAVE CONTRIBUTED MUCH TO THE SUCCESS OF MANY PROGRAMMES ORGANISED BOTH BY THE NARCOTICS DIVISION AND THEMSELVES,+ HE SAID.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE CEREMONY WAS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PREVENTIVE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY SUB-COMMITTEE OF ACAN, MR KARL STUMPF, WHO CALLED FOR MORE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN THE FIGHT AGAINST DRUGS.

♦DRUG TRAFFICKING AND DRUG ADDICTION CANNOT BE SUPPRESSED BY THE EFFORTS OF THE GOVERNMENT ALONE; FULL SUCCESS WILL ONLY COME THROUGH WIDESPREAD COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND SUPPORT,+ h€ SAID.

MR STUMPF EXPRESSED HIS THANKS TO THE LIONESS CLUB OF MT. PHOENIX HONG KONG FOR THEIR CONTINUING SUPPORT OF THE ACAN YOUTH VOLUNTEERS’ ANTI-DRUG ABUSE ACTIVITIES BY DONATING TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS THIS YEAR.

THE FUNCTION OF THE ACAN YOUTH VOLUNTEER GROUP IS TO ASSIST IN IMPLEMENTING ANTI-NARCOTICS EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY PROGRAMMES ORGANISED BY ACAN.

SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT IN SEPTEMBER, 1981, THE VOLUNTEER GROUP HAS TAKEN PART IN 90 ANTI-NARCOTICS EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY ACTIVITIES, SUCH AS CONCERTS, SPORTS MEETS, SEMINARS, TRAINING CAMPS AND OTHER OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY ACAN.

THE GROUP HAS A MEMBERSHIP OF 50, HIGHLY MOTIVATED, ENTHUSIASTIC YOUNG PEOPLE WHO COME FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE. THEY MAKE USE OF THEIR LEISURE TIME IN THE EVENINGS OR DURING HOLIDAYS TO CARRY OUT THEIR WORK.

THE ACAN YOUTH VOLUNTEER GROUP CLUBHOUSE IS LOCATED AT BLOCK F, VICTORIA BARRACKS, QUEENSWAY, WAN CHAI.

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MORE REHABILITATION SERVICES FOR CHILDREN PLANNED *****

THE YEAR 1984 COULD TURN OUT TO BE A KEY YEAR IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF REHABILITATION SERVICES FOR VERY YOUNG HANDICAPPED CHILDREN.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE (DEVELOPMENT), MRS ELIZABETH BOSHER WHEN SHE OPENED THE KWAI SHING CENTRE OF THE HEEP HONG SOCIETY FOR HANDICAPPED CHILDREN THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING.

MRS BOSHER SAID THAT THE WORKING PARTY ON PRE-SCHOOL CARE, EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF DISABLED CHILDREN HAD PINPOINTED AREAS WHICH IT FELT TO BE OF PARTICULAR IMPORTANCE TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF A COMPREHENSIVE NETWORK OF SERVICES FOR DISABLED CHILDREN.

THE PARTY’S RECOMMENDATIONS, CONTAINED IN ITS RECENTLY PUBLISHED REPORT, HAD BEEN WIDELY ACCEPTED BY THE GOVERNMENT, SHE SAID.

FIRST IS THE IMPORTANCE OF BEGINNING TRAINING OF THE DISABLED CHILD AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE SO THAT NO TIME IS LOST DURING THE CRITICAL EARLY MONTHS OF DEVELOPMENT,* SHE SAID.

UNTIL NOW, THERE HAS BEEN NO POLICY FOR THE PROVISION OF REHABILITATION SERVICES FOR INFANTS UNDER TWO.

AS A RESULT OF THE WORKING PARTY’S RECOMMENDATIONS, THE GOVERNMENT NOW PLANS TO MAKE AVAILABLE SERVICES TO DISABLED INFANTS, AND THEIR PARENTS, FROM BIRTH ONWARDS.

EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAMMES, DESIGNED TO ADVISE PARENTS ON HOW TO TRAIN THEIR OWN CHILDREN AT HOME WILL BE DEVELOPED THROUGH A NETWORK OF EARLY EDUCATION AND TRAINING CENTRES.

THESE CENTRES WILL BE RUN MAINLY BY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND IN THE LONG TERM, IT IS INTENDED THAT THEY SHOULD BE DISTRIBUTED THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY,^ MRS BOSHER SAID.

SECONDLY, THE WORKING PARTY HAS RECOGNISED THE IMPORTANCE OF ADEQUATE STAFFING OF SERVICES FOR PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN.

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO DEVELOP NEW TRAINING COURSES SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR STAFF WORKING WITH PRE-SCHOOL DISABLED CHILDREN.

MRS BOSHER SAID THAT IN ADDITION, IT WAS INTENDED TO UPGRADE THE BASIC QUALIFICATION AND SALARIES OF CHILD CARE STAFF WORKING WITH DISABLED CHILDREN AND TO PROVIDE THEM WITH MORE HIGHLY 'SKILLED PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT IN SUCH AREAS AS PHYSIOTHERAPY, OCCUPATIONAL AND SPEECH THERAPY AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES.

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♦LAST, BUT NOT LEAST,+ SHE SAID, +THE WORKING PARTY RECOGNISED THE IMPORTANCE OF MEETING IN FULL THE NEEDS OF CHILDREN OF PRESCHOOL AGES FOR REHABILITATION SERVICES.+

AT PRESENT, THE GOVERNMENT SUBVENTS 275 PLACES IN EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAMMES FOR CHILDREN UNDER SIX, 420 PLACES IN SPECIAL CHILD CARE CENTRES FOR THOSE BETWEEN THE AGES OF TWO AND SIX, AND 430 INTEGRATED PLACES IN ORDINARY CHILD CARE CENTRES.

MRS BOSHER SAID THAT OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, THE GOVERNMENT INTENDED, IF RESOURCES PERMITTED, TO OPEN SIX ADDITIONAL EARLY EDUCATION AND TRAINING CENTRES EACH YEAR.

IT WAS ALSO INTENDED TO PROVIDE AN AVERAGE ANNUAL INCREASE OF ISO PLACES A YEAR IN SPECIAL CHILD CARE CENTRES AND A FURTHER 180 PLACES A YEAR IN INTEGRATED PROGRAMMES IN ORDINARY CHILD CARE CENTRES AND KINDERGARTENS.

MRS BOSHER SAID THAT TO ACHIEVE THIS OBJECTIVE WOULD REQUIRE CLOSE AND CONTINUING COOPERATION AMONG THE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS INVOLVED, VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, OPERATORS OF CHILD CARE CENTRES AND KINDERGARTENS, AND SPECIAL SCHOOLS.

MRS BOSHER PAID TRIBUTE TO VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, SUCH AS THE HEEP HONG SOCIETY, FOR THEIR ROLE IN PIONEERING THE DEVELOPMENT CF SERVICES FOR VERY YOUNG DISABLED CHILDREN.

THE KWAI SHING CENTRE IS THE THIRD SPECIAL CHILD CARE CENTRE TO BE OPERATED BY THE SOCIETY.

THE SOCIETY’S CENTRES NOW CATER FOR MORE THAN 370 HANDICAPPED CHILDREN BETWEEN BIRTH AND SIX YEARS OF AGE.

THE SOCIETY’S FIRST HELP OUTREACH PROGRAMME, NOW OPERATING FROM FOUR BASES IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES, WAS ONE OF THE FIRST EXPERIMENTAL EARLY-1NTERVENTI ON PROJECTS FOR INFANTS IN HONG KONG.

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PUBLIC WARNED ABOUT SUMMER DISEASES

*****

THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT TODAY (SATURDAY) REMINDED THE PUBLIC TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS AGAINST CHOLERA AND OTHER GASTROINTESTINAL DISEASES, SUCH AS TYPHOID AND DYSENTERY, DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT VIRAL HEPATITIS AND FOOD PO IS ION ING ARE ALSO COMMONLY ASSOCIATED WITH THE WARM WEATHER.

HE POINTED OUT THAT IN THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS THIS YEAR, FIVE PEOPLE HAD DIED OF VIRAL HEPATITIS.

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STATISTICS COMPILED BY THE DEPARTMENT SHOW THAT THE NUMBER OF REPORTED VIRAL GASTROINTESTINAL DISEASES HAD BEEN INCREASING STEADILY OVER THE PAST FEw MONTHS.

♦FOR INSTANCE, 167 CASES OF VIRAL HEPATITIS WERE REPORTED IN APRIL, COMPARED WITH 92 CASES IN JANUARY, 96 IN FEBRUARY AND 148 IN MARCH,+ HE SAID.

+THOUGH THERE HAS BEEN NO REPORT OF CHOLERA CASES IN HONG KONG SINCE OCTOBER 1982, THE PUBLIC SHOULD CONTINUE TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS AGAINST THE DISEASE WHICH IS ENDEMIC IN SOUTHEAST ASIA,* THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

MEANWHILE, ALTHOUGH MOST OF THE NOTIFIABLE COMMUNICABLE DISEASES HAVE REMAINED AT ABOUT THE SAME LEVEL OVER THE PAST YEARS, THE DEPARTMENT IS CONTINUING WITH ITS HEALTH EDUCATION AND IMMUNISATION PROGRAMMES.

HOWEVER, THE MOST RELIABLE AND EFFECTIVE MEANS OF PREVENTION IS TO OBSERVE PERSONAL, ENVIRONMENTAL AND FOOD HYGIENE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

AS MOST GASTROINTESTINAL DISEASES ARE TRANSMITTED THROUGH CONTAMINATED FOOD AND DRINK, THE PUBLIC SHOULD BE SPECIALLY CAREFUL IN THEIR EATING HABITS, HE SAID.

ALL TYPES OF FOOD SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY COOKED AND SHOULD NOT BE LEFT UNCOVERED IF IT IS NOT TAKEN IMMEDIATELY.

HE SAID THAT WATER DIRECTLY FROM THE MAINS IS PURE AND SAFE FOR DRINKING, BUT WATER FROM TANKS MAY BE CONTAMINATED AND SHOULD BE BOILED BEFORE CONSUMPTION.

+WATER FROM STREAMS AND WELLS IS ALSO NOT SUITABLE FOR DRINKING,* HE ADDED.

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IMPROVED DESIGN FOR HOS BLOCKS * * * *

THE Y SHAPE HOUSING BLOCKS NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION AT MAY SHING COURT IN SHATIN INCORPORATE THE LATEST SOLUTION TO MANY OF THE PROBLEMS OF HIGH RISE BUILDINGS IN HONG KONG.

HOUSING DEPARTMENT ARCHITECT MR JOHN NG DESIGNED THE BLOCKS TO ACCOMMODATE THE EXPERIENCE GAINED DURING THIRTY YEARS OF HONG KONG PUBLIC HOUSING.

THE UNITS ARE DESIGNED TO MAKE THE MAXIMUM USE OF THE SPACE AVAILABLE, WHILE AVOIDING THE PROBLEM - COMMON TO BOTH PRIVATE AND PUBLIC ESTATES - OF PEOPLE LOOKING STRAIGHT INTO EACH OTHER’S WINDOW. THE BLOCKS HAVE ALSO BEEN POSITIONED TO ENSURE THAT MOST RESIDENTS ENJOY AN UNINTERRUPTED VIEW. THE Y SHAPE PROVIDES THE UTMOST ECONOMY IN SPACE WASTED ON ACCESS AND UTILITIES.

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IT is particularly suited to the aim of this development, which IS TO PROVIDE A LARGE NUMBER OF MEDIUM-SIZED FLATS, WHILE RETAINING A FEELING OF SPACIOUSNESS.

THE Y SHAPE ALSO PROVIDES IMPROVED VENTILATION, ALLOWS FOR WINDOWS IN EACH ROOM AND MORE NATURAL LIGHT IN THE FLAT.

EACH BLOCK HAS A CENTRAL LIFT LOBBY IN THE +CORE+ WHERE ELECTRICITY, SWITCH ROOMS AND OTHER SERVICES ARE LOCATED. A COMMUNAL SPACE HALF WAY ALONG EACH WING OF THE BLOCK AVOIDS THE PROBLEM OF LONG DARK CORRIDORS.

A GARDEN WITH PLAY EQUIPMENT IS PROVIDED ON THE ROOF, AND THE BLOCKS’ SHAPE ALSO ALLOW WIDER OPEN SPACES OUTDOORS.

MR NG SAID THIS DESIGN WAS UNUSUAL IN HONG KONG BECAUSE OF ITS EMPHASIS ON PROVIDING OPEN AREAS RATHER THAN FULLY-UTILIZING SPACE BY BUILDING THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF FLATS.

EVERY FLAT HAS A FULLY TILED KITCHEN AND A BATHROOM. HOME OWNERS CAN PARTITION THE FLATS TO SUIT THEIR INDIVIDUAL NEEDS. LIVING ROOM WALLS ARE PLASTERED AND PAINTED, AND THERE ARE VINYL FLOOR TILES THROUGHOUT.

THE FLATS, FOR WHICH APPLICATIONS WILL BE INVITED SHORTLY, ARE PRICED FROM $99 800 TO*$174 700, WITH SIZES RANGING FROM 50 TO 64.3 SQUARE METRES.

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SWIMMERS TOLD NOT TO RELY ON SWIMMING AIDS

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SWIMMERS AT BEACHES ARE BEING URGED TO BE CAREFUL AND NOT TO RELY ON SWIMMING AIDS.

THEY COULD EASILY LOSE SUCH AIDS AND ENDANGER THEIR LIVES, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID.

+IMPROPER USE OF SNORKELS AND DIVING MASKS COULD ALSO BE DANGEROUS,* HE STRESSED.

TWO YOUNG MEN LOST THEIR LIVES WHILE SWIMMING WITH GOGGLES BEYOND THE SAFETY BOUNDARY AT TUNG WAN BEACH ON CHEUNG CHAU RECENTLY.

+ONE IMPORTANT RULE IS TO KEEP WITHIN YOUR LIMITS AND TO SWIM WITHIN AREAS MARKED WITH BUOYS AT GAZETTED BEACHES rtriERE LIFEGUARDS ARE PROVIDED,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+ALWAYS TELL YOUR COMPANIONS WHERE YOU WILL BE SWIMMING SO THAT THEY CAN WATCH OUT FOR YOU,* HE ADDED.

SWIMMERS SHOULD ALSO BE ON GUARD AGAINST STRONG WAVES AND CURRENTS WHICH COULD DRAG THEM AWAY FROM THE SHORE, HE WARNED.

CHILDREN SWIMMING AT BEACHES SHOULD BE SUPERVISED EY THEIR PARENTS OR GUARDIANS, HE SAID.

SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 1984

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FACILITIES TO BE PROVIDED ON RECLAIMED LAND *****

MUCH-NEEDED FACILITIES WILL BE PROVIDED IN THE AREA OF SAM KA TSUEN VILLAGE, LEI YUE MUN, ON 1.6 HECTARES OF LAND TO BE RECLAIMED FROM THE NEARBY TYPHOON SHELTER.

THEY WILL INCLUDE A 17O-METRE-LONG ROAD, A CAR AND LORRY PARK, A MARKET TO SERVE THE AREA AND A 150-METRE-LONG PROMENADE.

THE WORK WILL BE CARRIED OUT UNDER STAGE IV OF THE SAM KA TSUEN DEVELOPMENT PROJECT AT A COST OF ABOUT $15 MILLION, INCLUDING CLEARANCE EXPENSES.

IN STAGES I TO III, 16 HECTARES OF LAND HAVE BEEN RECLAIMED.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE PLAN AND SCHEME HAD BEEN REFERRED TO THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD WHO HAD NO OBJECTION TO IT.

WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL START NEXT MAY AND TAKE ABOUT

15 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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MORE TREES NEEDED IN SHA TIN

* * * *

MORE TREES WERE NEEDED IN SHA TIN, AS MASSIVE DEVELOPMENT IN RECENT YEARS HAD CAUSED MANY CUT SLOPES AND BARREN SPOTS IN THE NEW TOWN, AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG NEW TERRITORIES ADVISORY COMMITTEE, MR WAI HON-LEUNG, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

MR WAI WAS SPEAKING AT THE END OF A TWO-HOUR VISIT TO SHA TIN TO SEE AMENITY PLOTS AND TREE PLANTING ACTIVITIES THERE.

ACCOMPANYING HIM ON THE TOUR WERE THE SUPERINTENDENT (HYGIENE) OF THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR KWONG WEI-LIM, AND THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER OF SHA TIN, MR NG YING NEEN.

AMONG OTHER PLACES, THE PARTY VISITED THE AMENITY PLOT WHICH WON TWO CHAMPIONSHIPS AT THIS YEAR’S GARDEN COMPETITIONS ORGANISED BY THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND NTSD.

MR WAI LEARNED THAT NTSD ALONE PLANTED MORE THAN 120 300 TREES, SHRUBS AND OTHER PLANTS IN SHA TIN LAST YEAR.

ANOTHER 130 000 WILL BE PLANTED AT PARKS, PLAYGROUNDS, AMENITY PLOTS AND ROADSIDES IN SHA TIN DURING THE CURRENT PLANTING SEASON.

THE PARTY LATER PROCEEDED TO UPPER SHING MUN RIVER TO SEE A CLEAN-UP OPERATION.

THEY ALSO INSPECTED CLEANSING FACILITIES IN VARIOUS LOCATIONS.

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ENTRIES INVITED FOR X X

SEOUL ART EXHIBITION XX *

SCHOOL CHILDREN BETWEEN THE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 26TH WORLD

AGES OF SIX AND 12 ARE INVITED SCHOOL CHILDREN’S ART EXHIBITION

TO BE HELD IN SEOUL, KOREA, LATER THIS YEAR

THE EXHIBITION, ORGANISED BY THE YOOK YOUNG FOUNDATION OF KOREA, AIMS TO PROMOTE MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING, STRENGTHEN FRIENDSHIP AND ENCOURAGE ART EDUCATION THROUGH THE EXCHANGE OF CHILDREN’S ART

ENTRIES SHOULD BE SUBMITTED THROUGH SCHOOLS TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT FOR SELECTION BY JULY 14. SELECTED ENTRIES WILL BE AWARDED MEDALS AND CERTIFICATES OF MERIT.

ENTRIES COULD BE ON ANY THEME BUT THEY SHOULD BE IN OF DRAWING, PAINTING, PRINT OR ANY OTHER TWO DIMENSIONAL THE SIZE SHOULD NOT EXCEED 450 MM BY 550 MM.

THE FORM WORK.

THEY SHOULD BEAR PARTICIPANT, TOGETHER OF HIS ENTRY.

THE NAME, AGE, SEX AND NATIONALITY WITH THE NAME OF HIS SCHOOL AND THE

OF THE THEME

HEADS OF PRIMARY

SCHOOLS ARE REQUESTED TO SUBMIT THE ENTRIES

OF THEIR PUPILS TO THE INSPECTOR (ART), ART SECTION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, 4 PAK FUK ROAD, NORTH POINT.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE TO THE ART SECTION OF THE DEPARTMENT ON 5-621967.

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN ABERDEEN XXX

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE 1MPLEMENTED IN ABERDEEN FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JUNE 11) TO FACILITATE ROAD CONSTRUCTION WORK.

THE MEASURES, WHICH WILL REMAIN IN FORCE UNTIL FURTHER

NOTICE

ARE AS FOLLOWS :

CHENGTU ROAD BETWEEN WU PAK STREET STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

AND

WU NAM

WU NAM STREET BETWEEN CHENGTU ROAD SING ROAD WILL BE CLOSED.

AND

TUNG

WU PAK STREET BETWEEN CHENGTU ROAD SING ROAD WILL BE REROUTED ONE-WAY

AND

TUNG

EASTBOUND.

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TUNG SING ROAD BETWEEN WU PAK STREET AND WU NAM STREET WILL BE REROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

*

WU PAK STREET BETWEEN ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD AND TUNG SING ROAD WILL BE PROHIBITED TO ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES.

*

THE BUS TERMINUS FOR CMB ROUTE 77 AT TUNG SING ROAD WILL BE RESITED TO SAI ON STREET.

*

THE TERMINUS FOR MAX I CAB ROUTE 27 AT SAI ON STREET WILL BE RESITED TO ANOTHER LOCATION IN THE SAME STREET ON THE WEST OF TUNG SING ROAD

*

MAXICABS ON ROUTE 5 BOUND FOR ABERDEEN WILL OPERATE VIA LOK YEUNG STREET AND CHENGTU ROAD

INSTEAD OF WU PAK

STREET.

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THE TAXI STAND IN

SAI ON STREET WILL BE SUSPENDED.

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WATER CUT

IN REPULSE BAY, MID-LEVELS * * * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO 11-27 REPULSE CFF FROM 10 PM ON TUESDAY (JUNE 12) TO 6 FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

BAY ROAD WILL BE TURNED AM THE FOLLOWING DAY

IN MID-LEVELS WILL ALSO

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES

BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM THE SAME DAY (TUESDAY) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING

DAY FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT PREMISES ALONG ROBINSON ROAD BETWEEN OAKLANDS AVENUE AND SEYMOUR ROAD, CONDUIT ROAD BETWEEN ROBINSON ROAD AND GLENEALY, CASTLE ROAD BETWEEN ROBINSON ROAD AND SEYMOUR ROAD, AND SEYMOUR ROAD. ALSO AFFECTED WILL BE SEYMOUR TERRACE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 1984

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

gambling crackdown continues ............................. 1

ROLE OF GARRISON TO BE PROBED IN LEGCO ................... 1

MARCH RETAIL SALES RISE SHARPLY .......................... 5

BEACH THIEVES WARNED ..................................... 6

YOUTH VOLUNTEERS FIGHT DRUGS ............................. 7

GOVERNOR LEAVING FOR PEKING TOMORROW ..................... 9

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MUSIC OFFERED ........................... 9

MORE RURAL PUBLIC HOUSING TO BE BUILT ................... 10

WORKSHOP FOR ART TEACHERS................................ 11

ROAD SAFETY MESSAGE FOR KWUN TONG RESIDENTS ............. 11

SEA WALL FOR JUNK BAY CONTROLLED TIP .................... 12

WARNING ON BOGUS LABOUR DEPARTMENT OFFICERS ............. 12

PILING CONTRACT AWARDED ................................. 1?

MARKET STALLS FOR RENT ................................. 11*

TRAFFIC MEASURE AT MARSH ROAD............................ 14

TAPS OFF IN MID-LEVELS .................................. 1^

SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 1984

1

GAMBLING CRACKDOWN

CONTINUES

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POLICE ARRESTED 1 871 PEOPLE GAMBLING ESTABLISHMENTS, DRUG AND

IN 2 VICE

499 RAIDS ON ILLEGAL DENS IN APRIL.

IN THE CONTINUING CAMPAIGN AGAINST GAMBLING, DANGEROUS DRUGS AND VICE ACTIVITIES, POLICE CONDUCTED 470 RAIDS ON HONG KONG ISLAND, RESULTING IN 422 ARRESTS; 1 703 RAIDS IN KOWLOOR WITH 1 119 ARRESTS, AND 287 RAIDS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WITH 307 ARRESTS.

DURING THE SAME MONTH THE NARCOTICS BUREAU ARRESTED 23 PEOPLE IN 39 OPERATIONS, A POLICE SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

HE SAID POLICE CONDUCTED 266 ANTl-GAMBLING RAIDS AND ARRESTED 937 PEOPLE. STAKE MONEY TOTALLING $93 325 AND BETTING SLIPS WORTH $201 030 WERE ALSO SEIZED.

IN AN OPERATION ON APRIL 12, TSUEN WAN POLICE RAIDED A FLAT IN ALWAY GARDEN AND ARRESTED ONE MAN WHO WAS FOUND WITH BETTING SLIPS AMOUNTING TO $113 550, HE SAID.

THE MAN, CHARGED WITH BOOKMAKING, WAS FINED $30 000.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IN ANOTHER RAID, CAUSEWAY BAY POLICE ON APRIL 18 ARRESTED A MAN IN A MOON WAH LAU FLAT IN SUI MAN ROAD. BETTING SLIPS VALUED AT $38 000 WERE SEIZED. THE MAN WAS LATER CHARGED WITH BOOKMAKING AND FINED $11 000.

ON POLICE ACTION AGAINST VICE ESTABLISHMENTS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID 1 540 RAIDS WERE CONDUCTED, RESULTING IN THE ARRESTS OF 286 PERSONS.

IN THE DRIVE AGAINST DRUG TRAFFICKERS AND PEDDLERS, POLICE ARRESTED 648 PEOPLE IN 694 RAIDS ON PREMISES AND STREET OPERATIONS

NARCOTICS SEIZED DURING THE MONTH INCLUDED 1.01 KILOGRAMS OF 0.27 KILOGRAM OF HEROIN AND A SMALL QUANTITY OF

NO. 3 HEROIN, OPIUM.

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ROLE OF GARRISON TO BE PROBED IN LEGCO X X * *

THE HON

STATIONED

WEDNESDAY

IN

CHAN YING-LUN WILL ASK ABOUT THE ROLE OF THE GARRISON HONG KONG AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING ON

(JUNE 13).

THIS IS ONE OF THE ELEVEN QUESTIONS TO BE RAISED BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS.

HON PETER POON WILL REFER TO THE RECENT ACCIDENTS TO BYSTANDERS AND PEDESTRIANS DURING HAWKER CONTROL OPERATIONS ANu ASK WHAT STEPS ARE BEING TAKEN TO REDUCE THE DANGER OF SUCH ACCIDENTS IN FUTURE.

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ALSO ON HAWKERS, HON WONG PO-YAN WANTS TO KNOW WHETHER THE ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES OF HAWKERS, BOTH LICENSED AND UNLICENSED, ARE BEING INCLUDED IN OUR GNP COMPILATION AND THEIR CONTRIBUTION IF THEY ARE INCLUDED.

HON CHEUNG YAN-LUNG WILL ASK ABOUT THE FREQUENCY OF CHECKS MADE AT FACTORIES TO ASCERTAIN WHETHER THERE ARE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WORKING THERE AND THE AVERAGE LEVEL OF FINES IMPOSED ON THE FACTORY OPERATORS PROSECUTED FOR THIS OFFENCE.

MR CHEUNG ALSO WANTS TO KNOW THE NUMBER OF PROSECUTIONS BROUGHT OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS FOR OFFERING FOR RENT OR SALE PORNOGRAPHIC VIDEO TAPES TO THE PUBLIC AND THE RANGE OF PENALTIES IMPOSED.

HON F.K. HU WILL ASK WHAT MEASURES ARE TAKEN TO ENSURE THAT INDIVIDUAL AIR-CONDITIONING UNITS PARTICULARLY IN HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS ARE SECURELY INSTALLED.

ON TRANSPORT MATTERS, HON K.C. CHAN WILL ASK WHETHER THE POSTING OF SIGNS DIRECTING MOTORISTS TO THE VEHICULAR FERRIES IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE GOVERNMENT AND IF IT IS, THE REASONS FOR THESE SIGNS NOT BEING AS PROMINENT AS THOSE WHICH DIRECT MOTORISTS TO THE CROSS-HARBOUR TUNNEL, PARTICULARLY THOSE INTENDED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS TO THE FERRIES FROM NORTH KOWLOON THROUGH THE COMPLEX ROUTES IN THE TAI KOK TSUI AND MONG KOK DISTRICTS.

MR CHAN WILL ALSO ASK WHETHER GOVERNMENT WOULD CONSIDER INCLUDING +SPEED CHECK+ SIGNS INTO THE LIST OF STANDARD PORTABLE TRAFFIC SIGNS SO THAT THEY MAY BE DISPLAYED PROMINENTLY BEFORE CHECK POINTS AND ON POLICE EQUIPMENT VANS.

HON MRS SELINA CHOW WILL ASK WHETHER GOVERNMENT KEEPS ANY RECORD OF ACCIDENTS CAUSED BY THE USE OF DANGEROUS CONSUMER PRODUCTS AND WHAT STEPS ARE TAKEN BY GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC FROM SUCH PRODUCTS.

HON MRS PAULINE NG WILL WANT TO KNOW WHETHER GOVERNMENT WILL CONSIDER REQUIRING THE RECOMMENDED DATE OF CONSUMPTION GIVEN ON THE CONTAINERS OF MILK AND OTHER FOOD PACKAGES, TO BE LABELLED IN CHINESE AS WELL AS IN ENGLISH.

HON ANDREW SO WILL ASK ABOUT THE PROGRESS MADE IN DECIDING WHETHER GOVERNMENT OFFICERS* CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES WHICH HAVE FULLY REPAID THEIR LOANS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO SELL OR RE-DEVELOP THEIR PROPERTIES.

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MARCH RETAIL SALES RISE SHARPLY M * * *

RETAIL SALES IN MARCH AMOUNTED TO $5 359 MILLION, ACCORDING TO PROVISIONAL SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED TODAY (SUNDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

AT 158, THE OVERALL RETAIL SALES VALUE INDEX INCREASED BY 22 POINTS OR 17 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH THE FEBRUARY 1984 INDEX, AND BY 27 POINTS OR 21 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH MARCH 1983.

THE OVERALL RETAIL SALES VOLUME INDEX, AT 111, WAS 16 POINTS OR 17 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THAT FOR FEBRUARY 1984, AND NINE POINTS OR NINE PER CENT HIGHER THAN THAT FOR MARCH 1983.

COMPARED WITH FEBRUARY 1984, RETAIL SALES OF CONSUMER DURABLES INCREASED BY 25 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS AND 27 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS, AND THOSE OF OTHER CONSUMER GOODS BY 22 PER CENT AND 21 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

RETAIL SALES OF FUELS ROSE BY 15 PER CENT IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS. THOSE OF CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS INCREASED 10 PER CENT IN VALUE AND EIGHT PER CENT IN VOLUME.

FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO, HOWEVER, RECORDED THE LOWEST INCREASE IN RETAIL SALES OF SIX PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS AND SEVEN PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS.

COMPARED WITH MARCH 1983, RETAIL SALES OF CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS RECORDED THE LARGEST INCREASE IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS, AT 29 PER CENT AND 15 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY RETAIL SALES OF CONSUMER DURABLES ROSE BY 25 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS, AND BY NINE PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS. THOSE OF OTHER CONSUMER GOODS INCREASED BY 21 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND NINE PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME. RETAIL SALES OF FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO INCREASED BY 18 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS AND EIGHT PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS, WHILE THOSE OF FUELS ROSE BY NINE PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS AND ONE PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS.

ANALYSED BY SELECTED TRADES, RETAIL SALES OF CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS WHEN COMPARED WITH FEBRUARY 1984, WHILE DEPARTMENT STORES SHOWED SMALLER INCREASES. RETAIL SALES OF SUPERMARKETS DROPPED SLIGHTLY IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS, BUT MOTOR VEHICLES RECORDED SUBSTANTIAL DECREASES IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS.

WHEN COMPARED WITH MARCH 1983, RETAIL SALES OF SUPERMARKETS, DEPARTMENT STORES AND CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES ALL ROSE SIGNIFICANTLY IN VALUE TERMS BUT ONLY MODERATELY IN VOLUME TERMS. MOTOR VEHICLES, HOWEVER, RECORDED DECREASES IN BOTH SALES VALUE AND VOLUME.

/THE REVISED .......

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A

THE REVISED FIGURE FOR FEBRUARY 1984 AND THE PROVISIONAL FIGURE FOR MARCH 1984 OF TOTAL SALES ARE SHOWN IN THE TABLE, AND THE VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES OF RETAIL SALES BY MAJOR TRADE GROUPS AND SELECTED TRADES (WHICH FORM PART OF THE RELEVANT MAJOR TRADE GROUPS), WITH AVERAGE MONTHLY RETAIL SALES IN 1980 TAKEN AS 100, ARE ALSO TABULATED.

COMPARISONS OF MARCH 1984 RESULTS WITH THOSE OF FEBRUARY 1984 AND MARCH 1983 ARE ALSO GIVEN.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADE STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND

STATISTICS DEPARTMENT

TEL. NO. 1 3-7216024

TOTAL RETAIL

SALES FOR

FOR

VALUE AND FOR

ITEM

(A) FOR ALL RETAIL TRADES

(B) BY MAJOR TRADE GROUPS

FOODSTUFFS ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO

•FUELS

MARCH 1984 (PROVISIONAL FIGURE)

FEBRUARY 1984 (REVISED FIGURE)

VOLUME INDEXES OF RETAIL SALES FEBRUARY AND MARCH 1984

(MONTHLY AVERAGE

INDEX OF RETAIL SALES

FEB 1984

(REVISED

FIGURES)

OF 1980

MAR 1984

100)

MAR

VALUE VOLUME

135

95

(PROVISIONAL FIGURES)

158 111

VALUE 159 168

VOLUME 102 109

VALUE 165 190

VOLUME 106 122

HKS5 359

MILLION

HK34 598 MILLION

1984

COMPARED

WITH

FEB 1984

MAR 1984 COMPARED WITH MAR 1933

POINTS %

POINTS %

22

16

17

27

9

21

9

9

7

6

7

26

8

18

8

25

16

15

15

16

9

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/CLOTHING, FOOTGEAR

SUNDAY, JUNE

10, 1984

CLOTH ING FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS

CONSUMER

DURABLES

OTHER CONSUMER GOODS

(C) BY SELECTED TRADES

VALUE 161 177 16 10 40 29

VOLUME 114 123 9 8 16 15

VALUE 113 141 28 25 28 25

VOLUME 85 108 23 27 9 9

VALUE 126 154 28 22 27 21

VOLUME 91 110 20 21 10 9

SUPERMARKETS VALUE VOLUME 263 163 258 159 - 5 - 4 - 2 - 3 51 13 25 9

MOTOR VALUE 61 45 -16 -26 - 2 - 5

VEHICLES CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN VOLUME 38 28 -10 -27 - 5 -16

MOTOR VALUE 149 206 57 39 48 33

VEHICLES VOLUME 117 162 45 39 19 13

DEPARTMENT VALUE 129 138 9 7 27 25

STORES VOLUME 93 99 6 6 11 12

NOTES: 1. *FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO* INCLUDES

♦SUPERMARKETS*

♦CONSUMER DURABLES+ INCLUDES +MOTOR VEHICLES*

2

3

4

+OTHER CONSUMER GOODS* INCLUDES +DEPARTMENT STORES*

FIGURES DENOTING CHANGES ARE DERIVED FROM UNROUNDED INDEX FIGURES.

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beach thieves warned

* * *

the heat IS ON - NOT ONLY BECAUSE OF THE HOT SUMMER SUN BUT ALSO BECAUSE POLICE WILL COME DOWN HARD ON BEACH THIEVES.

’’BEACH THEFTS TEND TO RISE ALONG WITH THE TEMPERATURE,” THE DIVISIONAL COMMANDER, ABERDEEN, SUPERINTENDENT AU-YEUNG PAK-HUNG. SAID TODAY ( SUNDAY).

SUPERINTENDENT AU-YEUNG, WHOSE DIVISION COVERS MOST OF THE POPULAR BEACHES ON THE SOURTHERN PART OF HONG KONG ISLAND, SAID POLICE WERE WELL-AWARE OF THIS SEASONAL PROBLEM.

HE SAID ABERDEEN POLICE RECEIVED 75 REPORTS OF BEACH THEFTS BETWEEN MAY AND NOVEMBER LAST YEAR. AND, DURING THE SAME PERIOD, THERE WERE 46 CASES IN WHICH VALUABLES WERE STOLEN FROM VEHICLES PARKED NEAR THE BEACHES.

TO TACKLE THE PROBLEM, SPECIAL TEAMS FROM THE DIVISION WILL PATROL THE BEACHES AND ADJACENT AREAS.

’’THEY WILL STEP UP THEIR PATROLS DURING WEEKENDS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS WHEN THE BEACHES ARE MORE CROWDED,” SUPERINTENDENT AU-YEUNG SAID.

HE SAID THEY WILL ADOPT A TWO-PRONGED APPROACH TO DEAL WITH CRIMINALS OR POTENTIAL THIEVES.

"OUR APPROACH IS MAINLY PREVENTIVE AS MOST OF THESE PETTY CRIMES ARE COMMITTED BY CHILDREN OR YOUNGSTERS WHO ARE MOTIVATED BY GREED.

’’THE VISIBLE PRESENCE OF UNIFORM BRANCH OFFICERS ON THE BEACHES AND IN NEARBY AREAS WILL HELP TO DETER YOUNG OPPORTUNISTS FROM STEALING UNATTENDED VALUABLES ON THE BEACH,” HE SAID.

ABERDEEN POLICE WILL ALSO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE PLAINCLOTHES OFFICERS TO POSE AS SWIMMERS AND MINGLE WITH BEACH-GOERS.

BUT MR AU-YEUNG STRESSED THAT BEACH-GOERS THEMSELVES HAVE AN IMPORTANT PART TO PLAY IN PREVENTING BEACH THEFTS.

HE SAID THEY CAN HELP POLICE BY BEING A LITTLE BIT MORE CAREFUL AND NOT BRING MORE CASH AND VALUABLES THAN REQUIRED WHEN THEY GO TO THE BEACHES.

. ’’ALWAYS GO SWIMMING WITH A FRIEND SO THAT YOU CAN TAKE TURNS TO KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR VALUABLES. IT IS ADVISABLE TO USE LOCKER FACILITIES IF AVAILABLE. AND, DO NOT WEAR EXPENSIVE JEWELLERY BECAUSE THEY CAN BE EASILY LOST OR STOLEN,” MR AU-YEUNG SAID.

HE SAID THAT THIEVES WHO PREY ON SWIMMERS AND SUN-BATHERS DO NOT CONFINE THEIR ATTENTION TO VALUABLES LYING UNATTENDED ON THE BEACHES.

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’’THEY ALSO BREAK INTO CARS PARKED NEAR BEACHES IF VALUABLES WERE VISIBLE INSIDE. THEREFORE, ALL VALUABLE ITEMS SHOULD BE LOCKED SECURELY INSIDE THE BOOT, OUT OF SIGHT OF THE THIEVES.”

MR AU-YEUNG SAID THE WARNING MESSAGES TO BE BROADCAST FROM POLICE VEHICLES AT POPULAR BEACH WILL URGE BEACH-GOERS TO TAKE BASIC PRECAUTIONS AGAINST CRIMINALS.

’’IF YOU KEEP REMINDING YOURSELF THAT A THIEF MAY BE LURKING AROUND AMID THE CROWD, YOU MINIMISE THE CHANCE OF BECOMING A VICTIM. ’ ’

HE STRESSED THAT MOST OF THE THEFTS ON BEACHES COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED IF THE VICTIMS HAD EXERCISED A BIT MORE CARE.

”T0 BE A BIT MORE CAREFUL WILL SAVE YOU A LOT OF

TROUBLE, INCLUDING REPORTING LOST DOCUMENTS, AND THE EMBARRASSMENT OF POSSIBLY WALKING HOME IN YOUR SWIMMING OUTFIT,” HE ADDED.

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YOUTH VOLUNTEERS FIGHT DRUGS

* * * *

THROUGH AN INCREASING RANGE OF ACTIVITIES, A YOUTH VOLUNTEER GROUP IS PLAYING A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN KEEPING YOUNG PEOPLE AWAY FROM DRUG ABUSE.

THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS (ACAN) YOUTH VOLUNTEER GROUP, AS IT IS CALLED, WAS SET UP IN SEPTEMBER 1981 AGAINST A BACKDROP OF GROWING DRUG ADDICTION AMONG PEOPLE BETWEEN THE AGES CF 15 AND 24.

ACCORDING TO MR BOB TONG, EXECUTIVE OFFICER (DRUG EDUCATION) OF THE NARCOTICS DIVISION, PEOPLE IN THIS AGE GROUP WERE MOST VULNERABLE.

RECORDS AT THE CENTRAL REGISTRY OF DRUG ABUSE SHOW THAT IN 1981, 753 YOUTHS UNDER 21 YEARS OF AGE WERE AMONG NEWLY-REPORTED ADDICTS, AN INCREASE OF 88 PER CENT OVER 1980.

+THE GROUP’S MAIN FUNCTION IS TO ASSIST IN IMPLEMENTING ANTINARCOTICS EDUCATION OR PUBLICITY PROJECTS ORGANISED BY ACAN,* HE SAID.

MEMBERS OF THE VOLUNTEER GROUP, WHO MUST BE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 18 AND 28 WITH A MINIMUM OF FORM 5 EDUCATION, ARE CAREFULLY SELECTED.

/♦THEY COME .......

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♦THEY COME FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE AND INCLUDE NURSES, TEACHERS, CLERKS, ENGINEERS, SURVEYORS AND CUSTOMS AND EXCISE OFFICERS. BUT THEY HAVE ONE THING IN COMMON: THEY ARE ALL INDUSTRIOUS YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE FOLLOWED HEALTHY AND MEANINGFUL PURSUITS IN LIFE.+ W TONG SAID.

♦ANOTHER SIGNIFICANT FEATURE IS THAT THEY ARE OF THE SAME AGE LEVEL AS THE YOUTHS AT RISK. THEY SPEAK THE SAME LANGUAGE AND CAN THUS SPREAD THE ANT I-NARCOTICS MESSAGE MORE EFFECTIVELY,* HE ADDED.

SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT, THE VOLUNTEER GROUP HAS HELPED IN MORE THAN 80 ANTI-NARCOTICS ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING CONCERTS, SPORTS MEETS, SEMINARS AND TRAINING CAMPS, ALL INVOLVING EXTENSIVE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY EFFORTS AGAINST DRUG ABUSE AND TRAFFICKING.

♦THEIR ASSISTANCE AND CONTRIBUTION TO THESE CAMPAIGNS HAVE BEEN TREMENDOUS AND INVALUABLE,+ MR TONG SAID.

TO ASSIST THE VOLUNTEERS IN ANTI-NARCOTICS WORK, TRAINING PROGRAMMES SUCH AS SEMINARS, TALKS AND CAMPS ARE ORGANISED TO PROVIDE THEM WITH THE NECESSARY INFORMATION AND SKILLS.

♦THE VOLUNTEERS CAN ALSO DEVELOP THEIR SOCIAL SKILLS AND INNOVATION AS THEY ARE ENCOURAGED TO USE INITIATIVE IN PERFORMING THEIR DUTIES,+ MR TONG SAID.

AS AN EXAMPLE, HE CITED THE +ANTI-NARCOTICS CREATIVE ACTIVITIES 1983+, INITIATED AND ORGANISED BY THE VOLUNTEER GROUP.

♦THIS TWO-MONTH PROJECT CONSISTED OF A SERIES OF COMPETITIONS, INCLUDING BOOKMARK AND SLOGAN DESIGN, DRAMA SCRIPT WRITING, LYRIC WRITING, ON-THE-SPOT DRAWING AND A PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY-CUM-VARIETY SHOW, THROUGH WHICH THE MESSAGE OF ’STRIVE FOR A BRIGHT FUTURE, DON’T TAKE DRUGS’ WAS SPREAD TO THE PUBLIC,+ MR TONG SAID.

PARENT EDUCATION IS ONE OF THE MAIN THEMES OF THIS YEAR’S ANTI-NARCOTICS ACTIVITIES, AND VOLUNTEERS ARE EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THESE EVENTS.

SELF-INITIATED PROJECTS INCLUDE THE PRODUCTION OF AN ANTINARCOTICS STORY IN SLIDES AND A SWIMMING GALA FOR FACTORY WORKERS.

♦THE VOLUNTEERS NOW HAVE A CLUB HOUSE AT VICTORIA BARRACKS, WHERE THEY MEET ONCE EVERY TWO WEEKS TO DISCUSS FORTHCOMING ACTIVITIES AND TO WORK OUT PROBLEMS UNDER OUR GUIDANCE.+ MR TONG SAID.

THE PROJECTS ARE MOSTLY FUNDED BY THE GOVERNMENT, WITH OCCASIONAL SPONSORSHIP FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

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GOVERNOR LEAVING FOR PEKING TOMORROW * * * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, WILL LEAVE FOR PEKING TOMORROW (MONDAY) TO TAKE PART IN ANOTHER ROUND OF SINO-BRITISH TALKS ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG.

SIR EDWARD WILL BE TRAVELLING ON FLIGHT CA 102, ETD 12.30 PM.

A FACILITY HAS BEEN ARRANGED FOR MEDIA PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CAMERAMEN TO COVER THE GOVERNOR’S DEPARTURE. THOSE ASSIGNED TO COVER THE EVENT SHOULD ASSEMBLE IN THE AIRPORT PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM NOT LATER THAN 11.15 AM.

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SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MUSIC OFFERED * * *

YOUNG MUSICIANS AND DANCERS CAN NOW APPLY FOR OVERSEAS SCHOLARSHIPS FROM THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB MUSIC FUND FOR THE YEAR 1984/85.

THE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE INTENDED PRIMARILY FOR EXCEPTIONALLY TALENTED CANDIDATES TO RECEIVE TRAINING IN ADVANCED INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC STUDIES OR BALLET AT OVERSEAS INSTITUTIONS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MUSIC FUND SAID THE SCHOLARSHIPS WILL COVER TUITION FEES AND INCLUDE A TECHNICAL ALLOWANCE. A MONTHLY SUBSISTENCE ALLOWANCE MAY ALSO BE GRANTED.

HOWEVER, THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT AS THE HONG KONG CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC AND THE HONG KONG ACADEMY OF BALLET WILL NOT TAKE IN FIRST YEAR STUDENTS IN 1984/85, THE MUSIC FUND WILL ONLY OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS TO SECOND AND THIRD YEAR STUDENTS CF THESE INSTITUTIONS.

+THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN APPLYING FOR MUSIC FUND SCHOLARSHIPS MAY OBTAIN DETAILS FROM THEIR SCHOOL AUTHOR ITIES,+ HE SAID.

CANDIDATES APPLYING FOR ADVANCED INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC STUDIES SHOULD NOT BE OVER THE AGE OF 23 ON SEPTEMBER 1, 1984 AND SHOULD HAVE ALREADY STUDIED MUSIC UP TO THE STANDARD OF THE DIPLOMA GRANTED BY THE HONG KONG CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC OR EQUIVALENT.

AS FOR BALLET SCHOLARSHIPS, CANDIDATES SHOULD BE AT LEAST 16 YEARS OLD ON SEPTEMBER 1, 1984 AND SHOULD HAVE ALREADY STUDIED BALLET UP TO THE STANDARD OF THE DIPLOMA GRANTED BY THE HONG KONG ACADEMY OF BALLET OR EQUIVALENT.

IN ADDITION, ALL APPLICANTS SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST ONE YEAR’S RESIDENCE IN HONG KONG. SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE INVITED TO ATTEND AN AUDITION TO BE- HELD AT A LATER DATE.

/THE HONG .......

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THE HONG KONG ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS WILL ACCEPT FIRST YEAR STUDENTS FOR 1984/85 AND HAVE A SEPARATE SCHEME OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR STUDENTS.

MEANWHILE, APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM

(A) HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB MUSIC FUND SECRETARIAT, 11/F., HARBOUR CENTRE, 25 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI,

(B) MUSIC OFFICE HEADQUARTERS, RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT, 11/F., HARBOUR CENTRE, 25 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI, AND

(C) MUSIC CENTRES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE- FOR ADDRESSES, PHONE NO. 5-740409.

COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED BY THE APPLICANTS IN PERSON TO THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB MUSIC FUND SECRETAR I AT.

THE CLOSING DATE IS JUNE 21.

FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE OBTAINED BY CALLING NO. 5-740409.

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MORE RURAL PUBLIC HOUSING TO BE BUILT * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT WILL INVITE THE HONG KONG HOUSING SOCIETY TO CONTINUE BUILDING RURAL PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES.

DISCLOSING THIS TODAY, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE SOCIETY WOULD BE ASKED TO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY OF BUILDING A RURAL PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE AT SHA TAU KOK, SIMILAR TO THE ONE BEING BUILT BY THE SOCIETY AT TUI MIN HOI, SAI KUNG.

+THE PROPOSED PROJECT IS PART OF THE GOVERNMENT’S CONTINUING EFFORTS TO IMPROVE THE LIVING CONDITION AND ENVIRONMENT OF SELECTED RURAL LOCATIONS,+ HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE DECISION TO SEEK THE SOCIETY’S CONTINUED INVOLVEMENT IN RURAL PUBLIC HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS FOLLOWED A REVIEW OF THE TUI MIN HOI PROJECT.

THIS PROJECT COMPRISES 300 UNITS IN BLOCKS OF FOUR AND FIVE STOREYS DESIGNED TO HOUSE 1 800 PEOPLE.

ON COMPLETION NEXT YEAR, THEY WILL BE RENTED TO LOCAL APPLICANTS WHO SATISFY THE HOUSING AUTHORITY’S ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA.

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WORKSHOP FOR ART TEACHERS * # *

SECONDARY SCHOOL ART TEACHERS ARE INVITED TO ENROL IN A THREE-DAY WORKSHOP ON VISUALISATION TECHNIQUES TO BE HELD NEXT MONTH.

THE WORKSHOP IS BEING JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE DEPARTMENT OF EXTRA-MURAL STUDIES OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

ITS AIM IS TO ENHANCE TEACHERS’ VISUALISATION TECHNIQUES THROUGH STUDIO PRACTICE.

THE WORKSHOP WILL BE CONDUCTED IN CANTONESE FROM JULY 16 TO 18 AT THE CULTURAL CRAFTS CENTRE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT 4 PAK FUK ROAD, NORTH POINT.

THERE WILL BE 25 PLACES AVAILABLE. ON ACCEPTANCE, PARTICIPANTS MUST PAY A FEE OF S100, WHICH IS NOT REFUNDABLE, TO THE UNIVERSITY’S DEPARTMENT OF EXTRA-MURAL STUDIES.

TEACHERS WHO WISH TO ATTEND THE WORKSHOP SHOULD APPLY THROUGH THEIR PRINCIPALS TO THE ART SECTION, ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, 4 PAK FUK ROAD, BY JUNE 26.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE TO THE ART SECTION ON 5-621006.

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ROAD SAFETY MESSAGE FOR KWUN TONG RESIDENTS

* M * M

A BIG MODEL OF A TRAFFIC LIGHT WILL BE MOUNTED OUTSIDE THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BRANCH OFFICES BUILDING IN TUNG YAN STREET FOR TWO DAYS NEXT SUNDAY (JUNE 17) TO PUBLICISE THE NEED FOR ROAD SAFETY.

THE DISPLAY IS PART OF A SERIES OF PROGRAMMES IN THE SEVENWEEK KWUN TONG DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN WHICH BEGINS ON THAT DAY.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CAMPAIGN’S ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR CHAN KANG-CHOW, SAID TODAY: +THE DISPLAY IS TO ATTRACT PEOPLE’S ATTENTION TO THIS SYMBOL OF ROAD SAFETY, AND TO REMIND THEM TO BE MORE CAREFUL WHEN USING ROADS.

♦WE WILL ALSO ORGANISE A COMPETITION FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS TO GUESS THE HEIGHT OF THE MODEL.+

/HE SAID*.........

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HE SAID THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE CAMPAIGN WOULD BE A ROAD SAFETY DAY ON JULY 8, AT THE HONG NING ROAD PLAYGROUND.

+FOLLOWING THE ROAD SAFETY DAY, POLICE WILL SPEND TWO WEEKS

INSTRUCTING LOCAL RESIDENTS ON STEPPING UP ENFORCEMENT ACTION BREAKERS,+ SAID MR CHAN.

HOW TO USE ROADS PROPERLY, BEFORE AGAINST JAYWALKERS AND LAW

THE CAMPAIGN IS SPONSORED

BY THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD AT

S28 000 AND JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE POL ICE.

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SEA WALL FOR JUNK BAY CONTROLLED TIP *****

A SEA

AS PART OF

^CONSTRUCTED OFF SAN SHEK WAN IN SA I KUNG THE FIRST STAGE OF WORK ON JUNK BAY CONTROLLED TIP.

ncninlurn-ENGINEERING OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING dfvfi homp^t tDA^DTMeND *AS AWARDED A >28-8 MILLION CONTRACT TO VIANINl'

LA VUK I S« P A A a

WORK ON BUILDING THE 930-METRE-L0NG SEA WALL WHICH WILL PROTECT THE CONTROLLED TIP, IS EXPECTED TO TAKE 16 MONTHS.

THE DISPOSAL OF REFUSE AT JUNK BAY BEGAN IN EARLY 1979.

CONTROLLED TIP IS SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED IN MID-1987 TO PROVIDE ABOUT 58 HECTARES OF LAND.

a av.IJJ'2 ?ILL BE EXTENSIVELY LANDSCAPED AND LAID OUT WITH PLAYING FIELDS AND OTHER RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR RESIDENTS MOV I No INTO JUNK BAY, THE NEW TOWN TAKING SHAPE IN THE EASTERN PART OF HONG KONG.

THE LANDSCAPING WILL HELP SCREEN JUNK BAY’S MAJOR INDUSTRIAL ZONE FROM THE TOWN CENTRE.

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WARNING ON BOGUS LABOUR DEPARTMENT OFFICERS

******

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY (SUNDAY) ADVISED EMPLOYERS TO BE ON GUARD AGAINST PEOPLE SOLICITING MONEY BY IMPERSONATING OFFICERS OF THE DEPARTMENT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID REPORTS HAD BEEN RECEIVED THAT A MAN CLAIMING TO BE AN OFFICER OF THE DEPARTMENT HAD BEEN SOLICITING MONEY FROM FACTORY PROPRIETORS FOR ADVERTISEMENTS IN A PURPORTED DEPARTMENTAL PUBLICATION.

/+ NO OFFICER

SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 1984

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+N0 OFFICER OF THE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN AUTHORISED TO SOLICIT OR ACCEPT MONEY FOR SUCH A PURPOSE,+ HE STRESSED.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT ALL SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT AND ITS PUBLICATIONS ON LABOUR LEGISLATION ARE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC FREE OF CHARGE.

HE REMINDED EMPLOYERS THAT EVERY OFFICER OF THE DEPARTMENT CARRIES WITH HIM A GOVERNMENT IDENTITY CARD AND WARRANT BEARING HIS PHOTOGRAPH AND NAME.

MEMBERS OF THE FACTORY AND LABOUR INSPECTORATES ARE UNDER INSTRUCTION TO IDENTIFY THEMSELVES BY PRODUCING THEIR WARRANTS WHEN VISITING FACTORIES, HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN ADVISED THE PUBLIC TO CHECK ON THE IDENTITY CF VISITORS CLAIMING TO BE OFFICERS OF THE DEPARTMENT, AND TO REPORT IMMEDIATELY TO THE NEAREST POLICE STATION IF THEY ARE IN DOUBT.

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PILING CONTRACT AWARDED • * * *

WORK ON BUILDING A REFUSE COLLECTION POINT, A PUBLIC TOILET AND A BATHHOUSE AT WING HING STREET, CAUSEWAY BAY, STARTED LAST WEEK.

THEY WILL BE ACCOMMODATED IN A THREE-STOREY STRUCTURE ON A 2 800-SQUARE-METRE SITE.

A PILING CONTRACT VALUED AT $196 200 HAS BEEN AWARDED TO HEEP KEE AND COMPANY BY THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

PILING WORK WILL TAKE THREE MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE REFUSE COLLECTION POINT WILL BE ON THE GROUND FLOOR AND FACILITIES WILL INCLUDE A REFUSE LOADING AREA WITH SPACES FOR HANDCARTS, A ROLL-CALL ROOM, AN OFFICE AND A STOREROOM.

THE PUBLIC TOILET AND BATHHOUSE WILL OCCUPY THE OTHER TWO FLOORS.

TENDERS FOR THE SUPERSTRUCTURE, WHICH WILL TAKE NINE MONTHS TO COMPLETE, ARE EXPECTED TO BE INVITED NEXT MONTH.

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MARKET STALLS FOR RENT

* * * *

FIFTY-SIX MARKET STALLS IN TUEN MUN IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE PUT UP FOR BIDDING ON THURSDAY (JUNE 14).

THEY ARE LOCATED AT YAN 01 MARKET, SAN HUI MARKET, KWONG CHOI MARKET, HUNG CHUNG COOKED FOOD MARKET AND TSI NG YEUNG COOKED FOOD MARKET.

THE BIDDING WILL BE HELD IN THE TAI HING COMMUNITY HALL OF TAI HING ESTATE IN TUEN MUN, STARTING AT 9.30 AM, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE UPSET MONTHLY RENTALS RANGE FROM $300 TO $6 250.

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS MAY START BUSINESS ON JULY 1 ON A THREE-YEAR CONTRACT AND MUST PAY THE RENTAL QUARTERLY.

BIDDERS, WHO MUST BE OVER 21 YEARS OF AGE, SHOULD BRING ALONG THEIR IDENTITY CARDS AND FIVE RECENT PHOTOGRAPHS.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE WITH THE TUEN MUN URBAN SERVICES OFFICE ON TELEPHONE 0-820800, EXT. 231.-

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TRAFFIC MEASURE AT MARSH ROAD

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FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JUNE 12), ALL NORTHBOUND VEHICLES ON MARSH ROAD IN WAN CHAI WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING RIGHT INTO LOCKHART ROAD EASTBOUND.

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TAPS OFF IN MID-LEVELS

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN MID-LEVELS WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PM ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE 13) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY BOWEN ROAD, MAGAZINE GAP ROAD, ROBINSON ROAD, GARDEN ROAD AND MACDONNELL ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, JUNE 11, 1984

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

TAI KOO SHING TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ........................ 1

IDEAL LIVING ENVIRONMENT IN SIU HONG COURT................. 2

GOVERNOR LEAVES FOR PEKING ................................ 3

60 MORE +PENTHOUSES+ CONVERTED ............................ 4

THREE SUMMONSES AGAINST ABERDEEN RESTAURANT ............... 4

CLEARANCE DATE REVISED .................................... 5

UMELCO VISITS KOWLOON CITY................................. 6

DB TO REVIEW TRAFFIC ON LANTAU............................. 7

UMELCO HEARS PLB VIEWS..................................... 8

INSURANCE THEORY COURSE OFFERED ........................... 8

RAINSHELTER FOR SQUATTERS ................................. 9

NEW ROADS FOR TSUEN WAN ................................... 9

BAMBOO BASKETS TO BE PHASED OUT........................... 10

HOLIDAY MAIL ............................................. 10

FOOTBRIDGE CONTRACT AWARDED .............................. 11

FOOD, FRUIT STALLS FOR LEASE.............................. 11

RESTRICTED ZONES IN KOWLOON .............................. 11

MDSNING ROAD WORK ........................................ 12

WATER STORAGE............................................. 12

LAM TIN WATER LEAKAGE TESTS .............................. 12

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TAI KOO SHING TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS * * * *

IN RESPONSE TO THE COMPLAINT FROM RESIDENTS OF TAIKOO SHING ESTATE ON THE QUESTION OF INADEQUATE PROVISION FOR PEDESTRIAN SAFETY AS A RESULT OF THE OPENING OF THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR, A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN MADE THE FOLLOWING COMMENTS:

THE EXISTING TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TAIKOO SHING ESTATE HAVE FULLY TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT THE ASPECTS OF PEDESTRIAN SAFETY. THESE INCLUDED:

(A) THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SHORT LENGTH OF A TEMPORARY ROAD SKIRTING THE ESTATE SO THAT TRAFFIC TO SHAU KEI WAN AND CHAI WAN CAN BYPASS THE ESTATE’S ROADS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.

(B) MAKING THE EASTERN SECTION OF TAI KOO WAN ROAD ONE WAY.

(C) THE INSTALLATION OF TRAFFIC LIGHT CONTROL AT THE JUNCTION BETWEEN TAI KOO WAN ROAD AND TAI FUNG AVENUE, INCLUDING A TRAFFIC LIGHT CONTROLLED PEDESTRIAN CROSSING ACROSS TAI KOO WAN ROAD, AND

(D) THE PROVISION OF A ZEBRA CROSSING ACROSS TAI KOO WAN ROAD, NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH TAI WING AVENUE.

THESE ARRANGEMENTS ACHIEVE THE EFFECT OF:

(I) PROVIDING RESIDENTS OF TAI KOO SHING WITH A CHOICE OF EITHER CROSSING TAI KOO WAN ROAD AT THE ZEBRA CROSSING, OR WALKING ABOUT 130 METRES WESTWARDS TO THE SIGNAL CONTROLLED CROSSING AT TAI FUNG AVENUE.

(II) SLOWING DOWN THE SPEED OF TRAFFIC ENTERING THE ESTATE FROM THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR AND

(III) REDUCING THE CONFLICT BETWEEN CARS AND PEDESTRIANS AS PEDESTRIANS WOULD ONLY NEED TO WATCH OUT FOR TRAFFIC FROM ONE DIRECTION.

THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED THAT THESE ARRANGEMENTS ARE AT LEAST AS GOOD AS, AND PROBABLY BETTER THAN, TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS MADE FOR PEDESTRIANS IN OTHER POPULATED AREAS IN THE URBAN DISTRICTS WHERE THERE IS A LIKELY CONFLICT BETWEEN HEAVY TRAFFIC AND PEDESTRIAN MOVEMENTS.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO POINTED OUT THE GENERAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TAI KOO SHING, TOGETHER WITH OTHER TRAFFIC PROPOSALS RESULTING FROM THE OPENING OF THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR HAD BEEN PRESENTED TO AND ENDORSED BY THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD AT ITS MEETING IN MAY. THESE ARRANGEMENTS HAD ALSO BEEN DISCUSSED WITH THE DEVELOPER OF THE ESTATE.

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THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET AGAIN TOMORROW (TUESDAY) WHEN THE COMPLAINT OF TAI KOO SHING RESIDENTS WILL BE DISCUSSED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT AWAITS DISCUSSION OF THE MATTER WITH THE COMMITTEE. ONE ASPECT WHICH THE COMMITTEE WILL NEED TO CONSIDER IS THAT, IF TRAFFIC LIGHTS ARE INSTALLED TO REPLACE THE ZEBRA CROSSING, THEY MAY HAMPER THE SMOOTH FLOW OF TRAFFIC ALONG TAI KOO WAN ROAD, WHICH MAY IN TURN LEAD TO CONGESTION DURING PEAK HOURS.

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IDEAL LIVING ENVIRONMENT IN SIU HONG COURT

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MOVING TO SIU HONG COURT IN TUEN MUN MEANS A GREAT IMPROVEMENT IN ENVIRONMENT FOR MANY PEOPLE.

+WE USED TO SHARE A WAN CHAI FLAT WITH ANOTHER FAMILY BEFORE HERE ONE AND A HALF YEARS AGO,+ MRS LAU LAI PO-LING SAID. THE FOUR-MEMBER FAMJLY - THE PARENTS AND THEIR TWO KIDS -OCCUPIED THE LIVING ROOM and one bedroom.

THEY PAID «tl 500 AS RENT THEN. NOW IT IS A MONTHLY INSTALMENT OF Si 700 FOR THEIR TWO-BEDROOM PROPERTY AT SIU HONG COURT STAGE I.

♦EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT IT IS LIKE LIVING IN WAN CHAI,* SHE ADDED. + THE PLACE IS ALWAYS DUSTY, NOISY AND CONGESTED. MORE IMPORTANT, I COULD ONLY TAKE MY KIDS TO VICTORIA PARK IN CAUSEWAY BAY, WHICH IS A MAJOR TRIP FOR A BUSY HOUSEWIFE.*

THE 10-YEAR-0LD MISS LAU WAS QUICK TO AGREE WITH HER MOTHER, WHO NOW ALLOWS HER TO PLAY IN THE COURT’S playground with SOME YOUNG NEIGHBOURS.

MRS LAU EXPLAINED THAT HER HUSBAND WAS NOT TOO KEEN ON MOVING TO THE NEW TERRITORIES, BUT SHE THOUGHT AN HOS FLAT WAS THE BEST BUY FOR THE FAMILY.

MR LAU YU, MANAGER OF THE CLOTHES DEPARTMENT OF A DEPARTMENT STORE IN MONGKOK, IS NOW SATISFIED WITH THE MOVE.

ANOTHER FAMILY, A GREEN FORM APPLICANT, NOW ENJOYS LIVING IN A FLAT TWICE AS BIG AS THEIR PREVIOUS ONE IN TAI HI NG ESTATE, ALSO IN TUEN MUN.

THE FAMILY MOVED FROM KWUN TONG FOUR YEARS AGO BECAUSE OF EVICTION.

/MH PAK .......

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MP PAK SUM-CHUNG, AN ENGINEER, SAID THAT THERE WAS MORE FAMILY LIFE IN THEIR NEW HOME - PARTLY BECAUSE HE WAS NOT DISTRACTED BY URBAN NIGHT-LIFE.

THE FAMILY HAD BEEN QUITE HAPPY WITH THEIR FLAT IN KWUN TONG BECAUSE IT WAS CONVENIENT, BUT WHEN THEY WERE EVICTED THEY HAD TAKEN THE FLAT IN TAI HING BECAUSE THEY COULD MOVE IN STRAIGHT AWAY.

ONE OF The Three BEDROOMS IN THEIR 59.^-SQUARE-METRE SIU HONG COURT FLAT IS USED AS A STUDY AT PRESENT. MR AND MRS PAK PLAN TO ARRANGE A BEDROOM FOR EACH OF THEIR CHILDREN WHEN THE YOUNGSTERS GET OLDER.

THE COUPLE PRAISED TUEN MUN AS A GOOD PLACE TO RAISE A FAMILY, WITH A PLEASANT ENVIRONMENT, CLEAN AIR, AND NONE OF THE SOCIAL PROBLEMS OF THE OLD URBAN AREAS.

BOTH CHILDREN LIKE THE SIU HONG PLAYGROUNDS - QUITE UNLIKE THE SORT OF THING THEY HAD TO USE IN KWUN TONG.

BUT ABOVE ALL THE PAKS ARE HAPPY THAT THEIR HOME NO LONGER DEPENDS ON A LANDLORD’S WHIM. MR PAK HAS PAID HALF THE COST OF THE FLAT ALREADY, AND THE FAMILY FEELS A SENSE OF SECURE belonging that they didn’t have in rented accommodation.

OUTSIDE, THERE WERE FAMILIES STROLLING IN THE RECREATION AREA, AND OLD PEOPLE SUNNING THEMSELVES ON THE BENCHES. IT WAS EASY TO SEE HOW A FAMILY COULD REGARD SIU HONG COURT AS A PLACE TO STOP AND PUT DOWN ROOTS.

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GOVERNOR LEAVES FOR PEKING * * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, LEFT FOR PEKING THIS (MONDAY) AFTERNOON TO CONTINUE TO TAKE PART IN 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 UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, SIR SZE-YUEN CHUNG, THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR ROGER LOBO, AND THE VICE-CHIEF EDITOR OF THE XINHUA NEWS AGENCY (HONG KONG BRANCH), MR TAN GAN.

ACCOMPANYING THE GOVERNOR TO PEKING WERE THE POLITICAL ADVISER, MR ROBIN MCLAREN, AND THE GOVERNMENT CHIEF INTERPRETER, HR Y.P. CHENG.

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60 MORE +PENTHOUSES* CONVERTED * * * *

SIXTY MORE +PENTHOUSES+ HAVE BEEN CONVERTED FROM DISUSED ROOFTOP SCHOOL PREMISES ON OLDER ESTATE BLOCKS TO HELP RELIEVE OVERCROWD I NG.

+INTAKE IS BEGINNING SOON FOR THESE FULLY SELF-CONTAINED FLATS WHICH VARY IN SIZE FROM 18 TO 42 SQUARE METRES,* SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT TODAY.

HE SAID CONVERTED ROOFTOP FLATS WERE SET ASIDE FOR OVERCROWDED FAMILIES MAINLY FROM WITHIN THE ESTATES.

+THE 60 NEW PENTHOUSES ARE ON SIX BLOCKS AT YAU TONG ESTATE. THE PROJECT COSTS OVER $1.9 MILLION.

+ROOFTOP FLATS HAVE PROVED EXTREMELY POPULAR AMONG TENANTS OF OLDER ESTATES.*

SINCE THE SCHEME BEGAN IN 1975, THE SPOKESMAN SAID TOGETHER 652 PENTHOUSES HAD BEEN PROVIDED ON 47 BLOCKS AT SUCH ESTATES Ai WANG TAU HOM, TUNG TAU, LOK FU, LOWER WONG TAI SIN, TAI WO HAU AND LEI CHENG UK.

+THE SCHEME NOT ONLY ACTS AS AN INTERIM MEASURE TO RELIEVE OVERCROWDING IN OLDER ESTATES, BUT ALSO PROVIDES A MORE SECURE SELF-CONTAINED ENVIRONMENT FOR RESIDENTS.*

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THREE SUMMONSES AGAINST ABERDEEN RESTAURANT

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THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS TO ISSUE THREE SUMMONSES AGAINST THE LICENSEE OF THE TAI PAK FLOATING RESTAURANT AT ABERDEEN.

THE LICENSEE WILL BE CHARGED WITH HAVING DIRTY PREMISES, HAVING THREE DIRTY CUPBOARDS FOR STORAGE OF FOOD UTENSILS, AND HAVING ALLOWED UNHYGIENIC HANDLING OF FOOD.

THIS WAS DECIDED TODAY FOLLOWING A JOINT INVESTIGATION OF THE RESTAURANT PREMISES BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE USD SAI Ds +TWO FOOD SAMPLES, OF COOKED SHRIMP AND CRAB MEAT, PLUS TWO SAMPLES OF TAP WATER, WERE TAKEN DURING TODAY’S OPERATION.

+ADDITIONALLY, FIVE ENVIRONMENTAL SWABS WERE TAKEN OF KITCHEN UTENSILS AND EQUIPMENT.

/+THESE MEASURES........

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+THESE MEASURES JERE IN ADDITION TO THE SEVEN FOOD SAMPLES AND SIX SWABS TAKEN DURING YESTERDAY’S INTENSIVE INVESTIGAT I ONS AT THE RESTAURANT BY USD STAFF.+

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE LICENSEE HAD VOLUNTARILY SURRENDERED TO THE USD ABOUT 25 KILOGRAMMES OF SEA BLUBBER.

UNDER THE FOOD BUSINESS BY-LAWS, ANY LICENSEE UPON CONVICTION FOR THE SUMMONSES CONCERNED WOULD BE LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM PENALTY OF $2 OOO AND THREE MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT, AND A DAILY FINE OF $50 FOR THE CONTINUATION OF ANY OF THESE OFFENCES.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT A HEALTH EDUCATION LECTURE WOULD BE ARRANGED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE FOR FOOD-HANDLERS IN THE RESTAURANT.

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CLEARANCE DATE REVISED ‘ * * * *

CLEARANCE FOR THE FIRST PHASE OF THE TIN SHU I WAI DEVELOPMENT PROJECT WILL TAKE PLACE ON AUGUST 8, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

HE SAID THE AREAS AFFECTED, INCLUDING CHIU KAR YUEN, PAK SHA TSAI AND TAI HO ROAD, WOULD BE REQUIRED FOR SITE INVESTIGATION *ORK FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE TAI RIVER DIVERSION CULVERT.

♦THE REVISED CLEARANCE DATE, ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR MARCH THIS YEAR, WILL GIVE RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS AND SHOP OPERATORS SUFFICIENT TIME TO FINALISE THEIR REMOVAL ARRANGEMENTS,* HE ADDED.

THE DECISION ON THE NEW DATE WAS MADE AT A JOINT INTER-DEPARTMENTAL MEETING HELD AT THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE TODAY.

MEANWHILE, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT SAID REHOUSING ARRANGEMENTS HAD BEEN FINALISED FOR 99 FAMILIES FROM TIN SHUI WAI WHO HAD GONE THROUGH ELIGIBILITY SCREENING.

OF THE FAMILIES, 76 FAMILIES WOULD BE MOVING TO PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES, 14 TO PRIMARY-TEMPORARY HOUSING, AND NINE TO HOSTEL ACCOMMODATION IN A TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA, ACCORDING TO THE ELIGIBILITY RULES SET BY THE HOUSING AUTHORITY.

ALREADY, 93 FAMILIES HAD PAID RENTS FOR THEIR NEw HOMES, HE SA ID.

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ANOTHER 33 PEOPLE WHO ARE EITHER SINGLE PERSONS OR FROM TWO-PERSON FAMILIES HAVE OPTED FOR CASH ALLOWANCES RATHER THAN REHOUSING OFFERS.

IN ADDITION, EX-GRATIA CASH ALLOWANCES TOTALLING OVER $1 412 800 ARE PAYABLE TO THE ELIGIBLE OPERATORS OF TWO SHOPS, 20 PIGSTIES, TWO WORKSHOPS, 42 POULTRY FARMS AND TWO TEMPLES.

EX-GRATIA CASH ALLOWANCES TOTALLING $17 380 FOR ONE SHOP AND ONE RABBIT-REARING FARM HAD BEEN PAID.+

THE GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN ADDED; +EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCES OF $4.1 MILLION FOR FISH PONDS, $780 000 FOR CROPS AND $419 000 FOR MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS HAVE BEEN OFFERED TO ELIGIBLE OPERATORS.+

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UMELCO VISITS KOWLOON CITY

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A PARTY OF ELEVEN UMELCO MEMBERS, LED BY HON WONG LAM, SPENT THIS (MONDAY) MORNING VISITING KOWLOON CITY TO SEE THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS THERE.

THEY WERE ACCOMPANIED BY THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY (HONG KONG AND KOWLOON), MR ALBERT LAM; THE DISTRICT OFFICER (KOWLOON CITY), MR GORDON JONES AND MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD.

THE PARTY FIRST WENT UP TO THE ROOFTOP OF A BUILDING NEAR THE DISTRICT OFFICE TO HAVE A PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE AREA BEFORE PROCEEDING TO THE SAI TAU VILLAGE TO SEE THE SQUATTER CLEARANCE PROJECT.

ON ARRIVAL AT SAI TAU VILLAGE, MEMBERS LEARNED THAT THE AREA WAS BEING CLEARED IN STAGES TO MAKE WAY FOR THE CARPENTER ROAD PARK DEVELOPMENT.

THEY THEN PROCEEDED TO TO KWA WAN TO HAVE A FIRST-HAND LOOK AT THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS OF THE PRIVATE STREETS.

MEMBERS WERE PLEASED TO NOTE THAT UNDER A PILOT SCHEME, FOUR OF THE STREETS WOULD BE RESUMED BY GOVERNMENT AND WORKS WOULD BE CARRIED OUT TO IMPROVE THEIR CONDITIONS.

THE PARTY THEN WALKED THROUGH THE STREETS ADJOINING THE TO KWA WAN URBAN COUNCIL COMPLEX AND SAW THE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE ENVIRONMENT AFTER THE RESITING OF HAWKERS TO THE COMPLEX.

THEY NEXT WENT TO THE ROOFTOP OF A BUILDING IN TAK MAN STREET WHERE THEY WERE BRIEFED ON THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT ON THE SITE OF THE EXISTING WHAMPOA DOCKYARD AND IMPROVEMENT TO THE EXISTING HIGHWAY NETWORK.

/the PARTY........

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the party then returned to the kowloon city district office for A MEETING ON LOCAL AFFAIRS. TOPICS RAISED AT THE MEETING INCLUDED WATER SUPPLY TO KOWLOON WALLED CITY; THE DIFFERENCE OF OPINIONS BETWEEN THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE URBAN COUNCIL OVER FACILITIES TO BE PROVIDED IN THE CARPENTER ROAD PARK; THE LACK OF CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES IN THE AREA; THE POSSIBILITY OF BUILDING A KOWLOON CITY TOWN HALL; THE EXTENSION OF THE PILOT SCHEME FOR THE RESUMPTION OF PRIVATE STREETS SHOULD THE FIRST PHASE PROVES SUCCESSFUL AND BAD SMELL EMITTING FROM THE GAS WORKS.

MEMBERS TAKING PART IN TODAY’S VISIT WERE HON CHARLES YEUNG, HON ANDREW SO, HON F.K. HU, HON WONG PO-YAN, HON CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, DR HON HENRIETTA IP, HON MRS RITA FAN, HON MRS PAULINE NG, HON PETER POON AND HON YEUNG PO-KWAN. THEY WERE ACCOMPANIED BY THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY GENERAL, UMELCO OFFICE, MR JOSEPH W.P. WONG.

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DB TO REVIEW TRAFFIC ON LANTAU * * * *

THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL COMMENT ON RECOMMENDATIONS TO CONTROL THE NUMBER OF VEHICLES ON LANTAU AT THEIR MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE RECOMMENDATIONS WERE MADE BY A WORKING GROUP SET UP TO REVIEW THE NEED TO LIMIT THE NUMBER OF VEHICLES ON LANTAU, AND TO CONSIDER ALTERNATIVES TO THE CLOSED ROAD PERMIT SYSTEM.

UNDER THIS SYSTEM INTRODUCED IN 1973, A PERMIT IS ISSUED TO ANYONE WISHING TO DRIVE A MOTOR VEHICLE ON THE ISLAND. PERMANENT PERMITS ARE ISSUED ONLY TO FULL-TIME RESIDENTS OR PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNERS, AND TEMPORARY PERMITS TO CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES CARRYING OUT BUILDING WORK ON THE ISLAND.

THE WORKING GROUP COMPRISES REPRESENTATIVES OF THE TRANSPORT BRANCH, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE, THE POLICE, THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE AND THE LANDS DEPARTMENT.

AT TOMORROW’S MEETING, MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS THE PROPOSAL TO SET UP A FISH CULTURE ZONE AT TUNG CHUNG. AT PRESENT, THERE ARE 26 FISH CULTURE ZONES THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE ALLOCATION OF ABOUT S940 □□□ ‘FOR 22 ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS AND S5O OOO FOR SUBSIDISING 34 RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES DURING THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR.

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UMELCO HEARS PLB V I EWS

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UMELCO DUTY ROSTER MEMBERS HON SIR S.Y. CHUNG AND

HON WONG PO-YAN TOGETHER WITH A MEMBER OF THE UMELCO TRANSPORT PANEL, HON MRS SELINA CHOW RECEIVED REPRESENTATIONS FROM THE ONG KONG, KOWLOON AND NEW TERRITORIES PUBLIC LIGHT BUS MERCHANTS’ UNITED ASSOCIATION THIS (MONDAY) AFTERNOON ON THE OPERATION OF PLBS.

AT THE MEETING, REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ASSOCIATION RAISED OBJECTIONS TO GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSAL TO INTRODUCE +PASSENGER SERVICE LICENCE* ON THE GROUNDS THAT THIS WOULD GIVE RISE TO A DOUBLE LICENCE CONTROL SYSTEM.

THEY ALSO SUGGESTED THAT THE NUMBER OF RESTRICTED ZONES SHOULD BE REDUCED.

MEMBERS ADVISED THE REPRESENTATIVES THAT THEIR VIEWS WOULD BE REFERRED TO THE ADMINISTRATION FOR CONSIDERATION.

LATER, MEMBERS INTERVIEWED REPRESENTATIVES OF THE +TSING

Yl CONCERN GROUP* TO HEAR THEIR VIEWS ON THE HAZARDOUS INDUSTRIES ON TSING Yl ISLAND.

THE REPRESENTATIVES EXPRESSED CONCERN ABOUT THE POTENTIONAL HAZARDS OF LP GAS TANKS, OIL INSTALLATIONS AND TOXIC CHEMICAL WORKS ON THE ISLAND AND DOUBTED WHETHER THE SAFETY MEASURES WERE ADEQUATE.

THEY ALSO URGED GOVERNMENT TO RELEASE THE FINDINGS OF ThE REPORT ON HAZARDOUS INDUSTRIES ON THE ISLAND.

MEMBERS SAID THAT THEY WOULD RAISE A QUESTION ON THE ISSUE IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

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INSURANCE THEORY COURSE OFFERED

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FROM SEPTEMBER, THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES WILL OFFER A TwO-YEAR INSURANCE THEORY COURSE DESIGNED FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE JOINED THE INSURANCE TRAINEESHIP SCHEME.

THE SCHEME, IMPLEMENTED BY THE INSURANCE TRAINING BOARD OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL THIS JANUARY, ALREADY HAS AN 'ENROLMENT OF 60 YOUNG PERSONS FROM THE INSURANCE SECTOR.

ENROLMENT TO THIS COURSE FOR THE COMING ACADEMIC SESSION WILL BE CONDUCTED ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS, AND WILL BE CLOSED BY THE END OF NEXT MONTH,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BOARD SAID.

/THE BCkRB.........

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THE BOARD, THEREFORE, URGED EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SCHEME BY JOINING AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.

TO JOIN THE SCHEME, EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES WILL BE REQUIRED TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT UNDER WHICH EMPLOYERS WILL PROVIDE THREE YEARS ON-THE-JOB TRAINING FOR EMPLOYEES AND SEND THEM TO ATTEND THIS PART-TIME, DAY-RELEASE INSURANCE COURSE AT TECHNICAL INSTITUTE.

THE SCHEME WOULD HELP EMPLOYERS TO ATTRACT NEW PERSONNEL AND TO KEEP THEIR GOOD STAFF. AT THE SAME TIME, YOUNG EMPLOYEES WITH A FORM-FIVE LEVEL OF EDUCATION WOULD BE TRAINED FOR HIGHER QUALIFICATION, HE SAID.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE SECRETARY OF THE BOARD ON 5-8932341 EXT. 258 AND EXT. 298.

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RAINSHELTER FOR SQUATTERS

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A RAINSHELTER WILL BE BUILT IN FU TAU WAT SQUATTER VILLAGE IN SHAU KEI WAN WITH THE DONATION OF $15 OOO FROM ZONE 7 OF LIONS CLUB INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 303.

ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE 13), THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICER AND BOARD’S CHAIRMAN, MR LUI HAU-TUEN, WILL RECEIVE THE DONATION ON BEHALF OF THE VILLAGE’S MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE AT A CEREMONY.

MR LUI WILL THEN SPEAK ON THE +LATEST DEVELOPMENT IN CHAI WAN* AT THE LIONS CLUB OF HK NORTH LUNCHEON MEETING AT 1 PM IN THE TANG ROOM OF FURAMA HOTEL.

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NEW ROADS FOR TSUEN WAN

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NEW ROADS TOTALLING 1.5 KILOMETRES IN LENGTH WILL BE CONSTRUCTED ON RECENTLY-RECLAIMED LAND IN TSUEN WAN BAY.

THEY WILL SERVE EXISTING AND FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS IN THE AREA AND PROVIDE AN ESSENTIAL LINK WITH STAGE II OF TSUEN WAN BYPASS AND THE EXISTING ROAD NETWORK IN THE AREA.

THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT HAS AWARDED A CONTRACT, VALUED AT MORE THAN $11 MILLION, TO NISHIMATSU CONSTRUCTION COMPANY LTD.

WORK WILL START SHORTLY AND BE COMPLETED IN ONE YEAR.

THE TSUEN WAN BYPASS STAGE II, NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION, IS AN ELEVATED ROAD RUNNING FROM TEXACO ROAD TO TUEN MUN ROAD.

IT WILL PROVIDE A THROUGH ROUTE FOR TRAFFIC HEADING TO TUEN MUN AND THE NORTHWESTERN NEW TERRITORIES.

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BAMBOO BASKETS TO BE PHASED OUT

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THE URBAN COUNCIL IS TO PHASE OUT THE USE OF BAMBOO BASKETS FOR THE DAILY REMOVAL OF REFUSE.

TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED FOR THE SUPPLY OF MORE DURABLE PLASTIC CONTAINERS FOR USE BY THE USD’S CLEANSING STAFF.

THE COUNCIL NOW SPENDS MORE THAN Si MILLION EACH YEAR TO PURCHASE BAMBOO BASKETS FOR ITS CLEANSING SERVICES.

THE BAMBOO BASKET, COSTING SOME S6 EACH, HAS ONLY A SHORT LIFESPAN OF ABOUT 10 DAYS.

IN CONTRAST, PLASTIC CONTAINERS WILL BE MORE DURABLE AND COULD LAST UP TO 10 MONTHS.

THERE IS ALSO THE QUESTION OF PILFERAGE WHEN IT COMES TO BAMBOO BASKETS AS THEY ARE SIMILAR TO THOSE USED IN LOCAL MARKETS BY HAWKERS AND WHOLESALERS FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF VEGETABLES.

THE POLYETHYLENE PLASTIC CONTAINERS ARE EXPECTED TO BE PUT TO TRIAL BY AUGUST THIS YEAR IN THE WAN CHAI AND YAU MA TEI DI STRI CTS.

IF THE EXPERIMENT PROVES SUCCESSFUL, THE USE OF BAMBOO BASKETS WILL BE TOTALLY PHASED OUT BY THE END OF 1995.

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HOLIDAY MAIL K K K

THERE WILL BE ONE MAIL DELIVERY ON SATURDAY (JUNE 16), THE BIRTHDAY OF HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN, BUT NO MAIL DELIVERY ON MONDAY (JUNE 18), WHICH IS ALSO ON HOLIDAY, THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY.

ON SATURDAY, 36 POST OFFICES WILL BE OPEN FROM 9 AM TO NOON.

THEY INCLUDE THE GENERAL POST OFFICE ON HONG KONG ISLAND, KOWLOON CENTRAL AND TSIM SHA TSUI IN KOWLOON, AND TSUEN WAN AND TAI PO POST OFFICES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

ON MONDAY, ALL POST OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED.

DETAILS ABOUT POSTAL SERVICES MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE POST OFFICE ENQUIRY BUREAU AT TEL 5-231071/2.

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MONDAY, JUNE 11, 1984

11

FOOTBRIDGE CONTRACT AWARDED XX X

THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT HAS AWARDED A $957 000 CONTRACT TO UN I STRESS LIMITED TO BUILD A COVERED FOOTBRIDGE AT LAI KING HILL ROAD.

WORK WILL START LATER THIS MONTH AND TAKE SIX MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE FOOTBRIDGE WILL CONNECT TO AN EATING STAIRCASE AT YUET LAI COURT HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME ON ONE SIDE OF LA I KING HILL ROAD AND WILL BE SERVED BY A NEW STAIRCASE AND RAMP ON THE OTHER.

WHEN COMPLETED, IT WILL ENHANCE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY AND IMPROVE VEHICULAR FLOW IN THE AREA.

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FOOD, FRUIT STALLS * * *

FOR LEASE

FOUR COOKED FOOD AND FOUR FRUIT WO Yl HOP ROAD COOKED FOOD MARKET IN

FOR LEASE BY PUBLIC AUCTION ON FRIDAY (JUNE 15).

STALLS AT THE NEWLY COMPLETED KWAI CHUNG WILL BE OFFERED

THE AUCTION WILL BE HELD AT THE KWAI FONG COMMUNITY HALL, AT LAI FONG STREET IN KWAI CHUNG, AT 10 AM, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

+THERE WILL BE NO UPSET PRICE FOR THE STALLS, BUT THE DEPARTMENT WILL ACCEPT THE BID PRICE THAT REACHES THE LEVEL OF THE RESERVED PRICE FOR EACH STALL,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE LEASES ARE FOR THREE YEARS, STARTING FROM JULY 1.

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RESTRICTED ZONES IN KOWLOON * * *

FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JUNE 13), THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS CF ROADS WILL BE DESIGNATED RESTRICTED ZONES FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY:-

* THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF ARGYLE STREET, FROM A POINT ABOUT 90 METRES EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH SOARES AVENUE TO ITS JUNCTION WITH PEACE AVENUE.

* VICTORY AVENUE, FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH ARGYLE STREET TO A POINT ABOUT 20 METRES SOUTH OF THIS JUNCTION.

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

o

MONDAY, JUNE 11, 1984

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MORNING ROAD WORK

* * *

THE SECTION OF TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD BETWEEN FO TAN ROAD AND SIU LEK YUEN ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 1 AM TO 5.45 AM ON WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY (JUNE 13, 14) TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS.

TRAFFIC HEADING FOR SIU LEK YUEN ROAD FROM TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD AND VICE VERSA ARE ADVISED TO USE SHA TIN WAI ROAD AND NGAN SHING STREET.

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WATER STORAGE * * *

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 73.8 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 432.382 MILLION CUBIC METRES. *

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 497.923 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 84.9 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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LAM TIN WATER LEAKAGE TESTS

* * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN LAM TIN WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM ON THURSDAY (JUNE 14) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

PREMISES AFFECTED ARE AT JUNK BAY ROAD, PING TIN STREET, KAI TIN ROAD, ON TIN STREET, AND TAK TIN STREET, INCLUDING BLOCKS 1-14 LAM TIN ESTATE, AS WELL AS LAM TIN SAN TSUEN.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 1984

CONTBITS PAGE N0»

LEGCO TO DEAL WITH 11 BILLS, 11 QUESTIONS ....................... 1

F0UR-M3NTH EXTERNAL TRADE UP 45 PER CENT......................... 1

DISTRICT BOARDS* ROLE IN ARTS MOVEMENT EXPLAINED................. 8

HIGH RAINFALL RECORDED FOR MAY................................... 9

LADY YOUDE TOURS KWUN TONG...................................... 12

AIR-CONDITIONING FOR COMMUNITY CENTRE HAT.T..................... 12

CHILDREN INVITED TO JOIN JAPAN ART EXHIBITION .................. 13

VEGETABLE FARMEES TO STUDY U.S. METHODS ........................ 13

ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION CONTRACTS AWARDED ...................... 14

HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME FLATS OFFERED............................. 14

AIR-CONDITIONING GUIDELINES..................................... 16

LOCAL SOLDIERS TO SHOOT IN BISLEY............................... 17

AWARDS, TROPHIES FOR WATER SUPPLIES WORKERS .................... 17

OPERATION 'FAR FLING* CONTINUES ................................ 18

GRANTS OFFERED FOR MUSIC, DANCE ACTIVITIES...................... 18

CLINICS HOURS FOR THE HOLIDAYS.................................. 19

OFFICE SERVES FISHERFOLK........................................ 19

BOARD TO STUDY TRAFFIC FLOW..................................... 20

TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 1984

1

LEGCO TO DEAL wI TH 11 BILLS, 11 QUESTIONS M M M

ONE BILL WILL BE INTRODUCED AND READ A SECOND TIME, AND OTHER BILLS ARE DUE FOR COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READING IN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

TEN THE

THE BILL TO BE INTRODUCED IS THE ANTIBIOTICS, PHARMACY AND POISONS (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) BILL 1984. IT SEEKS TO ENABLE PATIENTS TO POSSESS CONTROLLED ANTIBIOTICS AND POISONS OBTAINED BY PRESCRIPTION.

THE TEN BILLS DUE FOR FINAL READING

ARE:

M

DUTIABLE COMMODITIES (AMENDMENT)

BILL 1984,

*

DUTIABLE COMMODITIES (AMENDMENT)

(NO. 2) BILL 1984,

*

INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1984,

*

EVIDENCE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1984,

*

*

M

THE HONG KONG ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS BILL 1984,

FIXED PENALTY (TRAFFIC CONTRAVENTIONS) (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2)

BILL 1984,

LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1984,

*

M

LANDS TRIBUNAL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1984, JUDICIAL SERVICE COMMISSION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1984, AND

*

WILL BE

STAMP DUTY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1984.

ADDITION, 11 QUESTIONS DEALING WITH A WIDE RANGE OF NATTERo ASKED BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS.

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FOUR-MONTH EXTERNAL TRADE UP 45 PER CENT * * *

TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE FOR JANUARY TO APRIL 1984, VALUED AT $129 687 MILLION, INCREASED BY 45 PER CENT AS COMPARED WITH THE SIMILAR PERIOD IN 1983, ACCORDING TO FIGURES RELEASED Tvb«Y BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE BY 47 PER CENT IMPORTS BY 41 PER CENT TO $67 312 MILLION 55 PER CENT TO $23 812 MILLION. DOMESTIC TOGETHER INCREASED BY 50 PER CENT.

TO $38 563 MILLION, AND RE-EXPORTS BY EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS

/domestic experts

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2

DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE UNITED STATES ROSE BY 64 PER CENT IN VALUE. SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN CLOTHING (BY 82 409 MILLION OR 62 PER CENT), OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $805 MILLION OR 100 PER CENT) AND ELECTRICAL MACHINERY APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $797 MILLION OR 68 PER CENT).

ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN TRANSISTORS AND DIODES (BY $37 MILLION OR 62 PER CENT) AND METALLIFEROUS ORES AND f*ETAL SCRAP (BY $10 MILLION OR 100 PER CENT).

MOST COMMODITIES EXPORTED TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY INCREASED IN VALUE, INCLUDING CLOTHING (BY $531 MILLION OR 45 PER CENT), OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $86 MILLION OR 148 PER CENT) AND ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $42 MILLION OR 48 PER CENT). HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR OFFICE AND STATIONERY SUPPLIES (BY $10 MILLION OR 76 PER CENT), AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $3 MILLION OR TWO PER CENT).

INCREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE UNITED KINGDOM WERE REGISTERED FOR CLOTHING (BY $328 MILLION OR 38 PER CENT), OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $263 MILLION OR 864 PER CENT), AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $80 MILLION OR 86 PER CENT). ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASE WAS RECORDED IN METALLIFEROUS ORES AND yETAL SCRAP (BY $112 MILLION OR 59 PER CENT).

SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE REGISTERED IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO CHINA OF TEXTILES (BY $257 MILLION OR 61 PER CENT) AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $196 MILLION OR 112 PER CENT)I AND IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO JAPAN OF CLOTHING (BY $177 MILLION OR 74 PER CENT).

IMPORTS

DEMAND FOR IMPORTED GOODS FROM CHINA REMAINED STRONG. INCREASES WERE RECORDED MAINLY IN TEXTILES (BY $2 438 MILLION OR 124 PER CENT), CLOTHING (BY $1 031 MILLION OR 66 PER CENT), TEXTILE FIBRES (OTHER THAN WOOL TOPS) AND THEIR WASTES (BY $447 MILLION OR 294 PER CENT), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $206 MILLION OR 154 PER CENT) AND VEGETABLES AND FRUIT (BY $120 MILLION OR 23 PER CENT).

AS FOR IMPORTS FROM JAPAN, INCREASES WERE NOTED FOR ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $997 MILLION OR 75 PER CENT), AND TEXTILES (BY $789 MILLION OR 51 PER CENT). HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS (BY $14 MILLION OR 10 PER CENT), AND FISH, CRUSTACEANS AND MOLLUSCS, AND PREPARATION THEREOF (BY $5 MILLION OR FOUR PER CENT).

/increases in

TOESDAY, JUNE 12, 1984

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INCREASES IN IMPORTS FROM THE UNITED STATES WERE MOSTLY OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $734 MILLION OR 92 PER CENT), TRANSPORT EQUIPMENTS, OTHER THAN ROAD VEHICLES (BY $453 MILLION OR 384 PER CENT), AND TEXTILE FIBRES (OTHER THAN WOOL TOPS) AND THEIR WASTES (BY $256 MILLION OR 280 PER CENT). ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED IN IMPORTS OF PETROLEUM, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND RELATED MATERIALS (BY $244 MILLION OR 94 PER CENT), AND MANUFACTURES CF METAL (BY $33 MILLION OR 24 PER CENT).

DECREASES WERE REGISTERED IN IMPORTS FROM TAIWAN OF OFFICE AND STATIONERY SUPPLIES (BY $14 MILLION OR 39 PER CENT) AND IN IMPORTS FROM SINGAPORE OF WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $48 MILLION OR 28 PER CENT). HOWEVER, IMPORTS OF TEXTILES FROM TAIWAN INCREASED (BY $616 MILLION OR 56 PER CENT); AND IMPORTS OF PETROLEUM, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND RELATED MATERIALS FROM SINGAPORE ALSO INCREASED (BY $225 MILLION OR 13 PER CENT).

RE-EXPORTS

INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN RE-EXPORTS TO CHINA (BY $3 800 MILLION OR 147 PER CENT), U.S.A. (BY $1 460 MILLION OR 71 PER CENT), TAIWAN (BY $706 MILLION OR.80 PER CENT), JAPAN (BY $676 MILLION OR 85 PER CENT), REPUBLIC OF KOREA (SOUTH KOREA) (BY $399 MILLION OR 57 PER CENT), SINGAPORE (BY $223 MILLION OR 17 PER CENT), AUSTRALIA (BY $197 MILLION OR 81 PER CENT) AND MACAU (BY $188 MILLION OR 34 PER CENT). ON THE OTHER HAND, DECLINES WERE REGISTERED IN RE-EXPORTS TO INDONESIA (BY $243 MILLION OR 16 PER CENT) AND NIGERIA (BY $228 MILLION OR 79 PER CENT).

MOST COMMODITIES RE-EXPORTS THROUGH HONG KONG EXHIBITED STRONG GROWTH, THE MORE SIGNIFICANT ONES BEING TEXTILES (BY $1 599 MILLION OR 80 PER CENT), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES. AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $1 216 MILLION OR 103 PER CENT), CLOTHING (BY $757 MILLION OR 64 PER CENT) AND MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES, N.E.S. (BY $432 MILLION OR 53 PER CENT). DECREASES WERE REGISTERED IN THE RE-EXPORTS OF OIL SEEDS AND OLEAGINOUS FRUIT (BY $66 MILLION OR 45 PER CENT), OTHER TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT (BY $27 MILLION OR 25 PER CENT) AND METALLIFEROUS ORES AND METAL SCRAP (BY $13 MILLION OR 25 PER CENT).

THE APRIL 1984 ISSUE OF THE +HONG KONG TRADE STATISTICS -SUMMARY+ WILL BE ON SALE LATER THIS MONTH AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT HK$5 A COPY.

A MORE COMPREHENSIVE REPORT, +HONG KONG EXTERNAL TRADE+, WITH A DETAILED ANALYSIS OF IMPORTS, EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS IN APRIL 1984 WILL BE ON SALE IN EARLY JULY 1984 AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT HK$12 A COPY.

ENQUIRIES CONCERNING SUBSCRIPTIONS TO THESE REPORTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT BASKERVILLE HOUSE, HONG KONG (TEL. NO.x 5-214375).

ENQUIRIES CONCERNING TRADE STATISTICS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (TEL. NO. i 5-444436).

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TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 1984

4

JANUARY TO APRIL EXTERNAL TRADE STATISTICS

Table 1 Dosestic exports by ten Major Marketb

Major market s Jan.-Apr. 1984 (« Mn) Jan.-Apr. 1983 (1 Mn) Increase (1 Mn) Percentage change

U.S.A. 16,734 1U.232 +6,502 +64

F.B. of Gernany 2,905 2,068 + 837 +40

U.K. 2,880 2,050 + 830 +41

China 2,748 1,494 ♦1,254 +84

Japan 1,427 1,006 + 421 ♦42

Canada 1,223 9H + 306 ♦33

Australia 1,137 697 + 440 ♦63

Singapore 841 632 + 209 ♦33

Netherlands 713 556 + 157 +28

Switzerland 591 449 ♦ 142 +32

division*

Table

2 t

Jan.-Apr

1984

Jan.-Apr 198J (I Mn)

Increase (> Mn)

Percentage change ____(*2_

Art!elee of apparel and clothing accessories Miscellaneous Manufactured articles (Mainly plastic

12,754

8,%7

+4,16?

+49

toys

and dolls, jewellery, goldsniths1 and silversaiths' wares, and artificial flowers)

Electrical Machinery, apparatus and appliances (aainly transistors and diodes and household type appliances) TelecoMMunications and sound

recording and reproducing apparatus and equipment

3,953

+1,557

♦39

3,400

2.163

♦57

3,037

1,885

1,152

1 Commodity diviaions - 5 - Jan.-Apr. 1984 (S Mn) TUESDAY, JUNS 12, 1984

Jan.-Apr. 1983 (S Mn) Increase (S Mn) Percentage change (*)

Photographic apparatus, supplies and optical watches and clocks Textile yarn, fabrics, articles and related products Major sources equipment, goods, made-up Table 3 : Jan.-Apr. 1984 (S Mn) 2,912 2,841 Imports from . Jan.-Apr. 1983 (S Mn) 2,55b ♦ 357 *14 1,892 + 949 +50 ten aajor sources • B Percentage Increase change (S Mn) (%)

China Japan U.S.A. Taiwan Singapore U.K. Bepublic of Korea (South Korea) F.fi. of Germany Switzerland Australia 17,151 15,506 7,302 4,92* 3,606 2,815 2,106 1,569 1,083 1,023 11,127 10,840 5,244 3.262 2,9*1 2,376 1,307 1,252 888 642 ♦6,024 +4,666 +2,058 +1,662 + 665 + 459 + 799 + 317 + 196 + 380 Table +39 +51 *23 +18 +61 ♦25 +22 ♦59 + s Imports

I TUESDAY, JUIJE 12, 1984

I ~ 6 Table 4 : Imports by major commodity sections

1 Commodity Jan.-Apr. 1984 Jan.-Apr. 1983 Increase Percentage change '

1 sections (> Mn) (S Mn) (1 Mn) <£_

1 Manufactured goods 1 classified chiefly 1 by material (mainly 1 textile products, 1 diamonds, iron and 1 ateel, and paper) 2O.OJ9 15,030 +7,008 +54

1 Machinery and 1 transport 1 equipment 16,341 10,584 +5,757 +54

1 Miscellaneous manu- 1 factored articles 1 (Mainly watches and I clocks, articles of 1 apparel) 11,355 8,455 +2,880 +54

Food and live animals chiefly for food 6,404 5359 + 965 +18

1 Chemicals and 1 related products I n.e.s. 4,747 3,460 +1,287 +37 I

Minerals fuels, lubricants and 1 related materials 5,697 5,552 + 145 + 4 I

/Table 5 : *e-exportp ....... '

1 Table 5 - 7 : Re-exports TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 1984

me by ten maj or markets

Major marketa China U.S.A. Taiwan Singapore Japan Indonesia Republic of Korea (South Korea) Macau Australia Thailand Table 6 : Jan.-Apr. Jan.-Apr. Increase/ Percentage 1984 1983 Decrease change I (5 Mn) ($ Mn) (S Mn) (%) 6,378 2,579 +3,800 +147 3,525 2,065 +1,460 + 71 1,594 887 +706 +80 1,533 1,310 + 223 + 17 1,470 794 + 676 + 85 1,300 1,542 - 243 - 16 1,095 696 + 399 + 57 743 555 +188 +34 1 439 242 + 197 + 81 I 423 316 +10? +34 I Re-exports by major commodity divisions

Commodity divisions Textile yarn, fabrics tnade-up articles and related products Electrical machinery apparatus and appliances Articles of apparel and clothing accessories Photographic apparatus, equipment, supplies, and optical goods, ft watches and clocks Miscellaneous manu- factured articles Non-metallic mineral manu fac turea Jan.-Apr. 1984 (S Mn) 3,610 2,396 1,933 1,476 1,251 974 - - - - 0 Jan.-Apr. 1983 (1 Mn) 2,010 1,181 1,176 1,168 819 686 * • w ma Percentage 1 Increase change (i Mn) (%) 1 +1,599 + 80 I +1,216 +1C3 +757 +64 I ♦ 308 +26 I + 432 +53 I ♦ 288 +42 1 /8 I

TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 1984

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DISTRICT BOARDS* ROLE IN ARTS MOVEMENT EXPLAINED * * * *

DISTRICT BOARDS ARE PLAYING AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN PROMOTING AND COORDINATING DISTRICT ARTS, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR BARRIE WIGGHAM, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

HE SAID THAT THE BOARDS WERE ALSO CONSOLIDATING, AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL, THE GROUNDS IN WHICH ARTS WOULD TAKE ROOT AND GROW INTO MATURITY.

MR WIGGHAM WAS SPEAKING ON +DISTRICT BOARDS AND THE PROMOTION OF THE ARTS+ AT A LUNCH MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF HONG KONG.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE START OF DISTRICT BOARDS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE 198O’S COINCIDED WITH A TIME WHEN ARTS IN HONG KONG BEGAN TO GAIN MORE SUPPORT AND RECOGNITION IN THE COMMUNITY.

AS EXAMPLES, HE CITED THE ESTABLISHMENT AND GROWING POPULARITY OF THE HONG KONG ARTS FESTIVAL AND THE FESTIVAL OF ASIAN ARTS, THE SUCCESS OF THE HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC, THE HONG KONG BALLET, THE HONG KONG REPERTORY AND VARIOUS DANCE COMPANIES.

LAST YEAR, HE SAID, A TOTAL OF $5.18 MILLION WAS SPENT BY THE 18 DISTRICT BOARDS ON ARTS AND CULTURE AND MORE WOULD BE SPENT ON DANCE, DRAMA, CHOIRS, ORCHESTRA AS WELL AS SEMINARS, TALKS AND EXHIBITIONS THIS YEAR.

MR WIGGHAM SAID THE INVOLVEMENT OF DISTRICT BOARDS IN THE ARTS TOOK VARIOUS FORMS.

WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF DISTRICT OFFICES, DISTRICT BOARDS WERE OFTEN DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN THE ORGANISATION OF DISTRICT ARTS ACTIVITIES, RANGING FROM MIME SHOWS AND CANTONESE OPERA TO PAINTING AND CALLIGRAPHY EXHIBITIONS, DANCE OR ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES AND VARIETY SHOWS.

+WHEN DISTRICT BOARDS ARE NOT DIRECTLY ORGANISING SUCH ACTIVITIES, THEY MAINTAIN CLOSE RELATIONS WITH THEIR DISTRICT ARTS ASSOCIATIONS,* HE SAID.

THE DISTRICT BOARDS AND THESE ASSOCIATIONS WORKED HAND IN HAND TOWARD THE COMMON OBJECTIVE OF PROMOTING INTEREST IN THE ARTS AND RAISING THEIR STANDARD, HE SAID.

MR WIGGHAM ADDED THAT DURING THEIR FORMATIVE YEARS, MANY DISTRICT ARTS ASSOCIATIONS LOOKED TO THE DISTRICT BOARDS FOR FINANCIAL AND ORGANISATIONAL SUPPORT IN ORDER NOT TO LOSE ’THEIR MOMENTUM, AND A CONSIDERABLE PORTION OF THE $5 MILLION DB FUNDS WAS SPENT ON ACTIVITIES JOINTLY ORGANISED WITH THEM.

/HE SAIZ)...........

TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 19c4

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HE SAID THESE DISTRICT ARTS ASSOCIATIONS AND THE DISTRICT BOARDS FORMED A WIDE NETWORK TO TAP A RICH RESOURCE OF TALENT IN THE DISTRICTS.

MR WIGGHAM SAID THAT APART FROM PROVIDING ENTERTAINMENT ON THE DOORSTEP AT A PRICE ALL COULD AFFORD, THE NETWORK OFFERED ARTS ACTIVITIES WHICH GAVE YOUNG PEOPLE AN INTRODUCTION TO THE ARTS AND AN OPPORTUNITY OF RECOGNISING AND NURTURING THEIR OWN INDIVIDUAL TALENTS.

+IN THIS RESPECT, THE DISTRICT FORMS THE BASIC LEVEL IN A PYRAMID OF OPPORTUNITY AND TRAINING FOR OUR TALENTED YOUNGSTERS,+ HE SAID.

♦WHILE ARTISTIC ACTIVITY IS A GOOD THING IN ITSELF, EVEN AT A HUMBLE DISTRICT LEVEL, THERE IS ANOTHER IMPORTANT FACET OF OUR DISTRICT ARTS MOVEMENT, WHAT ONE MIGHT CALL THE SOCIAL SPIN-OFF, OR THE CONTRIBUTION SUCH ACTIVITIES MAKE TO THE BUILDING OF A COMMUNITY, WITH A HEALTHY LIFE STYLE, FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, A QUALITY TO LIFE, A PRIDE IN THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS,* HE SAID.

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HIGH RAINFALL RECORDED FOR MAY * * *

MAY 1984 WAS THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE MONTH THIS YEAR WITH ABOVE AVERAGE RAINFALL, ACCORDING TO THE LATEST MONTHLY WEATHER REPORT RELEASED BY THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY TODAY.

THE MONTH’S RAINFALL OF 468.2 MM WAS 57 PER CENT ABOVE NORMAL WHILE THE 703 MM RECORDED FOR THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS WAS 25 PER CENT ABOVE AVERAGE.

MAY WAS ALSO CLOUDIER THAN USUAL, WITH MEAN CLOUDINESS AT 81 PER CENT.

THE MONTH BEGAN WITH PERIODS OF LIGHT RAIN. BUT A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE OVER THE SOUTH CHINA COAST ON MAY 4 BROUGHT WIDESPREAD THUNDERSTORMS TO HONG KONG, CAUSING MINOR FLOODING IN SOME LG.-LYI AREAS.

THE WEATHER WAS FINE AND SUNNY FROM MAY 5 TO MAY 9, APART FROM SOME CLOUDY PERIODS ON MAY 6, WHEN A MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 17.9 DEGREE CELSIUS, THE LOWEST OF THE MONTH, WAS RECORDED.

ON MAY 10, THE WEATHER BECAME CLOUDY wI TH DRIZZLE IN THE MORNING.

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FINE LEATHER PREVAILED FROM MAY 11 TO 13, THOUGH THERE *AS SOME COASTAL MIST.

IN THE AFTERNOON OF MAY 13, THE TEMPERATURE ROSE TO 30 DEGREE CELSIUS, THE HIGHEST OF THE MONTH.

BUT THE FINE WEATHER GAVE WAY TO A LONG SPELL OF UNSETTLED WEATHER, WITH RAIN BEING RECORDED ALMOST EVERYDAY FOR THE REST CF THE MONTH.

ON MAY 14, THUNDERSTORMS OCCURRED IN THE MORNING, FOLLOWED BY SCATTERED SHOWERS DURING THE DAY.

THERE WERE ISOLATED SHOWERS ON MAY 15 AND 16. WIDESPREAD THUNDERSTORMS AND HEAVY SHOWERS OCCURRED ON MAY 17 AND 18, CAUSING MINOR FLOODING.

THE SHOWERS CONTINUED ON MAY 19 AND A LATE SEASON SURGE OF THE WINTER MONSOON ARRIVED IN THE EVENING.

THE WEATHER BECAME COOLER THE FOLLOWING DAY, WITH PERIODS OF RAIN WHICH WAS HEAVY AT TIMES IN THE MORNING. LIGHT HAIN *AS RECORDED BETWEEN MAY 22 AND 26.

AFTER SUNNY PERIODS ON MAY 27, ISOLATED THUNDERY SHOWERS OCCURRED THE FOLLOWING MORNING.

THE WEATHER DETERIORATED RAPIDLY ON MAY 29, WITH OCCASIONAL HEAVY SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WHICH BECAME WIDESPREAD ON MAY 30, CAUSING ABOUT 150 INCIDENTS OF FLOODING AND 14 LANDSLIPS IN VARIOUS PARTS OF HONG KONG.

AS A RESULT, A SECTION OF REPULSE BAY ROAD COLLAPSED, DAMAGING CABLES AND WATER PIPES, AND FOUR CARS AT TSO KUNG TAM IN TSUEN a AW WERE WASHED INTO A NULLAH. NO CASUALTIES WERE REPORTED.

THE WEATHER IMPROVED ON MAY 31 WHEN ONLY ISOLATED SHOWERS WERE RECORDED.

THERE WERE NO TROPICAL CYCLONES OVER THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC AND THE SOUTH CHINA SEA DURING THE MONTH.

FOUR AIRCRAFT WERE DIVERTED FROM HONG KONG DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER.

THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS WERE ISSUED ON MAY 4, MAY 14 TO 19, AND MAY 28 TO 3Q.

FLOODING WARNINGS WERE ISSUED ON MAY 4, MAY 17 TO 19, AND MAY 29 TO 30. A LANDSLIP WARNING WAS ALSO ISSUED ON MAY 30.

/TEE following .......

TUSSDAY, JUNE 12, 19E4

MONTH:

THE FOLLOWING SIGNALS WERE HOISTED DURING THE

DATE AND TIME

wEATHER

DATE AND TIME NG

SYSTEM SIGNAL OF HOISTING OF LOWER 1

WINTER STRONG MAY 5 MAY 5

MONSOON MONSOON 4.15 AM 11.30 A

WINTER STRONG MAY 19 MAY 23

MONSOON . MONSOON 8.05 PM 7.15 AM

THE MONTH’S FIGURES AND DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL WERE:

116.7 HOURS

SUNSH INE

— 45.9 HOURS BELOw NORMAL

RAINFALL

468.2 MM

— 170.1 MM ABOVE NORMAL

CLOUD INESS

81 PER CENT

— EIGHT PER CENT MORE THAN NORMAL

RELATIVE HUMIDITY

83 PER CENT

-- NORMAL

NEAN

MEAN

*€AN

f*EAN

MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE

26.9 DEGREE CELSIUS

— 2.0 DEGREE CELSIUS BELOW NORMAL

TEMPERATURE

24.6 DEGREE CELSIUS

— 1.3 DEGREE CELSIUS BELOW NORMAL

MINIMUM TEMPERATURE

22.9 DEGREE CELSIUS

— 1.0 DEGREE CELSIUS BELOw NORMAL

DEW POINT

21.5 DEGREE CELSIUS

-- 1.2 DEGREE CELSIUS BELOW NORMAL

TOTAL EVAPORATION

MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE MAY 13

MINIMUM TEMPERATURE MAY 6

OF

OF

109.8

MM

— 38.7 MM BELOW NORMAL

30.0 DEGREE

17.9 DEGREE

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CELSIUS WAS RECORDED ON

CELSIUS WAS RECORDED ON

TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 1084

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LADY YOUDE TOURS KWUN TONG

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THE GOVERNOR’S wIFE, LADY YOUDE, TOURED KwUN TONG THIS (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON TO LOOK AT THE HOUSING AND INDUSTRIAL ASPECTS OF THE DISTRICT.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE ACTING DISTRICT OFFICER, MR CLAYMON LAI, LADY YOUDE FIRST ARRIVED AT HONG TIN COURT - A HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME ESTATE - IN LAM TIN AND HAD A PANORAMIC VIEw OF KwUN TONG FROM THE ROOFTOP OF A BUILDING.

SHE THEN PROCEEDED TO TAI SHING VILLAGE IN SAU MAU PING WHERE SHE WAS BRIEFED BY A HOUSING DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL ON IMPROVEMENT WORK IN THE SQUATTER AREAS.

AT THE KWUN TONG VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE, LADY YOUDE wAS SHOWN SOME OF THE SCHOOL’S FACILITIES. SHE ALSO TALKED TO THE STUDENTS TO FIND OUT THEIR DAILY SCHOOL ACTIVITIES.

THE TOUR ENDED WITH A VISIT TO AN ELECTRONICS FACTORY IN THE INDUSTRIAL AREA.

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AIR-CONDITIONING FOR COMMUNITY CENTRE HALL * * *

A CONTRACT WORTH $875 OOO HAS BEEN AWARDED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO INSTAL AIR-CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT AT CHEUNG SHA WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE HALL.

THE 500-SEAT HALL HAS A STAGE FOR CONCERTS, PLAYS AND OPERAS.

THERE ARE ALSO DRESSING ROOMS AND A STORAGE AREA, AS WELL AS CHANGING ROOMS AND A COVERED PLAYGROUND.

THE CENTRE, SITUATED AT FAT TSEUNG STREET, BETWEEN SO UK AND LEI CHENG UK ESTATES, OPENED LAST DECEMBER.

IT IS HOUSED IN A SIX-STOREY MAIN BLOCK, AND IS EQUIPPED WITH A LIBRARY, A COFFEE BAR, A MULTI-SERVICE CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY, GROUP ACTIVITY AND STUDY ROOMS, ADMINISTRATION OFFICES, A NURSERY WITH A ROOF PLAY-AREA AND A BASKETBALL COURT.

THE AIR-CONDITIONING CONTRACT WAS AWARDED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT TO THE GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY OF HONG KONG LTD.

INSTALLATION STARTED EARLY THIS WEEK AND WILL BE COMPLETED IN SIX MONTHS.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 1984

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CHILDREN INVITED TO JOIN JAPAN ART EXHIBITION X * * *

CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGES OF FOUR AND 15 ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 3RD KANAGAWA BIENNIAL WORLD CHILDREN’S ART EXHIBITION TO BE HELD IN JAPAN IN MARCH 1985.

THE EXHIBITION, SPONSORED BY THE KANAGAWA PREFECTURE OF JAPAN, AIMS AT PROMOTING MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING THROUGH DIFFERENT ART FORMS AND CULTURES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

ENTRIES SHOULD BE SUBMITTED THROUGH SCHOOLS TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT FOR SELECTION BY JULY 14.

THEY SHOULD BE IN THE FORM OF A DRAWING, PAINTING, PRINT OR ANY OTHER TWO DIMENSIONAL WORK AND THE SIZE SHOULD NOT EXCEED 550 MM SQUARE. THE THEME IS FREE.

THERE WILL BE THREE GRAND PRIZES AND WINNERS WILL BE INVITED TO ATTEND THE PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY IN KANAGAWA IN MARCH AND TO TOUR THE KANAGAWA PREFECTURE FOR SEVERAL DAYS.

THERE WILL ALSO BE SPECIAL PRIZES AND GOLD AND SILVER KDAL AWARDS.

ALL ENTRIES SHOULD BEAR THE NAME, AGE, SEX AND CLASS OF THE PARTICIPANT, TOGETHER WITH THE NAME AND ADDRESS OF HIS SCHOOL AND THE THEME OF THE ENTRY.

HEADS OF SCHOOLS ARE REQUESTED TO HAND IN THEIR STUDENTS’ ENTRIES TO THE INSPECTOR (ART), EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, 4 PAK FUK ROAD, NORTH POINT.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE TO THE ART SECTION ON 5-621006 OR 5-621967.

VEGETABLE FARMERS TO STUDY U.S. METHODS M * * M

FIFTEEN VEGETABLE FARMERS WILL BE LEAVING ON FRIDAY FOR A STUDY TOUR OF THE LATEST AGRICULTURAL METHODS IN THE UNITED STATES.

THEY WILL BE LED BY AN OFFICER OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, WHICH HAS JOINTLY ORGANISED THE TRIP WITH THE VEGETABLE MARKETING CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES.

THE GROUP WILL RETURN ON JUNE 27.

TO MARK THE TRIP, THE FARMERS WILL BE PRESENTED TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) WITH A BANNER BY THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, DR JOHN RIDDELL-SWAN.

THE CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT 3.15 PM AT THE DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS, ROOM 1404, 14TH FLOOR, CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 393 CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON.

TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 1984

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ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION CONTRACTS AWARDED * * * *

TWO ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION CONTRACTS TOTALLING $760 000 HAVE BEEN AWARDED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

ONE, VALUED AT $639 000, HAS GONE TO TUNG YUEN HONG ELECTRICAL COMPANY LTD IN CONNECTION WITH THE MODERNISATION OF MONG KOK POLICE STATION WHICH WILL BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF THE YEAR AT A COST OF $1.4 MILLION.

THE 10-ST0REY POLICE STATION BUILDING, AT THE JUNCTION OF NATHAN ROAD AND PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WEST, WAS COMPLETED IN 1965.

THE OTHER CONTRACT, VALUED AT $121 000, HAS BEEN AWARDED TO C AND T ENGINEERING COMPANY AND IS FOR A SUB-DIVISIONAL FIRE STATION NOW BEING BUILT AT SHUN LEE ESTATE IN NORTH-EAST KOWLOON.

THE NEW STATIION, DUE TO BE COMPLETED IN MID-1985, WILL HAVE AN APPLIANCE ROOM FOR FOUR FIRE ENGINES, OFFICES, A COMMUNICATIONS ROOM, AN EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT STORE, A WORKSHOP, BARRACKS, AN EXERCISE ROOM AND OTHER FACILITIES.

A DRILL YARD AND A DRILL TOWER WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED.

THE COST OF THE STATION IS $4.5 MILLION.

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HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME FLATS OFFERED

* * *

APPLICATIONS WILL BE INVITED FROM JUNE 19 TO JULY 3 FOR THE 6 616 FLATS IN PHASE VIA OF THE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HOUSING AUTHORITY SAID TODAY THAT FOUR HDS ESTATES WOULD BE ON SALE: SIU HONG COURT PHASE IV |N TUEN MUN. MAY SHING COURT IN SHA TIN, TAI PO PLAZA IN TAI PO AND CHOI PO COURT IN SHEUNG SHUI.

FLATS IN SIU HONG COURT RANGE BETWEEN 46.4 AND 63.7 SQUARE METRES. THEY ARE IN SIX BLOCKS OF 25 TO 35 STOREYS.

THERE ARE 1 432 RESIDENTIAL UNITS WITH TWO OR THREE BEDROOMS. PRICES RANGE FROM $114 700 TO $188 200.

FLATS IN MAY SHING COURT VARY BETWEEN 42.1 AND 64.3 SQUARE » METRES. THERE ARE THREE BLOCKS, ONE OF 35 STOREYS AND TWO OF 34 STOREYS.

/PAHTITIONS AKB........

TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 1984

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PARTITIONS ARE NOT PROVIDED IN THE TWO TRIDENT BLOCKS WITH 1 632 FLATS GIVING OWNERS MORE FLEXIBILITY IN DECORATING.

THE OTHER BLOCK HAS 560 FLATS WITH ONE OR TWO BEDROOMS.

THERE ARE 2 192 UNITS IN THE THREE BLOCKS.

WITH CONVENIENT TRANSPORT AND PRICES RANGING FROM $99 800 TO $223 400, THE ESTATE IS EXPECTED TO BE POPULAR WITH APPLICANTS.

TAI PO PLAZA IS A PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION SCHEME PROJECT IN TAI PO NEW TOWN. FLAT SIZES VARY BETWEEN 41.3 AND 53.4 SQUARE METRES, AND PRICES ARE LOW FOR FLATS OF THIS AREA, RANGING FROM $156 500 TO $248 800.

THERE ARE 1 408 UNITS IN FIVE 32-STOREY BLOCKS.

CHOI PO COURT IN SHEUNG SHU I HAS FLATS OF BETWEEN 41.9 AND 54.3 SQUARE METRES. THREE BLOCKS OF 31 TO 35 STOREYS ARE OFFERED FOR SALE.

THERE WILL ALTOGETHER BE 1 584 UNITS OF ONE OR TWO BEDROOMS.

PRICES RANGE FROM $98 100 TO $186 300.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT AS USUAL, HALF OF THE FLATS WILL BE RESERVED FOR GREEN FORM APPLICANTS (TENANTS IN PUBLIC HOUSING), AND THE REST AVAILABLE FOR WHITE FORM APPLICANTS (CURRENTLY IN PRIVATE SECTOR ACCOMMODATION).

FLATS ON THE TRIDENT BLOCKS IN MAY SHING COURT WILL FIRST BE SOLD TO GREEN FORM APPLICANTS, WHO WOULD ALSO BE ALLOCATED 75 PER CENT OF THE FLATS IN MAY SHING COURT AND TAI PO PLAZA, WITH THE BALANCE BEING REDRESSED IN SHEUNG SHUI AND TUEN MUN.

FOR PUBLIC HOUSING TENANTS THERE ARE NO LIMITS ON INCOME OR PROPERTY OWNERSHIP.

WHITE FORM APPLICANTS MUST HAVE A FAMILY INCOME OF LESS THAN $7 500 A MONTH, AND THERE MUST BE THREE MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY WHO DO NOT OWN PROPERTY.

APPLICATION FORMS WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM JUNE 19 AT HOUSING AUTHORITY’S APPLICATIONS SECTION, HOME OWNERSHIP CENTRE, ESTATE OFFICES OF HOUSING AUTHORITY AND HOUSING SOCIETY AND DISTRICT OFFICES.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 1934

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AIR-CONDITIONING GUIDELINES

X X X X

THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT HAS DRAWN UP GUIDELINES FOR THE INSTALLATION OF AIR-CONDITIONERS IN BOTH EXISTING AND NEW TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS.

THIS FOLLOWS CAREFUL CONSIDERATION BY THE HOUSING AUTHORITY'S OPERATIONS COMMITTEE AFTER THE DEPARTMENT HAS DISCUSSED WITH THE POWER COMPANIES THE UPGRADING OF POWER SUPPLIES WITHIN THA’S.

A HOUSING SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THE GUIDELINES WERE ESTABLISHED HAVING REGARD TO THE POWER CAPACITY IN THA’S AND TO THE FACT THAT AIR-CONDITIONING WAS NO LONGER CONSIDERED A LUXURY.

UNDER THESE GUIDELINES, IN EXISTING THA’S WHERE THE POWER SUPPLY HAS BEEN UPGRADED, TENANTS WILL BE ALLOWED TO INSTALL/ RETAIN AIR-CONDITIONERS BUT WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN INTERNAL FITTINGS.

IN EXISTING THA’S WHERE THE SUPPLY HAS NOT BEEN REINFORCED, INSTALLATION WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE SAME WAY, BUT WHEN THE LOADING MONITORED BY THE DEPARTMENT IS APPROACHING ITS FULL . CAPACITY, NO FURTHER AIR-CONDITIONERS WILL BE PERMITTED.

THIS RESTRICTION IS THE SAME AS THAT WHICH APPLIES TO THE OLDER PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES WHERE THE WIRING HAS NOT YET BEEN IMPROVED. IN SUCH ESTATE BLOCKS, ONLY A LIMITED NUMBER OF FLATS ARE PERMITTED TO HAVE AIR-CONDITIONERS.

IN NEW THA’S WHERE IMPROVED WIRING HAS BEEN INSTALLED THROUGHOUT, ALL TENANTS WILL BE ALLOWED TO INSTALL AIRCONDI TIONERS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT, AS A START, THE CHINA LIGHT AND POWER COMPANY WAS PREPARED IMMEDIATELY TO REINFORCE THE POWER SUPPLIES TO 10 EXISTING THA’S.

♦THESE THA’S ARE LAI CHI KOK, PING SHEK, SHUN LEE TSUEN, YAU MA HOM, PILLAR ISLAND, SHA TIN TAU, HONG NING ROAD, YUEN CHAU KOK, CHA KWO LING AND TAI WO PING.

+CHINA LIGHT HAS INDICATED THAT THE. SUPPLY TO OTHER THA’S WILL BE UPGRADED AS AND WHEN NECESSARY.+

AS REGARDS EXISTING THA’S ON HONG KONG ISLAND, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE HONG KONG ELECTRIC COMPANY HAD ADVISED THAT THEIR SUPPLY TO SWITCH ROOMS WAS ADEQUATE TO PERMIT AIR-CONDITIONERS.

♦WITH THESE GUIDELINES, INSTALLATION OF AIR-CONDITIONERS IN THA’S WILL NOW BE REGULARISED. AT PRESENT, THERE ARE SOME 2 300 * AIR-CONDITIONERS IN THA’S.

♦MEANWHILE, IN OLDER PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES WHICH ARE A MORE PERMANENT TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION, THE DEPARTMENT IS CONTINUING ITS §296 MILLION PROGRAMME TO UPGRADE WIRING OVER THE NEXT SEVEN YEARS.+

NOTICES WILL BE PUT UP IN THA’S TO INFORM TENANTS OF THE APPLICATION PROCEDURES FOR THE INSTALLATION OF AlR-CONDIT|ONERS.

Tuesday, uu jE ■ ,

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uJCAL SOLDIERS TO SHOOT IN BISlEY

* * *■ * *

a c|VE-MA\ TEAM FROvi the hong kong military service corps, hic clinched the minor unit championship at the ho jg Ku<g snill A" ASM.. MEETING IN MAY, /tf IL L BECOME ThE FIRST LOCAL TEAM EVER TO COMPE’E I A PRESTIGIOUS MILITARY SHOOTING COMPETITION TC 3E HEvJ IN T^E UNITED KINGDOM IN JULY.

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"HE TEAM, COMPRISING LANCE CORPORAL WAN CHI-HUNG, CORPORAL i_«‘ WOOD-TIN, CORPORAL >IG YAU-MING, LANCE CORPORAL HONG wAl-KAI AND CORPORAL YU CHAK-SHUEN, WON FIVE OUT OF ThE SEVEN MATCHES DURING "HE HONG KONG MEETING, AND WERE PLACED SECOND AND T-iK IN ThE OTHER TWO EVENTS.

because of their impressive performance, they were selects TO TAKE part IN The REGULAR ARMY SKILL AT ARMS MEETING to BE hEul IN SISLEY IN JULY, A HIGHLY RATED ARMY SHOOTING COMPETITION* A'-?. COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES.

THEY HAVE BEEN UNDERGOING A MOUTH-LONG TRAINING PERIOD I ENGLAND WITH ThE FIRST BATTALION THE QUEEN’S LANCASHIRE PEG! EN" AT ALTCAR RANGES IN LANCASHIRE.

AWARDS, TROPHIES FOR WATER SUPPLIES WORKERS

K X X

FOUR WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEES WERE TODAY PRESENTED WITH MERIT AWARDS AND 33 OTHERS WERE GIVEN LONG SERVICE CERTIFICATES BY THE DIRECTOR, MR TOM TOMLINSON.

RECEIVING THE MERIT AWARDS, WHICH ARE PRESENTED ANNUALLY TO JUNIOR OFFICERS FOR NOTEWORTHY GENERAL PERFORMANCE AND CONDUCT, WERE : MR LEE CHUN-LIN, MR HUNG YEE-TAK, MR YIP CHI-KEONG, AND MR YUEN TAT.

THE 33 OTHER CERTIFICATE RECIPIENTS HAD SERVED FOR TEN YEARS OR MORE WITH THE DEPARTMENT.

LATER, SPORTS TROPHIES WERE ALSO PRESENTED BY MR TOMLINSON TO WINNERS OF VARIOUS DEPARTMENTAL SPORTS EVENTS HELD EARLIER IN THE YEAR.

SENIOR ENGINEER, MR WILLIAM CHAPMAN WAS AWARDED THE TUCKER •CUP AS THE DEPARTMENT SPORTSMAN AND TECHNICAL OFFICER MISS NG k*0K LAI WAS AWARDED THE TOMLINSON CUP AS DEPARTMENT SPORTSWOMAN.

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OPERATION ’FAR FLING’ CONTINUES

*****

A TWO-DAY CLEARANCE OF 36 ILLEGAL STRUCTURES ON A T-SHAPED REAR LANE, BETWEEN FU YAN STREET AND SHUNG YAN STREET IN KWUN TONG TOWN CENTRE, BEGAN THIS (TUESDAY) MORNING.

MOST OF THE STRUCTURES HAD BEEN USED FOR STORAGE AND COMMERCIAL PURPOSES.

THE OPERATION IS PART OF THE MAJOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CLEARANCE PROGRAMME NAMED +OPERATION FAR FLING+, INITIATED LAST DECEMBER BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE.

SO FAR, ABOUT 200 ILLEGAL BACKLANE STRUCTURES IN THE DISTRICT HAVE BEEN CLEARED.

NEXT MONTH, ANOTHER 50 ILLEGAL STRUCTURES ON LUEN ON STREET IN TING HONG AREA WILL BE PULLED DOWN.

CO-ORDINATED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, TODAY’S CLEARANCE WAS JOINTLY CARRIED OUT BY THE POLICE, HOUSING, LANDS, FIRE SERVICES. CITY SERVICES, LABOUR AND SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENTS AND THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE.

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GRANTS OFFERED FOR MUSIC, DANCE ACTIVITIES

* * * *

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN TO SCHOOLS, AND MUSIC AND DANCE ORGANISATIONS FOR GRANTS FROM THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB MUSIC FUND FOR 1984-85.

THE GRANTS ARE PRIMARILY INTENDED FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN THE FIELDS OF MUSIC, DANCE AND OTHER ASSOCIATED ACTIVITIES, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE FUND SAID.

GRANTS HAVE PREVIOUSLY BEEN MADE TO SCHOOLS, MUSIC AND DANCE ORGANISATIONS FOR PURCHASING INSTRUMENTS AND EQUIPMENT, PAYING INSTRUCTORS’ FEES FOR TRAINING, PURCHASING MUSIC BOOKS, SCORES AND TAPES, ORGANISING MUSIC EVENTS SUCH AS CONCERTS AND MUSIC CAMPS.

APPLICATIONS CAN ALSO BE MADE FOR GRANTS FOR OTHER PURPOSES WHICH CONFORM WITH THE OVERALL EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE FUND.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MUSIC FUND SAID THE MUSIC FUND HAS .SO FAR GRANTED AROUND S3.2 MILLION TO VARIOUS ORGANISATIONS.

IN 1983-84, MORE THAN S200 000 HAD BEEN GRANTED TO 87 SCHOOLS, SEVEN MUSIC AND DANCE ORGANISATIONS AND 11 VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

ALL REGISTERED NON-PROFIT-MAKING ORGANISATIONS ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THE GRANTS.

/THE CLOSING........

TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 1964

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THE CLOSING DATE IS JUNE 26, 1984.

APPLICATION FORMS AND INFORMATION PAMPHLETS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM:

(A) HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB MUSIC FUND OFFICE, 11/F., HARBOUR CENTRE, 25 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG.

(B) MUSIC OFFICE HEADQUARTERS, RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT, 11/F., HARBOUR CENTRE, 25 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG; AND

(C) MUSIC CENTRES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE (FOR ADDRESSES, PLEASE DIAL 5-740409).

FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE OBTAINED BY CALLING TEL. 5-740409.

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CLINICS HOURS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT ALL GOVERNMENT CLINICS WILL BE CLOSED ON SATURDAY (JUNE 16) wH ICH IS THE QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY.

ON SUNDAY (JUNE 17) AND MONDAY (JUNE 18), ONLY EIGHT OUTPATIENT CLINICS WILL BE OPEN FROM 9 AM TO 1 PM.

THESE EIGHT CLINICS ARE : VIOLET PEEL POLYCLINIC AND SHAU KEI WAN JOCKEY CLUB CLINIC ON HONG KONG ISLAND; KWUN TONG JOCKEY

CLUB HEALTH CENTRE, ROBERT BLACK HEALTH CENTRE AND YAU MA TEI

JOCKEY CLUB POLYCLINIC IN KOWLOON? LADY TRENCH POLYCLINIC, YUEN

LONG JOCKEY CLUB HEALTH CENTRE AND SHEK WU HUI JOCKEY CLUB CL IN I

IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

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OFFICE SERVES FISHERFOLK * * * *

A NEW OFFICE SERVING FISHERFOLK OF THREE VILLAGES AT SAI WAN ON CHEUNG CHAU WILL BE OPENED BY THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICER, W WILLIAM YAP, TOMORROW AFTERNOON.

THE THREE VILLAGES, WI TH A POPULATION OF 3 000, ARE MANAGED BY A CHARITABLE ORGANISATION, THE CO-OPERATIVE FOR AMERICAN RELIEF EVERYWHERE (CARE).

THEY ARE FIRST CARE VILLAGE, YING SIN LEUNG CARE VILLAGE AND SELF-HELP CARE VILLAGE.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 193h

BOARD TO STUDY TRAFFIC FLOW

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MEMBERS OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC TRANSPORT COMMITTEE WILL VISIT CAUSEWAY BAY TOMORROW AFTERNOON TO STUDY THE TRAFFIC FLO* IN THE VICINITY, FOLLOWING THE OPENING CF THE FIRST STAGE OF THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR.

m icing THE VISIT, THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR LAM KAM-KWONG WILL ALSO BRIEF MEMBERS ON THE PROPOSED SEA-FRONT ROAD OUTSIDE THc WAN CHAI RECLAMATION.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES

BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL 5-233191

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 1984

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING

IMPROVED HOUSING SUPPLY-DEMAND SITUATION SEEK ................ 1

DEVELOPERS NEEDED FOR MORE HOUSES AND JOBS: DR IP............. 1

NOT TIME TO EASE RENT CONTROL: FR. MCGOVERN .................. 3

BILL ALSO HELPS DETER TAX AVOIDANCE .......................... 4

MEASURES AGAINST TAX AVOIDANCE MUST BE FAIR .................. 5

HONG KONG’S ARTS IMAGE ENHANCED - WU ......................... 8

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO EVIDENCE RULES ................<........ 11

PROGRESS MADE ON HOUSING COOPERATIVE ISSUE .................. 12

+HAWKERS WERE NOT BEING CHASED+ ............................. 13

QUESTION OF DANGEROUS CONSUMER PRODUCTS EXPLAINED............ 14

PRESCRIPTICK FOR BETTER LAW ................................. 15

AVERAGE FINE FOR PORNO VIDEO TAPES: 32 500 .................. 15

OWNERS ADVISED ABOUT AIR-CONDITIONERS ....................... 15

GARRISON’S ROLE EXPLAINED ................................... 16

HAWKERS CONTRIBUTE $1 BILLION TO ECONOMY ...................  17

/GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBLE .......

GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBLE FOR ROAD SIGNS

WATCH KEPT AGAINST JOBS FOR Il’S

PLAN TO REQUIRE DATING OF FOOD PACKAGES

TEN BILLS PASSED AND ONE INTRODUCED

GOVERNOR RETURNS TOMORROW........'..........................

FEWER REPORTS ON YOUTH DRUG LINKS

MP'S SEE WELFARE SERVICES ................................... FARMERS TO VISIT UNITED STATES .............................. 'CARE' RESIDENTS TOLD TO CARE ............................... MARKET FACILITIES TO BE REVIEWED ............................

CONTINUOUS VIGILANCE AGAINST UNSAFE FOOD ....................

DB WORK ASSESSED

LADY YOUDE OPENS CUHK RESEARCH FACILITY

ADVANCE WELFARE PAYMENTS .....................................

ELECTRONICS SURVEY FIELD WORK STARTS .........................

TEACHERS' PROJECTS FOR DISPLAY ...............................

SICK WOMAN AIRLIFTED FROM FISHING VESSEL

KWUN TONG 'TRAFFIC PLAN .........................................

FLYOVER TRAFFIC PROHIBITION .....................................

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 1934

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IMPROVED HOUSING SUPPLY-DEMAND SITUATION SEEN K * * *

THE SUPPLY AND DEMAND SITUATION FOR HOUSING HAD IMPROVED AND THERE WAS NO DOUBT THAT THERE HAD BEEN A SOFTENING OF THE RENTAL MARKET IN THE PAST TWO YEARS, THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, THE HON DONALD LIAO, SAID TODAY.

FOR THESE REASONS, AND IN THE LIGHT OF THE IMPROVING ECONOMY, FURTHER STEPS TO EASE RENT CONTROL WERE CONSIDERED APPROPRIATE, HE SAID, AT THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1984.

MR LIAO THANKED MR PETER C. WONG AND DR HENRIETTA IP FOR THEIR +UNRESERVED SUPPORT* OF THE BILL — AND FR MCGOVERN TOO, FOR HIS +MILDER THAN USUAL OPPOSITION TO THE PROPOSALS.*

MR LIAO ALSO REFERRED TO FR MCGOVERN'S ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THE *SPECTACULAR ACHIEVEMENT IN PUBLIC HOUSING,* AND SAID THAT BECAUSE OF THE AVAILABILITY OF LAND AND THE EFFICIENCY OF THE PUBLIC HOUSING PRODUCTION PROGRAMME, HE FELT CONFIDENT THAT +THIS HIGH LEVEL OF PRODUCTION WILL NOT ONLY BE MAINTAINED BUT WILL BE IMPROVED BEFORE THE END OF THE DECADE.*

THE PROPOSALS IN THE BILL ARE AIMED AT BRINGING THOSE WHO ARE STILL PAYING EXCEPTIONALLY LOW RENTS TO MORE REALISTIC LEVELS, HE SAID.

ON ANOTHER POINT, MR LIAO SAID THAT THE LONG-TERM SOLUTION TO A POSSIBLE UPSWING IN THE RENTAL MARKET +MUST BE TO IMPROVE THE SUPPLY OF SUITABLE ACCOMMODATION, RATHER THAN TO PROLONG RENT CONTROL FOR A PARTICULAR SECTOR OF THE HOUSING MARKET.*

SINCE PUBLICATION OF THE BILL EARLY IN MAY, MEDIA REACTION HAD BEEN GENERALLY FAVOURABLE AND HE THOUGHT IT WAS FAIR TO SAY THAT THE PACKAGE HAD BEEN GENERALLY WELL RECEIVED, MR LIAO SAID.

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DEVELOPERS NEEDED FOR MORE HOUSES AND JOBSt DR IP M * * *

HONG KONG NEEDED DEVELOPERS TO BUILD MORE HOUSES TO MEET NEEDS AND TO PROVIDE JOB OPPORTUNITIES, DR THE HON HENRIETTA IP SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

DECLARING HER INTEREST AS A DIRECTOR OF A COMPANY OWNING CONTROLLED PREMISES, SHE SAID THAT THE INCREASING SUPPLY OF HOUSING, AS SHOWN IN THE 1984 PROPERTY REVIEW, INHIBITED PROFITEERING. AND THAT RENT CONTROL, THEREFORE, GRADUALLY BECAME UNNECESSARY.

/DR IP'.......

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 1984

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DR IP, TOGETHER WITH THE HON PETER C. WONG, WAS SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1984, AT THE RESUMED DEBATE TODAY.

SHE COMPLIMENTED THE ADMINISTRATION + IN PRODUCING SUCH A FINE PIECE OF LEGISLATION,* WHICH WAS +SO METICULOUSLY WELL CALCULATED SO AS NOT TO BRING SIGNIFICANT HARDSHIP TO THE TENANTS AFFECTED.*

DR IP SAID THAT THE ONLY RESIDENTIAL PREMISES WHICH WILL BE COMPLETELY DECONTROLLED ARE THE LUXURY FLATS, +73 PER CENT CF WHICH ARE LET TO CORPORATIONS ANYWAY.*

MR WONG SAID THAT THE BILL MADE FURTHER AMENDMENTS TO THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE AS PART OF THE PROCESS OF CONTINUOUS REVIEW OF THE COMPLEX QUESTION OF RENT CONTROL.

DISCUSSING SOME OF THE NEW MEASURES IN THE BILL, HE SAID THAT FROM JULY 1 THIS YEAR ALL PRE-WAR BUSINESS PREMISES WILL BE DECONTROLLED OR EXCLUDED FROM PART I, BUT WILL BECOME SUBJECT TO PART V OF THE ORDINANCE, WHICH DEALS WITH NOTICE OF TERMINATION OF TENANCY.

SECTION 122 (1) (B) STIPULATES THAT THE NOTICE SHALL BE SERVED BY THE LANDLORD NOT LESS THAN SIX MONTHS, OR BY THE TENANT, NOT LESS THAN ONE MONTH, BEFORE THE DAY ON WHICH IT TAKES EFFECT.

MR WONG SAID THAT FROM DECEMBER 19 THIS YEAR, POST-WAR PREMISES WITH A RATEABLE VALUE OF $35 □□□ OR ABOVE WOULD BE DECONTROLLED OR EXCLUDED FROM PART II, BUT WILL BE SUBJECT TO PART IV WHICH PROVIDES SECURITY OF TENURE AT THE PREVAILING MARKET RENT.

A NEW PROVISION, HE SAID, PERMITS THE TRANSFER OF TENANCIES FROM PART I I TO PART IV.

+PART II RELATES TO CONTROLLED POST-WAR DOMESTIC PREMISES WHILE PART IV PROVIDES SECURITY OF TENURE AT THE PREVAILING MARKET RENT.

+THERE IS MERIT IN SUCH PROPOSAL AS IT ADDS FLEXIBILITY TO THE LEGISLATION. IT IS THEREFORE A MEASURE TO BE WELCOMED,* HE SAID.

MR WONG SAID THAT UNOFFICIALS IN GENERAL SUPPORTED THE PROPOSALS IN THE BILL.

. THE AD HOC COMMITTEE OF UNOFFICIALS SET UP TO STUDY THE BILL HAD ALSO CONSIDERED THREE RELATED BILLS: LANDS TRIBUNAL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1984, JUDICIAL SERVICES COMMISSION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1984 AND STAMP DUTY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1984.

THE AMENDMENTS, MR WONG SAID WERE +NON-CONTROVERSI AL*.

THE FIRST TWO BILLS RECTIFY CERTAIN OMISSIONS, WHILE THE THIRD EMPOWERS THE DISTRICT COURT TO CALL ON THE EXPERTISE OF THE LANDS TRIBUNAL TO ASSIST IN STAMP DUTY APPEALS.

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NOT TIME TO EASE RENT CONTROL: FR. MCGOVERN

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IT WAS NOT THE TIME TO EASE RENT CONTROL WHEN THE SUPPLY OF HOUSING WAS FAR SHORT OF BOTH THE DEMAND AND THE NEED, THE REV. THE HON. PATRICK MCGOVERN, SAID TODAY.

OPPOSING THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOL I DAT I ON)(AMENDMENT) BILL 1984, AT THE RESUMED DEBATE IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, FR. MCGOVERN SAID THAT IN SPITE OF SPECTACULAR ACHIEVEMENTS IN PUBLIC HOUSING, THERE WERE STILL HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS CF PEOPLE UNABLE TO RENT OR BUY A DWELLING AT A PRICE THEY COULD AFFORD.

+WHILE THIS REMAINS SO, AND FOR OTHER REASONS WHICH I HAVE GIVEN REPEATEDLY SINCE 1977, AND WHICH IN MY JUDGEMENT ARE STILL VALID, BUT WHICH I WILL NOT REPEAT TODAY, I INTEND TO AGAIN VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL AS I HAVE DONE AGAINST FOUR OF ITS PREDECESSORS,+ HE SAID.

THE BILL, FR. MCGOVERN SAID, CONTAINED SOME GOOD POINTS, ESPECIALLY THE CONTINUATION OF SOME RENT CONTROL OVER SOME PROPERTY. BUT PART II WAS WRONG IN PRINCIPLE IN THAT IT FURTHER EASED THE WAY FOR AN INCREASE IN RENT TOWARDS THE STILL ’UNFAIR MARKET RENT’, WHEN WHAT THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF VIRTUALLY HOMELESS PEOPLE NEEDED WAS A DECREASE IN RENTS TO A LEVEL THEY COULD AFFORD.

+ AT A TIME LIKE THIS WHEN THE SUPPLY IS FAR SHORT OF BOTH THE DEMAND AND THE NEED, IT IS NOT THE TIME TO EASE CONTROL. I WILL NOT GO OVER ALL THAT GROUND AGAIN,* HE SAID.

IN WHAT HE DESCRIBED AS A *BRIEF WORD OF WARNING*, FR. MCGOVERN SAID. +IF, AS SOME PEOPLE HOPE, AS A RESULT OF THE GREATER AVAILABILITY OF LAND, AND THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF THE MOST RECENT RECESSION, THE PROPERTY MARKET AGAIN PICKS UP, THE INCREASES IN RENT ALLOWED TODAY ARE SUCH THAT THEY COULD BECOME EXCESSIVE IF OR WHEN RENTS GO NOTABLY UP AGAIN.

+1 REMIND YOU OF THE CONCESSIONS TO LANDLORDS IN THE BILL CF JUNE 1977. AT THE TIME THEY SEEMED SMALL, YET BY DECEMBER OF THAT SAME YEAR GOVERNMENT HAD TO PROPOSE A BLANKET RENT CONTROL ON ALL POSTWAR PREMISES.

♦SOMETHING SIMILAR COULD HAPPEN AGAIN.*

FR MCGOVERN SAID THAT SPECULATORS WERE A HARDY LOT AND HAD PROVED BEFORE THAT THEY COULD +MAKE A QUICK RECOVERY AT THE SIGHT OF THE POSSIBLE CURE OF ANOTHER QUICK BUCK.-

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BILL ALSO HELPS DETER TAX AVOIDANCE * * * *

FOR PROFITS TAX PURPOSES, THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE WILL EXAMINE EACH CASE CAREFULLY TO DETERMINE WHETHER A BUSINESS IS CARRIED ON IN HONG KONG, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

SIR JOHN WAS SPEAKING AT THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1984 WHICH, AMONG OTHER THINGS, PROPOSED TO CHARGE TO PROFITS TAX SUMS RECEIVED BY, OR ACCRUING BY WAY OF INTEREST TO, BUSINESSES CARRIED ON IN HONG KONG.

THESE SUMS HAD PREVIOUSLY ESCAPED THE TAX NET, EITHER BECAUSE THE DEPOSITS WERE DENOMINATED IN A FOREIGN CURRENCY, OR BECAUSE OF THE APPLICATION OF THE ARTIFICAL +PROVISION OF CREDIT* TEST.

EXPRESSING HIS DETERMINATION TO COUNTER TAX AVOIDANCE, SIR JOHN SAID, +1 AM SURE THAT THE BILL WILL IN PART HELP TO ACHIEVE THIS OBJECTIVE WITHOUT HINDERING GENUINE BUSINESS BORROWINGS OR DAMPENING THE INTEREST OF POTENTIAL FOREIGN INVESTORS IN HONG KONG.

IT IS WORTH BEARING IN MIND THAT COMPLICATED LAW ARISES ONLY FROM THE NEED TO COUNTERACT BYZANTINE AVOIDANCE MEASURES.*

NOTING THE CONCERN THAT HAD BEEN EXPRESSED OVER THE PHRASE ♦CARRYING ON BUSINESS IN HONG KONG+, HE SAID THIS WAS A TECHNICAL EXPRESSION WELL KNOWN IN TAXATION LAW WHICH, HOWEVER, WAS ♦UNFORTUNATELY NOT CAPABLE OF PRECISE DEFINITION.*

+THE QUESTION AS TO WHETHER A PERSON IS OR IS NOT CARRYING ON A BUSINESS IN HONG KONG CAN ONLY BE DETERMINED BY TAKING INTO ACCOUNT ALL THE RELEVANT FACTS OF THAT SITUATION.

HOWEVER, I CAN ASSURE HONOURABLE MEMBERS THAT THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE WILL, AS USUAL, EXAMINE EACH CASE CAREFULLY,* SIR JOHN SAID.

THE COMMISSIONER WILL ALSO ISSUE A DEPARTMENTAL INTERPRETATION AND PRACTICE NOTE GIVING GUIDANCE ON THIS MATTER AFTER THE ENACTMENT OF THE BILL.

I CONFIRM ALSO THAT THE ADMINISTRATION WILL REMAIN OPEN TO FURTHER REPRESENTATIONS IF UNFORESEEN PROBLEMS ARISE,* SIR JOHN SAID.

THE COUNCIL PASSED THE BILL INTO LAWS, INCORPORATING AMENDMENTS PROPOSED BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS.

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MEASURES AGAINST TAX AVOIDANCE MUST BE FAIR * * *

IT IS THE DUTY OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO ENSURE THAT MEASURES TO COUNTER TAX AVOIDANCE ACHIEVE THEIR OBJECTIVE IN A MANNER THAT IS FAIR, AND IS SEEN TO BE FAIR, TO ALL TAX PAYERS, THE HON BILL BROWN SAID TODAY.

HE WAS SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION AT THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1984 IN HIS CAPACITY AS THE CONVENER OF THE COUNCIL’S AD HOC GROUP.

♦THE AD HOC GROUP IS SATISFIED, SUBJECT TO THE AGREED AMENDMENTS TO BE PASSED AT THE COMMITTEE STAGE, THAT THE BILL NOW MEETS THESE CRITERIA,* HE SAID.

THE AGREED AMENDMENTS WERE MOVED BY THE HON PETER C. WONG AND THE HON PETER POON.

MR BROWN POINTED OUT THERE HAD BEEN SIGNIFICANT REFINEMENTS TO THE BILL.

THE BILL, AS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED TOGETHER WITH THE PUBLIC REVENUE PROTECTION (INLAND REVENUE) ORDER ON MARCH 30, CONTAINEDu PROVISIONS WHICH WERE RETROSPECTIVE IN THAT CERTAIN ITEMS WERE NEWLY BROUGHT TO CHARGE WITH EFFECT FROM A DATE PRIOR TO APRIL 1, 1984.

THE ADMINISTRATION HAS MADE REFINEMENTS TO THE ORIGINAL DRAFT OF THE BILL TO REMEDY THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE.

HE ALSO APPLAUDED THE ADMINISTRATION FOR MAKING PROVISION FOR FOREIGN TAX RELIEF.

■♦•ALTHOUGH THESE AMENDMENTS WILL NOT PLEASE EVERYONE, THEY DO REMOVE MOST GENUINE BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS FROM THE AMBIT OF THE NEW PROPOSALS,* HE SAID.

♦UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS BELIEVE THE REFINEMENTS ARE A SENSIBLE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEMS HIGHLIGHTED BY PUBLIC DEBATE, AND THEY THEREFORE SUPPORT THEM,* HE ADDED.

HOWEVER, MR BROWN STRESSED THAT IN LEGISLATION OF THIS NATURE ACTUAL EXPERIENCE OF ITS WORKING WOULD PROBABLY REVEAL THE NEED FOR FURTHER FINE-TUNING.

♦ONE AREA THAT I BELIEVE WILL REQUIRE WATCHING IS THE POSSIBLE IMPACT OF THE DECISION TO DISALLOW FOR TAX RELIEF INTEREST PAID BY A HONG KONG SUBSIDIARY OR ASSOCIATED COMPANY 'TO AN OVERSEAS PARENT,+ HE SUGGESTED.

HE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT IT SEEMED IMPOSSIBLE TO PROVIDE A PRECISE DEFINITION OF THE- TERM +CARRYING ON BUSINESS IN HONG KONG+ IN THE CONTEXT OF TAX LEGISLATION.

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♦THE WORRIES EXPRESSED IN THIS CONNECTION THEREFORE REMAIN, BUT UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS HAVE BEEN GIVEN AN UNDERTAKING THAT A ’DEPARTMENTAL INTERPRETATION AND PRACTISING NOTE’ WILL BE ISSUED SO THAT THE PUBLIC WILL BE AWARE OF THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT’S CURRENT INTERPRETATION OF THIS SIMPLE PHRASE - A PHRASE THAT HAS SUCH CRUCIAL IMPORTANCE AS TO WHETHER TAX IS OR IS NOT PAYABLE,+ HE SAID.

TURNING TO THE SUBJECT OF THE TERRITORIAL SOURCE CONCEPT, W BROWN SAID THAT UNOFFICIALS HAD ALREADY MADE THEIR POSITION CLEAR ON THE NEED NOT TO COMPROMISE THIS CORNERSTONE OF HONG KONG’S TAX LEGISLATION.

HE ADDED, +WE WERE MOST SATISFIED BY THE UNEQUIVOCAL UNDERTAKING GIVEN BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY IN THIS COUNCIL ON APRIL 25, 1984 WHEN HE REITERATED THAT THE GOVERNMENT‘REMAI NED WEDDED TO THE PRINCIPAL THAT TAXATION SHOULD ONLY BE APPLIED TO INCOME ARISING FROM HONG KONG.*

HE SAID THAT THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY HAD UNDERLINED THIS COMMITMENT BY STATING CATEGORICALLY THAT NO PROPOSALS MADE BY HIM TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL WOULD INCLUDE CHANGES TO THE BASIC TERRITORIAL SOURCE CRITERION.

+1 MENTION THIS AFTERNOON PARTLY TO UNDERLINE THE IMPORTANCE CF THE UNDERTAKING MADE, AND PARTLY BECAUSE IT DOES ANSWER -AND ANSWER MOST SATISFACTORILY - MANY REPRESENTATIONS RECEIVED ON THIS KEY ISSUE,* HE SAID.

THE HON PETER C. WONG, ALSO SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION, OUTLINED THE BACKGROUND LEADING TO THE INSERTION OF A NEW CLAUSE 4A WHICH WOULD HAVE THE EFFECT OF EXEMPTING UNIT TRUSTS FROM TAX LIABILITY IN RESPECT OF SUMS RECEIVED OR ACCRUED BY WAY OF INTEREST.

HE SAID THAT THE UNIT TRUST INDUSTRY HAD PUT FORWARD POWERFUL ARGUMENTS THAT IN THE INTERESTS OF HONG KONG AS A FINANCIAL CENTRE, CERTAIN CONCESSIONS SHOULD BE MADE SO THAT IT WOULD BE VIABLE FOR THE INDUSTRY TO CONTINUE TO OPERATE IN HONG KONG.

+THE AD HOC GROUP HAS CAREFULLY STUDIED THE INDUSTRY’S REPRESENTATION, AND AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE ADMINISTRATION, COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT HAVING REGARD TO THE UNIQUE CIRCUMSTANCES CF THE UNIT TRUST INDUSTRY, IT APPEARS THAT IT WOULD BE DESIRABLE TO GRANT SOME MEASURE OF RELIEF,* HE ADDED.

HE RECALLED THAT AS A RESULT OF THE ENACTMENT OF THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL IN 1983, THE POTENTIAL LIABILITY TO PROFITS TAX ON GAINS DERIVED FROM THE DISPOSAL OF SECURITIES OF A UNIT TRUST HAD BEEN REMOVED. AND HE CONSIDERED THIS AS A RECOGNITION OF THE UNIQUE POSITION OF UNIT TRUSTS.

+WHEN THE PRESENT BILL WAS PUBLISHED, THE INDUSTRY MADE FURTHER REPRESENTATION EMPHASISING THAT IF THE POTENTIAL LIABILITY OF HONG KONG UNIT TRUSTS TO TAX ON INTEREST INCOME REMAINS, THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG’S UNIT TRUST INDUSTRY WILL BE DIMINISHED, TO THE DISADVANTAGE OF THE FINANCIAL SECTOR AS A WHOLE.

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+IT IS NOT DIFFICULT TO ENVISAGE THAT UNLESS SOME CONCESSION IS MADE IN THIS AREA, IT IS LIKELY THAT NEW FUNDS WILL NOT BE ESTABLISHED IN HONG KONG AND MANY EXISTING FUNDS WILL BE FORCED TO RELOCATE OUT OF HONG KONG,* HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THIS COULD BE ACCOMPLISHED BY SIMPLY CHANGING THE HONG KONG TRUSTEE TO AN OVERSEAS TRUSTEE.

♦BEARING IN MIND THAT THE REVENUE IMPLICATIONS OF EXEMPTION FROM PROFITS TAX IN RESPECT OF UNIT TRUST INTEREST INCOME WOULD BE MINIMAL, AND THE USEFUL PART WHICH THE INDUSTRY PLAYS IN RELATION TO HONG KONG’S POSITION AS AN INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE, THE AD HOC GROUP HAS RECOMMENDED TO THE GOVERNMENT THAT THERE IS A CASE FOR SOME CONCESSION TO BE MADE,+ HE SAID.

THE HON PETER POON MOVED AN AMENDMENT TO THE EFFECT THAT THE INTEREST PAYMENT IN RELATION TO PUBLICLY LISTED DEBENTURES ISSUED BEFORE APRIL 1, 1984 WILL BE ALLOWED AS A TAX DEDUCTION.

♦THIS IS ONLY FAIR AS SUCH DEBENTURES WERE ISSUED FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSE AND WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE OF GOVERNMENT’S ATTENTION TO DISALLOW SUCH INTEREST,* HE SAID.

ON THE BILL AS A WHOLE, HE AGREED WITH MR BROWN’S VIEW THAT ♦WE MUST WAIT AND SEE HOW THE NEW LAWS OPERATE AND LEARN FROM EXPER IENCE.+

CALLING FOR THE EARLY ISSUANCE OF THE PRACTICE NOTES, POON SAID +BUSINESSMEN SHOULD BE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND CLEARLY WHAT THEIR TAX LIABILITY WOULD BE IF THEY WERE TO ENGAGE IN PARTICULAR TRANSACTIONS.

♦IN THIS REGARD, IT IS MOST ESSENTIAL THAT PROPERLY DETAILED CLARIFICATIONS BE MADE IN THE PRACTICE NOTES TO BE ISSUED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE ON THE NEW AMENDMENTS,* HE ADDED.

THE HON RITA FAN ABSTAINED FROM VOTING ON THE MOTION.

SHE EXPRESSED APPREHENSION THAT THE FINANCIAL BENEFITS GENERATED MIGHT WELL BE OFFSET BY THE COSTS OF IMPLEMENTING THE LEGISLATION AS WELL AS THE LIKELY UNFAVOURABLE ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL RAMIF ICATIONS.

OUTLINING HER RESERVATIONS, SHE SAID, +1 AM IN FAVOUR OF ANY ANTI-TAX-AVOIDANCE MEASURES TO PROTECT THE GOVERNMENT’S REVENUE? AND AT THIS POINT IN TIME, WE ARE ALL PAINFULLY AWARE CF THE NEED TO GENERATE MORE REVENUE IN ORDER TO OFFSET OUR DEFICIT AS FAR AS POSSIBLE.

+HOWEVER, I, FOR ONE, WOULD PLACE PRIORITY ON THE MAINTENANCE OF HONG KONG AS A MAJOR FINANCIAL CENTRE, AND WOULD JEALOUSLY GUARD OUR SIMPLE AND COMPARATIVELY LOW TAX SYSTEM AS.A MEANS TO ACHIEVE THE OBJECTIVE.*

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DESPITE THE ASSURANCES GIVEN BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY AND THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE THAT THERE WAS NO CHANGE IN OUR TERRITORIAL TAX CONCEPT, SHE SAID THAT THE QUESTION REMAINED WHETHER THE DECISION TO TAX OFF-SHORE INTEREST WOULD AFFECT BUSINESS IN HONG KONG.

WHILE SEEING CERTAIN JUSTIFICATIONS FOR TAXING OFF-SHORE INTEREST EARNED BY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, MRS FAN SAID SHE COULD NOT SEE ANY RATION OF INCLUDING OFF-SHORE INTEREST INCOME DERIVED BY NON-FINANCI AL INSTITUTIONS IN THE TAX NET, OTHER THAN TO GENERATE MORE REVENUE.

SHE SAID THE GROWING COMPLEXITY OF THE TAX LAW MIGHT WELL PROMPT HONG KONG BUSINESSMEN, WHO IN THE PAST HAD NOT BEEN INTERESTED IN TAX AVOIDANCE, TO FIND IT NECESSARY TO CONSIDER TAX PLANNING, IN ORDER TO PREVENT THEIR NORMAL COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS FROM BEING CAUGHT UNEXPECTEDLY BY THE NEW LEGISLATION.

+AGAIN, WHETHER THIS WILL HAVE ANY DETRIMENTAL EFFECT ON HONG KONG’S ECONOMY AND THE INLAND REVENUE SYSTEM REMAINS TO BE SEEN,+ SHE SAID.

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HONG KONG’S ARTS IMAGE ENHANCED - WU X * *

THE EXPLOSION OF INTEREST IN THE PERFORMING ARTS OVER RECENT YEARS HAD ENRICHED THE COMMUNITY AND ENHANCED THE IMAGE AND REPUTATION OF HONG KONG ABROAD, THE HON ALEX WU SAID TODAY.

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE HONG KONG ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS BILL 1984, MR WU WHO IS CHAIRMAN OF THE PROVISIONAL COUNCIL CF THE ACADEMY, SAID HE BELIEVED THIS INTEREST WOULD CONTINUE TO GROW WITH THE INCREASING ACCESSIBILITY OF THE ARTS IN THEIR VARIOUS FORMS.

THE ACADEMY WOULD HAVE THE FUNCTIONS OF TRAINING FUTURE PERFORMERS AND TEACHERS, ASSISTING IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF TALENT AT PRE-TERTIARY LEVEL, ENCOURAGING THE HIGHEST STANDARD OF PROFESSIONALISM IN THE PERFORMING ARTS COMPANIES, AND FOSTERING A BETTER UNDERSTANDING AND APPRECIATION OF THE ARTS.

♦THE ULTIMATE AIM OF THE ACADEMY IS TO TRAIN STUDENTS SO THAT THEY WILL ACHIEVE LASTING FULFILMENT IN A SATISFYING CAREER 'AND WILL THEREBY SERVE THE WHOLE COMMUNITY OF HONG KONG,+ MR WU SAID.

HE SAID WHEN THE ACADEMY’S FIRST STUDENTS GRADUATE IN FOUR YEARS TIME, THERE WOULD BE A WIDE VARIETY OF OUTLETS AND A STEADY DEMAND FOR THEIR PARTICULAR EXPERTISE.

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♦THEY WILL BE ABLE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE GROWTH AND THE LOCALISATION OF OUR PERFORMING GROUPS AND COMPANIES,+ MR WU SAID.

♦THE ACADEMY THEREFORE MERITS EQUAL ATTENTION AND SUPPORT AS THAT GIVEN TO INSTITUTIONS WHICH TRAIN PROFESSIONALS FOR OTHER SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY.*

HE ALSO MENTIONED THAT THE HONG KONG ACADEMY OF BALLET AND THE HONG KONG CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC WERE BEING SUBSUMED BY THE ACADEMY, THUS ENSURING THE ENDEAVOURS OF ALL THOSE CONCERNED WITH THE TWO BODIES WOULD BE CONTINUED.

MR WU EXTENDED THANKS TO ALL WHO HAD +GIVEN SUPPORT, GUIDANCE AND ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE PROVISIONAL COUNCIL TOWARDS MAKING THE ACADEMY A REALITY.*

ALSO SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL, DR HON HO KAM-FAI SAID THE ACADEMY WAS A WITNESS TO GOVERNMENT’S POLICY INTEREST IN ARTS BY PROVIDING FACILITIES AND FINANCIAL SUBSIDIES TO A WIDE SPECTRUM OF ARTS ACTIVITIES.

+l NOTE WITH PRIDE THAT HONG KONG HAS ESTABLISHED ITSELF AS A CULTURAL LEADER IN THE SOUTHEAST ASIAN REGION,* HE SAID.

HE SAID THAT THE PROPOSED ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS WOULD ENHANCE THE STATUS OF HONG'KONG AS A CULTURAL CENTRE IN ASIA.

HE ADVOCATED THAT THE ACADEMY SHOULD ADOPT A LIBERAL EDUCATION POLICY TO MAXIMISE ITS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE LOCAL PERFORMING ARTS.

HE SUGGESTED THAT ALONGSIDE THE CURRICULUM CONSTRUCTED FOR SCHOOL LEAVERS GIFTED IN THE PERFORMING ARTS, A SET OF SPECIAL PROGRAMMES, CONTAINING PART-TIME AND REFRESHER COURSES, MUST BE DESIGNED TO UPGRADE THE LEVEL OF SKILL AND KNOWLEDGE OF THE VARIOUS LOCAL PERFORMING ARTS ORGANISATIONS.

+AN ACTIVE LINK AND CONSULTATIONS WITH MAJOR ARTS INSTITUTIONS OVERSEAS MUST BE MAINTAINED AS A MEANS TO KEEP GUR PERFORMING ARTS IN LINE WITH INTERNATIONAL TREND AND STANDARDS,* HE SAID.

HON MRS SELINA CHOW SAID THAT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ACADEMY WAS IN ANSWER TO PRESENT DEMAND AND IN ANTICIPATION OF THE RAPID GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE PERFORMING ARTS.

+APART FROM CATERING TO THE ASPIRATIONS AND TALENT OF OUR YOUNG ARTISTS TO BECOME PROFESSIONAL PERFORMERS IN MUSIC, ACTING, DANCE IT AIMS ALSO TO TRAIN DIRECTORS, PRODUCERS, DESIGNERS, COMPOSERS AND DRAMATISTS WHO ARE THE OFF STAGE ARTISTS, LESS VISIBLE BUT EQUALLY IMPORTANT TO THE PERFORMANCE,* SHE SAID.

SHE BELIEVED THIS WOULD ACHIEVE THE DESIRABLE EFFECT OF OFFERING TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES NOT ACCORDING TO WHO COULD BEST AFFORD THEM BUT TO THOSE WHOSE TALENTS WERE MORE DESERVING.

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SHE MENTIONED THAT AT FIRST SHE HAD CONSIDERED THE PROPOSED ANNUAL FEE PER PERSON OF HK$5 000 TO BE ON THE HIGH SIDE.

HOWEVER, I AM PERSUADED THAT IT IS REASONABLE SINCE, COMPARATIVELY SPEAKING, A STUDENT AT THE ACADEMY REQUIRES MORE INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION THAN HIS COUNTERPART IN OTHER POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS.

♦ IN ADDITION I HAVE BEEN ASSURED THAT SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS WILL BE READILY AVAILABLE TO THE TALENTED YOUNGSTERS WHO ARE FINANCIALLY IN NEED OF SUCH ASSISTANCE,* SHE SAID.

MRS CHAN SAID ALSO THAT THROUGH RELENTLESS EFFORTS BY THE URBAN COUNCIL, GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR, THE PERFORMING ARTS SCENE HAD GONE THROUGH A METAMORPHOSIS SO STUNNING THAT HONG KONG WAS NOW COMPARABLE TO ANY OTHER MAJOR CITIES IN THE WORLD IN TERMS OF THE LEVEL OF ACTIVITIES MAINTAINED.

♦VERY FEW CITIES IN THE WORLD CAN BOAST OF THE EXTENSIVE NETWORK OF ARTS FESTIVALS UNDERTAKEN ON THE CENTRAL, REGIONAL AS WELL AS DISTRICT LEVEL AS WE D0,+ MRS CHOW SAID.

MOVING THE COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READING OF THE- BILL, THE HON DENIS BRAY, SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, SAID 1 400 ENQUIRIES HAD ALREADY BEEN RECEIVED FOR THE 70 VACANCIES IN THE ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR.

MR BRAY SAID THAT THERE HAD BEEN SOME COMMENT ABOUT THE COST OF RUNNING THE COURSES IN THE ACADEMY.

+THEY WILL BE HIGH BUT WE HAVE TO RECOGNISE THAT DIFFERENT DISCIPLINES DO INVOLVE DIFFERENT COSTS IN TRAINING.

+THE SIZE OF THE ACADEMY IS MODEST. WE HAVE ALREADY SEEN THAT THERE WILL BE SOME COMPETITION FOR ENTRY. WE KNOW THAT THERE IS IMMENSE TALENT IN HONG KONG.

+IT WOULD DO LESS THAN JUSTICE TO THESE GIFTED YOUNG PEOPLE TO FAIL TO BRING OUT THEIR BEST AND BRING THEM UP TO WORLD STANDARDS. THIS WE AIM TO D0,+ MR BRAY SAID.

REFERRING AGAIN TO THE COST OF FEES, MR BRAY SAID THAT USUAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR ASSISTANCE WOULD BE OFFERED TO THOSE WHO COULD NOT AFFORD IT.

HE ALSO GAVE ASSURANCE THAT IT WAS THE INTENTION OF THE PROVISIONAL COUNCIL THAT EQUAL EMPHASIS BE GIVEN TO EASTERN AND WESTERN ART FORMS.

MR BRAY SAID THAT IT WAS JUST THREE YEARS AGO THAT A SUGGESTION .BY THE JOCKEY CLUB THAT IT WOULD BE PREPARED TO FUND SUCH AN ACADEMY WAS ACCEPTED, AND THE ACADEMY WAS NOW ALREADY TAKING IN THE FIRST STUDENTS FOR SEPTEMBER.

HE EXPRESSED APPRECIATION FOR THE WARM WELCOME GIVEN TO ^THE ACADEMY BY THE COUNCIL MEMBERS.

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IMPORTANT CHANGES TO EVIDENCE RULES * * * *

1984 TENDERING

THE NEW PROPOSALS IN THE EvIDENCE(AMENDMENT) B ILL INTRODUCED IMPORTANT CHANGES WHICH ^OULD FACILITATE THE pp-rpR OF EVIDENCE PARTICULARLY IN CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS, THE HON PETtR WONG SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

C.

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL, HE SAID THAT ITS MAIN OBJECTIVE WAS TWOFOLD: TO AMEND THE EXISTING RULES OF EVIDENCE RELATING TO THE PROOF OF RECORDED INFORMATION, AND TO PROVIDE A NEW PROCEDURE FOR OBTAINING EVIDENCE OUTSIDE HONG KONG FOR USE IN CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS IN HONG KONG.

HE ADDED THAT THE PROVISIONS HAD BEEN CAREFULLY STUDIED BY THE COUNCIL’S LEGISLATION SCRUTINY GROUP AND CONSULTATIONS WITH THE ADMINISTRATION HAD RESULTED IN SEVERAL AMENDMENTS.

THE AMENDMENTS ARE

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CLAUSE 4 - NEW SECTION 19A (1) ALLOWS FOREIGN DOCUMENTS CERTIFIED BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY TO BE PRODUCED IN COURT A NEW SUBSECTION (4) WILL BE INSERTED REQUIRING 14 DAYS’

NOTICE IT WAS NOTICE

IN WRITING OF THE INTENTION TO TENDER SUCH DOCUMENT CONSIDERED THAT TO ENSURE FAIRNESS, APPROPRIATE SHOULD BE GfVEN TO THE OPPOSITE PARTY.

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CLAUSE FOUND’ SUCH A

7 - IN SUBSECTION (3) (B) (II), THE WORDS ’IF WILL BE DELETED AND SUBSTITUTED BY THE PHRASE ’IF PERSON IS FOUND’. THIS CHANGE SERVES TO REMOVE

ANY AMBIGUITY THAT MIGHT ARISE

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CLAUSE 7 - SUBSECTION (13) WILL BE AMENDED TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR THE DEFINITION OF ’COMPUTER’ IN SUBSECTION (12) TO BE AMENDED BY A RESOLUTION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

♦MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATION SCRUTINY GROUP ARE SATISFIED THAT THE BILL HAS ACHIEVED ITS OBJECTIVE AND WILL FURTHER STRENGTHEN OUk

LEGISLATION IN THIS IMPORTANT AREA OF THE LAW,+

MR WONG SAID

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE ADMINISTRATION HAD DRAW UP GUIDELINES WITH RESPECT TO THE PRACTICE APPLICABLE TO THE NEW SECTION 19A (1).

+FOREIGN DOCUMENTS TO BE PRODUCED IN COURT BY A CERTIFICATE PURPORTING TO BE SIGNED BY THE

UNDERTAKEN TO AND PROCEDURE

MUST BE ACCOMPANIED CHIEF SECRETARY.

+MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATION SCRUTINY GROUP

ARE CONCERNED THAT

UNLESS CLEAR GUIDELINES ARE DRAWN UP, THE DEFENDANT OR HIS LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE MAY BE CONFRONTED WITH BUREAUCRATIC OBSTACLES,+ HE ,SAID.

MOVING THE THIRD READING OF THE BILL, THE ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON GERALD NAZARETH, EXPLAINED FURTHER THAT NEW SECTION 19A (1) SEEKS ONLY TO PROVIDE A SIMPLE MEANS OF GETTING FOREIGN DOCUMENTS ADMITTED IN EVIDENCE IN CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS.

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ALL THAT IS REQUIRED IS A CERTIFICATE FROM THE CHIEF SECRETARY THAT THE FOREIGN DOCUMENT HAS BEEN RECEIVED BY HIM IN CONNECTION WITH THOSE CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS.

+THE NEW SECTION VERY SENSIBLY LEAVES IT TO THE COURT TO DETERMINE THE WEIGHT OR PROBATIVE FORCE TO BE GIVEN TO THE DOCUMENT,+ MR NAZARETH SAID.

ON THE PROPOSAL FOR 14 DAYS NOTICE, HE SAID IT CORRESPONDS TO A SIMILAR PROVISION IN NEW SECTION 22A (6) AND +FITS WELL INTO THE SCHEME OF THE BILL.*

HOWEVER, AS A BUREAUCRAT OF LONG STANDING, I FIND MYSELF LESS ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT THE GROUP’S FEARS THAT WITHOUT GUIDELINES DEFENDANTS OR THEIR LEGAL REPRESENTATIVES MAY BE CONFRONTED WITH BUREAUCRATIC OBSTACLES.

NONETHELESS, I CONFIRM THAT GUIDELINES WILL BE PRODUCED. THESE I HOPE wILL MAKE IT ABUNDANTLY CLEAR THAT NO BUREAUCRATIC OBSTACLES ARE INTENDED, OR INDEED WILL BE PERMITTED,+ MR NAZARETH SAID.

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PROGRESS MADE ON HOUSING COOPERATIVE ISSUE * * * *

SOME PROGRESS HAD BEEN MADE OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS ABOUT WHETHER CIVIL SERVANTS’ HOUSING COOPERATIVE SOCIETIES WHICH HAD FULLY REPAID THEIR LOANS, SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO SELL OR REDEVELOP THEIR PROPERTIES, THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE, THE HON MARTIN ROWLANDS, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

DURING 1982 AND 1983, DISCUSSIONS WERE HELD WITH THE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS INVOLVED, WITH MANY OF THE COOPERATIVE SOCIETIES, WITH THE COOPERATIVE SOCIETIES FEDERATION AND WITH STAFF SIDE REPRESENTATIVES, MR ROWLANDS SAID, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON ANDREW SO.

♦THESE HAVE LED TO THE FORMULATION OF PROPOSALS WHICH, IF APPROVED, WOULD PERMIT THE LEGAL TITLE TO CIVIL SERVANTS’ COOPERATIVE HOUSING SCHEME FLATS TO BE TRANSFERRED, SUBJECT TO CERTAIN CONDITIONS, TO INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF THE COOPERATIVE SOCIETIES, WHO WOULD THEN BE FREE TO DISPOSE OF THEIR FLATS,* FR ROWLANDS SAID.

THE PROPOSALS WOULD ALSO ENABLE THE OWNERS TO REDEVELOP THEIR PROPERTIES.

I PROPOSE TO ISSUE NEXT MONTH A CONSULTATIVE DOCUMENT FORMALLY INVITING THE VIEWS OF ALL CIVIL SERVICE HOUSING COOPERATIVE SOCIETIES AND THE STAFF SIDE ON THESE PROPOSALS.

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ACTION THEREAFTER W ILL DEPEND ON THE VIEWS EXPRESSED IN RESPONSE TO THE CONSULTATIVE DOCUMENT,+ HE SAID.

IF THE PROPOSALS FOUND FAVOUR, THE NEXT LIKELY STEP WOULD BE THE DRAFTING OF AMENDMENTS TO THE COOPERATIVE SOCIETIES ORDINANCE, AND A REFERENCE TO THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL FOR ADVICE T'' WHETHER AN AMENDING BILL SHOULD BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, HE SAID.

MR ROWLANDS ADDED THAT HE WAS IN CLOSE TOUCH WITH REGISTRAR OF COOPERATIVE SOCIETIES WHO ADMINISTERS THE

THE

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♦HAWKERS WERE NOT BEING CHASED+ * * * *

WERE NOT LEGISLATIVE

HAWKERS INVOLVED IN TWO MUCH-PUBLICISED ACCIDENTS ACTUALLY BEING CHASED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, THE COUNCIL WAS TOLD TODAY.

THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON HENRY Ch I NG, WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON PETER POON WHO WANTED TO KNOW, IN VIEW OF RECENT ACCIDENTS, WHAT WAS BEING DONE TO REMOVE SUCH DANGER IN THE FUTURE.

MR CHING SAID THAT IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO BRING AN OFFENDER BEFORE THE COURTS WITHOUT FIRST APPREHENDING HIMs +AND IT WOULD PERHAPS BE NAIVE NOT TO EXPECT HIM AT LEAST TO ATTEMPT TO AVOID BE ING TAKEN.+

IT WAS IN RUNNING AWAY THAT THE DANGER AROSE.

I KNOW OF NO WAY OF REDUCING THIS POTENTIAL DANGER IN THE CASE OF ILLEGAL HAWKERS, OTHER THAN BY THEIR COMPLETE AND SPEEDY REMOVAL FROM OUR STREETS,* SAID MR CHING.

IN ONE CASE, SAID MR CHING, THE HAWKER RAN WITH COMPLETE DISREGARD FOR THE SAFETY OF OTHERS SIMPLY ON SIGHTING GENERAL DUTIES TEAM OFFICERS AT THE OTHER END OF THE STREET.

GENERAL DUTIES TEAMS ARE UNDER STANDING INSTRUCTION TO FIT THEIR ACTIONS TO THE PREVAILING CIRCUMSTANCES AND THEY DO NOT GIVE CHASE WHEN BY SO DOING THEY MIGHT CREATE A HAZARDOUS SITUATION.

COLD COMFORT THOUGH IT MIGHT BE, I MUST STRESS THAT THERE IS A DUTY ON THE PART OF EVERY PERSON IN A PUBLIC PLACE TO EXERCISE CARE, CAUTION AND■CONDISERATION AND TO BE ALERT AT ALL TIMES TO WHAT IS HAPPENING AROUND HIM,+ SAID MR CHING.

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QUESTION OF DANGEROUS CONSUMER PRODUCTS EXPLAINED

* * * *

THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT ITSELF KEEP A CENTRAL RECORD OF ACCIDENTS CAUSED BY THE USE OF DANGEROUS CONSUMER PRODUCTS, THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON PIERS JACOBS, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THE CONSUMER COUNCIL, HOWEVER, INCLUDES AMONG ITS STATUTORY FUNCTIONS THE RECEIVING AND EXAMINING OF COMPLAINTS BY CONSUMER OF GOODS AND SERVICES, MR JACOBS ADDED.

+IN THIS CONTEXT, THE COUNCIL KEEPS A RECORD OF ALL COMPLAINTS RECEIVED, INCLUDING DETAILS OF ANY ACCIDENTS INVOLVED,+ HE SAID, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON SELINA CHOW.

+THE CONSUMER COUNCIL, A WHOLLY SUBVENTED ORGANISATION ESTABLISHED BY THE GOVERNMENT, PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN PROTECTING THE PUBLIC BY UNDERTAKING EXTENSIVE PRODUCT TESTING,+ HE POINTED OUT.

THE COUNCIL PUBLISHES ITS FINDINGS, AND IN A NUMBER OF CASES, ITS PUBLICITY IN RELATION TO THE DANGERS OF USING A PARTICULAR PRODUCT HAS LED- TO THE WITHDRAWAL OF THE PRODUCT FROM THE MARKET OR ITS IMPROVEMENT TO AN ACCEPTABLE STANDARD OF SAFETY.

+IN AREAS OF MAJOR PUBLIC CONCERN, SUCH AS GAS WATER HEATER SAFETY, THE GOVERNMENT HAS TAKEN DIRECT STEPS TO ELIMINATE THE SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF UNSAFE PRODUCTS.

♦AS I MENTIONED IN THIS COUNCIL ON JANUARY 11 THIS YEAR, FURTHER LEGISLATION ON GAS SAFETY IS PLANNED,+ MR JACOBS SAID.

HE SAID IT WAS THE GOVERNMENT’S BELIEF THAT DIFFERENT ASPECTS CF THE WIDE RANGING PROBLEM OF PRODUCT SAFETY WERE BEST DEALT WITH BY THE PARTICULAR DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED.

♦FOR EXAMPLE, THE DIRECTOR OF ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES IS NOW PREPARING DRAFTING INSTRUCTIONS FOR NEW REGULATIONS WHICH WILL IMPOSE STANDARDS FOR CERTAIN ELECTRICAL FITTINGS AND APPLIANCES,* HE ADDED.

MR JACOBS THANKED THE CONSUMER COUNCIL FOR REGULARLY DRAWING THE GOVERNMENT’S ATTENTION TO PRODUCTS WHICH, IF DEFECTIVE OR WRONGLY USED, COULD REPRESENT A THREAT TO THE CONSUMER.

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PRESCRIPTION FOR BETTER LAW

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A BILL TO CLEAR UP AN ANOMALY IN THE LAW WHEREBY A PATIENT CAN BE THEORETICALLY LIABLE TO PROSECUTION FOR POSSESSION OF ANTIBIOTICS OR POISONS ISSUED BY PRESCRIPTION WAS READ A SECOND TIME IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, MR HENRY CHING

EXPLAINED THAT UNDER THE ANTIBIOTICS ORDINANCE AND THE PHARMACY AND POISONS ORDINANCE, THE POSSESSION OF VARIOUS SPECIFIED ANTIBIOTIC SUBSTANCES AND POISONS IS PROHIBITED.

A COURT JUDGEMENT IN SEPTEMBER 1982 HAD DRAWN ATTENTION TO THE FACT THAT PROHIBITION MAY BE TAKEN TO APPLY TO A PATIENT WHO POSSESSES THEM EVEN IF HE DOES SO AS A RESULT OF A PROPERLY ISSUED PRESCRIPTION.

THE ANTIBIOTICS, PHARMACY AND POISONS (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) BILL 1984, READ A SECOND TIME TODAY, STATES THAT POSSESSION WITH A PRESCRIPTION IS NOT AN OFFENCE.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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AVERAGE FINE FOR PORNO VIDEO TAPES: $2 500

* * *

FINES IMPOSED BY COURTS IN CASES CONCERNING THE SALE OR RENT OF PORNOGRAPHIC VIDEO TAPES AVERAGED $2 500, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON DENIS BRAY, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

HOWEVER, FINES AS HIGH AS $51 500 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR SIX MONTHS HAD BEEN PASSED IN SERIOUS CASES, HE SAID.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, MR BRAY SAID THE MAXIMUM PENALTY WAS A FINE OF $100 000 AND THREE YEARS IMPRISONMENT.

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OWNERS ADVISED ABOUT AIR-CONDITIONERS * * *

OWNERS OF AIR-CONDITIONERS WHICH FALL FROM BUILDINGS CAN EE FINED AND IMPRISONED, SAID THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE •HON NICKY CHAN, IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON F.K. HU WHO WANTED TO KNOW WHAT MEASURES ARE TAKEN TO ENSURE THAT AIR-CONDITIONERS ARE SECURELY INSTALLED - PARTICULARLY IN HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS.

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NR CHAN SAID THAT INDIVIDUAL AIR-CONDITIONERS, SUCH AS THOSE COMMONLY INSTALLED IN I NDOU< OPENINGS OR PURPOSE BUILT APERTURES, WERE CONSIDERED ’PLANT’ RATHER THAN PART OF THE ACTUAL BUILDING AND, THEREFORE, DETAILS OF THEIR FIXI NG DID NOT HAVE TO BE SUBMITTED TO THE BUILDING AUTHORITY.

IF A COMPLAINT IS RECEIVED ABOUT AN AIR-CONDITIONER WHICH APPEARS TO BE FIXED IN A DANGEROUS MANNER, AND INSPECTION BEARS THIS OUT, THEN POLICE wILL CLEAR THE AREA BELOW UNTIL IT IS MADE SAFE, HE SAID.

THE PROBLEM OF FALLING AIR CONDITIONERS IS, AT PRESENT, MINIMAL, SAID MR CHAN, BUT UNDER THE SUMMARY OFFENCES ORDINANCE: +IF ANYTHING IS DROPPED OR ALLOWED TO FALL FROM A BUILDING TO THE DANGER OF ANY PERSON IN OR NEAR, A PUBLIC PLACE, THE PERSON WHO DROPS THAT THING OR ALLOWS IT TO FALL ^COMMITS AN OFFENCE AND IS LIABLE TO A FINE OF $10 000 ,ANDHh$R ISONMENT FOR SIX MONTHS.+ ' ■ > J

+IT IS IN THE OWNERS’ INTEREST TO ENSURE THAT THEIR AIRCONDITIONERS ARE SECURELY INSTALLED AND THAT THE FIXINGS ARE REGULARLY CHECKED AND MAINTAINED,+ HE SAID.

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GARRISON’S ROLE EXPLAINED

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THE PRIMARY ROLE OF THE ARMED SERVICES, OF WHICH THE GOVERNOR IS COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, IS TO ASSIST THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT TO MAINTAIN SECURITY AND STABILITY IN HONG KONG, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON DAVID JEAFFRESON, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

ANSWERING A QUESTION FROM THE HON MR CHAN YING-LUN, HE SAID: + IN PRACTICE, THEY ASSUME THIS ROLE ACTIVELY ONLY WHEN THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT ASKS THEM TO DO SO AND THEY WOULD THEN ACT IN SUPPORT OF THE POLICE AND THE OTHER CIVIL POWERS.

+THEIR OTHER MAIN TASK IS TO HELP THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE TO COMBAT ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION INTO HONG KONG. THEY ALSO PLAY AN ACTIVE PART IN HELPING GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS IN COMMUNITY WORK, FOR EXAMPLE HILL FIRE FIGHTING, BUILDING BRIDGES IN VILLAGES AND WELFARE PROJECTS.+

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HAWKERS CONTRIBUTE BILLION TO ECONOMY * * * *

LAST YEAR HAWKERS CONTRIBUTED ABOUT $1 BILLION TO HONG KONG’o ECONOMY, REPRESENTING ABOUT 0.6 PER CENT OF TOTAL GDP, THE SECRETAnf FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON PIERS JACOBS, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

HAWKERS’ ACTIVITIES ARE INCLUDED UNDER THE ECONOMIC SECTOR DESCRIBED AS +WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS+, MR JACOBS SAID, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON WONG PO-YAN.

HE ADDED THAT BECAUSE EARNINGS FROM HAWKERS, PARTICULARLY PART-TIME HAWKERS, WERE DIFFICULT TO MEASURE, THE ESTIMATE MIGHT NOT BE VERY PRECISE.

♦IT IS OBTAINED ON THE BASIS OF INFORMATION ON THE NUMBER OF FULL-TIME HAWKERS AND THEIR AVERAGE EARNINGS GATHERED THROUGH THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT’S GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY.

+IN COMPILING THIS ESTIMATE NO DISTINCTION IS MADE BETWEEN LICENSED AND UNLICENSED HAWKERS,+ MR JACOBS EXPLAINED.

IN RECENT YEARS, THE ESTIMATED CONTRIBUTION OF HAWKERS TO THE GDP HAD RISEN IN ABSOLUTE TERMS BUT HAD REMAINED FAIRLY STABLE IN RELATIVE TERMS, HE SAID.

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THE GOVERNMENT’S RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ERECTION OF ROAD SIGNS INCLUDES SIGNS DIRECTING TRAFFIC TO THE VEHICULAR FERRIEw, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON ALAN SCOTT SAID TODAY.

+THE GENERAL PRACTICE IS THAT SIGNS GIVING DIRECTIONS TO TRUNK ROUTES ARE MORE PROMINENT THAN THOSE GIVING DIRECTIONS TO SECONDARY ROUTES.

+IN THIS CONTEXT THE CROSS-HARBOUR TUNNEL FORMS PART OF ROUTE h THE MAJOR TRUNK ROUTE LINKING HONG KONG ISLAND WITH KOWLOON, WHEREAS THE VEHICULAR FERRY ROUTES ARE NOT SECTIONS OF TRUNK ROUTEo,* HE SAID, REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON K.C. CHAN.

THE SIGNS TO THE FERRIES, HE SAID, ARE LOCATED ON DISTRICT DISTRIBUTOR ROADS LEADING TO THE FERRY TERMINALS, ON THE ASSUMPTION THAT MOTORISTS WILL KNOW BROADLY IN WHICH DISTRICTS THE FERRY TERMINALS ARE LOCATED.

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♦THUS NEITHER TAI KOK TSUI NOR MONG KOK DISTRICTS HAVE ■SIGNS TO THE VEHICULAR FERRIES; WHEREAS THERE ARE 32 DIRECTIONAL SIGNS IN YAU MA TEI, KOWLOON CITY AND KWUN TONG TO GUIDE MOTORISTS TO THE FOUR FERRIES IN THESE AREAS,+ HE SAID.

REPLYING TO ANOTHER QUESTION BY MR CHAN HE CONF IRMED THAT SPEED CHECK SIGNS WERE NOT INCLUDED AS PRESCRIBED TRArFIC SIGnb Ii. THE ROAD TRAFFIC LEGISLATION.

THE POLICE, HE SAID. MADE A REGULAR PRACTICE OF DISPLAYING THESE SIGNS NOT ONLY TO GIVE ADVANCE WARNING OF SPEED DETECTION MEASURES, BUT ALSO TO REMIND MOTORISTS OF THE NEED TO OdEY THE SPEED LIMIT ON THE ROAD.

THE SIGNS ARE PLACED AT THE SIDE OF THE ROAD WHERE MOTORISTS ARE USED TO LOOKING FOR INFORMATION, RATHER THAN ON THE_TOP OF POLICE VANS WHERE THEY WOULD IN ANY CASE BE LESS V IsIBLt.

+IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO PRESCRIBE SPEED CHECK SIGNS IN THE LEGISLATION, BECAUSE THEY ARE ADVISORY BY NATURE AND DISCRETIONARY IN USE.

+THE

BASIS FOR

SPEED LIMIT SIGNS (WHICH ARE PRESCRIBED) PROVIDE. THE PROSECUTION OF OFFENDERS,+ HE SAID.

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WATCH KEPT AGAINST JOBS FOR Il’S * * * *

LABOUR DEPARTMENT CHECKED ON THE EMPLOYMENT OF ILLtGA

THE

IMMIGRANTS INFACTORIES WHILE CARRYING OUT ROUTINE VISITS TO CHEC

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ON BREACHES OF LABOUR LEGISLATION, COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, THE HON RON BRIDGE SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE DEPARTMENT'S LABOUR INSPECTORS MADE ABOUT 100 000 VISITS A YEAR TO ABOUT 60 000 FACTORIES, WITH EACH FACTORY ON AVERAGE ONCE EVERY SEVEN MONTHS, HE SAID.

SUCH

VISITED

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, MR

BRIDGE

SAID: +IN ADDITION TO THESE VISITS, THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT ALSO COOPERATES WITH THE POLICE AND IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT IN SPECIAL ANTI-ILLEGAL IMMIGRATIONS CAMPAIGNS.

TWELVE SUCH CAMPAIGNS HAD BEEN CONDUCTED, EACH LASTING ABOUT THREE DAYS AND COVERING ABOUT 5 000 FACTORIES IN ADDITION TO OTHER PLACES OF EMPLOYMENT, HE SAID.

AND SO FAR, 47 EMPLOYERS HAD ’DEPARTMENT IN CONNECTION WITH THE SINCE PART IVB OF THE IMMIGRATION

NOVEMBER 1980, THE AVERAGE FINE FOR THE CASES HAD BEEN ABOUT $1 000, MR BRIDGE SAID.

BEEN PROSECUTED BY THE IMMIGRATION EMPLOYMENT OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ORDINANCE CAME INTO EFFECT IN

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PLAN TO REQUIRE DATING OF FOOD * * * *

PACKAGES

DRAFTED TO MAKE LEGAL REQUIREMENT, HENRY CHING, SAID

AMENDMENT REGULATIONS ARE ALREADY BEING THE DATING OF MILK AND OTHER FOOD PACKAGES A THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON TODAY.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON PAULINE NG, WHO SUGGESTED ALSO THAT SUCH LABELLING BE IN CHINESE AS WELL AS IN ENGLISH, CHING SAID THAT VERY CAREFUL CONSIDERATION WOULD BE GIVEN TO THE QUESTION OF THE LANGUAGE TO BE USED FOR COMPLYING WITH THt PROPOSED REGULATIONS.

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TEN BILLS PASSED AND ONE INTRODUCED * * *

TEN BILLS WERE PASSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THEY ARE: THE DUTIABLE COMMODITIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1984, THE DUTIABLE COMMODITIES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1984, THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1984, THE EVIDENCE (AMENDMENT) BILL 198*, THE HONG KONG ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS BILL 1984, THE FIXED PENALTY (TRAFFIC CONTRAVENTIONS) (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1984, THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1984, THE LANDS TRIBUNAL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1984, THE JUDICIAL SERVICE COMMISSION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1984 AND THE STAMP DUTY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1984.

ONE BILL, THE ANTIBIOTICS, PHARMACY AND POISONS (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) BILL 1984, WAS INTRODUCED AND READ A SECOND TIME AND DEBATE ON IT WAS ADJOURNED.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 1984

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GOVERNOR RETURNS TOMORROW * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, WILL RETURN FROM PEKING TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AFTER THE LATEST ROUND OF SI NO-BRITISH TALKS.

HE WILL BE TRAVELLING ON FLIGHT CA 101, ETA 11.15 AM.

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FEWER REPORTS ON YOUTH DRUG LINKS

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IN THE FIRST QUARTER THIS YEAR, 226 PEOPLE UNDER THE AGE OF 21 WERE NEWLY REPORTED FOR INVOLVEMENT IN DRUGS, DOWN 21 PER CENT ON THE SAME QUARTER OF 1983, THE COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, NR GORDON MORTIMER, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

WHILE THE NUMBER REPRESENTED A DECLINE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ONE AND A HALF YEARS, IT WAS STILL TOO HIGH, MR MORTIMER SAID, IN AN ADDRESS TO THE LUNCH MEETING OF THE LIONS CLUB OF VICTORIA.

IN THE SAME QUARTER, 410 KG OF ILLICIT HEROIN WAS SEIZED, OR 56 PER CENT OF THE SEIZURES IN THE WHOLE OF 1983, WHICH WAS ITSELF A RECORD YEAR, HE SAID.

ALL THESE WERE PARTICULARLY ENCOURAGING SIGNS, HE SAID.

MR MORTIMER APPEALED TO PARENTS, TEACHERS AND EMPLOYERS TO SAFEGUARD THE YOUNG BY STEERING THEM AWAY FROM DRUGS.

HE SAID THAT HONG KONG HAD EARNED INTERNATIONAL ACCLAIM FOR ITS WORK IN THE FIELD OF TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION OF DRUG ABUSERS.

IN 1983, OVER 15 000 ADMISSIONS TO THE VARIOUS TREATMENT PROGRAMMES WERE RECORDED AND, ON AVERAGE, ABOUT 12 700 ADDICTS WERE RECEIVING SOME FORM OF TREATMENT, REHABILITATION AND AFTERCARE EACH DAY.

+THIS SAYS MUCH FOR HONG KONG’S PROGRESS IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND USE OF ITS TREATMENT FACILITIES, COMPARED WITH THE SITUATION 11 YEARS AGO WHEN ANNUAL ADMISSIONS WERE BELOW 2 000,+ NR MORTIMER SAID.

HE SAID THAT WITH PROPER MEDICAL CARE AND ATTENTION, DETOXIFICATION COULD USUALLY BE ACHIEVED IN ABOUT 10 DAYS.

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BUT HE STRESSED THAT WHETHER THE FORMER ADDICT COULD OVERCOME HIS PSYCHOLOGICAL DEPENDENCE AND ABSTAIN FROM DRUG WOULD DEPEND UPON HIS OWN MOTIVATION, THE COUNSELLING AND GUIDANCE HE WAS GIVEN, AND THE EFFORT WHICH BOTH HE AND SOCIETY MADE IN SECURING HIS REINTEGRATION INTO THE COMMUNITY.

+ IN HONG KONG WE HAVE ADOPTED A MULT I-MODAL ITY APPROACH IN THE TREATMENT OF DRUG ADDICTION,+ MR MORTIMER SAID.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THIS APPROACH WAS BOTH NECESSARY AND EFFECTIVE AS ONE FORM OF TREATMENT SUITABLE FOR SOME ADDICTS MIGHT NOT'BE SUITABLE FOR OTHERS BECAUSE OF DIFFERENCES IN AGE, HISTORY OF ADDICTION, PERSONAL BACKGROUND, EMPLOYMENT AND OTHER CHARACTERISTICS.

THERE ARE THREE MAJOR TREATMENT PROGRAMMES IN HONG KONG s A COMPULSORY PLACEMENT PROGRAMME OPERATED BY THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, AN OUT-PATIENT METHADONE PROGRAMME PROVIDED BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, AND A VOLUNTARY IN-PATIENT AND COMMUNITY CARE PROGRAMME RUN BY THE GOVERNMENT-SUBVENTED SOCIETY FOR THE AID AND REHABILITATION OF DRUG ABUSERS (SARDA).

IN 1983, A TOTAL OF 2 116 INMATES WERE ADMITTED TO THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S TREATMENT CENTRES, WITH 1 092 CASES UNDER TREATMENT WHEN‘THE YEAR BEGAN.

FROM THE START OF THE PROGRAMME IN 1969 TO THE END OF 1983, 21 423 DISCHARGEES COMPLETED THE STATUTORY ONE YEAR PERIOD OF AFTERCARE.

SARDA PROVIDES THE LARGEST OF THE VOLUNTARY IN-PATIENT TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION SERVICES IN HONG KONG.

THE SOCIETY OPERATES TWO IN-PATIENT TREATMENT CENTRES, ONE FOR MEN ON SHEK KWU CHAU AND THE OTHER FOR WOMEN AT WAN CHAI.

BOTH CENTRES ARE ORGANISED AS THERAPEUTIC COMMUNITIES AND CAN CATER FOR 500 MALE AND 30 FEMALE PATIENTS.

SINCE SARDA STARTED ITS TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION PROGRAMME IN 1963, A TOTAL OF 16 613 ADDICTS HAVE USED ITS IN-PATIENT SERVICES.

+IN ORDER TO ENCOURAGE FEMALE DRUG ABUSERS WHO ARE EXPECTANT OR NURSING MOTHERS, AND TO FOSTER A CLOSER AND HEALTHIER MATERNAL RELATIONSHIP, A MOTHER-CHILD PROGRAMME WAS STARTED IN LATE 1980.

+S0 FAR, 22 CHILDREN AGED FOUR OR UNDER HAVE BEEN ADMITTED TO THE WOMEN’S TREATMENT CENTRE WITH THEIR MOTHER UNDER THIS , PROGRAMME,+ MR MORTIMER SAID.

THERE ARE VARIOUS OTHER ORGANISATIONS WHICH OFFER TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION SERVICES TO DRUG ADDICTS ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS.

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♦ALTHOUGH THESE OPERATIONS DEAL WITH A RELATIVELY SMALL NUMBER OF ADDICTS, THEIR DEDICATED AND EFFECTIVE EFFORTS, AND TH- SELFLESS COMMITMENT OF THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR OPERATING THEM, HAVE CONTRIBUTED MUCH TO HONG KONG’S LONG BATTLE AGAINST DRUG ADDICTION,♦ HE SAID.

THESE ORGANISATIONS INCLUDE CARITAS LOK HEEP CLUB, HAVEN OF HOPE HOSPITAL, HONG KONG CHRISTIAN SERVICE TUNG FOOK HOUSE, THE HONG KONG DISCHARGED PRISONERS’ AID SOCIETY, LING Ol YOUTH CENTRE, OPERATION DAWN AND WU Ol CHRISTIAN CENTRE.

♦ALTHOUGH THE LONG-TERM OBJECTIVE IS TO ASSIST PATIENTS TO DETOXIFY AND ACHIEVE A DRUG-FREE STATE, IT IS UNDERSTOOD THAT THIS WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR A SIGNIFICANT SEGMENT OF THE ADDICT POPULATION.

WITH RESPECT TO SHORT-TERM OBJECTIVES, IT IS CONSIDERED VITALLY IMPORTANT TO PROVIDE A READILY ACCESSIBLE, LEGAL, MEDICALLY SAFE AND EFFECTIVE ALTERNATIVE TO CONTINUED ILLICIT SELF-ADMINISTRATION OF HEROIN TO EVERY SINGLE ADDICT.

THE WIDESPREAD NETWORK OF METHADONE CLINICS EFFECTIVELY MEETS THIS NEED,+ HE SAID.

THE USE OF METHADONE FOR TREATMENT OF DRUG ADDICTS ON AN OUT-PATIENT BASIS WAS STARTED IN HONG KONG IN LATE 1972.

SINCE THEN THE PROGRAMME HAS EXPANDED RAPIDLY TO COPE WITH THE INCREASE IN DEMAND FOR TREATMENT FACILITIES, MAKING IT NOW THE LARGEST OF THE TREATMENT PROGRAMMES IN HONG KONG.

THERE ARE NOW 24 OUT-PATIENT METHADONE CLINICS IN THE TERRITORY, IN OPERATION SEVEN DAYS A WEEK.

DURING 1983, THE DAILY AVERAGE ATTENDANCE AT THESE CLINICS WAS 6 303, COMPARED WITH THE 1982 AVERAGE OF 6 976.

THUS, DESPITE THE CONTINUING AVAILABILITY AND LOW PRICE OF ILLICIT HEROIN IN 1983, THE NUMBER OF ADDICTS WHO SOUGHT METHADONE TREATMENT REMAINED AT A RELATIVELY HIGH LEVEL,+ W MORTIMER SAID.

IN MARCH 1984, WHEN THERE WAS AN ACUTE SHORTAGE OF HEROIN DUE TO RECORD SEIZURES, THE DAILY ATTENDANCE WAS OVER 10 000. IT IS NOW ABOUT 7 400 A DAY.

HE SAID THAT HONG KONG’S TREATMENT PROGRAMMES WERE CLOSELY LINKED WITH A VARIETY OF AFTERCARE SERVICES, RANGING FROM COUNSELLING AND EMPLOYMENT TO LODGING, FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

FOR MANY ADDICTS, SUCH SERVICES ARE ESSENTIAL TO HELP THEM RE-INTEGRATE INTO SOCIETY AND TO PREVENT THEM FROM RELAPSING TO DRUGS,+ HE SAID.

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MP’S SEE WELFARE SERVICES

MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF AND IMMIGRATION TODAY LOOKED SERV ICES.

COMMONS SUB-COMMITTEE ON RACE RELATIONS AT GOVERNMENT AND VOLUNTARY WELFARE

TO THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S LAI

THE VISITORS WENT FIRST

CHI KOK FIELD UNIT WHERE THEY SAW STAFF DEALING WITH ENQUIRIES AND APPLICATIONS RELATING TO PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, OLD AGE AND

DISABILITY ALLOWANCES.

THE MP’S THEN WENT TO THE LAI KOK COMMUNITY HALL WHICH SERVES AS A FOCAL POINT FOR CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES. THEY LATER VISITED THE LAI KOK HOSTEL FOR THE ELDERLY WHERE MORE THAN 80 PEOPLE LIVE. THE CENTRE IS RUN BY CARITAS, A

VOLUNTARY AGENCY

SUBVENTED

BY THE GOVERNMENT.

EARLIER THE WELFARE, MR JOHN

MP’S WERE CHAMBERS.

BRIEFED BY THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL

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FARMERS

TO VISIT UNITED STATES * * *

FIFTEEN FARMERS WILL LEAVE ON FRIDAY FOR THE UNITED STATES ---------------------------- AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES

ON A STUDY TOUR ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT AND THE FEDERATION OF SOCIETIES.

VEGETABLE MARKETING CO-OPERATIVE

1977, WILL LAST TWO WEEKS.

THE TOUR, THE SEVENTH SINCE 1977, WILL LAST TWO WEEKS. A CEREMONY PRIOR TO THE GROUP’S DEPARTURE, THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, DR JOHN RIDDELL-SWAN, PRESENTED A

AT

BANNER TO THE FARMERS.

HE TOLD THE GATHERING THAT THE MAIN OBJECTIVES OF THESE TOURS WERE TO ENABLE FARMERS TO OBSERVE ADVANCED CULTIVATION TECHNIQUES. TO BROADEN THEIR OUTLOOK AND TO GET AN INSIGHT INTO THE LIFE-STYLE OF THEIR COUNTERPARTS ELSEWHERE.

+THE TOURS ALSO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE EXCHANGE OF KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE BETWEEN LOCAL AND OVERSEAS FARMERS,+ DR RIDDELL-SWAN SAID.

PREVIOUS TOURS HAD BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL, HE SAID, AND FARMERS HAD BROUGHT BACK USEFUL TECHNICAL KNOW-HOW WHICH THEY HAD SHARED WITH OTHERS.

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24

♦ THIS IS THE FIRST AGRICULTURAL TOUR TO T IS THE DEPARTMENT’S INTENTION TO ORGANISE ’NEW’ COUNTRIES AS POSSIBLE.+

THE UNITED STATES AND VISITS TO AS MANY

ACCOMPANIED

WHILE IN THE UNITED STATES, THE GROUP, W TONY TAO, AGRICULTURAL OFFICER, WILL VISIT VEGETABLE A PRODUCTION RESEARCH LABORATORY, A FRUIT AND VEGETABLE INSECT RESEARCH LABORATORY, CO-OPERATIVES, bROwERS’ AND ASSOCIATIONS AND WHOLESALE FACILITIES IN CALIFORNIA.

BY FARMS,

SHIPPERS’

THEY WILL ALSO MEET AMERICAN OFFICIALS ON AGRICULTURE IN THE COUNTRY.

WHO WILL

BRIEF THEM

’CARE’ RESIDENTS TOLD TO X * X *

CARE

CHEUNG CHAU RES I DENTS■WERE TODAY URGED

TO USE A

IN THE SAI WAN CARE (CO-OPERATIVE FOR AMERICAN RELIEF VILLAGE.

NEW OFFICE EVERYWHERE)

THE CALL CAME FROM THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WILLIAM YAP WHEN HE OPENED THE TWO-STOREY OFFICE BUILDING AT SAI WAN.

HE SAID THE OFFICE WOULD ENABLE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

OF THE VILLAGE TO DEAL WITH LOCAL MATTERS VENUE FOR VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS TO PLAN RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES.

AND WOULD ALSO AND ORGANISE

MEMBERS

PROVIDE

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HE SAID THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD HAD

INSTIL

BEEN SET UP TO

A SENSE OF BELONGING AND TO HELP IMPLEMENT PROJECTS MORE rFFECTIVELY. +THE NEW OFFICE WILL PROVIDE A VENUE TO HELP VILLAGERS TO ACHIEVE THIS GOAL.+

MR YAP ALSO URGED RESIDENTS TO REGISTER AS AND TO VOTE IN NEXT YEAR’S ELECTIONS.

WITH THE RECENT COMPLETION OF AN EXTENSION CARE VILLAGE NOW PROVIDES HOMES FOR ABOUT 3 OOO CHAU.

VOTERS IN AUGUST

PROJECT, THE

PEOPLE ON CHEUNG

OTHER GUESTS AT TODAY’S CEREMONY WERE THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICER, MR w.L. PIERCY, OFFICIALS OF THE CHEUNG CHAU RURAL 'COMMITTEE AND SEVERAL DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS.

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CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL CONSIDER MARKET FACILITIES IN SHEUNG WAN AT THEIR MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON.

THEY WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE ALLOCATION OF $150 000 FOR

A BASKETBALL COURT AT SAI WOO LANE AND $50 000 FOR A PLAY AND SITTING-OUT AREA AT TSZ Ml ALLEY.

TWO URBAN COUNCILLORS, MR KWAN LIM-HO AND MR TONG KAM-BIU, WILu ATTEND THE MEETING TO EXPLAIN THE COUNCIL’S POLICY ON THE MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL OF HAWKERS.

AT THE MEETING, MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE BRIEFED ON A PUBLICITY PROGRAMME TO BE LAUNCHED IN THE DISTRICT FOR THE COMING REGISTRATION OF VOTERS AND NEXT YEAR’S DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA WILL INCLUDE THE URBAN COUNCIL’S CAPITAL WORKS PROGRAMME, NAMING OF A NEW ROAD AT QUEENSWAY AND PROGRESS REPORTS ON THE BOARD’S COMMITTEES.

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CONTINUOUS VIGILANCE AGAINST UNSAFE FOOD X 4 *

The URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S EFFORTS TO PROTECT ThE PUBLIC FROM UNSAFE FOOD ARE PURSUED WITH DETERMINATION AND IMPARTIALITY, the director of urban services, mr graham barnes, said today.

SPEAKING AT THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF THE HONG KONG FOOD TRADERS’ ASSOCIATION, MR BARNES SAID: +W|Th ThE GROWING KNOWLEDGE OF The EFFECTS OF FOOD ON ThE PEOPLE WHO EAT IT, THE USD AND ThE URBAN COUNCIL HAVE ThE RESPONSIBILITY OF A WATCHDOG TO ENSURE that food is dealt with hygienically and does not contain SUBSTANCES HARMFUL TO HEALTH.

+THE FACT is that modern science has done much for the food INDUSTRY — NOT LEAST, IT HAS MADE IT POSSIBLE TO PRODUCE FAR MORE food more efficiently for the rapidly increasing population of the WORLD - BUT IN SOME CASES IT HAS SOME DRAWBACKS, IN THAT THE CONSEQUENT PRODUCTS MAY CONTAIN SUBSTANCES THAT MAY BE HARMFUL TO HUMAN HEALTH.

♦when we know this, we have to act — reasonably ^e think, ' BUT SOMETIMES FAST AND it may PUT a STRAIN ON SUPPLIES, UNTIL, AS USUALLY HAPPENS, SCIENCE MOVES IN AGAIN TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM.

♦THIS WATCHDOG FUNCTION WE MUST PURSUE QUITE FIRMLY AND IMPARTIALLY, NOT AT THE BEHEST OF SENSATIONAL NEWS REPORTS BUT BECAUSE IT IS A NECESSARY DUTY OF A PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITY.+

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DB WORK ASSESSED * * *

A THREE-'wEEK SURVEY HAS BEEN LAUNCHED TO EVALUATE RESIDENTS’ UNDERSTANDING AND AWARENESS OF THE WORK OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD.

WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, A RANDOM SAMPLE OF 1 OOO HOUSEHOLDS HAS BEEN SELECTED, REPRESENTING ABOUT TwO PER CENT OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLDS IN THE DISTRICT.

IN THE NEXT THREE WEEKS, STAFF OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE WILL VISIT HOMES TO INTERVIEW FAMILIES.

A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID THE BOARD HAD DEVOTED A LOT OF EFFORT TO PROMOTING THE WELL-BEING OF RESIDENTS SINCE IT WAS SET UP IN 1981.

+IT IS TIME TO GAUGE PUBLIC RESPONSE TO THE WORK DONE BY THE BOARD AND TO IDENTIFY AREAS REQUIRING ADDITIONAL ATTENTION,+ HE SAID.

+THE FINDINGS OF THE SURVEY WILL PROVIDE A VALUABLE INFORMATION TO HELP FUTURE“PLANNING+.

THE RESULTS OF THE SURVEY WILL BE ANALYSED NEXT MONTH AND A REPORT WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE BOARD IN AUGUST.

MISS GRACE YU, OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE, 5-540271, WILL ANSWER ANY ENQUIRIES DURING OFFICE HOURS.

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LADY YOUDE OPENS CUHK RESEARCH FACILITY

XII

THE OPENING OF THE EAST BLOCK OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY SCIENCE CENTRE MARKED ANOTHER STAGE IN THE UNIVERSITY’S PROGRAMME OF PROVIDING ACADEMIC RESEARCH FACILITIES, LADY YOUDE SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

+IT ALSO REFLECTS THE GOODWILL AND GENEROSITY OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY AND THE CONTRIBUTION OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT IN PROMOTING THE EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF THIS SOCIETY,+ SHE SAID.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING OF THE NEW BUILDING, LADY YOUDE SAID THAT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG HAD BEEN ENGAGED IN RESEARCH INTO CHINESE MEDICINE SINCE 1973 AND HAD GAINED , MUCH RECOGNITION IN THIS FIELD.

REFERRING TO THE CHINESE MEDICINAL MATERIALS RESEARCH CENTRE LOCATED ON THE SECOND AND THIRD FLOORS OF THE SIX-STOREY BUILDING, SHE SAID THE OPENING OF THE CENTRE WAS ANOTHER SYMBOL OF HONG KONG’S UNIQUE POSITION AS A MEETING PLACE OF THE CULTURES OF BOTH EAST AND WEST. .

LADY YOUDE ALSO WELCOMED TO HONG KONG THE MANY DISTINGUISHED GUESTS ATTENDING THE INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON CHINESE FED IC INAL MATERIALS RESEARCH.

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ADVANCE WELFARE PAYMENTS ft ft ft

SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) TH^T ^OPLE ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE WHO ARE TO RECEIVE PAYMENT ON JUNE 16, 17 AND 18 CAN CASH THEIR COUPONS ON JUNE 13, 14 AND 15 RESPECTIVELY, OR AFTER, AT THE DESIGNATED POST OFFICES, NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT OFFICES OR TREASURY SUB-OFFICES.

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ELECTRONICS SURVEY FIELD WORK STARTS

* * * *

FIELD WORK ON THE COLLECTION OF INFORMATION ABOUT THE MANPOWER SITUATION AND TRAINING NEEDS OF THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY BEGAN TODAY AND WILL GO ON TILL JUNE 22.

+A WELL-TRAINED WORKFORCE IS ESSENTIAL FOR THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY TO REMAIN COMPETITIVE AND TO MOVE UP-MARKET,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL SAID TODA.Y.

HE ALSO STRESSED THAT INFORMATION GATHERED WOULD BE HANDLED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND WOULD BE PUBLISHED ONLY IN THE FORM OF STATISTICAL SUMMERIES WITHOUT REFERENCE TO INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENTS.

CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT OFFICERS WILL CALL ON THE EMPLOYERS TO COLLECT QUESTIONNAIRES AND HELP COMPLETE THE FORMS.

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TEACHERS’ PROJECTS FOR DISPLAY ft ft ft ft

THE INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD AN EXHIBITION OF TEACHING AIDS, PROTOTYPE INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND RELATED PROJECTS BY 200 EXPERIENCED PRIMARY AND SECONDARY LANGUAGE TEACHERS NEXT WEEK.

THE TEACHERS HAVE JUST COMPLETED A 16-WEEK REFRESHER COURSE ORGANISED BY THE INSTITUTE ON PRESENT TRENDS IN LANGUAGE TEACHING METHODOLOGY.

IT IS ALSO THE INSTITUTE’S AIM, IN RUNNING THE COURSES EACH YEAR, TO INTRODUCE TEACHERS TO NEW PERSPECTIVES IN LANGUAGE

• LEARN ING.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM FROM JUNE 19 TO 21 AT THE INSTITUTE IN PARK-IN COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 21ST FLOOR, 56 DUNDAS STREET, KOWLOON.

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SICK WOMAN AIRLIFTED FROM FISHING VESSEL * * * *

A WOMAN CREW MEMBER OF A HONG KONG LICENSED FISHING VESSEL 53 MILES EAST OF HONG KONG, NEAR PEDRO BLANCO, WAS LIFTED BY ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE HELICOPTER THIS MORNING FOR TREATMENT IN QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL.

THE EMERGENCY AIRLIFT WAS IN RESPONSE TO A CALL RECEIVED

-- ‘ THAT THE WOMAN WAS

BY THE PORT COMMUNICATIONS CENTRE AT 9.05 AM SUFFERING FROM SEVERE ABDOMINAL PAINS.

A MARINE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT

AIRCRAFT

FROM KAI

AND A HELICOPTER OF THE RHKAAF WERE TAK AIRPORT, AT 9.10 AM.

A FIXED WING IMMEDIATELY SENT

THE

AT 10.45

SICK WOMAN WAS ADMITTED TO QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL AM.

SHE

WAS IN SATISFACTORY CONDITION AT 6.45 PM TODAY.

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KWUN TONG TRAFFIC PLAN * * *

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JUNE 15) TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC CIRCULATION IN KWUN TONG INDUSTRIAL AREA.

THE FOLLOWING ROADS WILL BE DESIGNATED RESTRICTED ZONES

DURING

THE HOURS SPECIFIED:

FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY:

*

THE SECTION OF LAI YIP STREET FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH HOI BUN ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 20 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

*

THE AND

SECTION OF SHUN YIP STREET BETWEEN WAI YIP STREET HOI BUN ROAD.

*

THE LAI

SECTION OF HOI BUN ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH YIP STREET TO A POINT ABOUT 25 METRES WEST OF ITS

JUNCTION WITH SHUN YIP STREET

*

THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF HOI BUN ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH LAI YIP STREET TO A POINT ABOUT 25 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY:

*

THE SECTION OF WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF HOI BUN ROAD BETWEEN HOW MING STREET AND LAI YIP STREET’.

/within these

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 1964

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WITHIN THESE RESTRICTED ZONES, DRIVERS OF ALL MOTOR VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES AND THOSE AUTHORISED IN SITING BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM KICKING UP OR SETTING DOWN PASSENGERS OR LOADING OR UNLOADING GOODS.

TRAFFIC-SIGNAL CONTROL WILL BE INTRODUCED AT THE JUNCTION OF uAl VIP STREET AND HOI BUN ROAD, THE JUNCTION OF HOI BUN ROAD AND SHUN YIP STREET, AND THE JUNCTION OF WAI YIP STREET AND SHUN YIP STREET.

THERE WILL BE NO RIGHT-TURNS FROM LAI YIP STREET SOUTHBOUND INTO WAI YIP STREET WESTBOUND, FROM LAI YIP STREET NORTHBOUND INTO WAI YIP STREET EASTBOUND, AND FROM WAI YIP STREET WESTBOUND INTO LAI YIP STREET NORTHBOUND.

THE FOLLOWING BUS ROUTES WILL BE DIVERTED FROM FRIDAY:

ROUTES NO. DIVERSION ROUTE

KMB ROUTE 6E ON JOURNEY TO CHEUNG SHA WAN: TO BE

DIVERTED VIA KWUN TONG ROAD, LAI YIP STREET, HOI BUN ROAD, SHUN YIP STREET, WAI YIP STREET TO PROCEED ON ITS ORIGINAL journey.

KMB ROUTE 14B ON JOURNEY TO NGAU TAU KOK: TO BE

DIVERTED VIA WAI YIP STREET, HOW MING STREET, HOI BUN ROAD, LAI YIP STREET, ELEGANCE ROAD TO PROCEED ON ITS ORIGINAL JOURNEY.

KMB ROUTE 14-X ON JOURNEY TO JORDAN ROAD FERRY: TO BE

DIVERTED VIA KWUN TONG ROAD, FLYOVER, KAI FUK ROAD, AIRPORT TUNNEL TO PROCEED TO ITS ORIGINAL JOURNEY.

KMB ROUTE 15X ON JOURNEY TO TSlM SHA TSUI: TO BE

DIVERTED VIA KWUN TONG ROAD, FLYOVER, KAI FUK ROAD, AIRPORT TUNNEL TO PROCEED TO ITS ORIGINAL JOURNEY.

THE FOLLOWING MAXICAB ROUTE WILL BE DIVERTED FROM FRIDAY:

ROUTE NO. DIVERSION ROUTE

KOWLOON ON JOURNEY TO KAI FUK TEMPORARY

MAXICAB ROUTE HOUSING ESTATE: TO BE DIVERTED VIA

26M LAI YIP STREET, HOI BUN ROAD, SHUN

YIP STREET, WAI YIP STREET AND SHEUNG

YEE ROAD TO PROCEED TO ITS ORIGINAL JOURNEY.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, /

MOTORISTS INTENDING TO RIGHT-TURN FROM LAI YIP STREET SOLtHBOUnD INTO WAI YIP STREET WESTBOUND ARE ADVISED TO USE LA YIP STREET, HOI BUN ROAD, SHUN YIP STREET AND LEFT-TURN I xT0 WAI YIP STREET.

MOTORISTS INTENDING TO RIGHT-TURN FROM LAI YIP STREET I »T0 WAI YIP STREET EASTBOUND ARE ADVISED TO USE HOI BUN ROAD, SHUN YIP STREET AND RIGHT-TURN INTO WAI YIP STREET.

MOTOR I STS WESTBOUND INTO

INTENDING TO RIGHT-TURN FROM WAI YIP STREET LAI YIP STREET NORTHBOUND ARE ADVISED TO

USE WAI YIP STREET, HOW MING STREET, HOI BUN ROAD AND LAI YIP STREET.

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FLYOVER TRAFFIC

PROHIBITION *

FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JUNE 15),

TAI HO ROAD FLYOVER IN

TSUEN

LIGHT BUSES EXCEPT THOSE

wAN WILL BE PROHIBITED TO ALL PUBLIC AUTHORISED IN WRITING BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT.

ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY (JUNE 15 - 16), THE SECTION OF JUNCTION ROAD BETWEEN FU MEI STREET AND WANG TAU HOM EAST ROAD WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 1.15 AM TO 5.15 AM, TO FACILITATE CONSTRUCTION WORK.

DURING THE ROAD CLOSURE, MOTORISTS ON JUNCTION ROAD HEADING FOR KOWLOON TONG AREA WILL BE DIVERTED TO USE WANG TAU HOM EAST ROAD AND FU MEI STREET.

MOTORISTS ON JUNCTION WILL BE DIVERTED TO USE FU

ROAD HEADING FOR KOWLOON CITY AREA MEI STREET AND WANG TAU HOM EAST ROAD.

ON FRIDAY (JUNE 15), A NEW PUBLIC LIGHT BUS STAND WILL BE PROVIDED AT HUNG MIN COURT IN YUEN LONG, AND A NEW TAXI STAND,

TAK STREET, YUEN LONG.

AT K IN

A TOTAL OF 37 PRIVATE CAR PARKING METERS WILL BE INSTALLED IN YAU MA TEI DISTRICT TO RATION THE USE OF ON-STREET PARKING SPACES.

THESE TWO-HOUR PARKING METERS, WHICH CHARGE $1 FOR 30 MINUTES, WILL START TO OPERATE FROM 2 PM ON FRIDAY (JUNE 15).

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 1984

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MORE ENVIRONMENTAL WORK NEEDED: REPORT ......................... 1

UNEMPLOYMENT SITUATION STABLE................................... 3

ENVIRONMENT BODY STRENGTHENED .................................. 4

GOVERNOR RETURNS ............................................... 8

265 INSURANCE FIRMS APPROVED UNDER NSW LAW...................... 9

EIGHTY-SEVIN PER CENT DID NOT VOTE.............................. 10

HOUSING AUTHORITY’S 117TH ESTATE OPENS ........................ 11

GOVERNOR FEATURES IN DOCUMENTARY............................... 12

OFFICIAL RECEIVER APPOINTED LIQUIDATOR OF COMPANY ............. 13

THE GIRLS ARE BRIGHTER......................................... 13

MPS’ TO MEET PRESS ............................................ 14

UMELCO MEETS HOUSING DELEGATION ............................... 15

NEW HOME SOON FOR ELDERLY FOLK ................................ 15

CALIBRATION LAB BEING SET UP .................................. 16

CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS COMPLETE SOCIAL WORK COURSE.............. 16

LISTENING COMPREHENSION FOR TEACHERS .......................... 17

AWARD-WINNING BOOKS ON DISPLAY ................................ 17

$693.4M IN HOUSING TENDERS APPROVED ........................... 18

YOUNG VIOLINIST TO ATTEND U.S. CAMP ........................... 18

PRACTICAL TRAINING ESSENTIAL TO TECHNICAL EDUCATION ........... 18

DRY-WEATHER CHANNEL FOR SHING MUN RIVER........................ 19

DB TO DISCUSS CORRIDOR PLAN ................................... 20

YUEN LONG TO HOLD SINGING CONTEST.............................. 20

UNAUTHORISED SIGNBOARDS TO BE CLEARED.......................... 21

TEACHERS COMPLETE COURSE....................................... 21

ELECTRICAL SUB-STATION FOR AIRPORT ............................ 21

NEW MAXICAB ROUTE FOR MID-LEVELS............................... 22

24-HOUR CLEARWAY............................................... 22

THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 1934

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MORE ENVIRONMENTAL WORK NEEDED: REPORT * * * *

MUCH HAD BEEN ACHIEVED BUT MUCH WAS STILL TO BE DONE IN THE AREA OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION IN HONG KONG ACCORDING TO A REPORT ISSUED TODAY.

THE REPORT, ENTITLED +ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION IN HONG KONG 1983-84+, HAS BEEN COMPILED BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY IN COLLABORATION WITH 14 GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS INVOLVED IN POLLUTION CONTROL, AND COVERS ALL ASPECTS OF AIR AND WATER POLLUTION, NOISE, WASTE MANAGEMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING AND ASSESSMENT.

IT INCLUDES AN INTRODUCTORY CHAPTER WHICH PRESENTS A SIMPLE EXPLANATION OF THE GOVERNMENT ORGANISATIONS INVOLVED IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL FIELD AND THE ROLE THEY PLAY.

THE REPORT ALSO COVERS PROGRESS MADE IN THE TEN YEARS SINCE THE CONSULTANTS, ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES LIMITED, WERE COMMISSIONED TO ADVISE ON WHAT SHOULD BE DONE TO PROTECT HONG KONG’S ENVIRONMENT, AND LISTS A NUMBER OF SUCCESSES.

THE SUCCESSES INCLUDE:

* THE ENACTMENT OF THREE MAJOR ORDINANCES: FOR THE CONTROL OF AIR AND WATER POLLUTION AND FOR WASTE DISPOSAL, TOGETHER WITH AMENDMENTS TO EXISTING LEGISLATION TO CONTROL VENTILATION NOISE, CONSTRUCTION NOISE AT NIGHT AND THE EMISSION OF SMOKE FROM ROAD VEHICLES

# THE ESTABLISHMENT, STAFFING AND EQUIPPING OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, TO PROVIDE A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY TEAM TO DEAL WITH CO-ORDINATION, POLICY DEVELOPMENT AND MONITORING IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL FIELD

* THE ESTABLISHMENT OF CONTROL UNITS WITHIN VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR IMPLEMENTING THE NEW ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION LEGISLATION

M THE INTRODUCTION OF COMPREHENSIVE MONITORING PROGRAMMES FOR AIR AND WATER QUALITY, NOISE AND ALL TYPES OF WASTE AR IS INGS

K THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR PROGRAMME OF PUBLIC WORKS TO PROVIDE FACILITIES FOR THE TREATMENT AND DISPOSAL OF SEWAGE AND OTHER WASTES, TO REDUCE POLLUTANT EMISSIONS FROM MUNICIPAL INCINERATORS AND TO'RECTIFY POLLUTION BLACK-SPOTS

/• A MARKED ....

THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 1984 '

2

* A MARKED IMPROVEMENT IN THE EXTENT TO WHICH ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS ARE INCORPORATED INTO THE PHYSICAL PLANNING PROCESS

* THE PREVENTION OF NEW NUISANCES AND HARMFUL EFFECTS AS A RESULT OF THE CONTROL MEASURES THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN INCORPORATED INTO MAJOR INSTALLATIONS IN HONG KONG SUCH AS THE COAL-FIRED POWER PLANTS, CEMENT WORKS, CHEMICAL WORKS, FACTORIES ON INDUSTRIAL ESTATES AND NUMEROUS OTHERS.

IN THE SPECIFIC POLLUTION AREAS COVERED IN THE REPORT, REFERENCE IS MADE IN THE AIR QUALITY SECTION TO THE REDUCTIONS ACHIEVED IN LEAD IN PETROL, THE DECLINE OF THE PREVIOUSLY HIGH SULPHUR DIOXIDE CONCENTRATIONS IN THE HUNG HOM AREA AND THE DRAMATIC REDUCTION IN PARTICLE EMISSIONS FROM THE KENNEDY TOWN INCINERATOR.

THE WATER QUALITY MANAGEMENT SECTION FOCUSSES ON THE RENEWED EFFORTS TO CONTROL POLLUTION OF WATER-COURSES AND BEACHES IN THE TERRITORY AND PROVIDES MUCH USEFUL DATA ON THE OCCURRENCE OF RED TIDES. AND THE FLOATING REFUSE PROBLEM.

IN THE NOISE AND VIBRATION SECTION OF THE REPORT, THE MAJOR THEME IS +PLANNING AGAINST NOISE+. THIS EXPLAINS THE WAY IN WHICH OPTICAL MODELS AND COMPUTER MODELS ARE BEING USED TO ENSURE THAT RESIDENTS OF NEW HOUSING DEVELOPMENT, SUCH AS THOSE IN JUNK BAY, ARE PROTECTED AS FAR AS POSSIBLE, FROM EXCESSIVE ROAD TRAFFIC AND RAIL NOISE.

HONG KONG’S PRE-EMINENCE IN TEXTILE AND GARMENTS IS REFLECTED IN THE ANALYSIS OF REFUSE COMPOSITION GIVEN IN THE WASTE MANAGEMENT PLANNING SECTION OF THE REPORT.

RAGS OF VARIOUS SORTS COMPRISE A MASSIVE 35 PER CENT OF ALL PRIVATELY COLLECTED WASTE.

FORECASTS OF HOW MUCH WASTE, IN THE FORM OF REFUSE AND SLUDGES, WILL BE GENERATED IN HONG KONG IN THE FUTURE INDICATE THE BIG TASK FACING THOSE WHO MUST PLAN FOR ITS DISPOSAL.

MORE THAN 2-1/2 MILLION TONNES A YEAR OF SLUDGES AND OVER 12 OOO TONNES/DAY OF REFUSE WILL REQUIRE DISPOSAL BY THE END OF THE DECADE.

DETAILS ARE GIVEN OF AN ADVANCED COMPUTER MODEL THAT HAS BEEN DEVELOPED TO AID THE PLANNING IN THIS AREA.

THE WAY IN WHICH ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS ARE ENTERING MORE AND MORE INTO THE GOVERNMENT’S PLANNING OF MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS IS WELL ILLUSTRATED IN CHAPTER 7, WHICH RECORDS A 100 PER CENT INCREASE BETWEEN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1982 AND THE FIRST QUARTER CF 1984 IN THE NUMBER OF DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS BEING ASSESSED.

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THERE IS GOOD NEWS TOO OF IMPROVEMENTS IN THE EXTENT TO WHICH ENVIRONMENTAL NEEDS WILL BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT IN FUTURE LOCAL PLANNING EXERCISES.

FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE +HONG KONG PLANNING STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES*, IS TO HAVE A COMPREHENSIVE CHAPTER ON +THE ENVIRONMENT*. THE FIRST TWO SECTIONS, ON AIR AND WATER QUALITY, HAVE BEEN COMPLETED AND THE REMAINDER ARE EXPECTED TO BE FINALISED IN THE COMING YEAR.

COPIES OF THE REPORT CAN BE PURCHASED FROM HONG KONG GOVERNMENT BOOKSHOPS.

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UNEMPLOYMENT SITUATION STABLE * * * * *

THE UNEMPLOYMENT SITUATION FOR THE THREE MONTHS TO APRIL 1984 REMAINED LARGELY STABLE WHILE THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT SITUATION IMPROVED SLIGHTLY, ACCORDING TO THE LATEST LABOUR FORCE STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR THE PERIOD WAS 4.1 PER CENT, EFFECTIVELY THE SAME AS THE FOUR PER CENT RECORDED FOR THE QUARTER TO MARCH 1984.

WHEN COMPARED WITH THE RATE OF 3.7 PER CENT FOR THE PREVIOUS QUARTER (NOVEMBER 1983 - JANUARY 1984) AND 5.2 PER CENT FOR THE SAME QUARTER OF 1983, THE INCREASE OF 0.4 PER CENT WAS NOT STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT WHILE THE DECREASE OF 1.1 PER CENT OVER THE YEAR WAS STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT.

THE NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED PERSONS IN THE QUARTER TO APRIL WAS ESTIMATED AT 103 800, COMPARED WITH 95 200 FOR THE QUARTER TO JANUARY 1984, AND TO 128 900 FOR THE SAME QUARTER OF LAST YEAR.

THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE FOR FEBRUARY - APRIL 1984 WAS ESTIMATED AT 1.2 PER CENT AND THAT FOR NOVEMBER 1983 - JANUARY 1984 AT 1.5 PER CENT. THE DIFFERENCE WAS STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT. THE RATE FOR FEBRUARY - APRIL 1983 WAS 2.4 PER CENT.

THE ESTIMATED NUMBER OF UNDEREMPLOYED PERSONS WAS 31 200 FOR THE QUARTER TO APRIL, COMPARED WITH 38 700 FOR THE PREVIOUS QUARTER.

CONSISTENT WITH THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE INTERNATIONAL 'LABOUR ORGANISATION, PERSONS WHO WORKED LESS THAN 35 HOURS A WEEK WERE REGARDED AS UNDEREMPLOYED ONLY IF THEY WERE SEEKING MORE WORK OR WERE NOT SEEKING MORE WORK BECAUSE THEY BELIEVED MORE WORK WAS NOT AVAILABLE.

/COMMENTING ON........

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COMMENTING ON THESE FIGURES, 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 WHICH HAD BEEN SEASONALLY ADJUSTED FOR THE VARIATION IN FIRST-TIME JOB-SEEKERS SHOULD BE USED IN MAKING COMPARISONS OVER TIME. THE UNADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR THE QUARTER TO APRIL 1984 WAS 3.9 PER CENT.

THE UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT STATISTICS WERE OBTAINED FROM A CONTINUOUS GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT. THIS SURVEY COVERS A QUARTERLY SAMPLE CF SOME 15 OOO HOUSEHOLDS OR 55 000 PERSONS, SELECTED SCIENTIFICALLY TO REPRESENT THE LAND-BASED CIVILIAN NON-1NSTI TUTIONAL POPULATION IN HONG KONG. PERSONAL AND LABOUR FORCE DATA WERE OBTAINED IN THE SURVEY BY INTERVIEWING EACH INDIVIDUAL MEMBER IN THE HOUSEHOLDS SAMPLED.

DETAILED ANALYSIS OF THE LABOUR FORCE CHARACTERISTICS IS GIVEN IN THE REPORT ON THE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY WHICH IS PUBLISHED FOUR TIMES A YEAR. THE NEXT REPORT COVERING THE QUARTER TO JUNE 1984 WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AROUND SEPTEMBER 20, 1984.

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ENVIRONMENT BODY STRENGTHENED * X- * *

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE HAS BEEN RETITLED, STRENGTHENED AND GIVEN WIDER RESPONSIBILITIES FOR ITS NEXT TERM OF OFFICE BEGINNING ON JULY 1. THE NEW MEMBERSHIP CF THE COMMITTEE WILL BE GAZETTED NEXT FRIDAY (JUNE 22).

IT IS INTENDED TO EMPHASISE THE CONTROL OF POLLUTION AS THE MAIN TASK COMMANDING THE COMMITTEE’S ATTENTION. A MINOR CHANGE TO REFLECT THIS IS THAT EPCOM WILL NOW BE KNOWN AS THE ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

THE COMMITTEE WILL TAKE OVER THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG STEERING COMMITTEE, WHICH MASTERMINDED THE ANT I-LITTER ING CAMPAIGN IN 1982 AND ITS IMMEDIATE FOLLOW-UP. LITTERING IS SEEN AS AN INTRINSIC PART OF POLLUTION AND ASPECTS SUCH AS THE CONTROL OF FLOATING REFUSE ARE EXPECTED TO OCCUPY A GOOD DEAL OF EPCOM'S TIME IN THE COMING MONTHS.

THE SPECIAL COMMITTEES ON LAND AND WATER POLLUTION, AIR POLLUTION AND NOISE, WHICH AT PRESENT REPORT TO EPCOM, ARE TO ,BE DISCONTINUED. INSTEAD, THE NEW EPCOM WILL BE ABLE TO SET UP AD HOC WORKING GROUPS FROM AMONG ITS OWN MEMBERS TO STUDY PARTICULAR ISSUES SHOULD THIS EE FELT NECESSARY. THIS WILL BE A MUCH MORE FLEXIBLE ARRANGEMENT.

/THE PURPOSE

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THE PURPOSE OF THESE CHANGES IS TO REASSERT AND TO STRENGTHEN EPCOM’S POSITION AS THE PRINCIPAL SOURCE OF ADVICE TO THE GOVERNMENT ON POLLUTION MATTERS. BY HAVING ONE, CENTRAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE, RATHER THAN A MULTIPLICITY OF SOURCES OF ADVICE, IT IS EXPECTED THAT GREATER COHESION WILL BE ACHIEVED AND MATTERS DEALT WITH MORE EXPEDITIOUSLY THAN IS POSSIBLE WITHIN THE PRESENT STRUCTURE, TO THE BENEFIT OF THE CAUSE OF POLLUTION CONTROL. THE AUTHORITATIVE NATURE OF EPCOM’S ADVISORY ROLE IS IN THIS WAY CLEARLY ESTABLISHED.

THE COMMITTEE IS TO BE COMPOSED ENTIRELY ON UNOFFICIALS, BOTH TO EMPHASISE ITS INDEPENDENCE AND TO EQUIP IT FULLY TO CARRY OUT ITS PROPER TASK, WHICH IS TO PROVIDE TOP-LEVEL ADVICE TO THE GOVERNMENT FROM SOURCES NOT AVAILABLE WITHIN THE RANKS OF THE CIVIL SERVICE. EXPERTISE AVAILABLE ON EPCOM WILL, IN THIS WAY, COMPLEMENT THAT EXISTING WITHIN THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY. OFFICIALS WILL ATTEND THE COMMITTEE’S MEETINGS TO ASSIST MEMBERS IN THEIR DELIBERATIONS, WITH THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE AND THE COMMISSIONER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION BEING IN PERMANENT ATTENDANCE.

TO MAKE WAY FOR THE INTRODUCTION OF NEW BLOOD, SIX MEMBERS OF EPCOM WILL BE RETIRING AT THE END OF THE PRESENT TERM : MR JOHN MARDEN, MR WALTER SULKE, MR HENRY LITTON, MR STEPHEN LAU, DR DANIEL NG AND DR KEITH LEGG. THEY HAVE BEEN ON THE COMMITTEE BETWEEN 7 AND 17 YEARS. A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN PAID TRIBUTE TO THEIR SUBSTANTIAL CONTRIBUTION TO THE WORK OF EPCOM OVER THE YEARS.

THE COMMITTEE WILL CONTINUE TO BE CHAIRED BY MR H.M.G. FORSGATE, WHO ALSO CHAIRS THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND IS VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL.

EPCOM WILL, FROM JULY 1, HAVE THREE LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLORS AMONGST ITS MEMBERS. MR ANDREW SO, THE SOLE CURRENT LEGCO MEMBER ON THE COMMITTEE, WILL BE JOINED BY MR CHARLES YEUNG FROM THE CLEAN HONG KONG STEERING COMMITTEE AND DR HENRIETTA IP WHO IS WELL KNOWN FOR HER INTEREST IN ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS AND IS A NEMBER OF THE UMELCO ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS PANEL.

THERE IS ALSO TO BE A STRENGTHENING OF THE +GRASSROOTS+ ELEMENT, TOGETHER WITH A CONSCIOUS ATTEMPT TO BALANCE URBAN AND NEW TERRITORIES INPUT. TWO DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS ARE JOINING THE COMMITTEE s MR AUGUSTINE NG OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD AND DR ALBERT CHEUNG OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD. THE NEW TERRITORIES/URBAN AREA BALANCE IS ALSO REFLECTED IN THE APPOINTMENTS OF MR CHARLES YEUNG, A MEMBER OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK AS WELL AS BEING A LEGCO MEMBER, AND MR HOWARD YOUNG WHO IS ON THE URBAN COUNCIL. THESE MEMBERS WILL JOIN MR S.L. WAN OF THE Conservancy association, who is already on epcom and who, THROUGH HIS ASSOCIATION, IS IN TOUCH WITH MANY OF THOSE IN THE COMMUNITY WHO SHARE EPCOM’S CONCERN FOR THE ENVIRONMENT.

/ACAD34IC EXPERTISE .......

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ACADEMIC EXPERTISE WILL BE PRESENT IN THE PERSONS OF PROF. BRIAN MORTON OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ZOOLOGY OF HONG KONG UNIVERSITY, A NOTED EXPERT IN WATER POLLUTION MATTERS- DR K.w. FUNG, ALSO OF THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY, WHOSE INTEREST LIES IN THE AIR POLLUTION FIELD AND WHOSE DEPARTMENT IS CURRENTLY INVOLVED IN A STUDY OF BLOOD-LEAD LEVELS IN HONG KONG PEOPLE- AND DR DAVID JOHNS, RECENTLY-APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF THE CITY POLYTECHNIC AND A FORMER PRESIDENT-ELECT OF THE UK INSTITUTE OF ACOUSTICS.

IN ORDER THAT EPCOM MAY FUNCTION AS A WELL-BALANCED COMMITTEE, IN WHICH ALL THE IMPLICATIONS AND ASPECTS OF POLLUTION CONTROL POLICY MAY BE WEIGHED AND CONSIDERED, THREE MEMBERS HAVE BEEN APPOINTED ON THE NOMINATION OF THE THREE PRINCIPAL INDUSTRIAL/ COMMERCIAL ORGANISATIONS. THESE ARE THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES, THE HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND THE CHINESE MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION, AND THE MEMBERS APPOINTED ON THEIR NOMINATION ARE MR PHILIP LAI, MR S.H. SUNG AND MR STAN H. Y. FUNG RESPECTIVELY.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE RECONSTITUTED EPCOM WAS WELL-EQUIPPED TO TACKLE WHAT PROMISED TO BE A CHALLENGING PROGRAMME IN THE YEAR AHEAD, IN WHICH PROPOSALS ON MATTERS AS DIVERSE AS FLOATING REFUSE, ANIMAL WASTE POLLUTION IN THE STEAMS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES, THE.NEW DRAFT NOISE CONTROL BILL, THE IMPLEMENTATION OF WATER POLLUTION CONTROLS IN TOLO HARBOUR, THE FIRST WATER CONTROL ZONE AND THE BRI NG I NG-1NTO EFFECT OF AIR POLLUTION CONTROLS UNDER THE NEW AIR POLLUTION CONTROL ORDINANCE WERE LIKELY TO COME BEFORE THE COMMITTEE.

IN PARALLEL WITH THESE CHANGES TO THE EPCOM STRUCTURE, A NEw TOP-LEVEL INTRA-GOVERNMENT POLLUTION CONTROL POLICY COMMITTEE HAS BEEN SET UP UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE. THE COMMITTEE WILL PROVIDE OVERALL COORDINATION AND DIRECTION FOR THE POLLUTION CONTROL PROGRAMME AND WILL BE THE IN-HOUSE COUNTERPART OF EPCOM. MEMBERS ARE THE DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES, MR GRAHAM BARNES, THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, DR JOHN RIDDELL-SWAN, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR RON BRIDGE, THE DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT, MR EDDIE SHORT, THE DIRECTOR OF LANDS, MR JOHN TODD AND THE COMMISSIONER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, DR STUART REED. THE PERSONAL ATTENDANCE CF THESE HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS IS EXPECTED TO GUARANTEE TO THE COMMITTEE THE NECESSARY DEGREE OF AUTHORITY AND EXPERIENCE TO DRIVE THROUGH A WELL THOUGHT-OUT POLLUTION CONTROL PROGRAMME.

THE GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE RESTRUCTURED EPCOM AND THE NEW POLLUTION CONTROL POLICY COMMITTEE WOULD COMPLEMENT EACH OTHER AND PROVIDE EFFICIENT AND DYNAMIC MACHINERY AT THE TOP LEVEL IN THE CAUSE OF POLLUTION CONTROL.

/IN SUPPORT .......

THURSDAY, JUNE H*,

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IN SUPPORT OF THESE COMMITTEES THERE IS THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, NOW WITH AN ESTABLISHMENT OF 121 PEOPLE, SPECIALISTS IN POLLUTION CONTROL, WITH THE JOB OF DEVELOPING ANTI-POLLUTION STRATEGIES AND LEGISLATION; AND IN THE OTHER DEPARTMENTS REPRESENTED ON THE POLLUTION CONTROL POLICY COMMITTEE THERE ARE DEDICATED CONTROL UNITS WHOSE JOB IT IS TO IMPLEMENT AND ENFORCE ANTI-POLLUTION OPERATIONS AND LEGISLATION. THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT CHANGES TO EPCOM SHOULD NOT BE VIEWED IN ISOLATION BUT THROUGH THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE OVERALL RESOURCEo, EFFORT AND EXPERTISE AVAILABLE BOTH WITHIN AND OUTSIDE GOVERNMENT FOR THE POLLUTION CONTROL PROGRAMME.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE FOLLOWING IS EPCOM’S NEW MEMBERSHIP LIST:

MR H.M.gJ FORSGATE, OBE, JP (CHAIRMAN)

THE HONOURABLE ANDREW SO KWOK-WING, OBE, JP

THE HONOURABLE CHARLES YEUNG SIU-CHO, OBE, JP

DR THE HONOURABLE HENRIETTA IP MAN-HING

PROFESSOR BRIAN MORTON

14? S.L. WAN

DR K.W. FUNG

DR ALBERT CHEUNG CHI-PIU

MR HOWARD YOUNG HOW-WAH

MR AUGUSTINE NG CHEUK-TAI

DR D.J. JOHNS

14? S.H. SUNG (APPOINTED ON THE NOMINATION OF THE

HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE)

14? PHILIP LAI (APPOINTED ON THE NOMINATION OF THE

FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES)

14? STAN H.Y. FUNG (APPOINTED ON THE NOMINATION OF THE

CHINESE MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION)

/THE PRINCIPAL -......

THURSDAY, JUNS ' ,

THE PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY FCR (SECRETARY)

HEALTH AND WELFARE (POLLUTION)

THE FOLLOWING OFFICIALS WILL EE PERMANENTLY IN ATTENDANCE:

THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE

OR HIS REPRESENTATIVE

THE COMMISSIONER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL

PROTECTION

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GOVERNOR RETURNS * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, RETURNED FROM PEKING TODAY (THURSDAY) AFTER THE 16TH ROUND OF TALKS ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG. HE WAS ACCOMPANIED B-Y THE POLITICAL ADVISER, MR ROBIN MCLAREN, AND THE GOVERNMENT CHIEF INTERPRETER MR Y.P. CHENG.

MEETING HIM AT THE AIRPORT WERE THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, SIR S.Y. CHUNG, THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR ROGER LOBO, AND THE VICE-CHIEF EDITOR OF THE XINHUA NEWS AGENCY (HONG KONG BRANCH), MR TAN GAN.

FOLLOWING IS THE TEXT OF THE GOVERNOR’S REMARKS TO WAITING REPORTERS AT KAI TAK.

+GOOD MORNING, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. WELL, TWO DAYS OF THE USUAL BUSINESSLIKE SESSIONS, BUT I THINK WE SURPRISED SOME OF YOUR COLLEAGUES IN PEKING BY ISSUING A RATHER LONGER COMMUNIQUE THAN WE HAD DONE IN THE PAST, BUT THAT WAS BECAUSE IT WAS AGREED TO ESTABLISH THIS WORKING GROUP TO CONSIDER DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED BY THE TWO SIDES.

THE WORKING GROUP WILL BE WORKING FULL TIME AND WILL START NEXT WEEK. IT WILL TAKE A FEW DAYS FOR THE MEMBERS TO ASSEMBLE IN PEKING.

BUT, THE FORMAL SESSIONS WILL CONTINUE TOO. AGAIN SOME OF YOUR COLLEAGUES ASKED ME WHEN THESE FORMAL SESSIONS WERE GOING TO COME TO AN END, AND I SAID I WASN’T GOING TO PREDICT HOW MANY ’ CF THE FORMAL SESSIONS THERE WOULD BE, BUT I AM EXPECTING TO BE COMMUTING TO AND FROM PEKING FOR SOME TIME YET. SO NO DOUBT I SHALL HAVE THE PLEASURE OF MEETING YOU ALL FROM TIME TO TIME AT THE AIRPORT. I SHALL BE GOING BACK UP FOR THE NEXT MEETING ON THE 27TH AND 28TH AND I’LL SEE YOU ALL THEN.*

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265 INSURANCE FIRMS APPROVED UNDER NEW LAW

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UNDER THE NEW INSURANCE LEGISLATION, 262 EXISTING COMPANIES HAVE OBTAINED AUTHORISATION TO CARRY ON THEIR BUSINESS AND 45 OTHERS HAVE WITHDRAWN, THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, MR NOEL GLEESON, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE WITHDRAWN COMPANIES WERE REQUIRED NOT TO UNDERWRITE ANY NEW POLICIES OR RENEW ANY EXISTING POLICIES, BUT HAD TO MEET ALL THEIR CLAIMS OR OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE POLICIES ALREADY ISSUED BY THEM.

THE 307 COMPANIES IN EXISTENCE AT THE START OF THE INSURANCE COMPANIES ORDINANCE 1983, WERE ALL REQUIRED TO GO THROUGH THE AUTHORISATION PROCESS WITHIN ONE YEAR, MR GLEESON EXPLAINED.

♦AND THE WHOLE PROCESS HAS BEEN COMPLETED WITHIN 10.5 MONTHS,+ HE SAID.

UNDER THE NEW LEGISLATION, 13 NEW INSURERS HAVE BEEN ADMITTED, RAISING THE NUMBER OF AUTHORISED INSURANCE COMPANIES IN HONG KONG TO 275.

A REGISTER OF AUTHORISED INSURERS IS KEPT IN THE OFFICE OF THE INSURANCE AUTHORITY AT ROOM 1405, WING ON CENTRE, 111 CONNAUGHT ROAD, CENTRAL.

FOR A SMALL FEE, THE PUBLIC MAY INSPECT THE REGISTER TO FIND OUT THEIR NAMES AND THE CLASSES OF INSURANCE BUSINESS THEY ARE AUTHORISED TO TRANSACT.

TRACING DEVELOPMENTS OVER THE PAST YEAR, MR GLEESON SAID AN INSURANCE DIVISION HAD BEEN ESTABLISHED WITHIN THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT TO GIVE EFFECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THE NEW ORDINANCE.

THE DIVISION HAS A STAFF ESTABLISHMENT OF 26, HEADED BY AN INSURANCE OFFICER, A POST AT SENIOR DIRECTORATE LEVEL.

THIS POST HAS NOW BEEN TAKEN UP BY MR DEREK SULLIVAN, WHO HAS EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE IN BOTH LIFE AND GENERAL INSURANCE BUSINESS OF THE UK MARKET.

LEGAL ADVICE FOR THE NEW DIVISION IS PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S IN-HOUSE LAWYERS.

THE MAIN ROLE OF THE DIVISION IS TO AUTHORISE AND MONITOR INSURERS CARRYING ON ALL TYPES OF INSURANCE BUSINESS IN OR FROM HONG KONG, UNDER THE OVERALL SUPERVISION OF THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, WHO HAS BEEN APPOINTED INSURANCE AUTHORITY FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE ORDINANCE.

MR GLEESON POINTED OUT THAT UNDER THE ORDINANCE, INSURANCE COMPANIES MUST COMPLY WITH NEW ACCOUNTING AND AUDITING REQUIREMENTS FOR THEIR ACCOUNTING PERIODS COMMENCING AFTER JUNE 30, 1983.

A GUIDELINE ON THESE REQUIREMENTS HAS BEEN PREPARED BY THE HONG KONG SOCIETY OF ACCOUNTANTS FOLLOWING DISCUSSIONS WITH THE INSURANCE AUTHORITY AND WILL BE ISSUED TO THE SOCIETY’S MEMBERS SHORTLY.

THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 1984

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EIGHTY-SEVEN PER CENT DID NOT VOTE * * * *

♦EIGHTY-SEVEN PER CENT OF THOSE WHO COULD HAVE VOTED IN THE 1982 DISTRICT BOARD ELECTION DID NOT DO S0,+ SAID MR DENIS BRAY, SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS WHEN ADDRESSING THE HONG KONG SUBSIDISED SECONDARY SCHOOLS COUNCIL AT THE COUNCIL’S ANNUAL GATHERING TODAY (THURSDAY).

♦IF 87 PER CENT CONTINUE TO STAY AWAY IN FUTURE ELECTIONS THEN ANY CLAIM TO REPRESENTATIVE STATUS BY THOSE ELECTED BY 13 PER CENT WILL LOOK PRETTY UNCONVINCING. IS THIS THE SORT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT PEOPLE IN HONG KONG WANT?+ HE ASKED.

MR BRAY SAID THAT IN ALL REPRESENTATIVE SYSTEMS ELECTIONS WERE SEPARATED BY INTERVALS OF SEVERAL YEARS BUT IF ORDINARY PEOPLE COULD ONLY INFLUENCE THEIR GOVERNMENT ON THESE OCCASIONS, HE WOULD RATE THAT GOVERNMENT’S REPRESENTATIVENESS AS PRETTY LOW.

♦REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT REQUIRES THAT THE PROCESS OF GOVERNMENT IS CONTINUOUSLY EXPOSED TO PRESSURE FROM ORDINARY PEOPLE. YOUR PRESENT GOVERNMENT IS NOT ELECTED AT ALL, BUT IT IS NEVERTHELESS SUBJECTED TO AND RESPONSIVE TO PRESSURE FROM ORDINARY PEOPLE ALL THE TIME,+ HE SAID.

HE SAID HOWEVER THAT BEFORE INFLUENCING EVEN A RESPONSIVE GOVERNMENT, IT WAS NECESSARY TO KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT THE FORCES IT CONTROLLED AND THE FORCES THAT CONTROLLED IT.

IN HONG KONG, HE SAID, THERE WERE VERY SEVERE LIMITS TO THE GOVERNMENT’S POWERS OF INTERFERENCE IN THE RIGHTS AND FREEDOM OF INDIVIDUALS ALTHOUGH THE GOVERNMENT’S ACTIONS HAD A WIDE IMPACT, FOR EXAMPLE IN THE PUBLIC HOUSING PROGRAMME, FOR NEARLY HALF THE POPULATION AND IN SUBSIDISING PRACTICALLY ALL THE COST OF EDUCATION.

THERE WERE ALSO ECONOMIC CONSTRAINTS ON WHAT THE GOVERNMENT COULD DO WITH THE TAXATION IT SECURED IN IMPROVING SOCIAL SERVICES. AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE LIMITS WOULD DRIVE PEOPLE UP AGAINST +THE UNPLEASANT AND DIFFICULT JUDGEMENTS INVOLVED IN FIXING PRIORITIES - IN DECIDING WHAT THEY REGARD AS IMPORTANT AND, WITH GREATER DIFFICULTY, WHAT THEY REGARD AS LESS IMPORTANT,♦ W BRAY SAID.

HE SAID THAT IT WAS IMPORTANT FOR THE PUBLIC TO APPLY INFLUENCE ON A GOVERNMENT, REGARDLESS OF THE METHOD OF SELECTION OF THE PEOPLE SERVING ON THE GOVERNMENT BODIES. EVEN NOW THERE WERE OVER 20 CHANNELS OPEN TO INDIVIDUALS AND TO GROUPS, HE SAID.

♦MUCH HARD WORK GOES INTO FORMING POLICY AND MUCH HARD WORK 'IS NEEDED TO CHANGE IT. CASUAL OR SHRILL PROTEST WILL NOT DO. WHAT IS REQUIRED IS A WILL AND A DETERMINATION TO PRESS HOME VIEWS EITHER THROUGH CHANNELS THAT EXIST NOW OR NEW ONES THAT CAN BE FORGED. THIS IS THE STUFF OF POLITICS. THIS REQUIRES DEVOTION AND TENACITY AND LEADERSHIP,* HE SAID.

/♦HONG KONG .......

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+HONG KONG DESPERATELY NEEDS A DETERMINED RESOLUTION TO TACKLE ITS FUTURE,* HE ADDED. SCHOOLS HAD AN IMPORTANT PART TO PLAY, HE SAID, AND HE SET THE HEADMASTERS THREE TASKS OF INCREASING DIFFICULTYi

* FIRST, MAKE SURE EACH STAFF - TEACHERS, CLERKS, CLEANERS AND ALL AND ESPECIALLY ANYONE TEACHING PUBLIC AFFAIRS - IS A REGISTERED VOTER BY NEXT TERM.

X SECOND, TEACH THEIR STUDENTS ABOUT THE TWO FUNDAMENTAL ASPECTS OF THE FUNCTIONS OF GOVERNMENT WHICH ARE t- THE NATURE AND IMPORTANCE OF CIVIL LIBERTIES AND THE EXTENT OF AND LIMITS TO GOVERNMENT INFLUENCE IN OUR DAILY LIVES; AND THE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES AND CONSTRAINTS ON THE IMPROVEMENT OF PUBLIC SERVICES AND THE INEVITABILITY OF HAVING TO SET PRIORITIES.

* THIRD, SEND THEIR STUDENTS OUT FROM SCHOOL DETERMINED TO MAKE HONG KONG A BETTER PLACE KNOWING THAT WHATEVER SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT WE HAVE THIS WILL REQUIRE TENACITY AND HARD WORK TO GET THROUGH TO THOSE IN POWER.

MR BRAY FURTHER ADDED THAT WE MIGHT NOT YET KNOW WHAT FORM A MORE REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT WOULD TAKE BUT IT WAS CERTAIN THAT THE ELECTORAL ROLL WOULD HAVE A SIGNIFICANT PART TO PLAY.

+EVERYBODY WHO IS OVER 21 IS ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER IF HE HAS OVER SEVEN YEARS RESIDENCE OR IS A HONG KONG BELONGER. ABOUT 2.7 MILLION PEOPLE ARE ELIGIBLE. ABOUT 900 000 HAVE ACTUALLY REGISTERED. THOSE WHO HAVE NOT REGISTERED CAN DO SO FROM NOW TO THE END OF SEPTEMBER ALTHOUGH THE ELECTORAL REGISTER IS NOT OFFICIALLY OPEN FOR NEW NAMES UNTIL AUGUST.

♦REGISTRATION REQUIRES YOU TO PUT DOWN YOUR NAME, ADDRESS AND IDENTITY CARD NUMBER ON A FORM AND POST IT - THAT IS ALL,* HE SAID.

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HOUSING AUTHORITY’S 117TH ESTATE OPENS

X X X X

THE HOUSING AUTHORITY’S SECOND RURAL-TYPE PUBLIC HOUSING DEVELOPMENT, CHEUNG KWAI ESTATE ON CHEUNG CHAU ISLAND, HAS COME ON STREAM AS TENANTS ARE MOVING INTO THE NEW ESTATE.

+IT IS THE AUTHORITY’S 117TH RENTAL ESTATE TO OPEN FOLLOWING JHE RECENT COMPLETION OF ITS FIRST NINE BLOCKS,* SAID A SPOKESMAN 'for the AUTHORITY TODAY.

/THE SPOKESMAN .......

THURSDAY, JUNE 14,

19»* •

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE MODERN ESTATE WOULD HAVE A 'OTAL 18 LOW-RISE BLOCKS FOR 2 420 PEOPLE ON FULL COMPLETION LATER YEAR.

OF

♦RISING TO TWO TO FOUR STOREYS HIGH, THE BLOCKS ARE BUILT ON A TERRACE CUT FROM THE HILLSIDE TO OFFER BETTER VIEWS.

+THE ESTATE COVERS A 2.7-HECTARE SITE ON NORTHERN CHEUNG CHAU AND WILL HAVE ALTOGETHER 472 SELF-CONTAINED FLATS OF 23.3 TO 41.6 SQUARE METRES.

♦ALSO PROVIDED ON THE ESTATE ARE SHOPS, A KINDERGARTEN AND A POLICE REPORTING CENTRE.+

NINE OTHER BLOCKS ARE NOW WELL UNDER CONSTRUCTION UNDER ITS SECOND PHASE.

THE FIRST RURAL-TYPE PUBLIC HOUSING DEVELOPMENT .^LUNG^TI^N

ESTATE AT TAI 0, LANTAU ISLAND, WAS OPENED IN 1980 1 000 PEOPLE IN 184 FLATS.

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GOVERNOR FEATURES IN DOCUMENTARY * * * *

A ONE-HOUR RTHK DOCUMENTARY ON THE GOVERNOR, YOUDE, WILL BE SCREENED ON THE ENGLISH CHANNEL OF TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

AND

SIR ATV

EDWARD AT 8.30 PM

THE DOCUMENTARY, ENTITLED +SIR EDWARD YOUDE — THE SECOND YEAR+, COMPRISES FOUR PARTS, SHOWING THE GOVERNOR AT WORK AND IN HIS OFF-DUTY MOMENTS.

THE FIRST PART FOCUSES ON SIR EDWARD’S SHUTTLE TRIPS BETWEEN HONG KONG, PEKING AND LONDON AS A MEMBER OF THE BRITISH DELEGATION TO THE SINO-BRITISH TALKS ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG.

THE SECOND AND THIRD PARTS GIVE ACCOUNTS OF SIR DAILY WORK AS WELL AS OF HOW HE AND LADY YOUDE SPEND LEISURE HOURS.

EDWARD’S THEIR

THE FINAL PART SHOWS SIR EDWARD’S ACTIVITIES IN

NEW YORK

RECENTLY, AS HEAD OF A DELEGATION TO PROMOTE HONG KONG’S TRADE IN THE UNITED STATES.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 1984

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OFFICIAL RECEIVER APPOINTED LIQUIDATOR OF COMPANY -

It * *

THE OFFICIAL RECEIVER HAS BEEN APPOINTED PROVISIONAL LIQUIDATOR OF ALLIED FOOD INDUSTRIES (FAR EAST) LTD BY THE HIGH COURT, THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, MR NOEL GLEESON, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

ALLIED FOOD INDUSTRIES (FAR EAST) LTD WAS LISTED ON THE KAM NGAN STOCK EXCHANGE LTD AND FAR EAST EXCHANGE LTD BUT TRADING IN THE SHARES WAS SUSPENDED IN FEBRUARY 1984 AT THE REQUEST OF THE COMPANY.

THE COMPANY IS THE PRINCIPAL HOLDING COMPANY OF THE ALLIED FOOD GROUP.

THE GROUP HAS EXTENSIVE INTERESTS IN COCOA PRODUCTION, COCOA BEAN, POWDER AND BUTTER PROCESSING WITH SUBSIDIARIES IN SINGAPORE, INDONESIA AND THE PHILIPPINES AND IS THOUGHT TO BE ONE OF THE LARGEST COCOA BEAN GRINDING COMPANIES IN THE WORLD.

THE PETITION WAS PRESENTED BY A CREDITOR, THE BANK OF AMER ICA.

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The GIRLS are br ighter * * *

’’THE GIRLS ARE DEFINITELY BRIGHTER,” SAID THE CHIEF POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICER, MR STEWART LAI.

MR LAI WAS COMMENTING ON THE ANNOUNCEMENT MADE THIS (WEDNESDAY) EVENING THAT SIX GIRLS HAVE WALKED OFF WITH ALL THE TOP AWARDS IN THE 1983/84 HELP THE POLICE FIGHT YOUTH CRIME COMPETITION.

’’OF THE SIX RUNNERS-UP, FIVE ARE ALSO GIRLS,” HE DISCLOSED.

MR LAI WAS THE CHAIRMAN OF A FOUR-MEMBER JUDGING PANEL WHICH SELECTED THE 12 WINNERS AND RUNNERS-UP AMONG 50 ENTRANTS WHO REACHED THE FINAL INTERVIEW.

THE GIRLS DID EXTREMELY WELL IN THE THREE-PART COMPETITION, INCLUDING A MULTIPLE CHOICE SECT I ON/POST ER DESIGN, ESSAY WRITING AND FINAL INTERVIEW, MR LAI SAID.

THE NAMES OF WINNERS AND RUNNERS-UP WERE ANNOUNCED IN A PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY HELD AT HENRY G. LEONG YAUMATEI COMMUNITY CENTRE TO-NIGHT.

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THE WINNERS OF THE CHINESE SENIOR SECTION ARE TWO FORM 6 STUDENTS, KOA MEI—Y ING AND LO PAN-FUN, BOTH AGED 17. RECEIVING TOP MARKS IN THE CHINESE JUNIOR SECTION ARE 14-YEAR-OLD CARMEN MAK, A FORM 3 STUDENT, AND 16-YEAR-OLD LAW CHUK-KWAN, WHO IS STUDYING FORM 5. THE WINNERS OF THE ENGLISH SECTION AND POLICE FAMILIES SECTION ARE 17-YEAR-OLD SABRINA SIN AND 16-YEAR-OLD LEUNG MAN-YEE RESPECTIVELY, BOTH FORM 5 STUDENTS.

THEY WILL ACT AS HONG KONG'S YOUNG AMBASSADORS WHEN THEY VISIT THE NETHERLANDS AND UNITED KINGDOM FOR 22 DAYS NEXT MONTH.

THE COMPETITION IS THE SEVENTH ORGANISED BY THE POLICE. IT HAS BECOME ONE OF THE MAJOR PUBLICITY ACTIVITIES IN THE FIGHT YOUTH CRIME CAMPAIGN.

PRESENTING THE TROPHIES TO THE SIX WINNERS WAS MR JOOST DIRKZWAGER, DUTCH CONSUL, WHO ON BEHALF OF HlS GOVERNMENT WELCOMED THE GIRLS TO THE NETHERLANDS.

THE SIX RUNNERS-UP RECEIVED THEIR TROPIES FROM MR DOMINIC CHEUNG, REPRESENTATIVE OF KLM ROYAL DUTCH AIRLINES, SPONSOR OF THE COMPETITION. THEY WILL VISIT THAILAND FOR SEVEN DAYS IN AUGUST.

EACH OF THE 50 FINALISTS ALSO RECEIVE VALUABLE PRIZES INCLUDING A TYPEWRITER, A CAMERA, A CALCULATOR AND A BOOK COUPON.

PRESENTING A CERTIFICATE OF MERIT TO THE FINALISTS COMMENDING THEM FOR OUTSTANDING ATTAINMENTS, THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, MR ROY HENRY SAID IT WAS NOT EASY FOR THEM TO REACH THIS STAGE OF THE COMPETITION.

THE FINALISTS, THEIR PARENTS AND TEACHERS COULD FEEL JUSTIFIABLY PROUD OF THEIR ACHIEVEMENT, HE ADDED.

THE SIX WINNERS WILL BE VERY BUSY PREPARING THEMSELVES IN THE COMING MONTH FOR THE EXCITING TRIP. THEY WILL VISIT POLICE FORMATIONS AND UPDATE THEMSELVES ON MORE ABOUT HONG KONG BEFORE THEY DEPART FOR THE NETHERLANDS ON JULY 25.

APART FROM SEEING THE MANY BEAUTIFUL SCENIC SPOTS OF THE TWO COUNTRIES, ARRANGEMENTS HAVE ALSO BEEN MADE FOR THEM TO VISIT THE DUTCH AND UK POLICE AS WELL AS VARIOUS DIGNITARIES.

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MPS’ TO MEET PRESS * *

FIVE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS SUB-COMMITTEE ON RACE RELATIONS AND IMMIGRATION WILL GIVE A PRESS CONFERENCE TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT 11.30 AM, IN THE GIS THEATRE, 5TH FLOOR, BEACONSFItLD HOUSE.

PRESENT WILL BE: MR JOHN WHEELER (CHAIRMAN), MR ROB IN CORBETT, MR JEREMY HANLEY, MR JOHN HUNT, AND MS CLARE SHORT. THE GROUP IS STUDYING THE CHINESE COMMUNITY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM. YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.

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UMELCO MEETS HOUSING DELEGATION * * *

THREE MEMBERS OF THE UMELCO HOUSING PANEL, HON JONG LAM, HON CHAN YING-LUN AND HON MRS PAULINE NG, RECEIVED 11 REPRESENTATIVES OF THE JOINT COMMITTEE OF CONCERN ON PUBLIC HOUSING ALLOCATION POLICY THIS (THURSDAY> AFTERNOON.

AT THE MEETING, THE REPRESENTATIVES PRESENTED TO MEMBERS A POSITION PAPER CONTAINING THEIR VIEWS AND COMMENTS ON THE CONSULTATIVE DOCUMENT PUBLISHED BY THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT.

THEY ELABORATED ON THEIR PROPOSALS REGARDING THE ALLOCATION OF HOUSING UNITS FOR SMALL FAMILIES, THE LONG-TERM RESETTLEMENT PLAN FOR PEOPLE LIVING IN SQUATTERS AND TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS, JELL-OFF TENANTS, MEASURES TO PROMOTE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEMES AND THE ADDITION OF MARRIED CHILDREN.

THEY ALSO SUGGESTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD REVIEW THE +SELF-SUPPORTING+ POLICY OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY AND THAT VIEWS ON THE CONSULTATIVE DOCUMENT SHOULD BE COMPILED INTO THE FORN OF A SUMMARY FOR PUBLIC DISCUSSION.

MEMBERS PROMISED TO REFER THEIR POSITION PAPER TO THE UMELCO HOUSING PANEL FOR CONSIDERATION.

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NEW HOME SOON FOR ELDERLY FOLK

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THERE IS A GREAT DEMAND FOR CARE AND ATTENTION PLACES FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE IN HONG KONG, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, W? JOHN CHAMBERS, TOLD VISITING MEMBERS OF THE POK Ol HOSPITAL’S NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS TODAY.

HE SAID THAT THE HOSPITAL’S FIRST CARE AND ATTENTION HOME, EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED TOWARDS THE END OF THE YEAR, WOULD PROVIDE MUCH NEEDED SERVICE IN THIS AREA.

THE HOME, AT HA TSUEN IN YUEN LONG, WILL CATER FOR 136 ELDERLY PEOPLE IN NEED OF RESIDENTIAL AND LIMITED NURSING CAKE.

A GRANT OF $6.6 MILLION FROM THE LOTTERIES FUND HAD BEEN APPROVED FOR BUILDING AND EQUIPPING THE HOME, WHILE THE HOSPITAL ITSELF WILL CONTRIBUTE $1.5 MILLION TOWARDS THE CAPITAL COST.

MR CHAMBERS SAID THAT THE DEPARTMENT WOULD GIVE FULL SUPPORT TO POK Ol’S WELFARE PROJECTS.

THE BOARD MEMBERS WERE ON A COURTESY VISIT TO THE DIRECTOR TO EXCHANGE VIEWS ON THE WORK OF THE HOSPITAL.

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CALIBRATION LAB BEING SET UP

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MEMBERS OF THE INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT BOARD TODAY VISITED ThE GOVERNMENT STANDARDS AND CALIBRATION LABORATORY, WHICH IS SET UP IN WAN CHAI.

ON THEIR TOUR OF THE 9OO-SQUARE METRE PREMISES, LOCATED ON THE SIXTH FLOOR, 151 GLOUCESTER ROAD, THE VISITORS WERE BRIEFED BY THE HEAD OF THE CALIBRATION LABORATORY, MR BRIAN TYLER, ON THE PROGRESS MADE IN THE FITTING OUT OF THE PREMISES AND THE INSTALLATION OF INSTRUMENTS AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT. THEY ALSO LEARNT OF THE STAFFING POSITION AND THE TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR THE TECHNICAL STAFF.

THE LABORATORY IS BEING ESTABLISHED BY THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT FOLLOWING A RECOMMENDATION BY THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON DIVERSIFICATION WHICH WAS SUBSEQUENTLY ENDORSED BY THE BOARD.

IT WILL BE OPENED TO THE PUBLIC FOR THE CALIBRATION OF EQUIPMENT LATER THIS YEAR.

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CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS COMPLETE SOCIAL WORK COURSE

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TWENTY-FOUR OFFICERS OF THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, WHO RECENTLY COMPLETED A SOCIAL WORK TRAINING COURSE, WERE PRESENTED WITH CERTIFICATES TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE COURSE WAS HELD BETWEEN MARCH AND JUNE ON A PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE BASIS, AND WAS THE FIRST ONE ORGANISED BY THE CITY POLYTECHNIC OF HONG KONG AT THE REQUEST CF THE DEPARTMENT.

IT WAS DESIGNED TO PREPARE THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES OFFICERS FOR PRISONERS’ WELFARE WORK AND AFTER-CARE SERVICES TO DRUG ADDICTS AND YOUNG OFFENDERS, AND TO ACHIEVE MAXIMUM WORK EFFICIENCY.

THE COURSE CONTENT COVERED GENERAL SOCIAL WORK, PENOLOGY, CRIMINOLOGY AND PSYCHOLOGY WITH SPECIAL ATTENTION TO CORRECTIONAL ASPECTS. VISITS TO VARIOUS SOCIAL WELFARE FACILITIES WERE ALSO ARRANGED.

THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF THE DEPARTMENT IN CHARGE OF »YOUNG OFFENDERS, DR ROBERT ANDRY, PRESENTED THE CERTIFICATES AT A CEREMONY HELD AT THE CITY POLYTECHNIC. ALSO PRESENT AT THE CEREMONY WERE THE DIRECTOR OF THE CITY POLYTECHNIC, DR DAVID JOHNS- AND THE HEAD OF THE SOCIAL ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT, MR JOSE DE BARROS.

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LISTENING COMPREHENSION FOR TEACHERS

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THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING CENTRE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD TWO WORKSHOPS ON THE TEACHING OF LISTENING COMPREHENSION FOR TEACHERS OF ENGLISH IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES NEXT MONTH.

THE TWO-DAY WORKSHOPS WILL INCLUDE SHORT TALKS ON THE TEACHING CF LISTENING COMPREHENSION AND DEMONSTRATION OF VARIOUS LISTENING COMPREHENSION EXERCISES.

THEY WILL BE HELD ON JULY 10 AND 12, AND JULY 17 AND 19, AT THE TEACHING CENTRE ON THE SEVENTH FLOOR OF TO KWA WAN MARKET AND GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 165 MA TAU WEI ROAD, TO KWA WAN, KOWLOON.

THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS FOR EACH WORKSHOP WILL BE LIMITED TO 24. CERTIFICATES OF ATTENDANCE WILL BE AWARDED TO TEACHERS WHO HAVE SATISFACTORILY COMPLETED A WORKSHOP.

HEADS OF PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WHO WISH TO SEND THEIR TEACHERS TO ATTEND SHOULD APPLY TO THE SENIOR INSPECTOR, ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING CENTRE, 9A BONHAM ROAD, HONG KONG, ON OR BEFORE JUNE 27.

ENQUIRIES ON THE WORKSHOPS MAY BE MADE TO THE CENTRE AT 5-482537.

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AWARD-WINNING BOOKS ON DISPLAY * * * *

EIGHT LOCALLY PRODUCED BOOKS WHICH HAVE WON URBAN COUNCIL AWARDS ARE ON DISPLAY AT THE CITY HALL ADULT LENDING LIBRARY FROM NOW TO JUNE 20 AND WILL GO ON EXHIBITION AT THE TO KWA WAN PUBLIC LIBRARY FROM JUNE 25 TO 30.

THE EIGHT BOOKS WERE SELECTED FROM SOME 300 ENTRIES NOMINATED BY PUBLISHERS AND PRINTERS FOR THE +URBAN COUNCIL AWARDS FOR THE BEST PRODUCED BOOKS IN HONG KONG 1983+.

SPEAKING AT THE PRIZE-PRESENTATION CEREMONY RECENTLY, URBAN COUNCILLOR MR SHUM CHOI-SANG SAID, +THE PURPOSE OF THE AWARD SCHEME IS TO ENCOURAGE LOCAL PUBLISHERS AND PRINTERS TO PRODUCE MORE BOOKS OF GOOD QUALITY FOR THE PUBLIC.*

HE SAID THAT THE AWARDS WOULD BE PRESENTED ANNUALLY FROM , NEXT YEAR.

THE JUDGES FOR THIS YEAR’S ENTRIES HAVE RECOMMENDED THAT TWO NEW CATEGORIES — PERIODICALS AND ANNUAL REPORTS — BE INCLUDED IN THE AWARD SCHEME NEXT YEAR.

MR SHUM SAID THAT HONG KONG HAD BECOME AN I NTERNAT.IONAL PUBLISHING CENTRE FOR PRINTING AND PUBLISHING HIGH-QUALITY BOOKS AT LOW COST. ABOUT 5 000 TITLES WERE PRINTED AND PUBLISHED IN HONG KONG LAST YEAR.

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«6c»3.4M IN HOUSING TENDERS APPROVED

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TENDERS TOTALLING $693.4 MILLION WERE APPROVED TODAY AT A MEETING OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY BUILDING COMMITTEE FOR VARIOUS PUBLIC HOUSING PROJECTS.

WORKS INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THREE NEW ESTATES AND THREE PRIMARY SCHOOLS, REWIRING AND REINFORCEMENT OF ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION FOR AN OLD ESTATE AND LIFT INSTALLATION.

the meeting was chaired by mr h.m.g. forsgate.

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YOUNG VIOLINIST TO ATTEND U.S. CAMP

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A SECOND-YEAR VIOLIN STUDENT FROM THE HONG KONG MUSIC CONSERVATORY WILL BE REPRESENTING HONG KONG IN THIS YEAR’S NATIONAL MUSIC CAMP TO BE HELD FROM JUNE 24 TO AUGUST 20 IN INTERLOCHEN, MICHIGAN.

WONG SZE-HANG WHO IS 18 YEARS OF AGE, HAD BEEN SELECTED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT BY OPEN AUDITION.

THIS IS THE THIRD YEAR THE MUSIC OFFICE WILL BE SENDING A YOUNG MUSICIAN TO JOIN THE NATIONAL MUSIC CAMP, WHICH IS HELD ANNUALLY IN SUMMER AND IS AIMED AT PROMOTING WORLD FRIENDSHIP THROUGH MUSIC.

WONG, WHO IS A MEMBER OF THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (A), WILL BE LEAVING ON SATURDAY (JUNE 23) AND RETURNING HERE ON AUGUST 21.

THE AIR FARE FOR HIS TRIP HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB MUSIC FUND.

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PRACTICAL TRAINING ESSENTIAL TO TECHNICAL EDUCATION

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ABOUT 1 400 FULL-TIME STUDENTS AT TECHNICIAN LEVEL FROM THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL TECHNICAL INSTITUTES ARE BEING PLACED ' IN VARIOUS ESTABLISHMENTS TO GAIN WORKING EXPERIENCE DURING THE SUMMER VACATION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COUNCIL SAID THAT PRACTICAL TRAINING WAS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF EACH INTEGRATED TECHNICAL EDUCATION COURSE.

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EMPLOYERS COULD PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN SUPPLEMENTING STUDENT’S ACADEMIC KNOWLEDGE BY PROVIDING PRACTICAL TRAINING PLACES, HE SAID.

+RESPONSE FROM EMPLOYERS TO PROVIDE TRAINING FOR TECHNICAL INSTITUTE STUDENTS HAS BEEN ENCOURAGING THIS SUMMER WITH SUFFICIENT TRAINING PLACES IN THE HOTEL, TOURISM AND TEXTILE INDUSTRIES.

+HOWEVER, A SMALL NUMBER OF PLACES ARE REQUIRED IN OTHER INDUSTRIES, INCLUDING CLOTHING, PRINTING, CONSTRUCTION, DESIGN, ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERING AND THE COMMERCIAL SECTORS,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

EXPERIENCE SHOWED THAT THE SUMMER PRACTICAL TRAINING SCHEME PUT TECHNICAL INSTITUTE STUDENTS IN DIRECT CONTACT WITH EMPLOYERS, MANY OF WHOM OFFERED PERMANENT EMPLOYMENT TO OUTSTANDING STUDENTS UPON THEIR COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, HE ADDED.

EMPLOYERS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN THE SCHEME CAN DIRECTLY CONTACT THE FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES s MORRISON HILL (5-745321), KWAI CHUNG (0-246221), KWUN TONG (3-414331), HAKING WONG (3-615161) AND LEE WAI LEE (3-383611).

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DRY-WEATHER CHANNEL FOR SHING MUN RIVER *****

WORK HAS STARTED ON DESILTING THE SHING MUN RIVER AT SHA TIN

SILT, MUD AND OTHER DEPOSITS ARE BEING REMOVED FROM A TWO-KILOMETRE STRETCH OF THE CONCRETE-LINED RIVER CHANNEL BETWEEN THE LOWER SHING MUN DAM AND THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY BRIDGE NEAR TAI WAI.

A $1.7 MILLION CONTRACT HAS BEEN AwARDED TO YICK KEE AND PARTNERS LIMITED BY THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

THE PROJECT ALSO INCLUDES DIGGING A DRY-WEATHER CHANNEL OVER THE SAME LENGTH IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RIVER. THIS WILL BE TWO-AND A-HALF METRES WIDE AND ONE METRE DEEP AND LEAD WATER AWAY IN THE .DRY SEASON, WHEN THE LEVEL OF THE RIVER IS NORMALLY VERY LOw, THEREBY PREVENTING SILT FROM BEING DEPOSITED ON THE MAIN RIVER CHANNEL BED DUE TO SLOW WATER MOVEMENT.

THE WORK WILL BE COMPLETED IN TIME FOR THE DRY WEATHER IN NOVEMBER.

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DB TO DISCUSS CORRIDOR PLAN

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TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS THE TUEN MUN -YUEN LONG CORRIDOR OUTLINE DEVELOPMENT PLAN AT THEIR MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY) MORNING.

THE AIM OF THE PROJECT IS TO PROVIDE AN ORDERLY FRAMEWORK FOR NEW URBAN DEVELOPMENT IN THE AREA AND TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT THERE.

A SENIOR TOWN PLANNER OF NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, MR I.T. BROWNLEE, WILL BRIEF MEMBERS ON THE PROJECT, INCLUDING IMPROVEMENTS AND EXPANSION OF EXISTING HOUSING AND INDUSTRIAL AREAS, PRIVATE AND PUBLIC HOUSINGS, AND COMMUNITY AND TRANSPORT FACILITIES.

BOARD MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE BRIEFED ON A LAYOUT PLAN FOR SAN HING TSUEN, LOCATED NORTH OF THE NEW TOWN BOUNDARY AND ON THE NORTH SIDE OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

THE PLAN IS TO IMPROVE CONDITIONS IN THE VILLAGE BY SETTING ASIDE DISTINCT AREAS FOR INDUSTRY AND HOUSING.

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YUEN LONG TO HOLD SINGING CONTEST * * * *

THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT AMATEUR SINGING CONTEST WILL TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY (JUNE 16) EVENING AT THE LUT SAU HALL.

TWELVE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SELECTED FROM MORE THAN 200 ENTRANTS, WHO ARE EITHER LIVING, STUDYING OR WORKING IN YUEN LONG.

THE WINNER OF THE COMPETITION WILL REPRESENT YUEN LONG AND COMPETE WITH THOSE FROM THE OTHER 17 DISTRICTS AT A SEMI-FINAL ON AUGUST 11.

MR CHEUNG MING-MAN, A LOCAL SINGER, AND THE YUEN LONG CHILDREN’S CHOIR WILL BE GUEST PERFORMERS AT THE CONTEST.

SATURDAY’S EVENT IS PART OF THE 18-DISTRICT AMATEUR SINGING CONTEST, WHICH IS BEING ORGANISED TO ENCOURAGE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND TO PUBLICISE THE COMING REGISTRATION OF VOTERS AND DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR RICHARD YUEN.

FREE ADMISSION TICKETS TO THE CONTEST ARE AVAILABLE AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE YUEN LONG TOWN HALL.

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UNAUTHORISED SIGNBOARDS TO BE CLEARED

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UNAUTHORISED SIGNBOARDS OUTSIDE THE SKYWAY MANSION IN PORTLAND STREET, MONG KOK WILL BE PULLED DOWN TOMORROW (FRIDAYi.

THE CLEARANCE, INITIATED BY THE OWNERS ^CORPORATION UNDER THE MULTI-STOREY BUILDING (OWNERS INCORPORATION) ORDINANCE, IS BEING CO-ORDINATED PY THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE.

A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT A SIMILAR OPERATION WAS CARRIED OUT ON THE SAME BUILDING LAST SEPTEMBE...

+BUT RECENTLY, UNAUTHORISED SIGNBOARDS STAR FED 2.E-APPEAR I NG OUTSIDE THE BUILD ING,+ HE SAID.

TOMORROW’S CLEARANCE WILL BE JOINTLY CARRIED OUT b/ HE POLICE AND THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT.

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TEACHERS COMPLETE COURSE * * *

TWO HUNDRED PRIMARY SCHOOL LANGUAGE TEACHERS WHO HAVE COMPLETED A 16-WEEK RETRAINING COURSE OFFERED BY THE INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION, WILL RECEIVE THEIR CERTIFICATES TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR COLVYN HAYE, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY.

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ELECTRICAL SUB-STATION FOR AIRPORT * * *

*ORK WILL START LATER THIS MONTH ON BUILDING AN ELECTRICAL -^-STATION ON THE CARGO APRON EXTENSION CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION AT KAI TAK AIRPORT.

A $390 030 CONTRACT HAS BEEN AWARDED TO WAI BO CONSTRUCTION AND ENGINEERING (HONG KONG) COMPANY LIMITED BY THE ARCH ITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

THE SUB-STATION WILL BE A SINGLE-STOREY CONCRETE bL^DK WHICH TWO SWITCH ROOMS, A SERVICE OIL TANK AND A STORE-3D CARBON DIOXIDE CYLINDERS WILL BE HOUSED.

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WORK mILL BE COMPLETED IN FIVE MONTHS.

CONSTRUCTION OF THE CARGO APRON EXTENSION BEGAN IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR AND WILL BE COMPLETED IN 18 MONTHS.

IT INCLUDES A 7OO-METRE LONG ACCESS ROAD AND ABOUT 21 OOO SQUARE METRES OF CONCRETE APRON SLABS TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL PARKING FACILITIES TO HANDLE THE INCREASING AMOUNT OF AIR CARGO TRAFF IC.

THE PROJECT IS PART OF THE AIRPORT’S STAGE V DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME.

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NEW MAXICAB ROUTE FOR MID-LEVELS

K K K K

A NEW MAXICAB ROUTE --3A - WILL OPERATE BETWEEN CONDUIT ROAD AND CENTRAL (HMS TAMAR) DURING PEAK HOURS FROM TOMORROW (FR IDAY).

IT WILL OPERATE VIA GARDEN ROAD, ROBINSON ROAD AND GLENEALY AT EIGHT-MINUTE INTERVALS, CHARGING $1.5.

ALSO FROM TOMORROW, MAXICABS ON ROUTE 3, BETWEEN PO SHAN ROAD AND CENTRAL (HMS TAMAR), WILL RUN VIA CONDUIT ROAD, INSTEAD CF CASTLE ROAD AND ROBINSON ROAD ON JOURNEYS TO CENTRAL.

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24-HOUR CLEARWAY

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FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (JUNE 16), KEUNG SHAN ROAD, BETWEEN ITS TWO JUNCTIONS WITH SHEK PIK RESERVOIR ROAD, WILL BE DESIGNATED A 24-HOUR CLEARWAY.

NO MOTOR VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 1984

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GROWTH DEPENDS ON CONFIDENCE, FORESIGHT: GOVERNOR............... 1

ALL MUST HELP FIGHT CRIME - SIR PHILIP ......................... 2

UMELCO THREE TO VISIT PEKING.................................... 3

MEMBERS OF WORKING GROUP ON HK’S FUTURE DUE .................... 3

QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS .................................. 4

FACT-FINDING IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT .......................... 4

TALKS ON EXPORT AUTHORISATION CALLS END ........................ 5

TEACHER RETRAINING IMPORTANT — HAYE ............................ 6

QUEEN MARY HOSPITAL TO BE EXTENDED............................   7

FIRE OFFICERS NEEDED ........................................... 8

CHINA FERRY TERMINAL TO BE BUILT AT CANTON ROAD................. 8

BOARD MEMBERS SEE VOLUNTARY WELFARE WORK........................ 9

HKU BUILDING NOW A MONUMENT.................................... 10

KEEP BEACHES CLEAN, PEOPLE TOLD................................ 10

ADDITIONAL GENERAL HOLIDAY IN 1985............................. 11

THREE MORE TOLL BOOTHS AT LION ROCK TUNNEL .................... 12

31M OFFERED FDR GROUP PROJECTS................................. 13

FLATS FOR FIRE OFFICERS ....................................... 13

FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 1984

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GROWTH DEPENDS ON CONFIDENCE, FORESIGHT: GOVERNOR * X * *

LOCAL DEVELOPMENT DEPENDS FOR ITS IMPETUS ON THE CONFIDENCE, FORESIGHT AND DETERMINATION OF THE MANY PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR CONVERTING IDEAS INTO REALITY, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE SAID AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF HARBOUR CITY TODAY (FRIDAY).

DEVELOPMENT ALSO DEPENDS ON A CONSCIOUS PARTNERSHIP AND COOPERATION BETWEEN THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND THE GOVERNMENT, HE ADDED.

SIR EDWARD SAID:

♦ I AM VERY GLAD TO BE HERE TODAY, IN THIS BUSY DISTRICT OF TSIM SHA TSUI, FOR THE OPENING OF HARBOUR CITY.

♦ THE COMPLETION OF HARBOUR CITY IS AN ENCOURAGING ILLUSTRATION OF THE ROLE PLAYED BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN REDEVELOPING THE OLDER PARTS OF OUR CITY TO KEEP PACE WITH THE CHANGING ROLE OF HONG KONG AS A MAJOR COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL AND FINANCIAL CENTRE. WHAT USED TO BE A SPRAWLING GODOWN ON THE TSIM SHA TSUI WATERFRONT HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED INTO THIS IMPOSING COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL COMPLEX.

+THE PROCESS OF DEVELOPMENT IN HONG KONG IS SOMETHING WHICH MOST OF US WHO LIVE HERE HAVE COME TO TAKE FOR GRANTED? WHETHER IT TAKES THE FORM OF A MAJOR RENEWAL PROJECT OF THIS SORT OR OUR MASSIVE NEW TOWNS PROGRAMME NOW ENTERING ITS SECOND DECADE, DEVELOPMENT GOES ON UNCEASINGLY AROUND US. BUT WE SHOULD ALSO REFLECT ON WHAT MAKES THIS POSSIBLE.

♦DEVELOPMENT DEPENDS FOR ITS IMPETUS ON THE CONFIDENCE, FORESIGHT AND DETERMINATION OF THE MANY PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR CONVERTING IDEAS INTO REALITY? AND ON A CONSCIOUS PARTNERSHIP AND COOPERATION BETWEEN THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND THE GOVERNMENT.

+NEITHER THE COMPLETION OF HARBOUR CITY, NOR THE PROSPECT OF THE SUBSTANTIAL COMPLETION OF THE NEW TOWNS IN THE EARLY PART OF THE 199OS, WILL MEAN A PAUSE IN THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS. WE EXPECT TO RECEIVE SHORTLY THE INITIAL RESULTS OF A RANGE OF VERY DETAILED STUDIES TO DEFINE OUR REQUIREMENTS FOR FURTHER URBAN GROWTH IN THE 199OS, AND TO IDENTIFY THE OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO MEET THEM. THE INDICATIONS ARE THAT WE SHALL NEED TO TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF RESIDUAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN THE NEW TOWNS, AND WE WILL ALSO SEE SOME NEW GROWTH IN THE HARBOUR AREA - THE HEART OF OUR CITY.

+THE PRIVATE SECTOR WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY IN THIS FUTURE DEVELOPMENT, AND I AM SURE IT VIEWS THE PROSPECT WITH GREAT INTEREST.

+1 CONGRATULATE THE HONG KONG AND KOWLOON WHARF AND GODOWN COMPANY LIMITED AND ALL ASSOCIATED WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF HARBOUR CITY.

♦THE CITY WITHIN A CITY - AS THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN SO APTLY DESCRIBED - IS MORE THAN AN IMAGINATIVE AND SUCCESSFUL REDEVELOPMENT SCHEME? IT IS A CONTRIBUTION TO HONG KONG’S IMAGE AS A THRIVING, PROGRESSIVE AND SUCCESSFUL CITY.+

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ALL MUST HELP FIGHT CRIME -SIR PHILIP X * *

THE FIGHT AGAINST CRIME CAN ONLY SUCCEED IF OUR EFFORTS ARE SUPPLEMENTED BY A SUSTAINED EFFORT BY EVERY MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE TO SUPPORT THOSE DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN COMBATING CRIME, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, CHAIRMAN OF THE FIGHT CRIME COMM ITTEE,oAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SIR PHILIP wAS SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE ON THE PROGRESS OF WORK UNDERTAKEN BY THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE IN THE SIX MONTHS FROM NOVEMBER 1983 TO APRIL OF THIS YEAR.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE WERE MR DAVID JEAFFRESON, SECRETARY FOR SECURITY; MR ROY HENRY, COMMISSIONER CF POLICE, MR WILLIAM MARSHALL, ASSISTANT TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL? AND MR CHARLES YEUNG, FCC UNOFFICIAL MEMBER.

+THE COMMITTEE CONTINUED ITS CONSIDERATION OF MAJOR AREAS OF CONCERN RELATED TO CRIMINAL ACTIVITY AND MADE STEADY PROGRESS IN DRAWING UP NEW MEASURES TO ASSIST IN COMBATING CRIME,+ SIR PHILIP SAID.

HE SAID, +1 AM, HOWEVER, VERY CONSCIOUS OF THE FACT THAT ALL THIS EFFORT IS IN ITSELF NOT ENOUGH.

♦ THIS COMMITTEE IS ONLY THE SENIOR CO-ORDINATING BODY WHICH IS HEAVILY DEPENDENT UPON THE DYNAMIC SUPPORT WHICH IT RECEIVES FROM THE DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEES WHICH HAVE A SIMILAR^ CO-CORD I NAT I NG FUNCTION AT A SOMEWHAT LESS RAREFIED LEVEL,+ HE ADDED.

ON THE FCC REPORT NO. 2, SIR PHILIP SAID THAT IT COMPLEMENTED AND UPDATED THE FIRST ONE BY DESCRIBING THE WORK OF THE COMMITTEE IN THE SIX-MONTH PERIOD.

AMONG THE MANY SUBJECTS COVERED BY THE REPORT ARE THE SETTING UP OF THE WORKING GROUP ON GANGS? USE OF FIREARMS IN CRIME, SECURITY OF GOLDSMITH/JEWELLERY SHOPS, BANKS AND GOLD WORKSHOPS? ROBBERIES IN HIGH-RISE BUILDING, USEFULNESS OF FILM CENSORSHIP IN RELATION TO COMBATING CRIME AND USE OF PROVISIONAL ORDERS ON NUISANCE CAUSED BY VICE ACTIVITIES IN RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS.

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UMELCO THREE TO VISIT PEKING * * *

THE SENIOR MEMBER OF UMELCO, SIR S.Y. CHUNG, TOGETHER WITH uYDIa DUNN, AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF BOTH EXECUTIVE AND lE 3Io..ATIVE COUNCILS, AND DR Q.W. LEE, AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HAVE ACCEPTED AN INVITATION FROM MR XU JIATUN, DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG BRANCH OF NEW CHINA NEWS AGENCY TO VISIT PEKING AND TO MEET WITH CHAIRMAN DENG XIAOPING AND OTHER SENIOR CHINESE LEADERS FOR AN EXCHANGE OF VIEWS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG. SIR S.Y. CHUNG AND THE OTHER TWO UMELCO MEMBERS WILL LEAVE HONG KONG ON THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 1984. THEY WILL BE IN PEKING FOR TWO TO THREE DAYS. AFTER THEIR RETURN TO HONG KONG, THEY WILL CONVENE A PRESS CONFERENCE.

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DR DAVID WILSON AND MR FRED BURROWS, MEMBERS OF THE WORKING GROUP SET UP TO CONSIDER DOCUMENTS RELATING TO THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG, WILL ARRIVE IN THE TERRITORY ON SUNDAY (JUNE 17).

THEY WILL BE STAYING WITH THE GOVERNOR AND WILL DEPART FOR BEIJING ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, TOGETHER WITH THE POLITICAL ADVISER, MR ROBIN MCLAREN, AND THE LAW DRAFTSMAN, MR GERALD NAZARETH. THE CHIEF INTERPRETER, MR Y.P. CHENG, WILL ACCOMPANY THEM.

THERE ARE NO PLANS FOR DR WILSON AND MR BURROWS TO MEET THE MEDIA IN HONG KONG. A PHOTO CALL WILL BE ARRANGED AT THE AIRPORT FOR THEIR DEPARTURE.

THE JOINT SI NO-BRITISH STATEMENT ANNOUNCING THE SETTING UP OF THE WORKING GROUP EXPLAINED THAT IT WOULD +CONSIDER DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED BY THE TWO SIDES IN PURSUIT OF THEIR OBJECTIVE OF REACHING AGREEMENT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE ON THE QUESTION OF HONG KONG. THE GROUP WILL MEET FULL TIME BETWEEN ROUNDS OF FORMAL TALKS AND WILL START WORK IN BEIJING DURING THE WEEK BEGINNING JUNE 18.+

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QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS * * *

RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELD THROUGHOUT HONG KONG TOMORROW (SATURDAY) TO CELEBRATE THE QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY.

MORE THAN 130 ACTIVITIES, ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION AND SPORTS SERVICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT, WILL BE HELD AT MAJOR PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS.

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, AND LADY YOUDE WILL BE VISITING SHA TIN SPORTS GROUND TO SEE AND OFFICIATE AT CELEBRATION ACTIVITIES THERE.

SIR EDWARD AND LADY YOUDE WILL ARRIVE AT THE SPORTS GROUND AT 10.30 AM AND WILL BE MET BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR PATRICK WILLIAMSON, THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND SPORT, MR DICKEN YUNG AND COMMUNITY LEADERS.

LADY YOUDE WILL THEN PROCEED TO START A TELE-MATCH.

AT 10.45 AM, THE GOVERNOR WILL PRESENT PRIZES TO MANAGERS OF TEAMS TAKING PART IN THE TELE-MATCH. HE WILL LATER START AN EVENT AT A WATER SPORTS CARNIVAL HELD AT THE NEARBY JOCKEY CLUB SWIMMING POOL.

THREE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, M? ROGER LOBO, MR WONG LAM AND MR ANDREW SO, AND THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, WILL VISIT VICTORIA PARK, KWAI CHUNG SPORTS GROUND, CHEUNG SHA WAN PLAYGROUND AND MORSE PARK RESPECTIVELY.

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FACT-FINDING IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT

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THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR BARRIE WIGGHAM, THIS (FRIDAY) MORNING PAID A FACT-FINDING VISIT TO THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT TO LOOK INTO THE MISUSE OF CAR PARKING SPACES IN INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR K.C. KWONG, THE PARTY TOURED THE CAR PARK OF THE TAI SANG INDUSTRIAL BUILDING IN TIN wAN, AND SAW 13 OF THE 28 PARKING SPACES THERE BEING USED FOR STORAGE PURPOSES.

MR WIGGHAM WAS TOLD THAT THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD’S .ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE HAD RECENTLY ENDORSED THAT LEASE ENFORCEMENT ACTION BE TAKEN AGAINST MISUSE OF CAR PARKING SPACES IN INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS IN ABERDEEN AND TIN WAN.

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FINDINGS OF A SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE LANDS DEPARTMENT REVEALED THAT 45 OUT OF THE 139 CAR PARKING SPACES IN THE 16 INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS IN THESE TWO AREAS HAVE BEEN CONVERTED INTO STORES, WORKSHOPS OR OFFICES.

AS A RESULT, LOADING AND UNLOADING OF GOODS AND PARKING OF CAFFS HAVE TO TAKE PLACE OUTSIDE THE BUILDING, CAUSING INCONVENIENCE TO PEDESTRIANS.

EARLIER, MR WIGGHAM TOURED THE TIN WAN ESTATE AND VISITED ONE OF THE FOUR TOP-FLOOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN THE ESTATE - THE CH I* NAM PRIMARY SCHOOL.

THE BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE RECENTLY RECOMMENDED, IN LINE WITH THE POLICY OBJECTIVES SET OUT IN THE 1981 WHITE PAPER ON PRIMARY AND PRE-PRIMARY SERVICES, THAT A NEW STANDARD PRIMARY SCHOOL BE BUILT IN TIN WAN, TO REPLACE THE SUB-STANDARD TOP-FLOOR PRPMARY SCHOOL THERE.

MR WIGGHAM LATER WENT TO BAGUIO VILLA TO SEE THE LATEST DEVELOPMENT OF THE TELEGRAPH BAY RECLAMATION PROJECT, WHICH WOULD PROVIDE 20 HECTARES OF LAND FOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT AND FUTURE ROAD IMPROVEMENT WORK IN THE DISTRICT.

THE PARTY ALSO TOURED POKFULAM VILLAGE TO SEE THE MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

BETWEEN 1981 AND 1983, THE BOARD HAD CARRIED OUT FIVE PROJECTS IN THE VILLAGE, INCLUDING SURFACING OF FOOTPATHS AND BUILDING OF SITTING-OUT AREAS.

TODAY’S TOUR WAS ONE OF A SERIES OF WORKING VISITS TO THE VARIOUS URBAN DISTRICTS BY MR WIGGHAM DURING THE PAST FEW WEEKS.

TALKS ON EXPORT AUTHORISATION CALLS END * * *

. CONSULTATIONS HAVE ENDED IN WASHINGTON BETWEEN HONG KONG AND AMERICAN OFFICIALS ON EXPORT AUTHORISATION (EA) CALLS BY THE UNITED STATES FOR CONTROLS ON FIVE TEXTILE CATEGORIES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRADE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT DURING THE DISCUSSIONS, IT WAS AGREED THAT 1984 EXPORTS FROM HONG KOtiG IN CATEGORY 337 (COTTON PLAYSUITS, SUNSUITS, WASHSUITS, CREEPERS, ROMPERS) WOULD BE LIMITED TO 640 000 DOZEN, AND IN PART CF CATEGORY 659 (MAN-MADE FIBRE SWIMSUITS) WOULD BE LIMITED TO 403 251 LBS.

NO AGREEMENT WAS REACHED ON CATEGORY 650 (MAN-MADE FIBRE DRESSING GOWNS), AND THE UNITED STATES REQUESTED THAT HONG KONG LIMIT ITS EXPORTS IN 1984 IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TERMS OF THE U.S.-HONG KONG BILATERAL TEXTILES AGREEMENT. THE LIMIT IMPOSED IS 73 592 DOZEN.

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ON CATEGORY 649 (MAN-MADE FIBRE BRASSIERES, ETC) AND PART OF CATEGORY 359 (COTTON COVERALLS/JUMPSUITS/HUNTI NG SUITS AND COTTON OVERALLS), THE CONSULTATIONS WERE DEFERRED PENDING FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF THE CASES. IN THE MEANTIME HONG KONG WILL • CONTINUE TO HOLD EXPORT AUTHORISATIONS AT THE PRESENT LEVELS. *

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT EXPORT AUTHORISATIONS HAD ALREADY BEEN ISSUED UP TO THE LIMITS IN THREE OF THE FIVE CATEGORIES . (CATEGORY 337, PART OF CATEGORY 359 AND CATEGORY 649).

IN PART OF CATEGORY 659 (MAN-MADE FIBRE SWIMSUITS), . OUTSTANDING APPLICATIONS WILL ABSORB THE REMAINING AVAILABLE EXPORT AUTHORISATIONS WITHIN THE 1984 LIMIT.

IN CATEGORY 650 (MAN-MADE FIBRE DRESSING GOWNS), A SPECIAL EXPORT AUTHORISATION SCHEME IS LIKELY TO BE HELD TO DISPOSE OF THE BALANCE OF EXPORT AUTHORISATIONS UP TO THE 1984 LIMIT, AND

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ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE MADE TO THE TRADE.

THE HONG KONG DELEGATION TO THE CONSULTATIONS WAS HEADED BY HAMISH MACLEOD, DIRECTOR OF TRADE, AND THE U.S. SIDE BY RON SORIN I, ASSISTANT CHIEF TEXTILE NEGOTIATOR.

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TEACHERS RETRAINED, BATTERIES AND

NEED TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL FROM TIME TO TIME TO NOT ONLY TO LEARN AFRESH BUT TO RE-CHARGE THEIR

BE UPDATED, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR COLVYN HAYE, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE GRADUATION CEREMONY OF THE FOURTH RETRAINING COURSE OF THE INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION (ILE), MR HAYE STRESSED RETRAINING WAS IMPORTANT, ESPECIALLY FOR LANGUAGE TEACHERS.

♦WITH THE HELP OF LANGUAGE TEACHERS, CHILDREN LEARN TO READ, WRITE AND SPEAK BETTER AND SO BECOME EDUCATED.

♦THAT'S WHY LANGUAGE — AND ONLY LANGUAGE — CAN UNLOCK THE DOOR TO LEARNING. AND OUR EDUCATION IS ONLY AS GOOD AS TEACHERS CAN MAKE IT,+ HE SAID.

TEACHERS NEEDED TO BE +PROFESSIONALLY UPDATED+ AS MUCH HAD CHANGED SINCE THEY WERE FIRST QUALIFIED FOR TEACHING IN SCHOOLS, , W HAYE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT RETRAINING DID NOT MEAN THROWING PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE AWAY, BUT RATHER TO ENABLE TEACHERS TO LEARN NEW APPROACHES SO THAT THEY COULD RE-PRESENT THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE IN MORE EFFECTIVE WAYS.

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+ |*M SURE YOU’VE FOUND FRESH ENERGY HERE TO GO BACK TO YOUR SCHOOLS TO APPLY WHAT YOU’VE LEARNT — WITH FRESH ZEST, FRESH ENTHUSIASM AND FRESH INTEREST,+ HE SAID TO THE 200 GRADUATE^, *Hu ARE TEACHERS OF ENGLISH AND CHINESE IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS.

THE RETRAINING, MR HAYE SAID, HAD ALSO +PUT TEACHERS IN GOOD COMPANY* SO THAT WHEN THEY WENT BACK TO THEIR SCHOOLS THEY COULD FACE AND SOLVE PROBLEMS TOGETHER WITH TEACHERS WHO HAD ALSO RECEIVED RETRAINING AT ILE.

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QUEEN MARY HOSPITAL TO BE EXTENDED

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QUEEN MARY HOSPITAL AT POK FU LAM IS TO BE EXTENDED AND IMPROVED TO PROVIDE BETTER MEDICAL SERVICES.

THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE INVITING CONTRACTORS TO TENDER FOR THE WORK, BUT THEY MUST PRE-QUALIFY FIRST BECAUSE OF THE SPECIALIST NATURE OF THE PROJECT.

APPLICATIONS TO BE INCLUDED ON THE PRE-QUALIFICATION LIST SHOULD REACH THE PR INCI PAL*GOVERNMENT ARCHITECT BY JUNE 29.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT TENDERS WILL BE CALLED IN A FEW MONTHS FROM THOSE CONTRACTORS WITH THE REQUIRED EXPERTISE.

TWO BUILDINGS WILL BE CONSTRUCTED TO ADD 76 000 SQUARE METRES OF SPACE TO THE HOSPITAL.

ONE BUILDING OF 29 STOREYS WILL BE MAINLY FOR PAEDIATRIC PATIENTS.

THE OTHER, OF 12 STOREYS, WILL HOUSE THE PSYCHIATRIC UNIT AND VARIOUS MEDICAL UNITS AS WELL AS THE CUSTODIAL WARD AND ADDITIONAL CASUALTY FACILITIES.

THESE NEW BUILDINGS WILL INCREASE THE NUMBER OF BEDS AT THE HOSPITAL BY 844 TO 2 141.

IMPROVEMENT WORK WILL ALSO BE CARRIED OUT TO UPGRADE SOME OF THE EXISTING FACILITIES, SUCH AS EXTENDING THE KITCHEN, BUILDING A NEW MAIN ENTRANCE AND ALTERING THE CASUALTY BLOCK.

TUNNELS AND BRIDGES TO LINK THE EXTENSION BUILDINGS TO EXISTING HOSPITAL BUILDINGS WILL BE CONSTRUCTED.

THE WORK WILL TAKE ABOUT FOUR YEARS.

CONTRACTORS FOR THE PROJECT WILL NEED TO ENSURE THAT THE HOSPITAL REMAINS FULLY OPERATIONAL DURING THE CONSTRUCTION PERIOD AND THAT MINIMUM INCONVENIENCE WILL BE CAUSED.

DETAILS OF THE PROJECT HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

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FIRE OFFICERS NEEDED

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TwENTY-SEVEN ACTIVE AND INTELLIGENT YOUNG MEN ARE WANTED TO FILL VACANCIES FOR FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT STATION OFFICERS.

+WE ARE OFFERING A CAREER FULL OF VARIETY, INTEREST AND OPPORTUNITY TO THOSE WHO *ISH TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY,+ A FIRE SERVICES SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

THE STARTING SALARY FOR A STATION OFFICER VARIES FROM S5 920 TO $7 340, DEPENDING ON QUALIFICATION, AND RISES TO $13 080, HE SAID.

+ AN APPLICANT MUST BE UNDER 30 YEARS OF AGE, HAVE GOOD PHYSIQUE AND NORMAL EYESIGHT, AND SHOULD BE ABOVE 168 CM TALL AND WEIGH AT LEAST 55 KILOGRAMS. HIS CHEST MEASUREMENT SHOULD NOT BE LESS THAN 86 CM DEFLATED WITH AN EXPANSION OF AT LEAST 5 CM,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED ARE FIVE SUBJECTS INCLUDING ENGLISH LANGUAGE (SYLLABUS B) AT GRADE E, IN THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION.

CHOSEN APPLICANTS WILL UNDERGO 24 WEEKS OF TRAINING AT THE FIRE SERVICES TRAINING SCHOOL AT PAT HEUNG, NEW TERRITORIES.

THE OFFICER WILL BE ON PROBATION FOR THE FIRST THREE YEARS, PRIOR TO CONFIRMATION TO THE PERMANENT AND PENSIONABLE ESTABLISHMENT.

APPLICATION FORMS (GF 340) MAY BE OBTAINED FROM DISTRICT OFFICES AND SHOULD BE COMPLETED AND RETURNED TO THE RECRUITMENT UNIT, FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, 323 JAVA ROAD, NORTH POINT.

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CHINA FERRY TERMINAL TO BE BUILT AT CANTON ROAD

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THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO SELL BY PUBLIC TENDER A SITE AT CANTON ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI, FOR DEVELOPMENT AS A CHINA FERRY TERMINAL.

THE 3 166-SQUARE-METRES SITE WILL BE SOLD TOGETHER WITH PART CF AN ADJACENT AREA OF FORESHORE AND SEABED, DETAILS OF WHICH WERE GAZETTED IN NOVEMBER 1982.

THE TOTAL AREA OF THE DEVELOPMENT WILL BE 1.5 HECTARES, ’ TOGETHER WITH 8 800 SQUARE METRES OF SEABED AND KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER NO. 54.

THE TERMINAL WILL BE A THREE-STOREY CONCOURSE STRUCTURE OVER THE EXISTING PIER

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IT WILL PROVIDE PROPER TERMINAL FACILITIES TO COPE WITH INCREASING FERRY AND HOVERCRAFT SERVICES TO AND FROM CHINA.

A MULTI-STOREY COMMERCIAL-RESIDENTIAL BLOCK OVER A FOUR-LEVEL PODIUM WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED IN THE DEVELOPMENT.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREA AFFECTED BY THE PROJECT IS PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL AND CLAIMS FOR COMPENSATION MUST BE IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF LANDS WITHIN TWO MONTHS.

THE NOTICE AND PLAN CAN BE SEEN ON NOTICE BOARDS POSTED NEAR THE SITE.

THEY CAN ALSO BE SEEN AT THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING, 5TH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONGl AND DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE (KOWLOON WEST), YAU MA TEI CARPARK BUILDING, 1OTH FLOOR, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON.

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BOARD MEMBERS SEE VOLUNTARY WELFARE WORK

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ABOUT 30 EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS THIS (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON VISITED THREE COMMUNITY WELFARE ORGANISATIONS TO LOOK OVER THE WORK AND SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR FOR THE DISABLED AND ELDERLY.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER AND BOARD CHAIRMAN, W LUI HAU-TUEN, MEMBERS FIRST VISITED THE CHAI WAN WORKSHOP OF THE SPASTICS ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG.

THEY LEARNED THAT JOBS SUCH AS MAIL SORTING, SIMPLE ASSEMBLY, AND PACKAGING WERE BEING PROVIDED FOR THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED WHO WERE 14 YEARS OF AGE AND ABOVE, TO HELP THEM INTEGRATE INTO THE COMMUNITY.

SOCIAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES ARE ALSO ORGANISED FOR THE WORKERS THERE.

THE GROUP THEN ARRIVED AT THE HING WAH ADULT TRAINING CENTRE FOR MENTALLY-RETARDED PERSONS. THE CENTRE, RUN BY THE SOCIETY OF HOMES FOR THE HANDICAPPED, PROVIDES BOTH DAY CARE AND RESIDENTIAL REHABILITATION SERVICES.

THE LAST STOP WAS AT THE MA LEE SEE PING HOSTEL FOR THE ELDERLY, AN ORGANISATION OF THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS. HERE RESIDENTIAL CARE AND MEAL SERVICES ARE PROVIDED AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES ARE ORGANISED TO HELP THE ELDERLY MAINTAIN CLOSE CONTACT WITH THE COMMUNITY.

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HKU BUILDING I3'7 A MONUMENT x x *

The EXTERIOR OF ThE MAIm oUIlDING OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG <0MHAS BEEN DECLARED A MONUMENT UNDER THE ANTIQUITIES AND ■O'!U- ENTS ORDINANCE.

A NOTICE TO THIS EFFECT JAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRI DAY) .

THE MAIN BUILDING, THE OLDEST OF THE UNIVERSITY’S STRUCTURES, IS A wELL-KNOWN CULTURAL LANDMARK IN THE WESTERN END OF HONG KONG ISLAND.

AN IMPRESSIVE RED-BRICK STRUCTURE, IT WAS CONSTRUCTED BETWEEN 1919 AND 1912. IT IS SPACIOUS, WELL-PROPORTIONED AND SURMOUNTED BY A CLOCK TOWER AND FOUR TURRETS.

THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS OFFICE, MR YIP CHO-HONG, SAID TH-MAIN BUILDING IS OF CONSIDERABLE HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE.

+|T REPRESENTS ONE OF THE OLDEST UNIVERSITIES OF JESTER TRADITION IN THE FAR EAST AND A GOOD EXAMPLE OF THE ARCH ITECTURAL STYLE OF THE PERIOD,+ SAID MR YIP.

+T0 DECLARE ONLY THE EXTERIOR OF THE BUILDING AS A MONUMENT WILL ENABLE THE UNIVERSITY TO MAKE THE NECESSARY IMPROVEMENTS, AMD AT THE SAME TIME ENSURE THAT THE ESSENTIAL CHARACTER OF ThE BUILDING IS PRESERVED.+

MEANWHILE, TODAY’S GAZETTE ALSO PUBLISHED A NOTICE DECLARING A NUMBER OF PLACES TO BE MONUMENTS. THEY ARE THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY IN KOWLOON, THE OLD POLICE STATION IN STANLEY, THE EXTERIOR ?F THE SUPREME COURT BUILDING AT STATUE SQUARE AND THE ROCK CARVINGS AT WONG CHUK HANG.

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BEACH-GOERS AND HOLIDAY MAKERS WERE URGED TODAY TO HELP PRESERVE THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF ALL PUBLIC BEACHES.

THE APPEAL WAS MADE BY AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG NEW TERRITORIES ADVISORY COMMITTEE, MR WILLIAM wAN, WHILE VISITING CLEAR WATER BAY, IN CONNECTION WITH THE CLEAN HONG KONG DRIVE.

ACCOMPANYING MR WAN ON THE TOUR WAS THE DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES. MR JOHN HEYWOOD,

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AT clear water bay, they watched beach cleaning operations BEING CARRIED out BY NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT STAFF.

rfR HEYWOOD SAID THAT MUCH OF THE WASTE DUMPED BY PEOPLE WAS BROUGHT BY THE TIDES ONTO THE CLEAR WATER BAY BEACHES.

THE TAXPAYER WAS BEING CALLED UPON TO PAY EVER INCREASING SUMS OF MONEY EACH YEAR TO KEEP THE BEACHES REASONABLY FIT FOR BATHING AND RECREATION, HE SAID.

AT SILVERSTRAND BEACH, MR WAN SAW THE BOOM NET, INTRODUCED LAST YEAR TO PREVENT THE SEA-BORNE REFUSE FROM FLOATING INTO THE SWIMMING AREA.

BEFORE LEAVING SAI KUNG THEY SAW WORK PROGRESSING ON A MODERN MARKET IN THE CENTRE OF SAI KUNG.

THE MARKET IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED EARLY NEXT YEAR, AND, WILL ACCOMMODATE ALL ELIGIBLE ON-STREET HAWKERS CURRENTLY PLYING IN THE OLD MARKET AREA.

THE HAWKERS WILL MAKE WAY FOR DEVELOPMENT OF THE TOWN AREA.

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ADDITIONAL GENERAL HOLIDAY IN 1985

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JULY 29, 1985, A MONDAY, HAS BEEN APPOINTED A GENERAL HOLIDAY UNDER AN ORDER PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT IN 1985 CHING MING FESTIVAL AND GOOD FRIDAY, WHICH ARE GENERAL HOLIDAYS UNDER THE HOLIDAYS ORDINANCE, BOTH FALL ON THE SAME DAY, FRIDAY, APRIL 5.

+IN A YEAR WHERE TWO GENERAL HOLIDAYS COINCIDE, THE ORDINANCE EMPOWERS THE GOVERNOR TO APPOINT AN ADDITIONAL GENERAL HOLIDAY, TO AVOID THE LOSS OF A DAY’S HOLIDAY.*

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT THERE WAS NO QUESTION OF MOVING THE DATE OF THE CELEBRATION OF EITHER CHING MING FESTIVAL OR GOOD FRIDAY IN 1985. BOTH FESTIVALS WOULD BE CELEBRATED ON APRIL 5.

COMMENTING ON THE CHOICE OF DATE FOR THE ADDITIONAL GENERAL HOLIDAY IN 1985, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT TRIES TO SPREAD HOLIDAYS EVENLY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR WHERE POSSIBLE.

' THERE ARE FEWER HOLIDAYS IN THE SECOND HALF OF 1985 THAN IN THE FIRST HALF AND THE ADDITIONAL HOLIDAY WILL FALL ROUGHLY IN THc MIDDLE OF A LONG PERIOD IN SUMMER WITHOUT HOLIDAYS.

A MONDAY HAD BEEN CHOSEN TO ALLOW THE PUBLIC TO ENJOY A LONG WEEKEND.


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THREE MORE TOLL BOOTHS AT LION

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ROCK TUNNEL

BUILT AT THE SHA

THREE ADDITIONAL TOLL BOOTHS ARE TO BE

TIN END OF LION ROCK TUNNEL TO DEAL WITH INCREASED TRAFFIC.

THE WORK PROPOSED BY THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT ALSO INCLUDES’WIDENI NG THE EXISTING TOLL PLAZA AREA BY ADDING A 1.6 METRE WIDE FOOTPATH AND CARRYING OUT ROAD DRAINAGE WORK.

A CENTRAL DIVIDER WILL ALSO BE BUILT.

DEPARTMENT, 20.45 METRES, AND

THE

THE CONTINUING DEVELOPMENT OF SHA TIN, TAI PO AND THt NORTHERN NEW TERRITORIES, TOGETHER WITH TRADE EXPANSION BY ROAD CHINA, HAS LED TO INCREASED USE OF LION ROCK TUNNEL.

WITH

FROM

TAKE

THE ADDITIONAL BOOTHS WILL INCREASE THE TOTAL TOLL CAPACITY 4 500 TO 6 000 VEHICLES AN HOUR.

AT PRESENT THERE ARE EIGHT BOOTHS.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN TOWARDS THE END OF THIS YEAR AND ONE YEAR TO COMPLETE.

A NOTICE CONCERNING THE PROPOSED WORK IS PUBLI SHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY) UNDER THE ROADS (WORKS, USE AND COMPENSATION) ORDINANCE.

A

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PLAN CAN BE SEEN AT :

CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY, HONG KONG;

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SHA TIN DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, 2 TUNG LO WAN GROUND FLOOR, SHA TIN, NEW TERRITORIES; AND

HILL ROAD,

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SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE, KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY HOUSE, SHA TIN STATION, 6TH FLOOR, SHA TIN, NEW TERRITORIES.

ANY OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL SHOULD BE SENT TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS IN WRITING BY NOT LATER THAN AUGUST 14.

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$1M OFFERED FOR GROUP PROJECTS * * * * *

ABOUT SI MILLION FROM THE SIR DAVID TRENCH FUND FOR RECREATION IS TO BE ALLOCATED FOR CAPITAL WORKS PROJECTS THIS FINANCIAL YEAR.

ORGANISATIONS NEEDING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR THE PROVISION CF SOCIAL, CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS FACILITIES ARE URGED TO APPLY FOR GRANTS NOW.

PROJECTS SHOULD PRINCIPALLY BE FOR RECREATIONAL PURPOSES, BENEFIT A LARGE SECTION OF THE COMMUNITY, AND BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC ON REASONABLE REQUEST. THEY SHOULD BE SPECIFICALLY OF THE +BRICK AND MORTAR+ TYPE, BE DESIGNED TO DEVELOP THE INDIVIDUAL, AND SHOULD ENCOURAGE PURPOSEFUL USE OF LEISURE TIME, PRIMARILY OF YOUNG PEOPLE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT, WHICH ADMINISTERS THE FUND, SAID THAT GENERALLY, EACH GRANT DOES NOT EXCEED $200 000, AND MORE EXPENSIVE PROJECTS WILL BE CONSIDERED ON A STRICTER BASIS.

HE SAID THAT PREFERENCE WILL BE GIVEN TO NEW PROJECTS AND TO NEW AGENCIES WHICH HAVE.DIFFICULTY IN OBTAINING GOVERNMENT SUBVENTIONS OR ASSISTANCE FROM OTHER SOURCES.

REQUESTS FROM SCHOOLS WILL GENERALLY BE REFERRED TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT FOR COMMENTS AND APPLICATIONS FROM LOCAL ORGANISATIONS FOR NEIGHBOURHOOD PROJECTS TO RELEVANT SPONSORING DEPARTMENTS.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL DISTRICT OFFICES, THE VARIOUS OFFICES OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, THE RECREATION AND SPORTS SERVICE AND THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT.

THEY SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE SECRETARY, COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT, 10TH FLOOR, HARBOUR CENTRE, 25 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI, BY JULY 31.

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FLATS FOR FIRE OFFICERS

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THE GOVERNMENT RECENTLY PURCHASED A BLOCK OF FLATS FROM A PRIVATE DEVELOPER FOR USE AS MARRIED QUARTERS BY THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE FLATS WILL BE HANDED OVER TO THE TENANTS BY THE DIRECTOR CF FIRE SERVICES, MR ROBERT HOLMES AND MRS HOLMES AT A CEREMONY ON JUNE 19.

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Publication is permitted in Hong Kong newspapers tomorrow (Saturday), June 16, but no news agency or overseas radio transmission of the announcement may carry the information without the embargo qualification.

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On NO account should any of the recipients of Honours be contacted for interviews or for information relative to their careers or be approached in any way in connection with their awards before these have been publicly announced.

HONOURS

OBE - Commander, Order of the British Empire OBE - Officer, Order of the British Empire ISO - Companion, Imperial Service Order

MBE - Member, Order of the British Empire

BEM - British Empire Medal

QpM - Queen's Police Medal

QFSM - Queen's Fire Service Medal

GPM - Colonial Police Medal

Badge of Honour

aiflW i BiFtMw Hftgpqrg Lilt 1981*

C.B.E.

Mr Lewis Mervyn DAVIES, CMG, QBE, JP

Mr Davies came to Hong Kong in November 1973 after a distinguished career in the Colonial Service in West Africa, the Western Pacific, and the Caribbean. He assumed the post of Secretary for Security which he then held continuously until late 1982. Mr Davies' tenure of the post of Secretary for Security was marked by outstanding qualities at times of considerable difficulty for HK when the territory had to confront, among many other problems, successive and large waves of refugees and illegal immigrants. In late 1982, Mr Davies became the Secretary for General Duties, with specific responsibility for assisting H.E. the Governor in matters relating to negotiations on HK's future.

Mr Hilton CHEONG Leen, QBE, JP

Mr Cheong-leen was first elected t<i\ Urban Council in 1957 and was appointed to LegCo in 1973. He left LegCo in 1979 but his public service did not stop there as he continued to be an elected member of the Urban Council and subsequently became its Vice-chairman. He was elected Chairman of the Urban Council in 1981.

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Q.B.E.

The Hon. Maria TAM Wai-chu, JP

Miss Tain was called to the bar in the U.K. in 1971 and in HK in 1972. She was elected to the Urban Council in 1979, and under the new District Administration scheme she became the elected District Board Member for Central and Western District in 1983. She was appointed to LegCo in 1981 and to ExCo in 1983. Miss Tam's public service goes far beyond this, however, and she is also a member of the Housing Authority, the Transport Advisory Committee, the Action Committee Against Narcotics, the Board of Education, the Hong Kong Council of Social Services and the Council of the Chinese University.

Mr WONG Wan-tin, MBE,,JP

Mr Wong has been actively involved in the promotion of traditional religions in HK. Under his leadership, the HK Buddhist Association the largest traditional religious organisation in HK, has made much progress in the provision of educational, medical and religious services including the HK Buddhist Hospital, a number of primary and secondary schools, nurseries and homes for tne elderly. He is also a member of the Council of the United College, Chinese University of HK and a committee member of seven other benevolent associations including Lok Sin Tong, Pok 0’ Hospital, the Society for the Aid and Rehabilitation of Drue Addicts and the Board of Education.

Mr William TURNBULL, JP

In 1980 Mr Turnbull agreed at the then Governor's request to organise the Commonwealth Law Conference which was held in HK in Sept. 1983. The undoubted success of the Conference owed much to his enthusiasm, drive and personal efforts. He has been active in community work by serving on a number of Boards and Committees, particularly as one of the Governor's Appointees to the General Committee of the Federation of HK Industries.

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O.B.E.

The Hon. CHAN Kam-chuen, JP

Mr Chan was appointed to LegCo in Sept. 1980 He takes an active part in the affairs of the Council and in the other public bodies on which he serves such as the Transport Advisory Committee, Fish Marketing Board, the HK Productivity Council and the Labour Advisory Board. He has been a Lay Assessor in the Magistrates Courts since 1979.

Mrs Sally LEUNG WONG Cheuk-hung, MBE, JP

Mrs Leung was Chief Commissioner of Girl Guides between May 1980 and April 1983 during which time the Girl Guides Headquarters Building was completed and opened. Under her leadership, HKGGA regionalised to reach out to people in the public housing estates. There are now 4 regional headquarters at Oi Man Estate, North Point, Ping Shek and Tsuen Wan. Through Mrs Leung's efforts, the HK Girl Guides Association was recognised as a full member of the World Association. Additionally, since 1977, she has been a Vice-Patron of the Community Chest of HK; the Vice-Chairman of the HK Philharmonic Ladies Committee; a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Ballet; and a Permanent Director of the Kowloon Women's Welfare Association.

Mr George Bryan O'RORKE, JP

Mr O'Rorke was first appointed to the public service in 1958. In 1963 he was largely responsible for the organisation of the construction of new tanker berths at Sham Tseng in connexion with the serious Water Emergency which prevailed at that time. These berths allowed water to be brought in from China and were crucial to the efforts needed to contain the effects of the Emergency. -In Dec. 1973 he was appointed Project Manager, Sha Tin in the New Territories Development Department with responsibility for the detailed planning and implementation of the Public Works Programmes in respect of Sha Tin New Town; and in the

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following year was appointed Project Manager, Tusen Wan. He is a Past President of the Engineering Society of HK. In March 1983 he became the Director of New Territories Development.

I.S.O.

Mr Stephen LAW Chi-kin

Mr Law joined the Social Welfare Dept, as an Assistant Youth Welfare Officer in October 1952 and subsequently made his mark in the development and administration of HK's social security and accident compensation schemes.

JtSiPx

Mr Gordon Eric MATHER *

Mr Mather joined the HK Government in 1956 and is now one of the most senior officers in the Executive Officer Grade. He became Departmental Secretary of the Education Department in 1979 since when he has earned for himself an outstanding reputation as an exceptionally effective senior manager in a department of considerable administrative complexity.

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Mr PANG Yuk-ling, JP

Mr Pang first joined the Government service as an Apprentice Architect in the Public Works Dept, in 1956 and is now a Deputy Director in the Housing Dept. He has shared significantly in the policy of continual improvements in standards and design of public housing estates, the results of which have been shown by awards from the architectural profession, and also by the satisfaction of new tenants.

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Mr CHIU Sze-hung

Mr Chiu joined the Government in Sept, 1952 and was appointed to his present rank of Assistant Director in February 1979. He served for a period during 1978 and 1979 as a Director on the Board of Directors of Widows & Orphans Pension Scheme and Widows' & Children's Pensions Scheme and since its inception in 1980 has served as a member of the Pneumoconiosis Compensation Fund Board. His present post in the Treasury is a critical and important one to which he has contributed significantly.

M.B.E.

Mr Henry AU Kwong-man

Mr Au joined Government in 1959 and is now retired. His service with the Social Welfare Dept.' was particularly noteworthy. He is currently Executive Director of Caritas

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Mr Maximilian MA Yung-kit

Mr Ma has an outstanding record of community service with the Brewin Trust Fund Committee, Chinese Temples Committee, Chiu Chow Chamber of Commerce, Friends of Scouting Association and the HK Community Chest Fund-raising Committee. He also served on the Board of Directors of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals for four years, retiring in 1983 as Chairman of the Board. During his term of office, the Board made notable progress in extending and diversifying the services of the Group.

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m.b.e.

Mr Vincent WOO Wing-fai

Mr Woo's public service includes his membership of the Executive Committee of HK Juvenile Care Centre, Shun Tak Fraternal Association, HK Girl Guides Association and HK Friends of Scouts Association. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of the Po Leung Kuk. Under his leadership the board managed to complete a secondary school, two nurseries and greatly improve the facilities provided in the Po Leung Kuk Holiday Camp. Marked improvements were also noticed in the institute's administration and staff welfare scheme.

Mr Brian Maxwell KELLY

Mr Kelly joined the East Africa High Commission • % as a Taxation Officer in 1950. He was promoted Assessor in 1955 and Assistant Commissioner in 1959. He joined the HK Inland Revenue Dept, as an Assessor on Jan 7» 1965 and has since retired. During his service in HK he made a substantial contribution to important legislative changes and in the development and implementation of the Department*® computerised Integrated Data Base System.

M.B.E.

Mr NG Chan-lam

Mr Ng became a Village Representative in 1958 and Chairman of the Sha Tin Rural Committee in 1962. He resigned from the Chairmanship of the Rural Committee in 1977 having served four terms. He founded the Sha Tin Branch of the St. John Ambulance Brigade in 1977, and both the Sha Tin Sports Association and the Sha Tin Arts Association in 1978. He is now Chairman of the Boy Scout Association, New Territories North Division, President of the Girl Guides Association (Sha Tin Branch), Supervisor of four schools, Director of the New Territories Lions Club and an appointed District Board Member.

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Ihb.S*

Mr WONG Pak-keung

Mr Wong joined the Preventive Service (now Customs & Excise Service) as a Revenue Officer Cl. II in 1952 and was promoted through the ranks to his present rank of Senior Inspector of Customs & Excise in 1977.

He has done much to contribute to the overall success of the Service.

Mr SIT Dok-shuen

Mr Sit joined Government in July 1953 and reached his present rank of Senior Housing Manager in August 1980. He has brought to a conclusion a number of very difficult, sensitive and controversial operations, and made efficient arrangements for accommodating thousands of persons rendered homeless by fires in squatter areas.

Mr LIU Hing-chai

Mr Liu has now led the Space Museum team for some five years. The Space Museum layout, programmes and general public interest activities, are recognisable as at high world standards despite the fact that HK has only entered this sphere of activities in recent years.

Mr Robert WEI Wen-nan, QC

Mr Wei was a member of the Criminal and Law Enforcement Injuries Compensation Boards from 1973-1983, and assumed the chairmanship in June 1976. Under his leadership, the large number of Boards totalling some 42 members have been able to function effectively and satisfactorily, and the accumulated payments since 1973 have amounted to some $12 million.

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m.b.k. - Honorary

Mr CHAN Yum-tong

Mr Chan is an elected member of the Yau Ma Tei District Board and has been Chairman of the Yau Ma Tei Kaifong Association since 1972 and has also, for the past ten years, been Chairman of the Yau Ma Tei North Area Committee.

M.B.E, - Honorary

Reverend WONG Tsok

Rev. Wong has been serving as a minister in the Methodist Church for the past 35 years. He has constantly interested himself in the advancement of the interest of the community, particularly in the field of education, religious development and community service. As President of the Methodist Church, Hong Kong, Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Chinese Christian Churches Union and the Hong Kong Chinese Young Men Christian Association, Rev. Wong has taken a leading role in establishing and managing two Methodist Churches, five secondary schools, five primary schools, four kindergartens, and two Homes for the Aged.

(Military.)

Flight Sergeant KAM Chung-keung, AE

Flight Sergeant Kam joined the Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force in 1955 and retired in October 1983. He served both on the permanent staff as a Flight Technician and the volunteer establishment. He has been the Senior Non-commissioned Officer in charge of the Unit's team of workmen in the aircraft electrical/ instruments field the work of which is of vital importance to flight safety.

B.E.M.

Mrs Angelina HUNT

Mrs Angelina Hunt joined the Government service in 1955 and was promoted to her present rank of Senior Personal Secretary in 19 69. She has served as Personal Secretary to a number of Secretaries of Home Affairs.

Mr YIP Kok-yi

Mr Yip joined the Preventive Service (now Customs & Excise Service) and was promoted through the ranks to his present rank of Chief Customs Officer in 1981. He has had six commendations for initiative and professional skill in anti drug smuggling investigations.

B.E,M.

Mr TSANG Wing-kin

Mr Tsang joined the Civil Service in May 1956 and was promoted through the ranks to Senior Clerical Officer in 1974. His 27 years of loyal and devoted service with the Urban Services Dept, have been marked with valuable contributions in a wide variety of the Department's activities.

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B.B.M.

Mr CHAN Wai

Mr Chan was first appointed as a Gardener II in 1954 and was promoted through various ranks to Overseer in 1982. His work in Eastern District has been commended by the Eastern District Board.

Mr TONG Kai-ming

Mr Tong joined the Government service in 1957 and is now employed as Enrolled Nurse in the Electrographic Dignostic Unit where the high quality of his work is very much appreciated by patients and colleagues alike.

Mr YUEN Kee

Commencing his career from the grade of a daily rated worker 38 years ago, Mr Yuen has been promoted through the Foreman and Inspectorate Grade to Chief Technical Officer (Building Services), the highest Technical grade in the Building Development Department for site supervision of building services works; his contribution has always been of a very high quality.

B.B.M,

Mr CHEONG Kam-chuen

Mr Chong has served in the Civil Aid Services since 1955. He received the Civil Defence Long Service Medal in October 1970. He has been heavily involved in operational duties particularly in rescuing victims from landslips, typhoons and squatter fires and has also been heavily involved in the work of the Civil Aid Service Cadet Corps.

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B.S.M,

Mr LEE Chee

Mr Lee began his service with the Resettlement Department as a Labourer in 1953, and has worked his way up through the ranks to his present rank of Foreman. At times of fires and landslips, which affect large numbers of squatters, he is to the forefront in organising registration and relief.

Mr YIP Lo --------- Prisons

Mr Yip first joined the/Service in January 1947 and was promoted to his present rank in February 1973. Mr Yip has a record of over 36 years' exemplary service and is due to retire from the service in July 1984.

Mr CHAN Ping-cheung ----------- Prisons

Mr Chan joined the/Service in August 1951 and was promoted to Assistant Officer I in February 1973. His performance has been of a very high standard particularly during his service in the Tai Lam Drug Addiction Treatment Centre.

Mr CHAN Po-cheong

For 31 years Mr Chan has rendered loyal and most efficient service as a volunteer officer in the Auxiliary Medical Services. His performance of duty in past yeas in times of cholera outbreaks, influxes of refugees, typhoonsand natural disasters, civil disturbances, etc. when the AMS was mobilised, was always noteworthy.

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Q.P.M,

Mr John Albert THORPE, CPM

Mr Thorpe joined the Royal HK Police Force in 1960 and was promoted to his present rank of Assistant Commissioner in 1982. From 1979 to early 1981 Mr Thorpe was Chief Staff Officer of Narcotics Bureau. During that period he planned and directed a number of very significant operations which severely disrupted the organised importation of narcotics into Hong Kong. He has also served with distinction in other Branches of the Force.

Mr William McIntyre ROSSf CPM

Mr Ross joined the Force in 1954 and was promoted to his present rank of Chief Superintendent in 1978. His service to date has been distinguished by 4 Commissioner's Commendations, the Colonial Police Long Service Medal in 1972 and 1st clasp in 1979 and the Colonial Police Medal for Meritorious Service in 1976. Mr Ross has served as Chief Superintendent/Operations in CID/HQ and as Deputy Regional Commander/Kowloon in which latter post his service was particularly distinguished.

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Q.F.S.M.

Mr CHEUNG Shu-shing, CPM

Mr Cheung is in his 30th year of service with the Hong Kong Fire Services.

He has served in all main branches of the service and has distinguished himself on countless occasions throughout his long service at emergency situations including fires, floods and riots. Mr Cheung has also made major contributions to the ongoing development of the Hong Kong Fire Services. He was awarded the Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct in 1973.

Mr Harry KENYON, CPM

Mr Kenyon served with the Lancashire Fire Brigade in UK for 10 years before being appointed to Hong Kong Fire Brigade in 1961 ‘as a Station Officer. In 1979 Mr Kenyon was appointed as Chief Ambulance Officer, a highly responsible post commanding the largest single command in the Hong Kong Fire Services, the 1600 strong Ambulance Command. Mr Kenyon has made a significant contribution to the work of the Ambulance Command which has attracted the highest praise from other world emergency services and the Hong Kong public.

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C.P.M.

Mr FUNG Kar-wah

Principal Fireman FUNGKar-wah joined the Hong Kong Fire Services as a Fireman in 1953 and has served in the operational fire fighting divisions throughout* including the Airport division, rising through the ranks to his present senior N.C.O. rank. His professional skills and abilities have resulted in the saving of many lives and considerable property from many fires and other calamities.

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Mr Raymond Horace BRUCE

Mr Bruce joined the UK Fire Service (East Ham) in 1954. He joined the Hong Kong Fire Services in 1963 as a Station Officer and has risen to his present rank in which he commands‘the Marine & Offshore Islands Division.

He has made a very valuable contribution to establishing good relations in the outlying islands of Hong Kong and the new developed areas which are being established there,

C. Pl Hu-

Mr CHOW Wing-cheong

Senior Divisional Officer Chow joined the Hong Kong Fire Services in 1960 as a Sub Officer and was promoted to his present rank in 19S2. He has served all branches of the service.

For the past 2 years he has rendered particularly valuable service in fire investigation and research duties.

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C.P.M.

Mr Cyril George PULLINGER

Divisional Officer Pullinger served in the UK Fire Service for 15 years before joining the Hong Kong Fire Services as a Station Officer in 1966. During his service he has served with distinction in most branches, but particularly in his present post in the Fire Prevention Bureau.

C. P.M.

Mr Peter CHEUNG

Senior Divisional Officer Cheung joined the Hong Kong Fire Services as an Assistant Station Officer in 1962 and rose through the officer ranks to his present rank in which he commands a large busy and developing territorial fire division in the New Territories. A great deal of his service has been on operational duties where his professional skills and abilities have resulted in the saving of many' lives and much property from fire and calamity.

C.P.M,

Mr Robert Anthony STEELE

Mr Steele joined the Royal HK Police Force in 1964 as a ProbationaryInspector and rose to his present rank of Chief Superintendent in 1982. He has served in a wide range of appointments, particularly that of Commandant of the Police Tactical Unit where he brought about significant improvements to the standard of training in internal security matters throughout the Force.

qtptM,

Mr James Arthur FINCH

Mr Finch joined the Royal HK Police Force in January 1962, and apart from about four years in the Criminal Investigation Dept and Special Branch has served in a variety of Uniform Branch posts.

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Mr Anthony Joseph MULLINS

Mr Mullins joined the Royal HK Police Force in 1965 after four years' service with the Northern Rhodesia Police. He has served with ability in a wide variety of posts.

Mr WU Chi-meng

Mr Wu joined the Royal HK Police Force in June 1962 and was promoted to Superintendent in 1974 and to Senior Superintendent in 1980. Throughout the whole of his service Mr Wu has worked with outstanding devotion to duty, energy and professional ability.

Mr John Desmond Christopher DOOLAN

Mr Doolan joined the Royal HK Police Force in 1958 and was promoted to his present rank of Senior Superintendent in January 1982. He has served with ability in a wide variety of posts.

giPxMr

Mr Martin BROWN

Mr Brown joined the Royal HK Police Force as a Probationary Inspector in 1962 and was promoted through the ranks to Senior Superintendent in 1980. He has held a wide range of appointments in both the Uniform Branch and in Criminal Investigation Department.

SxPxJL

Mr CHEUNG Sik-hung

Mr Cheung joined the Force asPolice Constable ir 1948 and was promoted to the rank of Inspector ^n 1973. All his service has been with the Marine Police to which he has contributed much during his long career.

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C.P.M.

Mr WONG Pui-tong

Mr Wong joined the Force in 1950 as a Police Constable and progressed to his present rank of Station Sergeant in 1973. In 1979 he was appointed officer-in-charge of the Pak Tin Neighbourhood Policing Unit in Shek Kip Mei, Kowloon. Through his personal efforts he has established close and harmonious working relationships between the Force, Government Departments and local community organisations in the area.

Mr CHENG Kam-hoi

Mr Cheng joined the Royal HK Police as a Police Constable in 1955 and was promoted to Station Sergeant in 1977. He has served in a wide variety of appointments in the Uniform Branch in Kowloon and New Territories. In recent years he has worked in various CID posts in Marine and HK Island Regions. He has been complimented over 20 times by Magistrates and Divisional Commanders for excellent crime arrests and crime investigation.

C.P.M.

Mr POON Chi-ming

Mr Poon joined the Royal HK Police Force in 1950 and was promoted to his present rank of Station Sergeant in 1977. He has served in a wide variety of posts and his contribution has been of a consistently high standard.

C.P.M.

Mr CHEUNG Kwok-kui

Mr Cheung joined the Force in 1956 and for the next eight years worked in a variety of Uniform and CID posts. Thereafter he was transferred to the Police Trainin School where he took up duty as a Physical Trainn c Instructor. He is also a HK Football Association and International Football Association Referee and has officiated in all the major local competitions. Overseas he has officiated in preliminary competitions for the Olympic Games and World Cup.

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C.P.K.

Mr LO To-sang

Mr Lo joined the Royal HK Police Force in 1952 as a Police Constable and was promoted to Sergeant in 1971 Throughout his 31 years of service Mr Lo1s conduct and devotion to duty have been exemplary.

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Bpdge of Honour

Mrs LEE TANG yee-lin

Mrs lee is Vice-chairman of the Sai Ying Pun Area C'ttee, Vice-chairman of the Girl Guides Central and Western District Assn, and Vice-chairman of the Multistorey Building Owners Assn, of Western District HK Ltd. She is also Chairman of the Management C'ttee of the Western District Community Centre and was recently appointed Chairman of the Summer Youth Programme Central and Western District Co-ordinating C'ttee.

Badge of Honour

Mr SIU Ming alias SIU Sik-ming

Mr Siu became active amongst traditional Chinese community organisations in HK in the 1950s and has served as an office bearer of. the Wanchai Kaifong Welfare Assn. , the North Point Kaifong Welfare Assn., the Siu's Clansmen Assn, and the Chung Sing Benevolent Society. He is currently the Vice-President of the Causeway Bay Kaifong Assn, and was a founder member of the Eastern District Recreation and Sports Advancement Assn.

Bpdge of Honour

Reverend HAU Po-woon

Rev. Hau has been Chief Pastor of the Ching Chung Koon since 1971. The Koon is the principal Taoist organisation in the Tuen Mun District. It is active in the care of the elderly and the underprivileged and, as Chief Pastor, Rev. Hau is responsible for directing its affairs.

Bpdge of Honpur

Mr LAU Yung-fuk

Mr Lau is a native of Lantau and has been nembcr of the South Lantau Rural C'ttee since 1966 find its Chairman since 1978. He is also a member of the Islands District Board.

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Bpdge of Honour

Mr LAW Shiu-lun

Mr Law is very active in the affairs of Share Shui Po District and has contributed significantly to the District Board.

Badge of Honour

Dr PANG Hok-tuen

Dr Pang has played an active part in the life of the community in North District since 1978, when he became a member of the Tai Po District Advisory Board. He subsequently became a N. District Board member in 1981, and Chairman of the Board's Transport and Traffic C'ttee in 1982. He is also a Divisional Surgeon for the St Johns Ambulance Brigade.

Bpdge of Honour

Mr LAI Kam-cheung .

Mr Lai is an appointed member of the Tai Po District Board and chairs the Board's Social Services C'ttee. He is very active in the work of social welfare organisations such as the Assn, of Volunteer Service, the Diocesan Welfare Council, the Physically Handicapped & Able-Bodied Assn, and the Youth & Welfare Dept, of the HK Red Cross Society.

Bpdge of Honour

Mr YIP Hing-chung -- -—— ■ - - ,

Mr Yip became one of the Directors of Pok Oi Hospital in 1971. He was closely associated with the work of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals in 1973 before becoming a founder member of Yan Oi Tong, a Tuen Mun based charitable organisation. He has been an appointed unofficial member of theT.uen Mun District Board since 1982 and a member of its Commerce and Industry C'ttee since 1981.

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Badge of Honour

Mr Joseph LAW Kwun-wai

Mr Law has’rendered substantial help to the HK Youth Cultural and Arts Competitions as an Hon. Adviser for the past nine years. He is also currently a member of the Southern District Fight Crime C'ttee and an Hon. President of Central District Junior Police Call. He is also a c'ttee member of the Chinese Newspapers Assn of HK.

Badge gf Honour

Mr CHAN Tai-cheong

Mr Chan was one of the founder members of the Lau Fau Shan Oyster Industry Assn., and he is also the supervisor of the Lau Fau Shan Public Primary School. In 1982 he was elected to the Yuen Long District Board for the Yuen Long Rural West Constituency and takes a most active part in the work of the Board.

Bftdgg gf Honour

Mr CHOW Fat

Mr Chow has been a member of the Sai Ying Pun Area C’ttee since 1973. A retired hawker, he is most generous in contributing his time and efforts towards the promotion of many campaigns on behalf of the community in the Sai Ying Pun area.

Badge of Hopgur

Mr Andrew WONG Wang-fat

Mr Wong is a lecturer in Political Administration in the Chinese University of HK and is an appointed member of Shatin District Board where his services to the community are of a very high order.

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Badge of Honour

Mr CHENG Hok-yin

Mr Cheng was appointed Member of the Causeway Bay North Area C’ttee in 1972, Vice-chairman in 1975 and has been Chairman since 1977. Mr Cheng has also served on district-based c'ttees connected with community development, district welfare and government campaigns.

Badge Qf Honour

Mr LAM Wai-keung

Mr Lam has been very active in community and youth services. He was elected a Special Councillor of the Heung Yee Kuk in 1977, the Permanent President of the Peng Chau Chamber of Commerce in 1978, appointed an unofficial member of the Social Security Appeal Board in 1981, elected Vice-chairman of the Peng Chau Rural C'ttee in 1980, and Chairman of the same C'ttee in 1982. He has served on the Islands * District Board since 1982. He is also the Senior Group Supervisor of the Islands Auxiliary Medical Service and Chairman of the Training C'ttee of the HK Scouts Assn., Chairman of the Islands District Girl Guides Assn., and a Director of the Cheung Chau Home for the Aged.

Badge of Hgnour

Mr NG Ping-tak

Mr Ng has been a member of Kwun Tong District Board since April 1981 and has contributed significantly to the Board's deliberations. He also participates most actively in a wide range of non-District Board related activities in Kwun Tong District.

Badge of Honour

Mr Stephen LEUNG Hok-nin

Mr Leung has been a City District C'ttee member since 1978 and Wong Tai Sin District Board member since 1981. He has been Chairman of the San Po Kong Industrial Area C'ttee since its inception in 1981. He also participates in a wide range of other public duties in the Wong Tai Sin District.

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Badge of Honour

Mr CHIN Chun-leung

Mr Chin's involvement in community work started in 1960 when he joined the Hollywood Road Government Primary School Adult Education and Recreation Centre as a course instructor and later was appointed as the Chairman of the Centre for 2 years. In 1976/77 he was a founder of Wah Hing House Mutual Aid C'ttee, the first MAC to be established in Wah Fu Estate. He is a co-opted member of the Traffic & Transport C'ttee of Southern District Board and is the current Chairman of the Wah Fu Area C'ttee.

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CONTENTS PAGE NO.

BIGGER ROLE SEEN FOR DISTRICT BOARDS ........................... 1

MUCH WORK DONE FDR ELDERLY ..................................... 1

BEACH-GOERS WARNED AGAINST ILLEGAL CAMPING ..................... 2

MUSICAL TREAT FOR MANY ......................................... J

RESTAURANT OPERATOR NEEDED ..................................... J

CALL FOR LIFE GUARDS ........................................... 4

SUMMER COURSES ON SCIENCE TEACHING OFFERED ..................... 4

TAI PO PLAZA ON SALE ........................................... 5

EARLY MORNING ROAD CLOSURE ..................................... 6

CHAI WAN MAINS WORKS ........................................... 6

LEAKAGE TEST IN TSIM SHA TSUI .................................. 7

NEW GARDEN FOR EAST TSIM SHA TSUI ............................ ’ 7

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BIGGER ROLE SEEN FOR DISTRICT BOARDS X * X *

THE TERMS OF REFERENCE AND WORK OF THE DISTRICT BOARDS WILL HAVE TO BE EXPANDED TO COPE WITH THE CHANGING NEEDS OF SOCIETY, THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER OF YUEN LONG, MR RICHARD YUEN, SAID THIS (SATURDAY) EVENING.

HE SAID THAT DISTRICT BOARDS WOULD BECOME MORE AND MORE IMPORTANT IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS.

♦BUT THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF THE BOARDS DEPENDS GREATLY ON THE CONTINUED SUPPORT FROM THE RESIDENTS,* HE SAID, AT THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT AMATEUR SINGING CONTEST.

HE SAID SINCE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF DISTRICT BOARDS, RESIDENTS HAD BEEN ENCOURAGED TO GIVE THEIR VIEWS ON LOCAL PROBLEMS SO THAT IMPROVEMENT COULD BE MADE AND AN IDEAL COMMUNITY COULD BE BUILT.

♦THE DISTRICT BOARDS HAVE PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN SEEKING RESIDENTS* VIEWS AND WISHES, AND ENSURING THAT IMPROVEMENTS ARE BEING CARRIED OUT,+ HE SAID.

THIS YEAR, HE SAID, THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD WAS ALLOCATED S3 MILLION, AND Si.36 MILLION WOULD BE SPENT ON ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS. FUNDS WOULD ALSO BE SPENT ON SPONSORING RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES.

TONIGHT’S CONTEST WAS ORGANISED TO ENCOURAGE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND TO PUBLICISE THE COMING REGISTRATION OF VOTERS, AND NEXT YEAR'S DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS.

ASIDE FROM THE CONTEST, MR YUEN SAID, THE DISTRICT OFFICE HAD ALSO STARTED PAYING DOOR-TO-DOOR VISITS TO ENCOURAGE RESIDENTS TO SUPPORT THE ELECTIONS.

THE CONTEST IS ORGANISED BY THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE, RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG AND SING TAO NEWSPAPERS LIMITED.

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MUCH WORK DONE FOR ELDERLY

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A GREAT DEAL HAD BEEN DONE IN RECENT YEARS TO IMPROVE WELFARE SERVICES FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE IN HONG KONG, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR JOHN CHAMBERS, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE SIXTH MENTAL HEALTH WEEK ORGANISED BY THE MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION, HE SAID THE EFFORT WAS NECESSARY BECAUSE OF THE STEADY RISE IN THE PROPORTION OF ELDERLY PEOPLE AND SOCIAL CHANGES.

/THE GOVERNMENT‘b........

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THE GOVERNMENT'S POLICY, HE SAID, WAS TO ENABLE ELDERLY PEOPLc TO LIVE IN THE COMMUNITY, EITHER INDEPENDENTLY OR WITH THEIR FAMILIES, FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE.

+TO THIS END WE PROVIDE SERVICES SUCH AS COMMUNITY NURSING, HOME HELP, SOCIAL CENTRES AND DAY CENTRES AS WELL AS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE,* HE SAID.

♦WE ALSO HAVE A VARIETY OF FORMS OF HOUSING FOR THE ELDERLY, FROM SHELTERED HOUSING AND HOSTELS FOR THOSE WHO ARE ABLE TO LOOK AFTER THEMSELVES, TO CARE AND ATTENTION HOMES FOR THOSE WHO ARE UNABLE TO MANAGE WITHOUT REGULAR PERSONAL AND NURSING CARE.*

THE THEME FOR THE SIXTH MENTAL HEALTH WEEK IS +MENTAL HEALTH AND OLD AGE.*

THE PROGRAMME FOR THE COMING WEEK PROVIDES A COMPREHENSIVE BACKGROUND TO HONG KONG’S EFFORTS TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY.

IT EXAMINES NOT ONLY THE BIOLOGICAL AND PSYCHIATRIC ASPECTS OF AGING BUT ALSO THE SOCIAL AND CULTURAL ENVIRONMENT, AND PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE TO MEET THE CHALLENGE POSED BY THE INCREASING NUMBERS OF ELDERLY PEOPLE IN HONG KONG.

♦ IT IS ALWAYS A SALUTARY EXPERIENCE FOR THOSE WHO ARE INVOLVED IN THE DETAILS OF PLANNING AND PROVIDING PARTICULAR SERVICES TO STAND BACK OCCASIONALLY AND SEE THEIR EFFORTS IN A WIDER PERSPECTIVE,* MR CHAMBERS SAID.

THOSE PARTICIPATING IN THIS WEEK’S PROGRAMME WOULD BENEFIT CONSIDERABLY FROM IT, HE ADDED.

HE PAID TRIBUTE TO THE MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION FOR ITS WORk OVER THE YEARS TO EDUCATE THE COMMUNITY IN ALL ASPECTS OF MENTAL HEALTH, WHICH HE SAID WAS +JUST AS IMPORTANT AS PHYSICAL HEALTH* IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SUCCESSFUL AND CONTENTED SOCIETY.

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BEACH-GOERS WARNED AGAINST ILLEGAL CAMPING * * * *

CAMPING AT ALL THE 29 GAZETTED BEACHES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND ON OUTLYING ISLANDS IS AN OFFENCE, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NE* TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT WARNED TODAY.

OFFENDERS ARE LIABLE TO A FINE OF $500 AND TWO WEEKS’ .IMPRISONMENT, HE SAID.

SIXTY-NINE OFFENDERS WERE BROUGHT TO COURT LAST YEAR AND WERE FINED A TOTAL OF $8 000.

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ACTION AGAINST ILLEGAL CAMPING WILL BE STEPPED UP AT ALL THE GAZETTED BEACHES.

THE SPOKESMAN URGED HOLIDAY-MAKERS TO USE DESIGNATED CAMP SITES NEAR THE BEACHES.

HE ALSO REMINDED THE PUBLIC THAT LIGHTING BARBECUE FIRES OUTSIDE DESIGNATED BARBECUE PITS AT THE GAZETTED BEACHES IS AN OFFENCE.

THIRTY-SIX PEOPLE WERE CAUGHT COMMITTING THE OFFENCE LAST YEAR AND WERE FINED A TOTAL OF $6 OOO.

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MUSICAL TREAT FOR MANY * * *

A CELEBRATION CONCERT, AND THE FIRST MUSICAL MARATHON OF ITS KIND IN HONG KONG, WERE HELD TODAY TO MARK THE QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY.

THE MUSICAL MARATHON, JOINTLY PRESENTED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT AND THE NEW WORLD CENTRE, AND HELD DURING THE DAY, ENTERTAINED A LARGE AUDIENCE WITH FIVE HOURS OF UNINTERRUPTED MUSICAL SELECTIONS AT THE NEW WORLD PLAZA.

ALTOGETHER 13 CHINESE AND WESTERN YOUTH ORCHESTRAS, AND BANDS AND CHILDREN’S CHOIRS OF THE MUSIC OFFICE PERFORMED IN THE ’MARATHON’. IT WAS OPENED BY LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, DR HENRIETTA IP, WHO PRESENTED SOUVENIRS TO REPRESENTATIVES OF VARIOUS ORCHESTRAS AND BANDS.

IN THE EVENING, THE MUSIC OFFICE AND THE CULTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT PRESENTED A CONCERT AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWNHALL AUDITOR I UM.

PRESENT WERE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR DENIS BRAY, AND OTHER GUESTS.

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RESTAURANT OPERATOR NEEDED

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THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE OPERATION OF A GENERAL RESTAURANT AT THE YUEN LONG PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

' LAST YEAR, ABOUT 250 000 PEOPLE USED THE POOL.

BUSINESS MAY BE STARTED FROM AUGUST 1, ON A CONTRACT WHICH WILL EXPIRE ON FEBRUARY 28, 1987.

/TENDER FORMS’.......

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TENDER FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE NTSD HEADQUARTERS ON THE THRID FLOOR OF SWIRE AND MACLAINE HOUSE (AUSTIN CENTRE), 19-23 AUSTIN AVENUE, KOWLOON, OR AT THE YUEN LONG URBAN SERVICES OFFICE, ROOM 314, YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE BUILDING, 269 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, YUEN LONG.

THE TENDER DEADLINE IS 9 AM ON JULY 13.

ENQUIRIES SHOULD BE MADE WITH THE YUEN LONG URBAN SERVICES CFF ICES ON TELEPHONE Q-792261, EXT. 173.

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CALL FOR LIFE GUARDS

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IS RECRUITING LIFE GUARDS FOR THE 1EW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

A SPOKESMAN SAID THE LIFE GUARDS, WHO MUST BE AGED 35 OR UNDER, WILL BE REQUIRED FOR DUTY AT GAZETTED BEACHES AND SWIMMING POOLS.

APPLICANTS SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST PRIMARY 6 EDUCATION AND HOLD A BRONZE MEDALLION CERTIFICATE ISSUED BY THE ROYAL LIFE GUARD SOCIETY AND A VALID FIRST AID CERTIFICATE.

THE STARTING SALARY FOR THE POST IS $109 A DAY OR $2 755 A MONTH.

THOSE INTERESTED IN THE POST MAY APPROACH ANY BRANCH OFFICE CF THE LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON TELEPHONES 3-666615, 3-265123, 5-270276 AND 0-429154.

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SUMMER COURSES ON SCIENCE TEACHING OFFERED

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FOUR SUMMER COURSES ON THE TEACHING OF SCIENCE IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS WILL BE HELD BETWEEN JULY 17 AND AUGUST 31 BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

EACH COURSE WILL INCLUDE TALKS AND DISCUSSIONS AS WELL AS FIELD TRIPS TO THE URBAN COUNCIL PLANT NURSERY.

THERE WILL ALSO BE WORKSHOPS ON THE PRODUCTION OF SIMPLE TEACHING AIDS AND A COMPETITION ON THE DESIGN OF TEACHING AIDS.

/LATH COURSE........

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EACH COURSE WILL BE LIMITED TO 25 PLACES. PARTICIPANTS WILL BE AWARDED CERTIFICATES OF ATTENDANCE UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE COURSE.

CLASSES WILL BE HELD AT THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, ARGYLE CENTRE ANNEXE, 688 NATHAN ROAD, ARGYLE CENTRE (PHASE I), 9TH FLOOR, MONGKOK, KOWLOON.

TEACHERS WHO WISH TO ATTEND THE COURSES SHOULD APPLY, THROUGH THEIR SCHOOL HEADS, TO THE INSPECTOR (PRIMARY SCIENCE) PRIMARY SCIENCE SECTION, ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, 5TH FLOOR, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG, BY JUNE 25.

APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

ENQUIRIES ON THE COURSES MAY BE MADE TO THE SECTION ON 5-8392466.

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TAI PO PLAZA ON SALE * * *

A SHOPPING ARCADE BUILT WITH TWO PO, WILL FURTHER IMPROVE THE SHOPPING IN THE FAST-DEVELOPING NEW TOWN.

CINEMAS AT TAI PO PLAZA, TAI AND ENTERTAINMENT FACILITIES

THE SHOPPING CENTRE, THE LARGEST COMPREHENSIVE RANGE OF SHOPS, MEANING

IN TAI PO, WILL INCLUDE A THE NEEDS OF RESIDENTS CAN

BE SATISFIED IN THIS SELF-CONTAINED MODERN COMPLEX

TAI PO PLAZA IS ONE OF THE FOUR ESTATES ON SALE IN THE PHASE VIA OF THE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME. IT IS DEVELOPED UNDER THE PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION SCHEME.

FLAT SIZES RANGE FROM 41.3 TO 53.4 SQUARE METRES, AND PRICES FOR THE 1 408 UNITS IN FIVE BLOCKS RANGE FROM $156 500 TO $248 800

THE FIVE 32-STOREY BLOCKS ARE BUILT ON TOP OF THE TWO-FLOOR MODERN COMMERCIAL PODIUM.

THE PODIUM GARDEN IS CAREFULLY DESIGNED AND LANDSCAPED WITH FLOWERS AND PLANTS TO PROVIDE A RESTFUL AREA FOR THE ESTATE’S RESIDENTS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HOUSING AUTHORITY POINTED OUT THAT THE DEVELOPMENT OF TAI PO NEW TOWN WOULD BE HASTENED UPON THE COMPLETION OF THE COMPLEX.

THE UNITS ARE OPEN TO APPLICATION BETWEEN JUNE 19 AND JULY 3 AND CONSTRUCTION IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF THE YEAR.

/+DEVELQEMENT IN

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♦DEVELOPMENT IN TAI PO NEW TOWN HAS BEEN BLOOMING IN THE PAST FEW YEARS AS PRIVATE DEVELOPERS CONSTRUCT MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS. IN EFFECT, THERE ARE MORE FACILITIES TO COPE WITH THE DEMAND. ABOVE ALL, THE NEW TOWN STILL KEEPS ITS TIDINESS AND CLEANLINESS FOR IDEAL LIVING,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO REMINDED POTENTIAL BUYERS THAT SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS MIGHT OBTAIN MORTGAGE FACILITIES FROM SPECIALLY ARRANGED FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS FOR UP TO 90 PER CENT OF THE PURCHASE PRICE, REPAYABLE UP TO 15 YEARS.

USUALLY BUYERS CAN ALSO BENEFIT FROM LOWER MORTGAGE INTEREST RATES AVAILABLE FOR HOS BUYERS.

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EARLY MORNING ROAD CLOSURE M * *

THE SECTION OF ROAD 4B IN TUEN MUN, BETWEEN THE BUS STOP FOR KMB ROUTES N0S.'5OM, 53, 61 AND 67M AND ITS SOUTHERN JUNCTION WITH ROAD D9 WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 12.30 AM AND 5.45 AM FROM MONDAY TO THURSDAY (JUNE 18-21), TO FACILITATE CONSTRUCTION WORK.

MOTORISTS HEADING FOR CASTLE PEAK ROAD ARE ADVISED TO OPERATE ON ROAD D9.

THE SECTION OF WANG TAU HOM EAST ROAD BETWEEN JUNCTION ROAD AND FU MEI STREET EAST WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 1 AM AND 5 AM FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY (JUNE 18 - 22) TO FACILITATE CONSTRUCTION WORK.

MOTORISTS ON JUNCTION ROAD HEADING FOR THE WANG TAU HOM EAST ROAD AREA WILL BE DIVERTED TO PROCEED VIA HENG LAM STREET AND FU MEI STREET EAST.

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CHAI WAN MAINS WORKS * * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN CHAI WAN WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 10 PM ON TUESDAY (JUNE 19) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY TO FACILITATE WATER MAINS WORK.

PREMISES WHICH WILL BE AFFECTED ARE AT CHAI WAN ROAD, SAN HA STREET, HONG PING STREET, SUN ON STREET, FUNG YIP STREET, SHEUNG ON STREET, WING TAI ROAD AND YEE SHING STREET, INCLUDING YUE WAN ESTATE, CHAI WAN ESTATE EAST, CHAI WAN EXTENSION LICENSED AREA AND CAPE COLLINSON.

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LEAKAGE TEST IN TSIM SHA TSUI * * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN TSIM SHA TSUI WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PM ON TUESDAY (JUNE 19) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY NATHAN ROAD, PEKING ROAD, CANTON ROAD AND SALISBURY ROAD.

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NEW GARDEN FOR EAST TSIM SHA TSUI

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TSIM SHA TSUI EAST WITH ITS MANY FINE BUILDINGS INTERSPERSED WITH PLEASANT PARKS HAD QUICKLY BECOME A FAVOURITE SPOT FOR LOCAL PEOPLE AND TOURISTS, AND ITS ATTRACTION WOULD BE FURTHER ENHANCED BY THE OPENING OF THE URBAN COUNCIL WING ON PLAZA GARDEN.

THIS WAS SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) BY MR KENNETH T.C. LO, CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL’S RECREATION SELECT COMMITTEE, WHEN HE PERFORMED THE OFFI Cl AL “OPEN I NG OF THE GARDEN IN A JOINT CEREMONY WITH MR LAMBERT KWOK, CHAIRMAN OF THE WING ON GROUP.

EXPRESSING THE COUNCIL’S GRATITUDE TO WING ON’S FOR THEIR DONATION OF $3.63 MILLION TOWARDS THE COST OF THE PROJECT, MR LO SAI De +THIS GARDEN WITH ITS LANDSCAPING, FOUNTAIN, ARBOURS, SITTING-OUT AREAS, PAVILION AND CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND WILL BE WELL USED BY RESIDENTS AND VISITORS ALIKE.+

TURNING TO THE EMERGENCE OF EAST TSIM SHA TSUI AS A DRAWCARD FOR LOCAL PEOPLE AND TOURISTS ALIKE, MR LO SAID THAT AS PART OF THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS THE COUNCIL HAD PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE IN MAKING THE AREA ATTRACTIVE BY PROVIDING GARDENS, PARKS AND PL AYGROUNDS.

HE SAID: +T0 MARK THE CELEBRATION OF THE COUNCIL’S CENTENARY YEAR IN 1983, THE URBAN COUNCIL UNDERTOOK TO DEVELOP 10 SITES IN EAST TSIM SHA TSUI WHICH HAVE BEEN COLLECTIVELY NAMED THE URBAN COUNCIL CENTENARY GARDEN. SEVERAL OF THESE SITES HAVE ALREADY BEEN OPENED WITH THE REMAINING SITES DUE TO BE COMPLETED VERY SOON.

♦THESE AMENITY AREAS, TOGETHER WITH THE URBAN COUNCIL WING ON PLAZA GARDEN, WILL BE INTERCONNECTED AT GROUND LEVEL OR BY FOOTBRIDGES AND SUBWAYS, AND WILL FORM AN EXTENSION TO THE OTHER URBAN COUNCIL FACILITIES NEARBY, NAMELY THE MIDDLE ROAD DLAYGROUND AND THE TSIM SHA TSUI PROMENADE AT THE WATERFRONT.

+THE URBAN COUNCIL HAS ALWAYS HAD VERY GOOD RELATIONS WITH ESTABLISHED ENTERPRISES ANl) ORGANISATIONS. ONE EXAMPLE CF THIS IS THE JOINT PROJECT OF DEVELOPING THE TSIM SHA TSUI PROMENADE WHICH HAS UNDOUBTEDLY BECOME ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR AND FREQUENTLY USED AREAS IN KOWLOON.+

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 1984

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HOUSING AUTHORITY TO CONSIDER PUBLIC OPINION .................. 1

HOS ENVIRONMENT AIDS CHILD DEVELOPMENT ........................ 1

SPORT FOR ALL IS THE AIM ...................................... j

CAREERS GUIDANCE FOR SENIOR FORM STUDENTS ..................... 4

'PLAY SAFE' GUIDE AVAILABLE ................................... 4

DENTAL CLINIC CONTRACT AWARDED ................................ 5

PARKS ARE NOT FOR DRIVING ..................................... g

SEMINAR ON ENGLISH TEACHING ................................... 6

ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN IN KWUN TONG ............................. 7

NEW WORKSHOP FOR PIK UK PRISON ................................ 7

HORTICULTURAL CLASS ........................................... 8

FOOTBRIDGE CONTRACT AWARDED ................................... 8

SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 19^4

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HOUSING AUTHORITY TO CONSIDER PUBLIC OPINION

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THE HOUSING authority AND ITS COMMITTEES WILL CONSIDER FROM NEXT MONTH PUBLIC OPINION EXPRESSED ON THE VARIOUS ASPECTS OF PUBLIC HOUSING ALLOCATION POLICIES SET OUT IN ITS CONSULTATIVE DOCUMENT.

+AT PRESENT, THE AUTHORITY IS SEEKING MORE PUBLIC VIEWS AS THE PERIOD FOR CONSULTATION HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JUNE 30,+ SAID AN AUTHORITY SPOKESMAN TODAY.

IN THE LIGHT OF THE COMMENTS RECEIVED, HE SAID THE AUTHORITY AND COMMITTEES WOULD THEN DECIDE ON WHETHER ANY RECOMMENDATIONS ON CHANGES OF POLICY SHOULD BE PUT TO THE GOVERNMENT.

+SHOULD ANY CHANGES OF POLICY BE DECIDED UPON, DETAILS OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PRINCIPLES WILL BE CONSIDERED BY THE AUTHORI TY.

+SINCE THE CONSULTATIVE DOCUMENT WAS WIDELY PUBLISHED FOR PUBLIC DISCUSSION ABOUT TWO MONTHS AGO, RESPONSE HAS BEEN ENTHUSIASTIC FROM 'DISTRICT BOARDS, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND OTHER SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY.*

THE SPOKESMAN REITERATED THAT THE DOCUMENT WAS A DISCUSSION PAPER IN THE TRUEST SENSE OF THE WORD, AND THAT THE OPTIONS IT CONTAINED WERE NOT AGREED POLICIES.

+N0 DECISIONS HAVE BEEN TAKEN.

♦ALTHOUGH THE CONSULTATIVE APPROACH ADOPTED BY THE AUTHORITY IS NEW, THE PUBLIC APPEAR TO LIKE IT, AND WE WELCOME MORE VIEWS.*

THE CONSULTATIVE DOCUMENT COVERS THE FOLLOWING ISSUES: PUBLIC HOUSING FOR SMALL HOUSEHOLDS, LONG-TERM REHOUSING OF SQUATTERS AND TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA RESIDENTS, WELL-OFF PUBLIC HOUSING TENANTS, PROMOTION OF HOME OWNERSHIP, AND ADDITION OF MARRIED CHILDREN AND FAMILIES TO PUBLIC HOUSING TENANCIES.

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HOS ENVIRONMENT AIDS CHILD DEVELOPMENT

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THE SPACIOUS ENVIRONMENT AND PLENTIFUL PLAY FACILITIES ON HOME OWNERSHIP ESTATES CAN BE AN IMPORTANT AID TO THE HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT OF GROWING CHILDREN, ACCORDING TO A CONSULTING PSYCHOLOGIST.

MRS GLORIA CHAN, COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGIST, HONG KONG UNIVERSITY COUNSELLOR, SAID THAT THE ENVIRONMENT WAS A MAJOR CONCERN FOR PARENTS, ESPECIALLY IN CROWDED HONG KONG.

/MANY PAHINTS........

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MANY PARENTS COULD NOT AFFORD TO PROVIDE SPACIOUS SURROUNDINGS, AND THIS HAD AN IMPORTANT IMPACT ON THEIR CHILDREN’S DEVELOPMENT.

WHEN SPACE WAS SHORT AND PLAY FACILITIES SCARCE, LOWER-MIDDLE CLASS PARENTS MIGHT TAKE AN OVER-PROTECTIVE ATTITUDE, REFUSING TO ALLOW THEIR CHILDREN TO LEAVE HOME ALONE EXCEPT TO GO TO SCHOOL.

FEAR OF TRAFFIC OR UNDESIRABLE ASSOCIATIONS MIGHT LEAD PARENTS TO REFUSE PERMISSION FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES.

THIS COULD LEAD TO THE CHILDREN BECOMING INWARD-LOOKING, WITHDRAWN, AND LACKING INITIATIVE. THIS ALSO EXPLAINS WHY COMPUTER GAMES ARE MORE POPULAR IN HONG KONG THAN IN OTHER COUNTRIES.

MRS CHAN WENT ON TO SAY THAT THE SPACIOUS ENVIRONMENT ON THE FOUR HOME OWNERSHIP ESTATES NOW ON SALE COULD HELP PARENTS WHO WISHED TO SEE THEIR CHILDREN GROW UP AS WELL-ROUNDED INDIVIDUALS.

THE CHAN FAMILY, OF SIU HONG COURT, TUEN MUN, BACKED UP THIS THEORY WITH THEIR OWN PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE.

WHEN THEY LIVED IN ONE ROOM IN WAN CHAI THE CHILDREN WERE KEPT IN AFTER SCHOOL.

AT SIU HONG COURT THE KIDS GO OUT TO USE THE MANY PLAY AND SPORTS FACILITIES, LIKE CHILDREN PLAYGROUNDS, BASKETBALL COURT, A SMALL FOOTBALL PITCH, BADMINTON COURT AND A JOGGING TRACK. MR CHAN DOES NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THEIR FRIENDS BECAUSE THEY ONLY MEET THE CHILDREN OF NEIGHBOURING FAMILIES.

BOTH CHILDREN ALSO GO OUT TO DO THE FAMILY SHOPPING AT THE COURT’S SHOPPING CENTRE, AND MR CHAN FINDS HlS DAUGHTER GENERALLY FINISHES HER HOMEWORK IN TIME FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY TO 60 FOR A HEALTHY WALK IN THE ESTATE’S SPACIOUS PARK.

MR CHAN HAS NOTICED THAT HIS SON, WHO USED TO BE WITHDRAWN AND SHY, HAS BECOME MUCH MORE CONFIDENT AND OUT-GOING SINCE THE FAMILY MOVED TO TUEN MUN. THE KIDS ARE ALSO TRAINED TO MORE SHOPPINGS IN THE ESTATE.

HE THINKS THAT OTHER PARENTS SHOULD CONSIDER CAREFULLY THE ADVANTAGES OF HOME OWNERSHIP ESTATE LIFE FOR THE HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR CHILDREN.

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SPORT FOR ALL IS THE AIM * * *

A DEDICATED GROUP IN THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT CANNOT MAKE THE BLIND SEE OR THE DEAF HEAR BUT THEY CAN GIVE THEM THE FUN OF SPORTS NONETHELESS.

IN THE VARIOUS ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE SPECIAL GROUPS UNIT OF THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE LAST YEAR, ABOUT 3 500 PHYSICALLY OR MENTALLY HANDICAPPED PERSONS SHARED THE FUN OF SWIMMING, ANGLING AND ROLLER SKATING.

SET UP IN DECEMBER 1982, THE UNIT HAS ALSO DEVOTED MUCH ENERGY TO LEADERSHIP TRAINING AS THIS PROVIDES THE MANPOWER FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF THE SERVICE, SAID MRS POLLY LAI, THE SENIOR RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICER WHO HEADS THE UNIT.

LAST YEAR, 325 VOLUNTARY HELPERS JOINED LEADERSHIP COURSES OFFERED BY THE UNIT. THE COURSES INCLUDED GYMNASTIC WORKSHOPS FOR INSTRUCTORS SERVING THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED AND A SEMINAR ON SAFETY IN SPORTS FOR THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED.

THE UNIT HAS .ALSO HELD PILOT ACTIVITIES, SUCH AS FENCING AND TENNIS, FOR THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED.

+THE DISABLED ARE NOT OUR SOLE CONCERN,+ SAID MRS LAI. + AS THE NAME OF OUR SECTION SUGGESTS, WE TAKE CARE OF ACTIVITIES FOR THE ELDERLY AND THE UNDERPRIVILEGED AS WELL.*

AMONG SUCH ACTIVITIES ARE RECREATION DAY CAMPS FOR THE ELDERLY, EXCURSION TRIPS AND BALL GAMES FOR ORPHANS. TRAINING COURSES IN BALL GAMES AND GYMNASTICS FOR PROBATIONERS IN BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ HOMES ARE ALSO HELD.

OFFICERS OF THE SECTION ALSO ADVISE VARIOUS ASSOCIATIONS IN DESIGNING THEIR FACILITIES TO SUIT THE NEEDS OF THE DISABLED.

♦WE CAN HELP HANDICAPPED PEOPLE IN WHEELCHAIRS TO ENJOY BASKET BALL BY LOWERING THE BASKET BALL STAND, OR GIVE SPASTICS MORE FUN IN BALL GAMES BY GIVING THEM A GIANT-SIZED BALL,* SAID MRS LAI.

♦WE UPDATE OURSELVES CONSTANTLY WITH DEVELOPMENTS IN REHABILITATION AROUND THE WORLD IN ORDER TO IMPROVE OUR SERVICE.*

♦UP TO NOW WE HAVE BEEN ORGANISING ACTIVITIES JOINTLY wI TH ASSOCIATIONS FOR THE DISABLED. IN THE COMING YEAR WE PLAN TO EXTEND OUR SERVICE TO THOSE WHO ARE NOT MEMBERS OF ANY ORGANISATIONS,* SHE SAID.

SCUBA DIVING FOR THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED, BOWLING FOR THE BLIND AND WHEELCHAIR DANCING ARE AMONG THE ACTIVITIES BEING PLANNED.

♦WE NEED A BIGGER FORCE OF VOLUNTARY HELPERS TO EXPAND OUR ACTIVITIES,* SAID MRS LAI. +MOST OF OUR VOLUNTEERS HAVE COME FROM SERVICE GROUPS OF ESTABLISHED COMPANIES AND I HOPE OTHERS WILL COME FORWARD IN THE FUTURE.*

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CAREERS GUIDANCE FOR SENIOR FORM STUDENTS * * * *

A PROJECT WILL BE HELD BETWEEN JULY AND AUGUST TO PROVIDE FORM FIVE AND MATRICULATION STUDENTS WITH INFORMATION ON FURTHER STUDIES AND CAREERS, AND TO GIVE THEM ADVICE ON EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD AND THE CENTRE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE OF WESTERN DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE, THE PROJECT RECEIVED FAVOURABLE RESPONSE WHEN IT WAS FIRST INTRODUCED LAST YEAR.

A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE PROJECT WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE WESTERN DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE FOR STUDENTS FROM ALL DISTR ICTS.

FROM JULY 20 TO JULY 22, THERE WILL BE TALKS ON ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTES AND ON VOCATIONAL TRAINING AND CAREERS INFORMATION.

AT THE SAME TIME, AN EXHIBITION ON CAREERS AND FURTHER STUDIES WILL BE HELD AT THE COMMUNITY CENTRE, WITH AN ENQUIRY COUNTER MANNED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE.

SLIDE SHOWS ON CAREERS WILL ALSO BE PRESENTED, AND INFORMATION PAMPHLETS ON DIFFERENT CAREERS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE COUNTER.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE ON AGAIN AT THE SAME PLACE FROM

AUGUST 9 TO AUGUST 13, WHEN RESULTS OF THE CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION ARE KNOWN. TAPES ON CAREERS TALKS AND > HOT-LINE SERVICE ON FURTHER STUDIES AND COUNSELLING SERVICE ON EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS WILL BE PROVIDED.

INQUIRIES MAY BE MADE TO THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE ON 5-495141 OR 5-7956095.

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’PLAY SAFE’ GUIDE AVAILABLE

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SAFETY IN OUTDOOR PURSUITS IS AGAIN THE MAIN THEME OF THE LATEST EDITION OF THE ’STEPPING OUT’ BOOKLET, PRODUCED BY THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT.

FOR THE FOURTH TIME DURING THE PAST SIX YEARS, SAFETY MESSAGES FOR VARIOUS TYPES OF OUTDOOR SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES ARE PUT ACROSS IN THE FORM OF A PRINTED GUIDE, GIVEN FREE TO THE PUBLIC.

THE NEW BOOKLET CONTAINS UPDATED AND MORE COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION ON 15 DIFFERENT TYPES OF LAND AND wATER PURSUITS. DINGHY SAILING, ORIENTEERING, HILL-wALKING AND HIKING, WINDSURFING, ARE AMONG THE ADDITIONAL TOPICS.

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SUNDAY, JUN£ 17, 1984

APART FROM SAFETY HINTS, GENERAL INFORMATION IS ALSO PROVIDES ON wHAT ONE NEEDS, wHERE ONE SHOULD GO, AND wHAT IT COSTS TO ENGAGE IN VARIOUS FORMS OF ACTIVITIES. THE NAMES OF CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS ARE ALSO LISTED.

A PART OF THE SAFETY IN OUTDOOR PURSUITS PUBLICITY PROGRAMME, THE BOOKLET SERVES AS A USEFUL REFERENCE FOR LOVERS OF OUTDOOR LIFE, PARTICULARLY DURING THE SUMMER.

ORGANISATIONS AND SCHOOLS MAY OBTAIN THE BOOKLET FROM THE OFFICES OF THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT, 1OTH FLOOR, HARBOUR CENTRE, 25 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI AND THE PUBLISHING SUB-DIVISION OF THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES, FIRST FLOOR, BASKERVILLE HOUSE, DUDDELL STREET, HONG KONG.

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DENTAL CLINIC CONTRACT AWARDED

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ANOTHER CONTRACT HAS BEEN AWARDED IN CONNECTION w I TH THE PkuucCT TO ADD THREE FLOORS TO THE SCHOOL CHILDREN’S DENTAL CLINIC AT AKoYuc. STREET IN KOWLOON.

THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT HAS AWARDED THE CONTRACT, WORTH $628 000, TO TUNG YUEN HONG ELECT. COMPANY LIMITED TO INSTALL ELECTRICAL FITTINGS IN THE 3 33 J f^ETRES OF EXTRA SPACE TO BE PROVIDED BY THE EXTENSION.

LAST MONTH, A $6.6 MILLION CONTRACT WAS AWARDED TO BUILD THE THREE ADDITIONAL FLOORS ABOVE THE EXISTING TWO-STOREY CLINIC.

THE EXTRA AREA WILL BE USED TO DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF TREATMENT SPACES TO 60 AND TO ACCOMMODATE TWO MORE DENTAL SUITES AND AN X-RaY SECTION.

THERE WILL ALSO BE AN ORAL HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT wI TH A LECTURE ROOM, AN EXHIBITION HALL, A DEMONSTRATION ROOM AND AN ORAL HEALTn CL INIC.

THE CLINIC WILL REMAIN FULLY OPERATIONAL THROUGHOUT ThE EXTENSION WORK PERIOD OF 14 MONTHS.

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PARKS ARE NOT FOR DRIVING

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THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT TODAY TOLD PEOPLE NOT TO DRIVE INTO COUNTRY PARKS,

LAST MONTH, 28 PEOPLE WERE FINED FOR THE OFFENCE, COMPARED WITH 17 IN APRIL AND EIGHT IN MARCH.

THE MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR THE OFFENCE IS A $2 OOO FINE AND THREE MONTHS IMPRISONMENT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT SAID THAT PATHS IN COUNTRY PARKS WERE NOT MEANT FOR HEAVY USE BY VEHICLES.

+THE COUNTRYSIDE IS FOR THE ENJOYMENT OF PEOPLE WHO WANT TO GET AWAY FROM THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF CITY LIFE. TOO MUCH VEHICULAR TRAFFIC IN THE PARKS WILL DEFEAT THE WHOLE PURPOSE CF CREATING THESE PARKS,+ HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN-ALSO SAID THAT LITTERING WAS STILL THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IN THE COUNTRY PARKS AND THAT 103 PEOPLE WERE FINED FOR THIS LAST MONTH.

OTHER OFFENCES INCLUDED CAMPING IN NON-DESIGNATED SITES, POLLUTING WATER, DAMAGING PLANTS AND POSSESSION OF PROTECTED PLANTS.


SEMINAR ON ENGLISH TEACHING X H M

A SEMINAR ON THE TEACHING OF ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE WILL BE HELD FOR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS ON JUNE 30.

MR FRANCIS C. JOHNSON, PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, WILL BE SPEAKING AT THE SEMINAR ON +THE PURPOSE IN THE SELECTION OF CONTENT IN LANGUAGE TEACHING+.

ORGANISED BY THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING CENTRE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE SEMINAR IS ONE OF A SERIES CONDUCTED EVERY YEAR FOR TEACHERS OF ENGLISH.

HEADS OF PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS WHO WISH TO SEND THEIR TEACHERS TO ATTEND, SHOULD APPLY TO THE SENIOR INSPECTOR, ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING CENTRE, 9A BONHAM ROAD, HONG KONG, NOT LATER THAN JUNE 27.

THE SEMINAR WILL BE HELD AT THIS CENTRE.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE TO THE CENTRE AT 5-482537.

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ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN IN KWUN TONG

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A COMPETITION IS BEING HELD FOR KVvUN TONG RESIDENTS TO GUESS THE HEIGHT OF A TRAFFIC LIGHT MODEL PLACED OUTSIDE THE DISTRICT’S BRANCH OFFICES BUILDING IN TUNG YAN STREET.

FROM TODAY (SUNDAY) TILL JULY 6, THE MODEL WILL BE ON DISPLaY OUTSIDE THE BUILDING TO DRAW RESIDENTS’ ATTENTION TO THE IMPORTANCE OF ROAD SAFETY.

ENTRIES TO THE COMPETITION MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES BEFORE JULY 6.

THE DISPLAY IS PART OF A SEVEN-WEEK KWUN TONG DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN WHICH BEGAN TODAY.

THE TRAFFIC LIGHT MODEL WILL AGAIN BE PUT UP AT THE HONG NING ROAD PLAYGROUND ON JULY 8 WHEN A CARNIVAL, FEATURING CYCLING SKILu TESTS, A ROAD SAFETY TOWN AND A BMX CYCLING DEMONSTRATION, * ILL be. HELD.

OTHER ACTIVITIES IN THE CAMPAIGN WILL INCLUDE A TWO-WEEK ON-THE-SPOT ROAD-CROSSING GUIDANCE BY THE POLICE, ACTION AGAINST JAYWALKERS AND CARELESS DRIVERS, AND THE DISPLAY OF BANNERS AND POSTERS AT VANTAGE POINTS.

THE CAMPAIGN IS SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AT $28 OOO, AND IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE POLICE.

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A WORKSHOP WILL BE BUILT AT PIK UK PRISON TO PROVIDE WORK AREAS FOR PRISONERS IN A FACTORY SETTING.

A $4.6 MILLION CONTRACT FOR THE WORK WAS RECENTLY AWARDED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT TO CHUEN HING CONSTRUCTION COMPANY LIMITED.

THE FOUR-STOREY WORKSHOP WILL BE BUILT ON A 1 080 SQUARE-METRE SITE WITHIN THE PRISON, AND HAVE A TOTAL FLOOR AREA OF 2 880 SQUARE METRES.

IT WILL PROVIDE WORK AREAS FOR CARPENTRY, DOOR-MAKING AND TAILORING. THERE WILL ALSO BE OFFICES AND FACILITIES FOR STORAGE OF MATERIALS AND FINISHED GOODS.

WORK WILL START EARLY’NEXT WEEK AND TAKE ONE YEAR TO COMPLETE.

PIK UK PRISON, OPENED IN JANUARY 1975, HAS A CAPACITY FOR 900 ADULT MALES.

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HORTICULTURAL CLASS

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ENTRIES ARE BEING INVITED TO A KWAI CHUNG HORTICULTURAL CLASS WHICH WILL BE HELD NEXT MONTH.

ENROLMENT IN THE COURSE, WHICH WILL BE IN CHINESE, WILL BE ACCEPTED ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE COURSE WILL BE HELD AT THE OSMAN RAMJU SADICK MEMORIAL GAMES HALL ON EIGHT CONSECUTIVE SATURDAYS BETWEEN 3.30 PM AND 6 PM, STARTING JULY 7.

APPLICATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE OSMAN RAMJU SADICK MEMORIAL GAMES HALL OR THE KWAI CHUNG URBAN SERVICES OFFICE ON THt NINTH FLOOR OF KWAI HING GOVERNMENT OFFICES AT HING FONG ROAD, KWAI CHUNG.

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A $193 000 CONTRACT TO BUILD A 15-METRE LONG FOOTBRIDGE ACROSS SHA TAU KOK ROAD, BETWEEN GALLIPOLI LINES AND BURMA LINES, FANLING, HAS BEEN AWARDED.

THE FOOTBRIDGE WILL BE FOR USE BY THE PUBLIC AS WELL AS BY SOLDIERS AND THEIR FAMILIES LIVING AT THE TWO CAMPS.

WORK WILL START LATER THIS MONTH AND BE COMPLETED IN FOUR MONTHS.

THE CONTRACT WAS AWARDED LAST WEEK TO YEU CAN ENGINEERING COMPANY LIMITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, JUNE 18, 1984

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

CONCEPT OF PARKING DEFINED .................................... 1

BETTER DEAL FOR JADE HAWKERS ...............................

RENDEZVOUS FOR MJSIC LOVERS ................................... 4

FACTORY ESTATES ALMOST OCCUPIED ............................... 4

DEPOTS TO HAVE SOLAR WATER HEATING SYSTEM...................... 5

BIG STAMP RUSi EXPECTED ....................................... 6

TEACHING TEACHERS ABOUT COMPUTERS.............................. 7

NEW ROADS PLANNED FOR YUEN LONG ............................... 7

HI TEAM FOR GERMAN DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL ....................... 8

PLANTING FOR MORE GREENERY..................................... 8

NORTH POINT TAPS OFF .......................................

VILLAGE WATER WORKS.........................................

TAPS OFF IN SAI KUNG .......................................

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CONCEPT OF PARKING DEFINED * * * *

THE CONCEPT OF ’PARKING' WILL BE CLEARLY DEFINED WHEN THE l£W ROAD TRAFFIC (PARKING) REGULATIONS, WHICH REPLACE THE EXISTING ROAD TRAFFIC (PARKING AND WAITING) REGULATIONS, COME INTO FORCE IN AUGUST THIS YEAR.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID THAT A NEW SET OF ’PARKING’ AND 'NO PARKING’ SIGNS WILL BE PRODUCED TO SUBSTITUTE THE ’NO WAITING’ SIGNS AND THE CONCEPT OF ’WAITING’ WILL THEN BE ABANDONED.

UNDER THE NEW REGULATIONS, PARKING MEANS THE STANDING OF A VEHICLE, OCCUPIED OR UNOCCUPIED, EXCEPT WHEN THE VEHICLE STANDS TEMPORARILY FOR THE PURPOSE OF LOADING OR UNLOADING GOODS OR PICKING UP OR SETTING DOWN PASSENGERS.

THE LAW ALSO PROVIDES THAT PARKING IS GENERALLY PROHIBITED ON ANY ROAD ON WHICH THERE IS A SYSTEM OF STREET LIGHTING.

THIS MEANS THAT PARKING IS VIRTUALLY NOT ALLOWED IN THE URBAN AREAS OTHER THAN IN A DESIGNATED PARKING PLACE.

+FOR THIS REASON, IT-IS NOT NECESSARY TO ERECT THE ’NO PARKING’ SIGNS IN THE URBAN AREAS WHERE THERE IS IN EXISTENCE A SYSTEM OF STREET LIGHTING,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+THEREFORE, THE ERECTION OF 'NO PARKING’ SIGNS WILL ONLY BE NECESSARY IN AREAS WHERE THERE IS NO SUCH LIGHTING SYSTEM AND WHERE PARKING IS NOT ALLOWED,+ HE SAID.

SIMILARLY, PROVISIONS ARE ALSO SET OUT TO PROHIBIT ON-STREET PARKING AT VEHICULAR ENTRANCES, EXITS OF BUILDINGS AND PLACES BLOCKING ACCESS TO FIRE HYDRANTS.

IT WILL BE AN OFFENCE FOR A TRAILER TO BE PARKED ON A ROAD OTHER THAN IN A PARKING PLACE DESIGNATED FOR THAT PURPOSE, UNLESS IT IS ATTACHED TO AN APPROPRIATE MOTOR VEHICLE.

TO DETER LONG-TERM PARKING, THE LAW NOW MAKES IT AN OFFENCE FOR A VEHICLE TO BE PARKED IN A PARKING PLACE FOR MORE THAN 24 HOURS, COMPARED TO 48 HOURS UNDER THE REVOKED REGULATION.

A NEW PROVISION PRESUMES THAT THE DRIVER OF A VEHICLE PARKED IN A METERED PARKING SPACE HAS COMMITTED AN OFFENCE WHERE THE PARKING METER IS FOUND TO HAVE A FOREIGN OBJECT OTHER THAN THE APPROPRIATE COIN, UNLESS THE CONTRARY IS PROVED.

ON THE MEANINGS OF PARKING SIGNS AND ROAD MARKINGS, THE 'SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THEY WERE TOTALLY NEW TO MOTORISTS.

HE SAID: +THE ’P’ SIGN ALONE INDICATES THAT THE PARKING PLACE IS ONLY FOR VEHICLES SUCH AS PRIVATE CARS, LIGHT VANS, LIGHT GOODS VEHICLES AND TAXIS, OTHER THAN MEDIUM AND HEAVY GOODS VEHICLES, BUSES, MOTOR CYCLES AND PEDAL CYCLES.

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♦PARKING FOR OTHER VEHICLES WILL BE INDICATED BY A SIGN INCORPORATING A SYMBOLIC REPRESENTATION OF THE VEHICLES PERMITTED, TOGETHER WITH A ’P» SYMBOL.

♦A BROKEN YELLOW LINE ALONG THE EDGE OF THE CARRIAGEWAY AND A HATCHED MARKING BETWEEN BAYS INDICATE THAT THE PARKING OF VEHICLES IS PROHIBITED.+

THE SPOKESMAN SA IDs +IN VIEW OF THE LARGE NUMBER OF TRAFFIC SIGNS AND ROAD MARKINGS INVOLVED, THE OVERALL CHANGEOVER WILL TAKE TWO TO THREE YEARS TO COMPLETE. UNTIL THE OLD SIGNS AND MARKINGS ARE ALL REPLACED BY NEW ONES, THEY WILL REMAIN IN FORCE.*

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SOME 400 JADE HAWKERS, PREVIOUSLY TRADING ILLEGALLY IN CANTON ROAD, WILL BE GIVEN PERMANENT RESETTLEMENT AT THE KWUN CHUNG MARKET COMPLEX, SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED IN 1989.

IN THE INTERIM, THEY HAVE BEEN RESITED TO A NEW MARKET BAZAAR AT THE JUNCTION OF KANSU STREET AND RECLAMATION STREET WHERE THEY CAN CONTINUE THEIR BUSINESS, MISS SUSANNA TSOI, ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER OF YAU MA TEI, SAID.

THE RE-ORDERING EXERCISE, LAUNCHED IN 1982, IS PART OF THE EFFORT OF THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT OF THE AREA.

♦JADE HAWKING ACTIVITIES AT CANTON ROAD, WHERE UNLICENSED HAWKERS CONDUCTED THEIR BUSINESS BY DISPLAYING THEIR MERCHANDISE IN CASES OR ON A PIECE OF CLOTH ALONG THE PAVEMENT, HAVE LONG BEEN OUR MAJOR CONCERN,+ MISS TSOI SAID.

THE PROBLEM WAS NOT SO SERIOUS IN THE EARLY 1970S WHEN A SMALL NUMBER OF MOBILE JADE HAWKERS CONDUCTED BUSINESS FOR TWO TO THREE HOURS EACH MORNING AT CANTON ROAD, SHE SAID.

HOWEVER, THEIR NUMBER INCREASED CONSIDERABLY OVER THE PAST YEARS AND THEIR TRADING HOURS EXTENDED TO THE CURRENT 9 AM TO 4 PM.

THEY CAUSED SERIOUS OBSTRUCTION TO SHOPS AND RESIDENTS IN THE AREA AND FORCED PEDESTRIANS TO WALK ON THE CARRIAGEWAY.

, +IT IS THEREFORE REALISTIC AND PRACTICAL TO HAVE THEM RESITED OFF-STREET,♦ MISS TSOI SAID.

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THE NEW SITE, LOCATED AT KANSU STREET UNDERNEATH THE GASCOIGNE ROAD FLYOVER, WAS CAREFULLY SELECTED BY THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE AND ENDORSED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AFTER CONSULTATIONS WITH THE URBAN COUNCIL, THE LANDS DEPARTMENT AND THE CITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

IT IS WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE FROM THE OLD MARKET AND CAN ACCOMMODATE OVER 400 HAWKERS SELLING SUCH ITEMS AS JADE ORNAMENTS, SILVERWARE AND ANTIQUES,* MISS TSOI SAID.

TO DETERMINE ELIGIBILITY, A SERIES OF SITE SURVEYS WAS CONDUCTED BY THE CITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT LAST YEAR.

AS A RESULT, 365 HAWKERS WERE IDENTIFIED. THEY WERE EACH ISSUED WITH A FIXED PITCH HAWKER LICENCE, AND MOVED INTO THE &EW BAZAAR ON MARCH 12 THIS YEAR.

MISS TSOI SAID THAT THOSE FAILING TO GET A FIXED PITCH WERE GIVEN A CHANCE TO HAVE THEIR CASE RECONSIDERED.

AS A RESULT, ANOTHER 27 HAWKERS RECEIVED LICENCES LAST MONTH AND 19 MORE WILL BE MOVING INTO THE NEW BAZAAR BY THE END OF THIS MONTH. IT WAS ALSO' EXPECTED THAT 30 MORE PITCHES WOULD BE ALLOCATED.

PLANS ARE ALSO BEING DRAWN UP TO RESITE ON-STREET JADE WHOLESALERS SO THAT THEY CAN CONTINUE TO MAKE THEIR LIVING.

THE BAZAAR, THOUGH TEMPORARY, IS WELL PLANNED AND ADMINISTERED

THE PITCHES, EACH MEASURING 1.2 METRES BY 0.9 METRE, ARE NEATLY ARRANGED WITH SPACIOUS ALLEYS IN BETWEEN.

IT IS FENCED OFF FROM THE PAVEMENT AND IS KEPT CLEAN AND ORDERLY BY THE GENERAL DUTIES TEAMS WHO PAY REGULAR VISITS DAILY,♦ SHE SAID.

THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD HAS ALLOCATED $34 000 FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A TRADITIONAL CHINESE ORNAMENTAL ARCHWAY FOR THE NEW BAZAAR, WHERE THE MAJORITY OF CUSTOMERS ARE TOURISTS FROM THE UNITED STATES, JAPAN AND THAILAND.

IN ADDITION, THE HONG KONG TOURIST ASSOCIATION HAD EXTENSIVELY PUBLICISED THE NEW SITE OVERSEAS, SHE SAID.

ASKED HOW THE HAWKERS FELT ABOUT THE NEW BAZAAR, MR CHAN YUM-TONG, CHAIRMAN OF THE YAU MA TEI KAIFONG ASSOCIATION, SAID : ♦GENERALLY SPEAKING, HAWKERS ARE QUITE HAPPY WITH THEIR NEW HOME AS THEY NO LONGER NEED TO FLEE FROM GENERAL DUTIES TEAMS.+

BUSINESS IN THE NEW MARKET SO FAR HAVE BEEN SATISFACTORY AND THEY ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO EVEN BETTER BUSINESS THIS SUMMER WHEN THE TOURIST SEASON BEG I NS,+ MR CHAN SAID.

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RENDEZVOUS FOR MUSIC LOVERS

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A SERIES OF MUSICAL RENDEZVOUS IS BEING ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT TO PROMOTE INTEREST IN MUSIC.

THE SERIES IS A SPECIALLY-DESIGNED PROGRAMME IN WHICH EXPERTS WILL SPEAK ON DIFFERENT TYPES OF MUSIC AND DISCUSS THEM WITH MUSIC LOVERS.

THEY WILL BE HELD ON FOUR CONSECUTIVE SATURDAYS, STARTING ON JUNE 23, AT THE YAU MA TEI MUSIC CENTRE.

DR BYRON MCGILVRAY, THE CHORAL DIRECTOR OF THE BAPTIST COLLEGE CHOIR AND CURRENTLY THE PRINCIPAL GUEST CONDUCTOR OF PAN ASIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, WILL SPEAK ON ’CHORAL MUSIC APPRECIATION’ ON JUNE 23.

ON JUNE 30, MRS DOROTHY CHEUNG, WHO TEACHES AT ALLIANCE BIBLE SEMINARY, WILL SPEAK ON ’CHURCH MUSIC APPRECIATION’. H?S CHEUNG HAS DEVOTED MUCH TIME TO THE TEACHING OF CHURCH MUSIC IN NORTH AMERICA AND HONG KONG.

ON JULY 7, MR RICHARD TSANG, HEAD OF RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG’S SERIOUS MUSIC DEPARTMENT AND CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG COMPOSERS’ GUILD, WILL SPEAK ON ’20TH CENTURY MUSIC APPRECIATION’.

MR RAYMOND AU, A GUITARIST, WILL SPEAK ABOUT ’SPANISH GUITAR MUSIC’ ON JULY 14.

FREE ADMISSION TICKETS CAN BE OBTAINED AT THE YAU MA TEI MUSIC CENTRE (GOLDEN GATE COMMERCIAL BUILDING, 138 AUSTIN ROAD, 3RD FLOOR, KOWLOON) AND THE MONG KOK MUSIC CENTRE (CAMBRIDGE COURT, 84 WATERLOO ROAD, 2ND FLOOR, KOWLOON).

FURTHER INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED BY DIALLING 3-7226240.

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FACTORY ESTATES ALMOST OCCUPIED

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TWO OTHER FACTORY ESTATES ARE ALMOST FULLY LET AS THE HOUSING AUTHORITY’S STREAMLINED LETTING PROCEDURE CONTINUES TO DRAW LARGE NUMBERS OF APPLICATIONS FROM OPERATORS.

A TOTAL OF 1 654 MORE UNITS HAVE BEEN LET OVER THE PAST TWO MONTHS,* SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AUTHORITY TODAY.

AS A RESULT, HE SAID THE FACTORY ESTATES OF YIP ON IN KOWLOON BAY AND CHUN SHING IN TSUEN WAN WERE NOW 90 PER CENT FULL.

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THIS FOLLOWS THE FULL OCCUPATION OF TWO FACTORY ESTATES, KWAI ON AND YUEN LONG, IN MARCH.

SO FAR, ALTOGETHER 3 600 UNITS, OR AN AVERAGE OF 180 A WEEK, HAVE BEEN LET SINCE A DIRECT APPLICATION SYSTEM BEGAN IN JANUARY.♦

UNDER THE NEW SYSTEM, THE SPOKESMAN SAID ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS WERE IMMEDIATELY GRANTED TENANCIES OF SELECTED UNITS ON A FlRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

THERE IS NO RESTRICTION ON THE NUMBER OF UNITS EACH ELIGIBLE APPLICANT CAN RENT.

EXISTING FACTORY ESTATE TENANTS WISHING TO EXPAND BUSINESS ARE ALSO ALLOWED TO RENT ADDITIONAL UNITS THROUGH THE SAME APPLICATION SYSTEM.

AT PRESENT, VACANT UNITS ARE STILL AVAILABLE AT THE FACTORY ESTATES OF SUI FAI IN SHA TIN AND SHUN KEI IN TSUEN WAN, APART FROM YIP ON AND CHUN SHING.+

THE SPOKESMAN SAID SUI FAI WAS OPEN TO DIRECT APPLICATION EVERY TUESDAY, SHUN KEI EVERY WEDNESDAY AND YIP ON AND CHUN SHING EVERY THURSDAY.

OPERATORS WISHING TO. APPLY MAY OBTAIN APPLICATION FORMS AND FURTHER DETAILS FROM THE OFFICES OF THESE FACTORY ESTATES.♦

HOUSING AUTHORITY FACTORY ESTATES OFFER SPECIAL FEATURES AND FACILITIES FOR A VARIETY OF TRADES, WITH RENTABLE NET FLOOR SPACES RANGING FROM THE SMALLEST OF 25 SQUARE METRES TO A COMBINATION OF SUCH.

AMONG THE FACILITIES PROVIDED ARE HEAVY FLOOR-LOADING CAPACITIES, BALCONY/ACCESS ON ALL UPPER FLOORS, SPACIOUS COVERED LOAD ING/UNLOADI NG BAYS, ADEQUATE CARPARKING SPACES AND PROFESSIONAL MANAGEMENT SERVICES WITH RESIDENTIAL CARETAKING AND ROUND-THE-CLOCK SECURITY.

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DEPOTS TO HAVE SOLAR WATER HEATING SYSTEM

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SOLAR WATER HEATING SYSTEMS WILL BE INSTALLED AT THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE (MAINTENANCE BRANCH) AND ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT DEPOTS TO BE BUILT AT STANLEY FORT AND PEROWNE BARRACKS.

THE WORK WILL INCLUDE SUPPLYING AND INSTALLING THE SOLAR COLLECTION PANELS, WATER TANKS, CIRCULATING PUMPS, PLUMBING AND ASSOCIATED CONTROL EQUIPMENT AND SOLAR ENERGY MEASURING EQUIPMENT

THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT WILL BE CALLING FOR TENDERS SHORTLY.

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APPLICATIONS SHOULD INCLUDE AS MUCH INFORMATION AS POSSIBLE TO SHOW THAT TENDERERS HAVE SUITABLE EXPERIENCE IN THIS TYPE OF INSTALLATION.

THEY SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL TENDER BOARD AND PLACED IN THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT TENDER BOX IN THE LIFT LOBBY ON THE LOWER GROUND FLOOR OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (EAST WING), LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG, BEFORE 12 NOON ON JUNE 29.

CONSTRUCTION OF THE TWO DEPOTS IS EXPECTED TO START IN SEPTEMBER AND BE COMPLETED IN ONE YEAR.

THEY WILL BE TWO STOREYS AND COVER A TOTAL AREA OF ABOUT 850 SQUARE METRES.

FACILITIES WILL INCLUDE CONTRACTORS’ WORKSHOPS, AS WELL AS OFFICES, STOREROOMS, PLANT ROOMS AND TOILETS.

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BIG STAMP RUSH EXPECTED

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A BIG RUSH IS EXPECTED, WHEN THE SPECIAL STAMP ISSUE WITH THE THEME +MAPS OF HONG KONG+ IS PUT ON SALE ON THURSDAY (JUNE 21).

TO DEAL WITH THIS, THE POSTMASTER GENERAL ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT SPECIAL COUNTERS WILL BE SET ASIDE FOR PEOPLE WISHING TO TRANSACT NORMAL POSTAL BUSINESS AT THE FOLLOWING POST OFFICES:

ON HONG KONG ISLAND: GENERAL POST OFFICE, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, CAUSEWAY BAY, HENNESSY ROAD, MORRISON HILL, NORTH POINT, QUEEN’S ROAD AND SHEUNG WAN.

IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES: KOWLOON CENTRAL, CHEUNG SHA WAN, GILLIES AVENUE, KOWLOON CITY, KWUN TONG, MONG KOK, SHAM SHU I PO, TSIM SHA TSUI AND TSUEN WAN.

MANY MORE STAFF WILL BE PUT ON DUTY, BUT AS LONG QUEUES OF PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE URGED TO SHOw TOLERANCE AND, IF POSSIBLE, TO TRANSACT THEIR NORMAL POSTAL BUSINESS ON THE PRECEDING DAY OR NEXT DAY.

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TEACHING TEACHERS ABOUT COMPUTERS * * * * *

A 10—DAY COURSE ON COMPUTER PROGRAMMING IN BASIC WILL BE HELD FREE OF CHARGE FOR SECONDARY TEACHERS DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS AT THE LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE IN KOWLOON.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE GENERAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT OF THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE AND THE MATHEMATICS SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE COURSE IS DESIGNED FOR TEACHERS UNFAMILIAR WITH COMPUTER PROGRAMMING.

THE FIRST PART OF THE COURSE WILL BE HELD FROM JULY 16 TO 20, COVERING ELEMENTARY OPERATIONS, ARITHMETIC OPERATIONS, BRANCHING AND LOOPING, SUBSCRIPTS AND ARRAYS, CHARACTER STRINGS MANIPULATION AND FILE HANDLING.

THE SECOND PART, DEALING WITH ADVANCED BASIC FEATURES AND TECHNIQUES OF APPLYING THE LANGUAGE TO PRACTICAL PROBLEMS, WILL BE HELD ON AUGUST 24 AND FROM AUGUST 28 TO 31.

THE COURSE WILL BE CONDUCTED IN CANTONESE AND WILL BE LIMITED TO 40 PLACES.

APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE SENT TO THE PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR, MATHEMATICS SECTION, ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, 4TH FLOOR, LEE GARDENS, HONG KONG BEFORE JUNE 28.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE TO THE MATHEMATICS SECTION ON 5-8392479.

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NEW ROADS PLANNED FOR YUEN LONG

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GOVERNMENT PLANS BUILDING NEW ROADS IN YUEN LONG, AS PART CF THE NEW TOWN’S DEVELOPMENT.

THE PROJECT INCLUDES BUILDING A 500-METRE LONG DUAL CARRIAGEWAY ROAD ALONG THE NORTH-WESTERN BOUNDARY OF LONG PING ESTATE, NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

THERE WILL BE A CYCLE TRACK ON ONE SIDE AND FOOTPATHS ON BOTH SIDES.

ALONG THE SOUTH-WESTERN BOUNDARY OF THE ESTATE, A SINGLE CARRIAGEWAY ROAD WITH CYCLE TRACK AND FOOTPATHS WILL BE BUILT.

, IT WILL BE 250 METRES LONG.

THE WORK ALSO INCLUDES WIDENING A 400-METRE LONG SECTION OF AN EXISTING SINGLE CARRIAGEWAY ACCESS ROAD TO YUEN LONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATE TO A DUAL CARRIAGEWAY ROAD WITH CYCLE TRACK AND FOOTPATH.

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WHEN COMPLETED, THESE ROADS WILL GIVE ACCESS TO LONG PING ESTATE, IMPROVE ACCESS TO YUEN LONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATE AND EVENTUALLY BE PART OF A LINK TO THE NEW TIN SHUI WAI DEVELOPMENT.

A NOTICE ON THE PROPOSAL HAS APPEARED IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

OBJECTIONS TO THE WORK SHOULD REACH THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS IN WRITING BEFORE AUGUST 14.

THE PLAN AND SCHEME CAN BE SEEN AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:

* CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY, HONG KONG;

* YUEN LONG DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, YUEN LONG DISTRICT BRANCH OFFICE BUILDING, CASTLE PEAK ROAD, YUEN LONG; AND

M YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE WHICH IS ALSO AT THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BRANCH OFFICE BUILDING.

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HK TEAM FOR GERMAN DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL

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THE SAI KUNG DRAGON BOAT TEAM WILL LEAVE FOR FRANKFURT IN WEST GERMANY TOMORROW (TUESDAY) EVENING TO COMPETE IN AN INTERNATIONAL DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL.

THE TEAM OF 28 MEMBERS WON THE HONG KONG’S FISHERMEN DRAGON BOAT RACE LAST YEAR AND HAD REPRESENTED HONG KONG IN MANY INTERNATIONAL RACES IN THE PAST FEW YEARS.

THE TEAM WILL RETURN ON JUNE 29.

THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR NEW TERRITORIES, MR PETER NG, WILL PRESENT A PENNANT TO THE TEAM MEMBERS AT 6 PM TOMORROW AT THE KAI TAK AIRPORT.

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PLANTING FOR MORE GREENERY

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A TREE PLANTING DAY WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY (JUNE 22), TO CALL * ON COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR MORE GREENERY IN YUEN LONG.

THE YUEN LONG TREE PLANTING DAY IS BEING ORGANISED BY THE LE-. TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN CONNECTION WITH THE CURRENT CLEAN HONG KONG EFFORT.

LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS AND SCHOOL CHILDREN WILL HELP TO PLANT 50 YOUNG TREES AT WANG TOI SHAN PLAYGROUND IN YUEN LONG.

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MONDAY, JUNE 18, 1984

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NORTH POINT TAPS OFF

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN NORTH POINT WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 10 AM TO 4 PM ON THURSDAY (JUNE 21) TO FACILITATt WATER MAINS WORK.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE AT KAI YUEN STREET, UPPER KAI YUEN LANE, LOWER KAI YUEN LANE AND 151-171 TIN HAU TEMPLE ROAD.

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VILLAGE WATER WORKS

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME VILLAGES AND PREMISES IN LAM TIN WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM ON THURSDAY (JUNE 21) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES-ARE AT PING TIN STREET, ON TIN STREET AND BLOCKS 15-24 LAM TIN ESTATE. THE SUSPENSION WILL ALSO AFFECT LAM TIN VILLAGES 1, 2, 3 AND 4.

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TAPS OFF IN SAI KUNG * * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME VILLAGES AND PREMISES IN SAI KUNG WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM ON THURSDAY (JUNE 21) FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT HEUNG CHUNG, WO MEI, MOK TZE CHE, NAM PIN WAI, HO CHUNG AND NAM WAI VILLAGES, AS WELL AS PREMISES ALONG HIRAM’S HIGHWAY BETWEEN NAM WAI AND HO CHUNG BRIDGE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 1984

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SENIOR DIRECTORATE APPOINTMENTS ANNOUNCED ...................... 1

ANOTHER 'CALL', AS TWO AREAS ARE SETTLED ....................... 5

NEED FOR RECREATION, CULTURE STRESSED .......................... 6

BIG RESPONSE TO HOS OFFER....................................

$1OM TO BE SPENT ON HOUSING WORKS............................... 8

UK TEAM MEETS OFFICIALS......................................... 9

CIVIC PROJECTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE................................ 10

UMELCO RECEIVES REPRESENTATIONS................................ 11

MORE FLATS FOR FIRE SERVICES RANK AND FILE..................... 11

HEALTH WORK MANPOWER SURVEY ................................... 12

UK GROUP TO SEE QUALITY CONTROL HERE........................... 13

EMPLOYERS BACKING SOUGHT ...................................... 13

FIRST QUARTER HOUSEHOLD SURVEY ON SALE ........................ 14

EVENING COURSES FOR TEACHERS................................... 14

■mJ, TO BE BUILT AT PLAYGROUND ................................ 15

TSUEN WAN MAINS WORK........................................... 16

LITTER WARDEN SCHEME BRIEFING................................   1$

WATER FIGURES.................................................. 16

FLYOVER SECTION CLOSED FOR WORKS .............................. 16

TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 1984

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SENIOR DIRECTORATE APPOINTMENTS ANNOUNCED * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY A FURTHER SERIES OF SENIOR DIRECTORATE APPOINTMENTS.

THEY ARE AS FOLLOWS:

MR COLVYN HAYE TO SUCCEED SIR JACK CATER AS HONG KONG

COMMISSIONER, LONDON OFFICE ON THE LATTER’S RETIREMENT IN DECEMBER 1984. MR HAYE HAS BEEN DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION SINCE NOVEMBER 1980.

MR MICHAEL LEUNG TO SUCCEED MR HAYE AS DIRECTOR OF

EDUCATION IN OCTOBER 1984. MR LEUNG HAS BEEN DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION SINCE DECEMBER 1980.

MR JOHN CHAMBERS TO SUCCEED MR HENRY CHING AS THE

SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE ON THE LATTER’S RETIREMENT IN DECEMBER 1984. MR CHAMBERS HAS BEEN DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE SINCE MARCH 1983.

MRS ANSON CHAN TO SUCCEED MR CHAMBERS AS DIRECTOR OF

SOCIAL WELFARE IN NOVEMBER 1984. MRS CHAN HAS BEEN

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS.

MR STEPHEN LAW CHI-KIN SUCCEEDED MRS ANSON CHAN AS

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE. MR LAW HAS BEEN AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE SINCE NOVEMBER 1976.

MR TONY FROST HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS SECRETARY DESIGNATE,

UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNIC GRANTS COMMITTEE, INSTEAD OF MRS ANSON CHAN AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, AND WILL TAKE OVER AS SECRETARY IN SEPTEMBER 1984.

MR GORDON BLENKINSOP TO BE COMMISSIONER OF RATING AND

VALUATION. HE HAS BEEN DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING SERVICES SINCE APRIL 1983 AND WILL SUCCEED MR RAYMOND FRY WHO IS RETIRING FROM THE PUBLIC SERVICE IN JUNE 1904.

MR HUI MAN-SHING TO SUCCEED MR MARTIN STEWARD AS DEPUTY

COMMISSIONER OF RATING AND VALUATION FOLLOWING THE LATTER’S RETIREMENT IN MARCH 1984. MR HUI HAS BEEN AN ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF RATING AND VALUATION SINCE JUNE 1976.

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MR CHIU SZE-HUNG TO BE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING

SERVICES IN SUCCESSION TO MR BLENKINSOP. MR CHIU HAS BEEN AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING SERVICES SINCE FEBRUARY 1979.

MR JEFFREY HUTT TO BE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF AUDIT IN

SUCCESSION TO MR RONALD WILBY WHO IS RETIRING FROM THE PUBLIC SERVICE IN JULY 1984. MR HUTT HAS BEEN AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF AUDIT SINCE JULY 1980.

MR ROGER CANDLER TO BE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR MONETARY

AFFAIRS. HE HAS BEEN A PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS SINCE OCTOBER 1977.

BRIEF BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES ON THESE OFFICERS FOLLOW:

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES

SIR JACK CATER, KBE, JP

AGED 62. JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE IN SEPTEMBER 1946 AS A CADET OFFICER AND SERVED IN A WIDE VARIETY OF ADMINISTRATIVE POSTS DURING THE COURSE OF A LONG AND DISTINGUISHED CAREER. BETWEEN 1973 AND 1978 HE SERVED AS COMMISSIONER, INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION. IN OCTOBER 1978 HE WAS APPOINTED CHIEF SECRETARY, AND THE FOLLOWING YEAR WAS KNIGHTED IN RECOGNITION OF HIS PUBLIC SERVICE. SINCE DECEMBER 1981, SIR JACK HAS BEEN HONG KONG COMMISSIONER LONDON OFFICE.

MR COLVYN HAYE, CBE, JP

AGED 58. GRADUATE OF MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY. JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE IN 1953 AS AN EDUCATION OFFICER. PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION IN NOVEMBER 1980.

MR MICHAEL LEUNG, JP

AGED 45. GRADUATE OF HONG KONG UNIVERSITY. JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE IN JULY 1965 AS AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER HE HAS SERVED IN A NUMBER OF SECRETARIAT BRANCHES AND DEPARTMENTS INCLUDING FINANCE BRANCH AND THE FORMER HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT. MR LEUNG HAS BEEN THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION SINCE DECEMBER 1980. HE WAS PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE B IN APRIL 1980.

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MR HENRY CHING, CBE, JP

AGED 50. GRADUATE OF HONG KONG UNIVERSITY AND OXFORD. JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE AS AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER IN 1961. MUCH OF HIS SENIOR SERVICE WAS SPENT IN FINANCE BRANCH IN THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, AS A PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT FINANCIAL SECRETARY AND LATER AS THE DEPUTY FINANCIAL SECRETARY, A POST WHICH HE HELD FOR MANY YEARS. MR CHING WAS PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF SECRETARY, GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT IN OCTOBER 1979. HE TOOK UP HIS PRESENT APPOINTMENT AS SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE IN MAY 1983, AND WILL PROCEED ON LEAVE PRIOR TO RETIREMENT IN DECEMBER 1984.

MR JOHN CHAMBERS, JP

AGED 52. GRADUATE OF CAMBRIDGE. JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE IN 1955 AS AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER AND HAS SERVED IN A WIDE VARIETY OF ADMINISTRATIVE POSTS, WITH EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE IN THE SOCIAL SERVICES FIELD IN RECENT YEARS. FROM AUGUST 1977 TO JULY 1980 HE WAS THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES. HE *AS PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE A IN AUGUST 1981.

MRS ANSON CHAN, JP

AGED 44. GRADUATE OF HONG KONG UNIVERSITY. JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE AS AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER IN 1962 AND HAS HAD WIDE EXPERIENCE, INCLUDING SERVICE IN THE FORMER SOCIAL SERVICES BRANCH, AND OVER FIVE YEARS RECENTLY AS THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE.

SHE WAS PROMOTED TO HER PRESENT RANK OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE B IN APRIL 1978.

MR STEPHEN LAW CHI-KIN, JP

AGED 51. MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK, MCGILL UNIVERSITY (CANADA). JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE AS AN ASSISTANT YOUTn WELFARE OFFICER IN NOVEMBER 1952. PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE IN MAY 1984.

MR TONY FROST

AGED 52. GRADUATE OF MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY. JOINED THE HONG KONG CIVIL SERVICE AS AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER IN 1978 AFTER 24 YEARS’ SERVICE IN OTHER TERRITORIES. HE HAS MOST RECENTLY SERVED IN THE FINANCE BRANCH OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT. HE *AS PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE C IN APRIL 1980.

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MR RAYMOND FRY, OBE, ED, JP

AGED 53. JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE AS A RATING AND VALUATION SURVEYOR IN DECEMBER 1955. PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF COMMISSIONER OF RATING AND VALUATION IN SEPTEMBER 1971. APPOINTED, ON A PERSONAL BASIS, TO D5 OF THE DIRECTORATE PAY SCALE IN JANUARY 1983 IN RECOGNITION OF HIS LONG AND MERITORIOUS SERVICE. WILL PROCEED ON PRE-RETIREMENT LEAVE ON JUNE 30, 1984. FELLOW OF THE ROYAL INSTITUTION OF CHARTERED SURVEYORS AND FELLOW OF THE RATING AND VALUATION ASSOCIATION.

MR GORDON BLENKINSOP, JP

AGED 52. JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE AS A TREASURY ACCOUNTANT IN JUNE 1965. PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING SERVICES IN APRIL 1983 FELLOW OF THE INSTITUTE OF CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS AND ASSOCIATE OF THE INSTITUTE OF CHARTERED SECRETARIES AND ADMINISTRATORS.

MR HUI MAN-SHING, JP

AGED 49. JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE IN NOVEMBER 1956 AS A VALUATION ASSISTANT. PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF RATING AND VALUATION IN

JUNE 1976. FELLOW OF THE ROYAL INSTITUTION OF CHARTERED SURVEYORS.

MR CHIU SZE-HUNG

AGED 51. JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE AS A CLERK IN SEPTEMBER 1952. PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING SERVICES IN FEBRUARY 1979. ASSOCIATE OF THE INSTITUTE OF CHARTERED SECRETARIES AND ADMINISTRATORS.

MR JEFFREY HUTT

AGED 48. JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE AS AN AUDITOR IN OCTOBER 1958. PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF AUDIT IN JULY 1980.

MR ROGER CANDLER

AGED 44. JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE AS A TREASURY ACCOUNTANT IN NOVEMBER 1971. APPOINTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY (MONETARY AFFAIRS) IN OCTOBER 1977. ASSOCIATE OF THE INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC FINANCE ACCOUNTANTS.

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ANOTHER ’CALL’, AS TWO AREAS ARE SETTLED * * * *

THE FINAL SESSION OF THE LAST ROUND OF CONSULTATIONS BETWEEN HONG KONG AND UNITED STATES TRADE OFFICIALS ENDED IN AGREEMENT IN TWO AREAS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRADE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

FOLLOWING THE SUBMISSION BY THE UNITED STATES OF FURTHER DATA IN SUPPORT OF THE EXPORT AUTHORISATION CALL ON CATEGORY 649 (MANMADE FIBRE BRASSIERES, ETC), IT WAS AGREED THAT 1984 EXPORTS FROM HONG KONG WOULD BE LIMITED TO 553 896 DOZEN, AS PROVIDED FOR IN THE UNITED STATES/HONG KONG BILATERAL TEXTILES AGREEMENT.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT A PACKAGE AGREEMENT HAD ALSO BEEN REACHED WHICH INCLUDED A RESOLUTION OF THE GARMENT PARTS ISSUE. UNDER THE AGREEMENT, AT THE UNITED STATES’ REQUEST, HONG KONG WOULD WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT CEASE TO ISSUE EXPORT AUTHORISATIONS WHERE APPLICATIONS ARE MADE IN RESPECT OF CERTAIN PARTS OF TROUSERS, SLACKS, SHORTS, SWEATERS, SHIRTS AND BLOUSES. DETAILS CF THESE NEW ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SEPARATELY TO THE TRADE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE PACKAGE AGREEMENT ALSO INCLUDED THE RESOLUTION OF CERTAIN OTHER ISSUES WHICH HAD ARISEN IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE UNITED STATES/HONG KONG BILATERAL AGREEMENT. HE UNDERLINED THE FACT THAT THE AGREEMENT WAS REACHED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PRINCIPLE THAT SUCH ISSUES SHOULD BE SETTLED BILATERALLY RATHER THAN BY UNILATERAL MEANS.

MEANWHILE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE UNITED STATES HAD MADE A FURTHER EXPORT AUTHORISATION CALL ON HONG KONG AT 2.30 PM TODAY. THE CALL, THE THIRTEENTH IN 1984, WAS IN RESPECT OF PARTS OF CATEGORY 659, MAN-MADE FIBRE COVERALLS/JUMPSUITS AND OVERALLS. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UNITED STATES/HONG KONG BILATERAL TEXTILES AGREEMENT, AND PENDING CONSULTATIONS WITH THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, THE DEPARTMENT SUSPENDED ISSUE OF EXPORT AUTHORISATIONS IN THE RELEVANT PARTS OF CATEGORY 659 AT 2.30 PM TODAY.

THE DEPARTMENT WILL HOWEVER, AS USUAL, CONTINUE TO APPROVE AND ISSUE EXPORT LICENCES FOR THIS CATEGORY AGAINST VALID EXPORT AUTHORISATIONS APPROVED PRIOR TO THE SUSPENSION, HE SAID.

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NEED FOR RECREATION, CULTURE STRESSED

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RECREATION AND CULTURE WERE IMPORTANT FOR A PROSPEROUS AND STABLE SOCIETY, THE COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, F4? PATRICK WILLIAMSON, TOLD THE ROTARY CLUB OF PENINSULA TODAY.

HE SAID IT WAS VITAL TO HAVE AVENUES OPEN FOR YOUTHS TO CHANNEL THEIR ENERGIES GAINFULLY AND HAPPILY.

MR WILLIAMSON SAID THERE WAS THE NEED TO AIM FOR STANDARDS CF EXCELLENCE AND TO REACH OUT TO AS MUCH OF THE POPULATION AS POSSIBLE.

♦THESE TWO AIMS — TO +RAISE+ AND TO +SPREAD+ ARE VERY CFTEN IN CONFLICT, AND A DELICATE BALANCE HAS TO BE ACHIEVED.

♦INDEED THERE ARE ONGOING ARGUMENTS IN MOST COUNTRIES ABOUT WHERE THE EMPHASIS SHOULD LIE AND THE BALANCE CHANGES OVER THE YEARS,+ HE SAID.

AS FAR AS SPORTS IN HONG KONG WAS CONCERNED THE GOVERNMENT HAD ACCEPTED THE ADVICE OF THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT ♦TO TRY AS FAR AS POSSIBLE TO MAINTAIN A BALANCE BETWEEN THE TWO CONCEPTS OF ELITISM AND COMMUNITY SPORTS — +RAISE AND SPREAD+.

HE SAID THAT THE MAIN AIM WAS TO MATCH +OUR PEERS IN ASIA+.

♦THERE IS NO ILLUSION AS TO OUR ABILITY TO BREAK WORLD

RECORDS, BUT HONG KONG’S RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS IN ASIAN COMPETITIONS IN SPORTS SUCH AS SWIMMING, TABLE TENNIS, JUDO, SQUASH AND LAwN BOWLS HAVE BEEN OUTSTANDING.

♦THE UNFLAGGING EFFORTS OF THE GOVERNING BODIES OF SPORT AND LATTERLY OF THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE IN TRAINING OUR ELITE SPORTSMEN IN THE PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE IS BEGINNING TO PAY-OFF,+ HE SAID.

ON +SPREADING+, WHICH INVOLVED ORGANISING AND PROMOTING COMMUNITY RECREATION AND SPORT ACTIVITIES AT GRASS ROOTS LEVEL, NR WILLIAMSON SAID MORE THAN FOUR MILLION PEOPLE HAD TAKEN PART IN SUCH EVENTS IN THE 10 YEARS SINCE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE RECREATION AND SPORTS SERVICE IN 1974.

THE RSS IS NOW A DIVISION OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT.

REFERRING TO THE MUSIC OFFICE, THE SECOND PART OF THE DEPARTMENT, HE SAID THE OBJECTIVES AGAIN RANGED FROM +ENCOURAGING EXCELLENCE. TO IN-DEPTH INVOLVEMENT OF THE COMMUNITY+.

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♦THE MUSIC OFFICE IS A UNIQUE ORGANISATION — UNIQUE IN THE SENSE THAT IT WAS, AND PERHAPS STILL IS, THE ONLY GOVERNMENT AGENCY IN THIS REGION ENTRUSTED WITH THE ACTIVE RUNNING OF A MUSIC TRAINING PROGRAMME,+ MR WILLIAMSON SAID.

+IT HAS A FULL COMPLEMENT OF WELL-QUALIFIED MUSICIANS FOR BOTH WESTERN AND CHINESE MUSIC.

+CLEARLY AN ORGANISATION SUCH AS THE MUSIC OFFICE MUST HAVE WELL-DEFINED WORK PROGRAMMES AND THESE MUST ALLOW A BALANCE BETWEEN RUNNING A TRAINING SCHEME FOR THE +MASSES+ AND IN CARING FOR THE TALENTED FEW.+

AT PRESENT IT HAS 3 300 TRAINEES IN THE TWO STREAMS AND NEw CLASSES WERE BEING PLANNED TO FILL THE REMAINING PLACES FOR A WAITING LIST OF 3 000.

AS FOR THE THIRD MEMBER OF THE DEPARTMENT, THE PERFORMING ARTS DIVISION, THE ROLE OF THIS ARM WAS TO PROVIDE SECRETARIAT SUPPORT FOR THE COUNCIL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS AND TO ADMINISTER GOVERNMENT’S SUBVENTIONS TO PERFORMING ARTS ORGANISATIONS, HE SAID

THE THRUST WAS TOWARDS THE DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG’S OaN ARTISTIC GROWTH, TOWARDS STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE AND INNOVATION IN THE ARTS THAT REFLECT THE ASPIRATIONS, CONCERNS AND ABILITIES CF A SOCIETY THAT HAS OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS WITNESSED THE BIRTH OF A FLOURISHING, VIBRANT AND MORE CONFIDENT ARTISTIC LIFE, HE SAID.

MR WILLIAMSON SAID THE PAD IS PRIMARILY CONCERNED WITH ENCOURAGING STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE BY FUNDING HIGH-LEVEL TRAINING IN THE ARTS, AND SUPPORTING THE DEVELOPMENTS OF HONG KONG’S ARTS MAINLY THROUGH FUNDING INDEPENDENT PERFORMING COMPANIES.

IN SUMMING UP, THE COMMISSIONER SAID HE THOUGHT THE NEED TO SPREAD THE OPPORTUNITIES WAS THE MORE IMPORTANT SHORT TER GOAL.

HE STATED THAT HONG KONG’S SPORTSMEN WERE ACHIEVING A MEASURE CF INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS AND ITS ARTISTS WOULD HAVE A BIG BOOST WITH THE OPENING OF THE ACADEMY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS.

+l THINK THAT OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS, WE SHALL BE ABLE TO SEE THE FRUITS OF OUR +SPREAD+ SEEN IN A CONSIDERABLE RAISING CF STANDARDS,+ MR WILLIAMSON SAID.

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BIG RESPONSE TO HOS OFFER

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THOUSANDS OF POTENTIAL HOS BUYERS TODAY FLOCKED TO THE HOM OWNERSHIP CENTRE, DISTRICT OFFICES AND ESTATE OFFICES TO COLLEC APPLICATION FORMS FOR THE FOUR ESTATES MARKETED UNDER PHASE VIA OF THE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME.

THERE ARE 6 616 UNITS UNDER THE CURRENT SALES EXERCISE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HOUSING AUTHORITY SAID THAT BY 7 PM TODAY (TUESDAY), 16 OOO APPLICATION FORMS HAD BEEN DISTRIBUTED AT THE HO MAN TIN HOME OWNERSHIP CENTRE ALONE.

SEVERAL THOUSAND MORE FORMS WERE HANDED OUT AT THE OTl-ER OUTLETS, INCLUDING THE APPLICATIONS SECTION AT HOUSING AUTHORITY HEADQUARTERS, HOUSING AUTHORITY AND HOUSING SOCIETY ESTATE OFFICES, AS WELL AS DISTRICT OFFICES.

THE 6 616 LAND-VALUE-FREE FLATS IN THIS PHASE ARE AT SIU HONG COURT PHASE IV IN TUEN MUN, MAY SHING COURT IN SHA TIN, CHOI PO COURT PHASE I IN SHEUNG SHUI AND TAI PO PLAZA IN TAI PO.

FLAT SIZES VARY BETWEEN 41.3 AND 64.3 SQUARE METRES, WITH PRICES RANGING FROM $98 100 TO $248 800.

♦FLATS ON THE TRIDENT BLOCKS IN MAY SHING COURT WILL rIRST BE SOLD TO PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE (GREEN FORM) APPLICANTS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

TODAY, A RECORD NUMBER OF VISITORS INSPECTED THE PROJECT MODELS AT THE HOME OWNERSHIP CENTRE, AND COLLECTED INFORMATION ABOUT THE SCHEME AND THE FOUR ESTATES.

APPLICATIONS WILL CLOSE ON JULY 3. DURING THE APPLICATION PERIOD, THE HOME OWNERSHIP CENTRE WILL OPEN FROM 9 AM TO 7 PM ON WEEKDAYS AND FROM 11 AM TO 7 PM ON SUNDAYS TO RECEIVE APPLICATIONS.

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$1DM TO BE SPENT ON HOUSING WORKS

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THE HOUSING AUTHORITY IS TO SPEND $9.7 MILLION THIS F \ C1 -YEAR IN THREE TERM CONTRACTS FOR RE-ROOFING AND INSULATION .'OPKo ON 58 BLOCKS IN 33 PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES.

♦THE WORKS WILL BE SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE TERRITQR A v PART OF THE AUTHORITY’S ON-GOING ESTATE MAINTENANCE PRO RAM1 E,-SAID AN AUTHORITY S°OKESMAN TODAY.

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COVERING THREE WORKING REGIONS, THE RECENTLY-SI GN ED TER1' contracts included the supply, laying and repair of mastic asp^al AND ROOFING WORKS FOR VARIOUS ESTATE 3LOCKS.

♦RE-ROOFING WORKS MAY IN SOME CASES REQUIRE DIGGING UD THE ENTIRE LAYER OF ASPHALT ON A BUILDING’S ROOFTOD AND/OR THE LAYING OF INSULATION TILES OR STYRO-FOAM TO KEEP HEAT DOWN IN SUMMER.*

OVCR the °ast three years, the spokesman said, the authqai HAD SPENT a total OF «42.25 MILLION, OR AN AVERAGE OF SU. MILLION A YEAR, ON RE-ROOFING AND INSULATION WORKS.

♦PLANS FOR WORKS ARE DRAWN UP FOLLOWING FEED-BACK FROM ESTA" STAFF AND REGULAR INSPECTIONS BY THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT’S ClE3K OF WORKS.*

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UK TEAM MEETS OFFIClALS * * *

the four members of the British team of the full-time worki . GROUP ON HONG KONG’S FUTURE TODAY MET MORE SENIOR GOVERNME: ' OFFICIALS PRIOR TO THEIR DEPARTURE FOR PEKING TOMORROW (WEj

ALSO THEY MET WITH MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL.

THE TEAM INCLUDES DR DAVID WILSON, ASSISTANT UNDER SECRE’ -IN THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE WITH RESPONSIBILITIES FCR THE FAR EAST, SOUTH PACIFIC AND SOUTH EAST ASIA; MR FRED BURROWS LEGAL ADVISOR, FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE; MR GERRY NAZA-E”-LAW DRAFTSMAN; AND MR ROBIN MCLAREN, THE POLITICAL ADVISOR.

BEFORE TODAY’S MEETINGS THE TEAM HAD MET WITH THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDEj THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR PHILIP HADDON-CAVE; A. SECRETARY (GENERAL DUTIES) LEWIS DAVIES.

AMONG THOSE OFFICERS THEY MET TODAY WERE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY ERIC HO, SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE MARTI' ROWLANDS, SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES PIERS JACOBS, AND -.TTC-GENERAL MICHAEL THOMAS.

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CIVIC PROJECTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE * * * *

YOUNG PEOPLE IN KOWLOON CITY ARE BEING INVITED TO TAKE PART IN TWO COMMUNITY PROJECTS SPONSORED BY THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD.

A CHILDREN COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT AWARD SCHEME IS BEING ORGANISED FOR THOSE AGED BETWEEN NINE AND 14, AND A YOUTH VOLUNTEER TRAINING SCHEME IS BEING ARRANGED FOR THOSE AGED OVER 18.

UNDER THE AWARD SCHEME, TEAMS OF 10 OR MORE MEMBERS WILL DESIGN COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS. EACH TEAM WILL HAVE TO SUBMIT A DRAFT PLAN OF ITS PROJECT TO THE DISTRICT OFFICE, AND TEAMS WHOSE PLANS ARE APPROVED WILL EACH GET A SUBSIDY OF $250.

A REPORT AND A SLIDE PRESENTATION OF THE PROJECT WILL LATER BE SENT FOR ADJUDICATION, BASED ON COMMUNITY NEEDS, ORIGINALITY, PARTICIPATION, UTILITY OF RESOURCES AND CO-OPERATION.

FIVE WINNING TEAMS WILL BE AWARDED BOOK COUPONS OF $200 EACH.

THE YOUTH VOLUNTEER TRAINING PROJECT IS A THREE-PART PROGRAMME AIMED AT TAPPING THE POTENTIAL OF PARTICIPANTS THROUGH ORGAN ISLE COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES.

A SERIES OF LECTURES'ON RESPONSIBILITY AND KNOWLEDGE OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT, SKILL OF EXPLORING THE COMMUNITY, a. INSIGHT INTO THE COMMUNITY, AND WAYS OF SERVING THE COMMUNITY WILL BE HELD, IN MID-JULY.

THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY SIX WEEKS FIELD PRACTICE, AND A FORUM ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION.

CERTIFICATES WILL BE AWARDED TO PARTICIPANTS COMPLETING THE ENTIRE PROGRAMME.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR THE TWO PROJECTS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS BRANCH OFFICES IN HUNG HOM AND HO MAN TIN BEFORE JUNE 30 AND JULY 12 RESPECTIVELY.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE TO MISS PATRICIA TAM AT 3-7110171 EXT. 32

THE TWO PROJECTS ARE JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, LOCAL COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS AND THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

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UMELCO RECEIVES REPRESENTATIONS * * * *

FOUR DELEGATIONS APPROACHED UMELCO TODAY (TUESDAY) TO VOICE their opinions on the future of hong kong.

They WERE FROM THE CURRENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE OF THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY STUDENTS* UNION, THE I LOVE FREE HONG KONG CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE TSUEN WAN SUB-COMMITTEE, A GROUP OF CITIZENS AND A FORUM OF UNIVERSITY GRADUATES.

WHILE DIVERGENT VIEWS WERE EXPRESSED BY THE DELEGATIONS ON ISSUES INCLUDING HOW DETAILED THE AGREEMENT SHOULD BE AND THE DRAFTING OF The BASIC LAW, They SHARED The VIEW THAT MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC SHOULD VOICE THEIR OPINIONS AND THAT UMELCO MEMBERS HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO REFLECT THE OPINIONS OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.

THE DELEGATIONS WERE RECEIVED BY HON ROGER LOBO, HON MARIA TAM, HON STEPHEN CHEONG, HON MRS SELINA CHOW, HON MRS RITA FAN, HON MRS PAULINE NG AND HON YEUNG PO-KWAN.

MEMBERS THANKED THE GROUPS AND ASSURED THEM THEIR VIEWS WOULD BE CONSIDERED WI TH IN•UMELCO.

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MORE FLATS FOR FIRE SERVICES RANK AND FILE

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THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS REACHING ITS GOAL OF PROVIDING ADEQUATE QUARTERS FOR ITS RANK AND FILE, THE DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES, MR ROBERT HOLMES SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY MARKING THE HANDING OVER OF KONwAY COURT FLATS AT CHAI WAN TO THE MEN, MR HOLMES SAID THAT 88 UNITS HAD BEEN ALLOCATED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO THE DEPARTMENT AT A COST CF ABOUT $350 000 EACH UNIT.

THE GOVERNMENT HAD RECENTLY PURCHASED THE BLOCK OF FLATS FROM A PRIVATE DEVELOPER FOR USE BY THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT AS MARRIED QUARTERS.

MR HOLMES SAID THAT AN ADDITIONAL 28 +G+ GRADE UNITS AND 28 +H+ GRADE UNITS HAD ALSO BEEN ALLOCATED AS QUARTERS TO THE FIRE SERVICES, AT ANOTHER PRIVATE BUILDING IN LUK YEUNG SUN CHUEN 'AT TSUEN WAN.

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♦THESE UNITS COSTING A TOTAL OF S18.6 MILLION SHOULD BE READY FOR OCCUPATION IN JULY OR AUGUST THIS YEAR,+ MR HOLMES SAID.

HE SAID ALSO THAT THE DEPARTMENT HAD BEEN ALLOCATED 33 +G+ GRADE UNITS IN MELODY GARDEN, TUEN MUN.

LATER MRS HOLMES CUT THE RIBBON AT THE ENTRANCE OF THE NEW BUILDING AND MR HOLMES PRESENTED ONE OF THE MEN WITH THE KEYS TO A FLAT.

THE OFFICIAL PARTY THEN TOURED THE NEW QUARTERS.

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HEALTH WORK MANPOWER SURVEY

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A THREE-MONTH MANPOWER SURVEY WILL BE CARRIED OUT BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT FROM JULY, TO OBTAIN INFORMATION ON THE SIZE AND STRUCTURE OF THE DIFFERENT GRADES OF MEDICAL, DENTAL, PARA-MEDICAL, PARA-DENTAL AND NURSING STAFF.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT THE SURVEY WILL PROVIDE INFORMATION FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF PRESENT AND FUTURE HEALTH MANPOWER REQUIREMENTS AND TRAINING NEEDS.

THE SURVEY WILL COVER ALL THE CLINICS, HOSPITALS, MATERNITY HOMES, PRIVATE MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS’ OFFICES, DENTISTS’ SURGERIES, MEDICAL, X-RAY AND DENTAL LABORATORIES AND RELATED INSTITUTES IN HONG KONG.

A QUESTIONNAIRE AND A LETTER WILL BE SENT TO EACH OF THE INSTITUTIONS REQUESTING THEIR CO-OPERATI ON.

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT ALL INFORMATION SUPPLIED BY INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENT OR PERSON WILL BE TREATED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND WILL BE USED ONLY TO OBTAIN A COMPOSITE PICTURE.

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UK GROUP TO SEE QUALITY CONTROL HERE

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A STUDY MISSION ON QUALITY CONTROL ARRIVED IN HONG KONG TODAY (TUESDAY) FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM.

THE 20-MEMBER MISSION IS LED BY MR J. SOLOMON, UNDER SECRETARY AND HEAD OF THE QUALITY AND EDUCATION DIVISION, U.K. DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY. IT IS SPENDING FOUR DAYS HERE BEFORE GOING ON TO JAPAN AND THE WEST COAST OF THE UNITED STATES.

A BRIEFING SESSION HAS BEEN ORGANISED FOR THE MISSION BY THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

AT THE BRIEFING MISSION MEMBERS WILL MEET THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR JOHN YAXLEY AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES, THE CHINESE MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION, THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY CENTRE AND THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC. THEY WILL ALSO BE SEEING MEMBERS OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON LABORATORY ACCREDITATION.

THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT HAS ARRANGED FOR THE MISSION TO VISIT FOUR FACTORIES TO LOOK INTO QUALITY CONTROL AND QUALITY ASSURANCE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT SAID THIS IS THE FIRST MISSION OF ITS KIND TO VISIT HONG KONG AND THE VISIT COINCIDES WITH THE DEPARTMENT’S EFFORTS TO PROMOTE AWARENESS CF QUALITY CONTROL AMONG INDUSTRIALISTS.

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EMPLOYERS BACKING SOUGHT

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THE ACCOUNTANCY TRAINING BOARD OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL IS INVITING 300 EMPLOYERS TO ATTEND A SEMINAR INTRODUCING AN ORGANISED TRAINING SCHEME FOR THE ACCOUNTING SECTOR.

♦ THE SEMINAR WILL BE HELD ON JULY 7 TO SOLICIT EMPLOYERS’ SUPPORT FOR THE ACCOUNTANCY TRAINEESHIP SCHEME,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BOARD SAID.

THE SCHEME WOULD PROVIDE THREE-YEAR, ON-THE-JOB TRAINING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WITH FORM-FIVE EDUCATION LEVEL, AS WELL AS A TWO-YEAR ACCOUNTING THEORY EDUCATION AT TECHNICAL INSTITUTES ON A PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE BASIS, HE EXPLAINED.

THEORY COURSES WOULD BE GEARED TO EXAMINATIONS CONDUCTED BY THE ASSOCIATION OF ACCOUNTING TECHNICIANS (AAT) AND ALL TRAINEES WOULD BE ALSO GRANTED EXEMPTION FROM LEVEL I OF THE EXAM I NAT IONo, HE ADDED.

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♦IT IS ESSENTIAL TO INTRODUCE ORGANISED TRAINING TO THE ACCOUNTING SECTOR BECAUSE MANY YOUNG ENTRANTS HAVE NEVER TAKEN ANY ACCOUNTANCY COURSE OR TRAINING BEFORE JOINING THE PROFESSION, <■ HE SAID.

FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE SCHEME OR THE SEMINAR MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE BOARD ON 5-8932341 EXT. 26Q.

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FIRST QUARTER HOUSEHOLD SURVEY ON SALE *****

THE REPORT ON THE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY FOR THE JANUARY TO MARCH 1984 QUARTER, CONTAINING STATISTICS ON EMPLOYMENT, UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT, HAS BEEN PUBLISHED.

IT ALSO CONTAINS A DETAILED ANALYSIS OF THE LABOUR FORCE CHARACTERISTICS, INCLUDING THEIR AGE AND SEX STRUCTURE, EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT, ACTIVITY STATUS, OCCUPATION, INDUSTRY, HOURS WORKED PER WEEK, EMPLOYMENT EARNINGS AS WELL AS DURATION OF UNEMPLOYMENT OF THE UNEMPLOYED.

THE REPORT IS ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, AT $7 A COPY.

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EVENING COURSES FOR TEACHERS

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A NUMBER OF EVENING COURSES ON TEACHING METHODS WILL BE OFFERED BY THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT FROM SEPTEMBER.

THE COURSES RANGE FROM ONE TO THREE YEARS.

THREE-YEAR COURSES ARE BEING OFFERED ON THE TEACHING OF MUSIC AND GYMNASTICS.

FIVE TWO-YEAR COURSES ARE BEING OFFERED ON THE TEACHING CF ART AND CRAFT IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS, MODERN EDUCATIONAL DANCE, FOLK DANCE, ORIENTAL DANCE, AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION IN SECONDARY , FORMS.

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■->CRE wiLL BE ONE-YEAR COURSES FOR THE TEACHING OF AR’ ANO -RAFT I M KINDERGARTENS, PHYSICAL EDUCATION IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS, zNGLiSr- IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND JUNIOR SECONDARY FORMS, AND MATHEMATICS IN JUNIOR SECONDARY FORMS. OTHER SUBJECTS INCLUDE EDUCATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY} TRAINING IN CHINESE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS FOR TEACHERS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND CACHING OF PUTONGHUA.

ONLY REGISTERED OR PERMITTED TEACHERS MAY APPLY. THERE ARE NO FORMAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS BUT PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO APPLICANTS TEACHING THE PARTICULAR SUBJECTS.

CLASSES WILL BE IN THE FORM OF LECTURES AND PRACTICAL wOR*. THEY WILL NORMALLY BE HELD ONCE A WEEK FROM 7 PM TO 9 PM, EXCEhT FOR COURSES IN THE TEACHING OF MATHEMATICS AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION, WHICH WILL BE HELD TWICE A WEEK.

THE COURSES WILL BE CONDUCTED AT THE COLLEGES OF EDUCAT IO* OR IN GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS. THE TUITION FEE FOR EACH COURSE Is $210 A YEAR, PAYABLE BY THREE INSTALMENTS.

ON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE COURSES, PARTICIPANTS . EE AWARDED CERTIFICATES ISSUED BY THE ADULT EDUCATION SECT 10 .

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE SECTION Ot THE 12TH FLOOR OF ASIAN HOUSE, 1 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI. COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED BEFORE JUNE 30.

ENQUIRIES CONCERNING THE COURSES CAN BE MADE TO THE EDUCATION SECTION ON 5-294603.

WELL TO BE BUILT AT PLAYGROUND * * * *

A DEEP BORE WELL WILL BE BUILT TO SUPPLY FLUSHING WATEk TO TSANG TAI UK PLAYGROUND, SHA TIN, NOW BEING BUILT.

THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT HAS RECENTLY AWARDED A $60 700 CONTRACT TO WAI KWuNG WELL BORE ENGINEERING COMPANY FOR THE WORK.

THE 203-MILLI METRE DIAMETER WELL WILL BE 60 METRES DEEC.

WORK WILL COMMENCE LATER THIS WEEK AND TAKE TWO MONTHS COMPLETE.

TSANG TAI UK PLAYGROUND IS BEING BUILT ON - 2.5 HEC’ARE -• BOUNDED BY SHA KOK ROAD, TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD AND lIJN ROC* TuNNE. ROAD, FACING TSANG TAI UK.

FACILITIES WILL INCLUDE SIX TENNIS COURTS, thREE BaSKETBaLv COURTS, TOILETS AND CHANGING ROOMS, A KIOSK, A ’aBuE tEV: ' S PLAYING AREA, A SITTING AREA AND A CHILDREN’S =>LAY A*EA«

CONSTRUCTION OF THE PLAYGROUND IS EXPECTED ’0 ~O*'3L"'rEi:

BY OCTOBER.

TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 1984

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TSUEN WAN MAINS WORK * * *

FRESH WATER OFF FROM 9 PM ON MAINS WORK.

SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE TURNED

PRIDAY (JUNE 22) TO 7 AM

THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY LANE, LUNG TAK STREET, MA KOK STREET, FUI

WANG LUNG STREET, MA KOK YIU KOK STREET AND

120-178 YEUNG UK ROAD, INCLUDING PACIFIC DYEING WORK LTD., YAM

HOP HING INDUSTRIAL BUILDING AND KOWLOON INDUSTRIES LTD. NO. 2

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LITTER WARDEN SCHEME BRIEFING M K M

MR HOWARD YOUNG, CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL CLEAN HONG KONG COMMITTEE WILL GIVE A BRIEFING TO PARTICIPANTS IN THE COUNCIL’S SIXTH AUXILIARY LITTER WARDEN SCHEME AT 10 AM ON SATURDAY (JUNE 23) AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE.

ABOUT 900 VOLUNTEERS,' INCLUDING STUDENTS AND FACTORY WORKERS, WILL BE TAKING PART IN THIS YEAR’S SCHEME. THEY WILL PATROL FOUR URBAN AND SEVEN NEW TERRITORIES BEACHES THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER.

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WATER FIGURES * * *

QjnoAGE in HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (^NE 19, 1984) STOOD“AT 75.6 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 443.019 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 518.330 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 88.4 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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FLYOVER SECTION CLOSED FOR WORKS * * *

FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (JUNE 21), THE SECTION OF THE WESTBOUND LANE OF THE FLYOVER BETWEEN NGA TSIN LONG ROAD AND SHORT STREET wILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT THREE WEEKS TO FACILITATE CONSTRUCTION WORK.

DURING CLOSURE, TRAFFIC ON THE FLYOVER FROM PRINCE EDwARD ROAD EAST HEADING FOR PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WEST wILL BE DIVERTED flT LION _ ROCK ROAD TO USE THE DOWN RAMP LEADING ONTO PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WEST.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 1984

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GROUP LEAVES FOR PEKING ................................. 1

WORKING GROUP TO STUDY REPORT ON TSING YI ISLAND......... 2

PRIMARY ONE PLACES TO BE ANNOUNCED ...................... 2

THREE DISTRICT BOARDS MEET THIS WEEK..................... 4

$233M HOUSING TENDER APPROVED ........................... 5

EX-GRATIA PAYMENT SCHEME NOT TO BE EXTENDED ............. 5

FIRE HAZARD CHECKS....................................... 6

UK VISITORS HEAR ABOUT HK QUALITY CONTROL ............... 6

RATEPAYERS REMINDED ..................................... 7

AIR-CONDITIONING FOR WORSE PARK COURTS .................. 7

SINGER TO BE CHOSEN FOR BIG CONTEST ..................... 8

SEWER SYSTEM BEING EXTENDED.............................. 8

KWUN TONG TRAFFIC CHANGES................................ 9

SPEED LIMIT AREA EXTENDED ............................... 9

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 1984

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GROUP LEAVES FOR PEKING * * *

DR DAVID WILSON AND THREE MEMBERS OF THE WORKING GROUP SET UP TO CONSIDER DOCUMENTS RELATING TO THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG LEFT FOR PEKING THIS (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE THREE MEMBERS ARE MR ROBIN MCLAREN, POLITICAL ADVISER, FRED BURROWS, LEGAL ADVISER, FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS OFFICE, AND MR GERALD NAZARETH, LAW DRAFTSMAN.

FOLLOWING IS THE TEXT OF DR WILSON’S REMARKS TO REPORTERS AT KAI TAK AIRPORTi

AS YOU KNOW, WE'RE GOING UP TO PEKING THIS AFTERNOON. THERE ARE THREE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE BRITISH TEAM GOING UP WITH ME — MR MCLAREN, MR NAZARETH AND MR BURROWS. WE'LL BE MET IN PEKING BY ANOTHER MEMBER OF THE BRITISH TEAM MR EHRMAN. WE ARE ALSO TAKING UP WITH US MR Y.P. CHENG AS INTERPRETER.

I AM VERY PLEASED TO HAVE THIS CHANCE TO BE BACK IN HONG KONG MYSELF FOR A FEW DAYS. IT'S BEEN VERY NICE TO RECOVER FROM JET LAG. IT ALSO GAVE ME A VERY GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO TALK TO PEOPLE HERE. WE'VE HAD SOME VERY GOOD DISCUSSIONS WITH PEOPLE IN HONG KONG IN PREPARATION FOR OUR WORK IN PEKING, AND WE HAD SOME FURTHER DISCUSSIONS THIS MORNING IN THE SECRETARIAT WITH SENIOR OFFICIALS.

I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO MEETING AMBASSADOR KE ZAISHUO IN PEKING. WE EXPECT TO START WORK TOMORROW. OUR TASK IS TO CONSIDER THE DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED BY BOTH SIDES IN THE NEGOTIATIONS.

WE'LL BE WORKING FULL TIME BETWEEN THE ROUNDS OF THE MAIN NEGOTIATIONS. SO I EXPECT WE’RE GOING TO BE FAIRLY BUSY OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. I HOPE THAT THE WORKING TEAM WILL BE ABLE TO I*KE A POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION TO THE WORK OF THE MAIN NEGOTIATING TEAMS.

I SHOULD PERHAPS SAY PARTICULARLY HERE THAT THE WORKING GROUP IS VERY MUCH A BACK-ROOM ORGANISATION. SO I AM AFRAID THERE WON’T BE VERY MUCH TO SAY TO YOUR COLLEAGUES WHILE WE ARE UP IN PEKING.

THE OVERALL CONDUCT OF THE NEGOTIATIONS REMAINS IN THE HANDS OF THE TWO CHAIRMEN OF THE DELEGATIONS — AMBASSADOR SIR RICHARD EVANS AND ASSISTANT FOREIGN MINISTER ZHOU NAN.

IF THERE IS ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT THE CONDUCT OF THE MAIN NEGOTIATIONS, IT WILL BE OF COURSE FOR THEM TO SAY AFTER THE MAIN NEGOTIATING ROUNDS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.^

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WORKING GROUP TO STUDY REPORT ON TSING Yl ISLAND ft * *

IT WAS DECIDED AT THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING THIS MORNING THAT A WORKING GROUP BE SET UP UNDER THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, DAVID AKERS-JONES, TO STUDY A CONSULTANT’S REPORT ON TSING Yl ISLAND, AND REPORT BACK WITHIN THREE MONTHS. THE WORKING GROUP WILL HAVE ITS FIRST MEETING THIS WEEK.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT THE SAFETY STANDARDS ON THE ISLAND WERE WITHIN INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED LEVELS AND THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HAD ACCEPTED THIS AFTER STUDYING THE REPORT ON THE SITUATION, AND THERE WAS NO PARTICULAR CAUSE FOR ALARM.

HE SAID, HOWEVER, A BORDERLINE CASE OF RISK HAD BEEN IDENTIFIED AND THE WORKING GROUP HAD BEEN SET UP TO EXAMINE ALL POSSIBLE MEASURES TO IMPROVE THE SITUATION IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE.

THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED THAT A GREAT DEAL HAD ALREADY BEEN DONE WHICH WOULD ENHANCE SAFETY AND REDUCE RISKS.

PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS WERE IN HAND TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO AND FROM THE ISLAND, AND COMPLETE THE CIRCULAR ROAD AND PRESSURISED WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM.

SAFETY MEASURES HAD BCEN AND WERE BEING CONSIDERED WITH OPERATORS OF INDUSTRIAL INSTALLATIONS AND MANY SUCH MEASURES HAD BEEN INTRODUCED ALREADY.

MEMBERS OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD HAVE BEEN INFORMED OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL’S DECISION AND WILL BE CONSULTED BY THE WORKING GROUP.

THE VIEWS OF OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES WILL ALSO BE CONSIDERED.

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PRIMARY ONE PLACES TO BE ANNOUNCED

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THE CENTRAL ALLOCATION OF PRIMARY ONE PLACES FOR SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR, UNDER THE PRIMARY ONE ADMISSION SYSTEM, WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON SATURDAY (JUNE 23), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID.

OUT OF THE 32 073 CHILDREN TAKING PART IN THE CENTRAL ALLOCATION, 21 792 CHILDREN OR 67.9 PER CENT WILL BE GIVEN PLACES IN SCHOOLS OF THEIR PARENTS' FIRST THREE CHOICES.

PARENTS CONCERNED ARE REQUESTED TO GO BACK TO THE DISTRIBUTIONCOLLECTION CENTRE IN THEIR RESPECTIVE DISTRICTS ON SATURDAY OR SUNDAY (JUNE 24) BETWEEN 9 AM AND 4 PM TO COLLECT THE ALLOCATION SLIP.

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THE SLIP WILL CONTAIN THE NAME AND ADDRESS OF THE SCHOOL IN WHICH PLACES HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED TO THEIR CHILDREN, TOGETHER WITH THE DATES FOR REGISTRATION.

IT WILL ALSO TELL PARENTS TO BRING THEIR CHILDREN TO THE RESPECTIVE SCHOOLS TO COMPLETE REGISTRATION FORMALITIES ON JUNE 27 OR 28.

HOWEVER, THE SPOKESMAN REMINDED PARENTS OF CHILDREN WHO HAVE SECURED A DISCRETIONARY PLACE AND WHO HAD ALREADY REGISTERED WITH A SCHOOL IN DECEMBER LAST YEAR, THAT THEY NEED NOT REPEAT REGISTRATION FORMALITIES.

FOR A.M. SCHOOLS, THE REGISTRATION HOURS WILL BE FROM 9 AM TO 12 NOON. FOR P.M. SCHOOLS, THEY WILL BE FROM 2 PM TO 5 PM, WHEREAS FOR WHOLE-DAY SCHOOLS THE REGISTRATION HOURS WILL BE FROM 9 AM TO 12 NOON AND FROM 2 PM TO 4 PM.

PARENTS WHO FOR PERSONAL REASONS CANNOT REGISTER THEIR CHILDREN WITH THE SCHOOLS ON JUNE 27 OR 28 MUST CONTACT THE SCHOOLS OR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S PRIMARY ONE ADMISSION UNIT BEFOREHAND FOR ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENTS. THE UNIT IS LOCATED AT LUI KEE EDUCATION SERVICES CENTRE AT 269 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, 2/F.

PARENTS WHO FAILED TO DO SO WOULD BE DEEMED TO HAVE GIVEN UP THE PLACES ALLOCATED.

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT ALL PLACES ALLOCATED ARE FINAL AND NO RE-ALLOCATION IS POSSIBLE.

HOWEVER, IF PARENTS HAVE MOVED TO ANOTHER DISTRICT AND HAVE GENUINE DIFFICULTY IN SENDING THEIR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL, THEY CAN SEEK ASSISTANCE FROM THE PRIMARY ONE ADMISSION UNIT.

IN DOING SO, THEY SHOULD BRING ALONG SUPPORTING DOCUMENTARY PROOF SUCH AS RENT RECEIPTS, RATES DEMAND NOTES, WATER BILLS OR ELECTRICITY BILLS BEARING THE NAME OF THE CHILDREN’S PARENTS OP GUARDIANS.

IF THEIR REQUESTS ARE JUSTIFIED, THE PRIMARY ONE ADMISSION UNIT WILL TRY TO FIND PLACES FOR THEIR CHILDREN AT A SCHOOL NEARER ID THEIR NEW HOME, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ANY PARENT WISHING TO MAKE FURTHER ENQUIRIES MAY CONTACT THE UNIT ON 5-724383 DURING OFFICE HOURS ON OR AFTER JUNE 23.

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THREE DISTRICT BOARDS MEET THIS WEEK * * * *

A PROPOSAL TO SET UP A DAY RELIEF CENTRE FOR STREET SLEEPERS IN YAU MA TEI WILL BE DISCUSSED AT THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD MEETING ON FRIDAY (JUNE 22) AFTERNOON.

THREE SITES HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED IN THE DISTRICT FOR THE PROPOSED CENTREi THE FORMER PREMISES OF THE YAU MA TEI KAIFONG WELFARE ASSOCIATION AT THE JUNCTION OF FERRY STREET AND SAIGON STREET, A THREE-STOREY BUILDING AT NOS. 292-294 RECLAMATION STREET, AND A VACANT SITE AT THE JUNCTION OF FERRY STREET AND WATERLOO ROAD.

AT THE MEETING, MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE BRIEFED ON THE EXISTING HAWKER POLICY, THE DISTRICT STRATEGY FOR 1984-87, AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SUBWAY AT THE JUNCTION OF FERRY STREET AND JORDAN ROAD.

INFORMATION PAPERS ONi THE GRADUAL INTRODUCTION OF A TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEM, THE CONVERSION OF CROWN LAND LICENCES TO SHORT TERM TENANCIES, TERMS OF REFERENCE OF THE BROADCASTING REVIEW BOARD. AND PROVISION OF HOUSING ACCOMMODATION FOR BEDSPACE LODGERS IN THE DISTRICT, WILL BE TABLED FOR MEMBERS* DISCUSSION.

IN THE MORNING, SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE PROPOSED NEW ROADWORKS IN AP TSAI PENINSULA AND YAU YUE WAN IN JUNK BAY AT THEIR MEETING.

THE NEW ROADS ARE TO PROVIDE VEHICULAR AND PEDESTRIAN ACCESS TO THE YAU YUE WAN VILLAGE RESITE AREA, THE PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES AND OTHER NEW DEVELOPMENTS AT THE HEAD OF JUNK BAY.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE BRIEFED ON THE PROPOSED ACCESS ROADS AT PAK KONG VALLEY AND HO CHUNG VALLEY.

TOMORROW (THURSDAY), NORTH DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL REVIEW THE YEAR-LONG +MEET THE PUBLIC* SCHEME AT THLIR MEETING.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA WILL INCLUDE PROGRESS REPORTS ON THE BOARD’S COMMITTEES AND A BI-MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENT.


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 198A

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S233M HOUSING TENDER APPROVED * * * *

A SECOND RENTAL PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE IS TO RISE ON THE ISLET OF AP LEI CHAU OFF ABERDEEN, TO PROVIDE MODERN HOMES FOR 37 000 MORE PEOPLE BY 1988.

CONSTRUCTION WORK WILL BEGIN SHORTLY FOR THE FIRST PHASE OF THE LEI TUNG ESTATE UNDER A KING-SIZED TENDER, VALUED AT $233.5 MILLION, JUST APPROVED BY THE HOUSING AUTHORITY’S BUILDING COMMITTEE.

♦FOUR 35-STOREY TRIDENT BLOCKS WILL BE BUILT IN THE FIRST PHASE TO HOUSE 15 000 PEOPLE IN 4 020 MODERN FLATS BY 1986,+ SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AUTHORITY TODAY.

OTHER WORKS WILL INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PRIMARY SCHOOL, A COMMERCIAL CENTRE, A MARKET AND CARPARK BUILDING, AS WELL AS A COMMUNITY HALL WITH PARKING FACILITIES.

LEI TUNG ESTATE WILL BE DEVELOPED IN THREE PHASES ON A 16-HECTARE SITE NEAR THE AP LEI CHAU BRIDGE.

WHEN COMPLETED, IT WILL BECOME A SELF-CONTAINED COMMUNITY WITH EIGHT RENTAL AND SEVEN. HOME OWNERSHIP BLOCKS, PLUS A WIDE RANGE OF FACILITIES.

THE FIRST PUBLIC HOUSING PROJECT ON AP LEI CHAU, NAMED AFTER THE ISLET, WAS COMPLETED IN 1982 AND HOUSES 19 000 PEOPLE.

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EX-GRATIA PAYMENT SCHEME NOT TO BE EXTENDED XXX

THE MARKETS AND STREET TRADERS SELECT COMMITTEE OF THE URBAN COUNCIL DECIDED AT ITS MEETING TODAY (WEDNESDAY) NOT TO EXTEND THE EX-GRATIA PAYMENT SCHEME FOR LICENSEES OF ON-STREET COOKED FOOD STALLS.

THIS IS BECAUSE THE SCHEME HAS FULFILLED THE OBJECTIVES FOR WHICH IT WAS DESIGNED.

DURING THE MEETING CHAIRED BY MR SHUM CHOI-SANG, MEMBERS EVALUATED THE SCHEME IN GREAT DETAIL.

THE CONSENSUS OF OPINION WAS THAT OPERATORS OF ON-STREET COOKED FOOD STALLS WERE FULLY AWARE OF THE SCHEME AND IF THEY HAD NOT TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF IT BEFORE ITS EXPIRY, THEY WERE UNLIKELY TO JOIN IT NOW.


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 1?84

The SCHEME, INTRODUCED IN JUNE LAST YEAR TO INDUCE LICENSED COOKED FOOD STALL OPERATORS TO VOLUNTARILY SURRENDER THEIR LICENCES IN EXCHANGE FOR $36 000, EXPIRED AT THE END OF LAST MONTH.

DURING THE 12-MONTH PERIOD, 307 LICENSEES OUT OF A TOTAL OF 797 HAD SURRENDERED THEIR LICENCES FOR CANCELLATION.

SO FAR SOME 280 STALLS HAVE BEEN DEMOLISHED, THUS IMPROVING SIGNIFICANTLY THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS IN THE AREAS WHERE THEY WERE PREVIOUSLY LOCATED.

♦THE MOST NOTABLE EXAMPLE IS THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT WHICH IS NOW COMPLETELY FREE OF ON-STREET COOKED FOOD STALLS,* A COUNCIL SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦OTHER STREETS, SUCH AS GOUGH STREET, KAU U FONG, WING LOK LANE, HOLLYWOOD ROAD, SHIP STREET, TAI WONG STREET AND WUN SHA STREET, ARE ALSO RID OF SUCH STALLS.+

THE SPOKESMAN SAID ACTION WILL BE TAKEN TO RE-GROUP THE REMAINING ON-STREET COOKED FOOD STALLS SO AS TO MINIMISE THE NUISANCES THEY CAUSE TO THE PUBLIC.

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FIRE HAZARD CHECKS ft ft ft

THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL BE CARRYING OUT A FIRE HAZARD INSPECTION OF SOME INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS IN CHAI WAN TOMORROW.

THE OPERATION WILL BE CARRIED OUT JOINTLY BY THE HONG KONG FIRE COMMAND AND FIRE PROTECTION BUREAU, AND WILL START AT 10.15 AM.

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UK VISITORS HEAR ABOUT HK QUALITY CONTROL ft ft ft

MEMBERS OF THE VISITING UNITED KINGDOM STUDY MISSION ON QUALITY CONTROL THIS (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON ATTENDED A BRIEFING ABOUT QUALITY CONTROL AND QUALITY ASSURANCE IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR IN HONG KONG.

THEY WERE BRIEFED BY THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR JOHN YAXLEY, AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES, THE CHINESE MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION, THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY CENTRE AND THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC.

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RATEPAYERS REMINDED ft ft ft

RATEPAYERS ARE REMINDED THAT RATES FOR THE THIRD QUARTER CF 1984 MUST BE PAID ON OR BEFORE JULY 31.

DEMAND NOTES WERE BEING SENT TO ALL RATEPAYERS STARTING FROM TODAY, A TREASURY SPOKESMAN SAID.

+ THE DEMANDS MUST BE PAID IN FULL, WHETHER OR NOT OBJECTIONS HAVE BEEN LODGED AGAINST THE NEW RATEABLE VALUES NOTIFIED TO RATEPAYERS IN MARCH THIS YEAR,* HE SAID.

HE SAID OBJECTIONS RECEIVED BY THE DEPARTMENT WERE BEING STUDIED AND NO DECISIONS WERE LIKELY UNTIL AUGUST AND IN SOME CASES, UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR.

SHOULD A DECISION BE MADE TO REDUCE THE RATES PAYABLE, A REFUND WOULD BE MADE.

+BECAUSE OF THE RATES RELIEF SCHEME, EVEN IF A REDUCTION IN RATEABLE VALUE IS MADE, THIS WILL NOT, IN MANY CASES, AFFECT THE AMOUNT OF RATES PAYABLE THIS YEAR,* HE SAID.

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AIR-COMD IT ION I NG FOR MORSE PARK COURTS ft ft ft

TWO CONTRACTS TOTALLING 1462 000 HAVE BEEN AWARDED FOR AIR-CONDITIONING AND ELECTRICAL WORKS AT THE SQUASH AND TENNIS COURTS BEING BUILT AT MORSE PARK, WONG TAI SIN.

THE AIR-CONDITIONING CONTRACT VALUED AT $122 000 HAS BEEN AWARDED TO GILMAN ENGINEERING LIMITED.

WORK WILL START IN MID-AUGUST AND BE COMPLETED IN SEVEN MONTHS.

THE $340 000 CONTRACT FOR THE ELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONS, HAS BEEN AWARDED TO IU CHEONG ELECTRIC COMPANY LIMITED.

WORK WILL BEGIN TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AND BE COMPLETED IN MARCH NEXT YEAR.

A $3.8 MILLION BUILDING CONTRACT FOR THE THREE SQUASH AND SIX TENNIS COURTS HAD BEEN AWARDED LAST MONTH BY THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

THE SQUASH COURTS WILL HAVE STANDS FOR 120 SPECTATORS AND THE TENNIS COURTS WILL BE FLOODLIT.

THE CONTRACT ALSO INCLUDES CONSTRUCTION OF A SERVICE BUILDING WITH SOLAR-HEATED CHANGING ROOMS, TOILETS AND STOREROOM.

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SINGER TO BE CHOSEN FOR BIG CONTEST ft ft ft

A PRELIMINARY AMATEUR SINGING CONTEST WILL BE HELD IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT ON SATURDAY (JUNE 23) TO SELECT A PERFORMER TO TAKE PART IN A TERRITORY-WIDE CONTEST.

TWELVE YOUNG SINGERS CHOSEN FROM MORE THAN 200 ENTRANTS IN THE DISTRICT THROUGH A SERIES OF AUDITIONS, WILL COMPETE.

CONTEST JUDGES WILL BE THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR K.C. KWONG;

A COMPOSER. MR CHIU MAN-HOI; AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG, SING TAO NEWSPAPERS LIMITED AND POLYGRAM RECORDS COMPANY.

GUEST PERFORMERS AT THE CONTEST, TO BE HELD IN THE AP LEI CHAU COMMUNITY HALL STARTING AT 8 PM, WILL BE SINGER MISS LAU YING-HUNG, AND PUPILS FROM THE TANG SHIU KIN PRIMARY SCHOOL.

A QUIZ ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION WILL ALSO BE HELD DURING THE CONTEST AND GIFT COUPONS WILL BE AWARDED TO THREE WINNERS.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE 18 DISTRICT OFFICES, RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG AND THE SING TAO NEWSPAPERS LIMITED, THE TERRITORY-WIDE AMATEUR SINGING CONTEST IS BEING ORGANISED AS PART OF AN EFFORT TO ENCOURAGE MORE RESIDENTS TO REGISTER AS VOTERS FOR NEXT YEAR’S DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS.

SOUTHERN IS THE 13TH DISTRICT TO HOLD THE CONTEST. ON THE FOLLOWING SATURDAYS, KWUN TONG, WAN CHAI, WONG TAI SIN, EASTERN AND NORTH DISTRICTS WILL ALSO HOLD THEIR PRELIMINARY CONTESTS UNTIL THE END OF NEXT MONTH.

THE SEMI-FINAL AND THE FINAL OF THE TERRITORY-WIDE CONTEST WILL BE HELD ON AUGUST 11 AND SEPTEMBER 2 AT THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL AND THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM RESPECTIVELY.

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SEWER SYSTEM BEING EXTENDED ft ft ft

WORK HAS STARTED ON EXTENDING THE WONG TAI SIN TRUNK SEWER SYSTEM TO COPE WITH PLANNED POPULATION INCREASE.

A SI.31 MILLION CONTRACT HAS BEEN AWARDED BY THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT TO WAI KEE (ZENS) CONSTRUCTION TRANSPORTATION COMPANY LIMITED TO UNDERTAKE THE PROJECT.

UNDER THE CONTRACT 700 METRES OF 900-MILL IMETRE-DIAMETER SEWER PIPES WILL BE LAID FROM LUNG CHEUNG ROAD NEAR CHING TAK STREET TO LINK UP WITH THE EXISTING TRUNK SEWER IN CHOI HUNG ROAD.

THE PROJECT ALSO INCLUDES LAYING 160 METRES OF 600-MILL IMETREDIAMETER PIPES IN CHOI HUNG ROAD, FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH PO KONG VILLAGE ROAD TO SHA TIN PASS ROAD.

THE WORK WILL TAKE ONE YEAR TO COMPLETE.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 1984

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KWUN TONG TRAFFIC CHANGES * * *

THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF NGAU TAU KOK ROAD, AT ITS JUNCTION WITH TING ON STREET, WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 1 AM AND 5.15 AM, ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY (JUNE 21-22), TO FACILITATE CONSTRUCTION WORK.

DURING THE ROAD CLOSURE, EASTBOUND TRAFFIC ON NGAU TAU KOK ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED TO PROCEED VIA NGAU TAU KOK ROAD, ON TAK ROAD, ON SHIN ROAD AND NGAU TAU KOK ROAD.

CHUN WAH ROAD AT ITS JUNCTION WITH ON WAH STREET WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC ON FRIDAY (JUNE 22) FROM 2 AM TO 4 AM.

BECAUSE OF THE ROAD CLOSURE, CHUN WAH ROAD BETWEEN NGAU TAU KOK ROAD AND THE ACCESS ROAD LEADING TO LOK NGA COURT WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE WAY EASTBOUND; JORDAN VALLEY SOUTH ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE WAY TOWARDS CHUN WAH ROAD; AND JORDAN VALLEY NORTH ROAD BETWEEN CHOI HA ROAD AND JORDAN VALLEY SOUTH ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE WAY EASTBOUND.

MOTORISTS ON NGAU TAU KOK ROAD HEADING FOR CHUN WAH ROAD ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED VIA NGAU TAU KOK ROAD, JORDAN VALLEY NORTH ROAD, JORDAN VALLEY SOUTH ROAD AND CHUN WAH ROAD.

MOTORISTS GOING TO LOK NGA COURT ARE ADVISED TO USE HONG NING ROAD AND CHUN WAH ROAD.

FROM THE SAME DAY, THE BACK LANE OF NO. 114 WAI YIP STREET BETWEEN HOW MING STREET AND HOI BUN ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE WAY.

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FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JUNE 22), THE 30-MILE PER HOUR SPEED LIMIT RESTRICTED ZONE ON FAN KAM ROAD AT TSIU KENG WILL BE EXTENDED SOUTHWARDS BY ABOUT 900 METRES.

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BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 1984

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

UNOFFICIALS LEAVE FOR PEKING ................................... 1

APRIL ORDERS-ON-HAND AT HIGH LEVEL ..........................

GOVERNOR MEETS HK MEDALLISTS ................................... 4

PEOPLE’S CIVIC ROLE STRESSED ................................... 5

PUBLIC INQJJIRY SERVICE — GOVERNMENT'S FRONT DESK............

EXCELLENT OUTLOOK FOR PLASTIC INDUSTRY - HO .................... 7

5101 MILLION PUBLIC HOUSING CONTRACTS .......................... 8

KCR BRINGS NEW TOWN HOMES INTO URBAN AREA ...................

LOTTERIES FUND PROCEDURES TO BE IMPROVED ...................... 11

TNTELPOST EXTENDED TO MALAYSIA ..............................

STUDENTS TO HEAR ABOUT JOB CHANCES ............................ 13

VISIT TO MARINE DEPARTMENT..................................... 13

COURSES OFFERED ON LIBRARY MANAGEMENT.......................... 14

NEW PRIMARY SCHOOL FOR TUEN MUN ............................... 14

SAFETY MATTING FOR PLAYGROUND ................................. 15

OBSERVE HYGIENE, OPERATORS TOLD................................ 15

SALES OF SHARES ANNOUNCED....................................

LINK ROAD OPENED .............................................. 16

THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 198^

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UNOFFICIALS LEAVE FOR PEKING * * *

The UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF the EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS ARE VERY PLEASED THAT THREE OF THEIR SENIOR COLLEAGUES HAVE BEEN INVITED TO VISIT PEKING AND TO MEET WITH CHAIRMAN DENG XIAOPING AND SENIOR CHINESE LEADERS FOR AN EXCHANGE OF VIEWS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG.

THE THREE MEMBERS, SIR S.Y. CHUNG, MISS LYDIA DUNN AND DR Q.W. LEE SAID ON THEIR DEPARTURE AT THE AIRPORT THAT THEY WERE HONOURED TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH CHAIRMAN DENG. THEY EXPECTED TO BE IN PEKING FOR THREE TO FOUR DAYS AND TO MEET, IN ADDITION TO CHAIRMAN DENG, THE DIRECTOR OF HONG KONG AND MACAU AFFAIRS OFFICE, MR JI PENGFEI. THEY SAID THAT THEY WOULD TRUTHFULLY AND FAITHFULLY REFLECT THE VIEWS, WISHES AND ANXIETIES OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, AND THEY SINCERELY HOPED TO BE ABLE TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS A SATISFACTORY RESOLUTION OF THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG TO THE BENEFIT OF CHINA, BRITAIN, AND THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG-

A GROUP OF UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE EXCO AND LEGCO VISITED LONDON IN MAY WHERE THEY MET THE PRIME MINISTER, MRS MARGARET THATCHER, MINISTERS AND MEMBERS OF BOTH THE HOUSE OF COMMONS AND THE HOUSE OF LORDS AND REFLECTED THE VIEWS OF HONG KONG PEOPLE ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG.

SIR S.Y., MISS DUNN AND DR LEE SAID THE PURPOSE OF THE PEKING VISIT WAS TO MAKE KNOWN THE FEELINGS OF THE HONG KONG PEOPLE, AS KNOWN PRIOR TO THE LONDON TRIP AND AS EXPRESSED SINCE, TO THE MOST SENIOR OFFICIALS IN CHINA.

ON THEIR RETURN TO HONG KONG THEY HOPED TO BE ABLE TO RELATE THE RESULTS OF THEIR VISIT TO THE PUBLIC.

the three members were seen off at kai tak by 23 umelco MEMBERS.

ALSO AT THE AIRPORT TO FAREWELL THEM WAS MR HAN Ll. DEPUTY EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF XINHUA NEWS AGENCY (HONG KONG BRANCH).

IN ANSWER TO PRESS QUESTIONS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE UMELCO OFFICE TODAY SAID THE THREE UNOFFICIALS WHO LEFT FOR DISCUSSIONS IN PEKING ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG WERE PAYING ThEIR OWN EXPENSES.

HE SAID, +THEY ARE PAYING THE COST OF THEIR VISIT TO CHINA THEMSELVES.+

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APRIL ORDERS-ON-HAND AT HIGH LEVEL * * * *

THE AVERAGE VOLUME OF ORDERS-ON-HAND IN TERMS OF MONTHS IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR STABILISED AT A HIGH LEVEL IN APRIL 1984, ACCORDING TO A SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

MOST INDUSTRIES REPORTED SOME INCREASES IN THE VOLUME OF ORDERS COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS MONTH, EXCEPT THE TEXTILES AND WEARING APPAREL INDUSTRIES WHICH REPORTED SLIGHT DECREASES, THE DEPARTMENT REPORTED IN ITS SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL AND ORDERS-ON-HAND FOR THE MONTH.

THE LEVEL OF EMPLOYMENT REMAINED STABLE FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR AS A WHOLE, BUT SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS AND FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES.

EMPLOYMENT IN THE SERVICES SECTORS SHOWED NO CHANGE FROM THE PREVIOUS MONTH, APART FROM A SMALL INCREASE RECORDED IN HOTELS. IN THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR, THE NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES INCREASED SLIGHTLY AS A FEW FIRMS STARTED SOME NEW CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS.

COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS MONTH, INCREASES IN PAYROLL WERE RECORDED BY MOST MANUFACTURERS SURVEYED, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE WEARING APPAREL AND TEXTILES INDUSTRIES. THE INCREASES WERE MAINLY DUE TO PAYMENTS FOR OVERTIME WORK AND SALARY ADJUSTMENTS. ON THE OTHER HAND, PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR DECREASED AS LESS OVERTIME WORK WAS PERFORMED.,

SEVERAL SERVICES SECTORS, PARTICULARLY HOTELS, RECORDED SOME INCREASES IN BOTH PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS, REPORTEDLY DUE TO SALARY ADJUSTMENTS AND BONUSES.

THE PERCENTAGE CHANGES IN ORDERS-ON-HAND, EMPLOYMENT AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS FOR THE LAST THREE MONTHS ARE SHOWN IN THE ACCOMPANYING TABLES.

THE DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT THE SURVEY COVERED A PANEL OF THE 200 LARGEST MANUFACTURING COMPANIES AND THE 50 LARGEST COMPANIES IN THE CONSTRUCTION AND SELECTED SERVICES SECTORS CHOSEN BY REFERENCE TO THEIR EMPLOYMENT IN MARCH 1983.

AS THE SAMPLE WAS NOT DRAWN ON A RANDOM BASIS, THE DEPARTMENT CAUTIONED THAT RESULTS ON MAGNITUDE OF CHANGE MIGHT NOT REFLECT THE EXPERIENCE OF THE ECONOMY AS A WHOLE, ALTHOUGH THEY 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 APRIL 1984 IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE, AT Si.5 A COPY.

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ENQUIRIES ON THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE MADE TO THE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (AT 3-7212832).

ORDERS-ON-HAND IN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES

(% CHANGE OVER THE MONTH)

PRECEDING

INDUSTRY

FEB. 1964

MAR. 1984

APR. 1984

ORDERS-ON-HAND ( IN TERMS OF MONTHS) FOR APRIL 1984

WEARING APPAREL, EXCEPT FOOTWEAR

TEXTILES, EXCEPT WEARING APPAREL

PLASTIC PRODUCTS

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS

OTHERS

ALL ABOVE INDUSTRIES

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EMPLOYMENT AND EARNINGS

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5

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PERSONS ENGAGED

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5.06

2.56

4.11

3.60

5.78

4.39

4.74

CAPITA

EARNINGS

COMPANIES SURVEYED

INDUSTRY/ SERVICES (% CHANGE OVER THE FEB. MAR. APR. 1984 1984 1984 PRECEDING MONTH) FEB. MAR. APR. 1984 1984 1984 PER CAPITA EARNINGS FOR APRIL 1984 HKS

MANUFACTURING -1 * * -29 4 X 2 642

»FOOD AND DRINKS M 1 -28 -3 6 3 405

WEARING APPAREL, EXCEPT FOOTWEAR X -1 X -27 7 -2 2 251

TEXTILES, EXCEPT WEARING APPAREL * -1 X -40 14 -1 2 706

/PLASTIC PRODUCTS

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PLASTIC PRODUCTS 1 1 4 -34 12 2 2 527

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS -1 M 4 -33 5 * 2 203

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS -2 M M -29 3 M 2 478

OTHERS M -1 M -26 1 2 3 698

CONSTRUCT IONMM 1 -1 2 -26 9 -4 3 896

SERVICES M M M -34 2 2 4 804

BANKS M M M -35 -1 5 4 291

HOTELS -1 1 1 -37 1 10 3 527

PUBLIC UTILITIES M M M -35 2 3 4 759

OTHERS M M M -30 4 -3 6 157

* CHANGES WITHIN

COMPANY EMPLOYEES

MM PERSONS ENGAGED COVER EMPLOYED BY LABOUR-ONLY SUB-CONTRACTORS

ONLY. NOT INCLUDED

WORKERS

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GOVERNOR MEETS HK MEDALLISTS * * M * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, TODAY (THURSDAY) HOSTED A RECEPTION AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE FOR SEVEN BOYS AND SIX GIRLS WHO WON 11 MEDALS AT THE RECENT SECOND ASIAN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS IN SEOUL, KOREA.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE RECEPTION WERE THE ACTING CHIEF SECRETARY H? DENIS BRAYj THE COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, W PATRICK WILLIAMSON! THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND SPORT, MR DICKEN YUNG J THE PRESIDENT OF AMATEUR SPORTS FEDERATION AND OLYMPIC COMMITTEE, MR A. DE 0. SALES! AND THE HEAD COACH OF THE YOUNG SWIMMERS, MR DAVE HALLER.

TWO GOLD MEDALS WERE WON BY FENELLA NG IN THE WOMEN’S 200 METRES AND 400 METRES FREESTYLE EVENTS; AND A THIRD GOLD MEDAL WAS WON BY TSANG YI-MING IN THE MEN’S 200 METRES BUTTERFLY EVENT. THE TEAM ALSO CAPTURED THREE SILVER AND FIVE BRONZE MEDALS.

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PEOPLE’S CIVIC ROLE STRESSED ft ft ft ft

THE ESTABLISHMENT OF DISTRICT BOARDS AND MORE THAN 300 ADVISORY BODIES CLEARLY SHOWED THAT HONG KONG WAS NOT AN UNDEMOCRATIC SOCIETY, THE SOUTHERN ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, W EDWARD YAU, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

IT ALSO SHOWED THAT THE GOVERNMENT DID NOT LACK A CONSULTATIVE MACHINERY, MR YAU ADDED.

HE SAID UNOFFICIALS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PUBLIC PARTICIPATE IN MOST OF THESE INSTITUTIONS, WHILE THE DISTRICT BOARDS AND THE URBAN COUNCIL ALSO HAVE ELECTED SEATS.

MR YAU WAS SPEAKING AT A SEMINAR WHICH FORMED PART OF A PROJECT KNOWN AS ♦YOUTHS - RESOURCES OF HONG KONG’S FUTURE DEVELOPMENT*. THE PROJECT IS ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG JAYCETTEES.

♦THE APPOINTMENT OF PEOPLE FROM VARIOUS SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY INTO THESE CONSULTATIVE BODIES ALSO INDICATES THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN MAKING AN EFFORT TO ENSURE THAT ITS POLICIES ARE IN LINE WITH THE WISHES AND NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE.

♦UNOFFICIALS OF THESE‘BOD IES HAVE SUCCESSFULLY REFLECTED PUBLIC OPINIONS, AND MONITORED THE FORMULATION AND IMPLEMENTATION CF GOVERNMENT POL IC IES,♦ HE SAID.

HE TRACED THE IMPLEMENTATION OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION TO THE EARLY 70S' WHEN CITY DISTRICT COMMITTEES WERE SET UP IN EACH URBAN DISTRICT AND LOCAL PEOPLE WERE APPOINTED AS MEMBERS TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS.

DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION WAS FURTHER DEVELOPED WITH THE SETTING UP OF DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES TO COORDINATE THE WORK OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, AND DISTRICT BOARDS TO ADVISE ON MATTERS AFFECTING THE WELL-BEING OF THE RESIDENTS.

MR YAU SAID FROM NEXT YEAR, MORE OPPORTUNIT IES WOULD BE GIVEN TO THE PUBLIC TO PARTICIPATE IN LOCAL ADMINISTRATION, AND DISTRICT BOARDS WOULD BECOME MORE REPRESENTATIVE WITH THE DOUBLING OF ELECTED SEATS.

BUT HE STRESSED THAT A GOVERNMENT COULD ONLY BE REPRESENTATIVE IF THE MAJORITY OF THE CITIZENS WERE INVOLVED.

HE CALLED ON ALL ELIGIBLE RESIDENTS TO REGISTER AS VOTERS AND TAKE PART IN NEXT YEAR'S DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS.

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PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE — GOVERNMENT’S FRONT DESK

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THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE NETWORK OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HAS BECOME AN IMPORTANT GOVERNMENT ♦FRONT DESK*.

LAST YEAR, THIS NETWORK HANDLED 4 194 031 ENQUIRIES AND DISTRIBUTED 6 224 435 FORMS AND PAMPHLETS, MORE THAN DOUBLE THE CORRESPONDING FIGURES OF 1 926 861 AND 2 970 987 IN 1979.

♦AND DURING THE FIRST QUARTER OF THIS YEAR, 1 051 649 ENQUIRIES WERE HANDLED AND 1 576 082 FORMS AND PAMPHLETS DISTRIBUTED,* A CNTA SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE RECALLED THAT THE FIRST PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE (PESO WAS SET UP AT THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES IN 1961. WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF CITY DISTRICT OFFICES IN 1969, THE NUMBER OF CENTRES INCREASED TO 10.

♦SINCE THEN, THE NETWORK HAS EXPANDED STEADILY IN RESPONSE TO PUBLIC DEMAND, PARTICULARLY WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME IN RECENT YEARS,♦ HE SAID.

TODAY, THERE ARE 62 PESC'S THROUGHOUT HONG KONG.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE CENTRES ANSWER ENQUIRIES ON A WIDE RANGE OF MATTERS, INCLUDING SERVICES OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, THINGS ABOUT HONG KONG AND EVEN ISSUES OF A PERSONAL NATURE.

♦WE HAVE MORE THAN 200 DIFFERENT TYPES OF GOVERNMENT FORMS AND PAMPHLETS AVAILABLE. AMONG THEM, THOSE ON GOVERNMENT JOB VACANCIES, HOME OWNERSHIP APPLICATION, PUBLIC HOUSING APPLICATION, THE COMMUNITY CHEST’S WALK FOR A MILLION AND PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS ARE IN THE GREATEST DEMAND,♦ HE SAID.

ANOTHER POPULAR SERVICE IS STATUTORY DECLARATION FOR VARIOUS PURPOSES, ADMINISTERED BY APPOINTED COMMISSIONERS OF OATH AT EACH CENTRE.

IN COOPERATION WITH THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT AND THE LAW SOCIETY, THESE CENTRES ARRANGE FOR THE PUBLIC TO SEE RENT OFFICERS, WHO PROVIDE ADVICE ON TENANCY MATTERS, AND TO SEE THE DUTY LAWYERS FOR ADVICE ON LEGAL MATTERS.

♦MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WISHING TO OBTAIN THESE SERVICES CAN APPROACH ANY OF THE CENTRES WHERE OUR COUNTER STAFF WILL IDENTIFY THE NEEDS AND MAKE REFERRALS WHERE NECESSARY,+ HE SAID.

COMPLAINTS AND ADVICE CENTRES OF THE CONSUMER COUNCIL HAVE BEEN SET UP IN NINE DISTRICT OFFICES TO PROTECT AND PROMOTE THE 'INTERESTS OF THE CONSUMERS. PUBLIC COMPLAINTS ABOUT PROFITEERING AND SUGGESTIONS TO BEAT INFLATION COULD BE MADE IN PERSON OR BY TELEPHONE. HE SAID.

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DURING TYPHOON AND HEAVY RAINSTORMS, THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SECTION OF CNTA OPERATES A 24-HOUR TELEPHONE ENQUIRY SERVICE (3-692255) AT THE DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS, HANDLING AN AVERAGE OF 6OQ CALLS A DAY.

♦BECAUSE OF THEIR WIDE CONTACT WITH THE PUBLIC, PESC STAFF ALSO HELP SOLVE PERSONAL PROBLEMS AND LISTEN TO COMPLAINTS,+ HE SAID.

ALTHOUGH WE HAVE NO EXECUTIVE POWERS, WE OFFER ONE OF THE MANY CHANNELS THROUGH WHICH THE PUBLIC CAN SEEK REDRESS.

♦COMPLAINTS CAN BE REFERRED TO, AND PURSUED BY, THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES AND THE DISTRICT BOARDS,♦ HE SAID.

AT PRESENT, ABOUT 180 STAFF OF CNTA ARE INVOLVED IN PESC WORK. AS THEY DEAL WITH A BROAD RANGE OF SUBJECTS, THEY ARE OFTEN REQUIRED TO ATTEND PERIODICAL TRAINING AND ORIENTATION PROGRAMMES.

♦WHENEVER NEW GOVERNMENT SERVICES OR NEW PROCEDURES ARE INTRODUCED, ALL CENTRES ARE IMMEDIATELY INFORMED TO ENSURE THAT REFERENCE MATERIALS ARE KEPT UP-TO-DATE,♦ HE SAID.

THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE HAS BEEN IN OPERATION FOR 23 YEARS NOW, OFFERING READY ASSISTANCE TO GROWING NUMBERS OF RESIDENTS.

ANY ONE WISHING TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE SERVICES OF THE CENTRES MAY TELEPHONE OR APPROACH THE PESC OF THE CNTA HEADQUARTERS AT 13/F, WORLD SHIPPING CENTRE, 7 CANTON ROAD, HARBOUR CITY, KOWLOON (TEL. 3-S92255).

LOOKING AHEAD, HE SAID, +WITH THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME, THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRES ARE GEARING UP FOR STILL MORE RESPONSIBILITIES TO COME.+

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THE PROSPECTS OF HONG KONG’S PLASTIC INDUSTRY LOOKED EXCELLENT, THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR E.P. HO, SAID TODAY

BESIDES BEING AN ESTABLISHED END - PRODUCT PRODUCER, IT MAD 'BECOME AN IMPORTANT LINKAGE INDUSTRY IN SUPPORTING HONG KONG’S ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS INDUSTRIES, MR HO SAID AT A RECEPTION TO MARK THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HONG KONG PLASTIC MATERIAL SUPPLIES ASSOCIATION.

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HE SAID THAT WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF NEW MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY, THE PLASTIC INDUSTRY HAD DIVERSIFIED INTO A FULL RANGE OF CONSUMER AND INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS.

+IT HAS BENEFITED ESPECIALLY IN THE PAST FEW YEARS FROM THE BOOM IN THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY WHICH RELIES HEAVILY ON PLASTIC FOR CASINGS AND ENCAPSULATION MATERIAL,* MR HO ADDED.

HE SAID THAT THROUGHOUT THE PAST TEN YEARS, THE ASSOCIATION HAD SERVED HONG KONG’S INDUSTRY WELL BY ENSURING A SMOOTH, RELIABLE SUPPLY OF PLASTIC MATERIALS TO THE LOCAL INDUSTRY, PARTICULARLY DURING PERIODS OF ACUTE SHORTAGE IN 1974 AND 1983.

♦THROUGH ITS CLOSE CONTACTS WITH OVERSEAS SUPPLIERS, LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND THE GOVERNMENT, THE ASSOCIATION HAS CONTRIBUTED TO THE DIVERSIFICATION OF THE PLASTIC INDUSTRY BY SUCH MEANS AS DISSEMINATING INFORMATION ON NEW MATERIAL SUPPLY, AND SPONSORING PLASTIC EXHIBITIONS.

♦I APPLAUD THE ASSOCIATION’S SUPPORT FOR THE INDUSTRY, AND INDEED I URGE IT TO PLAY AN EVEN STRONGER ROLE AS A CATALYST IN THE EVOLUTION OF OUR PLASTIC INDUSTRY AND THE CONSTANT SEARCH FOR NEW APPLICATIONS FOR PLASTI.C MATERIALS,* MR HO SAID.

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$101 MILLION PUBLIC HOUSING CONTRACTS

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THE HOUSING AUTHORITY TODAY SIGNED 10 MORE CONTRACTS WORTH OVER $101 MILLION FOR A VARIETY OF WORKS ON PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES.

SIGNED BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF HOUSING (CONSTRUCTION), MR FRED PANG, FOUR OF THE CONTRACTS ARE FOR PILING TO FOUNDATION WORKS AT OLD AND NEW ESTATES.

two of these piling contracts total $47 million and cover THE SECOND AND THIRD PHASES OF HANG ON ESTATE IN MA ON SHAN.

ON COMPLETION OF THE PILING WORKS AT HANG ON, THREE HOME OWNERSHIP BLOCKS WITH 1 050 FLATS FOR 3 990 PEOPLE WILL BE BUILT UNDER THE SECOND PHASE, AND THREE MORE BLOCKS WITH 2 4U8 FLATS FOR 11 800 PEOPLE UNDER THE THIRD PHASE.

A STANDARD ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE AND A FIVE-STOREY CARPARK V/ILL ALSO BE PROVIDED IN THE SECOND PHASE.

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the third piling contract valued at 123.5 million, is for THE SECOND PHASE OF LONG PING ESTATE IN YUEN LONG- FOLLOWING PILING, FOUR DOMESTIC BLOCKS WILL BE CONSTRUCTED TO HOUSE 14 800 PEOPLE IN 3 188 FLATS.

THE FOURTH PILING CONTRACT, WORTH 14.8 MILLION, COVERS

THE PHASE 4 REDEVELOPMENT OF LOWER WONG TAI SIN ESTATE TO UPGRADE LIVING CONDITIONS AND RELIEVE OVERCROWDING ON THE OLD ESTATE.

AFTER PILING WORK IS COMPLETED, TWO MODERN BLOCKS WILL BE BUILT ON THE ESTATE TO PROVIDE 1 150 SELF-CONTAINED FLATS FOR 5 500 PEOPLE.

OF THE REMAINING SIX CONTRACTS, THREE VALUED AT 12.9 MILLION ARE FOR SOFT LANDSCAPING WORKS TO ADD MORE GREENERY AT ThE HOS PROJECTS OF LOK NGA COURT IN NGAU TAU KOK, AS WELL AS SIU SHAN AND SIU HONG COURTS IN TUEN MUN.

IN TWO OTHER CONTRACTS TOTALLING 16.2 MILLION, LIFT, ESCALATOR AND VENTILATION INSTALLATIONS WILL BE CARRIED OUT AT KWUN TONG (TSUI PING ROAD) AND SAU MAU PING ESTATES.

THE LAST CONTRACT, WORTH 116.5 MILLION, IS FOR ThE EXCLUSIVE CONCESSION TO SUPPLY PIPED LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS TO THE SECOND AND THIRD PHASES OF SHAN KING ESTATE IN TUEN MUN.

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KCR BRINGS NEW TOWN HOMES INTO URBAN AREA

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THE MODERNISATION OF THE KOWLOON CANTON RAILWAY MAKES LIVING IN SHA TIN AND SHEUNG SHUI AS CONVENIENT AS LIVING IN URBAN AREAS. APPLICANTS FOR HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME FLATS IN THE NEW TOWNS SAID YESTERDAY.

ONE OF THE HOME-SEEKERS HOPING TO GET ONE OF THE 2 192 FLATS ON OFFER AT THE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME MAY SHING COURT, SHA TIN SAID THAT TRAVELLING TO WORK FROM SHA TIN WAS AS EASY AS IN MANY URBAN DISTRICTS.

+AND MAY SHING COURT,+ ADDED MISS HO, +HAS WONDERFUL VIEWS OF THE UNSPOILED COUNTRYSIDE AROUND IT.+

• The court is built on a mountain-side, looking out OVER SHING MUN RIVER.

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A HOUSING AUTHORITY SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE ESTATE ENjOYED CONVENIENT SHOPS, RECREATIONAL FACILITIES AND SCHOOLS WITHIN EASY WALKING DISTANCE.

MAY SHING COURT IS PARTICULARLY SUITABLE FOR FAMILIES *ITh children, having SPACIOUS REST gardens IN THE ADJOINING MEI LAM ESTATE AND A LARGE RECREATION CENTRE PROPOSED TO BE BUILT AT ITS DOORSTEP.

the flats on sale are in blocks of 34 or 35 storeys, and range IN PRICE FROM $99 800 TO $223 400.

ALSO ON SALE IN PHASE VIA OF THE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME ARE 1 584 FLATS AT CHOI PO COURT, SHEUNG SHUI.

THIS MOST DISTANT OF THE NEW TOWNS USED TO BE CONSIDERED AN OUT-OF-THE-WAY SPOT, BUT AN APPLICANT AT THE HOME OWNERSHIP CENTRE IN HO MAN TIN THOUGHT THE ELECTRIFICATION OF THE KCR HAD MADE THIS ATTITUDE OUT OF DATE.

MR CHAN SAID THAT SHEUNG SHUI SHOULD NOW BE CONSIDERED VIRTUALLY PART OF THE URBAN AREA.

♦ IT’S EASY AND' CONVENIENT FOR ME TO GET TO WORK AND FOR my CHILDREN TO GET TO SCHOOL,+ HE SAID, +S0 MY FAMILY ARE QUITE HAPPY TO MOVE THERE.♦

THE HOUSING AUTHORITY SPOKESMAN SAID THAT CHOI PO COURT WAS just three minutes’ walk from both bus and railway stations. RESIDENTS ALSO HAVE THE OPTION OF USING SEVERAL MINIBUS ROUTES TO THE URBAN AREA.

THERE IS A COVERED WALKWAY LINKING THE ESTATE TO THE RAILWAY STATION SO THAT RESIDENTS DO NOT EVEN HAVE TO BRAVE THE RAIN.

CHOI PO COURT, TOGETHER WITH THE NEIGHBOURING CHOI YUEN ESTATE AND YUK PO COURT, ENJOYS A WIDE RANGE OF SHOPS, TOGETHER WITH RESTAURANTS, BANKS, SCHOOLS AND CLINICS.

RESIDENTS ARE ALSO WITHIN EASY WALKING DISTANCE OF THE TOWN CENTRE, WHICH HAS A LARGE MARKET.

LOVERS OF OUTDOOR PURSUITS ARE PARTICULARLY WELL CATERED FOR AT CHOI PO COURT, WITH COURTS FOR BADMINTON AND VOLLEY-BALL AND A JOGGING TRACK.

FLATS ON SALE AT CHOI PO COURT ARE IN THREE BLOCKS OF 31 TO 35 STOREYS, AND ARE PRICED AT BETWEEN $98 100 AND $186 300.

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LOTTERIES FUND PROCEDURES TO BE IMPROVED * * * X *

THE GOVERNMENT IS CONSIDERING MEASURES TO IMPROVE PROCEDURAL DIFFICULTIES SURROUNDING THE LOTTERIES FUND AND REDUCE DELAYS, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, MR HENRY CHING, SAID TODAY.

+1 AM HOPEFUL THAT SOME MEANINGFUL CHANGES WILL SOON BE MADE,+ HE ADDED, WHEN OPENING THE HONG KONG FAMILY WELFARE SOCIETY’i SHUN LEE CENTRE.

HOWEVER, MR CHING POINTED OUT THAT CHANGES IN PROCEDURES AND REVISIONS OF POLICY WOULD NOT IN THEMSELVES BRING ABOUT THE DESIRED IMPROVEMENT IN RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR.

WHILE THERE WAS NO LACK OF GOOD INTENTIONS BETWEEN THE TWO PARTNERS, THE POSSIBLE ANSWER WAS A CONSCIOUS EFFORT TO DEVELOP A SENSE OF MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING AND RESPECT.

MR CHING ADDEDi +1 SPEAK OF ATTITUDES OF MIND. IT SHOULD BE SELF-EVIDENT THAT THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR HAS A POSITIVE ROLE TO PERFORM IN THE ACHIEVEMENT OF POLICY TARGETS AND AIMS. YET THE IDEA LINGERS OF A BENEVOLENT GOVERNMENT DOLING OUT ASSISTANCE TO NAUGHTY ORGANISATIONS, INTERESTED ONLY IN PURSUING THEIR OWN ENDS FOR THEIR OWN PURPOSES. AND WE ALL KNOW OF COURSE THAT NAUGHTY CHILDREN MUST BE DISCIPLINED AND BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL.+

THERE WAS A NEED FOR GREATER EFFORT TO BE MADE BUT, UNLESS ATTITUDES CHANGE, THERE WOULD BE LITTLE PROSPECT OF IMPROVEMENT IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE, HE SAID.

MR CHING SAID THAT THE CENTRE WAS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT COULD BE ACHIEVED DESPITE PROCEDURAL DIFFICULTIES.

THE SOCIETY’S CONCERN FOR CHILDREN IN NEED OF SPECIAL CARE, AND THE RECENT EXTENSION OF ITS SERVICES TO INCLUDE THE SUPERVISION CF CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE, WAS A RELATIVELY LEW SERVICE WHICH THE GOVERNMENT WAS PARTICULARLY PLEASED TO SEE DEVELOPED.

♦I VALUE THE INPUT FROM THIS SOCIETY AND OTHERS WHICH HAVE COME FORWARD WITH SUGGESTIONS AND ADVICE ON THIS SUBJECT. NEW PROCEDURES HAVE ALREADY BEEN INTRODUCED, AND THE WORKING GROUP ON CHILD ABUSE WILL MEET AGAIN SHORTLY TO REVIEW THE PRESENT ARRANGEMENTS FOR HANDLING THESE UNFORTUNATE CASES,+ HE ADDED.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 1984

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INTELPOST EXTENDED TO MALAYSIA * * M

THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THE INTELPOST (INTERNATIONAL ELECTRONIC POST) SERVICE WILL BE EXTENDED TO MALAYSIA FROM MONDAY (JUNE 25).

FROM THAT DAY, INTELPOST ITEMS POSTED IN HONG KONG BEFORE 3 PM WILL BE DELIVERED THE SAME DAY IN ANY MAJOR MALAYSIAN CITY. ITEMS FOR OTHER AREAS IN MALAYSIA WILL BE DELIVERED ON THE FOLLOWING WORKING DAY.

♦INTELPOST IS IDEAL FOR SENDING URGENT LETTERS, REPORTS, CHARTS OR CONTRACTS.

THE DOCUMENTS, WHICH ARE HANDLED WITH CARE AND IN CONFIDENCE ARE SCANNED, CONVERTED INTO HIGH SPEED ELECTRONIC IMPULSES AND TRANSMITTED DIRECT TO THE RECEIVING STATION,♦ A POST OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+INTELPOST IS AN ELECTRONIC MAIL SERVICE AND THAT EXPLAINS WHY IT IS SO FAST AND SO INEXPENS IVE.♦

IN MALAYSIA THE COPY IS ENVELOPED AND DELIVERED TO THE ADDRESSEE BY POST OFFICE MESSENGER. ALTERNATIVELY, ARRANGEMENTS CAN BE MADE FOR COLLECTION FROM A POST OFFICE.

THE CHARGE FOR THE SERVICE TO MALAYSIA WILL BE «-

* FOR THE FIRST SIDE OF AN A4 SHEET OF PAPER 445

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* FOR EACH SUBSEQUENT A4 SIDE SENT TO THE SAME ADDRESSEE AT THE SAME TIME $25

THE POST OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT INTELPOST SERVICE IS ALSO AVAILABLE TO THE UNITED KINGDOM, UNITED STATES, FRANCE, THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA, THE NETHERLANDS, SWEDEN AND AUSTRALIA. INTELPOST IS ALREADY ONE OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST PUBLIC ELECTRONIC MAIL SERVICES, AND IT IS GROWING FAST.

INTELPOST IS IMPORTANT IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF MAIL SERVICES IN HONG KONG WHICH HAS TODAY BECOME A MAJOR FINANCIAL CENTRE IN THE WORLD,♦ HE SAID.

PEOPLE WISHING TO MAKE USE OF THE SERVICE MAY POST THEIR DOCUMENTS AT EITHER THE GENERAL POST OFFICE OR THE TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE AT 10 MIDDLE ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI. IF THEY ALREADY HAVE FACSIMILE MACHINES IN THEIR OFFICES, ARRANGEMENTS CAN BE MADE TO TRANSMIT THEIR ITEMS DIRECT TO THE POST OFFICE ‘ INTELPOST TERMINAL IN THE GENERAL POST OFFICE.

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

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STUDENTS TO HEAR ABOUT JOB CHANCES

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STUDENTS AND CAREERS MASTERS FROM SECONDARY SCHOOLS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND A SEMINAR TO INTRODUCE CAREER PROSPECTS AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE IN THE CARGO TRANSPORT INDUSTRY.

THE SEMINAR, TO BE HELD ON JULY 6 AT THE KESWICK HALL OF THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, IS ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT AND PHYSICAL DISTRIBUTION INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL.

♦TRANSPORT EXPERTS AND MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL FROM LEADING COMPANIES IN THE INDUSTRY WILL TALK ABOUT SHIPPING AND CARGO HANDLING TERMINALS, FORWARDING AGENTS, TRUCKING, WAREHOUSING AND THE CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF TRANSPORT,♦ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BOARD SAID.

THERE WILL BE A SLIDE SHOW IN THE SEMINAR, AND BROCHURES PREPARED BY THE BOARD WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO PARTICIPANTS TO ENABLE THEM TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE INDUSTRY.

♦YOUNG PEOPLE ARE ENCOURAGED TO JOIN THE CARGO TRANSPORT INDUSTRY WHICH REQUIRES MORE NEW ENTRANTS TO SUPPORT THE FAST GROWING BUSINESS. THE GOOD PERFORMANCE OF EXPORT, IMPORT AND RE-EXPORT ACTIVITIES HAS LED TO THE EXPANSION OF THE CARGO TRANSPORT INDUSTRY,♦ HE SAID.

♦A WELL-TRAINED WORKFORCE IS NECESSARY TO MAINTAIN THE EFFICIENCY OF THE INDUSTRY,♦ HE ADDED.

FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE SEMINAR MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE BOARD MR NELSON WONG ON 5-8932341 EXT. 254.

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VISIT TO MARINE DEPARTMENT

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TWELVE MEMBERS OF THE WAN CHAI AND CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARDS WILL VISIT THE MARINE DEPARTMENT TOMORROW (FRIDAY) MORNING TO LEARN ABOUT THE WORK OF THE DEPARTMENT.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR LAM KAM-KWONG, AND STAFF OF THE MARINE DEPARTMENT, MEMBERS WILL ALSO TOUR THE WAN CHAI AND WESTERN DISTRICT PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREAS.

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COURSES OFFERED ON LIBRARY MANAGEMENT * * *

TEACHERS OF PRIMARY THREE TO PRIMARY SIX WHO ARE INTERESTED IN CLASS LIBRARY MANAGEMENT ARE INVITED TO ENROL IN TWO COURSES ID BE HELD NEXT MONTH.

THE COURSES ARE BEING ORGANISED BY THE LIBRARY SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ADVISORY INSPECTORATE.

BESIDES EQUIPPING TEACHERS WITH THE BASIC KNOWLEDGE OF MANAGING CLASS LIBRARIES, THE COURSES ARE DESIGNED TO TRAIN THEM ON HOW TO SELECT BOOKS AND DEVISE RELEVANT ACTIVITIES.

ONE OF THE COURSES IS FOR PRIMARY THREE AND FOUR TEACHERS AND WILL BE HELD FROM JULY 16 TO 19 IN ROOM 25 OF HONG KONG UNIVERSITY’S EXTRA MURAL TOWN CENTRE, 8TH FLOOR, WING ON CENTRE, CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

THE OTHER COURSE, FOR PRIMARY FIVE AND SIX TEACHERS, WILL BE HELD FROM JULY 23 TO 26 AT THE SAME PLACE.

DUE TO LIMITED ACCOMMODATION, ONLY ONE TEACHER FROM EACH SCHOOL WILL BE ACCEPTED. TEACHERS WHO HAVE ATTENDED SIMILAR COURSES BEFORE ARE REQUESTED NOT TO APPLY.

HEADS OF GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SCHOOLS WHO WISH TO NOMINATE THEIR TEACHERS FOR THE COURSES, SHOULD APPLY TO THE SENIOR INSPECTOR, LIBRARY SECTION, ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, 5TH FLOOR, LEE GARDENS, HYSAN AVENUE, HONG KONG, BY JUNE 27.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE TO THE LIBRARY SECTION ON 5-8392258.

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NEW PRIMARY SCHOOL FOR TUEN MUN M M K

ONE OF SIX STANDARD PRIMARY SCHOOLS PLANNED FOR TUEN MUN THIS FINANCIAL YEAR IS TO BE BUILT ON A 5 220-SQUARE-METRE SITE AT CASTLE PEAK ROAD, CLOSE TO TUEN MUN POLYCLINIC.

A $6.4 MILLION CONTRACT FOR THE WORK HAS BEEN AWARDED TO SUI CHONG CONSTRUCTION AND ENGINEERING COMPANY LIMITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

THE SIX-STOREY BUILDING WILL HAVE 24 CLASSROOMS AND AN ASSEMBLY HALL.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A COVERED AND AN EXTERNAL PLAY AREA. AS WELL AS BASKETBALL AND VOLLEYBALL COURTS.

WORK ON THE BUILDING IS EXPECTED TO TAKE A YEAR AND THE SCHOOL CAN START ADMITTING STUDENTS NEXT SUMMER.

THERE ARE AT PRESENT 33 PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN TUEN MUN SERVING A POPULATION OF ABOUT 190 000. THIS IS EXPECTED TO GROW TO MORE THAN 500 000 BY 1990.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 1984

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SAFETY MATTING FOR PLAYGROUND XIX

A CHILDREN'S PLAYGROUND AT MORSE PARK, KOWLOON WILL BE SURFACED WITH MATTING TO IMPROVE SAFETY.

THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR SUPPLYING AND LAYING THE SAFETY MATTING.

THE AREA INVOLVED IS ABOUT 3OO SQUARE METRES.

WORK WILL START IN AUGUST AND BE COMPLETED EARLY NEXT YEAR.

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OBSERVE HYGIENE, OPERATORS TOLD * * *

THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT TODAY TOLD FOOD ESTABLISHMENT OPERATORS TO OBSERVE HYGIENE.

A MAN IN KWAI CHUNG WAS FINED $2 000 TODAY AT THE TSUEN WAN MAGISTRACY FOR FAILURE TO KEEP HIS RESTAURANT CLEAN.

THIS IS THE MAXIMUM FINE UNDER THE FOOD BUSINESS (NEW TERRITORIES) REGULATIONS OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICE^ ORDINANCE, AN NTSD SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT NTSD WOULD CARRY OUT REGULAR CHECKS AT ALL LICENSED FOOD PREMISES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 1984

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SALES OF SHARES ANNOUNCED * * *

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON TAKEOVERS AND MERGERS, UNDER RULE 29 OF THE HONG KONG CODE ON TAKEOVERS AND MERGERS, ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT, IN CONNECTION WITH THE CURRENT OFFER BY FIRST PACIFIC HOLDINGS LIMITED TO ACQUIRE THE ISSUED SHARE CAPITAL CF FIRST PACIFIC FINANCE LIMITED THAT THE FOLLOWING DISCLOSURES HAD BEEN MADE TO HIM t

JARDINE FLEMING (SECURITIES) LIMITED MADE THE FOLLOWING SALES OF FIRST PACIFIC HOLDINGS LIMITED SHARES FOR THE ACCOUNT

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DATE NO. OF SHARES PRICE

11 JUNE 1984 122 OOO $2.95

100 000 $2,975

25 000 $3.00

12 JUNE 1984 22 000 $2,975

15 JUNE 1984 230 QOO $2.80

52 000 $2.85

19 JUNE 1984 400 $2.70

60 000 $2.80

40 000 $2.80

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LINK ROAD OPENED

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THE TEMPORARY LINK ROAD BETWEEN HEUNG SZE WUI ROAD AND CASTLE PEAK ROAD IN TUEN MUN IS NOW OPEN TO TRAFFIC, PROVIDING A MORE DIRECT ROUTE BETWEEN LUNG MUN ROAD AND CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 1984

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

CHANGES TO TAX HOLD-OVER POLICY PROPOSED........................ 1

PLAN TO REMOVE FOREICN CURRENCY RESTRICTION ..................

PUBLIC HELP SOUGHT FOR SETTING UP ARBITRATION CENTRE.......... 3

MAY CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES RELEASED ............................ 4

PRIMARY ONE ALLOCATIONS OUT TOMORROW............................ 7

UK GROUP IMPRESSED BY HK QUALITY ..............................  7

SECURITY FORCES USE LATEST RADIO SYSTEM......................... 8

WAN CHAI OUTLINE ZONING PLAN AMENDED............................ 9

MOVING OFFICE.................................................. 10

NEW ROADS PLANNED FOR TUEN MUN .............................    10

JPC MEMBERS SING FOR BIG PRIZE................................. 11

TWO AMENDMENT BILLS PUBLISHED ................................. 11

BOARD GROUP SEES PRISON WORK................................... 12

DISTRICT BOARD TO COMMENT ON BROADCASTING REVIEW............... 13

SEMINARS BEING HELD............................................ 13

U.S. MAKES ANOTHER +CALL+- .................................... 13

EVENING TRAINING COURSES FOR DISABLED ......................... 14

TIN SHUT WAI DEVELOP WENT STARTS SOON ......................... 14

ILLEGAL STRUCTURES TO BE PULLED DOWN .......................... 15

FUN DAY FOR ALL AT YAU MA TEH ................................. 15

HOUSES FOR TAI PO VILLAGERS ................................... 15

MORE TREES FOR YUEN LONG....................................... 16

NO RIGHT TURN HERE............................................. 1$

CENTRAL TAPS OFF .............................................. 16

FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 1984

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CHANGES TO TAX HOLD-OVER POLICY PROPOSED *****

THE GOVERNMENT HAS PROPOSED TO MODIFY THE PRESENT ARRANGEMENTS FOR PERMITTING PAYMENTS OF TAX TO BE HELD OVER PENDING THE RESULTS CF AN OBJECTION OR APPEAL.

DISCLOSING THIS TODAY, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE PROPOSAL, SPELT OUT IN THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1984 PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE, IS AIMED AT THWARTING ATTEMPTS TO USE THE OBJECTION OR APPEAL PROCEDURE AS A TAX DEFERRAL DEVICE.

THE AMOUNT OF TAX HELD OVER IN SUCH CASES WAS ENORMOUS, INCREASING FROM $891 MILLION AS AT MARCH 31, 1981 TO $2 984 MILLION AS AT MARCH 31, 1984, HE NOTED.

EXPLAINING THE BACKGROUND TO THE PROPOSAL, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE PROVIDES THAT TAX SHOULD BE PAID NOTWITHSTANDING ANY NOTICE OF OBJECTION OR APPEAL, UNLESS THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE ORDERS THAT PAYMENT OF TAX OR PART OF IT BE HELD OVER PENDING THE RESULT OF SUCH OBJECTION OR APPEAL.

HISTORICALLY, IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE PRACTICE OF THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT TO PERMIT HOLD-OVER OF SUCH TAX, UNLESS THE DISPUTE IS CONSIDERED TO BE FRIVOLOUS OR TO HAVE LITTLE MERIT OR IF THERE ARE CIRCUMSTANCES WHICH MAY WITH DELAY AFFECT THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION OR RECOVERY OF THE TAX. THIS RATHER RELAXED PRACTICE IS NOW OPEN TO ABUSE.

♦DURING THE PAST YEAR, THE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN TAKING A MUCH TOUGHER STANCE IN RELATION TO REQUESTS FOR TAX TO BE HELD OVER AND AS A RESULT THE TOTAL TAX HELD OVER AT MARCH 31, 1984 WAS ONLY FRACTIONALLY HIGHER THAN A YEAR EARLIER. NONETHELESS, THE SUMS STILL REMAIN VERY LARGE INDEED AND IT IS THEREFORE PROPOSED TO DISCONTINUE THE PRESENT GENEROUS HOLD-OVER POL ICY,+ THE SPOKESMAN NOTED.

THE BILL, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, PROPOSES TO PERMIT THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE TO REQUIRE THE APPELLANT TAXPAYER TO PURCHASE TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES OF AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO THE TAX TO BE HELD-OVER.

IN THE EVENT OF A SUCCESSFUL OBJECTION OR APPEAL, THE TAXPAYER WOULD BE ENTITLED TO INTEREST ON THE CERT IF I CATES-OTHERWISE THE CERTIFICATES WOULD BE USED IN SETTLEMENT OF THE TAX HELD OVER WITHOUT PAYMENT OF INTEREST.

IF THE PROPOSAL IS ACCEPTED, IT IS EXPECTED THAT IN MOST CASES, THE COMMISSIONER WILL ORDER HOLD-OVER OF TAX IN DISPUTE ONLY IF TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES ARE PURCHASED.

THE BILL IS SCHEDULED TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JUNE 27 AND TO COMPLETE THE REMAINING LEGISLATIVE PROCEDURES ON JULY 11.

ANYONE WHO WISHES TO COMMENT ON THE PROVISIONS OF THE BILL MAY WRITE TO UMELCO AT SWIRE HOUSE, 12TH FLOOR, CHATER ROAD, CENTRAL, OR TO THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE AT WINDSOR HOUSE, 311 GLOUCESTER ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG.

FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 1984

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PLAN TO REMOVE FOREIGN CURRENCY RESTRICTION

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THE LEGAL RESTRICTION ON USING FOREIGN CURRENCY NOTES IN TRANSACTIONS IN HONG KONG, BASED ON AN ORDINANCE ENACTED IN 1913, IS TO BE REMOVED UNDER A BILL PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE PROPOSAL WAS TO REPEAL THE FOREIGN NOTES (PROHIBITION OF CIRCULATION) ORDINANCE WHICH HAS BECOME OBSOLETE.

FOR EXAMPLE, ONE OF THE ORIGINAL REASONS FOR RESTRICTING THE CIRCULATION OF FOREIGN NOTES WAS TO AVOID COMPETITION WITH LOCAL NOTES WHICH WERE DISADVANTAGED BY STAMP DUTY REQUIREMENTS. THIS IS NO LONGER RELEVANT SINCE STAMP DUTY IS NO LONGER LEVIED ON THE NOTE ISSUE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ANOTHER ASPECT OF THE ORDINANCE WHICH HAS BECOME OUT-OF-DATE IS ITS REFERENCE TO +LICENSED MONEY-CHANGERS* BECAUSE THE LICENSING REQUIREMENT CEASED WITH THE ENACTMENT OF THE MISCELI ANEOUS LICENCES (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE IN 1978.

♦FURTHERMORE, IT IS COMMONPLACE NOWADAYS FOR BUSINESSES LIKE HOTELS AND TOUR OPERATORS.TO ACCEPT PAYMENT IN FOREIGN NOTES- IT IS ANOMALOUS THAT THIS PRACTICE IS TECHNICALLY UNLAWFUL WHEREAS FOREIGN CURRENCY TRANSACTIONS IN TRAVELLERS CHEQUES ARE LAWFUL,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE ANOMALY WAS HIGHLIGHTED LAST SEPTEMBER WHEN SOME SHOPS ASKED FOR PAYMENT IN FOREIGN CURRENCIES BECAUSE OF FLUCTUATIONS IN THE HK DOLLAR EXCHANGE RATE. THE HK DOLLAR HAS SINCE REMAINED STABLE FOLLOWING ITS LINKAGE WITH THE US DOLLAR.

♦THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT ENFORCE THE PROHIBITION SO THERE IS A CLEAR CASE FOR REPEAL,♦ THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

THE FOREIGN NOTES (PROHIBITION OF CIRCULATION) (REPEAL) BILL 1984 IS SCHEDULED TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JUNE 27 FOR FIRST READING AND TO COMPLETE THE REMAINING LEGISLATIVE PROCEDURES ON JULY 11.

ANYONE WHO WISHES TO COMMENT ON THE BILL MAY WRITE TO UMELCO AT SWIRE HOUSE, 12TH FLOOR, CHATER ROAD, OR TO THE SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS, AT ADMIRALTY CENTRE, TOWER II, 24TH FLOOR, 18 HARCOURT ROAD, HONG KONG.

FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 1984

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PUBLIC HELP SOUGHT FOR SETTING UP ARBITRATION CENTRE ******

HONG KONG PEOPLE WERE URGED TODAY TO OFFER SUPPORT OF ABOUT 12.8 MILLION FOR THE SETTING UP OF AN INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION CENTRE HERE.

THIS WOULD MEET A KNOWN DEMAND IN THE ASIAN REGION FOR SUCH A SERVICE, AND ALSO SHOW CONFIDENCE IN HONG KONG’S LEGAL SYSTEM AND IN THE FUTURE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION CENTRE STEERING COMMITTEE, MR JUSTICE HUNTER, SAID TODAY.

SPEAKING TO THE ROTARY CLUB AT LUNCH, MR JUSTICE HUNTER SAID THAT INQUIRIES SHOWED THAT HONG KONG NEEDED — AND SHOULD HAVE --SUCH A CENTRE. AND HE WAS SEEKING AT THIS STAGE ONLY A ♦COMMITMENT. NOT MONEY,* FROM THE PEOPLE.

THE $2.8 MILLION BEING SOUGHT WOULD BE REQUIRED TO SEE THE CENTRE THROUGH THE FIRST THREE YEARS OF SERVICE — TO FINANCE SETTING UP COSTS AND TO COVER +A VERY MODEST LEVEL OF RUNNING EXPENSES.*

HE SAID HE HAD WRITTEN TO SOME FIRMS AND INDIVIDUALS ABOUT THIS, AND HAD ALREADY RECEIVED SOME PLEDGES FROM THEM.

GIVING THE BACKGROUND TO HIS APPEAL, MR JUSTICE HUNTER SAID THAT HE HAD BEEN ENTRUSTED, IN JANUARY LAST YEAR, WITH THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF A STEERING COMMITTEE OF MEMBERS FROM DIFFERENT WALKS OF LIFE TO CONSIDER THE ESTABLISHMENT IN HONG KONG OF AN INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION CENTRE.

THE COMMITTEE HAD FOUND OVERWHELMING ARGUMENTS FAVOURING SUCH A CENTRE, AND, IN LOOKING INTO HOW IT SHOULD BE SET UP, RUN AND FINANCED, CONCLUDED THAT THE ONLY SOLUTION WOULD BE TO APPEAL DIRECTLY TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT.

THOUGH HIS APPEAL HAD GONE EXPRESSLY TO FIRMS AND INDIVIDUALS IN COMMERCE. INDUSTRY, FINANCE AND THE PROFESSIONS, IT WAS *IN TRUTH DIRECTED TO HONG KONG ITSELF,* HE SAID.

ARBITRATION. HE SAID, WAS ROOTED IN AGREEMENT BETWEEN PEOPLE. IT WAS CHOSEN FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS, INCLUDING THE NEED FOR BUSINESS SECRECY (IN NOT BEING MADE PUBLIC THROUGH A COURT HEARING) AS WELL AS THE AVAILABILITY OF TECHNICAL EXPERTISE IN CERTAIN FIELDS, THEREBY SPEEDING UP THE PROCESS AND SAVING COSTS.

*1 LIKE TO THINK THAT JUDGES AND LAWYERS ARE SUITABLE TO DECIDE MOST DISPUTES. BUT I ALSO RECOGNISE THAT IN SOME CASES, OTHERS ARE BETTER QUALIFIED,* HE SAID.

OTHER FACTORS FAVOURING AN INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION CENTRE IN HONG KONG WERE THAT THIS CITY HAD THE ADVANTAGE OF BEING *THE HUB OF THE SOUTHEAST ASIAN WHEEL,* AND HAD THE NECESSARY INFRASTRUCTURE, THE TRANSPORT, ACCOMMODATION, AND COMMUNICATION AND SUPPORT FACILITIES.

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AND AN ARBITRATION SERVICE WOULD BE A PERFECT COMPLEMENT TO THE MANY BANKING, COMMERCIAL, SHIPPING AND TRADING SERVICES ALREADY OFFERED HERE.

IN ADDITION, HONG KONG WAS ^PECULIARLY CAPABLE OF SATISFYING THE TWIN ESSENTIALS OF IMPARTIALITY AND UNDERSTANDING* OFFERED THROUGH THE LEGAL SYSTEM WHICH WAS DERIVED FROM THE COMMON LAW SYSTEM SHARED WITH THE ENGLISH SPEAKING WORLD.

HE ALSO SAID THAT AN INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION CENTRE WOULD SERVE AS AN ADJUNCT TO THE EXISTING DOMESTIC ARBITRATION SYSTEM, WHICH HAD BEEN GAINING IN POPULARITY THROUGH THE REVISION OF THE ORDINANCE AND INTRODUCTION OF NEW RULES. THE RULES SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE HAD MADE A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO ARBITRAL PRACTICE BY DRAFTING A COMPLETELY NEW SET OF RULES. THESE RULES WERE UNIQUE IN THIS FIELD AND SPELT OUT TO ARBITRATORS AND TO THE PARTIES ALL THE PROCEDURES OPEN TO THEM TO ACCELERATE AND SIMPLIFY THE PROCEDURES, AND LESSEN COSTS.

THIS PIONEERING WORK. HE SAID, HAD RECENTLY BEEN PRAISED AS SUCH BY THE TWO MOST EXPERIENCED ENGLISH JUDGES IN THIS FIELD, SIR JOHN DONALDSON, MASTER OF THE ROLLS, AND SIR MICHAEL KERR. THE WORK HAD BEEN DONE PRIMARILY FOR DOMESTIC ARBITRATION, BUT INTERNATIONAL PARTIES WERE FREE TO ADOPT THESE RULES OR TO BORROW FROM THEM IF THEY WISHED.

MR JUSTICE HUNTER STRESSED THAT SUCH AN INTERNATIONA^ ARBITRATION CENTRE COULD NOT BE ESTABLISHED WITHOUT PUBLIC FINANCIAL SUPPORT.

THE REQUEST FOR $2.8 MILLION WAS MODEST. IN THE HONG KONG CONTEXT, AND HAVING REGARD TO THE CENTRE'S POTENTIAL SIGNIFICANCE, IT SHOULD BE WELL WITHIN THE CAPACITY OF THE PEOPLE TO RAISE, HE SAID.

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MAY CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES RELEASED *****

THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) WAS 154.1 AND THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (B), 153.9 FOR MAY 1984, ACCORDING TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY.

COMPARED WITH THE PRECEDING MONTH, CP 1(A) INCREASED BY 0.2 POINT OR 0.1 PER CENT, AND CPI(B), BY 0.4 POINT OR 0.3 PER CENT.

COMPARED WITH MAY 1983, CPI(A) ROSE BY 14.1 POINTS OR 10.1 PER CENT AND CPI(B), BY 14.2 POINTS OR 10.2 PER CENT.

FOR THE 12 MONTHS TO MAY 1984, THE AVERAGE CP I (A) *JAS 149.1 AND THE AVERAGE CPI(B), 148.6, BOTH BEING 10.2 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THE AVERAGES FOR THE 12 MONTHS TO MAY 1983.

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DURING THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD TO MAY 1984, THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED CP 1(A) INCREASED AT AN AVERAGE RATE OF 0.4 PER CENT EACH MONTH AND THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED CP 1(B), AT 0.5 PER CENT.

IN MAY, RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH FRUITS, CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR WERE HIGHER. MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY FARES AND CHARGES FOR MEALS IN RESTAURANTS ALSO WENT UP. ON THE OTHER HAND, RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH VEGETABLES DECREASED.

CP 1(A) AND CP 1(B) ARE BASED ON THE EXPENDITURE PATTERNS OF 50 PER CENT AND 30 PER CENT, RESPECTIVELY, OF URBAN HOUSEHOLDS IN HONG KONG, WHICH WERE DERIVED FROM THE 1979/80 HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY.

CP I (A) REFERS TO HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN $1 000 AND $3 499 A MONTH, AND CP 1(B) TO HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN 13 500 AND $6 499 A MONTH AT THAT TIME.

THE INDEXES FOR MAY 1984 IN RESPECT OF THE NINE COMMODITY/ SERVICE SECTIONS IN THE TWO CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES ARE GIVEN BELOW, TOGETHER WITH THOSE FOR APRIL 1984 AND MAY 1983.

SECTION h* (OCTOBER 19

IAY 83 CPI(A) APR. 84

FOODSTUFFS 141.0 155.0

HOUSING 135.3 143.6

FUEL AND LIGHT 140.4 148.8

ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO (FOR HOME CONSUMPTION) 185.5 208.0

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR 141.1 154.6

DURABLE GOODS 109.8 125.4

MISCELLANEOUS GOODS 130.8 149.3

TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES 153.8 168.5

SERVICES 148.0 165.8

ALL ITEMS 140.0 153.9

TO SEPTEMBER 1980 AVERAGE - 100) CPI(B)

MAY 84 MAY 83 APR. 84 MAY 84

154.8 141.6 155.4 155.4

143.7 134.6 143.9 144.0

148.7 140.9 148.5 148.4

208.0 179.0 200.6 200.7

156.4 142.6 155.9 157.8

125.8 112.9 129.1 129.5

150.1 130.0 146.5 147.1

169.5 156.0 170.5 171.4

166.8 146.1 164.3 165.1

154.1 139.7 153.5 153.9

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COMPARED WITH APRIL 1984, THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS DECREASED BY 0.2 POINT IN CP 1(A). THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICE OF FRESH VEGETABLES DECLINED AS A RESULT OF ADEQUATE SUPPLY. THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICE OF LIVE POULTRY ALSO FELL.

ON THE OTHER HAND, CHARGES FOR MEALS IN RESTAURANTS AND THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH FRUITS AND FROZEN MEAT AND POULTRY WENT UP.

THE EFFECT OF MOVEMENTS IN THE RETAIL PRICES OF OTHER FOOD ITEMS ON THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS WAS INSIGNIFICANT.

THE INDEX FOR CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR ROSE BY 1.8 POINTS IN CP 1(A) AND 1.9 POINTS IN CPI(B) DUE TO HIGHER PRICES OF OUTERCLOTHING.

HIGHER PRICES OF MEDICINES AND PERIODICALS PUSHED UP THE INDEX FOR MISCELLANEOUS GOODS BY 0.8 POINT IN CP 1(A) AND 0.6 POINT IN CPI(B).

THE INDEX FOR TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES INCREASED BY KO POINT IN CPI(A) AND 0.9 POINT IN CP 1(B) AS A RESULT OF HIGHER MTR FARES.

THE INDEX FOR SERVICES WENT UP BY 1.0 POINT IN CP 1(A) AND 0.8 POINT IN CPI(B), FOLLOWING HIGHER CHARGES AT GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS AND OUTPATIENT CLINICS.

PRICE MOVEMENTS IN OTHER SECTIONS WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

FIGURES PRESENTED IN THIS PRESS RELEASE REFER TO CPI SERIES NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED. ALL PERCENTAGE CHANGES ARE DERIVED FROM CPI FIGURES TO TWO DECIMAL PLACES.

DETAILS OF THESE PRICE MOVEMENTS ARE GIVEN IN THE +CONSUMER PRICE INDEX REPORT* FOR MAY 1984, WHICH IS AVAILABLE AT S3 PER COPY FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE, HONG KONG, OR FROM THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG FOR LOCAL AND OVERSEAS MAILINGS.

STARTING FROM THE MAY ISSUE, CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES ARE GIVEN TO ONE DECIMAL PLACE.

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.

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PRIMARY ONE ALLOCATIONS OUT TOMORROW * * * *

THE CENTRAL ALLOCATION OF PRIMARY ONE PLACES FOR SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR UNDER THE PRIMARY ONE ADMISSION SYSTEM WILL BE ANNOUNCED TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

PARENTS CONCERNED ARE REQUESTED TO GO BACK TO THE DISTRIBUTIONCOLLECTION CENTRE IN THEIR DISTRICTS TOMORROW, OR ON JUNE 24, BETWEEN 9 AM AND 4 PM TO COLLECT THEIR ALLOCATION SLIPS CONTAINING THE NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF THE SCHOOLS IN WHICH THEIR CHILDREN HAVE BEEN PLACED.

THE ALLOCATION SLIP WILL DIRECT PARENTS TO THE SCHOOLS FOR COMPLETION OF REGISTRATION FORMALITIES, ON JUNE 27 OR 28.

PARENTS WHO FOR PERSONAL REASONS CANNOT REGISTER THEIR CHILDREN ON THESE TWO .DAYS MUST CONTACT THE SCHOOL DIRECT, OR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S PRIMARY ONE ADMISSION UNIT BEFOREHAND, FOR ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENTS. THE UNIT IS LOCATED AT LUI KEE EDUCATION SERVICES CENTRE AT 269 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, 2/F.

PARENTS WHO FAIL TO DO SO WILL BE DEEMED TO HAVE GIVEN UP THE allocated places.

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT ALL PLACES ALLOCATED ARE FINAL AND NO RE-ALLOCATION IS POSSIBLE.

HOWEVER, PARENTS WHO HAVE MOVED TO ANOTHER DISTRICT AND HAVE GENUINE DIFFICULTY IN SENDING THEIR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL, CAN SEEK ASSISTANCE FROM THE PRIMARY ONE ADMISSION UNIT.

ANY PARENT WISHING TO MAKE FURTHER ENQUIRIES MAY CONTACT THE UNIT ON 5-724383 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

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M M M M

MEMBERS OF THE 20-MEMBER UNITED KINGDOM STUDY MISSION WHO HAD SPENT TWO DAYS IN HONG KONG WERE IMPRESSED BY THE COMMITMENT TO QUALITY AMONG LEADING HONG KONG COMPANIES, MR KEITH NEWTON, CF THE UK DEPARTMENT OF TRADE, SAID TODAY.

MR NEWTON SAID IT WAS OBVIOUS THAT MANY COMPANIES NO LOGGER SAW PRICE NECESSARILY ACTING AS THE DECIDING FACTOR IN INTERNATIONAL TRADE -- GREATER SOPHISTICATION BOTH OF CUSTOMERS AND OF PRODUCTS MEANT THAT CONSISTENT AND SYSTEMATIC QUALITY TO THE HIGHEST STANDARDS WAS NOw BEING DEMANDED.

IN HONG KONG, HE SAID, THE NEW GOVERNMENT STANDARDS AND CALIBRATION LABORATORY WOULD BE OF GREAT HELP TO LOCAL FIRMS WISHING TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR QUALITY CAPABILITY.

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HE SAID THAT THE MISSION — WHICH INCLUDED REPRESENTATIVES FROM U.K. INDUSTRY, TRADE UNIONS AND TELEVISION COMPANIES — HAD BEEN EXTREMELY WELL RECEIVED IN HONG KONG AND THAT THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT HAD PUT TOGETHER +A MOST USEFUL PROGRAMME*.

THE MISSION HAD HAD MEETINGS WITH THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT AND REPRESENTATIVES OF INDUSTRIAL CONCERNS, AND HAD ALSO VISITED SEVERAL COMPANIES: SONCA INDUSTRIES, LTD., QUALIDUX INDUSTRIAL CO. LTD., LEVI STRAUSS (FAR EAST) LTD., AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES LTD.

IT LEFT TODAY (FRIDAY) FOR JAPAN.

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SECURITY FORCES USE LATEST RADIO SYSTEM *****

SECURITY FORCES PATROLLING HONG KONG’S TERRITORIAL WATERS ARE NOW USING ONE OF THE MOST SOPHISTICATED RADIO SYSTEMS AVAILABLE TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN AIRCRAFT, VESSELS AND SHORE BASES

THE JOINT MARITIME COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM, COSTING $40 MILLION, WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED BY THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR DAVID JEAFFRESON, AT A BRIEF CEREMONY AT MARINE POLICE REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS TODAY (FRIDAY).

OUTLINING THE FUNCTIONS OF THE NEW SYSTEM, A POLICE SPOKESMAN SAID THE PROJECT MARKED A NEW ERA IN MARINE POLICE AND MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS IN THE TERRITORY.

’’THE SYSTEM ENABLES JOINT POLICE-MILITARY OPERATIONS ON LAND, AT SEA AND IN THE AIR TO BE CO-ORDINATED,” HE SAID.

THIS MEANS THAT POLICE LAUNCHES, THEIR SHORE BASES AND LAND PATROLS WILL NOT ONLY BE ABLE TO SPEAK TO THEIR OWN HEADQUARTERS BUT ALSO TO ROYAL NAVY VESSELS, ROYAL MARINES AND ARMY PATROLS, ROYAL AIR FORCE AND ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE AIRCRAFT AND ANY OTHER UNITS INVOLVED IN THE OPERATIONS.

THE SYSTEM COMPRISES TWO RADIO NETWORKS - A JOINT COMMAND NETWORK WHICH OPERATES TERRITORY-WIDE AND FIVE OTHER CHANNELS FOh INDIVIDUAL AREAS.

INSTRUCTIONS, GUIDANCE AND ANSWERS TO QUERIES ARE GIVEN VIA THE COMMAND NETWORK TO LOCAL COMMANDERS AT THE SCENES OF OPERATIONS

”A UNIQUE FEATURE OF THIS NETWORK IS THAT IT IS CAPABLE OF PASSING DATA TEXT MESSAGES IN SUPPORT OF THE SPOKEN COMMAND. THIS ELIMINATES ANY CONFUSION OVER COMMANDS BEING GARBLED OVER A BAD SPEECH LINK AS THE DATA WILL ALSO BE SHOWN ON A FOUR-INCH SCREEN IN PRINT FORM.

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"IN ADDITION, THE COMPUTER-ASSISTED COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEM WILL AUTOMATICALLY FIND OUT THE EXACT POSITION OF EACH VESSEL FOR THE REFERENCE OF OPERATIONAL COMMANDERS,” HE SAID.

THE SECOND NETWORK, USED WITH THE COMMAND NETWORK, WILL NORMALLY BE CONTROLLED BY THE DIVISIONAL COMMANDER AT THE SCENE OF AN INCIDENT.

’’THE NETWORK WILL BE USED BY LOCAL COMMANDERS TO CONTROL SMALLER UNITS SUCH AS THE SMALL BOATS UNIT AND ROYAL MARINE PATROLS AND PORTABLE TRANSCEIVERS ARE BEING PROVIDED TO MAKE THIS POSSIBLE.”

THE SPOKESMAN RECALLED THAT THE PROJECT BEGAN IN 1980 WHEN A STEERING GROUP FOR THE PROJECT UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY WAS FORMED AND IMPLEMENTATION STARTED IN 1982, FOLLOWING THE APPROVAL OF FUNDS BY FINANCE COMMITTEE.

MEMBERS OF THE STEERING GROUP, INCLUDING THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, MR ROY HENRY, WERE PRESENT AT THIS MORNING’S OPENING CEREMONY.

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WAN CHAI OUTLINE ZONING PLAN AMENDED M M M M

THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) AN AMENDMENT TO THE DRAFT OUTLINE ZONING PLAN FOR WAN CHAI.

IT INVOLVES ADJUSTING THE ALIGNMENT OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY AND AMENDING THE LOCATIONS OF TWO STATIONS.

WAN CHAI STATION HAS BEEN MOVED SLIGHTLY WESTWARDS, WHILE CAUSEWAY BAY STATION IS NOW RELOCATED EAST OF PERCIVAL STREET OUTSIDE THE WAN CHAI PLANNING AREA.

THE AMENDED PLAN CAN BE SEEN ATi

M THE DISTRICT OFFICE (CENTRAL AND WESTERN) PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING ENTRANCE, HONG KONG;

* TOWN PLANNING DIVISION, LANDS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING, 4TH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG; AND

M DISTRICT OFFICE (WAN CHAI), 201 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG.

ANY PERSON AFFECTED BY THE AMENDMENT CAN OBJECT IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD, C/0 LANDS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING, 4TH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG, BEFORE JULY 12

COPIES OF THE DRAFT AMENDMENT PLAN ARE ON SALE AT THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING, 5TH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG, AND THE KOWLOON MAP SALES SECTION, 382 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON, At $10 PER UNCOLOURED COPY AND $60 PER COLOURED COPY.

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MOVING OFFICE * *

THE TRADE AND INDUSTRY BRANCH WILL BE MOVING FROM OCEAN CENTRE TO THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (EAST WING), STH FLOOR LOWER ALBERT ROAD, CENTRAL, TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE NEW TELEPHONE NUMBER OF^THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY MR E P HO WILL BE 5—951885 WHILE THE NUMBER OF THE PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY (TRADE AND INDUSTRY), MR PETER KIANG WILL BE 5-95521.

THE PUBLIC RELATIONS AND INFORMATION SECTION AT OCEAN CENTRE WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE THE TRADE AND INDUSTRY BRANCH AS WELL AS THE TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENTS.

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NEW ROADS PLANNED FOR TUEN MUN * * * *

GOVERNMENT IS PLANNING TO BUILD FOUR LOCAL ACCESS ROADS TOTALLING 150 METRES IN LENGTH, IN THE NORTH-EASTERN PART OF TUEN MUN OPPOSITE THE DISTRICT OFFICE BUILDING.

THE ROADS WILL BE TWO-WAY SINGLE CARRIAGEWAY ROADS TOGETHER WITH ALL ANCILLARY WORKS, INCLUDING FOOTPATHS AND DRAINAGE.

FOUR VEHICLE PARKING AREAS WILL ALSO BE CONSTRUCTED

WHEN COMPLETED, THE NEW ROADS WILL SERVE A LOCAL VILLAGE RESITE AREA.

A SHORT SECTION OF AN EXISTING ROAD AND SOME FOOTPATHS IN THE AREA WILL NEED TO BE CLOSED, BUT PERMANENT ALTERNATIVES WILL

EVENTUALLY BE PROVIDED. DURING THE CONSTRUCTION TEMPORARY ACCESS WILL BE MAINTAINED TO MINIMISE TO THE PUBLIC.

PER IOD, INCONVENIENCE

A NOTICE OF THE PROPOSED WORK HAS APPEARED ISSUE OF THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

IN THE LATEST

OBJECTIONS SHOULD BE IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS BEFORE AUGUST 21.

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PLAN CAN BE SEEN AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:

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CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING

MAIN

ENTRANCE LOBBY, HONG KONG;


TUEN

MUN

DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE AND

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TUEN

MUN

DI STR ICT TUEN MUN

DISTRICT OFFICE, BOTH AT THE TUEN MUN OFFICE BUILDING, CASTLE PEAK ROAD,

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JPC MEMBERS SING-FOR BIG PRIZE * * * *

THOUSANDS OF JUNIOR POLICE CALL MEMBERS WILL TUNE TO RTHK RADIO CHANNEL ONE WHICH WILL BROADCAST LIVE AT 8 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) THE GRAND FINAL OF THE VOICE OF JPC SINGING COMPETITION 1984 AT QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM.

TWENTY-SIX JPC MEMBERS FROM 17 DISTRICTS WILL BE CONTENDING FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE TERRITORY-WIDE SINGING COMPETITION. THE EVENT WILL BE THE CURTAIN RAISER OF A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES TO CELEBRATE THE 1OTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF JPC.

IT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE POLICE AND RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG AND SPONSORED BY THE ROTARY INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 345. THE COMPETITION IS AIMED AT PROVIDING OPPORTUNITY FOR GIFTED JPC MEMBERS TO SHOW THEIR SINGING TALENTS AS WELL AS PROMOTING MEANINGFUL RECREATIONAL PURSUITS AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE MR ROY HENRY, COMMISSIONE-CF POLICE, MR STUART WILKINSON, DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING AND MR PHILIP LAI, GOVERNOR OF THR ROTARY INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 345.

THE FINALISTS WILL SING BEFORE A PANEL OF 18 JUDGES INCLUDING WELL KNOWN SINGING AND FILM STARS AND TELEVISION ARTISTES. THEY ARE MR ADAM CHENG, MR MICHAEL KWAN, MR DANNY CHAN, MR KENNY BEE, W KENT CHOI, MISS SHIRLEY YIP, MISS CHIN WAI-YEE, MISS CHONG CHING-YEE, MR HO KA-KING, MISS MAK TSUI-HAN, MISS REBECCA CHAN, MISS JOAN TONG, MISS MITCHELL YIM, MISS DEBBIE TSUI, MR LESLIE CHEUNG, MISS ANNA BELLE LOUIE, MR ALBERT AU AND MISS MIMI LAU.

THE YOUNG TIGERS AND MISS ANITA MUI WILL BE GUEST PERFORMERS AT TOMORROW’S EVENT.

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TWO AMENDMENT BILLS PUBLISHED

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TWO MINOR BILLS, MAKING AMENDMENTS FOLLOWING THE ENACTMENT CF THE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1984 WERE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

THEY ARE THE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL 1984 AND THE BANKRUPTCY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1984.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE FIRST BILL RE-INSTATES A SUBSECTION OF THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE, WHICH WAS REPEALED BY THE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE.

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THE SECOND BILL AMENDS THE BANKRUPTCY ORDINANCE TO BRING IT INTO LINE WITH THE WINDING-UP PROVISIONS OF THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE AS AMENDED BY THE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1984.

THE BILLS ARE TO BE INTRODUCED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JUNE 27, AND TO GO THROUGH THEIR FINAL READING ON JULY 11.

SUBJECT TO THE PASSING OF THE BILLS, THE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1984 WILL BE BROUGHT INTO EFFECT ON AUGUST 31, WHEN THE AMENDMENT BILLS WILL ALSO BE BROUGHT INTO EFFECT.

ANY COMMENT ON THE BILLS MAY BE DIRECTED TO UMELCO AT SWIRE HOUSE. 12TH FLOOR, CHATER ROAD, CENTRAL, OR TO THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES AT CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (EAST WING), LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG.

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FOURTEEN MEMBERS OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD VISITED THREE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT INSTITUTIONS IN STANLEY TODAY (FRIDAY) TO SEE THE WORK OF THE DEPARTMENT.

THE PARTY, INCLUDING THE DISTRICT OFFICER (SOUTHERN), MR KWONG KI—CHI, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF STANLEY KAIFONG WELFARE ASSOCIATION, CHAN PING-KWAN, FIRST WENT TO THE DEPARTMENT’S STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE, AND SAW THE OFFICERS RECEIVING TRAINING AT VARIOUS MODERN FACILITIES.

THEY THEN WENT TO THE MAXIMUM SECURITY STANLEY PRISON AND THE ADJACENT TUNG TAU CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION.

WHILE TOURING THE FACILITIES INSIDE THE PRISONS, THEY LEARNED ABOUT THE CORRECTIONAL PROGRAMMES AND SAW PRISONERS AT WORK IN VARIOUS WORKSHOPS.

THEY ALSO HAD DISCUSSIONS WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR THOMAS GARNER, BEFORE ENDING THEIR HALF-DAY VISIT.


FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 1984

DISTRICT BOARD TO COMMENT ON BROADCASTING REVIEW

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KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL GIVE THEIR VIEWS ON THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF THE LOCAL BROADCASTING INDUSTRY AT THEIR MEETING ON MONDAY (JUNE 25) AFTERNOON.

THE BROADCASTING REVIEW BOARD IS COLLECTING VIEWS FROM THE DISTRICT BOARDS TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL ON THE BROADCASTING POLICIES TO BE ADOPTED WHEN THE EXISTING COMMERCIAL TELEVISION AND RADIO LICENCES EXPIRE IN 1988 AND 1989.

AT THE MEETING, BOARD MEMBERS WILL ALSO COMMENT ON THE URBAN COUNCIL’S EXISTING POLICY FOR THE MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL OF HAWKERS AND SUGGEST WAYS TO IMPROVE IT.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE BRIEFED ON THE URBAN COUNCIL’S CAPITAL WORKS PROGRAMME FOR KWUN TONG, AND THE PROPOSED FACILITIES TO BE INCLUDED IN THE SHU I WO STREET UC COMPLEX.

A PROPOSAL TO RESTORE DEATH PENALTY IN HONG KONG, MADE BY A BOARD MEMBER, AND AN INFORMATION PAPER ON THE CONVERSION OF CROWN LAND LICENCES TO SHORT-TERM TENANCIES WILL BE TABLED FOR MEMBERS’ DISCUSSION.

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THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR JOHN YAXLEY WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING OF THE CADTECH SEMINARS-EXHIB IT ION, ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY CENTRE, AT 2.30 PM ON MONDAY (JUNE 25) AT 2/F, NINE DRAGONS BALLROOM, HYATT REGENCY, TSIM SHA TSUI.

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THE TRADE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT THE UNITED STATES HAS MADE AN EXPORT AUTHORISATION (EA) CALL ON PART OF CATEGORY 659 (MAN-MADE FIBRE PULLOVER JACKET) AT 4 PM TODAY (FRIDAY).

THIS IS THE 14TH ’EA CALL’ BY THE UNITED STATES SO FAR THIS YEAR.

PENDING CONSULTATIONS WITH THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, THE DEPARTMENT HAS SUSPENDED THE ISSUE OF FURTHER EXPORT AUTHORISATION FOR THIS CATEGORY AS FROM 4 PM TODAY.

THE DEPARTMENT WILL, HOWEVER, AS USUAL CONTINUE TO APPROVE AND ISSUE EXPORT LICENCES FOR THIS CATEGORY AGAINST VALID EXPORT AUTHORISATIONS APPROVED PRIOR TO THE SUSPENSION.

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EVENING TRAINING COURSES FOR DISABLED * * *

THE KWUN TONG SKILLS CENTRE FOR THE DISABLED IS NOW INVITING APPLICATION FOR NINE PART-TIME EVENING TRAINING COURSES DUE TO START IN OCTOBER.

♦DISABLED PERSONS AGED 15 OR ABOVE MAY APPLY FOR THESE COURSES ON GARMENT MAKING, COPY TYPEWRITING, ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION, ELECTRONIC REPAIR, GAS WELDING, ELECTRIC ARC WELDING, INDUSTRIAL LEATHERWORK, MACHINE OPERATION AND JOINERY,+ A CENTRE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THESE PROGRAMMES RANGE FROM SIX MONTHS TO TWO YEARS, AND PROVIDE PRACTICAL TRAINING AS WELL AS THEORETICAL STUDIES WITH AN AIM TO TRAIN DISABLED PERSONS FOR JOBS IN INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE, HE ADDED.

UNDER THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING DEPARTMENT, THE CENTRE OFFERS FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME VOCATIONAL TRAINING AND ASSESSMENT SERVICE FOR THE DISABLED.

DETAILS OF THE PART-TIME EVENING PROGRAMMES, INCLUDING ENTRY REQUIREMENTS, TUITION FEES, DURATION OF COURSES, WILL BE ADVERTISED IN TOMORROW’S NEWSPAPERS. '

APPLICATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE CENTRE AT 487 KWUN

TONG ROAD. CLOSING DATE

FOR APPLICATION IS JULY 23.

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WAI DEVELOPMENT STARTS SOON M M M

THE FIRST CONTRACT

_ IN CONNECTION WITH DEVELOPING TIN SHUI WAI

INTO A NEW TOWN WILL START IN SEPTEMBER.

A 1 150-METRE LONG BOX CULVERT WILL BE CONSTRUCTED TO DIVERT TOE TAI RIVER TO THE WESTERN PART OF THE DEVELOPMENT AREA TO ENABLE SITE FORMATION WORK TO GO AHEAD.

ALSO, THREE HECTARES OF LAND WILL BE FORMED UNDER THE CONTRACT FOR USE AS A WORKS AREA FOR FUTURE CONTRACTS.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT, WHICH WILL TAKE ABOUT 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE, ARE BEING INVITED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

TIN SHUI WAI NEW TOWN WILL BE DEVELOPED TO PROVIDE HOMES FOR 135 000 PEOPLE BY THE EARLY 1990S.

THE MAIN SITE FORMATION CONTRACT WILL COMMENCE LATE IN 1985.

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ILLEGAL STRUCTURES TO BE PULLED DOWN * * *

FOURTEEN ILLEGAL STRUCTURES ON THE SIDELANES AND BACKLANES CF NOS 77-87 MARBLE ROAD AND 483-497 KING’S ROAD IN NORTH POINT WILL BE PULLED DOWN ON TUESDAY (JUNE 26) MORNING.

THE STRUCTURES WERE USED FOR STORAGE, COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES.

THE OPERATION, CO-ORDINATED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, IS PART OF A SIX-MONTH CLEARANCE PROGRAMME TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT IN THE DISTRICT.

STAFF FROM THE HOUSING, LANDS AND URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENTS AND THE POLICE WILL TAKE PART IN THE OPERATION STARTING AT 10 AM.

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FUN DAY FOR ALL AT YAU MA TEI

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A FUN DAY FOR YOUNG AND OLD IN YAU MA TEI WILL BE HELD AT THE CHAN HING SOCIAL SERVICES CENTRE IN FUK TSUEN STREET STARTING AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE DAY’S PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE PERFORMANCES BY MEMBERS OF THE YAU MA TEI SCOUT ASSOCIATION AS WELL AS SOME OF THE OLD AND YOUNG PARTICIPANTS.

THE EVENT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE LIONS CLUB OF SOUTH KOWLOON AND THE YANG MING SHAN LIONS CLUB.

THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, Hi ALBERT LAM, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

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GOVERNMENT IS TO BUILD 44 STANDARD VILLAGE HOUSES AT TAI PO.

ELEVEN BLOCKS, EACH OF THREE STOREYS, WILL BE CONSTRUCTED ON A 3.69-HECTARE BORROW AREA, BETWEEN TO TSZ KIN AND SHEUNG WONG Yl AU.

THEY ARE FOR RESIDENTS OF THREE VILLAGES - WUN YIU VILLAGE, TAI PO OLD MARKET AND NAM HANG VILLAGE - WHICH ARE REQUIRED FOR ROAD AND DRAINAGE WORK.

WORK ON BUILDING THE HOUSES IS EXPECTED TO START IN AUGUST AND BE COMPLETED IN ONE YEAR.

THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING CONTRACTORS TO TENDER FOR JULY 13.

FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 1984 .

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MORE TREES FOR YUEN LONG * * *

THE NTSD WILL BE PLANTING 20 000 TREES, SHRUBS, AND SEASONAL FLOWERS IN YUEN LONG THIS YEAR.

THIS WAS STATED TODAY BY MR TANG CHI-LEUNG, CHAIRMAN OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE OF YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD, AT THE LAUNCHING OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT TREE PLANTING DAY IN THE WANG TOI SHAN PLAYGROUND, PAT HEUNG.

THE EVENT WAS ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

MR TANG SAID MANY TREES HAD RECENTLY BEEN DAMAGED BY VANDALISM IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, AND HE HOPED THAT THE TREE PLANTING EVENT TODAY WOULD HELP AROUSE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE NEED TO CARE ON PLANTS.

HE ALSO APPEALED TO THE PUBLIC NOT TO PICK THE PLANTS AT ROADSIDES BUT TO PLANT MORE TREES IN THEIR AREAS.

MR TANG LATER PLANTED A YOUNG TREE TO HIGHLIGHT THE EVENT.

FIFTY SCHOOL CHILDREN‘HELPED WITH THE PLANTING TODAY.

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FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JUNE 25), VEHICLES ON TONG BIN LANE SOUTHBOUND WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING RIGHT INTO WONG CHUK HANG ROAD WESTBOUND.

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN CENTRAL WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM ON MONDAY (JUNE 25) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY ICE HOUSE STREET, DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL, JACKSON ROAD AND QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 1984

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

+POLICE TRAINING SECOND TO NONE+- ................................ 1

POTENTIAL VOTERS URGED TO REGISTER ............................... 2

OLD AGE IS A BONUS — HAYE ........................................ 3

RICE AND SUGAR GO METRIC ......................................... 4

WORKERS VOLUNTEER TO HELP KEEP BEACHES CLEAN ..................... 4

TRAFFIC MEASURES IN CENTRAL AND MID-LEVELS ....................... 5

WORKSHOPS ON TEACHING MATERIALS .................................. 6

DB TO DISCUSS LAND USES .......................................... 6

WORKSHOP FOR AREA COMMITTEE MEMBERS .............................. 7

NEW LOGO FOR REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS ............................ 7

LONGER CLEARWAY HOURS ............................................ 8

MAINS WORK ON CHEUNG CHAU ........................................ 8

SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 1984

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+POLICE TRAINING SECOND TO NONE+ * * *

THE PROFESSIONAL TRAINING FOR POLICE OFFICERS IN HONG KONG IS SECOND TO NONE WHEN COMPARED WITH MANY OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD, THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, MANAGEMENT, MR ERIC BLACKBURN, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT A PASSING-OUT PARADE AT THE POLICE TRAINING SCHOOL IN WONG CHUK HANG, MR BLACKBURN SAID THE HIGH STANDARD OF DRILL, DEPORTMENT AND PERSONAL DISCIPLINE IS NOW ALMOST UNIQUE TO HONG KONG.

HE ADVISED THE 255 OFFICERS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THEIR TRAINING TO APPROACH THEIR WORK IN A BALANCED, OPEN-MINDED MANNER AS THEY WILL FIND THAT MANY PROBLEMS WHICH THEY WILL BE CONFRONTED CAN BE OVERCOME BY THE USE OF TACT, DIPLOMACY AND HUMOUR, THUS AVOIDING THE USE OF THEIR WIDE LEGAL POWERS OR ADOPTING AN OFFICIOUS STANCE.

”A MODERN POLICEMAN VALUES PUBLIC CO-OPERATION AND SHOULD ACTIVELY SEEK TO PROMOTE GOOD, HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP,” MR BLACKBURN SAID.

AS FOR THE NEW INSPECTORS, MR BLACKBURN POINTED OUT THAT THEY WILL BE REQUIRED TO EXERCISE LEADERSHIP QUALITIES AND SUPERVISE SUBORDINATES IN ADDITION TO THEIR CONSTABULARY DUTIES.

” YOU WILL ONLY BE SUCCESSFUL IF YOU HAVE, THROUGH YOUR CONDUCT, EARNED THE RESPECT OF THOSE WHOM YOU COMMAND AND THIS ENTAILS A HIGH STANDARD OF INTEGRITY IN THE WIDEST SENSE, A STRONG SENSE OF MORALITY WHILE ON AND OFF DUTY AND UNSWERVING LOYALTY TO YOUR SUBORDINATES AND SUPERIORS,” HE SAID.

MR BLACKBURN ALSO ASSURED THE OFFICERS THAT THE FORCE OFFERS THEM A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO LEAD A FULL, SATISFYING LIFE THAT ENCOMPASSES EXCELLENT CAREER PROSPECTS, CULTURAL, SOCIAL, SPORTING OPPORTUNITIES AND A STRONG SENSE OF SATISFACTION FROM SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY.

HE ADDED THAT THE FORCE ALSO PROVIDES MANY WELFARE BENEFITS FOR THE OFFICERS AND THEIR FAMILIES.

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POTENTIAL VOTERS URGED TO REGISTER * * * *

THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR K.C. KWONG, TODAY (SATURDAY) URGED ELIGIBLE ELECTORS WHO HAD NOT YET REGISTERED AS VOTERS TO DO SO.

♦THEY SHOULD MAKE USE OF THE SIX-WEEK REGISTRATION PERIOD WHICH WILL BEGIN ON AUGUST 15, AND THEN VOTE IN NEXT YEAR’S DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS TO SELECT CANDIDATES OF THEIR CHOICE,+ HE SAID.

SOME 40 000 RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT WERE ALREADY ON THE REGISTER, BUT 70 000 OTHER POTENTIAL VOTERS WERE NOT, HE SAID.

MR KWONG WAS SPEAKING AT THE DISTRICT’S AMATEUR SINGING CONTEST, ORGANISAED AS PART OF A PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE VOTER REGISTRATION.

+THE DISTRICT OFFICE HAS ARRANGED A SERIES OF SCHOOL AND FACTORY VISITS, SEMINARS AND COMPETITIONS TO DRAW RESIDENTS’ ATTENTION TO THE COMING REGISTRATION EXERCISE,* HE SAID.

♦DISTRICT OFFICE STAFF WILL ALSO PAY DOOR-TO-DOOR VISITS FROM THE MIDDLE OF NEXT MONTH TO ENCOURAGE RESIDENTS TO GET REGISTERED.*

THE LOCAL DISTRICT BOARD WOULD CONTINUE ITS EFFORTS TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT, COMMUNITY FACILITIES AND SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT TO COPE WITH THE NEEDS AND WISHES OF THE PEOPLE.

BUT THE BOARD COULD ONLY FUNCTION EFFECTIVELY IF IT WAS FULLY SUPPORTED BY RESIDENTS, HE SAID.

SOUTHERN IS THE 13TH DISTRICT TO HOLD THE TERRITORY-WIDE AMATEUR SINGING CONTEST WHICH IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE 18 DISTRICT OFFICES, RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG AND THE SING TAO NEWSPAPERS LIMITED.

KWUN TONG, WAN CHAI, WONG TAI SIN, EASTERN AND NORTH DISTRICTS WILL HOLD THEIR PRELIMINARY CONTEST ON THE FOLLOWING SATURDAYS UNTIL THE END OF NEXT MONTH.

THE SEMI-FINAL AND THE FINAL OF THE TERRITORY-WIDE CONTEST WILL BE HELD ON AUGUST 11 AND SEPTEMBER 2 AT THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL AND THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM RESPECTIVELY.

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OLD AGE IS A BONUS — HAYE * * * *

EVERY DAY IS A GIFT AND OLD AGE IS A BONUS. THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR COLVYN HAYE, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

OFFICIATING AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE SIXTH MENTAL HEALTH WEEK ON THE THEME OF +MENTAL HEALTH AND OLD AGE + ORGANISED BY THE MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG, HE SAID THAT ADVANCES IN MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE AND TECHNOLOGY HAD SUCCEEDED IN ADDING YEARS TO LIFE, BUT IT WAS MORE IMPORTANT AND MEANINGFUL TO ADD LIFE TO YEARS.

OLD PEOPLE, MR HAYE SAID, SHOULD CONTINUE TO MAKE USE OF OPPORTUNITIES TO ENRICH THEIR LIVES, THOUGH IN A WAY DIFFERENT FROM THE YOUNG.

IT IS A TIME TO REFLECT ON THE YEARS WELL SPENT AND TO LOOK FORWARD TO PASSING ONE’S KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS TO THE YOUNGER GENERATION,+ HE SAID.

ELDERLY PEOPLE SHOULD REMAIN ACTIVE, PARTICULARLY IN CONTRIBUTING THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE IN PUBLIC AND CIVIC ACTIVITIES, HE SAID.

HOWEVER, MR HAYE POINTED OUT THAT IN THE LATER YEARS OF PEOPLE’S LIFE, IT WAS INEVITABLE THAT +THOUGHTS OF HUMAN MORTALITY+ WOULD CROSS ONE’S MIND.

THIS AWARENESS OF DEATH, WHEN LOOKED AT POSITIVELY AND WITH ACCEPTANCE, WOULD GIVE ONE AN INCREASED SENSE OF URGENCY TO LIVE ONE’S LIFE TO THE UTMOST AND EVERY MOMENT TO THE FULLEST.

ONLY THROUGH SUCH POSITIVE ATTITUDE WILL SOUND MENTAL HEALTH OF THE OLD AGE BE ATTAINED.

FOR THIS WILL HELP THEM GAIN A NEW INSIGHT AND NEW DEPTH OF UNDERSTANDING TO THE MEANING OF ONE’S LIFE, AS WELL AS ASSIST ONE IN A BETTER APPRECIATION OF THOSE AROUND US,+ MR HAYE SAID.

HE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT TO ENABLE THE ELDERLY TO ATTAIN A HEALTHY MIND, IT WAS IMPORTANT FOR THE YOUNG TO UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENT VALUE JUDGEMENT OF THE OLD PEOPLE.

SUCH UNDERSTANDING AND ACCEPTANCE CAN FOSTER CONTINUING POSITIVE ATTITUDES IN OUR SENIOR CITIZENS AND ENCOURAGE THEIR ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN THE LIFE OF OUR SOCIETY,+ HE SAID.

MR HAYE PRESENTED PRIZES TO WINNERS OF AN ESSAY COMPETITION HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE MENTAL HEALTH WEEK DURING THE CEREMONY, AND COMMENDED THEM FOR THEIR ABILITY +TO PROBE IN DEPTH AND REFLECT UPON THE WORLD OF THEIR ELDERS+.

THE COMPETITION SHOWED THAT HONG KONG YOUTHS NOT ONLY RECOGNISED AND UNDERSTOOD THE NEEDS OF THE ELDERLY, BUT WERE ALSO PREPARED TO DO WHATEVER WAS WITHIN THEIR CAPABILITY TO MEET SUCH •FEDS, HE ADDED.

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RICE AND SUGAR GO METRIC * * *

THE METRICATION COMMITTEE ANNOUNCED TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT PREPACKAGED RICE AND SUGAR WILL BE SOLD IN METRIC UNITS FROM NOW

ON.

♦INSTEAD OF CATTY OR POUND, ALL PACKAGES WILL BE MEASURED IN ’GRAM’ OR ’KILOGRAM’,+ A COMMITTEE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦HOWEVER, A FEW MANUFACTURERS OF GRANULATED SUGAR HAVE CHOSEN TO USE THE DUAL LABELLING SYSTEM FOR THE TIME BEING,+ HE ADDED.

TO REMIND THE PUBLIC OF THE CHANGEOVER, POSTERS ARE BEING DISPLAYED IN SUPERMARKETS, HOUSING ESTATES, DISTRICT OFFICES AND GOVERNMENT POSTER SITES.

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WORKERS VOLUNTEER TO HELP KEEP BEACHES CLEAN * * * .

FACTORY WORKERS WILL BE JOINING STUDENTS ON THE BEACHES

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE URBAN COUNCIL’S AUXILIARY LITTER SCHEME.

WARDEN

FIFTY EMPLOYEES OF REMEX HOLDINGS LTD. AND ELECTRONIC LTD. WILL BE WORKING SIDE BY SIDE WITH YOUNGSTERS FROM THE

SALES TWO

UNIVERSITIES, THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AND THREE SOUTHERN DISTRICT SCHOOLS.

MORE THAN 900 INDIVIDUALS — ABOUT 200 MORE THAN LAST YEAR — WILL BE TAKING PART IN THE SCHEME WHICH IS IN ITS SIXTH YEAR.

ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS BETWEEN THE AUXILIARY LITTER WARDENS WILL BE OUT IN AND SEVEN NEW TERRITORIES BEACHES.

THE SELECTED BEACHES IN THE URBAN AREA

JULY 1 AND AUGUST 31, FORCE ON FOUR URBAN

ARE REPULSE BAY

SHEK 0, DEEP WATER BAY AND STANLEY MAIN BEACH. THOSE IN THE

NEW TERRITORIES CLEAR WATER BAY WAN BEACHES.

ARE KADOORIE, CAFETERIA OLD AND NEW BEACHES, SECOND BEACH, SILVERSTRAND, LIDO/CASAM AND TUNG

DRESSED IN

CAPS AND T-SHIRTS, THE 15 TO 2O-MEN TEAMS OF

AUXILIARY LITTER WARDENS WILL ADVISE BEACH-GOERS ON HOW TO DISPOSE OF LITTER PROPERLY AND HELP URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT STAFF IN CLEARING THE BEACHES OF LITTER.

IN A BRIEFING FOR THE NEW WARDENS TODAY (SATURDAY), W HOWARD YOUNG, CHAIRMAN OF UC CLEAN HONG KONG COMMITTEE EMPHASISED THAT THEIR ROLE WAS PRIMARILY EDUCATIONAL.

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♦THOUGH YOU WILL ASSIST USD STAFF IN PICKING UP LITTER,+ HE SAID, + YOUR MOST IMPORTANT FUNCTION WILL BE TEACHING POTENTIAL LITTERBUGS TO KEEP THE BEACHES CLEAN.+

MR YOUNG ADDED THAT THEIR TASK WOULD NOT BE EASY, AS THEY MIGHT HAVE TO DEAL WITH ANTI-SOCIAL ELEMENTS, BUT HE WAS CONFIDENT THAT THEY WOULD DO A GOOD JOB.

AT THE END OF THE BRIEFING, WHICH TOOK PLACE IN THE CITY HALL, THE NEW LITTER WARDENS WERE GIVEN T-SHIRTS AND CAPS.

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TRAFFIC MEASURES IN CENTRAL AND MID-LEVELS

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN CENTRAL AND MID-LEVELS TO FACILITATE ROAD WORK AT COTTON TREE DRIVE AND GARDEN ROAD.

THE ARRANGEMENTS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

* THE SLIP ROAD LEADING FROM ROBINSON ROAD EASTBOUND TO GARDEN ROAD WILL-BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 1.15 AM TO 6 AM ON TUESDAY (JUNE 26). DURING THE CLOSURE, TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA ALBANY ROAD.

* THE FLYOVER LEADING FROM MAGAZINE GAP ROAD TO GARDEN ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FROM 8 PM ON MONDAY (JUNE 25) TO 1.15 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY. THE CLOSURE WILL BE REPEATED FROM 6 AM TO 8 AM ON TUESDAY (JUNE 26). MOTORISTS MAY USE THE ROAD NEXT TO THE FLYOVER DURING THE CLOSURE.

* THE SLIP ROAD LEADING FROM COTTON TREE DRIVE TO KENNEDY ROAD WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 1 AM AND 6 AM ON WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY AND FRIDAY (JUNE 27, 28 AND 29). TRAFFIC a ILL BE DIVERTED VIA MACDONNELL ROAD.

* THE SLIP ROAD LEADING FROM KENNEDY ROAD TO THE COTTON TREE DRIVE FLYOVER WILL BE CLOSED FROM 7 PM ON FRIDAY (JUNE 29) TO 7 AM ON SATURDAY (JUNE 30) AND FROM 7 PM ON SUNDAY (JULY 1) TO 7 AM ON MONDAY (JULY 2). DURING THESE PERIODS, MOTORISTS ON UPPER ALBERT ROAD EASTBOUND HEADING FOR THE COTTON TREE DRIVE FLYOVER WILL BE DIVERTED VIA GARDEN ROAD AND THE SLIP ROAD BETWEEN ST. JOHN’S BUILDING AND HELENA MAY INSTITUTE.

* THE SLIP ROAD LEADING FROM THE COTTON TREE DRIVE FLYOVER TO UPPER ALBERT ROAD wILL BE CLOSED FROM 7 PM ON SUNDAY (JULY 1) TO 7 AM ON MONDAY (JULY 2) AND FROM 7 PM ON MONDAY (JULY 2) TO 7 AM ON TUESDAY (JULY 3). TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA KENNEDY ROAD.

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WORKSHOPS ON TEACHING MATERIALS

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SIX WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD NEXT MONTH TO FAMILIARISE TEACHERS WITH TEACHING AIDS AND MATERIALS SPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR THE PRIMARY SOCIAL STUDIES SYLLABUS.

THE TEACHING MATERIALS, WHICH INCLUDE SLIDES AND VIDEO TAPES, ARE CONTAINED IN A PACKAGE ENTITLED +OUR COMMUNITY* -THE THEME OF THE PRIMARY TWO SOCIAL STUDIES SYLLABUS.

AT THE WORKSHOPS, TEACHERS WILL BE TAUGHT HOW TO MAKE USE OF THE PACKAGE, DESIGNED BY THE PRIMARY CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT TEAM OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ADVISORY INSPECTORATE.

THE HALF-DAY WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD FROM JULY 16 TO 18, AT THE YAUMATI CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL, 41 TUNG KUN STREET, KOWLOON.

OWING TO LIMITED CAPACITY, HEADS OF PRIMARY SCHOOLS ARE REQUESTED TO NOMINATE ONLY ONE TEACHER EACH FOR THE WORKSHOPS.

APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE MADE TO THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT SECTION, ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, 5TH FLOOR LEE GARDENS, HYSAN AVENUE, .HONG KONG, BY JUNE 27.

APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE TO THE INSPECTOR OF PRIMARY SOCIAL STUDIES ON 5-8392497.

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DB TO DISCUSS LAND USES

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PROPOSED LAND USES IN TAI PO EAST, THE EXTENSIVE RURAL AND COASTAL AREA BETWEEN SHUEN WAN AND TAI MEI TUK, WILL BE DISCUSSED AT THE DISTRICT BOARD MEETING ON TUESDAY (JUNE 26).

THE DISCUSSION WILL FOCUS ON THE PROVISION OF OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL FACILITIES, MORE EFFECTIVE USE OF AGRICULTURAL RESOURCES, CONSERVATION OF SCENIC SPOTS, AND TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENT.

AT THE MEETING, MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE BRIEFED ON THE POLLUTION OF THE TOLO HARBOUR.

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A WORKSHOP ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION FOR AREA COMMITTEE MEMBERS IN WAN CHAI WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE TWO-AND-A-HALF HOUR SEMINAR WILL COVER A WIDE RANGE CF SUBJECTS, INCLUDING THE FUNCTIONS, STRUCTURE AND FUTURE WORK DIRECTION OF AREA COMMITTEES IN THE DISTRICT.

THE SPEAKERS WILL BE THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR LAM KAM-KWONG, A DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER, MRS ADA CHUNG, AND CHAIRMEN OF THE DISTRICT’S SIX AREA COMMITTEES.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A DISCUSSION SESSION AND A 2O-MINUTE VIDEO PRESENTATION ON THE WORK OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD.

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NEW LOGO FOR REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS K K K *

A NEW LOGO HAS BEEN PUT UP RECENTLY AT SOME 700 REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS AND BIN SITES THROUGHOUT THE NEW TERRITORIES.

IT WAS HOPED THAT THE LOGO WOULD PROMPT THE PUBLIC TO USE THE FACILITIES TO DISPOSE OF SUCH BULKY HOUSEHOLD ARTICLES AS FURNITURE, TELEVISION AND RADIO SETS, AIR CONDITIONERS, REFRIGERATORS AND WASHING MACHINES, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID.

BUT HE STRESSED THAT TRADE OR INDUSTRIAL WASTE MAY NOT BE DUMPED AT THESE FACILITIES. SHOP OR FACTORY OPERATORS SHOULD MAKE SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT FOR THE DISPOSAL OF THEIR WASTE.

DISCARDING REFUSE AT PUBLIC PLACES OR AT COMMON PARTS OF BUILDINGS IS AN OFFENCE LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $5 000 AND SIX MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT, THE SPOKESMAN WARNED.

SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 1984

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LONGER CLEARWAY HOURS « * *

FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JUNE 25), CLEARWAY HOURS AT THE WESTERN TRAFFIC LANE OF RUMSEY STREET FROM DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL TO 25 METRES SOUTH OF CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL WILL BE EXTENDED.

THE NEW HOURS WILL BE FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY.

NO MOTOR VEHICLES OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE ROAD SECTION DURING THE RESTRICTED PERIOD.

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES ON CHEUNG CHAU WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM ON TUESDAY (JUNE 26) FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT 31-88 TAI SUN STREET AND 30-90 TAI SUN PRAYA, INCLUDING CHEUNG CHAU FIRE STATION.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 1984

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GROUPS URGED TO SUPPORT BOARD .................................. 1

BUSINESS, FINANCE SERVICES SURVEYED ............................ 2

NEW RESERVOIR AT JORDAN VALLEY ..............................

BOOK MARKS CENTINARY OF ROYAL OBSERVATORY ...................... 6

MAY BUILDING PLAN APPROVALS RISE................................ 7

LECTURES ON PHOTOGRAPHY FOR ART TEACHERS ....................... 8

PLAYGROUND TO BE REDEVELOPED ................................

TENDERS INVITED TO RUN SOUVENIR KIOSK........................

cleaning equipment for market complex........................

SEWERAGE WORK AT RAILWAY WORKSHOPS ............................ 10

TWO MORE TREE PLANTING DAYS ................................... 1°

TRAFFIC BAN LIFTED ............................................... 11

TRAFFIC MEASURE IN TSIM SHA TSUI ................................. 11

SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 1984

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GROUPS URGED TO SUPPORT BOARD * * * *

DISTRICT ORGANISATIONS WERE URGED TODAY TO SUPPORT THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD SO THAT IT MAY BETTER CARRY OUT ITS ROLE.

ALTHOUGH THE DISTRICT BOARD WAS THE FOCUS OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, IT WAS NOT THE ONLY ORGAN IN THE WHOLE CONCEPT, THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR LAM KAM-KWONG, SAID.

THERE WERE OTHER DISTRICT ORGANISATIONS, WITH DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS AND OBJECTIVES, DIVERGING FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD -SUCH AS MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, AREA COMMITTEES, OWNERS CORPORATIONS, VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, SCHOOLS, AND CLANSMEN’S AND KAIFONG ASSOCIATIONS, HE SAID.

MR LAM STRESSED THE NEED FOR CLOSER INTERGRAT I ON AMONG THESE VARIOUS ORGANISATIONS.

THESE ORGANISATIONS, HE SAID, FORMED THE BACKBONE OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, BY TRANSMITTING PEOPLES’ VIEWS TO THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE ADMINISTRATION.

MR LAM WAS SPEAKING ON THE ROLE OF AREA COMMITTEES IN THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION MACHINERY, AT A SEMINAR ORGANISED BY AREA COMMITTEES IN WAN CHAI.

AREA COMMITTEES, HE SAID, WOULD BE PLAYING A VITAL ROLE IN LINKING THE DISTRICT BOARD AND MAC’S AND OC’S.

TOGETHER WITH OTHER LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, THE AREA COMMITTEES HAD LONG BECOME AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE COMMUNITY BUILDING MACHINERY, HE SAID.

+AREA COMMITTEES THEMSELVES ARE FORMAL AREA-BASED CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEES AND PROVIDE A DIRECT CHANNEL FOR PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN THE MANAGEMENT OF DISTRICT AFFAIRS.

♦ THE AREA COMMITTEES IN WAN CHAI ACTUALLY COMPRISE A REPRESENTATIVE CROSS-SECTION OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, WITH MEMBERS COMING FROM A WIDE RANGE OF OCCUPATIONAL BACKGROUNDS WITH PROVEN COMMUNITY SERVICE RECORD AND PERSONAL QUALITIES.

♦THEY INCLUDE SOCIAL WORKERS, HAWKERS, SCHOOL PRINCIPALS, BUSINESSMEN, EXECUTIVES AND WHITE COLLAR WORKERS, PROFESSIONALS AND EVEN HOUSEWIVES.

+THEY ARE WELL QUALIFIED TO PARTICIPATE IN LOCAL ADMINISTRATION,* HE SAID.

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BUSINESS, FINANCE SERVICES SURVEYED * * * *

THERE WERE 2 263 FINANCIAL ESTABLISHMENTS OPERATING DURING THE WHOLE OR PART OF 1982, OR SIX PER CENT LESS THAN THE 1980 FIGURE.

BUT THEIR TOTAL RECEIPTS AND OTHER INCOME IN THAT YEAR INCREASED BY 25 PER CENT TO $12 142 MILLION OVER THE 1980 FIGURE.

THESE ARE AMONG SOME OF THE SUMMARY STATISTICS COMPILED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT IN A 1982 SURVEY OF STORAGE, COMMUNICATIONS, FINANCING, INSURANCE AND BUSINESS SERVICES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT EXPLAINED TODAY THAT THE SURVEY WAS UNDERTAKEN BETWEEN MAY 1983 AND JANUARY 1984.

THE 1982 SURVEY WAS THE FIRST ANNUAL FOLLOW-UP SURVEY SINCE THE 1980 BENCHMARK CENSUS, AND WAS CONDUCTED TO ASCERTAIN THE STRUCTURE AND OPERATING CHARACTERISTICS OF THE FIVE SERVICES SECTORS, AND TO UPDATE ESTIMATES OF THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT OF HONG KONG, HE SAID.

DATA COLLECTED IN THE SURVEY INCLUDED TYPE OF OWNERSHIP, NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED, COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES, OPERATING EXPENSES, BUSINESS RECEIPTS AND OTHER INCOME, AND CAPITAL EXPENDITURE.

THE 2 263 FINANCIAL ESTABLISHMENTS OPERATING DURING 1982, INCLUDED BILL DISCOUNTING COMPANIES, CREDIT INSTITUTIONS, FINANCE LEASING, 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 EXCLUDED BANKS AND DEPOSITTAKING COMPANIES.

THEY EMPLOYED A WORKFORCE OF 18 587 PERSONS (AN INCREASE OF 6 PER CENT OVER THE 1980 FIGURE).

THEIR TOTAL BUSINESS RECEIPTS AND OTHER INCOME INCREASED BY 25 PER CENT TO $12 142 MILLION.

ON THE OTHER HAND, $1 185 MILLION WAS SPENT ON COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES AND $4 190 MILLION ON OPERATING EXPENSES, REPRESENTING INCREASES OF 63 PER CENT AND 83 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY OVER 1980.

THE FIRMS’ VALUE ADDED AMOUNTED TO $2 693 MILLION (AN INCREASE OF 54 PER CENT).

IN THE BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR, 3 120 ESTABLISHMENTS COMPRISING LEGAL, ACCOUNTING, AUDITING AND DATA PROCESSING FIRMS} BUSINESS MANAGEMENT AND CONSULTING, ADVERTISING, DESIGNING, SECRETARIAL AND EMPLOYMENT SERVICES} AND MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT RENTAL COMPANIES, WERE IN OPERATION DURING 1982 (AN INCREASE OF 21 PER CENT OVER 1980).

THE SECTOR’S TOTAL NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED ALSO INCREASED BY 28 PER CENT TO 35 520 PERSONS.

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COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES AMOUNTED TO $1 710 MILLION AND OPERATING EXPENSES TO $3 452 MILLION, REPRESENTING INCREASES OF 75 PER CENT AND 90 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY OVER 1980. THEIR TOTAL BUSINESS RECEIPTS AND OTHER INCOME INCREASED BY 80 PER CENT, AMOUNTING TO $6 966 MILLI ON. IN 1982, THE SECTOR CONTRIBUTED $2 993 MILLION TO THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT CF HONG KONG IN TERMS OF VALUE ADDED, AN INCREASE OF 45 PER CENT OVER 1980.

IN THE COMMUNICATIONS SECTOR, THERE WERE 93 ESTABLISHMENTS IN OPERATION IN 1982, INCLUDING TELEPHONE, TELEGRAPH, COURIER, RADIO PAGING AND OTHER TELE-COMMUNICATION COMPANIES.

THIS REPRESENTED AN INCREASE OF 55 PER CENT OVER 1980. THESE ESTABLISHMENTS EMPLOYED A WORKFORCE OF 19 450 PERSONS (AN INCREASE OF 21 PER CENT OVER 1980) AND GENERATED $4 514 MILLION (AN INCREASE OF 60 PER CENT) OF BUSINESS RECEIPTS AND OTHER INCOME. SOME Si 118 MILLION WERE SPENT ON COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES AND Si 727 MILLION ON OPERATING EXPENSES, REPRESENTING INCREASES OF 73 PER CENT AND 60 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY OVER 1980.

THIS SECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT OF HONG KONG IN TERMS OF VALUE ADDED WAS ESTIMATED TO BE S2 770 MILLION (AN INCREASE OF 60 PER CENT).

IN 1982, 859 INSURANCE COMPANIES, COMPRISING GENERAL AND LIFE INSURERS. INSURANCE AGENTS AND OTHER RELATED SERVICES, WERE IN OPERATION (AN INCREASE OF 35 PER CENT OVER 1980). THIS SECTOR, WITH A WORKFORCE OF 8 735 PERSONS (AN INCREASE OF 20 PER CENT), GENERATED $5 247 MILLION OF BUSINESS RECEIPTS AND OTHER INCOME (AN INCREASE OF 51 PER CENT), BUT SPENT $484 MILLION ON COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES (AN INCREASE OF 44 PER CENT) AND $472 MILLION ON OPERATING EXPENSES (AN INCREASE OF 87 PER CENT).

ACCORDING TO THE SURVEY RESULTS, 196 STORAGE ESTABLISHMENTS WERE IN OPERATION FOR THE WHOLE OR PART OF 1982, REPRESENTING A DECREASE OF 8 PER CENT OVER THE 1980 FIGURE. THE NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED BY THE SECTOR ALSO DECREASED BY 2 PER CENT TO 4 243 PERSONS. THESE ESTABLISHMENTS GENERATED $824 MILLION OF BUSINESS RECEIPTS AND OTHER INCOME (AN INCREASE OF 17 PER CENT OVER 1980). THEY SPENT $151 MILLION ON COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES (AN INCREASE OF 22 PER CENT) AND $484 MILLION ON OPERATING EXPENSES (AN INCREASE OF 31 PER CENT). THE SECTOR CONTRIBUTED $408 MILLION (AN INCREASE OF 9 PER CENT) TO THE Q?OSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT OF HONG KONG, MEASURED IN TERMS OF VALUE ADDED.

AS REGARDS GOVERNMENT/SEMl-GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS, THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ESTABLISHMENTS PROVIDING INSURANCE AND COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES REMAINED UNCHANGED, AT 2, IN 1982. THE NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED, HOWEVER, INCREASED TO 4 322 (AN INCREASE OF 23 PER CENT OVER 1980). TOTAL SPENDING ON COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES AMOUNTED TO $276 MILLION (AN INCREASE OF 62 PER CENT), WHILE THAT ON OPERATING EXPENSES TO $296 MILLION (AN INCREASE OF 47 PER CENT). BUSINESS RECEIPTS AND OTHER INCOME ALSO ROSE TO $676 MILLION (AN INCREASE OF 51 PER CENT).

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THE ATTACHED TABLE COMPARES SOME SELECTED PRINCIPAL STATISTICS BY SECTOR BETWEEN 1980 AND 1982.

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT IS NOW IN THE PROCESS CF PREPARING A REPORT ON THE 1982 SURVEY, WHICH WILL CONTAIN A MORE DETAILED ANALYSIS OF THE RESULTS BY SERVICES GROUP/SECTOR AND A DESCRIPTION OF THE SURVEY METHODOLOGY.

ENQUIRIES ON THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE TRANSPORT AND SERVICES STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (TELEPHONE NO. 3-661070).

COMPARISON OF SELECTED PRINCIPAL STATISTICS FOR ALL ESTABLISHMENTS BETWEEN 1980 AND 1982

SECTOR

STORAGE

COMMUNICATIONS

FINANCING

BUSINESS SERV ICES

INSURANCE

GOVERNMENT/ SEMI-GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS 2

NO. OF ESTABLISHMENTS NO. OF PERSONS ENGAGED NO. OF EMPLOYEES COMPEN- SATION OF EMPLOYEES

* S’000

1980 213 4 340 4 301 122 963

1982 196 4 243 4 238 150 549

% CHANGE - 8 - 2 - 1 +22

1980 60 16 092 16 073* 644 649

1982 93 19 450 19 436 1 118 404

% CHANGE + 55 +21 +21 +73

1980 2 407 17 544 15 901 724 779

1982 2 263 18 587 17 473 1 184 789

% CHANGE - 6 + 6 + 10 +63

1980 2 575 27 844 25 638 979 036

1982 3 120 35 520 32 849 1 709 644

% CHANGE +21 +28 +28 +75

1980 634 7 266 6 999 335 484

1982 859 8 735 8 441 484 419

% CHANGE +35 +20 +21 +44

1980 2 3 503 3 503 170 623

’ 1982 2 4 322 4 322 276 154

% CHANGE 0 +23 +23 +62

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VALUE 1

OPERATING

BUSINESS RECEIPTS AND OTHER

SECTOR EXPENSES INCOME ADDED

S’000 S’ooo S’000

STORAGE 1980 370 809 705 071 374 198

1982 484 307 824 326 407 590

% CHANGE +31 + 17 + 9

COMMUNICATIONS 1980 1 L 077 054 2 818 087 1 731 699

1982 : L 726 728 4 513 616 2 769 925

% CHANGE +60 +60 +60

FINANCING 1980 I > 285 099 9 709 868 1 745 785

1982 4 190 021 12 141 559 2 693 355

% CHANGE +83 +25 + 54

BUSINESS 1980 ! L 814 767 3 878 885 2 058 347

SERVICES 1982 : 3 452 127 6 966 283 2 992 983

% CHANGE +90 +80 ♦ 45

INSURANCE 1980 •251 591 3 472 699

1982 471 528 5 246 577

% CHANGE +87 +51

GOVERNMENT/ 1980 201 388 449 270

SEMI-GOVERNMENT 1982 296 219 676 264

INSTITUTIONS 2 % CHANGE +47 + 51

NOTES

(1) VALUE ADDED WAS NOT COMPILED FOR THE

AND GOVERNMENT/SEMl-GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS

INSURANCE SECTOR

(2) GOVERNMENT/SEMl-GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS COMPRISED THE POST OFFICE AND THE HONG KONG EXPORT CREDIT INSURANCE CORPORATION.

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NEW RESERVOIR AT JORDAN VALLEY * * *

A SALT WATER SERVICE RESERVOIR IS TO BE BUILT AT JORDAN VALLEY, KWUN TONG.

IT WILL REPLACE AN EXISTING RESERVOIR IN THE AREA WHICH IS TO MAKE WAY FOR THE JORDAN VALLEY CONTROLLED TIP.

TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED BY THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT.

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THE SERVICE RESERVOIR, WITH A STORAGE CAPACITY OF 7 5OO CUBIC METRES, WILL BE CONSTRUCTED OF REINFORCED CONCRETE.

IT WILL PROVIDE PART OF THE FLUSHING WATER SYSTEM FOR NGAU TAU KOK AND KOWLOON BAY AREA.

THE SALT WATER WILL BE DRAWN BY THE SHUM WAN SHAN SALT wATER PUMPING STATION.

THE CONTRACT ALSO INCLUDES LAYING 330 METRES OF SALT WATER MAINS FROM THE PUMPING STATION TO THE SERVICE RESERVOIR.

WORK WILL START IN AUGUST AND TAKE 16 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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BOOK MARKS CENTENARY OF ROYAL OBSERVATORY * * * *

THE HISTORY AND WORK OF THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY IN HONG KONG ARE OUTLINED IN A BOOK WHICH HAS BEEN PUBLISHED TO MARK THE OBSERVATORY’S CENTENARY.

THE BOOK — +FROM TIME' BALL TO ATOMIC CLOCK+ — BY ANTHONY DYSON OF INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, TRACES THE GENERAL HISTORY OF METEOROLOGY AS A SCIENCE, PARTICULARLY IN CHINA, WHERE MUCH EARLY WORK WAS DONE AND IMPORTANT DISCOVERIES MADE.

THE INITIAL SUGGESTION FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN OBSERVATORY IN HONG KONG WAS MADE IN 1879 AND BY THE SUMMER OF 188'3 TWO MEN --DR WILLIAM DOBERCK, THE GOVERNMENT ASTRONOMER, AND HIS ASSISTANT, FREDERICK FIGG — HAD ARRIVED IN HONG KONG. THEY FORMALLY BEGAN WORK ON JANUARY 1, 1884.

THE EARLY YEARS OF THE OBSERVATORY WERE OFTEN DIFFICULT, WITH DOBERCK COMPLAINING ABOUT THE LEVEL OF STAFF HE BELIEVED NECESSARY FOR THE EFFICIENT OPERATION OF THE OBSERVATORY.

ONE OF THE EARLIEST PROJECTS, A STORM WARNING SYSTEM, PROVED INEFFECTIVE WHEN THE WARNING SIGNALS WERE BLOWN DOWN BY THE VERY WINDS THEY WERE MEANT TO INDICATE. A TIME SERVICE FOR MARINERS WAS ESTABLISHED IN TSIM SHA TSUI, WHERE A LARGE TIME BALL WAS DROPPED EACH DAY AT 1 PM. THE TIME BALL — LATER MOVED TO SIGNAL HILL — WAS USED UNTIL 1933.

MORE RECENTLY, THE OBSERVATORY TIME SERVICE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY AN ATOMIC CLOCK.

THE PUBLICATION, WITH SIX PICTORIAL SECTIONS AND MANY ILLUSTRATIONS, PROVIDES INFORMATION ON TYPHOONS, THE JAPANESE OCCUPATION OF HONG KONG AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE OBSERVATORY’S MODERN SCIENTIFIC SERVICES.

+FROM TIME BALL TO ATOMIC CLOCK+, IS AVAILABLE AT $34 FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, G.P.O. BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL* ROYAL OBSERVATORY, NATHAN ROAD, DISTRICT O^FICEo AND LEADING BOOKSHOPS.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 1984

MAY BUILDING PLAN APPROVALS RISE * * * *

THE NUMBER OF BUILDING PLANS APPROVED BY THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE IN MAY INCREASED BY MORE THAN 50 PER CENT OVER THE NUMBER FOR PREVIOUS MONTH.

OF THE 48 PLANS APPROVED, 23 WERE FOR APARTMENT OR APARTMENT-COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE SAID THE 48 APPROVALS WERE THE HIGHEST SO FAR THIS YEAR AND BROUGHT THE NUMBER TO 169.

HE SAID HALF THE APARTMENT DEVELOPMENTS WERE ON HONG KONG ISLAND, AND INCLUDED ONE OF 30 STOREYS IN ROBINSON ROAD. IN THE NEW TERRITORIES APPROVAL WAS GIVEN TO BUILD TWO 30-STOREY BLOCKS AT TAI PO, FOUR 37 AND 38-STOREY BLOCKS ON TSI NG Yl ISLAND AND FIVE 32-STOREY BLOCKS AT TSUEN WAN.

PLANS APPROVED ALSO INCLUDED A 13-STOREY FACTORY BUILDING AT CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD, KOWLOON, AND A 10-ST0REY FACTORY BLOCK AT YUEN LONG FOR LAI SUN GARMENT COMPANY LIMITED.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS OF INTEREST APPROVED DURING THE MONTH INCLUDED A 17-STOREY EXTENSION TO THE CARITAS MEDICAL CENTRE IN KOWLOON, A PETROL STATION AT SHA TIN, AND A CHAPEL FOR THE CHRISTIAN AND MISSIONARY ALLIANCE CHURCH UNION HONG KONG LIMITED ON CHEUNG CHAU.

IN MAY, THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE GAVE CONSENT TO *ORK STARTING ON 42 PROJECTS, INCLUDING 17 APARTMENT PROJECTS OF WHICH 10 WERE ON HONG KONG ISLAND, AND SIX COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS

CONSENT WAS ALSO GIVEN TO WORK STARTING ON A SCHOOL HALL COMPLEX FOR ST, FRANCIS CANOSSIAN COLLEGE, A STAFF QUARTERS BUILDING FOR ST. STEPHENS COLLEGE, A FACTORY BUILDING AT FO TAN, SHA TIN, A SWIMMING POOL AT KOWLOON BAY, A SLAUGHTER HOUSE AT YUEN LONG, AND A 78-STALL MARKET BUILDING OVER TSUEN WAN MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION STATION.

THE TOTAL COST OF NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED IN MAY WAS MORE THAN $684 MILLION, COMPARED WITH ABOUT $483 MILLION THE PREVIOUS MONTH. NEARLY $13 MILLION WAS SPENT ON STRUCTURAL ALTERATIONS TO EXISTING BUILDINGS.

A TOTAL OF 52 COMPLETED BUILDINGS WERE ISSUED WITH OCCUPATION CERTIFICATES DURING THE MONTH, WHILE DEMOLITION ORDERS WERE ISSUED IN RESPECT OF NINE BUILDINGS.

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LECTURES ON PHOTOGRAPHY FOR ART TEACHERS

* * * *

TWO VISITING PROFESSORS FROM THE UNITED STATES WILL GIVE LECTURES ON PHOTOGRAPHY TO SECONDARY SCHOOL ART TEACHERS.

THE LECTURES WILL BE HELD BETWEEN 10 AM AND 12 NOON ON JUNE 30 AT THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, GASCOIGNE ROAD, KOWLOON.

PROFESSOR WILLIAM LARSON WILL SPEAK ON +A SURVEY OF CONTEMPORARY COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHY+ AND PROFESSOR ROBERT HEINECKEN, ON +MIXED-MEDIA PHOTOGRAPHY*.

THE LECTURES, TO BE CONDUCTED IN ENGLISH, IS BEING JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE AND THE CULTURAL CRAFTS CENTRE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ADVISORY INSPECTORATE.

ADMISSION TO THE LECTURES IS FREE.

TO FACILITATE PLANNING, TEACHERS WHO WISH TO ATTEND THE LECTURES SHOULD APPLY THROUGH THE HEADS OF THEIR SCHOOLS TO THE INSPECTOR (ART), CULTURAL CRAFTS CENTRE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, 4 PAK FUK ROAD, 5/F, HONG KONG, AT THEIR EARLIEST CONVENIENCE.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE TO THE CENTRE ON 5-621006.

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PLAYGROUND TO BE REDEVELOPED

* * *

PART OF THE FORMER KAI TAK AMUSEMENT PARK SITE IS INCLUDED IN THE FIRST STAGE OF REDEVELOPMENT OF CHOI HUNG ROAD PLAYGROUND.

THE 9 OOO-SQUARE-METRE SITE, BETWEEN CHOI HUNG ROAD AND SHEUNG HEI STREET, WILL BE CONVERTED INTO TWO MINI-SOCCER PITCHES, A 45O-METRE-L0NG JOGGING TRACK AND GARDEN AREAS FEATURING A CHINESE PAVILION WHICH WILL BE BUILT ON A RAISED PLATFORM.

THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT, WORK ON WHICH IS EXPECTED TO START IN AUGUST THIS YEAR AND TAKE EIGHT MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

AT A LATER STAGE OF REDEVELOPMENT OF THE PLAYGROUND, A FOUR-STOREY BLOCK TO HOUSE ABOUT 80 COOKED-FOOD STALLS AND AN INDOOR GAMES HALL, A COVERED BADMINTON COURT AND A CHILDREN’S LIBRARY WILL BE BUILT.

TENNIS, BASKETBALL AND HANDBALL COURTS WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED IN THE REDEVELOPMENT SCHEME.

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24, 1934

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TENDERS INVITED TO RUN SOUVENIR KIOSK * X X X

THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TO OPERATE A SOUVENIR KIOSK AT CASTLE PEAK BEACH IN TUEN

THE BEACH IS PARTICULARLY POPULAR WITH TOURISTS, AN SPOKESMAN SAID.

TENDERS MUN.

NTSD

ROWING FACILITIES AND BARBECUE PITS ARE ALSO PROVIDED AT THE BEACH.

THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER MAY START BUSINESS ON OCTOBER 1 ON A TWO-YEAR CONTRACT.

TENDER FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE NTSD HEADQUARTERS ON

THE THIRD FLOOR OF SWIRE AND MACLAINE HOUSE (AUSTIN 19-23 AUSTIN AVENUE, KOWLOON, OR THE TUEN MUN URBAN OFFICE ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF +TOP COURT+, 60-70 TAK THEN MUN.

CENTRE), SERVICES CHING COURT,

COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE PLACED IN THE AT THE NTSD HEADQUARTERS BEFORE 9 AM ON JULY SPOKESMAN SAID.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE WITH THE TUEN MUN OFFICE ON TELEPHONE 0-820800, EXTENSION 301.

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CLEANING EQUIPMENT FOR MARKET * * * X

TENDER

BOX LOCATED

20 (FRIDAY), THE

URBAN SERVICES

COMPLEX

V BE USED To CLEAN THE external "alls

Ann?!!TSACT0RS ARE BE1 NG INVITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE T24A^yT£2Re^NCkl!SJO’* 0N A ^QUALIFICATION LIST TO SUPPLY AND INSTALL THE EQUIPMENT.

THEY MUST HAVE HAD PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE OF INSTALLING °THER GILDINGS IN HONG KONG TO THE SATISFACTION OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE BUILDING OWNERS

THEY WILL ALSO BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE A COMPLETE LIST OF THE WORK CARRIED OUT WITH FULL DETAILS OF THE INSTALLATIONS.

ABERDEEN MARKET COMPLEX WAS COMPLETED IN JULY LAST YEAR.

DCrDtJI’S A MULTI-FUNCTIONAL BUILDING, PROVIDING MODERN MARKET RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL FACILITIES UNDER ONE ROOF.

^BESIDES THE MARKET, THE EIGHT-STOREY BUILDING INCLUDES A DISTRICT LIBRARY, A CULTURAL CENTRE, AN INDOOR GAMES HALL, AS WELL AS OFFICE ACCOMMODATION.

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SEWERAGE WORK AT RAILWAY WORKSHOPS * * *

IMPROVEMENT WORK WILL BE CARRIED OUT SOON ON THE SEWERAGE AND FIRE SERVICE SYSTEMS OF KOWLOON CANTON RAILWAY WORKSHOPS AND DEPOT AT HO TUNG LAU, SHA TIN.

THE RAILWAY DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT.

UNDER THE CONTRACT, FOUL SEWERS WILL BE LAID AND A PUMP CHAMBER BUILT.

TWO STEEL WATER TANKS WILL BE CONSTRUCTED, TOGETHER WITH ASSOCIATED ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES WORK TO IMPROVE THE FIRE SERVICES SYSTEM.

WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL START IN AUGUST AND BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF THE YEAR.

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TWO MORE TREE PLANTING DAYS # * *

TWO TREE PLANTING DAYS WILL BE HELD AT SAI KUNG AND TAI PO NEXT WEEK, ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

ON TUESDAY (JUNE 26), LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS AND 100 STUDENTS IN SAI KUNG WILL ASSEMBLE AT THE TAI AU MUN PUBLIC CARPARK TO _ LAUNCH THE SAI KUNG TREE PLANTING DAY, AND PLANT SOME 50 YOUNG TREES.

THE CHAIRMAN OF MEI FA WORKING GROUP OF CLEAN HONG KONG NEW TERRITORIES ADVISORY COMMITTEE, MR WAN HON-CHEUNG, THE DISTRICT OFFICER OF SAI KUNG, MR CHAN SUI-JEUNG AND THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER OF SAI KUNG, MR CHIN YIU-CHEUNG, WILL JOINTLY OFFICIATE AT THE EVENT.

ON THURSDAY (JUNE 28), A TREE PLANTING DAY WILL BE HELD IN THE TIN HAU TEMPLE FUNG SHU I SQUARE, AT TING KOK ROAD, TAI PO.

ABOUT 100 STUDENTS AND DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL PLANT 300 YOUNG PALM AND BAMBOO TREES IN THE SQUARE.

ALSO TAKING PART IN THE EVENT WILL BE THE DISTRICT OFFICER OF TAI PO, MR CHAN CHUN-YUEN, THE PROJECT MANAGER (TAI PO AND FANLING), MR ROBERT HANNA, THE URBAN SERVICES OFFICER OF TAI PO, W PONG KIN-HONG, THE CHAIRMAN OF TAI PO RURAL COMMITTEE, W CHEUNG WAI-LAM AND THE CHAIRMAN OF SAI KUNG NORTH RURAL COMMITTEE, MR LAM PAK-PING.

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PLB TERMINUS CLOSED * * *

FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JUNE 26), THE PUBLIC LIGHT BUS TERMINUS OUTSIDE THE HYF VEHICULAR FERRY PIER IN CENTRAL WILL BE PERMANENTLY CLOSED FOR WORK IN CONNECTION WITH THE EXCHANGE SQUARE DEVELOPMENTS.

AFTER THE CLOSURE, PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES AND PASSENGERS MAY USE THE NEW PLB TERMINUS AT THE JUNCTION OF HARBOUR VIEW STREET WITH CONNAUGHT PLACE, ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE EXCHANGE SQUARE BUILDING.

PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES ON CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL EASTBOUND HEADING FOR THE NEW PLB TERMINUS SHOULD PROCEED VIA CONNAUGHT PLACE NORTHBOUND.

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TRAFFIC BAN LIFTED M K K

THE EXISTING MEASURE, PROHIBITING ALL VEHICLES ON DRAKE STREET WESTBOUND FROM TURNING LEFT INTO TAMAR STREET SOUTHBOUND, WILL TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS AT QUEENSWAY.

THE SUSPENSION WILL BE FROM 10 AM ON JULY 22.

10 AM ON TUESDAY (JUNE 26) TO

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X

TSIM SHA TSUI

FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JUNE 26), MOTORISTS WILL BE ALLOWED TO TURN RIGHT FROM PEKING ROAD EASTBOUND INTO KOWLOON PARK DRIVE SOUTHBOUND.

THE MEASURE IS TO PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL EXIT ROUTE FOR SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC ON CANTON ROAD HEADING FOR SALISBURY ROAD AND NATHAN ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES

BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

MONDAY, JUNE 25, 1984

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NEED FOR COMflCN SENSE OI ROADS STRESSED......................... 1

GOVERNOR LEAVING FOR PEKING ..................................

INDUSTRY URGED TO USE MORE COMPUTERS ............................ 3

MOVING TO NT INCREASINGLY POPULAR................................ 4

ROAD CONTROL SCHEME FOR ESTATE................................... 5

CHEEK ON SCATTER CLEANLINESS .................................... 6

SURVEY REPORT OUT................................................ 6

GANGS OUT QUICKLY TO CLEAR FALLEN TREES ......................... 7

Olympic drawing contest for children .......................... 7

SHARE DISCLOSURES ............................................... 8

NEW PUBLIC LIBRARY IN YUEN LONG.................................. 8

SLOPE WORK STARTING SOON AT CREMATORIUM.......................

KITCHEN EQUIPMENT FOR POLICE STATION .........................

240 +FAMLLY-TYPE+- NICHES AVAILABLE SOON ....................... 10

BALLET COURSE FOR CHILDREN ..................................... 11

FRESH, SALT WATER MAINS WORK.................................... 11

WATER STORAGE................................................... 12

ROAD CLOSURE.................................................... 12

MONDAY, JUNE 25, 1984

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NEED FOR COMMON SENSE ON ROADS STRESSED * * * * *

COMMON SENSE, CONSIDERATION FOR OTHERS AND A REGARD FOR SAFETY ARE THE KEY TO UNDERSTANDING THE NEW ROAD TRAFFIC LEGISLATION WHICH WILL COME INTO FORCE IN AUGUST, THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT. MR JAMES SO, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING TO THE ROTARY CLUB OF TSUEN WAN ON THE EFFECTS OF THE NEW LEGISLATION ON MOTORISTS, ON PROFESSIONAL DRIVERS AND BUSINESSMEN ENGAGED IN THE FIELD OF TRANSPORT, AND ON PEDESTRIANS.

MR SO SAID THAT A DRIVING OFFENCE DEMERIT POINTS SYSTEM WOULD BE INTRODUCED IN AUGUST WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEW ROAD TRAFFIC LAWS, IN THE INTEREST OF ROAD SAFETY.

THE PURPOSE OF THIS SCHEME IS NOT TO MAKE LIFE DIFFICULT FOR MOTORISTS, BUT TO PROMOTE ROAD SAFETY BY INDUCING MORE CAREFUL AND CONSIDERATE DRIVING,+ HE SAID.

UNDER THE SYSTEM, A DRIVER WHO ACCUMULATES 15 POINTS WITHIN TWO YEARS MAY, INITI ALLY, BE DISQUALIFIED FROM DRIVING FOR THREE MONTHS.

AND TO SERVE AS A DETERRENT, PENALTIES FOR MOST MOVING TRAFFIC OFFENCES, IN PARTICULAR RECKLESS AND CARELESS DRIVING CAUSING INJURY AND DEATH, HAVE BEEN SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASED.

NEW REQUIREMENTS, SUCH AS THE FITTING OF AT LEAST TWO REAR VIEW MIRRORS, ONE OF WHICH MUST BE ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE, AND THE MINIMUM STANDARD OF 1 MM TREAD DEPTH FOR TYRES, ARE ALSO LAID DOWN FOR THE CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF VEHICLES, TO PROMOTE ROAD SAFETY.

ALSO UNDER THE NEW LEGISLATION, WHICH IS GENERALLY AIMED AT STREAMLINING AND UPDATING THE PRESENT ROAD TRAFFIC LAWS, TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SIMPLIFIED BY THE USE OF INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED SYMBOLS.

BUT DUE TO THE LARGE NUMBER OF TRAFFIC SIGNS INVOLVED, THE CHANGEOVER WILL TAKE TWO TO THREE YEARS TO COMPLETE.

+UNTIL THE OLD SIGNS ARE ALL REPLACED BY NEW ONES, THEY WILL REMAIN IN FORCE,+ MR SO SAID.

MR SO SAID THAT GOODS VEHICLES LICENCES WOULD BE DIVIDED INTO LIGHT, MEDIUM, HEAVY AND ARTICULATED CATEGORIES, AND SEPARATE LICENCES WOULD BE REQUIRED FOR THE DRIVING OF ARTICULATED GOODS VEHICLES.

DRIVERS OF HEAVY GOODS VEHICLES WOULD BE ALLOWED TO DRIVE ARTICULATED GOODS VEHICLES FOR UP TO THREE YEARS FROM THE DATE THE NEW LEGISLATION COMES INTO FORCE. HOWEVER, DISCUSSION WAS BEING HELD WITH THE TRADE TO SEE IF QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED DRIVERS COULD BE EXEMPTED FROM TAKING A TEST AFTER THE EXPIRY OF THE THREE-YEAR GRACE PERIOD.

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+| AM SURE MANY PROFESSIONAL DRIVERS ALSO ACCEPT THAT ADVANCES IN MODERN TECHNOLOGY REQUIRE NEW SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES IN THE HANDLING OF HEAVY GOODS VEHICLES, AND, ESPECIALLY, ARTICULATED GOODS VEHICLES,+ HE SAID.

THE NEW LAW WILL EMPOWER THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT TO REQUIRE ANY DRIVING INSTRUCTOR WHOM THE COMMISSIONER CONSIDERS TO BE NOT UP TO STANDARD, TO BE RETESTED.

HOWEVER, THIS POWER WILL NOT BE USED LIGHTLY,+ MR SO SAID.

TO HELP DRIVING INSTRUCTORS KEEP UP WITH DRIVING TECHNIQUES AND TO MAINTAIN A HIGH STANDARD, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL ORGANISE MORE REFRESHER COURSES FOR THE INSTRUCTORS.

REFERRING TO THE INTRODUCTION OF THE PASSENGER SERVICE LICENCE SYSTEM, MR SO SAID ALL PUBLIC SERVICE VEHICLES, EXCEPT TAXIS AND FRANCHISED BUSES, WOULD REQUIRE TO TAKE OUT A PASSENGER SERVICE LICENCE.

THE PURPOSE OF THIS REQUIREMENT IS BASICALLY TO STREAMLINE THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE TRADE, AND TO PROVIDE PROTECTION TO PASSENGERS BY ENSURING THAT THEIR SAFETY IS NOT NEGLECTED BY THE OPERATORS,+ HE SAID.

AS FOR PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES, THE CONDITIONS LAID DOWN FOR THEIR OPERATIONS ARE IN FACT GENERALLY NO DIFFERENT FROM THOSE CURRENTLY IN FORCE.

SO LONG AS PLB OPERATORS COMPLY WITH THE CONDITIONS LAID DOWN IN THEIR LICENCES, AND MOST OF THEM DO NOW, THEY'NEED NOT WORRY ABOUT THE RENEWAL OF THEIR LICENCES,+ MR SO SAID.

TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR THE PUBLIC TO UNDERSTAND THE NEW LEGISLATION, A ROAD USERS* CODE, CONTAINING INFORMATION ON HOW MOTORISTS AND PEDESTRIANS CAN USE THE ROADS PROPERLY AND SAFELY, IS BEING PREPARED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT.

GOVERNOR LEAVING FOR PEKING * * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, WILL LEAVE FOR PEKING TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TO TAKE PART IN ANOTHER ROUND OF SINO-BRITISH TALKS ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG.

SIR EDWARD WILL BE TRAVELLING ON FLIGHT CA 106, ETD 1.50 PM.

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INDUSTRY URGED TO USE MORE COMPUTERS

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THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR JOHN YAXLEY TODAY (MONDAY) URGED MANUFACTURERS TO CONSIDER THE ADVANTAGES OF USING COMPUTERS TO IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY.

ADDRESSING THE OPENING OF THE CADTECH (COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN TECHNOLOGY) SEMINARS AND EXHIBITION, ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY CENTRE, MR YAXLEY SAID HE WAS PLEASED TO LEARN THAT SOME PROGRESS WAS BEING MADE IN THE ADOPTION OF COMPUTER TO AID THE DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING PROCESS.

♦BY THE END OF LAST YEAR, ABOUT 10 COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN SYSTEMS HAD BEEN INSTALLED IN HONG KONG FACTORIES FOR PATTERN GRADING AND MARKERS MAKING PURPOSES AND TWO OTHERS FOR PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD DESIGNS. HOWEVER BEARING IN MIND THAT THERE ARE AT PRESENT ABOUT 10 000 GARMENT FACTORIES AND 1 500 ELECTRONICS FACTORIES, WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO G0,+ HE SAID.

MR YAXLEY SAID THAT ONE OBSTACLE TO THE ADOPTION OF THESE NEW TECHNOLOGIES IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR APPEARED TO BE THE HIGH COST OF EQUIPMENT.

OTHER INHIBITING FACTORS WERE THE LACK OF UNDERSTANDING AMONG SOME MANUFACTURERS ABOUT HQW A COMPUTERISED SYSTEM WORKED AND THE ABSENCE OF LOCAL SERVICING SUPPORT AND TRAINING.

THE EXHIBITION AND THE ACCOMPANYING SERIES OF SEMINARS WERE DESIGNED TO SHOW HOW THESE OBSTACLES COULD BE OVERCOME, HE SAID.

ON DISPLAY IN THE FOUR-DAY EXHIBITION AT THE HYATT REGENCY HOTEL ARE TWO COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN SYSTEMS, DESIGNED AND BUILT BY LOCALLY TRAINED ENGINEERS AND TECHNICIANS AT A LOWER COST THAN THAT OF EXISTING IMPORTED COMMERCIAL SYSTEMS.

ONE SYSTEM IS FOR THE PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD INDUSTRY AND THE OTHER FOR THE GARMENT INDUSTRY.

DEMONSTRATIONS OF THESE SYSTEMS SHOWED HOW PCB DESIGN TIME COULD BE CONSIDERABLY REDUCED AND HOW COMPLEX PCB PATTERNS COULD BE ACCURATELY AND AUTOMATICALLY PRODUCED ON PHOTOGRAPHIC FILM. THEY ALSO SHOWED HOW FASHION DESIGNERS COULD GRADE THEIR STANDARD DESIGN UP AND DOWN SIZE AND OBTAIN BETTER CONTROL IN THE UTILISATION OF THE FABRICS.

THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY CENTRE, WHICH BACKS THESE PROJECTS, IS READY TO ADVISE MANUFACTURERS ON THE SPECIFIC APPLICATIONS OF THE SYSTEMS IN THEIR PRODUCTION PROCESSES, AND TO PROVIDE TECHNICAL SUPPORT AND MAINTENANCE SERVICES.

♦THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY CENTRE HAS ONCE AGAIN SHOWN US WHAT IT CAN DO TO PROMOTE PRODUCTIVITY, IN THIS CASE, BY BRINGING THE BENEFITS OF COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN WITHIN THE REACH OF OdR SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED MANUFACTURERS.

/Hfai GCl-GRATLIxA/PED •••••••

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HE CONGRATULATED THE ENGINEERS WHO DEVELOPED THESE TWO SYSTEMS FOR THEIR INGENUITY AND RESOURCEFULNESS.

THEY HAVE DEMONSTRATED YET AGAIN THE QUALITIES OF FLEXIBILITY AND ADAPTABILITY WHICH HAVE MADE HONG KONG SUCH A SUCCESS.

+THESE QUALITIES ARE ALSO SHARED BY OUR LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS AND MANUFACTURERS, AND I AM SURE THAT THEY, TOO, WILL EXERCISE THEIR FLEXIBILITY AND ADAPTABILITY BY ADOPTING THE NEW TECHNOLOGIES DEMONSTRATED IN TODAY’S EXHIBITION AND SEMINARS,+ MR YAXLEY SAID„

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MOVING TO NT INCREASINGLY POPULAR * * *

THE RAPID DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW TERRITORIES HAD MADE A MOVE THERE AN INCREASINGLY POPULAR SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEMS OF URBA' LIFE IN HONG KONG, A SENIOR HOUSING OFFICIAL SAID TODAY.

MR FUNG TUNG, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT, TOLD A LUNCH MEETING OF TSIM SHA TSUI EAST ROTARY CLUB THAT MORE THAN THREE QUARTERS OF PUBLIC HOUSING TENANTS, ABOUT 4 500 OUT OF 6 000, WHO OPTED FOR HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME FLATS IN THE NEW TOWNS, ORIGINALLY LIVED IN THE URBAN AREAS.

SHA TIN WAS NOW SO COMPREHENSIVELY DEVELOPED THAT IT WAS REGARDED VIRTUALLY AS AN EXTENSION OF THE URBAN AREA,' HE SAID.

HE PREDICTED THAT TAI PO AND SHEUNG SHUI WOULD SOON BECOME EQUALLY POPULAR NEW TOWNS BECAUSE OF THEIR GOOD FACILITIES AND ENVIRONMENT.

AND TUEN MUN WAS ALREADY A PROVEN SUCCESS, HE SAID, BECAUSE MORE THAN 9 000 HOS FLATS IN THE NEW TOWN HAD BEEN SOLD.

HE ATTRIBUTED THE NEW TREND TO THE SPECIAL ENVIRONMENT IN HONG KONG.

+MANY PARENTS ARE ANXIOUS TO PROVIDE A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT WITH AMPLE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR THEIR CHILDREN. ONE SOLUTION TO THIS IS TO MOVE TO THE NEW TERRITORIES.*

MR FUNG SAID THAT THE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME HAD MADE AN IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION TO REDUCING THE LONG QUEUE FOR PUBLIC HOUSING EVER SINCE ITS INCEPTION.

+N0 LESS THAN 27 PER cent of the SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS FOR THE 35 000 HOS UNITS SOLD SO FAR HAVE BEEN ON THE WAITING LIST FOR PUBLIC HOUSING.

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AND THE SUBSTANTIAL NUMBER OF HOS BUYERS WHO HAVE RELINQUISHED PUBLIC HOUSING FLATS WHEN THEY MADE ThEIR PURCHASE HAVE HELPED THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT EFFORTS TO MOVE MORE NEEDY FAMILIES INTO PUBLIC HOUSING.*

MR FUNG SAID THAT THE PUBLIC RESPONSE TO THE SCHEME HAD ALWAYS BEEN ENCOURAGING AND ALL THE SALES INVITATIONS WERE HEAVILY OVER-SUBSCRIBED.

THIS SHOWS that THE ’DEMAND EXCEEDED SUPPLY’ AND HAS GIVEN THE GOVERNMENT THE CONFIDENCE TO CONTINUE WITH THE SCHEME,+ HE ADDED.

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ROAD CONTROL SCHEME FOR ESTATE * * * *

THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT IS TO INTRODUCE A ROAD CONTROL SCHEME IN LEI MUK SHUE ESTATE THIS WEEK TO KEEP IT FREE FROM OBSTRUCTION AND OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS CAUSED BY ILLEGAL PARKING.

SIMILAR SCHEMES ARE BEING ENFORCED IN 90 OTHER ESTATES AND HAVE SUCCESSFULLY RESTORED PLEASANT LIVING ENVIRONMENTS TO THE DELIGHT OF TENANTS, + SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT TODAY..

FROM FRIDAY, HE SAID ENTRY TO LEI MUK SHUE ESTATE WOULD BE RESTRICTED TO AUTHORISED VEHICLES AND ILLEGAL PARKING IN THE ESTATE WOULD BE BANNED.

THE SCHEME HAS THE SUPPORT OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD AND THE NORTH KWAI CHUNG AREA COMMITTEE.

ALSO WELCOMING THE SCHEME ARE TENANTS WHO HAVE PREVIOUSLY COMPLAINED AGAINST INDISCRIMINATELY PARKED VEHICLES BLOCKING PAVEMENTS, ROADS AND OPEN SPACE.

THEY WANT TIGHTER CONTROL TO BRING BACK ORDER AND A SMOOTH FLOW OF TRAFFIC WHICH IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT FOR EMERGENCY AND REFUSE COLLECTION VEHICLES.+

UNDER THE SCHEME, THE SPOKESMAN SAID VEHICULAR ENTRY TO THE ESTATE WOULD BE THROUGH NGONG HOM ROAD ONLY.

IN ADDITION TO FRANCHISED BUS SERVICE IN THE ESTATE, PUBLIC LIGHT BUS SERVICE WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE AT A NEW STAND ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF LEI SHU ROAD JUST OUTSIDE THE ESTATE.

A ROUNDABOUT HAS BEEN BUILT AT LEI SHU ROAD TO ENABLE VEHICLES TO TURN ROUND AND.EXIT TO WO Yl HOP ROAD.

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+SPECIAL SQUADS WILL BE ON PATROL ON THE ESTATE TO BOOK PERSISTENT OFFENDERS AFTER REPEATED WARNINGS.

THE CONTROL SCHEME WILL ALSO ENABLE 301 OPEN-AIR PARKING SPACES TO BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR TENANTS.*

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE NEXT MOVE WOULD BE FOR THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT TO MOUNT AN INTENSIFIED OPERATION TO KEEP THE ESTATE CLEAR OF ILLEGAL HAWKERS.

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CHECK ON SQUATTER CLEANLINESS

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MR HOWARD YOUNG, CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL CLEAN HONG KONG COMMITTEE, WILL TOUR THE SHAU KEI WAN SQUATTER AREA ON FRIDAY (JUNE 29) TO ASSESS THE STANDARD OF CLEANLINESS, BEFORE THE UC’S PILOT SCHEME FOR PRIVATE CLEANSING SERVICES BEGINS ON JULY 1.

MR YOUNG, ACCOMPANIED BY MR MICHAEL SUEN, DIRECTOR OF CITY SERVICES, WILL ARRIVE AT SUN SHING STREET AT THE ENTRANCE OF LAM ON FONG AT 9.15 AM WHERE HE WILL BE JOINED BY REPRESENTATIVES OF THE SQUATTER VILLAGES.

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A CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT REPORT, ENTITLED +1982 SURVEY OF BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE SECTORS*, IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE, CONNAUGHT PLACE.

THE REPORT, AT 59 A COPY, CONTAINS COMPREHENSIVE STATISTICAL TABLES ON THE STRUCTURAL AND OPERATING CHARACTERISTICS OF THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SECTOR; REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT; ARCHITECTURAL, SURVEYING AND PROJECT ENGINEERING SERVICES? AND THE REAL ESTATE LEASING, BROKERAGE AND MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT SERVICES SECTOR.

THE INFORMATION, RELATING TO THE YEAR 1982, WAS COLLECTED FROM ESTABLISHMENTS IN THESE SECTORS IN A SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE DEPARTMENT FROM APRIL 1983 TO EARLY 1984.

THE STATISTICS ARE USED BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR POLICY MAKING, AND BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR FOR DECISION MAKING, ECONOMIC ANALYSIS AND MARKET RESEARCH.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE REPORT MAY BY DIRECTED TO THE BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AT TELEPHONE 3-7213846.

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GANGS OUT QUICKLY TO CLEAR FALLEN TREES

X * *

FIFTY STAFF MEMBERS OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT'S TREE GANGS AND LANDSCAPE SECTION WERE DEPLOYED ON EMERGENCY DUTIES WHEN THE NO. 8 SIGNAL WAS HOISTED.

THERE WERE FOUR REPORTS OF FALLEN TREES CAUSING ROAD OBSTRUCTION ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

A LARGE TREE CAME DOWN IN PEAK ROAD, BLOCKING ONE SIDE OF THE ROAD. IN BORRETT ROAD, BRANCHES FROM A LARGE TREE FELL ON THE ROAD BUT WERE REMOVED BY POLICEMEN TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD PENDING CLEARANCE BY THE TREE GANGS.

BOTH STANLEY VILLAGE ROAD AND STANLEY GAP ROAD WERE REPORTED TO BE BLOCKED BY FALLEN TREES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE USD SAID EVERYTHING WAS BEING DONE TO CLEAR THE ROADS AND CLEAR UP OTHER DEBRIS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

THE STAFF OFFICER (GARDENS), MR ROGER POLLARD, SAID THAT APART FROM ONE OR TWO SMALL TREES WHICH CAME DOWN DURING THE PASSAGE OF THE STORM, THERE WAS NO SERIOUS DAMAGE REPORTED AT THE ZOOLOGICAL AND BOTANICAL GARDENS.

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OLYMPIC DRAWING CONTEST FOR CHILDREN * * * *

CHILDREN UNDER 14 ARE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN AN INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S DRAWING COMPETITION ORGANISED BY THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE IN LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND.

THE DRAWING COMPETITION IS TO ENCOURAGE CHILDREN TO GIVE ARTISTIC EXPRESSION TO WHAT THE OLYMPIC GAMES MEAN TO THEM.

♦THE THEME OF THE ENTRIES SHOULD BE ’THE OLYMPIC GAMES’, WHICH MAY BE DEVELOPED IN ITS INITIAL SENSE, OR FROM DIFFERENT ASPECTS FREELY CHOSEN, SUCH AS ’SPORT MEANS FREEDOM’, ’SPORT BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER’, ’I MET A CHAMPION’, OR ANY OTHER RELEVANT ASPECT,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID.

ENTRIES SHOULD BE SUBMITTED THROUGH SCHOOLS TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT FOR LOCAL SELECTION BY JULY 14, AND EACH SCHOOL SHOULD NOT SUBMIT MORE THAN FIVE ENTRIES.

ENTRIES CHOSEN IN THE FINAL SELECTION BY THE ORGANISER WILL LATER BE PUT ON DISPLAY.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE COMPETITION SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE ART SECTION, ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, ON 5-621967 OR 5-621006.

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SHARE DISCLOSURES * * *

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON TAKEOVERS AND MERGERS UNDER RULE 29 OF THE HONG KONG CODE ON TAKEOVERS AND MERGERS ADVISES THAT, IN CONNECTION WITH THE CURRENT OFFER BY FIRST PACIFIC HOLDINGS LIMITED TO ACQUIRE THE ISSUED SHARE CAPITAL OF FIRST PACIFIC FINANCE LIMITED THAT THE FOLLOWING DISCLOSURES HAVE BEEN MADE TO HIM:

(1) MAYWEATHER CORPORATION PURCHASED ON JUNE 14, 103 037 SHARES AND 46 125 SHARES IN FIRST PACIFIC FINANCE LIMITED AT $1.37 PER SHARE AND $1.38 PER SHARE RESPECTIVELY.

(2) JARDINE FLEMING (SECURITIES) LIMITED SOLD ON BEHALF OF INVESTMENT CLIENTS ON JUNE 21, 36 000 SHARES AND 4 000 SHARES IN FIRST PACIFIC HOLDINGS LIMITED AT $2.75 PER SHARE AND $2.80 PER SHARE RESPECTIVELY.

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NEW PUBLIC LIBRARY IN YUEN LONG * * * *

THE CULTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S YUEN LONG PUBLIC LIBRARY WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED ON JUNE 27 (WEDNESDAY) AND COME INTO SERVICE THE FOLLOWING DAY. -

THE 1 543-SQUARE-METRE LIBRARY IS ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE TAI KIU MARKET AND GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 2 KIU LOK SQUARE, SAU FU STREET, YUEN LONG. IT WILL HAVE AN INITIAL STOCK OF 70 000 BOOKS AND WILL ALSO PROVIDE READERS WITH CASSETTE TAPES, NEWSPAPERS, PERIODICALS AND REFERENCE MATERIALS.

OPENING HOURS WILL BE FROM 9 AM TO 8 PM FROM TUESDAYS TO FRIDAYS 9 AM TO 5 PM ON SATURDAYS, AND 9 AM TO 1 PM ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS. THE LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED EVERY MONDAY.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE THE DIRECTOR OF CULTURAL SERVICES, MR DARWIN CHEN; CHAIRMAN OF YUEN LONG TOWN HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, MADAM LEUNG SING-TAK; CHAIRMAN OF YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD CULTURE COMMITTEE, MR MA NING-HEU CHAIRMAN OF YUEN LONG DISTRICT ARTS COMMITTEE, DR TANG SIU-TONG; ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER (YUEN LONG), MR RICHARD YUEN.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE EVENT. AN URBAN COUNCIL VAN FOR MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WILL LEAVE THE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT 1.30 PM SHARP.

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SLOPE WORK STARTING SOON AT CREMATORIUM

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SLOPE PROTECTION WORK AROUND THE CREMATORIUM AT WING HAU STREET, KWAI CHUNG, WILL START AT THE END OF THIS MONTH.

A CONTRACT FOR THE WORK, VALUED AT OVER Sil.2 MILLION, HAS BEEN AWARDED TO LUEN CHEONG TAI CONSTRUCTION COMPANY LIMITED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

THE PROJECT WILL INCLUDE IMPROVEMENT TO DRAINAGE, AND IS DESIGNED TO BRING THE SLOPES UP TO CURRENT SAFETY STANDARDS.

THE COMPLETED SLOPES WILL BE HYDROSEEDED AND REPLANTED TO PROVIDE A BETTER ENVIRONMENT.

THE WORK WILL TAKE 12 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

DURING THE WORK PERIOD, THE CREMATORIUM WILL REMAIN OPEN AND ACCESS BY THE PUBLIC TO THE COLUMBARIUM AND GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE WILL BE MAINTAINED.

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KITCHEN EQUIPMENT FOR POLICE STATION * * * *

KITCHEN EQUIPMENT WORTH $92 460 IS TO BE INSTALLED IN THE CANTEENS OF THE NEW DIVISIONAL POLICE STATION NOW BEING BUILT AT KAI TAK AIRPORT.

A CONTRACT FOR THIS WORK HAS BEEN AWARDED TO HONG KONG AND CHINA GAS COMPANY LIMITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

THE POLICE STATION CONSISTS OF A COMPOSITE BLOCK, PARTLY ID STOREYS AND PARTLY SIX STOREYS HIGH, AND A SINGLE STOREY ANCILLARY BUILDING SURROUNDING THE COMPOUND.

BESIDES THE CANTEENS, FACILITIES TO BE PROVIDED IN THE NEW STATION INCLUDE A DUTY/LECTURE ROOM, ARMOURY, MOTOR TRANSPORT OFFICE, BARBER SHOP, CELLS, REPORT ROOM AND OFFICES.

BARRACKS, RECREATION AND LAUNDRY SECTIONS, DOG KENNELS, STORES AND EMERGENCY ACCOMMODATION FOR INSPECTORS WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED.

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240 *family-type+ niches available soon * * * *

THE URBAN COUNCIL IS TO ALLOCATE SOME 240 + FAMILY-TYPE+ NICHES AT THE DIAMOND HILL CREMATORIUM TO THE PUBLIC IN AUGUST THIS YEAR.

THESE NICHES FORM PART OF THE EXTENSION PROJECT TO THE CREMATORIUM, WORK ON WHICH HAS ALREADY BEEN COMPLETED.

THE STAFF OFFICER (CEMETERIES AND CREMATORIA) OF THE CITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR SZETO LIM, SAID THERE IS AN OBVIOUS DEMAND FOR THIS TYPE OF NICHE AS A NUMBER OF ENQUIRIES HAD BEEN RECEIVED BY THE DEPARTMENT RECENTLY.

HE SAID EACH FAMILY NICHE IS PRICED AT $5 200 AND IS CAPABLE OF HOLDING FOUR CINERARY URNS.

DETAILS OF APPLICATION WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER, HE ADDED.

TO KEEP PACE WITH THE INCREASE IN CREMATIONS, THE COUNCIL IS INCREASING THE NUMBER OF COLUMBARIUM NICHES, OF WHICH THERE ARE NOW 33 300.

IN ADDITION, THERE ARE PLANS TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF CREMATION FURNACES FROM FOOR TO SIX AT THE DIAMOND HILL CREMATORIUM EARLY NEXT YEAR.

MEANWHILE, THE URBAN COUNCIL HAS APPROVED THE REVISION OF FEES CHARGED BY AUTHORISED SUPPLIERS OF PLAQUES AT ITS TWO CREMATOR I A.

THE REVISED CHARGES FOR VARIOUS ITEMS AND SERVICES ARE: $110 FOR A TRAVERTINO MARBLE PLAQUE FOR A +FAMILY TYPE+ NICHE; $70 FOR A PLAQUE FOR A STANDARD TYPE NICHE; $60 FOR AN URN; $80 FOR A PORCELAIN PORTRAIT OF 75 MM BY 100 MM; $150 FOR THE INSCRIPTION OF UP TO 50 CHARACTERS OR LETTERS; AND $100 FOR FIXING A PLAQUE.

MR SZETO WARNED THAT AN AUTHORISED SUPPLIER FOUND TO BE OVERCHARGING WILL BE DE-REGI STEREO BY THE DEPARTMENT.

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BALLET COURSE FOR CHILDREN * * * *

CHILDREN ARE INVITED TO JOIN AN INTRODUCTORY BALLET COURSE TO BE HELD IN KWAI CHUNG NEXT MONTH (JULY).

THE COURSE IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE (KWAI CHUNG OFFICE) OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT.

THE 1O-SESSION COURSE WILL BE HELD AT THE OSMAN RAMJU SADICK MEMORIAL GAMES HALL BETWEEN 3 PM AND 5 PM ON 10 CONSECUTIVE SUNDAYS, STARTING ON JULY 8.

IT IS OPEN TO CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGES OF SIX AND 12 WHO LIVE IN KWAI CHUNG OR ON TSING Yl ISLAND.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE (KWAI CHUNG OFFICE) OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF KWAI CHUNG CENTRE, 412 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, KWAI CHUNG.

ENROLMENT WILL BE ACCEPTED ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS, AN NTSD SPOKESMAN SAID.

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FRESH, SALT WATER MAINS WORK

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO WAN CHAI AND FRESH AND SALT WATER SUPPLIES TO CERTAIN AREAS IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED ON THURSDAY (JUNE 28) FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

IN HONG KONG, FRESH WATER TO SOME PREMISES IN WAN CHAI WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PM ON THAT DAY (THURSDAY) TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY LOCKHART ROAD, O’BRIEN ROAD, HENNESSY ROAD, FENWICK STREET, JOHNSTON ROAD AND FLEMING ROAD, INCLUDING 156-258 HENNESSY ROAD, 1-31 AND 93-149 THOMSON ROAD AND 25-61 AND 183-211 JOHNSTON ROAD.

ALSO TO ALLOW FOR LEAKAGE TESTS, FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN KWAI CHUNG WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR SEVEN HOURS, FROM 11 PM TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY TAI WO HAU ROAD, WO TONG TSUI STREET, HING FONG ROAD AND KWAI HING ROAD, INCLUDING KWAI HING ESTATE.

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IN YUEN LONG, FRESH WATER SUPPLY’TO SOME PREMISES AND VILLAGES * ILL BE CUT OFF FOR 11 HOURS - FROM 8 PM TO 7 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR MAINS WORK.

AFFECTED PREMISES ARE THOSE ALONG CASTLE PEAK ROAD BETWEEN KIK YEUNG ROAD AND AU TAU, INCLUDING POK OI HOSPITAL, AND ALL PREMISES AND VILLAGES IN TAI TONG.

AND IN KOWLOON ON THAT SAME DAY (THURSDAY), SALT WATER TO PREMISES IN CERTAIN AREAS WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 9 AM TO 7 PM TO FACILITATE MAINS WORK.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT LAM TIN, SAU MAU PING, CHOI WAN ESTATE, SHUN LEE ESTATE, SHUN TIN ESTATE, SHUN ON ESTATE AS WELL AS HONG LEE ROAD, HONG NING ROAD AND KUNG LOK ROAD IN KWUN TONG.

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WATER STORAGE

UK

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 77.6 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 454.669 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 521.041 ■ ILL ION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 88.9 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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ROAD CLOSURE

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THE SECTION OF KWUN TONG ROAD AT ITS JUNCTION WITH THE UNNAMED ROAD LEADING TO NGAU TAU KOK ROAD wILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 11.15 PM AND 12 MIDNIGHT FROM WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY (JUNE 27-29) FOR CONSTRUCTION WORK.

DURING ROAD CLOSURE, EASTBOUND TRAFFIC ON KWUN TONG ROAD wILL BE DIVERTED ONTO THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 1984

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

’FULLEST CONFIDENCE' IN UMELCO TRIO - GOVERNOR.................. 1

LAND PRODUCTION LEVELS FELT SUFFICIENT ......................... 1

BILL AIMS AT IMPROVING CONVEYANCING SYSTEM...................... 3

SUWER YOUTH SCHEME GROWS........................................ 4

SEWAGE SCREENING FOR LARGEST PLANT.............................. 5

$149.6M FOR 2 448 FLATS......................................... 6

PRISONS CHIES’ TO ATTEND TALKS.................................. 7

MORE SEWERS FOR TAI 0 .......................................... 7

COMMUNITY SERVICES GUIDE REVISED ............................... 8

COMPETITION CM BOOK REPORT...................................... 8

GEOGRAPHY COURSES FOR MATRIC STUDENTS .......................... 9

LONE SAILOR RESCUED ............................................ 10

TRAINEE RECRUITMENT ............................................ 1°

REST GARDEN TO BE OPENED........................................ 1°

TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 1984

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’FULLEST CONFIDENCE’ IN UMELCO TRIO - GOVERNOR *****

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT HE HAS THE FULLEST CONFIDENCE IN SIR S.Y. CHUNG, MISS LYDIA DUNN AND DR Q.W. LEE.

I THINK THEY ARE RESOLUTE AND CONSCIENTIOUS PEOPLE, AND THEY HAVE THE INTERESTS OF HONG KONG VERY MUCH AT HEART,+ HE SAID.

AND I THINK THAT THEIR VISIT TO PEKING WAS A VERY USEFUL ONE.

I THOUGHT I WOULD TELL YOU THAT BEFORE I LEAVE FOR PEKING RATHER THAN MAKE YOU WAIT UNTIL I GET BACK.+

SIR EDWARD WAS SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AT THE AIRPORT BEFORE HIS DEPARTURE FOR PEKING FOR ANOTHER ROUND OF SINO-BRITISH TALKS ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG.

HE POINTED OUT THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE HAD BEEN ASKING HIM ABOUT HIS VIEWS ON THE VISIT OF SIR S.Y. CHUNG AND HIS COLLEAGUES TO PEKING.

+ 1 THOUGHT I SHOULD SAY BEFORE I LEAVE HONG KONG THAT I AM GOING TO LEAVE YOU TO DRAW ‘YOUR OWN CONCLUSIONS FROM THAT VIS IT,+ F£ SAID.

AND I AM NOT GOING TO COMMENT ON THE ISSUES RAISED IN IT.+

THE GOVERNOR WAS SEEN OFF AT THE AIRPORT BY THE ACTING CHIEF SECRETARY, MR DENIS BRAY, THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER- OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, SIR S.Y. CHUNG, THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER CF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR ROGER LOBO, AND THE VICE-CHIEF EDITOR OF THE XINHUA NEWS AGENCY (HONG KONG BRANCH), MR TAN GAN.

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LAND PRODUCTION LEVELS FELT SUFFICIENT

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THE EXISTING AND PLANNED LEVELS OF LAND PRODUCTION ARE MORE IMAN ADEQUATE TO MEET HONG KONG’S SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC NEEDS OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON LAND SUPPLY, STATES IN ITS ANNUAL REPORT FOR 1983.

THE COMMITTEE, UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF MR W.C.L. BROWN, HAS RECOMMENDED TARGETS FOR THE PRODUCTION OF LAND AND HAS ASSESSED THE ADEQUACY OF GOVERNMENT PROJECTS IN RELATION TO THESE TARGETS.

IT HAS FOCUSED ITS ATTENTION ON THE PROVISION OF LAND FOR HOUSING AND MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

/policy objectives........

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POLICY OBJECTIVES HAVE BEEN TRANSLATED INTO REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW LAND, AND THESE HAVE BEEN COMPARED WITH THE CURRENT LAND PRODUCTION FORECAST TO ASSESS THE EXTENT TO WHICH POLICY OBJECTIVES COULD BE MET.

IN ITS ASSESSMENT OF LAND REQUIREMENTS FOR VARIOUS LAND USES. THE COMMITTEE HAS AGAIN STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF TAKING A LONGER TERM VIEW OF THE MARKET POTENTIAL WHICH OUGHT NOT TO BE INFLUENCED BY SHORT TERM MARKET CONDITIONS.

THE COMMITTEE’S MAIN CONCLUSIONS AREi

X FORECAST LAND PRODUCTION SHOULD BE SUFFICIENT TO SUSTAIN PRODUCTION OF PUBLIC RENTAL HOUSING AT 27 OOO FLATS A YEAR (A FURTHER 3 000 FLATS ARE TO BE PRODUCED THROUGH REDEVELOPMENT WHICH DOES NOT REQUIRE NEW SITES) UP TO 1986-87 BUT GROWING DEFICITS ARE EXPECTED TO OCCUR AFTER 1987-88. CONTINUOUS EFFORTS ARE BEING MADE TO IDENTIFY ADDITIONAL SUPPLEMENTARY SITES TO MEET PART OF THE SHORTFALL AND IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE FORMULATION OF AN OVERALL TERRITORIAL DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY CAN IDENTIFY SUITABLE AREAS FOR LONG TERM DEVELOPMENT TO SATISFY DEMAND.

M FORECAST LAND SUPPLY-SHOULD BE SUFFICIENT TO SUSTAIN PRODUCTION AT 10 □□□ FLATS A YEAR FOR BOTH HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME AND PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION SCHEME DEVELOPMENT FOR 1985/86.

* THERE SHOULD BE A MORE THAN ADEQUATE LAND SUPPLY FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO CONTRIBUTE AN AVERAGE OF 27 000 FLATS A YEAR FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS WITH SUFFICIENT CAPACITY TO ENABLE PRODUCTION TO INCREASE, SHOULD MARKET CONDITIONS IMPROVE. THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS THAT A DETAILED STUDY SHOULD BE UNDERTAKEN TO EXAMINE THE SOCIO-ECONOMIC BACKGROUND OF THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS AND THE PATTERN OF PRIVATE HOUSING INVESTMENT WITH A VIEW TO ARRIVING AT AN APPROPRIATE HOUSING MIX TO MEET THE NEEDS OF ALL INCOME GROUPS.

M THERE WILL CONTINUE TO BE AN OVER-SUPPLY OF LAND FOR MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY BOTH IN THE MEDIUM AND LONG TERM. THE COMMITTEE HAS RECOMMENDED THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONTINUE TO EXAMINE LONG TERM DEVELOPMENT TRENDS IN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY IN ORDER TO ASSESS WHETHER, IN THE LIGHT OF THE GOVERNMENT’S TRANSPORT AND OTHER OBJECTIVES, IT IS POSSIBLE TO ACHIEVE EMPLOYMENT BALANCE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

IN ADDITION TO ITS WORK IN SETTING TARGETS, FORECASTING SUPPLY AND MONITORING PERFORMANCE IN LAND SUPPLY, THE COMMITTEE HAS ALSO STUDIED SUCH RELATED TOPICS AS:

/* THE RELEASE .......

TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 1984

* THE RELEASE OF SITES WHICH ARE EARMARKED FOR GOVERNMENT/ INSTITUTIONAL AND COMMUNITY USES, BUT FOR WHICH THERE ARE NO DEFINITE DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS AND PROGRAMMES FOR OTHER TEMPORARY USES.

* THE CONCEPT OF LAND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATIONS AS A VEHICLE FOR IMPLEMENTING URBAN RENEWAL. THE CONSULTANCY STUDY ON LAND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATIONS IS COMPLETED AND HAS CONCLUDED THAT THERE ARE SUBSTANTIAL ADVANTAGES TO BE GAINED IN APPLYING THIS CONCEPT TO THE REDEVELOPMENT OF THE OLDER URBAN AREAS. THE COMMITTEE, HOWEVER, CONSIDERS THAT FURTHER STUDIES OF DETAIL WILL BE REQUIRED BEFORE A DECISION CAN BE MADE ON WHERE AND WHEN THIS METHOD COULD BE INTRODUCED. IN THE MEANTIME, BASED ON A RECOMMENDATION BY THE COMMITTEE, THE GOVERNMENT HAS RECENTLY ESTABLISHED A CO-ORDINATING URBAN RENEWAL TEAM FOR PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTING AN EXPANDED URBAN RENEWAL PROGRAMME.

IN VIEW OF THE OVERALL LAND SUPPLY SITUATION WHICH INDICATES THAT THERE WILL BE MORE THAN SUFFICIENT LAND SUPPLY TO MEET DEMAND, THE COMMITTEE CONCLUDES THAT IT HAS NOW FULFILLED THE MAIN PURPOSE FOR WHICH IT WAS ORIGINALLY FORMED. AS THE REMAINDER CF ITS WORK PROGRAMME IS LIKELY TO BE COMPLETED IN THE NEAR FUTURE, THE COMMITTEE HAS SUGGESTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOW REVIEW THE FUTURE ROLE OF THE COMMITTEE.

THE REPORT, WHICH IS PUBLISHED TODAY (TUESDAY) IS ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT $22.

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BILL AIMS AT IMPROVING CONVEYANCING SYSTEM

MMX*

A BILL TO IMPROVE THE SYSTEM OF CONVEYANCING IN HONG KONG WILL BE AMONG SIX BILLS TO BE INTRODUCED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TOMORROW.

TWO OTHER BILLS ARE DUE FOR COMMITTEE STAGE AND FINAL READING.

IN ADDITION, THERE WILL BE AN ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON +THE LEGAL SYSTEM AND THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG* RAISED BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, THE HON MARIA TAM, AS WELL AS 12 QUESTIONS ASKED.

DUE TO BE INTRODUCED AND READ A SECOND TIME ARE;

* FOREIGN NOTES (PROHIBITION OF CIRCULATION) (REPEAL) BILL 1984, TO REPEAL THE FOREIGN NOTES (PROHIBITION OF CIRCULATION) ORDINANCE WHICH HAS BECOME OBSOLETE;

* INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1984, TO THWART ATTEMPTS TO USE THE OBJECTION OR APPEAL PROCEDURE AS A TAX DEFERRAL DEVICE;

/* CONVEYANCING AND .

TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 1984

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CONVEYANCING AND PROPERTY BILL 1984, TO IMPROVE THE SYSTEM OF CONVEYANCING IN HONG KONG;

COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1984, TO RE-INSTATE A SUBSECTION OF THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE;

. *

BANKRUPTCY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1984, TO BRING THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE INTO LINE WITH THE WINDING-UP PROVISIONS OF THE AMENDED COMPANIES ORDINANCE} AND

*

EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) (NO. THE PRACTICE OF END-OF-YEAR

3) BILL 1984, DEALING WITH PAYMENT TO EMPLOYEES.

DEBATE WILL RESUME ON:

M THE PUBLIC OMNIBUS SERVICES

(AMENDMENT) BILL 1984 AND,

* THE ANTIBIOTICS, PHARMACY AND POISONS (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) BILL 1984.

PRIOR TO

THEIR COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READING.

SUMMER YOUTH SCHEME GROWS * * *

THE 1984 EVENTS.

SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WILL HAVE A BROADER SCOPE OF

AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (TUESDAY) TO LAUNCH THIS YEAR’S PROGRAMME, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AND CHAIRMAN OF THE SYP POLICY COMMITTEE, SAID THAT MORE THAN 10 000 ACTIVITIES WILL BE ORGANISED UNDER THE NEW

SPEAKING

THEME +HEALTH, HELP, HAPPINESS*.

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ACTIVITIES WILL INCLUDE SOCIAL SERVICE PROJECTS, LEADERSHIP -------------------------- AND EXCURSIONS, COMPETITIONS, FUN

TRAINING COURSES, CAMPS, VISITS FAIRS, SPORTS ACTIVITIES, MUSIC TV SERIES.

CAMPS AND THE +SWINGING SUMMER*

AS BEFORE, THE EVENTS WILL DEPARTMENTS, VOLUNTARY AGENCIES

BE ORGANISED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.

OF RESPONSIBILITY TO DISTRICT

*WITH THE CONTINUING SHIFT .. .... .

MANAGEMENT, DISTRICTS HAVE NOW A MORE SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN THE ORGANISATION AND CO-ORDINATION OF SUMMER ACTIVITIES, AND THE SPENDING OF JOCKEY CLUB FUNDS FOR DISTRICT PROGRAMMES ORGANISED BY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES WILL BE DONE IN THE DISTRICTS RATHER THAN

AT THE CENTRE,* MR AKERS-JONES SAID.

/he anticipated

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HE ANTICIPATED THAT THE TOTAL EXPENDITURE FOR THIS YEAR’S PROGRAMME WILL RISE ABOVE $13 MILLION, OF WHICH $5 MILLION IS CONTRIBUTED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB.

FOR THE PAST 15 YEARS SINCE THE INCEPTION OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME, RHKJC HAS PROVIDED INVALUABLE SUPPORT FOR THE PROGRAMME.

DURING THE PRESS CONFERENCE, A CHEQUE PRESENTATION WAS MADE BY MR LI FOOK-WO, DEPUTY CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF STEWARDS, RHKJC.

TODAY’S CONFERENCE WAS ATTENDED BY MEMBERS OF THE SYP POLICY AND CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEES AS WELL AS THE CHAIRMEN OF THE 18 DISTRICT CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEES. ALSO PRESENT WERE THREE OUTSTANDING YOUTH LEADERS WHO HAD CONTRIBUTED THEIR TIME AND SERVICE TOWARDS LAST YEAR’S PROGRAMME.

MR AKERS-JONES STRESSED THAT THE SUCCESS OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME DEPENDED TO A LARGE EXTENT ON COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND CO-OPERATION AND THE SUPPORT OF VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS.

HE THANKED ALL THOSE CONCERNED FOR THEIR HARD WORK IN ORGANISING AND IMPROVING THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME, AND THE ►EDIA FOR PUBLICISING THE ACTIVITIES.

TO MAKE YOUNGSTERS AWARE OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME, A FEW TV API (ANNOUNCEMENT OF‘PUBLIC INTEREST) HAS BEEN PRODUCED AND WILL BE SCREENED ON TV FREQUENTLY IN THE COMING MONTHS. IT WILL BE SUPPORTED BY A WIDE DISPLAY OF POSTERS.

ANYONE WHO IS INTERESTED IN JOINING THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CAN OBTAIN MORE INFORMATION FROM THE 18 DISTRICT OFF ICES.

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SEWAGE SCREENING FOR LARGEST PLANT * * * *

SEWAGE SCREENING EQUIPMENT WORTH $21.4 MILLION WILL BE INSTALLED AT THE KWUN TONG SEWAGE SCREENING PLANT, WHICH WILL BE THE LARGEST OF ITS KIND IN HONG KONG.

A CONTRACT FOR THE SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF PUMPS, SCREENS AND GRIT CHANNELS, WAS TODAY AWARDED TO GILMAN ENGINEERING LIMITED BY THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

IT WAS SIGNED BY THE DIRECTOR OF ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES, MR GRAHAM OSBORNE, AND MR T.P. BOWTLE, GILMAN’S MANAGING DIRECTOR.

/the screening .......

TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 1984

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THE SCREENING PLANT IS BEING BUILT ON A 9 780-SQUARE-METRE SITE AT THE JUNCTION OF WAI YIP AND WING YIP STREETS, AND WILL HELP IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF WATER BEING DISCHARGED INTO THE EASTERN PART OF VICTORIA HARBOUR.

IT IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE TREATMENT FACILITIES TO SERVE A POPULATION OF CLOSE TO ONE MILLION, AND 122 HECTARES OF INDUSTRIAL LAND IN THE NGAU TAU KOK, SAU MAU PING, LAM TIN AND KWUN TONG AREAS.

ON COMPLETION BY THE END OF 1986, THE PLANT WILL TREAT EFFLUENT FROM THE AREA BEFORE DISCHARGING IT INTO THE SEA THROUGH A SUBMARINE OUTFALL CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

CONSISTING OF TWIN 2 1OO-MILLIMETRE DIAMETER PIPELINES, THE OUTFALL IS BEING LAID ON THE SEABED OFF WAI YIP STREET FOR A DISTANCE OF 1 400 METRES OUT INTO THE HARBOUR. THE TREATED SEWAGE WILL THEN BE DILUTED AND DISPERSED IN DEEP WATER, REDUCING HARBOUR POLLUTION.

THE CIVIL ENGINEERING WORK FOR THE PROJECT IS BEING CARRIED OUT BY THE CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

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$149.6M FOR 2 448 FLATS * * * *

CONSTRUCTION WORK IS TO BEGIN NEXT MONTH, UNDER A $149.6 MILLION TENDER, ON THE FIRST THREE DOMESTIC BLOCKS FOR TIN PING ESTATE, ThE third public rental housing project in fanling/shek wu kh new town.

♦ THE 35-STOREY TRIDENT II BLOCKS WILL PROVIDE ALTOGETHER

2 448 MODERN FLATS FOR SOME 11 000 PEOPLE ON COMPLETION BY 1986,+ SAID A HOUSING AUTHORITY SPOKESMAN TODAY.

HE SAID THE WORKS WOULD ALSO INCLUDE A STANDARD SEVEN-STOREY PRIMARY SCHOOL, AND A PARKING AREA FOR 38 LORRIES, PLUS ASSOCIATED ROADS, DRAINAGE AND EXTERNAL WORKS.

TIN PING ESTATE IS BEING DEVELOPED IN TWO PHASES AND WILL HOUSE ALTOGETHER 22 200 PEOPLE, COMPLETE WITH WIDE-RANGING FACILITIES, ON FULL COMPLETION BY 1987.

THE SECOND PHASE WILL COMPRISE ANOTHER THREE DOMESTIC BLOCKS WITH 2 500 NEW FLATS FOR 11 200 PEOPLE.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 1984

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PRISONS CHIEF TO ATTEND TALKS * * *

HONG KONG’S COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR THOMAS GARNER, WILL BE SPEAKING ON THE SUBJECT +EDUCATION BEYOND PRISON*, AT A FORTHCOMING INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PRISON EDUCATION IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.

MR GARNER, WHO WILL ALSO BE GOING ON LEAVE TOMORROW, WILL BE AMONG 30 INVITED PARTICIPANTS FROM VARIOUS COUNTRIES AT THE CONFERENCE, WHICH WILL BE HELD IN SUSSEX BETWEEN JULY 3 AND 5. THE CONFERENCE IS ORGANISED BY THE OPEN UNIVERSITY, IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE HOME OFFICE AND THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE.

FROM JULY 24 TO 28, MR GARNER AND THE SUPERINTENDENT OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR KAN KWOK-NAM, WILL ATTEND THE 5TH ASIAN AND PACIFIC CONFERENCE OF CORRECTIONAL ADMINISTRATORS HOSTED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF TONGA.

MATTERS FOR DISCUSSION AT THIS CONFERENCE INCLUDE THE USE CF TECHNOLOGY, THE ROLE OF VOLUNTEERS IN RELATION TO PROGRAMMES FOR INMATES, AND PROBLEMS OF THE PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY-HANDICAPPtD, IN PRISONS.

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MORE SEWERS FOR TAI 0

XXX

ADDITIONAL SEWERS WILL BE BUILT AT TAI 0, LANTAU, TO SERVE EXISTING AND NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE TOWN.

A $6.99 MILLION CONTRACT FOR THE WORK HAS BEEN AWARDED TO WONG KEE CONSTRUCTION COMPANY LIMITED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

THE CONTRACT WILL INCLUDE PREPARATORY EARTH-FILLING WORK FOR ABOUT A HECTARE OF LAND NORTH OF TAI 0 PRIOR TO SITE FORMATION WORK.

IN ADDITION, A 40-METRE-LONG TRIAL SEAWALL WILL BE CONSTRUCTED ON THE SOUTHERN BANK OF THE TAI 0 RIVER CHANNEL TO REDUCE THE RISK CF FLOODING.

IT WILL BE USED FOR DESIGN TESTING AND FORM PART OF A PERMANENT SEAWALL TO BE BUILT AT A LATER STAGE.

WORK ON THE WHOLE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO TAKE 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 1984

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COMMUNITY SERVICES GUIDE REVISED * * * *

ONE OF THE MANY USEFUL BOOKS PRODUCED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL, GUIDE TO COMMUNITY SERVICES, HAS JUST BEEN REPRINTED IN A REVISED EDITION.

THE POCKET-SIZE BILINGUAL BOOKLET, FIRST ISSUED IN 1978, PROVIDES THE PUBLIC WITH HANDY INFORMATION ON ALL UC FACILITIES AND OTHER COMMUNITY SERVICES IN HONG KONG.

A NUMBER OF NEW SECTIONS HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE LATEST EDITION. THESE INCLUDE EMERGENCY SERVICES, HOSPITALS AND CLINICS, CHANNELS FOR COMPLAINTS, PUBLIC TRANSPORT FACILITIES, ADDRESSES AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF HOTELS AND CONSULATES, AS WELL AS BIRTH, MARRIAGE AND DEATH REGISTRATION.

IN ADDITION, IT CONTAINS TWO FOLDED MAPS SHOWING THE LOCATION OF THE EXISTING COUNTRY PARKS AND THE MTR STATIONS. THERE IS ALSO A CONVERSION TABLE OF METRIC UNITS MOST COMMONLY ENCOUNTERED IN DAY-TO-DAY USE.

THE GUIDE TO COMMUNITY SERVICES IS NOW ON SALE AT *2 A COPY FROM THE URBAN COUNCIL PUBLICATIONS CENTRE IN ICE HOUSE STREET AND FROM THE UC BOOKSHOP IN THE LOBBY OF THE CITY HALL LOW BLOCK.

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COMPETITION ON BOOK REPORT

M * *

A CHINESE +VERBAL BOOK REPORT* COMPETITION IS BEING HELD TO ENCOURAGE SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS TO READ EXTENSIVELY DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS.

ENTRIES TO THE COMPETITION SHOULD BE IN THE FORM OF TAPE-RECORDED REPORTS ON THE BIOGRAPHY OF A WELL-KNOWN ANCIENT OR MODERN CHARACTER.

PARTICIPANTS CAN READ FROM ONE OR MORE THAN ONE BOOKS.

THE COMPETITION, ORGANISED BY THE CHINESE LANGUAGE TEACHING CENTRE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, ALSO AIMS TO DEVELOP THE VERBAL SKILLS OF STUDENTS.

IT IS DIVIDED INTO TWO SECTIONS: THE JUNIOR SECTION FOR STUDENTS IN FORMS 1 TO 3 AND THE SENIOR SECTION FOR THOSE IN FORMS 4 TO 7.

/TAPS? SUBMITTS)........

TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 19&4

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TAPES SUBMITTED FOR THE JUNIOR SECTION SHOULD LAST FOR NOT MORE THAN EIGHT MINUTES, AND THOSE FOR THE SENIOR SECTION FOR NOT MORE THAN 10 MINUTES.

SCHOOLS SHOULD MAKE A PRELIMINARY SCREENING OF THEIR STUDENTS’ ENTRIES AND SUBMIT THE BEST THREE ENTRIES FOR EACH SECTION TO THE CHINESE LANGUAGE TEACHING CENTRE BEFORE OCTOBER 5.

SOUVENIRS AND BOOKS WILL BE AWARDED FOR THE BEST SIX ENTRIES OF EACH SECTION AND THE RESULTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN JANUARY 1985.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE TO THE CENTRE ON 3-7128476.

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GEOGRAPHY COURSES FOR MATRIC STUDENTS

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SIXTEEN RESIDENTIAL GEOGRAPHY COURSES WILL BE ORGANISED IN THE COMING ACADEMIC YEAR FOR MATRICULATION STUDENTS AT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S FIELD STUDY CENTRE IN SAI KUNG.

JOINTLY HELD BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT, 13 OF THE COURSES WILL BE FOR LOWER AND UPPER VI GEOGRAPHY STUDENTS STUDYING FOR THE HONG KONG ADVANCED LEVEL EXAMINATION, AND WILL BE FOR FOUR DAYS.

THREE OTHER COURSES WILL BE DESIGNED FOR MIDDLE VI GEOGRAPHY STUDENTS PREPARING FOR THE HONG KONG HIGHER LEVEL EXAMINATION, AND WILL BE FOR TWO DAYS.

THE COURSES WILL INCLUDE FIELD WORK, LABORATORY WORK, DISCUSSIONS AND DATA PROCESSING.

EACH COURSE WILL BE LIMITED TO 40 PERSONS. AT LEAST ONE TEACHER FROM EACH PARTICIPATING SCHOOL WILL BE REQUIRED TO STAY IN THE CAMP WITH THE STUDENTS AND TO ASSIST IN CONDUCTING THE COURSES.

NO TUITION FEES WILL BE CHARGED FOR THE COURSES, BUT ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS WILL BE PROVIDED AT $90 FOR EACH PARTICIPANT IN THE ADVANCED LEVEL COURSE AND $38 EACH PARTICIPANT IN THE HIGHER LEVEL COURSE.

HEADS OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS WHO WOULD LIKE THEIR GEOGRAPHY STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COURSES SHOULD APPLY TO THE INSPECTOR, FIELD STUDIES CENTRE, SAI KUNG OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE, PAK KONG, NEW TERRITORIES, ON OR BEFORE JULY 6.

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ENQUIRIES ON THE COURSES MAY BE MADE TO THE FIELD STUDIES CENTRE AT 3-2814009.

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LONE SAILOR RESCUED * * * *

A YACHTSMAN WAS RESCUED FROM HIS SINKING SHIP NEAR HONG KONG EARLY TODAY.

TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 1984

VESSEL BY A CONTAINER

LUNACOK

THE SHIP 'CHINA CONTAINER’ RESCUED MR V

FROM HIS YACHT ’LAMBRACE*, WHICH WAS SINKING ABOUT 85 MILES

TO THE EAST OF THE TERRITORY.

THE 'CHINA CONTAINER’ WAS ON A VOYAGE FROM KAOHSIUNG TO HONG KONG, SAID A MARINE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN. THE ’LAMBRACE WAS ON AN IDENTICAL TRIP.

THE 'CHINA CONTAINER’ IS NOW DOCKED AT KWAI CHUNG

AT THE ROYAL

IT WAS INITIALLY BELIEVED THAT A SECOND YACHT, THE ’KENNEBECK’ THOUGHT TO HAVE A CREW OF TWO ON BOARD, MIGHT ALSO BE IN DIFFICULTY. HOWEVER, THE YACHT WAS LATER LOCATED HONG KONG

YACHT CLUB IN CAUSEWAY BAY

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TRAINEE RECRUITMENT M M K

THE AT 11.30 WAN CHAI

VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL WILL HOLD A AM ON THURSDAY (JUNE 28), AT ROOM 1405,

PRESS CONFERENCE HARBOUR CENTRE,

TO

FOR ITS FIVE COMPLEX.

ANNOUNCE THE ARRANGEMENT FOR TRAINEES RECRUITMENT TRAINING CENTRES IN THE KOWLOON BAY TRAINING CENTRE

MR M.C

MORGAN

THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE VTC, WILL THE CENTRES TO THE PRESS. STAFF OF THE

INTRODUCE THE MANAGERS OF COUNCIL WILL ALSO EXPLAIN OFFERED.

DETAILS OF THE YEARLY COURSES TO BE

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REST

GARDEN TO BE OPENED M * * *

A REST GARDEN IN THE

HEART OF YAU MA TEI WILL BE OPENED TO RESIDENTS FROM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

THE MARKET STREET ROTARY GARDEN IS AN EXTENSION

SQUARE STREET PLAYGROUND

BOARD AND THE ROTARY

CLUB

OF THE $240 000 BY THE BOARD AND THE

THAT REST

AND A JOINT PROJECT OF THE OF KOWLOON WEST.

THE PROJECT COST, $90 000 BY THE ROTARY CLUB.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE THE OFFICER, MR WILFRED WONG, THE URBAN AREA DEVELOPMENT DR K.F. NIP, AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF WEST, MR DENNIS SIN.

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OF THE PUBLIC LOCAL DISTRICT

WAS GRANTED

DISTRICT ADVISER, KOWLOON

V

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES . BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233* * 91

■ WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 1984

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING:

♦COMMON' INTENTION*' ON LEGAL SYSTEM SEEN .............. 1

LEGAL SYSTEM MUST FREELY FUNCTION BEYOND 1997 - TAM..

ASSURANCE ON HUMAN RIGHTS SOUGHT ......................  4

INDIFINLINT JUDICIARY A MUST - SWAINE .................. 5

NO REASON TO STOP TSING YI WORKS STUDY.................. 8

NEW TD CARDS SCHEME AHEAD OF SCHEDULE................

STEPS TAKEN AGAINST ILLEGAL BUILDING WORKS...........

MORE COWUNITY CENTRES ON WAY..... . . . ............... 10

NO SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN ABORTION FIGURES: THCNG ...... 11

NEX7 POLICE COMPLAINTS SCHEME STUDIED.................. 12

MANNING OF LABS REFLECTS WORK DONE - HAYE ............. 13

PUBLIC HAPPY WITH -ENQUIRIES SERVICES ................. 14

BILL TO UPDATE CONVEYANCING ........................... 14

BUS OPERATORS CAN CO-EXIST; UMELCO .................... 16

FIXED PENALTY SCHEDULE AMENDED ........................ 18

TRAFFIC SIGNS REVIEW CONDUCTED ........................ 1?

/BILL SEEKS .....


bill seeks to provide clarifications......................... 21

MOVE TO £>ID TAX HOLD-OVER ABUSE............................. 22

BILL ON OPTOMETRISTS BEING DRAFTED........................... 23

FOREIGN NOTE LAW ’OBSOLETE' ................................. 24

'’-BANKRUPTCY (AMENDMENT) BILL INTRODUCED...................... 24

BILL TO RESTORE LAW SUB-SECTION ..........................   25-

+SPEAKING NOTE*- TEXT TABLED ................................ 26

TWO MORE MOTIONS MOVED ...................................... 26

TWO BILLS PASSED ............•............................... 26

GOVERNOR GOING TO LONDON JULY 3................................. 27

PEOPLE TOLD: REGISTER AND VOTE.................................. 27

U.S. MAKES ANOTHER 'CALL'• ..................................... 29

NW PLAN TO IMPROVE MONG KOK TRAFFIC ............................ 29

NT LIBRARY SERVICES ............................................ 31

SALES OF SHARES ANNOUNCED ’..................................... 32

SEMINAR ON DA FOR SCHOOL HEADS.................................. 33

PLB PROHIBITED ZONES ........................................... 33

CLEARWAY IN CENTRAL ............................................ 33

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 1984

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♦COMMON INTENTION* ON LEGAL SYSTEM SEEN * * * *

IT WAS APPARENT THAT IN APPROACHING THEIR IMPORTANT NEGOTIATIONS, BOTH THE BRITISH AND CHINESE GOVERNMENTS HAD EXPRESSED A COMMON INTENTION TO PRESERVE THE ESSENTIAL FEATURES OF HONG KONb’S LEGAL SYSTEM, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON MICHAEL THOMAS, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

+CHINESE LEADERS HAVE MADE IT CLEAR THAT THEY ENVISAGE THAT HONG KONG’S VARIOUS SYSTEMS SHOULD CONTINUE AFTER 19^7 AND THAT THE LAWS CURRENTLY IN FORCE WILL REMAIN BASICALLY UNCHANGED,* W THOMAS SAID.

SPEAKING IN THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON +THE LEGAL SYSTEM AND THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG+, MR THOMAS NOTED THAT AT HIS RECENT PRESS CONFERENCE IN HONG KONG, THE SECRETARY OF STATE, SIR GEOFFREY HOWE, HAD SAID THAT IT WAS POSSIBLE TO FORESEE A SITUATION AFTER 1997 WHERE HONG KONG'S AUTONOMY WOULD INCLUDE THE MAINTENANCE OF THE TERRITORY’S OWN FAMILIAR SYSTEM OF JUSTICE.

SIR GEOFFREY HAD SAID AT THE TIME THAT THE POST-1997 LAwS OF HONG KONG, INCLUDING WRITTEN AND COMMON LAW, WOULD BE BASED UPON THE PRESENT SYSTEM.

♦THIS UNITY OF PURPOSE OF THE TWO GOVERNMENTS MUST SURELY BE ONE OF THE MOST HOPEFUL SIGNS TO THE PEOPLE OF THIS TERRITORY THAT THE CONTINUATION OF THEIR LIFESTYLE AND THEIR WAY OF LIFE IS ASSURED BEYOND 1997.

IF THE PARTIES TO THE NEGOTIATIONS ARE ABLE TO REACH AGREEMENT UNDER WHICH THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG MAY EXPECT TO ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF THEIR OWN FAMILIAR LEGAL SYSTEM AFTER 1997, THAT WILL PROVIDE ONE OF THE MOST RELIABLE GUARANTEES TO THEM THAT THEIR FREEDOMS AND THEIR RIGHTS WILL CONTINUE TO BE RESPECTED AND ENJOYED IN THE YEARS AHEAD,+ MR THOMAS STATED.

HE SAID THE PRINCIPAL THEME OF THE UNOFFICIALS' CONTRIBUTIONS WAS ONE THAT WOULD +COMMAND SUPPORT THROUGHOUT THIS COUNCIL CHA^En AND THROUGHOUT THE LENGTH AND BREADTH OF HONG KONG+.

IN ESSENCE, THAT MESSAGE IS THAT THE LEGAL SYSTEM IS IMPORTANT TO HONG KONG AND ITS FUTURE,* HE SAID.

+THERE CAN BE NO SOCIETY IN WHICH THE STRONG ARE HELD IN CHECK AND THE WEAK ARE PROTECTED, IN WHICH PERSONAL FREEDOM EXISTS ALONGSIDE THE FORCE AND POWER NECESSARY FOR GOOD ORDER AND GOVERNMENT, WITHOUT LAWS TO DECLARE RIGHTS AND DUTIES AND COURTo TO MAKE THEM EFFECTIVE, MR THOMAS ADDED.

HONG KONG’S LEGAL SYSTEM, HE SAID, HAD SERVED ITS PEOPLE WELL, AND THE TERRITORY HAD BEEN TRANSFORMED FROM A SMALL UNDERDEVELOPED PORT OF A FEW FISHERMEN TO A SOPHISTICATED CENTRE OF INTERNATIONAL FINANCE AND REGIONAL TRADE OF 5.5 MILLION PEOPLE.

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♦THE LAWS THAT HAVE TAKEN ROOT HERE HAVE PROVIDED THE BASIo FOR A SOCIETY IN WHICH THE FREEDOM OF INDIVIDUALS IS TAKEN FOR GRANTED, WHERE NO-ONE IS DENIED A FAIR TRIAL AND WHERE NO-ONE STANDS ABOVE THE LAW, HOWEVER STRONG OR POWERFUL HE MIGHT BE.

+SYSTEMS OF THIS KIND CANNOT BE THROWN TOGETHER OVERNIGHT. THEY ARE NOT ACHIEVEMENTS OF HARDWORKING COMMITTEES. THEY ARE THE PRODUCT OF HISTORY,* HE SAID.

NOTING THAT THESE SYSTEMS DO NOT DEPEND MERELY ON THE UP-TO-DATE LETTER OF THE LAW, MR THOMAS SAID TRADITIONAL CONCEPT^ OF FAIR DEALING, RULES OF NATURAL JUSTICE, PRINCIPLES OF GOOD ADMINISTRATION, ALL COME TO BE TAKEN FOR GRANTED WHEN THEY DERlVz FROM A MATURE AND DEVELOPED LEGAL SYSTEM IN WHICH GENERATIONS OF JUDGES, LAWYERS AND ADMINISTRATORS HAVE BEEN BROUGHT UP.

+SO BOTH THE SPIRIT AND THE TEXTS OF A LEGAL SYSTEM PROVILz THE FABRIC OF A SOCIETY ON WHICH CAN BE WOVEN THE WAY OF LIFE THAT INDIVIDUALS ENJOY AND THE MANNER IN WHICH THEY EXPECT TO Bz GOVERNED,* HE SAID.

UNOFFICIALS IN THEIR SPEECHES HAD EMPHASISED PARTICULAR FEATURES OF THE LEGAL SYSTEM THAT CONTRIBUTE TO ITS IMPORTANCE, HE NOTED.

HE ADDED THAT PERHAPS ABOVE ALL ELSE, THEY HAD DEMONSTRATED THE OVERRIDING NEED FOR AN INDEPENDENT JUDICIARY APPOINTED ON MERIT, SECURE IN TENURE OF OFFICE, AND IMMUNE FROM EXTERNAL PRESSURE AND INFLUENCE.

+THE COUNCIL WOULD DO WELL TO PONDER UPON THESE VIEwS OF FELLOW MEMBERS WHO ENJOY A DISTINGUISHED STATUS IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION AND WHO SPEAK WITH SUCH EVIDENT CONVICTION AND CONCER ,* HE SA ID.

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LEGAL SYSTEM MUST FREELY FUNCTION BEYOND 1997 - TAM * * * *

HONG KONG’S LEGAL SYSTEM MUST BE ALLOWED TO FREELY FUNCTION BEYOND 1997 IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN INTERNATIONAL CONFIDENCE IN HONG KONG, THE HON MARIA TAM SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IT IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL THAT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT MAINTAINING THE FREEDOMS AND RIGHTS OF THE INDIVIDUAL UNDER THE LAW. WE CAN IN FACT MAINTAIN THE QUALITY OF SUCH FREEDOMS AND RIGHTS AS WE KNOW THEM NOW,+ SHE SAID IN AN ADJOURNMENT DEBATE.

+THE TEST OF THE QUALITY OF SUCH FREEDOMS AND RIGHTS LIES NOT ONLY IN THE IMPORTANCE OF THE DOCUMENT IN WHICH THE WORDS ARE WRITTEN BUT ALSO IN THE ACTUAL PRACTICE OF THE LAW, AND IN GIVING THE INDIVIDUAL MAXIMUM PROTECTION FROM THE VIOLATION OR DEPRIVATION OF SUCH RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS.*

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MISS TAM SAID SHE BELIEVED THAT TO GIVE SUCH PROTECTION, **E MUST DEFINE THE RIGHTS AND OBLIGATION ACCORDING TO THE AUTHORITIES AND PRINCIPLE DERIVING FROM THE SOURCES OF OUR LA*. -THE RULES OF EQUITY, THE COMMON LAw AND THE INTERNATIONAL TREATlEo.

+THE COMMON LAW PRECEDENTS ARE RICH IN EXAMPLES OF HOW THE VARIOUS RIGHTS OF THE INDIVIDUAL MAY BE EXERCISED AND PROTECTED EVEN AGAINST THE STATE. TO THAT WE MUST ADHERE.

+THE JUDGES AND LAWYERS WHO ARE CHARGED WITH THE TASK OF PROTECTING SUCH RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS MUST DO SO WITHOUT FEAR OR FAVOUR,* SHE SAID.

MISS TAM SAID THAT THE REMOVAL AND APPOINTMENT OF HONG KONG JUDGES MUST REST ON THE STRENGTH OF JUDICIAL QUALITY ALONE, THAT LAWYERS MUST BE ALLOWED TO ACT FOR THEIR CLIENTS AND ADVISE THEM IN CONF IDENCE.

+IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN THE QUALITY AND INTEGRITY OF OUR LEGAL SYSTEM AND PRACTICE I PROPOSE THAT THE FINAL COURT OF APPEAL MUST REMAIN IN THE HONG KONG SAR- THAT OUR COURTS WILL INTERPR.’ THE LAWS ENACTED IN THE HKSAR AND THAT THE LEGISLATURE OF THE omR WILL BE FREE TO ENACT THE LAWS GOVERNING ITS TRADE, ECONOMY, FINANCE, ETC. IN ALL ASPECTS EXCEPT FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND EXTERNAL DEFENCE, + SHE SAID.

SHE SAID SHE BELIEVED THAT THERE WOULD BE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO EXPRESS VIEWS ON THE +BASIC LAW* *HICr WOULD TAKE SOME TIME TO DRAFT.

THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG AND THE WORLD WILL BE LOOKING TO THE SINO-BRITISH AGREEMENT TO SEE WHAT IS GOING TO BE THE FUTURE CF HONG KONG. THERE MUST BE SUFFICIENT DETAILS IN THE AGREEMENT TO UPHOLD LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL CONFIDENCE,* SHE SAID.

+IT IS, THEREFORE, OUR VIEW THAT IN ORDER TO PRESERVE THE INTEGRITY OF OUR LEGAL SYSTEM THE PROPOSALS MADE BY MEMBERS HERE TODAY MUST BE REFLECTED IN SUFFICIENT DETAILS IN THE AGREEMENT OVER THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG, AND EVENTUALLY IN THE CONTENTS Or THE BASIC LAW,* SHE CONCLUDED.

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ASSURANCE ON HUMAN RIGHTS SOUGHT * * * *

BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS DO NOT COME FROM THE LAW BUT THEY MUST BE PROTECTED BY THE LAW, REV HON PATRICK MCGOVERN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE, FR MCGOVERN DESCRIBED THE SORT OF DETAILS HE CONSIDERED THAT SHOULD BE SPELT OUT AND GUARANTEED IN THE PROPOSED BASIC LAW IF HUMAN RIGHTS WERE TO BE PROTECTED.

HE OBSERVED THAT ONE OF THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL YEARNINGS OF PEOPLES’ HEARTS WAS THE DESIRE FOR FREEDOM, NOT ONLY IN HONG KONG BUT ALL OVER THE WORLD.

+IT IS HARD TO DEFINE FREEDOM, BUT PEOPLE KNOW WHEN THEY HAVE IT AND WHEN THEY HAVE N0T,+ HE SAID.

HE CITED THE MOVEMENT OF THOUSANDS OF REFUGEES IN RECENT DECADES ESPECIALLY IN EUROPE, AFRICA AND ASIA AS +A VIVID WITNESS TO THAT FACT+.

+IN THIS CENTURY THE WORLD COMMUNITY HAS CLARIFIED ITS COLLECTIVE THOUGHT AND HAS‘COME NEARER TO DEFINING OR DESCRIBING WHAT FREEDOM IS.

+THE BEST EFFORT SO FAR IS CONTAINED IN THE ’UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS’ ADOPTED AND PROCLAIMED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE UNITED NATIONS ON THE 1OTH OF DECEMBER 1948,+ HE NOTED.

HE TABLED THE DECLARATION AS AN APPENDIX TO HIS SPEECH.

HE POINTED OUT THAT SOME OF THE BROAD PRINCIPLES OF THE DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS HAD BEEN SPELT OUT IN GREATER DETAIL IN OTHER UNITED NATIONS DOCUMENTS AND THE ’DECLARATION ON THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF INTOLERANCE AND DISCRIMINATION BASED ON RELIGION OR BELIEF’ WAS ONE OF THESE FOLLOW UP DOCUMENTS.

COMMENTING ON THIS DOCUMENT, FR MCGOVERN SAID, +THE DIFFICULTIES IN GETTING AN AGREED DRAFT WERE SUCH THAT IT TOOK 2] YEARS TO ARRIVE AT THE VERSION PUBLISHED IN 1981.+

+THIS GIVES IN ARTICLE ONE NOT MERELY ’FREEDOM OF BELIEF’ BUT THE RIGHT INDIVIDUALLY OR IN COMMUNITY WITH OTHERS AND IN PUBLIC OR PRIVATE TO MANIFEST ONE’S RELIGION OR BELIEF IN WORSHIP, OBSERVANCE, PRACTICE AND TEACHING’,+ HE QUOTED.

HE NOTED THAT EVERY WORD HAD A MEANING AND SIGNIFICANCE BROADENING THE APPLICATION OF THE GENERAL PRINCIPLE OF THE ORIGINAL universal DECLARATION.

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♦ I GIVE this as an illustration of the sort of detail which MUST BE spelt OUT AND GUARANTEED IN THE PROPOSED BASIC LAW IF HUMAN RIGHTS ARE TO BE PROTECTED,+ HE SAID.

HE BELIEVED THAT NOT ONLY IN THE CASE OF RELIGION BUT IN ALMOST ANY OTHER FIELD SUCH AS COMMERCE, NAVIGATION OR NATIONALITY THAT SUCH DETAIL WAS NECESSARY.

HE ADDED, +IN THE PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE PROPOSED BASIC LAW FOR HONG KONG THE MEANING OF WORDS IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT.+

HE STRESSED THAT WORDS MUST BE USED IN THEIR INTERNATIONALLY ACCEPTED MEANING.

+FOR EXAMPLE WORDS LIKE ’PATRIOTISM’ OR ’PATRIOTIC’ SHOULD NOT BE TWISTED OUT OF THEIR ORDINARY MEANING SO THAT THE VIRTUE ENSHRINED IN THOSE WORDS BECOMES THE MONOPOLY OF ANY PARTICULAR PARTY OR IDEOLOGY,+ HE SAID.

HE ALSO CITED ’DEMOCRACY’, ’PEOPLE’, ’PERSON’ AND ’FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION’ AS EXAMPLES.

ON ’FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION’, HE SAID, + INTERNAT I ON ALLY THAT MEANS THE FREEDOM TO JOIN AN ASSOCIATION OF ONE’S CHOICE WHETHER IT BE A TRADE UNION OR A MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION OR A CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OR A CLUB. IT EXCLUDES THE IDEA OF BEING FORCED TO JOIN AN ASSOCIATION WHOSE OBJECTIVES MAY BE REPUGNANT TO ONE’S JUDGEMENT OR CONSCIENCE.

♦THESE ARE EXAMPLES OF THE SORT OF DETAILS WHICH MUST BE ATTENDED TO AND THE INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS THE EXERCISE OF WHICH MUST BE SAFEGUARDED, + HE ADDED.

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INDEPENDENT JUDICIARY A MUST - SWA I NE * * * *

THE ULTIMATE SAFEGUARD OF A FREE SOCIETY IS AN INDEPENDENT JUDICIARY, AND SPECIFIC PROVISION MUST BE MADE TO ENSURE THIS OBJECT IS NEVER IN JEOPARDY, THE HON JOHN SWA INE SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR SWA INE WAS SPEAKING IN THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON THE LEGAL SYSTEM AND THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG.

HE PROPOSED THAT THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR HONG KONG’S FUTURE ■INCLUDE MEASURES WHICH RECOGNISE THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT OF THE ORDINARY CITIZEN TO SEEK REDRESS IN THE COURTS FOR THE EXECUTIVE ACTIONS OF THE GOVERNMENT WHERE THESE PUT HIS LIFE, LIBERTY OR PROPERTY AT RISK.

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THE MEASURES SHOULD ALSO RECOGNISE HIS FURTHER RIGHT TO THE SERVICES OF A FEARLESS, INDEPENDENT LEGAL PROFESSION WHOSE COMMUNICATION WITH HIM WOULD BE PRIVILEGED, HE STRESSED.

♦ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN, WE MUST ENSURE THAT PROSECUTIONS ARE CONDUCTED ON THE WELL-ESTABLISHED PRINCIPLE THAT THE PROSECUTOR IS A MINISTER OF JUSTICE, WHOSE JOB IT IS TO BRING THE FACTS BEFORE THE COURT AND TO ENSURE THAT JUSTICE IS DONE.

♦PROFESSIONALISM, INTEGRITY, AND FREEDOM FROM EXTERNAL INFLUENCE ARE ESSENTIAL,+ HE SAID.

HE EMPHASISED THAT HONG KONG MUST ENSURE THE ADOPTION, AFTER 1997, OF AN INDEPENDENT BODY SIMILAR TO THE EXISTING JUDICIAL SERVICE COMMISSION WITH ITS INTEGRITY AND COMPETENCE BEYOND REPROACH.

♦IT SHOULD BE CHARGED WITH THE DUTY OF ADVISING THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THIS TERRITORY ON APPOINTMENTS TO AND ADVANCEMENT WITHIN THE JUDICIAL SERVICE,+ HE SAID.

HE STRESSED THAT APPOINTMENTS MUST BE ON THE BASIS OF MERIT, FREE OF EXTERNAL INFLUENCE AND NON-POLIT I CAL.

HE SAID THAT SECURITY OF TENURE IS ESSENTIAL IN ORDER TO PRESERVE JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE, AND THE UNDERLYING THEME OF THE PRESENT ARTICLE 16A OF THE HONG KONG LETTERS PATENT SHOULD THUS BE ADOPTED IN THE TERRITORY’S FUTURE ARRANGEMENTS.

THIS WOULD PERMIT REMOVAL OF JUDGES ONLY ON THE GROUNDS OF INABILITY (THROUGH PHYSICAL OR MENTAL INFIRMITY) TO PERFORM THE FUNCTIONS OF THEIR OFFICE, AND OF MISBEHAVIOUR.

IT IS NOT MISBEHAVIOUR FOR A JUDGE TO ARRIVE AT A DECISION WHICH IS UNPOPULAR OR AT VARIANCE WITH OFFICIAL POLICY. HE RULES ON THE VIEW HE TAKES OF THE LAW,+ HE SAID.

HE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT DISMISSAL OF THE JUDGE OR OF ANY JUDICIAL OFFICER SHOULD ONLY BE SANCTIONED AFTER INVESTIGATION BY, AND ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF, AN INDEPENDENT TRIBUNAL.

THE TRIBUNAL COULD BE THE SAME BODY THAT ADVISES ON APPOINTMENTS.

BUT THERE MUST BE NO EXTERNAL INFLUENCE, AND NO SUBVERTING CF THIS B0DY,+ HE SAID.

MR SWA INE SUGGESTED AT THE RECENT DEBATE ON THE LOBO MOTION THAT MEMBERS OF THE ENGLISH BENCH BE INVITED TO SIT IN HONG KONG UNDER A SYSTEM OF RENEWABLE ENGAGEMENTS.

THAT SUGGESTION WAS MADE AS A MEANS OF ALLAYING FEARS ABOUT THE QUALITY OR PARTIALITY OF OUR JUDICIAL DECISIONS AFTER 1997, ON THE TERMINATION OF APPEALS TO THE PRIVY COUNCIL IN LONDON,+ HE EXPLAINED.

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TO AVOID THE DANGER OF HONG KONG BECOMING INSULAR IN ITS INTERPRETATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE LAW, MR SWA I NE SAID HONG KONG MUST ENSURE THAT ITS LAW KEEPS PACE WITH THE OTHER COMMON LAW JURISDICTIONS OF THE WORLD, PARTICULARLY IN THE FIELD OF COMMERCIAL LAW.

♦WE MUST BE READY TO EMBRACE JUDICIAL P ECEDENTS DEVELOPED IN THE UK AND OTHER COMMON LAW JURISDICTIONS, SO THAT WE DO NOT STAGNATE BUT REMAIN PART OF THE MAINSTREAM.

+WHERE, HOWEVER, THE ISSUES ARE OF A PURELY DOMESTIC NATURE, SAY, IN THE AREAS OF PERSONAL INJURY AWARDS AND FAMILY DISPUTES, WE CAN AFFORD TO DEVELOP A MORE HONG KONG ACCENTED SET OF PRECEDENTS,+ HE SAID.

HE ALSO STRESSED THAT ENGLISH MUST REMAIN THE LANGUAGE OF THE LAW, AT LEAST IN THE HIGHER COURTS, SO AS TO ENSURE PRECISION AND CERTAINTY, AND IN ORDER TO COMMAND INTERNATIONAL RESPECT.

ON VARIOUS FREEDOMS WHICH WILL NEED TO BE SAFEGUARDED, HE SAID, +THE RIGHT OF TRAVEL OUTSIDE HONG KONG IS CLEARLY ESSENTIAL TO OUR WELL-BEING, STABILITY AND PROSPERITY, PARTICULARLY AS HONG KONG IS SO EXPORT-ORIENTED.*

THE ISSUE OF A TRAVEL DOCUMENT, WHICH IS INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED, IS OF VITAL IMPORTANCE, HE ADDED.

HE ADVOCATED THAT TRAVEL DOCUMENTS OF THE PURELY HONG KONG STYLE SHOULD BE ISSUED TO PEOPLE WHO EITHER DO NOT HAVE BRITISH NATIONAL STATUS OR WHO WISH TO HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE DOCUMENT.

♦SUCH HONG KONG TRAVEL DOCUMENTS SHOULD BE ISSUED BY THE GOVERNING AUTHORITY OF HONG KONG, RECOGNISING THE STATUS OF THE HOLDER AS HONG KONG BELONGER WITH THE RIGHT OF ABODE HERE AND THE FREE RIGHT OF ENTRY INTO HONG KONG.

♦RECOGNITION OF THE RIGHT OF ABODE HERE CARRIES WITH IT THE NECESSARY IMPLICATION, WHICH IS FUNDAMENTAL IN A FREE SOCIETY, THAT THE HONG KONG BELONGER CANNOT BE COMPELLED TO LEAVE HONG KONG BY SOME SYSTEM OF RUSTICATION OR BANISHMENT.

♦HE TOO MUST HAVE SECURITY OF TENURE, WITH THE RIGHT TO LEAVE, IF HE SO WISHES, AND THE RIGHT TO RETURN. THESE ARE AMONG THE RIGHTS OF THE INDIVIDUAL WHICH AN INDEPENDENT JUDICIARY WILL BE ABLE TO PRESERVE AND FOSTER,+ HE SAID.

IN CONCLUSION, MR SWA INE SAID THAT IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT THE FINAL COURT OF APPEAL FOR HONG KONG IS HONG KONG, NOT PEKING.

♦TO CONTEMPLATE OTHERWISE IS TO DESTROY THE EDIFICE SO CAREFULLY BUILT UP OVER THE YEARS AND TO REPUDIATE THE NOTION OF JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE AND THE RULE OF LAW,+ HE SAID.

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NO REASON TO STOP TSING Yl WORKS STUDY * * * *

A CONSULTANTS’ STUDY HAD FOUND THAT NO REASON OF PUBLIC SAFETY EXISTED TO HALT THE OVERALL DEVELOPMENT OF TSING Yl ISLAND, THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WAS TOLD TODAY.

THE CONSULTANTS CARRYING OUT THE STUDY HAD BEEN APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO REVIEW POSSIBLE DANGERS FROM LP GAS TANKS, OIL INSTALLATIONS AND TOXIC CHEMICAL WORKS ON TSING Yl, THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, THE HON DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID.

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON MRS SELINA CHOW ON WHETHER THE TSING Yl RESIDENTS WERE ADEQUATELY PROTECTED FROM POTENTIAL HAZARDS.

MR AKERS-JONES SAID THE STUDY BY THE CONSULTANTS ALSO CONCLUDED THAT THE RISKS TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC FOR TODAY’S SITUATION ON TSING Yl WERE COMPARABLE WITH INTERNATIONALLY ACCEPTED LEVELS.

HOWEVER, THE CONSULTANTS ALSO SAID THAT THE PROXIMITY OF MAYFAIR GARDENS TO THE MOBIL TERMINAL GIVES RISE TO CIRCUMSTANCES WHICH ARE CONSIDERED TO BE QN THE BORDER-LINE OF ACCEPTABILITY, SAID MR AKERS-JONES.

♦THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS ON THIS HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED BY EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AND, AS A RESULT, A WORKING GROUP HAS BEEN SET UP UNDER MY CHAIRMANSHIP TO CONSIDER WHAT COMBINATION OF MEASURES CAN BE TAKEN TO IMPROVE THIS PARTICULAR SITUATION.

♦THE WORKING GROUP WILL REPORT BACK WITH ITS RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL ON THIS WITHIN THREE MONTHS.+

HE ADDED THAT ALL THE INSTALLATIONS WERE CONSTRUCTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH CONDITIONS PRESCRIBED IN THE LAW AND OPERATED UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE DANGEROUS GOODS ORDINANCE.

THEY ARE THEREFORE SUBJECT TO ISSUE OF AN ANNUAL LICENCE, FOLLOWING INSPECTIONS BY THE SPECIFIED AUTHORITY, THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH SAFETY STANDARDS.

♦THE GOVERNMENT NOW ALSO HAVE AVAILABLE THE EXPERTISE OF THE GAS ADVISER’S OFF ICE,+ HE SAID.

♦INSPECTIONS CARRIED OUT BY THEIR OFFICES IDENTIFIED SEVERAL AREAS WHERE IMPROVEMENTS WERE DESIRABLE. THESE ARE NOW BEING IMPLEMENTED BY THE COMPANIES AS A CONDITION OF LICENCE.+

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NEW ID CARDS SCHEME AHEAD OF SCHEDULE *****

THE SCHEME TO ISSUE NEW IDENTITY CARDS IS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE, INE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL HEARD TODAY.

THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON DAVID JEAFFRESON, SAID THAT THE SCHEME WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED IN FOUR AND A HALF YEARS - BY THE END OF 1987.

IN FACT, THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT IS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE AND IS PLANNING TO COMPLETE IT BY APRIL 1987, AT LEAST SIX MONTHS EARLIER THAN EXPECTED,* HE SAID.

MR JEAFFRESON WAS ANSWERING A QUESTION FROM THE HON RITA FAN WHO WANTED TO KNOW HOW THE SCHEME WAS PROGRESSING.

HE SAID THAT THERE WERE 4.5 MILLION OLD CARDS TO BE REPLACED AND BY JUNE 20 THIS YEAR 1 260 000 PEOPLE HAD ALREADY RECEIVED »EW CARDS.

TWENTY-EIGHT PER CENT OF THE PEOPLE WHO NEED NEW IDENTITY CARDS HAVE NOW BEEN ISSUED WITH THEM,+ HE SAID.

IT IS A DANGEROUS COMMENT TO MAKE BEFORE A SCHEME IS COMPLETED, BUT I THINK THIS STORY IS ONE OF REMARKABLE SUCCESS IN DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES.

THE CREDIT MUST GO TO THE STAFF OF THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT AND OF ALL THE OTHER DEPARTMENTS INVOLVED IN SETTING UP THE RE-ISSUE SCHEME.♦

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STEPS TAKEN AGAINST ILLEGAL BUILDING WORKS *****

OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS 6 041 INSPECTIONS OF BUILDINGS WERE CARRIED OUT AND 1 763 ORDERS WERE MADE FOR THE REMOVAL OF ILLEGAL WORKS AND REINSTATEMENT, THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON CHAN NAI-KEONG, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

ANSWERING A QUESTION FROM THE HON PAULINE NG, MR CHAN SAID MOST OF THE ORDERS RELATED TO SERIOUS BREACHES GIVING RISE TO HAZARDS TO LIFE AND LIMB, AND WERE GIVEN THE GREATEST PRIORITY.

HE SAID THE LANDS DEPARTMENT HAD ALSO BEEN ASSISTING IN THE CONTROL OF ILLEGAL BUILDING WORKS IN CASES WHERE LEASE CONDITIONS ALLOWED RE-ENTRY AS A SANCTION IN RESPECT OF BREACHES CF THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE AND THIS HAD LED TO 45 CASES OF ILLEGALITIES BEING REMEDIED.

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♦IN RESPONSE TO BRANCH, DEDICATED TO BUILDINGS ORDINANCE, OFFICE IN JANUARY OF

THE GROWING PROBLEM, A CONTROL AND ENFORCEMENT

THE TASK OF ENFORCING COMPLIANCE WITH THE WAS FORMED WITHIN THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE THIS YEAR,* MR CHAN SAID.

AS TO THE FUTURE IT WAS INTENDED TO CONTINUE IMMEDIATE ACTION AGAINST ILLEGAL BUILDING WORKS WHICH POSED AN OBVIOUS AND IMMEDIATE DANGER TO LIFE AND LIMB. IT WAS ALSO HOPED TO BE ABLE TO ENLARGE THE CONTROL AND ENFORCEMENT BRANCH TO ENABLE IT TO EXERCISE GREATER CONTROL AND THE LANDS DEPARTMENT WOULD CONTINUE

AS POSSIBLE

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THIS

♦APART FROM

PROPOSALS HAVE BEEN FORMULATED, AND ARE

BEING CONSIDERED WITHIN GOVERNMENT, FOR LEGISLATION AIMED AT MORE EFFECTIVE CONTROL OVER ILLEGAL BUILDING WORKS,* MR CHAN SAID

HE TOLD THE COUNCIL IT WAS DIFFICULT TO QUOTE A PRECISE FIGURE FOR THE NUMBER OF UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS KNOWN TO THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE BECAUSE CASE FILES WERE OPENED ON THE BASIS OF INDIVIDUAL BUILDINGS OR BUILDING COMPLEXES AND W REFER TO ONLY ONE OR SEVERAL ILLEGAL WORKS WITHIN THAT PARTICULAR BUILDING OR COMPLEX.

♦THERE ARE, HOWEVER, NEARLY 18 000 SUCH FILES ON REPORTED ILLEGALITIES,* MR CHAN TOLQ COUNCILLORS.

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THE PROVISION OF COMMUNITY CENTRE FACILITIES WAS MUCH BETTER THAN SOME YEARS AGO AND THERE WOULD BE FURTHER IMPROVEMENT IN THE YEARS AHEAD, THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, THE HON DAVID AKERS-JONES, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THIS (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON.

HE NOTED THAT NINE COMMUNITY CENTRES, EIGHT ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRES AND 17 COMMUNITY HALLS WOULD BE BUILT IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS IF FUNDS WERE AVAILABLE.

OF THESE, A COMMUNITY CENTRE, AN ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE AND THREE COMMUNITY HALLS WILL BE COMPLETED WITHIN THIS FINANCIAL YEAR.

MR AKERS-JONES WAS REPLYING TO QUESTIONS BY AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, THE HON CHAN YING-LUN, REGARDING THE PROVISION OF SUCH FACILITIES AS RECOMMENDED IN THE +HONG KONG PLANNING STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES* AND THE MEASURES BEING TAKEN BY GOVERNMENT TO >EET ANY SHORTFALLS.

♦THE REQUIREMENT FOR THESE FACILITIES IS ESTIMATED BY EXAMINING THE POPULATION BU1LD-UP AND GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION AREA BY AREA AND YEAR BY YEAR,* MR AKERS-JONES SAID.

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BASED ON THIS, HE SAID, THE PRESENT REQUIREMENT FOR THESE FACILITIES, TOGETHER WITH THOSE ESTIMATED FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, WAS 35 COMMUNITY CENTRES, 24 ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRES, AND 40 COMMUNITY HALLS.

ALREADY, 24 COMMUNITY CENTRES, 14 ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRES AND 22 COMMUNITY HALLS HAVE BEEN PROVIDED THROUGHOUT HONG KONG.

♦THE PLANNING SHORTFALL BY 1989 WOULD THEREFORE BE TWO COMMUNITY CENTRES, TWO ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRES AND A COMMUNITY HALL,+ HE SAID.

♦ONE OF THESE COMMUNITY CENTRES IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY 1990-91, AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE OTHER FACILITIES COULD PROCEED IF SITES AND FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE.+

NEVERTHELESS, HE ADDED THAT INTERIM MEASURES COULD BE TAKEN BEFORE THE FULL COMPLETION OF THESE STANDARD FACILITIES. THESE INCLUDE:-

X MAKING FULL USE OF ASSEMBLY HALLS AND SCHOOL HALLS SO THAT THEY CAN SERVE AS ADDITIONAL VENUES FOR MEETINGS AND LARGER SCALE EVENTS?

X ALTERNATIVE ACCOMODATION FOR WELFARE SERVICES, SUCH AS NURSERIES AND DAY-CARE CENTRES IN PLACES WHERE THESE SERVICES ARE NOT YET PROVIDED IN PURPOSE-BUILT CENTRES;

X ASSISTANCE TO VOLUNTARY AGENCIES TO UPGRADE AND CONVERT THEIR BUILDINGS TO PROVIDE MORE SERVICES AND FACILITIES; AND

X EXPANSION OF THE SERVICE CATCHMENT AREA OF EXISTING COMMUNITY CENTRE FACILITIES.

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NO SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN ABORTION FIGURES? THONG

X X X X X

THERE HAS NOT BEEN ANY APPRECIABLE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER CF TERMINATION PREGNANCY CASES IN THE PAST THREE YEARS, ACCORDING TO THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR THE HON K.L. THONG.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION ON ABORTION FROM THE HON PETER C. WONG AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY, DR THONG SAID THAT THE NUMBER OF TERMINATION OF PREGNANCY CASES FOR THE YEAR 1981, 1982 AND 1983 WERE 10 622, 12 219 AND 13 382 RESPECTIVELY.

FOR THESE THREE YEARS, THE CORRESPONDING RATES OP INCREASE OVER THE PRECEDING YEAR WERE 13 PER CENT, 15 PER CENT AND 10 PER CENT.

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DR THONG SAID THAT WHILE THERE HAD BEEN AN UPWARD TREND IN THE NUMBER OF THESE CASES SINCE THE AMENDMENT OF THE OFFENCES AGAINST THE PERSON ORDINANCE IN FEBRUARY 1981, THE RATES OF YEARS HAD NOT SHOWN

ANY APPRECIABLE

INCREASE IN THE PAST THREE CHANGE.

AS REGARDS THE NUMBER THE COUNCIL THAT THERE WAS THE SAME PERIOD.

OF ILLEGAL ABORTION ALSO NO APPRECIABLE

CASES, HE TOLD CHANGE DURING

ACCORDING TO AVAILABLE RECORDS FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE, THE NUMBER OF ILLEGAL ABORTION CASES FOR THE YEARS 1981, 1982 AND 1983 WERE FIVE, ONE AND FIVE RESPECTIVELY.

DR THONG EXPLAINED THAT IN ANY CASE, THE NUMBERS WERE VERY SMALL AND IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO DRAW ANY DEFINITE CONCLUSIONS FROM THESE FIGURES TO DETERMINE THE EFFECTS, IF ANY, OF THE AMENDMENTS OF THE ORDINANCE ON THE NUMBER OF ILLEGAL ABORTIONS.

HE ADDED THAT FROM THE STATISTICS ON THE NUMBERS AND RATES OF INCREASE OF LEGAL AND ILLEGAL TERMINATION OF PREGNANCY CASES, THE AMENDMENTS TO THE LAW DID NOT APPEAR TO HAVE RESULTED IN ANY SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN THIS RESPECT.

HE WAS ALSO NOT AWARE OF ANY SPECIFIC ASSESSMENTS WHICH HAD BEEN MADE ON SOCIAL CONSEQUENCES SINCE THE AMENDMENTS TO THE LAW WERE MADE.

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NEW POLICE COMPLAINTS SCHEME STUDIED * * * *

A SCHEME WHICH ALLOWS INFORMAL RESOLUTION OF MINOR AND COMPLAINTS AGAINST POLICE IS BEING INTRODUCED BY THE UMELCO GROUP.

THIS WAS SAID TODAY BY THE HON T.S. LO AS HE PRESENTED GROUP’S 1983 ANNUAL REPORT TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

TRIVIAL

POLICE

THE

HAD BEENLEXAMINe™AT * REC°RD NUMBER 0F P0L,CE INVESTIGATION REPORTS

♦THIS INCREASING WORKLOAD AND THE LIMITED AUDIT ROLE OF THE GROUP HAS BEEN A MATTER OF GROWING CONCERN TO US. IN CONCERT WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S CHAMBERS, THE SECURITY BRANCH AND THE POLICE A WORKING PARTY HAS BEEN SET UP TO CONSIDER NEW AND IMPROVED WORKING PROCEDURES FOR MONITORING THE HANDLING OF PUBLIC COMPLAINTS BY THE POL ICE,+ HE SAID.

♦WITH OTHER PROPOSALS, THE GROUP IS ATTRACTED TO A SCHEME WHICH PROVIDES FOR THE INFORMAL RESOLUTION OF SOME MINOR AND TRIVIAL COMPLAINTS.

/+THE SCHEME

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♦THE SCHEME WOULD CONTAIN AN ELEMENT OF CONCILIATION, ON SIMILAR LINES TO THAT PROPOSED FOR THE UK UNDER THE POLICE AND CRIMINAL EVIDENCE BILL, WHICH IS CURRENTLY BEFORE PARLIAMENT.

♦IT IS FELT THAT A SCHEME OF THIS SORT, TO ALLOW THE PROMPT RESOLUTION OF COMPLAINTS WHICH OFTEN ARISE FROM A SIMPLE MISUNDERSTANDING, COULD DO MUCH TO IMPROVE FURTHER POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS.♦

MR LO ALSO PAID TRIBUTE FOR THE CO-OPERATION AND ASSISTANCE THE GROUP HAS CONTINUED TO RECEIVE FROM THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE AND ALL OFFICERS OF THE COMPLAINTS AND INTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS BRANCH.

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MANNING OF LABS REFLECTS WORK DONE - HAYE * * M

THE NUMBER OF LABORATORY TECHNICIANS PROVIDED TO EACH SCHOOL IS BASED ON THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PRACTICAL SCIENCE PERIODS A WEEK FOR THE WHOLE SCHOOL, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, THE HON COLVYN HAYE SAID TODAY.

THIS MANNING SCALE WAS INTRODUCED IN 1981, AND GIVES FULL RECOGNITION AND SUPPORT TO THE INTRODUCTION OF THE NEW SCIENCE SYLLABUSES WITH MORE EMPHASIS ON PRACTICAL WORK, HE TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON YEUNG PO-KWAN CONCERNING SCHOOL LABORATORIES, MR HAYE SAID THE 1981 MANNING SCALE IS BASED ON THE NUMBER OF PRACTICAL LESSONS AND FULLY TAKES INTO ACCOUNT INCREASED SCHOOL WORKLOAD, WHILE ALLOWING SCHOOLS TO CONTINUE TO OPERATE EITHER A FIVE-DAY WEEK OR A SIX-DAY CYCLE.

PRIOR TO THAT, MANNING HAD BEEN BASED ENTIRELY ON THE NUMBER OF LABORATORIES IN EACH SCHOOL.

THE +NEW+ MANNING SCALE, MR HAYE SAID, WAS INTRODUCED TO REFLECT THE WORK ACTUALLY DONE IN SCHOOL LABORATORIES, AND WAS DEEMED TO BE AN IMPROVEMENT.

THERE ARE AT PRESENT 177 GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SECONDARY SCHOOLS WITH FOUR LABORATORIES.

BASED ON THE PRESENT MANNING SCALE, 134 OF THESE SCHOOLS ARE ENTITLED TO NOT MORE THAN TWO LABORATORY TECHNICIANS AND 43 TO MORE THAN TWO TECHNICIANS, MR HAYE SAID.

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PUBLIC HAPPY WITH ENQUIRIES SERVICES

MM*

STUDIES HAVE SHOWN A GENERALLY HIGH LEVEL OF SATISFACTION AMONG MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC USING GOVERNMENT ENQUIRY COUNTERS, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON IAN MACPHERSON, SAID TODAY.

MR MACPHERSON WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL FROM THE HON CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, WHO WANTED TO KNOW HOW THE GOVERNMENT ASSESSES WHETHER MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE SATISFIED WITH THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY ENQUIRY COUNTER STAFF IN DEPARTMENTS, SUCH AS IMMIGRATION, LABOUR AND SOCIAL WELFARE.

MR MACPHERSON SAID THAT IN ADDITION TO DAY-TO-DAY MONITORING BY HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS, THE CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH RECENTLY CARRIED OUT STUDIES ON THE DELIVERY OF GOVERNMENT SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC IN SELECTED OFFICES OF THE POST OFFICE, MEDICAL AND HEALTH AND IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENTS.

♦THE RESULTS INDICATED A GENERALLY HIGH LEVEL OF SATISFACTION AMONG THE RESPONDENTS, AND WHERE SHORTCOMINGS WERE PINPOINTED IMPROVEMENTS WERE INTRODUCED,+ MR MACPHERSON SAID.

HOWEVER, HE SAID, THERE IS ALWAYS ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT -PARTICULARLY WHERE DEPARTMENTS ARE EXPANDING RAPIDLY INTO DEVELOPING AREAS AND WHERE STANDARDS OF SERVICE AND SUPERVISION HAVE NOT FULLY SETTLED DOWN.

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BILL TO UPDATE CONVEYANCING * * *

A BILL AIMING TO BRING CONVEYANCING IN HONG KONG UP TO DATE WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE CONVEYANCING AND PROPERTY BILL 1984, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON MICHAEL THOMAS, POINTED OUT THAT CONVEYANCING HERE STILL FOLLOWS THE LAW AND PRACTICE AS IT WAS IN ENGLAND IN 1844.

NONE OF THE MAJOR REFORMING MEASURES IN THAT COUNTRY OF THE 19TH CENTURY OR OF 1925 HAD BEEN INTRODUCED INTO HONG KONG, W THOMAS SAID.

ATTEMPTS IN 1966 AND 1973 TO UPDATE THE LAW ON CONVEYANCING HAD FOUNDERED FOR LACK OF CONSENSUS WITHIN THE PROFESSION ON WHAT WAS REQUIRED, HE ADDED.

IN OCTOBER 1982, A WORKING GROUP CONSISTING OF THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, ONE OF HIS LEGAL OFFICERS, FOUR PRACTISING CONVEYANCERS AND THE DEPUTY LAW DRAFTSMAN WAS FORMED AND BEGAN CONSIDERATION GF THE CONTENTS OF A NEW B-ILL.

/this group .......

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THIS GROUP WAS LATER JOINED BY THE DIRECTOR OF PROFESSIONAL LEGAL EDUCATION OF HONG KONG UNIVERSITY’S SCHOOL OF LAW AND A MEMBER OF HIS ACADEMIC STAFF.

THE WORKING GROUP, MR THOMAS SAID, HAD MET ON NO LESS THAN 35 OCCASIONS.

FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES, A BILL WAS GAZETTED IN JULY 1983, AND THEREAFTER THE GROUP CONSIDERED MANY REPRESENTATIONS AND SUGGESTIONS THAT FOLLOWED THE PUBLICATION OF THE BILL.

AN AMENDED BILL WAS PRINTED AND CIRCULATED IN FEBRUARY 1984 AND LATER THAT MONTH, A SEMINAR ON THE BILL WAS HELD.

♦THE WORKING GROUP SATISFIED ITSELF THAT ALL THOSE INTERESTED HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THEIR VIEWS KNOWN, AND I CAN NOW SAY WITH CONFIDENCE IN THE LIGHT OF THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS THAT THE BILL HAS THE SUPPORT OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION GENERALLY, THE HONG KON<a ASSOCIATION OF BANKS AND THE PUBLIC,* MR THOMAS SAID.

THE MORE IMPORTANT CLAUSES OF THE BILL MAKE PROVISION FOR THE FOLLOWING MATTERSt

* A SIMPLIFIED AND EXPEDITIOUS COURT PROCEDURE FOR RESOLVING DISPUTES RELATING TO LAND (CLAUSE 12)J

* THE SIMPLIFICATION OF THE VENDOR’S OBLIGATION TO PROVIDE PROOF OF TITLE OF LAND PURCHASED (CLAUSE 13);

* THE IMPLICATION OF COVENANTS FOR TITLE TO LAND WHICH SHOULD REDUCE THE LENGTH OF CONVEYANCING DOCUMENTS (CLAUSE 35);

* THE INCORPORATION OF COVENANTS AND CONDITIONS INTO CONVEYANCING DOCUMENTS BY REFERENCE, ALSO FOR THE PURPOSE OF REDUCING THE LENGTH OF LEGAL DOCUMENTS RELATING TO LAND (CLAUSE 36);

M STANDARD CONVEYANCING DOCUMENTS IN A SHORT AND SIMPLIFIED FORM (CLAUSE 37); AND

* A NEW SYSTEM OF MORTGAGING BY WAY OF CHARGE IN PLACE OF THE ARTIFICIAL ASSIGNMENT OF THE LEGAL ESTATE, WITH INCREASED PROTECTION FOR LENDERS (PART V).

MR THOMAS SAID THAT IT WAS PROPOSED THE BILL SHOULD COME INTO OPERATION ON NOVEMBER 1, 1984, TO GIVE PRACTITIONERS TIME TO REORGANISE THEIR PROCEDURES IN THE LIGHT OF THE REFORMS.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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BUS OPERATORS CAN CO-EXIST: UMELCO * * * *

UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WERE OF THE VIEW THAT BOTH FRANCHISED AND PRIVATE OMNIBUS OPERATORS COULD CO-EXIST SATISFACTORILY AND PROVIDE HIGH QUALITY SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC, HON MARIA TAM SAID TODAY.

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE PUBLIC OMNIBUS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1984 IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, SHE SAID MEMBERS OF THE LEGCO COMMUNITY SERVICES WORKING GROUP HAD COME TO THIS VIEW AFTER EXAMINING THE BILL, TOGETHER WITH THE REPRESENTATIONS RECEIVED ON IT.

♦THE FRANCHISED BUS COMPANIES HAVE EXPRESSED THEIR FEAR THAT THE OPERATION OF THE PRIVATE BUS OPERATORS ON RESIDENTIAL ROUTES AND MULTIPLE TRANSPORT SERVICES WILL INFRINGE ON THEIR MOST PROFITABLE ROUTES,♦ SHE SAID.

THE WORKING GROUP HAD THEREFORE EXAMINED THE RESTRICTIONS ON THE GRANTING OF LICENCES TO THESE TWO TYPES OF SERVICES, AND HAD CONCLUDED THAT THE EXISTENCE OF THESE SERVICES WAS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE COMMUNITY, PROVIDED THAT SUFFICIENT CARE WAS TAKEN TO ENSURE THAT THE PRIVATE OPERATORS DID NOT CONTRAVENE THE CONDITIONS OF THE LICENCE, SHE SAID.

MISS TAM ADDED THAT THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT HAD AGREED TO SPEAK ON THE LICENSING CONDITIONS FOR THE RESIDENTIAL AND MULTIPLE TRANSPORT SERVICES AND WOULD MOVE SOME AMENDMENTS TO THE BILL AT THE COMMITTEE STAGE.

I AND MY UNOFFICIAL COLLEAGUES ARE IN FULL AGREEMENT WITH THESE AMENDMENTS AS THEY PROVIDE A FAIR BALANCE BETWEEN THE INTERESTS OF THE TWO FRANCHISED BUS COMPANIES AND THE INTERESTS CF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG,+ SHE SAID.

THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON ALAN SCOTT THANKED MISS TAM FOR HER REMARKS, AND OTHER UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS IN THEIR COMMUNITY SERVICES WORKING GROUP, FOR THE METICULOUS ATTENTION GIVEN TO THE BILL.

HE SAID THAT CLAUSE 5(C) OF THE BILL PROVIDING FOR RESIDENTIAL COACH SERVICES HAD EVOKED CONCERN FROM THE TWO MAJOR BUS COMPANIES, IN THAT THE RESIDENTIAL COACH SERVICES MIGHT BE AN INFRINGEMENT OF THEIR FRANCHISES.

THESE RESIDENTIAL COACH SERVICES ARE INTENDED TO COMPLEMENT, NOT TO COMPETE WITH, THE FRANCHISED SERVICES. APPROVAL IS SUBJECT TO STRICT CONDITIONS TO AVOID INFRINGEMENT ON EXISTING FRANCHISES.

THE SCHEME WAS IN FACT FULLY DISCUSSED AND AGREED WITH THE TWO FRANCHISED BUS OPERATORS BEFORE ITS INTRODUCTION IN 1982.

/■♦•BEFORE LICENSING ...........

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BEFORE LICENSING ANY SUCH SERVICE, DISCUSSIONS ARE HELD WITH EITHER THE FRANCHISE HOLDER CONCERNED.

IT IS NOT INTENDED TO CHANGE THE SCHEME OR THE CONSULTATIVE PROCEDURES,+ HE SAID.

HOWEVER, IN ORDER TO AVOID ANY DOUBT ON THIS POINT AND TO REFLECT EXISTING PRACTICE FULLY, HE PROPOSED AT THE COMMITTEE STAGE AMENDING CLAUSE 5(0, NEW PARAGRAPH (F), BY INSERTING, AFTER +THE COMMISSIONER*, THE WORDS +AFTER CONSIDERING THE INTERESTS OF ANY GRANTEE FRANCHISED TO OPERATE OVER ANY PART OF THE ROUTE TO BE COVERED BY THE SERVICE OR ANY OTHER RELEVANT MATTER, ........♦.

MR SCOTT SAID ALSO THAT A RELATED CONCERN EXPRESSED BY THE TWO MAJOR BUS COMPANIES WAS THAT THE LICENCE CONDITIONS CF RESIDENTIAL COACH SERVICES BE ADEQUATELY ENFORCED.

MR SCOTT ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THE LAW, AS IT STANDS, *IS NOT WHOLLY SATISFACTORY FOR ENFROCEMENT PURPOSES.*

BUT HE SAID THAT WHEN THE NEW ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE (CAP. 374) COMES INTO EFFECT IN AUGUST THIS YEAR, A PASSENGER SERVICE LICENCE UNDER SECTION 27 OF CAP. 374 WILL BE REQUIRED FOR THE OPERATOR OF A RESIDENTIAL COACH SERVICE AND HE FELT THAT ENFORCEMENT WILL THEN BE MORE EFFECTIVE.

HE ALSO NOTED THAT FRANCHISED COMPANIES WERE ALSO ANXIOUS ABOUT A POSSIBLE INFRINGEMENT OF FRANCHISE THROUGH OPERATION CF A MULTIPLE TRANSPORT SERVICE AND MOVED AN AMENDMENT SPECIFICALLY TO AVOID SUCH A SERVICE BEING INTRODUCED WHICH WOULD PARALLEL A REGULAR COMMUTER SERVICE.

ADDITIONALLY, HE PROPOSED SOME MINOR AMENDMENTS, AS ALREADY TABLED BEFORE COUNCIL.

OF THESE, HE MENTIONEDi

FIRST, AN AMENDMENT TO CLAUSE 8, WHICH WILL ENABLE A DISAGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GRANTEE AND THE COMMISSIONER TO BE PUT TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT FOR RESOLUTION, NOT ONLY IN REGARD TO THE FIVE-YEAR PROGRAMME ITSELF, BUT ALSO TO SUBSEQUENT PROPOSED ALTERATIONS.

SECOND, THE DELETION AND REPLACEMENT OF CLAUSE 17, TO PROVIDE A NECESSARY AMENDMENT FURTHER TO CLAUSE 4 OF THE BILL WHICH AMENDS SECTION 3 OF THE ORDINANCE. THIS PROVIDES FOR AN APPEAL AGAINST A DECISION OF THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, AS HE HAS NOW GOT INTO THE ACT, IN THE SAME WAY AS ALREADY PROVIDED IN RESPECT OF DECISIONS BY THE COMMISSIONER OR OTHER PUBL IC OFF ICER INVOLVED.*

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FIXED PENALTY SCHEDULE AMENDED * * * *

A MOTION, AMENDING THE SCHEDULE TO THE FIXED PENALTY (CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS) ORDINANCE TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE (1982) IN AUGUST THIS YEAR WAS APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

♦FOR THE UNINTERRUPTED OPERATION OF THE FIXED PENALTY SYSTEM, THE SCHEDULE MUST BE AMENDED SO THAT IT REFERS NOT TO OFFENCES IN THE EXISTING ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE, BUT TO THE SECTIONS OF AND REGULATIONS MADE UNDER THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE (CHAPTER 374),+ THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON ALAN SCOTT, SAID IN MOVING THE RESOLUTION.

AMENDMENTS TO THE DESCRIPTION OF OFFENCES AS APPROPRIATE, INCLUDING THE METRICATION OF MEASUREMENTS, WERE ALSO APPROVED.

MOVING THE RESOLUTION, MR SCOTT HAD SAID THE OPPORTUNITY WAS TAKEN TO RATIONALISE THE LIST OF FIXED PENALTY OFFENCES.

THE MAIN FUNCTION OF THE FIXED PENALTY SYSTEM, HE SAID, WAS TO REDUCE THE TIME REQUIRED BY MOTORISTS, THE POLICE AND THE COURTj, THROUGH SUMMONS ACTION FOR THE LESS SERIOUS BUT FREQUENT OFFENCES.

SEVERAL OFFENCES IN THE UNAMENDED SCHEDULE ATTRACTED RELATIVELY FEW TICKETS, AND A REVIEW HAD BEEN MADE TO EXAMINE WHETHER THEY SHOULD BE RETAINED IN THE SCHEDULE.

IN THE LIGHT OF THIS REVIEW AND WHERE NO RESULTING UPSURGE IN CFFENCES WAS EXPECTED, OFFENCES ATTRACTING LESS THAN 50 TICKETS WERE PROPOSED FOR DELETION FROM THE SCHEDULE.

HOWEVER, THERE WERE SOME OFFENCES, SUCH AS FAILURE TO WEAR SEAT BELT, WHICH SHOULD BE ADDED TO THE FIXED PENALTY SYSTEM.

+THIS OFFENCE MAY BE FREQUENTLY COMMITTED, AND IT IS CLEARCUT FOR A POLICE OFFICER TO IDENTIFY AND FOR A MOTORIST TO ACKNOWLEDGE,* MR SCOTT SAID.

FURTHER ADDITIONS RESULTED FROM THE SPLITTING OF THE EXISTING ITEM OF +DISOBEYING TRAFFIC SIGNS* INTO THREE SEPARATE ITEMS. THESE WEREi CROSSING A DOUBLE WHITE LINE OR A WHITE LINE WITH A BROKEN WHITE LINE, FAILING TO COMPLY WITH TRAFFIC SIGNS, AND FAILING TO COMPLY WITH ROAD MARKINGS.

HE ALSO PROPOSED ADDING THE OFFENCES OF DRIVING WITH AN EXPIRED DRIVING LICENCE, OVERLOADING VEHICLES, FAILING TO REPORT CHANGES OF VEHICLE PARTICULARS AND CONTRAVENING CONDITIONS OF DRIVING LICENCES TO THE SCHEDULE.

♦EVEN WITH THESE ADDITIONS, THE LIST OF OFFENCES FOR WHICH THE FIXED PENALTY PROCEDURES MAY BE USED WOULD BE REDUCED FROM 73 TO 49 ITEMS,* MR SCOTT SAID.

/HE POINTED .......

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HE POINTED TO A +SIGNIFICANT ANOMALY* CONCERNING 2F FINES IN THE FIXED PENALTY SYSTEM.

THE LEVEL

ILLEGAL

BY WAY OF EXAMPLE, HE CITED THE $140 PENALTY FOR ILLEGAL PARKING, COMPARED WITH THE FIXED PENALTY OF $100 SET FOR CERTAIN

CRIMINAL OFFENCES.

THIS WAS INAPPROPRIATE BECAUSE EVEN THE LESS SERIOUS CRIMINAL OFFENCES WERE AT LEAST AS SERIOUS AS THE PARKING OFFENCES REFERRED TO.

TO CORRECT THIS, HE PROPOSED THAT THE $100 PENALTIES BE INCREASED TO $140 EXCEPT IN RESPECT OF VEHICLES EMITTING EXCESS SMOKE OR VISIBLE VAPOUR.

HE ALSO PROPOSED INCREASING THIS FROM $100 TO $200, FOLLOWING

A RECOMMENDATION OF CONSIDERED THAT THE ENCOURAGE OWNERS TO REGARD.

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION COMMITTEE, WHICH

LEVEL OF MAINTAIN

THE PRESENT PENALTY DID NOT SUFFICIENTLY THEIR VEHICLES PROPERLY IN THIS

THE PENALTY OF

$200 FOR

THE REMAINING OFFENCES WERE UNCHANGED.

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TRAFFIC SIGNS REVIEW CONDUCTED * * * *

The GOVERNMENT HAS CARRIED OUT A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF

TRAFFIC SIGNS, COVERING GUIDELINES FOR THEIR LOCATION AND POSITIONING AS XELL AS METHODS OF MAKING THEM CLEARER AND MORE CONSPICUOUS, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON ALAN SCOTT, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THE REVIEW FOLLOWED AN UNDERTAKING GIVEN IN RESPONSE TO A QUESTION ON THE SUBJECT RAISED BY THE HON WONG LAM IN 1979.

USEFUL STEPS HAVE SINCE BEEN TAKEN, ESPECIALLY IN CONNECTION WITH NEW ROAD PROJECTS, MR SCOTT SAID, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION RAISED TODAY BY MR WONG ABOUT THE PROGRESS MADE FOLLOWING THE UNDERTAKING.

MR SCOTT REPORTED THAT REMEDIAL WORK HAS AT SITES IDENTIFIED BY TRAFFIC ENGINEERS, AND BODIES AND BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

ALSO BEEN CARRIED OUT SUGGESTED BY MOTORING

COMPREHENSIVE

♦HOWEVER, IN 1979 IT WAS CLEAR THAT MORE

IMPROVEMENT WOULD FLOW FROM A SUBSTANTIAL REVISION OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC LEGISLATION. THIS HAS BEEN A LONG AND COMPLICATED EXERCISE WITH IMPLEMENTATION SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST THIS YEAR.

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♦there will THEREFORE be significant improvements DURING The NEXT THREE YEARS, PARTICULARLY AS THE SPIRIT OF MR WONG LAM'S XESTION IN 1979 HAS BEEN VERY MUCH BORNE IN MIND IN THE REVISION OF ROAD TRAFFIC SIGNS, AND UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS HAVE BEEN MUCH INVOLVED - AND MOST HELPFULLY SO - AT BOTH THE POLICY AND DETAIu LEVELS,+ MR SCOTT SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD MOVED AWAY FROM THE OLD TRADITION THAT MORE TRAFFIC SIGNS MEANT BETTER INFORMATION FOR MOTOR I STS.

♦FOR EXAMPLE, RATHER THAN TRYING TO PUT OVER GREAT QUANTITIES OF INFORMATION BY MEANS OF TRAFFIC SIGNS WE SHALL, AFTER AUGUST, HAVE GENERAL RULES RELATING TO SPEED LIMITS, PARKING, AND LOADING AND UNLOAD ING.

♦FEWER SIGNS WILL BE NEEDED BECAUSE THEY WILL CLEARLY INFORM MOTORISTS OF THE EXCEPTIONS ALLOWED TO THE RULES, RATHER THAN ALL ABOUT THE RULES THEMSELVES,* MR SCOTT ADDED.

THE NEW REGULATIONS ALSO ALLOW MORE THAN ONE SIGN TO BE ERECTED ON A POLE, MAKING IT POSSIBLE TO REDUCE SOME OF THE EXISTING ♦FORESTS* OF SI GNS.

GETTING INFORMATION “THROUGH TO MOTORISTS BY MEANS OF TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE APPROVED BY USING PICTURES INSTEAD OF WORDS (WHERE PRACTICABLE) I BY MAKING CHINESE CHARACTERS TWICE AS LARGE AS THE ENGLISH LETTERING, AND BY USING REFLECTIVE MATERIALS ON SIGNS FACING MOTORISTS,* HE SAID.

ON RESTRICTED ZONES, HE POINTED TO THREE EVIDENT COMPLAIN’^:

* THAT THE START OF THE ZONES HAVE NOT BEEN OBVIOUS ENOUGH BECAUSE SIGNS WERE PLACED PARALLEL TO THE ROAD;

* SOME DRIVERS FORGET THE RESTRICTION WHEN THEY ARE MIDWAY THROUGH A ZONE; AND

* THAT THERE IS TOO MUCH VARIATION IN THE TIMES SET FOR THE BEGINNING AND END OF THE RESTRICTIONS.

UNDER THE NEW ROAD TRAFFIC LEGISLATION, MR SCOTT SAID, ThE START OF THE RESTRICTED ZONE WILL BE MARKED BY THE LARGE YELLO* ♦URBAN CLEARWAY* SIGNS WHICH WILL FACE MOTORISTS.

SIGNS PARALLEL TO THE ROAD WILL STILL BE NECESSARY ON ROADS WHERE TRAFFIC CAN APPROACH THE RESTRICTED ZONE FROM OTHER DIRECTIONS.

MOTORISTS WILL BE REMINDED OF THE RESTRICTIONS BY REPEATED SIGNS, WITH YELLOW LINE ROAD MARKINGS TO BE USED AS A FURTHER reminder.

THE TIME PERIODS FOR RESTRICTED ZONES WILL BE REDUCED TO THREE ONLY, MR SCOTT SAID.

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BILL SEEKS TO PROVIDE CLARIFICATIONS * * * *

THE PROPOSAL TO EXTEND STATUTORY PROTECTION TO EMPLOYEES IN RESPECT OF CONTRACTUAL ANNUAL BONUSES SEEKS TO CLARIFY EXISTING CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS, AND, IN GENERAL, DOES NOT SEEK TO CREATE NEW OBLIGATIONS, THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, DR THE HON JAMES HAYES SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE SECOND READING OF THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) BILL IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, DR HAYES SAID THE PROPOSAL SHOULD NOT IMPOSE A SIGNIFICANT ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL LIABILITY ON EMPLOYERS.

HE SAID THE BILL INCLUDED A NUMBER OF MISCELLANEOUS AND UNRELATED AMENDMENTS, APART FROM THE NEW PART HA WHICH DEALT WITH END OF YEAR PAYMENTS.

DR HAYES SAID THESE AMENDMENTS SOUGHT TO CLARIFY SOME PROVISIONS OF THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE WHICH HAD BEEN FOUND TO BE EITHER AMBIGUOUS, OUTDATED, DIFFICULT TO ENFORCE OR IN OTHER WAYS INADEQUATE.

THEY DO NOT ALTER THE SUBSTANCE OR SPIRIT OF THE EXISTING PROVISIONS OF THE ORDINANCE,+ HE SAID.

ON END OF YEAR PAYMENTS, DR HAYES SAID THE NEW PART AIMED TO CLARIFY THE OBLIGATIONS OF AN EMPLOYER WHERE THERE WAS AN EXPRESS OR IMPLIED AGREEMENT FOR SUCH A PAYMENT IN THE CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT, WHETHER VERBAL OR WRITTEN.

IT DOES NOT, HOWEVER, COVER THOSE END OF YEAR PAYMENTS OR ANNUAL BONUSES WHICH ARE OF A GRATUITOUS NATURE OR WHICH ARE PAYABLE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE EMPLOYER, OR OTHER INCENTIVE PAYMENTS.+

THE NEW PART IIA ALSO PROVIDED FOR AN EMPLOYEE’S ENTITLEMENT TO A PROPORTION OF END OF YEAR PAYMENT ON TERMINATION IF HE WAS ENTITLED TO SUCH UNDER THE CONDITIONS OF HIS EMPLOYMENT, PROVIDED l£ HAD WORKED FOR THE SAME EMPLOYER FOR A CONTINUOUS PERIOD OF NOT LESS THAN 26 WEEKS IN THE PAYMENT PERIOD AND HIS CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT WAS TERMINATED THROUGH NO FAULT OF HIS OWN.

HOWEVER, AN EMPLOYEE WHO RESIGNED OF HIS OWN ACCORD OR HAD BEEN DISMISSED FOR CAUSE BY HIS EMPLOYER DURING THE PAYMENT PERIOD WOULD NOT RECEIVE THIS PROTECTION.

THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION ALSO SPECIFIED A TIME LIMIT FOR THE PAYMENT OF THE END OF YEAR PAYMENT, DR HAYES SAID.

FOR SERVING EMPLOYEES, THIS LIMIT IS NOT LATER THAN SEVEN DAYS AFTER THE END OF YEAR PAYMENT IS DUE OR, IN THE CASE OF AN END OF YEAR PAYMENT TO BE CALCULATED BY REFERENCE TO ANY PROF ITS OF THE EMPLOYER, NOT LATER THAN SEVEN DAYS AFTER SUCH PROFITS ARE ASCERTAINED.+

/WHJN’ AN .........

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WHEN AN EMPLOYEE HAD WORKED FOR OVER 26 WEEKS IN THE PAYMENT PERIOD BUT HIS CONTRACT WAS TERMINATED WITHOUT CAUSE AT ANY TIME BEFORE EXPIRY OF THE PAYMENT PERIOD, THE PRO RATA PAYMENT DUE TO HIM UNDER THESE PROVISIONS MUST BE PAID NOT LATER THAN SEVEN DAYo AFTER THE TERMINATION OF CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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THERE WAS A GROWING TENDENCY FOR GENEROUS HOLD OVER PROVISION ACCORDED

TAXPAYERS TO TO TAX UNDER

OR APPEAL, THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SAID TODAY.

ABUSE THE OBJECTION DOUGLAS BLYE

MR BLYE TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THAT THE

TAX HELD OVER

HAD INCREASED FROM $891 MILLION AT THE END OF MARCH 1981 TO 12 984 MILLION AT THE END OF MARCH THIS YEAR.

♦THIS UNSATISFACTORY SITUATION SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE,♦ HE SAID.

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1984, HE SAID IT SEEKS TO PERMIT

CF INLAND REVENUE TO REQUIRE IN THE FUTURE AN TO PURCHASE TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES EQUAL TO OVER.

THE COMMISSIONER APPELLANT TAXPAYER THE TAX TO BE HELD

IF AN OBJECTION OR APPEAL IS SUCCESSFUL PAID ON THE CERTIFICATE.

INTEREST WILL BE

BUT WHERE THE OBJECTION OR APPEAL IS UNSUCCESSFUL, THE CERTIFICATE WILL BE ACCEPTED IN SETTLEMENT OF THE TAX DUE AND NO INTEREST WILL BE PAYABLE.

MR BLYE SAID THE COMMISSIONER WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE THE POWER TO ALLOW PAYMENT OF TAX TO BE HELD OVER WITHOUT REQUIRING THE TAXPAYER TO PURCHASE A TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATE WHERE HE CONSIDERS THE CIRCUMSTANCES SO WARRANT, OR TO REQUIRE PAYMENT OF TAX IN FULL, NOTWITHSTANDING ANY NOTICE OF OBJECTION OR APPEAL.

♦THE ADDITIONAL POWERS GIVEN TO THE COMMISSIONER UNDER THE BILL, IF APPROVED BY THIS COUNCIL, WILL DISCOURAGE FRACTIOUS APPEALS AND WILL ENSURE THAT THE AMOUNT OF TAX HELD OVER IS SUBSTANTIALLY COVERED BY SUPPORTING TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES IN FUTURE.

♦IT WILL PROTECT GENERAL REVENUE, AND THERE ARE NO ADDITIONAL STAFFING OR RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS,♦ MR BLYE SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED

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BILL ON OPTOMETRISTS BEING DRAFTED * * *

A BILL SEEKING TO BRING OPTOMETRISTS WITHIN THE AMBIT OF THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS ORDINANCE, IS EXPECTED TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL LATER THIS YEAR, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON HENRY CHING, SAID TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI, MR CHING SAID THE BILL, NOW BEING DRAFTED, WAS +THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP* BY THE GOVERNMENT TO ENSURE THAT OPTICAL SHOPS ARE COMPETENTLY STAFFED TO OFFER ADVICE TO THE PUBLIC 0? THr PRESCRIPTION AND FITTING OF CONTACT LENSES.

♦THE ENACTMENT OF THIS LEGISLATION WILL ENABLE A BOARD TO BE APPOINTED TO PROMOTE ADEQUATE STANDARDS OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE AND CONDUCT AMONG MEMBERS OF THE PROFESSION OF OPTOMETRY, AND TO CARRY OUT CERTAIN STATUTORY FUNCTIONS FOR THE REGISTRATION AND DISCIPLINE OF PERSONS IN THE PROFESS ION,+ MR CHING TOLD THE COUNCIL.

DRAFTING IS ALSO PROCEEDING ON NEW REGULATIONS, TO BE MADE BY THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL FOLLOWING THE PASSAGE OF THE BILL.

THESE REGULATIONS, MR CHING EXPLAINED, WILL GIVE DETAILS OF THE BASIC QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED OF PERSONS SEEKING REGISTRATION AS OPTOMETRISTS.

THEY WILL ALSO RECOGNISE THE NEED FOR ACCEPTABLE QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED OF PERSONS WISHING TO UNDERTAKE ANY CONTACT LENS WORK, INCLUDING SOFT CONTACT LENSES AND THOSE OF THE EXTENDED-WEAR TYPE.

STATING THAT SOME DIFFICULT POLICY ISSUES REMAIN TO BE RESOLVED, MR CHING SAID, +T0 ENABLE EXPERT ADVICE TO BE OBTAINED ON THESE ISSUES, AND ON THE PREPARATION OF THE NEW REGULATIONS, AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP CF PROFESSOR JOSEPH C.K. LEE OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, PENDING THE APPOINTMENT OF A STATUTORY BOARD.+

♦IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE FOR THIS ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO BE CONSULTED ON THE PARTICULAR MATTER OF CONTACT LENSES, AND ON WHETHER THERE IS A NEED TO TAKE EARLIER REGULATORY ACTION IN RESPECT OF SUCH LENSES,♦ HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT STEPS HAD ACCORDINGLY BEEN TAKEN TO CONSULT THE COMMITTEE, HAVING REGARD TO THE CONCERN THAT HAD BEEN PUBLICLY EXPRESSED.

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FOREIGN NOTE LAW ’OBSOLETE’ X * * *

THE GOVERNMENT NEVER BELIEVED THAT THE FOREIGN NOTES (PROHIBITION OF CIRCULATION) ORDINANCE WOULD SIGNIFICANTLY PROTECT THE PUBLIC FROM THE EVENTUAL CONSEQUENCES OF A DEPRECIATING EXCHANGE RATE, THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON DOUGLAS BLYE, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

NOR DID THE ORDINANCE, WHICH HAS BECOME OBSOLETE, PROVIDE A VIABLE MEANS TO SUPPORT THE EXCHANGE RATE, HE SAID.

MR BLYE WAS MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE FOREIGN NOTES (PROHIBITION OF CIRCULATION) (REPEAL) BILL 1984, WHICH SEEKS TO REPEAL THE EXISTING ORDINANCE ENACTED IN 1913.

♦THE STABILITY OF THE EXCHANGE RATE SINCE OCTOBER STEMS FROM THE INTRODUCTION OF THE NEW EXCHANGE RATE SYSTEM WITH THE LINKAGE TO THE U.S. DOLLAR, AND OWES NOTHING TO THE LIMELIGHT GIVEN TO THIS OBSOLETE ORDINANCE,+ HE SAID.

LAST SEPTEMBER WHEN CONFIDENCE IN THE HONG KONG CURRENCY WAS AT ITS MOST FRAGILE, THERE WERE REPORTED INSTANCES OF RETAILERS DEMANDING PAYMENT IN FOREIGN CURRENCY.

WHEN PRESSED AT THE TIME TO COMMENT ON THE LEGALITY OF SUCH ACTION, THE GOVERNMENT WAS OBLIGED TO POINT TO THE EXISTENCE OF THE ORDINANCE, HE SAID.

MR BLYE ADDED THAT IN CERTAIN RESPECTS, THE SEPTEMBER EPISODE SERVED MERELY TO HIGHLIGHT THE OBSOLESCENCE OF THE ORDINANCE.

HE SAID THAT THE ORDINANCE WAS NOT SIGNIFICANTLY OBSERVED OR ENFORCED AND THERE WAS A CLEAR CASE FOR REPEAL.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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BANKRUPTCY (AMENDMENT) BILL INTRODUCED * * * *

THE PURPOSE OF THE BANKRUPTCY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1984 IS TO AMEND THE BANKRUPTCY ORDINANCE, THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON PIERS JACOBS, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, MR JACOBS EXPLAINED THAT THE BILL IS TO BRING THE BANKRUPTCY ORDINANCE INTO LINE WITH THE NEW WINDING-UP PROVISIONS INTRODUCED BY THE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1984.

♦THIS MEASURE IS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE SECOND REPORT OF THE COMPANIES LAW REVISION COMITTEE.+ HE ADDED.

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THE REPORT STATED THAT +COMPANY LAW ON WINDING UP IS ON MANY MATTERS IDENTICAL WITH THE BANKRUPTCY LAW, AND IT IS CLEARLY DESIRABLE THAT IF THE COMPANY LAW ON SUCH MATTERS IS AMENDED IN ACCORDANCE WITH OUR RECOMMENDATIONS, THE CORRESPONDING PROVISIONS OF THE BANKRUPTCY LAW SHOULD ALSO BE AMENDED IN THE SAME WAY+.

♦THE AMENDMENTS PROPOSED IN THIS BILL ARE GENERALLY OF A TECHNICAL OR PROCEDURAL NATURE AND MATCH SIMILAR PROVISIONS CONTAINED IN COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1984,+ MR JACOBS SA ID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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BILL TO RESTORE LAW SUB-SECTION * * * *

A BILL PROPOSING TO REINSTATE SECTION 296(2) OF THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE, WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THE SUB-SECTION HAD BEEN REPEALED BY THE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1984 ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE COMPANIES LAW REVISION COMMITTEE ON THE GROUNDS THAT IT SERVED NO USEFUL PURPOSE.

+HOWEVER, THE IMPLICATIONS OF ITS REPEAL HAVE BEEN FURTHER CONSIDERED BY THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, WHO HAS NOW ADVISED THAT THE SUB-SECTION DOES SERVE THE PURPOSE OF ENSURING THAT RULES MADE UNDER SECTION 296 OF THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE CANNOT BE QUESTIONED BY ANY COURT,♦ THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON PIERS JACOBS, SAID IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL 1984.

♦DELETION OF SECTION 296(2) COULD CREATE GROUNDS FOR CHALLENGING THE VALIDITY OF THE RULES.

♦IT IS THEREFORE DESIRABLE THAT THIS SUB-SECTION BE REINSTATED BEFORE THE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1984 COMES INTO OPERATION,* MR JACOBS SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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+SPEAKING NOTE* TEXT TABLED

* * *

THE TEXT OF THE SPEAKING NOTE USED BY SIR S.Y. CHUNG, Q.W. LEE AND HERSELF IN THEIR MEETINGS IN BEIJING LAST WEEK WITH CHAIRMAN DENG XIAOPING AND MR JI PENGFEI, WAS TABLED BY HON LYDIA DUNN IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

SHE SAID, +MY COLLEAGUES AND I HAVE GIVEN A FULL ACCOUNT OF THESE MEETINGS IN THE PRESS CONFERENCE WHICH WE HELD ON OUR RETURN, AND WE HAVE MADE THE TEXT OF THE SPEAKING NOTE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC.

+1 DO NOT THINK I NEED TO SAY ANYTHING FURTHER ABOUT IT IN THIS COUNCIL.

+MY PURPOSE IN LAYING IT BEFORE THE COUNCIL NOW IS TO HAVE THE ORIGINAL CHINESE TEXT AND ITS ENGLISH TRANSLATION INCORPORATED IN THE RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THIS COUNCIL AS A MATTER OF PUBLIC INTEREST.*

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TWO MORE MOTIONS MOVED * * *

TWO MORE RESOLUTIONS WERE MOVED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

ONE OF THEM, MOVED BY THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON DOUGLAS BLYE, IMPOSES A UNIFORM AD VALOREM RATE ON EUROPEAN-TYPE LIQUORS UNDER THE DUTIABLE COMMODITIES ORDINANCE.

THE OTHER, MOVED BY THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON DAVID JEAFFRESON, RAISED PENALTIES FOR OFFENCES UNDER THE DANGEROUS GOODS ORDINANCE, WITH THE INCREASES RANGING FROM JUST OVER 200 PER CENT TO 900 PER CENT.

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TWO BILLS PASSED * * *

TWO BILLS WERE PASSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THEY ARE: THE PUBLIC OMNIBUS SERVICES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1984 AND THE ANTIBIOTICS, PHARMACY AND POISONS (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) BILL 1984.

SIX BILLS WERE INTRODUCED AND READ A SECOND TIME AND DEBATE ON THEM WAS ADJOURNED.

THEY ARE: THE FOREIGN NOTES (PROHIBITION OF CIRCULATION) (REPEAL) BILL 1984, THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1984, THE CONVEYANCING AND PROPERTY BILL 1984, THE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1984, THE BANKRUPTCY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1984 AND THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) BILL 1984.

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GOVERNOR GOING TO LONDON JULY 3 M H M

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, WILL TRAVEL TO LONDON ON JULY 3 FOR FURTHER CONSULTATION WITH MINISTERS ON THE PROGRESS CF THE TALKS IN PEKING. THIS IS PART OF THE NORMAL CONSULTATION ON THE PROGRESS OF THE TALKS ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG.

SIR EDWARD WILL LEAVE FOR LONDON ON THE EVENING OF JULY 3, AND RETURN TO HONG KONG ON JULY 7.

HE WILL RETURN TO THE TERRITORY FROM PEKING TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AFTER ATTENDING THE LATEST ROUND OF TALKS.

HE WILL ARRIVE ON FLIGHT BA 20, AT 7.45 PM.

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PEOPLE TOLD: REGISTER AND VOTE * * * *

+A VOTE IS A VOICE: SILENCE IS APATHY AND NEGLECT.+

THIS WAS THE MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR DAVID AKERS-JONES, TODAY TO HONG KONG’S 2.7 MILLION POTENTIAL VOTERS IN NEXT MARCH’S DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS.

AND HE WARNED THAT THOSE WHO DID NOT REGISTER AND VOTE FORFEITED THE RIGHT TO CRITICISE AND COMMENT ON THE ACTIVITIES AND STATEMENTS OF THOSE WHO WERE ELECTED TO SPEAK FOR THE MAN IN THE DISTRICT, OR THE MAN IN THE REGION.

+IT WILL BE NO USE CARING ABOUT OUR CITY WHEN IT IS TOO LATE TO CARE,+ HE TOLD A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE HONG KONG ZONTA CLUB.

♦IT IS NO USE VOICING YOUR DISAPPROVAL AFTER THE ELECTIONS IF YOU HAVE NOT BOTHERED TO VOTE.+

THE FIRST RESPONSIBILITY WHICH MUST BE EXERCISED IS TO REGISTER AS AN ELECTOR IN AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER. THE SECOND IS TO VOTE IN THE ELECTIONS IN MARCH NEXT YEAR, HE STRESSED.

ALTHOUGH THE VOICE OF THE INDIVIDUAL IS SMALL, HE ADDED, ♦TO VOTE IS TO JOIN IN THE CORPORATE, POLITICAL LIFE OF OUR COMMUNITY.+

FOR THE MAN IN THE STREET, THIS MEANT LIVING CONDITIONS COULD BE IMPROVED? FOR THE DISTRICT AS A WHOLE, FACILITIES AND AMENITIES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR RECREATION MAY BE ENHANCED; FOR HONG KONG VITAL QUESTIONS AFFECTING THE WELL-BEING OF OUR PEOPLE WILL HAVE BEEN ASKED OF AND ANSWERED BY THESE REPRESENTATIVES.

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MR AKERS-JONES NOTED THAT THOUGH THE BOARDS WERE SET UP ONLY A FEW YEARS AGO WITH APPOINTED MEMBERS AND A GENERAL ADVISORY ROLE, THEIR WORK HAD SINCE BECOME MORE SPECIFIC, MORE RESPONSIBLE, AND THEY HAD BECOME MORE REPRESENTATIVE.

NEXT YEAR THE GOVERNMENT UMBRELLA WILL BE REMOVED.

+IN APRIL 1985, THEY WILL ELECT THEIR OWN CHAIRMAN, REPLACING THE DISTRICT OFFICER, AND IT IS PROPOSED THAT GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS WILL NO LONGER BE MEMBERS OF THE BOARDS,+ HE SAID.

THE NUMBER OF ELECTED SEATS WILL ALSO BE VIRTUALLY DOUBLED, SO THAT NEXT YEAR THE TOTAL NUMBER OF URBAN COUNCIL, REGIONAL COUNCIL AND DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL BE 413, OF WHICH 236 WILL HAVE BEEN ELECTED ON A POPULAR FRANCHISE.

♦CLEARLY THE MORE PEOPLE WHO REGISTER AND VOTE IN THE ELECTIONS, THE STRONGER THE POSITION OF THE ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE IF THEY CAN CLAIM A BROAD BASIS OF POPULAR SUPPORT,+ HE SAID.

MR AKERS-JONES SAID THAT THERE WERE SOME WHO ADVOCATED INSTANT DEMOCRACY AS THOUGH IT WAS AS EASY AS TAKING A POLAROID PHOTOGRAPH.

+MY OWN PREFERENCE IS TO DEVELOP THE PICTURE MORE COMPLETELY, GETTING THE PERSPECTIVE AND EMPHASIS RIGHT,+ HE SAID.

♦THUS OUR POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS ARE BEING DEVELOPED PROGRESSIVELY AND, WHO CAN SAY TODAY WITH PRECISION, WHAT ROLE THE DISTRICT BOARDS WILL PLAY IN THE YEARS AHEAD AS THE EVOLUTION CF THE ADMINISTRATION OF OUR CITY TAKES PLACE AND AS WE FACE THE TASKS WHICH LIE AHEAD.+

CERTAINLY, HE ADDED, WE MUST MOBILISE OUR RESOURCES TO MEET THIS CHALLENGE AS WE HAVE MET MANY OTHER CHALLENGES IN THE PAST.

♦WE NEED BOTH THE COLLECTIVE STRENGTH OF OUR COMMUNITY AND THE WISDOM AND SKILL OF OUR BUSINESSMEN AND INDUSTRIALISTS, OUR EXECUTIVES AND ADMINISTRATORS AND OUR PROFESSIONAL MEN AND TECHNOCRATS TO HELP TO SHAPE OUR DESTINY,+ MR AKERS-JONES SAID.

ELECTIONS, HE SAID, ARE A PART OF THIS PROCESS TO SELECT THOSE WHO WILL REPRESENT AND SPEAK FOR THE COLLECTIVE STRENGTH OF THE COMMUNITY ON THE DISTRICT BOARDS IN THE YEARS BETWEEN ELECTIONS.

DISTRICT BOARDS HAD BECOME AN IMPORTANT STRAND IN THE POLITICAL FABRIC OF HONG KONG, EXCEEDING THE PREDICTIONS AND EXPECTATIONS HELD AT THE TIME OF THEIR INCEPTION.

THEY HAD BECOME AN INTEGRAL PART OF A DEVELOPING STRUCTURE OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT, BUILDING UPWARDS FROM A DISTRICT BASE.

♦THUS, IN THE NEW TERRITORIES THE BOARDS ARE TO BE ORGANICALLY LINKED WITH THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, JUST AS IN THE URBAN AREA, THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE URBAN DISTRICT BOARDS ARE CONNECTED, ALTHOUGH IN A SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT WAY,+ HE SAID.

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U.S. MAKES ANOTHER ’CALL’

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THE UNITED STATES MADE AN EXPORT AUTHORISATION (EA) CALL ON PART OF CATEGORY 605 (MAN-MADE FIBRE SEWING THREAD) AT 9 AM TODAY (WEDNESDAY), THE TRADE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED.

THIS IS THE 15TH EA CALL BY THE UNITED STATES SO FAR THIS YEAR.

PENDING CONSULTATIONS WITH THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, THE DEPARTMENT HAS SUSPENDED THE ISSUE OF FURTHER EXPORT AUTHORISATIONS FOR THIS CATEGORY AS FROM 9 AM TODAY.

HOWEVER, THE DEPARTMENT WILL, AS USUAL, CONTINUE TO APPROVE AND ISSUE EXPORT LICENCES FOR THIS CATEGORY AGAINST VALID EXPORT AUTHORISATIONS APPROVED BEFORE THE SUSPENSION.

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NEW PLAN TO IMPROVE MONG KOK TRAFFIC * * #

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN MONG KOK SOUTH FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (JUNE 30) TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC CIRCULATION.

THE FOLLOWING STREETS WILL BE DESIGNATED RESTRICTED ZONES IN THE PERIODS SPECIFIED BELOW:-

7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY

* ARGYLE STREET BETWEEN SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET AND NATHAN ROAD

* THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF ARGYLE STREET BETWEEN SAI YEE STREET AND SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET.

* SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET BETWEEN ARGYLE STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 50 METRES TO THE SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH ARGYLE STREET.

7 AM TO 12 MID-NIGHT DAILY

* SHANTUNG STREET BETWEEN SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 15 METRES TO THE EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET.

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

THE FOLLOWING STREETS WILL BE DESIGNATED AS PUBLIC LIGHT BUS RESTRICTED ZONES FROM 7 AM TO 12 MID-NIGHT DAILYs-

* THE SECTION OF SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET BETWEEN ARGYLE STREET AND DUNDAS STREET.

* THE SECTION OF SOY STREET BETWEEN SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 15 METRES TO THE EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET.

WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONES, ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES EXCEPT THOSE AUTHORISED IN WRITING BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING UP OR SETTING DOWN PASSENGERS.

THE SECTION OF NELSON STREET BETWEEN SAI YEE STREET AND FA YUEN STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY ESATBOUND TO WESTBOUND.

THE SECTION OF FA YUEN STREET BETWEEN NELSON STREET AND SHANTUNG STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND TO SOUTHBOUND.

THE SECTION OF SHANTUNG STREET BETWEEN FA YUEN STREET AND SAI YEE STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY WESTBOUND TO EASTBOUND.

THE SECTION OF SAI YEE STREET BETWEEN SOY STREET AND NELSON STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND TO NORTHBOUND.

THE EXISTING PUBLIC LIGHT BUS STAND IN SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET BETWEEN NELSON STREET AND SHANTUNG STREET WILL BE RESITED TO SHANTUNG STREET BETWEEN FA YUEN STREET AND SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET.

THE EXISTING PUBLIC LIGHT BUS STAND IN SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET BETWEEN SHANTUNG STREET AND SOY STREET WILL BE RESITED TO SOY STREET BETWEEN FA YUEN STREET AND SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET.

THE EXISTING TAXI STAND OUTSIDE ARGYLE MTR ENTRANCE IN SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET SOUTHBOUND WILL BE RESITED SOUTHWARDS NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH NELSON STREET.

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NT LIBRARY SERVICES * * X *

THE GOVERNMENT HAS CONCERN FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF LIBRARY SERVICES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE YUEN LONG TOWN HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, MADAM LEUNG SING-TAK, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE CULTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S YUEN LONG PUBLIC LIBRARY, MADAM LEUNG NOTED THAT THE LIBRARY IS THE FOURTH OPENED IN THE NEW TERRITORIES THIS YEAR.

SHE ADDED THAT THE OPENING OF THE LIBRARY, WHICH REPLACES THE OLD YUEN LONG PUBLIC LIBRARY IN THE YUEN LONG TOWN HALL, IS A MOST TIMELY MEASURE TO MEET THE RAPID DEVELOPMENT AND POPULATION GROWTH IN THE DISTRICT. IT ALSO REFLECTS THE GOVERNMENT’S CONCERN FOR LIBRARY SERVICES IN THE NEW TERRI TORI ES.

AT PRESENT, THE CULTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS OPERATING 14 LIBRARIES AND A MOBILE LIBRARY IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WITH A TOTAL STOCK OF 600 000 BOOKS IN CHINESE AND ENGLISH, MADAM LEUNG POINTED OUT.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT TODAY’S CEREMONY WERE THE DIRECTOR OF CULTURAL SERVICES, MR DARWIN CHEN; CHAIRMAN OF YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD CULTURE COMMITTEE, MR MA NING-HEI; CHAIRMAN OF YUEN LONG DISTRICT ARTS COMMITTEE, DR TANG SIU-TONG; ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER (YUEN LONG), MR RICHARD YUEN.

THE 1 543-SQUARE-METRE NEW YUEN LONG PUBLIC LIBRARY IS ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE TAI KIU MARKET AND GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 2 KIU LOK SQUARE, SAU FU STREET, YUEN LONG. IT HAS AN INITIAL STOCK OF 70 000 BOOKS AND ALSO PROVIDES READERS WITH CASSETTE TAPES, NEWSPAPERS, PERIODICALS AND REFERENCE MATERIALS.

OPENING HOURS ARE FROM 9 AM TO 9 PM BETWEEN TUESDAYS AND FRIDAYS, 9 AM TO 5 PM ON SATURDAYS, AND 9 AM TO 1 PM ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS. THE LIBRARY IS CLOSED EVERY MONDAY.

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SALES OF SHARES ANNOUNCED * * * *

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON TAKEOVERS AND MERGERS UNDER RULE 29 OF THE HONG KONG CODE ON TAKEOVERS AND MERGERS ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT, THE FOLLOWING DISCLOSURES HAD BEEN MADE TO HIM IN CONNECTION WITH THE CURRENT OFFER BY FIRST PACIFIC HOLDINGS LIMITED TO ACQUIRE THE ISSUED SHARE CAPITAL OF FIRST PACIFIC FINANCE LIMITED!

* MAYWEATHER CORPORATION PURCHASED ON JUNE 12, 1984, 20 000 SHARES IN FIRST PACIFIC HOLDINGS LIMITED AT $3.00 PER SHARE.

* FIRST PACIFIC INVESTMENTS LIMITED PURCHASED ON JUNE 15, 330 000 SHARES AND 54 000 SHARES IN FIRST PACIFIC HOLDINGS LIMITED AT $2.85 PER SHARE AND $2.80 PER SHARE RESPECTIVELY.

* ASEAN ENTERPRISES LIMITED PURCHASED ON JUNE 19, 6 000 SHARES AND 24 000 SHARES IN FIRST PACIFIC HOLDINGS LIMITED AT $2.75 PER SHARE AND $2,775 PER SHARE RESPECTIVELY.

* MAYWEATHER CORPORATION PURCHASED ON JUNE 19, 26 000 SHARES AND 34 000 SHARES IN FIRST PACIFIC HOLDINGS AT $2,775 PER SHARE AND $2.80 PER SHARE RESPECTIVELY.

* FIRST PACIFIC INVESTMENTS LIMITED PURCHASED ON JUNE 19, 150 000 SHARES IN FIRST PACIFIC HOLDINGS AT $2.80 PER SHARE.

M MAYWEATHER CORPORATION PURCHASED ON JUNE 22, 29 000 SHARES IN FIRST PACIFIC HOLDINGS AT $2.75 PER SHARE.

* FIRST PACIFIC INVESTMENTS LIMITED PURCHASED ON JUNE 22, 120 000 SHARES IN FIRST PACIFIC HOLDINGS AT $2.75 PER SHARE.

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SEMINAR ON DA FOR SCHOOL HEADS

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A SEMINAR ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION FOR SCHOOL PRINCIPALS AND EXECUTIVES IN SHAM SHU I PO wILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY (JUNE 29).

. JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SHAM SHU I PO SCHOOL LIAISON COMMITTEE AND THE LOCAL DISTRICT OFFICE, THE SEMINAR IS AIMED AT ENHANCING THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SYSTEM AND GIVING THE PARTICIPANTS A CHANCE TO EXCHANGE VIEWS ON THE SUBJECT.

THE PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY (GENERAL) OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR C.M. LEUNG, WILL BE THE GUEST SPEAKER AT THE SEMINAR.

ALSO ATTENDING THE SEMINAR WILL BE AN UNOFFICIAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MR YEUNG PO-KWAN, THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS REBECCA KO, AND TWO DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS, MR CHENG PO-HONG AND MR FAN KAM-PING.

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PLB. PROHIBITED ZONES

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FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JUNE 29), THE TEMPORARY LINK ROAD BETWEEM HEUNG SZE WUI ROAD AND CASTLE PEAK IN TUEN MUN WILL BE PROHIBITED TO ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES, EXCEPT THOSE AUTHORISED IN WRITING BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT.

FROM THE SAME DAY, THE SECTION OF WO Yl HOP ROAD BETWEEN NGONG HOM ROAD AND LEI SHU ROAD OUTSIDE LEI MUK SHU ESTATE WILL BE DESIGNATED AS PUBLIC LIGHT BUS RESTRICTED ZONES FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY.

WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONE, ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING UP OR SETTING DOWN PASSENGERS.

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CLEARWAY IN CENTRAL

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A 20-METRE SECTION OF THE PUBLIC LIGHT BUS TERMINUS, NEAR ITS ENTRANCE ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE EXCHANGE SQUARE BUILDING IN CENTRAL. WILL BE DESIGNATED A 24-HOUR URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JUNE 29).

NO PUBLIC LIGHT BUS WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONE.

THE MEASURE IS TO RELIEVE CONGESTION AT THE TERMINUS ENTRANCE

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GOVERNOR RETURNS ................................................. 1

EXPORT GROWTH KEEPS UP ........................................... 2

JOB, PAYROLL SURVEY STARTS JULY .................................. 5

RETAIL SALES VALUE UP ............................................ 6

PRESERVATION OF CULTURAL HERITAGE RECOGNISED ..................... 9

INTELPOST EXTENDED TO BELGIUM ................................... 10

WIDER VOCATIONAL TRAINING CHOICES OFFERED.......................  11

SIU HONG COURT FINAL PHASE ON SALE............................... 12

CHILD CARE SERVICES IN BIG DEMAND................................ 13

STUDENTS INVITED TO APPLY FOR AID................................ 14

COURSES FOR ASPIRING TEACHERS ................................... 15

BOARD MEMBERS TO STUDY UC PROJECTS ............................ 18

REFUSE BOOM AT REPULSE BAY ...................................... 18

CERTIFICATES FOR TAI TAM GIRLS .................................. 19

PRIMARY SCHOOL NO. 7 FOR TUEN MUN ESTATES ....................... 19

DRAGON BOAT TEAM BRINGING BACK TROPHIES ......................... 20

GOOD RESPONSE TO SINGING COTTEST ................................ 20

CAS HOLDING BIG KOWLOON EXERCISE................................. 21

PUBLIC HELP URGED FOR CLEAN HK DRIVE............................. 21

INDOOR GAMES HALL TO GET RETRACTABLE SEATS ...................... 22

SHORT TERM TENANCY OFFERED....................................... 22

EARLIER OPENING FOR SWIMMERS .................................... 23

CLEARWATER BAY ROAD WORKS, SPEED LIMIT........................... 23

THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 1984

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GOVERNOR RETURNS * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, RETURNED TO HONG KONG THIS (THURSDAY) EVENING AFTER ATTENDING THE SEVENTEENTH ROUND OF SINO-BRITISH TALKS ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG.

HE WAS MET AT THE AIRPORT BY THE ACTING CHIEF SECRETARY,

MR DENIS BRAY, THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, SIR SZE-YUEN CHUNG, THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. MR ROGER LOBO, AND THE VICE-CHIEF EDITOR OF THE XINHUA NEWS AGENCY (HONG KONG BRANCH), MR TAN GAN.

THE FOLLOWING IS THE FULL TEXT OF SIR EDWARD’S REMARKS TO WAITING REPORTERS AT THE AIRPORT:

♦IT’S NICE TO BE BACK, IT’S NICE TO SEE YOU ALL.

WELL, I’VE COME BACK AFTER QUITE A SHORT VISIT THIS TIME, BUT IT’S SIMPLY THAT BY COMING BACK THIS EVENING, I CAN GET AN EXTRA DAY IN HONG KONG. AND AS YOU PROBABLY GATHERED FROM MY PROGRAMME, I DON’T SEEM TO HAVE ALL THAT MANY DAYS IN HONG KONG THESE DAYS. SO AN EXTRA ONE IS QUITE USEFUL.

SOME OF YOUR COLLEAGUES, I THINK, GOT THE IMPRESSION THAT SOMETHING SPECIAL WAS GOING ON. BUT IT WAS IN FACT — THIS ROUND WAS A PERFECTLY NORMAL SESSION. WE ARE OF COURSE NOW WORKING IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE WORKING GROUP.

NEXT WEEK I SHALL BE OFF TO LONDON, ON TUESDAY. THIS IS ONE OF THE VISITS IN THE PATTERN OF VISITS I HAVE BEEN PAYING TO LONDON OVER THE LAST 18 MONTHS, AND IT FITTED NEATLY IN BETWEEN TWO ROUNDS. SO I SHALL BE MEETING SIR RICHARD THERE IN THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK FOR THESE CONSULTATIONS WITH MINISTERS.

AND THEN I SHALL BE BACK IN HONG KONG OVER THE WEEKEND, IN TIME TO GO BACK UP TO PEKING FOR THE NEXT ROUND.

IN THE MEANWHILE THE WORKING GROUP IS HARD AT IT. I HAVE SEEN THEM ALL, AND THEIR WORK WILL, I AM SURE, BE VERY HELPFUL TO OUR ICGOTI AT IONS.

SO I WISH YOU ALL WELL AND I WILL SEE YOU NO DOUBT ON TUESDAY.+

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EXPORT GROWTH KEEPS UP * * * *

THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN MAY 1984 ROSE BY 46 PER CENT OR >3 709 MILLION, OVER THE MAY 1983 FIGURE, TO REACH $11 712 MILLION, ACCORDING TO PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR THE MONTH PUBLISHED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS INCREASED, BY 57 PER CENT OR $2 404 MILLION, TO 16 662 MILLION.

THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS TAKEN TOGETHER, AT $18 374 MILLION, WAS 50 PER CENT OR $6 113 MILLION HIGHER THAN THE FIGURE A YEAR AGO.

COMMENTING ON THESE COMPARATIVE FIGURES, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE STRONG GROWTH IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS WAS SUSTAINED IN MAY AS THE ECONOMIES OF SEVERAL OF HONG KONG’S MAJOR MARKETS CONTINUED TO IMPROVE.

♦THE WEAKNESS OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR, COMPARED WITH THE EARLY PART OF 1983, HAS ALSO ENHANCED HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL COMPETITIVENESS,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

IMPORTS REACHED $18 869 MILLION IN MAY 1984, AN INCREASE OF 35 PER CENT OR $4 936 MILLION OVER THE FIGURE FOR MAY LAST YEAR.

THE VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT FOR MAY THIS YEAR WAS $495 MILLION, COMPARED WITH $1 672 MILLION IN MAY LAST YEAR.

AS THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS INCREASED AT A FASTER RATE THAN THAT OF IMPORTS, THE VISIBLE TRADE GAP, THAT IS THE PROPORTION CF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS NOT COVERED BY THAT OF TOTAL EXPORTS, NARROWED SIGNIFICANTLY TO THREE PER CENT IN MAY 1984 FROM 12 PER CENT IN MAY 1983.

PUTTING THE MONTH’S TRADE FIGURES INTO CONTEXT, THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS FOR THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF 1984 WAS $80 749 MILLION, MADE UP OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF $50 275 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS OF $30 474 MILLION.

COMPARED WITH THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF 1983, THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS INCREASED BY $26 922 MILLION OR 50 PER CENT, DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY $16 034 MILLION OR 47 PER CENT, AND RE-EXPORTS BY $10 888 MILLION OR 56 PER CENT.

THE VALUE OF IMPORTS INCREASED BY $24 585 MILLION OR 40 PER CENT, TO $86 181 MILLION.

AS THE GROWTH RATE OF THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS WAS FASTER THAN THAT OF IMPORTS, THE VISIBLE TRADE GAP NARROWED TO SIX PER CENT IN THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, COMPARED WITH 13 PER CENT IN THE SAME PERIOD OF 1983.

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1 THE FOLLOWING TABLE PRESENTS THE PROVISIONAL MERCHANDISE 1 TRADE FIGURES FOR MAY 1984: I the census and statistics department has released the 1 FOLLOWING PROVISIONAL MERCHANDISE TRADE FIGURES FOR MA .

I MERCHANDISE: | COMPARATIVE FIGURES DOMESTIC EXPORTS « >11 712 MILLION

RE-EXPORTS TOTAL EXPORTS IMPORTS TRADE BALANCE I $ 6 662 MILLION t >18 374 MILLION i >18 869 MILLION

: S 495 MILLION (IN DEFICIT)

I LATEST 3 MONTHS MAR - MAY 1984 MAR - MAY 1983 INCREASE OR DECREASE

$ MN > MN > MN %

I DOMESTIC EXPORTS 32 662 22 233 +10 429 +46.9

1 re-exports 19 405 12 533 + 6 872 + 54.8

1 TOTAL EXPORTS 52 067 34 666 +17 401 + 50.2

I IMPORTS 55 53* 39 893 +15 641 ♦ 39.2

I TRADE BALANCE - 3 *67 - 5 227 ♦ 1 760

I MAY | SAME MONTH LAST YEAR 1984 MAY 1983 INCREASE OR DECREASE

$ MN $ MN > mn %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (63.7%) 8 003 (65.3%) +3 709 +46.3

RE-EXPORTS 6 662 4 258 +2 404 +56.5

TOTAL EXPORTS 18 374 12 261 ♦6 113 +49.9

IMPORTS 18 869 13 933 +4 936 +35.4

TRADE BALANCE - 495 - 1 672 +1 177

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1 LAST MONTH MAY 1984 APRIL 1984 INCREASE OR DECREASE

$ MN $ MN $ MN %

I DOMESTIC EXPORTS 1 (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 11 712 (63.7%) 10 449 (63.2%) + 1 263 + 12.1

I RE-EXPORTS 6 662 6 090 + 572 + 9.4

I TOTAL EXPORTS 18 374 16 539 + 1 835 + 11.1

I IMPORTS 18 869 18 529 340 + 1.8

1 TRADE BALANCE - 495 - • 1 990 ♦1 495

| CALENDAR YEAR TO-DATE JAN - MAY 1984 JAN - MAY 1983 INCREASE OR DECREASE

S MN $ MN $ MN %

I DOMESTIC EXPORTS I (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 50 275 (62.3%) 34 (63 241 .6%) + 16 034 +46.8

I RE-EXPORTS 30 474 * 19 586 +10 888 + 55.6

I TOTAL EXPORTS 80 749 53 i 827 +26 922 +50.0

I IMPORTS ■ a 86 181 61 596 +24 585 +39.9

1 TRADE BALANCE - 5 432 - 7 769 + 2 337

1 LAST 12 MONTHS JUNE 1983 TO MAY 1984 JUNE 1982 TO MAY 1983 INCREASE OR DECREASE

I MN MN $ MN %

1 DOMESTIC EXPORTS 120 439 86 388 +34 051 +39.4

I RE-EXPORTS 67 182 45 969 +21 213 +46.1

TOTAL EXPORTS 187 621 132 357 +55 264 +41.8

IMPORTS 200 028 147 461 +52 567 +35.6

TRADE BALANCE - 12 407 - 15 104 + 2 697

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JOB, PAYROLL SURVEY STARTS JULY * * * *

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL BE CARRYING OUT A SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL IN MAJOR SECTORS Or THE ECONOMY IN JULY.

THIS SURVEY IS CONDUCTED QUARTERLY AND THE SURVEY RESULTS ARE USEFUL IN PROVIDING SHORT-TERM ECONOMIC INDICATORS AS WELL AS INFORMATION ON STRUCTURAL CHANGES IN THE LABOUR MARKET IN HONG KONG, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

THIS ROUND OF THE SURVEY WILL COVER ABOUT 140 300 ESTABLISHMENTS DRAWN FROM VARIOUS SECTORS - INCLUDING THE INDUSTRIAL SECTOR (MINING AND QUARRYING, MANUFACTURING, ELECTRICITY AND GAS) AND THE SERVICES SECTOR (TRANSPORT, STORAGE AND COMMUNICATION, FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES, COMMUNITY, SOCIAL AND PERSONAL SERVICES) WlTri FULL ENUMERATION OF ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE DISTRIBUTIVE TRADE SECTOR (WHOLESALE, RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS).

INFORMATION ON THE NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED AND EXISITNG VACANCIES ON JUNE 29 WILL BE SOUGHT FROM EACH ESTABLISHMENT.

SOME 10 000 ESTABLISHMENTS WILL BE SELECTED FROM THE SAMPLE TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON PAYROLL IN EACH OF THE THREE MONTHS DURING THE REFERENCE PERIOD OF APRIL - JUNE 1984.

QUESTIONNAIRES HAVE BEEN MAILED TO INDIVIDUAL SAMPLE ESTABLISHMENTS, AND 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.

RESPONDENTS WHO FIND DIFFICULTIES IN COMPLETING THE FORMS, ARE WELCOME TO CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT FOR ASSISTANCE AT THE FOLLOWING TELEPHONE NUMBERS, WHICH ARE ALSO PRINTED AT THE BACK OF QUESTIONNAIRES:

5-436551 5-444301

5-455661 5-455668

ESTABLISHMENTS KNOWN TO THE DEPARTMENT DURING APRIL - JUNE WILL ALSO BE ENUMERATED, IN ORDER TO MAKE THE SURVEY RESULTS COMPLETE.

FIELDS OFFICERS OF THIS DEPARTMENT, EACH BEARING A GOVERNMENT IDENTITY CARD, WILL CALL ON THESE ESTABLISHMENTS TO OBTAIN INFORMATION ON NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED, EXISTING VACANCIES, TYPE OF OWNERSHIP, NATURE OF BUSINESS AND DATE ON wHlCn BUSINESS COMMENCED. THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT PEOPLE HAVING QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE FIELD VISITS SHOULD CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT FOR ASSISTANCt AT 5-444364.

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RETAIL SALES VALUE UP * * * *

THE VALUE OF SALES FOR THE RETAIL TRADE SECTOR IN a?RIL wAS ESTIMATED TO BE $5 402 MILLION, ACCORDING TO PROVISIONAL SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

AT 159, THE OVERALL RETAIL SALES VALUE INDEX INCREASED BY TwO POINTS, OR ONE PER CENT, OVER MARCH 1984, AND BY 2‘ POINTS, OR 20 PER CENT, OVER APRIL 1983.

THE OVERALL RETAIL SALES VOLUME INDEX, HOWEVER, REMAINED UNCHANGED AT 111 WHEN COMPARED WITH MARCH 1984, BUT ROSE BY NINE POINTS, OR NINE PER CENT, OVER APRIL 1983.

COMPARED WITH MARCH 1984, RETAIL SALES OF CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS RECORDED THE LARGEST INCREASE IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS, AT SIX PER CENT AND THREE PER CEN RESPECTIVELY.

RETAIL SALES OF CONSUMER DURABLES ROSE BY FOUR PER CENT I VALUE TERMS OR BY TWO PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS, WHILE THOSE OF FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO INCREASED BY TWO PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS OR BY ONE PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS.

ON THE OTHER HAND, RETAIL SALES OF FUELS DECREASED BY ONE PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS OR BY TWO PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS. THOSE OF OTHER CONSUMER GOODS ALSO WENT DOWN BY TWO PER CENT IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS.

COMPARED WITH APRIL 1983, BOTH CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS, AND CONSUMER DURABLES RECORDED THE LARGEST INCREASES IN SALES VALUE, EACH AT 39 PER CENT.

IN TERMS OF SALES VOLUME, CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS ROSE BY 16 PER CENT AND CONSUMER DURABLES BY 11 PER CENT.

RETAIL SALES OF OTHER CONSUMER GOODS INCREASED EY 19 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS OR BY EIGHT PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS.

THOSE OF FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO ROSE BY 16 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS OR BY SEVEN PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS.

FUELS SHOWED AN INCREASE OF EIGHT PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS BUT A DECLINE OF ONE PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS.

ANALYSED BY SELECTED TRADES, RETAIL SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS OVER MARCH 1984, WHILE SALES AT SUPERMARKETS AND DEPARTMENT STORES RECORDED SLIGHT INCREASES.

RETAIL SALES OF CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTO- VEH ICulJ. HOWEVER, DROPPED SLIGHTLY .IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMo.

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WHEN COMPARED WITH APRIL 1983, RETAIL SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES ROSE SUBSTANTIALLY IN VALUE TERMS AND MODERATELY IN VOLUME TERMS.

SUPERMARKETS AND DEPARTMENT STORES GOODS AS WELL AS CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES AlSO RECORDED LARGE INCREASES IN VALUE TERMS BUT SMALLER INCREASES IN VOLUME TERMS.

THE REVISED FIGURE FOR MARCH 1984 AND THE PROVISIONAL FIGURE FOR APRIL 1984 OF TOTAL SALES ARE PRESENTED IN THE TABLc BELO*.

THE REPORT CONTAINING THE ANALYSIS OF THE APRIL 1984 SURVEY RESULTS IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE, CONNAUGHT PLACE, AT 41 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADE STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON 3-7216024.

TOTAL RETAIL SALES FOR APRIL 1984 (PROVISIONAL FIGURE) - HKQ 5 402

MILL ION

FOR MARCH 1984 (REVISED FIGURE) » HK„5 346

MILL ION

VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES OF RETAIL SALES FOR MARCH AND APRIL 1984

R (MONTHLY AVERAGE OF 1980 - 100)

INDEX OF MARCH APRIL APRIL 1984 APRIL 1984

ITEM RETAIL 1984 1984 COMPARED WITH COMPARED a.

SALES MARCH 1984 APRIL

(REVISED (PROVIS- POINTS % POINTS FIGURES) IONAL

FIGURES)

(A) FOR ALL

RETAIL

TRADES

VALUE 157 159 2 1 27 20

VOLUME 111 111 X * 9

(B) BY

MAJOR

TRADE

GROUPS

FOODSTUFFS,

ALCOHOL IC

DRINKS AND VALUE 168 171 3 2

TOBACCO VOLUME 109 113

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I FUELS VALUE 1 VOLUME CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR 190 137 122 120 -3 -1 -2 -2 15 o - 1 - 1

1 AND ALLIED VALUE 175 186 11 6 43 30

1 PRODUCTS VOLUME CONSUMER 121 125 4 3 17 16

DURABLES VALUE I VOLUME OTHER ' CONSUMER 142 148 108 110 6 4 2 2 3* 30 11 11

GOODS VALUE VOLUME i (C) BY . SELECTED TRADES 153 150 110 138 -3 -2 -2 -2 24 19 8 8

1 SUPERMARKETS VALUE VOLUME ; MOTOR 260 265 160 162 5 2 2 1 67 34 23 16

VEHICLES VALUE 1 VOLUME CONSUMER DURABLES ■ OTHER THAN MOTOR 45 67 28 41 22 48 13 47 23 55 11 35

VEHICLES VALUE 208 204 -4 -2 41 25

1 VOLUME DEPARTMENT 164 158 -6 -3 11

STORES VALUE 138 139 1 1 31 VLUME 99 100 1 1 15 17 , NOTES! 1. ^FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO* INCLUDES , ^SUPERMARKETS* 1 2. ^CONSUMER DURABLES* INCLUDES +MOTOR VEHICLES*. 3. +OTHER CONSUMER GOODS* INCLUDES +DEPARTMENT STORES*.

4. FIGURES DENOTING CHANGES ARE ' INDEX FIGURES. 5. * DENOTES NO CHANGE. - 0 DERIVED FROM THE UNROUNDED

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preservation of cultural HERITAGE RECOGNISED

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THE GROWING AWARENESS OF THE 'EED TO PRESERVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE HONG KONG’S CULTURAL HERITAGE HAS RESULTED IN MORE MONUMENTS AND HISTORICAL BUILDINGS BEING FORMALLY DECLARED IN 1983 THAN IN ANY PREVIOUS YEAR.

AMONG THE 13 NEW MONUMENTS, HISTORICAL BUILDINGS AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES DECLARED OR GAZETTED FOR PROTECTION DURING THE YEAR WERE THE POTTERY KILNS IN WUN YIU VILLAGE, TAI PO5 THE SITE OF THE FORMER CHINESE CUSTOMS STATION ON JUNK ISLAND; THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY BUILDING IN TSIM SHA TSUI? THE MAN KOK TSUI ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE ON LANTAU; AND THE EXTERIOR OF THE SUPREME COURT BUILDING IN CENTRAL.

THIS WAS DISCLOSED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ANTIQUITIES ADVISORY BOARD, MR GRAHAM BARNES, IN HIS REPORT FOR 1983 WHICH WAS PUBLISHED TODAY (THURSDAY).

MR BARNES SAID THE YEAR UNDER REVIEW ALSO SAW THE SATISFACTORY CONCLUSION OF THE FIRST YEAR’S WORK OF THE FULL-TIME ARCHAEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF THE WHOLE TERRITORY WHICH STARTED IN AUGUST 1982.

THE SURVEY AIMED TO ASSESS AND ACCORD ORDERS OF PRIORITY TO ALL KNOWN AND POTENTIAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES AND TO ADVISE GN A POLICY FOR EXCAVATION.

HITHERTO, EXCAVATION HAS TENDED TO BE PIECEMEAL, OFTEN AS A HURRIED RESCUE OPERATION IN THE FACE OF THREATENED DEVELOPMENT, SAID MR BARNES.

+THE PRESENT SURVEY, TOGETHER WITH LEGAL PROTECTION FOR SPECIAL SITES OF ARCHEOLOGICAL INTEREST, SHOULD HELP PRODUCE A MORE ORDERLY AND SCIENTIFIC APPROACH TO THE PRESERVATION AND RESEARCH OF HONG KONG’S ARCHAEOLOGICAL HERITAGE,+ HE SAID.

♦ALREADY THE SURVEY HAS YIELDED EXCELLENT RESULTS IN IDENTIFYING MORE THAN 20 NEW ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES, ESTABLISHING A SERIES OF COMPUTERISED SITE RECORDS FOR FUTURE RESEARCH AND IN MAKING PRELIMINARY RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE PRESERVATION OF THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESOURCES.

♦THE PHYSICAL WORK OF THE SURVEY WAS HELPED CONSIDERABLY BY A GENEROUS DONATION OF A FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLE, FROM THE AMERICAN EXPRESS FOUNDATION.+

TOWARDS THE END OF THE YEAR, MR BARNES CONTINUED, INITIAL PHASES OF THE RESTORATION OF THE SHEUNG YIU VILLAGE, SAI KUNG WERE SATISFACTORILY CONCLUDED.

THIS MONUMENT HAS NOW BEEN TURNED INTO A FOLK MUSEUM DEPICTING ITS HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT IN AN AUTHENTIC TRADITIONAL HAKKA VILLAGE ENVIRONMENT FOR THE FREE ENJOYMENT OF THE PUBLIC.

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PLANS ARE ALSO IN HAND TO CONVERT THE SAM TUNG UK VILLAGE, TSUEN WAN, INTO A FOLK MUSEUM.

IN ITS CONTINUOUS SEARCH AND IDENTIFICATION OF HISTORICAL ITEMS FOR POSSIBLE PRESERVATION, MR BARNES SAID, THE BOARD WORKS CLOSELY WITH THE MAINTENANCE BRANCH OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IN DRAWING UP A SHORT AND MEDIUM-TERM RESTORATION PROGRAMME.

ON THE BOARD’S ADVICE, HE POINTED OUT, A TOTAL OF NINE PROJECTS WERE ACTIVELY PURSUED OR COMPLETED DURING 1983.

AMONG THESE WERE SURVEYS OF OLD CHINESE VILLAGES IN THE VARIOUS DISTRICTS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, THE RE-ERECTION OF SIX GRANITE COLUMNS SALVAGED FROM THE FORMER KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY TERMINUS AT THE URBAN COUNCIL EAST TSIM SHA TSUI OPEN SPACE, AND THE RESTORATION OF THE RACE COURSE FIRE CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL AT SO KON PO, HONG KONG.

THE ANTIQUITIES ADVISORY BOARD, A STATUTORY BODY SET UP IN 1976, ADVISES ON ANY MATTERS RELATING TO ANTIQUITIES OR MONUMENTS.

THE DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES IS THE EX-OFFICIO CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD.

THE REPORT OF THE ANTIQUITIES ADVISORY BOARD 1983 HAS BEEN PRINTED WITH A GENEROUS DONATION FROM AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL RELATED SERVICES INC. - HONG KONG.

IT IS AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS AT THE MUSEUM OF HISTORY AT KOWLOON PARK AND AT THE URBAN COUNCIL PUBLICATIONS CENTRE IN ICE HOUSE STREET.

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INTELPOST EXTENDED TO BELGIUM

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INTELPOST (INTERNATIONAL ELECTRONIC POST) SERVICE WILL BE EXTENDED TO BELGIUM FROM MONDAY (JULY 2), THE TENTH COUNTRY TO BE EXTENDED WITH THIS SERVICE FROM HONG KONG, THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY.

FROM THAT DAY, INTELPOST ITEMS POSTED IN HONG KONG BEFORE 6 PM WILL BE DELIVERED THE SAME DAY IN ANY MAJOR CITY IN BELGIUM ITEMS FOR OTHER AREAS WILL BE DELIVERED ON THE FOLLOWING WORKING DAY.

INTELPOST IS AN ELECTRONIC MAIL SERVICE AND THAT EXPLAINS WHY IT IS SO FAST AND SO INEXPENSIVE,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

IT IS THEREFORE IDEAL FOR SENDING URGENTLY NEEDED LETTERS, REPORTS, CHARTS OR CONTRACTS,+ HE SAID.

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THE DOCUMENTS, WHICH ARE HANDLED WITH CARE AND CONFIDENTIALITY ARE SCANNED, CONVERTED INTO HIGH SPEED ELECTRONIC IMPULSES AND TRANSMITTED DIRECT TO THE RECEIVING STATION.

IN BELGIUM THE COPY IS ENVELOPED AND DELIVERED TO THE ADDRESSEE BY POST OFFICE MESSENGER. ALTERNATIVELY ARRANGEMENTS CAN BE MADE FOR COLLECTION FROM A POST OFFICE.

THE CHARGE FOR THE SERVICE TO BELGIUM * ILL BE -

* FOR THE FIRST SIDE OF AN A4 SHEET OF PAPER *65

* FOR EACH SUBSEQUENT A4 SIDE SENT TO THE SAME ADDRESSEE AT THE SAME TIME ^30

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE SERVICE IS ALSO AVAILABLE TO THE UNITED KINGDOM, UNITED STATES, FRANCE, THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA, THE NETHERLANDS, SWEDEN, AUSTRAL I A AND MALAYSIA.

+INTELPOST IS ALREADY ONE CF THE WORLD’S LARGEST PUBLIC ELECTRONIC MAIL SERVICES, AND IT IS STILL GROWING FAST,* HE SAID.

PEOPLE WHO USE THE SERVICE MAY POST THEIR DOCUMENTS AT EITHER THE GENERAL POST OFFICE OR THE TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE AT 10 MIDDLE ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI.

IF THEY ALREADY HAVE FACSIMILE MACHINES IN THEIR OFFICES, ARRANGEMENTS CAN BE MADE TO TRANSMIT THEIR ITEMS DIRECT TO THE POST OFFICE INTELPOST TERMINAL IN THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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

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WIDER VOCATIONAL TRAINING CHOICES OFFERED *****

SECONDARY SCHOOL-LEAVERS WILL THIS SUMMER HAVE A wIDER CHOICE OF VOCATIONAL TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WHICH PROVIDE A KEY TO EMPLOYMENT IN INDUSTRY, SAID MR MORRIS MORGAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL TODAY (THURSDAY).

HE ANNOUNCED AT A PRESS CONFERENCE THAT THE FOUR KOWLOON BAY INDUSTRIAL TRAINING CENTRES UNDER THE COUNCIL WILL ENROL THE FIRST GROUP OF 385 ONE-YEAR, FULL-TIME TRAINEES THIS SEPTEMBER.

FORM THREE AND FORM FIVE SCHOOL-LEAVERS ARE NOw BEING INVITED TO APPLY FOR THE FIVE TECHNICIAN AND CRAFT COURSES IN PRINTING, METAL-WORKING, ELECTRONICS AND PLASTICS.

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TOGETHER WITH THE HOTEL TRAINING CENTRE WHICH OFFERS SHORT COURSES ONLY, THE TRAINING CENTRES OF THE PRINTING, MACHINE SHOR AND METAL WORKING, ELECTRONICS AND PLASTICS INDUSTRIES, * ILL LATER BE HOUSED IN THE KOWLOON BAY TRAINING CENTRE COMPLEX BEING BUILT IN TAI YIP STREET.

A VARIETY OF SHORT COURSES ON FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME BASES WILL BE OFFERED ON COMPLETION OF THE COMPLEX AT THE END OF THE YEAR.

MEANWHILE, THE FIVE ONE-YEAR COURSES WILL BE HELD AT VARIOUS TECHNICAL INSTITUTES.

♦TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG PERSONS TO TAKE UP INDUSTRIAL TRAINING BEFORE ENTERING EMPLOYMENT, WEEKLY ALLOWANCE WILL BE PAID TO FULL-TIME TRAINEES IN THE CENTRES.

+PLACEMENT SERVICE WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE TO HELP TRAINEES TO FIND EMPLOYMENT IN RELATED INDUSTRY ON COMPLETION OF THEIR TRAINING,* MR MORGAN SAID.

THE FIVE CENTRES WILL EVENTUALLY PRODUCE ABOUT 4 230 TRAINEES AT OPERATIVE, CRAFT AND TECHNICIAN LEVELS ANNUALLY.

MR MORGAN ALSO STRESSED THAT YOUNG PERSONS SHOULD BE EQUIPPED WITH SKILLS IN ORDER TO START A CAREER IN OUR HIGHLY I NDUSTn I AL I Sr_ J AND SOPHISTICATED SOCIETY.

THE $110 MILLION COMPLEX WILL EMBODY THE GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRIALISTS’ COMMITMENT TO THE PROVISION OF INDUSTRIAL TRAINING, MR MORGAN CONTINUED.

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SIU HONG COURT FINAL PHASE ON SALE * * * *

SITUATED AT THE NORTHERN FRINGE OF TUEN MUN NEW TOWN, THE LARGEST HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME PROJECT, SIU HONG COURT, WILL COMPLETED BY THE END OF THE YEAR.

THIS IS CONSIDERED A MAJOR LANDMARK IN THE FAST DEVELOPING INDUSTRIAL-RESIDENTIAL NEW TOWN.

THE COURT OCCUPIES 9.5 HECTARES OF LAND AND WILL ACCOMMODATE ABOUT 20 000 PEOPLE UPON FULL COMPLETION.

ITS FINAL PHASE, WHICH CONSISTS OF SIX 25 TO 35“STCREY BLOCKS, WILL BE ON SALE UNDER THE CURRENT PHASE VIA SALES EXERCISE.

FLAT SIZES VARY BETWEEN 46.4 AND 63.7 SQUARE METRES. THERE ARE 1 432 TWO-BEDROOM AND THREE-BEDROOM UNITS WITH PRICES RANGING FROM Si14 700 TO $188 200.

/THE JC. /.T'S ...........

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THE COURT’S RECREATIONAL FACILITIES INCLUDE AN ARTIFICIAL LAKE, CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUNDS, BASKETBALL COURTS, FOOTBALL PITCH AND A JOGGING TRACK. HORTICULTURISTS HAVE SPECIALLY DESIGNED THE PLACE TO BE RESTFUL AND INTERESTING.

MR LAU HANG-SIN, THE MANAGING DIRECTOR OF OVERSEAS CHINESE VOICE IN VANCOUVER, CANADA, WAS IMPRESSED BY THE COURT DURING HIS RECENT VISIT IN HONG KONG.

♦THIS SELF CONTAINED ESTATE, WHICH PROVIDES AN IDEAL LIVING ENVIRONMENT, COMPREHENSIVE FACILITIES, SPACIOUS OPEN AREAS AND GOOD EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHILDREN, MEANS A GOOD BUY FOR HOME OWNERS,* MR LAU SAID.

HIS REPORT ABOUT THE COURT ON THE RADIO STATION AROUSED AN ENTHUSIASTIC RESPONSE FROM THE AUDIENCE. THE STATION HAS DECIDED TO ORGANISE AN EXHIBITION ABOUT HONG KONG AND HOS WILL BE AN IMPORTANT AREA.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HOUSING AUTHORITY SAID STREAMS OF PEOPLE HAD VISITED THEIR SAMPLE FLATS IN SIU HONG COURT IN THE PAST TWO WEEKENDS.

THE SAMPLE FLATS WILL BE OPEN AGAIN BETWEEN 9 AM AND 5 PM ON THE COMING SATURDAY AND' SUNDAY. HOUSING STAFF WILL BE ON THE SPOT TO ANSWER ENQUIRIES FROM INTERESTED APPLICANTS.

APPLICATIONS FOR THE FLATS AT SIU HONG COURT TOGETHER WITH THOSE AT MAY SHING COURT IN SHA TIN, TAI PO PLAZA IN TAI PO AND CHOI PO COURT IN SHEK WU HUI WILL CLOSE ON TUESDAY (JULY 3).

THE HOUSING SPOKESMAN SAID THAT POTENTIAL BUYERS OF THE FLATS SHOULD SUBMIT COMPLETED FORMS TO THE HOME OWNERSHIP CENTRE IN HO MAN TIN.

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CHILD CARE SERVICES IN BIG DEMAND

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HONG KONG HAS DEVELOPED A VARIETY OF CHILD CARE SERVICES, WHICH ARE IN GREAT DEMAND AMONG ITS PREDOMINANTLY YOUNG POPULATION, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR JOHN CHAMBERS, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT A RECEPTION FOR PARTICIPANTS IN A TWO-WEEK EXCHANGE PROGRAMME, WHICH BROUGHT TOGETHER CHILD CARE AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT WORKERS FROM THE PHILIPPINES AND HONG KONG TO EXCHANGE VIEWS ABOUT THEIR WORK.

THE PROGRAMME IS SPONSORED BY UNICEF.

/MR CHAMBERS .......

THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 19&4

MR CHAMBERS SAID THAT THE CHILD CARE CENTRES ORDINANCE CAME INTO FORCE IN 1976, REQUIRING THE REGISTRATION OF ALL CHILD CARE CENTRES AND NURSERIES IN HONG KONG.

AT THE SAME TIME, A CHILD CARE CENTRE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE WAS SET UP IN THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TO GIVE ADVICE AND GUIDANCE TO OPERATORS OF THESE CENTRES.

AT THE END OF APRIL THIS YEAR, THERE WERE 238 REGISTERED CHILD CARE CENTRES, PROVIDING MORE THAN 23 OOO PLACES FOR CHILDREN UNDER SCHOOL AGE. THERE ARE ALSO 66 CHILD CARE CENTRES THAT ACCEPT HANDICAPPED CHILDREN.

MR CHAMBERS SAID THAT IN 1981, THE GOVERNMENT INTRODUCED A FEE ASSISTANCE SCHEME TO ENABLE LESS WELL-OFF FAMILIES TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SERVICES PROVIDED.

♦EACH YEAR, THERE IS A STEADY INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF CHILD CARE PLACES PROVIDED, MANY OF THEM IN THE HOUSING ESTATES BUILT IN OUR NEW TOWNS,+ HE SAID.

REFERRING TO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, WHICH WILL BE STUDIED IN THE PROGRAMME, MR CHAMBERS SAID THAT NOT EVERYONE WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO LIVE IN THE FINE NEW ESTATES BEING BUILT IN THE NEW TOWNS.

IN THE LESS DEVELOPED PARTS OF HONG KONG, LIKE THE TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS, SQUATTER AREAS AND THE REMAINING RURAL AREAS OF THE TERRITORY, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT WAS +AN IMPORTANT PROGRAMME WHICH ENSURES THAT THE NEEDS OF OUR LESS FORTUNATE CITIZENS ARE NOT LOST SIGHT 0F.+

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STUDENTS INVITED TO APPLY FOR AID * * *

THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON STUDENT FINANCE IS INVITING APPLICATIONS FOR ASSISTANCE FOR THE 1984-85 ACADEMIC YEAR.

THE COMMITTEE ADMINISTERS THE GOVERNMENT’S FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE SCHEME FOR NEEDY STUDENTS IN TERTIARY INSTI TUT 10

+THE SCHEME PROVIDES OUTRIGHT GRANTS AND INTEREST-FREE LOANS FOR STUDENTS ATTENDING FULL-TIME COURSES AT THE UNIVERSITIES, THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC AND THE NEW CITY POLYTECHNIC OF HONG KONG, AS WELL AS FULL-TIME POST-ADVANCE LEVEL STUDENTS OF THE BAPTIST COLLEGE,+ A COMMITTEE SPOKESMAN SAID.

/STUDENTS 1E3THIG

THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 1$84

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STUDENTS MEETING ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS WHO HAVE APPLIED FOR ADMISSION TO THE UNIVERSITIES MAY OBTAIN APPLICATION FORMS AT THE COMMITTEE’S OFFICE IN BASKERVILLE HOUSE, MEZZANINE FLOOR 1 22 ICE HOUSE STREET. THEY MUST BRING ALONG THE RESULTS SLIPS OF THEIR ADVANCED OR HIGHER LEVEL EXAMINATION.

STUDENTS APPLYING FOR ADMISSION TO THE POLYTECHNICS AND THE BAPTIST COLLEGE CAN OBTAIN THE FORMS DIRECTLY FROM THEIR INSTITUTIONS AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION.

POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS AND THOSE TAKING A HIGHER DEGREE OR DIPLOMA COURSE MAY ALSO APPLY. BUT THEY SHOULD NOT EXCEED THEIR MINIMUM PRESCRIBED PERIOD OF REGISTRATION BY SEPTEMBER 30.

THE PERIOD FOR A MASTER’S DEGREE IS NORMALLY TWO YEARS AND FOR A DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE, THREE YEARS.

♦ALL APPLICANTS MUST HAVE RESIDED OR HAVE HAD THEIR HOMES IN HONG KONG CONTINUOUSLY SINCE JULY 1981,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE CLOSING APPLICATION DATES FOR NEW STUDENTS AREs JULY 15 FOR THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY, JULY 31 FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, OCTOBER 10 FOR THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC AND THE CITY POLYTECHNIC OF HONG KONG AND SEPTEMBER 20 FOR BAPTIST COLLEGE.

THE DEADLINE FOR NEW POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS IS JULY 31 FOR BOTH THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY AND THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

STUDENTS SEEKING ADMISSION TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG SHOULD RETURN THE COMPLETED FORMS TO ITS OFFICE OF STUDENT AFFAIRS.

ALL OTHER STUDENTS SHOULD RETURN THEIR APPLICATIONS TO THE OFFICES FROM WHICH THE FORMS ARE OBTAINED, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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COURSES FOR ASPIRING TEACHERS

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YOUNG PEOPLE INTENDING TO JOIN THE TEACHING CAREER ARE INVITED TO APPLY FOR ADMISSION TO THE THREE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION AND THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE IN THE COMING ACADEMIC YEAR.

THE THREE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION — NORTHCOTE, GRANTHAM AND SIR ROBERT BLACK — OFFER A FULL-TIME TWO-YEAR TEACHER TRAINING COURSE IN ENGLISH.

IN ADDITION, BOTH NORTHCOTE AND SIR ROBERT BLACK COLLEGES OF EDUCATION OFFER A THREE-YEAR FULL-TIME COURSE IN ENGLISH: WHILE THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION ALSO OFFERS A THREE-YEAR FULL-TIME COURSE IN CHINESE.

/♦THE OBJECTIVES .......

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♦THE OBJECTIVES OF THESE COURSES ARE TO TRAIN STUDENTS TO BECOME QUALIFIED TEACHERS TO TEACH GENERAL SUBJECTS AT THE PRIMARY SCHOOL LEVEL AND TO TEACH TWO ELECTIVE SUBJECTS UP TO FORM 3,+ AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

ALL THE COURSES WILL COMPRISE A COMPULSORY PROGRAMME OF STUDIES AND TWO SUBJECTS ON AN ELECTIVE BASIS.

APPLICANTS FOR THE THREE-YEAR ENGLISH COURSE SHOULD NORMALLY HAVE COMPLETED THEIR SECONDARY EDUCATION AT AN ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOL, AND THOSE FOR THE CHINESE COURSE SHOULD HAVE COMPLETED THEIR SECONDARY EDUCATION AT A CHINESE MIDDLE SCHOOL. THEY SHOULD HAVE REACHED 17 YEARS OF AGE BY SEPTEMBER 30, 1984.

APPLICANTS SHOULD HAVE ATTAINED AT LEAST GRADE E IN SIX DIFFERENT SUBJECTS, INCLUDING ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND CHINESE LANGUAGE AT THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION (HKCEE) IN ONE SITTING.

THE GRADES ATTAINED IN THESE SUBJECTS SHOULD INCLUDE AT LEAST GRADE C IN TWO SUBJECTS, PLUS AT LEAST GRADE D IN ONE OTHER SUBJECT.

APPLICANTS FOR THE TWO-YEAR COURSE SHOULD HAVE COMPLETED TWO YEARS OF EDUCATION BEYOND FORM 5 IN AN ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOL, AND SHOULD HAVE REACHED THE AGE OF 18 BY SEPTEMBER 30, 1984.

THEY ALSO SHOULD HAVE ATTAINED AT LEAST GRADE E IN SIX DIFFERENT SUBJECTS, INCLUDING ENGLISH AND CHINESE LANGUAGE, IN THE HKCEE IN ONE SITTING.

IN ADDITION, THEY SHOULD HAVE ATTAINED GRADE E OR ABOVE IN AT LEAST TWO SUBJECTS AT ADVANCED LEVEL IN THE HONG KONG ADVANCED LEVEL EXAMINATION, PLUS AT LEAST GRADE D IN ONE OTHER SUBJECT AT THE HKCEE.

APPLICANTS WHO HAVE ATTAINED PUBLIC EXAMINATION RESULTS COMPARABLE TO THOSE STATED ABOVE MAY ALSO APPLY FOR ENROLMENT IN THE COURSES OFFERED BY THE THREE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION.

FOR STUDENT APPLICANTS, THE PRINCIPALS OF THEIR SCHOOLS ARE REQUESTED TO OBTAIN THE REQUIRED NUMBER OF APPLICATION FORMS FOR EACH TYPE OF COURSE AND RETURN THEM TO GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AT 42-44, GASCOIGNE ROAD, KOWLOON.

APPLICANTS WHO HAVE ALREADY LEFT SCHOOL CAN OBTAIN THE FORMS AND INFORMATION SHEETS FROM THE THREE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS AT LEE GARDENS, 3/F, HYSAN AVENUE, HONG KONG, AND THE KOWLOON SUB-OFFICE AT 405 NATHAN ROAD.

THESE APPLICANTS MUST PRESENT THE COMPLETED FORMS IN PERSON AT GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION.

ALL COMPLETED FORMS MUST REACH THE COLLEGE BY 1 PM ON AUGUST 17.

/an applicant .......

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AN APPLICANT SHOULD APPLY FOR ONLY ONE COURSE OFFERED BY TrE THREE COLLEGES AND SUBMIT ONLY ONE APPLICATION. ANY APPLICANT WHO HAS SUBMITTED MORE THAN ONE APPLICATION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

STUDENTS ACCEPTED TO THE COURSES WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY A TUITION FEE OF $800 A YEAR. THEY MAY APPLY FOR INTEREST-FREE LOANS AND MAINTENANCE GRANTS.

UPON SATISFACTORY COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, COLLEGE GRADUATES ARE ELIGIBLE TO HAVE THEIR NAMES ENTERED INTO THE OFFICIAL REGISTER OF TEACHERS, BUT NEITHER THE GOVERNMENT NOR THE COLLEGES CAN GUARANTEE EMPLOYMENT FOR THEM.

THE TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE PREPARES STUDENTS TO BECOME QUALIFIED TEACHERS TO TEACH EITHER DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY OR COMMERCIAL SUBJECTS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

THE COURSES OFFERED BY THE COLLEGE WILL BE ON A FULL-TIME THREE-YEAR BASIS. APPLICANTS SHOULD HAVE REACHED 17 YEARS OF AGE BY SEPTEMBER 30, 1984.

THEY SHOULD HAVE TAKEN AT LEAST SIX DIFFERENT SUBJECTS AT HCCEE LEVEL, ATTAINING AT LEAST GRADE C IN TWO SUBJECTS, GRADE D IN ONE OTHER SUBJECT AND GRADE E IN THE REMAINING SUBJECTS.

FOR ENROLMENT TO THE COURSE ON DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY, THE SIX SUBJECTS MUST INCLUDE CHINESE LANGUAGE, ENGLISH LANGUAGE (SYLLABUS B), MATHEMATICS OR A SCIENCE SUBJECT, AND A TECHNICAL SUBJECT SUCH AS DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY, METALWORK AND WOODWORK.

FOR THE COURSE ON THE TEACHING OF COMMERCIAL SUBJECTS, THE SIX DIFFERENT SUBJECTS MUST INCLUDE CHINESE LANGUAGE, ENGLISH LANGUAGE (SYLLABUS B), AND TWO COMMERCIAL SUBJECTS SUCH AS SHORTHAND, TYPING, PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTS AND COMMERCE.

THE TUITION FEE FOR THE COURSES IS S800 A YEAR. STUDENTS CAN APPLY FOR INTEREST-FREE LOANS AND MAINTENANCE GRANTS.

APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE COLLEGE AT 373 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, WAN CHAI, HONG KONGl THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS AT LEE GARDENS, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONGl OR THE DEPARTMENT'S KOWLOON SUB-OFFICE AT 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

COMPLETED APPLICATION FO